The Liberty Boys driven back, or, Hard luck at Guilford

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Shot and shell flew all around the gallaot boys as they hurried across tlle bridge, carry ing their wounded with them. "Steady, boys," cried Dick, keeping them in good order. The redcoats pressed on fiercely behi11d . J •


.. .. I "' r -:;. )t The Liberty Issued W eekly-Subscription price, $3 . 50 per year; Cauada, $4.00; Foreign, $4 . W. Harry E . Woltr, Publisher, Inc . , lGli West 2 3 d Street , N e w Y ork. N . Y . Entered a s Se c on d -Class M atte r Jauuary 31, l!l13, at the Post-Offic e at New York, N . Y., unde r the Ac t of March 3, 1879. No. 1121 NEW YORK, JUNE 2 3 , 1922 Price 7 cents Liberty Boys Driven Back OR , HARD LUCK AT GUILFORD . By HARRY MOORE CHAPTER !.-Th e Bo y O n t h e White Horse. The Liberty Boys we r e i n North Carolina, near Gu i lford, waiting for Cornwallis to advance, General Nathaniel Greene having expressed a de sire to meet the British leader. Cornwallis had been trying for a m onth t o engage Greene in a fight, and itwas quite likely that he would accept the challenge. The Liberty Boys, a band of one hundred brave young American .patriots, un d e r the lead of Dick Slater, a boy from Westc h e ster, New York, had been operating in North Car olina, along the Haw River and its tributaries for some time, under Light Horse Harry , Lee and others, and had j oine d Greene, near Guilford Courthouse, expecting that there would be something to do in a short time. •on a pleasant Mar ch afternoon, the Liberty Boys being in c a mp in a wood s ome miles from Guilford, Dick Slater, the gallant young captain; Bob Esta b1ook, the fir s t lieutenant, and nine or ten of the boy s were riding along the road on the watch for enemies of any sort and s eeking information o f u s e to General Greene. With Dick and Bob were Ben Spurlock, one of the livelies t and jollies t o f the Liberty Boy s , -Jack Warren, Sam Sanders on, Harry Thurber a n d Harry Juds on and four or five more, all h igh-spirited boys, ready for any adventure and t horoughly dependable in an emergency. Dick and Bob rode a little ahead of the others and w re talking together earnestly, when the sound o f some sort of di sturbance was heard just a round a bend in the road in front of them. " G iv e it to the rebel!" Dick heard s om e one, s hout, and then there was a roar and the sound o f b lows. "Hallo! here's a chance for us t o interfere!" cri ed Dick. " Come on , Bob! Forward, boys!" A t once Dick s ped ahead on his coal-black Arabian, Bob riding alo ngside on his bay, with Jack on hi s s1;>eedy bay mare, Ben on a roan, the t w o Harrys on a pair o f well-matched s orrels, and the others well mounted comirig on behind. A s Di ck and Bob shot around the bend in the roa d they saw a roughly dressed boy on a white hors e, trying to keep off six or seven hulking b i g fe1lows , s ome mounted, but most of them o n foo t , who had attac ted him. " Lick the r ebel! Pitch him into t e creek!" bawled one big fellow on a scrubb)< brown hors e, w ith a stump tail and one cli pped ear. T h e rest were yelling at the top of their voi c e s and pressing forward to attack the boy ,. on the white horse, who was having a good deal o f trouble to defend himself agains t so many. "Take the fellow on the stump-tailed brown, Bob ! " cried Dick. "I'll attend to the one on the gray." Bob, on _ his bay, dashed forward, gave the boy on the brown a cuff on the ear and the b!own a crack on the flank, Dick unhorsing the big boy on the gray and sending him tumbling into the ditch, while his club flew up in the air and :lande d on .the head of one of the boys on foot. ."Help the boy on the white horse, boys!" cried Dick, as he leaped from his black and rushed into the midst of the crowd of Tory boy s, for s o they seem ed. . Ben and Jack were out of the saddle in a moment and began pummeling the assailants of the boy on the white hors e, the two Harrys on their sorrels riding into the crowd and scattering them r ight and left. In a very short time the boy on the white horse was left alone with the d ozen Liberty Boys, his assailants being no-where in sight. "Thank you, Captain," he said. "I was having a right tough time with those skunks when you came up, and I don't kno w if I could have m a n aged 'em all if you hadn't." " Who are they, my boy?" "A lot of Tory skunks and bullies-Ham Wright, Bill Duggins, Pete Warmer and s ome others I don't know. They've told me .they'd lick me before now, but no one or two of 'em ever tried it." . "That sort always go in droves, like wolves, and never will attack one singly,'' muttered Bob . "It's' m ore than you could expect." ','Ye s , and I generally kept out of their way when they're together," returned the boy on the white hors e, " bu t this time they took me by surpl'i s e when I was carrying a bag of corn to the mill t o get ground, and I would h ave had a ha d time of it, I reckon, if you and the Liberty Boy s hadn't come up when you "did . " "You • know us, then 'I" s miling. "Yes, Captain. I've seen you ofte n about here. I'd l ike t o j o in you, but father's in the army and there's nobody but me to stay home a nd look after mother and the girls ." "That's right, l ook afte r your mother, my boy,'' said Di c k, plea s ed at the boy's frankness. " V /here i s your b a g of corn? " "I dropped it off the saddle back there a piece,"


THE LIBERTY BOYS DRIVEN BACK pointing downthe roadt "I couldn't take care of that and myself, too." "Go look for it, boys,'' said Dick to Jack and Ben, who were on foot. The boys hurried down the road and found two of the crowd they had lately di spers ed lift ing the bag, which they had opened and were about to dump the contents into the ditch. "Here! quit that, you ruffians!" shouted Jack, darting forward. Then he tripped one of the bullie s and sent him headlong into the ditch, two-thirds full of muddy water, while Ben seized the other by the c ollar and sent him flying down the road. '!'hen Ben and Jack tied up the bag of corn and car ried it baok between them, lifting it on the sad dle of the white horse. "We found it just in time,'' said Ben. "A white-haired, freckled boy and a red-headed one were g . oing to dump it into 'the ditch." "They were Bert Wagstaff and Hub Walters,'' said the boy on the white hors e, "and a couple of the bigges t sneaks in the district." "Well, they will not bother you any more now," declared Dick, "so take your corn t -o--the mill and have it ground. We'll be on the-road as you come back and will see that you get fair play if they try to repeat this kind of business." "That's all I want, Captain. I am willing to fight any two of the sneaks, but I can't take care of six or seve]l at a time." "I should think you might," laughed Bob, "i f they stood in a line, but you can't have eyes in the back of your head and in front at the same time, my boy. By the way, what is your name?" "Dan Hunter. I'm fifteen, but I look older." "So you do, Dan,'' put in Dick . "Well, go to the mill, and when you come back we' ll be watch-ing for you. Where do you live?" . "Down the road a piece, about. a mile . I'll have to get back soon because . I'm g-oing to school this evening. Well, I'm going,'' added Dan, "and I'm much obliged," and then he went oft' tip the road, while the dozen Liberty Boy s went the other way. "That's a plucky fellow," spoke up Ben . "So he i s,' ' replied Sam, ."and he'd be a good are right rude. They wouldn't dare to treat my brother Dan like that, but they think they can do what they like to a girl." . "Is your brother Dan Hunter?" a sked Dick, who saw in the girl c onsiderable resemblance to the boy they had recently met. "Yes. Do you know Dan?" with a pleased ex pression. "You are Liberty Boys, aren't you? Dan would like to join, but I reckon he thinks that it would make it too hard for me and the rest of he did." "Yes, we met him not long ago, and s ome of these same boy s and a lot more were attacking him." "The sneaks tried to kiss me, oalled me a rebel and pushed me about, and I migh! have been badly hurt if you had not come up. I was going home. I live just along here. Won't you come and see ma?" "We were going that way,'' replied Dick, "and we would be glad to see the mother of two such sturdy patriots as you and Dan." The log cabin where the Hunters lived was on1y a short di stance off, and they all went on, the girl walking ahead. Mrs : Hunter was there and said that three or four of the Tory bullies had jus t come by, throwing stone s and dirt in the open door when she was scrubbing the floor, and calling her names. . "We shall have to get after these ruffians," declared Dick. "This i s twice to-day that we have caught them at their boorish tricks, and I mean to give them a lesson . " "The worst of it i s that Hub Walters' father is on the sc hool committee and he will make trouble for Dan in school," said the sister, her name being Susan, "and he is anxious to get through as s oon as he can." "When does school go in?" "Two o'clock." "I think we'll have to go this afternoon, boy s, " said Dick . CHAPTER IL-Trouble At the Long Scho ol hou s e. • addition to the Liberty Boys. We want just that The boy s rode on, visited the sch oolhou s e, then sort." closed, and went a mile or so farther, seeing no The boy s were riding no at good speed and sign of redcoats, and finally taking another road had gone about a mile when they heard a girl and working around toward their camp, where call for help a little ahead of them. Then the they s oon arrived. Here they were met by girl herself came in sight, strvggling with thres .Mark Morrison, the sec ond lieutenant, one of the or four boy s, among whom they recognized those braves t of the Liberty Boys, and a universal who had been on horseback at the time of the favorite and thoroughly -trusted by Dick; Phil attack <>n Dan Hunter. Waters, Will Freeman, Arthur Mackay, Walter "There's that bully who rides the stump-tailed Jennings, Rob Haviland and a dozen or s o more, horse!" cried .Dick. "He's up to more mi schief, Mark saying: if seems ." "Well, you boys are just in time for dinner. Dick, Bob, Jack and Ben were off their horses Did you see nay redcoats or other troubles ome in a moment and, running up to the boys, bepeople when you wei:e out?" to pummel them in lively fashion,• caus"We saw some Tory boys, Mark," laughed Jack mg them tb release the girl and take to their Warren, who was the young lieutenant's chum heels in haste. "but we gave them more trouble than they "Get out of here, Bert Wagstaff and Hub Wal-us. They were bothering a boy on a white horse ters, or whatever your names are!" cried Dick. seven or eight to one, and we took a hand in it. J if we catch you at any more sneaking tricks The boys were greatly amused at the story of like this you'll get it still w orse." how Dick and the others liad handled the Tory The boy s had all halted, and riow the girl bullies. dinner, Dick set out for the school-said to Dick and Bob: house, taking some of the boy s with him, but "You came just in time, Captain. Those boys not as many as he had had earlier in the I "' . ..,,


THE LIBERTY BOYS -DRIVEN BACK 3 Mark M orrison went along instead of Bob, and then there were Jack, Ben, Sam and the two Harrys, which Dick considered quite enongh. The boy s came in sight of the schoolhouse and saw a number of the boys outside, remaining out of sight unde1 the trees and watching what was going on . They saw the Tory boys in one group, and Dan and some good-looking boys and girls in another, the two groups keeping apart. . "Those boys and girls with Dan are patriots, you may be certain," said Dick. "There is Susan Hunter for o ne, aiid we know what she is." Jus t then a tall, lank, dyspeptic-looking man came to the door and rang a big bell, and all the boy s and girls 1?ta1ted for the schoolhouse. "Wait a few minutes," said Dick, when they were all in, and he went to the schoolhouse and stepped into a little entry, hearing the schoolmaster say, in a rasping voice: "We have with us this evening Mr. Walters, the head of the school board, and I want to show him what progress the scholars have made. We are going to have a review. Dan Hunter, who is the king of this country?" "Hallo! the trouble is . starting right now," t hought Dick. "There i s n o king in this country," replied Dan. " vVhat' s that! What's that!" shar'p ly. "Aren't we colonies of Great Britain?" "We were, but we are not no w. We are in dependent." "Who told you that?" snapped another voice. "George the Third i s our king. Everybody say, 'Long live the king!'" Not all the boy s and girls responded, and the schoolmaster said, in a strident voice: "Dan Hunter, say what Mr. Walters told you to say." " I won't!" replied Dan. "This i s in subordination. Leave the room. You are expelled!" "Then, s o am I," spoke up another boy, "for I believe just a s Dan does. We don't col'he here to learn politics, or to shout for King George. Come on, boys and girl s , we are expelled." Then Dick stepped to the door, beckoned to the boy s and next went inside, saying; quietly: "Wait a minute, boys. I question the sc hool master's right t o expel any one for such an ins ufficient reason. I heard what was said." "What are yo u doing here, you rebel?" snapped \alters, who was a man with a red face, a big nose and staring eyes, hi s hair being red and standing straight up on hi s head. "Leave the room at once.' This is no place for rebels. I have sworn out a warrant against you for assaulting my son, and it will be served un less--" "That i s another matter," said Dick, quietly. "Your s on is Hub Walters, the red-headed boy in the corner, I believe. We will take up that affair presently. Schoolma ster, you are exceeding your authority. You are here to teach the ordinary branches of learning, and it. makes no difference whether your scholars are Tories, Whigs or whatever." "Mr. Beales, you are here to teach these boys to be good and loyal subjects of his most gracious ... . majesty, the king, fir s t of all, and after that readin', writin' and cipherin', as directed by the school board of which. I .am the chairman," snapped Walters. "Then the board has exceeded its authority, also," said Dick. "You have no right to make such a rule, and it is invalid. Are you not Tories on the board?" "No, they are not, Captain," said Dan. "My father is on it, but he,.is away." "So is mine," said the boy, standing next to Dan' "A majority of tlie board made the rule and it must be enforced," growled the red-headed man. "Come in, boys," said Dick, and Mark, Jack and the rest came in and took seats, after re moving their hats. "Go on, Mr. Beales," said Dick. "You frequently have visi,tors, I understand? We would very much like to see what progress your pupils have made. Some of them appear to be very intelligent." . "He isn't at Hub, nor Bert, nor Dug gms, nor Ham Wright," whispered Jack to Mark at his side. ' "I will not sit in the same room with rebels!" snapped the irate committeeman, rising. "Hiram Beale s , if you permit this rebel to dictate to you you can get another position." "Sit down, Mr. Walters," said Dick. "I will examine the scholars myself," .and he picked up a book. "The first boy on the front row . What is the cube of nine?" "Nine hundred and ninety-nine," said the boy. "No. Next boy." "Seven hundred and twenty-nine," answered the boy, who had,. s tood up with Dan. "Right. Dan, do you know a number under a hundred which i s a cube and a square as well?" Dan thought a moment and replied: "Yes, sir; sixty-four is the cube of four and the square of eight." "Right. Next. Is seven hundred and twentynine anything besides a cube?" "It's the square of twenty-seven, the cube of three," said the boy des ignated. Dick then asked que stions in different branches, getting correct answers from all the patriot boy s, while the greater part of the Tories were stupid and could answer only the si mple s t questions. Glancing out of. the window, having. heard a sus piciou s s ound, Dick saw the gleam of scarlet uniforms at a little distance. He quickly si'gnaled to the boys and said: ' "That is all we have to say. Good afternoon." The lioys were in the saddle and on the road . as the redcoats caught sight of them and raiseq a yell. "Charge them, boys! They don't know how many more of us there may be, and there is like making a good impression," said Dick. The sc hool committeeman had seen the redcoats, and l)e now came rushing to the door, shouting: "Charge on the rebels, there's only a handful!" The redcoats were already in full flight, how ever, and the words of the Tory were utterly wasted . .. . ..-


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS DRIV EN BACK 1 ' CHAPTER Visits the Camp. . Hearing the clatter of hoofs and seeing the redcoats, the boys came flying out of the little schoolhouse in great haste, overturning the committeeman and sending him rolling in the dust, his hat going one way and his stick another. Walters picked up his stick and whacked half a dozen of the boys, all of these happening to be Tor_ies, and one his own son, and then strutted off up the road, his head in the air and muttering to himself. The boys having got the redcoats on the run, rode baek to the log scho ol hou se, and Dick said: "Go back to your studies, boys. You should not have come out. You were not dismissed?" The scholars all went in, and the master had no trouble with them becau se he stuck to his book and did not attempt to force and new rules upon the boy;; and girls. He was a good deal of a toady, and, no longer having the s upport of Walters, and seeing that the new rules. only made trouble, he dropped them and stuck fo the old ones. "There will not be any trouble there no w,'' said Dick, listening to the hum of study in the sch oolhou se. "Mr. Beale s is wise enough not to try any new method s when there is no longer any one to support him in it." The boys were r iding on at an easy gait, when they saw a numbe_ r of rough-looking men in the road ahead of them, who see med ready to di spute it with them: Dick did not know the men, but he recognized a certain family resemblance to three or four of them to the Tory boy s, and he judged that these were their fathers . The men spread across the road, and Dick, wishing to hear what any one had to say, halted and asked, in a quiet tone: "Well, why do you ob struct the road?" "Because you're rebel s , that's why,'' snarled one who looked like Duggins, and rode the same gray horse. "That is no reason at all,'' sai d Dick, "and if I chose to, I could send the lot of you Tories into the ditch in a second. I asked you a civil question and you give me a rude answer. We are not rebels, we are patriots, and for two pence I'd send you into the ditch, Mr. Duggins." The Tory backed away, -and another saia, in a rnort conciliatory tone: "Y1lu un s have been pesterin' our boy s , chuckin' inter the ditch an' poundin'. of ,..em an' such like, an' I reckon there's warrants out for a few o ' you, but don't you think--" "Your s ons attacked Dan Hunter, s ix o r seve n to on e, and then so m e of them annoye d his sister. We gave them what they de s erved. The master of the school, back here, tried the same sort of bus in e ss , but we sent the redcoats flying a nd the i;chool .went on properly, as it should go on Your b oys have be en telling you lies, and let me tell you that they learn that better than they do their les s ons. They're the worst boys In the sc hool, both in standing and in conduct." This plain talk as well as the .determined attitude of Dick and the boy s had their effect tm the Torie s, and they made way for the young patriot s to pass. "Those fellows were prepared to make trouble for us," laughed Mark, when they were out of hearing, "but they concluded that they had better not do it. " ."They will d o it if they c an, yet, but not when we are looking," retlh-ned Jack, whereat the boys laughed. The boys went on to the camp, the sun being in the western sky no-..y and not very "far above -the horizon. Reaching the camp, the boys oc cupfod themselves in variou s ways till supper tirne, when the fires were lighted and the pickets set, the Liberty Boys being vigilant at all times and especially when there were enemie s about as there were jus t now. After supper, Dan Hunter rode to the camp on his white hors e, being challenged by Ben Spurlock, who was o n guard at the edge of the camp. "I'd like to see the captain," said Dan. "He may be able to help me. We are in trouble a t our house." "What's the trouble, Dan?" asked Ben, imitating the s ound of a frog as a signal t o some of the boys. "The Tories b een bothering you?" "No, I don't know that they have. My little brother Willie is lo st." . "Stolen , perhaps?" suggested Ben, as the two Harrys came up. "I don't know. I did not think of that. He knows the way pretty well all around, and he does not wander about. We can't find him, how." "Go and tell the captain that Dan Hunter wants to see him, boy s,'' said B en . "You might take him with you, in fact." "Corne on, Dan," sai d Harry Thurber. You can tether your hors e anywhere." Dan tethered his horse to a tree near by and went with the boy s to Dick's tent, in front of which the young captain was sitting before the fire, with Bob and Mark. "How are you, Dan?" said Dick. "You look troubled. What is the matter? No rno1e attacks from the Tories?" "My little brother, seven years old , is missing, Captain. He hasn't come here? He has been talking about the 'Liberty Boys all the evening, and I thought perhaps he might have come here." " No, he has not. "When did you miss him?" "About s undown . Then when the cows came in he was still missing. He often goes for them. We all looked around for him, and then I set off on old Whitey to se e if he had come here. " "Was he seen coming in this direction, Dan?• asked Dick. "Get a dozen of the boys, Bob." " No, they hadn't s een him. at all." "But you thought he might?" "Yes, because he had been talking about the Liberty Boys and going to fight the redc oats." "Did he know the way to our camp?" "Yes, in a general way he did. H e knew about where it was." "The boys are ready, Dick,'' said Bob, coming up. "All right, we will set out at once . Get your horse, Dan. C om e with us, Bob. Mark will take charge of the camp." Dick, Bob and a dozen boy s set out with Dan, taking their way 'towa1d the latter's borne, going along the road. They took a number of torches with them in . case they would have to ..... .!, •' . . ..


' .\ THE LIBERTY BOYS DRIVEN BACK' 6 "Why not, Dan?" go into the woods, the moon shining brightly in the open by the time they had gone half a mile. " You live that way, Dan?" said Dick, pointing. " Yes, Captain, but there's a short cut if you go through the wood s . " "Because the only club-footed man I know in thes e parts is a . rank Tory, a man with an evil reputation and not more than half-witted, who is saip_ to have committed any number of mur-' ders." "Exactly, for the road w inds. Where would you come out if you took the s horte1 way?" _"A little farther on. If you went in here you would strike a little run which would bother CHAPTER IV.-On the Trail of a Club-Footed Man. you. " "Then we will go on, " rejoined Dick, s lackenDick sent back for Bob and two more of the ing his speed somewhat. boys, and in the meantime went on sl owly, fol-They presently came to a broken place in the lowing the trail of the club-footed man. The rail fence, Dick asking, as he pointed to it. trail led to the edge of. the little run, which "ls that wbere you go in, Dan?" here had a hard bottom and was not more than "Yes, Captain. " knee de . p, the moon shining upon the placid .,. "There is a path through here?" water and making the pebbles at the bottom glis"Part of the way, but I never had any trouble. ten. There are some wild places where there is no "The man has waded into the water, but I path, but we boys that know the w ood s can get don't know if he has g one all across or has gone through all right." _ down stream," he said. "We had better wait for "Did Willie know all these places?" the others." . "I don't know. He never went alone and not Soon the flickering of torches could -be seen many times with any one." in the woods, and in a few moments Bob and "Light your torches, boys, a few of you," said the rest come up. Then they all entered the Dick, quietly. "We will try the path. Stay water, spreading along two or three feet apart, here, Bob." so as to cover more ground and see the trail Dick, Ben, Sam and Jack took torches , g1vmg so?ner than if they had gone in single file. Twoone to Dan, and went through the hole in the thirds of the way across Dick, with his torch fence into the woods. In a short time they held high, saw footprints on the other side of • would have been in pitch darkness if it had not the run. been for the torches, the moon giving them no "He has crossed over, boy s," he said. "Keep , light in the deep woods. There was a path here, right on ." _ . and by the aid of the torches they followed it The trail led through a perfect tangle, and with little troul;>le. At length, however, they here the man with the club-feet had taken the. c:ime to a tangle where there s eemed to be no little boy up again, none of his footprints beinc path, and Dick turned to Dan and said: seen. Finally the trail began to lead up where "Wait a moment. The boy may have gone aswere rocks all about, trees grow-tray here, providing he came into the woods." mg out of them with gnarled, twisted trunk11 He followed the path a few yards , and then and giant branches thick with leaves, which shut said, suddenly: out the moonlight and made even the light of the "Did your brother wear boots?" seem to grow dim. The path soon began • "Ye s, Captain. They wer:e made for him to wrnd about among the rocks at a considerspecial becau s e there were none small enough able angle, and at length seemed to lead to s ome in the regular sizes , only s hoe s ." cave o r lair of a wild animal, Dick saying to "Then he hai turned off here instead of go-Bob: ing on as far as s ome one, some with club-feet. "I don't know what strange place this is, but Do you se e the tracks?" it s eem s a fitting abode for a man with the evil "Ye s , Captain, and those are Willie' s tracks reputation that this one has." all right." The path grew quite steep and narrow, and at Then Dick went on, getting into a terrible length Dick saw a dark C)pening into the rocKs tangle, but finding the trail by the aid of the ahead of him and went fol'ward, lowering his torches. torch in order _to enable him to see better. There "The farther he went the wors e it got for was black darkness ahead of him, and a!:> he him," he said. "He went quite off the straight went closer he could se e that thehole in the way, getting confused, no doubt.'' rocks descended at a sharp angle, which made "But, captain," muttered Dan, "this would take it much darker and deeper than it was. In front • him to the run I spoke off.'' of the hole, which-was not as hi g h as his head, "Yes, if he went straight, but you s ee for yo1.1rDick saw s ome soft earth., and here there were self that he did not. This i s in his favor." footprints of the club-foot man and of the boy. "I'm 'glad of that," brokenly. "J;>o you know this place, Dan?" he asked. The trail led this way and that, and at last "No, captain, but they say that Clubby Logn.n, it came to the run, and Dan began to feel -as they call him, has a hou s e s omewhere in the strangely again, when Dick, holding his torch w ood s, and that he entices people to it and tht>n low to the ground, said: kills them. They tell all sorts of horrible,11 "Hallo! here are other tracks. The boy has about him.'' been picked up by some one, some one with club "All of which have considerable foundation in feet. Do you see the tracks?" the imaginatipn, I suppose?" dryly. "Thf 1(4.tlt "Yes, plainly," muttered Dan. "That doesn't simply be s . ome harmless lunati-c who JV•llld encourage . me, captain." not hurt a mou s e. Throw in Y:our torch l' -L" • ' lr


J 6 THE . LIBERTY BOYS DRIVEN BACK Bob threw his torch, when it ' went rolling down some steep path, and in another moment there was a savage yell like the scream of a cat and 'l;ome tawny animal came out of the place with a bound, gave a leap, cleared the boys' heads and disappeared -among the branches. "Heavens and earth! what was that?" ex claimed Ben, in amazement. "Looks like a wildcat," said Jack, "and a big fellow at that." "You don't hear anything, do you, Dick?" asked Bob, when the animals, whatever it was, had disappeared. "No, I don't; but I am going in, all the same," and, torch in one hand and pistol in the other, Dick advanced. Two of the boys followed him, Bob telling Dan to keep close to him. The torches shed a weird light over the s cene as the boy s advanced, the walls of the passage being low and the floor steep and evorn quite smooth, s o that there was danger in descending. The passage turned and was low and narrow, but presently it was wider and higher and more level, and then, as Dick turned .a sharp angle and threw the light of the torch ahead of him, he heard s ome one say, in a deep, gruff voice: "Well, what you coming in without knocking for? Fine way to treat. a gentleman, that is." "What have you done with the little boy, Logan?" asked Dick, trying to locate the owner of th i voice. "The little boy is safe. Who are you? I have never met you. I have nothing to say to you." "Have you 1fOt my little b rother with you, Clubby Logan?' asked Dan, who had pressed for ward with Bob. "You must give him up." "This is the boy's brother, Logan," added Dick. "Where are you? What have you done with him? If any harm comes to him you will be punished for it." Dick could not see where the speaker was, all being dark before him, but now he advanced, and presently saw that there were' bars across a narrow passage aI).d behind them stood a man in coarse gray clothes, which seemed to absorb all the light, so that the man appeared like a part of the rock itself. " You can't come in," he said, and he glided away in the darkness, and all was dark and still beyond the barred door. Dick put his torch through the bars so as to get all the light he could, and saw that there was a sharp turn in the passage a few fee t distant, which accounted for the sudden disappearance of the strange creature they had seen. The bars were solid and there was a heavy lock on the inside, which he could not reach, the hinges being massive and on the inside, the barred door opening inward in:tead of toward him. He shook the bars, but they were solid and there was no moving them, and he turned to Bob and said: "There may be some other way of getting at this fellow, but we cannot do it here, evidently. Take one or two of the boys outside and see if there is any other path." "All right, come on, Dan," and Bob left the place. There was clearly no way of getting into the strange den at this point, and Dick trusted to Bob to finil <:nll'l1> nt. hP.-r wav nnt nf> d;Jemma. At length they heard a ca ll which could only come from Bob, it being one of the Liberty Boys' signals. "That' s Bob signaling, " said Dick," "and it means that he has found something. Go and find him, boys." The boys hurried along a winding path to the right, which Bob had found, sounding calls at intervals. Then Dick follow ed, leaving the strange place they had found to itself in silence and darkness. In a few minutes Dick heard a shout from the boys ahead o f him and went forward. "Hallo, captain!" shouted Jack. "We've got him!" "Whom have they got?" thought Dick. "Not; the club-footed man? Can they mean the boy?" "Hallo, Jack, who is it?" he asked, as he h-qr ried on. "The boy, little Willie!" Jack shouted back, and then Dick went on and soon came upon the boys, with Dan holding his little brother, fast asleep in his arms. "Where did you find him, Bob? " asked Dick. "On a bed of mos s in the woods, covered with a wolf skin and a fire lighted near him. I heard some one running awJy, but we did not see any one." '. "He is all right, Dan?" Dick asked. "Yes, but dead asleep and I cannot wake him." Then they hurried on to where they had left the horses, the little boy being still asleep. Dick took him in front of him on the saddle and went home, Ben and Sam going with him to keep him company and to help him with the boy. CHAPTER V.-A Strange Visitor. Ben Spurlock and Sam Sanderson went with Dan to help him in taking care of the little boy, who might have s lipped from the saddle, and at length they reached the cabin, where the mother and Susan and the litle girls were all waiting for news of the missing boy, a of the neighbors being there also. "Where'd you find him, Dan ?"ttthey asked, as Dan passed the sleeping boy to his mother. "In the woods, fast asleep," the boy replied, not wishing to say anything about the man wlth the club-feet at that time. The mother kissed the sleeping child, w ' ho awoke just enough to put his arms about her face, and then took him into the cabin. The neighbors now went away, and Dan said to Sam and Ben: "Won't you come in, boys? Must you go back at once?" "I think we had better, Dan," said Ben. "The little fellow is safe, and it is growing late and no one knows who may be out." The two Liberty Boy s then mounted their horses and rode away, calling out good-by as they turn.ed the bend in the road. The moon was shining bright and gave them all the light they needed, and they had no fear of danger as they rode on, coming at length to a w ooded region where the trees were thick on both sides. "I don't like the look of that place," muttered Ben, as they came in sight of it. "I think we had better be cautious."


THE LIBERTY BOYS DRIVEN BACK 7 ,. Ben was one of the bravest of the Liberty Boy s, and Sam knew that he would not speak in this way unless he felt that there was danger in going through the wood. "I don't like it . myself," said Sam, "but what are we going to do? There is no other way around, without losing 11. lot of time and di s tance." "No, that is so," 11.nd :Ben reined in and li s. tened attentively. . He heard nothing, and yet it s eemed to him as if there were some one lying in wait for them in the deepe s t shadow. "I believe there's some one waiting for us in there, Sam," he said, in a low tone. "Suppose we dash ahead, then. It's dark in there and they won't be able to see to fire upon u s , and we will be going too fast for them to leap out and grab us." . As they entered the shadow, Ben suddenly-whis tled and away they went on full speed, taking the middle of the road where they had plenty of room. On they went, like the wind, hearing a sudden cry of alarm and then hurried footsteps, as of s ome one running away. Then there was a shout and a shot, a bullet passing well above Ben's head and clipping the leaves. Ben fired in the direction of the shot and heard a yell and then other quick foot steps and a shout. "Hallo! give it to the rebels!" Sam fired in the direction of the sound, and then the boys went on faster than . before, soon seeing the light of the moon on the road ahead of them. In a short time they were out in the full light and caught sight of some one darting down the road and into a thick clump of bushes. "Jove! did you see that fellow, Sam?" asked Ben, as the man disappeared and they went on with a rush. "Yes, he was thick-set and had clumsy feet." "He was club-footed and yet he ran at good speed. There can't be two men like that in the neighborhood." "No, I wou ld hardly think so. Could that be Clubby Logan that Dan told u s about?" "I don't see who else it could be, unless there are two men about here with feet like that. We shall have to ask him." The boy s went on at a good speed, and at length reached the camp and told Dick and Bob what had happened. "The club-footed fellow was bound to get even on u s,'' muttered Bob, "and s o he waited in the woods to try and catch Ben and Sam when they went th:r:_Q..ugh. I don't believe he would have given up the boy if he had not been frightened." It was growing late, and in a short time the fire s began to down, the boys sought tfieir tents, one after another, and at length only the steady tramp of the sentries could be heard. It was very late and the fires were nearly out, the camp being dark and still, when Harry Thurber, standing near the road beyond the last row of tents, heard some one coming along, not as one ould if he were on ordinary business, but stealthily, as if trying to avoid notice. "Pretty late for one to be on the road alone," the Liberty Boy said to him se lf, "and the way that fellow is coming on is s u s picious anyhow. I must watch him." .... 5. ==-•t ----The man, whoever it was , came on stealthily, and Harry presently noticed that there was something peculiar about his walk aside from its being stealthy. It was not a limp, and yet it struck the boy that the man was deformed in some manner, and in a moment a thought struck him. He gave the fire neares t to him a sudden stir and called out sharply, getting behind a tree: "Halt! Who goes there?" There was a . sudden startled exclamation in a deep, gruff voice, and then some one was heard running at full speed, the fire burning up brightly now and revealing the form of a heavily built, thick-set man wi ,th big, misshapen feet. "Hallo! it's that fellow again, is it?" mut., tered Harry. "What was he doing arond here at this time of night or morning?" "What was the matter, Harry?" asked Harry Judson, coming up, his course being next to the other's. "Nothing much," with a laugh. "I heard some one coming and challenged him and that club footed man ran away." "The same one?" "Of course it. as the same one. You don't suppose there are two men like that in the district, do you?" "Well, I don't know. They might be twins." "H'm! are people born with misformed feet like that?" "Certainly. Still, it would be odd to see twins like that, to be sure, and it is probably the same man that the boys saw to-night." "What did he want, Harry?" asked Mark, com ing up, being on his way around the camp at that moment. "I did not ask him," answered the "but I did not like the way he was comine: along, and I challenged him." "And then he ran away?" . "Yes, as fast as he could go, which was pretty lively for a man with clumsy feet like that." "H'm! we did not even know about him till to-night, and nOW We are Seeing Or hParing Of him all the time." r Mark then went on, reporting to Dick what he had heard. "What do you suppose he wanted around the camp at this hour?" he asked, "Don't you think it is rather strange?" "Everything has been strange about th.e man sinc e L heard of him," replied Dick. "It would se em strange, but there may be a good reason. However, we don't know anything about it, and so have to let it go with the other strange things we have seen about him." "He was going one way and ran the other," muttered Harry, "and so he may come back when everything i s still again. I shall have to keep a watch upon the fellow." He did not se e or hear the man while he was on watch, however, and told Will Freeman, who relieved him; to }<:eep a lookout. Will neither saw nor heard the strange feilow, and it was well on toward the darkest hour of the morning, the moon being down, the fires out and everything quiet, w hen Jim Bennett, on duty at another part of tpe camp, heard some one . coming on with a strange stealthy tread. "Halt! Who goe s there?" he challenged, sharply . ,. I ti


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS DRIVEN BACK "It's only me, I'm going home," some one an-swered. • "Aren't you rather late? What are you do ing around our camp at an hour like this?" "Huh: I didn't know you had a camp here. Who are you? Redcoats or t'other fellows?" "What are you?" asked Jim, giving a signal to the nearest boy. "Oh, they call me a rebel, but I pound 'em for it. I ain't a rebel, I'm a good American, fighting for my country." "Shucks! Yol!'re not a soldier with those feet!" "What's the matter with my feet?" • "They're clubbed, that's what. I can tell by the way you walk." The man gave a startled exclamation and suddenly turned and ran away as fast as he could go. Then three 01 four of the boys came up, lighted torches and looked for tracks in the road. They presently found them and, as Jim had declared, they were .those made by a man with club-feet. They did not see any more of the man that morning, however, for the day dawned, the sun came up and. the life of the camp was resumed, everything being noise and bustle for a time. Soon after breakfast, Dan Hunter came riding in on his white horse, and was at once surrounded by Liberty Boy s . "How is the little fellow?" they asked. "All right, but he doesn't remember a thing about being picked up in the woods and taken to that queer place." CHAPTER VI.-The Tables Turned. "Don't let him wander away again, Dan," said Dick, and then the Carolina boy jumped upon old Whitey and rode away. Half an hour after he had gone, Dick and six of the Liberty Boys set out to see what there was to be learned of the redcoats. Some of these having been so near, Dick thotighl; it was best to keep a watch on them and see that they did not get any nearer. Arthur Mackay, George Brewster, Erank Belden, Jack Warren, Ben and Sam were with Dick, Bob Estabrook going off with a party in another dir. ection, leaving Mark Morrison in charge of the camp. Meantime, Dick and his party had ridden on, and reaching the sc hoolhouse, found matters in a state of turmoil. Just before the arrival of Dick and the boys, Walters had come up with a number of redcoa t s . and, entering the log building, had said: "Where are the young rebels who put this place in disgrace yesterday? I demand their expulsion and arrest as rebels." There was a lot of excitement, and Bill Duggins pointed to Dan and the other patriot boys, and shouted: "There they are, them's the rebels! Teacher, they walloped u s last evenin', an' w e hadn't done a thing." "You didn't get a chance ," laughed one of the Whig boys, "but you wanted to, fast enough." "Arrest the young rebels!" cried the committee-man. . • The redcoats advanced, and Dan suddenly drew the pistols which Dick had_ given him and, level-ing them at the redcoats, said, in a determi:ped tone: "You have no right to arrest us. We a1e not s oldiers." "Put down those pistols, you insubordinate young iebel !" cried the officer ihe schoolmaster sitting in his chair all white and trembling, for he knew that if Dan fired and mis s ed the redcoat he would get the shot himself. Some of the Tory boys jumped out of the windows in theilfright, and it was at this time that Dick and the six boys ieached the schoolhouse. "Hallo! there is more trouble!" cried Dick. "There are redcoats in the sch ool, captain," said Arthur. "There are their horses." "So there are. This means that we must interfere. Forward, boys!" The boy s dismounted before the schoolhou s e door and hurried inside. The redcoat captai n just drawn his pistol and threatened to shoot Dan if he did not surrende1_ "Put up your pistol, captain," said Dick. "You know my reputation as a marksman, I bel i e ve? Put away your pistols, Dan. What is the t r ouble, this time?" " These redcoats were sent to arrest the y ou n g rebel s," with a smile. "Well, why didn't they do it?" Dick's boys smiled, whi le the patriot boys laughed outright. The c ommitteeman sneaked out of the ioom, no one paying any attention t o him, while Dick said to the captain: "We shall be obliged to take you with us, sir. You are a dangerous man to be at large." "You have the advantage of me, you young rebe l, and--" "That is sufficient . I am not a young rebel, and I am your equal in rank. I have not in sulted you, and I see no reason for you to insult me." "You would not compare a rebel captain t o one of the king's officers, surely?" in great surprise. " I hold my commis si on from General Washington himself. That is distinction enough, I sh ou ld think." Jack gave Dick a peculiar look at hat mo ment, and the young captain a,dded: "Your horses are outside, I see, so we will lose no time. Your committeeman has been trying to take one of ou1s, but they are not well trained and he has had difficulty with them. He may s ucceed better with yours, if you are not careful." The redcoats ran out, expecting to get away before the boys could follow, but Jack was out of the window before they were out at the door, and dashing among the Tory boys, who had already left. "Get away from those horses, you skunks!" he cried, scattering the Tories. Then the officers came out and untethered their hors es, the Tories having fled by this time. Dick and the others were out just. be'hind the redcoats, and now they all mounted and rode away. They were none too soon, for Dick heard the tramp of hoofs behind him, no one else noticing it. He looked at Jack and made a quick mo tion backward, which the boy understood. Then, with a boldness which very few would have attempted, Dick said quietly to his prisoners: "We will have to increase our pace a little,


,, ' ' THE LIBERTY BOYS DRIVEN BACK 9 gentlemen. There are Britis h soldiers 'behind us." The redcoats looked surprised, and the captain glanced back, but could see nothing. The redcoats were surrounded by the boys and now all went on at a faster gait, the prisoners being unable to escape. At the turn of the road, the clatter of hoofs was loud enough for all the boys to hear, and now, looking back, the redcoats could see a considerable force of their friends coming on, led by the committeeman, who had no doubt gone after them when he had left the log schoolhouse. "They will not catch us," saia Dick. "Our horses are all superior to theirs and we have sufficient lead to enable yours to keep ahead." "You are a saucy young rebel," sputtered the captain. "No one but a rebel would have dared to tell us this. However, they will catch you yet, my fine fellow." "Not this time, my boasting redcoat," laughed Dick. "There is no harm in exchanging compliments. I must not let you say all the-pleasant things." The officer bit his lip, but made no reply, and the pursuing redcoats were left out of sight. CHAPTER VII.-'I'he Redcoats Visit the Cabin : The cabin where Dan Hunter lived was not very far from the sc hoolhouse, and, coming \_n sight of it, Dick said quietly to Jack Warren: "Take your fast bay mare, Jac k, and get Bob's party or s ome other of the Liberty Boys and return here as quick as you can." "All right, captain," said Jack, with a grin, and away he went on hi s mare, which was sec ond only in speed to Dick Slater's black Arabian, Major. Jackunderstood what was to be done, although Dick had said very little, and he fairly flew over the road, being quickly out of sight. When the boys reached the cabin, Dick halted and said: "We will go in here for a time. These are very good patriots, but if I ask them to entertain my guests they will do s o gladly." There was a touch of sati1;e in Dick's calling the prisoners guests, and the captain noticed it and bit his lip. As they all dismounted, Susan, the mother anti '.:he younger children all came out. "Land sakes, captain, you seem to have b een busy thi s morning!" exclai med Susari, wh ile the children's eyes opened wide. "You will not mind entertaining my guests for a time, will • you, ma'am?" asked Dic k, with a peculiar look. . "Why, no, of course not, captain," replied the woman, kriowing that Dick must have som e plan in view although she could not guess what it was. They all went into the cabin, the horses being tethered outside, and then Dick said: "I shall h ave to trouble you for your pistols, captain. You might be inclined to use them." The captain flu shed , and as the men gave up their weapons, he said: "You have a very poor opinion of u s to think that we would attempt to escape where tliere is s o much risk. It would be nothing short of . madness." "Oh, but there are others coming, and you might find the position sufficiently changed for you to do something." "Do you mean to tell me that you are going to wait for our men to come up?" in feigned astonishment. "You must have known that there was danger of it, captain. You certainly know that if the men see you here and the hors e s outs ide, they will come up. I can se e them now, in fact." They were all sitting in the living-room and the captain, looking out the saw the scarlet uniforms of the pursuers. The redcoats were where they could be seen first, and it was evident, in a few moments, that the others had seen them and were coming on at a gallop. Mrs. Hunter set out some light refreshments for the redcoats, and Dick said, with a smile: "You will find thlf Carolina bread and honey very appetizing, Cjiptain, and I would advise you to try some." "What plan are you turning over in your head now, you saucy young rebel?" muttered the other. " Oh, but you must not call me names, you know, captain," laughing. "That is very rude. A king's officer sh ould be more courteous. Here are your friends. Set them a good example." The redcoats presently rode up and dismounted, and a young lieuten.ant entered the room. "Ah, captain, I see that you have taken the rebels," he said. " I supposed you would : You know who the rebel leader is, of course?1 ' "Sit down, lieutenant," said Dick, pistol in hand. "We are h aving refreshments. You will j.oin u s , of course." The lieutenant looked decidedly surprised and sat down. "By Jove; you don't mean to tell me that-" "T1iat thes e gentlemen are our prisoners? Quite so. So are you. No, do not attempt to communicate with the men outside. Your fellow-officer is coming in, I see." . Another lieutenant en.tered and was put in a co1ner by George Brewster before he knew it. "Sit down, lieutenant," said Dick. "Please lay aside your weapons. Will yo take charge of them, my girl?" to Susan, who was laughing at the discomfiturn of the redcoats." "You surely do not think that you can take the wh ole troop, captain?" gasped the l'edcoat captain, amazed at Dick's daring. "Certainlv," shortly. "I hear our boy s coming now. You remember that I one of them ahead. His bay mare is exceeding ly speedy and he will" lo se no time. He has not, in fact, a s I hear the boys coming at this moment." "Well, of all the daring rebel sc hemes that ever I hea1d of--" "You might give us a little credit for sense, captain. A1id for courage as well. We have been battling for our rights for four 'years, and don't you think that we would have learned something by that The redcoats outside were talking among them selves, s ome having dismounted, and a ll having the idea that Dick and the other "rebels" they could see were the orisoners of .. .. " ... ' r .. •


.... 10 THE LIBERTY BOYS DRIVEN BACK Suddenly, however, a sergeant came runnmg in and said, excitedly: "Captain, lieutenants, I beg your pardon, but there is a body of rebel cavalry coming, and I think they outnumber u s. Shall we engage the rebels? We can scatter them, no doubt." "Sit down, sergeant," said Ben, who had received a wink from Dick. "Have a mug of homebrew? The lady is entertaining the company." Then Ben relieved the sergeant of his weapons and put him in a corner. upon my word, you--" "Saucy young rebels," laughed Ben. "That's what you redcoats generally call u ' s. You have misunderstood the situation. Captain Slater is not a prisener." There was a shout outside at this moment, and Dick said, quickly: "Out with you, boys. Watch these gentlemen, Susan. You know how to u se a pistol, I believe, and you have .rifles there as well." Jack Warren, Bob and twenty Liberty Boys were coming on with a rush, the redcoats beginning to sh ow considerable apprehension. Then Dick and the five boy s came dashing out, muskets and pi s t()ls in hand, and Dick said: "Surrender, you redcoats! We have your officers, and now it's your turn." The redcoats were too much astoni shed to run, and then up came Bob and the others and quickly surrounded them. "You redcoats .are getting too thick around here," said Dic.k, dryly, "and it is about time to thin some of you out. March them off, boys. Just take a few of those spare muskets before t . he redcoats hurt thems elves with them." Then the officers were brought out and all mounted, the redcoats in the middle, and the march wafi...begun. The boys waved their hands . to Susan as they rode off, while the officers showed their chagrin, and the others looked as if they did not exactly understand the matter. "You were unwise to venture into a cou11try . where there are so many patriots, captain,'' said Dick. "You should have known that you were running a great risk." • . The captain said nothing, for he realized that he had been cleve.rly outwitted, and he had a much greater respect for the boy he had been called a "saucy young rebel," and whom, up to this moment, he had held in greal contempt. Now he saw that Dick was 1.0t only d.uing but brave and quick-witted, making his plans quickly and carrying them out with every attention to minor details, the neglect of which might jeopardize the success of the entire plan. He could now see that from the moment pur.;uers had bf'en hea1d comin'gon, Dick had pl:mned tc captuJ'e the whole party and ha 1 been done wit:1 this end m view H e wl':s forc ed to ulmirc D'<'k, and yet hi s chagrin .riot permi . t him to acknowledge it at this moment. Dirk did not say any more, being satisfied with hi • ; victory ar.d not bdng one to boast over a..fallen foe. 'l'i1e redcoats were hurried off t.o the camp, and then Dick sent them in charge_ of . a number of the boys to General Greene, not caring to keep them, f o r many reasons. In the first place, it would be an expense to take care of so many, the boys themselves having t o depend upon forage and o n the g o od-will o f the neighbors for . . -their :;upplies, and then they might have to get away in a hurry and the nrisoners would be a hindrnnce to them, and then the prisoners would be forced to tell the number and po si tion of the enemy, and, all things being considered, Dick thought it best to. get rid of his prisoners at once. The officers were deeply chagrined at be ing outwitted, but said nothing, and Dick did not have any further conversation with them. They went away under charge of Mark and a stronge guard, and later the young patriot captain set out with the boys that had been with him in the morning, toward the woods where they had found little Willie Hunter the night befo re. On the road near where they had entered the woods they met two or three patriots whom they knew, and Dick asked them about the club footed man. "That's Clubby Logan," said one . "He's a Tory and a sc oundrel. Any one who shoots him will . be doing the country and the neighborhood a benefit, for he's no good, and he's done a Jot of harm." "He live s in a strange sort of cave in the woods, a hole in the ground, with a barred gate to it," said Dick. "I never heard he l .ived about here,'' returned the man. "He comes around s ometimes , same as Bill Cunningham and pests like that, Simon Girty and McKee and them, but I never knowed he lived here." "He is simple, isn't he, s01t of half-witted?" Dick continued. "Huh! I never heard he was. I've seed him once or twice and he always struck me as bein' oncommon pert. He knows how to keep out'n the way of our shotguns, leastwise." "Then he is a bad man?" "Yas, oncommon, an' the wust kind of a Tory. He's as. bad as an Injun for holdin' things ag'in people, an' if he once makes up hi s mind to do any one harm he won't never forget it." "Well, there was a club-footed man that had little Willie Hunter i his cave last night, and he did not seem to be the sort of man you mention, by any means. I think there mus t be some mistake." "Oh, 'Minidab Logan will talk y e blind an' give ye the greatest lot o' palaverin', an' all the time have hi s hand in yer pocket or at yer throat. They say he kin talk the legs off'n a iron pot." "But we were in the cave and saw him and he didn't talk that way." "Wull, I never heard he Jived anywhere about here, and he may not always talk s o soft, but he suttinly u s ed ter do it, and Old Nic k himself couldn't get the better on him." "He may have two sides , then," Dick replied, as he and the boys rode on, greatly puzzled. Reaching nearest point to the cave in the woods, Dick and the six boys . di s mounted, hid their ho1ses and set out for the strange place. On the return the night before they had found a nearer way than the . one over the little run, and they took this one now, avoiding going into the water. They found the mouth of the cave and saw a club-footed man sitting in front of it, who fled at sight of theni, diving headlong into the h o le. Dick, Jack and Ben followed, takins


THE LIBERTY BOYS DRIVEN BACK 11 tdiches with them, arrivingin front of the ba1red door in a short time. "Hallo, c o me out!" Dick. "I wa.nt to see you ana ask a few questions." "I hain't got nothin" to say," Dick heard the man say, being unable to see him. " I found the b oy in the woods and I b rought him here . and left him where you c ould get him. I'm a good patrio t, and that's all I've got t o say." "But you have a bad name, Aminidab, and I want to know the reason." "My name isn't 'Minidab, it's Lishe." "But it is Logan, and they call you Club-foot Logan." " Yes, it's Logan, but I d on' t care what they call me," and then Dick heard retreating footsteps and the cl osing of a door, after which all was still. The torches were burning l o w, an me that he is the t rrible fellow that Haswell described." " No, and he was a"fi'aid of us , " o bserved Jack, "and ran the moment he saw u s . The other fellow would have fired. That is, the fello w they say he is." "Well, if he i s the dangerous man they say he is, we must be on the l ookout for him," ans wered Dick. "Why, he visited our camp last night I do not know, but he certainly did not try to d o us any injury then, getting away as so on as he was discovered." "He is a queer fell o w," declared Jack. CHAPTER VIII.-A Puzzling Matter. There was clearly no further need o f remain ing in the in the ground, the tenant ing "?.ak with them and there being no way : ': at him, and the boys went out. "This nys he is a Whig, and the men say he is a TorY.,'' said Dick . "They also say he does not live about here, and we have seen his abode and talked with him." "Harry said something about another last night," observed Jack, "and it seems as if there must be another. This one said his name wasn't Aminidab, and the men said it was." They returned to where they had left their horses a nd went back to camp, where they remained till after dinner. The boys that had taken the prisoners to Greene's camp had returned, reporting that the general had instruetecl them to keep a watch upon Cornwallis and to send word if the enemy advanced in any num beri:;. Greene was making ready t o give battle to the earl, and it was very likely that the latter wcitJ.ld c ome on before long, having been trying for some time to engage the American general. They were going througJ;i the w ooded road where the boys had scattered the men lying in wait for them an_ d had seen the club-footed man the night before, w hen there was a shot fired, the bullet passing within a few inches of Dick ' s head. "Aftr the ruffian I" cried Dick, quickly dismounting. .. , Hurried footsteps )Vere heard in the wood , arid . Dick and a dozen of the boys gave chase at once . "Hallo! here are bear tracks!" cried Walter J enning;i, one of the boy s . "That's your club -footed man," rejoined Dave Dunham. "Bears don't carry shotguns." Dick had seen the footprints as soon as any one and was greatly puzzled by them. It did not s eem possible that there were two men with the same misshapen feet in the same neigh borhood, and the man they had met in the morning had said he was a patriot and did not s eem capable of doing anything like this . They must track him down and catch him in order to settle the matter once for all. Through the wood they hurried, finding the trail without difficulty, but seeing nothing of the man himself. It was dark in the w ood s, and although they could hear the fellow at times, they did not catch sight of him. At !ength t he y came to a brook and .here the trail ended. Dick sent the boys up and down the stream on both sides for some little ' di stance, but no sign o f the club-footed man could be seen, and at las( he called tliem .in and gave up the chase. Returning to the road they went on for so me little distance, cutting off through a back r oa d, avoiding the Hunter cabin and the log sch ool-hou se, and coming out farther down upon the road, whi ch the redcoats had probably taken when coming up toward Guilford. Here they suddenly beheld a little camp over which floated the red banner of England. "There are the enemy," said Dick. "There d oe s not seem to be a very large number of them, and it may be possible to give them a surprise. K'.'eep in the shadow of the trees, boys, and advance cautiously. A sudden dash may throw them in a panic. This looks to me like a sort of outpost. If we can do it safely, I think we will give them a shock," with a laugh. The boy s went on, keeping along the edge of the road under the trees one either side until they could no longer pass unobserved, by which time D ick was satisfied that the camp was not any larger than his own and that a sudden surprise was decidedly feasible, the redcoats evi:. dently keeping no watch whatever. Dick had nearly half the Liberty Boy s with him and was, therefore, we ll prepared to make such a move as he proposed. "Forward, Liberty Boy s !" he said. "Make a dash upo'n these fellows and. be ready to retreat at a moment's warning." On .. went the gallant boys with a rush, surprising the few sentries that were set and causing an alarm t o be s ounded in great haste. Drums rolled and bugles blew, and the startled redcoats began rushing out and endeavored to rally against the daring lads, whose numbers they had no idea of. Then Dick heard bugles . b lowin g down the road, and then the tramp of hors es and the sharp command of a leader. Dick Slater possessed remarka bly acute hearing and this served the boy s well in this instance. Ther e were other . redcoats coming, and i f the attack had been delayed a few minutes it would not have been practicable. Dick quickly gave the signal to fall back, and the boys , after catching up what they could and.runnir\g off with a number of horses, turned and dashed away . • ..


. . 12 THE LIBERTY BOYS . PRIVEN BACK before the redcoats knew that ieinforcements were coming. Not all the Liberty Boy s knew it, but they new that Dick had gooa reason s . for retreating, and obeyed without question, as they a lways did. In a time they heard the thunde1 o f hoofs behind them and knew that something was happening. "The redcoats were coming up when I sounded the call," said Dick. "Now they are after us." Away went the gallant fellow s at full speed and shortly came to a cro ss-roads, one branch of which led past the sc hoolhouse. Dick .sent half the boy s one way and took the other half with him toward the sc hoolhou s e, later dividing his force again and sending half by a detour to the camp. He caught sight of a body of redcoats coming on after him, and went on at a gallop. He had a company of well-mounted boys with him and he felt no fear, knowing that he .ould distance the enemy, whose horses were already beginning to show signs of giving out. Arriving at the sc hoolhou se he put his boys behind it and sent a number i?ts ide, sc hool not bei_ng in session at that. time. As the redcoats came up the boy s in the log building opened fire upon them and those behind it came swarming out on both sides, giving the appearance of a con siderable body. Then a shout was heard, and a number of the neighbo1 s came hUJ.ying to the scene from different directions, having heard the sound of firing.These joined the I,iberty Boys, and the redcoats, not knowning how many there were behind, fell back. Some had gone after the other detachments and had lost their way, and that brought against Dick was left to itself and fell back as the rallied began to pursue them. The. boys all reached the camp at length without having lost any of their number, and then settled down for the evening, those who had remained behind being greatly interested in the accounts given by the rest of their adventures. There was no alarm from the redcoats, who had returned to the camp, Pan Hunter riding in after dark and saying that they had 'fallen back from where Dick had seen them, some of the neighbors having ridden that way to reconnoiter. After Dan had g9ne honie, the boys occupied themselves in various ways till bedtime, and in a shott time all was dark and still in the camp. Late that night Walter Jennings, hearing some one coming, gave the usual challenge and was :fU'ed upon by some one behind a bush. He returned the fire and boys were aroused, the fires flaring up and the whole camp being a scene of excitement and bustle. Then some of the boys heard a man running away and shots were fired at him, a detachment going in pursuit. They found his tracks on the road and in the woods, and knew at once that their n octurnal visitor was the club-footed man. They did not pursue him to any great distance after this discovery, but Dick c autioned them to be on the lookout fo r him, and if they heard him again to fire without a challenge. At an early hour, . Dick, Bob and a number of the boys set out to reconnoiter, meeting with someof the n eighbors, half a mile from camp. These men reported that the redcoats had fallen back from their old position, but t1iat I s ome men coming in from another direction had told them that the enemy we:re gathering near the New Garden Quaker meeting hou se, distant a few miles from Guilford. Lee was posted near New Garden and would keep a watch upon the enemy, an to tell him irhat he had learned. There was every chance that the battle would not be long delayed, but no one see med de sirous of making the first move for fear of making a mistake. CHAPTER IX.-The Two M;en Seen . During the day, Dick went out with three or. four of the boys, when they came upon the tracks of a club-footed man along the road, coming out of a swamp wood. "There are that fellow's tracks," said Dick, "but I do not know if we will s ee him or not, as we don't know how long it is since he has come this way." "They seem to be quite fresh, captain," remarked Jack, as they went on, seeing the tracks quite plain. "Yes, so they do, but I suppose if he sees us he will run." "But why should he if he i s a good patriot?" asked Ben. "He has nothing to fear from us if he is one." "Half crazy people are timid," replied Sam. "They always seem to be afraid that some one is going to hurt them." "Sam is right," said Dick, "and .that is the reason why the man always runs, a nd w.hy he locks himself up in a cave, no doubt." "Hallo I there he is now!" whispered George, as the boys turned a bend in the road where there were many trees. Sitting on a stump at the side of the road was the man who had caused so much thinking among the Liberty Boys. He was mun"ching a crust of bread and had a little jug of water at his feet and looked up in a half-frightened manner as the boys halted before him. "Good evening, captain," he sa:id. "I was tak ing a bite by myself . . Sorry I can't invite you to my mansion, but it's undergoing repairs just now and it's not fit for gentlemen." . "Are you Elisha Logan?" asked Dick. "Yes, captain, that's me, but I'm generally Lishe," with a silly chuckle . "Then who is Amindab Logan?" "Donno, captain; never heard tell of him," laughing in his silly fashion and tearing at the bit of hard bread in his hand with his teeth. "You don't know him, then?" "I surely don't. Pap's name was Joshua, uncle's was Nehemiah, and gran'dad's was H a bakkuk. Never heard o' no 'Minidab among our folk s," and the man laughed again. His eyes were shifty and had the look of de ficient mentality, and his whole manner showed him to be only about half-witted, as Dick had noticed before . "Why do you come to our camp of nights and fire at our boys?" Dick asked s uddenly. . "I don't, captain," in a frightened manner. "Never go out nights. I'm sca1e4 to," laughing. J


'\ ::; "' ' ' .... ' r THE LIBERTY BOYS DRIVEN BACK 13 / "When rm late in the evening getting home I call my wildcat to take care o' me. Wouldn't dast to be away from home after dark." "Have you a brother, Logan?" "Brother? No, I hain't. What would I do with a brother? It's all I can do to look after myself. Folks say s I'm s illy. He, he he! I'd be twice as silly if I had a brother." "Then w.lJ.o is the club-footed man whose tracks have been seen around our camp more than once at night?" "Donno, captain. 'Twan't me . I'm a good patriot, captain. See, let. tel.I. you something," in a whisper. "Cornwallis is gomg to attack the ger.eral to-morrow!" "Are you s ure of this?" Dick asked. "Sartin sure. They're hangin' off from New Garden but Cornwallis is going to send away all his' heavy baggage and sic k folks, and is making ready to have a big :fj.ght. You see!" and the man gave a foolish kind of laugh and bit at the bread in hi s hand. "But who is .this club-footed man who hangs about our camp?'. ' looking s hai;ply at the man. . " I donno, captain; I surely don't. I'm a good patriot myself. Why, didn' t I pick up the boy and take him to my cave and keep him safe when folks was tryin' to murder him?" "Yes, but you would not give him to me when I asked for him." " That1s 'cause I was scared to, captain," with his sill y chuckle. "I left him where you could get him, didn't I? He, he, he! I've got two doors to my house, a hind and a front one. But I wouldn't hurt him, captain, and I would not hurt any good patriots. Sssh ! li sten I Tarleton is with Cornwallis, an' Hessian s an' Yagers and Webster and a lot. I've seed 'em a ll and I'll tell you, but I wouldn't tell every body." Then the man raised the jug of water to his lips and washed dO'Wn his dry repast, laughing and chuckling when he had finished. "Well, Elisha, since you know so much I wish you would find this club-footed man who hangs about our camp and bring him to us. It is for your own -safety, for we m ight mistake you for him s ome time and shoot you. " "He; he, he! that would be a good joke on me, wouldn't it, captain? But I don't dast to go out at night, so I wouldn't be there." -"Well, you keep a lookout for him and let us know when you see him. A s long as he is not caught it is not safe for you, for the people about here are down on him and say they will shoot him on sight,. and they may take you for him." "All right, captain, I'll look out," and the man aros e and stumped off down the road, pres entl.-entering the W.JJOds. "What do you think of him, captain?" asked Jack. "Seemed as crazy as a loon, didn't he?" "Yes, and no one could harm a man in that condition. Ai;id, then, he had no weapons of an y sort. The man that came to our camp and that tried to waylay you boys the other night, when little Willie was lost, .had a rifle and pisbl s." ' "Oh, there are two of them, all right, but they can't be brothers." "Unless this one i s s o fooli s h that he forgets he has one," suggested Ben, "and that seems hardly credible." "No, not when he remembers the names of all his relatiohs," declared Dick. "Possibly the man is a cou s in, his name being the same." "Yes, but this fellow ought to remember that, . and he did not know any one with club-feet." "The whole thing is a puzzle," murmured Dick. "The man has given us information of the enemy and he did take care of little Willie Hunter. We must find the other, and then the matter may be explained." The boys rode on. to New Garden, and here Dick saw Lee, under whom he hadbeen serving for s ome little time, and told him what Lishe Logan had said. "Who is the man, captain?" Light Horse Harry asked. "He i s a puzzle, sir," Dick answered, and then he related, briefly, what he had learned of the man in the past; few days. "It i s a singular case, captain. I have heard of Clubby Logan mys elf, but I did not knbw what his chi stened name was. He may be no relation whatever to this other, although the name and the club-feet would naturally make one think he was." • "Yes, but whether he is or not we must find him, and I intend to do so without delay." "Yes, you ought to do it, if only for the sake of this crazy fellow, who seems to be harmless enough." "I certainly shall, colonel." "You had better bring up the Liberty Boys to-night so as to be here in the morning," Lee added. "If the enemy advances we must be ready to meet him." "Very well, sir. we will move our camp as soon after I get back as is convenient." It was dus k when the boys were riding through the wooded road where the boy s had been fired upon, and suddenly Dick heard a suspicious sound, the pulling of a trigger. "Duck, boys !" he hiss ed, darting forward. Crack! A bullet flew just above Dick's he-ad and then hurried footsteps were heard going up the road. "After him, boy s ! " he shouted. "There i s that club-footed scoundrel. We must catch h i m at all risks!" Leaving tbe trees and coming out into the open there was light s ufficient for them to see a heavy, thick-set man with club-feet ra'cing up the road. The boys fired as they dashed on, the bullets striking the rough rail fence just behind the man, who suddenly leaped through a break and hurried toward a little hut where there was a light. . "After him, boys!" cried Dick, and the boys followed him through the break in t!;ie fence toward the hut. The fugitive had a rifle slung over hi s shoul der and made remarkably good time for one so deformed, darting into the hut witJ:t the spee d of a hare. The boys came up and surrounded the place, Dick calling out: "Hallo, the hou se!" "What do you want?" demanded an old woman, coming ti the door. "There i s a man in here who is a Tory ani:l. a


l !I ' I \ 14 ,. THE LIBERTY BOYS DRIVEN BACK mu1derer. He has just fired upon. us from a hiding place, and it is not the :first ,time, either. He hashung around our camp night after n ight aii.d has :fired upon us :inore than once. He is club-footed and his name is Logan." "The rebels want you, 'Minidab," said the old woman, as if to some one inside. -"Then let them come after me!" growled a deep ,' gruff voice. It's a pity I missed them!" "If you harbor this man, ma'am," said Dick, "you will be equally respon s i9le with him. We do not wish to harm you. Come out and we will take the fellow ourselves. " "I ain't a-harborin' of no one, young gentlemen, but I wouldn't advise you to come in while he's in this rampageous state. 'Minidab is a bad man, an' he's got a grutch ag'in rebels." "Bad or not, we mean to have" him, and if we can get him no other way we will get him dead. If he does not come out we will burn the house down about him, so he had better give himself up." , "Burn and be hanged to you!" snarled the man, a\>pearing in the door for an instant with a shotgun his hand and a rifle over his shoul der. The light shone on his face for a moment, and while it bore a certain resemblance to of the man they had met in the afternoon, it was different in many ways. The eyes were glittering, the mouth firm and well set, and ever fea; ture showed determination, cruelty and craft. Dick did not fire for fear of hitting the old woman, and in a moment the man was gone. "Come out, ma'am," said the young patriot, pistol in hand. "We 111.o not wish to harm you, but this man shall not escape. Is he your son?" "Yes, he's my son. 'Minidab, you'd better give yourself up. The rebels is $ot upon it." "Let them come and take me, then!" and the light sliddenly . went out, leaving the place in darkness. "Get torches, boys," said Dick, who would not ask any of them to enter the hut in the dark at the risk of having a bullet in his head. "Watch the back, boys!" There were shrub pines not far away, and Ben Spurlock cut a number of branches for torches, lighting one with a sulphur match. The old woman came out, saying, in a cracked voice: "l hope you won't burn the hovel on me, gentlemen. My son is a bad man, but I ain't a-harborin' of him. He don't come here once a year, an' I'd be nothin' loth if he never comes. " The boys were all supplied with torches now, but there was no sound in the hut and the silence seemed ominous. "Have you two ma'am?" asked Dick. "No, only the one, and he's a curse. Don't bu.rn down my poor old home, young gentlemen." "Who is Elisha Logan, a man with club feet, who wanders about the woods and lives in a cave?" . , "A poor foolish feller who never done no harm to no one. If he was my son there'd be no com plaint." Just then there was a shout from a bit of woods at a little distance. "Burn away, rebels!" called the man that had lately been in the hut. "You haven't got Clubby Logan and you won't get .him!" .D.ick ran into the hut, torch in'hand, some of the boys following. Over in one corne r was a n open trap, which had been covered with rubbish that kept it hidden. The man had entered this, made his way out and under the hut to a s hol'.t distance, and had then come out and made for the woods. Dick and the boys went out and found a dry well about thirty feet from the hut, in a clump of bushes, the top being off and fresh tracks in the sand leading toward' the '\\-!Oods . The old woman had di sappeared, and whether she knew how the man had escaped or not d id no .matter s o long as he was gone. The boys threw away their torches, mounted their horses and rode off at a gallop. "Well, we've seen both of them," said Jae'\{. CHAPTER X.-The Beginning of the Guilford Fight. A part of the mystery was s olved, and the boys were , satisfied that there were two club footed men in the neighborhood, one of them a dangerous man and the other a harmless, halfwitted fellow, who would not injure any one. The two men looked something alike, " said Dick, "and they may be cousins. The old woman seemed to know Lishe, but spoke very carelessly of him, as if she had very little opinion of him." "She did not seem at all proud of the other one," muttered Ben. "No, she did not. I don't know if she knew this way out of the hut or not, but it does not matter now." The Liberty Boys were greatly surprised at which Dick and the others told them, but as they were going away in a short time, there was little time to talk about it. After supper, the boys made ready, breaking camp, packing the baggage and getting under way in a short time. Arriving near New Garden they made their camp close to that of Lee, whom Dick saw soon after their. arrival, telling him of their meeting with the double of the club-footed man. "That is the man who has hung about our camp," he said. "He is a dangerous fellow and mu t be gotten rid of without delay." Dick returned to his own camp, where the boys were greatly excited ovei the prospect of meeting the enemy before long, and could a l k of little else. After the boys were well sett led in camp, Dick set out on hors eback to ieconnoiter, wishing to find out what he could about the enemy. He was proceeding cautiously, having gone some little di stance, and seeing lights anea d of him which might be the enemy's camp-fires, went on slowly and with caution, not knowing when some sentry might spring out upon hi'm. had reached the graveyard belonging to the meeting-house, he heard a rustling in the bushes on the other side of the wall enclosing the bury ground. He slipped off his horse and crept forward to the wall, . the noise increasing. "Who is there?" he asked, sharply, suddenly leaping up as he reached the wall. There was a startled exclamation, such as he had heard before, and he saw a man glide be< hind a stone and. heard hurried footsteps. "That is Clubb)I Logan," he said. fellow .


.. THE LIBERTY BOYS DRIVEN BACK 15 was watching, and if I had not sprung up when I did he would have fired, but I startled him." He heard the footsteps for a few moments, and then saw the man making off, there being light enough to outline his figure against the sky. He returned to the road, jumped into the saddle and rode on, passing the meetinghouse and at last coming to a tavern by the roadside, where he saw a number of men through the windows. • There were no redcoats that he could see, but he left Major on the farther side o . f the road and. ad-. vanced cautious ly, not knowing whom he might encounter 'f he entered hurriedly. He entered the vestibule and stood still• for a moment, listening to the buzz of conversation in the room beyond. There -was a door at one side, partly open, and behind this he suddenly heard a gruff voice say: "The rebel was coming this way, but I don't know how far he intended to go. I'd like to catch him and cut his throat." / The voice was that of the man who had escaped from Dick twice that evening. " Would he come here do you think, Logan?" "He would if he thought he could learn anything of the enemy. I took a short cut across field s and got ahead of him. He ought to be here shortly." Dick pus hed open the door and stepped into a little room off the bar, where two men were sitting, drinking punch and smoking long clay pipes. , " I a m her e now, you scoundrel!" he said. "What do you want of me?" The club footed man suddenly upset the stand holding three c andle s and threw the place in darkness. Then he suddenly rus hed out, s lamming the d oor behind him. Dick stepped into the outer passage and then into the taproom, whe r e he saw Logan coming in a nd shouted: "Di ck S later, the r ebel, i s here; there i s . a rewar d for h is capture!" "Shut up!" roared one. " Dick Slater i no rebel." " I say he is ! " c r ied another. "Where i s he?" " H ere I a m, gentlemen, " said Dick, q u ietly. "Tha t m a n Lo gan is a mur de rer and a v ill ain. Do y ou admire his company?" Loga n ran out again, and Tories and Whigs, ther e be ing both in the room, began to talk exc itedly. Then, in spite of the tumult, Dick heard the tramp of hors es coming from below and s u s pected that redcoats we r e coming, a s there w ould be no p atriots coming from that direction . He quickly left the place and saw the club footed man looking about, evidently in searc h of' hi s hors e. "Get out of here, you scoundrel!"-Cried Dick. "I know what you are about. You want my hors e, but you could not touch him," and he whistled . . M ajor came trotting across the road, and Logan sprang toward him, but was throw n down in a moment. " E ven a hors e won't have anything to do with you, " said Dick . "Get up! If you are found around here in another hour you will be taken out and hanged. I would not stain my hands with such a fellow." The man s qu irmed away along the ground for several yards, moving as rapidly as a serpent, and then s uddenly sprang up and das hed away. Then Dick lfeard the clatter of hoofs more distinctly and sprang into .the saddle, as he saw the gleam of scarlet uniforms down the road. There were not many of the redcoats, but he did not wi s h to ris k capture, and he rode rapidly away as he heard the club-footed man shout: "Hallo! there goes Dick Slater, the rebel ipy, catch him!" • He heard an answering shout and then a thunder of hoofs as the redcoats came chasing after him, but he had no fear of being taken now artd so quickly distanced his pursuers that they soon gave up the chase. "This wa!l a scouting party, no doubt," he i;aid, as he rode on, "and they will not remain there long. It was as well that I heard them coming, however." He heard no suspicious .sounds and went on less rapidly, reaching the camp at length and telling Bob what had . happened. "That fellow is bound to make all the trouble he can, isn't he?" said Bob. "He's a slippery chap, but he'll get to the end of his rope one of thes e days." "Yes, I tlJink he will, but there are many things that puzzle me regarding him yet." "Oh, well, we have other things to think about just now," with a shrug, "and he's only a rascally Tory, after all." There were other things to think about, as Bob had s aid, and the affair of the club-footed Tory was di s mi s sed for the time. Before dawn Dick and a number of the boys rode off toward New Garden to see if the i nfoi:.mation given by Lishe Logan would prove to be correc t, and if s o to warn Lee without delay. Shortly before daybreak, Dick . heard the of a large body of men advancing, and went on cautiously till he was certain that they were the enemy com ing on tow ard the meeting-hou se. "They w ill not s top there," he said to Bob. "The fooli s h fellow told u s the truth, and we they so o n gave up the chase. There were cavalry in t h e advance and Dick was c ertain that the y w e r e Tarleton's the Loya:t Britis h Legion, as it was t alled, being among the fine s t bod ies of hors e under Cornwalli s . "Ta'rleton i s in the advance guard," said Dick. " Lee w ill be glad to know this , for he will want t o fight the 'Butcher' more than any one . " "The Liberty Boy s will be glad to meet him als o," muttered Bob. The boy s had met Tarleton before, and they neve r los t a chance to give him all the punis h ment they could, so that Bob spoke only the truth. Dick waited till ab s olutely certain that T:;irleton's cavalry formed the advanced guard and then.hurried back to tell Lee the new s . Light Horse Harry Lee, with hi s cavalry, was nea r the meeting-hou se, ready to meet the enemy when the van of Cornwalli s ' army appeared. The Liberty Boy s were with the brave Virginian, and upon the appearance of Tarleton, with his cavalry, a bodY. of light infantry and some Yagers moved forward to begin the attack, Lee following clo s e behind with Armstrong, Rudolph and Eggleston in the van. It was Lee' s purpos e to get Tarleton a s far from Cornwalli s and as near to Greene a s they could, and he sent in structions to Dick to fall back after the first


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS DRIVEN BACK attack. Then a slow retreat was t o be begun with the hope o f leading on the leader. Dick understood thi and quickly informed the boys as they das hed a ead with _ all vigor, sh outing their battl.e-cry. "Charge, Liberty Boy s ! " shouted Dick , waving his sword. "Down with Ta1leton ! Down with the He&,sians ! Scatter the redcoats!" Of all the foreign troops that were fighting ihe Americans, the Y agers were the most de spis ed by the fLiberty Boys, being cruel, rapaciou s and vicious, and they now determined to punish these fellows even if they did retreat immediately. With a rush, the brave boy s bo:i;e down upon the enemy, di scharging their muskets with greatra pidity a:qd causing many gaps. to appear in the ranks of the redcoats, as well as creating consternation among the Yagers. Tarleton was preparing to bring up his cavalry and scatter the daring boys when Dick suddenly gave the signal agreed upon, and in a moment the whole troop wheeled in good order and dashed away. Armstrong, who was in the van of Lee's force, understo o d the move and began to fall back s lowly, letting the gallant boys pass through. Tarleton, thinking t o caus e a rout, pressed forward with his cavalry, Armstrong falling back sl o wly, but keeping up the fight. The charge had little effect, owing t o the dogged resistance of the patriot, and Tarleton made a second one, his men emptying their pistols and coming on with the greatest determination. Suddenly, h o wever, Lee, with all his legion, and the Liberty Boys, advancing in close column, turned upon the enemy. Lee, Rudolph and Eggleston, with Dick Slater and his brave Liberty Boys, all bore down upon Tarleton, who quickly sounded a retreat,. well knowing the superiority of the h orses o f the Americans. His own horses had been taken fro m the plantations in South Carolina, and c o uld n o t be compared in size and strength with those o f Pennsylvania and Vir ginia, which had furnished Lee's horses. The momentum of the larger horses was much greater when meeting in a charge, they had, therefore, a great advantage over the smaller ones. The Liberty Boys orses were all northern animals, and thi s fact accounted for Dick's success in charging and in making rapid moves from place to place. -' , Only 1 one front section of the British cavalry met the s hock, and these were all di smounted and most of the h orses prostrated. Some of the dragoons were killed and a number made prisoners, while the patriots lost neither man no1 horse. Tarleto n quickly withdrew with the remainder of his corps, the Liberty Boys raising a tremendous cheer, which was taken up all along the line. Lee now endeavored to cut off Tarleton's retreat, and pushed forward, meeting the head of the main body of the British army among the lofty oaks near the meeting-house. The enemy poured in a tremendous volley a d Lee fell back, his infantry and Campbell's rifle men coming up and pouring in a well-directed fhe, a general actio n speedily ensuing. "Give them all the trouble y ou can, boys," said Dick. " We may have to fall back before superior numbers before long, s o we may have all the exercise we can." They did and made a fine runnin2' fu:rht. pour\ in g in v olley after volley, while covering the ietreat of the infantry and falling back themse lve s , getting away in safety without the lo ss of a boy or a horse. During this skirmishing, Greene had been preparing for battle and before long the real fight at Guilford Courthouse took place. CHAPTER XI.-A Hard-Fought Battle. From Guilford Courthouse the g r ound s loped abruptly to the south, terminating in a broken vale, through which ran a small sfream in a very winding course. Around the courthouse there we1e b road clearings, which extended southward along the great Salisbury road, on either side of wh ich , and crossing it at s ome distance from the courthouse, was a lofty oak forest, in the southern border of which, _ and concealed by a fence and some dwarf trees, the North Carolina fo1ces lay in waiting. These consisted of militia, riflemen and volunteers, the whole under the command of Generals Butler and Eaton and were very strongly posted, much being ex pected of them. Within the woods, about three hundred ya1ds the first line, fee second was posted, cons)sting of the Virginia militia unde1 Stevens ana Lawso n, the flanks resting on the road. The Continental infantry were drawn up near the courthouse in the field on the north si de of the l'l • ad, the remainder of the troops, under Greene, being near at hand. Lee's Legion, Kirkwood's Delawares, Gunby's Marylanders and the Liberty Boys had all had long experience, but many were militia and new recruits, lacking dis cipline, although they had good leaders . Shortly before noon the British army was seen coming on, being in sight for some distance and presenting a splendid appearance with their scarlet uniforms and their burnished arms, the un cluded sun shining brightly upon them and show fog them at their be s t. As they came on, the artillery of the patriots, posted in the road, opened upon them, but with little effect. They replied to this with their artillery, but also with little damage being done. The battle now began in earnest, Cornwallis advancing slowly and cautiously, knowing his inferiority in numbers and taking no needless risks. After some cannonading, Cornwalli s pushed forward and attacked the North Carolinians con cealed behind -the fence, Leslie, Webster and Nor ton, all experienced fighters, with a number of Hessians assisting, leading the van. Firing a heavy volley, the enemy resorted to the bayonet and rushed on with a loud shout, the greater part of the North Carolinians becoming panic stricken and fleeing in terror, although not a man had been even wounded. Some of Eaton's men remained firm, and falling back in orderly manner upon Lee's Legion and Campbell' s rifle men, maintained their ground bravely. Butler and Eaton, with the help of Davie, a brave fighter, tried to rally the fugitives, but without success, for throwing away their muskets, knapsacks and even canteens, they rushed. through the wood s like frightened sheep till past the scene of danger. Had they done their duty the result of the battle would undouhteillv h

.-THE LIBERTY BOYS DRIVEN BACK 17 .far different, for those who remained fought so manfully that Leslie was obliged to call upon Norton for support. Lee W

18 LIBERTY BOYS DRIVEN BACK of a tumbling stream, and here the brave fellow s who had given their ljves for their country were laid to rest, the wounded 109ked after and taking a needed rest after the heat and exCitement of battle. "Well, we were in hard luck, " muttered Bob, sitting in front of his tent, cleaning his pistols , "for we did the best we could . It was a hot fight on both sides." "Yes, and the enemy showed great deteunination in spite of the odds against them," replied Dick, who was not one to belittle a foe. "We had many things against u s , and tl;ien Greene could not sacrifice his army to gain a victory. Cornwallis must have lost many more men than we did." " Yes, and in one way it was a victory for him, but at terrible cost." The boys were saddened at the los s of their comrades, and the ca'mp was a quiet place when evening set in, the ares being lighted more for comfort than for the cheery look they gave, the boys sitting around them, talking in low tones or saying nothing as they thought of those who had left them and would never again fight under the starry banner of their beloved country. The pickets were set, but there was little chance of any enemy appearing, and it was only from force of habit and from being always vigilant that this was done. The only foe s to be feared _were prowling camp follower s, those human vultures that hover about the trail of an army, seeking plund,er, and Dick was not certain that any Df these ould appear, although .he ordered the cu stomary vigilance to be observed . . It was som e time after dark when Dick, mounting his noble black, set out from the camp to look about him, see if there were any of the enemy in sight, and keep a lookout for any of those e vi l stragglers who always follow in the wake of an army. There was a moon, but there were many trees along the road and sometimes its light was hidden and the road was quite dark. He had gone some little distance when h _ e heard voices ahead of him and, going on cautiously, saw in the lighter part of the road ahead of him where the moon s hone, two men, one with a bag over hi_s s houlder. "Tl.ere wasn't very much to be picked up," this one said. "The redcoats generally have watches and rings and trinkets, but there was little to be had." "The rebels would yield still less,'' laughed the other, and Dick recognized the voice as he now knew the tread of Logan, the Tory. CHAPTER XII.-A Strange Meeting. It was evident that the two men had been plundering the dead, from their own story, and they were no doubt ready to do more of the same evil work if Ql!.POrtunity offered. are you men going?" asked Dick, coming out into the light, his pistol in his hand ready to fire if attacked, but not making the first move. "We've been to a mill and are returning with our l!'rist." said one of the men, the other fall-ing back . a little and making a suspicious move with his right hand. "If I see you raise your hand, Logan," said Dick, shortly, "I will fire. I know what you are up to. You men have been robbing the dead, and you would not hesitate to kill the living if you thought it would profit you any. Get away from here at once and leave that bag, or I will not be responsible for the con sequences." "What do you want with grist, captain?" muttered the man with the bag on hi s shoulder. "You aren't out foragin', are you? I'm a good rebel like yourself and--" "You ate a sneaking Tory and worse!" cried Dick, out of patience. "You are a ghoul, a vulture, a harpy, you are everY.thing that i s vile and contemptible. You have been robbing the dead, and no real patriot would do that. You are not of u s, for we do not call ourselves rebels. Stop that, Logan!" The club-footed man was behind the man with the bag and was about to fire over the latter's shoulder. Dick fired on the instant, taking off the Tory robber's hat and causing him to beat a hasty retreat. Then the men with the bag dropped in and ran, both men being s oon out of sight: Dick did not fire again, but picked up the bag and put it on the saddle in front of him, riding on and keeping his eyes and tars open for anything suspicious. He at length came to a little tavern by the wayside, where he saw a of men drinking and playing cards, there being considerable noise in the place. He rode up to where he could look at the open window and saw the club-foot man and another sitting at a table drinking and smoking. The sec ond man presently s poke, and Dick recognized him as the man who had been with Logan, never forgetting a face or a voice. "The fellows are plotting more mi s chief,'' he said to himself. "Their every look s tells that. If I knew what it was L would it." There was little u s e , of his trying to catch much of their conversation in all the noi s e and confusion of the place, and he had about given it up when the entrance of a party of men caus ed a sudden silence and he heard Logan say: "The tower window on the east s ide. That's .the place to enter arid get at old Grubb's strongbox." "Very well, at midnight, then." The noi se began again and Dick knew that it was u s ele ss to try to hear anything more of importance. He rode away quietly, without being ob served, and began to think of what he had heard. He rode on well past the tavern and was thinking of returning when he saw a light above the trees at a short distance, which he at first took to be a star, but at once saw that it was not. "That's a light in an upper window," he said, and went on. Then he saw the light plainer, and by the moonlight saw that it was at the top of a round tower forming part of a hous e standing among the trees. "That be the place,'' he said to himself. "I don't remember a house of that sort anywhere else about here. That i s a tower all right, but they surely won't attempt to get in at that win-


THE LIBERTY BOYS DRIVEN BACK 19 do w so far abo v e the g r ound ? A cat c ould not reach it." Riding o n and getting a be tter vi e w of the tower, he saw on t he eas t s ide, w bere the moon sh one brightly, a small windo w not m ore than ten feet from the ground. "Neither o f t ho s e men w ill find it possi b le to get in there, " he said to hims elf. "They are both big men, and I w ould find it difficult to enter at that windo w mys elf. They must have s ome other p lan. " He w e n t on a little farther and saw a broad door i n the main p art of the hous e, not very far from t he t o w e r , and it was likely tha t the hall opened into the latter, a winding stairway leading t o the rooms abo v e. He could s ee no light a ny.whe r e el s e i n the hou s e and was wondering h o w he c ould communic ate with the inmates when he hear d some one coming along the road. There were two of them on foot, and as they came in fron t of the gate and saw the light in the tower, one of them said: "There's old Grubb working away at his books and studying ho w to make more money, the old skinfli n t ! " T he light i n the tower was the only sign of life about the place, and whether there was any one be si de s the old man in the hou s e Dick c ould not tell. He went to the gates, finding them lo c ked, but a s there was a bell at one s ide he p u lled t his, hearing the sound of ringing somewhere within the house. He waited a few mo me nts and then heard the door open and saw a li g h t. . "Who i s there?" asked a high, cracked vo ic e, and Dick saw an old woman, with a candle in her hand. "Will you c ome to the gate, ma'am? I would rather talk t o you here t ha,n at a di stance." It ' was about thirty feet from the door to the gate , a n d n o w the old woman came hobbling down the steps a nd a long the walk, muttering: "Many don ' t t a k e the trouble to ring the bell, but jump o ve r t he wall. He was not u s ed to s u ch c i vility, an d I tell the master that we had better take d own the gate or make 1the wall higher ." The old lady w a s at the gatE! and Dick could see that she w a s shrunken and wrinkled and ben t , and pas t seventy years, apparently. Dick dis mounted , s tood clo s e to the gate, which was o f iron, a nd sai d , in a low tone: "Can y o u h ear me? I would like to see Mr. Grubb, but if you a r e the houseke eper and will tell h i m , it w ill d o just a s well." " Ye s, I h e a r you and-!T)y; but you 're a rebel! Master w on't have a nything to say to rebel s . H e hates the m a m azi n g. There's no u s e trying t o tilk to him. He won't li sten." The light o f the c a ndle fell on Dic k's uniform, and the si g h t of it c a u s ed the old woman to ex as she had . / . "It d oe s no t matte r v ery mu c h, " r ejoined Dick. "There is to b e an attempt at robbery here tonight, a n d y ou m u s t tell him to wat ch the lo wer t o w e r w i ndow yonder. It is to be e ntered and then p robably the door will be opened , and the men w ill ente r and go to the room where Mr. Grubb keep s his strongbox." " M y! but how do you know all this, young sir, u n le ss you are one of the robbers yours elf?'! , "!. o:verheard the. :qien talking about it at th. e tavern, back here on this road, and came to warn your ma$ter." "Dear me! the terribl e villains! And to think that I have b een here in the hou s e for sixty. years and that I have lived to see this day! I will t ell master, young sir, but he will never believe it n o r s ee . you. He has a hatred of all reb el s . Maste r Wilfrid joined the!T), s o it was s ai d , and master w on ' t have anything to do with them.'' are rebel s and rebel s , I s uppose, Mrs. Gladding," said a shar p voice and, looking up, Dick saw s ome one at the w all, having approached unheard till that mom ent. " Bles s my heart! if it ain't master!" ejaculated the old woman. "However d i d you come up without our knowing it?" "Have you heard anything of what I have said, sir?" asked Dick, taking a look at the man on the other s ide of the w a ll. "Yes , I have heard it all, and you s eerri to be an hone s t lad. Do you know these men who are going to rob me to-night?" "I know one of them. He i s a club-footed man of the name of Log a n . The other I do not know but he is evil. I have here a bag taken him to-night, containing things stolen from dead soldiers." "H'm! Logan, e-h? I know the scoundrel! !t he led my son astray and got him mto his evil ways. He is a thief, a murderer, they s ay, but an outlaw at any rate." "I don't know their plans, sir," continued Dick "but they spoke of the east window in the towe; at twelve o'clock to-night. They may bring a s mall boy with them, for no one el s e could get in at t hat window, and the next one " is too h igh. Keep a watch upon. tllE! .scoundrels, but, a s you may need help, I will brmg some of the Liberty Boys here to-night and we will see that the ruffian s do not do any mischief." . The n, mounting .Major, Dick rode away, lookrng bac]c after a little and seeing the light still burning in the tower window. CHAPTER XIII.-The End of An Evil Life. Reaching the camp of the Liberty Boys without further adventure, there being the same crowd in the tavern a s when he had jt before, Dick called Bob and Mark into-his -i;ent and opened the bag which the robber had dropped. They found pistols , rings, watches and trinkets and purs es containing gold coins, but in most ca s e s there was no way of identifying these article s , s ome of them having monograms or an initia l, very few having the name of the owner anywhere about them. Dick then told how he had come into possession of the bag and of the plot to rob .the old Tory, and of his visit to the hou s e. "Most of the Tories I have met would have had nothing to say to you, Dick," muttered Bob. "And would have accused him of being in the plot, besides , " laughfld Mark. "This man Grubb seem s to be a different sort from the average.'' "There must be some good men among the Tories ," said Dick. "This man is mistaken in his ideas and may be too old to c:IJ.ange them.


I • • 20 THE LIBERTY BOYS DRIVEN BACK I must sa" that he treated me very courteously and was glad of our assistance. We must be there; as I promis ed, and prevent this robbery. " Allowing a good hour to get to hous e with the tower, which was more than enough, Dick a .. l Bob set out with a dozen of the Liberty Boys, riding with as little noise a s pos s ible, and saying nothing while on the way. Passing the, tavern, they found the place dark and still, not a -light showing anywhere about, and then went on cautiously and with little noi se tJ the house of the old Tory. Putting their horse s in the shade of the trees, some of the boys, led by Dick, leaped the wall and disposed themselves in dif ferent places about the grounds in sight of the walk and the tower, Bob and three or four of the boys remaining outsi de hidden in corfenient places. The boys had not been hidden more than a few minutes when the hoot of an owl -was heard, this being the signal to Dick that some one was coming. Presently the bark of a fox was heard, and then Dick, in the bus he s close to the tower, saw two men get-over the wall, having a boy with them. "I don't believe my grandfather live s here at all,'' said the boy. "You want to rob the place. I won't have anything to do with it. When ever you meet this man with the clubbed feet you do some wrong. I won't have anything to do with it!. You' have tried to make me bad be fore, bt I won't do it. I will give the alarm. Hallo! hallo!" and the boy suddenly _ broke a way from his two conductors, ran up the step s , seized the heavy brass knocker which he could just manage to reach and sounded a clamorous summons on the heavy oaken door. "Confound you for a young villain, I will serve you out for that!" cried the man whom Dick knew now to be the scapegrace s on of_ the old Tory, and, whipping out a pistol, he aimed it at the boy's head and fired. The bullet struck the door abo ve the knocker, for Dick suddenly leaped from his hiding place and threw up the man's arm, thus spoiling his aim. The boys rushed out and two of them seized Logan. He drew a pistol and tried to fire at the boys, but struck his accomplice instead, the bullet penetrating the man's brain. Then he proke away from hi s captives , being a powerful man, and ran swiftly toward the wall. There was a shot from the little window as Logan was leaping over, and he fell into tJ:!e road on his head. When the boy s picked him up he was dead, having broken his neck. He was taken away, and.then Dick turned his attention to the boy who had given the alarm. "Was this your father?" he asked. "Yes, but he was not me; he left my ... . ;;..L........ • t , mother to die among strangers and tried to make me steal and lie, but my mother always told me not to do it. What has happened? Why doesn't he speak? Did that ugly -man hurt him?" "Yes, he will not speak any more." At that moment the old hou sekeeper-and the proprietor of the place came out, the old woman taking the boy in her arms. "Bless hi s heart!" she said. " Come with me, my boy,' ' said the old man. ("This is your home. I am your grandfather. I do not think you will find me so terrible. So they could not make you steal? Well, there is no need, but we will say nothing about that. Your father was mistaken. And your mother i s dead? I am sony for that. We will try and make you happy here, and I don't think 'you will find me so bad. You are a good boy and we will try to keep you so. Come in, it i s col

THE LIBERTY B Q YS OF "76" CURRENT NEWS WILD CANARIES IN TOWN "Wild c a n aries have made their appearance in Medford, Ore., the pas t week and are vying with the s parrows and robins in the rus h for food on the s tree t s and lawns , alfoough outnumbered by tho u sands . n a m es o f seve n companions who were adrift with h i m in the Iris h S e a after their ship was torpedo e d in 1917. H e r e, there and elsewhere over the arms , abdom e n , che s t and nec k a r e gay hued drip ping daggers , links , hearts and other things. . The w ild canar y i s not often seen in towns , liking the w o o d s and rural regions best. One theory of t h e i r presen ce is that they have be e n drive n from the hills by the_,.. snow and c old w eather, whi c h shut off their supply of in sects . The wild c a n aries are descendants of tame c a naries that escape d from cages , and are of two s p ec i e s, on e a steel gray color and the other with • bright y e llow backs and steel gray underneath. SNAIL 1S SLOW What d o you suppos e i s the actuai s peed made by a snail in traveling? On e foot in four minutes , or at the rate of one mile in sixteen days , if trav-eling continuously. ' These are figure s given by George Zahnizer, a civil engineer of Newcastle, 0., taken from actual observation. MANY TATTOO MARKS Jacobus A. Van Dyn, sailor, of Johnnesburg, who claims to be the champion tattooed man of the world, has arrived in this city and is taking a res t b etween cruises at -the Seaman's Institute, S e cond and Walnut streets, Philadelphia, Pa. "Ja k e," as he i s known, wears on both shoulders pictur e s of tropical butterflies in full wing.' In the middle of his chest he carries the massed c olors of the Allies . On his inner forearm are the A short time s ince Zahnizer was standing alon g the Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad waiting for a train. He had nothing in particular to do and "killed a little time" by timing a snail wh'ich was creeping al ong the ground. That snail traveled just exactly one foot in four minutes , Mr. Zahnizer says, and compiling di s tance at the rate of travel sho wn, Mr. Zahnizer has figured out that it would require sixteen days for that snail to move a mile. WORTH REA . DING! "MYSTERY MAGAZINE" Handsome Colored Covers, Sixty-four Pages of Reading Matter, Fine Illustrations, and Good Type THE STORIES Mostly detective, mystery and the occult kind. Then there are some about the underworld characters. All these stories grip your interest and yo . THE ARTICLES They cover every known subject under the sun. They are instructive amusing, and very Many relate to the greatest marvels ever known: THE WRITERS Everything in this magazine is written by the most expert authors, doctors , professors and specialists in the world. And the Price Is Only 10 Cents a Copy! GET ONE NOW! ..... •, • ..:Jlr:..;. .. t.:,


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" HARD TO BEAT -OR-A BOY OF THE RIGHT KIND By RALPH MORTON (A Serial Story.) CHAPTER II. In Trouble. Tom Otis intended fully to obey the of his new-found friend and remain on the seat until his return. He was confused by the great scene of hurry and bustle about him. He did venture to walk to the door of the station and look out into the street. It was to him a wonderful spectacle to see the bustle of the streets and the maze of hurrying taxi-cabs and other vehicle s. He was awed at it all. . Then as he was about to turn back to his seat, he looked for his bag which he had left there. It was Tom had forgotten that this was not Wellair, where people could leave things around safely. He had never dreamed that any one would take the bag while his back was turned that short space of time. Bat some one .had taken it. He looked about the vicinity in a distresse d manner. The bag held his clothe s al\d all the ef fects that h e had in the world. To lose .them was a calamity. ""While he was engaged in looking, an attache of the d ep ot observed him and grinned and walked over. "Well, hayseed," he said, insolently. "What have you Jost? Left something, did you '?" ' 1Yes, my bag," said Tom, in real distress. "Did you see any one take it?" Then an old lady who was seated near, spoke up eagerly: "Young man," she said, "was that your bag that was there on the seat a little while ago?" "It was," Said Tom. "Well, I guess you have lpst it. I saw a man with a brown derby hat on pick it up." "You are a greenhorn, all right," said the station attache, severely. "Don't you know better than to do a thing like that in New York? Why, you can't leave anything ten seconds about here. I will call the cop!" With that, a cop walked over. He asked Tom a few questions. But the old lady persisted that the man who had taken the bag went into the street and that Tom might catch .him if he went after him quick . . Tom did not stop to think of anything else, but

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" 23 ITEMS OF INTEREST ENGLISH SP ARROWS IN ALASKA The English sparrow this spring has invaded Alaska for the first time. Reports received in Seattle, Was h., from Ketchikan say that several pairs of these hardy pioneers have taken up homesteads in awnings there. No one seems to have ever seen any of them there before. For fifty years the English spanow has been gradually working Westward and has b ecome acclimated up and down the Pacific Coast from Mex ico to Alaska. It i s known to have arrived at Philadelphia about 1868 and was first seen in the Pacific Northwest ten years ago. In the Puget S.ound country, it remains all winter and it is likely that it was during the winter that pairs migrated to Alaska or else they made an eas y jump from places in Britis h Columbia. A pest everywhere, tb..ey have made themse lves unusually irksome in tli'e big wharfs and docks in Seattle. They make a large amount of litter in the upper braces of these buildings, the loose matter dropping into freight and express. SURGEON CUTS LIVE WORM FROM HORSE'S EYE One of the mos t remarkable opetations in the history of veterinary surgery has jus t been performed by Dr. George Waddle, Kalamazoo, Mich. , who removed a live worm known as a filiria equine, -from the left eye of a horse. The worm was about two inches in length. It was easily discernible through the enlarged pupil and against the dark background of the retina. It was the firs t eye worm ever found by Dr. Waddle in his thirty-eight years' experience in the United States and Canada, although the affliction is not an extraordinary one in Europe. The operation was exceedingly difficult because of the delicate nature of the tissue, but the worm was extracted in fifteen minutes through the application of local anaesthetics. The surgeon believes that within a short time the horse will recover full use of its eye. The worm is developed from a microsc opic germ carried to the eye by the blood and lodged in the peculiarly formed sac in the equine eyeball until it is fully developed as a worm. The horse is said to be the only animal in which the development of an eye worm is possible. A NOVEL BIRD RAP The Field Museum in Chicago once became infested with a large number of obnoxious spiders. They festooned the ceiling and great columns of the building with yards of their shuttle work. Scrubwomen and janitors tried in vain to rid the of the pests and their work. Finally a small bird, known as the brown creeper, discovered s .tate of things and decided to take up its abode ms1de and assist the authorities in ridding the building of the pests. For several days the bird flitted about very much as it pleased, wagging up and down col-umns and probing its bill into e.very crevice, and he actually carried on a very work. One morning, however, as an official of the museum was passing, an attendant remarked to him that it looked very much as if the bird were d_one for, an_ d a subiect for the museum's collec tion. Glancing in thedirection indicated by the attendant the officer saw that the bird lay panting on its s id e at the bottom of one of the columns. "Catch a fly," said the scientist to hi s attendant, as _he took the into his hands. The fly soon b_emg it was hdd 1m the -point of a pm the bird s beak, and to the surprise of b?th men the creeper bit at it voraciously. That didn't look as if the little fellow were about to die. The scientis t was much perplexed and wondered what was the matter with the bird. turning the bird ove r in his hand, he found 1t. had been in a large spider's ;veb, which had bound the wmg and tail together m a manner as to preclude flyirrg. It looked as if some old, spider had resented the bird's work of: and had purposely en-snared him rn a trap. . 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.. THE LIBERTY . BOYS OF "76" THE IVORY TRADERS . By D. W. STEVENS Tom Luff was first mate and part of the brig Fearles s . and one of the jolliest, boldest tars that ever spun a yarn or reefed a topsail. His craft was in the ivory trade, and s o it happened that one day in. February, after a and tedious voyage, Tom look ed over the taffrail as they entered the Congo and watched the canoes of the natives swarm about the ship with much satisfaction, for lialf his journey was over, and if this trip proved as profitable as the last the sea would know him no more, but sweet Nellie Blinn should double his joys and divide his sorrows in a snug little home far away before another twelve months rolled round. Captain Budds, Tom's sup.erior knew of his mate's hope and longings, and shrewdly determined to utilize them. The ivory trade was very profitable, but the in lapd trip to make the necessary purchases was. a beastly piece of business. Usually the captain had preformed it, taking with him half a dozen of his crew for a guard and a hundred or more river negroes for porter;;, but he desired to escape the hot and dangerous jaunt this time, and with this idea accosted the mate: "Tom, I'm off the hooks-I'm strained, and out of trim. I need docking; and am not fit to make the up -country trip for a week. But the Congo is a bad place to li e longer than one must, and I will tell you what I have been thinkip.g. You might do the buying this time, seeing that you are interested, and in a hurry, t_oo, and let me k eep ship. You will do as well, if not better, than I coul d myself. What say you?" Poor Tom was too deeply in love to hesitate . Anything which would hasten his return home he was willing to do, and so it was arranged that h should depart for the jvory marts the day foll owing. Five of the sailors accompanied him, and with t h em went eighty Congoes, to carry the barter and bring back the purchas e s . Early morning found him upon the move, and with guides, porters and guards , in three days h had penetrated forty mile s into the interior 1 t o the native village of Ovampa, m eeting with no adventure other than the loss of ohe man while c r os sing a stream. . A Ovampa barter was had for two days, and twenty of the blacks turned back with two sailors t o c onvey the ivory purchas ed to the brig . The others continued some fifty miles farther into the country towards Batta, where large st res of the precious commodity were to be had. Here again trade was successful, and almost without an unpleasant moment, aside from the terrible heat, Tom clos ed his purchases, and started with sixty well-laden negroes towards tP.e coast agllin. He. had been absent twelve days; in t w elve d ays more he should be on deck; then stow cargo, 1and away. His heart was joyful. The homeward route was different1 from outward one, being shorter and to the south of the other, passing the country of the Yungos . For ,five days he mov e d steadily onward; for five nights his men s l ep t without alarm. But upon the morning of the sixth day, a Yungo runner overtook him on his way from the hill country to the yillage of Banza, where the chief of -the tribe dwelt, and reported bad news .. The Jinjes , a 'fierce and warlike n -ation from the east, were• approaching the coas t, burning, killing, eating all before them. Already hundreds of captives were in their train; they had sacked the village of Batta, recently visited by the ivory buyers, and knew of. their prese nce in the country; and the cannibal warriors were in hot pursuit of white men. Through all its bronze Tom's f'at::e turned pale. He looked about him. Sixty unarmed, cowardly blacks, now half palsied with fear, three sailors with repeating rifles , and cutlasse s, and himse]j, to protect two thousands pounds ' worth of ivory and their own lives from an army! "How soon will they overhaul us?" he a sked the Yungo. "Before night," the man replied through an in-terpreter. "And they will surely kill u s if they catch us?" he continued. The fellow nodded vigorous ly, and then added: "And eat you, too." Tom turned to his porters. "Every nigger for himse lf. Carry the tusks as far as you can right along the trail towards the river, then hide them in the bushes. Th man that his upon shipboard shall have double pay. Save yourselv es as best you may. Go." Then, addressing himself to the sailors, he said: "Boys , it's not much u s e fighting, and it i s too far to run. We must hide. Perhaps the black thieves may miss u s after all." The inen agreed with him; and having made sure that the porters had disappeared, Luff and his companions turned northwards from the trail, and plunge d into the most impenetrable fores t to see k the deepe s t covert po ssi ble , "It's a poor chance , mates," said Tom, "for those villains ca n follow like hounds; but if the y find u s , we will fight untir we di e , anyhow. Don't let them capture u s , for they are cannibals." The others readil y assented-no m a n l ike s to be cooked and eaten-and they continued their laborious fli ght. An hour brought them to a more open country , and two hours to a great plain covered with tall grass and reeds, n ear the center of which 1ose a castle-like mass of ragge d rocks. Tom uttered a cry of joy. "The very place. If we can scale that, boys, we can defy the beasts e ven if they find u s . We have fifty rounds of ammunition each, and our rifles will carry better than their bow s . Once sheltered in these rocks we are safe. Captain Budds will be after u s with fo rty of the crew if any of our party ev r r e a c h the ship. Come on." New courage inspired the men. ( ( ; ...


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" 25 F ollowi n g the brav e mate, they dashed through the tall grass, thoughtles s alike of reptile or beast that might there lie concealed, and were soon at the f oot of the )ed ge. Then the y survey e d it carefully from all sides, a nd, t o thei r great joy found but one po s sible point of a scent. " S li n g your guns , my hearties!" cried Tom. " Sl ing y ou r gun s and mount." Q u i c kl y ob eying him, they scrambled like monkeys up the ragg e d s i d e, creeping, crawling , climb jng with hands and fee t , until a t las t they stood together upon a little s h elf a lmo s t at the summit. T h e n they h a lted. "There. N ow l e t 'em come!" said Luff, seating h i m s e lf. "Only one a t a time can use tha t stairc a se, a n d w e ' ll ' t end to .him b efore he g e t s h e re. We're out of r ange of their arrows and spear s, a n d b efore they c;m s ta:rv e u s the captain will be here with the rescu e party. Boys , k e ep up a go o d hea1 t . W e are safe. Arrange a watch and put me in, but I mus t rest now," a n d c lo sing his eyes, he was ins.t antly a s l eep. It lacked two hours of night. D ick Longstreet, on e of the men, pro pos ed that both the others s hould als o s l e ep, while he alone wat ched. " O n e's enough," said he, "'and I'll wake ye at moon -rise." S eatin g him self where his eye could cover the c ountry over which they had just passed, the sailor began his v igil. He fel t s u r e tha t the Jinjes would fo llow the m, and he was parti cularly anxious to draw t rigge r c m the first black head tha t appeared in the t a ll gras s bel ow. • L ongstreet had been in Afric a b e fore, and i t was said had s uff e r ed captur e and impriso nment once by so me o f t h es e very c oast tribes . It was revenge which animated t h e m a n now. He had not Jong to wait, for his s u s pi ci on s we1e correct. The Jinjes did follow the m, and just a s the sun di sappeared b ehind t h e di stant mountain-tops in t h e Quango country, he saw a dar k line of warriors issue from the fo rest, and begin to wind slow l y across the pl ain towards h i s post. Without m oving, a deadly glance li t his eye, and h e rais ed his heavy r ifle to his face and waited. But not for lo ng. When the advan ce guar d of the negroes was w i t hi n a h u ndred yards of the r ock Longstreet press ed the t r igger . The r oar of the piece was mingled with the startled c r i es of his companions behind him, the wild deathshriek of the wretch who was hit, and a mad chorus o f yells from the astounded Jinjes, who i n s t a ntly filled the air with a flight of arrows and then fled towards the forest, but not until I}.second, a t hird, and even a fourth had bitten the dus t before the sailor's unerring aim. The battle was fairly open e d. " Ye shot well, Dick," said Tom, a s he examined h i s own w e a pon , "and we must all do so. No bullets to waste hel e . The villait/ s will make a charge jus t i n the twilight. If we tip 'em over fast enough, t h e n they'll keep away until morn-in " 7 . g. T h e mate was right. Just a s the sn had fairly hidden himself the blacl c s issued from the woods in great numbers and dashed through the grass towards the rocks, _,yelling and waving their spears. . Under Luff's orders the little quartette waited until the great surging mass .had swept cl? s e up to their citide l, until a s ingle file of climbers strove to a s cend the very p ath by which they had reached the summit, then they fired. Volley after volley of balls from the repeating weapons pierce d the unprotected enemy. The scalers were swep taway a s foam before the breath of the wind, the lines about the foot of the rock wavered, writhed, and then broke, and as the leaden storm continue d the whole mass of savages , with g r eat cries of rage and f ear, fled a se cond t im'e towards the shelter of the forest. The night attack was repulse d. "We can res t now until sun-up," said Tom, thr owin g himself upo n the ground. "We mus t have fini s h e d a good number of those beasts. They won't com e again s oon. It's a-by heaven! What's that?" He s pran g to his f eet again, and pointe d towards the di stant forest. A sudden flame had sprung up and was running along the d r y gras s. "The demon s have fired the jungle. If the wind holds it will drive the flame s directly upon us h ere." ' "But there's no gras s up here," assured Dick Longst r eet. "The fire cannot climb these bare roc k s. " "No," r eplied the mate, "but the terrible heat and d e n s e s moke will suffocate us, and beneath the cover of the fir e the blacks will attack us again. We are lo st!" But Longstreet h a d suddenly aris en, and with a sailor's weather-eye, was scanning the dark heav e n s a bov e and beyond the fir e . "It com es ! It come s ! The wind shifts! S ee!" he continued and he pointed towards the plain below . "The flame s turn! Ha! now , villains, you shall be roasted in your own furnace!" and he shouted aloud. It was. true. The wind had suddenly shifted, and was now blo wi n g a gale from the oppo site quarter of the h e avens. The .'.fire, urge d backwards, was already surrounding the swarming , writhing army of the Jinjes, who s e crie s of t error and d e spair rang a bove the roar of the flame s, and in l ess time than it takes to tell it, the fie rce and de adly danger tha t ha9. menaced the white men had prove d their salvation. , The fores t and plain became a great furna ce, and the African army was in the midst. * * * * * * * Midnight looked down upon a blackened try, gleaming here and there with bits of flame, and dull, dying coal; morning showed i;he sailors an op e n pathway of escape. And as they trod the yet heated earth, and clambered over the charred ruin of the forest, all about them lay the blackened, twis ted, burnt remains of their enemies. . ) Send us a one-cent to cover postage, and we will mail you a copy of "Mystery Magazine."


26 THE LIBERTY B O YS O F "76" . THE LIBERTY BOYS OF ' 76 . NEW Y ORK, JUNE 2 3 , 1922 TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS 8 l nsle Postage . ............... Post•..,. One Copy Three l\Jonth•.... " One Copy .Six M onth• . .••• ••• ... One Copy O n e Year . ....•..•• Caned o , $4. 00; For eign, $ 4 . 50 . 1 v-' • 80 C en&a •i.i11 1 .50 ROW TO SEND M O N EY-A t our rtak • end P . o . " Mone y Order, Ch ec k or Registered Letter; remi t tance• I n any other way are nt your risk . We a cce p t Postage Stamps.the same as cash. When sending silver wrap tha Coln In a separate p i ece of paper to a voi d cutting the e nYelope. W r ite your name and addr ess plainly. Ad drea1 l etters to Ran,E . w.ur , Pr... } HARRY E. WOLFF, v. w . Ra•tlns•. Treaa. • Publisher, Inc., VhulN B . Nylander, 8". 166 W. 23d St.. N, Y. INTERESTING ARTICLES CAUGHT BIG SHAR K An 8 50-pound shark was caught in a net in J o nes I nlet, L . I., the other day . C . E. Ewatling, a fisherman saw the h u ge fis h entangled i1.1 the net, and with the he l p o f e ight other _men killed it, after an hour's . work, and brought it t o s hore. Sharks infested thes e waters i-n 1916 . S NEAKED UP ON HUGE TROUT A brown trou t weighing 814 p ounds , 2 fee t _ 4 inches long was s ho .wn recently a s a catc h from Broad B r o ok, Eas t Hampton, Mass., by Craig a boy of fift een-years . When young Graig hooked the big fis h he ti_ e d his lin e to . .a jumped into the water and grabbed the prize with both hands . GIRL, 16, IS BOOTLEGGER Mi s s Sarah Levi, sixteen, younges t p e r son eve r brought b e fore .the Distric t Court, of Spring field, Ma ss ., on a liquor charge and who admitte d that s he had saved $1,500 while supporting se v eral brothers and s i s t e r s from the profit s of the moon shine bu siness, was fined $100 and r ece i ved a sus pended reformatory s entence recently. The court ruled that she must remove from h e r present home in a locality where much moon s hin ing has been brought to lig4_t. FLEXIBLE KEY TO FOIL PICK-LOCK BURGLARS A flexib l e key, on ' e that will g o into and work in a tortuous hole, has b e en developed in Germ;my, says Scientific American . The many rob beries that are con stantly reported everywhere have created a demand f o r such a key. The wards and the b o w are not connect e d by a s tiff stem, but by four superimpos ed strands of ribbon steel which prevent any s i d ewise m ovement when the key comes into play. Thus there need not be a straight-way between the e scutcheo n on the front of t _he door and the actual keyhole in the l o ckcase, which can be fixed at an entirely differ ent level, and the point of introduction for the .key is indepe ndent of the locking point. Between the outs ide and inside fittings there is a tubular channel with a slit in the bottom to allo w the passage of the wards. This channel in German i s call e d "Schlus s elzufuhnl.ngss chien e," or literally "keyconveyin g rail," a word long enough to insure the prevention of burglary:The h ousebreaker is unable to determine the po sition of the locking m echanis m, nor can he open it with a fals e key, a wire brus h o r a strip of lead. To blas t it open i s . o u t of the question, a s the ex plo sive w ou ld fall ou t through. the slit in the keyway made for the passage of the ward. . The flexible key i s not as unwieldly a s one might expect, beca u se it can eas ily b e rolled up into a spiral and put into a neat case to fit the pocket of its legitimate proprieto r. LAUGHS "I u n derstand when Smith went o u t for the first time in his new machine he struck quite a gait. " " I believe he struck about a d o zen gates be fore he finis h ed the "Has y ou r piano an automatic attachment?" queried the persistent agent. "No, it ain't," said the lady of the house, "but it has a sheriff's at tachment, and I reckon that's enough. " '.'Be mine .. I cannot live without you . " "Bah!" said the heiress. "You have lived without me f o r years." "True ," retorted the Duke "but the co s t of living has gotten t o m e a t las t ."' ; r S c hoolma s t e r '(at end of object l esson-)-Now, can any of you tell m e wha t i s water? S m a ll and Grubby Urchin-Please , t eac her, water's what turns bl a ck when you put your 'and s i n it! A quack docto r was hold ing forth about his "medicines" to a rura l a udi e n c e . "Yes gentlemen," he said, "I h a ve sold these pill s ''.for o v e r twe nty-five years and neve r heard a word of com plaint. Now what does tha t p r o ve? " F ro m a voi c e in the c rowd came: "Tha t dead men tell no tales." "Wha t i s this c ivil servic e business tha t the y are always _talking about? " ask e d the Boob. "What. doe s it do?" "It's like this," r e pli e d the Cheerful Idiot. "If you have a job a nd yo are 1'.ot _under civil s ervice, .they can fir e you any time they want to. But if you have a job under civil service , they can't fire you unless they want to." When the butcher answered the telephone the shrill voice of a little girl greeted him: "Hello! I s th;:lt Mr. Wil son?" "Ye s, B ess i e," h e a n swered kindly, "what c a n I do for you?" " Oh, M r . Wil s o n, pleas e tell me where grandpa's live r i s ! The folk s are out and I've got to put a hot flann e l on it and I d on't kno w where it i,s." Send us a o ne-ceqt stamp to cover postage, and we will mail y ou a copy of "Moving Picture Stories." (


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" ?.7 FROM ALL POINTS RAT KILLS BIG SNAKE A fi:ve-_foot water snake was killed by a b i g rat on the river bank, Seaford, Del., in a half hour battle. The victor slunk into the bushes n earby oadly winded, but little harmed. , The snake had crawled out on the mud flat near the railroad wharf to sun itself wJien the rat attacked. Curling, it repeatedly struck at the rat; but rarely drove its fangs through the fur. 'J'.he. rat. kept. up. its fight with quick rushes, i;:prmgmg m to mfl1ct a gash with •its teeth and leaping back when the snake struck. During the whole half hour the fight raged fiercely. When the snake had worn itself out the rat sprang on it with all four feet and, taking a tight hold with its teeth, b r o ke the snake's back. Railroad empl o yees viewed the fight, but the cQmbat ants paid n o attention t o them. STRANGE OCoUPATIONS Out in Uncle Sam's back w o ods o f Oregon and Washington there are a flock of curious industries giving livelihood to many folks . Among these strange jobs is that of gathering the castoff antlers of deer, elk and mo o se. These :relics that annually fall from the forest creatures a r e utilized. by a fi:rm in Tacoma, W asl 1 ., in the manufacture of cribbage b oards, napkin rings, knife and umbrella handles a n d other articles. The pay for a pair o f antlers is abo u t $1. . An unusual occupation e:ngaged in by a number of men is the searching for and gathering o f lily bulbs, fern roots, shrubs o f various kinds, seed lings of evergreens and wild flowers for Eastern nurseries . The Nol"thwest woods yield beautiful wild yel lo w lil ies known as H u m boldt a11d va1i ous shades of pond or water lilies, one especially p ossessing h u g e pads, upon which moose and musquash feed. Side money is earned by forest rangers in late autumn by sco oping up ladybugs from their dens in the mountains . These insect eaters congregate after the first frost in r ocky crevices and become do rmant. The foresters gather them and put them into boxes until nearly spring, when they a r e s old to orchardists t o p1ey upon plant lice . PINEAPPLES HAVE STRANGE COUSINS The pineapple to a very interesting family o f plants, called the Bromelaids, all of which are purely American, and n o n e of which were known 1n the Old World until imported from the New. Most of these are natives of Bra zil. T here are about thirty species of this family o:fi exhibition in the greenhouses of the Bro oklyn Botanic Garden, and this is the best time of the year to visit them. . The pineapple is tl_le only member of the family that produces a large fruit formed by thick ening its flower axis and by inclosing its seeds in fleshy b races. It is also peculiar in the fact that 1t grows on the earth, instead of up among the branches of trees or on rocks, as do nearly all its relative s. These are like the o rchids in many re BDects; they draw no sustenance from the earth • through their iaots but live on rain. This the y catch in. their leaves, which all e r oll e d into perfectly water-tight reservo i r s. Some of them have very beautifully co l ored• leave s , others brilliant and sh owy flowers ; and, strange as it may seem, the Florid a "moss'" which hangs in festo on s from trees in the S outhern States is one of this family a n d a first c o u . sin of the luscious pineapple. ENGLAND'S "LOST MONEY" . There is treasure in London awaitin g t h e tak ing. Millions of pounds of " lost mon e y " 1s h id den away in the Government treasury, and so far as is known nobady owns it. Every three years the Chancery Divisi o n of the High Court o f J u s tice in London issues a long list o f tl1 e variou s funds in c ourt tQ which there are no known claimants. These funds have come into the c ourt in d ifferent ways, some of them in large amounts , some in small, and in every case t he mone y i s the legal property of some person, but the identity o f the owner is u n known. T hese a mounts, c o llectiv ely, are known as "the d ormant funds. " The mone y has been accum ulating for 2QO y e ars. "The dormant funds" have b ee n the basis fo r the springing up in London of a strange p rofes who se mem bers earn a living by tracing down unsuspecting heirs a n d offering to p r ove. to them that the y are owners o f fortunes . It i s n o easy pro fessi o n. A t remendo u s . amount o f work must b e d o n e in searching fo r a n heir. The fi:rst procedure of the men is t o d iscover whic h particular fund i s o f a large e n ou g h amount t o make investigation wort h while , a n d to ge t this information a girl is c onstantly emplo y e d in the Court Rec ords office digging o u t a ll po ssi b le de tails. Frequently it is the case that a year o r two years is spent o n a s u cc essful search for a n .heir . The search occasionally leads t o America or the British colonies on the trail of a n heir who perhapsJeft England 100 years ago. . The a uthority o n whi ch the "dormant fun d s " are held is in an act o f Parliamen t of 172 3 . If the perso n thinks he or she is the legal heir to a part o f the funds it is still very diffi cult t o get it. Frequently o ld ladies writ e and inclo se s ome such proof as a copy of a lette r written by a father or a grandfather, asserting tha t his heirs could get ,000 b y writing t o t h e court. This is too little proof. After all, the best way t o get money ou t of the "dor!Ilant funds, " i f it is d u e , is to put the ter mt<> the hands o f the profession a l treasure hunters. They know that fuller proofs are required. Now and then attempts by fraud a r e employed , but such efforts are rarely success ful. Sen d us a one -cent stamp t o co ver po stag e, and wewill mall you a co p y of "Mystery Magazine." . ,, ,


• '. .28 THE LIBERTY B OYS -oF "76" _GOOD READING "MY OLD KENTUCKY HOME" NOW STA.TE GAME REFUGE Kentucky can now be included among the States having State game refuges . By proclamation Governor E. P. Morrow has set a s ide the o l d Rowan home at Bardstown, where Foster wrote "My Old Kentucky Home." It comprises an e state of 236 acres, heavil y wooded and well adapted to bird, protection. Dr. R. S. Tuttle, executive agent of the Kentucky Game and Fis h Commission, says it is an i deal spot for a bird refuge. The comm i s s ion has already s to cked the place with bob-whites , which are doing well. The State will als o con struct a fis h hatchery upon the t h e property for rearing pond fish. GRASSHOPPERS FLY TO SEA A number of large grasshoppers were picked up at s e a 600 mile s from land b y the shipping board freighter West Himrod, on her recent trip from the Orient. Be s ides the A n sects that alighted on the deck s the se a was dotted with those that had falle n from shee r exhaustion. . The gras shoppers were capable of doing enormous damage to vegetation becau s e of thei r g iant proportions, being an avei:age of three inches long. T ho s e brought in by the ship's o fficer seem equipped with large air sacs in addition to the regular breathing tubes. Local biologi sts declare such grass}.oppers are able to fly lo n g distances, then alight on the wa'ter , being b ouyed up by the a i r sacs. , It is believe d the flight of in sects came from one of tbe islands o f the Aleutian group, where they are u sually very abundant in spring mo nths . ALL H I S LIFE IN D ITCHES It might be s aid, and truthfully, that the greater number of the working hours of William G. (Gas) Wood's life of more than eighty &ix years have been spent in a di t ch , for this 111till -hale and hearty man of Fairmount, Ind., has b een digging ditches all his life . More than that, h ' e is still digging ditches and he hopes to con tinue, for he t hinks there is no more health giving occupation in the world than ditching. G r ant County, in which Fairmount is situated, is level country for the mo s t part. In early pioneer days, before the l and was d rained , it was damp and swampy . But now its field s , almos t a s r ich and productive as fe rtile l and, has "blind " ditc h e s . In this dra inage s cheme which has b ee n unde r way for almo s t a c entury, Mr: LW ood has had a big part. T o . a city bred man it might appear that no unus ual ability i s required in so s imple a matter a s ditching, but in ditch ing, as in everything :worth while, there is a right way and a wrong rway , s o says Mr. Wood, who long ago found the righ t way t o p u t down ' a ditch. In spite of the fact that he w m be eighty-s even iyears old next July, Mr. Wo o d ' s services are still preferred o v e r tho s e o f y ounger men b y many e m{lloy ers in thi s comm unity. .. _,., AN IRISH SEA SERPENT This being the time for the_annual Sprin g crop of sea-s e r p ents the public in London i s being regaled with a new one o f Irish nationality. Its Iris h name is the "Gorramooloch." It can not on l y s wfm and lash its tail in orthodox sea-serpent .manner, but reports from the West Coa s t of Ireland, where it is alleged t o have been seen frequently , eredit it with the po we r o f flight. . According to inhabitants of the w ilder parts of the coast of Connemara, Mayo and Donegal, the frquently turns up for exhibition stunts, principally at night. It is d e scribed as being shaped like a porpois e, 10 0 fee t long, and rushing throug-h the water with the speed of an express train. Occa s ionall y it woul d le a p out of and forward over the water a di s t a nce equal to its own length. When it f ell back t'tito the sea again the splash was said to sound like the crack of a three-inch gun. The fact that these creatur e s -are n o t s een more is it i s explained , they ap pear prmcipal!y at mght. It i s then that the y go ahunting after the gannet, a sort o f seag u ll. When they s ee one flying near the s u rface of the ocean they leap o u t of the water 4 0 o r 5 0 and , b y th_ e aid C?f their l a r g e w ing like fin s , gui ded by their vertically set tail b ring down the bird . ' Fishermen, curious ly enough, consider the appearance of the "Gorramooloch" to be a sign of bad luck, though it has not yet been repor t e d t o be cannibalis tic. But there i s another brand of sea-serpent whic!h they fear mofo a s a sign of ill This one i s yclept the "Bo-dree-more." It IS said to b e a whale-like animal, so l a rge arrd po _werful that It whales for sport. 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• $2500 REWARD For the Capture of An Unknown _ Man Twice he had entered the St. Clair Mansion. What was he after? Who? What waa in danger? Berteau, the famous detective had warned St. Clair that the my•teriou# marauder would com• 11rin. And now-a noise in the passage I The creak of an opening door. A shot in the dark! A capture! Finger Print Detective in,surprisingly short time . Free Course in Secret Service For a limited time we are making a s pecial offer of a Profeional Fint1er Print Outfit, absolutaly Free. and Free Cour•s in Secret Service Jntelli11enc•. Mastery of these two kindred professions will ope n a brilliant career for you. Is this wounded stranger the mysterious intruder? Who could tell? Yet Berteau identifi e d the man without hesitation and won the $2500 reward. How di1 he do it? Easy the Finger Write quickly for fully illustt:ated book on_ Finger Frint Expert. He is the ,,, d 1 " Pants which explams this specialist. the !eader. the y nn OU e a wonderful training in detail . cream of detectives. Every ,-VI• Don' t wait until this offer day's paper tells their won -bas expired mail the couderfol .exploits solving R ' Pri t&p t? pon n o w. Y o u may neve r mystenous and •n a-.. secthisannouncementagainl convicting dangerous lfiil , I• lfiil j • You assume no obligation criminals. -you b ave .,verytbiu g t o More Trained Men Needed The demand for trained men by governments, states, cities, detective agencies, corporations, and private bureaus is becoming greater every day. Hete is a real . opportunity for YOU. Can you imagine a more fasci nating line nf work than this? Often life and death depend ui>on finger print evidence-and big rewards i:.<> to the expert. Many experts earn regularly from '3,000 to $10,000 per year. Learn at Home in Spare Time And now you can learn the secrets of this science at home in your spare time. Any man with common school education and average ability can ibecome a • gain and nothing to loi:e. Write at once address University of Aoplied Science Dept. 1475 1920 Sunnyside Illlnols IHHIHlllllltUlllHIUllllllHllU HUUIHIU IUllllUllHUIMfUHlllU H HllHH HUll• UNIVERSITY OF APPLIEJ: SCIENCE . Dept.1475 1 1920 Sunnyside Avenue, Dllnole Gentlemen: ..a. Wlthoot any oblhration wbateverp send mo yCK.r Free Profeaaiooal Finll'l• Print OutllL . Na ............................................. . ..................... . ,A.def,... •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••.•••••••••••••••••••••••••• _ p.. .. .,.1 . 6"1n111ti

l., ..';How I inc1ea:S ed my . sala1.Y more. than 500'0' 1\'fi'i by I ' Josephv:fnderson ,.[dlt1t I AM just the average man-twenty-eight years r I old, with a wife and a three-year-old youngster. 1 , J 1 111 I left s c hool when I was fourteen. My parents I didn' t want me to do it, but I thought I knew more l 1 ' =-_ than they did. I can see my father now, standing before me, pleading, threatening, coaxing me to keep on with my schooling. With tears in his eyes he told me how he had been a failure all his life because of lack of education-that the untrained man is always __ forced to work for a small salary-that he had hoped, yes, and ,prayed, that I would be a more man than he was. But nor My mind was made up. I had been offered a job at nine dollars a week and I was going to take it. That nine dollars ' looked awfully big to me. I didn't realize then, nor for years afterward, that I was paid only for the work of my hands. My brain didn't count. THEN one day, glancing through a magazine, I came the story of a man just like myself. He, too ; had left school when he was fourteen years of age, and had worked for years at a small salary. But he was ambitious. He decided that he would get out of the rut by training himself to become expert in some line of work. So ht got in touch with the International Correspondence Schools at Scranton and started to study in his spare time at home. It was the turn in the road for him-the peginning of his success. Most stories like that tell of the presidents of great institutions who are earning $25,000 and $50,000 a year. Those stories frighten me. I don't think I could ever earn that much. But this story told of a man who, through spare time study,-lifted salary envelope would show how much he thought of . the improvement in my work. Today, my salary is more than 300 % greater than. it was when I began my studies. That increase has meant a better home and all the luxuries that make life worth while. What I have done, you can do. For I am just an average man. I had no more education to begin with than you have-perhaps not as much. The only difference is a matter of training. TO every man who is earning less than $75 a week, I say simply this :-Find out what the I. C. S. can do for you! It will take only a minute of your time to mark an.d mail the coupon. But that one simple act may change your whole life. . If I hadn't taken that first step four years ago I wouldn't be writing this message to you today! No, and I wouldn't be earning anywhere near $75 a week, either I _.. ------TEA R OUT HERE --------INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENCE SCHOOLS BOX 4493 SCRANTON, PA. Without cost or obll,ation please e:ro1ain how 1 can qual1f7 fot the J)OSition. or Jn the subject before whic h I have marked an X : iELEC. ENGINEER OBUSINESS MANAGEM'T & Railways B Telegraph Engineer 0 Show Card & Sian Pt&. TeleDhone Work D Railroad Positions MECHANICAL ENGINEER 0 ILLUSTRATING M echa nical Draft s man D Cartooning Machine Shop Prac tice Private Secretar:r Toolmaker Business Correspondent CIVIL ENGINEER B Stenoerapher & 'ryplat SurveyJn1 and Mapping Certifled Public Accountant himself from $25 to $75 a week. It made an im pression on me because it talked in terms I could understand. It seemed reasonable to suppose that I couTd do as well. Gas Engine Ooerat1D1 BOOKKEEPER I or ENG'R MANAGER I tell you it didn't take me long that time to mark and send in that familiar coupon. Information regarding the Course I had marked came back by return mail. I found it wasn't too late to make up the educ'ation I had denied myself as boy. I was surprised to ffnd out how fascinating a home-study course could be. The I. C. S. worked with me every hour I had to spar. e. I felt growing. I knew was a bigger job waiting for me somewhere. Four months after I enrolled my employer came to me arid told me that he always gave preference .o men who ' 1tudied the i'r jobs-and that my next ARCfilTECT GOOD ENGLISH i Contractor and Builder Common School BubJHtl Architectural Draftsman SERVICE . . Concrete Bu1lder Railway Mail Cltrk 1 Structural Enaineer A UTOMOBILEB ; PLUMBING & HEATING Mathematica Sheet Metal Worker Navigation Textile Overseer or Supi. AGRICULTURE88panhh CHEMIST Poultry Ralslnc Banlllne Pharmac y OAirplane En1ine1 Name .................... ....... . .... ......... .......... .... A ................. : ......................... . Street &-& • .. •• and No . ........ ....... ... ..... ... .. ..... . .. , ...... .... ... ..................... ....... . . ................. . Clt)' .... .. .......... ,; ......... .. ...... ...... .............. ltata .... ...... .. . : ........................ .. ()ccupatlon _____ ,,,, .......... ______ ,,,, __ ,, .,..... __ . ___ _ Pereana .redeUno 4n Oonoda 11ouZ 4 .end t1'b onol Oorr••f>On4•nu S.Aoolt Qilno4ion, Limil•d, MonlT••I, O•-( .. • M I ..


.. , THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 -LAT.EST ISSUES -1076 T he Liberty Boys' E'orced March; or, Caught in a Terrible Trap. 1077 " Defending Bennington; or, Helping General Strtrk. 1078 " Youug Messenger; or, Storming the Jersey Bntterf Ps. 1079 l080 1081 1082 1083 1Q84 1085 1086 1087 1088 1089 1090 10\ll 1092 1093 1094 1095 1096 1097 and the Indian Fighter: or, Saving the South ern i:lettlers. Hnnnlng l?ight; or, After the R edcoat Rangers. ll'ighting Doxstader; or, The Destruction ot Currytown . . and the Miller; or, Routing th. e Tory Bandits. Chasing "Wild Bill"; or, !righting a My•terious Troop. Hidden Swamp; or, Hot '.l'imes Along the Shore. end the Black Horseman; or, D e featinga Dan gerous Foe After the Cherokees; or, Battling With Cruel Enemies. River Journey; or, Down the Ohio. at East Rock; or, The Burning ot New Haven. In tbe Dr;l\vned Lands; or, Perilous Times Out West. , on the Commons; or, Old New York. Sword Charge; or, The Flght at Stony Point. After Su John; or, Dick Slater's Clever Ruse lJoing Uuard Duty; or, 'l'he Doss ot Fort \Vnshlngton. • Chasing a Renegade; or, The Worst Man. on, the Ohio. atHl thr. I•'ortune Teller; or, The Gypsy Spy ot Harlem. Guarding Washington, or, Defeating a British Plot. and Major Davie; or, Warm Work In the Meck Jen burg Dl•trlct. 1098 " Fierce Huut; or, Capturing a Clever Enemy. 1099 Betrayed: or. Dick Slater's False Friend. 1100 " on the .Uarcb: or, Atter a Sllppery h'oe. 1101 " W lntn Camp; or. Lively Times In the North. 1102 or, Tbe Traitor's Doom. 1103 Pitched Battle; or, The Escape ot the Indian s". . 110-1 t Artillery; or, Good Work At the Guns. 1105 " anrl "'Whistling Will"; or, The Mad Spy ot Paulns Hook. " Underground Camp; or, Jn Strange Qi:arters. 1106 1107 ll08 .. 1109 .. lllO . .. Da11d y Spy; or, Deceivingthe Governor. Gunpowder Plot; or, Fnlling by An Inch. Drnmme r Boy; or, Sounding the Call to Arms. Hunniug the Blocknde; Ol", GPtting Out of New York. 1111 " anrl Capt. Huck; or, Routlal!" a Wicked Leader. 1112 an fl the Liberty Pole; or, Stirring Times In the Old City. 1113 " and the Masked Spy; or, The Man of M .vste r.v. 1114 on Hill; or,• A Daring Attempt at Rescue. 1115 and "Black Bess"'; or, Tl1e Horse that Won a FIA'hL 1116 " and Fiddling Phil; or; Making the Redcoats Dance. ll17 " On the Wnllkill; or. The Minisink Massacre. 1118 " and the Fighting Quaker; or, In the Neutral Ground. )119 " Bravest D<'ed; or, Djck Sinter's Dnring Dash. '1120 ann tbe Blac k Giant; or, Helping "Ligl1t Horse Harry." For sale by all newsdealers, •>r will be to any ad<::very Subject No. 1 . NAPOL E O N ' • s ORACULUM AND D K EAl\I BOOK.-Containing the great oracle o f human destiny; also the true meaning ot almost any kind ot dreams, togethe r with ceren1onies, and curiou• g:ames of cards. No. 2. HOW TO DO TRICKS.-Tbe great book o t magic and card tricks, containiug full iustruction on all tbe leading card tricks of the day, also Ute most popular magical illusions us performed by our Ie1tdiug magl clans; every boy should obtain a . copy of this boob:. No. S. HOW '1'0 FLIIiT.-The a1ts and wiles of nirtation are fully explained by this llttle book. Be'sides the various methods of handkerchief, fan, glove, parasol, window aud bat flirtation, it contains a tull list o f the language and sentiment of flowers. No. 4. HOW 'J.'O DANCE is the title ot this little boob:. It contains full instructions in tile art of dancing etiquette in the ballroom and at parties, how to d.ress: and tull directions tor calling otr iu all 1>01>ular squart1 dances. . N o . 6 . HOW TO MAKE LOVE.A cbmpiete guide to love, courtship and maniage, givini; sens11Jle advice, rules and etiquette to be observed, with wany curiou s nnd •Interesting things not generally known. No. 6 , HOW TO BECO DlE AN A'l"HLETE.-Gi vlu& full instrucLJOns for the use of dumlJuells, ludiau clulJ9';: . parallel !Jais, norlzontal bars and various other metboda of developing 11 good, healthy muscle; containing over sixty ill usecl wen letter s tor young and old. :No. 12. HOW TO WULT.E LETTERS 'l'O LADlES. Givwg coUJplete instructions !dr writing letters to ladies on all subjects; also letters ot introductiou, uoted untJ ret1ue:st8. • JS' o . 13. HOW TO DO IT; or, BOOK OF ETIQUETTE. -It is a i;reat lite secret, and one that every young man desires to know all alJouc . '.l'bere's happineoa in it. N u. 14. JJ.OW TO MAKE CANDY,A complete band book for all kinds of candy, ice-creum, sy rn 118, cs8euces, etc., eLc. No. 17. HOW TO DO l\IJ!:CHANICAL 'J.'UICKS -Containing Instructions for p erforming su:ty mechumcal l!'ully llJustrated. No. 18. HOW TO BECO;\lE BEAU'.fU"OL.-One o t the IJriglJtest and most valuable little hooks ever given t o Ute world. Everybody wishes to know bow to be come beautiful, both male nun female. '.l.'he secret I • 11imple, 811d utmost costless. . No. 20. HOW T O ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PAltTY.-A cowplele compendium of game s sports c ard diversions, comic recitations, etc., suitable' tor par: !or or drawrng-room entertainment. It contains more Cor ti.le money a.ny book pu blisbed. No. 21. HOW TO HUNT ANIJ 1''IS H . -Tbe most corr.• plete bunting and fishing guide ever pu bllshed. It con tains full instructions al.Jout guus, bunting dogs, traps, trapping and fishing, together with description of gam• and fish. No. 23. HOW 'To EXPLAIN t;IREAMS.-Tbis little book gives the explanation to nil G:inds ot dreams to-gether with lucky aucl uufncky days. . ' F o r safe-by all Df\VSdeal e rs, or will be Ren t to any a ddre-ss on recei1>t of price, l Oc. p e r copy, I n or t.tnmJ)8, by H ARRY E. WOLFF, 166 West 23d Street, P ublisher , Inc. New Yor k


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