The Liberty Boys and "Black Bess," or, The horse that won a fight

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BARBY E . WOt.rF, POBLISBER. 1 88 WEST 23D STREET. NEW YOBK No. 111 5 NEW YORK, MAY 1 2 , 1922 Price 7 Cents Dlok, mounted on "Black Bess," charged up the hfll at a whirlwind pace, followed by the boys. Straight at the surprised redcoats dashed the gallant fellows and drove' them back. Bombs were exploding in all directions, but Dick kept on.


The Liberty Boysof .. 76 Issaed Weekly-Subscr!ptl9n price, $3.50 per year; Canada, $4.00; Forelgn, $4.50. Harry E. Wolff, Publisher, Inc., Hlti West 23d Street, New York, N. Y. Entered as Second-Class Matter januar.v 31. 1913, at the Post-Office at New York, N. Y., under the Act of March 11, 1879. No. 1115 NEW YORK, MAY 12, 1922 Price 7 cents The Liberty Boys and "Black Bess" OR, THE HORSE THAT WON FIGHT By HARRY MOORE CHA;E>TER !.-Yellow Jim. thought the young captain, "and needs to be watched." "I think we had better be a little cautious, He had never seen the man before now, but Bob. It strikes me that we are as near as we had questioned him iJl order to learn something. dare go at present;" Listening intently, he heard some of the men "All right, Dick, you know best. We are in coming through the woods, but as yet saw nothuniform, an,d it.would not be safe for us to be ing of them, so he could not tell if they were seen if the enemy are around." Tories or redcoats. In a fe\V moments, howDick Slater and Bob Estabrook, who were the ever, he knew by the marked tread that they were captain and first lieutenant, respectively, . of the soldiers and therefore redcoats, as the Tories, Liberty Boys, were making their way cautionsly even when armed and 1\nder discipline, did not along a little creek in the Spartansburg district march with the precision of redcoats. Dick Slater in South Carolina, one day, !'n the look-never neglected little details like this, and from out for redcoats and Tories, there bemg a strong the sound he could now tell just how far away force -of the latter in the district at that time. the men were, although. he could not see them. The Liberty Boys were fighting for independence Yellow Jim did not seem to notice the sound nor and had already done good work in the cause. ' did Bob, whose senses were not as acute the They were in camp a few miles away, and Dick young captain's, and now Dick said in a care-and Bob were now out reconnoitering. They less tone: ' were in a small light. boat, j1:1st big enough "If you are a rebel you had better keep a for them, Bob. paddlmg, while Dick steered. and watch on the redcoats or you may be taken." at. the same time kept a lookout for . enemy. " in't any of 'em within fo' miles, Cap'n," de Dick had sharp and ea:s! ,and, while he had clared Yellow Jim, promptly, and Dick would not yet anythmg had heard have known by his expression that he was lying, sounds which .warned to be cautious. even if he had not already know'n that there Bob held paddle m to keep the were enemies about. boat from gomg on, .• and Dick listened and looked " ,, . along shore and through the trees for any sign Then. we . can go on, Bob, he said, . and the of the enemy. PresentJ.y a man in rough cloth.took up the paddle and sent ing and carrying a short rifle-over his shoulder the boat ghdmg slowly down the creek. came in sight from a mass of trees a little back Dick s11:w the b<;>Y a mo ve from the bank and looked carelessly at the two ment. as if to his :ifle, but m a second boys in the boat. He was a mulatto and had a he picked up a p1?1e k?1ot m of the crafty evil countenance seeming to unite all the boat and hurled it with unerrmg aim at the bad qi'.ialitie s of the tV.:o races to which he befellow's. head. The man was. struck on the poin t longed. of }he Jaw and dropped as if. he .had bee? shot. "Where be you uns going?" he asked, as he 1j ou better than to hit him on his hard came down to the bank looking the boys over skul..i, Dick, laughed Bob, as he paddled on. critically. "Looking for maybe?" would. have been useless." : While the greater part o'f the blacks of the And I not want to my pist!'l fol." region were friendly to the patriots the half-fear of arousmg the redcoats, returned Dick. breeds were generally not to be trusted and Dick "Redcoats, Dick?" in a startled tone. -"Are detected a look in the face of the "yehow boy,'' there any?" as such were called which was a warningto him "Yes; don't y.oU\ hear them?" "Who are you?"' he asked. "Haven't I "Yes, I do nowf but I hadn't heard them be-you before?" . fore." "Folks call me Yellow Jim; I'm 'most a white Yellow Jim now got upon his f-eet, rubbed his man sah, my father being white. Reckon you jaw, glared at the boys in the boat, heard the must have se en me up to the fort. I'm a good redcoats coming on and suddenly seized his rifl e rebel mys elf, same as you uns." and fired. Dick sent the boat up 'stream and If Dick had not had doubts of the man before, the bullet did not come within a yard of them.. he would have had them now, . as no true patriot Then he fired a shot at the man on shore and ever called himself a "rebel" in those days. took off his coon s kin cap, severing the tail with "He is a slave or servant of some Tory," the greatest dexterity. At once a shout was


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "BLACK BESS" heard and then the tram'ti of men going at full spe ed. "Faster, Bob!" said and the little boat fairly shot up stream, Dick turning his head a few moments to look at the spot they had just left. The halfbreed was shouting to s ome one, and Dick presently saw the scarlet uniforms through the trees, although the redcoats had not as yet seen him and Bob. Then they shot around a wooded point, and the enemy could not be seen, the boat continuing on its way at a rapid pace. "There are a dozen and more of them, Bob;'' said Dick, "and it is just as well that they d o not see us. They won't believe this fellow. He .may say what he pleases, but so long as they d o not see us they will take his statements with c onsiderable salt." ' Dick noticed a nook not far off where the bank hung well ver the stream, there being room for the boat under it, the branches of a tree near it hanging almost to the water's edge. There was no danger of the bank giving way, and Dick sent th.e little boat well under it, where it was complet ely hidden. Then he heard a number of v o ices and the tramp of men making their way through the bushe s. "Where are your rebels, you yellow rascal?" he heard some one ask not five yards distant .. "If y ou have been lying to "'Ine..:you will get a . good lashing, as you deserve!" " De rebels go up de crik, Marse Cunnel," replied the mulatto. "He was Cap'n Dick Slater an' anoder one, both rebels, in a little boat. De cap'n shoot off de tail of my cap. See dat?" "But. where are theYnow, you scoundrel?" snarled the other. "I can see up the creek for a long way, and they are not in sight. You are lying to u s." "Cain't see 'em myself, cunnel, but they was here all the same. Dey am hiding somewhere." -"Where can they hide? There isn't. a hole big enough for a rat. You are lying to u s. What do we care for the rebels, anyhow, when we have a force of five hundred well entrenched below the mill? If all the Liberty Boys were here we could laugh them to scorn , and I don't be lieve that there are any of them about, Seize the yeUow rascal and give him a good lashirig to teach him not to lie to us in the future." There was a sudden splash in the water, and Dick knew that Jim had jumped in to escape the threatened whipping. In fact, he struck the water just in front of the shelving bank and Dick saw him when he arose. The splash disturbed the overhanging branches and for . a moment the boys and the boat were plainly visible. It was only for a moment, but Yellow Jim was looking that way at that very and suddenly shouted: "Here they are now, the rebels are under--" "Paddle hard, Bob!" hiss ed Dick. Then tne boat shot out from under the bank, and Yellow Ji:n went under like a stone. Before he came up again the boat was well out upon the creek and goiug up stream at full speed. "There dey are!" he shouted. The officer ran .to the edge of the bank, saw the boys and gave a loud shout. "There are the rebels now; give tnem a--" 'I'hen the bank, which had been weakened by the mulatto running ')Ut upon it, suddenly gave way, and the redcoat was precipitated into the creek before he could finish his' sentence. He went under, and Dick and Bob, laughing heartily at_ hi s accident, continued up stream and were s oon out of sight. The boys kept on up the creek for a little distance, shortly having to go close in to the bank on account of a change in the current, there being considerable water close to sbore and little or none farther out. They were clo se to s hore, when suddenly two or three men came dashing out, and in a moment reached forward and caught Dick, lifting him right out of the boat. "Ha! ha! we've got ye, have we, yer rebel!" they shouted g leefully. "Take him up to the cunnel, boys." "Go on, Bob!" cried Dick, and Bob pulled away rapidly, one of the men, who were undoubtedly Tories falling in as he tried to sei ze the young lieutenant. Bob e s caped, l;ut Dick was a pris oner, the Tories hurrying him away in the direction he had j11;.:;t come. CHAPTER IL-Jenny Jones . Bob Estabrook went up the creek, fairly flying, and was soon out of danger, the Tories losing no time in getting away with Dick and leaving their comrade to get out of the creek unaided. He did so, and, with a good deal of sputtering and s ome violent language, followed the others . Bob went on out of sight and at length, as he was paddling vigorously, he saw a very pretty young girl come out upon the bank. "Hallo!" she said. "Hallo, you!" replied Bob, stopping the boat. "What was that firing about a while ago?" "Redcoats," briefly. ' "I didn't know there were any about here." "Well, there are some now, and I suppo se the Tories will get more impudent than ever." "Then we ought to put 'em down: You're one of the Liberty Boys, a ren't you? You boys are doing a good work." "Well, we are trying to, at any rate," shortly. "If I were a boy I would join you, if you would take me. Isn't a girl of any u s e in helping to get freedom!" "Yes, of course she i s ! " po s itively. "You are a good patriot?" "I am nothing else!" in a determined tone. "What is your name?" "Jenny Jones." "The name isn't half a s pretty as you are. I am Bob Estabrook, first lieutenant of the Liberty Boys." "The name is a heap sigh prettier than you are," laughed Jenny. , "Never mind that," with a grin. "The captain has been carried off by a lot of Tories. I want to get help, but perhaps you can help .me now. Follow them and contrive to get word to him that we are coming, and at the same time leave a trail that we can follow." "All right. I'll shuck an ear of corn and you can follow me that way." "Good! They are down there. You can't miss them. Now I mu s t be off. Good-by, Jenny Jones ."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "BLACK BESS" 3 "Good-by, Lieutenant Bob," and Jenny disap peared, Bob going on in haste and at length reaching the camp. Here the boys were greatly excited upon learn ing that Dick had been made a prisoner and were eager to go to h:s relief at once. Mark Morrison, the second lieutenant; Jack his fast friend and chum; Ben Spurlock, Sam Sanderson, Harry Thurber, Harry Judson and a score--more, instantly offered to go to the rescue, but Bob picked out half a dozen only, s aying: "We must not take too many, Mark, and I want you to watch the camp. We will go on horse back as we can make better progress and get away easier in case we are pursued. I met a good patriot girl who will do all she can for us and. will leave a trail for us to follow." Bob picked out Ben Spurlock, San Sanderson, the two Harrys and Jack Warren, all of whom were mounted, Bob riding a fine bay, Ben a roan, the two Harrys a pair of well-matched sorrels, and Jack Warren a speedy bay mare. Dick Slater owned a magnificent coal black Arabian, called Major, and Bob took him along for Dick to ride when they had rescued him, as they had no doubt they would. Meantime, the Tories had hurried Dick through the woods and across open spaces, suddenly coming upon Pellow Jim and a number of redcoats. "Hallo! there is the saucy rebel now!" cried the officer who had fallen into the water and w ho was still dripping wet, having too much' dignity to remove hi s uniform before the soldier s . "Dat am Cap'n Dick Slater," muttered the mulatto. ' "Ye don't say!" exclaimed the leader of the Tories. "Then I want the reward what's offered for him." "Very good; you will get it," replied the l ieutenant. "Take the fellow away and keep him. under a strong guard. If he escapes, I will hold you all responsible." "Where shall \ V e take him, lieutenant?" asked a sergeant. "To the farmhous e for the present. I wish t o question him before he sees the colonel." The redcoats took Dick away between them, t h e Tories follo wing, as they feared to lose the rewai;d if they lost sight of the Yellow J i m did not follow, remaining near the place where the Tories had come up with Dick. The r edcoats took Dick to a little old log cabin, con sisting of one main story and a loft under the peak roof. There were three or four rooms b elow and one above, this being reached by an almo s t perpendicular ladder. . "Put him in the loft," said the officers. "He can't get out of it i f you keep a strong guard b elow . " One of the redcoats went up and raised the . trap, arid then Dick was sent up and the trap cl o s ed. There were two windows in the loft, both being left open to admit of air passing through it, as otherwis e it would be too hot on thes e warm August days. Being left alone, Dick walked over to one of the windows and looked out, seeing two gua1ds below. Going to the other window Dick looked out and saw a girl approaching, the two sentries looking at her with considerable interest. "Hallo! What you doing irnre?" she asked, as she came nearer. "Taking care of a dangerous up yonder,'" said one. ' "I want to know I" the girl said. "Who is he?" "Captain Dick Slater, of the Liberty Boys, the sauciest young rebel in the region." "What are you going to do with him?" . "Hang him, of course I That's the only thing to do with rebels. Yiou are not a rebel, are you?" "Me? Oh, my, not" and she look up at Dick, who saw at once that she was a very pretty girl, and made ce1tain that she had come to help him, if possiple. ) The two redcoats looked up. at Dick, when the girl suddenly snatched a pistol out. of the belt of each and said, sternly: "Clap your faces to them logs just as close ' as you can and don't you look around or I'll put a hole plumb through you!" She enforced the command by putting a pistol close to the head of each of the redcoats1 which made . them get as close to the wall of the log cabin as they could. Then she reached out with one hand and unfastened the bayonet of the near musket standing against the wall. In an other moment she natl secured the second bayonet. "You ain't half close enough to each other," she said. "Get as clo s e as yo can I" Dick looked on with amused interest, wonder ing what the girl was going to do next. She took the two bayonets and pinned the coats of the redcoats to the logs with them, d •iving them in two or three inche s . "Come . on, captain!" she said, in a low tone. "Hurry up. U s e thes e fellows' heads as a lad der. I dorino , whether the lieutenant will get here soon enough or not, and we don't want to lose no time." Dick got out. of the window while the girl was speaking, put one foot on the head of each, then stepped to their shoulders, and then, with a ' spring, was on the ground. "Here are pistol s , captain!" the girl crfod. "Cut and run as fast as you can. I'll keep thes e here fellow s qu i et. If they as much as peep . I'll blow their heads off with their own mus kets!" "You're a brave girl and a good 'Patriot," mut tered Dick. "I'll keep a watch on those fello ws , and if .they dar e t o shout I'll shoot. I'm a long shot." Then he hurried away, li stening intently and suddenly heari n g t h e clatter of hoof s . "Bob and the boys are coming, " he said to himself. . He kept the log cabin between himself t?e Tories on the other side, but suddenly the lieutenant looke d out of the win d o w , s a\\" him an d set up a shout. "Come, my girl! " called Di c k, and the girl le f t the two redcoats, w ho did not dar e to s hou t until they heard others doing so and 'the no is e of hurrying foot s tep s . Tl\en the Torie s came dashing up, yelling, e x citedly: "The rebels are comin', a darnati on of 'em! Run off with the rebel or they'll catch ye!" Dick saw Bob and half a dozen Liberty Boys come suddenly dashing up, but there were a _


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "BLACK BESS" lot of redcoats and Torries between him and them, and he and the girl must escape. "This way, captain!" the girl said, taking his arm. "There's a cabin in the woods where we can hide while the boys are chasing the red coats." Then she suddenly darted off to one side, still holding Dick by the arm, some of the redcoats giving chase, while others made for shelter as fast as they could go. Dick and the girl soon reached the hut and entered. Bob Estabrook and the Liberty Boys came suddenly dashing up hind the redcoats, who thought there were mo1e of them than was the fact, and scattered. Then Dick opened the door and came out with the girl. "Hallo, Jenny Jones! you are here, are you?" were worse than the redcoats, and the boys had a decided antipathy to them, regarding them as traitors to the country and doing all they could to scatter them. The Tories knew the swamps also and would try to hunt out the camp, so the plucky fellows had them. to look out for as well. Later in the afternoon Jenny Jones came riding into the camp and announced Yellow Jim and a party of redcounts were coming into the swamp with the intention of routing out the Liberty Boys. CHAPTER III.-One Way to Get Rid of Tories. cried Bob. 1 • The Liberty Boys were greatly astonished at "We had better get away, Bob," said Dick. learning that Yellow Jim was coming on with "There are a lot of redcoats and they will re-the redcoats, as they did not expect that he turn." would make them a visit till night. "Jump up here behind me, Jenny Jones," cried "Get ready for them, boys," said Dick. " Bob, Jack Warren. "My bay mare has carried double take a score of the boys and go out beyond the more than once." ) edge of the swamp and wait for them, but do Dick helped the girl to mount and then sprang-not show yourselve s till after they pass." . into his own saddle, the boys all riding off at a "Very good," returned Bob, who rapidly selected gallop as the redcoats and Tories began to rally twenty of the be s t sharpshooters among the . boys and give chase. The boys went on at a rush for.. and went out on foot, concealing his party in some time, but at last when no sounds of pursuit the thick bushes. could be they took a most leisurely pace, Then Mark was sent out with another party Dick saying: . . a little to one side of Bob's position, but in "There is no great haste now, as the redcoats plain sight, having their horses with him. have given up the pursuit, and we can go at a "We want them to know where we are,'l exless nerve-racking pace." plained Dick, "and, in fact, we would like them They presently reached a crossro'!ld, and Jenny tc follow us into the swamp, if they will." Jones jumped down, saying: A number of the boy$ put up shacks and built "Much -0bliged for the lift, boys. I live up fires not far from the edge of the swamp and this way and you go the other." in plain sight from the road, the real camp "We are greatly indebted to you, Jenny/' re-. being at s ome distance and quite hidden, the way joined Dick. "Aren't we, boys?" to it being hard to find and difficult to follow. "Three cheers for Jenny Jones!" cried Jack Dick and a considerable detachment of the LibWarren, and-the cheers were given with a . will. Boys remained in hiding back of Mark's sup "Come and see us in our camp, Jenny," said posed camp, Mark himself going on to meet the Dick. "I will send a horse over so 'that you redcoats and show them the way in. Before wol),'t have to walk." long they heard the sounds of hoofs and went "Thank you, captain; I'd like to come, first at a gallop to meet the enemy. At length the iate, and maybe I can bring you news of the redcoats appeared, haying been reinforced by a redcoats." lot of Tories, who were eager to take revenge "I shall be very glad to hear it," answered upon the Libe ; y Boys . Dick. The enemy set up a shout upon seeing the boys, "Well, if I hear any I'll tell y.o,i:;, but I'll come and dashed forward, Mark and his band beating over Good-by, captam. . a hasty retreat. Into the swamp they went, the Reachmg the camp, they were most heartily boy s in plain sight, hurrying forward, to meet received by theboys, who were very gla. d to them. The enemy supposed that they were all know that Dick h:;td been rescued and were eage:r the Liberty Boys and pushed on into the swamp, to hear all about it. with a shout. When they were well in the boys "Sure ye can tell the story while ye're atin', fired a volley. Then Boy and his boys suddenly an' los e no toime at all," said Patsy Brannigan, appeared, coming up behind the redcoats and fir who was jus t ready to serve dinner as the boys ing a rattling volley. Then from the swamp came in. came Dick Slater and more than the combined The boys enjoyed their dinner and were greatly forces under Bob and Mark, and at once the interested in Dick's story also, being eager to enemy realized that they had been led into a meet the redcoats and put therri to flight. After trap. The mulatto would have run away with dinner, Dick ,sent Jack and the two Harrys over the redc9ats and Tories, but the lieutenant of to the girl's house with a horse, which she could the redcoats caught him, put a pistol to his ride whenever she wished to come to the camp. head and said, sharply: The camp of the Liberty Boys was well hidden "You got us into this mess, now get us out in a swamp, but' it was very likely that the or you are a dead man." mulatto knew the swamps well and could find Yellow Jim turned the color of ashes, for he it, as Jenny had said, and the boys must there-was a natural coward, although crafty and cruel, fore be on the watch for him to prevent his and at once struck into a secret path w hich even gi ving information to the The Tories Dick Slater himself had not discovered and led


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "BLACK BESS" 5 the way out. A number of the Tori e s were caught, the boy w hom Jack and the t w o Harrys had met being among them. The iedcoats es caped, being hard press ed, however, by Dick and his boys, but they would not have done so i:t? it had not been for the promptnes s and decision of the commander. They took the road and went off at a gallop down another road tha t Dick had not seen, under the guidance of the mulatto and so e s caped. "What are you going to do with the D i ck?" a sked Bob, when they returned to the outer camp. . "Let them go, Bob, after giving them a thorough thrashing. They a1e not worth wasting powder and ball upon, and w e don't want to take care of them till we c a n turn them over to Sumter. A lashing is the be s t thing for them. " The prisoners , a dozen in number, were arranged in a double circle, stripped to the waist and furnished . w ith stout hickory and birch switches, each man being compelled to lash the man in front of him all along the line, each hitting the man in front and being hit by the man behind. bqys compelled them all to use the switches with the utmos t vigor, and there was a great howling and yelling all along 'the line. When one switch . g a ve out another was supplied till the men exhausted and unable to strike. Then they W.}re released and told to leave the district under penalty of getting worse. In a few minutes there was not one of them in sight, the boys laughing heartily to s ee them scattel' so widely and so .rapidly. Dick had decided to change his camp, and in a short time they began . t aking down tents and packing their baggage, being shortly under way to anothe.r swamp nor far away and much more difficult to find a s well as to enter. Jenny went with them s o as to know how to find them when she had occa s ion ' to make them a visit, some of the boys promising to s ee her home when she was ready. The boys all thought her a very good girl and excellent company, as well as having plenty of pluck and being a thorough patriot. Ben Sam and Will Freema n w1mt home with her, and' started back to camp late in the afte.rnoon, expecting to reach it in time _for supper. Dick , was out looking about and s eekin g information of the enemy at the same time. The three boys were on their way back to c a m p , riding along at a good but not rapid gait, w h e n Een suddently d r e w rein quickly and muttered, fn an excited tone: " Redcoat s , boys! We'll have to look out for ourselve s . " Looking ahea d, the boys s a w the scarlet uniforms of a nurnbe:r: of B ritis h soldier s through the tree s . " There is a bridg e jus t behind u s ," said Will . "We ca n get under it and wait tin thes e fellow s pass." "Back with you, then," said Ben. The boy s had not been \li s covered, and they rode back rapidly till they rea ched the bridge over a little creek. Guiding their horses into the water which was not above their knees, they made their way under the bridge, where they hdden in a moment. They could hear the redcoats corning on at a gocd gait, and before long they were on the bridge. Then they heard the clatter of hoof s , and in a moment Dick Slater's vo i ce, shouting: ' "U,pon them, Liberty Boy s , scatter the redcoats again; give . it to them, charge!" "Charge!" they all cried, and at the instant 'they heard the redcoats away in the direction they had come, and then Dick himself came clattering upon the bridge. "Hallo, captain!" cried Ben, making his way out. Dick stopped and was very greatly surprised to see the boys come out, one after another. "Hallo! What are you doing down there?" he asked, with a laugh. "Hiding from the redcoats you have jus t driven away," said Ben. "And they hav e gone jus t the way we are going. " "That is awkward," said Dick. "However, the y may not appear on our _road -again, so we need not worry till the time comes." The boys all rode on together, keeping a lookout for the enemy and listening for any sus picious sounds. Finally they -came in sight of the camp, just as the sun w'as setting, after a day full of exciting events. The boys had their supper and. the camp became quiet and they all settled down for the night, nothing occurring to di sturb them in their new quarters, which would be hard to find even by those well acquainted with the swamps. CHAPTER IV.-The Horse that No One Could Ride. In the morning, Dick and Bob disguised themselves in the ordinary attire of the region ;md set out on horseback to reconnoiter.' They did not take their own horses, these being too well known to the enemy, but rode a pair of ordinary animals, which were more in keeping with their appearance and were not ' likely to attract attention, and set out toward MU:sgrove's Mill, a mile or two below them. They were riding on at. an easy gait when they met two or three evil-looking men whom they judged to be Tories, although D i ck did .not remember to have seen them, and he.never forgot a face nor a voice. "Mornin', strangers!" muttered one. "Seen any rebels in the swamp or anywhere about, lately? " "Rebels ? " replied Dick. "No; but w e se en a woodchuck just now . Them other things ain't good eatin', they're too bl a me much like c a t 8 , I think." , "Huh! ye don't eat rebels!" in a tone of' d i s gU.St. "Rebels is folks, sogers ; don't' ye know that, you darnatio n fool?" . " I reckon they've went awa y," d ecl ared another. "We knowed their hidin' place an' the y w as afraid of our huntin' the m out. If the y' s anywhere about, we ' d find 'em, 'cau s e w e know a ll t he swamps hereatouts , an' nobody can't fool U!>." "What you been lookin' for ' e m fur' ! " a s ked Dick, with a simple look, whi c h qui t e de c eived the Tories. . "To drive 'em out, that's what!" emphatically: "We don't want no reb el s , an' now _the redcoH ts is here, we ain't goin ' to have 'em . We done looked for 'em all mornin', and I allow they ' v e done went away, 'c a u s e if they wa s hidin' in


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "BLACK BESS" any o' the swamps hereabouts we'd 've found 'em." "What kind o' rabbits are they, cotton tails or--" but the men went on with a snarl of disgust, and Dick a?d Bob were alone. . ,, "You are impossible for those fellows, Dick, laughed Bob, when the boys were out of hearing. "They think you are as near to an idiot as thing they ever met." "I like their assurance," returned Dick. "There isn't one fn a hundred of them that can find our camp. However, it is just as well that they think we have gone away, for they will tell the redcoats and the latter will not be looking for us and we can work undisturbed and find out all we want to know." "Yes that is so; but they do have a tremendous notion their ability, just' the same. They beat the British, even." The boys reached the British being some distance below this, on the Ennoree, in the northeast corner of Laurens district, and bel!an to look about them. "It is a dangerous thing to do, Bob," said Dick "but I think we may be able to get near enough to the enemy's works to get a good--idea of them and so know how to conduct our at tack." "Danger doesn't cut any figure, Dick," replied :Bob. "Well, we will go on, but we must keep our eyes open for trouble of any kind." "We are always on the watch for that," with a grin. " • • They rode on carelessly, apparently, but with a good de .al of caution for all that, and at length came near the enemy's works, noticing Yellow Jim hanging about outside, as if looking for information. The boys halted, looking at the redcoats outside in a careless fashio11, and presently Jim saw them, but failed to recognize them in the clothes they wore, being a man of little intelligence, although crafty and cruel. As the boys were sitting on their horses, looking at nothing in particular, apparently, a soldier led out a horse, which at once attracted Dick's attention. It was a glossy black mare, without a single white hair anywhere about her, clean limbed, perfectly proportioned and one of the most beautiful pieces of ho1seflesh he had ever seen. The mare was a perfect-match for Major, and was as fine an animal as one could often see, but the soldier seemed to have some trouble in managing her and was evidently afraid of her, and yet there was.nothing vicious about her. He tethered her to a post not far away and seemed to be glad to be rid of her, fo1 he said to another redcoat: "That black imp would be the death of me if I had much to do with her. She's as wild as an unbroken colt and one needs wrists of steel to hold her in." "Whose is she?" the other asked. "She's spoken for by the colonel, but if he knew as much about .her as I do he'll never have her." "Where did she come from? There are no such horses in the Carolinas. What's her name?" "Blamp Imp, I call her, but her name is Black B ess , I b e lie ve. E!h•'s jus t a mas s of black wickedness. I wouldn't ride her for a hundred pounds." "Sent to the colonel?" 1'Taken out of a Virginfa stable, but I fancy she'll go back again. The colonel doesn't know what he's getting." "That's a beautiful mare, Dick," said Bob, in a low tone. "Yes, indeed, and just a match for Major." "What is the matter with her?" "Nothing that I can see. She is very high spirited and needs firm but gentle treatment. Get her confidence and you need have no trouble with her that I can see." , "Why did the redcoat call her a fiend?" "Because he did not know how to manage her, I suppose. He is only used to hacks and work horses. The1e are very few animals as fine as she. Jack Warrlf.l's bay mare is one, but Jack has no trouble with her because he is kind. If Dolly were not treated right she would be un-. manageable." Two officers came out at this moment, the senior saying to the other: "There she is, lieutenant. •Beauty, isn't she?" "Well, she has the beauty of a fiend, I should say. Look at her eyes. Is that the colonel's new mare'?" . "Yes, but you are mistaken about her being a fiend. The colonel wants her tried a bit. Jump on and spin her about the ioad." "No, I thank you, captain," ans wered the lieutenant, whom Dick recognized. "I am afraid that I would be spun around myself." "Nonsense! Go ahead!" The lieutenant mounted and started off, keeping a stiff rein on the mare, and in a few moments was thrown. . "That is all I want!" he said, decidedly. "Rubbish! You don't know how to ride her. You are not firm enough, my boy," patronizingly. ":Yet me show you." "The captain won't last as long as the lieuten ant," muttered Dick, as the redcoat mounted. He sawed on the reins, spoke sharply, and was promptly left sitting i:Q. the middle of the road, while "Black Bess" trotted off and took her place at ,the post, where she began nibbling the short grass. Then a major appeared, went up to .the black ma1e and mounted. He went a short distance, but then the black ma1 e showed such an inclination to turn her head and nip him in the leg that he promptly got off, uttered a fierce imprecation, and muttered: "Beast! I wouldn't take her . as a gift!" The mare went to cropping the grass again, showing her heels as sooon as any of the redcoats a:Pl!roached her. Then the colonel came out, looked at her and said: .... "Ah, that is something like a horse! Tried her, have you, major? Fine action, eh? Plenty \of spirit?" "Rather more than I want, colonel. Let some one else try her." "Not II" spoke up both the captain and lieuten. ant, promptly. ' "What's the matter?" asked the other. "Beast!" "Black imp!" "As much as your life is worth to try her." "The mare has been overrated, sir," up


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "BLACK BESS" ' 7 I the soldier groom. "You had better not ride her if you don't want to resign your commission in a hurry." "Nonsen se!" sputtered the col onel , who evi dently had a very high opinion of his abilities a s horseman. "I'd like to s ee the hors e I couldn't ride." "I'll lay a gold guinea he won't be able to stick on her back half a minute!" muttered Bob, in a low tone. "He won't if hekeep s up that manner," returned Dick. The colonel began by trying to terrorize the animal, and then held her in s tiff, fairly sawing her jaws with the bit, in the next place. The black mare did not throw him simply because he was wise enough to get off in time, very red in the face and in a perfect passion. "How dare you, you brute!" he roared. "Hi;rw dare ltQ.U show such disrespect to the colonel! By Jove! I'll have you " skinned and thrown to the crows for that! What rebel owned you, I'd like to know? I'd like to horsewhi}1'him!" "I kin ride that-boss, mister,'' said Dick, getting down, awkwardly. "They ain't nothin' the matte1 with her." The officer looked amazed. "You blockhead!" he snortecL "You're a fool!" "Mebby I be, but I kin ride_ that ho ss , jus t the same," with a drawl and a _ s imple look . "You don't mean to tell me that you can do what I can't? Of cours e, I can ride the mare. I can ride anyt,hing, but-" "Bet ye a shillin' Yt! can't!" shortly. The redcoats grinned beh ind the pompous colonel's back, the office rn showing great amazement that a clod like the boy in homespun should dare address the colonel in that fashion. "And you mean to tell me that you can ride 'Black Bess,' you fool? Nonsense!" "Wull, do ye want to se e me?" "Some pe ople only learn by experience, sir," chuckled the maj9r. "Let the idiot break his neck. It will be no great loss!" "The idea of wanting to bet a shilling! When yo.u never lay less than a guinea. Let him try it, sir." "The -''• w need ' s taking down, colonel. Let him trv ' "I'll s how him that I can ride the biack brute, whether 01 no!" snapped the colonel, greatly angered. He moun_ ted "Black Bess" again, but tried his arrogant methods on her, u sing too tight a rein, too stiff a bit and spurs, the latter being the last straw. This time the doughty colonel was tossed into the watering trough head first, to the ruin of his dignity as well as of his uniform. "Confound the beast! She's fit only for clods or to be put to the plow!" he roared. "That is never the mount for a gentleman!" "Come here, 'Black Bess,' a minute," said Dick, coaxingly, pulling a tuft of tender grass and offering it to the mare. Then, a s he stroked her glossy si des, he looked at her carefully, taking in many points that-he had noticed casually before, and now saw more fully, and seeing nothing vi ciou s in the beauti ful creature's eye, as the groom had said. "The man had been afraid of her and s he had seen it and therefore he could do nothing with her. "She i s a bundle of nerves , high strung, has tender jaws and-will brook neither whip nor he thought. "These fellows would kill her, not knowing what the trouble was. She need s firmnes s, but not cruelty. If I did not have Major there i s not another animal I would rather have than this same 'Black Bess,' for all they call her an imp." The colonel would not look at the mare, the major tui-ned his back on her, the captain looking at her with one eye only, while the lieutenant only looked at her, and Dick, when he thought no one saw him. "She i s badly harnessed to begin with," said Dick to himself, and at once loosened the bit and _ adjusted the saddle s omewhat, making s uch changes that showed him to be a perfect horseman for all his clumsy looks. Then he gave Bob a sudden significent glance, the young lieutenant picking up the bridle of the horse he had ridden. "Jove! Dick is gojng to make off with the black beauty!'! he muttered. "Well, there is none of these redcoats can ride her, so what is the dif ference?" The lieutenant was deeply interested, and ' watched Dick's every motion, the captain now giving him an eye and a half, while the major looked out of the corner of one eye, the colonel still turning his back squarely on both the mare and the supposed rustic. Having finished his preparations, Dick stroked the no s e of "Black Bess," spoke caressingly to her and mounted. Then he started across the road, going at a gal lop, turning the mare by simply patting her on one side. All eyes were now turned upon Dick and the mare, and as the young patriot suddenly went up the road, giving Bob a nod, the lieutenant. cried, sharply: "By Jove-! there's only one person that can manage a horse like that, and he is Dick Slater, the rebel!" CHAPTER V.-The Vixen Conquered . "Dat am Dick Slater, de rebel, I done knowed it .de fust t'ing!" cried Yellow Jim, deliberately lymg, a s he had not recognized • Dick till this moment. Away went Dick, managing "Black Be ss " with no difficulty whatever, simply becau se he knew the sort of treatment she required, u sed a loose rein and never wore spurs nor carried a whip. After him went Bob, leading the other horse and going as fast as po ssi ble, although he could not keep u p the gait that he could have kept had lie had his own bay. "Dat's _ de oder rebel, de left'nant !" s houted Jim. "Catch him!" "Catch him yourse lf, you black rascal!" roared the captain. "Ho w dare you give orders to your bettEirs?" . Jim made a rush at Bob, and had his hat shot off in a twinkling, letting out a yell a s if he had a mortal wound. Redcoat s sprang upon their hors e s and came running from e\•erv direction; bullets flew around Bob, and there wa',;; a very lively time at the work s . Dick Slater, on "Black Bes s," had no trouble in distancing all the redcoat11. the beautiful animal fa. i 1lv flvina_


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS , AND "BLACK BESS" and s eeming t o know that at last she had a rider who thoroughly understood her, obeying his every motion, needing only a loose hand on the rein and swerving this way and that to t he touch of his fingers on one side or the other. Suddenly a detachment of redcoats that he had not looked for appeared in the road ahead of him and threat en ed to put a stop to his raJ?id flight. There were too many of them to ride down, and the only way to e s cape was by taking the fence at one si de and galloping through the open wood. "Take it, Bess!" he said, heading the black mare to t he fence and raising himself in the saddle. ' T h e beautiful creatuie understood, and went o v e r the obstruction with the lightness of a bird, clearing it with room to spare. . The redcoats were amazed, and none of them attempted to f ollow, the leap being a high one and the ground u n even on the other side. Away went Dick, like t he w ind, being soon out of sight among the trees, the young patriot changing his course shortly so as to come out upon the again jn a few minutes. " I -am afraid Bob will be captured," he t e r ed, "as these other redcoats came up unex pectedly, and he won't be on the lookout for them." . Reaching the road, he halted, patted "Black Bess" on the neck and said: " Well done, my beauty; you are a horse worth h aving, but these pompous redcoats don't know h ow to treat you." The noble creature seemed to understand, and l ooked at Dick with not the least trace of viciOus ness attributed to her by the redcoats. "I'll teach you to stand without being tethered before long, my beauty,'' he said, as he tethered the black mare out of sight among the trees and then went back to see what had become of Bob. T he young lieutenant had not been able to escape as Dick had, not having a horse 1;1.ble to take the leap over the fence, and having a led hors e besides, and he was soon hemmed in by the r edcoats. "Well, you did not get Dick, at any rate," he said, with a laugh, "and you have lost your best h orse, even if. you couldn't ride her. " "Take the young rebel back to the works and s ee that he is put under a strong guard," said the lieutenant. "I suspected the other, but was not sure of him till I saw him ride that black vix en." "She is no vixen," said Bob, "but you sawed at her jaw s in a way that nothing but an iron hors e could endure, and you browbeat and tyraniz e d o ver her as if she were a privat e soldier, and no w onder she rebeled. She's a good patriot, I'll bet anything, and won't stand such treat m ent any more than we will." " Silence, you rebel!" stormed the lieutenant. " O h , you can' t keep me still by roaring at me, li eu tenant,' ' said Bob, with a laugh. "I am your es:iual i n rank, and if you are not better. mannered J may call you out." "Take t he rebel away," said the officer, "and b e sure t o put him under better guard than you had the iebel captain under the other day.n "That was the time that a clever patriot girl g ot the be s t of y ou," chuckled Bob. "You don't know how many friends we have in the neighbor hood. They are all over." "I don't care if they are!" snapped the other. "They will not get you away, my young rebel." "Oh, but I am not a rebel, and I am not yours, either. You will see the captain and a lot of the Liberty Boys cy's hat and s hoes, as well as his coarse shirt, and then tumbled his hair over his forehead and rubbed earth on his face, looking cross-eyed, which Pete was, and surprising the Tory greatly. "Goshi I never looked so bad as all that!" he exclaimed, which quite satisfied Dick, for now he knew that the redcoats who had seen Pete, and even Yellow Jim, would be deceived.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "BLACK BESS" 9 Concealing his pistols in his shabby coat, Dick led Pete out into the road and s a id: "See here, Pete Parlow, I am not going to thras h you, but I want you to make your way out of here jus t as fas t as you can go and not come bac k a s long a s the Liberty Boys are in t he neighborhood. If you do, you will get some thing worse than a thrashing, I can tell you. Get out!" . He s p oke sharply, and raised his foo t as if h e were g o in g to g iv e the Tory boy a kick , and in an instan t Pete was flying up the road a s f a s t a s he c ould go. " We w on't see anything more of him in a h u r ry!" h e laughed. "He'll be a mile from here i n ten minutes." He l ed "Bl a ck Bess" into the road and mounted, iid i n"g on until .within sight of the works, h alting b efo r e b e ing seen by any of the enemy. The beaut i ful mar e had seen him. change lii s clothe s , but his manner toward her had not c h a n g e d , and he h a d h e r full confidence and she w ou ld do a nything he wished. Hiding her in t h e b u shes , he t ied her and said: ' _ "Stay i ight here, Bla ck Bess. Don't go away, for I may want you in a hurry." "Black Bess" s eemed to u,nde rstand, but to make s ure, D ick left her at a place where the grass was particularly tender. ''I'll be back s oon, B ess ," he said, giving he r a parting care ss, and t h e n he walked on , carel e s sly , t owar d the enemy's works. " Yell o w J i m was the first one to see him, saying, in a s u rly tone: "What y ou want? I reckon you come to s ee what you kin steal and not be cotched." " Git out, y e yaller n i g grol" contemp t uously. "Ye talk lik e that ter me an' I'll swat ye, an' have y e t oted off to the cal a boose an' gi' n a good h i d in' . N obo d y but white folk s

. 10 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "BLACK BESS" It is fortunate that I saw Slater changing clothes, for now I will know him. The lieutenant talked with him not long agq. ' Do you marvel that I am anxious?" "The lieutenant talked with .Slater?" amazed. "Yes; but make haste, sir. You don't know what mischief may be . done by delay." The captain tore a leaf from his di spatch book and wrote on it: ' "Deliver j,>risoner to bearer of note. "Hillsworth, Captain." "That will do," said Dick. "I warrant you that I will have the pri'soner where the lieutenant will not get at him in a few minutes . Question him adroitly at first, so that he wilJ not suspect your real position, and you will learn all you wish." "I will do so, Mr--" "Black, for the present. -Fraser knows me and so does Cornwallis. The earl would like to have me near him now." As Cornwallis had offered a reward for Dick's capture, this. was literally true, although not in the way that the British officer unders tood it. "Very good; I will attend to the matter at once. We will have Slater before long." "Well, captain, if it depends upon me you will," confidently . Dick hurried, away with the order, while the captain made .his way to the canteen. "If one never ventures, he sure of nothing," muttered Dick, as he went on. "After all, I only told the redcoat the truth. Dick Slater is planning the escape of the prisoner, and he will accomplish it in a -short time." Reaching the house, Dick handed the captain's order to the sentry. "I will take him myself," he added. "He will be safe with me. Keep a quiet tongue in your head and you will prosper." Dick slipped a crown piece into the sentry's hand and at once' impressed him with the notion that he had to do with a person of importance. "Lose no time,'' said Dick. "I will get the prisoner. Keep a strict watch on the back of the house. You don't know what foes are about!" Dick enterEod the house, found Bob without trouble, and sai d, in a hurried whisper: "Co me with me as if you were a pris oner. Nothing venture, nothing gain, and time presses." Then went out together, went up the road and were quickly out of sight from both the hous e and the c a nteen. Some redcoats saw them, but these were just from the barracks, and had not s een Dick's escape and Bob's capture, and took the two boys to be a couple of country bumpkins, seeing the sights. Passing the. redcoats, they went on more rapidly and were almost in safety when they saw Yellow Jim come out of a clump of bu shes . He thought Dick was Pete Parlow, but he knew Bob and at once set up a shout: _ "Hi! hi! hallo! the rebels are e s caping, catch 'em!" he s houted, running toward the house. It happened that the lieutenant had very quickly c onvinced the captain that he had been misled by s ome one, saying, ex-::itedly: "By Jove, sir, I believe that i s wasn't the Tory sneak at all that I talked with, but him-self! They say he is a master of disguise. We have both been fooled by the most daring young rebel spy at large. Quick, sir, or it. may be too late!" The two officer s had jus t reached the house and learned that the prisoner had been set free, when the mulatto came :?:Unning in, with a wild alarm. At once the guard was turned out, and the two boys were seen hurrying up the road at full speed, but on foot. After them went a score of mounted redcoats, and their capture seemed a foregone conclusion. All of a sudden, however, the boys dove into some bus hes, whence they shortly emerged on the back of "Black Bess,'' the magnificent whirlwind mare whom the colonel, the major, the captain, the lieutenant, the sergeant and the groom had pronounced to be a fiend, a brute and a vixen, and thoroughly worthless. "Good-by, redcoats!" shouted Dick. "You were as much mistaken about me as you were about the mare!" Then away they went, and the iedcoats saw that not only was "Black Bess" capable of tre-. mendous spee d, but that she was thoroughly tractable as well, and went wherever Dick guided her without whip or spur. Although bearing a double burden, the gallant steed outsped all the horses that were in pursuit and soon left them far behind. "It's astonishing that a rebel can ride a horse that I cannot!" sputtered the captain. "That saucy' young rebel who ha s just escaped had the effrontery to tell me that we did not know how to manage her," said the lieutenant. "We, who have ridden horses all our lives!" "The idea!" sputtered the captain. Meanwhile, the boys were going on at good speed on the back of the beautiful mare, who seemed as well able to carry two as . she had borne one not long before. They saw nothing of Pete Parlow, Dick relating how he had changed clothes with the Tory boy as they went on, Bob being greatly amused. When Dick and Bob went into the camp upon "Black Bess," the boys were all amazed at the beauty of the splen did animal. "My word! where did you get heP-, Dick?" cried Mark. "She is a perfect match for Major and looks as if she could go like the wind." "She'll beat my Dolly, and that is something," declared Jack Warren, who s e bay m;ue was sec ond only to Dick Slater's black in spee d . "If they captured her from the enemy she is better yet," added Sam. "She's a beauty, all right!" muttered Lishe Green. _ "And can go like liglitning!" spoke up Bob Haviland. "Where did she come from?" asked a score of the boys. "The enemy; but they did not know how to take care of her,'' replied Dick. "And so we thought we'd take her ourselves," added Bob. "You s hould see her take a fence, and as for carrying double, she doesn't mind it in the least." "We must take good care of her," resumed Dick. "She i s a high-spirited animal, of a very nervous organization, and will not brook ill treatment, but can be managed by a child if used right."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "BLACK BESS" 11 "There is a story about that black mare," laughed Mark, "and I want to hear it." "So you shall," said Dick, leading Black Bess" away, "but we must look after her first." CHAPTER VIL-Watching the Enemy. During dinner, Dick told how he had first seen "Black Bess,'' haw he had secured her, and how he and Bob had escaped on her back, the boys being all greatly interested in the story:Every one admirecl the beautiful animal, but they-took all the interest in her from knowing that she had helped Dick escape and had then been instrumental in Bob's escape. Soon after dinner, Jenny Jones came into the camp and said to Dick: "Them Tories are makin'out tofind the camp, captain, an' rout you uns out'n it, but I don't reckon they'll find it afore you're ready to leave of her own accord." "You have heard them talking about it?" Dick a s ked. • "Yes; but they didn't know I was listenin', or they'd have kept still, 'cause they know I'm no .Tory. My, but that's a right good boss, captain!" as "Black Bess" came along, led by Bob. "That's another black, isn't it?" "Yes; captured from the redcoats. They did not know what a prize they had until they had . "Why, I should think anybbdy would know that she was an uncommon fine hoss, captain." "She is high-spirited and nervous, and they thought it was temper and abused her. Th(;lre is not a better animal in all the troop." "Not Major, captain?" " I don't think so, Jenny. She is no better than he is, ho wever." "Well, the next time w e are out exercising the horses we can do it. The black mare is a wonderful animal, Bob, a pure Arabian, if ever I saw one, as fierce as a demon if angered, but as faithful as a dog if treated kindly. "Them redcoats donno how to treat nothing right, neither horse nor human," snapped Jenny, and the boys all laughed. "So the Tories are looking for our camp, a1e they?" asked Dick. "Do you know where they have been :ooking?" "Anywhere but the right place, I reckon, captain. They haven't found it yet, far as I could hear." " I don't believe they have, for we would know if they had been anywhere near it. They haven't followed you at any time that you have come over here?" "No and I'm always careful about coming. I heard 1em talking, and I thought I'd better let you uns know about it." "That, was all right, Jenny. You helped me out the other day and I know that you are ready to help us any time." "I sure am, captain." '"We saw your friend Pete this morning," laughed Bob. "He wear s a better suit of clothes than he did. The captain gave it to him." . "M'm! he ought to give him a hiding! He am't no friend o ' mine, neither, Lieutenant Bob." "Well, they exchanged clothes, really, so that Dick could get into the redcoat camp and get me out,'' laughing. "Pete was s o scared that he ran otf .at the rate of ten miles a minute, and I don't think he has stopped running yet." "That's different," said Jenny. " I thought it would be funny if the captain gave that skunk anything." When Jenny was ready to leave ; Bob and a number of the boys went along, Dick riding "Black Bess" and Bob riding Major, Jack War ren being on his bay mare, Ben Spurlock o n his roan, the two Harry on their well-matched sorrels, and the whole party being well mounted , in fact. The boys saw Jenny well on the road and then set off toward the camp of the red coats, going at a good pace. Dick and Bob kep t together, no difference being observed in the speed of the two horses, Jack Warren being a little behind, the others being well in the rear. Bob Estabrook wanted to test the horses, not wanting to acknowledge that any animal could equal Major, even though he did not o w n the noble black, but Dick did not care for such a test unless there was a necessity for it. They were going on at a good rate when they suddently came upon a considerable detachment of redcoats, who gave chase at once. "Back with you, Jacki" cried Dick, "and tell the others that the redcoats are coming!" A way went Jack, like the wind, Dick and Bob wheeling as the redcoats. came on , the two blacks racing alongside at a rapid pace. They kept together, neither ahead of the other by even a nos e, and both seeming to enjoy the chase. Jack pushed on rapidly, and they lost sight of him for a time, at length seeing him jus.t beyond a crossroad, waving his hat, wildly, and shouting: "Hurry! hurry! The boys saw a second party of redcoats on the other road, pushing ahead to intercept them, there being little time to spare .if they wished to escape. Both blacks were now put to their full speed, and both shot ahead like the wind, "like two streaks of black lightning,'' as Bob said. The young lieutenant wanted Major to go ahead, but the mare kept her place, did not pass Major, nor was she passed by him. Both seemed to enjoy being together and neither seem ed to care to pass the other. The redcoats were dangerously near the intersecting line, but with t w o such horses a s those ridden by the YO\Ulg patriots they could not hope to overtake Dick and Bob. The boys shot by the road, Major and "Black Bess" neck and neck and both go ing at a tremendous pace. Jack was well ahead now, having given his warning, and the two boys caught up with him well on the road, Ben and the others going on a t a rapid pace. The redcoats given up the chase, and Dick now slackened his pace, Major dropping back s o as to keep up with "Black Bess" at the same time. " How do they run together, Bob?" asked Jack, as they rode on in a body. " I can't see any difference." "There any,'' added Dick. "I never rode a finer horse than 'Black Be ss,' and sh e is an animal that any one may be proud of." "'Vell, I know you are just, Dick," said Bob,


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "BLACK BESS" "but I would like to think that Major was better." " One . i s a s good as the. other, Bob. There is n o d ifference. The mar

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND ''BLACK BESS" 13 the redcoats were watching the place from various point s of vantage in the w oods and along the road. By signaling from the picket to the camp and then over to the suppased one, the boys . at the latter were warned .to show more activity, and thus the redcoats were fooled without knowing it or even suspecting that they were watched. Thes e signals were all natural sounds, the scream of hawks, the croaking of frogs , the crowing of cocks and others , not a word being exchanged which could be heard by the enemy. Finally when evening set in, the fire s were lighted, the boys could be heard calling to each other from time to time, and there was every indication of a bustling camp in the swamp. The real camp was as full of life as e.ver, but was too far away to be seen, the enemy having not the slightest notion of its 1-0cation. won't be much trouble in reaching that place," observed Dick, "and the enemy will never discover the road to this place, and when they get there they will only have trouble for their pains." "And will learn that they have again been tricked by the 'saucy young rebels,' as has hap pened before," laughed Bob. As the night wore on _there was less and less noise in the pretended camp, the fires still glowing in the darkness, however, and the. call of the sentries being heard, now and then. At las t the boys of the outer picket heard the heavy tread of a large body of men coming on, and finally the redcoats and Tories were seen advancing. They entered the swamp, guided by the Tori e s , and advanced toward the decoy camp, going quite away from the real camp, whose existence they never once s uspected. There were only a few boys in the false camp now, and these would know when to leave . it, taking their boats with them and showing no signs of their presence. On went the redcoats, steadily and cautiously, keeping only sufficient lights burning to see their way and not betray them to the boy s , as they thought. They heard the hail of the sentries when quite near to the camp, and then advanced with great caution, spreading out right and left to surround the place, and moving on, stealthily. They finally found a stream in their way and had to make their advance along its banks , little guessing th!lt the last boys left in camp had it only a short time before. The fires were burning brightly enough to en able them to distingush the shacks and to see a number of boy s near them, these being sentries, no doubt. At las t the camp was surrounded, and, with a ringing shout, the enemy rushed forward, expecting to capture the who le troop, the Tories' heads being full of visions of plunder and of revenge. The. boys, watching on the op posite sid e of the creek, heard the din of the charge and saw the fires flare up as the enemy hurled the shacks upon them, and even saw the enemy rush forward. Then they heard great yells of disappointment from the Tories, and sharp, accusing cries from the redcoats. "What is all this?" demanded the redcoat leader. "You have led us here for nothing!" "They've done skun out, gosh hang 'em!" snarled Wiggins. "You un s have told 'em we uns was comin' an' gi'n 'em warnin' so's we uns couldn't make nothing' out'n 'em." "They've done cro sse d this here crik!" stormed Parlow. "I jest knowed they would!" "Ye didn't know no thin'!" said another. "Ye didn't know the crib was here till jes t now." Many of them did not, for a fact, although they knew that there was a creek somewhere about. It was clear enough that the Liberty Boys1 had fooled them all, and the Tories were more indignant than the British, and declared that the latter could find their way back alone, for they would not guide them. Several of them were caught, however, and threatened with..hanging if they didn't pilot the troops back to furn ground, and they were forced to do so. Not a sign was seen of the Liberty Boys; it was im possible to get over the creek, and eve)l if they did they did not know where to go when they were over, and there was nothing for it except to go back whence they had come. This they did, and went their way in great disgust, the Liberty Boys meanwhile being greatly amused and elated by the news which some of their fellows had brought them, and ma1dng merry over the defeat of the enemy, the latter never suspecting them to be anywhere about. "That was a bloodless victory,'' sputtered Bob, "and the redcoats have gone back to their works, but what I want is to drive them out and keep them out; to scatter them right and left and give them a lesson they will not soon forget!" "That will come in time," answered Dick, "and in the meantime this affair will not be without its advantages to us." "Yes, I suppose so . 'There will be a strong feeling between the British and the Tories , and distrust on both sides." "Exactly." . "And when r . ogues falJ out hone s t folk . get their dues!" laughed Mark, which set all the boys to chuckling. . In the morning there was no sign of redcoats or Tories , and it was quite evident that the enemy thought the boys had gone away through fear of being routed, little knowing that the same boy s were preparing to attack them jus t as s oon as they received word from headquarters . . CHAPTER IX.-An Eventful Journey. In the afternoon, Dick set off toward the patriot camp, di stant s ome few mile s, to obtain information and to receive instructions, feeling certain that some action would be taken in regard to the redcoats and Tories now in camp below Musgrove's. He found Colonel Williams with a considerable force in camp and ready to descend upon the enemy as soon as they coulq learn their position and strength. "Fraser and Irini s have a force upon the En noree," said Dick, "and there are some Tory militia and s ome Tory irregulars with them. They are something below Musgrove' s , and I believe might be dislodged, although their po si tion is a strong one. " _ "Vile will come and pay them a visit," said Colonel Williams, "and then your Liberty Boys will have something to do." "We are always ready for that, sir," repliec Dick.


• 14 THE LIB E RTY BOYS AND "BLACK BESS" " Ye s I know you are, and y ou always do w ell laughed. Then he went on, getting farther and what h a ve t o do," heartily. farther a way from the enemy every minute, and Di ck h a d r i dd e n " Black B ess , " a s he wante d at last. lo sing sight of them entirely. Riding the animal t o ge t thoroughly ac cu s tomed to h i m, on, Dick saw a boy suddenl y dart into the road as well as t o get u s ed to all her ways, a s he ahead of him, look abou t a n d then s udd enly stop was to Major's. and shout: "You hav e g i ven up your black, have you, c a p"Hallo! come here, qui ck!" tain?" as1rnd the colonel. Dick was at the boy 's si de in a m om ent a nd, " No colonel but this is a new one that we halting, asked: t ook the 'enemy , and I am getting used t o "What is the trouble, my boy?" h er." "You're one o' the Liberty Boys, ain't y e? I Dick then r ela t ed, briefly, how he had come w a s g oin g to find ye, 'c ause I kno w y e ' d do into pos s e ssi o n of the wonderfu l mare, his hea:suthi n'. Jenny has been toted off by them skunks e r s being g reatly interested . He shortly took his o' Tories. You know Jenny, don't you ? She' s l eave and set off toward home a t a gallop. " Bl a ck my sister. Gosh! I know you know I Ye' r . e the Be s s " go ing like the wind and s e eming to enjoy capting. My sakes I but that's a golnati on fine t he e x erc is e a n d having some o n e on her back . hoss yex got!" who understood her. Ile was dashing along and "Jenny Jones carried off by the Tories?" re-was a fe w mile s only from the camp when he peated Dick. suddenly c ame i n sight of a g o o dly number of " Ye s , by Pete Parlow an' that cro wd. I r ed coats halted in the middle of the road. There' couldn't do nuthin', but I ' lowed you uns could an' were many wliom he had among the I was sittin' off to find ye when I see n ye on troop being led by the captam and the lieutenant the road. Sakes ! I donno now as I could ha' w ho had been present when he had captured f

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "BLACK BESS" 15 Then he jumped off and follo wed the trail. he had already see n as far as the woods 'longside the road. "They have gone into-the woods, :Sub, " he said . "Do you know of any hou ses there?" "There's an ole c abi n o' log s there, an' there's the ha'nted hut where a feller done hung his self." "Does any one live in the log cabin?" "No; 'cause it's fell to piece s , but I reckon they'd sooner live there'n in the hut, 'cause that's ha'nted." "You are not afraid of any s uc _ h thing as that, are you, Bub?" "Wull, I never dast ter go near it yet, 'cause they's strange noises an' grunts an' groans an' all that, an' they say things run at ye in the dark an' grab ye an' pull ye . inside, an' then ye never come out'n it, an' I'm skeeerd o' that." "Why do you believe all that rubbish?" "Huh! everything b'leeves it!" in a po sitive tone .. "No, they do not. I don't. That is all humbug. Will you go with me if I go?" "Yes, I reckon I mought, but I wouldn't go with no one else." "Come along, then. The mare w ill go with us, I guess. Come on, Bess!" The bautiful creature was led, the boy sitting astride and very proud of his position. The wood was more or less open and Dick had no trouble in finaing his way, the trail being very plain. "How far is it to the log cabin, Bub?" he asked. "Jis t a piece, I reckon." "ls the hut near it?" "'Tain't fur, ye 'lowin' ter go there?" "Yes, if w.e don't find Jenny at the log cabin." "All right; I reckon I don't need ter feel a-skeered ef I'm with yer, cap'n." "Can you shoot, Bub?" "I shorely kin, cap' n," confidently. "Then take thes e two pistols. You may need them. I have others. " "All right, cap'n," and the boy thrust the two pistols into his pockets, with an air of great satisfaction. CHAPTER X.-Yellow Jim Emigrates. Dick went on rapidly, following a path that he found through the woods and seld om wasting time to pick up the trail, as he was now certain which way the Tories had gone. He shortly came in sight of a ramshackle old log cabin, and as he advanced saw Yellow Jim come out. The mulatto was smoking a cob pipe and had a b'ottle in his pocket. "Hallo!" said Dick. "How do, Marse Cap'n?" returned Jim. "Walk in' de mare 'cause ye done been skeered ter ride?" "I am not afraid to ride anything," coolly. "Where have Pete and the rest gone with Jenny Jones?" "Hain't seen none o' dem fellers, Marse Cap'n," said the mulatto, and Dick knew from his changing expression that he was not telling the truth. "Aim at that fellow's eye, Bub," said Dick, •and fire when I give the word." Yello w Jim turned a dirty white anj muttered: "What you done wanter shoq t me fur, cap'n ?" " Becau s e you are lying. Where did Pete Par low take, the girl?" "I dunno. He done went dat a-way, but I donno where he was 'lowin' ter go." "That i s the direction of the supposed haunted hut, is it?" "l reckon it is," and the man trembled. Dick could se e that the trail led past the cabin, and s o knew that the Tories'were not there. "That's the way, captain," said the boy. "The yaller feller i s shore right this time." "Go on, Bub," said Dick. "Jirn, I think you will find it better for your health to leave this district. You are too much of a Tory, and it will not be safe for you to remain here in a little while." "Maybe it w ouldn't, Mars e Captain." ,1 "I am sure it would not. In fact, it is no longer safe. Have you got your eye on him, Bub?" The mulatto did not wait to hear the boy's answer, but hurried away as fast as he could go. Then Dick went on after the boy, who still rode "Black Be ss ." _ "ls it far to the hut, Bub?" Dick asked. "Not a right smart bit, Captain." "Very good; keep right along the path." They went on, , and at length Dick: saw a wretChed hut a little ahead of them and saw some one run s uddenly in. "That's one of the Tories, Bub," he said. "Do you know them all?" " I reckon I do, an' they're a hard lot." Nearing the hut, Dick saw a white figure appear at an upper window and heard scream . Whipping out a pistol, he fired at the figure, and down fell a stic k with a c r oss piece on it, the whole being covered with a length of dirt'y white cloth. "There's one of your ghosts!" laughed Dick . "Go around to the rear, Bub, and shoot whatever you see." The boy obeyed, and in a moment Dick heard a shot and then a yell and hurrying footstep s . Then the door suddenly opened and some one was about to run out, when he saw Dick and darted back again. "Hit anybody, Bub?" he called. ' "Yes, I reckon so, but he's unnin' yet." "Who was it?" "Pete Parlow, captain." "Keep your eye on the place and sh oot the next fellow that urns out, no matter who it is!" "Hold on, don't shoot!" cried some one from the window, and then Dick saw a frightened face appear and a hand waving something white. "Don't shoot and we'll come out," the boy at the window said. "Send Jenny .Jones out and you can go as you please," said Dick. , "We un s th-lught she was Pete's reg'lar com p'ny, cap'n. We uns wasn't runnin' away with nobody." "Never mind that, s end her out." The door presently opened and Jenny came running out. "Come on, Bub!" called Dick. The boy ca'Ile to the fr9nt of the hut and said: ./


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "BLACK BESS" "Hallo! there she is! They had ter let ye go when we come, didn't they, sis?" "Come along," said Dick. "It is getting late, and there might be redcoats about. Those Tory ruffians don't amount to anything and we can let them go." Then he pushed open the door and saw that the place was empty. The rear door was open and the bullies had all escaped, one or two being seen running away at that moment. "Get up there with your brother, Jenny," said Dick, "and we will go back." . "I reckon we uns can walk, captain," laughed the girl. Jenny laughed and got into the saddle and then they all hu1-ried away, Dick walking by the side of "Black Bess," while the girl and her brother rode. "Pete Parlow and the rest of 'em found us all alone," said Jenny, "and got the best of us, but if pap sees any of 'em it won't be safe for 'em, I can tell 'em that." "They won't stay a!'ound here long now," laughed Dick. "You won't find one about here by to-morrow morning." Reaching the place whe1e Dick had met the boy, Jenny said: "We can get off now, captain. It's only a little piece." . "All right," said Dick. "It is time I was get ting into camp, as it is beginning to. grow dark." Jenny and the boy jumped down, and then Dick mounted and rode away at good speed. He readied the camp at about supper-time and was well received by the boys, who were sure that something had happened because he was late in arriving. "Several things have hp.ppened," Dick said, with a laugh. "We are likely to have plenty to do before long.. Yellow Jim has left the district, Pete Parlow had better do so if he knows what is good for him, and 'Black Bess' has shown an-other of her fine . Ppints." , . "And we would like to hear all about this and the other things," said Mark. "Sure Oi do be thinkin' that ye'd all betther have yer suppers first," cried Pi!otsy, "or ye'll never get through with thim." The boys sat down to supper and Dick told his adventures, all being greatly interested. Bob and Mark were glad to know about the black mare's splen did leap, Mark saying: "That must have been a fine jump. I have seen Major make just such a one, and it sho w s that she is a fine animal." "Oh, I supp ose I will think s'he is as fine a horse as Major some of these days," laughed Bob, I have always supp. o sed that he did not equal." "At any rate, we do not often se e his equal, Bob,'' added Dick, "so there is some comfort in that." "And so Yellow Jim has concluded that the district is no longer a healthy one, has he?" a s ked Mark. "Yes; but I am not sure that Pete will have as much sense," Dick replied. "He must be pretty stupid, then. You might think Jim would stay, but Pete ought to know better." "Jim is a man and understands the position. Pete is a fool!sh fellow, accustomed tobullying, and he may think that he ean stay on and be safe as long as he can keep out of our way. " "And the first thing he knows he will find himself cornered," muttered Bob, "and find no way:.out." The next day Dick off on "Black Be ss, " and found that the redcoats and . Torie s had gone . to the south side of the Ennoree, where they commanded a bad and rocky ford, heir position being even better than before. "They won't come over here," Dick said to himself, "but there will be more trouble in getting Innis and Fraser out of that. They will have to go, however, and there are no two ways about it." The British had evidently feared that the patriots would attack them from the fact that the Liberty Boys were still in the district, and had therefore strengthened their position. "Yellow Jim has left, but probably told them we were still here, and this is the result,'' the young captain continued. "Well, I think that Williams and Shelby will find a way to get them out." Dick rode as far as a creek flowing into the Ennoree, and had a good look at the redc oats, finally setting out upon his return. All of a sudden he noticed a suspicious movement among the trees at one side of the road not far distant, knowing that it could not have been '(!a u s ed by the wind, which was very light. "C ome out of there!" he shouted, as he quickl y shielded himself .and the black beh ind a tree, "or I will fire!" Even as he spoke a bullet ' whizzed past his head. Crack I In an instant he returned the fire, hearing pattering footsteps in the woods, and sending two or three shots in that direction. The steps grew more rapid, and Dick suddenl y dashed out and fired two more shots. There was a yell, and then Dick suddenly saw the mulatto dashing toward the creek at full speed . The fellow got behind trees as he ran, and Dick lost him for some moments, but at length heard a splash in the water, and going ahead saw Jim swimming across the creek. Then he saw a rough-looking man come out upon the bank not far distant and heard him mutter: "Ye yaller skunk, ye don't come sneakin' around here no more, q1 tell ye that!" Then there was a sharp report, and when the smoke cleared away the swimmer was no longer seen. "I reckon we've fixed him between us, cap tain," the rough-looking man said. "The Tories ts bad enough, but a yaller niggro Tory is the wust thing about, 'less it's a' Injun, an' them fellers is putty nigh cleaned out'n this section." "I warned him that the district was not a healthy one for him," said Dick, dryly. "What had he done?" "Stole a cow an' sold it to the r edcoats yon der, robbed my hen-roosts, an' got a lot o' fellers as bad as him ter try ter set my barn afire, an' called me a rebel; but I reckon he won't c ome sneakin' around here no more." "Did you lose your barn?" "No, I didn't, 'cause I seen him in time, an' plugged a lot o' bullet s inter the others . The1 got away without my knowin' jist who theJ;


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "BLACK BESS' 17 was, but I seen him an' marked him fur that an' other things, an' now the mark has been hit!" . The creek rippled on and nothing was seen of the man whp had so long been a pest to the neighborhood. . "So you done told him the deestrick wasn't healthy fur him, did you, captain?" the settler continued. "Yes, and warned him out of it. He fired upon me just now, and I smoked him out of bis hiding place." . "Wull, it'll be a heap sight healthier for de cent folks now he's left it, an' it'll be better yit when them red-coated varmints, yonder, gets out." "That will not be long, sir," dryly. "Do tell? Waal, I'm golnation glad to hear on it. Let a feller know, will ye?" "Yes, I shall. Good-day, neighbor." "An' good-day to you, captain, and glad to seen yer," and Dick mounted the beautiful mare and was off like the wind. The Liberty Boys were interested in what Dick told them, {Ind ' Bob sputtered: "So the redcoats are getting into a stronger PQsition, are they? I'd like to drive them out of it., " I think likely that we Will before l ong, Bob," Dick returned. Ear:ly the next day, Williams and Shelby came along with a lot of determined patriots, and at once the brave boys got ready to go on the march against the redcoats .and Tories. Dick told Colonel Williams of the change in the. position of the enemy, the intrepid fighter saying, grimly: " Well, thrn, we'll have to get them out!" CHAPTER XI.-A Great Achievement. Williams, Shelby, Clarke and the Liberty Boys went forward at a rapid pace toward the encampment of the British. The road was bad toward the end of the journey and Major unexpevtedly cast a shoe, a thing which rarely happened 'with him, as Dick was always careful to see that everything was all right before he started on a journey. They had brought "Black Bess" along, not knowing but that they might want her, and it was very fortunate that they had. Major c ould proceed if he had no one on his back, but it would not do to depend upon him to go through a fight in that condition. Dick quickly mounted "Black Bess," and went on, the patriot forces presently halting before the enemy had seen them. The Americans fewer men than the combined force of British and Tories, but Williams, who was in command, had a scheme by which he hoped t o get the best of the enemy. The American took post on the north side, of the Ennoree, on a little creek, and Williams drew up the part of his force with the Liberty Boys in ambus h in a wee:c behind a sharp rise, which would conceal them from the British. Taking the rest of his force he advanced wit!J. t}ie purpose of enticing the enemy across the river. Advancing boldly, the patriots appeared at the ford and opened fire unon the redcoats wi+,h great vigor. Innis and Fraser were greatly exasperated !lt the apparent impudence of the rebels," as they slightingly called them and determined to inflict punishment upon them which they would not s oon forget. Swarming out in full force, they crossed the river and advanced upon the enemy with a great flouri sh of trumpets determined to annihilate their saucy foe s. Williams stood his grounds at first in ordei: to lead the on, firing rapidly and showmg great stubbornness. O n came the :red coats in full force, and Williams retreated as if forced1to give way before a superior force. The enemy, sspecting nothing, pushed on , re solved to rout the patriots and punish them for their temerity in having dared to attack the king's troops. Williams fell back, doggedly, lea d ing the enemy on until within the area of_ the patriot ambush. Dick, mounted upon "Black Bess," with. the full troop drawn up behind him, ieady to iush on, awaited the signal for the attack. • Suddenly a single shot, fired by Colonel Shelby, rang out. This was the signal for the attack. "Black Bess" seemed to understand it, and she suddenly dashed foiward toward the steep. rise on the other side of which • the enemy were rapidly advancing. The stare was made sooner than Diek had expected, but he could not hold back now. "Forward!" he shouted , waving his s word, and with a rush the brave lads followed, straight u p the sharp rise, and seemingly with no more effort than if they had been on level ground. Jt was one of those moment s when to hesitate is to be lost, and when a briwe dash will mea n everything. "Forward, Liberty Boy s!!' shouted Dick. "Now or never, my brave lads! Forward!" 1:he gallant fellows understood and urged their steeds forward, up the rise. It was a desperate move, but courage and determination might win the day for the boys, and they woul d not hesitate no w, could not in fact, after getting orders from their captain. "Black Bess" understood and snorted loudly as she dashed on as .jf to a glorious victory and not to an ignontinious The see med thoroughly imbued with the spmt of freedom and the excitement of conflict seemed to make fibr e of her magnificent form tingle. A few mo ments would decide the que s tion, and Dick wa s ready to take every chance for the sake of his country. Wherever he led, the boys were ready . to follow, and there was no holding back now . The redcoats were pressing on , just behind the rise, confident -of driving back the rash "rebels.• They had cannon with them and never doubted that they would win the fight and gain a still, stronger po sition in the, district. In a short time the result of the scheme woul d be known . Dick, mounted on "Black Bess," charged uu the hill at a whirlwind pace , followed by th e boys. Straight at the surprised r edcoats dashed the gallant fellows and drove them back. Bomb were exploding i:t:i all directions, but Dick kept on. Reaching the top of thEI. rise, the blac k mare giving a neigh, Dick waved , his sword again and shouted, in s hrill, clear tones, heard above the run of the r.onflir.t! i ...


18 THE LIBERT.Y BOYS AND "BLACK BESS'' "Forward, my brave boys, -and the fight is ours!" "And won by 'Black Bess,' the beauty!" roared Bob. . The boys came dashing up to the top of the hill, and then rushed at the redcoats, who were utterly amazed at their suaden appearance and well-nigh panic-stricken. "Black Bess," snorting; charged at the enemy, and Dick realized that if the fight were won it_ would she w{io had won it. Like a tornado, the Liberty Boys bore down upon the enemy and sent them flying in all directions. "Black Bess" led the charge and won the fight, for the enemy, at first surprised by the Liberty Boys and the charge gallanty led by Shelby and Clarke, soon lost all bravado and were glad to e scape with their lives. Major Fraser was killed, with nearly a hundred others, and Colonel Innis was wounded, but managed to escape with the larger part of his regulars , many of the Tories being made prisoners. The ambush had been very s uccessful, but th& dash of the Liberty Boys up the hill, led by Dick on "Black Bess" had been the surprise of the fight, and had won it. The enemy were scattered, and their boast of punishing the "rebels" was proven to be an idle one. There were only four men lost on the patriot side, and the hold of the enemy in the district was broken, and now the Tories would lose their bravado and either retire or have very little t o say. "Hurrah for 'Black Be ss ,' the hors e who won the fight!" cried Bob, throwing his hat in the air. . "Hurrah!" shouted all the boys, ready to give credit to the beautiful animal, for s he had in deed won the fight and no one disputed it. "Good girl!" said Dick, patting the black mare's glossy neck. "And -_she's the one that those boa sting redcoats would not have!" sputtered Bob. Praises were showered upon her from all side s. "You may well be proud of the beautiful creature, said Colonel Williams, "for s he behaved as well as your magriificent Major would have done, and saved the day for us." "I believe she understood the responsibility placed upon her, sir," replied Dick, smiling, "and determined to win the fight at all hazards, for at the signal she carried me forward in spite of myself; and it would have been a sin to hold her back." "The mare deserves all credit for having won the fight, captain, but we cannot take away any of the credit that belongs to you,' ' with a laugh. "We will let you share it, if you will, but you deserve as much as she does, certainly, for your part in the victory." The redcoats were routed and the Tories silenced , and now the Boy s had no need to hide in the swamps, but made their camp at the scene of the vistory, Williams encamping at Cedar Spring in the Spartanburg district. Major received a new shoe, and Dick said, with a laugh: . "Well, old fellow, you were not in that fight, but you had a worthy substitute and one of whom you would be proud, so there was no harm done, a11d you and Bes s are better mates than ever." Major whinnied. "I don't think we need worry about the -Tories any more, Dick," declared Mark, when the boys were in camp, "so I think that if Jack Warren i ea lly wants to go over to see -Jenny--" "Humbug!" laughed J ack. "Yo u want to go yourself and you are putting it on my shoulders." "Oh, but I have nothing to do with her, Jack," said Mark. "I've a girl of my own, you know." "You don't know but that I have, Mark," carelessly. "Have you, Jack?" af:ked Mark, biting at the bait which the merry fello w threw out. "Who is she?" ' " Oh, but I did not say that I had, Mark," teasingly. " I said that you did not know but that I had." "Oh, you're a humbug!" laug_hed Mark. "The first thing you know Patsy Brannigan will be cutting you out." -"Sure Oi'd never harrum Master Jack, liftinant, dear,'' declared Patsy, who was passing. "For why wud Oi cut him out whin Oi can have all the girruls Oi want for the_askin', Oi dunno?" "You was tought you was ein pig veller, but you don'd was more bedder as somepody else," sputtered Carl. "G o on with ye, Cookyspiller . Oi niver thought Oi wor a pig." _ "I don'd was said dot, I was said dot you was a pig veller on ce , dot was, dot you tought so." "An' Oi'm tellin' ye Oi niver did." "It may be well to go over and s ee her," Dick observed. "She did u s a service, and we are always glad to s ee good girls." "And Jenny Jones will be tickled to have us come," added Bob. "The Tories won't trouble them more after what has happened. " ob served Ben Spur lock, "but I wou!d like to see Jenny, first rate. "There are a lot of the boys who would," declared Jack, mi s chievously, knowing that he would set Mark to g uessing JJ.gain . "Who are they, Jack?" Mark asked. "Oh, you'll have to go along and s ee what boys pay her the most attention," retorted Jack. "I don't believe you know anything about it," said Mark. "You just wanted to see what I would say." "Well, I did," with a chuckle. Mark did g o with the boys, however, Dick going over on Major and taking Jack, Ben, Sam and a dozen more, Bob remaining behind to look after the camp. Reaching the Carolina girl's house they found her at work, as u s ual, and very glad to see them. "You had a fight yesterday," s he said. "Yes, we did; and routed the redcoats." " I reckon you scattered the Tories some, too, 'cause you can't see any ..on 'em, or if ye do, they don't say nothing." • "What about Pete?" asked Ben, mischievous ly. "Doe sn't he come to see you any more?" "No, he don't, and he won't, not if he knows what's good for him. He never had much se n s e, but I reckon he's got more'n to come hangin' around here after tryin' to tote me off like he. did, whether I wanted to go or not." "Oh, but he's very fond of you," laughed Jack. "Mebby he is," replied Jenny, laughing and blushing, "but I can't help that, can I? And then,


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "BLACK BESS" 19 I don't hafter take up with every feller that's fond of me, do I? Anyhow, I reckon he's fonder of my cookin' and the money I'll have than he is of me." "Shouldn't wonder," 'said Ben. "And you have not been troubled by him or any of the Tories?" asked Dick. "No I haven't. Why, even Bub says shoot the skunk if he comes around. Where is the black mare, captain?" "Back at the camp. By the way, Bess won that fight for us." "And we are thinking of renaming her Jenny, because she is such a good patriot," added Mark. "I want to know! She won the fight, cap tain?" "Yes she won it, and we are all proud of her. I think Mark' s suggestion is a good one, and we may act upon it. How would you like it, Jenny?" "Shucks! I haven't got half the spunk o' th'1t black mare, and I ain't a quarter as good-lo o :. ing. ,'Pears to me it would be a piece of 'surance to call her after me, and it might brel\k her spirit, too." "Oh, you are not so bad-lookin ' g, Jenny; and as for spunk, . you have plenty of that. I have seen it, my girl, so you need no\ say a word against it." "And there are fewer prettier. girls than she is," muttered Jack, which quite ple ed a number of the boys whose names Mark would have liked to know. At that minute one of the younger girls came running up, saying, excitedly: "Oh, Jenny! Pete Parlow's ran away with Bub, an' says he'll chuck him inter the mill race if ye don't promise to marry him to-morrow!" "Come, boys!" cried Dick, "there is work for us to do." ( CHAPTER XII.-The End of a Brave Life. There was a sudden scream in the direction of the mill stream, not far away, and Dick and the boys, guided by the sound, hurried off in that direction. In a short time they saw Pete Par low on the edge of the stream, trying to throw Bub into the water, the boy struggling manfully. Bub presently freed one hand and thrust it into his pocket, drawing out a pistol, At sight of this and the Liberty Boys coming on at ai gallop, the Tory released Bub and started to run. Then he pitched into the stream and disappeared. He arose and swam to the other side, where he came out and ran off into the woods. ya! ye're a coward!" yelled Bub. "That pis tol hain't got nothin' into it, same as you hain't!" The boys laughed, and Dick said, as he came up: "Well, Bub, we will see that you have something to put into your pistol, for no soldier must be without ammunition." Dick then gave the boy enough to last him for some time, and Mark said, admiringly: "You are a plucky young fellow, Bub, and you made a good fight. You said you would shoot Pete, and so you would if your pistol had been charged." The boys did not see Pete again, and he went away from the district, probably realizing .that if he remained it would be a good deal for him than it had been. The Liberty Boys shortly afterward left that regi o n, ' Jenny Jones being sorry to h a ve them go, for s he had grow n to like them greatly, and one i n particular more than all the res t. "We may s ee you again befo r e long , Jenny," said Dick, when they were going, "for we ex pect to be in the Carolinas fo r s ome time yet. " "We uns will always be glad to s ee you un s , captain," the giTl replied. "Take good care of 'Black Bess,' for i?he's a right good hoss." "We will treat 'her right, y o u may be sure, " Dick returned. The boys joined Sumter s hortl y after leav ing Musgrove's and found plenty of work to do, keeping up a harassing figh t a g afn s t the enem y , now here, now there, appearing s uddenly in u n expected places, doing all the mi schief they coul d , and then retreating, if too strong a fo1ce were"" sent agamst them, and turning up again mile s away and repeating the operation. They kep t the black mare with them and grew very fon d of her, Dick sometimes riding her, and Bob or some others taking turns with her, so that she was always kept in active service. It was along in November, and Tarleton, called the "Butcher " by the patriots, from his cruel practices, was trying to meet Sumter, hoping to cut the spurs of the "Carolina Gamecock," who had caused him a great deal of trouble. The Liberty Boys were always ready to meet Tarleton and to inflict all the punishment they could upon him. They had suffered, like others, from his. cruelty, and they never let an opportunity pass of visiting punish-ment upon him. . Sumter was in the region between the Tyger and Ennoree rivers, Tarleton pursuing him hotly, and once almost overtaking him. Sumter retreated _to Blackstock's planation on -the southwest side of the Tyger River, still closely pursued by Tarleton. The place seemed favorabl e for a battle with Tarleton, and Sumter determined to face. -his pursuer, hold his ground during the way, and, if necessary, cross the river at night. Tarleton did not appl'oach as early as was apprehended, and it was near the close of the afternoon when he appeared with about four hundred of his command, near Blackstock ' s. He was in such haste to overtake Sumter before he should cross the Tyger that he pressed forward without waiting for the l'emainder of his force. He found the Americans upon a hill near Blackstock's house, ready for battle and -determined to fight. _, "There. is Tarleton, boys," said Jack. "Are you ready to give him as hard a fight as you can?" "We are!" cried all the boys. "And thrash him, too, if p

20 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "BLACK BESS" and a s core more, came forward to do what they could. "Can we do anything for her, Dick?" asked Bob. and, believing the victory sure, proceeded to at tack the Americans quite le is urely. He expected that the rest of his command would shortly a r rive and was therefore t ,rying to g a in time. "Tarleton is waiting for others to come up," said Dick who was m ounted upon the black mare at this time. "Otherwise you would s ee him show much more spirit." "Not much, I fear, Bob. We will try and eas e _ her a bit. Poor 'Black B ess ,' hers was a brave life, and she die s at the very mom ent of victory." Sumter had already perceived that Tarleton did not have all of his command with him and determined to take advantage of it. Instead of waiting to be attacked, he resolved to the aggres sive and attack. Tarleton. .He i s sued his orders hastily, and m a few mmutes the Americans 'were descending the hill, rapidly, pour ing a well-cir'ected fi! e upon the enel?Y . The Liberty Boys were grei:ttly pleased at this change of front, and gave a hearty cheer as they rushed .• upon the enemy. "Why, we are so glad to meet them that we cannot wait for them!" laughed Ben Spurlock. "Yes we have a special regard for Tarleton," echoed 'sam Sanderson, with a grin. Muskets rattled and pistols cracked, brave boys cheered, and the din was tremendous. Tar leton had not expected to be attacked, but he met the shock with great valor and prepared to drive back the patriots. The redcoats_>ushed upon the American riflemen with their bayonets, but were repulsed, many being killed. Tarleton, seeing the peril of his . forces, now charged direct ly up the hill with his cavalry. The Liberty Boys were directly in line with a part of this charge, but stood firm, Dick crying out: "Stand your ground, boys, drive back the butcher; don't let them advance. Fire!" Crash!-roar! The beautiful animal was .made a s comfort able a s po ssi ble, but could be done for her, and the boy s stood about with sad hearts and brimming eye s as Dick kneeled by the s ide of "Black Bess" and s tr.oked her glos s y neck. the mare raised her head and gave a "faint whmny of pleasure as she recognized the touch of the beloved hand, and in a short time she was no more. The Liberty Boy s buried her. in a grave of her own, for the'y all felt that this was an honor that she deserved, and they would not deny it to her. "She w on a fight for u s ;'' said Dick, "and s lie deserves a hero's burial." "She was one, indeed, if she was only a horse," replied Bob. "She was a good patriot, " Mark, "and preferred to be with us. That is why the red coats could do nothing with her." "They never did, at any rate," added Jack "and she died as they were retreating. They had done her all the harm they could, and then they fell back." "She saved Dick's life,'' declared Harry Thur ber, "for she reared up and received the shot that killed her. Otherwise, Dick would have got it." "That is true," replied Dick, "and 'Black Bess' saved my life. Let us never forget it." . They did not, and "Black Bess" was always held m grateful memory by the Liberty Boys. Next week's issue will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS AND FIDDLING PHIL; OR; MAKING THE REDCOATS DANCE.'' -.. Send us a one-cent stamp to cover and we will mail you a copy of "Moving Picture Stories." DEEP SEA TREASURE Buried treasure on the ship I slande r, which was wrecked off the coa s t of Douglas Island. near Juneau, Alaska, in 1901, is the lure for F. W. Walters, deep sea diver, who plans to search the vessel this summer. ,. Although, according to Walters's observations made last summer, the boat rests at a depth of 300 feet and is almost completely covered with sand and sea growth, he claims his search will be because of a specially made diving suit which he has patented, and which allaw s the There was a terrific volley in answer, and many cif the redcoats were seen to fall. Sum ter's men quickly supported Dick and the L iberty Boys and drove the enen:y back to the rivulet and beyond. Dick Slater, on "Black Bess," charged at the head of his brave boys, and the redcoats were sent flying, greatly to the amazement and chagrin of Tarleton. The British leader drew off his whole force, and then, wheeling his cavalry, made a furious charge upon Sumter's left flank where the hill was less precipitous. Here he met the Georgia militia, under Twiggs and Jacks on, who made a . most determined resistance and held him back until unable longer to hold out, when they gave way. Meantime, Dick and the Liberty Boys • had retired and joined the reserves a_t the log barn, under Colonel Winn. As the Georgians were about to give way, the reserves rush out and the Liberty Boys once more joined the fight. Dick, on "Black Bess," charged furiously at the head of his brave boys and a fierce fight ensued . Then a sudden shot struck "Black Bess," and she fell, mortally wounded, Dick managing to leap off jus t in time to escape injury. At the moment the enemy began to retreat, Tarleton falling back, leaving two hundred dead and wounded on the field. The boys gave a hearty cheer, but Dick felt as if he had lost a dear friend as he saw "Black Bess" cl o se her eyes. . diver to drop to this extraordinary depth. Wal ters claims to be the only person who has found the ship . "This is the end of a brave life," he said, sadly, as he tried to make the dying horse more comfortable. Bob, Mark, Jack, Ben, Sam, the two Harrys, The sand covering the Islander would be re mov e d by means of hydral,llic pumps. Walters has purchased the boat Sumez and will be here with his crew early in the summer to begin the seai;ch .


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" -21 CURRENT N E WS NEW FISH AT HONOLULU A fish of a species hitherto unknown, caught by a Japanese. fishe1man thirty miles offshore at a depth of 1,200 feet, is on ' exhibition in Honolulu, T. H. It weighs 1 50 pounds, is fiat and almost circu lar. Silveri ! the chief coloring of its body, with its 'fins and sndut of scarlet and the dorsel, about eighteen inches long, spotted with white. The head is mottled with dark gray and black and the eyes are round and about four inches in diameter. BARBER USES RADIO TELEPHONE T O AMUSE WAITING CUSTOMERS. Patrons of a big barber shop in Virginia Park the other day were electrified, so to speak, when i::ounds o f music, intersperse d with a masculine voice making announcements of race results anrl other "newsy" items , floated through the shop from nowhere. Ernest Gist, the proprietor, told customers he had installed a wireless rad io telephone, so those waiting for the call of "next" might not be bored. ' C OMES BACK TO JAIL When a man breaks u t of jail it is us-qally with the intentfon of staying away fro m it, but the rule does not apply to Strother Colley of this county, who escaped from the Mason County jail, Point Pleasant, W . Va., some months ago . . He was sentenced to a four months' term for sending a threatening letter through the mails. Sheriff John F . Lewis was aroused from his bed by the ringing of the jail doorbell. He responded and was surprised to find Colley. standing there. Colley said he had come back to eat. He had wandered over several States si nce leaving the jail, had been unable to obtain employment and was also •unable to get "three squares" a day. Colley had three months of his sentence to serve, and he figured it was easier to eat by staying in jail than roaming the country. WATCHFUL DOG SHEPHERD Las t fall 0. L. Bernice drove his flocks of sheep down from the grazing lands in the Mount Adams forest reserve to winter quarters near White Salmon, \Vash. In a fog he lost forty head and a dog was miss ing. No trace of the wanderers was found in a , week's diligent search. One day recently the d o g turned u p at the home -with thirty-nine s heep, all but one having bee n wintered somewhere under the guidance of the watchful dumb shepherd. . Sheepmen a1e at a loss to acc ount for the fact that the dog was able to keep o ff predatory animals,' for during the winter wolves, cougars and coy otes prey continually on sheep. Mystery ! Mystery ! Mystery! If your curiosity i's aroused over anything, you want an explanation. The harder it is to solve a problem, the more you want to do it. Nothing grat ifies the average person more than being myst ified, then solving the problem. " Mystery Maga zine " conta ins the most pu z z l ing a n d p erplexing stories you e ver re a d . Now th e n , if you wish to amus e your s elf, r e ad th ese detective stories. They ar e cramme d full of the m os t e nt e r tain i n g m y ste r ie s you ever heard o f. A ll thes e st o r ies are wri tten i n a very int e r esting vein by the greate st magazine wri t er s in the world . Besides the stories, the m a g azine contains a surpri s in g numb er of a rticle s on popul a r s ubj e ct s. D o not miss the late st issu e , out today o n all newsst a nds . Ten Cents a Copy •


" 22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" Bellville Academy Boys -ORv1cTORIE.5 OF TRACK AND FIELD By RALPH MORTON (A Serial Story) CHAPTER XXII.-( Continued.) The Billville leader sprang ahead, and picked h i s way along the curving roof of the railroad car as rapidly as poss ible. Sammie was at hi s h e el s . r Over one car they and jumped across the space to the next. As they did s o one of the robbers espied them, and he sent a shot at them, but they sped along "ithout parley. The length of the train they made-it seeme d a snail's pace, and yet wa s in remjlrkably quick time. They reached the tender, leaping onto the coal and lauding with bumps, which nearly liroke their ankles. But Dan had gai"ned the po s ition he wanted. I n t he engine cab, a n Italian was standing guard o...-er the engineer a.nd fir eman, tied and pinioned on thii floor. Biff! Our hero struck t h e Italian between the s houl, ders with a blo w whi ch sent h i m spinning to ground withou t more ado. "Where' s the throttle?" cried the lad to the astoni s hed engi n eer. "There-that big rod, with the handle on the right-throw i t over-and the e n gine will jump!" Dan did as he was told , and with a great puffing and creaking the wheels began to revolve and to move forward. "Pull off that brake-quick!" cried the engi neer-"it's there on your left." Dan did this, and the now freed from restraint, s eemed to leap forward like a race hors e. Dan had never been in an engine cab before, and had it no t been for the fortunate presence of t he engineer and fir eman the lad's hastily con ceived s cheme would n ever have worked. But it was just one of those things in which meditation and carefully planned action would hav e failed, where foolhardiness succeeded. Dan was peering out, and he beheld several C talians running fo r the steps of the engine. They :iad been-trying to break into the express car, Jut were thwarted. Sammie fired a few shots into the air over th.eir n ea ds, and the men ran back-for cover. this the train was under way, and Dan 1 uickly untied the r opes about the engineer's ;vrists. "Let's go back and . clean up the train!" cried Da n. "They are iil the rear cars, and there is n o telling what they'll do there!" "All right, sonl" cried the rough and ready fireman, "the captain here can run the engine. I'll go back with you, and square accounts for this bump I got over the forehead from one of those rascals!" He led the way, clambering over the and springing to the front platform of the express car. A yell from him brought the express messenger to the little door of the front platform, which is generally kept locked. "Let me in, Jim!" cried the fireman, "we've chased them off out here!" The door swung cautionsly open. 'Ihe expres s messenger was none too sure but that the bandits had forced the engineer to make this speech. When he beheld the two other 'figures close b ehind, he swung a rifle out, and was just on the point of firing when the shoved the weapon up. "It's all right, Jim. Thes e two fellows came over the roof from somewhere. Let u& get through-and bring your guns, for we are going to clean out this train." "I'm right with you, Ned," cried the messenger, relieved. "Come-hurry!" cried Dan, excitedly. "Here, take this gun, lad, before you go out there-they'll pepper you." The messenger handed Dan a weapon, and that set the youth to thinking. "Say, if we start a bombardment, do you know what will happen?" he a s ked. . "Yes, we'll have a live},y-battle." "And a lot of those people will get hurt worse than being 1:obbed." Dan started toward the front of the car. "Say; " he s aid, "we are now about half a mile from that other place-we've left some of that gan'g behind-why don't you get the engineer to stop s uddenly, and then we'll fir e off a lot of shots out here. That will bring the bunch on the train right out-we can leave them behind, if we can't capture them, and will bring them out of the place where passengers would be hit by bullets." "G<>od idea," sung out the fireman, and he ran back to t ell the engineer the scheme. It was acted upon immediately. The train slacked up with another fitful jolt and they fired a dozen irregular shots. As Dan had calculated the effect of this was to bring the rest of the bandits on the run from the cars. They had be e n surprised at 'the moving of the train, and h a d crowded to the doorways to be ready for trouble, fearing to jump from the speeding c ars. Now as the cars came to a standstill, with these significant shots to further alarm them, the robbers rushed forward to what they supposed would be the aid of their comrades, who were causing firing. "Here's our chancel" laughed Dan, with a joy in the fight, "no;w, let's give them . some free coal." In an instant the rogues were peppered with lumps of coal from the tender, until they beat a. retreat. (To be continued) us one-cent stamp to cover postag.,, and w1'-will mail you a copy of "Myste Magazine."


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" 28 ITEMS OF INTEREST PRIZE FOR COON SKIN George Horton and Frank Freeman have re ce iyed $50 as a prize for a coon skin shipped by them. Freeman and Horton, who hunt. entirely for the sport,_ have well trained hound s . They do their hunting at night a lon g the Pal ous e River, the prize coon having b ee n kill ed near the mouth of Rock Creek, almost seven . miles from Winona, Wash. During this winter they h ave killed twenty-nine coons and one lynx. DECLINES $ 1 ,000 FOR $5 BILL J. Bailey, a rancher nea r Maryville, Cal., refused to se ll a $5 .bill for $1,000. The note bears the date of Dec. 21, 1839, and i s an heirloom of the Bailey family. It i s printed on one side only. It was signed on the back by the President and Cashier of the City Trus t and Banking Company of New York City. It i s of the bank note variety, and was issued during the time w h en the "Nat ional Bank" fight was on in Congress. Notes of this variety are very rare, d eclare coll ectors. GREAT FLOCKS KILLED Gordon, Neb., was treated to an unusual occurrence when the community was visited by great flock s of birds of an unknown kind. At times the flocks were so dense that the sun scarcely could shine through. They were a trifle smaller than the ordinary sparrow, and the air literally was filled with them. Toward evening it bega n to snow and the birds flew lower anti lower until they annoyed the peopl e walking on the street. They seemed dazed and somewhat helpless. In the morning the ground was covered with their dead bodies. They covered the sidewalks, streets and lawns. Some were killed by flying against building s, but there were hundreds of them lying on the ground in open spaces with rio buildings near. SEEKING SUNKEN TREASURE G0Jd and other valuabl.e...nietals estimated to be worth $5,000,000 lost by the sinking of steamships during the great war are to be sought b y treasre hunting companies now being organized in this and other countries, according to dispatches received in Washington. Treasure hunting is spreading over the United States, England and other European countries just as it has swept the world after every great conflict. Officials of the War and Navy Departments are b eing delnged with requests for information a s to the .loca-1/on of v _ es s els sunk by submarines. The public reccrds of the Customs Service of the United !:,tates, England and :.'ranee are being scrutinized to determine which of the submarines and vessels carried gold and other vauables worth salvage expens es. In France one treasure hunting corporation is soliciting the public to subscribe to stock on the grounds that the venture may bring in a profit that will reach into thousands of .per cent. of iain. In Washington Government officials generally are not optimistic concerning the chances of s ucces s of the treasure hunting companies. Probably the biggest treas ure was l os t with the Lusitania which was reported to have nearly $1,000,000 in gold aiboard w h en she torpedoed. The Lusitania li es too deep to permit divers to work on her at the present stage of development of mo s t salvage app"lratus, official s say. Engineers and inventors are working to per fee t new and unusual diving apnaratus, the rec ord s of the patent .office s how. Supe rclivingbells are pl anned to cover the treasure which lies too ?eep for the ordinary methods of s alvage. On e mventor recently experimented with a steel diving suit to protect the dj.ver from the terr ific pressure of the water at the Lusitania's level. An English salvaging company i s at work with suctio n pumps on the wreck of a Snanish ve ss el that sank nff the coa s t of Scotland during the in vasio n of the us a .one-eent stamp to cover postage, and we }VIII mail you a copy of " Moving Picture Stories." "Mv ste ry Magazine" SEMI -MONTHLY 10 CENTS A COPY LATEST ISSUEP!I 93 RY THF. LEFT HAND, by Hamilton Cralgle 94 THE MELODY OF .. bY .Jack Rech

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF " 76" Bese t B y Three Bur glars . B Y KIT CLYDE In t h e fall of 1 86 6 I was employed a s a c lerk ' n a genera l store at a cross-roads in Southern Indiana. The store, a church and a black smith sh op, with two res idences, made up the buildings, and the families of the merchant and the blackmith were the only res id ents . The country about v a s thickl y settle d u p. h owever, and trade was al' ' a y s goo d. B"!fore t he merchant engaged me he a nnounced that I w ou l d have to sleep in the store o ' nights , and that unless I had pluck enough o defend the plac e against marauders he did not want me at any price. He showed me a shotgun, a revolve r and a spring g un , w hich were use d, or o n hand to b e u ea, t o defend the place , and the w i n dows were protec t e d with stout blinds and the d o ors by double lo c k s. The clo s e of tfie war had drifted a bad population into Indiana. The hig h w a ys were full of tramps, and there were hun rlr e ds of men who had determined to make a liv ing by som e othe r m eans than labor. Se veral attempts liad be en made to rob the s tore, and it h a d c ome to that pass that no clerk wi s hed to s l e ep there alon e . The merchant s eemed satisfie d with the ans wers I gave h i m , and on a certain Monday morn ing I went to work. • The same night a stor e a b out four mile s a w a y was broken into and robbed , and the cleik s e r iou sly wounded. Two nights .ater three horses we r e s tolen in our neighbarh ood . At the end of the week a farme r who was o n his way h o m e from our sto1e was 1'obbed on h e highway. If I h ad not been a light sle eper from habit, the s e occurrences would have tended to prevent too length y dreams as I lay in my lit-le b e droom a t the front of the second story. The r evolver was a l ways placed under my pillow, and the s h otgun s to od within reach. The spring gun was se t about midway of the lower floor. It was a double-barrel ed shotgun, each barrel containing a big charge of buck s hot, and the man who kicked t h e string and discharged the weapon would never k now what hurt him. It did not s e e m possible that any one could break into the store without arousing me. There was no door to my room, and after the people in the neighborhood had gone to bed I could hear the slightest noi s e i n the store. I had looked the place over for a weak spot, and bad failed to find it, but my own confidence came near proving my destruction. I should have told you, in describ ing the store, that just the spot where we e t the spring gun was an opening through which w e hoi sted and lowered such good as were stored fo r a time on the second floor . When not in use thi s opening was c ov e red...hy a trapdoor. Toward e vening, on the tenth day of my clerkship, I h oisted up a lot of pails and tubs, and had just finished when. trade became so brisk that I was called to wait upo n customers. Later on I saw that I had left the trap-door open, and I said to myself that I would let it go until I went to bed. T he store had the only burglar-proof safe for miles around, and it was cu stomary for the farmer who had a hundred dollars or so to l eave it with us. •He received an envelope in which to inclose it, and he could take out and put in as he liked. On this evening four or five farmers came i n to depo s i t , and, a s I afterward figured up, we had about $ 1, 50 0 in the safe. There w ere two strange faces in the crowd that evening. On e belong e d to a rou_ghly-dressed, evil eyed man, who announc ed himself as a drover, and the other to a professional tramp. I gave the latter a piece of l obacco and some crackers and cheese and he soon went away, and we were s o bus y up t o 8 o'clock that I did not give the d rover much attention. When we came to shut up th:e store h e had g on e from my mind altogether. "'We counted u p the cash, made s o . me changes in the day book , and it was about 10 o'clock when the merchant l eft. I was tired out, and I took a candle and made the circuit of the store, set the sprin g gun and went to bed . I had to pass within six f eet of the trap-door as I went to my room, but I did not see it. It was a rather chilly night in Octob er, and we had no fires y e t, and a s I got under the blankets the warmth was so grateful that I s oon fell asleep. It was fir s t night I h a d gone to bed without thinking 6f robbers and wondering how I should act in cas e the y c ame i n . I did not know w h e n I fell a s l e ep . I sudde nl y found myself half upright in bed, and there w a s an echo in the store, as if the fall of s omethin g had arous ed me. It was 1 o'clock, and I had be e n a s le e p almo s t three hours. L eaning on m y elbow, I straine d my ears to catch the slight e s t s ound, and after a minute I heard a mo vement downs tairs. While I could not say what it was , a sort of instinct told me that it was by s om e lmman being. Everything on the street was a s silent a s the grave. My window curtain was up, and I could see that the sky had thickened up and w a s very black. I did not wait for the noi se to be re peated. I was just a s sur e t hat ome one was in the stor e as if I had alrea d y se e n him, and I crept softly out of bed, d rew on my t r ou sers , and moved out into the big room, having the revolver in my hand. There was no door a t the hea d of the stairs. I intended to go there and listen down the stairway. As I was moving a cros s the room, which was then pretty clear of goods as far a s the trap-door, I suddenly recollected this opening, and changed rny course to reach it. It was terribly dark in the room, and one unfamiliar with the place would not have dared to move a foot. Half way to the t rap I got down on my hands and knees , and as I reached the opening, I settled down on my stomach. There was a dim light downstairs. That settled the fact that some one was in the store. After a minute I hear d whispers, then the movement of feet, then a ce r tain sound which located the intruders to a foot. They were at the safe on the front of the store. I drew myself forwa1d and looked down the open ing. I could see a lighted candle and two or three dark figures at the safe, and I could bear the combination being worked. My first thought was to drop my hand down and open 'fire in their direction, but I remembered that we had s o many articles hanging up that no bullet had a chance of reaching to the safe. I was wondering what to d o wh e n I heard one of the men whisper:


THE !BERTY BOYS OF "76" 25 "It's all nonsense. We might work here a week and not hit it." "But I told you to bring the tools and you wouldn't," protested another. " Oh, dry up!" put in a thi:rd voice. "What we want to do is to g o up and bring .that co'llllter hopper down and make him open the box." "I1iI give the cussed thing a few more trials," said the first man, and I heard him working away again. My eyes could not have told me the num ber of robbers, but my ears had. There were three of them, and they were no doubt desperate and determined men. They sp oke of bringing me down to open the safe as if no resistance was anticipated or taken into account. Indeed, they might well reason that they had me at their mercy. -The rain was now falling, the night was very dark, and a pistol shot in the store could not have been heard in either of the dwellings. If they reflected that I might be armed, they wo uld have offset it with the fact that I was a boy of eighteen with a girl's face and probably a girl's nerve. I don't deny that I was a bit rattled, and that my lip would quiver in spite of me, but I was at the same time fully determined to protect the store if it cost me my life. How t o get at the fellows was what -bothered me, but that trouble was soon solved. "There!" whispered the man at the combination as he let go of it, "I won't fool here another minute. That kid knows the combination, and we can make him work it. Come on." They were coming upstairs. The best place for me would be at the head of the stairway. The stairs had a half turn in them, and I would fhe upon the first man who came within range. I heard the men coming back to the stairway, and my nerve gave way. It wasn't from cowardice, but the knowledge that I was to kill a human be ing upset me. I decided to retreat to my room, and, if they persisted in coming that far, I would shoot. The trio had rubbers on their feet, but they came upstairs without trying very hard to prevent making a noise. The one who came first had the candle, and, as he got to the head of the stairs, I saw a knife in his hand. They made no delay in 'approaching my room, and, with a great effort, I braced myself fpr what I saw must happen. They could not see me until within three or four feet of the door, and their first intima tion that I was out of bed was when they heard me call out: , "Stop or I'll shoot!" I had them covered with the weapon, and for fifteen seconds there was dead silence. Then they got a plan. The man with the candle dashed it on the floor, and I suppose they meant to rush in on me in the dark, but I checkmated it by opening fire. They then either meant to retreat down stairs or toward the rear of the floor, for I saw the three together moving off and 'fired at their dim figures. Three seconds later there was a great shout or horror, followed by the tremendous report of the double-barreled spring gun, and then there was absolute silence. I think I stood in -the door, shaking like a leaf, for -fully three minutes before the silence was broken by' a groan. -Then it came to me that the robbers had fallen through the open door upon the cord leading to the gun. I 'struck a match, lighted my own candle , and go ing to the_ opening, saw three bodies lying be low. Running back to the bedroom to recharge my, I then went downstairs to inve sti gate. It was as I suspected. The three had pitche d down together. The top of one's head had b een blown off by the shot, a second had a hole in his chest a s big as your fist, while the third, who was responsible for the groans, was severely wounded in both legs. It was three months before he could be put on trial, and he then got four years in prison. The whole thing was a put-up job. The "drover'' was a Chicago burglar calle d "Claw hammer Dick," and he had hidden himself in the store that night and then let his pals in by the back door. They had a horse and wagon in the rear of the building, and the plan was to rob the store of goods as well as to get at the money in the safe. A bit of carelessness on my part no t only saved the sto r e and p1; obably my life; bu t wiped out a very desperate gang. Send us a one-cent stamp to cover postage, and we will mail you a copy of "Mo.ving Picture StoFies." -WHISKERS CRAZE HITS CITY Sacramento, Cal., has gone crazy on whiskers. Every one who can grow them is wearing them . from City Manager Seavey and Mayor Elkir down to the young bloods who are going in fo r a bobbed style. It's all on account of a whisker show, scheduled for the week of May 23-28, when a prize of $49 will be awarded the wearer of the winning beard. Length, appearance and luxur i ance of growth will b e determinining features. Sacramento is preparing for a grand celebra tion of the days of '49, and males have de cided to wear real whiskers in emulation of the sturdy pioneers of the gold rush. The move ment started among a few old timers, but no w it has been taken up by the many. And are the 150 barbers of Sacramento tearing their hair in desperation at the sudden depre s sion in the shave market? Far from it. Instead of getting 15 cents for a chin scrape they are charging anywhere from 50 cents to $1 for daily whisker treatments. Mirrors in front of shops are crowded each day by men who inspect the development of their beards with hopeful interest. Goatees, Van Dykes, Smith Bros. blacks and Lord Dundrearys are developing ubder the watchful care o.f the whisker experts. Hundreds, however, have adopt ed no style, preferring to let 'em sprout to the four winds as natU

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76 " FROM ALL POINTS 27 STRONG WIND "The river is so strong at times that it blows fish out of the river onto the bank," was the state_ment of L. V. Creel, United States Indian Service, before the Washoe Fish and Game Pro tective Association, Reno, Nev., recently in a plea for "runarounds" to allow fish to come , up the Truckee River out of Pyramid Lake. A shallow bar been formed where . the Tuckee River empties into the lake, due to a drop between nine and ten feet in the lake's lev e l dur ing the last two years . . Creel says trout attempting to reach tfie upper waters of. the Tuckee meet with obstacles in crossing the bar and frequently are blown out of the water. STOWAWAY NEAR DEATH When the after hatches of the Royal Mail steamship Orbita, fourteen days out of Hamburg for New York, were lifted the other morning and longshoremen entered the lower hold they heard faint moans. Lying on a bale of cargo they found a nineteen-year-old boy, Fritz Ahrens of Bremen, too weak and emaciated to speaJ<. They sum moned Capt. Matthews and Dr. F. R. Lucas, the ship's surgeon. The boy was taken to the ship's hospital and partly revived. Hardly able to speak and only in a whisper, the boy told the doctor that he crept into the hold at Hamburg as a stowaway, not thinking he would be battened down. He had a little food and water which lasted, he thought, four days. For the last ten days he suffered from hunget and thirst and two days ago lay down on a bale to die. receiving the inheritance, as the last she had heard a trustee had disappeared with the funds. She says that she will make immediate prepara tions for a trip to England to claim the fortune. Mrs. McCaffrey's husband, Johnnie, has been employed at Shamrock for a number o f years . About two years ago he sustained a n ipjury to his knee, and for about 11. year received compen sation. At present he is attempting to s uppo1-t his wife and one son, aged ten, on a wage. of $Z a day. PYTHONS EASILY TAKEN In the Maley Peninsula quite a little industry has recently sprung up among planters and others whose business takes them into the jungle. The snakes used for the purpose of making shoes are mostly pythons, and these are usually caught by coolies in the ordinary course of their work or on expeditions specially organized to search for them. Tlfe python has a beautiful marked skin , is eas y to capture, and attains a g1eat size, being found up to thirty feet in length. The coolies are paid so much per foot for live specimens, dead ones being useless, as the reptile has to be skinned immediately after it is killed to obtain the best results. All that is required t o effect the capture of e ve n the largest of these snakes is a forked stick, a noose and a stout pole. When h e sights his victim the co olie approaches and places the forked stick behind the back of the head and pins the animal to the ground. A noose is then slipped over the head and the snake usually mo s t obligingly winds itself around the A FISHERMEN'S SHACK pole and is carried back to more civilized quar-High and dry on the beach at Cordova, Alaska, ters, where it is so ld to the "curer." . there is an old hull, sometimes used by fishermen Pythons are most voracious feeders, arid if as a shanty, which once was the $10,000 yacht found, as is usual, after a meal, may be handled. Restless, owned by Dr. R. N. Gordon of Seattle. with impunity. For eight years the Restless, after being purOccasionally, however, a very different cus chased by the United States National Forest Ser-_ tomer obtrudes himself upon the scene-the Kinit vice from Dr. Gordon, was used to cruise along C .obra. The contempt felt for. the python quickly Alaska shores and suffered damage several times. gives place to the extremest caution when facing In 1911 a storm drove the boat on the rocks, rip-one of th.ese deadly inha.bitants of the jungle . ping a hole in her hull; in 1914 an explosion in The Kmg Cob1:a attams a length. of from 15 her stern gasoline tank wrecked the after end to 20 feet, and will attack a man without provo and later the boat, while in Esther Passage, It is seldom caught alive, as the skin is Jided head-on with a sleeping whale. The Rest-valueless, but. I have one _caught in the way less was so disabled she was towed to Cordova I have descnbed. This specimen was 17 feet and beached. in length, and it took three men to carry it. If Becoming unseaworthy, she was dismantled and a man one of these snakes, death re advertised for .sale. A fisherman bought the hull sults w1thm 10 mmutes. for $15 and it is now used as bachelo 's quarters. Strange tales are told by natives of pythons :MISSING HEIRESS FOUND Living in rather poor circumstances at Shamrock, a coke town near Brownsville, Pa., Mrs. Ellen Chappell McCaffrey, heir to more than $10;000, been located through the medium of a local newspaper. Mrs. McCaffrey declared that, although she still remembered the large sum left her by her father, she had virtually given up hope of ever from 60 feet to 70 fee-.n length that have been known to devour a rhinoceros, but they may be taken as legendary. Jungle pigs, however, frequently fall victims to the python, and I was recently told by a Malay that he saw one in the jungle with a medium s ized pig half way into its mouth. Send us a one-cent stamp to cover postage, anti we will mail you a copy of ".l\Ioving Picture Stories."


2 8 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" GOOD READING MUSKRATS BURROW THROUGH BANKS TO ESCAPE Muskrats trapped under the ice in the reservoir that suppliep the. Borough of Railroad, York Coun ty? Pa., l}av e drained off all the water by burro.wmg t.broug!1 the banks to escape. Tl.u s , a t least, is the theory of those who in estigated wh e n it was found that the reservoir It i s believed that the last heavy freeze impnsoned several mu skrats in the reservoir and that the h eavy s now that fell immediately afterward caused the animals to burrow for freedom befow -the water level. Families that d epended on the reservoir for their hou s ehold supply of water have been com p e lled to turn temporarily to wells and springs. BONDS IN COAL BIN The corner of a Liberty bond protruding from the door of the stove into which hi was shovelin"' coal led to the di scover y by R. A. Mitchell, r oad agent' at Waterlick, Va., of about $75,000 in bonds, concealed .in the station coal bin. Some of the bonds were registered in the name of officials of the Grottoes (Va.) State Bank and part, at least, of the cache was believed to represent loot obtained from that institution when it was robbed June 30, 1921. . Two-thirds of the bonds recovered were regi. tered, the remainder b eing railroad and indus trial issues. Mitchell said he had been scooping up "papers " with the coal for several days, and he was speculating the other day as to what may have been the intrinsic cost of the station fire during the recent cold spell. / These forgel'ies were detected quickly, and it i s doubted that any were used for letter postage. "Most collectors," said Mr. Melville, "have no. ticed the wide variations iri the United States stamps of recent years, due to the experimenting a t the Bureau of Engraving and Printing with new processes of printing. Stamps of like design and denomination have been printed from finely engraved stee l plates, from rotary recess plates, from s urface printing plates and b y the o ffse t method, and these have been in circulation sim ultaneovsly. The different qualities of impress ion make. thei;n all look different, and this is a dangerou s state of affairs in a country whose stamps are being used to the extent of millions every day. "vVhe .re the genuine stamps vary so much it is difficult to detect or even s u spect a forgery, and, it i s not surprising that s ome one has taken ad of recent confusio n in stamp printmg m the Umted States. There are wide avenues for the di sposal of the forged stamps in the countless mail-order firms in America. This is, however, the first forgery of a current United States stamp -since 1894." OLD WOMAN TRAPPER PERISHES IN MIRE . Ai: woman .who had a trapper for a lifetime died a terrible death m the St. Clair fiats Mi chigan, when, with a steeltrap fas t to her arm' she tried to wade to help, only to be mire d in s.o.ft mud. She struggled against the g rip of the s lime that s lowly sucked her down until waist peed, she died of exhaustion. ' Searching partie s reached her too late and toLONG HOG DRIVE IN SNOW day she was buried in this little community where Jesse Spe c k, , a rancher in thE) Big Bad Lands, fo r fifty years s h e had held her own with rod and South Dakota, has jus t completed a hog drive and trap. Her name was Mrs . Harriet Sears and that is .likely to stand as a r ecord for some time. she was 72 years. old . . He started from his ranch with 200 hogs in Several days ago Mrs. Sears left her fiats home prime condi,tion, t0drive them to this town for in a duck boat to trap muskrat and mink. She shipment. A s the roads were in bad condition did not return in the evening and a s earch was from drifted snow, and the distance to Scenic is made for her. Her body lay close to shore sunk 35 miles, Speck had difficulty in getting the nee-to the waist in the oozy channel bottom the essary number of cowboys to turn hog drivers, searchers reached her next morning. . Gripped but he fin a lly got started. around her right arm was a large steel muskrat The drive required ten days, through almos t trap. It was apparent tha t her arm had become insurmountable ob s tacles, and when the one-time caught in the trap while she wa.s in the duck boat. prize hogs arrived here they were hungry, thin, She had left the boat and had got to shallow sick and nearly frozen. "".ater a few feet' from shore-when she began to _ Speck and his helpers had found it n e cessary smk. . . to continually prod, pus h, coax, bully and plead . It was evident that her losmg to rewith the unwilling por s to make time. Hogs lease herself, aggravated by the pam from the which averaged 200 pounds on starting weighed cruel of the trap, had brought the mercy in on arrival here at les s than an average of 125 of exhaustion and death. pounds. • In the fiats section the woman as well as the FINDS OUR STAMPS FAULTY Critic'ism of the methods of printing United States stamps has been voiced by Fred J. Mel ville, one o f England's leading postage stamp authorities, in connection with' the recent discovery of the forgeries of the two-cent red issue. men are expert trappers and fish hunters and Mrs. Sears for years had gone out alone in her duck boat to lay her traps. She was one of the bes t known pioneers of the fiats s ectiozi . Send us a one-cent stamp to cover postage, and we w . ill mail you a copy of "Mystery Magazine."


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Each membe,. of t h e audience had a voting card on which to mark the number of the violin which seeme d to him o r h e r the fine s t in tone and general musical quality, and an eas y vic tor y went to the moderns . The 'first sele c tion was a violin of Mirecourt, the second a violin of N antes . The famous Stradivari us was only thir d , with n i n ety votes fewer than the winner. Two Guadagnini came n ext, and the s i x t h s elec tfo n was _ a violi n of Montreal.


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