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Tory, the Indian, and the redcoat began to pull on their ropes and Mark might been dragged into the fire bad not Dick and the Liberty Boys come up with a. rush. "Stop that, you scoundrels!" cried Dick.


The Liberty Boys of Issaed Weekly-Subscription price, $3.50 per year; Canada, $4.00; Foreign, $4.llO. Harry El. Woll!'., Publisher, Inc., 166 West 23d Street, New York, N. Y . Entered as Second-Clas& Matter January 31, 1913, at the Post-OtDce at New York, N. Y., under the Act o f March 3, 1879. No. 1119 NEW YORK, JUNE 9, 1922 Price 7 cents HE LIBERTY BOYS' BRA VEST DEED OR, DICK fJ,.A TER'S DARING BJ HARRY MOORE • CHAPTER I.-The Bo'Y in the Tree. you, too. They could not, nor eoula you see me, but I sa. w you both." ... "What do you think of it, Dick?" "I don't kno•W what to think, Bob." "Do you believe there are enemies about?" "I am not certail}, Bob. I think, however, that it is better to be cautious." Two boys in Continental uniform were mak ing their way through an o .pen wood in sight of the Mohawk Ri'Ver Qn the north bank, one pleas ant day in summer. They were distant a few miles from Fort Schuyler, then held by Colonel Peter Gansevoort, a thorough. patriot and a good fig'hter, _having a considerable force bf me'n under him. The two boys were the eaptain and foi s t lieutenants, iespectively, of the Liberty ' B-0ys, then stationed at Fort Schuyler, near the head waters o f the Mohawk, and they were out 1econnoitering, having heard disquieting rumors, as others had. The Liberty Boys were working for Washington, who had given Dick his c ommiss ion, and were doing all they could for the cause -0f independence. They 'Vere walking through the woods in sight cxf the river when they heard a call like that of one Indian to another. Burgoyne had employed Indians agains t the patriots, and so had other British leaders, and if there •were Indians about them the enemy must be nea1. Dick Slater, the young captain of the Liberty Boys, possessed great oourage, but he was, nevertheless, disquieted by hearing this sound. "Come on, Bob," saidi Dick at length. "If there are Indians about we want to know it." The boys had taken a few steps only when the oall was repeated and then something fell nearlyi at Dick's !feet . It was a pine cone and had fallen from a tree not far-distant, apparently. Then the call was heard again, and Dick looked up, not kn-0wing why, but perhaps because of the falling of the pine cone. Then he saiw tne branches agitated and in a few moments saw> some one coming down rapidly. It was a boy something younger than Di ck, dressed in brow:n homespun, and among the branches_he was not easily noticed on that account. "I tried to attract your attention," he said, -as he. came sliding down, "and was afraid to call out, so I gave an Indian call and threw down the cone." "What did you want of us?" Dick asked of the boy in the tree; as he neared the ground. "To tel l you that there •were Indians about. I saw them from the top of the tree. I saw boy was on the &'round now and Dick had a stiOsure fo the iweather and evidently in the •best u two are officers." "Yes. I am Dick Slater, captain and! this is Bob Estabrook, fir s t lieutenant. There are one hundred of us, all boy s . What is your name?" "John Ra wsop. Are there any vacancies in the company? D o you always have just one hundred boys?"' '.We do not mean to have more and s -0metimes we have less than that. war is not play, you understand." "Yes, I know it i s not, where there are Indiai:s, and redcoats, and tr_eacherous Torie s l and Hess. 1ans, and Y agers, and all sorts of ev i fellows to contend with. I know that there a r e many risks , but there is much to fight for. and


THE LIBE.RTY BOYS' BRAVEST DEED • our cause is the most glorious in whkh men ever engaged." "You are right," said Dick, "but be careful dr the Indians may hear us," the boys having gone forward. They went on cautiously, and at length Dick heard a low muttering and up his hand, at the same time dropping to the ground and creeping on more cautiously than before. boy with Dick and Bob dropped to the ground like the rest and -crept on cautiously behind the others, keeping his eye s on the wood in front and li;;ten ing intently. Presently Dick gave Bob a signal and crept foi)ward, lying almos t fiat on the ground. Bob put out his hand as a signal to John to remain quiet, while Dick went ahead, the boy under.standing and remaining .where he was. Dick went ahead, peering out carefull'Y below the branehes and keeping a watch on the lndians . There were more than twenty of them, some sitting on the ground, a !few sitting on fallen logs, and the rest standing or resting against the trees. They appeared to be waiting for s ome one, probably an ally, as they _}Vere talking among .themselves in low, guttural tones and apparently had no .idea that the boys •were anywhere about. Dick presently heard some one eoming before the Indians did, in .fact, for all that they were sharp eared and he imitated the chirp of an insect in order' to tell Bob. The Indlians presently heard the sound thems elves and looked up the river, a rough-looking man with a ragged beard and an evil face eoming forwardi from among the tree.s. "Paleface come?" a s ked one of the Indians. "Long Knife make camp?" "Yes, and then we are going to take the rebel fort, give Indians plenty of scalps, plenty plunder and many pri s oners. There will be a lot more of your braves?" "Huh! plenty heap more!" grunted the Indian. "Rattlesnake have big .Jot, oder chiefs have big lot." "So, you are Rattlesnake, are you?" thought Dick. "WeJ.1, pe1ha ps we w ill draw your fangs, Mr. Rattlesnake." "Very good!" muttered the white. "Sir John i s coming with his men, and I've got a company of my own. Ever..Jiear of Hodenpyl's Terrors? It's my eompany of fighters. Wait till w e get here and y ou'll see s ome fighting that i s fighting." "Huh! paieface talk big!" grunted Rattlesnake. "Me want see um do big. Dat what get battle." "The' fellow has some sense , I mus t say," thought Dick. "Well, we c a n do bigger'n we talk, snake," snarled the Tory. "We do s om ething besides talking. " "Long Knife m a ke better fight dan Tory," said the chicl". "You see um? Him come soon?" "Well, of cour s e, the redcoats are going to do something," growled Hod e n.pyl, "but they can't get on without us. We're the bone and s inew, while they're just the fancy trimmings. We do the fighting." "Huh!" said Rattles nake, and. Dick had all he could do to keep from bursting into a laugh, the man's contempt s o well agreed -with his own. The man s cowled and seemed about to make some caustic remark when D ick heard a clatter in the bushes, and then the Indians heard it and turned toward the s pot. A British officer was seen coming along on horseback ahd dismounted ,as he reached the group. "HaJ.lo, Meadows! Got here, did you?" asked the Tory. "Meadows, sir? What impudence! I am Captain Meadows, sir! Please remember that!" "H'm! and I'm Colonel Hodenpyl, if you're stickling on titles, jus t remember that, Ca-ptain Meadows!" with a snarl. "Nonsense! You made yourself a colonel, while .I have the king's commis s ion. Your men are only irregulars . They haven't the discipline of the Royal Greens, even, and they are only i r regu.Jars, if Sir John does bear a royal commis s ion." "You redcoats are only here for show!" snarled the other. "We do the fightnig, and an y one will tell Is St. Leger here yet?" "Colonel St. Leger is not far away , but y ou mustn't call him without his title, man. It isn' t res : pectfu.J." CHAPTER II.-A Lively Chase b y Indians . John Rawson, the boy who had warned Dick • and! Bob of the presence of the Indians , r emained quiet a few feet behind Bob, listening to what he could hear of the talk and beig greatly interested. It was summer and there were buzzing in sects about, bee.s and flies and .wasps , John paying little attention to them.t however, in his eagerness to hear all he eould. ::suddenly, however, a little fly got up his nostril and caused him to sneeze most violently, attracting the attention O!f the Indians. "Huh! what dat ?" cried Rattlesnake, looking around. "Somebody hide in bilsh, hear what lnjun say." "Get away quick, John!" hissed Bob. "Here, take this pistol, you may want it. Keep your eye on the ca :ptain." . The Indians began to come forward, bo w s and rifles and other weapons in hand, ready to use at a moment's notice. Dic k made rapid progress , but sudd enly stepped on a twig and broke it, with a loud snap. The Indians heard the sound and hurried fo11ward, holding their weapons in readi ness . Then the chi e f saw Dick and gave a warwhoop. Dick sprang to hi s feet and ran, getting behind a tree in a moment. "Hallo! there's a rebel!" shouted the Tory. "Catch him!" Dick ran, keeping the tree between h i m and the enemy, who were now coming on rapidly, spreading out at the same time so . as to get hi m within range. Two or three presently had a shot at him, but then Bob fired two rapid pi stol shots, wounding two of the men and causing them to upset the third. . "Hurry, Bob!" cried Dick. "There are. too many of them for us to lose any time with. " The boys ran rapidly, keeping in the open because they could make better progress, although they were in more danger. They were running faster than the Indians , who got in each other's way and shot at random. Finally Dick entered a little grove of thick trees, and said: "Hurry, boys. I will bold these fellows at bay for a time. John cannot run as fas t a s we can, Bob." The young lieutenant took the boy's hand and


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BRAVEST DEED 3 hun:ied him o n, D ick getting behind a tree out of sight. He had his pistols ready, and India ns came racing on, fired two shots, the leading Indian a bad scal'P 1 woundl and takmg the next in the leg, him to stumble. The Indians had seen three boys, but were not sure that there were not others and began to .seek c o ve r, the hot fire poured upon them having made the m cautious . Bob and John left the grove and hurri e d on along t4e river bank, the youp.g captain pausing on the edge and keepmg an eye o n the Indians, w a tching to see i!f they came on . T his gave him a chance to reload, a duty he never neglected, and a t he saw the enem com ing on cautiously , from to tree or crawling rapidly a long the ground, rifle or tom'.1hawk in hand. Then he fil'led two or three rapid shots and left the shelter of the grove, running at full sp eed after Bob and John. The Indians did not leav e the : g rov e a t once, not knowing but that the boys might be in ambush waiting for them, . and Dick and the 6ther s got well ahead oi them before they were disco vered. The Indians ;.seemed to realize that they must not let the bays get 111way, for they were now coming on in full force and faster than b e fo re. The boys ran on at good s p eed, taking n o time to fire now, but hastening o n toward the fo r t . Dic k led the way t o a wood, and then. made a littl e detour i n stead of keeping straight ahead, __gainin g ground by s o doing, however. The In-dJians were wary, an ambush, and when they d id no t see the b o ys , they crept on slowly a n d cautious l y, k eepin g a lookout for the young patriots so a s no t to b e .surprised. This gave the boys a chanc e t o i nc rease their lead, even by having farther to go, and when they passed through the w ood and a gain Saw Indians they h a d gained a l on g l e ad. They hurried on . as rapidl y a s ev er, tnerefore, a:id .went into another wood making no detour this time, however. The e nem'y thought they would! and out, g r und, while the b oys.were s _tealthily ad':ancmg. A t last they c ame in sight of the fort, hailed the were s oo n in safety. Mark Morrison, the s econd l ieute nant of the Liberty Boy s, came forward with a number o f the boys, saying, in a n interested tone: "You bo y s hav e b e e n running and you have a s trange bo y with you . Is there anything the matter?" " Yes . S t . Lege r i s com in g with Indians, Loyal ists and wh a t n o t , to attack and ca pture the fort . Bob w ill t ell you all about it. I mus t go a n d see Colonel G a n sevo ort. " He h u r ried away to see the c ol o n el , therefore, wl:-:Le B o b was b e s ieg e d with que s t i on s b y Mark a n d th e b o ys with him. There were Ben Spur loc k , on e o f t he jolliest of aH the bo ys; Sam San d e r s on, hi s p articular chum; Harry Juds on, a Mo h aw k Va • lley boy; Will Freeman, a Westchester Liberty B oy ; Geo r g e Brewster, from Jer s e y ; P atsy Brannigan, from Ireland, and others. Bob sat isfi e d one of b o ys and John another, but a s the bqys k e . p t incre a si n g, Bob at 'length said: "Some""t>f y o u fellow s will have t o tell the others o r I'll wear m y throat out telling the same thing o v e r s o many ti me s . " Dic k spent s ome little time with the colonel, who said at length : '"Se e i:{ you can learn more about the enemy, Captain Slater, their numbers and iposition and whatever else you can. I do not fear for the fort, ,but I wish to know everything that is to be known." "I will do so, colonel," and! then Dick saluted and went out, going at once to the quarters of the Liberty Boys. "We are going out to see what .we can learn about the enemy, boys," he said. "Pick out about twenty or thirty, Mark, a'Il.d let them get ready i;o start at onc'e." In a short time Dick, Bob and Mark set out with twenty-five or thirty of the boys, John Rawson going with them on one of the extra horses, two or three others being taken along. The Mohawk VaHey boy was greatly pleased with)tls companions a'Ild glad to be with them, not seeing many boys where he lived, and some of these not being to his liking. The boys were on the alert as they rode along, not knowi'Ilg if the Indlians were about and perhaps other enemies as well. Dick rode ahead on his beautiful black charger, Major, Bob being with him, Mark rid!ing behind with Ben, Sam, Harry and George, the other boys comin.g on in a body at a little distance. They rode in sight of the river till they were well beyond the fort, when John told Dick that their cabin was off in the direction . of Wqod Creek, away from the carrying road the stream and the Mohawk. . "I hope that the Indians have not foU'Ild it," declared Ben to Mark. "John is a very good fellow and I feel a considerable interest in him." The boys •went on ata good pace and at last John said that they were not far from the cabin. As the boys rode into a little clearing at one end of which they saw a tidy cabin, a series od' terrible 'Yells broke upon their ears, and then they saw a number of half-naked Indians running forward, some with torches in their ha1I1ds and others armed with knives, tomahawks or rifles. "Fol'ward!" shouted Dick. "We are none too soon!" Then, with a shout, the brave boys dashed for ward, and the Indians fell back.with cries of disappointed rage, waiting at the edge of the clearing to se e what the boys were going to do. CHAPTER III.-The Fight at the Cabin. The bo ys hurried forward, the Indians retreat.I fog t o the fores t be y ond the clearing and waiting to be attacked, a s the y evidently suppo sed they would be. Placing a strong guard of boy s between the cabin and the clearing, in charge of Mark, Dick adv a nced, and, as a pleasant-faced woman came out, said to her, -saluting: '"You are John's mother, ma'am? We saw Ind ians earlier in the day and thought it best to move you to the fort. John has not been able to get here s ooner . We had to run for it." A young girl a little older than John, and a smaller boy a n d girl now came out, the woman sa);ing: "Yes , I am Mrs . Rawson. Indians? I had no idea there wei;.e any in the neighborhood till now. Are there nuiny of them?" "Yes , and there wiH be more. You must go to


' 4 THE LIBE.RTY BOYS' BRAVEST DEED the fort at once, you and the children .. I am afraid we shall not be able to save the cabm, now that they have found: it, but we will take what we can. Helrp John's mother to pack up what she wishes mos t to take, boys." While they were at work, Dick s poke to the mother and elder s.ister, telling the!11 what he feared and giving his reasons f?r urgmg them .to leave without dela'Y. The thmgs mo s t easily moved, and those of the most value were from the cabin and put in a hay cart, the J.nd1ans on the edge of the clearing the pro ceeding with curious eyes. Despite thell" vaunted bravery, the Indians of region never where the odds were agamst them, but Dick fear ed they would -send! for more, and he res olved to lose no time. "My husband is in the army," said the wom!in, "and myseld' and the children have been runnmg the place, never fearing that the enemy would us here. I s it not rather sudden?" "There have been floating rumors that the whole valley was to be put under sub.tectiOJl," Dick replied "and you know that the Ind1ans are not to be tru'. sted at any time. Many of thes e are from the north, but it will not be long before the Mohawk s Senecas and all the neighborhood tribes, the Oneidas, who are generally friendly to us will join the Ottawas and others, and the wm be more widespread." The boys were working rapidly, John's mother at length giving them her help in valuable suggestions. All that could be taken wa s put irn the cart, the ch1ldre!1 on the load and taking great dehght therem, the mother and sister rode horses, the cattle bemg . dri ven ahead, a number of fowls being taken by the boys on their horses. Dick sent some of t:lle Liberty Boys ahead with Mark, while he and Bob remained behind to cover their retreat and protect the cabin as long -as they could: The In dians seemed to look upon the removal of the household goods from the cabin as a direct affront to them, but they did not attack the boys and not many showed themselves. At length there were s.igns that other fa1dians were beginning. to arrive and presently a strong force came rushmg out of the wood, discharging blazing arrows at the log cabin and firing their rifles and: hurling tomahawks at the boys. Then more and more Indians appeared and a number of white men also Dick recognizing Hodepyl among the latter. "Catch the rebel!" roared the Tory. "He killed your braves! Take him and burn him at the stake!" "Away with you, boys!" Dick shouted. "We cannot save the cabin and these fellows ate try-ing to cut us off." Away went the boys at a gallop, and were well in advance b efore the Indians realized how they had been outwitted. They rushed upon the cabin, set it on fire in a dozen place s , and then rushed in to get what the prudent housewife had left. The boy s rode on tiII they came up with the others, and then kept in the rear so as to cover the retreat in case the Indians or some others should appear. Dick sent some of the boy s off in orne or another direction to warn the settlers of the coming of the Indians and t<,> bid them to take their families to the fort without delay. The boys were going on at good speed, when they were attacked by a detachment of Indians other tha'Il thos e they had s e e n, and who were evidently making their way to the fort to see what chance there mi ght be of attacking that. The gallant fellow s returned the attack with spirit, sending volley after volley, and d

THE LIBERTY BOYS' BRA VEST DEED 5 "No know him," muttered Rattlesnake. "Well, it does not matter," said Meadows. "They won't know where the young rebel is even if he get back to camp. We got this other rebel's beast," anyhow." The Indian was gathering a .tot of wood, the Tory and the Eedcoat tying Mark with rO'pes to a stump near by. There was another rope lying on the ground not far away, and now Rattlesnake, having gathered considerable wood, made a fire in the hollow and muttered: "Burn paleface, make him tell." "Yes, we'll make him tell all right," growled the Tory. "I'll attend to this matter, Rufe Hodenpy1," 11aid Meadow s,. with a snarl. "I'm a colonel, I tell you; colonel of the Terrors, and don't you forget it. We to know how many rebels there are in the fort and the best way to get into it:'' "This boy, yonder, " muttered Meadows, pointing to John, "claims to know nothing about the foTt, but you do." "Perhaps I do,'' said Mark, doggedly, "but I shall not tell you aH the same." "Burn!" grunted Rattlesnake. "We'll make you tell!" snarled the redcoat. "Try the fire on him!" hissed the Tory. Mark had been stripped of his coat and waist coat when the men had tiedhim to the tree, his ' arms being tied behind him. "Bum!" grunted the Indian, picking up the rope, on the ground and tying it about Mark. "Are you going to tell?" snapped t he Tory. "No, I am not!" firmly. "Burn!" grunted the Indian again. "We'll see if you won't!" snarled the redcoat. He and the Tory then untied the young patriot ,from the tree, but kept a rope fastened about him. Then the three began to drag the boy toward the fire, now burning brightly . Mark Set his he els into the ground and threw his weight back all he could to prevent the three men from dragging him into the fire. On account of having to get away from the fire themselves , the three men, the Tory, the Indian and the redcoat, had to pull in different directions and this was in Mark's favor. If they had all been directly in front of him and all pulling in uni so n he would have stood no chance against their united strength. Now, however, the redcoat and the Indian wefe on one side of the fire and the Tory on the other, so that they pulled against each other, in a certain sense. Rattlesnake and Meadows were close to each other and upon one side of the fire toward which they were trying to drag Mark, but they were pulling in different directions, for all that they were trying to do the same thing. The Tory was more to one side of the fire than behind it, and he was pulling against the other. s as much as with them from his very position. Mark dug hi s els into the ground and held back with all his eight, but pull against the three men as he ould, they were gradually drawing him nearer. "I don't care!" he muttered, doggedly. "I on't teJ.l you anything, no matter if y ou burri me alive!" Then, with a hope that seemed almost vain that some of the Liberty Boys would find the big gray and come to his aid, Mark resisted with all his strength, and the three men, strong as they were, found that they had no easy task before them. • * * * * * * * Dick and some of the Liberty Boys were riding along when they heard the sound of hoofs at a little distance. There was an open wood here and, lo oking through it, they saw Mark's big gray , galloping on at a rapid rate. the1e's Mark's .gray, but where j s Mark?" cried Dick. Then he called the horse to him, knowing him as ;weH as he knew his own black Major. The gray changed his course and came running toward the boys. , "Something has happened to Mark,'' muttered . Ben, "and he has sent his horse back to the caJllP in the hope of his leading them to where he is. The gray will go home if sent." "Come," said Dick. "Lead the gray, Ben. Here are his tracks, plain enough. We can follow them without difficulty." The boys set off on another course, and Dick -readily saw that it led in the direction of the burned cabin. On they went at a gallop, and at length saw the smoke of a fire. Parts of the ruin which they could see plainly were still smoking, but the . smoke which they saw was that of a fresh fire. "What can it mean?" asked Dick. "Perhaps the poor fellow bas fallen into the hands of the Indians. Forward!" The boys dashed ahead and, nearfog the ruins , leaped from their horses and hurried forward, hearing s ome sort of disturbance, but not knowing what it was. Then in a little hollow near the ruins of the cabin they saw a fire, a boy lying on the ground and three men trying to drag another boy toward the fire. The boy was Mark Morrison, and the three men were Rattlesnake, Rufe Hodenpyl and Captain Meadows. The three men, seeing Mark's subbo1 n resistance and realizing the difficulty they were having, paused to get their breath, and the redcoat said, sullenly: "We'll make him tell us! " "Shift your : pface a bit, Meadows," muttered Hoclenpyl. "Get closer to the lnjun." The redcoat changed his position without l"e senting having his title left off, and then the Tory altered his own place, and to advantage. "Now, then, all together!" muttered Hod enpyl, taking a deep breath. Mark knew that he was in deadly peril, but he would not give up the hope he had entertained. The Tory, the Jndian and the redcoat began to pull on their ropes, and Mark might have been dragged into the fire had not Dick and the Liberty Boys come up with a rush. "Stop that, you s coundrels!" cried Dkk. The Tory, was the fiTst to drop the rope and make a dash out of the little holloW:. Crack! Bob sent a bullet whizzing after him which carried off his tall hat. The British captain, seeing the Liberty Boys coming on at a dash, let go of the rope and plunged into the thicket, with little regard to comfort, but thinking only of escape. Sam sent a bullet flying after him and put, a bullet through the cocked hat, which he left behind him in hi s haste. The Indian di-opped the rope and dodged around one corner of the cabin, where the smoke from the ruins and the fire in the hollow hid him from the sight of the boys. They fired -• J • • . . ' .1 • ...


6 THE LIBERTY , BOYS' BRA VEST DEED several shots at him, andl then Dick, who had un bound the young lieutenant and John Rawson, said, earnestly: "Come, we must get away from here, the enemy will hear the shots and be do. wn upon us." They found J ohn"s horse tied to a thick bush, not far a-way, and in a few moments were all riding back in the dfrection of the fort. They heard whoops in the woods in different directions1 and saw a small party of Indians hurrying towara them from the direction of Wood Creek and feared that others might be coming. There were plenty oof' them in the woods, as they knew by the, . and t'hey hurried on so as to avoid the different pa1ties coming together and surrounding them. They had not any redcoats as yet they did not knO• W If the Johnson Greens were m the neighborhood, but they must avoid the Indians, and these things must be learned later. The Indians were not mounted and the boys were, and a good dash of a few minutes took them out of danger, the enemy to surround them. "You came just in tim!f captain," said Mark, as they were riding on. "Tne gray showed you the way?" "Yes, and fortunaUly we saw him before he got to the camp, although he was on a different course. Then his tracks were plain even if he had not known enough to go back the .way he had come." "Yes, he is intelligent, although not nearly as much so as Major." "Was John with you, Mark?" Dick asked. "No, he went alone to look at the cabin." "And those ' fellows surprised me," John added. "I suppose I got to thinking-of the cabin and the happy days we had spent there and how now this was all changed, and 110 I was not on my guard! •as I should have been, and they got the best of me." "No doubt," said Dick, "but you could hardly be blamed for that. It was natural that you should think of those things. We1e there only the three men whom we saw?" "That was all. They wanted me to tell them about the fort, but I refused. Then they saw the lieutenant .and made me cry out, which brought him to the spot and they surprised him." "I heard! a cry for help -and knew that John was in danger," said Mark, "and then I ran ahead without thinking of the risk or that there might be som e trap set for me." "And that's just what there was," returned John. "I tried to warn you, but they knocked me down and for a time I knew nothing." The boys returned to the fort and then, getting a larger party, Dick set out again with Bob, Mark, Ben, Sam, Harry, George and twenty more of the liveliest of the Liberty Boys. "These fellows wish to find out something about the fort," observed Dick, "and s o they may try to spy upon us and learn something in that way. We must look for them nearer, therefore, and try to catch some of them. Then we can make them tell something of the enemy instead of their leaming anything about us." "That is a good idea,'' muttered Bob. "That is one way to turn the tables on the wretches . " -The boys scoured the country about the fort pretty thoroughly, but saw nothing of any Tories or Indians, and so determined to push on to the enemy's camp itself and learn what they wished at first hand. Dick, Bob and Mark rode ahead, the rest following in a bod y a dozen yards be hind, all being the alert, as they did notk now at what moment the enemy might appear. "Keep a sharp lookout, boys,'' cautioned Dick, and they all d i d, noj; only ahead of them b-i:t on both sides. And at length Dick knew that they were nearing the camp of the enemy. CHAPTER V.-In the Swamp. D ick Slate1's ears were quicker than those f the other boys, and he heard sounds that told him the enemy we1e not far distant some time before Bob and Mark did. When the boys , began to hear the sounds from the camp, Dick said, a cautious tone: "We are nearing the camp. We had better go on carefully and not so many of us." He signalled! to the rest to come on more slow ly, and then he and the two lieutenants rode a short distance further and dismounted, leavin g the horses out of sight among the bushes. They went ahead on foot until they could see the camp plainly, and then they crept on stealthily, Dick in advance of the rest. There was a co n siderable camp, occupied by Indians, Johnson Greens, Canadians and British, each divis ion having its own quarters, the Indians being near the Loyalists. It was a busy scene that Dick looked upon as he halted behind some bushes not far from the camp, signaling to the two boys to back. The Ind'ians were quiet but fully occupied, the Johnson Greens were noisy and lacking in discipline, the redcoats were as noisy, but working with more system, and the Hessians noisier still, but working steadily, while the oth ers showed various characteristics, all of interest to the young captain. , "There is a pretty strong force," he said to himself, "but one that will be dHlicult to manage, made up of so many different eJ.ements as it is, and I don't know that St. Leger is the man to manage it." There were no pickets set, the enemy seeming to ha\'e an idea that no one could approach the camp without being discovered. Many of the redcoats were amusing themselves as well as working, the war seemed to them a mere pleasure ex: cursion and not the serious matter that it was. Some of the Loyalists were drinking and playing cards, others simply idling, among these Dick no ticing a corps whose uniforms were different from those of the Royal Greens, and he wondered if these were the Terrors, commanded by Hodenpy He presently heard a stir and saw the men .begin to take on a sudden activity, which was explained by the appearance of the Tory, in a half military uniform and wearing a sword . "So these are his men, then," thought Die "They are a lawless lot, and I do not belie they are good soldiers. They are little bette than renegades and outlaws." "I want some one to go and find out something about the rebel fort and report to me," Hodenpyl said, with a snarl. "If you catch some of thos e young reb-els, the Liberty Boys, so much


THE LIBE.RTY BOYS' BRA VEST DEED 7 the better, for they can be made to tell som e thing." "You did not find that such an easy matter, this morning," thought Dick, "when you had one of them.". None of the men offered to go on the Tory's errand, and he picked half a dozen from the men nearest him, and muttered: "You fellows must find out something. Go right to the fort and get all the information you can and watch for some of the young rebels to come out and then follow and catch them. It ought not to be such a hard job _for men like you." Dick could scarcely repress a laugh, and then the six men, picking up their. muskets, started off, coming straight toward him. He imitated the sound of a rattlesnake and stole rapidly away , the signal being meant for Bob and Mark. The men started back in affright, and Dick got safely away without being seen by them, but exposed himself f.or an instant to an Indian coming from the other pa1t of the camp. The man gave a bound and leaped toward Dick, expecting to catch him, but the young captain heard the sound and bounded away, not caring if he were s een now, having been once discovered. The Indian hurled his tomahawk at Dick, who heard the sound and fell to the ground, sliding along the grass rapidly and getting upon his feet again in .a moment. Then he picked up the weapon, w hich had struck the ground at a little distance, and hurled it with unerring aim at the Indian. It struck the redskin in the shoulder and inflicted a painful wound, casing him to give a terrific yell, which at once aroused the camp. "Away with you, boys!" cried Dick. "There are too many of the villains for u s to parley with." . On came Indians and Tories, and there was great confusion. "By Jove! there is the saucy rebel now!" roared the leader of the Terrors. "Seize him and make him tell!" "By dragging him into a fire!" cried Dick, as he darted forward, leaped into the saddle and dashed away, Bob and Mark just ahead of him. Then the boys open fire upon the enemy as they rode away, and the Tories, thinking must be a larger number of them, halted, giving the daring fellows more time to get away. Then the redcoats, having rushed up at the alarm and seeing how many of the there were, set off after them at a gallop, having saddled their horses with little loss of time. There were more of them than there were of the boy s , but Dick did not mind this, having an idea of his own. He set the boys off at good speed and then, when the redcoats were all after him, darted ahead with Bob and Mark and made for a wood. He entered this, dismounted the boys, scattered them among the trees and said, with a dry laugh: ese fellows may have less of an advantage. they think. Pick them off, boys, as they on." rushed the redcoats, thinking, to rout the out of their hiding place, but receiving a sudden shock which quite changed their opinion onthat point. Crack! crack! crack! crack! Muskets began to rattle and to crack in a most alarm4i_g fashion, and the wood. seemed to fairly blaze. More' than one redcoat left his s addle, and now the troop halted, di scovering the trap into which it had run. The redcoats dismounted and came on more cautious ly, thinking to smo k e the boys out of the wood, but when they entered it they found that the wily fellows had departed, cutting across a corner into more open ground, getting upon their horses again and riding away like the wind. They did not pursue the boys, fearing to be lured too far from the camp, and Dick and hi s little band got away safely, laughing at the manner in which they had tricked the enemy. Reaching the fort, :Qick saw the colonel and told him what he had seen of the camp. "You did not see anything of Sir John Johns on or of St. Leger, did y ou, captain?" the colonel asked. "No, sir, I did not, .but I know the Royal Greens and I heard St: Leger mentioned. There is no doubt that he is in command." "And there are all sorts, British, Hessians , Loyalists, Canadians and Indians?" "Yes, and Troy irregulars. It is the most motley crowd I ever saw gathered at one time." "Where there ' i s a better opportunity you must get a more definite knowledge of it, captain; find out the exact number of the men, if pos sible, and their position, whether it would be feas ible to attack them, and everything of importance, in fact. You had better go alone and in disguise, or if you take any one , take onl y those who yo u trus t the most." "Very good, colonel," Dick rejoined. "I will go prepared to learn everything of importance." Dick then returned to the boy s and told Bob and Mark what the coloneLhad said. • "That means a good bit of spying," declared Bo . b, "but, then: y ou are u s ed to that. Shall you take any one with you, Dick?" "I might take you, Bob, and perhaps Mark, but no mor6f unless some of the boy s to aid us in case we are discovered." "I am afraid we will need a lot of help in that case," Bob muttered. "It would be a very serio us thing for us to be caught in disguise in the enemy's camp." "Yes , so it would, but we are willing to take the risk, for the sake of the cause . " Dick Slater was a famous scout and spy and had been employed by the commander-in-chief himself on more than one secret mission, being generally successful in what he undE:rtook. Bo.b Estabroo]< and Mark Morris on were als o good spies, though not as expert as the young captain, and Ben Spurlock, Sam Sanderson and others had likewise s hown great ability in that di rection. It was likelr that the enemy would be on the watch for spies so soon after Dick's vi_it to their camp, and the young patriot resolved not to pay a second visit to it that day, but to wait till the morrow or even later, when there would not be such a keen watch kept for him. The prospects were that the enemy 1:ould attempt to invest the fort as s oon a s po s s ible so a s to prevent any one leaving it, and Gansevoort was prepared to stand a long sie . ge, the fort being too well built fo e the light artillery of the enemy to affect it. After dinner, Dick said to Bob: . "Change your clothes, Bob, and come with me. I am going to tes t the swamp and see if it J , . .. .A .


• 8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BRAVEST DEED really impassable. I have an idea that it is not, although it will be as well to let that idea re main." "Certai11ly, for if the enemy a1e llOnvinced that they cannot get through, they won't try." "Exactly; and if we find a way through it we can keep it to ourselves and go out whenever we choose." Having put on ordinary suits of clothes, the two boys left the fort, cautiously, and made their way to the swamp at one sid ' e, which evhybody pronounced impenetrable. Both boys were ac customed to making their way through swamps, and if there was any .getting through this one they would find a way to do it. Reaching the swamp, Dick looked about him and started into it at a good • pace, Bob following him. "It is all right so far, Dick," said Bob, in a 1,ew minutes. "Yes; but it may get worse as we go on," quietly, and Dick turned to the left. Then he went on, now this way, now that, watching where he put his feet, and often taking a step that an ordinary person would have avoided as unsafe. In fact, many steps that looked unsafe were not, although one might step in water, and some that seemed safe enough were otherwise, and only a person accustomed to traveling fa swamps could tell the difference. "It is not an easy swamp to get through, Bob," o.bserved Dick, when they were well in the morass, "but I do not think it is impassable. The only thing .to do is to be cautioos." "Yes, but we are used to that, and at the same time we don't lose any time,'' with a laugh. 'rhere were bog holes and old stumps, quick sands and quaking soils, some of which could be trodden on with safety, and filanJr other thfogs to be avoided, but by using caution and the knowledg.e which they had of such places, the boys got on rapidly, and at last made their way out of the place and upon firm ground. "Well, we're through all right," said Bob, exultantly. "Yes," in a quiet tone, and then as they went on, Dick suddenly held up his hand. "What is it?" whispered Bo . b, "There are redcoats ahead of us, trying to find the way to the fort, I suppose . . The y will not suspeot .us, and we can find out what they are about without any trooble." The blZJYi!i went on, carelessly, looking like-two ordinary country fellows,and presently came upon a party of five or six one of whom was that very Captain Meadows whom Dick had alre11,dy seen. "Hallo! who are you?" asked the redcoat, who dhl not recognize the young patriot in his dis guise. "Oh, we!re just us," drawled Dick. "I'm Jim Pidgen and this here is my cousin Philander. When's the show goin' ter come off?" What do you mean?" in a surprised tone. "Why, ain't yoo folks show folks? I seen a Mow to Albany once. The fellows wore red coats, just like you folks, and rid horses and done tricks. They was gieat. When you golng to give tlie i.;how?" The redcoats grinned behind the captain's back, while the pomoous fellow . 11aid, angiily: "'W,hy, you fool, we are1not showmen, we are soldiers. Did you never seen any soldiers at Albany?" . "Not your sort,'' said Dick, with a grin. "They didn't allow 'em to .go about, thoug.h they did have some in the jail." "Why, you young villain, I . believe you 're a rebel!" snarled the captain, angrily. "Seize them .both! They can tell us something about the fort!" The redcoats made a dash for the . boys, who at once retreated, making their way into t h e swamp at full speed. ., CHAPTER VI.-In the Camp of the Enemy. Having already come out of the swamp, t h e boys knew their way into it without trouble and went on rapidly. The redcoats never suspecte d the trick that was play.ed upon them until the captain, attempting to head off Dick by a s u d den short cut, found himself all at once up to his waist in mud and water and sinking deeper every second. He lost hi s hat and wig, scratched his hands and fact :;tnd lost his temper as well in his struggles, finally fo nd himself sitting on a stump with water all around him and knowing no way out of his trouble. The redcoats had got into bad places also, but not so ' bad his, and now he saw Dick Slater standing ten away, laughing at him and saying, with a grm: "How do you do, Meadows? That is almost as bad as being dragged into a fire, isn't it?" "Why, y ou young---By Jove! it's the rebel, Slater himself." "You are giving the show now, aren't y ou , Meadows?" with a grin. "You're a sight. You don't look well without your wig. There it is, in the water. Why don't you fish it out?" "Confound you for a young rebel! I've a goo d mind to--" and the irat e Briton snatched at one of his pistols. "I don't think I would!" with a laugh. "Water does not agree very well with the charge of a pistol. Trying to find out something about the fort, are you? Why don't you joi n your friend Hodenpyl? He's going to catc h some of us and make us tell all about it. You clidn't succee d with my second lieutenant, this morning, did you, not even with the aid of your friends?" The captain turned scarlet, s wore roundly, a n d sputtered in an angry' tone, shaking his fis t a t Dick. "I'll make yoo tell yet, you young rebel! Those villains are not my friends, they were under m y command." .-"And Hodenpyl is a colonel!" laughed Dick. "How can a captain command a colonel ? Look out, you are slipping off'!" In fact, the angry captain d i d s'iip off went into water over his head, getting very m ccmfu s ed and making his way to a tuft swamp grass, upon which he sat, lookmg ve miserable. "Here, you scullions, help me out of this!" he. roared to his men on the .bank. "Why didi you let the rebels get away? you catch them 7


THE LIBE.RTY BOYS' BRAVEST DEED 9 If they can get through the place why can't you?'' "Why couldn' t rou, captain?" laughed Dick. "You can't expect a common soldier to do what you cannot, can you?" The redcoats grinned, and one of them cut a pole, which two of them reached out to the angry officer and pulled him over to dry land. Then Dick and Bob disappeared without the redcoats seeing where they had gone, whether into the swamp or elsewhere, but keeping an eye upon them until they left the dangerous region. "They don't know that we entered the swamp," ob s erved! Dick, "but it is very certain that they will not try to go through it after their experience of it." "I don't think they will," roared Bob. "That was the funniest thing I have seen in a long time. We might have taken him prisoner, Dick." "Yes, but what-would have been the use? We can find out about the enemy, and we don't want to feed their officers when we may have to stand a long siege. I had a good laugh at the pompous fellow , and that was worth more than taking him prisoner." "Yes, so it was." "Let u s see if there is not some other way out of the 5wamp, Bob," Dick continued. "If we can find it so much the be.tter." They then set out to find another way out of the swamp from the fort, and at length found it, after which they made their way back, by which time it was well on toward supper-time. The Liberty Boys were greatly amused a s well as interested at the account of their advan tures, and laughed heartily over the misfortunes of Captain Meadows and the redcoats. During the night the boys and the men in the fort heard 1 the Indfans howling in the woods, but they did not come near the fort, and the yelling did no harm to the 'garrison and did not even frighten them, so they made no effort to stop it. In the morning, Dick and B@b put on different disguises from those they had worn the day before and set out to spy upon the enemy. Dick was attired in backwoods garb of buckskin shirt and breeches, stout leggings and coonskin cap and canied a long rifle, while Bob wore a suit of rough home ,spun and looked like a young farmer. Ben, Sam and a dozen of the Liberty Boys hung on the trail of Dick and !Job, but did not 'et themselves be seen, being on hand only in case they were needed in a hurry. The two young spies did not go together, but took different routes and approached the camp from different directions. Dick entered that part of the camp occupied by the Greens and Indians , going in carelessly, as if seeking some one, and looking about him in a way peculiar to . men not used to seeing very much. He presently encountered Rufe Hodenpyl, who did not recognize him, but said, gruffly: "Seems to me I've seen you before. What's your name?" "They call me Wall-eyed Zeke," drawled Dick, who had assumed a terrible squint upon seeing the Tory. "Who mought you be?" "I'm Colonel Hodenpyl, that's who I am, and I command the Terrors . Maybe you .have heard of me." : "Can't say that I have. What are ye terrors , of, wildcats?" "No, rebels. You aren't a rebel, are you?" "I guess not. Seen my brother?. He's a soger and a right good one. He wouldn't be in your. company, I guess." "What's his name?" "Bill Buckskin, or Buckskin Bill, whichever you want to call it. He ain't so good-lookin' as me." "Huh! he must be a sight, then!'' roared he Tory. "Want to join the Terrors c We're going to drive the rebels out of the fort. yonder, and help ourselves to anything we can got. You better join. I'll give you ten shillings a month." "Wull, I'll have to think about it. Sogerin' seems ter me a lazy so1t of life, and I'm used ter doin' something myself. Got anything to take the cobwebs out'n yer throat?" "No; but when we get hold of the fort you can have all you want," replied the Tory, wishing to offer the backwoodsman some inducement for joining his company. "H'm! the sogers have plenty ter drink?" "Well, there's liquors in the officers' qua1'ter s but the men don't get any. You come with al)d you will have all you want when we take the fort." "If the Indians know there are liquors in camp they will be halping themselves one f these days and there'll be no controlling them," thought Dick. "What do you say?" asked the Tory, per-suasively. . "I guess I better see Bill fust,'' with a drawl. "He'll know whether it's wuth while." Then Dick strolled away, as he saw Rattlesnake coming up. The Indian was keener sighted than the Tory and n1ight detect. his disguise, and he had not learned enough yet. The chief looked at him, gave a grunt and walked away, but Dick knew that the man was going to follow him although he did not seem to be doing so now. 'The Tory did not pay any further attention to him, but Dick, presently getting behind a tree and peering through the overhangmg branchei;, saw that tlesnake had turned anq was looking for him. Then he went on, thinking to himself: "I believe he s u spects me and is following me. Well, I ought to be able to outwit him." Then he went o n, apparently in a careless fashion, but so managing that the Indian should not see him except at intervals. He made his way into the Britis h c a mp, where he saw Bob to redcoats, assuming a simple air and causmg the men to laugh loudly at his s eemingl y idiotic answers, whi le they never sus pected that he was fooling them. He took in rapidly one detail rafter another of the camp w!thout appearing to be looking at anything and without being suspected, giving Bob a quick look, which told the young lieutenant that the Indian was on the watch. Then he started to leave the camp, shaking off the Indian for a few moments . The fellow was on tbe watch how ever, and just as Dick was leaving he set up a yell and said: "Dat iebel, white boy chief, Di ck Slater! Dere he goes!" Then a s he was about to point to Dick, Bob suddenly tripped him up and sent him rnlling into the fire, where the company cook s we r e •


10 THE LIBE.RTY BOYS' BRA VEST DEED preparing an appetizing meal for the officers. In another moment Bob was out of the camp. CHAPTER VII.-A Mysterious Friend. Rattlesnake, the Indian rolled out of the fire with a yell and a whoop, danced about for a few moments, shaking himself and getting the "'fire out of his hair and breeche s and then shouted: "Rebel s py, Dick Slater, dere he goe s , quick!" His fir s t warning had . been heard by a few redcoats, but now more were attracted by his shouts and, as he flew out of the camp, a number fol lowed him, muskets in hand. Rattlesnake gave a wi'ld whoop and set out after Dick and Bob, the call being heard by several of the Indians , who qujckl y hastened to his side. Di c k and Bob hurried away , but .before long they knew that the Indians were following them. "Come on qu i ck, Bob, they are trying to hem u s in," muttered Dick . "That fellow sent out ahead of u s ; they are trying to get around us. Hurry, but make as little noi s e a s y ou can. We mst get away from them." They went pn rapidly, but s oon Dick seemed to fee l that ne was hastening toward danger; that there were Indians in front of h i m, and he s topped short. "There is a little cluster of trees, Bob," he whispered . "They will protect us and we can hold thes e wretches at bay. Come!" There was a cluster of trees behind which they could shelter themselves, and in a moment they were in the midst of them. Arrows came whizzing toward them, bullets struck the trees and tomahawks cut off small branches, but the boys were uninjured. Dick peered out cautiou sly among the branches and saw twQ or three Indians creeping toward the cluster of trees. Then a rifle rang out somewhere behind him and he heard a yell. He turned his head quickly and saw an Indian leap into the . air and then fall headlong. Then another shot rang out and another Indian fell forward. "Some one is helping u s , Bob ," whispered. "It may be some of the Liberty Boys." Then Dick fired a shot at the Indians creeping toward and gave one a fles h wound. The redskins thought that they had not been s een and were terrified, and now another shot rang out behind them and another Indian fell. "Some one is helping us, sure enough," muttered Bob, "and may. be we can pepper those fel low s , too." At that moment a number of Indians exposed thems elves and Bob fired two or three rapid pi s tol shots , causing con sternation among the • red s . They scattered in different direction s, and then another shot rang out from the sam e quart e r whence the others h a d come. "There is a chance for u s , Bob , " w hi spered Dick. "Come ahead!" Redcoats .and Indians we;re coming from the direction of the cemp as the boy s hurried on, leaving the shelter of the clump of trees. There was no one in front of them now, however, and 'they hastened on, seeking shelter in a thicket and making good headway while they were not seen . They could hear the Indians ye!Iing and the red-coats calling to one ano ther as they tried to find them, and then they heard another shot and a shout from Meadows: "The place i s full . of the young rebels, be -careful where you go!" "If the boys were there we would hear them, Bob," muttered Dick, as they went on. "I don't believe they are there." Then they went on and shortly came upon Ben and the boys, ready to help them. "We lo s t you, captain," s poke up Ben, qui ckly. "You must have left by another way." "Yes. Were you over there?" pointing , "firing on the Indians?" "No, but we heard shots, quite a number of them." "Some one from the fort, perhaps , was giving> us a lift, and we needed it. We w oul d have been hemmed in but for that." A number of Indians came out o f the thicket through which Dick and Bob had pen etrate d and came rushing toward the bo y s . B e n and hi s pluck fellows opened fire upon them a n d held them off, and then the bo ys hu rried on toward fort. "Better go by way of the cwamp, b oy s , " muttered Dick. "It will be safer. This way!" 'I'hey swiftly disappeared among the tall g r a s s and bushes and the Indians lo s t sight of them. Dick led the way, b y a detour, to the edge of the swamp, while the Indians were s ea1ch ing for them elsewhere, and in a short time they were threading the dangerous path, Bob helping Dick show the boys the way. They did not see the Indians again, but once or twice they heard a distant shot and at length ceased to hear the yel 'ls of the redskins . They reached the fort in safety , and Dick inquired among the men a y d of the boy s if there had be e n any other parties out that morning, learning to his surprise that there had been none. "' "That is strange, Dick," said Bob. "There was some one out there helping u s, " rejoined Dick, "and if he did not come from the fort he mus t be a settler who i s dow n on the Indians and s o all the more ready to help u s." "You cliid not see him, "No; he changed his po sition from time to time, which made it as difficult fo r u s a s for the redskins to locate him." • "But he seemed to know where we w e re, Dick." "Yes, so he did. Well, it was not one of the boys nor any one from the fort, that I can find out, so it's a mystery who it w a s." "We're obliged to him, all t h e same, for he came at a time when we most needed him." "Yes, and if I ever see him I will thank him, but we may never find out who he is." "We might," declared Bob. "If h e i s dow n on the Indians he will be likel y to follow the m and kill a s many as he can, and we may po s s ibl y run acro s s him when we are out scouting." "Yes , but he may not know us. " Dick told the colonel all he had learned at the camp, Gansevort saying, thoughtfully: "If there are as many as that they wm try to surround us and keep us in here. We can stand a considerable siege and the fort is well built and strong, but we must try to get out, nevertheless., and attack the m, if only to show


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 11 them that we are not to be kept hottled up, as _.,they think we will be." "The Liberty Boys are ready at any time to sally forth and make the attack, colonel , " said Dick, promptly. . "Yes, I know that, captain, and when I think it advisable to do so I will let you know." There was no sign of the enemy about the fort for the rest of the day nor at night, but Dick knew that they would show themselves before very long, and he cautioned the boys about going out except in strong parties, and even theh to exercise the greatest caution . Dick did not feel that !J,e had any authority over any one but the Liberty Boys, and he did not speak to others about the danger of going outside the fort, although John Rawson happe)led to be with some of them when he told them about it. There were several settlers in the fort, and these went out now and then for one purpose or another, the colonel always cautioning them, however, and telling them to keep out of danger. The day after Dick had visited the enemy's camp he was thinking of going out again on a scouting expedition with a few of the boys, when John came to him and a s ked, with evident anxiety: "Have you seen my sister this morning, cap tain?" "No, John, I have not. What is the trouble?" "I am afraid she has gone out. She Hkes to take walks through the woods and along the river, and! she has not been out since we came here. Do you think there is any danger?" "Not if she kept near the fort, John. Have you asked any of the boys? There are one or two who would be apt to know," with a smile. "I have asked some of them, but they have not seen her s ince breakfast, and sli.e is not with mother or the little children. " "We will ask them all, John," and Dick went a t once to the quarters of the Liberty Boys and made inquiries concerning the girl. The boys were all there, s o that it was settled at once that none of them had gone .with Judith, as Dick thought might be the case. None of them had seen he1 that morning, :f"nd then Dick made inquiries among the settlers' families . The girl was not with any of them nor did they remember having seen her that morning. Then one of the guards reported that the girl had gone out about an houx before, saying that she was for a walk along the river. He had cautioned her not to go far, and she had said. that she wouldl not, and then he had for.gotteii about it and did not know whether she had come in or not. "She probably went farther than she intended," said Dick. "I have seen none of the enemy about this morning and everything looks quiet, but I think we had better go look for her, just the same." Dick, Bob and a dozen of the Liberty Boys, John going along, now set out upon the search, going on foot and thoroughly armed, so as to be prepared in case they came across any of the enemy. Dick did not know that he would see any of them, but he never went out that he was not prepared for an emergency, and he would not do so now when the enemy was so near. The boys took their muskets and pistols and plenty of am munition, keeping a sharp lookout as they went j o n a long the river, where the girl's footprints were plainly seen in the .grass and on bits of dewy moss, where the sun had not yet fl!llY penetrated. As they went on at a good pace, keeping their eyes and ears open, but neither see ingnor hearing anything to alarm them, tney suddenly saw a man in soiled buckskin and wearing a torn coonskin cap coming toward them at a slow pace. ''That is James Ross," said John. "He had a cabin at some distance from ours, but I don't know if it is there yet." "I have not seen him in the fort,"( replied D ick. ) and he has not been there nor any of his family." "Good morning, Ross!" said Dick, as the man approached. "You know John, -do you not?" "Yes, I know him. He is a good boy, John is. I had a boy just his age. They were friends." "Yes, Jim and I were gieat cronies," rejoined John. "Have you seen sister this morning, Mr. Ross? S'he went out to take a walk along the river before I knew anything about it. You have seen her?" "She was a great friend to my Emily," muttered the man, not seeming to hear John's question. "They won't take walks now, and you and Jim won't shoot at a mark and wrestle and swim and do all those things, as you used to do. They've both gone, John. And the wife, too. The Indians owe me a terrible debt, John. They shall pay it, tool Yesterday I settled with some of them and! more will settle when I see them. They thought that they had the captain hemmed in, but they did not know that I was about." "Then it was you who helped us in the wood, was it, Ross?" asked Dick. "It was in the wood, when Bob and I took shelter in the clump of trees, wasn't it?" "Yes, and they thought y

12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BRA VEST DEED by their footp1ints, and they had carried the girl after they had overcome her.. Thef the_n went in si ngle file so as to make it seem as 1f there were but dne, but Dick had means of knowing otherwise. There were five distinct sets of prints at first and then apparently but on_e, but the reds did not always follow exactly m the steps of the one ahead, and now and then Dick could see where one had stepped out of the path. Sometimes it was one and sometimes another, for the tracks were not all the same to Dick nor to Bob and the others thoroughly ac customed to following trails. "There were five of the wretches," muttered Ro se. "One is taller than the rest and steps heavier. He may be carrying the girl. 'rhere i s one stout one who wears beaded moccasins." "Yes, I have seen some of the beads which have come off," rejoined Dick. "There are beads on the fringe of his breeches. Did yo u notice that, Mr. Ross?" "How did you find that out, captain?" a sked John. "Some of them have been pulled off by the briers as lie hurried on. The fellow is a young chief and a dandy. The trained warriors do not affect s uch airs. He has beads in his headdress also and gaily colored feathers. I have found one or two of them." "Rattlesnake i s with them," muttered Ross. "Yes, he toes in more than most Indians and he wears 'bigger mocca s in s, and they are of heavier skin,"' remarked Dick. "I have observ e d it." ' "If they go to the camp we shall have harder work to get the poor girl away from them," declared Bob. "I am not ce1;tain }!lat they will go direct to the camp,'' replied Dick. "Some of the redcoats might see her and take her away. Meadows would want her himself. They may hide her somewhere first. They will, I am certain. They are not going to camp now, in fact." The trail was turning toward the river again, while the camp of the enemy was away from it, and Dick noticed the change in a moment. Ross said nothing but followed just a Httle behind Dick, Bob beiil'g with the young captain and John with Ben and the boys. The trail led close to the river and stopped at a little brook that ran into it, there being no footprints on the other side that Dick could make out. "They have gone up the 1brook," muttered! Ross. "There is a cave in the ground. I know the place. If they are there--'! and he suddenly paused and stroked his rifle, laughing softly to himself. . "The man's lo ss e s have turned his head," Dick muttered. "What cave can he mean? I do not know o f any hereabouts. It cannot be more than a hole in the ground." Some of the b oys cro ssed the brook, but saw no tracks there, .and then Dick turned to Bob and .said: "You and I will go up on this side, Bob. Ben, you and Sam go up the other. Keep with Ben, John." The sj;range friend stepped into the brook and followed it, keeping hi s rifle ready to be thrown to position in an instant and glancing first at one .side then at the other, at the same time lis-tening intently for the slightest sourid. 'he trees a1ched their branches over the brook, and at times a deep shadow fell upon it so that for a moment nothing co\lld 1be distinguished the bank. Suddenly Ross paused1 , knee deep in water, and whispered: "What do you see, captain?" "Branches," said Dick. "There are bushes here and a bank. Yes, there is more; there is a hole in the bank that one can enter by s tooping. Do you see that?" "Yes, and the red demons have entered it. The water runs into the 'hole, doesn't it?" "Yes, a short d'istance,'' and then Dick signaled to Ben on the other side of the brook. "Can you enter without going into the brook, Dick?" asked Bob. "Yes," and Dick stepped forward, as the set tler sa id: "Better let me go in first, captain." Ben and his boys had seen no tracks on the other si

THE LIBE.RTY BOYS' BRA VEST DEED 13 torch close to the chinks between the rocks and trying to see beyond. A breath of _air made the flame flicker, but he could see nothmg and heard nothing. "They have gone on," he said. "There is a way out, as the breath of air tells, and they have gone thither." . Then he hurried back to the others and said, shortly: "Come, there is nothing t.ere." They all went out, wading through the at the entrance, and then followed the •brook till they reached a more open place, where some of the boys were waiting. They torches andl struck toward the river agam, J?ick presently noticing a wooded knoll Qn the nver "That is where -they are," he said, "and now the question is how to reach them." "Do y ou think the hole in the ground led there, Dick?" asked Bob. "Yes and we mus t be careful how we approach it There must be a way in, for the Indians not have clo sed the end near the river if there had! not 'been another." "No it does not seem likely," with a shrug. Dick Ross John and Ben went ahead cautiously, Bob coming on slowly. with the others,. but waiting for a signal from Dick to advance rap1dl'. The settler had reloaded his rifle and held 1t ready to be fired at a moment's Dick serving a fresh notch on the stock, which told its own story. close to me, John," said Dick. "We are on a dangerous errand and there is no knowing when an enemy may -sneak up and fall upon us if we are not careful." Nearing the knoll, Dick observed a tree with low-hanging branches and judged that might conceal opening into the cave which he felt certain' was there. He crept ahead cautiously, almost on his hands and knees, the ?oy close at his side, and Ross on the other and Just a little ahead. On they went, s lowly and cautiously and with little noise, and at length, lGW ering his head, Dick peered under the branches and saw sonietfiing move. Crack! whiz! sipp! There was a report, almost simultaneous with the whiz of an arrow, not enough ahead of it for the difference to be noted, and then th sharp ping of an arrow striking a tree. Then came the sound of a heavy fall, the leaves being violently agitated. , "The fellow would have killed one of us if I had not fired," muttered Ro:ss, as he rapidly :iie loaded his rifle. The arrow had been deflect e d from a straight .course, but had passed dangerously near to John Rawson's head as it was. "Yes, but I would like to avoid al! the noise possible," returned Dick, pistol in hand. He could: see the bod y of an Indian a few yards ahead, lying motionless on the ground jus t in front of the overhanging branches, and knew that he was stone dead. There had been no death yell, death having been in stantaneous, and probably for that reason no other Indians had appeared, supposing that there were more beyond. "'1ney must think that the fellow has killed one of us and that he will presently return and tell them of it a s he shows a fresh scalp," was Dick's thought. , Then, glancing ahead as he advanced a step, he saw that the body of the Indian was that of the dandiified young chief, 'bits of whose adornments they had found on the trail. At the same moment his eye fell upon the stock of the. tler's rifle . and he noticed a notch, made w1thm the minute. All was still as death about them, but there was every need ,of caution, as some of the Indians must shortly appear to ask the reason of the shot they had heard. The dead chief had a rifle slung over his shoulder, and he might have fired the shot, therefore, but they would want toknow the result of the shot, Indians b eing jus t as curious as their more civilized white brothers. Creeping forward with all the sinuosity of a snake, and as silent, Dick lowered his head and peered into the darkness um;ler . the arching •branches. Presently he felt, rather than either heard or saw, an Indian in the thick ob scurity of the place and gently pressed the hand of the boy at his side. He was in shadow himself, although not as deep as the Indian, and: he crouched lower still in order not to be seen by the keen, prying eyes of the wily fellow he knew was there, although he could see nothing. Crack! He had not expected this, thinking that the settler would be more cautious, and the report startled him, as did the fierce yell that followed on the in stant, and then the crashing and the violent agitation of the branches, as if a strong wind had swept them. In a moment there was a rush and a series of ye lls, and Dick fell fiat on his face as he fired two swift . shots. "Fire, John!" he hissed. "It is your only choice." Crack! The valley boy fired a quick shot and fell forward a s had Dick. Then Bob, Ben and the . others swiftly glided up and fired, leaves falling in showe1s, guttural exclamations and fierce yells almost like barks being heard, rapidly retreating footsteps ending the confusion of sounds, when all was still ag;, "All right, John ? " whispered Dick . "Yes, captain. You are not hurt?" "No, I am all right." _ Dick made the chirp of a cicada as a signal to Bob and the rest, who quickly signaled back that they were all right. "They are in there, fas t enough," muttered Dick, "but how are we going to get in there ourselves? There i s probably but one way and a narrow one, and this will be well guarde d. We dare not try to smoke the villains out, for that will imperil Judith. We must get in there, but how?" At that moment Dick noticed that Ross had strangely disappeared. CHAPTER IX.-Taking a Rattlesnake. Dick signaled to Bob, asking him if he had seen the settler, receiving an a n swering signal from the young lieutenant that he had not. "Can the man have gone into the cave?" he a s ked hims elf, li s t ening intently for any sound which would give the answer. He heard nothing, saw nothing, and advanced stealthily, peering into . '.'} . .. ,. _.. ....


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BRA VEST DEED the darkness ahead of him and trying to pe;ieti:ate it. Creeping on rapidly, John close by his he passed the branches and went on still farther till his hands touched damp earth and he knew that he was entering the cave. Once h1s hand touched something wa•rm and wet, ::ind h e hastily wiped it dry on some i:ear clum and went on. John was close him, and Bob and Ben right < behind, and he whispered to them to be ready for anything. "If we had a torch now it would help us," h e muttered. Then he went on, listening and to trate the darkness, but seeing nothing. Presently he stood up and, tently, took out a sulphui and! lighted it at his tinder box. They were m a cave out of the bank, the walls, ceiling and floor bemg of earth and smelling damp and! . "They have carried away the dead, he said to himself, "but where does this place lead to? H .ave they gone out by the way that they closed agamst us?" The way stretched ahead of them into the darkness and they advanced rapidly, seeing footprints of Indians and also t;4at of a white man , James Ross no dioubt, a s there had been no other white man the . I'll couut 'em and tell yotl ih.aow many there be."


THE LIBE.RTY BOYS' BRAVEST DEED 15 "Go on!" snapped the soldier, and Dick went into the camp, noticing a number of men and boys walking about, as the other had said. No one paid any attention to him and he made his way about unmolested, 'Presently noticing some sort of confusion around one of the tents. Making his way thither, he saw Meadows addressing Rattlesnake and a number of Indians in a decided tone. "The young woman will remain here!" he said. "I've got a use for her, and you can make up your mmds that I am going to keep her until I am ready to give her up." "Rattlesnake want white girl for squaw," muttered the Indian. "Well, you shall have her, buf wait. If I send word that unless the rebel spy, Dick Slater, is given up I will marry her to an Indian, they will . give him up." "Huh! Th.en Injun no get gal!" with a grunt. "Yes, you will, for when we get Slater we will keep him and you can have the girl. We have got to get him first, however. Don't you see, you get the girl anyhow." . -"Meadows means to cheat the fellow," said Dick to himself. "He must know that they would never give me up on such a demand' or without. all assurance that the gid should •be surrendered at the same time. -St. Leger would never sanction athing like that, and Meadows could not do it on his own authority . It is a trick to get rid of the Indian." "Huh! Injun want gal!" grunted Rattlesnake. "All right, you shall have her, but not until I carry out this plan first,'' said Meadows. The Indian went away, not fully satis fied, but unable to do anything in the matter, and Dick fol'lowed him. "If I can get hold of the fellow I will carry out a plan of m y own," he thought. "Where i s he going now?" _ The chief did not make his way to the Indian camp, but into the wood' s in the direction of the fort. He presently saw Dick following him, and said, with a grunt: "What paleface want? Injun want go 'l

16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BRA VEST DEED o f the swamp and getting around .to the front, mounted Major, Bob having brought the noble animal to the appointed place, and rode off to ward t he camp. He was proceeding along through the w ood s w hen s uddenly something caused him to start and involuntarily, so accustomed was he to a..;oid dJanger, that the action wa.s a.lmo s t mechanical he leaned forward over MaJor at the same a bullet flying so close to his head that be felt the air made b y its passage. Seizing his pi s tol, he looked around him, and behind a tiee on one side saw the end of a coonskin cap. He fired in the dhection, and a nothe r shot came in res pon s e. Just then, however, he sight of a leg covered with soiled leather leggmgs that s eemed familiar, and Dick gave a laugh as he called out: "Fooled you that time, d idn't I, Mr. Ro ss?" The tall lank figure of Ross emerged from behind the tiee and approached Dick. The strange man gazed. at him a minut e without s p eaking, and then said, slo wly: "That's the fir s t time I have ever been fooled regarding an Injun." "If I deceived you, Ros s, I think I can safely trus t others," replied Dick, well pleased with the completeness of his disguise. "Where are you going?" • "Into the enemy's camp to get Judlith." "Want me?" laconically. "I don't know but that I might," was Dick's reply. "Hang around the edge of the camp. It won't be a bad plan to have some help handy in case it is needed." "All," and the tall lank figure di sappeared amid the trees. Dick continued on his way , meeting no one until he reached the outskirts of the camp, where his appearance. caused no remark as the Indian allies were a common sight both in and around the British camp. He had no difficulty in finding Meadows' tent, but he was in no haste to reach it, preferring to become a little acquainted with the vicinity first. Several tim e s he received a nod of recognitibn, for t he ornate trappings of the Indian chief Ratlesnake were well known, and Dick grunted an unintelligible reply. He made a careful survey of that part of the camp o ccupied b y t he Britis h c aptain who had s eized J u d ith and was holding her i n order t o gain poss ession of the y oun g patriot captain hims elf, and at len gth selecte d a tent w hich he thought might b e the one concealing the young girl. Judith had learned! many of the signals o f the Liberty Boys w . hile a t t h e fort, and now Dick tried one of them, but it brought no response. "It's too true to nature," he muttered to him self, "and too familiar about here to be notice• a ble . " Then he tried another not so common, and again met with no response, but he repeated it several times in succession, and at length he had the satisfaction of seeing the flap of the tent r ai s ed jus t a little and a pair of bright eyes ap plie d to the hole . Again he repeated the signal, a nd this time it was repeated, and Dick knew that Judith was awjlre help was at hand, although he was sure she had not the slightest idea that the gaudy-looking Indian was was riding s lowly by on a black hors e was the captain of the Liberty B oy s himself. Having gained one of his objects, Dick rode up to the t ent o f Captain Meado ws, who was seated within, writing. Dick .gave a grunt, at the same time diSmounting, managing that Major should be just outside the tent flap behind rwhich Judith was confined. Meado ws looked up a s h i s shadow darkened' the doorw a y of the tent, with an exclamation of impatience, but the pretendedRattlesnake took no noti c e o f his annoyance, but squatted clo w n in the t en t entrance as if prepared to wait. Meado w s, ho w ever, did not keep him waiting long, for his p r esence there annoy ed him, d istracting .his thoughts from the letter he was writing home and w h i c h he wished to catch the next packet that wou ld soon be sailing . "What do y o u w ant?" he s narled more than asked. "The white gal," w a s the brie f reply . "Can't .have her!" g r o w led Meadows. "Did 1t't I tell you that I would only give her up i n exchange for Dick Slater?" . "All right. Got the w hite bo y c •hief." "Got Dick Slater!" exc l a imed Meadow s, risin g to his feet. "Where i s he? Bring him to m e a t once." "Get gal fir st," w a s the supposed Indian's repl y . "Do you suppose I'd be such a crazy fool t o deliver up the girl befor e I get Dick Slate r i n my hands?" "Injun no heap fool eith e1." "What do you mean, y ou sneaking redskin?" " Got Di c k Slater, no got g a l . Gi v e up boy chief, no get gal either. " "What fool talk are you giving me?" "lnjun no talk fool talk like white man," was the imperturbaible reply. "How do I know you g o t Dick Slater?" questioned Meado ws , impres s e d b y the Indian's demeanor. Dick was careful to keep i n the shad o w a n d spoke as few words as po ssible, for alth ough h e poss e s sed to a remarkable degree the art of impersonating another bo t h in action and s p e e c h, imitating both gesturllS and inflections, h e was not g o in g to ove rdo 'the matte r . " G o t white boy chi ef's horse. No g e t h orse without bo y." Meadows g lancedl in t he direction indicated by the suppo s ed r Rattlesnake a nd' recognized the beautiful black Arabian o f the boy cantain, the fame of both hors e a n d maste r having 9}readl far a n d w ide. "Humph!" he muttered, the proof s ! eme d convincing, but he had n o idea o f hin g J u dith to Rattles n a k e until .he had the yo ,g patriot safely within ihis gras p. H e was thi • in g what next move t o make w he n sud d enl y t e fla p o f the .tent occupied by Judith was t hrown a s ide an d the' young gir l stood in the op e ning. "Go back!" shouted Mead ow s , springi the girl, hut Dick was too qu i ck for him. He sprawled across the entr ance in s uch a way that Meadow s tri.pped over him and fell heavily to the ground, and before ihe h a d a chance to rise, Dick had bounded to Judith's s ide, uttered a word as to w h o he was, lifted h e r u p into the saddle, sprang up behind her, and wa s i!!peeding away. Meadows gave the alarm at once, but no one understood what the outcry was about, as the whole .proceedings were over so quickl y and the passage of Major so swift that no one had


t-: ' I • THE LIBERTY BOYS' BRAVEST DEED 17 scarcely noticed that he carried double. After Meadows had given the 01der to ca -pture supposed Indian the camp was in a commotion at once. Shots' were fired after the fleeing horse, but none took effect, for Dick did not keep a straight course, and! the .pistols and muskets were not of the modern, quick-firing sort. But soon the whole camp was awa1e that something .was. happening, and Dick saw th,at capture was 1!1ev1table for him and Judith also unless something were done quickly. . "Cling to t]:Je horse at all hazards ," he hiss ed into Judith's ear. "He will carry you safely to the fort if you trust yourself to him and will permit himself to be captured, and no one will :fire on aIIJ unprotected girl." Speaking a wor

18 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BRA VEST DEED adding new notches to those already made on his i ifle stock . At length, Dick went out one morning to spy upon the enemy and see if there were any new moves to be made on their part. The redcoats, Indians and others had their lines clo sely drawn around the fort, but D ick went out by this swamp, and then made his way toward that part of the enemy's camp occupied by the Royal Greens. He was in disguise .and did not fear being recognized, for none of the enemy had seen him in that garb and he m eaJ) t t o be cautious be s ide s . He was somewhat surprised to come upon an encampment before he expected it and saw at once that it was the camp of Hodenpyl's Terrors , which now occupied a place of their own, considerably in advance of the others. "The man is jus t tempting fate by putting his camp here," sai. d Dick to himself, as he rec og n i zed the pompou s Tory riding about the camp. "No one could res i s t attacking him when the temptation is so great. The Liberty Boys must teach him a les s on, with the colonel' s con sent." the boys, all being anxious to make the attack. It waswell on in the afternoon when Dick Slater, at the head of the Liberty Boys, sallied out of the fort, making their exit ,quickly in • case there were any spie s about. The enemy had been quiet all day and Dick was in hopes of giving Hodenpyl a genuine surprise. The boy s rode rapidly, but with as little noise as possible s o as not to let the. Tories k;now that they were coming until they were right on top of them. They kept along the river bank for some time and then swep t through an open w ood, which hid them from the To1ies for s ome time. At last they were obliged to sho w themselves, but by this time .they were within a short distance of the enemy and went on with a r u sh. , "Charge, Liberty Boys !" shouted Dick. "Sea ter these Terrors that have no terror for u s !" "Liberty forever! Down with the Torie Scatter the villains! Hurrah for freedom! roared the gallant boys, as they went charging down upon the camp. He made his way carelessly into the camp, there being no sentries posted and the lack of di s cipline showing very plainly. He looked more like a soldier than any of the men he met even in his disguise of a rough country boy, but no one recognized him, and he even passed clo s e to the so-called colonel without being known. He studied the position of the encampment, noticed its distance from the others, saw how many men there were, and took in many other necessary details, without appearing to be doing any more than simply looking about him carelessly. He finally out of the camp as he had strolled • in and made his way back to the fort by way of the swamp without being ob s erved. He saw Bob and, as he changed hi s uniform, told the young lieutenant what he had seen, and added: They were almost upon the Tories before they di sc overed, and then there was great con fusio n .and a scattering this way and that. The Tory colonel rushed from his tent and tried to rallv his men, but the greater part of them were panic-stricken and we:re running into the w ood s as fast as they could take themselves. The plucky fellow s overturned tents , picked up mus kets and ammunition and charged right through the encampment without firing a shot, but kee p ing up a tremendous noi s e. n a few minutes they had the greater part of the Tories fleeing "If Colone l Gansevoort gives us permission we will attack those s uppo s ed so ldiers this afternoon and rout them. I do not think there i s the slightest doubt that we can do it if we go at it right. "It will take down the pride of Hodenpyl greatly," laughed Bob, "as well a s give the Greens and Hessians an idea of oull strength. The :red coa t s know it, but' I'd like to show the other fell o ws what we can do as well." "We will do it, Bob, for I do not think the col onel will refus e this favor. It will sho w the enemy that we are not cooped up a s much as J;hey think we are." "Yes, so it will, and then perhaps the colonel w ill decide to make an attack of his own, and we can. join in it and s how the enemy our mettle again." "We will see, Bob, but I w ill go and ask him n ow." Dick was shortly in the colonel's quarters, telling him of the project in hi s mind and asking permission to carry it out. . "Certainly, Captain," answered the colonel, with a s mile . "These men are not the bravest enemies you could meet, although they may fight. If you "dislodge them it will teach St. Leger a les son and :;, ve u s a certain advantage. The afternoon will ' the best time for the affair, I think, and s o me \ ... at late." "That is what I thought, sir," Dick replied. Then he went off and told Bob and a number of to the woods . or to the neares t camp, _Hodenpy l himself running before them in the greatest fright. Then they rode back at a gallop and das hed through the camp again, less than half the men having rallied to meet them. The boys charged furiously, overturning tents and causing the greates t confus ion , but never firing a shot. The men, having no le ader, were unable to stand again s t s o fierce a charge, and fled in dismay, while the plucky boy s dashed on, doing all the mischief they could ' and then riding toward the fort at a lively gait. They had not fired a shot, but they had di spersed the Tories for that night. When Dick and some of the boys went to the camp they found that the Terrors had given it u!J, probably going back to their old location. The boy s were very jubilant over the affair, and the coloned praised them for what they had done, as it-showed the enemy that the people in the fort were wide awake and ready for anything. Duringthe night, as had often happened, they could hear the Indians yellmg in the woods, but there was no attempt made to attack the fort, and the Liberty Boys and the garrison thought nothing of the yells. .In the morning it was seen that the enemy had drawn its lines closer than they had been the night before s o as to prevent any fora)r' s being made. " I don't s ee Hodenpyl's fine regiment," laug Mark. "And you won't!" muttered Bob. CHAPTER XII.-A Bold Dash. For some days the enemy kept a close watch upon the fort to see that no one left it, and then di scharging their cannon at it wiW


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BRAVEST DEED 19 effect, the walls being too thick. Then one morning three men made their way through the swamp, coming from Oriskany, seven or eight miles to the eastward, and reported that General Herkimer was coming on with a considerable force to relieve the garris on. . They had started the evening before and had expected to reach the fort during the night, but had been delayed. Herkimer had told them to instruct Gansevoort to fire three signal guns upon their arrival, and that he would march as soon as he heard them. It was now after nine o'clock, and the generl:\J was, no doubt, puzzled at Gansevoort's failure to the guns. Herkimer, not hearing the guns, unwilling to advance upon so uncertain a ion without a larger force, and advised waitHis officers accused him of cowardice, of hery and of being a Tory, and many bitter words passed. At last, however, he agreed to go on and the advance was made. At little beyond Oriskany they fell into an ambush in a deep ravine, where there was a causeway over a swamp. Here a tremendous fight took place amid a pelting showe1-, Herkimer being wounded and yet directing the fight from under a tree where he had been taken, his leg ,-being shattered by a musket ball. The fight was one of the bloodiest of the war, the Indians losing many of their best braves and a number of their chiefs, the encounters between the Royal Greens and the Mo,hawk Valley men being mo s t fierce, many of them being the outcome of personal quarrels. Both side claimed a victory, but there were great losses and many prisoners were taken, all of Herkimer's accusing officers being killed, some during the fight and some murdered by the enraged Indians after they had been taken prisoners. Herkimer was removed to Little Falls, where he died •in a few days from loss of blood and bad surgery, the p1isoners being taken to St. Leger's camp, where he forced them to write the most gloomy accounts of the battle, thin"\dng to force Gansevoort to surrender by those means. Meantime, knowing nothing of the fight at Oriskany, Gansevoort sent out Willet, the Liberty Boys being glad of an opportunity to do something more than scatter a lot of undisciplined and lawless Tories. "Yesterday's affair was not a fight at all; it was a rout," observed Mark, with shrug. "We want to do something better than that." "There will be a chance, no doubt, Mark," replied Dick, shortly. "'At any rate that affair give us a chance to stretch our legs," added Bob, with a ,grin, "and to get in practice for something better." The boys were all eager for a good fight with the enemy and rode out of the fort in high spirits. They fell upon that part of the enemy's camp ccupied by the Indians and the Royal Greens, aking them completely by surprise and creating n instantaneous panic . . Led by Dick Slater, who ade a most daring dash, the Liberty Boys ept down upon the enemy with a rush and a roar, carrying everything before them. It was the Liberty Boys bravest deed, for the Greens and Indiam greatly outnumbered them, and the slightest hesitation would have been fatal. LikE7 a whirlwind, the brave boys swept down upon camp and were well inside before the enemy ght of rallying. The Liberty Boys were in high spirits over the success of Dick Slater's daring dash and eager for. another encounter with the enemy, but willing to wait, neverthless, knowing that Dick would do nothing without the advice and consent of Gansevoort. Then came the news of the te1 rible disaster at Oriskany, the death of Herkimer and the letters from the prisoners and a summons to surrender from St. Leger. The colonel refused to consider the last demand, but determmed to send for help, and so dispatched Willett and a few companions through the wood s to see Genei:al Schuyler and solicit aid for the garrison.1:he of the fort by St. Leger contmued, the British colonel deciding to resort to the sl?w process of sapping and mining, the con sti: uction of parallels being shortly begun. De spite the watch kept upon the fort by the enemy was possible for the boys and others to it, and one afternoon, when the work outside ;vas going on industriously, Dick, Bob and Mark went out by way of the swamp and made tlriiir way toward. ruined cabin of the Rawsons. They were as backwood s boys and aid not look at all l?ke g"allant soldiers they were, in their sh1.rts and breeches and coonsk in caps, with long rifles slung over their shoulders and bullet pouches, powder horns and knives at their belts. Nothing had been seen of Ro ss, the settler since the rescue of Judith Raws on from the ish camp, and Dick wondered if he were still in the neighborhood pursuing his terrible work of vengeance, or if he had left it. "He may be dead," observed Bob, when Dick spoke of the man. "The Indians would d o their best to kill him to stop his terrible slaughter of their braves." "Perhaps,'' murmured Dick, "but I have an idea thi;i.t we see him again and before long." Leavmg the neighborhood of the fort and skirting the enemy's camp, the boys made their way toward the ruined cabin to s ee if the Indians had done any more mischief. Coming near the clearing where the Rawson cabin had stood, Dick paused and advanced cautiouslY, signaling to and Mark to wait. They sec1eted themselves while Dick went on stealthily, crouching close the ground and listening attentively. He pre-. saw 3: of standing in a little glade, hstenmg to a white man, w11om Dick knew to be a Tory living at German Flats, on the Mohawk._ This man ''as talk:ng very animately, showmg bullet hobs in his hat :rnd coat and telling of the many whites that were coming to punish the Ini:lians. "As many as the leaves on tr.e trees," he said, spreading his hands. -The Indians listened with awe, and Dick thought: "If those stories are often repeated there will be no Indians left in a short time." ... CHAPTER XIII.-A Disgusted Redcoat. Dick watched the Indians for a time, the man who had talked to them presently going on, the redskins departing in different directions. The messenger seemed not more than half-witted, and •' -


20 THE LIBE.RTY BOYS' BRAVEST DEED -Dick remembered that he had borne that reputation. The Indians knew him and believed him, muttering among themselves as they went away. When they had departed, Dick i:eturned to Bob and Mark and told them what he had heard, adding: "These stories will cause still more desertions, and you will find the Indians leaving in still greater numbers than they have been." The boys waited till the Indians had gone away and then went on. At length Dick heard suspiciou s s ound s and signaled to the boys to be cautions, while he crept ahead with the greatest care. He shortly came to a little opening where, tied to a tree and appearing very wretched, was Captain Meadows, three or four Indians standing in front of him, peering. One had his wig, another his hat, a third his coat and sw ord, and the other his boots and breeches , the captain being scarcely half clad and lookin g very miserable. "Where scalps, where Dick Slater?" a s ked one. "Where present, fire-water, heap plenty plun der?" a s ked another; slapping the captain's face. The Indians began hurling tomahawks at the l'edcoat, trying to see how close they could send the sharp weapons without hitting him. The captain writhed and struggled and abused his tormentors, and at last one spat upon him and rais ed his tomahawk to bury it in the victim's brain. Then Dick fired and sent the tomahawk flying out of the redskin's hand. In another moment he and the two lieutenants das hed into the opening, scattering the Indians right and left. The reds thought that more were corning, evidently, and fled in terror, while Dick released the disgusted redcoat and said: "You will be safer in our camp, Captain Meadows . There are Indians all about and they are growing very impatient. You would not reach the British camp without being scalped." "The red demons have sworn to kill me and they will. I am unarmed and can do nothing." "You not go with us if you do not chose," Teplied Dick. "It will be dangerous for us to get back to the fort without you and more so if you are with u"s. You can go alone . We have no desire for your company, Captain Meadows. We do not feel at all proud to be in your pres ence, but if you wish to get away alive _ you will g o with us." "The Indians are returning," said Bob. This was the truth, and the boys hurried away, the redcoatbetween them, the Indians corning on with wild yells. Then two reports rang out and two of the enemy fell, the boys not having fired a shot, however. "That is ' Ross," murmured Dick, as they went on. Something later they took refuge behind a bowlder and fired upon the Indians , the avenging settler again appearing and settlfng with one of the enemy. The Indians fled at this and the boys hurried on and at length reached the swamp. Here, to the amazement of Meadows, they made their Vffi.Y safely through the seemingly impassable morass and reached the fort safely. Reaching the fort, Meadows was turned over to the c olonel, with the story of how he had been captured. He was given some clothing and treated with consideration due his rank, all of which disgusted him still more, as he had always maintained that the "rebels" treated their p r i soners shamefully, abusing them, refusing them decent food and clothing and more to the same effect. began to see that the patriots were earnest, conscientiou s men; that they believed in their cause; that they were not all ignorant, misguided people; that there were many good fighters among them; and that they were determined to win. After that he had very little to say and kept almo s t entirely to hims elf. Gansevoort, having learned that there was great disaffection among the enemy, sent out a strong party to attack them and found that they were in full retreat. The Indians had rebelled, rifled the stores, kifled HJ.'11l of the Britis h and Hessians and had the .. serted, le aving St. Leger to fight alone. stories spread by the idiot and others, who l:e.fll!! Ii really spies of Arnold's, had caused the to de sert in great numbers and then i ; o revolt, ' when the Britis h commander, seeing no Jrcspect of reducing the fort to subjection and foarin11; the arrival of reinforcements , made up h1:;, mind t o retire. He did s o, both pursued by a party from the fort, the Liberty Boys being with it. C.m si derable baggage was captured and a number of prisoners were taken, the enemy fleeing in great 11aste toward Wood T11e! 1 A1.,wld .!}nd his troops arrived, too late to engage the enemy, but heartily welcomed by the garris on. Captain Me a dow s was furnis hed with a suitable uniform and allowed to go with the other o fficers but he did not avail himself of the privilege pre: ferring to be alone. _ _ ' "The fellow is too mu h disgusted at find ing thaf all hi s ideals are false," laughed Bob, "and he won't speak to any one. He will got over it however, and be-as big a redcoat as ever" ' Whether he did or not, however, Bob never learned for, after the departure of Meadow s and other prisoners from the fort, he never saw the man again. After the departure of the Indians, Ros s was not s een for a time, but at length he returned, rebuilt his cabin and settled down to farming. "He has had a terrible revenge for the lo s s of his loved one s ," muttered Bob. "The stock of hi s rifle i s covered with notches." "It was a terrible revenge," murmured Dick, "but no one can blame him for taking it when he lo s t everything in so dreadful a manner?'' The Liberty Boys went to the Hudson River . di strict at length and took part agains t Burgoyne in the two battles of Stillwater, and later witnessed his surrender. John Row son did not join the Liberty Boys, as his father was killed in one of thes e battles and he was needed to care of his mother and the res t. The cabin was . rebuilt and John worked the farm, supporting his mother and the rest, and later marrying a valley girl and settling down ti> a quiet life. Judi h remained in the valle y and later had a farm ,.._ her own and a husband with it. Next week's issue will co .ntain "THE LIBER BOYS AND THE BLACK GIANT; or, HELP ING LIGHT-HORSE HARRY. " Send us a one-cent stamp to cover postage1 an4 we will mail you a copy of "Mystery Magaifi.e.. . " .


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 NUGGETS UNDER SKELETON ST ART GOLD RUSH A s mall bottle of gold nuggets found under the skeleton of a man di s cover e d in the woods near Bothell, twenty mile s from Seattle, Wash., has started a stampede for placer claims on creek s and rivers there, and some pans of color a1e the iule . The man had be e n d ead ei ght or ten years. At hi s side were the remnants of pan, pick and shovel. CAT HATCHES CHICKENS A house cat belonging to Mrs . Fred Loomis of Perrysburg, 0., is the wonder of the town. The cat has just hatched out two chickens. The other day Mrs . Loomis heard a noise coming from the cat's nes t. She investigated and found two baby chick s . Her theory i s that a hen used the cat's nest for he1 nest, while the cat furnrshed the in cubation. Anywacy, Mrs. Cat is puzzled over her new family. TOTEM POLE The largest totem pole ever carved was shipped from a quarry near Langley, Wash., recently to Alaska by its maker, A. C. Thompson . It was ordered a year ago by a wealthy Indian who has large cannery holdings at Petersburg. The rock totem is to grace the. last resting place NEWS . of Ru K e id es ti, a n ex-chie f o'f the Thlinket Al a ska India n s . The totem was made from granite, i s 9 f ee t 6 inches high, carvec,i to res embl e a ced a r totem , with the ins Cl'iption and figu;res to i epresent t h e past traditions and hi story of the S a lmon a n d Bear tribes who once dominated the North c oast. ILLEGAL FISHING Columbia River i s as much a rive r of mys tery, of adventure and of romance, even though the roiance b e unrecognize d by the stern eye of the law, a s it ever was . Deputy John Lars on of the State Fis h W arden force, State Department of Fisheries, vouches fo r the mystery at all ev ents. Lars on patrols the river from Asto1ia to Multnomah Falls, twentyfive miles above Portland, in the patrol boat Governor Olcott. He belie v e s illicit fishing is going on, but admits the fis h ermen have a clever sys tem of evading detection. Flashing signal lights from river bluffs warn of the approach of suspicious craft, even as the signal fire of pioneer days advertised for the sus picious Indian .the approach of the white man's birch. According to Larson, the signal may be a blazing bunch. of newspapers of a spotlight, but when he gets there the quarry has departed for safer waters. ONLY , GOOD STORIES inHave you seen the latest number out? The detective stories are splendid, and the special articles are just the kind you want to read. Get a copy and you will be surprised at the fine qua l ity of everything in the magazine. Sixtyfour P ages I nte r es tin g Ill u s tra ti o n s Col o red C overs BIG VALUE FOR YO U R MON EY For sale by all newsdealers, or will be sent postage free for 1 o cents any address. ; . .. .., a .... . .., '" -. -. copy to HARRY E. WOLFF, Publisher, Inc., 166 W. 2 3d St . , Ne w Y ork :


;: I' r .,_ • .. .. 22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A BOY TOROF THE RIGHT KIND By RALPH MORTON (A Se1ial Story.) CHAPTER I. On the Train. A boy of smart appearance stood on the platform of the Wellair railroad station. There were quite a number of passengers strolling about and 11ll were waiting for the local to New York. Most -0f them were what is called commuters , or people who rode back and forth from the city every day on season tickets. A couple of traveling men with their gripsacks observed him, and one of them remarked: "That is a mighty fine-looking spec imen of a country boy, Walker. I will bet he is leaving the farm to make a start in life. Take a good look at him, for .he is the kind to make the world sit up and take notice s ome time, maybe." The other salesman glanced over to wheTe the youth sto od with idle interest. The boy looked up as Snell approached and his face grew a little red, for it was easily seen that he was a green boy from the country. He seemed awkward and ill at ease, but Snell pretended not to notice this, and said pleasantly: "Hello I Going on a trip, are you?" The boy gave Snell a searching look, and then said simply: "I am going to New York to try and earn my living." . "I see,'' said Snell, just as if this had not been patent to him before. "Have you ever been down t . o the big city?" "No, sir." . "I see! Have you any friends there?" The boy hesitated, and then said slowly: "I know Mr. Josephus Jones, who is a rich broker in Wall Street. He told me that if I would visit hi,m he would find me something to do." Snell gave a start. "Josephus Jones,''. he muttered under his breath. "If I am right he is one of the worst gamblers and crooks in-Gotham." "How long have you known Mr. Jones?" he aske d aloud, studying the boy's face, whichwas as honest and open as couJd be. "Oh, I met him at the Agricultural Fair last September,'' said Tom Oti s , freely; "he is a very .smart man. I guess that everybody down there knows him. I think I am lucky to have hi s friend ship." "Yes , yes," l.-emarked Snell , calmly. "He told you that, did he?" "I suppose you believe in that old-fashioned theory that the boy mu s t come from the farm and start ou t in life with twenty-five cents or les s in order to make a smart man," he s neered. "Maybe "Yes, sir." a few have done that, but I tell you this is the era "What is your name?" of the college man and the lad ho has a rich "Tom Otis." father back of him. Things are not what they "Do you live here in Wellair?" u s e d to be, Snell." "I 'have lived here all my life. My father was Snell, the representative of a wool firm in New a farmer out on the Bluffton road. He died five York, puffed from his fine cigar and smiled. years ago and I helped run the farm until my "All right, Walker, but I tell you that you are mother died last month. I was obliged to go to wrong. I know of at least two college men who work on a •neighbor's farm after that, as our are drubbing along at mean jobs, and either one farm was sold for a mortgage. It left m e without of them can quote a sentence in Greek or write any money, but I have saved up ten dollars and a thesis fit to read before the most learned body now I am going down to the city, and Mr. Jones of students in the world. But they cannot make will help me . " a living. If I was to take my pick that sturdy Snell, the whole-hearted salesman, listened to youth from the farm would be it. I tell you he all this with interest. He didn't tell Tom what would be hard to beat." he knew about Josephus Jones, but he mentally "Hard to beat!" said Walker, contemptuously. resolved to take an interest in this hone s t, bright "Wait till he gets down to the city. You will see boy, and see that he was not led astray if it was that the city boys will put it all over him. This in hi s power. He knew that Jones would have no idea of yours is absurd. I tell you that it is im-u s e for him unless he had some purpose in view possible for a youth to sta:r;.t out in business to-where he could make u s e of him in a criminal day and make a s uccess 'Unless he has a lot of deal. Jones was a clever confidence man and capital back of him. That has been proved many 'thief and he would certainly not be the be s t kind times ." \ . of a friend and companion for Tom Otis to have. T?e two argued pro and con on this So Snell talked with Tom and learned all about subJect for while, and at last Snell, the wool his plans . He was more than interested> in the sa.1d: . . lad. Just then the train came iushing in and the am gomg over and .talk. with him. I am people made a move to get aboard. cunous to know what he 1s gomg to do and who he i s." (To be continued.) "All right," jeered Walker. "I wish you luck. I will bet you find him as green as a bay tree. Come back and let me know." But Salesman Snell leisurely walked over to where Tom Otis, the objec$ of his interest, stood. Send us a one-cent stamp to cover postage, and we will mail you a copy of "Mystery Magazine."


LIBERTY OF .. QUEER STAMP CO.UNTERFEITERS A conspirary through which the Government has been defrauded of large sums by wholesale distribution of counterfeit postage stamps was disclosed by treasury agents as a result of the arrest in Milwaukee, Wis., of a girl known as the "Queen of the Counterfeite1s." Arrests of ringleaders in the East are expected as a result of the revelations. Counterfeit po stage stamps h;we been distrjbuted over the country, it was learned, and large mail order hou s e s are s aid to have been swin dled of thousands of dollars. The stamps are believed to have been printed in several denomination s , the principal ones being two-cent and one-cent stamps. FACTS ABOUT THE GIANT RAY The great devilfish or giant ray, which abounds in the wiJ,ters around Beaufort, S. G., and Cap tiva Inlet, Fla., has occasionally been found off New York and New Jersey. The furthes t north it has ever been taken is Block Island, where one v:as caught in the las t of last August: This is fourteen feet wide between the tips of the pectoral fins, seven feet long from base of tail, and weighed 1,686 pounds. T)11s is the only specimen known to have been weighed, but there are tories of fish that are said to have weighed 10,000 pound s . , Dr. E. W. Gudger of the Americai; Museum ?f Natural History writes of the grnnt ray m Science, and says that who have ?e scribed it differ as to whether 1t has a large spme or sting on its tail. The one caught at Block land had none but there was a wound on the tml where a was said to have ' been .torn .off. The late Theodore Gill, dean of American ich thyologists, doubted the spin.e, as. have. writers, although some naturalists picture it with one. ,, SPEED OF FINGERS DIFFER IN HANDS The fingers of your Tight hand are quicker and more accurate than thos e of your left, says the Popular Science Monthly. , The ring finger of your left hand shows a burst of speed whenever it can .work with the of your right hand; It down noticeably when it must team with the middle finger of your left hand. Two fingers working together 11;re than one going it alone. And a combmat10n of two fingers on opposite hands is faster than two fin gers on the same hand. Practice, while it increases the speed of all fingers tends to increase the rate of the slow ones than the fast ones, thus overcoming the handicap of the ones that Jag naturally. If you are a typist or pianist, perha,ps you have already discovered some of these facts about the workings of your hands. They have conclusi ely demonstrated recently by a series of tests ducted at the Carnegie Institute of Technolo. by Esther L. Gatewood. BOYS OF '76 INTERE S T ... .. . ...... MAURET ANIA HA. UP ANOTHER RECORD The Cunard liner Mauretania, holder of the we stbound transatlantic. speed record. has added new laurels by establishing a new eastbound record, according to cable advices to the Cunard Line. The s hip, which left April 26, arrive d at Cher bourg at 3:46 a. m., having made t! i e .voyag e fro"n New York in 5 days , 8 hour" and 56 minutes. T his i s said to be eip.-ht hours faster than any other run ever recorded between these two po r t s . The M auretania's record rnn from Q ueenstown to New York was made in 4 days 10 hours and 41 minutes. The record day's run was 676 knots, a n average of 28.16 knots per hour. Th e total average speed for the voyage was 26.06 knots. A t that time she was a coal burner and she is no equipped for fuel oil. On her first-voyag e to this port predictions were made that she would lower her own record, and the belief that sh e will do s o in time is shared by her commander and her officers . Send us a one-cent stamp to cover posta1?e. and we will mail you a copy of "Movin g Picture Stories." " "Mystery Mag _ azine" SEMI-MONTHLY 10 CENTS A CO:> r LATEST ISSUES -96 AT MORIARTTY'S, by Fre d E. Shuey. 97 S'l.'AR OF THE FILMS. by Jack Dech!l8 COUNTERFEIT CLUES. by Chns. F. OursJe r. 9!l THE CROSS, by W. S. Ingram. 100 A SECRET SERVTCE MYSTERY, by Hnmllton Crnlgie anrl Elllot Balestler. 101 A CR lll!SON PRICE, by Elliott ;Lester. 102 THE INSPECTOR'S STRANGE CASI<:, by Gottllel> Jacobs. ' ' 103 A MUSEU M MYSTER'Y. by-Jack R echclolt. THE T.TT'l'LF RED ROOK. hy Young 10!> A MAN FROM SIAM.' )J:v Chnrles Fnltnn Our 106 The Clue ot the Emeral

24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 Abandoned In ' a Mine By ALEXANDER ARMSTRONG In the summer of 1850 three men penetrated that part of Colorado which is _now known as Gunnison County. The party c?ns1sted_ of a i shman named Hall, an Amencan sailor named Goff and a Spanish Indian, whose surname of Jua;ez was corrupted into "Horace" by his com panions . They came from California Gulch and were looking for gold. In tho$e. day the pre$ence of s ilver was not suspected m that part of the "Rockies " and the mines were all "placers." They were all' adventurers, and Goff and the Spaniard were, in addition to that, frontier desperadoes of the worst class. They had fallen together haphazard and started on their venture upon fortune with a few weeks' rations packed on a mule, their tool s arms and the clothe s they stood They eventually a spot, a1:1d went into camp. It was on the margm of a lit tle stream where the sand at first.showed gold in) the washing pans ; but, after a time the placer pfayed out, and certain surface croppings prompted them to sink a shaft. As they went down the ore that they encount ered-a sort of rotten quartz-seemed continually on the point of growing richer, but continually failed. So a month's time found them with an unprofitable hole of fifty feet, worn out, di couraged, angry-in brief, :ipe for tyouble of any kind. Hall had favored gomg on with .the work; the other two were eager to abandon it, and re proached him with the failure. This led to hard words , quarrels, and nights when never a word was spoken at all. On e morning all three went to the Hall and Horace descending, and Goff remammg above to work the windlass. They ascended and de scended by means or a rude rope ladder, as one man's strength did not suffice to draw them up in a bucket . . In the course of an hour or two the Spaniard made some excuse to return to the sur face and whi l e he was gone Hall filled the bucket. He gave the s jgnal, a;nd up it went, but .when. he turned to his pick agam he heard a pecuhar noise, and looked around to see the rope ladder being withdrawn. It was then a dozen feet above Tu head. At that his veins ran ice and his peril flashed before his mind as clear as day. "Hello, above there," he shouted. "Don't take that ladder away from me." By that time both ladder and bucket were clear of the shaft, and the flat, sinister face of the American peered over the edge. "Bawl away, lad!" he called tauntingly. "We'll give you something to bawl about!" "You ain't going to leave me here, are yelled the miner. The Spaniard appeared at the verge, with a lump of rock in his hands. "What for you cry?" he said. "You love the /' good-you stay in him; stop now, or I smas you dead." But the American remonstrated. It was a bit of cruelty more to his fancy to let the fellow starve there; and at last, laughing heartily, they waved him adieu, and went away. Ten minutes later he heard the hoofs patter down the gulch, . and he knew he was abandoned. Hall sat down and tried to think. He knew that rescue by other miners was impo ss ible, for they were the only white men in the district. Discovery by Indians was only a contingency almost equally remote, and such a thing would mean nothing less than the stake. The sides of the shaft were not timbered, and it was altogether out of the question to attempt to climb them. He was caught like a trapped rat, and turn the issue however he would it took no other form than death. In a few hours he must begin to suffer from thirst; in a few hours more from hunger; then all the hideous stages of famine and madness. He was burie d alive. His hair stood on end at the thought, and spurred by terror, he leaped to his feet and split the air with shrieks and curses. The hollow shaft echoed them back again until his wore themselves out' and he was still. The situation was deadly in its very s implicity, but still he could not make up his mind to die. Between his paroxysms of horror he gathered his sense s and conjured up and dismi ssed a thousand hopeles s plans. Only one did he attempt to put into execution; that was to cut steps in the shaft sides. He carved a dozen with his pick, but the soft fo1mation crumbled under his toes, and he knew it was vain. Thus the balance of the day passed, and the night. -Morning found him pacing a circle at the bottom of the shaft, his eyes glassy, his breath coming in gasps, and his hand weaving the air in aimless gesticulation. 'The torments of thirst and hunger, augmented a hundredfold by antici pation, were upon him. Sometimes he sobbed like a child, s ometimes he dropped on his knees and tried to pray, and again he sprang to his feet with a jargon of oaths s hook his clenched fist, and called on his murder ers to meet him in perdition. ".\'hen he looked upward he saw a blue disc of sky, cut in twain by the windlass bar. He stared at this , and as he stared he gave a sudden yell of joy. He se ized his pick and scrutinized the han dle. It was made of stout, well-seasoned hickory, and very carefully he split off a piece from end to end about the size of his thumb. Then he tapered it gently at the extremities. It was true and elastic, and sprung under his fingers like steel. This done he snatched off his boots. Thanks to the love of an old mother back in England, he wore long blue stockings, knitted of sound, homely yarn. He loosened a strand with trembling touch, and i.t unraveled readily. In a little while it lay in a coil at his feet. Then he stood erect and stripped himself of his flannel s, and tore his clothing, piece by piece, strips. He tried and tested them. It was long enough.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 25 e split hi:; leather belt in two; he twisted his braces into cord; his coat was lined with a twilled stuff that pulled apart in strands, and gave him twenty feet more. He would have stripped f:;tark naked, but his underclothes were made of goods too flimsy to stand the strain. At last he judged he had enough, and set about to fashion an arpow from the balance of his pick. He made one heavy at one end, and light in the shaft, and strung the other piece to the bow with braided yarn. He laid the balance of the yarn in a loose circle, tied the end to the arrow, and, with his heart throbbing like mad, made ready. By this time it was afternoon. At the first attempt the arrow struck the side and clattered back, bringing some loose dirt with it. He re laid the yarn and tried again. Up went the arrow and dropped outs ide. The miner felt the sweat start on his forehead, and verr tenderly, lest he should b1eak the string, he drew it in again. The next time h . e did not. dare look up. Had one sb he would have seen the arrow leap ight and true into the open air, paus e for an nt like a bird on the wing, and drop ba'.ck he other side of the windlass shaft. t fell at his feet, and when he saw the cord suspended in the air he burst into wild tears of joy. His hand shook so that he could scarcely attach the l 'Ope, but it was made fast at last and went slowly up and back again. He waited not an instant, but, gathering his strength for a final effort, he seized the rope and started up, hand over hand. But before he ascended a dozen feet he was seized with a premonition, so potent that he slid back, and, tearing an old letter in two, penciled his name and story on tlie margin. ; "That in case. of accident," he muttered, between his teeth. And well he did so. Had he forgotten. it, this story at least would never have been told, for when he was within a fathom of the top-when his haggei:ed eyes had caught the green crests of the pines, and the free air of heaven was in his mouth-the weak rope broke, and he fell headlong into space. Some wandering miners found his corpse the next year. The American and the Spaniard, Juarez, were never heard of again. •• ,. •• ONE CENT A MONTH About a year ago a bright looking young man our counting-room in response to an ad for an assistant shipping-clerk. He told the usual tale of how he desired a po sition more than wages for the time being, and was willing to accept a nominal salary to start in on. The proprietor was feeling in particularly good that afternoon, an9 said pleasantly: sir, what would you consider a nominal ? What would you be willing to accept in ing?" "I want to show you, sir, that I mean business, will work for one cent the remainder of this month, providing you think it would not be too much to double my salary each month there after." "That's a novel proposition, surely," said the proprietor, with a smile. "Do you know what you're talking about, my dear boy?" "Well, sir, my principal aim i s to learn the business," responded the young fellow, "and I would be almost willing to work for nothing, but I'd like to feel and be able to say that I was ear .ning s omething, you know." / "I'll take you," remarked the proprietor, decisively; "One cent, two cents, four cents , eight cents , sixteen," he enumerated. "You won't get much for a while," he added. , He took him up to the cashier. "This i s John Smith," he said. "He will go to work a s ass i stant shipping-clerk to-morrow. His salary will be one cent this month. Double it every month from now on." "In consideration of my working. for this small salary might I ask you to assure me a po sition for a definite period?" inquired John Smith. "We don't usually do that," replied the proprietor, "but we can't lose much on you, anyhow, I guess " and look like an hone s t fellow . . How long do you want employment?" "Three years, sir, if agreeable to you." The proprietor agreed, and young Mr. Smith, on pretense of wanting some evidence of the stability of his place, got him to write out and sign a paper that he had been guaranteed a po s ition in the house for three years on the t erms stated. He worked along for six months without draw-. ing a cent. He said he would draw all his earnings at Christmas . _ The cashier one day thought he'd figure up how much would be coming to the young man. He grew so interested in the project that he kept multiplying for three yea1 's . The result almo s t staggered him. This is the column of figures he took to the proprietor: Firs t month, .01; second, .02; third, .04; fourth, .08; 'fifth, .16; sixth, .32; seventh, 64; eighth,.. $1.28; ninth, $2.56; tenth, $5.12; eleventh, $10.24; twelfth, ..... $20.48; thhteenth, $40.96; fourteenth, $81.92; fifteenth, $163.84; sixteenth, $327.68; seventeenth, $655.36; eighteenth, $1,311. 72; nineteenth, $2,623.54; twentieth, $ 5 ,247.08; twentyfirst, $10,494.16; twenty-second, $20,988.32; twe n .ty-third, $41,976.64; twenty-fourth, $82, 953.28; twenty-fifth, $165,006.56; twenty-sixth, $33 1,813.12; twenty-seventh, $663,526.24; t wentyeighth, $1,327 ,252.48; twenty-ninth, $2,6 54,504.90; thirtieth, $4,309,009.92; thirty-fir st, $8. 618,019.84; thirty-second, $17,236,039.68 ; thirtythird, $34,472,078'.36; thirty-fourth, $68,944,156.73; thirty:fifth, $137,888,313.44; thirty-sixth, $27 5 ,776,626.88; total salary for three years, $552,554,253.65. The proprietor nearly fainted when he understood how, even if he were twice as rich a s Vanderbilt, he would be ruined in paying John Smith's salary. He concluded to discharge the modest young man at once. Smith had figured up how nt'hch would be due him and reminded the proprietor of his written agreement. 1tather than take chances in the courts and let

; 26 THE LIBERTY THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 . NEW YORK, JUNE 9, 1922 TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS lllnsle P ostaire .•........•••• . Po•tase F ree One C o p y Three Months.... . . •' " One Copy Six Jllontho ....•••. O n e C opy O n e Yea r ......... . Cannda, $4 .00; Foreign, $4 . 50 . '1 Cente llO Cente St. 7 6 I.GO HOW TO SEND our r isk send P . o . Mo n e y Order Check or Registered Letter ; remittances in any other way are et you r risk. We a cce p t Postage Stamp s the s ame as cash. When sending silver w r a p the Coln I n a separate piece o f paper to avoid c utting the enyelope. Write your name and a d dress plainly. Ad dress l ette r s t o H•rT7 E. weur , Pr ... C . W . Bastlng1, Trea1. cbarlea E . N7lander, See. } B A RRY E. WOLFF, Publi sher, Inc., 166 W . 23d St., N. Y. INTERESTING ARTICLES . COLD AIR FROM HER WELL A woman at Newark, N . J ., has a dry well wh i ch always emits a stream of c9ld dry air. This she has had piped through he _ r house, it i s u s ed for drying clothes, and m place of ice, and for the hou se cool in summer. SEA HORSE DISAPPEARING The sea horse (hippocampu s ) is becoming -scarcer in the North Atlantic, and the Scientific American suggests that this i s due to the large quantities of h eav.y :use d as .fuel by ocean going v _ essels . This 01! kills t111y crustaceans which are the s o l e food of the little sea horse . FIND MASTODON TUSKS "Was Pratt County, Kan., at one time the graz ing ground for mas todon s ?" Such . i s the question the citizen s of the county are asking themse lves. A fragment of a tus k t e n inches in diameter was found a few days ago while digging a ditch, and Prof. Rufus Gray of the Pratt High School b e lieves it i s from a giant masto don, a skeleton of which was found thirty years ago in the same n e ighborhood. The ribs of this skeleton were elev e n feet across, indicating a height q_f twenty-five feet or more . This skeleton, according to old time citi zen s, was found in nearly the same spot as the tus k was found. OWNS MOST VALUABLE PECAN TREE What is said to be the most val uable pecan tree in the United States is situated near Concrete, Tex. It is o wned by A. B . Roth, a farmer, wlio was offered and .refuse d $1,000 for the tree as it stands . From the nuts of this tree Rr,th i s plant a 100 -acre pecan tree orchard. The trees are bemg planted in squares sixty feet apart. The nuts of the remarkable tree are large and o f the soft shell variety. They are in such demand for planting "purposes that they sell readily fo1' 50 cents a pound . WhPn the litt'e nP.r.:rn arp. two years old B O YS OF '76 they will be budded with buds from the parent tree, which will assure their bearing t r ue to the original stock. Roth, from a few trees on his place, s old over $2,000 worth of trees last year. As there will be 1,600 trees on the 100 acres , and buds fro m only the best tree will be used, it should produce a fortune in ten years, according to pecan growing authorities. Because of the deep rooting system of the pe can, the general farm work will not be interfered with and the trees will not interrupt the grow ing o f crops on the land, cultivation of which will force growth upon the trees , it is explaine d ..... LAUGHS Mrs . A.-What did your husand say when he s'.lw, the bill for yo u r new gown? Mrs. B.-1 didn t hear. I started t o play on the piano. . Friend-Does the new lan,dlady at your boar 1,ng house appear t o be getting a living out of i B oarder-Yes , s he .is, but we are not. He-They tell me Jones i s Comish by bi rthShe-How strange that it s hould run in the fam ily! I thought they weTe always caused by tight shoes. "Hubby," said Mrs . Begg, want a new ring." "All right, my dear," acquiesced her lord and master. "I'll have the electrician put in a new door-bell to-morrow." S?nny-Aw, pop, I don't wanter study arithmetic. Pop-What! a son of mine grow up and n.ot b e able to figure up baseball scores and batting averages ? Never! "Well, dear, I guess the honeymoon i s over." "Why do you say that?" pouted the bride. "I've been taking stoc k and find I'm down to two qpl lars and sixty-fiv e cents. " "Since you have decided not to ma.rry me please give me my presents back. " "Well, of aii the nerve! You're the first man I've ever been engage d to that s howed such a mean spirit." "Won't you take this seat?" said the gentleman in the car, rising and lifting his hat. "No, thank you," said the girl with skates over her arm. "I've jus t been roller-skating and I'm tired of sit ting down . " First Newsboy-A guy handed me a half dollar for a paper dis morning. I went outer de depot to get de change, an' when I came back he as gone. Sec ond Newsboy-How long was you g for de change? First Newspoy-'Bout two ho Se nd us a o n e-cent stamp to cover postage, we w ill mail y o u a copy o f "Moving Picture Stories."


) THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 FROM ALL POINTS 27 LETON OF BARBARIAN TIMES FOUND HATED THE WHITES IN GE.NEVA Peter Waiska eighty-seven years old, the l'.lst While digging a trench in his vineyard, at -of the Waiskas,' proudest branch of the long lme ancy (near Geneva), a peasant found, a hu-of Chippewa Indian chiefs, is dead. man skull and bones placed in a sort of crypt. The aged Indian carried with him to his grave These remains date apparently from the time the strain of pride and all his hatred of the of the great Barbarian invasions; they were ly"whites" which for years made the Waiska Ining on a sheet of limestone as is found in Bur-dians the outstanding braves of the many tribes gundian and Alemannic tombs. inhabiting the Great Lakes section. He died of Another interesting discovery has been made in exposure to the cold, an element which for years the town ... Geneva on a spot where old houses he scoffe d at. are being pulled down. The workmen have The Waiskas inhabited the region now known brought to light many rows of well preseTVed oak as the Bay Hills and the Waiska River and Bay statues 9 feet high. They mark the place where district in Chippewa County, Mich., *hen the shore of the lake stood at the time of the first and settl_n s their Romans. It is not yet known whether they formed way into the wilderness. The tribe, with its part of the Gallo-Roman port of Geneva or s up-turies old pride, looked with disfavor on the white ported lake dwellings. They are at a distance of man, who came and cleared their lands and then 4 50 yards from the present shore of the lake. broke them with a plough. KILLED CHICKS IN EGGS eph Diefenbach, a veteran musician and an eur poultry raiser, will have to decide w er to discontinue raising poultry or give up playing his bass viol at home. He has discovered the two will not harmonize in the home. His wife objected to his playing the bass viol in ing room owing to the constant vibration, e ananged a place in the basement where uld practise. He also had four settings of fifty-two in all, about ready to hatch in asement. Diefenbach became worried when the eggs failed to hatch and investigation disclosed a dead chick in each egg. He was unable to determine the. cause and consulted an expert. He was informed that the vibration from the bass viol playing had killed the chicks. CUELESS BILLIARD EXPERT There have been all sorts of freaks in the ath world, including the handless billiard wonder the armless harness horse racing driver, the' one-armed golfer and the three-fingered baseball pitcher, but it remains for Sam Weinfeld, young Hungarian, to come to bat as the cueless billiard expert. Weinfeld, who is just twenty-one years old, has been doing this trick for years; i_n since tpe age of six. He makes the most difficult shots with his fin ers-shots that the world's wizards of the lie Hoppe, Jake Schaefer, Caesar Conti ers find trouble executing with their eld's skill seems uncanny. He gives the c e a peculiar twist, much after the fashion of the small boy shooting marbles, and claims he can close his eyes and locate the ball. ! He also s he is able to make forty points at straight wl)ile his opponent is making five at threeion. he young wizard recently arrived from oad, having given special exhibitions in the bild halls of European capitals. Peter Waiska until the last maintained the same feeling of hatred that befitted the final sur-. vivor of his race. His friends say that he grew more and more melancholy year by year as he watched the forest disappear and the white men's modern inventions take their place. KEPT COFFIN UNDER BED 25 YEARS FOR The coffin that Mrs. Eliza Bass kept under her for 25 years has at last been put to use. The old woman has died at the age of ninety-four and they have buried her, as she commanded, in the rude box that kept her close and constant company for so Jong. Its proximity s oothed he1 and made }ler slumbers more satisfactory. She always declared, moreover, it kept her lonely little house on the of the village as safe from chicken thieves and other marauders as if she had a pack of fierce bull dogs to protect her. The negro population of Lumberton, N. C., and the surrounding country had a deadly fear of the old woman's house. They would go hundreds of yards out of their way to keep from passing near it. Back in 1898 Mrs. Bass became ill and Arren Ivey, an old carpenter, was brought into the room and instructed as to how the coffin should be made. In a few days a nice box made of heart pine and varnished black was brought into the room and, at the old woman's request, placed un der her bed. Immediately she grew better. This happened several times in susequent yeaTS. "Why do you get well every time when they bring the coffin out from under the bed?" she was once asked. "Well, I'll tell you," she said. "I hate coffins as much as anybody. So when I see it, it makes me hate to die so bad that I just naturally gits well." Send us a one-cent stamp to cover postage, and we will mail you a copy of "Mystery &gazine." .-


28 _ THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 GOOD . CRACK-PROOF GLASS GLOBES FOR GAS A series o f opal globes, designed for use with the incandescent gaslight, recently placed on the market in England, will survive the most severe conditions of heat without cracking, says the Scientific American. Every housewife who has had trouble with the usual glass globe knows bow expensive and dangerous the ordinarr form is, with its short life and frequent crackmgs. The new material changes all this. There is absolutely no chance of its cracking thropgh overheating, even if mantle breaks and the impinges clirect on the globe or shade. For it is vitreous silica, silica fused in the intense heat of the electric arc (at a temperature of over 400 degrees F.) and allowed to cool into the many beautiful and artistic for'lls in which it is available. The great characteristic of this fused silica is that its coeff:cien.; of expansion is practically nil. From this cause arises its immunity from damage by sharp changes of heat. We have seen a piece of material dipped into water, wet in a Bunsen gas flame and heated to bright redness and then suddenly thrown into cold wate1. 'No apparent change took place, and this drastic treatment may be repeated indefinitely without the "vitreosil" (as it is called) losing its beautiful glaze o r its characteristic. semitransparency. . This latter property, which bestows upon light transmitted through it a delightful s oft effect, is due to the presence of innumerjible minute air bubbles throughout the whole bbdy of the material. PROTECTING THE FUR SEAL The Pacific fur seal herd is on the move. • 'J;he annual migration to the northw.ard. has begun, and the vanguard will shortly appear off the coast of Washington and British Columbia, leading the way to the summer rendezvous on the Pribilof! Islands in the middle of Bering Sea. All winter Jong the seals have been scattered through the South Pacific, but as spring approaches the mating instinct turns their heads t.o the North and they converge towa1d the Cali fornia coast and then 'follow their time-worn groove along the Western coast of the States, British and Alaska, the stones of their route bemg the deep sea fishmg banks where succulent salmon, halibut and other fis h keep them sleek and fat. . Few, if any, other animals are so carefully pampered and nursed by Uncle Sam, and except for such fostering the fur probably n .ow w ould be an extinct animal. With the exception of a small colony that summers on the, CoI!1ma.n der Islands, off the coast o f Kamchatk8:, ,Siben'.l, the herd which propagates on the is the only fur seal herd known to be m existence. When Alaska was purchased from Russia the seals o n the Pribiloff Island s numbered, accord-ing to various offiial estimates, from 2,000,00 . 5,000,000 animals, but due to ruthless operat1 by sealers of many nations, the herds were de mated annually. The United States Governme year after year, endeavored to negotiate treaties for the protection of the seals. In 1891 a measure of succe s s was obtained in a treaty with' Great Britain which practically eliminated Canadian sealers . -The massacre of the herds continued, however. Numerous schooners, flyii:ig the Japanes e flag an nually reaped a rich harvest, and the Japanes e government steadfastly refused t o interfere with the enterpris e . Finally, in 1911, when the herds by unreRtrained pelagic sealing had been reduced to approximately 250,000 animals , the efforts of the United States were.._ rewarded and a treaty among four nations-Russia, Great Britain, Japan and the United States-was negotiated to con tinue in force for 15 years. This agreement prohibited any of the nation.Jf v of the signatory powe'rs from taking seals at any: time anywhere, wit.h the provis ion, however, tl\ agents of the United States might take a thousand skins each year from bachelor males summering on the Pribiloffs. This does not interfere with the propagation of the herds. By the terr. 1 s of the treaty the United Stat only amnly rewarded the nations for any sustained by their nationals, but agreed to annually 15 per cent. of the proceeds of the -..,1:11"11\oit taken fro m the few animals killed. During the months of April, May and June this year, the cutter Snohomish will guard the herd along the route between the Columbia River and the Alaskan boundary, and the cutter Unalga from the latter point to the entrance to Bering Sea. 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After the R edcoat Rangers. 1081 " or, The Destruction of 1082 " or, Routing the Tory Bandits. 1083 " Chasing "Wild 0Bill"; or, Fighting a Mysterious io84 " Swamp; or, Hot Times Along the Shore. 1085 " and the Black Horseman; or, Defeating a Dan gerous Foe. 1086 " Alte r the Cherokees; or, Battling With Cruel Enemies. 1087 " River Journey; or, Down the Ohio., 1088 " at East Rock; or, The Burning of New Have n . 1089 " In the Drowned Lands; or, Perilous Times Out West. 1090 " on the Commons; or.,Defe!!dlng Old New York. 1091 " Sword Charge or, '.Ihe ,Fight at Stony Point. 1092 " After Sir John or, Dick Slater's Clever Ruse. 1093 " Doing Guard Duty; or, 'l'he Loss of Fort Washington. 1094 .. Chasing a Renegade; or, The Worst Man on the Ohio. T il95 " and tbe I •'ortune Teller; or, The Gypsy Spy of Harlem. 1096 " Guarding Washington, or, Defeating a Britis h ' Plot. 1097 " and Major Davie; or, Warm Work in the M eck Jen burg District. 1098 " Fierce Hunt or Capturing a Clever Enemy. 1099 " Betrayed: <>r'. Dic k Slater's False Fr!end. 1100 " on the March; or, After a .I! oe-, 1101 " Winter Camp; or, Lively ;rimes 1n the 1102 " Avenged: or. The Traitors Doom. 1103 " Pitched Battle; or, The Escape of the Indian 1104 " Artillery; or, Good Work At the Guns. 1105 " and "Whistlilig WiU:'; or, The Mad Spy of Paulus Hook. 1106 " l'nderground Camp; or, In Strange Quarters, 1107 " Dandy Spy; or,\' _the Governor. 1108 " Gunpowder Plot; or, Fa1hng by an Inch. 1109 " Drummer Boy; or, Sounding the Call to 111o r " Running the Blockade; OL', Getting Out oC New York. . k L d 1111 " and Capt. Huck; or, Routing a W1c ea ea er. 1112 " and the Liberty Pole; or, Stirring Times in the Old City. 1113 " and the Masked Spy; or, The _Man of Mystery. 1114 " on Gallows Hill; or, A Darrng Attempt at Rescue . . 1115 " and "Black Bess"; or, The Hors e that Won o Fight. 1116 " and Fiddling Phil; or, Making the Redcoats Dance. 1117 " On the Wallkill; or, The Minisink 1118 " ancl the Fighting Quaker; or1 In the Neutral Ground. For sale by all newsdealers, • >r wlJJ be sent to any address on receipt of price, 7c per COI>Y, 1n money or p ostage stamps, by HARRY E. WOLFF, Publisher, Inc. 188 West 2Sd Street New York City SCENARIOS HOW TO WRITE THEM Prlee Ill lmta p ..,.. Clop,-Thhl book ccmtatn 1 all tbe most recen t cb&nl'ee tn tlle method of construction and eubmlseton of 11Cenar1o a. 8lxt7 X-ons , coTerinl' enr7 pbaae o1 ecenarlo wrlttns . l'or 1ale b7 all N e w sdeale r s and Bookstores. It )'OU ffnnot procure a copy , aend ua tbe price, • eenta, In money or P.!llltap stampe, and we will mail yon one, postaire f1'9e . .Addre88 L. 119 8eTentla New York, • T. OUR TEN-CENT HAND BOOKS Useful, Instructive and Amusing, They Contain Val u a b le Information on Almost Every Subject No. S5. HOW TO PLAY GAMES. A complete and useful little book, containing the rules and regulations of billiards, llagatelle, backgammon, croquet, dominoes, etc. No. 36. HOW TO SOLVE CONUNDRUl\IS.-Contaln iug all the leading conundrums of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches and witty sayln!fs. No. 40. HOW '.110 lllAKE A.ND SET 'l'RAPS.-U'filiia ing hints on how to catch moles, weasels, otter, rate, birds. .Also 'how to cure skins. No, 41. 'l'HE BOYS OF NEW YORK END JOKE BOOK.-Containing a great variety o! th I jokes used by the most !amous end men. No ama1eur minstrels Is complete without this wonderful little book. No. 42. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK STt.:.\f P a varied assortment of stump speeches, Negro, Dutch and Irish. Also end men's jokes . Just the thing for home amusement and amateo1 shows. No. 45. THE J10YS OF NEW l:ORK MINS'.I'ltEL GUIDE AND JOKE BOOK.-Sometblng new and very instructive. Every boy should obtain this book; as It contains full instructions for organizing an •lmateur minstrel troupe. No. 46. HOW TO l\IAKE AND USE ELEC'rRICITY. -A dilscrlptlon of the wonderful u ses of electricity and electro magnetism; together with !ull instr 11l'ti oris for making Electric Toys, Batteries, etc. By George Trebel, A. M., M. D. Containing over fifty No. 48. HOW TO BUILD AND SAIL CA!'l'OES. -A. handy book !or boys, containing full directions for con structing canoes and the most popular manner of sall , ing them. Full.I' Illustrated. No. 49. 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