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Byllarr, . "There they are!" the youths heard the British soldiers yell. "Hurry, men, and we w fll have them at our mercy." At this instant there was a cracking sound that was lo u d e r than any yet heard, and Bob Estabrook broke through.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A \Veekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American RevolutioG led TVl,ckly-By Subscription $2.50 per year. Entered as Second-Class Matter, Januar11 31, 1919, at fhe Post Office at New York, N. Y., under the .Act of Mrrrch 9, 1879. Entered according to .1 ct of Congress, in the year 19H,_ In lhe of!lce of the Lib1ada11 of Congress, Wa,hington, D. 0., by Frank Tousey, PublislIer, 168 West !Sd ;:itrect, New York. No. 714. NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 4, 1914. Price 5 Cents. THE LIBERTY BOYS IN TROUBLE -OR-A BAD RUN OF LUCK By HARRY .MOORE CHAPTER I. DICK SLATER, THE BOY SPY. On thE 28th day of November. of the year 1776, a horseman came dashing into Newark, New Jersey, at the top of his horse's speed. The animal was foaming, showing that he had been ridden hard and fast, and the rider, a youth of not more than eighteen years, brought his mount to a sudden stop in front of a house near the center or the town, and leaping to the ground, hastened up the steps and knocked on the door. It was opened a few moments later, and the youth said, quickly and excitedly: "I wish lo see the commande;--in-chiee at once." "He is engaged at present," was the reply. "The members of the ~taff are with hlm." "That does not matter; the business I have with hiI!l is of the utmost importance," was the youth's reply. The man, wLo was dressed like an orderly, hesitated. "Who are you?" he asked. "My name is Dick Slater." The man started. ' "Ab, you are the Dick Slater who has made his ni>.me so well lrn~wn by doing spy work?" "I am the only Dick Slater that I have ever heard of, and I have just come in from some scouting and I have important information for the commander-in-chief." "Come in," invited the orderly. "I will inform the commander-In-chief that you are here, and likely he will see you at once." "Na doubt of it." Then the youth who had said his name was Dick Slater entered the house and took a seat on a chair in the hall, while the orderly made his way to the private room of the commander-in-chief to inform him af the presence of the young patriot spy and scout. At the time of which we write the patriot army, under General Washington, was at Newark, New Jersey. The British had captured Forts Washington and Lee, on opposite sides of the Hudson, near the north end of Manhattan Island, and the patriot army had been forced to cross the river into New Jersey and retreat southward. Tbe army was now at Newark, and the British army was known to be getting ready to follow and strike a hard blow, if possible to do so. So far in the War of the Revolution the British had had the better of it. But General WaEhington was not beaten yet, by any means, and even while retreating across New Jersey, with a handful of men in the little army, as com11ared to the force or tho Britis h, he was planning to even up things wilh the enemy. Dick Slater, the youth already introduced to the reader's notice , was a handsome fellow, and he was as brave and daring as he was good looking. Hi':! fat.her had been shot down in his uwn yard only about four months before, and Dick, after shooting and mortally wounding the man who had killed his father, organized a company of one hundred youths of the neighborhood in which he lived, and had gone to New York and joined the patriot army. 'l'he "Liberty Boys," as they called themselves, had fuught bravely at the battle of Long Island, at Harlem Hcigllt3, Yvhite Plains, at Fort Washington, and elsewhere. and had already earned a great reputation for bravery ancl dashing work on the field cf battle; while Dick had in nr!dition. to this done some extremely clever and daring scout and spy work for General Washington on a number of c.ccasions, anJ had made a reputation as a spy that was ahead of that o! any other spy in the patriot arimy. And h~ deserved all the credit that had been given him, for he was a brave, modest fellow, capable of good work, :::ud cool, k.ien, and daring under any ancl all circumstances. He did not have to sit there long ere the orderly was Lack. "Come, Mr. Slater," said he. "The commaudc:-iu-chie! will see you at once." The youth rcse and accompanied the orderly. A fow moments later he was ushered into the presenee of General Washington and the members of his staff. 'l'hey had been holding a council of war. All knew Dick, and g reeted him cordially. "Be seated, Dick," invited the commander-in-chief, and then, as the youth took a seat, he went on: "You told the orderly that you bring news of importance?" "Yes, your excellency." • "What is the news?" with eagerness. "The British are advancing, sir!" "Say you so, my boy?" exclaimed Washington. "Yes, sir; they are marching this way as rapidly z.s pos-sible." "How far away are they?" "About six miles." "So near as that?" "Yes, sir.:, "And how str011g a fo r ce is it, do you think, my boy'.'" "I should estimate the force at six thousand, sir." "Nearly double our own number of men," remarked Gci~eral Washington musingly. Then he turned to bis officers. ""\.Yhat do you think, gentlemen?" be asked. "Sb all we remain and attempt ta ofl'ei battle, or sl:all ..-e ronti1:uc ~ho retreat?" Thc:e was ::i. ralJle discurnion. nnd .1t Jr, ~t i~ i7:;.S decided to retrca t . l'hi::: having b3cn decided upm1, no time w,,s losL


2 TIIE LIBERTY BOYS I N TROUB LE. The commander-in-chief sent. out orders for the patriots t o breal~ camp at once and get ready to march at the earliest p ossible moment. Soon all was bustle and confusion. The patriot soldiers were not eager to enter into a battle wit h a superior force of the enemy. They we r e not in good condition for this. They were poorly clad. and the weather was sharp. They had scarcel y a pair of whole shoes among them, and a great many were practically barefooted. They had not enough muskets for all, and were even somewhat short on powder and bullets. Nor did they have very much in the way of rations. So, while marching over the frozen ground with practica!ly no foot-covering ,vas hard and painful work, it was preCorable to giving battle to the enemy under such dis advantages as t h ey woulcl labor under, they decided . So they got ready fo r the march with alacrity. When all were in readiness the army set out. It marched s l owly and toilsomely away toward the south. At the head rode Washington and his officers and they made their horses go slowiy for they did not wish to cause the men to march faster than was necessary. Bringing up the rear were Dick S later and his company o f "Liberty Boys." They were mounted, having secured horses, and they had already done a lot of good work as a result of being mounted and capable of getting around over the country at a rapid pace. 'I'hey had struck many a. small party of British unexpected bl ows , when they could not possibly have done so had they not been mounted. General washington tol d Dick to bring up the rear, and had instncted him to do scouting work, and thus make it im possible for the British to get close enough to the vanguard o f the' patriot army to do any damage. Onward marched the footsore and weary patriot army. At the rear rode "The Liberty Boys ocf '76." They talked as they rode along, and while they were youn g, and as a general thing were lively and full of fun, there was no lively talk on this day, for they could not think of anything save the sufferings of the foot soldiers. In many p l aces could be seen blood from their c u t and lacerated feet. "Isn't that terri b l e, Dick!" remarked Bob Estabrook Dick Slater's righthand man, and a friend and chum of 'many y e ars, they having been neighbors all their lives; as he spoke h e pointed to a b l oody imprint of a foot on the ground. "It is, indeed, Bob!" was the sober reply. " Y es, i t is ten-ible," said Bob; "but it proves one thing very Fatisfac torily to my mind." "What, B ob?" "That m e n who will undergo such hardships and suffe ring wm not permit themselves to be beaten. I am sure that s u ch men cannot be conquered, Dick, and that in the end the pat-r iots will triumph, and that we shall ultimatel y be f r ee and i n depe ndent. " " I fee l that way about i t, too, Bob." " We certainly have the right side i n this war," went on B ob, "and right usually triumphs in the end, doesn't it? " " I think so, Bob." The "Liberty Beys" kept a sharp lookout behind them, an d o ccae ionally Dick and Bob rode back a mile or so and scautcd aro11nd to see if the British had sent any detach~ents forward o n the double quick, t o make an attempt at striking the rear of the patrio t army. They did not discover any such detachments, however, and when they rei::,ched Elizabethtown that evening nothing h ad been seen of any portion of the British army. Genern l Washington did not for one moment doubt that the enemy was pursuing h i s army, h o wever, and ha placed out a d oub l e line of sentinels, so as to make sure there would be no su rprise during t h e night. C}IAP'I'ER II . llICK CAPTURED. 1'h'l enemy did not show up tbnt night, an,i next morn!;:ig the ratriot n.rmy continued its retreat, heading toward New Brunswick. It was slow wor k , and the sold ior s toiled onward all day long; when evening came it was still s everal miles to New Brunswi c k. Again the army w ent into camp, and again a double line cf sent"ine l s was place d out. AB before, the night passe d quietly. The e nemy did not put in an appearance. Doubtless the Britis h were having a hard time getting along over the r o u g h country roads; but one thing is sure, they d id not h ave to walk barefooted, and leave bloo d on the frozen ground, as was the case with many of the patriots. Nex t morning t h e patriot army again broke camp and continued the retr e at. New Brunswick was reached shortly after noon, and General Washington calle d a halt, to let his men rest and recupe rate. S o me provision s w e r e obtained here, and some shoes for the so ldiers, and some clothing. A sharp lookout was kept for the British, but they did not put i n a n a ppea rance during the afternoon, and it was de cided to r emain all night in Kew Brunswick, where the soldiers co uld b e fairly com fortable. S o on after d ark Di c k Slater rode out of to,vn, and h eaded towa r d the north. He w a s go i n g on a scouting and spying expedition. Ther e was littl e doubt that the British were within a few miles of New Brunswi ck, but General Washington wished to know just how far the y were away. So he had sent Dick to fin d out. Onward he r ode at a g allop for a couple of miles, and then he slackened the s pee d of his horse to a walk. "I may b e ge ttin g n ear the British encampment," he said to himsel f , "and I don't want to ride right into the picketlines. " So he pro cee d e d slo wly and cautiously for perhaps another mile. Then he brought his horse to a stop, and listened long and earnestly . He cou l d not hear a sound to indicate the presence of an army anywh e r e in the vicinity, Then he rod e onward till he came to the top of a hill. Here he paused, and s itting in the saddle , gazed long and searchingly ahead. In the distan ce he s a w wha t he b elieved was the r e flection throvm up by camr>-fires. "Yes, that must b e it," h e s a i d to himself. "The British are there, and I should judge the camp is a mile or more a~ray.'' He rod e o n w ard the n. He h_eld his horse down to a slow w alk, for he felt that h e was in danger when venturi n g s o close to t h e British encampment. He wished t o make s ure that the refl ection he saw was that of the light from t h e camp -fires of the enemy, however, and so he move d steadil y f orward. When h e was within half a mile, as he judge d, of the point he was headin g for, Di c l c dismounte d, and tying his horse to a tree a t one s ide o f the r o a d, but back a ways in the timber, he stol e onward o n foot. This was work i n w h ic h Dic k was thor ou ghly at home. All h i s life h e had bee n acc u stome d to roaming through the timber, and he h ad beco m e a lmo s t a s e x pert at this sort of work, fro m stealin g up to get a shot at wild game of all kinds, as t h e redmen of the fore s t . Onward he stole. He made frequent pauses, and listen ed. Hearing nothing to indicute t h e presen c e o f the enemy, at any of the times, he kept on. At last he came t o a poiu t where, through a sort of op ening In the forest, he got a glimp~e of the Britis h e n campment. He could see one campfire , and the s o ldie r s sitting around it, talking. The "Liberty Boy" listened intently . Over toward the r i g h t he h c ar::l the sound of footstep s, and decided that t here w a s a sentin e l there. Then at seemingl y a bou t the same distance to the l eft he heard footsteps. There "~,.s aLoth e r sentin e l ther e , Dick d ec ided. He figured that he was a bout midway b etwee n the two, a.nd r;o he stol e forward a few steps farther. Fe-:-once Dick made a mis~ake . A British officer happc!led t o be standin g leaning a gainst a hu:;e tree gazing toward the c:ur;::i-flres within t h e encan1pmcnt in an abstra"'!.ed r:r~nnner. The truth wus he Wl~S a vo,cng ,if5.cer who had '.cf t a sweetheart back in 1ln g l a ntl ana he Wl!.d ho;nesi ck and had be e n


THE LIBERTY BOYS IN TROUBLE. 3 making a practice of goir.g off to himseH of evenings, and thinking and dreaming of his sweetheart till sleep drove him to his blanket. He heard the faint rustling of leaves, and glanced around, without moving. He saw a dark flgme glide past him, and at once guessed that' i t was that of a "rebel" spy. Acting on the impulse of the moment, the officer drew a pistol, but instead of firing it, he took hold of the muzzle and taking a quick step forward, dealt Dick a blow on the head with the butt of the we:::pon. The "Liberty Boy". was not expecting anything of this kind. 'l'h e officer was standing so silent and motionless that the youth had not discovered his presence. The first intimaUc.c he had of danger was when he felt the blew en his head. He felt the pain of the. blow, saw seemingly a thousand stars shooting in as many di;ections, and then sunk to the ground unccnscious. The Liberty Boy had certainly gotten himself into trouble. The officer gave utterance to an exclamation of satisfaction. "Good!" he murmured. "I fixed that feilow all right, and now I'll jnst carry hirn into the cami, and sec who a.nd what he is:' Thrusting the pistol back in his belt, the redcoat stooped, and lifted Dick's body in his arms. The ofl.icer was a muscular fellow and seemed to have no diffictllty iu lifting his victim. With the youth in his arms he walked into the encampment, and as soon as he was seen and it was noted that he wns carrying a form i n his arms, the British soldiers became excited, and quickly gathered around him, asking all manner of questions. "vVho is he?" "Where did you find him?" "What is the matter with him?" '"I s he a rebel?" "Is h e dead?" The offtcer, who wore the uniform of a lieutenant, made no reply at once to any of the questions, but placed the insensible youth on a blanket near one of the camp-fires and stepping back, took a look at his face. "Not a bad-looking young fellow," h13 remarked. "No," replied one of the soldiers. "What ails him?" "I cracked him orer the bead with the butt of my pistol." "Ah, you did?" "!.~es." "What was he doing?" • "He was sneaking up toward the encampment." "Then he must be a spy!" "That is what I thought." "Yes, there can be no doubt regarding that." "Well, he made a mistake this time. I wonder who he is?" "I don't know. H e looks rather a young fellow for such dangerous work as spying." The news that Lieutenant Hunter had captured a "rebel" spy traveled throughout the encampment very quickly, and soon the officers were pushing their way into the midst of the crowd surrounding the insensible youth. "Make way here," crie d an orderly. "Make way for General Howe!" The soldiers fell back, opening up a path for the officer, and a t his heels was General Cornwallis and following him were several other officers. "Where is this rebel spy you have captured?" General Howe asked; and then as his eyes fell upon the pale face of the uncon scions youth, he addect: "Ah, here he is." The officers gati:\ered around the blanket on which lay the insensible "Liberty Boy," and looked at him searchingly. "I know him," suddenly exclaimed General Howe. "I have seen the young man before, but his being pale m11,kes him look some,1hat different, and I did not recognize him at first glance." "Who is he?" asked General Cornwallis. He is Diek Slater!" was the reply. "You don't mean lt?" "Dick Slater, you say?" "The notorious rebel spy?" "Are you sure it is he?" Such were some of the exclamations from the lips of the officers. Of courrn, the common soldiers made n o remarks, but they stared from Genera: Howe to the face of the prisoner with looks of wonder on thefr own faces. They knew he was a famous "rebel" spy. "Yes, it is Diel: Slater," said General Howe, decidedly. "There can be no mistake. Licuten:i.n.t Hunter, you have done well in capturing this young rascal." "I am glad, slr," was the reply. "How you to rna:,e the capture?" The lieutenant explained. "Well, well! He was spying on us and b;.it for tee accident cf your presence, standing silent and motionless r,g;,.inst the tree he would h,we su;;ceeded in doing his work and getting away in safety for he is a sly rascal and is equal to any Indian in woodcratt." "You arc right, sir," said the lieutenant. "I had no idea tbere was arryonc other than our sentinels anywhere near me until he almost brushed my elbow. " "Oh, he is an cxpo1 t woodsman, and one of thE> most s,1.ccessful and dang,,rous spies in the rebel army. I am very, very glad tliat you captured him. Now bring him to, if pos s i ble, for I wish to question him. " Some of the soldiers went to work, and it v rn,; noL 1.-:mg befcre the youth was shoY.'ini; signs of returnin g co!:ac:ous nes~;. Then a l:ttle brandy was forced between his lips, ,ind soon -afterward Dick opened his eyes and loo!rnd around him. He gaY.ed up in the faces of the officers and .soldiern for a few moments, a p11zzled look in his eyes, and then of a sudden a look of understanding came over his fare. "Ah, I remember no.v," he said. "Somebody hit me over the head with a pistol butt." "You are right, Dick Slater," said General Howe. "YoP are a prisoner!" CHAPTER III. DICK IN TROUELE. "A priso11er:" exclaimed Dick, with a cauita t assumption of astonishment. 0Yes." "But. why make a prisoner of mo? And why apply tile name of Dick Slater to me? I am not Dick Slater; my name is Ralph Farmer." General Howe shook hls head. He was not to be deceived by Lhe youth's denial. He had seen Dick before, on two or three occasions, and was conildent that he had made no mistako. He was sure he had the famous "rebel" spy in bis power, and was not disposed to let him get out again. "Very well acted, my boy," he said, "but it won't do. know you, and know you are Dick Slater, so you mi~ht as well make up your mind th2.t there is no hope for you." "Why, what will you do to me?" The youth had a pretty good idea what they would do to him. He felt sure that they would either shoot or b}ng him, and felt that he was indeed in trouble, but he thought he might as well plead ignorance to gain time. "Ah, you wish to know what we will clo to you?" remarked General Howe. ''Yes.'' "Well, we will either 11hoot you or h~ng you. It will be decided which 1ater." "I assure you that you making a mistake in my case, sire," said Dick, "and that if you shoat or hang roe you will be wronging an innocent man." "We'll risk that," with a smlle. "Men, bind the prlsoner's arms imd lead hin:! to the guard-house." Two or three of the soldiers seized hold of Dlck a;::.d quickly bound his arms, and then General Ho,rn to Dick: "I suppose your army is at New Brunswiclc, is it not:" "I do not know." "Bah! it is folly to try to keep th:1t up, I)'.c;;: Sl:::.te r. I know you, and you cannot d eceive me. You \Ylll not tell wo whe1e the rebel army is, thl:!n ?" "If I were Dick Slater do you think I would uo so?" o.:ch,f. Dick. "No, I don't thin k you would. Well, you need not, l'or I am 11u.:o the re~l &rm.y is at New B runswlck."


4 THE LIDERTY ROYS I~ TROUBLE. Tb.en the British general ordered the soldiers to conduct the prisoner to the guard-house, and place him therein. This was done, and soon the Liberty Boy was occupying a dark little room in the building all alone. "Viel!, this isn't yery pleasant," he said to himself. He had not expected to get into trouble when he started out, but had done sa just the same. This went to shew the dangers attendant upon the work cf a scout and spy. The youth began working at his bonds, and soon found that his wrists were not very tightly bound. He believed he could get them free. That woul d make it a. bit more comfortable for him at any rate, so he went to work. He pulled and tugged with all his strength. Tbe bonds gradually loosened up, and at last Dick got his wrists free. He was delighted. It was something to have his arms free, even if he was in the guard-house, a prisoner. With unfettered hand and feet he did not feel so much like a helpless prisoner. Then he began wondering if it would be possible for 'him to malrn his escape from the place. He tried the door, but found it locked. He examined the one window, but in the darkness could net se9 how it was fastened. All he knew was that it was secured. "I guess I'm in for it," the youth said to himself. "There does not seem to be much chance for escaping from this l)lace." He paced the floor, and thought of his Liberty Boys, and wondered what they WO'Uld think and do when he failed to return within a reasonable time. 'Cl,ey would come very near charging right into the heart of t:1e British encampment if they knew I was a prisoner here," he told himself. Again he tried the door and window. They would not give. They were tightly fastened. "It is no use. I'm here ta stay!" he told himself. He :elt his way to where there was a single cot, at one side of the room. He sat down, and gave himself llP to his reflections. They were not of the roost pleasant character. He did not feel very good over being captured by the Britl.,h. And now. b eing a prisoner, what was he to do? The Liberty Doy did not see clearly how he was to do anything. He would not despair, however. He would keep his courage up. Something might turn up to help him. He had been sitting there half an hour, when he heard footEtevs outside the door. 'The door rattld, and he heard what sounded like a key raltling in the lock. Sc:ne one was coming. The Liberty Boy was struck by an idea. up, he tip-toed to the door, and placed himself just back of where it would be when opened. There was a clicking sound as the key turned in the lock, anrl then the door opened, and a British soldier, carrying a l::rntern in his hand. entered the room. }fo looked toward the cot at the farther side of the room first. antl seeing no one, said: "iVhere are you, anyway?" At the same time he started to turn around, and as he di

THE LIBERTY BOYS IN TROUBLE. 5 CHAPTER IV. BACK IN NEW DRCiNSWICK. Quick as a flash Dick hurled one of his pistols straight at the officer. The light from the moon, sifting down through the trees, was not very good, and so it was probably more by accident than ctherwise that Dick's aim was true. Be that as it may, the heavy pistol struck the reclccat fair between the eyes, ]mocking him down as if he had been struck by a cannonball. He lay si.ill where he fell, too. The blow had knocked him senseless. "There! l'm out of that difficulty in safety," thought Dick. But he knew it would not do to remain in the vicinity. The 1Ji3tol-shots had been heard, without. doubt, by hun-dreds of British soldiers, and soon a crowd would be on hand, eager to learn what had been the occasion of the shooting. "I'll get away from here just as quickly as possible ," the youth 51aid to himself, anci pausing only long enough to secure his pi stol and return it to his belt, he i:ntied his hoTse, led the animal tc the road, leaped into the sadctle, and dashed aw:i.y at the best speed the horse was capable of. When the British learned the trick that had been played u1kn them they were very angry. They had entered the little building, just to take a look, to see if they could discover how the escape had been ma.n aged, and thNe they found their comrade, who was just regaining consc-iousness. When he told his story, of how he had entered the building, and had been knocked senseless by a blow from behind, the redcoats were furious, and they dashed away in all directions, eager to catch the daring Liberty Boy. General Howe was apprised of the escape of the prisoner, and he was very ang, y. He was a good-nature<'! man, as a rule, but like all such he could become Yery angry on o~casion, and this was one of the occasions. He had fancied that he had the famous rebel scout and spy safe, and the escape came as a surprise and shock to him. In reality the general was indirectly responsible !or Dick's escape. He had sent a British soldier to bring Dick into the farmhouse, where he and his staff had their quarters for the nil\"ht; and thus had given Dick a chance to do what he had done. The room in which Dick had been confined was a sort of summer kitchen, which was used in the winter time as a room for the hired man, and he had given up the room to the British for that night at the farmer's request, he being a strong Tory. General Howe had intended to try to worm some information out of Dick by questioning him, but of course he woulu have failed in this. He hoped that his men would recapture the Liberty boy, however. Indee<'I, as he told his officers, he did not see how they could help catching the youth. "Surely he cannot get away from so many pursuers!" he said. i "Well, I'm not so sure about that," said General Cornwallis, who had great respect for the shrewdness and prowess of the Liberty Boy. "He is a wonderful fellow, that Dick Slater, and I shall not be at all surprised if the men come back and report that they have failed to recapture the youth." At last the soun : of the five pistol-shots was heard, and General Howe said "There. I'm afraid our men have been forced to shoot the young rebel!" "Yes: or he may have shot some of our men," said General Cornwalljs. "Oh, there Is no danger of that, I think; he will be too eager to make his escape to dare stop and make a fight against any of our men." Half an hour later a party of British soldiers entered the encampment, bearing two wounded soldiers, while two assisted an officer, a captain, to walk, he being faint and dizzy, as the result of a blow on the head with a pistol. This was the officer Dick had thrown the pistol at and struck between the eyes. 'I'he wounded soldiers were in llad shape. One was very seriously wounded, and the other would not do any more marching or fighting for a month at least. The wounded men were taken into a vacant room of the farmhouse, and placed on blankets spread on the floor, and the surgeon dressed their wounds. General Howe was furious. The prisoner had not only escaped, but had come near killing two of the British soldiers who had been in pursuit of him. It was terrible to think of. Gneral Cornwallis said it was not more than he had expected. "I tell you, General Cornwallis, that fellow, Dick Slater, young though he is, is a very dangerous youth, and I fear that he is destined to cause us great trouble in the future," said General Ho,ve. "I agree with you there," was the reply. "Dick Slater certainly will cause us great trouble if he is not captured and shot or hanged." "Well, you see )lew it turned out to-night. We had him a prisoner and he' escapee." "Yes; but we didn't know wha.t a. slippery fellow he was; next time we will exercise greater care, and see to it that he does not escape." "Yes, if there should happen to be any 'next time.' " General Howe was certainly feeling blue. Talking would do no good, however, and finally he retired for the n;ght, but did not get to sleep very soon. He could not get Dick Slater and the clever mauner in which he had made his escape out of his mind. He rolled and tumbled for two hours at least, and at the end of that time he dropped into an uneasy slumber. Meanwhile Dick h::,_d ridden straight to •1ew Brunswick . He was hailf'd by the sentinel, of coui-se, nnd on giving his name and the countersign, was permitted to pass on into the town. He rode at once to his ~uarters, and after attending to the horse made his way to the house in which General Washington and his staff officers had taken up their quarters for the night. He was admitted by the orderly, and was conducted at once to the commander-in-chief's private room, orders having been given the orderly to this effect earlier in the even ing. Generals Washington and Greene were in the room, and they greeted Dick pleasantly, and somewhat eagerly. "Be seated, Dick," said the commander-in-chief, and then he asked: "Did you find the British encampment, Dick?" "Yes, your excellency," was the reply. "Ah, I am glad to hear that! How far away is it?" "About five miles, I should judge, sir." "Ah, they are close upon our heels, then!" "Yes, sir." "They will be here at an early hour to-morrow, don't you think, General Greene?" asked the commander-in-chief. "Without doubt, General Washington." "Well, there is only one thing to do under the circumstances; and that is to continue the retreat." "That is the best and safest thing to do, I think," agreed General Greene. "I think we shall eventually be forced to pl~e the Delaware river between us and the enemy," said Washington. "It begins to look that way.'' "Yes, indeed," and then the co=ander-in-chief asked Dick some more questions about the B1itish, and finally inquired if the youth had had any difficulty in spying upon the enemJ'. "Well. I had some difficuity,'' said Dick, with a. smile. "I was captured by the British." "You don't mean it'" exclaimed General .. Washington. "You were made a prisoner by the enemy?" from Greene. "Yes." "Were you in the encampment?" "I was." "And did you see Gneral Howe?" "Yes, sir; and talked to him--oT, rather, he talked to me, and told me what my fate would b~ in the morning." "Well, well!" from Genera.I Washington. "And how did you manage to escape?" "They tied my arms," said Diel,. "but (ljrl not do it very well, and they placed me in a l!ttl~ b;1ilding of one ro:im, a short distance from a farmhouse, where the encar:.1pmcnt


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN TROUBLE . wcs, and I managed to get my arms free after awhile, and after I had been in there an hour or so a British solc!ier came and opened the door and entered. I knocked him senseless, donned his coat-as you see"-indicating the scarlet coat which he still wore-"and then left the room and ran along, crying out that the prisoner had escaped. In t ho excitement which this occasioned I slipped cut of the encampment and made my escape." 'Well, you t:id worl: it cleverly, sure enough, Dick!" said General Washington. "He certainly did!" coincided Greene. 'l'ben Dick told how ho had b een confronted by the three redcoats, and had got the better of them, shooting down t wo of them, and knocking the third senseless with the pi:a t0 l. The two generals complimented Dick on his good work, and h e ;ecei-red their compliments and p~aise with becoming rncde,ty. After Dick some more questions, the commander-inchief told him he might go to his quarters and get some rest and sleep, and saluting and bidding them good-night, he took his departure. Vllten Dick was gone the two generals held a long conversation, and discussed the situation in all its phases. It was decided that they won\d continue their retreat in the morni11g, and foat as a good means of dela.ying the British they would tave the b:'idge across the Raritan broken do•Nn. '"I'hat will cause the enemy considerable trouble and de!;:,,y," said G;.,ene, "and we r:eed not hurry so much as would L o the case otherwise. " "True," agreed Gcmera.l Washington. "That will be a good stl'oke, and we will do it." The vatriot army was up and stirring early next morning . A force of soldiers was s~nt to the bridge with axes and crowbars, and they chopped the stringers of the bridge in two, a.nd then pried the end around with the crowbars, until the structure gave way, and tumbled down into the stream. It hung there a,vhile, and then brolrn away entirely, and went floating down the stream, and the soldiers uttered a .:heer. "Now the redcoats will have to swim across, or wait till t! 1ey can build another bridge," said Dick Slater, who was on0 of the party that had dE:stroyed tb.e bridge. Then the y ,Yent back into the encampment and ate their breakfasts. An 1 1011,r later the entire patriot army was ready to mardi. Jnst :is the order was given to start a lookout who had occu.pietl a position on the top of a house called out that the British army was coming. CHAPTER V. REUtEATING. This news did not disccPcert the patriots greatly, however, for they l;new the enemy would be delayed by the rive:, which it would be impossible for them to cress until after they h::id bdlt a bridge of some kind. So the patrfot army marched onward at a slow and steady pace, ::newing that there was no need of hurrying. \.Yhen the advance guard of the British reached the Raritan river and found the bridge gone they paused, and waited till the army came up. General Howe and his staff held a council. wr~at was the best th:ng to do? Thi s was the question they asked one another. ,\ t last it was decided to build a bridge, and tl.te men went to work with their axes with a will, and cut and trimmed, !:ncl hewetl at a great rl:cte, there being plenty of timber near by. tfan.y lu:nds make light labor, it is said, and in this case the truth of the saying was proved. A,though it ,,-as a big task, yet with so many men at work the bric:gc. a rude :i.ffair, but sufficient for the purpmie, w:1s finished that same day, and the army cros~ed and teak up its pos'tioa in New Brmnwick. The pr•oulo of tl:ie town ,vere somewhat exc.lted. 0,1!r the night before the patriot army had been encamped j n thEir town , aucl no-w on this night the British army was thc:r~:. war was certainl:7 !'igtt at their very doors. Stm, so long as there was no actual fighting between the opposing armies it wm.ild not be so bad. The worst feature was the loss of considerable in the way of pro:,isions which the citizens had to put up with, the soldiers helping t hemselves without much ceremony. In thi.s respect the British were worse than the p:1triot soldiers lrnd been, needy though the latter were. The redcoats looked upon all Americans as legitimate prey, and had not much sympathy for them, while the patriots, being Americans, and knowing the labor it took ta produce foodstuff and provisions of all kinds, could not find it in their hearts to help thmnselves in quite a fref'-handed fashion. The preceding evening the patriots of New Brunswic k had had the best of the affair, the patriot army having been there, and the Tories had been glum-faced and silent; but to-night the situation was reYerssd-the British army was there, and the patriots were silent, while the Tories were correspondingly jubilant and elated. Some of the young men among the patriots organized a little force of ten or a dozen, and suddenly sallied out and made an attack on the They had no weapons-in fact, neither did the Toriesother than clubs, s o no one was killed, but by the time the affair was e nded six or seven of the Tories had. broken heads, and were carried to their homes by their comrades, ~o went breathing threats at every step. The youthful patriots who bad put the Tories to flight were not alarmed, however; at any rate, tbey merely laughed derisively in response to the others' threats. The British soldiers who witnessed the affair had taken no part in the combat. They enjoyed the aff air too much as spectators to wish to mix in. Of course, their sympathies were with the Tories, but that did not prevent them from complimenting the youths who had given the others such a thrashing. "I'll tell you, boys," said one British soldier who seemed to be a good-natured fellow, "if you want to save your skins, you had better slip away for to-night." "Why so?" asked one of the patriot youths: "Because some of those young follows yonder will likely go to our commander and malre complaint against you, stating that you are rebels and he will doubtless order your arrest. Do you understand?" "Yes and thank you fur your kindness in giving us warning." "That is all r ight." The patriot youths immediately separated and slipped out of town on the west side where there were only one or two sentinels and were soon together again in the timber a mile or so from the town. Some of the Tory youths did go to General Howe with the story of bow they had been attacked by some "rebel" youths right in New Brunswick and the British general ordered the arrest of the "rebels." When the soldiers went with the Tory youths to the houses where the patriots lived however, not one was to be found, though the hou ses were searched from top to bottom. "They have sneaked out and got away," said one of the Tories, in a disappointed voice, when they had made the rounds and found only disappointment on every hand. Tl:e p.3.triot boys remained hidden in the timber till the British army took its departure next morning, and then they returned to their home, and gave their Tory enemies the lallgh. There were severnl individual combats that day between Tory and patriot boys, and the patriots held up their enu in very good shape, indeed, and when evening came a number of the Tories had black eyes. Meanwhile the patriot army had marched steadily on wal'tl durin'.s the preceding day, and reached Princeton an hour before sundown. Here they went into camp, for the patriots were co nfi dent the British army wou'.rl be unable to get across the rive, and do any marching that day. There was another reason w h y General \.Vashington was willing to stop ancl go into camp at Princeton. There was trouble among-the soldiers. The term:-; fer wl!.ich many had enlisted had expired on tLe last day of November, nnd those whose terms were ended 1.visfi.oJ t(,; re-turn to thair hoJJ..10z. There had bo~n SJ.Ci! a long ruu of b:id 11.!ck since the


TIIE LTBETI1'Y BOYS IN TROUBLE. 7 battle of Long Island that the soldiers were greatly disheartened. They had had so much trouble that they felt gloomy; they could see nothing ahead but ultimate disa.ster, and many openly said that there was no u::;e of trying to fight against the British, tbat England was too powerful, ~nd would crush them in the end. During the ma1ch several hundred of the soldiers whose t0rms hatl expired the day before had dropped out, saying they were going home. Many more had threatened to do the same, and Gene.ral Washington was sorely troubled. He feared his little army would dwindl e down to such small proportions as to make it lose all semblance of an army, and he intended to make a personal appeal to the soldiers ancl t1-y to persuade them to stay. And after supper was over he did appeal to them. He spate in earn~t, feeling tones, and presented the matter in such a lig-ht that many re-enlisted on the spot, and only about one hundred held, out. ancl said they were going to quit and go home. When h e saw that they were determined, the commanderin-chief thanked them for what they bad done, al).d wished them well, and hoped they might reach their homes safely. He was a noble-mi.ided, generoi:s-hearted roan, and pas-. sessed that quality so rarely found, of being able to remem' b e r ancl be grateful for past good work, eve n when there was nothing more to be e:s:pectecl from the men in question. He told the soldiers who were going home that he hoped that after they had rested, they would return, ancl would bring their neighbors aud friends with them. Then he went to his quarters, followed by the cheers of the soldiers. They loved their commander-in-chief. He was simple and unaffected in his manner toward them, and was so just and generous in every way that they could not help loving him. The one bundred so!diers who said they were going home felt somewhat ashamed of themselves for thinking of deserting the noble man at this . time when he needed them most. They quieted their consciences, however, by saying to themselves that they would do as he asked, come back, and bring a lot of neighbors and friends with them. . In the house occupied as headquarters, General Washington and the member s of his staff gatqered in the commanderin-chief's room and held a council. \ They figured carefully, and it was decided that when the hundred so ldiers took their leave there would bo about three thousand left. It was a little army, but it was sufficient for the purpose, which was to serve as a nucleus for a large army, which it was the commander-in-chief's purpose to get together that winter, if possible. It was further decided to continue onward on the moirow, and cross the Delaware river. With this broad stream betwee. n ,them and the enemy it was thought that they would be safe for a time at least. Next morning the army broke camp and marched toward the west, and that evening it reached tbe great river. The patriot commander-in-chief saw it was going to be a long and difficult task to get tire army, the stores, cannon, and all across the river, so h e sent two thousand of his men back, with instructions to hold the British in check until the work of ga.thering a fleet of boats was completed, ancl all was in readiness for making the trip across the river. This took several-days, and t here were a number cf engagements b etween the British and the patriots, but the latter emoloyecl such tactics as were effective in holding the enemy. They concealed themselves in the edge of the timber, fired upon the re

8 TITE LIB ERTY BOYS IN TROUBLE. Tich Estabrook wanted to go along, but Dick said that h e I He h eld on tightly, too, and began trying to kic k the boy th<'11ght it would be best for him to go alone, as he would who h a d bumpe d him in such a severe and unceremonious h n vo to be very careful, and two could net be quite so care -manne r. ful as OU() could alone. T h e Liberty Boy, realizing his danger, struggled fiercely That afternoon it snowed very hard for hours. to escap e and r esume his flight, but the r e d coat hung on It \Yas still snowing when, just as it was growing dark, t i ghtly , and would not Jet him go. Dick took h i s departure, and made his way throagh t h e tim "Bump into a British soldier, will you?" cried the red-ber, in the direction of the river. c o at, k i cking lustily. "I'll teach you, you young rascal. Take It was about two miles and a hal f to the river , a n d tthis that-and that-and that!" Each time he said "that," the 'l':as a walk of an hour, for the snow was now mor e t han a redcoat kicked at Dick, but as the youth was o n top of him, foot deep, and this made the walking difficult. p i nning him down, he could not do muc h damage. It no W hen Dick arrived at the river he went to the point w here doubt relieved his feelings somewha t to think he w a s kickthe men were stationed who were guarding the boats, and ing the auth o r of his tro uble, but that was all it did do. told them he was going on a spying expedition, and wanted Realiz in g t hat he was not doing much in_jury, the Britis h the use of the smallest boat they had. s oldie r calle d to his comrades to kick the youth. One of the soldiers showed him where t o fin d t h e boat he "I'll hold him while you fellows kick him," he said. "I'll wanted, and then Dick got in and started down the stream. wager that b y the time wo get through with him he will It was Dick's intention to row till he was opposite 'l'ren-know better t h a n to come running around a corner and bump t on, and then cross and make a landing somewhere along o n e of the king's s oldiers in such fashion. Kick him, fellows; the water front of the town. kick him goo d a n d hard!" It was abot,t three miles down to Trenton, and as t h e T h e other r e dcoats were just on the point of obeying their Libe rty Boy was in no hurry , he did scarcely more than let comrade's orders when the sentinel came running around the the boat drift with the current. corner. Fortunately for his purpose, t 1e night was quite dark. He p a used, and stared at the party In amazement. Then There were neither moon nor stars. and on the water, where an exclamation o f d elight escaped his lips a s he saw the the snow melted as fast as it i'ell, all was darkness; on British sol dier h olding the youth. shore, however, there was a while man de over all. It was "Good!" h e eriec'.. "You hav e the rebe l there! Hold onto lig h t enough so that objects could ba discerned with tolerable h i m. Don't let him get away!" distinctness quite a ways. "He is a rebel , you say ? " asked one of the othe rs. When he wr.s opposite the north end of the town of Tren-"Yes. At least, I beli e v e s o." t on, Dick headed slantingly across the r!Yer, and began pull-Then h e told how h e had seen the y oung fellow walking ing at th" oar~. up from the river front, and had called on him to stop; h o w He crossed the river, and found himself about the middle the boy hz.d cry at once. So he walked, but had gone onl y h alfv.-,,y across the street when he hear:l. the sharp voice of one nf th" sentinels in a challenge: "Halt! Who goes there?" Now, Dick did not want to be catechized by the sentinel. H e was dressed ia rou~h clotting, such as was worn by poor boys, and conside;ecl that he was pretty thoroughly d i s gai,cd, llm he cl id not wi~h to run the risl, of being recog n ized . So when he heard the challenge, inst"nd of stopping, h e dashed forward on a run, and headed for the nearest strePt Fhich led ea ,stward. "Halt, o, I will Dre! , roared the sentinel. 'i'hc youth did not stop. Indeed, he ran faster than be -fore . Crnck! The fentinel had kE>Pt his word. He hi;d fired, anrl tt~at he had meant to bring the fugit!Ye down Diel: did no: doubt, for he beard the bullet whistle within r.n 'nch of his left car. Or.. ho dashed, ho':leful now that he would succeed in gett ing awa:. He glanced back. i:.nd saw that he was being pursued , h ovrnver; and it was socm ovident that the redcoat was a go~d runner, for he was holding his o,vn with Dick, although t!1e Lih~rty Boy was a wonderfully good sprinter. The first corner Dirk rame to Ile turned, and as he did so h e rnn into the arms o'" a part:: o( e1ght or ten British soldiers. HP bum11cd a:i,ainst one v,:~,, hard, and the fellow went down , with a howl of pain; but ho g:abbed hold of D ie}: as h e went, and pulled the youi.h down with h i m. CHAPTER VII. CAPTU RED AGAIN. T h e Liberty Boy was keenly alive to the situatio n . He reali zed that h e was in trouble, and likely serious troubl e at that. He had been h aving rath e r a bad run of luc k for awhile, but he was determin e d to fight it out to the bitter end. H e would not give up, but would mak e an attempt t o d eceive his captors. To trr to make his e s cape b y entering int o a s truggle with the redcoats would b e foolish; h e would not possibl y h o p e t o break loose from a d ozen able-bodied m e n ; in s o far as that part of it w a s co n cerne d h e would have to accept the situation. He thou ght it p o ssible that he might d eceive the Britis h sol d i e r s into thin k ing h e was harmles s, and not a spy , however , an

THE LIBERTY BOYS IN TROUBLE. 9 "Not a word of it is true; you refused to stop because you really an unsophisticated country youth by his superb actwere afraid to, of course; and you were afraid because you ing, had become careless, and was giving out information. are a rebel." . . So Generals Howe and Cornwallis were gone! "No, yer wrong, mister," protested Dick, acting the part 'Phis was welcome news to Dick. of a green, illiterate youth to perfection. "I hain't no rebel, It was information of importance, as well, and he thought I hain't." of how delighted General Washington would be when he "Of c:ourse he would deny it," gr.owled the man who had learnM of it. been upset by Dick. 'l'he Liberty Bey feit that the absence of the two generals ''Humph!" from the one who was doing the questioning. might be the means of saving his life; and he was thankful "If you ar,e not a spy, who and what are you?" they were gone on this account. "I'm Jim Bundy," His only fear was that there might be some of the com-"Where do you live?'' rnon soldiers who would see and recognize him. "Erbout two -miles up ther river, an' back erways in ther He hoped that such would not be the case, however. timber." One thing tlrn.t made him think that possibly he would "On which side of the river?" not be recognized was the fact that the men under Colonel "This side." Rahl, in Trenton, would be, he was sure, in the main Hes-"When did you come to town?" sians, and they had joined the British army coming from "Jest er leetle w'ile ergo." New Yor),, since the night Dick was captured, and would "How did you come?" not know him. "In er boat." At any rate the outlook was not quite so dark and glcomy. "Where did you get the boat?" on the redcoats marched, with the prisoner in their midst, "I allers hev et; I keep et in er crick whut runs inter and they gave Dick no chance to make a break for liberty. ther river .. not fur frum our pla ce." At last they came to a stop in front of a building on one "You swear you are not a rebel spy?" of the main streets. "Uv course I hain't, mister. W'y, my dad's er loyal king's 'I'hey were soon knocking at the door, and when an orderly man, he is, an' so'm I." opened it they told him they had a prisoner, and wished to "Humph! '\Veil I guess that the proper thing will be to have Colonel Rahl see him and decide what should be done take you to headquarters, and see what they think of you with him. there." 'I'he orderly told them to wait a few moments, and then ' Yes, that is the best thing to do," agreed another, and he hastened away. the rest said the same. He was gone only a short time when he returned and The Liberty Boy's heart sank. said that Colonel Rahl would see them. If they took him to headquarters Generals Howe and They entered the house, and were soon in the private rcom Cornwallis would recognize him, he knew. of ihe colonel. Then all wot:ld be up with him. 'l'he officer was a Hessian, but spoke English, and he He had been their prisoner not so very Jong ago, and had eyed Dick for some moments in silence. Dick bore the es~aped, but they would see to it that he did not escape scrutiny well, and managed to maintain the loo!r of sima second time. plicity that might be expected to rest on the face of a green He was tempted to try to brt,ak away from his captors, country youth of that period. but on second thought decided not to do so. He could not "Who a1e you?" the ofl1cer asked, abruptly. hope to succeed, and his action would stamp him as being "l'm Jim Buudy," was Dick's reply. a rebel. And feeling thus, the redcoats would not hesitate '',Jim Bundy, eh?" to kill him. "Yes." No, he must wait, and trust to good luck to be enabled to "Where do you live?" escape lattl' on. "'Bout two miles up ther river." So, when the redcoats told him to march along, he did so "What are you, rebel or loyalist?" without any hesitancy, "My dad's er king's man, mister, an' I'm ther same thet. "Ye'll fin' yer air mistook erbout me,1 misters," he said my dad is." with assumed confidence, "an' then ye'll hev ter turn me The colonel eyed the youth searchingly. He was a pretty loose erg'in." shrewd fellow, but the acting of the Liberty Boy was so "We'll turn you loose if Colonel Rahl says so," was the petfect that he was deceived, and he turned to his men, and re~~ s~d: Colonel Rahl! "Where did you find him?" The 'Liberty Boy was surprised. They explained. Why had the soldier said "Colonel Rahl," instead of "Gen-The oficer listened to the expla~ation, and when he had era! Howe," or "General Cornwallis?" heard all he turned again and looked at the ycuth. Could it be possible that neither of the two generals was in He studied Dick's face keenly and searchingly. Trenton? • Then he seemed to ponder awhile. 'I'he youth hoped so, for he had never met Colonel Rahl, At last he said: : and did not believe that officer had ever seen him. "Take bim to the guard-house, and lock him up for to-"I am sure he was not with the B1itish army the night night; to-morrow we will investigate, and if his story proves I was captured, up beyond New Brunswick," he said to him-to be true then we will release him; but if it proves to be self. With a view to learning something, if possible, Dick false, then we will know he is a spy, and then-we will treat aslrnd: him as a spy should be treated." "Who is Kernel Rall, er whutever ye calls 'im ?" The last words were spoken in an extremely threateri1ng "He is the commanding officer here," was the reply. and signi11cant manner. "But I thort I heerd my dad say ez how that Gin'ral Who, ''But, mister, ther folks'll be oneasy erbout me ef I don' er sumthin' like thet, wuz ther commander uv ther British git 'back bum afore mornin'," said Dick. army." "I can't help that," curtly. "'Pake him away, men." "You mean General Howe." "But l'm er loyal king's man, an'--" "Oh, melJby thet wuz ct. I knowed et wuz sumthin' lil~e "Take him away, men, I will Investigate your story in tbet." the morning, young man, &ud if it proves to be true then The redcoats laughed. you will be wt free. It won't hurt you to spend a night in In spite of themselves, they began to believe the youth the guard-h01:se . Better men than you have done so before wu.s what he claimed to be, simply a countryman. He now." played hi8 part so cleverly that he would have deceived al-"Ye.a, but thcr folks'll be oneasy erboat me," protested ruost any one. Dick us the sokliern led him away; but the door was clo3ed "General Howe is the commander-in-chief of the British between Dick ,,;,.d the officer, and there was no response [rom arm. v," explained one of the soldiers. "But he is away now." Colonel Rahl. "'Ihet's tco bad; I hoped thet ye would take me afore 'Im, The soldiers led Dlck to a building a couple of bloc!;~ dis-fur I'm shore he'd let me go 1ight ervmy." tant, and condu_ded him into a room on the second floor . "Perhaps so; but you won't be taken before him, for h e is "Say," said Diel'., a.s t!1e soldiers WNe turning to ieavo the a lnlndred miles from here. Colonel Rahl is the one' In room, "d'ye t:iinl: thet Kernal Rall'll let me jinc t11er army command, the generals both being away." I ter-rnorrer'?" The .soldier. having been led to believe that Dick wwi "Do you wish to join?" asked one.


1 0 TffE L1ffERTY TIOYS IN THOUBT,E. "Yas I wanter go over ercross the river an he'p lick ther r ebels . ' Yer goin' ter go ercross an' lick 'em right cnvay, hain't ye?" ".Just l'.S l>con as the river freezes over we're going across," was the reply. 'And about your joining the army, I judge that you will b e i,errnitted to do so if you really wish it." "All right; I'.U ax 1im in ther mornin'." The soldiers then went out, and locked the door behind them. "Sc," thought Dick, "the British arc not going to try to cross the river until after it has frozen over, and Generals Howe ancl Cornwallis have gone to N e w York. Good! I have learned sufficient, and if I can make my escape, and get baclc to the patriot encampment, I will be all right." Dut could he escape? 'l'bat was the question, and it was a difficult one to answer. He realized that it would be a hard matter to make his esca11e . However, Dick Slater was not the youth to give up, and he was determined to malrn an attempt at escaping befcre the night was ended. Cl{APTER VIII. THE ESCAPE. It w;:,s dark in the room, the British soldiers having taken the candie when they went. The Liberty Boy had made good use of his eyes while there was a light, however. He noted that there was only one window, and that there were iron Lars ou the outside. This seemed to settle the q1.castion of his making his escape through the window. The door was a \'ery stron.; one, too, with a huge lock. The tn,th of the matter was that this building was the town jail, and was constructed with a view to holding lawbreakers, though it is doubtful whether the builders looked forwurd to its holding mi.litary prisoners. 'I'he youth felt his way ovc, to the cot at one side of the room, and sat down to ponder the situation. He .had s1;cured all the information needful, and if he c , ould mate his escape all would be well. But malting his escape was where the difficulty would come in. Pres,mtly he got up and walked over to the window. He did not have much difficulty in opening it. But when Ile had done so he s eemed to be no nearer freedom. than before, for there were the iron bars. It was snowing and Yery darit outside. Taking holu of the bars, one after another, Dick tested them. Hn pushe d against tt.em with all his strength, and tested them thor<,ugbly. 'l'he.y were solid as the rock in which their ends were imbed<.led, however, with one exception. The yot;th found ttat he could shake one of the bars around a bit. lt was loose in its socket at the bottom of the windowsill. The bars were about six inches apart, so if he could get one loose it wonld be po1:sible for him to squeeze through. Tb~ thougLt that he might succeed in doing this was in-spiring. Tho Liberty Boy at once w .ent ta work. He iJUbhcd and jerked at the iron bar at a great rate. Hil oxu1 tcd all his strength, and after a time he thought he had luoscned it somewhat. "If I i, e(p on I may get it ont of the way," thought Dick. ''T'll keep working, at any rate." Occasionally he paus~ d and listened, for he feared some one utl;~ht come ancl catch him at the work. No one was h eard, however, and he continued his wort ptactically without interruption. At lai'lt he g;ot up on the window-sill with his feet, and seizii:;,; two of the soiid rods, he placed his feet against the lo1Jsil om,, and pushe<.l outward with all his force. i';l:)1•)y but r;urely thi~ bar bent. J t ,, ail strong, bu~ the fcrce being e ,:erted against it was h:u i:>;'.~at, and the bar gracluall:;' yielded, and was forced out of H . ..; .:)o..,~ .. ct . The Liberty Boy's heart swelled with a feeling o[ d e light. "I beiicve I shall succeed in getting out of here, after all," he said to himself. "I think I shall get out of the 1wiso n before morning, I'm sure." He continued his work, and .at last had the iron bar bent outward at 2.n angle of forty-five <.legrecs . Then Dick felt of the opening thus made. He decided that it was large enough to permit the passage of his body. Then he wondered how far it was to the ground, as t h e gloom and falling snow prevented him seeing a yard away. He had counted the steps as he upstairs, and after doing some mental figuring he decided that it was sixteen t o eighteen feet to the ground fro m the w indow-sill. This would mean a distance of a.bout twelve reet f rom his heels to the ground. It would be quite a drop, but Dick had dropped farther than that many a time, and did not fear, so far as the fall to the ground was concerned. What he was afraid of was that there might be a fence r ight b e l ow t h e w indow, and that the pickets might be sharpened. ln that case, if he should drop upon one of them, it would impale him, and he woul d die a horribl e death. The thought of this caused a shudder to shake his form. He stuck his head out of the window and peered down. The cell he was i n was a t the rear of the jail, and all was dark outside. The snow made it posstble to see faintly, but it was impossible to distinguish anything with any ce rtaint y . He could not decide whether o r nat there was a fence below. Dick was a brave youth, however, and not to be deterred by anything that might be in h i s way to put an e n d to hi s life. He did not know that there was a fence bel ow, and h e made up his mind to proceed just as i f h e knew t here was no fence there. He could not stop to consider what might be. He would make the drop, and take the chances. It would require great cou rage and nerve to dro p i n t his manner, but Dick was possessed of ample courage and nerve. Had this not been the case he wo uld neve r have succeeded in becoming E:uch a successful spy. Having made all the examination possible, and having come to a decision as to h i s course, Dick did not hesitate. He listened a few moments, to assure himself that no one was coming, and then he worked his way through the opening between the bars, feet foremost. It was a tight squeeze, but by turning his body sidewise h e managed to get through, and then, grasping two of the bars with his hands, he lowered h imself down till he hung a t arm's length. The youth judged that his feet must be within ten o r a dozen feet of the ground, and he llad no fears of bein g h urt if he simply struck the earth. There was only one way to fin.d out regarding a fen ce , however, and that was by dropping and making a practical test, and this is what Dick had ta do. Re hung there a few moments, and then, settin g llis teeth firmly, he let go his hold. He was scarcely more than a second in reaching the ground, but it seemed lcngcr to Dick. Ile had more tha.n half expected to feel the sharp point of a picket cnterir.6 his body, a.nd his nerves were wrought up, b::t to delight nothing or the kind happened. He struck noth:Hg till he reached the solid ground. The impact was sufficient to jar him considerable, but hi3 was not at all injured, and was on his feet the next momen t. He stood perfectly still, and listened. Hearing nothing, he began moving slowly and cautiously away frcm the spot. He had not gone ten paces before he heard a so und which seemed to come from the room he had just leit. 'l'hen he saw a light shining-out through the open window. The noise h;,,d been made by the door opening. 'Jove, my escape will be discovered!'' thought Dick. "I v1on' t baYe any tin10 to in getUng U\vay from here." At this inst,mt a face appcanid &t the window, and a voice v:as hc2.rd cP.llirrg out: '''l'he prisoner bas escaped! The prls:mer has esc;:ped ! On guard, sentinels. Don"t !et him escnpe " Tl:i.e Libe:rt:;-Bey re::..L::ud th::..t he mt:,:;L get a ;r;i.y from there


THE LIBERTY BOYS IN TROUBLE. 11 in a hurry, and he hastened as rapidly as possible, and at tbo same time kept himsel f well back in the darkness. The youth had net gone far before he heard the sound of footsteps. Some one was coming. The n he beard footsteps in another direction, and then in still another. "Jove, the reclcoats are corning this way from all directions!" he said to himself, and h e began looking arnund for some place of tempora.ry concealment. The man at the window of th'l room Dick had escaped from kept on yelling for the sentinels to keep a sharp lookout for the escaped prisoner, and he made so much noise that people who li,ed in the vicinity were aroused. Many doors and windows w~re thrown open, and the citizens peered out, to see what was going on. Suddenly Dick heard the trampling of many feet, and knew that a party of soldiers was coming up the street toward him, and close at hand, too. He did not dare go back toward the prison. To go across the street would do no good. He paused irresolutely in front of a house, just as the front door opened. Back in tho hallway was a light, and outlined agalns; t this light was a girl of perhaps seventeen years. In an instant Dick made up his mind. He lea.ped up the steps, and appeared in front of the girl as if by magic. She uttered a startled cry and shrank back , but Dick said IJ.llickly: . "Sh! Do not be alarmed, miss; I w111 not hurt you. I wish to ask a favor. May I go through your house and out at the rear door?" "Are you the escaped prisoner?" the girl askod. Something ln her tones made Dick believe that she was a patriot, and he answered unhesitatingly: "I a!!l, miss." "Then enter," was the eager reply. "Qulck, before you are s~en!" She stepped a3ide, and Dick bounded through the doorway. The ;r.rl closed the door quicldy, and bolted. it. "Come," she said in a low, cantious voice; "fellow me." The youth obeyed, and they traversed the hall, and when the back 1loor wns re:i.checl the girl unbolted and opened it. The Liberty Boy looked out, and saw that all wa.q quiet in the rear of the house . The excitement was all around on the main street, in front. "Miss, you have p:irhaps sJved me from being recaptured,"' said Diel; , in nn eai-not volce, "and I thanlc you sincerely." "You are more tha n welcome," was the reply, "for I a.m a patriot girl." "If you wlll be so kind, mlss, I would be pleased to know the name of the girl who was so good to me," said Dick. "My na:ne is Martha Rudfcrd, sir. And yours?" "My name is Dick Slater." "Aha, so you are Dirk Slater, ch?"' cried a triumphant voice. "1V':l!l, you arc my prisoner, Dick Slater! Up with your hands!" CHAPTER IX. COWNEL UA,IL' s CH.AGRI"f. The Liberty Boy and the girl whirled instantly, and saw a man standing near, with a leveled pistol in his hand. He had evidently stepped out of a room, the door of which was at his side, for the door was partially open now, and it had not been open when they p~.ssed it a few moments before: "Uncle!" exclaimed tile girl: in horrified accents. "Yes, your uncle, girl," said the man, sternly. "And now, what I would like to know ls what do you mean by assisting a rebe l spy to escape?" Diel, understood it all, he wi>.s sure. The. girl was a patriot, while hor uncle was !'.S undoubtedly a Torr. That the man would capture him, and turn him over to the British was certain, unless he was prevented from doinrr so, and Dick hardly knew how it would be possible to prevent him. The Tory was armed, while Dick had no weapons at all, his pistols ha Ying been taken away from him ,..-I Pn he was placed in the cell in the priwn. The girl was as brave and spir;teu as s!.le Vias b:iantiful, for although she was pale, Ehe did not quail or falter befors the wrath of her uncle. "I am a patriot, uncle, a.s you know," she, bravely, "and I was doing what I considered to he right in assisting this young man to escape." "Of cou;se you would wish to help him escace, bc,cause he is a young fellow, and handsome," sa:d the man, with a sneer. "That was not my reason, uncle," wa.~ the cignHied reply, but the girl's face colored up, and she lao'.rnd aomewha;: confused, for she feared th:::.t Dick might think he; uncle's words true. •oh, of course yon would :,a:: it ".\"as not the reascn," was the reply, in a skepti::al Yoice. "But no matte. He 1vont escape, after all. I hv:;ipenecl to be on ha:1ct to spoil the scheme. Dick Sl&ter, place your hands oohincl your back, and turn your back toward me!" The Liberty Bov had been doing some rnpid thinking. He did not in1:end to permit himself to be re::a.ptured if he could possibly help it. Yet he did not wish to inju:e the uncle of the girl who had be[riencled him. H:i j;idged, however, that he would net be th.ought hard of by the girl if he simply got the better of the man in a struggle, v.ithout doing him permanent injury. . As he would not 11sed weapons if he had por,sessecl them, Dick was not worried by .. heir abscn-:!o; and he felt that he would be able to get the bcttei cf the man, for he was used to hand-to-hand combats, while the gi:i's uncle probably had never been engaged in one. So in order to throw the man off his guard, Dick pla~cd his hands behind his back, and turned his back to,vard the Tory, as ordered. "Now, Martha, you may make yourself useful," her uncle said. "Stop into the klt~hen a'1d get the clothes-line which you will find hanging on tho wall." She started to obey, but was halted by another command, to first close the door. The girl did this unwillingly, as Dick could see, and he said to her in a low volco: "Never mind, Miss Martha. Do os ho Sll?B, and clon't worry abcut me." "Keep your mouth olrnt!" ordered the Tory. And then to his niece he added: "Hurrr no,:1, nnd get the clothes-line." The girl opened a door at. the sldo of the hall, and pas Pd through into a room, which was P,<;,idcntlJ the kitchen. The instant the girl was out of harm's way Dick acted. Whirling, he U1rew himself head first and headlong straight at the Tory. The action took the man wholly by surprise. He did not even have the pistol rocked, so w:~s unahle to fire. The result was that D1ck struck him in tho plt of the stomach with his shoulder, and !mocked him to the flco1 with a crash, where he lay gasping for brcn.Lh. He dropped the pistol as he fell, and Dick g:-abbcd it, and placed it in his pocket. The girl came running out of the kitchen. crying: "What is it 7" She saw what had happened, nnd Dick was sure there was a look o f pleasure in her eyfl\l. "Oh, go-go quickly!" she cr!G1d. "Make your escape wn110 you have the opportunity." "I will do so, miss," said Dick. "And now, good-by: but rest assured that I shall not soon forget what I owe you." "You owe me nothing, sir; good-by." She opened tho door, and almost pushed Dick ont or the house, and then she closed the door, and Dick IH'a r•l tbe bolt shoot into place. "She is going to try to keep her uncle from giving diase to me," thonght Dick. "There is a hrare [~irl for you. I judge that she bas saved me from being captured, at any rate." He hastened away, for he feared that Brltish scldiers might soon 1rnt in an appearance on the back street. He went a;, 1apidly as he dared, for he was eag-cr to ;::ct out of the town. He headed toward the river, h11t was forcPd to go i11 a zigzag manner in order to escape 11.H•f'tlng redcon~~-T11e alarm had becon10 ~cner;-:.1, 21111 san.rchinIT part:c~ were nurnerous. The Lih,.rt•: Boy was on his gi:a,d, J1owel'er, and m:rna~-r,J to a, Dill l,r:nr; seen by m2mbers oI any of the cro,1.

12 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN TROUBLE. he was at the end of the street which reached the r!yer a t the point. nearest where his boat was concealed . Here Di~k paused, and took an observation. It llad ceased snowing, and grown lighter, but the ground was covered with the white mantle, and this made it now pol:lsible for him to see plainly. In the distance, at the rive rs edge , Dick made out the ~orms of two sentinels, and presently the forms began movmg, and he was sure he wa'J right. The sentinel nearest him passed along in front of the youtl:, and on up the river pcrh~ps fifty yards, and then turned and pace d slowly back till he met the other sentinel once more at the end of the post. Here they again came to a st.op, and Dick decided that it was time for him to make tlrn attempt to reach his boat wh ich he had left underneath the old wharf. ' He did not hesitate. He knew that promptness of action was one o E the main essentials in the makeup of a good scout and spy, and leaving the shelter of a house, he darted toward the river. I-k had traversed nearly the whole distance before he was see n, and then a loud yell was heard from one of the sold !e,s : '"There he is! There's the spy!" Such were tl-ie words of the sentinel, and then crack! crnck! went two muskets. Both sentinels had fired. One bullet went wide of the mark, but the other wounded D:ck on the left arm slightly. The Liberty Boy did not stop, however. Instead, he increased his speed, if anything. He was determined to reach the boat, and make his es cape, if possible . But even as he made the dash down the slope to the wharf, he was saying to himself: "' if tile boat ls not there!" He thought it possible that the sentinels had made search for a beat, after having seen him coming away from the river when he first came to Trenton, earlier in the evening. And, indeed such had been the case; but as w!ll be remembered the sentinel who had given chase to Dick had seen him captured and had known that the youth was taken to !leadquarters, and feeling that there was no danger that the youth would be back for his boat that night it had bGen decided to let the boat alone; so when Dick di ved in, u:1der the wharf, he found his boat right where he left it. "Thm:k goodness for that!" he thought, and then he l eaped mto the boat, untied the rope, and pushed out from under the wharf into the stream. He placed the oars in the rowlocks, and began pulling with all bis might, and as he did so he beard the patter-patter of running feet. The sentinels were comi ng. The youth saw them looming up, and realized that he w:is net ~ct out of danger, for they of course possessed wcapr.n s, and would be within pistol-shot distance of him before he was out of sight. rt was considerably darker out on the water than on shore, howeYcr, and the youth did not believe the sentinels could hit him. If they did so, it would be an accident. He continued to row as lustily as possible, and of a sudden he heard the crack, crack, of the pistols, and spat! one of the bnllets hit the boat. • "Stop. or you are a dead man!" roared one of the redccatH. "Stop, I SB.y!" Dut be mi1;ht as well have talked to the wind. Dick was not fo,:, youth to stop when there was a good chance to csc.1pe. Crack! crar.k! Again t h e p!atol-shots rang out, and one of the bullets hit the oar on the right-hand side and came nea r knocking It out 0f Dicl1's. hanrl. "That was a pretty close shave," thought the youth. "But T think I ~hall be out of pistol-shot distance before they can O.:~ :•gnjn." The redcorts had only two pistcls apiece , and as they wa1.l•.l ha\e to reioad the ~ingle-barrelled weapons before they rorld 1,r0 :.r;::iin, they did not get another chance to try 1hcir n-nrk~;~1:iuc:hip, lcr D\, l;: ,vas out of rauge completely a fcqy n1~au~c.;: 1ater. Th

THR LIBERTY BOYS IN TROUBLE. 13 =================-;==::__.c.:__=--==~=========-: Slater to escape! I do hope he will get out of the town in vhem. They can secure no boats. and could not hope to get safety." :icro.s until they had J1oats built. :md wben the riYer freezes Ml'. Rudford was on his way b1ck from headquarters when over it will be a simple matter to cross on the ice." he learned that Dick. Slater bad succeeded in getting away "Yes. your excellency." in a b!lat, t'he sentinel having come along, and told the news "'iVell, you han• done a gootl ni;rht's work, Dick, in learn-to all as he came. ing this," said the c-ommander-in-chief. "Kow I sllall know He went back to hi,s home and told Martha that the "rebel" just what to expect." bad succeeded in getting out of the town. "You know that there is no danger of an attack until after 'I'h e girl was delighted, ancl said so. the rlYer has frozen oYer." "I am so glad he has esca,ped ! " she exclaimed. "You are right; and that nrnkes me easier in mind." "Well, I'm not," was the growling reply, and then Mr. Rud-Then the commander-in-chief sent for the members of bis ford went to his roori1 In a huff. staff, and explaiued to them wllnt Dick had toh1 him. Martha Rudford lived in this house with her uncle and They were wPll pleased wlwn th<>y heard the ne"ITs, and said aunt, her pa.rents being dead. Mrs. Rudford was an invalid, lt wouW simplify matters considerably. and the girl helped nurse he; aunt. The lady was lying in As ma:, well be supposed. tho common soldiers, when they bc1 room, listening in some fear and Ji:citemen t to the learned that there was uo danger of an attack from the Britshouting and noises of all kinds that were being made out-ish, were relieved. Eide, and when her husband came into the room she asked They were in no condition to offer battle to the king's him what it wiu, abuut. He explained that a "rebel" spy, soldiers. who had been captured earlier in the evo:iing had made his 'l'hey ,~ere only half-clothed, and did not have enough to escape; but he did not tell her that the spy had been in eat, consequently were weakenec1. i\Iany of them were down their house and had been assisted in escaping by their niece. sic!;:. Mef1llwhile Dick was pulling across thlaout near the center r.f the stream. ware HiYer would freeze hanl enough to holc1 up a crossing An l.lour and a half later o!Je reached the point where the army. bonts w ere. Tbc soldiers qucstionec1 Dick eagerly, and "ITere _soon con-Ifo found one of the patriot soldiers on guard, and was viuced that the news was reliable. challeng-cc1. They cheered up quite a good deal after that, and were Ifr c-alkd out his name, and was soon on shore, and having brighter and liYelier than for some time past. tied tbe bont securely, he set out for the patriot encampment. . It was not that the patriot ,-olrliers ,vere cowardly; far from He wnlkerl tll e distance in an hour, and found that it was it. 'rhey simply realized that iu their weakened condition, just rni~lnl1-sht. and witll only llalf as many rnrn as tile enemy possessed, they He "'l'nt at once to the quarters oecuplec1 by tlle Liberty wodd not be a match for the British. And kno,Ying thi~, Bo,s, :rnc1 ,ns it was so late, he rolled llimself up in his blanket they were not eager for a battle. nnc1 W<'nt to ~Jeep . It would do as well to make his report For the first time in wcelrn tllerc was some singing in camp ln the morning. There was no hurry. I that night. H e w(it to h eadquarters lmmecliately nHer breakfast, and After dinner Dick was 1dth his comrades, the Liberty wnR ginn a corclin l greeting b~ General \C\'nsllington. Boys of '76, talking, ahd one ot their number, Bob Estnll~ook, "I hardly e:x:peetecl to see ~on hack so iaoon. Dick," he said. asl~ed Dick if it 11;oulc1 not be possi.ble to cross the Delaware "P'or a while, last night. I thought that I would not be RiYcr some night arn1 make an attack on tlle outposts of 1.!Je back so soou, your excellerrcy," was the r<>ply. British. ",Yhy, how was that?" The young co111m:rnder of the Liberty Roys thought a ,rhilo, "I ,,n~ rnptured. sir." and then said: "\Y11at: Cnptured again?" "Yes, I think it might lJe po~sible to clo so, nob." 'Y<-'~. sir.• " Good! 'rhen lets tn it, Dick.'' " ' J'iH'll 1101\' happens it that yon are here this morning?" 'I'm willing to make the attemvt if I can secnr.c permission ' l ,Yn,.; l'ortnuate ngnin, and succeeded ln making my escap~, from the commander-in-chief," was Dick's reply. sir.• ''Then see him at once, Dick!" "Well. you certainly see. m to have a faculty for getting into "Yes, yes!" was the cry from all the youths, and Dick said trouble'. -and for getting out again, my boy!" the great man he "oulc1 see General Washington ubout the matter. said. ;, Go at once," urged Bob. "Now is the time. Never put "Yp;;_ I have been having a bad 'run of luck lately, in so off till to-morrow what you can (fo to~ay." far flR being captured is concerned; but I have had good luck "All right. I'll go now." in /?;ettinp: away again. as you sny." And he did so. "Vi't>ll. clid you learn anything. Dick?" , "I did. sir. I learned soi:nething which will, I think, be s11flkient for your needs." "I am glad to hear that. Go on." 'I learned that Generals Howe and Cornwallis are not at tlw British encampment across the river." "'iVhere are they then?" "I flid not learn positively, hut I was told they are in New York." "\\'hat makes you think they are there?" "Because one of the redcoats told me so." "Ah, I see. They must be in New York." "I think so." "But I cannot understand why they have gone back there and left the army here," said the commander-in-chief, knitting his brows. "If they ~ave given up ~he id~a of trying to cross the river and attackmg us, why did they not take the army back with them?" "They haven't given up the idea of doing that, sir." ''They have not?" ''Xo" "Th~n why did they return to New York?" CHAP'rER XL THE LIBERTY BOYS AT W0,1~,. As may be supposea, the Liberty Boys ,vere on tlle auxiumseat while their commander was gone, and when he returned they looked at him eagerly and excitedl y . "'iVhat luck, Dlck?" "What did he say?" "Diel he give you permission to go?" "Is it a ll right, Dick?" "I hope hu said 'yes'." Such Y,ere a few of the questions and exclamations given utterance to by the youths. Dick waited till they got through, and then said: "Yes. Ifs all right. boys. He said we could go, if ,i-p wouk'. "Goo<1!" "To be whne they Cfln enjoy themselves wlllle the river to freeze over." I be very carefel not to be too venturesome and get into trouble." waiting for "Hnrrah!" An exclamation escaped Washington's lips. ",\.h, I understanf1," he snlcl. "I don't see why think of that myself. Yes, that is the best course 1 "Good for tbe comm111,c1cr-in-chiC>f! . , I "Oh. we' ll pe careful.., I didn't "\Ve'll teach the redco11ts t_o IJe careful." open to It was c,ident that tl.Je L1berry Boys ,yerc de! igbtcd.


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN TROUBLE. They were young fellows of an average age of eighteen years. and camp life was too slow for them. They we:re always Ill u.t ease when in camp. They wantt!d to he up :-.nd doing. They be;rnn getting ready for the work which was a.head of them-fr,• they Intended to cross the river that night. 'l'll•:r rlH not believe in del:lylng, when thPy were going to do a thing. Thrir irlea was that if it was to be done at all it should be done at once, and then it would be out of the way. So thp~ g-ot their weapons ln good working order, laid in a i;:up11l;, of :!mmunition, and by the time supper was ready they ,Yere re1dy to start. 'l'hc•:r ate their snpper. and then waited till it was beginning to /!F,w rlPrk, and then they sallied forth. The otiicr soldters knew what the Lil.Jerty Boys were going to tr:r to rlo, and g-ave them cheers as they marched away Into the timber and darkness. 'l.'hP majority of the soldiers thought the youths were very fool:sh, llowrver. Tl1e idea of one hundred boys crossing the river with the intention of striking a blow at the enemy, numbering six thousand at least! But tllen the I,ihcrty Boys did not Intend to attack the en• tire British army; their idea Tias to strike one or two of the ontpo~ts. and do some damage in this way. Th<'n. after doing this, they would seek snfety in fl.lght. B<'ing Pxpert woodsmen, which the BritiRh were not, the :rnntl1s fPlt tbat they would be able to escape without much difficulty. Tl,ry r,rnrcbed stemlily along through the timber and snow, and finally reached the Delaware River. Thpy fonnd half a dn:,cn soldiers guarding the boats, and tol<1 them that they wished to use a sufficient number to carry them across. It wn1< fonnc1 that ten boats would be sufficient, and half nn hour later the youths were pullin;r. across the river. "Phew! It's cold to-night!• said Bob Estabrook, when they hnrl got out on the river, where the wind from the north had full S\Yt'r-p at them. "f:o it is," said Dick. "It will freez~ quite a good deal, I think." "Yrs; most of the small streams arc frozen over now." "f.n t1wy :ire, but it "l"l"ill have to be colder than It is, and strt~ 11,nt wnr for a couple of 1,eeks before the Delaware will frePZC ll:inl Pn'mgh to hold up the British soldiers." "Y0u ar0 right.'' TlJP yonrh,; knew thnt the north wing of the B1itisb army ln:i strn is:-ht ~rr0,s thr river, so they headed slantingly across, with the intention of !anding a mile or more up the river, lH':<""l,d thr e:dtcme end of the north wing of the enemy's fc:ees. It ,Taf< n long pnll and a stron" one, but 11t. last they made n ]:ill(lii1~. :rnd S('Curing their boats. in a little cove made by n hc.nrl i n the-stream. they walked nwa.y, beading inland. It \Y:JS thc-ir intention to i::;o inland a mile or so, and then mnkP a I1nl(-circnit. and come in upon the enemy's lines from th0 rrar. Jt wa,-their belief that the British, not suspecting an at• tac:!, from nnv direction, would be careless, and it was be• licv<',1. fnrthPr. that least of all would they look for an attack from tile Xcw .Jers<'y side of their encampment. Ornrn rd 1.hc ~-outhR marched. It "ns n. c1ark night, and but for tl!e snow on the ground tll<'Y wonlrl oner more. 'l'IH'Y hr1icYPt baek. l1ick., , . .saicl nob. .. (ll1. l'Il lw l,nel, 11! :t rew minutes." v, :u, a [.!.!•..:k vr rl\lc:1...;l!s at ru1s hPe1s, likely." "Perhaps so; In case that proves to be true, be ready to give the enemy a warm reception." "We will, never fear." Then Dick stole away through the timber. He moved slowly ancl cautiously, for be believed it could not be far to the picket-line of the enemy. He was right In this. He hacl scarcely goue a quarter of a mile when during one of the p:iu:-scs, which he made with frequency, be heard the cruncbini.: snow under feet. A sentinel was Pvidcntly there. The Liberty Iloy moved forward a little at a time, however, and was soon ensconced behind a tree, within ten yards of the bent of the sentinel be had hen.rd. .A.s the soldier passed, Dick could make out his form without difficulty. Beyond, and perhaps two hundred yards distant, was a campfire, and men were seated around it. The youth judged that there were at least one hundred o:t' the redcoats, and he was of the opinion that this was the chance he and his comrndes were looking for. Herc vrns an outpost of about their own number of men, and he believed they could make a successful attack and get away before the main force could get to where they were. .A.nd once out of musket shot distance the youth believed his Liberty Iloys would be able to easily make their escape, barrini::; accidents. Having seen all that was necessary, Dick stole back to where his comrades were in waiting. "v'i'ell ?" remarked Bob, eagerly. "I ha vc located au outpost," said Dick, "and I think we can strike it a blow, and get away before tbc main force can get in firing distance of us." "Good! A.nd where Is this outpost?" • Straight ahead." "How far away?" "Not more than a quarter of R mile. " ".A.11 right. Let's get after the enemy. " The order was given to adv11.nce, but Dick warned them to go slowly, and be very careful. "W"e must not permit our enemies to discover our :ipproach until after we are within striking distance,"" he said. "If we do we mav not be able to do any damage. " "We'll be careful," was the reply from all, and then they began the advunce. They moved very slowly, and when they were close to the post of the sentinel Dick had seen they paused frequently, and listened. They were standing, silent and motionless, behind treC's, and within ten yards of the soldier's beut when he passed along, and then back a_!.!;ain town.rd the other end. which was much farther away. It was the intention of the youths to wait till the sentinel reached the farther end of his post, aud then dasb forward, and pour one or more volleys right into the midst of the redcoa.ts seated about the campfirP.. This plan W3f: followed out. "\Vhen the sentinel wits almost to the end of hls beat Dick gave the signal. and the Liberty Boys dashed forward, straight toward tbe campfire. They did not make any more noise than was i1Ossihle; as the snow was on the surface. howeYer. forming a crust. the crnnching of their feet conlcl be hC'ard "hen they were near the c::i.mpfirc, and the redco:its leaped to their feet in alarm. Tlw Libertv Roys WC'l'r within mnsket-shot dif\tnn<'c, how• ever. and-at a ,Yorcl from Diel: they p::iu:sed, took (]nick aim, imd fired. Crash! The volley ran~ ot,t with terrible clearnrss and noi~e on the still 'ti.~br air. a'm1 immediately following the f:OUJHl of tlie YOIIPy. g-roans. :shriPks, nnd yells went up from tile nmazl'cl and terrifiecl British solrliprs. .At least forty of their number had fall,'n. nn,1 ;;o s1111dr>n had the blow been <1elivC'rPd that for a fC',v moments the Drlt if'h seemed hnrdly to know wh:it to clo. Then. just M, the Liberty Bn:rs fircc1 :i pistol ynl!P;r, the rprnainin.e: rr>rlconts came up with their nnrnkets, nml !irecl a YO!lP.1 in retur;i. Two of tl10 Libert:, Boy;: f.~11. fntall:,-wo1rnclt>cl. nnrl ~evernl mnr,, w0re hit bnt not Sl'rionsly llm:t. "l~ring-our wouurl, c1 c~,H1c:s, m:il come :J,\n:r ri11ic-kl~•!" cried Dick; nm1 ei5!:llt ,-r (lw ,.,n1th,.; itan,lc,d th0it' mnsket,; to ~ome of tlwir c:nmr,Hif'~. aml lifti.m, thP 1 wo wounded ~ou1.hs. bnr<' th:>m nwa~ar; r ar,idl.v r:s wa:s pm,,ihlr . l 'l'lw 0111Pr y01:tl1R Ppen0r1 ti;J :rncl !pt tl!P e;gllt p;1,;<; lhr,,m,ll ""itll t)H•i!' \;::nl011s, an

THE LIBER'rY BOYS IN TROUBLE. 1 5 as fast as the eight could move, and reloaded their muskets as they went. All was excitement in the British encampment. The sound of the firing bad been heard in the main camp, over by the river. and in a minute scores of soldiers were running towarr1 the scene of action. When they reached the outpost, and saw the havoc that had been wrought, they were wild wlth rage. "Which way did they go?" "Who were they?" "How big a force is it?" "How did it happen?" Such were the excited questions, and the members of the outpost pointed in the direction the Liberty Boys bad gone and said: ' '".rhey have gone in that direction." "After them!" roared au officer wearing the uniform of a captain. "After them! It can be but a small force and we will kill or capture every rebel in it. After the sc~undrels, I say." CHAPTER XII. THE LIBERTX BOYS IN TROUBLE. The Liberty Boys, owing to the fact that they had to carry two wounded comrades, were not able to make as rapid progress as they would othe1-wise have done, but the:v were determined not to leave their wounded friends behind: They wonld carry the two as long as they could do so, and when they could no longer keep up the retreat they would stand and fight to the last gasp. Onward they moved as rapidly as possible. and they heard the yelling and shouting of the British soldiers, and knew that they were being pursued. ';['he Liberty Boys moved in a wide semi-circle, and by so domg they hoped to throw the enemy off their track but they did not succeed. ' Soon they beard the enemy on the left-hand side of them, anil. so they turned toward the right. They had not gone far before the moon came out from behind some clouds, and lighted things up wonderfully. This was something the Liberty Boys had not expected, and they realized that it was bad for them, as it would make it difficult for them to keep from being seen. However, there was no help for it, and they continued onward with nnqiminished speed. They were determined to escape, if such a thing was pos sible. Presently they came to a creek, which they supposed emptied into the Delaware River somewhere in the vicinity. It was a stream perhaps fifty feet in width, ancl if the ice should prove to be not thick enough to hold up the youths' weight they would have to turn and follow along the stream. They decided to try to cross. Two or three of the Liberty Boys ventured upon the ice, and nlthough it cracked they got across safely. Then the two parties of four each, carrying the wounded youths, set out to cross. and they managed to do so, although the ice cracked at an alarming rate, and bent under their weight. The other youths started to cross, then, and just as they stepped upon the ice a party of redcoats came in sight. "There they are," the youths heard the British soldiers yell. "Hurry, men, and we will have them at our mercy." At this instant there was a cracking sound that was louder th:in any yet heard, and Bob Estabrook broke through. He went down to his armpits. but managed to catch hold of the edge of the ice and keep himself from going under. "Jove!-help-me-out-s-somebody!" chattered Bob, for the lee-cold water had chilled him to the bone instantly. "I'll have you out in a jiffy, Bob!" cried Dick. seizing a long stick. and extending it to Bob, who seized hold of it. "The rest of you boys stand the British off." "All right, Dick!" was the reply. The redcoats were close at hand, and coming fast, but the Liberty Boys stood their ground. They would hold the enemy off till Dick got Bob out of the water, or die in their tracks. It was necessary to work carefully, in order to get Bob out of the water, for the ice was likely to keep crumbling off at the edge, but by exercising great care this was accomplished and the Liberty Boys fired a volley at the approaching red'. coats. The volley was returned by the enemy, but the youths had scattered after firing, and by good luck they were not materially damaged~nly a few slights wounds resulting, wblle tho volley they L~d fired had r1roppec1 a dozen or the enemy. Tbe youths hastened across the stream. and by scooting along at good speed, they succeeded in getting over without any more of their number breaking in. Then they hastened onward, after the two parties of four who were carrying the two wounded youths. The rcclcoats were so eager to follow and wreak re,enge on the Liberty Boys for the damage tlrnt had been done them that they were not so careful a,; the youths had been, and' the result was that, having rushed upon the ice in a body, they broke tllrough. and soon nearly the whole of their number were struggling in the water. This was hard on the redcoats, but it was a good thing for the Liberty Boys. 'l'hey felt that they were in serious trouble, at the best, and had it not been for the fact that their pursuers broke through the ice. thus being hindered greatly, they would undoubtedly have either been captured, or a portion of their force would have been killed. Now, they stood a chance to make their escape, though rather a ;;Jim one, it must be acknowledged. Onward they moved, as rapidly as possible, and they were pleased to note that there were not any soldiers in. sight; nor could any be heard. "I guess the plunge into the Icy water put a dRmper on them," said Bob Estabrook, whose teeth were chnttering, even though be was wearing two or three extra coats thnt bad been given him by his comrades. Had it not been for this cxtl"l. clothing the youth would have suffered severely, but with the clothing to help he gradually got vvarm again. the running aiding materially, as this kept his blood in circulation. '.rhe trouble now was that the youths were g-oing directly away from the point where their bon,ts were hidden. In order to get back across the river they must reach the boats, and it looked as if they would have hard wor!c doing it. The two wounded youth;; were groaning with pnin. Their comrades carried them as gently as possible, but even then the poor fello-ws were shaken about, and jolted, and this caused intense pain. 'l'hey bore it like the braYe fellows that they were, however, and made no complaints. Now that they had shaken the enemy off their trail temporarily, :1t least, Dick decided to make another turn toward the loft, and this was done. 'l'hey made a wide circuit. and when they had gone perhaps two miles they came upon a farmhouse. The thought came to Dick that if this was the home of a patriot, it woulr1 be a good thing to leave the two wounded youths there, and so he went to the door and knocked. When the man appeared, Dick asked hiru which he was, patriot or Tory. The man hesitated. It was evident that he did not like to commit himself. Dick himself did not wear a Continental uniform: he had on the suit he had worn when phtylng the part of a spy in the lines of the British. The majority of the youths had on the Continental blue, however, and the farmer happened to catch sight of one of these. "I see you are patriot soldiers." he exclaimed. in a relieved voice. "I can truthfully say that I am a patriot, sir, but of course I have to be careful now, with the entire British army within a few miles of my home. " "'Irue," said Dick. "Well, I am glad you are a patriot. I have a favor to ask of you." "What is it?" "\Ve have a couple of wounded men here, and we wish to leave them with you. May we do so?" "Certainly." was the reply. "We: will receive them into ou r house, and ,,ill take the best possible care of them." "\Ve will be greatly indebted to you, sir," said Dick; then he told the youths who were holding the wounded Liberty Boys to carry them Into the house. 11'.Ir. Jerrold-such was the man's nnme, he snid-leil. the way to a room on the ground floor. and the wounded yN1tbs were p!aced on pallets made on the floor. Ry leaving the door open between this room and the big sitting-room. the cheerful warmth from the big fire-place entered and made it comfortable indeed. hlrs .. Terrold P-11(1 her daughter :.\fllgp;!e soon came down froru upstairs, they haYlng been in bed but had dress~d as


16 THEJ LIBERTY BOYS IN TROUBLE. soon ::is possible, afkr learning what was expected of them; nncl tlle;1 hnste1wd to _get wari11 wate r read)', and cloths fo r , nncl then Dick dressed tlie wounds of the two youths. Mc•anwlJi!P. Bob hncl put in his time getting dry In front of the !Jig fire-place. and by the time the work of dres!'ling the wonnds of his comr:::des was ended he was practically dry one~ more. , Dirk explained how he and his comrades hHppened to be oyer ie tirnt part of tbe country, and Mr. J errold was loud in his prai;:e of their dariug and courage in venturing to make an altack on an outpost of the British when the main force wns so dose at hand. "w11a t shall I do if the British come here and find your two woandeu comrades?" he asked. "I hnrdly know," was the reply. "I hope they will not come anr1 cliscoYcr the presence of onr comrades, but if they do you will just have to tell them that we forced you to take care of llle wounded men." "I may be able to keep thPm from knowing the two youths are here e,en if they shonld come," the farmer said. "If tl1ey don't enter the house I shall be able to keep the knowled,:,:;, from them." You are right, sir. and perhaps if you claim to be a loyal kii1,:s man, they mny not bother you." 'Ihen Dick and his comrades went into the room where the two wounded youths were. aud bade them good-by. They "l'ieut in iu parties of ten or a dozen, and they did their best to cheer the wounded youths up. "You ,vill be all right in a week or so," said Dick, chce1ily. "i\J r,; .. Jerrold and i\Iiss Maggie will take the best of care of you. anJ you cannot help getting well." "IudPNl ,re will take care of tllem!" said i\frs. Jerrold. who "-n~ a gootl-1.Jearted, motherly sort of woman. "We will see tll:1 t they shall want for nothing." j\fn g-gle, too , said she would help nurse tlle youths, nnd that if g-oou nursing would bring them through they would cl'rtainly get well." 'l'he wouncled boys bore up bravely, aud told tlleir comrac1es tu go along-, irnd get back to the other sic1e of the river ancl safety a~ qnickly as possible. 'Don't worry about us," said one feebly. "We'll be all rip:ht." Tllcn the Liberty Boys took their departure, ancl not havln.!:: to carry the wounded youths they were enabled to make goocl speed. They reachcr1 the point where they had left the boats after :111 hour of swil"t walking. But whe11 they looked for the boats they found them gone! CH. 'I..PTER XIII. A DAilIXG AND AUDACIOUS "!"E.•T. (nst:rnlly DiC"k ~ns1wctecl a trap. l11to bis rninrl fla,-hed the thought that somewhere near at hau1l wc,u rcclcont~. Ifr tllo,,gllt lt likely thnt at that ,ery moment mu~kets ""C'r,• ien>l(,,1 at himself a11d eon,racles. and tlrnt at any monwnt might c-omc th' hail of clenth-d1•alingmiFsilE-s. .'..,t ing 011 the impulse of the moment, he cried out, q1:ickly: "D6wn upon :vonr faces, boys! Down, quid:'.'" The youths wl'rc so accustomed to obeyin~ Dick promptly anrl unqnestinnin.c:ly thnt tll'y dropped u1;on their faces in tlH' ;snow m; if 1hc.v had sndtleuly bt>cn slricken dead. ,\ nrl 11nt an iast:-111t too ;,;oon, citl1c!"' '1'1:Prt • 1r:ts n (ra:,.;hing rc)nr. aR ot a l1ti1Hlrct1 or 1nore 1nusk cts, n:ir1 tllP lmllcts IlPI\' nbon• tla' yonth;,;' lwa:ls l1y the sc-orr'. JI,1,1 1 llPy not rlro11pe11 ,inst when 1hey did hnlf their num-ber \Y1111lll l!n n: bN!11 killed b~-Ow .-o!ler. .\:, it ,1 a~, uot 011l' w,1~ injureLl. _ [ 1 '""~ a n:uTow esc-n1w. ;;;n'n as it .wns, llowen' r. tlle youths were not yet out of <.l.t!l~'f' l '. 'l'rii'i'1l1i(' ~•'<'1!!CL1 stalkiH,C: nbrond thnl" night. 'l'IH•: wen• 11wn' tllan Olll\ hundred British soldiers con-l'l:• IPert_v Do:n,, they hnd come upou tl1t• [\Oilt~. :11Hl ,C'.UCS,,1 :lt oucc tlrnt they belo11ged to the party tl11'Y Wll'e in ~earcb of. .r !Jis ga ye them a11 idea. 11hy should they not take the boats away, anll. then conceal themselves near at hand, and shoot down the "rebels" before they realizec1 whnt was happening'/ They had taken the bouts. and sent them down to the town, where they ,rnuld he safe from the "rebels," and then they harl coucealcd thcm,1elves In some bushes nud waited. But by taking the boats away they had defeated their own plans. As we ha,e Fcen, the Instant Dick saw the boats were gone he suspected that a trap hnd been :a:et for him. that they "ere to be the victims of an ambush. and he had given the order to drop on their faces: this order bud saved the lives of at least two score of the youths. But now they must do something, and quickly, or perish, Dick knew. and so he gave the oruer to leap to their feet and get behind trees. This "l'ini-; done, and so quickly that the redcoats did not get a chance to fire a pistol-Yolley, though they tried to get theit pistols out and cocked iu time. Kow the affair was more eyen. 'l'he Liberty Boys were protected by the trees, the same as were their enemies; but the trouble w 'as that the redcoats down in the main enc,11upment ,mule! hear the firing and come to Ree what was going on. This would mean reinforcementR for the enemy, and trouble and lots of it, for the Liberty Doys. 'l'heir young leader realized that It would not do to uermit his little force to be caught between two fires. thus, and he at once sent the word around for the youths to begin falling buck. The Liberty Boys were so expert in woodcraft that they manap-ed to get quite a distance before the British realized what was going on: when they dil1 realize that their intenc1N1 prey wos gi,lng them the slip. !Jo,;;e,er, they were rrugry. and rushed excitedly for"l'iard, eager to get a chilnce to fire a Yolley. Bnt this was a bad move on their part. They were dealing with a party of youths, trne, b,1t the l>oyR knmY their bnslness, aml there was not such another dangerous SC't of men in the entire patriot army. As scon as Dick saw the BriH~h coming he gayc the order for llis boys to make a stand anrl give the enemy n volley, and they stop1,ed, anu cocking their mtmkets, waited for the redcoats to get near enough so the shots could be made effective. They r1icl not haYe to wait long. The British were seen soon within range. and then the Liberty Boys took aim coolly nil(] carefully, nnd when the word came for them to fire they did so. Crash! The Yolley rang out loudly. and it did woncie1•ful execntion, for seemin;:ly half the pursuing force dropped to the ground, either dead or wounded 'l'hcn ou the 11igbt air rose shrieks, yells, and groans. Pundcrnoni um secmecl to haYe broken lumie. It wa;; tr>1-rlble-or would haYe ;;cemccl to he, to an)7 ~ave harde1IC'd ,cternns. nccustomerl to surh scenes, nnd it was e,iclrnt that the British wcrf' paraly7.ccl. ThoEc who had not been wouudecl paused, and leaped behind trees. TIH'Y fr:n•p(l another Yolley. and they dicl not wish to be exposed to the bullet~ wlten they ('a me. They harl had no idea thnt a pr.rt:, of "rebel,;" could be so <1a11gcrous. Thl':V 111:d lwhl '' rrbcls .. in more or lci:cs contempt, and many of those who hal l heen killed or wounded hnrl. bo:isted that one British soldier was equal to three or four "rebels." This, however, (1:d not look like it. It woulrl seem, jutlging from this. thnt a patriot was as good n soldil'r as n, r edcoat. Seeing that tlw llnemy wns chelkcd. anr1 tlloroup;hly checked nt that. Dick ;:;nYe the order f o r the Liberty Boys to continue tlw rctrc,at. Tlie~-olie~-l'll. and stole awny n1pi1lly nnrl silently. lcn,ing the i'Pclrontl'l i;tamliug tr<' mbling-tr lwililll1 treP~. nfr!lid to stick thPir llen(ls out. for fear the;, IUi!!,hl get bullets through them. Bol• Estabrook wnnler 1 to ~o ancl finiRll tl,c entire forc-e of r eclconts. but Dkk fmid it \Youh l not be wise ,to clo this; he, ,;:,id t]iat the Briti;:11 in tl!P main Pncarnpmcnt had heard thP firing. anl1 wonld l'Olll,' to inYP:-1 ig:,t,\ a;1d that it \YOUld be 11:111;:-t'rous to linger long-in tl1P Yieinity. "iYe IIall IJPtter make our l'RcnpP 'shile we can," he f':1id. "Wl• mi<:?:ht n'i;:rPt It iJ' we weat ll,11:k. , '"Tun t's riirlit. ,. Bob agT0N1. "1 lll'\"Cl' thought of thnt." So the youths continaerl ou\l':1rc1. :rnd ,Yllt>u they had gone a mile or so t!Iey stoppcu anu held a council.


THE LIBEHTY BOYS IX TROUBLE. 17 'l'hC' qFeStion to he clecirled was, how should they get l.Jack n cr6Rs the Delaware IlivC'r'? The Dritis h harl theiil.Joats, ancl the:, '\\"el'e sure there were no mllr<> withi n ten miles in eithel' direction. "'hat, then, shonld tb e:, do? "LE't's get our hoatR back." said Bob Estabrook. "Ye~. that's the ta!!,'." saicl :\[ark i\Ionli;on. "Let's show the redroats we are not the kind of fellows that can he easily hen ten.,. "Yes. let's do that. Dick." from Sam Sarnlerson. Their leade r was silent for a few moments, thinking. H e ,,aR f'trnlying the matter in all Its phases, and figuring on the possibilities for nrnking a success. He suspected the bontR bad bN'n taken down to the river front, nenr the town, and f elt that it would be a difficult and c1ange1ous matt<'t' to try to recapture them. Still, Ile was like bis comrades, in that b e did not like to go away and lea'l"e ti.le Britisll in undispute d possession of tile boats. to!. nnil then gagged and bound them. This waR not 'l"er:, well (lone, o ,ying to the fact the youths lrnd nothing to bln<1 tile priso!1crs with san, pockct-hanclkcrcl!iefs. and these "ere s carcely arle1nat0. Still. os the two British solcliers were unconscious. nnd mi!:.ltt not romp to for qnitc a while . the Libert:, Boys thouc;ht It might be all ric:ht . They plac<'d the pris01H'rs in on0 of the bonts. whic h were found urnr at hnncl . nml then they lrnstcned bnc k to tell the Liberty Boys to come. They were not long In reaching the spot wl1c rc their comrades were awaiting: them. nor were they lon g In getting hack, eYen though they bacl to exercise care in ~lipping b!'t,yeen the north wing and the main force of the British arm:,. but they were long enough to canse themsplv<'s more trouble, fo r as the:v reached the boats the:, saw the two sentinels were gone ; !lll(l just as they made this clisco,ery the:, heard a noi;;e, ancl looking up the street saw a party of redcoats t:owing toward them on ti.le run. Then• was danger that the Britisll might use the boats to CHAPTER XIV. eross the river and m ,tke an [\ttack on the patrio t army; and it WOl,lcl lie terrible, Dick reasoned. if this happened. SOME GOOD LUCK. He would never for1d,e himself if this should occur. for he The sentinels had r eco Yered their F:enses F:hortly after Dick would alwa~s feel that it was the fault of himselt nnd com:rnd Bob took their departure: hnt the y "ere RO confused that rades. as it conld not ba,e happened bad they not come across thE'y did not r ea liz e their position at first, and it was seYeral t o the N'P\Y .Jersey side in the boats. minute s before they did so and ueted. So he decid<:d that it, would not clo to go away and leave Then they rose to their feet. which had not been bound, the boats in tl1e possession of the .enemy. anrt leaping ashore. ran in the tlirection of a building up the "'\'Ve will r,'captnre the boats. boys," be said presently, In street, wh2re tlley knew they woulcl find comrades engaged a grim. determined voice. ""7e will recapture tlleru or die in playing earcls. As they rnn they '\\"Orked a t their honcls . tr~ing." and soon succepded in freeing their arms. 'l.'his done. they "Harrah! 1hat's the "ay to talk!" cried Bob Estabrook, quickly tore the gags from their mouths, and by this time who was always eager for any dangerous and llespernte en-they were at the building. terprise-ancl the more dangerous and desperate it was the 'l'lley rappc u on thr. door, and yell e d to their eomrndes, :incl better lt e liked it. soon the door wns openeu. and they tolcl what had happened 'J'J;is having been decided, the next ti.ling was to decide upon qniC'ldy and excitedly. v.-uys and 111Pans. There w e r(' p erhavs thirty men 1here, for it was a sort of It '\\'ould ])e a difficult matter to steal the boats right out clnbroom, and they sei?.ed thei r mnslc!'t~. :111cl accompanied the from unde r the uo e of the British. and get a way in safety two sentinels back towarcl the ri,er. They were smart enough with thNn, and it would necessitate careful work. to know that the sentries had not been macle prisoners and It would be n eceF:Rary to han' some plan decided upo!l, ancl pl.iced in the boat for nothing. tlw plan would baYe to be adhered to in every particular. '\Yb en they were within a llundred yards of the boats they The first thing that was settl e d was that t!Jey must wait can.;ht sight of the Liberty Boys, and setting np a yell, Intill the small hours of the morning before making the attempt creased their speed, :rnd ran as fas t as they cou ld. to get the boats. The Liberty Boys saw that it was on]~, a small force. and 1.'l!i,; having been F:e>ttlccl, tlley made their way in the di-instead of leaping ipto the boats and taking flight, they der er>tion of tile home of :\Ir .. Jerrold. ciclcrl to stancl tllelr gronncl. and ghe the Pncmy a RUrprise. It ,Yns less than llalf an hour's walk, and as l\1l'. Jerrold was So they c-ockcc1 their mus lw ts, and sll0ltering tllemselves be-fitting up. watC'hing OYer tile two wounded Liberty Boys, hind the embankrnent-therp bein~ quite a steep bank to the h e c-nme to the door promptly when Dtck knocked. riYer at this point, they waited for the British to come witltin He v,ns surpris ed when h<' ~a,v the youths wern back again, range. but whe n Dick explain ed the reason for it be told them to 'rhey did not have long to wait. come in. antl mat;:e themselyes comfortable in front of the big '\Vhen tllE' redcoats were within range Dic k ordered tho fir eplar:e. youths to trik e nlrn. "Yon tan stay h ere till :,ou are rearl:v to start for Tren-'l'hey 10,eleil their muskets. ton." he said. and the yontllr. were glncl to 1.nke advantage of The rcclcoati:; at this moment became n,Ya r e of the fact hio. offer . for it was quite corn outside. the "rebl'ls • weTe stundin_g their ground. Tlw:, went 111 all( l :is!,ed tlli: ,,-ouudrcl youths how ther Thi~ startJpd them. a11<1 they cauw to n sudden stop. were -1.'(1 ing along, ancl r<'ceiYecl the Msurnnce that the two 'l'oo !are. 1Jow0'l"er: tlwy were within r:rnge. w e r e 1"ioi11g; as wPll ns ('0Ulc1 h e PX!)<'cted . "Fire!" ('rierl Dirk. OnE' of tlH' 1 \\"O. who was not so seriously ,vounclC'd as the The :vouths ob p~<'d. other. want0rl to ller.r '\\"!tat 111<' youths hacl bPen doing. and Crash'. roar! the wPapons nmg out on ti.JP ~till night air, Dirk tohl him. Be 0x1n r>ssPd .c:TPnt J)leasurc• when he learned and this was followed immedintely hy i::hr-iek:c: and :,ells, lntertll his comrades harl got the better of the redcoats in the en-mingle d '\\"ith whir h ',•,ere ;mans of men in terrible 1iain. emmt01. 'l'h e YolleY h :irl be<'u , en-parture. It wonld b e a moment before ,Yt>re clo'l1n, (lead and wounded, and of those au honrs walk to Trenton. aurl i:;o they would reach there at who re111aint'tl on. tlwir fret the m:ijurity Imel wounds of a some1Ylwre 11<•ar tllrPe o'clock. 1 mC1re or le!:s ,wr i ou~ rhar:1ct~r. 'fll"Y wal!;:r•cl bri~kl). until within a qunrkr of a mile of They stoor l for one-momPnt. vnrnl~zpd 11:r t l w tenible hanJc tile eti/?,'l' of Trenton. :1nd then tile:, pnuscnt without anything more. sp.-lng nnll rP'onnoltnin;::-they found n point. about mid-The B:iti-.;h lenperl out of th,ir ilunks in ahrrn, and seizini; ,va:; lJetwepu lllr Ho,th wimr. of the British army. and the their \\e:1pon , fml!iecl out to learu the menuing of the main fore-.> at TtPnton. wherP th<':V bPlie,ed it possible for mnskc-try. tlwir forre lo ,lip lhron;:rll :mrl l'l'ncb the ri\'cr-frout. Tilt>,\' f{nick!Y cliscover cr l what it mcnut, and soon hundreds Thr> byo ~-outlls <1111 nnt lrnYe mrn::h r1iflkulty in ;!ettin,!:?: of BiitiRh so l

18 'l'IIE LIBERTY BOYS IN TROUBLE. as soon as they saw the remnaut of the little force had taken flight. So by the time the camp w:1s aronsed and the redcoats were aP1> roacbing-the river front by the hnndreds, the Liberty Boys were out of sight in the darkness hoYering oyer the Delaware River. The British soldiers were very angry to think that the despi~E>d "rebel s ' ' had dared enter their Jines, shoot down some ot tllelr men, and then recaptur e the boats and get away in the:n in safe ty. It was the most daring thing they bad ever heard of in all their experience as soldiers. Colonel Rahl was aroused by the furore, and when he was tolrt what bad occurred he was very angry, and threatened what be would do if -ever be got a chance at the "rebels." Talk, however. never did do any good and this case was no exception to the rule. It may have relieved the colonel's feC>ling somewhat. but that was a ll. ::\feanwhile Dick and his Liberty Boys were rowing s lantingly across the river. 'l'bey were in goo d spirits. They bad got into trouble that night on one or two occasions, bPt they had managed to come out all right in the end. They bad lost their boats, but bad regained them, and so the) were well satisfied. Then, too. they had i nflicted considerable damage upon the British, and had not sufl'erecl much 1hemse1Yes . 'l'wo of their number had been seriously wounde d. and a numbe r hacl slight wounds, but that was all, as against: ,. gooclly number of the enemy, dead and wounded. "I think we got the better of' to-night's work, a ll around. " sai d Dkk, 1Yho was discussing the matter with Bob Estabroo k. "Yes, I think so, Dick," agree d Bob. "But I thought for a while that we would have to swim back across the river." "~'e coulcl not have done that. We would have bad to manage in some other war." "How could we have , • saitl Mr. ,Ter_rold. . when the ,voundecl Liberty Boy saw their comra<:1,es their eves brightened, and it was seen that they were delighted. They 'asked many riuestioni::. and the youths answered promptly, and all bands were happy. Birlding the two wounderl Liberty Boys and the members of the ,Jerrold family good-by, the youths set out. and an hour and a half Int e r reached the river at the point where thev bacl left the boats. The redcoats had not fonncl and t aken the boats away, this time. irnd the Liberty Boys embarked, and returned to the rennsylv,mia side of the Delaware River. 'l'lH'Y were greatly elnted. for they had had good i!!Uccess, and had not lost a sin;:rle man. thongh ;sevem l bore wounds to show as n result of tl: e encour:.tC'r with tlw British. General '\Ya~hin:;ton wns glncl to hear thnt they had again been 8Ucces sfnl in damnging-the C'Iwmy. and he felt that this woulcl the effect of making the British more careful, and less likelv to make strenuous efforts to get across and attack the patriot army. as they wonlc1 expert n. c1f'sp~rate defense to 110 mar wentber. It wfls riuite cold . but the Dclav.-are was s o wide, and flowed so swiftly, that it seemed as if it was not dC>stined to freeze oYer nt all that winter. It was frozen for many yards out into the stream from either shore, nnrl especin.lly in sheltered spots. where the bends made ii impossible for the north~rn winds to rufll e the water, but it wn.s very far from bemg frozen dear llCi'OSS. Christma;s drew near. and General Wa~hington began p lanning to strike the British. His idC'a was to cross the Delaware TiiYer in the bon.ts and strike th!' British certer at Trenton. :mcl he did so. He crossed tlle river on Christmas night. with two thousand five bunrlred men and marched agrrinst Trenton and captured the town. and r,e~ured one thousand Hessians. Colonel Rahl was kili ed in the little rngairement on that morning. Dick met Martha HudEord in Trenton, ancl spent a coup le of very pleafmnt hon r s in her company. The two Liberty Boys who had been wounded, and who had been at the .Jerrolr1 lrnme, came to Trenton, well as eve r, and rejoined the company, and .Joe Holbert, one of the two, toM Dick that sweet Maggie Jerrold had promised to be his wife if he Iivf'cl through the war and came for her. He did get through the war aliYe, and they were married within two months of the day Joe was mustered out. Next week's issue will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS' .JUBILEE; OR, A GREAT DAY FOR THE GREAT CAUSR." SERI POSTAL FOR OWR FREE CAT1\LBGUE.


THE LrnERTY BOYS OF '7G. CURRENT NEWS The electric bath is one of the newest things, although it isn't a bath at all. A thick robe is entwined with wires, and this is donned. Then a current of electricity is switched on, and the wearer of the electrical robe soon finds his body getting warmer, until in a litfle while he perspires as freely as if he were in a Turkish bath. Forty-five thousand men, women and children attended the free moving picture entertai11ments in downtown parks and playgrounds the :first week of the city' s movie sho ws, according to the estimate of Park Commissioner DaYis. Any entertainment that will attract almost 7,000 persons every hight is a success, in )ir. Davi~' opinion, and he has been enthusiastic in his statements to playground official~ of other cities who have written him. To improve the appearance of Dodge City, Kan., and perp etuate the work he started, George M:. Hoover willed more than $100,000 to this c ity. The fund is. to be known as the "Hoover fun," and the income ,,ill be expended by the city each year. All the churches were bequeathed $1,000 each, and $10,000 was left to build an auditorium. Mr. Hoover was a pioneer in Dodge City, settling here in advance of the railroad in 1872. Awakening a.t 3 :30 o'clock the other morning, Hrs. Benjamin F. Barn2s, wic of a :Mauhattan banker, rc3iuing at No. 27 Union T'lnce, Yonkers, shook her husband and told him there was a burglar in the house. "I felt a ham1 or something on m~ face," she ~nid. Taking up a double-barreled shotgnn, Eames rusl1cc1 into an adjoining room and fired both barrels at a mo;-ing figure. A great hole was bored in the side of the wall, but the figure was unharmed. It wo.s Barnes' shado.,r. At a recent meeting of the Socichof Frrnch Civil Engineers, two young inventors, 111. l\foitre and nI. )Iarti11, successfully demonF

20 THE L TBERTY BOYS OF '7G. --OR--THE ROlJGH L A D S OF 11;cI-mrmc,'' spelled Horn1:e. q11ickly. "Correct! The master is herrb> rlcclill'c>lt \\'J11rn.:r o this spell in' match!'' a1111omwecl thr sqnire. 'l'hen there was a. rheer. 'rhe boy schoolmaster lookeu at ~Iyra Tiay . He !:aw lier eyes were Rhiuing, with nir-h a look of joY, tkit he was almost sme Bill Hirkv waR rni~htkcn if he ll1011g-lit she c r editerl the eYil reports hiR rors had ri1'cnlated ab0l1t h i m . But withal , was a Rtart]cJ, ahirmecl lo ok, foo, upo n :Myra's face . Evidently she feared that serious trouble was about to fall upon the master. She dropped her eyes as sl1e met IIora~e's fervent glance, m1tl 1.hcn l ooked toward Ben Plunkett. " D og d urn ye, Bill! Don't' rile me, er I'll git ter cuttin' up rnsty ! Do ye want ter hev a fight?" growled the horse thief . H e staggered a,rny from the wall against which the young backwoodsman had flung him, and drew a paper from h i s pocket. "I meant ther m:-u;ter should win. That's what, an' I 'low, Ben, I'll trouble you fer yer sorrel mare," replied Bill Ricky, in triumph. " I ' low ther hain't no critter in the hull cleeshict ez kin say as how be eYer knowecl Ben Plunkett ter go b:wk on a bet." " All right, Ben," assented Bill Ricky. He hacl taken his place at Horaces side, and, in an undertone he added: ":Mr. Hamilton, ye needn't be a-skcered. Thi's yer arrestin' bir, is some put-up job, I reckon. But efW r,ll, cf thar is 'cordin' to ycr own mind r eason fer it, you git! Git right now, an' I'll start a leetle difHkilty with Plunkett, er, will take all his time, fust off, an' gin ye a good start. And ye kin hev the loan of King Pin agin if ye like. I can't say more than that, Mr. Hamilton." "~o, indeed, Bin. But I won't run, for I have no cnn~c to fem nrrest," replied Horace in his quiet, cool manner lhnt mado the yonng backwoodsman look the admiration he felt for him. ''Laclir;: an' fclleT critters.'' Raicl Phmkett, imitating the granrliloquc11t ctrlr of the last Fourth of July speech 11.t "th e rorner:s," " [ hc>Y here a Y,arrant took out fer tbc nrred of one known cz Tfornr e Ham iH011 lJy H ecldingto11 . l iwr _gr0r0n-kPPper over trr the Corners . " [>lnnkrit ]'1111~c-1 long enough to po:int one of hi$ long. hot:Y finger~ at 1I,J;ee m ena1:inglY. 'J'hcn l:e went on: ",\n' tlrnr ,;1.nncls thcr critter. The warrant charges him ,ri ( !i pn:-;! srhoolm::istcr no rnoner heard tho cha rge brought against him th:1n he remembcn!cl that the last time he went to the postoffice, at Rock's Corners, he had made a purchase at the grocery and changed the ten-dollar piece he had received as "boot" when he traded horses as he was riding into Hickory district. So Dave Killgore had given him a connterieit coin. Horace sa w that the circumstantial evidence was strong against him. The fact that the coin was bogus would count terribly. He wonld b e ca lled upon to establish his innocence of .felo11ious inte11t-of ignorance of the knowl edge the coin was bogus . Meanwhile what? 'l'he Yision 0 a cell in the loathsome county jail o.E which a brother of Pete Dawe s, the Yillainous poor-house manager, was warden, arose before bis mental vision.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 21 He must not resist the authorized numon of the law. But was Ben Plunkett clothed with the legal autl:iority to take him into custodv? That was a question not satisfactorily answered in Horace's mind. But Bill Ricky knew. As though he read something of what was passing in the mind of Horace, the young backwoodsman whispered : "Ben Plunkett was 'lected constable last May by the squatter element 'long Swash Creek ! Ef ther warrant is kerrect I 'low he hez got a right to take ye." "Plunkett!" said Horace, sternly, as the horse thief constable advanced toward him with the warrant in his hand. "I demru.1d to see that paper." "Yer welcome. Quite welcome, young feller," sneered Plunkett. He reached out the paper. Horace received and read it. "This seems all regular," he was compelled to admit. "Then J. 'low you will go long of me ter Summerville peaceably?" "Yes." "Then foller me." "B.ill !" Horace turned to say something to his rough but reliable friend. But Bill had glided away and left the schoolhouse. Horace felt grieved. It seemed to him, as he noted Bill's absence, that he hacl been deserted in the time of greatest need. But be felt s ome one tugging at his coat. Turning and looking down, he saw Limpy. 'l'he little fellow looked frightened and sorrowful, 'but he wl1isperec 1: "I reckon Bill means to do suthin' fer ye. 'Tain't his wa)' to go hack on a feller-not when he likes l1im. Suthin' hcz made him like YOU, I know." "Come on, skulernaster. l'Ye got a wagin et the door, 51n' me an' the .Jenks boys 'ull see ye safe ter yer jour ney's end, et tl1e Kounty Hotel. Haw, haw, haw!" and Ben PlunJ-elt lrrnghecl with a gusto that but too plainly tolcl how he exultcll OYCr the downfall of the lad he had set ont to rnin and

22 THE LIBERTY B OYS OF '76. FACTS \VORTH READINO FRUIT SENT BY PARCEL POS T . Sales b y p a rcel post of apric ots a n d other fruit, t ree ripened and sold direct fro m the growe r t o the consumer , h as been de m onstrated to be p r a ct i cal by C . E. Fiker, proprietor of Ro s e Spring ranch. Mr. Fiker sent a shipment of 600 pounds of apricot s to Spoka n e, Seattle, Tacoma and other points. He plans to dis po s e of h i s entire crop m this way. OELERICH ROSE 26, 250 FEET. S om e interesting detai ls a re given by Oel erich, the Germ a n a viator, who cla i m s t h e height rec ord iri av i ation. It i s now stated tha t he r e a ched a height of 8,000 metres ( 2 6, 25 0 feet), and not 7 ,500 , as originally reported . I n d isc u ssing the wonde rful feat he said : " I hav e r e ach e d within a few feet o f the topmost peak o f the high est mo u n tain in t h e wor ld -in the Himalayas, I b elie v e . But. I h a v e l earned one new point which will be useful f o r my suc c esso r s . The airman who starts out to b eat this record will have t o adopt a sort of cliver's suit and helm e t in order t o p ro te ct h imself against the reduced pressure of t he atmosp he re . Ile ,will also have to take with him a s p e cial stock of air for breathing." O ele ric h a dded that at 1 4,80 0 f eet he found regular breathin g impo ss ibl e and that he had to resort to h i s ox ygen a pp aratu s . Be tween 20,000 ancl 2:3,000 feet that a pparatus didn't count for much in the breathing line. A f t e r he had passe d t h e latter height he experienced a ge ne ra l a n d seve r e feeling of s i ckness, and fe l t as though h e wer e going t o faint as he began his perilous descent . A N AMBITIOUS :N"ATION . The Gre e k n aval programme is said to i nclude the i m m e di ate ordering of t.wo more dreadnoughts, three cruis ers, t e n d estroyers, ten submarines and ten hydroplanes . The se, in addition to the ships already built or in process of constructio n, will gi , e the Hellenes a really appreciable navy. It will be strong enough to ail'ect serious l y the balance of p o , rn r i n t he Mediterranean, and to bring to , Greece a substar.tia l measure of respect. Where the king dom will obta i n tho mone 3 • to carry out so ambiti ou s a pro gramme i s s o me what of ). my~tery. G r eece is not a wealth y l a n d. She is r i c h , howeYcr, i n the devotion of h e r p eop l e . A nation wbid1 possesses a new national pride can ne v er be called poor . This possession is at present more marked in Greece than in any other E u ropean s t ation. Already the Greeks have shown them selves bot h wi ll ing and ab l e to bear excessive :fl;nan cia l burde n s . The connh-y is not imp0Ye1ished, nor are there murmu r ings or discontent. National greatness seems to b e t he pe1•sonal ambilion or every citizen. For his own satis fa cl i o n the Greek of to -da_v will spend his money for Gre e ce's advancement, nE the men of other nations spe n d their surplus on mo r e selfish gratifications . CARELESS PEOPLE. No t l ong a go the head of a w e ll-kn own :firm of brokers was c a ll e d t o the p h one at his country home and informe d by the manage r of a vault that he had actually left his safe, c o n t aining $ 1 , 500,000 in s e curities and cash, open an d that the manag er bad p l a ced the box which held the pap e rs in another safe until the owner could arrive on the s c e n e , which was bright and early the next morning. E very scrap of pa p er in the numerous paper ba s kets i n the c oupon ro oms o f t h e vaults is e xamine d by the men who guard the v a ults. One m anage r computed that in the cou rse o f a year t hou sands of d ollars' worth of prec ious secur ities wer e ruthlessly de stroyed and thrown into the bas k ets by c areless c0l1po n cutters. Early this year a n emp l oyee of o n e o f the b i gg est vaults in the Stre et founcl a piece of p a p e r w h ic h look e d as if it had been torn from a stoc k c e rtificat e . C arefully examining the contents of t he basket he found other scraps corre sponding to the fir s t piece . On :pl a c i n g thes e bits of paper together a c ertifi.cate for :mo share s of Norfolk and We stern was found which had a m arke t value of $ 5 0,000. When the owner w as informed o f h i s loss the next day he did uot appear pe r t u rbe d, anc1 a f te r quietly thanking the employee, hanued him a $5 bill for his acumen. In the s ame vault a package of $,50 b i ll s , amountin g to $ 5,00 0 , w as di s covered r eposing on the table of one of the coupon 1:ooms and it was not claimed for tw o months. It would hardly he e x a ggerating to s a y that e v erybody who has woT ke d in W a ll S t r e e t for a decade has found somcihing of v a l ue on the stree t within the con.fines of Uic ii nancia l district. Checks a re p erha ps the most common "pick-u ps, " alt hough bon d s are often found and sLreet cleaners are continually handing to the police bun L lles of what they bel i eve to b e olncial lookin g c olored papers wh i ch fre qu e n t ly turn out to be bond s and s tocks of a.;Lounding ,a l ue . Owi11g to H i e syste m o f numbers and registration, it is not difficult to stop the transfer or sale of s e curities lost or stole n , but t he re are many ca ses where bonds have been l ost and the loss not b eing discovered within a reasonable t i me, the fin de r has been able to sell the securities and get a w ay wi t h t he m o ney One sto ck exchange house some years ago l ost a bundle of high-grade bonds n.nd did not discove r the fact f or several months. In the meanwhile the bon d s h a d b een sold out West and the seller was neve r l ocated, ge t ting away with the $24,000 which the "find" b ro u g h t him in the market. It is a faet that when times are good there is a harvest o f small s ilver to be found in the streets of the financial district and any of the newsboys can verify this fact. In the last b anner d ays of the Street, viz . , J 905-6, dozens of small boys spent the greater part of every day hanging around the s id e streets of the fin:mcial district in order to 'pick up the coins whi c h carel e ss, hurrying brokers dropped .


TTIE LTDERTY ROYS OF '"/G. 2 3 ROB, THE REEFER -OR-THE BOY HUNTERS OF THE FLORIDA KEYS CAPT. GEO. W. GRANVILLE (A SERIAL STORY) CHAPTER III ( cont inu ed) This was a hint to the professor to keep quiet, as well It was as though a vast black blanket had been spread as Billy, and while the line was runniHg out nothing out there . more was mid. Then all in an instant a huge form sprnng out of the wat er, diYing again with incredible swiftness, but not before Rob had flung the harpoon which he held ready. ":llcrcy on us !" c ried the professor. "But you missed!" "But I didn't," replied Rob, grimly. "Look at the rope!" The rope was running over the side of the boat with lightning rapidity. "We are in for it now!" cried Billy. "Either we get tlic manta, or we go to the bottom of the lagoon!" CHAPTER IV. A GREAT DISAPPOINTMENT. Ilob watched it closely. Fully 20 feet was expended before 118 attempted to fasten it. This was absolutely necessary. Their only safety lay in keeping the huge fish at a distance from the boat. At last Rob Ycnturcd to give the line a twist and mnke fast. Tlie effect was tremendous. Instantly the boat shi.Tteu. through the water with in credi ble speecl. She held her own well, however, and Lo Rob's great re lief there was but little lurching . They were out of the lago on in a few moments, ::rnd stood steadily out to sea. "'fhis i s great !" cried the professor, wild wi I h excite ment; "but say, Rob, arcn t you going to haul in?" "Haul in, man! Why, you mnst be e:ra:::y !" said Rob. Rob had not missed the manta. "Take holcl of the rope, ::met try aud uuderstam1. Easy , now, i.f you clon't want to get }'ankec1 ont of the boat."' On the contrary, the harpoou penetrated the back of The professor lai

i 24 THE LTnEilTY BOYS OF '76 . drag the boat under quicker than lightning, but I don't The manta was clearly losing strength and making for think it will come to that." the lagoon. "And why? :t wish you would explain." 'l'h is Rob explained to the professor. . "1Vhy, you sec, boss, the ray is a shallow water fish from "lnc1 you think there is a chance ' for us, Ilob-o:t preference . Of course it takes to the deep sea, too, but catching ihis strange fish, I mean?" if you want to find a manta you have got to come into "A chance there certainly i~, E ir," repl i ed Rob; "an d shallow ,n1tcr to do it, and I'm figurin

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It is perfect in shape and apparently solid stone. What i s believed to be the Fmallcst colt in Kansas was born rerently on the farm of William Stafford, one mile east of I91:J., Kan. The little animal weighed sixteen pounds and stands fourteen inches high. William Denzer, proprietor of the Columbia Ilotel, Gre enfield, Ind., undertook to kill a mt by stepping on it. He missed, and the rat ran up his trousers leg. Re caught the rat a it erneT6ed at his waistband, but chopped it as it sank its teeth in his wrist. Denzer .finally killed the rat. In Athens goatR are marched to ho11sckecpcrs' doors and milked before the eyes of patrons. But this system docs not prevent adulteration. The milkman wears a loos e roat with wide sleeyes . Around his waist is a rubber bag fi.llcc"! with water, and a tube runs down his arm. As he milks, he presses the tube, and milk and water fl.ow si lently together into the milk pail. There will be no Cone)' Tsln.nc1 :Mardi Gras fcFtival this Y<'tir. 'T'h" committee oC Coney Islaml b1rniness men who ~-er e gctti~1g snbsr~iptions for the annual event decided to ahan don it. Only !l\9,000 was collected, and at least *J 5,000 i s needcr1 . The ti~htcning of purse strings was att ribntcd to the European war situation, but many per sons r1eclarec1 t1iat the poor busiMss at the resort this Fummc r ,ras more likely the cause of the light subscrip tions. For Fewr:i 1 years a large swarm of bees has made its h ome in the steeple oi the First Baptist Church of Daw son, Ga., and hns been inclustrio-.isly storing up much honey in this improvi~cc1 hive. Recently it was determined to take this h oney, and the services of a steeplejack w ere cng:i~cc1 for the undertaking. He n.sccnrlcd the tall ste e pl e and located the hive ancl look from it about 75 pound Q of l1c1110y. 'I'hc pnst0r 01 Cm church, the sexioll and others were lil.Jernlly supplied. Bernard F. 1iVebcr, of Chicago, who has purchase d 1 ,800 acres of land in this country in the vicinity of Mercer, Wis., expects in the next few years to have one of the largest stock farms in northern Wisconsin. At present be is having the land cleared and put under cultivation . A portable saw is reducing the timber and a steam tractor is turning up the soil where potatoes are planted. Brush land is being cleared up by 3:"50 Angora goats shipped from Kansas City. This plan was tricc1 in the region of Ladysmith, where T. :M:. Thomas made a similar use of the animals. Two goats to an acre of land are kept browsing until every twig of life disappears. The flock increases at a paying rate and the wool brings in sufficien t to pay for their keep in winter. Thomas kept them at work two seasons. JOKES AND JESTS. Little Boy-Isn't fathers queer? Auntie-In what way? Little Boy-When a little boy does anything for his papa he doesn't get anything; but if another 'little boy does it he gets tuppence. Excited Lady (at the telephone)-I want my hll5banc1, please, at once. Voice (from the exchange)-Numbcr, please? Excited Lady ( snappishly )-Only the fourth, you impudent thing! "How is it that your son's head seems to be drawn to one side? Only a year ago he was straight as an Indian." "I can only account for it through the fact that he c1id his courting on a tandem. " "Papa, the paper this morning, in speaking of the bat tle of C:ndenas, Rays : 'She made no response to the New York's fire.' Battery i,sn't feminine, is it?" "No, my boy; you can silence a battery." Visitor-I suppose you are glad that your husband has a job? Mrs . Doolan-I can't say that I am; he gets drunk at nights now when I am at home, instead of in the daytime when I'm out working. "Stimson said r,a would give me a good motto to put over the door of m:v bicycle repair shop . " "What is it?" "Something from Dante, I think he said." "Oh, yes , I know-'Abandon hope, all y"e who enter here.'" Borrows-Nellie, hand me my umbrella, will you? It bas commenced to rain. Mrs. B.-I lent you r umbrella to l\Ir. Sweetfern last night. Borrows-What on earth cl id you do that for! Didn't you know it was his? Here is a good story of the dangers of giving gratuitous information. A servant wounded her hancl with the prong of a fork. In reply to her mistress' inquiries, she ex plained that she was very nervous lest the wound should become inflamed, as she believed the fork to be nickcl platecl. "Oh, you may set yotu mind at ease on that score," replied tl1e mistress, "those forks are all si lver." The next morning forks and servant were missing.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 27 OUTWITTING A BULL. By Alexand e r Armstrong A few summers ago I was on a visit to an old school companion in Perthshire, named John Grant, who was a factor to a gentleman in the county. He had lately mar ried a cousin of mine, and. resided in a cottage picturesque ly situated near the river Tay. He was a good-natur -:od, kind-b earted fellow, and a great favorite with all who knew him. I was, and still am, engaged in business in Glasgow; but Oll receipt of my cousin's invitation-I u sually called John "cousin"-I hurried away from its smoky purlieus, and was soon inefalled under his hospitable ro of. We were both fond of fis hing, and the proximity of the Tay afford ed eYery facility for its indulgence. Some days after my arrival I accompanied my cousin to see a recent purchas0, a magnificent bull, brou ght home. All the people about the place had turned out to see the arriYal. It was a large, powerful animal, of a browni sh -red color, with a :pair of splendid horns. Two men led. it with ropes, as it had already earned a reputation for fierceness. It was let loose in a fie ld near the river, the fences of which wore deemed sufficiently trus tworthy. One day, not long after, my cousin had occasion to visit a neighboring market-town, promi sing to be back early in the afternoon; and, having seen him canter off on his favorite chestnut mare, I r epa ired to the riv erside with my rod, intending to kill time at all eve11ts, whether I man aged to kill anything else or not. Sauntering down the footpath which skirted the field in which the bull had boon quartered, I saw the animal qui etly brov1sing at some dis tance. Having heard or r ead somew here tlnt bulls have an antipathy to the color red, I determined to pro,c by expe riment whether it was true. Standing Oll a projecting stone o.f the fence, on the safe sjdc of which I stood, I unfurled my red silk pocket handkerchief, ar.d waved it in the breeze. It was some time before his bovine majesty no ticed it; but after a little he raised his head and looked at the :fluttering rag. Pre,:ently, curiosity irnrellecl him to take a closer view, and 011 he came at a smart walk, finally breaking into a nrn . '\Vhen about fifty yarcls distant he paused to reconnoiter; then, having appare ntly made up his mincl, he bellowed loudly alld charged at full spf"ed. ~ot waiting tlie actual onslaught, I put the clange~ous piece of silk into my pocket, and continued my walk. rrhe bull followed me as far as the limits of the field woulJ allow ancl when interrupted by a fence, stood gazing at me r.s i n , trcated. A !>hort saunter bronglit me to the rive r, where I was soon engaged watching for indications of a nibble. At that point the riYe r was about fifty yards wide, am1 quite deep enough to dTOwn one; while the rapidity with which lcaYcs and bits of sticks fl.outed past indicated a consider able curre11t. About two hundred yards from where I stood was a l1oathou.,e, in whi ch wer~ :usually kept a few skiffs for fishing or crossing to the other side. I whipped the watrr as I slowlv sauntered in t1iat direction, belt with small success . Lighting a .cigar I was about to make myself comfortable in a grassy nook of the bank, when a noise caused me to look around . To my surprise and dis may I sa,, that the bnll had somehow or other broken out of the field and was moving toward me. Fortunately, he was yet about four hundred yards dis tant, and only walking, but evidently highly excited. I thought at first he did not see me, owing to the swell of tki bank; but before I could conceal myself a loud bellow warned me that I wcs recognized. Not wishing to excite the brute by a precipitate retreat, I began to walk s101,ly in the direction of the boathouse . My drea

28 THE LIBER'EY BOYS OF '76. still lower, let the current float it gently away. I re mained Tinder till I felt acute agony from the want of breath. Not venturing yet to raise my head, I bent back ward, so as to bring my profile on a level with the surface, in ordet that I might breathe without being seen . After what I fancied a long time, I raised my head cau tiously and looked to sec where my terrible enemy was. .My ruse had succeeded; be was following the hat at a considerable distn.nce down stream. Fearful yet to venhuc out, I waited till he disappeared around a bend of the river , when, with feelings of thankfulness I cannot express, I waded ashore. I was deadly cold; my teeth were clenched, and I sl1ivered violently. I could scarcely walk, owing to the benumbed state of my limbs; but pull mg myself tog~thcr, I moved in the direction of the cot tage. On the WRY I met a number of men looking for the truant bull. They were surprised to find me without my hat and dripping with wet. Having acquainted them shortly with my adventure, they contim:;ed their pursuit. I heard afterward that considerable difficulty was expe rienced in capturing the brute. :My unusual appearance naturally caused Mrs. Grant some surprise; and when I explained the cause of it, she was thankful I had escaped a horrible death. THE CONSPIRATORS. "Why do you come to this ghostly chamber?" "Ghostly I" echoed the man addressed. "Why, there's not such a chamber as this for cheerfulness in the whole castle ! We might plot against the old duke here till the day of doom, and nobody be the wiser. It's the only cham ber in which I can feel !lbsolutely safe from sliding panels . If that is not enough to make a man feel cheerful, I do not know what is. And, the11, I'm sure there's enough color i: the old cardinal there to make it look as gay here as a gala day." 'Ehe fir~t speaker shuddered. "It makes my blood run cold to look at him," he said. ""'iras ever such a stern, threatening face but on canvas?" "Bah I Remington, we need not fear the painted car dinal. It's the living earl that's dangerous. And now let us get to business. Have you seen the fellow?" "Yes," answered Remington; "he laughs at two hupdred pounds-he'll do it for five hundred, and not a sixpence less." "You are sure the earl me. ans to marry? You are sure that it is best to hurry matters? Wait a little and see. You don't want to murder him if he'll only give you a chance to take vour own at his death . " "His whole heart is set on an heir," gloomily returned Barrowdell. "Nor is that all; the heir's mother is chosen. Lady Imogen Lance will come h~re next week as the Countess of Abbington." ."Ah!" breathed Remington, turning with a violent start from the cardinal to his companion. "Then there is in deed no time to lose. It must be done--" "To-morrow night!" interposed Barrowdell, looking straight into his confederate's eyes. "The man is here; I suppose you brought him with you?" "Y cs. He only hesitates on--" "Let him hesi tate no longer," again interposed Barrow dell, speaking rapidly and impatiently. "H\re," taking a purse from his bosom, "is the two hundred. \\'hen the deed is clone he shall have the remainder . " "The whole in advance-those are his terms . And when you a~rnme yonr title you are to pay him, in addition, one thonsand pounds . " As R emington spoke, his guzc. L_v a strange species of fa.:;cination, went back to the cardinal's picture. '!'he next instant he leaned forward and clutched Barrowclell's arm in a vise-like grasp, his starting eyes glaring wildly at the fore. ''B_v tl1r. hcal'ens above us!" he gasped, huskilv. "They moved ! they mol'e from your face to mine ! from mine to yoms, and then back! See! t!tcy are l ooking strajght at me now!'' Without one word, Bnrrowdcll spraug to his feet. The next moment he had seized Remington's chair and whirled it and its occupant straight around. "I belie-re )'OU arc losing yom senses !" he exclaimed. "He,e, take tl1is," rapidly counting out the three hundred pounds, "ancl rleli \'Cr jt at once . I agTee to his terms." With these words he pluce:1 the amount in the purse, and that in the shaking hand 0 his companion. As soon as he saw it safely disposed of, he extinguished the light, and, taking Remington by the arm, lecl him from the chamber into a low, dimly-ligl1ted sto ne passage . They had gone but a few steps when both were suddenly assanlted and secured. In flYe minutes they were being borne rapidly away from the passage, afong narrow passages, through vault -1 ike cl:arnbers they were hurried, till finally they were set down on a stone floor, and their freedom oi1ce more restoreL1. Simultaneously they cast off the shrouding cloaks . Stancli~1g close before them was the Earl of Abbington . Without a word he measured them haughtily from heacl to foot. Then, with a slight gesture to one of the waitin;.; ,crvants, he morerl toward the wall. One servant moved , wiftl? a bead of }1im, the other two seized the mute and astounded prisouc-rs. ]for an instant the earl stood still. Then he moved aside a pace. Barrowdell m1s hurried unceremoniously c lose to the wall. He had scarcely reached it when he fell back with a smothered cry. 1'he servant drew him quickly asiae, and Remington was put in his place. Ile too fell back. The earl haughtily faced them again . "Yon have," he said, "been looking through the car dinal's eye, as I have looked many and many a night befo r e this. You sec the lighled chamber, you see the table, the chairs which yon just occupied, but you do not see your. infamous selves ! I have long suspectecl you, my kinsma n, and I have tested yon . Heretofore I have had no inten tion of rnartying ! X ow I have! Within a year an heir shall gladden this old castle. You, Barrowdell, would only disgrace the earldom . " The earl kept his word . Withi n a year an heir did gladden t he old cast le.


TI-~E LTDEUTY BOY8 0,F '1 6 29 GOOD READING Shipping plaster from a house to a sr.10lter for the gola, silver anrl lead in it is l'I. new departure in the ,ray of making money, but that i.s what is being done by Frank Fisb, of Helena, 11.font. Recently Fish picked up a piec,3 of plasier in an abandoned town near 1Vickes. It was so heavy that he had it assayed, with startling results. Fish then obtained a lease on the deserted village, with the r ight to smelt all the plaRter in the old house~ . 'l'he ulas ter was made years ag~ from sand in a near -by strean;_, After existing seven months in a cave, near Benville, Ark., with almost nothinfo! to eat except what the woods about them provided, 1Villiam Ewing, an aged man, and his three little girls were rescued from starvation . Two yertrs ago Ewing was a prosperous farmer near here. M i s for tunes piled upon him. His wife died and sickness took away his grown son and daughter. F l oods clestroyccl hi s crops, his cattle died and fire burned h is home . Fo r a whi le he lived with his babies upon the bounty of neigh bors, but left abruptly and his whe r eabouts was a mystery for a long time . Orders were sent August 5 to the commander of eve r y r evenue cutter from Eastport, 1\fe., to Seatt l e and Nome, Alaska, to give cYery possible assistance to c u ~toms officers t o avoicl violations of the proclamation. The c n tters' cruis i ng grounds cover c,cr:v mile from Maine to GalYesion and up the Pacific coast. For the present their officer s and men will act in conjunction with the eustmm cnic i als in port. If there are reports, howeYer, of strange expedi tions in the windings of the coast where there arc no collector::: and if the smuggling of arms is attempted the cu t t ers will be ECnt out on ]Jatrol duty to search the seas . Although he is eighty-three years o ]cl, ]'ra:ik Ives, edi tor of the Cass Lake T i mes, former j u dge of t h e D i strict Court in the Crookston rli strict, and well known in Bem i d j i, :Minn., believes he will be alive when h i s next te r m as a nota,Y pnblic exp ire~, seven years hence. I n his ap plication for r. renewal of h i s commissiou, addressed to UoY . .Eberhart. Mr . Ives sa:vs he feels just as able to c1iscl1arge the duties of this as he did forty years ago, and that in 1~21 he will be on hand for anothe r tenewal. George F . Anthier, sccretarv to ihe governor, sent the commission with his compliments, saying that a n,r ed i to r who l1as Jil"C,r1 ciglit_\three years is deserv ing of some 1' w ard . Some AmeTicans• ha v e appea r e d at Cann.dia n enlistment points and volu nteered . So fa r the re i s a disinclination to accept a n y h u t C an adia n residents, whose a ppli c ations have so fa r outnu mbe r e d tbe p lac e s available. If the war i s pro l onge d , C a n a da will ra is e sec ond and thjrd divisions of 2 1 ,000 m en eac h and A m erican v olunte e r s will be gi v en an opportun i ty to enlist in the m. I n three w a r s with 'rurke y Russia put into the fie ld 1,.'700,000, a nd l ost in killed, wounded and mis sing 1 26,000 a n d by s i ck ness 243, 000 , a total of 369,000. Duri ng the Cri m ean war 1 , 300,000 were put int o the field, and the k ill ed, wound e d and mis s ing . wer e 120,0 0 0 and sick 220,0 00 . Thus the acquisition of the Black S ea littora l , the mo ut h of the Danube and the right to maintain a fleet o n the Bla c k S e a, the gatewa y to which was closed, 1Jost Russia 250, 0 0 0 m e n lost in battle and 460 , 000 in v ali ded, out of 3,0 0 0 , 000 put into the field. A conflict wit h Swe d e n for the approach of the Baltic cost Russia. 700 ,000 out o f 1 ,8 00,000 combatants employed . Ame r ican army officer s think in the c ampaign through Bel giu m l ies Germa ny 's o nly hope of ma rching her sol die r.:; into F r a nce. F o r n e arly forty , years French engi nee r s hav e been c onstructing fortifications of earth and s teel, even in c g gre at r e volvin g turrets like those of a , dread n o u ~ht, that now pra c ti c all y cover e v er y mile of the front i er betwc(ln li'rance and Germany and s outh of Belgi urn. In t h e estima t e of arm y e ngineer s these defenses are i n v ul ne ra ble, except a s against an arm y vastly out nu m ber in g t h e Frenc h forces behind the parapets and in the rifle pi ts. A s t o the :fighting at sea, naval strategists bclicYe Ger m a ny h a s wea.ken e d her position by clinging to t be old practi c e of d i s p e r sing her naval v e ssels far and w i(le in time o f p eace , fai l in g to guard against the out bre a k of a s u d d e n war that would make concentration i mposs i ble . U nited States X a Y y officer s on Au gust 6 took charg e of all w i reless stati o n s a l o n g the coast. It had been discoYered that t h e overse a wireless station at Sa y ville was transmitting w a r cotlc me s sa ges to and from German erni~crs n ea, X m , ' Y oTk waterR. U nitcd States revenue and Navy vessel s have cst a bli.~ h c d a p atro l in the North HiYC1' and at th e Narrow s t o h alt the liner Vatcrland i.f sl:c s houl d attempt t o d epart without cle a rance papers, and ,1lso the vessel s of an:v. o t her P o wcrn s hould it be Sc\'c!nl t!10 .. 1Sant1 :ipplicnlions for places on the C':rna-11ccc~.;ary. A fleet of the U n ite d Sta tes )favy is under dian c::pcc1itionary force have l:ec11 n:ccil'ctl fr:im t h e orders to concc 1 1trntP o n th e North "\tlanti c c oa s t to proTJ nitrc1 f-'tn t e~. ~ \ considerable nuI:-1.bcr arc from ('n n:,-tc,ct . .\ m0 ric-:111 com m e rce a ]l( 1 prevent "unneutral" acts by dia11s natu1 <.llizcd in the Unitd 8tntcs, but 1,1obt of thorn ldliger e n ts i n A m e r ican wat e r s . The wireless station at are from yo,rng 1\mer i caus w:10 apparently Et'C' a goocl I T u c k erto u , N. ,J., has been placed in charge of Lieut. c hance o f bciDg sent to ihc scc::ic o f :f1gh tin;; _ at the front. 0 . J3. Platt, U. S. :N".



S:. F. LANG, 1815 Centre St., B'ld:yn, N, Y, CAOBOO OB SNEEZING POWDER. The grea.teat tun-maker or tbem all. A atnall o.tnount o! powder, when blown In a i-oom, w11l cauae everyone to sneeze witb!>ut anyone knowing where 1t come• from. It le very Ucbt, wJII floAt In the :!:"d rg~r:~r~ t,~mr~o!~d fte~:t~:~~e!t"Wb:~~ leso. Cadioo le put up In bottle•. and OM bottl~ contaiu• onour:h to be u&ed from 10 to 16 times. Price, bY m&I!, 10c. ellch c S for ase. WOLFF NO~ELTY CO., 19 W. !G&h St., N. I. LUIHfl<""ING TRICK BOX. A startling and pleasing Illusion! "The ways of the world devious," eays Matthe,v Arnold, but the way• of the Lightning Trick .Box "9'hen properly handled admitted to be pul'!zllng and unoerta.ln. You take off. the lid and show your frlendB tho.t It Is full or nice candy. Replace the lid, when you can oolemnlY assure your friend• that you can lnatantly empty the box in their presencG without opening H; and taking Off the lid aga•ln, sure enough the cand; bas disappeared. Or you ca.n chnnge the candy lilto a piece of money by following the directions sent ,with each box. ~rhts is the l}elatetlt 8.nd best cheap trick ever invented. t'rlce, only 10c.; 3 !or lliie., mailed, postpala. RANK SMlTH, 883 Lenox Ave., N . Y. LAUGHABLE :IDOG TRICli This le the funniest trick ever exhibited and always produces roars o! laughter. The performer says to the audience that he, requires some eggs tor one ot his experiments. As no spectator carries any, he calls his assistant, taps him on top of the head, be gags, and an egg comes out of his mouth. This is repeated until six eggs are produced. It is an easy trick to perform, once you know how, and always makes a. hit. Directions given for working it. Price, 26 by mall, postpaid. H. F. LA.NO, 1815 Centro St., B'klyn, N. Y. X-RAY WONDER This Is a wonderrul little optical tlluslo11. In use, you apptl.rently eee the. bones In your hand, tho hole in a plpe-ete1n, the lead Jn o. pen= ell, etc. The principle on which it Is operated oe.nnot be dlscloeed here, but It will al'l'.ord no end o! tun for any person who has one. Price, 15 cents each, by mall, postpaid. H. F. LANG, 1815 Centre St., B'kcyn, N. Y. V ANJBH'ING (lJGlllt. This cigar !s In exact imitation ef a geed. ene. It is :held. lty a. ruS• ber corkenlng preparation with each tube, so the joke can be usod lndetlnltely, Tho•e not In the trick wlll be caught every time. Abso• luteiy harmle•• Price by mall 15c. each;. 2 for 25c. WOLFF NOVELTY CO., 29 W, 26th St., N. T. to the astonishment of the smoker. The !Ire is stage ftre, and will not 'burn the skin or dothing. After the the vlctlm cap continue smoklns the cigar to th~ end. Pr1c&. 16c.; 3 for 25e; 1 dozen, IIOc., malled, pool p&liggy comes out to f:jiS"Unt n.t his victims. Th~ ~ubular end of the oeffin which everyone (1n tryinE;" to open) presses inward, conta.tns a needle which stabs the viotlm in ht thumb or finger every time. This ts the latest and a very "impressiv1.3 " trtck. It can be opened easily by anyone in the eecret, and as a neat catch-joke to save yourseH fr-o m a bore ts unsurpassed, Price, 10c.; 8 tor )!Uc., pO.:!tp31d; one do~en by express, 76c. WOLFF NOVELTY CO., 2U W. 2Gtb l!lt,, N. Y. TRIOK PUZZLE PURSE. The first attempt uoually made to open it, is to press down the little knob In the center or the pu,rae, when a small needle runs out and them In the !Inger, but does net open tt. You can open It before their eyes and still they will be unable to open !t. Price, 200. ea.oh by mall, postpaid. H. F. LANG, 1813 Centre St., B'klyn, N. Y. MANY TOOL KEY BING. The wonder or the ags. The great-' est tpol In the world. In thia little lnatrumeltt you have in combination seven useful tools embracing Key Ring, Pencil Sharpener. Nall Cutter and Cleaner, Watch Opener, Cigar Clipper, Letter Opener and Screw Driver. It Js not a toy, but a u11eful article, made ot cutlery steel, tem-tiifdc::1rt ~t;h~Xs~1th~8~~m;h:~e~:; ilece o! cutlery, As a. uaetul tool, notbinc as ever been offered to the public to eque.l It. rice, Uo., malled, PHtpald. \\'OLFF NOVELTY CO., 111 W. lloth .... N, "I'..


THE FOUNTAIN RING. A handaome ring connected wltb a rubber ball which Js concealed In the palm of the hand. A gentle squee::o torcos water or cologne 1~ the face a! the victim whlle he is e.xn.mlntnr; it. The bn.11 can be fn .. stantly flll•d by Immersing ring In water same aH a fountain pen filler. Price by ma.11, postpaid, 12c. each. LANG. 1815 Ceutre St., B'klTD, N. 1:. Tfirc::trJ.i'AN:" A l~dy'o tl. n mado of colored silk cloth. The fan n1ay be used and then ehut, and when it opens again, It rails In pieces; shut nnd open again and it is perfect, without a. alcn ot a break. A great surprise for thoi,o not In the trick. Price, 35c. by ma.II, postpaid. 11. 1•'. LANG, 1815 Centre St., B'klTD, N. :r. s.rAR AND CRESCElf'l' PUZZLE. The puzzle Is to aepara.te the one star from the ltnked star and crea-cent without using force. Price by mall, poatpQ.10: 10c.; S tor 25c. \\'OJ.FF NOVELTY co~ 29 \V. 26th St •• N. Y. SPRING TOPS + Something new for the boys. A top you can epln without a string. Thia la a decided novelty. It la ot la.rgo aJze, made ot brass, and ha1 a heavy balanco rim. The shank conta..lns a powerful spring a.nd has an outer casing. The top ot the •hank has a mllled edge for winding It up. When wound, you merely ltrt tho outer casing, and the top spins at euoh a. rapid speed that the balance rim keepa It solnar & long time. Without doubt tho handaomeat a.nd beat top ,n the market. Price 12 centa each, by mall, post-paid H. F. LANG, 1815 Centre St., B'klTD, N. Y. DEVJLINE'S WIDSTLJ!l. Nickel plotod and pollehed; It produces a near-plcrc!ng sound; large Ulu1tratioc actual 11.ze. Price, 12c. by me.II. WOJ.J'I< ' NO\'~;LTY CO., 29 W. 26th ill .. N. 1:, THE FI.UTOPIIONE. A new mualcal tn• Rtrument, producing the ,nveeteot dulcet tones ot the flute. Th~ upper part or the 1nstrum:.nt 1s placed in the mouth, tho lips covering openJng9 in tho centre. •rhcn by blowing gently upon ft you can piny any tune deslred as ~aally au whistling. But little :,racttce ts requirc-d to become a ftnlshed J>ln.yer. It is entirely ot metal, and wJll o. ltttfme. W will •ond tu II 1n1t ructlou, with each instrument. PrJce fl cent.N, by mnl1, 1>08t()ald. A. A. WAJtlCOUD, JG Hart St .• B'klTD., N. Y THE .runirrso FROG. This little novelty crentes a world ot la.uzhter. Its chier at.tracth•cness Is that it takea a !cw seconds before leaping hlsh in the, so that when set, very innocently along side or an unauapectlng person, he le suddenly startled by the wonderful activity or this !rog. Price, 15c. each by mall :.,ostpald. H. 1''. LANG, 1815 Centre St., B'kl,-n, N. Y. THE AUTOPHONE. A small mu11fcal fnPtrumen t that produces very 11weot 1nu1tca.l notes by placlni: It between tho lip• with the toncue over the ed&e, and blowing ~ent1y into the instrument. The notes produced are not unlike those of the fife and nute. Vfo send run printed 1 n st r u c t i on s whereby anyone can play anything they can hum, whistle or sing, with very little practice. Price, l0c.; 3 for 25c., malled, poatpald. &. A. WARFORD. 16 Hart St .. Broolcl:,n, N. Y. iJAl'ANESE TWIRI,Ell. A wonderful Imported pap•r novelty. BY a ah~plo mo.nlpuln.t1on or the wood'e11 hanclles a number ot ben.utfful fl.suro3 co.n be produc~cJ.. lt ta.kflS pn sovero.l co nib 1 n a. t Ions 0: m~r:-ntnccnt colors. Price, 10c., poatpald. WOLFF NOVELTY CO .• 29 W. 26th St., l)!. Y. ELECTRIC PUSH nu-r,. TON.-The baso Is mnde et ma.ple, and the center pJece or blo..clc. w 1nut, tho whole thlni:-abou, l . !'lche• ID diameter, with a 1netal hook on tbs b:t~k ao that 1t mn.y be slipped over ed,ee of the veet pocket. Expoee to view your New ElectrJo Bell, v:hen your friend will pnsh the button expc~tlng to hear It ring. As soon a.a ho touches Jt, you will aeo nome ot the JJvcUe1t dancing you ov~r wltnossed. The Jlllectrlc Button la heavily charited and will &rlvo & amnrt ahock \Yhen the button la pueheG.. Prtee l0c., by mall, po.stpald. WOLl<'F NOVET,TY C~ .• 29 W. 26th St., N. "i'. TH'E PEG JUlIPER. A v e r y erroctlve rgc1~eet pt,,r;f~?me'ii:"'" 1~; any one. A miniature pa.ddle i.1 ahown. Cen• tra.l holes are drtlled through le. A wooden :peg ls Inside o! the upper hol-e. Showing noW' both l!l1dea o! the paddle, the performer caueee, by simply breathing upon it, tho peg to leav& the upper hole, and appear in the middle one. Then it jumps to the lower hole, baclc to the middle one, and lastly to the upper hole. Both at••• ot the p:,.ddlo are repeatedly shown. Price by mall, lGe.. C. BEHR, 160 W. 62d St., New Yark City. THE GERMAN OCAltINO. A handsome metal lnstnt• n1ent, 1nado in Germany, fron1 which peculiar but sneet music can b• ! produced. Its odcl shape, whkh resem .. bles a torpedo boat, wHI attract n1uch n.tten .. tlon. We send instructions with each instra::nent, by the aid of which anyone can in a short time pla: s, any tune and produce very aweet music on this odd-looking lnstru111ont. Price, 10c. by mall. post))ald. lI. F. LA~G. 11115 <.:~n!re bt.. B'klyo, N. I'.. Look! A CRAND PREMIUM look! ' '~',, Face ,, Premium ',, ', Coupon "'-One of these fine watches FREE to anyone S!?nding us One-1 year's ~ubscription at . T wo--6 months' ~ubscriptions at Four-3 months' subscriptions at • $2.50 }.25 each 0.65 each For either of the following: "Moving Picture Stories," "Happy Day8," "Wild West Weekly," "Fame and For tune Weekly," "The Liberty Boys of '76," "Secret Service," ''Work and Win," or "Pluck and Luck." There la only one condltlon-1!1end us the money ($2.60) and we wlll send you the watch, and any one of the above l)ublicatlons for the period subscribed for. Description of the Watch ',, Date ...•.••••• ~..._ ,, It 111 American-made, open raee, stem wh1d and set, and will run from 30 to 36 ho\lrs '-with one winding The moTement Is the same 11lzc as an expensive railroad timepiece. pr;:~;1;cmri~tbeo~t ',,, absolutet, accu~ate, and each one ie guaranteed. The cases are mnde in Gold Plate, and forwarded wftb ',,,,',,, Polished Nickel, Gun-metal with Gilt center and plnln Gun-metal. subscription price en-The desiga ell the back eaee Is a fancy engraved scroll. titles the holder to Pre-mium lll4!Utloned. ',,,send In Your Subscriptions Now to ' ',,, FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher AddresJ .. • . • .. .. • . .. . . . • • •• • • • • • • • • ',, Name ...................... -•••• City ............ Stnte ................. '',,. 168 West 23d St., N. V. Cit.y --------------------------------------.. •==-.... ---...


673 674 675 176 C77 C71 679 680 681 682 683 68~ 6811 686 687 688 6811 690 691 692 693 <>F --LATEST ISSUES-694 The Liberty Boys' Guardian Angel; or, The Beautiful Maid of The Liberty Boys "Jonah"; or, The Youth Who "Queer~d" 695 Th~ht/'t:rt~t~~ys' Brave stand; or, Set Back, but Not Defeated. EVNYthing. 696 The Liberty Boys' "Treed;" or, Warm Work in the Tall Timber. The Liberty Boys' Decoy; or, Baiting tne British. 697 The Liberty Boys Dare; or, Backing the British Down. The Liberty Boys Lured; or, '.rhe Snare the Enemy Set. 698 The Liberty Boys Best Blows; or, Beating the British at Ren-The Liberty Iloys' Ransom ; or, In the Hands of tbe Tory Out-nlngton. laws. 699 The Liberty Boys' In New Jersey; or, Boxing the Ears of the T1~n,;;~~erty Boys as Sleuth Hounds; or, Trailing Benedict British Lion. The Liberty Boys' "Swoop"; or, Scattering the Redcoate-Like 700 The Liberty Boys' Daring; or, Not Afraid of Anything. Chatt'. 701 The Liberty Boys' Long March; or, The Move That Puzzled the~ The Liberty Boys' "Hot Time"; or, Lively Work in Old Vir-British. 1 &"lnia. 702 The Liberty Boys' Bold Front; or, Hot Times o i hts, The Liberty Boys Daring Scheme; or, Their Plot to Capture 703 The Liberty Boys In New York; or, Helping the King's Son. City. The Ll~erty Boys' Bold Move; or, Into the Enemy's Country. 704 The Liberty The Liberty Boys' Beacon Light; or. The Signal on the Moun-705 The Liberty taln. 706 The Liberty The Liberty Boys' Honor; or, 'l'he Promise That Was Kept. 707 The Liberty The Liberty Boys' "Ten Strike"; or. Bowling the British Over. Them. Boys' Boys' Boys' Boys' Big Risk; or. Ready to Tak Drag-Net; or, Hauling the Lightning Work; or, Too l<'as Lucky Blunder; or, The Mistake The Liberty Boys' Gratitude; and Bow They Showed It. 708 The Liberty Beys' Shrewd Trick; or, Springing a Big Surprise. The Liberty Boys and the Georgia Giant; or, A Hard Man to 709 The Liberty Boys' Cunning; or, Outwitting the Enemy. Handle. 710 The Liberty Boys' "Big Hit" ; or, Knocking the Redcoats Out. The Liberty Boys Dead Line. or, "Cross It, If You Dare!" 711 The Liberty Boys' , "Wild Irishman" ; or, A Lively Lad from The Liberty Boys "Hoo-Dooed"; or, Trouble at Every Turn. , Dublln. The Liberty Boys Leap for Life; or, The Light That Led Them. 712 The Liberty Boys' Surprise; or, Not Just What They Were Look -The Liberty Boys Indian Frl?.nd ; or, The Redskin Who Fought I Ing For. for Independence. The Liberty Boys "Golnl!' It Blind"; or. Taking Big Chances. 7l3 The Liberty The Liberty Boys' Black Band; or, Bumping the British Hard. 714 The Liberty The Liberty Boys' "Hurry Call;" or, A Wild Dash to Save a 7111 Th.:i Llharty l<'rlend. 716 '.I'he Liberty Boys' Treasure ; or, A Lucky !<'Ind. • Boys In Trouble ; or, A Bad Run of Luck. Boys' Jubilee; or, A Great Day for the Great Cause. Boys Cornered; or, "Which Way Shall We Turn?" For sale by all newsdealers, or will be sent to any address on receipt or price, 5 cents per copy, In money or postage stamps, DY FRANK T8USEY, Publisher, 168 West 23d St., New York. IF YOU WANT ANY 'BA.CK NUM'BERS ef our weeklies and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. till In your Order and send It to us with the price of the week lies you want and we will send them to you POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY. FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, <>"CJ':R. -I.WEl.'V-CE:LW'-I.W :B<><> No. 4-6. HOW TO MAKE AND USE ELEC-RAPHER.-Contalnlng u•eful Information re-with figures and the magic of n TRIEJITY.-A deecrtptlon or the wonderful gardtng the Camera and how to work tt; A. Anderson. Fully J1lustrated. u•e• Gt electricity and electro magnet1!1m; to-how to make Photographic Magic Lantern No. 74. HOW TO \VRITE fethe.i; with full ln•tructlons tor making Elec-rN:set~a~~t other Transparencies. Handsomely fo~R~~fi~~yi~~~:ta~~1n:1mi~fl any subject; I.1M .. 0~: irat~~~et"a.1r~1~cg o~~r G~?r: 11T::,~e,L No. 62. HOW TO BECOME A WEST also rules for punctuation and composltlon, tlona. POINT MILITARY CADET.-Explalns how with specimen letters. No. 47. HOW TO BREAK, RIDE AND to gain admittanc e, course of Study, Examlna-No. 75. HOW TO BECOME A CONJURER. DRIVE A HORSE.-A complete treatise on Uons. Duties. Staff of Officers, Post Guard, Po--Containing tricks with Dominoes, Dice. the hone. Describing the most useful horses lice Fire Department, and all a Cu?s and Balls, Hats, etc. Embracing thirtytor buatneBe, the beat horBes fer the road; boy should know to be .11. cadet. By Lu Senar-six illustrations. By A. Anderson. alaa valuable recipes tor diseases peculiar to ens. No. 76. HO\V TO TELL FORTUNES BY the berB8. No. 63. HOW TO BECOME A NAVAL THE HAND.-Contalnlng rules tor telling tor-No. 48. HOW TO BUILD A..."D SAIL CADET.-Complete instructions of how to gain tunes by the aid of lines or the hand, 01 CANOES.A handy beok for boys, contain-admission to the Annapolls Naval Academy. the secret of palmistry. Also the secret ot Ing full d!rections for constructing canoes and A !so containing the course of instruction, de-telling future events by aid or moles. marka. ~~~lymri~~st~~f~J~r manher of sailing them. :~~\~t~~nanJ :iir~y1i~n:n~ ii:1~~::id h~~ti~tcf~ sc;;:: e;~: ~i~\;ra~~-DO, FORTY TRICKS Ne. ~9 . HOW TO DEBATE.-Glvlng rules become an offi cer ln the United States Navy. WlTH CARDS.-Containlng deceptive Card tor conducting debates. outlines for debat'3B. By Lu Senarens. TrickB as performed by leading conjurers and f1UeaUona for diacussion, and the best sources No. 64. HO\V TO 1\IAl{E ELECTRICAL magicians, Arranged for home amusement. ~~~e:.recuring information on the question MACHINES..-Containlng full directions for F~1:. il~~~tr:i_t~~i, TO DO TJIE BLAOK ..'~RT. No. t.iO. HOW TO STU:FF BIRDS AND AN-~vank~:.:.i~s.el:~~i~~n;1~~~Je~e1,oy~n~~ct~0nwocrt~d -Containing a complete description or thrt 1)1AL8.-A valuable beok, giving lne:tructlons by electricity. By R. A. R. Bennet. Fully mysteries of Magic and Sletgbt-ot-Hand, toln collecting, preparing, mounting and pre-tlluSttrated. gether with many wonderful experiments. By birds, animals and Insects. No. 65_ l\.fULDOON'S JOKES.-The most A. Anderson. Illustrated. No. 51. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH original Joke book ever published, and It Is No. 79. HOW TO BECOJl:IE AN CARDS.--Containing explanatlens of the gen-brimful of wit and humor. It contains a -Containing complete Instruction eral principles of sleight-of-hand applicable large collection of songs, jokes, conundrums, make up for various characters on to card tricks•, of card tricks with ordlri.ary etc., or Terrence Muldoon, the great wit. bu-together with the duties of the Sta ca.r4s, and not requirin& sleight-et-hand; of morlet, and practical joker at the day. Prompter, Scenic Artist and Pro invelvlng •lelght-of-hand, or the use No. 66_ HOW TO DO. PUZZLES.-Con-No. 80. GUS \VILLIA.MS' JO f>f,;pec15aily J0e~arfi P:LtY in tainlng over three hundred interesting puzzles fuo;J;i~~~~te!hir ~t\:81wj~~~;~n~~n the o.rule~ and full for. pla;ln: and c~nu~dn~m~j ";:}h tker J0 same. A com-comedian. Sixty-four pages; handso Euchre, Crib Dage, Ce.sine, Forty-Five, Rounce, pl~:. 06~. H~v{ ;~ ra J0 ELECT'RICAL ored cover. containing a half-tone photo ;_rrdrfou~~~.'.'nd ~;~; oii:'~rri,o~~~;Io:ar:~:c~r ~~J~tv~-;;r~~~~\;ga~~![;; ;i''.;~r;it~~f t~ic~na: thNo~ut;tr. HOW TO ll:IESlllERIZE.-Contaln-" No. 58. HQW TO WRITE -LETTERS.-.A. together with 1llustrations By A. Anderson. ~~~/haeni~~~t ~i~~~rfs~.m~~~o!1ago;etic wonderful llttTe beok, telling you how te write No. 68. HOW TO DO CHEllllCAL TRICKS. Ing. By Prof. Leo Hugo Koch, A.C.S. au to yeur eweetheart, y.our father, mother, ~~o:~~l~~~fruo;ti~-e ofr~ct~n~r:i c1;;!!/i~afs~':; of~::1082~0 ::i~vo-11oe•~oetiALMlSTRY.-Co1 b~~h8;~y~!f/;0~:/ ..:1~~• t~n V:~1~~ t~~ery-A. Anderson. Handsomely illustrated. tatning the most approved methods ot read No. 54. HOW TO KEEP AND 111ANAGE No. 69. HOW TO DO SLEIGHT-OF-HAND. Ing the lines on the hand, together with a full PET8.-Glvln& c&mplete lntormatton aa to the -Containing over fifty of the latest and liest explanation o! their meaning, Also explainmanner and method ot raiBlng, keepine, tam-tricks used by magicians. Also containing the lng phrenology, and the key for telling charIng breeding, and managin@: all kinda or pets; secret of second Bight. Fully llluslrated. acter by the bumps on the head. By Leo also a-lv!ng full lnetructlena for maklnir cages, No. 70. HOW TO l\lAKE MAGIC TOYS.-Hugo Koch, A.C.S. Fully Illustrated. etc. Fully explained by twenty-eight lllua-Containing full directions tor making Magic No. 811. HOW TO HYPNOTIZE.-Contaln• trationa. ToyB and devices of many kinda. Fully tllue-ing valuable and instructive information re-No. 66. HOW TE> COLLECT STAMPS tra.ted. gardlng the science o! hypnotism. Also ex-AND COJNS.-Cont&inlni; valu&ble informa-1'0. 71. HOW TO DO l\lECHANICAL plaining the most approved methods which tion regartUng the cellectlng and arranging 1.'RICKS.-Contalnfng complete Instructions are employed by the leading hypnotists of or ,tamps and. colna. Ha.ndsomely Jlluatrate-d. for performing over sixty Mechanical Tricks. the world. By Leo Hugo Koch, A.C.S. No. 68. HOW TO BECO!IIE AN EN-Fully Illustrated. No. 84. 11">\V TO BECOlllE AN AUTHOR. GINEER.-Cont&lnlng full Instructions how to No. 72. HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS -Containing 111formatlon regarding choice or become a tocomotlve engineer; also directions "'ITH CARDS.-Embra.cing all of the latest subjects, the use of words and the manner of for buildlns a meUl Iocomotlve; toe-ether and most deceptive card tricks, with Illus-preparing and submitting manuscript Ala t'dth a full 4eacrlpt1on of everything an en-traUons. HOW TO DO TRICKS w -lTH le~f~ftftb~e a~~fo~r:::::~f c~~:istt~~• " 1';:: ~~ul~o~"~o BECO!IIE A PHOTOG~ NJ':&'l."BJ ks.-Showlng many curious tricks of manuscript. For aale by all newsdealers. or will be sent to any addreBB on receipt of price, 10 cts. per copy, or 3 for 211 cts .. In money or poatnge b7 FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 168 West 23d St., New Yor


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