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I BOYS,if.READ -THE RADIO ARTICLES IN THIS NUMJJER THE LI.BERTY 'I :11 . . OYSOF A\Veekly'/.\.agazine containing Stories-ofthe American H.A.&ln . .E. WOLFI", INC., 1114 WEST :JD STK EP.:T, NEW YOUf.i No . 1187 Price 7 Cents . . Dick and the Indian were struggling fie r c ely upon the edg e of the torrent, each s trivin g t o throw the.other. off . Brant was climbing up to aid the Moh.c.wll: . Then. seized a s t one A


-' i__.ike Good Radio News? Turn to pages 24 and 25 The Liberty Boys of .. 76 lll!•ed Weekly-Subscription price, $8 . 50 per year; Canad a , $ 4 .00 ; Fore!r:n . $!.:50 Harry E . Wollf Publisher, Jne., 166 Wes t 23d S treet, New York . N . Y. E ntered a s Secon d -Class Mntter .lununry 3 1 , 19i3. at t h e Post-OfHce at N e w York . N. Y., unde r the Ac t or March 3 , 1 879. No. 11 87 NEW YORK, SEPTEMBE R 28, 1 923 Pric e 7 Cents The Liberty Boys Tracking Brant OR, AFTER THE MOHAWK RAIDERS B y HARRY M OOR E CHAPTER !.-The Cabin in the Woods. "Jove, Dick , there is a redcoat!" cried Bob Estabrook. "A red dress you ll"ean, Bob," replied Dick Slater, the captain of the Liberty Boys . He and Bob were riding through the woods n o t far from Germa n Flats , on the Mohawk 'River, one pleasant summe r d a y, when Bob uttered a startled exclamation. In another moment a girl with a bright-red petticoat came out of the woods and advance d toward the m. Both were in Con tinental uniform, and the g irl knew the m to be patriots and said, as she pause d in front of them, the boys touching their hats respectfully: " I gues s there will be trouble at German Flats. I saw some strangers around our cabin J ust n ow, and I think on e of them was an Indian." "Where do you live, miss ?" asked Dick, s o mewhat surpris ed at hearing that there were Indians about. The only Indians he knew who were likely to visit the settlements along the river were Brant and hi s Moh awks , and their presence was a men ace at a ll times. " Over h ere a piece , " said the girl, p ointing up the river. "M a sai d she thought I'd better g o to t h e fort and tell the m. It Isn't good to have India n s prowling abou t . " "Are you s ure tha t you s a w any Indians ?" a s k e d Dick. " Well, on e lo ok ed l ike i t , but I didn't see him moren' a m oment. He had a hunti n g shirt and a feather i n h is hair. He go t out of the way, but I saw t h e others plain enough. There w e r e three of them." " I s y our mother alon e i n t h e cabi n ?" a s k e d Bob , who was as much inte rested as w a s Di c k. " No, t here' s t he b o ys, Mo s e s and Aaron , and D avid and J onathan, and Paul a n d Barnabas, and then t here' s Jane and ma." "The boys ou ght to b e enough, " l aughed Bob . "There's s i x of t h e m. " " Three se t s of twins, " said the girl, "two, fou r a n d six yea r s o l d. Jane is e lev e n and I'm fif teen." "H'm! I'm afraid the twins won't be of much use , " s a id D i ck. " Rid e on to the fo r t , Bob . I'll go with you, m y girl. What is your name, by the way?" "Polly Haynes. You' r e a s o ld i er, are y ou? Y ou're only a bo y." "I'm t h e captain of the Lib erty B oys. We are all boys, but we have d one good work f o r the cause. I s it far to your cabin? If it is, you had be tter get upon Major with me." Dick rode a mag nific ent coal -black Arabian, which he had capture d from the enemy and which was unequaled for s p e ed and beauty. "Well , it isn't s o far," said the ,girl. " I g u ess I 'll run ahead. " She did so, Dick fo llowing, when, at the end of l ess than a quarter o f a mile he came to a littl e clearing i n a hollow nea r the river, where he saw a neat log cabin with three or fo u r children p laying in front of it, a n d . a woman In the doorway watching t h em. The moment Dick appeared, the children se t up a h o wl and ran into the cabin, a little igir l coming out and saying: "What dc:i y o u want to run for? That boy won' t h urt y ou ." Polly was a lready at the cabin. having told her mother that Dick was coming, and now the young captain jumped down and said: "I am Dick Slater of the Liberty Boys. D o you feel aBy a1arm over the appearance of the men you saw, ma'am?" "Yes , I d o , for I have only small childre n and the two girl s and my husband is in the army. I d on't like strangers about, and these were looking men. I ordered them off quick , and t old them I'd take the rifle t o them if they didn't hurry." "That's like ma,'' said P o lly. "She won't stand any fool ing." " I h a v e sent my li eutenant to the fort," said Dick, "and he will g e t s ome of the L i be rty B oys . They are all on h o r seback and it w ill not take long to reach here. " The German Flats w a s a level stretch o f about ten miles on either s i de of the Mohaw k R i v er, very fertile and w ell settled . m any of the pe op l e beinig of Dutch de s c ent, altho u g h there was a con siderable mixture of Englis h as w ell. The cabin was beyond the western end of the Flats in a more hilly country and more expo s ed t9 danger than was t he Flats , on account o f its i sola t e d p osition and b eing in the wo o d s . Forts Dayto n and Herkimer, toward the other end o f . .


' ' 2 THE LIBERTY BOYS TRACKING BRANT the district, were fairly well garrisoned, and in time of danger the people sent the women and children thither for protection. The Liberty Boys were encamped near the forts, havinig heard vague rumors that there was trouble threatening, although just from what source no one seemed to know. They were not far away when the rumors reached them, and Dick at once secured permission to go to Fort Herkimer and assist the gar rison if it were necessary. Chief Joseph Brant, a full-blooded Mohawk, had rava.ged the Mohawk Valley before this, and with the J ohnsons and Butlers, notorious Tories of the region, was great ly feared by the dwellers in German Flats. When Polly Haynes had told Dick, therefore, that she had seen an Indian he thought at once of Brant, although other tribes had come into the region with the Johnson Greens, a force of Tory outlaws, the Ottawas having come down from Canada with Sir John, who was a refugee from the valley, although his home was at Johnstown, where he had a fine family residence. "I guess I'd better go to the fort," said the girl's mother. "We're a good deal out of the way here, and if the Indians should attack the settlement this would be the first to go." "Very true," replied Dick, "but we want to be sure that •they are going to attack it fir s t. I shall leave some of the boys here to protect you and to take you to the fort if the danger is too great." "There's a man coming," whispered the older girl, standing near the young captain. "I think he's one of those I saw before. I don't know him at all." Dick had notic ed the man a moment before, but had said nothing. "Good-afternoon!" he said, looking up as Polly :fini shed speaking. "Is there any news?" The man, seeing that he was observed, came forward. He wore a buckskin hunting-shirt, homespun breeches and a wool hat, and did not seem to be armed, although Dick s uspected that he was. "No, there ain't any, not as I know," the man answered. "Know any folks hereabouts? I'm looking for my sister. Brown, her name is. So's mine. She married a cousin o' ours, and his name is Brown, too, Sam Brown; useter live at Oris kany. Mebby you've heard tell of him?" "Browns are as common as Joneses," said Pol ly. "I couldn't tell whether there was any Sam Brown around here or not." "Many soldiers around the fort?" glancing at Dick, who was eyeing him critically, without ap pearing to do so, and not liking his appearance. "Not much for 'em to do, I s'pose. with everything quiet an' no fear of Injuns and such?" "I haven't been to -the fort and couldn't tell you," returned Polly. "Sam Brown might tell you." "I donno as he's to home," the other replied. "He's in the rebel army and he might be away. We're all good rebels, we are. I'd been in the milishy myself only one leg is shorter'n t'other, an' they wouldn't take me on that account. " Dick had noticed this peculiarity, but he did not like the man's looks a s ide from that, and now his sn;ipicions were still more aroused. "We ain't rebels,'' Polly said. "We're--" "Tories, eh?" in a -quick tone. "The young feller is a rebel, though, ain't he?" "No, I am not. I am an American officer and a patriot,'' Dick replied. "The people here are patriots. If you were one you would not call yourself a rebel. You are not, you are a Tory,, come here to spy on these people, but you are very clumsy about it." • The man flu s h e d and stammered awkwardly: "Well, we are rebels, aren't we, if we are fight in' ag'in ther king'? O' cours e it's all right, but we're r e b e ls just the same, aren't we?" "No, we are not!" decidedly. "That's a fine boss you've got,'' said Brown, if • that were really his name, awkwardly. "Want to trade him? I got a boss what's b etter' n him. only he's too big for me. I'll swap even." "I do not want to trade," said Dick. "Are those friends of yours, back there in the woods? Why don't they c o me on if they are?" Dick had noticed two m e n sneaking along the ground at a little distance, the m e n having no idea that they were observed, however. Dick Slater had very kee n eyesight, and he had .. ob served a slight .motion among the bushes, which he knew was not caused by the wind, a nd then, looking clos er, he h a d seen the two men. "I don't see any one,'' said the man, evidently surprised, and coloring visibly. "I hain't got no body with me, I'm all alone by myself." "Then who are those men skulking through the wood s as if they -were ashamed of beinl' seen?" asked Dick. "I don't see no one,'' muttered the man, turning his head. In an ins t ant Dick had seiZed him by the col lar and had a pistol at his head . "What were you doing here a little while ago?" he demanded. "vVhat do you want now, you pretended patriot, that call yourself a rebe l? What do you want, and who are those men?" "Help!" yelled Brown, trying to f.ree himself. The two men h e had seen came dashing up, but the woman knocked down one of them and Dick fired a shot at the other, which gave him a nasty scalp wound and caused him. to set u p a howl as he ran away. Then there was a sh1'i ll war-whoop and half a dozen painted Indians r u shed out of the woods toward the cabin, brandishing tomahawks and uttering fierce cries. The man whom the woman had knocked down sprang up and ran toward the Indians, but he had not taken more than a step b efore Dick gave him a kick which sent him on his face. Then he released Brown and fired two or three shots in rapid s ucc essio n at the Indians, saying to Mrs. Haynes: "Run into the cabin and look after the children. Lock it up. There will be some of the Liberty Boys here before long." The woman ran into the cabin as Dick had told her, and in a moment there was a shot from a rifle, and one of the Indians fell as he was running up. .Dick dodged behind a clump of trees on the edge of the clearing where there was a fallen tree-trunk, and made Major lie down, keeping behind a tree himself and rapidly reloading his pistols. The Indians made a sudden rus h at him, but 011e fell in his tracks and the rest quickly sought shelter. The woman in the cabin and the


THE LIBERTY BOYS TRACKING BRANT two girls were evidently keepiP"g a watch upon the Indians through, the loopholes, for every time that one appeared he was fired upon and sometimes )lit, The woman had a rifle and a double barreled shotgun, and as fast as she discharged either of these Polly reloaded it, Brown and the two other white men kept out of the way, but the Indians were mol,'e daring and _now and then tried to rus,h in and break down the door . Dick kept a watch upon them, and he had them well in range from where he lay, having esconced himself behind the tree-trunk, whose foliage sheltered him, whil e he could still se e the redskins. More Indians came up at length, and Dick listened to hear if the Liberty Boys were coming. He short l y heard them c oming on at a gallop, and .iust theh the reds made a :i;u s h at him. He broUig"ht down one and MTS. Haynes and Polly hit two more, wou;nding the m and putting them out of the fight 'for a time. T)len there was a loud !

TfIE LIBERTY BOYS TRACKING BRANT to ride on at full speed and warn the neighbors, and then bring a force from the fort to help us if we neeJ it." Bob quickly delivered hi s instructions, and Jack Warren, whose bay mare was second only in speed to Dick's black, set off at a rush, glad to be intrusted with an important mission .. He and his mare had often b een in service before, and Jack was a universal favorite, being as brave as a lion and always rnady to do something, no matter how danrgerou s it might be. Mark and his boys went ahead with the cart, s om e riding ahead and s ome behind, Dick expecting to follow with Bob and the rest as soo n as the advance party had secured a good start. "They cannot go as fast a s we can," said Dick, "and we must give them as .good a start as we can." "We might pretend to defef\d the rabin," replied Bob, "which will delay the reds and then at the last we can ride off."" "That is a good idea, Bob. for I do not sup pose that they know the family have left it." The sounds Dick had heard had grown loun er, and now all the boys heard them and kPew t1 1:i t the Mohawks were coming. There was a sudden chorus of yells, and then a score of Indians came out of the woods into the clearing and made a rush for the cabin. The doors were closed and barre d and the Indians could not t ell if any one .-ere in it or not. "Fire, boys! Let them have it!" said Dick. ""!(eep them back as long a s you can." Crack! crack! crack! crack! The boys fir ed a rattling volley, and more than one redskin fell and did not again move. The Indians thought to surprise the boys by runninrg in upon them be fo1 they could reload, but a rattling pistol voile) taught them better than that. Then while sr.,n e of the boys reloaded, the others kept the enemy at bay with their 'pistols, firing behind trees and fallen l ogs and doing good execution. "Keep them dodging, boys!" cried B ob . The Mohawks did not know if there was any one in the cabin or not, and were careful not to get too near it, having had bitter experience in that regard upon the former attack. At length, however, a large party rushed upon it, battering at the doors and windows and piling burning brus h against it. The plucky boys raked them with their muskets, but the shades of evening were 1gatehering now, and it was not wise to remain too long. Firing a tremendous volley that staggered t h e reds , the boys mounted their horses and galloped awav at full speed, beinrg on the open mad before the Indians knew that they had left the woods. The Mohawks remained to set fired to the cabin, which they broke into, expecting to slaughter the inmates, and finding that there was none. Then they set fire to the cabin inside and out, destroying all that they could find, and then burning the little barn. This delay gave the boys a good start, and being mounted, while the part of the Indians were on foot, they had a still greater advantage over their dustv foes. Mark and his party had ,gained a long lead by the time Dick and Bob came up with them and had seen nothing of the Indians , al \hough they had heard the sound of firing and had seen the smoke from the burning cabin rising above the trees. Mark kept on at a . teady gait, Dick and his boys going less rapidly, so as to face the Indians in case they should come on. At length some of them did, coming on ponies and rough horses , which they pushed to the utmost. There were more of them than there were of Dick's party, but brave younrg patriot captain resolved to hold his ground as long as he could, and the boys the enemy a hot volley as they came up. Let them have it, boys!" cried Dick. "Jack may return with more of the boys . but we mus t depend upon ourselves all we can." "I wish Brant was hm:e that we might give him a shot," sputtered Bob. " That f e llow's education makes him worse than ever." The boys stood fi:vm for s ome time and, at length, as the Indian s came on i n greater numbers and in the g;eates t desperation, they suddenly wheeled a;nd rode away lik e the wind. At the end of a mile or so t11ey halte d, Dick hearin.t? the sound of a body of horsemen comi;ng from the direction of the forts. "There is Jack," he aid. "Ife will be here and then we'.D see wnat these red rascals w1]] have to say for thems elves." were nearing the edge of the settled port10n of the valley when the India n s rush e d up a.gain,_ but now Jack Warren and a band of forty Boys came along, and the enemy were forced to fall back. Jack and the newcomers hazed them well with their muskets . and there were many dead left on the fiel d. The,n the boys all wen_t on to the forts . thP. settlers along the road bemg warned that there were Indians about that it would be better for them to send women an.d children to the forts. Dfok took hi s b?YS to their camp, and then went into Fort Herkimer, where he r e p oi-ted what had taken place to the commandant. "If Brant and the Johnso n Greens are about" the observed, "there may be trouble. Ther:e always 1s when those two unite." h ave begun !l1efr evil \\"Ork,'' declared Dick, and I do not thmk they will stop till they have done a ll the damage they can " "Keep a lookou t for them: captain," said the o fficer, and all you can. Oppos e them a s much as and warn every one in the Flats to put their women and children in a safe place. Brant and his warriors will have 0 mercy upon them if they are caught." "\Ve have already given wa,rning to al) whom we have seen," responded Dick, "and I will warn others ." It grew dark soon after Dick returned to the camp, _but the were now liirhted, and Patsy Brannigan, the I_rish Liberty Boy and the coni cook and ..his corps of assistants were busy 1gettmg supper foJ.: the boys. Polly and he. r mother and the children were now safe in the fort, whe1e found quarters, and all were warm m praise of Dick Slater a nd the Liberty Boys for what they )lad done. CHAPTER III.-Dick In the Hands of the Enemy. supper Dick set off alonir the river to see there were any fresh signs of the Indians and 1f there were any Tories about. As h e


THE LIBERTY BOYS TRACKING BRANT 5 passed the houses of the settlers and saw the many happy groups through the lighted windows. he could scarcely believe that the region was threatened and wondered how they could be so neglectful ' of their peril after having been warned. "One would think that they did not realize the danger," he said to himself. "and yet they have been warried and must know that we would not speak without reason." He went on past the settlements and toward the hills the rising moon making a silver path alo111g river, and everything seeming quiet and peaceful. Had he not kno:vn _that. there were enemies about, pe:i'haps lurkmg m his very path, the scene would have impresse d him as mos t peaceful, but nbw hi s every sense was on the alert, as he did not know at what he might hear the whiz of an arrow, the smgmg of a !bullet or the warcry of some red warrior. He was within a mile o:r two of the scene of the afternoon's events when he heard voices not far away and reined into tl)e deeper shadows and dismounted. "Those are white men,'' he murmured. "Their voices are different from those of the Indians." Leaving Major under a tz:ee, whos e thick brances completely concealed him, he went forward cautiously, taking pains not to make any noise at the same time listening to catch what the were saying. He presently saw a faint gfow ahead of .hirp. and judged the men were sitting about a fire, as they did n_ot to be advancinig from the sound of their _voices. He was right, for he shortly cam to a little hollow, at the bottom oj which, setting around a fire, shaded by the trees, he saw three or four men, one of whom was Brown whom he had seen in the afternoon. The men were s moki:og pipes and occasionally drinking from a bottl' e , which was passed about and which evidently contained some strong spirits. "Them r ebe ls was too smart foi: us," muttered Brown, "and how that old woman can hit out I You wouldn't suppose she could after havi11i,J?; ten children." "Well she hasn't any cabin, anvhow,'' growled another ' who had been with Brown in the afternoon, there will be a lot less after the Injuns get h ere." "Yes, for there's Brant and--" Dick leaned forwa1d to hear more plainly, for some of the men were beginning to sing and make a noise under the influence of the liquor they had been drinki11ig. Suddenly the bush he was leaning against gave way a.nd he was precipitated down the bank and almost into the fiTc. the men springing to their feet in the utmos t astonishment. "'By ,gum! it's that pesky young rebel!" ejaculated Brown. The four men sprang upon Di'ck, and now another appea: red, a man a half-militiwy. dress, wearinJ? a sword and havmg a powdered wig and a cocked h t. "See that the r('\bel doe s JJot escape," this man said. "He is the captain of those infernal young Liberty Boys who have made so much trouble for us. I'd like to get the rest of them." "That's D ick Slater fast enough," muttered Brown. "He bothered us a lot this afternoon, but we got the best on him now ." Dick took the newcomer to be an officer of the Johnson Greens, and a more important man than either Brown or his comrades. "Tie him to the tree," the man said. "We will attend to him later. He is a troublesome young vagabond and needs dealing saverely with. Once he is safely han1ged the Liberty Boys will amount to nothing." Dick was bound to a tree on the edge of the little glade, Brown stirring up the fire so that it shone on his face and saying to him: "You rgimme a kick this arternoon, captain, but I guess you'll kick pretty liyely when you off and you get to dancing on nothmg. Dick said nothing, but looked around him to see what were his chances of escape. Brown and the others had not tied him very securely, and he thought that he might get his hands loo se in time, the next question being how to get away. He could signal to Major when he was ready to get awa'} and ride off on hi s back. and he me.ant to watch his chances and take a favorable time for this. The officer sat on a fallen log and presently three more men in uniform came into the little clearing, looked at Dick and sat down. "We'll be ready to fall on the settlements and then attack the fort in tin!-morning," said the officer. "We'll all be here by that time." "Tbat there fort is mighty strong," muttered Brown. " I ,guess you better not attack it." "Te ll that to Sir John, you white-livered pup!" routered the officer, with a scornful laugh. "You are' afraid, and there's a lot more like you, but we'll get rid of you shortly and have onl y men to deal with." "I'm as much a as. anv one," dt!clared Brown, "but I know what ye kin do an'i what you cain't, and I don't see any use o' buttin' yer head ag'in a stone fence. The fence always gits th er best on "You're a fool! " snarled the other. "Mebby I am, but I know things what you don't. I've been spyinrg about the region and I know things what has happened here sence you ran away to get out o' jail for robbing old--" The officer sprang to his feet in a rage, and there would have been a brawl in another mo ment, but just then five o r six Indians came into the glade, and one of the men said: "Hallo! here's some Injuns. Maybe they've got something to tell." "I'll settle with you, Bill Hicks," said the officer, glaring at Brown. "I didn't run away, and you--" "You did, and I kin prove it, and if you're going to say nasty things about me I kin do the same for you." "Indian want white boy chief," said one of the redskins to the officer, pointing to Dick. "Boy chief make much trouble, kill much Indian bravee, now must die." "He is our prisoner" replied the other. i:;, a reward for him and you cannot have him." "Huh; paleface kill for money, presents; Injun kill for revenge," said the with a con t emptuous grunt. "Injun no want money, want blood for blood. White boy kill Injun, white boy chief must die!" "He is our prisoner, I tell you,'' returned the


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS TRACKING BRANT other, angrily. "You will have to .get another. There will be plenty of them to-morrow when we get into the fort." "Huh! fort too strOi'lg, cannon go boom! kill plenty Indian. No can get in fort, 1get in cabin, burn, kill, but no get in fort." "Why don't yer tell him he's a white-livered pup, Jan?" asked Brow n, or Bill Hicks, with a sneer. "Because yer dassn't, that'3 why." "Hold your tongue!" snarled the o ther. "I'll tell him what I like. The boy i s my pris on er, and I am not going to g-ive him up." The disputants had had their backs to Dick for some moments, during which time the young cap.l;ain had been making the best of 11is opportunities. lie had almost' s ucceed ed in freeinig his hands by this time, and now the Tory turned and faced him saying, angrily: "vVe are going to hang you, Slater, and the n we are goingto claim the reward. You won't be tortured and scalped , but you won't get away!" "White bov must die!" grunted the redskin, suddenly rushing upon Dick with uplifted tomahawk. Dick had freed his right hand by this moment and none too soon. H e s u ddenly brought it 11-round in front of him and s natched the weapon from the hand o:i' the Indian, quickly severinig the thongs that bound him to the tree and secured his left hand. Then he sprang forward, overturning the redskin and the Tory into the fire and dashed up the bank. His pistols had not been taken from him, and he quickly fired two or three rapid s hots into i h e crowd, causing the greatest consternation. He heard others comin,g al'\d look them to be Indians and, giving a quick signal to Major, hurried on. The intelligent animal was shortly at his sid e and Dick sprang into the saddle and l\Ode away at a gallop, suddenly plunging right into a party of a dozen Indians, who came from the direction in which he was going. He upset th!:"ee or four of them and fired at two others who tried to sei ze his bridle-rein, the others quickly getting out of the way or being distanced by him. "The red rascals are all about," he muttered, as he rode on, getting into the open wood where the road was better. "I d irl not exoect t o see them coming from that dire ction." H e kept a sharp lookout for more of the Indians, knowinJ?: that there was no danger from those behind him, but that there miight be from parties in front, s hould there be any. The men he had left set up a howl and came on, uttering loud whoops , which he knew were signals to others. He s o on heard an am;wering whoop in front of him, and knew that another party of Indians was coming . The sound guided him and he quickly turned off to one side, away from the river, and went on l ess rapidly. He was obliiged to do this on account of the greater density of thoe wood but h e made )Qss noise and was safer, being l ess likely to b e see n. He went on at a fair speed. hearing bo t h parties of Indians calling to each other and presently observing that those in front were spreadinig out so as to intercept him. Then he rode into the more op e n wood and suddenly dashed out into the moonlight in full view of the riyer and the .oncoming retl skins. Firing a shot or two he dashed on, upsetting two o r three Indians and breaking ,. through their lines, the enemy being greatly surprised to see him, and se ttirug up a howl. Then he sped on, the Indians shooting arrows after him and t h e n discharging their rifles, but without effect . He lay along hi s horse's neck and a number of bullets whistled past his head, an arrow passing through the skirt of hi s coat, as it fled out behind and to one side. H e was s oon out of the reach of that party, but he did not know if there were others, and he 1esolved to keep a sharp lookout for any. "The red villains are gatherirug rapidly," he muttered, as h e r od e on, "and there will be plenty to do before long. 1t may no t be in the mornin1 g, but it will be soon, I am certain.' He saw another pa1ty and qui e a large one farther on, but he saw them first and kept ou t of their way, remaining undiscovered and going on rapidly after they had passed. he kept on at a good gait and shortly reached the, settled parts, where he felt safe. Many 0: the settlers were still awake, and where he saw bghts in a hcui)e he stopped and repeated his warning. "The Mohawks are i n the valley," he said, "pre paring to descend upon yo u r homes and even to attack the fort. 'Before you know it they will descend l ike a devastating flood, and you had better seek safety ip the forts. At least send your women and children there. The forts are safe, but your houses are not." "Bu t our barns are full and we have cattle and horses," said s ome. "Shall we leave t ese to be destroyed?" "You will lose everythinig if you remain," returned Dick. "The soldiers cannot pTotect everything, but they will at least take care of the women and children." Some cif them were already making preparations to go to Foi:t Herkimer, and others began to get ready a s so on as Dick gave them a second warning, knowing him to be a reliable boy and not likely to alarm them without reason. He reached the fort at length, '.reported what .he had heard to the commandant, and then went to the camp. . "I think that we shall have to go in t o-monow, Bob," he observed to the younir lieutenant w..hen they met, Mark and some of the boys coming up at the moment. "Th e n you saw the Indian s and h eard som ething, Dick?" Bob asked, being greatly interested. "Yes, and got into troubl e , but not for long. I tumbled right into a nest of Tories, and then a lot of Indian s came up and things l ooked squally for a time. However. I g-ot away, a lthough I had to run for it and do som e dodg(ng." "An adventure, eh?" said Mary. "vVe will want to know all about it." The boys were all greatl y interested and were excited at the prospect of meeting the Mohawks and the Royal Greens at an early date. "We must give them as good a thrashing as can, Dick," said Bob. "Yes, we must," re-plied pick , thoughtfully. CHAPTER IV.-The Attack on the F rt. In the morniriig D i ck took all t h e Liberty Doys and rode to the farther end of the Flats t o look for the Mohawks and do what they could to " ,,, 1 1 : I .1 r


THE LIBERTY BOYS TRACKING BRANT 7 hold them back if they were advancing. The Indians shortly appeared, led by Brant and flanked by a considerable detachment oi Tories under Johnson and the Butlers. There were many more of the Indians than there were of the Liberty Boys, but the brave fellows attacked them vigorously as soon as they began the work of destruction. Men and women were hurrving to the fort, and Dick determinecl to srive them all the aid )le could and to cove.i their retreat. "Charge, Liberty Boys. l!'ive it to the red scoundrels!" he cried. '"Fire!• Let them have 'it!" Crash-roar! "Liberty forever! Down with the red vil lains!" roa-red the boys, as they de.livered a telling volley. "Scatter the villains, and give it to 'em good and hot!" Muskets ra tied, pistols cracked and brave boys snouted, the din being tremendous. The Mohawks came on with horrid yells, brandishing fheir tomahawks or discha1iging their rifles, but the boyd held their ground and the Indians hesitated. The boys reloaded and awaited the com ing oj the fndians, resolved to do all the execution they could, ,and not to retreat until they were obliged to do so by an overwhelming force of numbers. The Indians came on at length, makinig a great deal of noise, as if that were going to frighten the brave fellows. The boys stood firm and delivered a telling volley, which had a great effect ,upon the enemy, causing them to pause and makin,g many gaps in their ranks. Then the Tories and Indians both came on in force, and the boys foll back, hurrying on the people seeking the shelter of the fort. The work of destruction went on a number of houses and barns being burned, the Indians taking .whatever they could find and destroying what was of no u se t o them. The delay ,gave the people a chance to hurry .on toward the fort, but at length the Indians and Tories came on in great numbers, and the boys were obliged to retreat, firing as they fell back. The renegades and Indians came sweepin1g down the and at length paused before the fort and demanded its surrender. The commandant refused and opened fire upon the enemy, using his cannon to good purpose. The Royal Greens had no artillery with them, and their muskets had ,no effect upon the fort, which was well built and able to stand a vigorous attack. At Je:nigth the IIldians and Tories fell back, finding that they could do ;nothing, and went up the Tiver, burning many houses and leaving many families homeless. -They burned some houses be longing to Tories in their .and at last disappeared, having done an incalculab1e amount o f damage. "Those miscreants must be punished," muttered Dick, when the Mohawks and Royalists had gone. "Some one ought to track Brant and take ven geance on ,him for this days' work. " The commandant thought the same thing, and after the departure of the marauders, a considerable party o f regulars and militia came into the fort from the forts to the eastward of them and decided to go in pursuit of the enemy. When . Dick heard of this he offered to join the expedition and go in chase of Brant. It was too Jate to start that day, and it was resolved to take up the pursuit the next morninig. Some of the families who had sought shelter in the fort left it after the departure of the enemy and returned to their ruined homes, hopinl!' to save something, o to set to work clearing up so that they might rebuild. Mrs. Haynes, the two ,girls and the little children went to a neighbor's near the western end of the Flats and remained with them, the settler putting up a tent and making a shelter from some beams and logs remaining from his house and barn. The settler's wife was in a terribly nervous state and unable to do anything, and Mrs. Haynes look ed after the children and her own and did the cQoking and other woi-k necessary. The Liberty Boys set out the r;ext morning shortly after breakfast, the troops expecting to follow before long. The boys rode at a gallop and did not stop till they came to 'the r ud e shelter at the western end of the Flats where Mrs. Haynes was stop pili,g with the neighbor. As Dick, Bob and a few of the boys who were in advance reached the place, little Jane came running out and said: "Oh, captain, ma wants to see vou. Something dreadful has happened. The twins, David and Jonathan, four years old, and Polly--" "What has happened?" asked Dick, fearing the worst. Just then Mrs. Haynes came out of the tent and said: "The little boys were playing in the woods, fearing no harm. innocent babiei; that they are, when some dirty Indians ran out, cau,ght them up and ran off with them, and we thought there v;asn't an Indian in miles." ''.And Polly?" asked Dick. "She heard 'em holler, caught up a rifle, ran out and chased 'em, firing a shot at 'em." "Yes, and then?" asked Dick, excitedly. "They grabbed her, too. put her on a pony and went off with her and the two little boys. Thev had horses with 'cm. Mr. Van Dusen chased 'em, but he couldn't do nothingand had to ,give up after a mile or s o . They went across the river." "That is something," renlierl Dick. "We will track Brant and bring back the boys and Polly. You may make up your mind to that." The rest oi the Liberty Boys now came up, and the whole troop rode away at full speed. Dick found where the Mohawks had crossed the river, it bei;ng shallow at this point, and the boys followed. The train was plain, and the boys went on at good speed , not haltinig fo r hours. "Brant is making his way to the Unadilla district, no doubt," said Dick to Bob, when they finally halted. "That is where these Mohawks live, and he probably thinks that once he gets there no one will dare follow." "We must track him and punish these Mohawk raiders, Dick," muttexed Bob. "The girl and the little boys must' be rescued." "That shall be, Bob," in a determined tone. The Liberty Boys had all seen Polly Haynes and considered her a very lively girl, pretty to begin with a;nd brave besides. and they were all ready to go to her rescue. "They will not keep on at too rapid at pace," said Dick, "and we afford to rest now and then. I must overtak e .them before they get into their own country."


I 8 'l'HE LIBERTY Bo'r. s TRACKING BRANT "Yes, for then there will be no chance to do atlything with Indians all around us, " declared B o b . CHAPTER V.-The Boys Are Disappointed. After dinner the Liberty Boys pushed on at a rapid pace, and in an hour or so Dick began to see signs of Indians a.head of him and halted, saying to Bob, who was with him: "I think ihat the party that ran off with Polly and the children are not far ahead of u s. They have probably not yet caught up with the main body, but of that we must be certain before we attack them. Come on. Bob , we mus t see l1ow many of them there are. Halt the boys , .Jack, when they come, or advance s lowly. We do not want to run into too big a body of these red ruffian s. " Dick and Bob rode ahead cautiously, Jack and the others waitin.g fo1 the main body to come up. Riding ahead for som e little time, going not too fast for fear of coming suddenly upon the enemy, Dick at las t said, in a low tone: "We had better dismount, Bob. It i s a pity we are i n unifor m. If we were in backwoods dress we might be taken for or Canadians. but our uniforms would betray us in an in-stant. " "Do you think they are near, Dick?'' Bob asked. "They are not far away, Bob." The boys dismounted, made their horaes l ; e down in the bushes and crept ahead with the greatest caution, Dick listening and the woods beyond .most carefully. At length he heard the sound of voices and o ther noi;;e;; whicb. told him that there was an Indian not far away also smelling smoke and the arnma of cooking. He uttered a sound common. in the wood s as a signal to Bob \o be more careful than ever, not to speak The Liberty Boy!; had many of these signals. which were most useful to them, all of them being sounds heard_ in Nature. Dick went a little in advance of Bob and shortly dropped almost to the ground. knowing now that the redskins were not far distant. In a minute or two, goin,g on more slowly and with the utmost stealth, he came to a little glade in the wooJs in a hollow, where he saw a party of about fifty Indians, sitting or standing around, cooking, some squattin1g on the ground smoking, some looking after their ponies and some d'oing nothing. There we1e a few tepees set up, and Dick lo oked around hi.m to see if there wa.> 11ny sign of the captives. , .. We want to be sure of that before we do any thing," he thought. "If they are not here we can attack the reds and drive them away, but if they are, then we must be more cautjous." There was no sign of Brant or of any other chief of importance, and Dick knew that it was not one of the principal"parties, although it might l (' the one which had stolen the twins and Polly. 8!,gnaling to Bob to come up with the greatest caption, Dick looked about him carefully, slig htly changing his position so us to get a better view of the little camp. He did not see Polly or the little boys, or any other prisoners, and he wondered if he had been follow;ng the wron.g Indians all this time, till he suddenly heard a signal from Bob, whom he did uot see, but who he knew was near. has seen Polly," was his thought. "If it had b ee n the boys he would ltave signaled differ ently. " Then he moved to one side a bit, signalingt o Bob to keep a sharp watch. and presently himself saw the girl siting in a dejected attitude just inside one of the tepees. He looked about to see if he could di scover the twins, but could see nothing o f them. "They may not be here, 011 the l\fohawk;; may b e taking extra care of thc:n so that Polly will n o t run away. White boys, particularly little ones, are much ou gh't by these people fo:r adoption." , H e could not signal to Po1]y, for she knew nothing of the Libeity Boys' signals , and h e dared not try (<-::J •tract _her attention in ofher 1 -vays , for fear of eing discovered, and he. therefore, signaled to Bob to come away and 1 get back to where they had left the horses. He sh o:rt!y met Bob and the two stole rapidly away, 'Dick at length saying: "You did not see the twins, Bob?" "No, not a sign of them. and Polly looked as if she1hadn't a friend in the world." "Yes, she looked very much cast dow:n,, .Bob. Well, we will come again. shortlv. but in dis q u ise, s o that we can venture closer and not be in as great dangeT as we are when in uniform." They hastened back to their horses and then rode away at good speed, coming upon the Liberty Boys at length, Mark asking, eagerly: "Well, did you see them, Dick"?" "Yes, and we saw P olly, but no the boys." "Was it a la11ge party or a small one, Dick?" "About fifty. As long as Pojly is the:re we shall not attack them but try steal in and get he1 away. After that we can swoop down up9 n them, but it would be folly to do so before , for .we should accompli s h J1.othing and it migbt re sult in great daruger t o the girl, perhaps cause be1 death even." Dick and Bob quickly changed their uniforms suits of buckskin, w ith c 'oonskin caps. carry ing powder-horns. at their belts and long rifles over their shoulders. Then tbev went ahead, the boys following something behind s o as to lie able to help them when they got Polly out of the Indian camp, as they fully expected. to do. At length, nearing the place where they had seen Indians , Dick dismounted, saying to B o b : Come on, Bob. We will ta1rn a look at these fellows and perhaps get inside thefr camp. They may take u s for Coinadians." The boys went on rapidly but cautiou ly, B ob presently saying .in a lo w tone: "Do you hear them, Dick?" "No, I do not," shortly. "That's funny. I thought you would hear them ahead of me, Dick. Are we not near the place?" "I thought we weTe, Bpb." Bob said nothing, and went on jus t behind Dick. At last they came to the place where the Indians had been seen. They \Vere not there now, the tepees being taken down and the fires nut out. "That':s too bad, DicK," muttered Bob.


THE LIBERTY BOYS TRACKING BRANT 9 "Better be careful, B o b . They may be lurking in the neighborhood nady to spring out upon us." The boys passed to one sid e., of the abandoned 'camp and then eyond it but saw no Indians. They saw the trail plainly and knew that the redski n s had gone on at good speed. "Well that' s a disappointment, Dick, " muttered Bob. "Yes, but we need not be di sc ouragerl." "No, we have been disappointed before and have not minded it." "They made a shorter stop than we thou1ght they would, that is all." "You don't think that they suspected we were coming?" " No. I hardly think so. Of course they know that t;hey will be followed, but I do not believe they went on becaus e they thought we were close behind them." "No, I guess not, for then thev would have left some one to fall upon u s when we came along." The boys waited for the rest of the troop t o come up, and then they all went on together. "I had made up my mind that you would get Polly and that then we would be ready to hold these f e llow s in check while you escaped," observed Mar k. "It i s a great disappointment." "It may be better to com e u po n t hem at night," suggested Jack, "foli then they will not be able to see u s so easil y . " "Very true," a.greed Dic k, " and we can slip into the camp with less trouble." 11hey pushed o,n, therefore, for a n hour or more and, at le;ngth, Dick who was in advance with Bo b and a fe w of the boys , said, Quietly: "Those fellow!') have halted again. I think I will go ahead and take a lo o k at them." "Me, t oo, Dick?" a sked Bob. "Yes, come ahead, Bob . " The two b oys went ahead rapidly on foot, Dick keeping a sharp l o okou t for danger. The others halted, waiting for the main body to come up. Dick we n t ahead, Bob close behind and, at length, heard sounds which convinced him that the Mo hawks had halted. H e had thought so before from variou s signs he h a d seen, and now kne w it. "Come on, Bob, thev are not far away," he whispered. "We .may be able to walk .right in upon them." Pushin 1 g on, the boys saw the India n s halted in a n open spot, taking a rest, but without having put u p any tepee. Dick saw Polly, but saw nothing o f the little boys. "Is it possibl e that they have been taken with some other party?" he asked himself. "I see the twins, Dick," murmured Bob. "No,r I. They may have been taken off b1' some others and that would account for Polly's dejected look." "Yes, so it would." Goin g ahead, the boys carelessly entered the camp as though it was the most natural thing for them to do. Polly did not see them at first, and Dick mean t to give her warning, but she caught sight of him suddenly and, fo:r>getting all discretion, ran to him and cried: "O h, captain, have you been captured, too? Oh, I am so sorry." "Huh! white boy chief!" grunted one of thE Indians. In a moment the two boys were surrounded and made prisoners. . "Why, ! thought you were taken," wailed Polly. "Oh. d ar, what have I dgne?" "Never mind, Polly," said Dick. CHAPTER VI.-Dick a nd B o b With the Indians. Dick looked around quickly, and was soon con vinced that Brail't was not with the party that had caught him and Bob . "That i s good, s o far,"•he said to hims elf, "but they may hurry on ll;nd cat ch up with the main body." There were a few whites with the r e d skins, and now one of these came up, looked at Dkk and said: "You're Dick Slater. the rebel, ain't you?" "Perhaps I am, only I am n o t a rebel," Dick returned. "Well, you are, 'cause I've seen yo u before.I We had you another time and you ,got away." "Which I must do again," through Dick. The Indians tie d the boys to trees, securing them much tighter than Dick had bee n fastened _when the Tories had c aught him. Then they began to talk among themselves, Polly being taken away where she could not see or talk t o the boys. "They are trying to decide what to do with us, Bob," said Dick. "Oh, I guess they will settle that pretty soon. There is no chance o f your getting Joos&, is there?" "No, thes e f e llows have tied me up too tight." "The same with me. What I am hoping for i s tha t Mark may miss u s and come up with some of the boys . " "Perhaps he will." Two or three of t h e Mohawks now approached and one of them said : "White boy no can talk." "Yes, I can," said Bob. "Don't you hear me?" "Huh! me say no can!" with a grunt and a shake of hi s fist. "Don't anger him, B ob," said Dick. "We will fare b etter if y o u don't." "All righ t," Bob replied. "No t a l k ! " grunted the redskin, walking away. The boys said nothing, the Mohawks. T h e latter were talking excitedly, but the boys did not understand what they said. They were probablv di sc u ssing what to do with the prisoners, a s Dick had s uggest ed. Polly could no t get to them, the Indians keeping her away, and she did not even see them. Presently the Indians arose and began to talk to the others. "They have settled it," muttered Bob. a moment the Mohawks began to arrange themselves in two long l ines, all having club s or sticks in their hands. "They are 1going to make u s run the gauntlet " said B o b. . ' "yvell. then there is a chance to iret away. but I wish w e could take Polly with u s . " "Yes, i t i s too bad that we cannot." Three or four of the Mohawks now came up and released the boys, leading them to the head o.f the line.


c. 10 THE LIBERTY BOYS TRACKING BRANT "Run!" saict one as they let 1go of the boys. "All right!" sai d Dick. "Look after yourself, Bob." "I will, Dick!" with a grunt. Both boys suddenly broke throUigh it, one on each side. Dick struck one of the redskins a powerful blow in the 'jaw with his fist and dislocated it, sending the fellow on his back, howl ing with pain and surprise. Bob trapped another, dashed 'through the line and made off at full speed toward where they had left the boys. At once the reds set off after him, uttering loud shouts. Bob suddenly turned, pushed pell-mell 11t one of the redskins, seized his rifle i!nd knocked him down. Crack! Then he fired and brought down another of the Indians. next clubbing the rifle and bringing down three or four more. This was to create a diversion and gave Dick a better chance to make his escape. Dick had told him to look after himself, but it was part of Bob's policy to look after others and especially Dick. Then .he thought that the shot might attract Mark and the rest of the boys and bring them up, Dick in the meantime was running .!1Wiftly and managed to get beyond the end of the line, which was now in great disorder. Then he ran toward Bob, whom he saw knocking down the Indians right and left. The Indians discharging their rifles at the boys, who quickly joined each other :rnd ran on, keeping behind treeR as much as possible. Then there was a shout, and a number of the Liberty Boys came riding up and a hot volley at the reds. Dick and Bob quickly join&CI them and mounted their horses as more of the Liberty Boys came up. The Indians fell back, evidently not caring to have too much to do with the plucky fellows. "Did you get her, Dick?" asked Mark. "No, and they igot us and were making us run the gantlet. We broke the line and Bob macle it particu1arlv warm for the reds." The boys pushed on when all had come up, the redskins having gone ahead at full soeed. . "I don't believe the twip.s are there," declared Dick, "but we must get Polly away and then we shall find out. They know that we are after them and so there is no harm in pushing on as rapidly as we can. If we have a brush with them they won't hurt Polly, but try to catch some of us to 1get reven11:e." The boys pushed on, but the country grew so wild that they oould not make rapid "rogress with their horses and at length, when it be,g-an to grow dark in the woods, Dick ordered a halt. Fires were lighted, but care was taken that they were screened, so that in case there were any prowling redskins about they would not be seen . Pickets were placed around the cam)) and at a little distance from it to guard against surprise, and then the boys had their supper and occupied themselves in various ways, the camp being a busy place. Dick still had the idea of getting Polly< away from the redskins as soon as possible, and set out at not too late an hour with Bob and two of the Liberty Boys to locate the camp of the Indians and see what could be done. Jack Warren and Ben Spurlock went with Dick and Bob to assist them. if necessary, all going on foot on account of the difficulty of the road and the darkness . There was a moon, and the boys could see their way now and then when they • reached the open spaces, but they could not made much progress with their horses. They went on at a fairly rapid "'ait, the boys having left their muskets behfod so that they were not impeded bv them. All had pistols. and so they were ready to meet an enemy and they had nothing to interfere with their progres s the woods. Dick and Bob were still in backwoods garb, Jack and B e n being in uniform , but as the would not appear except in an emergency, this did not matter. Dick and Bob went ahead, .Ben and Jack follow ing not far behind, no one saying a word, sig-nals beinig relied upon entirely when it was necessary t<• communicate with each other. On thev went for some time, till at length Dick saw a light ahead, which he took to be the camp-fire of the Indians . He gave Bob a nudP-e and pointed ahead the boys being in an open space at this time. Bob gave a grunt like a pig and the boys went on. Jack and Ben heard the sound and then they saw the light ahead, this showing quite plainly now. It brighter and brighter, and at length Dick could see figures moving to and fro in front of it and took them to be those of Indians. Late'r he heard voice s and knew that they were those of the Mohawks by the sound. He signa led to the tw0 boys behind not to come on so fast, and then he and Bob went ahead rapidly, but with more caution. At las t they came in plain sight of the camp, which was in auite an open space so that it as easily seen. They were no more Indians than there had b ee n before, so that it was clear that they had not yet come up with the main body under the lead of Brant. There did not seem to be any pickets set, and the redskins made considerable noise, evidently thinking that the boys were nowhere about . . The two young patriots crept quite close to the camp and then hid behind some bushes a few yards apart, neither having been discovered. Both looked about them and at last Dick si,g naled t o Bob that he had seen Polly. He saw the girl sitting in front of the tepee, the light of the fire, which was not far away, showing her form most distinctly. She presently turned her head, and D-ick could see her face plainly, noting the air of dejection upon i<; which he had see n before. "If she only knew the Liberty Boys' si 1gnals I could tell her that we are here ," h e thought, "but we never told them to her." There was a young Indian not far away, and Dick suddenly decided to play a dangerous game. He began to 1grunt like a little pig and to make a stir in the bushes, _shortly attracting the young Mohawk's attention. Indians were very fond o! fresh young pork, and the young brave looked around and then advanved cautiously, looking around to SEie if any of his mates had heard the sound. He evid ently wanted the little pig all to himself, and h e quickly glided out of the camp and approached the bushes. If he fired upon the supposed animal he would attract the attention of the rest, and so he drew his tomahawk and crept cautiously forward. Dick saw him plainly by the light of the camp-fire, grunted again, and then quickly' and silently changed his position. The redskin hurled his tomahawk, like lightning, at the place where he had heard the sounds, and then dashed forward right into the bushes. In a moment Dick was upon him, and before he coul d


THE LIBERTY BOYS TRACKING BRANT 11 utter a sound had turned him upon his face with h is mouth and nose in the soft earth. Pinioning his arms behind him with his belt, Dick turned him over and stuffed his mouth with a handkerchief, preventing him from callinig out o;r even from breathing too freely. Then h e t ook the youngbrave's head-d :ress and arranged it in his own hair, smearing hi s face with earth to make i t look dark. Si1gnaling to Bob what he had done, the young patriot captain aros e and glided into the camp, no one observing him. Then, keeping in he shade as much as possible, he made his way to the back of the 'tepee in front of which sat Polly Haynes. CHAPTER VIL-Dick Rescues Polly. There were no Indians very near Polly, and Dick listened to see if there was one in the tepee. He heard nothing, and then with his sharp hunt ing-knife noiselesly slit the deerskin forming the cover for three or four feet. Inserting his head and one arm, he whispered, cautiously: "Polly, Polly Haynes, look around here, but don't make any noise." Polly started visibly and looked around suppressing a cry of astonishment which had almost sprung to her lips. ' "It is I, Dick Slater," Dick whispered. "Gome in, but don't show any exci tement." "Where are you?" the girl whisper e d, controlling her agitation by an effort. "Here, behind the tepee," and Dick made the cut s t ill bigge:r;:. Polly now saw him and went inside. "Step ou here," Dick said widening the open ing. "Close the flap as if you were 1going to sleep and then come fo rwar d carefully." The girl did as she was told and advanced until she felt her hand taken by Dick. "Come out this way," he said. "Where are the boys?" "Gone!" she said, simply. "Well, we will go after them," and he led the girl out of the tepee into the wo o d. Then he signaled to Bob to create a diversion at another part so as to call off the attention of the redskins. Bob understood and, creepiI1Jg off to one side, began to utter whoops like those of the Indians. The Mohawks at once ran off in that direction, thinkin!l' that others of the tribe we r e coming. Dick at once hurried Polly out of the camp; keeping as much in the shade as possible and making liJtle or no noise. H e was unobserved and guickly 1got away, then signaled to Bob that he hatl escaped and for the others to come .up. Bob rapidly made his way toward Dick, and the Mohawks l ooked in vain for the men they had expected. Then there came two startling interruptions. The first was from a brave, who threw back the flap of the tepee where Polly had been and saw that she was no longer there. The cut at the back showed bim that some one had been there and had taken the girl out, and he uttered a cry of alarm. This was the first interruption. and the second followed immediately upon it. It came from the young Indian whom Dick had left on his back in the bushe s, bound and gaigg ed. He had managed to get the gag out of his mouth, and now he gave a yell, got upon his feet and ran into the camp, yelling a1gain and talking very excitedly. One of the Mohawks unbound him and then he showed the way to where Dick and Bob had b een . At once the redskins began swarming out of the camp, many with flaming torches to show the way, and all arm,ed. Dick had jus t joined Bob with Polly and was hurrying toward the two other Liberty Boys. They were suddenly dis covered, and the Indians set up a shout and 1us hed forward. Crack! crack! crack! crack! Firing rapidly upon the advancing Indians, D i ck ran swiftly away, taking Polly's arm and shouting: "Give it to them, Liberty B oys ! Let the red rascal s have it!" Bob fired three o r four shots and made a Jot of noise, and now Jack and Ben ran up and did same. .Then all plunged into the wood s , keepmg together so as not to lo se each other and making good speed. Dick le

12 THE LIBERTY BOYS TRACKING BRANT many of them knowing her and thinking hex a very fine, spirited girl. _ "That's all right, boys," laughed Dick. "Make all the noise you want to. The Im.Jians are not near enough to hear it." "You must have had an adventure, captain," laughed Mark, "for you have a dirty face and there's a feather sticking in your hair." "Yes, I forgot to take it out. I was an Indian for a time." "And there was a very mad redskin without his top-knot and wi t h hi s mouth full of black earth," laughed Bob. Nothing would do but that Dick must tell of their adventures, all of the boys bein, g interested and being amused and excited in turn. "Well, go to bed, boys," said Dick. when he kad finished. " We must track Brant in the morning and see where the little boys have been take n by these raiders." "May I go with ydu, captain?" asked Polly. "I don't see that you can do otherwise, my girl," Dick rejoined. "We cannot send you back alone, and we need all the boys to track these ruffians." "I won't mind rou.ghin g it, captain." the girl continued, "and 'if yon will let me have a buckskin suit it will be better than mine, for then I can go through the woods or ride a horse. Skirts are in the way." "If you don't mind looking like a boy," smiling. "Oh, I don't mind that a bit and it will be easier traveling. You have an extra one?" "Certainly, and I sh.all be 1glad to let you have it. You need not mind us, for we have had girls with us before who dressed like boys for con venience." Polly was glad to be away from the Indians and Tories and with the Liberty Boys, and they made her as comfortable as they could, Patsy serving her up a hot supper and Carl building a fir e jus t outside her tent so that she would be warm, it being cool at in the woods, even in the summer. In the morning Polly appeared dressed as a boy, in buckskin, with a coonskin cap on her head, Dick having given her the clothes over night so that she could put them on. The boys greeted her warmly and tried not to add to her embarrassment, treating her appearance as a matter of fact and as if thev had always seen her that way. The boys themselves enjoyed her company all that day, for they a ll had sisters and it made them feel like being at home to have a girl in their camp, many of their sisters having visited it at o d d times. They had seen no signs of Indians when they made their camp, but there mLght be some of them around for all that, and H ie boy s were cautioned to keep a particularly sharp lookout as the night came on. It was grow ing late, and Jack Warren, on the outskirts of the camp, was standing under a great tree listening for any suspicious sounds when he thought he heard a stealthy step at a little distance. Then there was a sharp snap as if some one had stepped on a twig and broken it, and he heard some one mutter, impatiently: "Look out what you're doing, Bill Hicks." "I couldn't help it," in a hoarse whisper, "but I don't see no one, nohow. I don't believe they're anywhere about. " "You don't know," snarled the other, in a hoarse whisper. "One of those m e n is Brown, as he called him self," thought Jack, giving one of the Liberty Boys' signals. Presently Ben Spurlock crept up cautiously. "We'd see their fires if they was anywhere about," muttered the Tory. "We hain't come to 'em yet." "We m'ctst find where they are and then bring Brant and his Indians down upon them," muttered the other, whom Ben knew to be the Royalist officer with whom Dick had had trouble some days before. H'.e crept away to tell Dick, and Jack heard Hicks say: "Brant'll soon wipe 'em out." . Just then there was a pu;ff of night air which set one of the fr:res to blazing up a little, just enough to show the tents and so m e of the horses. Jack was not seen, being in the deep shade, but he heard the men steal away, one of them saying: "I-I uh! there it is now!" "Yes, I thought it was near here." "We'll fetch the Indians. The young rebels did not see us." "That's all you know about it, " thought Jack. "It is not often that.fellows like you get the best of us.'' The fi;re went down aigain, and then Dick and Ben came up. "They have gone to fetch the Indians, captain," said Jack. "They think that we do not know they were here." "They must be nearer than we tho11ght, then. They may have taken a .different route." "These Tories were looking for' us," replied Jack, "but did not know just how far we were." "We call)lot wait for them to return," rejoined Dick. "TJrnre will be too many of them." The Liberty Boys were aroused without undue noise, and the camp was changed in as short a time as possible. The other camp was left looking as much as possible as it had looked, the fires being replenished and a number of shacks hastily put up, some dummy figures being left around the fires and under the trees in plain sight, these looking like Liberty Boys asleep or on guard. The camp was moved back and to one side and was in a deep glade surrounded by thick trees, where it could not easily be seen. All this work was done rapidly, Bob being left behind to fix up the false camp, while Dick arranged the real one. In the dim light of the fires the camp looked very much as it had looked before, and there was every . chance that the Indians would be deceived by it as they came stealing up in the darkness. "They won't find the other," said Dick, "and it is really in a better place than before." is no danger of their coming on when they find they have been deceived, i there, cap tain?" asked Polly. "No, and we are better able to protect ourselves here than in the .other camp," Dick replied. The girl felt .satis fied. for she had been under some apprehension when she thought that the In dians might attack them. Wben the boys were settled in their new camp, Dick went with some of the boys to the old one to watch for the coming of the enemy. They did not remain too near as there was dan:ger of their being discovered, but they were near enough to see and hear what went on . It was an hour before there was any siign of


THE LIBERTY BOYS TRACKING BRANT 13 the enemy. The fires were still burning brightl y enough to attract the e n emy, and the fiigures of the supposed Liberty Boys could be plainly seen. Then Dick knew that the redskins 'were coming in some force, and signaled to the boys with him to keep as still as possible. All wa& still for a time, aJJd then there was a chorus of fierc e yells and the Indians .rushed into the deserted camp . . CHAPTER VIII.-The Twins Found. Yelling and uttering wild the Mohawks burst into che camp, tomahawked the figu es lying before the fires or standing under the t:r:ees, and began discharging their rifles and shooting a'rrows into the supposed tents, stirring u:rthe fires till they blazed high and sent showers of sparks all around. Then, when they realized that they had been tricked and that the.y only entered a deserted camp and fallen upon dummy figures, their rage knew no bounds. The Tories fled at once, knowing that the redskins would wreak their vengenace upon them if they remained. The reds we,re ap)ill"ehensive of an ambush, and as soon as they had destroyed the s hacks and thrown the dummy figures on the fires, they hurriedly retreated. Dick and the boys with him remained perfectlv auiet and did not -stir from their hiding-places till the redskins had gone and nothin,g was seen or heard of them. "The Tories will be blamed for this," muttered Ben Spurlock, when Dick had signaled that they might leave. "They will keep out of the way for a time," added Sam Sanderson, who was now pretty well over his injuries. ... . "Yes, for the Indians are as likely to kill one of their allies as an enemy when enraged," remarked Jack. "They were afraid that we would fall upon them and kill a lot of them,'' observed Dick. "Yes, they got away in a hurry when they found out how they had been tricked,'' Ben responded. The boys now made their way back to the _camp, where the :i;est of the troops were greatly interested in what they had to tell. They had heard the yelling and firing even at that distance, and had felt some apprehension on Dick's account, being greatly relieved when at last they saw him and the others. "Then you are certain that they won't come here?" asked Bob. "Perfect1y. They were afraid to remain at the o l d camp, and they are not likely to look for a new • "No, it is a bit uncertain," laughed Mark, dryly. "And we are able to hold them off here much better than in the old place," echoed Bob. The Indians did not bother them during the night, and in the morning they pushed on in the direction they supposed the redskins to be going, striking a fresh tJ"ail along in the middle of the forenoon. "Hallo! " said Dick, who was riding ahead with Bob and a dozen of the boys, "this looks like a new trail. The Indians have struck across ours in.stead of our following theirs." "Are they near, Dick?" aslj:ed Bob . "Well, they are not far away, at any rate. Come on cautiously, Bob." Dick picked out Ben and Sam t o go with the m, and all four rode ahead at a less rapid pace for a time. Then they dismounted and went on afoot with more caution than before. the other boys being told to tell Mark to come on less rapidly. At the end of a q uarter o f a mile Dic k heard voices and said to Bob: "They are not far ahead of u s . I don't see them, but I know that they are not far away. " "You are going on, Dick?" "Yes, but be cautious. " The four boys went on a f ew hundred feet and saw a party of Indians on ponies haltin, g at the entrance to a ravine. They were not the same Indians they had see n before. and thexe were no writes with them. Wh'.lt struck Dick at once was seeing a led pony, upon whose back was a big basket , in eithe1 s i de of which, one on each side of the saddle, were two little white boys. "The twins David and Jonathan!" he said to himself. The party had evidentl y halted for a short time, for now, as the boys looked at them, they entered the ravine. ' "That will be a hard place to attak t hem." Dic k said to himself, "for it is narrow, and they can defend it with a few men. Then they may do away with the boys if we do attack them." rVhen the redskins were well into the ravine, Dick said to Bob: "We want to follow those fellow s. They have the boys, and we want them. We must be careful about this p l ace, though." "Yes, for if they suspect we are following them they could form a fine ambush, and spring out upon us." "We want the boys," Dick returned, "and perhaps a few of us wou l d do better than a l ar.ger party. These are not the fellows we saw before, at all, Bob." "No, they a;re not; we have not seen them, There are no Tories with them. Where do yo'l suppose the rest have gone?" "Down to the Unadilla country, or they are going there, at any rate. These fellows are heading in the same direction. We are tracking Brant, Bob, but we did not expect to see these reds." Dick sent Ben and Sam back in a hurry to ,get more of the boys. and then he and Boh entered the ravine and went on rapidly until certain sounds told the young captain that they were approaching the enemy. "They have halted, Bob," he said. "They evi dently thought it safer to halt here than out in the open. Come ahead, and get a look at them . " The boys crept forward rapidl y, but with great caution, and at last, they saw the Indians , halted, as Dick had said, and preparing a meal. They saw the two little boys playing together near a rock, while one of the Indians kept watch over them. They seemed happy enough, like a ll children, forgetting for the time that they were pris oners, and that their dear sister was not with them. "They are only four years old," said Dick, "and their sorrow would not be as keen as that of older children. They have plenty to occupy them,


14 TH E LIB ERTY BOYS TRACKING B RANT and probably they think very little of what has happened." Dick and Bob took care not to be discovered, for if the Indians kenw that the boys were around t hey wo ul d take greater care of the two little b oys, and do everything they could to prevent t heir being rescued and taken away. The In dians did not venture near where the boys were hidden , having no need to do so, and suspecting n othing, and Dick and Bob were safe as long as they exercised ordinary caution. Dick w atched the little boys at play, hoping that they might venture his way so that he could pick them up and run away with them. At the same time he listened to see if he could hear any signals from the Liberty Boys, and so know that they were com ing. The little boys presentlv b egan to play hors e, one putting a long thong over the other's shoulders, and holding on to the ends. -"That may take them this way," he said to him s elf, watching them .closely . The Indian sent them the other way, however, and Dick felt a shade of disappointment. "Never mind," he s aid, "that i s a lively game . .rnd they may come this wav after all." Presently the watchful Indian got up and walked over to the fire, saying something to the men there. Dick watched the twins, and saw them turn, sent back by another Indian farther up the ravine. They came on. running rapidly, and laughing, as small bovs will when thoroughly enjoying themselves. The y passed the fire, un heeded by the Indians , and approacl)ed the rock behind which crouched Dick. He watched them carefully, and as they came n ear, and w ere about tv turn, sprang out and caught up on e of them. Bob was about to seize the o ther, when he fell. being pulled down by the reins, and set up a shout. Instantly the Indians w ere attracted, and came rushing forward. Dick gathered up the reins, threw the boy over hi s shoulder, and ran off with him. Bob was obHg e d to follow, leaving the other twin behind. Yelling and wh ooping, the Indians set after him, b randishing their tomahawks. Whipping out his pi s tols. Bob fired two rapid shots, bri11iging down two of the redskins, and causing great conf.u.s ion among the rest, a number falling over those who we r e down. This gave Dick a chance to 1get away witn the little boy, and gave Bob a start wh e n he followed. '1' hen he fired two more shots. and hurried along the ravine after Dick, who was well in the lead. At the entrance of the ravine thev saw a number of the Liberty Boys coming on. When they saw the boys they set up a shout and hurried forward. Dick and Bob met them, and Dick set dow n the little b o y. " I have one of tllem," said he. "Want to igo to brother David," said the littl e fello w . "You are going to sister," said Dick. "Want brother David, too," said the boy. "Well, we will get him for you pretty soon." Dick then hurried the boy away, saying: " H old the entrance, boys. Don't let the reds k i n s come out." • There was a goodly party of the boys, and they now s u:nged u p to the entrance of the ravine, postin g t h emselves behind rocks and tree s, and w a tchin g for the coming of the Mohawks. The t..; latter presently appeared in force. The boys opened fire upon them, and they halted. "Keep them in," said Dick. The Indians, seein.e: that there were m::iny of the boys outside, exercised more caution, and got behind some rocks. They did n o t attempt to come out, but kept a watch on the b oys to see that they did not 1get in. Then Dick heard sounds which told him that the redskins were blocking the pass with rocks to keep them out. "They know that there are more of us than there are of them," he muttered to Bob, "and fhey are trying to keep us ou t ." "Shall w e s torm the place, Dick?" a sked "Bob. "I don't know. It may not do any good. Send back for all of the boys, and we w ill see." Now and the n an Indian exposed himself, and got a sho t in the foot or the l e g or the side t o pay him for his carelessness. The boys were careful not to run the same r i s k, and none of them rece ived any hurt. Then the Indians crept away, evidently, fox none of t h e m was seen. All of the Liberty Boys w ere at the ravine, at lenigth. and Dick began to conside r the feasitility of forcing an entrance . He went ahead cautiously with a numbe r of the boys , all holding big bushes in front of the m, and going on s lo w ly. Thls was an Indian trick, but the LibeT t y Boys often. borrowe d from their enemies, and ev e n improve d on them at times . Dick and the boys at lengtb came in sight of a rough wall of rock bui1t right across the "The r e are ome of the reds that ." Dick muttered. "We mus t be careful not t o get l1it." The boys w ent on stealthily, pus h iri g the bushes slowly ahea d of them, and keeping a sharp lookout for a n y of the enemy. Pres e ntly a :::hower of arrows came from the barrica d e . flyin g over and striking among the bushes . The boys lay fiat on_ the 1ground, however, and t11e bus hes were Quite thick, so that no one was hurt. "They are ther e yet," muttered Dick. ' rand keeping a watch upon us. Good! We will wait a little while." The boys advanced les s slowly now, keeping their eyes upon the rocks . Presentlv the r e d skins behind the barricade began to hu:rl stones at them, sending in a lively rain of them. The boys quickly massed the bushes, and the stones met with som e opposition, the bus h e s remaining firm. Then the redskins delivexed a volley from their riftes at the bushes, but to fire low, or perhaps being unable to do so . "Now!" crie d Dick, at the same time giving a shrill signal to all the Liberty Boy . Up jumped Dick and his u oy s , muskets and pistols in hand, and a rush was n;iade for the barricade. Following the m came the mounted Liberty Boys , with a cheer, and r eady to fire upon the reds. Dick sl)ra:n,gon top of the rocks and fired three or four quick shots at the re treating Indians . The rest of the boys did the same, and there was a lively volley. CHAPTER X.--After the Reu Raiders. There were no t many Indians in sight, a-rid the se were retreating up the ravine at full speed. Crack! Crack! Crack 1 Crack! The boys


THE LIBERTY BOYS TRACKING BRANT 15 fired a lively volley, bringing down some of them and woundin,g others. These quickly got away, however, the dead being left on the ground. "Tear down this barricade, boys," said Dic k, "so that we can get through. Make an opening wide enoUJgh for one horse, that is all." The boys quickly got to work at this task, and i t was shortly accomplished. "We must be careful. boys," said Dick, as he mount ed. "Th e Mohawks know that we are coming, and will be getting Teady for u s ." The boys all passed thlough the breach and filed alon;g the ravine, Dick, Bob, and a dozen of the bravest, in advance, and keeping a sharp l ookou t ahead. They passed through the late camp of t h e Molrnwk s , noticing that a most hasty departure had been made, the fires , still burning, and bits of meat still roasting ov e r some of them. "They went away in a hurry," declared Dick, "but they wjl] be keeping a lookout for US, no

16 THE LIBERTY BOYS TRACKING BRANT boys up, Bob, and see if they can find a ford or a good place for throwing over a bridge." Bob took a number of the boys upstream with him, while Dick look ed about to see if there were any good trees which they could cut to make a bridge with. The rest of the boys dismounted, ready to do whatever work Dick might have for them, Polly standin g with some of the boys, and not paying any particular attention to the little boy, who sat in the saddle, looking around him. "I want to get down, too, and do something," he said in a commanding tone. Ben, who was near him, lifted him off the hors e, saying, with a laugh: "Well, little man, l ook about you and see what you can do." "If there i s no ford, we may have to cut trees d make a brid.g e ," r emarked Dick. "The trees here seem suitable. " Suddenly there was a s c ream from the little boy, a n d another from Polly, who was seen running toward the bank of the stream. Dick looked toward the water, and saw little Jonathan strug gling in its treacherous depths, being borne down by the swift current. Som ehow he had ventured to the e d ge and had fallen in, though how he had d on e so no one s eemed to have any idea. Polly ran to the edge of the stream, a n d would have sprung in had not Sam prevented her. Ben Spur l ock threw off his coat, waistcoat and s hoes, and plung e d in after the boy. Dick had already thrown off hi s coat. and it r eouired biit a moment for him to kick cff hi s boots and jump m also. A s B e n rose t o the surface he saw t h e l i t t l e fellow jus t ahead of him. He r eached out for the boy, but the swift cuqent carrie d him just out of hi s gras p. When Dick rose , }1e saw t he little boy being s we p t toward him, a nd he breasted the stream bra v e ly, and swam up the iive r in a slanting direct ion. The b o y h a d not s unk, the swift current bearing him downstream o n t h e surface, but no w he began to strug gle, and t h ere was danger of hi s sinking . In fac t , he b e g a n to do s o jus t a s Dick reached him. The y oung captain reached out and caught him by the collar of his jacket a s h e was igoing down . "It's all dght, my boy," he s a i d soothingly. " Don't make a fuss. I'll get you ou t in a min ute." B e n now came alongs ide, and between them the y got the boy to within a short di stance of the shore, when some of the boys reached out with pole s and dr'ew the m in. CHAPTER XL-Polly Has a Surpris e. Po ll y w a s greatly excited, and a s s oon as Sam <:leased h e r she ran up to the little boy and ca u ght him in h e r arms, re,gardles s of h ow wet h e w as. " Oh, Johnny!" she exclaimed. "You mus t not go near the water! Think how I would have felt i you had been drowned!" "What's drowned, si ster?" a s k e d the boy. "You would never s ee me again." "Nor David, nor anybody?" •'Not, not any one. You would he dead. " "Then I don't want to be drowned. But what nak es you s queeze me so hard? You take my 1rcath away!" "Then I won't, " and Polly began to laugh. "Was it so funnv, sister?" asked the boy. " I was awful wet, and I couldn't touch nothing. I don't like the water." "You're all right now, my man," said Dic k. "Sister will get you some dry clothes, so that you won't get sick." "Yo u a r e a good boy to pull me out of the water, Captain Dick. I like you a lot." "I am vei:y glad vou do . Johnnv." fiaid Dick, smiling . . "I mus t say the same, 'captain," said Polly. "My fir s t id e a was that I mus t go a f ter him, and I did no t think of anything el s e." "We are always o n t he lookout for pers ons in trouble, Polly," Dick r e plied. "It was better for u s to do it, as we are u secl to all sorts of things." Jus t then s ome of the bovs who had gone up the stream wit h Bob came along , Harry saying: "There's a ford, captain." "Very good," said Dick. "And w e found the trail of the Indians. " "So much the better. " . "You were not going to swim acros s, yo u and Ben?" s a i d Harry, with a puzzled look in his .face. "No. The little boy fell into the stream, and we went after hiIJl." The boys now went upstream, Dick and Ben changing theiT wet clothes for dry ones, and fol lowing the others. There was a ford some little distance upstream, and Bob had found the place where the Indians had crossed over, lighting upon their trail shortly before he had come to the ford. "They must hav e come out of the ravine by some path that we did not notice," he said. " I thought it was queer that we had missed them." The boys cross ed the ford, and then, the afternoon being well spent by that time, they did not go much farther , but stopped on the e d g e of a w ild, hilly stretch of c ountry, which Dick hardly w anted to venture int o s o n e a r ni g htfall. The trail w a s plain enough, and the direc t i o n was the right on e , and Dick determine d t o wait until mornin, g befor e proceeding. By dark t h e b o y s were satis fied that there were n o Indian s anywhere near, and .the fir e s were lighted w i t h out any fear of their being s ee n, sentrie s being posted, a s usual, for the Libe r t y B o y s were always vigilant, whethe r t_hey feare d a n e n e m y was near or not. Much later, when all was dark and in the Dick was goin,g the rounds quietly, s ignal m g to one and anothe r of the boys, wlie n , on the edge of the wood, he heard some on e say i n a lo w tone: "It's as dark a s pi t ch. I can't see where I'm going, and things is getting tangled UlJ. \Ve bet ter quit, I gue s s , and give up trying to find anything." "They said the boys went this way . " "Maybe they did , but we haven't s ee n any trace of them. We've lo s t our own folks , and we can't find the Liberty Boys." "What do you want of the Liberty Boys?" as! rnd Dick in a quiet tone. "Hello! Who 's that? Where are you ? I can't s e e a thing, and I'm in a tangle of w ood s and bus he s and bQg and everything e l se. Who are you? Do you know where the LibeTtyBoys are? We are looking for them." The fire suddenly blazed up, and a number of


THE LIBERTY BOYS BRANT 17 the b o ys were seen with Dick, the two men being greatly surprised. They had strayed from the path but a few feet, but in that distance had become teTribly tangled in the underbrush. "Glad to see you, captain,'' said one, who wore a military coat and homespun breeches. "My name is Haynes." "Polly Haynes's father?" asked Dick. "Y\)s: that's me," and the man managed to •get ou t of his trouble, having the fire to assist him. The other man wore a faded and worn blue and buff uniform, and had a musket, being a soldier, evidently, while Haynes was wearing a short sword. "Are you in pursuit of the redskins?" asked Dick. "Yes, and of my children. They told me the red ruffian s h a d carried off Polly and the "Well, we have Polly and one of the boys, and are trying to ,get the other. Is your company any where near here?" "I couldn't tell ,now, we're s o far astray, but they're somewhere about." "Well, make yourself at home. Polly is asleep, and I w ould not disturb her. How did you come to hear of our being in the n eighborhood?" "Another company we met after dark'said they had seen your tracks, and knew from your being mo unted that you must b e the Liberty Boys . I heard of Polly being carr ied off at home, and left at once to follow you. " "Well, we got Polly first, and then little Johnny, and now we want to get the other one." Haynes, who was a sergeant, and his companio n lay upon the ground close to the fire, and were soon in a sound sleep, being utterly worn out with their long tramp, having lost their way, and being on the road for hours, only coming upon the camp of the Liberty Boys by the accident. There was no further alarm of any kind during the night, and in the morning Polly was •r.reatly astonished to see her father talking with the young captai11 and some of the bovs. "Why, pa!" the girl exclaimed. "When did you com e? . " And she threw her arms about the man's nec k and kissed him. "\Vell, I declare! I thought you were some backwoods boy when I saw vou coming," said Haynes. "It was easier to wear boy's clothes, pa, and the boys did not care. I could not go back alone, and I wouldn't, anyhow, till the twins were found. We've f ot one." "Wei , I guess you haven't lost any of your modesty, if you .do look like a boy," said the sergeant, "and it's easier traveling in that ri1 g than if you had skirts. I gues s the Libert y Boys don't think any the less of vou for it. " "Indeed we do not, sir,'' Dick replied. "If anything, we think more of her for being willing to put u p with anything to do what she can fol' hel" little brothers." The rttle boy was still asl eep, but be awoke when Patsy blew the bugle to call the b ovs t o breakfast, and soon came out, catching . oz his father in a moment. "Daddy!" he cried, running forward. ":)i:l you come to take me home? Captain Dick. beeu very good to me and you better take him, too, 'caus e I don't want to leave him. I'm going to be a Liberty Boy." "Choost look off der size off him!" said Carl. "Sure ye'd make tin of him." lauirhed Patsy. "Well, we must ge t brother David first, Johnny," said Haynes . "Yes, and then we'll go back to ma and t h e twins and Jenny?" "We certainly will,'' said Haynes. In an ho u r s o me men came in from the other camp, having been looking for Haynes and his companion, and stumbling upon the camp of the Liberty Boys by accident. There was not a large force of them, the men said, but they had struck the trail of some of the Indians , and meant t o push on and punish then:. They were glad to b e with the Liberty "'Boys, and a number of them went back with some of the boys as guides, to bring back the res t of the force. In another hour the whole force was on the march after the Mohawk raiders. determined to rescue the little boy and to punish the redskins for their depreda tions. Dick furnished Haynes with a horse, and he rode with the Liberty Boys, the little bo y riding on the front of the saddle with him, and feeling very proud. Polly rode near her father, and no one except the boys knew that she was not a boy like the rest of them. "We'll get after these fellows." sputtered Bob. "We ought to follow Johnson and the Butlers, too, but we cannot follow everybody, and if we track Brant and punis h him, that will be som ething." -"Yes, and I mean to, if I can." reJJlie d Dick. They pushed on rapidly, and at length1 early in the afternoon, Dick declared that they were nearing a considerable bodv of Indians. "We will have to fall upon them s uddenly," he said to Bob, "for I think there is a lar\ge party of them. Surprise counts for a good deal in an affair of this kind." CHAPTER XII.-The Flight of Brant. The whole force of Libert y Boys and soldiers pushed rapidly on, and suddenly came upon the Indians pursuing theiT march. At once the brave boys attacked the Indians, riding down upon them, firing a tremendous volley, and cheering. The Indians were thrown into a panic, and many of them fled, uttering doleful cries. A number of them rallied, however, and tried to beat back the brave boys and their allies . Among these was Brant himself, who, in fact, had rallied the Mohawks, and was now cneering them on. The Liberty Boys dismounted, and, with the so ldiers behind them, attacked the enemy vigorousl y . Dick found .himself .face to face with B rant himself, but did not falter. The famous chief hated him, and had sought to kill him more than once, and now his expression was .one of deepes t hate. Ha, Captain, we meet again!" he cried. " Y e s , B:i:ant," said Dick. The young patriot captain had hi s sword and ;Brnnt had a tomahawk. The chief aimed a fie1'ce blo w r.t. D ick with the keen-edged weapon, ex pec 7 .inr; to brain him. Dick parried the blow and c u t a deep gash in the handle of the 1.omahawk, nearly sending it flying from the chief's hand. Brant drew it back quickly, and aimed " secon d


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS T R ACKING BRANT swift blow at the young captain's head. Dick at easy speed, halting when it began to f(rOW made a s weepin, g blow with his sword, more tre-dark. They made their camp in a favorable spot. merntous than before, and sent the weapon flying. where they could defend themselves a.irainst a In an instant Brant whipped o u t his scalping possible attack and after dark Dick and some of knife, with a n edge like a razor, and rushed at the boys set to see if they c oul d locate the Dick. The boy threw aside his sword and ran at enemy. . Brant, catching his wrist and gripping it like At the end cf an hour Dick saw lights ahead, steel. Brant tried to strike Dick with his left which he took to be campfires, and went on. hand, but the boy parried the blo w. Then the They were at some little distance, and it took Mohawk endeavored to seize Dick by the throat the boys another ten minutes to make out what with his disengaged. hand. The brave youth they were. Then Dick went on, and lostruck him a tremendous blow on the chest, still cated an Indian encampment, there being a con-maintainint? a fierce grip on the chief's wrist. siderable party of the enemy. He made out Then Brant hied to so turn the knife that he Brant's tepee by its decorations, and saw those would wound Dick, but the boy boy h eld him of a number of other chiefs. He could see nothfirmly. Other Mohawks came rushing up just ing of any captives , but determined to make a then, and one aimed his rifle at Dick. thorough search before he decided that the little Crack! Mark had seen the man, and his Pistol boy was not there. He moved cautiouslv aloili?: rang out as the Mohawk was pulling the trigger. from place to place, the:i;efore, looking here and The redskin fell backward, the shot flying up in there and examining one group after another, to the air. Other Mohawks dashed at Dick . seeing make' sure that the boy was not with them. H e the danger of their chief, but the Libertv Bovs had to exercise tl;ie utmost care, as the snapping came surging up to meet them. Muskets ran•g out, of a twig, the flving back .of a .braI_1ch, or the and more than one redskin fell in his_ tracks. turning of a ston e under hi s foot, _might betray One had his tomahawk poised to hurl at Dick, him Once a stalwart redskin came within a few when Haynes fired a shot at him from his pistol f e et. of where he lay concealed, but whether it was and t o ok him in the eye. The man plunged for-by accident or the man had heard something, he ward, the blade of the tomahawk b•ing buried <::ould not He remained perfectly quiet, howdeep in the earth. The boys were pressing for-ever and in a few moments the redskins went ward vigorously, and some of the minor chiefs away, and he breathed more freelv. A little later, seized Brant and bore him away, fearing that he some Indians who had been out of the camp came w ould be taken prisoner. Then all the Mohawks in, and passed within a foot of where he lay he fted, presently leaping into a tumbling stream, side a fallen tree trunk. He scar cely dar to and swimming across it, fired upon by the sol-breathe; but they did not see him, and, hearmg diers. Many failed to. come un when they sank, nothing, did not suspect his presence. He went the rest plunging into the woods on the other around the camp, but saw notbing o f the little s ide . Dick d ecided not to pursue them at once, boy, nor of any other captive, and was satisfied but to follow cautiously and take them by sur-that he was not there. He saw Brant come out prise. Nothing had been seen of the little boy, of his tepee once and say t<;> some ?f and the boys were not certain that he was among the Indians, but as what the c hief saiq. was m this band, but might be with another. the M ohawk tongue, Dick could not understand "We must follow them up and get a chance to it. look over their camp before attacking them," said "It may be important, or it may not be," he Dick . "If the little bo y is with them, we must thought, "but it will have to igo." secure him first and then fall upon these villains." Then he went on till he had reached the point "Well, there are not so many of them as there at which he had set out to examine the camp, were," muttered Bob dryly. and made hi s way back toward the boys. "No. We have given them some punishment," "The little fellow is not there," he said. "Brant echoed Mark, "but it is not enough." i s, with a large force of Indians, but there are Brant was determined to kill Dick," said Bob. no captives." "That was a fierce fight." "We will want to give them a surprise, Dick," "Yes; and it i not often that Brant meets his. said Bob. match." "Yc'S. We will fall suddenly upon them in the "The Mohawks were afraid he w ould be taken, " morning, and do what we can," said Dic k . observed J ack. ''Did you see how quickly they The boys then made their way back to their dragged him away?" own camp, where Mark and the res t were greatly "There is only one Brant," ob served Sam. interested in what they had to report. . "Well, ther e is only one Dick Slater," l aughed "Vie shall elsewhere for the Ben, "but we did not pull him away as if we boy," observed D ick. Another pi;irt:v: hun, were afraid he might get a scratcb." that is clear, but whether they will JO!Il Brant "Well. i t was a lively fight, " remarked Harry, later, or not, I know. " . . "and the reds suffered a 1great los s." " \,Yell, .we will give Brant a surpi:ise m the It was dangerous crossing where the Indians morning," . muttere? Bob, "ai:id, maybe th!! boy's had g one over the river, and Dick concluded to go captors will b e with t h e chief . s !?,arty by that farther up find another place to 11:et over, and time, and we can ,g-et hold of him. then follow' Brant and his India n s more cautioul y . "We can't tell anything about that," Dick re"They will be o n the watch for u s," he declared, plied. "and ;perhaps form an amb_ush, and we want .to I!Jthe morning the. whole set upon. the aurpnse them instead of bemig taken by surprise trail of Brant, traveling as. rapidly as possible. ourselves." camp where Dick had the In-They found a good crossing, and then went on dians the mght before, the boys found 1t deserted.


THE LIBERTY BOYS TRACKING BRANT 19 the fire s long out, and the redskins having gone for hours. "Ha! The s urprise is on us," muttered Bob. "They have been irone fo . r some time, evidently," decl,ared Dick. "They went away in the night." "Yes; they have not cooked anything on these fires," said Mark. "No, the-y have not," agreed Dick. "What are yo u going to do now, Dick?" Bob a sked. "Go after thes e fell o ws, if they have not gone too far." The boys kept on, but at the end of two found themselves in a rouigh country, which was growing rougher every moment, and at last Dick halted, and said: "They are a long way ahead of u s , and are getting down into their own country, where we will be exposed to many more dangers than we are now, and I do not think it wise to follow them any faTther." The boys agreed with him, and yet if he had determined to go on they wou ld have gone with him without a w rd of complaint. The soldiers did not see any use of igoingwhere the Liberty Boys would not, as it would have been harder for them than the boys , being on foot, and they determined to turn back a;id home. The boys halted, therefore, made a temporary camp, and had dinner, and then set out toward the German Flats and Fort Herkimer. Polly appeared greatly disappointed, and Dick, noticing this, sai d in an encouraging tone: "'f}l e little fellow was not with Brant's party, and I do not think. that any other party has j oined him s i nce I saw the camp last night. " "Then you think that we may meet him?" "It is possible; but there i s no use of following Brant any longer with the hope of finding the . boy." "No, I suppose not. " "It is possible that we may come across another party having the 1ioy with them, but I do not say that it is probable, or even likely. You must be prepared for anything." '"Well, the Liberty Boys will do all they can, I know," Polly replied hopefully. "Yes, they will." "And it is not improbable that we may run across him yet?" " N o . It is within the possibilities that we may." Polly was satis fied, and it was really all that Dick could say. He did not want to discourage the poor girl, nor did he want to hold out too great a hope, which might not, after all, b e realized. They passed through their own camp and crossed the river before baiting, by which time it was night, and they felt the need of rest. During the night Ben Spu rlock, on guard outside the camp, at a little distance suddenly saw a glimmer of liight in the woods . He signaled to so me of the boys, and Harry and Sam presentlv came up to see what was wanted. "Do you see that hght, boys?" Ben aski:,d. "Yes . \hat is it?" "It l9ok s to me like a campfire." "Whos e i s it, do you suppose?" " I don't know, and we want to find out. Go and tell the captain. " When Dick saw the liirht he said: "There may be Indians, for I don't know what white men would be around here. I think I had better investigate it." He -thought the fire must be at some distance at first, and then decided that it was but a small fire, and so gave one the impression of being far away. The boys went on rapidly and cauMously , and at length saw that the camp was onlv a small one, and at first were unable to see any one ' at all in it. Later they saw two men sitting in front of the fire, smoking and drinking. Then they hurried forward and entered the camp, much to the surprise of the men, who sprang to their feet in evident alarm. On e of them was a man whom Dick had seen with Brown in the w ood s near the Haynes cabin. CHAPTER XIII.-The MissingBoy Found. "Hello! You men are Tories," said Dick. "Well, suppose we are, we ain't bothering you," returned the man Dick had rec og nized. Another man came out of a rude shack beyond the fir e, and looked at the boys, but said nothing. "Where is Hicks?" asked Dick. "He's a mean skunk, he is,'" 1growled the other. "Where are you men going?" "Dunno what that is to you," replied one of the men with a growl. "Well, it is a good deal to me. I am not sure that you were not of the Tory party that attacked the forts. You were with Hicks, and I know what sort of man he is." "He's a sneaking skunk. He's run off with the young un, an' i s goin' ter git ther reward an' leave u s out. " "What young one do you mean?" "The rebel brat that the fojuns stole, and then we stole from the Injuns. young un." "And Hicks has him, has he?" "Yes, him and two more. They stole him from us, and said that if we followed we'd get p e p pered. They'd doctored our guns, an! we couldn't fire 'em off till they'd been cleaned ." "And where are Hicks and the othen ouing wi'th the boy?" " "Back to the Mohawk,-an' goin' to make Haynes pay 'em a lot o ' money to h ave 'em give up the boy." "Oh, they are, are they?" "Yes; a;i' they won't give us none, an' they threaten to shoot u s if we foller ' em." "And the v are goin.g back to the neighborhood of the foi-t?" "Yes. They don't dare go with the Injuns 'cause Injuns aren't to be trusted. " • ' " No more are some whites," laughed Bob. "Weren't you concerned in t he raid on the Flats a _nd the attack on the forts?" asked Dick sternly. "Aren't you some of Johnson's men"?" ''No, we ain't," stammered the man w ho had done all the talking, t he others shaking their hea d s. "My house was burned by t hem blame Injuns, an' I don't why I should have any thing ter do with 'em. No, we don't belong to the Johnson Greens." "Perhaps you dpn't," said Dick, "b!!-. t _ ypu want


2 0 THE LIBERTY BOYS TRACKING BRANT to keep away from the Mohawk Valley, or you may get in trouble. Y o u are Tories, and I am not at all certain that you were not with the Indians. However, I cannot Prove that you were. I saw you in bad company, however, and you want to keep out of it. " "I'll shoot Bill Brown's head oft'. if I ketch him!" the man growled. "I'll be in bad company Jong enough for that, that's all." "We do not know that you were not witlt those raiders," continued Dick, "but we do know that you are a bad lot. and if you don't keep away from the Mohawk Valley you will find yourse lves in troble. Do you understand that?" "Well, I guess so; but I don't see what reason you have igot to order u s away from our own homes." "You don't Jive at German Flats," said Dick suddenly, and from the sudden flu s h on the man's face he knew that he was r1ght. Neither of the men made any reply, and Dick added: "I have given you warning, and now see that you heed it. Come on, boys. We have nothing more to do here. " The boys then went away, and Dick presently saw the fire go out, as if the men were afraid of other visitors, and did not wish to be seen. They hurried back to camp, and then Dick told Haynes what he had heard from the Tories. _ "So they expect to make me pay, do they?" the settler said. "I'd like to see them, the skunks . I know Bill Hicks. He i s a refu,gee from the Mohawks , and an outlaw. I don't know the others." In the morning the boys pushed on rapidly, seeing nothin'! of any Tories during the day, and ,getting nearer home every hour. "They may have gone on rapidly, so as to reach the valley ahead of u s, an.d frighten Polly's mother into getting the money for t h e boy," Dick d eclared. "They may think that they can do anything they like with a woman, but Mrs. Haynes i.:; not one to take any nonse n se from them." When the Liberty Boys halted at dusk, Dick went ahead to look about him, not knowin1 g but that straggling parties of Indians or Royalists might be about. H e had gone about half a mile without seeinig anything to arouse his s u spi cions, when he smelt smoke, and then saw a light ahead of him. Coming into an o .pening, h e saw a rude shack, a fire, and three or four men, one of whom was the fellow who had said hi s name was Brown. "Hello, Bill Hicks," he said. "What have you done with the boy?" "What boy is that, captain?" asked the man. "Haynes' boy that you stole from the Indians." "Oh, that one? Well, it ain't no ha1 m to steal from the Indians, is it? Second thief's the best owner there." "You were going to demand a ransom for him. Where is he? Hello! Where are you, David." "Here I be!" cried a ch ildish voice, and the little boy, the exact image of Jonathan, came running out of the s hack. Dick reached over, picked him up, and set him in the saddle . The Tories glared angrily at Dick, all except Hicks, who said in a cheery voice: "Now, ain't that fortunit? You're goin' right there, ain't you, an' it would be out o' my way. Of course I'd have done it, 'cause I knew who the boy was, and we was takin' of him home." "We will save you the trouble," said Dick. "We have the other boy, and the sister, and Haynes i s there, too. You might like to see him" "Well, Haynes an' me nevel" was very , good friends," replied the sly fellow, "but I wouldn't let that stand in my way when it come to taking his boy back." "Didn't you steal him from the men who got him away from the Indians, _and threaten to shoot them if they dared t o follow?" a s ked Dick. "vVell, now. if that don't beat all!" exclaimed Hicks. "Did they tell you that? Why, they was goin' to give -him to the Injuns. We stole him from the lnjuns, and these fellers was igoin' to take him back: but we wo uldn't let 'em. That's truth, ain't it, boys?" "No, it ain't," spoke up David. "You took me away from those other men. and you said you was going to make my pa pay you fl lot of money to get me back." " I guess the boy has the right of it," laughed Dick. "Good evening, Bill Hicks. I'll save you an unpleasant journey." Then Dick suddenly wheeled and rode away, firing a shot or two to frighten the men and dissuade them following him, but having no desire tn injure either of them. When the young captain got back there was great rejoicing in camp. The other twin was delighted to see his brother, and Polly .hu1gged and kissed them both. Dick told Haynes what the Tory had said. None of the Tories turned up on the road, and they were never seen again by the Liberty Boys. The Indians fled one way and the Royal Greens another, s o that there was no longer any danger of meeting with enemies, and tfie Liberty Boy s pushed on rapidly, crossed the river, and at last reached the fort. Mrs. Haynes was aelighted to s ee the twins and Polly back safe and sound, and she could not say enough in praise of Dick Slater and the Liberty Bo:vs. The foundation of a n e w cabin had been laid, and work was going on rapidly upon it. Haynes had wanted to change the location, but his wife wanted the old one, saying that it was not likely that there would be another raid upon the Indians and Loyalists, and it was better to remain where they had been. Work on other cabins was goingon rapidly, but _the people had s u ffer ed greatly from the raid, as m many cases they had all their winter's grain and hay stored away, and it was too late now to gather another crop. The Liberty Boys remained at the fort for a short time, and were then called away, taking a leave of Polly and the twins and of Mrs. Haynes . The twins never became Liberty Boys, for the war was over long before the oldest was eligible to serve, but they always .remembered them, Polly having a great deal to say about them, although she married a farmer of the valley five or six years after the close of the war. Next week's issu e will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS OUT SCOUTING; or, TRAPPING A PLOTTER."


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 21 CURRENT FLASHLESS POWDER The War Department has just announced the successful development of a new powder for use in small arms and artillery. It is said to possess all the driving power of the type now in use, and at the same time it is smokeless, fiashless and im PE'.rviou s to moisture. It will permit night firing without revealing the position of guns. INDIANS OWN BILLION REALTY Th_e American Indians generally are wealthy. Of course , there are seine exceptions . The Department of the Interior estimates the value of :property owned by them at $1,000,000,000. This mcludes forest lands, mineral and oil right, lands alloted and reserved, live s tock, and property un-der the guardianship of the Government. ' In addition there is $25,000,000 in the United Treasury, representing funds belonging to various tribes of Indians, while in private western banks are funds 'totaling $35,000,000. Both funds draw interest ranging from 4 to 6 per cent. • SAVED PIGEON, BUT LOST LIFE In t r •ing to save the life of a young pigeon, . Harry Lanzillo, a young man of 22 years, living on Lynde s tteet, Boston, received injuries which caused hi death. Finding the bird too weak to fly, Lanzillo first placed it on a high post in the grounds of the public library. It tumbled off. The young man would not abandon it to the danNEWS gers that lurked. He climbed an elm t.ree the pigeon made a nest, and placed the little bird in safety.' In descending, Lanzillo slipped and fell landing on the pickets of an iron fence. He dietl the nex t day at the hospital, leaving a wid ow and many friends to mourn their loss. OLD MAN WILLS $59,000 TO BOY When other boys ignored "Old Man" Hallam, of Meriden Conn., Elmer F. Rader, a son of George F. 'Rader, factory worker, _showed him many little kindnesses. When the _will of Robert W. Hallam, one time factory supermtendent, read, it was found Elmer1 inherits the bulk of his fortune of more than $75,000. "Elmer is a g ood boy and saves money that earns selling papers," Mr. Hallam had told his attorney, W. C. Mueller, when he made his will a few years ago. Rader was graduated this year from hi,gh schoo l, where he stood out as a baseball pitcher. The income of half his inheritance will see him through college, under the will. Then will get the principal. Five years later he will get the other half. If he dies without issue, the money will go to church. and charitable organizations in :Meriden. Rader inherits the residue after bequests of $1,000 each to four niece s and $6,000 each to the Rev. E. G. Reynolds of Glastonbury and Florence Robinson of this city, who were kind. to Hallam. Hallam was a widower with no children. BOYS, DO YOU LIKE DETECTIVE STORIES? You Should Read ., . "MYSTERY MAGAZINE" It contains the snappiest and . liveliest stories you ever read. Each number l!P!"h!'I witli a rousing detective novelette, filled with pep from start to finish. Then therl" arP from four to six short stories of police adventure with good plots and interesting Eituations. A ll these stories are written by the same authors who write for the hi1?her priced Don't miss the articles about crime detection, yarns of the under world and special items r e lating to ghostly happenings, peculiar events and current _.,news of police cases. • Colored Covers, Fine Illustrations 64 PagE:s ' ... Get a Copy, Read It and See How Interesting the Stories Are? : PRICE 10 CENTS If you cannot procure a copy from your newsdealer send us the price (ten cents) and we will mail you one postag_ e free; Address ' HARRY E. WOLFF, Publisher. Inc .• 166 W. 23d St., New York City t


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 Against The Trust -ORTHE YOUNG LUMBERMAN'S BATTLE By RALPH MORTON (A Serial Story.) CHAPTER XVII. Big Ben Bates Gets Some Of Tennyson's Men . Up came the men, and in the direct manner of woodsmen asked if they could get work on the operation, and while Ben was talking the matter over with Nonis and T om the loggers were look i n g with keen interest at the athletic young lumberman w ho had achieved such an enviable reputation in the Maine woods in such a short time. Ben caught their admiring glances, and distasteful as fighting was to his gentlemanly disposition, he could not h e l p smiling to think that the one qualification that was most likelv to bring him fortune in this rough community was his ability to hit hard and straight. The result of the conference was that the men were engaged to start in the following mornin1 g , and went away with pleased grins on their faces. Tom West stayed all that day with Ben, talking over old times, and left in the morning witli a copy of the signed contract in his pocket, promising to return before long. The new men proved to be fir st-class hands at the work, and they obeyed evel'y order of the young lumberman without question. There was no doubt that he was a hero in their estimation, and such men love to work under s.uch a boss. But if Frank Norris, who was an old hand at the business, had thought more deeply over the matter of taking on men who had been working in a neighboring camp, he might have hesitated to do so, knowing that the step would be likely to create a very bitter feeling. However, the old woodsman saw a chance to make money, and it rather blinded his judgment. Three days later he had cause to regret it. For the three days the wind had been blo wing from the west, and Tennyson's camp lay about half a dozen miles to the east. Now the wind veered around and blew from the west. Within an hour several of the m e n lifted their heads and sniffed strongly at something that h ad attracted their sens e of smell. "Smell it?" "Sure." "Smoke! " "And smoke means fire." Half of the men at once laid down their tools, and turned their eyes in the di rection from which the scent of smoke came, for fire is the most dreaded enemy of the lumberman. Eagerly they scanned the sky that showed above the line of the trees, and it was Phil Casey who first shouted: "I can see the smoke, up above the bend in the Twin Cubs." "Yes, that's right," said one of the men, "and with this wind it'll come straight down through this holding." For a moment Ben Bates felt a sinking sensation at his heart, for fire could wipe out the entire value of his holding, burning up not only the standing growth, but consuming as well the stagings of piled-up logs that had been put at variou s advantageous points. Before he could speak, and while he was wondering just what means were employed to fight forest fires, Frank Norris came running np. The old wood sman was equal to the occa sio n. "That fire is fully two miles away," he said, in low, swift tones to his young partner, "and now c reepinig over ground that is largely stumpage and law bushes, but it will keep on unless we check it, and it's heading straight for our stand of timber. Divide the men, and you take on e half and I'll take the balance and we'll head it off." "But how?" whispered Ben. "Use shovels, mattocks, green boughs and dynamite. U se wafer t o help you in any way possible when you can get it. Shovel up the vegetable mould and make breastworks; drive your mattocks through roots and rip tbem up and leave spaces that the fire cannot leap; use dynamite whenever you can create a space that may prove too great for the flames to cross. Carry water even in the hats of the men from any spring or puddle that is near the l ine of the fire , and dampen the ground with it. Get the idea?" "Yes," shortly said Ben, and then he turned to the waiting men, and spoke in the short and sharp style of a leader. . "Split off in equal numbers," he said, "and half of you follow Norris and the rest come with me. Get mattocks, shovels and axes, and two of you take several sticks of dynamite. Now jump for the tool-hou s e as lively as you can, and get back here flying." The men leaped at his command, and Phil Casey stopped lon g enough to whisper to our hero: "I'm an old fire fighter, Ben, so I'd better go with you, eh?" Ben gladly consented to this arrangement, fo r he really only had a theory to work upon, and the aid of his faithful and experienced follower would be of untold value to him. "Bring me whatever you think I need, Phil " he said, and Case y nodded. ' With an anxious face Ben Bates stood, there. and watched the smoke curling up thicker and thicker, until what was at first mere spiral that wou ld have escaped obs ervation at a few hundred feet distant, now b ecame a cloud that was visib le for miles. He knew that it was now only what is called a ground fire, but that if it was not checked in fair time it would creep up amonig the trees, and then become a crown fire, and the blazing tops of the trees would break off and send flying brands on the breeze to set fire to the rest of his hold-ing. (To be continued)


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 23 GOOD READING BOY FALLS INTO CHIMNEY Firemen the other day extricated Marston Cof fin, nineteen, f:rom the chimney of the Archie Roosevelt home, at Cold Springs Harbor, N. Y. uring the night, while asleep, Marston arose, opened a dormer window and walked out on the roof. of the lake had been made by three representatives of the Biological Survey. The brick chimney was breast-high and he climbed into it. He wei g h s 150 pounds. His body slid down twenty feet and became wedged in an elbow of the chimney, but he did not awaken until after daylight the following morning, when his crie:a were heard by members of the family. WEAR YELLOW TO AVOID MOSQUITOES While naturalists have tong known that insects have a highly developed sense of sme ll, recent investigations have indicated that they also have keen color preferences. For instance, the mosquito prefers navy blue to sixteen other shades , and positively shuns yellow. have no ing for pale blue, but will settle quickly on white objects. Both flies and mosquitoes will respond to light and darknes s. Colors of flowers attract many insects, but the mo s t effective is their perfume. So pronounced is this excitement to odors that a scienti t has asserted that it could be adapted to rid the cotton-growing States of the bollweevil pest. He has suggested that the male boll weevfl could be lured into fraps by reproducing from coal tar certain fumes. 1' HARDING STAMP ON SALE The first of the special two-cent stamps struck o,ff as a m morial to Harding was pl_ace,.-1 on sale Aug. 31, in M arion, 0., Mr. J:Iardmg s home town. Michael E. Eidsness , Supermtendent of the Stamp Divi s ion of the Post ICT-RQOM. by Beulah Pon1tcr r"''F: <'l . T'F. MrnRTNC:. hv C'hns . F. Oursler. THT.1 nnrn.y ()F TRE DAMNED, by .Toe Rurk, "'T{"] ('()'"'T'MTNC: DP.A .TH. hy Gilbert ,..,.. \ '''1"•" .!F.WELS. h:v R PRtrtce S. Luis i '>'l'fli' RR A"" VQ!C'l'l. by .Tnck Bechdolt. . FQR RllAME, by Wm. Hamilton Osborne. The nE"tectlvc Stor y Ont Tollay in 141 Ts •.. THE TRIPLE CROSS By HAMILTON CRAIGIE HARRY E. WOLFF. Publl•her. tine. 166 We•t 23d Street, New York City "Moving Picture Stories" A Devoted to Photoplayo and PJayrr• PRICE SEVEN CENTS PER COPY F.nrb number contains Four Stories of the nest Ftlms nn the -F.legnnt Hatrtone Scenes from the Plays -Articles About Prominent People tn the Films Doings ot Actors nncl Actressea In the Studio nnd Lrssons in Scenario Writing. HARRY E. WOLFF, Publisher, Inc. 166 West 23d St., New York


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 INTER.ESTING R.ADIO NE WS AND HINTS ARMSTRON G SUPER-REGENERATOR In this series of six articles we have given our readers directions for building the most 110pular radio receivers known to-day. The last of the six i s that system invented by Major Arm s rong, on which various inventors have rung a number of changes. But the Armstrong circuit i3 the original invention upon which all regenerative sets are bas ed. In fact, any one desiring to build sets commercially must get permission to do so from the persons holding the patents. The hook-up given in this article is the original Armstrong type of receiver and embraces all its best points. To dE:sq:ibe the set in simple, non-technical teqns is easy enough, except when the busbar when wirirw: and for tightening small nuts; the screwdriver takes care of all the screws you will u se ; the wire cutters are employed in the wiring process; the drill is to bore holes in the panel to let instrument shafts through or to accommodate fastening screws, and the saw, hammer and plane for making t h e baseboard. Fine emery paper and oil is nsed to rnb the igloss off the face of the panel, and give it a dull satiny fini s h, and the soldering tools are u se d on all joints. To improve the set the busbar sh

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 25 1 Honeycomb coil', 1,500 turns. 1 Honeycomb coil, 300 turns. 1 Honeycomb coil, 1,2 50 turns. 2 5-ohm rheostats. 1 6-ohm vernier rheostat. 1 Potentiometer suitable for the 1 Choke coil 1 henry. 2 43-plate variable colldensers. 1 23-plate variable condenser. 1 Audio transformer. 1 Variable coupler. 2 Resistances, i2,000 ohms each. 2 .002 fi.xed mica condensers. 1 .002 fixed mica condenser. 1 .00 5 mica condenser. 2 Single circuit jacks. 3 5 -watt bulps. 3 Lamp sockets . 1 Swith and 5 taps. 9 Binding-posts. Spaghetti, busbar and shielding. When layjng out the panel, its face must show the horn jack at the extreme right lower corner. Halfway up the panel the rheostats and potentiometer are mounted in a row. The dials for the three condensers and coupler are in a low, too, on the left-hand end of the nanel, and the loop jack is iti the lower left-hand corner. Above the coupler dials stands the switch and switch points. On the baseboard the three lamp sockets, slightly spaced, are behind the rheostats. The resistances and choke lay behind the potentiometer, and the audio transformer can be mounted at the edige of the base-board, between the two 43-plate condensers. The fixed condensers, soldered to the wiring, are mounted where shown. When everything is in place you will probably find an empty space near the horn jack where the 1, 500-turn coil can be laid flat. ' Neai: the 43-plate condenser there wjl! be another space to stand the 300-turn coil, and the 1,500-turn coil mus t be stood against the rear and left-hand side of the cabinet. Of course these big coils will have to be fastened. This can be done with leather straps covered with a piece of silk for insulation, and each coil must be at a different angle than the others. The set look s more complicated than it really is. All of the parts are standard, and can be bought ready made, even to the 50-and 100-turn coupler coils . In fact, one manufacturer makes them with Vshaped brackets, and taps out, ready for mounting on the panel. It i s not advisable for amateurs to attempt winding their own coils, as you can :r;iever make them as good and efficient as the commercial article, proceed as follows: On a 4-inch tube wind 50 turns of No. 22 D. C. C. wire tapped every tenth turn, for a primary. The secondary (rotor) is a sli!l'htly smaller tube wound with 100 turns of finer wfre to provide a tight coupUrw: and a stron!l' feed back action. The honeycomb coils do not need mounts, as they are fastened to the baseboard in the positions shown. It is absolutely necessary to keep these three coils as separated as possible. and also, as was said, to place them at different r.ngles to each o ther, or the set will not work, as thcv will des troy each other's efficiency. 'I he ratio of the transformer can be about 5 to 1 to get good loud receotion on the horn. The iea,;011 5-watt lamps are specified is be cause of the high B battery; ordinary lamps are not built to stand such heavy plate voltage. You will observe that the B system_ requires no less than 217 volts, whe;.-eas the high est voltage applied to ordinary lamps seldom ex ceeds 90 volts. The volume of sound with this receiver is, of course, verv high, as such sets usually give a proportion of sound according to the quantity of plate voltage. In case the filament control does not give satisfaction, try re vl:!rsing the filament leads: that is. connect the positive side of the lamp to the reverse side of the rheostat, and the negative side to the A battery lead. An ordinary aerial can be u sed with fhis re ceiver, but it is designed for a loop, and should be used that way. The rheostats may have to be of a hi.gher or lower resistance than those spe ci fied; all depending on the kind of lamps and the amount of battery voltage. As receivers of this type have a tendency to howl, every precaution should be taken to over come it. The back of the entire panel can carry a copper foil shielding, grounding one end, to help to 1get rid of capacit,r. The easiest way to construct this set i s to first mount the jacks, rheostats, potentiometers, variable condensers, coupler switch and taps on the panel without the baseboard. Then you can put on only the wires that join these instruments with each other. The lamp sockets, transformer, choke, -re sistances and honeycomb coils sho uld next be secured to the baseboard and wired together. Then the panel can be fastened to the baseboard, and the instruments on the baseboard can be connected with those on the panel with busbar. The fixed condensers can go on last. By working in this manner you may save yourself the difficult tas k of trying to make some of the connections in very small spaces where it i s hard to solder a joint. The loop has a frame 3 feet square on which about 10 turns of No. 18 wire are wound spaced % inch apart. In the operation of the receiver remember th!rl the rotor dial of the variocoupler controls the feedback of the regenerative amplifying tube. 'I 'he left-hand dial varies the c ondenser across the grid circuit, turning the wave length to the frequency of the incoming signals. Another dial controls the oscillations of the second tube, and the fourth dial changes the frequency of variation. The potentiometer gives vernier control of the grid circuit. To tune, turn the switch lever enough to short circuit all but ten turns of the primary of the variocoupler; then set the two oscillator dials at their maximum. Next turn or1 the oscillator lamp, and a high-pitched whistle begins as s oon as the filament reaches a certain brilliancy. If you do not hear the whistle turn the dial controlling the grid and plate and the one that varies the oscilla t ions. and move the potentiometer. If the whistle i s not present hunt fol" trouble and fix it so the sound is audible in the telephones. Then turn the grid condenser and the dial of the variocoupler until a click is hea_rd in the phones.. When the tubes are freely o,,c1llatmg, work with the controls to ,get the greatest amount of amplification. The proper (Continued on page 26)


26 THE . LIBERTY BOYS OF ' 76 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 28, 1923 TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS j<.;ingl e Copies ................. Poetag., Free Ont <.:opy rl'hree Months..... " 0 One Co1•Y Six Months ....... . One Copy One \'ear ..... .... . Cunada, $-l.UO; Foreign, $4.50. 7 Cent• 90 Cents $1. 76 S.50 HOW TO SEND MONEY At our risk send P. 0. Mon e y Order Cbeck or Registered Letter; remittances In any other 'way are at your risk. 'Ve accept Postage 8lamps tile same as cash. Wll e n sending silver wrap tbe Coln In a separate piece of pape r to avoid cut.Ung tile envelope. Write your name and address plarnly. Address letters to Harry E. Wolft", Pres. Charlea E. Nylander, Sec. L . "}\ \Vilzlo, ' .rrea1. HARRY E. WOLFF, { Publisher, Inc., 166 W . 23d St., N. Y. Armstrong Super-Regenerator (Continued from page 25) adjustment of the dials can only be learned from experience, as each set works slightly different. The operator can learn with a little practice the proper dial settings for particular wave lengths. The most important thin,g is to learn the proper grid voltage to get the greatest amount of amplificati on. The proper grid battery for the_se rec eivers seems to be from 7 to 12 volts, while on the plate yo u will need at least 150 to 17 5 volts . The greatest care must be taken to as :;emb le this set correctly, as the slightest error may cause it not to function. But once you get it in good working order, there i s nothing can' beat it for clearness and volume. but it -is not rated a wonderful distance 1?etter. In fact, for se l ectivity it may be necessary to use a coil in the ground or antenna circuits, or a variable condenser shunted across both on account of the change of broadcastinig wave lengths . . However, this receiver is good for from 360 to 500 meters, and sho uld be a source of great pleasure to any one who builds it succes sfully. ITEMS OF INTEREST BOILING WATER IN A PAPER BAG No hot water! You turn the tap and it gives forth only hollow wheezes . No use yelling for the porter or going down to the hotel desk to plain. You want hot water and you want it quick. There is the gas jet of course, but nothing to u se as a container. Take a paper bag-any sort of paper bagfill it with water and hold it over the gas flame . The bag will not burn, nor will the water within soak through. The heat of the flame keeps the bag dry while the water inside prevents scorching. can bring water to a bo il quickly and safely with this method. As long as the cold-water tap is in working order and the igas jet can be reached the hot-waterless hotel need have no terrors fo1 the traveller. FINDS BOX OF GOLD Lee Hauser, 28, a 'laborer, was working with a gang on the Brownsville-Weverton road, near Hagerstown, Md., when his pick strue:k a m etal object. Another stroke and a bright piece of gold-a double eagle-appeared: With this incentive, Hauser dug vigorously and soon unearthed a tin box about the size of a large cigar box. Prying off the top he found the _box was full of gold c oins, varying in denominations from $1 to $20. Hauser at first intimated that the treasure amounted to more than $10,000, but later it was . understood he admitted the box contained only about $1,000. Nothing is known here _of reports that Department would investigate the case, behevmg the gold to be part of the money Grover Bergdoll is said to have buried in this vicinity several years ago. LAUGHS "Has your daughter a voice that could help the choir?" Mother-Mercy, yes! When she's out of humor, you can hear her talkin' for half a square. Teacher-Now who can tell me what political economy is? Mike (embryo Tammany statesman)-Gittin' the most votes fo.r the least money. "There is too much system in this s chool busi ness!" growled Tommy. "Just because I snickered a little the monitor turned m e over to the principal, and the principal turned me over to paw." "Was that all?" No; paw turned me over his knee!" Teacher-Last Sunday, dear child, we read about Joseph and Pharaoh. What was done to Joseph? Tommy-He was made to sit on the roof. "Why, Tommy, what do you mean by such non sense?" "Well, you read that Pharaoh set Joseph over his house." Once a genial comedian consulted an oculist about his eye s . His nose was small and he couldn't keep on the glasses with which the oculist was trying to fit him. "You a1 e not used to glasses, Mr. Blank," said the oculist. "Oh, yes, I am," replied the comedian, "but not so high up." "Who i s that fellow across the street there, and what's h e raving about? His arms and jaws are working like those of a Popocratic orator at a free silver convention." "Hush! That's Wadley. His folk s are afraid he's lo sing his mind. Bought a high-grade bike the day before the cut." "Waiter," said the traveler in an Erie railroad restaurant, "did you say I had twenty minutes to wait or that it was twenty minutes to eight?" "Nayther. Oi said ye had twinty minutes to ate, an' that's all ye did have. Yer train's just gone."


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 27 INTERESTING NEWS ARTICLES SILVER AS LEGAL TENDER Stand'.li:d silver dollars are legal tender at their face vame m payment of all debts, public and private, without regard to the amount, except where otherwise expressly stipulated in the contract. Subsidiary silver coins are legal tender for amounts not exceeding $10 in any one payment. They may be presented in sums or multiples of $20 to the Treasurer of the United States for redemption of exchange into lawful money. Minor c oins of nickels and bronze are legal tender to the extent of 25 cents. They may be presented for under the same conditions as are pro vided fo r subsidiary coins. TOWING LOCOMOTIVES Among the interesting features of the P::mama Canal a r e the electric towing locomotives for hauling vessels through the locks. It appears that about fifty of these "electric mules" were built for the Government by one of the big electric companies. Such a lo comotive weighs 82,500 pounds, measures 32 feet inches by 8 feet by 9 feet 3 inches, the greates t height over the cabs; has an available tractive effort as high as 47,500 pounds and a windlas s rope pull of 25,000 pounds and fom of them, two on each s ide, w ill ordinaxily propel steamships through the locks . Sometimes six engine s are needed to handle extra large ves sels, in eve r y cas e two astern acting as a bxake on the s h i p's movements give direction to her course. No ves s el i s permitted to enter the locks and go through on its own power. The locomotive i s p Topelled by means of a rack rail while towing and whil e going up or down the steep grades fTom one l e v el to another at a speed of two miles an h our. While running idle o r on return t racks the speed i s changed to five miles an hour and -i:he machine is propelle d by the regular traction method, the rack and pinion being entirely released. THIEF WITH A CONSCIENCE A thief with a conscience entered the home of Clark Rubido in Sierra Vista, Cal., the other day, and, after decamping with-valuables amounting to $100, returned to the burglarized hO'Use and deposited a child's bank con taining $2 in pennies, which had been part of the loot, on the front porch. The Rubido family visited friends in Los Angeles that day and about noon a neighbor, Mrs. Caroline Martin, saw a well-dressed young man carrying a suitcase walk up to the front door of the Rubj do home, fumble with the lock a moment and walk in. Mrs. Martin thought the stranger was probably a friend of the Rubidos , and, when the young man r eappeared some time after, still carrying the suitcase, she told him that the Rubido family was passing the day in the city. The young man thanke d her and hurried on. Half an . hour later Mrs. Martin saw the young man come back and depo sit soir..ething on the front porch o f the house. When the Rubidos returned they found that the pleasant..faced young man had carried away all their silver, several articles of jewelry and $30. The baby's penny bank, which had been returned, was about the only movablP valuable not taken. $9,000 FOR A MANILA BEGGAR Ponciana J agna, a soldier of the Philippine Scouts, who has been living in poverty in the Philippine Islands, will receive a check for $9,000 from the Government through the Pension Bureau within the next month. The sudden change in the financial status of J agna has come about through the discovery of the address of the veteran, which had been previously lost, the Pension Bureau being unable to sencf him his pension. He is now living in Manila. .fagna enlisted in the Thirty-six;th Company Philippine Scouts, United States Army, October 1, 1901, for service in the Philippine insurrection, and while discharging his duty was struck by a rifle ball, which shattered his left thigh bone a nd made amputation at the pip •joint nece ssary. He was honorably di scharged and filed a claim in the office of the Surgeon-General of the Army for an artificial limb. Being in financial stress he took advantage of the option given him and elected to accept commutation in money at the rate of $75 every three years in li e u of an artificial limb. On Dec ember 16, 1909, 1re filed .claim for pension based on l os s of leg, which claim was allowe d at $55 a mo nth from Decembe r 1 6, 1 909. Certifica t e iss ued June 3, 1910, and his name was duly enrolled as a pensioner of the United States. A voucher was mailed to him at Calbayog, Island of Samar, Philippine Islands, his las t known postoffice address. He was told to execute and return this voucher t o the bureau and that upon its receipt a check for amount due would be sent t o him. This letter never reached Jagna and at the end of three years, in accordance with the law, his name was dropped from the pension rnll for failure to claim. Years -passed and the incident was regarded as closed, but a letter recently addressed to the Sugeon-General, United States Army, by Jagna, asking for increase of commutation for artificial limb was referred to the Bureau of Pen sions and his whereabouts thus ascertained. From this letter it was evident that he had decid e d the only claim he had on the Government was for.the commutation in li e u of an artificial leg, and that he was trying to get an increase of this amount, claiming that he could not live on the money paid him, averaging about $2 a month. As a result of correspondence his cl aim for pens ion was revived and it was learned that he had been maintained from the date of h'.s discharge by his old comrades in arms l ' . ;ganiza tion left his part of the \-., h e n he was compelled to b e g to maintain himself . In the meantime the rat e of pension for loss of leg at the hip joint had on June 5, 1 920, been i.ncrease d from $55 a month to $72.


28 THE L I BERTY B O YS OF '7 6 HERE AND THERE MAKING THE SILKWORM DYE ITS OWN SILK By injecting dyes into their c o coons, a French scientist is reported to have caused silkworms to spin colored threads. Not only the ordinary shades, but the tones and hues that are made from combining various tints, are produced by the little workers receiving treatment by this proccess . Silk is usually dyed after it has been wound and twisted into floss, but the new method is expected to grow it in colors that will not fade. OLDEST BLOCKHOUSE Chicago used to feature a block house, but of late years nothing has been said or written of the antique, so, of cours e one just had to. appear on the scene or screen, and it is in Edgecomb, Me. It is said to be the oldest in the United States, and the satement seems probable, as it was built early in 1700. It is still in perfect condition and furnishes good pictures for amateur artists, who visit it in great numbers every season. It is located in one of the most interesting spots for visitors in that section of country. HOLD-UP MEN, BEWARE A burglar or hold-up alarm has recently been perfected by William A. Hassenbach of New York , which offers a large menace to the thieves who would dare its efficacy. The mechanical means u sed Mr. Hassenbach prefers to keep secret; but the alarm, which he has recently demonstrated before a number of jewellers, has passe d every test. It is designed with a double purpose; to give • an efficient alarm when a hold-up is attempted, and to protect the sales men who may be menaced by pistols and s o unable to reach for an alarmbu tton, even with their feet, without putting their live s in peril. Its operation is as follows: When a gunman orders a clerk to put up his hands the very action of the clerk sets a mechanism in action which causes a police whistle, con cealed on the outside of the store, to blow. And onc e it has started blowing nothing can stop it till the mechanis m runs down. HUMAN HAIR MAKES STRONG CLOTH Tons of human hair are being turned into cloth by a Southern factory to supply the demand of cotton -seed oil mills of that section for a fabric that will withstand for a time at least, a pressure of 4,000 to 4,500 pounds a square inch. Only that made from hair is strong enough. Formerly it was woven from camel's hair, but the price of that product w ent to such high level s as to prohibit its u se . After a series of tests, a method was devised fo1 weaving human hair in specially con structe d machines. The search for a s ufficient supply to keep the factory going ended in China, where buyers found a veritable army of coolies ready to sacrifice their long queues for American money . Bound in huge bales, the hair arrives at the factory ready for weaving, having already been inspected and sterilized on the way over from the Orient. Combed and carded, it is twisted into threads and fed into the loom s, where it i s woven into rolls of cloth 'h inch thick, the bolt weighing 400 pounds. A UNIQUE POST OFFICE Opposite Tierra de! Fuego is a very high, rocky cljff overhanging the Strait of Magellan; and from one of the rocks is s uspended, b)T a long chain, a barre l which receives mail. To be sure, there is n o postmaster, nor i s there any .regular letter carrier or collector, but every ship that goes through the strait stops and sends a boat to this curious little post-office , looks over the letters that are in it to see if there are any fo r the men on board that particulal' ship, and places therein letters for seamen on board ships that ai:e known to be headed for the strait. Who was the person that fir s t thought of such a scheme we are not told, but the sailors think a great deal of their umque post-office, and there has never yet, t o anybody's know1edge, been any violation of the confidence reposed in it. When a sailor sends a letter to it addressed to another seaman he is absolutely certain of its delivery. It may be that one of the two seamer,i is on avessel which i s not expected to pass by this ocean post-office, but the letter may have on it a request that a vessel going east or west shall pick it up and d eliver it t o so me point where the seaman w ill be sure to receive it. In this manner letters have been known to make their way to the Arctic Ocean, or even to India. CATS SA VE TICKER TAPE "Food for cats, $51.73," i s an item which appears in the annual report of the New York Cot ton Exchange, just published. Members of the Exchange recently said that the reason for it is iats. One official said that in spite of all the precautions taken, rats and mice occa sionally appear on the trading floor. Traps have been employed in vain and a s a result. the cat is the mainstay in combating t h e nuisance. The rats appear to have a fondness for ticker tape and infrequently new rolls are found nibbled through and other damage is done from time to time. A s on e member put it, the bulls and bears in W a ll Sreet may be more or less mythical, but the rats and mice are real, hence the contribution 0 the Exchange in the feeding of cats. Other exchanges in the financial districts also have their feline aids. The Cotton Exchange expects a reduction in the item of cost of feeding its cats this year and the rats must climb nineteen stories to reach the trading floor in the n ew building. Every morning Spot, the dean of the Exchange cats, who spend the night on the .trading floor, boards an express elevator and descends to the engine room, where she sleeps until the market close s . Then she again boards the elevator and i s whirled up to the trading floor to resume her vigil. Only a few rats have been caught since o t:cupation of the new build


"Every hour I spent on my I. C. S. Course has been worth $95 to me I My position, my $5,000 a year income, my home, my family's happiness-I o w e it all to my spare time train ing with the Scranton Schools!" Every mail brin g s letters such as this from some of the thousands of I. C. S. students. For 31 y ears, in offices, stores, shops, factories, mines, railroads--in every line of technical and commerci a l work-men have been winning promoti o n a nd increased sa laries through spare time study with the I. C. S. .Over 180,000 men are getting ready r ight n o w for bigger jobs ah e ad. Wha t are you doing with the hours after supper? Can you afford to let th e m slip b y unimpro v ed when y ou can easil y m ake them mean s o much ? N o m atter where y ou live, the I. C. S. will come to you. No matter what your handi caps , or how small your means; we have a plan to meet your citcum s tances. No matter how limited your previous education, the sim ply written, wonderfully illustrated I. C. S. lessons make it easy to learn. No matter what career you may choose, some one of the 300 J. C. S. Courses will surely suit your needs. One hour a day spent with the I. C. S. will prepare you for the position you want in the work: you like best. Yes, it will! Put it up to us to prove it. Mark and mail this cou pon now! -------TEAR OUT IIEitlll-----INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENCE SCHOOLS Box 4492-B, Soranton. Penna. f!i::: BUSINESS TRAINING COURSES 1Bus l nes 1 M a n aa:emont Industrial ManHement Adv ertialni P erso nnel O rca nl z atton Better Letters Trame Manaa:emenl F orel1n Trade Husl n e sa Law Sten ography and Tn>fns U n n klnc and Bani.ins Law J!:n g lillh Accountanc y ( l n cludln• C.P . A . ) Clv U Servic e Nich •laon Coat .AccouotlDa Rail way Mall Clerk Bookkeeping Commo n Schoo l Subjectt P riv ate Se cre t a r1 Hi&h Sc hool Suhif' ct11 Bu s lneoa D J'ron c h Illustratln g 0 Carteonlnf TECHNICAL ,AND INDUSTRIAL COURSES M e chanical Draftsman A r c hitectural D rattsmaa Ma c h ine Shop Practice Conc.rete R ullder llai 1r.oa d P o1l t1ons S t ruc tural En1lneer G a s E ng i n e Oporatlnir Plumb i ng and H eat1n11 C ivil En1ineer C hemistry 0 Surveying and Y•t>ttlna Auto m obile Work Mtnin c and PoultrJ Badlo , D Alrplana EnalB11 Ma t h e m atic a Name .. ... .. ... ... . . .. . .. ........... . ... . .. . ... ... .. .. ........... . .... . ...... . ... . ..................... . . .. Street :t-a7-2:1 Addre11 • .••.••••• ,. .... , ........... , ......................................... u••""'''''''' '0''''''-Clt7 .. . ..... . ....•....••....•••...• ..•..• • •... •••... ll1te .. . . .. .... : " ....... ........ t;; .. lional Oorre1pandcmce 8c1ool.I C:11uad1an, L1m1'ed, Mertlt'ooJ, Ca_... ,


/ Copy This Drawing 'Cable -Complete Draftsman's Outfit Also FREE These are the regular working in strumentsthe kind I use myself. The same kind that you will use when you have completed my course and have become a regular draftsmen. Its value is $25. 00. I give them free if you enroll at once. This outfit includes Nickel Silver drawing instrumf!nts, drawing board, T squar7 triangles, French curve, ink, ruler, pencil, be sides the rree draftsman's table. Send in the coupon 1or information. Salaries l.Jp' to . ... . ., On My Offer to Students Any one of 16 years or older, sending in a sketch of the drawing of draftsman's table shown h ere , will receive free and postpaid an Ivorine drafts man's pocket rule. 5250to5300aMonth s90 Drafting Course Given Awayl To every student enrolling now I give an oppor. tunity of getting a $90 drafting course absolutely without cost to bim. Even if you don't send in a sketch send in the coupon today and learn all about this offer. Positions paying upto $250 and $300 per month which ought to filled by skilled drafts men are vacant everywhere:There are in every part of this country ambitious men, w b o with practical training and person al assistance will be Qualified to fill the positions. I can now take and ti;ain a limited number of students personally and I will give to those students a guarantee to train them by mail UNTIL placed in a permanent positipn at a salary up to $250 and $300 per month. ;- • D • • • = Chief Draftsman, Engineer's Equipment Co. 1951 Lawrence Ave,. Div. I0-96 Chicago, UL Without anr obligation to me please mail your book "Successfu Draft smanship" and full particulars of your liberal "Personal Training" offer to a few students. Also full information as to how I can get a $90 Draftina Course Free. Send Ruler to me FREE. Na,,,. .............•........ •••••• Addreu •.•••••••••••••••••••••••••.•••••••••••••••.•.•••• CiU ....•.•.••..•.•••••..••••••••••.•... ""61 ............. ..


OWL BETTER MOUSER THE THAN CAT There a1e many mistaken ideas about hawks and owl s. Rodents are the natural of 1 hawks and only. the shaTp shinn e d , Cooper's, pigeon and goshawk maliciou sly attack poultry, says the Fa,rm Journal. Owls are great destroyers of mice, " 1ats and other rodents. In the stomach of a two week-old horned owl the ;remains of five mice were found. In the retreat o a pair of barn owls 3,000 skulls of gophers and mice were found. Hawks work during the day and the o w ls at night. O,nly the great horned owl i s a regular poultry e ate r , and he is not common. Owls sw allow their food entire and later disgorge the indigestible parts, which con s ist of fur pellets and bones of rodents. An owl kept in a barn is a better mouser than a cat. Try it and watch results. Dr. C . Hart Merriam of the Unite d States Department 0•taire. Money back promptly If Net CONSUMERS CO., Dept. 748 12a11 a,....d,.•y,N.Y. 158 Gen uine fiorel1n S t am p a J..texlco War 0 Iuuoa. Venezuela. SalTador and lndi•fO"' Sentce, Guatem&.la. China, etc. O nly flnNt '-' a p pre va l sheets. 5 0 to G O%. A gents Wanted. Bi t 72-P. Lista F r ee. Wo Buy Stam pa. Eatab. 25 yrs, Huumaa Stam• C o., 132 St. Louis. llt, Sell .adlaon "Better"' Rbirte, Paja. ma.a. and Nightshirts direct from our f=rro ceptlooal Taluea. No experience or caplt•l required. Larsre steady income auured. 'Entirely new proposition. WlUTE FOR FREE SA MP LES. MADISON S HIRT CO., 803 Btway, N. Y . City rf DBACCO Habit Cured or No Pay An., fonn, ciaan,ciaarette&,pipe,cbewina oraauff Cuaranteed . H•nqJeM . Complete t reatment.ant n • Coet. S_l.00 i f it curoe. Nothin., i f i t fail. .. SUrl!:RBA. {.;0. Y-21, Balti•ere, Md . ------------------GOITRE':-Trythls onYour Hair IS Days Tben let your mimli' prowe nsulta Write T oday for FREE Trial Off• Y oar hair n eed not thin out, nora;;.I yoa be bald. f o r • wa 1 haa been foun d to d..troy the microbe that deatro " the hair. Thia new d::d proloni;:iovlite of the hair for men and women. beforo it ta too Jate for the 16-days' free trial offer. AYMES C0.,3 932 N . R o bo)'St.,M-393,Chlc•s• GOODYEA R RAI N C O AT FREE Goodyear Mfg. Co., 1817-RD Goodyear Bldg. , Kansas City, Mo., ls making an offer to send a handsome ralncon.t to one person in encb locality who will show and recommend It to tr!ends. It you want one write today. B oys and Girls E Xm M I Write for ISO sets arn a s one y Al\lERICAN CHRISTMAS Sl!!ALS. Sell for lOc u set. When sold, send us $3.00 and keep $2.00. B. Neubecker, 961 E . 23d St., Brooklyn; N . Y. CorntL':-i, Ca t'loons, Commercial, !\ewspaper nud Magazine Tllustratini;, Pastel Cruyoa l'ortrnlts and Fashions. By Mail or Local Classes. Easy method. -write for au4 Lis t Of SUPCessful studPn IS. ASSOCIA'l'F:I> ART STUDIOS 4.-92 } 'latiron HuiJdin" New Yorll


TIIE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 LATEST JSSUEa 1143 TbP J,iberty Boys Accused; or, 'J'helr Honor. 1144 .. BPst Battle: or, The Surrender or Cornwallis. 1H!I " •nd J,lghtfoot: or. Dick Sinter's Inr11nn Friend. 1146 " Hot Hunt: or, Running Down 11 Traitor. 114 7 " nnd the "Old Sow"; or, The S!gnnl Gun on Bottle Hlll." tH8 " Driving Ont the Benlr.ts; or, War m Work I n Monmouth. 1H9 " nt Frnnnces Tavern; or, Ferreting Out n Wick eel Plot. 11!'!0 " and I he Backwoodsmen; or, Joined With Brave A llles. lll'il " Hlrlfng-plecl!; or. R n trl1np: Bnre:o:rne. 1152 " With Morgan's R1tfemen or, Dick l:llater's llest l:lhot. ' 1153 .. 11M " .. •s PrlvntPPrR: or. Tnklnir of "Rewnrd." Red cont T<;nemy; or, Driving Howe from BoA.ton. an cl \Vldow Moore; or, The Fight at Creek RrlmY'• Blul!'. 1173 " In Black Swamp nr, F!ghtlnl!' Hard for ll'ree dom. 1174 " and Corporal Casey; or, Tliraslllng the R ene gad es. 1175 " In the Frozen Land; or, Watching the Conn try's Foes. 1176 " Trlrking thP R e dcoats; or, The Guncmlt)l ot Valley Forge. 1177 " ln Dlstres•: or, Hemme d In hy DAni<<'rs. 1178 " anil th<' Idiot Spy; or, Running Down the RktnnerR. 1179 " Fire Rnft: or. Scorrblng tbP RPdconts. 1180 " ('nnnlnl? 'J'rnp: o r , The Traitor'• Secret. iun " Girl Frlr>nd: or, Doing Good Work. 1.182 " nncl thP Witch of :Harlem; or, Beating tbe Hessians. 118.1 " Desperatp Fight; or, The Retreat from Ilnck 1184 " on Lone Mountain; or, Surronndeil hr the Brll!•h. 1185 11 ni• 1 l Jones,.; or, Tbe "'7<'rk o f a Rnrkwoods Spy. 1rnr. " Jri' Ritlrmau; or, A Dend•hot Against tbe Rrltlsh. For snle by all nC"\Vsc1ealere, ur wnt be to any rti'td ress 011 reeelpt of prle11, 7c per copy, In money or llostnc-e 1tam]lfll, by HARRY E . WOLFF, Publisher. Inc. 166 28<1 Streei SCENARIOS New York City HOW TO WRITE THEM Price S5 Cent. Per Copy '.l.'his book contains all the most recent changes In tho method or construction and submission of scenarios. Sixty Lessons, co>ering every phase of scenario writ Ing. For sale b,v all NewBdealers and Bookstores. If you cannot procure a copy, send us the price. 35 c ents, In money or postnge stamps, and w e will mall you one, postage free. Address L . SENA.Bll:NS_. 219 Seventh Ave., New York, N. Y. OUR TEN-CENT HAND U1


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