The Liberty Boys and "Deadshot Murphy," or, Driving back the raiders

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Ooming to the door, a pistol tn each hand and more m his belt. Murphy began firing rapidly bringing down one after another of his enemies, •Forward! " cried Dick. "be must not do all the work


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2 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "DEADSHOT MURPHY" "But. who belongs in the house?" asked Dick. "Have you seen no one, Murphy? You say the door was open?" "Yes, but I did not see any on e about." At that moment there was a sudden cry for help in the woods behind the house, and "Dead shot Murphy" and the Liberty Boys ran swiftly in that direction. The cry was and then some one was heard running through the thick et, and in a moment a young girl appeared, pursued by two Indians, one of whom had his tomahawk raised to hurl at her. T he rifleman had a doublebarreled rifle in his hand, and he now rais ed this and apparently without taking aim, fired two qu ick shots, dropping both Indians in their tracks. The other redskins appeared, and the bo y s opened fire upon them, wounding them both . With wild cries of terror they took to their heel s , leaving the two dead Indians behind them. The girl ran forward, and one of the Liberty Boys caught her as she was about to fall, exhausted. "Look for more Indians, boy s," said Dick. "I am sorry that these two go away, a s they might have told us something of importance." "These other two won't, that's certain," muttered one of the Liberty Boys, dryly. "Indeed they won't, Sam," echoed the boy who had caught the girl, his name being Ben Spurlock, one of the liveliest of the troop. Harry Judson and Harry Thurber, two of the boys, advanced cautious ly, pistols in hand, the others reloading their muskets and listening attentively for any sound of Indians. The girl had now recovered, and said to Dick: "You are some of the Liberty Boys at the fort, aren't you? It was very fortunate' that you came up when you did." "Do yo u live in this house?" asked Dick, as they reached the clearing. "You ought to be at the fort. I am afraid we are going to have trouble with the rnd and white raiders. They have already appeared and they are sure to make mis chief." "Yes this is our hou se . Mother is at the fort, father 'and one of my brothers are in the• army, and my sister and little brother are visiting not far off. It was at the spring getting some water when I heard firing and did not dare go back. Then the Indians surprised me, and I ran as fast as I could." "The firing was done by redcoats, whom w e have driven away. Did you see more than these Indians?" "No, that was all I saw, but if there were that many the're must be more not far away." "That is what I am afraid of," shortly. Just then the two Harrys, who were great chums and inseparable companions, came running in, exclaiming: "Indians, captain, a lot of them!" "We'll have to take to the house, captain," said Murphy, quickly. "Yes, in with yo u , boys!. Secure the doors and windows at once. Get a ll the weapon s y ou can find." One of the dead Indians had a rifle and considerable ammunition and these were taken charge of by Sam Sanderson, Ben's chum. The boys hurried the girl into the house and followed a s a chorus of savage ye lls rang out, and then a 1core or more of red raiders appeared at the edge of the clearing. The y came on, , ] , ooting blazing arrows at the house, hoping that the'•'e would find a lodging and set the place on fire. Crack! crack! crack! crack! The boys opened fir e upon the enem y as soon as they appeared, and ;;om& of the blazing arrows we1e struck and sent flying. One or two of them struck the side of the house, about half way up, and set fire to the wood, but the girl, who said her name was Faith Harden, went to the floor a bove and poured a bucket of water down upon it, quickly putting the fire out. Then the Indians retired and could be seen at the edge of the clearing, evidently consulting together as to what was next to be done. They came on again at carrying a . heavy log of wood, with which they meant to beat down the door, but they had not gone far before the leaders fell, the log crushing down upon them 'and holding them fast. Then Murphy fired a shot and laid a redski n low as he was running for sbelter. "Give it to them,_boys!" cried Dick. "The more we get rid of them the fewer there will be to make trouble for the settlers." The boy s discharged their pistols in rapid order, and th_ e redskins fled in tenor, but in a few minutes there was a choru s of blood-curdling yells, and fully fifty Indians came dashing into the clearing, many carrying blazing bushes, which it was their evident intention to pile against the house so as to burn out the brave defenders, and then fall upon and massacre them without mercy. "Look out, boys!" cried Dick. "We are in des perate straits, but we must no yield to these wretches." At once the boys poured in a volley. ' I CHAPTER IL-Dick Slate and the Deadshot. The boys determined to sell their lives as dearly as possible, and more than one I ndian fell in that mad charge toward the besieged hou s e, the boys emptying their muskets and pistol s, and Murphy having only one shot left as the redskins reached the house and began to pile the burning brush before it. Taking aim through a loop-hole , the deadshot fired and brought down a half-naked Indian, toppling him into a mass of burningbrush, and causing him to yell lustily and then turn and run with his clothes all afire. Then there came the thunde1 of hoofs, a wild shout resounded, and in another moment the boys in the house saw fully half a hundred brave boys in blue and buff and well mounted, Jed by a dashing boy on a big gray, go charging upon the redskins, firing rapidly. The Inqians fled in many directions, leaving their dead upon the field, their only desire being to get away as fast as possible. "Hurrah! that's Mark and a lot of the Liberty Boys!" sh outed Bob. "They must have heard the firing and come to our aid." The boys now threw open the doors and dashed out, throwing aside the burning rubbish so that it should do no more damage, Mark Morris on, the s econd lieutenant of the Liberty Boys, halting his company when the Indians had fled. The house was in no further danger, but Dick, looking about him, said, thoughtfully: "The se fellows will return and in greater numbers. We shall have to let the house go, I am


THE LIDERTY BOYS AND "DEAD'.3HCT _ , IUI'.PITY" afraid. What with redcoats and I dians and :'ori,es, the fort will be the best place for us at prE)sent." . . . " Redcoats, too, Dick?" asked Mark, m surprise. "We1e there redcoats also? I thought there might be Royal Greens and fellows like that, but I did not think of redcoats." \ "Yes there were some first, but we routed them they must have sent the Indians. There were only a few of these at the start, but more and more came, and I think that still more are coming." Just then the girl's came up, hav!ng managed to avoid the redskins, and announcmg that she had already sent the children to fort coming to the house to look after Faith. She' agreed with Dick that it was better for to go to the fort, and she quickly selected the things she wanted most, and the boys made bundles of them and put them on their horses, the house being then left to itself after they locked it up. Dick and Bob and the . lJoys m their party had to ride double with someof the rest but "Deadshot Murphy" said he would go to the fort on foot, and Dick thereupon said: "We will go with you, Murphy, and at the same time see how many of these fellows there are and where they are located. Remain with me, Bob. Mark can escort Faith and her mother to the fort but I think we had better learn all we can the enemy, who is in command and all about them." "I shall be glad to go with you, captain," de clared the rifleman, "and if I can be of any help to you, so much the better." The boys set off to the Middle Fort, therefore, while Dick Bob and ,"Deadshot Muphy" made their way' to' the Upper Fort, where it was thought the Indians and Tories might be located. • There were too many of the enemy around the Upper Fort for Dick and and Dick's party to contend with. Dick and his party had a number of skitmishes with the Indians and later set out toward the "Middle Fort" to joii-i the rest of the Liberty Boys. When they neared the fort they were set upon by a number of Indians and the redskins were put to rout. They then' started for the fort again, when they met a number of the Liberty Boys, led b'}'. Mark, these having heard distant shots and commg out to learn the cause thereof. "Did you have any trouble with Indians, Dick?" asked Mark. "Yes some but they had a good deal more with Timothy Murphy," with a smile. "They have cause to remember him for many a day." "Bob and the children got in all right, and Faith and her mother are there as well," said Mark. "You mu1?t have been surrounded by In dians." "We were but we got through their lines," shortly. "I'h tell you about it, for you m.ay have occasion to make use of the same device that we did in escaping them." "All right I shall be glad to know anything that will be 'of use to me," smiling. "The reds have not appeared here yet, and the major is going to send out a party to the Upper Fort, where we have heard some firing lately." , "Then perhaps some of the Liberty Boys will have a chance to do something, 01 maybe the whole troop," said D i ck. " I don't know, I did not hear anything, but perhaps Bob did." .. Dick went on to the fort, the boys rece1vmg him heartily, knowing that he had had s.everal adventures on his way back. Bob was m the fort, and Dick asked him if he had heard anything about the Liberty Boys going to the Upper Fort to fight the enemy. • "No, I have not," Bob replied. "Majo Wool sey is about to send .out a party now, .but,,they have not said anythmg about our gomg. Dick saw the at once and as)<:ed leave to se nd the Liberty Boys to the upper fort in case of trouble. "There will be enough going," the major re-turned, shortly. "We do not want you." . Dick said no more, but went away, resolvmg to do all he could at the fort, but rather disappointed at not being sent out with the res t. As he walked along, he heard one of the mep of the garrison say, in rather a disrespectful manner: "I don't think the commander wanted to send out ariy men , but he had to make a show. He wants all the men and boys he can get to defend our o wn fort without sending help to any one else." Dick had not had a g ood impress ion of the commander when he had seen him first, but it was not his business to find fault, and he said nothing. . Later there was the s ound of firing from the Upper Fort, and then a thick cloud of black smoke could be seen hanging over the creek in that direction. Lieutenant Spencer went o u t with a party, but were repuls ed and came back without lo sing a man. It was then well on toward evening, and there was a good deal of anxiety in the fort, it being feared that thP. Indjans and Tories would attack that next . CHAPTER 111.-An Adventure In the Woods. Night came on and the light of the burning barns in the neighborhood of the Upper Fort could be plainly seen upon the sky, the garrison in the Middle Fort watching it anxiously. A number of the settlers had e s caped and come into the fort, reporting that there was a consider able force of Tbries and Indians, and that Johnson seemed bent upon reducing all the neighborhood to subjection. Dick and Bob went out with a party of the Liberty Boys some time after Dark to see if the enemy were approaching, going on foot, as it was more convenient at night in the woods than it would have been to take the horses. With Dick and Bob were Ben, Sam, the two Harrys , George Brewster and Will Freeman, all boys who could be depended upon and ready for any adventure. They had gone some little distance when they suddenly beheld a light not far away, and Bob said, inquiringly: "That can't be very far away, Dick? They must have just lighted it, don't you think?" "Yes, so it would seem. That is near the Harden house, which does not seem to have been destroyed yet a s we feared" it would be." "Who are tho s e fellows, do you suppo se, Dick? Tories or Indians?"


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS . AND "DEADSHOT MURPHY" "I don't see any one yet, but I suppose we will, shortly," and the boys went on steadily, keeping a watch on the light, which see'fned to be that of a camp-five. In a few minutes they could see figures 'go fog back and forth in front of the fire, and then could hear voices of white men, there being three or four of them. Dick and Bob went ahead, the others following at a short distance, all exercising great caution so as not to be discovered by the men. There was a fire in the clearing near the house where the boys had been besieged by the Indians that afternoon, this showing up plainly by the light of the fire -Creeping close enough to see and hear all that went on, Dick heard a rough-looking man, one of those who had been with the Indians, say: " I know he had it a:nd we gotter find it. The little brat don't know where it is, of course , but I guess the mother does and the older gaL We orter get hold of her and make her tell u s ." "I wonder what they are talking about?" thought Dick. "Do you suspect it's in the cellar, Zenas?" asked one. "That'd be a likely place, wouldn't it?" "I gess it would, Pete, 'less they buried it outsi de the house some place. Folks wouldn't suspec t it was there." "No, I don't s'pose they would, but how'd they get at it if they had to have some? They couldn't go diggin' in the ground every time they wanted some, would they?" "No, o' course not; but nobody wants money when they have things to trade with. They're keepin' it to'buy tool s and sech with ." "Oh, they .think that there is money buriecl on the place, do they?" thought Dick. " Well, perhaps there i s , although I don't think it is very likely. The people about here don't have much ready money." "I guess we better look in the house before we go to digging anywhere," muttered Zenas. "Let's -go in someh ow . The ide e of lockin' things up like that when we're all honest folk s around here." "All right, get a log or something. There's that one what the Injuns hao this afternoon. " "H'm! who's going to lift that, I'd like to know?" asked Zenas, with a grunt. "Take one out'n the wo o dshed." "Can't, the Injuns burned 'em all up." The men hunted about and found a log, and with this between them went to the front door to burst it open. Dick signaled to the boys, and they suddenly came up, frightening off the m en, who were greatly surprised at their sudden appearance. "Huh! I told ye we'd be bringin' some on e down on us with that 'ere fire," growled Z enas, a s he hurried away, being big and fat and not qui ck on his feet. The men quickly fled , and Dick said to the boys: "I don't know whether there is any money buried about the place or hidden in the house or not, but if those scoundrels had forced an entrance they would have stolen all that they could lay their hands on, and it 'is jus t as well that we frightened them off ." "But what are you going to do, Dick?" asked :Bob. "We can't stay here and watch the house, with Indians and Tories and redcoats we don't know how near." "No, we cannot, Bob, and I a m rather surprised that the Indians have not already de stroyed it. They must have been too busy elsewhere, very likely. " "Yes, that must be the reason." "I think we might k eep the fire going," observed Dick. "It will keep away the Indians and other marauders, as they will imagine that the Liberty Boy s are encamped here and they will avoid it." "That i s a good idea_," replied all the boys. The fire was replenished, therefore, and dummy figures were made up and placed around it and among the trees as if they were on guard. The figures were made of sticks, but the way they were placed they had a natural appearance and would deceive any one at a short distance. "That will keep the enemy quiet," laughed Bob, "altogether when the fire goes down they may steal in on the figures, thinking to surprise them." "We cannot keep up the deception for long, of course," returned Dick. "No, but if it keeps them off for a time it is all right. There are too many Indians to hold . off from an unprote. cted place like this, and we cannot make ou r camp here. They won't come back for some time, at any rate, and then you can ask Faith if there i s any money in or about the hou s e." "Yes, I will do so, and if it is really here, then we shall have to come after it." The boys left the fire burning brightly, with guards apparently posted about it, and started back to the fort. Dick presently halted in the shadow of some trees and said to Boll and the rest, in a low tone: "There are Indians coming. They s ee the fire 'at the house and are cautious. They are between u s and the fort, however, and we must get by • them in s ome way." The boys watched and listened, and s oon all of them saw the Indians coming on in s ome force. making their way toward the fire. "They don't know just how many guards there are," said Dick, "and are cautious. When they se e that there are not many they may attack the place." "Can't we attack them first?" asked Bob. "We may have to in order to get them. " On came the Indians , and with them three or . four white men, among them the treasure hunters the boys had already seen. Dick and his party could not long remain undiscovered, and Dick suddenly cried, in a loud voice: ' ! Down with .them. boys! Scatter the redskins and Tories! Let them have it good and hot! Charge!" There were guttural evclamations and startled shouts, and then, .as the boys pushed forward, the Indians and whites scattered in many directions, apparently thinking that the whole force of Liberty Boys was upon them. The boys fired a rattling volley, broke through the enemy's lines and pushed forward toward the fort. The light of the fire at the house grew fainter and fainter, but as they went on it suddenly blazed up bright a.gain and there was a sound of fierce yells, _firing and shouts . Then the light grew brighter still, and Dick knew that the house


' THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "DEADSHOT MURPHY" 5 had been set on fire by the disappointed Indians in revenge for the trick that had been played upon them. "We could not hope .to save it with so many of our enemies about," he said to Bob. "They will destroy all they can, and we shall have to defend ou1se lves the best we know how at the fort." . "Well, there is a gcod force there beside s the Liberty Boys," rej oined Bob, "and if J ohn s on thinks he have an easy ictory he is greatly mistaken." _ The boys went on and at last reached the fort wit}:tout encountering any more enemies, either white or r ed. The Liberty Boys were greatly interested in t he story of Dick's adventures, and then Dick went to the women's quarters and found Faith and her mother. "Did your husband have any money in or near the house, ma'am?" h e asked. "We saw three or four evil-looking fellows looking for it." "There was so me," returned the woman, "but I brought i t away with me. There was not much, and I could easily carry it." " I heard a man called Ze nas talking about it." "Yes, that was Zenas Stone, a Tory and a rascally fellow. P ete Rawlins on, Dave Huggins and Eli Sawyer were the others . 'I;'hey are all scoundrels and would take whatever they could lay their hands on. They think that my hus band had a lot of money, but he hadn't. If it were only a pound or two they would take it, however." "Then there was none except what you took away this afternoon?" "No, that was all. " "Well, I am glad it was not left at the hou se , for even if there were o 'nly a few shillings, men like that would take it, and you do not want to lose it. We could not save the house and that is burned down." " "I was afraid I could not, an""tl had made up my mind to it. If we are safe here that is all I can expect." "We will certainly defend the fort to the last," Dick replied, in a determined tone. "They have cannon with them, I think, by the sound, but they will find it a hard task. to force the fort with a determined garrison, and we mus t drive back the raiders and uunis h them for the m is chief they have -already done . " The boys saw flames in the direction of the Upper Fort, but were not troubled by the enemy that night, Johnson evidently thinking that there was time enough, and that the fort was sure to yield in the end. There. was a guard kept, but the enemy did not appear until that morning, when a considerable force of Tories and Indians approached the fort. They had a small cann9n, called a "grass-hopper," with them, and a couple of mortars, none of which were capable of do ing much execution, and they at once open ed fire on the fort. The garison returned the fire with spirit, doing some damage. There were more of the beseigers than there were of the garrison, and Johns on evidently thought that they would be too strong for the fort, and sent a 'man with a flag to demand its surrender. Dick was standing at one of the embrasures at the time, and saw "Deadshot Murphy" raise his rifle and fire at the flag-bearer. He missed the fel... low, who quickly retired, Johnson at once order ing a siege to be commenced. "I don ' t see how I missed him," muttered the rifleman, "but, anyhow, he has gone. " "Should you have fired on a man with a flag, Murphy?" asked Dick. "They would do the same, and have done it, sir;" the rifleman replied. Dick knew that this was the truth, as he had witnessed just s uch violations of the rules of war, and said nothing. The enemy now began trying to cas t shells into the fort, and Dick posted the mo s t expert of his boys at different pointsand opened fire upon them, a man being picked off every now and then. Shells were flyi:ng, muskets were rattling and banging, and there was a tremendous din and considerable confusion. Pretty soon Ben Spurlock came along and said, in a tone of great disgust and cont empt: "The commander is a poltroon and a coward! How can we expect to do anything with a man like that at the head of affairs?" "What is the trouble, Ben?" asked Dick. "Why, that fellow Woolsey is in the women's quarters, crawling about on his hands and knees, scared to death. They drove him out with broom sticks. I never saw a more disgraceful sight in all my life." The boys laughed, and Ben continued: "I missed the little boy and went there to find him, and there I saw Woolsey hiding, scared out of his life. What sort of a commander is that, I would like to know?" in disgust. "Not the kind that we want to serve under, at any rate," replied a number of the boys. Dick Slater's deadshots did good execution, and so did Murphy, the young patriot captain noticing him from time to time. The enemy kept up trying to throw s hells into the fort, but had poor success at it, partly because they had no gunners, and mostly on account of the good marksmanship of the Liberty Boy s , who picked off the men at the guns as s oon as they show e d themselves. The siege was continued until noon, when Johnson sent a man with a flag to repe_at his demand for the surrender o:f. the fort. Crack! The rifleman had fired a shot at the man and had again missed. CHAPTER IV.-The Attack on the Fort. . The fla g -bearer made his way quickly to a place of safety, the enemy beginning to set fire to deserted cabins and stacks of grain. "Desist!" . cried the commander to the rifle man. "You are a coward!" answered Murphy, un daunted, "and mean to surrender the fort to thes e wretche s." "You have no right to fire u p on a flag of truce," returned Woolsey, deprecatingly, but showing no umbrage at being called a coward. "Neither Johnson nor the redskins pay any at tention to military courtesy, and there is no rea son why we s hould show them any," rejoined the rifleman, "and I'll fire on the skunks every time I get. a chance." The militia in the fort and many of the regu lars were in sympathy with the rifleman, al though they did not express their opinions as freely as he did. '


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "DEADSHOT MURPHY" "If y o u do it agai n you will be shot!" declared withdraw, and before long began to march me of the officers, excitedly, others repeating rapidly down the valley. A s s oon as Dick Slater t:1e _ threat, the commander saying nothing. The _perceived this, he decided to pursue the raider3 , Lfieman shrugged his shoulders and walk ed drive them back and punish them, and he at once a w ay, presently picking off a gunner, who was gave orders to the Libelty Boys to make ready about to fire the "grass-hopper." to pursue the Tories and Indians. He readily "He will do it again if the flag i s sent, " de -obtained permis sion from Woolsey, and Johnson dared Mark to Jaek Warren, his chum, who had but a s light lead when the gallant boys was standing near. set out after h i m at fllll speed. "To be sure he will!" with a, chuckle. "He The boys were eager to .go on such an ex-has no respect for Woolsey and no love for pedition, the Royal Greens b e ing old enemies of Johnson or the redskins." theirs, Dick never losin g an opportunity to make "You cannot expect any on e to have any re-war upon them. A number of the garrison went spect for a coward like the major," muttered with the boys, Timothy Murphy being among Ben Spurlock. them and q u ickly discovered by the boys, who "Murphy will hit the flagbearer i f he comes gave a hearty chee r . The enemy stopped at again," remarked Sam. the Lower Fort on the way and began to attack "He may not do that," rejoined Harry Thur -it, this giving_ Dick and his gallant boys time ber, "but you may be sure that he w ill fire on to up an1 to take a hand in the fight. The him:" . ' garrison was m the church, and at once be,g-an The Royal Greens and Indians kept up their to pour grape-shot and musket-balls u p o n the assault upon the fort and continued their work enemy, resolving to fight as long as they cou ld. of destruction outs ide , the garrison defending The Greens attacked the place vigorousiy, but themselves bravely and doin g all the mischief the Liberty Boys s oon arrived, and Johnson and they could . D ic k kept his boys posted a t all the his forces were between .two fire s. good points, and they did good e x ecution, pick!ng . "Charge, Liberty Boys!" shouted Dick, waving off their men every now and then, and makmg hi s s word. . \ . the enemy more and more cautious. Johnson was On rode the brave fellow s, firing a rattling determined that the fort should yield, and for volley as . they advanced, and causing terror to the third time sent a flag., with a demand for its seiz e upon the hearts of the Indians, who fled in surrender. great haste. Fired upon by the ,garris on and "Deadshot Murphy," undaunted by the threats by the plucky boys, the Johnson Greens now he had r ece i ved, fired at the messenger and hurriedly departed, m aking their way toward brought dow n the flag, the bearer ta}(ing to h is Fort Hunter at the junction of the Schoharie heels in a fright. and the Mohawk, the boys pursuing them hotly. "I told you to de sist!" thundered the major, It was well on in the day, the siege having lasted and a number of the office r s a dv anced to seize some hours, and it would soo n be dark, b.ut Dick the insubordinate rifleman. determined to keep close to the enemy and to Murphy was a great favorite w ith the militia-harass them a l l he co u l d . There were _only a men, however, and they no w ralli e d about him hundred of the Liberty Boys, but they were all and set the regulars at defiance, preventing them well mounted and could das h up quickly, do a f r om getting hold of the man. Neither Dick lo t of damage and then g e t away as quickly, Slater nor any of the Liberty Boys had any before the enemy could catch or fall upo n them. hand in the matter, but a number of the boys This gave t h e m a great advantage, and they expresse d themselve s as in perfect sympathy with were alwaY.s to take it, causing the Royal Murphy a s was Dick although he said nothing. Greens anu Indians great annoyance. "It's rank insubordi'nation,'' muttered Ben, "but "Sure, we're loike the flea,'' declared Patsy. I can't blame either Murphy or the militiamen." "Phwin we're there we're somewhere else." "It isn't rank cowardice, at any rate," chuckled "That's a bull, Patsy,'' laughed Ben. SILm, "and you have more respect for the man "Nein, Batsy don'd was ein pull," lau,glied Carl. than you have for the commandant." "He was another veller mit dose long eal's und "They can set a man like that at d e fiance ,' ' re-dot peautiful voices already. " murked George Brewster, "when they would not "Go (m with ye, sure ye know phwat Oi mane" think of doing it to one who had shown any replied Patsy. "Phwin the inimy thinks he bravery." u s, he don't get us, do ye moind?" "They h,ave no respect for him after the ex"Ya, when we was dere we don'd was dere hition he has made of himself," observed Will. dot was what you was said, und dot was The militiamen all crow d e d around Murphy, ness." and many of them expressed their contempt o f The boys laughed, and Patsy retorted: Wool se y in strong terms. The officers, thus de"Well, annyhow, ye know what Oi mane s o tied, did not persist in trying to get possession it's all roight." ' of the r ifleman, many of them probably having n o The boys went on till dark and halted the more l'espect for the major than the men had, 'enemy making a camp in a strong position' near and nothing more was done. The attack on the the river, where they could not be well attacked. fort began to relax, and it was evident that "They are afraid of us," declared Bob, when Johnson considered the garriso n to be greater he saw where the enemy had halted. "As soon than it was and the fort itself much stronger, as they set out again we'll be after them, how for there were signs of the giving up of the ever, and give them a lot more trouble." siege befo1 e long. Johnson feared there might The Liberty Boys made their camp, set thei-r be reinforcements from Albany, and, thinking pickets, and prepared to take a needed rest, havthe fort stronger than it was, soon began t o ing been busy all way. There was no further •


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "DEADSHOT MURPHY" alarm during the night, and in the early morning Dick set ou t with Bob and a few of the boys to reconnoit_er, having an "'idea that the enemy would take an early start so as to get to the Mohawk w:thcut delay. The boys had gone about half a mile, when they heard a cry of alarm, and then they saw two nien run. out of a log cabin a short distance ahead, the larger of whom carrie d a little boy in his arms . 'l'he man was Ze1ias Stone, his companion being Pete Rawlinson. "After them, boys!" Dick shouted. CHAPTER V.-Going After the Abductors. As Dick and Bob set out in pursuit of the two ruffian s, the heavy man threw the little boy over hi s shoulder in such a manner that if the boys had fired they would have hit the child. As the other boys came up a frantic woman ran out of the cabinand at the same moment two Indians suddenly e;lided around a corner of the building and attempted to seize her. Jack Warren, who was in the lead, threw his rifle to his shoulder and fired upon the instant, taking one of the Indians in the shoulder and tumbling him over backward. The other took to hi s heels at once, Will Freeman sending a bullet after him and cutting off one of his plumes. The woman seeme d a,t>ont to faint, and the two Harrys caught her, the others following on after Dick and Bob. "My baby, my little Harry!" the woman ex claimed. "Do not let them take him away." "Be calm, ma'am," said Harry Thurber, "the boys are pursuing the rascals and will speedily overtake them. You know them? We do." "One is Zenas Stone, a miserable Tory and villain, a thief and a murderer, if I am not mistaken. I believe he killed my husband, and now he has stolen my child, to be revenged on me. Do not let him escape." "Why should he seek vengeance on you, ma'am?" the boy asked. "Because I refsed to marry him. He has sworn vengeance on me ever since, and I believe that the death of my husband and the theft of my child are both his work. John Warner, my husband, was a good man, but Zenas Stone is a wicked wretch whom I would never marry." A young girl now came out of the cabin, and Mrs . Warner said: "This is my sister, Annie. She lives with us and helps me to take care of the hou s e and the children. I have a younger child, but Harry was her favorite." "If you will look after your sister we will follow the captain," said Harry Judson. "We may be of help to him." ':.he two boys then hurried on after Dick and the rest, coming up with them on the river bank. "The scoundrel s had a boat," said Bob, "and got a start on u s . They went around the bend, yonder, a short time ago. There are Indians and Tories about, and we will have to look o'ut for ourselves." "And wit!Jout our horses we are at a disad vanta.ll:e," added Dick. "I am afraid we can do nothiP,g now, but we must overtake the ruffians b efore 10ng and rescue the child from the m." "Zenas Stone s tole him in revenge," said Harry Thurber. "We saw the .mother and she told us about him." "I r ec ognized the scoundrel," replied Dick, "but did not know his motive for carrying off the child : The enemy have gone on toward Fort Hunter, and I think we will follow. <.Run back, Harry, and bring up the Liberty Boy s ." The two Harrys went back rapidly, Dick and the rest waitin&" on the river, where they woul.d have a go od view of the enemy in ca s e they should appear, s om e of the Indians being still in the neighborhood. In a short time Dick and Bob set out along the river and through the woods to see how near the Indians might be, so as to know whether they were safe where they were, or if they would have to change their position. They could see for some little distance in several directions, but at -the bend of the river the view was hidden, and there might be an enemy hidden there waiting to fall upon them. The two boys advanced cautiously toward this point, therefore, and had reached the thick wood s bordering the river, when Dick suddenly paused. "There is some one in the woods, Bob," he whispered. Then he dropped to the ground behind a fallen tree-trunk, Bob being at his side in an instant. In another moment there was the r ,eport <>f a rifle, and then the shriek of an Indian and the sound of hurried footsteps. Then there came another shot, followed by a heavy fall. "Hallo! s ome one e l s e is after the enemy,'' said Dick. "It's all right, captain," said t}\e well-known voice of "Deadsot Murphy," as Dick looked out cautiously. "I saw the vermin drawing a bead on you and settled them." "I .thought you were back at the camp, Mur phy," said Dick. "Well, I came out to take a look around and saw the Indians getting ready to meet you, and met them mys elf. That i s all there were." The main body has g one ahead?" "Yes, toward Fort Hunter, and I suppose there will be a fight there. The garrison i s strong, however, and I don't believe Johnson will care to remain long in the neighb<>rhood." "Do you know Zenas Stone?" asked Dick. "He ran away with a little boy back here a short distance, but e scaped us in a boat." "He's one of the Tories; a camp follower and a regular s coundrel. Ye s , I know the ruffian." "We must follow him and recover the stolen child. As s oon as the rest come up we will go on. Stone will probably join the main body, as being safer for him." Dick, Bob . and the rifleman remained in the woods to watch the enemy, one of the boys having come up after the shots were heard to see "if Dick needed any help. The boys all came up at length, and Dick and his party mounte d and prepared to g o in pursuit of the Tories and Indians. Then a rather handsome boy, dresse d in buckskin, rode up and said to Dick: "I want to go with you after that villain, Zena s Stone, who has run r.ff with my si!

8 'II-IE LIBERT)'. BOYS AND "DEADSHOT MURPHY" is my nephe1 1 . My si ster cannot go, but I would like to. The boy likes me and I may be able to help you. At any rate, I can look after him when you get him away from that ruffian." "Your name is Harry Warner? Your sister's name is Warner, i s it not?" "Yes, but she and John were distant cou s in s , and had the same name." Dick had not seen the boy's mother, .but jus t the n Harry Juds on came up, saw the boy on the hors e, and said: "Why, rou look just like the girl we saw at the cabin. Are you her brother? Mrs. Warner did not say anything about you, but only about her sister." "I suppose she was excited," replied the boy, while Jack \Varren, who was near, suddenly began to whistle. They all set out at that m oment, the boy in buckskin riding with Patsy , C arl, Li she Green, Jim Bennett, Tol{e Wright, Bob Oddy and some otJiers. Mark was with Jack, the two H a n y s and Ben Spurlock as they went on, and shortly said to Jack: "You were whi stling a little while ago, Jack." "Was I?" simply. "Well, I often do that. " "Yes, and it always means something. What does it m,ean now, you funny fellow?" "Well, you were with u s at the cabin whe n Zenas Stone ran off with the woman's child?" asked Jack. "No, I was not, but what has that got to do with the matter of your whistling?" "The two Harrys saw the woman and h e r s ister. I saw the woman, but not the sister. The two Harrys did," and Jack began to whistle again. The two Harrys laughed, and Harry Juds on said, "I declare, I never would hav e suspected it!" "Suspected what?" asked Mark. "Never mind, Harry," said Jack. "I guess it will be as well not to say anything about it." "No, perhaps we'd better not," and the boys rode on, but Mark presently said to Jack: "There is some secret between you three fellow s . I know. What is it?" "I'll t e ll you late r , Mark," said Jack, "but just now I think we'd better keep it to ourselves." "All right," said Mark, who had to be satisfied with that. The boys rode on at good speed and at length carr:e to the fort, where the Johnson Greens and the Indian s had Jialted, to reconnoiter and then to attack the place if the prospect se e med good. The a rrival of the Liberty Boys, who s e courage and determination was welJ. known to the enemy, seemed to have a d e cided effect, for they retired a short di stance and seemed to be deliberating. The garrison of the fort had already shown a di s po sition to resist to the end, and now that the brave boys were on -hand the pros pects of succes s were much less than at first. The Liberty Boys halted outside the fort and made a temporary camp. Dick sending word to the commandant by Mark, who took a number of the boys with him, that he could depend upon their heh) . The commandant knew the Liberty "Beys and sent back word to Dick that he would be glad cf any help that they could give him, and thn! if they should happen to be bard pushed, he would send his men out to help them. On the way back to the camp, Mark, riding with Jack, said, with considerable curiosity: "You said you were going to tell me what you and the two Harrys were lai:ghing at, Jack." "Didn't you notice anything yourself Ma1 k?" Jack rejoined, with a sly grin. "About what, Jack?" • "The boy that calls himself Harr y Warner." "He seems to be rather a fine-looking fellow, Jack, although a bit girlish. However, he seems to p ossess courage." "So she doe s/' laughed Jack. "She!" exclai med Mark, in great astonishment. "Yes , for your Harry Warne r i s no more than Annie Warner, the gil-1 that the two Harrys met at the cabin. She has pluck, of course. She put on the boy's clothes in order to go with us, for Dick would have been averse to taking a girl along. and now she thinks that we won't know the d i ff erence." "Well, I suppos e some won't," with a laugh. "Dick will, but he won't send her back after she has shown such determination, and she looks like one who will not make trouble for us. There are girls and girls, you know." "What do you know about girls?" laughed Mar k, who was a bit o fa teas e. 'Have you one?" "I h a ve a sister," returned Jack, not answer iro: M nrk's second ques tion. "She has plenty of pluck." "She wouldn't be a sister of yours if she hadn't . dryly." Mar k gave the co!l'lmandant'i:; me$sage t" Dir.k, and then the young captain c a lled Bob and said: "We must try to do something about getting the little boy away from scoundrel, Stone. Disguis e yourself, and we will make our way to the c amn of the Johnson Greens . I think we will find the fellow there. I will take Harry along." "Which one, Dick?" laughed Bob. "Harry Warner," shortly. "Harry Warner is Annie, i sn't she!" with a laugh. _ "Yes, but a s long as she wants to be considered a boy, it i s as well to regard her wishes in the matter." "Of cours e. The two Harrys discov ered her identity in a moment." "So might almost anyone. Go and get ready and I will see Harry in a few minutes." When Dick had put on an o rdinary suit of home spun, concealin g a pi s t o l or two in his belt, he called the disguis ed girl a side and said: "We are going over to the camp of the Indians and Tories to look for men who have carried off the little fellow. Would you like to go with u s ? There is danger, but we will see that no harm come s to you." " I would like to go, if I may, captain. I am not afraid." "All right, then. You have a rifle, I see. Have you pistols?" "No, I have only the rifle." "But you know how to use both?" "Oh, yes, I have fired a pistol often, though I haven't one of my ov.-"11.'' "I wilJ provide you with a p air, fo-r you may nee d to fire in a hurrv. and thev will come in


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "DEADSHOT MURPHY" 9 very handy. I shaU ask Murphy, the rifleman, to go with us. He can be depended upon in emergency." he is a brave men, I have heard." Dick saw "Deadshot Murphy" and said: "We are going over to look for that villain, Zenas Stone, and try to get the little boy away from him. Will you come along?" "I'd do it in a minute, captain, but I have no other clothes and I shall be known. I'll hang about and be ready if you need me." "That will be all right. We will start in a few minutes, as soon as the lieutenant comes." Bob made his appearance at that moment, and the four set out without further delay, Dick going ahead, Bob and Harry following, and the rifleman bringing up the rear. A dozen or so of the Liberty Boys were to hang about the camp of the enemy to cover Dick's retreat in case he should have to leave in haste, and, everything being ready, they all set out at good speed; every one wishing them all success in their expedition. CHAPTER VI.-A Daring Attempt at Rescue. Dick, Bob and Harry rode ahead of the others, Murphy being on foot, and the Liberty Boys riding along the road. but out of sight of any prowling enemies. The boys and the disguised girl went on at a gallop till within sight of the enemy, when they took to the open wood and went on less rapidly and with more Cl).Ution. "I doubt if the rascals would be in the camp itself,'' observed Dick. "They will wobably be a l ittle outside, so , I think we will dismount a11d go ahead, careless ly, as if we just happened :>long." The horse s were tethered behind some bushes, neither Dick nor Bob having brought the animals they usually rode, and then they went on, careles sly, nothing being s een of Murphy, althong-h Dick knew that he could not be far away. Before long Dick noticed a dilapidated cabin s etting back a little from the road, and here he s a w a number of men around a fire, the ?.ir being a little cool now and the fire being grateful, therefore. "There's Zenas," muttered Dick, "but I don't see the child." "He may be in the cabin," suggested Bob. "Yes. You and Harry go ahead carelessly and I'll get around to the rear. I will signal if I see anything of the little boy." " All right,'' answered Bob, and Dick glided away without being seen by the men about the fire. Bob and Harry went on at an easy gait and at length reached the group about the fire, Bob saying, with a drawl: " Good mornin', you folks! Takin' yer comfort, be yer? Waal, that's right. 'Tain't always a feller gets it these days." "Oh, I donno," returned Pete Rawlinson. "I gen'ally manage to take things easy. What you doin' around here? Seen anything of any rebels?" "No, I hain't. I seen a woodchuck, but they're too greasy." "Huh! I guess you're pooty near a fool," with a laugh. . "I donno about that, but I know I'm mighty near a rascal," and Bob sat close to Zenas. Just then he heard a signal from Dick, which told. him that the young captain had caught sight of the little boy. "Ha I ho I ho I that's a good one on you, Zenas ! " laughed one of the men. "Pooty near a rascal, and him settin' cluss to ye. W aal, I'm blowed ! " There were seven or eight <>f the men, and they were all fellows and generally well armed, all having rifles, and some of them being provided with pistols as well. Zenas scowled, and Bob said, looking toward the cabin and getting up: "Guess I'll go and ask the woman fur a bit of bread and meat. Feelin' kind o' hungry just now." Two or three of the men arose suddenly to their feet, and Pete said, hastily and in an excited tone: "There ain't no woman there; we gotter get our own dinner if we want it. Guess yer better wait." "What ye doin' around here, anyhow, you and t'other feller?" growled Dave Huggins. "We don't know yer." "Waal, that's in my favor, anyhow," returned Bob. "It ain't no reCf the ruffian s to the ground, thus clearing a space for Dick and Bob, Murphy's rifle wc.s heard to crack again, and a man close to Di ck


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "DEADSHOT MURPHY" fell in a heap, he and Bob knocking down two others and hurrying after the girl, who had gained a good start. The Liberty Boys came dashing upon their horses , sending a volley at the Indians and Tories, who halted, irresolute, not knowing how many more of the boys there might be. This gave the two boys and the girl a ch a nce to get ahead and to join the Liberty Roy s. Then more and more Indians and Royal Greens were see n coming up, and Dick, looking back at them, said: "Better get out of the way, boys. We made a good attemnt, but there were more of the ruffians than I thoti,ght . Next time we will be more cautious and we onght to succee d." They all hurried off, Dick, Bob and Harry ClUickly getting their horses and going off toward the temporary camp. On the way they came across "Deadshnt Murphy," who said, grimly: "Well, there are s ome who won't bother you any more, captain. Sorry you could not get the little fellow from the ruffians." "Yes, it was unfortunate," replied Dick, "but we are not di scouraged, and will try it again." The Tories and Indians did not pursue the boys to any distance. evidently fearing to get caught in a trap, and the p lu cky fellows rode on, reaching the camp at where they were heartily receivPd b y all. The garrison did not attack the e"'<'my, and Di<'k did not care to do so, being c

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "DEADSHOT MURPHY" 11 The girl showed them the way to Billings' cabin, and D ick and Bob went ahead, Harry keeping near, but ou t of sight. When they reached the place they saw Zenas Stone, Pete Rawlinson and another man through the window, smoking and drinking, and then, as they came nearer and could s ee in a:t the door, they saw a w oman at the fir e i n the on e room whic h served as a kitchen, parlor, bedroom and everything el s e, g ettirig dinner ready. There was 1 siderable los s . "If they get a few more le ss on s lik e that th'!y will learn tha t the y a r e not w a n t e d," spu t t:)retl


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "DEADSHOT MURPHY" Bob, "and keep away. Johnson ought to know. that he is unwelc ome." "He does," observed Mark, "and that is why he come s here and makes all the trouble he can. He knows that he is hated, but the Indians are for revenge for the punishment rightly mfhcted upon them by Sulliven, and J<>hns on, hating the patriots, is ready to stir them up to committing all sorts of excesses." "Very true," replied Dick "and he will continue to do so until he, receives his just punishment." It was now noon, for some time things were quiet, there being no sign of any trouble the enemy's part. The boys had their dinners and kept a watch on the Indians and Tories, not knowing when they might appear and try to get revenge for the repulse they had had during the forenoon. At length, one of the scouts from the fort reported that John was going up the Mohawk at ,good speed, probably seeing no further use of remaining I'iear the fort. "We will have to follow him," declared Dick, "not only to prevent him from doing any more mischief as much as we can, but to punish him for what he has qone and to get back the little boy now in possession of the Indians." The boys prepared to follow the enemy and were on the way, when another scout reported that they. had h.alted in a better position and seemed prepared to make a stay. .The boys halted, therefore, and in a little while Dick and a party of the Liberty Boys went on cautiously to reconnoiter and see what they could learn. They caught sight of the enemy at length, the Indians being encamped in a wood and only a small part of their force being seen, the Royal Greens occupying a strong position on the river. ."I don't know how much longer they will stay there," said Dick to Bob, "but as soon as we can, we want to get into the Indian camp and see what they have done with the little boy." The boys waited for some time, watching the enemy and trying to determine what they were going to do, but at last they returned to the camp, Dick remarking: "\Ve cannot attack them now and s o we might as we ll wait to see what they are going to do. They may stay till night, but I do not think it will be much longer than that." The boys, therefore, waited, at the same time keeping a watch on the hostile camp. CHAPTER VIII.-On the Trail of the Boy. At dusk the Indians were .still in camp in the wood, and Dick determined to make another effort to rescue the boy. He called Bob and said: "There is no use in letting those rascally Indians run off with that boy, Bob, and I am going after him. You will go with me, of course? Do you think we had better take Harry?" "She will want to go, Dick, and she may be able to help us; Bob replied promptly. Harry said at once, when she was if she wished to accompany Dick and Bob to the Indians' camp in quest of little Harry: "I couldn't rest contented, captain, unless I am doing something. It is really a mercy to let me go with you, and I will \}o all I can, as you well know, to rescue my little Harry." "We will see if we can't steal upon the camp in the darkness and seize the boy, for the redskin s will be hungry after the day's work and will no doubt eat a hearty supper, and be heavy with sleep ." They did not wait for darkness to fall, however, but made their way to the camp hiding themselves on its outskirts till the dark should come. It was a starlight night, but the stars could not be seen from the deeper recesses of the woods where the Indians had made their way by the sense of touch and of feeling, for they could see nothing a foot away from their faces. A .fire was lighted in the center of the camp, and here the redskins had cooked their supper, and were now lying about it in various attitudes of sleep, with the exception of one who was sitting with his back propped up against a tree, smoking a long pipe, but even he nodded at intervals, his eyes heavy with drowsiness. The three spread out and make their way noise tow'.1rd a common center, their signals being prev10usly agreed upon, Harry was to join the one who succeeded in reaching the child and getting it, while the other was to create a diversion .in the opposite direction so as to call off the attention of the redskins from the one who had the child. It was sl o w work getting toward that fire, for it seemed as if every leaf and tree in the woods was brittle that night and snapped and crackled under their bodies, for they progresse<:l mostly on hands and knees. The men on the ground w.ould stir uneasily at some louder crack, but it seemed as if the Indian. who sat with his back propped against the tree opened his eye s at every sound, slight as it might be, consequently the three had to wait some time after any hint of noise. They did not know in just what part of the camp the child might be, so their task was just so much more difficult in consequence, but every time they made an advance it was so much gained, though it took them so long. Harry was in the middle, while Dick was on the right and Bob on the left, and by degrees the two boys moved faster than the girl, for they, in all probability, would have more ground to cover. They had approached almost within the glow of the fire and had not see:r;i anything of the little captive, and Harrywas growing more and more nervous every moment from the long-continued suspense, although she gave no evidence of her condition to the two boys. They did not dare venture within the radius of the light for fear of detection, although that was probably where the boy would be, but Bob and Dick crept carefully around, peering at the sleeping forms for the small one of child. At length Dick could distinguish it among those of the tall, lithe redskins, who, the evening being warm, were not wrapped in their blankets. The child was evidently sleeping, but he seeme d . restless, for he tossed from side to side at intervals, and moaned and whimpered in his sleep as if in distress of s ome kind. Dick's heart went out to the little fellow, and he longed to take him into his arms


.. THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "DEADSHOT MURPHY" and bear him away from thoes skuiking redskins and restore him his young aunt. He had told the other two, by imitatin g the hoot of an owl, that he had discovered the boy and was awaiting his chance to s eize him. Harry made her way closer to Dick, while Bob, in accordance with the pre-arranged plan, had moved away as rapidly as possible i n the opposite tion, so that he might, at Dick's signal, attract attention to h i mself and away from Dick and the boy. There was a tedious period of almost breathless waiting, the seconds seemed lik e moments, and the moments dra.gged thems elves seemingly into hours, for Dick was waiting till all the Indians were in deep slumber, as they gave evidence of soon being, even the supposed sentinel. They were all breathing regularly and heavily, for all had eaten heartily, and at length Dick felt the propitious moment had come . Quietly and slowly he crept within the light of the now e xpiring fire till he reached the sleeping boy, put out his hand and t ouched the little form, which did not stir, then getting on his feet he leaned over, gently picked up the child -and was about to iun with him when he open e d his eyes and gave a frightened scream, at the same time struggling violently. "Let me alone! Let me alone!" the child kept crying. In an instant an Indian was on his feet, some of the others showed signs of awak ening, and the man leaning against the tree sprang to h is feet with tomahawk poised. In an instant Dick had dropped the struggling child, who evidently believed himself in the clutch of the enemy. He had no time to explain or to soothe the child , but sinking to the ground, he crept amid the leaves and grass out of the circle of light before the redskins had really recovered their sight from their heavy sleep. B y this time Harry was crying, and almost tempted to rush to her l ittle nephew and clasp him in her arms and soothe his fears, but it was too late, and s he, too, crept away in the neither she nor DicK speaking till they were well without hearing di stance. Meanwhile, the redskins were searching for the di sturber of their slumbers. No. one had seen Dick, and, as it was too dark to d i scover any traces he might have left of his recent passage, they could do nothing but listen, and all they heard was one whippoorwill calling to another in the darkness . Onc e outsi de the danger zone, Dick and Harry awaited the coming of Bob. "What was it, Dick?" he asked, eagerly. "I thought you had the boy, and was just about to make myself heard when I saw the forms leap up in the firelight, and then your signal that the attempt had not succeeded." . "It was poor little Harry's terror a t being so suddenly waked. after the terrible experience -he has been through," explained his young aunt. "He -probab l y thought the Indians had got him. What are we going to do now?" and her voice was full of the tears that her eyes kept resolutely back. . "Go bac k to our o w n camp_ and try again at daylight," was Dick's reply. "We'll succeed some time. th"ugh the sooner the better for him and for u s all." They took their way wearily back to their .... own ca mp, where they Jay down as they were, wi t hout undressing, for the daylight was not so long a way. Dick decid e d to go alone in the morning, thinking he might have a better chance of concealing himself than if there we r e mor e boy s with him. H!! d i d not waken either Harry or Bob, but told Mark what he was going to try to accomplish, with a-message for Harry in cases he should wake, that Dick w ould be bacl<' either with or without little Harry by sun-up. During the previous night it had o c curred to him that he might conceal himself in the dense branches of the tree agains t who s e trunk the sentinel had been leaning and thus discover the po sition of the child as we ll as observe the movements of the Indians , and thus be abl e to decide when would be best to attempt another rescue. H e had little difficulty in reaching the tree, uns een and unheard, for Dick h a d the woodcraft of the redskin himself, and was able to make his '\vay into their very midst without attractino attention unless something untoward When he had succeede d in reaching his elevated position he peered downward and saw s ome of the recumbent forms of the night before, but at once .he saw t h a t they were not a ll there, neither could he see the for!'Il of little Harry. "They have taken alarm and taken him.away," he thought, "and now I must find where they h ave hidden him. It's a pity we did not suc ceed last night; no"_'. i t will be doubly hard, for first we have got to find him, and then probably he will be guarded much more carefully than before. There i s no help for it, however. I wish I had not said I would be back to camp hy sun-up, for then I could t r y to pick up the trail, but if I am not back on time the boys will become alarmed, and start to look me up, whi ch might greatly interfere with my plans." He made his way down the tree as noi s e. le ssly as he had climbed up, crept away in the semi-darkness before any of the Indians were stirring, and was back at his own camp before the time he had set for his return. He found Harry already awake, and told her what he had jus t discovered, but tried to reassure her by telling her that immediately after they had eate n, the three of them w ould again start out to :find the little boy. Harry felt too wrought up to eat, but Dick knew that she must have food or that she could not endure the strain, so he said, quietly but firmly, not showfog the deep sympathy he really felt for her: "If you don't eat, Harry, you must remain in c a mp, for I cannot have my actions hampered by any weakness on your part." Harry's pale face flu shed, as she asked, deprecatingly: "But, captain, have I shown weakness yet?" "Not yet, Harry, but you will if y ou do not eat and keep up your physical strength as well as your courage." Harry made no reply, but forced dow n some food and drank a bowl of millc, of which, for-. tunately, jus t at that time they had a liberal supply. The Indian camping-place was a long distance back of the road, so there was no use in taking horses, and just as .the sun was sending its rosy glow over the country the three, dressed as ordinary boys of the neighborhood,


14 THE LIBERTY BOY S AND "DEADSH O T MURPHY" w ith muskets o ver thei r should ers, a s if in lost sight of him. Then she g a ve one of the quest of g ame, quietly left the camp of the Lib signals of the Boys, and in an erty Bo ys , and started out in t h e w ood s in the mstant she saw the face o f Dick looking at her dire ction of the redskins' camp that D i ck had through a screen of leaves . As he saw her l e f t but a short time before. It was here that he advanced c autiously toward her, and she held Dic k e x p e cted to pick up his trail, but they were up the bit o f torn cloth for his inspection. H e all careful to keep on the outskirts of the camp looked at it carefully, and then drawing her and not to attract the attention of the India n s . father away into the recesses o f the w o ods he When they came within sight of the c a mp, the whispered: were sitting smo ki ng, . their "Where did y ou find this?" about, croppmg the grass m the "Back where I was standing, watching the little m the wood s . -Indians, and where you left me. In vam Harry scanned that part of the camp " . . . that she c ould see fro m her position behind a "You thmk that. this came fro m his cl othes?" tree for some trace of her little neph ew hoping He wore a p air of old h omespun breeches tha t Dick had failed to see him and 'that he w .hen he snatched up," .replied .. " On e mi ght still be ab out. Harry r em ained at her piece looks like another, b u t it _is . the c1rc u m station behind the tree, while Dick and Bob B1'.ances make m e . feel that it 1s a part o f encircled the camp at quite a d i s t ance from the cl othes. . . cen ter, narr owing the circle with each round . Show me JUst wher e you found it, but be Dick t aking on e h a l f , and Bob the o t h er. Meanto keep from the very spot. lest w e while, H arry herself was not inatt e n tive . S he , t r a il. . . . had s tood motionle ss , her eye s ' fix ed o n the Oh, I d 1 dn t thmk o f that! she exclai m ed, mov ing and stationary forms of the Indians quickly. "I jus t made a graJ:> for it. " . for m any minutes, but had di scove r ed n o sign She took Dick to near wher e she had stoo d, of little Harry, n othing e v en to indicat e tha t and th. en pointed out to him the spot where it he had ever been there at all, and if s h e h a d h a d lam almo s t concealed by the dead leave s. not heard his voice the night before, s h e m i g h t "The trail is not clear," mutter ed D i ck, after have thought that Dick had. be e n mistaken in a moment or two, _he had spent on his h i s identity, but she c ou l d not be in doubts of h ands and knees with his face cl o s e to the his cry nor . the s ound o f his v o ice . ground. "There are many footprints here, but She le t her eyes wande r ay.ray fro m the Inn one small enough for the child, and yet h o w dians , not far afield, for the woods were thick cou l d the piece be torn from the leg of his where she stood, but unconsciously, as it were , bre eches unless he were walking?, Here are here eye s , no w freed from the control of he1 h i s aunt's footste p s . I can easily distinguish mind, were foll owing the motion s of a little thos e, and the imprint of-a bare fo ot, evid ently chipmunk that was scurrying about amid the that o f a redskin, but absolutely no trace of dry le a ves . Harry rea liz e d that s he was look a little foot He gave another search all about in g at a p i ece of faded blu e h omespun such as and then came back to the spot where Harry Harry's little breeches had been m a d e of. She had said she had found the piece o f cloth, and a lm os t fo rgot her perilous po s itiop, but the after another mome n t o f cl o se scrutiny r o s e to crackin g o f t wig as she took a step forward to his f eet; as he did so his hat was struck o ff snatch at the bit of cloth brought her to the by an overhanging branch. He did not stoop real ization of the situation, and s h e m ade her t o rec over his hat at once; instead, he sei z e d way carefully to ward it, a nd s to pping, p o ss e ss ed the branch tha t had talten o ff his hat and ex hersel f o f the pre c i ou s b it of s o i l e d cloth. amine d that. He gave a sign o f satisfaction, S h e h a d no means of i d entif ying this but as for he had discovered the thread o f faded blue h a ving come from little H arry ' s breeches, it w a s cl oth on its extreme end. j ust t he h e m o f one le g, p r obabl y torn away "They have carried him," he thought, and h e b y s om e sharp twig tha t p ro ject e d from the l o oked again at the bit o f t orn breeches leg, and b ro k e n branches l ying about on t h e ground, and soon saw that the rent was not a new one, with from w hich , no doubt, the Indian s r eplenish e d the exception of a space o f about an inch, just their fire. She did not know jus t whe r e either s ufficient to catch on the tre e and to be wrenched cf t he t w o b o y s was at that moment, but they off a s the boy was being carri ed past. Then wou ld be so m ewhere about, and s h e l e f t her D ick again dropp ed down on . hi s hands alitl sheltPr from behind the tree-trunk a nd, turning knees and was abl e to foll o w the imprint of the her b ac k on the reds kin s, crept slowly a w ay, b are foot . Sometimes he lo s t sight of it, but peering around in a ll direction s for s ome sign sooner o r later he w ould pick it up agai n , and of the bo ys. In a few moments s he saw s o mein a few moments he summoned Bob, and then thiri,g mov in g, and g li di n g b e hi n d a hee she the thre e went on together in the direction w aited for the fo r m , whateve r it might be, to whither the footprints led . They rela xed n one of cro ss a small space betw een two trees. their vigilance , although every step too k them _ _,,. a way from the Indians camp, for Dick knew CHAPTER IX.-Facing Many Dangers . I n a moment she saw the figure of a boy, and a l though s he could not see enough t o be sur e what h is c ol o r might be, she c aught• a glimpse of hi s dres s, which was certa i nly not that o f a n Indian. She i mitated the twitter o f a bird, and ins t antly the boy stopped and :.he there must be others Indians about, and did not kno w but that they were now between two camps, and m ight be hemme d in on both sides. He ris ked the danger, howe ver, he was doin g ev ery day in furtherance of a good cause, and they made their way silently and with as -muc h haste as po ss ible under the difficu lty conditions. The trail le d them farther a n d farther on,


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "DEADSHOT MURPHY" 15 into more inaccessible places, up a mountain, steep and rough. More than once they lo s t it, sometimes it being Dick who would discover it again and sometimes Bob, after infinite troulile and patience. After unusually hard climb they had to throw themse lves down to rest, not on account of Harry, who was feverish in her eagerness to find the boy and who see m e d to be tireless, but Dick knew that her was a fictitious strength, and that a few moments' rest would really help her. She could hardly contain herself, starting every moment or two as if to get on her feet, but Dick or Bob would put out a restraining hand, and once Bob went to a brook nearby and, making a drinking cup out of a leaf, brought her a drink, which she accepted gratefully, not realizing till the cool water touched her parched thToat and tongue how thirsty she had been. The sun was nearing its meridian, and still their search had not ended, neither ]]ad they came in sight of any Indians. .. Small game abounded, but Dick did not dare a shot for fear of bringing the redskins on them, and so they went on without food, and with but .a few m oments' rest. Harry a s ked no questions, trusting thoroughly in Dick, a l tfi ough her heart was beginnil'.g to fail her. Then suddenly they heard the twang of a bowstring, and an arrow whizzed past her head and struck into a trunk just ahead of her. They threw thems elves down on the grass at once, hoping to escape the keen eyes of the redskins, not knowing whether they had yet been discovered or not, hoping that the shot had l::een a chance one, or aimed at something el se . Not. another sound was heard for s ome moments, and Dick had jus t raised his head to glance around when he found him self looking into the eyes of a red brave not five yards distant. Instantly Dick fired, risking bringing other Indian down en them, not knowing but there might be a d o zen more in the neighborhood. As his shot flashed one way, another came in hi s direction, but. not from the crouching red, who now rose and, drawing his bow, sent an arrow directly at Harry. Bob had seen the motion and pulled the girl quickly to one si de, and the arrow missed her, then he fired and brought doW'n the r ed before he had a chance to fit another arrow to his bow. In the meantime Dick had fired another shot, and then the reds di s appeared as if by magic, and there was no sound cut their own breathing. The three -whites dropped again to the ground, and together they wormed thems elves to the shelter of som e thick underbrush, and lay watching for another attack. But none came; the momen t s passing in inactivity, when s o much remained to be done . Dick he sitated about leaving cover lest the reds were merely lying in wait, hoping to lure them into a se n se of security and then to pounce down on them. At length, growing impatient, he resorted to the old ruse of placing a hat on the end of his musket and raising it slowly upward, but no answering shot came. Again and again he tried the experiment with no result, and then he himself slowly rose, with no sign from the reds: Then he made a sharp s as if the break ing of a twig, and when noth4ng occurred after that he felt reasonably sure that they had gone on. They had lost the trail, however, for soon Dick exclaimed: 'There has been a number of Indians through here but a short time s ince,. and we saw only a part of them." " V/ho do you suppose they are, Dick?" "Perhaps they are on the way to jo i n Johnson and do more mischief,'' replied Dick, bitterly. "Oh, I wish we could get little Harry!" cried Harry. Dick sighed. "I see no chance of that now," he replied, sadly, "for there is no longer any signs of the barefooted reds kin, and we ought to get back to the camp as soon as po s sible, for I fear something may be wrong." "Oh, captain, you are not going to give up the search for little Harry, are you?" cried Harry, tears in her eyes, and her har.ds clasp ed tight agains t he1 heart. . "I don't s ee that there is anything el s e to do now, Harry," answered Dick, gently. "It i s nri use continuing an search. The child . may not be within mile s of. here; we do not . even know that he has surely be e n carried in this direction; we may be losing time by going on farther." ' "That i s true," assented Harry, sadly. "You mul?t do as you think right, captain, and I will a.ct as you wish." Dick felt almost as badly as Harry in relinquishing the quest after Harry, after being on the tra il so long, and had he any hopes of p icking up the trail again within any reasonable time he would have p1nsued it farther, chancing the results , but 1'S he had lost it, and there seemed no certainty of again finding it that day, and as he knew he might be urgently needed at camp, he felt hi s duty was to return. He stood a moment to get h is bearings and to consider how far they had come, and how near they were to the river. when he heard something in the wood s back of him. "More Indians!" he exclaimed. Harry's face paled. She was feeling the strain of the search, and, besides, she had a terror of the redskins. "Do you think they have seJn us?" she whispered. "I don't know yet. If they have we must elude them, they are still far enough away for u s to do that. We will take to the river so as to leave no tracks," replied Dick, in low tones. "We had better get away as quickly as pos sible," said Bob. "I think there are a number of them, and they are probably on the way to join those who i;;tole little Harry." It was not easy going, and Harry was plainly flagging, so each boy took one of her hands and together they ran swiftly toward the river, away from the direction whence the sounds proceeded. They had not gone far when they found their way blocked by an impassable swamp, which even Dick did not care to attempt to cross in a hurry, as he was• not acquainted with the country just about here, and he d i d not know where tfiere was any chance of getting through. They lost considerable time in going around, and heard the shouts of the redskins, who were gainin.g on them by reason of their long detour. "We'll have hard work to make it," exclaimed


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "DEADSHOT MURPHY" Dick, "for the rascals are fast gaining on us. Bob, you go on ahe ad with Harry, and I'll keep them back for a while at least." "No, the lieutenant mus t stay back with you, and I will go on alone," cried Harry. "I don't want you to take such a risk for me." " Bob, do as I say, and if anything happens t o me then you can send Harry on alone and keep them back just so much longer." " All right, Dick," and he started to lead Harry a way. But Harry refused to advance. "Either we all remain or we all go on and take the chances," she s a i d, and Dick did not di spute her decision, but went on withput fur ther demur. The whoops of the redskins were growing louder every moment, and it seemed as if .there was no way to save themselves, for the country was open at that point, they having left the w oods a few moments before. The river was in plain sight now, and Dick's purpos e was to reach its bank and swim as far as they could and to land on the opposite side, leaving no trail behind them, and then taking to the woods, which bordered the river on the opposite side. But Dick soon saw that his plan would fail, for the Indians were now almost within shot, and in a few moments would be on them. He looked up and down the river bank for some means to escape. Toward the camp they had left that morning he saw ai cloud of dust: What could it mean? Were more Indians approaching? He quickly drew Harry down beside him behind a large rock and then waited. Danger seemed to confront them, front and rear. The cloud of dust approached nearer on one side, the yells of the Indians on the other. Then horses were seen to emerge from the dust, and a moment later Dick gave a shout, drew Harry up to her feet by his side and pointed to the approaching riders. "Hurrah, Liberty Boys!" shouted Bob , indifferent now to the close proximity of the red-skins. The boys were alongside in a moment more, Dick shouted, waved his arms, and they came to a halt. . "We've found you, captain. You are needed, for the enemy is on the march, and the men at the fort are preparing to follow." CHAPTER X .-One Less Enemy to J)eal With. The enemy were on the march, and Dick and the L i be rty Boys and a number of the men from the fort were sent after them, determine d to . punish the m s everely for the de struction they had wrought, p ick, Bob and Harry only waiting to s n atch a bit to eat, as they had not eaten since early morning. Johns on marked his path with fires, burning the hou s es of all the patriots and sparing thos e of the Tories , but thes e the angry patriots de stroyed '! o that there was de s o lation on all sides. Troops had been sent from Alb any as soon as word was received there of Johns on's pres ence in the valle y, and the Libe rty Bo ys joined with s ome of these on the day a fter Joh n s on ' s departure up the valley. Johns on w a s / on the north side of the river, devastating the country while the patriots were on the south side, the leaders showing their spirit, however, much to the disgust of many of the boy s . Johnson at last rested, guarding the neares t ford, while the leader of the patriots went off to dine with Governor Clinton, it was said, whic h caused an Oneida chief, who was in the party with a considerable force of his warriors, to denounce him as a Tory. The Liberty Boys were bitter against their leaders, and if Dick had said so, they would have cros s ed the ri,ver and attacked the Tories and Indians unsupported. "There are too many of them, boys, and the ford is guarded," said Dick. "Have a little patience, and we will J!'et after these marauders and giv e them all the punishment w e can." Murphy was with the Liberty Boys , and later in the day he reported to Dick that the talk of the men and the anger of the Oneid a chief had stirred the commander to activity and that a move would soon be made. " Well, I am glad of it," declared Dick, "for we do not like this inactivity and are eli,ger to be doing something." . At last, along in the afternoon, the order was given to cross the river, and the Liberty Boys gave a cheer and were quickly ready. The dis guis ed girl was with. the boys, and Dick, seeing her a s ide, said earnestly: "Keep out of danger as much as pos s ible. I know that you are no boy, although I have said nothing. I am willing for you to be with us and will help you get 'the little boy from the Indians , but in a fight such as we are bound to have before long, it will not be an easy matter to look after every one, and I would rather that you keep out of danger. You will have reason enough, as you are not one of us, and no one will blame you for keeping at the rear at s u c h a time." Harry colored deeply and answered: "I will not expose myself needlessly, .captain. Do you think there will be any chance of little Harry bei;;.g the enemy?" "Probabcy not, but if he is we will do our best to improve the opportunity, you may be sure." The boys forded the river in a body, and in a short time the patriots were draw n up on the other side of the Mohawk, ready to give battle to the Royal Greens, Y agers , Indians and Tori es ' and punish them for the de struction they had done. The Royal Greens and Y ager.s were drawn u p on a plain partly guarded by a b e n d i n the river, the Indian s under Brant being concealed in a thicket <>f shrub o a k s n e a r at h a n d . T h e patriots attacked the Greens and Yagers v igorou s ly, tl).e Liberty Boys having a promine n t po s i tion and charging valiantly. "Forward, L iberty Boys!" shouted Dick " down with the marauding Tories and fo r eigii. h i re lings , give it to them, my boys ! " Cras h I roar! A tremendous volley .rang out, for the boy s fired as they charged. "Liberty forever! Down with the Tories! Scatter the hirelings!" roared the b rave f e llows, a s they ch a r ged furiously upon the enemy. They had long been eager to engage the John s on Gree n s and Yage r s , and now that they had a c h ance t h e y mean t to impro ve it. Rattle! rattle! crack! crack l Mu s kets a n d pistols rat-


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "DEADSHOT MURPHY" 1 7 t!ed and banged and there were many gaps in I . he ranks of the enemy, as the valiant young patriots charged with the greatest ferocity. The::i Brant and his' Indians came out of their hiding-place and raised a war-whoop, expecting to throw terror into the hearts of the plucky b oys. Suddenly Dick noticed "Deadshot Mur phy" with the Liberty Boys, mounted on a big brown horse. The rifleman had not been seen before with the boys, but Dick was glad to have him with them. The Liberty Boys charged furiously, the militiamen and regulars showing bravery and making an impetuous dash, which nothing could withstand. Suddenly Dick noticed Murphy rein in for a moment and then ltrai s e his rifle to his shoulder and fire. "Jove! he has hit Brant!" ejaculated Bob. "It will be a good thing if he has killed the monster!" muttered B en, impetuously. Dick saw th. e chief fall, and knew that the rifleman's shot had reached him. The Indians began to fall back, being the first to yield before a charge like that, and then the Greens and Yagers began to give way. The boys gave vent to a tremendou s cheer and charged more vigorou sly, emptying their pistols upon the enemy. Then Brant was seen to get up and fall back with his braves, having received a wound in the head, and not killed, as the boys had fondly hoped. "That's too bad!" sputtered Bob, in a disappointed tone. "I had hoped that the red demo n had been killed and that we would never more be troubled with him." "No such luck, I guess1 " muttered Mark. Dic k saw Murphy fire another shot at the chief, but one of the braves got in the way either accidentally or by design, and in a moment he fell in his tracks and lay till. The Royal Greens, Yagers, Tories, camp follower s and Indians fled and now, it being twilight, the patriot leader ordered a halt, much to the disappointment of all. The troops were ordered to fall back and encamp for the night, an order which caused the greatest dissatisfaction, but which had t o be obeyed. After dark, when the boys had had their suppers and the pickets were set, Dick sent for . Bob and said: "I am going to see what I can do with the fodians . If they have taken the little boy with them I am going to make another effort to get him away. I think we will take just a few of the boy s. It will be too dangerous to take Harry with us, and we shall not have a large party." "We ought to do something, Dick, if the little fellow is with the Indians yet," rejoined Bob. It is not likely that the Tories have taken him away, is it?" "No; I think not." The boys disguised themselves as ordinary country boys, and got Jack, Will, George, Paul and the two Harrys to go with them, making their way rapidly in the direction taken by the Indians and Tories, having their with them, as they did not' know how far they might have to go before coming up with the redskins. They rode two or three miles before they saw the campfires of the enemy ahead of them, and went on for some little distance before • dismounting, seeing a light betwee n them and the fires. "That must be a smaller camp-fire," said Dick 1 "but we mus t see what it is be fore we go on.' Dick and Bob went ahead, taking Jack Warren and Will Freeman along, and advauced rapidly, but with caution, toward the light they saw. This soon proved to be a light in a little half-ruined cabin, where a party of five or si x rough-looking men could be seen gathered before a log fire on the hearth. The boys crept up till within a dozen yards of the cabin, the door of which was open, and listened to the men talk ing. There were Zenas Ston e, Pete Rawlinson. Dave Huggins and some more, who were known to the boys, there being some who were strangers to them. "We've getter get the brat from the Injuns," growled Zen as. "I undertook ter ke ep him, an' them Injuns got him, but I ain't goin' ter let them have him, 'cause I want him myself. "What do you want him fur, Zenas?" asked Pete, who had been drinking. "So's to 'mind ye of his dad what you killed?" "Who says I did?" growled the other, angrily. "I do, an' ye can't deny it. You know you did, so do I, 'cause I seen ye, an' if ever there was a cold-blooded murder that was one. The .man was helpless an' you killed him ." "I'll kill you if you say that?" snarled Zenas, springing to his feet. Pete started to seize hi s rifle, which stood against the wall, and sent it clattering to the floor, discharging it. There was a _ sharp report and then a heavy fall, and one oi the men exclaimed: "Gosh ! it's killed him! H e didn't move. He's been shot by his own gun ! " "Served him right," growled Zenas, "for tellin' lies about me." "I dunno what might happen next," muttered Dave Huggins. "I mought get shot myself," and he aros e and left the cabin, followed by three or four others , the boy s crouching low in the bushes s o as not to be s een . "Served him right," snarled Zenas. "Take him out' n here. I ain't goin' to stay in here with that thing starin' me in the face. What if I did kill John Warner? He took my ,gal away from me an' I had a right to. I didn't though. He was shot by Injuns. Take that feller out, I tell ye!" with a snarl. "I ain't goin' to have it ih here." "Wull, that was an accident," said one , "but I ain't s o sure about the other. 'Taint ve'Jly pleasant comp'ny, is he, Zenas? I guess I won't stay no more. The rebel s mought be comin' up," and the man left the cabin. "Confound ye, are ye all goin' away?" growled Zenas. " I didn't kill the feller. Why can't ye take him away? I don't want that thing in here, an' I ain't er goin' to have it, nutherl" and the man pushed the dead body with his foot, and then started back as if the touch had burned him. "You and him was partners , take him out yerself," muttered one. "You didn't kill him, so y

18 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "DEADSHOT MURPHY" to sputter and suddenly went out with a puff of ill-smelling smoke. In a moment there were startled exclamations from all in the cabin, and at the next instant they ran out in a boely, leaving the dead man the sole occupant of the cabin. They scattered in various directions and were soon all gone, their footsteps dying away in the distance. "The boy is still with the Indians," declared Dick, when he had called up the rest of the boys, "and we must see where they are." "They cannot be very far away," said Bob, -"since we can see their camp-fires. Suppose we go there, Dick." "Those fires may be in the camp of the Royal Gree n s ," returned Dick. "But we can go there, at any rate, and see ." Then the hoys went on rapidly and cautiously, leading the horses and at length making out the camp to be that of the Indians. CHAPTER Xl.-The Little Boy Recovered. There was a considerable force in the camp of the Indians and the boys did not dare to approach it too near, as the reds were moving abo'Ut a great deal, and every now and then a pari;y of a dozen or more would . leave it in one direction or another, and they were sure to be detected if they attempted to enter. There were no whites to be s een, and they would have been suspected, therefore, even in their disguises if they went in, and, as it was, Dick came very near leing di scovered while watching the Indians, a party passins w ithin a yard or two of his hiding p lace behind a fallen trunk. Something was going on that the boys did not nderstand, for even when the Indians spoke what they said was unintell!gible to the young patriots, and Bob grew very restive at b eing unable to tell what mcve the Indians had on hand. Dick saw nothing of the little boy, and was not at all sure that he was in the camp at all, having an idea that so me smaller party had taken him with them, and would hurry on by themselves s o as to get to a safe place without delay. Sm a ll parties of Indians constantly coming and going, and the boys were obliged to exercise the greatest caution in order not to be discovered , being on the point of it more than once. At last a number of the Indians met around the large camp-fire in the middle of the grove and held a deliberation, Dick being unable to understand what was said, however. Finally, after about twenty minutes, they all got up, and at once every one began preparing to leave the camp. Dick watched carefully to see if the little boy were with them, but saw nothing of him. The preparations for going on the march were made rapidly, and in ten minutes the entire party set out at a rapid rate up the Mohawk, the evident desire being to get away as quickly as possible. Dick saw nothing of the little boy and was satisfie d now that he was not with these Indians, but must oe with another and smaller detachment. He got all the boys together and said: • "The boy i s not there. These men are in haste to get away, and I believe they are going to abandon Johns on and return to their own as fast as they can." " Maybe they are afraid,'' suggested Bob. "We have b een giving them a lot of trouble lately." "Brant is wounded, and if the troops will only push on they will scatter Johnson's forces,'' declared Dick. "The Indians are poor losers, and now that their chief has been wounded, they are in a hurry to get away." "And the boy i s not there?" asked Bob. " No, I have seen nothing of him, and I don't believe he is here at all; in fact, I am satisfied he is not." "Then what are we going to do?" "Nothing, that I can see, except return to the camp. We will pursue Johnson in the morning, undoubtedly, and we must find out wher• the boy is . If we can find the Indians who have him we will make a determined effort to get him away from them, and I believe that we shall. succeed." "We've got to ! " muttE!red Bob, determinedly. "V•le can't let these red villains carry him off any farther." The boys then turned their faces toward the camp and went on at a good gait, suddenly stopping as they neared the cabin, where they had s een the Tories, upon hearing the sound of voice s. "Hallo! these fellows have c ome back," said Dick. Then he approached the place, cautious ly, with Bob, Jack and Ben, suddenly discovering that the voices were not th<>se of the Tories but of Indians. Dick signaled to the boys to come up cautiously and rapidly and surround the cabin. "How do these fellows happen to be here?" he asked himse l'f. "They must have known that the main bcdy was . on the march if they were anywhere near, for you can see the camp from here and the reds made noise enough. Maybe they did not intend to go on with the rest. " Then he s tole up, c autiously, and look e d in at the rear window, taking care not to be seen himself. There were three or four Indians in the place, and lying fast a s leep on a bundle of blankets were a little fair-haired boy of five years, the very boy, in fact, whom they had tried s o many times to get away from the Indians. Dick imitated the call o f a whippoorwill and in a few moments Bob repeated it six time<:, which meant that there were si x of the Indians in all. There were eight of the boys, and Dick dec ided that this was enough if they managed properly. Stealing around to the front of the cabin, he suddenly let out a terrific whoop, which brought all the redskins but of the cabin in an instant. Then he and Bob ran inside, caught up the sleeping boy, scattered the embers of the fire and ran out a.gain, as the two Harrys and Jack opened fire upon the returning In dians, who had just discovered how they had be e n tricked. The boys quickly massed themse lve s, and with shouts and cheers and shots, charged upon the Indians, scattering them right and left, and then made for their horses. These they quickly secured, jumped into the saddle and were off down the road at a gallop i n a few moments. "Hallo, captain!" said the little boy, who had been awakened by the noise and the motion. "You've tooked me away from the Injuns , haven't you?"


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "DEADSHOT MURPHY" "Yes, Harry, and they won't get you again," replied Dick. The Indians were unable to pursue the boys, having no horses, and they gave up the chase a c once the boys going on at a rapid pace. When they reached the camp the disguised girl was the first to meet them and to take the boy from Dick's arms. e "Hallo, Aunty Annie, I have come back cried the :Little fellow. "Harry don't like juns." "Hallo! Harry Warner is the boy's aunt!" cried some of the boys. "How is that?" "How did you came to call yourself Harry?" asked Dick, later. "Why, my name is Harriet Ann, and it was an easy matter to call myself Harry. Indeed, I used to be called so until little Harry came along." "Oh I see!" with a smile. "Then you really took your own name, after all?" " and I have often worn these clothes in the wo'ods for convenience, so that I was used to them." "Yes but there was some of our boys who have sharp eyes and they detected the difference." "Yes I know they did," laughing, "but as they nothing I did not, either." There were some men going back to the fort the next morning, and the girl and little Harry went with them. Although General Van Rens selaer did not pursue the enemy, he had not said that others should not, and Captain McKean and the Oneidas set after them the next morning, the Liberty Boys going along, eager to inflict more punishment upon them. The enemy we:r;e hastening toward Onondaga Lake, where their had been left concealed, Johnson and the Indians and the Yagers going ahead, the Greens, regulars and Butler's Rangers following. 1:he patriots pushed on after the enemy, pursumg them as far as Fort Herkimer on the German Flats where they halted to rest. McKean and the Oneidas were ordered to press on in advance, Dick and the Liberty Boys going with them. Van Rensselaer promised them support, and they went on with little intermission, being eager to come up with the enemy and thrash them. The boys were halting during the night, making a temporary camp and keeping a lookout for any straggling parties or marauders, a few fires being lighted, and the boy s taking their comfort while at the same time they were on the watch. The boys shortly wenton again and cotftinued their march rapidly . . In the morning the troops came upon Johnson's trail, finding his camp-fires still burning. McKean' was for pushing on at once, but the Oneida chief would not advance unless he was sure that the rest of the troops were coming and that he could be sure of thei r support. A halt was called, therefore, the leaders deciding to wait till they heard from Van Rensselaer. While they were waiting, a messenger came irom the general and informed them that he had given up the pursuit and was at that moment on his way to Albany. There was nothing to do, therefore, but go back, although every one was greatly disappointed. "What are you goin,g to do, Diclc?" asked Bob. "We a1•e not under Van Rensselaer's orders now, since he has given up the fight." "No, we are not; and I am going on farther to see what I can discover. If we do not do mor e than punish some of these Tories and Indians it will be something." "Yes, so it will, and we ought to do it. Ther e are those Tories who stole the little boy. They ought to be dealt with severely." "I shall do so if I catch them, Bob," replie d Dick, and in a short time the Liberty Boy were again on the march. CHAPTER XII.-The Last of An Evil Life. The Liberty Boys rode on at good speed, and in an hour or so came up with some straggler s from Johnson's army, Indians, Royal Green s , Yagers and a few regulars, a most motley crowd. Dick saw Zenas Stone and some' of his cronies among the rest and did not wonder at it. "They are a lot of laggards, the whole of them," he said to Bob. "They would desert in a moment if they were near a settlement where they were not known . " The stragglers took fright at the sight of the Liberty Boys and began to fall back in haste, being only restrained from g etting into a panic by the efforts of the British regulars. These rallied the rest and they began to show some sort of front as the gallant boys came on. "Forward, boys!" shouted Dick. "Down with the rabble of marauders, scatter them in all di rections!" "Hurrah! liberty forever! Down with the Tory ruffians and the red rascals! A way with the foreign mercenaries!" Then down upon the enemy bore the brave fellows, facing a scattered fire as they went on. They opened fire upon the Loyalists, Yagers, regulars and redskins, and went on with a rush, shouting their battle-cry and a rattling pistol volley, which had great effect upon the foe. Then, with cutlass and musket, they charged, firing upon the Indians, whim they quickly routed, and then upon the Yagers and Royal Greens. The Y agers were not u s ed to this sort of fighting, and they quickly retreated, the boys then falling vigorously upon the Johnson Greens and Rangers, driving them back vigorously. The regulars tried to hold them together, but there w ere not enough of them, and the regulars themselves were soon forced to retreat, the entire body scattering in all directions, while the boys gave a loud cheer and halted to reload and prepare for another charge in case the enemy should come on again. "Murphy would have liked this," laughed Mark, as the thought of the impetuous charge came across him. "So he would," declared Jack, "and there would have been fewer of the rascals, if he had been with us." The rifleman had left them, however, going back with the troops, and the boys did not see him again for a long time. He had been a great help to the brave boys while he had been with them, and they had given him a hearty farewell when he had gone away, expressin(I the hope that they would soon meet him again. The boys were ready for the enemy if they came, but the y d i d n o t, making all haste, apparently, to join the main body and .2'et to a ulace of


20 rrrrn LIDETITY BOYS AND "DEADSHOT MURPHY" safety. There w a s no sign of any of them re-turning, and at last Dick said: . "We will not see any mere of them, and there is hardly any use of going after them. Johnson will make all haste to get to Canada, and we have done enough without going further. Whe n we are sure that there will be no more of •hem, we will return to the fort a i1d ask fo t further instructions." The boys rested, therefore, Dick and JI.ob and a few others going out in an hour or s o to look about them. They rode for some li ttle di stanc e without seeing any of the enemy, and w e r e at length ready to return, when Dick notice d a n old cabin ahead of them and said: "It strikes me that there may be some one in that place. Come ahead, Bob, and we will exa min e it." The two boys wen t ahead, and presently, a:; they neared the cabin, they heard voice s. Dick made a signal to Bob and dismounted. Bob did t he same, and both boys went forward, caut i ou s l y . Dick had recognize d , one of the voices as that cf Z enas Stone, having a great memory for s u c h things . The boys went on, and presently a m a n r a n cut, the door b eing on the 'side, as the y approa ched t h e place . Zenas ran after him and shot him in the bac k, the m a n falling in a heap and never moving. "Hallo! you villain, up to your old tricks again! are you?" cried Dick. "You de serve a hanging for that.". Zenas , seeing the two boys , turne d and fled, Dick and B c b after him, and signa l ing to the others to com e up. The m a n Zenas h a d shot was unarmed, and i t w ai:l nothing less than a murder, probably not the first that the fellow Had committe d. The boy s gave chas e, the To1 y taking good care t o k eep trees between himself and h i s pursuers. Dick h a d satisfie d himself with a glance tha t the o t h e r man was d ead, and then kep t on at a s teady run after the villain, B o b at h i s s ide. Zen a s t r ied to throw them off and plunged into the thicket, but the boys fol l o we d the t r a il without diffi culty, only hanging b a ck a littl e to allo w the othe r s to come up. "Tha t fe llo w has done this thing once too often," d e clared D i ck, e arnes tly, "and it has got t o b e stopped. " "He ought to have bee n hanged years m uttered Bob , "but h e'll get it now and justice will be d on e." "The fell ow i s only delaying his fate a bit, " sputter e d B o b , "for he is sure to meet it and cannot e scape." At l e ngth the trail led up a ste e p s lope in and out among great b oulders and among huge tree s, w hich a t t imes cast a twilight shade in the wo o ds , a l thot'gh t h e . sun was shining brightly ove r h e ad. The b oys pushed on till they came to t h e t o p of the s lo p e , and the n m a de their way rapidly on, Dic k catching sight of the Tory at a little d i stance , m aking his way toward a tumbling brook, which presently leaped from the bank into a basin twenty feet below. "He is making for the brook," said Bob. "Yes, and there is a bridge over it," replied Dick. "He will get away from us." "Perhaps not,'' muttered Dick. The boys hurried on, Dick and Bob in the lean, the others not far behind them. Zenas reachei the brook over which the1 e w a s a tree b1id > e and across. Suddenly ther e was a c1a,?'. . and the trunk was s e e n to b1'eak in t wo and drop int o the stream. It was rotted through, but had not known of thi s. The man fell the water, but to get hold of one p i ece of the broken bridge as it swept on. T h e boys reached the brook jus t as the man wa!'\ swept over the falls. Running to the edge of the falls, Dick saw the man and the bit of treetrunk suddenly thrown up on the bank, oppo site , the fellow being apparently unhurt. . "Come on , boys, we will get him yet!" cried Dick. There was a rough, winding path from the edge of the fall to the bank below, and Dick led the way. now leaping, now sliding, but go ing ahead all the time, Bob and the res t following resolutely. Z enas h a d b ee n thrown upon the opposite bank, and the boys could s ee him hurrying along, evidently afraid t h a t they would catch h i m, even if the brook were between them and him. There was another falls two or three hundred yards on , but h,ere the stream was divided by a number of large stones, from one to another of which it was an easy jump. "Come on, boys, we can get over here!" cried Dick, leading the way. Zenas saw the boys coming after him and made every effort to e scape, taking to the deeper woocl.s and trying to throw them off the track. On the y went, and at length the man met wtih a n obstacle which he had not reckoned upon. He had suddenly come upon a long stretch of led g e rock, which arose like a wall right across his path, extending for a cons iderable di stance in either direction. There were vines growing up the face of the ledge, stout, vigorous vines. which s eemed able to sustain any weight, and the man being at once to....climb up the face of the cliff by these. Suddenly there was a crash, a rattle of loose stones and e arth and a lon g l e ngth of vine was s een to have come loo s e from the face of the l edge up which the man. was climbing. The m a n wa8' seen to fall and throw obt his w ildly to grasp anything that m i .go 1t save 11110. The end of the broken vine whirled around in the air like a whiplas h and sudden1v Bob utter a startled cry. The flying vine had twisted itself about the J\lan' s neck four or five . t i mesa s it flew violently about, and Zenas was suddenly caught up in his fall and hung suspended. Then he dropped a few yards but below the point where the vine had left the l edge it held firm ahd the m a n was left hanging at the end of which he had thought was a means of escape , 'But which had prov ed to be the caus e of his death. The boys l eft him there and made their way back to the camp. That day they went on t h e march and r eturned at lengt h to the fort. Here they received orders to go elsewhere and lo s t no time in obeying them. Next week's issue will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS' COURAGE or, BAFFLING A BRITISH SPY."


-THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" 21 CURRENT NEWS CARLSBAD'S BOILING SPRINGS Carlsbad, Czecho-Slovakia, the famous health resort, i s built on a crust, underneath which i s a subterranean lake of boiling water, and all the hot sulphur springs have to be ceaselessly watched and the pressure kept down lest the town be de stroyed. RECORD SILVER DEPOSIT IN ALASK Congressional Delegate Dan Sutherland, who has just arrived at Anchorage, Alaska, reports . a seventy-two foot ledge of silver lead ore has b ee n -{jiscovered at Copper Mountain, near Mount Mc Kinley. It is said to carry values up to $4 00 a ton and to be one of greates t lode deposits in the history of Alaska. A group of twenty-three claims was bonded bv the discoverers, A. M. Grant and Frank Gile s , to J . .J. Price and Tom Aitken. TAKES 1,100-MILE TR!Il; 20 MILES TO GALLON Averaging twenty miles•to the gallon of gaso line and consuming only three quarts of . oil, H. H. Beatty of Toledo, recently completed a 1,100 -mile vacation trip through Ohio, Indiana and Illinois without any trouble of any character and without a tire change. Accompanying Mr. Beatty was hi s family, the car carrying five passengers and 200 pounds of luggage . The route lay over a hilly and was made during the recent hot spell, dnvmg being d one both day and night. Mr. Beatty was very enthuiastic over the performance of the car all thrQughout the entire trip stating that it was the most economical and mo s t enjoyable vacation trip that he had ever had. CYCLED 1 3,000 MILES Clarence A. Rugg ie s of Atl.anta, Ga., had m a de a motorcycle trip of l:J,000 miles when he pul le d into San Francisc o the other day. He left Atlanta early in June, travelld through twentytwo States, carried his blankets, change of cl othing and camping outfit, rarely spent a night under a roof on the whole trip, and 1 cent a mi1e cov ere d his entire expense. Ruggles, who is twenty-five years of age, took the trip entirely for pleasure, and was untramm e lled in the choice of highways, for he fo llow e d fiftee n in alL They led him through Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, Denver, Salt Lake, Seattle and thence down the coa s t. MONEY GIVEN AWAY A CASH PRIZE CONTEST BEGINS IN "MYSTERY MAGAZINE" No. 120, OUT TODAY Get a Copy and Read Conditions -It Is Very Simple Clip as many coupons as you can from "Mystery Mag-azine" and them to us when the contest closes. To the four persons who send in most coupons we are going to pay prizes in real money. In the event of ties for any prize offered the full amount of the prize tied for will be awarded to each tying contestant. Here are the prizes: $25.00 for the largest number of coupons 15.00 for the second largest number of coupons 10.00 for the third largest number of coupons 5.00 for the fourth largest number of coupons Get busy! Gather the coupons. Tell your friends about it. Get extra copies of the magazine and cut them out. Get busy! "Mystery Magazine" is on sale at all newsstands-1 o cents a copy. HARRY E. WOLFF, Publisher, Inc., 166 W. 23d Street, New York


22 THE LIBERTY BOY S O F "76" HARD TO BEAT -ORA BOY OF THE R IGHT KIND B y RALPH M ORTO N (A SERI A L STORY) CHAPTER XIII. Jack Has An Idea. Tom Oti_ s was wi s e e"iiough in the ways of the w orld to know that this offic iou s country constable was ex c eed in g hi s authority in trying to com ' ) e l them t o establi s h their identity. But h e a lso 1"f aliz ecl that h e and Jack were in danger bec a u s e there was reall y a probability that Jack might 1 e r ecogn iz e d a s a crook whom the New York police were looking for. D es c riptions of crooks w ere often sent to country constabl es by the city polic e . It w a s possible that t h e c o n s t a b l e m ight r e c o g n ize Jack as t a lly i n g wi t h som e suc h de s cription. Tom kep t his h ea d well, though he was very angry . " M y n a m e i s Tom Oti s , and I hail fro m Wei l a i r , this State," he said calmly. "This i s my frie n d J ohn H a ley, who is from New York. D oes that satisfy you?" T he c on stable kept sharpl y looking at the two you t h s. Jus t the n the landlord came out, and s po k e s h arply: " W h a t are you d o ing, Hinkey? Thos e boys are guests a t m y hotel. They are n o t crooks and I obj e ct to your treating guests of my house as s u c h. " , To m c ould have ble ss ed the landlord. The c onsta bl e bit off a cre w of tob a cco, and retorted: "I reckon I know my business, Tim Burns . The fact that they are stopping at your hotel don't m a ke saints of them. I am not so sure that they a r e w h a t they say_..they are. " "Better i ook us up then," s a id T o m, bluffing the fello w . "I gues s you will learn easily enough. You are a clever thief-taker, you are. " This brought a laugh from the natives, who were gathered about. The con stable was certainly the w orst of it, and he turned away with a growl: "Waa l , I am go ing to look up my list of d e scrip t i on s and if I find that they tally there will be an arrest." With that he walked away. Jack paled a little as he heard this, for it was what he feare d. Tom, however, thanked the landlord for taking hi s part, and he and Jack walked down the street a ways. Jack was nervous , and said : "I t e ll you , Tom, I have got to get ou . t of here. It 1s sure he will find a de script ion of me from the New York polic e . and he will jug m e . That is what a fellow gets for having d o n e wrong on ce i r his life." "You w • ll stay right here, Jack," said T o m. firmly. "If they to try to arrest either o f us we w ill fight . If they are determined to m ake outlaws of us, let them." Jack's eyes filled with tears, and he lo oked at Tom earnes tly. "Kid, you are the bes t friend I ever had in my life. I never will forget you and what you have done for me. If we can g et West o r to s ome dis tant point we will be all :tight. I want a chance to make a start in life. " "And we are both of u s going to h ave it," sai d Tom, firmly. "We have that hundred doll a r s that e got as reward for saving the train from the rain bandits. That i s a little start. I s u g gest that we take it and pay our fare to the Far Wes t to-morrow." "I gues s that w ould be the be s t thing we could do." The words had barely left Jack's lips whe n the y he ard a shout behind them. The con stable was seen running toward the m with a pap e r in his hand. Jack was a bout to start t o run, saying: "The confounded old fo o l has fo und the de -scription. I am a goner. " But Tom grabbed him and held.him. "Hold on, Jack. I don't beli e v e it." Jack waited until the came up. Both boy s wer e r e lie ved to s e e that it was a false alarm. The offic ious con stable held up a paper on whi c h was written a tel egram. After h e read it, he said: "They have caught the robbers of the Riverdale Bank. I want to e xpress my regrets tha t I s u s pecte d you. Come up t o the tavern and h a v e a drink." • Of cours e the boys were gre atly reliev e d . The constable p rofusely made apol ogi e s , and -others who followed him did the same. The dange r was all o ver now, and Jac k d rew a breath of relief and looked eloquen tly at Tom . Tha t ended the trouble and the two boy s s pen t the night at the tavern and enjoye d s ome g ood food and in con seq u e nc e felt much better. For the next two day s they journeye d without incident on their w a y t owa 1 d the western part of the State a n d a t last reached Buffalo. The y h a d c arefully c on served their money and the r e was b u t little of their hundred dollars g on e . But, of cours e, the y not a s yet far on their way to their ulti mate de stination. They s to p ped in Buffalo at a lodging h o u s e and Tom looked about the city to see if he could get a job. Jack als o w ent out, and the second day he c a me in and said: "I've hit it, kid I I hav e struck graft, all right. Say, we will make all kinds .of money if I kin put the job over.". Tom looked at his partner with que s t i on in g eyes. " We ll, J ack, what i s it? Have you struck gold mine?" "I reckon it won't be so far from that, kid, if I kin make it," replied the p u g . "Let me tell you about it." With t h a t J ack pulled off h is coat and showe d tha t h e 11a d d on n e d a s l eev ele ss ro wing shirt, and his mu scles bulged hard a n d f ull a s he roll e d his bic ep s up. ( T o be continued. )


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" 23 . ITEMS OF INTEREST ALLIGATOR INCOAL PILE A re>aniing alligator gave Frank Childs, Negro porter at a barber shop, Waukega, Ill., an opportunity to reflect on his past life, recently. In the semi-darkness of the basement Child s saw a snake-like head and body rise up from the coal pile. He rubbed his hand across his bulging eyes. "Lo1dy, Lordy!" he cried, "spare me dis time and ah'll nevah touch a drop ob moon shine ag'in." Childs, a former pugilist, who i s credited with having knocked down Jack Johnso!1, former hea"'yweight champion, and battled other noted pugs, finally traced the outlines of the creature and his fear;; subsided. The presence of the alligator is a mystery. RAT GNAWS PIPE City Hall plumbers, Denver, Col., have learned a thing or two about poisoned rats. In their search for a leak that was causing a flood in the basement the plumbers di sc overed a hole six inches long in a two-inch lead pipe in a closet on the main floor. By the side of the pipe lay a poisoned rat. The pipe had been gnawed through by the rat in its frantic endeavor to obtain water after feeding on at poison. Those who know informed the plumbers that the fir s t thing a rat does after taking poison is to look around for water. The wallop of the story is the assumption that the rat heard the water trickling through the pipe and gnawed through the lead to get it. WALKS FIFTH A VENUE ON TOES FOR YANKS BET .,. Part of the police force of the city got kissed in the performance of its duty recently. That was because a chorus girl was concerned. She was Miss Nellie Bree n of "The Passing Show of 1922," who bravely clenched her teeth, powdered her nose and went through the payment of her wager on the Yankees , by walking on her toes for a block along Fifth avenue, in front of the Public Library. All reading was suspended in the library while she tt;etered along in Winter Warden attire, but the li

24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" A Strange Customer By D. W. STEVENS "Believe me, madam, I think you put too much belief in these letters." The lady's only reply was a quiet shake of the head and a contemptuous smile. Her father, Captain Fairlight, had come of a good family, and was well off. He was not a bad sort of man, but he had two great failings-drink and the turf. Nothing could keep him from either one 01 the other. If anything could have done so, it would have been his little daughter Effie-the lady I have mentioned; but she had not the power, poor child-she was too young. She was scarcely fifteen when he died. One morning the captain started for the Derby. He was then worth at least ten thousand pounds. On his retprn home he was very much the worse for liquor, to say the least of it, and was a beggar . . For a few days he was hurrying from place to place trying to raise money. Then came a very ugly affair. Two forged bills were presented and paid at a bank. The suppo s ed acceptors repudiated them. The drawer was Captain Fairlight, but he repudiated them. I was put onto the work, and I managed to prove the captain's innocence. The plant h a d evidently ;been made by some of the betting men, who, knowing all the parties, had been able to work the thing thoroughly. The man suspected was Tom In,gledew. Why he was s u s pect e d more than some others I can mention I cannot make out, unless it was that he suddenly disappeared. Captain Fairlight was almost delirious with delight, drank deeply, returned home and fell dead. But the girl Effie Fairlight, his daughterwhat was to become of her? She did not let the grass grow under her feet, but off she went to Madame Barne!, who had one of the finest .millinery establishments in the West End, and where her father had spent many pounds for herself and mother. She saw madame, and after telling her all, asked for an engagement as a needlewoman. She was taken on, and proved herself so clever with the .needle that soon she became a kind of forewoman-much to the hor,ror of her proud relations-and later on manageres s. Madame Barne! died. A year Effie married old Monsieur Barnel-a man four times her age. He died, and she became the absolute mistress of one of the most lucrative businesses of the West End. . Such was the lady it was my business to call upon, and who had placed in my hands some anonymous letters of a very unpleasant nature. ' "Tell me, madam," said I, "the story of your s econd marriage"-for she had been caught by a wily American. "There is nothing much to tell," she said, shrugging her shouders. "Mr. Lytton had letters of introduction to me from America, and, strangely enough, as they were purely business letters, c a lled with them at my rivate house in st;2et, instead of my busines s place. " 'I beg your pardon,' h"'e said, 'but my excuse must be that I am in a hurry. J have to start for Manchester to-night on a large cotton trans action.' "Of course I excused him. The order was a good one, and I accepted it gladly. It was e xe cuted, and the cash paid at once. More orders came through the same source, and all payments were regularly met. This naturally threw me a great deal in the way of Mr. Lytton. I-well, I suppose I loved him. I was lonely, and when he proposed I married him.'' "Now, my dear madam,'' I said quietly, "I know when you married you had every penny of your money fixed down upon yourself. I know that you are a thorough woman of business, and I speak to you now in that capacity. Do you think your husband had anything to do with that forged bill?" "No, no-I do not, bu t I think some of his peo ple have. I don't know his relations or connec tions. Remember tha' t he came from America, a stranger to me. I don't know why-I was all alone, and "I married the man. I suppose I did a foolish thing.'' "But let me thoroughly understand what you want. Firstly, you want those forged bills traced?" "No, these letters. They must be seen to be ft>re anthing. I will have them explained.'' "Now thes e letters have come all within three months?" "Yes.'' "And do you not suspect any one?" She hesitated, and I saw that she did. Here was my firs t clue. I was convinced of that, and so I press ed the point. "Well, I do not know. A American lady-has called several times at my place of business and given large orders, all 'of which have been executed and duly paid for. Still I doubt her.'' "Good. Now the name of this lady whom you suspect of complicity with your husband?" "I said not complicity. I do not know even if he knows her.'' "Then why do you suspect her?" "Because she is always be invited to my house, and has several mes invited me to hers; but I have a d read of the woman. Miss Lydia Lightfoot is h e r name. She writes such gushing letters.'' "Oh, you have some letters?" "Her excu s e for desiring this friendship is that she has no friends in England.'' "Can you let me see a letter?" She drew one from her pocket and I compared it with the an onymous letter and the forged bills. Certainly there was not a bit of resemblance in them. So was no clue. "May I mutilate this letter?" "Yes.'' I carefully cut off the signature, then divided the sheet of note-paper so that the address was gone, and then handed the fragment back to Mrs. Lytton, telling her to drop it carelessly in some place where her husband could find it, and see if he appeared to recognize the writing. If he did, and demanded to know who the writer was, she


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" was to sa y an old schoo l-fellow who had gone abroad. She left, but the next morning she was in my office again. The bait had taken. He had found the piece, of letter, and had at first seemed greatly startled, not to say annoyed. He had asked who the writer was , and having. received the answer I had instructed to be given had carelessly muttered something about "girls write much rot," tore the letter up, and threw the pieces away. "Your suspicions are right. This lady is the anonymo us letter-writer-or, rather, the cause of its being written. You must a s k her to dine with you to-day." • And so the arrangement was made, and in the ev ening I found myself at Mrs. Lytton's and was introduce d to her husband, a handsome fellow, but with an unpleasant look in his eyes. But what :;truck me most was that I had seen him before, but where I could not tell. Presently Miss Lydia Lightfoot arrived-a beautiful woman-dressed in the height of fash ion. Mrs. Lytton at once introduced her to Mr. Lytton, and I watched the introduction from the conservatory. The dinner was a quiet one, and during its course I found an opportunity to ask Mr. Lytton if he we1e American born. "I guess so," he answered. "I hail from Boston." , After dfuner Miss Lightfoot strolled out into the g::irden, and Lytton followed her. I shadowed him at a little distance. I saw Lytton conversing with Miss Lightfoot. "You are alone, George?" she said. "Yes, you see I am. \ hat do you want, Maud Cameron?" "What I thought would have been the last thing I should want-justice." "Bah! Don't speak in riddles, but out with the truth." "Then let me sit down by your side and li sten patiently. You had better, and so I warn you. I'd drop a bullet into a man who offended me, as freely in this country as I would at 'Frisco--although there ain't any freedom here." "I know you, and I will listen." '"Well, when you came down to Sacramento with Hands ome Charlie Carner n, as we used to call him, you put up at my father's hotel and did the bounce . You made love to me, but I took to Charlie, and we married." "I know that. You jilted me." "Nothing of the kind. I told you straight out I loved Charlie. Still you kept on at the hotel until you had spent all your money, drinking and gambling--" "You need not remind me of the fool that I made of myself." "Perhaps not. Then my husband, Charlie, told my father and myself all your history.'' "Blame him!" "Hold on there! I won't have Charlie blamed. Well, time went on, and the hotel came to smash. So we all went up to the mines of Nevada. You w"uld do but little work, but we all worked hard and made a good pile, and back we came to Sacramento. "Then Charlie found out that Captain Fair lillht. whose name vou had forl!"ed. was dead. and that his daughter-then a widow-had aone into business and made a fortune-a big 0one. So Charlie hit upon the plan that you should come over here and pretend to be a mercantile traveler. You were to consign us goods; we would pay for them regularly for some time, and then you were to forge bills on her, get a tremendous lot of goods on credit and then be off." "The greater part of the agreement I kept." "No, you didn't. You snapped up the widow and stopped the speculation." I saw the two walk away, and then I slipped back to the house, where I knew Mrs. Lytton awaited me. I told her all. She was calm-terribly calm. "That door," she said, pointing to a little side door, "leads into my bourdoir. Stay; I'll lock it on this side. You can lock your own door. Listen to all that passes." . The next moment she was gone and I was alone. I heard her enter her boudoir and ring for her maid, whom she desired to tell Miss Lightfoot that as Mrs. Lytton did not feel well she had retired to her boudoir, where she would be glad to s ee her guest. / But I had not Jong to think, for Miss Lightfoot came tripping up the stairs humming a tune. "My dear Mrs. Lytton, you distress me by this sudden illness. Is it a headache? " "I have received a number of anonymous letters concerning my husband. Where did they come from? Speak truly, and I will not only prevent you and your husband being punis hed, but I will reward you." "Well, then, as the game is up, I may as well round on Tom Ingledew . The cur wold split upon u s, I know. These letters were written b;y my instructions. We believed tnat you would s how them to your husband and help us to intimidate him." "And the forged bills?" "Oh, he stood in witl;t'them _!" and here, with the greatest coolness, the woman related the different plots which Tom Ingledew had planned and performed. "Enough-enough!" said Mrs. Lytton, with evident disgust. "Here is money for you. Bah! I hear the fellow's footsteps on the stairs. Go! Take care h e does not see you. Remember, you must leave England, never to return." She gone, and presently I heard Mr. Lytton, who had gone into the library, coming hastily upstairs. "What is the meaning of this, madam? Where are the guests gone?" "I di s missed them." "Am I not your husband?" "Unfortunately, yes, but not my master, Thomas Ingledew." "Hold!" She crossed to the door of my room and tapped. "Mr. Gerval, come in." "It's all up, Torn Ingledew," I said. "I heard all your conversation with Mrs. Cameron. . You are done for." But Mrs. Lytton did not care to have her husband dragged into the papers; but the punishment she inflicted on the unhappy wretch was al most worse than imprisonment-at least I should think so.


2 6 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" THE LIBE R TY B OY S O F '76 DIAMONDS OF THE WORLD ARE BEING CORNERED NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 3, 1922 TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS lHugJe C:opi.,:. .....•.......•.... .PottLll&"• rt!e Unfj Copy ' l 'brc., Jltonths...... .. On.., Copy Six Montha ....... . Copy One ... , ....•• Canuda, ,4.00; Foreign, $4.50 . 7 Ccnl• Veu'• fl.76 ll.611 llOW TO ::..r.:!\v .U0.1'.t.l.-At our risk sen0,000 buttons, no two of whiCh are alike either in size or shape. One was on the uniform which was worn by Lord Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar. . THE HOMECOMING TURTLE For several years a turtle, although owing to damage done it was removed several miles from Milford, N. J., had been coming back to a tomato "patch in that city. Scientists ):>ecame interested and it was taken several miles beyond the Delaware River. After four years it was again found among the tomato plants. GYPSY SEERESS IS JAILED For ways that are dark the 4eathen Chinee has nothing on the gypsy fortune-teller, if you will ask Mrs . Fannie Sternberg, of 165 East 112th i;treet. One day last March Mrs. Diana Mort, garbed in the costume of the normad seeress, called at the Sternbrg apartment. Mrs. Sternberg con sented to have her palm .read. "I see by this short line beneath your index finger," said the gypsy, "that your husband is in love with another woman." "Oh," said Mrs. Sternberg. "Tell me, and let me at her!" For $26 in cash a11d two diamond rings valued at $300 the fortune telle r finally consented to divulge a name and Both, on later investigation, proved fictitious , Mrs. Sternberg says. The other morning Mrs. Sternberg met the gypsy on the street had her haled before Mag istrate Oberwager in Harlem Court. He held her in $1 000 bail for alll:!pe

• THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" 27 GOOD READING ODDITIES OF LIFE AT EXTREME ALTITUDES In a recent expedition to Peru, Mr. Joseph Barcroft of the University of Cambridge did some exploring in the higher Andes and made some interesting discoveries , whic h are told in the Britis h Me dical Journal. A t 1 2 ,000 feet cows gave milk; at 1 3 ,000 fee t they g a ve or none. At 1 5 ,000 feet ther e we1 ' e no cow s . At 11,000 feet fleas di sappeared, though lic e remained so long a s there were huma n beings . A t t hese heights men hav e live d fo r many g e nerat i o n s , having become acclimatized to the rar efied air. Many of them lived in chimneyless and windo w l ess houses ; they had a purely communal system of government, and s om e of their customs would hardly appeal to more civilized races. W h e n a native was very ill, for instance, the date o f his funeral was fixe d without refere nce to his c onvenie n c e, and an official saw to it that he was 1 ead y t o keep the appointment. it was remarkable what -loads the people were ab: e t o carry at these altitude s. A boy of about thirteen would carry from the interior of a mine a burden of 4 0 pounds, ascending a staircas e with it from a point 250 fee t b e low, while a full-grown man c oul d c arry a hundred pounds of Jlletal, yet the European w a s out of breath if he carried his coat up a slight incline. STARS 10,000 TIMES BRIGHTER THA N THE SUN .'\.mong the di s coveries made by the Harvard Observatory fo r ce at its station in Arequipa, Peru, in the las t summer, is the measurements of the di stance and size -0f the Large Magellanic Cloud-a cloud-like group of stars and nebulre vis ible from the Southern H emisphere and resembling in appearance the Milky Way. Two thousand new nebulre have been discovere d, several variable stars and one new star, Hundreds of the stars are 10,000 t imes brighter tha n the sun. This Magellanic Cloud, which i s b e lieved to be a sort of small univers e in itself, separate from the Milky Way sys t\!m of s t a r s , of which our o w n solar s y s t e m is a comparatively infinitesimal part, pro ve s to be of s t aggering d imens ions. Its di s tance from the earth, while not the greates t eve r measured by astronomers , i s so immense as to be almos t b eyond human pow e r s of comprehension, being 110,0 0 0 light-years . A light-year i s six trillion mile s , the distance travele d in a year's time by light , which cov ers 186 , 000 miles in a .sin g le s econd. The linear diameter of the Cloud has b een found to be about 15,000 light-years . This i s determined by finding the di stance, which observers work out by complicated m ethods involving spectrosc opic studies , and then measui:-ing the appa;: ent s ize of the Cloud as it appears on photo grii. phi c plates made at Arequi a. Photometric measures of the stars in the Lareg Magellanic Cloud make it possible, now that their distanc i is known, to find their actual candle power. This work still i s i n progress at Harvard, but pre iminary i;esult s would s eem to show that the Coul d contains m any stars which are actually far brighter tha n any we have yet found in our stellar s y stem, although they appear very faint o:u account of their immens e distance . EATING WOOD In severa l places on the north co ast of Siberia the natives eat wood, not because they mus t but they like it, says the Lancet (London). Wood i s g e n erally eaten even when fis h i s plentiful , their favorite d ish bein g prepared by sc raping off thin lay ers immediately under the bark of larch log s , chopping them fine and boiling them up with snow. It generally turns out that habits which at first sight seem curious have a rational basis . of cod liver oil no longer res t on empirical experience and a vague idea that its efficiency was proportional to its nastines s the reputation of fres h v egetables was gained the days before the Dutch taught us to grow turnips and hardy cabbage s, and when something like was an annual experience of the early spring. It is interesting to guess the reason for woodeating. The cellulo s e which forms so large a part of a herbivorous diet i s now r e cognized as being a subsidiar y source of energ y through the fatty aciqs produced in the stomach and bowel s b y cel lulo se-splitting b acteria. But the modified . forms of cellulo s e which form the mass of tree trunks are hardly attacked by the bacteria of the alimentary canal. It is possible that the Sib erians have by p ractice and habit s o altered their intestinal flora that they can deal with lignin with advantage, but this seems a troubles ome way of getting energy whe n fish and milk are available , and it a p p ears hardly likely that the explanation of wo od eating lies along thes e lines. But if the habit suggests at the mome.nt no rationale , it i s cu r i o u s to note that it fa1:,, in line with the taste s of s ome other animals . The fondness of r a bbi t s fqr bar k and the imme diately subjacent tissu es i s well known. It i s , perhaps, worth noting, too, that these same in valua b l e experimental animals are peculiarly fond of hard, woody leaves-as , for example, holly, gors e or hawthorn, and s ometi m e s s ee m a ctually to prefer them to cabb a g e o r milk thistle . Ponies a lso are apt to be p os s essed of a devil o r s om e curio u s appetite, and will se t to work on big for2s t trees and kill them by cle aning off the bark and c onpucting tiss ue s down to fhe hard wood. These and othe r e xamples of similar tastes sugges t that ther e is somethi n g p artic ularly good in the outer laye r $ of trees, and it i s n atural to think that it probably r e e s in the yo-u:fig tissu<1s rather than irt the outer bark. Of its na ture it i s i ]le t o speculate.


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