The Liberty Boys in Black Swamp, or, Fighting hard for freedom

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The Liberty Boys in Black Swamp, or, Fighting hard for freedom
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Don't Miss The Radio Artic l e On P ag es 24 and 25 The Liberty Boys o f i.nell Week!J-Sub ec rlptlon price, $3 .50 per year; Canada, $4.00; Forel&n , $i.50 Harry E. Wol!T, P ul>ll•.he r . tne .• 16 6 West 2 3 d S treet, NPW YO. k . N. Y. U:ntPre when suddenly, a few le ngth ahead of them, they saw a young girl, barefooted and bare headed, come out into the road and beckon to them, saying hurriedly: "Quick! c o me this way, I will fool the red-coats. No one knows this place but me . " ' There was something about the girl which told Dick that they could trust her, and he drew rein and turned down a path into which she glided when she saw that they were going to take her advice. "You needn't be afraid of the redcoats nor Sim Willets neither," the girl said, as she hurried on. "That Tory scamp don ' t know this place. " They were going on, following the girl guid& and hearing no sound of the enemy, when D i ck said: , "There is Mark on the road, he may meet these redcoats and Hessians. He should be warned." "There is a pretty good party of t hem, "


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN BLACK SW AMP joi n e d Da " a nd they can hold the e nemy in check till they can g e t away." "Yes , I s u ppos e they m ight. Mark can be de pended on for tha t. If these Tory boys kno w where our camp i s they may l e ad the redcoats and Hessians thither and there will be trouble." "There a r e more of the Liberty Boys on the roa d, Captain?" a s k e d the girl, anxiously. , "Yes, bui the lieu t en ant i s to be relied upon. He is one of the braves t of the boys and he will not let the redcoats get the best of him." "Well, you go on, Captain, and I'll go and find the re3t," and the girl s uddenl y darted away and was out of s i ght in a moment. They went on in the shade of the cypres s trees, which present ca s t s o deep a s hade that they were obliged to proceed s lowly for fear of going off the path and into the morass . At length, however, the path grew lighter and they could see the s un shining brightly on the grensward ahead of them. Then they came out into an open glade of s ome little extent, where there were deep shades on all s ide s , water, cypress tangles, and no way out that they could see. "It do0e sn't look a s if w e could go any farther, Dick." said Bob, "so we had better s top and wait till the girl r eturns . By the way, we don't know her name nor anything about her." "Except tha t w e can trus t her," with a smile. "The girl i s a s t a nch patriot, Bob, and we are safe here. The bl a ck swamp will make an e x cel l ent camp for the Liberty Bo ys , and the girl wa<; very c lev e r to think of it s o s oon." The boys di s mounted and looked about them, finding much to wonder at in this strange place and much to interes t the m. Whil e they were loo k in g about them a tall, rather good-looking bo y , dress ed in buckskin with a coon skin cap on his head and a long rifle over his shoulder, came out of a tangle where there s eemed to be no path and s topped surprised. " Hallo! where are you going?" he a s ked . " We are not going anyway till we know the way," laughe d Dick "We were piloted in here by a young girl and now we are waiting for her to come bac k and s how us the way. She has gone in search of more of the Liberty Boy s ." " Oh, I reckon that's all right then," the boy said, with a short laugh. "That was Lois, I .,reckon. She wouldn't show any one the way into the black swamp that wasn't all right." "We are some of the Liberty Boys ," Dick added. "We were surpris ed by some redcoats and Hes sians , and the girl s howed us the way into this place. Is she your si ster?" "My name's Bill Carter. Me an' pap an' Lois Jive here in the swamp. There's a heap on 'em would like to know where we live, but they can' t find it, an' nobody 'low s that any folk s can live in the black swamp." "Don't the people about here know the place?" Bob asked . "Yes , they know it, but they don't rec kon ye can get into it any way, an' think the r e ' s nothint: here when ye do get in. " 'What do you r a ise? " asked Dick, interested. "Rice and corn and sweet potatoes , and keep pigs and turke y s an' s ech. They're s a fe from the poor white s living around here 'caus e they're afraid to come int o the bl a ck swamp. If they wasn't, they'd stea l things on u s and make us work to feed them." "Have you no mother?" Di c k a s ked . "You haven't spok e n about her?" "No, m am's gone," the boy said simply. Just then a very tall man, looking like the boy and dress ed in the same manner, came into the glade and Bill introduced him as his father . . At that moment there was a call from the thicket, and in another moment the girl appeared, leading Mark Morrison and half a dozen Liberty Boys . CHAPTER Adventures by the Way. "There's redcoats and Hessians and all sorts about, pap," said the girl, advancing, "and Sim Willets, Jim Lane, Bill Riggs and them Tory skunks are bound to show the redcoats the way to the camp of the Liberty Boy s , s o I allowed that this would be a good place for a camp, becaus e the Tories don't know the way in, and the reo coats and Hessians surely don't and can't find it. " "Many on 'em, Lois?" the backwoodsman a sked. "I hain't s e e n none on 'em yet. " " Well, I haven't seen so many myself, but if there's scme there'll be more, .and we kno w what the redc o a t s are and what the Tories '11 be i f they get any e nc ouragem ent from 'em." " R emain h ere, boy s ," said Dick, "and Bill and I will g o to the c amp, have a look at -the red coa t s and s ee how many of them there are a n d then return wit h the boy s. This i s the bes t pl a ce for our c amp that I know of, and if Mr. Carter is willing for u s to b e h ere, we ce rtainly o w e him a debt of gratitude." Bob, Mark and the o ther boys , thes e b e ing B e n Spurlock, Sam S anderson, Jack Warren, R o b Haviland, Harry Judson, H arry Thurber, Phil Waters, Arthur M a ckay and Will Freeman, r e mained in the swamp and were m a de to feel a t home by the settler and hls daught e r , w hile Dick and Bill rode off out of the black swamp. Dick took careful note of the way, the while he t a lked with the boy and s e emed not to notice anything in particular, and at las t they were out of it and shortly on the main road leading to the c a mp. "I know the way now, Bill,'' he s aid, "and now we can go on faster s o as to get to the camp as soon as po ss ible." The two boys rode on at a good jog, but sud denlv Dick halted and said: "There is some one coming, redcoats , I should think, by the sounds. Wait a minute." "I don't hear anything, Captain," the boy re plied, li stening. Dick Slater had a remarkably keen sens e of hearing and just now all his sen s es were on the alert. "vVe can go on a bit," he said. "There will be time to hide somewhere and watch thes e fellows. They are not going in the dlrection of the camp." They rode on some little distance, and, at last, when Dick could hear the sound of men cominit on very pl a inly, the boy said: "Yes , I hear them now. There's a lot of men on hors e s . How do you know they ain't the Liberty Boys1"


THE LIBERTY BOYS IN BLACK SW AMP 3 "By the way they ride," smiling. "If you were a s u sed to the boy s as I am you could tell the difference in a moment." T he sound of the men coming on w a s much louder now, and Dick stepped b ehind a clump of trees, which completely concealed him and yet ena bled him to p eer ou t and get a sight of the as they came on. There were Hessians and 1 cdcoats, an d some of the same b o y s whom the :rnung captain had s een before were with the leaders, but what attracted Dick's attenti on mo s t was the sight of thre e or four Liberty Boys , who were the prisoners of the enemy. "Hallo! there are the two Pauls . Ben Brand and Lishe Green," was hi s thought. "I wonder how the y managed to get caught? Well, we mus t try to rescue them, that i s all. They a r e not go ing to the camp, at any rate." "Are you leading u s to your camp, you y oung r ebel?" asked one of the Bri tish office r E , turn in g toward the captured Liberty Boys. "No, we are not and we don't intend to," re p lie d Paul Benson, "that i s , unless--" "Unless what, you s aucy young rebel?" the nwn d e m anded, arrogantly. "Unless we were sure of capturing t h e lot of you," Paul rep lied. They were riding on when all of a sudden a boy c ame flying out of the bushes on horsebac k, cry ing in a loud, startled voice: "Charge, Liberty Boys ! Give it to the red coats, do w n with the Hessians !" The four Liberty Boys set up a shout and up set the nearest Tory boys and redcoats, there being great confus ion among the enemy. Some of them dashed this way and some that and then D ick appeared, riding hi s famous black charger whom many of the enemy knew, and they never doubted that the one hundred Liberty Boys wer e following close behind their g allant leader. D i ck, the backwoods b o y and the four Liberty Boys dashing up the road at full speed, Dick say ing to the boys: "This boy is all right, he is a good patriot and i s going to help us all he can. " "I thought as much," laughe d Lishe Gi:_een. The redcoats, who had gone up the r oad, s eeing the boys following, suppos ed tha t there was a full force with the m and r a ce d on like the wind, Dic k presently turning off into a li ttle path which led to the c amp, letting the redcoats go on. In a little while the boys rode less rapidly, and Dic k said: "You boys must h a ve been taken by surprise." "So we were, Captain," replie d B e n Brand. "They jumped on us all of a sudden and we had no chance to get away. Thos e Tory boys l e d them." The boys w ere gTeatly interested in the account Dick gave them of the black swamp a l thoug h h e had still much to learn about the place himself, and at l engt h the y arrived at the cam p, wher e the Liberty Boys were glad to see them and delight d to learn that there was a chance of their being in active service in a short time ,and that they were going to move their camp to a better one. They set about getting ready to move to it at once, and the camp was soon a very busy place. CHAPTER III.-In the Swamp Camp. There were one hundred of the Liberty Boys , one hundr ed horse s that the boys r ode in battle . draught horses, extras, tents, and a ll sorts of b agga g e , and t o get all thes e in mo t ion required work and sys t e m so that there might be no c o n fus :on. There was a bustle but no disorder. while the work was going on, every boy h a v in g an app o inte d tas k and pe rforming it with celerity and n o con t u si on, no boy getting in a nother's way, a nd g o ing on rapidly and in per fect o r der. Bill Carter was ama z ed at the r a pid i t y and al s o the great dexterity with which e very thing was done and said, with a laugh: "H'm! with so many working you'd think they'd fall over each othe r or that one boy would want to do another's wo r k and get mixed up, but they don't . They're like a lot of bees , all buzzing and flying about, but every one doing something an' d o in' it right." "They have done all this before , Bill," said Dick, s mil i n g, "and it's no new tas k. When a new b oys joins us he i s taught how to work rapidly and without getting confus ed the fir s t thing of a ll. It i s often necessary to do things very quickJ y but wi thout disorder, when the enemy comes suddenly d own upon u s , for instance. If w e be came confuse d we could accompli s h nothing." "I reckon you're right, Captain," rejoined the backwo ocls b o y s. "You c ain't do nothin' w he n you los e yer hea d." Everything w a s ready at lengt h, and the boy s set out for t h e black swamp, D ick leading and saying nothing to his companions about finding the ro ad. At l e n gth, when they were entering the swam p and Dick told the boys to follow clo sely and k e e p t o t h e path taken by the boy ahead, Bill said, in some surprise: "Hav en't y ou been in the black swamp before Captain?" ' "Only to -day, Bill. I took note o f the road when w e c ame out s o a s to know it whe n I went bac k." " Well, let me see if you can find the way in without m e , Captain," the boy replied. D ick went on until h e reached the open place wher e the rest of the boys were gathered, and then said: "This i s a s far a s I know, B i ll. You w ill have to s how m e the r est." The back s wood s boy l aughed and said: "All ri g h t, C a ptain. I r ec kon you won't have to be s howed mo r e ' n o n ce." "No, I think that will do," with a smile. D i ck t h e n saw the b a ckwoodsman and said: "Now if you will show u s a convenient place for our camp, we will get settled, and then if you or the boy will show me t h e different ways out of it, I will show the boys and there will be no t r ouble. You may trus t u s not to b ring any enemies into . the swamp unless they come as prisoners." The backwood sman the n led the way through the swamp to another open space at a little distance, and then pointed out a swinging bridge o ver the water and s aid: "Over there i s a g ood plac e w h ere y o u c a n have )'ou r o w n tent, C aptain, an' be a little more priv-


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN BLACK SW AMP ate, if you That bridge can be taken up if you like and then nobody can't get over, pro yidin' they've come as fur a s this." Carter then took Dick out of the swamp by another way, over a swinging bridge which crossed the water and mud, the trees being thick all about and the way deviou s . Dick took note of everything and led the way back, Carter being very much astonished: "Waal, you s ee everything, Captain," he said. "It's amazin' how ye kin find yer way arter only bein' s howed once." "I have made it a habit to ob serve things." Dick replied, smiling, "and while I may not see evervthing I do not let much escape me." 'Waal, I s hould say ye let nothin' go, Captain," the young backwood sman rejoined, greatly surpris ed and admiring the young patriot's powers of ob servation. When Dick 'returned Pats y had dinner ready and the boys all sat down and greatly enjoyed the meal, the young patriot a sking the settler and the son and daughter to join them. The boys enjoyed their dinner and were greatly pleased at their new camp, which was unlike most places where they had been and gave them a constant cause for wonder. They had encamped in swamps before but never in one just like J;his , and they had a great deal to see and to enquire about. Some little time after dinner Dick left the black swamp by the way of the swinging bridge, taking a number of the boys with him and going on foot, the bridges being to. o narrow to trus t the hors es on, besides which: the way out was tortuous, and Dick thought it would be better to go afoot, as they were les. s apt :to be seen in case they happened upon any prowling redcoats or Tories. Leaving Bob, Mark and the greater part of the Liber t y Boys in the swamp, arrang"\ng the camp and occupying thems elves in various ways, Dick took half a dozen of the boys with him and set out to reconnoiter and see if any information of the redcoats could be gained. With Dick when he left the black swamp were Ben Spurlock, Sam Sanderson, the two Harrys, Paul Ben s on and George Brewster, all brave boys , thoroughly trustworthy and ready for anythng. Leaving the swamp, they made their way through a thick wood and out upon a road which was well traveled and where they like ly to s ee redcoats if there were any about. Before long they saw a rough cabin a little way back from the road and heard the s ound of loud t alking and laughing within. "Some one is enjoying hims elf," muttered Dick. "Suppos e we see who it i s , boy s ," advancing cautious ly. In a few moments the boys c aught sight of three or four redcoats in the cabin, drinking and smoking and having a most hilarious time. Advancing rapidly and cautiously toward the cabin, taking care not to be s een, the boys presently noticed be s ide the redcoats they had already seen two or three rough looking men, probably Tories, and a slatternly looking woman anP, an untidy girl. One of the redcoats had the young woman on his and was laughing hilariously as Dick and the boys suddenly ran up and dashed in at the open door. , . . "Surrender, you 1oistering redcoats!" cried Dick. The officer sprang up in a hurry, letting the girl fall on the 1l.oor, greatly to her indignation, the Tories running out of the rear doo1 or leaping through the windows. The redcoats began to show fight, but the most noisy of aU was speedily knocked down and bound by Ben and Sam, Dick crossing the swords with another and promptly disarming him. The!'\ the rest escaped, the two prisoners making a great deal of noise and trying to get away. Then the second man was bound, and both were marched out of the cabin and hurried off toward the black swamp. The prisoners were hurried along the road and through the wood to the swamp, the,re being no one within sight or sound by this time. "\Ve are safe," murmured Dick, "and now let us get into the swamp and over the bridge and see what these fellows will have to say." They al'l hurried forward, and before long entered the swamp and went on toward the bridge. "We are all right now, boys," muttered the young captain, not knowing what was before him. As Dick and the boys were crossing the hanging bridge with their prisoners, there came a sudden crash and the structure broke in the middle, letting Dick, the bound redcoats and some of the boys down into swamp. CHAPTER IV.-Exploring A Strange Place. There was a tremendous splash, as boys, redcoats and bridge went into the water, the redcoats setting up a great howl as they felt themselves going. There was some excuse for them, Dick having been obliged to bind them on account of their ob streperous manners, for they could not help themselves as the boys could. Ben, Sam and Dick went into the water with a splash, Harry Thurber just saving himself by catching hold of a tree on the bank a s"'the bridge broke, the oth"!r Harry and George running to his assistance. Carter had spoken about the bridge being weak, and Dick had noticed that it needed repairing when he had gone over with the boys, but had forgotten to warn them when he came back that way. Into the water over head and ears went the--.redcoats , Dick managing to catch a stake in the water which kept him from going in all over. Ben and Sam took a plunge and went unde r but qui.ckly came to the top and looked around for Dick. '"l'hat part of the bridge leading to the farther of the camp was hanging at a sharp angle , some_ of it being in the water, and Dick now said to two boys w ho had gone down with him: "Get hold of those two redcoats, boys , and send them up by the other end of the bridge. Keep s till, you noi s y felow s !" This latter was address ed to the redcoats, who were beginning to raise a great as they came to the surface. "Save me, or I will drown!" yelled one. "That's like you rebels, to bind your prisoners and leave them no chance for their Jives." "You would not have been bound if you had been decent," sputtered Ben. "Now keep quiet and we will get you out."


THE LIBERTY BOYS IN BLACK SW AMP 5 Then he and Sam helped the redcoats to get a footing on the strong part of the bridge, cutting the ropes around their arms so that they might help themselves. Dick followed close behind, and then Carter and his son appeared, having heard the noise of the bridge breaking and the boys and their prisoners falling into the water. "Hallo, Captain," said Carter, "the thing give way with ye, did it? that's too bad. Wisht I'd have fixed it when I spoke about it." "Well, it will be done now, at all events," laughed Dick. "We did not all go down, any how." "And ye fetched some redcoats1 hey?" with a black look. "No wonder the bridge give way. Redcoat.3 is bad luck for any one, and I wisht ye had brought any of 'em except him," and the backwoodsman looked at the superior officer, the man who had made. the mo s t disturbance. The redcoat turned pale when he saw the settler and hung his head, Dick knowing that there was something between the two, but a sking no questions . "The redcoats will give me information concerning Prevost," said Dick, "and then I will turn them ove1 to the general. They will be kept in strict co n fi.nement and know nothing of the ins and outs of the place. That I can promise you." "Goin' t e r fix up the bridge, pap?" asked the son. "Ya<>, you can do it. I got somethin' else to do." Ben and Sam blindfolded the two redcqats and led them off to the camp, sending others to Dick's assistance with ropes , axes and other tools with which to repair the broken bridge. The redcoats were left in a tent under a strict guard, Ben telling the boys that they mus t not on any account be allowed to escape. '.Che !:''lys set to work under Dick's direction repairiilg the broken bridge, and in a short time it was stronger than it had been pefore, a new bridge, practically, having been built. Then the boys caught on the other side crossed over, having never been in any danger, however, as they were already in the swamp and the enemy could not find them. "We knew the bridge was shaky," said Dick, "but I did not think it would break so soon. We need not use it often, although it is safe now, . for there are other ways by which we can leave the swamp." The work having been completed and Dick having changed his clothes, the young captain sent for the prisoners and questioned thei:n closely regarding Prevost's force and intentions. "I shall tell you nothing, you impertinent young rebel!" sputtered the officer agains t whom Carter had some grievance, his name being Wilbraham and hi s rank a major. "General Prevost means to mow a swath from here to Charleston and every rebel in his path will b e cut down." "That i s something to know, " returned Dick, "but he cannot do all this mowing himself. Who ls going to help him?" "You will find out when the king's ships come in and men are sent down this way to meet us as we go up," growled the other. "Oh, there i s going to be a sea fo r ce sent, as well? Who commands the troops and who the ships?" "I won't tell you," with a snarl, the redcoat suddenly realizing that he had told more than he intended. "You have already told me considerable " said Dick, dryly, "and I will find out the rest.'" "You rebels have no right to hold me" muttered Wilbraham. "You are not you are simply outlaws, rebels." ' merely laughed and then left• the tent, saymg to Bob, whom he met at a short distance: "From what I can learn, Prevost expects to be met by sorr_ie one between here and Charleston, and the entire southern coast is to be devastated. If we can prevent him from going on the plan will fail. We must do all we can to defea t it." "Prevost was always a marauder," muttered Bob, "and without help he will do a good deal less than he thinks . We must fight hard for free-dom, Dick.'' "Yes, we .mu s t, Bob, and I think I can depend upon the Liberty Boys to do their utmost." "What are you going to do with these redcoats, Dick?" a s ked Bob. "You are not going to keep them, are you?" "No, indeed. I object to feeding and taking care of redcoats when we do not always have enough for ourselves, Bob. I shall tmn them over to the general. They can look after them better than we. can." "The y'll fare better than many of our poor fellow s who have been put in thos e New York prisons and on ships ," muttered Bob. "It is simply dreadful the way those poor men s uffered.'' "That i s becau s e they were 'rebels,' and fight ing for freedom," said Dick. "The British seem to think that we de serve no consideration for doing the very things the y did in the past when tyrants sought to crus h them underfoot. It makes a difference whose ox is gored, Bob." "Yes, so it doe s . They were patriots, but wo are only 'rebels' and do not deserve any consideration," angrily. "Well, never mind, Bob," returned Dick. "We are fighting for freedom and some day we will get it." _Dick and Bob went around the black swamp with the backs woods boy, who showed them many secret hiding places and passages where apparently no one could leave the place but which was easy for one who knew them, into creeks which seemed to have no outlet, but whre there was one tq the person who studied signs and was acquainted with the region, and into seemingly blind alleys, which led out into the open when one knew how to thread their intricacies. "This creek leads into the river and the river to the ocean," said Bill, as they were going the rounds. "They say that some old buccaneer came up here and buried his treasure in this swamp, but I donno about it. We uns never looked for it. We had other things to think about." "There is little use in looking for buried treas ure," replied Dick. "Often thes e stories are but idle tales and much time has been los t in following them up." "Pap an' me till the soil an'. dig for the good things that can come out of it, and they are bet-. ter than gold that was got by murder and rob bery and such." "Very true, Bill," agreed Dick, "but if we were to find treasure, even if it were in evil


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN BLACK SW AMP ways, we could take the curse from it by using it in a good cause." "I reckon you could, but you wouldn't go huntin' for it an' wastin' your time, would you, Cap tain?" " No," said Dick. "We have found buried treasures, though, and have used them to further our cause." "That's a ll right, but I don't believe you'll ever find any in the black swamp." . "If we do, it will be by accident," answerert Dick, smiling, "for it seems hardly likely that the old buccaneer w ould come s o far to bury his gold when he could have done so on shore." "That's how it 'pears to me, but I'm just tellin' you the stor}es I've heard, Captain." "Of course," and Dick smiled. After a thorough investigation of the swamp the boys returned to the camp, by which time the sun was nearly'"'1own, and Patsy was nearly ready with the evening meal. After supper the fires were lighted and the boys occupied them selves in various ways, the pickets being placed, although this seemed unnecessary in a place like the black swamp, whic h very few person s knew of and which no one entered. The Liberty Boys were always vigilant, however, and Dick thought it possible that some of Prevost's negroes or Indians might find their way into the swamp, and therefore he set his pickets as usual as well for the sake of watching the enemy as for keeping intrudeTS out of the camp. The pickets were outside and kept a strict watch, as it was thought that the enemy might pass by some of the roads and it was as well to keep a lookout for them. CHAPTER V.-Bob In A Tight Place. The Liberty Boys' pickets did not encounter any of the enemy during the night, although some of them heard them at a distance, there being a camp somewhere on the road, the fires being seen, and the hilarity of the redcoats and Hes sians being plainly heard at times, the air being clear and sounds traveling to a considerable distance. After breakfast Dick despatched Mark and a number of the boys to the general's camp at some distance with the prisoners, bidding them be careful not to fall into the hands of the enemy, while he set off in one direction and Bob in another to see what they could learn of Prevost and his intentions. Dick had not questioned Ma jor Wilbraham nor the other officer further upon the matter, preferring to get his information first hand, which was much more reliable. Dick rode for some little distance and at length came to a small river where he heard the sound of voices , and, leaving Major in the bushes, went on cautiously along the bank till he came in sight of a number of Indians, s ome in canoes on the water, and sQme squatted in groups of from five or si x to a dozen along the bank, all talking animately, althou g h in short sentences. He was unable to make out anything that they said, having a very limited knowledge of Indian dialects, but he presently saw two white men coming down the river in a dugout, these being dressed in backwoods garb and seeming to be friends of the Indians, as the latter offered them no violence and even hailed them as they came on. "How?" said one of the men in the dugout, and Dick judged him to be the father of Sim Willetts from his resemblance to that Tory youth. "See any rebels?" "No?" grunted one of the Indians, "no see um. Where go?" "Where be we goin'? Oh, down the river a piece. We're lookin' fur the camp o' them pesky young rebels callin' theirselves the Liberty Boys. The gen'ral will give a big reward for any one what finds it." "Huh! me no see. How much you give?" "Oh, a lot d things, skulps an' hosses an' guns an' all ye kin take. The gen'ral wants ter scatter the young rebels, 'cause they make a lot o' trouble." "Mebby you find in black swamp, follow river, find um." " "The black swamp?" echoed the other Tory. "There don't no one live in the black swamp. There ain't no place fur nothin', 'cept snakes an' sech. How'd they get a camp in the black swamp'?" "These Indians may know of the way in, for theTe is one," thought Dick. "WP. must guard against intrusion by the red rascals." "Um! plenty room, river go in swamp, you follow,i. the Indians repeated, "yo u find, so be." "Mebby the river does go into it, an' I ain't denyin' of it, Injun, but it's on'y a crick when it doe s go inter it an' there ain't no rebels nor no one in the swamp. They ain't room, I tell ye." "Huh! me know better," grunted the Indian. "Me find, me kill, take heap plenty scalp, much ho ss, heap gun." ye're welcome to 'em, but ye won't find the rebels there, I tell ye," persisted the Tory. "0' course they won't," growled Willetts. "All same me look," returned the Indian. "These fellows might know the way into the swamp by the river," was Dick's thought, "and I must warn the boys to be on the lookout. Carter will be, of course, and so will Bill, but they are only two, and the redskins might get the better of them." "Waal, ye kin look if ye like," muttered Willetts, impatiently, "but ye won't find nothin'. Pity ye cain't take my word fur it." "White man talk crooked, white man not know" returned the Indian doggedly. "Me look, n;e find." "You may find more than you are bargaining for," thought Dick. T.:1'! Tories went on, carelessly, the Indians re maining at the place, having some business at hand, evidently, and Dick took his way c:mt:ously and swiftly from the spot and went on by the road after reaching Major. He had gone som e little distance farther, when he heard a com motion ahead of him and dismounkd. Leaving Major in a secure place, he hurried forward, and, hearing more noise and then seeing a number of redcoats in the road, stole into the woods so as to watch them better. In the woods he saw a number of Tories coming, asd clirnbeJ a tree on the edge of the opening, being scarcely hidden in its branches covered with foliage, when both Tories and redcoats came into ihe opening. Looking down, Dick saw to his .e:reat surprise


. , . ' THE LIBERTY BOYS IN BLACK S\YAM P 7 that Bob was a prisoner to the rerlcoats, the Tories making a great deal of noise and demanding that he be hanged. "Bob i s in trouble,'' thought Dick. " I must try and get him out of it. I wonder how it hap pened?" "Hang the rebel, he has been makin' too much trouble," snarled one of the Tories . "Yas, an' ef ye hang him, the Liberty Boys won't have no captain an' they'll go to pieces." "But this boy i s not the captain, he wears a lieutenant's uniform," declared one o f the redcoats. The Tory did not know the difference, but he had declared that Bob was Dick, and he was ob stinate enough to stick it out. "These here rebels wears any kind o' uniforms they kin git," he muttered, "an' Dick Slater, I tell ye. He shot one of our men, an' he's gotter hang for it!" "The man was beatin.s< a young girl with a club and I shot him,'' said Bob. "I did not kill him, wors e luck, as he should have been for such brutality, and he'll get over it unless he's han1ted for it." "That was Jim Woods's darter an' he had a right to take a club to her,'' snarled the man. "She done told s ome o' the rebel boys that the 1edcoats was comin' an' they got away, an' ef she shouldn't have a club took to her fur that I'd like to know the why an' wherefore." "If you have no more sen s e than to club a young girl you haven't enough to understand the reason,'' sputtered Bob. "You ought to be ashamed of yourselves, but there's no shame in a lot of poor " vhites , such as you are. Why, even the negroes despis e you!" "That's true enough,'' was Dick's thought, "but it is not the wises t thing to say, under the cir cumstances ." The Tories were very angry at Bob's plain talk and clamored for hi s life, one bringing out a rope and throwing the end over lJle limb of the very tree where Dick was concealed. "That is fortunate,'' muttered the young captain. "I can reach that verv easily and without being discovered. If it had been on another tree I should have had to shoot the fellow." The redcoats did not make much protest, their sensibiities being dulled, and then they thought that so long as a "rebel" was gotten rid of, the manner did not matter. Bob's arms were secured behind his back and the end of the rope made fast about his neck. "What you got to say?" snarled the leading Tory. "This'." said Bob firmly. "You are committing no less tl'an murder. You officers and men of the army are as guil.ty as these Tories in allowing such a thing. Let me tell you that there will be a terrible revenge if this thing i s allowed to go on. Every man of you taken after this will be hanged. There are two officer s on their way to our general's camp, and if I am hanged, so will they be. One is Major Wilbraham. You may know him. I do not know the other officer." The redcoats were evidently greatly affected by this news, and one of them said, angrily: "The rebel is right, you have no reason for hanging him, and you shall not do it. Release him at once." Dick hacl reached out cautiou;:ly and given the rope twJ or three jagged cuts \\ -ith his knife, hi s hand and arm not being seen on account of the thickne!'S of the leaves. Then, too, no one was looking up at the time and his presence was entirely unsuspected. There were more of the Tories than there. were of the redcoats, and the evil fellow now forced thP redcoats back, two of their number <-eizing the rnpe and pulling upon it. In a mom:nt it parted, both ends falling to the ground, to the great astonishment of the Toties and the delight of the redcoats. "Gosh! how did that happen?" cried one. "That was a strong rope." "Coulcln't have been," muttered another, picking up one end and examining it. "It's dt>ne broke in three or four place1'. It's rotten." "Yo u ought to be sati sfied,'' said one of the redcoats. "If it had been right to hang the boy the rnJJe would not have broken." "You up!" brutally. "The rebel has got ter be hung an' you hain't got nothin' ertall ter say erbout it." The rope was stoutly knotted and the encl thrown over the limb as before. Then two of the Torieo; seized it, but upon the instant that they drew upon it there was a snap and both ends fell to the ground as before. "That there limb dudes it," snarled one of the Tories . "Ye kin 8 ee ho\\' it's be'n sawed by goin' over the branch. Take another." "You ought t o be warned by your repeated failures," muttered a British officer. "If you try agai n, .YOU will regret it. I will not stay and witness this murder." "Waal, no one ain't-axin' of ye ter stay," with a growl from one of the Tories. "Ye kin go as s oon a s ye clurn please. Nobody a in't holdin' of ye back." The rope was knotted again and the end tnro\\'n over the limb of another tree at some J;ttl e di s tance from the fir s t. The redcoats prntes ted, bu t the Tories kept them a way and tried a third time to carry out their foul purpose. Dick s lid down the tree without being s een by either Tories or redcoats and advanced rapidly, giving a sudden call which Major heard and understood. Once more the Tories hauled upon the rope. Crack crack-crack ! Dick was an expert marksman an cl had no fear of hitting Bob while aiming at the Tories. The men holding the rope were both struck in the arm and forced to let go, two on the outside of the crowd receiving painful flesh wounds. The young captain was well supplif?d with pi s tols and could discharge them with great rapidity, sb that it seemed as if three or four pp::;:;ns werl! firing instead of only one. A s the Tories turne I in alarm to s ee who might be their unexpecte

THE LIBEI!TY BOYS IN BLACK SWAMP ing back once over his shoulder and seeing '.he redcoats driving off t;ie Tories. "Well, these fellows had some sens e of shame after all," he muttered, "and I think better of them than I did.''. "It was a lucky thing the rop e broke, Dick," said Bob. "I suppose it must have been very rotten." "Not enough to have broken with your weight, Bob," shortly. "I cut it both times." '.'You, Dick?" in astonishment. "Yes, I was in the very tree you were under. Afterward I had to change my mode of action.'' "Well, it was very fortunate for me that you were around." The redcoats did not pursue norfire after the two young patriots and seemed rather fo enjoy their having escaped, as Bob saw them attacking the Tories and driving them off. "We must get back to the black swamp, Bob," :>aid Dick, shortly. "The Indians are thinking of going there by the river.'' "The Indians, Dick?" "Yes, there is quit e of detachment of them, and Prevost has promised them that they shall have all the scalps and hors e s the y can take from us.'' "But they cannot get into the swamp from the creek, can they, Dick?" "They say they can," simply. "Then we must drive them out, that's all.'' "So we will, Bob." CHAPTER VI.-Routing the Redskins. When Dick and Bob returned to the black s wamp, they found the boys in a state of considerable excitement. Mark had returned from his errand to the general, having had a brush with som e redcoats on the way back, but getting out of it succe s sfully. Then one of the boys had reported that Bob had been captured, and a party to go to his assistance was being made up at the moment he returned. Others had come in telling of the appearance of a large party of Indians on the river, and another that there were marauding blacks in the neighborhood terrorizing the people, so that altogther there was a great deal of ex citemen!; in camp. Bob's appearance relieved the boys' minds somewhat, and when Dick reported that the Indians were coming up the creek into the swamp, there was as much excitement as ever. Carter ci:me along as the boys were talking things over, and Dick told him what he had heard the redskins say about getting into the black swamp by way of the creek. "Waal, tl'tey can do it, as I showed yer," answered the backwoodsman, "but it ain't everybody that knows it. I ain't afraid o' them if you boys take places where I tell you and pepper them good a s they come on.'' "You can depend upon us for that, Mr. Carter," Dick rejoined: 'The Tories admitted that there might be a way into the swamp, and they may come alfio, so as not to let the redskins get all the plunder.'' "Willetts and Muggs an' them fellers?" asked the ba kwoodsman. "Yes, I suppose so. There are several whom I did not know, but they were all Tories and rough looking fellows . " Carter now led the way to the creek, which made it;; way through the camp, and placed the boys at various points along the bank, some on one side and some on the other, these having crossed on three trunks thrown across the stream. "They can't see ye there," the backwoodsman said, "and when they try ter land, which they cain't do all over, jest you pepper them good." "You can rely on the boys to do that, sir," laughed Dick. "They have no love for 1the Indians and will give them all the punishment they can." Dick and a number of the boys were posted at a point near where the creek ente1ed the black swamp and near the first available landing place in this strange region. Here the cypresses grew especially thick, the shadows bein. g very deep and the sun failing to penetrate it except at midday. They had not long to wait before they heard the splash of water and knew that the canoes were approaching. In a short time they appeared, a large number of them, all filled with well-armed Indians, and Dick gave a signal which told the boys to be on their guard. On came the canoes, and it was evident that the Indians were going to land at several places at once, as the leading ones paused and let others go on up the creek. "We will wait till they begin to land and then pour in a volley all along the line," Dick said to Bob, who was with him. "That will surprise the wily rascals." The canoes proceeded, and presently those. in the lead called back to the others. Then they began to approach the shore, having pi c ked out certain landing places. In another moment Dick saw a number of boats containing Tories coming up the creek. "I thought those fellows would want to have a finger in the pie," he said. "They do not want the r e d skins to get all the spoils." "We'll spoil their plans, I guess," muttered Bob. "There's that ruffiaR who was most anx10u::i to hang me. I'd like to get a shot at him." The canoes were within a short di s ts.nce of the bank, when the cry of a catbfrd was h e a r d. Then Dick, Bob and a number of the Libert y Boys appeared on the bank, their muskets or pis tol s level ed at the Indians. "Keep off!" said Dick, in a decided tone. "If you do . not, it will be the worse for you." "Gosh! the red Injuns was right, arter all!" cried one of the Tories. "Rush ahead, men, an' give it to ther young rebels!" The Indians began shooting arrows and discharging rifles at the boys on the bank. Then came a shrill whistle, and in a moment there there was a rattle of musketry all along the line and from both sides of the creek. Redskins top pled over into the stream, canoes were upset, and the greatest excitement took "place among the invade1 s . From many unexpected places along the bank the muskets and pistols of the plucky boys blazed away, and Tories and Indians found that they were having troubles which they had never anticipated. The backwoodsman and his son blazed away, and many a redskin and Tory was made the target of their death-dealing rifles . The Tories were the first to fly and the easiest t o get away, as the boats were more easily managed than the canoes. Some of the redskins never aros e after topplinl{


TH . E LIBERTY B O YS IN BLACK SWAMP 9 over into the water, some swimming clown stream, and some trying to make a landing. Carter and Bill picked off llnumber who were fooli s h enough to attempt this latter course, and Dick shouted out, warningly: "I'll hang every man of you who is caught on shore, s o be warned in time and keep off." The canoes which had gone the farthest had the hardest time of it, as they had to retrace their course through a gauntlet of musket and pistol shots, the boys firing rapidly and determined to show the red s no mercy, knowing that none would have been shown to them if the Indians had succeeded in making a landing. Many of the redskins took to the water rather than face the fire of the young sharpshooters in the can.oe s, and many Jay in the bottom of the canoes, hoping thus to escape being hit. Some of the shots struck the canoes and penetrated them, and s ome of those who had lain down to escape the boys' shots did not get up. No one tried to land, for the folly of such an undertaking was patent from the beginning, and then the redskins had a horror of being hanged, that b eing a disgrace worse than being scalped by an enemy. Some took to the woods below the swamp and made their way off as fast as they could, some of the canoes being abandoned, others sunk or sinking, and others bearing the bodies of warriors who would never more utter a warwhoop or handle a scalping knife or ioma lrnwk. red scoundrels have received a lesso n whjch they will not soo n forget," muttered Dick, a s the lai:t of the redskins disappeared. "We shall not be again troubled by them." "They will wonder how we happened to hear of their coming," declared Bob. "They will probably accuse the Tories of having betraved them." "It matters little what they think," dryly. "They will not come again, you may be certain." "Do you suppose the Tories will try it, Dick? They did not get it as bad as the reds, and they may try to snea k up here and do a lot of mis chief in the dark or when they think we are not keeping a lookou t for them." "If they know u s at all, they w ill know that there is no such time," replied Dick, with a short laugh. "That is so, Dick, but they do not all know us well enough for that." "Then if they want to pav the price of l earning, Jet them do it at their own risk, Bob," shortly. The Indians di sappeared, and the boys returned to the camp, satisfied that they would not return. The Tories might, having discovered that there were enemies in the black swamp, and Dick posted guards here and there to give the alarm in ease the ruffians should come back. "They will not do it before dark, I don't sup pose," remarked Dick. "but it will be as well to keep a lookout. That is the only way by which to guard against surprise." Dick was going the rounds of the sentries in the swamp, it being a little late, when his quick ear caught the sound of boats coming along the creek where it entered the swamp. "The enemy are coming," he said, "and now to give them a great surprise and show them that :we are as wide awake by night as by day." CHAPTER VIL-Thrashing the Tories. The boats came o n with as little noise as pos sible, and Dick judged that there were five or six of them and all well loaded bv the sound. Dick Slater's hearing was exceedingly acute, and manv pers ons would not have heard anything as the came otJ. The young captain's ears were well trained, however, and the slightest splash of the waves, the gentlest dip of an oar, or the lowest one possi ble could be heard by him at a considerable di stance. The men in the boats heard the cry of a night hawk, but thought nothing of it, s uch sounds being common enough, and they went on with no more noise than was unavoidable, till presently Dick heards ome one say: "How far do we have to go anyhow? I don't see any camp fires. Are you sure the young rebels are here?" The voice did not sound like that of an uncultured Tory, and Dick judged that it was a British officer who had spoken. "This here is the place," muttered Willetts, "but you won't see any fires yet a while. This here is called the black swamp, 'cause it's so plumb dark, day and night. The shadders is thick enough to cut." "I should say so. Well, go on, if you can find the way, but, as for me, I can't see my hand before my face." "Nor I, Captain," said some one else. "We must have light before we can see to fight these plucky young rebels. Are they cats that they can see in the dark?" The boys came on, Willetts saying, with a growl: . "I know the way s o fur, but I'm blessed if I kin go much furder." "We'll give you a light, Willetts," said Dick, and in a few moments, while the Tory was yet wondering where the sound came from and who ]:ad spo k en, there was the flicker of a sulphur match somewhere on the bank and the n a bright light flared up as the match was dropped into a pile of light brush and r!ry leaves. Then fil•es blaze

10 THE LI BE R T Y BOYS I N B LACK S W AMP ' v oi ces were heard as one boat collided wi t h another. Some got on the bank in the mud and s o me were in danger of upsetting, the greatest c onfusion prevailing, men talking in loud tone3 , many giving orders which no one obeyed, and t h e greatest hubbub and noise going on with n othing accomplished. Then, at a ce rtain signal, the fires suddenl y b lazed up again, and the ut most chaoB was observed among the boats . The men who$e boats had gone ashore made haste t o get them off. and now a number of l ight rones with in the end were thrown o u t fro m the bank at different points, settling over the shoulders of s0me of the To1'ie , and then being ouickly draw;1 back. Willetts and three or four others were dra1Yn out of the boats and to the bank scarcel y before they lwew what had happened. A n attem'pt was made to secure on e or two of the redcoats in the fashion, but thev escaped. The boats f!uickly got awav and went down the creek a s fast as they cou l d. but then i:he went out al!:ain and they were in dark nnss. Howeve r, they were in mid channel and managed to kee t ) t h e r e, although one or two col lided a s they went o n , whereat there was a grei..t deal of l oud talk and an abundance of bar! l anguag'e.:for a few minutes. Little by littl e these sounds died out and nothing was hear.I of the enemy, no further attempt to p.;et into the c;wainp being made that night. "T!1ey know that we are here now." said Dick, "but th<> d i fficulty wil l be to get at us, for we will now be on the watch more than ever." "There's a p'int at a little island up here a bit," ob served Carter. "Where the channel can be turned into another direction and leave this here p:oirt nothin' but mud. Then when the y get up here. they won't know where they're goin' at, and if they go back it won't be no better because t h e new channel won't be a s wide as this . I've noticed tha 't could be don e . but I never supposed I'd have any 'casion to do it." "We will attend to it in the morning," replier! Dick, and then the boys retired, being not agatn disturbed during the remainder of the night. After breakfas t the boys set out with shovels , axes and other implements to work at chanr,,inc: the channel of the little creek, Carter pointing out the place where they were to begin. Building a dam at the upper end of the island, which shut off one channel, the water was diverted into the other, and then at the lower end was still f urther diverted, the water reaching the creek again farther down by flooding a marshy spot whe1' there was little depth and plenty of grass. I t too k the boys all the morning to build the two dams, and then the upnPr one was strengthened as more depended upon it, the boys dragging earth, old stumps, decayed l ogs and stones from the road outside and clumping them into the water. "There will be some surnrised Tories and redcoats if they try to get up the creek to-night," laughed Dick, "and by to-morrow night, working a t intervals, we can t urn still more water to the left of the island and flood the mars h below more than at present, leaving a wider stretch of water b u t little more depth." _ Along in the afternoon, leaving a number of the ;hoys at work in the swamp, Dick left it, and, t.4 k ing a dozen of the best mounted o f the b o y a, set off to reconnoiter and see what progress Pre vost and his motley crew wer making. Among the boys were Jack W.arren, en Spurlock, the two Harrys, Sam Sanderson and Paul Benson, ])ick riding ahead with Jack, and the two Harrvs just behind him. They had been o n the road a little while, when, coming to a plac!l where the trees were very thick, casting a deep shade for some distance, "the spot having an uncanny look, Dick halted and allowed the boys all to c ome up. "I don't like the look of this place, boys," he said. "It is dark and forbidr!ing even while the sun is shining bright on l y a little wav off. It looks like a place where crimes ha. ve been committed and where they might be done at any time." "Is there any on e there, d o y ou think, Cap tain?" asked Jack. "It strikes me that there is, a lthough I do not hear any one. It l ooks like a lurking place for murderers and thieves or an ambush for Indians. l rlon ' t like the looks of it." Dick Slater was known for his bravery, but he was n o t rashl y so, and wo u ld never take any foolish risks, and his hesitation n o w showed that he had his do ubts about the advisability of go ing on until he knew more about the place. He ad vanced a few paces and presently heard some one say in a hoarse whisper, not SUJJposing it would ue heard; "Why dcn' t de rebels come ahead? Am dey a $keered o' s uffin'?" "Ah don no, meeby dey i s. Dey cain't see us, kin dey?" "Ah s'pects not, kase we's done hid ourselves." "Bo-ys," said Dick, in a loud tone which the hidden negroes could not fail to hear, "there are sqme ra,,cally blacks hidden in here, ready to fire upo us as we ride on. Come ahead and fire to your iight and left as fast as you can." The boys o lceyed and all dashed on, ready to fire a s soo n as they were among the tree::;. Then of a sudden there was a scattering among the trees, the sound of men runningaway at full s peed being plainly heard. The boys fired to the right and to the left as Dick Jrnd ordered, the rustling and scampering among the trees and bushes being all the louder, as if the negroes were in the greatest haste to get away. saw no one but dashed on until they were out o f the forbidding region, when they paused in the bright sunlight and looked back. "Was any one hurt?" asked Dick, looking quick-ly him. "No, Captain," replied all the boys . "You did not s ee any one?" "No, but I heard a lot of fellows running away as if their lives depended upon it," laughed Jack. " \ Vho were they?" "Some b lacks, quite a number of them by the s ound. They were in ambush ready to jump out o r fire upon us. I heard two of them talking but there must have been a considerable number of them, but the sound. " "Yes, they were running all along the line, " marked Harry Thurber. The boys reloaded their muskets and pisto ls, so as to be ready f o r other e nemies in case they ap peared and then rode on at a g oo d pace, keeping their eyes and ears open for foes o f all sorts. "The blacks are abo u t i n large numbers, " olr


. I THE LIBERTY BOYS IN BLACK SW AMP 11 served Dick, "and they must be guarded against, as they are a treacherous lot and thoroughly ununprincipled. It seems a pity that our e:iemies are oblige

12 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN BLACK SW AMP But h e h ad deferr e d hi s retre a t a little too long, a s the w h ole c a mp was no w on the watch for the intrude r, the plundered Hessian having managed to attract attention to hi s situation, and explained how he had be e n attacked by s ome one wearing the uniform of a captain in the reb e l army. Dick heard a shout, and turning to look oack saw that his discarded Hessian uniform had been discovered, and the next thing the redcoats were in full chase after him. Some one caught a glimps e of his moving figure and called attention to him, and ir, a mo1TInt he was surrounded. He saw it was no u s e to make any further effort to get away just then, and submitted quietly to being taken, the r edcoats crowding about him, there being much curi o sity concerning him, on account of his wearing the uniform of a captain, and he but a boy. He was bound with hi s hands b ehind him and put into a tent, with a guard on the outside, and then was left to himself. He looked about for s ome way of escape , and began trying to free his wrists from the rope that bound them. He had been captured before and had always managed to e scape hi s captors , and had no doubt but that he would be abl e aga in. There was a sword out of it.> scabbard hanging against the side of the tent, and Dick with hi s back to it rubbed the rope that bound hi s wrists up and down until he had severed mu c h of the fiber and by a vigorous tug was enabled to break the remaining strands. He then looked about for a way to elude the guard who was set to watch over him, but that was not so simple a matter, anrl required considerable thought. The guard pac ed up and down in front of the tent, while the bark and s ides were securely fastened to the ground from the outside. Dick, however, cut a small hole An the canvas and peeped through out into the open, and saw that his was one of a row,' and that another row was back of that. The day was warm, so Dick took off his coat and wais t-coat, and sat in his shirt on a camp bed, looking about, when his eye s fell on a dressing go w n . "I might make u s e of that," he muttered, and rising, he took it down from the peg on which it was hanging and examined it. " I wonder if he sleeps in it," he thought, "it is something like an old woman's bed g own," and he stuc k his arms into the sleeves and drew the skirt together about his legs . The n he regarded him self in a little mirror that stood on the camp table, saying to himself: "The occup ant of his tent has thi ngs very handy . He believed in making himself comforta bl e . " "I think I'll take a nap," and he laid himself do w n on the bed, and a moment later a face peered in at the door, but it was not tha t of the soldier who h a d been left to guar d him. "The y have changed guards ," he thought, quickl y , a n d hi s nimble wits set to work to se e if he coul d t a ke any advantage of the c ircums t a nce. "He might not be t old that there w a s a p r i s onei: ins i d e, it m a y b e a u s u a l beat. I can m ake the trial, anyway." Ri sing from the bed, he rumple d hi s hair, and assuming an e xpress ion as if just aroused from a nap, c alled out: "Hel'e, guard, p;et me some fres h water!" Fortune favors the brave and often the foolhardy, fo1 without a word the soldier di sap-peared, and Dick walked out of the tent in his dressing gown, with towels that he had picked up in his hands and rather ostentatiously displayed, and went toward a stream of water as if he were going t!> take a bath. No one seemed to notice him, for no one seemed to have observed the tent from which he had emerged, and supposed him to be an under officer on his way to bathe." Once in the shelter of the woods, Dick discarded his bathrobe and took to his heels, but his e scape had been discovered, the guards having been gone but a moment, and when he found the tent was empty it dawned on his mind that it co n tained a prisoner and he had allowed that prisoner to escape. He gave the alarm at once, a n d Dick heard the sound of pursuit. Dick looked about him, the stream cut off his advance, and was too shallow to swim and too muddy for him to attempt to wade through, while at hi s rear came on the redcoats. "I s eem to be having trouble to-day," he muttered, as he lqoked this way and that for a way to escape. f He was completely cut off, however, on all sides, for redcoats were to the rear and on both sides, while the stream lay in front. "Plenty of room on top," he murmured, and darting to one of the highest trees, he climbed up and hid among the branches, being w e ll se1:eened by the moss that draped its branches . The r 'edcoats rushed this way and that, but could not see the escaped prisoner, while Dick surveyed the scene below from his lofty position, and wondered how much longer it was going to last. He laughed to himself as he saw their mystification, for they looked arounp, above; and even below, for they peered into the water to see if he 'had taken to that. On account of the thick growth of trees the woods were in semi darkness where Dick had taken his po sition, and for all the men tried to penetrate its shade, Dick was able to conceal himself from sight. At length, they gave up the hunt, thinking that he had found hi s way through the swamps . and went reluctantly back to their quarters, the unlucky guard who had shown s o little sen s e of his duties being severely punished. After all was quiet again, Dick let himself down from the high branches in which he h a d en s conced hims elf, but before dropping to the ground he m ade sure tha t there was no one near . He s lid down to the earth, and ru:r:ming along the s t ream, at length c a m e to a place where he thought he could jump acr oss. The stream w a s wide at this point but shallow, and tufts of green s ho w ed a bove its sluggish w aters . He was i n the lightes t kind of a ttire, for he had on his boot s , breeches and shirt, and con sequently w a s stripped for action, and violent action at that, if need be. It was a wide leap to the fir s t bit of green sticking l.lP from the water, and a risky undertaking to spring on it, for the weight of his body mi ght c a u se him to s ink, and a g a in its slippery s u rface might afford but a treacherous surface, ancl he be thrown into the sucking moras s that lay under the water. "It is that or nothing!" and he prepal'ed for the leap, landing squarely in the middle and keeping his balance and his footing at the same time. "Now for another!" and he sprang again, and once more was successful, and thinking the wa-,


THE LIBERTY BOYS IN BLACK SW AMP 13 was now op en, perhaps, he showed less caution, or perhaps the bits of green sticking up from the water grew less substantial the farther he got into the stream, and at his next spring he found that as soo n as he landed he was sinking. The -next little island ahead was too far off for Dick to attempt to reach from his precarious foothold, for he felt himself sinking, the ooze rising higher above the s ole s of his boots every ir.stant he remained. "There's no help for it," and he retraced his steps, or rather leaps, back to the muddy bank he had left a few moments before. "I'll have to go up stream," and he ran along the bank in the direction of his own camp, not thinking he would run into any redcoat that way, and hoping that he might meet s om e of his own boys. He was a little blown by this time, for it had beertrather strenuous work his wide leaps over the water, and the going was heavy, for the river bank was muddy and the marshy ground seemed pulling at his feet at every step. He saw the open ahead, where a farm house appeared a little distance away, and he muttered: "I do not remember seeing that house be fore!" "He kept on, however, as he was anxious to get back to his camp in the Black Swamp as soon as possible. As he came out into the open, he started back, for right in front was a detachment of redcoats! It was too late, for he had been seen. To go back was impracticable, as he would only be running into the camp from which he had jus t escaped, and it was impossible for him to hide. Again he was obliged to resign himself to capture, but it was with no good grace,-for he was rather annoyed that he should have per mitted himself to be trapped again. He was recognized at once as the captain of the troop of saucy young rebels who were giving them s o much trouble, and it was with considerable sat isfaction that the officer in charge ordered his capture. "Later we will make -the young rebel lead u s to his camp," declared that gentleman, "but just now I will have him taken to that farm house, where he i s to be kept under strict guard," in tending to dispose .of him later, as he might see fit. Dick's characteristic that he shared in common with the eel, being more easy to catch than to hold, was not as well known down in the dismal swamps, as it was farther north, and the young officer was in a high state of elation at his im portant capture, but as he was obliged to continue on his way to join forces with the other detachment, he left Dick at the farm house under what he considered to be a sufficient guard, and went on his way, later boasting of the prisoner he had taken, and being very much surprised to learn that he had been caught once that day, but had got away. "He'll not serve me that way!" the young of ficer declared, pompously. "There are too many lax methods among some of the officer s ! " There was a spirited retort, and a quarrel might have ensued between the two lieutenants, had not a superior officer just at that moment appeared. CHAfTER IX.-How Dick Managed to Escape. Dick was no better off than before nor any worse in his opinion, as he still had a chance of escape. "They will keep a watch upon me," he thought, "but I am not bound nor are the windows barred, and with little thought I ought to be able to leave this place. The boys must have missed me by this time, and they will be doing something or looking for me at any rate." He was in an upper room of the farmhouse but there were no guards near him, the redcoats being outside but there were enough of them to se e Dick if he tried to get out. "Well, I a m no worse off than I was before," Dick sa!d to himself, looking out of the window into the door yard. He presently saw an old woman come out of the house and walk to a smoke house at a little distance, returning in a few minutes. "Now if I was that old woman, I . would be all right," he said, "for I need not c om e back if I don't want to." The redcoats had paid no attentio-;-to the old woman and that gave Dick an idea. He tried the door and found it lo cked, but there was another doo r leading either to a clothespress or an other room, and he tried the knob and found the door unlocked. Stepping into the other room, he looke d around him, finding that it was larger than the first and had a clothespress in it. There ""as another door, leading into the hall, and this he found to be unlocked. "That much is all right," he said to himself, "and now to s ee what there is in the clothes press ." Opening the door, he found a number of feminine garments hangingup and at once took down a frock, a shawl and a bonnet, lookin g out of the window to see if there was any one about. The redcoats were walking carelessly about, and the old woman came out again and went to s ome hives at one end of the dooryard. "When she comes in I will go out,''. he said, getting into the frock, which was dark, and throwing the shawl over his head. The old woman wore a--... dark dress, and Dick had thought of this when making hi s selection . "If they don't notice that the old lady wears boots, i t will be all right," he laughed. " I seem to be performing a variety of roles to-day, first a burly Hessian, then a dandy, and now an old woman." Seeing the old woman return, he went into the hall and stole noiselessly down stairs, hearing some on e talking away in lively fashion in the kitchen. "That's the old woman herself,'' he said, and, stealing past the door, he went out and took his way toward the orchard. "You are pretty busy this morning, madam," laughed one of the redcoats as Dick passed in haste. -"Too busy to talk to men who make foolish remarks ! " piped up Dick, in a high key. "You are getting younger every minute, Gran ny,'' said another, with a loud guffaw. "I'Ip. young enough to get the better of you


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN BLA CK SvVAMP redcoats," Dick replied, in a shrill voice, as before. Then he went on to the orchard and on a little way, doubling so as to come Q.Ut upon the road. He hurried on, catching up his skirt so as to avoid tripping in it, thus presenting a ludicrous sight if any one :bad been there to see . He had nearly reached the place where he had left Major, when he saw one of the Liberty Boy s approaching cautiously. "Good afternoon, ma'am," said the boy, who was Ben Spurlock. "Are the redcoats still in camp beyond the bend?" "Yes , but they won't miss me till it is too late, Ben," laughed Dick, throwing aside the shawl. Then he called to Major who quickly came up. "Jove! it's the captain!" exclaimed Ben, with the e;reatest delight. "So it i s, ' B en," laughed Dick, quickly getting out of his female toggery. "I made two attempts at escape, but the first one failed. Let us go back, for i t is growing late and the sun will be down soon." Dick threw the bundle of clothes into a thicket, mounted his horse and rode hac k with Ben to where the res t of the boys were waiting anxiously for his return. "Did you learn anything, Captain?" a s ked Jack. "You were goI).e long enough to have picked up considerable information." "Ther e are more troops coming, o r at least they are ex]le ct ed," answered Dick . "I picked up that . much information, but they do not seem to know very much." The boys now rode on toward the black swamp, as it would be dark in a short time and probably was so in the place on the road where they had alarmed the negoes. They rode at a gallop and at length reached the uncanny spot, riding througl1 it faster than when they had alarmed the black. They n either saw nor heard anything of their late enemie s, however, and it was quite likely that the latter were afraid to encounter them again. They reached the camp shortly after sunset, the boys beginning to light the camp fires, as there was little or no twilight here, and it was dark in the swamp as soon as the sun went down, and even before in certain parts of it. The boys were all eager to hear of their adventures, feeling sure that they had had them, as it was a rom mon saying among the Liberty Boy s Dick Slater never left the camp that something did not happen. CHAPTER X.--An Unsuccessful Attack. Early in the morning the dam was filled in more and more, so that no water made its way into the old channel, and the flood ed meadow below the island was covered more than before, although there was not water enough on it to float a boat. The old channel to the right of the island would probably be still drier in time, but just now the boys wanted to see if what they had done would keep out the enemy or whether they would be forced to leave the black swamp. "We are bound to fight hard for freedom, Bob," said Dick, "and to hold our ground here, for if we are driven out it will mean that the Carters will lose their home and the results of years of industry when the Tories follow the redcoats into this place. "That is s o, Dick, and we must fight to keep them out." Dick sent Mark and a party of .the boys out to watch for the enemy, and in the he strengthened the dam and to his delight less and less water in the old channel, and the de ceptive flooded meadow inviting the unwary to venture across its s hallows. During the middle of the forenoon, Mark came back in haste and reported that the enemy were coming, and that he had see n a number of boats, dugouts and canoes making their way up the little river toward the swamp. . "They think that with a strong force they can drive It's out," muttered Dick, "but we have yet to , see this." Then he posted his boys along the bank at various points, taking care to keep them well hidden. and to caution them not to fire until they received word, and not to show themselves on any account until they \Vere ordered to do s o . . At length the flotilla was observed coming toward the swamp, the boats being loaded with red coats, Hessians, blacks, Indians and the Tories of the neighborhood. They entered the swamp, and, knowing nothing of the changes that had taken place, attempted to go by the regular chan nel. They found this too shallow, many of the more heavily laden boats going around speedily and having to be gotten off with considerable difficulty. The British officers swore roundly at the Tories for leading them a stray, and then pointed out the flooded meadow as being the prover course to take. • "Look at all that water," exclaimed one. "Any one can see that that is where we should go and not up this miserable little stream. Where are the young rebels anyhow?" When the g-rounded boats were set fre e at last, tP,ey all set out for the meadow, which appeared to be a broad and deep wate1 cours e, but which was nothing of the sort. Here the boats found the water shallower than in the o ld channel, the oars getting caught in the weeds on the bottom and the mud holding the grounded boats tight, there being nothing to resist when the men en deavored to push off. There was no landing lace in Eight, the way they had taken wa.;; worse than the other, and there was a deal of bad language and much advice given, which no one was ready to take. "I 'lo w the place is plumb bewitched," muttered Willetts. "We went up this here way before an' there was water enough, but now they ain't and they hain't be'n no drouth nuther." The redcoats could not enlighten them, and the Tories had not wit enough to guess what had hap pened, but attributed their failure to advance as due to some witch-craft. "The swamp allus did have a bad name," growled Muggs, "an' ef the blame young rebels "want ter stay yer they're welcome ter, for all o' ' roe. The place is ha'nted an' is bad luck to any decent feller." "Then if we cannot reach these young rascals by water we must do it by land," stormed the commanding officer. "Find a landing place at once and advance." This was easier said than done, however, as there was no good landing place or any, in fact, a t this point, and the Liberty Boys held those b&-


THE LIBERTY BOYS IN BLACK SWAMP 15 yond, these being out of reach. The boats made for the b ank, but the1 e were mud and weed s and cypress stumps to be looked ou.t for, and the men were no better off than before. The officer s stormed and talked in loud tones , ordering the men to do this , that and the other, but nothing was done except to increas e the confus ion, and t h e enemy were as far from landing as ever . "Confound this beastly country!" stormed the office r. "There's no one in the swamp anyhew . You Tories have l e d us on a wild goo s e chase." "V•l aal, if they've gone, then you n eedn' t be afeard on 'em," growled Willetts , who did not like being ordered about -in this fashion. "We never were afraid of them!" sput tered the o ther . "The id ea! The king's troops afraid of a Jot o f undiscipline d rebels? I should say not! You don't know what you're talking about!" if they ain't here what's the u s e o' wastin' our time b y looki n ' for 'em? The place i s bewitched, I tell you." "Nonsens e! You don't expect me to believe that, do you? You have led u s the wrong way." "We come jist the same way w e did yi stiddy, an' if you know the way to cpme, whyn't ye take it? Yergot too much ter say, anyway." All this time the Liberty Boys had not shown themselves and the y might have been miles away _for all that was seen of them. They could have given the Britis h and Hessians and the res t a terrible raking if they had chosen, but that was not Dick Slater's way of fighting, and he waited to see what the enemy would do. There was clearly no way of landing where they were , and they could not seem to get anywhere as they were going, and yet they had gone up before with little trouble. Some of the officers of the redcoats remembered certain landmarks and were certain that they were in the same channel as before, and yet they could not unde r stand why they could not advance a s they had previously done. '"The water has fallen in the channel, that is why we cannot go on," sugges t e d one. "The boats are too heavily laden. Perhaps if we put fewer men in them, landed these, and 'then came back for more we could manage to get at the rebels." The suggestion was a good one, but the boats would have to go back some di s t ance before it could be acted upon. "If the rascally young r e bel s a r e her e at all w e will rout them out," declared the leader. " I c annot believe that they have gone. W e have come the wrong way, that is all."" "I don' t think so, sir," the cooler headed officer replied. "The water has fallen. We are in the right channel. There are certain marks which I remember well. There is that blasted cedar, and there are those live oaks with the moss on them on the point. I remember them well." The boats were finally gotten out of the mud and weeds and tangle and sent back to firm ground where they could be reloaded, Dick meanwhile keeping a lookout on the enemy. "They cannot get up here at all/' he said, "no matter if they had flatboats. There is not water enough and there will be still less here in time." "Then the flood4;:d meadow may help them," 1Uggested Bob. , "No, becase you cannot get wate1 enough on ft. It will simply spread out more and more and be no deeper . No, the ch anging of the water course has prevented any g etting up the channel for years to come and the only way to get into the swamp is to take the paths at one point and anothel, and neither the redcoats nor the Tories know these." "I would like to ha\re a good shot at them, " muttere d Bob. ''.I didn't think that they would be s o far away and I wanted to pour a good hot volley upon them." " We could not do that until they opened fire upon u s , Bob," said the young captain. "No, I suppos e not, but they '"ould h a ve fired upon u s jus t the same if they had known we were h er e." " "Yes , but they d i d not, and I -eould not think of slaughtering t h em in that fas hion. " "No, you would not, of course," shortly. The boats were lightened and at length came up with much fewer men in them than before, but a s Dick had said, they c ould not get much farther than before and could not enter the swamp far e nou g h to g e t to a good l anding pl ace. They advance d farther than before but the bank treacherous and not to be trusted, e specially by the heavily accoutered Hessians , who would sunk to their armpits in a moment if they had attempted .. to land anywhere within reach. The boats went a s far a s they could go and then had to stop, a s there was no possibility of wading and they were still at some distance from the r.eares t safe landing. Some of the Indians at tempted to go farther in their canoes , and these being lighter to begin with and not heavily laden' manage d to go con siderably farther than boats . ' "If the redskins could effect an entrance into the stronghold of the young rebel s they might show u s the way in at some other point," said an officer, "and I think it i s as well to let them try it." . The see m e d to know the w a y better t_han-the Tories, and they s:ertainly m anag ed their hght craft much better, for they went on and it was s oon evident to Dick that they woul d 'make a landing where no one else could. "The canoes are the only things tha t can get up," he said, "but it i s not every on e that can m anage a canoe and there would have to be a lot of them to l and any kind of force h ere and we would be peppering them all the time. " "I'd like to do it now," muttered Bob. "\iVait a few minutes, B o b," quietly. "We may have to drive them out. I did not want to show myself if I could avoid it but it may be n e ce ssary after all." The canoes were the only craft that could go up the channel and they had to be mo s t adroitly managed. On they went and at length neared the fir s t landing, the Indians being greatly excited and expecting to get ashore in a few moments and take possession of the camp. All the canoes that could be mustered were now going up the creek toward the landing, but there was not a large force in them, a s it was not possible to put more than two men in any of them and some would not stand more than one. They were coming on, being within a few lengths of the landing, when there was heard the cry of a hawk somewhere overhead apparently. The red skins paid no attention to it as it was too COD),


• 16 THE LIB ERTY BOYS iN BLACK SW AMP mon a sound for them to notic e, w h ei1 gre a t ly to their a stonishment , they saw a score of Liberty B oys at the neares t landing and othe r s at various points , all having their mu skets l e veled a t them. "Go back!" sai Dick, fir mly. "Go back or we will fir e upon you and destroy y o u and your c a noes . " The more rash of the redskins urged their canoe s forward, sending a s ho we r of arrows at the b o y s . Then D i ck gav e the word to fire a s there was no thing el s e to b e d one. The banks of the creek fairly blaz ed , and the Indians quickly saw the folly of their mo v e. R edskins toppled over into the water, canoes were ups e t or sunk, and theTc w a s the greatest hubbub and confus ion . From points where it d id not seem possible that any one a footin g the boy s bl a zed away a t the reds , be ing h idden and therefore prese nting n o mark to the enemy. Some of the canoes whicb had made that mad rus h escaped with their occupants , but all did not, and no more Indians attempted to make' a landing and in a short time all the redsk i n s h a d gone back who wer e able. CHAPTER XL-What They Found in the Cree k. The redcoats and Hessians were within range o f the Liberty Boys and they now saw their danger, being better marks fo r ihe boys on sl;iore than were the latter for them in the boats. They opened fire upon the boy s , but the latte r now began s hi fting thei r positions rapidly from pl a c e t o place, firing from their cover and without s how i n g thems elve s and al s o changing their place s cqnstantly, so that on e n ever knew from where the next shot might be e xpected. In this m anner they could send in a much more g alling fire than it was possible for the en emy to do, and t h e latter soon saw the g reat d i sadvantage of their po s ition. The boats now fell down the r iv e r rapidly, and before l ong the r edcoats and Hessians were out of range and the boys ceased firin g . "Well, you had a chance to get a shot at them, Bob , " said Dick "Yes, and we sho w ed them that we could do it, too , " muttere d Bo b . "It would have been too bad i f w e could not have had a chance to pop at them afte r having go. ccn ready for them. " The rest o f the b oy s relt t h e same as Bob did and w e r e g l a d that t h e enemy h a d been drive n out in stead of simply goi n g awa y without having been fir e d upon. Dick left a small guard of the Liberty Boys to watch the cre ek, the others going back to the camp. It was no w dinner time, b u t dinner was late as Patsy and his assistant had be e n to o bus y driving back the enemy to think of doing anything el s e, a n d the boys had to wait. There was plenty to do, howev e r , muskets and pistols h aving to be cleaned and loade d, and those who had received wounds, as s ome had, having, to be looked after. Some time after dinner Dick, Carter and his two children and brother and a number of the Liberty Boys went to the dam at the island to have a loo k at it and see how the work was progressing. 'l:he o ld channel was nearl y dry and Dick , looking at it as he walked al ong the b a nk, saw something which lo o ked like a rock sticking up. "There were no rock s in this channel, were there. Mr. Carter?" he lts ked. " No, no t a s I know. I never seen any. " "What is that, then?" pointing to the object which h a d attracted his attention. "Huh! I donno. Look s like a rock, don't it?" "Or a che st," said Dick. "You said there were stories of the old buccane ers having come up the creek, d idn't you?" "Yas , but I nev e r se t much s tore by them." "That certainly looks l ike a chest." "It surely does," added Hiram, who w a s all of seve n feet in height, as Pats y had s aid. "I've done s e e n them things an' that s ure look s like one on 'em." "We must get it out," continued Dick. "It may be one o f the old pirate treasure chests, and if so there will be a lot o f money to aid the cause o f freedo m in it." "Huh! it's funny it didn't sink after all this time. Whyn't they bury it in the ground, 'stead of in the crick where it would sink out o ' sight in no time?" "They may hav e done s o," Dick replied, .and the channel has changed and covered it. We must get at it." " Carter had a light boat, and this was now set afloat, and Dick and Bob went to the object sticking above the sand at the bottom of the creek. It was a chest, just a s Dick had said, but the trouble was how to get it up. " I don't know that we can get it up," remar k e d Dick. "We will only sink it deeper if we try to dig aroun'd it. Ther e i s a hard stratum of cl a y or p ossibly rock b eneath it, but the sand has settled about it and it may go deeper or go through this lower stratum if we work too hard at it." "How about breaking it o p en, Dick?" sug gested Bob . D ick scraped away con siderable of the sand and-the n a shovel was sent out to him and more was removed, the top and lock of the chest being thus unc overed. The che s t was of wood, bound with iron, and might be broken ope n, although c are would have t o be done in doing this. Dick got an axe and struck a heavy blow on the top near the lock . The w ood w a s rotten here and the axe went i n up t o the h a n d le, Dick pulling it out with a number of splinters of half rotten wood. Then more of the top was cut away until D ick coul d see into the che s t a n d s ee a numbe r of gold coin s . Thes e w ere t aken out by handfuls and put in the bo a t , Dick getting out a c on siderable pile of them. The n a sudden rainstorm came up and the boys hurried a shore with their treasure. The rain came on in a n d the boys ran t o shelter, taking the gold coins with them. There was not one that was less than fifty o r sixty years old and s ome w e r e still older, s o that the bucc a n eers h a d not hi d d e n their treasure as long as som e thought, a l though it was long en0ui;!"h for mos t of the men in the region to have known nothing about it and for the old men t o have forgotten it. The rain lasted until nearly sunset, and wher, Dick and the boys went to the creek there was nothing to be seen o f the chest. "Well, we have recovered at least five hundred


THE LIBERTY BOYS IN BLACK SW AMP 17 pounds of it," Dick observed, "and that will be of use to the cause unless Mr. Carter wants it." "No, I don't want it, Captain," said the backwoodsman. "It's as much yours as it is mine, for you found it. I haven't any use for pirate gold." . "But if it is out to a good use there can be no curse upon it," Dick replied. "No, I know there can't, but I don't want it. Let it go to the cause o' independe nce." "Very well," said Dick. "We will to the general. Our turning aside the current brought it to lights as well as bothering the enemy." The next day there was no further sign of the buried chest and Dick made no attempt to get at it or at any of its fellows, if there had been any, and there was never any more pirate gold recovered from the spo t as far as he ever heard. If the redcoats were still in the neighborhood there was trouble to be feared from them, and Dick set out in a short time at the head of a consider able party of the Liberty Boys to see if they were still there. Reaching the river, the boys found a party of Indians encamped, their pickets giving warning of the approach of the boys and a large force of them coming out to attack the plucky fellows. "These redskins are here vet, at any rate," said Dick, "and mean to make trouble. Stand firm, boys, and show them whaf we can do." The Indians evidently thought to terrify tr10 boys by yells and sending in a shower of arrows as they came on, but the brave lads quickly dismounted, put their horses in a place of safety, and, posting themselves behind trees, received the enemy with a ho t volley. Many of the redskins fell, but the rest came on with horrid yells, expecting to scalp the boys before they could reload. Not all of the boys had fired, and those who had discharged their muskets were providej with pistols, and these they now u sed to good advantage, while others sent in a rattling musket fire. Arrows whizzed and bullets sang, but the boys were protected by the trees, while the Indians were e..xposed and more of them fell. Then the Indians, seeing their Plans fail, quickly dodged behind trees and tried to steal up on the boys , gliding along under bushes, and stealing from one tree to another s o as to get nearer to their daring young adversaries. The boys had lea1•ned the ways of the Indians from their red foes long before this, however, and they now put them in practice. Whenever a 'plumed topknot appeared it was made the mark for the musket of one or another of the boys, no two boys firing at the same Indian, but each having his own territory and sticking to it. Now a leg or an arm or aJoot would be carelessly exposed for an instant," and at once the unwary redskin would be taught the folly of negligence, the boys losing no time in taking advantage of the opportunity offered him. --... "The?.e redskins think that they are the only ones w.IJ.o can fil!"ht their way," laughed Bob, as he shot off a feathered topknot and gave the wearer thereof a nasty scalp wound besides, "but I guess they will find out that we are not so bad at it." • Then an unwary savage exposed his foot for an instant, and Jack Warren put a bullet in it, causing the man to howl with pain and rage and draw the wounded ''ut of the -way . The Indians grew more cautious after that and tried to get in behind the boys and steal their horses, these being as precious to as Prevost had promised them all the scalps they c ould get, but they were discovering that they were paying a high price for even attempting to secure them, having gotten none as yet. The boys left their positions quietly and without being detected, secured the horses, and then suddenly opened fire upon the reds again, as the latter were running up expecting to surprise them. Then, to the surprise of the redskins and the delight of the boys, a detachment of regulars came upon the scene and delivered a terrible v olley upon the enemy. The men had been sent as a scouting party to learn Prevost's plans, and, hearing the noise of firing, had come up in haste and attacked the Indians. ' The reds, seeing that they had new foes and fresh ones, and that they were now largely outnumbered, fled in the greatest haste, leaving the boys and their allies in possession of the field. "We are glad that you came up," said Dick, to the leader of the newcomers, "although we were managing these fellows pretty well and had already disposed of a number of them. Is the general coming up to meet Prevost or will he wait for the enemy to advance?" "It has been considered advisable to advance, now that we have received reinforcements. You have been having lively times with them, I should judge, Captain, according to reports." "Yes, we have but we expected that something would be done shortly to check their advance. While they were trying to rout us, and ineffectually, they were giving the general a chance to gather his forces and attack them. We have not been driven out and you have had time to secure more men. There " is no report of any expedition from sea farther up the coast?" "They have been attacked by the French fleet and have returned. Prevost will not receive the help he expects this time and we should drive him back to his old position." "I certainly hope we shall do so," replied Dick. "It is likely that some decisive move will be made with that end in view very shortly, s o you may be prepared to receive orders at any mo ment." , __ _ CHAPTER XII.-Lois to the Rescue. The regulars shortly returned to their former position, and the Liberty Boys went back to the black swamp, where Dick told the others what he had heard in regard to attacking Prevost. "The delay that we have wondered at has now been explained," he added, ''for Prevost must have desired to know more de finitely what he might expect before advancing. I do not know that he knows yet what has happened, but he w ill be greatly surprised when he does hear it and he may get another surprise before that the shape of a vigorous attack by Lincoln's forces in the south." The boys were greatly pleased at the prospect of a battle with the redcoats before long, althougn they had no cause to complain of beiror inacfr.Te


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN BLACK SW AMP during the prev iou s few d a y s, h avi n g certainly had enough to keep them employed. . "We may expect to be called upon at any tune now to meet the enemy," Di c k , "and something will be decided very s oon, I am certain." The boys were g l a d to hear this and set a?out getting everything i n o r d e r so that they might be in readiness t o d o their be s t , se ein g that m_us kets, pi s tol s, hai ness, sadd_l!'.s and e lse was in the b es t c ondition . After dmner Dick set out to reconnoiter, w i shing t o d iscover i f the patriot forces had come up, a s w e ll as to learn more of Prevost and whether any of his a llie s had de serted him. On the road , s oon after leaving the bl ack swamp, he ov erto. o k Lois iiding along on a stocky pony, and s aid: "Going to mill or on a vi sit? Be careful, for the Indians and bl acls are sinful devi ces of the e v il one, " returned the Tory, with a w hin e . "There are no cards no r dice nor s u c h paraphernalia in thi s humble domicile." • "Then lend me a p enny," laughed the redcoat, "fio that we may toss it and see who has the rebel. " . "The penny w ill be u sed to gamble with and I shall not allow you to u s e it for any such J>Urpose" with a whine and a s niffle, "and besldes , I no coin s of any de scription. " "Why didn't y o u say s o? " returned the other, "instead of givi n g u s a sermon. Here, take two straws from yonder stack. They w ill serve as well." "That is another sinful device," said Muggs. "Never mind if it i s or not," with a laugh. "But I cannot a llow you t o use my straws for any such purpos e . " " Well, never mind. Her e are t w o pebbles, a white o n e and a black, " and the redcoat put his hands behind his back. "In which hand is the bl a ck pe bble? If you guess right the rebel is yours." "It i s in the l e f t , " said the Hessian. As the redco a t w a s about to b ring his hands in front of him to s how which one held the black p ebble, Muggs se ized them both, took out the two and threw them away. "That i s a sinful game and y e shan't pl a v it i:ri. front of my humble cabin," he said. "Leave the prisoner here till others come up. There are rebel s about and they may se ize him and you t e w." " R ebels?" a s ked the Briton. " Yes, ;md many of them, prowling about s eek ing whom they may devour. I will take care of the rebel and his hors e," with a peculiar look at Major, a s he said it. "Have no fear. Although I abominate sinful gambling I de s pise rebel s and i s a reward offered for this one which we will share with each othei;." Dick had no objection to being kept in the Tory's. cabin, forthere would be more chance of his escaping from it than if he were taken to the British camp. "You may have all the reward, Muggs," said the redcoat. "I will keep the rebel's horse." There was some doubt as to the reward .being paid and the redcoat was willing. to give up his share of it, the posses s ion of Dick's horse being a more substantial outcome of the adventure. Dick was told to dismount, and Major was tethered to a rail fence at one side of the cabin, the young captain being taken within and left iA


THE LIBERTY B O YS I N BL ACK S W A M P 19 the living ro9m, the Tory's wife being in the kitchen cooking some bacon and coarse corn bread for supper. When Dick had left Lois Carter, the girl had ridden on at an easy gait, not expecting to see the young ca'Ptain again until he came back to the swamp. A s she went on, however, she presently heard a commotio n ahead of her, and saw snme Hessians spring up and raise their muskets a s if to fire at an enemy. Then she saw Dick Slater come dashing along on Major and snddenly halt. The girl went on for a short distance and then halted at the side of the read and watched what was going on. She saw the Hessians and redcoats take Dick down a lane and then followed cautiously, leaving her horse behind some bushes at the head of the lane and going down with all her senses on the alert. She heard the argument about how to settle the custody of the prisoner and then saw Dick taken into the cabin, watching the redcoats and Hes sians from behind some bushes at a little distance. "I mus t try to get the captain out," she said to herself, "but how shall I do it?" She crept along until she was opposite the cabin and s a w Di c k at a window looking out. The girl had seen enough of the young patriots to have many of their signals , and she now gave one which meant that a friend was at hand and ready to give aid. "That i s Lois," said Dick. " S he must have come on after me and have witness ed my capture. She is a brave girl and will h e l p me to e scape if she can." . Then Dick signaled that he knew she was there and to be cautious and not take too great a ris k . Neither the Tories nor the redcoats and Hessi ans paid any attention to these signals , simplv taking them to be familiar sounds which they had often heard. The Hessians and redcoats were in front of the cabin, talking among themselves, Muggs having gone into the kitchen to s cold hi s wife for not "having things ready before. Lois crept up to the fence, reached over and untethered Major, Dick watching her. Then he suddenly called the intelligent creature to him. Major was under the window in a moment. Dick l eaped out upon his back and dashed around to the front of the cabin and so on up the lane, upsetting redcoats and Hessians and caus i)lg the greates t consternation. It was some moments before they could pick themselves up, mount their hors es and give chas e, and by that time Dick was out of the lane and on the road, calling to Lois. The girl came up quickly, secured her horse and said: "They can never catch you, Captain, and I will keep out of the way until they have gone." "I cannot let you run any risk, my girl," re plied Dick. "Send your horse home and get up with me. Major can easily carry double." Lois did as Dick suggested, and they rode away as the redcoats came out of the lane, the Hessians having nc, horses and so giving up the chase in dis guest. "You are a very clever girl," said Dick. "How did you come t o think of using our signals ?" "It was the only way that I knew how to let y o u know I was around," replied Lois, simply. " I reckon I've heard you all use 'em often enough to know 'em, but I never allowed I'd be using 'em myse!f." "Well, every one wo u l d no t h a v e thought o f it even i f they had heard them m ore t han you have . There will be a l o t o f disappointed redcoats back there but we must loo k out n o t t o encounter any more. " CHAPTER XIII.-Leaving the Swamp. When Dick and Lois finally returned to the swamp camp, the boys were greatl y relieved. The girl's horse had come in without her and the b oys were afraid that something had happened '; to her and were about to go in search of her, when she returned with Dick by a different path and their anxieties were set at rest. The boys were all eager to hear what had happened but just then Carl blew. the bugle to call them all to supper and the story was told while they were at their evening meal. That evening Carter calle<;I on Dick in the camp and asked him to go to cabin as there was something he wanted to talk about. Bill and his sister were -in the camp listening to the Liberty Boys telling stories, and there were only two men in the cabin bes ides Dick. "You recollect that I told ve I min-lit want to ax yer advice on something a whil e ago, don't you, Captain?" asked . Carter," lighting his pipe and smoking complacently. "Yes, I remember," Dick replied, shortly. "Waal, it's this here. You recolleck that I told ye that my wife was gone? You allowed I meant that s he was dead, I reckon?'"' "Yes, I supposed that you meant that."'.' "Waal, I didn't. She ain't dead, though I've wished many a time that she was. remember the redcoat officer you caught and brought here?" "The major, you mean? Yes. You s eemed to have known him, for you gave him black looks and saia something about him." "Yes, that's the one. If I'd met him outside I'd have killed him. I couldn't do it after you'd fetched him here a prisoner, but I was glad that you sent him away." . Dick said nothing and .the backwoodsman continued: "My wife went away and I thought s he went with him. She didn't. She was goin' to visit her mother, and folks told me she went with the redcoat. He had been payin' her attentions, but she didn't go away with him. I thought she did and when she heard it she wouldn't come back. I into the swamp and lived with the boy an.d the girl, but I wouldn't let them say any thing about her. Now Hi says she wants to come .back and I don no about it. She shouldn't have got mad." The next morning the Liberty Boys received orders to leave the swamp a n d join the general who was about to make an attack upon Prevost. The latter's India n and negro allies had deserted him and gone back to their home s , and there was much dissatisfaction among the British and Hessians. what with desertion and quarrels among themselves, the general's army was in a very de.moralized condition at tbe time when the patriots decided to take the initiative an l bef.!,in the attack. This was done suddenly, .he enemy


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN BLACK SWAMP having no idea that the"rebels," a s they slightingly called them, were s o near, and the invadns were taken c ompl etely by surprise. The Liberty Boy s began the attack riding upon the camp with a rus h and throwing everything into confusion. The enemy rallied, thinking it an easv task to rout the saucy young rebels, and the Liberty Boys beat a hasty retreat, pursued by redcoats and Hessians . The retreat was simply designed to lead the enemy into a trap, and it succeeded. Too late the enemy realized how they had been tricked and they fled in confu s ion, abandoning their camp and taking to the hasties t flight, Hessians going one way and British another, there being now no reds kins, black s nor Tories to support the regulars. Prevos t fell back to his old position, and for s ome time did not attempt any decided move against the patriots. The Liberty Boys remained in the neighborhood until there was no longer any danger of the enemy re turning, and in the meantime the mother of Lois and Bill c a me back to the cabin, Hiram having gone after her, and the family w a s once more united . At length the boy s left Florida and went i n t o G e o r gia, m aking their way to Savann ah, where they were to r e m ain, there being rumors of an invas ion from both the lower regions and from the s e a . There were t w o or three of the boy s who were particularly sorry to part with Lois, and Mark Monison, who was a bit of a teas e , tried to find out who they were, s o a s to chaff them good naturedly. Going to Jack War rnn he s aid, c arele s sly: "Sorry to leave here, Jack?" "Well, I don't kno w ," answered Jack, who knew Mark and w a s aware of what was coming. "We w i ll be jus t a s bus y el s ewhere, I suppos e." "O h, I don't mean that . . There won't be the same pretty girls ther e , you know, and you'll miss t h em." "Oh, w ill I?" with provokin g indi fference. "Well, won't you? \Veren't you fond of the g i r l of the sw amp?". "Was I ?" laug hed Jack. "Well , but . som e of the boy s will miss her, won ' t the y ?" "Yes , I s ho u l dn't w ond e r if both of them wo ul d. " "Who are they, Jac k ?" a s k ed Mark, sure that he was g e t ting nearer h is o b j ec t. " Well, I'll tell y ou one who will b e very sorry to part from the g irl, but y o u mus t not say a word," sai d J ack , a s in the greatest confi d e nce. " W ho i s it, J a ck ?" eagerly. "Pat sy!" laughed J a ck , and then h e r a n a w a y to escape a cuff on t he ear from Mark. The boy s went to Savannah, ancl at length the rumors of trouble proved to have foundation. Prevos t came up from St. Augustine and a sea force landed at Tybee Island, and first Sunbury and then Savannah were attacked, both falling before the en e my. During the attack on Savannah, Dick met Major Wilbraham in the fight near Brayton's hill, the redcoat attacking him furiously. The man had evidently been exchanged or had escaped, and was fighting again and with all his former vigor. He was particularly bitter agajns t Dick and attacked him with great feroc, ity. Dick di sarmed him, however, sending his sword flying. He could have killed the man, but he never took life needlessly and the man was at his mercy. "You will be our prisoner again if you are not ca reful, Major," said the young captain. "Pick up your sword and don't get s o far away from your men again or you may meet s ome one less m erciful than mys elf." The major turned scarlet with rage and snap ped, a s he took to flight: "vVe will drive you out, you rebel s , and s ome d a y I w ill h a ve yo u a s prisoners." Then a lot of redcoats swarme d up and Dick fell back, bein g joined by a score of his boys in a moment. The Liberty Boys were forced to leave S avannah and m a ke their way up t h e river toward Charle s ton, meeting with many adventures and having a number of narrow e s capes. Still later, when Savannah was retaken by the patriots, Di c k saw the m ajor, the l a tter being greatly ctagrined at being captured by Di c k himself. He did not take any further part in the war a fter that, being held a prisoner until after the surrender of Cornwallis, when he was paroled with others and r eturned to England. There were certain of the Liberty Boy s who heard from Loi s from time to time while the war las ted, and at the close of the strife thes e h a d narrowed down to one or two, Mark 'being anxious to learn who they wer. e but not succeeding until two years afterward, when one of thes e boys went to Florida and returned with Loi s as h i s w i fe. N e x t week ' s i s sue w ill contain "TH E L I B ERTY BOYS AND CORPORAL CASEY; or, THRASHING THE RENEGADES." Payin g T e lle 1 You mus t get " s ome one to id e n tify you before I can pay this check. Have y ou any fri e nd s in this town? one. I'm the dog-catcher • •


THE LIBERTY B O YS O F "76" 21 CURRENT NEWS GIRL MAKES FISH CULTURE HER LIFE OCCUPATION Miss Ruth Studdert of Seattle is the only woman icthyologist in the United States, and perhaps the only w oman in the world who has made the study of fish her life work. Miss Studdert gained her first kno wledge of fish lore while employed by the United States Bureau of Fisheries. She is completing her study of icthyology at the C ollege of Fisheries, University of Washington. WILL EMPLOY TURKEYS TO GOBBLE UP INSECTS Fire and poison having failed, turkeys are going to be used this year to exterminate grasshoppers, the plague of Western grain fields. The Thanksgiving bird's capacity for this work was revealed when a farmer cut open the crop of a turkey last fall and found 248 grasshoppers and six water beetles-one day's catch. One big farmer intends to raise 2,000 birds this season. H e figures that•his flock, working ninety days, should take a toll of 45,000,000 insects. DEATH JN A FOX FUR A singular case of Cleath cause d by a fox fur Is reported from Bourges, France. In this case t h e h ead of the animal had been set up in a life like pose, its jaws, still' set with teeth, serving as a fastener. The owner of the fur was joking with a girl friend' s n o se. The incident was forgotten until two days later, when the girl's nose began to swell, and he found that she must have been pricked by one of the animal's teeth. An operation was carried out, but intervention proved t o o late and the girl died within a few hours . The danger of the wound which caused the girl's death lay to a great extent in its apparent insignificance, for it was so slight that it did not even bleed o r cause any inconvenience until it was too late t o appl y antiseptic measures effectively. DEVICE MEASURES HEAT OF TEENIEST STARS s hould the heat reaching the earth from all the stars in the heavens be collected and concentrated on a thimbleful of water, two centuries would be required to bring the liquid to the b o iling point. This statement was made recently by Dr. W. W . Cobentz, of the United States Bureau of Standards, who has perfected the thermophyle, a heat measurin g device which will determine the heat radiatio n of a star s o infinitesimal, that 1,000,000 years will be required for the ray to warm a bit of water of the volume of a cent, Federal scientisti said. The machine will measure the heat of a candle at a distance o f one mile. Astronomers studying the moon said the clime there ranges from 46o below zero at night to considerably over th$! boiling point during the day. Days are about 'four week s long on the moon. BOYS , D O YOU LIKE DETE CTIVE ST ORIES? Y o u Sho ul d Read "MY S TERY MAGAZINE" It contains the snappiest and liveliest stories you ever read. Each number beirim 1 with a rousing detective novelette, filled with pep from start t.o finish. Then there are from four to six short stories of police adventure with good plots and interestinl? situations. All these stories are written by the same authors who write for the higher priced magazines. Don't miss the articles about crime detection, yarns of the underworld and special items relating to ghostly happenings, .peculiar events and current news of police cases. Color e d Covers, Fine Illustrations 64 Pagt:s Get a Cc;Jy, Read It and How Interesting the Stories Are! PRICE 10 CENTS If you cannot procure a copy from your newsdealer send us the price (ten cents} and we will mail you one postage free. Address HARRY E. WOLFF , Publishe r , Inc., 166 W . 23d S t., New Y or k City ,


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" Agai n st The Trust -ORTHE YOUNG LUMBERMAN'S BATTI...E By RALPH MORTON (A Serial Story.) CHAPTER VIII. Big Ben Bates And Rough Red. The wood boss who had been hired by Norris was a big, rough fellow of perhaps thirty, known as Rough Red, because of the fact that his face was red, his hair and beard were red, and even his eyes were a hazel red, and also from the fact that his voice and manner were both rough. He was always cursing at the crew if the least thi11g did not suit him, but they appeared to be used to that sort of thing, and individually they feared him. However, he was accounted a good man in his line, and he was the best t:hat Frank Norris could get. One afternoon Ben hurried through his work and made for the place in the woods where he could hear axes ringing and biting through the trunks of the trees. As he approached the place where Rough Red was overlooking the work of the gang, he heard loud talking that seemed to indicate anger, and he hurried forward to see what it was about. He saw the foreman and two of the men standing alongside a log that had recently been cut through with the saw, and listened to what they had to say. "He wouldn't scale it?" Rough Red was saying. "Why?" "Said it wasn't cut straight." "What's that to d o with him?" "Don't know, boss, but he wouldn't scale it." "I'll see whether he will or not," growled Rough Red, and then he shouted to the scaler tq come to him, addressing him in a way that showed he was in a temper, and so Ben stood silently by the side of a tree to see what happened. The scaler, whose work it was to lay his long, s lender measure on a log and note the number of feet and then mark it, was a man of middle age and fair education, who had been picked out by Frank No rris because he was known to be accu rate and honest, two qualities of value in his line. He was a quiet-acting and quiet-spoken man, and now he came in his usual manner to whe1e Rough R ed was standing. "Diel you refuse to mark this log?" demanded the chopping boss, pointing to it. The scaler lo oked at it. "Yes , I refused to accept that log," he said. "Why?" . "Because it's cut on an eight-Inc)'! slant instead ot being cut square, as it should be." "What's that to do with you?" "Everything. I'm here to scale and mark logs that are properly cut, and in that way to protect the interests of the peopl e who employ me, and such slaughtering of good trunks will not do." "Say, you white-livered skunk, who' s the boss of this job, you o r me?" Rough Red growled, his already flushe d face growing redder. "You're the boss of the was the quiet answer of the scale1, "but Pim the boss of the scaling and marking." "We'll see about that. I order you to scale and mark that log." . ,, The big chopping bo s s clenched his fists and his reddish eyes blazed with wrath as he pointed his right hand towards the log in question. The scaler was no fighter, and he realized that he was in danger, but he had the moral courage to stand up for what he thought was right. "I refuse," he said, and then his face paled, for he knew that he was about to be attacked. "I'll give you one mo r e chance," growled the chopping boss. "Scale and mark that log, do you hear?" "I hear, but I refuse." "Then I'll pummel you till yc'lu change your mind," shouted Rough Red, and leaped with blazing eyes towards him. But he didn't get to his intended victim. Big Ben Bates had listened to the conversation with growing anger. for he now understood enough of the business to know that the scaler was protecting his interests and those of his partners, and that the chopping boss was actuated only by a desire to get out the greatest number of logs, without regard to the way in which the trunks were slaughtered by the men and his resolution to protect the honest scale; was at once taken. , Therefore he stepped fairly between the scaler and the chopping boss with a swift movement that brought him face to face with Rough Red who was now insane with passion. ' The chopping boss saw who opposed him, but he was now mad all the way through, and would have fought a bull had it stood before him . . He struck at our hero, but the latter had time in which to throw himself into position, and the blow, which would have sent him down aud out was blocked in a way that brought a of admiration from the men, who had all forsaken their work, and now stood grouped around, eager to see this battle between two apparently well-matched combatants. Ben could see that the man. was insane with ' temper, and he rightly concluded that the fellow would make a terrific attack on him, and try t o beat down with a storm of sledge-hammer bl ows . With blazing eyes Rough Red rained a perfect hail of blow s in upon his youthful foe, but Ben just gave ground enough to reduce the force of them, and then either parried the strokes or else dodged them with a movement of his head that caused them tq fan the empty air, and for a full minute he did not try to return a blow. (To be continued.)


t THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" 2 3 NEWS FROM EVERYWHERE PREHISTORIC CITY FOUND NEAR MEXICO VOLCANO A prehistoric city has recently been discovered at the foot of the volcan o Ixtacciruati. The city is apparently four miles long and three miles wide. The c ity is surrounded by a wall and there are twenty-eight pyramids. There is a possibility of the ruins being as famous as Tectihuacan. BRINGS IN SN AKE BRACELET when a customs agent started t o examine the baggage of Miss Mary Lewis of Pompton Lakes, N. J., a passenger on the Grace liner Santa Luisa docking from Valparaiso, he noted what appeared to be a necklace of coral beads on her wrist. His mov.e to examine it was nlet by a c ounter move of the ''bracelet" and he jumped back several feet. "Don't be afraid,'' Miss Lewis said. "It'; Ru-dolph, my pet coral make." . Rudolph entered duty free. The snake, a deli 'Cate pink, was about three. feet long: Whi!e coral snakes are said to be ro1sonous, Miss Lewi s affirmed that Rodolph was lacking in such qualities. She said s he would train the pet to replace a watch dog which had died. "KILLER" WHALES HUNT IN PACKS LIKE WOLVES The "killer'' whale-the most ferocious animal whether of sea or land in the world, bar noneattains a lengt h bf 20 feet, and weighs about a ton. It is predatory in the: last degree, even attacking wha'es cf the largc:st spec ie s and tearing them literally to pieces. Tremendously powerful, astonishingly swift, the killer ,,hale s usually travel in schoo ls of a dozen or more, hunting by preference in packs, like wolves. They gobble great numbers of fur seal pups when the latter are taking their first lessons in swimming in the waters about the Pribilof Islands, in Bering Sea. The Eskimos believe that the killer whales are really metamorphose d wolves. "When so inclined, they swim to the shore, climb out and transform themselves into wolves. Or, contrairiwise, the wolves come down to the sea, jump in and be come killer whales. COLISEUM SEATING 18,000 PERSONS New York is to have a super-Madison Square Garden to cost several million dollars and to seat about 18,000 persons. It will be built in Fourth avenue extending to Lexington avenue and running from 32d to 33d streets, on the former site of the New York Railwa;1s Company car barns recently sold at public auction. John Ringling, circus proprietor; E . B. Albee, director of the B. F. Keith's vaudeville interests, and Col. Tillinghas t L. Huston, who, recently announced the sale of his half interest in the New York American League baseball club, will be the owners.• The new building will . provide a permanent h ome for sport and amusement. Everything will be do n e to make it the last word in constructi011 for a place of its type. Erection of the new ccliseum will mark the passing of Madison Square Garden, which for more than three has been the scene of many famous events. The garden, it is understood. has recently been solci by the New York Life Insurance Company to :c big real estate firm which purpose8 to con struct large o ffice o n the block. The Ringlings and Tex Rickard-the latter's name, however, has not been connected with the new c o li seum-hold a lease on Madison Square Garden. It has .two more years t o run . The coli seum will hou se a theatre capable of seating more than 4,000, to take the p l ace of the Hipp_odro1'.1e, :vhich i s be torn down . A gigant1c s w1mmmg pool will be converted into an ice skating rink in the winter. The Ringling cir cus will show there also. From a source clo se to the men behind the scheme it is understood work will begin at once on the comtruction of the building. It is ex pected tc. be completed by the end next year. ''Mystery SEMI-M 0 NT I -IL Y Magazine" I 10 CENTS A COPY 127 128 129 131 132 1 3 4 -LATES T ISSUES -1nrnx CROOKS _CONSPIHE. by II:irol:. WOLJ.'F, Publi sl>er, Inc. 166 West 23d Street, Nen• York City "Moving Picture Storie s " A Wcf'lcly Magrt7.lne De\'Oted to Phot'?flnyH an

24 THE LIBERTY BOYS O F ' "76" INTER.ES TING HOW TO MAKE A FLEWELLING SET The mar vellou s little hookup whic h has r ecentl y a sensation among radio fans i s the Flewelling circuit. It was named after its inventor, and can be made by any boy handy with tool s . For its great volume of s ou n d and wide range, it i s t h e best and least expensive of any sing l e tube se t on the mark e t. The flivver set i s a m od ific ation of the famous Armtrong super-regenerative circuit. It can get lon g di s tance stations with ease, requires very few part s a n d c o s t s very little. This set functions with or without ground and aerial, or with on e or both d isc onnected. I t works on an indoor aerial or with about t en feet of aerial wil'e . Tuni n g is accomplished by m eans of a variable con denser; h ard amplifying tubes are used, and a v e r nier rheostat will help to sharpen the r e cep tion. ARTICLES NEEDED 1 rubber p a nel, size 10x7 inch .. .. ... .... $ 1.00 1 hard wo o d baseboard 9x6x 1,4 inch. . . . . . .10 1 2 3 plate v ariable condenser with vernier ' 2 . 50 1 filament rheostat. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 1 U. V. 20 bulb........................ 6.00 1 h one yc o m b coil 50 turns. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.00 1 h oneycomb c o il 7 5 turns. . . . . . • . . • . . . . . 1.25 1 coil mount . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.50 1 v a riable gridleak with 0002 5 mfd con denser .................. ........... . 1 gridle a k withou t cond enrer ..... ... ... . 3 006 con d e n sers . . . . . .......•.•..•••..• 1 001 mrd phone c ondens e r . , ...... . ...•. 8 length., t inned bus wire . ..........•... 1 piece co pper foil 6x9 inc h ....•..•••••. 1 bo ttle shell a c .....................•••• 12 n ickel-plated % inch s c r e w s ... . . • •••• • 6 rubb e r t o p binding posts ........•.•.... 2 d ou ble b in ding po s t s fo r phones . . ..... . 1 si n g le circ ui t jac k ................... . 3 doubl e a n d 2 singl e b indin g p osts ... .. . 1 cab inet ........................... . . . Stain, s older and extras .........•.... .75 .7 5 1 . 50 .75 .35 .20 .10 .0 5 .30 .20 .2 5 1. 5 0 1. 5 0 A 5 Tot&! c o s t . ................•••...... $22.50 THE PANEL The first proceeding is to lay out your panel ! o r d rilli n g t he n e cessary hol es . Along the bo t tom, 1A in c h up drill three screw hol es to hold the pane l u p r ight against the baseboard-one in the center and the other two a n inch from eac h end. Thes e ho le s ca n be 3 16 i n ch diameter. A s imilar hole can b e drilling in e a c h side halfway up to hold t h e pane l into the cabinet. Next drill four hole s t he same s ize on the right-hand si d e of the panel % inch in from the side, the lowe s t one to be o ne inch up from bottom. These are for the bat t ery b inding p osts. On the same s ide , one Inc h down from the top, drill a phone binding post hole % i n c h in from the" s ide, another 2 m ches it for the second binding post, and R.ADIO NEWS between it a hole for the jack. No w draw pencil lines acro s s the board fro m thes e phone binding posts to the lefthand side of the panel near the top, and drill two more holes for the ground and aerial binding posts l.4 inch in from t h e side and 2 inches apart. On the left-hand s ide draw a pencil mark two inches in from the s ide. Next draw a line two inches up from the bottom till it meets the first line. Where they m eet drill a hole for the variable condense r a trifle lar ger tha n the shaft. N o s ize can be given, a s con de n ser shafts vary in diameter. Nearly all conden sers have t hree prongs on the front, with screw hol e s in the ends, to hol d the m to the p anels , and a s thes e vary with the m a k e , no fixed rule for drilling can be given . The b est way i s to lay ti1e prongs against the pane l whe n the shaft i s in its hole, mark the place where the prongs touch the panel, center th_e hole s and drill according to the size screws furnis he d with the c on denser. When the c o n de n se r shaft hole i s finished draw a line acro s s the pane l toward the right t o a point 2 inc he s from the shaft of the rheostat and t w o screw hole s t o hold it in place. Templates are usually furnished with rheostats . Four holes m u s t b e drilled at the top of the panel in the ce n ter, tO h old the honeycomb coil m ount. These screw holes mus t be s p a ced according to the amount you s e e , a s they differ in s ize . I n the center between the :(our screw holes drill a hole 1h inch in diameter, through whic h to pass the four flexible leads from the coil mount. SHIELDING The nex t step i s to shie ld the panel. Lightly sandpaper the back of t h e panel, c oat with shel lac1 and when the s h ellac i s partly dry lay the copper foil on it, and r1,1b it d own perfectly smooth. Let it dry over night . Then cut a strip 14 inch wide from top, bottom and sides. Also cut out piece s from a round each binding post and e a c h point whe r e the con denser rheostat and hone ycomb nuts t o u c h the panel, leaving 1,4 i nch of margin bare around e a ch screw hole, except the ground post hole. The g round wire c arries off the e l ectricity accumulated from over the set, as t h e copper shielding absorbs it. MOUNTING THE INSTRUMENTS To mount the instruments begin with the honeycomb coil by fir s t a t taching the four ftexib-le leads to the mount. Nex t put the variable con den ser and the r h eostat in their place s, and attach the dial s . The batt ery, a erial and ground binding po sts follow. These can have rubber tops to make a neat job. The phone posts can be doubl e and n ickel-plated, so that two can listen in at one time . The jack i s fastened on and secured with a small bolt. A s s ome people prefer to plug in, the jac k i s an added feature. It is not n ec essary. Som e p refer just the jack and n o pos t s , but the advantage of having posts is that it i s easy to connect them to an amplifier, if yo u should get one later on. Having mounted the i n-


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" 25 struments o n a panel, it can be screwed to the 6x9 baseboard on which the lamp socket con densers and gridleak .:.ire placed. The lamp socket sets back in the behind the rheostat, the Fx and F marks on it turned toward the panel. The P and G marks arc at the rear. An inch from the G, .along the rear, fasten the black variable gridleak, one enci pointing toward the G on the lamp socket. Next lay two of the 006 condensers flat on the board, about % inch in front of the F markings on the lamp socket. These two condensers must be end to end, the holes overlaping, so you can drill a hole to fasten them dpwn with one double binding post. The other two ends are each held down with single binding posts. Lay the third condenser in the center, in front of the pair just mentioned, and fasten it down with a double binding post at each end. If there is no room to place the red variabfe gridleak between the last mentioned con denser and panel, on account of the rheostat pro jecting inward, put the red lead on top of the single condenser. The wiring will hold it in place. The baseboard will now be nearly all filled, as the variable condense r lays back upon it on the right-hand side. WIRING THE SET The wiring is perhaps the most difficult part of the job, but using busbar permits of making stiff, strong bending at sharp angles with a pair of pliers. Each piece should be care fully measured before it is cut to avoid waste, and all joints that are not soldered should have tight connections. The end of the busbars to go to binding posts is first bent in the form of a hook, and is then squeezed together tightly over the screw, and the nut is down securely. Do not use a soldering iron near the fixed con denser when you can avoid it, as the heat might ruin them, and use as littl<:i rosin flux and solder as po s sible. Now for the wiring. Commencing at the lamp socket attach a wire to the G post and the other end to the nearest post of the black gridleak. From the other post on the gridleak carry a wire along the rear of the baseboard, bend it toward the variable condenser, and sol der the end to the connection on the left-hand side. A wire is next soldered to the connection on the right-hand side of the variable condenser, and is brought up and secured to tha screw of the ground binding jJOSt. Next secure a wire to the aerial binding post, bend it over and down to the baseboard behind the variable condenser, where a few extra inches can be left. Later we will explain where you fasten the end of this wire. Solder this wire to the middle joint of the variable condenser without cutting it where it comes down from the aerial po s t. The rest of this wire i s now on the board below the soldered spot, and must be bent toward the 006 fixed con densers. We will leave it for a while until we wire up the three condensers, and the red grid leak, as this wire, fastened to the middle joint of the variable condenser will afterward have to be connected to the conde!lser bank. Beginning at the red leak, perched on top of one of the fixed condensers, secure a wire j;O a binding post on the leak. Now bend this wire around and thread it through the double binding post which holds the condenser down on on

26 THE LIBERTY BOYS O F "76" T H E LIBERTY BOYS OF '7 6 NEW YORK, JUNE 22, 1923 TERMS TO SUBSCRIB ERS ••n•le ()o p l e a ...........•••••• !'o at.a•• Free 0De ()op7 Three lllonth•..... " " One ()o p )' l!l x .lllenths .•...••• O n e ()o p 7 One Y-r.. . . ...... " Canada, '4.00; Foreiirn, '4. 00. 7 c .. uta 110

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76 HERE A N D ! H ERE HYPNOTIZING AN EMPLOYEE An unusual story regarding an achievement by a clairvoyant is reported from Hamburg. For two weeks the branch )f the Deutsche Bank there had missed an important letter upon which de,.....-pended a gain or loss uf several billions of marks. Searches by the police proved vain, and finally a clairvoyant, Juan Colmo, whose telepatic ex periments were said to be astonishing, was con sulted. By a process which remains Colmo's secret, he managed to eliminate all persons from suspicion but the young clerk. This man Colmo hypno tized, whereupon he led the clairvoyant to a room where the letter was found. It seemed to have accidentally fallen between two bookcases. Colmo received a large reward. TEN-YEAR GRAZING PERMITS FOR FOREST RANGES Beginning in 1925, 10-year permits are to be granted to stockmen who desire to graze cattle and sheep on ranges witl:in the ,National forests, the Forest Service, U. S. Department of Agric:ulture, announced recently. This new policy, as approved by the Secretary of Agriculture, ex actly doubles the maximum period for which graz ing p ermits are now being issued. The Depart ment's action was taken from the standpoint of assisting the live-stock industry to further re cover from its depression of the last few years, since, it is cloaimed by stockmen, grazing permits for 10 years instead of 5 will make it less diffi cult to secure finacial aid to carry on live-stock grazing operations. A LABRADOR ROMANCE Lovemaking is not by any means confined to one time or place, to crowded cities or seaside re sorts. The fever is caught in the tropics or any other zone, for just now we are reading of a ro mance which began in Labrador, when Miss Rosamond Bradley, a society girl of Boston, went as a volunteer nurse with the Grenfell expedition to that bleak land, and the course of her labors had occasio n to correspond with other workers in a distant part of the peninsula. Charles R. Rheault answered the letters as part of his duty, and the perfunctory 1msiness correspondence grew into an intimate and personal one. He was an ofiicer in the Canadian Royal Mounted Pa lice. Later Miss Bradley returned to her home in Bo ston, and when Rheault crlled on her in her city home, he finally went back to Canada with a promise of marriage from the young lady, which was ratified. ANOTHER ATLANTIC CABLE Quite a m ;rnbcr of can remember the days of excitement oveithe laying of the first cable between An'e i..:a and England. Cyrus W. Field, a New Yo1k n. e cJwnt \\ho had attained promi nence, had b r en :for interested in ocean tel egraphy. He obta i.wJ a charter gi ving him ex clusive rights for 50 years for ocean telegraphy from the coast of New Foundland to England. The great United States frigate Niagara and the mammoth Great Eastern were employed in the work and the Old World was much excited over the progress. The first successful layings of cables were in the years 1857 and 1 858 and celebrations followed on both sides of the At lantic. New York City burned down her City Hall. The cables did not. work well, and every thing relating to them were stopped by the Civil War until 1866. Since then cable laying has gone on with great rapidity, but with little excitement and no burning of city halls to announce success. Now Clarance H. Mackay, president of the Pos tal Telegraph-Commercial Cables, announces that his company has completed contracts for the lay ing of a great cable directly between New Yo r k and London, and the work will be completed by Aug. 1. The route will be from New York to Nova Scotia, about 1,000 miles; thence to the Azores, 1,7 50 miles. At Azcres it will connect with a cable already laid. A new cable is to be laid this suinmer from Ireland to England. Great things arn expected of this new cable, which will have a capacity of approximately 600 letters i\ minute in both directions. PIT DWELLERS A Mr. Ferguson, of Franklin, Pa., seems to be somewhat of an investigator-maybe an arche ologist-as events will sh' ow. Not long ago he was in Canada, and in on

28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76 " INTERESTING NE W S T O SSED. GOOD MONEY A WA y population of 50,000 to 100,000 responds almost Two cou!1terfe1t $10 bills from the bankroll of...-. instantly to a call for conflict wherever an in an ?therw1se honest bootlegger cost Michael J. vader approaches? of .Salem, Mass., $1,500. Michael arrived The authority for this information is Michael f;n e ?tar !iner Homeric, and after. a W. Barrett, Boston's oee expert, internationally f session with currency experts at the pier known as the "bee king," and reputed to be one an another at the Custom House he was perof the foremost authorities on bees both from that the $1,500 which he tossed into the the theoretical and practical in ay of Glasgow was probably perfectly good America money. He had retained of the bootlegger's $1,. Mr . . Barrett studying. and 890 paymel'!t for a consignment of Scotch and the mg with bees fo1 forty-five his. $300 contamed the two bad tens. Michael was boyhood days. He came to Irepositive the whole amount was counterfeit and it at the age of 7 and has smce made his home took a lot of argument to change his mind. It Boston .. For through Amerwas then thathe really regretted throwing away 1ca and Eurnpe with .a circus c?mposed of more the $1 500. than 100,00 bees. His bee farm m the Hyde secA combination of circumstances led to of Boston is a mecca for thousands of visthe New Englander's loss cf 1,500 American do!1tor s . Jars , and when all is said and done he is lucky to "Next time you go ;1ear :t bee hive look closely have salvaged the $300 . Not that he needed it and you will see several bees flying around in a e s peciall . y, however, as Michael exhibited fifteen wide circle," says Mr. Bassett. "If you made an $1,000 bills which the experts in passing al s o pro-effort to approacli closer to the hive some of the !1ounced 100 per cent. pure. The two outstandbees in this gr•oup would attack you and the mg factors in Michael's loss were a desire not to rest would hurry to the hive to warn its entire break the law against passing bad money and too populat.ion of the of an invader. If Il'.uch dependence on amateur methods in testing you continued to walk toward the hive an army bills to find out whether they were good or bad. of thousands of bees woul

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