The Liberty Boys and the "Wild Cat," or, Taming a bad Tory

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Interesting Radio Artie Jes on Pages 24 and 25 The Liberty , Boys of IBsved Weekly-Snb1erlptton price, fll.llO per y ear; Canada, $ 4 .00 ; Foreign, Hnr r y E . Woll:, Publ111ber, Ine .• 1 66 W est 23d Street New York N. Y. Entered u Second-Class Ma tter January 3 1 , 1913, at the P ostOlllce a t New York, N. Y., under the Act ot Marc h 3. 18711. No. 1197 NEW YORK, DECEMBER 7, 1 9 23 P r i ce 7 Cents The Liberty Boys and the "Wild Cat" OR, TAMING A BAD TORY B y HARRY MOORE CHAPTER 1.-The Stone House at the Cross Roads. There was a good deal of trnuble in Westches ter, that great neutral ground of the Revolution. The Cowboys had b een raiding the outlying dis tricts, and the Tories were ready to give aid to the redcoats and harass the patriots all they could. Delaney's Loya lists harl appeared and we1e giv ing the patriots a de al of trouble, and no one knew at what time 1edcoats might make a raid from the river, being in a state of feverish excitement and no oue knowing what would happen next. It was a pleasant day in the early autumn, and two boys in ordinary attire were seated in the tap-room of a wayside tavern, not far from the Croton river, eating bread and cheese. "No one knows us here, Dick," said one o f the boys in a low tone, "but there does not seem to be anything going on." "Not so far, Bob," returned the other, who was Dick Slater, the captain of the Liberty Boys. "But they say this is a great To1 y resort, and t)1at if anything is going on we ought to hear of it here." "Perhaps there are only rumors as yet, B ob." Dick's companion was Bob Esterbrook, his first lieutenant and closest friend, the two being like brothers. The sister of each was the sweet heart of the other. The1e were few persons in the tavern at the time, but just then there was a noise outside, and a dozen rough looking men came in with a turmoil and sat down, one calling loudly fo r something to eat and drink. "We can't get anything at the store house at the cross-roads," muttered one, "and so you've got to give us something, Abel Bird." "Why shoulod and lawful subjects of our graciou s King'! If so yo u may remain here. "


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE "WILD CAT" "Are you the landlord?" a sked Dick. "What right have you to say whether we shall remain or not? Are you a good churchman? If you are not you can't stay here. I've as much right to a s k you que stions a s you have to put them to me." The:i;e was a laugh at this , and Bird s aid, with a grunt: "The boy i s right, Target. What i s it to you whether he i s a loyal subject or n ot?" "It's jus t this much," growle d the other, who was an undeniable Tory. "If he i sn't a loyal s ubject , he's a rebel, and I'm not talking over plans before s uch. By George! I believe he is a rebel and, what's more, one of the wors t of them." "0' cours e he' s a rebel!" exclaimed a newcomer, a boy of Dick Slater's age , entermg the room a t that moment. "I know him; h e ' s Dick Slater, t he captain o' the Liberty Boy s , and the bigges t rebe l sp y about here. That's Bob E stabrook with him, his fust leftenant." Dick knew the other boy well, being a n eighbor of his and he knew him to be the rankest kind of Tory. Bill Burg e ss , as the boy was known, Jived only a few miles from Dick and Bob, and had known them for years , hating them cordially and trying to injure them in every way possible, although he did not often s uc c eed. The Tories now made a sudden r u s h at Dick and Bob, Bill Burgess making a lot of noi s e to urge the others on but wis ely remaining in the rear of the room. Dick gave Bob a signal, and both made a dash to one side, the Tories following. Then the boys made a sudd e n das h toward the other s ide, Bill Burgess being now in their way. Dick s eiz e d the fellow and threw him out of an open windo w , he and Bob following the next mo ment. There was a splas h and then a yell, and Bob laughed a s he leaped from the broad window seat to the The Tory boy had landed in an open water butt full to the brim, and the splas h and yell were in con s equence of this . Dick had known of the water butt in advance, and had purpos ely thrown Bill into it. "Co me on, Bob," he laughed . "The s e f e llo w s will be after u s , and we mus t not wait." The two young patriots had their hors e s clo s e at hand and a quick call from Dick brought them to the boy s ' s ide . The boy s sprang into the saddle and rode away at full s peed, taking the direction toward the Croton. The boy s went on at a gallop, and before long came to a cros s-roads, and saw a hous e, which they knew mus t be the one the Tories had mentioned. It was a large stone hou s e, rather pretentious in style, and s eemed to be the abode of a man of means. There was a wall around the place, with heavy iron gates, a porter's lodge, ornamental shrubs and hedge s , s tone statues about the grounds, and other eviden c es of a man of means. Just then a strange figure came around a bend in the road and advanced toward the boy s . "Who is that, Dick?" a s ked Bob. "I don't know, but he seems to be a beggar." The stranger was a tall, spare man, wearing a long coat with capacious pocket s , walking with a staff and with the caution common to those who are blind. He wore a wide-brimmed g ray hat, and in addition to this wo r e a green shade over his eye s , s o that it was impos s ible to s ee them. "Charity for a poor, blind man, young gentlemen," he said in a tone, a s he came forward. "How did you know that we were here, if you are blind, and how do you know if we are young or not?" asked Dick, who had a sudden s u s picion that the man was not as blind as he s ee med. "I heard you talk," the other replied. "With the loss of one sense the others are quickened. Were you going into the grand house ? Perhaps you would speak a good word for me." "How do you know there i s a h o u s e }1er e if you are blind?" Dick a s ked. "Becaus e you have been talking about it. Then I kne w it should be near here, as I know it i s s o many steps from the turn of the road, and I have coun t e d the m . It i s nec e ssary to count my as I have no dog and I might go astray. This has become second n ature with me. Perhaps the good people will give me something," and the man walked up to the gate and pulled at the bell at one side of the gate. A short, red-headed man p1e sently came out of the porter's lodge and said : "Well, what do you want? The master is not at home, and we do not a llow vi sitors in his ab sence." "Please help the blind," said the tall man. "If you will r ea d this letter you will see that I am deserving of charity." He handed a paper through the bars of the gate, and the porter, looking at Dick and Bob, said, sharply: "Here i s a penny for you, but we do not re ceive vi sitors." "Who said you did?" a s ked Dick. "We did not say we wished to s ee the owner of the manor, did we? It i s time to refus e one admittance when it i s a s ked. " The m a n gave a grow l and pass ed the paper back to the beggar, but before he could take it a sudden gus t of wind caught it and sent it flying toward Dick. The young captain was out of the saddle in a moment and snatched it up, seeing written on it in a hasty scrawl: "The two boys a r e r ebel s , Dick Slater and--" That was all that Dick could iead before the paper was wafted out of his hand and went flying high up in the air. "There goe s your begging letter," said Dick. "You will have to g e t another. Perhaps you would like me to write ' you one." "It was not a begging letter," the tall man re plied. "Well, maybe it was not," with a laugh, "but you have lost it all the same, and will have to get another," and Dick gave Bob a peculiar look whic h told the young lieuten ant that his captain sus pected the beggar to be other tha n what he seemed. • "I am sorry to have lo s t it," the man replied, "for people may not believe me unless I have something of this sort." "No, I suppose they would not," returned Dick, never giving the slightest indication that he knew what the paper Teally was, and the blind man went down the road, while the two boys went oa at an eas y pace I


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE "WILD CAT" 3 CHAPTER IL-Something Further Regarding the Blind Beggar. "What i s it, Dick?" asked B ob, when they were beyond the crossroads and of hearing o f the blind man. "That fell ow may be blind, B ob," Dick ieplied, "but he i s a spy of the enemy awl warned the lodge-keeper against u s. That paper was not h is credentials, but a warning to the man within. Did y o u s ee how sharply he look ed a t us?" "Yes , but he see med to be a crabbed sort of fellow. " "Let us go back, Bob," ;:a i d Dick, suddenly dismounting. "All right, Dick," rejoined B ob , neYer questioning what Dick did , as h e knew there was a rea son for. it. The boys left their horses in the bushes, stole quickly across the road , and t he n hid in an angle of the wall where they could hear everything th:rt went on. Peering cautiously out, Dick shovtly saw the s uppos ed blind beggar returning, and he knew what would happ e n . The man stopped at the gate and whistled s ha1ply, Dick li stening intently. " H allo! what is it?" he heard the lodge-keeper say in a sharp tone. "The two rebels went away?" "Yes; didn' t you see them?" "To be sure, but I thought the y might have come back." "Why w o uld they when they saw what you had written and knew that you suspecteJ them?" "Slater did not see it. The paper bl ew out of his hand." "Bu t he read what you had written for all that. How do you know he did not throw it up so that the wind could catch it?" "But if he had s een it he wou l d have sai d something." "Maybe he would no t!" with a snort. "Dick Slater is a smart chap. He woul d k eep it to himself s o as to watch you. Maybe he's watching you at this minute." "Where?" and the blind beggar suddenly around him. "Oh, I don't mean that he i s here," with a laugh. " I would se e to that. I m ean he has hi s sus picion s, and he will watch you." "Well, never mind that. Let me in . I want to see the Squire. Slater did not see the paper, and he has no s u s picion that I a m not blind beggar, just as I seem to be." "Ma ybe he has, just the same, but I'll let you in," and Dick heard the creaking of the heavy gates and the slam of the same closing. "The fellow is a spy, Bob , as I suppos ed," said Dick. "The owne1 of the place is a Tory. W<' rn ust catch the spy whe n he comes out. HuITy back to the camp, and if you see some of the boys on the road, bring them b a ck here and we will capture this fellow." "Couldn't you and I do it, Dick?" asked B ob. "Yes, but then the fellqw inside would Jcnow and I don't want them to know. The man is aware that we are Liberty B o ys, and if he s a w u s he would rais e an alarm." "All right, Dick," and Bob hurried away to get bis hors e and go after the Liberty Boys. He hu '1 1:cen gone a few minutes when Dick, o n the w a t ch near tJ1e gate, heard the spy coming. At the same moment he heard s ome one coming along the rnad on h orsel::Flck, and listened for a momen t. Dick Slater had ve :i:y s harp heari ng. " I won der 'f that' s t h e girl s?" h e said to himself, "but I diJ not know that t h ey were in the regio n." The girls , as he railed them, were h is sister Edith and Bob's Alice, their home s bein g at so m e li t tle from > vhe1e the Liberty Boy$ were th<>n crcamped. "If it i s the girl s, the y may help me," he said to him self. Krcpirg a sh:trp wa'ch, he saw } he berP-"a r come o u t of :."?te and go on up the road. T he n he caught of the two persons w h o \;ere coming on h orseb ack , and r ecogniz e d them :is the girls . H P gave a signal in use among the Liberty Boy s , and w h ic h the girls well knew, and then stepped out i n the road. "Why, there' s brother !., exe l aimed Edi ' h . "Ho w do you

I 4 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE "WILD CAT" "Please help the b lind!" whined the man. "You are no more blind than I am," said Dick, and he suddenly snatched off the heavy shade and showed the man to have as good eye s as most persons could boast. The spy would have made. a dash for freedom, but a look at the determined face o f Alice E stabrook s howed h i m that it would be a mo s t dangerous undertaking. Dick found nothing of an incriminating nature in the pockets of the pre tended beggar's long coat, nor was there anything in the lining, as he could tell by f eeling at certain places and listening. If there had been papers he could have told by the sound they made when he passed hi s hand over them, and h e was satisfied that there were none there.4 "I am not blind, I know," said the man, "but I am a professional beggar, and make my living by trading on the credulity of others. You cannot arrest me for that." "You must think that lam credulous, " laughed Dick. "Even if I. had not heard your conversation with the lodge-k eeper, I would know you for a spy. You know that I am one, and therefore you must know that I am not to be easily de ceived." "I am not a spy, and you will find no papers about me," the man continued, and Dick saw him change color slightly as he made the declaration. "You are simply lying, sir," Dick said. "You are a spy, whether I find any papers about you or not. I have an idea that I will, however, as you British spies generally carry s uch things , de spite the danger of s o doing. Take off your waistcoat." The man ob eyed , and Dick made him remove his neckcloth, which he examined carefully. There was nothing in it nor in the waistc:iat, and then Dick s aid, suddenly: "Take off your s ho es, Mr. Spy! I want to have a look at them." "I will not submit to this insult!" muttered the man, turning pale and glancing nervously about him as if he thought there might be a chance of escape. "Sit on that fence and. take off your s hoe s!" commanded Dick. "You have papers concealed in them. You can confess this and escape a search at present, if you like, but I know they are there." "I tell y ou they are not," declared the man, "and I will prove it. " The n he sat on the fence, but if he thought that he could suddenly fall off on the other side and s o escape, he was mistaken. Alice quickly climbed over the fence, as spry as a boy, and said: "You need not think that you are going to escape, for I am watching you. It will be better to do as the captain tells you, sir." The man took off his right shoe and threw it on the ground, saying, with a snarl: "You can look in that, you rebel, but you will find nothing." "Take off the other one and take the papers from the false so le," rep! ied Dick. "You need not throw it on the ground, and it is not necessary to abuse me. You know that we are not rebels, but patriots." The spy turned paler than before, and hesi-tated about removing his other s hoe. Then Die suddenly pulled it up, causing the man to fa] backward off the fence . "You can lie there till we tell you to get up,' said Alice . "Is there anything in it, Dick?" "Yes," said Dick, who had quickly removed inner so le of the shoe and brought out a s lieet of waxed paper, thinly folded and written upon. H e unfolde d the llaller carefully and read it1 finding enou g h in the'first two or three sentences to prove the man a spy o f the Britis h . "That is enough," he said. "You may get up." At that moment Dick heard so me one comin along the road on horseback from the direction Bob had taken. The spy got up, glaring maliciou sly at Dick, and he said: "You rebel s don't have very much money. The Tory in the great mansion back there has plenty, and I think that if he knew of my plight he---" "He has not money enough to buy me," replied Dick, qlrii!tly, "so you need say no more." "There i s Bob!" cried Alice, suddenly, "and Mark and some of the boys are with him. " Bob and five or six of the Liberty Boys in blul'1 and buff came on at a gallop and shortly halte at the roadside. "Hallo! you and the girls managed it, did . you, Dick?" cried Bob, in great surprise. "Yes , but it just happened so, Bob . I did not know that the girls were coming nor did theYJ expect to find me on the road." "He is a spy, Dick?" in a low tone. "Yes, and this Tory, the Wildcat as they call him, has had something to do with him. I don't know jus t what it is, but we shall have to watch Mr. Gregory and settle with him if we catch him at any mischief." Then Dick requested Ben Spurlock, Sam Sanderson and Harry Judson to look after the prisoner and take him back to camp. The girls were going to the camp, and Dick and Bob rode with them, it being now well on in the afternoon and supper in preparation. The second lieutenant of the Liberty Boys , Mark Morris on by name, had been out on the road on a scouting expedition with a number of the boys , and Bob had met them and had hurried them back to help Dick, telling them of the suspected spy, and Dick's desire to capture him. The pris oner was put on Ben Spurlock's roan, and now the boys rade toward the camp, Mark going with them, while Dick and Bob and the girls rode by themselves. "The boys will think more of you than ever, girls," laughed Bob, "now that you have helped Dick capture a spy." "But I was nearly frightened to death, Bob," said Edith, frankly. "Then you deserve all the more credit, my dear," laughed Bob. CHAPTER III.-Dick Meets the "Wildcat." Reaching the camp of the Liberty Boys, Dic k and Bob were heartily welcomed by the troop, Mark having told them of the capture of the spy, in which the two girls had taken a part. The spy was put in a tent under a strong guard, Dirk intending to shortly turn him over to the general


THE ; y BOYS AND THE "WILD Ci:.T" 5 in command in tha t region to be questioned. His "Not exactly reckless, Al i c e," with a s m i le, "but pres ence in the neighborhood wou1d indicat e that read y to t a k e any c h a nce that ofiers. Nothing the British had s ome de sign agains t the p a t r iots, v e11t u r e d no , h ing gained , y o u know." and this mus t be learned without d elay s o that it "Well, y o u a iway s s eem to c ome out on top, could b e frustrated. After suppe r D i ck went to Di c k, at a n y rate, " said A li c e, " s o I s u p po s e I the p r i s on e r's tent and a sked hi m : s hould not worry . " "What was your errand wit h Mr. Gregory, and The b o y s rode a w a y, B J b rem aining in the camp what has he to do with the enemy? l s there s ome to be r eady to take a st r on g party of the boys expediti on agains t u s on foot?" to Di ck's a s s i stance in he should n e e d it. "I had no particular errand the1e," replied the The beys rod e on at a g a llc,p until near the stone spy. <;I know Gregor y, and as I was in the neigh-h o u s e a t the crossro a d s w ithout meeting with any borhood I thought I would give him a call." adven ture. "\N h a t were y o u doing here in disguis e'?" The m they waite d in the shadow, while Dick "Jus t looking about to see what your s t rength di smounted and we n t forward toward the gate. was, and if you were doing anything," carelessly. He rung the bell, a nd presently the lodg ekeeper "With a vie w to aiding the enemy in their pro-came out wi t h a lantern i n his hand and said, pose d e x p edition?" a s k e d Dick. sharply: "I don't know of any p r opo s ed expedition," the " Well, what do you want a t this time of night? man returned. "It i s cu stomary to h ave men out Don't you know that the p e ople are all in bed ? " a t a ll tim es in 01der to s ee what i s going on. "Pleas e help the blind!" whi n ed Dick, standing You know that a s w ell a s I do." clo s e to the gate. "But there is a move agains t the patriots in"Oh, it's you, i s it?" said the other. "Anything tende d by Del aney or the regulars?" new?" "I don' t know that there i s," careles sly. "I am "Yes , plent y of it. I s t h e Squire within?'• not informed of a ll tha t i s going to happen in " Ye s , and in a nasty t e m per. He i s a wildcat advance." and no mistake. Something has gone wrono and "Perhaps not, but you know of an e xpedition in n othing pleases h im." 0 this c a se, and you were sent here to gain informa "Perhaps he w ill b e better tempere9, whe n he tion and to give this Tory, who i s caJled the Wild-hears w h a t I hav e to say to him," returned Dick. cat, certain instructions , were you not?" "Maybe he will, but it will be a wond e r. H e i s " No, I me rely wante d to see him." a regular fiend now. A wildcat, indeed! Why, Dick had not heard the supposed beggar say he's a dozen of them." why h e wanted to see the Tory when he had come The lodge-kee pe r open e d the gate jus t wide to the gat e , and he therefore had no evidence e nou g h for Di ck t o pass in, and then clo s e d i t against the man in that regard. H e was certain qui c kly, saying : that the spy had not come merely to make a . "Well, I d?n' t want your job. If you c a n get friendly c a l l , howev e r , but he could not prove that him out of hi s tempe r yqu will be doing well " he was there on business connected with the Dick would have liked to get hold of the enem y. and sec?r e the k e y s so a s to be . sure of getting "It w ill be better for you to tell what you out agam, but the lodge-ke eper hhrried back into. knov:, " h e sai d t o the spy. "You are in a serious the hous e and clo s ed the door. position, and i t m a y help you to tell what we "He c annot suspect me or he would no t have desire to know. " let me in," thought Dick, "but I wi s h h e had not "If I do n't know anything I cannot tell. you been in such a hurry to get indoors." can I ? " the man retorted, impatiently. Then he w ent up the b road walk towa1 d the "No, of co urse not, but my opinion i s that you house, where he could s ee a number of lights, and d o k no w s ome thing." occa sionally a shadow pass rapidly across the T h e spy made no r eply, and Dick left the tent, curtains in front of one window and anot he r . havi;Jg an idea in hi s m ind which he meant to "The Wildc a t i . s in a tempe r and is trying 1:0 pu• i n t o exec ution without delay. walk it off, or maybe to make it worse," he Dkk took the broad-brimmed hat and green thought. sha

6 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE "WILD CAT" The "Wildcat,'' showing the temper of one of these fierce animals , swore roundly and said: "So, it is you, Mr. Spy, is it? 'Yell, what do you want now?" "The -Liberty Boys are anxious to meet the Wildcat and draw his claws," replied Dick, keeping in the shadows. "Ha! they are, eh? With this house guarded on all sides, and traps and guns everywhere? Let them try it, the sneaking young rebel s ! I've got a scheme that will c!rive them out of the neighborhood." "What is it?" asked Dick. "vVhat is it, you numbskull?" roared the Tory, turning fiercely upon the young spy. "Didn't I tell you all about the thing this afternoon? A 1e you losing your mind, you idiot?" and t h e man swore roundly again and tore around t he h a ll, upsetting the lackeys, overturning chairs ai1d t a bles, and going on like a wild man. "Well, you need not go mad o ver it," s aid Dick, getting out of the man's way. "I thought you might have another one, since this on e won't work." ' "Why won't it work?" roared the 'Vildcat, glaring at Dick, but failing to detect that he was not the supposed blind b e g g a r . "Tell me that, you gibbering idiot.". "Because the Liberty Boys are not afraid of you, and will not be driven out because you say so." "They won't, eh? Not when Delancey and his Loyalists descend upon their camp in the middle of the nig}\t, kill their rebel leader, and all his lieutenants, and run off with their horses? That won't drive them out, eh?" "They have been warned, Gregory, and you will have to get up another sc)1eme." "Don't you leave off the 'Mr.' to my name, you sneaking spy!" yelled the Tory, rushing at Dick. "They won't go, eh?" "No, they won't," and Dick put out hih foot and caused the angry Loyalist to stagger and nearly fall. "They have been warned, have they? Who warned them? Weren't you the only one that knew of the plot? You have betrayed me, you sneak!" "They haven't been warned, I tell you. They captured one of your spies, and you will have to get up some other plan, for this one will not work." "Then it is your fault!" roared the irate Tory, "and you will suffer for it.'' He rushed at Dick again, but the plucky young patriot was on his guard, and sent him reeling across the floor and on hi face. Just then a lackey in gorgeous raiment and powdered wig burst into the house, exclaiming: "'l'he beggar spy has been captured, sir, and here is some one who can tell you all about it.'' In a moment the lackey was followed by Bill Burgess. CHAPTER IV.-Trying to Snare the Enemy. "The spy was caught this afternoon," cried Bill. "I seen some o' the Liberty Boys takin' him to the camp. I didn't know who he was then, but I found it out afterwards. Gosh! that's Dick Slater there, the wust rebel spy in--" Dick knew that he could no longer remain in the vVildcat's" house, and he made a sudden dash at the Tory boy. How Bill had discovered the identity of the spy he did not know, but his own was known now, and the place was no longer safe for him. Gregory heard Bill's den!lnciation of the young patriot captain and sprang to his feet in wrath, whipping out a pistol. Dick flew at Bill, and in a moment the Tory boy was sent flying, heels over head, with a great clatter. Bill let out a yell, and then there were t w o rapid reports, and a brace of bullets went flying through the stained glass panes at the side of the door. Dick was out in a moment and running clown the steps and along the broad walk toward the gates. "Hallo!" roared Gregory. "Don't let the--" Crack--crack ! Dick fired two quick shots, wh i ch made the man leap behind a tall clock in the hall to escape being hit. Then the young patriot threw aside his long coat and hat, and fairly raced down the walk till he reached the gate. _ "Come out here!" he cried, bursting open the door of the lodge and dragging the keeper to his feet. "Open the gate," hissed Dick, dragging him outside. The frightened fellow quickly found the key and unlocked the gate, as the Tory yelled out in loud and angry tones: "Don't let the rebel e s cape, or it will be as much as your life is worth, you scoundrel I" The gate was unlocked by this time, however, and Dick flew out, slamming it behind him with a clatter, and saying: "You are safe in your den now, Wildcat, but look out that you are not driven from it." The angry Tory fired a shot or two at Dick, but missed, and the plucky fellow sounded a shrill whistle, which quickly brought Ben and the boys to his side. "Bill Burgess somehow learned of the capture of the spy and told it to the Tory at the very moment I was there," said Dick. "I had to get out, of course." "Well, Bill Burgess is a rank Tory, and, of course, he would do all he could to injure us," declared Sam, ''but he takes pretty good care not to get in our way." • The boys rode away, knowing that it was of no use to remain longer in the neighborhood, and Dick told them of his adventures in the house of the "Wildcat." They were all greatly interested, and all agreed that the man would have to be driven out of the neighborhood as being a dangerous persop. Reaching the camp, the boys were besieged with questions, all the troop being eager to know what had happened in their abs ence. Dick told them, and then added: "Keep a strong guard about the camp, for it is likely that the Loyalists may attempt to carry out their plans tonight. The Wildcat may not tell them that their plans are discovered, for he will have to pass this place, and would be discover e d." ;,. I.!


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE "WILD CAT" 7 "You do not know that the plan was arranged for tonight, Dick?" a11ked Bob. "No, but I can find it out. Bring the prisoner here." • Bob sent two of the Liberty Boy s to conduct the spy to Dick's tent, and in a short time he appeared. "I have been to Gregory's house," said Dick, "using the disguise which you u se d, and have learned of a plot by the men of D elancey's troop to steal in upon our camp and kill me and the two lieutenants , and run off with the horses. For what time was this set?" The spy turned pale and replied: "The day had not been set, but it was to be soon. You are a daring fellow, Slater." "Who 01iginated the plan?" "Gregory, and the Loyalists fell in with it at once." "Where are they?" "On the other side of the Croton." "Are there any redcoats about?" "Not at present," he said shortly. "Are any expected? You niight as well answer, for I will learn myself in a short time." "They will come up when the other plan s uc ceeds, or, at least, that was the arrangement." "And you came up to see how the land lay and to report to Sir Henry or some one else high in command?" The spy made no reply, and Dick added: "You were not here for nothing, of course. This man Gregory, who calls himself the Wildcat, has his house well protected?" "Yes, no one can enter it or get into the grounds without his consent. There are traps and guns all about. Even I would not attempt to walk up to the house after being admitted to the grounds without knowing just what to avoid". "We shall share the Wildcat yet,'' ieplied Dick. "You have done no harm to us because we are always on our guard, but you are a dangerous person to let remain at large, and I shall deliver you to the general and he can do as he pleases with you." The spy knew very well what was likely to happen if he fell into the hands of the commander, and he turned deathly pale. "I have given you information, captain," he said. "Could you not intercede for me?" "And tell the general that you offered . me money to set you free?" rejoined Dick. The spy trembled, and Dick signaled to the bovs to take him back to the tent and guard him well. As the girls lived some miles distant, and it was now growing late, they had determined to remain all night at the camp, knowing that they would be well provided for and perfectly safe as well. "Keep a watch on the ioad, boys," said Dick to the sentries when he went the rounds later when all was quiet, "and arrest any one who cannot give a satisfactory reason for being abroad at this time." There was no alarm during the night, and in the morning Dick took a number of the boys, all in disguise, and went off toward the house at the to see if they could snare the enemy. "If we can get the fellow out," said Dick, "we. will make a prisoner of him and send him off to the general. He is a Tory and he has been plotting against us, and that is enough to put him in jail." The boys hid in the bushes oppo site the gate of the great house, and Dick went up and rang the bell, lodge-keeper coming out and say-ing: "What do you want? I know you, and the master is away." "Tell him that I !1ave something to tell him about the rebels," said Dick. "Who are you and how do I know that you are not a rebel yourself?" the man replied. "You bring Mr. Gregory here and see whether he won't be glad to hear what I have to say." Just then a boy came along the road, saw Dick at the gate and gave a shout. "Hi! that's Dick Slater, ther rebel spy!" he roared. The boy was Bill Burgess, and he was still in the neighborhood, greatly to Dick's disgust. "Confound you, Bill Burgess, will you never stay away when you are not wanted?" he cried, making a dash at the Tory boy. Bill knew the danger he ran if Dick got hold of him, and he started up the road at full speed. Then Dick gave a shrill whistle and a number of the boys appeared. They knew Bill Burgess, and they were satisfied that he had been up to some mischief from the very fact of his running away. "Hallo, Bill, we want you!" said Ben Spur lock, catching the Tory boy by the collar. Bill slipped out of .his coat, preferring to losing that to losing his liberty, but he did not reckon on Ben's agility. Ben suddenly let fly his foot, took Bill behind and sent him into the ditch at the side of road with a great splash. "Gosh!" cried Bill, as he went in headfirst, and all the boys gave a hearty laugh. CHAPTER V.-Dick in Difficulties. Bill Burgess got out of the ditch and hurried off down the road as fast as he could go, leaving his coat behind him and hearing the boys laughing till he was well out of sight. "The fellow knows us now, and we can do nothing," said Dick, as they went away to where they had left their horses. Returning to the camp, Dick and Bob went with the girls to the house of a friend in the neighborhood, where they intended staying a few days, visiting the camp at intervals. Dick :sent some of the boys with the spy to the nearest camp, and he and Bob, after leaving the girls, set out to reconnoiter in the neighborhood of the Croton to see if the Loyalists or any others of their enemies were anywhere about. They were in sight of tl1e river, when they caught the glint of scarlet uniforms at a and Dick said, quickly: ' "Take to the side of the road, Bob!"


8 'THE Lrn:sn : T BO -s AND THE "WILD CAT" I'oth bo y s were under the trees in a moment, ou t of si ght of the enemy on the other side of the river. There were half a dozen redcoats approaching the bridge on foot, but whether there were more beyond Dick could not tell. The redcoats came on with some caution, and Dick therefore came to the conclus i on that there were not very many of them, and that they were reconnoitering. "Come, o n , Bob," said Dick. "The only way to find out if there are more of these f e llow s is to charg e them. If there are they will soon put in an appearance." Then the two young patriots suddenly dashe d out from under the trees and toward the bridge, making a lot of noise and looking back as if to becko n others on. Acros s the bridge raced the plucky fell ows , the redcoats hurrying up the road and then to ward the Hudson, diving into the woods in great haste and talking a path which they thOught the boys could not follow. ' "This is all there are of the fellows , Bob," said Dick. "They have come by the river and are evidently lookin g about to see how the land lies." "Can't we catch one of them, Dick?" asked Bob, eagerly . "We can try it, at any rate, Bob," returned Dick, leaping off hi s horse at the edge of the woods. Bob followed a t o n ce, and bot h boys das hed into the woods clo s e b e h ind the r etreating redcoats . The latter sped t hrough the wood s with all haste, too much in a huriy to look back and see ho w many there were following them. There were two of them nearer than the others, and the boys chas ed thes e two vigorously, hoping to catch them. The others r a n on at full speed and s oon the boy s saw the river gleaming not far ahead o f them. They gai ned u p on the two r e d c oats , and D i ck, dart i n g ahead, se i ze d one b y t he collar and pulle d him backward, c r yi n g : 'Surrender, yo u redt:oat, or y ou are a dead man!" T he fell o w went to the ground with a crash, hi s hat fly ing one way, hi s wi g anot h er, and h i s pi stols being di scha rged w i t h a lou d r e port. He. had t hrown away hi s mus ket i n h is hast e , but the other h a d k ep t his, pro b a b ly because h e had been in too great a hurry to t h i n k anything about it. H e turned, hearing t he reports, and s a w that there w ere only t w o b o ys in p u r suit . At once he rais ed h is mus k e t to fir e at Bob. The brave y oun g lieutenant dash e d fo rward, but a little to one side as the musket was di s charged. The b ullet whiz ze d pas t him, and the n he sprang a h e a d and struck the r e dco a t a bl ow in the f a c e, which staggered him a n d sent hi m r e e ling backward with a yell of surprise. Dick was stootiing over the othe r redcoat, t a k ing away his pistols, and the bullet fle w o ver his head. The other redcoats were now too far in ad v ance to notice that there were only two of the young patriots in pursuit. "Get up, redcoat!" said Dick, "an d c ome w i t h us. How did you fellow s get here?" Bob had his prisoner on his feet b y this t i me, having seized him by the collar and dragged him up with little ceremony. The redcoats saw that there were onl y t w o of the boys, and one of them said: "H'm! you took us by surprise or y ou would not have got us. We supposed there were more of you." "We often take you fellows by surprise, " laughed Dick. "You don't suppos e we were going to s e n d a lac key ah e ad of us t o a n n o u nce our c o ming, d o you? Did you come by the river?" " Ye s , we did, and there are more o f u s there, and as soon as they find out that there are only two of you saucy young rebels--" "We will be out of the way," with a laugh . "Come, go ahe ad, we have no time to argue with you," and Dick caught his man by the arm and hurried him forward. Bob doing likewise with his prisoner. "They're coming now!" shouted one of the prisoners, trying to wrench himself free from Dick's grasp. "Then we will have to hurry you on a little more," was Dick's cool rejoinder, as he gave the redcoat another yank that caus ed him to take sev eral turning steps. "There are some horsemen coming, t hat i s sure, Bob!" exclaimed Dick, a s t h e s ound of horse hoofs struck sharply on their ears . "They may be some of the boys , Dick." "No, they are not our hors e s that are coming o n , Bob. We mu s t look sharp," and Dick tri ed to pe e r through the trees into the road . "Cover this fellow with your pistol, B ob, w hile I s ee who are coming!" Bob obe y ed, and Dick, dropping hi s h o ld on hi s prisone1, ran swiftly to the road to see who was coming. In a m oment Bo b h eard a shou t from Dick. He cou ld not di stinguish his me a ning, whether he was to come o n w i t h hi s prisoners, o r if D ick was warn i n g him o f danger . He gave a n answe r ing 'Yhistle, when there came the c r y o f a hawk, a n d Bob knew that danger mena c e d. He had one redcoat by the c ollar, and was c overing the other w i t h his pi stol, and therefore had both hands full. His p r i soners were well awar e of this fact, and took a dvantag e of h is temporary l a c k of vigilance w hil e he was li stenin g to Dick's call to make a dash fo r liberty. The fello w Bob had by the coat collar sud denl y wren che d h imself free from his hol d, while at the same ti m e the other r e dcoat f ell to the ground, and although Bo b fire d , his shot went o ver h i s head. The clatter of the horse s had g r own much louder by thi s time, a nd Bob's attention was attracted to the newcomers, so h e did not attempt to recapture his escapin g prisoners, but flew after Dic k. As s oon as he r each e d t h e edge of t h e woods near where they had le f t their horses , h e saw that Dick was racing t oward them, w h ile after him came thundering onwar d in c ompany of Cowboys. "Dick is trying to sav e the horses!" thought


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE "WILD CAT" 9 Bob, and he followed after Dick as fast as his legs could carry him. Once on the backs of their faithful and speedy horses there would be no chance for the Cow boy s to see more of them than their animals' heels. Djck almost reached the place where they had left their horses, when suddenly around a bend in the road appeared a girl, who, on seeing Dick running toward her and pursued by the Cowboys, stood still in astonishment or perhaps fear, and before Dick could relax his pace he saw he would be on to her and probably knock her down. To prevent this, he swerved to one side of the road, and would have passed securely, but the girl, con s cious of her danger, also sought to dodge Dick, and unfortunately darted on the same side as had Dick, and in his endeavor to avoid her again he stepped on a rolling stone and was thrown headlong to the ground. It had all happened quickly, and before Bob could reach the side of the young captain in order to help him regain his feet, the Cowboys had clattered by, and two or three of them were on the ground and had Dick by the arms. "I can do nothing now," thought Bob, quickly, so while the attention of the Cowboys was attracted to Dick, he dashed to the other side of the road, crept through the woods until nearer the two horses that they had left when they ran into the woods after the two redcoats, whistled softly, and in a moment they were both cantering toward him. He vaulted into the saddle of his own horse, and then casting one look behind, he galloped off after aid to rescue the young captain of the Liberty Boys out of the hands of his enemies. Dick had been thrown so heavily that for an instant he was dazed, as he had struck his head. He s oon recovered his full senses, however, and when he saw that he was in the midst of the Cowboys, made no effort to escape. He glanced ahead for the horses and saw them go cantering toward the side of the road, and di vined that Bob had called them, and that he was on his way back to camp. " I was glad Bob wasn't caught," he thought a s he submitted to bein.11: tied hand and foot, and lifted up onto one of the horses that the Cow boy s had with them, probably a stolen one, for the C owbo ys had a way of ignoring the property rights of others and running off with whatever they cou l d lay their hands on that struck their fancy . His captors recognized him at once, and were highly elated at their success in having taken the captain of the Liberty Boys, a reward of five hundred pounds having been offered by Lord Ho w e fo r his capture, dead or alive. They h a d s een the horses that were standing b y t he r o ad side and were riding on to seize them wh en they saw Dick rush ahead, and recognized him b y hi s uniform. The disappearance of the horses was a mystery to them, for they had not seen Bob, and did not s u s p ect his pres ence around, although they mi ght h a ve reasonably done so from the fact of a secon d horse being there. However, the fact that they had the young captain of the Liberty Boys in their possession was quite enough for them at the time, and they rode onward in high spirits. Dick wondered who the girl was, and what she was doing in the road just at that moment, and concluded that she might have belonged to the Cowboys, and had intercepted him purposely. "I wonder if she was hurt," he mused. "It would serve her right for getting in my way, and I should not waste any sympathy on her." He looked back, but saw no sign of her, and had seen that the Cowboys had paid no attention to her. "She must have got out of the way in pretty quick time," he thought, "for there is no sign of her around now." Dick did not have much time to think, for the Cowboys were taking no chances of his getting away, there being one on each side of them, and others in front and at the rear. , At that point the road was tolerably wide, and they could ride three abreast without much diffi culty, although more than once one or another of the horses stumbled and nearly threw his rider, and there then ensued a string of profanity that made Dick want to shut his ears. The girl Y,hat had been the cause of disaster to Dick had picked herself up a _ nd scurried into the woods in time to get out of the way of the feet of the swiftly on-coming horses, and then stood looking after them, a peculiar expression on her face. CHAPTER VI.-A Brave Girl to the Rescue. Dick was hurried along by the Cowboys, who went at full speed and did not stop till they . were at least a mile from where they had captured the young patriot. They fairly raced over the road for the latter part of the distance, taking a narrow bypath scarcely wide enough for two riding abreast, and going at full speed over a very rough road. They stopped at last in front of a cabin on the edge of a bit of thick woods, where the road suddenly grew so bad that it was impossible to go on except at a walk. Dick was taken off the horse he rode, and one of the Cowboys said, with a grunt and a snarl: "Put the rebel in the cabin and don't let him get away. There's a reward out for him and we want it." "I guess we better hang him, Pete," muttered one, rubbing down his horse. "We can't take him to New York to get the reward." "We don't have to," with a snort. "The Wildcat will pay us as much as Sir Henry, and we won't have to wait for it, neither." "Oh, well, that's different," and two of the Cowboys led Dick toward the cabin, from which a slovenly woman now came out, saying: "What yer goin ter do with the rebel? I ain't goin' ter have him put in my bedroom with his muddy boots. Put him in the cellar. I'm goin' ter ther village, an' I don't want ter fir.d things mussed when I git back, do ye hear?" "You go ahead, Sal," growled one of the men. "You never was so purtic'lar before, an' I gues s yer got some licker hid there what yer don't want us ter tech." The old woman went away grumbling, shaking


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE "WILD CAT,, h e r head and talking all the while in a hi g h, r r acked voice, queru lou s at times . and then chang ing t o the whi ning tone of a b eggar. The m e n wasted no time on her, making themse1ve s very much at home. "You hold the bo y!" exclaimed the one who s eemed to be the leader, "an' I'll see if the ole woman has any licker stowed away. It would. com e in kinder handy." "That's so,' ' was the unanimous assent, and the n o n e voiced t h e fears of the others when he called out, rathe r anxiously: "Don't y ou drink it all yerself befo r e you come out!' ' There was no reply to this . and the men waited a shor t time with Dick in their midst, and then there wa s anothe r protest. "I ain't fo u nd it yet!" came t h e growling t ones of the m an fro m the i nsi de . a nd he s hort l y rea:i peare d with an empty bottle in his hand. "That's all I could get!" he said, holding up t}, a bottle to view. "Yo u drunk it all!" shouted one of the men. The o t h e r made a threatening gesture toward him yelling a t the same time: "Shet. up , if you know what's go o d for you!" The11 h e added to the others: "Bring the boy in here!" Dick's fir s t thought was a s h e sa' '-' t he untidy room that .the old woman proprietor 11eed not have feared from hi s muddy boots , for the plac e w a s a s dirty a s any sleeping r o om he had ever s e e n. There was an old broken-dow n bedstead in 0'1e cor11e 1, on which w a s a feat her bed s o staine d with age a nd use that its original color c o uld be o n l y guess ed, and on this '\va s an a ssortment of so iled b]a n k ets and quilts that would have been warm enou!"h for a cold winte r night, instead ot warm we athe r . E ve ryth i'1g had b ')e n tumb l e d ahout, wh ethe r it v 1 a s t h e u su al c o!ldition of the ro om o r had beeh do n e in sear c h o f t he liquor by the Co w boy , Dick coul d o n l y c onjecture. Bis har.ds we r e bound be hind h i m , but not s atisfien with this, the le a der o f the C o w bo Y s bo un d hi m tip.htlv to a b ean: that s uppo r t ed t h e ioo f in the middl e of the nom . T he f e llow was big and strong a nd accu c t o med to b inding his victim s , s o Dic k soon saw that it wo u ld be next to imposs ible for him to get away unaided. "My only hope is in Bob!" was hi s thought, and he wondered how long it would take his faithful comrade to find out the place to whi c h he had been taken. After seeing that he was thoroughly secured, the Cowboy le f t him alone in the room, going out and joining his companions. "What d'yer leave him in there for?" asked one of the men. "You fool! Do you supppose I want to take him to the Wildcat's lair in full light? How do we know but some of his boys are around spyin' on us?" "Well, they may be spyin' on us here, couldn't they?" growled another. "It's your business to see that they don't," l''lplied the leader, with emphasis, the meaning of which they all unders tood Dick could hear their voices outside, and judged that they had got liquor from somewhere, whether they had succ e eded in finding any of old Sal's or whether they had brought it thems elv e s, of course, he could not t e ll. His sens e s were keenly alert, but the noise of the men outs i de was s o great that he could hear but little el s e. The time pas sed heavily, for Dick knew Bob could not gej; to him at once, and he tried to settle down to wait patiently. Presently he h eard the sound o f a woman's voice, high pitched, cracked , and whining. "Old Sal has returned!" he sai d to himself. "She could not have gone v e r y far." "Did you put that bo y in m y b edroom?" he heard her ask, fretfully. "Oh, shut up," came in a m an's voice. "Things in there couldn't be any more mus s e d up than they were." " Well, I'm gcin' to s ee ; an' I w arn you b o ys that if he has b een meddlin' or any one else has I'll pitch him ril!ht out, an' the rest of you, too!'; The men laughed uproarious l y at this threat, for Old Sal wa s not a big woman, and looked very small and shriveled, huddled in her big shawl and sunbonnet, the weight of which seemed to bend h e r forward. She pass ed on t hrough the 01J.te r room into where Di c k was tie d hand a n d foot to the po st, and looke d about, muttering to herself all the while. Dick regarded h e r curiously, won dering; what s he would do when s he saw that the r e had been rummaging done d uring her absenc e . But she pa i d no a t t ention to the appearance of the roo m , shutting the door b ehind he r and the n to Dick's exceedin g ly great surpris e saw the shawl drop to the flo or, the old fade d sunbonnet slip off her head, and beheld a young and trim lookin g girl before him. He-made no exclamation, for he did not wish to attract the attention of the men o utside and he divined at once that hel"Q_ had a ppeared' in a verv mys t e riou s manner in th'!! guise of this young girl. S he l ai d her finger on her lips a s a sign not t o s pe a k , a n d then s h e tried to unfasten the ropes that bound him to the post. They were tied too stoutly for her to manage, and Dick wh ispered into the ear that was very close to his head as she bent forward to untie the knots: "There i s a knife in the. packet of my coat." She g-ave a quick nod, slipped her hand into his pocket, brought out the knife, which was sharp and big enough to cut the ropes with but little effort on her part. Neither spoke again, but when she had succeeded in freeing him, she pulled aside an old musty curtain, disclosing a window large enough to permit of the two passing through, the only window; in the room being small and placed high, but which was not screened except by dirt and cobwebs. It required the combined efforts of both to rais e the sash quietly, for the wood stuck, having swelled in the heat, and again the knife came into commission. Dick accepted her services as a matter of course, as she offered them, and forebore askin11


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE "WILD CAT" 11 questions until they were outside of the cabin window. Once on the ground they both crouched low, for the girl had left the old woman's clothes in the i oom, so she had to conceal herself, not car ing to be seen or recognized by the Cowboys. There was a tangle of weeds and tall grass all around, and they squirmed their way through this so as not to be seen from the cabin, should any one be on the watch. However, they were not challenged, the men thinking that they had the boy too securely fas tended within for him possibly to get away, and their watch, therefore, was kept for intruders from without, rather than an e scape from within. Once into the woods, Dick began asking ques tions. "Who are you?" he asked, curiously, "and how did yo u know that I was in the cabin?" "I am Mary Warner, and as I felt myself the cause of your being taken, I considernd it due myself and you to get you away," was the unex pected answer. "The cause of my capture!" repeated Dick. "How was that?" and then he said quickly: "You are not the girl that I upset and who upset me?" She nodded. "That explains it! But how did you manage to get to me so and to obtain that old woman's clothe s?' "When I found that the Cowboys had got hold of you I watched to see where they took you." "You are a patriot?" "Yes, indeed, and I knew who you were from your uniform and your being only a boy, for you are the o nly boy captain I ever heard of," Mary replied. "But how did y ou manage to get here so quickly?" asked Dick. "When I saw the road they were going, I knew a short cut through the woods would bring me to a point quite a ways farther down, and then if they did not pass me, I would know that they had not come so far as that," was her reply. Dick nodded appreciatively. "When l found that they did not appear when I thought the time was up, I walked toward the cabin, and then I met a distressed looking old woman who was talking to herself and wagging her herul," continued Mary . "When she saw me she be gan begging, but I told her I had no money, and she went on talking as fast as ever. I heard something about a r ebel , and followed closely after her, and then from her disconnected talk made out that som e one had been brought to her house, and if she found her room muddied or anything taken, she'd have the law. I spoke to her then and told her I had found a few pen nies, and she might h ave them if she would lend me her s hawl and bonnet for a few moments, that I would take them back to her house when I had finished with them." "But would she trus t you?" asked Dick. "She did when she saw a couple of shillings in my hand, and dropped the shawl from her shoulders mighty quick, and fairly threw the sunbonret at me, " and Mary Warner laug h e d at the recollection. They had been c11 ou r h in g d own in the w oods, and Dick l ooked up to see i f their flight h a d been discovered, and at the same time he saw two horses grazing in a field not far off . "There are two horses that would come in handy just now," he whispered to Mary. "Where?" Dick pointed toward them. "They belong to the Cowboys and have been turned out to graze," she said. "I mean to have them I" and Dick crept care fully around, keeping out of sight until he came up with the horses. It did not take him long to get them both, and he led them back to where Mary was watching hlm. . In a trice they had both mounted and were off toward the camp of the Liberty Boys. "They will be mighty surprised when they go into that back room and find the old woman's bonnet and shawl, but see nothing of the old woman herself or their prisoner!" laughed Mary, when they had ridden on a little way. "I can imagine that their surprise will be a little vehemently expressed," returned Dick, dryly. "I would like to hear what they say!" ex claimed Mary. "I don ' t believe you would. Their remarks are often unfit for a girl's ears," Dick expected to see Bob at any moment with some of the Liberty B oys, but none appeared. He was prepared to hear the Cowboys coming after them, for even if they had not miss ed Dick they !night have discovered the loss of their horses. "Those Cowboys know how to pick their animals," said Dick, as he touched up the horse he was riding, and he responded imm e d iately , de spite the fact that he showed he had been already rid den some di stance that morning. CHAPTER VII.-Lively Times -on the Road. As they rode along they saw a man coming toward them on horse back whom Dick at once recognized as Gregory, the Tory, otherwise "The Wildcat." "There is that bad Tory whom we are going to tame," he said to Mary. "You will see how he will abuse me." .. "He is a wicked man," replied the girl, "and even if he were not a Tory, I would not wish to have anything to do with him." Riding on, they s ho1tly came face to face with Gregory rfe"ar the bridge, the man saying, with a scowl: "Beg my pardon, you mi serable youn g rebel, o r I will s hoot you dead! How dare you keep on your hat in my presence?" "I did not know that you were the King," said ] Jick , \\itlt a A.; for begging you r par-d on. I ;;boll d

12 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE "WILD CAT" "Look out!" cried Dick, the warning being meant for Mary. Then he fired a shot at the Tory, not to injure him, but to give him a les son and to show that he was not afraid. Mary swerved to one sid e and • Dick to another a s the Tory came on. "The Wildcat" shot them, but not before Dick .had given him a stinging blow in the face a s h e p a sse d , w h ic h cau se d h im to h ow l i n wrath. The Tory quickly turne d in his saddle and fired a shot at Dick, doing no damage, how ever, his aim being bad on account of his excite me n t and rag•'. 0ick fired another s ho t a s t h e man rode rapidly on, and put a bullet through the s ki r t of his scarlet coat. "If I had time I would go after the ruffian and giv e him another," muttered the young c aptain. Hurrying across the b r idge, Dick suddenly saw a numoer o f L1ber t v Boys, l e d b y Bob Estabrook, riding toward him. ''t'here ::u B o b and s om e o f the boys, " he s ai d to M a ry. "They will be glad to see you and to hear what a brave girl you are:" r " I am nothing of the sort," laughed Mary. "I d i d n o t do any more than any other girl would hav e don e under the circumstances." " Oh , but I think you did," with a smile. "No, I did not. Ther e was only a drunken woman to g e t the best of, and then to go to the cabin and get you out. Any one could have done that a s w e ll a s myself." "Every one would not have thought of it, " said Dick, "and y o u s howed great bravery. Many girl s w c uld h a v e been afraid." The boy s saw Dick and set up a shout as the y came on, Bob saying: "Dic k has esc aped from the ruffians in s ome manner, but it i s jus t as well that we went after him b ecause you can never tell what may happen anrl f could not l eave him with t h ose villai n $ . " "There is l:\ young lady with him," said Mary, • who was i n ' he rarty. " Do yo u know her, B o b ? " "No, but I guess she is a friend of his o:i; they would not b e riding together in such a friendly manner." A s Dick and Mary met the boys, the youngcaptain said: "This i s Mary Warner, Boys. She is a good patriot and a brave girl. I owe my escape from t h e Cow b oys to her eff o rts." " Hurrah fo r Mary W arner!" cried Mark, and all the boys chee r e d. "I met the Wild c a t and put a hole through the skirt of hi s coat , " continued Dick. "He wanted me t o beg hi s pardon." "What for?" s pu ttered Bob. "The f e llow' s a s sura n ce i s really mos t amazing. Why s h ould yo u hcg: hi s 1)a

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE "WILD CAT " 13 seen rushing out o f a tent and waving a swoi.:.d to cheer on his followers . "Down with the saucy young rebels," he roared. "Drive them back; take their horses; kill the lot of them!" The Tories began firing a scattered volley at the brave lads, who came on with a das h. ".Fire!" shouted Dick. "Drive out the Tories! " There was a tremedous volley, and many o f the enemy were seen to fall, while others began to retreat. The men on the other road came swarm ingup, and lJ1ck saw that he wou l d have to meet a large fo r ce. He attacked the Tories vigorou sly, however, leading his gallant fellows with a shout, determined to do all he could before he fell back. The attack was so vigorous that the Wildcat, despite the fierce name that had been given him, ordered the gates of the place to be opened and m any of his men took shelter in the grounds. Then the reserves from the other road came up, and Dick saw that there were many disciplined men among them and not mere recruits, as were many of those who had sought shelter behind the wall s. The boys fil'ed a rattling pistol volley, and then waited to be attacked by the ene my, reloading in the meantime. Those behind the gates, safe from attack, now began firing upon the Liberty Boys , who could not get at them, while the o thers came swarming up, and Dick concluded that it was wiser to fall back. They poured in 1.1. solid volley upon the ranks of the enemy before they retired, howeve:r, and did considerabl e execution. "These fellows will not remain here Jong,'' said Dick to Bob, "for our men will hear of their being here and they will have to 'retire. " The Tories did not purs ue the Liberty Boys, perhaps being afraid of the very thing that Dick had suggested, and the brave lads sending some of the best mounted of the troops to inform the regulars of the presence of the Tories at the stone house at the crossroads. CHAPTER VIII.-What Happened In the Stone House. When it was quite dark, there having been no alar m heard from the neighborhood of the stone house, Dick rode off on Major to have a l o ok at the place and see what was going on. He found a few of the regulars near the house and hea1d from them that the Tories had retired, but that they Uiought there was still quite a nu_mber of them within the grounds. He went on cautiously, therefore, dismounting after a time and going ahead quietly, keeping his eyes and ears open for anything suspicious. Nearing the gate, he hemd some one talking1 and stood close to the wall and listened. "He's in a temper to-night," said some one. "He always i s, for that matter," muttered some one else, I'm going out just the same, and I mean to have a good time. " "When he misses us there will be a row, James." "Well, suppose there is? We won't be there to hear it, and he'll forget it by the time we get back." "'Who are these fellows"!" Dick . " They may be som e of the servants or flun k eys . " "HaJJo! lodge-keeper, let u s out!" cried the first speaker. "All right, J o h n, but be sure and get back early, for I don't want to sit up to let you in," growled the lodg e-keeper .. "Then we'll stay all the later." "You flunkeys think you can do as you please,'' growled the man as he unlocked the ga..e. "Well , so does the Wi ldcat , but he can't do as he p leases with us," retorted the flunkey, "and he'll find it out when we lea e him some fine morning. " "Well, you won't get as .good wa,ges anywhere e l se, so don't stay too late at the tavern, but get back before he misses you." The two men in livery with dark clo hks over their showy clothes came out, and Dick saw them go off in the direction of the tavern. There were lights in the grounds, and he knew that some of the Tories were still encamped there, and he went on to the other road. This was where the Liberty Boy s had captured the camp equipage, and there was no one in it, the Tories not having returned. "If we can get hold of those fellows we may be abl e to enter the grounds," Dick said to himself. "They are likely to remain at the tavern for some time, once having gotten out. " Looking about him for a short distance an d seeing no sign of any more of the enemy, Dick remounted his horse and rode back to the camp, telling the regulars on guard that everything was quiet in the grounds. Seeing Bob, he told him about the flunkeys, and said: "We must get hold of those fellow s when they return and enter the grounds. Once we fac" the Wildcat he will have little to say." "Shall you go after the fellow now, . Dick?" asked Bob . "No, for there are still a number of men in the grounds, and it is not likely that the two footmen will return till morning. They will r<>main at the inn all night, you may be sure." "Yes, I suppose they will , and be pretty tipsy in the morning." "We will be on the lookout for them in the morning," observed Dick, "and then I think that I can get into the place and have a talk with this troublesome Tory. Once he is face to face with a determined fellow I do not think he will talk so bold." "Very like l y not,'' laughed Bob. In the morning Dick set out with a few of thfl boys to look for the two fiunkeys. He found fewer regulars in the neighborhood of the stone house than before, and learned that the Tories had left the place. "Gregory is there yet, is he not?" he asked. "No, he went off somewhere this morning and he has not come back." Dick and the boys rode on past the house, and at length saw the two flunkeys coming alorig the road in a very tips y condition. "We must get hold of them, boys,'' Dick said. "Never mind if is not in the house. If we can get in there it will be something." The two flunkeys had not observed Dick and the boys and they secreted themselves in the bushes tih the two men came a lo ng. Then t hey


-..... 14 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE "WILD CAT" suddenly sprang out upon the tipsy fellows and dragged them into the bushes. The flunkeys were greatly frightened, but when they dis covered that all the boys wanted was to change clothes with them for a time they did not seem to mind it. The boys made them remove their , livery, powdered wigs and all, and Dick left them in the bushes with their long cloaks over them and two of the Liberty Boys to, watch them. This was not much of a task, however, as the two fiunkeys promptly went to sleep and snored like bulls. Dick and the two disguised boys now went back to the stone house, and while the young captain hid himself the boys demanded admission of the lodge-keeper. The latter did not know the difference, and promptly unlocked the gate, say-ing: ' "The master is in a fine temper, but I don't know if he has missed you or not. He is busy sending despatches to the colonel, or getting them ready, at all events, and maybe-Hallo!" The last exclamation was caused by the two supposed flunkeys suddenly upsPtting him and taking the keys from him. Then the boys, who were Ben and Sam, gave a whistle, and Dick quickly came up and entered. The man was bound and gagged and left in the bushes, and the.n, shutting the gate, the three boys hurried to the house. There were no Tories on the grounds, and therefore no one to oppose the prog ress of the young uatriot captain as he hurried forward. They entered the house and went into one of the large rooms on the ground floor at the front of the double hall, where Dick had seen the Tory before. The two boys went in first, seeing Gregory walking up and down in a meditative attitude and not at first noticing them. 'here were a quill pen, an ink horn and some papers on the table, and it was evident that the men had just been writing. He looked up, saw the boys, and snarled: "I have been waiting for you two blockheads all the morning to do an errand. Where have you--" Then he suddenly caught sight of Dick and began to swear roundly. Sam and Ben sprang forward and seized him, although not witl:out considerable trouble. A chair was overturned and the papers on the table were scattered about. "Keep quiet, Wildcat!" said Dick, pointing a pis tol at the Tory. "Hold him, boys. If he makes too much trouble tie him up." The Tory did not yet realize that the two flunkeys were two of the Liberty Boys, but glared savagely at Dick. The young captain went to the table and picked up a document which he hastily g l anced OYCl'. It was the plan of an attack to be made upon the patriots, and was addressed to Colonel Delancey, of the Loyalists, sometimes called Cowboys, and was a mo$t importc.nt paper. It had been only lately w1it ten, Dick could see, and was probably one of the despatches which the lodge-keeper had spoken of. As the two supposed flunkeys held the Tory, Dick pointed at the document with his pistol and said: "This is your handwriting'!" . The Wildcat glared at Dick and refused to answer. Then Dick turned the pistol upon him. "Tell me!" he said, firmly. "Yes, it isl" the man snarled, "but you cannot escape me. Hallo ! come in here and catch this rebel!" "Be silent!" commanded Dick. "Gag him, boy::., if he makes another loud sound." "How dare you come into my house, you mis erable rebel?" the man muttered in rage. "That my private correspondern::e. What right have you got to look at it"? You are an impudent scoundrel, and--'' "This may be your private correspondence, Gregory," Dick replied, "but it concerns us very nearly, and you will find that it will get you into trouble. You are not only a Tory, but are plottiHg against us, and yo!l will find that this is dangerous work. Bring him along, boys. He i,; a very important JJrisoner." "The Wildcat" tr1ed to escape. but Ben and Sam were strong, sturdy fellows, and now Dick clapped his pistol to the man's head and said, in the sternest tones: "If you make any trouble we will take a dead man instead of a live one from the house, so take your choice." The boys took the cloth from the table and bound the Tory's hands behind him, then hurrying him out of the house and along the broad walk toward the gate. They had left this unlock ed, although it was closed, and now Dick swung it open and said: "Put the man on one of the ho1ses and call the other boys while I release the lodge-keeper. He has been a prisoner long enough. " The boys hurried the Tory out at the gate and sounded a shrill whistle to bring the boys to tho spot, but at the same moment there waf; a clatter of hoofs, and around by the other road came a lot of Tories who were at once recognized as some of Delancey's men. \\ith them was Bill Burgess, who gave a shout and cried: ' 1There's some of the Liberty Boys!" Then the "Wildcat," although bound,.suddenly sprang away from the boys and roared at the top of his voice: "Dick Slater is in the grounds; catch him!" Ben and Sam quickly threw off their livery coats and shouted to Dick, who had already heard the alarm given. The boys came dashing up just ahead of the Tories with the horses, and Dick and his companions were quickly in the saddle and flying down the road at full speed. The Tories pursued them, ihing a volley, but the boys' horses were too speedy for the enemy to overtake, and the plucky fellows escaped. "I am sorry we lost the Tory," muttered Dick, "but it could not be avoided, I suppose, unles.s we had been earlier at the spot." The regulars on the road, seeing the boys coming, hurried t o their assistance, and the Tories, thinking that there was a strong party of them, :(ell back. "I have an important document here," said Dick to the leader, "and Mr. Wildcat Gregory will find himself in trouble. There was every evidence that he wrote this, but he told me he did, and then it is enough to find such a document /in his possession." Dick and tl-ie boy::, now went on, Ben and Sam putting pn their uniforms and getting rid of their tawdry finery, at which the others boys had a go od la ugh. {;,_


I " l e rnu :4-c;"0 p;e,1!:1 n t cncc , " said l ) ' ck . "If the L::;::rty :3;;y s canno t drive ou t thi s T o 1 y alo ne, w e will get h elp. " CHAPTER I X . The A t tack On the Wildc at's De n. Di c k and the boys rod e at a g oo d g a i t and d i d not stop till they had reach e d the camp of the g e neral. Here 'they reported the c on dition o f aff a irs at t h e stone hou se , a n d agreed t o rout out t hE: Tory either a l o n e or wi l h assistance. It was co n side red bes t t o send a stron,g force, ai;id early in the after noon this was d e s p a t c h e d, Dick having already returned to the camp to prepare the b oys for what was about to happen . The ?oys were a ll ready b y the time the regulars arrived , eve1ything having bee n s e e n to, and muskets, pistol s, swords, _si:dd l es a n d a ll the acc outerments in the best con dition. When t h e so l die r s arriv e d, the comb ined force s set out at a gallop for t h e stone h o u se at the cros sroads, the den o f t he. W ildcat, as Bob e x pressed it. There were tJ:iick roads a n d on two side s , but the Libert y Boys .an d then a llies atta ck ed the p lace on t h e other s id es, making a breach i n the walls, a n d forcin g the gates d esp ite the r e s i stance of. so m e o f D . elancey' s Refugee s and Cow boys. Whe n the patnots forc ed thei r w-e.y in these made a rush for the rear, being prevened from getting to t h e house by the rapid advance of the Libe r t y Boy s . 'They escaped over t h e wall at the back , arrd Dick and a stron g part y of the brave b oys got i nto the h n a c abin o n t he rr'.;?;J o f t h e woo ds, a n d advanced towal'd i t w ;th ;ittle noise. It was back a little from the road, but thev on a s they were goi n g unt il they could sec two m e n through t h e w i ndow o f the caLin, and the n !1eard voi c e s . These were those of G 1 egory and t h e spy, the pre t e n d e d blind begga r . The bo y s qui c kly dis m ounte d and hurried forwar.d, maki n g as li ttle no i s e a s po ss ible s0 as not to alarm the m e n in the ca bin. There we r e s craps o f muslin curtains before the t w o wi n dows , but t h e boys had see n the o u t lines of t h e two m en w h o sat at a tabl e , t h e i r head s clo s e together, evide ntly examining s om e grou n d plan that was spread out o n the t able before t h e m. There was a h o l e i n on e of the curtain s , or J ' a t h c r both c urtain s were more or J e s s in shreds, so the two b oys had no difficult y jn see in g into the roo m . The c a bi n was probably a m eeting p l ace for the Cowb oys , b eing set in t h e m id s t of the wood a n d likely to esc a pe obse rvation, or, if se en, would be taken to be the abo d e of s ome reclus e o r a d eserted c a bin. Eac h of the two boys p o s t e d himself a t a window and covered his m a n. D ick gave the signal to wait , for the wind ow pan e was broken and he wanted to fin d out i f h e c ould hear what they were saying . " I may learn so mething o f importance ! " he mut tered unde r hi s breath. "They are ev id ently c on sulting about s om ething1 and I w ould lik e to know what it is." D i c k di d not realiz e the precario u s condition o f the broken wind o w pane , for, a s h e p u t his ear closer to t h e window, the cocka de on his hat hit t h e brok e n g lass and sent s om e o f the pie c e s flying into the r o o m . At the sound o f the sp lin t ering glas s t h e two m e n sprang from the table , Greg ory c r u s h e d the p a pe r into his p o cket, while the pretende d blind beggar ov erturned the c a ndle, p u tting o u t the li ght. The ins id e of the r o om was in utter dar1mes s , and it w a s impo ss ibl e 'even to see the fo rms of the two m en, but D i c k c cmld hear a stealthy mov e m ent, as if they were-trying t o get away. H e was angry w i t h h i m s elf at his m aladroitness in di s closing his p r e sence , although he was sure that neither of the two men had s een him, and m erely s u specte d that some enemy was around. "They may not e ve n be sur e tha t t h e r e are enemi es abou t , but took the precauti on i n case there might be," thought Dick. "They do not knaw that the noi s e was not caused by some small wood animal or -even a cat. They must have signals, so that if one of their own number was around he could let the others know." The windows were too small to permit even a boy to pass through, and therefore it would be impo s sible for the men to escape in that way. Dick stationed Bob at the front door, and then went around the h ouse to see if there was any othe1 way by which they might leave the cabin, but could find none. He was careful not to make any more noi s e, and his footfalls could not be heard, he was sure, inside the house, even if the two men were listening intently. He c ould find nothing to reward his search, so he crept around to where Bob was standing guard, and whispered: "We will have to get ins ide in some way. " It was a dangerous undertaking to beard those two. men in. their lair, one a veritable wildcat


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE "WILD CAT" in his proclivities and t enacious strength, and the other one having a powerful physique, d e spite his pretended infirmity and his stooping gait. The two boys would have the disadvantage of being in what light there was even though the night were a dark one, while the fugitive s could remain in t he corners and take aim at the intruders, whose forms would be distinct as they ent ered the door, should they succeed in b a t tering it down. Dick was at a loss how to procee d, for he was fully aware of the dangers that threatened the succe s s of his attempt to secure the two Tories. "The only thing for us to do, Bob," he whisp ered at length to hi s lieutenant, "is to s moke them out." " We certainly cannot break into the cab i n and catch them," answere d Bob in the same low tone, that did not carry beyond the ear for whom the \\'Ord s w ere intended. The house was old and dry, and there was plenty of dry leaves and brushwood around, so in a short time they had gathere d a su;f1cient quantity to heap under the windows, and around to the back, where several chinks showed throu1gh the log s . As Dick was depositing a load carefully do w n in front of one of these, working s lowly so a s to maI e no s ound, a shot came whizzing cl os e to his ear. "They must know what we are doing!" was his first thought . ' ; We must lose no time , " was h is s econd. For all they worke d so busily, either Bob or Dick had kept an eye on the one d oor of the c a b i n, s o that t here should be no c hance for the two men to get away. In a mom ent or two the brus h was burning, not very brightly, but s ufficiently vigorously to make a den se s moke. The y had piled mo s t of the brus h on the of the cabin where the wind w ould blow i;; rnto the hous e and then they took up their station, one o n side o f the door, waiting for t he two men to make a dash out into the op ening, away from the choking, blinding smoke that was pou r i n g in the cabi n. CHAPTER X.-A Chase In the Dark. The fir e s continued t o c r ac kle and to throw out large clouds of smoke; o ccasionally an owl would hoot in the wood s , t h e l eaves would rustle a little louder, the wind to blow a little fresher, but in s ide the cabin all was still. "I'm tired of this, Bob!" muttered Dick. "It's v ery strani;e , Dick. They might be smothered; don't you thmk it pos sible?" "No Bob; I'm thinking instead that they are down i n the cellar, and unles s there is s ome sort o f an underg round outlet, that we have got to root the m out." "That's so, Dick! Strange we didn't think of that b efore ." Dick w ent out into the open, where he saw a small rock, which he picked up in his arms and brought toward the cabin, and then whe n near the doo1-, he hurled it with all his strength against the planking. There was a creaking and a crash, the sound of rending timbers, and then the door fell inward. They waited some seconds to see if any sign of life came from within,. and none coming, Dick too k h is way cautiously into the cabin. The room was d a rk, but Bob brought in a flaming ember, fo r no w they felt quite sure tha t their quaHy had fled, and by i t s flickering light saw that t h e y were t h e only p el's on s in the roo n1. Then Dick got a t orch also, quickly improvised from a t ough pi e c e of pine k indling c hat h e found on the hearth, and which h e i g ni te d from B o b ' s flal'ing stick, and the n began a s earch ruound the sing le r oom of the cabin for a doo r leadi n g d own to a c e ll a r b e n e a t h. By sounding the floor , \ Yhich was of plan ki n g, the y s oon b e c ame con vince d that there was a c ellar beneath, and then they still had hope s of catching their m e n. There were inside shutters to the two windows, ancl tj 1 ese the boys w1enched off, bound about each part of an old quilt, which they divid e d between them, and which they found on a bunch of straw in one corner, and, u sing these a s buffers agains t any bullets the men might fire if they found the mselves cornered, the two boys , finding the door l eading into the cellal', prepared to de s cend. The y did not take their torches with them at first, not wishing t o make two shining targets of themselves. But all their precautions were unnecessary, for there was no one below. They easily found the outle t to the cellar, and Dick took its general direction. He run up the rude woo den s teps and out of the cabin into the open, going in the direct ion whence he thought the un d e 1 ground passage led. He found the be d of a dried-up watercours e and on following it up, saw a hole big enoll1 "'h to admit a m an's body passing thr ough. He called throug h t h e hol e and h eard B ob's answer: ''Come on through the passag e, I. think it i s perfectly safe, fo r there are fres h footprints all around," he shoute d. "Coming!" sounde d t h rough the hole, and in a fow moments Bo b appear ed , his cloth e s rather streaked with earth, but otherwise unharmed. By the light of their torches they could s ee the prints of the boo t s, for the bed of the stream was a little d a m p , and showed that there had bee s ome one w a l king the1 e very recently. The y rode on i n t h e d arkn e ss, altho ugh n o t out the r oad ther e w a s m ore li ght than in the wo ods the cabin was s i t u a t e d. The road curved con s i de rably a little farthe r on, and Dick said: "The y would probably come out s omew here about here, Bob , fo r they no d oubt would be familiar with the short cut." H e g o t down from his horse , and s o o n saw the marks of men's boots, that showed h i m his surmi s e had b een conect. " I don ' t kno w o f any place jus t a b out here where they c oul d g e t horses, Bob, do you?" a sked Dick, thoughtfully. "Not u n less a t that place where those people mo ve d in r ecently from the city, Dick. " ! . They rode on a mile far ther, not seeing any one on the way, and the n r e a ched the house Bob had spoken o f , and which now showed a light in one of the l o w e r rooms. All of the house, which was of good size, was dark except the one room where they had seen the light, and which was on the ground floor. Dick dismounted and went cautiously, t o ward the window and p eepe d in through a ,chink in the


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE " WIL D C AT" 17 board shutter that was drawn u, :ind through which t h e ligh t had s h o n e o u t . As befor e Dick rnw a tabl e in t h e middl e o f the room, t hi s time lighted b y several candl es i nstead of o n e , a n d ther e b eing three men around it in place o f t w o. "The r e they are, Bob ," D i ck sai d , as h e came L a ck t o where B ob w a s waiti n g w i t h the two horses, "th e Wild cat, the blind b egga r and a third man, whom I d o not know , a n d t h e y are all studying so m ething lying on the table." The horse s wer e led a r o u n d t o a side door, whic h was s o o n o p ened and two men came out, jumped u p onto t h e horses, a n d w i i h a good night to s o me on e within , gall oped down t h e roa d, with out the s l ightes t ide a that their actions were being watch ed b y two d e t ermined boys , who had started o u t to c apture -t h em. The boys dashed after the m , expe ctinig every moment to s e e the men in front turn t o see who was following them. They did nothing of the kind, ho wever, perhaps theil' o w n horses made such a clatte r that they d i d n o t h e a r the sound of the oncoming horses b ehind. "We will ride up on each side of them, Bob, a s so on a s the road i s wide enoug h, and wit h a pi s t o l at t h e h ead of each, I think w e can master them." . The m e n a h e a d seem e d to be in a great hurry, for they urged on their horse s c r uelly, it being as muc h a s those of t h e two boys c ould d o to keep up with the m , and both w ere exc e p tionally speedy animals, especially D ic k ' s black Arabian, Major, there n o t being so fast a h o r se anywhere arou p d. The boys hastened their pace , gaining at e very s tep on t h e men in front, w h o n ow for the first tim e see m e d to be aware t h a t t h e y were being p ursu e d. The y turne d a s the sound o f the ho r ses coming a fter t h em reach ed thei r ears, a n d could j ust distingu i s h t h e forms of the horses and riders in t h e darkness. Then there came the swish of t h e whip, a n d t h e horse s ahead darted forward, the men yelling at them and lashing t h e m at every step. "The sooner we get them the better it w ill be for those poor animal s , Bo b !" exclaimed Dick. They urged on their hors e s , t h e road now growing wider a s Dic k said it would, and the y were almost even wit h the men, who continued to yell at the top of their voi ces and t o use t h e whi p at the same time. Then Dick and Bob rode up, one on each side, each pressing a pistol at the head o f his m en, and commanding him to stop. The two men paid no attent ion, and then came a n ominous click, and they drew rein, at the same time giving a shou t that caused the hills around a b o u t to echo and reecho their voices. Tb.en the two boys understood the meaning of their racket, for out of the darkness there came riding tward them a number of m e n on h orseback. "Cowboys! " exclaimed Dick and Bob in one breath, and they lowered the pis to l s, turned t heir horses sharply about , and gall oped off as quickl y as possi b l e , for a moment more and t h e y w o u l d have ridden right ihto a company of Co w b oys, whom the Wildcat and t h e blind beggar were evidently expe cting t o meet. Some o f the Cowboys came thun dering after them, and shots whizzed near thei r heads, but the road was rough and the n ight dark, the bo ys had the swifter h orses and they laughecl at their p ursuers. CHAPTER X L-Purs u ed and Pursuing. Dick and Bob returne d t o the camp after the escape of the t w o men they had been pursuing so steadily, con v i nce d that nothing could b e don e at that time . In t he mornin,g the r e came r eports that Colo n el Gree ne, w ho had b ee n s o active i n the defense o f For t Mercer, on t h e Delaware, and who was living quietly a few mil e s from where t h e boys were encam pe d, had bee n attacke d and murdere d in his h o u s e by a p a rty of men supposed to be some of Delancey's Loyalists. The girls came to the camp s oon after breakfas t and said the y were go ing home , having found some one who was a bout t o start fo r Tarrytown in a coach. Mark Morrison w a s left in charge of the camp, being thoroughly r eliable, and then Dick and Bob set out with the girls. The latter had met with no oppo sition while going to the camp, but now w h e n t h e y and the boys were about half a mile awa y, they suddenly heard a great disturbance _ on the r oa d jus t ahead of them, and then from a side road c a me a lot of rough lo oking men, whom D ick recognized a s a part of the Cowboys with whom the y had already had h a d some trouble. "We w ill have to go back and take another road, Bob," h e said in haste. "There are t o o many of these ruffia n s for us to manage, and par ticularly with the girls in our company." , The men coming on r e c ognized t h e boys b y their uniforms and set u p a tremendous shout a s they ur1ged their horses fo rward at full s p eed . The boys and girls rode o n at . g o od s p e e d , a nd s hoi-tly D ick saw a road ahead o f him, and said: Take the road t o the right, girls. You w ill not b e seen for s om e time on acco u n t of the trees and bus hes. I am going t o lead these ruffians 01 1 1 o the carn!J a n d s e t the Liberty B oys after them. They probabl y do not know that we are s o near." The girls wen t do w n t h e road Dick had point ed out, and b y tak ing it they weul d have to go on l y a short di stance out of their way. The boys rode on at good speed, the Cowboys raci n).; after them a n d -firing a volley, h oping to do s om e m ischief i f they could not catch the plucky fel lows. T h e y did not n otice that the girls had l ef. the b oys, the latte)i stirring up considerabl e dust. and they passe d 'the road taken by Alice and Edith without s u s p ecting anything. Dick and Bob slackened t heir speed afte r this in ordel" t o lead the Cowboy s on, the ruffians thinking that they were gaining and coming on at a faster rate. Some of the boys were patrolling the road, when Dick and B o b suddenly appeared, and in a moment the y oung captai n signaled to them. Some of them at once hurried back to the camp, new not far away, whi l e the rest came on with a rush. Then the Cowboys suddenly s a w tha;: instead of two Liberty Boys there were six, and they came to a halt. S eeing only six boys, and not k nowing that the camp was s o near, t h e y came on again , yelling and sho u t ing a n d exp e c ting t o intimidate the boys with a lo t of noise. The boys halted in the mdidl e of the r oad and prepared to meet enemy, knowing tha t there


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE "WILD CAT" would b e many more boys to help the m in a short time . It was sooner than they expe cted, for s u ddenly Ben Spurlock, Sam Sanderson, Harry Juds on and seven or eight of the boys came das h in g up, Ben saying quickly: "There will be a l o t more here in a f e w moments, captain. Mark is sending them on as fas t as he can." "Come on, boys, forward!" shouted Dick . In a mom ent the plucky boys das hed ahead and the Cowboy s s udd enly found themselves oppo sed by a d etermine d l o t of brave boys , who were tl:orough ly in earnes t and meant to give thefr enemies a ll the punishment possibl e . The Cowb oy s fired a scattering valley a s the boys came on, and o n e or two r ece i ve d minor hurts, but nothing serious. "Forward, down with the Cowboy s !" shouted llick. "Let the m have it, boys! Fire!" At onc e there was a blaze and a rattling di s charge, and then other boys we r e seen coming u p , and the Cowboy s turned and fled. After them went the brave boys , determined to scatter them and to prevent their coming together again for rn me time. The boys ran down some of them and made them prisoners, these being turned ove r without delay to the general in command t o punis h a s he saw fit. Several horses were captured, and that band of CowJ:>oyss so scattered that ther e was little chance-of their ever uniting again, particularly as the men who were captured were promptly hanged as a reward for their many crimes, everyone knowing them to be . notoriolls outlaws. After the dispersal of the Cowboys, Dick and Bob rode on after the girls and reached the hou s e of their friends not very long after their safe arrival there. "We had a brush with the Cowboy s ," said Dick, "and scattered them, and now I think you will be safe. However, I should lose no time in get ting away." The b o ys saw them on their road and then se t off in another direction to reconnoiter. The b o y s were reaching a wild district lying along the river when they came to a dilapidated looking hous e, standing a bit back from the road, and saw a man suddenly come to the window. "There i s the supposed blind man now," muttered Dick. "Don't let him know that you saw him, but ride on past the house." The man quickly went away from the window, and Bob went on, Dick sudd enly dropping back when hidden from the house by some bushes, and then jumping off his borse and hurrying towar d the house . Reaching the side of this, he ian along to the rear, giving Bob a stgnal. At the back of the house he saw the spy suddenly appear and then dart back indoors. Bob had ridden past the place, but now he suddenly halted and came back quickly on foot. The spy was about to run out the front door, when he saw Bob, and hurried back. "We know you are here, spy, " shouted Dick, "so you might a s well give yourself up." Then he signaled to Bob again, and the two boys approached the house cauti ou s ly, one in front and one at the rear. An old woman came to the back door and said to Dick: "What you rebels want? I'm a law-abidin' woman an' never made no trouble for you nor nobody . There ain't n o one in the h o u s e 'ceptin' myself. That man went out at the front door whe n you fus t com e to the rear." " W e are c oming in, ma'am," D i ck went on. "We shall not harm you, but we mus t have the spy. " Dick the n w e n t forward, passed the woman and entere d the kitche n, p i stol in h a n d , and keeping a sharp lookout for danger. B o b now pushed open the front d o o r and si gnaled t o D i ck , the signals used by the boys b eing nat u ral sounds, and not likely t o b e notic ed by persons not knowing their s i g nific a nc e . The b o y s me t i n t h e door way leading from the living room to t h e front hall of the hous e and exchanged glances . Then Dick heard the c reaking of a door s o mew here behind him. "The fellow has gone do w n c e llar, B o b ," he said. CHAPTER XIl.-Taming the Wildcat . . There was a door from a small b e d r oom leading into the hall, and this Dick no w ope n e d and went in. Then he h eard a door s u ddenly shut with a bang and darted forward, t h r o wing open the windows of the sleeping room. "Run outside, Bob," he said quic kly. "The fellow has gone down cellar by a tra p in the floor of the bedroom, and there may be a way out at the rear. Hurry and you m a y catch hi m. " Dick pulled up the t rap-door and saw a g leam of light in one corner, and s o knew that the man was getting away. He jumped into t h e c ellar and ran forward, hearing a sho t as he did so. Hurrying to the cellar opening, h e h e ard a n other shot, and then saw the spy dodge aro u n d t h e c orner of the hous e. "After him, Bob!" called Dick. Then he sprang out of the cella r and fo ll owe d Bob. The spy hurried on as fas t as h e c o uld, throwing a s id e his coat so a s t o make better headwav, and rushing on at full s peed . The way grew wilder and wilder, and n ow the shadows began to gather fast, a n d it was impos sible to see the trail any longer, so that they had to take whatever path the y c oultl. w h i c h was probably what the spy had g o ne. Dick knew the general dire c t ion of t h e r oad, and struck into it instead of g oin g bac k t h e w a y he had come, havinig lon g e r to g,t but a bette r road to travel. Reaching t h e r oad. the y walked on till within hailing di s tance of the hors es, when they signaled to the m , and i n 1 short time the intelligent creatures c a m e t r ottin g up. It was quite dark whe n t h e two b uys re,1c! 1 e d the camp, and Mark and the other s were beginning to wonder what had becom e of them, a n d we r e even thinking of sending som e on e o u t lo look for them. They were mo s t heartily we l co m e d, therefore, when they came , and a E h o u t wen t up all around the camp. For a day or so everything was (1uie t , but the Liberty Boys did not relax thdr vigil a n ce , being on the look-out at all times a nd knowmg that the very moment they ceased 1.o k e e p a watch, that would be the time when the enemy would eppear and do a lot of mischief. Dick, Bob and a few of the boys were out on the road beyond the stone house a day or so after the chase o!


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE "WILD CAT" 19 the spy, when they saw Mary Warner come dashing along the road on horseback. "Oh, captain, hurry!" she cried, as soon as she came up, "that villain is beating a boy, and he a grown man." "What villain, l\'.Iary?" asked Dick, riding on as the girl wheeled and rode alongside. "The Wildcat!" said Mary. Then Dick dashed ahead, Rob bein,g close be hind, and as he turned t h e bend in Lhe road he a scream, and saw Gregory, with a long whip in his hand, beating a boy of ten or eleven years, who was unable to get away. "Hallo! stop that!" cried Dick . The n h e leaped out of the saddle when going at full spee d, and snatched the whip out of the Tory's hands. "I'll tame you, you young rebel!" the man was saying. Then he s udd enly in sheer amazement ht. he found himself without a weapon. He start ed to run, but Dick cracked the whip viciou sly and caught him in t he calf. "How do you l\ke it yourself, you Tory bully? If any one needs taming it is you, I am thinking." "The Wildcat" tried to escape, but Dick kept pace with him and plied thewhip vigorously. "Stop that, you rebel?" howled Gregory. ."Ask me to stop without calling nie a rebel," said Dick, snapping the ,,hip dangerously near the man's ear. "Stop that, I tell you!" roared the Tory, jump back a foot or more in great alarm. "Say 'please' first,'' said Dick. He accompanied the command with another crack of the whip so close that Gregory thought.: ht: was going to catch it and jumped again, this time tumbling over backward into the ditch, which he had not ob served. The boys fairly roared, and then Gregory c1awled out of the ditch. looking very crestfallen. "Why was the man beating you?" asked Dick of the boy whom he had rescued from the Tory. "He said I Wai' a rebel, and that my father was robbing h :m, and that if I didn't say 'Long Live the King and down with the rebels,' he would skin me alive." Gregory was making off, when Dick snapped the whip viciously and said, sterply: •Stop where you are! Beg this boy's pardon I" The Tory hesitated. Dick snapped the whip more viciously than before. ''.I beg the boy's pardon," growled the Tory. "Now beg mine and that of all the boy s here,'' said Dick. "I beg all your pardons, confound you!" sna1l ed the man. "You are not shovvin g the proper spirit," said Dick. "Do you want me to tame you some more? I don't think you have ,got enough yet." "Confound you, I'll give it to you worse than this when I get a chance!" roared the Tory. "You will, eh?" and Dick snapped the whip again, but did not touch the man. However, he thought he was going to get it, and roared out in great alarm: "No, I won't; stop that, I've got enough! " "Say you beg our pardon," said Dick, firmly. "I beg your pardon," mutlered the pretty well tamed Wildcat," in a low tone, his face crimson with shame. • "That will do," said Dick, "but I cannot let you go yet. You are under arrest as a danger ous person and an avowed enemy of the country. Take him back to the stone house, boys." The Tory was marched back, dripping with dirty water, to the house where once he had lorded it over the neighbors, and the Squire was called, and he was taken before the officer in charge. He was then locked up and word was sent to the general apprising him of the man's arrest and asking for further instructions. CHAPTER XIII.-The Spy Caught Napping. Gregory was detained as a dangerous char acter and also held as a prisoner of war, the part he had taken against the patriots warrant ing a proceeding. With his property confiscated and himself a prisoner, the "Wildcat" was great ly tamed, and not at all like the arrogant fellow he had once been. While he was detained in the house that had once been his, a prisoner of war, the Liberty Boys came upon a party of Delan cey's rpen on the other side of the Croton, routed them and took a number of prisoners, as well as a considerable amount of camp supplies, which were of great use to the young patriots. bick suspected that the actvity of the Loyalists was due to the fact that Sii' Henry Clinton, then in command of the Britis h forces in New York, was CGntemplating some move against the pa triots, and he determined to discover what this was. The boys were told to be more than ever on the lookout, and Dick , himself, determined to learn something, and, shortly after putting the boy s on the look-out, set out along the road tward the district where the Tories had b ee n most active to see what he could l earn. He was ct;sguised as an ordinary boy of the regio,n, and rcde a horse n o t likely to attract attention, Major being too well known to the enemy to be taken along. At the same time, Bob Estabrook, also disguised and riding an ordinary horse, set out along a different road, but one which wou ld eventually bring him into the same one that Dick was on. The young captain rode for some little distance without meeting very many persons, none of whom recognized him, and at length he came suddenly 11pon Mary Warner, riding along the road at a !air gait. "Why, captain!" she exclaimed; "I declare, I was hoping I would meet you, but I never sup-po se d I would." . "Is there anything particular the matter, Mary?" asked Dick, with a smile. "There usually is when I mee t you on the road." "Well, I don't know that there is anything the matter, captain," the girl replied, "but I believe that that spy that you captured once, and then had a chase after, is in the neighborhood." "Do you know hrn, Mary?" eagerly. "Well, I have heard about him. He is tall and spare, isn't he?" "Yes, and used to pose as a blind beggar." "He isn't doing that now, but there is just such a man at a tavern back here a bit, who is talk ing rather too much against us to be a good patriot, and I su8pect him to be that spy." "You heard him?" "Yes, I stopped to •get something for my horse, J. • .. ' ...


2 0 TH E LIBERTY BOY S AN D THE "WILD C AT " and I heard him in the tap-room. They are all Tories there, and so he was_ safe enough in one respect, but he talked a little too much to suit me, and I watched him, and from what I heard yo u say about the spy, I believe him to be the very man. " "How far is it to the i n n you mentioned?" "No t qu ite half a mile. You will see it after the next t urning. It is on the right-hand side and has m any trees about it. They call it the King's Inn when there are Tories about, and the Washington Arms when the patriots are around, but there are more Tories than patriots there as a rule. Dick rode on, and, when in sight of the tavern Mary Warner had described, saw Bob on the other road. He met the young lieutenant at the intersection, and said: "There will be work for us, Bob, and I am 'fortunate to have met you so soon." "Is that so, Dick?" in surprise. "What is the work?" "The capture of the spy, the blind begga1." "Jove! is he in this neighborhood, Dick?" "Yes, and at the tavern yonder, if Mary War-ner is not mistaken." "Have you seen the girl!" he asked, surprised. "Yes, just a short time ago, and she told me about him. Come on a little slowly, Bob, and I will investigate. If we go together, the fellow may suspect something because we have been in company before, but if I go alone he may not think so much of it." Dick went on alone, therefore, and stopped at the tavern, calling for something to eat and drink. He got a good look at the man whom Mary had described, and knew at once that he was the spy. The spy paid little attention to Dick, evidently taking him to be an ordinary country boy, and Dick did not seem to notice him at all. ' were several men in the ta_p room, and from their conversation Dick knew them to be Tories, recognizing several of them as such, in fact. Presently Bob came in, paid no attention to Dick, and ordered something to eat and drirfk. When the men were all in a hilarious mood, Dick arose quietly, went over to where the spy sat, and said in a low tone: "You are not properly attending to your business. There are spies of the enemy about, and you are watched." The man started, looked at Dick fixedly , and a &ked: "You say there are spies of the enemy about? Where are they?" "One is right here and there is another in that corner with his pistol in his coat pocket aimed straight at you. Get up and go out withcut delay or you will be taken out a dead man!" The man gasped and was about to call out, when he saw a look in the gray-blue eyes of the young patriot that warned him to be 1'ilent. The men in the room were making too much noise and were too tipsy to notice much, and the spy was {ID his feet, with Dick on one side of him and Bob en the other, and nearly out of the door before they realized it. "Where are you going, Pete?" cried the landlord. "Don't go yet." "Tell them you have important business," said Dick "I've got to g0, I've important business ," m uttered the man, t urning pale. In another minute he was outside. "Now, Mr. Spy," said Dick, hurrying the fello w forward, we want to know what Sir Henry Clin ton is doing, what schemes he has on hand that makes these Tories and Loyalists s o active." The two boys h urried the man on, and, strong n::; he was, he was unabl e to hel p himself. He had been caught napping, in fact, and was not yet awake. The boys put him on Dick's horse, the y oung captain riding behind him, after relieving him of a pistol, and they rode on at a rapid gait. They hurried him on for some distance , and then halted near a wood and took him into it. "What are you going t o do?" he gasped, trembling. "Make you tell all you know about the enemy;" said Dick. "Have you any papers? If you have you may as well give them up, for we will find them, as y ou know." "Clinton is preparin.11: an expeditio n against the river towns where there are stores, and I have been sent here to find out all I can about them," said the spy, in a constrained voice, evidently fearing that the boys were going to hang him forthwith. He had important papers with him, which he gave up, and then the boys t o ok him to the camp and turned him over t o the general with the papers they had secured. Dick also told what he :tad learned from the spy, and measures were taken to prevent the redcoats from carrying out their p lans. A stronig force was sent secretly to the places where the redcoats were to operate, no one in the neighborhood knowing anything about the matter, so that there could be no collusio n. The result was that the enemy were greatly surprised and routed, the expedition failing utterly. The spy had been condemned before this, and after the failure of the expedition, he was hanged. Gregory, the Tory, became very meek and mild under confinement, and was no longer the furious "Wildcat" he had been, Dick having thoroughl y tamed him. He was released after a month o r two in prison, but was kept under surveillance so that if he committeed any act of treachery it would be known at once and he would be again arrested. The Liberty Boys shortly after this left the prison and went sought, where they were actively engaged for some time, so that they did not see the Tory again in months. He was thoroughly tamed, however, and made no trouble, evidently fea1ing a severe punishment if he made any trouble or committed any act of treachery. The Liberty Boys saw Mary Warner from time to time duril'llg the rest of the time that the war lasted, and she continued to help them whenever she could, being as good a patriot and as brave a girl as ever, and making friends with all the boys. A few years after the close of the war she manied a young farmer of the 'neighborhood and many of the Liberty Boys were at the wedding. "I thought that perhaps she would marry one of our boys," observed Mark when he went' with the Westchester Liberty Boys to, the wedding. Next week's issue will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS' GIRL RECRUIT; 01, SPYING ON GENERAL HOWE. "


THE LIBERTY . BOYS O F '76 21 CURRENT NEWS "LEANING TOWER" IN U. S . Cherokee, I nd., boasts a leaning tower that in clines at a sharper angle than the famous struc ture in Pisa. It is . a huge silo built o f hollow tiles that started leaning after it was overloaded with alfalfa. Priscilla Dean and Richard Barthelmess, who a l so gets a share of the profits. SOME OF THE BIG SALARIES COLLECTED BY FILM STARS $10,000 a week-Mary Pickford, Norma Tal madge, Harold Lloyd, Douglass Fairbanks, Char lie Ch 'lpli n, Jackie Coogan . $7,500 a week-Dorothy Dalton. $6,500 a week-Gloria Swanson. $5, 000 a week-Constanc_ e Talmadge, Pauline Frederick, Larry Semon, Lillian Gish. $4,000 a week-Tom Mix. $3 . 500 a week-Betty Comp s on. $3,000 a week-May McAvoy1Mabel Normand, BOY GETS 4,500 MILES IN F IVE WEEKS ON $10 Mos hel, 14, has returned to his borne at 367 Atlantic avenue, Brooklyn, N. Y., after having traveled 4,500 miles in five weeks on $10. Sydney related his adventures at Nathan Hale Junion High Scho ol, where he is a student be tween hike s. He took in Suffern, Tuxedo, New burgh, Kingston, the Ashokan reservoir, Bing hamton, Elmira, Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Mon treal, Toronto, Quebec, Brantford, London, De troit, Baltimore and 'ashington, returning home by way of Atlantic City. Sydney's Boy Scout uniform, he said, was us ual-ly good for a "pick-up" by a passing auto mobile and often got him a night's lodging. M Y STERY M AGAZINE, N o . 146 O UT TODAY ! OUT T ODAY! T H E G REAT FEATURE ST OR Y "TH E ARGENTINE R.UBY" It was written by BEULAH and SHIRLEY POYNTER, and is one of the best detective stories we have ever published. Miss Beulah Poynter is a celebrated author of plays and can't be beaten at writing detective stories full of pep and excitement. AN ADDI T IONAL F EATURE! Another magnificent story by that prince of detective literature George Bronso n Howard We have a number of his truly wonderful stories on hand and are now issuing the one entitled "Deco y Ducks" Every line of this gripping detective tale will hold you spellbound. You can't afford to miss this rare treat; THEN THERE ARE SOME FINE SHORT STORIES The authors are men of world-wide reputation READ ''THE CLINCH GARROTE," by N. L. Jorgensen; "MARKED FOR THE HANGMAN" by Arthur S. Witt; "WASTED EFFORT," by D. L. Radway. Next, there's the fourth stalment of the splendid "Gutterside" series by Neil McConlogue, one vf our best authors entitled "THE SLAYER OF SELDOM-SEEN." This is certainly one of the most interest: ing detective stories we have ever issued, and we are sure will enjoy it. NO E N D O F SHORT A R TICLES! As usual we are giving you some of the best little items procurable on odd subjects of a ll kin d s, in addition to the above mentioned material. Be Sure to Spend 10 C e n t s fo r a Copy


22 THE . L IBERTY BOYS OF '76 Against The Trust -ORTHE Y O U N G LUMBERMAN'S BATfLE B y R ALPH M ORTON (A Serial S t ory.) CHAPTER XXIII.-( c ontinu e d) "Well, I don't wonder that he laughs when he look s at the logs all piled bere, instead o f being hauled to the nearest stream that is tributary to the one that he c ontrol s , " said Norris , "for it's a my stery t o me how we are ever going to get t hem to Spruceville. Of c ou rse, R ough Red a nd Phil Cas ey say that we' ll have the water, but ho w they are going to give it t o u s I can't imagine. There is not an operntion with i n twenty-five m ile s of here that does not have to dep e nd on Tennyson to get the logs to the sorting boom s . He's constructed several clams and gateways, and can c o n tro l a head of water that i s nearly eno ugh ta break a jam. Well, we 're ass u r ed that our logs s.hall go, and what i s more, that they s hall g o first a n d we mu s t be satisfied, but I'll never get a full night's res t until I s ee it accompli s hed. But Ben Bates had the a ssurance of a grateful man who had spoken to him with tears in his e y es, and t h e a ssurance was backed u p b y t h e word o f Phil Ca s ey, who was devoted t o him , and he trusted in those two b l indly, and worked him self and the men hard t o get out the timber. A s the time went pas t R ough Red began to 110bble around the hou s e, and Ben made a pair of crutc he s fo r him and lined the parts for his armpits so well t h a t the big-ex-foreman grinned when he first u s ed them. Little by little he acquired the u s e of his leg, and finally threw the two s ticks away. He worke d around the h o u s e for a week longer to g e t hi s strength and to limber up his leg, and then he suddenly appeared one morning when the cre w went ou t , axe in hand. "Only a workman, boys," he said t o the other loggers , wh(j looked at him in a curious way. "I'm here to work with you and to take orders from the youngest and be s t wood bo s s in Maine . If any body wants to di spute that a ssertion, I'm in go o d enough trim now to back it up. Well?" And he stoppe d and glared around him with s ome of hi s oldtime ferocity, but nobody wanted tJ di spute him. He worked all day with the men, and obeyed every order that was uttered by Ben, just the same as the rest, but was ready all the time to jump on anyb o dy who might d1ue to jeer at him. O ne Sunday Ben was doing some work in the o ffice, in. orde r to help out Frank Norris, who was not very expert a t the business, and had been there some time when he heard the rumble of voices outs ide the office window. TJ1e window w a s on the sunny side of the office and s nmet i m es th e TYJen we r e in the h abit ?f loungi nii: there on a fine , calm day to s mok e then pipes and talk, and for a few minutes the young lumberman took no notice of the hum of conversation, until he h appened to become aware that the speakers were Rough Red and Phil Cas ey . Ben had about finished his w ork, and he had intended t o ask Casey abo u t s o me matter connected with the operatio n, s o now he approached the wind o w, which was slightly open to admit air, and was just about to ca ll t o Phil when he heard the latter say: "How long i s it s ince the Twin Cubs was a full stream?" " O h, I s hould say that it's nearly ten years." "And was it a s good a head of water a s Ten-nys on's river?" "Better." "Oh, you don ' t mean that, do y o u, Rough?" "I certainly do." "Then why should Tennyso n take the trouble to c o n struct all the dams and gates that he had to put up?" "Becaus e he had on l y small holdings on Twin Cubs, and not nearly as fin e a stand of timber a s the ones he has b een w orking for years. Moreover, he had another m o tive in making the change." "What was it?" " His stream, the one that he controls n o w, emptied into the Twin C u bs, s o what does he d o but build hj s big dam and assume control of the river up there on the plea that he had made the dams and the gateways and . therefore had i mpro ved the property, and there was n obo dy big enough to :fight him with the trust at his back, and s ince then everybody had b een sending their logs to his river, and he has collected Iiis tolls for carrying them al ong. " "He s imply turned the stream away from the Twin Cub s , where fifty men were u sing it, and enlarged hi s own river and increas ed its carrying capacity by con structing an immense dam?" "Exactly." "And by what right?" "The only right t h e trus t recognize s in the woods, 'the right of might.'" There was sile nce for a moment, and then Phil Casey said: "How much hig h e r i s that stream than Twin Cub s , would you s a y ?" "W'ell, it's no les s than two hundred feet." "Yes, I'll agree to that, and perhaps it's a trifle more. Now what si z ed hole would let through enough water to flood the Twin Cubs from bank to bank?" "What do you mean by size, Phil?" "Well, how wide?" "The width doesn't matter so much a s the depth. Say that you have a rip in it twenty feet wide but ten feet deep, and you can imagine the force of water that w ould com e tearing down. Why, it would give a bead that w ould tear a way all the stagings you've put up." "You bet it would. How many guard tha t dam nearest to us?" " Oh, Tennyson's got three of them on eighthour shifts.'' "And yet you've got the stuff in without being seen?" (To be co ntinued.)


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 GOOD READING SQUIRREL SWIMS NIAGARA A 1 ed squirrel successfully swam the rapids above the American Falls, one of the most dang erous of all r apids. The s qui r r e l fell into the stream from a log a few hun

THE L IB ERTY BOYS OF '76 INTER.ESTING R.A D IO NEWS AND HIN TS WATCH YOUR BATTERIES Laying a dry battery of any kind, B o r A, on its side will shorten its life con s iderably. The battery is made to stand on its end and when o n its side all the moi sture on the ins ide will gradually go over to th. e under s ide of the zinc container and soon eat th1ough. If your dealer k eeps his dry batterie s on hi s shelf s o that they are in this po s ition, you will do bette r to get them somewhere else. FAULTY CONNECTIONS After the ho okup has been selected and the set is ready for wiring the following suggestions will help in conn ecting the parts correctly the first time: Cut out the diagram of your hookup and tack it onto a piece o f cardboard jus t large enough to take the diagram. Next take a piece of thin tracing cloth the same s ize and tack it over the diagram. Decide next what wires should be put in first, so as to avoid any acrobatic stunts of s oldering other wires later on. Then proceed in this manner: Every time a wire is attached be tween two terminals trace out its course on the diagram, using some other color of ink or pencil than was u s ed on the original sketch . Repeat this proce s s until the diagram has been com p letely traced. If this sc heme is followed the hookup will be right the fir s t time and the set will function properly provided the apparatus is good. MULTIPLE POINT CATSWHISKER The multiple catswhisker called a Variotenser is a welcome addition t o the radio parts which make crystal operation easier. Fourteen fine gold strands are twisted together in a miniature ca ble. The variottns e r replaces the usual single wire catswhisker. The end which touches the crystal is frayed slightly. Thus there are fourteen fine points to feel over the surface with the corresponding increase in the chances for finding that most sensitive spot quickly. The wires a1e so flexible that_ they adapt themselve s to the irregularities of the surface very easily. The o n e or two which happens to strike insen sitive p oints and s o contribute nothing to the detecti o n d o no t interfere with the others or detract from the signal strength. This would not be true if the impedance of the c r y stal were lower. As it is the amount of signal w h i ch i s bypass ed through the dead p oints is negligible. The advantages of u sing gold strands are that they are extremely flexible and do not rust or c orrode. INTERFERENCE Incre a sing interferenc e fro m spark statio n s is b ein g n ote d b y rad i o phon e li steners, e s pecially in the N e w York area. Eve n in g a f ter e vening the i;park stations break into the excelle n t musical pMgramm es of the bro a dcasters and mess things u p for t h e listeners. D urin g the most exciting mom ents of the short but thrilling DempseyF irpo bout, t h e speak stations broke in with t h e mos t aggravating racket. The writer of these lines has listened to spark stations sending the test letter, "V," minut e afte r minute during the hei1ght o f the evening broadcasting entertainment. Of course , the stock excuse on the part of spark operators is that broadcasts are either using inefficient receiving apparatu s, which cannot be tuned sharpl y enough t o eliminate undesired waves, or that the broadcasters lack the necessary skill to tune properly-or most likely both. To which we hasten to r ep l y that even with the sharpest kind of tuners, such as the Reinartz circuit, we have time and again been unable to eliminate the intense i nterference from spark stations. O bvio u s l y, the r a d i o inspectors have a job ahead of them. T h e majority rules, doe s i t not? COUPLERS The principal di stinctio n b etween a loose coup ler and a varicoupler Is that the latter has no provisio n for adjusting the numbers of turns on its movable element, which is called the rotor. T he use to which the v aricoupler is put will determine more or less the number of turns o f wire required in its windings. When used as a loos e coupler between aerial circuit and the grid circuit of a vacuum tube the fixed coil o r stator sho ul d be wound with at least fifty-six turns with pro visions for taking off taps. The moving coil o r rotor is connected to a variometer and to the filament of the detector tube. Using this system, a second or plate variometer is used to secure regeneration between the grid and plate o f the tube and the plus side of the B battery. When the varicoupler is u se d in the single circuit system the fixed coil i s conn e cted to the grid and filament of the tube a s well as to the aerial and ground circuits. A varicoupler used in the single circuit set should have sixty turns wound on its primary, with a tap every ten turns for the first fifty and then every one thereafter. The rotor should have an untapped winding of about fifty turns. SET NOISES The statement recently attributed t o Thoma3 A. Edis on that radio will die out unless the frying s ounds of the music are eliminated w a s quickly challenged by radio fans who a r e daily receiving radio programmes without "fry ing" features, and by manufacturers of r e li a ble radio apparatus, who have reduced static interference t o a minimum. "Frying sounds" is one way to descri b e the peculiar noise which static causes i n a se t. But with the advance in knowle dge of the art and the tremendous amount of r e search done r ecently by engineers a n d m anufacturers, this trouble has been practically


THE LIBEP..'TY BOYS OF '7 6 211 Inte rfere nce i;; a :wt h c r term for uyrng sound s, " an d i n t erference has been practically controll e d by the dev elopment of be t t e r par t s for radi o sets. For instance the public i s just beginning to r eali z e that the variable condenser, whic h was con si d ered a very satisfactory article a year ago, woul d not be satisfactory to-day. M anufacturers have developed what i s called a l ow lo s s condenser, that is, one in which the di e l ectric resistance is very low. It is ab solutely nece ssary to have such a condenser when u sing radio frequency amplification , or with the latest d evelopment of the art, reflex circuits. " R e flex" means using the amplifying tube twice first using the vacuum tube to amplify at frequencies, and then at audible frequencies. This type of set, which is. very simJ?le to struct as it uses no complicated tumng equip ment,' ,will bring in stations 1,000 1'.liles away using a loop as an antenna u smg a few turns of wire around the moldmg of a room (the so-call e d inside antenna). SHORT WA VE RADIO MAY HA VE BIG FUTURE Jus t what is the pla n of _short-waved relaying? Briefly, it i s the broadcastmg of on a , wave-length below 100 meters, to be picked up at one or mo r e di stant stations and on a higher w ave to serve t.he r ec e i vmg-_set o w ners i n the d istricts u rroundmg the relaymg s t ations . . The W e stinghous e C ompany has been carrymg on experiments with this m ethod of broadcasting for the pas t year a n d has in that time b een a bl e , to g a t her a grea t dea l of. u seful data from t h e s e experim e n t s . Frank C onra d , assistant c hi_ef e ngine e r o f t he c ompany, we_ll k no wn 1:;1 the radio world beca u se o f hi s station, . S X K, 1 s ?e lie v ed to be the man w h o fir s t experim e n ted w i t h b r oadcasting on thes e short wave le::1gth s. Before Mr. Conrad g o t mto the rad10 en g ine ers had prove d by t!'iat transm i ss ion on short w aves. was 1mp!a c t1ca _ b l e, but he had an idea that then _calcul_ation s might no t b e correct, a nd deci d ed t o for_ hims e l f the po ss ibilitie s of broadcastmg e ectn'.ely on wave length s of 100 meters o r lower. Fust, he bui l t a set to transmit on 100 meters found by tests w i t h a n amateur operator m Bo s ton tha t the 100mete r wave -length was more se lectiv e am! more e fficient than ev e n 3 ?0 meters. M r . Conrad next arranged f?r a private ph o n e connect i o n b etwe en Station KDKA and hom e about four mile s di stant, a nd b y a s pecia l circuit ananged t o receive progra m s from the studio circuit OYer h is telephone line . H e then c onn e cted this tele phone line to hi s 100-me ter transm itting set a nd sent out KDKA's program s simu ltaneou s l y with t he broadcasting on 360 me t ers. I n Bos t on ::J. nd o the r place s it was reported that thi s transm i ss i o n was stronger than the s ig nals receiv e d directly fro m KDKA on :lllO meter. s ! This was true, e v e n thoug h hi s s t a tion was mu c h le s s powerful than t h e one at East Pitt s bu r g .-Radio Broadcro and o t h e r se t s are d es cribed a n d d e mon strated, the builder realizes that his w o rkmanship i s lacking in details. Perhaps he fin ds it nec e s sary to u s e three tubes to bringin a certain statio n w hile the s mall boy across the str eet i s r eac hin g t he s a m e station with a s ingl e t ub e . A c e rtai n n u mbe r o f t h es e amateur c o n stru ct i oni s t s decide that on e a t tempt and part ial failu re is s u fficient, and t hereafter i n ves t the i r funds i n a commercial set t h a t is sure t o w ork. Commercia l receiver s de signe d and built by e;; tabl ished companie s not o n ly o perate satisfactor i l y to-d ay, b u t to-morrow and the week after that. The y are reli able. Ho w ofte n the amateu r i s forced to say to hi s vi siting friends: "That's strange. The s e t worked l a s t night. " T his se l dom h a pp e n s when the rece i ve r i s a standard pro d uct. By laboratory refine ments that are in vis i b l e t o the ca sual observer, the e ngineers have s ucceeded in r e moving those s mall b u t mi,gh t y troubles o me jinxe s. As time go es on and the d esire for perfect reception rat he r than stunt rec eption become s more general , the radio public will gradually l ean toward the fini s hed s e t just as they now select fini s he d talking machines and kitchen cabinets. Becaus e of the s mall boy's natural instinct for cc.nstruction and the same instinct i n the grown man, the s a l e of parts w ill a l ways be corisider a ble, but even the n it i s probable that the famil y w il l have a c ommercial product for its ow n u se w h ile fath e r a n d the boys cl utter t he attic with an assortment of parts to .co n nect in varied combi nations . The com plete set i s esse n tial to the full enjoyment o f broadcas ts, w hether from local broadcasters or distant station s. '


26 THE LIBERT Y BOYS OF '76 TriE LIBERTY BOYS O.t• '"1b -------------NEW YO.Rh., DECEMBER 7, 1923 L-TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS S!ugle Copies ...•.......•....• :Postase Free One Copy 'l.'h.ree Month•. . . . • u 0 Oue Copy Six Mouth• ....•..• One Cop.r One Year ......•••• Canada, i4.00; Foreign, f4.l:i0 . 1 Centi llO Cent• fl.16 l.IO HOW 'l' O SE.ND MONEY .At our risk aeud P. o. Money Order, Clleck or !teglstered Letter; remittauce1 In an.r other way are at your risk. We accept l'ostaire Btamps tbe same as caeh. When aendinir silver wrap the Coln In a separate piece ol pape r to avoid cutting the envelope. Write your name and addreu plainly. Address letter. to Barry E. Woll!', Prea. Vaarlea E. Nylander, 8eG. L. F. Wllaln, Tr.!aa. HARRY E. WOLFF, { Publisher, Inc., 166 W. 2Sd St., N . Y. ITEMS OF INTEREST LOSES $535 IN SKIRT BANK Ma1 y Darmody, aged crippled domestic, of No. 98 Hobson avenue, Laurel Hill, Queen s , lost al most all her life savings the other day. She had $535 tied in a handkerchief, which was pinned to an underskirt. The precious package was mis sed when s he reached the house of her employer, Charles M. Leahy, No. 453 Lockwo od stree t. Mrs. Dermo dy planned to use the money, s aved for twenty years , to open a candy store or restaurant with her sister, Mrs. J. Moore . SAVED $25,000 FROM BANDITS covery coni.e..:leJ with the long-range German guns, the 'Berihas.' In accordance with the data worked out at the Krupp establishment these guns should have fired a distance of forty kilometers and the firing was carried out on this idea without the supervising authorities being able to find where the projectiles were landing. A farmer living eight kilometers beyond the targets made complaint to the t1uthorities that s h e ll s were falling on his place. The formulas were gone over again and it was found that the range under the condition s given, with the powder used, character of the gun, etc., shoul d be only forty kilometers. At that time diminution of friction at a height above ten kilometers was not known, and this proved to be the key to the great range of one hundred and twenty kilometers sub sequently attained with a maximum coordinate of fifty kilo meters." LAUGHS Drunk-I shay, old man, lesh go out and have a party. Temperate One-I'm sorry, but I have '.1 cas e of dyspepsia. Drunk-S'all right. Bring 1t along, I'll drink anything. Husband (going through hous ekeepinoo ac what is the earth1y use of ru0nning accoul?ts with four Wife-Well, you see, dear, 1t makes the bi ll s so rriuch smaller! T _alka tive Barber (after wearying a man in the chair for half an hour)-And what would you like on your head, sir? Customer-My hat just as soon as you can manage it I ' Quick thinking by the driver of a Ford Motor Company pay-car in Detroit, Mich . , s aved a bag containing $25,000 when four armed bandits tried . Mother-Why did ye cane my child for nothto hold him up. A s the bandits intercepted the mg? Teacher-I caned him becaus e he wouldn't car the driver leaped from the machine and placed tell me where the River Thames was. He only the bag on a passing locomotive of the Detroit, stood and looked at me. Mother-He would be Toledo & Ironton Railroad, Ford' s own railroad. dumfounded at yer ignorance, most likely. The pay-car was on the way from the River • Rouge plant to a c onstru ction camp at Flat Rock when the bandits intercepted it. They disappeared after the bag was toss ed onto the loco motive. THE POST-OFFICE DEPARTMENT LOCK SMITHS The postal law s and regulations forbid postmasters or other po stal employees to repair locks themselves, and a s a result 18,000 were sent during the year to the mail equipment shops in Washington to be repaired. The average c o .st of re pairing each lock amounted to about six and a half dollars. Figures jus t compiled show that the P o s t-office D epartment manufactu1ed 350,152 lock s during 1921 at a cost of $79,000. In 1922 the number of locks turned out for the use of the postal system was 1 36,938 . 'l'HE "BIG BE.RTHA" MYSTERY From General Allen's Rhineland journal: "Commandant Jacobson of the Board of Control at E sse n related the story of the unexpected disL wag who thought to have a joke at the expense of a provision dealer said: "Can you sup ply me with a yard of pork?" "John" said the dealer to his a sistant, "give this three pigs' feet.'' "Are tI:ie sheets damp?" said the fussy old man at the hott!l. said the housemaid, who wanted to be obhgmg, "but we can sprinkle 'em for you if you like. "This nature note says a giraffe has a tongue 1 3 inche s long, " remarked Mrs . Grouch. "Yes" replied her husbad, "but the giraffe has so mucli more s e n se than a woman, for even with as big a tongue as that it never uses it to make a sound." A negro called at the hospital and said, "I called to see how mah fren Joe Brown was gettin• along.'' The nurse said,: "Why, he's getting along fine; he's convalescing now." "Well," said the darky, "I'll just sit down and wait till he'a throu.11:h."


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 . 27 I NTERESTING ARTICLES LEAVES FUND FOR HER CATS Under the w ill of Mme. Ottilie Borr i s , North A n over's acc omplishe d res id ent, who during the lat e r years of h e r life li v ed in an abandoned sc hoolhou s e $100 i s left in t r u s t to Sarah Emily Abbott, to prov i d e food and shelter for her four Persi a n cats . Mm e . Borris , whos e hus b a n d , Albert Borris was a no ted German painter w ho ' won great in this c ountry, was a lov e r of cats and took great de l i g h t i n them. She formerly lived in sple n dor in West Roxbu r y, in a beautiful man sion that w a s styled t he "Artists P aradis e . " H e r cats w e r e often exhibited and took many prize s . THE RED RIVER The Red River r is e s in the l ake regio n o f Min ne s ot a, no t f a r from the source s of the Mis si s s ip pi, flowing in a northerly direction, w hile the latter flows s outherly. It has a length of about 700 mile s , and forms a boundary betw e e n North Dakota and Minnes o t a. Entering the Province of it. northward and empties mto Lake Wmmpe g . The valley of the Red River is one of the greatest wheat growing regions in the world, becaus e of the f ertile s oil which was depo s ited long ago by the ice sheets of the glacial per i od and by a large p r ehistoric l ake known as Lake Agassiz . In many places alo n g the cours e thi s rive r , a s well as its tributaries , h a s cut chann e l s from 20 to 50 feet deep through the r ich claye y s o il. Waterpow e r has be e n de v eloped to con s id erable exte n t on its tributaries . From B rec k enridge, M i nn., to the. international boun d ary line , a cl istance of a l i t t le o ver 395 mile s , the channel o f the Red R iver has been improved by the United States Government and the water so mrtime s r ise s high enough to allow small steame r s to go u p the s ou t hwe s t branch as far as Lake Traverse a n d from there to go down the Minne sota River to the Mis s i ss ippi. THE WATER-OUSEL Though the ai r i s the native elem ent of birds t here a i e sev e r a l s p e ci es that seem to prefe1'. water, and regard that as their safes t retreat in time of d a n gllr. The wat er-ousel, or "dipper" which, Dr. Cooper says , "combines the form of 'a s a n d p iper, the s o n g o f a canary and the aquatic hab its of a d u ck," is one . The ou s el is a species p e cu liar t o the mountainou s regions of the west ern h alf o f o u r con tinent, where it dwells along streams and on the margins of our mountain lake s . I n ,, inter , when the w ater s a r e frozen over, i t se e k \\armer r egion s , unles s it can be sure of fin d in g hol e s i n ( h e i c e , w hereupon it will not hesi tate to remainftt h o m e . Her e it will remain dur in g the col d ,efe athe;, d i v in g through the hol e i n the ice catchin g small fis h . S o fond of t h e water i s the ou sel tha t it w ill buil d i t s nes t a s c lo s e to it a s possible, and mountaineers h ave reported several cases w hexein pail's , of the birds built their nests behind water-falls, and there rais ed their young. The young take to the w a t e r early, and ca s es have beeen kno w n of fledglings unable-to fly 'which, when alar med, have rus hed for the nearest stream and with the utmos t ease and confidence run along the bottom of the stream for s ome distance before coming up for air. Although the ou s el u s es its feet to a great e x te rit while swimming, its chief motive power is its wings , which move exactly as in the proce ss of flying. The wings are well adapted to swimming, b e in g almost a s broad as long, and of great power. The tail i s very short and the body i s covered with a thick down, which acts as a s hi eld agains t the water. BIGGEST ELECTRICAL MACHINE IN NATION The Brooklyn Edis on Company put into operation recently the biggest piece of electrical machinery in the w orld when it set in motion the new 35,000-kilo watt frequency changer plant at Huds on avenue and the East River. This huge unit i s 47 feet long by 21 feet wide at the base, stands 15 f eet high and weighs 450 tons . One of its unique features is that it i s controlled from another station at Gold street, two blocks away and around two corners. The man who stops and starts it never sees it move. By the turning of an electric switch he starts the frequency changer going at 300 revolutions a minute and the needle on a dial tells him that everything i s working smoothly. In this feature it stands alone in the world. For it is not only the larges t piece of electrical machinery in the world, but the largest remote contr olled unit in exi s tence. The machine i s s o huge that when the West inghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company built it, it could not be ass embled in their main plant for trial b efore shipment. Part of it was made in their Eas t Pittsburg p1ant and part in al?-other city. . It w a s shipped to Brooklyn in parts without testmg and a ss embled for the fir s t time in its permanent home. Despite its great weight the machine i s s o delicately balanced that it is possible for two men to turr{ over the generator by hand. The of this represents the imtial service of the new equipmen t and construction on which the Brooklyn Edis on Company has spent $23,000,000 this year. This machine cos t $387,000, plus the charge for installation. The purpose of the frequency changer i s to take the 6,600-volt current from the 2 5 -c ycle s y stem and transform it to 13,200 volt s on the 60s ystem. can al s o be u s ed in the opposite d1rec tion, changing from 60 cycle to 25 cycle. In other words , the frequency changer's function i s to e qualize load b etween the two parts of the Brooklyn Edison Company's distributing system . j " i.' 'i: . . ,


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He, too, had left school when he was fo urteen years of age, and had worked for years at a s mall salar y . But he was ambitious. He decided that he would get out of the rut b y training himself to become expert in some line of work. So he got in touch with the International Corre apondence Schools at Scranton and started to study in his spare time at home. It was the turn in the road for beginning o f his success. Most stories li ke that tell of the preside nts of ireat institutions who are earning $25 , 000 and a year. Thos e storie$ frighten me. I don't think I could e ve r earn that much. But this story told of a man who, tjlrough s pare time study, lifted himse l f from $25 to $75 a week. It made an im pression on me because it t alked in te r ms I could understand . It see med reasonable to suppose that /.' I c o uld do as well. I tell you it didn't take me long that time to mark and send in that farpiliar coupon . Information regarding the Course I had marked came back by return mail. I found it wasn' t too l a te to make up the education I had denied as a boy. I was surprised to find out how fascinating a home-study course -could be. The I. C. S . worked with me every hour I had to spare. I felt myself growing. I knew the11' was a bigger job waiting for me somewhere. Four months after I enrolled my employer came to me and told me that he always gave preference • men who 1tudied their jobs-and that my next salarY' envelope would show how much he thought of the improvement in my work. Today, my salary is more than 300% greater than it was when I began my studies. That increase has meant a better liome and all the luxuries that make life worth while. 'What I have done, you can do. For I am just an average man. r had no more education to begin with than you have-perhaps not as much. The only difference is a matter of training. 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