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0Ter the tree bridge went Dick and the boJB, closely pursued by the redcoats. Jack waa obllge4 to jump into the water to escape being caught, the enemy was •o near him . • "Over w ith it, boys!" cried Dick..


Radio Artic le s Fo r V/ireles s F ans On Pages 24 & 25 Th e Libe rty Boys ll••e d Weekly-Subscription pl'ice, $8.GO per year; Canad n, $4.ClO; For<'il!'n. $4.50 . Harry E. Wolf!', Publisher , Inc. , 16G West 23d Street, N<'W York. N. Y. Flntered as .Tnnuur:v 3 1 , 1913, at the Post-O ffice at New York, N. Y., under the Acr ot March 3, 1879. No. 1177 NEW YORK, JULY 20 , 1 923 Pric e 7 Cents THE LIBERTY B O Y S JN DISTRESS OR, H EMMED I N BY DANGERS By HARRY MOORE CHAPTER !.-The Man on the Rock. There was a man sitting on top of a great rock that stood at the side of the road which led to Camden, in South Carolina, one pleasant after noon in August. He see m ed to be absorbed in though, for he looked neither to the right nor to the left, but at his feet, on which he wore heavy boots . As he sat on top of the rock, from which a good vi ew of the road in eithe1 direction could be had, the sound of some one cofl1ing along on horseback could be heard very distinctly. The man did not look up, however, nor seem to have heard the sound. This would have been the o pinion of a casual ob server, but one of the boys coming along the road on the way to Camden was not a casual observer, and he, from his position in the saddle of a magnificent coal black Arabian, saw many things which an ordinary person would not have seen. There were two boys, the one on the black and another on a fine bay, both being dressed after the fashion of the region. They looked like ordinary sons of farmers out for a bit of exercise, having no weapons as far as could be seen. They were coming on at an easy gait, and seemed to be in no haste. The boy on the black noticed that the man on the rock cast a glance toward him, although he did not raise his head. As they came abreast of the rock on which he sat, however, he seemed to notice them for the fir s t time, for he suddenly looked up and said, carelessly: "Good-afternoon. Strangers in this here neigh bo r hood, are you? See any game?" "We aren't strangers altogether, although we don't live hereabouts," the boy on the black replied. "No, we haven't seen any game, but we haven' t been looking for any." "Seen any redcoats? I hear there's plenty of 'em about. You're rebels, I suppose, same as me?" "No, we are not," the boy replied. "Then you are loyal?" the man on the rock asked, suddenly, dropping the manner of a native of the region and looking eagerly at the boys . "Oh, yes, we are loyal," the boy on the black replied. "To the King?" as if struck .by a sudden thought. "Not a bit of it," promptly. "But you must be if you are not a rebel." "No, I mustn't," with a laugh. Did y o u never hear of Quakers?" "Yes, but you are n o Quaker. You don't talk like one of them." "Nor you like a South Carolinian," laughed the bor. "In fact,. I don't believe you are one, a n d neither do I be!Ieve you know that patriots do not call themselvef'; 'rebels .' That is something you have to learn." "The fellow is a Dritish spy, Dick," cried the boy on the. b ay. "He is looking toward Camden now to see if he can see the redcoats so as to give them a hail." "You are right, Ilob, and I think I had better give him a shot," returned the boy on the black who was no o ther than Dick Slater the young c'.lptain of the Liberty Boys, at that time located m South Carolina, and acting under the orders of General Gates. Dick suddenly whipped out a pistol and fired at the man. on the rock, narrowly missing him, the man sprung to his feet and leaped from the rock mto the bushes as Dick raised his pistol. "Look out, Bob," saiq Dick, riding on at a gallop. "The fellow may fire from the bushes at the side of the rock. He is a spy and will try to get the best of us." Bob Estabrook, who was the first lieutesant ot the Liberty Boys, dashed a fter Dick, whose vord1 proved true, a shot whistling just behind the the young patriot. Bob turned in his !U'ld sent two shots whizzing into the bushes at the side of the rock, not being a boy who could receive a shot and not return it, and then rode on after Dick. "How did you guess that the man was a spy Dick?" he asked. ' "In the first place I saw that he was looking at us while pretending to be looking down at the ground, utterly absorbed." Dick led the way down a little by-road not visi ble from .the rock, and the boys went on at goo d


>-• 2 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN D STRESS speed , but making very little noi s e, the roar! being soft a nd sandy and not much t ravel ed. Dick had intended going t o Camden, or a s near to it as he could c o n v e n iently get, the enemy having their pic kcb t h r own out to some little distanc e from the town, a n d for that reason neithe1 he nor Bob was in uniform. The camp of the Liberty Boys w a s in a swamp near S a nd e r',; c reek, at some little distan ce , Dick at that time waiting for General Gates t o co m e up, in the meantime trying to lear n a ll h e could conc erning the enemy. Continuing on, the boys shortly met a man comin g along i n a chaise drawn by one horse, who look e d at the m sharply and said in a voice of authority; "Where are you two boys going? How do I know that y o u are not spies?" "Yer don"t," with a drawl, "an' neither do we know that y e w ain' nuther one. Ye have a suspici o u s l o ok . " "What d o you mean, sirrah?" snapped the man in 'the chaise, with a look and tone of indignation. "V'ho a r e you that dares to talk thus t

THE LIBERTY B , OYS IN DISTRESS 3 with a blow of his fist and Dick attacked another, but now the men ran off, seeing tbat they were likely to get a pretty rough handling if they remained. "Yo u are Dick Slater, aren't you?" the girl asked. "There are not two horses like that one, and I have heard of Dick Slater's famous black many times." "Yes, I am Dick Slate. We have been out scouting, and did not care. to wear our uniforms. This is Bob Estabrook, my first lieutenant." "My name i s Henry Worthingto n and this is my grandfather. I am called Henry, although my real name is H enrietta. There i s too much that, I reckon," with a laugh. "You had better le t us take you over to your hom e, Miss Henry," said Dick. "Your grandfather is not able to walk any distance, and it will not be out of our way to see y ou hom e." Dick assisted the girl to mount Major, his black 'Arabian, while Bob helped the old gentleman upon the bay, and then they se t off, the two boys walking alongside. It was not far to the cabin, which was on the of a swamp in a not very desirable situation, the ground being too \vet to raise good crops on, and the old man evidently not having money enough to pay for ditching, and being too old to do it himself. The old man and the girl dismounted, the girl saying, pleasantly: "You must come in and have supper with us, captain. I cannot offer you much, but you are welcome to such as we have." "I think we had better not stay," Dick replied. "The boys will be missing u s , :.s we have been gone some time, and may be sending out parties to look for us if we remain longer." They were standing in front of the cabin talk ing, when Bob, turning his hand, said: "There come some of those men whom we routed, Diek. We cannot go as long as they are about." "No, of course not," promptly. "Are your pistols loaded, Bob?" "Yes, I never neglect a thing of that sort." "Very good. There may be trouble and we want to be prepa1ed." From the road the cabin was approached over a narrow causeway, and Dick now said to Bob: "\Ve must hold the causeway, Bob, if they seem inclined to make any trouble." "All right, Dick." The two boys then went to the end of the causeway nearest the cabin and waited for the ap proach of the Tories. They came on, stopping en the farther side upon seeing Dick and Bob, the man named Harden saying, gruffly: "You uns have gotter give yerse lves up on a charge of assault and battery, so come on before we uns apprehends you uns." "Who makes the charge?" asked Dick. "I do; I'm the shurriff o' this deestrick, an' I've swom•a warrant agin ye, so come on." "You may be the sheriff," said Dick, "under the rule of setting a thief to catch a thief, but we shall not obey any warrant of yours. You men attacked this old man and his granddaughter, and you will have to answer for that charge." "Go ahead, shurriff," growled another. "Thc1e's enough on u s ter take the rebels, an' we are got the law on our side. Go ahead!" Dick and Bob s too d at the uther end of the causeway, and now drew their pistols , Dick saying: "You are lawless scoundrels and mus t be dealt with as such. If you attempt to cross this cause way you will be shot. I will give you just three seconds to get off." Then Dick began to c ount, the men making a sudden rush at him, firing their rifles and shotguns, but they missed the pair. Then the two bo ys began to fire rapidly and with better effect tha n the Tories , many of whom were hit, some tumbling into the mud and others running away as s oon as the boys opened fire. Then the young patriots leaped upon thei r horses and dashed across the causeway, the Tories running away without firing any more shots. was a shout at a little distance, and a number of boys in Continental uniform could be seen corning , on at a gallop, led by a dashy loo king boy on a big gray. "There are Mark and some of the boys come to look for us," exclaimed Bob. "They must have becO!lle anxious." Dick ancl Bob rode toward the newcomei s, the Tories scattering in many directions, for all their boasting tha-t they were going to take the twc young patriots off to jail. Keeping on, they soon met the party of Liberty Boys under Mark Mor riso n, the second lieutenant, who said: "\Ve were afraid y ou were in di stress, captain, and came out to see what had happened to yo u. "'Ve il, we were not in distr ess , Mark, but we have h:::.d a number of adventures and we had a prisoner, but had to let him go." "A p riso n er?" echoed a boy on a bay mare riding close to Mark. "Who was he?" "I don't know, but I think he was a person of some importance. I believe him to be a British officer. Then there was a Britis h s py, also, who made us some trouble. " "And these fellows whom you were pursuing, who were they?" "A lot of rascally Tories who were attacking a young girl and an old man, her grandfather." "You certainly seem to have h a d plenty of adventures, captain," observed Ben Spurlock, one of the liveliest and jollie s t of all the boys. "So we have," laughed Bob, "but it i s getting on to supper time, and Patsy will be impatient if we are not there. " As there was now no further danger to the girl and her grandfather at the cabin, Dick concluded to go on to the camp, and the boys rode on at a lively rate, therefore arriving just as Carl Gookenspieler, the fat German Liberty Boy, was sounding the call to supper on his bugle. CHAPTER Ill.-Trying to Get Into the Camp. The boys were greatly interested in hearinrr what Dick and Bob haq to tell them, there being different opinions as to the identity of the man in the chaise, the man on the rock being declared a spy by all. "I think that the man in the chaise who pre t end ed to be a lawyer was na one but Tarleton himself," declared Mark. "We all know Tarleton


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DISTRESS to be overbearing and cruel, and this fellow was all that." "lt might have been Rawdon," added Jack Warren. "He would like to know what the patriots are doing and whether Gates i s on the way or not. Rawdon is arrogant, and so was the man that Dick and Bob met and so nearly captured." "I do not think that it was either Tarleton or Rawdon," observed the young captain, "but he wa$ certainly an officer in the army. What his miss ion was I do not know, although it was something connected with present affairs, I do not doubt." "Well, the redcoats are venturing out and they have their spies about," muttered Bob, "and we have got to keep a watch on them and on these Tories as well. They would tell Cornwallis where we were in a moment if they found our camp." "For that very reason we must keep it l1idden," returned Dick, "and see that no suspiciou s persons approach it." The Liberty Boys were always vigilant, but they determined to be more than ever just now, being hemmed in by dangers as they were. . "The Tories will be trying to find the place," added Bob, "and so will this spy who sat on the rock and kept a look-out in all directions. If I see the fellow there again I shall not waste any ceremony on him, but just pop him off as if he were a bird or a rabbit." "And save the hangman a job," said Ben. The camp of the Liberty Boy s was in a swamp and difficult to reach and find, but the Tories of the neighborhood might be able to do so, and it was necessary to guard against them particularly, therefore, the redcoats not being feared in this regard. Dick placed his pickets around the camp, and outside as well, so as to guard against prowlers, and that night the boys were more than usually vigilant, as it was probable that the Tories would try to find the camp so as to report to the enemy. But there were no alarms during the night. In the morning "Dick told the boys to keep a sharp watch upon the camp, and then set out with a number of boys to see what could oe learned of the enemy. In the party were Jack Warren, Ben Spurlock, Sam Sande1son and two or three others, the boy s being on foot, as they intended to cut across the country toward Cam den, and they would be in places where they could get along better without horses than with them. They wel:e going along at a rapid pace, through the woods when suddenly there came a shot, which pass ed dangerously close to Dick's head, and then two or three more, which made the other boys jump. In another moment up sprang three or four Tories, yelling loudly: "Here are the rebels; catch 'em!" Then a dozen redcoats appeared and began to fire upon the boy s . "We shall have to run for it, boys," said Dick. "There are too many of them." The boys returned the fire of the redcoats, hit ting two or three of them, and then turned and raced for the bridge over the creek, the redcoats giving chase. The Tories did not care to expose themselves after Jack warren and B e n Spurlock had wounded two of them, and they hung back. After the plucky young patriots raced the red-coats, however, determined to catch them. In the leader, a major, Dick recognized the man in the chaise , the latter knowing Dick in a moment and crying lustily: "Seize that saucy young rebel, Dick Slater, above all. I'll hang him in a minute!" "You must catch your hare before you cook him, Major!" laughed Dick, firing a shot at the fiery redcoa t which narrowly missed him. Dick and Jack were the last ones on the line, and Dick urged Jack to run ahead of him. "Huny, Jacki" he said All of the boys were hurrying to the tree bridge, \l.".hich they intended to throw down as soon as they were over. The redcoats were determined to catch them before they could get across, seeing the creek ahead of them, and then increased their speed. "Hurry, boys," cried Dick, "and down with it a s s oon as we get over the creek." The boys fairly raced toward the creek, turning to fire a shot or two at the enemy in every defi ance. On came the enemy, more determined than ever to catch the plucky fellows and make an example of them. Over the tree bridge went Dick and the boys, closely pursued by the red coats. Jack was obliged to jump into the water to escape being caught, the enemy were so near him. "Over with it, boys!" cried Dick. A s soon as they were all over, except Jack, the boys laid hold of the tree trunk, others coming up, having heard the firing and knowing that there was trouble brewing. Jack came up at a safe distance from the bridge, and then the boys topple d 'it into the creek, jus t as three or four of the redcoats had stepped upon it at the other end. Splash! With a dozen boys laying hold of the trunk, and all of them sturdy fellows, full of determination, there was no questions as to what would happen, and it did. Down into the creek went the boys' end of the tree trunk, and three or four redcoats slid into the water with a loud splash. The other end remained on the farther bank, but there was no one who cared to venture upon it, in the face of the fire the boys kept up. Jack swam to the bank where there were many boys ready to pull him out, for he was well liked and all were ready to help him. Then more and more of the brave boys came up, having heard the sound of firing, and wishing to take part in whatever was going on. Bob, Mark and a score of the Liberty Boys came running up, and, seeing the redcoats on t11e other side, began firing upon them with great rapidity, sending them running away from the bank in haste. 'The redcoats in the water got out as fast as they could, evidently fearing that they wou ld be fired upon, not knowing that the Liberty Boys never fired upon defenseless foes, as did Tarleton's men and others. "That will do, boys," said Dick pres ntly. "They cannot get over to us and we are safe." "Don't you suppose the Tories will try to find out some other way into the camp, Dick?" asked Bob, anxiously. "I think likely, but most of the ways in are well guarded and they would have some trouble in getting through. Send some of the boys to the point where they made the attempt las t night."


THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DISTRESS 5 Mark was de spatched with a dozen of the boys tQ g uard the path, while Jack Warren w ent off to get s ome dry clothes on him and to take part in any other fight that might come up. CHAPTER IV.-Hol.ding Back the Redcoats. The redcoats and T ories having left the bank of the creek, there being no way of getting over n ow, Dick presently left the scene of the recent encounter and went off to join Mark, leaving Bob and a few of the boys to keep a watch. on the c reek. When Dick and the boys arrived at the patch which Mark was watching, no redcoats or Tories had yet appeared, the boys keeping hidden so as to surprise the enemy when they came. Jack W'arren arrived shortly afterward, having taken his bay mare, second only in speed to Dick's black, in order to make up for los t time. "Take your mare, Jack," said Dick, as the dashy boy came up, "and ride along the road by which the enemy are likely to come, and as soon as they appear, return here and give us warning." Jack was always ready to be of service, and he went off with a dash, the boys cheering him as he rode away. It was half an hour before the boys heard the clatter of 110ofs on the road and knew that Jack was returning, knowing the mare's step as well as they knew his own. Sweeping into the path, he halted quickly and said, saluting Dick as he dismounted: "They are coming, captain, quite a force of them, led by some of the Tories. They expect to surprise us, but they did not see me, and perhaps the boot will be on the other leg." The boys secreted themselves among the bushes along the path, arranging themselves in such a manner that they would not g e t their own crossfire, and awaited the coming of the enemy. Before long they heard the sound of men mounted and afoot coming on steadily, and prepared to receive them. Soon they saw a number of roughlooking men, some of whom Dick recognized, half in front of the patch and look cautiously about. "This here i s the place," muttered one, in a low tone, as if he were afraid some one would hear him. "There ain't none o' the young rebels about," declared another. "Go it, Jim, an' show the way." "Show it yerselfl" growled the other, drawing bac k. "I don't want ter get shot, I reckon." "But they ain't nobody around. What yer skeered of?" "Wall, if they ain't, then go in yerself. Ye know the way as well as me, Pete." Then some redcoats came up, and one of them said, in a pompous tone, as though he commanded all the region : "Well, why are you stopping? I s this the en trance to the camp of the saucy young rebels? If so, why don't you go in?" "This here is the place, cap'n," muttere d Jim, "but they're plumb hasty on firin' on we uns , an' I 'low we better be a bit keerful erbout goin' in." "Nonsense!" sputtered the British officer. "'Those young rebels are no shots. What can boy$ know about fir ing? Lead the way o r I will think you are coward5 and daren't go ahead." "\Vall, we ain't no cowards, cap'n, " muttered Pete, "but we don't ,,ant ter get shot fur nothin' an' not be able ter do a thing fur ourseh es. Them young rebels is mighty sudden abo u t firin', an' we wanter stan' some show o' gPttin ' in a shot or two ourselves." "Is this the way to t11e camp of the young rebels?" asked the officer, with a wave of his hand. "It shorely air, cap'n," said Jim. " " Then I am going in," the o fficer said, bol dly. Forward! No rebel youngsters can defy me!" Along the path rode the officer proudly a num-ber of hi s men fallowing on foot. ' Crack-crack-crack-bang I The enemy had advanced but a few paces before bullets began to sing around them in the most . alarming fashion. The Liberty Boys di d not k1l_ l for the mere sake of killing, and never took life _unnecessarily, or the loss among the enemy might have been terrific. As it was a number of the party received painful fle s h wounds, and the boastful captain felt the bullets dange.rously near his head, singeing his wig and grazmg the tip of one ear in a manner to cause his bluster to turn to wholesome fear. He reined in quickly and said, in an angry tone: "How dare you fire on me, you impertinent young rebe l s , without giving me warning? You are no gentlemen!" Then Dick Slater suddenly appeared in the path, mounted on Major, and said, with a light laugh: "Well,. if yo . u want to be told, captain, I tell you now that if you are not back on the road in ten seconds my boys will fire upon you. I am willing to give you warning, since you desire it. One-two-three--" _ The bushes began to bristle with muskets although not a boy could be seen, and the captain's cou1a,g-e began to oozeout at hi!" fingers' ends. "Wh-wh-why, this is no-no-nothing b-b-but mu-mu-murder!" he gasped. "This is not gentlemanly fighting." "You are wasting time, captain," said Dick who had nearly reached the limit set by himself' "I have b?t to raise my hand and my boys wili fii-e. I you know what they can do in that line by this time, and I can scarcely believe that you want to see more of it. " Some of the redcoats began to back out deeming it simply suicidal to remain, and the found his forces rapidly diminishing. 'fhen, in attempting to back out, his horse became mired and the boastful gentleman was thrown into the mud, emerging therefrom in a most undignified condition and with his ardor greatly dampened. The concealed Liberty Boys gave a roar of laughter, an? the valiant officer picked himself out the mue and retreated to the solid ground. as qmckly as he could. The Tories were not at all anxious to lead the way into the swamp, and the redcoats could not get along without them as had been clearly shown, the result being that the enemy halted outside and fired a volley into the bushes , supposing the Liberty Boys to be, still as the musket barrels could be see n pro trudmg as before. They were not musket barrels,


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DISTRESS however, and never had been, being nothing but round sticks, and the boys had retired at a signal from Dick, who was no longer visible. Some of the supposed muskets fell to the ground and showed what they were, the redcoats realizing at once that they had been tricked. 'They would not fire another volley, as this would have simply been a waste of powder and ball, but they gathered a lot of dry brush, piled it up at the entrance of the path, and set fire to it, hoping to burn out the plucky boys. There was too much green stuff, however, all about, and the fire did not extend, as. the redcoats had expected. It soon burned itself out and left a lot of dead ashes as an indication of the way into the swamp. After the redcoats had departed, the boys took. spades and dug through the path, letting the water overflow it, and thus cutting off the way into the swamp and to the camp. There were other ways in and out, and the boys could dispense with this one, while the Tories, who di.d not know all the ways , were cut off of the one they knew. ''That shuts the Tories out," said Dick, "while we ..can still get in and out." CHAPTER V.-Dick Captures the Spy. After dinner Dick set off on one of the horses and disguised as an ordinary country boy to see what he could learn of the enemy, and to get news of General Gates at the same time if he could. He did not take Major, as the latter was too well known to the enemy, and for the same reason he went disguised, their being so many of the redcoats and Tories about. He took his way toward Camden, as it was there that he would see the redcoats and pick up information if any were to be had. Coming in sight of t11e rock upon which the spy had been perched the day before, Dick looked to see if he were there, but saw no one, and rode on at an easy gait till he was abreast of the rock itself. Proceeding, he p1esently heard the sound of hoofs , and soon saw a man coming toward him on , recognizing him at once as the man on the rock of the day before, although he was dressed in a different fashion and had his hair tied behind him with a black ribbon. The man looked sharply at him as he came on and halted as they met, saying: "Am I on the right road to Camden, boy?" "Yus, you're on the road to it, but the way you're goin' you won't get there for quite some time, I reckon," Dick returned, with a foolish laugh. "Why not?" the man asked. "Are the enemy about, do you mean?" "I donno who you mean, 'less ye mean the Old Nick, 'cause h e ' s the enemy o' man, as the parsons say, but ye ain't goin' right if ye wanter get to Camden." "But this is the Camd e n road?" "It shorely is, mister, but you got yer back to Camden, an' I reckon you gotter go a right smart piece afore yet git around to it." "Then you live in the neighborhood?" h:eckon I do," carelessly. "You know it quite well, I suppose?" "Shouldn't wonder ii I did, stranger." "Are there many of the enemy about?" "What yer mean? I donno who the enemy is ter you. What ycr mean, hoss thieves, sheep stealers, Bill Cunningham, or who all?" "Are there any rebels in the region?" "Reckon they is a lot on 'em. Was you lookin' for 'em?" "You've heard of the Liberty Boys?" giving Dick a sharp look. "Shouldn't wonder ef I bad." "Thev have a camp somewhere about here, haven't they?" "Shouldn' t wonder if they did." "Do you know where it is?" "Over yonder somewheres," pointing in an indefinite manner and taking in nearly the entire horizon. "You have been in it?" "Huh! you take me fur a rebel?" indignantly. "No, of course not, but I want to find it, and I thought you might know where it was and direct me." "Huh! what you wante1 go there fur ef you ain't a rebel?" "So as to tell the King's troops where to find the rebels. You're a King's man, aren't you?" "Me? Shucks, no, I ain't a man ertall, an' I don't belong to no king; I'm a farmer boy. Do I look like I l ived with a king?" "You don't know very much, do you?" with a laugh. "More than you think!" said Dick, suddenly, thrusting a pistol under the man's nose. "I know you, my man on the rock! Surrender or you ai-e a dead man!" "Slater, the rebel, as I live!" gasped the other, suddenly recognizing Dick. "No, Dick Slater, the patriot," and I)ic.c suddenly wheeled so as to be alongside the spy. "Get up!" The man tried to dash and get away, but Dick covered him with his pi!!tol and said, sternly: "None of that! You are going with me. There are no redcoats about for you to give the alarm to, and I've got you fast." The spy suddenly attempted to draw a pistol, but Dick quickly reached over, leaning well to one side, thrust his hand into the fellow's breast and secured two weapons, which he thrust into his coat. "I will take care of these," he said, shortly. "I don't know what might happen, Mr. Spy, and it is just as well to be prepared for an emergency." They went on at a less rapid pace now, the spy presently saying to Dick, who held his pistol conveniently for use at any moment: "What do you expect to do with me, Slater?" "Deliver you to the general," briefly. "Ha! has Gates arrived then?" the spy asked. "You will see him fast enough," said Dick, who saw that the spy mean t osurprise him into giving information in regard to the general's move ments. "Gates is nowhere about," the spy muttered. "You can't hold me, a lot of irresp ossible boys like you. Why, you only play at being soldiers, you lads!" contemptuously,


THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DISTRESS 7 "We have played at it long enough to get considerable experience," Dick 1eplied1 "and we hav.i the authority to hang you if we choose." The spy paled for he saw that there was no boast in what Dick said, and that he could be as _good as his word. "What wou l d you think it worth to let me go, S later?" he asked. Dick flashed his gray-blue eyes upon the man and said, sternly: . "Do not repeat th:it insult, sir, or you r term of life will be much shorter than it promises to be now. Do you fell your own honor, that you think you can buy mine?" The spy flushed and made a sucld<.'n attempt to snatch the pistol from the young captain's hand. In an in stant it was at the captain's head, and Dick hissed: "I baae \"OU to be careful once before. If I have occasion to repeat the warning, it will be to your cost!" The spy at Dick, who he saw was more than a match for him, greatly to his chagrin, and in a few moments Dick saw some of the coming along the road on foot. "Don't you try to give the alarm to those fellows," said Dick, slipping his hand into the side pocket of his homespun coat. "I can fire this pistol in my pocket as well as anywhere else." The Tories, most of whom had their heads or arms tied up, showing the results of the meeting \'.>ith the Liberty Boys, turned to one side as the other two riders came on, Harden, who was the least hurt of any, saying: "Good-evening, strangers. \\'here might. you be going?" "\Vall, I 'low I'm goin' ter ther camp o' the Liberty Boys to show this yer gentlemen where ther young rebels live," said Dick. "He reckons he kin fetch the redcoats down onto 'em putty sudden." "Huh! do you know the way in, boy?" asked Harden. "Reckon I do, mister. Giddup ! " The two went on at a gallop, and the Tories were so o n left behind, out of sight. "You are a cool hand, Slater," muttered the spy, admiringly. "Experience has taught me to make the best of circumstances," Dick, pistol in hand. "And you think you will get t.he better of me and take me to your miserabl e little camp?" contemptuously. "You need not speak so slightingly of it," with a laugh. "Yo u will find it very comfortable for the short tim e y o u are there. Although it is in a swamp, you will find it quite well appointed and not at all the squalid, untidy place you think it i s . " The i::py said nothing, seeming to be musing, and in a short time Dick heard the sound of ;wheels c oming along the r oad toward them. Dick Slater possessed very keen hearing, and he heard the sou n d why the spy d id not. "That sounds like the chaise we met yester day," he thought. "It is the same h orse a n d i t may be the same passenger. I f it is I shall have IOJ!le trouble with my man." Then, suddenly turning aside i nto a path which led towani th<' ramp, although i t was not the one Dirk had intended to take, Dlck Jed the other horse alcngside, i:.ayir g shoytly: .. We are goin g this way now. keep quiet and say nothing." Just then the spy heard the s'lund o f h oofs and whe,.h; , and realized that 1here might be a friend comir,g. a11cl attempted to seize Dick. ThP young patriot captain was always on the ick toppled him out o f the saddle and hi s own, going on with a double burden. the other horse following. In a short time the spy lying across the saddl e began to move and to moan, and Dick jumped down and lifted him off the horse. He placed the man on the ground in a sitting posture and brought some wate1 in hnt from a little brook near by, l1athing the spy's head and face with it. "You are all right now," he said. "You can go on in a few minutes . You were very foo l is h to do as you did. Didn't you know that I would take no nonsense? That was your friend in the chaie. flid yo u see him? I did. What is he, a major?" "Y Gu are a desperate young villain, Slater," muttered the spy. "I am neither desperate nor a villain. I warned you, and you saw fit not to heed the warning. If I had broken your head. it woul d have been no one's fault but vour own." The spy said nothing-, and iii a few minutes, as Dick had said, the young captain got him on his feet and ran into the saddle and set off toward the camp of the Liberty Boys. Nearing one o f the ways in, Dick gave a signal which the spy did not notice, simply hearing the call of a bird as he supposed. This was to give the b oys ing that he was coming, an

8 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DISTRESS pressed by the change, but said nothing, being placed in a tent under close guard until sent for by the young captain. He was conducted by two of the boys to Dick's tent, the young patriot saying to him, Bob und Mark being present: "You will make it much easier for yourse lf, sir, if you will answer my questions without reserve. You are a spy of the enemy, are you not? W1rnt i s your name'?" "I have nothing to say," the man replied. "Well, th:it part is not important. What does Lord Cornv;allis intend to do, what are his plans?" "I am not in his confidence and he does not tell me his plans ," with a dogged look. "You must know something. What is the strength of the enemy and what move are they contemi'lating?" "I told you that I would tell you nothing," the spy replied. "You will have to get your information elsewhere. " "We may make you speak," said Dick, firmly . CHAPTER VI.-The Attack on the Camp. The spy was taken back to his tent, uncertain as to his fate and 'appearing to be greatly alarmed by Dick's firm manner. Two of the boys had signaled that the enemy had been seen approaching the camp, and for that reason Dick did not question the spy further, deciding to leave him in suspense and to give him a chance to reconsider his declaration not to say anything. When the boys conducted the spy back to his tent, Dick, Bob and Mark hurried forward, meeting some of the boys coming from one side of swamp, whence the signals had been sent. "The enemy are, approaching, captain," said Jack. "They are coming toward the place where the tree bridge was, and coming on rapidly and with some caution so as to surprise us. "With Tory guides, Jack?" asked Dick. "Were you there?" . "No, Harry Thurber sent word ahead by Harry Judson and Phil." "Get a number of the boys and hurry them to the creek, Mark," said Dick, quickly. "Send a party to reconnoiter other parts, Bob. They may have designs on three or four points at once." The two boys hurried away in different direc tions, and Dick quickly sprang into the saddle and rode at a gallop toward the creek, which was at present the point most to be guarded. Dismounting shortly before coming in sight of the creek, Dick advanced cautiously, giving a signal which the boys there heard and understood, having many of these signals, which were made up of sounds heard in nature so that they could communicate with each other without uttering a word. Dick now advanced and was met by a number of the boys, who kept themselves concealed from the enemy, all going .forward and watching the farther side of. the creek. The redcoats were coming on, but not as cautiously as the boys, for the latter could see them very plainly among the trees on the other s ide. They were bringing tree trnnks with them with which to bridge the creek, and they had a small field piece, which they meant to turn upon the boys in case any of them appeared. At the moments the redcoats reached the creek and began to get the tree trunks in position to cross, there was heard the sound of loud and rapid firing in another direction. "They want to call off our attention from this point," said Dick," so as to get into the camp. That is a very good ide:i, but they don't tha t we are watching all the places where they might get in, and this one most of all, as it is the one most threatened." Jack Warren had his bay mare with him, and Dick sent him off in a hurry to bring up more of the boys to defend the creek. Bob was at the place where the firing was going on, and knew at once that the attack was made only to call off attention from the creek, and he at once sent a number of the boys to help Dick. Putting a number of the redcoats to each trunk, the enemy now attempted to shove them across the creek so as to form a bridge. All of a sudden there was a rattle of musketry, and a number of the enemy fell, letting go of one of the trees. This tumbled into the water, and at once the boys opened fire upon another lot of redcoats. These lost their tree also, and now there was great confusio n among the enemy, and the field piece was brought and trained upon the bushes whence the shots had been fired. Then it was discharged but it simply tore away the bushes and did other damage, Dick having withdrawn the boys to another point. More Liberty Boys now came swarming up, and opened fire upon the redcoats so vigorously that they were forced to retreat. Some of the tree trunks had been lost but others lay on the bank, the enemy bein,g to use • them on account of the hot fire of the brave The redcoats still kept up a fire at the pomt where Bob was, but more with the intention of keeping the attention of the boys from the c _reek than with any hope of forcing an entrance. Bob and his boys held them off, being well able to do so, but the greater part of the boys were sent to h e lp Dick at the creek. Here the redcoats found that they could not make the advance they had thought they could, and, more than that, the boys kept up such a hot fire that they were obliged to fall back, leaving the tree trunks on the bank. They fired their field piece, but the trouble was that the boys were constantly changing tlteir places, and when the enemy fired at the place where they had las t been, it was only to find that they were some w,here else. The redcoats finding at length that there was no hope of crossing the creek, took their force_ to the point that Bob was defendmg, Dick being apprised of this in good time, howe , er, :rnJ sending the boys thither. The point was a ( 'iffi cult one to force, as the redcoats di

THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DISTRESS 9 repel any attempt t o enter. The Tories were glad to get away even with bullets in their arms or legs, and felt that they were fortunate in not being killed, abjuring the boys, however, for being so vigilant. '•Blame you pasky rebel s , you're too confounded wide awake!" sputtered Godfrey Worden, who had led the Tories. "That's what we are here for!" laughed Sam Sanderson. "If we had wanted you we would have sent you an invitation." The Tories retreate d and did not try anothe!' way of getting in, because they did not know of any. Meanwhile the fight was waxing hotter and hotter at the point where the redcoats were trying to force an entrance, and, at length, the leader determined not to depend upon the Tories, but to try and force their way without them. Not know ingthe wa:v, however, they speedily encountered difficulties they had not expected, and found themsel ves in more trouble than one, being exposed to the boys' fire, in danger of being engulfed in the swamp, and at the mercy of the plucky fellows if they should make a sudden sortie. The hoys did the latter, and the redcoats were forced 1n retreat, finding that forcing their way through the swamp was not the easy matter they had imagined. Dick would not take many prisoners, but he did secure a sergeant, whom he intended to make give information of the enemy. The rest were allowed to escape, and they lost no time in do ing so, finding the attacking of the camp a much more difficult matter than they had supposed. "\Ve are going to have trouble in staying here, now that the Tories know so many of the ways in," remarked Dick after the redcoats had retired in dfr,guist, "and it may be as well to leave." "\Ye don't need to go far," remarked Bob. "As Jon g as the Tories do not know where we go and so cannot guide the redcoats to u s , it will be better to stay in the neighborhood so as to be able to keep a watch on the enemy. " "That's just it, Bob," said Dick, "and I think we will go away directly after dark. " As the main body of the boys were making their way to the general camp, two or three of the boys came hurrying alon"' one saying, excitedly: "The spy escaped during the attack on the camp, captain." "Did you see him, Will?" asked Dick. "Yes, and we fired upon him and chased him but he got away somewhere in the swamp. Probabl y you did not hear our shots on account of there being so much of it." "We must search for him," said Dick. "You know where he got away?" "Yes, and we made a search there, but there were Tories and redcoats all about, and we did not venture out of the swamp." Dick took a party of the boys and made a thorough search where the suy had plunged into the swamp, but saw nothing of bim. They saw where he had been and found one of his boots and his hat, but, on following the trail farther, Dick came to the conclusion that he had suc ceeded in his way out of the swamp. "Well, he canot do us much mischief by being free," observed Dick, "for I do not intend to remain here, and we will be careful to keep out new camp a profound secret. " The afternoon had bee n a busy one. and it was well on toward supper by 1he time the search for the spy was ended. The boys began making preparation s for leaving the swamp, keeping a look-out to see that there were no spies about, and appearing to be doing only their regular camp work. Dick knew of a place a mile or two away which would make a ,good camp, and thither the Liberty Boys went after dark, moving their baggage rapidly and silently i::o that no one knew that they had left, the fires b eing left burning brightlv and there bein.g many other evidences of there bein.g still a camp in the swamp. Later that eve:iing Dick and a number of the boys returned to the vicinity of the old camp and waited to see if the enemy would put in an appearance. They waited near the creek, and, sure enough, when it was growing late, a strong detachment of the enemy appeared and began rapidly to build a bridge where they had tried to build one earlier in the day. Now there was no one to interfere with them, and they chuckled with great as they completed their work and sent men and horses over the creek into the swamp. The camp fires were a iguide to them, and they hurried on, expecting to surprise the sleeping boys. "Now then, boys," said Dick, when the last man had gone over, "a few of u s in a shore time can destroy what it took these redcoats s om e time to put together. Over wilh that bright into the creek." The boys would have cheered, but they did not want to alarm the redcoats iust then, and so they a ll set to work throwing the bridge into the creek. They all worked, Dick himself takinl{ a hand, and by the time the redcoats had dis covered that the camp was deserted and not a Liberty Boys in si,ght, the bridge was all in the creek. The redcoats fired a volley , expecting to surprise the boys, but the boys had gone and the enemy had gone to the trouble of getting into the camp all for nothing. The boys waited till they returned, and then enjoyed their chagrin at seeing that there was no brid@;e for them to cross on. "Good-night, redcoats!" laughed Dick, show ing himself on the opposite bank. "Sorry to put you to such trouble, but we really couldn't help it, you know. You'll get out, I guess, but it will take you some time and with the expense of some trouble." Then the boys rode away laughin.g, and the redcoats found to their chagrin that the plucky boys had again gotten the best of them. Th.e boys in the new camp were highly amused when the others told the story of the discomfiture of the redcoats, and they had many a. good laugh over the adventure. The boys were not disturbed in their new camp, and in the morning Dick went out cautiously, watching to see that no one observed him going out, and took h;-way to ward the enemy's lines to see what he could learn. "There is a spy to be looked out for," he said to himself, "as well as the Tories and the redcoats and the pompous fellow who goes out f} disguise in a chaise. We are hemmed in


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DISTRESS dangers, but we may find out something for all that." Dick was dressed as a Quake1 bov, and rode an ordinary horse so as not to be known, and for some time he went on without meeting anv one who s uspected him. At lengt-h he reached a tavern where the redcoats went"'often and saw a number of them sitting at a window. CHAPTER VIL-What Happened In the Tavern As Dick alighted in front of the tavern and hitched his horse to a p ost, he saw the girl, Henry Worthington, approaching, but not kno w ing if she could recognize him or not, and not wanting to proclaim himself in such a nublic place, he went in without appearing to recog nize her, and never noticing whether s he went on or not. Entering the tavern, Dick took a seat in a quiet corner convenient to a door and a window, so that he could make hi s escape in case he were discovered, and ordered something to eat a n d drink. The redcoats were talking loudly and boastingly of what th-:!y meant to do :n case the rebels came on, but they did not say anything which was of Yalue to Dick, and he did not know if they would say anything else. "It is not likely that they know anythilllg," he thought, "or they would be sure to let it out, the most of them being in their cups. The spy might know something, but he i s not here. and neither i s the pompous officer, whoever he is." At that moment, as the waiting maid set be fore him what he.-had called for, he saw the spy came in at the m ain door and advance to the middle of the room. Seeing Dick, he came over and sat in front of the supposed Quaker lad and said, with a laugh: "Well, young Broadbrim, this is an odd place for you to be, tavern where men drink and carouse. You're out of place." "Does thee ever ,go to meeting, or, as thee would say, to church?" asked Dick. "To be sure I do," with a la1;1gh. "Does not the feel out of place there? Men go there to pray. Thee prays, to, but it is spelled different. " "Ha-ha, Nevins, you've got your answer," laughed one of the redcoats . "This is a public hou se where any one is free to come," continued Dick. "It is not necessary to get drunk. One can behave in a seemly manner here as elsewhere. Does thee know what Beniamin Franklin found on the s un dial?" "No, I dofl't. What did he find on it?" "Thi s very excellent uiece of advice: 'Mind your own business.' I recommend thee to bear it in mind.'' "There's your answer, Nevins," roared one of the officers, while all the rest laughed. ''Young Broadbrim is eq ual to you, sir.'' said another. "Better let him alone after that." The spy look ed at Dick closely and said: "The fellow is no more a Quaker than I am, although he has the talk pat enou,gh . He is Dick Slater, the rebel spy, and he has walked right into our clutches." He reached out to seize Dick, springing to his feet .::t the same time, when all of a sudden Dick's fist shot out, took him under tr" hw with the force of a sledge-hammer, and felled him in an instant. In another moment the redcoats, iushing forward to seize Dick, found themselveR confronted by a brace of heavy pis•ols in th"l hands of the young patriot. who said, q uietly: "Stand where you are, up with your hands, every one of you. I am Dick S l ate!, gentleman , but that is all the , good it w ill do vou. Turn about, the lot of you, or I will fire . Quick, now. Three seconds is the limit. One-two-three!" Every back was turned before the last word was spoken, and this was said outside the w in dow, through which Dick had made his wav while still counting. Outside, the young patriot saw Henry Worthington, the girl rnying quickly: "Make haste, captain, I will send the redcoats the other way. Quick, before they come out!" "You knew me then, Henry?" cried Dick, leap ing into the saddel. "Yes, and feared that something mi1.11;ht happen when the spy appeared. I know him, and 1' know that he means mischief." "vVe may stop him doing any more before he knows it,'' said Dick, dashing up the road. Henry sent her own horse galloping down the road, and as he disappeared around a bend, the redcoats and Tol'ie s came rushing out of the tavern. "There he goes!" cried the girl, pointing down the road. "Can't any one catch him?" "W'e'll catch the ruffian fast enough,'' muttered the spy, whose jaw was swollen with the blow Dick had given him. "Jove, hut you are a pretty girl, and I must have a kiss. " As the fellow attempted to put his arms about the girl , however, she thrust a pistol under his nose and said, quickly: "Perhaps you would like to kiss this, you im pertinent fellow?" The redcoats were flying d own the road, and now the spy, stepping back, muttered, angrily: "You won't let me kiss you, and vet you will betray Slater, and you are a rebel yourself." "I am no rebel and I have not betrayed Captain Slater," the girl returned, with a laugh. "But you sent the redcoats after him. 'There he goes; catch him!' you shouted. Everybody heard you." "That was my horse,'' Henry' laughed. "Dick Slater went the other way. My horse ran off and I wanted some one t o catch him." "You are a scheming yo ung rebel and yo u sent the soldiers off on a wild goose chase, know in.g that they thought you meant Slater." "I can't. help what people think.'' with a laugh, and the gul gave a long, loud whistle, and in II' few moments her horse came trotting back t o her. "I am going to arrest you!" cried the spy. "Hallo! here is a spy of the rebels; she helped Dick Slater to escape!" Several men came running up and out of the tavern, the spv attempting to seize Henry. " No, you don't!" the girl said, bringing dow n the butt of her pistol on hip head, as s he spran upon her horse and off in the direction Dick had taken. Nevins gave a howl of and pain and sta.g gered backward, being very unsteady for a rew moments. Then he leaped upon his horse and


THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DISTRESS 11 set out after the girl, hoping to catch her, as it galled him exceedingly that a maiden should have gotten the best of him. He fairly flew along the ioad, his horse being a _good one, and in a short time the girl saw hi.m coming after her. Just then, however, she sight of Dick proceeding leisurely, having an idea of returning as soon as the field was clear of the redcoats and Tories. Henry increased her speed, knowing that the spy would soon overtake her, and Dick, hearing the clatter, turned in his saddle and lo oked back. Seeing the girl, he halted, and then, catchilljg sight of the spy, he wheeled and came toward pursuer and pursued. The spy did not see him at fiist, but suddenly Dick shot past Henry and seized the spy's bridle rein, wheeling as he did so, and causing the man to tumble out of the saddle and into a brook at the side of the road, going in head first with a tremendous splash and striking the bottom with considerable force. "Come on, my girl," laughed Dick, as he reached Henry on her horse and looking back for a mo ment. He saw the spy Just scramblini< out of the brook, dizzy and oonfused and dripping wet. and then rode on with Henry, leading the captured h'Srse. . . "This animal is somewhat better than mine," he said, "and is a legitimate capture." "Why didn't you capture the spy, as well, cap tain?" laughed Henry. "Was a ducking enough?" "I ,give him a crack on the jaw before that, in the tavern," replied Dick. "That will do for the present. He cannot harm us very much as yet, and the boys will be on the watch for. him." "He will have very little regard for patriots." said the girl, as they went on. "I hit him .on the head with the butt of my pistol for trying to kiss me." "Served him right," shortly. "These redcoats think they can kiss every girl they meet, no matter what the girls think. You punished him well for his impertinence." "The Liberty Boys have moved their camp?" Henry asked. "Yes, it was too well known. The redcoats and Tories cannot find it now, and we will keep a watch upon them as before." "I think that Cornwallis intends making some move against the patriots, but I don't know what 1t is. The Tories have not troubled us since the day you gave them a lesson." "What makes you think that Cornwallis is contemplating some move against us, Henry?" questioned Dick, interested. "There is a mysterious looking man who comes by now and then in a one-horse chaise. He is plainly dressed, and yet he seems like a person of importance. I think that he comes from Camden and is trying to get all the information he can. He might be Lord Rawdon 11imself, by his air." "Yes, I have seen, him; in fact, I nearly had him for a prisoner, but the sudden appearance of the redcoats forced me to let him go. I think he is an officer of high rank, but not so important a as Rawdon." "Grandfather thinks he is Cornwallis , " said the girl. "I do not. I do not think he is any one as important as that, but he has some importance, and I would like to catch him. You say you see him frequently?" "Yes, coming and going on the road with a horse and chaise, and always dressed in black with a big wig." "Yes, he wanted to make me believe that he was a lawyer, but I know better than that. I shall set the boys to watching him I think, and if we can capture him, s o much the be tter." "Yes, for then you may learn something of the enemy's plans." "Your grandfather is .well?" asked Dick. "You have not been troubled by the Tories?" "No, we have not, and grandfather is very well. Some one told the Tories that we had money, but we have not, and I reckon they know it now, for thev have not troubled us since you drove them away." "Where are you going now?" asked Dick. "You are not on the way to your home?" "I am going to visit a friend and shall turn off at the next road. I am very glad I met you, captain, for you gave me a chance to escape the attentions of that man." "You know him then?" "Yes, his home is not far from here, and I have known that he was a spy for some time. He has spoken to me like this before, and I have always repelled him. I should. think he would know by this time. that his attentions are annoy ing." "If I catch him at it a1gain I will impress it upon his mind," said Dick, shortly. "By the way, he narrowly escaped a hanging the other day. We had him a prisoner, but there was an attack by the British and Tories on our camp, and he escaped during the confusion." Reaching the road, Henry turned off while Dick went on, leading the spy's horse and wondering when he would next see the man himself. Dick rode on into the camp, the boys following, for they knew by hi s coming back with another horse that he must have met with some adventure, and they wished to hear all about it. They were greatly interested in what he told them, and Bob said, with a sputter: "Well, I'd have had more than the fellow's horse, but I suppose you had to look after the girl and so you let him go. She's a clever girl, Dick, and will do all she can to aid us." "Yes, and we must do all we can to help her in return, Bob." "I don't like that spy being about, Dick, for if he can make trouble for us he will do so in a minute." "We will be on the lookout for him, Bob," shortly. CHAPTER VIIl.-An Imoortant Capture. Dick had determined to capture the mysterious person who rode up and down in a one-horse chaise, and whom he had nearly captured once. After dinner, therefore, he disguised himself and took a dozen or more of the Liberty Boys, also disguised, placing some of these on the road at different points to keep a watch on the thorough fare, when he went ahead with two or three to have a look for the man himself. None of the


\ r 12 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DISTRESS boys rode horses which were likely to attract attention, and yet all were good animals and_ to be depended upon, although rather rough lookmg and not the beautiful creatures which the boys generally rode. With Dick were Jack Warren, Harry Thurber and Will Freeman, the rest of the b'oys being scattered along the road in twos and threes, not knowing from just what direction the stranger might appear. Jack Harry and 'Will were all brave boys and thoroughly trustworthy, and Dick was quite satisfied to have them with him, knowing that he could depefld upon them and that were ready for any adventure. They were gomg along at an easy gait like a lot of farmer boys taking a holiday and being in no hurry, and had passed the tavern where Dick had met the spy that morning, when Dick heard the sound of a horse and chaise coming along the road toward them. "I believe that is our man now, boys," he said. "Do not appear surprised at anything and be ready to act at the word." The boys rode on at the same careless gait as before, talking together as a lot of boys would and upon ordinary topics. they caught sight of, not a chaise, but an ordmary and in it a roughly dressed man, who looked like a farmer or drover and not at all like a person of importance such as they had expected to see. "That is our man, boys," whispered Dick. "Don't be deceived by his rough looks, for he is the very man we want. " The boys were surprised, for none of them had thought that the rough looking man in the cart could be the person they sought, and they would have allowed him to go by without a word. They knew that Dick hud sharper eves than they, however and that he was a good reader of character could penetrate disguises when they could not, and they therefore trusted to his .iud.R' ment knowing it to be good. In the first place, the in the cart sat straighter than a person of his apparent station would, and Dick noticed this and also that the man looked scrutinizingly at them from under his eyelashes, as though he were not looking at them at all. Then, although the horse was hitched to a cart, he was no cart horse, but a fine animal and not at all the sort that a mere farmer or drover would have. These details were observed by Dick in in an instant, and he was therefoTe enabled to form an ?Pinion at once and this was that the man commg toward was the one they were in search of. The boys went on, and, !ls they reached man in the cart divided, D1ek and Jack takmig the right, and Harry and the left. This brought Dick nearer to the dr_1ver, sat on the left according to the Enghsh .fash10n. The man in the cart never noticed nor spoke to the boys and suddenly, at a signal from Dick, W!ll and 'Harry, who had P!lssed, into the cart Dick suddenly flashing a pistol m the face of the driver, and saying determinedly: "Halt! You are our prisoner!" The man shot an angry, imperious look at Dick and attempted to drive on, but in a moment Harry pulled him backward off the seat, while Will s eized the reins and halted the horse. " A pla;gue on you, you impertinent young ruffians, what do you mean?" sputtered the man, as he tried to free himself. "If you are highway men or rebels. release me at once. or--" "He i s the man we want, boys," laughed Dick. "No ordinary farmer would use such language a s that." "By Jove! you are the young rebel highwayman whom I met the other day," said the other. "Neither a rebel nor a highwaym'an, sir," Dick returned, "as you well know. Search him, boys." "If you want money." said the man. who w'as now sitting up on the seat of the cart, "take what I have and let me 1go. I am a lawyer--" "You are nothing of the sort," said Dick, taking a letter which Harry handed him. "You are Major Galbraith, attached to Lord Rawdon's staff, and you are out looking for information of General Gates. We have been looking for you for some time and--" At that moment Ben, Sam and Phil came rid ing up, Ben saying, quickly: "There are redcoats coming, captain, andhallo !" "Drive on, boys," said Dick to Harry and Will in the cart. "You will have to sit on the floor, Major, with one of the Liberty Boys . Will, you drive." Harry quickly tumbled the major most unceremoniously .into the bottom of the cart and sat beside him, Will driving, while the other boys rode behind, Dick and Jack igoing ahead. "We saw this man," laughed Ben, "and took him for an ordinary driver and let him go on. You knew beter, did you?" "The captain did," said Harry. "We woufd have passed him just as you did. We were looking for an important looking man in a chaise, and never thought of connecting him with a man in a cart.'' The boys went on at a 1good rate and could hear the redcoats coming on, but as the latter did not see them as yet and probably did not know that they were on the road, they were in no great danger. "Keep on lively, boys," said Dick. They all went on at a gallop, the cart making considerable noise, as it was without springs and not confortable for the man in the bottom, who was considerably jolted. "How dare you carry me off, you young high waymen?" demanded the major. "Release me at once. If it is money you want, take it and-" "You are pleased to call u s hiighwaymen, major," said Dick, "and I do not know that it hurts us, but please dismiss the idea from your mind that you are going to bribe u s, for you are not. If you mention it again I shall have you gagged.'' The major said nothing, but when they reach ed the tavern, he suddenly shouted: "Hallo! help, rebels, catch the young rebels, this is Slater and--" The n Harry tumbled him over on his back and sat on him, saying, in a tone of disgust." "There! maybe now you will keep still!" The major kicked and struggled and tried to get up, when Harry roiled him over upon hi s face with his hands behind him, and sat on the small of his back, holding his hands ancI saymg with a laugh: "If you like that any better I don't admire your taste, but you've got to stay there till y ou learn to keep your mouth shut."


THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DIST RESS 13 The other boys laughed, and the major kept because he could not help it, Harry havinig stuffed a handful of hay in his mouth upon turning him over. "That is most undignified treatment for a ma jor{ chuckled Ben. 'Then he should not act in such an undigni fied manner," retorted Harry. "He acts like a plow boy, not like a gentleman." The boys came up with some of the other parties, who were out looking for the mysterious stranger, and Uick told them to return to the camp, as the man was already captured. The redcoats probably stopped at the tavern, for the boys heard no more of them, and at last went down a little Jane scarcely perceptible to an ordinary rider, and so on into the swamp where they had their camp. Then Dick allowed the prisoner to sit on the seat with Will, there being no longer any dan;ger of his escaping or of attracting any attention. The major did not call the boys highwaymen any more, and he seemed greatly impressed by the neatness of the camp and of the boys and by the 1)rder that prevailed everywhere, although he still said nothing. "I will see you later, Major Galbraith," said Dick. "You must pardon the boy s ' rough treatment of you, but you are an important prisoner and we did not mean that you should get away." "You impertinent youn;g rebels will gain noth ing by detaining me," snarled the other, "for Cornwallis is even now preparing a move against your Mr. Gates which--" Then the major suddenly stopped, realizing that he had said too much and was giving the boys just the information they were seeking. "Very ,good, sir," said Dick. "You will tell me about it later,'' and then he had the irate major taken to one of the tents and placed under a strong guard to prevent his escape. "Do you suppose he will tell you anything, Dick?" asked B ob, the two being in Dick's tent. "I may force him to do so, Bob ,'' quietly. "How can you, Dick? He is not a spy but an officer." "He is a spy, B-0b, he was not taken in a fight but in disguise and on a secret mission. If that is not being a spy, I don't know what is. His being an officer does not alter the case. I am an officer myself, and I am a spy as well. So are you and Mark and many of the boys. The man was taken as a spy and may be treated as such." "He may say that he was on some personal business \\"hich had no connection with army mat ters." "He mi,ght say so, sure enough, but these letters and papers would prove the reverse. And then he does not need to dress as a drover and ride in a cart. He could go in the ordinary garb of a gentleman." "Perhaps he was afraid of meeting some of us,'' with a chuckle, "and feared we would know him, having seen him in that disguise before." . "That is just what he did fear, and for that reason he changed his disguise." "And but for your sharp eyes would have passed muster. It must b e a pretty igood spy that can get the best of you, Dick." "Well, I don't think Major Galbraith will, at any rate,'' quietly. "There is more than the fact of his being in quest of information that has taken him through here in dis!!'uise. It is not law but it may be Jove. I should not wonder if the doughty major had a flame somewhere in the neighborhood." "H'm! I never thought of that," laughed Bob. "\'i1hat makes you think so, Dick?" "Because he need not have made so many journeyR. The work could have been trusted to Nevins, who i s a spy by profession, but th? ma.ior doubtless wished to combine love and war, and s o many numerous trips ." "And one too many," with a lau1<.::-h. "He is the pitcher who has gone too often to the well." Dick did not go to the major's tent at once, but kept the man in suspense for more than an hour, finally sending for the officer to be brought before him. He was sitting in full uniform, as were Bob and Mark, when H arry Thurber and Harry Juds on brought the prisoner in. "Major,'' said Dick, "what do you know of the plans of Earl Cornwallis and the other commanders at Camden?" D ick a s ked. "If you think I am a major,'' grow led the other, "you do not .treat me according to my rank. You should have come to see me instead of mak ing me come to you." "You happen to be a spy, artd therefore you must come before me,'' in a quiet tone. "I am not a spy, I am an officer in his majesty's service,'' sputered the other. "You rebel s have no ieda of the courtes y due to a superior officer." "If you are not a spy, why do you go about the country in di sguise? You could have de s patched Nevins to do this \\"Ork." "Nevins could not make Jov e to the widow!" snapped the major. "I want no substitutes in such affairs." "Dick was right,'' mutered Bob, with a sly grin. "Oh, then you were on other affairs besides that of seeking information concerning our generals?" .with a smi le. "Still, I think you can .g;ive me the information I want. You admitted a little while a,go that Cornwallis had some move on foot. You did not mean to do so , but your habit of boasting got the better of your discretion. What is this move that Cornwallis contemplates?" "I won't tell you!" blustered the other, color ing. "You shall kill me before I will t ell you!" "You could not very well tell me after you were dead,'' dryly, "and I do not mean to wait till then. I want that information now and I mean to have it. Otherwise I shall treat vou as a spy. Make things ready,'' to the boys with the major. The officer turned deathly pale and trembled violently. "You would not dare to hang me, you rebel,'' he gasped. "I not only would dare but I will now, within five minutes, if you do not tell me what I want to know," said Dick, in a firm, quiet tone, fixinig his gray blue eyes upon the man as if to pierce, him. Although the major was a man and Dick Slater but a boy, the former was cowed, and muttered in an almost inarticulate voice : "Cornwallis expects to march upon the rebel camp to-night and surprise Gates."


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DISTRESS CHAPTER IX.-A Great Reverse. The major was sent back to his tent and Dick !;aid to Bob, impressively: "We must break camp and go at once to Rugeley's and acquaint the general with this important piece of news. We do not know when Cornwallis may march and we must let the gen eral know of this at once." "Do you think that it is true, Dick?" asked Bob. "Yes, the man was frightened into telling the truth, as I know he would be. Men of that pompous, self-important disposition are easily cowed, as you you saw." "Yes, it was a great come down for him," with a laugh. Dick at once gave orders to break camp and leave the neighborhood, for if there was goi:nig to be a fight, the Liberty Boys would want to take part in it. The major would have to go along, as the young captain could never leave him be hind under the circumstances. They were all away in an hour, moving quietly and rapidly, so that no one in the neighborhood knew anythinig of their departure nor where they were going. The Tories had not as yet discovered the locality of the new camp and they would not be loitering about it therefore, trying to learn the secrets of the y;ung patriots, the time. for leaving being admirably chosen, althou,gh this was partly due to accident. The major was guarded to prevent hi'!!escape, and the boys marched rapidly, so as to lo se no time in apprisong the general of the intended move of the enemy. It was after dark when the advance 1n1ard heard the sound of some on coming on cautiously. Dick at once ordered a halt and sent Jack ahead in great haste to see who was coming, it being Gates , undoubtedly. Jack Warren rode forward with a ll haste on his bay mare and was suddenly halted: "Who igoes there?" "One of the Liberty Boys. Is. this a part of the command of General Gates? If it is the enemy have left Camden and are marching to meet you. At any rate they were to leave Cam den to-night." A light was brought, being moon now, and Jack was seen to be m the Continental uni form. "Where are the Liberty Boys?" an officer ask ed him. "Just back of u s. I was sent ahead to warn you in case you might fire upon us by mistake." "How do you happen to be here?" "Because we learned of the intended departure of Cornwallis and came to warn the general and to11get out of the enemy's way also, and to be in the fight if there is The officer laughed, and Jack was sent back to bring up Dick and the advance guard. Dick came on, saw some of the officers and told his story, bringing forth his prisoner as evidence. They did not know whether to believe the story or not but at any rate Gates decided to push on, and, if the enemy had not left Camden, to attack it, and if they had, then there would probably be u battle anyhow. They rested for a time and then 'pushed on rapidly but with great caution, the sandy road out little sound, and no one uttering a word. Thus they went on till about two in the morning, when they suddenly met the advance guard of the enemy, neither knowing that the other was coming until they met. The enemy opened fire upon them and there was great confusion in a moment. The British forces consisted of two regiments under Webster, who was afterward killed at Guilford, Tarleton's Le,gion, Irish volunteers, some North Carolina troops and Byran's Loyalists under command of Lord Rawdon, the enemy bringing four pieces of artillery under command of Lieutenant M'Leod. The American troops comprised Armand's Legion, Porterfield's infantry, Armstrong's infantry, two Maryland brigades under Gist and Smallwood, all com manded by DeKalb, the North Carolina division under Caswell, the Virginia division under Stevens, and a rearguard of volunteer cavalry, among whom were the Liberty Boys as a re-serve. ' The most profound silence was commanded and instant death wae threatened to the soldier who first fired a igun. The air was sultry and there was only the light of the stars to guide them, there being no moon, and everything be ing quiet, tiot a footfall being heard in the deep sand, neither army being aware of the other's approach until they m et. Some of Armand's men were killed at the first fire, and so sudden and unexpected was the attack that the division fell back in disorder upon the first Maryland brigade. This column was broken by the shock, and the whole line was in confusion, when Porterfield bravely rushed forward and attac:{ed the enemy's advance iguard, Armstrong attacking on the right and checking the advance. Both armies now halted, Porterfield, who had been badly wounded, being taken to the rear. The position of the British was more advantage ous than that of the Americans, as they had crossed Sander's Creek and were l!,'Uarded in the rear by a swamp, the patriots being in an open wood with their flanks exposed to attack. After the .first excitement of battle had passed, General Gates called a council of war, and the matter was discussed . It was possible to retreat but no one proposed it, and at length Gates asked for an exnression of opinion. "It is now too late to retreat,'' replied General Stevens, and there was silence, broken by Gates who said: "Then we must fight. Gentleman, take your positions." The British army formed in line for battle, the right under the command of Webster, and the left under Rawdon, and waited for dayli1ght. The patriots, recovering from their panic, formed in battle order, Gist on the right with the Maryland and Delaware troops, Caswell with the North Carolina militia in the center, and Stevens with the Virginias on the left, the first Maryland brigade unde r Smallwood being' in reserve. As soon as it was light (:;nough to see the battle began, the American guns opening fire upon the enemy whil e they were maneuvering for position. '!'hen \Vill iams and Stev1:ns pressed forward upon the British right and made a bayonet charge, Webster attacked them with great vigor and scattering the Virginians. Many of the North


THE LIBERTY IN DISTRESS 15 Carolina militia fled at the first fire in ,great ccnfusion. and the efforts of Stevens. Caswell and even of Gates himself were unavailing to ra!lv them. Gist and DeKalb bore the brunt of the fight, and Cornwallis, perceiving this, hurle a march before them, if they left 1 he swamp. and there was the diffi culty of obtaining supp lies if they remained in it, ancl yet they must do this, for a time at least. "We must stay here for the preoent, boys," said Dick, "but the enemy do not know w here we are, and it i s a diffi cult matter to get to us. The Tories arc the only ones who can pos sibly find u s, and we be on the watch for them." " 'Ve have lost our prisoner," said Bob, the major having escaped i . n the confus ion of the first attack, "but. at any rate, he did not tell the enemy that Gatt>s "as coming." "'Ve have no especial neE'd of him now," Dick replied, with a smil e, "and we did take down his pride considerably. I d o not so much care to get hold of him as I would like to capture that spy. " "I would like to catch the major," declared Mark, "to show him that even if we were beaten this time, we are not disco uraged, and mean to keep up the fi,ght." "Well, if you can get hold of him without any p;rPat trouble," l aughed Dick, "do it by all means, but look for the spy rather than for the major." The boy s set about putting their camp in order, attending to the wounded, renairing saddles and harness and doing other necessary work, all this keepin1g them occupi ed till night, when tlie pickets were set and they took a needed rest. CHAPTER X.-Dick In Sore Straits. '\ There was no alarm during the night, and in the morning Dick and a small part of the Liberty Boys left the swamp cautiously to reconnoiter the neighborhood. There were enemies about, but these did not seem to '.iuspect the presence of the gallant fellows in the swamp, and were making no effort to besiege them or t o send any one to C:_ive them out. "We will remain here for a time," said Dick, "although we wo uld be at a ,greater advantage if we were in our old camp. We would not be suspected at all here, for they would never suppose that we had returned to it. We could sally out from it and do a lot of mischeif, and no one know where we came from o r where we went." "That would be a saucy thing to do," laughed Bob, "but we have been called saucy young rebels s o many time that we would only be carrying out our reputation." The boys were disguised and did not keep all together, meeting occasionally and comparing notes. Presently Dick was alone, and, riding carelessly along the rough road, came upon Godfrey Worden and Hugh Harden comin,g o n foot and talking animatedly together. "Well, we've druv the rebels out," Dick heard Harderi say, "an' now they ain't no one to look arter ole Worthington an' hi:.. gal, an' I aon't see why we cain't go there an' git that there money what they've got hid around the place, an' tote ther gal off besides." "Reckon we kin," mutered Worden, and then the . two men suddenly saw Dick and stopped talkmg. A s he came on, they looked at him but failed to recognize him,. Harden say-_ rng:


, 16 THE LIBERT Y BO S IN DISTRESS "Mornin', stranger. Lookin' fur any one? Hain't 'quainted about yer be ve?" "Yus I be an' I'm lookin' fur a feller named 'Uigh Harden ter serve him with a s heep stealin', do ye know where he lives? said Dick . "He don't live yer no more," returned Harden. "He moved away las t week." "Then there's another feller by ther name o' 'Worden what's g;ot a warrant again' him fur settin' fire to barns. Where does he live?" "He's went away too, ye won't find neither of 'cm" mut ered Worden, and both the men went on a more rapid gait than that at which they had been going. "Those fellows will keep out of the way for a time," laughed Dick, when th_e Tories were out uf hearing. "So, _they are gomg to rob. old man are they? Well, I must prevent this. at a rapid gait, Di.:k saw a few redcoats he:'e and there in the di stance, but as they did not seem to be doing anything in particular, he did not worry about them, but went on as far as the cabin where Henry Worthington and her grandfather liv ed. He found them both at home and very glad to se e him, both giving him a most hearty welccme. "There was a disastrous battle, I hear, cap tain," remarked the old man, sadly. "I am sorry for that. " "Yes, it was a sad day for us, sir,'/ Dick rep lied, "but we .are not discourag2d. The war is not yet over by any me a n s , and one victory for the enemy does not mean that they will s u ccee d . However, that is not what I came to speak about. Some of these Tories mtend to come to the cabin to -ni1ght to rob you and perhaps carry off Henry." "But"I have nothing to be robbed off except my granddaughter,'' said the old man. "Worden and Harden and the rest have always had an idea that we have a lot of money,'' adcle d the girl. "We have told the m time and again that we have n ot, but t];ey will not believe it." "Being such liars themselves they imagine every on e else is the same," observed Dick, dryly. "Harden has a son who i s anxious to marry me, or at all events he says .he is,'' Henry continued, "but i f there was not another man in the whole world I would not look at the fellow. He is a Tory, drinks and gambles, and he is an evil fell ow in every way." "Well, we will be here to prevent any such business being carried out,'' Dick declared, "so do not be alarmed. You have a pistol, have you not? Well, here is another, so that you will be well provided. Thes e Tories must be shown that they cannot carry things with the high hand that they think they can." "How did you know that they were coming here, captain?" asked the girl, greatly interested. "We have not seen any of the Tories for some time, and thought that thev had gone away, or, at any rate, given up their evil vtays." "The success of the British has emboldened them, and the Liberty Boys will have something to do to keep them under. We can do that, at any rate, and these fellows will find that we are ready for them at all times." "We are greatly obliged to you, captain," said the old settler, "and we shall be grateful for any assistance you can give us, although I hope that that the Tories will give up the idea of coming here." "If we can find them ahead of time, they will,'' dryly, "but if not, we will be here and prevent their doing any mischief." "I was goin, g out shortly to sell some baskets I have made,'' said the p;irl, "but I shall be almost afraid to do so if these ruffians are in the neigh borhood." "Take your pistols with you,'' suggested Dick, "and lock up the cabin before you leave, and I do not think you need have any fear." Then Dick rode on at a good pace toward Camden to see if he could pick up any information. Reaching the tavern where he had had an adventure a few davs befo1e, Dick saw a number of redcoats in the place and concluded to go in and see if he could learn anything. He tethered his hores to the nearest hitchinig post, nearly all of them being in use, and entered the tavern. If he had had Major with him it not have been necessary to tether him, as the intelligent animal w;1s accustomed to standing without beingtethered, but Major was too well known to the enemy to risk being taken along, and Dick had taken an ordinary animal that v ;puld not attract attention. Entering the taproom of the tavern, Dick took a seat where he could make his escape in quick order in case he was surpiised, natl called for something to eat and drink, looking like a plow boy and not lik ely to be taken for the dashing young soldier he was, except by men with the keenest eyes. He saw nothing of either the major or the spy in the place, and he was not afraid of any one els e . He ordered some bread and cheese and buttermilk, and while eatin.gand drinking kept his eyes upon the doors and listened to the talk of the redcoals. hoping to pick up a few bits of information. The hdcoats were talking mostly upon personal matters, of how many tankards of homebrew they could drink, of the girls they c ould marry if they of how they had cut clown so many rebels, and of others things of no interest to the patriot, who was sick of all this boasting, and he was be binning to despair of hearing anything important, when in stalked the major in full regimentals, and looking more important and pomp-ous than ever. . "There is too much unseemly noise in the place," said the major, glarinLgabout him. "One would never think that you were gentlemen of the army but only pothouse brawlers." "I have seen you rolling under the table yourself before now, major, singing a rollicking song,'' laughed another major. "How about your suit with the rich Tory widow? Is it off? You were gone a long time, and when you returned it was in the disguise of a drover. I heard that you were a prisoner of the rebels intead of visiting the fair widow. Is that the truth, major?" There was a burst of laughter from all, for the major was evidently not in favor with his fellow officers, high and low, and Galbraith grew fiery red in the face as he looked about the 1oom to see who had laughed. It would have been an easier matter to see who had not laughed. as all the redcoats had done so and were still doing it. The major's eyes lighted upon Dick, sitting in a corner and the mention of rebels had started his


THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DISTRESS 17 . ideas to running in that direction, so that in a moment he shouted: "By Jove! fire and furies, thunder and lightning! there's the youn,g rebel now, and you sots never discovered him! Seive him I There is Dick Slater now, sitting in the corner. By Jove! I -will teach you roisterers your duty!" A s he spoke he was across the room, rushing at Dick, ready to arrest him and show the hilarious r edcoats what he could do . Dick, seeing that all eyes were turned upon him and that he must escape at once, sprang upon the table under the window and then upon the window seat. After him went the m ajor, determined to capture him and have revenge for having been a pl'isoner to the Liberty Boys and being compelled to give them information of great value. The major seized Dick as he was on the window seat about to leap out, and it was an unfortunate thing for him that he did . There was a big water butt under that window and it was full of rainwater with no cover over it. Dick saw thi.s in a moment and then sent him flying through the open window headfirst into the butt of water. Splash! "Come and pick the major out of the water and hang him up to dry!" laughed Dick, as he fire d two or three rapid shots at the redcoats to prevent their following too rapidly, .1;ivinig some of them some nasty flesh wounds. Then he leaped to the ground, avoiding the water butt, where the major was now flounder ing t o the great delight of a number of Tories who had come up. As Dick ran to the hitching post to iget his horse , Nevins, the spy, suddenly sprang up and grappled with him, calling out loudly: "Ha llo! this is Slater, the spy, seize him! Don't let him get away, there is a price on his head." There was a fierce strlljg"gle between Dick and the s py, and the young patriot would have won it had not a number of the Tories run to the aid of the spy. Dick was overpowered and seized at the same mom,ent that the landlord with a pitchfork in his ll.and, fished the maior out of the watel' butt and held him up by the seat of his breeches to the ridicule of the crowd of Tories and l'edcoats. Then the fork sliped out of the hands, and the major was dropped most unceremoniously into the mud, whereupon thel'e was another howl of derisive laughter. Up jumped t he major, all mudy and dripping, and, s!rnking h;s fist at Dick, said: "Hang the rebel! He is a spy and deserves hanging. Hang him upon the instant!" "\Ve had beter try him first, major," said one of the offi::ers, who had no love for the major. "Hang hm, I say, without judge or jury!" thundered the major. "Have I no voice here, I'd hke to know?" "Yes, but yours is not the only voice. We cannot act in this high-handed fashion. Even a rebel has some rights." 'There were others who thought the same and their judgment prevailed, and Dick was taken t o a'l upper room in the tavern and locke . d up, a guard being outside the room with orders to shoot him at the first attempt to escape. The suy cam e rn, by another guard, for the sake of s1.1.fety, althougl1 Dick had been dis ai-me1.!, and ::ouid with a leer: "Wdl, 8la;•!r, you will hall(g this time fast enough. We have got you at last and your time of usefulness to the rebel cause is ended." ;'So you think," replied Dick, carelessly, happening to look out of the window at the mom ent. "Yes, and I know!" with a laug"h, "What are you looking at out there? At the men fixing the gallows? You won't have much time, so you •ad better look at the trees and the sky and the rest of it while you can." Dick said nothing, turninigaway from the win dow . He had seen Henry Worthington in the do oryard outside, and she had seen him and waved her handkerchief to him, there berng no one else out there at the time. "What will you give me if I let you gu, Slater?" whispered the spy, coming close t o Dick. For reply Dick knocked the fellow down and said, in a burst of indignation: "You should know better than to make such a propositio n to me, you scoundrel! Don't you dare to repeat the insult or I will throw you out of the window!" The spy would have drawn a pistol, but the guard h urried him out o f the room, and Dick was left alone. CHAPTER XI.-A Brave Girl to the Rescue. When all was quiet a.gain, Dick looked ou t o f the window and saw Henry Worthington standing under a tree near the tavern. There was a rope hanigi11g from one of the limbs, but it had not been put there to hang any one with. It had been doubled and had held a board upon which the children of the neighborhood had been wont to swing, but it was now broken at one end and trailed on the ground. The girl fastened the board to the free end and began swinging it back and forth, each time hiil{her than before. Di ck saw the girl'se design and opened the window. Henry swung the rope higher and J1igher, the board on the end helping to do this, and at last Dick was able to catch it as it reached the window. Then he waved his hands, climbed out upon the sill, and, putting his feet upon the swing board1 swun,g off and through the air to the tree. Her he suddenly dropped, just as the spy came around the corner of the house. The man was abou t to call out, when the girl sprang in front of him , put a pistol to his head and said: "I reckon you hadn't better say anything just yet. Get on your horse, captain." Dick relieved the spy of his pistols, and then, cutting off a length of rope, bound the man's hands behind him. "I think I might as well t

18 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DISTRESS say them and so it did not matter. Henry came up with Dic k 's horse and another one, saying: "I did not kno w which horse belonged to him :md so I took anyone. I also untied the rest of them, and they !=an be set free in a moment." "How did you know I was here?" asked Dick, as he helped the spy into the saddle at the point of a pistol and with the aid of the other m . "Why, you know I came down this way to ell my basket," with a lau,gh. "Then I saw you and made up my mind to--" The girl suddenly paused as a shout was beard from the tavern. Dick's absence had been discovered, one of the redcoats having gone up to get him to take him to Camden. There was a shout from the window and another from the tave1•n, as the redcoats came swarming out. Henry ran to where the horses of the redcoats stood, gave each a lash with a rope and set them to dashing off to the road, next springiT11g to the saddle herself and joining Dick. The red coats fired a volley at the brave girl and at the young patriot, but hit the spy -instead, giving him a bad wound in the sho ulde r. Dick steadied him in hi s saddle, and said: "You can thank your friends, the redcoats, for that, and if they had been better shots you might have been killed." . The spy muttered something and Dick took the gag out of his mouth, saying: "You cannot give the alarm now, so we will relieve you of this. I had to do it for a sho1t time. " "You'll catch it for this if I get away, Slater," growled the man. "I don't intend to let you get away, if I can help it," mutered Dick. "You did once, but you .. night not another time." They presently heard the redcoats coming on behind them, and, reaching a point where there were two r oads, the girl said: "I'll take this road, captain, and puzzle the redc oats. " Then she darted down the other road, Dick keeping along the one he was on till he heard some one coming toward him. "That sounds l ike more redcoats," he thought. "If it is, I shall have t o let this fellow go." The spy did not hear the clatter of hoofs as soon as Dick did, and in fact, the redcoats were almost in sight before his ear cau,g-ht the sound. Then it was Dick who first saw the redcoats, dashing down a s ide path toward the swamp and letting the spy go on at a gallop. Dick was gone before the man saw the redcoats and gave a shout. "Hallo! there goes Dick Slater, the rebel spy, sto p him!" he yelled, excitedly. When the redcoats came alon.g and released him, some of them knowing him, he tried to show them the way that Dick had gone but could not. 'rhen the other redcoats came up and learned that Dick had escaped. Some of them had gone down the other road after Henry, and so there were fewer after Dick and after all he had got ten away. "You ought not to have let him get away," said on e of the officers to the spy. "\Vhy didn't :vou call out?" "With a pistol under my nose?" retorted the other. "How. m1,1ch do you t hiJ1k you would have said under the It's easy enough to talk, but just get into the same position your SE:Jf and s ee what you'll do, my fine fellow." The redcoat did not say anything, and the spy went off to see if he c oul d find l>ick. Dick in tht> meantime kept on, havin.g learned little, but having escaped from the redcoats through the efforts of a brave girl who was always ready t o help the JJatriots and upecially the Liberty Boys. Later he saw the girl again, as she had come across country and met him as he was along at a g o d pace, having come into the road he had left. "Well, vou got around again, I said Dick, with a s mile. "Yes, the redcoats were after me and s o I cut across and let them go on. They may be (l!,Oing yet," with a laugh. "You did not meet the ones who were after me?" "No, and I reckon they must have gone back." "There were redcoats coming both ways and I turned off, having to Jet the spy go. They probably returned in the direction of Camden. " Dick and the girl went on together for a time, and then she turned off to go to the cabin, while Dick continued on his way to the camp. "We shall have to go there to-ni.ght," he said to Bob, when he reached it and changed his clothes. "Those Tories will have to be attended to." "They need a good thrashing," snuttered Bob. "Any one might know that the poor old man has no money, but I think that is just an excuse and that old Harden wants to run off with the girl to marry her to his son." At/abou t dusk, Dick, Bob and a number of the boys set out for the cabin of the old man to wait for the Tories and give them a surprise . When they iOde up, they found everything quiet, and Dick ,gave a . ignal which he knew the girl knew, and in a moment she came out. Some of the boys went into the cabin, while ethers remained near the road or on the edge of the swamp back of the cabin. \Vh e n it grew dark there was no light in the cabin, and the boys kept quiet, s o that there did not seem to be anybody about, the old man and the girl having gone to bed. In about an h our, Dick listening at the cabin door, heard s ome one coming, and s i.gnaled to the boys to be o n the lookout. At last a number of men were seen dimly coming along the road, and Ben Spurlock heard one of them say: . "There's the cabin and now to get the gal, and 1f the old man has any money, get hold of it and if he makes any fuss, kill him! " CHAPTER XII.-Routing Tories and Redcoats. There was only a narrow pa/..h from the road to the cabin, swampy ground on both sides of it, but the men knew this and advanced cautiously, on e carryin,g a lantern, which he held in fron t of him near the ground. "Hold it up, you Jim," said som e one i n a gruff voice, and the Tories all thought it was on e of their number. It was not, however, but Dick Slater, who now gave a signal to the. boys near the cabin. Th•


THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DISTRESS 19 man with the lantern held it up, and all o f a sudden there was the hoot of an owl and a whirring of wings, and then the lantern was struck from the bearer's hands and fell into the swamp, where it went out. It was not an owl that had struck the lantern but a lump of mud hurled by Sam Sanderson, who had imitated the hooting of the bird of ill omen so naturally that the men were all deceived by it. "Gosh ! what's that?" e..xclaimed the man wh o had had the lantern. "It's a blame owlf that's what it is. What made ye hold u1J the antern fur?" "Becos ye done told me," with a ,growl. "No, I didn't! Wull, never mind, there's the cabin, go ahead." The men went on and all of a sudden there was the sound like the bellow of a calf, and something came running along the narrow path with noise enough for three calve s. It was half a dozen of the boys stepping close together, and with their hands on the shoulders of the boy in i;ront. Bob was in the lead, and being well built and stronig, was a good leader for the human battering ram that suddenly hurled itself agains the Tories. Over went the leader and the two men b ehind him into the swamp, the others taking to their heels and getting out of the way. The boys retreated quickly and the ruse they had adopted was not discovered, the men believing that a straycalf had run out from behind the cabin and upset them. "Blame the luck, who'd have thought that calf would send u s all inter the ditch?" growled Harden, getting out with some trouble. "Come

2 0 THE LIBERTY BOY S IN DISTRESS d own the road without hat or wig and perspiring like an ox, the boys screaming with laughter at the sight. When the enemy were scattered, Dick ca ll ed back the boys, and picking up the spoils they all mounted their horse and rode b ack to the camp, laughing nearly all the way a t the ridiculous pli,ght of the enemy. The Liberty Boys remained quietly in camp t h a t day and part o f the next, when Dick set out with B o b and a small party of the boys to learn what they c ould of the enemy, and called upon H enry and her grandfather at the cabin on the edge o f the swamp. They went to the c.abin first finding the girl and the old man all nght, not having been again visited by the Tories, and then they went on toward Camden. When they came in sight of the inn they saw the spy com out, and at once gave chase, the man leap ing upon his h orse and going up the road at -a gallop. CHAPTER XIII.-The Spy Comes to Grief. "After him, boys!" cried Dick; "the fellow must not escape us this time. Forward!" The boys urged their ho1ses forward, and the spy quickJy realized that he would .be overtaken if he kept on. He darted down a lane, hoping to get away, in a moment Bob .and Jack were after him, the other following rapidly. Then Dick fired a shot which wounded the man, Bob sending in another that killed the horse. The spy was thrown into the .bushes, scrambled up and dove into the thicket, escaping. The boys then returned to the camp and kept a sharp look-out around the camp for. eni:Il!1es, but it was evident that no one knew then h1ding place for no one was seen prowling about that day the next, and the boy s felt safe. They saV: nothing of the chief Tories who had bothered them and concluded that the men had left the neighborhood as being to them. of the boys went out with Dick one .day, on horseback and in uniform, but taking care m leavin1g the .swamp that they not They went in a somewhat different direction from the one they had last taken, and had gone s ome little distance, when they saw a horse standing in front of a rather protent10us looking house, Dick saying. "It strikes me that I have seen that horse before. Yes I know I have, it is the major's." The boys 'went ahead cautiously, keeping be hind the trees as much as possible, and watching the hou se to see if they could see anytl;ing of major within. At last they were qmte near it. and could no longer conceal themselves from the si1ght of any one who might come to the door, when it flew open and the major himself appeared. There was a buxom woman in the door way, and the major tipped his hat as he went down the steps and to the gate. Then he denly caught sight of the boy s , and flew for his horse as the,y came suddenly dashing toward him. 'He almost fell into the saddle, great was his haste to g e t away, and after him rode the b o ys. . . "Make him run, boys!" cned Dick, "and catch him if y o u can . " On went the major at full speed, when suddenly, in _ crossing a little bridge over a creek, the horse stu mbled and the majo r was t h r own, going head -first into the brook , while the ho rse went o n. The b oys laughed and halted, b e in g about to g o to the rescue o f the major, when t hey saw Nevins, the spy, coming toward them o n horseback. The man saw them and h urried away knowing that he saw little chan ce with such well m ounted b oys. They left the maior to g e t out himself, and set after the spy at a rattling pace, gaining on him at every moment. Then they suddenly beheld a considerable part){ of redcoats coming toward them, and w ere forced to wheel quickly and make their escape. The major had scrambled out of the brook by the time they reached it, and Dick said, with a laugh: "Take him along, b o ys. He needs dry cl othes, and we will give him a change." Then the boys s::. w some redcoats coming an intersecting road not far ahead of them, and Dick said: "I am afraid that we will have to lose him after all Jack. We must make good speed to get to the ahead of the redcoats yonder. " So they left the major. The boys went on at a dash, reached the road ahead of the redcoats, and then went on at full spee d, and shortly turned into a path leading to the swamp, where the enemy could not follow. The boys returned to the camp in the swamo and did not go out again that day, having plenty of to occupv themselves . The next day Dick went out in disguise and taking an ordinary horse, as he intended to go as near to Camden as he could, and perhaps enter the town itself. Riding along, he came to the inn where he had been before, and, seeing some redcoats there, dis. mounted and entered, taking a seat in a corner. The redcoats were talking about an expedition that was to be sent out lljgainst the patriots, and Dick paid close attention, this being the first bit of important information he had picked up in some time. So absorbed was he in listening that he did not observe the entrance of a man in a homespun suit who suddenly caught sight o f him and cried in a loud voice: "There is Dick Slater, the rebel spy; seize him!" The man was Nevins, and he came in unawares and had recognized Dick at once. Dick sprang to his feet and dashed out at a side door, the spy hurrying after him. "Shoot that fell o w in the homespun suit!" yelled the spy; "catch the fellow in homespun; shoot him!" The1e were some men in the stable-yard, and they heard what the spy said. had turned quickly as he reached the hall and darted into the closet close by. The man fell dead and never moved. Then out came the redcoats, while Dick made his way through the deserted tap-room to the front of the tavern, mounted his horse and rode away. Dick returned to the camp and told how the spy had come to grief. Shortly after this the Liberty Boys l eft that district and went to Charlotte. A few years after the war had ended Henry married one of the Liberty Boys. Next week's issue will contain "THE LIB ERTY B OYS AND THE IDIOT SPY; or, RUN NING DOWN THE SKINNERS." ' > I


fHE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" 21 CURRENT CLOCKS WOUND BY SUN Brussels has a church clock wound by the atmosphere expansion .induced by the heat of the sun. TANGOES ARE HIS UNDOING Cramps in his fingers to-day prevented Ce sar Oscar Sacchi, an Argentine youth, from creating a new world's record for continuous piano playing. He ceased hi s efforts after thirty-two hours and eighteen minutes at the keyboard, with the record of thirty-three hours, as reported from the United States , seemingly within his gras p . Sasshi blames his failure on "too many tan goes," as this form of syncopation, he says, necessitates a greater strain on the fingers than simple fox trots. He will try again. REMAINS OF DEWEY'S WARSHIP FOUND IN MISSISSIPPI RIVER A quantity-of shells and human bone s , believed to be the remains of a Federal war vessel commanded by George Dewey, later Admiral Dewey, damaged by Confederate batteries during the Civil War near Port Huds on, have been pumped up by a gravel dredge a few mil es north of Baton Rouge. The shells include one identified as Confederate ammunition. The vessel commanded by Dewey was one of Admiral Farragut's fleet and became di s abled be low Port Hudson when struck }Y a Confederate NEWS salvo. It drifted down the river and finally grounded. a few miles north of Baton Rouge, where it burst into flames. RAISING GRASSHOPPERS 1'0 STUDY CATTLE Grasshoppers are being grown at Manhattan, Kan. so that American scientists may learn more about cows. The multiplication of thes e ins ects, which have 0been a burden and a plague to the farmer since the days of early Egypt, i s now being used by the Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station in a study of heredity in cattle, shee p and man. One hundred thousand grasshoppers of f orty succeeding generations can be raised as cheaply and quickly as one hundre d cattle over three generations . As the principles of inheritance app1mr knowledge of the more slowly breeding forms in t o be the same with these insects and our higher animals, the scientists may make a short cut to this way. A new color pattern has appeared in one group of these grasshoppers being bred in the laboratory, according to reports. This color s cheme has bred true for over s e ven years , the characteristic. having appeared through twenty-five generations. By crossing thes e ins ect s with others showing natural color paterns. still fewer combinations have been obtained. But these new combination forms breed true only when kept i s olated from the efomental patterns from which they were derived. BOYS , D O YOU LIK E DET EC T I V E STOR I ES? You Should Read "MYSTERY MAGAZINE" It contains the and liveliest stories you ever read. Each number begins with a rousing detective novelette, filled with pep from start to finish. Then there au from four to six short stories o f police adventure with good plots and i nteresting situations. All these stori es are written by the same authors who write for the higher priced magazines. Don't miss the articles about crime detection, yarns of the under world and special items relating to ghostly happenings, peculiar events and current news of police cases. Colored Covers, Fine Illustrations 64 PagE:s Get a Copy, Read It and See 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 HA RRY E. WOLF F , Pub l i sher, Inc., 166 W . 2 3 d S t. , New York City


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" I A g a inst Th e Tru st -ORTHE YOUNG l .. UMBERMAN'S B ATTLE By RALPH MORTON (A Serial Story.) CHAPTER X .-( Continued) . "I don't know many men who would do such a thing, but Rough Red i s willing to do it." "Just f o r revenge?" "No, I can't s a y that. I heard something about five hundred dollars and I'm inclined to thlnk that Tennyson is willing to pay that to have you put out o f bus iness. Of course, they don't care anything about old Frank Norris, for he would n o t amount to anything without you. The m e n are talking about you in all the camps around here for a hundred miles , and that fight of yours with Jac k Dubois has been talked over a thou sand times by many crews, and I tell you that it has come to the pass where Tennyson is afraid of you." "Why, he's the wealthiest operator i n the State, and our holdings are very small." " O h, it' s not that, but he's afraid the men will desert, and where would he pick up anothel' crew at this season? That's his side of it, and joined to it is the grudge Jack Dubois has against you for whipplng him before his men and cutting him out with the girl he's rweet on, and on top of all comes this grudge on the part of Rough Red. You take it all together, Ben Bates, and you' ll see that you've got three enemies who are not to be sneezed at." Plucky a s he was, this sort of danger :made Ben's blood run cold in his veins, for it chilled him to think that there were m e n around him w ho would des cend to such m e a s mes. Any open d anger he could s t and up and fight like the lionheart ed boy he was, but the idea o f a midnight assassin creeping to his door wit h dynamite in his hands made him shudder. _ "Have you got any idea. whe:n they' ll t r y to carry this thing out?" he asked Of Case y. "No, I haven't, but the lights are out i n every camp a t nine o'clock , and tired men are generally a sleep within fifteen minutes after tha t , so any time after bedtime you might look for trouble. " "Well, I'm much oblige d to yo u , Casey, and you may be sure that I'll b e on my guard." •"All right. Now w ill y o u • try to fix me up a b it, and then get a m e s s of bean s from the cook for me and tell the c r e w that I'm one of them?" "Certainly. Then you're not going back to Tennyson?" "And get my head broke this time for sure? Not on your life! There's trouble coming to this camp, Ben Bates, and I'm going to watch out for it. You saved me from being groun d to saw -dus t when I was a stran!!er to yo u , and my life belongs to you. I'm not of much acco unt, but I'm a square man." CHAPTER XI. ! B i g B e n Bates And The Dynamiter. With the aid of water and soap and a little surg ical emergency kit tha t he had brought into the woo d s wi t h h im, Ben managed to put Phil Casey into a fairl y < omfortable condition, and then he took him to the cookhou s e and told the cook to give him something to eat. He left him there eating his beans and baco n and drinking hi s coffee, and crossed over to the bunk-house. There be found Frank Norris, and beckoned to him to come out. One of the men was sawing away on a fiddle, and the rest were either whirling around on the floor in a dizzy waltz or el s e stamping time with their feet to the music, and no attention was paid to either B e n or Norris. Brie fly Ben told Norris the news that Phil Case y had brought him. The old woodsman listened in silence, and then nodded his h ead gravely. "They're getting desperate," he said. "Then you r eally believe that they will try to do such a thing?" a sked our hero. "I do." "Then what are we t o d o?" "Well, we're warned, and now we can watch and protect ours elves . You are the one that they are after, and it merely hap:r;ens that I share the place where you sleep; otherwise they woul d not trouble themselves with me. To set a stiek of dynamite against the little building where y ou s l eep w ould mean that it would be blown apart, and if you were not killed the chances are that you would be too badly hurt to be of any further service, . llld that is all they want. As a matter of fact, even if they did not damage you, they woul d expect that the attack would take the nerve out of you, and that would answer their purpos e just as well. I tell you, m y boy, that you have become a dangerou s opponent to them, and they will not stop at anything to get rid of you." Ben w a s now fully convinced of this, and he did not arg u e the matter any further, but beg a n to lay his p lans for m eeting the danger at the present time. "I'll tell you what we'll do,'' he said. "Our little house stands all alone, and ther e are bushes half a dozen feet away from it on three sides, and the y are high enough to hide us easily. "After nine o'clock ;ou can t a k e one side, Phil Casey can t ake another, and I'll take the third. The moon is shining, and nobody can apnroach without being seen . "My idea is to wait until this man Rough Red places his dynamite agains t the building and starts to light the m atch to touch off the fuse . Then whoever sees him can give the warning, and the three of us will h1 s h on him, and make him confess the plot. In that way I may get a hold on Tennyson that even he cannot afford t o ignore, and although I may not make any m ove against him he may think it wise to let m e a l one . " (To be c ontinued.)


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" 23 NEWS FRO M E VERY WHERE DISCOVERY OF A ROMAN THEATRE Excavations at the ancient Civita Lavinia on the border of the Pontine Marshes, have brought to light the remains of an. exquisite Ro_man theatre. This was the Lanuv1una of classical times. On the ancient walls of the town may be seen the massive iron rings where legend says Aeneas tied his ship when he landed in Italy from Troy. The theatre i s one of the largest and most perfect hitherto found. Its diameter is more than 160 feet, being only a few feet short of the thea-tre at Pompaii. ' SYRUP FROM POTATOES Government experts are endeavoring to interest the people of the South in a plan to make a fine brown and highly palatable syrup out of sweet potatoes. . .. There is said to be a great poss1b1lity com mercially, in this syrup, for jt _far. outdoes the commercial syrups that are imitations of cane syrup. Plants are to be established throughout the Southern States where the sweet potato grows most abundantly, and it is thou_ght that hundreds of bushels of small, undersized, un marketable sweet potatoes can be u s ed for syrup purposes. Heretofo_re they h:we. been disc_arded as waste, or plowed in to help fertilize the g1ound. LION AWAKENS INDIAN •IN RAILWAY ST:-\TION Twelve natives waitin" g for the up-country train fell asleep in the waiting room at Tsavo Station on the Uganda Railway, Africa. About midnight the native nearest the door was aw_ak ened by a nurlf'"e on the shoulder. The natiye, thinking it was the stationmaster come to in form them that the train had arrived, yawi:ied and stretched his arfns out-only to find himself stroking a lion's face. . . Before the native could _escape the . hon s eized him by the arm and began mi;tuling _him. In t_he ensuing pandemonium Indian. railroad official managed to procure a rifle k111 the brute, but not before it had clone considerable damage. PINK SAND AT CONEY Hundreds of thousands of persons have been puzzled over the pink sand which has the pure white variety on the beaches m front of the boardwalk at Coney Island .• The fact is that when the new be_ach was pumped in from the ocean it was early discovered that the white sand on bed ':Vas merely a superfici a l covering for a so lid reddish floor. . Huge areas of what formerly had been white sand were discovered by divers to ha".e turned to solid concrete because of the admixture of lime from millions of crushed clam s h ells . . It is believed by geologists that the reddish sand will bleach white within a few years from the action of the sun's ray:;; and the tides. Meantime, the eyes of the bathers at will not suffer as in former years from terrific glare, which up to this )'.car has been one disadvantages of bathing m Coney Island. FINDS ANCIENT MOUND A large m r mncl, twenty feet high and 200 feet from end to end at the bas e, thought to be the burial ground of mound builders in this section ages ago, has be e n discovered on an i sland in the Kalamazoo River six mile s east of Kalamazoo, Mich., by E. J. Stevens , civil engineer and archeologist. Although he and others who have viewed the mound are not positive it was made by mound builders, the location, shape and general appearance of it indicate as much. Before excavating Mr. Stevens will make a topographical survey of the island and study closely ,all features of the hill to determine whether or not the mound could have been made by erosion of the land. If the hill is fo und to be a burial ground of mound builders, some valuable prehistoric data probably w ill b e unearthed. "Mound builders always buried personal property with their dead," declared Mr. Stevens, "and articles used in the age of the mound dweller should be found. There may also be charcoal strata, as it was a funeral rite of the builders to burn offerings at the mounds." "Mystery Magazine" SEMI-MONTHLY 10 CENTS A COPY 127 128 J 131 _132 13:! 134 1 3 6 LATEST ISSUES WHRN CHOOKS CONSPIRE, b,v Harold F. Pod hnsld. 'l.'Im OF THllJ BLUE CAR, by Ham !!ton ('rn iirf P. THE DE'J'I•:CTIVE AND THE LAW, by Frederic!< F. Shuey. 'l'TIF. HAND IN THF. DARK. by Chns. F. Oursler THF. TRAIL OF THE ROGUE, By Geor&" e Bron: •nn-Ro"nrd. THF. WO'.\fAN FROM NOWHERE, by Jack Bech clolt. 'l'JTF. 1'DfF. DF.'l'F.(''T'TVF,. by Frnnk Bligliton. 'T'HF. WHH1PF.RTN'1-ROOM. Ry Benlab Poynter. ONF. <'LfTlr. llfTSST'<'1. hy C'lin•. F'. Oursler. THF. OF TIIE by Joe Burke. The Story Out Today In 137 Is THE CONSUMING DEATH By GILBERT HAMMOND HARRY E. WOLFF, Publloher, Inc. 168 West 2Sd Street, New York City "Moving P ictu re S tor i es" .& Weekly lll acnalne Dnoted to Photopln:'l"I and P lnyer• PRICE SEVEN CENTS PER COPY Each number contains Four Stories or the ir11m1 on the Screen -Elegant Half-tone 8cenes from the Plnys I uterestlni: Articles Abont Prominent People In the F'ilms -Doings or Actors and In ti•• l:>tudio and Lessons In Scennrio Wrlt!nc. • HAURY E. WOLFF, Publisher, J:ic. 166 West 23d . St., New YOl"k


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" IN TERESTING R.AD I O NEWS AND HINTS MEANING OF RADIO TERMS Most of radio magazines and supplements of newspapers give their radio information in scien tific terms. This is a great mi stake, as only 25 pe r cent. of their readers are people who tho roughly understand what these writers are driv ing at; and the other three-quarters are the gen eral public who have had no technical education in radio. If the writers of the articles in papers and magazines would simplify their meaning there would be more . followers of radio art. The object of this article is to explain in understand able words the meaning of a number of the prin cipal parts used in the construction of radio re ceive rs. The articles most commonly u s ed in making up a radio set are: batteries, variable condensers, fixed condensers, rheostats, gridleaks, transform ers, jacks, vario-couplers,. , variometers, binding posts, tube sockets, potentiometers, aerials and wire. BATTERIES There are three types of batteries used to op erate radio receiving sets. 1st-An ordinary 6-volt storage battery, from which current is secured to light the tubes. 2d-"B" batteries. These are very powerful little batteries containing from 22% to 45 volts each, which , are used for power throughout the entire apparatus. If this current were alone to be turned into one of the lamps it would burn the filament up and destroy the lamp. 3d-"C" batteries. These are usually "small flashlight batteries whi .ch are to bo?st electrical current at different critical pomts m the receiver. VARIABLE CONDENSER The variable condenser is usually attached to the large dial on the face of the panel of the re ceiver. The word means that the effect of this instrument can be varied by turning the dial. The condense; stores up energy In a very peculiar way. The stationary plates contain electricity, and the movable plates contam neg ative electricity. The effect created b etween these plates is called capacity; that is, the capacity of the space for holding electricity. By turning the movable plates the electrical capacity in the space between the stationary plates and mova ble plates i s changed. This effect tunes the inst111ment . In other words, it picks up the sound waves Condensers are of various sizes, some only three plates, others 23, and still more 43. The capacity of these condensers for storing up energy increases or decreases accord ing to how much you turn the movable plates on the dial. INDUCTANCE Inductance is nothing more than a coil of wire with a current of electricity flowing through it, and another coil of wire, close by, which .absorbs some of the electricity which leaks out of the first coil. The strength of this inductance depends on the distance of one coil from the other, and the direction in which the two coils stand in rela tion to each other. Some of these inductance coils are called VARIO COUPLERS Vario u sually consist of a cardboard or a composition tube, with a ball or a ring in side of it. The latter turns on a spindle s o as to change the direction of the winding of the wire in rel ation to that on the tube. The tube has little taps taken off at intervals in the wind-ing, which run to the ends of little bolts on the back of the panel. Now, by turning a switch from one bolt-head to another, the coil is short circuited at different points. In other words, by means of a switch you can use any number of turns of the wire winding you need to turn in the sound waves you are after. VARIO METERS Variometers consi s t of two coils of wire. One is wound around the inside of a hollo w globe, another is wound around a ball set within this globe on a spindle. The coils of wire in a vario coupler are not connected with each other, but they are in ..a variometer, so that the electri cal current goes around the outside coil first, and afterwards goes around the inside coil. . It is by turning this inside coil that you can vary the amount of inductance, and therefore vary the tuning of the instrument. RHEOSTAT Rheostats control the" amount of electricity which flows from the storage "A" battery to the filament of the lamps. They have a small metal arm which turns on a coil of iron wire, and gov erns the light by the amount of iron wire which the arm allows to interfere between the arm and the filament of the lamp. This turning of the arm makes the lan}Ps burn dim or bright ac cording to the way you want them to burn. Of course, the brighter the lamps burn, the loud e r the signals you wi!Lget in your telephones. But burning your lamps at full intensity soo n wears them out. .TRANSFORMERS There are two types of transformers in use. The first is called a radio-frequency transformer and the other is called an audio-frequency trans former. We will first speak of the audio-fre quency transformer. This little instrument re ceive s the electrical vibrations at a slow enough speed so that the human ear can hear them in the form of sounds. These transformers magnify the sounds so that they sound much louder in a receiver which has a transformer than they do in a receiver which has none. Second, a radio-fre quency transformer is of a different type. It re ceives sounds at such a tremendous speed that the human ear cannot hear them. Radio-frequency


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" 25 transformers pick up the faintest sounds anJ pass them on to the amplifying lamps, which in turn send the sound waves to the audio-frequency transformers, where they are magnified. Radio frequency transformers build up the faintest and most distant sounds , but audio-frequency transformers only magnify already picked up sounds. POTENTIOMETERS This instrument is used to give a very deli cate adjustment to. the rheostat Some types of r eceivers cannot work properly without one, while other receivers do not need them, as they work well .lough with just rheostats. They help to control the amount of current that lights the lamps, and also aid in saving the batteries. MICRO HM This is a term Of measurement of resistance. It means one millionth of an ohm. It is used when speaking of a conductor which permits the passage of an electric. but interposes an exceedingly small resistance m the path of the current. MEGOHM Another measure of resistance signifying one million ohms. The gridleak on a lamp is an example of this resistance. They are usually set at one or two megohms. GRID LEAKS The gridleak i$ a small instrument wired to the grid-terminal of a lamp socket. It receives any overflow of el ectricity from the lamp. Some of these instruments are fixed and others are variable and are measured in a term called megohms.' The variable leaks can be set from zero to about 5 megohms, according to the amount necessary to regulate your lamp. Some leaks are merely pencil lines on a viece of cardboard, placed in the circuit at the G binding-post of the lamp socket. TUBE SOCKETS Tube sockets are always marked at each corner F-, Fx P and G. The F means filament. The connection F-usually goes to the rheostat and the connection Fx goes to one terminal of the "A" battery. The.filament current runs from Fto the rest of the wiring in the set, and finally reaches another terminal of the "A" battery. Thus a -omplete circuit is made. In a roundabout way the two F's of the lamp actually connect with the filament battery, or the lamp would not glow. The G runs to the grid side of the receiver, and the P leads to the plate side. Lamps contain three important things which make them work perfectly. One is called the fila ment, which gives light. Another is a se iv e-like arrangement for sifting the current called the Grid. And the third is a thin silvery piece of metal named the Plate, which draws the electric current through the grid from the filament. It is this action which causes sounds in a receiver. RESISTANCE As ibis word signifies, various resistances are used in radio sets which simply act as an obstruction. They are placed in the path of the electrical current in order to reduce the strength of the current. JACKS A jack is a nut with a hole in the centre attached to several prongs which are connected by wires to various parts of the instrument. The hole in the nut is to receive a plug, which in turn is connected with the telephones, so that you can hear the sounds. BINDING-POSTS The aerial binding-post is the one to which you fasten the lead-in wires coming from the aerial. The current sent out by the broadcasting station into the air is caught by your aerial, runs through the lead-in wire to the aerial binding-post, an i another wire attached to the other end of the post carries this impulse into the receiver, where it is converted into sound. The ground bindingpost is usually connected to an iron water-pipe by means of a wire through which the electricity flows from the radio and goes into the earth. This completes a circuit between the air and the earth. The radio receiver is simply an instrument interposed between this air and earth circuit in order to eaten the sounds sent out from broadcasting stations. Wires from various parts of the instrument usually end at the binding-post, so that you can connect these parts to the different batteries. In a case where telephone receivers are not used the binding-posts meant for the telephone receivers are usually connected with a loop aerial. ANTENNA In order to make you understand the way an aerial works we will have to give an illustration. If you throw a stone in a pond you will notice that rings of waves appear on the water's surface where the stone sinks. Imagine the spot wher the stone sunk is a broadcasting station, and the waves are electrical impulses thrown into the air from the station. When these electrical waves finally reach your aerial the copper wire of which it is composed, being a wonderful conductor of electricity, picks up the waves and transmits them into your receiver, where produc e sounds, the same as an ordi nary telephone does. LOOP AERIALS In many cases landlord;; fearing an outside aerial will bring lightning into their houses during storms, object to outside aerials. But they cannot stop you from using a loop aerial in your room. Strange to say that although all doors and windows may be closed the sounds from broadcasting stations somehow or other get into the room, and are picked up by a loop aerial. Of course all receivers are not built to work with loop aerials. In case you wish to build one they are very simple in construction. About 6 'to 12 turns of No. 18 to 22 insulated copper wire are wound around a frame about 2% feet square. Each turn must be kept three-fourths of an inch apart and cart set in notches. This frame can be mounted 011 a movable stand, as it is necessary to turn one corner of the frame in the direction from which the broadcasting i s coming. You may know where the is, but by . slowly turmng the frame to different points of the compass you will finally pick up the right direction. In a future nuanber of this publication we may explain in simplE'!"language the meaning of many more words used by radio writers.


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