The Liberty Boys and Capt. Huck, or, Routing a wicked leader

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FBAlfK TOUSEY PU"BLI SHEB, 168 WEST 2SD STJ\EET, Nl!:W YOBK No. 1111 NEW YORI\. APRIL 1 4 , 1 922 Price 7 Cents Aa the horse bearing the two bound and helpless boys came dashingup, Dick ran forward aud seized him by the bridle. Meantime the Liberty Boys were charging upon the Tories and scattering them in a:ll directions. ,


The Liberty f Boys of Issue d 'Teekly-Subscription price, $8.00 per year; Canada, $4.00; Foreign, $4.ISO. Harry E. Wollf, Publisher, Inc., 166 West 23d Street, New York, N. Y. Entered as Second-Class Matter January 81, 1918, at the Post-Office _at New York, N. Y., unde r the Ac t of March 3, 1879. No. 1111 NEW YORK, APRIL 14, 1922 Price 7 cents The Liberty Boys a11d Capt. Huck OR, ROUTING A WICKED LEADER BJ HARRY MOORE CHAPTER 1.-0ne Way to Receive a Proclamation. There were four or five boys in Continental uniform sitting ina tavern by the :..oadside a few miles from Rocky Mount in North Carolina, one pleasant afternoon inf early July, eating and drinking and chatting pleasantly among themselve s . They were all robust, healthy boys, well browned from exposure to the weather, and with a look of determination .in their faces, that show ed them to be brave, self-reliant young fellows. They were some of the Liberty Boys now under the orders of

THE LIBE rrY B OYS AND CAPT. HUCK "Here comes those same fellows and half a dozen more. I guess they mean to do something this time." "Jove! They've got shotguns, some of them!" cried Sam. "Get your. muskets this time, boys," added Jack. "Come on, we'll finish our meal when we dispose of these fellows." The boys' muskets were stacked in a corner, and they now secured them and hul'l'ied . outside as fully a dozen husky-looking men came up, Ben not having seen them all at the beginning. "There's the young rebels!" growled the man who -had tried to take Jack Warren's horse. "They've been a-threatenin' on us jist fur nuthin', an' I reckon we-uns are got to warm 'em to make 'em less peart." "Yas, that's what we gotter do, an' the sooner we-uns do it, the quicker we'll larn 'em to 'have theirselves." The men came on boldly, when Jack Warren, stepping forward, said with an air of determination: . ' "Just listen to a little common se nse. There are five of us and each one has a musket and is a deadshot. Besides that, every . one of us has not less than three pistol s and some have more. Now, what chance have you fellows against us -when we get to shooting?" This seemed to have considerable effect upon the men, for halted and seemed unwilling to run in as they had intended, .In a moment, h o wever, Ben Spurlo ck saw several more men coming and took them to be the same sort as the first. The spokesman o f the first party looked around and saw the newc omers at the same time, letting out a shout and saying: "C o me on, fellers, we jist go .tter have them h osses!" Then the Tories, for they were nothing less, made a s udden dash at tl}e boys . The latter were not unprepared for this move. Crackcrack-crack ! At once the pistols began to rattle in the livelie s t fashion. One man's hat was carried off and pinned to a tree in a moment. Another lost his coons)dn cap, and a third had a scalp wound along the top of his head as Jack had promised. The newcomer s came on with a rush and began to fire at the boy s, but now the plucky fellows took their mu skets, and the To ries saw the difference-. Then in the mids t of the fray the clatter of hoof s was heard, and a boy in a captain's uniform and riding a magnificent black stallion, came tearing down the road, wav ing his hat and shouting: "Come on, Liberty Boys, the Tories are making more trouble!" He did not call to any imaginary lot of boys, for in a moment a full score of boys in Continental uniform and well mounted came in sight and charged full tilt upon the Tories. Jack, Ben, Sam and the two Harrys were in the saddle in a moment and charging with their fellow Liberty Boy s , Dic"k Slater, the young captain, le ading them resolutely. Dick had been out s couting, knowing that the Torie s were getting restless and had heard the s ound of firing, Jack having started this for the purpose of bringing him and the boys• to the spot. With the odds greatly against them, the Tories now fled in a dozen direction s and in a few minute'S not one of them was in sight. Then Dick halted the boys and said to Jack: "You had some trouble with these fellows, I s ee. We did not meet any, but I think there will be more trouble shortly. Houseman is sending out proclamations broadcast, calling on all the people to :rally under his banner and declare their allegiance." "He is, eh? And Sumter not here yet? There will be work for the Liberty Boys, <::aptain." "There always is, Jack," with a smile. "Yes, for we fil}d it fast enough, if there is any to be found." The boys now went back to the tavern, as that was a center whe1e they were likely to obtain information as well as meet all sorts of men, and Dick was anxious to learn all he could . That his information in regard to the British captain sending out proclamations was not in correct, was proven when they reached the tav ern. A pompous-lo oking man had just ridden up and, riding to the sign post in front of the tavern, he now affixed a proclamation and called out in a loud voice: "Hear ye, all ye good and loyal people1 Har ken to the proclamation of his gracious majesty's representative, Captain Houseman, commander of the king's troops in this--" As a number of men came forward to read the proclamation, Dick rode up, pushed the man aside, tore the handbill down and threw it away. The wind caught it and it was soon out of sight. "How dare you, you impudent rebel!" gasped the other. . He had saddle bags, and now Dick made a quick signal to Ben., Jack and s ome others. "Empty this fellow's saddle bags, boy s, " he said. The boys had the bags in a moment, faking out many copies of the proclamation. "Build a fire, boys," said Dick. "There will be som e of these precious proclamations that will not be distributed, I can promise you, my man. Get to work, quick, boys!" 'The handbills were rapidly scatte1 ed among the boys, each having a handful of them. Sam ian in and came out shortly with a shovelful of hot coals from the scullery fire and a bonfire was at once started. The pompous fellow hurried away, the boys paying little attention to him, and the handbills were soon blazing away merrily, hundreds being destroyed. "Declare their allegiance, eh?". sputtered Dick. " I guess not! Not if I kno w it. Let Houseman look out for himself or he will find his fort at Rocky Mount a hard position to hold. Let the Tories hold their precious meeting, .if they will! More than they will be at it, I can promise them." If there were any Tories at the inn, they did not make t _ he fact knowp, but many did praise Dick and the boys for what they had done, at the same time declaring that Houseman and his redcoats ought to driven out and the Tories hanged to s how the enemy that they were not wanted in North Carolina and that the sooner thev left it, the better it would be f o r them. The boys remained at the inn for a time and then r ode away, s ome in one direction and som e in another, Dick directing them to destroy all the proclamations they found, and t o tell the patriots not t o pay any attention to Houseman's


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND CAPT. HUCK 3 promisesL but to stick to their principles and trust to good Iortune to get rid of the redcoats. With Dick were Jack, Ben and the rest, taking a roatt different from any they had yet been on and riding at an easy gait. They had gone perhaps half a mile from the tavern, when they heard a sudden tumult ahead of them and, dashing on shortly came upon a boy in uniform struggling fiercely with hal:( a dozen stalwart men. "There is Bohl" cried Dick. "To the rescue, boys!". At once the boys rushed forward. CHAPTER II.-At the Cabin. Bob Estabrook was the first lieutenant of the L iberty Boys and the closest friend Slater had, the two being like brothers. They would be such in time, in '"fact, the sister of each being the sweetheart of the other, which served to bring them all the closer to each other. Bob was impetuous, brave to rashnes s and afraid of nothing, qualities which often got him into diffi culties, but which nevertheless endeared him to all the boys and made them ever ready to a s si s t him. He was off his horse, which stood at one si d e , aml was battling furiously with six stalw art men, who were doing their bes t t o take him pris oner and having a good deal of trouble with the task. "Forward!" cried Dick. "Give it to the To r i e s !" Then he sent a shot at he men, which missed Bob by a narrow margin and struck one .of tl10 men in the shoulder, c ausing him to utter a yell of pain and let go his hold of the young lieuten ant. The boys with Dick wer e all deacl shots and could be depended upon to hit the mark at any time. Jack Warren and Ben Spur lock now fir e d a n d wounded two of the Tories, by which time Bob's enemies realized that there was something going on which interested them much mo r e t h a n trying to overpower the Liberty Boy. They sudd e nly saw the six boys bearing down upon them and, no t knowing how many more t here m ight be, quickly decamped, leaving the boys i n posse ss ion of the field. "What. was the t r ouble , Bob?" a sked Dick. "Things w e r e going p retty with you, ,,. weren't they?" "Yes , but I was not going to give qp till I had t o ."' T h e boys now reloa ded their pi stols, a duty which they never n eglected, Dick saying: "Yes , I could s ee that. What was it all a bout, Bob?" " T h e s e fello w s were trying to carry off a y oung girl wl1o lives in "the hou s e yon der when I interfered. There were only t w o in sight a t first, the others coming after w ard." "I see the house, Bob, but where i s the young lady?" ' "She ran ofl; to get help when I forced the two ruffians to let her alone, and the others attacked me." Dick hear d hurried footsteps, and now three or four men, followed by a young girl, came in sight. "They have gone, Miss," said Bob t o the girl. "This is Captain Dick Slater, of the Liberty Boys, and these are some of the boys. The To ries scattered pretty lively when they saw the boys." "I came back with my father and the boys as soon as I could get them," replied the young girl breathlessly. "They were in the fields a good smart piece off." The oldest man, who was already turning gray; asked anxiously: "What was it all about, stranger? Me and the boys were working to fini s h by night, ..\\Then my girl here came running up with only breath enough left to holler, 'Come, pa, come quick,' and I came." "So far as I can understand, sir, they were trying to carry your daughter off," answered Bob Estabrook. "What business had they with my daughter?" exclaimed the old man angrily. " Who was they, daughter?" " One was Si Perkins, the other man I didn't know," the young girl replied. "He was tryin' to spark you while he was workin' for me, w a sn't he?" , "Yes , pa, but I wouldn't look at h i m," and she gave a toss of her head. "There were s i x of them altogether," said Bob . "More than. enough to carry off one young girl." "They kno w that I j e s t got the maney for my terba cky,'' answered the g irl's father, "and they wanted that as well as the girl." "I'd like to know who them o thers was!" ex claimed one of the so-calle d "boys," a husky young fello w pas t twenty. " II'hey'd get some thin' more' n that mo ney and si s!" "That's so , " echoed the two other boys, lads of eighteen and twenty. "Here they c ome back!" exclaimed the girl, pointing down the r oa d, where c ould be seen a man on hors eb ac k , follo w ed by a number of men and boy s . "They are not the sam e that attacked you," s a i d Bob , and h e l ooke d at them. The man o n hors eback r o d e un to a tree i n front of the house, scarcel y giv i n g a second gl a n c e t o Li berty Bo ys, who wer e grouped a b out the fron t of the hous e , and. t a king a pla card .fro m one o f his saddle b ags, proc ee ded to n a il it on to t h e trunk o f the tree. In a n in stant Dick recogn i zed the p l ac a r d a n d the man , and q u ick as a fla s h drew his p i stol and sho t i n t o th. e name o f Captain. Houseman, caus ing the man to start violently, a n d to hit h is finger n a il i n stead of the nail that was t o att ach the p l a card t o its place on the tree trun k. H e stopped t o shake his finger and t o put i t . into his m outh, holding the card in p l ace w i t h hi s hammer, when to his con sternation, that i m ple ment s u dde nly fell fro m his hand , Bo b having l odged a b u ll e t in its han dle clos e to whe r e the m a n was h old in g it. B y that time t h e cro w d began to gaze in re s p e ctful admiratio n at the grou p of boys in b l ue and buff that s too d in fron t of the hou s e, a n d wh

4 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND CAPT. HUCK "Making you mind your own business,'' .replied Dick quietly . "This is my business, to nail up them placards, an' I'm going to do it!" blustered the man. "Oh, you are, are you? Go on, we'd like to see you." There was something in the few words and quiet manner of the young captain that made the man pause. The. n he looked at the men and boy_s who had followed in his wake, and ex claimed: "Are ye loyal subjecks of the king an' see his proclamation treated with contumely?" "We ain't seen nothin' but bullets," muttered one of the men, edging to the back of the crowd. At the same moment the six men who had attacked Bob a few mome:r:i._ts before appeared, and going up to the man, said in loud tones: "Go on with your business , constable, we will protect you!" Dick saw the intention of the men, to get the Liberty Boys and the planter and his son engaged in a scuffle with the riff-raff, while they ransacked the house for the money they knew the planter had recently received from a sale of tobacco. "To the house!" he cried, and before the six ruffians had any idea of what they were going to do, the boys and the planter and his sons had follo wed Bets y into the house, and shut and barricaded the front door. Dick knew he would have no difficulty in driving-the rabble away, and also sending the men about their business , but he knew it would only be a question of time before the latter would return for the money. "Why don't you bank your money?" asked Dick. "Bec _ ause, Captain, the bank is so far away, and, besides, no one knows how safe banks are nowadays. If I have my money under my own eye, I know I got it." "But you came near not having it," said Dick. "If the lieutenant hadn't happened here you would have lost your daughter and money, too." "That's so, but what am I going to do?" "We've just got to hide that money where no one is going to lay hands on it," said David Loyde, the oldest and biggest of Betsy's brothers. "That's the best thing you , can do, sir," said Dick, who was )n haste to return to camp, in case despatches' should have been received during his absence. "Do you want us to help you?" The planter and his s on s did not seem very anxious for the help of the boys, who concluded that they had their doubts concerning their honesty as well a s that of the six rascals whom they had sent about their bu siness . Betsy, however, not s o ready to let them go. "Supp ose, they come back,'' she said. "What will we do then?" " Oh, we'll ha_ ve the money sa:liely hidden by them,'' an swered David confidently. "But it wasn't only the money they wanted," l>rotested Betsy. "Oh, when t.bey find they can't get the money, they'll let Si do h is own lovemaking," repliea })avid easily, as often with brothers, having no very g reat idea of the de sirability of their sisters for s ome other boys' sweethearts. "But they won't know the money's not here," persisted Betsy. . "We'll keep watch, Betsy," Dick said to her, in a low tone, and then added aloud: "If you don't need us any more, Mr. Loyde, w..e will go back, as it is getting on, and I have important matters awaiting me." "Very good, Captain. Much obliged for your help in drivin' off those rascals . They'll find they've reckoned without their host if they pay us another visit." -The boys went out, Bob saying to Dick: " I wonder if they place a higher value on the money from the tobacco crop than they do on the girl." "It takes one to keep the other," laughed Jack , Warren. "The farmer and his boys seem a bit s u spicious of u s, now that there is money in the house," declared Ben. "Well, we don ' t have to prove that we are all right," sputtered Bob. "I should think they would know it, though, after what we did." "Money makes a lot of difference," remarked Harry Judson. The six ruffians and the res t had disappeared, but as the boy s rode off, Dick said: "Those ruffians will come back, but not now. They will wait till it i s dark. At that time we will have some on e he r e to watch the cabin and see that they don't do any mischief." "But I don't see why they did not want us here," muttered Bob. " I saw that they did not, plain enough." "It was the money, Bob, just as Harry says,• replied Dick. "And they were afraid that they would nave to feed us all," added Harry Thurber. "But I thought that Carolina people were very hospitable,'' remarked Harry Judson. "Most of them are, but there is as much dif . ference in people as there is in pigs." "Betsy se ems a very good sort of girl," ob . .served Dick, as the boys smiled at Harry's remark, "but Dave and the boys might be better. I am afraid that they are the sort that are easily swayed one way or the other. If the Tories were in power here, . they would be Tories; but if the patriots were the uppermost, then they would be patriots." . "That's what you might call fair weather patriots,'' said Bob, in great disgust. "The girl does not seem to be that sort." "No, s he does not, .and I am willing to help Loyde and the boys for her sake." The boys went on some little distance farther1 intending t o take another road to the camp, an

.. THE LIBERTY BOYS AND CAPT. HUCK 5 "I'll see about your case," the man said profanely, and then he called to a black boy to bring his horse and soon rode away. "I reckon you got some 'surance ter talk ter Marse Huck lak dat," the black boy said, in an awed tcme. "Who was the red-faced man, did you say?" "Cap'n Christian Huck, de mos' ,pow'ful man in de deestrick, sah." "Was that the wicked Captain Huck? I am glad to know it. I shall know him again, and he will not get away so easily. Next to Bill Cunningham, he is the worst man in the region!" CHAPTER 111.-Watching for the Prowlers. Bill Cunningham, of whom Dick had spoken, was a Tory and outlaw, who, at the head of a band of ruffians as bad as himself and known as the " Bloody Scout," had spread terror through the Carolinas and was even then being pursued by the patriots. Christian Huck was a man of much .the .same caliber, but of less experience, Dick having heard of but never having seen him. "Why do they call him Captain Huck?" asked Bob. "Is he in the army?" "He is a Tory-brutal, crafty, profane and unprincipled," Dick replied. "They call him Captain Huck because he has a certain following and can command a considerable force of men as bad as himself by promising them plunder. Si Perkins ,and these others would join him in a moment." "And the Loydes ?" dryly. "Well, no, scarcely the Loydes, although they . would turn Tories if the latter were in power here." "But not Betsy?" heartily., "No, not Betsy.''" The landlord and s ome men in the inn had seen Dick tear down the placard and had also heard his remarks concerning Huck, but they said nothing, although they seemed inclined to side with the boys. " I don't know if you men are lukewarm patriots or not,'' said Dick, "but I would advise you, if you are on the fence, to get on the right side of it at once and take a stand for your country. Men like this impudent Houseman, at Rocky Mount, Captain Huck, Bill Cunningham and others, have no place here, and if you are men you will helP. to drive them out." "We cain't do nothin' agin the sogers, young sir," declared the landlord. "If the gin'ral comes along we mought do suthin', but we-uns cain't do nuthin' of ourselv es." "You can if you will," Dick returned. "We are only boys, but we are doing somethin. Have you any more of those proclamations in the house?" "Yus, plenty on 'em." "Let me have them." Dick spoke with such a tone of authority that the landlord went in and brought out a bundle of the proclamations. These Dick threw into a wet dish, pushing them down into the mud with his sword. "There! no one will see them!" he declared. "You men mus t assert yourselves, and you will see the good effect of it at once.'' "Wull, thes e here men comes to the tavern, and money is money," the landlord answered. "Money!" said Bob, in disgust. "I believe you men think more of money than you do of your souls!" "Wull, we've got ter live, hain't we?" protestingly. " I don't see the necessity of it,'' dryly, and the boys rode on and saw no more of the men at that time. . r -"These men and others like them have got to be stirred up,'' declared Dick. "They are afraid to take a decided stand, ori account of self-interest. The Loydes are just like them. A decided victory for our cause will turn them completely around, but it has got to be a decided one." "They make me disgusted!" sputtered Bob. "I have no patience with such time-servers!" "Nor have I very much, Bob, but we must not let them go entirely, for we must secure all the help we can, and we must not let them go over to the other side if we can help it.'' "I suppose not, but such milk-and-water patriots don't seem to be of much use to us.'' "Only in point of numbers, and that often counts, Bob. If the others see that we have a strong force they will not be s o offensive and a great p oint is gained." "Very true, but I like to see a man come out square and honest and not wait to see which way the wind blows.'' The others laughed, for there was never any doubt as to what Bob thought upon the subject. Dick and the boys reached the camp, at length, and before long all the boys were back from their various expeditions. They had destroyed a num of th.e and had prevented the post .or of others, and were in high spirits over the discomfiture of the Tories. Dick had made up his mind to go to the Loydes that night, but not till reasonably late, as he did not expect the robbers would return until every dark and il"l: the cabin. The boys occupied thems elves m various fashions till time to go to bed, the pickets were set, the fire s burned l?w, and everything quiet about the camp. Dick then, set off on MaJor, his black Arabian, and made way the planter's cabin, seeing no one the Journey . . Nearing the cabin, the saw a light and took up a po si tion in the b1;1shes about oppo s ite, giving no indication of his presence .but waiting for the light to go out. In a short time one of the boys came out with a lantern and went to the barn behind the cab in, being at length joined by Dave: Dick crept up without being s een or heard and watched the two men. . "Put it in m,anger, Eph," said Dave. "They will never thmk o lookin' there fur it.'' "Don't do it, that'll be just the place they will look. We better put it in the wagon. That' ll be the las t place they'll think of lookin' for anything.'' . Then another of the sons came out and said: "Dad says to bury it, ,but don't ye s'pose they'll see where we-uns have been diggin'?" "0' course, but that's just like dad. He's daft on the mattero' buryin' things." "Where'd vou nut. it. . Hi?"


----.... I 6 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND CAPT. HUCK "In the mow, o' course!" "Shucks! that ain't no place!" "Wull, of all the fool idees, that's the wust!" While they were disputing about it, the other on came out. "What you s'pose now?" he snarled. "Pap says he's goin' ter put the money under his pil ler, 'cause the skunks will never think o' goin' there fur it." " The idee!" " Sech foolishness!" "That's a fool place, that is." "That's what I told him. I wanted him to put i t under the rag carpet in the settin' room." Then there was a derisive laugh from all the rest. "Waal, ef you ain't wuss ' n pap!" "That is the foolin'est place I ever hearn tell on!" "Why, you're as loony as dad!" Then a wordy wrangle took place as to the best place to put the money, each of the sons maintaining vociferously that his selection was the only logical one, and that the others would be sure to be discovered immediately. Then Loyde came out and said sullenly: "Hain't ye thinked out a plai:e to hide the stuff yit? I'm plumb upsot about it m'self, an' reg'ly beat out to know where to hide the pesky thing so's them skunks won't find it." "Why, that's easy, dad. Put it in the smoke house." "Stuff! That's no good; put it in the pig pen." "Rubbish! The manger mought do, but under the floor is better." "No, put it down the well or under the beehives." Every one had a different place from the start, and all were very much puzzled as to which was the best, none agreeing with any of the others, however. It was all very amusing to Dick, who realized the troubles that the possession of mon ey brings, and he wondered if the matter would . be settled before morning. Then the young girl came out and said: "Here, it's time for you-uns to get to bed or t here'll be no gettin' you up in t!te morning till Jong after sun 'llP" "Wull, we gotter find a place to hide that mon ey so's them blame robbers won't get it," mut-t ered Loyde. . "Brother! that's hidden long ago!" the girl s aid, "so get to bed and don't be settin' up long after honest folk l1ave gone to roost." "Hid a'ready?" cried all the men. "Where'd ye put it?" All the men were talking at once and there was a perfect hubbub. "Never mind where I put it," retorted. Betsy decidedly. "It's safe and that's all you are going to know about it." . "Wull, that monefs mine, an' I gotter--" "Some on it's mme, I reckon! I'm twentyone an' I gotter--" . "Where'd ye put it, Bet?" "Yes, where ye done hide it, Sis?" "What does a gal know about sech thingsT Make her tell, pap." "I just won't, then!" cJeclared Betsy, taking t l1e lanterns from her brothers' hands. "Here, you just scat. to roose fast as ever you can. First thing I know you won't be asleep till daylight. Get to bed, the whole kit. Don't you suppose you-uns could tackle the robbers if they did try to get in? Now be off, every one on ye, or ye'll have to go to bed in the dark." " Yus, an' then Hi'll Jay acrosst the bed like he allus does when he gits in fust." The girl hurried them all away, closed and barred the barn door and then closed the door of tp.e cabin, the light presently going out and all being dark and still. "Bet is the only really sensible one of the lot," thought Dick, "and the money is safer with her than with all the rest. She has put it in some simple place, no doubt, where no one would think qf looking because it is so simple and it is perfectly safe." Then Dick waited in the dark, feeling sure that the Tories would come back to find the money upon which they had set thei]: heart's. It was fully an hour before he heard stealthy footsteps coming on along the road, and at last three men paused near to where he stood behind the bushes. "Where ye s'pose he done hid it, Si?" asked one. "Blessed if I know. There wa'n't none on ' em diggin' nowheres this evenin', fur's I could see." "Prob'ly they put it in the barn." " Wull, we kin look, but I don't think it's likely." "'Pears ter me the cabin is the supposin'est place," said another, who had not yet spoken, "an' I reckon we better git in fust." "How about the garden? They wouldn't haf ter dig there an' they could hide it easy.'f "I reckon the barn would be the more likely place." • "Shucks, no! they'd wanter keep it as nigh to 'em as they could." . "There's as much difference here as there was about a hiding place for the troublesome thing," was Dick's thought, with an inward chuckle . "Wull, it's easiest to look in the garden fust, 'cause the mQ_on's comin' up." "Huh! an' filiem fellers will see us an' plug us full o' buckshot I We better try the barn fust." This was reasoning which appealed to all, and they proceeded to the barn, Dick waiting and listening. Then two more men came up and there was a wordy war between them, the later comers asserting that the others meant to cheat them out of their share by going ahead. "One would think it belonged to them by right," laughed Dick. One of the Tories had a lantern, and they now set about getting into the barn, when sud denly Dick dashed ' out upon the road on Major's back and shouted: "There they are, boys! Give it to the thieves, shoot them down like wolves!" Then he fired two or three shots in rapid suc cession, the bullets striking the barn and making a great sputtering. The sound of the reports had not ceased to echo among the hills before Dick was alone, not a .Tory being in sight. Those fellows won't come back to-night," he laughed, . as he halted near the cabin . Then an upper window was opened and a aoft voice uked:


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND CAPT. HUCK 7 "That you, Captain? I reckoned you'd be around." "Yes, but it is all right now and you can go to sleep. You won't be troubled by these fellow s again." "But I don't see any of the boys . " "They are all in camp. boy of pluck was equal to half a dozen ruffians, just as one girl of spirit was able to manage as many stupid men just now. Good night!" Then Dick rode away, hearing a low laugh just before the window. was clo s ed then all was still. CHAPTER IV.-Lukewarm Patriots. Bob Estabrook, Mark Morris on, the second lieutenant, Ben, Sam, the two Harrys, and all the Liberty Boys that were awake were greatly interested and amused at the story of what happened at the cabin, and there were many hearty laughs over the affair. "Bet is all right," declared Bob, "and she is a good patriot, I know , but Loyde and the boys are a selfish, pig-headed lot, and they are as likely to turn Tories as they are to relllain pa triots ." "I think you a1e right, Bob, although the girl may hold them together, jus t as she managed the father and boy s to-night." "Well, she might do that, for there's no overestimating the influence of a good, se n si ble girl." "It is far-reaching, Bob, as you and I know, and this sensible girl may hold these uncouth men in check and make reasonable creatures of them in the end." The camp was presently quiet once more and remained s o till morning, when Patsy Brannigan blew the bugle to wake them up and start them on another day's work in the cause of independence . "Christian Huck is about Houseman will be angry at the reception given to his proclama tions," remarked Dick to his two lieutenants and a number of the boy s after breakfast, "and 1 think we had better take a look about and see what is doing." "Some of the boy s will want to see that pretty git! again," chuckled Mark, who was consider able of a tease, in a good-natured way. "For instance, there is Jack, who is just dying to see her, I know." " l think you may be a little interested yourself, Mark," said Jack dryly. "You have not seen her yet', and I shouldn't be surprised if you were speaking one word for me and two for yourself." The boy s smi led , for although Mark and Jack wei-e fast friends , they had these little contests of fun now and then. "I?" said Mark, coloring. "Oh, I haven't any• }nteres t in the girl, old man. I have one of my own, you know." "How do you know that I have not?" a sked Jack, with a sly look at Ben and the two Har-rys. • That set Mark to a sking questions at once, as the merry fellow was sure it would . " "Who is s he, Jack?" he asked. "Have I seen her? Do you know her, Ben? What is s he like, Harry? You never told me anything about it, you sly fellows." " Oh, I didn't say I had," laughed Jack. " I just asked you ho w you knew that I had not." The other1boys ,all laughed, and Mark realized that he had been caught in a. trap and laughed with the rest. In a short time Dick set out with Mark, Jack, the two Harrys, Ben and Phil Waters, all on horse back and well provided fo1 a meeting with the enemy . The boys all hao their mu skets and several pistol s apiece, and, a s they were all good shots, it was likely that they would do s ome execution if it came to a serious pas s with either Tories or redcoats. Near ing the settler's cabin, they saw a number o1 men in front of the place, and Dick said: "Come on, boy s, there seems to be s ome son of excitement at the cabin and we may be need ed." "The1 e's a girl looking out the windo w, Jack,' chuckled Mark. "Is that the one you're interested in?" "You mus t be, Mark," with a grin, "as you saw her before I did." As the boy s came up and halted before the cabin, Dick heard the settler say: "Waal, I donno, if I thought I'd raise any more terbacky an' get better prices fur it, mebby I mought." "Of course you w ould," said .the man Dick had seen di stributing handbills the day before. "Yo u are bound to be more successful, and then you will have the protection of--" "Of a lot of thieving Tor.les, who come at night and try to take away the little he has " in-terrupted Dick. ' captain is exclaimed the girl in wmdow, if g_o to swearing alle giance to any kmg and JOmmg a lot of traitors to their country, you can just look out for your se lve s, for I'm not g oing to .work and slave for any such lot of ingrates, I can just tell you that dad, and you, Dave, and Hi, and the lot of you!" "Hurrah for Bet!" cried Jack. "Give her a cheer, boy s ! " The cheers were given with a will, "and now Dick turned to the Tory and said in a determined tone: . " So, you trying to make converts among the patriots, are you ? If you are not out of this before I am out of the saddle, I will have you hanged to the tree yonder." He made a move as if to dism -ount, when the over-ze a lous Tory jumped upon hi s own horse and rode away as if all the patriots in the Caro linas were after him. Many of the others moved away, and especially Si Perkins and one or two whom Dick had s een hanging about the house the night befo1e. " Get ou t of here, Si Perkins!" said Dick fierce ly. "How dare you come around here when you were here only las t night, trying to find out where Loyde had put hi s money?" . "Wai:n't s o! " blurted Si. "Wasn't around here 'tall l astevenin'. I was ter bed before candlelight, an' never stirred out'n "it till daylight an' I kin prove it." "By s ome other iia1 as big as yourself, I sup pose," d r yly. "There are three of you fellows


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND CAPT. HUCK whom I know to be thieves, and if you a1e not out of here in ten seconds, that tree yonder will bear some unaccustomed fruit. Get ropes, boys!" No further hint was needed, and Si and his companions took themselves away in haste. "Loyde, I am ashamed of you!" Dick con tinued. "It would serve you right if we withdrew our protection of wavering fellows like you and made you look out for yourselves. Our duty cannot b&> neglected, however, and as long as you are even the half-hearted patriots that you are, we will look out for you." "What can a passel o' boys like you-uns do agin the kin:g's sogers, I'd like ter know?" a s ked ' ; he settler angrily, nettled at being shown his plain duty by the young captain. "A good deal, and you will see it. One Liberty Boy scattered a half dozen prowling thieves last night, and you never knew a thing of it, you and your great hulking boys, who ought to be in the army, every one of them, instead of thinking of going with the Tories, the very men who would rob you." "You step out here away from yer sogers an' I'll show ye whuther I be good fur anythin' or not!" snal"led Dave. . "You don't know what you are talking about, my man," laughed Mark. "The captain could break your back as easy as this," and the dashy fellow reached up and snapped a twig between his fingers. "You had best take my advice and Jeave him alone." "I won't do it!" fiercely. "You-all are a lot of rebels, an' when Cap'n Huck comes this way he'll scatter ye like chaff. Ye're on'y hangin' about . yere to see what ye kin. steal ennyhowl" "Dave! for shame!" cried the girl in the win <'ow. "Take that back or I'll give you ' a: thrashing!" said MarJc; jumping down from the big gray he r ode. "I have your permission, . Captain?" "Yes," simply. "Won't take nuthin' back!" snarled Dave, who was bigger than Dick even, Mark being younger than the captain. Mark threw aside his coat, hat and pistol belts, tossed them to Jack Warren, and ran full tilt at t he big Carolinian. Dave thought to strike h i m a s he came on, but Mark got in under the other's guard, and with one or two swift blows had h im on his back gasping breath. "Will you take it back?" Mark asked, in a Jow, fierce tone, full of wrathful indignation. " Yus, I were on'y funnin' I" muttered Dave, as he got up and walked away. " You were notr" Dick. " Look here, Loyde, i f you and your sons do not declare themselves patriots this moment, we will regard you as T o r ies, withdraw all protection, and treat you as w e treat the Tories. There is your choice, now make it!" " I swan ter man, I never said I wasn't a rebel, Cap'n, an' I'll be one now if you say so." "I don't want you to be a rebel," indignantly. " We know of no rebels, we are patriots. Upon my word, I don't believe you are worth taking n otice of at all. ' I would not if it were not for Bet. She is worth double the lot of you, and you are a set of blind fool s not to take her advice." "What de w wimmin kno w about s e c h things ?" sc ornfully. "Everything! More than a lot of men, at all events, and more than you and your hulking boys. I am a s hamed of you all and if it were not for Bet I'd let you go!" . Looking up t he road, Dick saw the glint Qf scarlet unifo1m s , and said quietly to Jack: "Go and pick up all the boys you can, J a ck. There are some on the other road, I know." Jack was off on his speedy mare like a shot, and the settler and his _ sons looked after him, never noticing the distant redcoats. The boys saw all them, but did not look that way, and one would hav e thought that they knew nothing about them. Lo y de did not altogether like the positive tone w hich Dick took with him, but Dave's experience taught him wisdom , and he said nothing. Then, as if he had nothing more to say, Dick got in the saddle, nodded to t he boys and set off at an easy canter. "These fellows will s ee us before long,' ' he said to Mark, " and come i u shing after us, but I think that Jack will find s ome of the boys and that the enem y will not have t he easy tas k tl\at they imagine." . The r edcoats quickJy saw D ick and the others, as Dic k said they w ould, and came flying after them, .ii ever stopping at the cabin as they m i g h t have done at another time. "That is all right,'' said Dick . "If they had stopped . there, w e would have had to go and see about it, but now they are too anxious to c atch us." The boy s rode on at the same easy jog, as if in no hurry to get away from the redcoats , w ho thereupon came on at a gallop instead of taking . warning by the young patriots' indifference. They were c atching up w i t h . the boys , when D i ck's practiced ear caught the sound of horses coming on at a rap id pace. "Go a little faster, boys,'' he said . "We want t o lead these fellow s on. Jack and a number of t he Liberty are coming." They das h ed a head a s if very anxiou s to get a way now and t he redcoats gave a shout of triumph. "Surrender, y ou r ebel s !" they cri ed hoarsely, spurring on with r enewed speed . The boys w en t on, but shortly w heeled, as Jack Warren and t w o scor e of the Liberty Boys cams s uddenly around a bend in the road. The redcoats no w became instead of pursuers, and realized that they had fallen into a trap cleve rly set by the d e s pi s ed young " rebels . " _"After them, Liberty Boys!" s houted D ick. "Catch the redco ats!" The enemy s p e d on faster than e ver, and after them went t he gallant boys, determined to give them a le ss on. Past the cabin raced th& redcoats , ho t l y pursued by Dick and his . plucky boys, Bet sy waving her handkerchief and crying: . "Drive them out, boys; that's the way to treat them! Chase t hem right up to Rocky Mount!" The boys went on with a shout and a cheer, and the redcoat s went even faster than before1 thinking that the cheers meant the arrival ot reinforcements. The boys followed the girl's in structions, laughingly given, and pursued the enemy right to the fort at Rocky Mount, when they fired a volley, suddenly wheeled and rode away with a shout and a chorus of mockinlr


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND CAPT. HUCK 9 laughter. Back toward the cabin they went, and, nearing it, saw Captain Huck about to dismount. "There is that Tory villain!" cried Dick. "It is an insult for him to stop there. Seize the 1uffian if you can!" Then the boys dashed on at full speed. CHAPTER V.-.A,nother Encounter With Huck. Captain Huck, being alone and seeing his danger sprang into his saddle in an instant and shot off up the road like wildfire, quickly tak_ing a side road, which Dick knew led into a particu larly wild bit of country, where he did not care to risk either Major or himself. He stopped and spoke to Betsy, saying with a laugh: . . "Well, my girl, we followed your advice and drove those fellows as far as Rocky Mount. It was a saucy thing to do, but they. will under stand now that we are not to be trifled with." "So will Captain Huck," laughed the girl. "That man is just terrible! He had the assur-. ance to speak to me. but I would not listen and turned my back on him . " "And that's the sort of man your father was thinking of going in company with!" said Dick "a profane, vulgar, unprincipled fellow!" The boys were not at the cabin now, Loyde was just in s ide, and came out a s Dick finished speaking. " I reckon I won't now, Cap'n," he saia, coloring. "You done made me plumb o' my self an' when I seen you -a ll chas m them red ' coats lickety spt, I just made up my mind that you \\as about right." "But when they were chasing u s , yc;iu thought that we were entirely in the wrong, I suppose?" with a dry laugh, and a wink at Mark. "No. I didn't," hurriedly, "'cause I reckoned you-all had put up some trick onto the redcoats, an' would get the best on 'em . " "You will have to prove, yoursel f a more tho1 ough patriot, Mr. Loyde, before I can take your mere word for it," said Dick. "At present you think more of personal pain than of principle, and that will . have to be entirely changed. Take Bet's advice more, and learn to think that the women have some share of the sense of the world and not that the men have it all." Then the boys rode away, giving Bet a salu te, which caused her to blush furiously and l ook greatly pleased at the same time. "She will bring them around, I guess," ob served Mark, "for she is a good girl and a thorough patriot." "She isn't your girl, Mark,'' laughed Jack, "so what have to say about it?" and all the boys chuckled. The boys were riding through a wooded road, when Dick suddenly drew rein and said: "Hide in the woods quick , boys. There is some one coming, and I have an idea that they are enemies. I caught a woTd or two whicl;l makes me think so." In a few moments boys were all hidden among the trees, so me quite near to the road and others at a little distance, Dick being near the road behind a thick clump of bushe s , Major ly-ing down and being out of sight. The boys presently heard the sound of voices, and heard Si Perkins say in a high-pitched voice: "We"ll all be in the old field in the mornin' an' take the oath Q' 'legiance to the king, an' then yew'll see how them rebels'll run." "I reckon they will," declared another, "an' when Cap'n Huck gets arter 'em, they'll run faster yit, by gum!" ' There were several of the Tories, for su. ch they beyond a doubt, but Dick did not care to molest them at that time. They had given him som e important'information, and if he made himself known they might change their plans. He allowed them to go on, therefore, and when they were all out of sight, signalled to the boys to iesume their horses. . r Houseman's proclamations have had some effect, it seems,'' he said, "and the Tories are go ing to meet in the old field, thinking that it will have an effec t upon the people of the district and induce them to flock to the royal standard. Well, we'll see if it will." . "I'd like to have taken Si Perkins and given l1im a good thrashing," declared Jack, "but that wo uld have let. them know that we knew their plans and they might have changed them." "We'll give you another chance to thrash Si, Jack," said Mark. "And I'll make all the better job of it for having waited," was the answer. "Si Perkins is a Tory sne'k and deserves a good trouncing." The boys did not see any more Torie s, al though they rode a considerable distance, and at last. they went into the camp, just a s Carl Gookenspieler, the fat German Liberty Boy, wa!' beating the drum to call them all to dinner. The boys who had remained in camp wanted to know all that had happened, and were greatly amused as well as interested by the story of the boy' s adventures. "Then there will be more for us to do, if we are going to di sperse these Tories,'' muttered Bob. "That's a task that Wi will all like to take a hand in." "We must see some of the good patriots of the region," added Dick, "and tell them about it. They will want to do something." "That will give Loyde a chance to show what side he is on," added Mark. "If he goes to the old field with the patriots and helps to run out thes e Tories, it will settle his position, but if he does not, I don't think we can trust him any further." ..-"I shall rtot say anything to.-him," replied Dick. "He will probably hear of it if we tell the patriots, and then he can do as he sees fit. It rests entire y wi .th him." After din er the boys remained quiet for some time, and then Dick and Bob set out on their to go i . n a direction than that of the morning, learn what they eould, and warn the people of the intended meeting of the Tories . They had ridden a little distance, when they heard a sudden tumult ahead of them, and da s hed on to see what it meant. In front of a log cabin ai;ound a bend in the road they saw Cap tain Huck dragging an old man out of the hou se, two boys trying to prevent him. "Stop!'' shouted Dick, urging Major forward.


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND CAPT. HUCK There were other men with Huck, but the moment they saw the two mounted Boys they das hed away, leaving the wicked leader alone . Huck dropped the old man, dove into a cabin and out at the rear and into the woods before Dick and Bob could get after him. Dick fired a shot at him, doing no damage, however, as was shown by the hearing of the man's foot steps for some moments. "I a m greatly obliged to you, young sirs," the old man said, getting up. "That wicked man would have taken me away if you had not ar1 ived when you did." • "Why did he wish to injul'e you, sir?" asked Dick, reloading his pistols. "He wanted me to join the Tories and threatened to hang me if I did not. I would never join them, no matter what he did." "That shows the difference between a ieal patriot and the fair weather kind, such a s we have s een," muttered Bob. "I am very glad we came up," continued Dick. "We have had one or two encounters with this fellow Huck, and he knows ou r determination to catch him now and will keep away from us." "He is a wicked man," the old man nodded, "but many are afraid of him. and will join him on that account. He has no principle and his followers are of the worst sort." " Yes. we have seen some of them. I can readily understand how the weak-minded fear him, but we are not afraid of him, and would like nothing better than to capture and deliver him over to j ttstice." "f hope you will, for a!? s oon as he is out of the way, the Tories will lose power here and the patriots will have a better chance." _ The old man thanked the boy s again and returned to the house, his young rescuers proceeding on their way. They saw a number of patriot farmers, and told them o i the intended meeting of the Tories in the old field the next morning, urging upon them the nece ssity of breaking it up. "You can depend on u s to do that, Captain," rleclared one decid ed ly. "Them Tories and the redcoats think they can run this here district to suit themselvees, but they'll find they're mis taken." "If Houseman allows that he kin get us under his thumb, he better change his mind," replied another. "That. there meetin'll be broke up as sure as preachin', Cap'n." "And we will help you do it," declared Dick. They saw a number of the farmers of the re gion who were Qpposed to the Tories, and they a ll agreed to help break up the meeting, promising to keep the matter strictly among thems elves so that the Tories might not hear anything about i t and take alarm. Returning to the camp at length. after telling a number of the patriots and getting their promise to tell still others, Dick said to the boys: "We will keep quiet till w e are ready to fall upon these w1etches, so that they will not s us pect our purpose and go el sew here. We must take a decided stand against them so that the-y: will know that we are in earnest aitd cease their nefarious practices.". "The Liberty have taught le ss on s to fellow s like these before," added Bob, "and we are ieady to do it again." CHAPTER VI.{_Breaking Up the Meeting. Early the next morning the Liberty Boys set out for the old field where the Tories were going to hold their meeting, declare their allegiance to the king and proceed to receive license from Houseman to commit all sorts of excesse s against the patriots. They rode to within a ' short distance of the old field, and tlien di s mounted, Dick sending some boy s ahead in different directions to s ee if the Tories were yet assembled. The two Harrys went together, Ben and Sam being something behind them, and were advancing cautious ly, when they suddenly ran into an ambu s h of Tories. Si Perkins and others whom they had _ seen were am'hng the number, the men quick l y s eizing them and taking off their coats. "Yew pe sky rebels haY!! been givin' us lots o' trouble, an' now we're goin' tew give yew s ome," snarled Si. One of the men now led out a half-broken and very vicious horse, and the boys were upon his back, bound together and with their arms fastened to their sides. "Set him loo se, an' let him go over the mountings an' acrosst rivers an' anywhere," growled one. "Yes, sir! that'll be wuss'n the tumble them two rebels give us yestiddy," sputtered another. "We'll the blame rebels that we can use 'em jist as bad as they use u s , by durn ! " snarl ed Si. "Let him go, boys!" roared another. "Give him a good crack!" Then s ome one gave the wild horse a smart blow on the flank that sent him rushing forward through the woods at the great risk of the boys' limbs if not of their neck s. Then he dashed out of the woods and toward the old field where the Tories were no doubt now assembled. Mean time, Ben and Sam had run back with all speed to acquaint Dick with the mi s fortune of the two boy s. They quickly found him, and Ben said: "The two Harrys have been caught by Tories, and I am afraid something dreadful may hap pen to them." "Forward!" cried Dick. "There is no time to be lost. If the two boys are injured these wretch es will s uffe r for it!" Then signals were given to advance at once, and all the Liberty Boys hurried on from dif ferent points . The Tories had assembled in considerable numbers, and were waiting . for the redcoats to come and swear them in and give them their instructions in regard to the "reb els." Captain Huck was not see n, and Dick was not certain if the wicked leader would put in an appearance. At once the brave boy s dashed for ward, and began to fire upon the assembled To ries, causing great consternation among them. Then a number of the patriots, disguised as Indians and with their faces painted, appeared at another point and at once fell upon the Tories with great fury. Suddenly Dick saw the two Harrys bound upon a vicious and thoroughly frightened horse coming toward him across the open.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND CAPT. HUCK 11 "Give it to the wretches, boys! " he shouted. "Co.tch and hang all the Tories you can!" "Find Si Perkins and hang him first of all!" roared Bob. "Hallo, there are Lbyde and all his boys doing goo d work!" echoed Mark. "Well, it's about time!" "I should say so," sputtered Jack. "Bet has been giving them a good , talking to, I guess." Dick, seeing the plight of the two Harrys, hurried toward them, shouting to the rest to scatter the Tories. The patriot farmers were already doing good execution among the scoundrels and showing what they were made of. Loyde and his sons, with no disguise but in their ordinary garb, were dealing stalwart blows upon the Tories, and taking such a decided stand that no one would now doubt where their sympathies were. A s the hors e bearing the two bound and helpless boys came dashing up, Dick ran forward and seized him by tbe bridle. Meanwhile the Liberty Boys were charging upon the Tories and scattering them in all directions. "Whoa!" cried Dick, seizing the bridle of the furious horse firmly and forcing him back upon hi s haunches . The vicious c reature tried to rear and to bite and kick, but Dick forced him backward. "Whoa, I tell you!" the determined boy said firmly, and ,the evil c reature recognized that he had found hi s master. . Then some of the brave l a d s ran up and cut the bonds of the two hapless bo ys , quickly releasing them from their dangero u s position. Dick then let go of the horse, w hich at once ran off after the Tories, as if s eekin g congenial companions. "Well, he's in good company, anyhow," laughed Lishe Green, one of the boys. "It's the kind he's u sed to, at any rate," added Phil Waters. / The Tories had fled, but now the redcoats appeared and began to attack the Liberty Boys. Dick quietly called them all together, mounted them, and charged the redcoats with more fury than he had charged the Tories , even. "Away with them, boys! " he s houted. "These are the fellows that stir up the Tories agains t u s ! Down with them!" echoed Bob. "Yes, and .the Indians, too,'' added Mark. "Give it to tl1em, boys!" "Liberty forevel ! Scatter the redcoats! Drive them back to their quarters! Away with them!" yelle d the daring boys, as they urged their hors e s forward. A tremendous volley rang out, and then the sharp cracking of pistols foll6wed, and many of the redcoats were seen to leave their s addles, numerous gaps being seen in the ranks of the foot soldiers. The Tories had fled from the field into the woods, up and down the rQ,_ad, and in every direction, and now the redcoats were being sent upon the run, the gallant boys having no mercy upon them, put being-1.'esolved to send them racing back to their camp with all speed. "This will be a lesson to Houseman,'' muttered Dick, "and I want to make it one that he will remember. Fo1ward, Liberty Boys!" • Shouting their battle cry, the plucky fellows charged the enemy furiously, firing volley after volley and giving the redcoats no time to rally. There. was no standing against that tremendous charge, and the redcoats ran as if all Sumter's army were after them, and evidently thinking that the "Carolina Gamecock" were after them, and ,not a band of resolute boys whom they slightingly alluded to as "saucy young rebels." The boys chased them as before right to Rock1 Mount, and then, giving a ringing cheer, tumed and rode away. "That settles the question of swearirng allegiance to King Houseman!" laughed Bob. "I'll wager you won't find any more Tories meetin'i t<,>gether for that purpose in this neighborhood. "It will greatly incense Houseman, however," replied Dick, "and you will see him taking some decided steps toward subduing us in a short time." "No doubt,'' shortly. "And meantime Sumter is coming," spoke up Mark, "a.nd the Liberty Boys a1e not the fellows to remain idle." "We must be on the lookout," continued Dick . "No doubt this wicked Huck will be commis sioned to do all the mischief he can with the notion of terrifying the patriots " "Captain Houseman is just as bad as Huck himself for employing the evil fellow," declared JJbb hotly. "See what happened to Burgoyne, for his employment of savage Indians. The same thing will happen to Houseman and all like him." "There i s no doubt about that, Bob," rejoined Dick simply. On the way back to camp, the boys came upon Loyde and a number of his neighbors retuming from dispersing the Tories. "Ye done all right, Loyde," one was saying, "an' now we know where to put ye; but I'll be hanged if I did last evenin', by gum!" "Wull, he's kin<} o' slow makin' up his mind, but when he does do it, they ain't no mistakin' where he's at," declared another. Neither the planter nor his sons said anything, seeing Dick and the Liberty Boys, and Dave looked rather sheepish when he saw Mark. The boys rode on and soon left the planters behind, Jack saying with a laugh: "I have an idea that Loyde would have blown his own trumpet pretty loud if we had not come up when we did, but, as it was , he thought he had better not." It had come to pas s when one had to declare himself one w a y ot another," replied Dick, "and Loyde was simply shamed into standing for the patriots. I don't fancy that kind very much my self, but I suppo s e they are better than none." "Yes, to influence others a s undecided a s them selves to do som ethi ng," replied B o b, and all the boys laughed. "Well, numbers often count a s much a s prin ciples," added Dick . Farther, along on the road they met Betsy, riding horseback, and all the boy s saluted, "You boys have done fine!" the girl declared . "I and the boy s a shaking up las t evening, and made 'em a shamed o' theirs elve s , and I reckon that's why they done joined the me n this morning and fit the Tories like they did." "I knew that you had done s omething, Bet, " said Dick, 1'and i t was a good thing that you d id,


12 . THE LIBERTY BOYS AND CAPT. HUCK for your father and the boys would have had to leave the di strict if they had not taken t he stand they did." "That's just what I a llowed, and I told dad and Dave and the res t that if they w anted to be reckoned among a lot of Tory skunks and be drove out of the regi on, they could keep on set tinl... down as they was

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND CAPT. HUCK . 13 "Take him in the settin' room, he cain't get out'n there, 'cause the winders is nailed up." The two Tories took Dick into the cabin, the old woman saying in a shrill tone: "I ain't goin' ter have. no rebels in my settin' room, I tell ye that, to have it all muss ed up l Put him in the barn 01" the smokehouse, if ye wanter." "Put him in the fust bedchamber ye come ter," muttered the man. "That ole woman is too blame purtic'lar." "I ain't goin' to hav e no rebels in my bedcham ber," cried the old woman angrily. "Put him in the parlo.r, ef yer like. That's on'y used fur fun'als, an' it hain't been cleared up s ence the last. one, an' I reckon it's mus,ty." Then the man with the rope got up and fol lowed the others , telling hem when to stop. Pushing open a door, he entered a scantily furnished room where everything was old and fad. ed, and said: "Leave the rebel here. The windows are nailed up, an' he cain't get out. Ye kin lock the door, an' then you got him safe an' sound." "There's another door," said one of the men, pointing to a connecting room at one s ide. "That's locked, an' you needn'ter be afeard o' that. Jist leave him here. He'll be all right fur the short time he'll be 'here." The men went out, locking the door, and Dick was left alone. Although the man with the pipe had said the conecting door was locked, Dick thoug.llt he had better see for himself, and a s soon as he ceased t o hear the footsteps of the men in the passage outside, . he went over and tried it. It was locked, to be sure, but the lock was a very flimsy and the door itself was by no means strong. Listening for a few moments, Dick heard loud laughter in the front of the house, and judged that Huck and the Tories were drinking and enjoying themselves in their way, and that they would not trouble him for some little time. At that moment he heard something strike one of the windows, and, looking in that direction, he saw Bet jus t outside sitting astride her horse. He nodded and then li stened a moment or two, hearing nothing sus piciou s , and then went over to the door. Putting his shoulder to it, he burst it open and stepped into the next room, which was u s ed as a bedchamber. There was one window here, and, stepping over t<>r it, he opened it and jumped out. "I don't think much of their means of keeping prisoners," he s aid, with a laugh. "So you saw them catch me, did you, Bet?" "Yes , and I allowed I'd get you out rittht soon. 'Vhere's your ho ss , Captain?" "He ran away. I sent him off. He will be sur e to go back to camp, and then the boy s wi ll come and look for me. "I reckon you better get up with me," with a laugh. "That's better' n walk,in', and you don't know when the boys ' ll come." • "Very true. Are the men in front of the house?" "Not outside, but they mought be at a winder • an' $ee you, an' I reckon we better go round a bit. Jump up,' an' I'll show you the way." "All right," and Dick got up behind, there being little room in front with the bag of meal o-ver the saddle. They went back of the hou se and round, but all of a s udden a man came running out and s eized the horsels bridle. Then he began to shout, but Bet s uddenly toppled the sack of meal off the saddle and sent him reeling with the bag on top of him. "I reckon he won't get p in a hurry," the girl laughed, as she went on, "an' I don't mind lo sin' the meal for the sake o' getting you free, Cap tain." "We don't need to lose it," laughed Dick, jumping down. The Tory's breath was pretty. well knocked out of him by the sack, which Dick took up readily, threw ove r the saddle, and then jumped up be hind, saying: "Drive on, Bet. He won't yell again for a few minutes, and by that time we will be fal' enough away for safety." Dick saw the man stagger to his feet as they reached the road, and look around. in a dazed way, starting for the cabin at an uneasy gait. Then 'they went on and did not again see him. "That is all right, Bet," said Dick. "Major must have gone at a gallop, and it will not be long before SQme of the boys w'll be coming this " 'ay." Getting upon the road, they went on -at a good rate, and in a short time, as Dick had said, they saw a number of the Liberty Boys coming on at a gallop . Dick jumped down and waved his hand to the boys, who came on faster than ever. There were Bob Estabrook and a score of the boys, and they had Major with them, us ing him t'o find Dick. "C ome on, boys!" cried Dick. "If we are quick, we may catch Huck and a lot of Tories." "Then we'll go as fast as you say," cried Bob. •;Come on, boys ! " "Good-by, Bet, and much obliged to you," said Dick, as he leaped into the saddle. "Come on, boys. We must do our best to catch that sc oun drel, Captain Huck!" on went the boys, dashing down the l;yie with Dick in the lead, and shortly coming in sight of 1he long, rambling cabin, with the man sitting on the doorstep s moking his pipe as before. "Gret sneks ! " he s uddenly exclaimed, getting up i n greater h aste than Dick had ever s een him di s play. "Lay low, yew fellers, here come s Dick Slater an' a right smart o' rebels. Cut it, yew skunks!" A number of men appeared at the doo r, and then dodged back again in great haste, raising a loud alarm, • "Around the house, boys!" shouted Dick. "Sur round the place . The wicked leader mu s t not e sc ape. Let the others go, but be sure and get C aptain Huck!" The boy s da s hed ahead on both side s o:( the cabin, Dick drawing hi s s word and rushing in at the front door. He he ard hurried footsteps, and presently caught a glimps e of Huck flying out of a rear door . Then he heard s hots and went on, dashing outside in time to see the Tory run off into the woods, where the boy s could not fol low. The boys caught one or two of the men, but Si Perkins and the r e s t escaped. The captured men were stripped to the waist, furnished with s tout switches and forced to give each other a sound thrashing, after which they were set


/ 14 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND CAPT. HUCK free. They shot away in different directions, the boys laughing heartily at their haste. "That's the way to s erve these sneaking To ries,'' laughed Jack. "It's a good sight better than hanging,'' added Ben. "They'll keep away from us and each other for a long time now," chuckled Ben. "We would have treated Huck differently if we had caught him," said Dick, "and he probably 1 knew it. Well, he has escaped and we may as w ell go on." The old woman met them as they were getting on their horses at the front of the cabin, and s aid, in a high, querulous voice: "You-uns has got great assurance to come tearin' through a body's house like a lot o' wild cats, I must say, but I ain'ter goin' hev et, an' ef there's any law in the land, I'll have et onter yew rebels afore sundown, yew jist-Lor, ef they haven't rid right on an' never lis t ened to a word I sayin'I" CHAPTER VIII.-Surprises of 411 Sorts. The boys were disappointed that Huck had escaped, but they were glad to have found Dick, and comforted themselves with the thought that they would catch Huck some other time, or at any rate rout him and his evil companions and drive them from the region. They made their way up the road instead of down, Dick wishing to see if there were any tidings of Sumter's coming, or if the redcoats were making any more trouble or had received reinforcements. "I think it very likely that Hou seman will com mission this so-called Captain Huck to organize an army among the Tories and outlaws of the region, and send them out against the patriots, and if he should suspect that Sumter was com ing, he would do it all the sooner." "In order to get wavering patriots like Loyde o n their side," muttered Bob. . "Exactly, while if we have one or two decisive victories, and then Sumter comes along, we exert a strong moral influence and get a large following." "I suppose you have got to reckon on a lot of s uch people," declared Bob .impatiently, "but it does not seem to me as if that sort were worth very much. They are simply waiting to see w hich side is going to win, and they will join that." "That's human nature, Bob,'' , laughed Dick, "and you mu s t count upon it more or less. I don't li k e it myself, but how are you going to h elp it, after all?" I suppose you can't, but I've no use for t he milk-and-water sort of patriots myself." "Bet , Loyde is not that sort," observed Ben, "and we have seen other girls just like her." "And the more ,.there are, the better," laughed Harry Thurber. The boys saw no redcoats and were not troubled by Tories, and at length returned to the c amp, where they found things going on as usual. After dinner Dick went out with a few of the boys, and had not ridden very far before they met coming along on horsebac' "Not going to the mill again, are you, Bet?" asked Dick, tipping his hat. " No, but I've been trying to find your camp, 'cause I reckon that Huck and some of them pesky Tories are going to try to rout you-uns out, and I allowed I'd better tell you." "But they don't know where our camp is," Dick replied. " You 're right sure of that, Captain?" anxiously. "l don't believe they know it. You _ don't, do you?" c "No; though I allowed it was over this way somewhere, and the '11ory fellers think the same and maybe they might find it." ' "Very true, they might do that, but we w ould know that they we r e looking for it and w ould be on the watch o r them. We always keep a watch on the camp. We are just as much obliged to you, however, for coming to war n us and it w ill make us all the more careful. D o you know how many are coming?" "Quite some, I reckon. I heard some on 'em talking about it, and then Si Perkins he sneered at me 'cause I wouldn't have nothing to do with him, an' hinted around that . he an' s ome o' the same sort was goin' ter swoop down on you-uns an' drive you out'n the district to-night. He only hinted an' thought I wouldn't know, but Si Perkins ain' t over bright, an' I never let on that I suspicioned anything, but I did, all the same, and I allowed I'd better tell you about it right quick." . "You're a good girl, Bet, and we will be on the watch for these fellows. So you don't care for Si Perkins?" with a laugh. " Shucks, no, an' leas t of all sence he tried to run away with ::ne." "Well, we will keep a lookout on Si and the rest of them, and if they attempt to play any trick on us they will get into trouble, the first thing they know." "Well, I didn't tell Si, but if he hasn't got sense enough to know that I saw through his hintin', th. en ser;-re him good and right if you-uns give him an the rest of the Tories a good thrashing." The boys went on with Bet for . a short dis tance and then turned off toward Rocky Mount to have a look at the redcoats. On the road they met Hiram Loyde, one of Bet's younger brothers w ho said: ' "You-uns better look out for Si Perkins an' them fellers. They're reckonin' on gettin' inter your camp ter-night an' cleanin' on ye out. " "H_o do you know that, Hiram?" asked Dick. "S1 told me he was goin' ter; an' mebby they' d get Cap ' n Huck ter help 'em. He reckone d I was a Tory an' s o he done told me all about the thing." "They don't know where our camp is, Hiram. By the way, I don ' t care whether they do or not but you want to look out for Si Perkins and keep a watch on Bet , or that fellow will be running away with her." " Shucks, I don't care!" guffawed the boy. " Si's as good as any feller, I reckon, an' she better have him than die an ole Diaid. I don't bother ' m'self 'bout other folks's affairs. I reckon she'd just as lief have Si as anybody else." " .That's where you are mistaken, Hiram. It ta


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND CAPT. HUCK 15 your business t<> protect your sister, and you should look after other people's affairs in that regard. You would be very sorry if anything happened to .Bet." "Wull, I reckon I might, but as fur as this o r that feller sparkin' her, I don't care nuthin'. She kin look out fur herself there, I guess." The young farmer went on, and the boys continued on the r oad toward Rocky Mount at an easy gait. "That young fellow i s jus t like a lot of men in this region,'' said Bob. " All he thinks of is his own affairs , and yet if he got in trouble he would think it very queer if others did not go to his assistance ." "The whole family is just like him," added Ben. "The other day when Bet ran off to get them to help you, the first thing they thought of was their money and not the boy who had helped their s ister." "It w ill take Bet to shame this young fellow into thinkin g of anybody o r anything but himself,'' laughed Dick. "And you . think that Si Perkins might try and run off with her yet, Dick?" a sked Bob . "Yes, but these people will not think anything about it till it happens, and then they will c ome and ask us to help them." ""Well, we'd do it, Dick." "Ye s, but not for thei. r sake." Proceeding, the boy s at length came to a tavern not very far from Rocky Mount, where they sa\\' a number of redcoats eating and drinking anti f< .-:io.king and greatly enjoying themse lve s. They were not more than half a dozen of the boys , and there see med to be more than that number of the redcoats, but Dick said, with a laugh, pointing to the tavern: "Talking about surprises, we might give thos e redcoats one. They don't know how many there are of us, and the appearance of half a dozen might alarm them as much as fifty." "That's s o," added Bob, "so it would, and I am for giving them a go od fright." The redcoats had not see n the boys as yet, be ing too much occupied with their bwn affairs, but now Dick and his companions dashed up to the inn with a shout and sprang for the hors e s tethered at the hitching bar. Then there was a cry of alarm from _within, and the redcoats hurried to th,e door to fasten it and keep the boy s out .. Others , thinking that there might be a full company of the gallant fellows, and they were sure to get in eventually, ran to the rear door and hurried to the barn where s ome of the horses were secured. "Carolina horses are not the be st," laughed Dick, "and these are o f that variety mostly, but if we can make these fellows walk instead of riding there i s something in that." Then they quietly untethered the horses, Harry Thurber calling out: "There are s ome more at the barn, but the redcoats are looking out for them." The redcoats suddenly became aware that there were only six of the saucy young fellows, and now they began to come out, evidently thiuking that they were more than a match for them. "Let them have it, boys!" cried Dick, firing at the leader of the redcoat,; and shooting off hi wi.11: vith a cleverly aimed shot. The others followed hi s example, and aimed to make the s oldiers look ridiculous rather than to injure them. Hats and wigs were shot off, and Ben Spurlock put a bullet in the nos e of the painted representation of King George on the swinging signpost in front of the inn. . "C ome, boy s ,'' said Dick, "we have had fun enough and given these fellows a surprise, s o we may as w)ll go." Then the hvely fellow s rode away at a gallop, taking the horses with them and quickly disappearing in a cloud of dust. The redcoats did not pursue them, those who had secured their animals hurrying away toward Rocky Mount, leaving the others to make their way back a s best they might. When the boys rode into camp at lentth, Mark said, with a laugh: _ "Well, I don't think rnuch of the hors e s . you have brought back, but I'll wager that you have had a jolly adventuTe by the looks of you, and I would have liked to be with you." "Sure thim hors e s do be worth le ss nor their kape," roared Patsy, "but if ye have made the redcoats walk, it do be all roight." "Do s e horses was more bedder as noddings, I bet me," s poke up Carl serious ly, "but dot Machor was four dimes worth all off dem, I

16 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND CAPT. HUCK sound of a con s iderable body of men coming on. Then a fire brightened a little here and there and showed the advancing enemy the sleeping camp with apparently no one to guard it. "There they be, the pesky rebels!" one of the watchful guards heard a Tory say. "Give it to 'em, men; drive out the varmints!" Then with a yell and a rush the Tories dashed forward, expecting to surprise the boys and throw them into confusion. In a moment fires flashed up in all directions, and the Liberty Boys were seen pressing forward in a solid body to meet the Tories. "Down with them, boys!" cried Dick. "Fire when you are sure of hitting the middle buttons of their coats. Get ready!" The boys advanced in a solid stream, their muskets at their shoulders and every one ready for the word. The sight of the resolute fellows coming on in such a determined fashion shook the nerves of the Tories, and many of them began to fall back, irresolute. "Aim I" cried Dick. Then more and more of the Tories fell back, and suddenly the whale line was seized with panic, and in a second the braggart Tories broke and fled in the greatest confusion, not a shot having been fired. The boys broke into a hearty laugh, and the fires blazed up brightly all along the line, showing the Tories in full pursuit. CHAPTER IX.-The Boys to the -Fore. The boys enjoyed . a hearty laugh over the com plete rout' of the Tories, and in a short time the fires died down and all was dark and quiet in the camp once more. Shortly after sunrise Hiram and Dave Loyde came riding up, the younger son saying in a sheepish tone: "Bet has done been took away an' we donno where she'i; went, but we expect Si Perkins had suthin' to do with it." "Have you any idea where they could have taken her?" asked Dick. "Not unless he has tooken her to his home ten miles away from here on the old north road.'' Dick laughed. "He must be even a bigger fool than I took him to be if he has carried her off to his own home. Were there no signs? No hoof prints?" "The ground were tore up considerable some," replied Hi, "but we-uns didn't think of lookin' at 'em. We-uns thought you-uns would kno w all about it. " "Are there any caves around or any hiding p laces in the mountains?" "Yes, a right smart ' distance off. I diilii't think of that." "Nor of anything else, I fancy," was Dick's muttered reply. Then he gave orders for Bob, Jack, Sam, Ben and the two Harrys to get ready to accompany him on the search of Bet, and in a few moments they were riding down the road toward the old house in the lane, where Dick thought they might have taken her, as it seemed to be a sort of gathering place for Huck's men, of which he did not doubt Si Perkins was one. It was still early, and fresh hoofprints could be seen in the road, leading in the direction of the house in the lane. It was but a matter of a short time to come within sight of the old house, and then Dick told the boys to dismount, tether their horses and to get as near to the ho ' u s e as possible without being seen. As Dick had expected, the hoof prints led to the house, up to the very door, although there were no signs of horses about the plac e at that time. The old man sat on the doorstep smoking hi s pipe, and the same old woman could be seen within attending to her household work, but no one else seemed to be about, nor was there any sound of talking. Dick carefully skirted the house, t>ut the wind ows of the parlor were not all nailed up, the shutters being closed and fastened on the inside. The windows of the other rooms were also shut and the paper shades prevented a view of the interior, while they could plainly' see that in the room with the old woman there was. not a soul except herself. The cackling of a hen attracted her attention outsi de, and she gave an impatient grunt, saying: "There come some more o' then1 pesky critters with their prisoners! As if we-uns didn't have enough to do without lo okin' after they-uns I Don't yo'-uns hev anythin' to do with themyou William Hennery, " she screamed out of.the window to the man who sat on the doorstep, placidly occupied with his pipe. " I don't believe she is here, after all," whis pered Bob, as he noiselessly made his way to Dick's side. ''It doesn't lo ok like it," was the quiet reply. "But we will wait a little before go ing farther." By this time Dick was in the road again, and found no tracks of any recent passing that way, and then quietly made his way around the other side to see if they had gone across the fields. Off in a meadow some distance away he could see some horses grazlng, and there were ho9f prints in the grass leading from a side gate in the direction of the meadow. "Come along, boys," Dick said, "there's no use of l o sing any more time around here." They went back for their horses, ahd then made their way around by the road to where the horses were grazing, and found them to be a sorry lot of animals, such as Si Perkins and his gang would be likely to ride. Dismounting, Dick went over to the horses and examined each one carefully, and w a s going away without having discovered any clue, when his eye was attracted to a bit of color ]n the field, and going over to it, found it to be a ied 'kerchief,. such as he had s een Bet wear about her throat. " She's been here, at any :rate," he muttered to himse lf. "I wonder why they should have brought her here!" He looked around in all d i rections, and saw on one si de the tumble-down old house with its equally dilapidated barn, the road on another, a clump of trees to the right, and the woods to the left. He carefully examined the ground, but failed to see anything that would be of any assistance to him, when he heard a sound like a smothered sneeze. There was not a person neaz-. er than the boys, apparently, and they were on the road fifty rods away. He gave a low whistle, and instantly Bob, Jack and the two Harry• cam e running toward him, Sam and Ben remain-


• THE LIBERTY BOYS AND CAPT. HUCK 17 ing in care of the horses. Dick told them wl1at he had heard but the sound was not repeated. The boys ' separated, and carefully examined every inch of ground, but c ould see no more .than Dick had already s een, except that at a little distance off, hidden in the w ood s, was a brook that was nearly d1y. They met at the point agreed upon, but not one had anything definite to report, and the boys were about to give up the search and again take to their horses , when once more came the sound of a smothering s neeze. "That's a s neeze, sure enough!" exclaimed Bob, "and there must have been s ome one .behind it. " "It seems near at hand, too," said Jack, "and yet •e have been over every inch of the ground." Then they '.hought they heard a faint cry, and they looked above, and around on all sides in bewilderment. "It's in the brook!" suddenly exclaimed Dick. "Perhaps some one has fallen in!" • • The boys ran toward the b1ook, but the water was too low to drown a cat, and nothing could be seen whence the sound might proceed. "Well it's• s omewhere about here, and I'm going u; :find out where it is!" exclaimed Bob, and he ran lightly down the bed of the brook, leaping from stone to stone on its rocky bottom, until he suddenly came to an abrupt halt. "Hey boys!" be called, and the boy s went running him, to find him ?ending down peering into a hole that was m an overhangmg bluff on one side of the brook at a place where the bed was s o wide that the water was only a few inches deep. He put his head in the hole and called, and there came back a faint cry in response. "There's some one in he1e," he called, and he proceeded to crawl into the bole. Much to his surprise, he found that once past its entrance, the hole widened and deepened, and he was enabled to proceed upright, lowering his head at times. In the distance he could se a faint light, which on reaching proved to come from a lantern stuck on a ledge on one side of the cave. By the feeble rays 2f the lantern he perceived something lying on the ground, and then heard a smothered call. Dropping to his knees, he found a human being bound and loo se ly gagged, lying on the back. Wrenching the lantern from its place, he turned its faint light full on the prostrate form and discovered it to be that of Betsy Loydel" "Here she is, boys!" he shouted. The boys came up as quickly as they could, and soon had the poor girl unbound, the handkerchief out of her mouth, and had raised her to a sitting position. . . "Who ran off with you, Bet?" asked Dick. " Si Perkins," answered Bet. "The old fool hasn't any sense. I done told him I wouldn't have nothing to do with him, but he wouldn't take no fur an answer-the lunkhead!" They were soon out of the hole in the bank and moving toward the horses, one of the boys assisting Bet. "How long have you been here, Bet?" Dick asked. "About an hour, I reckon. Si was afraid to take me to the house before he could get a par son an' he's went off to get one. H_! allowed that when we was married he could lake me home, 'cause then nobody'd t ouch him." "But> you would not marry a fellow like that!" sputtered Bob. "Well, I reckon I wouldn't!" emphatically. "How'd you hear about it, anyhow?" "Dave and Hfrarh came and told us." "And asked you to help find me?" "Yes," with a s mile. "Couldn't they do it their se l ves?" indignantly. "They're the ooy s that was ready to call you rebel s ! " "They went off in another direction. I s up po se they d,W not like to go with u s , altogether," dryly. "I shouldn't think they would, after all that has happened!" emphatically. "They couldn't find any better company, but it's too good for 'em, that's' what! " The boy s al l laughed .at Bet's impetuous manner, and in a short time reached the horse s and set off toward the hou se. Bet rode Harry Thur be1"s hors e, while Hany rode behind the other one of the boy s waitil)g for the rest to come back. "So ye run off with Si Perki ns, did ye, Si s ?" laughed the young man somewhat at seeing the Liberty Boy s . "No, I didn't, he iun off with me, and yo u and the boys had to ask the Liberty Boys to help you, and then they done all the work while youuns was looking around nowhere in pa1-ticular. Don't ye let me hear ye say nothin' against these boy s again! One of 'em is wuth all you-uns put together!" The young fellow looked sheepis h, and the boys laughed at Bet's impetuosity, while Dick said: _ "Never mind, Bet; don't scold them any more. They will do better after this, I am certain," The boy s did not remain long at the cabin, but set off toward their camp, meeting Loyde about a mile from it. "You will find Bet at home, Mr. Loyde," said Dick shortly. "Wull, I'm maln glad to hear that," replied the planter. "Was it thet pesky skunk, S i Perkins, what done it?" "Yes, but there were others, and I suppose Si will want to shift the res ponsibility and say that the rest had more to do with it than he had." After dark that night Bet Loyde came to the camp on horseback and said to Dick, who met her as she clme in: "Some men have come .our way who say that Huck has got a lot of recruits and i s getting ready to march upon the patriots. There's a lot o' men coming down from the Mecklenburg district, they say, but they donno nothin' about Huck." "Do you want to do something for the Liberty Boys and for your country as well, Bet?'! asked Dick. "I i eckon I do, Captain!" said the girl heart;.. ily. "Then ride off as fast as you can and bring down the men from the Mecklenburg district aa quick as possible. I am going to send to other quarters." "An' you can't be in both places at on c e , can you, Captain. ?" with a laugh. "I'll .iro ria:ht •


• 18 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND CAPT. HUQK ,and in a moment the brave girl was off but not so soon that she escaped hearing a ringing cheer from half of the Liberty Boys. "That girl is a trump! ' cried Bob. "And worth all the rest of tne family put to gether!" echoed Mark. Dick sent Jack on his mare in one direction, the two Harrys in another, and went off himself with some of the boys in still another. The boys had detei.:minei to drive Captain Huck out of the district, and they were now working vigorously with that end in viw. Something after midnight Colonel Neil and the companies of Cap tains Bratton and McClure came down from Mecklenburg c,!istrict and joined the Liberty Boys, others having come in before that time. The Turie3 were encamped in the middle of a lane 011 a plantation not far dista11t, and toward morning the patriot forces moved cautiously forward. Dick went a head with a scouting party a:rd located the enemy, fast asleep and e ,;tirel y uncon scious of the presence of a foe. They had no pickets set, and evidently thought that nc one knew of the:r coming. Toward dawn the patriots moved forward, Neil's companions at one end of the lane and the Liberty Boy s at the other. Then they waited for dawri, as there would be too much confu.;;ion if they had begun the battle before daylight. They were all ready for battle and resolved to deal a decisive blow .against the Tories and their wicked leader. Once Huck was defeated and his army scattered, the Tories would be p11t down in the district and the cause of independence there would be greatly strengthened. Gradually the shade s of night faded away. and then the fir s t gray streaks of dawn appeared iTJ, the eai::t. Then the birds began to si n g, faintly at first.,.and then with greater volume. Then the day appeared and the patriots moved rapidly forward to the ends of the lane. Colonel Neil entered at one end, and Dick Slater and the Liberty Boys at the other. Then Then a shot was fired from either end to announce that the battle was about to begin, and the patriots rushed on. CHAPTER X.-The Enemy Routed. The sleeping army of Captain Huck was taken completely b'y surprise, and awoke suddenly t o find thems elves attacked front and .rear. by a determined lot of fighters. The call to arms was sounded and the desperate Tories rushed into the fray with the greatest fury. They s eemed to realize that their position was a critical one, and that now or never they must assert thems elves. A fierce fight at once ensued, the patriots determined to drive out the Tories and Huck, and his army battling for their lives. "Charge, Liberty Boys!" shouted Dick4dashing forwaxd, the gallant lads pressing close behind. Assailed on all sides, the Tories fought desperately, knowing that everything depended upon this fight. Colonel Neil on one side and the Lib e1ty Boy s on the other, pushed the Tories hard and advancer! steadily, gaining ground every mo ment. The b oys recognized many of the Tories, 11.nd fell upcn them with the greatest fury, scattering them right an d left. Si Perkins was no-where to be see n, but there were others who had been as bad as he, and the boys were resolved not to spare them. Loyde and his sons were with the patriots and doing good work now as if to atone for their lukewarm attitude earlie1-. Dave, Hiram and .all the boy s and Loyde himself were seen from time to time firing their muskets or pistols and now and then engaging in personal encounters with the Tories. The boys did not see them at the time, but they heard afterward how well the planter and his sons had retrieved themselves. For an hour the battle was waged fiercely, and then it was found that Huck was killed and his men were lo sing heart, many having already fled for their live s. With a rus h the men from Mecklenburg district fell upon the remainder, the Liberty Boys joining in ravely, and in a short time the Tories were in full rout. The wicked leader was dead and his army scattered to the winds, never to come again, and a great shout went up from every patriot throat. This way and that fled the Tories , and within a few hours the army of the wicked and boastful Huck was as completely scattered as if it had never been. The blo w was a decisive one for the patrirot cause, and the doubtfl one s rallied under the standard of the Whigs i n large numbers. Bob laughed, as he had laughed before, but Dick said: "You cannot be toQ critical, Bob. Self-interest has been the i:1•ling passion with many of thes e people for -e and they cannot in a moment get over fre :1aoit of a lifetime. If the remain patriots, all ;; ell and good." "Yes, I suppose s o ," dryly. The Torie s had been defeated and most effectually routed, but the redcoats were still at Rocky Mount, stron g ly entrenched, and as long as they were there the patriots were not safe. Sumter was approaching Mecklenburg and would probably descend upon Houseman and his forces as soon as he had gathered his army, and for this move the Liberty Boy s were anxiousl y waiting, keeping a watch upon the enemy at the same time. In the aftemoon 9 Ucceeding the fight, Dick and a few of the boy s were over toward Rocky Mount looking for straggling redcoats when they met Bet on horseback. "Well, you boy s gave the Tories a good thrash ing," the Carolina girl said with a laugh. "'You can't find a man anywhere about that'll say he was with Captain Huck." "We did not do it all; Bet, we only helped," repli ed Dick, smiling, "and you helped u s, s o you deserve credit as well as we." "Shucks !" laughed Bet. "All I did was t o ride off and get the sogers. Any one could do that." "Have you been over towa1d Rocky Mount, Bet?" Dick asked. "Did you see anything of the redcoats ?" " I see one at the tavern where I went to take s ome eggs an' he 'l.Vanted to kiss me-the assurance of him!" "Well, did he?" with a s mile. "No, he didn't!" decidedly. "l boxed his ears, an' he done said I was a young rebel wildcat an' orter have my claws clipped." "Oh, he did, eh?" "Ye s , an' I told him he was a redcoated tur-


I , THE LIBERTY BOYS AND CAPT. HUCK 19 key buzzard an' we was goin' to get rid of 'em as fast as we could." "There was only one redcoat?" " Yes, an' he was all gold an' feathers an' put on a lot of airs. I reckon he was a general by his looks." "Hardly that, Bet," with a laugh. "He might have been a sergeant or a lieutenant, perhaps . The lower the rank, the more the importance, sometimes. I shall have to see this fellow, I think." "There may be more of the redcoats, Captain," said Jack Warren, "and you will need us." "If I do I will signal to you, Jack," with a smile, "but I think I will have a look at the place first." The boys then went on toward Rocky Mount, Bet going .her way alone. Riding on, the boy s at last came in sight of the tavem, and Dick saw the redcoat sitting at one of the windows. "There !;/eems to be only one," he said. "Wait here out of sight, boys, and if I want you I will fire two shots close together." "All right, Captain," said all the boys, getting among the trees out of sight of the tavern. Dick went on a gallop, and before long satisfied himself that there was only one redcoat at the inn, the man he saw being a lieutenant of his horse being tethered outside. He was very busy eating and drinking and flattering the housemaid, so that he knew nothing of Dick' s coming until the latter entered the taproom and said pleasantly: "Good morning, Lieutenant. "Are you in the mood for a little ri9e this afternoon, as far as our camp, for instance?" "Why, you saucy young rebel!" exclaimed the redcoat, in great surprise, reddening and getting upon his feet in a hurry. "How dare you make such a proposal to an officer of the king?" "Because I think I am in a position to carry it out," replied Dick, in a quiet tone. "You have your horse without, I see, so suppose we set out at once." "I will do nothing of the s ort!" angrily. "Sur render, you rebel!" He was drawing his pistol, when he suddenly realized that he was looking into two in the hands of Dick. . "I think I would put that up!" the young captain said in a quiet tone, but one which showed his determiJli,t.ion. "By Jove I but an impudent young ras-cal," muttered the other. . "Oh, but I am not a rascal, nor a rebel either, as you are pleased to call me. I am an officer in the Continental army, holding my comm1ss1on from General Washington himself, and of as good birth and breeding as yourself, to say noth fug of being better mannered." "Perhaps you are, Captain," coloring, "and I beg your pardon if I have been rude, but I will never be your prisoner as long as I live." "I have no desire to kill you, Lieutenant," quietly, "but I am going to take you back to the camp with me, nevertheless, so say no more about it, but come along." The lieutenant finally thought better of it and gave in. In a few moments Dick and his pris oner were riding toward the camp. CHAPTER XI.-A Plucky Fight. Dick signalled to the boy s to go on, and the redcoat saw nothing of them till he had gone two or three miles, when they were seen at a considerable distance, the country being open at that point. "There are s ome of your boys, I take it, Captain?" remarked the lieutenant. "Yes, those are so me of the Liberty Boys. I will signal to them, if you like. You may be please d to s ee them. " Dick then fired two shots in quick succe s sion, and in a s hort time the boys were see n gallo ping toward them. "This i s the l ie who tried to kiss Be t, boys," Dick said, with a smile, as they came u p . "He thought he w ould like to visit the camp." "We shall be glad to have him a s our guest, Captain," r eplied Ben, with a chuck le, saluting. When they reached the camp, the redcoat was greatly surprised at all he saw, at the neatness , the discipline, the regard in which Dick was held; and at the perfect order which was seen throughout. The prisoner was greatly impressed, and at las t said to Dick: "You boys have given me a le sso n. I shall never despi s e you Americans again. You are in earnest, I see, and I am not at all sure that we will succeed in conquering you." "And w e are very sure that you won't," Dick replied. In the morning the lieutenant was sent over t o Sumter's camp and delivered to the general. "He is a wiser man than he was," said Bob, "but I am afraid that the rest of them will not all be convinced so easiJ.v." "No, they will need'! thoroug'ti thrashing before they will see the folly of their ways," laughed Mark. "But they won't tell it, all the same," sputtered Bob. "A Briton is the hardest fellow to make admit that he is wrong." "Unless he bets on it," laugl:ied Mark. "He knows when he loses a bet." The Liberty Boys remained in the neighborhood, watching the enemy, keeping the wavering patriots in line, encouraging those.who were firm in their beliefs, and . occupying themselves in various other ways. At last Sumter came do'wn from Mecklenburg district and determined to do what he could to drive out Houseman and the redcoats from Rocky Mount. The Libe1ty Boys were glad to have another fight and made ready for it with the greatest eagernes s. Sumter was accompanied by Colonels Neil, Irvine and Lacy, and Captain McClure, Major Davie at the same time attacking the British camp at Hanging Rock, twelve miles away. At an early hour of the day Sumter appeared with his whole force upon the crown of a hill not far away and bore down upon the British fortifications such as they were. Sumter had no artillery and proceeded to dislodge the enemy in a novel style. They first charged upon the abatis, the plucky Liberty Boys climbing over it like so many monkeys, the projecting branches being so many aids in climbing. "Up you go, boys!" cried Dick, encouraging the brave fellows. •


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND CAPT. HUCK The. enemy sent a volley at them, but they an"To be sure we will. How are your father swered it and kept on resolutely. Pistols crack-and the boys getting on thes e days?" ed and muskets rattled, and on and on went the "Fine! They need a lot o' scoldin' now and resolute lads, determined to do what they had then, but they're gettin' more sen s e every day. set ou t to do. At last they were over and went I shouldn't wonder if your bein' here was good on with a rush, firing a rattling volley and f e r 'em, showin' ' e m the way ter do things." driving the enemy into the house s which really "Vi' ell, we can learn from any one ourselves, formed the fortification s . The enemy sent a Bet, but if we teach others anything we are very volley at them, but they ans wered it and kept glad to do it." . on res olutely. "Some of the boy s will be gfad t{) go back that Pistols cracked and muskets rattled, and on way," remarke d Jack Warren a s the y were on and on went the resolute lads , determined to do their way to the new camp. what they had set out to do. At las t they were "What for, Jack?" aske d Mark. over aJid went on with a rus h, firing a rattling "Why, to s ee Bet again, of course," laughed volley and driving t he enemy into the hous e s Jaek, knowing that Mark would not stop at that. which rea lly formed-the fJr t ifications . The q u e s -J ac k was right about s ome of the boy s being tion was now how to di s lodge the redco a t s , and, eager to g e t back to se e Bet, for the plucky girl a s Sumter was without guns , this was something had created a de c ided impres sion upon a number of a task. Ga .thering a quantity of fagots , the of them and the y the parting greatly. boys set fire to them and tried to throw them They were in that region from time to time and upon the house s , which were built of log s , and alwa y s managed to s ee Bet who was glad to see so destroy them. The fire from the hou s es drove them. them away, howeve r , and then another expedient A s time went on and Bet saw more and more was tried. There was an old cart outs ide the o f them there were certain ones that she thought fort, and this was loaded with straw and brus h more of than others and these finally narrowed which were set on fire, the cart being then sent down to two or three and finally to one, -and this rornng down the slope to the houses. one came back to the neighborhood a year or It lodged against q__ne of tliem, and there was two after the end of the war and settled down great danger of its being set on fire. Seeing there wi'h Bet a s his wife. their peril, the enemy hoi sted a flag, and SumAfter l eaving the vicinity of Rock Mount, the ter ordered the firing to cease. Then a smart Liberty Boys joined Sumter and .in a few days shower suddenly fell and the flame s were extin-advanced upon the garrison at Hanging Rock in guished in a short time. Seeing that they were con siderable force. n.J longer, in danger, the British lowered the Sumter 'fir s t met a lot of Tories and vanquished flag and defied the patriots. Sumter fired a num-them, the enemy throwing away their arms withber of volleys at.the house s , but, having no other out discharging them. means of dislodging the enemy, he was obliged to These Sumter's men seized, having only two withdraw. The boys •re greatly disappointed rounds of ammunition apiece when the action at not bein.g abl.e to out the redcoats, but began. they took it pl11losoph1cally and made the best They next fell upon Browne's cotps and, after of it. a sharp ;fight vanqu"ished him, seizing a large "Better luck next time," said Bob. quantity of arms and ammunition. "The worst of it all was to have those fel-The victory wou l d have been gained now in a lows defy u s after they had made ready to sur-short time but for the over-indulgence of some of render," muttered Mark. Sumter's men who plundered the British camp "Well, you've got to look at it from their and drank of the liquors found tnere, thus ren point of view," laughed Jack. "We made a very dering themselve s unfit for fighting. plucky fight of it, but luck was on their side and Dick Slater, Bob Estabrook and many of the they are probably saying now that the rain was boys tried to stop them, as did Sumter and his sent just for theirbenefit." officer s , but the ranks became confused and when "Oh, they'd be sure to say that," declared Ben the enemy rallied only a small pa.rt of the patriots Spurlock, with a grin. could be relied upon. Sumter went back to Fishing Creek, where he Sumter rallied what .he could of his own men remained for a time, later crossing the .Catawba and with Davie's cavalry and the Liberty Boys, and advancing toward Hanging Rock. made a stand, finally refreating in good order, Major Davie had been more successful than Tarleton and others failing to pursue them. Sumte!' in his attack upon Rocky Mount, for he "There i s one thing that saves the Liberty Boys captured sixty horses with their trappings and from getting into trouble as some of our men one hundred rifles and muskets. did," muttered Bob. "We do not make pigs of The boys shortly fell back toward Sumter s o ourselves ." .--7 as to be nearer in case of difficulty with the enemy. Bet Loyde came along as they were camp and said: "So you-uns are going away, are you?" "Not very far, Bet," replied Dick. "You will probably hear from us from time to time and see us as well." "When you come back this way I reckon you'll let a bod7 k110w?" said Bet, bl-qshing. Next week's i ssue will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE LIBERTY POLE; OR, STIRRING TIMES IN THE OLD TCIY." Send us a one-cent stamp to cover postage, and we will mail you a copy of "Moving Pictun stories."


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '.'76" 21 CURRENT NEWS SECRET HOARD REVEALED CARPENTER BEE SKILLFUL AT TASK When 'Auctioneer W. H. Rhoade of Potts town, Pa., was selling an old stand the other day at public sale he was bid 10 cents . He held it up to induce more spirited and liberal bidding, and a secret drawer became opened. Fifty dollars in gold and a check for $5, indorsed but never cashed, dropped out. The owner hims elf. said that he never knew there was mon e y in' the stand. The check had been drawn and inclorsed about fifty years ago and is still good, the interest, of course, not being collectible. .BIBLE BEST SELLER The ''best seller" Qf all books in the anthracite region still is the Bible, speakers declared at the seventieth annual meeting of the Schuylkill County Bible Society the other day. The Bible is more popular than _ever before, and hundreds of miners take pocket copies with them t o the mines to read in spare moments when far under ground. In this cosmopolitan county the Bible is cir-culated in thirty-eight foreign languages. A new plan has been adopted for Americanizing foreigners by printing the Bible in foreign languages in one column and in English in the other, so that all f oreigners will learn to read the English vel" sion. The intensely interesting history of the local society, since it was organized in 1852, was 'read by Mrs. Louise P. Garter, the treasurer. An interesting creature is the carpenter bee, who s e scientific name is Xylocopa. This little animal po ss esses ,the ferocious look of the bumbleb e e, but, it seems, does not sting, as does that bete n oir of the small boy in the country. The carpenter bee bears a patch on its forehead whereby it may be distinguished from the bumblebee: This creature has a liking for pal ing fences and porches. As a general thing, it begins its carpentering work on the underside of a bit of timber, so that the rain cannot enter its house when completed. This industrious insect does not follow the Hne of leist resistance which might lead it to soft o r decaying •timbers. It invariably selects a firm joi s t and begins on this to bore a hole. The implements are, of course, the capable jaws of the bee, and the job is a hard and tedious one. Most of the work is done by the female bee, because the house is built s o that she may have a place to lay her eggs and hatch her young. When the hole has been dug to the proper depth and an egg is laid, she covers it with a wall of mud or clay. They she lays another egg and partitions this off. In good time her labors are 'fini s hed . The n the heat of summer hatches out the little bees and they dig their way to the out' The ca1pent'er bee is said to be one of the most remarkable examples of patience and industry in the insect world. The only fault is that she does not store honey. Are You Reading MAGAZINE If Not, Why Not? ' • It is the m ost interesting publication in the w orld. 64 Pages -Handsome Colored Covers -Fine Illustrations EVERY NUMBER CONTAINS A Splend id Feature Detedive Novelette -From Four to Eight Short Mystery Sto1ies. Articles on Occult Science Sk e tches, Essays, Scientific Articles, Reports of the Strangest Occurrences in the World, and a Fund of Interesting and lnstructivit; :items t o Please All Tastes. PRICE TEN CENTS A COPY Just get a copy of the number out today from your newsdealer and see what big value you are getting fo1 your money.


. . 22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" Bellville Academy Boys -OR-"Worn out! Why, say, I'll eat that fellow up this round!" cried Squibbs. Dan smiled. "I hope you don't get indigestion or cholera in fantum doing it," said the Bellville lad. VICTORIES OF TRACK AND FIELD The words were heard all over the hall and t}.ie1e was a good laugh at the expense of the' cock By RALPH MORTON (A Serial Story) CHAPTER XX. Dan Makes a Good Counting. He struck gamely at the other, u sing light blows, and to his credit be it stated that man aged to hold up his end of the game very well for a while. The judges, sitting near the ring, were tabulating the different "touches" to the credit of each boxer. Now, as he had said, young Barnett was not an expert boxer, as the fine points of the game go. But he had much good sense, a quick eye, and equally quick muscle s which responded to a quick acting brain. He dodged and s ide-stepped, just as he would have done if in a real fight, and when it came to real fighting, Dan could surely use the work. ings of hi s fists without an extra large amount of fuss. The professi onal methods of Squibbs, as the othe1 was called, kept the Bellville boy on the jump, to keep away from those swiftly jabbing arms. But Dan's litheness and acute sense of balancing-learned through his long experience in field sports-kept him clear for so long a period that the other began to lose his temper. Sammie was beginning to feel more and more confident, for as Dan stepped forth at signal, the big Squibb s came out with angry mien and began a rushing campaign against the visitor. Back and forth. This way and that. Hither and yon. The two boxers leaped and parried, dodged and advanced with such rapidity that even the confident Redmond students began to get very much excited over the contest. "Eat him up!" "Soak him, Squibbs !" They cheered their champion, and that worthy did his very best in '(_ain for h.e could not break down the determined 1ind skillful guard of the agile Dan Bartnett. Another round had passed. Another one followed that. The referee arose to announce that the score stood exactly twenty-one points against twenty in favor of the ReP,mond boxer. The match was lrnlf over. He also announced that there would be shorter rounds, in order that the men would not be too much worn ont. This brought a cry of scorn from Squibbs. sure young man. This angered him and caused him to rush Dan before the whistle of the referee had been blown. "Get out!" "Foul!" The B"ellville boys ost their tempers at this and rais ed a but it was unnecessary for was not taken off his advantage-he still kept the other running and dodging. Our hero had "found" himself in the language ?f sportsmen; he knew the trick of boxing which IS. a deal more difficult just plain bat tlmg with fists; yet, he realized that the slightest false movement would result in his defeat -Dan I,>arried, and suddenly handed the 0big hea,vywe1ght from Redmond a tap on his nose b rought the red to view; it was a case of Mosaic law-blood for blood, although our friend Dan did not intend to be rough about it. He had not forgotten the referee's directions. . On the other hand the brawny Squibbs lost both his temper as -..vell as a few red corpuscles . . upstart, I'll show you some boxllig!" he cried. With that he sailed at Dan with a rush which sent lad over the ropes, onto the floor of the gymnasium . "Stop the slugging!" cried even . the Redmond students : But Squibbs was started. indeed. _The big _fellow gave a wild whoop, and even to strike at Dan Barnett as the latter rose t? hi s and clambered over the ropes into the rmg agam. There was a set expression to Dan's mouth by this time, which his roommates knew meant business "on the first floor." "Now, stop your rough work,'' ordered the referee. "There are just two more minutes in this round, and I'll put you out if there i s a recurrence. of this." Unheeding his directions, Squibbs again and again rushed the Bellville boxer But this time he did 'not catch Dan off his guard. Our friend was ready for him, and parried skillfully. . should have. stopped the fighting for it was evident that Sqmbbs was out for seri01;1S • fighting indeed. Yet. the referee yielded to his rmpulse to watch the clever work until it was too late for him, as he learned to his' sorrow Dan tried to land a tap on the nose of his opponent and just as other swung brutally and delivered a crushmg blow against the lad's left cheek. The glove scraped the skin until it made an cut, from which the blood began to trickle. Now, I'll show you!" cried Squibb s . (To be continued.) Sel!d u s one -cent stamp to cover postage, and we will mail you a copy of "Mystery Magazine."


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" ITEMS OF INT E RES T NOVEL OF 100,000 WORDS WILL GO IN VEST POCKET . A novel of 100 , 000 words will fit into your vest pocket when Rear Admiral Gradley A. Fiske perfects hi s new Fiske ieading machine, designed to reduce volumes of print tq tabloid. The Admiral, who devised the Fiske range finder, an engine for controlling vessels by radio and other marine contraptions, describes his reading machine.-perhaps the greatest of all h is boon s for sailors-as a narrow strip of a luminum ridden by a small magnifying glal'>s. Rib bon s of paper, printed with letters reduced by means of photo-engraving to a space one o n e hundredth the size of the original letters, sl id e under the lens and before the eye. One can carry a full novel of 100,000 words in five of these little paper ribbon rolls. USE OF RHODES GRASS SPEEDING IN TEXAS ' Experiments in growing Rhodes grass, which were started in the Lower Rio G an de Valley a few years ago, proved s o highly s uc cPssfu l there that the new gra ss is to be introduce d in this section on a large scale. S. M. Nixon of Rob stown, Tex., has placed an order in Australia for 500 pound s of Rhodes grass se ed. This quantity will be s ufficient to plant 700 acres of land, it is stated. This gmss came originally from Africa. It is found to be ideally adapted to South Texas, where it may be grown both winter and summer. As pasturage for dairy cows it has no equal, it is asserted. It has been demonstrated that one acre of Rhodes grass is equal to twel e acres of ordinary native grasses for pasturage purposes . It also ield s enormous crops of hay. SEEDS FOR BRITISH TREES GATHERED IN THE NORTHWEST The 'first shipment of Northwest forest seeds for the immediate reforestration of Great Britain has left for the old country. It consists of 1,500 pounds of Douglas fir seeds and the same quantity of Sitka spruce seeds. The seeds go to the forest nursery at Wylie, Scot land. The wo1k of collecting the seeds and selecting only the choice has been going on all winter. A wide range of woods was covered by seed harvesters while many worked in Southeastern Alaska for the see ds of beautiful Sitka spruce. The bes t seeds were those found in squirrel caches, but only a few cones were taken from each cache because of the danger of de stroying the real American forester. Many of the se eds buried by squfrrels grow up into trees. MUSICAL POWER I N NORTHWEST T IMBER The familiar forest trees of the N contain a marvelous musical p o w er, for a big con-tract has just been Teceived by local mill s at Port Angeles, Wash., for two milliori feet of spruce planking, to be u se d for piano boards. No sub stitute for this material, provided the wood is cut from large trees, has be en found. The quality of spruce wood for pianos and otheT . music wood applia!1ces is the long, straight, regular fibers of which thes e trees are composed . A mic roscopi c examination reveal s that the minute cells the are extreme ly long, and_ eac h 1 s stretC;hed like a taut string. When a niece nf snruce 1s struck there i s room betwee n these cells for a tiny vibration, which rapidly ex t ends through the whole s ection of timber. The cellular compos ition of spruce gives the rich deen tones so pleasing to mu s icians. ' _The s inging of a tightly stretched telegraph wire across an open field in autumn wind, induced a phonograph manufacturer to try cedar wood for the sounding bo x. As a result of this a million feet of red and white cedar 1s annually taken from Northwest forests for these music boxe s . "M . M ystery agazine" SEMI-MONTHLY 10 CENTS A C OPY LATEST ISSUES 9 1 .• by Chas. F. Oursler. FRIDAY .Al TWELVE, by hatherine Stagg . BY '.l'HE LEF'l' HAND, hy Hamilton Craigie 94 THE MELODY OF DIM'J'H. by Jac k Bechdolt 95 THE TRICK OF THE GREAT YEN HOW by W H. Oshorne. ' • 06 A'l' MORJ.ARITY'S, by Fred E . Shuey. 97 S'l'AR OF THE FILMS, by Jack Bech98 SOl"NTF.nFEIT CLUES, by Chas. F. Oursler. !l!J 'lHF. CROSS, by W. S. Ingram. 100 A SWcRE'.r SE.RVICE MYS'.rERY by Hamilton Crnlgie anrt F.lliot Balestier. ' 101 .A CHIMSON PRICE, by Elliott Lester. 10 2 STRANGE CASE, by Gottlieb 103 A MUSF.T M MYSTERY, hy Jack Bechdolt. 10-l THF: LlT'rLF. RED BOOK, by Alexander Young 105 .A MAN FROai SI.AM, by Charles Fulton The Famou• Detective Story Out Today In No. 106 Is THE CLUE OF THE EME R A L D RING By POYNTER HARRY E. WOLFF, Publisher, Inc., 166 West 23d Street, New York City "Moving Picture Stories" A \Veekl y lltagazine Devoted to Photoplnys and Playera PRICE SEVEN CENTS PER COPY Each number contains Four Stories of the Best Films on the Screens -Elegant Half-tone Scenes trom tbe PIP ys Interesting .Article About Prominent People in the Films -Doings of A ctors and .Actresses In the Studios a!_ld Lessons in Scenario Writing. HAURY E. W OLFF. Publisher, Inc., H 6 West 23.<1 Street, New York Cft 7


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" A Prison e r o f War By HORACE APPLETON Those who were confined in besieged Paris dur ing the great Franco-Prussian war will never forget' the s uffering s and horrors of that experience. Among the b es ieged were not a few of ot11er nations who a s non-combatants should have been a ccorded a safe pass beyond the Prussian line s . But Kaiser Fritz was strict in hi s commands concerning the leaving of Paris by any of its inhabitants, and unless the guard was thoroughly satisfie d , all applicants for a free pass beyond the lin es were refused. In this way much injustice was done, and many innocent people made to suffer. fut the of war are nece-ssarily cruel, and there would seem to b e little chance of al l eviation. When men fight to the death some in-11ocent ones are sure to s uffer. Among the unfortunate sufferers in this respect was a young New Yorker name d Julian Mart. There was no doubt of Julian's Americanis m, but hi s name was somewhat of the French type, his features dark, and he had something of the Pa1isian style, so wit!10ut reg a rd to his excellent. Eng\ii: : h language , the German Provos t Guard sen t him back with a troop of others. A ff airs in the beleaguereq city were in a mo s t d e plo xa ble state. Reduced to the utmost, the frantic populace were confronted with the alternative of death b y starvation, or a humiliating capitulation. The latter seemed very remote, fo:r: the military commander was firm. Hundreds were dying daily fol' want of food. Julian Mart was much incensed and di sgusted when h e was returned by the g-uard. "All right," he muttered resolutely. "We will see, fine fellow s , how long I shall submit to this outrage. I don't intend to feast on stewed rats and garbage. not if I can help it." Ingenious Yankee that he was, Julian was not Jong in hitting a plan of escape. Matters were hourly growing -.,vorse in the French capital, and there seemed no immediate chance of better ment. The city gates were clo se d and the walls pa trolled by armed s oldiers. It was not so diffi cult to pass these as to get through the Ger man lines which encircled the beleaguered city. It was partly accident which enabled Julian to immediately proceed to carry out his purpose. He had maoe the acquaintance of a 'young French ofl\cer who was in command at one of the gates. One day, as he was making his way through a side street, Julian met this o fficer and saluted him. But at that instant an object rushed through the _air and fell at the Parisian's feet. It was a German s hell, and before he c ould move hand or foot it exploded. The young office r was instantl y killed, and lay in a heap o n the pavement. Horrified, Julian sprang forward and bent down over him. It required but an instant examination to disclose th' fact that he was dead. "Poor chap!" muttered Julian, regretfully, "that's too bad." , But his gaze encountered an object which had fallen from the dead officer's pocket. It was a package of papers. . Julian picked them up and gJanced at the su perscription on the first one. He gave a violent start. He saw that it was a written pass signed by the French commandant to enable the bearer to go anywhere through j;he lines. Julian's heart gave a l eap. He glanced about him instinctively. Not a person was in sight. . "'I:he man is dead," he muttered. "This will be of more u se t o me than anybody else. It will do no harm to take it." He thrust the papers into 11is pocket and started away at a rapid pace. Not until he was safe in his lodgings did he draw a deep breath of relief. He drew out t he pass and read it. "Good!" he muttered, joyfully. "I will trus t to luck to get throug-h the G erman line s." It. was early in the evening, and he down to the French guard, and saluted a fiery little corporal, at the same time saying in good French: "I have beyond the lin es . S ecre t work, y ou understand." "Sacre! I do not see," retorted the corporal "vVhere i s your pass?" "Here!" With beating heart and a strano-e se n se of fear Julian submitted the pas s to the c orporal. The latter bent over it, frowned, and finally cl'led: "Monsieur, this i s right, but-what i s your business outs ide? Ah, pardon, monsieur, I un derstand. A spy! Luck be with you. Bonjour!" With a sweeping bo* the corporal returned the pass to Julian. The latter's heart gave a wild leap. The point had b ee n ca rried and he won. 1 He saluted the guard respectfully, and with firm step but tingling veins passed on. A few minutes later he was beyond the city walls . Darkness had settled down thick and fact. Julian made his way rapidly along a road lead ing out into the countr}'.'. He passed camps cf French soldiers resting on their arms, met troops of cavalry, and once stumbled \lpon a battery which was engaged in a desultory way in shelling the Germans. Several time he was challenged and compelled to sho w his pass. In each case he was regarded as a spy and suffered to go on his way. "Soon, however, Julian left the French lines far behind him. The French picket was next pass ed, and he knew that he had now before him a new and greater peril. The French passport was now of no further use to him, yet 11e foolishly neglected to throw it away. This folly cost him dearly later on. Upon a long ridge in the distance he saw the glimmer of lights, and knew that they came from the German !in . es. But there was quite a stretch of country between made desolate by the artillery of the two armies. Roving bands of cavalrymen and forag.ers


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF ''76" 25 swept thr ough this region, and many a 'fine cha teau lay in ashes, and its fine gardens were tram pled and ruined. As he pressed on bravely, Julian became more deeply impress ed with the perils of his under taking. Once a squad of cavalry dashed past him while he sought hiding in a hedge. Several times he narrowly avoided meeting detachments of the Prussian soldiery. To be captured by thes e he knew meant seri ous consequences. There was no doubt but tha t he would be arrested and sent back to the French capital, or_ held as a prisoner of war. Julian would almost as soon have accepted the alterna-/ tive of death. As he crept on in the darknes s, every moment drawing nearer to the Prussian picket lines, his fears increas ed. Suddenly turning an angle in the highway, he came to a halt. Ahead in the darkness he saw lights shining through the latticed window s of a small dwelling. Evidently this had been turned into an inn, or rather grog-shop, for the sound of boisterous ! aiid the click of glass es, mingled with a burst of song, came to his hearing. . • Julian suddenly became pos s essed of a mobid curiosity to know what manner of individuals were holding carnival in the place. If any of the guard were there it might enable him to s t.ea! a march upon them while they were thus in ca r ou s al. Accordingly he crept up in the gloom to a s mall latticed window. It; was nece ssary for him to ':<;tand upon a small leap of lumber piled clo se to the building to enable him to see the interior . Then a strange sight rewarded his gaze. Three German guardsmen were se ated a t a rough wooden table over a pot of beer. One of them with patches of .courtplaster upon his scarred faqe was smoking a long pipe. The ! and song had not come from them, but from the boisterous occupants of an other room. These men wer e engaged in low toned and mysterious conversation. Julian saw at a glance that they w ere di s cu ss ing a matter of some sort. This did not interest him.I however , and he was about to turn away when a startling thing occurred. Suddenly he heard a sound in his rear and strong hands s eized his ankles. A loud voice shouted: ' "Treachery! A spy! A spy! Open the win dow, guards!" All in an instant and almost before .,clulian could in the slightest measure recover f-fom his surprise the three guardsmen sprang up from the table, overturning chairs and threw open the lattice of the window disclosing the white face of Julian Mart. Guttural cries escaped their lips, and two of the Prussians seized Julian by the shoulders and lit.erally pulled him through the window into the room. . "A spy!" they cried, excitedly. "Call the cor poral's guard. Take him to headquarters." What followed was to Julian all like a confused unreal dream. He was roughly dragged from the inn and placed in a lumbering cut with guards unon either side. Soon the campfir es of the. P r u ssian s oldiery were upon either hand. Then the cart halte d be fore a long, stone building. At the door of this paced armed guards. Julian was hustled through the guard line and found himself in a long lowce'ile d r oom, with a scor e of other prisoners, all of French nationality. H e re he was left to his own device with a mingled se n s e of di smay and He had not been long in the place when one of the pris oners adva nced and addres sed him in French: "What a r e you here for? Are you als o a spy?" "A spy!" exclaimed Julian, hollo w ly. "No, I am an American citizen striving t o find my way out of Paris and its envirou s. This i san outrage. " "Heavens! Why do you not send complaint to the provo s t marshal? You will escape. We are s pie s and shall all be shot to-morrow." Julian li stened with a thrill of horror to this declaration. "Ind eed, I am sorry for you,'' he declared. With difficulty and only after a liberal fee of a few francs , Julian got the ear of the guard at the door. A me ssage was sent to the provo s t marshal. But no reply came ' back. Anxiously waiting, Julian was too excited and fearful to indulge. in s leep. Morning came at last, and the n a rank and file of soldiers entered at the beat of the drum. The dondemned spie s wey e all compelled to fall into line, Julian with the others. Despairingly Julian• bolted from the ranks and rushed up to the p r o v o s t m a r shal, or at least a man whom he had s ingled out as that individual. "You have no right to execute me," he cried, forcibly. "I am an American citizen. The laws of neutrality protect me." The tall Prussian officer regarded Julian pene tratingly, and then drew from his pocket some papers , among them the fatal pass which the guardsmen had taken from Julian's pocket when arrested. "Your cas e has been considered,'' he declared in good French. "You may be an American, but thes e p apers prove you a spy." ' The condemned men were led out into a broad fie ld. A file of soldiers at twenty paces stood ready to fire when the word should be given. " All in a line the doomed men stood. Some were brave and stolid. Others were white and trem bling. Julian gave up all hope in that moment when the word came: "Ready! Aim!" There was a sharp cry, a ringing word of com mand, and a tall, handsome young lieutenant of hussars stood before Julian. "Julian Marti" he cried. "What is this?" "Frederick Weiss!" gasped Julian. In an instant they embraced. The young of ficer, three years previous, was his chum in the medical school at Berlin. Julian Mart was not shot as a spy that day, and returned safely to his American home. But he owned that escape was as narrow as any ever placed on r ecord. Send us a one-cent stamp to cover postage, and we will mail you a copy of "Moving Picture Stories."


26 THE LIBERTY THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. NEW YORK, APRIL 14, 1922 TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS 8lncle Po•tace ...........•... Pootace One Copy Three l\1ontho.. • • . . . " One Copy Six Months . . . • • . . . " One Copy One Year ....•..... Canada, $4.00; Foreign, $4.?'.iO. 7 Centa 90 Cenb •t.75 8 .60 HOW TO SEND i\IONEY-At our risk send P . 0. Money Order, C heck or Registered Letter; remittances In any other way are at your risk. We accept Postage Stamps the same as cash. When sending silver wrap the Coln In a separate piece of paper to avoid cutting the envel. Qpe. Write your name and address plainly. Ad dress letters to Harry E. Woll!', P . reo. } BARRY E. WOLFF, c. w. Haotlnc•. Treas. Publisher, Inc., Charles E. Nylander, Seo. 166 W . 23d N. Y. INTERESTING ARTICLES FORD NOW A RAT KILLER Connecticut's modern Pied Piper is Harry Mitchell of Wallingford. He was overrun with rats in hi s garage, and cats failed to rout them. Mitchell g o t some garden hos e , backed the car up to a iat hole, attached the hose to the exhaust and cranked up. After ten minutes the hole was dug open. Twelve rats had b een gassed. The operation. was repeated at other rat holes and all the rodents have s uccumbed. PLAYFUL HORSE RACES TRAIN A horse that broke out of the barn of Charles Rolfe , "Newburyport, Mass., early one morning headed for the Boston and Maine Railroad and reached the tracks just as a Boston-bound freight train rounded a curve. The playful horse gallope d over two openwork bridges crossing the Parker River and several c ulverts, keeping ahead of the train for about three miles. When the town of Rowley was reached the horse left the tracks a nd sun: endered to a farmer. JAPANESE GARDENER PRODUCES NEW LILY A new lily o:f mammoth s ize and marvelous fragmnce has been developed by. a Japa:{lese . gardene1 here and the bulb s are now m the Northwest markets. It is named the "Isoshima," the fir s t part being for its originator, the after _ w ord meaning elegant. The bulb itself is six inches in diameter and prQC!uces spikes of eight to twenty blossoms, each flower of lily nine inches across the bell. The color is creamy white with golden stains. There i s an acre of the new lilies this fall on the experimental bulb farm near new flower is ' very hardy, and when buned ten mches de ep in loose ground i s best content. I so declares he has worked for ten years trying to develop a lily of gigantic si z e and did it entirely by elimination of weaker bulbs and growing the stronger with care. BOYS OF "76" OF ALL CLUB ROOMS ON STEAMER When sailors of the North Asiatic steamship Rampan find the night sea air too chilly they retire into the vessel's capacious funnel, light their pipes and warm themselves in the most unique clubroom afloat . If the s mokestack becomes over-warm they open a door in its side; if they desire their laundry dried they pack it into the draft tube and the sch eme works like a charm. The Rampan was converted from a steamer during the war into a motors hip with 1,800 hors e power Diesel engines. The smokestack, however, was not disturned, but instead fitted with floors on each deck and the top roofed over. The ship has a steam donkey lifting engine w ho se s mokestack passes up through the fun nel, furnishing the warmth for the comfort of the lounging sailor s . .. --.. LAUGHS "Willie-Paw, what is the difference etween a political job and any other job? Paw-You have to work hard to get a political job, my son, and you have to work hard to hold the other kind . "What's become o f the strong man?" asked the proprietor of the circus. "He resigned," replied the manager. "Got a better position." "What doing?" "Working a s a parcel post mail man." "Yes, my friend, I was about to marry the countess when I suddenly learned that she spent more than $12,000 a year on her dressmaker." "Then what did you do?" "Married the dressmaker." "It i s always well to humor women," says Noah Count, o f Chiggerbite. "I l e t my wife think she know s mo1e about running a furnace than I do and as a result I haven'Lbeen in my own cella1'. in five years." "How old is your little brother?" inquired Wil lie. "He's a year old, " replied Tommy. "Huh I pve got a dog a year old, and he can walk twice as well as your brother." "That's nothing. Your dog's got tv.(ice as many legs . " First Tramp-Strange how few of our youthful dreams com e true. Second Tramp-Oh, I don't know . I remember how I once yearned to wear long trousers. Now, I . guess I wear thew longer than almo s t anybody in the country. "My father and I know everything in the world," boasted a small boy to his boon com panions. "All right," answered the latter. "Where is Asia?" Then the first. speaker proved himself a true if budding diplomat. "That is one of the questions that my father knowsr Send us a one -cent stamp to c ov e r po stage, and we will mail you a copy of "Mystery Magaz ine." I


-THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" FROM ALL POINTS 27 VANITY CASE A WEAPON. A woman's vanity case earned its right to be classed as a weapon of defense when dexterous use of one by Miss Millie Congdon of Stockton, Cal., caused a bandit to shoot himself in the leg. The bandit, Frank Lynons, attempted to hold up Miss Congdon and Edward Esplen, with whom she was riding in an automobile. Lynons and another bandit boarded the machine when a tire blew out. Esplen was ordired to drive to a s ecluded spot. . . Mi ss Congdon beat off the second iobber, standing on the running board, with her vanity case. She then brought it do'Wn on the wrist of . Lynons, who pointed his pistol at her. The weapon was discharged and the bullet entered his leg. He overpowered by Esplen. BLUE CATERPILLARS Dr. John H. Gerould, professor of zoology at Dartmouth College, N. H., has reported to the American Association for the Advancememt of Science the discovery ofthe first blue caterpillar knoy;n to biology, it has been learned. Dr. Gerould was breeding butterflies in his laboratory in Hanover, when one day he found the blue stranger. Ordinarily caterpillars, feeding on plants, are green. The next day more blue visitors appeared. Breeding them, ))r. Gerould found they bred true and he decided that they were what is known to biologists as a "sport." In this case the "sport" was caused by a mutation in the digestive sys tem, which resulted in cells absorbing only the blue in the chorophyll of the plants. ROCKS fALL FROM SKY Showers of rocks that fell "from the clouds" on a warehouse at Chico, Cal., have baffled the po neighbors and various official and unofficial investigators. Recently J. R. Charge, owner of the warehouse, posted the offer of a reward of $200 to the person revealing the source of the iocks. While the town marshal and a committee of newspaper men and others were examining the corrugated iron roof recently a shower of large smooth rocks fell, sending the investigators scur rying for cover. Others standing on the street at the time declared the rocks seemed to come straight from the clouds. FISH RID GUAYAQUIL OF MOSQUITOES By placing !fish in the water tanks, ciscerns, barrels, etc., at Guayaquil, 30,000 of the water receptacles were freed from the larvae of mos quitoes in a very short time and with very little expense, writes Dr. M, E. Connor in the Gaceta Medica (Mexico). The stegomyia might be called almost a domestic mosquito, he says, as it breeds in or near human dwellings, scarcely ever in marshes. Experiments with top minnows bowed that they eat the larvae only the water is free from organic matter, which they prefer to the larvae. The fish used are a species called chalaco. These are placed in the well, the c ondition s of which a1e like those in the streams from which they were taken. After a few days they are transferred to a second well of the city water, and no further food is given them. One or more of the fis hes is placed in each tank, rega;-dless of the p resence or abs ence of larvae in the water at the time. The press and the sanitary inspectors have educated the public to protect the fish, and many families still have the same fish that was given them about eighteen month s ago when the antimosquito campaign beglj.n. The value bf the chalaco is evident from the fact that the s teg omyia mosq uitoe s have been reduced to les s than 2 per cent.; which presages the approaching ex tinction of this species. SQUIRRELS HELP U. S. FORESTRY AGENTS The energetic pine squirrel is one of the greatest aids to Uncle Sam in his reforesting wo1k in the Northwest. Taking advantage of the im mense store of pine cones the squirrel hordes . away each fall, the best seed is selected. Squirrels usually save four or five times as much food as they need in winter, so they do not hunger. At the foot of nearly every large ftr or pine the fo1estry agent pokes aryund until he discovers a peck or two of large cones, neatly buried, all filled with the finest seed; weighed in the tiny paws of the knowing rodent. By climbing trees and picking the cones by hand is another method of keeping up the supply. Men, women and boys gather cones near the Wind River Nursery until the 700 to 1,000 pounds nec essary to plant the annual' plants are sec u red. After collecting the cones are exposed to a temperature of 110 degrees for three days until they open and the seeds easily rattle out. The open cones are placed in cylinder shakers of screen, the seeds falling through into a hamper. Then they go through a rubbing process to re move the wings. In a few days they are planted in long beds three feet wide . Millions of trees are planted annually by the forest service and the nursery at Wind River supplies from 6,000,000 to 8,000,000 seedlings To date there are 20,000 acres in Oregon and 17,000 acres in Washington reset to young frees, the oldest of which is ten years old. All the trees are rapidly forming good timber. When forty years old the trees are suitable for 1telegraph poles, railroad ties or mine timbers. At 100 years they will produce commercial lumber. White pine, Douglas fir, Noble fir and red fir are the species largely planted. In all burnt over and logged off tracts volunteer growth of cedar, hemlock and spruce springs up and if in the replanted land are left, forming dense growth of natural forests. Send us a one-cent stamp to cover postage, and we will mail you a copy of "Mystery Magazine.•


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" A F EW GOOD I TEMS WORK TO GET GOLD FROM GALLEON SUNKEN THE POWER OF MUSHROOMS Not s o very long ago the boys and girls of a The search for treasure supposed to be conpublic school were surprised to fi;nd that tained in the wreck of the Armada galleon sunk the asphalt of their playground was bulging and in Tobermory Bay, on the coast of has cracking. Next day they saw that the been renewed. This time suction pumps are being had been lifted above the ground on which 1t u sed. A new company has been formed and is rested. It was as if there were some giant beworking with the greatest enthusiasm, causing a neath the playg:ound, like the giant in the fable revival of. the old argument, whether there ever who is said to have caused an eruption of the volwas any treasure worth the search, with reitera-cano at i:he bottom of which he lay whenever he tion of the general opinion among nayal students turned over in his s leep. never and never w1l.l be. The. But no giant had caused the upheaval of this ship berng hunted for is the Sa11-:playground, nor had there been an earthquake. Juan Baptista. . . The upheaval had b een • caused by The is :he fiftieth that has When this happened people remembered thatthey been for this purpose. The. value had seen other upheavals of a similar character the recovered by forty-nme other in that part of the country. Pavements had been amounted collectively to •about raised and roadways strong enough to bear the while many thousands nave been spen t. J?ihgent heaviest traffic had had their surfaces thrus t search of the records of England and Spam have . . . d. I f d t e .-f the story of the great treasure above then suiroun mg:;. n every case the d1sthai te 0 vl 1t1 )'.' turbances had been caused by mushrooms. a was os . . , It i s b ' elieved the real treasure was carried Ealmg, now one of London s busy suburbs , not aboard one of the ships that Spain, and so many years ago ".Vas a rural d_istrict, where that the coins of gold and silver pieces already . mus h r oom s were c _ultivated. But times changed, recovered might have been taken from any s hip . the field s were bmlt upon, and everybody forgot in the fleet-the property of officers. But still the the mushroo_ms. But the mu?hrooms were not search goes forward. dead. The hfe-germs from which the mush1ooms LOUISIANA LEADS IN STRAWBERRIES Louisiana leads the United States in the value of its yield of strawberries with an output of 14,000 carloads, which were marketed in seventyfour different cities in 1921. In practically the entire marketing season Louisiana's strawberries sold at a hig'her price than any other berries, due to the quality of the product, according to a vey of the industry by the Department of Agnculture, which adds that in Chicago twenty-fourpint crates brought as much $6.50 each. It i s pointed out that Lomsiana's strawberry industry i s of national importance, it a nation-wide distribution, the carload shipments spreading ou t like a fan from the Atlantic Coast to the Rocky Mountains. L a s t year twenty-nine carloads also went to four citie s in Canada. Chi cago however, i s the principal market for the fruit'Detroit, Bo sto n, Pittsburg and New York ranking next in the order given. Heat, cold and distance, obstacle s that seemed insurmountable a few years ago, have been overcome by growers and shippers, the a:r;id with continued careful se lect10n, gradmg, packmg and shipping m.arket say. that the in_dustry will enjoy rncreasmg prospenty. "Fully 90 per cent. of marketed crop is shipped by express, the railroad company pro viding two or three express fruit trains. daily. These trains run on a schedule of forty IIDles an hour which puts the fruit on the Chicago market befo;e daylight the second morning. Less than carload shipments are cared by th_ e company, which operates local iced cars to pick up small shipments. spring remained active down in the soil. How is a mus hroom, s o fragile and feeble, able to force its way through concrete and asphalt? How i s it able to carry up with it huge stones which have been cemented down? How is it that a mushroom can split a stout brick wall? The mushrooms in a garden at Beckenham did this s ome little time ago, pushing out a block of brickwork and mortar weighing 170 pounds, though the mushrooms themselves weighed le ss than three and one-half pounds. It is the result of one of the wonderful forces of nature which men can examine and explain and yet . cannot cease to marvel at. By its gentle and continuous pressure, the growing and expanding mushroom can left weights big enough to crush things a thousand times as strong at itself. Send us a one-cent stamp to cover postage, and we will mail you a copy of "Moving Picture Stories.''


_ .. .... . . $500. REWARD. fir. TWO HOURS WORK finger Detective, was Leam At Home in Spare llDle rnakmg usu!'I review m the rnommg newspapers. . . . . • He had iust finished reading the press reports of the Could you trnagme more fascinating work than this? Often daring robbery of the offices of the T0Company life and death depend upon decisions of finger-print evidence whenthetelephoneonhisdeskrang. Centra!OfficewascaJling, -and big rewards go to the E!'P•rt. Thousands of asking him to come immediately tothe scene of the robbery. men are now needed in this gr!!at field .. The finger h h d h . h" h d d "di d prmt work of governments, corporations, police depart -1\lthoug e rove 1g pow_ere roa ster rapt lY ?n rnents, detective agencies and individuals has created a amved .very short!:,: at his destination, he had plenty of time new profession. Many experts regularly earn from $3,000 to to consider. the roam features of the case as by the $l0,000 a year in this fascinating game. And now you can press. The iob had undoubtedly been done !:>Y skilled cracks easily learn the secrets of this new Science in four spare men an\! robbers o!_ uncommon nerve. Sixty-five hundred time_ at home. Any man with common schoo education m currency the company pay-roll-were. gone. No.t and average ability can become a Finger Print Detective in a smgle, apparent clew had been found by the police, a surprisingly short time. Finger Print Expert Solves Mystery Free Course in Secret Service On his arrival, Bigelow was greeted by Nick Austin , Chief For a limited time we are making a special offer of a of Detectives, who had gone over the ground thoroughly. Profeuioll&l f"uaser Print Outfit, aboolutely Free, and Free "Hello, Warren. Here's a job _ Couroe in Secret Semce lnteUi that has us stumped., I hope you n d t /,e •!'nee. Masterr of t!>ese two c:an unravel it for us. • rg 'Aft "l.11111 a professions will open a By this time, the d\strict ofti. VI.,, brilliant career for you. cers and the operatives fyom Write quickly for fully illusCehtral Office had almost given R Prl t 'J trated free book on Finger Prints ur the investigation. rft ,.. . which explains this wonderful , o fruitless efforts, their work 51 , I• 11 training in detail. Don't wait un was at a standstill. They were • ti! this offer has expired mail completely baflled. •, the coupon now. You may never With lively interest and a feeling of relief they stepped back l!ee this announcement again! You assume no obligation-to await the results of the Finger Print Detective's findings. you have everything to gain and nothing to lose. Address were ph;inly ?wed at his quie;t, assured manner . The UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCE ad roi t old Chief hunself was manifestly tmpressed at the quick , sur: which. Bigelow made _his Dept.1094, 1920 Sunn,.lide Avenue, Almost 1mmed1ately Bigelow turned his attention to a heavY table which had been tipped up on its side. Examination of the glossr mahogany showed an excellent set of finger prints. The thi e might just as well have left his calling card. To make a long story short his prints were photographed and taken to Central Office, where they were matched with those of "Big Joe" Moran, a safe blower well known to the 1>olice. Matan was subsequently caught and convicted on Bigelow's testimon y and finger print proof. Most of the money was recovered. In the meantime the 0 Company had offered a $500.00 reward, which was gi ve n to Big elow lais pay for two hours' work, Chical'.o, Dlinoill rn111111111111111nu11111111u11u1111111111111111111111111111n1111111111111u111111111111 = UNIVERSITY .r APPUEDSCIENCE,DeollOM 1920SunysicleA•.,Qicaao S Gentl e men : Wfthont any whatever 1end me your :r: E feasional FiDl'.er Print Outfit. Nafll4 •••••••• ' : •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• ••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Addru•: ••••••••••••••••••• ••••••••••• •••••••••••••••••••••• i Pr11en t O ccu pation ••••••••••••• •••••. • • , •••.••••••••••• . Al/• ..... ••••• --


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