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H.A.BBY E . WOLFF, P UBLIS H E R . INC., 186 WES T 23 D STREET . NEW \"ORK Price 7 Cent s There was a clatter o f hoofs, and Jones came riding in, a British oUtcer oi:& the saddle ID front. "Hurrah! " shouted Dick. waving bis hat. "I've got him, Captain!" cried the back woodsman. waving his coonskin cap aa he rode up.


Like Good Radio News? Turn to pages 24 and 25 The Liberty Boy1s of .. 7 6 I11111ed Weekly-Sub•crlptlon price, $3.50 per yeu: Canad n, $4.00; Foreicn, $ -i.50 Harry E. Woltr, Puhlloher , Int .. 166 \Vest 23tl N"w York. N. Y. 1•:mPrc1l a s Secon d-Clnss Mnttl'r .i:inuar.v 31, 19 1 3 , at the Post-OillcP a t New York. :-:. Y .. undn the Act or Mnrch :I. 1 879. No. 1185 NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 14, 1923 Price 7 Cents The Liberty Boys and "Horseshoe Jones" O R , THE WORK OF A BACKWOODS SPY By HARRY MOORE CHAPTER I.-The l\lan With the Horseshoe. "Whoa, there, you obstropolous critter! 'Pears ter me ye ain't got no more scnse'n a catamonnt!" There were two boys in backwoods garb sitting in the kitchen of a v,rayside cabin in the Carolina Mountains, eating bread and cheese and drinking buttermilk, a young girl siting in a corner watching them. They were talking earnestly together in low 1ones, when their conversation was suddenly interrupted by the loud tones of some one outside. "vVho is that, Dick?" asked one of the boys, looking up. "I don't know, Bob. Some backwoodsman, I suppose." "That's Horsesh oe, I reckon," said the girl in the corner of the kitchen. "He's the most onpatientest critter I ever see." "vVhoa, consarn ye! Can't ye whoa when I tell ye ?" roared the man outside the cabin. "This s as fJl'r as I'm goin', you obstropolous animile, an' you're 1goin' where I be. Whoa! I tell ye!" L ook!ng out of the kitchen window, the boys now saw a giant backwoodsman getting off his horse and coming toward the door, and in another moment he entered. "Mornin', strangers!" he said. "I reckon you're all 1good patriots here, but if ye ain't, I've no use for yer nor any other obstropolous Tories. Howdy, Patience? Them boys all right?" The man was dresse d in buckskin, wore a coon f>kin cap, carried a long rifle over his shoulder and a powder horn and shot-pouch at his side, while around his neck he wore a horseshoe, polished t!ll it shone. "Redcon they are Mr. Jones but I dunno," the girl answered. "They looked iikely enough, and when they asked me for suthin' to eat I give it to 'em. What you so onpatient about, H orse shoe?" The horse!!h.oe on the man's breast had evi dently given him his name, and the boys saw that h e was quite a character.1 "You are a 1good patriot, I take it, Mr. Jones,'' said the boy called Dick, who was no Jes s a person than Dick Slater, captain of the L iberty B oys, a band of one hundred sterling young pa triots fightir.,g in the cause of freedom, and then stationed in the mountain re0om of N ortti Carolina , keeping a watch on Tories, r:>dcoats and any other o f the enemies of the country who might be hanging about. ' "I reckon I am, and I'm plumb

i . 2 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "HORS E.SHOE JONES" "Find out how near Ferguson and hi s T ories have come, and if any mes sengers have b ee n sent to Cornwallis. Ferguson mus t not communicate with the Earl. Do you unders•and '?" "vVaal, I reckon I do, ca p t ing, an' I'm a n ob stropolous critter if any w ord gets to the onrighteous Britisher while I'm alookin'. Y e kin trust Horseshoe Jones for that." "I believe I can," said Dick. "I was a suspicionin' lhat you mought be some'eres in the region, capt ing, an' I w ante d to hold communication with ye, and that's why I whoaed that onpatient animile o' mine. He wanted to go on, but I was determinated to stop right yer an' I stopped. Where ' s yer maw and paw an' Kit, Patience?" "Maw's gone to mill, an' paw's gettin' his hoss shod, an' as fur. Kit, I rlonno what fool he's a-doin', 'less he's huntin' rabbits." "Kit's fond o' yer, Patience?" laughed the bac kwoodsman. "Shucks, how you do talk. Mr. Jones ." sa;d the girl, laughing and blushing. "Why, Ki t ' s on'y a boy." "There's Kit!" cried the girl, lo the door of the cabin. A well-built, handsome boy of fourteen, dresse,I in buck-skin and carrying a short r ifle o ve r his shoulder, now came into the cabin, followed bv the girl, who was blushing crimson and seemed to overjoyed about something. "Howdy, Horseshoe?" the boy saiu, putting down his rifle and throwing hi s coonskin cap in a corner. "Hearn anything 'bout the Tories ? They do say that they're comin' on amazin'. an' that afore long--" and then the boy stopped and looked inquiringly at Dick and Bob. "They're all right, Kit,". said the backwoods man. "The blue-eyed one is Captain Dick Slater of the Liberty Boys, an' t'other is his leftenant, an' I reckon you won't find no honester bit o' goods if yer travel the hull country." you ain't tellin' me! Dick Slater, o' the Liberty Boys? Why, say, you ole wildcat o' the-woods , Capt'n Slater 's a fust-class hero, he is. How'd Y . ou come to drop in h ere, captain?" "Looking for information, my boy, and I see m likely to get it. Did you hear anything definite about Ferguson?" "Waal, no, I didn't, capt'n. I learn a lot o' talk, but I dunno's you could thresh much sens e out'n it, arter all." Just then there was the sound of wheels, and then a . cart came in sight on the rough road around a turn: It was drawn by a clean horse, driven by a buxom woman, who cracked her whip and cried: "Get up there, Dobbin! Don't go to stoppin' right in o' bum an' make me get out an' walk." The horse came on, but wanted to go into the barn without letting the woman alight, and Dick stepped forward and stopped him. Then the woman got out, assisted by Bob, while Kit came from the cabin and took out a bag of meal and some other and carried them into the house "I reckon I'll be startin', cap'n," said the back-woodsman, having finished his bite and taking a pull at a flask. "Gotter wash down what I''ITe been eatin' fust an' then I'll get on the move." "! thi;nk we might go a short way with you, Horsesho e , " replie d D i c k, giving a peculiar call. In a mom ent a beautiful coal-bl a ck horse of pure Arabian blood came trotting up, and Dick got in the saddle. Then Bob calle d a fine bay and mounted, both animals having been in the bushes at the side of the ro a d. CHAPTER IL-What Happened at the Smithy. Jones and the two boys went. in the di rection of e. smithy kept by a man named Potter. Just before they got there J ones a s ked the two boys to enter after him, a s h e did not want Potter to see them together. Then Jones start ed ahead and told the smith he wanted a s hoe for his horse. The smith started his fire to bl a .zing bri.ghtly, and picke d up a shoe from a pqe o f tlrnm to put it on the coal s . Jus t the n D i ck a nd B a b came strolling up like any pair of cnrntrv boy s and' stopped to look on, paying no a'"ten t ion to the backwoodsman. Potter looked at the m carelessly, saw nothing suspicjous in their look s a nd paid no more attention to them for the time. "That ain't no sort o' shoe y e 're giving me," said Jones, suddenly snatching the s ho e from the smith and taking it between both hands . In an instant he had snappe d it in two and thrown the p i eces as. ide, breaking it as easily he would have broke n a biscuit. The n he picked out a good shoe and told the smit h t o pu t it on the horse, watching him while he was doing it to see that he played no tricks. "The m a n is unscrupulo u s , and J o n es knows it." thought D i ck. "He might easily lame t he horse s o that it would not show at fir st, and Jones could start off all right and in ten minutes be obligM to stop." "HI! what you lookin' at?" s n arled the smith, suddenly looking up from hi s work and glaring at Dick. "Lookin' at you w orkin', o' couise." careless ly. "Did you think I was cross-eyerl a n ' Jookin' behind me?" "Who are you, anyhow?" .growle d Potter. "I n ever saw you before." "Waal, that's your mi sfortun'. I h ain't never seen you, but I hain't missed much. Whvn't vou get to work an' not kee p the man a-waitin'?" Then Dick and Bob went on, knowing that the backwoodsman was capable of watching the smith and that no tricks would be played. Then the boys hurried back to wh ere they had left their horses and jumped into the saddle. "We mus t catch that boy," said Dick. "He cannot get very far before we overtake him." "The y went past the smithy at a .gallop, Pot"ter being in his house at the time, but flying out t<> s ee who was going by. Dick said to Bob: "I think you might rida on to camp, Bob, and I will take a look about and see if the Torie s are doing anything." "All ri .ght, Dick," returned Bob. "The boys and Mark will be glad of hear to our new ally, and I can keep them interested till you return." Bob then set off in one direction while Dick went in another, not going pas t the settler's cabin. but taking a trail to the westward. Going along the trail, which was scarcely more. than a


T HE LIBERTY BOYS A N D "HOR S ESHOE JON E S" h r idl e path , t h e trees ,growing c lose o n e i t her side a n d s hading it with their t h 'c k branches , t h e country growir.g wilder eve r y r'l''>m' nt, Dick. at l e n gc h, h e a r d v o ice s and caug h t t l,p word "re b Pls," which t o l d him that t h e r e wer<' Tories or perh aps redcoats ahead of him. Dismounting, h e l e d Majo r , his black Arabian, into a l ittJ 0 t hicket ::ind went fo: ward t o r econo i ter. In a s h ort tirn::> he came u p on a littl e h o llow where ther e was a c a b i n wi1 h a free ,growing alongsid0 , a littl e and a brock at o n e s id e. where were gathered c lo s e upo n a d oze n r1ug.h-l o o king m en. There '':as a fir e bui l t o pposite the cabi n at on e side of the c!e;:i.ring and i n front of this, s i t t i n g on a log, w::. s a stout man dres s e d i n wha t p::is<>ed for a Brit ish uniform, althourrh 1.he scarlet c o:it w a s t h e o n!:; 1 hin": n,at was rea1l y military about i t . The m(.>n a bcut him w o r e cocked hats. r o u n d wo o l hr>ts wi' h bucks' tnil s . :rn d m onskin caps, the i r a•tire bPin g o f bu('bddn p homenmn , ::me or t wo wear ing milita r v bree c h e s , a few b o o ts, and some rnoc casi n s and leggins , the w h ole co mpany pre a. most nonde sc ript appea ranc e . "These fello ws mPst b e Tor i es, " t h onght Dick, do w n upon the mot!ey :i.sscml1 lagc. "They have picked u p their uniform s from a ll the old corners the y c ould ransack , cvi de n t l v . " "Attent ion, company," said the sto11t rn :rn i n the scarlet c o a t . "\Ve a i r going to m a r c h aic'in the reb e l s, a n d I want you all J o he prepared. 'Peppere d, di d ye sav, captain? " aske d a rcr l ncsed man was hingan o ld skirt in thP brook. """e've been p e nper e d afore by t h e b lame r"b e l s and b y the m Liberty Boys. " "Ha llo! we have h 'l d a n en<'ou nter with som e of these fellows," thoug h t D i ck, " although I rlo not s eem t o r emember imv of t h e m . " "No, Jeems T y ler, I did n o t say ]J"' n n erer ! , I r-:iid prepared, do ye r onclerstan d'? No r e b e l s't a-,goin' t c r pepper u s. Them there I.iberty Boys air pernicious reb e l s an' must b e roofrd ont. ' V h e n Major F ergus on com es, w e m ust be able to go t o him an' say wi t h swellin' buzzu ms--" "Swellin' s t u mmicks y c r mean , P e t e ." s a id the man at the b r o ok. "Yoms i s a s w ellin' fin e . an' if the m ajor sees yer he'll think yer' ve swallered ::t. d r nm." "\,;1pt a in P eleg P elligre w. if ycu p l e;:isc, " snort ed the fat man. "Yer gotter b e morPt o y e r superior o, Jcems T y ler. " "Shut up, Jeems! " p,"ro w le

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "HORSESHOE JONES" being bound with a short bit of rope so that he might not escape. The evening was coming on. the fire showing brighter than it had done on account of the gathering shadows. "Bob does not know of this place," thought Dick, "and I will not be missed for some time. These ruffians would make no show against us, but there may be more of them. If I can get my hands loose I might climb down by this very tree, which is close to the loft window, and s o , g e t away, but I am afraid it is a task." The men had tie d his hands behind him very securely, and a few efforts in that direction showed him that it was u s eless to attempt to free himself. "I will never tell them," he murmured, "and perhaps there w ill be a chance to get away when the old woman returns." Looking out of the window, Dick could s ee the men sitting about the fire eating and drinking and making a lot of noise. a ju,g passing freely among them, its contents serving to make them noisier every minute. It "vas growing qnite dark in the cabin loft and the shadows were lengthen ing below, the trees throwing a shade over the place, which the light of the fire did not alto gether dispel. Suddenly Dick, who had gone away from the window, heard a low whistle outside and then heard some one say, cautiously: "Are you there, captain?" Dick at once recognized the voice a s that of Kit, the boy he had seen at the settler's cabin, and went to the window. "Is that you, Kit?" he asked, in a low tone. "Yes. I am in the tree. Can you se'? me?" "No, it i s too dark. How did you get there?" "Climbed up here just now. I was out on the trail looking for rabbits and I heard old Granny Green corning along, muttering to herself, and I heard her say the Tories were going to hang you and I come right alo!l.g." "The Tories did not see you?" "No, they are half drunk now, and they'll be all so, I reckon. Can yer reach the tree?" "Yes, but I am tied and can do nothing." "Shucks! I'll have ter fix that," and the boy swung over from the tree to the window an

THE LIBERTY BOYS A:ND "HORSESHOE JONES" 6 at length arriving at the camp, where he was challenged by Ben Spurlock, one of the Liberty Boys, and a lively one at that. "It's the captain, Ben," said Dick, quickly P.Jounting and going fo rward where a number of 1 h::-!::oys were sitting or s tandinga round the camp-fires. "Hallo! something must have happened, Dick!" ciiP,d Bob, coming forward. "\Ne expected you scme time ago." "Yes, something did happen, Bob.'\ Dick re turned, "but Kit helped me out of it.'' "More adventures?" asked Mark Morrison. the second lieutenant and one of the bravest of the bays. "You and, Bob had some, w e hear, and now you have-been having so me o n your own account." The boys were all interested in Dick's meeting with "Horseshoe Jones," and were 0ager to see him when h e should return with news of Ferguson and the Tories. They took an interest also in Dick's encounter with Pelligrew and his motley band, and of Kit's rescue of the young captain, and wan t e d to see the backwood s boy, whom they all knew they would Jikr. "That's the kind of fello\\' we want in the Liberty Boys," said Mark. " Yes, but Kit is rather young for u s yet," Dick replied,. "although he i s a good-sized boy and sturdy. Still, if he asks to come and his par0nts are willing for him to join, I think I would take him." The boys did not see "Horseshoe Jones " that night, and in the morning Kit Ross came riding into the camp, Dick having given him an idea where it was, saying, excitedly: "I wanter see the captain right smart. Pa tience Woods h?.s been carried off by a lot D' Tory skunks, and the captain kin help m e get her back. I know who was in it.'' "Patience has been carried off, Kit?" asked Bob, who was near when the boy entered. corning forward. "When did this happen?" "Me an' Patience was goin' to the mill, an' a lot o' them fellers come up an' fit m e 'an took Patience away. I gave. three or four o' them 1;ome good on their heads, but a lot o' them got around me an' the rest run off with Patience. Jim Filkins says he's going to marry her, but he shan't, 'caus e I'm goin' ter do it myself when I git bi,g al'l' old 'nuff. 'Sides. Jim's a Tory, an' she won't have not})in' ter do with him." Bob had sent one of the boys for Dick, who now came up and said: "Show us the place where the Tories took her away, Kit, and we will look for her. You did me a good turn last night and the boys are ready to help you." "I knew you would, cap'n," the boy answered, "because you're all good patriots an' air ready to lick these Tories whenever you git a good chanst. I'd like to be one of the Liberty Boys , an' if my uncle in willin' will you take me?" "We will talk about that later, Kit," said Dick, "but the first thing we do must be to get Patience away from these Tory ruffian s . You don't know where they would take her?" "No, 'less ter Granny Green's in the "' ' they know that I know that place. might take her to ther niggro swamp, holler, They ' ,cause that's a hard place to find, an' lots o' folk s are askcered to go there." "'Nell, we will start from where she was carried off," and nick got into the saddle, Ben Spurlock leading Major at that moment. Seven or eight other boys were ready by this time, among them Jack Warren, on a speedy bay mare; Harry Judson and Harry Thurber, on a pair of well-matched sorrels; Mark, on a big gray, and Sam Sanderson, on a chestnut. Kit had not dismounted, and now he rode ahead with Dick to sho w him the way to the place where the Tory boys had attacked him. "They are some of the boys who attacked us last ni0ght, aren't they, Kit?". Dick asked, as they rode on. "YPs, there was Jim Filkins and Reddy Hatch an' Bowlegs an' Patch Eye an' a lot more. I know most all on 'em." "Those al'e queer names , Kit,'' laughed Dick. "Them's nicknames, but everybody calls 'em by those names, an' I reckon s om e folks donno 'em by any other." "And Jim Filkins i s the leader?" "Yes, him an' Bowlegs an' Reddy. They're ther wust on 'em.'' "Well, we will try to catch up with them and give them a good thrashing to teach them to behave themselves.'' When they nearly at the place where the Tory boys had attacked Kit and Patience, they heard the sound of hoofs, and in a few moments the backwoods spy came ridin1g toward them. "Howdy, capting?" said Jones, as he halted. "Them obstropolous Tories are on the march, an' of all the ragtag an' bobtail army ye ever se e they're Hie wust. I ketched sight on 'em but they didn't see me. They're makin' fur Gilber town by the hundred, an' I reckon they 'spect ter make ther place their meetin'-grnund afore startin' out ter rampage over the country the owdacious curs!" ' "Did you 1get any word of the mountain men., Horseshoe ?" "Yas, some; but Ferguson hain't sent no me s senger to Cornwallis yit. Reckon he thinks he's got everything in his fist an' that he don't need ter. Fergus on air a pursumtious critter . an' opinionates that he air got the whip-hand on us, an' there ain't no needcessity whatsurnever o' callin' in any one else.'' "Well, he will find himself mi staken, I fancy,'' shortly. "What brings ye out on the road at this time, captaing? It ain't so fur arter sun-up." A lot of Tories, boy s mostly, have run off with Patience Woods and we are going to find where they have gone." "Waal, I want ter know! Ef that ain't the most oxtraordinary thing I ever see. I hain't scussly passed by a lot o' skunks makin' their "ay ter the nigigro swamp throug h the woods back yander. I didn't s ee ther gal with 'em, but I seed Bowlegs an' Jim Filkins, Reddy Hatch an' Patch Eye an' some more on' em, hurryin' through the woods like a passe l o' hounds arter a fox." "Back here a bit, Horseshoe?" asked Kit. "Yas, by ther cedar patch.'' "Come on, capting,'' said Kit, eagerly. " I know the way, but yer cain't take yer bosses


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "HORSESHOE JONES" inter the swamp. Scussly anybody but n1ggroes kin git inter it, an' they allus goes afoot." "Well, we will go as far as we can, anyhow," said Dick. "Go with Mr. Jones to the camp, Sam, so as to show him where it is. " Sam Sanderson and the backwoods spy now rode off toward the camp, Dick, Kit and the rest hurrying on toward where Jones had seen the Tory boys going through the woods. There was a trail through the woods which the boys fol lowed with their horses for a hme and then, coming to a dense, swampy clluntry, they were obliged to dismount. Then of Hie boys remained to guard the horses, Dick a n•d Mark, with Jack, Ben and the two Harrys went ahead, taking Kit with them. "Do you know the way into the negro s,wamp, Kit?" Dick asked. "No, capting. I reckon I don't," the boy answered promptly, "or not all the way, tenny rate. It ain't a place what the boys cares to go inter much 'cause there's all sorts o' stories about it, an' I reckon we're askeer<'d to go alone an' nobody cain't git no one to go with him." "Would these boys know the way?" "They mought, 'cause there's a lot on 'em an' they'd keep up each other's spunk by there bein' so many on 'em." "Well, I will try to find the way the Tory boys took," observed Dick, going forward and looking carefully about him. "Here are some fresh tracks," he said, "and here are Patience's footp1ints. I think that they're hers because they are smaller than the rest. Here i s a broad, almost round track." "That's Clubby Perkins' mark, I reckon," exclaimed Kit. H e's a niggro an' club-foo ted. Ef he's with the rest they'll find their way fast 'nuff, 'cause he knows it." "Then it will be all the easier for us to find them," declared Dick, "as they will go strai1ght into the swamp' and not wander about as the y would if they did not know the way very well." There was no trouble in following the trail, and it was quite evident that the Tories had no idea that any one would follow them as they had made no effort to cove;: their tracks. "Here's where Bowlegs went," said Kit, shortly. "See how far apart his feet are? The boys say that a pig could run atween his legs an' never touch him." "The boy would be good in following a trail," said Jack Warren. "He picks out things very well." "Yes, and he would be irood at other things," rejoined Mark, whose particular chum Jack was. "He i s brave and honest and will tell the truth, ev e n if it is to his disadvantage." The path wound about, but was good, and the boys had no trouble in following it, the swamp growing more and more impassable on both sides and the verdure thicker and darker as they went on. "Look out for trouble, boys," muttered Dick at length, as they went on in single file. "I hear voices ahead and we will shortly meet s ome one, probably this club-footed ne,gro or some of the T ory ruffians." The boys proceeded cautiously, Dick and Kit ahead, and at last came out into a little clearing whe

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "HORSESHOE JONES" 7 us. We could see the footprints of all the party, yours as well as those of the Tory boys and the negro, and they gave u s all the guide we wanted." When they got out of the swamp and back to where the boys were waitin,g with the horses, Kit took the girl up with him, her hqrse having been turned loo se, and set out for the mill, as they had intended. Dick and the boys started out for the hollow where the .Tory capiain had his quarters, hoping to meet some of the rascal s. When they reached the hollow, however, the place seemed t!) be deserted, for they could see no one in the cabin or around it, the door being shut. Dick, Mark and Jack went down the winding path to the cabin, the others remaining above. Then the old .granny came out, saw the boys and said, with a whine: "What do you wish, young gentlemen? I am onl y a poor old woman. past ninety years of age. and wouldn't do no harm to any one." "Where are Captain Peleg Pelligrew, Bill Tig,gs, J eems Tyler and the other Tory ruffians who were here las t night?" aske.d Dick. "I donno no such pussons ; young gentleman. There's nobody lives .here but me, an' it's hard to make any kind o' livin' these days, bein' a poor old woman ninety--" "You were active enough last night," said Dick, "whe n you went up the path for a rope with which to han,g me. There it is now, hang . ing from the limb of the tree." The remains of the fire could be seen near the brook, as well as the shirt of Jeems Tyler, which the man had evidently left behind in his haste to get away. "Never seed ye before in all my days, young gentleman," the crone muttered. "My eyesight is very poor these days and I can't see scussly nothin'. Could ye give a poor old woman past ninety years of aige a shill in' ter buy bacon?" "No, you lying old crone, I could not. Where have these men gone? Are they coming back to this place, or have they gone to Gilbertown to join the othe r rascats who are gathering there?" "I donno what ye mean, young sir," with a whine. "There haven't been no folks ter my poor cabin .'cept yourself, in ten years. A poor old--" "Well, never mind," said Dick. "They are not here, clear enough, and they know what they will get if they come around. The lot of them deserve hanging, and you are as bad as the rest, if you are an old woman." The old crone hobbled into the cabin, and Dick and his companions went to the bank above, all riding on along the narrow trail. N earin,g the road, they heard the sound of a fife and drum, and Dick said, listening a moment: "They are coming along the road. They are playing s omethinig like a British air and playing it very badly. Perhaps this is the noble company a part of which I saw last night." Getting into the road, the boys halted, the sound of the fife and drum being louder, and the tramp of a number of men being heard. Then P eleg Pelhgrew, wearing his scarlet coat and mounted upon a small, weak-backed Carolina ' horse, came in sight, followed by two-score or more nondescript-looking soldiers, some of whom Dick recognized. Every man of them seemed to be marching in different time, and no two kept the same step, the lines being very wavy and at uneven.. distances apart. "Here is the gallant company of Captain P

8 THE L IBERTY BOYS AND " HORSESHO E JONES" us about that . I suppose yer want ter hear him say it hisself?" " Yes, the consent of the parents or of the natural guardian is always required when a boy desires to joi n the Libert y B oy s. We are all boys, y o m see, and all of us have to do as our parents o r guardians sav." "S'pose a boy hasn't got none?" "Such cases have been scarce, but if there was a good reaso n for accepting the boy, we have done it. " "Waal, I asked Uncle Jim and he said he reckoned it was all right. He kin .git along without me on the place, and he k'1ow s I wanter do suthin' for the cause, an' he thinks it better for me to .iine the Liberty Boys'n ter go inter the & .rmy. 'Sides, I'm not big enough for that, 'less I was a drummer." "I'll ride over there with you, Kit," said Dick, presently. "There i s nothing going on very p a rticular, and I am waiting to hear more from Horses hoe. We may march shortly, or w e may not. A s s oon a s the mountain m en have 1rnther ed I shall join them and march against Ferguson, but just now I will watch the around here, and if t h e y m ake any trouble I will put them down." "You settled Pek.g Pelligrew an' hi s crowd pretty slick, ca!Jtain ," laughed Kit, "but I reckon they ain't all like that. " "No, perhaps not, and we must look out fo;: them. " Die)< quickly saddled Major and set out with Kit, telling Bob where he was going a nd asking him to lo o k out for the camp. Dick's way led past the s mithy of Seth Potter, and when they reached the place they saw a num ber of evillooking m e n in front of it, Potter being busy at his forge, while a boy was turning a big-grind stone, at whiC'h some of the men were sharpening their knives. "There's Jim Filkins turnin' ther .grin'stun fur them fellers," said Kit, as Dick drew Tein. "I reckon they're all Tories. " The men had not seen Dick and Kit, as they had halted upon coming in sight of the and the men themselves were too busy to look around, not excepting any o ne. "What yer goin' ter do, captain?" asked the boy. There's a lot on 'em, an' ef they see us they'll shore come arter u s . " ''We could go around through the woods of the smithy, Kit, leading our horses. It is the only thing w e can do, I think." They drew back among trees, and just then more rn.!n came up and stopped a t the forge, some wantin1r hcrses shod and some to have knives sharpened. "There is something going on, Kit," said Dick. "These men are not li1•c Peleg's set, and we cannot frighten them with a :;mall force. We need twenty for that." "Shall I go back and get more of the boys, captain?" Kit asked. No. I think we will go around, so as t o l ose nn t imE. These fellows w ill do nothing yet. They are preparing to join Ferguson, and t hey w ill not trouble u s if they do not see u s. Come along, Kit. we will make our way around back of the smith's." "But b ' pose we meet more on 'em when we git inter ther road again? They seem to be comin' that way. " " Yes, but there is a cross-road below, and they probably come by that. We will not 1get into the road till we have passed that one. " The young captain and the backwoods bov n o w dismountE!ft and led their horses into the w oods, Dick going ahead and keeping a sharp looko ut. As they passed 1.he smithy, out of sight among the trees, the y heard the Tories t alking excitedly, but could not make out what was said in the confusion, Dick catching the word "rebels," but not much else. "We must look out for those men," he said. "They are worse than the others , who really amounte d to little." Getting in sight of the road again, Dick peered out, cautiously, and saw a number of men coming along the cross-road, as he had thought they might, and he therefore pushed on past this and, at length, came out where there was no one in sight. "'We are all right now, Kit," he said. "We have passed the worst of it, and if we m ee t any one it will not be more than a man or two, and these will not trouble us." They went on, therefore, at a •good pace, shortly meeting a man whom Kit declared t o be a Tory and who glared at Dick, but said nothing. "If he is to the smithy he may tell the other5 that he met me," D ick said, "and they w ill be looking out for me on the return. W e may have to go around again." "That feller is a rank Tor y , captain," said Kit, "an' he'll d o all the harm he kin." "Well, we shall have to watch him, that's all," Dick said, lightly. "If we show these m e n that we are not afraid of t h e m, you will find that they wi ll not d o much." Thev reached the cabin at last and were welcomed by the backwoodsman and his wife, and Patience, who seemed very glad to see Kit again. "I didn't know but what you'd been carried off by the Torie;-;, Kit," she said. "\Ve didn't expect to see you. captain." .. I thoughl it best to come over," Di c k :Tpl'ed . Yon are perfectiy willing that Kit should join the Liberty Boys, are you, Mr. vVoods?" "Sultinly, captain. I reckon that'll be a better place for him'n the army, an' he's plumb sot on

THE LIBERTY BOYS ANJ? "HORSESHOE JONES" 9 man's wife made up a bundle of clothes for Kit, and then they set out for the camp, taking a somewhat different route, which would not lead them as near to the smithy, being somewhat longer bnt safer, in Dick's estimation. "It will not be so much loniger, as long as we d o not have to go through the woods, Kit," he said. "I reckon I kin leave that to you, captain," laughed Kit. "Ef they was a even chanst you wouldn't go out o' your wav a mite, but ver got ter be keerful when the odds i s wg'in yer as they be now . " They rode on rapidly, seeing no one for som e time, but at length, on coming in sight of a cabin by the wayside, where the trees were thick on both sides of the road, Dick saw suspicious signs and said, quietly: "Get your rifle ready to fire at a moment's notice, Kit. I don't like the looks of things at that cabin. " "All right, captain," Kit answered, and the b oys went on. Suddenly, as they were much nearer the cabin, Ki t unslung his rifle quickly and shouted: "Hallo! what yer

10 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "HORSE.SHOE . JONES" ther smith's, air ergoin' tcr 'tack yer camp some time in ther mornin', thinking' as how yer won't be suspicionin' that they're comin', an' I thought yer mought like ter know it s o as ter give the owdaci ous critters a warm reception." "That's what we 'll have to do!" said Dick. CHAPTER VIL-Following Fel'lguson. The backwood,sman told Dick that he had been over to the camp of the Tories at the smithy and had learn e d many of their plans. They were going to join Ferguson at Gilbertown, but first they were going to attack the camp of the Liberty Boys and run off with the horses, these being badly needed, and then go on well equipped. They expected to fall upon the camp in the early morning, when the y thought that all would be dark and still and the boys fast asleep, take all they could and then proceed, expecting to Jmpply themselves with all they needed from the Y boy' s camp. "It is likely that we would be ready for them, as we are always on the lookout," remarked Dick to Jones, ''but we are just as much obliged to you for warning u s, and now we will surely be ready for these ruffians." "Smite the Philistines hip an' thi1gh, capting," said Jone s. "Smite the obstropolous varmints., an' put ' em under foot in ther dust an' the mud where air t h eir habitation." "'We will be ready for them. Horses hoe," laughed Dick. "Kit is one of the Liberty Boys now." "That's good, capting; that'll be er 1good bringin' up fur ther b 0y. I allus did take a fatherly interest in thet boy, an' I'd like ter see him prosper an' make a man o' hisself. Kit i s a good boy." "Have you none of your own, Mr. Jones?" asked Dic k. "None what I want ter know m e yit, capting," muttered the backwoodsman, and Dick knew that he had t ouch ed upon an unpleasant subject and said no more. "Keep a lookout for the obstropolou s critters," said Jones, and then he went off to talk to Kit and some of the boys around the fire. "ThP,re i s s om e mystery about the man w hi c h he does not care to speak of, some life sorrnw which has saddened him," thought Dick. " H e is a sturdv fellow, and I may be able to give him advice. H n will take it later perhaps, but it would be idle to speak of it now." The boys were greatly interested in hearing what "Horseshoe Jones" had to say. and were eager to n:ect t he Tories and punish them as they deserved. "Going lo run off with our horses and join Ferguson, are they?" muttere d Jack. Well, they will not get my mare. I can tell them that." "They imagine that we will not b e ready for them," sputtered Ben, "but if they think we are a lot of vagabonds l ike Peleg Pelligrew and his Tory scoundrels to run at the first fire, they will find out their mistake in a ve1-y few sec ond s." "Comin1g sneaking up in the dead of night, like a lot of Indians or thieves," ejaculated Harry Thurber, "expecting to find us all asleep. Well, they'll find u s awake enough." The backwoodsman presently went away, and after a time the camp became quiet, the sentries keeping a strict watch, although little was to b e heard, the fires dying down and all being dark at length. The boys did not expect the marauders until after midnight, but they kept a strict watch, nevertheles s, as the Tories might come earlier. At length, toward morning, when the night was at its darkest, the sentries heard suspicious sounds and at once signaled to each other. These signal s consisted o f sounds heard in Nature, and by them the boys could make themselves understood without speaking a word. The siignals went from one to another, and i . n a • short time all the boys were awake and ready although still not a sign was given of their being prepared. To one who did not know, the camn seemed to be still fast asleep and even u.nguard ed. Now and then a fire flickered and blaze d up a little, showing boys asleep, apparently. the tents closed and no sentries in si.g-ht. Suddenly there was a wild yell and the Tories made a rush toward the place where the horses were picketed. At once fires blazed up all along the line, and three-score brave boys suddenly sprang out from this place and that, ready to meet the foe and drive him away. "Fire!" cried Dick, standing on no ceremony with s u c h ruffians. At once there was a tremendous voll ey. i>nd then more Liberty Boys appeared and attar1en prepared for t h em, the Tories woul

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "HORSESHOE JONES" 11 "Where are you going, Horseshoe?" asked Dick. "Ter jine ther Liberty Boys an' ter keep er circomspectious watch on that thar messenger an' ketch him ef I kin," said Jones. "Very good," with a smile. "G:et him if you can." Jones then went away, and the Liberty Boys were on the march in a short time, the boys be ing anxious to catch up with the Tories and give them a thrashing. The enemy had left Gilbertown in stron,g force and were proceeding in the direction of Charlotte, where Cornwallis was quartered, in the hope of forming a union with him and devastating the intervening country on the way. The Liberty Boys came upon parties of the mountain men during the latter part of the morniillg and all proceeded in pursuit of the enemy, who had lC'ft a broad trail and one easily followed. Shortly after noon they halted to take a rest and make a temporary camp, other divisions comiillg up before they set out again on the march. The mountain men were rough, sturdy fel lows, dressed v 'ariously in homespun or bnckskin and armed according to fancy or convenience, bringing simple provisions with them and depending on little, but thoroughly in earnest and determined to put an em! to Toryism in the Carolinas. The move against Ferguson had been simultaneous in many sections, and now the men from these different parts were au coming together, resolved to cut off the Tories from uniting with Cornwallis and to show the latter that his scheme for subjugating the Carolinas to kingly rule was a futile one. In the afternoon, quite late, the Liberty Boys halted and had not been loillg in camp before "Horseshoe Jones" came in. "The obstropolous Tories air camped on King's Mountain, capting, erbout twelve miles north o' the ford," he said, "an' they kind o' have an idee that they've got a po s i t ion what they ain't no drivin' 'em out'n, but I've hunted foxes an' searched on the mountings afore now, an' I've generally found that yer could git 'em out an' I reckon that Campbell an' Jim Williams an' ther rest won't find no onsurmountable obstacle to it in this here case." "We will try it at any rate, Horseshoe," replied Dick, with a smile. The young captain determined to remain where he was till the next day and then go on to King's Mountain and reconnoiter, while waiting for the full force of the patriots to come up. These were being pushed on rapidly, only the strongest and those who were mounted goiTug ahead, the rest coming on more slowly. It was not long to dark when the boys made their camp. CHAPTER VIII.-The Backwoodsman's Capture. The next morning, early, the Liberty Boys rode rapidly to within a few miles of King's Mountain, where Fenguson, who was a major of British regulars, was encamped with his motley army. There were some British troops with him, but the greater part were Tories and of the most lawless sort, some of them known out-/ laws. Ferguson had a strong ppsioion, but there was no saying that it could no.t be stormed and the enemy driven out. Dick had the boys patrolling the roads in different directions, and "Horseshoe Jones" went out alone earlier than any, saying to the young patriot captain: " I gotter get that messenger, capting, like I promised s ome time heretoforward. I hain't seen none o' the obstropolous critters yit, but I reckon I will." "Keep a lookout for them, Horseshoe," said Dick. "Ferguson air like a chipmunk in a trap, an' he'll chew his legs off ter git out, an' I reckon he'll be sendin' word ter Conwallis in ther most anxiousfied way." "Most likely," shortly. The backwoodsman then set out on his horse, and Dick sent a number of boys in differe::it directions. "Arrest any suspicious-looking person," Dick instructed the boys. "Make a thorough search if you have any notion that your men carry concealed dispatches. Ferguson will endeavor to get word to the Earl beyond a doubt, and we must intercept all such communications." Dick was out on the road himself, keeping watch, and 1going from one party to another to see if anything had been discovered. He saw nothing suspicious and, at length, returned t o the camp, determined not to relax his vigilance because nothing had as yet been accomplished. The camp was in an open wood and the boys were sitting about occupying themselves in various ways, Dick passing from group to group and saying a few words. Kit was sitting talk in1g to Jack Warren and some of the boys, when Dick stopped to talk to him. "We have not heard anything from Horses hoe yet, Kit," he said. "Waal, I reckon ef there's anythiillg to be done he'll do it, captain," returned Kit. "Horseshoe is right peart at doin' what he says he will." "Diel you ever hear of his being married and having sons, Kit?" "No, I never did, but I reckon if he had he'd be good to 'em, for he's allus good to me, an' I ain't nothin' to him." "So I should think," said Dick, "but there has b een some troubl e , some sorrow somewhere in his life, and that may have softened him in some ways and hardened him in others." "Ha ll o! Who's that?" cried Jack. "That's Horseshoe now!" exclaimed Kit. There was a clatter o f hoofs and Jones came riding in, a British officer on the saddle in front. "Hurrah!" shouted Dick, waving his hat. "I've got him, capting!" cried the backwoods man, waving hi s coonskin cap as he rode up. T:ke boys all Pressed forward, following Dick, and Kit caught the bridle of the backwoodsman's horse. "Whoa, ole Whitefoot!" roared the man. "Don't be so obstropolous, consarn ye!" The British officer had his arms bound be hind him, and now as the boys lifted him from the saddle, "Horseshoe Jones" said , with a loud guffaw, which echoed throU1gh the woods: "I was obliged to tie ther cantankerous redcoat, capting, he was so obstropolous. Why, he 'lowed he'd do anythin' 'cept come with me, an'


1 2 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "HORSESHOE JONES" IO ter stop argyfyin' I jist got a thong an' trussed him up .go od an' proper, li k e a wild tur ley bein' fixed f u r roastin'. It's owdacious how atubborn some folks is." "Release him, boys," said Dick, smiling. "Reckon he was a bit flabbergasted, capting," laughed Jones, "fur he called me a rebel an' a )toss-thief an' a ll sorts o' oncomplimentary appellations, but them things jist s l id off'n me like water off'n a loon's back, an' I .iist 'lowed he was with me no matter what names he done lalled me, an' here he is." "This is an outrage, an insult, a deadly affront, sir!" sputtered the redcoat, tufning to Dick. "What right had this uncouth pers on who 1talls you captain to tie me up in this fashion?" "To prevent your escaping, I suppose," replied Dick, quietly. "I'll trouble you for your dis :i>atches to Lord Cornwallis, if you please." The redcoat flushed and said, impatiently: "I have no dispatches. I was simply ridin11; along t!te road, surveying the prospect, when this uncouth fellow come up and demanded that ] should go with him. I rcfeused, of course, aot recognizing his authority." "Tried ter git away amazin'. capting," laughed the backwoods spy. "Tried ter git on his hoss, i u t I give him a clip on the flank an' sent him illyin', arter which I softly an' persuasively in ilu ced him ter come erlong o ' me without bein' :JO obstropolous. " "He was not on one o f the regular roads, Horseshoe?" asked Dick. "No , captinig, he wasn't, he was sneakin' erlong s little by-road quite promiscuous, an' keepin' •f his eyes peeled as if he suspicioned there be some oncompromising critter like me erbout, seekin' what he mought dewour, an' holdin' hi s pistols ready to use in the great est promptitude. Then I jumped onto him, like .1 hawk on a chicken an' knocked him medita iiion s endwise." "He was evidently suspicious that there l e enemies about, then, Horseshoe?" asked Dick. "He shore was an' he was so flabbergasted when I got him that he turned red, white and llue, like that cockade o' yourn, in a shake of turkey buzzard's wing." " I will trouble you for your papers, sir," said .Dick to the officer, now guarded by Jack Warren and Kit. "I have none, I tell you," replied the redcoat. "'Why should I have any papers?" "For many reasons," quietly. "Are you going 1o obhge u s to search you or will you give them p voluntarily?" . The officer was unbound now, but was guardect'iy the boys to see that he did not try to escape 111 destroy the papers. Dick was satisfied that had s ome and wanted to make him give them •P if he could. " I tell you I have none," the officer repeated, '*igr,-cd!y. "Search him, boys," said Dick. Jack and Ben searched in the man's pockets, tt found nothing of anv importance. They :nade the officer take off his coat and waistcoat,

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "HORSESHOE JONES" 13 that you had something of the sort, and from what the backwoodsman told me. You see, we learn to take account of all these litt le signs. I am a spy myself, but I never carry papers with me. 1t i s too dangerous." "I am not a spy," muttered the redcoat. "I am a confidential messenger sent to acquaint Lord Cornwallis with the pertinacity of you lawless rebels so that he may punish you as you deserve." Dick simply smiled and said: "You may resume your customary attire, sir. We will endeavor to treat you with all the consideration to which you are entitled, but you will remain our prisoner for the present." "Waal, ef thet ain't a sockdolo,ger ! " exclaimed "Horseshoe Jones," with a loud laugh. The officer's boots was repaired and he resumed his clothing, looking igreatly crestfallen and saying nothing. "Jeminy! the captain air the slickest feHer I ever see,'' exclaimed Kit to Jack. "I'd have given up lookin' arter I didn't find nuthin' in his pockets." "The captain has had experience, Kit," laughed Jack. "This is not the first spy we have been obli1ged to search, and they have more tricks tha n you have any idea of." "Reckon they have," said Kit, with a chuckle. "It takes a peart boy like the capting ter git erhead of a cantankerous feller like this here redcoat," said Jones. "I suspicioned him m'self when I seen hifn polyfoxin' along the aidge o' ther wood an' keepin' hi s eye on every bus h an' twig, jest like a fox erwatchin' er chicken-coop, an' I knowed I wasn't wrong in fetchin' of him ter ther capting, but I wouldn't 've knowed how ter go ter work ter git ther papers out'n him like ther capting done . " "That's experience, Horseshoe," laughed Ben. "Captain Slater has had a lot of it." "Reckon he has," thoughtfully, "an' I reckon he's hadother sorts, moreover. He air got an old head on younig shoulders." The British officer was put in a tent under strict guard, as he might yet try to escape and to deliver Ferguson's message to Cornwallis by word of mouth. There were probably other messengers dispatched, as Ferguson would not trust t o one alone, and Dick sent some of the boys out in various directions, ,going out himself at length, and taking Kit along, so as to g ive the new recruit a bit of practical experience. This made Kit very proud and he determined to do his best. CHAPTER IX.-Kit in Danger. Dick and Kit set out a narrow road which led around to the base of Kinig's Mountain on the north, being little traveled and very rough, scarcely more than a bridle-path at any time, and occasionally even less than that and strewn with many obstacles. The backwoodsman had ,gone off ah:me shortly after the search of the British officer had been concl .uded, and no one knew where he was. He was trustworthy, however , and the boys knew that if there was anything to do or to be learned, he would do his .share of it, and they had no apprehension re-garding him, therefore. .Dick and Kit rode 011. at an easy gait, no other beinig possible, in fact,; where. they were going, sometimes having to go at a walk, keeping their eyes and ears opeD. fo:r enemies of all sorts. Kit looked very smart in his uniform, with his musket over his shou lder, and felt considerable responsiblity at beinig with Dick, for he wanted to do what was right and. not get Dick into trouble through his carelessness or ignorance. They were proceeding along a narrow path, Dick in the lead, as the way was. not wide enough for them to go abreast, when there was a sudden noise, and Dick turned quickly to see three or four men spring out, seize Kit and drag him from his horse. The boy's musket was discharged, and at once Dick fired one or two shots at the ruffians, a s h e took them to be, hitting one of them. It was a difficult shot to make as there was danger of hitting the boy, but Dick was used to such shots and had no fear. There was scarcely room t<> turn in the narrow path, but Major was intelligent and easily handled, and D ick had wheeled in a surprisingly short time. The men, one or two of whom Dick recognized as having been at the smithy, another be ing Potter himself, hurried away into the woods towards the mountain with the boy, Dick firing' no more shots, as he did not want to attract attention to himself. Making Major lie down in the bushes beyond the path, he caught Kit's. horse, which was frightened, and put him beside the black, both being well ridden. Then he set out after Kit with his abductors, creeping along rapidly and cautiously so as not to be seen. "Seth Potter knows the boy,'' he said, "an

14 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "HORSE.SHOE JONES" "You won't, eh?" growled the man, savagely, making a lunge at the boy with his knife. At onc e there were two shots fired, and the man Jell backward, the knife flying from his hand. Dick had fired one shot and had hit the knife in the Tory's hand, but who had fired the other was a question. Not for long, however, as, with a fierce shout, "Horseshoe Jones" leaped into the opening and cut the boy's bonds. The instant that Dick saw him he sprang forward and began to fire rapidly at the Tories. "Run, Kit! We will look after these fellows!" cried Dick. The backwoodsman swung his rifle about as he leaped forward, and half a dozen of the Tories fell to the earth, badly stunned or with their skulls cracked. The Tories were startled, but backwoods man would have been surrounded in .1. short time. "Cut an' run, capting, an' I'll 'tend ter these obstropolous varmints all right," said the backwoodsman, knocking down two or three of the :riearest Tories. "Our horses are right here," said Dick. "So is mine ," muttered the backwoods spy. Dick hurried away, called to Kit and found him, and then both leaped into the saddle as the brave backwoodsman went dashing through the thicket. Dick fired two or three rapid shots, and then they rode on, Jones jumping upon his horse farther on and following them. "I'd have killed the lot o' t h e m owdacious villains if anything had happene d t o thet boy," muttered Jones. " I think a heap o' him, I do, jest like he was my own." "Yes, Kit says you have been very 1good to him," said Dick. The Tories did not follow them, and the y presently went on at a less rapid rate. "The boy never hollernd when the blame Tory drawed hi-s knife onto him," muttered Jones. "I didn't know you was around, Capting, or whether you was ketched or not, but I wasn't goin' ter take no risks, an' I jest winged that feller good. He won't draw no more knives on folks, the cantankerous skunk!" "No," said Dick, shortly. "I give the obstropolous smith a sore head, an' s ome o' them fellers wul! be laid up for a week or more, I reckon. We'll l'arn 'em to strike at their betters, the catawamptious cannibals." "These fellows were at the foot of the mountain instead of on top of it," remarked Dick. "If thev stop there they will be routed in a short time." "Reckon Ferguson air usin' them as a sort o' picket ter hold ther base o' the mountain," muttered Jones . "He don't 1give a rap what becomes on 'em. He'd iust as leave have 'em cut ter pieces as not. All he keers erbout is ter hold his pursition till Cornwallis kin get help to him. These Tories ain't like reg'lars, an' he don't keer er copper what becomes on 'em." "Sh!" said Dick, suddenly halting. "There is some one coming. It may be another messenger." "Yas, I hear him. You got amazin' 1good ears, cap,ting." 'Yes, I have trained them," shortly. Dick, Kit and "Horseshoe Jones" hid in the bushes by the side of the road. and presently a roan in buckskin came riding along at an easy gait, advancing furtively from side to side as he come on. There was something about him that aroused Dick's suspicions in a moment, and he steppe d out and said: "Wait a moment. Where are you goin11:?" Although the man was dresse d in backwoods garb he did not have the appearance of a backwood sman, his face being very little bronzed, and his manner of sitting his horse being more soldierly. "Going to jine the rebels an' fight these here Tories," the stranger replied. "Are they come yet, captain?" Dick whistled, and Kit and the backwoodsman stepped out. "That feller ain't no mountain man no more'n I'm a skunk, capting," mutternd J ones. "He air a delusion an' snare like t h e wicked what go 'round seekin' what they may devour." "He's a spy," said Kit. "We uns don't call ourselves rebels, I reckon. He's a cheat." The man l ooked uneasy, and said: "Every one call s you rebels , u s, I mean, and you are if you'rc 1goin' agains t the kin g . I'm going ag'in him, same as you uns. what you want to stoo me fur?" "Where are yer paoers ?" ,asked Jones . "Yer cain't fool u s with none . o' yer obstropolous talk. Why, a baby could see that yer was er cheat. Gimme them dispatches ter Cornwallis or I'll rend hip an' thigh, like Samson did the Philis tines." "I have no dispatches to Cornviallis," rnutlered the man, turning pale and looking 1greatly alarmed. The backwood s spy tore open the collar of the man's hunting-shirt, showing a neck almost white, and then fairly tore the shirt from him, a small paper fluttering to the ground. Kit quickly picked this up and handed it to Dick, while Jones said, with a loud lawgh: "You're a pooty backwood sman, you are! Look o' that neck o' yourn ! Why, it's like a boy's what's never be e n in swimmin', nor farmin', nor nothin'. You're a spy, j es t as I tol' yer." "This is a letter to Cornwallis," said Dick. " I knew that Fergus on would not depend upon one messenger only." The man tried to das h away, but Kit caughL his bridle-rein and turned his hors e around quickly, causinig him to roll out of the saddle. Then the boy took away his pistols and said: "Reckon you won't n ee d them, an' the morn we have the better it is, ther captain says." "You are learning rapidly, Kit," lau1ghed Die!<. "Come, my man. get up. You will have to stay with us for a time." "I'm not a spy, captain;• the o ther replied. "I'm a sergeant of regulars, but the major thought that if I went in disguise I could get to Charlotte." "You would have stood better chances if you had gone in your sNgeant's uniform," laughed Dick. "Whatever you imagine that you couid pass as one of the mountain men?" "Why, I've listened to them and I thowght I could talk their way first-rate." "I knowed yer was er cheat ther fust thing" laughed Kit. "Yer don't set right on yer an' yer don't hump yer shoulders, an' as fur


THE LIBERTY BOYS AN D "HORSESHOE JONES" 15 talkin'. why, I'd know you was wrong with my eyes shut." "Take him to the camp, Kit," laughed Dick. "The road is clear of the enemy and vou can manage all riight." Kit had reloaded hi s musket and he had the i;eqreant's pistols also, so that he was well provided. "You are not going to hang m e , are you, captain?" the man asked, in an uneasy tone. "No, you are no spy, you are simply a messen ger, and not a v ery good one at that," returned nick. " I shall d o a ll I can to prevent Ma:iot Ferguson from getting v.'ord to Cornwallis. Yo;i are the sec ond on e we have interce pted, '.ind t h('re may be more. Som e of the other boys niay have take n others. Do you know how manv w ere di spatched?" "Three or iour, at different times , and more may be sent." "Very good. We will keep a lookout for them. Go ahead, Kit." The messenger was not bound, but Kit would keep a sharp watch upon him, Dick knew, and so he had no fear of trnstin,g the boy to take him to the camp. They went off at good speed, and Jones said. with a laugh: "I reckon Kit'll watch him like a cat watches a squirrel. He won't let him get away, an' he's a s proud a s anythin' that yer trus t ed him." "Yes, and I make it a point to give the new boys certain responsibilities so as to teach them to be self-reliant and dependable. Kit will be all right." "Right you air, capting. Where yer igoin' at now? Lookin' for more o' these rampageou s villains o' Tories an' redcoats?" "To see what the boy s on patrol are doing," Dick replied, setting out along the road. CHAPTER X.-Kit to the Rescue. Dick rode on and, at length. met some of the boys scouting on the road, having seen nothing suspicious and reporting that some of the m o u n tain men had come in and were anxious to meet the enemy. Dick told them how they had captured another messenger, whom Kit had taken to the camp, the boys being greatly interested and quite proud that the b o y had shown such grit. "He is all riight," declared Ben, "and he will b e a credit to us." "But why should Jones take such an interest in him?" asked Sam. . "I don't know, probably because he has h a d boys o f his own, I suppose, and takes to the m naturally. Dick then went o n and worked around to t h e back of the mo untain, where he found a little cabin where there was an old man and a woman Jiving all alone. H e did not know whether they were Tories or n o t , a n d resolved to be cautious. "Loo kin' round a bit, hey, captain?" ask e d the old man. "Won ' t ye 'light an' c ome i n fur a spell?" "Yas, yer moug h t a s w ell," added the old woman. "We ' r e havin' a bit ter eat dre ckl:v, an' we'd be main glad ter have yer set un with us." The o ffer seemed frank enough, although it might not have been made in good faith, and Dick said nothing. "Lots o ' wild critters up o n t h e mounting, I hear," the old man went on. " They's redcoats and all sorts. Not your kind I reckon. What' s ther trouble, anyhow?" "You know what redcoats are, don't you, and why they come here?" asked Dick, wondering whether the old man's apparent ignorance was real or pretended. "Won't ye come in?" asked the old woman very cordially. "Goin' ter be fightin', i s there? J kin s how ye where so me on 'em went up, an' ef ye was waitin' ter get up there with ther so ,g-ers I reckon ye r could do it. Yer kin see the path from the back winder, an' I shouldn't wonder if ye could see some o' the m e n , ' cause it's sorter open there." Dicrl; was interested and entere d the cabin, t he old woman having a fire on the hearth and frying s ome bacon in a pan. As h e went for ward to .war-cl the window whence the old crone had said he could see the camp and the pass leading to it, some one suddenly leaped out from a little cupboard and se ized him, pinning his arms behind him. He turned his head and at same time heard Seth Potter, the >mith, say, m an exultant tone: "So I've got you, have I , you rebel? You'll do better than the boy, fo1 there's a reward for you ." Dick strugigled and threw the smith off, strong as he was, but another man rushed in and the old man and old woma11 joined the rest and closed the door so that he could not .11:et out. "He! he! I reckon we got ye, captain," said the old man, with a chuckle, bringing a rope from a corner. "Hold on to him, Seth, so's he won't get away. Them rebels is slippery fellers." Dick's arms were pinioned behind him and the rope fastened twice about them and his body and tied in a double knot. One of the men then opened a trap-door in the floor of the cabin and Dick was dropped d own four or five feet, landing on s oft earth at the bottom, the trap being then replaced. "You'll stay there safe enough, I reckon," laughed Potter, as the trap was closed and Dick was left in the dark. "I am likel y to," D i ck thought, as he listened and then began walking about, trying to see into j ust what sort of place he had been dropped, its extent and the chances of getting out. Everythin g seemed pitch dark at first, but i n a s hort time he saw that light entered it from two o r three places, either through chinks in the lQgs or fro m some outer entran ce , the cellars o f l o g cabin occasion a ll y having a covered entrance leadin g o utside. He cou l d hear the men . t alking and laug h i n g i n the r oom above, al th?uigh he c oul d n o t well mak e o u t w hat they satd and was not very much i nterested in it. "If I c ould find a hol e leadin g outside I could s ignal to niajor to g o back t o the c amp," he thought, "and the n Bob, o r M ark, o r s o me o f the boys would c ome to h e l p me. " H e presently found himsel f , ascendinl!' an J.>l-


16 THE LIBE R T Y BOYS AND " H OR S ESHOE J ONES" clme, a n d t hen his head cam e in contact with someth ingboards , apparently. "That i s t h e ce llar cov er," he said. "It is set on a slant a.gai n s t the cabin. Locked o r fastened , I s uppo s e. I might rai se it if it is not t oo lightly fastened. " H e turned around, went u p a step o r two farthe r , a n d then ben t h i s back and went on a little fart her. "If the boards are not fas t e n e d down w i t h l ogs o r stones I might rais e them," he muttered. "They are only r o u g h slabs, I think." H e could see rays of light under the slabs n o w and k n e w that thcv were simply laid o n t h e ,ground and then agains t the cabin, there b e ing no stones fo r the m to rest u p o n, the cabin having no underpinning, but being simply b u i l t o n the ground, and the cellar dug ou t afterward in the most primitive fas hion. He went a littl e fart h e r till hi s back pressed a.gain s t the slabs, and t h e n he endeavore d to straighten up. At fir s t the slabs remained fir m, but at length h e fel t the m steadily giving and then h eard s om e thing roll off with con s i derable noi s e , and t hen the boards gave still more. "Stone s or , " h e said t o himse lf. "I'll have to g i ve another l i:(t and start more of them. " Then he braced himse l f, m a d e a strong effort and r a i sed up, presently h eari n g a crashing so und, and then feeling the slabs g ive way and fly up in .the air. He straiightene d up and l o oked around, hearing loud l aug-hter fro m the c abin, b u t no alarm, evidently. He steppe d out and h urried around t o the front of the cabin, the door of w h ich was s till clos ed. C alling Major , h e bade the intelligent creature kneel, and got upon his back. "Go back to the camp, M ajor, " h e sai d, as the a nimal a r ose. A s the magni ficent creature se t off a t a 1g-ood pac e, D i ck heard a loud c r y from the cabin. "Hallo! the r ebel has b r oken o u t ! " y e ll e d t h e smith. Then h e and t h e other men came running out o f the cabin , u ttering loud shouts . "By g o sh! the felle r is cleve r , but w e must get him yet. Fire on the rebel!" Dick leane d over so a s to escape the b ullets, and presently heard a numbe r fly ov e r hi s head. The n he heard anot h e r shot and then another, but knew t hat the y w e r e not fir e d by P otter and the T(lri es . "Whoa, there, you obstropolous critter! I reckon I gotter say s omething n ow . Let 'em have i t , Kit! U s e ye r pistols ." Dick t u r ned hi s head a n d saw "Horseshoe Jones" a n d Kit r i ding u p t o t h e cabin and fir ing at Potter and t h e rest, who quickly ran i n side. Then he .hQJ.ted Major , till J on e s and Kit came up. uwaal , l never did!" cried the backwoodsman. "Been in trouble , have ye, capt ing? We come up jes t in time, I reckon . Cut that t here rope, my b1>y. The y was bound y o u sho uldn't git away , wasn't they?" "Yes , there was litt le chance of releasi111g my self," said D ic k, a s K i t cut t h e r ope. "Let u s g o back and pepper t hese rascal s . G o to the iea r and yo u 'll catch t h e m." T hey hurried back to the cab in, but the Tories had e scaped by jumpi n g out of the win do w , and were now hurrying up the steep path leading to the t op of the mountai n. The old man and ol d woman had locked themselves i n, and now the ol d man, looking o u t of the window, s a i d , in a shrill voice : "Git o ut'n here, yer b lame rebel s ! Yer c ain't do nothin' ter us, because the m fellers made us d o it." "Never mind them, " said D ick. "They have e scaped u s now, and they will not escap e us long." Dic k then relate d what had happened. "Did yo u take the prisoner back safe to camp, Kit?" asked D ick. !'Yes , captain, an' the l ieutenant said I cou l d 1 go out scoutin' if I wanted ter. I didn't ' spect ter meet Horsesho e , but I'm glad I did , 'cau s e we was abl e to h elp yo u . " " I w a s s u rpris ed," said Dick. "The old people s p ok e v ery w e ll and J had no s uspi c i o n that they were d oing anythingunderhande d . Now I b e li e v e that they are n othing but a co u p l e of Tories, and whe n they saw me co m i n g they made u p t hei r m inds to t r ick me in some m a n:1er. They are as bad as Potter and the others." The y rode away t oward the camp, m e e ting some of the boys who had been s c outing around the neighborho od , the two Harrys amonc: t h P m . "\V e c aught ' a messenger, " H a r r y Thurber said, "and h e s h o t h i m s elf. We found d i spatches to C ornwallis upon him. He w a s dead in a n instant. I suppose h e was afraid tha t w e wou ld han g him. " "It w ill b e t o o l a t e b efore long, " ob se r ve d Di c k , "for the m ounta in m e n are c omi111g i n , :rnd as so on a s they are a ll h e r e there w ill be a n attack made. They are d e t ermined, and if Ferguson escapes i t w ill be a m arve l. If Cornwa ll is is go i n g t o send help h e w ill h a v e t o d o s o a t onc e , or he m a y a s we ll not send it a t a ll. " "An' I rec ko n h e m o u g h t want so m e h isse l f afore long, " sai d t h e back wood s man, d r y ly. CHAPTER X L-Before t h e Fight. Mcrre of t h e m ountain men had c ome in wh':m Dick wen t back to the cam p , "Horsesh oe Jones" igoing off by himself, and more w ere expected s hortly. T here were n ow hundreds o f determin ed m e n in the neighborhood of King's Mountain, resol ved to give battl e t o Fe1gus on a n d puni s h him, as wel l as give Cornwallis a lesso n . Ferg-u son was known t o Dick Slater and t h e Liberty B oys, this incursio n a;g-ainst the patriots n o t h a v i n g been his first outrageou s act, and a ll t h e boys were bitter against him. He was much the same sort. of man as Tal'!eton, cruel and unscrupulous, a n d Cornwallis had picked him o u t to head t h is march of s u bj ugation for that very reaso n. Bob was i n camp, and in an hour or s o after Dic k's return the two fast friends set o u t to reconnoiter and see if they could fin d any break in the enemy' s li n e, where the patriots might get through when they began the :i.,'.:ack . Dick took Major and Bo b rode the bay, b o t h being in uniform, but intended to act with t h e greatest cautio n, as they did not wish to be s e e n by the Tories. They went off in a diffel'ent di rection than any Dick had taken, mak:ng their way t o w a r d the fo o t o f the m ountain, where the


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "HORSESHOE JONES" 17 woods were thicker than elsewhere, there being much open wood on the mountain itself, and at length hearing voices, Dick halted and said: "There is some one ahead of us, Bob. We must go more cautiously. Let us hide our horses and go on." There was a clump of thick trees near at hand, and the horses were left in the middle of this, the two young patriots making their way cautiously forward, listening and keeping their eyes open. There were a number of men ahead of them they could make out, and these seemed to be halted and not coming on, as they could tell b y the sound. The boys crept clos e to the ground, keeping behind the bushes and, at length, saw a small opening where there were seven or eight rough-looking men sitting or standing about and talking very anima t edly teether, some of them being known to Dick. Tyler, Peleg and the boy who had wanted to run off with Patience were there, besides the man whom Dick had se eii at the smithy, recruiting, Potter being there as well. "If the messengers got through, Cornwallis will send reinforcements and we can whip the rebels ," muttered one of the Tory leader s . "But some of them have been caught," snarled Potter. "Who wants to take the risk? Will you, P eleg?" with a laugh. "No, I'm too fat," said the Tory, turning pale. "There's Jeems Tyler, git him, he's thin." "Them rebels kin hit a saplin' as well as a big oak," returned the man, whos e shirt needed washing as much as when the boys had las t seen him. "An' 's ides you're the capting an' you'd orter \!;O. " "There's that catawampussin Horseshoe Jones," said the smith. "He's been skylarkin' around, h e r e , there an' everywhere all mornin', an' no one knows where he may be next. I'd go myself, only if I should meet him I'd wanter smash him like he smashes ho r s eshoes, an' that'd take time an' I'd be delayed." " F e1iguso n sends reg'lars that donno the road," growled another. " I know it, an' I'll go ef he pays me." "And g e t get cau,ght up by D ick Slater or Horseshoe Jones fust thing-," snarled Potter. "Look how that feller f"Ot away from me, tied up an' all. What could you do? I'd like ter 1git hold o' Kit Ross so's ter git even with Horseshoe." ' "How could ye get even on him by ketchin' the boy?" asked Peleg. Before the smith could answer some more men came down from the mountain and there was considerable c0nfusion, so that if the man did reply Di c k lost what he said. There was co:i siderable noise and bustle and the open space was filled with men. Dick and B:ib being obliged to steal away for fear of being seen by some of them. There were more men coming and Dick !J.nd Bob \\"ere in clanger of being discovered, s o they moved av.ray again. "We gotte1 git erway," said Peleg. "They say ther mounting men are comin' on right peart." "\Vaal, y e r hain't seen 'em, have yer?" snarled Jeems Tayler. "No, not yit, but yer don't wanter wait till yer see 'em, do yer? Then it'll'be too late." "Cor;1wall1s will send reinforcements by that time," declared Potter, "and we'll drive out the rebels. Some o' them messengers have gotter git through. The rebels cain't help it." "Waal, s'pose they don't?" asked Peleg. "Ah, you're a coward!" snapped Potter. "Waal, mebby I am," muttered the fat Tory, "but so'd yew be if yer was as big as me an' all ther sharpshooters ''..-US aimin' at yer." There was a 1good deal of noise, but suddenly Dick heard one of the Tories shout: "Kit's comin' erlong the road now an' yer kin ketch him. I jest see him and run erhead ter tell yer." "Which way?" asked Potter, in silence that followed. "That 'ere way," the man replied, pointing in the direction Dick and Bob had come. "Quick, Bob! " hissed Dick. "\Ve must warn the boy." The two younig patriots glided rapidly away, reached their horses and mounted as they heard a clatter of hoofs. Then Kit came i n sight, and behind him at a little distance the bac;kwoods spy. "Quick!" said Dick, riding forward. "There i s a strong band of Tories just ahead and they are going to get hold of you. One of them saw you and reported to the rest." Kit wheeled his horse and then Jones came up. In another moment there was a loud noise and a rush and a lot of the Tories appeared. "Hurry!" hissed Dick. "There they be!" yelled Potter. "There's Slater, too. We'll have ther 1-0t o f them!" Then the Tories began to fire, and Kit's horse was hit; "I reckon yer won't, then, you obstropolous carrion birds!" shouted "Horseshoe Jones," raising his rifle. He fired a shot that wounded the smith, and then Kit's horse fell. "I'll look arter yer, boy," said Jones , catching up Kit and lifting him into the saddle in front of him. Dick and Bob, and ev e n Kit, had been firing all this time, and things were being made hot for the Tories. There we1e many of them however, and more were coming. ' "We shall have to get away," hi ssed Dick. Then he and Bob emptied their remaining pis tols, wounding three or four of the Tories, and dashed on after Jones and Kit. Bullets flew after the little party, but they escaped injury and, at len,gth, were safe beyond the reach of the shots of the Tories, who did not dare purs u e them too far. "We'll have io get you another horse. Kit," said D_ick. "Fortunately we have plenty of them and good ones." "Ther boy kin have old Whitefoot," said Jones. "He's a trusty animile, an' I'd give him ter Kii'n any one else I know." "But what will you do, Horseshoe?" asked Kit. "Yer gotter have a hoss o' yer own. You cain't igo trampin' round ther country on foot." "No, but I kin git a boss, boy, an' yer won't find a better animile in thcr Car'liny's old \Vhi t efoot. He ain't so old nuther, but I call him ole 'cause I like him. Better take him, boy. I wouldn't give him to everybody, an' it was too bad yer lost yer own, 'cause thet was a good critter."


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "HORSE.SHOE JONES" "Yes , so it was , an' I've had it fur a right long t i me." They reached the camp at length and learned that the mountain men were cominig up rapidly and would probably all be there during the afternoon, reports having been heard from the last strong division of the patriots. Kit was provided with a horse, for he would not take the backwoodsman's, and h e was well satis fied, although he mis se d his own animal, which he had had for s ome time. "The man mus t think a goo d deal of the boy to offer him his hors e," remarked B o b to Di ck, when they were alone. " Y es , but he has a ,great regard for him, I can see . In fact, I have noticed it on more than one o c casion. H e could not think mo r e of the bo y if he were his o wn." "He i s a strange m a n , but a thoroughly h-0nest one and perfectly r e li a ble. There i s none of the Tory in him." The Liberty Boys were all ea,ger for the mountain m e n to com e up so that the battle might beginr for they wer e all determined to do what they could to drive the Tories out and punish them for the atrocit ies they had committed while on the march. True to their instincts, Ferguson's Tory recruits had perpetrated horrible outrages upon person and property on their march and had thus aroused a spirit of the fiercie s t vengeance among the patriots . Campbell, of Viiiginia; Cleaveland, Shelby, Sevier and McDowell, of North Carolina, and Lacy, Hawthorne, Willia m s and Hill, of South Carolina, with a number of minor l eaders, were now advancing upon King's Mountain with a force of over on e thousand men, all hardy patriots, who were determined to give Toryism in the Carolinas its death-blow. The Liberty Boys were proud to have such allies, and every boy in the troop was res olved to do his utmost, Kit Ross, the newes t recruit, being as determined a s any of them. The boys were all interested in hearing of what had jus t happened-, and Mark said, resolutely: "Well, those Tories are making a d esperate effort to injure us, but just wait till we ,get at them." "There will be lively times on the mountain before the day i s over," d eclared Jack Warre n. "We may be only boy s , but we have had fou r years of fighting a nd that ought to m ake men of us, if anything would." CHAPTER XII.-The Battle on the Mountain. The pa1;riots marched rapidly and were within a quarter of a mile of the enemy before they were discovered. Colonel Campbell had already been appointed the general commander of the combined forces, and a plan of attack had been arranged upon during the march. The attack began as soon as the patriots were discovered the various companies advancing at different points, Campbell and Shelby, with the Liberty :Boys, being the first to start up the mountain. After the ftrst volley had been fired, there were to be no orders in regard to firing, every man loading and firing a s rapidly as he could. The open nature of the wood s m a d e the ground favorable to horses, and the great majority of the assailants were mounted, thus having an of those on foot. The Liberty Boys, although with Campbe ll and Shelby, kept their own format ion and remained together. advancing in s olid column and waiting t ill the y could d o the mo s t effecti v e work b efore delivering their first voll ey. Campbe ll and Shelby bega n the attack, the right a n d l eft wing s o f t h e p atriot army advancing t o surround the T o r ies and pres ently o pening fir e u pon the m . D i c k l e d hi s brave b o y s to w i thin s hort mus ket rang e , and the n cri ed, in a cl ear voi ce : "Now the n , Liberty B o y s, give i t t o t he s e m arauders and p u ni s h them f o r t he i r ' many mis de e d s . Fir e! " "Crash-roa r ! A tremendous v oll e y rang out at t h e same time , and the r anks of the brave young patriots fairly bla zed. The e n e m y a t t e mpted t o charge and drive the boys back at the poin t o f the b ayonet, but t h e pluc k y lads now poured in a rattling p i s t o l volley, which was as deadly a s that of the mus k e t s , be in g more continuous . "Down with the ob sttopolous ragamuffins I Give it to the owdacious varmints ! " roared Jones, bringing down a n officer who w a s charging with his men. The redcoats and Tories halte d, and the brave boys entrenched themse lves behind a line of rocks and reloade d. Presently a single shot rang out, and a man was to topple from a rock above at a little distance. The man was the one Dick had seen r ecruiting h i s company at the smithy, and "Hors e s hoe Jones" had fired the s hot. "There's one o' the pugnacious marauders gone ter hi s last r estin' place," muttere d the backwood sman, "an' there's on e l ess o' ther dodrotted beas t s ter fight. " The Liberty Boys no w charged aga in , l!"Oing up the hill with a rus h. Peleg Pelligr ew was aim ing a s h o t at Dick when Jones fir e d again and b rought the man down with a rus h , tumbling and rolling from rock to rock. The b o y s adva nc e d r:solutely, fir i n g a tiemen dou s voll e y, and the n charg ing and driv ing a lot of Torie s from behind the rocks where they were entrenched. One of them r e m aine d hidden for a time , and the n suddenly sprang u p and rus hed a t Kit, a long knife fasten e d in hi s rifl e bar r e l. Jack Warren saw the man, and snatching his pis tol from his holster, shot the fellow dead in a moment. Kit turned white and faint for a moment and seemed about t o fall from his saddle , when Jack put an arm hastily about him and said, in a cheery tone: "It's all right, Kit. .e..11 the Libert y B o y s will look out for each other, and Dick Slater would have done t hi s himself if he had been here." "I'm erbleeged ter yer, Jack," said Kit. "I'll be all ritght in a little s pell, I reckon, but it come kind o' sudden-like." The battle was now raging all around the mountain, and the enemy was being hard beset by the determined mountain men. The rattle of musketry was heard on all sides, pistols cracked, bullets sang, brave boys cheered and shouted and the uproar was terrific. Every now and then a single shot would ring out, and the


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "HORSESHOE JONES" 19 backwoodsman would be seen to have brought down another. "I hain't got a shot at Seth Potter yet," he said to Kit and so me of the boys. "I've seed him, but it was allus when I didn't have no shot in ther old rifle. I gotter save one fur the catawumptious baga bones, an' when he gits it he' ll "Yer've saved yerself a hangin', Selh Potter!" done me a bad turn once an' I hain't fungot it. That 'ere turn lasted the hull of his life sense I met him, mostly, but it won't take long ter finish him \vhen I git a bead onto him. The iJatriots were closing in upon Ferguson and his "horde, and they were hard pressed, bein1g unable either to break through the line of the mountain men or to drive them back. They made one bayonet charge after another, but as soon as the action got too hot for one body they would be relieved by another and the enemy would be force d to fall back. The Liberty Boys were on top of the ridge, charging furiously, the hottest of the fight going on here, Dick, Bob, Mark and two-score of the boys being together in the van and pressing on fiercely. Already the battle on the mountain had lasted an hour, but now the enemy showed signs of weakening. Pot ter and a number of the Tories charged upon the flank of the Liberty Boys , where were Ben, Sam, the two Hmry, Kit and a number of brave fellows. "I'll 1git ye now, yer blame cub!" snarled the smith, rushing at Kit with his rifle uplifted like a club. Crack! A shot whistled past Kit's head and struck Potter in the mouth. causing him to topple over the riClge and go rolling down fifty feet or more and then, bounding from a ledge, go tumbling into a gully. "Yer've saved yerself a hangin', Seth Potter!" muttered Jones, as he reloaded his rifle. Soon after this Ferguson rode along the ridge, trying to rally his men so that they would make a last stand to drive back the rebels, as he called them. His own example did inspire the men with fresh courage, and for a few moments it seemed as if they might rally. Then there was a sudden shot and Ferguson's horse was seen riderless, galloping alonig the ridge and then down the mountain. "Ferguson has fallen!" shouted Dick. "The fight is ours, boys! Liberty forever!" There was a tremendous cheer from the boys, and then from a thousand patriot throats as the mountain men realized what had happe ned. Kit was seen to fall at that moment, and B er> Spurlock picked him up and carried him out of the fight. He was pale and weak and there was a spot of blood on his forehead, and for a moment Ben thought he was dead. Then he caught the b oy's breath and knew that he still lived, although he feared that he was badly wounded. The enemy quickly realized that theTe was little h ope of continuing the fight now tha: their leader was dead, and the officer now in command shortly di splayed a flag in token of surrender. The fight had lasted a little over an hour and was a decided victory for the patriots, the enemy's loss being great and their courage all gone, the hope o f receiving aid from Cornwallis having long sinc e departed. Colonel Williams was killed dur-ing the fight. t h e backwoodsman c utting down the T ory who shot him and saying, doggedly: "Y er've killed a better man than yerself an' the hull of yer dodrotted army, an' it' s little sati sfaction fer kill yer in return, but I gotter do my duty and that's all there is erbou t it." The Americans captured fifteen hundred stand of arms and a large number of prisoners, Tories and regulars, many being killed, the patriot loss being only twenty, although a number of men were wounded. The Liberty Boys gathered in a body on the mountain to call the roll and see if there were any of them missing, a number being w ounded. Ben Spurlock had a slight scratch, Jack Warren had a cut on his forehead, Harry Thurber was hurt in the hand, Sam Sanderson had a flesh wound in the shoulder, and there were others who were hurt, although none dangerously. Dick heard that Kit was hurt and went to see him, Ben having laid him down down on the grass in a shady spot where he could rest easily. Kit was reclining with his head on a knapsack and, although very pale, was breathing reigularly and was thoroughly conscious. "Are you badly hurt?" asked Dick. "I reckon I ain't, captain," said the boy, smiling, "though I do feel mighty weak." Dick felt of the boy's pulse and found it regular, although not very strong, and then, washing ' hi s forehaed, found a cut on it, made by a spent ball, apparently, which had produced a painful, although not serious, wound. Just then Jones come up and knelt be side Kit. "Jest heard you was hurt, my boy," he said. "Hope it ain't bad." "No, it is not, Mr. Jones," said Dick, seeing a strange look in the man's face. "He will come out of this all right, although he must be kept quiet for a time." "'Waal, I'm glad o' that, because-" and then he arose and walked away. When Kit was feeling more comfortable, Dick foHowed the backwoodsman, fin<;ling him behind a tree at a little distance, silently weeping. "Why do you take such an interest in Kit, Horseshoe?" Dick asked, putting his hand on the man's shoulder. "For the very best reason in the world, cap ting," the man replied, gravely. "Because i s my own fle s h and blood." CHAPTER XIII.-The Story of Kit. "Kit i s your o n'n flesh and blood?" repeated Dick. "But his name is Ross and he is Jim Woods' nephew." down, capting," said the backwoodsman, quietly, taking a seat on a log near by. Dick sat on a stone near him and the backwoodsman said, presently, as if collecting his thoughts: "Kit donno it. He thinks he's Woods' nevvy. Woods donno he's my boy, but he is. I've watched him. " Dick said nothing, preferring to let the man tell his story in his own way. "He was left with Jake Ross, and Jake died, him an' his wife both. Then Woods an' his wife took him ter bring up, havin' took a !ikin' to the b oy. They've allus told him he was their


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "HORSESHOE JONES" nev vy, 'cause that was easier. They didn't live here when they took him. He donno any . different, 'cause he was on,'y a little chap when Ross died." Dick waited for the backwoodsman to go on. "Yer mought thing it strange for me to leave my own child, capting, an' not acknow1ediire him," the man said. "Well, they was reasons. One was that I didn't want him ter be ashamed o' me." "I don't think there is any danger of that. Kit is very fond of and respects you." "Waal, he wouldn't have once, capting. I was a wild feller once, when Kit was born, and I druv my poor wife to the grave with my reckless ways. The Rosses was neighbors an' friends o' hers and they had no children o' their own. I was flyin' around, doin' all sorts o' wild things, drinkin' an' swearin' an' what not, an' she was dead afore I knowed it. Fust I was mad, then I didn't care, an' then I cared so much that I was ready ter kill myself fur what I'd done." The man remained silent for some minutes, and then he said : "Then I went to Ross' wife an' told her I wanted the boy. She said ter me; 'John, when yer make a man o' yerself yer kin have him,' an' I knowed she was right an' I left the boy there, only teUin' ter ter let me know about him, an' she did. I left him there an' I b egun tryin' ter make a man o' m'self an' found it hard, 'cause I'd been goin' the wrong wav so long that I had to go back all that much an' start over ag'in on ther right road. It wa'n't one year, nor two, nor five, but I got back finally an' the folks began to respect me an' look up ter m e an' say I was ther right sort, but I wasn't satisfied then, an' I made up my mind I wouldn't tell Kit until I was. "I think you are true metal now, Mr. Jones," said Dick. "It's all buried, capting, an' I donno as it'll do any good to bring it up. I kin tell Jim an' hi s wife. Mebby I'd better." "It would be honest to tell Kit," said Dick. "Then I'll do it,'' said the backwoodsman. The Liberty Boys made their camp where it had been and the night was passed without incident, the wounded boys being looked after and all progressing encouragingly. On the morning after the battle a court-martial was h e ld, and several of the Torv prisoners were found 12"Uilty of murder and other crimes and were hanged. Colonel Cleaveland had previously declared that if certain persons who were the chief marauders and who had forfeited their lives should fall into his hands he would hang them, and ten of these men suffered the penalty of their crimes and were hang&d from a tulip tree at the foot of the mountain. Having accomplished what they left their homes for, the patriots had now no other object except to return, and they be,gan to make preparations to return without delay. The news of the disaster to the Loyalist cause on King's Mountain would shortly reach Corn walli:; at Charlotte, and the question was as to what hi s next move would be. It was difficult for him to obtain supplies and he would not expect any sympathy from the inhabitants, there being many patriots in the region, and the Tories woul d, of course, be lax in their allegiance now that they had suffered defeat. Dick determined to make his way to Charlotte after the departure of the mountain men for their homes so as to reconnoiter and, if opportunity presented, harass the enemy all he could. The backwoodsman would stay with the Liberty Boys until Kit was all right again, at any rate, but whether he would continue with them was a question. The next day Kit was so much better that Dick told Jones it would be safe enough to speak to him. The backwoodsman accordingly found the boy and said: " I got suthin' to ax yer, Kit, an' mebby ver kin gimme some adwice about it, 'cause yer got a clear head." "I shouldn't think yer'd need any, Mr. Jones," laughed the boys. "Yer 'pear ter be pretty sen sible." "Waal, it's jest this way. S'pose yer hed a father what wasn't good ter yer mother, hut at ther same time looked after yer an' seed that no harm come to ye. What w ould yer say to him?" "Waal, I donno. I don't remember my mother, you know." "Suppose he had been mean and wild an' wicked, an' caused the poor thinv ter die o' grief, but afterward tried ter do what was right an' was really sorry fur what h e done?" "Do yer know some one like that?" Kit asked. "Waal, Kit, the case is yourn an' mine,'' said the backwoodsman. "I'm the feller an' you're the boy." Kit looked at the man, saw the longing in his heart expressed in his face, and said: "Yes, I will. You've been good ter me an' I nev?r heard a wqrd a1g'in yer. Everybody says you re the true metal, an' I've got no call to go back on that. If you're sorry, that's all there is ter say, an' I reckon from what Uncle Jim an' everybody else has allus said that ye're good enough for any one now. An' you're my pap?" "Yes." "An' s'pose I'd said that f didn't want nothin' ter do with yer?" "Then I'd have gone on makin' as good a man o' myself as I could, Kit, an' doin' all I could for you jist the same." . , "Waal, I ain't sayin' it, pap," said Kit. taking the man's. hand. "If yer done wrong, but are sorry for 1t an' have made a good man o' yerself, I ain't got any business ter push yer back arter yer've climbed out o' the mud. I know you're a good man an' I'm glad. vo u're my pap." The Liberty Boys went after who soon left Charlotte and went into South Carolina. The backwoodsman remained with them for a time, and then took his way back to h is old hom e _ to work and have a place ready for Kit by the time the boy should return. Kit kept with Liberty Boys until the clos e o fthe \\'ar, and m a few years afterwards married Patience and the two of with some h elp from Hor!'e's hoe, as he was still known, ran the fari-n. Next week's issue will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS' IRISH RIFLEMAN or A DEADSHOT AGAINST THE BRITISH. " '


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 21 CURRENT NEWS EARTH MAY BE 2,000,000,000 YEARS OLD The age of the earth has b ee n a question of much speculation for many years. Sci entis t s :finall y extended their imaginations sufficiently to estimate it to be between 10 ,000.000 and 100 ,000,-000 years old, but Lord Bayleigh, English sc ientist, in a paper recently made public by the Smith sonian Institution, sets the earth's age at be tween 2,000,000,000 and 3,000,000,000 years. Lord Bayleigh based his estimate upon a study of the rate of decomposition of the radio elements. He says the earth's crust has been suitable for habitation by living things at least twenty times as long as the previous maximum estimate. LIVED IN THE SAME HOUSE Fon 86 YEARS Most folks of the present era are accustomed to moving from house to house at least once or twice in a lifetime, if not oftener. To some , mov , ing day i s almost an annual occurrence. But it has been disc overed by a recent survey in Lawrence County conducted by a newspaper that there are persons who have resided in the same house for three-quarters of a century or longer and th::it there are a large number who have a half-century occupancy of the house to their credit. . Probably the record taker for permanent occ upancr of the same domicile, however, will be found m the person of Miss Corlin Heans, v.:ho has spent eighty-six years in the same brick homestead near Neshannock Creek, jus t east of New Wilmington, Pa. She was born in that homestead on Nov. 15, 1837 and has never lived in any other home. The 'building, a 'hrick structure, i s nearly 100 years old, having been built by her fathe1 some time before her birth. SWEET POTATOES MADE INTO SYRUP Tlfe question of providing enough food for the increasing number of city dwellers has been a pressing one. So has the problem of conservation of waste products. It i s said that. some of the big packing companies rely unon the use _of their waste by-products for profit. Industr.1211 chemistry has found many u ses for waste products in the past generation and has thus suc oeeded in effectin!! great saving$ both in money and the supply of material;,; and food. The latest step in this direction is the u se of small unmarketable sweet potatoes. Government agricultural experts have been endeavoring to interes_t South ern growers in a plan to convert waste sweet potatoes into fine brown commercial syrup. Heretofore they have been discarded as waste or have been plowed into the s oil for fertilization . BOYS, DO YOU LIKE DETECTIVE STORIES? You Should Read "MYSTERY l'./lA GAZINE" Jt contain the sn::i-ipieo;t and liveliest stories you ever reacl. Each numhcr lJPtdm1 witJ. a rousing detective novelette, filled with pep from start to finish. Then there are from four to i;:hort stories of police adventure with g-ood plots and interestin-r situations. A II the!"c stories are written by the same authors who write for the hi11:her priced magazines. Don't miss the articles about crime detection, yarns of the nnder world and special items r elating to ghostly happenings, peculiar events and current news of police cases. Colored Covers. fine lllustrations 64 Get a Copy, Read It and See How Interestingthe Stories Are I PRICE 10 CENTS If you cannot pi-ocure a copy from your newsdealer send us the price (ten cents) and we will mail you one postage free. Address HARRY E. WOLFF, Publisher, Inc., 166 W. 23d St., New York City


22 THE LIBERTY BOY S OF ' 7 6 Against The Trust -ORTHE YOUNG LU MBERMA N ' S B A 'ITLE B y R ALPH MORTON ( A Serial Story.) CHAPTER XVI. Big Ben Bates Gains An Ally I n His Plucky Battle Against The Trust. Ben, too, was inclined to think that the wounded man was suffering from a little fever, and that it was affecting his brain. Rough Red saw the little byplay, and understood what it meant. "Oh, you think I'm a bit off, do you?" he said. "Well, I can understand that what I said sounds rather hazy, but I'm in my right mind, and I mean every word that I say. " Then Ben found his tongue. "You say that you can furnish my own flowage to me in the springtime; is that what yo u assert?" "Just that. " "Independent of Tennyson?" "Independent of anybody." "And enable me to get my logs t o Spruceville fir st?" "Yes." "How can that be done?" "Well, Ben Bates, that's my secret, but it can be done and it shall be done, if I live . " "I cannot imagine how s uch a thing can be done," put in Frank Norris, looking keenly at Rough Red to assure him self that the man was really in his right senses, "but if i t could be managed we certainly would make a small fortune out of our winter's work." Then Ben caught the inquiring gaze that Tom West was bending on him, and he turned to his former college chum. "This man was formerly our wood boss, o r foreman of the crew, and he met with an acciden t and broke his leg. Norris fixed him us, and he's staying here until the fracture mends." "Oh, I understand," said Tom, but with the directness of the woodsman the former wood boss broke in sharply on him. "No, sir," he said, "you'll excuse me for saying that you don't understand, and I don't wonder at it after hearing the mild way that Ben Bates puts the matter before you. Now listen to me, and I'll give the straight and true story of how I happen to be here. I think y our name is West?" "That's right; Tom West." "I'm known as Rough Red, and I guess I deserve my name. I'm a hard character, like most w ood bosses, and I've got a dirty temper, and when my blood is up I 've got a mean disposition and would probably do mighty mean things to get square with anybody that I had a grudge against. "For all that, there is some good in me, I think, for kindness and sympathy can make me as soft as mush, and that's what's at the bottom of this story I'm telling you now. "I was hired by Ben and hi s partners for a wood boss, and I got fair work out of the men in the woods, but I was ]Jromised the regular bo nus for all over an average amount of logs, and, being greedy, and with a small conscience, I slaughtered the trees instead of cutting them fair, and the scaler wouldn't pass some of them for me. "I wanted to bulldoze him into doing it, but he stood his ground, a n d then I was going to pound him half to death, when Big Ben Bates stepped in and gave me the worst licking I ever got. "Of course I deserved it, but I had to quit him after that, and being in a dirty mood I went straight to his worst enemies, the men who are the representatives of the trust. I'm not giving anybody away, but I'll admit that I came here in the n ight, Mr. West, and put a stick of dynamite under this very house, with the idea of touching it off and blowing everything to atoms, but Ben was on the for me, and he not only knocked me over but the fall broke my leg. "Then what does he do? What woul d most people do? They would send out for the sheriff, and a man who was caught doing what I was do ing would go out on a stretcher and be attended , in the nearest jail by the first doctor they could get, and that would be treating him pretty well , but what does Big Ben Bates do? He lifts me up and carries me in here, and when Norris says that there's no bunk for me, Ben says I can have his." Rough Red choked for a moment at the l"ecollection of our hero's kindness, and Tom West nodded sympathetically. He was beginning t o understand that this rough, roystering wood boss, ready with his profane tongue and his brawny hands to curse and to batter, was really soft at heart when his better nature was touched, and he knew now that Ben had touched it, and touched i t deeply. "He gives me his bunk," went on Rough Red, when he could control his shaking . voice, "and he lays on the floor while I'm sleeping soft. And then he looks after me like a brother, and sees that I have the best that the cook can bring me, and puts my J?ipe and tobacco where I can use it,. and always g1ves me as much of hi s time for a chat as he can, and always has a kind word for me when he goes out and comes in, and if you think that I don't feel all that--" There were tears in his eyes now, and there were sobs is his voice, and he could go no further. Tom West turned to Ben and gripped him hard by the hand. "The same old Ben," he said, whil e our hero who never could stand praise, hung his head shamefacedly. Rough Red obtained c ontrol of his voice in a c ouple of minutes, and then he t urned to h i s auditors. (To b e Continued.)


THE LIBE RTY BOYS OF '76 23 GOOD READING BLUEBERRIES AN INCH THIC K A blueberry an in c h thic k in diame t e r i s not a dream but a p ossibility. At the United States Department of Agriculture testing pl antation a t Whites bo g , four miles e a s t from Brown Mills, N. J., about 2 5 ,000 blueberry hybrids have now been fruited. M any of them, according to the Scien tific A merioon , have produced berries threefourths of an inc h in diameter, several four-fifths of an inch and one o f them this year reache d almos t seven-eighths of an inch. FRENCH MONUMENT TO Al\1ERICANS Rising 3 25 f eet above the earth, a colo ssal statue of Fra nce, scanning the horizon for the American ships , i s being built on the cliffs at the Pointe de Grace, on the Gironde, where the firs t soldiers from the United States landed during the war. As an expression of France's gratitude, the foundation stone of the colossal monument was laid in 1919, on the anniversary bo t h of the first Battle of the M arne and of the birt h of Lafayette. The gene r a l de sign, which has bee n altered c on s i de r ably sinc e its firs t c oncep t ion, has been prepar ed by M. Bartholome and M. Andre Ventre, the latte r the architec t of the f amous "Trench of Bayonet s." A bas-relief at the bas e of the shaft w ill repres ent the arrival of Lafayette in the Unite d States i n 1777. RUBIES R ETURN TO FA VO-R One of the interesting possibilities of the precious stone trade a t the present time i s the return of rubies to fav or. In the smaller s izes the y have b een take n for s ome time for u s e in flexibl e platinum bracel ets and of late there has be e n some inquiry i n the high-grade trade for large rubies . One in quiry told of w a s for two fine r u bies of from 6 to 8 c arats in s ize, but the y could not be found. Could the y hav e bee n located it was said by an expert on gem matters , t h e y easily have l;>rought $100, 000 if of the p1g eonblood variety. "When rubie s r eally come back," the expert in question continued, " t h e y will b e found to b e by far the most expens i v e g e m s of a ll, and the pric e s that fin e s tones will bring w ill literally stagger the imagination. A fine two-carat ruby, for instance, might easily s e ll for $ 1 5 ,000 if competition for th' o s e stones wer e a s -kee n a s that whic h now exis t s for sapphires and emeralds . Many gem men w ill join me in saying that fine rubies are the scarces t precious stones in the wo r ld, and tha t there i s nothing to take t h eir pl a ce. E ven now a fine four-carat i s w orth more than an e merald of simila r quality and s iz e , although the popular unders t anding i s tha t emeralds t o p the l-is t of costly g e m s . 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22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 Again s t The Trust -ORTH E YOUNG L UMBERMAN'S B A 'IT L E B y R ALPH MORT O N (A Serial Story.) CHAPTER XVI. Big Ben Bates Gains An Ally In His Plucky Battle Against The Trust. B en, too, was inclined to think that the wounded man was suffering from a little fever, and that it was affecting his brain. Rough Red saw the little byplay, and understood what it meant. "Oh, you think I'm a bit off, do you?" he said. "Well, I can understand that what I said sounds rather hazy, but I'm in my right mind, and I me a n every word that I say." and would probably do mighty mean things to get square with anybody that I had a grudge against. "For all that, there is s ome good . in me, I think, for kindness and sympathy can make me as soft as mush, and that's what's at the bottom of this story I'm telling you now. "I was hired by Ben and his partners for a wood boss, and I got fair work out of the men in the woods, but I was promised the regular bonus for all over an average amount of logs, and, being greedy, and with a small consc ience, I slaughter ed the trees instead of cutting them fair, and the scaler wouldn't pass some of them for me. "I wanted to bulldoze him into doing it, but he stood his ground, and then I was going to pound him half to death, when Big Ben Bates stepped in and gave me the worst licking I ever got. "Of course I deserved it, but I had to quit him after that, and being in a dirty mood I went straight to his worst enemies, the men who are the representatives of the trust. I'm not giving anybody away, but I'll admit that I came here in the night, Mr. West, and put a stick of dynamite under this very house, with the idea of touching it off and blowing everything to atoms, but Ben was on the wPtch for me, and he not only knocked me over but the fall broke my le g. "Then what does he do? What would mo s t Then Ben found his tongue. "You say that you can furnish my age to me in the springtime; is that assert?" own flowpeople do? They would send out for the sheriff, what you and a man who was caught doing what I was do ing would go out on a stretcher and be attended , in the nearest jail by the first doctor they could get, and that would be treating him pretty we ll, but what does Big Ben Bates do? He lifts me up logs to Spruceville and carries me in here, and when Norris says "Just that." "Independent of Tennyson?" "Independent of anybody." "And enable me to get my that there's no bunk for me, Ben say s I can have his." fir st?" , "Yes." "How can that be done?" "Well, Ben Bates, that's my secret, but it can be done and it shall be done, if I live." "I cannot imagine how such a thing can be done," put in Frank Norris, looking keenly at Rough Red to assure himself that the man was really in his right senses, "but if it could be managed we certainly would make a small fortune out of our winter's work." Then Ben caught the inquiring gaze that Tom West was bending on him, and he turned to his former college chum. "This man was formerly our woo d boss, or foreman of the crew, and he met with an accident and broke his leg. Norris fixed him u s, and he's staying here until the fracture mends." " Oh, I understand,'' said Tom, but with the di rectness of the woodsman the former wood boss broke in sharply on him. "No, sir," he said, "you'll excuse me for saying that you don't understand, and I don't wonder at it after hearing the mild way that B e n Bates puts the matter before you. Now listen to me, and I'll give the straight and true story of how I happen to be here. I think your name is West?" "That's right; Tom West." "I'm known as Rough Red, and I guess I de serve my name. I'm a hard character, like most w ood bosses, and I've got a dirty temper, and when my blood is up I've got a mean dispo sition Rough Red choked for a moment at the recol lection of our hero's kindness, and Tom vVest nodded sympathetically. He was beginning to understand that this rough, roystering wood boss, ready with his profane tongue and his brawny hands to curse and to batter, was really soft at heart when his better nature was touched, and he knew now that Ben had touched it, and touched it de ep ly. "He gives me his bunk," went on Rough Red, when he could control his shaking .vo ice, "and he lays on the floor while I'm sleeping soft. And then he look s after me like a brother, and sees that I have the best that the cook can bring me, and puts my and tobacc o where I can u se it,. and always gives me as much of his time for a chat as he can, and always has a kind word for me when he goes out and comes in, and if you think that I don't feel all that--" There were tears in hi s eyes now, and there were sobs i s hi s voice, and he could go no further. Tom West turned to Ben and gripped him hard by the hand. "The same old Ben, " he said, while our hero , who never could stand praise, hung his head shamefacedly. Rough Red obtained control of his voice in a couple of minutes, and then he turned to his auditors. ( T o b e Continued.)


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 INTER.ESTING R.ADIO NEWS AND HINT S THE NEUTRODYNE CIRCUIT RADIO RECEIVER One of the greatest thrills you can get comes vrhen you finish building a radio and are ready to listen jn for the first time. That is the feeling . you will have if you make a Neutrodyne, for it will not only draw in nearby stations, but distant ones as well, with remarkable clearness. All radio bugs consider it the finest instrument made, :lS good radio frequency amplification has baffled the best engineers until Professor Hazeltine invented this circuit. The neutroformers and neutrodons necessary to make it work are patented, and must be purchased of dealers using Fada products, a s the manufacturer is licensed by the OOb xAThe first proceeding is to mark yonr panel, and drill it with holes according to the size of screws and shafts on your instruments. Neiitroforrners.-The three neutroformers are mounted in the center of the height of the panel. They must set at an angle of 2bout 60 degrees from being horizontal. This position is very important . Rheostcits.-The vernier rheostat for controlling the filament current and the amplifier rheostat controlling the filament current of the three amplifier 4ibes are on a line with the big dials, the power rheostat being the last one, on the righthand side facing the panel. S1l'ilh and Jacks.-The phone (3-pronged) jack is beneath the vernier rheostat knob, the horn (4-pronged ) jack i s beneath the power rheostat A The Neutrodyne Circuit Radio Rccei'Uer . inventor to make and sell them. In order to build this five-tube se t you will need: 1 Formica or Bakelite panel 26x7x3-16 inches. 1 Baseboard, hardwood, 25x6x1h inch. 1 Triple Fada lamp socket. 2 Single Fada lamp sockets. 3 Fada neutroformers. 2 Fada neutrodons. 2 Audio transformers. 3 4-inch dials. 1 Fada vernier rheostat. 1 Fada power rheostat. 1 Pus h and pull switch. 7 Double binding-posts. 1 Closed circuit jack. 1 Three -spring automatic jack. 2 Fixed condensers .006 mfd. 1 Gridleak, 2 megohms. 1 Grid condenser, 00025 mfd. 28 feet tinned copper wire No. 14. 28 feet insulating tubing. knob, and the push and pull switch is between the two. Bezels.-If ventillators are put in the panel they will be directly over the rheostat knobs and on a line with the jacks and switch. Tn/Je Sockets.-Flat-head machine screws fas ten the triple lamp socket on the back of the panel behind the two rheostats . The other two sockets are fastened to the panel between the 3d and the 2cl and 2d and 1st neutro formcrs . 0hielding.-Should you shield the back of the panel with copper tissue it should go on before the instruments . Only that part from the side of the vernier. rheostat to the neutroformer side of the panel need be shielded; and the copper must be cut away from around all instruments half an inch. The shield can be groupded by soldering the end of a copper wire to it after the set is finished, and fastening the other end to binding-post.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 25 Dials.-It is nat necessary to put on the dials until the radio is nearly finished. All the above instruments are fastened to the panel with the baseboard detached. You will next a ssemble the baseboard instruments. Trans[ ormers.-Both transformers stand behind the triple tube socket, the primary of the end one pointing toward the power rheostat, and the primary of the on e behind the vernier rheo stat pointing toward the firs t transformer. Both tranformers can be screwed to the baseboard. Arrange them w e ll separated, yet so as to have the wiring a s short a s possible. N eutrodons.-These two condens e r s are mount ed with screws between the first and second, and second and third neutroformers. The y can be placed at the edge of the baseboard. The adjust able brass tubes on them should be placed about in the center of the glass tubes. Binding-posts .-In this set the battery, ground and aerial connections are brought to the back, instead of defacing the handsome panel by at taching binding-posts to it, and bringing a tangle of ugly wires t o them. The pos t s are set along the rear edge of the baseboard. The antenna and ground posts , an inch apart, are behind the tuner. The 9 0and 22-volt B battery, pos t s set an inch apart , behind the second radio frequency unit (3rd neutroformer) and the A battery posts are place d near one of the transformers , each post an in c h apart. It i s a safe pla n to mark e ach of these battery po s t s so you will not connect your A w ires t o the B posts , and burn out your l amps . You now have the two j a ck;;, switch, two rhe o stats, three n eutroformers and the lamp sockets secured to the panel. The basebo ard carries the two n eutrodons , seven binding-pos t s and the two transform e r s . In order to facilitate w iring the set i t i s bes t to separate the panel from the base board. Wiring.-Be gin by connecting the negative t erminal s of the lamp sockets and extend this same lon g w ire under the five sockets and sol der the e n d o f it to the primar y of t h e first n eutro former. In the diagr a m the error was made of show i n g the po sitive conn ected to this long lead. If y o u reverse the p ositive and negative lamp co m1ectio n s o n the diagram yo u will have i t righ t . When t h e negative s ide of the l amps are w ired you can wire the p o s itive t ermi n a l s , two of the amplifyin g tubes being c o n n ec t e d together. Next connect u p the t wo r heostats and t h e swit c h to the A battery po sts. You can now wire the t e leph on e jacks and fixed conoensers. The stiff wiring o f t h e condensers w ill hold t hen, 1 i n place w ithou t them t o the baseboard. Another erro r in the dia gram. The t wo inside connections to the fourpronged jacl; shou ld be reversed after the nega tive filament error i s corrected. When wiring the n e utrnformers, which com e next, leave the w ire t h a t taps int o Lhe side unt il the last, as the t a p might break if the dan glmg wire wer e struck or twisted. B e careful not to make a co1rnection t o the tap on the first ( t uner) neutioformer. The t a p s on the second and t hird neutroformen; go to one termina l o f each o f the n eutro::lon s . ' After the p a n e l ii. all wire d it is fastened to the baseboard and the neutrodon, transformer and binding-post connections are made. Adjusting.-When the wiring is completed, the set must be adjusted to make it function. There is a commercial way to do this by the use of a buzzer, dry cell and a 13-plate condenser shunted across an inductance of 70 turns of No. 22 D. S. C. wire on a 3-inch 0. D. form. Another w.ay follows: When a nearby station is broadcasting insert four U. V. 201-A tubes in the amplifying sockets , a U. V. 200 tube in the detector socket and plug in the ear phones. The detector tube is the one behind the vernier rheostat. Pull out the switch button. See that the power rheostat is shut off. Adjust the vernier and power rheostat until just before you hear a decided frying noise. Rotate the three neutroformer dials in step with each other until you pick up the broadcast. When you begin place the variable condenser dials ap proximately at 15 to 20 degrees. Then carefully revolve them till the signals come in loudest. Remove the first amplifier tube and readjust the dials till the signals are loudest. Bend a small piece of paper around one of the filament contact pins of the removed tube and return the tube to its socket. The plate and grid circuits of the tube will function but the paper covering the filament pin prevents the tube from lighting. The signals will still be heard in the phones. By moving the brass tube on the fir s t neu trod on (the one placed at the left of the baseboard) the strength of the signals will be varie d. Make this adjustment to a p oint where the signals are very weak or disappear entirely. At this point remove the tube from the socket and the signals should come in loud again . R eturn the tub e to the socket and the signals will vanish 01 sound very weak. This i s the desired condition. Now fasten do w n the se t screw on the neutrodon to h ol d the brass tube in t h e po sitio n where the sign a l i s very faint. Next r e mo v e the paper from the fil ament post o f the lamp and put the lamp in its s ocket, as this fin i s h es the adjustment of the firs t neutrodon. The same procedure follows for the s econd tube an•l secon d neutrod on. When the s econ d neutr odon is adjusted fo r the faintest s i g n a l fas t e n it and r e mov e the pap e1 from the leg of the lamp. These adj ustmeni.:3 are of co urse made with a ll lamps li ghted except the one cut out with t h e piec e of p ape1 . . Whil e the adjusting of both n e utrodons i s go ing on a ll tl11ee neutrofor mer d i a l s should b e a djusted fo r maximum ,si g nals. If a good adjust m ent cannot be sec u r e d one o f the neutroforrner connections should b e c h a nged to the center tap o f the neutro

26 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 THE LIBERTY BOYS O F '7ti NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 14, 1923 TE R M S T O SUB S CRIBER S t'inJ;le <:opies ................• I•obtage J.l"'ree 011e Copy Three Months..... '' One l'o1>Y 8ix Months ....... . One (;opy One Year ......... . Canada, $4.00; Foreign, $-UiO. 7 Cent• DO Cent• $1.76 S.50 HOW TO S.END MONEY -At our risk senil P. 0. Money Order Check or Registered Letter; remittances In nuy other 'way are at your risk. 'V <' accept Postage Stamps the snme as cash. Wben sending sliver wrap the Coin lu a separate piece of paper to avoicl cutting the envelope. Write your name auu audress plainly. Address letters to Harry E. ,Vollf, l'res. {HARRY E. WOLFF, Charles .E. Nylander, Sec. Publisher, Inc., L . I " . Wilzln, 'l'reus. 166 '\V. 23d St., N. Y. ITEMS OF INTEREST FINDS BABY PLAYING WITH SNAKE William Miller of Kane, Pa., found his son, fourteen months old, playing with a blacksnake two feet in length in the kitchen of his home. The infant had the snake in one hand and a large spoon in the other and apparently had beaten the snake until it was weak. The father induced his son to give up the snake, although the child cried indignantly. $100,000 BALL PARK DESTROYED BY FIRE Harrison Field, home of the Newark Bears, International League baseball team, was destroyed by fire recently at an estimated loss of $100,000. The blaze, which started in the grandstand just after the crowd had left, completely encircled the field within a few minutes. The park was owned by the American and National Baseball Leagues, and leased by the International League. It was built eight years ago. Freight cars of the Pennsylvania Railroad, on a siding near the park, and several frame dwellings caught fire . Calls were sent to nearby towns for additional apparatus. A pall of smoke covered the entire city, although the ball park is over a mile distant. W ILL STUDY WHALES An offer of $5,000 a year with free food and lodging and plenty of adventure thrown in is go ing be;;ging because England has no modern Jonah who knows whales intimately. Last month the Colonial Office advertised for a "director of research" to take of a scien tifi c expedition that i s scheduled to start nex t s pring. for the Falkland I s lands t o stu dy aquatic mammals and their habits. So far n o t a single s uitable application has bee n received and t h e c ommittee is still seeking t h e r i g h t man. The purpose o f the expedition is to o btain d a t a from which to fram e legislatio n t o prevent the di s appearanc e o f leviathans fro m the oceans of the The scientists w ill m ake an intimate study of whales endeavoring to learn whether they are how long they li:

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 27 I NTERESTING NEWS ARTICLE S WASTE LUMBER SAVES RAILROAD TIES In line with the wave of conservation that is sweeping the country, the United States Forest Service has ofilcially endorsed a plan whereby pegs cut from waste lumber will be u sed to plug holes in railroad ties and thus save them from decay. It frequently happens that a railroad finds it necessary to pull up a portion of its track and relay it. Holes a : re left in the ties when the huge spikes are pulled out and water soon enters these hole s, causing decay to start. The plugs are to be driven into the hol es left by the spikes, and it rs said that they are very efficacious in stopping the decay. The cutting of the wooden pegs is the result of a united effort to conserve the timber supply of the country. CHURCH 21 STORIES HIGH The new Chicago Temple built by the Metho dist Episcopal church at a cost of $3,100,000, located in Chicago's loop at the intersection of two of the busiest thoroughfares in the world, will be ready fur its first official occupa ncy October 3 , when the Rock River conference of Northern Illinoi s convenes. The total value of the building, one of the tallest churches in the world, and the ground on which its stands will figure nearly $6,500.000. The height of the structure from street to top of spire will be 556 feet, with twenty-one stories devoted to church and office u se . The doors of the temple will be open to worshippers day and night. A MACHINE THAT READS CHARACTERS By a:1d feet and the face a professor in .. I . .;:idclie university reads the character of persons SJttmg at an apparatus h e devi sed to classify students. Seated at a bench, the subject is required to work a serie s of pedals and levers in response to s i gn:ils. .The idea is to act quickly. It is a test agamst time. The student who becomes nervous might not be a steady hand at the of an i:utomobile as a moto1man o r engmeer, the mventor thmks. When a person goes to the machine and d?wn quickly, studies it out, and the n works it right and fast and smiles and is eager, the inventor believes su'ch a man or woman is aggressive and is to be trusted. Some come to tl1e machine feeling that it is silly. They perhaps make mistakes. They do not act quickly. They frown. They grit their teeth. They g i ve up soon. Such i:;erscn'i, the professor says, are easily discouraged. LEWIS AND CLARK ROUTE When President Jefferso n sent out the :::-.:pec'i tion to explore the Louisiana territory, imm(2d! ately after its purc!' from France, it was m: der the c0mmancl of MeriwetherLewis :ind Wil liam Clark, and pior.eers penetrated from the Mis s issippi River through territory now forming parts of Missouri, Kansas, N ebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Washingtun :rnd Un)oon to the Pacific Ocean. The members of the party were the first white men to cross the continent betwee n the Spanis h posses s ion s to the south and the British holdings to the north. The party left St. Louis May 14, 1804, and in October were 1, 600 miles on their journey north and wintered there until April 7, 1805. Fourteen men took back to St. Louis collections and re ports . In April the expedition was at the mouth of the Yellowstone River. A month later they saw the Rocky l\fountains. The three forks ot the Missouri River were dis covered July 25 and named Jefferso n, Madison and Gallatin. The exploring party proceeded up the Jefferson, crossed the Rock ies in September, started down the Columbia River Oct. 1 6, and on Nov. 7 came in sight of the Pacific Ocean. They wintered on the coast and started on the return journey March 23, 1806, reaching St. Louis Sept. 23, having traveled a total distance of almost 8,500 mile s . EXPLORERS TO SEEK RUINED MAY A CITIES Carnegie Institution has deve l oped plans for a series of expeditions to excavate the ruins of an cient Maya cities in the hope of revealing the se crets of that buried civilization. The institution has b een sending yearly expedi tions for the last decade or so, but the next expedition will start next January and will be the largest and mo s t important archeological ven ture ever attempted on this continent. Some of the best known scientists of America and Europe will head the various departments of expedi tion and their discoveries may literally turn pres ent conceptions of primiti ve history upside down. Permission has been granted by the governments concerned for the American sc ientists to investigate ruins of the Maya cities in the jungles of Mexico and Guatemala. Dr. Sylvanu s G. Moreley, associate of the Institution in Middle American Archeol ogy, who has been conducting explorations and studies in middl e America for nine years, is now in Yucatan to begin prelimi nary work of clearing the brush from the group of structures which w ill fortn the fir s t study. No venture in recent years has excited so much interest in sc ientic circles as the institution's announcement that it intends to excavate the ruined cities of what is generally accepted to have been the first human race to inhabit this continent. Just what the explorers will find no man can predict, but officials of t he institution predict that the story buried in the tropical jungles of Mex ico promi ses to become one of the most intrigu;ng chapters in primitive history and to place King "Tut" far il" the background. The Maya civilization, a n aboriginal race, flourished on this continent c enturies before the coming of Christ. It reached an amazin gly high state of intellectual culture for that period and then disappeared with a completeness that ha:; baffled sc ience.


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 HERE AND THERE COST :N1ILLIONS , CAMP DIX BUILDINGS GO FOR $ 194 , 1 00. At an average cost of $225 a building, the War pepartment recently confirmed bids for approx imately three-fifths of the structures in Camp Dix. Barracks, officers' quarters and other bui ldings, which in war time cost the Government several millions of dollars, were knocked down to a Chicago house wrecking company for $194,100 . The buildings sold cover the portion of the big camp unoccupied by the present garrison and the summer training camps. None of fhe buildings has been in use since demobilization. Originally there were 926 buildings, but the number was reduced to 860 by fires or removals. The purchasers will raze the buildings and remove the lumber and equipment. The price represents only a fractional part of the cost of the plumbing a lone. SIGHT ADDS TO ENJOYMENT OF TASTE Did you ever notice that the old pipe never tastes quite so good when s moked out of doors on a dark night? The ordinary man is unconsci ously accustomed to watch the s mok e from his pipe or cigarette and to gauge his puffs with hi s eyes. He may not know that he watches it, but he does, and, deprive d o f the opportunity, his subconscious self soon tells him that he can't see the s mok e. Accustomed as he is to enjoy the sight, taste and smell of the smoke, when one sense fails him he can no longer believe that he is smoking at all. He could, of course, easily train his will to depend upon taste and smell alone, but most of u s are never forced to such need and so continue, without knowing it, to watch our smoke. With food, the same relation between sight and taste may be noticed. A very attractive looking dish always tastes better than one less attractive. It is said that even the veteran smoker would not be able to distinguish his favorite cigarette from a group of others if he were to smoke them in a dark room. A SUNFISH NEST The amiable s unfi s h, which is ever ready to try its lu ck with a fishhook , builds its nest in the bed of the woodland stream or quiet lake. The mottled creatures cruise among the pebbles and bottom grasses until they find some suitable spo t for their home and once a place has been selected they set vigorously to v:ork. First, they clear away all the weeds and roots, tearing them up with their teeth or by blows of their tails . Both fishes stand over the spot creating a mimic whirlpool with their tails which effectually drives away all undesirable particles. The stones are them carried away, the smaller one s in their months, the larger ones being pushed out bodily or fanned away by the whirlpool process. Finally, a spot about 12 inches in diameter has been scooped out with a sandy bottom. The stems and weeds at the border of the spot fall over,,Jorming a bower. Here the eggs are deposited, the male and female alternately watchine: them. ' Sunfish often build in c olonie s as a protection against intruders, and no sooner is an enemy sighted than the who l e colony is aroused and the warriors go out to do battle and drive it away. They have, however, one enemy that seems to defy them, the pirate perch, which, like the cuc koo, is either incapable or too lazy to build i_ts own nest, preferring to find a nest already bu_ilt and there to deposit its eggs. The perch waits until the s unfish has completed its nest and laid its eggs, when it takes possession by force, sometimes only after a sanguinary and prolonged battle. The nes t once' captured and the sunfish evicted, the perches, male and female, install themselves and lay their eggs among those of the former occupants. When the eggs are hatched the perches protect the little sunfish as jealously as they do their own offspring until they are sufficiently able t o take care of themse!ves. RUNS HER WHEAT FARM, MAKES IT PAY WELL Making a wheat farm pay i s more than many a n experienced Kansas farmer can do nowadays. But Mrs. J. E. Ford, a Pawnee county widow, formerly a school teacher, i s doing that very thmg. She i s running a . wheat farm near Larned, operating it s uccessfully, doing all the management herse l f, and. performing much of the actual labor h ersel f. In the last seve n years Mrs . Ford has run her farm, five miles northwest of Sanford, and has paid off every bit of several thousand dollars' personal indebtedness that existed when her husband died in 1916. She has mastered the details of farm work s o that there is no part of it she is not capable of doing, and in fact there are few things on the farm she has not done over and over again. She has personally worked in the fields, listing and drilling wheat, run a mowing machine, taken care of both cattle and hogs. In addition to all this , Mrs. Ford has found time to keep her house immaculate , to cultivate roses and other flowers, to plant a large vegetable garde n each year, to keep her large lawn close crepped like a lawn on a paved street, to plant trees year after year and make them grow, and become inviting for birds-she does not keep a cat on the place. Mocking birds, orioles, thrushes and song make this their home. Before her marriage Mrs. Ford was Jessie Musselman. She taught sc hool for four years in Larned. The Ford farm has 400 acres. For the first few years Mrs. Ford tried farming the wheat land herself, but for the las t three years she has rented 240 acres of wheat land, reserving 160 acres for stock puiposes. While she was farming the wheat land s he hired her labor, sometimes a man a lon e anJ sometimes a man and wife, by the month. The first fall after Mr. Ford's death the ground was all ready to sow to wheat, and Mrs. Ford hired a man to put in the crop, but the wheat was blown out and nothing was raised.


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.. sz D . lortbe Co eti ft ofnn;;&a WHO murdered John Blake ? The country was stunned by the crime mystery of the year. A rich re ward was offered. There were clews a-plenty. Circumstantial evidence pointed to a dozen men. But the Disrict Attorney didn't dare bring any one of them to trial. Then the Finger Print Expert stepped in I With feverish e x citement the crowd in the court room listened . Judg e, jury , attorneys and onlookers l eaned for ward in strained sil e n c e, eager t o catch every word. The young Finger Print Expert in the w itness chair was the center of at traction, as wi t h calm assurance , he gave the evidence that convicted the murderer, and brought h i m the $2500 reward. T.G.Cooke. Preaidcnt I Can Make YOU a Finger Print Expert! I have trained hundreds of the m e n now pro minent in the P rofes s ion. For insta n c e, there's Harry Passno, Chief of t h e Iowa State B u r eau. He had no previou s experience-no colle g e or high school education. He was just a country photographer. I trained him. Mail Coupon for Free Book UNIVERSITY of APPLIED SCIENCE, 1920 Sunn,-tild• Ave •• Dept. 1()..96 Chlcaso on Ftngt!r Print• and your offer of n FREE coarse In S e c r e t Service Intelligence and the Free Professional F in&'e r Print Outftt. Na'f'PMI. •••••••••••••••••••••••••• •••••••••••••••••••••• •••••••••••••••••••• , ••••• , •••••••••••••••••••••••••• ..., ct Sfatfl •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• .A,ge ••••••• I can do the same for YOU. You m a y study right at home-in your spare time. Right NOW i s the tim e to start. More trained men are n eeded to fill the position s create d almost daily. Salaries are h igh. Chance s for rewards are frequent. The Fmger Print Ex pert i s resp e cted and deferre d U.ofA.S.Graduates to by all.I am o fiering y o u a big Appointed opportunity. Will you take it? and Cities. State cf Iowa Professional Finger Print Outfit-Free A professional outfit, just like the Finger Print Expert uses in cour t, i n the l aboratory and at the scene oi crime, is yours FREE with this famous course of training. Also a course in Secret Service Intelligence is tellin1r all arout tbe exploits of fin1re r print detectives. and full In formatio n ab oat this wonderful profess ion, and your oppartunity as a Fini'er Print Expert. Stato o f I daho S tate of Colorad o St. Paa!, M i nn. Columbus, Ohf o El Paso, '1.'e x a s Texu Schenectady,N, Y. Lincoln, Neb. Everett, Wub. Wilkes Barre, Pa. Li'f'in g1ton, Mont. flouston, Texas Botto, Moot . Birmi n p bam, Ala. Poeblo, Colo. Fla. 1'olaa, la. Havan Cuba Cal(l a Alberta University of Applied Sdence 1920 Sum1nlde A venue Dept.10-llO Chlc:aeo, llllDofl


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20 Year• OldMakea Almoat ssooaMontb Dlekeraon Ceta S7,SOO a Year ... 1 earned $80 a W•ek whe n l atarted w i t b you$ 5 0 a WHll: wheo b ait t broush J o u r e ouue. Now J clean up a t the u t e o f $ 7 .&00 a 7ear . Than k J'O U a tboo!land t i me• f.orwhat you did f o r m e , E Jec. triclty pan bhr on t h e fa r m . " Herbert M . Ihekeraoa. Warrentowa_ Virafoia . 020.00 a Day for Schreck • u •• m:r n a me •• a r e f eren c e a nd depe n d on m e a s a boo1ter. The blaa e•t thiDA' J Her d id WH an1wer 7 ou r a d,.ertlee ment . I am aweraaloa better than 1500 a m ontb from m7 own bueln e e • n o w . J n 1 e d t o m a k e ' 1 8.00 a w ee k ' A. Schreck, t'boeulx, Arla. Pence Earn• $9,000 a Year W . E , Penc e , C heha1ie Wa1b 11a1e: '"Your c o u n e p u t me VP h e r e J a m t od ay Mr C oo k .. -ma kio2 S l 6 0 a m onth d oin g a uto m o bile eleetrlcal wot k think o f It -$9 000 a 1 ear. Be.I dea that 1 am m y own boH MJ' w ife j o in• m e In tbankin1 7 0 0 for what 700 did for 1 a . " s:so to sso a Day for .J. R. Morgan 'When I a tarted o n 7our c ours e 1 wae a car . pent e r ' a e a r ning around $ 6 00 a day Now I make from $S O t o $6U a t1'::: rii:. to -J ata.nd J , R Morsan , Delaware, Ohio. It's your own fault if you don't e arn more. Blame yours elf if you s t ick to your s m all pay jo b when I h ave made i ts<>' easy for you to earn $350 0 to $ 10,0 00 a y ear as an el e c t r ic al expert. 1 Electrical Experts are badly nee d e d. T h ou s and s of men m us t be traine d at onc e. One billi o n d ollars a y ear is b e ing s pent for ele c t r ical expansion and e verythi n g i s ready but the men. Will y o u answer the c all of thi s b i g p a y fie ld? Will y o u get ready now. for t h e b ig j o b I will h e lp you get? The b iggest money of your: life is wait ing for y o u . I Will Train You at Rome I will train y o u just l ike I trained the fiv e m e n whos e p ictures you see her e. Just lik e I h ave train ed lhousands o f other m e n o rdinary, every• day aort of feJlowe-p ulJing them out out of the d epths of sta rvatio n wages into J obs that pay $ 12.00 to $ 3 0.00• day. E lectricit y o ff e r s you more opportunities b i gl'e r opportunitieethan any othe r li n e a n d w ith my easil y l earned. s pare time c o urse, I ca.a. H t you foe one of tbe biggest jobs io a few months' t ime. Quick and Easy to Learn Don't let any doubt about your b e in g able to do what these other men have done rob you o f y our j u s t s uc c ess. P ence and Morgan and these oth e r fellows didn't have a thing on you w h e n the y started. Y o u ('B O easily duplicate thei r sue• c es s . Age , lack o f exper ie nce o r Jac k o f educatio n m a kes no di ff e rence. Start j ust a s you are and J will gua r a n t e e the result with a sh:ne d mone y back guarantee bond.. U you are not 100% s atis fied w ith my cou r s e it w o n ' t c oat you a c ent. FREE-Electrical Working Outnt and Tools In a ddition to gi v ing m y stud ents fre e empl oyme n t s erv ice and n ers* outfi t e v e r g otte n toge ther . Y o u d o p r a ctical work right fro m the 'etart. After the fir s t f e w le s s ons it enab les you t o make extra m o n e y every week doin g odd e l ectrical joba in your spa r e t i m e . S o m e students make as high as $26 t o $35 a week i n s p a r e time work while l earning. This outfit is a ll FREE. Mail Coupon for FREE BOOK -the V ital Facts ol the Electrical lndustl')' The c oup o n belo w w ill b ri n g you m y b i g free e lectrical bookA long with the bo o k I will s end you a s ample lesson , a credit check allowinJ ypu a $46.60 J'eduction. m y guarantee bond a n d particulars of the most w o nd e r f u l pay-rais in g co u rse lo t h e w o rld. S end t h e c oupo n now-this v ery second may b e the tur ning poin t in y our lif e S end it whi l e the d esir e for a better job a nd mor e m o n e y i s upon you, to L. L COOKE, Chief Engineer Chicago Engineering Works Dept. 206 2150 Lawrence Ave., Chicago r.••• • D ••••11••••••••••••••••••••n••••••••••••.••••••••••••• .. .... as l 1 IL. L. COOKE, Chief Engineer, Chicago Engineering Worka, a .................. .' ................................. ......... j the "Vital Facts, " your F ree Book . Sam ple L e sson s and p articulars o f your Free O utfit I Offe r, Free Employment . Service, a n!' , thal you can fit me for a bigpay electrical Job. Address ................. ............................. . . . . . . .............. . \.. ....................................................... - •


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