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THE LIBERTY A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. HABRY E . WOLFF, l'VBLI& HER, 164 WEST %3D STREE:T, N.E W l:OR K No. 111 6 NEW YORK. MAY 19. 1922 P ric e 7 Cents "Dance!" cried Sam, cracking his whip and aiming at the redcoat's feet. Phil sat on the fence and began to fiddle. Ben unfastened Dick, while Phil played a lively air. Both redcoats were soon dancing, the Liberty Boys laugbing merrily. • I


The L i berty Boys of '76 Issued Weekly-Subscription price, $3.50 per year; Canada, $!.00; Foreign, $4.50. Harry E. Wolff, Publisher, Inc1 16!i West 23d Street. New York. N . :L Entered as Matter January 31, 1913, at the Post-Office at New York, N. Y., under the Ac t or March 3, 1879 . . No. 1 11 6 NEW YORK, lVIA Y 19, 1922 . P r i c e 7 cents . L i b erty Boys and Fiddl ing Phil OR, MAKIN THE REDCOATS DANCE • B y HARR Y M O ORE CHAPTER I.-A Queer Character. "Well, I declare, that feller kin fiddle amazin', an' I thought I was some at it myself. "I don't see nothin' great about it, bein' that it's just fiddlin', and that ain't nothin' 'cept what ye kin understand." "Waal, I call it pooty good '.fiddlin' myself." "Mebby it is, but arter all, fiddlin' is on'y fiddlin', an' any one kin do it. " It was a July day, and a number of men were gathered under the trees in front of a roadside tavern, taking their comfort. There were tables •and benches scattered about, and the men were eating and drinking and smoking, the landlord and a number o f potboys and housemaid s being kept busy waiting upon them. Sitting on a fence close by was a coarsely dressed young man, little more than a boy, in fact,. who was playing on a fiddle and getting considerable music out of it, if one could judge by the lively manner in which the table girls moved about, and the potboys al most danced as they set the pewters and stone mugs on the tables. One man, sitting smoking a long pipe, and now and then putting a big pewter to his lips, was high in praise of t he fiddler. His companion, a tall, lank, consumptive looking man, was inclined to dispute the question, and put the fiddler down as a very ordinary musician. The place was Virginia, near the Che sapeake, and not far from the mouth of the Piankatank River, at a time when the British were committing great ravages along the coast, and the native Virginians were making ready to fall upon them and put a stop to their depredations. . "Tell ye it's the best fiddlin' ye ever heard, Jedediah Ransom!" muttered the man who had praised the fiddler, taking a deep draught from his pot and then pulling at his pipe "No it ain't; it's wuss'n pigs squealm', Lias an'.:_Gosh ! there's one o' mine got in under the fence, an' I gotter get him out!" Then Jedediah Ransom, one o f the rankest T ories in the regio n, g o t up hastily and ran across the road to where a number of pig!:; were rooting i n the shade with never a • squeal fro m any one of them. When Ransom got to the pigs, he found them all right, but heard a hen cackle clo s e b y. -"H'm! 'pears ter me I muster took the hen's hollerin' fur the. pig a-squealin', arter all," he mnt.t. <>rPrL "\Vaal. T'l 11et the ail!'. anvhow." Then he went over to where a red hen wail industriously peck in g at the ground for worms, and saw no sign of an egg. "Huh! that's kinder queer! I made out for sure that there was a aig somewh eres a b out." Returning to the shade of the trees, h e heard the pig squeal again and looked acro ss the roa d. The pigs were all right. Still the1;e was the squealing. Then the boy on the fence put down his fiddle . "There wa'n't no pig squealin', Jed,'' laughed Elias. "That were the fiddle. Y e r d on't think he's much on fiddlin', dew ye?' "'Twa'n't fiddlin', nutner !" snorted Ransom; "it were pigs a-squealin', an' I reckon I kin tell that from fiddlin' any day in--" The b o y took his fiddle and imitated the squealing and grunting of pigs, as he had d o n e b e f o re. The crabbed old Torry saw him d o it, saw him produce different animal sounds, and then snarled: "That ain't real fiddlin', that's onl playing tricks . Don't believe he kin dew any real fiddlin', I don't!" Then he turned away, but all of a.sudden there was such a lively air from the fiddler on the fence that the crabbed old Torry felt like dancing in spite of himself. "There, that's real fidlin', but 'tain't that boy

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND FIDDLING PHIL liable boys, who w.ere well able to take care of themse lve s . The young captain rode a magnificent coal black horse, a pure Arabian, his com panion mounting a fine bay, both horses making a fine appearan ce, the boys themselves showin g well as they came forward. The fiddler ceased playing and sat on the fence, looking at the two boy s, the young captain saying: "Good-mo r ning, landlord. Rat her warm weather now. We can have a bite to eat, I suppose?" "Surely," the landlord answered. "It is warm, of a truth, and I think it will be warmer yet, since Dunmore has got his camp on the island yonder, making it a rendezvous while he commits all sorts of depredations in the neighborhood." "The British were driven out o f Norfolk, and Dunmore must have some place from which to sall y forth and help himself," retorted the young Q'.lptain, "and the Liberty Boys must have something to say about it." "I reckon yoti will, captain. Did you see the tall, sallow fellow go dancing down the road just now? That's Deacon Ransom, as big a Tory as there is about. Better keep watch upon him." did not look much like a deacon, did he, Dick?" laughed the young lieutenant. "I never saw a deacon dance." "He thinks I can't fiddle," spoke up the young man on the fence. "I would like to hear you," said Dick Slater, the captain of the Liberty Boy s . "Would you?" and the fiqdler began to play a lively air, which set the feet of every one there to moving about in the liveliest fashion. Then he imitated the squealing of pigs and other s ounds, all on his fiddle, making no sound with his lip s or throat. "He can make the fiddle s ound, can't he, Dick?' mutter ed Bob Estabrook, who was Dick Slater's firme s t friend, the two being like brothers. In fact, they would be s u ch some day, the sister of each being the sweetheart of the other. "Yes , he plays ve1y well," replied Dick, "and can help us some, I think," in a lower tone. "How so, Dick?" "He is a patriot, Bob. He is something more than a fiddler, I am certain. He sent this Tory dancing up the road as we were coming on, for ;;ome reaso n, Bob. for fun altogether. He spoke of making the redcoats dance." "Yes, I_ heard him." "He meant something by that, Bob. I think we will see more of him." The fiddler came along at that moment and held out his hat. Inside it was a paper on which was written in a large hand: "You may trust all here, Phil." "You are a very good fiddler, Phil," said Dick, tossing sixpence into the hat. Phil put the money in his pocket and his hat on hi s head and went off under the trees out of sight. Just then the maid came up, and the boys were soon eating their breakfast and thoroughly enjoying it, watching the men at the tables, and now and then talking to one another. 'Lord Dunmore, former governor of Virginia, having been driven out of Norfolk by the patriots, had landed on Gwyn's Island, in the Chesapeake, near the mouth of the Piankatank River, where he l1ad built a stockade fort, and, protected by his flee t, had begun depredations on the surrounding country. The Liberty Boys were encamped not far away, keeping an eye upon Dunmore and his marauders, and ready to pounce down upon them at the first opportunity. Having finished their repast, the boy s were about to get up when there came a s udden clatter of hoofs, and Dick looked up and said : "Redcoats , Bob! The Tory has sent them here, I am certain. Quick, we must see how many there are." The boys were in the saddle in a moment, and then Dick looked up the r oad under the trees and saw a considerable number of the redcoats coming on at a gallop. "Come on, Bob!" he muttered, and the boys rode away withoutb eing see n by the redcoats, who speedily halted before the tavern. "Where did the fiddler go, Dick?" asked Bob. "I don't know, but I think we shall see him again before long . My belief is that is is a spy, Bob." Then the boys rode on at a gallop. CHAPTER IL-Stopping the Redcoats' Fun. The redcoats had not seen the two Libe1ty Boy s , but, if Ransom had brought them there, they mus t know that the boys were somewhere about. Dick and Bob rode on at a good speed, and presently heard the s ound of hoofs, but were not at all ala1med. "That is some of the boys," said !:sob, shortly. "Yes, out s couting, I suppose,'' Dick answered; In a few moments half a dozen Liberty Boys were seen riding along, led by another on a big gray. "There is Mark," said Bob, "but there are not enough of the boy s to do very much with thos e redcoats." "We can get more in a short time, Bob." The boy on the big gray halted, and said: "There was a fiddling fellow who said that you and Bob might need us, and so we came along. He was a queer sort of chap, but he seeme d all right, and so we came on." The boy on the big gray was Mark Morrison, the secon d lieutenant of the Liberty Boys, one of the bravest of the troop, thoroughly trusted by Dick and a universal favorite. "The fiddler is all right, Mark," answered Dick, "but there are more of the redcoats. than we can conveniently handle, and I think we had better ha:ve help. Ride back, B e n and Sam, and get a score of the boys." /Ben Spurlock, one of the jolliest of the boys, and Sam Sanders on, his chum, set off at once, and Dick said: "It' is likely that the redcoats will remain at the tavern for some little time, but we will go on presently and reconnoiter. The day is a warm one, and they will want to take their comfort under the trees at the inn, instead of galloping about the country committing all sorts of depredations." "The redcol?-ts are always ready fo"r thei:r


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND FIDDLING PHIL 3 amusements," remarked Harry Judson, one ofthe boys, "and don't care how they get them." At length Dick and Bob went ahead, leaving Mark to come up with the boys as soon as they could arrive. They went on at a good pace till they neared the tavern, and then, leaving their horses by the roadside, crept on cautiously, keeping out of sight and watching the redcpats. The latter had all the seats and tables insfde as well as out, the patriots having evidently left the place upon their arrival. The landlord seemed to be plying a very good trade, and Dick noticed that he would not let his guests run up any scores, but collected for what was served at the time, thus showing great wisdom. The enemy were eating and drinking and making me;rry, and Dick soon saw that they .were fast becoming hilarious and unruly, and that it would not be long before they could not be held in check, and would probably take all manner of liberties. In short, it was only a few minutes before they began to throw pewters about, to upset tables, to seize the housemaids and kiss them, and to send shots through the windows, all in mere wantonness. .Then Dick heard the s ound of hoofs and uttered a shrill whistle, which he knew Mark and his boys would hear. "Come on, Bob," he said, hurrying back to where he had left Major, his black Arabian. Leaping into the saddle, followed at once by Bob, he dashed forward wi11h a shout. "Forward, Liberty Boys!" he cried in a loud, clear voice. "Let the marauders have it!" Then he fired a shot at one frolicsome officer, who was about to put a hole in one of the inn windows, sending his wig flying in a moment and scattering the powder in clou,ds. At once there was a rus h for horses, the redcoats apparently thinking that an army was coming against them. The lan.Qlord and his helpers, and the men who had been driven away by the redcoats, quickly joined the Liberty Boys, and there were lively times around the tavern. Dick, Bob and Mark led the Liberty Boys and charged the redcoats , sending them flying down the road, many being forced to take to the woods, the pursuit was so fierce. The n, as the enemy went flying down the road, Fiddling Phil suddenly appeared sitting on a fence and playing his fiddle merrily. They returned to the tavern when the redcoats had disappeared, and found the people of the place very glad to receive them. "You came at a good time, captain," declared the landlord. "When redcoats fors.rnt themselve s, it is time that they were driven out, and you came at the right moment." Oi do be thinkin' that whin redcoats are about, anny toime is the roight toime to come, " roared Patsy Brannigan, the Irish Liberty Boy, who was also the company cook and one of the chief providers of fun for the camp. "Ya, dot was der time, I bet me," added Carl Gookenspieler, the fat German, who was Patsy's fast friend and con s ta:gt companion. "J)ose redcoats don'd was some goot, I toldt you, und der sooner we was dem drofe ouid, der bedder, ain't it?" "SuTe ye're sure to be ro.ight if ye agree -with me, Cookyspilier," muttered Patsy, "an' that's what Oi wor sayin' meself." The boys did not remain long about the tavern, b ,ut shortly set out for the camp, satisfied that the redcoats would not soon return after the routing they had received. The boys in camp received them with cheers, and wanted to know all about the trouble with the redcoats. After dinner Dick set off .on Major to get a look at the redcoats and see if they were up to any further mischief. Be, Sam and five or six more of the boys went off in another direction on a somewhat similar errand, Bob and Mark remaining in camp to keep at watch in the neighborhood. CHAPTER Ill-The Fiddler in Demand. I Leaving the camp alqne, Dick rode off at a gallop for some little distance without seeing any sign of .redcoats or Tories. At length he neared a cross road where there a .sign post, there being a.. clump of trees back a little from the road. He heard a distant tramp of horses as he came to a crossing, and put Major under the trees, advancing cautiously and listening intently. "I am not quite certain who these fellows are," he said to himself. "They might be redcoats or they might possibly be Ben and the boy s coming around by the other road. I had better be cautious." He could generally tell by the sound of the hoofbeats whether the boy s we1e coming, but now the sounds seemed a bit confused, and he concluded to wait before going farther, so as not to be caught in any trap. The tramping presently grew fainter, and then was not heard, and Dick was about to return to Major, when two redcoats suddenly sprang up one on each side of him, and held pistols to his head. "Sutrender, you infernal rebel!" snapped one, whom Dick remembered to have seen in the morning. Before he could spring back, one of the redcoats jumped behind him and seized his arms, the other putting a pistol to his head. One redcoat drew Dick back to the guide post, took off hi:s sword-belt and secured hi s arms behind him and to the post. "Now to make the fellow dan ce," muttered .the other, and, stepping into the bushes, he picked up a stout whip. "Our horses are out of the way," he said, '.'but we saw you coming and hid the whip, knowing that we would need it." _ One redcoat threw Dick's sword into the . road, while the other snapped his whip to test the strength of the lash. "This will make you dance, rebel!" he snarled. "It make you mart, also,'' With a laugh, in which the other joined. Then the redcoat with the whip came up, snapped it viciously and drew back hi s arm. "Now to see you d:rnce, rebel!" he cried. At that moment Dick saw a mov ement in Jhe grass back of the fence, and in another moment a hand reached out and grasped the whip. "I might want that,'' said a voice, and then Fiddling Phil stood up, whip iR hand,


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND FIDDLING PHIL "Give me whip, you miserable rebel!" stormed the redcoat. Then there was the sound of a hawk, one of the signals of the Liberty Boys, and in a moment Ben, Sam, Harry, Will, Arthur, Walter and two or three others suddenly came leaping over the fence on each side of the road. "Let me have the whip, Phil," said Sam. "These fellow s said so mething about making s om e one dance." The had cut off the retreat of the redcoats, and now the;' disarmed them in a trice. Fiddling Phil sat on the fence and unslung the fiddle, which he carried over his s houlder. Sam Sanderson took the whip in one hl;md, and held a pis tol in f.he other as he advanced upon the two redcoats . The Liberty Boys were drawn up in li ne, their muskets ready to be thrown to posi tion in a moment. Things began to look more serious than the redcoats had thought. "Dance!" cried Sam, cracking his whip and aiming at the redcoats' feet. Phil sat on the fence and began to fiddle. Ben unfastened Dick, while Phil played a lively air. "Livelier, Phil!" cried Sam, snapping hi s whip about the feet of ]Joth redcoats. Phil played still livelier, and the redcoats danced in as lively a fashion, but whether it was the tune or Sam's whip that caus ed them to do s o wa s a question. The boys laughed in spite of them se lve s , and Phil played still more lively, seeming to enjoy it as much as the boys. "Livelier!" cried Sam, with a vicious crack of the whip. "You are not dancing half fas t enough!" The redcoats . danced till the sweat ran down their faces, and they seemed ready to drop from exhaustion. "That will do, Sam," laughed Dick. "You will find two horses in the. bushes somewhere about. You had better take care of them, and then we will let the redcoats go. They will want to walk In order to cool off after their yio lent exercise." Harry, Will and two others went off, and shortly found the two horses hidden in the bushes. "We saw that you were in trouble, captain," said Ben, "and so we dismounted and came up on foot. We knew that if we rode up the two redcoats would get away with you. Phil the fiddler told us you we1e in trouble, and then we saw you as we were riding along, looking through the trees." "I heard the sound of your horses, Ben," re turned Dick, "and then did not hear it, and could not tell who it might have been." "Yes, we were there, but we s topped and came cautiously through the grass so as not to be seen till it was time." The redcoats were deprived of their weapons, and then Dick said: "You have danced very merrily , and we are greatly obliged for the pleasme you have given us. We have no use for you as prisoners, so you may tell Dunmore that we propose to make him and all his lawless crew dance before long." hen they whistled for their horse s , the animals presently coming flying down the road, the redcoats getting out of the way in haste. . "Your road mus t led into mine," laui'hed Dick a s the redcoats disappeared , "for I had no idea of seeing you.'' The redcoats having gone, the boys now mounted and rode on, taking the other road and keeping their eyes about them, not knowing when the enemy might appear. The boys were riding on at an easy pace, not knowing when they might see redcoats or other en emies. There were not very many Tories in Virginia, but those that were about were very rank and a hard lot to deal with, ob stinate, narrow minded and hypocritical, like J edediah Ransom . Keeping on to a little lane that crossed the road at a sharp angle, the boys saw Ranso m come out of the lane on a s mall, scrawny looking horse that seemed a very good match for him self except in s ize. "Where air yew sinful r e bel s goin'?" he asked with a whine. "This here lane belongs tew me, an' any one found trespassin' onto it will be dealt with accordin' to the law." "You don't own the road, do you?" asked Dick, guessing that there was s ome reason for the Tory not wanting them to enter the lane, which they had no intention of doing. "Yew air sinful rebels," said Rans om, "an' I have given yew fair warnin'. an' that's all I air got tew say," and the so lemn looking fellow went on up the lane. The boy s kept on along -the road at an easy gait, and Dick said in a low tone: "There is some reas on why he does not want us to enter the lane besides our being 'rebels,' as he calls us, and I am going to find out what it is. I suspect that the fellow is up to mischief of s ome sort." "The fellow has a suspicious look, certainly," declared Ben, "and put it into our heads about entering the lane when we had no idea of doing so." "Not the least," added Dick. "Ride on as you are riding, and I'll go into the lane and see what he is up to. If I want you, I will give you the signal." Dick then di s mounted and made his way toward the Jan e through the bushes, which were quite thick here. Major went with the boys at the same eas y pace, and Dick kept on toward the line, which he soon reached, hearing Ransom say to so me one just ahead of him: "I reckon we kin send the redcoats to their camp to-night and clear 'em out proper. Yew know where it is, don't yew?" "Yes, of course, but they keep guards around it at night, and it isn't easy to get to it." "Huh! that's all right. We'll get a lot o' men to attack 'em on one side, like as if, an' they'll all come that way, an' then the redcoats will come in on t'other s ide an' clear 'em out." "That's all right. About what time you reckon you want to attack the young rebels?" "'Bout '!even o'clock, so' s ...ter be through afore the Sabbath. It air sinful tew engage in war on the S abbath. " "All right, to-morrow's Sunda y, of course. Where do you want me to fetch the redcoats?" "On the north side. We'll be on the south. 'Leven o'clock. Better se e the redcoat captain now." Rans om spok e in a tone of dismi ssal, and


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND FIDDLING PHIL 5 Dick heard the Tory's companion go down the lane at a fast walk. . "That's one bit of mischief, but I am sure there is another," he said to himself. "I must find out what it is." Carefully stepping into the lane, he watched Jedediah Ransom disappear around a bend, and then went on cautiously, presently seeing the scrawny horse standing before a little log cabin, while the back of the hypocritical Tory was visible at a ittle window. "I wonder if this is where he live s? " thol,lght Dick, keeping out of sight in case Ransom should happen to turn around. "Yew gotter pay up or yew go, ma'am!" the Tory said. "I've been waitin' for my money long enough, an' I ain't a rich man. If yew don't pay, somebody else will, an' I can't have my property lyin' idle." "Why, my husband paid you steadily, Mr. Ran som, and the place is ours all but ten pounds, and you can surely wait for that a little while. You have had your inte1e s t and--" "Hain't had nu thin', I tell ye!" snapped the man. "Ef you've paid, where air the receipts'! Them will tell, but you hain't got 'em, 'cause the money pain't been paid." "I know it was!" s poke up_ a young girl some where in the cabin. "Father showed me the re ceipts before he went away, and--" "All I gotter say is, s how the receipts, an' I'll have to believe ye," snapped the Torry. "I'm willin' to settle the thing on one ground an' call it square. My son Jed thinks a heap o' you, Patience, an' if you'll have him, I'll give ye the cabin an' ground free an' clear fur a weddin' present, an' say nothin' about it.' "There i s something here," thought Dick. "I wouldn't take your son Jed as a gift!" the girl answered, "and the cabin and ground i s al mo s t ours as it is." "I certainly s upposed my husband had very nearly paid the agreed price," the woman added. "Waal, he hain't, nor nothin' lik e it, an' ef I don't get my money to-morrer, out yew goonless, as I said before-" "It would be marrying the worst way to have him!" the girl replied, "and I am not at all anxious. I tell you my father showed me the receipts, and I know they are somewhere about. To-morrow i s Sunday, and you cannot turn us out then. No, nor Monday, either. You won't turn u s out at all, because the place is ours, and I can prove it." "Then y ou gotter do it mighty quick, that's all I kin say!" stormed the Tory, flying out of the cabin s o quick that Dick had no chance to e scape. CHAPTER IV.-Some Disappointed Redcoats. -"Hallo! what you doin' here, you blame iebel ?" cried Ransom in surprise , as he was about t o jump into the saddle. "Didn't I tell ye this here lane was my property?" "You did, but I did not believe it," Dick an swered, "and now I am certain that it is not," and Dick gave a shrill whistle. "Did you hear what this man said, captain?" a s ked a very pretty girl, who had come to the door and now sto od looking at Dick with con siderable pride. "I did, and I believe you in preference to him. I have little respect for Tories, and none at all for hypocrites .like this one. Be asured that your rights in this affair shall be protected, and you will not be robbed of your property as this fellow proposes to do." "We shall see, yew blame rebel!" snapped the Tory. "To-morrer is the Sabbath, which I had forgot, but Monday--" "Is the Fourth of July, a legal holiday, and so no business can be performed then," inter p o s ed Dick. "You will have to wait, Mr. Rans om." "We'll see whether I will or not!"" roared the angry Tory, a nd; leaping into the !addle, he was about t o ride away when six or eight of the Liberty Boys came into the lane. "Did you want us, captain?" asked Ben, saluting. "Yes. You saw something?" "No, not a s far as we went." "Huh! you'll find 'em soon enough!" growled Ransom, as he went off, evidently fearing that the boys might do him s ome violence. The boys now rode back through the lane to the point where Ransom had been seen, and Dick told them of the plan to attack the camp that night. "I did not see the man that the old Tory talked with," he added, "but it was probably one of the men we saw this morning. Well, we will be ready for them." ' Reaching the camp some little time before supper, Dick told Bob and the rest what he had learned of the intended attack, and continued: " We must be ready for. these fellows, and yet not seem to be. If theyfind us ready for them they will not make the attack, and so we must lead them on till they are right in the camn, and then give them a soun thrashing." "Make them dance, in fact!" !au hed Bob. "Yes, that is what we must do. We s houlti have Fiddling Phil with u s to furnish the music." "Muskets and pistols wili furnish all we need" said Mark, dryly. ' After supper the boy s prepared for the of the enemy, cleaning mu ske t s and pistol s , mold ing bullets, sharpening and polishing s words, and doing w hatever else was needed. Later the fil"es were lighted, the sentrie" placed, and the camp settl ed down for the night, apparen. tly. Then Spurlock, on duty at the edge of the camp m a clump of trees, heard so me one approaching and said, sharply: "Halt! Who goes there?" "It's only Fiddling Phil," answered the we ll known voice of the wandering fiddler, and fo a moment Phil came in with hi s 'fiddle ori hi s back, his long hair stragglin g beneath his hat brim, and a stout s tick in his hand. "Hallo, Phil," said Ben. "You are out late. Been playing for the late drinkers at some tavern and picking up information at the same time, have you?" . "I have played little, but I have news for the captain," replied the fiddler. Then Will Freeman came ahng, and Ben said :


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND FIDDLING PHIL "Tell the captain that Phil wants to s ee him on some matter of business, will." Ben gave another signal, and Will went off, the boys talking to the strange visitor and stir ring up the fires to give more light. The fiddler sat on a stump, and Dick shortly came up, say-ing: . "Good-evening, Phil. It is late for you to be about. You wanted to see me?" "The redcoats are coming to surprise you to night at midnight, captain,'' replied the fiddler: "There will be lively music. The Tories have told them how to find your camp, and they are coming on in force." "Not more than we have, Phil?" . "Yes, with a strong force. The Tories are going to make a feigned attack in one place, think that you will all rush there, and then the redcoats intend to rush up." "Yes, I heard Jedediah Ransom say something about it this afternoon, and we are ready for them. I learned something else at the same time. Do you know a girl of the name of Patience, living in a lane at some little dis tance?" "Patience Windham? Yes, I know her. She is a very good girl. Her father is a soldier." "Old Ransom claims that they have not paid the indebtedness on the cabin, and threatens to turn them out unless Patience will marry Jed Ransom." "H'm! someb od y will have to dance," laughed Phil. "The Tory is an old villain. Leave it to me, captain. Then you knew of the attack to be made at midnight?" but I thought it was eleven. That was the first plan." "I heard that it was to be-. midnight. The red coats arn having a ball at the stockade fort, and they want to make this the end of the fun, as they say. They will bring a la1ge force to pay you for scattering them this afternoon." "Go and tell Lieutenant Estabrook to come here, Sam," said Dick. When Bob came up, Dick said: "The redcoats are coming later than we ex pected, Bob, and there will be more of them. Take a go o d party of the Liberty Boys and dig a ditch at the north side of the camp and cover it lightly with branches. Make it 1ong enough, Bob. We want to give the redcoats a grand surprise to match the one they mean to give us." Bob laughed and got a score of the boys all provided with spades and shovels t o dig the ditch. The w.ork was completed in good time, and everything was dark and still about the camp in a Ehort time, the sentries moving about cautiously, but not being seen. The time wore on and the camp seemed to be asleep, although the boys were all wide aw!N<:e and waiting for the enemy to come on. At last the boys heard the enemy approaching stealthily, and then there was a sudden alarm from the south, and a swarm of Tories came rushing up, expecting to take the boys by surprise. A score of them iallied and sent in a volley u p on the Tories, the greater part remaining at the farther encl (lf the camp to meet the redcoat s. The latter came on, thinking that . a ll t he b oy s would be at the other side of t he camp. Then they charged, expecting to take the gallant boys by surprise and carry the camp. Then suddenly came a crashing sound, and many of the redcoats found themselves in a ditch with their companions piling on top of them, while the fires flared up and showed a determined force of Liberty Boys behind the breastworks prepared to open iire upon them. The unfortunate Britons began to scramble out of the ditch and to shout to the others to keep off. None of them tried to get up the breastw orks, but simply to get out of the hole int<> which they had been ignominiously tumbled. The boys did not fire upon the men in the ditch, but held back the others, the charge which was to have been such a panic prnducer having turned out to be a most ridiculous failure. As fast as the redcoats got out of the ditch they maqe no attempt to charge the camp, but fell back, glad to get away with whole bones. The Tories, lacking the support of the redcoats, and not understanding the reason, retreated in great haste after a few shots had been fired, and did not attempt fo return. Then the redcoats finding the boys quite ready to receive them, and not caring to face the fire of the determined fellows, retired in good order, having a much greater respect for the Liberty Boys than before. CHAPTER V.-How Jed Gave Up the Paper s. The redcoats, reluctant to give up the fight so soon after so much had been anticipated, w orked their way as quietly as possible to the point where the Tories had attacked the boys, thinking to surprise the gallant fellows. The boys were ready, however, and when the redcoats be gan to steal up, hoping to take them by surP,rise, they opened fire upon them all along the line. Then Dick sent a party through the woods by a short cut to attack the redcoats' rear, and in a short time the muskets were blazing away i n the liveliest fashion, and the enemy found them selves caught between two very hot fires. Not knowing but the boys had received reinforce ments, the redcoats were loth to keep up the conflict and began to fall back. The redcoats made off in rapid order, and the Liberty Boys did not pursue them, having had glory enough for one night. "Jed Ransom and the Tories will keep away from the British camp after this , I guess," laughed Mark. "They will not get ' a very good reception if they go there now." "And this will be another black eye for Dun more," i;l.eclared Bob. "From his safe quarters on Gwyn's Island he probably expected to issue continual orders to his men to pillage the country, drive out the 'rebels;' and commit all sorts of excesses, but now, befo1e he knqws it, he may have to strengthen his own position or be ob liged to leave it." "That may happen, too, before very long," muttered Dick, dryly. The redcoats having been ariven out, andthere beirig no chance of their returning that night, the Liberty Boys went back to camp, and in a short time all was dark and quiet as before, remaining so till the morning. Fiddling Phil


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND FIDDLING PHIL 7 disappeared s ome time during the night, the boys not knowing just when, as he was allowed to come and go as he chose, and in the morning nothing was seen of him. The boys remained quietly in camp all day, there being no alarm 'from either the redcoats or Tories, and the next day they looked about them, keeping an eye on the en!lmY and watching the neighborhood for any signs of trouble. Dick v ode over to the little cabin in the lane to see if Ransom had threatened the patriot family again, bqth Patience and her mother being very gfad to see him. He left Major behind the cabin, in cas e any of the Tories should come along and harJpen to see him, and remained away from the window. "You have not been troubled "!:>y Ra!1s om or Jed, have you?" he asked. "No, we have not seen them,'' replied Patiellce , "but there is no telling when they may come here." "Lord! 'there comes that Jed down the lane now!" exclaimed the mother. Talk of--" "Jed Ransom!" laughed Dick. "Quick. he must not see me, but I want to see him and hear what he has to say." There was a tall clock in one corner of the cabin, and Dick decided that this woi.ld Le a fine hiding-place in a moment. It was taller than himself, the door reachinl!" clown to the floor, and the1e being plenty of Mom imide. He quickly stepped within and shut the ,!oor, the clock ticking on as before and givmg nc ;;ig n of his being in it. ,"fed Ransom came ia without knocking, and, taking off the rough hat sheepishly, said in awkward fashion: "Good-mornin', Miss Windham. How do, Patty? I got S'.>mething to talk about." "You had better say it mighty quick, then, Jed Ransom," replied the girl, "for we are busy and can't be bothered li stening to your nonsense all the morning. " " I reckon yew won't call this here nonsens e when I tell yew what it is,'' muttered Jed, whom no one had asked to be seated. "Then you mus t have changed mighty much since I saw you tefore,'' Patience said shortly. "I reckon yew know that I'm mighty fond o' yew, Patty, an' that--" " I have heard you say s o, but I never believed it. You said you were not going to talk non sense! " "Wull, I ain't!" doggedly. "The' old man done told yew tew git out o' here, didn't he?" "Yes, he did, but we are not going for his saying s o,'' the girl said, resolutely. "That's right, tew,'' awkwardly, backing over toward the clock as Patience pulled away a chair in which he was going to seat himself. "That's the fir s t thing__of sense you have said since you came in,'' laughed Patience. "Yus , an' I'll tell yew why. The old man done 'lowed that yew hadn't no papers tew show that yew had paid any money, didn't he?" "Yes, he said so, but I know that we did, and we will find the papers yet, Jed Ransom!" with spirit. "Huh, yew won't dew it without -I help yew!" snorted Jed, coloring. "Yew promise tew marry me an' I'll git 'eI)'l fur ye, but if ye don't, I won't dew a thing!" "You can't get them,'' laughed Patience. "I can't, hey. ? " and Jed laughed. "Yew jes t bet I kin! Yew donno what I kin dew. The old man done stole them papers , an' I know jes t where he keeps them. Yew promise ter marry me an' I'll give 'em to ye when we go befo' the pa'son." "I won't do anything of the sort!" cried Pa tience, coloring d eeply. "You cannot get . the papers and you only want to fool me into marrying a fellow I despise. This is nothing but a trick. You haven't got the papers and you can't get them. " "I can't, hey?" laughed Jed, who was right against the clock. " I like ter know what these here things be, then!" Then Jed pulled a bundle of papers from his coat" pocket and fla shed them before the eye s of the astonished girl. "Wh_at air them, I like ter know, ef they 'ain't them same identical papers I was talkin' of?" he went on, waving the papers about. "The old man done stole 'em from yew an' I stealed 'em from him. Second thief's the be s t owner, they say. Now they're mine, but they will be your'n when--" Then a hand reached out and took away the papers, while Dick Slater said, as he stepped into the room: "When I give you them, my girl. Look them over, Patience, and see if they are all right. Sit down, Jed. You look tired. Count them all over, my girl. Jed will wait till you fini s h, won't you, Jed?" Jed Rans om, sitting in a chair and facing a pis tol in Dick's hand, looked as if he were likely to r emain there under those condition s for s ome time. The cold sweat broke out all ove r him and he trembled like a leaf never taking his eyes off Dick. The g irl ran rapidly over the papers, and at las t Patien c e said: "Yes, they are all here, captain, and all correct. The-re i s a balance of ten pounds and in teres t du e in September, and thatsettles the whole thing." "And w e will see that old Ransom gets it,'' said Dick. "Now, Jed, you may go, a nd if you s how your face in here again, you will get a horsewhip acros s it. Now b e off with you!" Jed obeyed the injunction with the greatest alacrity. ( CHAPTER VI.-Jed Has A New Plan. Jed Rans om went flying out of the cabin as if h e had been shot from it, and Dick heard the fiddling spy playing the "Rogues' March" in lively style as the Tory boy raced up the lane toward the road. He looked out of the window saw Phil sitting on the top of the fence: and. said: "Good-morning, Phil. Have you s een any redcoats this morning?" . "No; I h_ave and I think they are keepmg to their ships and the fort on the i sland. There are troops coming." "Patriot troops, Phil?" with interes t . "Yes, General Andrew Lewi s has be e n sent by the Committee of Safety t o drive Dunmore out." -"Then he will tave all the help that the L ibert7•


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND FIDDLING PHIL :Boys can give him," replied Dick. "Dunmore is an intruder and should be driven out. There is an end to his rule in Virginia, and he must decamp or be driven out by force. We have had quite enough of him." 1 Phil began playing the same air he had played when Jed ran up the lane, and Dick laughed. Then he turned and saw Patience looking at the fiddler with a peculiar expression that opened his eyes in a moment. "I think I will go back to the camp," he said shortly. "Keep the receipts in a safe place. Do you remember losing them?" "No, and I thought perhaps father might have taken th.em, although I remember his placing them in the house. When I could not find them I thought I might have been mistaken." "Well, there is no doubt that ord Ransom stole them. Jed told the truth there, although l doubt if he always does it. Well, you must be on the lookout to see that they are not stolen again, and we will see that you have the money to pay the balance." He then left the cabin, the fiddler still sitting on the fence as he went up the lane. "Let me know if anything happens, Phil," he said. "So I will, captain," and Phil was still sitting there when Dick turned the bend fo the lane. Then the young captain heard the fiddle stop, and laughed softly to himself. as he hurried on, taking his way toward the shore. "I had some such idea," he said, "but now I am certain of it. Well, she is a very good girl, and Phil will make her a good husband. He is no doubt industrious , for all his fiddling ways just now, for he has a look of great intelligence, and when the war is over will settle down and the farm worth much more than it now is." Riding on for a considerable distance, he saw the horse that Ransom generally rode hitched to a tree, and in a moment heard. voices in the bushes at one side. One of these was that of Jed Ransom. "Jed is up to more mischief," he said with a laugh, as he halted. "I must find out what it is." Dismounting. he left Major under a tree and went forward cautiously, creeping into the bushes a few rods from where the horse was tethered. Theri he went on, and soon, peering through the bushes, saw three or four rough looking boys, of whom Jed Ransom was one , sitting on g1aves in a little obscure family cemetery, smoking pipes and passing a black bottle between them. "Jed has borrowed his father's horse\ besides doing other lawless things ," murnuned Dick. "He never could have . come here in this time on foot." "Yer go tter giv e u s something for helpin' ye, Jed," said one of the boys. "Well, I spect ter, don't I?" sputtered Jed: "I don't s'pose ye' d do anything fur nothin', I don't." "What yer goin' to give us?" asked another. "I'll give ye twenty shillin' apiece. I won't get nothin' till I'm married ter the gal." "Oh, that's the new plan, i s it?" thought Dick. "It's really the old one, however, in a new dress." "No, I s'po s e you won't, but how d'yer know 1he w ill marry yer?" "She's gotter!" said Jed, fiercely. "If I tote her off when they ain't no rebels nor no one to help her, and have the pa'son ready, she'll get spliced, I reckon. It'll uther be that or git pitched inter the crik, an' she. won't want that I She's gotter marry me, an' if you uns help me tote her off, it'll be all right." "Yer gotter give us the thutty shillin' fust, Jed," said one of the boys, doggedly. "I didn't say thutty, I said twenty," growled Jed. "Wull, we want thutty, don't we, boys?" "Yus, an' we'er goin' ter git it!" said all in one breath. "Then I'll git some other fellers what'll dew it fur ten. I done offered ye twenty, 'cause I thought that was plumb gen'rous, but I'll be dingblamed ef .I'm goin' ter be robbed!" "That's an end of the matter, I fancy," thought Dick, creeping away without being discovered. Getting Major, he went back. a few rods and then went dashing past the place where the Tory boys were hiding at a gallop. He heard a chorus of startled cries as they hid behind gravestones, but went on as if he had known nothing of the boys being there. "That will give them one start," he laughed, "and in a few hours they "will have another." Then he rode on mile after mile till at length he came in sight of Gwyn's Island and the British fleet. "A few good guns trained upon the .fort will do much toward making it untenable,'' he muttered. "If I only had two, I would send the Liberty Boys here and pepper away at those fellows." Dick Slater was an expert gunner and would have liked nothing better than to erect a small battery on the shore and pepper away at the fort, as he had said. He left Major in a good hiding-place and crept along cautiously in order to get a better view of the works and of the position of the vessels at anchor in the bay. "His position is good until some one comes along and opens fire on him with some good artillery," he murmured, as he went on. "A couple of good batte1ies would soon reduce the fort to subjection in spite of the ships, and I only wish I had the guns ! " So interested was Dick that he took little note of how far. he had advanced nor of the pres ence of enemies. "Oh, you would, would you?" sputtered some one, and in an instant half a dozen redcoats rushed upon him from before and behind, and he was a prisoner. "By George l I verily believe it's the saucy young rebel we caught the other day!" cried one of the redcoats, and Dick recognized one of the officers whom they had made to dance in so lively a fashion. "Ah, how do you do, captain?" said the young patriot. "Have you done any dancing since I saw\ you? You showed such grace on that oc casion that I should very much like to see you repeat it..:'. "By Jove! I don't know what the saucy fel low is talking about!" sputtered the redcoat. "Dance? Why, I have not danced in ten years!" "Till the other day," laughed Dick. "You remember me, you know. That was where I saw


' THE LIBERTY . BOYS AND FIDDLING PHIL 9 you, when yoq danced. Yes, and the gentleman behind you was with you on that occasion," with a grin. The other redcoat had tried to hide, but Dick had seen him and now exposed him to the rest. "What are you doing here, you impudent young rebel?" demanded the captain. "Don't you kno-..y that you are within our lines?" "I believe that you are at present in possession of these parts," replied Dick, "but as you heard what I said when you interrupted my meditations, you must know why I am here." "You saucy fellow, you spoke of my dancing, but we will make you dance very spee dily, and upon nothing. You are a spy, and, as such, are condemned to death. " "Oh, then you are judge and jury, are you?" dryly. "Why not be the hangman? You will save employing s ome one else." "Sir! do you mean to infer that I look like a hangman?" snapped the other iras cibly. "I did not say s o," shortly, and the redcoat colored more deepl y than before. "Take the young rebel to the quarters," he . snapped. "He will be hanged as soon as any one come s . ashore from the ships." . Dick was then taken up the road to a little old farmhouse, which a number of the redcoats had taken as their quarters, and put in a room at the front of the ground floor vvhere he could be readily seen by the guards without. "I cannot stay here too long," he said to him self, "for I must be back to the log cabin in the lane in time to meet Jed Rans om and give him another surprise." Then he walked up and down, thinking up. a plan, of e s cape, fo r he did not to stay in the house till s ome one arrived from the ships in the bay. CHAPTER VIL-How the Plan Worked. There were t\vo windows in the room where Dick was a prisoner, one in front and one at this side, the room being a corner one. There was guard at the front of the house and one at the side, each marching up and down, and having nothing to say to one another. Dick walked up and down a few times, now stopping at this window and now at that, always at such times as the sentry was passing. "It is just as well that they should get used, to my being here," he said to himself. There was a sentr)!' in the hall outside also, as he could tell from hearing the constant tramp of heavy feet. "They are bound to keep me here," he said to himself with a laugh, "and it is all the more imperative, therefore, that I should get away and turn the laugfi upon them." The door into the hall was locked on the outside, but there was a door into some other bedroom or the kitchen, and Dick examined it. It . was locked, but it was not a well built door, and with a little persuasion Dick succeeded in forcing it and making but slight noise about it. The next room was a small bedroom, and. Dick quickly stepped into it and removed a number of feather pillows from the bed, going back at once to make his periodical appearance at first one and then the other window. "That will do very well," he said, as he stepped back and removed his coat. This he buttoned over two of the pillows and placed it in a chair. Then he went back for another, wedged it in at the collar of his coat and put his hat upon it. He now placed hi s dummy figure in a chair just enough back from the window to give the appearance .of some one sitting there. Even if one of the sentries were to come to the window and in, the place was not light enough for him to detect the deceit. "That will do very well," said Dick, "and now to get away from this place s o as to keep my appointment with Jed Ransom :ind his cronies . " The redcoats had not disarmed him, thinking him so safely in their grasp, and he was still provided with the means of defense in case the enemy discovered his escape. Going through, he saw that there was no one in the dooryard back of the house, although he could hear the sentry in the hall outside. He raised the window cautiously and dropped outside where there was no one to see him, and getting over the necessity of going through the hall. "That is all right," he said, and in a moment he was hurrying toward the barn, quickly putting it between himself and the house. Then he hurried toward the road, keeping out of the way as long as there was any danger. Major had not been discovered, and he called the intelligent animal to him, quickly leaping into the saddle and riding away. Once he looked back before he lost sight of the ships, and saw a 'longboat putting out from the Dunmore, the former Gov ernor's fiayship, manned by blacks and whites. "There will be something learned about me in a short t'me," Dick laughed as he went on at a good speed. "Somebody will get a wigging for letting me go, I can tell them." On he went, losing sight of the ships at length and hearinr no outcry which would indicate that this escape had been discovered. "There is still time enough to camp and then go back," he declared as he rode on. and taking a road which WO\)ld not bring him pas t the graveyard, he went on at a still livelier gait. The boys were greatly surprised to see him coming into camp without either hat or coat, and wanted to know the reason. "Well, I learned a few things about .the enemy's po s ition," he replied, "but in doing so I found it necessary to leave mv coat and hat behind." "Jove! here is an adventure, I'll wager anything," laughed Mark. "Tell us all about it." "There were two of them, in fact," rejoined Dick, /'and I shall invite some of you to attend a weading th:s afternoon." "A wedding?" asked Mark. / "Well, somebody thinks there will be on e , " with a l augh, "but I am of a differen t opinion." Dick then tol<;i of the scheme of Jed Rans om to get hold of Patience, and how he meant to cheat the Tory rascal. "Some of you had better come along to see the fun," he added with a laugh, "and h e ln t"I ' give Jed the thrashing I threatened him with in ca s e he ventured about the house, again." "If you call for. volunteers, will get ::i 11 the Liberty Boys to go with you/' chuckled Mark. There was :;>lenty of time to get t o the log cabin in the lane :md the boys had their d inner:i


1'0 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND FIDDLING PHIL before they set out. B esides Dick, there were Ben Spurlock, Sam Sanders on, Arthur Mackey, Will, Phil Waters, Paul Ben s on and Frank Belden, which young patriot captain !!onsidered quite enough to ca-rry through the business on hand. They went on horseback, taking a road which w ould prevent their meeting the Tory rascals, and got to the cabin s omething ahead of the time set by Jed and the rest. The patriot girl and her mother were surprised to s ee them ride up and Patience asked, anxiou sly: "There isn't any trouble, is there, captain?" "No, there won't be a bit," laughed Dick, "but there will be a lot of fun and some of the most surprised Tory boys you ever saw." "Dear me, what is it all about, captain?" asked Patience, her curiosity aroused. "Put the boys in the barn or up in the ganet," Dick said, "and fix me up with one of your frocks so that I will look like you-from. the window, of course, and then I will tell you about it." The boy s were put in convenient places here and there, and then Patience gave Dick one of her frocks, a little shawl, and a cap for his head. "Now keep out of the way," he said, as he went and sat at a window with s ome knitting in his hand. "I'll go in the cupboard as s oon as I know what is going to happen," the girl answered with a laugh. "Well, Jed Ransom and some of his cronies are coming here at three o'clock to run off with you, bringing a parson along with them, and are going to force you to marry Jed. That is, they think that they are, but they have no idea that I overheard their plans." "Why, the impudent fellows!" cried the girl, indignantly. "Make me marry him, indeed I Why, I wouldn't have him now if there wasn't another man to be had in all the world!" "Hurry, I hear some one coming," said Dick, and Patience hurried away, her mother remaining in the r oom and going on with her work, being plainly seen from the lane. . All at once there was a rush of footsteps in the lane, and then Jed Ransom and five or six others came dashing into the house. "Patty Windham, you gotter marry me this minnit!" cried Jed. "Come on, pa'son, ye don't need no banns nor nuthin', all we want is a specia l license, an' we got it! Come on now, no nonsense!" Dick got up, and, his back being to the light, his identity was not immediately dhicovered. The mother screamed, and Jed ran forward to seize the suppo sed Patience, having no idea of the trap into which he was running. Then, as he was about to seize Dick, the latter struck him a blow on the breas t which sent him to the floor in an instant. In another moment Dick s ounded a shrill whistle, and. in at different door s came four or five Liberty Boy s, som e remaining without. "Jerushy! but yew can hit amazin', Patty Windham!" gasped Jed. "Ye gotter marry me just the same, though, for I've made upGash!" The exclama 'd on was brought out by the sud den sight of the Liberty Boys entering the room. In a moment Jed's companions were kicked out of the doors or thrown out of the windows, whichever was most convenient. Dick then threw ar.ide his frock, cape and cap, and at the same moment Patience h erself came out of the closet. Jed's face turned white and flabby in a moment, his jaws dropped, he trembled in every limb, the cold sweat breaking out upon his forehead and -hands in great drops. He tried to get up, but sank back on the floor in a state of utter collapse from his terrible fright. " I said I would give you a thrashing if you ever came here again, Jed Rans om," said Dick, "but you are not worth it. You are too con "temptible a coward for us to waste a thrashing on. Get out of here before you are kicked out, and if you are found in the neighborhood by to morrow morning, either you or your rascally father, you will be taken out and flogged, both of you. Go!" -Jed disappeared quicker than he had done at the time when Dick had secured the receipts and without saying a word. Then the boys laughed, and Ben said, with a grin: "Well, I thought I'd have a chance to get in at least one crack at the fellow, but I didn't." "It w ould be positive cruelty to touch such a sneaking cringing fellow as that," declared Sam. "Why, the other fellows had more grit than he had." "You can't expect grit in a sneak like that," muttered Ben. "It would be contrary to reason." "And the idea of my wanting to marry a fel low like that!" exclaimed the girl. "You wouldn't be a daughter of m ine if you would," echoed he mother. "We marry men, we do!" "I think that Jed has had his lesson," added Dick quietly, "and we will not be troubled.fur ther with him. What we want to attend to now is Dunm

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND FIDDLING PHIL 11 camp were greatly amused as well as interested in hearing of :Cick's adventures, and als,o in what the fiddler had said about General Lewis. "Then we shall have something to dor." declared Ezra Barbour, one of the boys, "and we will all be of that." Dick and Bob, shortly set off again on horseback with a few of the boys to get more of an idea of the enemy, and perhaps see something of General Lewis. "Fiddling Phil said he was coming," observed Dick, "and we may see something of him." . Riding on t-0 the cross-roads where Sam and the rest had made the redcoats dance, the young captain went off on one road and sent Bob by the other. "Be careful, Bob," he said. "Don't go to getting into any trouble, for you will be alone and there will be no one to help you out of it." "I won't," laughed Bob, and he rode on, keeping a watch ahead of him and listening for any suspicious sound. . Shortly after he had parted from Dick and the b-Oys, Bob was followed by Patience Windham 'On horseback, being on "the way to visit a neighbor, who was said to be ill. She caught sight of Bob, altp.ough he did not see her nor even suspect that she was anywhere about. There goes the lieutenant," the girl said. "Spy ing on the redcoats, I suppose. Well, I hope he won't get into any trouble." Going on till quite near the shore, Bob left his bay in the woods and started forward to have a look at the enemy. In a short time he ran into a boy who was one of those that had been with Jed at the time they tried to run off with the girl. '-"Rebel!" yelled the Tory boy. "I'll 'rebel' you!" growled Bob, da1-ting forward. The boy ran, and in another moment Bob suddenly found himself in a regular nest of redcoats. "That's Dick Slater, the rebel spy!" shouted the boy, and Bob was surrounded in a moment. "Oho, this i s a fine capture," exclaimed one. "You won't get away from us, my lively fellow." Bob saw little use in disclaiming that he was Dick, for the redcoats would not believe him, and even if they did he was patriot and a person to be detained. "We will take good .care of you, my fine young rebel," said another. "You slipped away from us the other timein the most mysterious fashion, but you don't get off now." "No, we'll take him out to the Dunmore and stick him in the brig," declared tlje first, "where I warrant he will not escape till we are ready to hang the fellow." Then the redcoats marched Bob off to the water, where there was a boat from one of the ships waiting. Now Patience Windham had come up in time to hear the redcoats declare that they would hang Bob, and 1eined in her horse just in time not to be discovered. -"Dear me! they've got the lieutenant after all," she muttered, slipping out of the saddle. Then she tethered her horse in the bushes out of sight from the road and hurried on. She saw Bob in the grasp of the redcoats, but could not signal to him that she was near nor get a sight of her face. "I wonder what they are going to do with him?" she muttered, following not too closely, as she feared to be seen by the iedcoats. \Sh saw them take him t o the boat, put him in, 'and row out toward one of the ships, and even saw which one they took him to. "Dick told menot to, get into trouble, and her I have gone and done it the first thing,'' he mut tered. "How are the boys going to know anything about it? I shall simply have to help myself out of the scrape alone, just as I got into it." Reaching the vessel, Bob was taken on deck where an under officer who had the deck watch at the time saw him. "This is Dick Slater, the rebel captain and spy," said the leader of the redcoats. The name of Dick Slater was not so well known to the officers of the navy as it was to the army, and the officer said : "Ah, yes, a rebel spy, eh? Well, take him below. Sergeant!" to a sergeant of marines, "put this fello w in the brig until his affair can be investigated." The sergeant and a fat marine took Bob to the brig, or ship's prison, on the deck below, and locked him in. "Well, this is a prety how-d'ye-do," muttered Bob, when he was left alone. "What am I going to do next?" CHAPTER IX.-A Brave Girl to.the Rescue. Although Bob did not know. it, he had a friend working in his interest and one who was determined to ' do all she could to free him. Pa tience had seen him taken off to the ship and now she iesolved to lose no time in getting him out of his difficulties. There was no time. to go off and get the Liberty Boys, as Bob might be hanged before she could return, and she made up her mind, therefore, to act upon her own responsibility and to do it without delay. The ledcoats had not seen her, there were boats on the banks and she knew how to manage one, time pressed, and something must be done, and she. set herself ab-Out doing it at once. She looked about her, wondering how she could do it There she was, and the1e were the boats, but what could a girl accomplish single-handed against a ship's crew, not counting the marines? Just at that moment her glance struck a lot of redcoats, but these redcoats were not on sea nor land, but up a tree in the air. Instantly her face lightened, and running down to the water's edge, she loosened a boat, jumped in, and rowed up close in to shore till she came on a line with the orchard. Then she tied her boat to an overhanging branch, pulled it clo s e to the bank, scrambled up to the place where the trees were,_ and, greatly to her satisfaction, found that there had been pickers before her, for a ladder stood against one of the trees, and a big basket lay at tl1e bottom. was quick, and. active, and she set herself about her tas k to ship some of those apples before an inopportune interruption might occur. Fortunately the tree was loaded, and it did not take her very long; to fill the basket, which she half dragged and half carried to the bank, her anxiety regarding Bob seeming to give her extraordinary strength. Reaching the bank, she


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND FIDDLING PHIL dumped her apples out' of the down incline into the boat, not carmg if the fruit were injured in the process of shipping under the exacting condition s . Twice more she brought the basket full to the edge of the water, fearing t o wait too long, although she had expected to make one more trip, but just as she was about to return the fourth time, she saw a man's head over the fence. Dropping the basket, she fell to the ground, hoping that she had been unob serve d, but her precaution was u se less, as she had evidently been seen first. "I don't care," she muttered to herself, "if I have been seen, they won't catch me nor get back the apples, for {hat will be my excuse to get up to the ship where that Liberty Boy is a pri s oner." She kept hi.:ddled in the grass, hoping that the man wou l d not attempt to find her, but she was disappointed, for she heard the >crackling of brush under quick running feet. She wriggled her way through the grass t oward the boat at the foot of the bank, and had almost reached the place where it was awaiting her when she heard a call. She kept in wriggling, and then she ,heard a pe c uliar whistle as if some one were fiddling. The color returned at onc e to her cheeks, ;:ind she gave a sigh of relief, as she exclaimed: "It's Fiddling Phil!" Rising to her feet, she called out: " Hey, you Phil, come here and help me!" . "That was what I was trying to do, when you kept getting away from me," he replied. "What are you doing, anyhow?" Then she q ui ckly told him of Bob's capture, and of her sc heme to board the boat by means of her cargo of apple s to find out how Bob might be helped. ,.. "There i sn't time to go after the Liberty Boys," she said. "Something has got to be done at on ce. Help me fill my boat, and then y ou go for Captain Slater,. and in the meantime I w ill se e what I can do." Between the two it was not long before Pa tience had quite a fair si zed load of fruit, and then she pulled off, while Fiddling Phil started on his que s t for s ome of the Liberty Boy s. The boat lay out in the middle of the river, but it was the work of only a short time for Patience to pull up alongside . Puttin g her hands to her mouth, she gave a prolonged call . In a moment a -face was peering down at her from the ship's rail. "Have some fine apples? All s ound-and perfect." "Wait a moment," and the face disappeared, t o reappear so on after with another be s ide it. As s oon as Patience saw the sec ond face, which was crowned by a midshipman's cap, she aimed an apple at the aforesaid cap, knocking it off. "You saucy girl!" sputtered the indignant y oun g gentleman, and then catching sight of the pretty face below, hi wrath cooled quickly, and he told the sailor to get a basket to . bring up s ome of the girl's apples. A ladder was lower ed, down which the sailor scrambled with hi s bas ket, which Patience helped him to fill, the watching operations from ab o ve, trying to devise some means by which he might get the girl herself o n board. It see med t o Patience that they going to take a n her apples, which she meant they should not do, for they gave her an excuse for keeping about the ships. While the sailor was taking the second basketful, she caught the eyes of the midshipman, and sat there gazing at him in apparently open-eyed admiration. . "Isn't he just fine!" she murmured, loud enough, however, for the young lieutenant's ears. "Ain't his clothes too pretty!" "Perhaps you would like to see them nearer?" he asked, seizing the opportunity at once. "May I come up, mister?" l'!.nd before he had time to answer, Patience was climbing up the ladder. The midshipman gallanty held out his hand to help her on board, and as she stepped foot on deck, leaned' over and tried to kiss her. Pa tience snatched her hand from hi s in an instant and as quick as though s topped, picked up the baske t of apples that the sailor had jus t deposited on deck, and emptied its contents over. the young gentleman's auburn locks, for he had gallantly doffed hi s head covering when he had bent over t o ki ss her. Patience, as.. said once before, was young and vigorous, and those apples were flung over his head with no uncertain swing, and while he was recovering his rather suddenly dispersed wits, Patience was looking about her, and taking in as many detail&"" of the p osition of things as the brief time allowed. If Bob c oul d only get on deck, and she be on hand, he might be able t o thro w o ff his guards and drop into her boat. "What do you mean b y treating an _ o fficer in the King's navy in that scurvy m anner!" the middy exclaimed, when he had succeeded in recovering his equilibrium and power of utterance. "What do you mean by treating a maid whom you invited on board in so sc urvy a manner?" she retorted, and then she began to laugh, and showed s u ch pretty te.eth, r o s y lip s and roguish' dimples, that the young fellow could not keep mad, but laughed with her in spite o f himself. "You did look s o funny!" she gasped at length, and then asked seriou s l y : "Are you in charge here'!" By this time the. attention of others on deck was attracted to girl, and. Patience seeing that she was becommg the obJect of too much attention, quickly climbed down the ladder into her boat, loosening the rope, and. dropping behind with the rest of her load of apples. She had very little knowledge of warships, and did not know in what part of the vessel prisoners were kept, but as she was looking at the sid e o f the s hip, she saw a porthole that was. protected by iron bars, and at once divfoed that probably was where prisoners were confined. She stopped rowing, and gave a low whistle, such as she had heard s ome of the Liberty Boys give in signaling one to another. In a moment a face appeared at the barred port-hole, the whistle was answered, and Patience recognized Bob' s face. She rowed up the stern of the vessel as near as she dared, and whispered: "What can I do to help you?" "Who sent y ou ?" asked Bob. "Do the Liberty Boys know of my capture?" "Not yet, but Fiddling Phil has gone to tell them. I was afraid to wait, thinking they might do s omethin1' to you before they could get here.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND FIDDLING PHIL 13 Can't you jump :;verboard, break !luough t ho se bars or anything?" she asked anxiously. "N'O I can't break the bars," replied Bf)b, "but I might jump overboard if I were on de ck. " "What i s that? Is that the roof of the ship?" "Yes, you might call it that?" a laug h, despite the seriousness of the s1t uat10n. "Do you expect to go there?" Patience a s ked, anxiously. "I might," said Bob. "The captain will want to see me, I guess." "What does he want to see you about?" . "He'll want to know what, we are gomg to do, I guess, and he may think that I will tell him." "But you won't?" anxiously. "I should say not!" decidedly. "What will he do then?" eagerly. "Hang me, I guess. Dunmore a.nd hi s people are not particular a s to such thmgs. ;i'hey'll say I am a spy and a rebel, and they don t have much iegard for either." "But I mus t do something," the girl murmured. "You boys done a Jot for me. Is the captain far away?" "Not very. We separated, and then I was nabbed." : "Yes I saw that but I did not see the captam. no think he 1is near? Oh, I wish I had gone to find him first!" "It's all right, my girl,'' said Bob. "So were looking for me, were you? Well, I thmk it is likely that they will send for me s oon, as I have not seen the captain nor any, one yet. Hang around the ship and for me. The captain's cabin is on the other slde . Watch there. I will jump overboard the fir s t chance I get. There is not much time to sunset now, and I think they will send for me, shortly." "All right, I will." Bob turned away at that moment, and then looked back, and said in a low , cautious tone: "Sh! they are coming after me! Watch for me on the other side." Then Bob disappeared, and Patience rowed slowly away. The young lieutenant was right, for in a few moments the door of the brig opened and two marines appeared. "The captain wants to see you," said a sergeant. "Well that is a great privilege," Bob returned. "ls he man of good character? I am quite particudlar as to the people I meet." "Well if that isn't impudence!" muttered the sergeant, astonished by Bob' s lack of reverence for the service. "In the captain?" Bob returned, with a chuckle. "Well, perhaps it is, but we'll overlook it t?is time. " "M'm! maybe you'd object to seeing me, lad?" said the sergeant. "Dunm'bre?" said Bob. "To be sure I w ould. He is a little worse than the captain. In fact, I know little about him, but Dunmore is a man I have no respect for." "Well, I declare!" said the sergeant. Bob walked between the two marines to the marine deck, and to the captain's cabin aft on the starboard side. Here he saw Lord Dunmore and a yompous looking officer whom he took to be captain of the ship. "You are Dick Slater, the rebel, I believe?" said Dunmore. . . . "Then you believe anything," replied Bob, looking about him. "Do you dare to deny it, you rebel?" "Certainly. What is there in that? I am not Dick Slater. I am the lieutenant of the Liberty Boys . Arn I in captain's uniform?" "You could have charged uniforms with the lieutenant. I understo od that you were the•cap tain of this band." "I am not, nor am I a rebel," declared Bob, glancing abod him. There was an open -port just alongside the eaptain, and it was big enough for him to pass through difficulty. In a moment Bob had made up hi s mind. CHAPTER X.-Making Ready for the Fight. "What are you if you are not a rebel?" de manded the captain in an angry tone. "A patriot and a free man!" said Bob. At the instant he darted through the open port and disappeared in a moment. "By George!" exclaimed Lod Dunmore. " Seize the rebel!" cried the captain, starting to his feet. "After him, he must not escape!" The sergeant took the captain's words literally and said to the man with him: "You 'ear, Opkins? Out there with you!" Now Hopkins was a good deal stouter than Bob E stabrook, and what was easy for. the latter was impo ssi ble for him. "Hout of the port, sergeant?" he asked. "Bless yer 'ea1 ,t, sir, I could never do it!" "Jove! I don't believe you could!" and the sergeant on de ck sounded an ala-rm. The splash made by Bob when he had reached the water had been heard by the m idshipman, and he had at once run to the side of the ship. Then he saw a boat shoot out from the sid e, and in another moment a head appeared and some one was s een swimming. "By George! I believe the lass was the rebel's sweetheart!" the midd7 exclaimed. "She's a plucky girl, and I am not saying anything yet." By the time the sergeant got l>n deck and gave the alarm, Bob had climbed into the boat. He quickly threw off hi s coat and waistcoat, seized the oars and began to row vigorously. "Ilalio!" shouted the sergeant, "there they--" Patience had gotten rid of all her apples, and she now caught up three or four of them and hurled them with considerable force one after another at the sergeant. One entered his open mouth and stopped his utterance, while another took him on the no s e, others flying about him in lovely style and causing him and several marines to beat a hasty retreat. "Jove! but she is a clever girl and handy one with something to throw," laughed the middy. "There they go, in the boat!" yelled the ser geant at length. "Hallo; turn out there, marines. Get ready the boats!" "Donkey!" muttered the midshipman, "what has he to do with giving orders?" Orders were given and the boats were lowered the middy going in one of them.


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND FIDDLING PHIL "They won ' t learn anything from me, " he s a id . "The girl is a clever las s and is doing this for her sweetheart, and I ' ll do naught to make the cours e of true love run less smooth." He knew better than any one where the boat w a s , but did nothing to help on the search, and Bob had advanced a con si derable di stance befo r e h e was di scov ered. The boats put after him, but m e t with a sudden check. Dick Slater. had not b een as far away as Patience and Fiddling Fhil had supposed, and the fiddler had found him in about ten minutes. He told Dick of Bob's plight i n a few word s , and the young captain said promptly: " We must get him out of thi s, but we will n eed more boys. There are some of them on the r o a d across from this: Can you reach it soon ? " " Yes, captain," said Phil. . "Then make haste and return with them." " You will find boats on the shore near the a pple orchard, should you want them," said Phil. "Ve1y good . " Then Fiddling Phil hurried away across country, \vhile Dick made all haste to reach the shore. He found the boats, .and glanced out across the water at the ships and at Gwyn's Island opposite. , "The fiddler did not tell me what ship Bob was in," he murmured, "hut maybe he did not know. It will very likely be the Dunmore, how e ver, as that is the mo:::t important, and Bob is a good capture. They would not take him to one of the other, I don't fancy. He must be on that one." There were no redcoats on shore at that time, but the ships were no doubt keeping a lookout, and it would not be safe for him to go out upon the water in the uniform he then wore. "When it gets a bit darker there will be a better chance," he said to himsel f, "and by that time the boys will be here." . . The boys arrived, piloted by Fiddling Phil, and b y this time it was growing darker and they were less likely to be observed. The boys went out, and shortly heard an alarm from the Dunmore and knew that Bob had escaped. They went on, and at length made out Bob and the girl coming toward them. Then they saw the ship's boats giving chase, and Dick said: "Pull ahead, boys, and let them have it. They won't know but that a whole ftotilla of p atriot boats is after them." The boys pulled ahead, and sho1tly began fire upon the pursuing boats, Dick sounding a shrill whistle, w hich Bob understood in a mo ment . "There i s Dick! " he e x claimed. "Phil has found hi m s ooner than he thought, and he and some of the b oys are coming to o u r aid." The bo.ys were h eld in, and Bob w en t on .faster ihan b e fore. Then Dick hailed him again, and in a s h o r t time joi ned him, a ll going toward shore a s rapidl y as they coul d . They sen t a xattling vo1le y flying in direction of the Dunmore's boats, and then kept on, striking the sho r e at the near e s t point. T hey were speedily Jost i n , t h e gathering gloom, l:ur'.rying on toward w he1 e they had left their horse s , Patience having left hers not far from where Bob's bay was stand i ng. "Come up with me, Phil," said the girl, with a blush which no one saw in the dusk. "No, I am not going that way," said the other. "I w ill see you soon again," and he disappeared in the woods. The boys rode on at a good speed, dro pping Patience at the lane, and going on rapidly in the d i r ection of the camp, which they at length rea ched to the delight of all the boys there. They knew that something had happened by Bob's clothing being wet, and then it was later than they had expected to see Dick, and all these things told them that there had been something going on, which they desired to know some thing about. At supper Dick and Bob related their adventures, every one being highly interested. "It is likely that Lewis will be here before long," Dick continued, " a n d then if we do .not make the redcoats dance, I am very much mis. taken." " We'll stJnd them dancir.g out of the place," sputtered Bob. "Virginia is the home of patriots and there is no more room for redcoat here than there is. in New York, and we are bound to drive them out." At this the boys all cheered, for every one agreed with the spirited young lieutenant and were eager and willing to help him carry on the good work. Things were q_uiet in camp that night, but early in the morning Dick was awakened by hearing a fiddle playing not from from his tent. . "There is Fiddling Phil!" he exclaimed, jump , mg up. He has somethmg to tell me, I am certain." Hurrying on some of his clothes, Dick put his head out of the tent and said to Sam Sander son, who w a s passing: "Go and find the fiddler, Sam, and bring him here. I am certain he has sonie news." "Very good, captain," said Sam, saluting and then hurrying away . . By the time Dick was dressed, Sam returned with the fiddling s py. "You have news, Phil?" the young captain asked. . "Yes, captain. General Lewis has arrived and is getting ready to put up batteries opposite Gwyn's Island to dri ve out Dunmo1e and the red coats." "Good!" cried. Dick. "Now there will b e more work for the Liberty Boys. Go and t ell the general that I w ill a wait upon him in a short time." " All right, captain." . "Get a hors e, Phil. You will save time. " "Very good, captain," and the queer fellow ran off, the boys hearing the sound of his fiddle as he rode a way a few moments later. / Dick had his breakfast, and then, with Ma1'k and a dozen of the Liberty Bo y s, he set off .to see General Lewis and offer his s ervices to help dri ve Dunmore from G wyn's Island and dis, perse the redcoats. Ger.era! Andrew Lewis was a n Irishman who had settled in Virginia, and with fiv e brothers had engaged in the French and Indian wars. He was a major in Washing' t on' s Virginia regiment, and was highly esteemed for his courage and skill, being recommended by t he commander-in-chief as one of the major-gene r al s , but w a s overlooked. He accepted the office


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND FIDDLING PHIL 15 of briga'dier-general, however, and a detachment of the army stationed near Williamsburg. He was a man more than six feet in. height and was noted for his great personal dignity, Dick being greatly impressed with both his look s his mannerwhen he saw him. "General Lewis?" he a s ked, when presented to the commander. "Yes, captain." "I am Dick Slater, captain of the Liberty Boys . This is Lieutenant Estabrook. I have come to offer the services of my boys, General, in any place where you see fit to put us. We are willing to serve in any capacity so long a s we are doing something for the cause." "You hold your commission from General Washington himself, I understand, captain?" with a scrutinizing look. "Yes, general,'' proudly. "I have heard of the woik that your boys have done, Captain, and also of your own prowess, and I shall be glad to have you join me in driving out the enemy." "The Liberty Boys are encamped a few miles from here, General, but if you say so we can encamp here." "It will be as well, captain," with a smile. "I can have the boys here in a litle more than an hour." "Very good, captain:" The boys saluted and rode away, and in something more than an hour later were preparing to set up their camp within easy distance of one of the batteries to be erected opposite the point on the island where the enemy were encamped. They were all eager to get to work, after making their camp, set to work helping to erect the batteries. There were to be two of these, one with two eighteen-pounders and the other with lighter guns. . "Well, Dick," laughed Bob, during the day, "you said you wished you had some guns to pepper Dunmore and his redcoats with, anq,. now we've got them." "Yes, and they will cio good work, too, Bob. This arrogant fell ow out there on his ship will shortly find himself driven out of Virginia, where he was never welc ome." The boys worked with the others in getting the batteries up, and were very enthusiastic about it, often settin g an example to the men at work with them. They s oon made friends with everybody and pleased all by the way they set to work and by their jolly, fun-loving dispo sition. Every one, from the general down to the s mallest private, liked them, and all worked together most harmonious ly. The work progressed rapidly, and by night the batteries were ready, but the general decided to defer the attack till the next morning. The redcoats had watched the work going on from the ships and from the fort, but evidently thought that the batteries would amount to little, as they made no attempt to dislodge the men while at work. The boys laughed at their indiffere nce, and Ben said, in great disgust, as he looked over toward the fort: "Now isn't that just like those self-sufficient redcoats? They don't think these batteries are going to amount to anything, and they scarcely pay any attention to us." ""\Yell, they have been surprised before now," returned Sam. ''.They did not think the batteries at Charleston were going to do any damage, but Moultrie showed them that they could all the same, and C'.rnrleston still belongs to the triots." -"They laughed at u s at Bunker Hill," added Harry, "but we made a good fight, and only for the powder giving out wouid have held the hill." "It is ours now, at any rate," Will, "and Boston is ours also, and yet they thought they were going to hold everything. " With such determined foes as these it would be no wonder if the invaders were driven out, and all felt the greatest faith in the success of the patriot arms in the coming fight. CHAPTER XI.-The Fight Begins. -... At eight o'clock the next morning, the Liberty Boys being all up and about and ready for the fight t o begin, General Lewis gave the signal for the hostilities to get under way by applying a match himself to one of the eighteen-pounders. Boom! Th3re was a tremendous report, which echoed along shore and from the hills in the rear, the smoke rising in a great white cloud. In a few moments the result of the shot could be seen, and the Libery Boys set up a tremendous shout. "Hurrah. for General Lewis!" roared Bob. "That's a shot that any one might be proud of!" "Maybe our indifferent Britishers will begin to wake up now," declared Mark with a laugh. "If they don't they will pretty soon, at any rate!" muttered Ben with a grin. The shot h ? . d been very well and proved most effective. It had passed through-the hull of the Dunmore, 'five hundred yards distant, a sec ond killing a boatswain on the same ship, while a third shivered one of her timbers, a splinter from this striking Lord Dunmore on the leg and giving him an ugly wound, be sides smashing the china on the table. The Liberty Boy s gave l'. hearty cheer, and now both batteries open ed fire upon the ships, the camp and the fort. . "They are to wake up!" shouted Bob . "I thought they would!" laughed Mark. "They will have a better opinion of us after this ," declared Ben. ' "A kick is the only hint some fellow s will take!" grunted Sam. "They'll get enough of them before we get through," sputtered Will. Terr9r now prevailed in the fleet, and the greatest confusion in the c;amp. The indifference of the British now changed to intense alarm, and the ships tried to s l ip their cables and get away, leaving the fort to its fate. Dick Slater was an expert gunner, and he shortly asked to be allowed to send in a shot at the enemy. He had already made a good impression on every one in Lewis' command, and his request was readily granted. He loaded and primed one of the smaller guns himse lf, and then, aiming it carefully, applied the match and stood back to see what effect it would have. There was a tremendous report, and the Liberty Boys watched the effect of the shot. <


1 . I 16 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND FIDDLING PHiL As the smoke cleared away a great breach seen in the stockade, which had not been there b efore, and the boys cheered lustily. "That's something of a shot!" laughed Ben Spurlock. " Oh, Dick can do anything he sets out to do," cried Bob. "He is as good in a battery as he is on horseback ," said Mark. "He is good all around!" exclaimed Sam, and the boy s all cheered again, while Dick received praise from all the gunners for his excellent shot. A little later he tried another, aiming it himself and taking care to make it a good one, although he wasted no time over it. , Boom I The gun sent the echoes rolling over the bay and up from the hills, the shot going screaming through the air and striking ;i. tent i!!side the stockad e . In a moment the tent was sent flying into the itir, the men in it running in all direc tions. They had not expected to be fired at, as the tent could not be from every point of the battery, and the redcoats thought it was safe. The boys fairly yelled when they saw the result of Dick's second shot, and a grizzled old gunner clapped him on the back and said: "Well done, my boy! I couldn't have made a better shot than that myself!" "Hurrah for Dick Slater, ' the champion gun ner!" roared the boys, and the cheers were give n with a will. Tents we.r;e overturned, great breaches were made in the stockade, and the utmost terror and confusi on prevailed in both fleet and fort. Dunmore's batteries were silenced and the stockade was proven to be most ineffectual against Lewis' guns. The firing ceased at nine o'clock, Lewis thinking that Dunmore might hoist a flag. None was see n, however, and at noon the firing was resumed, the men in the meantime having put the guns in good order and strengthened their position. The Liberty Boys taking up a good p ost, sent in several volleys from their muskets, doing quite effective work for a time. The general thought it better to rely entirely upon the artillery, however, and the boys shortly cea sed firing and patrolled the shore to prevent the enemy from coming ashore and to give warning in case they tried to escape by their ships. "Your Liberty Boytseem to be good at any sort of work, Captain Slater," declared General Lewis to Dick latei: in the day. "They have been taught to do their best wherever they are sent, General," answered Dick with a smile," and they never refuse any kind of work whi ch may benefit the cause of free.dam." "That is the way to feel, Captain," said the general, approvfugly, "and it is bound to have good results in the end." "It is the way we have always felt, General, and we never shirk any kind of work, no matter h o w disagreeable it may be, if it has to be done, and if it is going to do good to our cause." "That is the proper spirit, Captain," replied the general. Dick divided the boys into companies to go up and down the shore, some on foot and some m ounted, and to keep a watch upon the ships and on shore in order to the enemy from getting away. With Dick himself were Ben, Sam, Harry, Will and a few others, the party being mounted, but making little noise. The fight had begun, but it was not yet over, and the boy s were determined not to let the epemy escape till it was done and they had surrendered or been driven far away. It was late, the sky was dark r.ndnot a sound could be heard as Dick and his boys rode slowly along the bay, keeping back from shore a short distance lest they might be discovered even in the gloom. Suddenly Dick heard a sound like the call of a night bird, but he knew that it had been produced by a fiddle, and judged at once that Phil was somewhere about. He repeated the sound and listened for an answer, presently hearing some one gliding through the tall grass upon one side. He imitated the sound of a fiddle being tuned, and heard a low laugh. "Is that you, Phil?" he asked in a low tone. "Yes, captain," and Dick saw dimly the ou.tline of the fiddling spy as he came out upon the road. "Have you any news?" he asked. "There are one or two boatloads of redcoats coming along this way, trying to get on shore and make their e scape." "Very good. We must get sight of them. Gather some pine branches, boys, and make ready to light them." The boys dismounted and cut a number of pine branches, Dick listening

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND FIDDLING PHIL 17 "Very good," laughed Dick. "I detected it be fore, and I think I shall do so again." Then the fiddler went off in the darkness and was lost to sight and sqund in a few moments. The boys kept up their patrol .for an hour with.out seeing or hearing anything, till at length Dick heard a bullfrog in a brook not far distant. "Ligl.t your torches, boys," he said quietly. "The way to stop frogs from croaking is light a bonfire." Suddenly a bright fire blazed up on shore, and a sartled exclamation was heard. Then two boats were seen just approaching a little creek not far away. "Get out of there or we'll fire!" shouted Dick, and the Liberty Boys were seen with their muskets at their shoulders awaiting the order to fire. The boats backed away in great haste. and Dick shouted: "The next time _we hear you coming ashore, we will fire without any warning, so keep off!" There was great grumbling in the boats, but they kept away and got out of range as fast as they could. "Mind!" said Dick, "the next time you try . to come ashore we will fire upon you without a word, so bear us in mind." "Confound the meddling young rebels!" Dick heard some one say in one of the boats, "they seem to be everywhere!" It was at the darkest hour of the night, and Dick and his. boys were still on the watch, when the young captai11 heard the gentle dip of a muffled oar out on the water, and, at the sam. e moment, heard a sound like the whistle of the wind through the trees-. The latter was produced by a violin, he knew, although it was so good an imitation that none of the boys detected it. Dick imitated the sound of a night owl, and it was repeated in a moment. "Make ready, boys,'' he said in a low tone. "Fire out upon the water when L whistle." . The boys made ready and pointed their muskets to the water, although they could see nothing. Suddenly Dick gave a low whistle. Crash-roar! There was a suddenly flash of light and then a tremendous volley, all the louder for its being ,so entirely unexpected. The volley struck the sides of two boats trying to make a landing at an unfrequented part of the shore, and at once there was great consternation amongst the men. "What did ! tell you!" cried Dick. "You'll get it worse U. next time!" "Plagve take the watchful young rebels, they seem to be everywhere!" snarled one of the boat headers. Dick learned later that Bob anu Mark had stopped these same boats from landing, and the office1s seemed to think that it was always Dick who had done it: The boats put back and did not again attempt to land their men, the day dawning shortly afterward, when there would be little chance to escape in that way. CHAPTER XII.-The End of the Battle. With the coming of another day, General Lewis renewed the battle, and in the most determined fashion. He had secured a number of small boats during the night and in the early morn ing, and with. these he now meant to cross over to the island; Colonel McClanahan was put in charge of the boats, a force of about two hundred, including many of '.;he Liberty Bo ys, going in them. They set out for the island, but the enemy, seeing them coming, evacuated it before they could land, fleeing to such of their ships there were not aground. They were set on fire by order of Lord Dunmore to prevent their falling into the hands of the patriots, who might have floated and made u e of them. Thick ' clouds of smoke floated over the bay, flame s ascended fo the very topmasts, and the ships were before long pyramids of 'fire, showers of sparks and burning rubbi:;h falling around the boats as they went on. Dunmore left hi s dead and many of his wounded behind him, many of the dead being only half covered in s hallow graves, thus exposing the living to the most loathsome of diseases. The brush huts were set on fire in some manner, 'and many of the w ounded who had taken shelter in them were burned befo1'e they discovered, others crawling to the beach, where they were found and taken care of General Lewis we.s a humane man and the de a d were decently buried, the wounded being remov e d and taken car of, the. greates t indignation being expressed against unmore for thus leaving them. "It is just like the man,' sputtered Bob . who always spoke his mind freely. "He has constantly broken faith with th; s one and that, and now he goes away and leaves hi s wounded to be taken care of by the enemy. He was never true to any one and he is not now." "Except to Dunmore," said Mark, dryly. "And in that he shows his consistenrv." muttered Bob, "for he always did look out for him self." 1 Dunmore took the remnant of hi s fleet and sailed out of the Chesapeake, the Liberty Boys being unable to follow him, and so returning to-their old quarters. _ "We may get after the fellow again," declared Dick as tjley watched the ships sailing way, "for I think he will try to do ;nore mischie f along the coast. We have made the redcoats dance, at any rate, and we. may do so again." "Sure thin Oi do be hopin' ye'll not go on the wather to do it, captain dear," said Patsy, dole fully, "for Oi'll niver be able to shtand t hat at all." "For why you don'd was stood water, Batsy?" _asked Carl, with a grin. "Niver moind, Cookyspiller," shortly. "Oi don't want to go on the wather, an' that's enough for ye to know." Dunmore sailed out of the Chesapeake, but, as 'Dick thought likely, he did not leave the neighborhood without trying to do more mischief. There were some small sailing craft in the bay, and these Dick obtained, many of the boys knowing how to manage them. Then, putting thehhorses and camp equipage on board, they set sail after Dunmore, meaning to keep him in sight, or at any rate to be only a little way behind. As they were about to depart, Fiddling Phil came along and said: . "I would like to go with you, captain. I think l may be of service to you and the bovs."


18 THE LIBER"i'Y BOYS AND FIDDLING PHIL "You are welcome to go with u s , Phil," teplied Dick. The fiddling spy took his place with the boy s , having a little bundle and his fiddle, and being willing to bunk in anywhere, look after the horses , . assist in managing the ve sse l s , or do anything that might be required. The Liberty Boy s got wind of Dunmore going up the Potomac to destroy plantations, and, landing below the mouth of the river, set out across country to intercept him. F'iddling Phi l went along, but quickly disappeared, the boys knowing that he would come around when they needed him and when least expected . The boys made their camp, and then proceeded to lo ok for the marauding redcoats and make them dance as they had done before. As fir s t they saw nothing of them, but the next day some one c a me into the camp and said that he had heard they were at the plantation a few mile s from camp. D ;ck took a number of the Lil>erty Boys and set off to see if the rumors were true, meaning to send back for more of the boys in case it were so . Reaching the place where the redcoats were supposed to be, however, the b o ys not only saw no s igns of them, but none of the neighbors had heard of them. "It may be that we were misinformed," thought Dick, "and it will be as well to look around the neighborhood." The boys set out, therefore, and had g one s om e distance, when Dick saw the gleam of scarlet uniforms ahead of him. He quickl y halted. the boy s and went ahead to see how many of the enemy there might be and whether it were safe to attack them with his small party. He went on cautiously and presently saw that the redcoats were at a gentleman's res;dent, which they were making their quarters for the moment. There were a number of blacks with them, Dunmore's force be;ng compo se d of nearly as many blacks a s wh;tes, the former being relied upon to point out the pl a ces to be robbed . D ic k crept as near to the redc0ats a s h e dared, hiding behind a great tree not far from a group of redcoats, amo n g them h.e recognized the two whom Sam and Ben had made to dance . The redcoats were sitting in front of the mansio n talking over one thing and another not concerning the business of the expedition, when Dick heard one say: , "Jove! here is that fiddling fellow!" "Fire and fury!" snarled the other, t11 c 'an never lo:ik on that fellow with patience! I be lieve he is a rebef." "Aye, and a muttered the other. "He always i.ppeared when we tried to get the best of thos e saucy young rebels, the Liberty Boys , and I believe that if he is not one of them, he is working in their interests." "Let us stop the fellow and question him." Dick peered out cautiously and saw Fiddling Phil approaching, his manner being careless and not showing the least .sign of fear. He had his fiddle in a bag over his shoulder as u sual, his long hair straggled out from under his rountl hat, and his dress and hair were as careless as ever. "Hallo, fellow, come here!" called out the captain, in an arrogant tone. "I have something to say to you. Phil came forward with no evid ence of fear, and said in a careless tone, taking his fiddle from the bag: -"Perhaps the gentlemen would like to have me fiddle for them s o the black fellow s may dance and amus e them." "Hark ye, fellow," said the captain; "I believe you are a spy for the rebels, and if you are, I am going to hang yo u. " Phil s howed no anxiety or nervous ness, but answered care!essly: "What are rebels, Master Redcoat? I did not know I was one, but I might be. Is it a nonconformist, a Presbyterian o r what?" "Why, you fool, the rebels are the men we are fighting, the Americans, of course." "Well, I aE an American. I was born in Virginia. I am an Episcopalian. I s that a rebel?" "No, you idiot, it is not!" savagely. "You were with the Lilierty Boys. They are rebels. What were you doing with them?" "Playing the fiddle," rerlied Phil, carelessly, beginning to tune up, and causing the blacks to show interest. "H'm! yes, I know you were playing the fiddle, and you u s you villain, in spite of ourselves ." "The capt,,.ir said he v:anted to make the redcoats dance, r nd so I helped him. What harm was there in that?" innocently. " Oh, he said he was going to make u s dance, did he?" angrily. "Yes. I to see people dance," and Phil suddenly brcke into a lively. air that set an the blanks upo,. ti eir feet in a m oment. "Here, stop that, get out of here!" and the irate captain >.id his whip about h i m in such lively style that the blacks took themselves off in haste. "It is just as well that they have gone," mut te1 'e d Dick, for they might have di s covered me, and I want to see what Phil i s about." . "Stop that fidd!ing!" said the captain when the black had gone and Phil stopped. ."Search the fellow! the otficers said sharply. "I believe he a spy, and if he i s I w ill hang him to this very tree." "1 don't be1ieve you will," thought Dick . Two o f the redcoats seized the fiddler, while another began to go through his pockets and feel the skirts of his coat t0 see if perhaps there might be somethir. g concealed in the lining. Phil made no resistance, but nothing was found in his pockets or anywhere about his clothil;lg which would throw suspicion upon him. Just then there was heard the sound of a pig sqealing, and 1:he redcoati;; turned their heads, thinking that the animal was in the mansion. Dick knew that there was no pig at all, and the fiddler lay aside his fiddle and drew on his s hoes, having_ buckled them when the redcoats again turned toward him. "Would you like to have me play the fiddle for you to dance, masters?" he asked, carelessly, as he aros e. "No, we would not!" with a snap, "so take yourself and your fiddle away and don't com e back." "But you stopped me, masters," simply. "I was going on when you bade me stop."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND FIDDLING PHIL 19. "Well, go on now, at any rate, and be quick about it!" angrily. Phil put his fiddle in his bag and went on at the same careless gait, while Dick, slipping away without being discovered, joined him at the turn of the road. "Where are the rest of the redcoats, Phil?" he asked. ' "About a mile from here, captain. I have letters for you. and information concerning the enemy. I think we will make the redcoats dance against shortly." "You bave some letters and despatches for me, Phil?" asked Dick in surprise, as they hurried on and joined the boys. "Yes, Captain,'' quietly. "But the redcoats searched you and found nothing." "That is because they did not look in the right place, captain." XIII.-The Departure of Dunmore. The fiddling spy jumped up behind Ben Spur lock on the roart, and the boys all rode off at a gallop. ' "Have the redcoats done any mischief, Phil?" asked Dick. "They have burned bits of plantations and committed some depredations, Captain, but I think a show of force will drive them back to the ships. I have charts which will show how to reach them by shorLcuts and get in their rear in a short time." '"Very good, Phil, but I wish you would tell -me where you managed to conceal your papers so that the redcoats could not find ,them?" "In the back of my fiddle, Captain,'' with a laugh. "I have carried many an important mes sa*e in the same place." 'That is a very ingenious plan. ]')id the iedcoats nexer discover the hiding place?" "No, They have searched me often, but never the fiddle." "Did they ever look in the bag?" "Yes, often, but never in the fiddle." "How could you hide things there?" " Oh, the papers were never thick, and they took up but little room," with a smile. " No; I suppo s e not." The boys rode on rapidly, and at length reached the camp, when Phil slid back a thin panel of . wood in the back of his fiddle and revealed a shallow compartment, in which lay some thin papers folded very flat. These he removed and han.ded to Dick, who looked them over carefully, saymg: "And that is where you have carried papers and despatches, Phil?" "Yes, Captain, often." "And have never been detected?" "Not once," simply. "It is very ingenious, Phil. I have searched spies often, but I don't believe I would ever have thought of looking in such a place as that for "Very few suspect me of being a spy, captain." "No, I suppose not. Tell the boys to . get ready, Bob. We are going to make the . redcoats d a nce again." Bob ran away to execute Dick's orders, and the young captain resumed looking o ver the papers: "Of course, there is a good deal in no t being suspected. I knew that: you were a spy , but, then, you were on our side and I did no t have to search you . " "No, of course not, but the redcoats did not always suspect me, and when they did they never found anything." "Were you often locked up?" "No, they generally thought I was a fool and did not trouble themselves to do that. And, then I got them to dancing or to singing or to ing over other things, and it was not hard to get away when tl.ey did not fock me up." "No, I suppose not. I have gotten away myself often wheJ! the redcoats were thinking of other matters." "A . fiddle is a great help," said Phil, with a chuckle. "Yes, indeed. You have another name be s ides Fiddling Phil?" '!That is the most convenient one and is easy to remember," shortly. The Liberty Boys were r.ow ready, and D ick, having read over the papers carefully an d g o tten . a thorough idea of where he was goin g, se t out at the head of the troop to go in quest of the enemy. Fiddling Phil rode with the boys, who had a greater liking for him tltan ever b e fore, although they had always admired him. Away went the boys by the short cuts that the charts had mentioned, much time being saved thereby. The enemy were about to fall upon a plantation, when the Liberty Boys suddenly came up. Then the redcoats found other things to do be . s ides burning and pillaging, being obliged to defend 'themselves. '.I:hey were greatly surprised, a s they thought they had covered their tracks and that no one knew where they were. then, boys, make them dance!" cri ed Dick. .The gallant boys .bore down upon the enemy with the greatest vigor, and soon had them in retreat. They were aiiled by the peop l e of the who. had been panic-stricken at fir s t, only needmg an example, however, to do their duty manfully. Firing volley after volley as they chatged, the brave boys set the pace for t he redcoats and made them keep it. Riding with the boys, with his fiddle to his shoulder, Fiddling Phil played a lively air, and many of the black s Dunmore forgot to fight, but got to dancjng mstead. The redcoats were put to rout, taking to their boats and makingfor the ships in great haste. Then Dick and a number of the boy s made their way to the mansion where P h il had been searched, the rest of Lhe troop chasing the enemy and getting back to the At the mans ion Dick found his old enemy, the captain, and some more redcoats, the blac k s having fled at the word that the "rebels" were coming. The boys drew up before the mansi on, and Phil sat upon the fence as he had don e before. "You heard the fiddler say that I was going to make you. dance, I believe?" said Dick , with a light laugh. "H'm! I knew he was a spy,'' with a s9'. arl., •


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND FIDDLING PHIL "but how did he get to you, and how did you find your way to our men?" "By means of the papers he brought me," s miling. "But I had the fellow searched and found nothing upon him! He told you the way? " "No, he gave me thes e charts ," and Dick s howed them. "H'm! did he s wallow them?" in amazement. "No, but his fiddle did,"' laughing. The redcoat looked disgus ted, for he saw that the young man whom he had called a fool had cleverly outwitted him. "I would like to s ee you dance," laughed Dick. Then Phil p'ayed "Yandee Doodle," and before they kne w it the r edcoats were all dancing a s fas t a s they could dance, and in spite of themselve s , while the boys all laughed merrily. Dick presently signale d .to the fiddler to stop playing, and said: "Now I have made you dance, you may go with us. I do not often take prisoners , but you are too dangerous . to be allowed .at large. I am only sorry that I have not been able to get Dunmore." The redcoats were. marched off to the camp and were later. delive r ed to the general to be exchanged or given their parole as they pre ferred. Dunmo:\'.e fled from the Potomac after committing many depredations , and returned to Lynn Haven Bay. on the Che s apeake. The Liberty Boy s took the vessels back to where they had obtained them, much to Patsy's discom fiture, and took up their old camp. Dunmore, having los t a number of his vessels, and fearing to meet with more revers es, now proceeded to divide his fleet, de spatching some of the vess els to the Wes t Indies , some to the Bermudas, and some to St. Augus tine, sending booty, including a thousand s laves, to different places . Later he joined the naval force s -at New York, d i d not remain there long, sailing for England, w 11ence he never returned to the United States. He was s ub s e quently appointed Governoi of Be!muda, but was as unpopular there a s he had b e en el sewhere, and did not long remain at the p o s t. "Well, if we did not m ake Dunmore dar.ce s ome one el se d i d," remarked Bob, "and he ought to be kept dancing. " "We made the redcoats dance, at all events," l aughed Dick, "and in more ways than one." " Ye s , and it was one of the funniest sights I ever s aw." "We ll, I told the redcoats I would do it, and I had to keep my word," laughing. "That is more than they did," muttered Mark, "for they said they would make u s dance, and they did not." "They threatened me with the same thing," declared Bob , "but our patriot girl and her fiddling lover got me away, and they are still waiting for me to come back," " You are not likely to go, are you, Bob?" a s ked Mark, with a grin. After Dunmore's departure from Virginia, the Liberty Boy s thems elves went north, where they took an active part in the campaign then beginning. They saw Patience Windham 'before they left, and promised that if ever they were in Virginia again they would make an effort to see her. They kept this promise many times during the war, and always found the girl the same staunch patriot they had found her at the start. They did not see Fiddling Phil s o often, for his wanderings took him to many places and they saw little of him. He remained a spy during the remainder of the war and performed noble service for his country, meeting with many exciting adventuers while serving the caus e of independence. He often made the redcoats dance in many ways than one while he was carrying important me ssages, always s ucceeded in e scaping and getting his papers into the proper hands. He never became a s oldier, prefe;rrlng the more hazardous life of a spy, and doing good work, although he ran many more risks than if he had been in the ranks. At last at the end of the war he r.:1 urned to Viriginia and showed that he was not wedded to a roving life by marrying Patience Windham and settling down on the plantation. The g irl's father lo s t his life for his country during ,me of the later years of the war, but Pi1il tooi{ up the work of running the plantation and looked after the widow , who in later years often sat in the ch imney corner and s mile d to s ee the children d a nce to the mus ic of an old fiddle '.\ h.ich their father pla yed . Next week' s i ssue . w ill contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE WALLKILL; or, THE MINl-_ r SINK MASSACRE." Send us a one-cent stamp to cover postage, and we will mail you a copy of "Moving Picture Stories." Country Minister-Little boy, what will your father say to your fishing on Sunday? Little Boy....:... If you can wait a minute he'll tell you. He's jes t gone to dig more bait


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" 21 CURRENT GLASS DISHES THAT YOU CAN'T BREAK At the exhibition of Bohemian glass . held in January at Hradec, Kralove, Bohemia, the most novel feature was the newly invented unbreakable glas1 manufactured by a • firm at Sazava-Buda. American Consul C. S. Winans reports from Prague that the exhibit contained large dishes and casseroles for cooking purposes, retorts and vials for chemical uses . He adds that this glass is not yet infallible, as a vial which was dropped several times on the hardwood floor without breaking was finally shivered into fragments. It is claimed that this glas s will stand 2,000 degrees centigrade of heat. CLOCKS ARE LUXURIES Calendars and clocks are luxuries in Albania. The peasantry know <:mly three periods of time-morning, noon and night; and two -seasons of the year-winter and summer. Days and dates are Sanskrit to them. Nor have they any concepj;ion of distances. When a traveler asks an Albanian the distance of one point from another, he never answers in miles or kilometers, but "It is half a day; it is two days; it is a week." When an Albanian makes an appointNEWS ment, he is considered to have kept it if he comes within two or three houl'S of the time set. With the absence of calendars, the people naturally do not know their correct ages, especially those in the country districts. In this . respect the women of Albania enjoy an advantage over their sisters in foreign countries who guard so jealously the secret of their years. Often the age of an Albanian woman is unknown even to herself. BURIED IN POTOTOES Starving to death with nothing around him but food, a wayfarer who gave nis name as John Smith of Virginia, was found buiieq up to his neck in potatoes when the door of a freight car was opened. by the employees of a fruit dealing company one day recently at Sunbury, Pa. The man's arms were pinioned by the tubers and he could not move his head. Shifting of the load by the jolting of the car was the cause of h is predicament, Smith said, and he asse.rted he had been helpless for -three days . He was ravenous but had no chance of even biting into a potato, so tightly was his head pinioned. The car came from Avoca, N. Y. Stories filled with ''Pep'' inThe The ... l" he Stories: Mostly detective type, but there are yarns a mong them about under w orld characters, others based on ghostly mysteries, a nd no end of short art icles on a variety of interesting subjects. Authors: The authors now contributingthese riovelettes and short stories are peo ple who write for all the other magazines, and we are getting their very best work . Artists: When it comes to covers, we have all our contemporaries beaten a mile. The best artists in the world work for us. For proof see the beautiful illustrations inside of the magazine. And the Price Is Only Ten Cents a Copy . GET ONE. READ IT. BE A "MYSTERY" FAN. YOU WILL ENJOY IT


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" Bellville Academy Boys .-OR--. VICTORIES OF TRACK AND FIELD By RALPH MORTON (A Serial Story) CHAPTER XXII.-( Continued.) They fired several more shots, but a bark or two from the big gun of the express agent sent them to cool their heels in the underbrus h. The fireman, the agent and Dan and his room mate, now went back through the train. All was quiet once more after the hubbub, for the men had taken their leave most speedily. Dan found a big dirty hat coni;aining several watches and pocketbooks-it was dropped under a little si de seat at the end of the car-evidently put there to be out of the way during the fighting. The pe ople who had lost the articles soon iden tified their belongings, and it fortunately happened that nothing had been lost, after this adjustment. The lad's action, bringing, as it did, the attention of the bandits upon him, had interfered with their systematic winnowing of the golden wheat, among the passengers. The conductor was seriously hurt by the Italian's bullet, but a doctor came back from the s moking car and dressed the wound so that the p luck y official was able to rest more easily and forego the danger of bleeding to death. _The bullet was probed, when the train got to Bellville , where the authorities were notified. The sheriff got up a searching party to hunt for the gang of out1'aws. It was learned that the men were all laborers, who had been doing section work along the railroad, rebuilding a bridge and relaying part of the track. They had an altercation with their superintendent, who escaped with his life by a narrow !llargin. The company had refused the'fr pay the day before and that was what accounted for so ferocious a band being active in this peaceful countryside. Dan came rushing up to Sammie, while the train was standing at the depot in Bellville, dur-ing the wait for orders. "Say, I just learned that a special is being made up to go back after those rascals. Do you want to go along, Sammie?" His room-mate nodded. "Sure-we won't get into the Academy until to-morrow-if that soon, but I think we g _ot started on this well enough to earn the right to see ing the end of the capture." Dan went to the conductor, asking if he might not go back with the posse. "My boy, you ought to go down to your school right away-you are not old enough to get mixed up with these Italian road hands-they are a desperate bunch. They have nearly killed me, a.s you know; " "But we did our best," began Dan. "You certainly did. If you hadn't started the train that time", there would be a robbed express train now, and probably several lives lost. I will speak to the superintendent, who is in charge." CHAPTER XXIII. '\ Conclusion. That i s how it came about that Dan and Sam were privileged to return to the scene of the hold-up with the sheriff, and his men, in a single closed baggage car, with an engine. The other boy s returned to the Academy, where, late as it was, they told the news of the gymnastic meet, e terrific fist-battle, which ended it up, and Dan's wild adventure with his roommate, in the robbery. Needless to say the Academy lads were an excited crew during the rest of the night waiting for news. But they kept the knowledge of Dan and Sammie being absent on such a perilous undertaking entirely out of reach of the professors. The train of one car and the group of officials made rapid time back over the course. The fireman and engineer went along with thi: brakeman from the passenger train, in order to help make identifications. The crew had been changed at Bellville, and the other train sent on its way with new men. "Here's the gully," said the engineer. "This is the last plase we stopped , to scare them away. The men probably went back into the country from here." They stopped the train, but not a sign of human beings could be made out. "Where could they have gone from here?" inquired the sheriff of Bellville County. "What is the track like-does it run straight on or make a big turn?" 1 "It makes a curve, some distance up, where. there is a grade, and it runs away to the left of this angle-about half a mile from here is where these section h ands had their camp." Dan thought of an expedient, but was modest about forcing his own opinions upon the older men. "Say, sheriff," he said finally, after much dis cussion, "I would like to take a chance with my friend, Sammie B.ell, here, by getting out now and doing a. little scouting thrnugh the woods. We could find out for you if these Italians were still in their camp. Will you agree to that?" . The sheriff was surprised. "Why, yes, lads. . But you are running into a dangerous business-those fellows would rob you, e specially if you were recognized by them. They would do worse than rob you." (To be continued.) Send us a one-cent stamp to cover postage, and we will mail you a copy of "Mystery Magazine."


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" 23 ITEMS OF INTEREST COW HAS FIVE CALVES A pure-bred Jersey, owned by Hollis Williams, Regina, Can., has just given birth to five calves, all normal, weighing abou thirty _ pounds each. LONG PIGEON FLIGHT A carrier pigeon has just completed a 1,450mile flight, from Topeka to Camp Alfred Vail, :N. J., which i s con s idered one of the longest carrier pigeon flights on record. according to an announcement by officials of the United States Army Signal Corps. Major Carl R. White of Topeka, property and disbursing officer for the State, received a ' s hipment of homing pigeons from Camp Vail last month. The first of this month two,. of the birds es-caped while being fed. Blue Check H e n No. 107, one of the birds that escaped, has just been dis covered in her former training loft at Camp Vail, from which point she was shipped to Topeka, according to a letter from Ray P. Delhauer. pigeon expert at the camp, received by Major White the other day. WOODPECKER-PECKS ON RADIO POLE ON CAPITOL Elliott Woods, superintendent of the United States Capitol, is a radio expert and enthusiast and he recently got an appropriation from Congress to erect a wireless mast on the Capitol. The other day his radiophone began getting mysterious messages which were not accountable for under any circumstances. There were sundry tap.pings, dots and dashes that meant nothing under any cod'e Mr. Wood s had ever heard of. Ac cordingly, he began an investigation. The result was that a . woodpecker was found to haye built his nest in the Capitol wireless mast and to have injured the mast so that it had to be taken down. The mysterious messages were the result of Mr. Woodpecker's constant pecking on the mast. The worst of it is, Mr. Woods says, he doesn't know where he will get the money to erect another wireless mast. THE FIRST BATHTUB IN AMERICA Adam Thompson of Cincinnati, 0., is credited with making the first bathtub known to America. During ii. business trip to England he was introduced to the English way of bathing, and upon his return to America in 1842, decided to make a bathtub large enough to contain his entire body and to be filled by a tank in the attic of his home, water into it from the family pump. Pipes for hot and cold water led to the bathtub, the one for hot water coiled within the length of the chimney, through which hot air and s moke from the kitchen range passed. The tub was seven feet long, four feet wide and deep enough to hold the plumpest of persons. It was built of mahogany and lined with sheet lead. On the first Christmas Day after installa-tion of the tub Mr. Thomp!?on gave a bathtub party. a ll the men present trying out the won derful invention . This party was featured in many of the newspapers and created a se n sation. Memrers of the medical profession foui:t"ht the idea with warni'lgs that the practice was dangerous. to the hPalth, and State and citT governing bodies passer l laws prohititir>g and di scouraging the use of bathtubs. The State of Virginia pass ed a law taxing owner s of bathtubs $30 a year. In Bostr>n a law was Passed whi<'h was in effect from 1 845 to 18G2 forbidding one to take a b ath exrept Pnon ad"ice of a physician. The cities of Provide nce, Hartford and Wilmington put a high water tax upon buildi:ogs which con tained bathtuhs, and in Philadelphia a law was proposed making it unla,vful to bathe between Noy. 1 and March 1 5. This failed of passage by a margin of two votes. Send us a one-cent stamp to cover postage, and we will mail yon a copy of "Movin.,. Picture Stories." "' "Mvstery SEMI-MONTHLY 10 CENTS A COPY LATll:!'IT JSSUEl'J 94 THE MELODY OF DlUATH. hy -Jack R eclulolt. 95 THE 'J'Hl<:'K OF THE GREA:T YEN HOW by W H . • • !lll AT MORTARTTY'S, h:r Fred Fl. Shuey. 97 S'l'AR OF THE FTLMS, by .Jack Bech 98 <:'OT"NTF.RFEIT CLUES, hy C has. F. Oursler. !}9 THF, CROSS, by W. S . Ingram. 100 A SECRET SERVICE MYSTF.RY • . by Ham!lton Crn!glp nnrl Elliot Bole•tiP r. 101 A C'RDfRON PRICE. hy F.lllott Lester. 102 THE JNSPF.CTOR'S STRANGE CASE, by Gottlieb .Taco he. JO!l A MUSF.UM MYSTERY. hy Jack Ilechclolt. 104 THE LITTLE RF.D ROOK. hy Alexnniler Young. JO!\ A MAN FROM SIAM. hy Charles Fulton Oursler. 106 The Clue of the Emeralcl Ring, hy Beulnh Poynter 107 HF.LL' S HINGES, hy Hnmilton Craigie. • 108 'l'HJ1l WOLF, by Katherine Stagg. The Famous Detective Story Out Today Tn No. 109 Is THE BRASS BU'ITON By JACK BECHDOLT HARRY E. WOLFF, Publisher, Inc., 166 West 23d Street, New York City . "Moving Picture Stories" A Weekly l\Iagazlne Devoted to Photoplayo and PJayen PRICE SEVEN CENTS PER COPY Each number contains Four Stories of the Best Films on the Screens -Elegant Halt-tone Scenes from the PIPys Interesting Articles About Prominent People In the Films -Doings of Actors and Actresses In the Studios and Lessons In Scenario Writing. HARRY E . WOLFF, Publisher, Inc., JC6 Weat 23<1 Stree&. New York


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" The Indian Girl's Love By ALEXANDER ARMSTRONG Arthur Tristam had for a long time b ee n out o f health, and the only medicine he needed was recreation, and complete freedom from all ac t ive pursuits. He concluded to go to Lake Geo1'ge and visit his cousin, who lived at Caldwell. As be was sitting in the parlor of his relative, re'lding on the morning after his arrival, bis at trntion was attracted by a voice of rare sweetn e ss , which inquired of one of the servants if the ) a dv of the house wi s hed to buy any Indian goods. Excited by curio sity to see anything made by the Indians, and at the same time charme d by t he voice, Tristam went to the door. H e reached it as the young Indian girl was turning to leave, but called her back. While s he -was speaking of her wares he had time to look at her carefully. She was, indeed, very beautiful. . Tall and s lender, her additional height, com bined with her great grace of action, gave her a c ommanding appearance. "Diel the Indians make all these things? " T r i s t am asked , as h e picked up a beautiful fan made of fine wood , and ornamented with blue ribbon. "Yes , sir," s he replied; as she lifted her large, lustrous black eyes to him. "We make them all." "I believe you have nothing to-day that I want." "We . make other things," she said. "Canes , cigar-cases--" "Could y ou make me a cirgar-case something like this ?" producing a very finely-worked on e . "Oh, y , sir; easily." "Where is your encampment, that I may know where to com e and get it?" "Jus t beyond the church by the fort." "Well, I w ill call on Monday. Be sure that you don't disappoint me." Saying this, h e went into the house, while the Indian girl, resuming her load, turned her foot steps towards home. When sh e reached the camp, an ungainly woman cam e towards her, and took her pack from her, a s she in quired in a shrill, piping voice, how much sh e had sold. Zillah-s uch was the name of the girl-made no reply, but simply gave her the money she had received. "Is that all?" the squaw. said, as s he finished counting the money, and, not giving her time to answer, sh e resumed: "You're a lazy idler. Go in there," pointing to the tent. "You s _hall have no dinner to-day." Zill a h slowly moved away, and when she sat down on the ground-floor of the rude contrivance of wood and canvas which served the purpose of a tent, she drew from her pocket the cirgarcase Tristam had given her for a model and se t to work to make one like it. As she swiftly but skillfully proceeded with her task, the blinding tears filled her eye s , and her bosom heaved with some suppresse d emotion. She was not rei?retting the loss of her dinner, since she was accustomed to that; but sl\e was sad on account of something sh e could not herself de fine--a desire for something better, a longing after more civilized life. For Zillah, althoug h nothing but a poor Indian girl, had all the refined feelings of a woman, and although she had passed all her life in this se mibarbarous state, every year had only tended to increase her disgust for it, while the glimpse she had of civilization, and all the communication she h eld with the outs ide world, augmented her aversion tenfold. On the appointed day Tristam rode over to the Indian encampment. The cigar-case was fini shed; but, as he was about to leave, it came on to rain s o hard tha t he was obliged to a s k for shelter in one of the tents . The woman who had brought him the case s howed him the tent he might rest in, and then left him. It was a rude combination of a hut and tent. As Tristam was sitting in the untidy place, li s tening to the shouts of the men and the wrangling of the women, he heard a footstep behind him, and, looking around, saw Zillah coming into the tent by an opening at the back. She was about to retreat when she saw Tris tam, "but he motioned to her to enter, and, as h e relinquished his seat to her, she drew a s m a ll chest from the corner. took some work from it, an

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" 25 "No, sir." "Should you like to go to school?" As he put this question to her, the expression ef whole face changed, and she shot him a glance of intense eagerness, as she answered: "I would give all I have to go, sir! But it is impossible." _ "But it is not, if you will come here every day from ten o'clock till twelve, for I will teach you myself." For a moment Zillah's face lit up with 1oy at this unlooked-for proposal; and then she mournfully replied: "I'm afraid I can't come, sir. Ma:mmy may not b e willing." Tristam said he would go in the morning to see her mother about the matter. The next Q.ay Tristam, true to his promise, went to the encampment. When "mammy" had been pointed out to him, h e immediately asked her consent to his plan. She at first positively refused; but she was at length persuaded to let Zillah come to him at the desired hours. Tristam, having told Zillah to come on the morrow, took his departure. On the next day Zillah came at the apointed hour. Tristam found in her an apt pupil, and she was equally pleased with both teacher and studies. A month and a half rolled by, and Tristam looked forwa1d to the arrival of his pupil with more pleasure each s ucceeding day, while Zillah artlessly confessed that her study hours contained the on 'ly real happiness she experienced . * * * * * * * "Arthur," said his cousin, one d ay, "I wish you would go to the fort for me, to meet my friend, Miss Madge Edens, whom I expect from Y--this evening." Tristam ordered the carriage, and did as be was asked. He found Miss Edens without much trouble. She was a small, sprightly brunette, whose beauty lay chiefly in her hair and eyes. "Are you fond of horse-riding, Mr. Tristam?" Miss Edens asked, as they were driving home. Tristam said he was. "Then I shall claim you as my guide in roaming ove r these bills, for I think there is nothing better, if one has a good horse." After breakfast on the following morning, Miss Edens proposed a ride to Glen Falls. They accordingly set out. Zillah came t o the house at the usual time, and inquired for Tristam. "He's out!" said the servant, in a gruff tone. "WiTI be be back in a few minutes to give me my lesson?" she tremblingly asked, for' a vague suspicion had taken possession of her mind that be was tired of teaching her. "Do you suppose he would come back for the like of you? I think he's for the giving of them up entirely!" Zillah turned away with despair in her heart. How could she go back to the old life? Her whole life had. been illumined by coming to Tristam, and now to have this source of com fort cut off, and with it all the hope s she had founded of gaining some honorable position, and s o escape from the dirt and wretchedness of her home-to have all these hopes overthrown was more than she could bear, and she rushed out of the gate and up the road. She ran till she was tired, and the n she turned from the road into a large green field, and sit ting down under a huge chestnut tree with spreading branches, she let }Jer head fall into her hands, when the blinding tears she had heretofore restrained came thick and fast. She had been crying for about an hour, when a feeling of weariness came over her, and lean ing back against the trunk of the friendly tree, she fell asleep. She did not awake until the sun was sinking into the west. And then in an instant came back the remembrance of all that had transpired, and resolutely turning towards tne road, she s lowl y trudged along towards the Indian encampment. Yes, Zillah had resolved to go home; for, although, after the first rr.oment of awakening, pe 1 heartfelt disappoinment for her baffled hopes returned, sleep had given her strength to bear it, and she had decided to live the old dark life, to live as she had been born-a poor Indian. She had gone about half-way home, and was sitting on a stone by the wayside to res t. when she heard horses' feet, and looking up saw Tris tam and Madge riding towards her. As they came nearer she looked another way, and Tristam, piqued at her conduct, did not peak, or notice her in any way, but merely s aid to Madge: . "There is my Indian protege. I suppose s he displeased because ' I went away this morning. Well, s h e must not exact all my attention; that was a ll well enough before you came, but now it is different, you know." As these words reached Zillah's ears , she started up, and a strange expression cam e over her face. That moment made a startling rev e l ation to lier, for then she 'first knew that she lov ed Arthur Tristam. ? She tottered on to the bridge, and leaned against its sides for support. As she thought of Tristam's words, they see med so cold, so heartless, that her bursting heart found vent in the old cry: . "I am a poor Indian, and a poor Indian' I mu s t remain all my life." Then, with a heartrending cry, she l eaped into the foaming flood below. For a moment the water dashed her body wild ly about, and then all was quiet. By and by the pale moon rose, and bathed with its silvery light the face of the dead. But there was no dissatisfie d express ion now. All feelings of dissatisfaction, jealousy and hate had fled, and the closed eyelids, with their jetty fringes, and the peaceful parting of the lips, and the smooth, pale brow-all spoke re pose. Send us a one-cent stamp to cover posta , and we will mail you a copy of "Moving Picture Stories."


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Yoss m Hamburg. Originally it was call e d the Bi smarck and was* well on with its construction for the Hamburg-American Line in 1914. '.fhe end of this month will see her nearly completed. The Majestic was surrendered to the Allies under the treaty and was acquired by the White Star Line. PUPiLS SA7 E More thar, $52,0vO has beer.. saved by children in the local publi:: schoo l system of banking ac cording to a repcrt made the School Board by Jane ' l'illey , Supc.-intendent of School s , Tene Haute. Ind Mr. Tilley said that most of this money would not have been saved had it not oeen for tne sch ool banks , as most o:t' this amount was d eposit ed in s mall amount!', rangrng from 1 cent to a quarter. The children in the various rooms have a cer tai!l day each week on whic!1 they make their deposit . The moi.ey deposited is later taken to the various trust companies in the city and de posited for the children. \.. COULD NOT MAIL GIRL A thrifty Hollander's attempt to send his daughter from Los Angeles to Holland by parcel post failed when the Los Angeles Post Office authorities informed him the regulations would not permit them to accept the girl for transmission through the mails. A. Van Hagelund, a rancher, was the man who vi1ited the Post Office on the novel mission, and Frieda Gretchen Van Hagelund, eight years old and weighing 6 pounds, was the "parcel" he hoped t o sent to Holland. Van Hagelund told A. B. Foster, the Assistant Postmaster, that he was too busy to return to Holland him self and that he had no relatives whe c ould go with the child . Nevertheless, he wanted t o eenn ner to her grandparents in Amsterdam. BOYS OF "76" BATTLE F9Jt LIFE WITH DEVILFISH A GIANT Battling for his life fifty feet beneath the surface of l'uget Sound, Walter McCray, a diver known in marine circles from Alaska to . California, came out victorious over a giant devilfish. The monster wound its tentacles so tightly about McCray that the diver was unable to reach the knife he carries for protection. When one tentacle threatened to cut off the air supply, Mc 'cary, through the submarine tel ephone, called for a short steel wrecking bar. With this weapon he was able to pierce the body of the devilfish, and at last, with man and monster still struggling desperately, 1\lcCray was drawn to the surface by his assistant and other men called to help. While Richard Burnett, a deck watchman, stood by with drawn pistol, unable to shoo t becau s e the dive : r and the devilfish were so completely tangled, others attacked with what weapon s there were at hand, and finally the devilfish released its hold and disappeared beneath the water. .... ..... LAUGHS The Boy-Say, mi ster, they got some nice red and white candy over to the drug store. The Man-Well, what of that? The Boy-Nothin'. Only you don't look like so me stingy guys what I know. . "Ah," says the Christmas guest, "how I wish I could sit down to a Christmas dinner with one of those turkeys we raised on the farm when I was a boy as the central figure!" "Well" says the host, "you never can tell. This may 'be one of them." A boy went into a shop to' buy a cent's 'worth of nuts. The man a t the counter, a cheery goodnatured so ul, said to him: "You can them if you lik e." "All right," said the boy. You may put one or two cocoanuts in, if you pleas e." There i s a young lady who is six feet four inches tall, and she i s engaged tol>e married. The man who won her did it in these words: "Thy beauty sets my soul aglow-,-l'd wed thee right or .wrong; man wants but little here b e low but wants that little long." ' . Two boys fighting for pos sess ion of a dog, agreed to stop and let the one who could tell the biggest fib take the animal. "Shocking/' said the old gentleman, who had been watching the scrap. "Don't you know it's very wrong to tell lies? I never told one in all my life." "Well, you'se kin have der pup." ,, After a long drought, there fell a torrent of rain; and a country gentleman observed to Sir John Hamilton: "This is a most delightful rain; I hope it will bring up everything out of the ground." "By Jove, sir," said Sir John, "I hope not; for I have sowed three wives in it, and I should be very sorry to see them come up al.?"ain-''


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" 27 FROM ALL POINTS WAS AFRAID OF BANKS D i strust of banks caus ed by Joss of money in a bank failure yea1 s ago cause d Frank Steelman of'. Brus h Prairie, Wash., to bury his surplus cash in a tin can be side a certain fence pos t . He became ill recently and directe d memb ers of his family to the spot, where they uneart h e d $ 4,500 in gold coin, which Steelman distributed among his children. He has virtually recovered since the money worry is off his mind. FUR FARMING IN ALASKA Along the Southern Coa s t of Alaska are hundreds of islands of great variety in size and top og1 aphy, many of which are ideal for fox farming. Some are already in use for that purpose by men who are pionee ring in the fur industry. Ten of these i slands are under control of the Bio logical Surve y -of the United States Department_ of Agriculture, and many that are within nationa l forests are administered by the Forest Service. Persons who are raising foxes on thes e controlled islands r e ceive p ermits from the Biological Survey or fro m the Forest Service , but on the many other islands men who go into the business are merely squatters . The safety of their property depends s olely o n their w atchfulness and the strength of thei r arms . According t o the Biological Survey there is great opportunity in these wild and wooded islands to establis h fur farming extens ively. The bureau receive s many reques t s from persons interested in the industry, some of whom are now squatters, but only a few have the hardihood to go ahead on a large scale. Blue fox,es can be turned loose on some of the i slands and will thrive with little attention so long as sufficient food is available. Black and silver-gray foxes mus t be kept confined. . All thes e varieties may be rais ed s ucce ssfully on many of the i slands , but it i s believed that the blue fox will becom e the mo s t important source fur in the region. CHARMS OF DEATH VALLEY Ten years of records obtained at the United States Weather Bureau substation at Greenland 1anch in Death Valley, Cal., indicate that this i s the hottest region in the United States and probably on earth. The average of extreme maximum temperature reported to the United States Department of Agriculture since 1911 has been 125 degrees Fahrenheit. At Greenland ranch temperatures of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher occur almo s t daily July and August. The hottest month on record is July, 1917, when the mean temperature was 107.2 degrees Fahrenheit. But the temperature of 134 degrees Fahrenheit observed on July 10, 1913, is believed by meteorologists to be the highest natural air temperature ever recorded with' a standard tested thermometer exposed in the shade under approved conditions. Death Valley i s from two to eight miles wide and about 100 mile s long, lying between high mountain rang es. It_ is t}Je deepest dep1ession in . the United States, some estimat e s placin g its low e s t point at 337 feet below sea level. G reenland ranch is 178 feet below sea level. White people find the midsummer heat intolera ble, and even the Indians go up to the Panamint Range during July The normal annual precipitation in Death Val ley is less than 2 inches. Succe ssful agriculture c annot be maintained on Jess than fifte en or twenty inche s of annual precipitation witho u t the aid of irrigation. A group of springs s e r v e as the s ou r ce of irrigation water supply for G i'eenland ranch. The water has a temperature of about 100 degree s Fahrenheit and is only suffi c i ent to irrigate seventy acres. Four c r op s of alfalfa are gathered each year. The principal prod u c t of the ranch is dres sed meat, but e xperime nts are being made in raising poultI y and in growing vegetables, dates, citrus and de c iduou s fruits. GREAT STRENGTH IN TINY BODIES Probably the most wonderful feature o f a mo s quito is its muscularity. This m a y s eem a ludic rous statement, but a great surprise awaits any one who for the next time examines one of thes e insects under a glass. Size for size, a mo squito's wing muscles are equal to al1 eagle's . E ven on . a calm day a mosquito can fly 40 to 5 0 miles without a halt, and with a helping w ind three times this distance. The ordinary hou sefly , too, has astonishing wing strength. Tests have s hown that when it desires really to hurry it can "dasl'" 160 feet in a second-110 mile s an hqur, strai ght away. Imagine a man who could lift 73,800 po und s l He would have all known "strong men" of pas t and present beaten so far that compari s ons w ould be ridiculous. But that is what our average man could lift were he as strong in proportion to his s ize as a c rab; a weight of 490 times its o w n is jus t a good average lift for a crab I The mu s cles of a large oyster, too, will support a we ight of 37 pounds. A Belgian scientist found that a bee, weight for weight, was 30 ,times as strong as a hors e. It has been found that an ordinary hou s efly can lift a matchs tick, and that in doing so i t e xerts as much power in proportion to its size a s a man uses when he h o lds aloft on his feet a beam 14 feet long by 30 inches square. Even a very small bug can drag six matches-the equivalent to a man's pulling 330 beam s as large as himself. Spiders sometimes exhibit wonderful strength, e s pecially in conflict. There is a spider i n Java that i s tl\e dread of all other insects, and i t makes a web that can-hardly be cut with a knife. With spiders size is not always a measure of stren gth, but this fellow has both bulk and power. One writer states that an ordinary ant can carry ten times its own weight. Pers onally I have seen them do far more than this.-L. E. Eubanks, in Our Dumb Animals. . Send us a one-cent stamp to cover postage, and we will mail you a copy of "Moving Pidre Stories."


28 THE LIBER'rY BOYS OF GOOD A CHAPEL ON WHEELS , A number of di s tTict conferences of Northwest Methodi s t Epis copal Churche s advocate a chapel on-whe,els campaign this Sl!lmme r to cover a vast area of territory where the population i s scattered. There. 11:re hundreds of hamle t s , agricultural commum t1es and isolated place s where the Gospel is not now heard. The mounted chapels are to be constructed on trucks equipp e d with living quarters for the parson, a platform in the rear from which s e r vice s may be conducted. In the equipment will be included a graphophone with Gospel records , portable organ, books of songs and Bibles for collective r e ading. The 'first of thes e wheeled churches will lea ve Seat tle, Wash., early in May for the lumber camps above Snoquaimie . The pastor in charge of the fir s t chapel will be -a student from the. Col l(;ge of Puge t Sound Theol ogical School. WEALTHY SPINSTER FOUND IN SQUALOR Acting at the reques t of Mrs . Ali ce Clarke of Brooklyn, a niece, representives of the Woman's Bureau went to the home o f Miss Theres a C. Ryan, s eventy-one, to take her to St. Elizabeth's Hospital for obs ervation. Miss Rya n was found se a ted in a bathtub that was full of old news papers and w earing apparel, whi c h likewise covered the floor of e very room in the hou s e. Mis s Ryan has b ee n living at 1221 I street, Washington, D . C ., for many years. Since the death of her sister about 12 years ago she has lived all alone, never leaving the hou s e and communicating with no one exc ept mail carriers a nd children summoned from the street to purchas e food. An investi g ation di s clo se d there was no flow of gas in the hou s e o r any evidence of a 'fire in stov es or h eating plant for many years . Mis s Ryan obj e cte d strenuously to leaving the house . She ins i s ted that s he was in gbod health . and able to support h e r s elf, though she i s almost . too Ieeble to walk. The sight of one eye i s c ompletely gone and s he can se e only dimly out of the othe r. • . The a g e d woman i s said to p o ssess con s id erable real. e stat1 and v a luable s ecu r itie s . MONUMENT . "UNVEILED TO REAR ADMIRAL PEARY, U. S. N. A memorial to the late Rear Admiral Robert E. P eary, U. S. N., the di s cov erer of the North Pol e , on April 6, 1909, was unveiled in Arlington National Cemetery, Va., April 6, 1922 . The monument, which was erected by the N ational Geographical Society from a de sign made by Admiral Peary before hi s death, was unveiled by his daughter, Mrs. Edward Stafford. Among those present at the unveiling were President and Mrs. Harding, officers of the Army and Nav:1t, foreign ambassadors, members of Congress and well known scientists. Capt. Robert A. Bartlett, who with Admiral Peary in READING the Arctic, and Vilhypalmar Stefansson, the Arctic explorer, were among those present. The memorial consi s t s of a huge oblate spheroid of granite. On the surface are hewn the outlines of the land and water masses of the earth's surface. On one side of the supporting granit e block, upon which res t s the earth-shaped mass, is the L atin m o tto, "Inveniam viam aut faciam" (I will find a way or make one), which was a favorite quotation of the explorer. Peary's succ ess was the logical outcome of his years of prepara tion. He made the mo s t of the experience of each voyage. He establis h ' ed the most practicable route to the Pole, invented his own s ledge to m eet the local condition s , and redu c ed, d etail by deta,il, the whole problem of Arctic exploration to a science. COLUMBIA'S CLAIM DISPUTED Announcement was made recently that the total enrollment of Columbia University was 32 420 an increa s e from about 31,000 las t year. The versity's D epartment. of Public Information whi c h gave out the figures, said Columbia was lieved to be the larges t university in the world. This was di sputed the other night in a di spatch from Berkeley, Cal., the University of California claiming 43,266 . The number of undergraduates at Columbia Universary i s now 2,846, including 2,024 at Columbia Coll ege, 732 at Barnard and 90 at university undergraduates , a new status. In the graduate and profes sional school s are 8 193 students, oth_ers, 622 studying law, 3 47 161. en g me.ermg and chemi stry, 65 architecture, 142 JOUrnahsm, 318 bus iness and 13 d entistry. Teachers College has 2,222 students in the School of Education and 1,675 in the School of Practical Arts. There 583 students of phar m acy and 281 unclassified. University Extens ion has 19,9 5 3 students and the Summer sess i o n 11 , 809. The r e are 1 9 3 1 ex tram1;1ral stud_ents , 135 in Long 'College Hospital, 2 3 2 m the home study d1v1s ion and 900 in s pecial courses . The n e w p s ychological tests fo r c!rildid ates for admiss ion are said to be suc ce ss ful. The cl aim of Columbia University official s that the 3 2,420 r egis t ration o f that instituti on is the l arges t in the world was conte sted in a statement from the offic e of the President of the University of California, which puts the California figure at 43,266. . "vVe are counting no departments that are not included in the Columbia figure s," the statement said. "We are excluding the university farm at Davis and the Summe r s e ss ion, both .of which are departments of the university. _ Our extension enrollment is 22,744, and the regula r academic enrollment i s 20, 5 22. That makes 43,266, or 10,846 more. than the Columbia :figures." Send us a one-cent stamp to cover postage, and we will mail you a copy of "Mystery Magazine."


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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 -LATEST ISSUE8 -1071 'l'he Liberty Boys Out With Brave Barry; or, The B:\ttle With the 'Unicorn." 1072 • Lost Trail; 01 , The .IUMcape of Traitor. 1073 • Heating tbe Skinners; or, Clearmg Out a Bad 1074 " or, Coming Up Behind the Briti,h. 1075 " ns Scouts; or, Skirmlshmg Alj.llnd Valley 1076 " March: or. Caught In a Trap. 1077 " Defending Bennington; or, lielpmg Generni Stark. . . 1078 " 'loang Messenger; or, Storrowg the Jersey • Batteries. 1 079 .. and the Indian Fighter; or, Saving the South ern t;ettlers. 1080 • Hnnuing .h'ight or, Afte r the Reucoat Rangers. 1081 " Figbtlng Doxs'tader; or. 'l.'be Destruction of Currytown. 1082 " nnd the Miller: or, Rou tlug the Tory Band ill<. 1083 " Chasing "Wild Bill"; or, l•'ighting a Mysterious rroop. 10&1 " Hidden Swamp; or, Hot 'l.'itnes Along the Shore. 1085 " an< l tbe Black Horseman; or. D efeating a Dan gerous li1oe. 1 0 G " After the Cherokees; or, Battling With Cru. el Enemies. 1087 " River Journey; or, Down Olllo. 1088 " at East Rock or, The Burnrng of N e w Haven. 1089 " in tbe Drowned Lands; or, l'erilous Times Out 1090 " Commons; or, Defending O l d New York. 1001 " Sword Charge or, The Fight at Stony Point .. 1092 " '.A.!ter Sir John; or, Dic k Slater's Clever Ruse. 1093 Doing Guard Duty; or, 'l'lle Loss or l<'ort \Ynshlngton. 109! • Chasing a Renegade; 6r, The Worst Mun on the Ohio. . 1095 " and the Fortune Teller; or, '.I b e Gypsy Spy of Harlem. 109 6 " Guarding or, Defeating a British Plot. 1007 .. and )1ajor Da,•le; or, Warm Work in the Mecklenburg District. 1098 " Fierce Hunt or Capturing a C lever Enemy. 109!\ " Betrayed or' nick Slater's False Frtend. 1100 " on the J\Iarcb or, After a Slippery l•'oe . 1101 " Winter Camp;' or, Lively ;i'imPs in the North. 1102 " Avenged: or, Tbe Traitors Doom. 1103 " Pitched' Battle; or, The Escape ot the Indian Spy. G 110-! • Light Artillery; or, Good At the uns. 1105 " and "Whi st ling Will"; or, '.Ihe !lfacl Spy of Paulus Hook. 1106 " l'nderground Camp; or, Tn Strange Quarters. 1107 " Dandy Spy or. Deceh lngthe Governor. 1108 " Gunpowder' Plot: or. Failing uy an Inch. 1109 " Drummer Boy; or. Sounding the Call to Arms. 1110 " Running tbe Blockacle: or, Getting Out of New York. 1111 " and Capt. Huck; or, Routing a Wicked 1112 " an!l the Liberty Pole; or, Stir.ring Times m tbe Olcl City. 1113 " and the Masked Spy; or, Tbe .Man of Mystery. 1114 " on Hill; or, A Daring Attempt at Rescue. 1115 " and "Black Bess"; or, Tbe Hors_e that Won a Fight. For sale by nil newsdealers, •>r will be 9ent to any add:rel/08 011 receipt of price, 7c per copy, in 1uoney or l)Ostage stamps, by HARRY E. WOLF.F, Publisher, Inc. 166 West 23d Street New York City SCENARIOS HOW TO WRITE THEM Prlee Ill ci-.. Pw 0ePJ' '1'11111 book eo11talns all tbe most recent chancee ta tlle anetbod of construction alid aubm!Hlon of seenarloa. l!lbtJ Losaons, coveriuir nery phase of SC9narlo wrlt Ins. For sale by all Newsdealers and Bookstoree. it :rou eanuot _procure a copJ', a eud ue the prtce, Ill qentll . tn money or p.ostaa-e stamps, and we wUl .. n 700 one, postaa-e tree. AddreH L. Sll:XABlllNS, 119 S eventh 9ve., _New Yori<, X. Y. OUR TEN-CENT HAND BOOKS Useful, Instructive and Amusing. They Contain Valuable Informati on on Almost Every Subject No. HOW T O GA.JUES. A complete and useful llttle book, contarnrng the rules an


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