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A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American RevoIUJ i q n . HAR.RY E . WOLF"F, PUBLISHER. INC .• 166 WEST . : s o .STREET • . NEW . . Y08K. ' --No. 113 3 NEW YORK. SEPTEMBER' 15. 1922 Cents The Hessian shook his at trte-three boys. a,,nd began -to abnse th,em. roun_ cfly . . IO!e .otber Hessiart suddenly started a s a. dog ran up Just. behind him appeare4:. Dick and boy spy Sl1rrender cried Dick.-


No. 1133 NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 1922 Price 7 cents The Liberty Boys' Watch Dog .... OR, THE BOY SPY OF THE Hit.LS By HARRY MOORE CHAPTER I.-The Boy in the Canoe. "If that boy does not look out, Dick, he will be caught in the rapids and upset. " . "He seems to know what he is about, Bob, and I guess he is all right." "Well, you know the river better than I do, Dick, and I would trust to your judgment ahead of my own." "He knows what he is doing, Bob, although I admit that he is in a dangerous position. Watch him a few moments and you will see that he manages the canoe with great skill." "He has a dog with him, Dick." "Yes, but the dog seems to be as cool as him self." There were two boys in Continental uniform on the banks of the Hudson , some miles before it b ecame the noble river it is in its last two hundred miles, before it takes its squtherly course, and while it still flows to the eastward, and even at. times to the north, above Albany, ab ov e Fort Edward, where there were falls and rapids and shallow s, and where on either bank was a wilderness. There was a boy in a canoe on the river whom the two boys on the bank were watching with considerable interest. There were dangerous stretches in the river at this point, neither falls nor. rapids, and yet as dangerous as either, and it seemed to one of the watching boys that he would not be able to come safely through them. They were the captain and first lieutenant, respectively, of the Liberty Bous, a band of one hundred stanch young patriots fighting for American independ ence, and at that time situated on the upper Hudson and working their way down toward Fort Edward, situated just b e low the bend of the river, where it began its steady course southward. Dick Slater, the young captain, had had much experience in the woods and on the river, and kne.w by the way in which the boy in the canoe handled his paddle that he would come through the dangers safely. Bob Estabrook had been wi{;h Dick through all his many adventures since the organization of the Liberty Boys, but he did not have the same powers of obse1 vatio n, nor the same penetration, although not lacking in mind nor in forethought to meet the dangers to which they were constantly exposed. The boy 'Wa s managing his canoe dex terou sly, at one point having to come in rather clo se to shore to avoid a dangerous current, Di ck and Bob looking up the river across a little cove as they wat,ched him. Suddenly, as the boy neared the snore, or five Indians appeared, greatly to the astomshment of the young patriots . 'l'he dog began to bark furiously one of the Indians raising his b ow to shoot an at him. The boy swept farther out from the bank al he got into the dangerous current by so domg. Dick and Bob were. running alongshore now to be ?f help to the boy, the Indians not having yet them. The Indians, fearing to be cheated of their expected prny, ran along the bank and two or th_ree ?f them slipped into the wate; and began swimmmg toward the canoe. The Indians on bank and those in the water saw nothing of Dick and Bob, the former suddenly imitating cry of a hawk., shrill and clear, the sound be mg heard a long distance. "Mark and s ome of the boys are out " he said "and we may need their assistance." ' ' One of the Indians on. shore, fearing that the b?Y would escape, now aimed an arrow again him and began to draw back the bowstring. There was a sudden crack, and a bullet went whistling thro1:1gh and struck the Indian's bow , se;ndmg it flymg to one side, the arrow being widely deflected. Crack! There was another sh.ot, and on e of the redskins in the water re an ugly scalp wound, which caused him t o give a howl and. sink under water. The boy fn canoe kept right on, the Indians seeing that it was too late to catch him now, as they would ha".e to breast the current through which he was now makmg his way bravely. Dick and Bob ran on and now Dick cried: "Co me in to shore, if you like, boy. We will keep an eye on these fellows and prevent them from doing any mischief." The dog barked joyously, and the boy said as he looked at Dick: ' "All right, captain, I'll be in shortly. I didn't expect these vermin along here, though I knew there were some not far away." The Indians came ashore and, as there were more of them. than there were of the white boys, began swarmmg up, expecting to get the best of the latter. Then there was the clatter of hoofs and '.1 number of, boys i!1 blue and buff, led by a dasbmg young sec ond lieutenant on a big gray, came riding up and openeJ fire up on the Indians. ..


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' WATCH DOG fhe latter quickly disappeared, finding. the first "Do you live around here, Mr.-what did you growing altogether too hot for them, and in a few say your name was?" moments there was not one of them in sight. The "Perkins, Josiah Perkins. Yus, I live about boy in the canoe proceed ed down the rive1 to the a mile or two or mebby three, down the river. end of the cove, where Dick and Bob had been You boy s is rebel soge1s, be ye?" when they first saw him; and as the canoe grated "No, we are not rebels , we are patriots, true on the sands, stepped out. Mark Morrison and American s, fighting for our country a s every born hi s boys rode to the spot, Dick and Bob walking, American shou ld. Well, if you li ve down there, and reaching it a s the boy came ashore. The dog we'll see you again, for we're going there." wagged his tail and walked up to Dick, looking Then the boys rode on, Ben Spurlock saying: at him in the most friendly fashion. "His n ame may be Josiah Perkins , but it's fun1'That i s a good watch dog of yours," said Dick ny that he doesn't know where he live s any nearer lo the boy. than that." "Yes, and his name i s Watch. We are both The boys went on, and at length Mark ordered watch dogs . I am watching the Indians, Hes-them to halt, saying: sians, Loyalists and what not that Burgoyne i s "There is a suspicious moving of the bushes bringing down. from the North to send against ahead of u s , more than the wind would cause. lhe patriots. I was going to your camp when The1e is som e one behind them and, if I am not you saw me." mi staken, quite a force of men." "You are a spy?" asked Dick. The boys sat in their saddles watching the "Yes, in the hills and on the river, in the woods bushes , and in a few minutes, having evidently and among the mountains , anywhere to get the grown tired of waiting, a number of Hessians b es t of the enemy." suddenly appeared, followed by a dozen Indians "Then you would like to be the Liberty Boys' and three or four m e n in half military d ress, Watch Dog?" smiling. members of the Royal Greens. "Yes, captain, if you want me, and Watch, too." -"There are too many of them, boys. Fall back." The dog barked, and Dick patted his head. "All right, Watch, we will take you, too," he said, and the dog wagged his tail again and barked. "How far down is your camp?" the boy asked. "About a rriile, on this side of the river." "Then I'll go down in the canoe." "Very good, but I don't know your name yet, my boy." "You can call me -Tom," said the boy. "It is' all the name I know, and Watch has only one name, too. We are both orphans and strays . No one will have me and nobody wants Watch, and so we go together and are good friends, aren't we, Watch?" The dog wagged his tail and then Tom got'into the canoe, took in his companion and paddled rapidly downstream. "Keep out, boys," said Dick. "Watch these fellow s and see if there are any redcoats, Hessians, Loyalists or other enemies about. I am going after my horse." Dick and Bob then hul'ried on down stream and. across through the woods, making a short cut, Mark Morriso n and the boy s riding along the river, going upstream and keeping a Lookout for Indians. "Hallo! There's a stranger, boys!" said Mark, in a few minutes. "I'd like to know what he is, whether a friend or an enemy." A roughly dressed man, riding a scrubby little horse, had suddenly appeared from behind a clump of bushes, and now , a s he neared the party of a doz en Liberty Boys, he halted and saiq: "Good moinin'! Was you lookin' fur anything purticular?" . "Yes, and everything in general," returned Mark. "Have you seen any British or Hessians about? There were Indians along this way, but they have scattered into the woods and up the river." "I want to know!" in evident surprise, which Mark and all the boys, in fact, saw was assumed. "I hain't saw none nor any Hessians, nuther." CHAPTER IL-The Man With Many Names. Dick and Bob went on at a good pace and reached the camp a little ahead of the boy in the canoe, as he had to follow the bends of the river and they too k short cuts. "There are Indians about, boys," he said, as he came in, "and other enemies, I doubt not, although I have not seen them.-" "Burgoyne's Indians, I captain?" a sked Phil Waters, one of the bo ys, who haile d from Rhode Island. "Any Hessians o r Tories?" "We saw only Indians," replied Dick. "There is a boy spy who i s on the watch for the enemy, he is our watch dog, in fact, and I think he will let us know as soon a s the rest of our enemie.s appear." "There is a boy in a canoe coming down the river, captain," announced Walter Jennings at that moment. "That i s the boy," added Dick. "His name is Tom. That i s all he can tell about himself, but he is a thoroughl y reliable little fellow, and I think he will be of great use to us." In a few minutes the boy landed and came forward, the boys receiving him cordially on account of what Dick had already said about him. "I did not see auy Indians nor Hessians, cap tain," he said, as Dick walked up to meet him, "but I saw a man who is as bad and wi ll bring the enemy down upon you if he can. He is coming along the river on horseback and ought to be here before very long." "Who is he, Tom?" "A spy of the enemy, a Tory, a bad man and one who would sell out the redcoats as quick as he would. u s he thou.ght he get His name i s Eh Hotchkiss, 01., at any rate, that is one of hi s names. He is sure to be here shortly, for he will want to know where the camp is, and he won't stop till he finds it."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' WATCH DOG "Well, we will be on the lookout for him," laugh!!d Dic k. Dic k t h e n had the greate r part of the boy s conc eal themse lve s and their ho1 se s among the trees, w hile he and Tom and a few others went forward, one of the boy s on guard having said that there was a rough-looking man coming along on a scrubby little hors e at a g a llop. To any one coming t o the camp it would s eem only a little affair and the d o z e n boy s s t anding a b out appeared to be all there were, Dick b eing careful not to expo s e his rea l s trength after h a v ing b e en warne d agains t the m a n c oming on. He stopped before the few tents, looked about him in a di s appoi:nted sort of way and s aid: "Goo d mornin', c aptain! This here your c amp? Got some more s om e other place, I guess, hey?" "Who .are you?" a sked Dick. "Me , oh, I'm John Has brook. I live bac k here a piec e. Goin' do w n the river, I suppos e? The y say they's redcoats down tha t w a y. I donno, I hain't s een none myself, nor Hessians, neither." " Yes , I b e lieve there are," carel e ssly. "You are n o t a Tory, a r e you, Mr. ;Hotchki ss?" "Shucks! that ain' t my name. Guess you mus tn't have heard straight. You're Liberty Boy s, aren't you? H o w m any of ye do y e calculate the y ist" "I donno, never c alculated," c a r e l ess ly. "So your n a me ain't Eli Hotchkiss, eh? Well, that's mighty lu cky for you, for I'd about m a de up my mind t o hang that critter fust time I set eyes on him and-" The n Mr. E l i Hotchkis s or Josh Has brook, or Josiah P erkins , o r whatever his name might b e , suddenly whee l e d his hors e and left the camp in hot haste , never looking behind him to s ee if the b o y s were coming afte r him, but riding away a s fas t as his horse could carry him. "I thought you said his name w a s Eli Hotchkiss, Tom?" laughed Dick. "We ll, that was not the one he u s e s h ere, I guess," the boy replied, "and you know I said I guess ed he had othe r s ." At that moment the y heard the sound of di s tant firing, and Dick said hastily: "Mark is b eing attacked . Make has t e , boys , we mus t go to hi s ass i stance. Get t w o or three score of the boys, Bob , " and we'll set out a t 1 once." Little time was lost in getting ready, Dick riding a magnificent coal-black Arabian, and Bob a fin e bay, all the boys b eing w ell mounted. "I'll go up the 'river, captain," said Tomr and in a few moments he and Watch w ere in the canoe, making their way upstre am. M ark and his boys had fallen back when the y saw how m any of the there were , but the n a number. of mounted Hessians came up and gave chase firing a voll e y. Mark and hi s boys returned the fire and this was what Dick had heard. The boy s k ept on till they came to a bit of woods, and h ere they halted and opened fire upon the enemy, b eing w e ll sheltered 3:nd able to do tive work. Some of the Indial} s came up while the boys were holding the Hessians at bay and tried to get around to the rear of the plucky fel low s , but they had foug?t . Inpians before, and were not to b e caught napping. When three or four of the wily redskins had b e en l a id low by the muskets of the plucky boy s they rehliz e d that it was not the easy task to get the be s t of thef!l that they had suppos ed. After a bit, Mark sent his boys forward, three or four at a time, and when the enemy at length determined to make a das h and drive them from their shelter, they found no boys there. Instead, they w e r e galloping on at a good gait, ready to adopt the same tactics farther along. There was a clump of trees with boulders scattered about among t hem, something farther on, and here the boy s h alte d. Now the y heard Dick and a detachm ent of the Liberty Boys coming and in a few minutes saw them clo s e at hand. The enemy, horse and foot, came on and, having gathered their full force, determined to rout the plucky boys. Instea d of finding les s than a score of the resolute fellow s , however, they were suddenly met by the bette r part of a hundred, who rushed out upon the m and sent in a volley. "Char ge, Liberty Boy s !" shouted Dick. "Scat ter the rasca l s ! Let them h ave it good and hot!" Muskets rattled l\lld pis tol s cracked, bullets whistle d and sabers sang; brave boys shouted and horses neighe d, and there was no end of din. The enemy saw that they had fallen into a trap, and they m a de haste to get out of it as quick as they coul d , thos e on horseback dashing away at full s p e ed, and thos e on foot seeking safety in different directions . Dick did not purs ue them to any great dista nc e , for he did not care to take any prisoners whom he would have tq feed and look out for, and he was quite satisfied with having routed them. "There m a y be a larger force beyond, Bob," he s aid, "and we don't want to meet them too far from the camp. We have done very well and can res t on our arms for a time." On the way back they saw Tom and his dog on the river in the canoe, the boy calling to them : "I'll' go on a bit, captain, and s ee how inany of them there are and wher e their camp i s . I ' ll be back a gain this afternoon." "All right, Tom!" shouted Dick. "Take good care of yourself and do not let the Hess i a n s g e t you." Reaching the camp, the boys found dinner ready, a jolly-lo oking Iris h boy coming forward and blowing a bugle as the y di smounte d. W h ile they wer e at dinner the boys who had fou ght the enemy told the others abou t it and there was g reat merriment. About a n hour after dinner Tom came in with Watch, l eaving the c a no e on the b ank and g oing at once to Dick' s t ent, s aid: "The r e i s a bi g force of all sorts , captain, .and they are comin g on a t a good rate, exp ecting to rout you out o f h e r e . Perkins , or whatev e r he like s to call himself, has told the m where you are, and they are d etermined to capture the whole camp." "You are a good watc h dog, T om," replie d Dick, s miling. "We will a way at onc e , and if.the y want the camp they can have it." Then he gave orders to di smantle the c a mp and go on the march without delay, l eavi n g things in such. a shape, however, that it would se e m a s if they we r e still there . . A number of rude shacks , • s om e c a mp-fire s , an imitation cannon o r two, and som e dummy figures on gual'd, would caus e the


& • J THE LIBERTY BOYS' WATCH DOG enemy to hesitate, and all that time the plucky fellows would be on• the march. CHAPTER. III.-Fooling the Enemy. There were two frowning guns at the edge of the camp, behind a breastwork, the gunners standing ready to discharge them, and bacli: of these somewhat were other Liberty Boys, ap parently, their muskets glistening in the sun light, while beyond them again were terits and more boys. The cannon were blackened logs, the muskets were sticks painted white, the tents were mere shacks, with here and there a bit of old canvas disposed in such a way to look like a fullsized tent, and the gunners and sentries were merely dummies. ' The woods beyond . hid the boys from sight, and they were well on their way before the enemy came up and halted at seeing the show of resistance before them. Tom, the Liberty Boys' Watch Dog, was near by, and W ateh was with him, and, at a signal from the boy, barked loudly. The enemy hesitated, and then the Indians began working their way to the rear to surprise the sup-. posed Liberty Boys. At last they got to the rear of the camp, at a weak spot, as they supposed it to be, and burst into it with.horrid yells, prepared to kill all within sight. Their yells were the signal for the Hessians and Tories to attack the camp in front,. and they made a tremendous rush, firing a volley as they charged. "Quite a victory!" chuckled Tom, as he picked up his paddle and made his way down the river. The redskins yelled, but it was with rage and disappointment instead of with triumph, as they realized how they had been fooled, and the Hessians, Tories, Canadians and Loyalists scattered the materials of the supposed camp here and there and put it on fire in their anger. Tom laughed as he saw this evidence of the enemy's :i:age and went on at a good rate, not being dis covered by the Hessians or redskins till he was well on his way. It was too late for them to vent their spite on him then, and he went on steadily, keeping a watch upon the foe and at length discovering that they had halted and made their camp near where the boys had been. Dick halted along in the afternoon, having taken an observation from a tall tree and seeing nothing of the enemy. Tom came along shortly afterward and said that the. enemy had halted some dis tance back. Dick made his camp in a s ecluded spo _ t and one where he would be able to hold the enemy at bay, being in a notch in the hills, with a narrow pass to defend and no way of getting to his rear except by making a long detour. The day was well along by this time, and Dick did not intend to go any farther before dark, h aving picked out his camp with the idea of staying s ome little time. When it grew dark the fir es were lighted and the boys employed thems elve s in many ways, the camp being a very bus y scene. After supper Dick set out toward the camp of the enemy to see if he could learn anything, go ing on foot, as it was dark and he thought .he could get alone: better without Major, his black Arabian. After getting out of the notch he made his way toward the river, as it was more open there and he could go faster, having more light. He went on for some . little distance and then, going through a stretch of woods, saw a light ahead of him. He went on rapidly, the light growing brighter and brighter till at last he made it out to be a camp-fire, with three men sitting around it. The three men were talking earnestly, and at last Dick recognized one of them as the man witn many names, his horse being tethered to a tree close by. One of the others looked like a backwoodsman, wearing a suit of dirty buckskin and a coonskin cap, and carrying a long rifle over his shoulder. Dick crept on until he could hear distinctly all that was said, keeping behind a boulder beside which grew a tall bush. "Guess they've went on, Brown," said the backwoodsman, and Dick waited to see who answered to the name, not being certlli.aif it was tne third man or if Perkins had still another name. Not very much to his smprise, therefore, he heard Perkins say: "Yes, I guess maybe they have, Silas, but I'm goin' on, anyhow, bein' as I've got business around the fort." "What you want around the fort, anyhow? Spyin' fur the redcoats?" "Partly that, and then, you know, I'm huntin' fur a boy.'' "Lost one, have ye, Eph ?" asked Silas. "No, but I know some one what has and there's a reward for him, an' if I can find him, I get the reward." "An' workin' for the British, too, between times, hey?" "To b e course. I kin do two things to once . There's quite some money offered for that boy, an' if I kin git it,. I don't see why I shouldn't.'! "You know his name, I s-'pose?" "I know what his name was, but he moughtn't know it hiss elf, 'cause he was a baby when the Injuns took him an' moughtn't remember it-" "Then how would you know him?" asked Bill. "By suttin marks onto him, but I ain't sayin' no more about it. If I kin find them rebels to-night there's a reward in that, too, an' I guess I'll be goin' on. Want ter come?" The man with many names arose, and Dick crept away noiselessly, seeing the others get up and untether their horses, which were in the bushes out of sight from where Dick crouched. "If there were only one of them going I might capture him," Dick thought; "but three of them are a little too many at night and in the woods . Perhaps I can get some of the boys to help, for these men do not know where ou r camp is." "Will the sogers go any further to-night, Eph Brown?" asked Bill. • "They will if I find them rebels, an' I don't s ee why I shouldn't." "Where you s'pect they be, Eph ?" "Not. so fur, I guess. They'll be along the river somewheres, not fur off. Guess we might see their camp-fires if we ride a little." Dick crept away as the men mounted their horses and rode along at an easy gait till they were out of the wood s , when they went faster and stuck close to the river. They had not se en Dick, who was not afraid they would find th e


THE LIBERTY B O YS' WATCH DOG 5 camp if they K:ept on as they were going, and he hurried back as fast as he could go, escaping n o tic e from the three Tories. Hurrying on, he at l ength reached the camp and said to Bob: "Get a few of the boys, Bob, and come down where it is more open. Perkins, if that i s his name, is trying to find our camp, and I want to make him think he has. " "And what then, Dick?" with a laugh, and Bob called to Ben Spurlock, Sam Sanderson, Phil Waters and some others. "Catch him, Bob. He may not b e much of a spy, but he can make trouble for u s , and if we can prevent it, so much the better." "All right, Dick,'' and the boys hurried out of the camp, through the pass and out into more open ground. . On the way Dick told o f meeting with the three T ories, and added: . "Build a fire, boys , so as to attract these men's attention and get them over here. There is little danger of their discovering the real encampment, for once the y come here we will have the lot of them. " The boys made a fire, and then waited in the dark behind a clump of trees to see if the men would come up, Dick creeping away in the direction of the river. to see if h e could find anything o f the men. Before long he heard the clatter of_ hoofs and then saw three men coming out of a little wood . Dick hurried back toward the fire, signaling to Bob and some of the boys to come u p cautiously. CHAPTER IV.-In Trouble With the Hessians. Bob and the boys hurrie d toward Dick, keeping out of the light, and in a short time reached Dick, who said: "They have seen it and are creeping toward it. They are not sure what it i s yet. We mus t get nearer them." Then the boys crept on carefully till they were within hearing of the three men. "I reckon that's them, Eph,'' mutter.ed Bill. "Shouldn't wonder if it was, but we gotter make sure." "It ain't much of a fire,'' said Silas. "That's 'cause it's fur off,'' sputtered Perkins. "That fire's a mile away and t}\at's why it look s little." -"Ye can't see nobody around it, nuther." "Of course ye can't, not at t.his distance!" impatiently. "You hain't got the eye of a hawk." "All right, we gotter see the rebels fust, I suppose, 'cause it mought be jist a hunters' camp," muttered the backwoodsman. The men went on and a ll at once were surrounded by the boys. Perkins took the alarm first and got away, his horse being speedy, if not good-looking, but the other two were caught. "I am sorry we did not get Perkins,'' said Dick, "but you fellows will do for the present." _"That ain't Perkins , that's Eph Brown," mut-tered Silas. . "Oh, he has a dozen names," laughed Bob. They took the men to the fire and searched them, but found nothing of importan ce on them. The men themselves were greatly s urprised t o find the boys in uniform, a n d also fo discover that the fire was not that o f a camp, but had been b uilt only to deceive them. The fire was kept going, but not very bright, the boys moving about in front of it from time to time to give it the appeara nc e of a bivouac fire, while now and then one or another h a iled s ome one supposedly near. Dick crept away and watched the road and the river and the woods for signs of the enemy, the three prisoners being sent forward, but not to the camp nor even as far as the pass. Dick was prowling around in the woods, listening and watching, when he heard the rustle as of a dog i n the bus he s . "Come here, Watch!" he said . "Are you there, captain?" asked Tom. and you are out on the watch again, I see?" "Ye,s, the enemy are coming. They see the fir e very plainly." "Yes, it shows well from here and has just the effect I wished it to have. One not knowing will take it for an outpost." "Perkins has been to the enemy's camp and i s bringing them on. They think that there are too many for you to manage, but that y o u will leave and they want to catch you before y o u go." "Did you know that he was looking for a los t boy, in the expectation of earning a i eward ?" "Yes , he said something about it the last time I met him, before this time. He doe s n o t seem to know much about the boy, and I doubt if he ever finds him." "They are coming, Tom," said Dick, as Watch gave a low growl. They walked to the edge of the road and look .ing toward the former camp of the Liberty Boys , hearing the tramp of men and of horses quite plainly. It was too dark to see the Hessians and irregulars, but they made n o ise enough, and Bob and the boys laughed as they sat by the fire and listened. "The idea of those fellows thinking they could surprise any one and make all that clatter," laughed Bob. "Their trappings are so heavy that they can't help making a noi se. " More of the boys were brought up and the fire was replenished and others built, so a s to give the enemy the impression tha t this was the outer picket, and that the boys were expecting them and keeping a lookout for them. On they came and at length made a dash, expecting to rout the boy s and carry the camp. The gallant fellows poured in a rattling volley, and then more and more boys cam e up and opened fire upon them. Then the boys retreated and the enemy found themselves in the dark in a tangled wood and nothing to show them the way. Not a boy could be seen or heard, and the enemy paused, irresolute whether to go on or retreat. Then from one point and another muskets rang out, and at every report a Hessian fell and yet not an enemy could be seen. This so on created a panic, and they to more open ground and then down the slope to the bottom, where it was all open and they had a chance of seei n g something. Here they built fires and made a camp, being some di stance from the Liberty Boys' outer l i nes. They did ;not attempt to come on again, having seen that there was little !\t'"if1t


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' WATCH DOG . in that, and the boys were not again disturbed. "I don't think., that Perkins will be in very good favor after this," laughed Bob. "He must have told them that he could show them the camp of the Liberty Boys and they took his word. Now they see that he did not know as much as they thought." "But we saw nothing of him," replied Mark. "He is a wise fellow ." "He will keep away from them if he wants to show further wisdom," said Bo b. "The Hessians are not a patient lot, and they will be very likely to s how their displeasure in a very decided fashion." In the morning some of the lioys went out to reconnoiter, nothing being seen of the enemy from the top of the slope. Some <>f the boys had gorte in one direction and some in anothe:i:, there being hills and bits of wooded rocky passes to cut off the sight of the surrounding country. "They have hidden themselves somewhere ," said Dick, "but we need have no fear of their getting to our camp unob served, if that is their intention, for the boys are keeping too sharp a watch upon them." Then Dick started in one direction and Bob in another, agreeing to signal each other in case either di scovered the enemy. Dick was making his way through a rocky pass when he suddenly saw Watch, Tom's dog. Then the boy himself appeared. "Some of the boy s are in trouble, captain," he said. "This way, quick! Not many are needed." Ben Spurlock, Sam Sanderson and Harry Jud son had been out looking for the enemy, when they suddenly ran into a nest of Hessians in a little nook in the hills. They were s eized before they could get away and were bound hand and foot, .being then placed on the ground with their backs against a bank. "Where iss your camp, repels?" asked one of the Hessians. "I wonder if this fellow thinks that bluster is ?,oing to carry the day?" asked Ben. 'He may talk that way till the cows come home," muttered Sam, "for all he gets out of me." "And talk himself black in the face for an that I will tell him," declared Harry. The Hessian shook hi s fist at the three boys and began to abuse them roundly. The other Hessian suddenly started as a dog ran up. Then behind him appeared Dick and the boy spy. "Halt!" cried Dick. "Take him, Watch I" said the boy, quickly. The dog flew at the abusive Hessian and seized him by the leg. Dick leveled a pistol at the other and commanded him to put down his musket. The officer was swearing and trying to beat off the dog, who held o"n firmly and would not be shaken off. Then Tom ran up and quick ly cut the bond s of the three boys, who sprang to their feet and sei zed their mus kets. Two other Hessians suddenly appeared at the edge of the little opening. "Halt!" cried Ben, leveling his mus ket. "Take the Hessian's sword, Tom," said Dick. The boy quickly obeyed, saying to the dog: "Let go, Watch!" The dog released the Hessian, who seized his pi s tol and would have shot him had not Harry audrlex'ly cried: , "Stop! If you shoot that dog I will shoot you !n The HIIBsian lowered his pistol with an angry glare, and Tom took the weapon away from him. Then a sudden signal was heard from Bob. The Hessians were quickly disarmed, and in another moment Bob ran up, in answer to Dick's hail and said: ' "The place is swarming with Hessians, Dick. Get out as fast as you can!" "Thi's way, captain!" said Tom. CHAPTER V.-On the March. The boy spy the way, and the boys dashed down a little path where they were out of sight m a moment. The Hessians were left behind as other Hessians suddenly appeared, but boys ran off with their muskets as well as their own, and they were helpless. -"We must see i f the other boy s are safe" said Dick. "There were more of us out than' this." "Follow this path, captain," said Tom. "Here, Watch will sho w you the way. I will go after the rest. . I don't think the Hessians will get them." 'The dog went ahead, and Tom ran off to look for the rest of the boys. Dick and his party found the camp easily, even without the aid of the dog, and in five or ten minutes Tom came in with the other Liberty, Boys, who would have run upon the Hessian s if he had not cautioned them. .' we will deceive _them and go on," said Dick. They cannot get mto the camp even if they find it, but it is better to go ahead." When the boys were ready to leave, Dick let the two Tories go, saying: "We have no use for you and you are not worth hanging, but if we find you loitering around our camp again you will not get off so easily. Now be off with you and don't let us see you again." The two lost no time in getting away, evi dently fearmg that the young captain would change his mind if there were any delay. The boys all laughed as the two Tories went flying down the slope. . "There is no danger of their bringing the Hessians," said Bob, in a positive tone. "They won't waste any time on anything so f<>olish as that," laughed Mark. "They are look mg out for themselves." "It'll be a long time before we see thos e fellows again," declared . Ben. "They know when they. are safe.". "They might be safe from the Hessians," remarked Harry, "particularly if they thought these fellows were friends of Perkins. "And I guess they will keep away from Per kins, too," added Will Freeman, with a short laugh. The boys got ready to go on the march again, waiting a little for the return of Tom and the rest of the Liberty Boys when everything was ready. Tom was not long in coming in with the boys, who had seen the Hessians, but had been able to avoid them with the boy spy's help. Then they all set out, Tom saying that the Hessians did not seem to be in any hurry to follow. They "


THE LIBERTY BOYS' WATCH DOG 7 halted at noon and proceeded to make their camp, Dick resolving to wait for the Hessians and determine what they were going t o do if possible. The boys were busy getting their camp in order, Patsy and Carl and SO!fle of the boys _helping to get dinner, others cutting trees! brmgmg w11;ter, looking after the hors es and domg vanous kmds of work the camp being a very busy place. After dinner Dick set out to reconnoiter, going on foot on account of being better able to get close to the camp in case he saw of the He had been out a little while when he noticed .some smoke rising about the trees at some little di stance. "That is a carriri of some sort," he said to himself "and I must see what it is." . The 'smoke was off at one side, quite away from the river, and Dick that if it came from the camp of the they have altered their directions materially. W1shmg to see whether they had or not, Dic.k set . out in the direction oi the smoke, makmg his way rapidly, and s ome time seeing no indication of a camp besides that. "It look s as if it might be in those woods,'' he said at length, as he hurried on. At last he entered the woods and proceeded more cautiously, listening for sounds and pres-ently hearing them. . "Indians!" he muttered. "I was not loo,kmg for them, but perhaps they are with the Hessians, as they were before." Then he went on as rapidly as before, but with more caution, the voices growing louder, and finally s ome tepees being s een through the trees. He went on less rapidly now and with caution, not knowing when he might com e across some prowling redskin. He saw a number of Indians sitting on the ground, and saw son:ie preparing dinner and oth_er s stan.dmg about m careless attitudes. Creepmg cautiously through the bushes now on his hands and knees , now almost on 'his face, Dick approached within a dozen yards of a group of Indians on the edge of the camp and watched them clo se ly. They were talking as animatedly as Indians ever talk, but he could not understand what they said, and looked about to see if he .could di s cover a white man anywhere around. Then, to his surpi'ise, he saw.Perkins, or Eph Brown, at a little distance, talking to three or four other whites. He saw no Hessians or Loyalists, and wondered if their camp were anywhere near. "They may not be as far on the way as this," he thought. "They wo uld have had to start s oon after we did to be thls far, and perhaps there are only the Indians and s ome of these whites here." He worked his way around to a point somewhere near the whites, some of whom. were sitting on stumps and some on the ground, Perkins standing and to the rest. "Yes, I hardly s'pect to find the boy with the Injuns now," he was saying, as Dick came. up within hearing, "though he mought be. Thmgs is always where you ain't lookin' for 'em, or gen-rally." "Your boy, .Peleg Weeks?" asked nn<> nf the men sittinir on the irround. "Hallo! there is another name,'' thought Dick. "I wonder how many the fellow has?" "Wull, no, he ain't mine, but I'm interested in him, an' if I can find him I ' ll be right glad. I donno what they call him now, but he's got a bow an' arrer tattooed onto his chest, an' you don't gen'rally find s uch marks onto white boys, even when they've been livin' with Indi_ans." "Did the Injuns put 'em there, Peleg?" asked another man. "I donno, but anyhow they said they was there, and that the boy'd 've b ee n a chief if he hadn't been stoled away from 'em by the whites." "Mebby his own folks got him," suggested a man on the edge of the group, who smoking a pipe. "No, they didn't, for if they had I wouldn't be lookin' for him now. No, we got trace o' hi s bein' with them Injuns, an' then, when I got there; I found that he hadn't been with 'em fur a year or two, mebby ' three.'! "What was hi s name fust off, Peleg?" asked the nian with the pipe, giving it a sudden flip to clear the ashes. It suddenly left his hand and flew straight to ward Dick, who had not noticed the man's mo tion, and struck him on the head. The surprise caused Dick to spring up and the men saw him. So did soin e Indians who were coming that way just then, and whose notice Dick might have avoided. . . "Jerushy! there's the !ebel captain!" cried Perkins, as Dick knew him. The Indians raised a shout at the same time and rushed toward. One had his tomahawk rais ed to throw and would have done so h a d , not Dick suddenly whipped out his pistol and firep. The bullet struck the weapon and knocked it out of the Indian's hand, •causing him to utter a yell. The other Indians came rushing up, -brandishing tomahawks and knives , and Dick fired two shots. Tlie Tories were coming on behind, however, and in driving ... off one enemy, Dick did not get rid of the other. Then more Indians came from different directions, and the Tories clo sed in on him and he was quickly surrnunded. The whites had him, but the reds s howed plainly that they thought he ought to belong to them, and one said: "Paleface boy chief kill much Injun, Injun want um, kill, burn, scalp, make fun for Injun !" "Well, I guess you'll have to wait, Injuns ," muttered Perkins. "The rebel is our prisoner and we're goin' to keep him. Gin'ral Burgoyne ain't givin' rewards for people all chopped up, an' Dick Slater is wuth more to him alive then he is dead, by a heap sight.'' "Well, Mr. Perkins, Hotchkiss , Hasbrook, Brown, Weeks, o r whatever your name happens to be at the present moment," said Dick, "so you are not with the Hessian s just now? I imagine they did not think that you were a very go od guide.'' "Hello, Peleg! So you've got other names, have you?" asked one of the Tories. "What's that fur?" "The captain i s mistook, he's thinkin' of another feller," said Perkins. "My name is Peleg Weeks, all right, an' I donno them other folks he is talkin' about.'' "\Vaal. whether vou'te .Josiah nr nnt .., l


.. ,. • 8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' WATCH, DOG don't matter much, Peieg," laughed one of the Tories. "We are got the rebel an' that is ellough fur us. Does Gin'ral Burgoyne offer a reward o' five hundred pounds for the feller?" " No, John Burgoyne is more parsimonious; he only offers a hundred, but that will do, seein' that we can't very well take the rebel down to New York and turn him over to Gin'ral Howe." "Waal, not bein' at the head o' things, I suppose Gen'ral Burgoyne hasn't as much money, but a hundred is better'n nothin', an well get that. Where is the gen'ral now?" " Over to Fort Anne, where the Hessians are goin' to meet him," replied Perkins, without thinking that Dick heard. "Very !"thought the young captain. "That would account for our not seeing them, as they have gone in another dfrection. We must get to the fort as s oon as possible and tell General Schulyler." Dick was a prisoner, however, and if he es caped the Tories, the Indians would be on the look ot for him. "Then we want to getthere as soon as we can," muttered the Tory, "an' not let these pesky Indians get him." CHAPTER Vl.-The Watch-Dog At Hand . . "Get 'the hosses, Sam,'' said Perkins, "an' we'll be a'goin'. It air likely that some o' the young rebels may be lookin' for him, an' we want to-hr on the way without delay." "You are not going to make me walk, are you?" asked Dick. ' "No, you shall have a hoss, same as the rest on us. Where air that blacH: hoss of yourn? I have took a great fancy to that animal, and it's a pity you didn't fetch him, 'cause I would have liked to rode him." The Tory now came up with the horses belonging to the party, and the Tories quickly mounted, Dick bein g placed on a stock animal, his arms bound behind him and his legs fastened together under the horse, so that his chances of es cape seemed very slim. The Indians still seemed to object to Dick's being carried off, but the feaT of displeasing the great general, who had promised them so much, kept them from interfering, and the party of a dozen white men rode away at good speed, Dick a prisoner among them. His pistols had been taken from him, he was bound hand and foot and surrounded by his captors, and there seemed little hope of his escape . Dick Slater was not a boy to give way to despair, however, no matter how gloomy the outlook was and he was not discouraged now, knowing that the boys would be searching for him now, and that there was every likelihood that the boy spy was out and might run across him, even if he did not know the misfortune that had befallen h im. As he rode on, therefore, he kept his eyes and ears open, and at length saw a dog run across the road at some little distance ahead. The Tories did not see m tp notice the animal, or, at any rate, they did not pay any attention to it. Dick the dog at once and knew that Tom could not be far away. , The dog was Watch, and he never went ou t unless in the comuany of lli s young master. "Tom must be somewhere near," said Dick to ' himself. "If he cannot help me himself he will get the Liberty Boys." He did not s ee the dog again, and at last reached the point where he had seen the little animal run across the road. Then there was a s udden whistle, and Watch ran into•the road and began to bark furiously. Then a number of musket barrels were suddenly thrust from the bushes and Tom suddenly appeared. "There's Eli Hotchkiss, boys!" he said. "Take him first. He's the fellow with the red hose, you know!" Dick pressed his knee against the horse's side and chirped to him to go ahead. Watch came running toward him and turned his head toward the side of the road where Tom was. Perkins put spurs to his horse and set off at a dash in an instant. Then Tom fired two shots and carried consternation to the ranks of the Tories. Watch had startled the horses of several of these and set them to going at a gallop. In a moment Dick was alone, and then Tom came suddenly from the bank, cut the . rope that held his legs to gether, _and l eaped upon the horse's baclL In a moment he had freed Dick's arms and said, quickly: "Take the reins, captain, and get out of here, quick!" .At once Dick wheeled the horse and dashed back over the road he had just come. Tom whistled, and now Watch ran ahead of them. "Follow vVa,.tch, captain," said Tom. The Tories, now seeing that the boy alone had tricked them and that there was no other Liberty Boy s present except Dick Slater, wheeled their horses and came after him. "There is a brook yonder, running-through the which you will have to jump, captain," said the boy . "I guess the horse can do it. Watch will show you the place. The other fel lows won't find it in1 their hurry, and they'll get mired. There's only one -good place.;' . Watch ran ahead and soon Dick saw the brook. The dog waited for him to come up and then leaped across, Dick following in a moment, the horse making the leap without difficulty. Then they raced on after the dog toward a wood, Dick looking back once over Tom's head and seeing two or three of the Tories floundering in the marsh through which the brook ran. The others did not attempt to find the right way across, but halted and then presently went back, those who had attempted it getting out of the mire at last in no pleasant humor. Dick did not watch. hem. long, the dog hurrying into an open wood and the horse following. The Liberty Boys were greatly surprised to see Dick, and the boy spy come riding into camp, led by the dog, Watch, who stopped, wagged his tail, then barked joyously. "WelJ, that is strange/' laughed Bob. "You went out alone and on foot, and you come back on horseback, with a boy and a dog for company." "' "Something has been going on,'' declared Mark. "There generally does when the captain goes out," a dded Harry. "Tell u s all about it, captain,'' said Ben. "Bob was beginning to be worried about you and to w onder why you were not here."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' WATCH DOG 9 "The Hessians have gone to Fort Anne, Bob," aaid Dick. "That is why we missed them, I guess. There are Indians and Tories about, and I suppose they are working down to Fort Edward. By the way, Josiah Perkins is now Peleg Week s . You ought to know this in case you heard the name mentioned, so that yo.i;1 would recognize him as your old friend." CHAPTER VIL-The Boys At the Fort. Dick kept pickets out well beyond the lines of the camp so as to guard against a sudden advance by' the Indians. At it grew darker, the boys grew more vigilant and not a sound escaped their ears, although they could see very little in the woods. Then the picket lines were thrown still farther out, and Tom left the camp to go and see if there were any signs of the approach of the foe. It was growing late when he came. in and said to Dick that the Indians were coming on in considerable force, and that s ome of the Tories had said that the reds knew where the boys were and meant to rout them out of their camp. "They may possibly know this," Dick returned, "but a1:1 for routing us out, that is another matter. We will be 1eady for .them and can fight in the dark as well as they can." Then Dick went to picket line s and watched for the enemy, not being certain that they had not di s covered their camp during the day and made ready to attack it. It was quite late when Dick at last heard the Indians coming on cautiously and despatched some of the boys back to the camp to bring up all the Liberty Boys . "They will not think that they ha Te reached the camp when they will be suddenly surprised to find .that 1;hey are right upon us," he said. "Or that we are right upon them, captain," returned Ben Spurlock, with a dry laugh. "Well, it will be a surprise, all the same." The boys kept perfectly still, listening attentively and hearing the Indians coming on with very little noi se , more than if they had thought they were right on the camp, however. The boys came up from the camp almost nojse lessly, and at length were all gathered on the edge of the woods, waiting for the redskins, who were com ing on with Jess noise and yet were plainly heard. They thought the boys were asleep in their camp at some little aistance, and s o , although they were cautious, they were not as much so as they would otherwise have been. At length the boys, hiding on the edge of the wood, could see plainly the dark line which indicated the approaching enemy. The red-skins thought nothing of surprising the s le eping camp and of murdering helpless whites. and the boys had no regard for them, although they would not have done the same to redcoats or even Hessians. The Indians were cruel and bloodthirsty and could understand no other treatment. Dick and the Liberty Boys could not bring themselves to adopt all the methods of the Indians, and the young captain I d id give them a chance, therefore. When the redskins were just within range, he gave a sharp whistle and in clear. tones: "We are ready for you1 so I warn you to fall back. Make ready, boys!" Then the boys all rose to their feet and leveled their muskets at the surprised Indians. The latter thought that even yet they could rout the plucky boys, and came on with a rush and a chorus of blood-curdling yells and whoops. The Tories came with them, but gave the redskins the brunt of the battle. "Fire!" shouted Dick. The redskins had been warned, and now if they came on they had no one to blame but themselve s. Crash!" roar! The woods fairly blazed, while the thunder of the report echoed again and again through the dim aisles and from the hill s opposite. Rattle! rattle! rattle! The musket V?lley was followed by another from the boys ' pistols, the gallant fellows not allowing the enemy to get over one surprise before they gave them another. The Indians thought to rush in after the first volley to take the boys unprepared, but they reckoned without the boys themselves who knew'of this trick of the enemy _and ready for it. All at onces fires blazed up all along the line and showed the terrified redskins the wl!ole force of gallant boys standing ready for them and about to fire again. The boys were in open line and occupied considerable space , so that everywhere ' one looked he saw the blue and bluff of the young. Continentals and the gleam of their muskets, the woods seeming to be filled with them. • The sight was too much for the Indians, and they quickly fell back, taking their dead and wounded with them. The Tories had no desire to face s uch a determined foe, and they fell back even before the Indians did. The boys had reloaded their muskets, and they now loaded the pistols they had discharged, sq as to be fully prepared if the enemy made a second attack. The Indians quickly realized that the Liberty Boys had met them well outside their camp, thus stealing a march upon them, and this greatlv increased their fear of, if ,not respect for, the resolute lads. "J'hey thought they were going to find us asleep," sputtered Bob, "when they ought to kno w that we always sleep with one eve op en when there are s uch fellows as they lurking about." "It is a hard matter for an Indian to learn new things, " declared Mark, "but I guess they have learned one to-night, and they will not take too much for granted after this, but will look before they leap." "And Dick gave them fair warning, which is a good deal more than they would have given us," sputtered Bob. "They have no one to blame but themselves, and I am not a bit sorry for them." The fire s showed the boys the ground before them, and it was impos sible for the wily redskins to steal around to the rear and take them by surprise, every move being seen. Dick and his brave boys had fought Indians before, and they knew all the wiles of their crafty enemies and were prepared to defeat them at every turn. "I wish they would come on again," muttered Bob, angrily. "I would just love to pop over a lot more of them and teach them manners." '.'You might not do that," laughed Mark, "hut you could teach them a little sense and lots of


• . 10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' WATCH DOG caution. You won't find the Tories attacking us in that reckle ss fashion. They know better." The Indians tried shooting arrow s at the boys at long range, realizing that they could not turn the flank of the plucky fellow s. The boys got behind trees and were in no danger, and then the deadshots of the company stationed themselve s at advantageous points, and as soon as an arrow came whiz 'zing through the circle s of light made by the fires, would fire in the direction it came. More than once the incautious archer was picked off by one of the sharpshooters , and they became more wary and fewer arrows. "We can cheat them still further," said Dick . "I have no doubt that they will fetch !UP more Indians, as these like to fight with the odd s greatly in their favor." "Then you mean to go on, Dick?" asked Bob. "Yes, and while they are watching u s . Take half the boys with you, Bob, and break camp. Get all ready to leave and I will send more boys. We will keep the fires going, and these fellows will suspect nothing." Bob withdrew fifty of. the boys, five or six at a time, and in a quiet way so that they were not miss ed, the fire s being meanwhile replenished, and the boy:; keeping a sharp watch upon the enemy. They did not show thems elve s any more, and the redskins could not have told whether they were there or not, taking it for granted that the y were, on account of the fires burning so brightly. When Dick thought Bob was nearly ready, he sent twenty more boys to the young lieutenant, keeping up the fire s , and now and then sending a few shots toward where the Indians were lurking in the woods. Some of shots proved effectual, although the boys were not looking for that, and it made the redskins more wary. At length Dick sent away all but four or five of the bbys, but so well had the retreat been managed that the Indians had no notion of it and were in utter ignorance of anything of the sort. The fires were set to going still brighter and m ore shots were fired , and then Dick sent the other boys away, one at a time, until he was the only one left, even Tom and Watch having gone on. At last Dick himself hurried finding the boys on the march, but quickly overtaking them, Major having been left ready saddled for him. The boys rode on as rapidly as they could in the dark and were some time on the way when a series of yells at s ome distance told them that the Indians had di s cover e d their absence. "It will be s ome time before they can get to us now," laughed Bob . "And they don't feel any too happy over our having fooled them, either," declared Mark. "Sure, we don't be con sultin' their feelin's at all, liftinant,'' rejoined Patsy, . with a broad grin. "It's our own convanience entirely that we do be thinkin' of." The boys went on, sometimes by the light of torches and then with o "nly the stars to guide them. The Indians did not foll o w them that night, and at daybreak they halted and a camp, getting breakfast and then preparing for a halt of a few hours. "If they follow us now we will be ready for them," declared Dick, "but I think they will be wary after the experience of last night and not attack us except in overwhelming numbers." "And in that case we wQ.uld be fools to let them,'' muttered Bob. "We would fool them again in that case and get away." The Indians did not appear by the time the boys were ready to go on again, and the boys reached the fort late in the afternoon. Here Dick repo1teQ. to Schuyler concerning the Hessians and Indians and made their camp near the fort. There was not a large force there, and if Burgoyne should come on with any con siderable number of troops, they could not hold out against him. There were many Tories in the settlement and around the neighborhood and these felt safe, but the patriots were uneasy and there was already con siderable talk about giving up the fort and going farther down the river. "If the Hessian s went to Fort Anne they will probably come this way with Burgoyne," said Dick to Bob, "We know that there are many Indians on the way and it looks to me, therefore, as if the fort would be invested shortly, and that it would be better to abandon it and go where there are more of u s and where we have better means of defens." "The general is cautious and wise as well,'' returned Bob, "and will probably do the bes t thing that can be done. We can depend on him, Dick." "Yes , I know we can and we will do so.. Meantime, however, we will keep a watch on the enemy and warn all thos e who can leave to do so at once. There are many families here who had better go to some safer place, and I think we had better tell them." "Yes, that would be a good thing to do. Let the Tories stay, if they wi s h, although these Indians, when they get excited, are as apt to kill friends as en e mie s, but the patriots mus t be warned by a ll means." The next morning Dick, Bob, the boy sp y and a number of. the boys went up the river to visit some of the patriot families and to warn them against the dange r of remaining in the neighborhood . CHAPTER VIIl.-Attacked by-Indians. The boys halted at a farm-house a few miles from the fort, and on the river, Dick and Bob going up to the house, w hile the boys d ismounted and walked about. Tom, the Liberty Boys, watch dog, be gan to talk to a young girl who had come forward and sp oken to Watch, whom she patted. Then some of the boys came forward and spoke to her, Tom walking toward the river. All at once he heard a scream from the water and saw that a child of four or five years, in venturing too near the bank, had fallen in. "Quick, my little sister!" cried the young girl, rushing down toward the water. The boys followed as quickly as possible, but Tom was there first, being the nearest .to the sce ne, and by the time they had reached the river bank h e had leaped into the water and was reaching after the child. The little girl had gone down, but so on rose to the surface, a little dis tance from the place where she had fallen in, so that Tom had t o swi m out a few strik es, but he soon had her in his arms, and then climbe d up


. THE LIBERTY BOYS' WATCH DOG the bank, holding the child in one arm, while he helped himself with the other. As he started back to the house, the young girl having taken her little sister from his arms, his clothes dripping about him, and his hair matted on his forehead, it was his intention to ask for some dry clothing, but half way there they saw Bill Logan, the young girl's younger brother, racing toward them, terror w1itten on his countenance. "The Indians are coming!" he almost shrieked, for the atrocities so often perpetrated by the redskins had made them hated and feared, the very thought of them causing strong men to shudder, as well as women and children. " Bob, take the horses and a dozen of the boys to the barn," ordel'ed Dick, immediatley. "The rest will follow me into the house." His orders were executed at once, and before the Liberty Boys caught sight of a single Indian, the barn door was shut and locked, the house as well, and barricades put before the doors. Bill had been in one of the fields back of the house that was on rising ground, and his attention had been attracted by something moving in the woods on one side. Thinking it might be s ome sort of game, he had watched intently, when to his horror he spied the topknot of an Indian, and presently saw two or three more. He had not hesitated, but had c1 ep t toward the river, having at once dropped down in the tall grass, and had intercepted the Liberty Boys, thus giving them time to get both themselves and their horses within shelter, the young girl and })er little sister being in their midst. Tom had reached the house first, as he wanted to get off his wet clothing, and by the time Dick and the rest appeared, he had received s ome dty from Mrs. Logan, and was retiring to another room to don them, Dick following to see about defending that corner of the house. As Tom drew off his wet shirt and stooped to pick up the dry one provided by Mrs. Logan, Dick saw something on the boy's breast that made him for the moment forget his object in following him into the room, for there on the white skin, below the tanned part of his neck and throat, were the tattoo marks of a bow and anow. "When was that done, Tom?" he asked quickly, but before the boy had a chance to reply there were heard the yells of the savages, who were now seen leaping and jumping about the house, with tomahawks in their belts, and the bows, arrows and muskets in their hands or else strung across their shoulders. Every window and loophole was manned, a gun in every hand, and when the Indians were near enough to make aim sure, there was a blaze of powder from every hole simultaneously, while the reports of the muskets seemed like a single one, for they se emed timed to the sec ond. The Indians paused a sec ond in their onrus h, and then quick-ly sought cover. ., "They did not expect so enthusiastic a recep' remarked Tom, who by this time, had got into dry shirt and trousers, and had his musket like the others. The boys quickly reloaded, for they knew the redskins would soon be back. "They will be shooting blazing arrows next, I " suppo se ," whispel'ed Bill Logan, his face blanched 'with fear, although he stood bmvely at the post assi,2'Iled him. But for some time nothing was seen of the assaulting party. "I wonder if they have gone for reinforce ments," said Bob, when he grew tired of waiting for their reappearance. "Perhaps they have gone away for tne time, not having expected that we would be so well de fended," said Mrs. Logan. "They knew father was away, no doubt; and thought I was alone 'here with the children. They will be back again, and I pray you young gentlemen will stay at least till my husband gets back." "Have no fear, ma'am," replied Dick reassuringly. " We shall not leave you until Mr. Logan's return, and not then if we think our services are required." Jus t then the watchers at the back of the hou s e called out that s ome of the Indians were approaching from the rear, and that there se em ed to be quite a number of them. Dick ran quickly to the rear, where he saw that there were at least two-score savages creeping along the ground toward the hou se. Dick allowed them t9 get quite close, for he knew that they were covered by the muskets of the boys in the barn, although the redskins numbered about twice as many. "They have divided," he said, "so I will leave some of you here to guard the rear, which you can ea. s ily do with the help of the boys in the barn, for I think it is but a ruse on their part to divert attention from the front, where the chief attack will be make." He resumed his station at the front door, through which were several loopholes , and with his eyes at one of these, waited for t}\e savage's next demonstration, undisturbed by the sound of firing at the rear, but telling Tom, Bill and Susan, Bill's elder sister, to reload for the bo ys as quickly as they could. Presently Dick discerned some motion in the woods across the road, from where the Indians had first made their appearance, and in a moment saw a heavy tree trunk being pus hed steadily forward, borne by a dozen redskins. "Boys, each pick your man," was the order. "Those on the right take those on the side facing you, and those on the left the same, all being careful not to have two aim at the same man." It was a heavy load they were bringing, but as they wished_ to get to the front door while supposed the defenders of the hou s e were engaged with the attackers at the back, the y rushed forward, intending to ram it against the oall:en door, which stro:ng as it was, could not have withs tood many assaults of that immense ram. Dick allowed them to come uite close to the house, then gave the order: "Fire!" Every aim had been true, and twelve redskins sunk to the ground, the heavy log rolling over on s ome of them and crushing out what life had remained in their bodies after having been struck by the Liberty Boys' bullets. In the meantime bullets had inbedded themselves in the thick log walls of the house, but had not penetrated within, so no one had been hurt. In the barn the boys were as busy as those i n the house, a nd were using pistols a s well as muskets, for they had no one to reload for them, anu they were do-


;o r 1! THE LIBERTY BOYS' TCH ing pretty active firing. Both front and rear dead and wounded redskins lay, s ome of the latter crawling away out of reach of the bullets, seeking shelter within the woods . Again the savages withdrew, taking their dead and the rest of the wounded with them, and although their return was awaited more or le ss impatiently, nothing was seen or heard from them. "I hope they've gone," sjghed Susan. . "They will come back," said Dick. "Probably to-night, and under cover of the darkness will try to set fire to the house and outhouses." Susan gave a little cry of fear, while her mother sh uddered, saying: "I hope William will not attempt to return till those varmints are gone for good." "Did you expect hirr. back to-night, ma'am?". asked Dick. _ "No, captain. for he's gone to trade some cat tle, and he said he might not have as good . luck as he hoped, and in that case he would go farther. If he s hould happen to get rid of them at the first place 'he would have started home long before this." "We will hope this time that he did not meet with such good luck," said Mark, with a smile . "Can you young gentlemen get along on bread and milk and porridge?" asked Mrs. Logan. "You must be hungry by this time, for it is s ome hours since you have eaten." "We could get along very well and be-thankful, too, Mrs. Logan," replied Dick heartily. "As you say, the boys have not had anything to eat since an early breakfast , and no doubt there will be hot work for u s before we sleep." Great bowls of milk were brought out, while a big pot of porridge was put on the fire, and the bread pot was emptied of its bread. "I wish we could get some of this to the boys in the barn," said Dick. "vVhy not,'' responded Susan quickly. "We can take it to them through the covered passage we use in winter when the sn ow is too deep for us to reach the barn to tend to the stock." "I am glad of that," exclaimed Dick, and as s oon as the cornmeal porridge was cooked, bowls of porridge, cups of milk, and thick s lices of bread were taken out to the boys in the barn, who were treated to a very p leasant surprise, as they had never dreamed that they were to fare so well. Watch was kept front and rear while some of the boys ate these taking the places of the watchers later, s o that all the boys were soon refreshed, and ready for another encounter with the redskins. Watch had not b een forgotten; in fact, he and the little girl, who bad fully recovered from the fright caused by her fall into the water, had thefr dinner t ogether. eating out of the same bowl, Betty feeding tl

THE BOYS' WATCH DOG 13 and he knew that the torches would s oon set both house and barn afire. The Indians had evidently obtained reinforcements, for there seemed to be twice as many as earlier in the day. There was a blazing circle around the hou s e and barn by this time, and Dick gave his orders as before, for each boy to pick his mai., while Tom and Billy stood ready to reload as fast, as pos sible. Dick know, however, that in t \ flicker-ing, uncertain light of the torches aiID;,.. would be far from true, and that it wou,d be almost impossible to prevent the savages reaching the house near enough to hurl their torches against it. The darkness still continued, so that the hens had began to go to roost, while the lightning was not s o incessant. He hoped for a sudden downpour of rain, that often follows a storm of the character they had experienced that day, but only few drops fell. There had been a long, dry spell, and the roof as dry as tinder, and would readily ignite, while the barn was _still more inflammable because of the straw and hay within and without. He could hear the boys in the barn giving a good account of themselves, for the Indians were nearer the barn than the house at that moment. "Liberty Boys, we must make a counter attack, for if we allow them within reach of the house there will be no saving it." "All right, captain,'' was the response from all. "I will signal the boys in the barn to make a simultaneous attack on the rear, while we rush at -them from the front." "Let me go and tell them, captain," exclaimed Tom eagerly, anxious to do something. "Very well, Tom, but you mus t leave Watch behind, for he will give a warning, J. am afraid." "Not if I tell him to be mum, captain, but I will do as you say." "Go without him this time," quietly. Tom waite d only for his instructions , and then going through the covered and partly underground passage, leading from the cellar of the house to the barn, he s oon delivere l Dick's me ssage. Watch meanwhile did not consent quietly to be left behind, but tried to follow his young master, acting as if he felt he were encountering some danger and he should b e along to aid. Dick, however, did not mind his barking, for if the In-. dians heard it, which was not altogether sure, for they were making such a racket themselves, it would divert attention from the barn. Waiting till Tom's return with the information that the boys were ready, Dick was about to throw open the door, when Mrs. Logan threw herself at his feet, and clasping his knees, begged him not to go out and desert them. "But, Mrs. Logan, by going out I think we can best save you,'' expostulated Dick. "Oh, captain, captain, don't leave u s to those fiend s ! Suppose you hourd get killed? At least, if you are here, and they force an entiance, you can kill us first." "I'll wait a few moments longer, ma'am," re-. plied Dick, touched by the woman's de spairing appeal. "But I will leave Tom and Billy here with P . istols enough to shoot you all in case anything should happen to u s boys. Even if I were killed or captured, any of the other boys would protect you as well as I." "That may be so, captain, but I can't trust any of them as I would you. If William were here it would b e different." The sight passed swiftly before Dick's mental vision of William Logan's return to find his house in ruins, and his family' either destroyed in the flames or t o have suffered a much worse fate. However, he would not allow his mind to dwell on such harrowing thoughts, for as long as he W3;S uninjured there would be some way out. In spite of the boys' efforts to keep the Indians back, they had been approaching nearer all the time, and suddenly Dick smelled burning wood -and knew that they had hurled their t orches against the house, and one or more had taken effect . The same had happened at the barn, which now could be seen was on fire in several places. It' was time to take more decided measures and explaining this to Mrs. Logan he s u cceeded at in silencing appeal_s • . then gave signal to the anxiously wa1tmg boys in the barn to sally forth. The l:>oys under Bob . were glad enough to receive . the orders to leave the barn, for with the hay stored therein and the horses and cattle, it was fast becoming a decid unpleasant abiding place . Leaving Tom, Billy !lnd the dog to guard the house, and instructmg Mrs. Logan and Susan to u s e a pistol if necessary, Dick and his brave boys threw open doors back and front, and suddenly the yellmg savages found themselves attacked on three sides, the musket reports even drowning tem their hideous nois e. They were surprised, for they had no idea that there were s o many defenders o f the house, and the attack coming on three sides simultaneously, and with such volume and force, made them think that the de. fending party was twice its number. The Indians discarded their blazing torches for their tomahawks, and a fierce encounter ensued after the boys had emptied both muskets and pistols.The boy s u se d _their muskets with telling force, crackmg the Indians on the h eads, dashing their tomahawks out of their hands , and s uc ceede d in sending them temporarily back.into the w ood s . 1:hen the boys turned their attention toward puttmg out the fire s that had started in several pl aces , and extinguishing the flam es, although before they had time to get rid of the sparks of the charred wood, they heard the savages preparing for another attack. Dick then ordered his boys into the house, and made a n examina tion to see how many and how seriou sly any of them were hurt. Nearly a ll of them had receive d flesh wounds, but these Mrs., with the help of Susan and Tom, s0on had dressed, at least the more seriou s ones, for the slighter wounds the boys declining any a ssistance. It was growing lighter now, the heavier clouds having pas sed over, but s till it showed no sign of neither did it rain, the thunder and lightning continuing, but the wind having died down. The boys all lo oke d carefully to their fire anps, cleaning them and priming them we ll knowing that sooner or later there would fres h use for them. Suddenly they saw a tongue of flame leap out from one side of tne barn, and then another and another. "The barn will go if that fire is n 'Jt nut nnt-"


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' WATCH DOG said Dick. "Boys, we must save it, or the house will go." Mrs. Logan directed where they would find pails and tub, getting blankets herself, and while some of the boys covered them with their mus kets, Dick, with half a doze.n of the boy s , dashed ou t to the barn to try to put out the fire before it did any further damage. Just then they heard the war whoops of the Indians, and on they saw them come, twice as many as the Liberty Boys, despite the number that had been killed or wound ed, and which the savages had already removed while the boys were engaged in the house. This time the Indians were armed with firearms as well as with tomahawks, and the Liberty Boys s oon realized that _they had the fight of their lives before them. As the Indians were now advanc ing fromone direction, Dick drew up his boys in front of them to dispute their passage, and to prevent any of them getting around to the back of the hou s e. They had to leave the barn to its fate, and now to their consternation they saw flames leap up from the roof of the hou se . "Charge, Liberty Boys!" cried Dick. There was a deafening report, as the muskets roared and cracked, those of the redskiris adding to the din. One or two of the Liberty Boys were struck, and there Billy and Tom rushed out to drag into the house, while a number of the In dians fell. The Indians , however, were not to be driven back this time, thefr vengeance having been by their repeated setbacks and the death of many of their number. Closer and closer they pressed about the brave boys, who .;seemed doomed this time, for their muskets and pistols were again emptied, and they were obliged to use .their muskets as clubs, while the Indians hurled their tomahawks among them, and were coming fast after them, the boys showing signs of the strain, while the savages seemed as fresh as ever, they having revived their strength and courage temporarily by copious draughts of fir e water. Just as Dick and his boys had about admitted to themselves that theirs was the lo sing s ide, with the flames leaping up behind the.m and the sav ages in front, they heard a ringing shout and the sound of shooting. The Indians heard also, and pausing an instant to s u re, they turned and fled back into the woods, leaving their wounded and dead b e hind. In a mom ent William Logan's voice was heard shouting: "W_ e are coming to the rescue!" Then the Liberty Boys gave a rousing cheer, for they realized that all was saved. At that mo ment came a rush of wind and rain, and with the rain -0n the roofs, and the friends in front, the perils of the day were over. When Logan entered his cabin, he found his wife and daughters on their knees in tearful prayers of thanksgiving for their deliverance from the hor rible fate that had seemed so certain jus t a short time before. He s old his cattle at the first place he had taken them and had started right back for home, and when he saw the storm approaching, had hastened to reach shelter before it broke. When near the fort he had seen the flames leap up from the direction of his house, and also heard that Indians had been seen in the neighborhood, Emd taking no risks, he had applied at the fort for • help, and had his home just at the criti-cal moment. CHAPTER X.-Dangers On All Sides. The next morning Dick, Bob and five of the six boy s set out to look about the neighborhood and warn the neighbors to leave the settlement and seek . safer quarters. The Indians had appeared and might come in greater numbers onc e they had become excited. They had been on the outer edge of the settlement where there were few houses, and these scattered, but there was fear now that they would advance and attack the houses nearer the fort. The Logan family, having had one experience with the redskins, from which they had fortunately escaped with the help of the Liberty Boys, were not going to risk another, and made preparations to leave the settlement at once. Dick heard from Logan the next morning that there was a family in the neighborhood in which every one was interested. There was a young girl with a brother in th_ e patriot ranks, while sh e was betrothed to a lieutenant in the British army and living with a woman whose kinsman was General Fraser, afterward killed at the battle of Stillwater. The girl:.<; brother had urged her to leave the neighborhood and go to him at Albany, but she had remained in order to be nearer to her . loyer, although he, too, had begged her not to run the risk of staying where danger menaced them on every hand. . The girl thought as her lover -was in the royal army she would be safe, but she had not reckoned upon the savage redskins upon whom no depend ence could be placed . Hearing of the girl, Dick decided to use his influence and urge her to leave the region before it was too late. He and Bob and Ben, Sam, Harry and three more of the boys se t out for the house as soon as they learned where it was. They were near it when they heard a terrific outcry and say Indians.running from it toward the woods. "I am afraid we are too late!" cried Dick. "Forward!" On das hed the boy s, and in a few moments met a little negro boy , who said excitedly: "Hurry up, young massas, de Injuns done took ole Missis and Miss Jenny. Dey kill de chillen, too, only mammy hide in de sullar an' she so black dat dey don' s ee her." "Forward!" cried Dick. "Don't let the wretches out of our sight." The Indians were in plain sight now, a young girl and an elderly woman, their captives, being plainly seen . On dashed the boys, the Indians finding horses at the edge of the woods and hur rying on. The negro boy ran on to the fort and told his story, a of the soldiers hurrying out in pursuit of the Indians . Meantime Dick, Bob and the six boys hurried on as rapidly as they could, sometimes losing sight of the Indians and then seeing them again. The redskins evi dently knew their danger and went on as rapidly as they could, but the elderly woman was very stout and gave them a great deal of trouble, no one being able to lift her on he1 horse. They made her walk, therefore, and while some


THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS' WATCH DOG 15 of them went with her in one direction the others pewter mugs. Two or three of the men were went with the young girl in another. The boys known to the bo ys, one in particular being eswere fina1ly forced to dismount, the wood being pecially well known, as he was no other than the so thick, and to hurry after the Indians on foot. man of many names, Josiah Perkins as they knew Then the soldiers came up, giving chase to one him. The three men known to the boys got up in party of the Indians and opening fii:.e up1m them. haste and made for the rear, where they had their Dick and his boys lost sight of their party for a horses tethered. time, but at length saw them again and set off in "Catch Perkins if you don't get any one else," chase of them at a rapid gait. The two Indians cried Dick, leaping from the saddle. having the young girl with them evaded pursuit Bob and the rest were on the ground in a moand went off alone, but they were discovered by ment, giving chase to the three Tories . The other the soldiers. men at the tab:te scattered in various directions, A quarrel between the two ensued, each claim-evidently thinking that they were in as great daning the prisoner, and in the midst of this one ger as the three particular ones whom the boys despatched the unfortunate girl with his toma-were pursuing. Perkins had trouble in getting hawk and took her scalp, her hair being very his tethei: loose, and Dick claped a pistol to his long, b1ack and glossy. Dick and the boys pur-head and said sternly: sued the other band of ;Indians and came quite "Surrender, you scoundrel, or it will be the near to them, opening fire on them and wounding worse for you!" several. They lost sight of the two with the Bob, Ben and Sam caught another of the trio, young git!, but put the others to .flight. Then but the third escaped . . Harry and Will ran up they set out. to find the two Indians and met the and supported Dick, the man of many names besoldiers. The Indians had fled and were nowhere ing taken back to the table and searched. They to be seen, but Dick came upon a bloody trail and took away his pistols and found a folded paper followed it back. At length the boys came upon with some faded writing on it. the body of tl).e murdered girl, and their grief "Boy Tom, stolen from Indians," it began, "and and indignation knew no bounds. now can't get track of him. Can't tell H. that I "General Burgoyne is a s r esponsible for this stole him." crime as if he had committed it himself!" de-The n . followed a number of dates and names of clared Bob angr ily, and he but voiced the general places and other matter, not all of which was opinion of the time. . legible. "He pays more 'for s c alps than for prisoners," "I see you say that the boy's name is Tom," muttered Ben, "and this i s the result. This poor said Dick. "You told me that you did not know girl was murdered. " , what it was." . "And Burgoyne c a ll s himself a humane gen"I said I didn't know what it was now," re-eral!" expo stulated Harry. "The stain of blood plied Perkins . • "No more I do. He might have is on him a s much a s i:&... he had himself taken changed it." the poor girl's life." "As you have ch anged yours ," with a laugh, The boy s were justly indignant and Burgoyne and then, seeing s o me marks on the man's arm was uni versally blamed for the affair, many of where hi s s l e e v e was o pe n, h e r oll e d it back. the Briti s h even taking sides agains t him. "Thos e letters are E. P. Perkin s ," he said. "There i s retribution in s to're for him," mut"Then your name i s Perkin s , after all?" tered Bob, in tens e, angry tones . "Justice will "No, it ain't; it's Ezra Prout, same a s it al-not long be delayed, and I hope to see his com-ways was." plete downfall before long." The boys all s mil ed, for here was a new name. It was not more than three months before Bob' s "It ain't nuther, it's Eph B"rown," said the prediction was verified, Burgoyne b eing forced other p r isone r . surrender, and shortly after leaving for England, "Did y o u know that , Tom, the Liberty Boy s ' never again to take up arms against the patriots. watch do g , has a b o w and arrow tattooedon his The body of the poor, murdere d girl was take n breast?" a s k e d Dick s u d d e nly. to the fort, her long, raven tresses being later The man c olored and then a s ked carelessly: recovered and given to her lover, who mourned "Wull, what about it? Boy s have funny birtlaover her untimely death during the r e m ainde r of marks s ometime s." his life, living to be an old man and leaving the "The boy you are in search of has thos e very army immediately after the sad affair. The boys marks, and y e t you did not know him." returned to their hors e s and rode off in the direc"I ain't in s'arch o' no boy a s I kno w," muttion the Indians had taken. tered Perkins . "Burgoyne must be there," said Dick, "and we "I heard you tell about him," said Dic k . must learn all we can of him. I am afraid the "You told me that yours e'f, Eph," added the fort is doomed, but we must learn all we can and other. "I guess you g e t s o u s ed to !yin' that you warn every one to leave. There are some fam-don't r emember where the lie s won't pass." ilies still who need to be warned." "Well, maybe I did," muttered the man, "but They were at some little di stance from the fort that don't say that this is the boy. Ain't it likewhen they espied a queer little old tavern under ly that I'd know him, even without seein' the the trees, with a swinging sign before it and tattoo marks onto his che st?" tables outside on the grass where men could take -"It is some years s ince you saw him," said their comfort on a summer day and escape the Dick. "Did the Indians put thos e ma1'ks on him?" heat of indoors. As the boys rode up they noticed "What Injuns are them?" careless ly. "I never a group of men sitting at one of the tables under said nothin' about no h duns." the trees , smoking long pipes and drinking from "You're a big li a r , Eph!''. crie d t11e other., "Yo1:1. •


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' WATCH DOG did so say something about 'em. The boy was stoled by the Injuns and then after stoled off 'em by some other fellers." "Whom do you mean by H. in this memoran dum?" asked Dick. "ls that the boy's father?" "I never writ that an' I donno nothin' about it," muttered Perkins. Dick did not believe the man, but he did not know how to force the truth from him. "Where is Burgoyne's camp, Perkins?" he asked. "You can tell me that, at any rate." "Wull, yes, I kin tell ye that," rejoined Perkins promptly, "fur that's someth!ng I know, but I couldn't tell ye t'other, no more'n nothin', 'cause I donno it." "We will find out about the enemy, ailyhow," thought Dick, "and later I will get this other information, which I must have." CHAPTER XL-Dead Men Tell No Tales. "I kin tell ye where John Burgoyne is," re sumed the man. "He was over to Fort Anne and now he's comin' on to the fort as fast as he can. You rebels will have to get out of here pretty sudden unless you want to be took prisoners. Burgoyne has Hessians an' redcoats an' Injuns an' everything, an' he's goin' to carry the hull Hudson valley afore him." "There is many a. slip, Perkins," said Bob. "Burgoyne won't get to Albany, except as a pris oner." "Mebbe you young rebels air goin' te1 stop him?" retorted Perkins, in a scornful tone. "Well, we are going to do some of it,'' Bob re • joined. "You need not be so scornful, Perkins,'' said Dick. "You are a spy and in danger of being hanged, and you had better be careful how you conduct yourself. Tell me all you know about the enemy, or I will turn you over to be hanged in twentjr minutes." The man lost his flippant manner and answered Dick's questions truthfully and with a good deal of fear, as the boys could see. Th6 other man told considerable, also, and i>ick obtained a great deal of information. "Now about this boy, Perkins,'' Dick added, at length. "Who is. his father and where does he live?" . eH donno,'' mutttered the man evasively. "He mought have moved to some other. place." "What is hi s name and where did he live?" "I donno as I ever knowed where he did live, • 'cau s e I met him in a lot o' different places when I was lookin' fol. the boy." "Your evasions will avail you nothing, Perkins,'' declared Dick firmly. "Tell me this moment what the man's name is and where he lives or I will blow your brains out!" Dick clapped hi s pistol to the man's head, and a t that moment there was a sudden outcry from the house. "The Hessians, look out for the Hessians!" was the shout, and the:n. a large force of Hessians was see n galloping toward the tavern. The companion of Perkins escaped in the con . fus ion, but Ben and Harry seized the man of many names and put him on his . ho1se, riding away with him between them. Dick and Bob and the rest got upon their horses without delay aRd rode away, the Hessians coming on in haste, ex peeting to catch them. The boys sent half a dozen shots at the enemy in sheer defiance, and rode off• at such a pace that the Hessians could never hope to get them. The Hessians did not follow far, as Bob had said, and the boys rode on to the fort. Here the man of many names was put in the guardhouse. _ Dick declaring him to be a spy and possessing important information concerning the enemy. "The fellow must be made to give me the information I seek,'' Dick said in a determined tone. "I would have had it from him in another mo ment but for the appearance of the Hessians, but I will get it from him yet." There was a good many other things to be at-" tended to, and Dick did not visit the p:r:isoner again that day. Finding Tom with the Liberty Boy s , Dick said to him: "I am going to find your father for you, Tom, and then you'll have a name and be somebody." "That will be very fine, captain," the bay an swered. "Perkins know s who your father is, and I shall make him tell me all about it." "He is such a liar, captain, that 'YOU can tell whether he is telling the truth or not. I believe he'd rather lie any time than tell the truth. " "Yes, that is so,'' smiling, "but I think I can frighten the truth out of him, my boy." . "Well, perhaps you might, but I guess that's the only way you could get it out of him." "Things are going to be pretty lively about here before long, Tom,'' Dick added, "so I would not go out unless with some of the boys. We do not want to los e ou r watchdog, you know." "And I don't want to leave the Liberty Boys, either, captain," with a smile. After an hour or so Dick and some of the boys went out to reconnoiter and see if there was any sign of the Hessians. There were Mark, Phil. Paul, Walter, Arthur Mackay, Lishe Green, Jim Bennett, Bob Oddy, Ned Knowlton and five or six more, and as they were leaving the fort, Tom came out, Watch runninn alongside. The boy was Il'.l.OJJ.nted and so Dick did not object to his going, saying with a smile: "Well, come along, T,om. You may be able to help u s , but I guess that Watch will get pretty tired before he gets back, for we may go a long *u" . "Oh, he's used to that, captain," laughing, "and, besides, I can take him up with m e part of the way. He is used to that, too." "All right, Tom," said Dick. "Watch is a good dog, and we m11st take good care of him." ' 1'hey r ode on until in sight of the tavern. where Dick and Bob had captured the spy, when Dick halted the boys and said: . "Keep out of sight, boys. There is a pretty good party of Hessians at the tavern, and per haps we can surprise them and catch some ot them." Dick bad been riding a little ahead of the boys, and so had seen the Hessians first. Going ahead carefully and peering under the trees the boys saw a party of about thirty of the Hessian . .;


THE LIBERTY BOYS' WATCH DOG 17 tin g at the tables in front of the little tavern, eating, drinking and smoking, some laughing and singing, and all evidently having a very jolly time. "These fellows think that war is nothing but a pastime, " sputtered Mark, "and that they are here to enjoy themselves, no matter how much misery they may cause others." "I'd like to give those fellows a good fright and s ee them l'Un," muttered Phil Waters. "I guess the captain means to do so, Phil," replied Paul Benson. 'he;re are not as maI)y of us as there are of them," observed Walter Jennings , "but I guess if we made a dash we could stai::t them all right." "That's what !,,will do, boys," rejoined Dick. "The;e are about thirty of -them, I think, and there may be some in the tavern, but I do not think there will be too many of them if we take them by surprise." The boys went on, leading their horses as far as they could without being discovered , the Hessians going on with their merrymakin g , keeping the landlord and his assistants busy waiting on them running back and forth, bringing foaming pots 1of home-brewed ale, great plates of sliced meat bread and cheese, pipes, tobacco and punch, and and then a bottle of wine for on e of the officers. The landlord took care to collect from his lively j:ustomers when the viands and liquids were served, and not to allow any of them to run up a score, no knowing when they leave him. "I hate to break up the landlord's trade," laughed Dick, "but we cannot have these fellows so near, and we must drive them away." Seeing that the fun was getting very boisterous however, and that the Hessians were growing' unruly and likely to do mischief, Dick con cluded to put a stop to the merriment. "To horse, boys,'' he said. "Gharge on these fellows, make all the noi se you can, if you want to a few harmless shots, do so. 'l he boys were quickly in the saddle, and Dick gave the word to charge. All at once the hilarious Hessians heard the clatter of hoofs and then saw a lot of boys in blue and buff come dashing do wn uuon them without the least warning. With startled exclamations they leaped to their feet and ran for their horses, thinking that nothing short of a regiment was upon them. Then more came rushing from the tavern by one door and another and made for the stable, some having their horses tethered outside an so me at the roadside. The latter got away first, never waiting for Qrders, but making their escape as best they could. None of them thought to make a stand and face the gallant lads , the first idea of all being to get away, and as soon as possible. The boys could have taken some prisoners, but they got to laughing so heartily at the frantic c ffo1ts of the Hessians to escape that Dick said, laughing himself: "Let them go, boys. It would not be much cred"t to u s to take back a lo t of besotted Hessians. This affair will sober them up, I guess." Some of the Hessians lost their hats, many left their weapons behind them, some ran because they could not mount their horses, and there was no end of confusion, many laughable incidents curring. They all got away and shortly disappeared around a bend in the road in a cloud of dust, and then Dick and Mark dismounted and walked forward, the others waiting at the way-side. . "Well, Landlord, did you lose much by our coming?" a sked Dick, with a laugh. "Not as much as if you had ,not come, captain,'' the man returned. "They were beginning to break things and there would have b een much damage in a short time. The scores were mostly all paid, some of the big officers in the taproom still owe me something, but, on the whole, I made a tidy sum from their coming . I wish there were none of them about, but if they come then they must be made to pay, and I charged them full price for all they had." . -,,c1;, is woridly wisdom," thought Dic k, 'but nfter all, I don't know that I can blame the man. He has his living to make, and he must get in his hay while the sui1 shines." The boys remained about the place for E ome little time till they saw that there was no chance of the Hessians returning, and then they re turned to the fort, Dick reporting the appear . ance of the enemy to the general. Schuyler had decided to leave shortly, and now the orders went out that they were to leave in the morning. During the night Perkins attempted to and was shot dead by one of the guards. Dick heard the shot, but did not think of the ma{l until he went to see him the riext morning with Bob to force him to tell what he knew of the boy Tom. He was greatly s urprised, therefore, to learn that the man was dead and that he would be buried shortly. "Well, dead men tell no tales," murmured Bob. "Do you think you will ever find out about the boy, Dick?" "We may do so when we least expect it, Bob, " was the answer. Already the preparations were going on for the evacuation o:& the fort, a number of batteaux containing families having left and more making ready. Some of the Liberty Boy s were to remain after all the rest had gone, in order t o give the main body a chance to get well down the river before the enemy knew of thir de parture. Mark took charge of the greater part of the Liberty Boy s , the horses and baggage be ing put on board the boats, and then all but a few of the boys following. Tom and Watch r emained in the fort with the few Liberty Boys, Tom being on the watch, as he said. "That fellow cheated u s, Tom,'' Dick said to the boy, "and we shall be obliged to look elsewhere for the 'information I wanted, but I shall get it, never fear." "Well, if you don't I guess I can get along, captain," the boy replied,. cheerfully. One after another of the boats left the fort by way of the creek or the river direct, and at last all were p,ine, and Dick, Bob and a few of the boys were left to guard the fort. "If the Hessians only knew!" laughed Bob. "But they don't!" said Dick. CHAPTER XII.-Lively Times on the River. Dick, Bob, Ben, Sam and a d ozen more of the boys were left in the fort to give the appear.. n


i> r . 18 • THE LIBERTY BOYS' WATCH DOG ance o f there being still a force there. The sweeps and others kept a lookout on the bank. troops had gone and with them the families who There had been Indians at Fort Edward, and had waited till that time. The poor girl whose it was likely enough that s ome of them m ight lover had urged her to leave the fort had gone have come down the river, intent {)n plunder and also , but in her coffin, and her lover, brother eager for scalps. Burgoyne paid more for scalps and family were left bereft of the one they had than for prisoners, and the number of co!d loved so well. There was a batteau waiting on blooded murders by the Indians had lai-gely in the bank to take. the plucky boys as soon as they crease d, many defenseless persons being kilkd s hould leave the fort, but Dick wished to hold by the redskins eager for reward. Watch, Tom's it as long as possible and to cheat the redcoats, dog, suddenly began to bark furiously, and the Hessians, Indians and Tories who we1e clamor-boy spy turned to Dick and said: ing for admission. "There are Indians near that little i':lan'.i be-The guns frowned upon them and bayonets low, They are in canoes, I think." bristled over the parapets, the enemy hesitating " Yes, Tom, I s ee their feathers. Get to the to advance for fear of getting a warm reception. right, boys, behind the rail, and watch for a The guns were spiked and useles s , however, and chance to pepper thes e fellows . Don't iire till the bayonets were but painted sticks, the whole I give you the word." force in the fort amounting to little more than The boys who were not at 1 , he sweeps con a dozen, but the enemy did not know this, and cealed themselves, and it seemed :...; if or Dick and his boys could hold them at bay until four were all that the batteau carried. They the rest of the force were well on their way swept on, the current taking them near a l itt.i 0 down the river to Fort Miller, nine or ten miles wooded i sland Tom had pomted out, and where blo w. The sentr ie s paced the parapets, the gnus the canoes of the Indians lay concealed excep t frowned, the bugle blew1 the drums rolled and from the sharp eyes of Dick Slater . Tom had there seemed to be the greatest activity within not seen them, but the dog had scented them the fort. Patsy blew the bugle, Tom beat the and barked to give warning of the danger. As drum, and t • o or three of the boys marched the boat neared the island, being swept in close back and foTtb, their bayonets just showing to shore b y the current, three canoes suddenly above the parapet, the little force of a dozen shot out fr0m under the overhanging branches making as much s how as a hundred would have on the bank, and a chorus of wild yells was made. The enemy, seeing all these demonstra-heard. Watch sprang upon the rail and barked tions within the fort, hesitated about attacking. furiously when an Indians in the foremos t canoe it, while the boys laughed and watched the clock fired a shot from a long rifle and shot him dead. to reckon how far the flotilla was on its way. At on ce the boys behind the rail leaped up At length when Dick saw that the enemy see m-and opened fire upon the redskins. Tom fired ed to be gathering for an attack, and some time a pistol shot at the Indian who had killed Watch had elapsed since the departure of the last boat-and tumbled him into the water, upsetting the load, he t old the boy s to get ready to leave by canoe. Crack-crack-crack! The boys sent in the sally p'l:i:t on the river w hich the enemy a lively volley, and more than one redskin fe ll could n-0t approach. Jn a short time they were into the water and did not ris e again, the boys all on board, Dick being the las t to leave the at the sweep s sending the boat out into the fort, they shov e d off. the stream caught the boat stream and away from the island. The Indians and they were gliding down the river. They sent a volley after the boys, and then a shower were out of sight o f the fort, having left the of arrows came from another part of the island, creek well behind them when they heard a great and t)No more canoes were seen putting out from cannonading and so me lively musket volleys. one si de. The boys returned the fire, and then "They sent a demand for a surrender," laughed the boy s at the sweeps, obeying a sudden signal Bob, "and, being received with silent contempt, from Dick, sent the batteau traight t oward opened fire upon the 'saucy rebels.' I hope they the canoes. The current was rapid here and i.vill be satisfied with their capture." the boat bore right down u pon the canoes before "They can't help themselves," chuckled Sam the Indians in them realized their danger. They Sanderson. "That is another time we fool e d had wanted to board the boat, but now the boat them." threatened to board them and carry them down. The cannonading. and firing continued, and They tried to ?et out of the way, but they had then a tremendous crash was heard, followed by seen their danger too late. a lusty shout. Down upon them swept the boat, the boys fir"They've taken the fort," muttered Dick. ing at the same time. There was a sudden crash "And much good may it do them," sputtered and both canoes went under. The Indians tried Bob . "They'll put in their bulletins that 'an-to climb on the batteau, but the boys beat them other rebel fort has ben taken,' and there will off with their clubbed muskets. They fell into be a glowing account of the 'glorious victory' the river and the boat went on, passing over in that lying Mercury, down in .New York, and them. Some of them came up after the boat the Tories will feel greatly encouraged and the had passed on, looking very much bedraggled editor will get s ome renewals of s ubscriptions." and making their way to shore with s ome diffi-The firing ceased and the shouts died out, culty. "We don't hear any more cheering, Dick. I "Those fellows won't meddle with a flatboat in guess the don't think they have done so a hurry, I guess," laughed Bob. "They look as much after all." if they had been through a sawmill." "Keep your eye on. the bank, boys," said Dick. "Or been caught in a tornado," added Ben. '';t looks to me as if there were Indians ab.out." "There are more Indians , captain, or else s ome Some of the boys guided the batteau with long of the fir s t lot," said Tom. "They are cruel


THE LIBERTY BOYS' WATCH DOG lQ fellows; they killed Watch, and he fell into the water and I can't eve1 bury him. ' "That is a new lot, Tom," replied Dick. "Get ready, boys. Load up and be prepared for them." All the boys reloaded, those at the sweeps be ing relieved after the others had finished load ing.. There were some Indians in canoes and there . were some on the river bank toward which the current set, there being shoal s in the middle of the river. The boys we1'e obliged to go somewhat neat to shore, therefore, and the Indians, evidently knowing this, were preparing to intercept "the gallant fellow s as they came along. "We are going to have a fight for it, I guess, Dick," muttered Bob, pistol in hand. "I shoutdn't wonder, Bob, but we must do our be t. "Don't let them get on board and we will be all right. I think." "You can trust the boys for that, Dick. Boys, those red rascals yonder will try to get on boa rd." • "The only Indian that gets on board will be a dead one, as far as I am concerned," muttered Ben . "If one gets on whe1e I am he will never get off again,'' declared Sam Sanderson. "Don't go any closer than you need, boys," said D i ck to the boys at the sweeps as he went forward. "Watch me and I'll tell you when to be off." "Some of the ruffians are swimming out, Dick," cried Bob. "Well, let them. A bang on the head will teach them better." Nearer went the boat to the shore, and nearer came the canoes and swimmers. There were more of the Indians than there were. of the boys, and now some of the first party were seen coming down stream, some along shore and some in canoes. "We may have a lively fight for it, boys," declared Dick, "but I think we will get through all right 'f we bear ourselves bravely and do not lose our heads." The boat was sweeping dangerously near to shore, it see med, and the Indians came swarming on, expecting to get on board, those on the bank making read:i<.._ to fire. "Aim at the fellows in the canoes first, boys," said Dick, in a quiet tone. "Use your pistols. Fire!" Crack-crack-crack I Pistols began cracking and rattling all along the line, and many of those in the canoes were hit. "Aim your muskets at the men on sh.ore, boys," said Dick. "You can't miss them, they are so clo se . Fire!" Crash-roar! Nearly the boys fired .at the same instant, the volley being a terrific one. Many redskins were seen to fall, some plunging into the river never to rise again. The volley had a startling effect on the expectant Indians, and those who had not been hit suddenly broke for the woods at hot speed. Some of the swimmers attempted to board the boat, but as Dick had said, a blow on the head with a musket or pistol had a most discouraging effect on such. Then the boys diScharged their pistols at the canoes and toppled some of the Indians into the river, the unsteady crafts being upset at the • ( ,Jo, same moment. Then Dick signaled with Ill!.' head and the boys at the sweeps sent the b)at suddenly toward another lot of canoes and upset all. In another moment the boat was glidmg out to the middle of the river again and the redskins were left behind. The boys gave a cheer and the boat went on, the water being deeper and the cunent swifter than before. CHAPTER XIII.-Tom Learns His Name. The boys went on down the river, seeing a few Indians, but ll'Ot being troubled by them. They were not oblig ed to get close to the bank again for s ome time, and the Indians they saw evi• dently thought it was too hazardous an undertaking to swim out to thein, and they were un molested. They reached the fort well along in -the 'afternoon and were heartily received by Mark and the boys who had gone ahead. The boys were all sorry to hear that poor Watch was dead, for he had served them a good turn more than once, and then he and Tom had al ways, been such inseparable friends. "I don't know when I didn't have Watch," said Tom, sadly. "It's a long time, I guess. He was a good dog, and I expected to have him till h e was old and I'll have to take care of him instead of his taking care of me." "Don't you i-emember how you got im, Tom?" asked Dick. "No, I guess it must have been s ome time ago. Perhaps he was a pup when I first had him." "He is not an old dog, Tom," Dick replied. "No, that's so, he wasn't. I don't know. I've been in so many place s that I sometimes forget things." "And you don't know how you got the bow anC. arrow on your breast?" , . "No, it's been there always, I guess." "Do you i-emember being with the Indians?" "No, I guess that was a long time ago, too." "And Perkins, or whaever his name was, didn't tell you that he was looking foia boy that was lost?" "I did hear him say something about it once, but I didn't pay much attention. He said the boy's folks were rich, and I never thought he could mean me." "But didn't he say anything about the tattoo mai-ks then?" "No, he never said a word about them. I suppose he thought I was Tom Jackson's boy, and didn't think of me in that connection at all." "Who was Tom Jackson?" "A man I lived with when I first saw Hotch kiss." "'Didn't he know who were were?" asked Bob. "No, picked me up somewhere, I don't k.1ow just where, and I lived with him for a while." "Where is he now, Tom'?" asked Mark. "He was killed by the redcoats. I went to spying before that and I kept it up, s ometimes here and sometimes there. I was always against the redcoats and Hessians, somehow." "And you don't remember your folks at all, Tom?" questioned Ben. "I don't know. I've lived with different peo ple, just as I've been with the Liberty Boys."


20 THE t.IBERTY BOYS' WATCH DOG The boys did not say anything more a pout for him a little more than a month ago . . Father the matter at that time, and Tom made nimcan tell you all about it. He spoke of those self at home in the fort as he did everywhere. very marks . Now I know whom he reminded He m iss ed Watch very much, and Dick went me o f. It was this man. He was very anxious around the fort the next day and found a dog to find the boy, and was willing to spend a good that . did not seem to belong to .anybody, and deal of money to do it. Father will tell you had a sort of longing look as if h e wanted to where to find him. Here he i s now. Daddy, find a master. come here?" "Hallo, whose dog is that?" he a s ked. The settler came up and the girl told him "Nobody's that I know of," replied the s oldier. what Dick had told her of Tom. "Come with me and I'll find you one," and "That's the boy, sure enough," said Logan. Dick walked away, whistling to the forlorn crea"The man i s Captain Hungerford. He has been ture. searching for years for the boy. A man named The dog followed and Dick s ho'ttly met Tom, Enoch Padelford got on the track of him, he whom he thought he would fin d in the camp. said, but when he tried to find him the man was "Want a dog, Tom?" he a sk ed. dead or had disappeared. The captain is in "May I have him, captain?" eagerly. "He isn't Albany. He left me his address." ?S good looking as )Vatch, but t.hat isn't his Dick sent Bob for Tom, and when Logan saw tault. Hallo, Jim, do you want to hve with me?" him, he said earnestly: and Tom got down on the ground and put his "Yes, I can see the captain's look s in h im, just arms about the creature. . a s Sus e did. I believe you're on the right track "Come with me, Jim, and get something to at last, captain, but it seems wonderful, I deeat. You iook starved. I s he mine, captain?" cl are if it don't." "I guess so, Tom," l aughed Dick. "'Go with "Tom, we are going to find a father for you," T om, Jim. You know I told you I'd find you a said Dick. "Won't xou be glad?" master." "Well, I suppose I can get u sed to it," replied Later in, theday Tom and the dog were like the boy, quaintly. "I've never had one that I ol d friends, and Bob said: remember." "The boy has a natural love for animals, Dick. It was no more than a day or so before Schuy That miserable looking dog, or as he was, took le' r was moving nearer to Albany, and the Libt o him as a duck takes to water. He seemed to erty Boys went with him. The moment the know that the boy was a friend of his, and he officer saw the boy he turned pale and said to looks like another dog now, and all on Tom's Dick: account." "Captain, whom have you brought me? This That afternoon Dick and Bob were at the fort boy-open your shirt, boy, and let me see-there going about among s ome of the families who are tattoo marks there, captain, a bow and an had come down from Fort Edward. They pres-arrow? There must be. There could never be ently met Susan Logan, who was very glad to two boys so exactly alike. Your name is Tom, se e them and said, cordially: and yqu are my s on." "I'm glad to see you two boys. You seem "I don't think there is any doubt of it, cap-like old friends. I was afraid somethingmight tain," said Dick. "The marks are there, as you have happened to you. How a1e all the Liberty de scribe. Tom Hungerford, you have found a Boys, how is Tom? I s he one of the company, name and a father." that little fellow?" "But I won't have to give up spying and help"No, he i s not; we call him our watchdog," ing the cause, will I, captain?" the boy a s ked. laughed Dick. "We haven't known him ve.J: y "No, I think not, Tom." long." The boy's story as Dick knew it was s oon told, "But he has been with you?" and then the captain told his side, there being "Yes, we found him out in the backwoods, every evidence that Tom was his son. Pedeland he came to Fort Edward with u s. He is a ford, upon whose arm Dick had seen the letters very good spy." E. P. tattooed, was Perkins and Hotchkiss and "But hasn't he any home, captain?" a dozen others, and had stolen the boy in the " . No, and he does not k .now who he is even, first place , turning him over to the Indians. nor any other name but Tom. There was a man Then when he learned that there was a reward who might have told u s something about him, for his recovery he had endeavored to find him, but he is dead." but years had passed, the Indians no longer had "Why, that is strange. Do you know he re-the boy, and the man searched high and low minds me of some one, but I cannot think who it for him, not knowing him when he at last came is . And you don't know anything about him?" upon him. He had changed his name for various " No, or very little, at any rate." reasons and was afraid to say too much about "But doesn't he remember anything .himself, himsel f for fear of arrest for various offences . hasn't he any recollection of any one, has he Tom followed his favorite pursuit of spy, and no marks on him that--" his dog Jim became as much attached to him as "Yes, he has a drawn bow and arrow tat-Watch had been. The Liberty Boys saw him tooed on his breast, which may have been put from time to time during the war, and, although there by Indians, as Perkins said the boy he he was no longer a spy for them, they always was looking for had been stolen by Indians and remembered their faithful watch dog. had been rescued--" "Why, captain!" exclaimed Susan. "If that . Next week's issue will contain "THE LIB is not the strangest thing! I can tell you about ERTY BOYS ROUTING THE RANGERS; or, Tom. His father was :;it Fort Edward looking CHASING THE ROYAL BLUES."


THE LIBER'I'Y BOYS OP "76" 21 CURRENT WHERE DOGS ARE FREE In Venice a dog can go anywhere with his master, even to the hotel table, where, if he i s paid for at the same rate as his master, he may take his food. If he accomp.anies the boss on one of the noi s y steamers that destroy the poetry of the Grand Canal he mus t be paid fo1 exactly as if he were a human being. # • All over the Continent of Europe the rights of people with dogs are recognized-at a price. One can take a dog into any compartment of a train, including the wagon, but fir s t it is necessary to buy a third-class ticke.t for him. In Italy he travels a little more cheaply. There when one is getting his baggage weighed (and paying for the billet) one buys another for the dog, which costs one-half of third-class rate. Provided with this ticket the dog is admitted to wherever his master goes. ARIZONA BOYS WIN PRIZES 36,000 GOPHERS KILLING A contest in which 1 , 135 boys of Maricopa County, Ariz. , participated 1ecently resulte" d in the killing of more than 36,000 pocket gophers. The contest was conducted by the Biological Sur vey of the United States Department of Agriculture, the University of Arizona co-operating. The interest and co-operation of the business men of the valley added greatly to the s ucc ess of the campaign. • Each boy was given a trap and instructed as to the most effective way of catching the destructive pocket gopher. The total cost of this huge catch was $178, or about half a cent per gopher. NEW S Under the old bounty system thes e rodents would have cos t the county $1,800 a t fi cents each. In addition it i s that 36,000 pocket gophers would have dama_ged fruit trees , ditches and fields to the extent of at leas t $10,000 a year if they had not been killed . ' MAN STARVES TO DEATH; $37,000 IN HIS POCKET The mysterio u s J. H. Smith, who starved to death at West Palm Beach with $37 000 in cas h in his pockets, actually was Jud;on Howard Smith, who owned realty in Los Angeles and a ranch of several hundred acres at Falls City; Neb. A letter in his meage r effects bore the name of A. D. Newll'irk, who w hen informed of the death telegraphed that Smith was his brothe r-in-l a w and directed that the body be sent to Falls City. Smith was a familiar figure on West Palm Beach's main street for years. He never wore a hat, never shaved, always carried an umbrella and dresse d in a Palm Beach suit. He se ldom responded when addressed and never began a conversation. Such food as h e ate, usually peanuts, popcorn and bananas , was eaten out of a paper sack as he s tood on the street bareheaded and with the umbrella on his arm. When he was sent to a ho spital after remaining in his room at a cheap lodging hou s e for three days he repulsed food and nourishment was given him hypodermically. He died of starvation with-out explaining his antipathy to food. ' ,,... For Your. Convenience W e will mail i t w e ek l y t o y ou r a d dress, postage p aid. LIB ERTY BOYS OF " 76" 3 Months 90 Cents FILL IN AND l\lAJL US THE FORl\l BELOW -(Tear at Thh Line) SUBSCRIPTION BLANK ' HARRY E. WOLFF, Publisher, Inc., 166 W. 23d St.; New York City H ere's my 90 cts. Enter my subscription for three months for "Liberty Boys of '76'." Name ------------------


• t 22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF HlRD 'To BEA T -ORA B O Y OF THE RIGHT KIND By RALPH MORTON (A SERIAL STORY) CHAPTER IX. Saving the Train. "How so, kid?" "Why, there are two of us. You >t>ill go down and take some matches and build a little fire between the rails. It will be a danger signal to stop them all right." Qufckly the plan was Tom was to go down the line beyond the would-be train wreckers. Jack was to go up the line toward Albany. They would thus be able to stop any train coming either way. • The dog was taken with Jack. In a few sec onds they h:l,d parted. Tom ran along in the shadows beyond the fence, taking care that the gang could not see nor hear him. He was soon beyond their position, however, and 1at last got beyond the curve ,and was safe. He kept on down the track for a long ways to make sure that he would be safe. "What is the. matter, old boy?" asked Jack, patting him on the back. "I say, thele is some-But, just as he reached the spot where he had thing wrong down there,' Tom." determined to make his signal, he heard a disT Sa t ti t t th t h . . tant faint whistle. He knew at once that the om w a 1a momen a is compamon was right. train was coming. Instantly he began to pick up Far belo* in the railroad cut he saw a gleam just when plealled him, and this was a heap of a lantern. There were figures moving ab out, of wool waste; oil soaked, that lay by the track. though there was absolute silence . The boys The moment the match touched this it made a watched the figures long enough to make sure bright light. Tom made the signal fire right bethat they were not tr-ack walkers or men in the tween the iails and added enough material to it employ of the road. to make it blaze quite high. There was no doubt "What do ye make of it, kid?" asked Jack. _. the engineer would easily see it and take the "I think we had better see what they areup to, warning. Jack. You know, a train was derailed on this Then he heard another whistle and suddenly line not more than a week ago. They may be down the line he saw a star of light. It was of that gang." r the headlight of the locomoti ve. The train was That is a dirty trick." seen swinging the curve with its lights gleaming "Of course it is!" in the night. Much excited now, the boy s arose. They held On it came like a great fier y and sud -the dog back, and, as if he understood the necesdenly there was a whistle of alarm and '1ien sity of silence, he never barked. But he kept close Tom felt a thrill of relief when he saw the train to the heels of the boy s as they crept down to-begin to s low up. Hoot after hoot came from ward the track. In a few moments the youths the locomotive whistle. Tom now stood right out were able to see what was going on. into plain sight with his arms upraised. Half a dozen men were there with a lantern. Of course, this signal brought the train to a They were lifting heavy ties from a pile by the stop. ( The engineer leaned out of the cab and track and placing them on the rails. Their yeJled at Tom. The trainmen sprung out .and pose was apparent. They me ant to derail the the conductor came running along to find out next train that should come along. What train what the trouble was. this was they could only guess, but it was prob-In a few seconds Tom was surrounded by the ably some fast flyer w hich carried the mails. railroad men. He was at oncl! questioned, and The purpose of the villains was no doubt to quickly told his story. loot the wreck and their game was a fiendish one. "Oh, say," said the conductor, looking sharply For a moment the boys were appalle d. at him. "You know what a serious matter it is "Scissors!" gasped Jack "Do ye see what to hold up a train unless there is a good reason they are up to, kid?" for it, don't you?" " I am not blind, Jack. It is up to us to fool _ them." "If I had not held you up I guess it w ould "How can we do it? 'vVe are only a couple of have meant much to you," retorted Tom. "Would kids and they are half a dozen at least. They it have been right for me to stand by and see the would eat us up." ,, train wrecked?" "But we can flag the train before it gets here." "The boy is right," said a passenger, who had Jack gave a start. He saw that this was true come up. "Go ahead s low, conductor, and have enough. The idea was to him a good one. How-men ready to act if there is an attack. It is ever, a sudll.en thought came to him. quite possible that there is a train gang ahead." "Oh, see here, how kin we do that when the So the conductor ordered the men back to their train may come from either direction? If we po sts, saying: go up the track she may come from the other "The express company have a treasure chest way." aboard, but to think they would have the nerve Tom realized that this was true. He was to t1y and hold up a train on this road. This tholi.ghtful a . moment. Then a plan came to .. ?in't the w oolly We st." him. "That is dead easy," he said. (To b e continued.)


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF " 7 6" .,.., -' ITEMS OF INTEREST SIX GUESTS AT MASONIC DINNER AVERAGE 338 POUNDS. A ton of humanity divided among six widely , known members of the Masonic fraternity at ttinded a dinner in Allentown, Pa., in honor of George Eisenbrown of Reading, potentate of Rajah T emple, Mystic Shrine. The fat guests were Potentate Eisenbrown and his son, Fred Eisen brown; John T. Kramer of Allentown, Edward Moore of Reading, Thomas Snyder of Palm and John Sefing of Allentown. Their aggregate weight is 2,032 pounds, each man averaging more than 338 pounds. INDIAN TEMPERANCE The Volstead urge has hit the. Sioux Nation. At least, it has hit the old braves, who have come to the conclu sion something must be done to keep the younger ones sober. Therefore, the Sioux Indians stationed on the Fort Totten reservation near Devils Lake, N. D., have organized the Indian temperance society, whose purpose it is to induce the younge r Indians and those older one s who, still think they need "fire water" to get on the Vol stead wagon. The first act of the temperance society was to call upon Police Chief Pete r Timboe of Devils Lake and ask his co-operation. A number of younger Sioux braves , when they drive into Devil Lake, have been in the habit of buying lemo:n and vanilla extract, canned meat and other things coJJtaining alcohol. The Indians requested the police chie f to use his influence tO' prevent the various merchants or othe r s in the city selling extract or canned meat to the Indians , and they offered to enli s t themselves as special officer s to arrest the young Indians for intoxication. MUD ON MINE FIRES Fighting fire in mines is a slow, tedious job and s ince the dawn of mining has been considered almost a hopeless undertaking. Rich mines in many parts of the world have been burning • for g enerations . -Underground fires no longer are consid ered unquenchable. Jn the Butte district, Mont., a process of fire fighting has been developed by a mining company whic h i s salvaging an ore body of tremendous extent. Fires that have been burning for fifteen years in three connecting mines are being smothered under 1,000,000 t ons o f mud. At the end of 1922 2,000,000 tons of metalliferous ore, containing, according to expert esti at least 80,000 tons o f copper, o nce more -will be accessible . Sand, decomposed rock a n d other materials which came originally from t h e stopes and were discarded as tailings in the process of copper ex traction, simply have been turned back into the fire area. Water, which in man y cases has proved its uselessness as an extinguisher of undergroun d fires, is used for transportatio n . It c o nveys the tailings down to the fi;e regions, 1,200 to 2,200 f ee t undergr ound, where the s oup-li1rn slime fill s the abandoned drifts, cross-cuts and stopes and literally smothers the fire . OLD BASEBALL SALARIES Baseball managers and players of a quarter of a century ago received salaries that appear ridic ulou s as compared with the fabulous sums which those of to-day are said to receive, according to information brought to light by a Chicago sporting writer. "Cap" Adrian Anson is said to have received the princely sum of $2, 700 for managing the Chicago White Stockings in 1 888, the year after h e had finished the seas o n with a batting average of .421. And of this amount $700 represented his services as acting captain a n

--, THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" THE SILVER, KEY By KIT CLYDE " Yes, we employ female detectives," said a detective friend of mine, the manager of an agency, which has done remarkably skillful professional w ork. "Female detective are often of the greatest service to us; and if you will wait here for a few minutes, I will introduce you to one of the most expert ladies in the detective business," he added. Half an hour elapsed, and then the detective bowed his visitor out of the office, and almost immediately a petite, sprightly little lady, elegantly attired in the height of fashion, and a pronounced brunette, entered the office. Shll, was very pretty, and her manner was that of a iefined lady. ' My friend introuced me, and we chatte d pleas antly, and I at once discovered that 'the lady detective was vivacio u s and witty and an exceed ingly entertaining c ofiversationalist. "Tell him the storyof the case you worked up singleh nde d and alone-tell him the story of 'The Silver Key,'" said my friend, the veteran detective. "Shall I?" "By all means." "Then the s t ory o f 'The Silevr Key' it shall be." For a moment she was s ilent, collecting her thoughts, I suppose, and then she began: "It was on e night in the spring of 1881, and I was at the Union Depot, in Chicago, waiting the arrival of the midnight train from the Eas t. Some business, not connected with the occurrences which I am about to relate, called me there. There were not many people at the depot at that hour, but as I stood in the main entrance on Canal street, I saw a covered carriage drive up, and a handsome young gentleman and a beautiful young lady alighted. A s they passed under the gas light of the main entrance to the depot, I had an excellent view of the young couple. They were very much alike, s o much so in fact that the resemblar\ce almost assured me that they were near relatives. Both were elegantly attired-they were indeed wearers of the "purple and fine linen," and the coachman upon the box of the carriage, from which they had alighted, wore a handsome.private livery. I ente1ed the depot and took a seat near them. Then, from their conversation, which was carried on in a tone of voice sufficient l y loud for me to hear all they said, whether I cared to do s o or not, I gathered that they were brother and sister, and that they had come to meet their father, who had but recently landed in New Yo r k upon his return from Europe, and whom they expected to arrive in Chicago by the midnight train. I was not interested in t heir conversation. A few moments went by, and the s h r ill whistle of t he expected train sounde d in the di stance. Directly the glaring eye of flame formed by the vividly reflected light o f the circular headlight flashed in the distance, and with a shriek of the whistle, a ringing of the bell, and a buzz and whitr of wheels, accompaJried by a roar o f escaping steam, the !run horsP, dao;hed up to t,he oepo t and the train from the East had arrivt-d. The crowd surged out of the coaches, and all was stir and bustle, noise and confusion, while the hackme n shouted the m selves hoarse, and the passengers jostled each other as they hurried along the thronged p latform. A tall, broad-shouldered young man, with a . small thick mustache, stumbled against me, and withou t a word of apology dashed away and was lost in the surging crowd. As this man passed me something fell from his pocket, and stoopin g to pick it up, I discovered that it was a silver key. As I s tood examining it-for it was too late to think of overtaking the rude stranger who had dropped it-someone touched me on the arm , and turning quickly I found myself face to face with the young gentleman whom I had seen arrive with the young lady in the carriage with the liveried coachman. "I beg your pardon, miss," said the young gentleman, politely, and in a quick, well-intonated voice which plainly told that he was a gentleman, he added: "Will you tell me, please, how you came by that key?" "Certainly, sir; I jus t picked it up from the platform floor. A young man, who was immediately thereafter lost i;n the crowd, lost it." "That key is the property of my father," said the young man, with his eyes fixed u pon it. "Your father?" I said in surprise. "Yes; and if you will examine the key you will find my fathe1's name-the name of James Travers-stamped upon it," the young man said. I did examine the silver key which h a d accidentally fallen into my possessi011, and I found, as the young man stated, that it was indeed stamped with the name James Travers. I looke d at him questioningly. ".Step this way, miss, and I will explain to yo u wht the findin g of that key is to me an occurrence of importance." I followed him into the depot. He introduced me to the young lady. She proved to be his s ister, as I had presumed. "I expected my father to arrive from New York on the train which has just come in, but he has not c ome, although he telegraphed me from New York to meet the twelve train to-night. Now, the finding of the key which you picked up, and which locks a small valise in which my father carries valuables, has awakened a suspicion csmpled with the fact of his non-arrival-that some harm has befallen him," said the young gen tleman, whos e name was Ed in Travers . His sister echoed her brother's fears. "Oh, brother, the man who lost papa's silver key may have murdered our father," she cried, with tears in her eyes. I scented a case. • . "You a detective!" exclaimed Miss Travers, re garding me as though I were a rara avis in a museum. " I am glact to meet you,'' said Mr. Travers, "and you can be of the greatest service to me,


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" 25 perhaps, if anything has happened to my father. Will you aid me?" . "Assuredly I will." "Good!" "The first thing to do, Mr. Travers , is to tele graph to your -father's New York address, and find out whether he really left that city o r not as he intended to," I said. "I'll do it," he replied. He ran to the telegraph offic e in the depot, and sent the dispatch. . "As soon as you receive an answer to your tel egram, call and let me know," said I, giving him my card. Very well, the next morning, just as J had come from breakfast, Mr. Travers called. "Have you heard from y.our father?" I askeo. "Here is his answer to my telegram," was Mr. Travers's answer, and he handed it to me. "Edwin Travers, Chicago, Ill.-I safe, but my small valise, in which the silve:r:: key and containing $40,000 in government bonds, securities , notes and money, has been stolen; and I remain in New York to try to find it by detective aid. JAMES TRAVERS." ''The man who dropped the silver key is the thief,'' I exclaimed. "I presume so ," answered Edwin Travers. Mr. '!'ravers left, and I began my work. I first inserted the following, under the head o f "Lost .and Found," in_ The News. "Found, a silver key, in the Union Depot, Monday evening, May 3d. Owner can have the same by proving-property and paying for this 'ad.' Call at 104 State and C--, in Tony Washington's barber-shop. TONY WASHINGTON." Tony was a colored barber, and secretly he often did a little detective wot'k for us among the colored crooks in "Ethiopia,'' as Third avenue fa called. That same day a well-dressed colored man-a real African dude of the most utter sort-called at Tony's and stated that the lady who had lost • the silver key, which he accurately described, had sent.him for it. I was concealed in a closet and heard all t11at went on. Tpny told him to call in the evening. I determined to black myself up. That evening, sure enough, the darky called, accompanied by a small, fashionably-dressed lady, who was as dark as I am. "I unde;stand that you found the silver key belonging to my husband, which. I dropped in the depot," she said to Tony. Then she minutely described it. "Sorry I forgot dat key again, but I'll w1ite a note, and your man here can run and board a cable car and get it in a few minutes," said Tony. He wrote a note and handed it to the lady, who gave it to the colored dude and told him to make haste to bring the key. As soon as he was out of the shop Tony gave a signal and I appeared before the lady. "You are my prisoner!" I cried, and before she recovered from the surprise we had handcuffed her. We slipped a gag in her mouth, and when the darky returned with the key which Tony had _really left at home according to my directions, I sat m the shop, my veil down, and the darky never seemed to suspect that I was not the lady he had left there. I took the key, paid Tony, and we left the shop. . Scarcely a word was exchanged asI followed my leader to Michigan avenue, and when we paused befo:r:e an elegant mansion, he said in a voice which was that of a white man: "Well, we have the key all right, Ada; now I'll get the black off and meet you in the garden in a few moments, if you will wait for me there." A basket of flowers sat on the bench, and a few moments later, as the man who had personated a negro returned, with his face white, I arose with the basket in my hand to meet him, but I kept my face partially turned away so that he could not get a square view of it. Instantly I recognized him as the man who had lost the key in the depot. . We went into the house, and he le d me into a room where a large trunk . s tood, and left me. No sooner was he gone than. I pulled out a bunch of false keys and opened the big trunk, which was full of plunder, and on top of a ll was the valise which had been stolen from Mr. Travers, and which-though I omitted to say soEdwin had described to me so that I could recognize it at once. . At that moment I heard footsteps, and closing and locking the trunk, I sprang to the door just as the woman I had left a prisoner and the man whom I had deceived entered. They rushed at me, and before I c ould get out my revolver I was overpowered, and they bound and gagged me. , "When night comes we'll drop her in the river, and her death will be a mystery.'' "But first I must take that trunk to the depot. Ada. You keep an eye on the doo1' of this roo1u until I return," said the man, and they went out and .. locked the door of the room in which the large trunk stood. I had a knife ring on my finger. I managed to work the spring and get the blade out, and in a trice I was free. I then tried the door of the room in which the trunk s tood, but it was locke.d. Then an idea occurred to me, and opening the big trunk I noiselessly placed all its contents, except the valise, in the closet, and closed the door; then I took my place in the trunk and let the lid fall, the spring lock snapped, and it was secured. A moment later the tall, broad-shouldered crook an expressman came up and carried the trunk mto the street, placed it in a wagon and drove to the depot. They deposited the trunk and left, having checked it to St. Louis; but as soon as they were gone I made my presence known, and the.,.bag forced the lock and let me out. I was nearly suffocated and badly bruised' and shaken up, but as soon as I got out of the trunk I started with a couple of policemen for the house to which I had tracked the man who lost the silver key. We overtook him at the gate and arrested him. The woman, his accomplice, was also arrested in the house, and they eventually confessed that they had stolen the valise in New York.


26 THE LIBERTY THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 15, 1922 TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS !'in g t e Copies . ................. Posta&e l<'ree One Copy Three Months. ..... " ' ' O n e Co1lY Six l\lonths ....... . O n e Copy O n e Year ........ ,. Cannda, $-!.00; Foreign, $4.50 . 7 C ents 90 Cent& ,1.75 8.6-0 HOW TO SEND MONEY-At our ris k s end P. o. Mvney Order, C h ec k or Registered Le!t!lr; remittances In any other wa>' are at your risk." we accept Postage S tamps the same as cash. Whe n sending silver wrap the Coln in a sepnl'ate piece of paper to n•old cutting the envelope. Write yqur name and address plainly. Ad dress lett e r s to Harry E . W olft', Pre•. C . \V. Ha•tlngo, Trees. '}barl"8 E. Nylander, See. } HARRY E. WOLFF, Publisher, Inc., 166 W. 23d St., N. Y. INTERESTING ARTICLES FIND A PREHISTORIC CITY A prehistoric city at the foot of a volcano was discovered recen tly by explorers of the Nat ional Museum of Mexico . Half of the buried city is surrounded by a ston e wall eight to twenty feet wide at the top and con taining twenty-eight pyramids about 1 00 feet above the debris of centuries covering them. The ruins apparently are of as great a city as the famous Tectihuacan, a show place of Mexico. CIRCLING THE GLOBE IN A SAILBOAT Four Austrian sportsmen plan to sail around the earth in a boat of 12 tons displacement, 46 feet long. The vessel will be pro7ided with a small six-horsepower motor for use m emergency. Two Americans have already accomplished this feat-Captain Slokum, in a voyage lasting f'i-om 1895 to 18 98, and Captain Flemingday, from 1912 to 1914 . In a third attempt, by two British of ficers in 1913, the men lo s t their lives between New York and England. DOG AND SNAKE IN BATTLE Workmen on a State road job at Chillisqua-que, ten miles west of Sunbury, Pa., interrupted a bat tle between a big collie dogand a vicious rattle snake. They were attracted by the ominous whir ring of the rattlesnake .and saw the dog with its tail still and crouching as though to spring. Twice the snake struck, but missed, the dog evading its fangs with lightning-like jumps. When the party approach ed the :snake turned on the men, who killed it after a battle. The reptile measured four feet two long, and had 19 rattles and a buttor.. FOX PUPS REARED BY RANCHER'S CAT For pups have been reared by mother dogs, it is said, but it has remained for a Maine silver fo)C xanchman, Frank A . Harvey, to bring up a litter of fox pups with a cat foster-mother. Pussy still wanders interestedly about the big fo x runs where the last season' s p ups have growri to her own size, and would still fondle them if she could . But Mr. Harvey believes that they OF "76" . would make a meal of her to-day if they could reach her. < "I wanted to see how far I could go in semi domesticating these foxes," he said. "Every one knows how wary the fox is. Frightened by dogs, or guns, or strangers, and unable to bury or hide the newly-b orn pups, the mEJthe r may kill them by just carrying them around in her fear. So I have .been trying to overcome the fox's fear of man and animals. "I felt that if I could raise a litter of he fox pups on a mother cat they would become accus tomed to our handling them, fondling them, talk ing to them, accustomed to strangers and the barking o f d ogs, and learn theirprotection from all harm while in our care. "We had our difficultie s . We had to give over the whole lower floor of our home to the experi ment, bnt it was worth while for once, although I am afraid the trouble would deter u s again. "The pups responded to the treatment and show confiq ence and. playfulness with me and no fear of visitors, passing dogs or the occasional hunter and his gun in the woods near by. " LAUGHS "Ever speculate in corn?" "Just o nce. Never again. Got my wife by finding a red ear at a husking bee!" is your little brother?" inquired vy1lhe. Hes a year old," replied Tommy. "Huh! I ve got a dog a year old, alld he can walk twice as -;vell as yc . .;r brother." "That's nothing. Your dog s got twice a s many legs. " First Tramp-Stra-nge how few of our youth ful dreams come true. Second Tramp-Oh I don't know. I remember how I once yearned' to wear long trousers. Now, I guess I wear them longer than almost anybody in the country. "Son'. why don't you play circus? It's great fun. (.First you make a sawdus t ring. " "Whe i:e'll I get any sawdust, dad?" "Here's the saw. Just saw some of that cordwood into stove lengths. You can have all the sawdust you make." "My father and I know everything in the world," boasted a small boy to his boon compan ions. "All right," answered the latter. "Where's Aisa ?" Then the first speaker proved himself a tr.ue ?f budding diplomat. "That is one of the questions that my father knows. " Finding a lady reading "Twelfth Night" a facetious doctor asked: "When Shakesp'eare wrote about 'Patience on a Monument' did he mean doctors ' patients?" "No," said the lady "you find them under monuments, not on them.': "What sort of a tablet shall we erect over your grave when you are gone?" they asked of the man who had long suffered. "Well," said the cheerful victim of stomach trouble, "I think a dyspepsia tablet would be as appropriate a s any."


THE LIBERTY BOYS . OF "76" G O OD WRANGELL ISLAND REACHED The van.guard of the Stefansson expedition, c onsisting of fou,r whites and four Eskimos with Commander Crawford as leader, reached Wran g ell Island late last summer, with conditions very favorable . Plenty of drift-wood was found with which-to build shelters and maintain fires, au guring comfort for the winter which the party intends to spend on the island. Wrangell is a most popular resort for polar bears, and s uffici en t animal food seems assured. Stefansson w ill join the party later. and expects to spend several years in the Arctic, mapping the undefined boundaries of Wrangell Island and collecting other o graphic and geologic data. READING Mosesberg, which the South African Government had made a proclaimed area and decided that claims were to be pegged out in the old-fashioned style of a rush. i s sixty miles from Kimberl ey. On the \;jay announced for the rush motor cars, ox wagons, donkey wagons and a miscellaneous collection of mining gear had assembled there. The crowd of men included the old hardened digger clad in .corduroys and chewing steadily, and a sprinkling of youths, keen-eyed and prepared to race in khaki shirt and shorts. They were men of all nationalities , English, Dutch, Jew and a sprinkling of Kaffirs, all grasping their pegs, on which the owners' names were painted in bright colors . The rush was to take place at 11 o'clock. As • the hour drew near the men toed the line beGOLD LOST IN MAIL 'Is SOON RECOVERED tween two white flags. For a distance .of four The story of how two $20 and one $5 gold piece miles the rush extended . At five minutes to 11 e nclo sed in a pasteboard coin-holder were sent the Irispector of claims mounted a rough box and through the mail in a two-cent stamped letter, a big Union Jack was h e ld up be s ide him. He be lost on the way and subsequently recovered has gan reading a pl'Oclamfttion, while the diggers b een disclosed at the Post-office Department. ' spat on their hands, grasped their pegs tightly Recently a prominent business man of Wash-and lowered their bodies for the start. ington, D. C., whose wife is spending the sum-With a s udd en fl.utter the Union Jack was low rner in Maine, wrote her a letter placing the $25 e red. A yell of excitement went up from over a i n gold inside of it without registering the com-thousand voices. The men plunged forward, run rnunication. The letter reached his wife safely ning in all directions up the s lope of the kopjes with the coin-holder intact in the envelope and facing them. It seemed like the rout of so me rab the natural assumption was that the money had ble army. Gradually, however, the fast moving, b een stolen. mass came to a standstill as groups began A complaint was made to Postmaster Chance to peg out claims. Mounted poli c e were every o f the Washington post-Office and an investigation where, giving in structions and advice to those :followed although little hope of recovering the participating in the rush. money was entertained. Inquiries were made Among those who rushed were a number of along the route which t,he letter took in being dis -fast runners, several professional athletes being patched to its destination in Maine with the result specially engaged for the purpose. Within a few that in a few days a reply was received from the moments the valley and kopjes were dotted with postmaster at Boston to the effect that two dif-claimants . Many had chosen .the same spot, es ferent railway mail clerks operating on trains be-pecially those who had made a clo se study of the tween New York and Boston had located the ground beforehand. In many cases the mounted mortey and had turned it over to the Boston police had to intervene or else a claims official o ffice. was called in to settle the di spute. "The claim is One clerk had found one of the $20 gold pieces yours," he would say curtly, and there the matter and the $5 gold piece while the other clerk had would end. His justice was of the rough and found the remaining $20 gold piece, the coins on ieady fashion well known and respected on the account of their weight having worked out of the diamond fields. Once established some of the dig envelope in the of handling. The money were not long in getting pick and shovel to was promptly delivered to the wife of the Washwork. One digger had hardly pegged out his spo t ington business man in Maine. when he had about ten Kaffir boys digging it. "This incident," said Postmaster General Work The Mosesberg rush will long be remembered, to-day in commenting on the report of the re-first because it was probably the biggest rush i n covery, "reflects generally the sterling integrity the history of the diamond field, and, second, bee f the postal service." cause there was a total absence of ca-sualties. A A DIAMOND RUSH NEAR KIMBERLEY A few days ago it was wild and rocky veld where only the s1inking jackal could be seen . A lone man prospecting had stumbled across some small diamonds and in a night the wilderness was replaced by a medley of tents and tin shanties, safes, dining rooms , stores, billiard saloons and a merry-go-round blaring fort h noi s ily. This was Kimberley chemist with an eye to business was on the scene with bandages and lint, and as there was no call for his services he als o pa1ticipate d in the rush. After the rush was over it was seen that there was still plenty of ground available for some thousands of diggers , good ground on higber reaches of the hillsides where the alluvial depos its are probably far better, richer and more ac cessible than those scattered below. No doubt this will soon be taken up, as after seven days each digger is permitted to peg five e _xtra


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" ,. BRIEF BUT POINTED PAGAN RITES Probably the strangest burial service ever performed in this part of the country took place here when Tom Miller Costello, two-months-old son of Indian parents, was buried in the Winchester Cemetery, Winchester, Ky. The body was brought here. from Clay City, K y . , where the parents had been showing with a carnival company. The ceremony was performed by the great-great-grandfather of the child. Grape juice and some other liquid played an important part in the burial rites, which were accompanied by incantations that made the white man's graveyard sound like the Western plains. Each of the Indians who assisted at the ceremony placed a number of pieces of small change in the coffin, after which the clothing and toS of the baby also were deposited be s id e the body t o accompany it to the happy hunting ground. "FINDS" WIFE'S JEWELRY AND. GATES TO POLICE Robert Herman, a cotton planter of Greenwood, Miss . , found a small chamois bag under his bathrobe after h e had finished his morning swim at Asbury Park. Opening it, he discovered a brooch containing thirty diamonds; and a diamond lavalliere. He turned the jewelry over to Patrolman James Woodward, and went home t o his cottage at 303 Brinley avenue. There he told Mrs . Herman what had happened. She almost fainted, but then she reminded him that the bathr<>be he had was hers, that the diamonds were hers and that furthermore he had given them to her for a birthday present. She took her husband to police headquai'ters, and after she had identified the jewelry and proven ownership they were turned over to her. The jewels are valued at about $8,000. TYPHOON IN CHINA KILLS 5,000 NATIVES Telegraph lines between Hong Kong and Swa tow are down, burt details of the disaster at that port, due to a typhoon, were received at Hong Kong Aug. 5 by steamer. The storm broke at 10 : 30 o'clock at night, and gathered force until daybreak, when it subsided, leaving death and destruction in the city and harbor. The death list is placed at 5,000 . Hundreds of native craft along the waterfront were wrecked and their occupants drowned, while practically every house ashore felt the effects of the wind. Several godowns, o r warehouses, were badly damaged and their stock of merchandise ruined. Trees were torn up by the roots, telegraph poles snapped off, roofs carried away and houses laid flat. • Coasting steamers dragged their anchors, some of them over distances of two miles, and were pitched on land. The water in the harbor rose rapidly until it was several feet deep in the shore line warehouses. TELLS HOW TO CARE FOR YOUNG TREES For years t1le Brooklyn Park Department has planted trees on city streets for property owners on receipt of nominal fees. At present there are more than 10,00 0 of these young trees set out in the borough. Commissioner Barman, referring to the matter o f caring for young trees, . said: "Unfortunately, we have not been able to give the trees the after attention they should have for their best development, owing to the small force employed on tree work, and in many cases the trees s u ffer from drought and lack of cultivation. , " A young tree should be watered once a week during the spring and summer if the weather i;; dry. Five o r sL: pailsful (fifteen or twenty gallons) should be given at a time. This will :rp.oisterl the ground thoroughly down to the roots. Watering every day is unnecessary and some times injurious . .. The soil should be dug lightly so a s to break up the hard surface crust to a depth of not more than two or three inches, in order t o conserve moisture, permit aeration and allo w the rain to enter. As a rule trees should be cultivated about once a week or oftener where the s o il is being constantly trampled on. "A young tree can be thoroughly cultivate d in above five minutes. The w ork is an advantageous exercise, especially for those who are confined in stores and offices during the day, as it will bring many unused muscles into play. If tried as an appetizer before breakfast or supper it aids your health, helps the tree and also instills a better appreciation of it." Commissioner Harman said he will gladly furnish any further advice iegarding the matter and a ':ed for the c o-operation of all tree lovers. Greatest Novelty of the Age Musical Handsaw If you can carry a tune in your head, you can Jearn to play this instrument, and secure a job on the stave at a good salary. No musical education necessary Struck with a specially made mallet the perf ctly telll: pered saw produces loud, clear, rich tones like a 'cello. Tbe same eff ect may be had by using a violin bow on the edge. Any tune can be played by the wonderful vibrations of the saw. 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"" How I irie1eased my .salary . . more than b i . ijl ]Oseph)nderson ( ' : t:'11.1(i•l1 ' old, with a wife and a three-year-old youngster . . iril ' ' , . ' lil. .. l 11i fi,:, ' 1' I AM just the average man-twenty-eight years I left school when I was fourteen. My parents II didn't want me to do it, but I thought I knew more I _ _ _ than they did. I can see my father now, standing before me, pleading, threatening, coaxing me to keep on with my schooling. With tears in his eyes he told me how he had been a failure all his life because of lack of education-that the untrained man is always forced to work for a sm a ll salary-that he had hoped, yes, and pray ed, that I would be a more 6uccessful man than he was. But no! My mind w as made up. I had been offered a job at nine dollars a week and I was going t o take it. That nine dollars looked awfully big to me. I didn' t realize then , nor for years afterward, that I was being paid only for the work of my hands. My brain didn' t count. THEN one day, glancing through a magazine, I came across the story of a m a n just like myself. He, too, had left school when he was fourteen years of age, and had worked for years at a small salary. But he was ambitious. He decided that he would get out of the rut b y training himself to become _ t:i:pert in some line of work. "" So he got in touch with the International Corre spondence Schools at Scranto n and started to study in his spare time at home. It was the turn in the road for him-the beginning of his success. Most smies li k e that tell of the presidents of great institution s who are earning $25 ,000 and $50 , 000 a year. Those stori es fri g hten me. I don ' t think I could ever earn that muc h. But this s tor ,y told of a man who, through spare t i me study, lifted himself from $25 to $75 a w e ek. It made an im pression on me because -it talked in terms I could understand. It seemed reasonable to suppose that I could do as well. salary envelope would show . how mu c h he thought of the impro v em ent in my work . Today , my sal a r y is more than 300% greater than it was when I began my studies. That increase has meant a better h o me and all the luxurie s th a t make life worth while. What I have done, you can do, For I am just an . a verage m an . I h ad no more educ a tion to begin with th a n y ou have-perhaps not as much. The only difference i s a matter of training . . TO every man w ho is earning less than $75 a week, I say simply this :-Fin d out what the J, C. S. can do for J.ou! It will t ake only a minute of your time to mark and mail the coupon. But that one simple act may change your whole life . If I hadn' t taken that first step four years ago I wouldn't be writing this message to you today! 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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 -LATEST lSSUEii --1188 The Liberty Boys at East Rock; or The Burning of I\ew Haven. 1089 • in the Drowned Lands; or, Perilous Times Out West. 1090 " on tile Commons; or, Detend!ng Old New York. 1091 • l:lword Charge; or, The Fight at Stony Point. 1092 " After Sh John; or, Dick Slater's Ckver Ruse. . 10!13 " Doing Gnard Duty; or, '.!.'be Loss or Fort Washington. 1094 " Chasing a Uenegade; or, The Worst Man on the Ohio. 1095 " and the Fortune Teller; or, The Gypsy Spy of Harlem. 1096 " Guarding Washington, or, Defeating a British Plot. . 1007 •• and Major Davie: or, Warm Work In the Meckif'nhnrg District. . 1098 " Fierce Hunt; or, Capturing a Clever Enemy. 1099 " Betrayed; or, Dick Slater's False Friend. 1100 " on the or, Arte r a Slippery Jj'oe. 1101 " Winter Camp; or, Uvely Time s in the North. 1102 " Avl.'nged: or, The Traitor's Doom. 1103 " Pitched Battle; o r , The Escape or the Indian Spy. U04 " Light Artillery; or, Good Work At the Guns. 1105 " nnd "Whistling Will"; or, The Mnd Spy of Panlns Hook. 1106 " Underground Camp; or, In Strange Quartera. 1107 " Dnudy Spy; or, Deceiving the Governor. 1108 " Gunpo,.-der Plot; or, Falling l>y an Inc h. 1109 " Drummer Boy; or, Sounding the Ca11 to Arms. 1110 " Runniug tl1e Blockade; or, Getting Ont of New York. 1111 " and Capt. Huck; or, Routing a Wicked Leader. 1112 " and the Liberty Pole; or, Stirring 'imes in the Old City. 1113 " and the Masked Spy;. or, The Man of Mystery. 1114 " on Hill; or, A Daring Attempt at R Pscne. 1115 " and "Black Bess"; or, Tb Horse that Won a Fight. 1116 " and Fidel ling Ph11; or, Making the Redcoats Dance. 1117 " On the Wallkill; or. The Minisink Massacre. 1118 " anrt the Fighting Quaker; or, Tn the Neutral Gro,rnd. 11111 " Bravest Deed; or, Dick Slater's Daring Unsh. 1120 " and the Black Giuut; or, H elping "Light Horse Harry." 1121 " Driven Back; or. Hard Luck nt Guilford. 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