The Liberty Boys' swamp angels, or, Out with Marion and his men

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• THE LIBERTY A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the Arnencan Revolution. HARR Y E. WOLFF, PUBLIS H E R , INC., 1 66 WEST 23 D STREET, NEW l"O Hli The. Liberty Boys, grasping the ends of the rope on e ach si

The Liber t y Boys of '76 I ... ed Weekly-Subscription price, $3 . 50 per year; Canada, $4.00; Foreign, $4.50 . Harry E. W o l tr , Publisher , Inc . • 166 West 23d Street, New York. N . Y. Entered as Second-Class MDtter .Januury 31, 1913, at the 6 1 923 Post-Otllce at New York, N . Y., under the Act ot March a . 1 879. a C T No. 1157 P rice 7 cents THE LIBERTY '1 'RAL1P95H7 pOUT WITH b. 'l8 Box 985 R y HARRY MOORE ' 11"e/J LAWRENCE, MASS. 111e, CHAPTER !.-The B o y In Buckskin. Ther e were two boys in a light boat making their way along a little creek which ran into the Santee river, in South Carolina, its s ource being suppo sed t o be in a swamp, although n o one knew rightly where it was. Dick Slater, the young captain o f the Liberty B o ys, and Bob E stabrook, ,his first lieutenant, were out upon the creek, making thei:r way to the river in search of any signs of the enemy, it being a pleasant day i n August Qlld everything bright and -fresh and green. "There is some one c oming along the creek, B o b," said Dick. • Just then, around a turn in the creek, there appeared a du,g-out managed by a boy in buckskin, who was the only occupant. The boy in the dugout came nearer, put in his paddle to check his speed, and !'Elid, in a pleasant tone: "Good . evening, captain: I reckon you don ' t know that there are redcoats on the river a little below here?" " On the river or along the bank?" asked Dick. "O n the bank. Some are on foot and a few on horseback. There's a lot of them." " Do you know whose men they are, my b oy?" " I r eck on they are some o f Tarleton's, but he is , not with them." "Did they see you?" "Yes, and asked me where I was going, and if I knew where those young rebels, the Liberty • Boys, had their camp." " You did not tell them?" with a smile. "No, for I don't know. I told them so, and they said they'd give me a crown if I would find out and let them know." "What did you say to that?" asked Dick, giving the boy in buckskin a searching look . " I said all right, but that might mean anything or nothing. You don't think I would tell them, • "To find your camp, tell the red coats, and see if you will take me int"o the Liberty Boys' c ompany," the boy in buckskin answered. "But you do not know where the camp witfi a smile . "No , I do not, but I thought I m ight find it." "I don't believe you could, but if you will wait I will show you where it i s . You may want t o come there in a hurry to warn us, although w e generally have scouting parties out looking fo r the enemy." . The boy in buck s k i n turned his dug-out a n d went down the creek, Dick and Bob following , but keeping hidden by the trees so that the redcoats might not see them. Dick liked the looks of the ' boy very much and con sidered that he would be a good addition t o the Liberty Boys, there being a few vacancies in the troop at the t ime. Leaving the creek and gliding out upo n the river, Dick presently saw the party of red coats the boy had spoken of a n d saw that there was a considerable number of them. Beckonin g to the boy in buckskin, Dick said to him: "Go ot, l\fartin, and see if y ou can find any more of those redcoats, and then co e and tell me. I w ould like to know how large a party there is and under whose lead they are. If you learn this you will be doing me and the Liberty Boys a service. Then I will see your mother as soon as I can and talk to her ab out your joining the troop." "All right, captain," and the boy went on, Dick sending his boat in to shore, where he and Boy hauled it under some bushe s o n the ba:llk , where it would not be seen by any one passing either on the river o r along the bank. do you, captain?" "No, I do not, tain?" "I am going t o see what I can learn mys elf, Bob," said Dick. "The boy is trusty, but there will be many things which he will not notice, and , I want to make a few discoveries on my own but why do you cali me capaccount." Bob waited among the trees near the boat, while Dick stole rapidly ahead and stealing be hind a fallen tree-trunk not far from the red coats, watched them and listened. Martin wen t along in his dug-out, and was presently hailed by one o f the redc oats, a second lieutenant, who "Because you have on a captain's uniform, and I think you are Dick Slater, o f the Liberty Boys. :Yo u look as I have heard he looks." "Well, I am Dick Slater. What is y our name?" "Martin Branch. We are go od patriots, father is in the army and my mother and the girls look after our place. I help s o me, but the girls are full gro wn, and they could spare me . " "You are a good, sturdy fell o w, and I am n o t surprised that you want to d o s omething f o r y ou r country. Where were g oing n o w 7" said: . "Hallo , b oy! Have you fou n d out where tho s e pestilent young rebels have their camp?" "No , I have no t ," shortly. . "You said y ou w ere goin g t o ftnd it," i mpatiently.


. . • I 2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SWAMP . ANGELS "Well, so I am. Rome wasn't made in a day. You haven't found Marion, and it's just as hard to find the Liberty Boys. I saw two 6i them." "You did, eh?" eagerly. "What did they say?" "One of them told me to get out of here." "Were you near their camp?" . "I don't know, but one of them told me I could not find it, and told me to go away." "Ha! w&'ll find the young rascals, and Marion, too. Colon el Watson is after the wily rebel and will find him, never fear." "They've got a right g o od lot of boys, I hear. " "We have s even or e ight hundr ed. What is a lot of boys to that?". . "We have learned something , at any rate," thought Dick. "The boy i s clever." "Where are they?" a s k e d the boy in buc k skin, in an incredulou s tone. "You haven't that many hEre. You have not a hundred, even . " , 'Oh, tha t is only a l ittle scout party, " with a laugh. "Wats on is below, about two miles, look inr,for Marion, while we are looking for the_ Libe rty Boy s ." "f rnpo;.e

, THE LIBERTY BOYS' SW AMP ANGELS the camp," miittered the other. "And he said he was no rebel." "He i s not," said Dick. "He is a good patriot. We know no rebels. You won't find many Tories in these parts. You ought to have known that. Marion and Lee and Sumter and Pickens have made Toryism unpopular hereabouts. -Don't you know that?" "What boy did he mean, captain?" asked the girl in the calico dress. "Plenty o' boys dresses in buckskin in these parts." "Martin Branch, do yo• know him?" Dick re-turned. "Reckon I do," and the girl laughed and blush ed. "Huh! Mart is as good a patriot as you'll find around here. You all done seen him, hey?" "Yes, and he told me about the redcoats in the first place, and has gone to find out mol'e about them. He wants to join the Liberty Boys , and I think I will take him as soon as I can see his mother and get her consent. We n eve r take a boy without it." "Mart won't do 'less his mother says so," the girl replied. "He's a good ho):', Mart i s,'' and the girl laughed and blus hed agam. "l1i that your cabin?" a s ked Dick, pointing to a cabin on the edge of the clearing. • "Yes, but mom and pap ain't to home now. I was all alone when the redcoats come up and wanted to kiss me. I told 'em I didn't kiss their sort, an' they said I was a r ebe l an' th,ey'd me anyhow, an' I run, 'cause I coul dn t get m quick enough." "These redcoats seem to think that they can kiss eve:ry pretty girl they see, whether she likes it or not!" sputtered Bob. "This fellow has r,;;ot himse!.f in trouble by it." :--.-.. "Yes, for he is our prisoner," Dick added. "So you are with a;re you., and he has something of a force with him a mile or so below?" "I shall answer no questions put to me by any impertinent iebels !" said the other, contemptu-ously. "You don't have to,'' laughed Dick. "I heard you teJl the other boys these very things, so it does not matter. He will be back before long and give me all the information I want. " The i edcoat looked greatly chagrined, for he remembered that he had boastingly told the boy in buckski n thes e very things, not supposing that any one was listening. "Wh;:it you going to do with the redcoat, captain?" the girl in the calico dress, who was quite pretty despite her plain attire, coarse shoes and lack of ornament. "Take him to the camp," replied Dick. "So you are a friend of Martin's, are you? What is your name?" . "Sally Budd," the girl replied . "Yes, me an' Mart are good friends, I reckon . An' he wants to be a soldier and get kill ed?" They all went toward the cabin, taking the prisoner with them, finding h is horse tethere d near by. "Were there more than these two redcoats, Sally?" Dick asked. "That's all t saw, captain. They come up sudden and I couldn't se e if there was any more or not.' I couldn't get into the cabin and I run. I'd have jumped into the river sooner'n let 'em catch me, but I couldn't h elp myself, after all." Patsy and Carl had gone into the woods, but now they came running up in a great hurr:,v, Pats y saying: "Rin, captain, rin, there dq_ be a lot o' red coats comin1 as fast as they can come, and--" Dick saw the redcoats coming, some from the river and s ome from the road, and said, hastily: "To the cabin, boys! It is ou r only chance. Take the prisoner." The boys and Sally Budd ran into the cabin, taking the prisoner with them, shutting and locking the front and rear doors, and taking a position at both, so as to defend the place. There were twenty of the redcoats and they came on in a body. expecting to force the cabin doors and take the boys pris oners. Dick appeared at one of the front windows and said, pistols in hand: "If you advance you . will get hurt. We do not . inten::l to come out, and we expect help shortly, so you know what you can expei:t." The n:en dashed up, unheeding Dick's warn ing, and the young captain fired rapidly, giving two of them ugly flesh wounds. The rest did not fire, because Dick had not told them to, but the redcoats retreated in has te, seeing that Dick meant all that he said. Then they made a dash for the rear door, but Sally Budr;l had an old double-barreled n, which she knew well how to use, and she fired ' into the crowd of red coats, bringing down two of them and causing the rest to h e sitate. The whole force and some new arrivals then surged toward the back door and began to hammer upon it. "Let them have it, boy s !" said Dick. The boys fired from loophole s and windows, usingtheir mu kets and pistols, and doing con siderable damage. Th() enemy forced the door, and the:n Bob pushed the prisoner forward and said: "Go ahead, shoot if you want to!" . The redcoats hesitated, seeing one of their officers presented as a target to them, and at this moment there was a shout from the iiver, and Dick saw a lot of boys, led by Martin Branch, come rushing forward. I "Give it to the redcoats, boys!" cried Dick. The boys had mu skets and rifles and were ac customed to carrying and u sing them, now, as they ran forward they fired, the Liberty Boys at the same time coming up and attacking the redcoats vigorously. The enemy fled, not know ing how many of their assailants there might be, and the boys set up a shout. "I saw these fellows comirrg, captain," said Martin, "and I .Picked up all the boys I could in a hurry and came on. I heard the redcoats say s omething about s ome rebels at a cabin on the river, and this was the only one I knew, so I came on quick." "It was very fortunate you did, Martin," re plied Dick. "We have a prisoner here, and they were coming to rescue him, no doubt. Did you learn anythini?" "Yes, captain." . "Very good. Come with me and tell me what you have dis covered. Stay here, boys, in case the redcoats return. I hardly think they will, however." . The Liberty Boys now returned to the river, taking the redcoat with them, and all'set out for the camp, Martin Branch goin,2' with them ..


. . 4 THE LIBERTY B . OYS' SW AMP ANGELS CHAPTER III.-In the Swamp Camp. The redcoat went in the dug-out with the two Harrys, the patriot boy going with Patsy and Carl, and Dick and Bob going alone , the boats proceeding up the river and into the creek at good speed . The boys .went up the creek and into a swamp by a secret way, which no one not acquaint ed with the place could have found, and at length entered the camp of the Liberty Boys, and were most heartily received, Mark and his boys having returned. The redcoat officer, whose name the boys learned was Allerton, was put under guard, and then Dick took Martin h:1to his tent, with Bob, and questioned him concerning the enemy. He had heard a ll that Dick had learned from the redcoat, and more be s ides, hav iJJg been in the redcoats camp and picked u p considerable information. " I heard the prisoner tell you s omething, Mar tin," said Dick, "but I thought that you might learn more, and it seems that you have. You have done very well, and I think that yo u will make a good Liberty Boy, as you do everything thoroughly and are deeply in earnest. That is the kind o f boys we are trying to get at all times, and I am happy tp say that the great majority of the Liberty Bo ys are that sort." . " I . will try to do my. duty, captain," said the boy, modestly. " I am sure you will, l'.'[artin," replied Dick. The bo y presently left the camp, guided by Phil Waters, one o f the Libert y Boy s, and Patsy, Carl and a number' of others set to work preparing supper. There was a stream running through the sw.a mp, the camp being on one side of this although there were boys on the other side hldden among the trees , out of sight. The looked harmless enough to t ho se who did not know about suc h things , but it was an extremely treacherous place, there being q uicksands many pl.aces and deep mud just below the water. The prisoner, looking out of his tent, saw the stream, saw that there was no one on the other side, as he thought, and that jus t beyond lay the woods and safety. Watching hi s chance he suddenly ran out when there was no one and hurried to the stream, jumping in, with the intenti on of wading across and making hi s escape. The water was deeper . than he thouO'ht and he began to sink into the mud, being up to. his waist. Dick Slater saw him leap and knew the danger he ran. "Get the line, boys!". he shouted. Then B en, Sam and Phil appeared on the other side and in a moment a stout line went whistling across, being caught by o r boys o n Dick's side . In a moment. Dick 'Yas m the water, swimming toward the !me, which_ he quickly put under him. The redcoat. was ing desperately to the stump and domg his utmost to keep above water. Struggle as he would, however he was rapidly sinking, being now up to his 'arm-pits, 1.he stump being slimy and slippery and difficult to keep l hold upon. The Liberty Boy s, grasping the of the rope on each side of the swamp, held Dick up. He swam toward the British officer, who was clinging' to the trimk for his life. "Help!" he yelled . "I'm "Hold on!" cried Dick. "I will get you out. Yol\ won't try to escape us again, I guess." " H elp ! hel p ! " cried the lieutenant. "The mud is pulling me down and I can't hold on!" "It was not s o easy to get away as you thought, was it?" asked Bob, with another line in his .hand, which he now threw over the water. ' There was a noo se in the end and this fell over the redcoat's head and upon his shoulders. Dick reached the trunk, slipped the noose over the redcoat's shoulders and under his arms and said, shortl y : "Now swim to the shore. You must do something to help yourself.,. Paul Benson and Will Freeman took hold of the line with Bob, and the frightened redcoat was drawn ashore. Then, to his great amazement, Dick swam a yard or s o farther and walk ed ashore without any trouble, the sand being hard here and the water just a trifle above his waist. Dick went to his tent to change his wet clothe s , the line . being drawn in and coiled away ?Ut of sight, and-the prisoner taken back to his tent, Dick paying no attention to him. There was s ome g1atitude i n the redcoat, however, for he said to the two Harrys, who took him back: "Tell your young rebel captain that I am thankful to him for getting me out of that hor-rible pluce." . "I will tell Clptain Slater what you say," returned .Harry Thurber, "but we have no rebels _ here. We are American soldiers and patri6'1:s; we know of no rebels." The officer was left in his tent, look ing and feeling very miserable, and deeply chagrined that his plan"f escape, which looked s o simple, should have failed so signally. Hany Thurber told Dick .,hat he said, the young captain saying: "Tell him that he is welc om e, but not to attempt any s u c h fooli s h thing again. Take him s om e dry clothes . We will send him to Marion's camp shortly, and I suppose he will want to look P.erse n table." Harry took the redcoat a suit of clothes and said: "The captain say s you are welcome and to put thes e on. One of the boys will bring you a bucket of clean water to was h yourself. The. swamp mud i s not the cleanest." The lu ck less iedc oat murmured his thanks a'Ild went in s ide to change his clothe, making himself loo,k as respectable a s he cou ld. His uniform was dried and cleaned and returned to him in an hour by Carl Gookenspieler. Dick sent Bob and some of the boys to find the home of Martin Branc:1 and see the boy's mother, while he -and s ome of the b oys set off toward the camp of Marion, with the prisoner. Mark was left in charge of the camp, but he was a trustworthy boy and posses sed Dick's full confidence, being well liked by every boy in the troop. When Dick was ready to leave with the prisoner his horse wa brought out, beirrg a magnificent coal-black Arabian, which he had captured from the enemy a few before, there b eing no horse equal to him jn the army or anywhere el se, s o far as Dick had see n. J acrl: Warren rode a speedy. bay mare, second only to Dick's black Major; Ben Spurlo ck was mounted on a roan, and the two Harrys on a pair of well-rr.atched sorrels, the other boys In the party being well provided. . The prisoner's horse had been sent around t o the camp, and he now .


.. THE LIBERTY BOYS' SW AMP ANGELS 5 rode it, not being as well mounted as any of the boys, however, and noticing the difference. "You have fine horses, all of you," he said to Ben, as they set out for Marion's camp. "So we have," said Ben, "and you will find good ones at the general's camp. We canld not dash about and surprise you . fellows as we do if we were not." The redcoat bit his lip and said no more after that, the boys making their way at a go od pace toward the crimp of the famous "Swamp Fo;x." CHAPTER IV.-With Marion and His Men. Bob had returned Qy the time that Dick rode in, and he and Mark and all the boy s _ were greatly electrified when Dick told them that they were going to meet Marion and fall upon the enemy. " I saw the boy's mother, Dick," said Bob, when they were getting ready, "and she said that she was perfectly willing for him1 to join u s and fight for his country. She is a thorough patriot and is ready t o help all she can." The boys went on and reached the " eross-roads at dusk, halting to wait for Marion and-l11S men. It was scarcely dark before they heard the clatter of hoofs, and in a short time the little gen eral appeared with a hundred of his men, all eager to meet the enemy. "We have not any seven or eight hundred with The boys rode on, being chall enge d farther your force and mine, captain," Marion said, "but along by a sentry, and finally rode into an open we must try to do , something, for all that." space whe1e there were :rude huts here and "I know that you will, general," Dick answerthere, with roughly clad men sitting or standing ed, "and I think that with sucp leaders as we about, som e with bits of military uniforms , some shall have we ought to do something as well." in homespun ' and s ome in buckskin, all being They went on in the gathering gloom and at honestloo king, sturdy fellows, ready to fight length met Martin B ranch coming alongthe their h:::rdest for their country, and to give up rough road on horseback. their l iv es for it if need be. Dick dismounted "Good-evening, captain!" said the boy. " I did and wen t forward, an under-sized man in a not expect to meet you. That is General Marion?" faded Continental uniform coming out of one "Yes, and we are going to attack the enemy. of the huts to receive him. We do not think there.. are too many of, them "Good-day, general!" said Dick, saluting. " I if we make a sudderi das h such as we u sed have l1rought a prisoner and some information to making. By the way, Martin, your mother concemiri.g the red. coats, and this officer may give says that she is quite willing for you to "join the you more." Liberty Boys." "Glad to see you, captain!" said the other, who "So she told me, captain." was Ge 1,eral Francis Marion, the famous "Swamp "Will you swear to fight for your country, Fox,,. and one of the bravest fighters among the Martin; to give up your life in its service, if patriots. "Come in and we will talk it over. " necessary, and to stand b-y the Liberty Boys in Dick followed t,he little general into the camp, all that js right, a s they will stand by you?" the prisoner being led away and placed under "I do, captain," said the boy, proudly. guard, the Liberty Boys dismounting and mix"Then you are one of us. Come along. We ing in with Marion's men, being known to the are going to attack the enemy, and you will have greater part of them. Ben, Sam, the two Harrys, a chance to do something." Jack and the rest made themselves at home with "All right, captain," and the newly enlisted Marion':> men, Ben amusing them greatly with recruit took his place with the rest of the boy s his account of how the British officer tried to and rode on, s o me of the boys supplying him e scape and was saved by Dick. with pistols, as there was no musket for him at ""I reckon we uns wouldn't have took all that the moment. The boys went on at a gallop, and trouble," muttered one of the party. "I reckon , soon Dick called to the new recruit to come forwe'd have let him si nk." ward and direct them to the camp of Watson. "I don't doubt it," said Ben, "but the captain The boy did so, having been so lately at the camp wanted to find something from the redcoat, and they all rode rapidly on and at length went and so he did not let him sink. " suddenly dashing in among the redcoats, firing""a "Waal, there.'s that, to be sure, but hot volley and scattering them right and left. them redcoats is a stubborn lot an' niaybe he Tents were overturned, horses were run off, muswon't tell nothin' arter all." kets and ammunition were seized and things were Later the lieutenant was sent for and queslively where they were. tioned closely, telling many things in a boasting "Here is a musket, Mart," said Harry Thurber, way, with the idea of impressing the "1ebels" handing the . new recruit a musket he had just with the folly of trying to resist Watson. The snatched up, "and here is all the ammunition redcoat was sent back to his hut, and Marion said you w ill want for some time." to Dick: "Thank you, Harry!" .aid Martin, and he "Take your boys back, captain, as fast as you pressed forward with the rest of the boys, . doing can and meet me with all your force at the cross-gaHant work. . roads below the swamp, at dusk. I think we will Some of the tents which had been overturned attack Wats on and give him a fright, even if upon the fires were now in flames, these giving we do not rout him." plenty of light, and now Martin Branch suddenly "Very go od ;....general," replied Dick, and then saw a dozen redcoats rushing at Dick to he ordered the boys to get into the saddle at cut him down, the young captain's head being once. turned at the time. One glance told the boy On the way pack to the camp the boys heard that his musket was loaded, and, throwing it to that Marion was contemplating an attack upon his shoulder, he fired at the leading redcoat, w.> Watson, and they were greatly excited over it, pling him from his horse in an instant. and being very eager to have a brush with the enemy. throwing the rest into confesion.


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SW AMI? ANGELS "Look out for the captain, boy s !" he cried, and in a moment the two Harrys, . Ben, Sam, Paul, r Phil and a dozen more were at his side, hurry-ing forward to aid Dick. The redcoats were driven back and Dick was safe, but now the enemy began rallying in great numbers , and Marion decided that it was best to retreat, and he quickly s ounded the recall. A way went the gallant boys and Marion's ;men, . the enemy pursuing them, but shortly losmg sight of them as they dove down a dark and narrow lane and then entered a swamp bordering on the Sa::::itee, where no redcoats could follow. They made their way through this and out upon the road again, but by that time the redcoats had given up the chase and were too far away to do any damage. The Liberty Boys presently turned off the road and made their way toward their own camp while Marion and his men proceeded. When they reached their camp in •the swai:ip, fixe s were lighted and the brave busied themselve s in various ways, cleanmg and loading muskets and .Pistols, attending .to harness and saqdle s, patchmg and. darnmg and doing other necessary thmgs, the camp bem,g .a lively spot for an hour or more. The new recruit was furnis hed with a Unifoo:-m, and was now a full member of the troop, having already been under fire and regarded as one of them by all the boys: They were all at the. grit he had shown, and Dick Slater himself praised the boy for having done s o well .in an emergency. After a time the camp quieted down, the_ fires burned low and at length all was dark and still, the only s ounds being the occasional tramp•of a sentr)I o r the murmur of the waters, no alarm being heard during. the night. a s .he drew his pistols as if to fire, the bullies began to scatter. Ben and Martin follow ed Jack, and the first lot of boys took to their heels in great haste, joining the sec ond lot. Then all were sei zed w ith a panic and fairly fell over each other, scrambling ot of the way as the boys came on, two or three rolling into the ditch, which was half full of dirty water, t}le others running into the wood s . or up the road. The three Liberty Boys kept on at a gallop, and the rest of the Tory boys left the road and scampered away into the bushes , their bravery suddenly oozing away to nothing. "Are there many Tory boys about, Mart?" asked Ben. "No, not many, and all of these don't b e long around here. There are five or six that I never saw before." "We ll, I guess we didn't need to fire over their heads," la)lgh ed Jack. "Just riding down upon them was enough." . "How far along this road did Dick us to go, do you suppose?" asked Ben. "'vVe are get;. ting away from the river, and that is where Wat;. s on and his redcoats were. I suppose it will be all right to go a little fartber and see what there is." " I shc.uld think s o," said Jack. "You did not s ee redcoats here, did you, Mart?" "No, and I didn't hear that there were any this way, either. " . " You Jive along this road, don't you, Mart?" " Yes, ever that way a piece," pointing. " T Tory boys don't live near you?" "No, they live back from the river quite a • bit. You turn off from this road and take a path near 'the black smith's to get to ou r place . I didn't hear of any redcoats o n this road. " The boy s went on as far as the smith's, where they stopped, finding the man at work forging CHAPTER V.-The New R ecruit In Trou ble. heavy broadswords from mill-saw s. "Lo oking for redcoats?" asked the smith, as After b;eakfast, Dick Slater and a fe\V of the the boys halted. Liberty Boy s, including the new recruit, set off "Yes, but there are none on this road, are to see if the enemy were making any advance, _1 there?" replied Ben. o r if they had received . any reinforecements. " None that I've li.eard of." 1 When they reached the cro ss-roads, Dick sent At that very moment, however, there was. Jack Warren, Martin Branch and Ben off on 'heard a clatter of hoofs and a shout, and then o ne road and went on with the two Harrys, seven o r eight redcoats came in sight, a number Sam and Phil on the other. The othe r three of boys .running alongside and ahead and shout-boys r o de along .at an easy pace and had gone ing: • s o me little distance when they saw three or four "There they are, there are the rebels! " rough-looking boy s approaching. The boy s were some of those whom the three "Those are Tories," said the new recruit, "and young patriots had lately routed, and they had pretty hard characters. They are Bub Wilkins, evidently gone after the redcoats to pay the boys Sam Hodge and :ffill Grime s . I don't know who for their recent defeat. the othe r one i s , but he i s in bad company and "Hallo! things are ,getting lively for u s," mut-is probably the same sort." . tered Ben. "What are we g oin g to do now? The four rough-looking boys now came up, If we run they will wreck the smithy, and if and o ne of them yelled: we stay we will be caught. " "Com e on, fellers, let's lick the rebels!" yelled The smithy was nothing but a shed and could the bigges t of the Tories, who •wa. i called Bub eas ily be put up again, even if the i ; edcoats did Wilkins. "Come on, hurry up!" wreck it, and the smith said, with a grin: . "We can fire a shot or two ove r their heads, "Better get away, young sirs . I can take care Ben," muttere d Jack, "and set them to running." of the smithy. " "Yes , but they're hardly worth wasting powder "All right," said Jack, "but we'll wait a little on, " with a laugh. "C omE;! ahead, let's make a way off a nd see what they are g oing to do. " rush at them. We can't be bothered by such The three boys dashed away, as if they intend-ruffians as these." . ed to get as far as possible in a short time, but The three boys suddenly dashed ahead, as the halted around a turn in the roa:tl where there second batch of Tory boys came running up. were trees and bushes , which concealed them, Jack, on his bay mare, was in the lead, and now and then watched to see what the redc oats would


.. , • _.,,. .... . THE LIB!'.:RTY BOYS' SWAMP ANGELS 7 do. The enemy came u p and halted, and one o f them said, haughtily: "You harbor rebel s and furnish them with the means to fight their lawful king. We are going to pull your shed down about your ears and take you away as a prisoner. " The smith picked up a white-hot saw blade with his tongs and, putting himself in an attitude of defense , said, with determination: "Well let me see you do it! Come on, the lot of you!' I'll mark a few' o f yo u in a way remember, I reckon. Well, what are y ou han.gmg back for? Why don't y ou come on ?" "Why you miserable rebel, do you mean t o defy us?" lea. der, his manner ing q uite at variance with his words , however, it being clear that he did not dare to g o ahead. "That's jus t what I d o ," returned the smith. "I'll put a mark on the first m a n that touches a thing in the smithy that he'll never get rid of." "Shoot the rebelliou s scoundrel!" stormed the redcoat, backing ou t of the way. Jus t then there was a shout from the turn of the road, and five Liberty Boys were seen coming on at a dash. "Hallo! there's the captain now!" exclaimed Jack. "Come on, Ben, we must help him!" "All right. Come on, Mart!" The three ' boys went back wi61 a rus h and seeing Boy s coming on from both direc tions, and not knowing how many more o f them there might be behind, the redcoats made a bolt for the open woods , the two parties of boys meet' ing at the smithy. . . "You did not go very far," said the smith to Jack. "No we did not" with a grin. "We thought that might ha.Ppen and so it did." "We saw these fellow s ," observed D ick, "and concluded to come up and see what they were about." "They were some that the Tory boy s sent after us," added Ben. "Mart them. They wanted to lick u s , but they did not get on any better than the redcoats did with the smith." "We saw them on this road across-country," explained Dick "and we took a short cut and got here almost as' soon as they did . " "The smith had an argument with them," laughed Jack. "We couldn't hear what he s aid, but we could tell what he meant." feliows have scattered and it i s likely that they will trouble us," Dick They will probably make their way back to then camp as soon as possible. You say there were Tory boys?" "Yes, but they ran quicker than the redcoats. They were out of sight before you were half-way t o the s mithy..'' . "Well, we will ,go on and see if we meet any more. We may as well keep together now. Who are the To1-y boys?" -"Bub Wilkins Sam Hodge, Bill Grimes and some others," the new recruit. "Some of them live about here and s ome are strangers to me but they must be Tories or they would not be with Bub and the rest. They wanted to thrash u s. Bub and Bill never did like me . " "That's a good recommendation," with a light laugh. "Well, we shall have to a watch upon them. ' What s ort of a lookmg fell o w is Bub?" "Loose-jointed and big, with watery eyes and faded hair. His name is not Bub, but he was always been called that and it sticks to him." "If there were anything manly abou t him he w oul d never have allowed himself to be called Bub after he grew. u p," sputtered Jack. "That's a little boy' name, not a one's." The boy s went on till they got into the other road, and then Dick to Jack, the two Harrys and the iest: "It think you may as we ll g o back, boys. Martin and I w ill g o on by ourselves . It may be better not to have too large a party. " The boys turned and went back by road nearer the river, therefore, while Dic k and the new recruit pro ceeded. Dick always made it a habit to teach a new recru i t sco uting a n d spying :ts soon as possible, and for that 1 eason he took Martin Branch with him t o give liim a few p oints and s ee how he took t o them. They haci cea s ed to hear the _tramp of the other horses and were g oing al on g at an easy pace, when Dick heard s ome one coming toward him, the s ound .of v oic es being very plain. "Those are seme of thos e Tory bullies, cap tain," said Martin. "See. what yo u can do with the m, Martin," .shortly. "I w ill be near if you need help." Then Dick dismonutea, led Major into the bushes and was out of view in a moment. The new Liberty Boy s went on a short distance and then halted as the Tory Boys came u p. There were three of them, Bub Wi lk ins, Bill Grimes and Sam Ho dge, and they se t up a shout as they saw Martin alone." "Huh! goin' hom e , be ye?" cried Bub. "\Vaal, ye'll g o on foot, then. Git off'n that hos s !" . Martin got off, but s aid, in a tone of deternnnation : "I am not going to r i de you d o wn, Bub ''' ilkin s, and that's why I get off my. h orse." . "Huh! what be ye goin' ter do?" for the boy's tone raised a doubt jn Bub's mind as to his in-tentions. . "I am going to give you a thrashing. You want one bad, and I'm going to give it to you. Then I'll tiiKe Sam Hodge and then Bill Grimes. You boys bl'ought the l'edcoats down upon us, and you're going to catch it. " Bub winked at Sam and Bill and then all three suddenly flew at the Lib .erty Boy, intending to ,give him the thrashing he had promised them. The boy threw aside his musket and met the 1 three bulli es half-way, giving Bub Wilkin s a stinging blow on one eye, which closed it temporarily and made him howl. At the same moment he struck out with his left hand and took Bili Grime s o n the no se, causing it to bleed freely. Then he . rushed in, gave Sam Hodge a swinging blow on the jaw, which knocked him down, and proceeded to land blows right and left, finally tripping u p both boys and sending th.em into . the ditch, whence they hastpy scrambled and hurried away down the road m a most bedraggled cond ition, Sam Hodge following them in haste. CHAPTER VI.-Dick Slater in Difficulties. ' ---Seeing ef Dick, Martin picked up hi• musket, gQ.t into the saddle and went on slowly


( 8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SW AMP ANGELS for a little distance. Then three or four roughlooking men sprang out of the bushes and seized his bridle rein, one of them saying: .. "Huh! we've got one o' the rebels, anyhow. That's Branch's boy." "Yas, an' him an' a lot other rebels licked my boy fur. doin' no1!hin'. Now we'll hafter lick him." "Wait a minute," said another. "Ef -he'll tell us where the rebels have their camp we won't tech him. D'ye compreh end that, young feller?" "Yes, I understand it," replied the new re• cruit, in a quiet tone. 1 "Waal, what d'ye think on it?" eagerly. "l don't think anything of it!" "Then we'll hang ye!" snarled all the men, who were Tories beyond a doubt. The boy paled for a moment; but answered, gravely: "I won't do it, no matter what you do to me!" "Go get a rope, Zeke," said the leader. "There's one in the cabin. Hurry up with it, though meb l>y the young rebel will change his mind." "l will not change it," said the boy, decidedly. "I have sworn to do all I can to aid the Liberty Boy s -and I w . ill not betray them, no matter what you do to me. I will tell you nothing, show you nothing." . "l reckon ye'll change yer mind when the rope comes," growled the Tory. "Humph! I hear Zeke comin' now.'' In a moment the mari came running up with the rope, and one end was thrown over the limb of a tree close by. •Then, as they dragged the boy from his horse and were about to put a noose about his neck, there came two or three sharp cracks , and one of the men had a painful flesh wound in his shoulder, another lost his hat and had a bullet plow a furrow alonohis scalp, and a third was hit in the right arm. "Come on, boys!" shouted Dick, as he suddenly came dashing forward on Major. "Down with _the ruffians!" The Tories fled in great haste, and in a moment Dick and the ntw recruit were left alone. There was the sound of hoofs at that moment, and Mark Mouison and two or three Liberty Boys rode up from a little lane just ahead of them. "Did you want any of the boys, Dick?" Mark asked. "We heard shots." "I don't want them now, Mark," laughed Dick. "There were some Tory ruffians here just now, 1who were going to hang Martin because he would not show them where our camp is, but they went away in a hurry.'' The boys had been out scouting, but had seen / nothing of the enemy, nor heard anything until Dick' s shots aroused them. Dick now sent them and Martin back to the camp and went on, pres1ently striking into the road along the river, 'Nhich would take him past Sally Budd's cabin. He reached the cabin, but found that Sally had gone off to visit a J!eighbor and would not be back for some time. "Tell her that Martin has joilled the Liberty Boys," said Dick to the girl's mother. . "I want to know!" exclaimed the woman. "W aal, Mart always did want to do something for his country, an' he's a right good boy." "Yes, :/le is, indeed, and a brave one as well," Dick replied. "SoJl!e Tories got hold of him this morning and threatened to hang him if he did not show them the way to our camp." "Do tell I Mart didn't do it, I reckon?" "No, he did not," positively. "He is not that sort.'' "No, I reckon he ain't. My al is jest that sort, too. You couldn't ,get her to do an-..rthing wrong.'' "'-.... "Then she is the right sort, and no mistake, and if she were a boy she would be one of us.'' "Waal, I allus 'lowed that a woman could do as much in her way to help the country as a man could in his'n, if she sot about it," the woman replied. Dick now rode away, taking a short cut and saving considerable distance. At length he heard sounds ahead of him and leaving Major among the trees out of sight, lie went forward, cautiously, judging from the sound of voices that there were redcoats about. He was not mistaken, for in a liiile glade on the river bank he saw a number of redcoats , there being a boat farther up the river with two redcoats sitting in it. "We've got to get hold of the young rebel leader and make him tell us the way to his camp," muttered one. "They are making altogether too much trouble for us, and the sooner we get them out of the way the better it will be. Then wt=: can catc!I. that rebel Marion." Dick crouched behind a clump of bus hes on the edge of the bank and listened attentively, hoping to hear some of the enemy's plans . "Some of these Tories living about here ought to, know the place," observed one. "They know the swamps thoroughly and ought to be able to find tlH•m." "That's a good idea. Find some of them and tell them to hunt for the place. They should not have any trouble." "So we will. There's Wilkins and Hitchins and Miggles, all good subjects and old settleps here. We'll see them." "Yes, and in the meantime the troops on the other side of the river will search out this Swamp Fox and--" Dick had not heard of any British. force on the other side of the river, and he was greatly interested. If there were other redcoats he must find out about them and let the general know about them and perhaps attack them. himself. Leaning forward to hear all that was said, and not knowing that the bank beyond was undermined, Dick was suddenly precipitated down the bank, bush and all, right into the middle of the group of redcoats. They sprang to their feet, and before Dick could get away he was surrounded and seized. "By Jove! here is one of , the young rebels now!" cried one. ' _ "And in a captain's uniform. By George! it's young Slater himself!" "Jove! you are right. We could not have had better luck." "Now we'll find out all we want to know." Seeing that there was no immediate chance of his e s cape, Dick sounded a shrill call, which Major knew, and which would send the intelligent creature back to the camp at a gallop. "You are Dick Slater, the rebel, aren't you?" asked one. "I am not a rebel, whoever I am," Dick.. returned.


...... THE LIBERTY BOYS' SWAMP ANGELS 9 "Then why have you got on that uniform?" "Because I am an officer in the Continenfal Army," proudly. "We are not rebels, we are patriots." "Ha! you are a rebel!" impudently. "You are Dick Slater, the captain of the Liberty Boys and one of the, rankest young rebel::; in the district. We ou,ght to hang you for a spy, but we will keep you a prisoner instead on condition that you--" "You need not name any conditions," inter-rupted Dick, "for I will accept none. " "We want to find your camp," "I have no doubt of it," dryly. "And if you will tell us how to find it, we will not hang you, but will spare your life, and--" "I will tell you nothing I Some Tories made the same proposal to one of the Liberty Boys, the newest of them e. " The iedcoat picked himself up, gave Dick an angry look and said: "You will regret having struck me, you rebel!" fNever!" retur11ed Dick. "I should have re gretted it if I had not resented such an insult." "Take the fellow away," said the redcoat. "We will find means to discover the camp of the young rebels and without their leader the young rascals will find it impossible to hold out against us. We'll bag the lot of them before night." Then Dick was hurried away, his chance of escape growing smaller, . apparently, every mo ment. CHAPTER VIL-Sally Budd to the Rescue. Sally Budd had an errand to a neighbor's house, but as the place was not very thickly set tied, neighbors did not necessarily live close to gethe1, so she had thrown a blanket over old Sal and with a halter for a bridle rein, started ast;ide on he1' errand. She had taken the river road, not beca u s e it would take her nearer to her destinati on, but becaus e it was the best. She knew that there were redcoats in the vicinity of the river, but the knowledge of that fact did riot deter her, for de spite her previous experience with the one who had insisted on kissing her, s he felt able to take care of herself, and besides the possibility of such little encounters gave a zest to what otherwise would be a very ordinary affair, and offered the chance of an ad-venture. . . As the motions of her ancient steed were, per force, rather deliberate, she had ample opportunity for observation, and therefore when she heard the sound of scuffling and saw the tall growth agitated a little on one side, she was far enough away to be able to observe without beip.g observed. There were water willows growing h alf in and half out the bank of the river, and she drew behind the thick screen of leaves, unsee n by any passerby, but able to peer through the foliage and see what was taking place. In a moment s he saw several redcoats appear, and in the middle of them was a slight boyish figure that Sally could see wo 're the Continental uni form. Not only on account of the efficient aid that s ome of the Liberty Boys had given her on a previous occasion, but' also because of Martin Branch's interest in the troop, Sally was very much a l ive to any incident wherein one of the boys might be concerned. It was not long before she recognized that it was the young captain of the Liberty Boys himself that was in the grasp of the redcoats, and suddenly her pleasant little anticipations concerning advehture changed to dire forebodings, for what would the Liberty B oys do without their brave leader, perhaps be cut to pieces, and Martin with t hem. The bright, ruddy color faded, and Sally had a curious sensation in her throat that she did not recognize, and her breat)i came short and quick. It was not for hers e1f she feared, her thoughts were entirely with Dick, and she watched with bated breath to see what they were goinl{ to do to him. Dick was quiet, seeing the futility of trying to fight s o many enemies , and he walked q11ietly down to the river bank, whither they led him, and waited while one of them gave a shrill whistle, and then looked up and down the river. The whistle was repeated, and in a moment or two there was heard the sound of oars and a boat appeared, coming dowstream. ,1 The boat was a long one and contained sev eral ::;eats, being manned by two men, and into it Dick was taken, while two of the men stepped in with him, the others returning to the place whence t hey had first appeared. Sally had seen that one of the redcoats, who wore the uniform of an officer, gave directions to the two men w ho accompanied Dick down the river, but could not hear what was s aid. The men resumed rowing as soon as the three newcomers had taken their seats and pulled out into midstream, while Sally waited till they had g one a little ahead, and then began following to see where they would take the young captain, her idea being to notify the Liberty Boys as soon as she could find out the _ place. When Dick had been put into the boat his hands and feet were free, and Sally hoped that he would make a sudden dash for liberty, when she would be near with old Sal to help him get away. But they had not gone far before she saw one of the two redcoats Jean down toward the bottom of the and b1ing up s ome rope, and with this the two guards tied Dick, hand and foot, so that she saw all hopes for Dick's bein,g able to help himself were vain. Then she determined to se e what she could do to help him.


, 10 THE L I B ERTY BOY S ' SW A M P ANGEL S even if she had to ride to the general himself and beg him to call out his whole force to save the young captain of the Liberty Boys. She knew the redcoats were somewhere in the v1cmity of thf river, and she rightly s urmised that it was to these that Dick was being taken. The day was warm, but it was not the heat that cau s ed the perspiration to stream down Sally's face and get into her eyes, and prevent her from seeing clearly at times, for never had she been in such a state of abject terror as on this occas i on, for the danger threatened another . and one on whom the welfare of a hun:fred brave boys depended. They wen t on for a m ile or so, and then the boat was drawn up to shore, but on the o pposite ! : ide. The t .wo redcoats stepped out, leaving Dic k w ith the two men who had rowed . "Oh, if onl y of the Liberty B:iys were around!" w a s Sally's main thought, but she did not kflow even where their camp was, except that it was i n the swamp near tl:ie creek . Shoul d sh e ride away in s earch of it? But they might take Dick away while she was gone. "No, someth ing must be done at once and by he' The. river l a y between her and the prisoner, and she had no way of crossing. If she had a gun she might sh oot those two men, but the s ound of the shots might bring others, besrdes she d'd not have the g un. She looked up and down the river for. the sign of a boat, and c ould s ee several away in the di stance, but not near en ough t o be of any se r vice t o her, beside s they all seemed fully occup ied. She had no money to }jjJ : e a boat, and knew no one who owned one and wo-uld lend it to her for acquaintance sake. St..;11, she had to do s omething to get 6ver. to that boat ,gently rocking against the oppos ite bank, and from which she could see that the two men who 'had been left in were stepping on shore, which w ould l eave Dick alone in the boat. That fact made her desperate. If she had only learned to swim, but she formerly had had no mo1e u s e for the water than a chicken. Again she looked about her for s ome suggestion in the way of getting across the river. She was almost tempted to try to make old Sal swi m over, and she his nose toward the bank, but the experienced animal simply refused to budge in that direc tion. Then she dismounted and tied the horse to a tree and walked along the water's edge. She heard the dip of oars, and peering out from a tangle of growth, she saw t w o boys in a flat bottomed boat. "Hello!'' she exclaimed. "There's Bub Wilkins and Bill Grimes! I'll make them take me across." She waited till they were nearly abreast, and then putting her hand to her mouth, called, lustily: " Hey, Bill and Bub! Come over here, I want to get across." The boys stopped r owin g and .looked toward the place whence the hail proceeded. "Hello! who are you?" came the response. "Sally Budd." "What'll you give us if we take y o u across?" "Come and see . " . • The b oys pulled sl o w}y in toward shore, but d id n o t c o me cl o se t o the bank. Sally beck oned to them, mysterious ly, and their. curiosity being excited, they came nearer. "I've got something to tel you," she called. "We ll , tell it. Who's hinderin' yoii?" I " I don ' t want no one else to hear. It's a se--cret." -They approached still nearer, and she waded out to the boat and stepped in. . ' JYou're a cool on e . Who invited you into our boat?" "You know Dick Slater?" she said, leaning toward them, and speaking in a low tone. They nodded. "Wdl, he's in that boat a ll alone, and , the:i;e's two of you!" significantly. "vVhy, he's a rebel, and s o a1e you." "No, I ai n't no rebel." "We s'posed you was, " exclaimed Bub an' so ' s your flame, Mart Branch." "You may think so, but he isn't," and she nodded wisely. "Beer. playin' po ssum?" . "Peorle don't always act like they think. But you're losin' time, and before you know it he'll wake up and then your chance is lost.He':;< in the bothtom of the boat." "Asleep?" "He hasn't budged s ince I saw him lyin' there." "Well, we'll go over and see . You can get o1it now." "N. ), I want to be there when you take hini." This -seemed to be a perfectly legitimate de sire on Sally's part, and neither of the made any further objection to her going over. Sally was a shrewd girl and he1 mind w9 keel quickly, and as s oon as she had seen the two boy s she had resolved to make us o f them, and while she had deceived them, which under the , ci1,cumstances, she had not hesit!l _ t;;;f in doing, she had not told any untruth, mer;ely Jeadin g 'the boys to believe what she wanted them to do for the moment. It did not take long for the boys to row ac r oss the river, which was not very wide at that point,, but bef_ore they had reacheJ the opposite s ide, Sally gave a sudgen cry and exclaimed: ''I've run a splinter into my finger, way in deep and I can't pull it out. One of you boys got a knife to lend me s o I can cut it out before it goes deeper?" Bub Wilkin s dug into his pocket and l>rought out a jack-knife, which he handed to Sally, who proceeded to work at her finger, making a little gas h so as to bring blood, . and then giving a little scream and wrapping her finger u p in her skirt, and apparently forgetting to return the knife. The two boys drew up alongside the boat in which Dick lay bound hand and foot, but before they had a chance to remark on the fact, Sally had grabbed an oar from Bill and knocked him over thehead with it, throwinghim into the water, and then had hurled herself with all the weight of her body against Bub . Wilkim, flinging him backward, causing the boat to careen dangerously and swin,g away from the boat containing Dick. But Sally did not hesitate, jumping into the water which was not deep so near the shore, and in a twinkling was in the boat with Dick and hacking away at the rope that his hands with the knife that she had g o t from


THE LIBERTY . BOYS' SW AMP ANGELS 11 Bub Wilfins. As s oon as his hands were free, Dick cut the rope around his legs, and before either of the two boys had recovered from his astonishment at the summary mann!)r in which he had been treated, Dick was free, and ready to attend to either or both. He did not stop to ask questions, but looked about for an oar, the men who had brought him over having taken theirs when they had left him alone in the boat. An oar lay in the boat that had brought Sally over, but that boat had drifted a considerable distance away, while the other oar had gone over board with Bill Grimes. Dick was in the water in an instant and soon had his hand on the other boat, seized the oar, and was back in the boat with Sally, while Bill Grimes was still floundering in the water, and Bub Wilkins had not yet recovered his equilibrium. . On ce back in the boat, Dick began paddling away with his one oar, which he used as a paddle for he could make better progress . By this time, however, Bill Grimes scrambling out of the water up onto the bank, and Bub Wilkins had regained an upright position in the boat, and as they saw Dick paddling away from shore, with Sally in the boat with him, they both )lent up a shout that sho ok the trees. Then it was explained why Dick had been left alone in the boat, for a little back from the water's edge was a tavern, of . whose clo se proximity the British were evidently aware and of whose hos pitality they were anxious to avail ijiemselve s . In a moment men were see n running toward the water, and aarting hither and thither in search of the missing boat containing the prisoner, for they had no idea that he had been rescued :from his precarious position, knowing that the Britis h we1:e in possession of that part of the river. CHAPTER VIII.-Sally Meets With Anothe1 Adventure. As Dick saw that his escape had been dis covered, he pulled his boat up against the bank at a place where it shelved under, a heavy growth of bushes overhanging the water and completely concealing the boat and its occupants. They heard the men on the river bank calling and shouting to one another, and could distinguish the voices of the two boys talking excitedly, and then things quieted down. Instead of pulling out into mid stream, Dick drew the boat to a stop . where he could step ashore, and telling Sally to wait a few moments for him, he went cautiously up the bank, for he had heard enough to be sure that the tavern, whither his captors had gone, was a rendezvou s of the British. With his knowlepge of woodcraft it was not difficult for him to worm his way to the tavern unsee n, for being in his uniform he did not care to risk being caught again. He saw the situation of the place so that he could reach it easily again should he think it best to disguise himself and visit the place, but the tavern itself seemed for the moment deserted, except for its regular oc cupants. He did not waste much time about the place, therefore, but proceeded to make hisway back to where he hid left Sally, when he saw Bill Grimes and Bub Wilkins coming along. The boys passed him on their way up from the river, and Dick continued his descent toward the boat. He found Sally impatiently awaiting his arrival "Oh, captain!" she exclaimed, as s oon as she saw him, "I've something to tell you." "'What is it, Sally?" "So,.n 'after you had gone I heard voices and peepin g out, saw Bill Grimes and Bub Wilkins settin' on the bank, and presently some soldiers come along and hollered to the boys, asking them what they meant by raising such a row. The boys didn't say nothin' at first, till the men accused them of settin' you free, and then raisin' the alarm to save them from being s u s pected. "0' cours e the boys said they didn't; that it was a girl, but the soldiers didn't believ e 'em, and said they'd run 'em in the guard-house if they were seen around here any more. "Then Bill said he reckoned they'd be a little more civil if they knew what he could tell 'em, but the men wouldn't believe 'em, but just swore at 'em some more. "Then Bub said they couldn't be very smar t to let a prisoner get away s o easily, and he reckoned the information tha,t they had wouldn't do them any g ood, anyway, and s o they'd give it where it would be of some u se. "They just k ep ' on talkin' till they'd got the soldiers' curiosity all excited, an' then they told what it was; that they knew where the Liberty Boys had their camp. and if they'd give 'em something worth while they'd take 'em right to it." Sall y was pretty nearly breathless by this time from her .. rauid recital, and so Dick had an opportunity to put in a question. "Did the soldiers s how any interest?" "Intrust? I should jus t say so!" exclaimed Sally. "They arranged to have the boys take 'em over to-night, and they've got a big lot of soldiers, too." 1 Dick thought a moment. It would be decidedly inconvenient for them to move their camp, or to have its situation known just at that time, so he determined that the boys sho uld not have a chance to s how their knowl!!dge of its situation if they really had found it out. "We'll see that they don't," said Dick, quietly. He knew that the boys were not for aff, so he called out as if to a companion: "Hi, there; here's a boat we can u se to get across!" In an instant the result was as he had anti cipated, for the two boys came running down the s lope to the river bank, calling out: "Here, you, you let that boat alone!" . Dick looked up at the two boys and said, coolly: "If I want that boat I'm going to take. it." "No,' you won't, nutherl" and then as they caught a full view of . Dick they cried out, ex citedly: "Hello l hello I up there! Here's the rebel again I" Then Bill Grimes felt a stunning blow on his head and he went down sprawling, and before Bub Wilkins had time to turn around he was lying on his face in the mud at the water's edge. ,Sally had come running up to Dick's aid, and as she ran had taken off a long apron she was


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SW AMP ANGELS we::tring and holding it out toward the young captain. cried "Here, captain, just tie him with this while I get omethin' else for t'other," and she plump ed her s ubstantial body on top of the prostrate form of Bub Wilkins, who expostulated the best he could under _the circumstance s, his wouth being full of muddy water, and proceeded to slip off one of her petticoats, of which she wore two or three, and watched w ith c onsiderable satisfaction while Dick securely bound Bill Grimes, and then lifting him over h is s houlder, deposited him in the bottom of the fiat-boat. Then he repeated the operation, only this time with Bub Wilkin s for a subject. Sally had possessed her slf of two oars, and stepped into the boat after Dick had laid the t w o boy s on its bottom, and then he himself leaping in, they each took an oar and pulled out. But the outcries of the two boy s had attracted attention on s hore, and again men cam e running dcwn to investigate the of til e commotion. Shots began whizzing clo s e abou _ t their heads a 1d struck the water around them, and the boys in the bottom began to howl and plead to be freed, lest they be s hot. Dick s oon saw that they could not make off with' the boys, it being as much as he c ould do to get himself and Sally away, so he said to Bill and Bub: "I am going to unbind you two boys and throw you into the river, as you easily, can s wim to s hore, but I have a few words of caution fir s t. If any of the redcoats get over to our camp tonight, I will know who has brought them, and ,if you two get away from ou r camp with a whole skin you won't keep it in that cond.iti on long, for I shall give instructions to all my boys to s hoot yo u at sight for s pies. Now you have had your warning, I am going to free you," and he' began untying the apron-stl'ings that bound Bill Grime s ' hands behind his back. whil e Sally performed the same service for Bub Wilkins. • But neither of the two boys w aited to be thrown overboard, for both, as s oon as they we1 e unbound, made a dive into . the water, and coming up a little. distance off one of them cried out: "You've s tolen our boat, and we'll make you pay for it." "All right," called out Dick, and then the boat being con s id erably lightened, he and Sally made much quicker progress, and were s oon in midstream, out of reach of the r edc oats' bullets . But their danger was not over, for a s they were gliding swiftly along, although bein g obliged to pull upstream, for Di c k was heading toward the creek on which the camp of the Liberty Boy s wc.s situated, a rowboat suddenly darted out above them, between them and the entrance of the cree k, and then as Dick would have changed hi s course, there being a number of men in the boat, another one shot out below s o they were caught between the two. "Oh, captain, they are both in front and in back!" exclaimed Sally. "Whatever will you do?" "Pull for the nearest shore 'and hide,'' was Dick's answ er. A s they were nearer the side where the camp of the i e dcoats was situated, Dick was oblig_ed to pull for that side, and managed t o dart inlo a little cove, where there were s c!veral friendly trees , with their foliage growing closedown to the water. He did not know whether either or both of the rowboats filled with redcoats were in pursuit of him o r not, but he meant that they should not catch him if he could help it. One boat passed them going dow n, and presently met the one that was coming up, and the party in one boat hailed that in the other, which fact Dick could see , but he could not hear what was said. Then the first boat turped aroun d , and they both proceeded upstream, one on one side, and the other on the other side of the river, evidently with the purpose of preventing Dick's e s ca pe. -"They'll surely see us, captain," whispered Sal ly, cowering down into the bottom of the boat. "Do hide yourself, too, they may fire again and then you might get shot and killed." "They've got to see us first, Sally. I've been in tighter places than this many a time and always got out of •them as this morning, for instance, when you came to my aid, and I'll get out of this." Sally was reassured, although not altogether relieved of her fears by Dick's confident manner, and !lhe kept her eyes on the two boats, watching for any movement that might indicate that the redcoats were going to u se their muskets . "I have learned one thing, at any rate," mut tered Dick, half to himse lf, "and that it that there are a considerable numbe r of the British on this s ide of the river, and that we have got to look out foi;. them." "Do you thmk the boys will dare tell where you , r camp i s, Captain?" whispered Sally, while they lay in their sheltered position watching the movements of the ene my. "I very much doubt if they know themselves the exact situation. I don't belive they will do anything to-night anyway, for they are pretty well scared, but there are Tories who may have discovered the place, who would g-ladly sell their information for whatever they could get for it." By this time the boats had gone on past the spot where the two were, but beingstill in sight, Dick did not venture out. Later, however, when they had disappeared from view, h e pulled cau tiously out and then headed across the river, reaching the op p o site si de in safety, but a con siderable di stance from the place where he had been captured and where he had left Major. Sally's horse also was not accessible, for in order to reach her they would have to go considerably out of their way, either on foot or by water, s o Dick concluded the better way w ould be to .keep to the rivei. until the creek on which their camp was situated, and then to turn in there. He had been gone a long time, and he wondered if the boys were concerned about hi s disappearance, or taken i t .for granted that he was still on a scouting tour, but it made no difference now, as he was getting nearer t o camp every minute. The boys had b een .... a n xi ou s about him, however, and two o r three parties of them were scouring the neighborhood in hopes of finding t some trace of hi m, as they always did if he were absent more than a few hours at a time, unless he had previously warned them not to expect him to return s oon. They h a q gone about in the swam p, fearing he might have been caught by a treacherou9


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SWAMP ANGELS 13 quagmire and. needed their assistance, but they had no thought o f his being on the river, as he had started on Major, and the knowing creature had not returned to camp, which he would have done at his master's command, . if he had no longer _ needed him. It was long past the noon hour, and Patsy was ,growing more and more dissatisfied at the failure of the yo ung captain to return, as well as at the absence of the boys who were out hunting for him, a9' he had managed to secure the wherewithal for an unusually good dinner, and he wanted all the boys present to enjoy it. The afternoon wore on, and the dinner was eaten by those remaining in camp, being kept hot for the late comers, w.ho straggle d in by twos or threes , all hoping that Dick had returned or been found by one or another of the Liberty Boys . "I'm hungry," at length announced Sally, "and as soon as we get abreas t of our house I am going to cut across home just as fast as my legs will carry me," for Sally was no ethereal being who subsisted on imagination and sweets, but a young "person who enjoyed three hearty meals a day when she c . ould get them. "I think this is as near your house as we will ,get," said Dick, "and I thank you most heartily for the assistance you have rendered me to-day. Martin shall be one o f the first to hear it. He has already saved my life, and now you have helped me regain my liberty, and neither I nor any of the boys will ever forget either o f y ou , nor your s ervice to me." "That's all right, captain," exclaimed Sally, flushing with pleasure. "You make me right proud, and I reckon there ain't any one what deserves all the good turns that can be given him more than you," and Sally leaped out of th.e boat on dry land and waved her hand in good -b y. CHAPTER I X . -Intruders in the Swamp. When Dick at length got back to the camp, after the boys had been unable to find him, and being greatly surprised to see him come in a boat, he told them of his and added: "It is likely that s ome of these Tories will try to find this place and tell the enemy, so you must keep a sharp lookout for them." "You don't think they will come to-night, do you , Dick?" asked Bob. "Poss ibly. The :r.:edcoats will s ee them as . soon as p o s s ible and they will not want to lose any time. Wats on i s anxious to get Mar ion out '-Of the swamp, and they think that if the y rout u s out they will have less trouble with the Swamp Fox." "Watson doesn"'t know Marion," l aughed Bob. "He is the fello w tha t said tha t M arion did not fight like either a Christian or a gentleman, becaus e he could not get the be s t of the little era!." "They will not learn our way of fighting, but . .stick to their own," retorted Mark, "and that is why they get beaten s o often." The fires were s oon lighted and the boys l:}ad their suppers, Patsy serving up the best he had in honor of Dick's return, and then when it grew dark the sentries were posted, the boys being cautioned to keep a sharp lookout for intrude_rs, as it was thought the Tories might try t o locat e the camp . . "I s uppose s ome of them are well acquainted with the swamp and sho ul d know the many holes and corners in them," observed Bob, "and probably these have peen set t o work to find where we are. It would not be s o • strange if they did ." "And if we can catch them, the m ere fact of finding us will do them very little good," re joined Mark. "Bub Wilkins' father is one of them. I'd like to g iv-e him a thrashing, the same as Sally Bfrdd thras hed Bub this afternoon." "Sally always was s p unky," laughed Martin Branch, and she has said more than once that she would give Bub what he de s erved. I reckon s he gave it to him." The new recruit, being well !!Cquainted with the swamps, was put on guard a little di stance outside the camp a s it grew late. w ith others near him to whom he could signal if necessary, the boys telling him a number of the mo s t important signals in use by the Liberty Boys. These were all made u p of sounds heard innature, and by the use of them the young patriots could communicate with each other without ut--tering a wo1d and in the very presence of the enemy. The note s of birds, t he chirping of in sectlj.. the barking of dogs, crowing of c o cks, croaking o f frogs, and other s ounds, were all included, all the Liberty Boys being well versed in the code, Dick and Bob having private signals in addition to these . It was late, and the new Liberty Boy, on guard at the edge of the camp, Ben, Sam and the two Horrys being not far away, heard s uspiciou s sounds and listened attentively. Some one was coming along the creek in a boat, the ripple of the water and the s ound of the oars being plainly heard, and in a few moment s the s ound of v o ices as well. "Ye d on' t see any lights, do ye, Bub?" the young patriot heard s ome one s ay, in a hoars e whisper, which carried farther than a low tone w ould have done. "No , . I don't. Maybe they're askeered . to light any .The fires had burned low and could noi; be distinguished from the creek. "Mebby they are, Bub, but we want for find 'em. The moon ain't up yet, an' the stars fon't show nothin'. Can't ye hear no one?"-"No, nothin' at all. " "Mebby it's further on, Bub. Keep yer e) es open." Jus t then there was the croak of a frog, an<" then the hooting of an owl, and the cry of a. night-bird. "What's that?" a sked the man. "Nothin' but the yawp of a frog," cont emptuou s l y . "Ye d on ' t get askeered a t them things , do ye, pap?" . The frog croaked again, and then frogs were heard croaking on a ll sides . "They ain't nothin' but ma's h here, there ain't no place fur the camp," muttered Wilkins. The Liberty Boys were signaling to each other and making their way swiftly and noiselessly along the bank of the stream, s o as to be ready to se ize the intruders the moment th.ey landed and began tb look for the camp. "Better go further, Bub," said the mm1, "they ain't nothin' this here way."


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SW AMP ANGELS . 1 Then an owl hooted somewhere near them "No, and our swamp angels will be good pro-and Bub muttered, ii!a frightened tone: tectors." "I don't like them squinch owls, they bite ye." They saw no more of the Tories that night, "Shucks ! that's .only an old woman's yarn." but in the early morning, shortly before sunrise, . Then the whirring of bats' wings were heard, the boys on guard detected the gleam of scarlet and Bub cried out in great alarm: uniforms among the trees, and then heard the "They's bats around an' they suck yer blood. steady tramp of a considerable body of men. I'm skeere d to go any further, pap." The alarm was quickly given, but in such man"Yew pull at them oars or I'll whop ye good ner that the enemy would not know that it had an' hard!" growled the man. "Them bats ain't been given and would come on, suspecting noth goin' ter tech ye.)" in,g. To all appearances the camp was still in "They ain't no camp here, anyhow," whined slumber, no on e being seen, no fires lighted, and Bub. no sounds heard which would indicate that the "Waal, then we'll go furder, but it's some-usual occupations of the day had begun. where here in the swamp an' we gbtter find it." :'The Tories are guiding the redcoats," mut-The bo a t went on, a n d suddenly a puff of tered Bob. "They found the location -0f the night air started one of the fires into life, caus-camp last night, and now they are leading the ing it to burn up brightly, revealing several of hither with the expectation of driving us the tents, and a number of the Liberty Boys, and throwing a bright pat h of light across the water. "I am afraid that their expectations will not "There they be, pap!" cried Bub. "There's be realized," rejoined Dick. "Those Tories must the tents an' there's the rebels! This is the-" know that we will be on the watch for them." "Shut up! Pull, you fool!" growled Wilkins. "Oh, they think that we are a lot of unCrack ! crack! crack! disciplined boys and that they can do anything There were a number of shots fired, one of with us," muttered Mark, "but they will find out them carrying away the man's hat and another-their mistake pre<>ently.'' whistling so clo s e to Bub's ear that he let out a Prasently Ben Spurlock gave warning that shrill yell of alarm, and nearly dropped his there was a ,goodly party of the enmy coming oars. • in boats to co-operate with the land party. "Pull, ye ijit!" shouted Wilkins, fetching Bub "We will attend to the the land party first," a cuff on the ear, which made him yell again and said Dick. "There will be time enough to attend to those in the boats after.ward." seize his oars in a fright. Then the fire suddenly went out, leaving On came the land party, setting up a shout everything as black as night and as silent as the when they saw the tents, and rushing fo1ward grave. The two Tories rowed away as fast as with the expectation of quickly driving out the they could, and in a short time the sound of the surprised young "rebels," as they called the oars could scarcely be heard. Martin Branch boys. The surprise was on the other side, for all was praised for his vigilance and his promptness of a sudden there was a blaze and a puff of in giving warning of the intruders' approach. smoke, and then a ]oud report and, much to the astonishment of the redcoats, a shot came shriek "Do you suppose they will find us again, ing among them and a number were bowled over. Dick?" asked Bob, after the midnight prowlers They dashed ahead, however, thinking that there had departed. was only one field piece and they could capture "Perhaps, Bob, -but if they bring any of the it before it could be reloaded . . redcoats we will have to turn our swamp angels Boom! As they dashed forward there was'_ against them, that is all." another loud report, and more redcoats were The Liberty Boys had two or three small fiel . dmoved down J:iy the Liberty B<;>ys' swamp angels. pieces which they called swamp angels, these By this time they began to take the alarm and brought in boats and placed at con-now a large detachment of the gallant bqys vement pomts they commanded _the opened fire upon the redcoats in the boats, a'nd pro aches, so that m case of a mvas1on then one of the swamp angels sent a shot, which they could be used effectually agamst the ene' landed in the middle of one of them sank it and my.. Dick Slater was an expert gunner and had spilled the occupants into the They'were tramed a the boys to as a gun recovered with some trouble, and now both desquad, t?ere bemg times :when the Liberty Boys tachments discovered tha. t they were not going had artillerY:, or when was called upon t<>' to surprise the gallant boys as much as they fire a gun m case of accident to the regular thought. Another volley was fired at the boats, gunner. ,.,. and these were forced, to put about, the fire "Yes, and our swamp angels will have anybeing too hot for them and many of them overthing but angelic voices," laughed Bob. "If the loaded. redcoats should manage to find their way in here Then the swamp angels spoke again, and the we will give them a surprise, and they . will be lan d detachment found that they were not goin,g glad to get out again when our guns begin to to have as easy a time in routing the plucky pepper them." young patriots as they had supposed. The dis"lt is always best to be prepared, Bob," re-covery that the boys had artillery came as a marked Dick. "I don't know if the enemy will great surprise to them, for they had not imagcome into the swamp, but if they do we will be ined anything of the sort, and they also discovready for them." ered that there were some excellent gunners be"And give them .something that th!!Y will never hind the guns. Another shot from one of the expect," with a laugh. "They will never imagine fieldpieces smashed on e of the boats, spilling the that Wf/ have fieldpi eces here: men out into the water and greatly accelerating L 0


' TH E L IBERT Y BOYS' SW AMP ANGELS 15 the spe ed o f the rest, the men b!:)in.g left to get t o shore as well a.s they could, finding thems elve s p1isoners as soon as they landed. The boats did not attempt to lartd their men and join the other detachment, but put down the creek and to the river as fast as they could go, the experience of those in them having been anything but pleasant. Dick now turned his attention to the party on land, and, mounting his gallant boys and dragging the fieldpiece s after them, attacked the enemy with the greatest vigor. The swamp angels fairly mowed down the redcoats , and then the brave fellows charged vigorously and drove them back in great alarm, a panic suddenly seiz ing them s o that they ran like sheep. " I wish that Tarlefon o r Watson had been here to 5'ee the rout of the redcoats",'' exclaimed B o b. "They would have n o better o pini o n of us than they have of Marion, I fancy." "They are getting away in a hurry," observed Mark. "They are afraid that the sound. o f the firing will bring Marion upo n the scene, and if it they will catch it w orse than we have given it to them." The das1iing young lieutenant was right, for the enemy had scarcely made! their way out of the swamp and_ to the road when a party of Marion's men came dashing down upon them and gave chase in the most vigorous manner, scattering them in all directions and capturing a number of horses and a considerable quantity of arms and ammunition. The boys joined in with Marion's men, and Dick saw the little gen in a short time, saying to him: "We half expected the redcoats, general, but we had an idea that we could take care of them and so did not send you word." "You seem tohave done so very well, captain," replied Marion, and Dick was greatly pleased. CHAPTER X.-:-A Plucky Capture. After the enemy had been dispersed, Marion and his men went to Dick's camp, where they had breaMast, Patsy being highly delighted at having such a distinguished guest as the little general. The p'risoners were _greatly impressed with Dick's importance, from seeing the general breakfasting with the young patriot captain, and ])ad much mor:e respect for him than before, the thrashing he had given them having much to do with this, also. Many of the redcoats had an idea that the patriots were a rough, undisci plined lot of men and boys, but the way Dick and his troop had fought quite dissipated this jmpression, and they were ready now to give them credit for ability of no mean order. "Watson will be all the more eager to drive Marion out after this," observed' Bob, "and the Liberty Boys will probably come in for some of his regard, also. Both he and Tarleton have a pretty good idea of our fighting qualities now. and they will be n;iost anxiou s to get rid of us." "While we are just as anxious to remain in the field and give them all the trouble we can," rejoined Mark, dryly. During the meal the little general said to Dick: "By the way, captain, we paroled the lieute-nant, Allerto n, I think his name was. I am n o t sure if he will keep his word, but w e had to give him the benefit of the doubt. We have no ac commodations for prisoners, and unless we can turn them over to some one else Gr exchange them in a short time, I find it easier to give them -their parole and let them go." "I rather fancy that Allerton will break his parole, general,'' replied Dick. "He struck me as a man of that sort. Still, one has to use his own judgment at times , and we had :fewer ac commodations even than you have for keeping prisoners." . After breakfast, Marion and his men went away, takin g the redcoats with them, the little general promising to let Dick kno w when there wou l d be need.. o f him. The new L iberty Boy had shown great courage in the fight that morning and the boys n o w regarded him t o be as much one of them as if he had been with them a year, liking his mariners and admiring his bravery. "So me boys fall 1n with ou r ways at once and in a few days it seems as if they m igh t have been with us for tnonths," observed Jack Warren, "and Mart in one of that sort." "Mo s t of the southern boys are like that," answered Harry Thurber. "If they go into a thing they go in all over. There is no half-way business about it. Mart i s a true Carolinian, and we sh ould all be proud of him as a com rade. " "So we are,'' spoke up Ben Spurlock, "I am a Northern boy myself, same as Jack, but we know the good sort when we see them. " "Mart is ready fol" . anything," added Sam Sanderson, "and you will find him going into anything where he thinks there is the least chance for him to help the cause. You can rely • -upon him time." The boys all agreed with Sam, and Martin would have been pleased if he had known the deep regard which the boys a ll had for him. As the redcoats now knew the way to the swamp, they might come again and in greater force, and Dick cautioned the boys to keep a closer watch than ever lest the enemy should steal upon them unawares. the afternoon Dick set out to spy upon the enemy, taking Martin Branch, Jack Warren, Ben, Sam, the two Harrys and a dozen others, preferring to have a rather strong party in case they met any recoats. They were riding at a good pace and were almost in sight of the cabin near the river, where Sally Budd lived, when they heard a scream from that direction.-and then the clatter of hoofs. • "Forward!" cried Dick. "Some on e is in dan ge:i:, and I fear it is Sally Budd herself." Dick and Jack took the lead and dashed: on like the wind, Ben, Sam and the "two Harrys following close behind. Coming in .sight of the cabin, they saw a redcoa _ t dashing down the road with Sally on the saddle in front of him, the girl calling for help as she heard the quick tramp of the boys' horses. • "Jove! that's the lieutenant, the fellow we had and who gave his parole to Marion," hissed Jack as he rode on alongside Dick. His mate was the only animal in the troop that could keep anywhere near Dick, and the •


J 16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SW AMP ANGELS young captain had often made u se of her in a n emergency . "Yes, s o it is," Dick replied. "Oome on, Jack, we must catch him." . "It's all right, Sally!;, shouted Jack, in a high, clear v:oice., "The captain is after you." Then Jack urged his speedy mare forward, to k eep pace with Dick's black , Ben and the two Harrys following clo s e behind. If the redcoat made for the British camp there would be no catching him, but he might not do s o with Sally in the 8addle as he would scarcely desire to take her into camp. "The only excu se he can have for taking .Sally to camp wo uld be the pretence that she is a spy;'' thought Dick, "and he m a y do so if he sees he cannot get. away." , "The fellow has taken a shine t o Sally,'' muttered Jack, "and has made up hi s mind to have her whether or no t . These redcoats think they can do anything they cho o se, but he'll find that he cannot." ' The boy s were gaining1 on the r e dcoat, who urged his horse forward far beyond his strength, being o bliged to carry double besides. Dick fired a shot that carrie d away hi s hat as an indication of what he might expect if they caught him, the officer riding o n faster than ever. There was a s udden turn of the road which brought it very close to the river, and for a moment Allerton was out of sight. When they saw him again he was in the river, having been thrown by his hors e, the horse struggling to his feet. "Are you hurt, Sall y?" asked Dick, as he reined in quickly and di smoti nted. "The fellow was thrown, was he?" "Yes, and s o was I, but he went into t.he river and I k ind o' slid off easy. No, I reckon I ain't hurt right much." Ben and the two Harrys came up and. then M artin and some others,. all dis mounting. "Are you hurt, Sally?" asked Martin, no attention being paid to the redcoat, who was swimming downstream at a good rate. "No, I reckon not, Mart, but that redcoat's got a lot of a ssurance to tote me on his hoss like I was a bag o' meal or a shoat what he was takin' to market. That's no way to treat a gal." "No, it i s not," declared Dick, "and the fellow has broken his promise, too, jus t as I thought he might. If we catch him again it will not go so easy with him." "What did he run off with you for, Sally?" asked Jack. "Did he say you were a Liberty Boys' spy?" "No, he 'lowed he wanted to marry me an' was a-,goin' ter whethe I wanted him or not, an' he just grabbed me like I was a cat, tossed me inter the saddle an' toted me off . The idee !" The. boys laughed, but Sally was very angry and went on: "Ef I'd seen him. comin' or heard him, he wouldn't ha' ketched me", but I had no notion of it, an' all I had time ter do was ter let out a ell, an' then when I heard you uns c omin' I let out another." "Well, it was very fortunate that you did," " said Dick, "as otherwise we would have know'll. nothing about it. The fellow has got away from us and it is very lucky for him that he did, for men who run away with girls in Carolina with-out their consent are apt to receive pretty har h treatment." . " I reckon I'll have something to say to him if I meet h im," muttered the new recruit. "I was only sorry I didn't have a faster horse so that I might have gotten a shot at him. " "I wouldn't want you to kill him, Mart," said Sally. "I'm all.-right now an' I reckon he won't come around here again after the skeer he's got. My! but that mare o ' yourn is a beauty," admiringly to Jack. ' "I'll let you ride her, going back," said Jack. "I'll get up behind Mart. Yes, she can go, and I ' m proud of her." "Better go back fo the cabin, the most of you, boys ," said Dick. "The redcoat _ will get to the camp ahead of us and give the alarm, andC.: I think I will go on with two or three and see what there is to be seen." Ben, Sam and the two Harrys went wjth Dick, , the others returning with Sally, who was ver_y. -proud of the company she was in and of riding Jack Warren's bay mare Dolly. Dick and the boy s went at g ood s peed for a time, seeing nothing of Lieutenant Allerton, and at las t coming in s ight of the camp of the redcoats,• when they went on more lei s u1ely. They were careful to keep in the shade of the trees also, s o as not to be seen, approaching cautiously and keeping out of sight as long a s they could. Dick was able to g e t a very good idea of the strength of the enemy, and lie kne w that if Marion made a s udden dash upon them he could do con siderable .damage and receive none himself. "Watson does not like our way of fighting," he s aid, with a laugh, "but we cannot change it to suit him. We c a n give him another thrashing just to show him that we are not afraid to attack a larger force than our own ." When the boys had gone as far as they dared, there being danger of their being s e e n if they proceeded, Dick dismounted and took -the two Harr. ys with him, Ben and Sam remaining be hind to take care of the horses and keep a watch on the road. The boys kept behind bushes and among the trees and reached a point quite close t

.. THE LIBERTY BOYS' SW AMP ANGELS 17 the red.::oats left, when he hurried away without lighted at havin,g something to do. As they were being noticed. He hurried on through the bushes about to start, Sally Budd came riding into camp and alongside the road where he was not seen, in a great hurry and said to Dick: and at length gave a signal Ben uier-• "Oh, captain, what do you think? The redstood and returned. The boys were not far coats have set off down the river in a hurry, and away, and hurrying forward; Dick suddenly• I reckon you won't see 'em again." . sounded a shrill whistle. In a moment Ben, Sam "Yes we will, Sally," said Dick, smiling. "We and the two Harrys came suddenly dashing out are going after them, and we hope to see them in and demanded that the redcoats surrender. The the morning and have a fight with the]ll." attack was so sudden that the redcoats con"I want t o know ' !" the girl exclaimed. "I was eluded that there was a large force of the boys, going down that way to see my granny, but if and began to fall back. _ T _hen Dick suddenly ap-there's going to be a fight I donno as I orter go, peared behind them and shouted: unlE!ss I went with you uns . You goin' to foller "Now, my brave boys, catch the redcoats. Don't up the redcoats?" let one escape . Shoot down all who try to get "Yes, \ but on the other side of the river." away." "Huh! I was reckonin' on goin' over to t'other There were nine or ten of the redcoats, but sidl! myself, but I was thinkin' o ' goin' by the they quickly surrendered to the boys and were bridge." hurried away, thinking all the .time that other "You had better go with us, Sally," said Dick, Liberty Boys would come up. The boys kept who had an idea that Sally wanted to be near them going at a ,gallop, and reached Sally's Martin, although she had, already planned the cabin where the other boys had halted in a short trip down the river. "You will be safe enough. time. We shall go by the ford." " l wanted to get Allerton," said Dick, "blilt I "Donno but what I wiU, captain. Mom knows r a ught the men he sent out to capture me in-I've sot out, so I w on't have ter go back to tell stead." . her." . "They will be missed," laughed Jack. It was dusk when the boys set out, making 'Yes, for s om e time," said Dick. "We will their way across the ford and then going down not give these fellows their parole and have them rapidly on the other side, but keeping out of break it the next day." sight and making no noise. The river was narJ ack ar.a the res t were g -reatly interested in row enough to fire across, and the boys woul d the story of how the redcoats had been cap have been seen if they had kept along the bank tureve more rapidly than the enemy and so being sure of getting to the bridge .ahead of him. Sally was with them, and 'very proud at being near Mart and with such a jolly lot of fellows as the Liberty Boys. They were at their suppers when they heard the s oun d of firing up the river and knew that Marion had followed. Marion had come down on the opposite side of the river and had op e:qed fire upon Watson, the river being quite narrow here, and the enemy in plain sight. A number of volleys were fired, Marion following down the river and keeping up a running attack, greatly to the disgust of Watson, who could not get at hi s wily enemy, and was rather anxious to be away and reached the bridge unnoticed. The figh t was kept up for some time, but then Watson drew back from the river and made a camp in the hope that Marion would do the sam e . Marion • lighted his fires and put up a number of shacks , evidently intending to remain fo r s ome time, and then Watson hurried away, thinking to throw his assailants off the track and get tea the bridge well in advance of him. as if intending to remain." "Very good, general," said the best I can.'' Dick . "I will do Marion kept his fires burning brightly, and a. "I will join you in good time," continued Ma rion," but be sure and make the attack a surprise, for if Watson knows you are there, he may go on and try to get over at some lower point." "Very good, general. Watson shall know noth ing until I attack him." Dick then hurried back to the camp and told the boys of the new project, all h ands being de-number of men could be seen on the bank, there being con siderable noise in camp; this being heard for s ome time. Watson, supposing Marion. to be in camp with no apparent intention of leaving for some time, hurried on down the river , congratulating himself upon having gotten away so well . Meantime, . Dick and the Liberty Boys heard the firing, and kept a sharp lookout for Watson, boys being posted on the river bank t o


• 18 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SWAMP ANGELS watch for his coming and t o give warning as soon as he appea red. After a w hile there c a m e a signal from on e of t he boys o n bank t hat the enemy were appro aching o n the other s i de. The fires w ere quic kl y extinguis hed , a n d the boys went on the march with the greatest p o s sibl e silence , keeping away fro m the river ex cept where they cou ld n o t avo id it, and then pro ce eding w i t h the utmost c a u tio n s o that t heir pres ence might no t be de tec ed. Thev were ahead of the enem y w h e n they cam e t o a point w here they were obli ge d t o g o along the r iver, a n d here they went at a w a lk and in detachments , being all outof sight by the time Watson reached.the point opposite. It was bette r fo r W a t s on t o keep along the river bank, and then he did hot knew that he w a s being watched and p r e ceded by the Liberty Boys . The boys. pus hed OT) ra pidly and without noi s e, s ome of them being le f t behind to keep wat c h upon the enemy and to send word forward if the redco a t s h alted or changed their cours e. The fire s in Mari on's camp w e r e ke p t lighted , and a f e w of the men remained there, but Mar ion himself and the greater part o f his fo r ce went forward, not as r a p idly as the Liberty Boys, but fast enoug h s o t hat they w o uld b e s ufficien tly near to h e l p the latte r in case t h e y w e r e n eeded. Sally Budd d id not hurry o n as the boys did , but res t ed in on e of the wagon s whic h went o n at an easy pace, s o t h a t the girl h a d a c h a n ce to get a pretty good nap. She was u s e d t o taking thing s as the y came, h owever, and it was n o hardship to her, therefore, to travel in thi s fas h ion. Toward morning the b o y s rested in a b o dy, Watson having halted, probably thinking tha t there was no danger o f Marion's foll owing that nig h t. The boys m1,1de a temporary camp and k ept a sharp lookout -for enemi es, n o t knowing w ho might come a l ong, and n o t w ishing t o take a n y ris k s . T h ere were s ome o f the b o y s o n the r oad leading t o the bridge, it l:)eingq uite dark, when s om e one was heard c pming along o n horseback. " I w onder who that can be a t this time of night, or, rather, morning?" tho u ght Ben, who was at the s ide of the road m ounted on his roan. Harry Thurber, on not far di stant, heard the s ound o f hoofs , and judged that there were at l e a s t t w o men approaching. Then he heard v o ice s and knew b y the intonations that they were thos e of men of the r e gion. "I d on't reckon there's any r eb els about n o w , " he heard one man say, very di stinctly, sounds carrying far in the earl y m o rningair. "You're a T ory, " thought the Liberty B o y, and t h e n he signaled to Harry Juds on , w ho was n o t far distant. " No , I reckon they ain't, an' the cunnel ' II get t o the bridg e an' over a ll right, l!ill. " "Them there Liberty Boys air in their c amp i n the swamp, an' they kin s t a y there; fur all o ' m e. They. cain't do nothin', anyho w . " "No, they shorely cain't, Bill." There was t h e hqotin g a n ow l, and both men started, one s aying, in a frig htened tone: " I don't l ike t hem critter s . They allus give me a tu1n an' m ake the s h ivers run d o w n the spine o' my b a ck?" 1 "Shucks; that ain't nothin' ! What ye skeere d of'I." "Don't ye 'member the time we was lookin' .. ... fur the camp o' the young rebels in the swamp, w e h eerd somethin' jest like o ' that?" " Wull, s ' p o!le w e d i d? They's owl s all ove r . " " a s , I kno w, b u t we h e erd 'em then, an' w e found the pes k y young rebel s a ll of a sudden , an' they fired onto u s, an' m e bb y --" . Then three or four figures o n ho r seback s u d denly cl o sed i n on the two Tories, who w ere Bill Grimes , t h e e lder, and one of his neighbors, a n d a v oict! said : . " You fello w s have g on e far enough to-night. You had b e t t e r take a li ttle rest in our camp." The two m e n were t a k e n to the camp and de tained, for, if they were a llo wed to go, they would have hurr ied back to Watson and told him that the Lib erty B oys were on .the road. The y protested a t b eing detained, and said that they were going . on an important errand, going t o the nex t tow n for a doctor, and that they mus t not be hindered,_ as it was a c a s e of life or death. . "Ther e ' were other doctors where you came from," muttered Bob, "and you could have gone to -0ne of the m. Now you are going to s t a y with u s , to k e e p you out of mi s chief. " , The y were put under g uard in the rear of the c olu m n , w hi c h at l en,gt h mov e d on, Dick wanting to reach. t h e bridge well ahead of the r edcoats. XII.T rue t o His Trus t . . . The Liberty Boys were at the bridge i n full force b efore d aylight, waiting for Wats o n t o come up. Marion was farther u p the river, with every apparent intentio n o f remaining there, a n d evidently not kno wing that W a t son was m arching t oward the b r idge. The British leader, thinking t h a t h e h a d sl ippe d quietly away from the Wil y Swam p F o x, w a s makin g h i s way r a pidl y toward the bridge with the intention of crossi n g and joining the Brit i s h forces belo w . H e h a d no s uspi ci on tha t the Liberty Boys were awaiting his c o m i n g , t h e m arch of the y oung patriots havin g b ee n s il ent as we ll as rapid, and a grea t surpris e was i n store for him . The b oys were draw n u p in r e gula r order , but c oul d not b e seen unti l t h e enem y was almo s t on them, and therr i t was too l a t e to retreat, although in this case t h e r e was no idea o f retreat ing on Watson's part, a s h e h a d a muc h larger force than was the t roop rof Liberty Boys , w ho a ssembled there t o di spute h is passa g e . , The bridge was not a large o ne , therefore the boys were able to -make a vigorou s onsl a ught, but a s Wats on' s men c ame on faster and faster, Dic k saw that he h a d m e t with m ore than his match. Still, he h oped to h old the bridge until Marion's forces c ould arrive, and he and his boys d isputed every inch of gro1 .md, althou g h, de s p ite all their ende:wors, they were f orced back step by ste p , more than one boy being struck and carried to the rear. It was ther e tha t Sally was, doi n g her part ii1 the servi c e of her c ountry, and as brav e and helpful a s any redcross n urse of the present d a y. Some of the bOY.S were too badly w ounded to t a k e their p l a ce s again that day in the ranks, but s ome were pat ch e d up, and, eager t o return t o their belo v ed captain's ,aid, scarcely waited t o bave their wounds dressed before they were back in the fight. The smoke was blindi n g , a n d the s ound o f firing i n c e s sant. anrl ;.,.. th11 ..


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SWAMP ANGELS 19 midst of it all was Dick leading on his brave boys, and encouraging them by his example to do their best. But the enemy were coming on in overwhelming numbers, and Dick fully realized that he could hold out no longer without sacrificing his brave boys, and with no adequate . results, and was jus t about to sound the retreat, when he heard a welcome sound in the distance, heard it despite the cracking of pistols, and the ieports of .muskets, above the din of the shouting combatants, an'd what he heard was the advance of Marion's men, rapidly coming to his aid. The enemy did not hear the coming of Marion until he was almost on them, and then when they realized that the patriots had received reinforcements, they charged desperately, not willing to lo se the advantage they had gained, and ho{ling by the very vigor of their assault to carry the day. At the sound of the approaching troops, Dick rallied his b o ys for a final charge, the boys . crowding about their captain, although he was still in the front. The enemy met the charge with equal impetuosity, and there was more than one mus k e t pointed directly at the young captain, who seem ed to bear a charmed life, and who also seemed unconscious of the he was constantly facing. Dick had his head turned toward his back of him, when there was pointed a musket directly at him . No one saw his danger but Martin Branch, who happened to be beside him, and looking right ahead. He saw the mus ket deliberately aimed, and fired quick as thought before the other had time to discharge his .mus ket, but in his excitement his aim was not as true as usual, and it failed to reached its mark. Then came the report o f the other's gun, and Martin threw himself in front of Dick, receiving the bullet intended for his commander. The bullet struck a fatal spot, and Martin reeled in his saddle, but Bob was on the other si de of him, and catching him before. he fell from his horse, carefully supported his fainting form, and rode with him to the rear, where he placed the dying boy in Sally's Sally spok.e. but a single word as she saw his face and realized the ho pe lessness of his condition: "Martin!" He smiled as they lifted him down from his horse, and then closed his eye s , hiSbreath coming faintly. "Lay him down," she said, and sat on the ground so as to receive his head in her lap. They brought her fres h, cool water, and she laved his face, w hile they opened his coat to look for the wound. It! a moment he opened his eyes, and looking up into Sally's face, tri.ed to speak. She put her ear to his lips, but he only kis sed her, and then with a tearless sob the poor girl covered the face of the dying boy with kis ses, stroking his hair and murmuring his name. He smiled, and a.gain wearily cl o sed his eyes, and thinking o f her duty as nurse, Sally put brandy to his lips, but he could not swallow . He m otioned the brandy away, and then murmured a single w ord : "Captai n ! " "Yo u saved him, Martin," cried Bob, who had brought him back t o Sally. "He is unharmed, and n o w I must go back to my duty. D o your bes t, Sally. I will see if there is a surgeo n with Marion's company, and if so, ask him t o back." Sally nodded, and then tried to find the wound, but it was only a s mall hole in his breast, and was inwardly. When Bob returned to the sce n _ e of the fight, he fo und,that the arrival of Marion had changed the result, and that Wat son had n o t remained to fight l ong, but was retreating toward Georgetown, s o that there was nothing for Bob to do but t o inform Dick of Martin's conditi o n . Dick was sho cked, for he had not even seen the incident, his head being turned the other way, and to know that the brave boy had sacrificed his life for him, inexpress ibly touched him. He said nothing, but hastened to the rear, and finding Martin just as Bob had left him with his head in Sally's lap, he knelt down by him, and, taking his hand, murmured s oftly: "Martin!" But the eyes did not unclose. He spoke louder. "Martin, it is the captain. " The lid s lifted, and the boy looked into Dick' s face, and an expression of satisfaction settled on his own . "Martin, live that I may show my apprecia• tion of your bravery,'' said Dick. Martin tried to speak, but the only w ord they could catch was "duty." "Yes, y o u did y our duty and kept your oath, Martin, and all t he Liberty B o ys shall kno w it, and n o ne wi 1 ever forget that y ou received .the bullet intended for me . " Then he tried t o speak Sally's name, and Dick div.ining what he meant, took Sally's hand in his and held them both. "Sally shall be a sister t o the Liberty B oys, who will never f erget her. " By this time a surgeo n had been fo u nd, and he came quickly to see if he c oul d at least easf the sufferings of the young hero , b u t he :was past medical aid, s o they made a rude bed f o r him t o lie an, and Sally took her position by his side, hi s hand in hers. Though not seemingly con scious, he appeared dissatisfied, and Sally whis pered, brokenly: "He wants you, too, captain." So with Sally on one side and Dick on the other, the po o r boy lay. When General Marion heard that a I:1berty Boy had been fatally shot in defence of his captain, he came to see him, and sto od by with his hat in his hand as he watched his gasping breaths. It was a solemn scene, that death in the green woods just back o f the field of combat, the sun shining softly through the trees and seeming to glorify the dying boy's face, the others standing by with bowed, uncovered heads . There came suddenly a brightening of th,e wan face, the eyes unclo se d, and the pale lips formed the words: "Duty, Captain, Sally, Mother. " Then the head settled, and in a m oment the gasping breath had cea s ed, and Martin Branch had died a hero's death. After the death of Martin Branch, General Marion remained a few m oments 'talking to Dick, asking particulars regarding the holding of the bridge, and compli menting the y oung captain and his tr-0op of o n e hundred brave b o ys on their valiant conduct that day. They made a litter and carried their dead comrade in their midst back -tocamp, whil e Sally was taken to Martin's late h o me to break


... 20 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SW AMP ANGELS the sad intelligep.ce to the bereaved mother. Dick thought that from the tender relations between the boy and girl that it would be better to leave the task of comforting the mother to her, and Sally took upon herself the task .as being something she could do for Martin. It was then that Bob heard more of the particulars of _Watson's retreat, which amounted almost to a rout, a short time after Marion appeared on the s cene. It seemed like a long back to their camp on the Santee, and yet Dick and Bob dreaded the moment when they were to take the body of their dead comrade home to hi s mother. They waited until they were sure that Sally had performed her sad errand, and then the mournful procession made' its way to the house the boy had left such a short time before, with high hopes of serving his country's cause, not knowing that his period of service was to be so brief. The other met them at the door, and her face . had see med suddenly to have grown ol d. Her eyes were heavy, but she shed no tears, meeting t.Qe boys calmly, saying to Dick, as he approached hat in hand: "I know all about it, captain. Sally tells me he died doing his duty. Is that so, or is she trying to comfort me?" ..._ "He died the death of a hero," was Dick's reply. CHAPTER XIII.-Leaving the Swamp Fox. It was a sad procession that moved to the little family bui:ying-ground some time later, where the Liberty Boys were gathered, mounted on their horses, with reversed arms and bowed heads. A grave had been dug, and the coffin, covered with the flag, was placed above it, resting on branches . The neighbors were all gathered about, for they had heard of the sacrifice the brave boy had made, and were there to do him honor. The mother bore up bravely, as did Sally and won the sympathy of all who had gatJ:iered there on that solemn occasion. They all gathe1 ed around the open grave, Dick and his two lieutenants being near the coffin, w hile his mother and sisters were close by, hi s father and brothers being too far from home to be brought back in time for the services. Dick himself read the service for the dead in impress ive-tones, and .then told of the boy's . brief term with the Liberty erty Boys, and how he ad dorie his duty on all occasions, and had won the love and respect of every one in the troop. . Then Dick offered a short prayer, the flag was removed, the coffin lowered into the grave, and branches laid over it to deaden the sound of the clods as they fell upon it. Sally Budd, dressed in calico , as the boys had first seen her, to ss ed a bunch of wi l d roses into the grave and walked away, saying simply: "He always liked them, and he's gone where the rose s bloom always." It needed no somber black dress to show the girl's grief, for that simple act showed her de votion to the dead boy, and every one knew t{ she lo'1ed and would never forget him. The grave was filled in and neatly rounded over, and, later, a plain sto ne was placed at the head, bearing his name and age, and the words: "Greater love hath no man than this." Sally Budd married,--but remained true to her first love, doing all she cbuld fo:r her coun try and for the Liberty Boys, who would never forget her any more than they could forget their brave young comrade. Wats on had g one to Georget<>wn, and Marion shortly left the district the boys g oin g before that time, however, and bidding good-by to the Swamp Fox, whom they were to meet later, however. Bill Grimes, Sam Hodge a,nd the rest of the Tories who had been most. active against the Liberty Boys left the district immediately, fearing that th_ e neighbors would vi si t their wrath upon them, and the boys n eve r saw them again. Leavin,g Marion, the boys went down into the Charleston district and were soon actively engaged against redcoats, Hessians and Tories, having frequent fights with one or another of their enemies, and s ometimes with all of them together. One day Dick , _ Bob and the two ;Harrys were. riding along the shaded road, listening for any suspicious s ounds, and keeping their eyes about them, when they came in sight of a quaint little ways\de tavern, whence came the sound of laughing and hilarious talk. "There are redcoats in the place," said Dick. "Many of them, Dick?" asked Bob. "No, , I think not. We should be able to catch the lot of them. Come on Its far as poss ibl e and bJl ready to dash in when I call." Dick then rode ahead at a gallop, off his horse, and was in the tavern in a moment. In. the tap-room were a dozen redcoats, among whom Dick -instantly recognized Allterton, the officer who had broken his parole. In a moment Dick's pistols were leveled at the men, as he said in a quiet one: "Gentlemen , you had best surrender. There are Liberty Boys without and resistance is u se les s ." The n Dick gave a shrill whistle, and Bob and the two Harrys came dashing up. Allerton arose and attempted to draw his pistols, when Dick said, sternly: "Sit down, lieutenant! You are the man who broke his parole, the man who would have run away. with the sweetheart of one of my boys, the man who had a poor opinion of 'rebels,' as you call us. That boy gave his life for the cause and in saving mine. Would you do as much? You will' never have another opp_ortunity to break a sacred promise, I can tell you that." The other redcoats looked at Allerton, and then turned away from him with expressions of disgust on their faces. Bob and the two Harrys came in, and Dick said: "Gentlemen, put your weapons on the table. You might be tempted "to u s e them later, and it would only resul-t in disaster t o you.'.' The two Harrys rapidly collected the weapons as the men laid them down, and then all were m arched out and made to mount their horses and ride in the direction of the patriot lines. There was a round dozen and more of the enemy, and they were ,greatly astonished as well as cbagrined to find that four boys had made them prisoners. Allerton was turned over to Greene and was given no opportunity to violate his parole, as he remained a prisoner till the end of the war. Next week's issue will contain "THE LIB. ERTY BOYS' YOUNG SPY; or, LEARNING THE ENEMY'S PLANS." '.


THE LIBERT Y BOYS OF "76" 21 CURRENT NEWS BOY SEES WITH PIG'S EYE Alfred Lemonowicz of Lynhurst, N. J., in whose blind right eye parts of a pig's eye were transplanted, was able to distinguish light from dark ness recently when the bandages were remov e d tem_porarily. "Oh, doctor," he cried. "I can see a faint light! It is the first light I have seen in seven years. " Dr. Edward ,B. Morgon, his phys ician, warned the youth not to be too hopeful as at this stage it was difficult to say whether vision had been restored or not and he p-light be deceiving himse lf. Dr. Morgon was pleased, however, with his patient's condition and said he had every reasop. to believe that the operation might be s ucc ess ful. GIRL BARKED LIKE A DOG Until recently for ten months Sigrid Eklof, fifteen, and living at 4940 York Boulevard, Lo s Angeles, barked like a dog-so like a dog that dogs answered her. Technicall y, however, it was called a cough, but it kept canines answering back all night lon g. A s equel of the "flu," the bark refused to yield to any known form of medi ca l treatment until se ven wee k s ago whe n her case was laid before Dr. Victor Parkin, psychiatry and neurology expert. With his fir s t treatment improvement was shown. A powerful emetic; was administered.-Its m1ss1on was to remove " s omething like a plate" which the girl in sisted was lod ged near the diaphragm . The X-ray revealed no such foreign s ub stance, but the emetic served to remove the "plate" from the patient's mind. The girl, from wasting away, i s now practically restored to normal weight and health. SHIP VS. DOCK The fact that the "Majestic," 9f5 feet long had to go to Boston in search of the only in the world capable of landing her suggests a further limitation upon the length of giant liners than had b een visualized in the mere exigencies of ordinary pier service at the ends of trips. A British contemporary points out the further com plication that, though another dock of s uffici ent length no w stands on the Elbe, awaiting transport to a point where it can be used, there i s no project under way to put it into s eyvice , since no British p ort has a place where it could be place d in se?vic e . The custom of two or three super ships would hardly warrant the expenditure for a special dry-dock capable of serving them, and this is probably as good a reason as any why the ten of present-day design i s against such monsters as the "Majestic," "Leviathan," etc. A Fine Premium Off er SEND us the names and addresses of five of your friends whom you think will read our publications: " Moving Picture Stories," "Wild West Weekly," "Secret . Service," "Pluck and Luck," "Liberty Boys,'' "Work and Win," "Fame and Fortune," and "Happy Days. " We will send you for your trouble; without charge, one of the snappiest, cleverest detective-story maga. zines you ever read. HARRY E. WOLFF, 166 West 23d Street, PUBLISHER, I Inc. New York City . . .


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" HARD TO E AT -ORA . BOY OF THE RIGHT KIND By RALPH MORTON (A SERIAL STORY) CHAPTER XXII.-(Continued.) "Hicks!" exclaimed Jack. "I will bet I know the other one, then. " . The other was now revealed by removing his mask as Hank Bailey, the traitor. The two rascals were trembling with abject fear and begged wildly of Tom and Jack for their liberty. "Oh, say, tenderfoot," cried the bandit and rustler, "let us go. I will be your everlasting friend. It won't do yo u any good to take me down there and give me up. They will hang u s both. ... et us go . " Tom hesitata:I. He was fair-minded to the last degree. But he also knew that these men were bad way through and that to se t them free would sim ply be putting a premium on more crime in the regiol\. They wou ld never keep their word in the world . One of the passengers now stepped up, and said quietly: . "Young man, I think you would be foolish to let them go free. They are bad and they will not keep their word." "I think so, too,'' said Tom. "I believe that they will get justice down to Dug Hole all right. We will h e lp you put them aboard." In a few moments the two scoundrels were aboard the stage. Then the passengers effusively thanked the boys . Tom . now looked up and saw th.; pretty girl on the top of the coach at him. Their eyes met and Tom experi. enced a thrill. He looked straight into her e:yes. He thought he had never see n a more beautiful girl in his life. . . She smiled softly at him, saymg: "Papa I think they ought to be ieward e d for w:1at have done. It was very. . "Thank you,'' said Tom, courteously h!tmg his hat. "That is not at all necessary, miss. W e are already well repaid. We woul _ d not accept any-thing but thanks." . "I am Colonel Grey,'' said the tall, distinguished roan as he held out his hand to Tom . "I can 1say for and my daughter that you aie a couple of brave young men and we owe you much." "Thank you, sir," 'J:'.om, polit. ely. "My name is Tom Otis. This 1s my friend, Jack Haley." . "Glad to meet you," said Colonel Grey. "I once had a very dear friend named Otis. He lived in a town named Wellair." . Tom gave a gasp of surprise. "He was my father,'' he said. The colo nel looked at T om with surpr i se . "Is it true?" he exclaimed. "Is your father living?" "No. sir; he died some year s ii.go." "I am sorry to hear that. He and I were scho ol friends. I am p le ased to meet you, Tom, and I can you that you are very like your father. Are you traveling for pleasure?" "Oh, no, sir," said Tom, plainly. "We are out in the world to make our living. We hope to strike gold in the hill s ." Tom noticed with a thrill that the pretty girl on the coach was looking at him with >eager interest. She leaped dow n from the coach now, and said: "Oh, papa, I . hope that when we get back to Silve r Gap we shall get better acquainted with these young men." "We surely will, Helen,'' said Colonel Grey, pleasantly. "You see , boys, I own large claim s here and am putting up a smelter and stamp mill. I am now going to Dug Hole t o get some machinery hauled in. I expect that mining will b e s impler after that." Toro and Jack were greatly pleas ed to learn this, and they talked with Colonel Grey and Helen for some moments. But at las t the other passengers suggested .tha t it was well to go on before more time was lost, so t.he colonel and hi.;; daughter got onto the co ach, and waving their hands, were driven away d own the trail. The two prisoners were taken alon g to Dug Hole. Tom and Jack looked after the coach until it was out of sight, and the n turning, looked at each other. "I se e,'' said Jack, with a grin. "Our pa'rtnership is about ended, all right. And all for a sk ii:t, too." "What do you mean, Jack?" demanded Tom, flushing red. "Oh, I am no fool, kid. I could see it, all right. That is a pretty girl, and if you hadn't the in side track I might fall lin love with he r myse lf. But I wouldnjt have a ghos t of a s how alongs ide of you." Tom tried to langh. "Shut up, Jack! She is nothing to me. Do you suppose I am in love with every pretty girl I se i ?" Jack only chuckled, and they went back and mounted their ponies and rode on: Jack was now fill ed with the idea of mining gold. He said: I can see that this place is going to boom. When they set up that stamp mill and the smelter there will be a chance. They will gobble up all the claims and make it a .big comp a ny. I have see n it done, and I tell you the placer mines will have n o show ." -"Well, what of that?" demanded Tom. "They will get well paid for their claims. What differ ence does it make?" "Oh, I am satisfied, only I see where you and I stay here, all right. No more East for us." Tom made a playful crack at his pal as they rode on. . But all the way down into Silver Gap he really did ponder on the things that Jack had said. What would be more possible than that he should get a start right here in the g old regions and perhaps become one of a mining company. If Colonel Grey should deem him worthy a chance he would not decline it. In fact, many po ss ibilities appeared before him. (To be c ontin ued.)


THE L IBERTY BOYS OF . " 76 " ITEMS OF GENERAL INTEREST THE SCIENTIFIC BLACKSMITH John J. Martin of Terre Hill, Pa., is known to the horsemen of America as one of .the most ingenious blacksmiths in this country. He has made a scientific study of the s ho eing of horses , based on the anatomy of the animal. He has a cabinet, plush-lined and ornamented, in which h e keeps some fifty shoes, duplicates of the ones he has made for famous horses . BUILDS HOTEL FOR PIGS A hog "hotel" with hot and cold running water, southern exposure and skylights for s le eping porches has been erected on his farm by James Dorsey, residing near Elgin, Ill. It was built to ' accommodate 500 pigs. The building. i s of three stories and the apartments for the brood s ow s are built of steel. The dininO'-room is on the lower :lloor. It is with tioughs. The south side of the building is composed principally of glas s. Forty acres surrounding the hou se are to b e planted in alfalfa. A BIG VALISE To iamiliarize the country with the usefulness of a new product, a local plant at Edmonds, Wash., has manufactured a huge travelling bag which will be expressed from town to town for exhibition. To make the big valise required the skins of seven sharks . The finely tanned leather is trimmed with silver corners and buckles. The bag is seven feet in length and five feet in height and would hold thr ee trunkfuls of clothing and travelling necessities. It will be shipped from one city to another and shown along with other of shark's leather. NEW ARMY BULLET The work of army experts since the war has produced a new bullet for use in rifle and machine guns which is expected to add enormously to the effectiveness of the!le weapons. The new bullet is known as a "boat-tail" because of a six degree taper at the taiL Exhaustive tests by the army have shown that the change in shape has given wings to their adding 1,400 to the maximum range attamed and flattenmg the trajectory or a1c of flight at 1,000 yards approximately 30 per cent. In addition the army experts have worked out a new jacket for the bullets that virtually eliminates fouling of barrel s. Tests at the arms infantry schoo l have fixed the maximum range of the new bullet at 4,800 yards -as compared t o 3,450 yards with the present ammunition. It also has been demonstrated that at 600 yards with the new ammunition it is pos sible to put every shot into_ a cir<;_le the size of a teacup as the "boat-tail" bullet i s le s s subject to wind current deflection. The army has in reserve a large store of wartime rifle ammunition which will be u sed up befor e R!1Y project of equippingwith the new "model 1922 E" boat-tail bullet ammunition is un-dertaken. : For war purposes officers believe the greatest advantage of the "boat-tail" will be in the increased range and effectivene ss of :machine gun fire. It means an inchease of at leas t 30 per cent. in the deadliness of machine gun barrage fire because of the flatter trajectory alone. With the present ammunition, firing at' 1 000 yardJ?, the bullet reaches an elevation of '182 inches. Translated into terms of danger to the enemy at_ the point on which fire is directed, this -means that there is a space of 130 yards where no man on hi s feet would be safe, while with the present ammunition that space is 100 yards. The tests s how e d that the n:ew bullets cou l d be fired at 1,dOO yards into a six-inch bullseye. This compares to the accuracy of the old ammunition at about BOO yards. With this striking increase of accuracy at long range, the "boat-tail" devel opme _nt, it i s said, means that the United States now has the means of down a machine gun barrage at a range no other power could equ al. "Mystery Magazine" SEMI-MONTHLY 10 CENTS A C OPY LATEST ISSUES -115 A FHOM HEADQUARTERS, by &mlltoll C1 al1pe. -116 '.l 'HE GIRL IN THE CASE, by Carl Glick. 117 A SCIEN'.1.'IFIC DETECTIVE, by-Donald Geora • McDonald. 118 NUMBER NINE QUEER STREET, by Jack Bech dolt. 119 TRAILED BY A PRIVATE DETECTIVE by Gottlieb Jacobs. ' 120 THF, MOUSE by Editb Sessions Tupper 1 21 A RADIO MYSTERY, by Capt. .Tack Static. . 122 THE CLAWING DEATH. by Beu lab Poynter. 123 A MASTER OF MILLIONS. by Chas. F. OurRler 124 THE SECRF,T OF ROOM 13, by Hamilt6n Cralgle 125 SIX MONTHS TO LIVE, by Ge'o. Bronson-Howard. 126 SEALS OF WAX, by Jack Bech dolt. . The Famous Detective Story. Out Today In 127 18 WHEN CROORS CONSPIRE By HAROLD F. PODHASKI HARRY E. W<>LF.lf, Publl.her, Inc. , lGG \Vdt 23d Street, New York Citr "Moving Picture Stories A Weekly Magazine Devoted to Photoplays and Player• PRICE SEVEN CENTS PER COPX Each number contains Four Stories of the Best l!'llms on the Screens Elegant Half-tone Scenes from the Plays Inte restin g Articles About Prominent People In the Films Doings of Actors and Actresses in the Studio and Lessons In Scenario Writing. H A R RY E. WOLF F, Publishe r, I nc . , 166 West 2 3d S t . , N ew York .. r1


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" A Fight With Ferocious Malay Pirates By HORACE APPLETON I am only an old hulk now, my boys, with one ntast gone and the other pretty shaky stripped of all rigging and sails, and left stranded on the shores of time to decay, but time was-and ah, me! it seems but yesterday-when you could not find a. smarter young fellow on a ship's deck than your humble servant, Ben Bennicle, if I do &ay it myself, who probably should not. Man and boy, I nave followed the seat over sixty years, and would be on it now if I was able, which, worse luck, I am not. Ah, boys! a sailor's. life is a glo r ious one, and let others say what they like of it, I always liked the sea, and even its many perils had a fascination for me. A s a boy of twelve it was the same, and that explJiins why l ran away from home, where, at all events, I was not any too well treated, and did . not care much when I left it behipd me, and shipped at that tender age as cabin-boy on the bark Oriole. ' I stayed with Captain Brown of the Oriole until I was able to join the crew as able seaman. He was a good, jus t man, but a strict disciplin arian and an excellent seaman. It was when I was making my first voyage as A . B. (able seaman) on the Oriole that the adventure befell us which fotms the subject of my story. The Oriole was in the tea trade, plying between Hong Kong and London. She was a fine threemasted, clipper-built bark, and one of the best ships I ever saw. It was a fine summer morning when we sailed d own the Thames on our way to the "Flowery Kingdom,'' a s China .is called. The weather kept good all the way out, and we made a quick and safe run to Hong Kong, where we discharged our cargo and, taking on another, set sail for home. As frequently occurs to seamen, our return voyage was not as plesant as when we came out, the weather being most unfavorable, a succession of sharp storms striking our good ship and some-what retarding our progress. We were a week out from Hong Kong, when the squalls in question culminated in a very se vere tempest, which struck the Oriole in the afternoon about two o'clock, quite suddenly, .as common to the latitudes we were in-those of the China seas. But our skipper was well po sted about that cranky climate, where it is a s pleasant as a May morning one minute and jus t the other way the next, and his keen eye saw the s quall cloud the moment it appeared, dimly discernible on the distant horizon. He had barely time to order the proper precaution to be taken and the ves s el to be be made all ready to meet the storm, when it came with full force; and lucky it was for the Oriole and_ every man on it that the s hip had s uch a good skipper as Captain Brown that day, for had a le ss able man been in command, all hands would have been lo s t. For two hours the tempest and the lightning was terrific, while the thund'er crashed continuously, and the wind tore through the rigging like a cyclone, shrieking like a legion of demon s , then it slackened, and suddenly the sky was as calm as a sleeping baby's face, and as if a storm had never occurred. B1:1t, as I said before, that's the way in those foreign ports, and we were not much surprised thereat, but were surprised and di sgusted at a mo s t obstinate calm spell of weather that succeeded the storm. Bu_t all at 0!1ce a new danger threatened us, and it rwas agam the keen eye of Captain Brown that foresaw it. He was gazing through his telescope a long time before we noticed anything wrong, then he called his two mates, and pointing to an object barely discernible on the distant horizon bade them look at it through th#! glass as he had done, and when they had done so, we saw that they were quite pale. 'Dien our skipper, mounting to the capstan, addressed us.

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76' 25 It seemed an age to u s hot-tempered young..sters before we heard the sound of the copper-faced rascals splashing gently with their oars quite close to the Oriole, and then the welcome signal from the skipper. The next moment a roar a s of thunder sh ook the ve s sel as our old "long Tom" spoke with a jarring voice, and then a supplementary rattle of musketry, as a line of rifles along the side of the ship, with galla:p.t sailors behind them, vomited forth their leaden contents on the heads of the piratical rascals below. The latter were taken completely--by surprise, and evidently had not bargained for such a warm rece p t ion . The canoes, loaded with the Malays, had put off from the p r oa, which was a huge war craft, to bear down on the Oriole and board her, when we arose for the attack, and directing a solid shot into one of them, Sam Hawkins , our gunner, knocked it into a thousand pie ces , swamping the rascally crew. We followed this excellent work up by pouring a murderous :fire into the. other boat whose occupants were now endeavormg to their drowning comp a nion s . How they yelled and screamed with rage and chagrin, and bow we ch eered and shouted! While the rascals in the sound canoe were busy saYing their capsized companion s , we had time to load and :fire another volley, which effectually wrecked the remaining craft, plunging them into the water. They are a great race for swimming, as is natural enough, and so they struck out boldly to swim for.. and board us; but we easily beat the beggars off, and soon they s uccumbed and were drowned like so many blind kittens in a horse pond. Meanwhile the rest of the rascally pirates on the proa sav/ the ill success of the gu3:rd and grew frantic. We saw them screapnng with rage and dancing about like so many mad cr7a tures and then we saw that they were runnmg the huge , unwieldy craft alongs ide to board us. Before they could come too close, however, our guns again spoke, dealing death and de struction among the swarthy-hued rascals! and then, out giving them half a chance to renew their coura ge w e followed the broads ide up with another. That settled it; the rascals concluded that they h a d made a big mi.stake, and taken the wron"' pig by the ear, and mdeed they had. They lost ;o -time in getting away from such a tough customer a s the Oriole, and never troubled us and next the bothers ome calm lifted , and we our voyage home, arriving safely. DEPTH OF OCEAN TOLD BY ,ECHO No longer will the sailor on the deep have to swin g the lead and make soundings with a line to determ1 n e the depth of the s e a i f the invention just a nnounced by the Na"l / Department f?r meas u r in g depths by sound i s as successful m routi n e p ractice .as it has been declared to be in tes t s . The d evice, jnvente d by Dr. Harvey C. Hayes, physicist of tne naval engineering station at Annapolis , sends a s ound to t he bo ttom and meas -ures the time it takes the echo to . come back. It is capable of use in all depths, from the shallow e s t to the deepest water and may be operated with such speed that a new sounding may be recorded every minute. The navy destroyer Stewart was u s ed in a test of the machine to chart the ocean from Newport, R. I., to Gibraltar. According to Dr. Hayes, who s e cabled report to Acting Secretary Roosevent of the Navy Department gave :first information of the success of the test, the device regis tered automatically and instantaneously depths ranging from 2,400 to 28,000 feet. Dr. Hayes, who is on his way back to. make a detailed report, said the new depth finder had made it pos s ible in the one trip to chart the topography of the ocean bottom between Newport and Gibraltar more thoroughly than had ever been done before. With its use, he said, the !>cean bed can be de s cribed a s accurately a s any land surface.and. hitherto unknown holes and prominenc es recorded with photographic fidelity. Secretary Roosevelt, who made public tlie cabled advices from Dr. Hayes, was enthusiastic over the poss ibilities of the invention. It may be used to advantage in laying cables, he thought, and he believed it possible that with refinements it would become possible for ves s els using the device to determine their position by "landmarks" on the ocean bed without reference to astronomical cal culations. It may be u seful also in finding sunken ships. "It bids fair to revolutionize piloting and nav igation," said \ Mr. Roosevelt. "During the whole of the cruise the apparatus worked without apparent error. During the nine days of the voyage more than nine hundred soundings were taken at frequencies varying between twenty and two minutes. The ship's movements while steaming steadily at 15 knots were not interfered with except for . two hours. During that period it was shown that successful soundings can be taken at intervals of a minute in the deepest water. "The outline of the bottom of the sea over the course was minutely recorded between Josephine and Tysburg banks. The sea bottom there was found to consist of an extensive plane bordered by mountains and tablelands, some of which rose 4,000 feet above the plane. Several deep depres sion s , none of which is show:n on charts, were also di s covered. Positive depth data were secure d where charts show only negative data in the vicinity of the Azore Islands." The mechanics of the device are baited on the well known s peed of sound, and the ,invention lies in the method u sed to measure the time required fora noi s e generated on t}:ie ship to echo back from the oce a n bottom. "The sound transmitte r u s ed in connected with Dr. Hayes's device," said Mr. Roosevelt, "develops a high pitched note which carries a great many miles . The sound receiver is capable of recei ving sound transmitter signals over great di stance s. The value of this receiving apparatus in locating light vess el s and buoys equipped with sound transmitters is already known to the maritime world, though it has never before been u se d in tion with sounding the bottom of the sea."


. . 26 THE LIBERT Y BOYS OF "76" THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 NEW YORK, MARCH 2, 1923 TERMS TO S UBSCRIBERS . lilnirle Co(liea ................ . Posta&'e Free One Copy '.Fhree J\Ionths,.... 4' •• One Copy Six l\lonths ....... . Oue Copy One Year ........•• Canada, $!.00; l!'oreign, $4.50. 7 Centa 90 CentA ,1.76 8 . 50 HOW T O SEND MONEY -At our risk send P . o. .Mouey Order, Check or Registered Letter; remlttancee I n any other way are at your risk. We accept Postag• Stamps the same ils cash. When sending silver wrap the Coln In a separate piece of paper to avoid cuttina the envelope. Write your name and a ddress p lainly. Address letter s to Harry E. Woll!', Prea . "harlet1 E. Nylander, Sec. L. T reas. }HARR Y E . WOL-FF, Publisher, Inc., 166 W . 23d St., N. Y. ITEMS OF INTEREST HO R N S OUNDS FOR 1,000 YEARS Ripo n , England, keeps up -a custom 1,000 years o l d . Every night a "wakeman, " attired in official costu me, appears before the mayor's house and blows three sol emn notes on the "horn of Ripon." STONE MARKS THE LATITUDE Almost hidden by trees and on a lonely road riine miles north of Eastport, Me., there i s a marker on which are these words: "This stone marks tatitude 45 north. Halfway from the Equator to the Pole, 1898." -DIG FOR GOLD ON DREAMS Frequent dreams of Mrs. Katie Cruise and sev eral conversations with a .negro woman clairvoy ant convinced .negroes of Manhattan, Kan., that a pot of gold was buried in Mrs. Cruise's front yard. Prospectors, after digging a forty-foot hole, struck water. The water was pumped out and digging resumed. Mariy years ago negroe s , s eeking gold on the same spot, were frightened away by peculiar sounds after digging but a few feet. LARGE CLOCKS The clock in the British House of Parliament at Westminster was designed by Lord Grimthorp (then E. B. Denni s on) and was first set going in 1860 The tower is 320 feet hi g h and the diaJs . are i80 feet from the ground. Each of i s 22112 feet in diameter. The pendulum is thir teen feet long and weighs nea.rly seven pounds, while the hour bell is known. as Ben " is nine feet in diameter and weighs thirteen' tons the quarter hells weighing collectively eight tons. The We stminster clock is probably the most powerful, as well as the most accurate of all the large clocks. It cost $110,000 . The fa mous Strassburg clock is feet high fifteen feet at base. The <:lock at France, weighs 35,000 -pounds, mcludes. 90,000 ferent pieces, and has about fifty dial s . It is thirty-six feet high, sixtee n feet broad, and nearly nine feet deep. The larges t clock in the United States is the one erected over the works of the C olgate Company, Jersey City. Its dial is thirty eight feet across and it contains within its " circle 1,134 square feet. The minute hand is twenty feet long and the mechanism is iun by a two thousand pound weight. The clock weighs six tons. The second larges t clock in the United States was built for the Edison Electric Company, of Boston, Mass . The dial is thirty-four feet in diameter; the hour hand is fourteen feet four inches long and the minute hand eighteen feet six inches long. Another large clock in the United States is that in the t ower of the. Metropolitan Life B u ilding, Manhattan. It has four dials each twenty-six feet six inches in diameter and situated o n each side of a t ower nearly 350 feet a bo ve t h e street. .. ... LAUGHS The Judge-What proof have you that this c h a u ffe u r was intoxicated? The Country Policeman-He stopped his car at a crossing. He-You are the embodiment of all that's beau tiful and-She-What on earth are you talking about? He-Nothing on earth; I was speak-ing o f a heavenly c :rea tu re. (Cards.) ' Willie-Papa, i s it swearing to talk about old being darned?. Papa-No, my son. Why? Wilhe-'Cause I wish Johnny would keep his darned old socks out of my drawer. Anning-Has Badders made a success of•the stage? Manning-Yes . He. acted the part' of butler so well in a play last winter, that he got a place in a Fifth avenue family. High Jinks-Help, help! Cool, help! Mr. Cool -What are you kicking up s uch a row about? High Jinks-Don't you s ee how I'm fixed? . Mr. Cool-Yes, but I never saw you in a hole yet you couldn't crawl out of. Visitor-Aren't you glad you are a little girl? Little Girl-No; I'd rather be a little boy. Vi sitor -But little boys generally have to wear their father's leftover clothe s . Little Girl-Mother is a s uffragette, and she says pretty soon it won' t make much difference. . A little Bangor boy surprised both hi s parents and his school -teacher not a little recently while at dinner. He propounded the following scientific question to the teacher: "Which is the quickest, heat or cold?" The teacher was a little s low about venturing a reply, but finally said she thought heat was. "That is right," said the sharp youngster, "because you can catch a cold." Countryman (on Broadway)-Say, p'liceman, kin ye tell me how to git to the Ferry? Policeman No. 25791-Hoboken Ferry, i s it? How did ye get into town at all if yez don't know where the Hoboken Ferry is? Oi've a moind to run yez in as a suspicious character thryin' to leave the State.


__ , ' THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" INTERESTING NEWS ARTICLES MONGOOSE MAY BE VALUABLE The Mongoose, introduced into Tri nidad to destory rats and snakes, has itself become a serious menace. Our 9ons u.l suggests that the many thousands of skms might be profitably utilized. PLAN NEW MONORAIL ROAD Another experiment with overhead monorails i s . to be made, according to the Pract ica l En g ineer. . The French Ministry o f Public Works has decided that an experimental line shall be in stalle<;I in Peronne district. The subject has b een investigated by a commission, which issued a some:vhat fa:vorable report. If the experimental mstallat10n should prove successful it is proposed to provide a mono-railway between Paris and St. Germain. It is understood that the system is merely an aerial line carried on standards on which a car fitted with engine and propeller i s mounted, and it is claimed that speeds up to 1 50 miles an hour can be reached. RATS STOLE AN OKLAHOMA MAN'S SILVER Pack rats have carried away two sets of silverware belonging to W . T. Winn, who resides about ten miles north of Watonga. The rodents carried a piece at a time. Winn says he knows rats committed the the:(t because during thE: night he heard them dragging the pieces across the floor. Upon missing the first set, after s ea1ching for the rats' nest in which the articles mu s t have been hidden, Winn satisfied himself that his goods could no t be found and purchased a new set of cutlery. Now his n ew set is ' gone. He say s he heard the rats carry away the new silverware, a piece at a time, as they made away with th'e pre vi ou s s et. COOKED FISH FROM AN ITALIAN LAKE Quantities of dead eel s , gray mullets, sea-bass and other fis h have recently come to the surface o f Lake Lucrin, near the north shore o f the Gulf of Naples. Fishermen in the vicinity were d e lighted, especially as the fish appeared to be already coo ked, but the authorities prohibited col l ecti on of the fish, fearing that they had been poi s oned by an eruption of gases. It was these gas es, the authorities explain, which , evidently coming from the bottom of the lake, made the water bubble and b oil, thus killing and in a way semi-cooking the fish. Lucrin is a small lake said to have been formed by volcanic action in prehistoric times. It was well known for jts fis h in Roman times, and writers of antiquity extolled its oysters and mussels. Near this is the famous Lacns Anemiw, regarded by the ancients a s the entrance to the infernal regions. EXPLORING BRITISH NEW GUINEA A scheme is on foot to explore 1 Britis h New Guinea the interior o f thei sland n eve r having been by a white m an. The English M eclwnic has recently had ome interesting par ti cular:s relative to this exped ition, a:s follow s : The aim of the exnerliti on is to determrne the economic value of New Guinea to the Empire, and to add to the sum of scientific knowled ge . It is hoped to send ou t an advance party to select a suitable harbor as a base of operations. For the main expedition the personnel w ill include experts in entomology, botany, geol ogy, mining, engineering, anthropology, chemistry, archeology, tropical agriculture, and topographical surveying. The non-technical staff will number eight, but so exacting are the conditions that out of 714 applicatio ns, only three have been found to compl y with them. The party will number 30 all told , with a police protection of 100. A CAGELESS ZOO Detroit is following the example of Rome in having a cageless "zoo." . In the Detroit Zoologi cal Society the animals will live, s l eep and eat in the open. The limits of their domains will be marked by deep chasms of artificial rock, and if the lion or tiger jumps to o far he falls to the pit below and is to get out. Experience has shown that after one or two such falls the animal cares little for a repetition of the experience. The si ze of these open s pace s in the new zoo are to be, of course, governed by the habits of the animals and the distance they can l e ap. A tiger, it is said, will be given a s pace of about 40 feet; a lion 30 to 35 feet, and a bear a much shorter distance. The snakes and other reptiles which would crawl their way ou t of rock pits are kept in the u sual manner. Credit for the innovation i s due to Secretary of the Navy Denby. ) . KILL BULL MOOSE WITH CLASP KNIFE The story of a canoeist's desperate fight in the water with an infuriated bull moose comes from Ontario. Dave Duke, . a prospector known the le11gth and breadth o f .the mining country, is the _ hero. Duke was engaged with comrades in developing some claim s and had occasion to paddle down the lake on which the party was camped . Rounding a point he came in sight of two bull moose engaged in com bat. He was able to paddle quite close to the sce n e of battle without arousin g at.tention, and then he s oun ded the coughing grunt of a moose to see what the effect would be. Both fo1got their p1ivate fight< and charged through the shallow water for the canoe. • Being unarmed, Duke started for open water with all speed . One of the bulls gave up the chase, but the other came driving on, bent on the destruction of the intruder. He was rapidly over taking the canoe when Duke turned his canoe sudden ly, evaded the oncoming animal, and as it urged pas t seized it by the long h air over the read quarters. With the moo s e plunging v iolently to free itse l f Duke held fast with one hand while with the other he drew h;s cla s p knife . He ope ned the blade with bis teeth irnd p lun ge d tile full length of the bl ade into the tni.rnal' s back several times, severing the sp ine. Then he ri ghted the canoe and paddled ba ck for help to obtain thP. mPA.t.


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