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THE LIBE Y.Y ,,_ OYSOF . A Weekly /t\agazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. , The flghti.Dg Quaker raised bis cudgel and aimed a blow at the Tory who bad tripped Bob. "Get thee back, imps of Satan," he cried. '!Run ere J; smite thee to the ground!" They did not go, so he let them bi!.ve it.


No. 1118 Price 7 cents NEW Y ORK, JUNE 2, 1922 The Liberty Boys and the Fighting Quaker OR, IN THE NEUTRAL GROUND By HARRY MOORE CHAPTER I.-A Strange Contradictio n. "Something is going on down there, Bob." "Yes , there is some sort of excitement, to be sure." " We'd better g o and have a look at it. Some of these Tories may be making trouble." "They're always r eady to do that, Dick." D i ck Slater and Bob Estabrook, the captain and fir s t lieutenant, respectively, o f the Liberty Bo y s a band of yO'Ung patriots fighting for in were walking through a quiet little town in We stchester, New York, one of the great neutral grounds of the American revolu tion, one plea sant day in summer. The boys in unifor m and both were well known, their homes b e ing in Westchester, father s outh than this t o wn. They had suddenly noticed some sort of di sturbance going on ahead of them, and hurried forward to see what it was. In front of the modest looking house, which had a raised porch with i r on railings before it, there was gathered a motley crowd of men and ,boys, who were hooting at the people of the hou s e. "C om e out, you m iserable rebel, and say it to our faces!" yelled one . ,, "Quaker or no Quaker, you cant msult us! roared a tall, strongly-built man with the face of a bully . "Tear the house down about the head of the whining rebel!" shouted still• another. "This is no place for rebels, anyhow, and the sooner they go the better for us." "Pull the house about his ears and make him come ou t the sneaking rebel. Fetch him out!" Westchester county that time was roamed by Whigs and Tories alike, claiming the. region, contests between them bemg of frequent occurrence. The crowd the house suddenly made a rush as Dick and Bob approached and t<>re away one side of the porch, this being o f woo d and having a seat upon it. Then as Dick and Bob pushed forward, Dick cried in a decided tone: "Why do you do this mischief? What has the owner of the place done to you? If I mistake not he is a very e s teemed Quaker gentleman." "He i s a rebel, and s o are y ou! " stormed the big man. . . . "I am an American patriot," replied "You are a Tory, no doubt. You are an Amerr can born, are y ou not?" "To be sure I am, but what bus ine s s is that o f yours'?"' Two women in. Quaker garb now appeared at the window, bu t it was evident that the man of the hou s e was no t at home. "I am of you! " repeated Dick, as one of the Liberty Boy s c a me up. "There are. no men at home, and you attack a lot of w omen . Shame on y ou! " "Well, let the whining, sneaking Quaker rebel come along, and w e'll tell him what we think of him!" snarled the big man. "You daren't, Michael Barrow," said the Liberty Boy. " I kno w the man who lives in this house. They c a ll him the fighting Quaker. His name i s John Miller, and he is a thorimgh patriot, and not a sneaking Tory, like you and y our gang!" At that moment the front door opened, and a pleasant-faced girl in Quaker garb came out. "Thee is very g ood t o admonish these violent pers ons, captain," she said. "Father is not at home or they would never have acted so Will thee c o me in? Mother will be please d to see thee. " . " Ye s , I would like to talk to y ou about this matter. You kno w Ben Spurlock, one of the Liberty Boys ? " "Yes, I hav e seen him." "Wait ou t s ide, Bob," said Dick, and then he and Ben went in with the Quaker girl, whos e name was Dorcas. Seeing the young lieutenant alone, the Tori e s now advance d, and one o f them suddenly tripped Bob and caused him t o fall heavily upon the pavement. Then all of them w oul d have attacked him, but suddenly a man in Quaker garb ran quickly forward and seized a heavy stick from part o f the rubbish lying on the ground. "Dispers e, e vil minded men!" he cried. "Ha! here's t he fighting Quaker now!" "Let u s se e what he has got to say for him self, the rebel! " Dick and B e n n o w came running out of the hou se, thinking that the fighting Qu aker might have more than he could manage. Down went on e after another of the Tories , and tho s e on the edge of the c rowd began to fall back . . "Back with thee, followers of Belia!!" shouted the man, swinging the s tick about. "A word to the wi s e is suffi c ient, but i . f thee is not wi s e, neighbor, then thy head s hall pay the forfeit!" .Swish! went the s tick. The big man e s caped being hit on the h ead, bu t the stick struck him in the side and k nocked h im down.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE FIGHTING QUAKER "Despoilers of property, riotous varlets, get thee gone!" the Quaker cried in stentorian .tones, and the Tories fled, finding this strange contradicti on of a man more than they wanted to meddl e with. "Why should they have done it, Mr. Miller?" asked Dick. "Are you not a peaceful and resp ectable citizen?" " I am respectable, I admit, and I am peaceable until these followers of Beelzebub attack me and speak ill of mine, b ut then I gird on the sword o f Gideon and smite them hip and thigh!" "What el s e have then d one to you, sir?" Dick a s ked. "Thee has s een s ome of their work, and if thee will come in I will tell thee the rest." Three or four of the Lib erty Boys w ere s een coming along the street. Dick and Bob then went indoor s with the Quaker, while Ben remained outside with the newcomer s . "What was the tiouble, Ben?" asked Sam Sanders on, one of them. " I don't know just what it was now, but I know that John Miller i s no favorite with the Tories of the Croton district, and he spares no words of condemn ation when he thinks they de serve them. He i s outs poken but thoroughly honest, and no man can say that he ever said anything of any one that he would not admit. " "The Tories don't like him for his outs poken w ays, then?" a s ked Harry Juds on, one of the boys. . , "No, and he do e s not spare However, he is as free in saying what he thinks befo r e them as he is when they are not abou t. In fact, I think he says m ore when they are around than when they are not. " "And the Tories have been venting their spit1! upon him, evidently," declared_ Will Freeman, another of the party. "When he was not at home," laughed Ben. "They did this mi schief at a time when he was not in the house. If he had been, they would not have gone s o far, to judge by the way he s ailed into them when he caught them at their work." "Here come Mark and s ome of the boy s ," exclaimed Sam, presently, a s a dashy looking boy on a big gray, and followed by s ix or e ight of the Liberty Boys , very well mounted, came riding up. "Hallo , boy s , what's the trouble?" a sked Mark, as he halted with his boy s . "We heard that C owboys had been seen in the region, and I w ondered if the captain had heard of it." "In a general way," replied Ben. " Some Tories have been mi sbehaving here, but the fight i n g Quaker got after them, and I do not. think that they will repeat the offence s oon." "The fighting Quaker?" laughed Mark. "That se ems like a contradiction, Ben." . " Well, he i s a Quaker, and a fighter, too, as I have s een. He lives here and hi s name i s John Miller; he has a very pretty daughter, and he is a stanch patriot, a s mo s t Quakers are." "A pretty daughter, eh ? " with a laugh. "I'll wager you would find that out fast enough. You

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE FIGHTING QUAKER s picious characters hurrying up the street and out of town in haste. The fighting Quaker fired a shot that peppered the leader, and then with a rush the' boys sent them scattering in every direction. • "l know the ringleaders of this affair," de clared John Miller, "and I promised them a reward -for this work. There is Barrow, Lud lam, Smith, Walk1,;r and Carr, whom I saw plain ly, and I guess at others." "Yes, and were Bill Burgess, Hank Jones and Bill Scroggs, of the boys," continued Dick. "I saw them with stones in their hands, all ready to throw them at the windows. I know the young ruffians, and know me and what I can do. If I see them around here I will give them a good thrashing." Dick had seen Dorcas and Mrs. Miller at the Quaker's house, and had. found them to be quite unlike the man himself, although good patriots. "These ruffians would never have dared to hurt your house if you had been at home," he con tinued. "We know the men, and they should be prosecuted. That will frighten-them more than a thrashing." "They shall have ho .th, I promise thee, friend," retorted the Quaker. "I am versed in the law, and I can swing a cudgel as well." The man then returned to the house, while Dick and the Liberty Boys went on, the latest arrivals having brought up the horses of the young captain and the lieutenant. Then as the boys rode on, a man came running toward them around the bend of the road, where there were many trees. "Hurry, young gentlemen!" he cried. "There are boats coming up the river, boats full of redcoats. Old Claus in his cottage on the shore has only a blunderbus to shoot at them, and he is so slow in loading it that between one charge and another the boats will all be ashore and the enemy all landed." "Forward, boys!" cried Dick, and in a moment they were all going on at a gallop. When they had passed the turn of the road .and the trees, they saw the river ahead of them, and on it a number of boats, some containing redcoats, but more having Delancey's men in them, and some of the very Tories they had driven away not long before. There was a little cottage not fa1 from the bank on a knoll, and no w from one of the windows a puff of s moke was seen, and then a report was heard. The shot struck among the man in the leading boat, several of the redcoats falling into the river. "There is one shot to the old fellow's credit at any rate," said Dick. "Now let us see to it that the boys do not land." The boys halted at the river, and the men in the boats, seeing them, ceased rowing, one in the secon d boat shouting: "Disperse, you rebels, or we will throw you into the river:" There were fewer of the Liberty Boy'\ than there were of the redcoats and Tories, but now a fat Hollander came out of the cotttage with a blunderbus in his hand and roared: "Keep tern dere, captain, till I load ter plund and I give tern anoder shot. Tat takes time, I put so many of ter pullets in.'.' _ "Load away, Claus," laughed Dick, while a woman, fatter than the man, came out with a bag of bullets. "Keep off!" cried Dick to the men in the boats. "I know your erand here, but you shall not conclude it. The1e are enough of us to keep you in check, and it does not take us as long to load and fire as it does this honest Dutchman." The man who had warned Dick of the coming of the enemy had gone on, presumably to wi\trn others, and Dick knew that the shot the fat Hollander had firep would be sure to rouse s ome one. It was not the first time that the worthy Dutchman's blunderbus had aroused the people, for he was a good patriot and kept a st1ict watch on this part of the shore where the enemy were likely to attempt to land at almost any time. The boys were drawn up along the shore ready to oppose the landing of the enemy, and the determined Dutchman proceeded to load his blunderbus with great deliberation, the while keeping his eyes upon the foe. "I shoot tern again, captain, if they came py tat shore," he said to Dick, "so quick like anyting." ' -"If it depended upon him to keep them off, " chuckled .Mark in a low tone, " I am afraid they would have been here long ago." The redcoats who had fallen into the river had been picked up, the boats laying off shore as before the leaders evidently not liking the de-ter d attitude of the J>oys, for all that the ch had been so bold in nis tone. The boys had their muskets in readiness, and the first men who had attempted to land would have fared badly. None of them seemed to want to take the lead. "Go away from tiss shore," said the big Dutch man, having completed his loading, his fat wife having handed him what he required, "pefore I shoot de headt from you. I am te proprietor and te landlord of all tat property, and I tell you tat you shall go." "You are trespassers," added Dick "and I give you the same warning as my: friend here. If you do not depart at once I shall order my boy s to fire upon you." "See tat you do so tiss minute," muttered Claus, raising his short, big muzzled gun and taking aim at the nearest boat. Boom! There a thunderous report as the determined Hol lander fired again, and a shower of bullets struck the stern of the last boat and fell among the pien. Then the clatter of hoofs was heard, and the fighting Quaker came dashing up, close ly followed by a number of the patriotic residents of the region. John Miller had his shotgun in his hand, and now, as he rose to the water's edge, he cried in vigorou s tones: ' "Depart hence, myrmidon s of Satan, or I will smite thee hip and thigh! I know ye for evil doers and children of Belia!, and I will give ye -thy sulphur and brimstone now, as ye will get it in future." Then a loud shout was heard, and along the road back of the Hollander's cottage were seen coming a number of men on horseback. "Here are more of the thieving s on s of Beelzebub!" shouted the Quaker. "These are Cow-


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE FIGHTING QUAKER boy s, as I am an honest man. I will keep my shots for them!" CHAPTER Ill.-Two Very Clever Girls. The men in the boats had evidently expected the party on shore before now, and it was the delaying in coming that had prevented them from landing sooner so as to co-operate with them. A s the hor.semen came on with a yell, the boats were turned toward shore, but now Dick said to Bob: "Keep a goodly party of the boys with you, Bob, and fire upon the boats the moment they are near enough. I am going to these other fellows." " And smite them with-the sword of Gideon!" cried the Quaker. "Creatu1es of Satan, sin and darkness that you are, we must SCll.tter them rooLand branch!" Then the belligerent member of the Society of Friends rode off at the head of the citizen s, Dick and Mark and a few of the boys follow ing after at good speed. John Miller was .a good leader, the men seeming to rely upon him, and Dick Slater's prowess was also well known in Westchester, so that much could be depended upon from this division of the patriot forces. Bob and the Liberty Boys prepared to oppo s e the landing of the men on the river, while the others rode at a gallop to meet the Cowboys. "Get thee back, marauding spawri of shouted the fighting Quaker, and then he , a thunderous report following his pulling of the trigger, and the leading Cowboy received a flesh wound in the shoulder, which caused him to swerve to one side and go flying from his hors e into the bushes . "Away with the Cowboy s , scatter the villains!" thundered Dick, as he rode forward, followed by his handful of brave boys and by the men of the region. The rattle of muskets and the banging of shotguns and rifles were now heard all along shore, and beth the Cowboys and the boat party found their progress materially interfered with by the gallant boy.s and their de termined allies. Both the fat Hollander and his fatter wife now discharged their weapons with a frightful report and with widesspread damage, the redcoats and Tories, laugh as they might at . the ridiculous figure of their enemies, finding them no mean adversaries. Dick now s houted to Bob and the rest to come on, and all the boys set out after the Cowboys. Bob and his boys were with Dick and were rac ing after the Cowboys, when Bob, who was at Dick's side, s uddenly uttered a shout of disgust. "Confound it! Look at that, Dick!" "It's the girls, Bob!" cried Dick. "We must save them!" "Yes, we mu st! Forward, boys, the young ladies are prisoners of the Cowboys!" "Liberty forever, after the abductors, down with them!" roared all the boys, urging their hors es forward. . There had been two young ladies coming along on horseback right in the path of t.he Cowboys. They bad gone to one side to let the men pass, as they saw them coming, but one of the ruffians had recognized them. "Hallo; there are the two rebel girls!" he roared. "We must have them. Then we'll see what the rebels will say." The two girls were immediately surrounded, made to wheel their horses, and then forced to ride away with the Cowboys. There was no won der Dick and Bob greatly excited at the sight of the capture of the girls, and that they and all the boys \ yere ready to ride after them at full speed and rescue them from the Cow boys. The girfs were Alice Estabrook, Bob's sister, and Dick's sweetheart, and Edith Slater, who was Bob's sweetheart and the sister of Dick. Dick and Bob lived not many nliles , from the scene of the fight, and the girls haa been out for a not what was happening at the time. All the Liberty Boy s knew the girls and held them in the greatest respect, and were ready, therefore, to go to their relief when they what had happened. The girls _were right among the Cowboys, but the latter did not hold the bridle reins having no idea of what was presently to Alice gave a sha1p click to her horse and turn ed toward her companion. Edith was of a more gentle nature than Alice, but was brave, never theless , and full of resources like her brother and at once she unders tood Alice' s plan. As' her companion's horse shot ahead, she gave the sig nal to her own, and both quickly drew ahead of the rest. On they went like a breeze from the hills, and it was a few moments before the Cow boys realized what had happened. "By George! they are getting away from us!" roared the leader of .the Cowboys. "After them, they must not escape. Catch their reins quick I No girls are going to get the best of u;!" . Alice sudden!" drew a pistol, turned quickly m her saddle, aimed at the leader, and cried: "Halt or we will fire!" In another moment Edith had her pistol leveled at the fellow's head, and. he felt that his position was not a pleasant one . If he rode on he would be shot, and if he did not he would be captured, which would mean hanging in the end. The girls' horses were better than those ridden by the Cowboys, and they gained materially on their enemie s and late captors. Alice leveled two pistols at the Cowboy s, and now fired a shot at the leader which vazed the man just be hind. She did this to attiact the attention of Dick and the boys, which she could see corning after them at a gallop. Indeed, Dick, Bob, Jack, Ben Spurlock and one or two others, with the fighting Quaker, were dangerously near the boy s now, and the ruffians were in a state of great trepidation. They could not catch the girls and they vvere in._ clanger of being taken them selve s unless they changed their road or in creas ed their speed. A little lane leading from the river through a l ine of hills gave the opportunity to some that that they wanted, and they embraced it with the greatest alacrity. Some of the Cowboys dashed into the lane, but others kept on, determined to reach the river. Then the girls suddenly halted, wheeled and held the road, each leveling two pis tols at the approaching Cowboys. Over ditches, into the woods, 9own along the river bank where the road was dangerous, and over the fences they


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE FIGHTING QUAKER 5 scattered, and,_by the time Dick and the leading Liberty Boys came up, the Quaker and others speedily following there was none of the ruffians in sight. The Cowboys were scattered and not likely to do any mischief for a time, at least, and now as the boys halted to rest, Dick said: "We would have some of them, I' am certain, if it had not been for the girls, but scattering them and preventing them from doing mischief. is something, and I am quite well satisfied with that." • "Thee is quite right,'' said John Miller, "but these sons of darkness are never satisfied unless they are committing depredations , and thee will see them again shortly, friend, and when thee does I hope thee will send a score or more of them to the gallows." "We shall certainly not spare them, sir,'' Dick returned. "Cowboys, Skinners , Rangers, Loyalists and Tories are all ou r enemies, and some are •orse than others ." "But there's :pone o' thim that ye nade feel anny pity for, .captain dear,'' said Patsy, with a . grin, and all the boys laughed. The girls had ridden much more rapidly than they were accustomed to riding, and there was scarcely a horse there that did not need a breathing spell for a time, and Dick therefore went on at a walk for some little time after setting out on the return. "We have scattered the Cowboys, Bob,'' he said, "but I think we may have to keep an eye on these other fellows. I believe they will make another attempt to land and commit some sort of depredation." "They won't as long as that fat Dutchman, Claus, and his fatter wife, are on the lookout," , chuckled Mark. "But Claus and his wife are only two. " "They are as big as five!" laughed Bob. "I think we will leave s ome of 'the boys on guard at the cottage to .,give the alarm in case we are needed. The neutral ground i s in a state of great turmoil at this time." "I will take charge of the section near the river, Dick." "It may be as well for s ome of us to take turns, Bob. At any rate, I will attend to it." The boys branched off on the way t o the camp before reaching the cottage of Claus, taking the girls along, the Quaker and the rest continuing on along the river. CHAPTER IV.-Dick's Misfortune. The Liberty Boys who had remained in camp were very glad to see the others upon their return, as they had heard that there had been some very excited happenings on the river and were eager to hear all about them. While Patsy and Carl and some others were getting dinner, Ben, Jack and Harry were entertaining one set of boys; while Sam, Will and others were relating to another what had taken place. "It must have been odd to see a fighting Quaker," laughed George Brewster, a boy from Trenton. "l\fost of them are very quiet." The boys were greatly interested, and were as ready to cheer the two girls as the others had been. Alice and Edith remained to dinner at the camp, and afterward Dick took a score of the boys and set out for the river, Bob and some of the boys seeing the girls parteof the way home, and then watching the neighborhood for sighs of the enemy. Dick and the boys set out for the river, which they reached, stopping at the cottage of Claus and Katinka to learn if anything. mor.e had been seen of the marauders. "You have seen no more of the enemy?" asked Dick. The Dutchman said: "No, but I hafe ter plunderpus loaded, and Katinka she hafe ter gun ready for tern, and sh e shoots goot." "Keep .a watch upon them, Claus,'' said Dick, "and do not fail to fire if they' come." Then Dick and twci of the boys rode off down the river looking out for the enemy, the others remaining at the cottage. After riding some little distance, they saw a tavern on the river, and here Dick halted and dismounted, saying to the boys: "I am going to see what I can learn of the enemy. It is possible that they may have heard something." "The place has not . a very good reptation, captain,'' observed Ben. It is a meeting place . of Tories and Cowboys, and mysterious things have happened there at times, they say." "I have heard the place spoken ill of myself,'' Dick returned, "but I may learn something here for all that." Then he walked up the steps and entered the inn, the two. boys waiting in the road outside. As Dick entered the tap-room, he saw a number of tories whom he knew and a number of Delancey's men. These he had not seen before, as they had kept out of sight from the road. "Seize th e rebel!" they cried. "Our colonel has offered a reward for him. Seize him!" Dick saw that he would have to run for it, as there were more of the enemy than he could well manage. He drew his pistol. as he retreated, but suddenly three or four men slipped into the room through a side door near the main one and ran up behind him. Before _he could turn they had seized and hurried him forward, his arms being pinned to his side . "Quick!" one of them cried, Dick recognizing him as Barrow, "there are two of the young rebels outside arid they will give the alarm. To the river with him, there i s a boat there out of sight from the road." Dick suddenly :::ounded a shrill whistle, which Ben and Sam heard and knew to be a call for help. "Close the door!" hissed one of the men. "There are rebe l s outside. Quick, to the river by the rea r door!" Four or five men rushed to the door and held it, while others hurried through the tap-room with Dick, who, in spite of this, gave another whistle. "Keep still!" growled the men; "If you make any more noise we'll kiU you!" "To the. shore, Ben!" cried Sam, as the two boys ran to the door and found it closed agains t them. As they dashed away the fighting Quaker came riding atongthe road from below, having jus t come in '!;ight. He saw the boys, rea 1ized


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE FIGHTING QUAKER that there was trouble of some sort, and leaped off his horse in a moment. _Then throwing himself against the door with all his force, he sent it flying causing the two men holding it to roll upon the floor. John Miller ran inside, hurled aside four or five men who tried to bar his way, and shouted: "Children of sin, get ye gone! Imps of Beelze bub, release that young man!" The Tories hurried Dick out of the rear door as the Quaker sp1ang forward, . arid half a dozen others threw themselves in f.ront of it. The fighting Quaker was browny and well built, and was afraid of nothing, for in a moment he had hurled himself upon the Tories. He caught two of them by their colars, and brought their heads together with a force that threatened to split them, then hurling them to the floor. Seizing two mo1e, he sent them flying against the wall with such energy that the wainscot was broken in two or three places, the men falling limp upon the floor. Then he shot out his two fists and sent two more reeling to the floor with aching jaws and loosened teeth. "Peradventure thee will open the door,'' he said. "Rum has not weakened my limbs nor dissipation poisoned my blood, I tell thee, and I am a match for a dozen of thy evil crew." Then he threw open the door and rushed along the passage to the door leading to the outside. Here he found Ben Spurlock and Sam Sander son struggling with half a dozen evil looking fellows and. being prevented from_ getting. at a boat, in which were Dick and three or four of Delancey's men, two evil looking fellows rowing it. The Quaker showed the same strength he had shown in the tavern, for he caught two of the men by the throats, with one hand apiece, and clioked them till they grew purple in the face and dropped limp and helpless to the ground. Then he hurled aside two more, and by that time Ben and Sam were getting the best of the others . . These fled, seeing how ill their comrades had fared, and the two boys hurried to the water's edge, .muskets in hand. The Loyalists had suddenly shifted their position in such a manner, that Dick would receive any shot that might be fired. "Thee would better aim at the boat, friend said_ the Quaker. "Thee can put a ho Te in it." Ben and Sam fired in a way te hit the boat below the water line and not hurt Dick. Then the Quaker fired and ::.truck one of the oars, shattering the blade and causing the oarsman to drop it with a yell. The cours e of the boat was changed, and one of the Loyalists came into range. Ben fired a pistol shot at him and gave him a shoulder wound which made him howl and jump, thus bringing another man in line. Ben fired at him in an instant and gave him a scalp wound, and then Sam hit one of the rowers and made him drop his oar. The men whom John Miller had knocked down hadefled, and none came to their assistance, the doors of the inn being now closed and the blinds drawn. Ben whistled for the horses, and they came running to the spot, Sam now winging another of the Tories. The boat was fast getting out into the however, and going down the river with • the current, and now the men holding Dick shifted it so that he was in range. 'l'here was no other boat in sight, and the fighting Quaker said to the two boys: "Be of good cheer. I know where there i s a boat, and ye shall have it. Follow by the river." rHe then hurried away, and the two boys mounted and rode along the river bank as fast a s they could until they were obliged to take to the road back from it somewhat. The boat seemed to be going across the rivh, but there were hills on that side which descended at. a steep angle to the water, leaving very little shore. Dick meanwhile was held by two of the men, while those who were able to row did so, the others watching the shore. They went partly across the river and then went down with the stream, coming over toward the east bank again, where there was a bend which hid them from the two boys. The Quaker had disappeared, and one of the men who held Dick presently said with a sneer: "Well, your sniveling Quaker has left you, I see. He is not much of a fighter, to go and leave a friend like ' that." Dick made no reply, but looked carelessly about, at the same time listening for any sound that would give him encouragement. Dick Slater was never a boy to give way to despair, .and he felt sure now that if he did not find a way himself to get out of his trouble, the boys wou1d find one for him. The boys being out of sight, the men in the boat pulled in to shore, where there were many trees, a little ravine with a stream running through it, and a white sandy beach. The road was at some distance from the place, which couid be seen only from the water and not all of it then, and it was well selected as a hiding place. Dick knew it, for there were few parts of the river with which he was not acquainted, and he was aware that iti was hard to get at ana known to but few. A little way up the ravine there was a small house, hardly more than a hut,-which had the reputa-tion of being haunted to the few who knew of it, but. Dick did not put any faith in such stories,. "They won't find him here," muttered one, as the boat grated on the. whitesands. "Put him in the hut till we are ready to take him away tonight." -"The two young rebels won't find him here?• growled one. "No, it is not easy to reach the place from above, and very few are aware of it. We have fooled them well, and they will look in vain for him along the river." Dick was put in the little house, his weapons taken from him, his hands and feet secured with ropes. The door of the hut was secured on the outside, the one window in front being too small for any one to get out of, and the one at the rear much too high to reach. The boat was drawn up into the bushes out of sight, and the men then went up the ravine a short distance, following the course of the stream. "The rebels won't find him here," muttered the leader, "nor the whining: broadbrim neither." He would have been greatly astonished if he had known that some of Dick's friends were al-•


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE FIGHTING QUAKER 7 ready on the trail of the captain, and that trail was -growing warmer every' minute. CHAPTER V.-Another Visit from the Enemy. Ben and Sam were obliged to leave the river, and wh en they got back to it, they saw no sign of the boat with Dick and the men of Delancey's corps in it. Ben pointed down the river to a clump of trees, and said: "That place might conceal them. If the Quaker brings the boat he s poke of, we could go there." "Why can't we get there from the land side?" "Perhaps we can, but it looks pretty rough. We can try it, at any rate, but I am afraid the road will take us away from it." The boys went on, the road going in, as Ben supposed, and leading them quite away from the place they s een. Finally Ben halted and said, looking about him: "We have come away, Sam. I think we had better try to rt?ach the water from here. We will have to leave our horses s omewhere." Both boys di smounted and took their hors e s into the wood, they left them, and then started for the river. They found the wood s wild, and in a short time came upon a ravine which had steep sides, a brook being seen at the bottom. "The river in in that direction," muttered Ben, pointing to the west, "and the place we saw is there also, if I am not mistaken." "We can try to find it, at any rate." The boys went on, B e n b eing sure that it was the place, as they had not" come upon any other that looked like it since leaving the river. Sud dentlyBen pointed ahead of him, and Sam saw a hut with a small window in the back. "There's a hut," he whispered. "They may have put him in there." "Try one of our signals, Ben." Ben imitated the cry of a hawk, and in a moment he heard it repeated from the hut. "He's there, Sam," he whispered. "Vie must b e careful. Do you hear any one, or see them?" "No, not yet." _ The hut was on the farther side of the brook, which wound about, the boy s foll owing it, till Ben suddenly whispered: "We are on the wrong s ide, Sam. Look here I Be careful or they will see you. We s hould be over there." Sam looked through the trees and saw three or four men walking on the bank oppo s ite, the men being thos e he had seen in the boat with Dick. The men came on, and then suddenly saw the two boys. "We are discovered, Sam," said Ben. "Come, we must get over." "Stay where you are, you young rebels!" cried one of the men in a threatening tone. "We'll see about that!" cried Ben, drawing a pistol, for he ha.d left his musket behind as it was ton troublesome to carry down into the ravine. Then he fired a shot and gave the man a scalp wound. The Loyalists returned the boys' shots, but wary fellows were behind trees by the time and fired without being hit, their ow n shots being generally effectual. "Confound them, there will be more of them coming with all this noise; we must take the fellow out!" They hurried toward the hut, but suddenly Ben and Sam heard a :>hot, and then the voice of the fighting Quak:er shouting: "Surrender, ye imps of Satan, or I will blow ye into the middle of r.ext w ' eek, and methinks I will do "it in any event, for ye deserve it!" Then there was a tremendous report, as if both Claus and his enormous wife had shot off both their weapons at once . The echoes went rolling up the ravine and along shore, and then the boys saw the abductors of ' Dick come running a s if their lives depended upon it toward the head of the ravine. "Give it to them, Sam!" shouted Ben. "We can't get over there, but our shots can I" The boys' pistols cracked and rattled in lively style, and the enemy found themselves dodging bullets in great fashion. Then the Quaker came in sight and sent a shot flying after the enemy, who ran toward the head of the ravine and quickly di sappeared. !'They are on the wrong side for us," muttered Ben, "but they may get our horses. The captain is in the hut, Mr. Miller. We must run to ou r nags to save them." "Very good," said the other, returning to the hut, while the boys hurried after their hors es . They found the Tories about to run off with Ben's roan and Sam's Chestnut, and fired two or three shots which frightened the men off. They had brought Major with them, but no stranger was ever able to manage him and he _ was perfectly safe. "Hallo!" shouted Ben . "We have Major here, Dick, if you want to come up.!' "All right!" Dick replied, having let out of the hut by the Quaker, who broke the door down, the Tories having gone off with the key. When Ben called to Dick that the black was up at the head of the ravine, the young patriot captain made hi s way thither, after saying goodby to the Quaker. "I will see thee again and peradventure help thee to punish still further these sons of Beelze bub," John Miller said: "So the Loyalists were caught bE}tween two fire s ," laughed Ben, when Dick joined him. "Did he know this place or did he di s cover it, as we did, captain?" "He knew it and s o did I, but I was not sure if you would find it." The boy s rode back to the inn, but there was no one about except a housemaid and a boy, and they did not s eem to know anything about the landlord or the men who frequented the place. "Tell your master and the men who make this inn their lounging place," said Dick, "that if it keeps up the evil reputation it has had, it will be closed -and sold out by the sheriff. " The boy and the maid merely stared and made no reply, Dick continuing" sternly: "You will tell them this and without delay. Either this inn will be respectably and reput-


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE FIGHTING QUAKER ably or it will be closed. There are enough decent folk in the district to see to it." The boys then rode on, stopping at the on the river to get a report from Bob and his boys . The boys had been up the river and in the interior, but had seen nothing of the Cowboys nor of any of Delancey's men, all having disappeared since the last encounter. Dick went up the river some distance with a few of the boys, but saw nothing to. arouse his suspici?ns, and then, as it was drawmg on toward evenmg, returned to camp. Later Bob came in with some of the boys and reported that there had been nothing seen of the enemy, and that the whole region seemed quiet, the. known having left the village and no sign of any disturbance_ about John Miller's house being noticed . . As a :few of the boys were left at the cottage on the river Claus having room for them all in addition to what Ben called his "large family," these being instructed to send word if anything suspicious were seen on the river or near it. The boys ate their suppers, and then the fires .were lighted when it grew dark, and the camp was a busy place for an. hour or more. When the P!c kets were set, the 'Liberty Boys always exercis ing the greatest vigilance, Dick shortly set for the river with three or :four of 'the boys, it being then a little late and a time when the enemy might be expected to put in an appearance. The boys had reached the little bridge over the creek when there was heard a tremendous report from the river. "That is the Dutchman's blunderbus, I'll wager!" cried Ben. "No other firearm around here can make as much /10ise as that!" "Forward, boys!" cried Dick. "We must see what it means!" Then the boys rode on at a gallop, and before Jong came in sight of the river and the cottage of the worthy and watchful Hollander. In another moment saw a sloop on the river, and, at the peak, the detested British colors. "Ride back, Jack, at all speed," cried Dick, "and brfng two score of the Liberty Boys with you. Bring Bob as well." Jack was flying over the road by the time Dick had finished speaking, and was quickly out of sight. Then Dick and the rest hurried forward, and were soon hailed by the boys at the cottage. . "Claus saw this fellow coming," spoke up Harry Judson, "and fired his blunderbus as much as a signal as to warn the enemy that some one was on the watch." "Spread along sh ore, boys," Dick replied. "The fellow may try to land his men and we must be ready for them. The Dutchman's shot will no doubt arouse some one, and it cannot be long before there are plenty on shore to meet the enemy." "I put a hole in that fellow's sail and made the tarnation stop a little," said Claus to Dick. " "Who is }.e tat he should come to tiss village at tiss time. He iss a tief and I shoot him." "This has been a pretty busy day for us already, remarked Ben, "and it s eems as if we were going to have more to do before we go to sleep ." " I ton't sleeped," replied Claus, "only mit one eye shut, and tat's why I see tern sloops coming up te rifer." "Well, one has to keep both eyes open these days," laughed Ben. The sloop was laying to now, the captain evidently fearing a surprise if he tried to land his men. There was light enough, however, for Dick to see that something was going on aboard the vessel, and presently he saw a gun run out and then a man appeared with a torch. "They are going to fire a shot;'' Dick said. "Look out, boys!" "Tat will make a tunder and te peoples will come running out," muttered Claus. "Tat was foolis tings for tat captain to do." In another moment there was a flash and then a loud report, and in an instant a shot struck the chimney of the cottage and carried away a foot or more of it. . , CHAPTER VI.-The Capture of the Sloop ; "Look at tat!" roared the fat Hollander . "Tat was a insult. Tat . chimney was off Holland brick and could not be builded again. I proke tat fellow's neck I" Katinka and both boys and the girl came running out of the cottage, making a lot of noise, the woman being very angry. "Wait, Clause," said Dick. "You will have a better chance later. The shot will arouse the people and they will soon come flocking to the place in droves." "I trive tern out, tose Telancey fellows!" sputtered Claus. "Tat was te best chtmney in te county. For why he shall preak tat down? Tat ton't fight, but I . fight and I testroy te fellow for tat!" The shot had aroused the people of the region, as Dick had said it would, and now men and boys were seen hurrying from up and down the river and across country, all aroused and all eager to meet the foe and give him a deserved punishment. Then there was the cl.atter 04 hoofs, and Bob Estabrook, Jack Warren and forty Liberty Boys were seen coming on at a gallop. There was another shot fired from the sloop, but no damage \Vas done, and now the commander attempted to put about and get away, evidently realizing that he had aroused a nest of hornets and that it would be well for him to be going. In putting about, however, he swung in farther than.he thought, and the sloop ' s stern was dangerously near to the shore. By this time the Liberty Boys were on hand, and at the word a volley was fired, the fat ,and angry Hollander both barrels of his goose gun with a tremendous report. The. steersman was wounded and fell in the cockpit, the sl oo p lost headway was in danger of going on shore, there being great excitement on board. Men and boys came swarming to the spot, and now a 11.umber of boats could be seen making their way toward the imperiled vessel. The sloop was taken back, and had some difficulty in getting before the wind, and now the boats were s een coming on rapidly, and there was danger . •


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE FIGHTIN G QUAKER 9 of her being boarded. She was near enough to make the fire of 'the Liberty Boys and others effective, and several volleys were poured into her, some being returned, the men being too busy getting away, however, to waste much time in firing upon the patriots. Then Katinka fired the blunderbu s, and down . came the colors on the run, the Liberty Boys setting up a tremendous shout. Then, taking half a dozen of the boy s, Dick quickly secured one of the boats and called to,Bob to get the others. "'rhe boats had been o\!'erlooked at the first of the fight, but Dick now realized the necessity of being first to board the sloop if she were taken, and in a few moments he was gliding out upon the river, and a new danger menaced the rash intruder who had had the temerity to venture into these dangerous waters. The sloop's master made all haste to get away and s ucceeded in getting before the wind, but not until Dick, Bob and the leading boats of the firemen had run alongside. Dick seized after chains and went up like a cat, followed by Ben, Sam and Harry. In another moment Bob was on deck at the waist, just behind Dick, and then George, Will and Phil were pushing him forward, s o fast had they follo wed. Then the two nearest fishing boats sent three 01 four men apiece on board and the sloop seemed -to be in a bad way. The boats were all towing astern ttnd there were other boats coming, s o there was no danger of the daring fellows being carried away or being overpow ered. Dick sent Sam and Harry to the wheen to throw the vessel into the wild, and Bob ran forward with tM:ee or four boys to lower the jib. Dick had allies enough in a few and one of the men of the di strict, the fast bes ides the Liberty Boys to be on board, said to him, with a grin: are an. enemy, and your sloop is confiscated. Are there any more men below, Sam?" "Yes, captain, but they have locked themselves in." "Get them out, lieutenant," said Dick. At that moment the fighting Quaker came alongside in the boat he had captured that way and was quickly on board. "Thee made so much noise with thy firing, friend Dick," he said, "that I had to come along to see what thee was about. Is this the master of the vessel?" "So I believe. At any rate,"'he has taken the lead in this affair." "Thee is right to arrest him, friend Dick. The fellow is an officer in the navy of the tyrannical George. I have seen him many a time. He has come up the river posing as a trader, but I have seen him talking with our enemies w1ien he thought I was not looking and did not know his companions." B9b now marched a number of Loyalists in the uniform of their corps on deck and said: ."I did not get them too soon, captain. .They would h ave blown up the magazine shortly. The sl oop i s well armed, and is no more peaceful trader than I am!" The prisoners were all taken on shore, and a ' guard of Liberty Boys left on the slo op, which would be . deli\•ered to the authorities and con demned the next day, and then Dick and the boys set out for the camp with their prisoners. "It has been a lively day for all of us," de clared Ben, when they were once .more in camp . "I wonder if there will be any more alarms?" CHAPTER VIL-Bad News About. the Girls. "Well, captain, you beat me, but I'd rather it had been you than any of the other fellow s ." "In the morning the prisoners taken from the "I am obliged to you for your assistance, sir, sloop were marched off to the general's camp, and it will not be the worse for you. I shall the sl oop being held in charge of the boy s till hardly claim any prize money, and I will it should be dispo se d of. Dick related " hat had mend you in the divi s ion." occurred, and the Liberty Boy s were highly "I'd like the sl oop herself,'' the man ieplied. prais ed for the part they had taken in the mat"She's a tidy craft, and, if well managed, will ter. There was praise for Claus also, but he seive me well. I can do a good trade with was known to be most energetic in the cause here. " of. freedom in spite of .... hi s si ze and weight. The There were s o many on board tfie s loop now pris oners we1e taken m charge, D!ck was that the master saw the folly of res.istance and a ske d t o keep guard O'll the s loop till it c ould said to Dick: , be taken care of. Whenhe returned, therefore, "You will bear witness, sir, that I was fired he. sent more boys ab?al'd the captured sloop, . fi t th t I am a peaceful man and that which they their quarters, the greater rs 't a 1,, part of them 11kmg the change from the camp. is is no a war vesse Dick went to se e the boys on the sloop and "Then why you get away ':'hen you stopped to see Claus Vanwinkle and his fund yourself m danger, mstead of firmg upon for a short time before setting out for the our people?" Dick . asked. "If are a peace-village to call on Mr. Miller and pay his respects ful craft, why do you carry guns to Dorcas. He found the fighting Quaker.. at "Search the hold boy s ,'' said Dick. "Get her home, superintending the repairs on his house in to shore, Bob, and lower the anchor. Either and very glad t o see him again. this fellow is a rank pirate, or he has s ome of "Is thee well, captain?" John Miller asked. Delancey's rpen on board, and they are as bad." "Thee had a very busy day yesterday." The s loop was anchored, and no w s ome of "Yes, sir, and likely to have a busy one to-day the boys came out of the hold with half a dozen if the enemy appears,'' replied Dick. "Your men in the uniform of Delancey's corps. Tory neighbors have not troubled you to-day?" "As I thought,'' said Dick. "You were not and ther are likely to, childr_en on as peaceful a miss ion as you pretend. You of s m ! " emphatically. Some laid up '':''th were to land these fellows here and then cover sore heads and some are afraid to venture.forth their retreat if need be with your guns. You fear of the law."


-10 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE FIGHTING QUAKER "I have sent away my prisoners," Dick continued "and the sloop is in charge of some of the Liberty Boys. I trust that the enemy will remain quiet for a while after the exciting times of yesterday." Dorcas now came to the door and welcomed Dick courteously, saying: "Thee did not know that thy sister and thy sweetheart were old acquaintances of mine, did thee captain? They are, indeed, and to-day I to see them. They are coming to spend the day, but I suppose they will want to stop at the camp," SmWoing. "Very likely" with a laugh. "They usually do when they anywhere near it." Dick remained a little longer, and then set out for the camp, thinking that he would meet Alice and Edith on the way. He did not, however nor were they the1e when he arrived. "Were you expecting them?" asked Bob, in surprise, when Dick showed. a little' concern that the girls had not yet arrived. "Why ye s " was the reply. "Dorcas said that they ha'd p;omised her to spend the day with her, and I supposed of course they would stop at the camp." Dick was more di sq uieted than he had allowed . Bob t o believe for the neighborhod was not a safe one for girls to be out alone, with redcoats and Tories about, though Dick had more fear of the latter than of the British, for the latter did not as a rule war on women and children. He had not iidden far when he saw a boy running toward him, and something in his manner and appearance made Diclv think that he had some message of importance to deliver. He pulled up, even before the boy hailed him, which he did in excited tones: "Hi, captain, the Tories . run off with your sister and the lieutenants sISter, too, ai;id I've run all the way to tell you." "What's that you say?" Dick cried out sharply. "The Tories have run off with your and the lieutenant's sister," repeated the boy, panting, and mopping his perspiring face with his s leeve. "When and where?" was instant ques tions. "Jest a minute ago, and by the cross-roads yonder:" "Thank you, bub," said Dick. "I'll do you a good turn some day in return for this bit of information. If you wan t any help, let me know." "I will, captain, but I'm real glad I was around so I could tell you." Dick did not have much to go on, but he knew one of the rascals, and the direction taken by the kidnapers . "I must go back after Bob and s ome more of the boy s ," he muttered, as he w heeled his hors e and galloped back to camp . . Bob was still at work when Dick reappeared, but he did not wait to finish, but put on his pistol belt, called for his horse, and .before Dick had finished naming the boys he wished to ac company him, Bob was on hi s side, the two hastening on, with instructions for the half a dozen boy s Dick had named to follow, and for a dozen or more to start after them in two hours , in ca sethey did not return, saying that clue s would be droi-;ped for them to follow. Dick and Bob kept to the road pointed out by the boy for a time, at first going quickly, and after they had passed on quite a bit, going more deliberately in order to take up the trail. Meanwhile the girls were hurried across the country, not allowed to speak to each other, half of the party riding on a little in advance with Edith, the rest following with Alice, who all the time was trying to devise ,some means of communicating with Dick. She had no idea that he knew of her abduction, for the two girls had intended surprising their two Liberty Boys' lovers with a short visit on the way to see Dorcas, and had no means of knowing that Dick and Bob had been apprised of their intended cart. Still Alice managed to drop a hair ribbon uns een by any of their captors s oon after they took to the woods, and later on she scratched her finger with a pin, and tore off a bit of her handkerchief to bind up the wound, contriving later, to drop the bit of linen, little dreaming that the few drops of blood on it were to cause the greatest anxiety to her lover and brother for the safety of the two girls. Presently the way became very steep and difficul t the underbrus h grew so dense that the horses could no longer proceed, so the whole party dismuunted, half carrying, half walking the girls up the rocky eminence. It was a stiff climb, and for all that the gil'ls were hardy and athletic, they could not have accomplished it without help. On the very top, perched amid a clump of trees, so as to be unseen from below, was a rude house, inhabit d by an old man with a flock of sheep, whose grazing field was the scrubby pasture on the crest of the heights. Below was the river, but huge boulders lay between the 11ouse and the rocky shore beneath, where no boat had ever been known to make a landing. It was a weird spot, a place of which no one took cognizance, belonging t o the father of one of the gang, who u s ed it as a place of concealment for booty that came into his hands by means that would not bear the light of publicity. The furni-ture of the house was of the rudest and scantiest description, con sisting of a bed stead with s ome old comfortables for bedding, a deal table, one chair, s ome boxes, and a lantern, that was u sed at night for light indoors and out when needed. It was a poor place to bring two girls wh o had been accustomed to a life of refinement and plenty, though plain and unpretentious, and both girls drew back in iepulsion as they were told to enter and make themse lve s at home. There was nothing for them to do, however, but to obey, and they offered no objection, but as soon as the door closed behind them and they were alone, they threw thems elves in each other's arms, and asked each other almost hysterically what was to be done. "We should have told brother we were coming, Alice," said Edith, "and then when we did not appear, he and Bob would have been on tht hunt for us. " "How do you know, Edith, but that they aJt hunting for us now?" asked Alice, more to cheer her friend, then because she had any idea that s uch was the case. "I'm afraid there's no use in trying to


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE FIGHTING QUAKER 11 away by ourselves," -sighed Alice, as she dropped down on a box that served as a chair. Then Edith began exploring, and she, too, peeped into the chimney, and opened the closet door; pushing her way in amid the rubbish, as she saw a gleam of light shine down from above. Suddenly she exclaimed : "Oh, Alice, come here, quiCkl" :Alice sprang to her feet, and followed Edith Into the closet, to see the latter's feet disappearing upward. "Where are you going?" she cried. . "To see what's up here," was the answer. Alice followed as closely as she could, and presently found that a rude ladder led to the top of the house to the chimney, in order to facilitate its cleaning. A trap door closed the hole in the roof, but a board had rotted off, and it was through this that the light had come. "Get me something to break through," calied Edith. . Alice quickly descended the ladder, re-entered the room, and looked about for something with which to pry open the door. The room was almost bare of anything except the two boxes that the girls had utilized for a brief space as seats, but in the chimney-place Alice found the broken end of a poker, and returned with this . " I am the stronger, Edith," .sh e said. "Let me se e what I can do.''. Edith made way for Alice to her, and soon by using the bit of steel poker Alice managed to break open the door. In a moment the two girls stood out on a narrow ledge that ran along one side of the chimney. Clinging to each other, and braced against the dilapidated chimney, they looked around them. Utter desolation faced them from all sides, while below they could see the reclining forms of men-posted on all sides of the house. CHAPTER VIII.-Helping Themselves. As the two girls looked down, it seemed as if escape was completely cut off. Every way they looked they could see the form of a man either standing o r reclining. Suddenly Alice picked up a bit of broken brick that had fallen beside the tumbling down chimney and threw it near the recumbent form of the man below toward the northwest. The missile fell some little distance from him, and he made no motion, seemingly not noticing it. Then Alice threw another piece, this time hitting the man on the hat that was pulled d own over his eyes, who still gave no sign of having lii s attention attracted. "He's asleep," whispered Alice, "and now is our opportunity." The chimney was built on the outside of the house of stone and brick, the latter crowning a s ' tone foundation that afforded a series of steps downward, such as we now often see on all houses back in the country. It was the matter of a fe w minutes for both git-ls to let themse lve s down to the grounds, and then they scurried around the house, and concealed themse lve s behind a boulder until they were sure that their escape had not been observed. Once out of the house, the way was by no means easy, for below I them lay a precipitous descent, and behind them were armed men of desperate character. The only way open to them was down to the river for a way at least, and then perhaps they could get around without going all the distance down the river bank. The descent seemed almost impossible at places, for huge blocks of stone overhung the bluff, and afforded no stepping place. Scrubby trees, however, grew out of tlte crev ices in places, and by the aid of these the girls were enabled to let themselves down little by little till they were beginning to breathe with a little more freedom, for there was a little ledge jus t at their feet that seemed to lead around to the back of the bluff, when they heard a loud shout. "They have discovered our escape!" exclaimed Alice, The two girls crouched down behind a boulder and waited. The sounds of running and shouting reached them plainly, and soon they heard stones and gravel come tumbling down, some even striking the rock under which they were crouching. The two girls were afraid to move lest their position be discovered, but after a while the sounds seeming to retreat, they ven to rise and Took about them, and seeing no sign s of pursuit, crept from rock to rock until they had skirted the ledge and had reached a sort of gully that looked as if at s ome time it might have been the bed of a stream. This they followed for s ome di s tance, and were once more feeling a little easier, when Edith saw on the sid e that led from the river two or three men, who were eagerly talking together, and looking about them in all directions at the same time. The two girls dropped at once, but were near enough to hear the voices of the men, although they could not distinguish what they were saying. Alice raised her head a little and tried to see the faces of the men, and after a moment or so, whispered to Edith: "I don't think those men were among those who earried us off. " Then Edith took a peep, and agreed with Alice as to. the fact that they had never see n the men before. "I don't believe they are looking for us," whispered Edith. "We have just chanced on them.'' Still the girls did not dare venture fo rth, but crouched there and listened. "This might be a good place," they heard one of the men say. "I don't know. All we have to do is to-" Then came a sudden report of a pistol, and the men started, and quickly concealed themselves. The girls crouched lower and closer to each other, and awaited developments. Notbing more s eemed to happen, and the men d isappeared, and shortly after, hearing nothing further, the two girls emerged from their hiding place, and again resumed their way along. the dried up water course. They had made considerable prog ress , and had almost reached the place where they had .begun the ascent to house, when they saw men running down from the direction of the hou s e and cutting off farther progress. Soon after the boy s left the road in pursuit of the girls , Dick saw the ribbon that Alice had dropped and this sign at once confirmed his suspicions


•• .... f' ' I s '. "' . ' . ' "-•,2. • ....... ... ,I . • .. . ... • I 12 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE FIGHTING QUAKER , that they had got the right trail. Some distance on Bob espied the bloody bit of handkerchief, which he anxiously seized and examined, calling Dick's attention to it at once. . "Do you think they could have hurt either of the two girls?" Bob a s ked, his voice trembling with feeling. "I don't know, Bob. They are capable of doing aJJything that they won't. bring any bad results on themselves." "Well, they'll find that they've bitten off more than they can chew this time," grimly. The boys said no more, but hastened their steps, coming soon at the foot of the hill, where they had to leave thei-r horses in charge of one of the boys. There were seven of them, and they did not know how many men there had been, . but counted that hardly more than half a dozen would be required for the capture o . f two defenceless girls . They found no more traces of the girls, but easily followed the track of their abductors, who had not taken pains to conceal the trail once they had reached this wild spot. The boys did not see the house till they were alomst on it, but had advance so quietly that the attention of the men had not been attracted. They all managed to reach the little plateau on which the house stood before their presence was discovered. Then the watcher who first saw the boys ran hastily to the hou s e, the boys clo s e at his heels. . Quie,k as Dick and Bob had been, by the time they reached the house the men were all inside, and paid no attention to the demand for the surrender of the girls. The boys soon battered the door in, but not a soul could they find inside, although they searched the house from top to bottom. They found the closet in which was the ladaer that led up to the chimney, and also a door that led to a cellar below the house, but no human .being could they discover about the premises . The boys were mystified, for the men had not had time to get at the girls and make away . with them, though they might have concealed themselves in the cellar and made their way out by an underground passage, still there seem ed to be no other solution of the mystery, as suming that the girls had been imprisoned in the house. The boys were nonplussed for the mo ment, for they had confidently expected to find the girls in the house and to have a fight for their rescue, and now absolutely there was noth ing doing. They explored the cellar and found an underground passage, as they had supposed might exist, and which led out to the bluff more than half way down to the river: but no trace of men or of the girls coulrl they detect. They took their way back into the house, and then looked about, saw the sh eep feeding some little di stance off, and Dick decided that he would see the shepherd, and see if he knew anything concerning the actions of the men who had so strangely elud e d them. The boy s spread out, though keeping near enough to run to another's aid if necessary, and while Dick went over to where the old man was tending hi s sheep, Bob went down on the side where the girls had come out, carefully examining the ground for traces of them. Dick finding that the shepherd knew nothing concerning the arrival of the men 'with or without the girls, made hi s way back to join Bob, when he suddenly saw the three men whom the girls had also see n, and whom they had overheard. Shouting to the boys to follow, he ran down toward the direction of the men, firing a shot at the same time to indicate to the boys the direction whence they were to come. In their flight the two girls had not recognized the Lib erty Boys , but had concealed themse lve s , while the men made their way off in another direction before the boys had time to intercept them. Seeing that he was too late, Dick thr e w himself flat on the ground, concealing himself in the tall grass, hoping that s ome one el s e might be about. In a few moments he heard a stealthy footstep, and looking out saw a man whom he had never s een before. He allowed him to pass and then silently followed him, the man tiou sly making hi s way down the bank. A moment later h e heard a low whistle, which was answered, and a few whispered words: "Be ready to-night." Dick made a das h for the man, but jus t as he was about to s eize him, he heard a cry of di stress , and recognized that it was a girl's voice. He dashed down the hill in the direction whence the cry came, and saw Alice be ing dragged clown the dried watercourse. by a man. Quck as thought Dick fired. There was a shriek of pain, and then all was quiet, and Dick did not know whether Alice was hurt or not. In an instant Bob and the other boys came running toward the two girls , but by the time the boys reached them they were alone. It took some little time to clear the confusion that prevailed among them all, for the girls did not know who the three men were whom they had talking, neither did they know by name any of the men who had carried them off. Alice told Dick what she had heard the men say, but even those few words combined with what Dick heard gave him no clew of what was meant. The men all disappeared very mysteri ou sly, and had Dick nothing el s e on hand just at that time, he would not have been satisfied until he had got at the bottom of the mystery. As it was, they felt they mus t get the girls in some safe place, and going to where they had left the horses , Dick and Bob rode double with Alice and Edith, w hom they took at once to the hou s e of thefighting Quaker, giving the girls strict injunctions that they were not to ven• ture out without an e scort till they were given permission. The girls readily promis ed, for the experience of that day would long remain in their memory, although they were girls accustomed to perils, and hardships if necessary. It was long past the dinner hour, but no one had thought of food until the search was over, and vhen Dorcas pressed an in vitation on the boys to remain for something to eat, Dick and Bob accepted for themselves, glad of an opportunity of an hour or two with their sisters and sweethea1ts, the other boys going back to camp, where they found their dinner awaiting them. It was nearly dark before they realized it, and Dick and Bob knew that they must be back t o .. camp, though they were reluctant to leave s uc h pleasant company as had been theirs in the figU • .


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE FIGHTING QUAKER 13 Ing Quaker's house that afternoon. Duty, however, was paramount to pleasure with the patriotic and faithful Liberty B oy s , and supper time found them all assembled in camp, with the exception of the boys that had been put in charge of the sl oop. CHAPTER IX.-The Night Attack. That night after dark Dick rode over to the sloop to see the boy s , Bob being left in charge of the camp. The few words he had heard had aroused his s u s picion s , and he thought it just as well to be on hi s guard. He was not certain that what he had heard referred to the sloop, but it might, and there was no harm in being on the lookout. The boy s on the s loop were g lad to see him at a ll times , and they were e specially interested when he said: "I have a s u s picion that there may be an attempt made to recapture the sloop to-night, and I want you all to be on your guard." The idea of having something to do pleas ed the boys, for they were all active young "fellows and fond of excitement. "You don't know who they are, do y ou, cap tain?" a s ked Phil Waters. "No, I do not, not that any_ on e i s coming, but I suspect something, and s o \\Cant t o be ready. " "Then perhaps nothing will happen after all," observed Paul Benson. "No, but we must be ready jus t the same, and yet keep perfectly quiet s o as not t o frighten . away the enemy till we are ready for them." .The boys were all the uncertainty of the affair only adding to the interest. Claus Van Winkle and his family would be certain to be on hand if there was anything going on, and therefore Dick said nothing to them, k flow ing that he could depend upon them when he wanted them. Affairs went on aboard the s loop as nsual during the evening; the lights being up and the boy s amus ing themselves in the ordinary way, with no more and -no less nois e than they generally made. No one outside would s u spect, therefore, that they were on the watch or that they s u spected a visit from the enemy. When it grew late a deck watch was set, the bell being rung every half hour as was cu stomary, the cabin lights being left burning a s u s u a l, and everything being done in the regular order. Althoug h the s loop appeared quiet and every one but the deck watch a s le ep, the boys were wide awake and there were more than the watch on deck . A dozen or more li vely fellows were ranged along the rail, in the shadow, sitting on the deck but making no nois e, s o that they might not be suspected of being there. At the regular times the deck watch was changed, and everything on in the u sual quiet manner and with nothing to arou s e the s u s picions of any enemy who might be watching. Besides the boys on deck who were ready to act when called upon, there were other boys below, there being no extra lights in the captain's cabin, and no one to be s een there after the u sual hour of retiring. Dick was in the stateroom ready to act on an emergency, but 'he was not supposed t o be there. At about the time that Dick came on aboard, John Miller rode up and went ou t t o the s lo op to see the young patriot . "Thee may know that I am i n trade, friend Dick," he said. "Thee has a fine sl op here, and if I can obtain it at a fair price there is assuredly n o reason why I should not d o s o." "Of c ourse not, sir," Dick made reply. "Thee has libel ed the vesse l , of course, but when the G overnment takes hold of the affair thee can speak a word for me, n o doubt." " I certainly shall," with a smile. "And then, peradventure the s lo op will not be continued as a vessel of war, and I may buy it at a fair price!' " I think very likely it will be s old, but there is s omething I want t o tell y o u about," smiling. "Thee has something to tell which every one is not aware of, my friend," said the Quaker with a shrewd look. ' "Yes , there is an attempt t o retake the sloop t o be made to-night, o r at leas t I s uspect that there is." "By these graceless fellows, the Cowboys?" "By some on e of that sort," with a smile "and I am going to be prepared for them and give them a surprise." "Thee knows my reputation, captain?" with a quiet laugh. "I am a friend, but I a m one of the militant s o1-t." "Yes, they call you the fighting Quaker," with a . s mile . "If there i s t o be any fighting done on the s loo p to-night, I would very much like to have a hand 'in it, t o keep up .my reputation friend Dick. If I am t o have the name I mu'st have the work as well." " I see," smiling. "There is no reason why you should not remain here, for I know that you will be of great u s e to me, but you mus t be s u p pos ed t o have gone home at a reas onable hour." "I s ee, a little bit of deception. " "Strategy, we will call it," s miling. "Some one resembling you will depart on your nag at the u sual time. Nothing need b e said, and if the other pers on i s taken for you, we have nothing to do with that." "Thee i s very clever, friend Dick, and yet this i s a piece of deception." "Very likely it i s , but pardonable for all that. Spies deceive, and yet spies are necessary and are honorable when conducting their work prop erly.. my boys will be acting as a spy and m di sguis e. I have worn the friends' dress myself often when engaged on a spying expedition. " "I s ee, and thee wishes me to spend the' n ight with thee on the s loop? Excellent! And we are not the kind to tell every one our Assuredly not. Very g o od, captain, I will re main.'' At about the time John Miller would ordi narily have gone away, therefore, a man in Quaker garb left the s l o op, got u pon the ho r ;,,: standil)g ready and rode away. This was c;i-e of the Liberty Boys, who was to return to Mr. Miller's hous e and tell his wife and daughter that he would be detained and might not rct.:n-n till morning. Then having changed b i!'; rlotht>. :-;, the boy would return t o the camp. Th!') fig:hti"ir Quaker was therefore in the Cabin of t.he s!l'ot> .. , I •


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND . THE FIGHTING QUAKER with Dick, but if there were any one watching they did not suspect this. The hour grew late, there was no sound along the river or shore, the lights were out in the cottage, and the few lights on the sloop were only such as were required by law and did not indicate any activity on board. In fact, the watch on deck seemed to have gone to sleep, and not a person could be s een on the sloop. Harry Judson, the watch, stood in the shadow of the mast and kept his eyes and ears open, the hour being one at which, if at any time, they might expect suspicious visitors. At length the watchful boy heard the s ound of muffled oars and knew that there were boats approaching. Any one accustomed to distinguishing sounds can tell an oar, muffled or not, and Harry was used to such and knew at once tha t one or more boats were making their way carefully toward the sloop with the intention of taking them by surprise. They were coming down the river, and Harry looked up stream to see if he could make them out, but it was still too dark. He knew that they were there, however, and imitated the cry of a night bird as a signal to Dick. The young patriot captain heard it .and quietly aroused the fighting Quaker, and said in a low tone: • "The enemy are approaching. One of the boys has just given me the signal. Be ready to run on deck at the call." "I am ready now, friend Dick," shortly. Dick went quickly among the boys below and told them that it was likely there would 'be something to do before very long, whereat each boy gave a smile of satisfaction. The boy s on deck knew from Harry's signal that he had heard something, 'and they strain_ ed their ears to see if they could hear anything. Paul Benson, Phil Waters, Will Freeman, Ned Nas h and Frank Belden, being on the side nearest, presently heard the unmistakable swish of the water which told them that boats were approaching, and Phil made the sound of a cricket. In a moment all the boys were on the alert, keeping their posttion by the rail out of the light, but ready to spring up in a moment. Harry remained motionless, the sloop's lights failing to show his position, and to all appearances there was no one on deck, or, if there was a watch, he was asleep. Will, close to the scuppers, heard the splash of water against the side, and then a cautious voice saying in a low whisper: "The young r e bels are all asleep. We won't .have any trouble at all in taking the sloop." "Sh I not a s ound. All must be done quietly .and swiftly. Forward!" There came the grating of a bo a t against the side of the ve s sel, and then a number of dark forms went scurrying up the si de and leaped over the rail. "Forward, .my men, and the s loop is ours!" cried some one . As the men ran toward the cabin companion, a dozen or more boys suddenly sprang up from under the rail, and at the same moment Dick Slater, the fighting Quaker, and a dozen Liberty Boys came running up from below. "By George! the young rebels are awake!" muttered the leader of the boarding party. "Over with you!" "Some of you will go ove r , I p r omise your' laughed H arry, as he ran at on c e of the enemy, caught him by the waistband and tumbled him over the rail into the w a t e r , and nowhere near a boat. "Bl).ck with thee, child o"f darknes s and sin!" roared the fighting Quaker, rushing at one of the enemy, a man as big as himself. Seizing the fellow by the hips , he raised hi m above his head and sent him flying over the rail among the boats belo w , caps izing one and throwing the man left to guard it into the water. Then lights flared up, and the invaders, scar cely more than a dozen, suddenly foqnd themselves facing twice that many determined boys, while others were coming on. John Miller sei z ed a capstan bar, and, with a roar like a bull , swung it around his head, mowing down all who ' were in the way. "Get ye gone, imps of Satan!" he roared. "Ye were born to be hanged, so ye need have n o fear of the w a ter." Some were thrown into the water, and som e leaped into it to escape c apture, only a few reaching the boats of their own accord, the d ecks being quickly cleared of all that did not belong there. "Thee did not expect to see me here, did t hee, Silas?" shouted the belligerent Quaker, rushing at one of the party, a rank To r y, to capture him. "Thee does not s eem pleased to se me, more over." The man ran to the rail and made a leap the Quaker seizing him by his coat t a il s as jumped. Off came the coat, and over into the water with a somersault went the fellow with a loud splash. Away went the boats , this way and that, s ome full and some nearly empty, a number of the men being obliged to swim or be taken. And now the alarm was sounded from the cottage, and Claus Van Winkle appea r e d at a window, a big white nightca p on his head and his blunderbus in his hand. "Give it to te tuntering taitors," he yelled. "Show mete willains and I make tern afraid." . Then there was a thunderous report, w hich awoke the echoes up and down the river and brought many men running to the spot, ate as was the hour. The. charg_ e of the blund erbus struck one of the boats and sent all of its occu pants flying into the water, the bo a t i tself s hortly sinking. The-excitement w a s s oon over, how ever, and before long all was again quiet a long the river and on board the sloop. / CHAPTER X.-Routing the Redcoats. Dick h a d not been anxious to make pri soners l ls long as he knew who the men were, for he l could always hold them in fear, knowing that, as they were not members of any military company, but only private citfaens, and could therefore be regarded as simple pirates and thieves . He had recpgnized nearly all of them, and those he did not know he would remember when he saw them again. Very few of them had esc a ped without


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND TlIE FIGHTING QUAKER 15 a ducking or a rough handling, and they would be likely to remember that night's adventure to their s orrow for a long time. The Quaker would have liked to capture all the ruffian s to put them in jail, but Dick knew that he had a hold over them now and was quite satisfied to have them get away, knowing that they would be careful what they did after that for fear of arrest and punishment. There was no further alarm during the night, and all the boys could have gone to bed and left the sloop to take care of itself for all that happened till morning. The boys were all awake and doing betimes, and Dick shortly after breakfast se t out with John Miller and a number of the boys, thos e he had brought over . from the camp, to s ee what moves the enemy might be making. He did not know that there were any about, but he was always on the lookout and so was not often surprised. The district at that time was likely to be visited at any moment by Cowboy s , Loyalists, Rangers, Lighthorse and Tory marauders , and for that iea s on Dick was always on the watch, never knowing when the enemy might appear. He set out with the fighting Quaker and a few of the boys, therefore, not knowing what he might encounter, and had not yet reached the village where John Miller lived when a man came running toward him around a turn in the roacl. crying excitedly: "There's a lot of redcoats, captain; Tarleton's, they say, making their way toward Bedford. They came up in the night, I guess , 'cause no one s een 'em till just now." ' Ride quick, Sam," said Dick, "and get the rest o f the boys. Go up the road, Ben, and arouse Colonel Sheldon if you can find him. I believe he is in the neighborhood." The two boy s dashed away at once, while Dick went on with the rest of his party to check the advance of the enemy till reinforcements shoul d arrive. Sheldon was a most active s oldier, and his detachment belonged to the forces under Scott, which patrolled that part of Westchester at the time. Lieutenant-colonel Tarleton was one of the mo s t active of the British cavalry officers, and with Somcoe, Delancey and Emerick, had often raided middle Westchester, especially that part lying near the river. Dick knew his reputation as a fighter, out was not afraid to meet him once he had all his boys together, and did.. not fear to check him, although different tactics would have to be employed until the full company of Liberty Boys came up. Dick and the Liberty Boys and the fighting Quaker rode on at a gallop in the direction where the enemy were supposed to be going, and at length Dick saw a cloud of dust ahead of him and heard the tramp of many horses. "They are going to Bedford," said the Quaker. "I know a road which will give us an advantage over the s ons .of war." . " I think I do also," said Dick. "It is along here on the right. I wonder they did not take themselves." "Thee is right, friend Dick. The road i s not very plain, and the redcoats have taken it for a blind one. Thee can save h,alf a mile by it and get ahead of these s ons of Satan." Dick left one of the boys behind to direct Bob and the boys, and went on at full speed. The . boys came out upon the main road ahead o:( Tarleton and his marauders, and posted themselves in a thick wood at a bend in the road where they could direct a cross fire upon the enemy when they should come up. He then sent some of the boys ahead to warn the people that the redcoats were coming, and they made ready to meet the enemy and give them a great surprise. The boys posted thems elves behind trees and stumps and fences, putting the horses in a safe place, but where they could be readily gotten at in case of an emergency. . "If the boys rode fast and Sheldon is where I think he is," Dick said to the Quaker, "he should be here not long after Tarleton. If he takes the shorter road he will come out here and drive Tarleton before him, but if he comes by the other he will attack the redcoats in the rear and perhaps be at -a disadvantage." "If he comes ahead of the boys he will probably take the short road," declared Frank. At length Dick heard the enemy coming on, some of the neighboring farmers having already gathered. Tarleton appeared at last and charged upon the farmers, thinking to J:oute them with a few shots. Then to the surprise of the haughty Briton, the Liberty Boys suddenly opened fire upon him and with good effect. The redcoats could not see the boys and did not know where to fire, while the plucky young patriots could see the enemy and made every shot tell, many of the redcoats falling from their saddles and many receiving serious wounds. Shot after shot the brave boys fired, and very few missed . their mark, a great number of the young patriots being deadshots. Tarleton pushed on so as to get away from his tormenting young enemies, whom he could feel but could not see, and at length they dashed on, although suffering considerable loss. Then 'they swept on toward the village, where they expected to do a lot of damage and capture Major Lockwood, a patriot of ficer who lived in the town. Lockwood had heen very troubles ome to Tarleton and Emmerick and other Britis h leaders, and they were anxious to take him. The Liberty Boys got their horses, and now they heard the tramp of the re?t of the Liberty Boys and gave a cheer. Up came Bob and Mark and the greater part of the Boys,. and then Sheldon was heard coming by the main road, although still some distance off. The Liberty Boys charged as Tarleton halted and began to send his troopers to plunder the houses and search for Lockwood . "Fire, boys!" shouted Dick. "Let us teach these redcoats that they cannot ride roughshod over u s as they will." Crash-roar! "Liberty forever, down with Tarleton and his thieving redcoats!" echoed the gallant boys, as they poured a fierce volley upon the enemy. "Smite the evildoers hip and thigh!" shouted the fighting Quaker, as he dischanrecl his weapon with good effect and tumbled a redco11t officer out of the saddle. Then he gathered a number of the \il!agers and led them against the enemy, the rn1;11 being surprised to see a broadbrim, as they calleci him,


\ 16 THE LIBER'rY BOYS AND THE FIGHTING QUAKER leading them and taking such a pro,minent part but we'll see phwat we have, an' if that'll not do in the fray. John Miller put men bellind thim, we'll have to get something else." fences and in a barn, and here they poured a "All righd, what you was got?" steady fire upon the redcoats and were not easily "Nothing, faix !" roared Patsy. dislodged. The redcoats took revenge by burning "Humbug!" sputtered Carl. "Why you don'd the barn, setting fire to the church, and burning toldt me dot?" Mayor Lockwood's house, although they did not "Sure Oi did, but come on with ye with the succee d in captering Lockwood himself. Then horse an' cart, an' we'll have something sho rtly." C olonel Sheldon and his battalion came up, the Patsy and Carl went off to get the horse and boys beginning to need help, and Tarleton saw cart and go after some supplies. that he was not going to have everything his On the way they met s ome boys driving s heep, own way. The villagers, encouraged by the ap-the leader calling out to them angrily: perance of the regulars, now seemed to take on "Hi! get out of the way, you rebel s! How fresh vigor and attacked the enemy with great you expect we're goin' to drive them sheep if you spirit. . get in the way? This ain't no place for rebels "Smite with the sword of the Lord and of anyhow!" Gideon!" cried the Quaker. "Deal not gently On came the sheep and began to scatter, s ome with the evildoer, but show him the e;rror of his going one way and some another. ways through a musket barrel." "Get out of that!" cried Patsy, driving clo se fu The Liberty Boys had fought with the same one side and forcing s ome of the sheep into the vim right along, but they were nevertheless briers, where they got caught. glad to have the aid of Sheld on and his men, "Hi there! you stop o' that, you rebels!" yelled 1 and it began to fare badly with Tarleton and his the boy. invaders . "They had set fire to a number of "Sure Oi' ve stopp ed t'ree o' thim, an' Oi'll stop h ouses, but they had lost some men, and now thim all if ye'll give . me toime, me bye,' laughed they would have to or lose many mo re. Patsy. "Drive the malefactors like sheep!" cried the Then Pats y and Carl shot the sheep that were Quaker. "Away with the children of Belia!, caught in the bushes, threw them into the ca1t, , scatterthe minions of Beelzebub!" and drove on . • The Liberty Boys gave a roar of laughter and They shortly had a lot more things in the cart charged with Sheldon's men upon the redcoats, that covered the -sheep, and on the way back to wh ose only satisfaction was that they had burn-the camp they met a man who said to them in an ed a church and set fire to a number of houses. angry tone: "Rout the s on s of sin, smite the sacrilegious "Hi , you r e bels, what did you do with them scoundre l s who destroy churches!" shouted John sheep?" Miller, leading on the farmers, who no longer "An' what s heep do ye mane at all?" a sked laughed at the Quaker cut of his clothes and his. Patsy . . "Sure they .do all look alike to meself ex broad-brimmed hat, but followed him as readily cept the black wans." as they w ould have followed a general in blue "Them was the ' sheep you drove into the brier and buff with gold lace on his hat. The redbushes, you rebels, an' I gotter have 'em, els e I'll coats had little satisfaction out of their raid send a constable arter ye. Them was my sheep." and retreated in .hot haste, their chagrin in"An' didn't ye find thim ?" creased by the fact that a company of boys "No, I didn't. You shot 'em. The boy s he

> .... . THE LIBERTY BOYS AND TH . E FIGHTING QUAKER 17 might pass up .and down the iiver, thus finely supplementing the blunderbus and the goose gun. The LibertY, Boys did not' remain at the tage, but passed there frequently s o that 1f • there was any news they would be sure to hear it as s oon as any one. On the third day after the rout of Tarleton, the enemy not having appeared in the meantime, Dick and quite a party of the Liberty Boys set out one morning and halted at the cottage as John Miller came riding up on a stout horse with a couple of well filled saddle bags, one at each side. "Good-day, friend captain," he said. "Has thee heard anything of those follows of Belia!, the redcoats o r those imps of Beelzebub, the Cowboys?" " No, I have not, sir,'' Dick reSJ'.Onded. "Per haps our worthy friend Claus may have heard something. Things have been very quiet since the redcoats received such a punishing." "Verily they have, friend Dick, and peradventure the malefactors will not realize that the way of the transgresso r is not a pleasant nor an easy road." " I think that we have m!lde an impression on them, certainly," with a s mile. Just then Yan Van Winkle, one of the sons of Claus, came out of the hou se and said to Dick: " Some fellows hafe come town te rifer and say tat te cowpoys are on te raid up tere s om e vere." "Then we mus t get after them at once," Dick replied. "Those s ons of Beelzebub on the r oad ?" cried the Quaker. "Then I am the war horse that smelleth, the battle afar off . Take these sad dle bags, good Yan, and keep them for me till I return. Nothing must delay me or keep me from the a trail of the malefactors. Is thee going at once, friend Dick?" "Yes, without delay," Dick rejoined.. "Ride back quickly, Jack, and bring up more of the boys. We do not know how many of these fel lows there may be out, and we shall want to give them a good thrashing." Jack was off like the wind on his speedy mare, and now Yan, who had taken the saddle bags, continued: "Tey say that Parrow is wit te Cowpoys and Chones and Mills pesides. Te men tey see tern." "I know the fellows,'' muttered Dick. "Barrow belongs up here, and I have an affair to settle with him in addition to this one. Jones and Mills are old offenders and must be punished." The Quaker having gotten rid of his saddle bags, now set off with Dick and the boys up the road as a rapid gait. Crossing the Croton, the boys met some men whom Dick knew to be thorough r.atrlots, and one of them said: "We re glad you've come, captain. Mike Barrow, Hank Jones, Si Mills and a -lot of Cowboys have started in to raiding the region, thinking that you would be too busy and too far off to hear anything about it." "I heard the news just now, Cartwright,'' Dick answered, "and came up without delay. Where are the ruffians supposed to be?" "My boy stumbled upon their camp last night and heard them say that they were going to raid . .. Underhill's place this morning. They were at Griffin's last night, but were frightened off. Ned Wright serit some of the neighbors to go after them." "Very we ll. I will go there now and make my way to Underhill's. Follow as s oon a s you can, and if you see a troop o f the Liberty Boys, send them after me." " So we will, captain," and then Dick rode on with the boys and the fighting who had s o often proved so valuable an ally. They cut through •toward the back road a s rapidly as possible, the Quake1 knowing a lane which would save .them considerable distance. It brought them out near Underhill's farm, in fact, and toward this they hurried, not knowing ho w soon the Cowboys might be there. Taking the short cut proved t o be the wisest thiil'g they could have done, for, as they rode on at a gallop, they suddenly heard the. noise of shots and sh?uts and 'knew that something was .going on quite near them. They went on at a more rapid gait, and in a few moments came in sight of Underhill's hou s e and saw a considerable number Of\roughly dressed, evil looking men attacking it. With a shout they dashed forward and opened fire _ppon the Cowboy s without delay, wounding a number oi them. Two or three were about to fire a haystack near the barn, and Dick sent Ben and Sam arid four or five more of the boys t.o rout them. The Cowboy s dropped their firebrands in haste and fled toward the " woods the boys opening fire upon them and wounding' one. The farmer and his sons came running from the now to chastise the Cowboy s, Dick and hi s boys charging them furiously. There was a large party of the outlaws, however the leaders having gathered all the evil fello;s he could find in the region for miles around s o that he would have a force strong enough to terrorize the people. There were more of them than there were of the Liberty. Boys, but Dick that the others not be long in ar rivmg so that they might give the Cowboys a deserved punishment, and capture s om e of them as well to make examples of. One of the farmer's s on s , running out unarmed, was shot dead by Barrow, Dick, the Quaker and a number of the boys seeing the cowardly act. fired at the man, but he had dodged behind a tree and the shot missed him. He quickly fell back out of harm's way, Dick, the Quaker and a dozen of the boys pursuing him. The Cowboys took post behind a fence and opened fir e upon the boys, some of whom were hurt, although not seriously. Then Dick took up a position behind another fence and kept the Cowboy s from advancing. The latter were determined to do all the damage they could, however, in revenge for having been interrupted at their work, and now set fire to a mJmber of small outbuildings and some of the fence s. The boys fired upon them whenever they could get a shot, but the evil fellows kept out of the way mostly, and so few of them suffered. Before long, h owe7er, the second party of the Liberty Boys arrived, and also a number of farmers, and a charge was made. "Catch the fellow Barrow," Dick. "He is a murderer and must be punished." .


18 THE LIBERTY BOY S AND THE FIGHTING QUAKER There were now enough of the boys and their allies to deal with the Cowboys, and with a shout the brave lads charged upon the enemy, driving them from their position. Some of the burning buildings were saved by the farmers, the Liberty Boys pui suing the Cowb oy s to punis h them and. capture the leader if possible. Mu skets and pistols rattled and cracked, and there was a constant puttering-of bullets among the trees and on the road as the ma,rauders <:peJ off on their horses. Some were Jumbled from their saddles and crawled away into the bushes or under hedges to e s cape, S?me falli:ng the road and lying there at the nsk of bemg ridden over. Then some whose horses were hit got off in a hurry and took to the wood s to e scape being captur d by the resolute boy s. Dic k was determined to capture the leadei' and made an of him in order to deter the others from commit. ting further exce ss e s. The man was in plain sigl1t at the head of his men, and Dick and the boy s went on at full speed, firing as they rode and determined to overtake the malefactor and punis h the ruffian s . The Quaker rode close to the boys and showed as much excitement as did, presenting a coi:itrast to them m their smart unilorms with his sober garb and broad-brimmed hat. ' The Cowboys quickly realized that the boys to chastise them severely, and began to scatter as fast as they could, and to leave their leader darting down this byway and that, taking the woods and at times brooks or racing across fields. Dick kept his boy s together, keeping up a continuous firing upon the Cowboy s and picking off one every now and then. The boys were c]:iastising the Cowboys indeed, and the scoundrels began to realize it more and m ore and to make every effort to get away. !farrow still had a goo_dly number. with him when, after a chase of a mile or more, they reached a fork in the road, one branch leading to the hills and the other tow'.lrd the river. More than half the men took this road, and Dic k let them go, the leadei of the gang having taken the other. " I know many of these fellows," muttered Dick, "and the people of the neighborhood will be told who they are and warned to look out for them, so they can go fQr the present." Then as they rode on at good speed, ascending a steep and very rough road, the Quaker's hors e cast a shot and he was obliged to halt. "Thee must go on without me, captain," he said dismounting. " I cannot ride the beast in this' condition, and I will not delay thee in thy pursuit of the evildoers." The Quaker went back to get his horse shod, therefore, while the boys kept on, determined to catch the leader of the Cowboys if it were pos sible. Half way up the hill there was a sharp turn, and upon rounding this Dick found_ roads, neither of them very good, the fugitives b.aving divided their forces in order to puzzle him . Dick took half of the boys and followed the easiest road, while he sent Bob with the rest cpon the other. He judged that Barrow would ; a ke the easier .rnad in order to get away all Lhe faster, :-!nd for that reason he took it him ielf. That he had not made a mistake was shown in a few minutes when he . suddenly caught sight of Barrow and a dozen men hurrying around a bend in the road at all speed CHAPTER XII.-In Hot Purs uit. "After the villajns ! " cried Dick . "There they are, don't let them escape, the contemptible ruf fians!" Crack-crack-crack! A number of shots rattled after the Cowboy s as they dashed around the bend in the road, and as the boy s went on they came upon a horse in the ditch, its rider making his way into the bushes in haste. 'l;'hen they found another horse that had fallen . and broken both fore legs, the rider having been thrown into the bushes. The horse was killed to end his misery, and the boy s went on as rapidly as pos s ible, the road growing worse and worse every moment. More and More of the Cowboys were leaving it, some abandoning their horses and taking to the wood s , the country growing wilder and wilder. At length Dick saw Barrow's horse grazing by the wayside, and saw a break in the bushes which told him where the man had gone. _ Taking Mark, Jack, Ben, Sam and two or three more of the boy s, he dismounted and followed, leaving the rest to look after the horses and keep an eye on -any more of .the Cowboy s that might appear. "The fellow has taken to the woods hoping to escape," he said. "It i s just as well that I noticed what sort of horse he rode, for otherwise I might have been deceived and passed the animal without a thought." They found the man's tracks without difficulty, all of them being good at following a trail, and kept on in hot pursuit of the ruffian. They saw a rough little hut, probably o nce used by a hunter or woodman, and Dick said, warningly: "Be careful, boy s , the fellow may b e there!" Hardly had he spoken when there came the crack of a rifle, and a bullet came whistling through the leaves from the direction of the hut. The )Joys dropped to the ground or dodged behind t rees, and s o none of them was hit. "Spreaa out to surround the place, boys," said Dick in a low tone. Still keeping under cover, the boy s crept forward, Dick in the middle, Mark on the right and Jack on the left, and Ben, Sam and Will on one side, with George, Will and Phil on the other. The boys had their muskets ready to throw to position in an instant, and went on rapmly, thos e on the ends more rapidly than those in the middle. There was no sec ond shot fired from the hut, and many of the boys thought that the man was reloading his rifle. Dick had an idea that he would try to leave the hut, and for that reason had told the boys to spread out so as to surround the place. He presently gave a signal which all the boys understood, and they went on faster, Ben at length meeting Sam at the rear Of the hut. Ben signaled and Will and George answered, being the nearest. Then Mark appeared and said: "You haven't seen the fellow, have you?" "No, but here are tracks," replied B e n . "And the door of the hut is op0n," added WilL


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE FIGHTING QUAKER . 19 Then Dick and s ome others came up and pus h ed open the front door of the hut, finding no one inside. "I thought perhaps he might do this," remarke d Dick. . There was no place to hide in the hut, and then the tracks in the rear showed that the man had left it, and the boys at once took up the trail, keeping a sharp lookout that he did not fire upon them. !l'he region was a wild one and the boys h ad some difficulty in making their way through it, the trail being easily followed, however. Reaching a brook, they saw the man disappearing into a thicket on the farther side and they cro ss ed without delay, although not all at one place. "The fellow may try to double on his tracks," observed Dick, "and we must look out for him." They went on both s ide s of the thicket, but at the farther edge did not see any tracks, and some of the boys declared that the fellow had not come out, but was still hiding within. Dick looked about him, however, and noticed a thick branch of a tree close to the thicket whicfi hung ove r it. "Wait a moment," he said, making his way into the bushes. He had taken three or four steps only, when he came to a place where the grass was trampled, and then noticed some broken twigs on the overhanging branch. "He has drawn himself up into the tree from the thicket," he said , returning, "and has made his way' ahead, leaving no tracks here but plenty of them back there." Then the bciys pushed on, and presently saw where the man had dropped from the tree and gone on. They were still tn hot pursuit of the fellow, knowing that he could not be • far ahead, and resolved to come up with him at last. At length the way led to a steep path between iocks, and here, as they were hurrying on, a shot rang out and a bullet narrowly escaped hitting B e n. Jack, Will and Sam saw which way the bullet had come, and fired on the instant all the boys hurrying forward at full speed notwithstanding the difficulties of the way. At the top of the path Dick saw the man running at full s peed across across a half open space and fired. The man was seen to fall, but was not hit,. for he quickly sprang up and went dashing down the side of a little gully he had come upon. Dick re.ached it in a few moments and called to the boys to come up. The boys spread out, the gully being not more than fifty feet long, although quite deep in places. Presently J ac'll: Warren gave a signal to the boys, imitating the cry of a bird. He saw the man crouching behind .a rock, seeing his coat plainly. Mark came up and asked: "What is it, Jack?" "There is the fellow down there. Can't you see his coat?" "Yes, plainly. We must have him out of that." Mark signaled to Dick, who came up and said: "He is down there, is he?" "Yes, hiding behind a rock." "Yes, I see him. Hallo! we see you down there, Barrow, so you had better come out!" ., There was no answer, and the man made no move. "If you don't come out we will fire!" shouted Dick. Still there was no answer, and Jack moved along some five or six yards to get a better sight at the man. "Oh, I say, captain, that's too bad!" he suddenly shouted. "What is the trouble, Jack?" "That is not the man at all, but only his coat put around a stone." "That's so!" cried George Brewster, farther along the bank. "I can see it plain. The coat is jus t put around a big stone." The boys hurried on, following the trail easily, but seeing nothing of the man they were pursuing. At length they reached a spot where the ledge rock cropped out very freely, there bein g little moss or earth on it and few tracks. I n fact, there were tracks to a distance of a few feet only, and then they disappeared entirely and the boys could not find any more. "The fellow has cros se d the ledge somewhere," insisted Dick, "but where, is the question. We must find some trace of him somewhere." Then they went back to where they had seen the tracks and examined them carefully. "That's a stupid thing!" muttered Dick. "What is?" asked Mark, in great surprise . "For me not to have detected this trick in the first place." "What trick is that?" asked all the boys. "Why, the fellow taking off his shoes, putting them on his hands and make the tracks." "Then he may not have crossed the ledge at all?" asked Mark. "I don't belive he d4d, or, if so, he crossed it in his hose and held his sh"lles in his hands." The boys now crossed the ledge where it wa s barest, going lengthwis e, and at the farther end finally found a track some distance from the ledge where the man had put on hi s shoes. They pushed on rapidly for half an hour and struck a rough, seldom used road, where they saw the ti:acks plainly for a few minutes. Then they ceased and the boys .were puzzled, until Dick said, with a dry laugh: "The man is trying every trick he can think of. He is afraid that we will track him in spite of his tricks and has jumped into this dry ditch and made his way along it. Don't you see the footprints?" The boys followed the ditch for some distance, when the footprints left it and were seen more or less plainly on the road. Then they were lost, but the boys kept on and at length, at the window of a little cabin back from the road, they saw the man of whom they were in search. CHAPTER XIII.-Justiee h Done. "There he is!" hissed Dick. "Quick, surround the cabin!" The boys made a dash for the cabin, some go ing one side and some the other, Dick hurryi,Jlc to the front. Barrow saw him, spran11: to hU I


r r I 20 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE FIGHTING QUAKER feet and hul'ried from the window. Dick ran up the few steps leading to the front door, pushed open the latter and ran in, pistol in hand. "What you want?" asked a man, coming forward. • "There is a murderer in the cabin and we want him. He must be given up to justice." "There isn't any one here but me." "I saw the man but a moment ago. He cannot have e scaped so soon." "Well, he did. He ran out the back door. He said you was a rebel and ran out." "I can scarcely credit it," Dick replied. "Let me speak to the boys outside." He then passed through the living-room of the cabin to the back door, which he found barred. "Did the man close the door after himself?" he a s ked, shortly. "No; he jumped out'n the window," with a "What do you rebels want, anyhow?" The window was barred also and Dick opened the door and asked Ben and Sam, who were at the back of the cabin: "Has any one come out since you came here, or d id you s-ee any one running away as you came up?" "No, we did not," Ben replied, "and there are no footprints in the sand, as you can see." Dick called Mark and Jack and said: "The man is here somewhere. Look in the loft, but be careful." There was a ladder leading to a loft overhead, and up this went Jack Warren, pistol in hand. The place was nearly bare and there was n o hiding places where one might secret himself. "He is not here, captain," Jack called down. "Very good; come down:'' Jack descerideCl the .. ladder and Dick, going to the Chimney at one side called out: "Come down, Barrow. You are up there. There is no ceJ]ar under the cabin and you are not in the loft!" Dick heard a scrambling inside the chimney, and. in a moment Will, at one side of the cabin, shouted out: "Hallo; There he is, trying to get out of the chimney!" Two or three of the boys ran around to the side of the cabin, those in the rear being able to see the man. It was Barrow, sure enough, climbing out of the chimney, covered with soot and looking like a hunted dog. The boys seized him, and then Dick and the others came out. 'C'he man of the cabi n threw s ome money on the g:ound and said, wtih a fierce growl: "There's your money ! I wouldn't touch it if I was starving! You lied to me; you made me take an oath by lying to me. You said you was a Tory and that the rebels were after you. I'm a Tory myself, but I'm not a thief and a murdered. You would never have got me to swear if you hadn't lied." Barrow picked up the money, put it in his pocket and muttered: / "You've got to give me a fair trial. You can't hang me on your own say-so. I say I didn't do these things and you've got to prove I did. Young Underhill threatened me and I shot him in self defense." .. . .. It waslate in the afternoon before Barrow was lodged in jail on several charges, and quite dark before all the boys got back to the camp with the horses. The man took h is own life in prison a week before the day of the trial, thus becoming his own executioner. The other cowboys, alarmed at the fate of so m'any of tht)ir evil ass ociates, left the neighborhood and were not seen there again, going to other parts of the neutral ground or elsewhere in .the State, s ome even going to other States. Hank Jones and others who did_ not belong in the district left it in haste and did not venture into it as long as the Liberty Boys were about. John Miller was quite busy with .his trading ship, and the boy s did not see as much of him a s they had done before he had bought it. Later in the summer, when the boys were in lower Westchester, still . in th.e neutral ground, a goodly party of them were riding along the river one afternoon when they saw a sloop coming up the Hudson, purs u ed by a British war vessel of larger size . "That's the Fighting Quaker's sl oop! " cried Bob, excitedly. The sloop put in toward shore and lay to in shallow water, when the enemy lowered a number of boats and set out toward shore. "Here is a chance for us," muttered Dick, and the boys at once dashed down close to the water, as near to the s loop as they could get. The boats came on, but as so on as they got within range the boy s opened fire upon them and forced them to pull away. Then the gallant fellow s gave a hearty cheer and the enemy did not attempt to come on aga_ in, as now the guns from. one of the shore batteries nearby opened upon the boats and they were up, the vessel putting away in 4aste. In a short time John Miller came ashore in his boa t and said: "Thee came in good time, Friend Dick. Thee knows that I carry no guns and s o could not defend myself." "Well, we do," with a laug;1, "and then we were only rt:turning past favors, for you came to our aid more than once in the summer that i s go ing." The Liberty Boys went away s oon after that, going South, where they remained for s om e time, doing active work for the cause and adding many laurels to those they had already won. After the conclusion of the war there was one of the Liberty Boys who assumed the Quaker garb took up the ploughshare for the sword, and became a member of the Society o f Friends, and all on account of Dorcas Miller, the pretty Quakeress. Next week's issue will contain "THE I .JBERTY BOYS' BRA VEST DEED; or, DICK SLATER'S DARING DASH." Send us a one-cent stamp to cover postage , and we will mail you a copy of "Mystery Magazine." Bowen ( struck for a loan)-Well, I'm a bit short myself, but I'll lend you ten if you'll promise not to keep it long. Owens-Promise! Sure l'il promise ! I'll-spend it this very afternoon. •


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 21 CURRENT NEWS HEIFER SETS NEW RECORD Dainty Aggie Ormsby III, a Holstein heifer o wned by John Erickson, Wacupaca, Wis. , has just completed a yearl y record that makes her the world .. s champion butter producing senior yea1 lin g and also wins for her the world's champion ship for combined milk and butter, the .wacupaca County farm agent announced recently. In 365 da ys the Holst(!in produced 22,151 3-10 pounds of milk and 87 0.63 pounds of fat, or the equivalent of 1,08 3 . 09 po"QJldS of butter, the agent said. MASTODON JAWBONE While pumping sand at the county plant on the Arkansas River, east of Ellinwood, Kan., workmen found what appeared to he the petrified jawbone of some animal. The bone was sent to the Kansas State University Department of Geology for identification. The department replied, stating that it is the jawbone of a mastodon, a s pecie s of giant prehistoric elephant which scientists claim roamed the plains some thousands of years ago. The letter states that the specimen is the largest ever found. It was 14 inche s in lengt h and the teeth appeared about 5 inches wide and 6 or 7 inches in length. The jawbone of a large elephant is said to be about 7 inches in length, so that it is presumed this jawbone came from an animal twice as large as the average elephant. The s pecimen was found at a depth o f 40 feet in the middle of the river. SHOES MADE OF fISH AND SNAKE SKINS Shoes, a s well as bags, are no w being made of fis h and snake skins. This substitute for leather is said to cost le ss, and to be practically everlasting. Of reptiles, the various k in d s of python , as well as lizards from Ceylon and Java, furnis h skins that are serviceable and attractive in appearance, with a s pecial charm for the ladi es. Almost any kind of fis h that is large enough furnishes material that, :with the scale s removed, makes beautiful patterns of great variety, says Popular Mechanics. The skins are cut and fitted in the same manner as leather;and are used for s hoei; of various shapes for both men and w omen. In so me parts o f the country they have attracted favorable attention and have become quite popular. SEND US A CENT -We Want to Mail You a Sample Copy . cf MYSTERY MAGAZINE'' The Cent Pays the Postage and the Magazine Will Please You. It Contains DETECTIVE STORIES They are full of pep, they grip your interest, and they are replete with tery, adve nture and good plots. We Want You to Read Them There is .one bigfeature, and half a dozen shorter stories in every number, to say nothmg of the articles on all sorts of interestin g subjects. . Famous Authors Write All the Material The Best Artists Illustrate the Stories And the type is large, clear and readable This pub lic ation contains more genuinely good stories than you can get in many of the higher priced ma ga zines. The Price Is 10 Cents a Copy E. WOLFF, Publisher, Inc., 166 West 23d St., New York


! 22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 Bellville Academy Boys --ORVICTORIES OF TRACK AND FIELD By RALPH MORTON (A Serial Story) CHAPTER XXIV.-(Continued.) Dan suddenly aro se behind the Italian, and slipped that soft black hat across the man's fa ce, and into his mouth. At the same time, one hand and arm encircled the fellow's neck in a rigid vise like grip. Sammie acted with commendable promptness, as he grabbed the shotgun, which the man car1ied. Quicker still was Sammie's movement, as he swung the weapon about and presse d it against the pit of the Italian's stomach. "You make a sound and we'll shoot a hole through you!" whispered Dan, hoarsely. And the Italian believed him. And so it was that Dan Barnett used the man's own bandanna handkerchief to gag him with, and used a rope; which was in the rascal's pocketevidently left over from the attempted robberyfor binding him prone on the ground. This work was done in jiffy and Dan looked aroun d to see what more c ould be done to round up the rascals. "They are s leeping, as though they had been drugged," remarked Dan, in a low voice. "That's it---Only they used bad liquor instead of a drug. I think that's worse than any drug!" answered Dan, in low tones. "I ' know what let's do." He slippe d up close to one of the sleeping sec tion hands whose loud snores rang out in the night air. It took but an instant to search man and find his revolver. Dan took this weapon from his pocket cautiaus ly, and Sammie caught his i dea . I nside of three or four minutes they had ,passed from one to another of the intoxicated sleepers. The desperado es-being .new at the business-had been ca1 e less enough to rest on their trail after their crime. Perhaps they thought that the authorities would be afraid to follow them-but whatever it wa s theY. misjudged Yankee spirit, whic h will follow any dangerous trail in the cause of right. The men had had an orgy, as a dismantled cask o f whisky showed to Dan, when he reached the cam!" fire, smoldering still. Dan figured out the direction of the railroad track, and when the was complete, the two youths went to hunt for the sheriff and his posse. Their work had been well done. It took careful and rapid labor to ensnare the wicked crew, but without '.firearms the hastily wakened ltS;lians were helpless, and they were all brought to Justice, to be sent for heavy terms to the state peniteptiary. The conduetor survived his wound and the eventful night was one long in the annals of B e llville Academy. Dan Barnett and Sanm1ie Bell continued their successful days in the and became more and more popular. followm_g year Dan was captain of so many thmgs that 1t would be a task t o write of all <>f them. When h e finished B ellvill e, a few years ago he weut to Colleg _ e, where he repeated the 'triumphs o f his boardmg school on a popular scale . He after. settled in business, marrying beautiful Adams, and to-day he is one of the leading Y?ung captains of industry in a great Western city. The methods of and field-honesty, gamenes s and never-say-die helped him to become as prominent as he is to-day. Sammie Bell marrie d Arabella's room-mate, and together the four have j olly trips b ack to B ellv ill e Academy every year to see the annual games, and to join the old and new boy s. And Bellville is still a leader in athletics and manliness, for it 11ad the right sort of students and spirit, which beats even the name for hard study. (The end.) A New Serial Will Start In Our Next Number. It Will Be an Interesting Story. Read It! BLACK SHEEP The apoearance of black lambs in a flock made up entirely of white sheep has been for ages and is still a c-ause for wonder and the basis of superstitions. But the study of the laws of breeling and heredity has explained the reasons for the sporadic appearance of these off color specimen s . F-eedin g and management of sheep have nothing to do with the appearanee of black lambs. The black color is hereditary even though it may be transmitted by ordinary white sheep. The black color in such a case i s what is called a recessive character. Whit-e sheep which transmit this character at all transmit black in 5 0 per cent. of their reproductive cells and white in the remaining 50 per cent. Thus, such white sheep mated wit11 blacks-which can only transmit black-produce 50 per cent. black lambs and 50 per cent. white. All of these white lambs can transmit black. White sheep which transmit only white, mat ed Wi•th bl acks, produce only white lambs, but all of these lambs can transmit black. When both ewe and ram are white, but both transmit black, about 25 per cent. of the lambs are blac1c, 50 per cent. are white which transmit black, while the remaining 25 per cent. are true breeding whites. Se nd us a one-cent -stamp to cover postage, and we wiU mail you a copy o f "Mystery M a gazine."


THE LIBERTY B O YS OF '76 23 ITEMS OF INTEREST RAT'S JOKE ON BARBER A rat with an appetite for olive oil has been causing some inconvenience at the John Fox barber s hop in Junction City, Kan. Three nights in succession the rodent has tipped ovet the bottle and removed the tightly inserted glass stopper. There was not sufficient olive oil in the bottle to cause it to run out, however, and the rat .,as unable to get to it. In revenge it ate the soapy center bristles from several shaving brushes. WOMAN GETS BACK MONEY Seventeen years ago, at a band concert in Marinette, Wis., Miss Adeline Pratt, Deputy Register of Deeds, lost a pocketbook with several dollars • and a keepsake knife in it. She was surprised . 1ecently on going to the post-office to receive a packet containing the knife and money without any explanation. Whether she lost the pocket boo k or it was stolen from her s he does not know, but efforts to recover it by advertising at the time failed. STORY OF A RARE STAMP Wealthy stamp lovers of many nationalities vied with each o ther for th e possession of the rarest specimen known to philatelis t s when it was put up for public sale at the Hote l Drouot, Paris. It is the unique 1-cent Britis h Guiana of 1856, which for more than forty years past has adorned the famous stamp collection of the late Ba1on De La Renotiere von Ferrary, which was di spersed by the French Government Liquidation of Sequestrated Property. . The story of this only remaining example of this renowned stamp i s a romance . Together with a companion value, 4 cents, it was produced in the colony to meet an emergency demand brought about by the non-arrival of an expected consignment of the regular series from England. The firm of Baum & Dallas , printers of the Of ficial Gazette at Georgetown, Demerara, undertook to print a provisional iss ue, the stamps being composed of ordinary printer's type, with the figure of a sailing ship in the center, which ordinarily headed the shipping news in the newspaper. Above and below this device was set in type the motto of Britis h Guiana : "Damsuus Petimus o u J Vicissim." The whole was enclosed in a frame, with the inscription "British Guiana Postage," and the value inwords on the outsides. These so-ca lled "native" stamps were printed on surface colored paper and placed on sale to the public in February, 18 56. For better security each speci men was personaJly initialled by the po stmaster before being issued. The 4 cents is a comparatively rare stamp, but of the 1 cent only a solitary copy has been pre-served-namely, that which was sold to the highest bidder recently. Not until seventeen years after was it brought to light by a local stamp collector while rum maging amon g some old family papers in an attic. It was far from being a perfect: specimen, and, not being favorably impressed by its appeara_nce, he s old it to another collector 0for a few shill!ngs. Th.e purchaser likewise failed to ap preciate the importance of hi s acquii;ition and some ye; later dis pos e d of his in cluding the unique one-cent stamp. to an Engli s h stamp dealer for the snm of . Thence the passed !nto the wm!d's greatest stamp collect1on, where 1t has remamed until now. Few. have been privileged to sPe it. but among them 1s Mr. E. :O. Bacon, M.V.O., who in 1891 wrote: "While in Paris I had a long-wished-for opportunity of examining the only known copy of the one-cent of this issue, of which Herr P. von Ferrary i s the fortunate po ssess o r. 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.. I II r • " THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 .. Mar vels of the Maine Woods By ALEXANDER ARMSTRONG ' "The mightiest hunter in Maine i s Nat Moore of Some1 ' set county," said a New Yorker who has fis h ed and hunted all over Maine and a good part of Ne\Y Brunswick. "Nat must be over seventy, but he sticks to the woods like a deerhound. I l rnve know n him si nce 1860, and in that yea1 he showed me the grandest sight that any mortal man-...eyer . gazed upon. It was evening early in' the summer, just between daylight and dark. 'We were camping on one of the lakes in Somerset county, trout fishing. Nat to the pond for s ome purpose, and a minute l a ter he came back. "'If you want to s ee something that you won't be likely to ever clap your eyes on again as long as you live,' he said, with hi s eyes snapping with excitement, 'sneak back to the pond with me.' " I crept stealthily in his wake (iown through the thick timber to the edge of the woods. It was still light enough at the upper end of the lake, near which we were camped, and which was not in the shadow of the hill, for us to see plainly fo1 a quarter of a mile along the margin of the water. Nat cautiously parted the rlense growth o f young water birches that fringed the edge of the lake on that s id e . " 'Look yonder,' said he. "I looked, and my heart almost jumped out of n1y mouth at the sight. All along the upper shore of the lake, standing belly deep among the lil y pods, in various attitudes of grace an

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 I 25 most infallible mo o se trailers. There are some very expert callers among the Maine woodsmen, and Nat Moore is undoubtedly one of the very best of them all. The time to call the bull moose is from the middle of September to the middle of October, and sometimes later. It is the habit of the fe male at that time of the year to seek open spaces on the hills at sundown, andgive voice to a mel low but far-sounding cry. This is the signal lo the male, and the call is not often repeated be fore som shambling bull is heard crashing through the brush, his long split hoofs rattling at every step on his way to the rendezvous. This peculiar cry the hunters have learned to imitate with greater or less degiees of exactness, and make it an agent for luring their game into ambush . The call i s made by means of a horn rolled out of birch bark, to mouth which perfectly re qqjres long and constant practice. The hunter, when an adept at sounding the moose love song, simply hides himself at a favorable spot in the wilderne ss, with his gun in readiness, and blow s the horn. As he hears the bull approaching, generally pausing in the brush at intervals to listen for the call and get his bearings, the caller needs all his nerve and an unfailing lip. The call must be tempered to the approach of the bull, and one fals e note is never lo s t on that wary lover' s true and cultured ear. No cow moose ever slurred a note or sang too flat or too sharp float. ing her amatory invitation to her mate on the crisp air of an autumn evening, and the slightest variation, either way in the s ound will send the expectant brute flyin g like the wbd away from the treacherous trysting place-disappointed, perhaps, but not so much so as the hunter whose fals e lip lost him his coveted prize. "The female moo se rarely calls after dark, the e xceptional instances being on light moonlight nights. Consequently hunters seldom try to lure a bull by calling after night has come on. If a bull can be induced to answer a moonlight call, however, the excitement of the sport is increased. There is something decidedly weird and uncanny in the sound of the startling call echoing among the hills, their tops flooded in light and their sides and bases wrapped in impenetrable shadow, and the answering bellow of the bull, as it comes out from, the very depths of the shadow. As the huge animal approaches from the wilderness, and finally emerges into the moonlit open, the nerves, even of the experienced hunter, .are strung at the severe s t tens ion, while to the novice the suspense is simply agony. Nat Moore gave me my fir s t experience in moose calling on one frosty October night, the moon being that night one immense sphere of mellow brightness, and the conflicting play of light and shadow over the great wilderness was as of broad golden floods of light assailing the ragged boundaries of cimmerian blood. At the second call from Nat's birch-bark ho1n an answer was heard in one direction, and at the third from the opposite direction was wafted the reply of another moose lover. "'Two of 'em!' said Nat. 'There's be some fun in this opening when they meet.' "The two bulls came on, approaching with strides that denoted their ardor. I shook like an a spen, and grew cold and faint under the strain .. on my nerves. A t last one of the bulls sto pped. He was yet in the shado w of the wood s, but no'i far from the opening. As he s topped a loud anti angry snort, that contrasted strangely with low bellows he had uttered before, came from his evidently elevated nostrils. The moo se on the other side of the opening stopped almost at tht same instant, and sent an angry and a s loud a snort from his part of the woods. "'Aha!' said Nat, beneath his breath. 'They've scented one another. There won't be any n eed of my calling again. They'll s oon be together righi in front of us.' "And so they were. At the same moment th' two huge brutes rushed out of the darkness inti the mootlit opening. Their appearance was startling to me, but if they had kept me in s uspen s e much longer I think I would have died. They hurled themselves against one another, and th' shock made the very earth tremble. Then fol lowed a combat such as I never hope to s ee again. Back and forth, now reveale

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, THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 27 FROM ALL POINTS ALASKA'S TOUGH DOG LEAVES HEROIC SCIONS Baldy of Nome, once the "toughest dog in all the Northland," has died in an animal hospital, Berkeley, Cal. He was buried under a rose bush, far from the long Alaska snow trails over which he "mushed" his way to fame. Driven by "Scotty" Allan, Baldy was lead dog in the noted racing team owned by Mrs. C. E. Darling, which won six of the All-Alaska Sweepstake races across the Seward Peninsula irom Nome to Candle and back, 418 miles in all. His last sweepstake was run in 1917. Then Allan brought him to Berkeley, where he settled . . "He was a cross-breed dog,'' said Allan recently. "His mother was a malamute; the rest of him was 'outside dog,' shepherd and h)und." . During the war several Alaska dogs sired by Baldy were shipped to Europe _b tb.e French Government to serve in the Alps, and 's((me won the Croix de Guerre. \ TWO YOUNG WOMEN WILL WATCH FOR FIRES Two good looking school teachers, Amy Kross and Cora Thomas, have been named to serve for two months this summer at a lone fire lookout station on Sourdough Mountain, north of Belling ham, Wash., in the centre of an immense area of forests. . . A lookout cage or sm all cabin located at an elevation of 7,000 feet is their vacation home. Steel cables extending over the roof anchor the cabin to the rock so that the winds will not hurl it down the side. The girls will be alone on the peak but connected with the outside world by telephone telegraph with which they can of fires. Their eye range 1s ten miles m every direc tion. A radio telephone set, made perfected by Miss Kross, will be a. novelty this summmer and a source of. entertamment. Former pants of this station declare snow blows there m July and August. . MACHINE UNREELS SILK FROM COCOONS Silk has always been considered an article of luxury on account of its high cost in comparison with other textile materials, writes United States Commercial Attache H. C. MacLean from Rome. This has been due in large degree to the labor necessary in handling the cocoons and preparmg the thread for spinning. Consequently the silk industry has flourished only in countries where cheap labor is available. ,_ After soaking the cocoons m water the thread has always been unreeled by hand, which is a w ork of great delicacy, but one for which it has not been possible to pay high wages. Thus, while silk weaving in Italy has been making progress the preparation of the raw silk has shown a decline. It is now reported that an Italian silk expert has succeeded in prefecting a machine which will perform the operation of unreeling the thread A new company has re{!ently been formed, which has taken over the ..... -patents covering the invention and will rnaufacture the machines. If the invention succeeds commercially as well as it has in the expeTiments that have been made it bids fair ao revolutionize the silk industry, and, according to the inventor, the c ost of silk may be reduced to such an extent that it will be able to compete with cotton and linen. MUSEUM OF HATE OPENED IN PARIS Museum of Hate is a fitting name for the new section of the French War Museum. It is filled with German medals and documents collected since the armistice, and as most of them express hostility to France there appears to be no other purpose in preserving them here than to maintain the spirit of hatred. Fortunately the collection has been housed in such small premises on the Rue de Colisee, where they have to be heaped in an inaccessible mass, that few persons are likely to be able to see them. The acquisition of records to illustrate the variations _of Ger ' man mentality began immediately after the armistice; and the first spe cimens consequently appertain to the German peo ple's at their defeated chieftain s . Most of the earher medallion s and picture postcards have the ex-Kaiser for subject, expressing either threats or ridicule or the imperial scapegoat. In those of milder irony he is show n packing up hi s grips for a long voyage in exile or Jetting , his crown fall, with an air of melancholy , into the waters of the Rhine. With the a'rrival of the peace treaty period the r::incor of the Germans is diverted to th evictors and, following a stream of lamE!Iltations, begins an outburst of virulent menace. A medallion portraying the famous "Sower" on French coins has the legend, "Thou hast already been sowing hate for long." Another medal called "The Calvary of Germany" shows Germania crucified, drinking from the cup of gall offered by th.e...Allie s . In the same period there is an ambm made up of pictures of Alsace-Lorraine with the inscritt tions , "What we have lost" and "German land which was torn from us and which we shall never forget." . Then begins a series of cartoons, generally coarse, from such German humorous papers as Ulk, Kladderada;tsch and Simplicissimus, which, in the French eyes, "show the duplicity as well as the choler of the enemy of yesterday." In these drawings, Germany, unfailingly figures as a martyr, while the Allies are represented as bandits despoiling their victim. France is the especial object of attack, being pictured as a megalomaniac, furiously militarist, barbarous, given to torture in her spirit of black hate. 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r2 8 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 GOOD READING .. LOON ATTACKS CHILD Channing Goff, five-year-old grandson of I. C. Goff, a coal operator of Cleveland, residing at No. 170 South Kingston Avenue, Chel sea, N . J., was chased and attacked on the beach near his home recently b y a loon, which flew from the surf and struck the boy several times on the leg with its long bill. . . Mr. Goff, the elder, ran to the boy's a s si stance, as did one or tw' o bystanders , but the loon still showed fight. Finally the grandfather got a grip on its throat and after a brief struggle threw it .back into the surf. It dived, but back immediately, hovering about and di splaying a belligerent attitude. " I have never known a loon to display a militant disposition like this before," said Mr. Goff. "I have a camp in the Adirondacks, where I go each summer, and there the loon s are plentiful, but are always of a shy disposition. Yes, I am certain this was a loon, for I am familiar with th._e bird. The loon has a bill about ten inche s long, and very sharp at the end. It, made the boy cry out with pain.' RAGPICKER CLAIMS NAPOLEON AS KIN One of the and bone pickers of Paris has just made known his belief that he may be a descendant of the great Emperor Napoleon I. His name is Louis Napolon Eugene Maximilan Laurent Masson. He is called " Napoleon" and give s a s the reason for his use of that name the following explanation: "My father was a shoe cobbler and second hand dealer who u sed to rescue dog s' and cats' bodies from ihe Seine to se ll for making grease. My mothe: was a trave!ing mender of pots and pans . "My mother's mother was Rosalie de Manadel, of Spanis:i origin and noble. Her husband, my grandfather, amed J!'irmin, was from Ireland. They ke;;>t an inn at Clethy, in the department of Pas de Calais , where coaches changed horses " One Jvening the Emperor arrived at and my grandmoU>er warned him to go no farther as there were Englis h s oldier s about. My grandfather fled and hid in a ravine. My grandmother hid Napoleon in the lower part of our two storied cellar until he could leave in safety. When my mother was born, my grandfather always refus ed to recognize her as his child, declaring that Napoleon was her father. "You will find a reference to Napoleon's stay in Clethy in Marshal Bertrand's Memoirs with something about the child that resulted from it. "That's why I am better known as Napoleon, and with"reason." CLOCKS RUN MORE RAPIDLY AT NIGHT Clock s to-day are formally listed in the highlife class, . run faster at night than by day, says Science and Invention . . If the first clock ever made had run correctly,. noon on Thursday it would show 8 .13 p. m. S aturday; would have gained 20,293 seconds-2 days , 8 hours and 13 minutessince clock s of our present type were invented in A. D. 996 to supplant hour glasses, water clocks and measured candles. The 20,923 s econds include the leap year gains. At least, s o the volunteer statistician says. However, as the clocks have been cqrrected day by day, noon to-day it is noon to-day. The vaganes of the clocks have b e en di s clo se d Dr. R. H. Tucker of Lick Observatory, a prom1i;ient astronomer, who has given special atten tion to clocks. He finds that three first-class clocks at Lick O.bservatory have gained .06 of a second every mght for several months . . The results of his investigation are included m the annu_al report of Dr. W. W. Campbell di -rector of Li c k; ' The c locks checked from a l arge li s t of whose po s1t1on are kno:vn with high pre c1s10n. The report says mendian transits were .06 sec ond s of too early in the sun period as compared with tpe sunrise period. Differences of temperature would account for only 5 per cent. of the di screpancy. .Nobody knows the cause , but Dr. Tucker is still at work on the problem. P1;of. Charles Burckhalter, director .of Oak s Observatory, asked for his opinion on 1t, said Dr. :rucker was the expert of experts on this question, but that the public need not be alarmed, as the di screpancy discovered by Dr. _Tucker has been rectified day by day auto matically. us one-cent stamp to cover postage, and we will mail you a copy of "Mystery Magazine." Mu sical Handsaw Greates t Novelty of the Age ] H you can carry a tune lu your head, you can learn to play this Instrument, and s ecure a job on the stage at a go.od salary. No mus i cal education necessary. Struck with a specially made mallet the p erfectly tem pered saw produces loud, c l ea r, rlcb tones like a 'ce llo 'J'h e same effect may be had by using a violin bo.w the An y tune can be played by the wonderful vibrations ot the saw. It require s two weeks' prac tice t? mnk!J you an expert. When not playing you can saw, It is a u seful tool a s well as a flue Price of Snw. l\lnllet and Instructions .......... $5 HARRY E. WOLFF, 166 W. 23d St .. New Yor.k "' ..


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Now the co ins are allowed to grin d against eac h other, thus wearing t h e m d own a little, and a regular a llow ance i s made for the l o ss.


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-. • "o1 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 -ISSUES -J073 'he Liuerty l:loys l:leating t!Je 8kiuners; or, Clearing Uut a l:lail r..ot . 1<114 Flauk &lo\'e; or, Coming Up Bebiud the 107{5 " us Scouts; or, Skirmishing Around Valley l<'orge. 1076 " Forced !\Jareb: or. Caug!Jt iu u '.l.'errible Trap. 1077 " Defending l:leunington; or, Helping General St11rk . 1078 " Young f.Jessenger; or, Storming the Jersey Batteri<>s !!079 " and the Indian Flgbter; or, Saving the South ern Settlers. 1080 " Fight: or. Alter the Redcoat Rangers. .1081 " Fighting DoxstD

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