The Liberty Boys and the black giant, or, Helping "Light Horse Harry"


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.. THE LIBERTY •

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The L iberty Boys of '7 6 • Issue d W ee kly-Subscription price, $3.50 p e r year; Canada, $4.\)0; Foreign, $4:50 . H arry Wolft'.._ Publis her, ltiU W est 2:Jll Street , N e w York. N . Y . Llnter e d a s Sec on d C lass Matter 31, 1913, at t h e Inc., Pos t Office at New York, N . Y . , unde r the Act of Marc h 3, 1879 . ,, OR, HELPING "LIGHT HORSE HARRY" By HARRY MOORE CHAPTER !.-What Pla ce At the Inn. Ther e w e r e two boy s sitting at a table near a window of the tap-room of a wayside tavern in North Carolina, near one o f the tributaries of the H a w River, one afternon in late February, of the year 1781. They were dressed in coars e homespun and looked like farmer b oys, their faces b e i n g browned by exposure t o the weather. They were eating a modest meal of bread and c h ee s e and drinking butter milk, the while talk ing togeth e r in low, earnest tones, unheard by the men a t a little di s t ance. D ic k o u ght to b e here by this time. Don't you think so, Jack?" a s k e d one, taking a bite of brea d and cheese and a drink o f buttermilk. " P r etty s oon Ben," the other replied. "He is u sually prompt, and if has detained him J1e shoul d b e here in a few minutes." At tha t moment there was a noise at the do o r and both looked up, expecting to see the b o y whom they were talking about, Dick S later, the captain of the B?ys . Instead of. the lead e r o f t h i s b a n d of ste rlmg young patriots however the b oys beheld a giant negro, nearly seven feet 'ju height and broad in proportion, w h o entered the p lace with a rapid s huffle, in a soft drawl pecul iar to his race a s ked, lookmg around. "Any one named Slater i n here, gen'lemen ?" Jack Warren suddeny stepped on Ben SpurJock's foot and Tais e d his mug to his face. " D i c k Slater?" s narled a m a n sitting not far from the two boy s . "Why, he's a rank rebel! What do y ou want of h im?" "Party was a skin' ' for him outsi de , an' I don e thought he mought be one of you, sir. Mought one o f y ou young gen'lemen be the p arty!" t o the two b oys. "Neither of u s is D ick Slater," answere d Ben. "But y ou done heard of him, I r e ckon?" "Why, yes, everyb od y knows of the saucy young rebel, Dick Slater, but neither of u s i s he." "Here, yo u black scoundrel!" cried t h e landlor d at the window. " I d on't see your m a n on the whit e horse. W here i s he?" " I d on e reckon he's gone to put up h i s hors e. I was just askin' fo r the p arty, l ike h e told me to." " W e ll, y ou 've don e your errand, s o n o w get out! T h i s is not t he p l a ce for blacks. G o t o the Kitchen. W h o i s yom• p arty, and what d o e s he k now o f o u r ways, t o be sending negroes into the tap-room w here gentle m e n are s i t t i n ? Go out o f h ere! I 'll atten d t o y ou r party right smart!" The black giant left t h e room, and the landlo rd sent a potbo y t o find t h e m ysteri ous man w h o had sent in t o inquire about Dick Slat er. T h e landlord came o v e r t o t h e t w o boy s , the place having quieted somewhat, and said, in a c o n -ciliating t one : • "You mustn' t mind t h e negro, he doesn't k now anything. You a r e not r ebels, of course. " " No, of course w e're not," Jack replied. No patriot ever acknowledged himself t o be a r e b el. "We've heard about Dick Slater, the same as every one e l se." At that moment an el derly looking man entered and took a seat n ear thetwo boys. Calling for a pot of h ome-brewed ale and s ome bread a n d m e a t , he removed his black cocked hat and threw open a dark greatcoat, with a careless air. "You were n ot, perchance, inquiring for Dick Slater, the rebel, were you, sir?" the l a ndlo r d ask ed, going toward the newcomer. " I do not seek information of rebels , " the other relief. "Why do you a s k ?" "Only that s ome one i5ent in to inq u ire c o n cerning t h e saucy v a rlet, Slater , and I thought that, perch a nc e, you might be the one. Yo u did not see a bi g b lack fellow w ithout?" "No, I d i d no t ; but I am in a hurry a n d cannot sit here g ossipin g o f w h a t d oe s n o t c oncern me. " T h e landlord sent a maid t o fill the newcomer's orde' r , a n d w e n t off t o attend to some o ne else. "That is Dick, " said Jack t o B en . "Ye s, I kno w it, but no one else doe s ." The maid shortly came up with Dick's orde1-, the newcover bein g the young captain of the Liberty Boy s in disgui s e , although no one b u t Ben and Jack knew him, and they would not if t 1 1ey had not seen him in i t before. There was a noise a t the do o r and thT ee or four redcoats entered , shook the moisture from their for there was a light drizz l e outs ide . They took seats not far from the three Dic k Slate r looked acro s s a t B e n and Jack and gave them a si g n a l, w h ich they understo o d. They evinced no e;wec ial s u r prise a t t h e appear a n c e of .the redcoat , but went on with their e ating and drinking as .if they were quite u s ed to the sight. T h e redc o a t s wer so o n e ating and drinking and s moking l ong pipes , talking animatedly among them selve$, Dick b ing unable at fir s t to make anything o \lt o f t h e i r conversation , which was purel y per s o n a l and o f

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.i THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE BLACK GIANT n o interest to him. Presently the landlord came over and said: "You redcoats can't Le here f o r . nothing. Were you thinking of g oin g after the rebe l s and driving them out of the district?" "Where are the rebels, landlord?" laughed the leader of the redcoats. "We would drive them out if there were any to. but they keep running away from u s and we can never find them." "There was some one here inquiring for Dick Slater just now. William, did you find the fellow?" _ "No, there was no one there," the pot-boy answered. "Go and get the black. Is he there still? He w ill tell us." "What black is that?" asked the i'edcoat. "A black giant?" "Yes, a powerful fellow. He said he was sent tv ask for Slater." "Jove! then the rebel was expected. I know the black. Have any of the young rebels been here? That was a trap to--" "No, we don't allow rebels to come here," muttered the other., whose ,name was Zach Pettigrew. "They know what they'd get if they did." The redcoat looked around the room, his eyes alighting on the two boys, who had finished their repast and settled their sc ore. "Who are those boys?" he asked. "I .don't know. Seems to me I have never seen them before. They are not rebels, though. They told me they were not." At that moment the black giant came back with the pot-boy, and the officer asked him: "You were looking for the rebel, Slater, were you, Hannibal? Did you s uspect that he was here?" "Yes, captain; or s ome of the young rebels, and I done think I might get 'em to show theirse lves and--" the giant negro's eyes wandering about the r oom. "My word, captain, dere i s Dick Slater now! Yes, and there is his black horse outside!" pointing out of the window. "By jove! s o it is!" shouted the captain. "And I know that bay mare and the roan. By George! the young rebel s are about, after a ll. Seize the two boys, yonder! They must be rebels!" The giant negro sprang at Dick to seize him, while the redcoats and Tories leaped toward the two boy s . Dick picked up the table and threw it at the black giant, striking him on the shins and causing him to howl. Then he fired two shots over the heads of the crowd and caused them to halt, many of those in the rear falling over those in front. He quickly pointed to the nearest door and the boys flew out, while he leaped upon the window seat, threw open the wide, low sash and sprang out, firing another shot as he reached the ground. Jack and Ben came dashing out, and he said to them: "A way with you, boys! I will lead these fellows a stray." Jack was on the bay mare and Ben on the roan in a moment and away they went down the r oad at a gallop. As they disappeared, Dick sprang upon the magnificent black Arabian, and set off by another road. Out came the redcoats and Tories and, seeing him going off at a moderate pRce, le aped into the s addle and g-ave chase. CHAPTER IL-An Encounter By the Way. On came the redcoats and Tories with a rush, thinking that Dick , was riding as fast as he could and that they would shortly overtake him. They were riding at full spee d, however, while he could go much faster if he ch o se, and while they were tiring out their horses, his was still fres h and would continue so, even going at a much greater speed . • The redcoats were better mounted than the Tories, but they c ould not hope to overtake Dick , for having led them well away from the two . boys, he suddenly dashed ahead around a turn in the ioad and when they reached it he was nowhere in sight. He had set down a little lane and across country, well hidden by trees , tO' get back on the road taken by the boys and was safe from pursuit in a short time, even had the enemy been as well mounted as he was. He at length came upon the boys who, safe from pursuit, knew that he would come up with them and were therefore going on at an easy gait, even halting at times. "Did you learn anything of importance, boys?" he asked, as they r ode on "No, captain, unless we know that that black giant i s in the employ of the enemy and that there are redcoats about," replied Jack. "We s uspected the presence of the redcoats, but did not know of the negro. "I think, myself, that he i s an agent of the enemy, and we must try and take him. " "My! but he is as big as three of us!" laughed Jack. "He must be all of seven feet tall and he's a s big as a hogshead." "And his name i s Hannibal,'' added Ben. "That's the name of the Carthaginian general. He was an African, too." "And was defeated by a Caucasian and a man of medium size," laughed Jack. "Caesar was a great man in mind only. He was a dwarf alongside this Hannibal of ours, or the other, either." "We will get the better of this black giant, the same as the great Roman defeated Hannibal," added Dick. "These redcoats are some of Tarleton's men. We must find out where they are located and tell Light Horse Harry about it. He will like nothing better than thrashing the Butcher." Lieutenant-colonel Henry Lee, of Virginia, often called Light Horse Harry on account of his being such a brilliant cava1ry leader, was with General Greene in this campaign, the Liberty Boy s hel.ping him, although under Green's command. Lee was of the same dashing nature as Tarleton, and was always ready to meet the cruel redcoat and give him battle, and Dick knew, therefore, that the news of Tarleton's being in the neighborhood would be welcome to the dash Vir.ginian. The :i;,iberty Boy s had their camp m a little wood with a swamp on one side and a swift-running fork on the other, there being a well-concealed ford not far distant, so that they could either take to the swamp or ford the creek in haste if attacked by the enemy. Dick and the two boy s were now on the way to the camp whence the young captain would proceed to Lee'!! quarters and telJ him of the coming of the red1.. coats. A s they were riding on at an easy gait they encountered three men on horseback,

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THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE BLACI" GIANT 3 whose faces sho\\ ed them to be evil, and whose powerful frames showed them to possess great strength. They rode very inferior horses and their gaze lighted at once upon the beautiful animals ridden by the boys, a look of envy appearing 9l1 their faces. "vVant to swap hosses, strangers?" asked the man in the middl e, as they halted, the boys doing the same. "No we are very well satisfied with our own," replied Dick, as well they might be. The men wanted the horses and were determined to have thein, and Dick readily saw through the flimsy fiction they had invented on the spur of the moment about the animals having been stolen. If he insisted upon it that the horses were theirs the men might remember having seen them ridden by Liberty Boys and they would be in as great a danger, for it was more than likely that the three strangers were Tories, there being many in the district.. Dick's eyes had not been idle all this time, and he saw how he could escape, although it would require good riding and firm nerves. At one side of the road was a four-foot ditch with a briar hedge on the farther s ide, Dick being able to looks over this and see that the ground beyond was hard. There was not much room for a run in the road, but Dick judged t at if he had the whole road he could make the jump. If Ben and Jack were satisfied that they could make it he would attempt it, but not otherwise. He gave them a quick glance and made a motion toward the ditch. Bo th boys understood and nodded. "\Vull, are you uns. going to &ive up them hos s es and be let go?" the man m the middle asked. . "No!" said Dick, and then the seemingly elderly man half wheeled his horse, backed to the road and looked at the boys. At once the three were in a line, heading across the road. "Now!" said Dick. In an instant the three ,;,ere flying toward the ditch with the hedge on the other side. All three boys landed on the other side and went racing over the meadow toward a wood, the three men gazing at them in wonder. "By jinks ! there's only one fellow that rides a black like that, an' he's Dick Slater, the rehel '." "They're all rebels, the three of 'em. 'l'herE' ain't no one about here that rides hos;;es like than but the young rebels." "They'Te Liberty Boys, sure enough, and we never guessed it." "Shoot 'em, fiTe on the young rebels and don't let 'em get away!'' The men only wasted their shots, for the plucky boys were out of danger by that time, and the bullets only clipped the leaves of the trees and cut a few twigs. The boys halted when within the wood and went on at an easy rate, turning to the left and taking a course that would lead them to the :road they had left. Then went th.rough the wood and over the meadow, leaped the ditch again, there being no hedge that time, and were once more on the road. The boys soon broke into a sharp canter and went on toward the camp a,t a lively gait, reaching it in less than half an hour. Riding in, thy were welcomed by Bob Estabrook, the first lieutenant; Mark Morrison, the second lieutenant, and by Sam Sanderson, George Brew ster, Harry Thurber, Will Freeman, Harry Judson, Arthur Macka y and a doaen more. "Has anything happened'? Have you found ou t anything?" asked Bob, who was Dick's particular friend. "It would be strange if something had not happened to you three." "Jack is such a headstrong chap," laughed Mark Morrison, who was a great chum of the other, "that he'd be ure to be getting the captain in trouble helping him out." "We all have been in trouble, as far as that goes," chuckled Ben Spurlock, "if it had not been for the captain." "Hallo! then something has happened!" ex claimed Marls;, who was eager to hear what it was_ "Tell us all about it, Jack." "All right,'' with a laugh, "but, as it happened, I didn't get. any one in trouble,. not eve n myself." "That's a wonder!" retorted Mark, who a bit of a tease, but in a good-natured way. "The redcoats are about and looking for 'rebels ' as they call us," said Ben. "They are some of Tarleton's force." "Many, Ben?" asked a number of the boys, while Dick went away to put on his uniform. "Well, we saw only four or five, but there are more about. There was a black giant who knew Dick, or we would have been all right. Then our horses betrayed us." The boys were all greatly interested in the story of the adventure at the tavern, and by the time it was finished Dick was ready and said to Bob, as he got into the saddle: "Come along, Bob. Mark will look after the camp. I'll wait." "You won't have to wait !orig, then," with a laugh, "for I thought you might want me and I have my bay already saddled." Bob Estabrook rode a fine bay, which, while not as speedy nor as showy as Major, was, nevertheless, a very good horse. T ' , two boys, who were the firmest of friends, sho ; .r left the camp, the Liberty Boys cheering, while Mtlrk s id, with a grin: "There will be something more to tell about when those two come back, I'll "\\:arrant." CHAPTER III.-A Warning and An Adventure. Dick and Bob rode at goGd speed and reached the camp of Light Horse Harry in something more than half an hour. They were well known to the men of Lee's Legion, and upon their entry were well received, some of the office.rs questioning them, seeming to know that their coming meant something. "There are redcoat s hanging about," replied Dick, "and I thought that the colonel ought to know it." It was not long before Dick \Yas admitted to the presence of the gallant Virginian and related what he knew. As Ben Spurlock had sug gested, Dick was instructed to watch the enemy and. if he saw a good opportunity, make an attack and then get away so as to continue that sort of tactics. Leaving the commander, Dick returned to Bob and said: /

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4 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE BLACK GIANT "Vile are t o find Tarleton, see how large a force he has and u se our discretion about attacking him." "That will be good news for the boys," de clared Bob, emphatically. "They are always ready to attack Tarleton, and if they can hurt him, so much the better." It was approaching sunset when the boys left Lee's camp and set off at a gallop for their o wn. They had covered about half the distance, the sun being seen red and misty on the horizon, when they saw two young girls run into the road a short distance ahead of them and becj(on to them to stop. The girls were both very pretty, being dressed in cotton frocks, with gay kerchiefs about their necks, their hair being neatly arranged and adding to their becoming appearance. The boys reined in shortly and the girls came forward, one of them saying, eagerly: "Don't go on, captain; take some other road. There is a lot of Tories led by Si Worden and Zach Pettigrew a little way down the road, and they mean to capture y ou and deliver you up to the redcoats. There are a dozen o r more of them. Rhoda and I discovered them just now without their knowing it. Can't you go some other way?" anxiously. "How did you know I was a captain?" asked Dick, with a smile . "Why, I know your uniform, and, anyhow, if y ou were not y ou are one of the Liberty Boy s, and that w ould be ehough for me to warn you. We are all great friends of the Liberty Boy s at ou r house, as you have been friends of ours and of all go od patriots." There was a neat cabin rio t far distant, and at this moment a middl-aged w oman came t o the door and called: "Mercy, child, tea is ready. Ask the captain to stay." "That is mother," said the girl. "Won't y ou come in?" "We will go and s ee you r m other, at any rate. Where are the men you s poke off?" going toward the hou se. "Dow the r o ad at the bend in the bushes. They saw yo go by and they reckoned you'd be coming back s ome time, and s o they sent and go m ore and now they're waiting t o waylay you and make you prisoners. " "We are very much o bliged to you for warning u s, for it might have been a seri ou s matter. There is a way to get around these fellows, and then I will send s ome of the boy s to rout. them out of their hiding iJl ace. That will be a sur prise." " \Von't you stop and take tea with us, cap tain?" asked the w oman in the door a s Dick tipped his hat upon coming up. "This is my mother, Mrs. \Vells," said the "I am Mercy Wells and this is my friend, Rhoda Dawes. She live s a mile from here and often stays with me." At that moment there was a clatter of. hoofs, and then Dick flaw half a dozen men coming on at a gallop, who s topped when they saw him and Bob. The sun was down, but Dick had no trouble in recognizing two of the men a s having bt>en at the inn during the afternoon. "There's the pesky rebels no'\v!" growled one. "Down witb 'e.m ! There's only two on 'em!" Just then, however, the tramp of horses was heard in the other direction, and Rhoda exclaimed, eagerly: "There's pa and Mr. Harrison and Matt. I reckon these Tories won't be in such a hurry to attack somebody." . She waved her hand, excitedly, and• two men and a go o d-sized boy rode up, the others having suddenly paused. "What's the matter, girl?" a sked one of the men, leaning over and kissing Rhoda. "Well, Zach Pettigrew and Si Worden allowed they were going to attack the captain and his lieutenant, but I reckon they won't now, pa." "We reckoned the rebels was goin' to 'tac k us fust, neighbor,'' muttered the leading Tory. "They're all the time pesterin' some on e, and we wasn't goin' to let 'em get the best on u s , that's all. We uns ain't a bit quarelsome, you know that." "Where are the rest of your pa1 ty?" asked Dick. "You had a dozen at the turn of the road, waiting for u s. Are they there yet?" It was still light enough to see the expression on the man's face, and he was noticed t o s how considerable surprise. "We uns have just come along," he s aid. "We saw you rebels and we suspicioned y ou might be gain' to play some kind o ' trick on u s and s o we made ready." "We are not rebels, Zach Pettigrew," said Dawes, "and you know it. What about this ambush you were getting up? Are your men there yet?" Jus t then more men came up, among them being Mercy's father and brother, and the Tories drew back. "Hain't got any men hidin' at the bend in the road under the bu s he s ," growled Worden. ' "We never s uspicioned the rebels was comin ' at all," snarled Zach. "Fust thing we knowed of their bei11I here, we see n 'em." "That is not so, Zach Pettigrew," exclaimed Mercy. "Rhoda and I overheard you plotting to waylay the two Liberty Boys. You sa\v them pass here and you reckoned they'd be back before long, s o you sent for more men." Th e Tories' faces were studies as they heard this sudden accusation, which no one there doubt ed to be true, and they fell back still further. "We'll go a piece with you, Captain, and see if these skun k s are on the watch for you yet," declared Wells. "Come on, neighbors!" The Tories dashed away in great has te, an d Dick said, with a laugh: " I don't think it will be necessary, neighbors. You won't find any of the Tories there by this time." "W _ll, we were going, anyhow," said Daw "and you wouldn't object to our company , I su pose?" "Not at all," answered both boy s , heartily. The greater part of the men went on with Di and Bob, past the place where the Tories h been waiting for the boys. but there were n o at the spot when they reached it. "You see, we were right," laughed Dick. " on your guard, for there are redcoats about, a these Torie s may be encouraged to commit cesses of all sorts, relying upon the enemy protect them." -

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THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE BLACK GIANT 5 '!Thank ye, captain, we'll keep a watch on em," and then the boy s went on, tbe men hav Ulf errands els ewhere . Tho se were plucky girls , Dick," declared Bob. "Mercy did not hesitate to tell that big hulking Tory the truth, and I believe she would have run i n f o r a rifle if there had been any sign of trouble with the treacherous fellow s ." "Yes, I believe she would, reining in. a little. "There's a blackbird under that tree. I believe I cat hit it." "A blackbi rd, Dick?" a sked Bob, in surpris e . "Yes, a sevenfoot blackbird by the name of H annibal," Dick replied in a loud voice. "See me hit him in the eye, Bob," and he took out his pist o l s . And then the giant negro stepped out from u n der a tree a short distance ahead, and said , in a drawling tone: "Was you reckonin' on shootin' me, sir? I hain't got nothing agin y ou, sir. What yo u want t o shoot me for?" "Becau s e if I did not you would have sprang upon . me and caught me," Dick ieturned. "I know you, Hannibal. You tried to catch me a time ago in the inn and I barked your shins for it. Do you want me to flatten a bullet on your th ick sk ull ?" "No, si1!" emphatically, and the black giant suddenly went dashing down the road at a lively gait, getting over the grom;id very rapidly. "Forward, Bob!" shouted Dick, urging his ho rse forward, and Bob was at hi s s ide in an instant. They could hear the heavy sound of the giant negro' s big feet a s he ran rapidly on, and before l o ng the foot steps grew fainter and fainter till they were scarcely heard. Before that time the boy s had reached the place where they were to turn in to go to the camp, the giant black havi n g pass ed it in hi s haste to escape. Reaching the ca mp, Dick and Bob were met by a number o f the boy s, who were certain that they h a d h ad an adven ture of s ome sort, as Dick rarely left the camp that he did not have one . "We met our big black, Ben," said Dick. "I want to tell yo u boys at the start that if you put o n a bold front with Hartnibal and don't let him get hold o f you it will be the easiest thing in the world to manage him." "Like giving him a c1;ack on the shins, eh, Captain?" laughed Ben. "Exactly, or drawing a pistol on him. If he gets hold of you he can do anything, but other wise he is a coward, and you can make him back down in an instant." After supper, Dick di sguised himself in back wood s garb and took a few of the boy s with him to get a look at the enemy and see if it were feasible to attack them. Ben S p urlock, Sam Sanderson, the two Harry, Will, Arthur, George, Phil, Paul and Jack went along, all being boys whom he could depend upon in .an emergency and all ready for any adventure. They took their way towa-rd the tavern and rode rapidly, there be ing a glorious full moon to light their path n o w and no rain. The boy s had ridden more than a mile when Dick, halting in the shadow of s ome t rees by the way side, s aid, cautiously: "Keep quiet, boys, and in the s hade. There is s ome one coming and I s u spect it is an enemy." CHAPTER IV.-A Visit To the The boy s halted, keeping in -the shade of the trees and li stening intently, their ears not being as sharp a s Dick's. The young captain hall heard s ome one coming, although he could see nothing as yet, there being a turn in the r oad at s ome little distance. In a few m oments, however, the boys now hearing the tramp of horses, Dick saw the glint of scarlet uniforms by the light of the moon at the turn of the r o ad. There were fully a score of the redcoats and now m ore were se en coming on, making forty at the least. "They greatly outnumber us, boys," said Dick, gravely, "but I think that we may, give them a fright and be able to di s cover their camp. They may have moved up on u s during the aftentoon, for they were not as near as this in the m?rning. " "Shall you charge them, Captain?" asl,:ed Sam, eagerly. " Ye s . They d o n o t s ee u s as yet, s o get ready for the word." The boys waited eagerly, and at when _ redcoats we1e not a himdred feet a way, Dick . "Charge, Liberty Boy s ! D own with chc red coats ! " At once the brave fell ows raised a i _ remend • .ms din and charged at full speed, shouting their battle cry. " L iberty forever! Down with tedc. oats! Hurrah!" Coming suddenly out fro m the darkness into the full moonlight, the gallant fellow s gave the surprised redcoats a tremenaous shock, and at once horses were wheeled in great confusion and the enemy went flying down the road, convinced that there was at least a regiment in chase. The boys went flying after the redcoats, making noi s e enough for thrice their number, firing over the heads of the enemy and shouting in the most vociferOU$ fashion. The redcoats thought they had run into a trap, and made all haste to e sc ape, urging their hors es to the utmos t with whip, spur and voice, and never stopping' to return the shots fired at them. Then, as the boys rode on, they saw the camp of the enemy ahead of them, heard the bugle s blow and the drums beat the call to arms and saw the enemy come swarm inP" out to meet them. Dick got a very fair idea of how many the camp wourd hold, and then s uddenly wheeled his boys and went dashing away, takinga road w hich led to a ford w hich he could cro ss and go on by another way to the camp. The enemy turned out in full force, but by the time they l eached the road into which the bo ys had turned the latter were no where to be seen. "We know where they are," remarked Dick, as the boys went on at a lively gait, "and how large a force they h ave, but we cannot attack them to-night, a s they will be on the lookout and the moon i s too bright. If they remain where they are w e can try it in the early morning, perhaps." There was no sou n d of pursuit, and the boys made their way over the ford and to t he farther O !ie, where they crossed and reached the camp, to great surpri e of the boys, who were n o t look ing ior them in that direc t ion .

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6 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE BLACK GIAr T "Didn't you get to the camp, Dick?" asked Bob. "I shouldn't wonder if they had to change their road coming back," laughed Mark, "and that's how they came over the ford instead of taking the regular road." "That is just it," replied Dick. "We met the redcoats, drove them as far as their camp, and then took another road so that they would not know how we went. " The moon was well d<>wn toward the horizon wh en the boys .set out on the way to the camp of the redcoats at _a rattling pace, still light enough to guide them. By the time they sighted the camp of the redcoats it was nearly d awn and did not betray their presence. They went on at a good pace, but with as little noise as possible, so that they were almost upon the pickets before they were seen. "Charge, Liberty Boys!" cried Dick. " Down with the redcoats! Rout the Butcher's men! Away with them!" "Liberty forever!" yelle d the gallant lads. "Give it to them, boy . s! Let them have it hot!" The thunder of hoofs, the shouts of the boys a nd the neighing of the horses made a terrible din at that hour of the morning when all had been so quiet and the redcoats were greatly startled. Officers came out of
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• THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE BLACK GIANT 7 with a lot of burning fagots, w hich he threw in at the open window. Dick threw them out again and closed the shutter, the l:ilack giant beginning to beat on the door again in an in stant. There was a hole for the latch-string , but no keyhole, and Dick fired through thi s .without warning. There was a startled exclamation, and then the giant negro began beating on the door again and se e med likel y to break it down. Di c k ran to the window, threw it open and fired, giving the a ssailant a nasty scalp wound. Before he could fire again, Hannibal ran away with a yell, getting behind the wood s hed. "See who i s coming along the road. I am afraid there are s ome more of our enemies ." "My s akes! I should say it was!" exclaimed !.Iercy. ,"It's Zach Pettigrew, Si Worden and Life Trott!" Dick l o oked out and saw that Hannibal was at the wood s hed still, and went to the front. Here he saw the three Tories he had seen the night before coming toward the house. "Come outn' there, you rebel!" cried Zach, "or we'll break down the door and come in there and drag you out." Dick opened the window and said, in a determined tone: "There are two rifle s in the hou s e and two girls who know how to use them. The minute you approach this door you will be fired upon. Girls, get down the rifles." Then Dick went back and saw Hannibal coming up with a heavy stick in his hand and hi s head tied up with a r e d handkerchief. "If y o u c om e her e with that I w ill s hoot you!" he s aid, in a dete rmine d voic e . "I'll aim a t your heart this time, not at your head!" The bl a c k g iant, fearin g that Dick woul\i exe cute his t hreat without de lay, t h r e w down the c lub and r etreated, in hot haste. Dic k the n returned to the front door and li s t e n e d, without showing him s elf. "What's t h e matte r with the negro ?" he h eard Zac h say. "Why don ' t he smash in the door, like he said he would?" "Rec kon he's afraid o' the rebel," muttei' ed Si. " Hallo, here he i s now!" exclaimed the other Tory , a n d D ic k looked through the keyhole and saw t h e black giant. "The r e b e l i s at the window with a dozen big pi stols, gen 'lem e n , " Hannibal said. "More better break in here while he think I am dere." "Wull, try it, " said Zach. Hanni b a l rushed forward, but the instant he set his foot on the lower step a bullet chipped off a lock on top of his head, his mouth and eyes being filled with gunpowder smoke. He retreated in hot haste and the three Tories fell back with him, while Dick proceeded to reload the pistols he had di scharged. The three Torie s came toward the house again, the black giant hanging back, hi s courage having greatly oozed out by this time. Then Dick went to the window ,and said, Tesolutely: "You men are here with evil intent. If you advance another step I shall fire upon you! Be warned in time before it is too late!" Hannibal picked up a log lying in the road, but the minute he advanced with it Dick fired a shot over his head and another at Zach. The latter shot grazed the Tory's ear and made him realize that Dick Slater was thoroughly in earnest. At that instant the clatter of hoofs was heard, and Wells, Dawes, Harrison, Watts and half a dozen other <;ietermined patriots appeared, riding in haste, and the three Tories decided to leave without further parley. Dick threw open the door, called Major, and said to Mercy's father: "That big negro 'has don " e s ome damage to the rear door which . will have to be repaired. He and those three Tories whom you saw going off in such haste wanted me to come out, but I pre ferred to remain here." Then the two girls tolC! what had happened, !Ind the patriots were ve.ry wroth against the Tories. "I am on an replied Dick, "and muse be off. I don't think he will venture around here in a hurry." "I'm much obliged to you for looking after the girls, captain," said the settler. "So'm I, captain," spoke up Dawes. Dick then sprang into the s addle and rode off, not knowing if his adventures had ended for the day, and keeping a sharp lookout as he went on toward the patriot camp. He rode on at a good pace, reached the camp without :meeting with any further adventures, and saw the commander shortly, telling him of the attack of tbe morning. "If they remain there," said Lee, after thinking the matter over for a few moments, "I think it may be as well to attack them. The general leaves me plenty of di scretion in thes e matters . You had better keep me informed a s to their doings , captain." "I shall be happy to do so, sir," Dick replied. "The Liberty Boys are ready to give you any help you . may want in d ealing with the. enem y . 1:ar leton 1s regarded by us with particular aver s1011, and• we are always read to inflict an1 • puni shment upon him that we can." . patriots .in general are ready to do that, I believe, captam," with a smile. "However, I s hall be glad to give you a chance to thras h the Butcher all you can whenever a good opportunity occurs." "Thank you, sir," s aid Dick , saluting, and then he went out, ancL in a short time jumped i11Lu saddle and set out. for hi s own camp, keepmg a lookout for enemies of all sorts . He was going on at an easy gait when all of a s udden, without the slightest warning, 'half a dozen men, am?ng them the J:>lack giant, sprang out, s topped him, dragged him from his horse and carried him off into the woods. CHAPTER VI.-A Careles s Jailer. Dick Slater was in the grasp of the black giant and was powerless"to move, the great negro holding him in a grasp of iron and running with him at full s peed. Dick had time to call to Major to go on and away went the intelligent creature before any one could lay hands upon him. It was doubtful if they would want to do so after their late experience with him, but Dick feared that they might shoot him and s o gave him the signal.

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• 8 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE BLACK GIANT "That's an imp of a horse, anyhow!" snapped Zach, "an' I don't want nothin' ter do with him." "Horse worse than bad man!" muttered Hannibal, as he ran with Dick. He presently stopped at a J og cabin in an open space, and halted for the rest to come up, holding Dick tight, although not injuring him in the least. Zach, Si, and other Tories that Dick . knew, and some whom he did not, soon came up, and one of the party said, with a short laugh: "Well, put the rebel rat in the cage and see if he'll get out before we're ready to turn him over t o the redcoats." "Come on, Hannibal," said another, pushing open the cabin door and entering. Some one opened a window and then Dick was taken forward and pushed into a sort of iron cage in a corner. It was a cage, in fact, having fron bars on all sides and over the top, the oc cupant being seen from all parts of-the room. It was ,.about four feet -square and eight high, the s paces between the bars being large enough for one to pass his hand and arm through them, but t hat was all. The door had heavy hinges and a solid lock, the ba1s were thick and and there seemed little chance of any escaping from it. One of the men locked the door and put the key, a large one, in the lower outside pocket of his rought coat. This man wore a big p i stol in his belt on the iight side, the skirt of his coat covering it, the big key jingling against it as he walked. Some of the men sat at a rule table at one side of the cage, others sitting on benches along the side of the wall under the window, Hannibal lying on the floor at full length, behind the cage. There was a small, three-legged stool in the cage, and Dick sat upon it and looked around. His weapons had been taken away from him and now, locked in an iron cage and surrounded by , e vil men who could see his every motion, his c a s e s eemed fodeed desperate. "Well, Peterson, this here i s a fine invention o' your'n,'' said Si Worden to the man with the key . "They ain't no gettin' out'n here till you're read to open the door, is they?" " I don ' t reckon there is, neighbor,'; laughed Peters on. "You surely have told the truth for o nc e in your life, Si." "An' I reckon that hurt him," laughed Zach. " i ain't uster tellin' the truth an' it don't come nateral." "I kin tell the truth about you, Zach, an' you mi ghtn't like it," muttered Worden. "'Member that r obbery over to Higgins' last---" "Let's be sociable, gentlemen," interposed the man with the key, and he walked to a cupboard on the wall, opened it and took out a stone jug an d s ome earthen cups, which he placed on the table . "There, boys, help yerselves to some good r e d licke1 and let nothin' but harmony prevail in this peaceful little cot. Have a nip, young ster?" to Dick. "No, I never take anything of the sort,'' said D i r k , "and I would not advise you to do it." "O h, we 're used to it!" laughing. "Why, I've Ci licker !'ince I wa s a baby and it never hurt me none," and the man to s sed off a mug of the potent spirits and laughed. Then the stone jug was passed around, even Hannibal having his share, which was a big one , after which he stretched himself again on the floor and was soon snoring loudly. "If they all do that," thought Dick, "there'll be no one to look after me, although I don't s ee how that is going to help me any, with t he key in that fellow's pocket." Peterson sat at the table with Zach and the others and a pack of cards and pipes and tobacco presently br?ught out, the men smoking, drmkmg and playmg, one or another no w and th.en breaking out into rude" snat che s of song. Dick watched them closely, sitting o n hi s s tool and wondering how long thev would kee p up their orgie. Zach presently rolled under' the table, Si Worden slipped down in his seat and rested his head on his arms , and Life Trott leaned back with his feet stretched out a n d his nose in the air, snoring lustily. Some lay out on the benches, others s t re t c hed themselves on the bare floor, and all s eemed affected by the heavy potations they had taken, even Peterson, who had boa sted that the liqu o r would not hurt him, being staggering in his gait and thick of speech. Cards were st1ewn over the floor, mugs rolled into corners or were overturned on the table, the jug was empty and open cupboard showed that there was {10th mg more to be had. Peterson, staggering to his feet! wa.lked unsteadily to the cage, leaned it an,d looked at his guests, muttering: Well, you re a pretty lot of fellows to o-uard a prisoner and take him to the redcoat you? I am the only sober one, but i cant go ove1 alone. You'll have to wait that's all." ' . The man lea!1ed heavily against the cage, paymg no attent10n to the prisoner, bu t talking to the men at the table or on the floo r , no ne of whom heard a word that he said. "l't a lucky thing I had the reb el pu t in the cage at the begmm g and had h im lock e d uI? securel:i;, fo.r you fellows wotlld never be able to keep him if I hadn't. He's all right now though:, and he'll stay there. till I am ready take him off to the camp and then see him properly as every rebel ought to be. What do you thmk of that ourself, my fine fellow?" and he turned unsteadily to look at Dick. Now, Dick Slater had not been idle all this time when an opportunity for escape presented itself. The. Tory was agains t the bars, the gaping pocket of his coat shdwing the key within 3nd the stock of his big pistol bulging out just below it. While the :man was talking to his !ileeplng coinpanions, Dick reached out his hand through the bare, slipped it into his jailer's poeket 11.nc\ took out the key. Then he pus hed i:islde the flay of Petersen's coat and took out thf.) big pistol, the man being took much occupied '"!th keeping his balance to notice anything else. When the man turned to address Dick he was th'1ndentntcli: tQ see the door open, the prisoner outside, and a big_ pistol stuck under his nose. "Get in there, Petersen!" said Dick, sternly. '.l'he lll:Rl'I attempted to seize Dick, who stepped aside qmckly. Into the cage rolled Peters en. an,!l

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THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE BLACK GIANT 9 fn another moment the door was shut and locked. "Cllll upon your friends, Peterson," laughed Dick. "The)' will be able to give you some valu-able assistance." Then the daring fellow went around the room, taking the pistols and muskets fr_om the men at the table or on the floo;; ahtl carrymg them away with him. Petersen began to shout to the men to come and release him, but few of therr> paid him any attention. and these were unable to do more than look up and tell him not to make so much noise when they wanted to go to sleep. "You had better get a locksmith and have him take you out of there before I return, Pelerso ," laughed Dick, "for if you are here when I come again you will find yourself a prisoner on the war to Colonel Lee's eamp. You know what he does with fellows like you, I suppose?" The man was calling loudly to be released, and Dick now went out, shutting the door behind him and making his way toward the road at full speed. Be was obliged to make his way on foot, but he had an idea that some of the Liberty Boy s would b e • ,-ilung after a time, and so he hur ritcl on, casting aside the rifles and shotguns he had taken from tl Tories, but slinging the pis tol s over his shoulder. He was hurrying on when he met a party of Tories, some of whom he knew by sight, all being on horseback. "Aha! catch the rebel!" shouted one. ''That's the captain!" called out another. "Catch him!" ' There's a reward for him and he's given us en.iugh trouble anyhow!" Th' Tones came dashing toward him, expecting to make him a prisoner without difficulty. w!1ipped out a brace of pistols and shot one of the Tories in the aTm, causing him to fall from horse. Then he opened a fusillade 0.1 tht: others, and in a few moments thev were da!:adly woun c'ed and he drew the fellow into the bushes, dre ,;setl J::urt hastily, took hi s horse and said: "You're di right, my man, but be careful after how you call people rebels and try to deprive them o f their liberty. You'll be as good as new in a little while, bu, I would advise you to leave the district, for Tories are not in good favor heTe." Then-he jumped into the saddle and rode away, coming upon Bob and a party of the Liberty Bo y s shortly before reaching Mercy's house. "We guessed that you were in trouble when Major came in without you," said Bob, "and set o ff at once on the search." "Where did you get all the pistols, captain?" laughed Ben . "You look like a walking arsenal." "The Torie:flet me have them," dryly. "There were s ome rifles and f'hotguns also, but I could not carry them very well.'? ''We saw the girls just now," added Bob, "and the'' mid that you had had an adventure there earli e r , but did not know what trouble you were in this time." "Wt can take the black giant and a number of Tories," answered Dick. "They are overcome with drink and will make no resistance. We can turn the111 over to Lee. The only one I really care about is the negTo Hannibal, as he i s a dangerous enemy al) d ought to be out out of the way of doing any more mischief." "Come ahead, trien, show us the way and we will take care of him," returned Bob. Dick mounted Major, whom the b oy s had brought with them, turning the Tory's horse loose, and they all went on at a gallop toward the cabin where Dick had left the Tories sleep ing off their drunken stupor. When they reached the place, however, they found it de erted, the cage open and the prisoner liberated, and all th11 Tories and the black giant departed. CHAPTER VII.-Watching the Enemy. "I suppose the other To1: ies I met may have come here and let the man out," observed Dick, "although they must have had a good deal of troub.Je, unless there was another key som e where." The cage was open and did not s eem t o have been damaged, so it was quite likely that a ke y had been found and Peterson released from the embrace of his own inventi,on. The Tories had taken flight, evidently fearing the return of Dick Slater and the Liberty Boy s , and it was very likely that they would keep away from the di s trict, knowing the opinion with which they were regarded by the better class of people. Hannibal had no doubt returned to the British camp and they would see 'more of him, very likely , and must be on their guard against him. Leaving the cabin, the boys rode back at good speed, stopping at the home of Mercy Well s to pay their iespects for a few minutes . They foun d the family all a ssemhled and glad to see the boy s, thanking Dick again for the se rvice s he had a l ready rendered them that day. "Whenever you are in trouble call on us, cap tain," said Wells, "and we will give you all the help you want." "I am obli ged to you, sir," Dick answered. "but all the help I want Just now is that of the honest people of the district in driving out the Tedcoats and Tarleton." "I i : eckon we can do that," energetically. "There are plenty of good patriots. anJ all they need is to be organized unrier some good leader to make themse lve s felt. I Y,now fifty of them right now who will join the company and I don't doubt that I could g-et as many more by night." "See what you can do,'' replie d Dick, "and I'll get a good leader for you . The honest veo manry of the district make good fighters "and all they need, as you say, i s to be organized. Go ahead and get all you can a11d we will give Tarleton a surprise, at. any rate." The boys rode on, reaching the camp at lengtii, where Dick was given a tremendous \\ elcome, the boys being glad to se e that he was out of trouble and eager to hear his A watch was kept upon the enemy, but durc ing the day no move seemed to be apparent on their part, and Dick reasoned that they were waiting to get reinforce men ts before attacking Lee, whom they must know to be in the neighborhood from the black giant.

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10 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE BLACK GIANT "They know that we are here," reasoned Dick, "and they know that I am not acting entirely on my own responsibility, but I su ppo s e Tarleton has his reasons for not advancing yet. We may be able to give him another surprise befo1e Jong." That night Patsy and Carl were on duty outside ihe camp, having adjacent beats, so that eve1y now and then they met to have a few words and then go on. Neither had heard anything to cause any alarm and their term of duty was nearly up when Patsy, meeting Carl, said, in a low tone: "Do ye hear annything, me bye? Sure, Oi'm not sure if Oi do or not, an' Oi don't want to l'aise anny ructions till Oi'm sure." "Ya, I was heard somedings und--Ach! what dot was?" There was a s udden rush from the woods and then a quick report and a heavy fall, and then Pats y cried out: . "Look out for yerself, me bye! There's the vilyan now!" The fires suddenly flared up and a number of Liberty Boys came running up, musket or pistol in hand to see what the matter was. Then a giant figure arose with a snarl and dashed off into the deep wood s, being quickly hidden from "I know where you are now. you rebels!" the boys heard in angry tones, and Dick, who had come up with the first of the boys, knew that the words were uttered by the black giant. "How did the fellow happen to get so near to the camp?" he asked. "He bein' s o black, Oi suppose, captain, dear," s aid Patsy. "That wor the nagur, worn't it?" "Yes, that was Hannibal, the black giant." "I heard him, sir, but couldn't see him, an' so thought maybe I was wrong, an' I WOl' axin' Cookyspiller a bout it when the felly made" a lep at me, an' Oi just had toime to foil'e me mushket. Maybe Oi hit him, Oi donno, an' maybe Oi didn't, but at any rate Oi didn't kill um, for he wint on as saucy as iver." A number of the boy s had recognized the black giant, and several who had not seen him had remembered his voice so that there could be no mistaking him. "The fellow has been trying to locate us for some time s o a s to inform the redcoats," remarked Dick. "It is likely that we will receive a visit from them shortly, probably in the morning." . "Don't you think that they will come before that time, Dick?" a s ked Bob. "Will they wait as long as that?" "I don't think they will come before daylight. In the first place, Hannibal has got to get to their camp to tell them, and then they must be sure that we are here befo1e they set out, for no one will take the unsupported word of a mart like that, even if he is a spy of Tarleton's." "Very true," muttered Bob. "I think that they will send scouts to make sure that we are here," Dick iesumed, "and then send a force to drive us out." "And you will wait for them?" "Yes, but will sen d word to Lee that they are r.oming. I do not thin k there is any doubt. of it, and if Light Horse Harry .wants to meet Tarleton, as I believe he doe , he will send some of his legion here and be ready." "There would be a considerable difficulty in driving us out of here, Dick, with the ford handy and the wood yo nder, where we could hold out against a la1ge force." "Yes, our po s ition was well ch.os en, Bob, and with this very situation in view. I will send word to Lee early in the morning, and I think he will have plenty of time to get here and take a hand against the redcoats under Tarleton." Shortly before dawn Di c k sent a number of the boys with a message to Lee, there being plenty of light to guide them, as the moon had arisen and was still quite full. After the departure of the boy s , Dick made ready to move everything ov e r the ford at short notice, and later, at day li gh't , se t out on his black Arabia n toward the British camp. He was riding on at good speed in the gray light of early morning when he heard the sound of men e-0ming along the road on horseback. There were not very many of them he knew, altpough the sound was not very distinct as yet, although his sha1 p ears had di scerned it when others would not have done so. "They may be scouts coming to see if the black giant's information is correct," was his thought, "qr they may sim ply be some men out for an early morning ride. I must ascertain which they are." He rode on for a short distance, and then putting Major behind a clump of bushes, dismounted and hurried on to meet the men, whose coming he could now hear distinctly. Hiding behind some bu sh e s at the side of the road he looked out in a cautious manner and, the light being now much stronger, presently saw a party of four or fiv e redcoats coming on at good spee d. "They are scouts," he muttered. "Where is Hannibal? Could he de scribe the place accurately enough for them to find it?" Just then he heard some one coming the other way and was glad that he had hidden Major, as otherwise these men would have been sure to see him. In a short time the other party came up and Dick recognized so me of the Tories he had already s een, Peterson being at the head. "How do, captain?" said the man to the leader of the rercoats, and Dick recognized him as one of those at the inn. "Hallo, my man!" the redcoat retorted. "Do you happen to know the camp of these rascally young rebels, the Liberty Boys?" "No, I don't, but the negro Hannibal said be would find it." "He says he has done so, but I don't know that I can trust an ignorant black like that, and we are on the way to see if his description is cor1 ect." "I reckon if he says he's found it he has. The negro is ignorant in a lot of things, captain, but w}Jen it comes to tellin' places and persons you kin depend onto him." "He described a place near one of these mis erable little creeks of which this beastly country is so full, with a wood behind it, not half a milt from Troublesome Creek. They are all trouble some to us."

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THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE BLACK GIANT 11 . "Huh! how far did he reckon it was from your captain?" "About four miles, he said, but what does he know of miles?" "Great guns! I know the place! And the rebe'ts are there, hey? It is a And I nevef suspected it. And Hannibal said he saw the rebels there?" . "Yes, last night. He was awi;y. An Irish boy fired at him and filled his face with powder. Are the rebels Irish, my man?'.' "The v have an Iris h cook. And a foreigner ot some other sort, a fat fellow. That's them, and you ma v be sure that the negro found the rebels all right. I can show the place, but if you was thinking of attacking them you'd better senrl back for a big lot of men." "We were instructed to be sure that the young rebels were there first and to report to the colonel. " "All right. I'll show you the place, but you must know that they're a slippery Jot of young rascal s. I had the captain of 'em, Dick Slater, himself in m y grip yesterday evening?" "You did?" as Dick was slipping away. "I su.rely did." . ,, . "Why didn't you keep him? angnly. "Why didn't I? Huh! that's easy._ Because he was too cute for me, that's why. Locked me up in my own cage. If it wasn't that I had two ke ys I'd have had to be filed out, and that would take an hour's steady work with half a dozen rrien doing it. Took me twei:ty minutes to up the stupid fellows. The idea of not standmg red licker better'n that!" "Ha! you were al! drunk or the young rebel would never have escaped. You should have kept better watch." . By the time Dick was in the saddle agam he heard the men coming on and went ahead at a gall op, trusting to their no hearing him. Be fore Jong his lead was so great that they would no t and then he rode on s till faster, reaching he 'camp at length soon after sunrise. He told the bo ys what he had learned ai;d bade to go on with their usual as if nothing were known of the of the scouts , e ven making a little more nolSe than common. "Let those fellows locate our camp," he said. "Then Tarleton will bring up his men to surpris e us anrl receive a surprise himself. Lee's men will be here by that time and there " ill be a lively engagement." Then Dick slipped off into the woods and hid 'himself at a point ''hich Peterson and the redcoats would approach in looking for the camp. From this point he could see the boys at work and hear them singing and laughing, making no effort to modulate their tones. Time passe d, and at length he heard the stealthy advance of a number of men and, looking out cautious ly, saw the Tory and some of the redcoats stealing on and watching the boys. "That's them, captain, sure enough!" muttered the 'l'on. " You kin make out their uniforms and see theh tents and everything a plain a s you like." "Yes , young rebels are theTe and do not .sysp ect ho\\' soon will be routed out, " in a satisfied tone . "The b lac k fellow was right, I see, and this is really the camp o'f the young rebels. Let us return." The men stole away cautiously, not hav!ng been discovered by the Liberty Boys, and havmg no notion that they were watched by the very boy whom they had most reason to fear. Dick waited till he was sure they had gone, and then went back to camp, saying to Bob: "They will come, Bob. I have seen their scouts, and they are surn to return with a large force to drive us out." "You might have caught the lot of them, Torie s and all, Dick," regretfully. "Yes, and then we would have lost the chanc to give Tarleton a surprice and inflict a wel1-1nerited punishment." "Yes, that js s o," shortly. "Well, it is all right, Dick." Things went on in the camp appa1ently the same as usual but Dick sent Bob and some of the boys to for Lee's men and ascertain what position they would take. At length, when Dick knew that the eneipy were coming, Bob re turned and said. excitedly: "Light Horse Harry is coming himself, Dkk. He says to lead Tarleton across the ford)' "Very good, Bob, we will do it. This will b a different surprise from what the regcoats ex pect." CHAPTER VIII.-The Boys in New Quarte1 s. No one looking at the camp of the Liberty Boys that morning would have supposed that they expected an enemy in a short time. The;r were all busy, doing this thing and that, antl there were guards set as us•:al in every wellregulated camp, but the boys were singing at their work and seemingly unsuspicious of any danger. They were on the alert, however, and signals were soon exchanged between the scouts and sentries, and all the boys presently knew that the enemy were coming and were close at hand. The scouts <:ame in, the sentries fell back, and then, of a sudden, the redcoats mad a rnsh . They did not find the gallant yo11ng fellows unprepared, as tl.ey supposed they would, however. All at once the bra"e boys rnshed forward in a body, into the saddle and came on in a compact, well-regulated column, pouring a volley into the ranks of the redcoats. The latter were greatly surprised, and for a moment reco.iled at the unexpected resistance. Then they rallied and came on in great numbers , evidently expectirig to punish the daring young for their temerity. The boys fell back "toward the ford in good order, sending all their camp equipage ahead of. them. The greater part of this had been ready when the enemy appeared, the remainder being quickly packed \'.-l1ile the main body was attacking the redcoats. Th boys in charge of the bagga' ge took to the fonl and \\'enl on in gocd orcle1 and at a rapid pa c , with no confu sion, no extra noi s e and no fear. The main body fell back slowly, in good order, and keeping up the steady fii'iligfor \1hich they were noted. The redcoat::,, naudeJ by Ta:ie.ton

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12 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE BLACK GIANT pushed forward, confident of capturing the whole company, bag and baggage. Crack! crack! c1ack! crack! Muskets and pistols rattled and cracked continuously as the plucky boys fell back steadily toward the ford. The baggage was nearly over by the time the advance guard took to the water, and as ye t there was no confusion, no evidence of fear. Squad by squad the ies o lute fellows urged their horses forward till all were on the ford, crossing in good order. Then Tarleton pushed forward, hoping yet to overtake the boys or at least throw them into coniusion and cause some loss. The boys went on at full speed now however, but suddenly d1vided as the advance reached the opposite sho!e. Th_en, as Tarleton's men were in the water, pursumg the boys hotly, the men of Lee's Legion suddenly appeared, led by the gallant Light Horse Harry himself and rushed forward with a shout, between the ranks of the Liberty Boys. Tarleton's men were taken by surprise, and now as Lee pushed forward the greater part of the Liberty Boys turned and join ed him, and the enemy found themselves opposed by a much larger force than they had anticipated would be ieady to meet them. Over the stream went L ee's men, firing volley after volley, and then Dick Slater and the larger part of his gallant com. pany recrossed the stream and took part in the fight. It was more than a . surprise for Tarleton, it was a iout , for Lee's men a s well as the Liberty Boys had s uffered from the cruelty of the "Butcher," and were determined to punish him, the attack being most decided, therefore. In a short time Lee's men and all the Liberty Boys were across the ford again and pursuing Tarleton with the greatest vigor. The brilliant British leader feared that there were more of the enemy than he could s ee and that if he remained he would be cut to pieces. There were mo1e than Dick had s uppo sed , for as they were purs\ling the redcoats a body of stout farmers, well armed and determined, came up and joined in the fight. Well, Watts, Harrison, Dawes and other sturdy patriots had gathered all 'the men they could get and hearing the firing, concluded that they were needed and hur1ied to the scene of conflict at once. The appearance of these sturdy yeomen convinced Tarleton that there was a still greater force coming on to give him battle, and he retreated in hot has te. Lee's men pursued him for some little distance, but then fell back so as not to be too far from Greene and ..the other detachments of the little army. Greene had been changing his po sition so often in the las t da ys, appearing now in this spot, now in that, that Cornwallis had formed the idea that hi s army was much larger than it was, and he had delayed his own ad vance accordingly. The country round Hillsborough, where he had his quarters, h ad been stripped to supply his men, the Tori es were beginning to complain and the patriots to gain courage, all of which acted against the Earl and made him anxious to change hi s position. The rout of Tarleton by a small portion of the patriot army was a blow to Cprn wallis as well, and the cleverness of Lee in making the move greatly redounded to his credit and t ... the advantage of Greene and the patriots. • When Lee wen t back across the ford to his old po s ition, Dick Slater went with him and moved his. camp to a mill on Reedy Fork, nearer to the po sition of the general. Lee joined Williams and made rea;:!y to oppo s e Cornwallis' advance, it being learned the next clay that the Britis h general was advancing, hoping to force Greene into a fight. The Liberty Boys at their new po sitj on wer e to keep a watch on Cornwallis, opposing his advance all they could in cas e he should s uddenl y appear, and send instant warning to the nearest patriot camp . There was an import.ant pas s near the mill, and D ick felt con s iderable! pride in being put there to guard it, res olving to do hi s best to carry out the trust reposed in him. Dick had his scouts about in different places. CHAPTER IX.-The Fight at the Old Mill. Some of the scouts shortly came in and reported that the enemy were gathering in considerabl e force below the mill, and that they seemed to be the advance guard of the army of Cornwallis. Dick had already sent Bob a11 a party of boys, well mounted, to give warning to Lee and William s . The arrival of the others, with the confirmation of the report of Patsy and Carl, proved that Dick had acted judiciously in sending the warning, and. then the boys began to make ready for the coming of the enP-my. In the woods near the mill and in view o f the water was an old log sc hoolhou se, and here Dick posted Bob upon his return, giving him a party of a score of the be s t shots in the company, with instructions to watch the en.emy as they approached and pick off the leaders. Hi s warning was not ill timed, for soon after Bob returned, reporting that Lee and Williams were coming on at full spe ed, the enemy appeared in numbers. The boys at once opened fire upon them, resolving to hold the post till the arrival of Lee and 'Villiams . The enemy se emed surprise d to meet with opposition, and a considerable bod y on the other s ide of the little creek now started to cross at a rocky ford and punish the "presumptuous young rebels," as they called the brave young patriots. Here WllS Bub' s opportunity, and he at once improved it. Jack, Ben, Sam, the two Harrys, Will, George and other expert marksmen were with Bob, and they no w began to open fire on the enemy, aiming only at the officers. "There i s Webster," muttered Bob, recognizing a well-known officer, a man of great dash and well-re cognized ability. "Pick him off, boys!" Lieutenant-colonel Webster was one of the best f.ghters that Cornwallis had, having all the dash and brilliancy of Tarleton, without the latter's cruelty, and the Liberty Boys had met him more than once. B ob knew' him in a moment, and knew that if he could remove the man they wo u l d be so much the better off. Ben Spurlock took careful aim as Webster stepped his horse into the stream and fired. Crack! There was a puff of smoke and a report, and then a bullet went flying through the air with a whistle. The shot

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THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE BLACK GIAN'T 13 Webster, while at the same time Jack ded an officer to one side of him. "H'm I don't see how that happened!" mut "'8red Ben. Then Sam Sanderson took aim at the officer, while George aimed at another, well upon the other side . George's shot proved effective, but .S.m missed, much to his Other ficers were hit, some sent reelmg from then saddles or made to stagger, but Webster seemed to escape every shot. Bob himself picked up a musket and, taking careful aim, fired point blank at the man as it seemed, but missed him. Jack, George Will and all the boys fired in turn at Webste'r but not one of them could hit him. Other fired at were hit, but Webster seemed to be impervious to bullets and not one struck him. Meanwhile, Dick, with the rest of the Libertv )3oys, kept the enemy in check, the work done by Bob and his sharpshooters helping, even if Webster remained unscathed. Then, when it seemed as if the brave boys eould no longer ,hold their position against the gathering forces of the enemy, help arrived. Lee and Williams came ui:. with a rush, Light Horse Harry taking a po sition directly in front of the enemy and greatly harassing them. This gave Dick and his boys a chan ce to re'st and get ready for another at tack Bob and his sharpshooters joining their conn '.ades and making ready for another trial of skill. Webster and Tarleton ca me up and tried to rout Lee, but the plucky Virginian held him down for some time. the Liberty Boys giving him valuable assistance. Then Williams withdrew his light troops a r:d militia across the stream, a covering part of one hundred and fifty militia fol lowing. Thes;o \\e1e attacked by Webster with a tousand British infantry and a part of Tarle ton's cavalr;. The militia retreated, the infantry following them across the stream, but being severely attacked by Lee's infantry and Campbell's riflemen Web::;ter was reinforced by some Hessians and chasseurs, being supported by a number of field pieces planted by Cornwallis on an eminence Lear the stream. The artillery caused great dis.nay to the militia, and Williams , perceiving .this, odered them to retire, the. fight being earned on by the regulars, the Liberty Boy s taking an active part, Dick holding his gallant boys well in hand, encouraging them by voic e and example. Lee and Williams, with Howard's battalion, Kirkwood's Delaware infantry, and Colona! Was hington's cavalry followed the militia at length, the day being well on by this time and the fight having been a fierce one. They had met Cornwallis and his leaders bravely, and although they retired it could not be called a defeat, as the y had fought bravely against a greatly su perior force and had held their own against heavy odd s, having some of the best fighters in the British army opposed to them. The day was well i:;pent when they finally fell back and Corn wallis did not pursue them, there being great uncertainly concerning Greene's forces, which had not appeared and might be lurking in the woods ready to fall upon them, and the country being a difficult one for those unused to it. The pa triots lost about fifty killed and wounded, a number of the Liberty Boys being wounded, al though none seriously. The boys fell back to a good position on the banks of a tributary of Reedy Fork, and here the camp was made and the wounded lo o k ed after. They would still be helping Light Horse Harry, for the b rave Virginian would remain in the neighborhood, keeping a watch upon Cornwallis and ready to join Greene as soon as the general was ready to engage with the enemy . None of the boys had seen the black giant during the fight, nor since their departure from their old camp, but they all had an idea that they would him again and all had a warning to be on the watch for him at all times . After dark, the wounded boys having been at tended to and now resting comfortably, the fires being lighted, the boy s tating their suppers and everything going on smoothly, Dick set off along the 1oad on Major to see if the were ad vancing or had fallen back, Bob being left in charge of the camp. For so me little time Dick met no one and saw nothing of interest, but at last he saw lights and heard voices, presently making out a little tavern at the fork of a rough road, half shrouded with great old trees . " I don't know this place," he murmured, "and it may be well to use a little caution in approaching it." He rode closer an.cl was able to see through the front windows into the main tap-room, where a number of men sat drinking ale and punch and smoking long clay pipes . He saw no scarlet uniforms and so concluded that it would safe to enter, which he did, after leaving Major at the fence on the farther side of the road. The sight of his uniform arous ed some di sapprobation he coud see as he entered som e of the s cowling, one or two getting and leav mg the room, and one saying, with a snarl: "This i s no place for rebels. We are all hone t, respectable gentlemen here." "Is there any reason why rebels as vou call them, n?t be honest and asked Dick , takmg a seat and removinohis hat. "We are true to our country, which i s being honest, and y ou Tories who have prove
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r 14 / THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE BLACK GIANT }\ere," snarled the man, getting up, "and if you prefer his company to mine you can have it." "I don't say I prefer it, but if I turned out every man that some one else objected to I'd have no trade. Ther1:1 are those that don't like your way of seeing things, Mr. Mumford, but I've never asked you to ,get out as long as you was respectable, have I?" "I'm no rebel," growled the man, "and I've never had any quarrels with any rebels in this house nor been asked to ass ociate with ' em, and I won't!" and the man started for the door. "You will stay where you are, Mr. Mumford!" said Dick in a decided tone, turning toward the angry Tocy. The latter stopped, looked at Dick in an aston fahed manner and muttel'ed , sullenly: "I'm going out and I'd like ito see any one stop me!" Then he suddenly saw the barrel of a big pistol pointing at him, as Dick said, quietly: "Sit down, Mr. Mumford! I know why you "Y-yer, sir, d'dat's wh-what dey did." "And you daren 't face this pistol ? • ; "N-no, sir!" , "Then get out of here, and all the rest of you!" Hannibal and the newscomers backed away, and in a moment were out of the room. "Now, get out of here, the rest of you!" said Dick; and then he began to fire at t.he candela?ra containing two or three candles apiece, knockmg them down and extinguishing the light s . In a short t1me the room was nearly in dark ness, the men hurrying toward the main door . Dick extinguished nearly all the lights, and then made his way out by a side door, whistling to Major a s he Teached the road. The inteligent creature was at his side in a moment, and Dick, leaping intQ the saddle, was away before the Tories , who had thought to waylay him as he came out, were aware that he had left the tavern. want to go out. You want to fetch the redcoats CHAPTER X.-Trouble With a Bad Man. or some more To1ies to take me prisoner or give m e a beating." As the Tories heard the clatter of h oofs going The man flu shed deeply, showing that Dick had up the road, they became aware that Dick had guessed correctly, and then h e sat down, glaring escaped and they set up a howl of rage. Then at Dick. s ome one came l'Unning to the door wit h one of "Make yourselves comfortable, gentlemen," the few candles that had not been extinguished said Dick, in a quiet tone and manner, "There in his hand, holding it high abov e his head. By js no one leaving here just now unless I am sure the light of the candle the Tories saw Dick dashthey are stanch patiiots. I see one or two in ing up the road at full speed, and the howl was the bar yonder who seem to be anxious to leave, increased to a roa r. Then the shots began to fly but I can shoot through the door without the after Dick, who, laying along the neck of his least trouble. You may have heard that I am speedy black, e sc aped being hit. a good shot. My name is Dick Slater, and I am "Good night, Tories!" he shouted back at them. the captain of the Liberty Bo ys . You may have "Thank you for the information I got and for heard of me." your kind courtesy!" "Don't you think you're interfering with the Then he swept on around a bend in the road pussonal liberty of my customers, captain?" where the light no longer reached hi m, and in. asked the 1andlol'd. "Some on 'em may have a short time the clatter of his horse's hoofs was business at home at this time." no longer heard. "Then they had no business to come in here," "So Cornwallis has not come o_n," he s aid to drily. "They would interfere with my personal himself, "and by the time he does we may be libertv if I did not take severe measures. I am l'eady to meet him again, when I hope we may simply looking out for myself." be able to give him a better reception." When he was well away from the tavern, hear-At that moment there was a noise outs ide, and ing no sound of pursuit a nd confident that the a number of rough-looking men arid the giant black giant would not attack him now even if negro, whom Dick knew in an instant, ca,me run-he were about, Diel.<: slackened hi s speed and ning into the room. i : ode on at a much easier gait. "There's the rebel now!" cried one. "Catch He had learned all that wanted to learn, and him, don ' t let him get away. There's a big ieit did not matter to him just then what the Tories ward for him ." might be thinking of s9 Jong as Cornwalli s was Dick had two pistols in his hands now, as he not there to help them. Reaching the camp., he said, quietly: rode in, found Bob and Mark, and to l d them of "The first man that advances toward me, with his adventure at the inn. hostile intent, will get a bullet in him. I have , "So Hannibal is about, is he?" muttered Bob. more than two pistols," and he placed three on "That fellow will make mischief if h e can , and the table in front of him. he ought to be watched." The sight of the weapons rather dampened the "Well, we have kept a watch on him whenever ardor of the me n eager to attack him, and they he was in our neighborhood, haven't we, Bob? " hung back. sm,iling at the young lieutenant's impetuous ton e "Al'e there any redcoats in the neighborhood?" and manner. asked Dick, pointing a pi stol a:t the giant negro's "Yes, of course, but what I said is true, all head. "Answer me, Hannibal." the same." "N-no, s ir, dere a!n't!" stammered the negro. "We will watch him all we can, Bob,'' added "But there are T6ries ?" Mark. "We didn't always know when he's around, ,, "Y-y-yes, sir, plenty on 'em."' as the fellow is as slippery as an e el and has a "And they thought th.at you would be able to way of disappearing that is very puzzling." capture me?" "If he were as brave as he is big and s . trong,•

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THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE BLACK GIANT 1.5 declared Dick, "he would 'be invincible, but he easily terrified, and if one only keeps out of his grip and use s a little strength of character, he can get the best of this giant in a moment." "Well, you might, Dick,'' laughe d Bob, "but I don't think I would care to try it. The black villain's seven feet, and hi s tremendous grip would need more than a display of moral force on my part. What I would want is a good brace of pistols and plenty of room." "He probably wants to find out where our camp is," Dick continued, "and lead the red coats to it." "If they thought they would receive the same reception that they did when he 4'ound it out for them the last tiine," laughed Mark, "they will be likelv to reject nis advances with scorn." "Or take mighty good care that there is no trap set for them as on the last occasion,'' added Bob, with a grin. "Well, at any rate, as long as the iedcoats of Cornwallis or Tarleton are in the district we must keep a sharp lookout for him," Dick resumed, "and that is all J can say." There w a s no alarm of any sort during the night, and in the morning Dick and a number of the, boys set out on horseback to look over the region and see if there were any signs of the enemy. They had ridden som e little distance and had come out into the open in sight of a wind ing creek, when Dick said, pointing ahead: "There is Colonel Lee now." "And all alone," added Bob. "He evidently does not fear any danger," said Jack. The brave Vfrginian rode a big gray hors e and was going on at a canter when the boys observed him. Suddenly, as he turned a sharp bend in the rough road that ran clo s e to the bank of the creek, a giant figure leaped up out of the bushes with a startling yell. Lee's horse was frightened, swerved rapidly to on e side and dashed toward the water. "Jove! look at that!" gasped Dick, urging Major forward at full spee d. "It's that hifernal black again!" cried Bob, dashing after Dick. "Get up, Dolly!" exclaimed Jack, and his beau tiful bay mare, second only to Dick Slater's black Arabian in S}Jeed, leaped ahead and was soon bes ide the young captain. Thel.'e was need of haste, and the brave boys urged their horses forward at full s peed. Straight for the stream leaped the frightened horse, bearing the gallant leader. The giant negro sprang upon Lee's hors e as it leaped into the water. In an instant he had seized the Vir ginian by the throat. Light Horse Harry was in -great danger, but now Dick and the boys came dashing ap. "After the scoundrel!" roare' d Dick. Jack, Bob, Ben, Sam, George and Will came riding up like the wind. Into the creek rode Dick , Bob and Jack close beside him. After the leaders came the other boys in great haste. The cre ek was not deep at this point, and the horses were scaxcely up to their breasts in the foam flecke d \Yater. Just beyond , however, it grew suddenly d eeper. Whipping out a pistol as he leaped forward, Dick fired as Major leaped into the stream. The black giant towered head and shoulders above Lee, and Dick aimed at the a s sailant's head, certain not to hit the imperiled commander. The bullet grazed the s calp of the black giant and seemed to cause a sudden paralysis. He re leased his intended victim and slipped from the back of the big gray as the latter plunged into 'the deeper water and was forced to swim. The black disappeared in a moment, and Dick swam Major after the lientenant-colonel, not knowing what effect the' grip of his assailant might have had upon him. He was soon alongside in the deeper water, Bob and Jack on the oppisite s\d e, Ben and the rest not far behind. "Are you all right, sir?" asked Dick. "Yes, thank you, captain," replied Lee, guid ing his horse down the creek toward a bend which brought the bank much nearer. "You feel no evil effects from that scoundrel's choking?" "No, fortunately. The cold water seemed to take away his strength and his grasp relaxed very quickly. These negroes are not accustomed to cold nor can they endure much of it.': "No, I suppose not. Your horse was greatly alarmed?" "Yes, the attack was so sudden. I was not looking for anything of the so1;t myself.'' "I am very grateful for having been so near you with my boys when the thing happened. With any other horses we could have done nothing." . "The gratitude is mine, captain," smiling. "I am not likely .to forget this day." "Not I , for I shall always be p:r;oud of hav ing been able to give you what assistance I could." Lee headed his horse, good control, toward the bahk, and in a few minutes he left the water, followed by the boys. Not all of them had leaped their horses into the creek, hoping to arrest the black giant as he came out. He had not appeared, however, and no one seemed to know what had become of him. There were thick bushes on the bank some little distance below the place where Lee had entered the stream, and there were shelving banks below where the bushes were growing. Either the bank or the bushes might have sheltered the huge negro from the boys on shore, and for a time those jn the water had been too fully occupied to attend to anything but the . commander and their horses. They had not see n him since he had slipped from the hor$e into the water, and whether Dick's shot had killed him, or he had been brained by the roofs of the gray, or been taken with. cramps and drowned, no one could tell. They did not see the black giant come out of the water and not find any footprints along the either oy the busJ1es or on the shelving banks. He was not under the bank or behind the bushes and if he had not been drow1.ed he had 1inobserved down stream, either under water or above it and had landed further down steam unnoticed. The air wa s chill and the bovs off at a gallop behind Lee, who returned to his own camp post has t e to get dry clothes.

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16 THE BOYS AND THE BLACK GIANT "Let me thank you, again, captain, anQ you, too, young gentlemen," he said as they parted company, and then the boys went off a dash, being thoroughly warmed up by the time they rode into camp. The horses were well rubbed down after their cold plunge and the boys lost no time in getting out of their wet clothes and into dry ones, Jack giving Mark al) account of the affair while he wM dressing. Mark and all the boys, in fact, were thoroughly enraged at the attack upon Lee, and they expressed themselves in the strongest terms against the colonel's assailant. "The fellow ought to be hanged!" cried Ben, and a number of the boys. "I think you must have settled him, captain," declared Sam, "and I don't believe we will see him again." "Some of these fellows have nine lives, like a cat," added Harry Thurber. "They are pretty tough, and it's hard to kill them." "Yes, I know, but he didn't come up,'' ob served Harry Judson, "and it is most likely that he was drowned." "I don't know," replied Dick. "There was a great deal of confusio11, and we did not see every thing that happeney a number of white tents and t he gleam of scarlet uniforms . "The.re they are!" exclaimed Dick. "The men were nght and tne redcoats have not left here As far as I can judge there are not very many of them, but their camp may be so arranged that they do not show from here. Come ahead Jack, and we will see." ' Jack Warren. was very well mounted, and in case he and Dick had to run for it he w ould stand an equal sho"". of escaping. Bob, Ben and the two Harrys waited by the side of the road uz:der the trees, where they not seen, while Dick an? Jack went ahead. As Dick and the youn&' Liberty Boy went on they got a still betview of the redcoat camp, but Dick had an 1?ea that they would not see the whole of it un-til they were right on top of it. 1 ." I thin_k have chosen a place where i t will be hidden, he said to Jack "in order that the people of the neighborhood not know how many there are and in order to be able to make a sudden dash. I thin]{ we can go on a bit. They have not seen us yet." They rode on a rods and suddenly , a s they a bend m the road where the trees were thick, they caught sight of a considerable sweep of the creek, and saw many more tents than they thought there were. At the same mo ment they heard the clatter of hoofs, and in a moment a party of a dozen redcoats led by Tarle-ton himself, came in sight. ' "Aha! there is Dick Slater, the rebel!'.:' cried Tarleton, to whom Dick was well known . "Fifty pounds to the man who catches h im!" "Away with you, Jack!" hissed Dick. "We -are at too close quarters with the redcoats. Your mare can distance any horse they have.'< Both Dick .and Jack wheeled li_ke lightning an d went scurrymg up the road s ide by side the redcoats in hot pursuit. Tarleton whipped out

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THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE BLACK GIANT 17 a pistol and fired, the shot carrying away Dick's hat. "Oh! I'd like to answer that shot!" muttered Jack. "No, never mind," said Dick. "We don't know how many more there may be. The camp is in the form of a half moon and others may come out upon us from another direction." It s eeme d as if Tarleton's shot had been meant a s a signal, for the boys heard the drums beating and then the clatter of hoofs . "Get on with you, Jack!" cried Dick, as they raced on. "There is a s i de road ahead of us that I noticed, artd I fear that some of the redcoats w ill take it." '' All right, Captain!" muttered Jack, as he sped on, his beau"tiful mare keeping up with Di ck's black Arabian. Passing t;he road Dick had mentioned, they saw a number of mounted redcoats riding rantically on in the endeavor to intercept them, but they were by before the enemy could catch them. Crack! crack! crack! Several shots were fired and bullets went flying about their heads, the _ cockade on Jai;k's hat being carried away by one of them. "Those shots will tell Bob and the rest that the enemy are about," muttered Jack, "and we may give them a check for a time." They presently came in sight of Bob and the rest in the road, Dick calling out: "Redcoats, Bob, with Tarleton himself leading them. There i s no time to lose!" Bob and the boys waited till Dick and Jack had passed and then, seeing the redcoats, fired a vo lley and scampered away. The shots had the effect of halting the redcoats for a few moments, and then they dashed on again, but without Tarleton, the latter probably deeming it unwise to run any risks. Dick made the boys take different paths, and before long the enemy ceased to pursue them, evidently not caring to get too far away from their camp. Then Dick signaled the boys and got them saying, when they had all come up: "Well, we found them and we know who they are. There are too many for the Liberty Boys to attack openly, but we might make a sudden so1tie and get away in a few minutes." "The trouble is that we cannot get there without bing seen," suggested Jack. " I will go there again, Jack," Dick ans wered, "and see what other way there is of approaching the place. I think we may be able to send two or three detachments and make a simultaneous attack at a number of points. The camp is in the shape of a half moon, as you saw." "Exactly, and there may be a way of doing as you say. It was a mere sugges tion of mine." . "Of course, but I always like to have sugges tions," smiling. This was true, and many times the boys' suggestions were good ones and were adopted, Dick's readiness to hear what the boys had to say en dearing ,him to them. "It will not be safe for me to go in uniform or upon Major," Dick continued, "so we will go on and I will look for a disguis e. I might get one at the cabiP. Mercy has a brother, and I s uppo s e he has a spare suit that I could use." The boys went on and stopped at the cabin as they had promised. "Certainly, Joe has extra suits," declared Mercy, when Dick mentioned the matter, "and he will let you have the best he has." "An ordinary suit will be better," returned Dick, . "It will be les s apt to attract attention. If I had an ordinary hor e it will be better than to go on Major, although I could hide him somewhere near the camp and go in on foot." Mercy went to her brother's room and presently ieturned with an ordinary suit of clothes, some what worn, which Dick declared to be just the thing and not likely to attract any particular notice. He changed his clothes in the brother's r oom, putting on a rough hat and heavy shoes, lookiT)g like any ordinary country boy when he came out and causing both girls to utter surprised exclamations. "Why, I declare, captain, you look just like Joe!" cried Mercy. "I would never have known you if I hadn't known you were going to wear his thin!!s,'' added Rhoda. Leaving Major in the stable, Dick took an ordinary ho1se which had fair speed and set off toward the camp of the enemy, the boys. following at an easy pace in order to help him if he needed them. They halted when they got the first sight of the camp, remaining out of sight, while Dick went on at a jog trot. He turned into the s ide road, keeping his eyes open for others, and presently noticed that there was a way through an open wood to the main road which the enemy probably had not noticed, and which the boy s could take without being seen from the camp. '"That is worth knowing,'' he thought. "Some of the boys can take that and so me this, while another detachment coulq be sent on by the other road to start up the redcoats. He.. went on at a jog and shortly came in plain sight of the camp, seeing sentries marching up and down and men occupying themselves at vari9us tasks be yond. One of the sentries halted him and said, sharply. "Well, young yokel, what do y ou want? Don't you know that this is a camp and that you can-not enter without the password?" " I want to know!" drawled Dick. "A camp, hey? Then you must be sogers. What be you, iebels or t'other fellers?" "Why, you fool, .don't you know a British sol dier when you see one?" in amazement and in dignation. " Ye s, I see you have breeche s. Reckon you'd be cold if you didn't have 'em." " Britis h, you idiot, not breeches. Haven't you any sense?" " \Vull, you don't hafter get mad. I thought you said breeches. Want to buy a hoss?" "No, I do not, so go. back." "But I was goin' this way. Ain't this a publit" road?" "No, it isn't and if you don't go back I'll run yo u through!" "No, yer won't, 'cause I won't wait for yer. You don't hafter be s o sassy, anyhow, if you have got on a pretty coat. You look just like a feller in a circus." Dick did not object to going back as it gave

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1 8 THE LIBERTY . BOYS AND THE BLACK GIANT ' him another view of the camp, and he wa s turninf:!' aoout when an officei:_ whom he had seen came up and stopped him. "'Vhat did you want, boy?" he a s ked, not recog-nizing Dick. "Want t o buy a h oss, mister?" " No, not that one," with a laugh. "Oh, I got better ones . This is only an or'nary one. I know where there's a hundred what you can have cheap if you can get 'em away." "A hundred horses ? Where are they?" "In a camp back here a piece. They's s ome b o ys that's g o t 'em, but I reckon you c ould take 'em if a l o t o ' yo u went there, 'cause the b oys w ouldn't daster d o nothin'. to yo u. " "So me boys have the horses? Y o u d on't mean the Liberty Boys?" in surpris e . "Yu s, that's them. Be they sogers? They d on't l o o k l ike y o u u n s." "Yo u know where the camp of the Liberty Boys i s ?'; eagerly. _ "Sure I do . I was right by it this morning. "And you will lead u s t o it so that you can g Jt the horses?" "Wull, I'll s how you where it i s , but you'll haf ter get the hosse s yours elves ." "Come right in, boy. This is news, indeed!" Dick rode into the camp, the officer telling him to wait outsi de a little log cabin while he went in and saw the colonel. "Th!s must be Tar leton' s quarters,'' he thought. "I hope he will not recognize me. He may not, although he is very shrewd." He got down and began to walk around, s ud denly catching sight of the familiar figure of the black g iant coming .toward him. "The fellow escaped, after all, then?" he thought. "He must not s ee me. He always knows me. " A number of redcoats came along at the monient, however, and Dick found hi s way blocked . Then Hanniba l saw him and, as he had feared, xecognized him in an instant de spite his dis guis e. "Dat am Dick Slater, the rebel1 gen'lemen!" he cried, excitedly, making a rush at Dick. There was a big water cast standing between two tents , and Dick dodged arnund one side of it as the giant negro came on. '"That feller's crazy!" he cried. Hannibal came on s o fast that he fell headfirst into the water butt, while Dick slipped into the nearest tent and out at the back, while the redcoats were pulling the giant out. Then he slipped around to where he had left his horse and at that moment Tarleton came out. "Here, boy, come here!" said the officer, fol lo wing the commander out. "That boy i s Dick Slater, the rebel!" cried Tarleton, whipping out a pistol. "Patriot, you mean!" cried Dick, now in the saddle. Then he dashed away, causing confusion among the redcoats and preventing Tarleton from fir ing for fear of hitting so:me of hi s own men. And then suddenly Hannibal, the big negro, appeared and made a rus h at him. "Not now!" cried Dick, quickly firing a shot at the giant and grazing his shoulder. Then, as a number of the redcoats came run1i6g up in front o f him to cut off his retreat, he turned swiftly to one si de, da0rted between two tents standing apart and made for the stream. Hannibal was after him in a moment, running swiftly and threatening to overtake him shortly. Dick urged hi s hors e straight for the water and leaped in, making a tremendous splash. Then he swam down stream by the side of the horse , having slipped off his back. Hannibal seemed ieluctant to foll o w, the water being cold, and the redcoats soon came up and began to fire at him. Being screened by the hors e, he e scaped being hit, however, and made his way toward the farther side o f the creek, where there was a g o od landing place between two clumps of bus hes. The redcoats were greatly excited and sent shot after shot whistling after him, many striking the water cl ose t o him and sending up little fountains . The1e was a sharp turn near the landing and Dick went past this, where he was safe from the shots o f the enemy, and then went o n down stream t o another and still better one. CHAPTER Xll.-A Night Vi sit to arleton. Dick made a landing and, stopping for a :(ew moments to wring the worst of the water out of his saturated garments, got in the saddle and went o n along the bank o f the creek. "There mus t be a bridge farther down,'' he said, "and I can cross it instead of having to take to the water again." Presently coming in sight of the r oad, he took it and went on, li stening for any suspicious sounds, but hearing none. "They may not know of the bridge or they may not t hink of it," he thought. "There was a great deal of noi s e and confusion. Perhaps the black giant knows of it." Riding bri skly,_ he shortly came in sight of a bridge and increas ed his speed, hearing a clatter of hoofs on the other s ide. That may be Ui.e boys o r it may be the redcoats , he thought. Jove! it i s the redcoats, sure enough." On he went, therefore, when suddenly the black giant das hed ahead of the enemy and ran upon the bridge . Dick had his po stols w ith him, but they were u s less as far a s discharging them went from having been in the water. Dick could put them to another purpos e, however, and he hurled two of them with full force at the head of the black giant. One struck the man in the fore he ad a nd the other on the top of the head, ing him to stagger and then to fall backward. Dick swerved to one s ide and went on at a gallop. The redcoats had halted at the edge of the bridge t o avoid riding over the men. Dick went on with a rus h, hurling two more pistols at the redcoats and striking one in the forehead. He tumbled out of the s addle, and Dick slipped by in the confusion, sounding a shrill whistle to attrack the attention of the b o y s who, he knew were not far off . The redcoats turned and pursued him in hot haste, but as he dashed around a turn in the r oad he came out upon another and saw Bob and the boys coming toward him. They raised a shout as they saw him, and the redcoats, not knowing but that there were a hundred o:f them, quickly wheeled their horses and rode away

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THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE BLACK GIA. 19 "They will find out their mistake s oon, boys," Jie said, "so we'd better get on." The others wheeled, and Bob, riding at Dick's side, asked: "How did you get so wet, Dick?" "Been in the water. That rascally giant negro saw me and recognized me. So did Tarleton. Thing s were pretty lively for a time, Bob." "Then the black giant is alive, is he?" "Yes, and very much so. He knows all the twist s and turns hereabouts, or I would have got away easier." The redcoats we1e coming on again shortly, and Jack said : "You have better take my mare, Captain. They are after you more than any one else, and I can get away down a side path somewhere if they get after me." "No, r will take the side path, Jack," said Dick. "You keep on and lead the redcoats a wild goose chase." He quickly darted down a narrow lane, scarcely perceptible to most eyes, while the boys went on at good "They will not want to chase us very far," laughed Bob. "They will be getting into a hostile country where there are no Tory sympathizers. Those cattle are keeping pretty quiet just now in thes parts." Hearing a clatter of hoofs behind them, the boy s lo oked back and saw the redcoats coming on in greater force. "There they are!" laughed Jack, "but I think we can lead them a chase. There isn't a horse that can step with my mare." Finally the boys met some patriots and told them of the redcoats. In a short time there was a score of sturdy fellows ready to help the boys, who halted and waited for the enemy to appear. The redcoats caught one look at the men waiting for them and retreated hastily, the boys setting up a s hout. The boys went on at an easier gait after this, and finally reached the cabin, where they waited for Dick to come up. He arrived in good time and said, with a laugh: "I stopped to wring s ome more water out of these cloth es for. I was leaving a trail behind me which any one might follow if they had eye s. That black fellow would have seen it, I know, if he had been following me, but I. guess he stayed behind to take care of his head." "And, by the way, we haven't heard the story of all you went through in the camp of the red coats, Dick," laughed Bob. "Wait till I change my clothes and I will tell you all about it," said Dick, and he did, to the delight of both the girls and the boys. _ "You and the boys had better stay to dinner, Captain," said Mercy's mother, coming in. "You can't get back in time now, and we will give you all you can eat." The boys remained to dinner and enjoyed it thoroughly, setting out for the camp early in the afternoon and arriving in good time. "You must have been pretty busy, Captain," said Mark, when they rode in, "to be gone all the morning. Did you see any redcoats?" "Yes, and had some lively experiences with them, besides meeting the black giant, who is very much alive and doing all the mischief he can," replied Dick! . . . . , The boys were greatly interested in the aJ ventures of Dick and his party and eager to have a brush with the redcoats, as it seemed likely they w ou ld. At nightfall the boys set out for the camp of the enemy, going in two or three detachments and taking back r oad s as far a possible, so as not to arouse suspic ion or attract the attention of thos e who w ou ld alarm the red coats. Dick had charge o f one party, Bob of another, and Mark of a thiTd, each having a definite point in view and knowing just what to do when they arrived. Dick took the main roaLL Bob the side one, and Mark that over the bridge, each moving forward rapidly and only pausing when they saw the light of the camp. Then they were to await the signal of. Dick, upon which they were to move forward with great rapidity, so that the attack might be simultaneous. ' Dick knew that when he arrived in sight of. the camp the others would be near enough to hea1 his signals and that there need be no waiting after that. After the attack the three parties were to move away as rapidly as they had come up s o as to puzzle the enemy and make pursuit difficult. When Dick arrived in sight of the camp the fires showing plainly through the trees, he signaled to the others, getting an answer immediately from both Bob and Mark. All of a sudden, as the redcoats were amusing themselve s in variou s ways , the pickets came suddenly flying in from three di stant points and in another moment the s ound of rapid firing was heard all along the line. Then the brave boys came dashing into camp, overturning tents, seizing horses, drivmg back the alarmed redcoats and making a terrific din. "Charge, Liberty Boys!" shouted the three le:ctd ers, and in a sho1t time they joined and pourerl in a terrific volley upon " the redcoats. Tarleton quickly .rallied his men, and if the boy had remained they would have fared badly. At a sudden signal, which no one but the Liberty Boy . themselves knew, the darin,J youths wheeled their horses, separated into three parts and .went dashing away like the wind. To pursue them the enemy would have had to send out three forces, and in the dark, the country being strange to them, and they knew not what perils threatened them. The attack had been very well planned and only a body like the Liberty Boy s, capable of the most rapid moves, c ould have ac complished it successfully. Marion's men and Light Horse Harry Lee's cavalry were such bodies Dick Slater had learned many valuable lessons from both. The boys joined force s on the mai!1 road and went back to camp at good speed, havmg spent only a part of the evening in the maneuver by the time they arrived back in camp. CHAPTER XIII-The Last of the Giant. The Liberty Boys fell back a considerable dis tance early the next morning, some patriot scouts coming in and reporting that the enemy were on the move in great force, evidently determined to punish the brave fellows for the attack of the night before. Dick had expected this and /

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20 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE GIANT no time was lost in moving the camp and joining Lee's forces, which were operating at s ome 1 distance, ready to go to Greene's aid as soon as they should be needed. The Liberty Boys could always move their camp on short notice, and they were away long before the arrival of the enemy, who found a deserted camp and no one upon whom to vent their rage. The boys remained with Lee, ready to help him as they had done before, and keeping a watch upon the enemy, changing their camp when necessary and giving warning to the commander whenever any danger threatened the patriots , and sending him word of any favorable new s they might receive. At length Greene moved toward Guilford, and it was rumored that he was shortly about to face Cornwallis , who for some time had been trying to engage him in battle. The Liberty Boys were in camp at some little distance, ready to move forward as s oon as they were ordered, Dick sending out his s couts frequently as was his custom when affairs unsettled, as they were .at this time. One morning, Dick and a few of the boys were out on theirhors e s, seeking information of the enemy, when they came to a tavern standing at the junction of two roads . As they came in sight of the place, Dick aw a man alight from a horse and go forward. "Quick, boys!" he cried. "Scatter right and left, surrounded the hou s e. That was Hannibal, the black giant, who went up the steps. " The boys das hed on at full speed, following Dick, some going to the right and some to the left. Dick took the road to the right, and had reached the rear of the inn when he saw the black giant rush out of the house and to the barn where a fast horse was standing. In a moment he was upon the fres h horse and going up the road at full speed. Dick gave chas e at once, firing a shot to bring up the other boys without delay. Hannihal raced around a turn of the road, but niade the turn too sharply in his effort to gain time, and his hoTSe staggered and fell, throwing him into a clump of bushes. Dick saw the black giant get up and hurry away toward the swamp, and quickly took Jack, Ben, Sam and the two Harry and -set out in pursuit, the rest being left in charge of the hors e s. The swamp was difficult of passages from being overflown, and many places that could have been passed over at ordinary times were now closed to travel. The boys could see thes e places in a moment and avoided them, but the fugitive in his haste to get away attempted to pass a number of them and was forced to retrace his steps, thus 19sing time. The boy s spread out instead of going in single file, Dick bidding them be cautious and take no step that were not well considered. The boys pushed on, now seeing the man and then mis sing 11im, but seeing his tracks constantly. Some of therri came out upon a wide stream, bordered by rank grass, having to . step from hummock to hummock. "Here's water!" cried Jack. "Yes, we see it,'' answered Ben, who, with Sain, was a few yards away. The two Harrys were still farther along and were stopped by the same stream. "Hallo!" cried Dick. "There is an i sland here. There was a small island on the other sid e of the stream where the bushes grew thic k and rank and towered ove ihead. "The fellow could hide there, big as he is,'' muttered Jack. "But--" and then he stopped. He had come upon footprints which went into the water and then came to a sudden s top. The boy' s face blanched and he felt weak and sick all in an instant. He clutched at a stout branch for support and gasped: "Captain, come here!" Dick was at the boy' s side as he sank, weak and fainting, on the bank. "What is it, Jack?" " Look here!" pointing to the stream. Dick loked, saw where the steps had ended, a n d then notieed a peculiar appearance of the sand. "You d id not see him, Jack?" . "No, I could never have stood it," drawing away from the bank. Dick assi:::ted him and got him on his feet farther away, where he could not s ee the water. "You have found nothing, boys?" he shouted. "No!" they all answered. "Then come back, but be careful." Jack Warren knew what had happened and s o did Dick Slater, but neither said a word about it. There were quickstands just beyond where the footprints had entered. Dick knew the signs, and Jack had guessed them from seeing the tracks end s o suddenly. The trail had ended and would never be taken up again. Ben and the others came along, but did not say anything, knowing that something had happened, but asking no questions until Dick s hould speak. They made their way out of the terrible region without a word, Dick assisting Jack part of the way until the boy's strength returned, which it did as they went farther and farther from the fatal stream. When they were back at the road where the others were waiting with horses, Dick told them what had happened, but not in Jack's hearing. They shortly left the region and joined Greene, near Guilford, where, a few days later, one of the mo s t trying battles of the war was fought. Next week's issue will contain "THE LTBERTY BOYS DRIVEN BACK; or, HARD LUCK AT GUILFORD." Send us a one-cent stamp to cover postage, and we will mail you a copy of "Moving Picture Stories." BOYS KILL SN AKES Boys living near Kirksville, Mo., have just uncovered one of the biggest "nests" or den s of snakes ever brought to light in Adair Cpunty. A tota:l of 217 bfue racers and blacksnakes, varying from a foot to s ix feet in length, were killed. These boys decided to see what was in the old well on the site of the aban"doned Amick School House. Part of the wall h.act'caved in and they had to restore the part of tlie wall to get into it. Then the snake killing began. The boys removed the walls down to the water and got 217 snakes in the process.

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THE LIBERTY B O YS OF "76" !1 CURRENT NEWS BEGGAR'S ROLL WAS $10,000 After Samuel Moskowitz, tailor by vocation, but street beggar by avocation, had testified in Y orkvil1 e Q.ourt that he was unable to give his wife the $5 a week awarded to her by the Do m e stic Relations Court, he was sea'iched and found to be wearing a money belt containing .$10,000. Magi strate Smith ordered him held for in v estigation. He refused to explain the source of the money. He lives at No. 16 Rivington street, N ew York. WALRUS HAD TOOTHACHE Some years ago a walrus in Behring Sea had a terrible toothache. Evidence of the suffering was brought to Seattle, Wash., in a shipment of ivory, when a huge walrus tusk with a high-powered rifle bu1let im bedded deep in the hard s ubstance, was found. The lead apparently had been in the tus k for many years as several layers of ivory had grown ridges or rings around it. Naturalists here who have examined the tusk believe the bullet entered the head of a y oung mammal and imbedded itself in the part which later in life emerged from the head as a tusk. turned by a jury in Circuit Judge Rutledge's court for Mrs. Emma Davis against Thomas W. Garland, proprietor of a...woman's apparel store, St. Loui s, Mo. Mrs. Davis, who s ued for $10,000, claimed that on Sept. 18, 1920, when employed as a seamstress at the store, she was laying out a piece of cloth on a table when a needl e sticking up in the table struck her wrist and broke off. She testified that gangrene set in, and the arm is permanently disabled. THE BOWLING GREEN Bowling Green i s an ancient fair grounds, the old Dutch market place for cattle and hogs. I t was a drill ground for soldiers a l so . It was leased more than 200 years ago as a "bowling green, " at an annual rental of one peppercorn. Every sc h o olb o y know s what happened to the statue of G e orge III, which was set up on the green. I t was a leaden statue and made excellent b u llets for patriot riflemen . Fraunces's Tavern, the present home of New York Chapter Sons of the Revolution, was first built as a private residence by the founder o f the De Laney fam ily, still represented in Manhattan. NEEDLE PRICK IN WRIST RESULTED I N Samu e l Frau nces bo ught it in 1 762 and opened it VERDICT FOR $5,000. as a tavern. It was in this tavern that Washing-A ver.dict for $5,000 f o r disab lement of a left . ton t o ok l eave o f h is generals after t h e R ev olu wrist as the result o f a needle prick, was re-t i on . ACT QUICK! . DON'T get left. Do you know what all the wise people are do ing? (Here's your chance!) Why, they're getting the biggeel bargain ever offered to a human being! Get in on this -it's a good tip! The smart people took our advice when we told them that we were giving a do,lar' s worth of reading matter for ten cents. Are you wise? You know what we mean: That little red book called "Mystery Magazine." It's a wonder ! You ought to read those detec t ive stories. Snappy! So puzzling and inter esti n g you'll go wild over them. Everybody's talking about t his magazine. C all it great! Only great authors write for it. And s u c h stor ies. Gee! You ought to see them. Grip you. I tell you, reade r, i f you miss getting a copy y o u'll feel sorry when y o u fin ally w ake u p and discover that your neighbor beat you to it. Be s ensible. Get one now! The nearest newsdealer has it in stock.' F all in lin e with all the wise ones and become a "Mys .. t ery" fan. We know you'll enjoy it!

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22 THE BOYS OF "76" HARD T01BEAT -ORA BOY OF THE RIGHT KIND B y RALPH MORTON (A Serial Story.) CHAPTER !.(Contin ued.) Tom gl'abbed his grip-sack and started for the car. But Snell w ent a l ong with him, saying: "Tom, I am going t o 'ew York, too. Let u s nave l together ii yo u d o not object. I will tell you what my bu in es s io; and how I started in life. I tell you i t is n o eas y matter to b1eak into bu s i ness s uccessfully i n a big place li k e New York without capital or frien d s . " "Oh, thank you, " said Tom, eagerly. "I 6hall be gbcl ! But you see I have lVJ.r. Jone as a friend and h e wiil h I p me." Snell winced a litt le, out he c ou ld not yet b ring himself to tell th un s ophisticated boy what he know. However, they entere d the car and seated them se lves. 'Then . the train pulled out of the Wellair station and Tom once gave a look back as if to say good-by to the spot where he had -pent all hi s life s o far. "Well, Tom," sai d Snell, they were whir led along rapidl y through the country, "I s ince r ely h o pe that you will have the bes t of luck . If you have never been to New York you cannot know much about the city. Have you any idea where he will stop when you ge t there?" "Oh, yes, sir," said Tom, readily. "I am to stay with Mr . .Jones. He owns a residence on Fifth avenue. I suppose he is very rich." As a matter of fact, Snell knew that Jones was a dead beat, and far from owning a house on Fifth avenue, he probably lodged i n s ome cheap ioom on the East Side. Snell drew from Tom gradually that Jones had paid a visit to Wellair and was there at the time the Wellair bank was i obbed. Snell gave a start and asked casually all abou t the robbery. "Mr. Jones thought it was the w ork of s ome loca.J thieves ," said Tom in his way. "The police were unable to discover who the burglars were. They g o t away all right." "Did Mr. Jones tay long after the robbery?" asked Sne ll. "Oh, no, sir. I believe he went away a couple of days after." . Sne ll ' compressed his lips, and after some thought he said: "I don't belie ve that you will find Mr . .Jone s at home now, Tom . I extend you a hearty invitation to stay with me at the Manhattan Hotel for the night. Then you can look him up the next day. You see it will be late at night when we g e t into the city.'' . "Oh, thank you,'' said Tom, "but I am sure that anybody will know where Mr. Jones lives on Fifth avenu , for he is on e of the riches t me n in New York.'' Snell s mile d a litcle , for it was really funny, though in a way it was also pathetic. He said no more, though, and the train dashed on. Tom was for a while busy looking ou t of the w indo w . The boy' s face s how ed that he was filled with hope born of youth and that he anticipated easily s u cceeding in the big city: He had only a vague idea as to what a place it was. The conversation lag g e d, and at last Tom be gan to get drowsy and curled up in the c orner o f the seat and was s oon asleep. Snell sat there reading a paper with his lips c ompressed. There were all kinds of thoughts surging through his brain. He was more than interes t e d in Tom Otis and he was resolved that he would se e that this unsophisticated youth from the country should be put straight when they reached the city. "Good heavens!" h e muttered; "he would be a lamb among wolves. Of course, I know the boy's character is good and he would not easily yield to any inducement"to take up a life of crime. But I am not going to see him exposed to the tempta tion. That Josephus Jones i s a cro ok and he w ill try to l ead the boy into bad company." Tom s lept s oundly, as a healthy boy will, and the train was nearing New York when Walker, the other drummer, came through the car. He stopped with a grin and indicated the s l eeping lad. "I see you have your protege with yo u still, Snell," he grinned. "Going to take him under your wing; are you? I guess y ou nee d to.'' "I surely am, Walker," said Snell, a little stif fly. "You know I was a boy from the country myself.'' "Oh, I see!" said Walke1-. "Well , I wish you luck.'' Snell made no answer and Walker passed away. The train was now in the tunnel and nearing the station. Snell placed a h and on the boy's sho ulder and woke him up. "All right, Tom," he said . "We have arrived." In an instant Tom, somewhat crestfallen, was arou sed and picked up his bag ready to leave the train. When the train rolled into the station and the passengers began to di sembark he accompanied Snell to the platform. It was a surprising sce n e to the boy from the country to see the hurry and r u sh of the big city all about him. In fact, he felt q uite insignificant .md small in that vast crowd of peopl e r u shing past him all the while, and Snell laughe d and said: "Now, Tom, how on earth could you ever find that place in Fifth avenue where your friend Jones lives?" "I guess it would be hard , sir," said Tom, in surprise. "I never dreamed that New York was such a place as this." • They went into the waiting-roo m and here Sne ll found it necessary to go over and see about his trunks. He indicated a seat to Tom, and said in an impressive mariner: "Now, Tom, I want you to wait h ere for me to come back. Remember, and not stroll away anywhere, as I would never be able to find you. It will be impossible for you to go to the home of you1 ; friend at this late hour . You are to splll!d the night with me." Tom, in a dazed way, could do nothing promise. (To b e continued.)

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" 2S ITEMS OF INTEREST OLD LIQUOR WALLED UP FOR MANY YEARS A wine cellar including Maryland rye, Ken tucky bourbon and other good liquor has been "unwalled" by laborers razing the old Studio Buildin g, Tremont and Broomfield streets, Boston, Mass., famed as the city's "inner temple of the fine arts. " It is believed that the carefuly stored liquor wa s the prpperty of George Snell, a noted architect and clubma n of the city, who. died three de cad es ago, failing to mention on his deathbed his precauti on s against drought. Th e cellar was walled up in the foundations. LAKE OF PETROLEUM Somewhere in the western part of the Olympic Mountains there is a lake of pure p etroleum. At several Indian camps near Quilliyute, Wash., the ab0rigine'> are u sing for fuel :incl light cedar stirks which have been soaked in. oil. That there i s C1'1lde oil in the Northwest Mountains has b ee n long s uspected for two generations ago places were found w here oil bubbled up through rock and s h a l e formations . An attempt is being made by local prospectors to discover the pool where the Indians make their "fire sticks''. that burn a long time. The oil showing is in a region easy of access and s ucce s sful exploitation would yield millions. LARGE SHARKS IN FRESH WATER LAKE A Philadelphia de spatch of recent date stated that a twelve-foot s hark had been shot and killed in the Delaware River at Tacony, and went on to say: "How it manage d to get nearly 100 miles from its native ocean haunts is a mystery." That sharks occasionally ascend rivers into fres h water, there can be no doubt, though in Northern latitudes they do not remain there. However. there is at least one notable instance that in the tropics they do stay in fresh water. Lake Nicaragua, at the head of the San Juan River, at leas t 125 miles from the Atlantic, in a straight line, is simply alive with man-eating sharks, many of them monsters. It h; common to see them lying jus t below the surface, as if waiting to seize any hapless individual unlucky enough to fall into the water. That they are not a fanciful menace to life is proved by statistics , which show that twenty five persons annually fall victims to them in the lake. It is noteworthy that they are of the same species found in the Caribbean Sea, and it i s supposed they a scend the river to the lake. It is also worthy of note that Lake Nicaragua is the only body of fresh water in the world known to be inhabited by sharks. SPIDERS THAT TELL THE WEATHER When you go aboard a ship that has just come into port, look a1ound for huge spider webs that loo k as if they have been there for ages. Many -old sailors make pets of spiders for a very good reaso n. They say that if people on land would only study a spider's web closeiy they need never be caught in a storm. This is because a spider knows just the kind of weather we are going to have, and they know hours and hours before any other creature. J.n a spider's web, as you know, there are numerous strands used to fasten the network of lines securely to walls or posts. These stlands are sometimes longer or shorter than otherwise denending on the kind of weather coming. ' 'When i s a com in g ' on, or a ve1y sfrong. wrnd. Mrs. Spider hastens to shorten the long threac!s from which her web hang>;. If. she is busy making the threads longer. then sailors know that i s a sure sign the weather is to be calm and nice. the insec t leave off work, there is some ra1_n When the rain comes and Mrs. Spide r still keeps bus y , then the rain will be merely a shower, followed by fine weather. If, before sunset, the sailor notkcs his net spider does not make any chances in its web he know.s the night will be clear and beautiful'. Most spiders make changes in their webs every twenty-four hours, according to the weather. "Mystery Magazine" SEMI-MONTHLY 10 CENTS A COPY LATEST ISSUES -97 S'l.'A.R OF THE FILMS, by Jack Bech !18 C0NTF.RFF.l'l' CLUES. hy Chas. F. Ours l e r 9!1 THF. CROSS, h:v W . S . Ingram. . 100 A SF.l'.:RET SF.RVICE MYSTERY, by Ramllton Cralg1p enrl Elliot Ralestier. 101 A CR DISON PRTCF,. hy Elliott Lester. 102 STRANGE CASE, by Gottlieb lO:l 11rnu:rl\f 1\IYS'l'F.RY. hy .Tack Rerhdolt HU THP: J , T'l''l'T.1•' RF.D ROOK. h:V Ale:
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24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" T HE DOG KNEW By JOHN SHERMAN We were discu sing d ogs and their i m t inc t and intelligence, when Captain Clark, a native o f Illinois, related an inciden.t t h a t will bear repeating to the general publi c . About ten years ag o the captain purch a sed some land on the south" branch of the big "\Vichi ta River Texas, and a few months late r _ w ent out to arrangements for establishing a ranc h. He took with him a large shepherd dog of great natural intelligence. From Fort Worth he journeyed to within twentyfive mile s of hi s de stina by rail. At the fort he hired a horse for a week, got his directions about the roads , and set off in good spirits. It was lovely 'Yeath e r . and a bracing atmosphere, and the captam wa. Jolly enough until, after the fir s t 'five mile s had been covered, he noticed that Prince, the dog , was acting in a very queer manner. Three different times the dog head ed the ho r!'e as if to turn him back, and when this did not avail he sat down in the road and h o wled in the most dismal manner. The captain got down to look him over, but could find nothing wrong. He left the town at two o'clock in the afternoon, c alculating to stop over night at a ranch eighteen miles distant, and, afte:r wasting a quarter of a n hour with the dog, he remounted and rod e o n. Prince howled louder than ever, a n d by a n d by followed on, with his tail and ears down, a s if in great trouble. Two things happened to p revent t h e captai n from reaching the ranc h he h a d pl anned. A thunderstorm drove him t o the s hel ter of a grove :"or an hour, and in pursuinghi s journey again he got among the cattle trails and Jos t hi s way. The dog kept up hi . . strange conduct, and once or twice the captain was on the point of shooting !1im, believing that he had gone mad. It was nine o'clock in the evening, with another storm threatening, w hen the horseman drew up at , a cabin on a small creek flowing into t h e Wichita. In response to his call an evil-looking woman about 40 years old came to the door, and to hi s to be accvoo sleep again my face was t oward the do or, and I saw that the door was ajar. I ro se up on my e lbo w to get a better look, and at that instant the door was pus h e d further open and in came the woman. She had a li ght axe in her hands , and no s oon e r h ad..i.,he made out that I w a s awake than she sprang9Porwar d and str u c k at me with all her might. "She struck at my h ead, a nd I drew mvself downward, with only an inch or two to spare. As the blow fell I twisted myself out of bed, and before the woman cou ld strike again I h a d h er. I wei g h e d 165 pounds , and there are few men who can lay me on my b ack, but I tell you I had t 6 exe r t myself to conq uer that woman. She had mus cle and pluck, and it was not until I got a good hold on her throat that she wjlted. Our struggle lasted fully five minutes , and during all that time Prince was at the door bal'king and growlino-i,n the mo s t furious manner. I had jus t wor>:ted the \\"Oman when the do g came in by way of the back door, and he would have killed h e r if I had not r estrained him. I told him to s t and guard, and then proceede d to strike a light ana dress myself. "I couldn't understand w)1tJ,t had become of the husband. With the light in one hand and my revolv e r i..'1 the other, I inspei:ted the back room, but he was not there. I had hf'oard-him pass out, and why had he not returned? I looked out of the back door, and the mystery was explain ed. There lay the man o n the broad of his back, feet drawn up and arms extende d, and he was dead. I could see no wound, and I knew that no pistol had been fir ed. After hesitating a bit, I seized hold of him and turned him over, and there in his back, driven clear up to the hilt, was a knife. I did not attempt to pull it out, but returned to the woman. She had recovered from the choking

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" 25 and was itting up, but Prince wouid permit no f u rther move. I had no sooner entered the room than she began to revile me, and indulging in the m ost terrible threats. "It was not until daylight that I had a satisfactory explanation. The couple had determined from the first to murder me. About midnight, or as s oon as the storm passed over me, my horse was saddled and led out. They knew I was armed, but heard me snore in my sleep, and the man had the door open almost wide enough to admit his body when Prince came back and awoke me with h i s howling. The man retreated and went out doors, to settle the dog. There was a clothes line stretched from the corner of the cabin to a tree , and a s h e was moving rapidly along this caught him under the chin and flung him back ward. "He had the knife in his hand, and as he fell it was twis ted about in such a manner that he fell upon it. "The dog was perfectly natural after my safety was a ssured, and was my best friend for years after." WAYS O F A DETECTIVE "What are you doing there?" The man to whom it is addressed is a short, thickset man; there is nothing about him to attract atte ntion. He is the most commonplace man I h ave met for some time. He is simply leaning against a pile of bo'Xes, trunks and the like at a railroad station. Upon first glance he look s lik e a s leepy old fellow who may have drank mor e than a 'flagon of rum, or he may have walked a long di s tance, and therefore he is fatigued. That man i s one of the sharpest detectives in the State of Massachusetts. Qui c kly, without movi1\g a muscle, without look'r ing up again, he answers, in a low, distinct v o ice : "Don't speak to me now; I'm watching a man." Presently the crowd gets thicker. The sleepy gentleman by the trunks becomes aroused. He moved about very rapidly among the people. What will he do? . Hardly i s there time to walk ten paces when he has di s a ppeared. The train thunders into the station and the people went aboard. The man was nowhere. That night one of the boldest burglars was arrested and lodged in jail. He was arrested on that train, and by the sleepy man. The arrest was accomplished thus: As a roughloo.king man with a tin pail in his hand walked quickly from the depot to the train the detective followed him closely, and just as he was about to put his foot on the step he tripped and fell to the platform. In an instant the detective fell on top of him. The two men were assisted into the car, and then the detective apologized for having fallen on him. They sat down together in the smoking car, the old-fashioned detective t o ok out of his pocket a lot of cakes and apples, and they began to e;tt and talk about the news. "That was a bad bit of work thos e fellows done there in Boston. Did you see the evening papers"?" "What do you mean?" said the man. "Why, that safe burglary last night." "Was there a burglary?" "Yes; didn't you bear of it? Why, they stole over $100,000 worth of cash secu rities and bonds from the --Bank." "Indeed! Any aues.ts?" "Not yet, but the off.cers a r e close on the tracks of the le ader of t h e g ang named Ridgewood. " Just at this moment a man arose from the seat behind and walked out of the car. He pas sed on into the next car. "That's our man," wh is pe r ed the detective to hi s apparently injured comp a nion. The two men aros e and passed into the ne x t car after the fel low who had aris en. They caught up to the m a n as Ire was goin out of the -next car . The trai n was stopping at a short station. The man got off. He was arrested. "How did you know that wa s Ridgewood?" was asked of the detective. "Because when I mentioned hi s name he started and left the car. There i s something about a criminal that gives him away to a practiced eye. I saw that man on the platform-he was walking up and down. He did not walk more than eight feet before he would turn and walk back again. At this I became arouse d and w a t c hed him closer. "It was when I trippe d up my friend that I wanted to avoid su s picion; the burglar was behind us; the man who fell fir s t i s one of the be>t detective s in Bo s ton. He was dress ed like a workingman and carried a pail. When we fell the man whom we were following did not n o tice us, but hurried into the cars ; all the other people stopped and looked on. "The man went directly to the smoker, and lit a cigar ner'?ou sly; he drew his hat over his eyes, and nestled down in his seat, apparently engrossed in his new spaper. The man read th same paper for a long time. He did not seem to be interested in it at all, although his eyes were intently upon it. They were only on one spot. We sat down in front of him, . and began to eat apples and talk. When I mentioned the name of Ridgewood he started from his reverie. I looked him square in the eye. He got up and left the car. He was our man. , "Oh, about the eight-foot walk? Well, you see, an old criminal who has done time will never get out of the habit of walking up and d own as he has done so long in hi s cell. He will only go about eight feet; that is the regulation length of cells. He does this unconsciously, and even though he may guard himself against it, before he knows it he will begin to walk up and d own. "Of course," said th detective, "no gives himself up to justice-no criminal tells the detective that he is the man. We are compelled to judge from our experience. A criminal has a certain look, a peculiar way of moving secretly, even in public places-in hotels, at theatre s, all over. No one but a skillful man in criminal w ork car tell the difference, but their actions are readily apparent--they become a larger part of the crinrlnal's nature; he cannot cast o.ff himself."

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26 THE LIBERTY THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. NEW YORK, JUNE 16, . 1922 TE .RMS TO SUBSCRIBERS 81nsle Pootase .•......••••.•. Poatase Free OntJ Cnpy Three l\lonths...... •• " One Copy Six Month• .•..•••• One Copy One Year . ...••..•• Canada, $4.00; Foreign, $4.W. 1 v .... t. 90 Clenb fl.75 a.50 HOW TO SEND MONEY-At our risk send P. o . Mone7 Order, Check or Registered Letter; remittance• In an7 other 11a7 are at 7our risk. We accept Postage Stamps the same aa cas h . When sending s l!Ter wrap the C oln In n separate piece of paper to aTold cutting the e nTelope . Write J'Our name and address plalnJ7. Ad dreH IPtten to Harry E. Wollf, Pree. } BARRY E. WOLFF, c. w. n .. tlns•. Treaa. Publisher, Inc., Charlee II:. N:rlander, ho. 166 W. 23d St., N. y.INTERESTING ARTICLES THE OLDEST CLOCK The oldest clock in this country is owned by J. Colwell of Loveland. Colo. Colwell's clock is of the grandfather type and i s more than 200 years old . Despite its age the clock keeps perfect time, Colwell says. All the wheels a1:e hand carved from hard wood. The only metal parts are the springs. Two hundred and two years ago one of Colwell's ancesters purchased the clock at a public sale in England. 10,000 ROUBLES, 90 CENTS Passeng ers arriving on the Aquitania recently said that firm s in London were advertising ten thousand Russian r ou bles for the equivalent of ninety cents, American currency and every pur chaser of 50,000 for $4 would be given 1,000 Poli s h marks gratis. The roubles were g en uine Deniken Bank notes, the advertisements stated, and would rise to their value when the normal prosperity of Rus si.a has been restored. For the equivalent o f $16 the purchaser obtains 250,000 of the rouble notes and 10,000 Polish marks free. NEW ZEALAND SHIPS APPLES TO COAST Shipments of New Zealand pears ai;id are arriving in Seattle, Wash., for distribut10n over the Northwest. The fruit is the first of the regular Autumn harves t of the Antipodes and the quality compares favorably with the produce of our own country. The planting of apple in New Zealand followed clo s ely the exploitation of the industry in the Northwest, many of the trees now bearing in the islands being propagated here. . Every Q!;tober large cargoes of apples, pears and peaches are sent in c ol d storage to Australia and N ew Zealand. Now that these i sland are in the beginning of their Fall harvest, the grow ers are shipping fruit here to an almo s t bare market. Large Flemish pears arriving here from New Zealand weigh two and three pounds each. The varieties of apples received are Jonathan, Snow s anil D1>lic.ious. BOYS OF "76" BET $5 HE COULD SWALLOW 6 NAILS After swallowing five nails on a $5 bet Charles 28, lost the bet and probably will lose his life . Surgeons are -greatly interested in the case. Rogers made a bet with two comrades he could swallow. six 21h-inch nails . H e downed five, but by the time he ieache d the sixth he s uffered s u c h pain that he quit .and his friends, refusing to le!t. Rogers, m great agony, walked thil-ty miles mto London to a hospital. The doct ors took an X-ray and found four of the nails had lodged in the stomach and one in the bronchial tube. The latter being the most serious they operated im!llediately on . the windpipe and finally got nail: Meanwhile pneumonia developed and is becommg s o seriou s it is impos s ible to at tempt to remove the nails from the stom ach. The doctors decla r e that regardless of Rogers' fooli shness the case has op en ed up interesting s urgical problems. LAUGHS "Do you really believe, Miss Hicks that igno rance is bli ss? " "I don't know. You' seem to b! happy." "Did your uncle mention you in his will?" "Just barely-it read: 'To my nephew John I bequeath nothing.' " ' ' Husband-Are you aware, I:QY dear, that it takes of. my salary to meet your dressmakers. bills? W1fe.--Good gracious ! What do you do with the rest of your money ? "You should have been in the suffragette pa rade, my dear." "So?" "It was delightfully dan gerous. Many of the girls were anno yed by horr-:fied inen." "Indeed. " "For the first time in their lives." "Really, Elizabeth," declared Mr. Spendaghast the of a la1 ge family of girls, "we must eco nomiz e . We must . husband our resources ." "Husband resources!" replied Mrs. S. "It strikes me, Mr. Spandaghast, you'd better hus band your daughters." A three-year-old tot was taken to the Zoo to see the animals. When the nurse brought her home her mamma said: "Darling, did you see tJ:ie big tiger in his cage?" "Y eth," li sped the httle on e. "We dest looked at him-we didn't go in." "Sir," said the office boy to his employer, "as you know very well that my family is in perfect health, I ask y,pu to let me off this afternoo11._ to go to the ball game. " "Young man;" replied"'the bos s , "you are entirely too honest. I have my s uspicions of you. You are fired.'' Send u s a one-c ent stamp to cover postage, we will mail you a copy of "Mov ing Pict Stories."

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" 27 FROM ALL POINTS A FREAK PIG. A freak pig with two mouths, two tongues and two throats , has been born on the farm of W. S. Pota rd, Brock, Neb. These parts are all perfectly formed and the animal is normal in every other way. Animals born with two heads are not uncommon, but the Potard pig is a real curio sity. Because of the location of its two mouths the pig was unable to eat in nature's accustomed way, and it is being raised by hand. A TALE OF WEALTH FROM A TOMB Mexican archeaologists are to investigate a strange story concerning the French archaeolo gist, Count Brisac de Saint Denis, who recently died in Paris. It is circumstantially asserted that whil e doing research work in M e xico, near Com ala, he dis covered the tomb of an ancient Toltec king; in which was a collection of pearls, opals and gold dust worth $10,000,000, and that he managed to smuggle this wealth out of the coun try. All that i s absolutely certain is that the Count did investigate some old ruins near Com ala about 1910. OAT SPROUTS IN EAR, NEW HA VEN MAN DIES Medical authorities are greatly interested in the death of Peter Everson, an employee of a local coal yard. He died early April 21, of meningitis at Grace Hospital as a result of an oat kernel sprouting in hi s ear. Local physicians say the case is the first of the kind in medical hi story. Several days ago Ever; son suffered from earache. He removed an oat kernel from his ear and found a sprout of consid er-able lengt h . The earache continued, He consulted Dr. Ed T. Falsey, who gave local treatment and advised that he see a SI;Je.c1al i st. Everson grew worse He bi;came dehnous, the pupils of hi s e yes dilated, his neck became rigid and he laps ed into coma. !>--quantit)'. of the spinal fluid was removed, but without avail. How the oat kernel became lodged in his ear is not known. AMERICAN POSTAGE STAMP FETCHES $15,000 IN PARIS The highest price ever paid for an American postage stamp was that which was handed over by Griebe1-t, the London philatelist, in the third day's sale of the Baron Ferrari de la Renotiere coll e ction. Mr. Griebert paid 123,375 francs for the only known specimen of Boscawen, N. H., issue of than $15,000 with the 1772 per cent. sal tax, for a. stamp whose face value was five cents. the end of the sale Mr. Griebe1-t admitted he as buying for A. Hind, an 1American manufacturer, whose stamp collection is one of the most noted in the United States. A five cent stamp bearing the watermark of Alexandria, N. Y., brought $6,000. It was bought by Warren H. Colson of Boston, who won also a Baltimore ten cent stamp at the same price. FAIRY-WHEEL MOTORS TO GLIDE OVER SAHARA A Government ex.pedition started in J anuary to c1os s the Desert of Sahara from Tuggurt to Timbuctoo in automobil es with caterpillar wheels so light the:V will pass over the slightest impress . Success will mean a g1eat s t e p in the a dvance of civilization . It would make possible the linking up of vast stretches of the world hitherto undeveloped, because making road or rail communications was too co stly and hazardous. China has both eyes on the French experiment, realizing what it would mean tq that land of few roads find vas t spaces. It would permit the linking up of the F r ench colonies in North Africa with those of equatorial Africa, which has unceasingly been striven for with various forms of locomotion. when the automobile became a commercially possible means of travel, attempts were made to establish r egular sen.dee across the sands of equatorial Afric a. It was thought that the pneumatic tire would triumph where the solid wheel was impo s sible. But the experiments of twenty years ago were an utter failure. With the rubber "bitten" into holes by the grit, or the whole machine engulfed in the drifts, not a single car reached its destination, most of them being abandoned in the open desert Efforts to develop communication by aeroplane met with some success, but hope for the future is now almost wholly based on automobil e service made feasible by the Kegresse-Hipstin wheel or propeller, as the experts prefer to call it, with its remarkable distribution of weight o f 100 grams per square centimetre. In exp eriments last winter on the snowclad slopes of Mont Revard the car passed over deep "pocket s " with little more wiinkling of the face of the s no w than would have been caused by a pair of sno ws hoes. Climbing capacity was proved on the s teep s ides of the Paris fortifications. When the cross-Sahara expedition sets out in January the wheels will not be fitted to ordinary automobiles from the Citroen factory (the French Ford). There will be twelve cars , each having a tank to hold fifty gallons of gas oline and each trailing a tank-reservoir hold ing 150 to 200 gallons. This supply is calculated to be sufficient< to enable the party to cover the 1,800 miles from Tuggurt to Timbuctoo, without revictualling, at the rate of 120 miles a day, making fifteen days for the complete journey. The scheme has been developed by the War Minister and the Colonial Minister. The party will include representatives from these state departments and three scientists, representing the Department of Public Instruction, one a geologist. To make the results known to the world, invitations will be extended to a novelist, a ist and a movie man. Send us a one-cent stamp to cover postage, and we will mail you a copy of "Mystery Magazine."

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28 LIBERTY B O YS O F "76" GOOD READING PET MONKEY DESTROYS EVIDENCE A pet monkey owned by Frank M. Sweeney, of Chester, Pa., must have been trained as a boo.tlegger's pet, according to the story told by poli ce who took part in the raid on Sweeney's home here. The monkey, it is related, seiz ed as many bot of illicit liquor as he could carry when the entered the house. The agile little animal the rum to the roof, where, while the raiders looked on, he poured the contents of the bottles into the street below. LEGENJ; OF "B .. _RNACLE" GEESE Some slrid they were wild duck, some said they were brant. Their s.ubdued calls of alarm as a Fort Lee fee1 •yboat approached the flock in the dusk, causing them to rise from the water in a bewildered shado w of the Palisades, were reminiscent of early spring days when birds of passage are winging high overhead. One of the homegoing commuters was an ornithological fan and he pronounced the visitors to be barnacle geese. "Vvell, that's just another name for brant," retorted a friend and neighbor of the Palisades. "No, it isn't," said the ornithological fan, "but the two are often confused in this country, where the real barnacle goose is only an occasional visitor. I've see n it along the Scottish coast and know it pretty well. It's a handsome bird, strik ingly marked in bars of white and black and gray. Also, it's very g ood eating. But the most remarkable thing about it is the legend connected with it. "The barnacle goose breeds in the Arctic and that made it something of a bird of mystery to our simple forefathers. As they couldn't find its nest or its eggs or .its goslings they sagely concluded that it was not like other birds, and the w hole world of scholasticis m and theology agreed that the barnacle goose came out of a barnacle. "This was in England and all over Europe in the Middle Ages. Do you see those barnacles crusted on the piles below high water mark? Well, s ome barnacles grow as big as eggs, and sometimes they're found on the roots and trunks of trees that grow on the water's edge, and I suppo.se that helped to establish the legend. "I have a picture at home, a woodcut in the old 'Herbal' of Gerard in the sixteenth century, which shows a tree covered with barnacles like fruit, with the little barnacle geese in all stages emerging from the barnacles and dropping to the water where others are swimming about. "l..41"uned churchmen accepted the tale without question and an animated theological controversy arose as to whether the bird was flesh or fish. "You s ee, it was important to know whether it could be eaten on Fridays and fast days. And everybody wa$ delighted when the eccle siastical authorities gravely ruled that the goo s e was a fish and might be eaten on days when flesh was prohibited t o go o d Christians. Meatless days l o s t I their terro1:; when it became possible to carve a fat barnacle goos e at the tables of the pious!" FINDS PRE-CAESARIAN ROMAN CALENDAR A most interesting discovery was made iecently at Anzio, in the Roman Campagna. It was of a calendar made of plaster and much ea_rlier than the calendar as made by Julius Caesar in the year 46 B. C.. This calendar evidently dates back to between 163 B. C. and 84 B . C., and is the only one yet found which ante-dates that of Julius Caesar. Son:e parts of it are missing, but the restshows that 1t was based on a lunar year of 353 days di_vided twelve months of and 31 days, with a thirteenth month, called intercalary of 27 days, interposed every alternate year afte; February. Under this system the year had an average of 366112 days-that is, four days more than a so lar year should have. Inevitable from this , and the College ?f Priests had the nght to intervene and 1t whenever they chose by omitting th-e month. It was because they often did it for pol!t1cal reason s that Julius Caesar decided to reform the calendar and intrusted the work" to the celebrated mathematician and a stronomer He based his calendar on the solar year m place of the lunar, and made it one of 365 days. The year 46 B. C. when this took effect was the "ann.us confusionis" (year of confu 'because, m order to make the year 45 bei;m with new sun, ninety extra days had to be mserted m the year. The ancient cal endar, unique of its kind has b.een published by the Royal Academy C:f the Lmcei. us one-cent stamp !,o cover postage, and we will . mat! you a copy of Mystery Magazine." Musical Handsaw Greatest Novelty of the Age IC you .carry a tune In your h ead, you can learn to play this rnstrument, and se cure a job on the stage '\t a go.od salary: No musical educatio n nec essary. Struck with a specially made m a ll e t the perfectly tem pered saw loud, clear, rich tones like a 'c 0 '.l'he same effect may be had by using a vJolin bow • e<'!ge. .Any tune can be played by tl>e wonderful vibrations or the saw. It t"o weeks" practice to make you an expP.rt . When not playing you can " ork wltn the saw. It Is a nseful tool a s well as a fine instrument. Price of Sa,,. l\lallet and Instructions .... . . .... $5 HARRY E . WOLFF, 16 6 W. 23 d St., New Y ork .....

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ONEID A IN-DI A N S WIN LAND WORTH $4,000 , 00 0 After a legal fight lasting eight y ears, the Oneid a In dians have won ti tle o one of t h e finest residential tracts i n Oneida , N. Y., conservat ively estimated t o be w orth $4,0 00,000, and are n ow free to q uit the 0 n o n d a g a tribe's swampy reservation, near Syracu se , where t hey have bee n living as o utcasts, and tak e posses sion of the pro p erty. T his becam e k n o w n recen t l y with t h e an n o uncement of a dec i s ion o f the Uni t ed Sta t e s SupTe me C ou r t d e nying the appeal of J. H. B oy l a n , one of the p r op e rty owners and defendant in a s uit brought by Chief Honou s t of t h e On eidas . It a ffirm s the deci s ion of Federal Judge G eorge G e o r ge Ray of .Norw ich, setting aside title of the white man to the c ontest e d prop -erty and r e s toring it to the origina l owners. M ore tha n thirty y ears ago w hen Oneida w a s experienci n g i t s fi r s t e xpansion b o om the contested are a was held b y t r e a t y by the One id a Indians a s their r eservat ion under F e dj u r i s d iction. eidia n s d e t o throw territory t o whites, with State aid offe1ed t h e Ind i a n s t e n acres of l and i n W i s con s i n for every acre relin q u ished on the reservation. GOITRE I have _an honest, proven remedy for iroltre ( big n ec1<). lt che c ks the growth 11t. o n c e, r e d noes the enlarg e ment, s t o ps pain and dis t r es s and re li eves In a little while . Pay when well. T e ll yourfriendsabouttbl•. W r ite m e atonc e. DR. ROCK. nRnt . 98, l!!ox 111, Mllwaukn. L&d.J Sho•ld l:lanar• B•r BM11 t.o malt• bhn PropOM Maniace. 1Bow toOawb aRi o h&•h•lN , ••Bo w to W t n t.b•Pnorofl.adl.._ •W144Ui1.ldtoatte,6o.,6o . .ll11111>jMU iaol,"lf•l to lo ,,u1 . 10C P08TPAf..0 WAKD PUll. CO., '.l'il ton, N . H. E •1>eclally A1>pro1>riate for \Ved d ing or G rnd ua. tlon Gift. '' IVORITE" TOILET SET $3.98, postpaid B eautiful design, 6xll In . mirror , heavy bevelle d glass, 11 -row pure white bristle bru•h, e xtra stro n g comb . Se n t C. O. D. or on m o ney orde r . S ent pre paid within 24 -h ours afte r receipt of orde r . SUPERIOR PRODUCTS CO., No. 3 Park Row, New York teed absoklt•IY perfect. Mk• bl"'e•whtt .. d iamonds. They stand all diamond tests. Brilliancy auar.nteed everlastll11' Se. t In SOiid Gotd Rini'• friends will think It Is an expen•IR bkl•whlt• diamond. Send No Money-15 Days Free s '"a1tar. It Is onl)' a deposit, not a payment. Wear owr valuable DIA-GEM rtna IS da)'9. You aHume no risk. ft utlslled, pay only sz.oo a 9'10nth tor six months •. Your money back If not .. uetied. .. DIY • . 587 .. ::=AUTOMATIC • FIRE PISTOL I SENT PREPAID ONLY 500 t Rea l revolver s!y le. Absolut ely harmle s s. Com plies with all l aws. Shoots real fire, yet cannot b u r n the hands or cloth i ng. Cann&t hnnn the child, YPt realh1tic enough t o startle n th1ef o r intruder. For prot ec tio n and snort evPry man, woman and child should own one. Shoots !'i,000 shots without reloading. 1 0 . 000 a dr ll tlo n a l tor lOc. On.ler 8t our(' nt S J)f"<'1nl prloe--don't dPhn•. D. LEWIS COMPANY. 1400 Broadwa,y, NEW YORK If Ruptured Try This Free Apply It to Any Rupture, Old o:r Recent, Large or Small, and you Are on the Road That Haa Con-,.inced Thouands. Sent Free To Prove Thia Anyone ruptured, man, ,;,oman or child, should write at once to W. B . Rice, ill.A Main St., Adams, N . Y . , tor 11 free trial of hi• wonderful Rtlmulntlng appllc11tlon. put It on the rupture and the m11sclP8 begin to tl,;hten: they bPgln to blnrl togetller H that the opening c!Mee naturally ind the nee d of a 8Upport or tru•s or appllf1nce I• then done away with. Don't neglert to sencl for free trial. Even If :vour rupture dnesn't hother you. what 11 thp. U!P. ot wearing supports all your Jlff'1 Why suffer thl1 Wb;v run the rl•k of am! s u c h clanger• from a email nnd Innocent littlP rupture, the kind that has thrown thousands on the tablp? A. host of men ancl wr,men are rl111l;v rutmlna: ,,1ch ris k just because their rupturew do not hurt nor prevent them from 11.'f'ttln!I' aronncl . Write at on ce for this free tr1111, !IS It Is c<>rtalnly ft wonderful thing anrl has aided In th<> cure nf rupturee that WPre aw hi,; u a mnn'• two fi•ts. Try and write at once. using the " f'l11J)OTI hfl'lOW'. Free fep ftuptar ... W _ S . Rice. in,., 444A Main St., N . Y . You may sPn
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MARRY -Free photoiraphs, directory and descriptions • of wealthy members. ray whC'n married. New Plan Co., Dept. 36, Rausas C i ty, Mo. MARRY HEALTH, WEALTH-Thousauds; worth $5,000 to $400,000, desire marriage. l)hotos, introductions; d<'scrlpt.lon!I free. Suceess ful-con.fidential. SUNFLO, VER CLUB. R -300, Cimarron, Kanqal"-. IF YOU WANT NEW FRIENDS, WillTE BETTY LEE. P,;:.,.;:ast Bay st., Jacksonville, 11..,Jorlda. S end stamp EXCHANGE CHEERY INTERESTING LETTERS wlth new friends; lots of fun: enclosed stamp. Eva M oo re. Box 4309, Jacksonvil1e, _ ---------FOR SALE LAND SEEl CO. , M-1268, 1''!rst National Bank Bldg.. Chicago . SCIENTIFIC YOUR LIFE STOilY in the. stars. Send birth date and dime fo r trial rcy.dlng. Sherman, Rnpld CltY, S. Dak. ASTROLOGY-STARS TELL LIFE' S STORY . Send brTthdate and dlme for trial reading. Eddy, Westport Rt .• 33-73, Kansas City, Mo. SONGWRITERS FREE BOOlT fee. Sent seftled. Box 22G5R. Boston. Mass. ST-STU-T-T-TERING and stammerlnc cured at home. C. 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Ask for KOREIN tnbules (pronounced koreen) at any drug store. Or write for FREE BROCHURE to Koreln ComP8nY1NA,Sta. X,NewYork SIAMESE A CU LIAR PEOPLE The Siamese people are wen formed, of me di?m heiglit and olive complexions, somewhat darker than the Chin ese . Their eyes are slightly oblique, their noses fiat a n d prominent, and their faces wide across the cheek bones. Most of the men wear small mustaches , b u t those that have I a t e n t beards pluck them out. They are Budd hists, and almost every m a n dons the yellow robe of the priest for a t i m e . Through the monastic sys t e m of sc hool s nearly all t h e men learn to reaa and w r i t e, but most of the wom en are illiterate. 4 There is no caste system, and the lowe s t born may attain the ldgbed office s if hi;:; capacity permits . There are n o hereditary ti tles. The King has a. Council of Min i sters and n ! s o Legislative Council of so me forty members. Tb e Siamese bc(eve that tne arteries are fill e d with a ir, ar.d th:it di<: eases are c a u s e d by den:ngerl functio11-ir. g of this ah: . ./...-f1 f::l tha bfrtlt of a child the mother Ju .u; t !ie thirty ing in front hot fir e . When a gets sick he calls in a doctor and agrees with him on a fixed sum for a cure. If he I dies, or fails to get well, the doc. tor gets nothing.

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THE KANGA ROO We are s o accustomed to s e e kangaroo s i n Z o o logi cal Gardens that we are apt to overloo k t h e fact th'lt the'y are to be numbererl a monr lhe m o s t remarJrnble an i mals in the w o r l d. WheJJ first b ol'n, a baby kan garoo only meas ures an inch or two i11 length. The moti 1cr picks up her tiny infant. with her front paws and places it in her snu g and warm pouch, where it remains for several months, until it is ' g r own up and is able to look after itself. Kangaroos are very fond of thefr young one s, and when hunted they do their be ,st to save them from their enemies . But if they find that they are being overtaken and it is impossible to e scape from their foes, they turn their babies out of their pouches and scamper off faste r than eve r . Although this action may appear to be somewhat unkind, yet, in reality, it is done for the best of reas on s , for i f the mother man e s to get a' rom her pu . r, owing to hP.1: being no l on g e • med the eight o f her infant, she after tif ard returns to jor her o ffspring, and once agai n p uts it in pou ch . Whom Shot1ld ou Marry? Wh:ether you are a man or a woman, married or single-whether you are in love or not, you surely want to know whom you should-or whom you should not marry. We'll Tell A better understanding of your mate always makes for happiness. Most of the misery in marital relationships is due to a lack of a proper Character Analysis. Only 30 Cents For only 30c we will send you not only a de scription o f two possible mates -for you, but we will also send you a careful . character reading of yourself. / ,' C All you . need tell us is the date of your ,' ""' , ..,.a These character readings were ..by one of Europe's foremost _,, ./ sists, a keen student of human .. .. ... ture, who has helped ... / to obtain a close-up view .../ .. themselves, and one .. / ... / has helped ...... .. / .. to choose proper ., , / ./ / mates. c .; '\. 4 , •• • t.1-,. ii "'t:; .,.,.

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