The Liberty Boys in despair, or, The disappearance of Dick Slater

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All a t onc e the boys made a great discovery. Bob found Dick's coat half buried_ in the sand. Then Harr y held up a bro k e n sword and a hat. They are Dick's!" cried Panl. "But where is Dick?" asked Bob.


The Liberty Boys of lss11ed Weekly-Subscription price, $3.50 per year; Canada, $4.00; Foreign, $4.!50. Harry E. Wal1r , Publl1ber, Tnr . 166 West 23d Street, New York, N . Y . Entered as Seconrl -C lass l\I at.te r .ln n uur.v 31, 1913, at the ) Post-Office at New York, N. Y .. unde r the Act or l\I nrch 3, l8i9. No. 11 3 9 NEW Y OR K, OCTOBER 2 7 , 1922 Price 7 cer.. THE LIBERTY BOYS IN D ESPAIR OR, THE DISAPPEARANCE OF DICK SLATE R By HARRY MOORE CHAPTER I.-The at the Inn. "Better be careful, Bob. I think there are ene mies in there. " "You don't see them, Dick?" "No, but I hear some one, and I think I know the voi ces. Wait a . moment and see if any one comes out." Dick Slater and , Bob Estabrook, captain and first lieutenant, res pectively, of the Liberty Boys, were riding along a road in Westchester, New York, near the Croton River, one pleasant day in summer. The Liberty Boys were fighting in the cause of American independence and were encamped a few miles to the south, the two bo ys being out on a scouting expedition, it hav i n g been rumored that British regulars, cowboys and many others were harassing the neighborhood. There was a little tavern in sight, but at some distance, and Dick had halted when he saw it, having heard voices within that s ounded familiar to him. He knew many of the Tories of the region and als o some o f the officers of the Qu een's Ra:n,gers, Delancey's Loyali sts, and other troop' s of the enemy, and it seemed to him at that distance that the voices he had heard were those of some -of these, although he could not be certain. Dick rode a splendid coal black Arabian, Bob being mounted on a fine bay1 both boys getting under the trees at the side of tne road, where it was easy for them to see any one who came out of the tavern and yet not be s een themselves. In a few minutes they saw some men come out of the tavern, three or four redcoats, as many Queen's Rangers, one or two of Delancey's inen, and five or six roughlooking fellows who were probably cowboys, the pest of the reg ion and the e s pecial object of the Liberty Boys' hatred. The men mounted horses and set off toward the boy s , whom they had not seen as yet, Dick saying to Bob: "We will have to get away, Bo b. There are too many of these. fellows for us. They have not seen us yet, and w e can get. off without their that we are about, and then we can watch them. The boys set off in the opposite direction, but had not gone far oefore they heard the sound of men coming on at a gallop . "Hallo! here is some one else, " muttered Bob. " Do you suppose it is any of the'boys? Mark was going out with some of them, but he would not come this way.'' "I don't think it is he, Bob, I am rather inclined to think it is some one else , and not friends, either.'' . At that moment they came in sight of a c ons1d.erable party of Rangers , c oming on at a good gait. The enemy saw them and set up a shout as they dashe d fon, ard at a faster pace. "We are between two fires, Bob," said Dick. "Never m ind, I think we can fool these other fel low s. Come on." The boys wheeled and went the other way at a rattling pace, cornin g in sight of the party whom they had wished t o a voi d, i n a few minutes. Thes e had not yet seen the s ec ond party, and Dick meant to send them fly i\lgbefore this happened. "Come on, Boys!" he cried, waving his sword and lookmg back . "Down with the redcoats and cowbo ys, J:('ive it to them, boys !" Then he an d Ilob rode on as if they had all the one hundred Liberty Bo ys at their back a n d were confident of sweeping the enem y be fore them. The redcoats, Rangers and cowboys, seein.,. the two boys coming on and noting Dick' s had no doub t whatever that the rest of the Liberty Boys were behind, and turned and rode away at a rapid gait, some dashing down a lane between them and the tavern, others going dowu a little road on the other side, and the majority riding ahead as fast as they could J:('O. In a few moments the enemy were pretty well scattered, and Dick said to Bob : "Those other fellows are coming o n still, and if the ones. we have scattered ' s ee them they will" return and we will be in as bad a stat e as before." "We could go across country, Dick," repli ed Bob. "The river is there, but there i s no bridge for some distance. What do you think we had better do?" The purs uing' redcoats and Tories now caught sight of the boys and came on again at a more rapid pace, hoping to catch the saucy young rebels, as they termed them. Dick lisj;en ed a moment and then said: ''I think Mark and his boys are coming, Bob. I hear some one on the road ahead of us. They could be there easily enough if they had come around, and I think t hey would be likely to do so.' ' Mark Morrison was the second lieutenant of the Liberty Boys, one of the bravest of them all, a universal favorite, and trusted by Dick next to Bob himself. Bob listened, his hearing not being as acute as Dick's, and presently said, in a decided tone: "Yes, there is some one coming, and it like the boys. I can generally tell them.' The boys went on, the enemy coming on rapifi'.


2 THE LIBEllTY BOYS IN DESPAIR ly, and snortly saw the blue and buff uniforms of a number of Liberty Boys coming on at an P.asy gait, not knowin g that there was any need of haste. Then Dick waved his sword and pointed back of him, Mark, for it was young patriot, trnderstanding in a moment what was wanted and urging his boys on at a gallop . Dick and Bob kept on, the enemy not having yet seen the boys, and urged them on faster. Then the redcoats and Rangers saw Mark's com:pany and the co' mplexion of affairs wa s changed in a moment. Instead of pursuing the boys, they suddenly wheeled and went the other way at full speed, Mark and his boys s eeing them and coming on with a rush and a cheer. Dick and Bob now turned and pursued 1fie redcoats, who rode at a gallop and darted down a by-way, through which they had probably come from the direction of the Huds on. Dick halted at this road and waited till Mark and his boys came up , when he said: "We were in a bad way, Mark. There were two parties of these fellows, but we drove the fir s t away before they saw the second, whom they must have heard and taken for some of u s . Then we had to go on, because there were too many behind us." "What are you going to do now, Dick?" asked Mark. "Shall we chase these fellows?" "No, I don't think so. There may be too many of them farther on." "Yes, there might be. The enemy have appeared, as we were afraid they would , but do you .think there are very many of them?" "I don't know, but I am afraid there are. We shall have to do some more scouting so as to find out just what we have to fight against. The cow boys are getting troublesome again and the appearance of these others may have something to do with it. We must find out all we can." "Had we better keep out now?" asked Mark. "Yes, but I will take a few of your boys. You have quite a lot of them. You may give me Ben, Sam, Harry, Will, Paul, Arthur, Joel and Ezra. That will do very well." Ben Spurlock, one of the liveliest of all the Liberty Boys, Sam Sanderson, his chum, Harry Judson, Will Freeman, Paul Benson, Arthur Mackay, Joel Walker and Ezra Barbour now joined Dick and Bob, Mark still having the larger party, and the two detachments set off in diffe'l'ent direc tions, Dick going after the division they had pursued and Mark looking for the first party. Dick had now ten boys, including himself, while there were fourteen besides Mark, all lively boys and for any adventure. "Be home at supper-time, boys," saidDick to Mark and his detachment as they rode away, "and don't attack too large a number of the enemy. We are scouting more than we are fighting, just now." "All right, captain," replied the boys as they went away. Dick, Bob, and the eight boys set off down the by-road taken by the redcoats and Rangers, see ing where they had gone, but not seeing them, and at length halting at a tavern at a cross-roads, whe r e it looked as if the men had divided. "There are none of them here," said Dick to Bob. "I don't know where the road to the right goes, and I don't believe it goes anywhere in particular, but the one to the left goes to the river. Why any of the men went the other way I don't see." "Some of the men we saw come out of the tav ern were Dick , " ob served Bob, in a few moments. Some of these may have been also." "Yes, it is quite likely, although they seemed to be mostly disciplined troops, many of them reg ulars." "Yes, but Delancey's men are cowboys. There may be a house down this road and that is why some of the men went there. There would not be a road there :vas so me plac e for it to get and I thmk you will find that there is some one hvmg down there and that's why the cowboys took it." A young girl came out of the tavern at that and said, in an inquiring tone: Were you looking for the redcoats? They • this way," pointing to the u s ed road. But some of the men went the other " replied Dick. "Does any one live there?" ! "Yes, Thomas Britton. Harvey Chester and Peter Andrews. The road doesn't go any farther than Andrews' house. Beyond that it's swamp and woods. and the Croton meadows. Some of the men that way, and I do believe they mea'!1t m1s ch1ef, t!lo. They were not a likely lookmg lot, even 1f some of them were in uni form." . "How many went that way?" asked Bob, lookmg at the tracks. "About a dozen, I guess. I .;,as looking at the redcoats more than at them and I couldn't rightly tell just how many there was." "I should say there were a dozen, myself. There were a good many more of-the redcoats" "Do the men you spoke of own any. cattle?" . "Yes, quite some. Thomas Britton has the most., but Harvey Chester has a good lot, too,. They re all rebels, as they Call them around here. Was that why the men went down there?'' "I shouldn't wonder if it was," shortly. "I think we had better go down there too Dick," said Bob. "Those fellows may be around to s ee what mischief they can do even if they don't do any now, and we will want 'to warn the people against them.'' "Very true, Bob. I think it will be just as well," and t h e boys set out down the road to theJ right, Dick and Bob going ahead, the others fol io\\ ing by twos and threes at short intervals. At the end of a quarter of a mile they came upon a man working around a barn, Dick halting and saying: "Are you Mr. Britton? There have been some suspicious characters down the road and I don't know that you have seen them. I think they are cowboy s, and I want to warn you against them. Have you seen any one?" "No, I hain't, but I've been in the barn and in the woods a lot and I wouldn't. How long ago were they in the region?" "Some little time now. There is no way ol getting anywhere except by going back the same way one came, i s there?" "No, not with.out some trouble. You got to be pretty well acquainted with the place. There ain't no road, but you can get out and ove1' onto the river road if you know your bearings. Other-


THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DESPAIR 8 wise you're like to get lost or stuck in the swamp or something." "What i s the whole length of good road along here?" "About two miles to Andrews', and then theTe's half a mile of bad and another half of the worst you ever saw, and after that if you don't know the way you're up a tree, 'cause there ain't no road at all." "You men down here are all good patriots, I take it?" "Yes , siree. We hain't got no use for cowboys nor redcoats, nor Tories, nor any of them cattle down here. Did you opine they was goin' to make any trouble hereabouts?" "Yes, and I thought I had better give you warning. I think I will go on and warn the others. I may see something of the cowboys myself. There were not very many of them." "All right, glad you come, captain. You boys aren't soldiers, are you? Why, you're only bo ys." "We are some of the Liberty Bo ys," shortly. "We have had some two years' experience and we are doing all we can to help the cause of inde pendence. We'll be back here again before long." Then the boys went on, while the man continued at his work. CHAPTER II.-J ack t\nd the Country Girl. The boys came to Chester's house and found the man just coming from the woods, having seen nothing of the cowboys, as Dick was satisfied they were, and quite surprised that they had be-en by. ;His wife said that she had seen the men, but as they said nothing she did not think anything of it, only noticing that they appeared to be strangers to the neghborhood. "I was busy cutting wood," said Chester, "and I guess the fellows could have run off with a lot of stuff, only the women would have fired the old musket and fetched me up in a hurry. Many of 'em , was there?" " 'Bout a dozen," replied Dick. "Well, I'll keep a watch onto 'em and see that they don't get anything much. Glad you told me, captain." At the last house on the road the men folk had been busy in th.e pasture, as at the other places, the women being employed in the h ouse and not noticing the men as they went by . The boys went on to the end of the bad road, where they could eas ily see the prints of hoofs freshly made, but saw nothing of the men. "They had gone on, tryi to work their way to the river road, no doubt, declared Bob. "Do you suppose they know anything about it?" "Poss ibly," said Dick, thoughtfully. "There may be some one in the party who knows the region and could guide them, and they c ame through in order to see if it were worth while to made a raid," the youn g lieutenant added. "I would not be surprised," thoughtfully. "Well, we have warned the people living here, and they should take some means to defend their property against these raiders." "There is enough to make a raid worth while, is there not, Dick?" "Yes, plenty, and a good-sized party, or even one no larger than our own, could make a sudden raid in here and carry off a good deal in a short time, and thes e people could not help themselves." "Then you had better give them another warning when we go back and let them understand the danger they are in." "Yes, I will do it. There is no use of our going any farther now, as we would have some trouble with om horses and I do not care to run a risk of laming them. The road we have just come over v vas bad enough, and I don't want to try a worse one." Dick could see that the party had gone on in s ingle file, or not more than two abreast, but it was probable that they had kept on till they had reached the other road and that they would not come back that way that night, and so he decided to turn and make his way back to the tavern at the two roads, the day being well on to a close by this time. The bo ys went back over the same r oad they had come, therefore, and this time Dick saw more of the people living on it and warned them to beware of the cowbo ys, as he thought it very likely that the latter would shortly inake a raid alon g the road. "Have your muskets and rifles loaded, and tell the women to be sure and fire them at the first sign of these ruffians,'' he said. "Then, if you chance to be away from your houses you could come home in a hurry and. do something to protect yourselves. There are enough of you to do this if you act in concert." The men living on the road said that they would keep a lookout for the cowboys and puni s h them well if they attempted to raid the district, and th.en Dick, Bob and the boys rode on, and at length came to the tavern at the meeting of the roads. All at once the girl of the tavern came flying out and said to them, in a tone of gztjat excitement: "There are a lot of redcoats coming on the other road. I saw them from the upper window. There are thirty of them, maybe more. Get away a s quick as yO'U can. We won't say anything about your being here, but they may see you ." "Thank you, my girl," replied Dick. "It was very kind of you to let us know this. Yes, I hear them now very plainly." "So can I," added Bob, "and I cannot hear as well as the captain. Quite a lot of them, eh?" "Yes, the same that went through here before and more besides. They are all redcoats this time, though." "Come on, boys," said Dick. "We must get back to camp, anyhow, and it will be just as well to avoid an encounter with these" The boys then rode on, giving the girl of the tavern a salute, and would have given her a hearty cheer also, but Dick was afraid that the repcoats might hear it. At the top of thP hill they saw the redcoats, the latter catching sight of them and coming on with a rush, the boys • going down the hill, while they had to go up and. therefore, gaining on them. "We'll be farther still ahead of them by the time they get to the top of the hill,'" laughed Bob. "We are just flying, while they cannot go_ so fast." Dick looked back at length and saw the enemy at the top of the. hill and well ' behind, as Bob had said they would be. The boys dashed on at faster speed and were soon out of sight among the trees, and then swept around a bend in the road, which


r THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DESPAIR still further hid the m from view. When next they of wood only, cras hed through it and went headsaw the redcoats the latter had lost still more first into the well with a grand splash that sent ground and the sun was well down toward the the water in my face." horizon, so that the chances were that they would "Hurro! sure that was the way to trate the vii not keep up the chase. They saw no more of lain!" roared Patsy. "An' did yo dhrown him, them, in fact, and reached the camp at sunset, Masther Jack?" Mark and his boys having come in a short time "No, but there was a great sputtering, and the before. The boys in camp were glad to see them, fellow got out with no help from me and drew his and a jolly lookin g Iris h lad, with a red head, p is tols. Snap! nap! went both of them, for the turned-up nose, freckles, rosy Cheeks and an air water had ruined the charges, and then some more of general good-humor, came forward and said, of the boys came running down the ban k , and my with a laugh: redcoat put for the bark of the hou se and over "Sure ye do be comin' in good toime, captain, the fields and through the woods as if the wolves dear, for the supper is all ready, an' Cooky spiller were after him, and we saw no more of him." wor on'y waitin'. to see ye to blow the bugle an' "An' he didn't tell ye where he lived nor his call the byes up. Did ye see any redcoats, Oi name nor nothin', Jack, nor ax ye to name yer donno ?" frinds ?" "Yes, quite a party of them; enough to make "No, nothing of the so1-t, but he left his hat us run away from, at any rate. We saw Rangers behind him, and we found his writing tablet stuck and Tories and cowboy s, and all i>orts." inside, with his name on it, so I know who he is." "Oh, wurra. wurra, an' the byes were not with "Who i s he, Jack?" asked a number of the ye to hunt thim out o' that? Sure that was a bo ys , in a breath. 1 shame, captain.' "Percy Algernon Fitz Morris Walter Holdibert "Oh, we chased some of them, but bfow your Ethelred--" ougle, Carl, and we'll all have supper." "Howld on, me bye, howld on, sure ye have "Dot was all righd, cabdain," replied Carl Good-names enough for six now !" enspieler, the fat German Liberty Boy, and in a "Edgar Robert Eustace St. Leger Clarence Wilmoment the bugle was heard summoning the. braham Browne-Jones, captain in his majesty's boys to their evening meal. Ro yal Fusi!eers, " Jack went on, while all the boys Patsy Brannigan was the company co o k, and a laughed heartily. jolly good fellow; Carl being one of his corps of "And so the felllow is simply Jones with all as-sistants, and also one of the chief fun-makers the rest,'' said Bob. ' of the camp. The boys were soon ready, an' d "No, Browne-Jones," corrected Jack. "That came trooping in to supper, all in the best of was not all that was i n hi s hat, however." good nature, ready for any fun or adventure that "I don't see how could be room for more," might come along, and all the best of friends and said Sam, drily. in thorough accord with each other. During the "What else was there, Jack?" asked Dick. supper, Dick related what he had seen and heard, "The outlines of a plan to raid the region abov e and then Mark s aid, with a laugh: the Croton, the redcoats acting in conjunction "Jack Warren had an adventure, and he ought with Delancey's Loyalists." to tell you about it, but I guess he's bashful, for "H'm; that is of importance." there was a girl in it, and I don't believe he will "But you have not told about the girl, Jack," want to tell all the nice things he to her." said Mark, with a grin, the young lieutenant "Humbug!" laughed Jack, a hands ome, dash-being a good deal of a tease. ing boy, about the same age as Mark, who was "Oh, the girl said her name was Jesssie Moryounger than Dick. "You don't know anything ton; that they were patriots; that her father was about it, but you are bound to tease." in the army and that her brother wanted to join "Let us hear your own account of it, Jack,'' said us, and that she had been alone when the redcoats Dick, with a s mile, Jack being a universal favor-s uddenly apppeared and tried to kiss her, calling ite. "It will be worth tellling, I have no doubt, as her a saucy rebel beauty and declaring that he you are one of the boys who seem to have lively was ready to run away with her in a minute. W e adventures whenever you go out." found his horse and brought him away." "Well, we had halted," Jack went on, "there "You saw nothing of any other redcoats, being suspicious signs about, and I was standing Mark?" asked Dick. b y my bay mare Doll y, near a fence with a bank "No, and the girl told Jack that she had not on the other s ide of it and a hou s e at the foot of it seeen any but that one. She talked a lot with in a little dell, when I heard a cry for help in a Jack, but had very little to s a y to us." girl's voice.'' "Sure, Mi-sthe r Jac k do have a takin' way with "An' of coorse ye turned yer back on the place him that catches all the girruls, a bit loike me-an' wint away," put in Patsy, with a grin. self,'1 laughed Patsy. "No, I d i d not. I was over the fence an d down "Gone ouid mit you, do s e gals laugh mit you," the bank in a jiffy, and there I saw a pretty girl sputtered Carl. "Dot Shack was more good-look istruggling in the grasp of a big redcoat who was ing as you, I bet me.'' trying to kiss her, a s all these redcoats seem to "Well, we have learned -something, at all think they have a right to do with our girls." events," remarked Dick. "Och, the maraudher!" cried Patsy, and all the "The captain had pistols in his holsters an d boys laughed. some gold coins and papers," Jack continued. "Well, I drew back my fi-st," Jack went on, "They tell a little more about the expediti on. "sent the fellow's hat flying one way and then The gold was to pay hi s expenses and to hire• sent him another, with a fine big kick, an

THE LIBERTY DOYS IN DESPAIR 5 "No, the money belongs to you, Jack." "I don't want it, captain,' quietly. "Let it go to he lp the cause. All I want is a few shillings for ordinary expenses. There was some silver that the fellow spilled out of his pocket when he went down the well, and that will do me." "As you like, Jack. vVe can use the money in the cause and it wil! come in very handy. There are times when we need money very much and I can ake use of some now, very well." Just then one of the boys came up and said that there was a boy to see the captain on the outside of the camp, and that he had saia something about wanting to join the Liberty Boys." "Show him in, Jim," said Dick. CHAPI'ER III.-The Boy Who Wanted To Join. Jim Bennett, one of the Liberty Boys, presently returned with a pleasant-faced, sturdy boy of about fifteen years, who saluted, awkwardly, and said, looking at Mark: "I'd like to join the Liberty Boys, captain. I heard how you helped my sister this afternoon, and--" "That is C;iptain Slater," said Mark, indicating Dick. "Jessie told me how , you made the redcoats run, and I've always wanted to join you, and so I thought that a s you were here now I would come over and see you . Mother gave me a note, but diu .l'is away now, and maybe that will do just as well. She thought you would want her consent, so she wrote it out, " and the boy took a note from his pocket and gave it to the young captain. The boy s watched the newcom .er in the light of the campfire s, which were now burning brightly, Jim sitting down to his sup . pe r , another boy having relieved him, liking his appearance, although Ben whispered to Jack, who was next him: "He talks fast enough, but I suppose he feels a bit awkard among so many strangers." "Very likely," rejoined Jack. "He does not look as much like Jes sie asI thought he would. He's a likely boy, though." "Yes , and I guess he'll be all ri ght. " Dick read the riote, which was sign e d by Judith Morton, and gave her consent to her son Reuben joining the Liberty Boy s , and then said: "This appears to be all right, my boy. Some of u s will be going to your hou se to-morrow and we will see her again about the matter. Her consent is sufficient as long as your father is not here to give his. Your sister said that you wanted to join the Liberty Boy s, so we happen to know something about it." "M9ther thought you might want to take me in now, as th.ere was likely to be trouble w ith the redcoats ; that is, if there was any room in the Liberty Boys for me. Is there, captain? Do yo u think I would do? I'd like to join, first-rate. " "Yes, there is a vacancy and you seem to be all right, a s far as I can see. Do you ride, sho ot, swim, ru:n, wrestle and do all those things? The Liberty Boys have to kno w a good many things." "Yes, I can do all those things . I rode over here on a horse that I found. I guess there were more of the redcoats around the house, for I found another hors e near the place when I came home. It's a redcoat's horse, you can tell -by the saddle." "Well, we will tes t you in all these things. You are in fair health, I suppose?" "Oh', yes, there's nothing tlie matte; with me, captain. I have never been sick a s long as I re member. Then you won't take me in to-night?" "No; I would rather see your mother first. It was all right for her to write the note, but I shali want to s ee her also. If you choose, you may 1emain hei-e to-night, as it is a good distance to your hou s e. That is, unless there is no one to look out for your mother and sister. " "Oh, they can take pretty good care of themselve s , but maybe I had better go. Then I can tell them what yo said and they can get used to the idea of m ing away. I expect they're sort of lonesome now, as it is, because we've all been together since father has been away." "You may do as you choose," replied Dick. "We will be over there to-morrow and see your mother." • "All right, captain, I will over directly, soon as my horse gets rested a bit. I guess he's been out a good deal to-day, for he wa sn't altogether fresh when I found him, even if he had been standing for some time. Those redcoats u se their horses a lot." The boy walked around the camp, talking to this and that one of the boys, getting acquainted, as it seemed, and at length set out for home, as he said. "What do you think of him, Jack?" asked Mark, when the boy had gone. "Weil, he talks a good deal," replied Jack, care• le ssly. "Yes, but that i s nothing agains t him. He se ems quite an observing chap, don't y ou think? ' "Oh, yes, he was observing a lot. I noti ced that," and Jack began to whistle, a habit he had when he did not want to say too much. "What are you whistling about, Jack?" asked Mark, who knew hi s chum's habit. "Oh, about his observing things. Don't you think he observed a little too much for a boy wh o is not yet one of us? It looked to me like spying." "But, Jack, you don't think he is a spy, do you? He had his mother's letter, and you saw the sister th!s afternoon, and would know if he were her brother or not, wouldn't you?" "Oh, he looks like her,'', returned Jack, "but there were some things I did not like . He was nervous, of c ourse, but what for? We are jus t a lot of boy s, that's all, and another boy doesn't need to get nervous with u s . There was some other reason. He was in a terrible hurry to join, wasn't he?" " Ye s, but I s uppo se he doe sn't kno w the rules . Why-are you so suspicious, Jack?" "I did not say I \\as,'' and Jack began whistling again. Dick and Bob came a long jus t t he n r.nd Mark s aid , somewhat impatiently. "Here's Jack Wan-en whistling when I ask him question s . You k now what that mea.ns. Did you find any fault with that boy, Dick?" "The boy who wants to j oin , you mean?" "Yes , that's the one. Jack saw his sister thi3 afternoon and says that he's her brother,


-.. , 6 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DESPAIR right, bu t he's got some objection to him and won' t say what it is." did not say he was her brother, Mark," laughed Jae. "I said he looked like her. So he does, but not much. She said her brother looked just like her." "H'm! you did not say anything about that." "I did not think anything about it," carelessly. "She she had a cousin, too, who was a Tory." "Hallo! then you do know something?" cried Mark. "You funny fellow, wh y d .idn't you say that first?" "I did not think of it, and when I did I whis tled." "H'm! he had a letter from his mother." "He had a letter,' laughed Jack. "You don't know whether it wa s from the girl's mother or not." "What did you think of him, Dick?" asked Mark. "Well, I was not altogether satisfied, but I thought I would wait and s ee how he behaved later. He was nervous and he looked about him a good deal, but that might have been a boy's awkardness. I mean to give him a chance." "Yes, of course, that's fair enough, but I'd like to know what Jack thinks. What do you, Jack?" "Oh, I'm willing to give him a chance, too." "Do you suspect him, Jack?" asked Dick. "Well, I can't say that I do, but Jess said her brother looked just like her, and this boy does not, and she said her cousin was a Tory. The boy was ill at ease and was looking all over, taking in everything as if he had come here for a purpose." "Well he did, of . course," said Mark. "He said what it was." "I am not entirely satisfied," observed Dick, "but there is no harm done'. We always keep a sharp watch about the camp, and if this fellow was spying and meant to tell the enemy what he learned, we can guard against them as we have always done. Kee'p a strict watch for any enemies, that is all." The tickets were placed and the boys kept a faithfu guard as they always did, Dick telling them to be especially watchful that night. It was late, the fires were out, everything was dark and still, and the camp might have been fast asleep, for all the signs of wakefulness that it showed, although the boys were unusually vigilant. Ben Spurlock and Harry Judson, on guard at the neares t point to the road, heard suspicious sounds at this time and signaled each other, using natural sounds, the distant crowing of a cock, the barking of a dog, the croaking of fr.ogs and the like. The Liberty Boys had a code made up of thes e sounds and could thus communicate with each other without uttering a word, all the boys being well practiced in it. The boys crept closer to the road, keeping in the shadows, and at length heard the sound of stealthy footsteps approaching. "Are you sure this is the place?" Ben heard some one say in a low voice, scarcely audible at that distance. "Yes, I was here," answered some one, Ben thinking that he recognized the voice of the boy who wanted to join the troop. He signaled to one of the boys nearest, tellinl{ him to go and call Dick, who, he knew, would recognize the voice in a moment. "But it is all dark. You must have come to the wrong place." "No, I didn't; this is right. Slater's tent is over that way. We can get in and take him out before he awakens." "But there is no tent here." !'It must be, I tell you. Get the other men up and we' ll do the thing quickly. The camp is right here, I know." Harry heard footsteps stealing away, and then there was a signal from Dick, who had come up to investigate. All was silent, and Dick tried to see the men who were lurking about so as to seize them. One of the fires was not as dead as the boys supposed, and at the moment a puff of night air suddenly fanned it into :flame and blew some dry leaves upon it. In an instant there' was a bright flame, and several men were seen stealing toward the ca:"'!lp. They uttered startled exclamations, and at the same instant Dick cried, in shrill tones: "Seize the rascals, boys!" A dozen Liberty Boys dashed forward, having come up silently in answer to the signals of the others. At once the men dashed away in several directions, the figure of the boy who had been at the camp in the early evening being seen for a brief moment. Dick soon recalled the boys, for in the darkness and with the men running in different directions there was no chance of catching them. "That was the boy who came this evening," he said, "whether it is Reuben Morton or not. He is a spy and meant to do us a mischief. Keep a strict watch, boys, although I do not think they will return." There was no further alarm that night, and in the morning Dick set off in one direction, while Mark, Jack and some others went to • the hou s e where Jack had had his adventure with the redcoat captain. Jessie was there and so, was her brother, and Jack at once said to Mark and the rek: "There, that is the girl's brother. You can see how much he look s like her. The other fellow did not." "What other fellow?" asked the girl. "What are you talking about?" "Is your brother's name Reuben?" asked J ack. "Yes," and Jessie introduced the boys to her brother, who was much better looking than the boy they had see'Il. The mother c .ame out, and Mark asked: "Did you send Reuben to our camp last night, ma'am, with a letter, saying that you gave your con sent to his joining the Liberty Boys?" "No, I did not. Reuben was at home all the evening. He wants to join, but I thought it wu better to see the captain first. Who has been te the camp?" "I know," said Jessie. "It was Rufe. That'• just like him." "That "is your cousin that you told me of 7• asked Jack. ' "Yes, he is a Tory and full of tricks. Did hi come to your camp?" "Some one did," replied Mark. "Jack suspecte d him, but the most of us thought he was all right. He looks something like you?"


THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DESPAIR 7 "Yes, but not as much as Reuben. He has m,?re of his mother's looks. He was there, was he? "I think so. It was probably he," and Jack related, briefly, the incidents of the visit. of the night before, and of the later one when Dick recognized the boy. "That was Rufus,' said the brother. "He is a Tory, and would try to find out all he could about you boys so as to tell the redcoats and cowboys and get them to carry off the. captain. And he s aid his name was the same' as mine, eh? I owe him a thrashing for that?" "Well Dick Slater did not altogether like him, and Jack; who knew more of him than the rest of us, did not like him at all,' declared Mark. " W e came here t.o find out a bout it, but I guess Rufe thought he would steal Dick first and then it would not make any difference what we learned." "My cousin i s clever,'' s a i d Jessie, "but he is a scoundrel." "Well we have learned this much, boys," said Mark now we will go and find Dick and see whether the co, \ boys have been at work." The-y all rode away, but found no trace of Dick all the forenoon, and at length went to the camp without having seen him. CHAPTER IV.-A Discovery. The Liberty Boys were in despair at the disappearance of Dick Slate'r, and knew not which way to turn for a solution of the mystery. There was not a boy in the troop who did not regard Dick with an affectie:1 1 almo s t amounting to love, and his abs ence filied them with the bitterest grief. Dick and Bob wt:1'ie fast friends and like brothers, the sister of each being the sweethea1t of the other, and Bob's feelings at the continued absence of his closest friend we're keen. Mark, Ben, Sam and the boys who had been in the troop since its organization felt their sorrow the keenest, but Will, Jack and others who had not been so long in the company were, nevertheless, bowed with sor1ow at the unexplained absence of their captain. The boys ate their suppers, but there was none of the usual hilarity, and although they sat about t h e fire's as usual, there was very little said, and then only in low tones. The ,guards were placed and the usual vigilance exercised, the boys listening for the slightest sound, hoping that Dick would come to restore them all to their usually happy frame of mind. At ten o'clock Reuben Morton came riding up and was halted by Ben, who was on guar d at that point. "Halt! Who goes there?" "Reuben," said the boy. "I've something to tell, but not ve'ry much." . "Come in, Rube," said Ben. "Hallo, boys, here's Rube." A number of the boys had heard the young patriot's answer to Ben's hail, and they now pressed forward to hear what he had to say. Theboy dismounted and, as Bqp and Mark came up, said: "My cousin was at our house to-night and offered to tell me where the captain was if I would not tell you . " "Did you believe him?" asked Bob. "No, I did not. I would him. I don't llelieve he knows. He wantec'l""P!) get me out of the way so that he could run off v. ith Jess. If he did know, he won't tell any one unless you make hirri. He did not come into the house, but stood cm the and called out. I came to tell you, becau se I think that if you can catch him you may be able to get something out of him." "You did not l eave your mother and sistr alone, did you?" asked Bob. "No, one of the neighbors stayed with them. Rufe may know some t hing, although I don't think he doe s , but he and so I thought I had better come and tell you." "That's all right, Reuben. I think he is a liar myself, but he may know someth i ng. The boys had him this afternoon, but he got away from them. They will be more careful the next time; that is, if no meddling redcoats interfere as they did this aftel'llOOn . " "And you have heard nothing ? " "No, nothing, and we are in despair. Still, we do not mean to give up the search. We can do nothing to-night, for we don't know where to look and have no information upon which to work." "No, I suppose not," thoughtfully. "I went well over toward the Huds on, and it was after dark when I got back. I saw a camp over that way, and it may be that the captain is a prisoner there. I could not get in after sunset, but I will go over there to-morrow and see if I can find him and let you know." "Do so, Reuben. I will send out more parties to-morrow and scour the country in search of Dick. We simply can't get on without him, and that is all there is about it." "No, I don't suppose you can. Well, we will do all there is to be done, for the Liberty Boys have helped us a lot, and we are ready to do all we can fo.r rou. All the patriots in the neighborhood will Join in the search, for they know what a good patriot he is and how much he has done for u s all." Reuben went away shortly, and the boys kept up their vigil, hoping that Dick would return during the night, and yet fe'eling that he would not. In the morning as they were at breakfast, two young ladies rode unexpectedly into the camp and Bob went forward to meet them. They were his sister Ali c e, Dick's -sweetheart, and Edith his own sweetheart, and Dick's sister. ' "Why, what is the matter, Bob?'' Alice a s ked . "You look as glum as-has anything happe'ned to Dick?" turning suddenly pale. "Yes, he has disappeared, and we do not know where to look for him. You have come to a sad camp, girls." "But, Bob, how long is it since brother disap peared?" asked Edith. "He went away yesterday morning and has not returned. We did not begin to worry about him till noon, and then we spent the time till dar.k looking for him. Come in, you can't stay standing here. You have come down to see us, I suppose? Well, I wish you hadn't." "Tell us all about it, Bob," -said Alice. "There are enemies in the neighborhood? PerhapR Dick is a prisoner. " "We think he may be, and some of the boys are going to the enemy's camp this morning. There are Hessians and cowboys, Rangers, Loyalists and a little of everything." Bob told the girls, briefly, what they had done, . , --


I ' 8 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DESPAIR and added that they were going to keep up the -... search that day, Alice answering: "We are going to stay here till Dick is and, if necessary, take part in the search for him.:'1 "But, sis, you can't do that," said Bob. "You 1ay stay here a s long as you like , and we shall glad to have you, only you won't find it a '1eerful place by any means, and we won't be ere very much; that is, I will not while Dick is missing, but as for doing anything--" "Well, we'll see about that part of it," replied Alice. "We will have to rest now, of course, as we have come some distance. Patsy, will you give us some coffee and something to eat? Not much." " Oi'll give ye all ye can ate," Patsy, but it do be a doleful place ye've come to, with the captain the dear only knows where, do ye moind ?" Dick and Bob lived close together, about halfway between Tarrytown and White Plains, and the girls had ridden up to see them at the camp, having no idea what they would hear when they 11.nived. . "You don't mind our runnin"' away?" said Bob. "I shall send mcst of the boys out in different directi on s to look for Dick, and I am going myself as soon as I get them started." "I know you could never stay quiet in the c amp as long as brothe'l was missing," said Edith. "We will stay here till y ou return." "That i s, we may," said Alice, positively "We cannot promise anything. Don't you s uppo se I am as anxious to do something for Dick as you are, Bob Estabrook?" "I k now y ou are, sis," Bob replied, "but girls cannot do what boys can, and--" "No, but they can do what girls can, and girls can help the bo ys a lot sometimes, in their own way, so y ou may as well let us do it. I am not going to promise anything.'' "But you won't worry Bob, will you, Alice?" asked Edith. "He is very fond of brother, and if--" . "So am I, dear," said Alice, "and if there is anything I can do for Dick I am going to do it, no matter what brother Bob says, and he won't be worried any more than I am, I can tel! you thing in different directions with instructions to search carefully and leave no clew unfoll owed, and then, when the greater pa1t of the boys were out he left the camp with Ben, Sam, Harry, Paul, Phil Waters and half a dozen more, goingin the direction e>f the Croton River. • 1rhere are cowboys up there, boys," he declared, "and these fellows may )iave captured Dick instead of the redcoats. They are down on us and wo uld do anything to hurt the Liberty Boys, the thing they could do being to run off Did: Slater." "Yes, that is so, Bob," replied Ben. "We know some of these rascals, and we know how much they like Dick. We had bette1 try to locate some whom we know, as they would be more likely to work against Dick." "That's a fine idea, Ben," replied Bob "and we'll do it. There are se>me of the very fellows up around the Croton, and we will look for them first of all." , The boys rode at a good pace, seeing nothing of the redce>ats, nor of any one else for some time. They went on till they reached the i iver and then dismounting, began to look along si10re Bob knowing some of the haunts where the had hidden themselves in times past. Bob, Ben, Harry and Paul were together, looking along shore. Bob hunting for a hole in the bank, which he thought was s omewhere about the other going in other directions , but not far' away. On the shore near a high bank where Bob thought the ho le might be he saw a broken boat, ha!:( full of water and sand, a broken oar lying near it but out of water. ' "It should be near here/' said Bob. . The boys laid down their muskets and began te> search near the bank. "I am pretty sure it's along here somewhere " said Bob. "Hallo! what is this?" with a start!in'g cry. All at once the boys made a grea t discovery . Bob found Dick's coat half buried in the sand. Then Harry held up a broken sw ord and a hat. "They are Dick's!" cried Paul. "But where is Dick?" a sked Bob. "We ought to find the cowboys' haunt," mut.. tered Ben. Bob shouted for the other boys to come up, and showed them what l1ad been found. "He can't have been drowned?" asked Sam. "No, there has been a fight you can see that " dclared Phil.. "The broken oi/.r, the sword, torn coat, al! show that." "There are no tracks in the sand," spoke up Will, "but I suppose they would have been obliterated by this time, what with the wind and rain and the action of the water." "There has been a fight, no doubt," added Bob "and Dick has been e>verpowered and taken away' the things being left here. They were in a hurry : beyond a doubt." "Then they won't be in the haunt even if we find it," observed Phil. ' "Maybe not. We don't know how long ago the fight took place. It must have been yesterday some time.'' "Let us look farther," suggested Ben. "There's no harm in that," Bob replied. "We say it was cowboy s , bu t we don't know. If Dick lost his hat and coat, his assailants must have lost something as well." "So they would," assented all the boys. Then they began to search in the bushes along shore and even under the broken boat. Ben suddenly discovered the hat of a Hessian under the boat, and at the same time Sam picked up a double-barreled shotgun from a clump of rank grass. Then Will found a coarse, round, woole n hat, Bob dug up a pistol from the sand and Paul and Phil came simultaneously upon a coat suc h as the cowboys generally wore. "Hessians and cowboys!" muttered Bob . "That's a puzzler."


THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DESPAIR CHAPTER V.-Still T1:ying to Fmd Dick. The finding of things worn by both Hessians and cowbo y s was indeed a puzzler, a s Bob had said, for the two did not usually associate together. "They have come upon Dick by accident, " sug gested Sam. "Dick has been having a tuss le with the He'ssians, and the cowboys have come up, or the reverse, and he has had to figbt both." "But the boat?" asked Will. "Dick would not be in a boat, nor would the cowboys, usually, and I don't think the Hessians would be, either." "The boat may have been here," declared Bob, "and Dick, finding himself cornered, thought he might escape that way. Then there has been a fight , and here are the evidences of it." "Yes, some fellow has had a bad crack on the head by the look of that oar," muttered Paul. "Let us look further, bo ys, " said Bob. "We must find the hiding-place of these' fellows, and mayb e that will tell us something." The bo"s then began to look among the bushes and along the high bank where Bob thought the place was. "At any rate, we have' come upon a clew, the first we have had," mutered Ben, "and that is 1omething." "Yes; for we can take up the trail from here," resumed Sam, "even if it is a bit old." "The Liberty Boys have followed trails as old as this," remarked Phil, "and followed them suc cessfully, and this one ought not to discourage us." "It .won't," declared Bob, positively. "If we could have found this yesterday it would have saved us a lot of trouble and many sad hearts, but that doesn't matter. We have found it, and we must follow it up." Suddenly Will uttered a shout, and the boys ran toward him. "Here it is I" he cried. "There is a big hole in the ground, but I came upon it entirely by accident. I was looking somewhere else and saw a rabbit track, which I followed , never thinking it would lead to this hole." There was a considerable hole in the ground, leading down at a gentle slope and high enough for the boys to walk upright, the entrance being concealed by bushes, which were easily thrust aside. As they went on they saw that the place was reasonably light, and Bob said that he remembered a hole in the top of the bank by which the den was lighted and .which let in fresh air. At the distance of about1thirty feet they came to a circular opening lighted from above, and here there were old clothes, rubbish of all sorts, a broken table, an old, useless musket, the remains of a fire and matted hay and straw, whe're the men had evidently slept. "Is way out, Bob?" a s ked Ben. "I think there is. Dick and I found this place a year or so ago, and I am inclined to think that there is another way out. That may help us, so auppose we look for it." The boys looked about them and presently found a passage leading out of the }lole and in a different direction from that by which they had entered. They followed it, groping in the dark part of the way, but at length came but into l>uahes and an open wood not far from the road. Here they found evidences of a struggle, the bu sh e s being broken and the ground showing many fo6tprints, the grass trampled, trwigs snapped and branches broken, an empty pistol here and a shattered musket there, one or two Hessian hats be'ing found in the bu shes . "'.l'he fight started here," said Bob, in a decided tone. "Then Dick, knowinf" the cave of the cow boys, dashed through it und the fight was continuecf on the other side." . "But where did they take him after they had gotten the best of him?" asked S11m. "Look around, " replied Bob. "They may have come through here again and taken the road." At the edge of the road, which was one not often used, the found Major's tracks going one way and a number of tra cks going in the opposite direction. "Well, all we can do is to follow these tracks," muttered Bob. "Water leav es no trail, and we don't know if there w a s another boat in which they could have carried off Dick or not. There were cowboys in the affair, and we must follow them." Then Bob shouted to the bo ys who were left with the horses to bring them up, these being at some little distance. When they came up, Bob asked them if they had noticed Major's tracks in the road as they had come along. "Yes, we saw a few of them, " replied Lishe Green, "and thought it was odd. Then tnere were a lot of other tracks, and we didn't see his again." "The c owboys have been over the road and effaced them, I suppose," Bob said. "Well, come on, we will go this way. There is a bridge farther on, and they have probably gone over it." The boys went on till they reached the bridge and the'll crossed over, but they had not gone far on the other side before Bb suddenly halted and said, quickly: "I'm afraid we'll have to go back again, boYL We are in an enemy's country here, and I believe the're are some of them about." "Cowboys?" asked Ben, quickly. "No, Loyalists; maybe redcoats as well. I saw the flash of a scarlet uniform, as I thought, through the window of the tavern yonder. Delancey's men wear some scarlet." The tavern was at a little distance, but the light shone on the front windows, and the boys could see plainly into the place. "Yes, I see them myself," spoke up Harry. "There are redcoats and Rangers there and some Loyalists. Hallo!" The exclamation was caused by the sudden appearance of a number of redcoats and Rangers at the door of the tavern, and in a moment a boy appeared, leading a number of horses. "There they are!" said Bob. "Come on, boys; let's give them a start and make them think there are a lot of U!S, and so start them to running." The boys at once dashed ahead, shouting and Bob waving his sword and shouting: "Come on, Liberty Boys, down with the redcoats and refugees! Give it to the rascals!" "Liberty forever! Down with them!" roared the boys, and on they went in a cloud of dust and making noise e'llough for three times their number. The redcoats and Rangers took the aldrm at once, evidently thinking there was a large parfy


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DESPAIR of the bo y s and, springing into their saddles, set off up t he road at a gallop . The b .e>ys pursue d them a s far as the tavern, anys went on again, but with eaution, and at length saw a detachment of the enemy coming o.n, there being more of them than at first. Then Ren looked across-country where there was anpther road, and sai back and look for Dick again." They kept on, therefore, halting at a bend in the road where there were thick trees, and watching the way the enemy took. They followed the detachment which had fied from Bob and his boys and were at length out of sight. "We will go back," boys," said Bob. "If there are cowboys over there we will try and find out if Dick is with them, and if so, get him away." , "Mark took his boys over to the Hudson to look in the camp there," re"II).arked Phil, "and Reuben was going to look there, too. I am afraid that they will both be disappointed, since Dick is over here." "Wedo not know for sure that he is, Phil," quietly. "He was, but that was yesterday, and we don't know what might have happened in the interim. However, we will try to complete the clews we have found." They rode across the bridg e and as far as the tavern without seeing anything of any enemies, and then halted, Bob going into the tavern to make some iquiries. As he entered he saw Reu ben Morton sitting at a t a ble n ear a windo w . "Hallo, Reuben, I thought you were over the way," he :;aid, going forward. "Why, are you here, lieutenant?" the boy asked, rising and taking Bob's hand. "I heard you, but there was a lot of redcoats here awh ile ago, and I thought they ha

THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DESPAIR 11 CHAPTER VI.-The Girls Join the Search. As Alice Estabrook had said she would, the ' girls left the camp about half an hour after Bob and his party had gone away. . "It is simply impossible for me to stay quietly in camp when I know that Dick is in troubleJ somewhere,'' declared Alice. "Bob doesn't think y;e can do much, and maybe we cannot, but I am going to do something. lt is just as likely that I will J..earn where Dick is, as that Bob or Mark will, and I am going to try, at any rate." "But what can we do?" with an accent on the "can," was Edith's distressed query. "I don't know yet, but we'll do something," was Alice's determined reply. "Where shall we go first? How are we going to set about it?" "When Dick wants any information, and doesn't know just where to seek it, I notice he always goes to a tavern," mused Alice. "But, Alice, if we two girls should go to a tav ern the first redcoat who saw us would want to kiss us." "Well, I wouldn't begrudge even a redcoat a kiss if I thought it would do Dick any good," was Alice's unexpected rejoinder. "Oh, Alice!" "Do you mean to tell me, Edith, that if Bob was in danger and you could help him by a kiss, you'd refuse it?" "But to kiss a redcoat, Alice." . "You couldn't very well kill Bob till you found him, and if it would help find hi1!1--" . "But, Alice," expostulated Edith, "there might be some other way." "I hope so, I'm sure,' Alice replied, with a smile "but I was simply showing to what lengths I am 'prepared to go in order to find Dick." "Oh!" and Edith breathed a bit easier. "I thought you really meant it." "So I do Edith, but if we don't stop talking and commence' doing something I am .afraid our chances for finding Dick will be very slim." They rode' slowly down the :road, for Alice did not care to go to the tavern, as it was not the custom for young girls to visit inns unaccom-Ranied by parents or guardians. . . "Of course, there is only one explanation, Dick is a prisoner somewhere, for he would never re main away from camp overnight without sending word, if he were not," said Alice, decidedly, after they had ridden on for a few moments. "He might have met with an accident, and we might find him somewhere around here, either dead or so badly hurt tliat he can't help himse'lf, and he sent Major to camp to summon assistance, Alice." Alice orew rein suddenly and then replied: "That's so, Edith. I'd never thought of that. We'll just search the woods around here for traces of him." 7dith's suggestion seemed plausible, and at least it was something that none of them had thought of. "Oh, deart Alice, I wish Major could only speak. How much ne might tell us." "There's no use of wishing, Edith. If wishes could do. anything, Dick would be with u s at this :very moment." They walked their hors es, Alice on one side of the road, Edith on the other, examining any possible place where Dick might lie hidden, or that might give evidence of a fall or struggle. They rode on quite a distance and then came to the top of a hill, where the trees grew quite close together. "I hope there are no enemies lurking about," said Alice, who was not the one tg expre s s fear, but the l oneliness of the ne i ghborhood, and the known pres ence of the e ne m y , made her naturally apprehensive. "Oh, I suppo s e the worst that could happen to us, Alice, would be . to meet some redcoats, who would all demand a kiss." "Oh, do stop thinking about redcoats and kisses," exclaimeq Alice, impatiently. "I I could, but I never ride out alone with you nowadays that I am not expecting them to pounce out on us at any moment. And I'm spe cially nervous in these lonely places without a habitation in--" "Yes , there's a habitation in sight( look down there," and Alice' pointed with her whip down to a little house in a hollow, so surrounded by trees that at first it was hardly seen. "Let's go down and see if they have noticed anything unusual, Alice." "It might be as well," and the two girls gave rein to their horses and trotted down the hill to the little house in the hollow. "I wonder if that isn't where Jessie and Reuben live," remarked Alice, who had heard the 'boys talking about them. "Didn't they say that they lived in a little house in the hollow, Edith?" "Shouldn't wonder if it were. Well, we can l(O down and see." It did not take them long to reach the hou&e, but before they had quite 1eached it, they saw two horses galloped out of the yard, a redcoat on each one, and seemingly one' of them holding on the saddle before him a girl, though as a shawl was thrown over her head, the two girls could not de termine who it might be. They waited an instant to see if there were any more redcoats in sight, and finding that no more appeared, they left their horses tied to a tree and proceeded on foot, carefully and noiselessly up to the house. They found the front door open and no one in sight. They crept around to the back door, and that also was open and no one in sight . . They peered through the windows and saw nobody, but in the living room saw evidence!S of a struggle, .for the cover of the centre-tabl'e was drawn off, a chair was overturned, and things seemed generally in dis order. "The woman, whoever she was, has been carried off after a decided protest," Alice said. "Let's go after her. Perhaps if Dick was really carried off it might have been by the same persons." Their conjectures were wild, but they had posi tively no clew, nor anything to go_ on. 'r.hey ran back to where they had left their horses, mount ed, and then followed after the two redcoats. Their tracks were easy to follow, for the road was seldom traveled, and as one of the horses was carrying double, the girls had no difficulty in overtaking them, despite the fact that they had spent some moments in inspecting the house the girl was carried off. The road that the abduc-


12 THE LIBERTY B O YS IN DESPAIR tors had taken led up a bill that was rough and steep, but the horses were accustomed to hard roads and the girls were experienced riders , and by the time they reached the top of the hill, the redcoats were n<>t far in advance of them. They rode on after them as closely as they dared, and presently saw them turn down a s ide lane. The girls quickened their pace in orde'r not to lose sight of them . a moment, but by the time they had reached the turn they were nowhere to be seen. "Where could they have gone?" asked Alice . "There is a little building down there, back of those trees," said Edith, who, like Dick, was very o bservant. "Yes, and I see something red down there among the trees. We'll ride down, and then hide our horses and ' go and investigate," said Alice, who always took the lead. As the girls made their way down through the woods toward the place where the house stood, they heard the sound of horses, and hiding themselves in a clump of bushes, they presently spied two redcoats cantering toward them, one of w]>r--1 wore a captain's uniform, and was a bold, sh looking man. Neither of the riders saw the i crouching behind the bushes, but rode on up L-! hill and soon di sappeared around the turn in the r<>ad. "It's fortunate for us that they went the other way or they might have discovered our horses," whispered Alice, when they were out of hearing. "Now let's se e what's in the house." Preserving their caution, they made their way to the h<>use, which was a small_ cabin, and had evifently been unoccupied for some time, for everything about the place showed disuse and desertion. They crept up to the only wind<>w on the ground floor and peered in. The1 e was a shutter to the window, but it hung by a single hin ge,_ and did not prevent a view of the interior. At first the girls could distinguishd r .othing, but they heard a muffled sound, and wl'].en their e yes became accustomed to the gloo<>m, discerned what seemed like a bundle in the corner. Alice ran around to the door, but it was securely locked, a padlock fastening the latch, which was a strong one . and n<> key in sight: "Never mind, we'll get through the window. Edith, vou are slighter than I, and you must slip through that broken window . I'll help you." "All right, just help me up," for Edith was her brother's true sister and was no coward, alth<>ugh she was in such dread of the redcoats' freely of fered salutes. It was a tight squeeze, but the two girls managed it, the one by pulling herself in thT<>ugh the opening and the other by pushing and encouragement. Once inside, it did not take l<>ng to dis cover that what had appeared to be a bigbundle in the corner, and from which the muffled sounds procee ded, was a younggirl, whose head had been tied in a shawl, her hands and feet so fastened that she could not help herself, and who had been de posited in the corner, with her back against the wall. "The brutes!" cried Edith, when she saw the condition in which the poor girl had been left. "We' ll get you out of here in a jiffy." She did not wait for explanations, but untjed the girl's hands and feet, tgok off the shawl, and then helped her to her feet, afterwa1d almost lifting her to the window where Alice stood ready to help her up, for the girl's limbs were stiff from confinement. Between them the two girls succeeded in getting Jessie through the win dow, Edith quickly f<>llowing, for there was a broken chair in the room b y which she reached the window, and then the girls made their way asquickly as they could to where their horses awaited them. As Alice had the larger horse, she took Jessie up with her, and then the girls rode as fast as they could in the direction of the house, knowing' that the two redcoats had gone the other way. "It was that Captain Browne-Jones who carried me off," said Jessi e. "He tried to kiss me once, and <>ne of the Liberty Boys knocked him down for it. Since then he has tried in every way to !ilake up to me, -and to-day when I was all alone m the house he came and carried-me off . " "But what was he going to do with you, to leave you in such a place and in such a c<>ndition?" asked Alice. "Oh, I heard him say it would not be safe to carry me off on horseback in broad daylight, and he'd either get a chaise or else wait till night," was the reply. "Well, he'll find it's not always so easy to carry off respectable pe<>ple in this country," said Alice, stoutly, and then she added, with a sigh: "But, after all, it does seem easy, for there's Dick." Just then they heard the sound of horses, and looking back say that they were being followed by redcoats. "Do you suppose they could have discovered my escape so soon?" gasped Jessie. "I don't know what they've discovered or what they think," replied Alice, "all I do know is that if they catch us it will be after a lively chase," and she spoke to her horse, wh<> darted forward, like an arrow, Edith being close behind. They heard the men call out to them to halt, but they paid no attention, keeping on as fast as their horses could carry them. A shot was fired behind them. "The wretches, to fire on defenseless girls!" exclaimed Jessi e. "Probably they did not aim at us, but just fired to frighten us," was Alice's answer. "There are horsemen in front, Alice!" cried Edith. They reined in a little, when Alice shouted, loudl y : "Bob, Bob, save us!" and the three girls dashed onward, the redcoats almost at their heeels. CHAPTER VIL-The Dandy Captain In Trouble. When the girls caught sight-of Bob and the boys coming on, they rode ahead at full speed, Jessie, who rode with. Alice, calling out: "Hurry up, lieutenant, here is Captain BrowneJones !" , "Forward, boys!" cried Bob. "I want to catch that fellow , he may know something of Dick." The boys went on at a gallop, the dandified redcoat and thehandful of men abandoning the chase when they saw the young patriots c<>ming and doingheir best .to escape. "Stay with the girls, two or three of you, " said


THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DESPAIR 13 Bob, hastily. "Co r.-c " , ::en, Sam, Paul, Harry at the :;;tate I'm in, without my hat and wig, and and Phil." P, coat all mud, not at all a proper state to meet The five bo ys Bob had me11tioned followed him any one in, much less a lot of dirty rebels, who at a gallop the others remaining with the girls, should be impressed with my dignity, by jove!" who now siacked their speed and halted. "You have a lot of it, haven"t you, Captain "I just wish the lieutenant would catch that Jores ?" ietorted Bob, with a laugh. dandy redcoat with the dozen or more names," "Browne-Jones, sir. Percy Algernon Fitx Mor-cried Jessie. "The idea of a man like that want1is Haldibert Ethelretl Walter Eustace ing to marry him! Why, it would take all my Robert Silliger Clarence--" time to remember his names." "That will do,' laughed Bob. "It is getting on "Did you learn anything about Dick, boys?" roward noon and we're hungry, and if we wait to a ske{l Alice, as Bob and his party dashed after the hear all your names we'll be hungrier yet, so alarmed redcoats. come along with us, J ones, and we'll get to the "We found his bat and coat and came upon the camp as soon as we can." evidences of a fight,'' answered Will, "but we ''Browne-Jones, I tell you, you saucy fellow!" don't know any more where he is than we did be-sputtered the prisoner. "The Brownes are Eng fore. We have been having lively times this l'.::h and the Joneses are Welsh, and--" morning." 1 "The two never would . unite," laughed Bob, "Tell us all about it, Will," said Alice, eagerly. "and so you have to put them separate, I see. Meantime, Bob and the were giving hot You lost the Browne in the tree, so now you'll chase to the redcoats, determined to catch the have to get along with the Jones alone. Got his captain, if no moTe . One redcoat's horse stum-pistols, boys?" bled and threw him into the ditch, going on with"You are a lot of saucy young rebels, I tell out him, the boys never bothering with him, Paul you," sputtered the captain, "and I shawn't go simply looking over his shoulder and seeing the with you till you show me more respect. I am a m a n pulling himself out. Another darted down captain in his , majesty's service, and --" a little lane and quickly disappeared, the boys Bob made a sudden signal to the boys, and in a allowing him to escape. Another's horse fell and moment Ben had one leg, and Sam another, while threw his rider over the fence and into a patch Harry and Phil had his shoulders, and so they of brambles, the captain riding on at full speed went on, carrying him out of the lane and back to and doing hi s best to escape. where the girls and tP,e rest of the bo ys were "That's the fellow we want," shouted Bob. waiting for them near the lane. "Unless drops his dozen or more in,,the "We've got him," Bob, "and now we'll road to tnp us up, we ought to get him, too. see what he knows of Dick, for I fancy he may Bob's bay Ben's roan Harry's sorrel and know something." Sam's were all li'etter horses than the "Not very much," laughed Jessie, "or he'd captain's, and the boys gained upon J:im rapidly. that no goi1'.g to be in t_his Realizing him danger, the redcoat whipped out a fashion. Why, its JUSt like a canmbal, carrymg pistol from his holsters, and, turning quickly in a girl away whether she will or not." his saddle fired at Bob. The shot was well aim-Bob motioned to set the redcoat on his feet, ed but ducked, and the shot went over his which they did, the catpain looking very indig and struck a tree at a bend in the road. nant, and at the same time decidedly crestfallen, Then Bob fired, wishing to disconcert the fellow for Jesssie laughed again and said: more than to injure him, carrying off his hat and "Jack Warren ought to be here. He would enwig with one shot. jo y this very much." "Surrender you thnudering redcoat or I'll "You know us, Jones," said Bob. "We are some carry your away in a minute!" Bob. the Liberty Boys. You are in with the. Hes-The boys laughed, the captain being quite bald, sians and cowb oys and a lot of disreputable fel. although not over twenty-five years of age, the lows, and you must know where our captain, Dick loss of l;lis wig making him look ridiculous in the Slater, has been taken. Where i s he?" . extreme. On he went, presently darting down a The redcoat flushed and said, angrily: narrow, well-shaded lane, where he hoped to es"I :Vill not tell you, sir. You not treated cape from his too persistent pursuers. He had me with proper respect, and until you do I shall not reckoned upon one of the trees that shaded have nothing to say to you." the lane, however, and it proved his downfall. "Well, we'll see about that, but won't bother One of its branches overhung the lane at a height with you now. Take him up on your horse Ben too low to admit of his going under safely. The and we will go back to the Morton and horse got under without trouble, but the branch leave Jess ie, after which we will go back to camp." the captain unde: the out The captain was put on . Ben's horse, and they of his sadcle and le'ft him hanging m the air, as all set off together for the house, Sam riding dou Bob , Ben and Sam darted down the lane. He ble with Harry, so that Jessie could have his tried tv climb into the tree,. but the branch broke chestnut. At the house they borrow ed a horse for anc'. let Mm down s uddenl y , fiat on his back. The the captain, and -went on with all speed to the bo ys halted, Sam, Ben and Harry dismounting and camp, which they reached some time after noon. aunound;ng the unfortunate captain. Mark and, his boys and the other parties had ar"You ought to have known better than to try rived shortly before that time with no news of to get away from us, captain," laughed Bob. Dick, except that he-was not in the British camp, "There are no better mounted fellows anywhere Reuben's message having been received by Mark. than the Liberty Boys." The prisoner was put under a strong guard and "You're a lot of saucy young rebels, sir!" mut-then Bob told the boys \\hat he had learned' con tered the captain, as he picked himself up. "Look cerning Dick, all being greatly interested.


/' THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DESPAIR "Well, that is something, at any rate,'' declared Mark. "We simply found out that he was not where we thought he might be." "Still, we have not learned much," muttered Bob. "It is better than nothing, of course, and we'll set to work this afternoon and see if we cannot learn more." The boys had their and then Bob sent for the redcoat captain and said, gravely: "Captain Browne-Jones, if you know anything about Dick Slater you had better tell it. We arEI not well dis,Posed toward you redcoats, who consort with cowboys, Hessians and all the riff-raff of the s ervice. You tried to abduct a young lady, and there is severe penalty attached to that, as you may know. Where is Di,ck\Slater?" "I don't know, leftenant, 'pon me word I don't,'' said the captain, giving the affected pronunciation in vogue at that time. "I was not there at the time, I only heard of it." . "He was attacked by Hessians and cowboys ever in a s ecluded spot on the Croton. We saw e v idences of it." "Yes, and fought like a tiger, I believe, broke' his s w ord, and then smashed an oar over a Hes• sian's head. Hard-headed fellows they are, any how." "You heard this, y ou say? You were not p resent?" and Bob looked the redcoat full in the face. "No, I was not there, leftenant, 'pon honor I wasn't. I heard some of the fellows talking sibout i t . They said that the young rebel fought most bravely." "He would not do anything else, but we are not r e bels, we are patriot, don't forget that. Who t o ok him away after the .fight?" "I didn't hear them say. There were some of our men there, but he wasn't brought to our camp." Bob saw that the redcoat captain seemed to be telling the truth, and said, shortly: "Well, I thought I rould get something out of you, but I hoped it would be more. You were d i sposed to be uppish. with me, but let me tell you that that sort of conduct is not relished by us. We are thoroughly in earnest and will stand no nonsense. We are boys, but we have men's hearts, and have gone into this cause with the .determination to remain in it until it is victorious and the independence of our country is acknowl edged by all the world." The captain did not make any reply, but he did not put on the manner of superiority that he had assumed earlier in the day, being quite impressed with the determination of the Liberty Boys. "The captain can tell us very little beyond what we know ourselves, Mark," said Bob, calling in the young second lieutenant, "and we shall have to continue our search. I think, myself, that the cowboys went away with Dick, but where they are I don't know. have gone from their old haunts, and we may have to follow them and learn where they have gone. I will take out a party of the boys in disguise so, that we can get closer t.o the scoundrels, and think you had better search in other directions. We have got t.o find Dick, and that is all there is about it." "And what about the redcoat, Bob?" asked Mark. "Oh we ahall have to turn him over to Gen. era! Scott. We don't want him, but we c nnot let him g o." "He is an important prisoner, Bob. Thos e papers of his showed that he had a serious affair in hand, for all that he is so identified and s:> affected in his manner." "Yes, that is an important matter, and W"!. will get after those marauders and punish them. I only wish that Dick was here to lead us." "So do I," hearti ly, "but, if necessary, we mu::;t fight them without him, Bob." "Yes, we may h ave to do so, Mark." When Bob was ready to set out again, he sent for Patsy and Carl and said: "I am going to send you two boys to the general's, with the prisoner. Don't lose him and don't get into trouble. It is not many miles from here, and you can go in the cart and return with some supplies for the camp.' "All roight, liftinant, we'll take good care of um," and the two comical fellows went away. to rig up the cart and get ready for their journey . Patsy drove and Carl sat in the bottom of the cart, guarding the prisoner, who was greatly chagrined at being conveyed in this fashion. They had gone some little distance when they came to a very rough road with a ditch on one side of it, the cart rocking like a ship in a storm. Carl suddenly fell on his back, and the redcoat at once leaped to his feet and sprang out. Car l gave a yell and Patsy looked around, seeing the redcoat go suddenly flying over the side of the cart. He caught his foot on the edge of the ca r t and went h ead-first into the ditch in an instant . Patsy and Carl were out of the cart in a moment and running to the rescue of the captain. "Sure, he's not so bad, he's in only up to his knees," said Patsy. . "Ya, but mein chiminies, he was in headt first!" cried Carl. "SurE! that wor a stupid way to do things" muttered Patsy, "but ye cudn't expect anny• thing betther nor that from a redcoat Gooky spiller." ' They fished the man out, half drowned and very humbJ.e and disgusted, and had no more trouble with him the rest of the way. "SUre, it' s a foine-lookin' felly we'll be takin' to the gineral," laughed Patsy, "an' if wl! didn't say so, there'd be n<> .tellin' him a red c-0at, a Hessian, a cowboy or a fish , an' begorry Oi'm thinkin' that the gineral will be takin' him for that entirely." "What sort of fishes he was, Batsy?" asked Carl, with a grin. "Sure he do be a fiat-fish, if his feeli n ' s an' looks go for annything at all, me b y e, " retorted the jolly fellow. CHAPTER VIII.-Bob's Varied Adventur es. When Bob was ready to leave the camp, w i t h Ben, Sam, Harry and Phil all in disguis e, he sai to Alice: "I h ope you girls won't go to leaving the c amp while w e are gone. There are enemie s a ll about and no one kr.ows wh_at may happen. You got info trouble this morning." "No, but the redcoats did," said Alice, "and you learned something froip him, Bob.''


• THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DESPAIR 15 "Well, yes, but not much. Still, I would rather that yo u wouldn't go away." "V/ e won't, Bob, Alice replied, "but do try and get Dick," in an earnest tone. • "I will, sis, but is it only a venture tliat we are going on, and it .may not amount to any thing. H-0wever, we will c!o all we can, and if we don't find Dick some of the boys may." Going on, Bob met Rufe Morton, the boy fail ing tQ recognize him in his disguise. "I wonder what he iR doing out here?" thought Bob, as he saw the boy come riding along on a horse_ with an English saddle. "He may live around here somewhere. " The boy looked at Bob carelessly and the young lieutenant asked: "Do you know where Peletiah Snodgrass Jives? • He keeps a tavern in this neighborhood some-where, I believe." ; "Yes, he li ves along this road. Do you know him?" "No, but I am going there to get a job." "H'm! he's an old scoundrel. I don't believe he's a Quaker at all, but only pretends to be." "He's a rebel, ain't he?" asked Bob. , "He's a rebel to rebels and a Tory to Tories, that's what he is," muttered the other. "Are you a rebel yourself?" suspiciously. "No, -0f course not," for the Liberty Boys never called themselves rebels, being patriots. "You ain't neither, are you?" "No, I ain't!" with a snarl. "I'd l i ke to get, hold of Dick Slater and hang him, that's what I'd like to do!" "Did y ou hear that he was missing?" asked Bob, carelessly. "Yes,, but I don't know where he is. I wish I d id." "Maybe you'd make the Liberty Boys pay you for telling them where he is, is that it?" Bob asked. "Yes, I would. I. know he's missing, don't know where he is. The cowboys to ok him. "Thev did eh?" and Bob reached suddenly forward and caught the b oy by the throat. "Where did they take him, you spying villain?" "Let g-0 of me!" gasped the boy, trying to get a wav. "I don't know anything about it. Who are you, anyhow.?" Then the boy's saddle-girth suddenly broke and let him down, Bob losing bis grip on him. He was up in a moment, dashing across the road and into tha woods, and Bob went on, the horse running a short distance and then stopping. "I don't know that he knows very much," thought Bob. "His offer to show the boys where D ick was a prisoner was simply a subterfuge so that he could get hold of them. It wa5 the same with Reuben. He knows that D ick was captured, but that is all." Then he rode on and at length reached the meeting-place, where the rest of the boys were already gathered. "T had a little delay and that made me late," h e said. "I saw Hank Jones anc! Reuben Morton, an d had talks with them." "Not together, Bob?" exclaimed Ben, in great astonishment. "No, not together, althought Rufe is rascal enough to associate with Hank J ones. I met t hf'm separately," and Bob told what had hap pened . "We went to Peletiah's tavern,'' added Harry, "thinking we might find out something, but we didn't. We had some bread and chee se and a mug of buttermilk, but !fid not learn a;.ything, although there were some suspic i -0us-looking fel lows in the place. They loo k ed like wwboys. " "That fellow is a humbug," declared Sam. "I don't believe he is a Quaker any more than I am, although he has got the plain talk pretty pat." "So has Dick and so have some o f us," laughed Bob, "so tha t is nothing. Still, the fellow is a rascal, all the same, and if he has cowboy s in his tavern, we may have to inve stigate him. It might be as well to follow up these s u spic ious looking fellows that you spoke of seeing there, for they may be cowb-0ys--" "And before we know it they may be running off with you," interrupted Ben . "There'll be some pretty lively scratching first," quietly . "But I don't think they'll concern themselves about me so long as they've got Dick." "But we d on't know that they have got Dick," said Sam. "That's just the tr-0uble," sighed Bob, "if we only knew more we might be doing something worth while." It was finally decided that Bob should go on to the tavern alone, as he had told Rufe Morton, apparently, to look for a job : the other four boys to. follow after, but to keep out of sight, altho11gh within hearing. Bob did not go in to the taproom, but stood hanging around inside , and when one of the stable men inquired his business, re plied that he was waiting to see the master, who perhaps might give him a job. "What can you do? Know anything about horses ? We're short of stable boys just n-0w, and you might get a chance." "That so? Then I'm in luck, for I've alway.3 w01ked around with hosees," was Bob's r eply. "Well, get busy, then, and see what you can do. There's half dozen horses in there What's got to be groomed and fed, and I want to get my dinner." "All right, I'll just show what I can do," was Bob's reply, going toward the stable door. "This'll give me an excuse for hanging around a _bit, at least," he said to himself, "and I'll use my eyes and ears as well as my hands." He began rubbing down one of the horses, and . while he was working a man, who was not one of the men employed about the place, came out and looked on. "Say," he said, hurry up on that job. \Ve've got a long ride before us and must be getting off." "Hosses got to be fed ye t ," was Bob's reply . "What, neither rubbed down nor fed? 'l'his is a pretty sort of a place, indeed. What have you been doin g all this time?" "Dunno. Just got here lookin' for a job, and they give me this. But I'lf feed 'em and 'em down at the same time, and you can get off pretty quick now." . "All right. Step livel y now, the qu icke r t he better, and perhaps there'll be a sh illin g for y ou." " Thank'ee, sir,." and Bob bu s tled a ro unil with a g r eat show of energy.


• 16 . THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DESPAIR "Where might yer say you're go in'?" he asked. "I didn't S.!lY where w e are going, lunkhead." "Oh, thought mebb y you did. Folks is generally goin' somewhere, particular when they'a in a hurry." "Well, we're going s omewhere particular," g11owled the man, "and we got to be on the road pretty soon if we want to arrive before dark." "These seem quite likely critters," remarked Bob, judicially, as he applied the currycomb. "Oh, they're nothing to barg of. There was a horse that got away from us that I'd give a pretty penny for, a black, and as speedy as the wind." Bob was all attention. "Why didn't you get him, then? Most people's ready to sell if they can get their price." -"This black wasn't for sale," and then he stop ped abruptly and walked away. "Could tliat black be Major ? " was Bob's swift thought. "I wish he'd stayed a momen t or t w o longer." When the horses hM finished eating, Bob sad dled them and led theih out into the yard, hoping that the same man would appear. His wish was g ratified, for the man came out, looked the hors es carefully over to see that they were properly s addled, tossed Bob a shilling and then m

THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DESPAIR 1 7 men, each of whom was riding close beside the wagon. Bob would not fire, for he felt he had no right to risk taking life on the mere suspicion that the inanimate bundle in the wagon was their be loved commander, as they had no reaS-Onable certainty that it were he; in that case, he would not have hesitated at disabling, even killing all three men in order to save Dick's life . . Once in the narrow part of the road, the men in advance -wheeled their horses and sat each with a pistol in his hand, blocking the passage of the boys. "Shan't we fir e, Bob?" asked Harry while Phil looked an eager request. "Not yet." "Wbat are you . boys following us for?" de manded one of the men his pistol leveled at them. "What have you in your wagon?" asked Bob. "What is that to you?" _ "Ever ything if it is what we suspect." "Wbat is it you suspect?" "Let us see what you have in the back of your wagon that alone will satisfy us." "Then you will have to go unsatisfied, for what is in the bottom of the wagon concerns us and is none of your business." The boys were at a disadvantage, and Bob knew it. Simply to exchange fire was not going to help Dick,. unless they should kill or disable the three men, which was not any more probable than that they thems elves sho uld meet the same . "Whether it is our bu siness or not, w e mean to find out," cried Bob. "We will follow you as far as you go." "Follow, then," was the reply, and with that the men turned and the wagon and they pro ceeded on the way at a scarcely le ss rapid pace than before. The afternoon was wearing on, and unless they overtook the boys in advance they seemed as far away as ever from solving the mystery of the bundle in the wagon. "We'll have to keep on chasing them," said Bob. "There's no use in going back now, even if they do kno w we are after them." "Something may happen to the wagon, if they keep. going on at that rate," Phil said, after awhile . "Those wheels seem to be getting pretty wobbly." . "Then will be our chance." . Scarcely were the words out of' Bob's mouth before the wagon gave a lurch, for a forward wheel had come off, throwing the wagon on the horse, who gave a le a p forward and then began to run, the wagon bumping behind him, the man on the seat sawing at the reins and yell 'ing, "Whoa!" at the top of his lungs and at every step, the men on ho1seback spurring forward, trying to reach the runaway's bridle. In a few moments the horse broke loose, and left the wagon with its burden in the middle of the road, but the three men were with it, and in a moment had blocked the passage of the boys by turning their horses sideways across the road, they hiding behind them, while the man in the wagon crouched in front of the seat and the boys cou ld s ee the gleam of three musket barrels pointing their way. Bob was at a loss to know just what to do, it aeemed farcical for them to be facing one another in the road, and neither side doing any-thing. If the m e n wiShed, they could shoot the boys d9wn, and that that was their intention was evidenced by the almost simultaneous discharge of three guns. Fortunately, the boys had not re mained standing s till, but had kept their horses in constant motion in anticipation of some such move on the part of the others. "Take to the woods, boys,'' said Bob. "You . two go to the right, and I will take the left, and then we can prevent any move on thefr/.part, but first we will make a feint of riding back the way we came." "As the boys gave rein to their hors es and rode off, they were followed by a derisive y el l from the others, who fired after them, one bulle t grazing the hide of Bob's horse. When they had gone a short distance back, but for enough be yond the bend in the r-0ad to be out .of sight, they took to the woods ' on both sides of the road, but keepin g out of sight of the party they had left guarding the wagon and itS contents. The men were evidently consulting together, not knowing exactly what to do. Neither did Bob know just what to do, but he wished that he had not sent the other boys ahead, although he had done . s o , in case they learned nothing from the men he was foll-0wing. At lenght he decided to sen d one of the boys ahead to see if he could not over take the others, and turned to go back, when he took another look at the wagon, and something in the attitude of the man who had driven and was crouching down behind the seat struck him as unnatural. He took a second look, and then . excl aim ed, disgustedly, to himself. "What a fool I was to be deceived that jacket and hat and gun. The man has left those things in po sition and has probably gone after his horse, and then w ill go after those 'who have gt0ne on ahead, and all the while expecting us to be kept at bay by two men and. a hat and jacket." He signaled to the boys by one of their code of signals of natural sounds to make an attack and he himself charged down su ddenl y on the horseman nearest him, while the two bo:?s a s rapidly responded from the opposite side, and before the two cowboys had a time to blink they found themselves each looking into the muzzle of a: gun, while Phil rushed to the wagon and threw off the blanket that cover ed the recumbent forin of what appeared to be a dead or sleeping man. Phil had thrown back the blanket and r e vealed another covering, that seemed to be wra'!i ped around the from, and was about to attack that when there came the sounds of horses a n d shouting. "The other were nearer than we thought," was Bob's exclamation, while a look of relief passed over the faces of the two men covered by the guns. On came the horses, and in a moment three or four cowboys appeared, brandishing their p is tols, reserving their fire till they were near enough to strike. The three boys fired sirnultaneouslv at the oncoming cowboys while the two men who had been at the mercy of the boys, fired straight at them but fortunately their aim was not 1 rn od, and none of the boys was hurt, though Bob got a hole through his hat a nd Phil through his r:oal sleeve, just grazing the skin on hi s arm. On came the c owboys, making a lou d noi 3 e , s o louJ, indeed, that they fai!ed to hear the beat of h oof s


L IB E RTY BO Y S IN D E SPAIR behind them, and almr:st before one cf them had time to realize anything-, Ben and Sam c:ame be-ar down on the cowboys w ith din enough for half a doze n me n , and with the three boys o n one side and the two on the othe!", the cowboys we'i'e hemmed in by what they thought to be a much superior numb er, and they faded away into t he v 1 oods at the side of the road even quicker 1 han they had fir s t appeared. Hardly waiting for the djsappearance of their horses' tails, Bob and t he other boys were tearing a'"ay at the cover in,!l of the inert figure in the botto m of the agon and unwrapped another blanke-t, to find insid e a hands ome pair of si lk red curtains, and on opening these , discovered what they had taken to be a human form was a bro .nze figure, almost a s tall as a man and evidentiy of great value. from the exquisite work and finene s s of the metal. F ive disgusted boys. looked at one another, and then Bob said, almost with a groan: "And to think we have wasted all this precious time over this junk and a lot of common thieves . " "What shall we do with it, Bob?" asked Sam. "Nothing. It's no concern of ours , fo r we have no idea where they stole it, and we've go t more serious work on hand than to play police and restore stol en property." "l wonder why the party divided?" said Harry. "After m ore loot, I suppose." The boys lost no time in returning to camp, although it was .lDng after Qark before they r"!a ched it. CHAPTER X.,.-What the Girls Did . The next morning the Liberty Boys, almost at their wit's end, resolved to continue the search for Dick, although they scarcely knew which way t o turn. "The cowboys don't see m to h ave him, and the redcoats and Hessians have not," dec!ared Bob, "and the question is, who has? The cowboys took him but what did thev do with him? It is t.1.e stran'gest disappearance I ever h eard of. " "Perhaps we might find him, Bob," said Alice. "! wish you might, sis, but I don't see how you are going to when we cannot, and we are boys . Of c ourse, I know you are anxi<>us and so we are all, in fact, but what can you do?" "! don't know yet, Bob," replied Alice, in a quiet tone. "Girls can do something-, even if it is not the same as boy s . The Liberty Boys have bee n helped by girJ.s more than once . " "! know they have, and we are grateful for th e help we have received from them. Well, do what you can , bot h of you, but don't go to ;;etting into any trouble. Hadn't you better take s ome of the boys along?" "No, I think not. I d on't know what we will d o yet, Bob. I shall have to think it over.'' "All right," murmured Bo . b, carelessly, hi;; mind being on other matters. "Do what you can, s i s. I'm sure I'd b e g lad enough if y o u c ould d o :::omethin,g t o end this dreadful suspense. " Bob sent out the boys in all directions, only a few being left in the camp, and finally went away himself with Mark and o ne or two others. "It would be strange if the girls found Dick, after all, Mark," he sai d , as he a n d the young sece n d lieutenant r o d e on t ogethe r . -"l cJon'i know that i t would, Bob," thoughtfuJl y. "They al'e just as much interested as we a r e and as ready to do something:" " Yes, I know that. Well, I hope they will, for we d-0 not seem to be able to do anything so . far. " "If we had any cles we might follow them up," rejoined Mark , "but t11ose we get prove t o be none." "Patsy might have said that," replied Bob, smiling. "Yes, it does seem as if whenever we thought we had something to go on we met with disappointment." Meantime, the two girls in the camp were gl'eatly distressed, and at last Alice said: "I don't know whether we can do anything or not, Edith, but I cannot stay here doing nothing. I am going out for a ride, at all events and perhaps we can something at the .same time.''. "It will do u s good to be out in the air, Alice," Dick's sister replied, "for we c a n do nothing here and we may hear something of brother while we are out." "Even if we do not, it will be healthier for us to be out, my dear. We are used to the -0pen air and to plenty of exercise, and it will do no good to remain here idle . " They went on at a gaUop, the ail: and the exercise making them feel spirited and not out of sorts as they had been, and in a few minutes they felt the change greatly. They rode on without halting until they came in sight of a tavern well on toward the river when Alice drew rein and said: "That place is kept b y a hard-headed, hardfisted fellow, named Peletiah Snodgrass, a Quaker, they say, but others say that he is not, although a:ll agree that he is a hard man to deal with and that he will get all there is for him out of a bargain and leave very little for any one el se . We might feed our hors es there, but he would probably charge u s the price of the horse, seeing we a couple of girls. " "We do not need to feed them now, Alice," said Edith, as the girls went on slowly. "They can stand going without anything for some hours yet, I think. " "Yes, but it would not hurt to give them a drink, and we might rest ours elve s a bit. The air is pleasant, but it is warm, and I begin to feel it after our ride. We must have com e miles." They went on slowly and at length were at the inn, where they could see a number of men inside, eating and drinking and smoking log pipes. No one paid any attention to them, and they halted, Alice looking about her carelessly, her eyes presently lighting upon a bit of sod a few yards from the house, where there was a little hollow in the earth. Why she did it she did not know, but she suddenl y found her eyes fastened upon that bit of sod, which had an ubexplainable fascinatio n for her, so much so that she could not seem to keep her eyes off it. "What are looking at, .Alice?" asked Edith, noticing that her companion's eyes were fixed upon something. "That bit of green sod, yonder, I do not knowwhy, my dear, it is movin g-can't y o u see it? What makes it?" "There may be a mole under it, Alice," replied Edith. "Tho s e little cre atures l!'o a nitA clo se to


THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DESPAIR 19 the surface wmetimes, so that you can see the ears move and--" "That is ne>t a mole, Edith!'' cried Alice, suddenly dismounting. Then she went forward as Peletiah Snodgress looked out of a window at the side of the house. All at once, as Alice advanced, the earth seemed to give way for the space' of two or three feet, and then a head and shoulders pre>truded from a hole in the ground. Alice could carcely believe her eyes. The owner of the head gave it a good shake, and then proceeded to climb out of the hole in the ground. "Dick!" she cried. "What are you doing theTe ?" Have you been--". "Hallo! the rebel is escaping!'' shouted Pele tiah Snodgrass from the window. "Make 'haste, you scurvy de>gs, or he will get away. Hallo! don't let the rebel escape!" Alice' ran fo1ward and extended her hands te> Dick . He was covered with dust and dirt, his han'Cls were grimy, his hair was full of it, his shirt was fairly brown with it, and he was withou t collar or neck-cloth. "ls that you, indeed, Dick?" Alice asked, helping him to get up. "Yes, it is I, Alice, and a time I have had of it too, digging my way out of that ce>llar. It the, only chance I had of getting away." "You have been down in that cellar these two days; Die)\?" Alice asked, in the greatest astonishment. "Yes and I had to dig throug h the wall and then up to the ground to get away." There was a great hue and cry at that moment and Peletiah and a lot of rough-looking men 'came running out of the tavern and from the rear. "Seize the rebe'l don't let him get away!" shouted the pretended Quaker. "There is a big reward -for him and he must not escape. Seize him, you fellows!" As the landle>rd and the rest came rushing up, Alice whipped out a brace -of pistols, being always provided with such weapons, and cried, as she leveled them at the crowd: "Stand -back! I will not be responsible if any one is hurt. Stand back, I say!'' Then Edith, also armed, ran up, aimed at the crowd, and said in a determined tone:. "Keep away or we will fire!" Three or four of the men, unheeding the warning, and thinking that the girls would not dare to fire upon them, rushed up to seize Dick. The young captain picked up a broken spade, swung it about his head and knocked down three' of the men, others running up at that moment. The girls , true to their promise, fired, the result being that some of the men received ugly, if not dang ere>us, wounds. "Run, girls! Get on your horses! I'll be with you in a moment!" hissed Dick, as he swung the spade about him. Down went his assailants, like skittle-pins, the othe'rs hesitating to come on. Alice and Edith quickly mounted, and then, rushing upon the crowd and forcing them to take to their heels in deadly fright, Dick ran away, jumped upon Alice's horse and off they went at a gallop. The Tories soon i-ecovered their senses and sent a volley after Dick , but the bullets flew wild , and • on went the plucky fellow, the two girls being fairly overjoyed to see him again. There was no time to say anything just then, but they rode less rapidly when they had left the crowd behind, and at length Dick jumped do wn and said, with a laugh: "I can better walk; than to make your horse carry double, and then, how will it look to see the captain of the Liberty Boys riding behind a young woman?" "The young w-oman is very proud and happy to have him ride behind her, let me tell you! " laughed Alice. . "But, brother,'' said •Edith, "we have been in despair over you for the past two days, and the Liberty Boys longer than that. Have you been no farther away than that tavern?" "That is all, and it has been a job to get away . I had only a broken spade to work with, and the wretches kept a pretty close watch upon me." "And you were in the cellar all that time?" asked Alice as Dick walked alongside. "Yes, they were afraid I would get away or communicate with some of the boys if I were anywhere else. Peletiah wanted his reward. He'll be su1e to get it one of these days." "You mean his deserts," laughed Alice. "But, brother, you are without hat or coa t " said Edith. "Did you have no comforts in place?" "No, none whatever. I my. coat and hat at the time of the fight, and they did not furnis h me with any others." "But the boys have been by that place no end of times sinc e you were taken there " declared Alice. "Have you been nowhere else 'Dick?" "No, they took me the're at the and I haV'e been there ever since, in the cellar, digging my way out, and having to keep a watch on visitors also, for they came down there every two or three hours, and sometimes oftener than that. They said it was t-0 draw ale and liquors but it was not altogether that. They wanted keep a watch upon me." They went on at a good pace, until they reached the Morton house,, and here they found Reuben and Jessie, both being delighted to see Dick. The young captain had a chance to wash and put on clean clothe s, and then the girl's mother made them all sit down and have something to eat. Dick being especially in need of it, as he said he had been given nothing but scraps at Peletiah's and not enough of them. They were all greatly enjoying the meal whe-n they heard a clatter of hoofs, and the boy shouted: "Hallo! there's the lieutenant!" CHAPTER XL-The Enemy Routed. Bob, Mark and Sam were passing the h!lRls e in the hollow after a fruitless search for trace of Dick, when they saw Reuben come tearing up the )lank, shouting: "Hallo, lie utenant, co me here!" "Jove! I believe he knows something about Dick!" cried Bob. "I should say he did!" exclaimed Mark, on his biggray, "for there he i s no w!" The boy s ,..-e r e off tr.c i r horses in an in st:rnt and racing d o wn tl:c b a n k t o1', anl the d o or, \\'h e r e


/ / THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DESPAIR -they saw Dick standing, smiiing, and ready to gre.ot them. "Where have you been, Dick?" "How did you get away from the cowboys?'' "Where were you all this time, anyhow?" "How did you manage to get out?' ' "\Veil, I dug out," laughed Dick, "but the girls gave a lot of good h elp after I was out." "The girls?" echoed Bob. "Yes, Mr. Bob, the girls, who were not to ,get themselves into trouble', said Alice with a mis-chievous loo k. _ Well, I am glad you did," said Bob, with brimming e y es as he wr.ung Dick's hand. "We could not have stood another day of this suf'pense." "You had better all come in to dinner," said Jessie. "There's room for all of you . " "I think that Sam and I had better go on to the . camp and tell the Liberty Boys, first," spoke up Ben , who could scarcely control himself at the io v of seeing Dick again. • '"That w ill be btter," replfod Dick. The t-..vo boys made all haste to get into the saddle and went flying clown the road as fast as the1y could go, Bob and Mark going in with Dick and the girls. "\Vher e have you been all this time, Dick?" asked Bob. "In the cellar of the tavern kept by Peletiah Snodgrass," replied Dick. "I just dug myself out to-clay, as the girls were passing." "But why did they keep you there, Dick?" a s ked Bob. "I should have thought they w-0uld have given you up to the redcoats and claimed the reward. They were cowboys, werei:'t "l!es, and Hessians, but mostly Tones . " Y ou had a fight on the tiver where there was a broken oar? We found your coat and sw-0rd there." "Yes, that. was the place. I was going along. the road when they suddenly -sprang out upon me and dragged me from my horse. I sent him av.ay, and then got loose' and dashed through a sort of cave, that hole in the bank where we found the cowboys last year." "You lost your coat?" asked Mark. "It was literally torn off my back. I lost my hat, also. Finally the enemy overpowered me, and I was hurried off to Peletiah's, where I was put in the cellar." "But how did they happen to keep you there all that time, Dick?" Bob asked, greatly puzzled. "For safety, first. Then Peletiah wanted a bigger share of the than any one else, and finally he said I should not leave the place until he was paid. The cowboys were getting frightened, by that time, -as you boys .were looking everywhere and driving them here and there, and they were afraid of remaining about here." "They did go away,," laughed Bob.' "How did you hear about it?" "From the men in the tavern. Peletiah did not dare to take me out to go -to the British camp for fear of running across some of the Liberty Boys, and s o I remained there." "If Mr. Peletiah Snodgrass remains in thes e parts he will find himself in a p ec k of trouble," declared Bob , in a decided tone. "Was Hank fone s in this aff&'r?" "No, he had nothing to do with it." "It i s very lucky for him that he did not, then. Did Rufe kno w anything of it?" "He was around during the fight, but the cowboys drove him away. " "And so the girls helped you, did they?" asked Bob. "Well, it was through them that we got t he captain and learne'd about the attack on the p:itr'ots." "No, the red coats, Hessians and other rabble have been a little fearful of doing anything with Ot' r boys and Sc ott's men and the people of the reg ion got stirred up. They hae not gone away yet, however." -Then we must get after them and rout them," declared Dick. "That was one reason for being in this region." "We are ready to.attack them any time you are ready to lead us, Dick," declared B o b heartily. Before long there was an outcry outside, and the n Ben, Sam, Jack and a SCQre more of the Liberty Boys weTe seen, giving a tremendous shout when they saw Dick. They had brought Major and a new uniform for Dick, ,tm d were ready to esc-0rt him back to the camp with all the hono1s due to a belovetl co.ptain and comrade. Dick put on his unifor m, got into the saddle and rode back to the camp, the girls going a long and receiving as much honor as Dick, when the boys heard how they had helped him at the time of his escape. When they reached the camp the boys went fairly wild over Dick, the noise being simply tremendous.Their deep despair was changed to the wildest joy, and it seemed as if they could not -show their satisfaction at Dick's return s ufficiently. The girls went home the next morning and all tlie Liberty Boys cheered them as they went away, ,admiring them. for the devotion they had shown to Dick, . The Liberty Boys went in a body to the tavern kept by Peletiah Snodgrass the next day, and found the plac;e closed up, with a sign on the door' announcing that it was for rent. Then the boys marched to the enemy's canip, a detachment of regulars attacking it from another point at the same time. There was a short but decisive battle, and the enemy were routed and fled in gre'at confusion acros s the Croton and down the river where they had forts. It was some time again before they invaded that region, and the Liberty Boys received some of the cre'dit for this. Rufus' Morton did not return and the boys never saw him again, Bob's prediction that he w ould keep away being verified. His cousin Reuben joined t4e Liberty Boys and did valiant service for a year or more, finally losing his life during a vigorous campaign in the South, whither the hoys had gone. It was a sad day for Jessie when the Liberty Boys came back, for her father had been killed in battle not Jong before, aud she had thought to see her brother upon the return of the boys. -Jessie was always a good friend of the Liberty Boys, and some years after the end of the war she became the wife of the boy who had brought back the message from her dead brother. Next week's issue will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS AND 'DEADSHOT MURPHY'; 01\ DRIVING BACK THE RAIDERS.'•


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" 21 CURRENT . NEWS DROUGHT STOPS NAVIGATION Navigation on the Ohio :River from Gallipolis, Ohio, to Cario, tn., a distance of 500 miles, was entirely suspended Sept. 30, on account of the lowest stage in the river for fifteen years. The protracted dry spell in Eastern Pennsylvania i s beginning to show its effect on rivers and other streames. The weather bureau at Reading reports the Schpylkill River lower at that point than at any time within thirty years. The Schuylkill a t Philadelphia is lower than for the last six years . ANT EATER IS CAPTURED IN THE WILDS OF JERSEY William Bernard, ferry master of the Pennsylvania Railroad, while hunting near 'Woodbury, N. J., saw a South American ant eater, five feet long, struttinn-

, 22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" HARD TO BEAT -OR-. A BOY OF THE RIGHT KIND 'By RALPH MORTON (A S]l:RIAL STORY) CHAPTER XII.-(Continued.) "I guess we will keep out of that kind of sport hereafter, Jack," said Tom quietly. "It does not pay." "Oh, say, but that is a great left you have. You gave him the prettiest one in the kisser that I ever saw. You would make a pug if you had a little training, believe nfe." Tom laughed at this. "Then you think I need training, Jack?" "Oh, well, of course, you are a little raw in your defense. But you would show up all right in a prelim'." Tom laughed and said no more. They were now well on the road to the town named Chipsford. They came at last in sight of the housetops, for it was in a sort of hollow. It was a hamlet of the same kind as Pleasant Valley. The two boys now saw that the day was coming to an end and they knew that they would have to find lodgings for the. night. They would be able to pay for them this time, for they had the hundred dollars that has been given them by the passengers on the train. So they decided to for. once get a good bed to sleep in. When they entered the streets of the pretty little town they proceeded to the tavern that was situated on the main street of the place. When the boys walked into the tap-room of the tavern they saw that a number of the natives of the place were gathered about the entrance. They were men of the type usually fond lounging about a country store or tavern, and they a ll looked at the new arrivals with interest. The boys, however, applied for a room and were assigned to one that had a window looking out on the main street. "Well," said Jack, as he sat down to rest his aching feet; "this seems like living, Tom. I oWn that I am tired and this is a hard job tramping over the country." The boys washed and rested a while, and at last went down to dinner . . They were hungry as bears and ate a good, hearty meal. Then they walked out on the broad porch of the tavern. There was a number of the men gathered there talking and having aguments, political and otherw ise. Tom and Jack listened with some interest until suddenly a husky countryman walked up to them, and asked : "Gents, have you come to Chipsford to spend a vacation?" "Not exactly," said Tom, quietly. "We are traveling. We shall probably resume our journey to-morrow." The fellow leered at them, and then added: "Thar is quite a lot of here jest now, fer the Riverdale Bank was robbed the other night and the police are looking for the robbers. Our town constable is watching out for them and every person who comes to town has to show his credentials." "Oh, I see," said Tom, calmly. • "I guess we will have no trouble so far as that goes. We are certainly not bank robbers." "In course I am not insinuating that you are," said the clumsy lout. With that he stalked away and was soon seen talking with several men at the end of the porch. But Jack had heard his remarks and was nervous. "Dia you hear that, kid?" he whispered. "They are sure to overhaul us like the greenhorns they are. It is dollars to doughnuts they think we are the bank robbers." "I guess we can easily undeceive them," said Tom, angrily. "Well, of course that is true. But they might get a . hold of my record and that would put me' in the jug. I think I had better get out of here as quick as I can." Tom was startled. "I don't believe they will dare trouble us, Jack," he said. "At any rate, they don't know you and they cannot prove anything against you." But Jack was nervous. He knew that ford was not so far from New York but that the authorities might have a description of him from the New York police. In fact, it was quite likely that they had. Jack grew very nervous, and suggested that they walk down the street and take a look about the place. But before he could do this, or Tom, either, the lanky questioner, accompanied by a man who wore a blue suit and looked like a county constable, came along toward them. Tom saw that there was trouble coming. "See here, Jack,!' he said, "keep . cool! They are coming over here to talk with us. Now keep your head. They cannot get anything on you. We will bluff them good and hard." Jack looked furtively about as if he would run. But he saw that it would be foolish to do so now. He stood his ground and waited. The constable, for such he was, accosted the boys, saying: "Where are you <;haps from?" "Pardon me," said Tom coldly, and with dignity. "What is that to you?" "I want you to understand that I am constable. I have a right to ask the question. If you refuse to answer you will be under suspicion and per haps get into jail." Tom was so indignant that he trembled. He looked the ignorant countryman in the eye, and said: "That is strictly none of your business. We are respectable citizens, and I would like to see you make a charge against us. Is that the way you treat strangers coming to this tawn ?" "See here," said the con stable, swelling up with importance. "There has been a robbery over in the next town. We are looking for the robbers, and a stranger coming here is under suspicion. I want you to explain who you are, or I will al' rest you on thes e grounds." (To be continued.)


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" • iTEi\15 OF INTEREST • LARGEST CIRCULAR SAWS The world's biggest circular saws were made in Philadelphia. There a r e two of the m, each measuring nine feet in diameter. Whirring at the rate of 134 mile s a n h our, they daily cut their way through giant log s at Hoquiam, Wash. GIGANTIC DEVIL FISH CAPTURED IN GULF What i s believed to be the largest devil fis h ever captured in the Gulf of M exico was on exhi bition at Gulfpor t, Miss., recently. The mammoth fis h, measuring eighteen feet in length and weighing in the neighborhood of three thousand pounds, became entangled in the net of two fishermen trawling for shrimp. It took four hours to tow the boat to shore and the com bined efforts of thirty-two men to drag the fis h on the beach. OREGON JACK'RABBITS ARE EATING THE . CROPS J. H;' Hoop s , a farmer residing near Holdman, twenty-five miles from Pendleton, Ore ., arrived in Pendleton to telegrapn an appeal to Was h ington for government aid in fighting jackrab bits that !rave infested the central par t of Unatilla County and are doing seriou s damage to growing wheat and rye. Owing to the state bounty, coyote s have been practically e>..-termi nated, and with the disappearance of their nat ural enemies the jackrabbits have multiplied• in serious proportions. Hoops claims that in one instance a section of grain land fifteen mile s long and twelve miles wide has been eaten clean by the rabbits. Hoops will urge the government to send agents here to inoculate captive rabbits with the bacilli of a disease fatal to rodents, known as "rabbit distemper," with the expectation that those in oculated when turned loo s e will infest all others with. which they come in contact. ODD USES FOR BREAD Instead of baking bread in loaves, the inhabi tants of Asia Minor, Arabia, Turkestan and the Tigris-Euphrates valley make it into sheets, says Youth's Companion. These sheets are about 40 inches wide and twice as long, and the natives make almost as much use of them as the Ameri can Indian does of birch bark. If they need an awning for protection against sun or rain, they unwind a roll of this bread, and carry it back and forth over a pole several times, much as a -camper puts up a dog tent; for if it has a coat of almond oil ormutton tallow, the bread is fairly waterproof. . It is a comical sight to see . a teamster or camel driver of the Levant travel placidly through a heavy shower with a couple of yards of bread sheeting thrown over his shoulders, and to see him tear off pieces here. and there and chew on them if he feels hungry. The bread is made of durum wheat flour, mixed with the pulp of sultana rai sins , which gives it a sweet taste and a slight like tha. t pf hniiey. The Arab uses his s h eets of bread, which l o ok like chamoi;;; leather, for a m a ke shift blanket, and it is said by tra velers who have trie d it that it k eeps the heat in and the cold out almost a s well 2s a real blanket. But s ome of the en gineers at work on the construction of the trans/ Sib erian railway did even better, for they made a paste of the bread by boiling several piece s , nnd then stuck together two strips of the sheet ing, each a meter wide by two meters l ong. Thus they manufacture d a sleeping bag, and a very comfortable one, too. The Turkis h peasants u se thi s flat brea d fo . r window panes , n.nd in the bazaars t1rn v eneers of merchandise wind up pieces as a grocer d oes a paper cornucopia, and u se them to h o ld s m all . amounts of nuts, Turkis h canC:iPs . and squ;nes o f sugar. 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24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" • \ Wild Ranch Life In New South Wales. by ALEXANDER ARMSTRONG Years ago, when I had a sheep ranch at the intersection of the Murrumbide and the Lachian rivers, New South Walesl. the Australian bushranger wu at his best. l was the agent of an English nndicate, which owned 200,000 acres of land and aa many . sheep, and was at the same time bu)'ine and living curiosities to the great ammal dealer at Hamburg. The natives of Australia have been thumped about by the Eng lish soldiery until they have no spirit left, but in those days a portion of them were as bad as the . Apaches of the United States. Out in the wilds they. were on the alert for travelers and poineers, and, though the English always aft'ected to de spise them, it is a fact that every battle ground on the vast island has proved the:rp fierce fighters. When I .finally got settled at the point I have named I had quite an army under me. We had about tw.nty huts, a stockade inclo sing an acre of several biir sheep pens, two or three horse pem, a dirt fort, BUrrOunded by palisades, and the DUmber of natives employed as herders was OTer fifty. Most of these had their wives and children with them, and as there were five white men besides myself it will be seen that we were a pretty strong party. We needed to be. We had gone a full hundred miles beyond civiliza t ion, and right into the stronghold of the bush rangera and the fightfne natives . Three different surveyinir parties sent out by the government, the last accompanied by seventy-five soldiers, had been attacked and routed with severe loss. It was expected. that I would have trouble, and we ar ranged for it. About forty of the nati v es had previously been employed in sheepherding, and were used to' firearms. I bought two pieces of ar tillery at Sydney, and took them along for our fort, and we were plentifully supplied with mus k ets, repeating carbines, and a m munit ion . Ou r c om ing was a surprise to the denizens, and we had t ime to get s ettled .before the y had perfected their p lans to attack u s . We had at t h a t time onl y a bout 20 ,000 shee p, and o v e r half the herders ..:ould b e spared for the wor k of building the pens and erecting t h e s t ockade s . O u r village w a s erected on a fin e plateau of about two acres in extent. The g r ound fe ll away gradually on all sides , and the neares t scrub was about a q u arter of a mile from us o n the east. A bit of land which w e called the "thumb " b r oke aw a y from the forest to the east and p ushed its wa y into the p rairie towar d u s . T h i s n eck, or t h umb, was half a mile long and not o v e r twenty rod s wide, and o ffered splendid c over to a force advancing upo n us. I saw at o nce that it woul d b e the point to attack; and at the end I built a s hee p pen a hundre d f eet wide and two hundre d f ee t lon g . T h e side toward us was ten feet high. O u r two six-pounders were then l o a d e d with shell snd trained upon t h e p e n . We dug t w o r ifl e pits a n the flank s of ou r fo r t , f a cing t h is thum b , a n d a week before the alarm came we had everything in g ood shape for a fight. I was v ery a nxio u s to h a v e it com e . It was bound to come sooner or later, and until we had been attacked and given our assaila nts a good thrashing there could be no such thing a s security. One d a y, w h e n I was almost cursing the natives for their s lo wness in attack, two white men rode up to the post. I knew t h e m for bushrangers at a glance. The y had the attire and the demeanor, and were mounted on fin e horses and c arri e d rifles and revolvers. One of the m di smounted at the door of my offic e a n d came in. He w a s a f e llow about forty years o l d , stout a s an o x , and e vi dently had ple n t y of nerve, or he would not have sho w n himself there at all. W h e n he had passed the time of day he asked for whisky, tossed down a big draught, and then said: "Now, captain, to b i zn ess. H e v y e come to stay?" "I have. " "How much are ye willin' t o pay?" "For what?" . "F?r bein' let alone. Y ou was gettin' settled and was all upsot, and it wouldn' t hev bin manners to call on ye sooner. The boys want to know now what they kin count on. " "I don't exactly understand you, " I said. "You don't I I took you fo r an old c ampaigner. This 'ere laR d belongs to u s . We are willin' to rent it to you fur a fair p r ice . If we make a bar gain it will include our purtection." "Thie i s government land, or w a s until we filed our papers and made a firs t payment." "Was it? D 'ye see any guv ' m ent round 'ere anywher e s ? And redcoats a t hand to purtect . "We can protect ours e lves. If y o u r g ang and the nativ e s wan t to live a t p e a c e with me, all right. If you want trouble I'll giv e y ou fighting unt il y ou are sic k of it." "Whew!" h e exclaime d i n genu ine a stonishment. " Well, if that d on't beat me! So y ou do n't prop o se t o pay u s rent?" "Not a cent. " "And yo u don't want our purtection ?" "No, s ir. " "Why, man, you must be crazy! Thar are a doz . e n o r m ore of u s bushb oys, and we kin raise a force o f t h r ee hundred natives t o swo op d o w n o n ye I By Sunday y e won't have a sheep nor a hunt nor a man 'left, and I'll hev ye ears fur kee psakes." . "Co m e and try it," I replied. " Let me alone and I'll le t you alone, but i f y o u attack m e I'll not r est until the 1ast o f you are under ground. " He looked at m e as i f he doubted my sanity and afte r a bit, helped himsel f to another glass o f whisky and went out without a w ord. After a confab with his companion h e returned to the doo r and explained : "Say. K urnel , we like yer plu ck, but y e m u s t co me down with t h e rent o r take chances . It w o u ldn't do, you kno w ! If we let up on you ' thar' d b e a d oze n fellers i n 'ere with the i r 'sheeps e s inside o f a year, and we'd hev t o cut sticks o r go to the poo rhouse." "Com e as s oon a s you li k e," I r eplied, without looking up a t him, and h e muttered an oath and rod e o ff. I c a lled i n some of the most intelligent natives, and w e w ere soon a greed that no attack n e e d be


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" 25 looked for under three days. It would take the bushrangers that long to stir up the natives and get them together. When the natives were asked how we would be approached they pointed to the "thumb" and criticized my action in erecting the sheep pen, which offered an fenemy a shield of observation. No native Australian will move by if it can be avoided, and no night attacks are ever made by them. We decided that on the third night the attacking force would gather on the thumb and be ready to attack us flt daylight, and our plans were laid accordingly. Neither the bushrangers nor the natives knew that we had cannon. The y knew that we had muskets, but they could not say how many. We should have to depend entirely upon ourselves as a troop of soldiers could not have been sent for and reached us insi de of a week. On the second day after the visit from the bushrangers so me of the herders saw signs of the coming attack. The natives were moving swiftly about in considerable numbers, and it was further evident that spies w:ere watching us. That night I had the shee p herded between the Lach lan River and a bluff, where ten men could hold them safely. The night passed quietly. Next day the "signs" were more numerous, and to ward sundown one of my scouts came in with the information that a force numbering at least four hundred natives and twenty white men was com ing through the scrub in the direction of the thumb. This was good news to me. The sheep were brought in and herded as before, and when night had fully come I put fifteen natives in each rifle pit and gathered all the rest of my people into the fort. We had talked matters over until every one knew what was expected of him. Some of us caught a little s le ep as the night wore on, but we we1e all wide enough awake when the /first signs of daylight came. When it was light enough for us to see the pen a mass of na tives swarmed suddenly around each corner of it, and made a rus h for the fort. We talk about the yells of our Indians , but a native Australian can out-yell three of them. They swarmed over the plain in a great mob, yelling, shrieking, and bran dishing their spears and clubs, and they might have thought us asleep until they came within pistol shot. Then they were between the rifle pits, and a volley was. fired which took the pluck out of them in a minute. We swept them with a fire in front, and back they went for shelter, leaving over forty dead and wounded on the grass. Not a white man had come with them, but I soon dis covered the reason. They had divided themselves into two parties, and had skulked around to at tack our rear I called in five natives from each rifle pit, and in a few minutes we were posted to meet all the dangers. It was ten minutes before the natives could get their courage up to charge again, but when they did come they evidently felt savage. The three bodies assailed us at_once, and for five minutes it was hot enough for the oldest veteran. The bushrangers were surprised to find us inside of stout earth walls and palisades, but they fought well and broke back only when they saw how u s eless their efforts were. Two were killed out of one party, and three out of the other,' and when the charge was over the natives lit erally cumbered the earth. .. Now for the field-pieces. The mob had gath ered in the big sheep pen to reform, and we could hear their angry chatter and the oaths of the white men when I gave orders to fire. The two reports sounded as one, and the two shells went screaming the pen. It was the finishing stroke, and it is doubtful if the records of war can show greater execution by two missiles. We found twenty-seven men killed by those shells, and the moral effect . was greater than the pres ence of a regiment of soldiers. Two of the vic tims were bushrangers, making seven we had bagged, and it was afterward learned that two more died of their wounds. On those killed we got a government reward of upward of 90(1 pounds, it transpiring that all were old of fenders. About' two weeks after the battle an English tourist came into the station on foot and badly used up. He had been captured by bushrangers at a point about twenty-five miles away, robbed of horse, money, and clothing, and he came to us as naked as the day he was born. The leader of the ruffians who despoiled him was the chap who paid me a visit before the battle. He had re ceived a bullet through the calf of the leg, and panted for revenge. He spared the tourist in or der to make a messenger of him. He sent me word that he would have my life if he had to wait a dozen years for a chance to take it, and I was not egotist enough to let the warning go un heeded. At noon one very hot day I was riding across a prairie of several miles in extent, having been out to locate a grazing ground for a new flock. I was within a mile of the scrub ,when a horse man rode out of it and charged at me. We were facing each other, and it didn't take me five min utes to make up my mind that the stranger was my old enemy the bushranger. Instead of wait ing to ambush me he was coming out for a fair fight. I had a seven-shooter carbine and a r e volver, and he had the same. I h alted my horse, slipped out of the saddle, and as he came. thun dering on I shot his horse in, the breast, and he went down. 'The rider was up like a cat, and, kneeling beside his horse, he fired five shots at me as fast as he could pull the trigger. I heard the ping of every bullet, though I was bus i ly shooting at him. His carbine fouled with the fifth shot, and h e spr,ang up and pulled his i e volver. I still had two shots left, and I knew I could kill him. He must come nearer to m ake his pistol effective , and he was gathering himself for the run, when Providence stepped in to p re vent me from shedding h i s blood. He was stand ing near the hind feet of his horse. The dying animal suddenly drew' up both feet and gave a tremendous kick, and the was knock e d over and over on the grass . As, he lay perfectly qui et, I finally advanced to find him dead, his whole right side crushed in by the powe rful bl9w. I found about 400 pound s in gold about him, to gether with three fine watc h es he had taken from travelers, and it was ev iden t from the way he had packed things that h e was only waiting to kill me before leaving for some distant part of the country. He was the las t bushranger seen in that district, which to-day contains five or su towns and a white popul a tion o f thousands..


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A short time ago this advertisement appeared in a number of newspapers: "Wanted, a hermit to inhabit remote cottage in big woods, available at once. Small rent to one not afraid of foxes and poachers." Next day there were 1 50 applications for her-mithood from every part of England. . The cottage belongs to the Duke of Devonshire, and contains two rooms and bakehouse down stairs three bedrooms upstairs, garden, orchard, stable' and well of water. "Approach bad and , "ld" garden run w1 . The successful applicant came from Cardiff and he now has the cottage .at a rental of five pounds a year. A NEAT TRAP FOR POACHERS A keeper recently t o the fact in the silent watches of the mght some of his patients were being systematically purloined. Footprints were always discernible; but, as there was nothing remarkable about any of them, they were of no value for detective purposes. They served, however to suggest a plan. He went to the local cobbler offered him a generous reward for the performance of a very simple task. When three suspected persons sent their boots for repairs, the nails or tackets were to be placed in the soles according to different designs whi_ch. the keeper would provide. The son of St. Cnspm .agreed to the prnposal, and it was carried into effect as opportunity offered. The was that a charge of poaching was proved agamst two of the three men through the distinctive impressions made by their boots in the retentive soil. The cobbler's connivance in the keeper's little scheme was, of course, kept a strict secret. BLIND BRITISHERS CAN DO MANY THINGS The police have forbidden a Yo1kshire man to d1ive a motor car, but only b ecause he is bl ind. ' . . This sightless man is somethmg of a prodigy. H e can tell to .an inch almost, where he is in L eeds o r Harrogate, or on the road b etween those .. to"':ns . But since the days of 'Blind Jack of Knaresborough, the greatest roadmaker of the nort h, blind Y orkshiremen have seemed to delight in proving the loss of sight to be little han. Leeds long had its blind cabinetmaker, sp eci men s of whose work found their way into foreign courts, as well as English mansions. One of the most famous botanists of the day, again a Leeds man, is bli'.1d. Selby has a blind shopkeeper who his. own busi ness, easily recognizing the d1ffere?t articles, and who puts in his spare time trampmg the country round about and preaching. One of the most consistent suppo1'ters o f Hud ders field Town F ootball Club last se ason was a blind man, who went to every match and on oc casion supplied to a newspaper reports of the game wluch were wonderfully accurate includ ing details that spectators who would see' had not particularly noted . In many districts there are blind men who daily journey several miles along the roads between their homes and places of wo1k Darkness and fog have no terro1s for them. The one thing that can upset their equanimity is a fall of snow, for snow deadens all sounds and leaves them as much at sea as athick fog do es those people who rely on their eyes. ::ltutemeut or the owuersulp, mauagement, etc., required by the Act of Congress of August 24, rn12, ot .. 'l'Hl,; LIB1"K'l'Y BOYS Ol!' '76," published weekly at New York, N. L, for October 1, 1922. State o f New York, County of New Yo 1k: -Before me a Notary l'uul1c iu u11d fo1 tbe !:;tate and county aforesaiu per appeared Luis Senareus, who, having been duly swoiu according to law, deposes and Mays that he tlrn Editor of '"THE LIBERTY BOYS 01!' 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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" 27 GOOD READING STEAM ROLLER HEARSE The body of George Trice of London, went to its grave in a steam-roller instead of a hearse. 'I'rice worked for twenty-five years as a driver of a steam roller and expressed the wish that he. might be taken to the grave in the machine which he had operated for many years. His wish was fulfilled, despite the incongruity of the fun. eral procession. QUIT PRISON IN PAY PROTEST Guards who keep othe criminals in Sing Sing are protesting that the salary paid the first-year men is insufficient to live on and prison ofI:cials announced to-day that six of them have resigned. Warden Lawes will try to replace them by se lecting applicants from the Civil Service li s t. The men who have thrown up the jobs assert that the cost of rent for married men or room and board for single men around the countryside near the prison is loo expensive. Guards begin with $1,200 salary and the pay increases each year for four years, until they receive a maximum of $1,600 per year. The complaints come chiefl y from the first-year men. Be sides those who have left the prison service, others have asked to be transferred to penal institutions upstate, where rent and food are cheaper. WOMAN SENDS 42,000 CENTS TO PAY GREENWICH TAXI BILL . A wealthy woman residing in a fashionable se c tion of Greenwich, Conn., moved to her winter home in New York City recently, leaving a bill pf $420 owing the Greenwich Cab Company for taxicab fares. A representative of the company had visited her estate on two occa s ions in an effort to collect the bill before she left, but was unsuccessful. The other day the woman sent a taxicab from New York to the cab company's office with a large keg containing 42,000 one-cent pieces. With it she sent $1 to pay for the taxi that had made the two trips to her home for the purpose of collect ing the money, and her photograph, under which was written "0 la la." It took four men to carry'the keg into the Put nam Trust Company office and place it in a private vault. SWARM OF DETECTIVES GUARD MURPHY Every step Charles F. Murphy, leader of Tam many Hall, took while he was in Syracuse was clo sely guarded by several members of the New York detective force, private operatives and m em bers of the Syracuse bureau. Just before Mr. Murphy left New York he received several letters threatening him bodily injury while he was in Syracuse. . • He had been threatened before. Many times cranks had mailed him "death" letters, but the Tammany chief paid little attention to these mis sive s . He to have taken a different atti tude t owa": : . threats. New ':'-"dives we1e assigned to guard Mr. 1''.!:.i,, • ..:> . 1 he left New York. They ac; companied him in the same coach from Manhattan to Syracuse . When they arrived there they were joined by some private operatives and members of Chief Catlin ' s bureau. The body guard even followed him to the convention hall. B ALANCE WEIGHS MILLIONTH MILLIGRAM • If you can imagine a single grain of some suh stance divided into 600,000,000 parts and one of these parts accurately a balance, ,YOU will get some idea of the sensitiveness of the latest laboratory weighing machine. . This balance, devised. by Hans Petterson, is an improvement on the delicate quartz balance made some time ago'by two scientific men named Steele and Grant. 'I The beam the balance is 3: small piece of quartz measurmg less than two mches in length and weighing about a grain only. What would corres pond to the pans in an ordinary pair of delicate scales are suspended from quartz threads th?usandth of a millimetre (11'5,000 of an inch) m diameter. . The. actual weighing is done by measuring the v:ibrations of the balance by means of a spot of h ght thrown upon a sca le, which shows the ac t1:1al movement of the balance enormously magmfied. Such refined weighing has to be done iri a vacuum, and the instiument is mounted in a container from which the air can be exhausted be• fore the actual work commences. The balance weighs about 3 grains and measures to a ten-millionth of a milligram. "POP BOTTLE MYSTERY" SOLVER WAS LUCKY MAN . James P. Hon, a salesman of St. Louis is' the luckiest baseball fan in the world. , Whil: thous ands were scrambling for world's seri es tickets Hon had been given a complete set by Ban B'. Johnson, President of the American League ac companied by a personal check for $100 'and round-trip transportation between St. Louis and New York. Hon's employers have given him leave of absence at full pay to attend the games. And all because he solved the "pop bottle mys tery," the result of Fielder Whitey Witt of the Yankees being struck on the head by a pop bottle during a crucial series in St. Louis recently. Witt was so badly injured that he had to be canied off the field, and great indignation was express e d over the inci den t in all sections of t he country. Several rewards were offered for the identification of the supposed thrower of the bottle. Hon, who happened to have a seat near the spot where Witt was injured, solved the mystery when, in a letter to Mr. Johnson, he i;xplaine d jus t how the accident occurred. The letter sai d Witt, while running, stepped on the neck of a b ot tle, causing it to bounce up and strike him on the head. Mr. Johnson was s o well pl eased with explanation that he sent him the reward, rail way and baseball tickets.


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" ;...rt.IEF BUT POINTED . ' HORN SOUNDED FOR 1,000 YEARS . P.. pu n, En.gland, keep s up a cu stom 1, 0 00 years L ' u . l<.;ve r y night a "wakeman," attired in official c.,o;.ume appears before the Mayor's hou s e and -'-" s three solemn notes on the "horn of Ripon." barrel s taves, and which sold for $60 a ton, ten times the price or ordinary meadow hay. The next winter he again turned his energies to making hoop-po l e s . Owing . to the rapid growth of the a l ders, he learned that the sprouts would grow from the size of a lead pencil to four and five ROB STORE NEXT TO JAIL inches in diameter and be fit" for cutting in ten Entering the store of Ralph Morcardio, next years. By dividing his land into ten lots, each •-. the Town Hall and jail, Huntington, L. I., containing an acre, and cutting off one acre every thr e e men recently tied Morcardio to a chair, took y ear, he could keep up a succession of fuej and from his pockets and escaped. charcoal for all time. Last summer Carley built Morcardi o was closing t h e store when the men a hous e costing nearly $2,000. It is finished and enler e d. One drew a revolver and him paid for, and the owner has money in two banks, i:ito the back of the store, he was tied. and is getting an income of $1,500 a year from a ls they took the money from his pocket, Mor-strip of swamp land which was not thought to be eo.i.rd i o starte d to yell. He was stunned by a blow worth returning thanks for, and sold for about o n the head. When the proprietor i:ecove1ed he enough to pay for making out the transfer pamanaged to free himself and'gave the alarm. pers. Jus t now the citizens think the ex-tramp is one of the mo s t successful men in town, and TELLS OF SPIRIT GOING Before he lapsed into unconsciou snes s, William Hawle y Smith, author and educator, w ho died in i eo r i a, Ill., the oth e r d a y, told the Rev. B. G. Caq.1ente r that his m entality allowed him to an alyze separa t i on of t h e spirit and the body. Acc o r d ing to the Re v . Carpenter, Smith claime d that h e could :fe el the c h ange s taking place :n h i s body. During the last stages of separation, the dying man said h is mind could not stay concentrated on one s ubject. Smith recit e d Whitman's po e m, "Assurances," which deals w ith the thought tha t everything is prov ided. Smith requested tliat there be no black at his funeral and that no friends view his body. BLIND ANTS AND BEES DAMAGE ELEC-TRIC POLES The latest enemy of the public utility company is an im ie ct. Blind ants and carpenter bees are e n gagin,g the attention of the electrical men throughout the country. The inse c t s are causing m uc h damage to el ectric l ight poles. . enter the pole below the ground, eating their way through poles all the way to the top. B ei n g blind, they instinctively seem to shun the light ai1d c o nfine their operations beneath the s u rface. Me t hods of checking the devasation are Lein g considered. A TRAMP'S SUCCESS Five years ago B o b Carley came to Glenburn, Me. , as a t ramp too ill to travel. After recuperatin g h e spent the winte r in cutting and shaving hoop po l es, e arning a living and having $ 10 com ing t o him in the spring. With this money he b ou g h t ten acres of alder-grown hoop-pole swamp, arus spec ies of spiders i s admitted by competent mvestigators. Many of the insects have poi s on secreting glands which di scharge into the jaws. But there is little doubt that the danger from some of them has been greatly exaggerated, says the Journal of th• A me rican Med i cal A ss ociation. Von Fuerth con siders that the bite of the historically famous Italian t arantulu i s able to cause no more than local inflammation, which the toxicolo g i s t Kobert was unable to discover pro foundly poisonous properties in the supposedly more dangerous Russian tarantula. Now the American tarantula, Eurypelma steindachneri a sp e c i e s reaching the formidable l ooking adult ; ize of mo r e tha n two inches in length, has been exon erate d from the r eputation lo n g attaching to it. Baerg o f the Unive r sity of A rkansas has subjected both animals and man to attack by the fangs of active tarantulas. Although the accounts do not give the impress ion that such encounters are painless performances they are put in the category of bee sting in severity rathell tha n into the clas s of more menacinl!' toxins.


A GIRL SLEUTH The "girl aven ger," as she is now known to the entire State, has tallied another victim. Moon shine whisky making, once the chief s econdary industry of. the forest regions of Tate and Marshall Coan . ties, recently appeared to be des tined to be numbered among the lost arts. And all becaus e of a girl of seventeen. Cora Frazier, a slim, good-looking daughter of the backwoods, is re sponsible. What her reasons for starting the crusade are remain securely locked in her own breast. Kinship has not interfered with her. Already her . father i s serving a penitentiary sentence tor moonshining, convicted on her sworn testimony. Two other' near relatives await trial in the mountain jail at Holly. Her uncl e, her father's brother, fell another victim to her zeal. A dozen men have been brought into court on information supplied by her. Fully as many more are fugitives. Her life has been threatened, but this has not moved her. Miss Frazier is a silent sleuth. She works alone, only summoning the official s when she has herevi dence complete and when the trap is ready to be sprung. If Ruptured Try This Free Apply it to Any Rupture, Old or Recent, Large or Small and You are on the Road That Has Convinced Thousands. Sent Free to Prove This Anyone ruptured, man, wo111nn or child, should write a t once to W. S. Rice, 84-B l\laln Street, Adnms, N. Y., for a free trial of his wonderful stlmu]ating application. Just put it on the ruJ>ture nnd the n1uscles begin to tighten; they begin to bind together so that the opening closes naturally nnd the need of a. support or truAs or appliance i s then done away with. Don' t neglec t to send for this free trial. Even lf your rupture doesn't bothe r you what is the use of wearln1r supports all your life? \Vhy sutle r this nuisance? Why run the risk of gangrene and 1uch dangers from & small and Innocent little rupture, the kind that has thrown thous anda on the operatlng table? A host of men and women are daily running Buch risk just because their ruptuns do not hurt nor prevent them from gettlns around. \Vrlte at once for this free trial, as It Is certainly a wonderful thln1r and has aided In the cure ot ruptnres that were as big as a man's two fists. Try and write at once, using the coupon below. FREE FOR RUPTURE W. s. Rice, Inc., 84-B Main St., Adams, N. Y. You may send me. entirely free a Sample Treatment of your stimulating appllcatlon tor Rupture. Name •••••••••••••••••••• ••••••••••••••••••••••• •••••••••• State FREE or Blnro Per[umed lronins Wu: et 10e each, ••nd no moner. -0 COMP'ANY, Dept. 289 BINGHAMTON, N. Yo SEND NO MONl:.Y For These AUTOMATICS $12.75 $25 MILITARY MODEL-A n111ns gun, lrnilt for hard s ervice, .32 ca;. Shools 10 quick shots hard and straigl1t. lllue steel, safety attachment. R eg. value 4:12 75 $ -<>, NOW ............ .P • Also .2;)-cal., 7-shot, small, accurate, r ellahlp, safety, b ,ue steel, c heckered grips. No. 100. $IO 7 5 Values $:.!2; NOW................... • All our guns shoot Standard Anteriran Amn1unition. All guns guaranteed new. Orde r one of these s p ecials now. Limited supply. :0-:cnd cash or mon"" order, or if y o u prefc r RF::>D 0 Pay rostmn u ou arriva l,' plus p ustnge. Examine mer hanllise can. fnllv nud if 11<.1t as repr,.sent<' cople11. SEND NO MONEY. A.ddreu The Scott F , Redfield Co. Ille.. 72119 lllain St., Smethport, Pa,


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CURIOSITIES OF THE PATENT OFFICE Som e recent curiosities patented in England are described by the Illustrated London News. The1e are hvo head washing caps, one of which is an inverted bowl with a rubber ring that fit s it tightly to the head and a spigot by which it may be attached to a rubber tube; the other is a helmetlike device with an inlet for water at the top and an outlet back of th.! neck. Others are a n autom(lbi le for use on land water. It has a propeller and a detachable hull, while the fore wheels are encased and act as a rt.dder. Larse Shirt Manufacturer Bnwd. ExcluaiTe patterru. No ca.pi. tal or experie n c e required. Bii value1. Entirely new prOPoaftlon. Write for free •atnpld MADISON SHIRT CO. 508 Broad way ew York " MOVING Plt,TURE MACHINE Genulno New ,Oil or Eltctric l\loving Picture Machine, Complete with film, given tree tor selllng 25 package s C o I o r e d Postcards at 10 cents a package. Extra pre ninm of Admission Tickets. You can earn money by giving shows at your own home. Write today. COLUl\IBIA NOVELTY CO. Dept. 713. East Boston, l\lass. Stop Using a Truss I STUART'S PLAPAO •PADS i nra different from the truss, i . f posely to hold the cllstended J • if muscles securely tn place. Ho a trap•• buolll•• or aprtno attachedcannot slip, sc> cannot chafe or press aa:ainst the punlc bone. Thousands have "8Uccessfully treated dlloclk et. Something 11Te11t-you Of';ed one. Don't miS! it, Sent Any Musical Instrument On Trial No oblisratlon-mon' returned lf yoa decide not to baJ'. Lowelt facto!'Y prfce1 direct to you. EHy monthly p•)'manu-a tow cent• • da7 will pay. Send for New JCTery kno'l'fn fn•trumentntu11b-ated uid described. llanr ln fuIJ colora. All deta.iJ11 of free trial •aay p&)'mitnt pl11D, THI: RUPOLPH WURLITZER CO.-Dept. 24117 117 E. Ith St • • ClnclnnaU 260 Stockton St. ,San Franclaco 120W.42DCISt •• NewYork 2299 .Wabub Ave •• Cbicaao M!lglc Tricks !lend .tOc.Sl!d ..... mall 11 lC 'l'rick1 Wlt.h COm.J, urdJ, dioe, rlbb0n11 ringt, etc. , upJaioed 10 .tmple you can do &hem at once. A.ltoni1h and amuae friend.I and . make money. BQ a wi.!:ard.1Wno--' a rtarinyourtowu. Write .31teo Co. , Dept. t Melrolo,.Maas, A protective garment for motorists and others is made of dou ble fabric containing s hock absorbers, in the form of hollow rubber balls. illMM :i il :II =t This '"Lucky Tlgo CH ARM wltl\ 56-lnch 8111< Cord. thla Im. WRIST WATCH wlU> ad:iu.t&ble leather strap l\nd buckle, Ull a patr of spark Ung rtlerceleas EAR RINGS, 3 Gold plated RINGS and this handsome 36-inch Oriental Rico llead NECKLACE with Tassel lleaded Drop. We g!Ye ALL theoo 7 articles FREE for only 12 Jewelry Novelties at IOc each.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 LATEST ISSUES -11194 The Liberty Boys Chasing a Renegade; or, The W orat Man on the Ohio. . 10911 " and the Fortune Teller; or, The Gypsy Spy of Harlem. IO!HI " Washington, or, Defeating a Brltleh 1097 " and Major Davie; or, Warm Work In the Meck J e n burc District. 1098 " Fierce Hunt; or, Capturing a Clever Enemy. 1099 " Betrayed; or, Dick Sinter's False Friend. 1100 " on the March; or, Arter a Slippery Foe. 1101 " Winte r Camp; or, Lively Times In the North. 1102 " Avenged: or, The Traitor's Doom. . 1103 " Pitched Battle; or, The Escape of the Indian Spy. -llM " Light Artlllery; or, Good Work At the Guns. 1105 " and "Whistling Will"; or, The Mad Spy of Paulus Hook. 1106 " Underground Camp; or, In Strange Quarters. 1107 " Dandy Spy; or, Deceiving the Governor. 1108 " Gunpowder Plot; or, Falling by an Inch. 1109 " Drummer Boy; or, Sounding the Call to Arms. 1110 " Running the Blockade; or. Get-ting Out of New York. 1111 " and Capt. Huct:; or, Routing a Wicked Leader. 1112 ., and the Liberty Pole; or, Stirring Times In the Old City. 111 3 " and the Masked Spy; or, The Man of Mystery. 1114 •• on Gallows Hiil; or, A Daring Attempt at Rescue. lllli " and "Black Bess"; or, The Horse that Won a Fight. 111 6 " and JJ'iddling Phil; or, Making the Redcoats Dll11Ce. ' 111 7 • On the Wallkill; or, The Minisink Massacre. 1118 " and the Fighting Quaker; or, In the Neutral Ground. 1119 " Bravest Deed; or, Dick Slater's Daring Dash.. 1120 " and the Black Giant; or, Helping "Light Horse Harry." 1121 " Driven Back: or, Hard Luck at Guilford. 1122 " and Robin; or, The Little Spy of Klnirston. 1123 " Trapping a Traitor; or, The Plot to Capture a Oeneral. 112' " at Old Tappan: or, The Red Raiders of the Highlands. 11211 " Island Retreat; or, Fighting With the Swamp Fox. 1126 " After Joe B ettys; or, 011t for a Swift R evenge. 1127 " Fatal Chance; or, Into the Jaws of Death. 1128 . " and the British Spy; or, Whipping the John son G r eens. _ 1129 " Caught In a Trap; or, On R Perilous Journey. 1180 " and tlle Black Watch or Fighting the King's Own. 1131 " on Patrol; or, Guarding the City. 1132 " Fiirhtlng the Cowboys; or, Brave Deeds In Westchester . 1133 " Watcl1 Dog: o r , The Boy Spy ot the Hills. 1134 " Routing the Rangers; or, Chasing the Royal Blues. 1135 " nud the India n Queen; or, Dick Sinter's Close Call. 1136 " Spying on Howe; or, In the Enemy's Stronghold. 1137 " Dangerous Game; or, The. Pinn to Steal n Prince. 1138 " At Fort No. 8; or, Warm Work On the Hudson. For •aJe by all newsclealera, or wtn be 9ent to any .addre•s on receipt of prier,, 7c per copy, In 1noney or postage stamps, by HAURY E. 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