The Liberty Boys' Double Rescue, or, after the Tory Kidnappers

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The Liberty Boys' Double Rescue, or, after the Tory Kidnappers
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HE LIBERTY BOYS OE A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution. Issued Weekly-Subscription price, $3.00 per yoor; Canada, $3.50; Foreign, $4.00. Fronk Tousey, Publisher, 168 West 23d S.treet, New Y01 k, N. Y. Entered as Second-Clas& Matte , January 31, 1913, at the Post-Office at New York, N. Y., under the Act of March 8, 1879. NEW YORK, DECEMBER l.3, 1918. Price 6 Cents. HE LIBERTY BOYS' DOUBLE~ -RESCUE -,OB-AffR THE TORY KIDNAPPERS By HARRY MOORE • CHAPTER I. i H e at onc e da she d, Jack Warren at his side and O scar Wood clo s e b e hind. THREE BRA VE BOYS. Das h i n g arou nd a b end in the road, the boys sav ; a y oung girl of seventeeri or eighteen years struggling with four oI 1 h rce boyi:; were riding along a shady 1 =oa

, 2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DOUBLE RESCUE. "The leader, the one who threatened to ren1ember you boy s , is Rufus Latham, and the others are Abe Worden, Nick Dingle, Ralph West and Noah Whitman." "We will remember the scoundrels," said Oscar. "These men wanted me to come to their meet:ng and seek the protection of the king," said the old gentleman. "And you would not?" said Dick. "Never! I told them so, too. I would not disgrace myself by going to their wretched meeting. They gave me one of Houseman's precious handbills and I tore it up and cast the piec es in their faces." "Good!" said Dick. "You are a stanch patriot, and I trus t that you may live to see the triumph of om glorious cause." "It can't be long now, sir," added Jack. "The war has lasted five years now and they predicted that we would not hold out one." . "You will see it, my boy," answered Mr. Warder, "but I am afraid I never shall. Patience, rrt'y child, bring some wine and some cakes for the young gentlemen." "None for us, sir, thank you," said Dick. "Some milk, or even a glass of water, will suffice us." The boys sat on the steps or on the railing, while the negro servants passed some light -refreshments, others having look ed after the horses meanwhile. "When dp the Tories expect to hold thi precious meeting of theirs i'n answer to this handbill?" asked Dick. "I don't know. My neighbors are as opposed to it as I am and will do their best to break it up." "That is just what I will do ni yse lf," said Dick. "I wm go to the place named and show Captain Houseman that there are enough patriots to make his pompous proclama tion of little avail in this section." "I wish I could go with you," said the old man heartily. "Your heart is in the right place at any rate, sir," was Dick's answer, "and you may trust to the Liberty Boys to 9rotect yourself and your house from these vill:;,ins." The boys then took their l eave, Q ;;ca r being the l::s~ in the --..ddle, much to Jack Warren's amusement. I CHAPTER II. DICK AND THE TORIES. Riding at good speed, Dick Slater and his two companions reached their camp in half an houi. It was situated in a ny>st wHd and picturesque spot upon Fishing Creek, a tributary of the Catawba. 1fhe creek was in front of them and the woods behind, while not far off were rocky ravines, swamps and tangled un derbush. 'Springing from the back of :Major, his magnificent coal ack Arabian, Dick was greeted by a score of Liberty Boys. 'What's going on, -Dick?" asked one, much the same sort oy as Dick himself. "The Tories are beginning to make trouble, Bob." "They are, eh?" muttered the other, who was Bob Estarook, first lieutenant of the Liberty Iloys. "Let them be careful that they don't get all they want and perhaps a little more." " Dick and Bob walked away and a handsome boy, who seemed to be someone of importance, said to Jack: "Well, Mr. Jack, you did not have me with you this time, and how did you get on?" "As well as ever, Mark," laughed Jack. "We three boys walloped five Tories and met a very pleasant girl . and a fine old gentleman. " "And you gave all your attention to the girl, I suppose?" with a smile. "No, but Oscar did," laughing. "And you let him cut you out?" teasingly. "Yes, if you want to say so," said Jack. . He and Mark Morrison, the second lieutenant o f the Lib-erty Boys, were close friends and inseparable companions. Mark was a good deal of a tease at times, but Jack was a match for him. Mark could never get the best of Jack, although he often tried, and Jack simply chuckled at each new attempt. "Well, tell me all about it," said Mark. "There is likely to be trouble, is there?" one of the bravest of the boys and trusted by Dick next to Bob Esta]:;rook himself. Meanwhile Oscar was telling a party of the boys what had happened at the Warder house . "An' so dhere wor a fo ine young leddy, wor dhere ?" asked a freckle-faced. pug-nosed Iri~h boy, one of the g;-oup. "Yes, Patsy," said Oscar. "You ought to see her. She's the prettiest girl you ever met. " "Shure an' how do yez know dhat ?" asked the Irish be whose name was Patsy Brannigan, ihe company cook a on e of the chief fun-makers. of the camp. "It's manny purty girrul Oi've met in me day." "Don'd you was efer meeted dem in der nighd alzo?" ask a fat Gennan . boy, standing near. He was put down on the role as Carl Gookenspieler, h weighed two hundre d pound s and he and Patsy were con-stant companions. _ "Shure an' Oi have, Cookyspiller," answered Patsy, "both day an' noight. It's mesilf dhat's fond av dhe !eddies." "But dey don'd was fond off you, ain't it?" "Av coorse dhey are. How cud dhev help it?" "Easy," laughed Carl, "off dey don'd was plind." "An' phwat do yez mane be dhat ?" cried Patsy. "Shure an' it's a foine, handsome bhy, Qi am." . "In der dark a!retty," laughed Carl, between whom and Patsy such compl:ments were constantly flying. "G'long wid yez, or Oi'll be putt:n' clhe two oyes av yez in dhe dark wid me fisht." "What I was doed ?" asked Carl, quietly. "Puttin' raw beef on clhim to take dhe color out," roared Patsy. ''Humbug!" retorted Carl, walking away. Dick and Bob were discussing rn::tters -in Dick's lc;,t. "We must try and ascertain the date of this inten-led meet-ing, Bob," sa;d Dick. . . . . "Yes, and scatter these Tones like chaff. It 1s not likely th~t men like this old gentleman ,, 1ould go over to the other sid e." "No, but there might be many timid, wavering ones who would and we want to prevent this." "We'll do it!" d eclare d Bob, who was of an impetuous nature and decidedly outspoken in all matters. He hac) the greatest regard for Dick's opinion, however, and was often guided by him-:-. . The two • boys were the close s t fnc: 1ds and wei-e like brothers. Their friendship was strengthened by the fact that the i::-ister of each was the sweetheart of the other, so that some day they would be brothers indeed . "Those Tories we met to-day will probably know som~-i;~~~i~t~e::~, :g~::: ::i:k that a little spy \\"O~rk will Di ck Slater was noted for this sort of work, l~aYing cnlled the champ.ioi;i. spy of the revoluti~n and performing many an important secret r.iission for General Washington himself. Early that evening Dick put on a suit of ordiilary clothes,/ took another horse a:id ~et vut to gain sor:e information. No oi;i.c not closely acquainted with him would have recog nized him as the dashing D:ck Slater, capta:n of the Liberty Boys. He combed his hair in a different fashion, wore a round wool hat pulled down to his eyes and looked like some plantation hand off for the evening;. . Riding along carelessly, he came to a tavern which he had heard was largely frequented by Tories. He entered the main room, took a seat in one corner and called for a pewte;.• mug of punch. He left it untasted, simply calling for it to have some good excuse for staying. Men around him were smoking long clay pipes and drinking ale or spirits. He quickly recognized two or three of them as having been in' the party at Mr. Warder's that afternoon. The leader, Rufe Latham, was not present, but one of the men presently mentioned his name. "I recl:on he'll be he1e d'reckly," muttered another. "Hav' he sot ther time er ther meetin'.' ?" "Yes , and the Liberty Boys will p~obably make some of it." "That's all right, the more the better, especially if tha redcoats are going to be troubled," answered Mark, w h o was "Yaas, it's fur ter-morrer mornin' in ther ole field near the post house." "I reckon we c'I), get lots er fellers to go ef we use e r Ieetle persuasion," tappin g his pistol belt.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DOUBLE RESCUE. 3 "I reckon we kin. Ef thet obstinate old rebel , Warder, would jine us, w e ' d d o b etter y i t. " "Him an' the m young reb e l s w hat interfered with us this evenin' air ergoin ' ter c atch it, Ab e ." "Ye're right, R a l p h. The r e don ' t no boys browbeat! m e fur nothin', I'll let 'em know that." "We'd 01-ter clean out ther camp an' rid the r d eestrick er ther pests," said a new sp e aker. "That's what w e'd 01-ter do, Noah," said Abe Worden, "an' ther sooner we do et ther better." Dick recognized all the se men as having be e n at the Warder house, and h e took es p ec ial n o tice o f them. Rufe Latham, the r e cogn ize d l eader of the party , entered ,..., hortly. He had a numb e r of h a ndbill s, which h e distri buted. He gave one to Dick , who promp tl y thre w it on the floor and put his foot on it. "Here, that ain't ther way ter treat proclamations," snarled the Tory. "It's the way to treat that sort ," contemptuously. "By George! I half b e lieve ye'1 e er r e bel!" "And I know that y ou are a sneaking T ory and sc oundrel!" replied Dick. Latham attempted to draw h i s pistol. In a moment he r e ceiv e d the contents of the pewter right in his face. He uttered a howl and called out: "Seize the rebel and duck him in the horse pond." The room was lighted by two or three candles placed on the shelf over the chimn ey corner. Crack-crack-crack ! Three rapid shots pi.;t out ev ery one of them. When the y were r e lighted Dick Slater was nowhere to be seen . CHAPTER III. BREAKI~G UP A MEETING. The fir e s were lighted in the camp of the Liberty Boys, more for sociability than for comfort, the boys occupying themselves in various wavs . Patsy and Carl were sitting beside each other on a log in front of the fire, as was their custom of an evening. "Did Oi iver tell y e z about dhe b eaut iful big farrum me father had in Oirland, Cookyspiller ?" a s ked Patsy after a long pause. There was no answer. "Sh~ an' it wor a foine place. We had acres an' acres av pastqte land an' horses an' cows galore, an' as for dhe r.;."pr ~:--''I fhen there was a sound like the grunt of a pig. Patsy turned and looked at Carl. The fat German boy was fast asleep and snoring. "Wud yez luck at dhat n o w," cried Patsy in disgu s t. "Shure all me foine talk is just t'rown away on um." Carl uttered another snore. "Don't talk to me like dhat," muttered Patsy. "Shu1e anny pig can do dhat." "What's the matter, Patsy?" asked a jolly fellow of the name of Ben Spurlock, coming up. "Shure an' dhere's matther e nuff to make a nny wan mad." , "Well, but what is it?" asked Sam Sanderson, another of the boys. , "Luck at dhe Dootchman." "Why, he seems to be enjoying himself." "Yis, an' me a-talkin' to him. Wud yez t'ink Oi wud p\t anny wan to sleep be me talk in'?" "On the contrary, you would keep them awake." "Well, Oi'm goin' to wake him up, begorrah." "How?" asked the boys . "Go get a bucket av wather. Dhe forst t'ing we know he'll be shlapin' on his posht, an' dhat'll niver do." "No, of course not." "An' he will unless he gets a good wakin' up. Go get a bucket av wather, Sam." "Don't you think that it would be rather sudden?" "Not a bit av it. Shure dhere's nothin' short av dhe sky fallin' dhat'll shtartle him." Sam went off and got a brimful bucket of water. Patsy got up and stood behind Carl. " r -lh' me bhy, let him have it good," he said. Sam r a i s e d th,~ b u cktt, poised it for an instant and let the conten t s fly stra ignt at Carl. At the same instant Carl slid rapidly off the log to the g r ound and roile d alongsid e his recent seat. Pats y w ould have b ee n saf e behind the broad barrie r which Carl's a m ple form mad e . With that gon e, he receive_d the full fo1 ce o f the floo d . Over he w ent,' sputtering and gasping, while all the boys laughe d and Carl snored on. "Ture an' 'ounds! Wud y e z luck at dhat? Oh, my; oh, my! Oi'm we t from me hid to me fate." " W e ll, it's a sad fate, at an~ rate, " laughe d D e n . "Shure an' cudn't yez see dhat he weren't dhere ?" a s ked Patsy of Sam. " No , he slipp e d down just as I let drive," replied Sam, shaking with laughter. "Shure Oi always thought it were better t o be born lucky dhan rich," muttered Patsy, shaking himself, ~'but Oi don't seem to be aither." Bob Oddy, who laughed at everything, now let out a roar which awo!rn the echoes. It arous e d Carl, who sat up, looked around, 1 esum e d his seat and asked: "What it was? What der funny dings was alrett y ? Toldt me und I laff alzo." " T e ll hi m , Pats y," chuckled Ben. "Shure an' 0/11 not," and the Irish boy went a way to change h i s clotl' es. "For why B;,,tsy got wet alretty?" asked Carl. "Was we had ein rainstorm?" "Yes , and Pats y was selfish and got it all," chuckled Sam, going a w ay with the bucket. "W eJJ, dot was all righd, I don'd was wanted me some off dot, " and Carl yawned, got up and walked away and didn't know why the boys had laughed till the next day. Very early the next morning the Libe1ty Bo ys were all in the saddl e and on their way to the old field n ear the posthouse. Dick wi s hed to, be there betimes, so as to anticipate th,'! meeting if possible. Re a ch i n g the field, they found that some soldi e r s and many of the -'fories had already assembled. ' "Charge, boys; rout the Tories!" he shouted. "Away with them, liberty forever!" answered the gallant boys. The r e were no orders to fire, but the redcoats from Rocky Mount did not.wait for any. The Liberty Boys greatly outnumbered them and they fled in haste. Dick had no wish to fire upon the Tories, as they had not attacked him. He simply wished to break up the meeting and to show the Tories that such things would not be tolerate d. "These people were alJ born in this country," h e had s aid, "and should be loyal to it, instead of swearing all e giance to a tyrant king." All the Liberty Boys thought the same and were ready to carry out Dick's plan. Down upon the Tories they charged, scattering them left and right and in all directions. / "Scatter, you toad-eating Tories," cried Bob, whacking Abe Worden on the back with the flat of hi s sword. "Clear out, you traitors!" cried Jack, cuffing the ears of Nick Dingle. "Go home and try to be men," shouted Mark, di spersing a dozen of the Tories. Arthur M ackay . Harry Thurber, Harry Juds on, Walter Jennings, George l;lrewster, Will Freeman, Phil Waters, Tom Hunter, Jim Turner, Ben Brand and a dozen others charged with Mark and Oscar, ~nd thr Tories fled like 13h e e p . As yet not a shot had b een fired. The Liberty Boys would not fire without orders. Dick had no wish to kill the Tories, but only to disperse them. The greater part of them fled without firing a shot. Then Rufe Latham, from behind a stump, aimed a shot at Di'ck. It flew wild, but there were many of the boys who saw it fired. Bob dashed at the stump, sprang from his horse, seized the fleeing Tory by the collar and shook him as if he had been a rag. "If that cowardly shot had injured anyone, I would kill you!" he cried, "but it's too good for you."


, 1 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DOUBLE RESCUE. --------------------------Then the angry fellow administered a kick that sent the I "Tories, do you think?" asked Bob. Tory flying, and said: I "f should net be surpiised . I saw someone glide rapidly "Now fire, if you like, in the open and not behind a behind a tree just now. He was in sight only an instant, but stump." : I saw him." He had his own pistols in his hand, . but Rufe did not in-1 "What shall we do, Dick? One has no fear of meeting vite a shot. an honest enemy, but to be shot at from behind a tree or a "You'll pay for that insult," he cried, as he hurried away, rock is a different thing." . taking good care to put a tree between himself and Bob at "Wuit," ,;aid Dick. "When you hear shots, come up. Give once. me your musket, Jack." "Insult?" cried the angry young lieutenant. "It's an honor T::king the musket, Dick put his hat on top of it, with his to be kicked by a decent boy, but I'm ashamed at hav;ng coat under it. touched you even with, my boot." It was almost like twilight farther on, and upon this Dick "Hang it up to friken away de cows wid, Bob," shouted depended for the success of his plan. Patsy. "Shure an' dhey'll not go near it." Lying along Major's back, he raised Jack's musket and The meeting was broken up most emphatically and no rode forward at a fairly rapid pace. more were held. As he reached the darkest part of the road, the branches Captain Houseman, at Rocky Mount, was furiously angry forming a complete arch over it, three or four shots rang and vowed to have vengeance on the Liberty Boys for what out and his hat was sent flying, two bull ets passing through they had done. the coat. The true-hearted patriots bf the region applauded the boys, Puffs of smoke here and there showed whence the shots whose act had done much to strengthen the feeling against had been fired. the invaders. 1n a mom ent Dick straightened himself in his ~addle. The meetings were broken up for good and all, as it was Quickly throwing Jack Warren's musket to position, he not likely that Houseman would issue any more poclama-fir e d at one of these puffs. tions. A terrible yell answered the report of the musket. On the way back to the camp the boys passed the house Bob, Mark and the others came dashing up. of Mr. Warder. • 1 Crack-crack-crack! Patience and her brothers came out, a crowd of neighbors They all opened fire upon the concealed enemy with musassembled and the Liberty Boys were given a rousing recep-kets and pi s tols. tion. Altho ugh they cou ld see no on.e, they kne w wh e re to aim. "There are no Tories in that crowd," said Jack to Mark That the:r shots were good was proved by yells and groans when the cheering ceased. and a sudden tremendous cra~hing in the unde r bru s h. "No," said Mark, "but we will have to look out for them The Tories were mak'ng for cover in the hot has te. after this," and he was right. Th e bo~rf-fired rapidly, and for a few moments it fairly rained bullets. Then Jack and Mark plunged throug h the thicket, and, reaching the edge of an open space, s aw two or thre e Tories CHAPTER IV. running at full speed. On e was Rufe Latham and another was Noah Wh ; tman. A LUCKY ESCAPE. "Did you find anyone in the thicket?" asked D i ck when the boy s r eturne d and reported what the y had s een. Sending the greater part of the Liberty Boy s back to "No, and they probably got away or we r e take n away by camp, Dick went u:e on the board piazza to sp eak to the old their c-nmn•des. They w ere all Torie s fai::t enough," an-patriot and his family. sweied Mark. , He took Bob ~nd ~ark with ~i~, and as, J a ck an~! Oscai; "You \'>'ere right when you said we would have trouble had be e n conc e 1ned m the affap of the c,ay before, the ) from th es e Tories," declared Jack. ' They would have shot went also t 'th t t' 'f D' k J d t ted P t . I d t II th b b t I d t a us \\' I ou a momen s warnmg 1 1c 1a no suspec a ience was !; a o s ee a e oys, u s 1 e se e me . o them." pay mo1: e attention to O scar Wood than to the oth e rs, Dick " You can thank Dick's quick sight for that," remarked Slater himself not excepted. '-Bob "She's pretty girl, Jack," whispered th e mis chievous I "And the Tories can thank it for their surprise,' mut-M~,rk to his chll:m. ,, tere d Jack. "He drew t'.1eir fire and then we peppered tl em." "Yes, so ~he 1s, very._ ?" . . • I The boys now reloaded t}u!ir pieces and rode on, no ,,Why don,t you cut hu~,, out_. with a twmkle. mor<' being seen of the Tories, however. "Why don,t you, Mar~• qm e tly. . ,, When they reached the camp the boys told of their lucky "Oh, but I ve got a girl of my own? ,rou kno\, . esca p e, and Dick said: "How do you kn~'! that ! hav,T not • ,, "The Tories are very angry with us for breaking up their "Have you,, Jack. eage1_ly. You n:;ve~ told m e_. meeting and will seek vengeance upon us." ,,Oh, I don t t , ell ev~~,Ythmg I know, with a smil e . "Let them come out square and fight like men, then," .,Well, ?ut ha, e Y~>U ,, . " sputtered Bob, "and not like savages." And Im not tellmg now, with a chuckl e . G e t someone "Th Id 't d th t th' • h th h d else to cut Oscar out " ey wou n o a is mornmg w en ey a a "Who, for instanc~?" ch!nce," ~dded _Jack. "They are nothing but a lot of sneaks." "Patsy Brannigan," laughed Jack. "He's fond of all the Kr:,ow1:ng th1_s, we must be all the more on the watch for girls " them, Dick said. "o'h, you are hopeless, Jack." "I'll shoot them on sight!" declared Jack, hot'y. . "And you can't tease me, Mark." There were many who thought the same as the determmeclJ Dick at last took his leave and rode away with his two youi:ig Jersey bo:,,:. . . lieutenants and Jack and Oscar. D~ck was certam that th_e Tones would_ take some action "Before Sumter comes" said Dick. "we must get over to agamst them and the _patriots of the section, _and he thereRocky Mount and see ho~v the land lies." fore resolved to learn Just what they were domg. "Exactly," said Bob. "The enemy seem to think they are Late _that afternoon he. and Bob, disguised as natives of impregnable, but it may be that they are not." the region, set out to see what they could learn. "That is just what I wish to find out," added Dick. They did not take horses with them, for fear of being sus -"The patriots are arming," declared Mark. "Old mill saws pected. are being made into broadswords, pikes are being sharpened Dick also avoided the tavern where he had been on the preand everything-that can be made into an offensive or defE'J).-vious night for the same reason. sive weapon i s being utilized." He wore a different disguise than the one he had worn "Yes," ad d ed Dick, "the patriots are rising, and when on that occasion, but any stranger would be likely to attract Sumter comes he will find plenty to meet him." suspicion in the place, and he therefore kept away from it. They were riding along a wild and most picturesque road, The two boys were passing through a wood alongside a when Dick suddenly halted. , road when they heard voices. "There is someone ahead of us, boys," he said in a low Dropping upon their faces, they looked out cautiously and tone. "This is just the place for an ambush " saw a number of men coming along the road


THE ' 'LIBERTY BOYS' DOU)3LE RESCUE. 5 "Huck has got hi s commis s ion , " said one, "and he's going to push the reb e l s a s far as he can." "Ther r e bel gin'ral, Sumter, is ergettin' er army together," said another, "an' Huck w a nts ter git erhead of him. " "He's begun ter strike already," declared a third, "an' one er two more good blo w s is all we want ter discourage ther rebels an' scatte r Sumter's army." Dick and Bob r e cogni ze d two or three of their old enemies in the party, which now pass ed on. "I've h eard of this man Huck," said Dick. "He is a profane, unprincipl e d fello w , a hater of law and order and a rank Tory. He has already committed many excesses, and this army of his, as he calls it, must be broken up, as we broke up the meeting of the Tories." "Then we must discover their encampment," suggested Bob. The bo ys followed the m e n at a little distance, and finally saw them enter a wood at the top of a hill. Following cautiously, the y saw a large number of men armed in different uniforms. They preserved a certain sort of military discipline, but were a rough, evil-looking, lawless set of men who would think more of gratifying their own hate than of standing up for principl e . Having had a good look a t them and learned much, and as evening was no w a p p roac hi n g , Dick and Bob at length stole away without being observed and took their way to the ca,np. When Dick told of his plan of dispersing Huck's so-called army the boys were greatly pleased and eager to go on the march at once. It was decided to make the attack tnat night and drive the maraude r s from the district. CHAPTER V. ROUTING THE TORIES. The force under Christian Huck amounted to four hundred cavalry and a number of well-disciplined Tories, also mounted. The men had been gathering even while Dick and Bob had been watching them, and a rapid calculation had told them how many there w ere. "There are four or five times as many as the Libe1ty Boys now," said Dick, "and more may arrive. It may be as well to get the h elp of the patriot people of the neighborhood in driving out these rascals." "A good idea," agreed Bob . Quj.2kly donning their uniforms, they mounted their horses an

6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DOUBLE RESCUE. The n half a dozen r e dcoats came out o f t h e hou se a nd three or four more from around the corne1 o f it. Patsy suddenly changed hi s mind about s ei zing the red coats. " Rin, me bhy; rin as fasht a s yez can! " h e cri e d . He set the i;xample, and Carl came afte r him a s fast as his fat legs would t ake him. The redcoats b egan fir i n g at the two Lib erty Bo ys. Carl tripped on a stone and f e ll a nd t h e bullets fle w over his head. ' • Patsy had put a tree betwee n hims elf and the en emy and was safe. "Oh, my; oh, my! Poor Cookyspiller is a goner, so he is," he wailed. Two of the redcoats came to pick Carl up. H e gpt up himself, shot out both fis t s and knocked the red coats down. "Dere! dot was vhat you was vor dripping me oob alretty," he said. Then he turned and ran as fast as he could go. "Hurry oob, Batsy, dose redgoats was caughted us off you don'd loogk ouid," he cried. The soldiers did not pu rsue the two Liberty Bo ys, for at that mom ent a compan y from the camp appear ed and they were forced to make their o w n e s cape. "Shure an' av we had know e d dh ey wor dhere, we moight have waited an' made prisoners av dhe ridcoats afther all," said Patsy. " Yah, dqt was easy to knowed vhat to doe d afder it was doed, ain't it?" " Shure an' it takes no fool to tell dhat." "I dinks so meinselluf. Come ahe adt back mit d e r gamp. Dot d on'd was some fun chasing dose redgoats der wrong vay." .,-"I belave yez, me bhy," said Patsy, and then they went back to the camp. CHAPTER VI. THE FIGHT AT ROCKY M OUNT. E a rl y on the morning of July 30th Sumter advanc e d upon Rocky Mount. The r e was no r e g u l a r fortifi cation here, bu t the r e was an abatis and a numbe r of hou ses in which the en emy had thei r quarte rs. ~ ' Su m t e r had no artillery and at once bega pouring musket volleys upon the enemy . . A Tory spy had in f ormed the redcoats of the app} oach of the patriots and the British commander was ready. T he abatis blocked the way and must eithe r be carried or destroyed. There was no u s e for hors es in such a place . D i ck quic k l y d i smounted the Liberty Boys and urge d them forward. "G et over," said Dick. "We must r e ach the e nemy some_,how." The abati s consisted of a number of trees placed together on the ground, the branches pointin g outw ard. These were lopp ed, and, thei r sharp ends inte rlaced, made a barrier which i t was impossible to g et through and difficult to climb o ve r. The gallant boys sprang at it, pouring in a voll e y and e s sayed to mount it. The enemy answered with a hot volley and the boys retired. Again they assailed it, climbing from branch to branch and using t heir pistols as they climb e d . The fir i n g h e c a m e s o fierc e, how e ver, that Dick would not endanger the li ve s of the L i b E1rty Bo ys and again they fell back. , For the third time the abatis was attacked by the Lib erty Boys and a large force of Sumter's men. Scrambling up the branches like monkey s, di scharging musket s a nd pistols whe n ever there was a chance for a shot, the plucky bo ys r e ached the top. Dick him se l f l e d them, and clo s e beside him were Bob, Mark, J a ck, Be n, S am, Dave Dunham, Horace Walton, Ben Brand, G erald Fleming, Mort Bracey, Ned Knowlton, Ezra Barbour ancl a s core more brave lads. Patsy, Carl, Lishe Gre ene, Jim Turner, Matt Swith, Lulw Jones and a dozen more were r..ot far away and working like beavers. "Wud yez luck at dhat fat Cookyspiller, scramblin' up?" ------------cried Patsy. "Begoi:rah, Oi do belnve he'll lose twinty pound s wid dhe exercoise. Come on, me bhy, give us yer fisht." With ch e e r a nd a volley, the gallant boys l eape;i over the ob struction and rushed forward, firing as they ran. They drove the enemy into the houses, whenc e they fired upon the persistent patriots. Sumter now undertook to force the enemy out. The Liberty Boys, gathered in a body, awaited orde r s from Dick. They reloaded their pistols and muskets so as to be ready for a charge as s oon as Dick gave the word. Carl was puffing like a porpoise, his face stained with sweat and the smoke of powder, and as he wiped his forehead he muttered: "Mein gollie ~ off I was no more bigger as dot mitchet, I bet me I got ofer more gwicker alretty, but here I was anyhows." , The midget was a Liberty Boy of diminutive size but great bravery, known as Ira Little. "Yis, yez wor here, Dootchy," laughed Patsy, "but phwin yez go back we'll take a rope, put it around yer neck and--" "No, sir, I don'd was lige dot. Subbo s e dot rope was proke-" ' " We'll get anodther wan, av coorse." "Yer was got me anoder negk? Dot wa s what I was meanted." 'Shure an' yez have neck enuff for two anyhow." , "Off I doed, I don'd was wanted it proken alretty." They were now ready to attack the houses where the enemy had taken refuge. The houses were built of logs and were at the bottom of a slope. Sumter first tried throwing burning fagots against them so as to set them on fire. This did not succeed, as the enemy opened fire upc n the men with the fagots and they were obliged to fall back. Then Dick went to Sumter and said: "There is an old wagon on the other side of the ai>atis, gene ral. If it were filled with burning brush and rolled down against the houses it might do a good deal of damage." "Very hue, captain," said the general. "Procure it at once . " 1 'he old wagon was soon found and brought to the top of the slope. The abatis was now cut through and piles of brush and straw taken from it. These were put into the wagon and set on fire. Then the wagon was started at the top of the hill and sent i-olling down with its blazing load. It struck against one of the log houses, and in ;--. time flames began to appear. The firing had continued at intervals all this time. S eeing their peril , the enemy raised a fl~g. Sumter at once ordered the firing to cease. In a moment a sudden shower of rain began to fall with great violence and the flag came down. The :fire was quic~ly put out and now the enemy defied Sumter and opened fire upon the patriots. There was nothing else which they could use and the enemy could not be dislodged. Once or twice the men dashed up to the houses to try and carry them, but without success. The fire from them was too hot and Sumter would not take the risk. The Liberly Boys were ready to make the attempt and many asked Dick's permission to do it. He would not consent to this, however . . ' "It is too bad that the rain had to come on Just at that time," muttered Bob impatiently. "Let us make a rus h for it, Dick," pleaded Jack Warren. "The hundred of us could das h up and do some damage, I know." Mark, Bob, Ben, Sarii, and all the Libe rty Boys in fact, backed up Jack. but to no avail. "If Sumter does not think it wise, I certainly do not," Dick answered. "No, the risk is too great." Sumter now drew off his troops, the Liberty Boys going with him. ' Dick took the Liberty Boys to their old camp, while Sumter withdrew to the north side of Fishing Creek. The Liberty Boy~ were greatly disappointed at not having routed the redcoats. "A partial victory is as bad as a defe at," muttered Rnh


I THE LIBERTY BOYS' DOUBLE RESCUE. 7 "And those conceited Britishers will say that heaven is on their side, because it rained," sputtered Jack. "Tell 'em that the rain falls on the just and on the unjust," answered Mark. "That will settle them." "The best argument and about the OI\lY one they would listen to would be plenty of powder and shot," remarked Ben Spurloc~ "It's generally an unanswerable one, if you keep it up," chuckled Sam. "Shure an' Oi do be thi~in' n ow that av we had used Cookyspiller as a batthering ram, we could have made dhim surrendher, " said Patsy, with a loud laugh. "Gone mit you," sputtered Carl. "Off we was toogked dot red head off yours dot was more bedder, I bet me." The boys laughed and Patsy retorted: .,, "Go'n wid yez, me hid is not rid, it's joost a warrum brov,rn." "Warm ? " laughed Carl. "DAt don'd was warm, dot was redhot alretty. I belief me dot you was fry eeks ofer it in der morning when dot fire was slo,w." . . "Shure an' it's we own hid, an' av QJ loike it, dhere's nothin' to say." "You don'd could hel\ub yourselluf, dot was der reas on," roared Carl. "Dere doi,'d was so:,,e_po,dy what would shwap headts mit you and you \Vas had to keeped it,'' "Vv'ell, never mind, boys," said Dick, "we did our best and we may have better luck next time." -"If we hadn't. done our best I wo1Jlp feel t:\i,at it was our :t"ault ," an,,wered Bob . "At any rate, we'll make up for this another t:me," and all the boys agreed with h~n;i. CHAPTER VII. KIDNAPPED. The next day Dick and Bob set out to learn something about the enemy. Reaching the Warder house, they w~re dismollnting when they heard sudde n screams from the rear. They sprang from their horses ahd ran swiftly to the back of the hou se . Here they saw two or three men running away with Patience. One of the fellows had her over his shoulder, the girl having swooned . . He was Rufe Latham, the others being Abe Worden and Ralph West. . "Stop, you ruffians!" cried Dick, _ giving chase at once. Then he and Bob fired a shot or two apiece. Worden's hat was carried away and two bullets went throug west's coat. Ti, boys were afraid to fire at Latham, for fear of inu ,;ng Patience. 'f11e servants came running out, hoping to capture the kidnappers. Dick and Bob were well in advance now, and still firing. The Tories fired a shot or two which flew wild, and then they took th the woods. After them raced Dick and Bob, determined to catch them. Once in the woods the chance were very favorable for the ruffians finding hiding places. There were ravines, swamps, thick woods and many more hiding places, all of which were secure. After them flew the two brave fellows, therefore, resolved not to lose sight of them. They fired the last shots they 'had before reloading, one of them hitting West in the leg and causing him to fall. "Catch the scoundrel!" cried Dick. "Do~•t let the ruffian get away." The kidnappern were still in sight when Dick and Bob plunged into the thicket. . And then, ,.1ithout the least warnh,ig, six or eight more Tories suddenly leaped out of the thicket and surrounded the two boys. They had no more shots, but they wo~ld not give up with-out a struggle. Dick closed with three of the Tories, dealing tremendous blows right and left. Bob struck out viciously and brought two of his assailants to the ground with stunning blows. Then one caught him by his legs and brought him down, others quickly seizing him . The others now returned, West limping badly, ~nd the entire body leaped upon Dick, Bob having been already se cured. The brave fellow stunned one of his foes with a blow on the head from hi s pistol and knocked another one down with a , crack between the eyes. There were too many of them, however, and Dick was speedily overcome. He and Bob were then bound hand and foot and borne by two each, the boys being unable to walk. The Tories hurried on for a time and then stopped to re,;t. "I'll h:j,ve to l eave you," muttered West. "The confou nded young rebels put a bullet in my leg an' there's no walkin' with it." "We'll give yer er lift," muttered Whitman. "Yer can't stay behind now that ther place is full er rebels." "Make ther gal walk," snarled Latham, placing the still uncon s cious Patience on the ground. "We cain't be totin' ther hull lot." The boys were set against boulders, being able to stand, but no more. . Their arms were bound behind them, their wrists tied together and cords passed around their bodies, pinning their arms to their sides. Their legs were bound at both ankle and knee, so that the boys were absolutely helpl ess. "We're luckier 'n we expected," said Nick Dingle with a hoarse laugh. . ,. "Yaas, we on'y meant ter ketch ther gal, but we got ther two rebels besides." "Do yer know what thet means?" asked Rufe. "E't means thet we're ergoin' ter hang 'em both an' have our revenge fur all ther trouble they hev gi'n us," growled West. "An' it means five hundred pounds beside fur erketchin' of Dick Slater, dead or erlive." "It doe s !" cried the Tories. "Yuss." "An' nuthin' for t'other feller?" "No, 'less the r Liberty Boys want ter pay er ransom ful our givin' on him up." • "l\1ebby we'll get more by lettin' both on 'em go," mutterec one of the Tories, "same as we expect. ter do with ther gal." "I say kill 'em1both!" snarled West. ' "I say so, too," added Latham. "We c'n collect the1 re,vard fur Dick Slater, but I ain't ergoin' ter let him go . " "Er course not," . growled Noah Whitman. "Revenge ii better than ther money." "Come on," snarled Latham. "Ther gal is recoverii,', an' she c'n walk ez we11 ez enrwbody." Patience now came to herself, and one of the men bound her arms behind her. "You brutes!" she cried. "Wait till the Liberty Boys heai of this . . You will suffer for it, let me tell you." "Wa-11, there's two on 'em a'ready," laughed Dingie, "but I don't guess they'll do very much, an' the rest on 'em won't know nothin' erbout et." Patience now saw Dick and Bob., for the first time. "Are you prisoners also?" she asked. "I am sorry -for that." "Don't you worry, Miss Warder," answered Dick. "We won't be prisoners long, I promise you, and then we'll liberate you." "Huh, the assurance of him!" laughed Latham. They now proceeded rapidly, taking: a well-defined path through the woods, instead of making tl'teir way through the thicket as before. Someone helped West and a Tory walked on each side of Patience, holding her arms. Dick and' Bob were carried, as before, by their feet and shoulders. "I could save you the trouble of carrying me if my feet were not bound so closely," observed Dick. "That's er good idee," muttered Whitman. "Yuss, and go slower," growled Latham, "an' have ther other fellers ketch up ter us. We c'n go faster this erway, ef it is er leetle harder." "How d'yer know they're ercomin' arter us? There didn't none on 'em see us, did they?" "Won't ther folks at ther house tell 'em?" "But they didn't see us ketch 'em." "Er course not, but won't ther rest er ther Liberty Boys mtss /em, won't they look fur 'em, an' won't they go te.r t.her old rebel's an' ast erbout em?" snarlingcy.


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DOUBLE RESCUE. "Well, all that'll take time, an' we'll be too fur off by thet time . " "I donno whether we will or not, an' I ain't takin' no ch:mces. Thc r young feller purtends it'll be easier fur us, so's he c'n make time fur ther Liberty Boys ter ketch up." That vvas really Dick's reason for suggesting that they let him walk. "All right," growled Whitman, "but I've toted my end er this one long enuff, an' now some other feller kin take er holt." One of the Tories relieved him and they kept on as before till Patience P[Otested that she could not go so fast. "I am not a man," she cried, "and I can't go hl!lrrying through the brush like this. Either you've got to let me take my time or you'll have to make a litter carry me." "Yer gotter walk," snarled Latham. "We hain't got no hosses or coaches an' we ain't ergin' ter make no litter ter tote yer on." "Then you'll have to let me take my own time, for I sim ply cannot walk so fast. I am all used up now ." They had stopped in a wild spot near a winding stream surrounded by hills, its own banks often descending sheer into the water. The stream narrowed at this point and was crossed by a rude bridge, which was simply a tree thrown across the chasm. While resting here Dick's sharp ear caught a welcome sound . . The Liberty Boys were in pursuit of the kidnapers. CHAPTER VIII. THE CHASE BEGINS. Shortly afte r Dick and Bob had left Oscar Wood went to Mark, who was in charge of the camp, and asked permission to be gone for a time. "Going to see Miss Patience, are you, Oscar?" chuckled Mark. "Yes," said the boy, blushing. "Well, that's all right. How would you like to take Jack along?" Oscar looked as if the arrangement was not altogether to his taste. "I know that two is company and three is not," laughed Mark, "but Jack is a good fellow, and then there is another reason." Oscar looked enquiringly at Mark, who continued: "I would rather not have any 6f the Liberty Boys go out alone. There are too many enemies about. If there are two, one can help the other." "Oh, in that case, I ~ertainly have no objection," said the boy promptly, "and Jack is a very good fellow, as you say." "There are none better," said Mark. "You can rely on Jack Warren always." Oscar then asked Jack to go with him and they were soon in the saddle and galloping on at a good rate. Reaching the Warder house, they saw Dick Slater's horse, Major, and Bob Estabrook's horse at the front gate. "Hello, Dick and Bob must have stopped," said Jack. "There seems to be no one about in front," added O s car. "I wonder if anything can be the matter?" They quickly went up the steps, Jack leavinghis bay mar( beside Major, and raised the heavy brass knocker. A negro servant came at once to the door. Everything was now seen to be in the greatest confusion. "Lilly missy done be'n ca'ied off by dem nassy Torv fellahs, young gem'en," said the negro, "an' Ah spects suffin' done happen ter nl.arse capting an' Marse Bob." "What do you mean?" asked Jack. "Why, dey done wen' arter der Tory kidrumpers, an' dey ain' got back yit, an' I done heah a lot o' shootin' goin' on." "Ride back, Oscar, as fast as you can . go," c1ied Jack. "Take my mare. There isn't another hors e in the camp that can beat her, except Dick Slater's Major. Tell Mark, and bring up the Liberty Boys." . . . Oscar was off on Jack'i:i mare without askmg any questions, and now Jack himself hurried across the fields, foll<;>wing the trail easily to the woods. "Tell the boy s when they come which way I have gone," he said to the negro. "A'right, Marse Jack. Ah tol' 'em. Does yo' spect anyfing am wrong?" "I fear so. How many of the kidnapers were there?" "Dere was free, but Ah reckon dey was mo' in de woods." "Why so?" "Becos whin marse capting an' Marse Bob got in dere Ah done heah mo' shootin' an' shoutin' dan dese two or free fellahs could make, an' den de young gem'en hai 't come back yit an' dey ain't no mo' shoutin' nor shootin', sah." "Very true," said Jack, and then he hurried on, following the trail without trouble. "There were several of them," he presently said to himself. "Here is where they surprised the boys. Jove! but there must hav been a tough fight." The earth was deeply indented with footprints, the grass was trampled and the bushes were bent and broken. Here some one had fallen and here there had been a general sc1immage and blood had been shed. Here there were shreds of,rope and here in the path was a cocked hat, which Jack knew to me Dick's. He hunied on, nothing escaping his quick eye. Dick had taught him many tricks about following trails, and he had already known a good deal himself. "They have bound the boys and are carrying them," he muttered. "I can tell by the deener footprints. Th_ey can't go so rapidly, and we may be able to catch up with them. There's a big party of them, though, nearly a dozen, I should th~" . Jack k ept right on, knowing that Mark would be able to follow the trail as rapidly as he had followed it. Before long he noticed that he was on a beaten path and not in the brush. He could still see the trail at intervals, however, and so was not discouraged. "They have some place in their minds," muttered Jack, "and are not simply going at random." Then he followed the path and did not trouble to look for the trail, thereby making much better speed. Pushing on more rapidly, now that he had a good path to follow, and being fleet of foot withal, the boy presently heard sounds in the distance. • He could hear voices, but could not distinguish words, and he went on more rapidly. "The scoundrels are resting," he muttered. "It is no easy job carrying their prisoners, and these chaps are not fond of work." Hurrying on, he could at last distinguish words and went forward more cautiously. "There they are," he said to himself, as peering through the trees, crouching low in the p1:1th, he saw quite a party hurrying on at some distance. "There's a lot of them, too, more than I would care to tackle." Stopping be side a tree to rest and listen for the co-11ing of Mark and the Liberty Boys, Jack presently saw that the~her party had s topped. . . . -~, He crept fonvard cautiously, makmg no noise and tak 11, care not to expose himself. "The sight of a Continental uniform will have the same effect on them as a red flag has on a bull," he said to himself. Going near enough to di stinguish Dick and Bob and to count the Tories, Jack gave a signal well known to Dick. It was the chirp of a cricket uttered in a peculiar manner. The instant that Dick heard it he knew that one of the Liberty Boys was near, perhaps more. H e gave Bob a peculiar look, which was returned. Then Jack repeated the sig-nal in a different form. This meant that he was alone, but that he was expecting others shortly. . The Tories may have heard the sounds, but they paid no attention to them . To their minds they were simply ordinary sounds of the woods and meant nothing. To Dick and Bob they were messages of encouragement and of hope. Having made his presence known to Dick and Bob, Jack now hastened away to find Mark and the r est and huny them on. Iri a short time he heard them coming. Then he signalled, to them to hasten. ' He did not dare to call out, for the woods had ears and he might betray himself. In a short time he met Mark, Ben, Sam, Oscar, the two Harrys and a dozen others coming on at full speed . "The wretches have stopped to rest not very far ahead," he said. "They have Dick and Bob and the girl. They have


I \ THE LIBERTY BOYS' DOUBLE RESCUE. ----------------------------------------9 no notion that we are anywhere about, but they fear that we may pursue them." Will, George, Phil and Paul were now at the foot of the bank, close to the water. "Come ahead, then; show us the way," said Mark. "Straight on, follow the path," -said Jack, letting Mark take the lead. On they went at full speed, caring not now if they were her.rd. Reaching the tree bridge over the creek, they saw the Tories rounding a mass of rock on the other side. The kidnapers had crossed the stream and were now hurrying along the winding path. The turn in the road showed them the hurrying Liberty Boys. "Forward!" cried Mark, putting his foot on the tree trunk. "They must not escape." "Forward, boys , " cried Jack, close to Mark. "Take a shot at the scoundrels." Then Mark and Jack hurried on and were almost across the bridge when something happened. CHAPTER IX. A HOT PURSUIT. Gerald passed a long bra::ch wh ich he had just cut to the boys below. There was a crotch at th e e nd of it, like a hook, and three of the boys now reached out with it a s Bob went float4lg past. 1 _for one or two trials they caught this into Bob's pelt and arrested his progress . By this time Jack had cut th e cords around Dick's wrists. Both boys now swam to ward Bob. The branch was beginning to bend and creak, and there was some doubt if the boys would be able to hold on much longer. Just before Dick reached Bob the branch broke with a loud snap. In another moment Bob floated away. After him swam Dick and seized him by th e collar. Then both boys made their way toward the bank, the current increasing in force. Horace and Gerald had another limb ready and this they gave to the others, who reach ed it out toward Dick. He seized it with one hand and was drawn in to s hore, holding Bob. Jack got in without help, as he had only himself to look after. Then Bob's hands were cut and the boy s all scrambled up The Tories, finding themselves so hotly pursued, realized the bank. that something must be done. "Hurry on after Ma1k and the rest," cri e d Dick. "Two 01 If they held on to their prisoners they would themselves be three will be enough with us." taken. Shots were now heard and the greater part of the boys If they stopped, even no longer than to shoot the two boys, hurried across the bridge afte1 Mark. they would themselves suffer the same fate. "You'll have to get your wet clothes off, Jack," said Dick. They would not simply let the boys go and take to their "That water is cold. It is not like goin~ into the Hudson own heels. River or the bay, and you may get chilled." No, they must vent their spite upon the Liberty Boys in "Yes, but you run the same risk, Dick," said Jack. some manner. "Mark may have overtaken the rascal s by this time." They were on the bi-ink of the stream just around a bend Jack sat on the ground and removed hi~ s hoe s and outer in the path close to a great pile of ro<.ks. clothing. 'l'o get to them from the bridge would require a few minBob did the same, but Dick mei-ely wrung out his coat and utes' time at the very least. / went on over the bridge. This time must be made use of at once. "Take your time, boys," he said. The Liberty Boys could fire upon them as it was, and they Horace and Gerald remained with Bob and Jack, the others must hasten. now having gone on. And now, just as Mark and Jack were almost across, Ben "You're a oluckJ fellow, Jack," said Bob, emptying the being just on the other side taking aim, the kidnapers did water from his boots. the only thing po ssib le. "I knew there were falls and rapids, I could hear them," "Look out~" cried Ben. "After the scoundrels. Fire, boys!" muttered Jack, wringin~ out his breeches. The Tories, fearing capture, hurled Dick and Bob, bound "Yes, but what I mean i s your bringing up the boys and as the1 were, into the water. sticking to these rascals with the lead they had." ;iick was just crossing the tree bridge. "I was bound to do it, Bob. There wasn't anything else _ _,.r-1fanding the musket to Mark, he promptly leaped into the to do. We went like the wind, though, n\uch faster than the stream. Tories. We had to." Ben aimed at the To1 ies and fired. "And they had no notion that you were anywhere within One of them was hit in the shoulder and fell backward out reach till they had crossed the cree k." of sight. "I saw them resting and went back to hurr y up Mafr and Oscar and the two Harrys filed simultaneously at the the others. I'll bet Oscar fai rly flew on that mare of rr.he." '-others. "She can go, Jack, and no mistake." One lost his hat and fell, but how badly he had been hurt "But you knew that I was about?" could not be known at the moment. "Yes, but we could not tell how soon the others would c'.:>me Mark, Oscar, Ben, Sam and the two Harrys now hastened up The Tories never suspected it, althougl) they were ceron after the Tory kidnapers. tain that the hue and cry would be raised at some time." Will Freeman Geo1ge Brewster Phil Waters Paul BenI "And the spiteful wretches threw_ you and Dick into the son Gerald Fle~ing and Horace Walton hurried down the creek to delay us." sloping bank to Jack Warren's assistance. "~es, and t_o dro~ us if t~ey could. If they had not been The iest lined the bridge and shore waiting for a shot at afraid of losmg their own lives, they would have shot us the Tories. / then a~d ~here." . . . Jack struck the water with a splash and quickly disap-"Wait till we get-after them!" muttered Jack, grmdmg his peared. teeth. . . , Before he arose he had his knife in his hand. Havmg wrung a good d~al of the water out of then clo .hes Dick came up fir s t and floated, swimming being difficult, and warmed themselves ~n the sun, Bob and ~ack now put bound as he was. om their breeches and s1:tirts and shoes, carrymg their leg-Then Bob came to the top and at once rolled on his back. gings and coats over their arms . . Then Jack appeared and saw the two hoy s . . "Come on, boys," said _Bob. '.'I don't he3:r ~;1ythmg of the The current was quite swif t here and there were rapids re~t and ;hey be st1l _ l chasmg the,, Tone~. " and falls not far below. There s the girl yet to. be resc1;1ed, obse1 ved Jack., We Swimming to Dick Jack hastily cut the cords about his can't let them get away with her, 1f we have to chase em all ankles and knees. ' night." This enabled him to do something for himself. "No, indeed," was Bob_'s reply. In another moment the cords securing Dick's arms to his . They went on at a fair rate of speed and at length overside were seve1ed. took Ben Bran4. . ,, . " Dick coulcl now tread water and help himself materially. "They are still after the Tory k1dnapers, he said . Marlt " ook out for Bob, fellows!" cried Jack. "Don't let him was unable to rescue the young lady, but two or tl~_ree of th1 =" an dro ed out and won't trouble us any more


I 10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DOUBLE RESCUE. "Antl Dick?" ' l fo ',; go n e on with M a rk. The party divided to throw us off the s cent, bu t Dick fo u nd t he ri ght on e . " " G o od!" " 1 i we don ' t catc h up w,th him before dark we can go bac k, " h e s a id. " Oh, i ' m not g ivin g u p the chas e a s long as there's a chanc e o f win g m g a 'l'o r y a nd getting square on them s ome how ," m u ttered J ack savagel y . " No, nor I," said B ob, 'and I gu~ss Dick know s it. As lon g a s there's a chanc e of catching the ras cals, I'm going on." A n hour late r they came upon Mark and a few more on the bord e r of a swamp near to a 1ough country road. "The fellows hav e gone in here, " Mark s aid, "and we're w a t ching to see that they don't get out without our knowing it." CHAPTER X. A CLEVER RUSE. hind an old rotten stump, overgrown with vines, through which he could peer out at the redcoats. In a few moments a dozen of them came along and halted a t the side of the road near to where the boys had just been. It was not much of a road, as Mark had said , being little more than a wagon track full of ruts, well shaped by mosshung trees, with here and there an opening where the sun had full scop e . To Bob's surprise, he saw Be:n Spurlock a prisoner of. the redcoats. His arms were bound behind him and he sat on the saddle in front of one of the soldiers. "Here's a good spot," said the leader, halting. "Put the young rebel down." S ome of the men dismounted and Ben was taken from the horse. " Where are the 1est of you young rebels?" the officer de manded. "You may find them before you think," retorted Ben. "Are they in the neighborhood, then?" "I will tell you nothing," s aid Ben. "You've got me, but that's all you have got." "Get a rope," said the office1'. "We. will s ee if you will answer or not." Dick had gone into the swamp with thre e .or four of the "Is it a custom to hang prisoners whom you take in uni-Liberty Boys. Ma1rk, Ben and Sam w ere k e eping watch at form?" asked Ben. this point and the 1est had spre ad thems elves out to s ur-"It's our custom to hang ob stinate r e bels whenev e r we l'ound the place and give warning of the attempted escape catch 'em. You are a spy and deserve to be hanged a s one." of the kidnapers. The croaking of a frog was now heard in the swamp Jack sat down in the hot sun alon g side Mark and said: "Beware what you do!" said Ben. "My d eath will be "Give me my musket, old man. There's no water in that, speedily avenged if you commit this outrage!" and I may have to make..,,use of it." "Fix the rope," said the officer sternly. Bob and Jack remained with M a rk, Ben and Sam, Ben The rope was thrown over a projectin1;t branch and Ben Brand and the others going off to the right and left. was placed under it, the officer sitting on his horse watching "You've kept up a stubborn pursuit, M a rk," ob s erved Bob. the proceedings. . "Yes," quietly. "We lost sight of them now and then, but The croaking of the frogs increased and now there seemed we always had their trail before u s ." 1 to be frogs all around . . "Ben Brand says that they divided so as to puzzle you." They sounded to the right and to the left and fres h ones "So they did." were constantly added to the guttural chorus. "How did Dick tell which trail to take?" asked Jack. "Put the rope around his neck," the officer commanded, "There was a bit of the girl's frock hanging to a brier close "a .nd we will see whether he will tell us where his rebel beside the trail." friends are or not." "Yes, a girl's frock has led many a fellow on before now," Two of the men were about to put the noose around Ben's with a laugh, "but that was not enough." 1neck when there came a shrill whistle. "Why not, you wise fellow?" asked Mark, smiling. At once the brake seemed alive where before not a s oul "Because .the Tories could have put it there themselves had been seen. and then taken the girl the other way," was Jack's answer. Muskets and pistols were seen protruding and the officer "Jove! I said you were a wise fellow, and so you are. found himself the target of a dozen weapons. • That's just what the y d i d, but Dick saw the girl's footprints." Then Bob arose, a pistol in each hand, and said s t einly: "It takes a clever fellow t.o get tlie best of Dick Slater," "Order your men to set that boy fre e or we will fir-.. Tit muttered Jack. for tat, my chivalrous Bri ton." • .,~, "You're pretty wise yourself, as Mark says," chuckled Bob. The officer's brow grew black, and he start2d to draw n ~ "So Dick followed the trail they did not want him t.o follow, pistols. eh?" "Stop!" thundered Bob. "If you move without my p ermis-"Yes, and we found a bit of the girl's frock, actually torn sion you are a dead man. Get on your horses, men, and get , .. / off thi s time and not cut off and hung on the brier as the 01,1.t of here before I count three, or--" other was." ' The brakes fairly bristled with muskets and pi s tols, al"Did Dick send anybody on the fake trail one or two per-though Bob was the only one }o be seen. haps?" asked Bob. ' The _redcoat~ did not wait for Bob to finish his sentence or "No, for he thought that perhaps these would contrive to to begm counting. . join the othe r s afte r a detour." They sprang upon their horses and galloped away in the "Yes, they might. You haven't seen any other parties?" gr~atest haste. . . . . ,, . "Not Tori.e s . We did see one or two planters who gave us Go out and relieve our fnend of his weapons, said Bob. information of the kidnapern." Two of the boys promptly obeyed Bob's command, the rest "You could trus t them?" keeping the officer covered . "Yes" dryly "when we had all the information we wanted He fretted and fumed while the boys swiftly relieved him right i~ front 'of us." of his sword and pistols, but they paid no attention to this. "But the men did not try to mislead you?" "No';, t_hen, ~end him a~ay. We don't want prisoners and "No, but it's better to trust to yourself when you don't we don t hke his company. , know your informant," shortly. One of the bo~s turned the head of the officer s horse and "I guess there's more than one wise boy in this party," the other gave hn~ a sudde~ resoundmg slap on the _flank. laughed Jack. "I'm obliged for the compliment, Mark, but Away he went hke th~ wmd, and he was out of sight be-I'm not the only one who dese1ves it." for the officer had got him under control. "Lis t e n!" s aid Bob sudde nly. "Some one's coming." "That was a good idea keeping out of sight and sticking "Along the road, too, such as it is," muttered Mark, "and out the muskets, while you held a pistol in each hand," not out of the s wamp." laughed Bob. "They thought there were fully twenty of us." "In with you, boys," hisse d Bob. "I hear the jingle of Ben was now reelased and they ~II e'!ltered th,T sw3:mp. sabern . There' s a party of cavalry coming. This may be "Those fellows may come back, said Bob; but 1J they our own f e llows, and they may not b e ." do they can't find us and they could never make their way Mark and Jack at once glided into the swamp, quickly through the svyamp,'.' . hiding themselves behind great masses of canebrake, which In a short time signals were heard, callmg them into the completely concealed them. swamp. Bob waited till he s a w the shimmer of brass trappings and They promptly the glow of scarlet u_niforms and then ensconced himself be-the oth '


'THE LIBERTY BOYS' DOUBLE RESCUE. 11 Bob related what had happened and then Dick said: "The principal scoundrels have escaped, taking the young lady with them. The others have decamped in various direc tions. It could not be helped, but the scoundrels must not escape." was y i s t i dd y , an' they wa s gyps ie s . Tht;!Y wasn't the sort er men yer mean ertall." "Then we are going after them?" asked Bob. "Yes, and at on~e. Forward!" CHAPTER XI. THE CHASE HALTS . "Very well," s aid Dick. "Alway s t e ach your boy to tell the trnth, dryly. "That is a virtue which is sadly going out of fa,shion these days." A s Dick l ef t the house, joining the rest, the short, twilight was near l y ov e r and it would soon be dar k. "They have g one this way," he s aid, "but there are Tories about and we will get scant courtesy from them." " Tho s e people were Tories?" asked Bob. " Yes , I thought first that the scoundrels may have taken 1 refuge there, but I am convinced now that they must have g one on." "Th e n we mus t follow," said Bob. The Tory kiclnapers had e s caped for a time, but they h a d It was dark in a short time, but the moon would be up at a determined lot of boys to contend against. ' some time later and they then would have more light. The chances of their ultimate escape with Patience Warder "Unl es s w e g e t some clue of thes e f e llow s ' whereabouts were small, therefore. pretty soon," said Dick, "we will have to make some arrange-There was a rnad here and a wood opposite it and in thi s m ents fo r s p e nd ing the night." three of the Tories had disapp,,eared, taking Patience with "A ncl n nhaps during the night the scoundrels will get off," them. m utte re d Bob. The three were Rufe Latham, Abe Warden and Noah Whit-"Ve1 y t rue, but what else is there to do?" man. "I don't know," shortly. The entire party, headed bp Dick, now plunged into the S o m e little distance farther on they came to a tavern woods, following the trail left by the Tories. whe r e accommodations could be had for about half the party. T h ere were tangled thickets, patches of bog and winding Dick told Mark, Jack, Ben, Sam, the t w o Har r y s and fom brooks to cros s and at times their progress was slow. or fiv e more to stop, while he a nd B o b w ent on . It was sometimes dark also and the way was harder to find. Then they found two 01 three hou s e s whe:i;e all wel'C lodged The boy s pushed on resolutely , however, resolving not to with th e exception of Dick and Bob. lose a chance of overtaking the kidnapers . A s , •et nothing had been seen or h eard of the girl and he1 They passed through the wood at length and came out upon abductors. a rough road near a log cabin, where an old man sat smokT he two boys pu s hed on and at l e n gth came to a little i{lg a corncob pipe. cabin at the top of a deep ravine through which ran a "Welcome, boys!" he said, getting up. "It's a joy ter see tumbling stream. thet uniform. I'm sick an' tired er seein' nuthin' but red-There w a s a light in tbe cabin, and through the window coats." Dick saw thre e or four pers ons sitting around a table. "We trust that we may some day drive them out of the Th ey were all strangers and consi sted of the settler and country," answered Dick. "Don't rise, sir. You ~re an old his fan"ily. man and are privileged to take your comfort." Knocking at the door, Dick was greeted by a rough-look-"What mought ye be doin' in this neighborhood?" asked ing man ; n homespun, who said: the old man, Tesuming his seat. "Goin' ter be er fight here-"Good ev e nin', neighbor. What c'n I do for yer?" abouts?" "We are seeking a night's lodging," said Di c k. "We ar, " P erhaps," was Dick's an s wer, "but that is not our errand far from home and must spend the night somewhere. We at this time. Have you seen three men and a young woman will pay for our accommodation." pas s here within the hour?" "Come right in an' welcome. How many b e yer? Two 'l "Yaas, an' 'peared ter me she wasn't any too glad ter be Waal, I reckon I c'n put yer up ef yer won't mind sleepin ' with 'em." with one er ther children." "She was not. They are Tories and ai-e kidnaping her, to "Not at all," said Dick, as he and Bob entered. be held for ransom." The door led at once into the main room on that floor , "Ther s coundrels! Ef I'd er knowed thet, I'd er shot 'em there beipg one or two back of it, o n e at the side and a halt with my ole rifle." story overhead reached by a ladder. ",Which way did the y go?" asked Dick. "Yer hain't had yer supper, I reckon?" said the settler's _ ' 'Up yander, over ther hill. Et's comin' on ter nightfall. wife. -.--'Be yer goin' ter folle r 'em?" • "No, we have not." "Until dark, at any rate. Once they get into the woods, it "Waal, set by an' I'll see what I can do for yer. What's may be possible to follow them." good emu ff fur us is good enuff fur y e , I suppose?" "Waal, I wisht I'd er knowed et, an'\l'd er stopped 'em. "Certainly. We are not at all particular and will take I didn't like their looks none too good, and ther gal was all anything that is given with a will." petered out an' ready ter drop." "Thet's rigw.t, thet's ther way ter look at et. Here, M'ri~ "Well, they may stop at dark• to give her a rest, so we will Jane, gimme er hand here," to a girl of e l e ven. push on." "Ye're sogers, ain't yer?" asked the other child, a boy of "I wish yer -luck an' I hope yer'll ketch ther Tory varnine. "I'd like ter be er soger m'self, but pop says I'm too mints." little." "I hope so, too. Good evening, and I trust that the red"Yes, rather," laughed Dick. coats won't bother you much longer." "Do yer think ther war'll last lon g ernuff so's I c'n be The boy s then pu s hed on over the hill and at sunset came one," eagerly. to another cabin, where the family were sitting at supper. "Well , I hope not," ,,-;th a smile . ''it' s lasted five yea1s and Dick inquired if the Tories had passed that way, describ-over now . " ing them. "An' I'm sick an' tired er et," muttered the settler. "Fust "Hain't no one passed by this evenin', yo~g sir," the man et's redcoats an' then et's Torie s an' then et's r e b e l s , axin' of the house replied. yer pardon, an' ,vith one or t'othe r runnin' erbout an' "That's so , " said. the woman, a tall, lank, washed-out look-trampin' down yer crops an' takin' off y e r stock, yer never ing specimen of humanity. "We hain't seed er soul sence kn,?w where rer stan', noho~." ,, . . " . daylight. Folks s eldom pass this way." Yes, war is a dreadful thing, s aid D i ck, but the patriots• "Oh mom thet's er story " cried one of the children a tlid not bring it on." boy of eight.' "They was thr~e men an' a gal, an' you--;, j . "Wu!l, I donno whether _th~ y did o_r , not' . ~ o,me says they "Shet up, you Eli Jacob Scrawns," cried the man sharply. did. an some says they, didn _t. I amt talkm erbout thet. "What you makin' yer mo!l} out er liar fur?" . Ye,r co~e, peac~a?l e an offe1e_d ter pay f~r wha~ y~r had "I ain't nuther. They did so pass by an' yer give ther gal an I ,;1m t havm no fight with ye1 lon g a s ye re m my er cup er milk an'--" house. A cuff on the ear cut short the boy's discourse and he set "That's a s ensible way to look at it," laughed Dick, "and, up a howl. whatever your opinions may be, we will make you no trouble "Don't yer believe ther brat," muttered Scrawns. "Thet while we are here, and there's my hand on it."


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DOUBLE RESCUE. "And min e ," said Bob. "\Va a l , thet's h earty ," said the othe r, taking the boys' han

THE LIBERTY BOYS' DOUBLE RESCUE. 13 CHAPTER XIII. [ B e n at onc e fir e d into the opening, but at an angle, and the bull et spatte r e d against the rocks a little way inside. BACK TO CAllff. "B ears and wildcats don't shoot muskets," muttered Sam. "No, ind ee d , " said Ben. "That's one of the kidnapers." "What are y ou going to do with him?" asked B e n Brand. "Who i s it, Dick? " cri e d Bob, a::; Drck fir e d throug\ 1 thE' " We mi ght smoke him out, or there may be another way doorway. • out," r emarked Sam. "Some o f t h ose 1:coundr0h. " criPd D i ck. "f ~ aw them in the "What's the use?" a sked Ben. moonlight. They were about to fire upon us." "He fired at you." Bob ran o l' t , pi s tol in hand, and s aw two men hunyi n g "Ye s , but I wasn't hit." dO'-""ll the road . "That was n ' t his fault." He fired two shots in rapid s ucces s ion , but n e i t h e r see m e d " Com e along," said Horace. "There' s nothing particula. to take effect. in this pl a ce, anyhow, and we make too easy a mark for these All the dogs in the neighborhood beg-an to b a rk lu ~t'ly, fellow s if there are more of them hidden in the rocks." windows flew up, doors were opened and men b e i;an a ~ kin g The four boys then made their way to the top, now and each other what the firing was all about. then. helping each other at the difficult places in the path. Then Oscar, the two Harrys and Ben came along. They saw no more of the Tories and reported to Dick what "Did you find them, Dick?" ai:iked Osrar. I had happened. "Well, we found one of them," w ith a l1mg"h. "bllt , , e fo u nd "The y may not all have taken refuge there," observed some one else, more to the purpost'. Go into the cab : n . " , Dick, "and even if they had it would be little satisfaction "Did you find Patience?" the boy asked , hurrying w i thin. them out now that we have rescued the young The question was answered as soon as he got in t o the lady. " c abin. Jack came back in the afternoon with the hors e s and with "You and I are not wanted jus t y et. Dick," chucld e d Bob. a coach and four driven by the negro servant for the young "No, I suppose not. Two is compan y and thre e is too lady. many." I At the invitation of Patience, O~car rode in the coach with Then more of the boys came alon~. havinP-heard the firin~ her, for protection as she said. There were Jack and Sam and Mark and four or fiye more . "That's very good , " s aid M ark to Jack. "There's no dal\• Bob quickly told what had happened. ger and those two young folk s know it." "Well, we have made a double rescue to-day," s aid Mark. "I think there's a lot of danger," answered Jack, dryly. "But we have not finished the To r y kidnapers," add e d Jack. "Of what?" "Well, we're after them, at any ra!. e ," obs erved Sam, " and "Of their being a lot more in love with each other before we may catch them yet." they get home." There was no sign of them, however. anr! there was litth " I guess you're right, Jack," laugherl Mark, "but it's thei, use of going after them at this time of night. own lookout." Patience had been res cued and that wa s the main object The boy s then set out at good speed, soon leaving the coacl of the pursuit of the kidnapers. I b e hind. The boys went back to their variom, aua1ters and went to They arrived at the camp shortly after dark and were joy-bed, promising to be around betimes in the morning. fully received by those who had r emained b e hind. At sunrise they were all gathered at the settler's cabin Sumter was about to change his position and go along where Dick and Bob had spent the night. Hanging Rock Creek, Dick and the Liberty Boys b eing ex-Dick managed to borrow a horse and he sent Jack to get pect e d to accompany hi/TI'. the other horses and to t ell Mr. Warder that Patience had The Lib erty Boys were making the mo t of their time in been found. the camp, but Patsy was anxious for s ome ex citement. Jack set off at once, and in the meantime the others wan"Come on, Cooky s piller," he said to Carl, "it's too dull here dered about while awaiting his return. intoirely." Oscar spent the time with Patience in or near the cabin. " W h y you don'd was got a crindstone und sharpened it, The boy was afraid to have her go far awav after her re-den?" asked Carl. cent experience, fearing that some of the kidnapers might "Sharpen phwat ?" still be around. "What dot was dot was dull alretty. What it was, any-There..,.-were some Tories in the. neig-hborhocl and these hows." woulg,-no doubt side with Latham and his cronie s if there "Shure Oi mane dhat Oi'm toired doin' nothin'." we 'ti~ny trouble. "Why you don'd was doed somedings, d en?" ~ Ben, Sam and one or two more went into the ravin e n ear "Dhat's phwat Oi'm goin' to do, . so come along." which the cabin stood to explore it whil e they w e r e waiting "What you was doed ?" for Jack to return. "Catch a ridcoat or something av dhat sort. Shure, it'! They d : d not expect him till some time in the afternoon, as fallin' a shlape Oi am for dh e want a v som e oxcoitem ent " he had a pretty good journe y before him. "All righd, I wake you ooh . " He would take the road instead of cntting across country "Ho w are yez goin' to do it?" and he was on hors eback, but, nevertheless, he had som e "I was got ein pig-n e edle und shtuck it into you abouid ein-miles to travel and it would take time. gouple off inches. Dot was wake you 6ob , I bet me , in ein Ben, Sam and the two othe r Lib e rtY Bovs 1'tarted to d e -hurry." . scend into the ravine, giving each other a h a nd now and " Go'n w1rl :vez, it's not dhat soort a v wakin' u p Oi "an t at • then, as the sides were steep at times . all at all. " Dov\Tll they went till they r e ached the bottom, whe r e the ~tream went dashing along over the rocks foaming and boiling. " Hello!" cried Ben pres entl y . "Here's a hole in the ground like the den of some wild animal." I "Look out!" cautioned Sam. "There might be a wildcat I or a bear in there." Ben had his musket slung over his should e r. and now he listened at the mouth of th~ hole in the rocks he had dis covered. It seemed to extend into the bank some distance and Ben could not see the end of it. "There's nothing there at this time of day, very likely , " he muttered. , At the next moment he heard a click and jumped aside . "Look out, Sam!" he cried. There was a loud report and a bullet flew within a foot of Ben's he~d and passed through Sam's s leeve. . Sam had Just sprung away or he would have received a bad wound. CHAPTER XIV. A FRIENDLY INDIAN. The L i b erty Boys we r e in one of the wild est and mos\ pictures que spots in the South. They were encamped on Hanging Rock Creek not far from the famous rock which gave the creek its name. This rock, twenty or thirty feet in diameter, rested on the eas t bank of the creek nearly one hundred feet abo v e the stream. On the side toward the water there was a hollow large enough to shelter fifty person s from the rain. The stream ran through a deep and narrow valley and wa! at the headwaters of Lynchy's Creek, in which lay Snovi Island where Mari n camp ea the e


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DOUBLE RESCUE. The British were encamped on the west bank of the cree k near the great rock, their lines extending along the stream "'fc:ke him away and put him under guard." At that moment three or four men approached. Among them Dick noticed the Tory kidnapers. and somewhat back of it. • Sumter was approaching, with the intention of attacking the enemy, and Dick wished to learn all he could. There were many Catawba Indians in this section and they had long been the allies of the patriots. \ While the Liberty Boys were in camp one of these came to Dick and said: "Long knives on creek near big rock, me show." "I know they are there," said Dick to the Catawba, "but do you know how many there are." "So many," pointing to the leaves. "Heap plenty long knives." "Oh, there are not as many as that," laughed Dick. "Come, we will go and see." "Good!" said the Catawba. . Then he and Dick set out toward the camp of the enemy. '.J,'he Catawba marvelled at Dick's swiftness and the silent way in which he made his way. through the woods. "Paleface brave just like Catawba," he said. "No make noise, go like wind." "I have learned this from the Indians themselves," said Dick, pleased at the compliment. They pushed on for some little time, when Dick suddenly "Wait, I go ahead and see how many long knives." "Long knife near," said the Catawba. "Me hear um." "Yes, so do I," said Dick. Then he stole cautiously forward, soon dropping on his hands and knees and proceeding with the utmost caution. Before long he reached the edge of the camp and began to take observations. This was only a part of the enemy: the Tories b eing lo cated here. There was quite a large force of them; but they lacked the discipline of the regulars, their camp was not orderly and there was a great deal of noise and confusion. "These fellows will run when they are attacked," said Dick to himself. "If my Liberty Boys were as disorderly, I would be ashamed of them." 1 Skirting the camp of the Tories and. keeping nearer to the creek, he at length came to the quarters of the regulars. Here everything was quite different and Dick had to observe the greatest caution. He was in uniform, and, although the pickets were not set very far out, he dared not approach too close. Climbing a tree beyond the picket line, he overlooked the camp and gained much information. The foliage concealed him, while it was not too thick to prevent his getting a goof\ view of the camp. He was descending when he chanced to put his foot on a dead branch. which he had noticed in going up. It broke at once, with a loud snap, and he went crashing through the branches. He managed to save himself from a bad fall, but the noise attracted the attention of two sentries not far away. They came running up, calling to others, to investigate the cause of the dh,turbance. In a moment Dick was surrounded and four bayonets were presented at his brnast. "Good morning, gentlemen," he Slclid qttietly. "I had hoped not to disturb you, but one cannot always teli what may happen." "You're a cool one,'l~emarked one, staring blankly at Dick. "That is jus t a:;; well n this weather," quietly. "What were you doing o near to our camp, you impudent rebel?!' another asked. "Merely taking note of certain thing. s." .,.::ma-rked Dick. "H'm, you may next see them from the end of a rope," with a coarse laugh. Dick was taken to the camp, disarmed and led before one of the commanding officers. "You are a spy, are you?" sharply. "I am a captain in the Continental army," proudly. "What were you doing so close to our camp?" "Obtaining information." "Then you are a spy and should be hanged." ','It is not the custom to hang risoners when in uniform." quietly. . "But you admit that you are a spy." "I have admitted nothing of the sort. I was on a scouting ffltpedition. '' "That is Dick Slater, ther rebel, with a price onto his h ead," muttered Rufe Latham. "You are sure of this?" "Yaas, that's him," added Noah Whitman. "That's Slater, tr-er rebel, all rig,1t . We've seen er lot er him." "IIe i;; the captain of the Liberty Boy8 ?" "YaaR, an' I reckon t},ey't fur erway, ef he's eround." "Arc you Dick Slater, the rebel?" asked the other. "You have the word of these men for it. You can bclievP them or not. I know them to be kidnapers, thieves and liars. You can believe them if you wish." "But aren't you Dick Slater? Is there. not a reward ofi'erecl for your capture, dead or alive?" "I have nothing to say," said Dick. "If you want to tak~ th" word of such scoundrels as these I am sorry for you, thd is all." "Do you deny that you are Slater, then?" "I am giving you no information. I would advise you to invci:tigate your sources of information, however." lfTake him away and see that he is closely guarded," said the other rnllenly. Dick was put in a tent on the edge of the camp, with sentries guarding it front and rear. He was in a ticklish position, but he had been. in many such before ancl was not discouraged. He could see the sentry at the frc>nt of the tent as he pas:c;ed to and fro and could hear the other. There seemed no possible way of e!:'cape, and yet Dick began turning over in his mind various means of getting away. 'f ' hen he suddenly noticed that the sentry in the rear of the tent was not there any more. • "What can have happened?" he asked himself. "I have not heard the man recalled." At that moment he he~rd a noise at his feet. He quickly turned and saw the face of the Catawba close to the ground. , "Come, long knife gone," the,,!ndian said. Dick turned and looked out of the tent. The sentry was passing. In a moment he was gone. Dick quickly made his way under the tent, the Catawba having cut a slit in it with a sharp knife. Quickly worming his way through, he was on his feet and alongside the Indian. "Come, quick, no got time to stay," said the Cat~wba. The two quickly made their way toward the \Jines, but Dick saw no pickets where he had expected to fina them. They had just passed the lines when an outcry wa., heard in the camp. "--. His escape had been discovered and the alarm wa~ sounded. Bounding away at the side of the Catawba, Dick was soon well beyond the camp 3:nd safe f\o;rn pursuit. CHAPTER XV. THE FIGHT AT HANGING ROCK. "Did you kill them?" asked Dick, when the sounds of pursuit began to lessen. "No, me no kill um, me choke um little bit, put gag in mouth, that's all." Dick was satisfied, for he did not believe in taking life needlessly and would have been sorry to have the lives of the redcoats sacrificed even that he might escape. If he had been a~tacked by them it would have been a dif-ferent matter. 1 Reaching the camp, the Catawba took his leave and Dick told Bob what had happened. He had gathered a good deal of information which would be of value when they came to attack the redcoats, which would be done very shortly now. The LiMrty Boys were eager to fight the redcoats, not having been at all satisfied with the affair at Rocky Mount. "I'd like to give them one good routing," said Jack to Mark. "We should have done it the last time. Everything was in our favor at the start." "Shure an' it's ;i-nanny's dhe shlip, :me bhy," said Patsy.


I \ THE LIBERTY BOYS' DOUBLE RESCUE. 15 "Oi wor disapp'inted dhat day mesilf an' Oi'll niver get over They did not retreat in di s order, as the Tories had done, it till we give dhe l'idcoats one good batin'." being on the alert. "Maybe dose redgoats was heated you cl"emsellufs," sugThey open ed fire upon the Liberty Boys, who quickly fired gested Carl. a volley and charged. "Go'n wid yez," cried Patsy. "Shure an' yez mu stn't say Brown's men used thei r bayonets, but the brave boy::., dis-a t'ing loike dhat, aven av yez belave it." mounti~g, rushed upon them with a cheer, firing volley after "What der diff'rence was? Don'd you was say what you volley. was belief?" The deadshots of the Lib erty Boys began picking off offi-"Yis, av dhe other felly isn't as big as mesilf," roared cers and men and the conflict, which had at fir.,t seemed to Patsy. be doubtful, now turned in favor of the patriots. "Und off he was more bigger as you, den you d on'd was The redcoat s had stood fire longer than the Tories, but at said it?" las t they fled , leaving many of their arms and a large supply "Shure an' yez have shtruck it, Cooky s jliller. Yez are im -of ammunition behind thetn. provin', Oi do belave." \ These the patriots seized. being greatly in need of them, "Off you was belief someding-s bad abonid me, I was hitted many of Sumter's men not having two rounds each when the you off you was said it und off you don'<] was said it." action began. "G'long wid yez, it's not afeerd a v yez Oi am. Yez do Some of the Liberty Boy s were running short als o and tht shquint so dhat yez cud niver hit annyt'ing yez luck at." retreat of the enemy was of grC?at advantage to them. "Den I don'd was loogk at you, und I hitte d y ou all righd, "We're making up for the fight at Rocky Mount," said I bet me." Mark to Jack, the two chums fighting side by side. "Shure an' Oi t'ink yez moi_ght , " s aid Patsy , "but come on "Yes, and w e've got to do better yet," said Jack. "'Ve've wid me till Oi get somet'ing for supper." got to drive them out. " "All righd, I was went mit vou. What you wa s got?" Dick, Bob, Mark, Jack, Ben, Sam, all the Libertv Boys "Annything at all , begorrah." in fact, fought bravely and gave a good account of them-Then the two comical Libertv Boy:s set ont to get someselves. tl ,'11g for supper, Patsy bein g the cook and the general pro-If the r e dcoat s had not known their quality b efo1e, they vid e r. . knew it now. '! ' here were plenty of natriots in the neighborhood, bu . t Pats y, Carl and a dozen more brave fellows known as the there were many Tories also, awkward squad of the Liberty Boys, hurled themselves upon These latter must be avoided, as all they would give the the enemy with the greatest fury. boy would be abuse. Patsy's wild yells and Carl's whoops resounded far and As ill luck would have it, the very fir s t house 'where Patsy near, and there was no fiercer fighting at any po int than applied for supplies was occupied by a rank Tory. where they were found. The woman of the hou~e answered Patsy ' s knock, Carl be-At last the enemy fled, leaving their arms and ammuni-ing out at the road . tion behind them, and another fig-ht was won. The moment the woman espied Patsy's uniform she The battle was now over, however, and Dick mounted his snapped: brave boys and kept close to Sumter, awaiting orders. "Git outer here, yer rebel! How dare you come ter myj And now something happened which had happene d befo1-e , hotise ? What yer want anyhow?" and which miP-bt have turned a vir.tor y into defeat. "Have yez ary a pig or a fowl or a ham or a bit av Dick himself came upon a number of men plundering the bacon dhat yez wud give in dhe koindness av yer heart? portion of the British camp aready secured and filling them-Shure Qi know yC'z do be koind. Yez have dhe luck av it." selves with the liquors found tliere. "No I haven't!" and the door was shut with a bang. "For shame !" cried Dick. "Stop making beasts of your, "Co:UP. over here, Cookyspiller," cried Patsy. selves, men. The battle is not over, there is more fighting t< "What it was?"• be done." "Come here an' shtan' on dhe shteps an' take phwat dh e The men would not listen to h_im, more joined the plun Jeddv gives yez . Av she forgits, just knock on dhe dure derers and Sumter's ranks became disordered. good an' loud." Then the enemy began to rally and there was danger o1 "AIJ,,1:ighd," said Carl, and then as Patsy came down he a reverse. wer up. Dick at once gathered his brave boys, drove away some o1 Patsy stood in the road and watched the house. the riotous soldiers and quickly joined Sumter, who had been --,. • Carl waited patiently at the door for a few minutes and unable to get more than half of his men together. then rapped loudly, as Patsy had told him. "Stand by the general, boys," cried Dick, "and show these The woman looked out at a side window for a moment. brutes that we are better men than they, if we are but boys." Then the door suddenly flew open and the contents of a big "We will," they shouted. "Liberty forever! Down with pail of water flew out. the redcoats!" "There! take that and get out!" the woman ejaculated, slamming the door. "Mein gollies!" cried Carl. nearly falling off the steps. "For why you was doed dot?" , "Shure an' Oi towld yez dhat yez wud get sowething av yez ,vaited long enuff'," roared Patsy. "Dot was ein foolish vomans," sputtered Carl. "For why she was waste all off dot water mit me? I don'd was want it." "Did yez get it hot?" laughed Patsy. "Nein, I was got it cold." "Well, we wint to dhe wrong house. Dhe next time we'll do" . "Was I got hot water by der negst houses?" asked Carl. "More bedder you was ask dere." " 'Deed an' Oi won't, not till Oi do be knowin.' phwat sort av people live in it." However, there chanced to be good patriots at the next house and the two Liberty Boys received all they could carry. The next morning Sumter marched against the British at Hanging Rock, the Liberty Boys forming one dhjsion. They attacked the Tories with great fury, charging like a whirlwind. So fierce was the attack that the Tories soon fled toward the main army, many of them throwing away their arms without discharging them. hov:_s seized and then pushed forward to...,, CHAPTER XVI. THE END OF THE FIGHT. With the remainder of his force and the gallant Libert3 Boys, Sumter 111s hed upon the enemy. He was not to be baffled and Dick Slater was there to give him all the assistance he could. The enemy, rallying, formed a hollow square, with tw~ field pieces in front. Then the clmrge was made. The Continentals attacked the redcoats upon three side! of the square at once. "Forward, Liberty Boys!" cried Dick, waving his sword, "Down with them, break through their ranks." "Liberty forever!" echoed the gallant lads. "Down with the 1edcoats, away with them!" Cannons roared anq mu kets rattled, pi s tols cracked and bullets sang, sabers whistled and brave boys cheered, and the noise was tremendous. While the Liberty Boys were there was the fiercest fight ing. but all showed great bravery. The air was filled with smoke, the woods fairly shook with the noise a:1d the fight went fier


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DOUBLE RESCUE. The Liberty Boy s advanc e d s teadily, d-et err'lined not to "D idn't I say I s aw Dick Slater's hors e and yours, Mr. yield a foot and resol v ed to force the en emy b ackwar d . I mpudence?" laughing and blu s hing. The fight lasted until noon and the British lin es had b e "So you did, Miss Sharp Eyes," chuckled Jack. gun to yield. " Com e , boy s ," said Dick, "the enemy i s in the n ei g h borDick started a cheer and the gallant y outh s pu s hed forward hood and we mu s t be cautious." and drove back the enemy. Th e n th e y rode on , not too rapidly, keeping their eye s Then 1einforcem ents arrived for the B r iti s h. about them and listening for any s u sp icious sounds. Their number was ov erstated and Sumte r d ee m e d it pru-, They went on for about half a mil e and then s aw quite a dent to retreat. party of redcoats, s ome on the road and a number in the Dick Slate r was sorry to have to f a ll back , but h e a l w a ys wood s making a camp. . ob e yed an order without question, and he at onc e gav e the " H e llo , they look as if they were going to stay ," said Dick. ord to retire. "It has that appearance," remarke d Jack. "There's a "We forced them back, at any rate," said Bob, "but I wish goodsi zed party of them, too." the order had not come for a few minutes yet." "Let's go a little farther, ooys," said Dick. "I don't think "We would have had more of a victory then," declar e d we will b e r e cognized." Mark, "and at any rate we have not b e en forc e d to r e t i re." "No, we look lik e farmers ' bo ys ," ob s erved Q3car. . "It was a good fight," said Dick, "and I am a s proud a s " E x c ept for our horses, " remarked Jack. "There i s noth-ever of the Liberty Boys." ing of the farmer about them." "Shure an' we are proud av ye, iv ery wan av u s , " s aid "I should say not," with a laugh. "That black Arab!an of Patsy, and the plucky boys echo e d the sentimen,t. Di ck's and that fine bay mare of yours don't look as if you The enemy did not attempt to purs ue the patriots. having could put them to the plow." b ee n s ev erel y handled and evidently satis fied with thei r " You couldn't do it with my mare, I know," d eclare d Jack. doubtful victory. "She'd kick it to bits." The Liberty Boys, falling back, came upon small pait y The y approached none too near and were watching the on the Camden road and at once attacked them. redcoats, Dick making a rapid calculation as to the i r num-Rai sing-their battle-cry , they rushed upon the enemy and bers , when thr\:e or four men came out of the wood s nearer quickly dispersed them, Dick leading the attack and inspiring to them than to the redcoats. the gallant lads by hi s bravery. The y dashed a swift look at the boys and then all but one Had Sumter been able to bring up all his men there i s no retreated to the woods. doubt that the rout of the e~emy would have been complete , "Be cautious," whispered Dick, "and be ready to _get a~ay but he had ~one bravely as it was , and the r esult was not a in a hurry. Some of those fellows were our Tory friends. d efe~t for him. . . "They were?" asked Oscar in surpris e . With a number of pris on e r s and the s poil s of the captured "Two of them were, I know," said Jack. "and I shouldn't camp,_ Sumte r now retreat~d t~ ward the Waxhaw Creek , wonder if they had gone to tell the enemy." the Liberty Boys accompanymg him. "Keep your eyes open," muttere d Dick. "They may come Some of the boys had ~een wo~nd e d, although not s eve_r 0 ly, along through the woods." ~mt not one had been killed, which was fortunate, consid e r-Th s litary Torv now advance d towar1-, the c_amp bemg well '"fhem's er couple er good hosses ye're got. I reckon 1

THE LIBERTY BOYS' DOUBLE RESCUE. 17 The Tories w~o had brO"f;'M up the e n,3my qu'ckly g-ot out I The boys rode back and found Jack and Oscar talking to of range, knowmg th e abil ity of the Lib erty Boys as sharp-, Patience. ' sh?oiers. . ' "I told them it was all right," the girl said, "because we The_ redcoats h esitate d afte r three or four shots, every one I heard no more firing. I knew that the redcoats had gone." of "'.h1ch _had done more ?r Jes::; damugc. : "And you wanted to talk to Jack, didn't you?" asked the 1?1ck _did not want to kill them, but only to make them keep teasing Mark. ~their distance. . Jack grinned, but Patience said: ~he ene,m~ retur:ie d hi s fir e and o n e or two shots flew uan -f "I cl"clare you're as big a tease as Jack Warren, 11' not ge1ously clo:.;e to him. worse." He sho! ahead_. disa?pear e d arounf t them far behind had he not had The boys then rode on to the camp, where Dick found a Jae and Oscar to look after. messenger from General Sumter patiently awaiting his cornDick Slater was never one to desert a comrade however i pany, "I'~fhefdathhead, bo1ys," he shouted as he came up with Ja~k. General Gates had sent to Sumter to intercept a supply 0 ese. fe lows back." train then on its way to Camden, and Dick and the Liberty thThtenkhehrapidly reloaded his pistols, having just finished Boys were entrusted with the mission. e as w en the r edcoats appeared again. J~ck's bay mare was not in sight, but Dick Slater's black MaJor was as the enemy appeared. . . Th~y halted at sight of him, having a wholesome fear of his pistols and knov. 'ing that they could not overtake him. j D1c_k was satis fied to hold them there without firing a shot knowing that every moment counted just that much for th~ 1 boys. CHAPTER XVIII. THE TORIES DISPERSED. "W.e'll ca7,ch you yet, Slater," cried Olle of the enemy, boastmgly, so you'd better give up." "I a1;1 not afraid," returned Dick, "but don't come . any The Liberty Boys set out th~ next morning brig?t and closer Just now." early to intercept the wagon tram, capture the supplies and . One raised his pistol quickly to fire, thinking Dick's atten-disperse the escort. tion was taken off him. This was work just to their taste, for it required rapidity Dick fired upon the in stant and sent the weapon flying of movement das h and nerve to carry out successfully. from the redcoat's hand before he had di scharged it They set o~t for a ford on the Wateree River, where the T~en others thought to get in a shot before Dick c~uld fire train coming from District Ninety-six would pass. agam. Here there was a redoubt, held by a very small garrison. They r eckoned without Dick Slater. Reaching this, the intrepid youths at once undertook it!! In a second he fired a pistol with his left hand and then capture. suddenly seized two more pistols ~nd fired one with each Dashing up with a cheer and a volley, they rapidly chs-Timld. mounted and stormed the place on all sides. Then he galloped away, firing again a s he rode. av!fi~ garrison made some show of resistance, but witl1out Wh_en he came in sight of Jack and O scar a g ain, they were well m advance. , The brave boys swept everything before them. Then half a dozen Liberty Boys, including Bob and Mark It was utterly impossible to resist such an impetuous dash. suddenly came in sight. ' They literally swept the garrison aside and in a sho1t time Dick shouted to Jack to go on and for the oth e r s to join the redoubt was theirs. ' him. ' The next thing to do was to wait for the escort to arrive, When they did s o they line d up across the road. intercept it and capture the train. Then the redcoats came in sight again. They were all in high spirits, but there was not the slight-There was a rapid checking of s p eed when the Liberty est relaxing of vigilance. Boys were discovered. Dick had his scouts out and timely warning was given of There might be more behind, for all that the redcoats the approach of the train from Ninety-six. , knt>w, and it was best to be cautious. Then, when they lea:;;t expected it, the escort suddenly 'fhey halted, appeared to waver for a few moments and found themselves facing the daring Liberty Boys. then rode away, followed ,by the shouts and laughter of the They swept down upon the escort like a tornado and at Liberty Boyi,. once the fight began. "Hnw did you happen to be coming along this way, Bob?" It was utterly useless to try and drive back the daring asked Dick. youths. , "The black fellow from the Warders came riding over to They were here to capture the train and they meant to do the c nm p in hot has te, saying that his little missy was afraid it. you'd g e t into trouble, as there were r edcoats about." Muskets rattled and pistols cracke d and there seemed to be "Well. it's all right," laughed Dick , "but we would not have five hundred of the dashing lad s , they were so active. needed you, only for an unlucky accident to Oscar's horse." The enemy could not resist and at last took to flight, many "I guess she was afraid something might happen," chuckled being taken p1:isoners . . Mark. "I wonder if she would have thought of sending for There w~re forty-four wagon loads of stores and clothmg, us if it had been only Dick and Jack?" all of which would be of great value to the poorly clad "She's a thoughtful girl, Mark," said Bob. "I'll wager that I troops. your girl would have done the same." I Having made the capure, the Liberty Boys returned to "Very likely," with a smile. "Girls are pretty much alike their old quarters and received the thanks and congratulations of the general.


18 TH E LIB E RTY BOYS ' DOUBLE R E SCUE. Su mter was about to g o up t h e Catawba a n d the Liberty Boy s intended to accompa n y h im. ? scar, J ack, Ben, Sam, the t w o Harrys and a f ew others, lea by Mark, started ou t t o visi t the Warder hou s e before they left, a s i t m i g h t be s ome time b efo r e they would b e in that d is t r i ct again. Cornwa lli s , with Tarlet o n a n d othe r comm a nders, w a s n o t far a way, a nd it was rumore d that Gates was h aving trou bl e at Camden. ' The re were _ r edcoat s in the n eig hbo r hood a s well and for that reaso n Mark to<>k a party wi t h him instead of letting O sca r make h is call on P a ti e nc e alone. A s the b oys cam e in s i ght o f the hou se they h eard shots . Dashing a head , they s a w Dick Slater struggling w ith si x or ei ght Tories . "Th e L i bert y B o y s h ave d on e a g o od t hing in a rou s in g the n ei g h b o r hood a gains t these s~oun d r e ll y Tori es, " said Bob, "and there will be little trou ble from him h e r eafter." Word now came of the defeat of Gates at Camde n and Sumter m ade has t e to get out of the w ay of Cornwa lli s and hi s leaders with their supe ri o r forces. The L ib erty Boy s accompa n ied Sumte r i or a time and the n se t off to join Ge n eral Gree ne. Later S u m ter was s u rp1ise d b y Tar l e ton and l o s t a ll t he s t ore s h e h a d captured, b es ide s having-many o f hi s m e n t a k e n prisoners. The L i b e rty Boys happil y e s cap e d this disast e r, but l a t e r, with M a rio n Sumte r Gree n e and othe r brave S outhem l e ad ers, di s t l ngt;i s hed th~w se l ves once 'r1101e in t h e figh t f o r in d ep end e n ce . A t the cl o se of t h e war O scar Wood r eturned to t h e Fairfie l d d i strict a n d made pretty Patie n c e Warder h is wife, t a k Dick had fired one or two shots and now the To ri e s were ing her b ac k with him to hi s home i n Virg i n ia. swarming upon him, threat ening v e n g ean ce . They had tried to dra g him from his horse, but had~not yet succeeded. ' Ther e we r e s evel' a l o f the L i b erty Bo ys who b e l o n ged i n "Forwa rd, m y b r a v e lads ," cried Mark. "Scatter the ras t h e So uth a n d thes e were a ll a t the w ed di n g of O scar and cal s ! A way with them!" " T h Patie nc e , whic h was a l s o g raced by the p r ese nce of Di ck o t e r es cue! " shoute d Jack, and then he and Ma r k raced along si de the r e s t followin g c lo s e behind. S l a t e r h imse l f. The L l . b e r t y B o ys still i n the South aft e 'r t h e d e f eat at Amon g the Tories -wer e the Liberty Bo ys ' old en em i es . ' . . . R f L t h Ab W d N " k D " 1 R I h W t d ' Cam de n , took part m the r eorgam zation of the pat not forces N u eh Wah_ta m, e o r e n, ic mg e , a P e s an , and conti nued to fight fo r their cau ses, undaunted b y reoa 1 man. 1 h l d At sight of the ies cu e r s the y turned and fle d, firing as v erses, knowing that a t l a s t tie ng t w ou preva1 . they ran. The b oys answered the volley and some of the Tories staggered. After them r aced the boys ; and suddenly a party of sterl' np; p atiiots living in the district appeared and also gave chase . . They had no love for the Tories and had warned them to l e ave. No w they we r e going to see to it that their warning was heeded. Dick recalled the Liberty Boys and the district people pursued them alone. When they returned there was no longer any fear that the Tories would kidnap any one el s e for ransom. 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\ THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 19 HELP YOUR COUNTRY! ENGLISH WOMEN'S GREAT WOHK IN WAR. . 1\Iiss Caroline Spurgeon, professor of English hterature at the University of London and head of the department of English literature at Bedford Col lege, stated during her visit to Washington a,s a member of the British Educational Mission that university women of En')"land are officering women's military organizations"' of Great Britain, the "\Vaacs" (the Woman's Army Auxiliary Corps), the "Wrens" (the Woman's Royal Naval Corps), and the "Penguins,'' or the Women's Flying Corps. "The last named,'' sai d Miss Spurgeont "is prob ably to be a permanent organization. So tar women have done very little flying, but they are learning all the details about airplanes and automobiles. They are qu<}lifying as draftsmen and in the construction depart ments. Women in London arc driving trucks. Probably because they arc out in the open air so much of the time their health appears not to have suffered, but often to have been improyed by the work. University women of England are also qual ifying as engineering experts, chemists, physicists, health inspectors, and employment managers. At Bedford Colk•ge a course of one year is given women to prepare them as welfare workers. Relative ~o the entr:;mce of women into industry, Miss Spurgeon cited an interesting incident. "At the beginning of the war a woman interested in re placing men by women,'' she said, "entered the Otis elevator plant in London and asked to see the fac tory. She wa.s not pei;mitted to leave the elevator to inspect the machinery, for the manager was sure the .men would suspect what she was doing and -ih~re would be trouble. To-day women are practically running that plant. It has been discovered that when women have the machine sense they usually have it more highly developed than men. They are quicker and more thorough. Some women, of course, never have it. "Our employment exchanges, which correspond to the officers of the United States Employment Serv ice, , have found that 'shorter shifts among won;ien produce much more efficient service. Professional sections have been addaj to the exchanges within the last two years. The war has brought English women of education into touch with many new forms of work, and univer ity women for the first time have recognized the value of Government labor exchanges." ' AIDS GIRL WORKERS IN WASHINGTON. Girl war workers in Washington are gradually finding relief from the unpromising living condi tions heretofore confronting them. An especially helpful measure has been the recent taking over by the United States Housing Corporation of many of the stately old mansions of the capital for the use of these newcomers. Several of these houses have already been opened and are being operated success fully. The establishment of the "Ordnanc~ , Club" at 1711 rstreet NW. is an interesting case in point. Commodiously built, this house is to be used as a combination home and clubhouse for the woman personnel of the civilian branch of the Army Ord nance Department. The extensive ground-floor suite has been fitted up as reading and recreation rooms, while the two upper stories, of five rooms each, will furnish uncrowded sleeping quarters for a fortunate 15 of the 1,1nit. Open fire-places, old fashioned mahogany furniture, and well-filled book shelves contribute fo the atmosphere of general comfort and re~nement which distinguishes the whole place. Winter recreational plans for the members include occasional dances, musicales, plays, and other feature entertainments. The membership fee is $2, with an additional monthly due of 50 cents. Girls who occupy the. sleeping rooms pay, of course, a moderate rental for their quarters. As soon as arrangements can be completed a cafe is to be opE!ned, where nourishing food, in sufficient quantity, will be served the mem bers. NEGRO EMJ;>LOYEES AIDED. The Carnegie Steel _Co. of Pittsburgh, is trying to better the living as well as recreational conditions under which their negro en;iployees have been forced to live. They have hire~ negro welfare workers in two of their mill centers and are now planning to extend this type of work to tb,e other mill districts. At the Homestead Steel Works there has been developed a plan for a negro club house which will contain dormitories , gymnasiums, public baths, com munity lockers, recreation rooms, and special class rooms for ed,ucational work. WORK IS 'l'HE RULE IN COLLEGES. Work, not "rah-rah," is the keynote of college life this fall in practically every institution in the land. Practically all the college students of the country are entering military orgamzations, and those who are not devoting themselves to their studies and to civilian forms of war work with a seriousness sel dom witnessed before. The usual college-boy demeanor has been super seded by the necessities of the war, and in uniform or out of it the college men of the Nation are render ing effective service.


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. ASSIGN,MENT 99 OR THE. ST ART LING ADVENTURES OF A BOY REPORTER By RALPH MORTON (A SERIAL STORY) CHAPTER XIX (Continued). But there were two things he wanted to know "Certainly not, " put in Whitehead. "l was sent first. out to look for the boy, and I've found him. That's " Before I say anything tell me what you have all we want. " done with that Burmese boy," he said. The sergeant produced a pass-key, -and opened the "I suppused you would ask that question," redoor. plied Whiteheadi "and I'm prepared ~o answer it 1_n 'Go to the end of the corridor and up the stairs part, and it's a 1 the answer you will get. He 1s you will find . there, " he said. confined in a comfortable room-no such dog's hole "And you want to wait for me, Sam," said Whiteas you were in before-and he will be kindly cared head, in meaning tones. for. To-night you will see him again." Sam hurried away. "To-night?" The stairs took him up to the main room of the "It is half-past two now, Sam. Call it to-morrow police station. . . night if you will." If he had followed his own inclinations he would " Oh! And Jack Welling?" have pushed on to the street. "I've cut him out of the case. Last I saw of Jack There were three reasons why he did not attempt he was rolling up the Bowery gloriously drunk on it. In the station were two policemen. my . money. Surely you had r~ther deal wth a He had already discovered that he had been robbed sensible man like me than with a wretched bum like of every cent. him." Then ?is curiosity was keenly aroused to know "But 1 can't understand your sudden change of what this sudden change of front on the part of f t M wht h d " Al Wht h d ht I ron , r. 1 e ea . 1 e ea m1g mean. . . . Probably the Atlas man hung back to ' settle with "No? I suppo~e not. But every~hmg m th~s the sergeant world is strange till you understand 1t and~en 1t At all eve~ts, he was up in a moment, and taking becomes .absurdly simple. H~;" much money~ Sam's arm familiarly he led him out of the station. those Chmks rob you of, Sam. "Now looker here Sam French" he said "I am "I. had eighteen dollars and a half. Every cent no longer your ene~y, but your friend, and if you I have in the world. .It's all gone." know when you are well off you will ring off let "Then let me make it good. It was my fault that ,_,, by-gones be by-gones, and accept me as such-s~e ?" you lost it. It's up to me." Sam grunted. He counted out the money, and pased it to Sam, It was hard work. who took it, for he felt that he had the right. He just did not know what to say. "Now, then," said Whitehead, "do w e pull together 'Well , is it a go?" demanded the reporter. or :Q.ot? I've got you out of a bad scraps, and you • I suppose you are figuring on something for yourcertainly owe me something for that." self .. , replied Sam. "I'd like to know where I come "What do you want me to do?" in." "Exactly what I tell you, and no questions asked." "You would, hey? Well, I'm going to tell you. "Not very satisfactory." You get back your job on the paper, and you tome "I know it; just the same, it is all I can do for the in halves with me on the diamonds and gems which present. You have my promise of half those gems you ran up against through assignment 99." if we get them and your job back again. I call that liberal. I don't think you can call it anything else . . " CHAPTER XX. "Very well; let it be as you say." SAM GOES. OVER TO THE ENEMY. . "Wise boy. Now let's get something to eat." Sam thought fast, and made up his mind to chime I Al Whitehead led the way to a certain restaurant in with Al Whitehead for the present, the result on the Bowery which remains open all night, and be what i . t would. they made a hearty meal.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 . While they ate the reporter questioned Sain about Vista Hoon , and his story of the gems. It seemed to Sam that, inasmuch as the man was so well-post ed, it could do no harm to tell him all, and he did so. "A strange story, " said Whitehead, when he had finishea. " Now let me ask you a few questions, and then we will ring off and turn in for the night. You won't mini! sleeping with me?" "I suppose not. Am I to regard myself a prisoner in any sense of the word?" "Not at all. If you want to, gP-t up and go about your business right now. If you do so you leave an enemy behind you who will stick at nothing to throw you down in the journar tic world. On the other hand, if you tie to me you make a friend worth having. I can put you on any paper in New York. Not as cub reporter, mind you , but in a regular sit. There isn't an editor in this town who would not do that much to oblige me. " And Sam knew that he only spoke the truth. "I'll stick, " he said. "Go ah'ead with your questions." Now, do not imagine for a moment that Sam had any intention of selling out to the enemy, or of seeing Vista Hoon robbed of his gems by this unscrupulous man. Not by any means. It was only becau s e it seem e d to him that by pretending to side with Al Whitehead he was adopting the onl y pos s ible course to see "Charley" and help him.that he did as he did. Whitehead now began his questions. "What made you go to Ming Fo ? " he asked. "It wa? Jack Welling's idea. " "Dig y ou find out anything?" _ _ ~ .'.J can't say that we did. I told you about all that nappened there before you came in." " Do y ou believe in such business?" " I nev e r have. I don't know very much about it. Jack says these Chinese fortune-tellers can do wonderful things ... "And although wrong in almost everything else, he is right in that; but he don't begin to know them as I do. Who had thos e picture s which the Burmese boy drew in his sleep? '' "He kept them." "To show you that he did not, look here." Whiteh ead produc ed the third picture. "You took it from him, I suppose, " said Sam. "I did . You see , h e i s in th:s pictur e. " " Yes. " "And you ?" "Of course. " "Now who is this dead Chink on the floor ' ? " "Fen Wah. " "The murderer of old Tongy Feuzeli, the walkir1g fence." "Yes, as I believe. Was he a fence, then?" "Sure he was. Now, Sam, I'm going to come out frankly, and tell you why I want yoa with m2, but I shan't tell you anything else. At first thoug h t' I wouldn't tell you even that much, but upon thinkin g it over I have determined to do so-s e e ?' ' "Well?" " I believe in Ming Fo, abs olutely. You may call it superstition, if you plea se , but I b e lieve in him. After you were disposed of, and I will not deny that the disposition was done by my orders, I got rid of Welling by getting him drunk. H e told me something of what you have told me, and I know by tha t you have told me the truth." "But not all," thought Sam. ' ' If y o u kne w of poo r Charley 's box in the safe-depo sit vault you would be . after that, too , you wretch, but that you will never know. " "I am no liar," he said a loud. " I have giv ep it to you straight, Mr. Whitehead. " " Call me Al, same a s my,friends do, " said the reporter, "for you are my friend now . Well, to resume, After I had settled with Jack I took the boy to Ming Fo ,again, and we worked over him in something of a different way. No matter how. No matter what we did, but the result was I became convinced that you alone will find these gems. Therefore I saw that I wante d y ou , and I went around to the Elizabeth street station, and got you , fo1 I made sure you would be the re. " "That e xplains some things, ' ' said Sam. " Now let me ask on e o r two questions. " "Fire a way. Mebb e I'll ans w e r, and m eb b c I won't. " " Do you know where Fen Wah is?" " No . Wish I did. " "Do you know where Wing Dock the second steward of the Genkodar, a nd the m a n h e claims robbed him of the gems is?" '' I don't actually know, but I have my suspicions. To-morrow's work will verify them. If it turns out as I think 'it will then I am prepare d to act. " "ls Captain Shears in the deal with y ou? " " No, no! I forced him to sheer off long ago ." "Baldwin?" "I've shaken him. He thinks he will come in on the divide, I don't doubt; but he i s a s much mi s t a k e n as though he had lost his shirt." "Then it's just you and me alon e ." "That's all. " "And that's all I have to say. " "Settled. Now let's go to bed. " Al Whitehead had a large r oom on East 19th street, and here he t ok Sam. It seemed so strange to find himself in bed with the man whom he had considered his bitter enemy. For a long time Sam could not sleep, but just b e fore daylight he dropped off and never woke until noon. He was alone in the room. To be continued.)


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. CURRENT NEWS PENCIL IN POCKET SAVES LIFE OF LAD. j There are to be two schools with Belgian teachers, A metal lead pencil in his pocket stopped a bullet a Belgian priest Belgian civic officials and a large and practically saved the life of Glen Catlin, twelve-co-operative sto 1:e. The inhabitants , who will move year-old son of R ev. Catlin, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, into the villages a s soon a s the bui:lding~ are comduring a war game h e r e . pl e te, will b e 100 fami\i e s of r efugees from Belgium, Several boys had built a cave in the outskirts of who are destitute and who hav e e a c h a t least four town, and while young Catlin was advancing to the c hildren. The cottages will have electric light, runcave EddiG Emig, fourtee n, who wa s standing guard, ning wate r, gardens, and will rent for $6 a month. fired a .22-calibre rifle in the gen e r a l direction from Those who cannot pay rent will be provided for. which the Catlin boy was advancin g . The bullet This important reconstruction work is one of the tore a button off h i s coat and was stopped by the first larg e tas ks to be undertaken in the rebuilding metal. of devastated \ Belgium . • FISH SKIN SEOES. MONSTE R SEAPLANE CARRIES SIXTEEN. At the recent exposition of the chemical_ indu sti: ies : The Nancy I., the largest s e aplane in the United at Grand Central Palace there was an mterestmg States flew over Washington Nov. 8 en route to exhib i t of leather made from the skin of fishes, Hampton Roads carrying fift ee n officers in addition shark, porpoise and tuna fis h, which showed it to be to the pilot. Sta~ting from the Navy aviation station as full of good qualities as is leather made from the at Anacostia, the huge machine, with a wing stretch skins of animals. of 126 feet and propelled by three 12-cylinder LibScientistl') at the Pratt Institute and the United erty moto rs, developed great speed in a short flight States Bureau of Fisheries have been experimenting over the capital and then starte d down the Potomac upon fish skin as a substitute. for leather, and. the river watched by a large group of officers. Rear raw ~ide of sharks 3:nd po_rpoises already is in comAdmiral D. W. Taylor, Chief of the Bureau of Con mercial use. Porpoise skm razor strops have been struction and repair; Rear Admiral R. S. Griffin, used for years, and other kind s of fis h leather would Chief of the Bureau of Steam Engineering, and have_ been on the market long ago, the scientists say, Capt. G. W. Steele, jr., Director o f Naval Aeronau had it not been that there was an abundance of real tics, inspected the plane and appeared to be sati1?fied leather. that it could cany its heavy load in absolute safety. MEN AND ARMS CAPTURED. The machine has a gasolin e capacity of 300 gallons and is used on coast patrol duty. The British took 200,000 prisoners on the western battle front from Jan. 1 to Nov. 5, inclusive, according to an official statement made in the House INTERCHANGEABLE GLOVES FOR TROO.S. of Commons Nov. 7. In the same period the French Hereafter troops will receive interchangeable captured 140,000, the Americans 50,000 and the Belgloves which they may wear on either the right or gians 15,000 making a total of 405,000 captured dur-left hand. The Clothing and Equipage Division is ing the . year on Wis front alone. now _arrangin~ to have all gloves in yrocess of proThe armies of the Allies, since the great offensive duct10_n made mterchan~eable. The mterc~angeable began on the western front on July 15 have cap-1glo~,e is a ,~ve-fi~ger ~~tted wool g~ov~,. with seams tured 6,217 cannon, 38,622 machine guns and 3,907 to fulled or fluffed as to be mvisible. These mine throwers, according to a press message of Nov. gloves are not shaped to fit snu~ on _the palm or full 3 from Paris . During October the Allies captured on the back of the han_d, bu~ are kmtted flat _so that 108,343 prisoners, including 2,472 officers, as well as ~he palm and back are identical. T~e thumb is fitted 2 064 cannon 1'3 639 machine guns and 1.193 mine mto both the obverse and reverse sides of the glove throwers. ' ' about a quarter of an inch instead of being fitted deeply into the palm and slightly into the back of the glove. This makes it possible to shift the gloves PORTABLE BELGIAN TOWN IS BUILT BY RED from one hand to the other to equalize the wear on CROSS. both sides and also obvia t es the necessity of furOn the slope of a hill near Havre, France, a typical Belgian village is being built by the American Red Cross. The houses are all to be portable. When peace time comes, the entire village will be moved to Belgium. Every house is being built so that it may be readily taken down, shipped, and re-assembled. nishing a full pair of gloves to replace the loss of one; one glove only being furnished to replace the one lost. The exact appearance of the glove may be qptained by observing the shape of the open hand pressed on a flat surface with fingers slightly separated.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. FROM ALL POINTS THE DUGOUT. . Dugouts are usually associated with bygone days, but they still figure in Maryland navigation. A few are even being made to-day. This dugout is the Chesapeak e canoe of the Eastern Shore oystermen. It is made by placing three pine logs side by side alld fastening them together with wooden pins. Then the inside is dug out with an adze and the outside similar! shaped. 'I'he result is a non-sink able craft, with bow and stern alike, that is rigged with two tails and sometimes a ''jigger" as well. From these boats the oJsters are taken up with tongs. When the oyster season is over these canoes are painted and aquatic race::; indulged in by the oystenn en. 2,983 SHIPS LAUN~HED BY U. S. DURING WAR. Nearly 3,000 merchant vessels were built in home yards between April 6, 1917, the date of the declaration of a state of war by the United States, and No vember 11 last, the date of the armistice. The number was 2,985, of 3,091,695 gross tons, of which 506 aggregated 2,051,814 . gross tons and were ocean-going s~el steamers. Oce an-going wood e n vessel s numbered 403, of 753,156 gross tons, and non-seagcing vessels number 2,076, with a gros s tonnage of 281,725. AN INDIAN SOLDIER EXPERT WITH THE ,. RIFLE. Tl)x(136th Infantry, on~ of the units_ of the 34th ---Division now at Camp Dix, N. J., claims to have had in its ranks until recently one of the greatest rifle shots in the Army, according to the New York Sun. This man is Pvt. Pierre Flomebue, an Indian, who enlisted at Camp Cody, N. M. Flomebue, who is a typical Indian, attracted no particular notice until he was ordered to the rifle range for practice with other recruits. It is claimed he had little ex perience in shooting and had never used an Army rifle vet the first day he made a possible 50 at 200 yards: rapid fire, and since then has repeated this and also made good at other ranges, both s~ow and rapid fire, in no case falling below 48. Men in his company say he is almost uncanny in his use of the Army rifle. One of his feats is to make an out line of himself on the target with shots at 200 yards. So expert is this m:i.n that he was recently sent to Franc e to serve on the battle line as a sharpshooter. HUNTER LASSOS BEAR. T. J. McMullin, a Government hunter, accompan~ ied by Robert Reid with several hunting dogs, had a --thrilling fight with p, grizzly bear and her two cubs .Ll -n J -T"()S: N l\iT. McCullin killed the mother bear, but desired to take the cubs alive. He called off the dogs and went back to the camp of Mr. Reid and got the cattleman to go along with him. The trail of the two bear cubs was taken up. Mc Mullin had a wrestling match with one bear and the bear came oqt on top, when Reid went to his assist ance, and between them they tied the bear to a tree. In the meantime the other bear took to a tree and for three hours McMillin lassoed the bear only to have the cub with its front paws push the rope off. Finally by a quick move McMullin succeeded 'in getting a tight grip on the bear the lasso and pulled the animal down. The cub which had the wrestling match with the Government hunter died; the lassoed cub will be sent to the zoological gardens in Washington. AN APPRECIATION OF WEST POINT. A general officer of the Army notes with approval a tribute to West Point that appeared in the San Antonio (Texas) Light. It says, in part: "The worst miscalculation of the Kaiser and his military advisers has been in the American soldier. The German had studied our wars, :;tnd our method of raising armies, and he laid it down as a hard and unalterable fact that America could threaten, but that it could not raise and train an effective army for fighting in Europe. They all failed to realize what West Point has meant to this nation in the past, and what it now means to all the world. You c nnot have a fighting army without trained leaders, and you cannot have the material for an army in a proper sense, without universal setvice such as the Congress of the United States hesitatingly granted. The two things combined have given us an Army, in comparatively short order, and it has left an im perishable fame for itself in the final spasms of this greatest of all wars. The best investment America has ever made for itself, in providing at least the foundation of an army, is that it made at West Point, and the same can be said of the Navy, at Annapolis. Without these, with all our man-power and . all our wealth, we could not have made the hon orable showing that has been made. When the present war ends, the Regular Establishment of the Army should consist of not less than a quarter of a million men, the enlargement of West Point should be insured, and universal training should follow. Peace must have a certain police power back of it to insure its continuance, and America wtll have to provide her quota of the necessary police force to rnakP this nossible "


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. ITE1'1S OF GEWNERAL INTEREST PROUD OF HIS AGE. .. Grandad" Mosier, who is eighty-four years old, thin ks he is the most remarkable man in Cancock C ounty, 0. He has cut 750 shocks of corn this fall a nd, during the summer, grubbed twenty-five acres o f new ground, getting it ready for the plow. During haymaking time and threshing he has taken the pla c e of a real man, he says. WOMAN ON LAUNDRY TRUCK. . Shortage of men has caused woman to make her appearance in another vocation foreign to her in St. Louis. Miss Amanda Harmess of No'. 3954 Westminster Place now is driving an electric delivery truck for a laundry at No. 3960 Olive Street. She formerly was employed inside the laundry, earning from $12 to $15 a week. She now is paid $17 a week and a uniform is furnished. She performs all the duties of men, drivers, including the collection of bundles and money. Two other women are in training to take out electric trucks for the laundry. sid e s are. ablaz e with popp y fields. The prepared d r ug will bring triple its purchase price in the l\fan chu rian town. A young American woman, traveling in a pri~ate car from Vladivostock, recently found a mysterious package in he.r compartment. The car porter seeing it in her hands attempted to snatch it. Being a WO man of spirit, she grabbed up a pistol, whereupon the porter fell on his knees and begged for mercy. With a little persuasion he produ c ed from beneath the young woman's berth a dozen more like pack ages. They aggregated several pounds of opium. Other Americans on board were summoned and it was decided to turn over the opium and the porter to the first customs officer encountered. This was done-in the station at Harbin. The customs officer confiscated the drug, thereby earning a reward of several hundred rubles, but said he had no authority to arrest the smuggler and the porter went his way. ICELAND BUYING MORE AMERICAN GOODS. PERFUME FOR DEAD. . 1 Of the many countries that have increased their With a band at the head of the funeral proccs s10n, purchases from the United States since the beginthe body of John William, who was thirty-three ning of the war, Iceland offers unusual interest beyears old, a gypsy, who died at Jacksonville, Fla., cause of the kind of merchandise we are sending was buried in Oakridge Cemetery, Goshen, Ind., reto a market to which we have pald little attention cently, on a plot beside the graves of his father, in the past. Iceland and the Faroe Islands, which King George W. Nicholas, who died in 1913, near also belong to Denmark, impo r ted more than $2,400,Topeka, Ind., and George Staley, a brother, whose 000 worth of American goods in 1917, ~ain of body was brought here two years ago from Seattle, nearly $2,000,000 over the previous year. P~ress Wash. in road construction resulted in sal e s of America The widow brought the body here from Jacksonautomobiles and accessories valued at more than ville. It was placed in a copper-lined coffin and at $10,000, whereas until r e c ent years transportation the morgue here a photograph was taken of the in Iceland was principally over bridle paths by body in the coffin. In the coffin was much mon~y-horses. The southern coasts, washed by the Gulf ;t:5 gold pieces, bills and small coins-fraternal orStream, enjoy a climate mild enough to justify a der paraphernalia of William, including his uniform, large use of cotton goods for clothing, over $25,000 fez and sword, and a pint bottle of perfume. The worth being imported from the United States last finger~ of the body were literally covered with diayear. American shoes have appeared in the market mond rings. There were three mourners, the widow, in considerable quantities; plate glass, phonographs, her seven-months' old child and a nephew. silverware, jewelry, laces, perfumeries, furs, and On account of the Prohibition Law in Indiana, the motion picture films are other articles that Iceland gypsy custom of pouring champagne and wines into is now buying from us. the grave could not be carried out. A large crowd Most of this trade has come to the United States witnessed the burial, the total expense of which is because Iceland's normal sources of supply, Denmark estimated at $1,500. and Great Britain, have been unable under war con-ditions to send the kind of materials needed. Of c6urse, it is not prob'able that we shall retain any SMUGGLED OPIUM UNDER AMERICAN GIRL'S thing like our present proportion of this trade after BERTH. Denmark and Great Britain are in a position to Opium smuggling from eastern Siberia into Har-supply it, but the larger number of American ships bin offer~ such alluring rewards that scarcely an in the Atlantic service and the favor with which opportunity is overlooked by train porters and conIceland has received our goods will enable us ' to ductors urian frontier the hillkeep fair art


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A FEW GOOD ITEMS LINCOLN HONEYMOON COST $4 A WEEK. The career of Abraham Lincoln furnishes a good argument to the young man whose suit is opposeo by the parents of his sweetheart because he had not yet gained financial success. An extremely poor young lawyer, strong objections were raised when he announced his intention to marry Mary Todd; but, as usually happens, the opposition was disregarded, and the wedding took place in 1842. The honeymoon had to be on an economical scale and so the hotel bill for the first happy week of the ;oung couple's life together was only $4. It was spent at the Globe Tavern in Springfield, Ill., where they were married. SKUNK CAUGHT BY ANGLER. Bert Hamilton, fishing the other night in Storage Dam, Columbus, Ohio, using flies, called out to his companions, Frank Mobley and William Behnen: "Fellows, I've got a channel cat that must be a monster by the way he pulls." In the darkness Hamilton was struggling with the prize that refused to be drawn in. "Flash your light, Frank," said Hamilton, and Mobley came close and aimed the light in the direc tion of the line. In the water they saw something black with a white stripe along its back swimming about in a circle and snapping viciously at the line. It was skunk. Hamilton cut the line immediately, before 1t could release the liquid that has suc h a frightful odor. / BARRACKS TO BE SCHOOLS. Thousands of the wooden buildings erected for the troops in training and for offices and stores will be used for educational purposes. Almost everywhere schools are overcrowded, especially the older type of secondary schools. A number of these are unable to provide full ac commodations and private houses have had to be hired for the additional pupils, but many of these are unable to pass the standard of the Board of Education from the standpoints of air space and sanitation. With the coming into force of the new edu cation bill a much greater accommodation will have to be provided and it is propo sed to use the military hutments while new schools are being erected. SPRUCE FOR OUR AIRPLANES. One of the large paper companies of the West owns extensive forestry lands in Oregon in which fine specimens of fir, cedar, and hemlock are to be found in abundance. When our Government found itself facing a shortage of spruce for airplanes and fir for ships, this patriotic company placed its tim ber holdings at the disposal of the United States Government; and at its ow~ expense undertook the task of opening one of the tracts in which there are 300,000,000 feet of timber available for. war service. This involved the rebuilding of a railroad about four and a half miles long which was not adequate to endure the additional traffic that would be imposed upon it by the war demands. The work of reconstruction and extension, involving eight miles of new railway, was carried on through 'the winter despite heavy rainstorms which greatly retarded the work. On July 20 the first trains of spruce wended their way out of this timber tract. FUR SALES TOTAL $3,200,000. Before the close of the six day session of the New York Fur Auction Sales Corporation, which ended recently, $3,200,000 worth of skins had been sold. The last day witnessed some of the most spirited bidding of the week on tlie better class pelts. Muskrat sales featured the last day's business. It sold at an increase of 55 per cent. over April prices for brown skins and a 10 per cent. advance for black. . Nutria, the first offering, advanced 10 per cent. over April and 64,788 furs were sold. Black bear skins showed a 35 per cent. increase and brown bear sold at substantially the same as at the former auc tion. Polar bear did likewise. Raccoon proved an active seller and 30,569 skins were sold. The Northern skins registered an ad vance of 25 per cent. and the Southwestern 35 per cent. NO SMALL ARMS AMMUNITION ON TRANS PORTS. American overseas forces will not in future carry with them personally any ammunition, other than the regular overseas allowance for officers armed with pistols or revolvers. With the exception noted in the case of officers who will each carry his own allowance, all ammunition, even of the smaller cali bers, is hereafter to be shipped in bulk. This plan is in line with the general soldiers' equipment plan recently determined upon whereby American fighting men will "travel light" and be outfitted with their overseas personal outfit and accouterments after arrival on the other side. Through the planned shipping of all ammunition in bulk hereafter, the Department is relieved of the former necessity of keeping large quantities of .30 and .45 ammunition at or within easily available distance of embarkation camps. Provision for thi s constantly available sup ply has been necessary in the past.


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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 27 I IN THE CRYPT. 1 I 11emained in the neighborhood drinking ale with By Horace Appleton laborers listening to stories and gossip in the tap' room of the "Thorburn Arms Tavern" and deporting , myself generally like that benighted creature, the . English peasant. During my trip to England and Ireland I had I k d d "dl d d . . d Th t • t 1 f wor e some an 1 e more spen mg many many cunous a ventures. a 1s na ura, o h h tf th th Id t d f th H 11 h course, as men of our cloth are more likely to run ours c a mS! Wt e ? s ewar O a w 0 across queer characters and see strange things than weuld not beheve that hi _ s master was guilty of any ordinary mortals. wrong. One incident in particular is fresn in my memory, "I tellee, my mon," he would say to me, "I care the circumstances surrounding it being so romantic na for what they say but a Thorburn never war and out of the common order of things. known to do wrong and my master will not be the first to break the rule." I will proceed at once to lay the tale before my enlightened readers, feeling sure that they will be I acquiesced in this belief and then the old man as fully interested in the remarkable adventures of continued: Leslie Thorburn and the heroic devotion of his "There is poor Miss Ethel, all he's got now that daughter Ethel. will cling to him. I don't know what to think, but she I will proceed to r elate the story of Leslie Thornseems to pine and grow thin, as if some sorrow was burn's crime, and how I succeeded in bringing them eating her up." to justice. I asked what had become of tl:rest of the family. He had been in a position of great trust and respon-"Hug h married against his father's wishes and sibility, and had appropriated the funds of his em-was cut off; Rob went to America and was disowned ployers to his own use-a crime that is altogether for leaving the old homestead; Hal drank himself to too common in these days. , death and b>roke his father's heart with his wild His firm did not seem to think it at all necessary ways, his debts being something terrible, and Marthat his books should be examined, but I insisted garet and Eleanor married men who had nothing, upon it, and probably he overheard rhe doing so, for and had to be supported by their {ather-in-la'\Y." the next day he was missing. It was some time beH i s daughter Ethel, who was the only one left to fore the full amount of his stealings could be estihim, was well provided for out of her father's ste al mated, but it was something startling, and completeings, th@ugh she knew nothing of it until after the ly upsets the notion s of the res pectable gentlemen crash came. who had so long trusted a thie f and placed con-She had been educated in France, h a d traveled al1 fidence in a defaulte r. over the continent, had been furnished with an un-The man had frequently treated me with haughti-limited amount of money, besides silks, laces, vel ness and disdain, not to say contempt, and I suppose vets, jewelry and finery of all kinds, and not a wish the l e a.t-'1ittle bit of s pite animat ed me when l deof her heart was not gratified. termj..nd to hunt him down. Mmew all his haunts, but neither bribery nor She was not a spoiled child, by any means, al-threats, bullying nor flattering could enable me to though she had everything she wanted, and her find the scamp , and at la s t r announced that 1 was father doted upon her, while the servants perfectly compl e tely baffled, and would give up the case. That idolized her. was all gammon. I was more determined than eve!' I knew she could not bear to think of her father's to f erret the thin g to the bottom. disgrace, and would not believe it, though the proof:;; But I wished the impress ion to go abroa d that l were daily accumulating, and hi s crime was the one had gi v en up the case as a bad job. topic of conversation in the neighborhood. I knew To give the affair a greater appearance of t r uth, that this was killing her, for she grew more pale J i.ook nassag e for New York on the next steamer and haggard every day, and allowed her grief to and went aboard with the other passenge rs. show itself upon her face; which assumed a more I did nqt g o v ery far with them, though, for, spiritual beauty than it hitherto had, as if the gi r l's chan g i n g my dres s in m:v cabin, I a pp eared as a n _atur e was trying to conquer her hatr ed of crime in sailor, and when the pilot left the steamer to herself all shapes a n d by whoever c ommitted. r I returned with him and w a s dro pped off at a mise r -Late one afternon I saw h e r go down the shad e d ! able little plac e on the coast. walk which led to the gates, pass out and plunge Then I proceeded to Thornhurst, the countyinto the thicket. seat of the default e r, to which I have hitherto reI suspected that she was going to meet either her ferred. father or someone who would tell her about him. so Procuring the habilim ents of a ri1stic or "chawI followed. bacon," I hung around the pl ace waiting for ::t Hidden behind a thick clump of bushes, I saw her hance to see the master. meet a man in rough garb, who gave her a letter, Feeling sure that he would turn up before long, I and then said:


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. "In the crypt to-night at eleven. Remember!" "And I shall see him then for the last time?" ' For the present." ' It will be forever!" Oh, what a world of sorrow there was in that shol't s e ntence! 'No-no; he will send for you before long, and you will be happy once more," said the other, quickly. . ''No, Arthur, I cannot be happy with the knowl P dg e that my father is a thief. You would not have the daughter of a forger and embezzler for a wife." .. Indeed I would, for you have done no wrong. I blame you not, and while I cannot condone your father's crime, I will at least assist him to escape." . "Thank's, dearest, thanks! I could never endure the thoughts of my poor father being shut up in prison; it would break my heart." "There-there, my love, compose yourself, l must go now; but remember to-night, in the crypt, at eleven!" "I will, never fear. My old nurse will be with me, for I can trust her with anything. " The next moment her lover-for so I judged him to be, and subsequently learned that he was, and had disguised hipiself so that he could assist Ethel's father-disappeared in the woods, and I completely lost sight of him. Ethel quickly returned to the house, and I quickly followed, turning over in my busy brain a plan that I had formed for the capture of the defaulter. I succeeded in making all my arra~gements, and at ten o'clock that night was hidden away in the crypt unde1 the chapel. I had often gone there with old Simon, the steward, and I knew the place well. Many time s I had thought that the criminal would find an exc e llent hiding place there, and on that account I had studied it well, and knew every secret passage it contained. It was therefore an easy matter for me to secrete myself during t4e evening, still clad in my rustic garb, and wearing a look of stupid innocence upon my face. At about eleven o'clock I heard voices, and look ing up from my place of concealement, saw the glimmer of a lantern. I waited for a few moments, and then, hearing the footsteps cease, I advanced to the edge of the partition behind which I was concealed, and which did not reach to the ceiling. I could see that the light had been set down, and then I heard a young woman's voice speaking a glad welcome to someone whom she seemed to kiss. Standing on tiptoe, I peered over the partition, and there, by Sir Reginald's tomb, standing in the full light of the lantern which had been placed on top of the stone sarcophagus, I saw Leslie Thorburn, dress ed for traveling, with one arm about his daughter's lovely form, while she clung fondly to him, and almost made me ashamed of myself for playing the part of a spy upon her father. "Dear Ethel, appearances are strongly against me, and I could hardly prove my complete inno cence." Here another voice interposed. "Leslie Thorburn, be a man," it said, and I rec ognized it as that of the old woman, Ethel's former nurse and constant companion. " Be a man, I say, and not a coward!" "Peace, womafl. !" he muttered. "Why, don't you tell her you are a thief, and have done? She must know the truth some day; and it were better you should tell her than strangers." "Father-father, what does she mean?" "Tell her you are guilty, and ask her pardon. Then go away, if you will, but don't leave her to bear the shame all alone. " "Woman, you are mad!" "And you are a coward! Listen to me, Ethel: Your father loves you no longer, or he would tell you all. He dare not deny that your education, your dresses, your gold and jewels, have all been purchased by money that is tainted with crime." "Father-father!" screamed ,the poor girl, while I almost held my breath, "tell me it is false." "Would to Heaven I might," groaned the man, in despair, "but I cannot deceive you any longer. Your father is a criminal, Ethel, and will fly from the country this very night; the ship is even now awaiting me." "Let me go with you, " she sobbed. "And share his ill-gotten gold? " screamed the old woman in hori"or. ''He has not even made restitution, and does not mean to. Leslie Thorburn, you are a black-hearted villain, and a _ disgrace to t e family; but you cannot d e ceive me. Don't my son rk for the men you robbed? You are a thief, and inte. remain one. Leave him, Ethel, for he is a vil lain!" The old woman ceased, but Ethel had not heard the whole of this long spech, having fainted in her father's arms. He kissed her tenderly, and then, giving her into the arms of the old woman, hurried away. I had anticipated this move, however, and giving the signal to a couple of men I had in waiting, we rushed upon the defaulter, and in a moment we surrounded him and made him a prisoner. He made a full confession, and gave up what mon ey still remained in his possession; but the fact that he had intended to run away without making any restitution whatever told against him. Poor Ethel received a great shock, but not being reproached by her lover, who took her away to live with him far from the scenes where she had heard of her father's crime, she soon grew strong again, and in time ceased to remember the terrible scenes through which she had gone through that dreadful night in the Crypt.


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    A SECRET 1How Drunkards are Being Saved How Actors and Actresses Overcome Obesity and Reduce Their Figures Gracefully. HOW TO BE SLENDER PPople wonder bow it ls that actresses and actors maintain tbclr graceful figures, thPir buoyancy and litheness when the t<'ndency Is to become stout. '!'be popular theory that tbese heroines ancl heroes of the stage and the movies follow rigid systems of spit-starvation (fasting) and stre-11 uous exercising is erroneous. H tbey were to do tbls they could not be so vigorous or supple. Tbey would be unfit for their duties. Neither can these performers take drastic drugs, sucb as thyroid extract salts, purgatives, etc., for reducing tbeir wpight, for those are Injurious and wPRl,e-ning. There ls a very efficacious self-treatment known as tho Koreln system which consists in taking a harmless vegetable compound o!I nnd following simple directions. The name of this oil Is Oil of Korein. For convenience it is put up In little capsules, !'asy to swallow. They glve the breath a !lelightful aromatic odor. These 18 ~ctures tell their own-stor:r. Even a Ohlld can understand Them. CONQUER DRINK HABIT IN 72 HOURS! Any drinker may completely lose the craving for alcoholtc drinks If be or she wlll!ngly takes my gentle, saf-e home Remedy for only three days. Gl.iAHA!r(TE <;IVE.~. Jt 11 perfectly harmless. overcome, the craving and wonderfully improves the health. By my A .Mtthod yon can save yourself or another irson. The cravmg be~lns to dis:ippear m a fe\Y hours and tbe healtl1 rn1vroves every minute I An a1to8n hill!: and lastln,i: transformation! Also 1 • I supply my li Method wllereby the DRUNKA D AY BE SAVED WITHOUT HIS K.1>10WLEDGE sa!elt and •peed1ly 1'he _l?erson SOON BECINS TO DETEST SMELL OR ASTE OF LIQUOR de•plses the 1tuU, and nothini: can Induce him to drink it. Any wife, mothe'l' or friend can glve these prep&rauons secretly 111 co tre e. tea .• mill<. whisky, t,ecr or other drink. They are tasteless and otteu truly u,onrlerJul ln the1r a.<.'tion. l>o not con! u5e tllem with numerous worthless tbmgs that are being advertised. My Book Conf~sJmns oJ an .Alc!/ p111111c1a,u a11d erpert• of ..tmenca a•" 1 europe '"l~ au•ctest, best,t,erfect/11 •aJ• remed11. Jlr. Woodl' l'ree Boot o~•n clia11{1,s despair 10;011/ If you find yourself too stout, you should lr,sp no time in getting a small box of Oil of Korein. Most drug stores sell It. With ench box is a $100 cash refund gu_arantee of assured weight reduction it the easy dlr .. ctlons are followed. 1 GROWING A MOUSTACHE When you ha,•e lost whatever surplus sd "Reduce ,,eight Ilnpplly" which wm he mnilcd free (in plain wrapper) if you write to Korclu Compnny, NK-103, Station F, New York. N. Y. You woulu do well to obtain this trentise, for ll coutains much information of vnlue to you-\t you are overstout, or It you are grndually becoming so. Correspondence is confidential. If you have a friend who has tried in vain to reduce welgl1t by dieting, tedious exercises, taking strong doses of purgatives. or other unsatisfactory methods you will do a lifelong favor by cn!Jlng attention to tbis-the t~ue and genuine method. HOW to MAKE A HIT "Learn to escape from any l1andcu1Is, We teach :mu th;. sE,e,~. You can positively do it. ' Give exhibitions. Make money. No conrederates or fake hand<'uffs. The HANDCUFF KING'S SECRET will be revealed FREE if you mail us only 30 cents, stamps, tor 3 Marvel Menders, useful at home. In kit, factory, camp-<'verywhere. ALBRO SOCIETY, AD-103, Station F, New York. A young man naturally wishes to show that he can raise a n1oustac4e. Nature will_ do wha~ is requisite if he waits long enough. But the average young fellow wishes to mduce the growth of a moustache as soon as possible. If you are in this category, you should lose no time in proving the efficacy of Kotalko. Rub this famous hair improving ointment gently upon the skin of the upper lip when arising ancl again when retiring. The cause of the new hair growth is the appearance of a light fuzz that gradually changes into healthy, luxuriant hair if properly nourished~ A small box of Kotalko will be sent postpaid at 26 cents, or a large box at .00 by John Hart Brittain, BA-103, Station F, New York, N. Y. ---------

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