The Liberty Boys' fatal charge, or, Into the jaws of death

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Dick leaped upon the concealed barrier, drew his pistol and fired. Ben, stunned by a .... spent ball, fell upon the logs. Bob, seizing the wounded boy's musket, began beating down the logs. On all sides the boys charged vigorously


The Liberty. Boys of '76 Ieswed Weekly-Subscription price, $3.50 per .year; Canada, $4.00 ; Foreign, $4.00. Harry E. Woll!, Publisher, Inc., 166 West 23d Street, New York, N. Y. Entered as Second-Class Matter January 31. 1913, at the Post-Office at New York, N. Y., under the Act of March 3, 1 879. No. 1127 . NEW YORK, AUGUST 4, 1 922 Price 7 cents Liberty Fatal Charge OR, INTO THE JAWS OF DEA TH By HARRY MOORE CHAPTER I.--cln Dangerous Quarters. "We had better be careful, Bob. We are on dangerous ground." "You ought to. know, Dick. You have sharper eyes and keener ears than I have." "With that Cruger's Royalists, the British regulars, and Bill Cunningham and his rascally Tories, one must be cautious in these regions." "Very true, Dick, but I have not heard anything dangerous a s yet, nor seen anything, either, but as I s aid, your eyes and ears are much' better than mi n e, and I would trust to them at any time." "I have not seen anything s u spicious, either, Bob, but I have heard something, and I think that we will s ee oomething before very long. Get i.n the bushes and have your pistols ready. " "All right." . Dick Slater and Bob Estabrook were the cap• tain and first lieutenant, respectively, of the , Lib erty Boy s , a band of one hundred brave young patriots fighting for freedom, and were at that tire in South Carolina in the region around old Ninety-six, occupied by the British. Colonel Cru ger, with a force of New York Royalists, was well entrenched in the fort at Ninety-six, but in addi tion, as Dick had said, the r"llgion was infested by lawless Tories, chief among whom were the notorious Bill Cunnin gham and hi s band, known a s the "Bloody Scouts," from the many violent deed s w hich t hey had committed. The Liberty Boy s were encamped at some little di stance from the f ort and were acting und e r the command of G eneral Greene who for some little time had been b esieging Cruger with little effect. Dick and Bob were on a expedition in the woods no t far from the fort, when the young captain had heard s uspicious sounds and had bidden Bob be cautious, as he did not know who mi ght be coming . Bob secreted himself in the bush es on one side of the path, pistol in hand, while Dick took up a position on the other side . Presently the sound of voi c es and of footsteps coming on c ould be heard quite distinctly, and Dick said in a whisper: "I should say they were Tories, by the sound." There were four or five men coming along on foot , talking loudly and in the untutored manner o( the lawless folk of the region. Then Dick heard the word "rebels," which the patriots never used as applied to themselves, and this settl ed -it in his mind that the newcomer s were Tories. In a few moments the men halted right in front of the place where the two young patriots were secreted, there bein g quite an open space here, with a fallen tree on one side and a few stumps on the other. "The rebels are making trouble," muttered a heavil y built, coarse-featured man, taking a seat on the fallen tree and. filling a black pipe with strong tobacco, "and 'specially them young villains callingtheirselves the Liberty Boys, an' suthin's gotter be done to stop 'em. I reckon If Bill was around he'd do it." "Reckon he wo uld , Hiram, but he ain't, an' I don't see why we gotter wait when w e can do something ourselves," returned another of the group, who sat on a stump opposite. "Yes, I reckon w e can, an' that's what I was goin' to speak about. There's my Bud, a likely r lookin' chap what's been to school in Charleston an' has more learnin' nor us, he's the one what'll do the thing up brown. I'll send him--' " Hiram Wanning,. the Tory, had been lighting his pipe with a suli>hur match, and this he now threw into the dry l:>ushes in front of where Bob E stabrook was concealed. The wind was in Bob's direction and the dry stuff in front of him. began to blaze furiously, sending a lot of smoke in his face and threatening to drive him from his hid ing-place. He backed away quickly, the smoke concealing him, and the crackling of the flames preventing any noise he might make from being heard. There was something be s ides Bob in the bushes, however, and he now heard the warning rattle of a big rattlesnake , that had Jain coiled up a few feet from wher e he had been hiding. The rattle causd him to spring to his fee t, and in a moment he fired at the snake, wh ich was jus t about to spring at him. The shot blew off the rei>tile' s head, but it also attracted the attention of the five Tori e s , who sprang to their feet. "Jerushy! there's theyoung rebel now!" shout ed Hiram Wanning, unslinging his rifle from. his shoulder. "Catch the rebel! That's Slater hisself; don't let him go!" While one of the Tories stamped out the flames cau s ed by Hiram's carelessness, three othe'rs ran after Bob, Dick peering out and watching the leader's movement s . Bob, in his haste to get away, suddenly tripped over a fallen log he had not s e'en, and fell heavily, the three Tories seizing him ' in another mom e nt, the fourth coming to their assistance. "That's right, fetc h h 'rn here," yelled Hiram. "There's a reward onto him, and-Gosh!"


' 2 _ THE LIBERTY BOYS' FATAL CHARGE The Tory su ddenl y found himself looking into the barrels of. two big pistols in the hands of the young patriot captain, who stood not six feet away near s ome bushes. "Throw down your rifle, Hiram!" said Dick sternly. He was obeyed, Hiram's face turning a dirty white as he lookedat the pistols. The Tories were returning with Bob when they heard a stern command in a boy's voice: "Release that boy or your leader dies!" Then the men sudde!llY beheld Dick with his pi s tols leveled a t Hiram, the latter's rifle lying on the ground. They were so astonished at the sight that they released Bob; who knocke d down two of them and tripped up the others. The rifle of one of the latter went off, the bullet passing close to the head of Hiram. The man fled with a ve ll of terror, leaving his rifle on the ground. Bob sprang toward Dick, thinking he was needed, and at once the discomfited and disgusted Tories fled in all dire'Ction s ." . "I'm sorry we did not get at least one of them, Bob," laughed Dick, for we might have found out--. Quick! they are coming back, and with assistance. Hurry, Bob!" Dick had suddenly heard the tramp of a considerable number of men and hoarse shouts, and he knew that the Tories had found help unex pectedly, and that it was time for him to leave. The two young patriots quickly ran on side by side Dick presently catchin g sight of a number of Tories a s he looked hurriedly back over hi s shoulder. Then they suddenly came upon two of the men coming back. These, hearing the shouts of their friends, to detain the boys, but Dick, who had picked up Hiram's rifle before leaving the little opening, now s udde nl_y swung it around and bowled over both the Tories, the men rolling into the bushes with loud yells. "There are a dozen or more of them, Bob," said Dick, "and we would have no Discretion is the better part of valor now. The boy s ran ahead and shortly left the turning into another, which Dick knew and where the Tories : would not find them. They made their way quickl y through the woods, leaving veTy little trail behind them, while the Tories, who had not seen them turn out, hurried on along the other path,_ the sound of their footsteps growing and less distinct every moment . At length Dick paused and said: "There is no need of haste now, Bob. The To1 ies are off the trail and we are in danger." "Those were some of Bill Cunnin gham's gang, weren't they, Dick?" Bob as they went n more lei surely. "So I should judge, and they are good examples of the sort of mep he has-with him, very courag eou s when in a crowd, but cowards when. opposed by any on e with a little courage." "Why did you want to catch one or two of the m, Di-ck?" "Did you hear what Hiram said about a boy who had considerable schooling and whom he was going to send_, to u s? It was just before the bu shes were set on fire." "I htJ21rd something, bhen the smoke gQ-t in my face and I had to back away. The man h'hd some plot, did he?" "Yes, and his careless act of throwing the I 1 ll"Jl 0 )[1 f, Jffl''d Jtr(Jfl match into the bus he s prevented my hearing more of it. I s;hould that he is going to send this bo y to our camp, however, to find out something about us and to report to him." "A young Tory spy, eh, Dick?" "Yes. and if he has had schoolil'lg he will be more dangerous than a boy without it. Hiram reco g nize s this . Well, we know enough to be on our guard against him, however, and we must watch for any one answering the boy's description whom we do not know." "That's right, Di ck . The Tory rascal knows well enough that it would never do to send any kind of a boy to u s, for .. we would suspect him at once." Both boys had horses. but they had gone without them this time, being better able to get through the wooods on foot than if they had taken their horses along. They were making their way on at a fair walk, when Dick suddenly stoppe d and said, in a warning tone: "We e scaped the Tories, Bob, but I think t here are other enemies in the neighborhood wh o are just as dangerous, maybe more so." "Who are they, Dick?" "Redcoats , I think, but come ahead cautiously and we will see. " The t wo boys went on cautiously through the woods, soon hearing the sound of voices and then catching sight of scarlet uniforms and seeing a number of redcoats sitting or standing about in an open space, along one side of which ran a road. There were at east a score of them, and they had hors es, having evidently stopped at the opening in the woods to look about them, or perhaps not caring to venture too near the camps of the patriots. Dick and Bob lay concealed in the bushes watching the redcoats, and presently _ Dick said: "They are in our way there, though we might make a detour and ge't around them. I thint. I can start them back, however." "How, D ick?" interestedly. "By making a suqden dash as if all the Liberty Boys were at our backs. They are hesitating now about going farther, aJ:ld we will make up their mmds for them. " "All right, Dick," witli a low chuckle. The boy s crept closer, and then suddenly, at a signal from Dick, leaped up, dashed forward and began to fire their pistols rapidly, D ic k shouting vigorously: • "Now then, Liberty Boys, down with the redcoats; charge!" At the sight <>f the boys in uniform and hearing the rapid firing, the redcoats leaped into the saddle, and without waiting to see ho w many there might be, dashed along the road toward the fort in the greatest haste. "Routed without firing a shot!" roared Bob. "Look at the fellows run! That was a great victory, Dick." "Yes, and I do not think they will return, but it is getting on toward noon now, and I think we had better go to the camp," laughed Dick. They took the road for a part of the way, and then went by a short cut through the woods, reaching the camp of the Liberty . Boys in about ten minutes after leaving the road. A s they went in a number of boys came forward, chief •. • •' 11 "01 ...


THE LIBERTY BOYS' FATAL CHARGE 8 among them being a boy in the uniform of a sec ond lieutenant, who asked: "Did you see any signs of fresh trouble, Dick?" The Tories are growing more impudent, Mark, and the redcoats wexe out, some of them at least, but ,Bob and I xouted them," with a smi le. "There were not many of them?" asked Mark Morrison, the young s econd lieutenant. "About twenty of them," replied Dick, and all the boy s knew that hexe was a story worth hearing. CHAPTER IL-Surprising tbe Redcoats. Among the boys with Mark were Ben Spurlock, one of the liveliest and jollie s t of the lot, Sam Sanderson, Harry Juds on, ack Warren, the youn,g second lieutenant's particular chum, Will Freeman, Harry Thurber, Phil Walters and Ezra Barbour. They were all gxeatly interested in the story of Dick's and Bob's adventures. The bugle sounded and the boys sat down to dinner, Dick telling the story of"the morning's adventure while they ate, the boys being amused as well as interested. After dinner Dick and Bob went out, taking their horses and going along 'the road leading to the fort. Dick and Bob were riding along at an easy gait, keeping their eyei, open for suspiCi on s sights and sounds, When all of a sudden they heard a cry for help in a young woman's voice and dashed ahead'. "There is a girl in som e trouble," muttered Bob. The boys speedil y came in sight of a log cabin by the roadside, and here they saw a youn'g girl struggling with a boy, almost a young man in fact, quite as big as either Dick or Bob. "Hallo! what's the trouble here?" shouted Dick. The other boy released the girl and ran away, Dick catching only a partial view of his face. "Why was this boy molesting you, my girl?" asked Dick. "You are a patriot, I should .judge, not being in the stockade?" "Yes, we are patriots, 'rebels,' the Tories call us. So did this boy who just ran away. He wants to man:y me, says he will, m fact, whether I like it or not." The boys had dismounted and now, looking about' him and seeing how neat everything was around the cabin, Dick said: "We are on the watch for just such fellows as this. Who is he, my girl, and where does he live? He seems well to do, judging from his attire. Is he one of the neighborhood. Tories?" Yes, his name is Edmund Wanning, he has been to school at Charleston and holds himself higher than the other Tory boys, and I don't like him and I wouldn't marry him if he wasn't a Tory. If I liked him, that might not make so much difference." • 1 "If he were really fond of you he would not pull you abo u t as he did,'' sputtered Bob. "I wouldn't have anything to do with a fellow o! that sort." "Were you all alone in the cabin?" Dick asked. "Yes, just now. Father is in the army, my brother William is working, and mother and the two girls have gone to see my married sister. I often stay to mind the cabin while the rest are out." The girl said he1; was Sadie Rawlins, that she was sixteen years old, and could sew and weave and do farm work as well, often helping her brother with the work. "If this Tory boy annoys you again,'' declared Dick, "we will look after him, sc;> don't be worried about it." "I won't," laughed Sadie, "and I'll take a broom to him if he comes around here again. I reckon I can manage him." The boy s now set out on their return to their camp, there being no more that they could learn at that time. As they rode in, Ben Spurlock came forward and said: "There is a boy in camp who wants to join the troop. He can ride and shoot and run and do a lot of things, and he seems to know a good deal, hut--" and then Ben paused. "What is it, Ben?" asked Dick, who had dismounted, Jack Warren coming forward to take his hors e. "Well, I don't know that I ought to say anything until the boy has had a chance, but I don't--" _ . Jack Warren began to whistle, a habit he had at times , and Bob said with a laugh: .. l bet there's something wrong with the fellow, or Jack Warren would not began whistling in that fashion. When is it, Jack? You have your doubts regarding the applicant?" "Yes, I have," said Jack. "He looks about him too much, and he will not look you straight in the face as an hone s t boy should. Mark asked him a number of questions and told him that he would have to see you before the could be decided. He seemed to think that he could come in at once." , "Oh, we are not so anxious as all that to fill up our ranks,'' Bob. "We can get all the we want; and we like to take our pick of them." Dick walked ahead and presently saw i;. well dressed boy talking with Mark and some cf the rest, and seeming to be greatly interested in all he saw about him. He thought that he had seen the boy before, and suddetilY caugh>; a view of his side face and knew him at once for Edmund wanning, or Bud, as hi s father calle r l him. "So, he has already come to our camp 011 l!is spying tour, has he?" he thought. At that moment the boy turned a,1d saw Dick looking at him, and flushed deeply, suddenly backing away as if afraid to encounter the yoWlg captain's look. "f have seen you before this afternoon," Dick said. "It was at a cabin down the road where Sadie Rawlins lives. What is your errand here? What do you want in our camp?" "By Jove, Dick, that i s the fellow we saw bothering the girl at the log cabin," cried Bob. "l know his figure and his dress. That's Bud Wanning, the Tory's son !" ' The boy suddenly took to his heels, but Dick did not send the b oy s after him. "He has not learned much," he said dryly, "and, besides, we are not going to keep this camp long, so it will not matter." "He came here asking to join the Liberty Boys," said Mark. "l told him he would h a ve to se e you first. He appeared educated and very intelligent, but I d id not altogether like his without b .eing able to tell w hy."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' FATAL CHARGE-"Jack gave me a reason," laughed Dick, "and I thought it a very go od one. I did not know then that we had already seen the fellow. He r ob ably thought I had not seen his face, as he r:m away in a hurry, but he very soon discovered that I knew him if I had caught just a glimpse of his countenance, and he knew that what I kne w of him would prevent his ever being one of the Liberty Boys." . "What was it, Dick?" a s ked Mark. "You ilave made me very curious. Another adventure?" "Yes, two or three of them, Mark," said Bob. "vVe must do s omething, you know, when we go out." The boys were greatly interested, and Dick added : , "We heard Wanning boasting 0 how he was going to send hi s s on to our camp to find 'Out all about us, although I did not know all that at first, and then we came upon the boy himse lf, and saw just enough of him t'.> know how and to learn his name, and then we find him here when we get back." "The fellow thought we did not see him," laughed Bob, "but I saw ho_w he was dressed, and Dick got a view of his side face, which was quite enough to recognize him by afterward, and there you are." "And . now he has been to our camp and will bring the redcoats to it to-night to rout u s -out," said Mark. "Well, I was a bit suspicious, but suspicion is not proof, and I wanted to see-more before I could question his motive in coming .here." "That was all right, Mark," replied Dick. "You did not know what we knew and you had to wait. However, he could never have entered the Liberty Boys even .if I had not seen him, for the minute we beg-an to make inquiries about him the truth would have come out. ! ' Dick went over to Green's camp before 'supper, told him what they had learned and what they feared, and suggested moving the camp. "By all means, captain," said the general "Keep a good watch on these rascals and on the redcoats as well, and don't let them know you have changed your camp or where it is." "No, I will not, general," Dick replied replied, "and I think I will give them a little surpriSe tonight, that is, if they go to the old camp, which I think is likely." "Do so, captain," said the general, smiling. Dick then returned to the camp, and as soon as it was dark the boys moved their camp, leaving their old one looking apparently the same as before , fires burning, picket s set, and everything as it had been before dark. Then, when all was settled in the new camp, which was in a wood, well secluded and nearer the fort than the other, Dick, Mark and a dozen of the boys crept stealthily to the abandoned camp and awaited the coming of the enemy, the young captain being certain that they would put in an appearane4> sooner o r later. ---, CHAPTER III.-Two Brave Patriot Girls. Dick, Mark and the Liberty Boys lay concealed in the bushes on the edge of the camp, waiting for the enemy to appear. At length the stealthy tramp of a large body of men w11s heard, and Dick knew that the enemy were com ing and signaled to the boys to remain perfectly quiet. The tramp s ounded louder and louder, and Dick stirred up some of the fire s and made some of the boy s exchange challenges like sentries on po s t. Nearer and nearer came the enemy, and Dick, having moved around to tl;ie side which would be approached first, saw the gleam of scarlet uniforms and heard some one say: "There they are. I told you I would \ead you to their camp. " "Yes , the young rebels are there fast enough and entirely unsuspici ous of our coming." Then of a sudden there was a great shout, a rattling volley, and the patter of many feet as the enemy rushed in upon the camp. Dick had changed hi s position s o ;10t to be in the way of the redcoats as they made their dash, thinking to take the boy s by surprise. The boy s around the fire and those on guard under the trees (dummies) never altered their po s itions, not a boy ran out of one of the tents, and the camp might have been . dead for all the noi se the boys made. Then the figure s at the fire were overturned and prov ed to be mere dummies, as did thos e on guard, while the s uppo sed tents were quickly shown to be what they were. "You young fool, you have deceiv ed us; you told the rebels.Fe were coming and this i s the result!" stormed the officer . "You have made fool s of us, that's what you've done, and instead of getting a horse you'll get a horse whip, that's what you'll get!" He was getting it a:t that moment, in fact, and broke away with a yell and a sharp protest. "How did I know they were going to do this?" yelled Bud Wanning. "You heard the hail of the sentries, didn't you? That was no humbug!" "Jove! the young rebel s are in hiding, watching our discomfiture! They are here, not far away. Search the woods for the rascals!" Then a sharp volley rang out from the woods, and Dick shouted in a clear, ringing voice: "Let them have it, Liberty Boys! Now, then, fire!" A rattling voiley echoed the comm a nd, and now came the trap of other men, patriots aroused by the report of firearms , ready to meet the sortie of the enemy and drive them back to the fort. Dkk knew that the volley would bring them and it did, and in a few moments a con siderable body of Greene' s men appearing on the scene. Then the redcoats found that they were the one s to be surprised and they fled in has te. The patriots pursued them vigorously till the woods grew too dark to see them, when the ehase was abandoned . The redcoats had guides and got back to the fort safely, although with a loss of some of their men. Then Dick, Mark and the rest returned to the camp, which the redcoats had gorie nowhere near, having not the slightest suspicion of its existence. The boys were not alarmed during the res t or the night, and in the morning Dick and Bob set out in the of the cabin where Sadie Rawlins lived to see if Bug Wanning had been up to any more mischief. Near the cabin the bors met Sadie herself with another girl, both bemg mounted on small Carolina hors es, which looked l ike ponies beside the boys' ho;rses.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' FATAL CHARGE 5 "Oh, captain, I am glad to see you," said Sadie, eagerly. "We were going to your camp, Hattie and I; this is Hattie WilKinson, captain, a great friend of mine; we were going to your camp to-" "What for, Sadie?" asked Dick. "You are all out of breath. Is there any news of the enemy?" "Yes, they are jus t a little way below our cabin, and there are a lot of the worst Tories that you ever saw with them. I wouldn't wonder if it was Bill Cunningham's gang." "Hiram Wanning is in Cunningham's gang, I am sure, and he may have brought the scoundrel s here. His so n Bud was at ou r camp yesterday, trying to join the Liberty Boys, but they were suspicious of. him, and when I got the1'e Bud took to his heels and ran away. " "I should think he might!" with a laugh. "He did that yestel'.day evening when you came. We wel'.e afraid you might come along this way, and so we thought we'd go and let you know that the redcoats and Tories were here, so that you would not run into them. " "How far from your cabin are they, Sadie?" Dick inquired. "Only about a quarter of a mile, a good deal nearer than I care to have them,'' the girl answered. "That sneak of a Bud Wanning will be coming around and t ell me I've got ,to marry him, and I won't!" "Come back, girls," said Dick. "It may not be safe for you to remain there, and if you know a good place to go I think you had better leave for a time unti l we scatter these redcoats and Tories and send them bac k to the fort." The girls now went back with the boys, but, a s they came in sight of the cabin, Dick suddenly saw a party of redcoats c ome dashing down the road with a rush and shout. "Hallo! we must go the other way!" cried Bob. "All right, but look out for the girls, Bob,'' said Dick. The boys wheeled quickly, but the horses of the girls were not u se d to this sort of work nor to the dash and noise and threatened to becom e unmanageable. Dick had not see n that this was likely to happen, and he had therefore told Bob to , look out for the girls. Reaching over, Dick quickly put Sadie on the saddle in front of him, Bob doing the same with Hattie. The Carolina horses ran off into the woods and the boys dashed on, expecting to escape in a few moments. Then, to their surprise, a party of Tories, led by Hiram Fanning and his s on, came in sight and at once raised a shout. -"Can we get through, Dick?" asked Bob. "They are not mounted." "We will try it at any rate," muttered Dick. Then the boys made a dash for the Tor ie s, and for a time it looked as if they might s ucc eect. The road w_,s narrow at this point, however, and the Tories ..suddenly massed themse lve s anct more were seen coming on. The Tory boy who had thought to deceive Dick Slater and get into me Liberty Boys quickly got out of the way, but shouted to the others not to let Dick escape. Then a dozen of the Tories suddenly swarmed about Dick, and half as many more about Bob, seizing the bridle reins and endeavoring to pull the boys out of the saddle. They succeeded in doing this, but did not get the horses nor the two girls. "Don't let the rebel g-irls escape!" shouted Bud Wanning. "I want the Rawlins girl; don't let her get uway!" Dick managed to slap Major, his black Arabian, on the flank, and give a peculiar call which the animal un9"erstood, Bob sending his bay ahead at the same moment. The girls had their whips, and a s the scattered Tories tried to stop them, began to cut right and left. There were not so many Tories here and the road was wider as well, s o that the girls had more chance than they would have had farther back, and they improved it. Major and Bob's bay seemed to understand tnat they must get away with th'e girls, and they dashed on with a wild snort, speedily leaving the Tories and redcoats behind. "My! but what a splendid horse!" cried Sadie. "He just goes like the wind!" "Yes, but I hope I won't fall off!" cried Hattie, who was rather timid and on the watch for accidents of all kinds. On went the girls, tho horses showing them the way and giving them no trouble in finding the camp. Before they knew that they were anywhere near it, Major ' and the bay carried them in and halted, a number of the boys coming forward. Some of them knew Sadie and supposed that Hattie was her friend, as they were in company. / "What is the matter, girls?" asked Mark, coming up hurrie dly. "What hai;; happened?" "The captain and lieutenant have been caught by a lot of redcoats and Tories , and they are at our house; I reckon. We got away, though the Tories wanted the hors e the worst way. Hur:r.y up and go back after them. If you don't know the way I can show it to you, but I reckon Major will do it just as well ." "Get ready, thirty or forty of you, boys ," said Mark. "Fifty may not be too many. How big a party of the redcoats is there, my girl?" "Not so many that I could see, but the redcoats are quartered about a quarter of a mile below our cabin, and I don't know how many there may be there." "All right, then we'll take all the Liberty Boys," and there was a great cheer at this, as all the boys were eager to go to the aid of Drck Slater and Bob Estabrook and to have a brus h with the redcoats and Tories as well . CHAPTER IV.-Dick and Bob in Trouble. Dick and Bob were taken to the cabin where the Rawlins family. lived, the redcoats having concluded to take it for their quarters, a captain and a sec ond lieutenant and three or four s ergeants having already settled there. "It i s just a s well that they have taken the place for the present, Bob," said Dick, when they were left alone in the loft overhead, "for it would be harder to get away if we were in the camp or had been taken to the fort." There was considerable coming and going around the cabin, and Dick could hear the reu coats talking in the room below, the captam presently s'aying to the lieutenant: "If those rebel girls got away with the rebels ' horses they are very likely to go to the camp of the young rebels and bring a lot of the rascally fellows here to rescue the prisoners."


( 6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' FATAL CHARGE "Oh, thel!' will be frightened to death," returned the other. "You cannot place any dependence on a country girl." "Don'k be too sure about that," muttered Bob. "We do not know what may happen, and it may be as well to move the prisoners before the young rebels come to the rescue." . Bob went over to the window and looked out. "There isn't a soul in sight, Dick. They are all at the front of the cabin or on the--" "Out with you, Bob!" emphatically. "Yes, but, Dick, you should--" "You are only wasting time, Bob," shortly. "All right," said Bob, and at once he began letting himself out of the window . Dick went over to it, looked out, took Bob's hands and said, hurriedly: . . "Go on, Bob, let go, I will lower you. The coast is clear and I'll follow you in a moment." Just as Bob wa.s dropping a redcoat came running to the spot. He tried to catch Bob, but was knocked in a moment, letting out a startled yell. "Keep quiet!" hissed Bob, snatching the fellow's pistols, his own having been taken from him, and m a second he was flying toward the woods. The redcoat leaped to his feet and began to shout lustily that the rebels were escaping. Up came a dozen of them from the front of the hou se and saw Bob disappearing in the woods. Dick stepped back from the window and was not seen. "Did they both get away?" asked the lieutenant, who had come out at the alarm and had heard the redcoat say that the rebels were getting away. •I don't know, sir. I as knocked down, and there might have been one and there might have been a dozen." There was no one at the loft window and nothing was heard above, when the lieutenant went in and reported that he was afraid the rebels had both escaped. "Did you see them both?" the asked. "No, sir, I saw but. on e, and I could not tell who he was, he went so fast, but it is quiet up there." • "Go up and see if there is any one there. They may not have both escaped." The lieutenant was not anxious to go -up to the loft for all that he had expressed so contemptuous an opinion of the "saucy young rebels," bu t he had to obey orders if he lost his head, and so he went up the ladder and pushed back the trap. When his head wa" s on a le ve l with the floor he looked all about him but could see nothing, Dick being behind a cask which was stored away with other things in the loft. " I don't see any one here, sir," he called. "Go up," said the captain. "He may be hiding. He has no weapo ns. You need not be afraid." Then the lieutenant stepped into the loft and walked over toward the window . Suddenly Dick arose from behind the barrel, stepped noiselessly up behind him, and said: "Utter a s ound an'ti I will shoot you!" In a moment he had secured the officer's pis tols, and as the man turned he saw the muzzle of one in front of him. "Say that you have found none!" hissed Di ck. "There is no one here, sir," called the lieuten ant. "Have you searched thoroughly?" "Off with your coat!" hissed Dick. "Say that you have." "Yes, captain," and the officer quickly removed hi s coat. . Dick quickly put it on over his own and hissed: "Take off your neck-cloth." "You have looked thoroughly?" from below. "Yes, sir!" growled Dick. Then he suddenly gagged the lieutenant and tripped him up, throwing him in a corner behind the cask. "What's the trouble up there?" shouted the captain from the room below, hearing the s ound. "Stumbled over some rubbish. .There are no rebel s up here." "Then come down." Dick went down, shutting the trap after him and fastening it, the captain never suspecting that he was not the lieutenant, the boy's back being toward him. He was looking out the front window, when he suddenly felt some one remov ing his pistol belt and turned quickly. "NQt a word, captain!" hi ssed Dick. "Go into that cupboard yonder!" "Why, you saucy young--" "Spare your compliment s !" and Dick thrust a pistol under the redcoat's no s e and nodded to ward the cupboard. The captain turned pale in a moment and obeyed Dick's orders , being just comfortable in the cupboard with the door locked, when a ser geant entered. "Get my horse, sergeant," said Dick, looking over s ome papers on the table. "Yes, sir," and the sergeant went out. "If you shout, captain, I'll put a bullet through the door," said Dick. If the captain did not shout, the lieutenant up in the loft did, having succeeded in getting the gag out of his mouth and going to the window. Dick left the cabin as the sergeant came up with a horse. The lieutenant was shouting lustily from the window, and a number of redcoats wen t around to the side to see what it all meant. Dick was in the saddle in a moment and flying up the road before the frantic redcoat in the loft could make those below understand what had happened. At length h e heard the tramp of horses com ing toward him, and said t o himself: "That must be Mark and the boys. It sounds like the whol e troop. " Then he halted and took off the scarlet coat he w ore, having no further use for it if the Liberty Bciys were coming. In a short time he saw Mark and Bob and a lot of the boys com in?. on ll.t a gallop and waved his hat. 'Come on, boys!" he shouted. "Did you bring the whole troop, Mark?" "Yes, he thought he might need them," laughed Bob. "We will, for we must drive those redcoats from the cabin and also from below," said Dick, as he mounted Major, who had come with the boys. Bob, hurrying to the camp to get help for Dick, had come upon .the boys and had hurried them forward. On they went, and at length came in sight of the cabin whence Dick and Bob had escaped so fortunately. The redcoats had heard the clatter of hoofs and had feared the


THE LIBERTY BOYS' FATAL CHARGE '1 boys were coming, making all haste to get away. "Charge, Liberty Boys, down with the redcoats!" shouted Dick. ';Away with the redcoats and Tories!" The Tories were the first to run, and the red coats were not far behind them, seeing the num ber of the Liberty Boys and fearing that still more -were coming. They were right, for the after getting the Liberty Boys to go to the r01>cue of Dick and Bob, had hurried to the nearest patriot camp and given the alarm thllt the red coats were advancing. The boys charged bravely, meaning to drive the redcoats away from the cabin and from their position below as well. The enemy fell back to their position below and here they attempted to make a stand. Thr. boys charged with them, however, and befor,i long the tramp of men and horses could br! seen, and the men sent by the girls appeared in sight, re::idy to s upport the Liberty Boys . The gallant fellows gave a cheer and attacked the enemy more vigor ou s ly, determined to make the redcoats run be fore the others came up if they could. The red coats heard the cheers of the new-corners and fancied that the entire American army was coming down upon them. Back they went toward the fort at a run, the boys pursuing them in vigorous fashion, cheering and making noise enough for twice their number, sending in a vol ley to keep the redcoats going, and making a ll "the noise they could. TL' enemy made therr way back to the fort and entered in great haste, Cruger sending out a sallying party to drive back the boys. Then up came the regulars and forced the enemy to reth-e, the boys and their allies takillg a position outside and upon the men on the stockade until the cannon within L11e rort began to play upon them. Then they fell back, but while they could not get in•, ne'ither was it wise for the en my to come out. CHAPTER V.-Spying On the Enemy. Having sent the enemy back to the stockade and seeing a trong detachment -of the regulars stationed at a safe distance to see that they stay ed in, Dick rode away at the head of the Liberty Boys, and in good time reached the camp, where they found the girls waiting for You c:an go home again, girls," laughed Bob, when he saw them. "The cabin is all right again. The redcoats thought it was too warm for them and went back to the fort." "It is about time they did," said Sadie. "They had great a ssurance to come there in the first place without being asked." U'he girls were provided with horses, and set off for the cabin, Patsy.and Carl being detailed to accompany them. "li those two funny fellows don't get into trouble before they get back it will be very stz:ange, " declared Mark, with a grin. "The girls may keep them out of it one way, but, then, there is the coming back." "There i s not much trouble to get into now," replied Bob, "since the redcoats have gone back to the fort." "Well, there are other ways of getting into troub1e without Il}eeting redcoats"' answered Marl., "and they are sure to find 'it." After dinner Dick set out alone to reconnoiter, going in disguise in order to approach nearer to the enemy's lines than if he had been in uniform. He wore a buckskin shirt and breeches and a coonskin cap, looking like a young back woodsman and not at all like the dashing young soldier he was, carrying a long rifle over his shoulders and a knife in his belt. He was making his way toward the stockade at a point near the star redoubt, when he heard footsteps, and pres ently came upon Bud Wanning, who looked at him for a mo ment and said: Good-day. You'1e a stranger in these parts, aren't you?" "Reckon I donno as much as I mought," replied Di. ck, in a broad accent. "Mought you belonJ? hereabouts?" ' "No, I'm something of a stranger myself," said Bud, "but I fancied you didn't belong hereabouts." Then he went on and Dick proceeded, never looking behind, but being sure that the boy was watching him. He entered the bushes and went on with little noise, 'thinking to himself: "I think he knew me. He is smarter than his father and that set, and can se e through my disguise. I must be cautious." Going on, he saw a little hut in a small clear ing which had been used by w oodcho;ipers at one time and by hunters at another, being in a poor state of repair at the time. Suddenly he heard footsteps and then a hoarse whisper: "There's the rebel now, catch him!" The whisper was not intended to be heard by Dick, but the sound carried farther than a low tone would have done, and he was put upon his guard. As he hurried forward, thinking of some way by which to evade the men following him , he saw the gleam of scarlet uniforms among the trees beyond the hut and hurried on. He en. tered the hut and closed the dilapidated door behind him, at the same time looking about the place. There was a .hole in the roof which gave him s ome light, and there was a little loft over head approachedby a ladder. Listening intently, Dick heard Bud say: "He is in there and we must get him out." "You are sure of that?" Dick heard the red coat captain say. "Remember, you were going to show us the young rebe ls' camp, and you did not." "He must be in there unless you met him in the w ood s," answered the Tory boy. "He was going directly toward it. You did not meet him and he cannot. be anywhere else." Dick had not been idle all this time, and he was now arranging a plan of There was a pile of hay in one corner, which had been u sed as a bed at one time, and near it were some sticks, which had been u sed to hang s kin s on to dry before the fire. Dick took off his buck skin shirt and stuffy d it with hay, putting it in one corner of the little loft, and then throwing the little ladder after it. "There he is!" he suddenly heard Bud say, "In the loft. I can see him from here." From a dark corner Dick could see the Tory boy in a tree not far away, but was not himself seen. He had s u specte d at the fir"t. t.h::it Rnrl


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' FATAL CHARGE w o uld go up the tree to look through the hole in the ;r;_oof, . and his plans had been arranged with that 1l1 view. He peeked through a crack in the door a1;ld s:i:w the boy come down, and then some rough lookmg men advance cautiously. Then some redcoats came up, and the captain shouted: "Come out of there, you rebel. You have been seen and we are bound to have you in a short time." There were holes in the rear walls, and Dick, l o oking through them, saw that that part of the woods was deserted for the moment, all the red i:oats and Tories being in front. He quickly removed a board from the wall and slipped out, crouching to the ground as he hurried away. CHAPTER VI.-Good Work for Sharpshooters. Dick had hardly gotten well away from the hut before he saw that the redcoats were surround ing it and knew that he had not left a moment soon. Then he heard the Tories calling to him to come out or they would shoot him, and. presently he heard one or two shots, evidently fired from a treetop. He hurried on toward the sto ckade, which he at length reached, seeing the men working upon a battery, which was to be plac ed there so as to keep the patriot from ap-proaching too near. , "That has got to be stopped," he said to him se l f . Then he took aim at one of the men at work o n the 1;>latform and fired, inflicting a painful but n o t serious flesh wound. The men fired in the d irection of the shot, but Dick not there by that time, having changed his position the instant he had fired. He reloaded rapidly and fired again as soon as he could, wounding another of the men , and sending them all scurrying down inside the stockade in a terrible fright. "They'll come up again before long," he said to himself, "and then I'll give them another scare. " Presently he saw some of the men appear, and then, before he could aim, he heard .a report and saw a man tumble off the platform. "Hallo! there is another marKsman at work," he said. "He has been attracted by my shots, n o doubt." Then, before the man could run, he sent in another shot, inflicting a painful wound as be f o re, but showing the enemy that there was some one on the watch. Then another shot rang out from a different direction, and Dick knew that there were more men at work. The enemy disappeared, and Dick worked his way around presently coming upon a rifleman in blue and buff watching for a chance to get in another shot. "Hallo!" said Dick. "How many are there watching the enemy beside you and me! Did you fire more than once?" "No, that was the only chance I had. What c orps are you with? Seems to me I have seen yo u." "I'm with the Liberty Boys," replied Dick, simply. "H'm! there are some fine shots with them." "Yes, there are,'' shortly. Dick had reloaded, but it as some time be f o r e any of the enemy appeared. When one did come up, Dick fired and sent his hat fly ing, causing him to hurry down the ladder in a moment. "Why didn't you take the fellow's head off as well as his hat, boy?" the rifleman asked. "We never kill a man unless it isnecessary " returned Dick. "That fellow won't come Jp again, nor any others for some time." "By gravy! I believe you're Dick Slater himself!" exclaimed the rifleman in amazement. "Yes, I am Dick Slater," shortly. " "But you are not in uniform?" "No, I came out to get a sight at these fellows and found them at work. Then I began to pepper them and attracted others bent on the same errand, it would seem." Just then another .rifleman approached, this being a man who knew the young captain at sight. "I says to myself, says I, 'that's Dick Slater peppering them redcoats and Tories, for that'g just the way the Liberty Boys shoot,' says I, and so I came around to make sure," the man s aid. Others had been drawn to the spot by heartng the firing, and before long there were many marksmen from the patriot ranks watching the enemy and ready to fire upon the first chance offered. At long interva]s the enemy thought it prudent to appear, but were soon convinced that it was not, and the times between their appearance grew longer and longer. At length Dick concluded to return to the camp as it would be dark in half"an hour, and there were enough t o watch the enemy in cas e they should again appear. The boys were rather surprised to see him come in without his outside shirt, and were greatly interested when he told them where he had left it, and what he had been doing since then. • . "You had better place a, score or more of the deadshots ney the stockade to-morrow Dick " suggested Bob, and discourage thes e ' from going on with their work." ."I think it would be a good idea myself, Bob," Dick returned. "The boys will like the work and it will give the m something to do." ' About the time the boys were getting ready to retire there was the sound of firing not far away, and Dick had Carl sound the call to arms the boys y once making ready to sally forth against the enemy. "The redcoats have made a sortie, " muttered Bob, some one is trying to forc e them back." "I thmk we had better take a hand in the fight ourselves," replied Dick . "Forward boys!" Just as the boys were leaving the 'camp a soldier came running in and said excitedly: ' "The enemy have made a sortie. They have a lot of Tory ruffians with them, some of Bill Cunningham's gang, I think. We need help. " "Forward, down with the Tories I" cried Di . ck, and the boys went on with a c4eer. They took the road for some distance and then, hearing the firing in the woods and ;eeing the flash of muskets, they dismounted and rushed forward. Some of the dry stuff in tre woods had been set on fire by the discharge of the muskets, and there w:is quite a blaze as the boys came dashing up, but this enabled them to see the enemy all the better, and Dick now


THE LIBERTY BOYS' FATAL CHARGE 9 shouted, in a clear, ringing tone, heard above the din of the fight and. the roar of musketry: "Charge, Liberty Boys, fire!" On went the boys with a rush and a shout. A tremendous volley echoed the shout, and the woods seemed fairly to blaze as the report rang out. The boys had come in the nick of time, for now the enemy, seeing the brave young patriots advancing in such vigorous form, began to waver, and the men who had been attacked took fresh courage and advanced with renewed energy. A delay of a few minutes only would have given the enemy an advantage which it would have been hard to overcome, but now the patriots had the advantage and were determined to keep it. The fire showed the regulars and thei r young allies the enemy and the road to take, and they al! dashed forward with a rush and a shout and drove back the invaders with considerable loss. The fire consumed only the underbrush for a short space, but it gave the boys material assistance and they were very glad to have had it. The enemy fell back to the stockade by a path which had not been observed before, and the fire shortly burned itself out. They back to camp, and although they were watchful they heard no further alarm, the enemy being probably s atisfied to remain within the stockade and not make another attack. In the morning a score or more of the most expert shots among the Liberty Boys took post in sight of the stoc kade to prevent the enemy from going on with the work they had started the day be fore, having orders to fire on any one who appeared, but to. wound rather than kill the men. There were many of Greene's men posted there also, and the prospect was that if the marksmen did as efficient work as they had done the day before there would be very little advance made in fixing •the battery on top of the stockade. Having see n the bovs posted before the stockade and doin g good work, Dick se t off to reconnoiter in otl; directions. He was riding along the road wHen he met Hattie on horseback, the girl seeming to be greatly_Jl.istressed over somet hing. " 'hat is the matter, my girl?" he asked, drawing seem to be troub led over s ome thing. What is it?" "Yo u have not seen Sadie this morning, have you, captain?" the girl asked, looking up with tearful eyes. "No, I have not. What has happened?" '"I don't know, but she is not at home, and !lhe is not at my hou se nor anywhere that I kno w , and her mother says sh e started out to see me early, but she hasn't been there, and I am afraid something has happened." "What could have happened?" Dick asked. "She would not go anywhere near the fort, wou ld she? It is not far to your hou se." " No, and she would keep away from Ninetysix, of course. That horrid Bud Wanning tried to run away with her yesterday, and he may have s ucc eede d to-day." "Was Sadie on horseback when she left her house?" "Yes, and we can't find her nor the horse nor anything." 1 "Have you seen Bud Wanning this morning? He was with a lot of Tories who tried to surpris e our forces last night with a force from the fort, but ran away as soon as he saw the Liberty Boys." ' "No, I have not seen him. If I did I would scratch his face!" impulsively. "Where does he live?" "Inside the stockade. They had a house out side, but as soon as there was any trouble they went inside." "Well, I will work on the supposition that he is at the bottom of this affair and will look for him. ou had better let me see you home, my girl, for you don't know whom you may meet nowadays when you go out." . "I shall be very glad if you will go with me, captain, but where are you to look for Bud? You won't go into old Nmety-six, will you, in that uniform?" . "I may go there," with a smile, "but not in uniform. I want to get out again," dryly. "I shall get a disguise somewhere." "I can let you have a suit of my brother's. He is about your size, a little smaller, maybe, but I think you c ould manage." "That will be all right, Hattie. It will save me going to the camp." Then they went on at a good speed and i-n a short time reached the girl's house, where Dick got a very good disguise. / CHAPTER VIL-Dick on the Lookout. Dick left Major at Hattie's and set out to look for the young Tory, having an k!ea that he was at the .bottom of Sadie's disappearance. He was making his way at fair speed, when he heard voices ahead of him and, advancing cautiously, saw a cabin in the woods, the door being open and a number of men within. One of these Dick recognized as Hiram Wanning, and he advanced cautiously, creeping through the bu s he s and along the ground till within a few yards of the cabin. "That Bud of mine is a smart boy," Hiram presently said, "an' ef. he puts his mind on to anything he's bound to have it. I'd ruther he'd marry a Tory gal m'se lf, but ef he wants Rawlins's gal , I reckon he'll git her, whether or not." "Perhaps not!" was Dick'.s thought. "Will the gal have him?" asked one of the men. "'V'aal, she says s he won't, but that don't cut no figger with Bud. He 'low ed last evenin' that he was goin' ter git h er, an' I sho u ld 1 1't be mighty surprised if he'd got her by this time. He sot off that a-way this mormn', an' as he hain't come . home I reckon he's took her to the fort an' engaged the pa'son a'ready, bein' as there's a minister of the goshpul .in the place." "Waal, tastes differ, o' course, but ye woul dn't catch me lettin' no s on o' mine marry 110 rebel, no, sir!" "Ef your son wa:; as s mart a s my Bud ye couldn't help yerseif, Bill Hobbs. Your son Ned i s a peart b o y , I'll allow, but he ain't a patch on my Bud for,.peartness, I tell ye . Why, Bud he had a l etter wrote what ye couldn't tell but what Slater writ it J..isself, and this here letter was given to her, telliii' her to run over to Wil kinson's right smart to see him on bu sine ss . Do ye reckon she didn't go mighty quick?"


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' FATAL CHARGE wouldl}'t Slater go to see her' stead o' sendin' fur her to go to him?" with a sneer. "Don't see nothin' peart about that!" "She wouldn't think o' that part of it, would she? Bud was reckonin' on the gal's nater an' he reckoned right, tew. Gals'll run anywhere the feller they're fond of axes 'em ter run." "Huh! s o she's fond o' Slater, is she?" "She sure is, and Bud knowed it an' reckoned accordin'. Don't ye tell me my boy Bud ain't as cute a piece o' funnicher as was ever turned out, 'cause I know better." The men were coming out of the cabin, Bill Hobbs not liking the way in which his s on had been talked about, and Dick made his escape in good time to avoid discovery. "Now to get into the stockade," irn said to himself, as he went on. Making his way around to the farther side of the stockade to the little stream which supplied the _ people and garrison with water, Dick looked about him. The stockade ran right across the creek, but there were openings to let the water out, and here a good swimmer could get through with little trouble. "The only thing about it is that I shall get my clothes wet and have to dry them somewhere oefore I can go on," thought Dick. Then he looked along the stockade and saw a place where the log s did not reach the water, there being room enough for oz1e to swim through without going under water. "I ought to .be able to swim with one hand and hold my bundle of dry clothes in the other," he murmured. "Then I must find a place on the other side where I can put tliem on, but there ought to be plenty of bushes there, I should think." He found a good place on the bank where he could take off his disguise, and he did so in a short time, making a compact bundle of his garments and then wading carefully in till obliged to swim. Then, keeping one hand well above water to prevent his clothes from getting wet, he swam with the other till he reached the opening in the. stockade. He held on here with one hand and put his clothes under with the other, coming unexpectedly upon a spike in one of the log s on the farther side. _ "Hallo I I did not expect this," he murmured, and then, feeling about, he hung the bundle on the spike and sank under water. Making his way unde'I" the stockade he came up on the in side , seeing no one about and finding hi s bundle safe and perfectly dry. He took it down and swam toward a clump of bushes, being able to wade the most of the way, thus averting the danger of wetting his clothes. He hear_ d voice s at a little distance, but did not see any one, and made all baste to get into his on being discovered. Having dressed himself, he walked along the bank and presently saw a number of boys swimming in the creek in a little sheltered cove out of sight from any chance passer on the road. There were four or five boys and they s eemed to be ha\4tng a fine time, although it was doubtful if the people of the fort would like to have their tlrinking water used that way if they had known i t . Dick walked on till he reached some of the houses within the stockade , and suddenly saw Bud Wanning stand ing talking to a man in front of one of them. "Have you got your witnesses?" the man asked, as Dick came up, unseen by Bud. "' " I can get plenty of them when you are ready to perform the ceTemony," muttered the Tory boy. Dick kept behind the Tory and noticing that the house door was open, judged that Bud had just come out. rn a moment he had slipped in, unnoticed by Bud, and made his way along the main hall to the rear, listening intently. He presently thought he heard some one s obbing, said in a low tone, close to one of the doors: "Are you there, Sadie?" The sound sto pped, and in a moment a voice asked: "Who is that?" "Dick Slater. Did Bud Wanning run off with .you?" "Yes, the scoundrel! He says I have got t o marry him, but I won't." "Is there a window in your room?" "Yes , .it look s out on the garden behind." "Good ! Can you open it?" "Yes, it is open, but what is the use? If I get out some one would stop me." ''Don't be discouraged, Sadie, I -ivill. get you out o f here shortly,'' and Dick' made hi s way to the rear and out of the back door into the garden, where a negro boy was at work. "Go and get your dinner," said Dick, passing through the garden to a low fence. in the rear. "A'right, sah ! " muttered the boy, without looking up. Dick's back was turned to him when he finally straightened up and went into the house at a lQWer entrance. In a moment Dick was over the fence and hurrying toward the. creek, where he had left the boys swimming a short time before. "If they are only the1e yet it wi11 be all right," he thought. "It is a hard matter to get a boy out of the water, if y ou want him and it may be as hard to make hi!ll stay in." Reaching the creek, however, he found the boys still there and ,having as good a time as ever. Their clothe s were laid out in four or five piles under the trees, and now Dick crept carefully up and took a shirt here, a pair of shoes there, here breeches and there a coat, a hat here and so on till he had made up a suit of clothes. "I am impartial," he laughed, "and do not take from any one all he has.--! think these will suit Sadie all right, if she will wear them." Then he hurried back to the garden, got over the fence, stood under a tree and whistled softly. Presently Sadie came to the window and Dick ran hastily up, raised his bundle and said: "Put these on quick and then jump out. I will catch you. T)'ley are boys' things, but you must not mind that. Better wear them and be free than your o w n and be a prisoner." The n h e threw the bundle into the room through the open window and ran back to the tree, hearing s ome on e coming. It was Bud, who came into tne garden muttering to himself. "I'll get witnesses if I have to lie about it," he muttered. "I'll sign the papers myself, her name and all. If the pars on is particular, let him be; I'll get s ome one else. Hallo, Pomp!" "Yes, .Marse Bud I" called the negro boy whom I I t • ._ l


THE LIBERTY BOYS' FATAL CHARGE. 11 Dick had seen. "l'se eating mah dinnah, Iak yo' said." "Well, hurry up and then go and find Ned Hobbs for me." "A'right, sah ! " and Bud went out through a side path and gate to the front, Dick whistling as he came forward. He could see the negro boy leave the kitchen, and s o knew that the way was clear and came closer to the window . "All right?" he asked, softly. "In a moment," laughing. "I am not used to boys' things." In a minute or so Sadie appeared at the win dow, making a very handsome boy, although her clothes were coarse and did not match 1 in color or pattern. "Ready?" asked Dick. "Yes, but I feel very strange. Will I meet many people?" "No, I guess not, but you must not...-mind," laughing. "You look all right, though perhaps I should have taken a complete suit." "What do you mean, captain? Where did you --" "Never mind now," with a laugh. "Come ahead, jump! There is no time to lose. I don't know w hen Bud Wanning m:ty come back." That settled the matter f9r Sadie, and she no longer hesitated, but jumped out of the window into Dick's arms. "The front way is safe, I think," muttered Dick, and taking the girl's hand he made his way along the shaded walk at the side of the house and out at the !!'ate into the r o ad. Then he walked carelessly along, the persons they met taking them to be merely a couple of country bo ys looking about. _ . "The trouble is how to get out of the stockade," Dick. " I can't go out the way I came in, very well, and I don't want tq venture out anywhere nea the star redoubt to be made a target of, even if I could contrive to get out." ''We got in by a way that the patriots do not kno w of, captain," the patriot girl said, quickly. "I will show you where it is." "Very good," said Dick. "l' shall . be glad to know it, so that we can keep these fellows ln of a night. I warrant Bud Wanning knows mor.e than one secret way out of the place. How did the rascal get hold of you, by the way?" "Hattie asked me to go over to. her house last night and 1 was on my way when he and a lot of To'ries s prang out upon me and carried me off. That was all there was about it. Then Bud and some more, not all of the .party, got in by the path I am going to show you ... "I heard a diffe1ent story," said Dick, quietly, "but I thought that the old man might be lying." Sadie led the way, seeming to get more and more over her awkwardness at finding hers elf in boys' clothes as they went on, partly because Dick said nothing about it and partly on account of their meeting no one for some little time. Then when they met some men coming along a rough path she did not seem to mind it, but walked off by Dick's side as any boy might. The men nodd ed , and Dick and Sadie went on, the girl saying: "Thos e are some of the men who were with Bud Wanning this morning. I had to appear careless or they have known I was a girl, and then they might have suspected something." ' "All right," said Dick. "You are 'doing very well. You know the way to the stockade, do you?" I can find it. I to ok notice when we came m: I have been in Ninety-six before and know the way around." They went on, and at length came in sight of the stockade, when they heard footsteps behind them, Dick stepping behind s ome bushes with Sadie at ..his side. ' '.'We'll give rebe . ls a said a gruff voice, and, peermg out, Dick saw Wanning and a number of the Tories hastening toward the stockade, down the narrow path. "Come!" he *1hispered. CHAPTER VIII.-The Escape.from the"'Stockacte There was quite a party of the_ and then Dick noticed a number of Loyalists and s ome redcoats following and hurrying the girl along he went ahead of the redcoats, as if belonging 'to the first detachment. There was a hidden gate in the stockade. and this was already open as Dick reached it. He passed through, with Sadie at his side, no one noticing him in the haste of getting through. The path the enemy took was one that he had ncit discovered, and he was glad to know of 'it, as now he could place some of the Liberty Boys there to watch the enemy, as well as let the general know of its existence that he migoht guard it. "We must get away," he whispered to the girl at his side. "Some of these Tories may recog nize us if they see too much of us." The Tory boy was n.ot with the others, and Dick supposed that he was busy with his other affair and so had no time to give to this. He presently had a chance to slip to one side and then hurried on as fast as Sadie could go, so as to warn the Liberty Boys, or the first lot of patriots he came to, that the enemy were making a sortie. Hastening on, he suddenly heard the click of a musket trigger and a sharp challenge: "Halt! Who goes there?" "Captain Slater and a friend," he replied, quickly. "Don't fire! A party of the enemy is approaching on the right by a secret path. Have you any one there?" Then two riflemen, in blue and buff, stepped out of the bushes and looked sharply at Dick and the girl. "You are Captain Slater, of the Liberty Boys?" one asked . "Yes, I have just come from the stockade . l went there on important business and to learn what I could. I left it with the party I told you of." "How do we know that you are Captain You look like a farmer's boy. Who is the with you?" "It is not a boy at all, but a young girl whorr. I have rescued from the enemy. A Tory boy carried her off thi morning. Take me to your captain or send for s ome of the Liberty Boys. Meantime, do not let the enemy pass by the secret path." -


12 THE' LIBERTY BOYS' FATAL CHARGE Just then two or three other American regulars came up, and one of them said: "Glad to see you, captain. You say the enemy are coming?" "Yes, by a secret pass, to the right. There are not many of them as yet, but they may send out a larger force." "Hasten to the right and stop them!" cried an officer, who s uddenly appeared, having h eard the last of Dick's an swer. "Make has te, c aptain, if you wish to reach the Liberty Boy s ." "Yes, I do, sir, for I can bring some of them and help to check the advance of the Tories." Dick then hurried on, but in a few moments there was the s ound of rapid firing where he knew the Tories to be, J!J. "Hurry, captain!" said Sadie. "I can get home alone now. I am not afraid, and I only hinder you." Dick h•d no fear now but that the res cued girl would make her way safely home, her road lying to one side of that along which the s oldiers wtmld come, and so he hurried to the camp. Reaching it, he rapidly donned his uniform and set off at the head of all the hoy s he found ther e and hastened to the scene of conflict. The alarm had fortunately been given in time, and Greene had rufihed a strong detachment to the spot, and the intended surprise had failed. "It won't be long before the enemy w ill be unable to make any but night sorties ," said Dick, as they were going back to camp. "All these hidden places will be learned and the enemy will be shut up." . "Then yre will starve them out," declared Bob. "1 don't know," said Dick. "They may have sent for help if Cruger has been able to get men outside the stockade without our knowing it." The boys were greatly interested in hearing of Dick's adventures in the stockade, and were glad to hear that Sadie had been rescued fr

THE. LIBERTY BOYS' FATAL CHARGE. 13 fell back s lowly. At length they were see n by a large party of redcoats who gave chase. The boys rode on at a gallop. CHAPTER (X.-Dodging the Enemy. !!'he boys were quickly out of danger, as the r e dcoats were afraid to pursue them too .far for fear of getting into trouble themselves. That day and the next, G!eene tig1:tened his lines tt. e fort and made 1t more difficult for .the garn son to c ome out, and then only at mght. Lee and Pickens were now with Green_e, and the wo.rk of sapping and mining was gorng on steadily u.nder the direrl:ion of who had on the ground .;ince the begrnmng of the The constructi on of a tower of logs from which to fire into the stockade was al so begun, for Greene feared that Rawdon might come from Camden to the aid 'of Cruger, and, therefore wished to pus h matters ahead as ragidly as p o s sible. One afternoon, while the. work on parallels and the lo g tower w:;ts gorng on nrom1s ingly, D i ck set out to see 1f could find a certain place where the enemy had c?me ?ut the night before, s o as to prevent their dorng so again. • He wore a n ordinary suit of homespun and looke d li ke a common farmer boy, hi s pistols being concealed under hi s coat, s o that he ap fpeared to be unarmed. H e was proc;eedi n g cau tiously, the country being rough and wild, w hen he saw a shadow fall across the path a head of him, the sun bein g high in the heavens at that time. He saw no on e, but he knew that some one was there on account of the shado w on the path. Then a s econd fell alongs ide the first and 'Dick saw that 1t was. that of a man with a rifle in his hands, the fir t being that of a boy abo u t his own size. . "They are waiting for me," _he muttered, a s he stopped and loo ked about him, carele.ssly, the shadows di sappearing a s the pers on s who m a de them stepped c l o ser to the tree. ' " -:hey thought tbe tree hid them, but they did not realize that the sun was behind them." Then he turned off to one side, a s if looking fo r s o me thing, keeping his ears open, but never once looking behind him. There were tree s be tween him and the pers ons whos e shadows he had seen, and he took care that there should b.e, as he mistrusted the m a n and, was not certam about the boy, whose shadow made' J:im think h e m ight be the Tory youth, Bud "I'll wager it's Slater," he. heard, rn a hoars e whisper, which he was not suppo sed to hear. "It look s like his build." "That's Bud Wanning," he said to him self. " I judged it was by the shadow, but the v o ice de cid ed me. " At that moment Dick heard a call as of a man in the woods coming toward him and shouting to some one. ' "These. fellows are Tr,.' e s, and I wouldn't won der if the man coming i s on e also , he thought, as he walked on, carelessly, getting b ehind a big bus h at the turn of the path. The woods were some open here although there was a good deal :ef tangled underbrush, fallen trees and boulders which made what path there was rather difficult to foJ.1.ow at times . Dick's sharp ears caught the sound of some one making his way through tbe brus h, and then the call he had heard was re peated. "I might . pasp this fellow coming, all rig-ht," he thought, "but there are thos e two behind, and that's another story." He went on rapidly, making a clear trail till he came to a bit of boggy ground, hearing the call of the m a n ahead and a n answer from those behind at that moment. Catching an-overhanging branch, he swung himself into a great tree grow ing out of a cluster of rock s ai;id, then, reach ing a branch. of another, swung off into this and speedily dropped to the earth on stony ground, where his tracks did not s how. Thence he hast ened through the thicket crouching nearly to.the ground to the hollo w tree he see n. He had just drawn himself well within the hollow when h e heard Bud Wanning shout: "Hallo! That you, Bill ?n "Surely!" answered a coarse voice. "Where's your pap?" • "In the fort. See any one come your way just now?" "No, I didn't," and the man whom Dick knew to be Bill Cunningham, leader of the notorious " Bloody Sc.Guts," sat on the fallen tree trunk and lighted a sulphur match with which to light hi s pipe. " I tried to let you_ know, but your c alling scared him, I fancy. We got a sight of Dick Slater back here a little." "That pesky young rebel what's given us s o much trouble? I want to know! Why didn't you shoot him if you had a sight of 'him?" "Trees!" muttered the man. "He didn't know we were watching him,'' added Bud, "but it see m ed as if every time we went to shoot there'd be a tree in the way. Be sides , I'd rather catch and hang the rebel than s hoot "Reckon I would, too," muttered Cunningham, puffing away a t hi s pipe , Dick s melJ;ng the aroma a s plainly a s if h e were beside the man. "Here are t r acks,'' said the Tolv with Bud. "He went by this way, . a s t enough." "So he did, Bill," muttered the b:>y. " Bill Cun ningham's callin g gave him a start, I reckon. You d i d not s ee him, Bill?" "No, I did not; didn't s ee no on e. Where'd ye reckon he.:.S went: "Th e tracks are plain enough," said the bov. "We mu s t find him Bill. Come a h ead. He can't get away from us." The boy and the man "follo wed Dick's trail, as he meant they should, Bill Cunningham meanwhile sitting on the trunk, smoking hi s pipe, carele ssly, with no notion of the young patriot being s o clo s e to him. "Hallo! he went now?" exclai med the Tory with Bud. " He's leaped acros s the bog, of cours e" mut tered Bud. "We'll find his tracks over there." "Find him?" s houted Cunningham, in a few minutes. "No, and it's the funnies t thing, too." "Where's he went?" "Don't know." "Wull, ye gotter git him. We cain't have rebels like him hidin' in the woods an' we not find


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' FATAL CHARGE 'em, 'specially Dick Slater," growled Cunningham, knocking his pipe on the tree trunk. "Reckon I give you all a little help at findin' the var mint." Bill set off toward the others, not knowing, and neither did Dick, that he had spilled some hot coal s from his pipe into a lot of dry leaves and brush alongsi de the trunk. Dick heard the outlaw go away and then began to smell dry leaves burning and to hear the cracking and snapping of flames. In. a moment he heard a shout from the Tory boy. " Hallo, Bill! What have you done?" he cried. "Set the woods on fire, have you?" "Reckon it won't burn much, there's too much green stuff." "It's coming our way all the same, and fast. We'll have to run for it, I reclcon." The dry leave s and brush made a hot blaze, but there was a deal of thick s moke besides, and this concealed Dick. He could hear the Tories run-. ning, and knew that he was safe enough, as they were not coming his way. The fire burned very bright and very hot for a time, but it shortly s howed signs of-eating itself out and had already received a check at the bit of swampy ground where Dick had thrown the Tory boy off the trail. Dick pushed on, getting to one side of the fire, which had cut a swath teaor fifteen yards wide and going on without trouble, the flames diminishing by the time he crossed the stretch of swamp land. Then, as he looked back, he saw that there was no danger of the fire spreading, and that it would probably s oon be out. He mus t be on the watch for Cunningham and the others, therefore, as they had gone in the direction he was going and might return when they found that the fire was not spreading. "They were going that way, or at least Bill Cunningham was,'' he thought, "and they may keep on that way. I must not let them see me, and I wish to find out what I set out to find." Listening attentively, Dick presently beard voice s and got behind a tree, looking out cautiously to see if the enemy were in sight. He shortly saw Bill Cunningham come out of a thicket, followed by the 'fory boy and Bill Hobbs, and by one or two others, the whole party commg toward him, although they had not seen him. Dick quickly made his wp.y to another and a larger tree, back of the one behind w hich he had been hiding, and deftly swung himelf up among the thickes t of its branches by means of an overhanging limb. In a few moments he was completely concealed, and as he had left no trail behind him, there was no danger of his hiding-place being discovered, especially as the Tories had not seen him and probably supposed that he had escaped lon g before. Ens conced among the thick foliage and unable himself to se e the ground beneath, Dick listened intently and at length heard the Tories approaching and heard them stop under the very tree in which he was hidden. "We'll sweep right through the rebel district tonight," growled Cunningham. "We won't leave on e oi 'em." "That means the isolated cabins,'' thought Dick. "11 ill Cunningham would no morn attack any of t,;, , r.amps than a l amb would fly at a wolf. We must watch the unprotected portions, for that is where he will strike." CHAPTER X.-The Capture of Bud. Dick could h ear plainly all that was said under the tiee, being directly above the speakers, who did not speak in low tones, having no idea that he was there. "If you'll run .off with the Rawlins g irl, Bill," said B ud, "I will do as much for you one of these days." "The rascally Tory is more likely to run ofi with Sadie for himself than to help Bud Wanning get her,'' thought Dick. "All right, b o y," laughed the outlaw. "We'll go there on our way. Then we'll go to Wilkinson's. There's a nest of rebels there that I want to clear out. " , "Wilkinson live s out of the way of any one,• murmured the young patriot, "and that is why he goes there. He expects no oppo sition. He'll shoot down solitary sentries and attack defenseless women, but w ill never attack a camp where he might meet with defeat." "You'd oughter take the Wilkinson gal, too," said Hobbs. "My boy Ned thinks a heap of her." "H'm! can't h e find another girl without taking a rebel?" snarled Bill Cunningham. "There must be plenty." "But none that would take such a sneak," thought Dick. "That's all right, she'll be a good .an ' loyal subjick arter she's married to my s on Ned," returned Hobb s . "We have not found Dick Slater yet," muttered Bud Wanning, "and he was out here. Where could he have gone?" "Mebby it was him that set the brush on fire," suggested Bill Cunningham. "That would give him a chance t o get away." "Perhaps he did." "He went that 'ere way," added Hiram, "an' it would be just like him to do sec h a thing. He's as peart as a fox, he i s , if he air a pesky rebel, blame him!" "Thank you for the compliment, Hiram," said Dick to himself. "Wull he's gone, then," declared Cunningham, "and it's a good thing he has, 'caus e he won't know nothing of our plan to rush the rebels an' clear the region of 'em." "The outlying and thinly settled places, you mean, Bill," muttered Dick. "You will be careful enough not t o go near the well-settled parts or near any camp." "Where will you start from?" asked Bud. "Here, I reckon, an' go fus t to Rawlins' and then tci the other rebels, and after that sweep right through the di strict and cle a r 'em all out. Eleven o'cl ock's a gqod time to start, the rebels all heing abed by that time." "Very good," said Bud, setting off toward the fort, Bill Cunningham and some of the men go. ing toward the burned woods, Hiram and one o r two toward the north, and the rest in the direction of the Liberty Boys' camp. "I'd like to catch Bud,'' thought Dick, sliding down to the ground and noticing which way the


THE LIBERTY BOYS' FATAL CHARGE 1.5 Tory boy went. "He is a spy as well as a ruffian and will do no end of mi"schief until he is caught." Taking pains not to be seen, Dick followed the Tory boy, who had gone off alone, keeping him jn sight and advancing. rapidly when the woods were thick, and crouching nearly to the ground when they were open. Presently was no one in sight but Bud, the others havmg disappeared, and Dick .hurried on, taking care to make as little noise as possible, not to be seen till it was impossible to hide himself. By this time he was within fifty feet of the Tory boy who hearing a sound, turl)ed and saw him. Bud started to run, recognizing Dick, and in a moment the young patriot captain was after him. "Stop, or I fire!" he called. Dick was fleeter of foot than Bud,. and rapidly gained upon him. "Stop, I tell you!" he called again. Fear lent wings to the Tory boy's feet, but he could not outrun Dick. "I won't warn you again, Bud!" cried Dick. "If you don't stop now it will be the.._death of you!" Bud suddenly sank upon the ground, exhausted from fear and from his exertions, and Dick ran up and caught him by the collar, dragging to his feet. In another moment he thrust his hand ins ide Bud's coat and secured a pistol which he bad conceal e d there. This he put in his pocket and turning the Tory boy around, started him on the' march over the path he had just come. "Let me go. Slater, and I'll tell you how I got out of Fort nety-six," muttered Bud, pale and trembling. "I will find the way, all right," muttered Dick. "So you would betray your accomplices, would you, to. save your own skin? I can't trust you, Bud." Then he hurried the Tory bny on, one hand on his collar and the other holding a pistol to his head. For a time Bud said nothing, although he looked anxiously about in several directions , hQll ing, evidently, to s ee s ome of his friends. "What are you going to dowith me, Slater?" he asked at length, turning his head, more to see if any one were coming than for the purpose of addressing Dick, as the latter knew. >''Keep you out of the way and prevent your telling Bill Cunningham that we are going to be on the lookout for him to-night," Dick replied. "You seem determined to carry off Sadie Rawlins don't you? You will find yourself in trouble on that account if you are not careful, Bud." "I don't know anything about Bill Cunning ham,'' muttered the other. "I don't associate with such fellows." 1 was up in the tree under which you stood when you talked over your plans for to-night, Bud," quietly. "It does not pay to try to lie to me. I know too much." "Let me go and I'll tell you jtlst how you can catch Cunningham," the Tory boy muttered. "I know where he hides, and I can show you the place." "We will get rid of Cunningham," shortly. "Leave that to us. We want you, Bud, and we are going to have you. I have. not taken all this risk and trouble for nothmg." "I'll give you a thousand pounds if you let me . go, Slater," said the boy, turning a white and frightened face to Dick. "That is the wors t . thing you have said yet, Bud," Dick returned. " I might let you go for the sake of catching a greater scoundrel, but to be offered money is the greatest insult you could put upon me. If you say that again you will have to be carried to our camp." Bud said nothing and Dick hurried him on as before. Now. and then he see med about to sham exhaustion, as if unable to go another step, but a pressure of the pistol against his temble would start him on again with renewed vigor. Dick feared that he might meet some of the Tories returning, as a part of them had gone _ in the direction of the camp, and he kept a watch ahead and listened intently for an-y sound which would indicate that an enemy was coming. At length he caught sight of two or three suspicious-looking men in the distance and hurried Bud into a thick clump of bushes in an instant. "If you utter a sound, Bud, it will be the last you will make!" said Dick, in a low tense voice. The men had not seen Dick on account of the trees, l!nd then the young patriot captain was on the lookout for any possible enemies which gave . him an advantage over them. "Sit down and rest yourself, Bud," said Dick. ""ou need a res t after y ou r .exertions." Bud sat on the ground, knowing that Dick had other reasons for making him sit down than for giving him a rest, but he said nothing. "And don't try to get up and run, Bud," Dick added. "I have my eye on you and I can shoot quickly." Bud seemed to know that it was useless to attempt to escape, and he sat still, neither moving nor uttering a sound. Dick peered cautiously out and saw the men coming on steadily, their path being likely to take them quite to one sid e of the place where he was hidii•g. On they came, s uspecting nothing, but talking in a light vein and laughing over their expected success that night. They came an, passed the clump of bushes on their right at a distance of a hundred feet, and "at length disappeared in the thick woods. Their talk had been easily heard by Dick and by the Tory boy as well, the latter sitting perfectly still, however, and neve1 : movingor uttering a sound. "Gt up, Bud," said Dick, at )ast. have had a good rest and there irno reason for staying here any longer." "Are y ou g oing to hang me, Slater?" asked Bud, as he got upon his feet and went out cf the bushes with. Dick's hand on his collar, a:;; bef'lre. "I hardly think you are worth that, R .:d," re plied Dick, "but you might be kept O i1t of the way of doing mi schief. You are prone to that, you may know. You wanted to get into the Liberty Boys s o as to betray u s, and you tried two or three times to run off with Sadie Rawlins. Your scho oling has not been of the best, Bud." "What will you do with me, then?" asked Bud. "Keep y ou from doing mischief,'' shortly, and Dick hurried on, not feeling that he was entirely out of danger yet. Once he saw. a s uspiciouslooking man com)ng along, and said, shortly: .. i am going to put my pistol in my pocket, Bud, but I shall hold it so that I can shoot aa


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' FATAL CHARGE well as if it were out, s o you had best be warned and keep quiet." / The two boys, captor and captive, went on, passing the man at a little distance. "Look out fur the rebels, Bud,'' said the men . "We don't care anything for rebels" replied Dick, and the two boys went on, the man shortly being out of sight. At le!lgth they reached a point beyond which it would be dangerous for the enemy to venture, and Dick hurried on, saying to Bud: CHAPTER XL-Hiram Leaves the Ranks. , Dick and a few of the boys rode over to Sadie's at not too late an hour, while Bob and a considerably larger party went to Hattie's to be ready for the outlaws when they should appear. As Bud would not be at the meeting place, it was po ss ible that Bill Cunningham would not go to the' Rawlins' cabin, but there was a possibility of it, and so Dick went over there to be on hand if the Tory did come. Sadi e and "I won't keep hold of you any more, Bud, but do not try to get away, as I am a dead shot." the rest were to see the boy s , but "You've been too much ior me, Slater," said • somewhat at the same ttme, the girl th T " d I h d idea that I was pretty herself askmg e an a an "Do you expect any trouble, captain, that you clever. h 11 d b t D. k have brought the Liberty Boy s with you at this At last they were. c a , u. ic was time?" know_n and had no d1ffic.ulty m passmg through "Well, not very much, my girl," smiling, "or the Imes so on own camp. When the I wo uld have brought a larger party. I rather boys saw him come m with Bud, they all expect Bill Cunningham over this way to-night, recognized, they w.ere excite?. ?" . although he may not come." 1 "Hallo! How did this happen, Dick asked "Bill Cunningham! my sake s !" cried the girl's Bob. mother. "What does the varmint want over "That's the fellow who would have liked to here?" ' • betraY. you and all of us, Dick," declared Mark. "Bud W asked him to come over to run "Bud Wanning, as I live!" cried Ben. away with Sadie, but Bud w ill not be here. . He "Put him under guard, boys!" cried Dick. "If will be otherwis e engaged." he wants to walk about he may do so, only see "Good thing he is! I'll take a broom to him that he does not get away." ifhe comes around here again in a hurry." Dick related to Bob, Mark and some .of the . "Yes, he's in the camp of the Liberty Boys just boys how he came to catch Bud, but said that now and. likely to stay there." he had not accomplished what' he had set out to "With the Liberty Boys?" asked Sadie. "What cl is he doing there, for g-oodnes s sake?" "We must watch the enemy," he added, "and "He is a prisoner. I captured hinf'this after-see that they do not sally out so much, and tonoon. That's how I learned about Bill Cunningnight we must do what we can to punish Bill ham." Cunningham unless he takes the alarm and does " I want to know! Whatever will you do not venture out. " with him, captain?" "What are you going to do with Bud Wanning, ' " Keep him for a time to prevent his doing any Dick?" asked Bob. more mischief. " " Keep him from doing any mi schief for the "Huh l I reckon you'll have to keep him on present. I do not think it necessary to hang steady, then,'' wit'h a laugh, "because he's always him." up to mischief." "He would have betrayed us, Dick." Dick left one or two of the boys outsid e to "Yes, but he did not." watch,_ while he was indoors talking to "And he abducted Sa_slie." . Sadie and Suddenly Ben came in "Civil rather than military law covers that soitly and said, m a low tone: point, Bob." "I think is comin g, "He has tried to do all the mi schief he could, We s u s p!c1ous sounds, there is some and his father is a member of the 'Bloody Scouts.' comi!1g, without a doubt. . He may l>e too for all we know." All right, Ben, a watch. We. will be " . ' . . ready for .the ras cal if he does come, be assured." _,, Yes, but he has done so mischief, A little later there was a clatter of hoofs out-Bob. I shall not. let him go fo.r a at any side , and the outlaw was heard saying, in a rate. I will. see. d1spo s1tl on I loud tone: , make of h1;m. Perhaps_ if he IS thor?'1ghly f;right" Now, then, rout the rebels! Burn down the. ened h.e will behave and his case is not hou s e! Run off with the gal and shoot them so serious yet a,s to requue extrei_ne all down!" . although we don,,t know what he might do if al-In a moment Dick app,eared at the back door lowed to go on. . and, with a rattle of swords and muskets and "Well, you know best, of course, Dick, but I trappings, cried, in tremendous tones: think the fellow i s thoroughly bad and should "Now, then, my brave boys, down with the be punished. " miserable outlaw and all his dirty cowardly crew I "Certi:linly, B?b, but not in too extreme a man-Liberty forever! Down with Cunningham. and ner,'' Dick replied. the whole Bloody Scouts! Away with them, Bud remained in his tent and did not attempt boys!" to escape, giving the guards no trouble whatever. Then Dick and the boys came around the Bill Cunningham was to be \lttended to, hows i de of the cabin with a rush and a roar, while ever, and when it began to grow late the boys three or four shots were fired in the air from prepared for the meeting. the cabin itself. <>v<>rv ''"' .,.,,, lcin11 all the noise


• THE LIBERTY BOYS' FATAL CHARGE. 17 possible. Bill Cunningham never attacked a large body, and he now supposed that all the Liberty Boys were opposed to him, and he and his men beat a hasty retreat, the boys firing a volley after them. They could hear the clatter of hoofs going down the road at a gallop, and they enjoyed a hearty laugh at the expense of the outlaws and the success of Dick's piece of strategy. "They won't come agaiii.," remarked Dick, "and I think we had better go over to Wilkinson's and give Bob s ome help. If Cunningham finds he is opposed on all side he will probably leave the region of Ninety-six and go elsewhere." The boys then rode off at a gallop in the direc tio'n of the Wilkinson house, determined to keep the outla"11 on the run and to drive them from the district, if possible. In the meanwhile, Bob, with. a large party of Liberty Boys, had arrived at Wilkinson's, and making their errand known, concealed themselves near by and waited the coming of the outlaws. Wilkinson himself had something of a family and, on account of the lonely situation of the house, was always well alarmed. He sent posthaste for his nearest neigh-• bors, and by the time that Bill Cunningham was expected, there was a goodly force at the house awaiting ,the ruffian. Cunningham, meanwhile, had secured more of his men and was riding at good speed toward the settler's, expecting to meet with no resistance there and to make a lot of trouble. It was not yet eleven when he suddenly ,. rode up at the head of a considerable party and ordered an attack ,to be made. Then, to hi s surprise, the Liberty Boy, with Bob, sallied forth on one side and Wilkinson and his family and neighbors on another and opened fire upon them with loud shouts. Then the clatter of hoofs was heard in the rear, and in a moment the shouts of Dick Slater and his little band told them that more of gallant boys were comin g. Cunningham took fright at this and was in full flight by the time Dick and his boys came up. T.hen all the Liberty Boys on the ground gave instant chase and sent .the outlaws scurrying away in many directions, Cunningham himself escaping, but two or three of his men being captured and promptly hanged by the indignant settlers. "If you shoot them they don't seem to mind it," growled Wilkinson, "but if you hang 'em it has a lasting effect and does a heap more good." The Liberty Boys returned to the camp weJ,I pleas ed with their night's work, and there was no further alarm, the enemy evidently knowing that the boys were out and not venturing forth. Bud Wanning was asleep when the boy returped, but awoke and heard them talking of the rout of Bill Cunningham and his band. "Did Cunningham go to the Rawlins' cabin?" be asked Ben Spurlock, who was passing at the time. "Yes, and went away in a hurry, too, like a whipped dog with his tail between his leg s ." "H'm I if he had run off with Sadie I w ould never h a ve seen her," 1nuttered the boy. "I don't think you would, but we were on hand, and he did not run off with anybody except himself, and he got off with him in hot has te, I can tell you!" laughing. Bud said nothing, but went in and was soon a s leep again. . " \Ve won't see Cunningham again, I fancy, Dick," said Bob, the next morning as he and the younJ captain were at breakfast. "No, I don't believe we will, but I must find out where that place is that the enemy gets out of and try and stop it. I se t out to do so yesterday, but had o ther matters to attend to." "Do you suppose Bud Wanning would tell you?" "He might, but I shall not ask him. We must show him that we 'do not need him, but that we can obtain our information without his help." Shortly after breakfast Dick set out in a different disgui s e from the one he had worn the day before to ti:.y to find the loophole where the enemy made their sorties , so as to clo s e it and prevent their making any more forays. He made his way rapidly to the point where he had hidden in the lo g the day before without encountering any one, and then proceeded cautiously, not knowing when he might see or hear an enemy. When near the tree where he had hidden and had overheard the plan of the Tories discussed, he saw a num.ber of men approaching, catching a glimpse of them in time. to avoid being seen himself. In a moment he was at the tree and was shortly en s conced in his former hiding place safe from prying eyes. The men he had seer: came on and s topped under the tree, Bill Hobbs saying, angrily: ' ."If your s on Bud hadn't told them young rebel s , Hiram Wanning, we wouldn't have been drove out las t night an' some of u s been hung. Bud was jealous o' Ned, an' so h e told the Liberty Boys." -"Didn't do nothin' o' the sort, Bill Hobb s !" retorted Hiram, angrily. "Bud wouldn't do sec h a thing." "Then why didn't he come out, like the rest on u1>?" "I donno, no more'n yew, He hasn't been to hum s ence yesterday, an' there hain't no one seen him. He wasn't hum to tea nor to breakfast} an' I'm plumb be t out to know what's become on him." "He's went an' j'ined the Liberty Boy s, like he said he was a-goin' ter before, an' he's, done told Dick Slater an' that's why we hadn't no better luck last evenin'. I wouldn't trust him nohow. He said he was. goin ter jine the Liberty Boy s , and he's done it,.. an' s old us all out, the sneak!" "Shucks! he wasn't goin' ter jine the rebels fur that, but to git the be s t o' them. They didn't know him an' he reckoned on gettin' in on account of his larnin' an' his s mart ways, but somehow somebody found it out ahead an' he couldn't. I reckon it was your Ned what told 'em , bein' jealous o? Bud." . "Didn't do nothin' o' the sort. Bud done told the Liberty Boy s all.a.bout what we was goin' ter do, an' Slater fetched the boys an' a lot o' other fellow s , an' we got the wus t of it. Yer son's a traitor, Hi Wanning, an' ye're anothe.r!" There were hot words between the two men, and then the s ound of blows, hoars e cries, the hurried tramping of feet, the noise of a struggle, then shots, then a heavy fall or two and then the so\md of men running rapidly away. Dick could see nqthing from where he was hidden, but in a short time he could near nothing and con cluded to venture down, leaving his hiding place.


IS THE LIBERTY BOYS' FATAL CHARGE. He slid quickly down the tree and there, lying on the ground, face up and hamls extended, lay Hiram Wanning, the 'fory, with a bullet in his brain. Not fur away, lying face down and half double, was another man, whom Dick judged to be BJ! Hobbs by his dress. He did not turn the man over, for he knew by his position that he was stone d -ad and did not care to look upon his face with tbe agony of th_e death struggle still upon it. "Well, Hiram -has left the ranks," he muttered. "If he had remained in he might have met -the fate that those thrze men did last night." no one and heard no sound and, leavmg the men where he had found them, went on toward the stockade, determined to find the hole where the enemy got out nearly every night. "Somebody will find and take them away," he muttered. "This is not my work, and if I were to do it I might be seen and then they would know my errand here and I could do nothing." fI11rry :ng on, listening and glancing here and there ;;J.s he went forward, Dick followed a rough path, which he suddenly found, almost by accident, till he heard voices. There were boulders l.eside the path, and he quickly hid behind the , large s t of these and listened, hearing footsteps and then voices . "Let 'em stay there, I say!" growled one. "What's the good o' doin' anything for 'em now they're dead?" "Yuss, an' we a-goin' by there 'frequent an' seein' 'em !yin' ther e an' starin' at u s every time we go by!" snarled another. "No, siree! I ain't goin' ter have it. W e 'll put 'em out'n the way." The foots t e p s w ent on and the voice s grew fainter, and at length died out, Dick making his way cautiously along the path and li stening for any one else who might be coming that way. At length he came out into an open space and saw the stockade with 11 narrow bridge across the ditch and a little gate beyond it with a sentry box on one side. "That's the place,"' he muttered, stepping back just in time to avoid being seen by a soldier, who stepped out of the box and looked around. The gate and the bridge were in an unsupected place and one not easy to reach or to leave, and that was why no one had fou:1d it. "They wil not leave by that gate to-night," muttered Dick . CHAPTER XII.-Closing in on the Enemy. Having discovered the secret sally-port of the enemy, Dick now set out upon the return, having no longer any reason for 1emaining in the neighbo rhood. There was the aanger of being seen , as the men who had gone to remove the dead bodies would be coming back, and others might come from -the fort at any._moment. He crept noiselessly away, therefore, listening and watching, but hearing nothing from the sentry which would indicate that his suspicions had been aroused. Hur rying on past the boulder where he had hidden to let the men g o by, he at length reached the end of the path and saw the men coming back. One had a spade over his shoulder and had evidently been digging, as there was earth on his shoes and also on his i 'ough hose and breeches . Dick 0n t on boldly, noC:ding to the men as he met t1 The men said nothing, and Dick left the1" ue hind, going on rapidly, but a11 the time k e e ping a lookout for enemies of any sort. He saw none, however, and reached the camp in safety. He told Bob and some of the boys what he had learned, and then sent Mark with a me ssage to General Greene, telling him of the discovery of the secret exit from the fort, and asking permission to guard it. Mark hurried away with the message and then Dick went to the tent where Bud Wanning sat, moody and silent, entered and said: "Bud, you have been keeping bad company of bte. " "Reckon I have, captain," shortly. "Some of it you will not keep any more. There were three of Bill Cunningham's men hange d last night." "So I heard, captain," simply. "And there were two more killed this morning, fighting among themselves. One was Bill Hobbs " Bud turned pale and a sked: "Whom was lie fighting with? Not my father?" "Yes , and both were killed. ThP.v lHP buried under that big tree where you laid your plans yesterday." "You have been there to-day?" "Yes , l o o!dng for the secret exit from the fort, which has b e en giving us some trouble of late." "I could h a v e told you whereit was." "Very lik e ly, but I found it mys elf. I would have done s o y esterday if I had not determined tc, catc h you." "And so dad i s dead?" gl'avely. "Yes, and by violence. Don't you think you had bettei keep away from such company, Bud?" "I am likely to as long a s I am in your camp. I cannot go and come a s I like." "You might be e xchanged, Bud. If you are, I would advis e you to join the army, if you wi s h to remain a Tory. You will be in bette r company than with thes e outlaws . Eithet do that or leave the di strict and never return to it." Dick then wimt out, seeing the boy shortly walking up and down in front of the tent, with h i s arms behind him, as if in deep thought. The Lib erty Boy s were busy during the day, watching the enemy, firing on any one who appeared on the parapet and guarding the different points where the enemy had appeared at other times. A watch was ' also kept upon the secret pass which Dick had found that day, but at the same time the ut most care was taken that the enemy s hould not know it was being guarded, as Dick did not want to frighten them away from it as yet. At .la st, at nightfall, Dick took a large party of th.e Liberty Boys to the secret pass, the general having sent word that he would be very glad to have the boys it. The boys made very little noi s e in going to the spot and remained quiet for some time, waiting for the enemy to appear. At length sounds were heard which indicated th'lt the enemy were approaching, and the boys made ready to receive them, the scouts on the lookout having signaled that some one was coming. The sounds grew louder and louder, and at last the steady tread of many men was heard, and at last the enemy appeared, coming at JOod speed down the path.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' FATAL CHARGE 19 "Halt!" cried Dick suddenly, in tones that echoed sharply through the path. "Advance at your peril!" Startled exclamations were heard and then a rush, as if the enemy were determined to come on in spite of opposition. "Fire!" shouted Dick. Crasn-roar! There was a resounding volley, and the enemy came on less rapidly. Then tlje boys fired a rattling pistol volley and Dick gave the order to charge. The gallant fellows maintained solid ranks and pushed on vigorous}y, forcing back the enemy and driving them back into the fort. , "They will not use that as a sallying place any ore," laughed Bob. "These fellows -that think because we are boys we do not know anything, are very much mistaken, and they are finding it out more and more every day." The boys kept a strict watch upon the path, but the enemy did not aga(n attempt to force it, having probably met with too great loss at the first trial to care to take another risk. A strong party of the Liberty Boys remained on guard all night, keepiit'g watch and .ready to sign11:l to the main body and to Greene in case of a sally, but none was made; In the morning, Dick received word that there was every prospect of a general attack upon the works day, the log tower being completed and a mine let nearly into the ditch. He told the boys to be ready to move forward wherever they were sent, and to have their arhls, saddles and everything in the best condition, as much might depend upon them. The boys never neglected these matters, and they took especial pains now to see that everything was in the best possible shape. All of a sudden there was a call to arms, and in a moment the camp was in a state of bustling activity, so that for a moment no one knew just what was going on. Then one of the boys on guard at the prisoner's tent noticed that everything seemed iemarkably quiet within, considering that there was so much excitement without. "Qne would think that he would be a little interested at least," muttered the boy. Then he turned back the flap of the tent. There was no one in it, the whole interior being visible at a glance. The Liberty Boy raised an alarm at once a,nd hurried to Dick. "Never mind, Jim," said Dick. "It could have happened in an instant, and we have too much else that is important now to trouble ourselves over • the loss of a prisoner." The Liberty Boys were speedily on the march, being ordered to attack the stockade under the lead of Colonel Lee. In a short time the attack began at several points, simultaneously, the log tower riflemen doing sharp work, while others , boldly entered the ditch and, with long poles, be gan to pull down the sand bags which Cruger had placed upon the parapet to overcome the advantage which the erection of the log tower had given the patriots. Down came the sand bags, while the rifl em e n on the parapet vainly tried to reach the a ssailants in tbe ditch. The parapet fairly bristled with pikes and bayonets, but the brave fel lows in the ditch were out of reach, and the sand bags rapidly disappeared, pulled down by the iron hooks on long poles. Assailed on all sides and overhead, the men fought desperately and '1"te slaughter was terrific, both leaders of the forlorn hopes being wounded, and the party making their retreat to the trenches, with great diffi culty. 'Che divisions storming the stockade were more successful, Lee and Rudolph carrying it after a vigorous assault. Into the enclosure poured the riflemen and Liberty Boys, Lee ordering Dick to charge some breastworks erected .within the stockade, near one of the smaller works. Redcoats were seen behind these breastworks, which seemed to be made mainly of loo sely piled up earth and the limbs of trees. "Charge!" cried Dick, and the gallant fellows dashed forward, expecting to carry breastworks in a few minutes. It was a fatal charge for the "Liberty Boys, however, for in a few swift moments they found themselves running literally into the jaws of death. The apparently simply made breastworks was a trap, and well might the boys hesitate to enter it had they known what it was. Instead of mere loose earth and branches, the Liberty Boys suddenly found . themselves rushing upon a con cealed barrier, which offered the greatest obstacles to an assailing party. It was an abatis made of logs, sharpened on the ends and driven into the earth at such frequent intervals that they formed a bristling fence, upon the sharp pickets of which there was every danger of the boys being im paled. Too late did Dick discover the. trap into which he had fallen. It had been a fata:l charge, but courage and determination might yet take him safely out of the jl;j,ws of' death into which he had entered. CHAPTER XIII.-The Siege Raised. The redcoats at the top 'of the little bank were. beginning to pour a hoJ; fire upon the boys, and Dick saw that they ntust make a desperate effort . or suffer a te,rrible defeat and perhaps lose the greater part of their. number. "Charge, Liberty Boys!" fairly Dick. "We must take the works, it is our only hope of escape from the jaws of death!" The boys raised a terrific shout and charged. Now, while some of the boys opened a vigorous fire upon the redcoats, others beat down the Jogs, the end of which were not imbedded in the ground, and so that instead of forming a bristling fence, the barrier would serve as a ladder for the boys 'to ascend to the enemy above . Beating down the bristling logs which had formed an insurmountable barrier at the start, the resolute lads climbed upon them, made steps of the very objects which had so threatened them and began rapidly making their way toward the enemy. Like cats, they swarmed up the barrier, using their pistols vigorously and scorning the resistance of the redcoats. On they rushed, cleared the barrier with a shout, and rushed pell-mell upon the redcoats and drove them into a fortified jail at a lit tle distance. A number of the brave fellows had been killed, but there would have been a much greater loss had it not been for Dick Slater's courage and de termination. Lee had carried the stockade and was ready to follow up the advantage by entering


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS' FATAL CHARGE the town, assailing the jail and assisting in the reduction of the star redoubt, but General Greene told him to simply hold the stockade. Dick fell back with the rest, taking with him the Liberty Boy s killed during the fatal charge, ma y of the boy s having been. wounded also during the fierce assault. It was a mournful procession that moved late that afternoon to a quiet pl ace in the woods, which h a d be e n sel ecte d as the burial ground fo1 the dead Liberty Boy s . The drums were muffled, the boys marche<;I with arms reversed and there were fe _ w dry eyes, although the sturdy fellow s had show n themse lv es brave enough in the charge over that bristling barrier and in driving out the redcoats. • ':..' he camp Qf the Liberty Boys was a very quiet place that night, for none of the brave fellows cared to engage in the usual merriment, and very little was sa id, the pickets being se t as u sual and the boy s exercising their cu stomary vigilance. Sadie and Hattie came over to the camp to see Dick during the evening, both girls being bathed in tears and scarcely able to restrain thems elve s . Among the dead were two boy s , of whom the girls had been very fond, and for whom they felt a deeper regard than a mei•e liking, and their grief was, therefore, very deep, although Dick did what he could to assuage it. "The boy s have died in a noble cause," girls,'' he said, "and their fate might have been that of any of u s." "I know, captain," said Sadie, "and I don't suppose we were picked out as special s ufferers, rut it doe s seem hard for all that." • Dick spoke soothingly to both, and the y went away at length, greatly comforted, some of the boy s going home with them, Hattie remaining with Sadie that night. The next day Greene raised the siege and retreated to the Saluda River, which he crossed and went on rapidly toward the Ennoree. The Boy s went with him, Sumter. having been advised of what had happened and being ordered to join him as speedily as possible. Rawdon arrived at Ninety-s ix shortly after the retreat of and was received with every dem onstration of joy by Cruger and the garrison. The redcoats were eager to pursue 9reene, 1;o regain a number of posts that had been lost and to establish others, and after a day's res t Rawdon started in pursuit of the patriots. Greene knew that he would be and pushed on rapidly, halting at the Tyger River, where he posted himsel f strongly and awaited the coming of the enemy. Rawdon, convincea6f the futility of further pursuit, no''v f e ll back to Ninety-six and Greene, hearing of his retrograde movement, decided to be the pursuer and ordered Lee to follow and oQtain all the information he could. , 'l'he L1berty Boy s went with Lee, and Dick was soon doing spy work for which he was famous, being considered one of the champion spies of the revolution. Mounted on Maj or and disguised as an ordinary country boy, Dick rode a number of miles till he came in sight of a wayside tavern, where he judged that there would be some of the enemy gathered, the place being near the supposed quarters of Rawdon. Leaving Major concealed, for the enemy would be certain to know the noble auimal, Dick entered the tavern. There were redcMiats sitting in the tap-room, drinking and smnki"ng, and Djck presently heard a part of their conversation. Rawdon was going to leave Ninetysix, join a party under Colonel Stewart, abandon the upper counties and de scend upon the lower one s, all of which was important information, Dick being very glad to get it. While sitting in the tavern and attracting no attention, Dick saw Edmund, 01 "Bud" Wanning approaching, catching a glimpse of him through the window. _ "There i s Bud," he said to himself. "He is generally yery clever at seeing through disguises. I wonder if he will know me now? He cannot s u s pect that I am anywhere in the n e ighborhood, but he may know me, nevertheless. I must be prepare d tb Jl!ake a das h for it." Bud wore the uniform of the Loyalists an(! Dick concluded that he had taken his advice and joined the army. He entered the tap-room, looked around and at las t sat down and ordered some thing to eat, but drank nothing but milk. "The time was when h e would drink and s:i:noke like any man,'' thougth Dick. "He seems to have changed all this." Bud. l_ooked over to\Vard Dick once or twice, but if he recognized the young captain did not show that he did, and Dick was satisfied that if h e did he was not going to betray him. . • "I am not sure if he knows me or not," thought the young captain, "but if he does I think h e will remain quiet." Other redcoats came in. and presently the captain whom Dick had seen at Ninety-six ent red, glanced about, saw the young patriot and said in a loud tone: 7 "By Jove! there is Dick Slater, the rebel spy in di sguis e, at the window. Seize him! Don't Jet him escape!" There was a rus h toward Dick, who quickly leaped upon the table and then out a t the window. Outside he saw Bud, who said quickly: "Make your escape, captain. You s how ed me the evil of my ways and made me get into the right path. I owe you something for that." "I am glad to hear that you are living a differ ent life, Edmund,'' said Dick. "I trust that you will continue to do so." Then Dick dov;e into the woods and the redcoats pursued him in vain. Reaching Major, he dashed away and returned to the camp with valuable information which Sumter made u se of later, defeating the enemy in a hotly c:ontested fight at Friday's Ferry. Dick saw Bud Wanning again, but not until after the end of the war, he being then a man of mnst exemplary habits and engaged to marry Sadie Rawlins , who found that there was a good deal in him, after all, and that his former bad habits had come from evil associations. "Well, there always something in him," muttered Bob, but it took a goo'd deal to bring it out." "There is some good in every one, Bob, if you will bring it out," replied Dick. Next week's iss ue . will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE BRITISH SPY; OR WHIP PING THE JOHNSON GREENS."


THE LIBERTY BOY S OF "76" CURRENT NEWS 21 DON'T KILL BULLSNAKES Kansas farmers find that a bullsnake in an alfalfa field is worth at leas t $2. 50 a month; for an acre har bors, on an average, six g ophers, which damage the crop to that extent. One adult bullsnake keeps an acre free of the pests. The bullsnake is harmless, f ee ds a}s o on rats l}nd mice around the barn or granery, and deserves the protection of the farmer . • 36,000,000 IN AMERICA HAVE FOREIGN BLOOD The number of white lesidents of the United States on Jan. 1, 1920, who were foreign-born or declared one o r both parents foreign-born was 36,398,958, the Department of Commerce an• nounced recently in a compilation of the 1920 cen sus figure s . This was an increase in the "foreign white stock" of the nation's population from 1910 of 4,155,576, or 12.9 per ceIJ.t. The 1920 total includes 13,713,754 immigrants and 22,686,204 persons born in this country, one or both of w ho se parents were immigrants. A STRANGE GROWTH The. most singular forest growth in the w orld i s e]lcountered in the Fall!:land Islands, a di smal region constantly swept by a stl'Ong polar wind. What appears to be weather-worn and moss-cov-ered boulders are scattered , about and when one of these curious OQjects i s sei zed' in an attempt to overthrow it strong roots are found to hold it down, these "boulders" being, in fact native trees which the wind has forced to this shape. The wood appears to be a twis ted mass of fibers almost impo ssi ble to cut up into fuel. . ODD FACTS Some. of the safe deposit c ompanies in New York City devote apartments to the exclu s ive re ceptio_n of fur garments, fur mats, etc. They are kept m rooms the temperature of which is kept s o low that destructive insects and their germs perish from the cold . Cullman, Ala., claim s to be the most prosperous in the It is said that every man 1n the. town who is the head of a family has a clear-title deed of owner s hip to :t_iis home, and every one of them has a banking account. Co operative farming is practised in the country. A most unus u a l sight was. see n in Grand Rapids recently when Alice Teddy, the trained bear owned by George Crapsey, of Merrifl, passed through the city driving an auto. The bear was as much unconcern e d as an experienced driver. acc omp anied by Mr. and Mrs._ Crapsey. Thi.s animal has traveled all over the world with its ow ner. WA TC}:l. FOR THE "LA TEST MYSTER y The finest little publication on the market. Handsome colored covers. Sixty-four pages of readiBg. OUT THE 1st AND 15th OF EACH MONTH It Contains-A complete detective novelette, filled with thrills and suspense. Five or six short stories about detectives and weird mysteries. A number of interesting articles on a variety of popular subjects. And no end of oddities in the news from all over the world. The biggest and best 10 cents' worth in the world. OUT TODAY! OUT TODAY! Get a copy from your news . dealer. The good quality of the stories will surprise you!


/ THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" HARD TO BEAT . -OR-A B O Y O F T HE R IGHT KIND By RALPH MORTON (A Serial Story.) CHAPTER V.-(Continued. ) Tom was only too eager to do this. In a few moments he was loot to all about him. It was after eight o'clock wh'en they arose the next morning. Tom felt the pangs of hunger bitterly when he got up, and said: . "I am strapped, Haley, and hungry as a bear. What will we do for food?" But the Kid, with a laugh, went to a closet and took down a plate with slices of c old meat on it. He raked out some coffee and made cups of it on the gas ctove. "I makes myself at home here,'. ' he said, in explanation. "The Weasel owes it ter me. I saved him from de cops once. I reckon he wouldn't ob.ject in the least." After the meal they felt petter. Tom was beginning to regain his courage, and the world looked more possible to him now. He was still full of the resolve to l eave New York. So he and Haley, whose first name he now learned was Jack, talked it all over. The plan was to seek work on a farm somewhere . Haley was eager to get away from the big city for several reasons. "I am going ter take up a new life, Rtibe," he said. "I kain't stay around here without stayi,ng by de gang. Dey will expect me to stand in with dem in jobs and I am going to cut dat out. See?" "That is right, Jack,'' said Tom. "We are g

THE LIBERTY B OYS OF "76" ITEMS OF INTE R ES T A BOOM IN LEECHES After many years of comparative neglect, the humble leech is again coming into its old popularity. But th.e old leech farms have long disappeared and mode1n physicians who claim there are few better methods of relieving inflammato1y areas than by the application of these blood-sucking creatures find difficulty in the supply. The "animated mustar d plasters" are exported in baskets from Turkey, and Paris has one leech farm selling 130,000 a month, but it i s said that chem ists in Engbnd could easily dispose of double the number they are able to buy. CAT STOWS AWAY ON AMUNDSEN'S SHIP Ji.. stowaway is aboard Amundsen's ship, the Maud, now en route toward the polar regions. In a radio message received at Seattle, Wash., the self-appointed passenger on the seven years ' trip amid the Arctic ice pack was discovered by the cook when the Maud was eight days out from Puget Sound. The stowaway is a mottled full grown cat. Traditionally cats are considered a part of the crew of all sea-going boats, but none was taken on the Maud because of the trio of Eskimo dogs belonging to the natives on the ship. The northern dogs consider cats a great delicacy, s o when the tabby stowaway wandered on board the Maud the dogs at once chased her far into the galley, where the cook found her chewing at a knuckle bone. Just what Commander Amundsen, who is awaiting the arrival of the Maud at Nome, will do with tabby is not certain, but the polar explorers have already adopted her and taught her to climb aloft from the brutality of the dogs. One of the mates says he is tiaining her to climb the North Pole. The appearance of the cat on board the Maud was hailed as an omen of success on the long trip into the uncharted wastes. WHAT MAKES ANIMALS CHANGE COLOR? The striking changes o f color whichl'have been observed on the bodies of some of the lower animals, such as reptiles (especially the chameleon), fishes and amphibia, including frogs, are brought about by the activity o f cells charged with pigment of color-granules and situated in the skin. These startling phenomena, according to the L ondon Lancet, which seem to indicate th"at the animal has the power to adapt the color of its skin to that of its surroundingc and disappear at will, a:r:e partly under the control of the sympathetic nervous system; but recent work indicates that ductless gland secretions play an important role in regulating pigment responses. Dr. Lancelot Hogben and Mr. F. R. Winton have shown that extracts of the posterior l obe o f the pituitary gland have a very characteristic a n d highly specific effect on the chromatophores o f amphibia, inducing black pigment cells to expan d and the yello w pigment cells to contract, s o that; an intense darkening of the ski n A frog which half an hour previously was of a pale yel l ow tint will change after an injection of less than 0 . 00025 c . cm. of a 20 per cent. extract of pituitary to a c oal-black hue, remaining in this condition hours . Adrenalin has prec isely the reverse effect, inducing pallor in-a frog wl1ich was previously dark. The melanonhore stimulant in pituitary extracts i s apparently sec reated by the intermediate portion of the gland. Expansion of frog melanophores may be induced by extracts of the pituitary gland of mammals, birds amphibia and fishes. The reaction may be obtained on the isolated frog's skin, so that its nature is local; and since it is not prevented by paralysis of. the nerves :wh_ich supply the melanophores, it appears that pituitary extracts act directly on the Sufficiei:it of the melanophores stimulant can be obtained from the pituitary gland of one frog to induce darkening of the skin in thirty other individuals of the same spec ie s . This opposing action of posterior pituitary and adrenalin in the regulation of pigment responses is extremely interesting. in connection with human physiology and patho logy. "Mystery Magazi n e " SEMI-MONTHLY 10 CENTS A COPY I,ATE!IT ISSUE!! anrl Elliot Balestln. lOt A CRn!SON PRICE. h.' Elliott Lester. 102 STRANGE CASE. by Gottlle o 103 A MURF:DM hy .lo•k 104 TRI': J,JT'l'LF: RF:D ROOK, hy Alex•n

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" My Friend the Tiger "' By HORACE APPLETON Many are the tales told of faithful dogs, horses., cats, and othe;r domestic followj,ng, incredible as it may appear, is, I believe, a r.i:ue account of the fidelity show n by one of the most ferocious of the ferre niiture to his master, as told 1\Je by a friend, now alas! no more. The kiend I allude to was one of the most distinguished of the off.cers of the late Honorable East India Com pany. He was-well known through the length and breadth of the land as one without fear and reproach. Pre-eminent as a s oldier, as a statesman, and as a sportsman, he will never be forgotten as long as the annals of our Eastern J?m pire are extaJ:l.t. Many are the raised to hi s memory, but none more endurmg than the affectionate regard in which he is held by the Bheels, whom h e brought under subjection, not by the vigor of the law, but by person!!;! e:cample and dashing, almost reckless bravery, wmnmg the hearts of the people by his open-handed generosity and rectitude of and pled exploits m the chase, m which those primi tive p eople are themselves adepts. \ Vhen I was a young man, I was an ardent sportsman, and I have spent many years in the wilds o f Hindustan. More than thirty years ago (the story was told very many years ago), I was sent with a detachment of a regiment to Dharwar, as hostilities we r e expected to break out in the southern Mahratta country. However, no disturbances took place, and I had ample leisure for devoting myself to the wild sports of the country. Under the g uidance of Appiah, the most noted shikarie in those parts, I slew most of the game met with in the ghats of the Western Pres. idency. One day as we were returning from a very successful hunt, in passing through a rocky ravine I heard extraordinary noises, and, running forward, came face to face with an immense tiger, who was murdering a youngster of his own spe cies. You know that tigers are given. to that pernicious habit, and destroy all their male offspring if they come across them, which, however, is but seldom; for the tigress hides them .from their birth and, should they be discovered by their unnatural parent and she be present, will fight to the death in defense of her young. In this instance she was absent, and her lord and master was exterminating her hopefuls as I came on the scene. I was not prepared for such game, for, thinking that my day's sport was over, I had exchanged the rifle for the gun, which was charged with No. 2 shot, with which I hoped to knock over some peafowl for the pot. However, on the impulse of the moment, I fired into his face right and left, and, springing back, seized the rifle, expecting fully that the tiger would be . upon me. It was a dull, oppressive day, and the smoke from my barrels hung very much. .When it cleared away, my antagonist had disappeared, leaving plenty of blood on his trail as a proof that he had not got off scot-free. My first care was to pick up the poor little feline which he had dropped, and which could not have been more than a month old, and my second to beat a hasty retreat, for I wanted to get clear away before the return of the tigress. I noticed two other youngsters lying dead; and the sight of these, together with the los s of the third would, I knew, render her desperate, and the place we were in was not the best adapted for such an encounter, especially as it was getting dark. I hurried to my camp, distant a couple of miles, and had my captive carefully attended to, and its wounds washed and dressed. I had a Brinjaree bitch-a savage, unreliable brute, with four pups somewhat older than the little tiger. Whilst she was being fed outside, I removed one of her pups, and sent it to the village to a foster-mother, substituting the tiger in its place, and waited anxiously for the result, fully expecting to see the dog worry it at once. It was somewhat dark when the b"itch returned to her litter, and pups and tiger were rolled up together, one of the former lying on the top of the latter. The bitch merely poked the llittle ones with her nose, and, lying down, all the four were soon sucking away most amicably. As he grew older, his diet consisted of bread and milk, supplemente d hereafter by a mess of coo ked meat and rice; but he always seemed to prefer the former, certainly up to the age of six months, by which time he was as large as a fullgrown leopard. He followed me about like a do!?. Even when mounted, he would go with me miles and miles, and he and my Arab stallion became excelfent friends. About this time I was appointed to officiate a s a political officer, in addition to my military duties; and I received much !f:udos from the gov for putting down dakoity. I incurre' l • the enmity of all the bad characters, who combined together to get rid of me. The crusade against thugs had, in thos e days , been only partially suc cessful,, and gangs still il1fested the country. As a r ul e, these murdering robbers seldom interfered with European officers; 'first, becaus e these seldom kept many valuables' by them; and secondly, becaus e the murder or disappearance of one would create too great a disturbance. I had been urged by my sp.ii?s to place guards at night over my house, but-r had neglected to do so ; and, as the weather was sultry, I slept, as is usual in the East, with all my doors and windows op e n . My only valuables, rifles and guns, were secu:r:ed by a chain which passed through the trigger-guards, fastened by a padlock to one of the legs of my bed. One dark pitchy night, after a heavy day's walk, chasing a gang of well-known dakoits, in which I had been unsuccessful, I had gone to bed very tired, and slept, I have,no doubt, u usually heavily. I was awakened by a roar and a heavy fall, and, jumping up, I lit a candle, and seizing the nearest weapon, which proved to be a hogspear, I rushed towards the tumult and found my pet worrying a man, who proved to be a mo s t noted thug. He was in his full war paint, if I may call it so, for he had not a stitch of clothing on him, and was well oil e d instead. This is the usual custom amongst Indian robbers when on


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76!' 25 any hazardous expedition, for then, if tackled by five hundred rupees was offered for hls skin. I their victim, they slip through his hands and eswent after him repeatedly, but for several months cape but with his strange antagonist the thug I searched for him in vain. At last, •espairing had a chance. Selim, as I had christened the. -of ever coming across him, I gave him up, and as tiger, had dug his claws well into the man's shoul-he had not killed any one for some months past der, and was worrying him and shaking him as a in my neighborhood I forgot his very existence. terrier would a rat and doubtless would have Tracking up a wounded stag, I found myself at made an end of him in a few minutes had I not the very spot where I had saved Selim's life three interfered. My servants, who were asleep in the years before. Appiah was some distance ahead, veranda, hearing the hub-bub, crowded into the closely followed by my strange companion. I had room and soon seized and pinioned the thief, t,lie loitered behind, and was. stooping down tp pick of a notorious gang: On promising to up a cheroot I had dropped, }Vhen there was a spare his life, he gave information which led roar. Something sprang at me across a boulder, the capture of all his comrades. He confessed it but I threw myself down so suddenly that the had been his intention to rob and kill me. So I blow aimed at me took only partial effect, knock owed my life to my strange protege. ing my helmet off. I was-unhurt, but prostrate, Two months afterwards I received orders to rewith a brindled mass over me. My r itle had fallen turn to Poona with my detachment, and I shall some distance off. Before the could seize never forget the excitement nor the crowds which me there was another roar, and Selim sprang collected to see me riding at the head of my men, on to my foe, knocking him over and rolling on t

26 THE LIBERTY THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. NEW YORR, AUGUST 4, 1922 TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS Sine-le Coples ...•.•........•... 1'osta1re 1''ree One Copy '.rbree l\loutbs...... •' One Copy Six .Mon tbs . . . . . . . . '' One Copy One \:car ..• .•..... Canada, ${.00; Foreign, $4. 50. 7 Cents 90 Cent• ,1.76 3.GU HOW TO IS1'"'" our risk send P. 0. Money Oro er, o_'.litck or Registered Letter; remittances In any other way are at your risk. We accept l'ootuge Stamps tile same as cash. When sending 'silver wrap the Coin In a separate piece of paper to -avoid cutting the envelope. Write your name. and address plainly. Ad dress letters to Barry E. W oltf, Pres. 1 c. \"\' . Has ting"s, Treas. Charles J<.:. Nylander, Sec. HARRY E. WOLFF, Publisher, Inc., 166 W. 23d St., N. Y. INTERESTING ARTICLES CATERPILLARS EAT FORESTS Caterpillars have eaten fifty square miles of forests in the Kipling district near Regina, Sask. Scarcely a green leaf remains and the district presents the stark appearance of a Winter sc ene, forestry officials say. " NEEDLE IN BABY'S BACK A needle two inches long was taken from the back of the year-old baby girl of Mr. and Mrs. Montford Dixon of Paintsville, Ky., by its mother. The baby had been in delicate health for som e time, and what was thought to be a boil appeared on its back and a physician was called . The next day whil e the mother was dressing the wound she found the needle. LIQUOR AND VOTES IN OLD POMPEII The s aloon was known in ancient Pompeii, as recent excavations di s clo s e. A bar has been found, with a furnace and caldron for making the brew; there was even a little liquor left in the caldron. Election appeii,ls were found on the walls; Lollius, a duumvir who looked after streets and sacred buildings, asks the votes of the frequenters of the saloon. This method of seeking votes antedates 200 B. C. BOTTLES TELEPHONE MESSAGES Bottling up a telephone message until the son rung up has returned to the office or house has become a possibility by the combination of an invention of Poulsen, the famous wireless telephone pioneer, and a wireless valve, says a London newspaper. If a telephone call i s made and the person wanted is not available a simple recording .instrument can be set in motion and a message dictated that can be repeated at any time later. The Poulsen telegraphone, invented many years ago, is a device in which a telephone message can be impresse d upon a moving steel ribbon by means of magnetic action. When the ribbon has run through a s imple reproducing device it repeats the message, but so feebly that the invention was abandoned. BOYS OF "76" An instrument has now been constructed by a man named A. Nasarischwily with which the reproduced sound can be amplified to any degree of loudness by the use of one of the valves now em ployed universally in wireless The steel wire or ribbon, with its magnetic message, can be removed from the instrument and sent by po s t and the message reproduced in any other instrument, and permanent records can be made of speeches and so on. The inventor claims that a message or signal mny be spoken from a train into a railway line and received by the driver of the train following. LAUGHS Husband-What makes you think that I've been drinking? Wife-Lots of things. Chiefly because you're so awfully tipsy. ' _'Wot do they mean, Jimmy, when they say money talks ?" "I dunno, u 'nless it's the wonderful way it says good-by to yer." :rhe Doctor-I had a great many more patients this time last year; wonder where they have gone? His Wife-We can only hope for the best, deal". " but brave," she sang, "deserve the fair." The grizzled bachelor bit his lip. "And none but the brave," he appended, "can live with some of 'em." Alan (in clear and bell-like tones , five minutes after the curtain has gone up on the first scene of "The Merchant'of Venice")-Mother, which is Shakespeare? Employer-My boy, i've had. my to the grindstone for over forty years ! Office Boy-My word, sir, it must have been a daisy at the start. Cu stomer-You don't seem very quick at figures, my boy. Newsboy-I'm out o' practice. Ye see, mo s t o' de gents says, "Keep de change." Seaside Visitor-What was the cause of that boating acciden t the other day? Bo _atman-Too full. Seaside Visitor-The boat too full? Boatman (with a husky cough)-No, the fellow s in it. The Builder (to the new foreman)-Well, Tim, getting on all right? Where are all the hands? The Foreman-Sure, I've sacked 'em all, to show 'em who's foreman now. A horse dealer was trying to sell a hoTSe af flicted with heaves, and said to the prospective buyer: "Hasn't he a fine coat? Isn't it a dan dy?" "His coat's all right, but I don't like his pants." -"\Vhat's the reason your boy doesn't like to work on a farm? He's fond of outdoor exercise." "I'm workin' on that problem now," answered Farmer Corntossel. "If these uplift experts could make arrangements to have plowin' records printed in the sportin' news, I think Jos h could be persuaded to take an interest."


THE LIBERTY BOYS. O F " 7 6" FROM ALL POINTS ? 7 BEAR WHIPPED COW Following a battle that lasted for half an hour between a black bear that weighed 350 po1:1nds and a cow in pasture, on N01th Mountarn, near Bloomsburgh, Pa., in which the bear. cam.e _off victorious William Temple succeeded m killing the bear. ' He reported the circumstance to the game warden and was absolved from blame. BOY PLAYING INDIAN, BURllm ALIVE Chester J. Rhein, 13, son and only child of _Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Rhein of" 10 Ruth street, frvrn_g ton, N. J., was buried alive the other day playing Indian back of the summer home of his parents at Monmouth avenue and Cedar street, Ocean View. ' He had dug a h o le about five feet deep and started to undermine it, when the wet shore sand caved in on him and he was trapped before he could cry out. When the lad failed to respond to calls from his mother a search "".as begun. The father saw the lad's heel through the sand, and he dug furiously until he released the body. h • ffi The lad was rushed to a . p ys.ic1an s o ce, where efforts were made to revive him. . It is believed he was dead when extricated by his father. DEATH VALLEY IS THE HOTTEST Ten years of records, obtained i;tt the Umted States Weather Bureaus Greenland Ranch in Death Valley, Cal., that this is the 'hottest region in the U1cnted States, and so far as extreme maximum .temperatures are 'concerned, the hottest region on earth, says The Scientific A meri.can. The temperature of 134 degrees F., on July 10, 1913, is by meteorologists to be the highest natural air temperature ever recorded with a tested standard exposed in the shade under approve d conditions. High temperatures are commo_n thr!mghout the year, but the occur d'?-rrng midsummer. Precipitation is extremely hght, the an nual precipitation being less than .two Evaporation is excessive, as relative i s extremely low most of the time, and .especially during the hot spells of summer. . White people find the midsummer heat most trymg; even ,the Indians go up to the Panamint July and August. The weather station mamtarned at Greenland Ranch in co-operation with the borax company is unique in many ways. r CANADIAN BUFFALO HERD TOTALS 6,146 The great Canadian herd of buffalo at Buffalo Park Wainwright, Alberta", has increased to 6,-14 6 head, according to th_e official made by Superintendent A. G. Sr_mth. as the ammals_ were being turned out of their wmter quarters m the 160 square miles of range. The report, which w"'ls made to thG Commissioner o f Canadian National Parks, s hows that the natural increase for the year was 1,075, while the decrease due to fighting, old age and animals slaughtered was 81, giving a net increase of 994. Close to 1,100 of the animals remained in the main park during the winter months and came thro.ugh in splendid condition, while 4,962 were in winter quarters. The remainder of the herd was taken care of in the home paddock and cattle en clo sures. Thirteen years ago the nucleus of this great herd, numbering approximately . 700, was purchased from Michael Pablo of Montana and the buffalo have grown in this period to eight and a half their original number. To " -day Canada . pos sesses three-fifths of the American bison in the world, with an estimated valuation of nearly $2,000,000. The disposal of a number of the males, which exceed "herd purposes by about 1,000 head, is engaging the attention of the Park Dep,artment. HERE AND THERE. One day last fall W. A. Duffy, of Humbold, Tenn., drove to his farm near town, and, having some business to attend to on the place, took the horse loo se from the shafts and hitche d him to the wheel of the buggy. Mr. Duffy left his coat in .the buggy, and on his return he found the animal had just finished eating the las t of a package of notes aggregating $1,076 . A strange freak was found in Vineland Haven harbor by a young woman, who was in bathing. She saw a bottle on the bottom and dived for it. When it was brought to the surface it was found t o contain a live lobster far too large to. have crawled through the neck of the bottle. It is. sup posed that into the trap when it was a littl& fellow, and was unable to find "its way out, but how it got food enough to grow on is a In China liquids are sold by weight and grain by measure. John buys soup by the pound and cloth by the foot. A Chinaman never puts his name outside his shop, but paints instead a motto or a li s t of his goods on his vertical sign-board . . Some reassuring remark is frequently added, such as "One word hall," "A child two feet high would not be cheated." Every single article has to be bargained for, and it is usual for the cu stomer to take his own measure and scale s with him. In Uganda a man can buy a handsome wife for four 'bulls, a box of cartridges,. and six needles, and if he has the luck to go a-wooing when women happen to be a drug in the marke t he can buy a suitable damsel for a pair of s hoes. A Kaffir girl is w orth, according to the rank of her family, from four to ten cows; a:ri.d in Tartary no father will surrender his daughter unless he gets a good quantity of butter""in return, am! in certain parts of India no girl can marry unless her father has been pacified by a present of rice and a few i-upees,.


LIBERTY BOYS O F GOOD READING A WOKE IN THE AIR J . D . Stewart, Haynesville, La. member of a crew in the oil fie ld, while' asleep near a b o iler s udd enly awo . ke to find himself sailing over the tree tops a stride the ex plod e d boiler . He lande d in a tree 165 f eet away, with on e leg broke n and s calp wound s . Dan Kelly, firema11, was mjurea p ainfully . . CROTON DAM CATARACT IS HEARD FIVE MILES Employe e s of the New York city waterworks reported an overflow of almo s t thirteen inches in depth. recently ov e r the spillw a y of the Corn e ll darn of the Croton res ervoir, w hich e xce e ds all records there since the dam was comple t ed s i x teen year s ago . T he roar of the treme nd ou s rus h o f water falling 150 feet, courd be he -ard five miles. About 2,900,000,000 gallons of water to was te down the spillway, which is about 1,250 'feet wide, and made the mighties t cataract ever seen at Croton. Figured at whol esale rates charged in 'New York for water, the tl'lirte e n-inch overflo w meant a l o s s in twentyfo u r hours of water w orth. $ 3 90,000 . RED AND GREEN UNITE TO AVERT SUNSTROKE T he fact that a combination of red and g-reen materials was u s ed i n the uniforms of the T omm ies d uring the war t o n ullify the effect o f the rays of t h e sun was brought out in . a claim be fore the Royal Commission of Awards when J . N. Tho m s o n appl ied for an award on behalf of his deceased father. It was stated that a weave of these two col ors sewn .into the s oldier's s pine pad, which was four inche s wide and fixed into the tumc proved highly effective in Me _ s opotamia, where 7,000 men were thus equipped . The same combination was used as a sun curtain h ung from the helmet, p r otecting the back of the neck, and is generally employed n o w in the army to p revent sunstroke . Thom s o n clairneJ that not a s ingle cas e of. s unstroke was kno wn w here the protective material was worn. STRANGE ELECTRIC STORM On a February night, in south latitude 33 degrees we s t longitude 38 degree s , the sailing ship Ville de Havre enc ountered a most remarkable storm. The r a in fell in torrents and the ship appeared to be electrified, the mastheads flaming like giant candles . Strange lights trav eled over the riggin g and after every fla s h af lightning a part of the ve ss el, which h a d been newly painted, remained for several sec onds glo wing with phosphores cence. The lightning, whi ch was very frequent, instead of di s p laying itself in zigzag l ine s too k the fo r m of flying b om bs, which.. exploded with ou tbursts o f ligh t that illu m inated the who l e s k y . Before and a f ter the more viole n t exp lo si ons of thunder fierce gusts o f wind swept the ship. This terrifying experience lasted for five hours with no respite. '" Srhtla" D a mond m ond. Rlnsl• 1 8K _tgg Wrl•tWatch. 18-K Solid White Gold .17 Jewels, $35. l!>FTIS UlllRTY BONDS ACC EPTE D AT P A R The Old Reliab le Credit Jewe lers D EPT. C 1 BROS 0 CQ. JOO lo 108 N. State St ., Cbicaro, Ill. g i8H Store• In Lea din• Cltlea Musical Handsaw Greatest Novelty of. the A g e It you can carry a tune In y our h ead, you can lear" to play this instrumeut, and secure a job on the atage u 1 11 g oo d salary. No musical educatio n necessary Struck with a specially m a d e mallet the perfectly tem: p e r e d saw produces loud, cl ear, rich tones like a 'cello '.Che same effect may be had by using a violin bow oii the edge. Any tune can be played by the wonderful vibrations of the saw. It requires two weeks' practice to make you an expert. When not playing you c aia work with the saw. It Is a useful too l a s w ell as a ane Instrument. P rice of Saw. lllallet a n d I n•tructlons . . ...... . . .. HARRY E. WOLFF, 166 W. 23d St., New Yorll


.. sr.o,ooo or DEATH Free Course in Secret Service Millionaire Blair liad laughed at the first threat of the blackmailer . And the next night his lumber yard burned to the ground . The mysterious blackmailer was plainly in earnest. His family was desperate, but Blair refused For a limited time we are making a special offer of a to give in. A $5,000 reward brought a score of detectives Profc .. ional Fin11cr Print Outfit, a&•olutcly Fr•• -but not a clew . Then came Wilson, the Finger Print and a Free Cour•• in Secret S.rcic• lntelli11ence. Expert. He examined the death Jetter. The others had Mastery of these two JLrg ..1.0,,.' VU . Le a A few more among the files wn U4 •• , .IO"IJ D Prints whi c h explains this of his Bureau, and he said to wonderful training in detail. ' the chief "Pick up ! Ivan R Pn• &pe t? Don't wait until this offer Markaroff. He's your man. "!J".. •nt IP. has expired-mail the cou•• II • Easyforthe fingerprintex again! You assume no pert. He is the leader, the cream of detectives. Ahnoat obligation-you have everything to gain and nothing daily , the papers tell of his marvelous exploits. to lose. Write at once-address More Trained Men Needed The demand for trained men oy government, states, citie s, detective agencies, corporations and privafe bureaus is becoming_ greater every day. Here is a real opportunity for YOU. Can you imagine a more fasci nating line of work than this ? Often life and death depend upon finger p rin t evidence-and big rewards go to the expert. Many experts can earn regularly from $3,000 to $10,000 per year. Learn at Home in Spare Time And now you can learn the secrets of thi s science at hom e in your s pare time. Any man with comm o n sc hool education and average ability can become a Finger Print Detective in surprising ly short time. University of Applied Seience 1920 Sunnyside Ave., Dept. C -109 , Chicaco, DI. 1111111111111111u11uu1111111111111111111111u1111111111111111111t11111u11111111111111111111 UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCE 1920 Sunnyside Avenue, Dept. C-109, Chicaco, llllnola .u;3 offer of a FREE course in Secre t Service lotellhreoce and the Free Profesaional Fin&'er Print 01i1tfit. Nama •••••• Ad'!,r_! .. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Presen t Occupation ••••• ••• ••••••• ••••••••••• ••••••••••••••••••••• Aa• . • •••••


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M..2l BALTIMORE, MD, \ Shewas Fat DOG FIGHTS HOGS Several b r ood sows , weighing from 600 to 100 pounds each, lock e d in a h o g house, attacked J . Fran zen, a farmer who resides north of Randolph, Neb., one m o r n i n g , d owne d him, al mos t scalped him. tore his jaws and mang led his face. it w a s learned here. Hearing his master's agonized s hrieks. a Scotch c ollie j umped over several fences and t h roug h a partial l y onened window of the h o g h ouse a n d saved Fran zen' s life. Franzen went t o the hov. house to loo k aft e ... t h e swine. While he was leaningove one o f the big sows ru,s h e d a t h i m , knocking him down and then starte d tearing a t his fac e . Other hogs joined in the attack and Franzen '?!'as powerless. One hog tore ope n his scalp and another gashed his fac e in a horrible man ner. His chin and jaws were torn and he cried out with pain. Suddenly the collie j u m p e d through the window and attacked t4e enraged ani mals, biting them and rushing be tween his master . and attacking the h ogs. With the aid o f t h e dog Franzer managed t o crawl from the house. to safety. -


How Many Objects Beginning with "ff" Can l'oa, $3 000 ln Prizes Find in This Picture 1 ' , . The H orse wears a H arness. On the woman in the foreground there is Hat, H ead, H and. That's five words to start on. How many more can you find? E elaoo A ::::,i: eraoo B era .. c er ... D When Sl I • When S2 I• When • & I • lleDt In-for .. nt In for sent In for " atln one 6-n, two 6-yr. ft:re 6-n. •ubscrlpttoa • ub11erlptfon• •ubacrlpdon• 1s t Priz e 2n d P riz e 3rd Pri z e 4th Prize 5th Prize 6th to 15th $40 20 20 20 10 1 $200 100 50 35 25 2 $400 200 100 65 40 5 $1500 750 375 179 100 10 Read These Rules: 1. <:':!: p1orees of Home Folks Marazlne or their r elatJn1a, may submit an answer. There la no entrance fee. 2. :::::; the IettAr '• liat of 16 prizes. The will be made up from th by ':f offered, fall amount of the prize tted for •tll be awarded each tJln• con teatant. 3 . meanlna and spnon)'moU• WOt"ds w ill :r::.\ object ma)' y ooce, but tt. parta may also An•wer. moat not Jnclude hy compound or obaolete worda not applicable to object. shown lo t e picture, For each word thatla Incorrect, a percentac-e .. V1-J!.L ' .. ' will be d.duct.d from the total aumbel' ot correct worda. Webate.r'a International Dictionary wm be ftnal anthorltr. 4. 5 . .. Juda-e11 fnd Folka" Macu ne eclalooa edaloaa Prise wtanere will be no ly after the judcea ha'f' e ma e e ec tilon . And oamea o( the wlnnera and wlnnlnc li•t o( words wfll be publfahed In "Home F olk•" as aoon •• posefble after the cloae of the conteat. 6 T w o or more peopl e may co-operate oni,. V:: !;?!::!: bold • r sroup . 7 All word llltte mua t be received not Rome Folk• J4qulne aent to quallb llets for the prizes wUI be accepted If received u p to office cloaln s time Oct. 7th. I • Write down t h e "H" words as you find them. See how e asy it is. Nothi n g is hidden. _ Yo u can w in ,1, 500. . Open to Everybody! It doesn't cost one cent to enter this contest or to win a prize. If you send no subscription to "Home Foiles" and xour list is the largest which correctly names the ' H" objects in the picture, you will be awarded firsI prize of $40. HowtoWintheS1500 A M.:zgazine for Everybody in the Family I t will be eaay for yo u to get four of your friend a t o t ake Home Folks for 6 yeArs . Your own 1ubecriptlon wUI count. You best a ll -aroun d h om e-maaazt n e. HOME FOLKS COMPANY Dept, C -909 , 25 North Dearborn St., Chlcaso, DL


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 OUR TEN-CENT HAND .BOOKS -LATEST ISSUES -1082 '.Clle Libert y Bors and the Miller; or, Routing the 'l'ory Bandits. No. 50. H O W TO STU1''F B IRDS AND ANLUALS 1083 " Cllusing-Wild Bill"; or, Fighting a Mysterious -A. valuable l)ook, giving instructions in collecting, Useful, Instructive and Amusing. They Contain Valuable Information on Almo s t ii.:very Subjec t Troop. panng, mounting and birds, animals uud 1084 " Hidden Swamp; or, Hot Tl m e s Along the Shore. Insects. ' 1 080 " end the Black Horseman; or, D efeating n Dan-No. 51 . now TO DO TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Congerous Foe tnin!ng explauatious or the g eneral principles of sleigbtIOBG " After, tbe Cherokees; o r, Battling With Cruel of-Lland avpllcab!e to card tricks; of card tricks with lllnemies. ordiuary cards, and not requiring sleight-of-band; or 1087 " Hiver ,Journey; or, Down thl' Ohio. tricks Involving s!elgl>t-o f -l1and, or the use ot specially 1088 " at East Rock; or, The Burning of N e w HavPn. prepare d cards. Illustrated. 1089 " In the Drowned Lands; or, P erilous 'l'imes Out No. 52. HO\\' TO PLAY CARDS.-A complete and West. handy little book, giving the rules and. full directions 1090 " on the Commons; or, Defending Old New York. f o r playing Euchre, Cribbage, Cassino, Forty-Five, 1001 • Sword Cllarge : or, The l<'!ght at Stony Point. H.oun ce , Pedro Sancho, Draw Poker, Auction Pitch, All 1 092 " After Su John; or, Dick Slater's Ch•ver Ruse. Fou• s, and ma11y other popular games of cards. 1093 " Doing Uuard Duty; or, 'l'be Loss of .IJ'ort .r-;0 • 56. H U w '.l'O HEU0111ll: A.N .ENGlN.E.EK.-ConWnshlngton tainiug full instrllctions llow to become a locomotive 1 094 " Chasing a Hen egade; or, 'l'he Worst Man on engineer; also directions for building a mode l locoruo-tbe Ohio. or, 'I'li e psy Spy tive; together w!ch a tull description of everythiug an 1 095 " and the Fortune Teller; engineer should know. . -of Harlem. ' i096 " Guarding Washington, or, D e f eating a Brltlsh N o . 58. HOW '.rU HE A DETECTIVE.-By Old RtnlC Plot. BrutlY. the detective . J u which he lays down 1007 " end Davie; or, Warm Work !n the M eck some vu!itable rules for beginners, arrd also relates some l cnhnrg ni,trict . adventures of w e ll -known detectives. 11)98 " Ff('J'C<' Hunt or, Cnpturlng a Clever Enemy. 1 W. HOW '.l'O. A 1 090 " Bet rn. • pfl: or' Dkk Sinter's False Friend. Couwiurng ust•tul information r egarding til e Cu1nera a n g 1100 " on the March; or. Afte r a Slippery . h ' oe. how to work It; atso how to make Pl>otogra1>l1i c Magic J101 " W•ntPr Camp: o r. Lively T!mt• s in the North. Lantern l;liues ttnd othe r Transparencies. H:indsomely 1102 " Av enge d : o r. Tl1e Trnltor' s Doom. \ illustrated. 1103 " Pitche d Battle; or, The l!lscape of the Indian :11;0 • 61. HUW 'J'O MAKE ELECTRICAL l\JACIUNES. 110 , ., :;py. G d v.,. k At th G -,Con1aininK full directions for making electrical m1l.. Light Artiller.v: or, •OO ., . or e uns. clliues, induction coils, d ynamos aud many novel toys 11 05 " nne worked hy electricity. Br n. A . H . flennett . Fully Paulus Hook. illnstratrt!. 1106 .. t:nderground Camp; or, In St1ange Quarters. 1'o. 6 . MUl,DOON'S JOKES.-The most 1107 " Da11dy Rpy; or. D eceiving the Governor. J i b original no8 " Gunpowd,• r Plot; or. !•'ailing li y a u Inch. Joke book ever nl>Jished, and t s rlmfu! of wit and 1109 " Drum mer Boy; or, Sounding the Call to Arms. humor. It coutulns a large collection of songs, jokes, 111 0 " Runuiua the Blockade, or, Gt'ttiug Out uf :\c w conundrums, Ptc., of.Terrence Muldoon, the i:-reat wit, York,., and prnct!enl joker or the do,y. 1111 " nnd Capt. Huck; or, Routing a Wicked Leader. No . • 66. UO\\' 1'0 DO PUZZLES.-Containing 1112 " ant! the Liberty Pole; or. tlrrlng 'l'ime s in the three Llundrt'U puzzles and conuudrums. with O l d City. k e.v to s:11ne. A complete book. Pully illu•trated. 11 13 " and the l\la s k e d Spy; or, The .Man of l\lyster.v. No. Ill. now 1'0 UO ELECTRICAL 'l'RICKS.-Con1114 " on GaJlo" , Hill; or, A Darrng Attempt a t taining a targe collectlo11 instructiv e and highly Rescue. • amusing e l ectrical tricks, together with illustrations. By 1115 " nnd "Black Bess"; or, The Horse that Won A. Anderso n . a Fight. No. 68. HOW 1 ' 0 DO CHEMICAL TRICKS. -Con-111 0 " and Fiddling Phil; or, Maki n g the Redcoats taining over •one hund red highly amusing aud instruc-Dance. . rive tric k s with c h emicals. Ily A . Anderson. Hand 111 7 " On the or, The Mini.sink Massacre. somet.v 1118 " and tbe Fighting Quaker; or. In the Neutral N o . 69. HOW TO DO SI,ElGH'r-OF-HANJ).-Con-.Gro.rnd. V h tninlng over hfty of the latest aud best tric k s used by 1119 " l#avest D cerl: or, Dick Sinter's Daring as magi c ians. Also containing the secret or second ight. 1120 " nnd the Blac k Giant; or, Helping "Llgllt H o rse l!'ul! y Illustrated. Harry." No. 70. HOW ro MAKE JUAGIC 'fOYS.-Contai11ing J121 " Driven Back: or. Hard Luc k at Guilford. tull directions for making .lllag!c '.l'oys anii devices ot l122 " and Ragged Robin; or, The Little Sp.v ot m a n y killcls. Full y Illustrated. . Kingston. C ture No. 71. HOW TO DO llIECHANICAL TRJCKS. 1123 " Trapping a Traitor; or, The Plot to ap Containing co111plete instructions for performing over 1124 .. ata OGldeneTraapl.pan .• or, The Red Raiders ot the •sixty M ec lrnni•'al Tricks. Fully lllu trateO. No. 72. HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH CARDS Hig h lands. • -Embracing all <'f the latest and most deceptive card 1125 " I s l and Retreat; or, Fighting With the Swamp tricks, with Ill ustrations. Fox. NQ. 74. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS CORRECTJ,y 1126 " After .Joe Bettys; or, Out for a Swlft Reve nge. -Containing tull instructions for writing letter o n For s a l e by all newst:lea leu, o>r wllJ be sen t to any almost a n.v subject: also rules for punctuation . and coruat:ld re•• on receipt of price, 7c per copy, I n money or position. w!tlt speelmen letters. p ostage s t amps, by No. 76. HOW T O TELL FOR'J'UNES BY l'HE HAND.-Co ntalning rules for t elling fortunes b.v tbe aid or Jines of the band, or the secret of palmistry Also the secret o( telling future events by aid of moles marks. sears, etc. Illustrated. HAltRY E. WOLFF, Publisher , Inc. 1 6 6 West 23d S tree t New Y ork Oity SCENARIOS HOW TO WRITE THEM l'rtce 81 Cent. Per Cep.T nt. book contains all the most recent ln the 111ethod ot con•tructlon and 1ubmlH!oo of ecenarlos. l!lxtJ LeHons, coverlnc "erJ phas e ot acenarlo wrl t -1.q. ror .ale all Newsdealers and Boeltstores. U JOU cannot procure a copJ, send us the price, • eents, lo monf'y o r postage stamps, and we wlll ,.a11 JOU one, post a g e f....., . .Add r e H J.. Bll:NARENS, !19 SeTenth .. v ... , New Y ork, 1'. Y. No. 77. HOW TO DO FORTY 1'RICKS WITII CARDS.-Contalnlng deceptive Card Tricks as p erformed by leading conjurers and mngiclans. Arranged f o r home amusement Fully Illustrated. N o. 110. GUS W lLLIAalS' J OKE BOOK.-Contalnlng the latest j o kes, anecdotes and funny storie s of this world-renowne d German comedian. Sixty-four paJ:"cs handsome eolored covtr, containing a half-tone of the author. For sale by all n <.wsdealers, or will b e &eot to a o 7 addr e H on receipt or 1irlce. lOc. per copy, In monf"y o r l!ltnn1 ps, by H ARRY E . WOLFF, Publis her, Inc. 166 W es t 23d Street, N ew York


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