## The Liberty Boys' league, or, The country boys who helped

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The Liberty Boys' league, or, The country boys who helped
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T .. â€¢ See ing the youth was not going to say anything, the girl went on: "This is an old well, Dick Slater. It is, as I have just said, eight feet deep. There is no water in it, so you will not be drowned. "

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' LEAGUE. 3 "I surrender. I am not a fool, and do not intend to bring 'l'he youth eyed the speake r s earchingly. He would have about sure death .. , gin'n much to h a Ye b ee n abl e to see the fellow's face; but "'That is sensible. Howard, when the gentl eman diRmounts he cou ld not, and so could n o t have the expression resting disarm him." there to stucly, in deciding whether or not the man meant One of the men stepped forwnn;i, and the nodded what he said. The t one of the Yoice souncled grim and de-to Dick . cided. enough, howeYer. and i n spite of all he could do, Dick "Get down." he ordered. b'egan to be lrupressed â€¢vi t h tl.1e feeling that the gi.J:l might 'l'be youth leaped to the ground. haYe been right, after all, in stating that he was taking his The man adrlre. sed as Howard quickly clivC'sled Dick of life in his hands when be rode onward do-wn the road. hjs weapons. "I guess you are just saying that to see if you can scare "::\fow bind the prisoner's arms," ordered the leader, and one me, .. be said. of the men forward. at a gesturn from the speaker. 'l'he man shook his h e ad. :rnd bound Dick's arms with bis own bdt. "If you knew me better," he d eclared. would know "1-ow bring him along," the leader ordered. "Howard. you that I am one who never talks simply for tbe sake of hearlead the horse: we must not leave him, for he looks like a ing the sound of my voice. I meant what I said. and I vn luu ble b<'ast." would impress upon yo u the necessity of looking the situation 'C_wo of the masked men took Dick by the while the squarely in the fa('e." otbC'rs-with tbe exception of Howard, who walked behind, "I am muc h obliged to you. " leading the horse-surrounded them, and in this fashion the The man look e d k eenly at Dick. party made its way through the timber. He seemed to be surprised that tlle you t h should take the Tneir ptogress was slow, but the men did not seem to be nrntte r so coo ll y. in any hurry. "You do not seem to be greatly alarmed," he remarked, Onward through the timber they moved, till a distance of slowly . a mile or so had beeu traversed, and then they came to a "What good would it do to ge t e xcited?"" log ea bin standing in tbe midst of dense undergrowth and ",Tone, I will admit; but it is human nature, you know, to larger timber. 'fbe ca.bin could not be seen till one was alDecome excited at the realization of anything of au unpleasmost up to it. so thick was the underbrush. ant nature, and to show it, and to give vent to it in words." ".Ah, ha; this is the headquarters of this band of Tories. "Well, you s e e , I am slightly different from the majority or whatever they may be," thought Dick. "I wonder what of people. I don't becom e excited." connPction the girl I saw bas with the band? She wore a "You are to be congratulated." red mar.k. the same as these fellows do. Perhaps she is the "l don't know but you are right. I am very glad that I slr;ter of one of them." am always abl e to look unpleasant piospe cts squarely in the 'l'he Liberty Boy was conducted into the cabin, and given face without. fl.inching." a seat on a bench nt one side of 1.he room. "It is better. of course; but at the same time, I feel sure Howard led the horse around to the rear of the cabin, and that you will be brought face to face with something before into :i. lean-to shecl. where were some corn and ay. He gave morning that will cause you to fl.inch, brave as you are." the horse some fe e d, after tying him, and then came back "\Vhat will it be'/" a.round nnd entPred the cabin. "There is time enough for that; you will learn in due The Liberty Boy wondered if the men would remove their time." mnsks. He hoped $0, for he wished to get a look at their "Just as you please. " faces. Presently the men began making preparations to get some-" I may know ome of them," he thought; "or, if I do not thing t o eat. 'fhC' r e was a fir e place. at one end of the room, !mow any of them. I would lil rn to see their faces, in order and they built a tire in it. and proceeded to cook some me:Jt. th:J t I may lJe able to recognize them should I meet them whie h they bJ:ought forth from a cupboard at one side of again." the room. It will be sl'en from this that Dick Slater dill not take when til e meal was ready the men ate. putting the food in Into co nsideration the po:;sibility that he would be put to their mouths through tb'e bole in the masks; n.nd when they death. bad finishe!l they bound Dick's legs. so h e cou ld not make a Of course. he butl not forgotten that the girl had said his bre:i.k fpr lib erty, and then unbincling bis aJ:ms, gave him life was iu clanger if he went on towa.r1l the south; but he food. Feeling that in all probability h e would have need of lhQnght it iikely she ha.cl overestimated the extent of the all his strength before morning, Dick ate heartily, watched danirnr. curiously by the masked men. Tho masked men kept their masks on, boweYer; it seemed "The fact that you are a prisoner and your life is in jeop ns if they had no intention oJ' letting their prisoner see their ardy does not seem to have much effect on your appetite," fntes. said the l eader. '!'bey >a id qnietly, but witl.J a grim deadliness that was impres>:ive. Till' Liberty Boy did not lik<' the fello\\ 's tone and words, 111111 in orlle1 to draw him out. be :>aid: .. \Vha.t do you ml'an by that?" " on know what I mean." The yonth shook his b ead. .. :-\o. l do not." lw deniell. "I have no idea what you JUP3H." CHAPTER III. DICK IS SUllPRlSEIJ. An hour later it was so dark outside that it was impos sible to see any distance at all with ru1y distinctness. 'here was no moon, and as it was somewhat cloudy, C\TCU the little light usually dispensed by the stars was not in evi uence. E;alf an hour later, and it would be difficult to sea oue ' s hand before one's face. ' It was barely p oss ible to distinguish tile ditrereut persoui'I within the room. "Blindfold tile lJrisoner," suddenly ordered the leader . "Blindfold m e ?" exclaimed Diel,, lu surprise. "l mean ti.mt you will not . live to see the sunrise to-ruor "'l'hat ls what I said. Howard, tie his eyes up good aud I tl;::ht. H row." PAGE 5 THE LIBERTY BOYS' LEAGUE ""Why, it Is dark outside, and I cou l d not see anything, anyi "Tell your mistress it ls expected friend," was the reway." ply, in the voice of the leader. He spoke In a whisper, but "That doesn't mntter. I know what I am about." Dick h eard and understood. The man addressed as Howard hastened to obe y the com" 'Tell your mistress!' " repeated Dick to himself. "That mand, and tied Dick's eyes up with a handkerchief. Had it is rather strange. who Is the woman In question, and why been daylight, even, Diel;: woul d ha>e been unable to seehave I b ee n brought here?" anythin g. "All right, sah; waif heah er mlnnet, sah," was the reply, "Now, bring him outside," was the next order. in the negro's -voice, and then the door creaked again, and Two of the meu . eized Dick by the arms and conducted the sound of a bolt being shot into place was hea1 : d. him throng-h the doorway, .and out of doors . Then,. the sound of footsteps, which quickly died away in 'Bring the horse.around." ordered the leader. the dis'tance. ".Tove, w e must be going quite a distance," thought DiCk. All was still for perhaps five minutes, and then the foot-He was g lad that his horse was to go, however, for if h e steps were beard again. were to succeed in makiug bis escape, he would want to have Closer and closer they sounded, and then the bolt was shot, his horse again. and there was the creaking sound, to indicate that the door Presently Dick heard the steps of the horse as it was led was being opened. around the house. and then he felt himself seized by two of "De missus says foah yo' to come right in, sah," said the the men. who whirl ed him a round several times, quite rapidly. voice of the negro. "Ah, they don't want that I s lJall know in which direction "All right," in a cautious voice. "Bring him along, boys." we are going, wheuwe start!" thought Dick. Two of the men led Dick through what was evidently a This st>t him thiuking. doorway, and into a ball, and then there \vas a walk of per" Why is this?" be asked himself. "Why do they wish to haps thirty steps. Here the party came tb a stop, and Dick k eep me from knowing in which direction we are to go?" h eard anothe r door open. Of course h e cou ld not answer the q uestion. "Don't fall," whispered one of the men in Dick's ear. "We " Come along," said one of the two men who had hold of are go ing clown a set of steps." him, and they set out, through the timber. Dick heard t)le Then they stepped through what was evidently another sound of bis horse's footsteps, which was easily distinguish-doorway, and made their way down some steps-Dick counted able f r om that mad e by the men's fee t. ' ten. \ I!'ifteen minutes later and they were out of the timber; it was easy to know this, as there were no bushes In the way, and as the party came to a stop almost immediately Di c k judged that they had come to the roa d. Then he was lifted by at least four of the men and placed on the back of his horse. His hands were bouhd, but b e w ould have no difficulty in keeping his place in the saddle .. Then the lJarty moved forward once mo re. The Liberty Boy wondered what direction they were going. And where were they going? He asked himself this question, but it was of no avail; he could think o{ no answer to it. He woul d slmpl y haY e to wait and let things work out. Time would answ e r his queries. The pnrty made its way onward for nearly an hour; at least s o it seemed to Dick. The n it turned sharp to the left, and after going down a sloping descent for a few minutes, began ascending. Onward they went, for perhaps ten minutes, and then they came to a stop. ' Vhere "ere they? This was the query that was In Dick's mind. and be would have given something to ha-ve had it answered sat!sfac"torily; but of course that was impossible, under the circumstances. He soon learned that they had come practically to tpe end of their journey, for the men laid llold of him and pulled him off the horse. "Bring him along, boys," said the leader, in a low, cautious voi ce. And then to Dick he said: "If you open your mouth to make a noise I will blow your bra in s out! Do you understand?" and he pressed the cold muzzle of a pistol against the Liberty Boy's temple. "Yes. I understand," r eplie d Dick. "I do not intend to make any outcry. Indeed. I do not suppose it would benefit me any if I were to do so." ""7ot In the least. It would make it slightly disagreeable f o r us, verbaps. but you may rest assured that it would not b c u efit you in the least." â€¢So I supposed." , Then tbe party moved forward slow ly. and It was evident to Die k t lJnt great care to k eep from making a noise was be in g 01Jserved by all. Pr,,sently the party came to a stop, and Dick heard the sound cf rapping. The lea1ler was knoeking on a d oor, he was sum. â€¢ s,; w<> hu ve come to a house of some kind. eh?" thought D ick. "It mnst l.Je the home of some 'l'ory, though why these nwn shonld tal;:e me to such a p lace is more than I can lnrn.glr!C." .-\.. minute 1.mssecl, aud then the lrnocl;:iug was heard again. A fe1Y tllil1ul.es later footstf; .'1;; b ea rd, and then there was n r:tttlln g sonnri. as of bolts b eing pushed back and a bar \lein;; takeu down. This followe1l iJ.1 a faint creaklng sound, and Dick tolc;l l1imself tile door was being opened. v Y ho d:u?" s :ii!l a low, cautious vc!ce-evfdeutly that of a. negro. At the bottom their feet gave back a p eculiar, clicking noise, and Dick decided that they were in a cellar, and that the floor was of solid stone. "This ls a very strange affair, take it all around." thought Dick. "I don't understand the meaning of it at all." Howeve r , be .felt sure that he would be enlightened before very long-sooner than he wished for, perhaps. Presently tbe party came to a stop, and the man on Dick's right said: "Sit clown.'>â€¢ The youth obeyed . H e heard the shuffling of feet, and the sound of whispering, but aside from that all was quie t. No one said anything to him. Then of a sudden he saw a glimmer of light, through the handkerchief. and knew that the room be was in bad been suddeuly lighted. Then the bandage was pulled otr Dick's eyes, and be was enabl e d to see what was going on around him. H e gazed about him with curiosity. and took eYerything in. H e saw that be was in a cellar, sure enough, and it was at least twenty feet wide by thirty feet long. He was sitting on a bench, p erhaps t e n feet from one end of the cellar; and in front of h i m . seated in a richly up holstered chair standing on a raised dais. was the girl who had m e t bim in the road, that afternoon, and given him warning of his danger! At any rate this f emale was dressed the same. and wore a red mask. and the Liberty Boy had no doubt she was tlJe same girl. But why had she given him warning i f she was Interested in having him made a prisoner-as her JJcing here would seem to indicate? This was a puzzler. sure enough, and Dic k had to acknowl edge that it was beyond a ny one. sa-ve the girl h erself, to answer It. B ebin,& Dick, in a semi-circle, were seated the twelve masked men who had captured and brought him hithe r. The leader of the party rose, and stepping up on the l'fils e d dais, bowed low toward the girl. and said: "You see I have kept my p romi se, B erthilda." The girl did not reply at once, but seemed to b e rega rcling Dick steadiiy through the eyelets In the m !ts k. "Yon are sure tllis is Dic k Slater, Henry?" she asked, pres ently. '.rhe Liberty s;1re it w:ts the vo i ce of the girl he had seen in the ron1l tlrn1 :iftPrnoon: it sounded the same. at any rate. "Quite sure, Berthiltl:t .". the l e ader:'s reply. To D ic k, who w:1s w:itl'hi1rn the g-irl closely. it seemed as if the eyes seemed to fair\ urn with excitement, anger, or some such emotion. wenâ€¢ fixe d upon his face . "Can it be tht â€¢ rl J sn w '!" he ask.ci:l himself. "Her eyes w ere gentle. not tieree-llut theu. "omen are sometimes like a tiger. gentle-eyPd . yet fie r ee -eyed when the occasio n de mands It. 1 am at a to !mow ''hat I can have done to this girl to earu her dislike, however." PAGE 6 THE LIBERTY BOYS ' LEAG1!E. ' The Liberty Boy wished that the girl might lift her mask, "Don't be too sure." and suddenly she did so. "Eah!" Then he turned toward the girl. The instant he caught sight of her face be bad to acknowl"He speaks in a manner to give you the Impression that edge that It was the girl be bad seen. Every feature was what I told you is untrue, Berthilda," be said. "But it Is the exactly the same, and the only difference was that now her_ truth. just the samt'." eyes shone with a fierce light. "I believe you," said the girl. "Look at me, Dick Slater," she said, In an Imperious voice. "I suppose It Is only to be expected that you would believe "How can I help doing so?" the youth replied, smiling. > .him," said Dick. "But I assure you, miss, that he has not told you the truth. \Vhat purpose he had in telling such a falsehood is more than I can say, but falsehood it is, for my CHAPTER IV. INTO THE WELL. The girl frowned. "You are Insolent!" she said. The eyes of the leader of the masked men shone angrily, also. Even through the boles in the mask this was discerni ble, and Dick decided that he was the sweetheart of the girl, and that be did not like to hear any one compliment her. "I cl id not intend to be insolent, I assure you," Dick re plied, calmly. "I meant what I said." "Bah!" with an impatient gesture. "I suppose you do not know who I am?" The youth shook his head. "I do not." "Have you ever seen ans one who looks like me?" Again he shook his head. "I have not," be said. The girl gazed at him searchingly for a few moments. "Think," she satd. "You surely have seen some one who looks like me." "No, miss. Had I done so I would remember lt." "You are thinking of a girl, probably. I mean a young man." The Liberty Boy pondered a few moments, and then shook his head. "Xo," he said. "I have never seen a young man who looked 111i;e you." ''You are mistaken; less than a month ago, up near the Maryland line, you and your Liberty Boys, as you call yourselves, attacked a small party of British troopers, and killed all of them save two. Of those two one made bis escape, the other-my brother Bertrand-was taken prisoner. You and â€¢your men did not know one bad escaped; you thought that my brother, who was captured, was the only one who had pot been killed outright, and It was suggested that a clean sweep be made by killing Bertrand." The girl paused and glared at Dick with the fierce look of a tigress, aud then, as he said nothing, she went on: self and Liberty Boys never did such a thing as he says we didnever In the world. We are not capabl e of such an act." "Of course you would say so," sneered the man. "And It Is the truth; there Is not a singl e member o! my company of Liberty Boys who bas ever killed a man, save In battle, or in a struggle, man to man, 'lvbere it was .kill or be killed." "I am convinced that you are r espo n s ible for my brother's death, Dick Slater, " said the girl. "and now I am going to have reY enge upon you. I am going to take your l!fe, In pay ment .for bis!" The girl spoke in a voi ce of deadly earnestness, and Dick felt that she meant wllat she said. "You will make a great mistake, miss, he said . "I am not re ponsible for your br9ther's death." "I cannot ae:cept your stutemant as trutll, Dick Slater. You wer ; c to bJame for my Lroth er's death, even if you dld not fire the s l.10t that killed him, and I am going to have your llfe!" "Jove, what a tigress!" thought Dick. "Who would have believed h e r capable.of showing such a spirit? When I saw and tall;:ed with her. o n the road this afternoon she was all gentleness. and more like a li;itteu. \\'hat changeable natures some girls and women have!" The Liberty Boy made no reply to the girl's last statement, and after waiting a few moments she turned to the half-circle of men who sat facing h e r , and nodding toward one, she said: "Open the well-hole." Then man rose without a \'iord, and stepping to one side of the cellar, stopped and lifte d a woode n lid or cap off what proved to be a circular opening-seemingly that of a well or cistern. "Lead the prisoner to the edge of the bole," was the girl's next order. '.rwo of the men seized Dick and led him across till he stood on the opposite side of the bole. from Dick. â€¢Look down, " she corumanderl. The youth obeyed. "Do you s e e the bottom?" she aske d. I)ick shook his head. '"No," h e replied. "The suggestion met with favor, and so my brother was tied to a tree, and shot to death-murdered!" "'!.'be reason is simpl e enough," with a cruel smile. "It face is more than eighty feet to the bottom of the well, and naturally you cannnot see that far down, with the light we have here." The girl's voice rang out, loudly and fiercely, and her was hard and stern. There was a brief silence, and then Dick said: "'Vl10 told you this, miss?" "The one British soldi e r who succeeded in making cape." Ab, indeed!" The Liberty Boy made no repl y. He did not see that it bis es-was required of him to do so. He suspected what all this portended; but he did not flinch. He was as brave in bis bear ing as ever. "Yes; be remained in the vicinity, hoping to render my brother assistance. and saw it all." Seeing the youth was not going to say anything, the girl went on: "'Indeed? And so be came here and told yon this, did 'This is an old well. Dick Slater. It is, as I have just said, eighty feet deep. There is no wate r in it, so you wm not be him, at the masked faces drowned. Your fate will be to die of starvation." "'Y es." The Liberty Boy glanced around of the men, and then asked: "Is that man here now?" "He is." "\Vill you kindly designate the man?" The girl hesitated an Instant. and then indicated the mun who stood by her side. 'This is the man," she said. The Liberty Boy looked the fellow straight In the eyes for a few moments, sternly, and then said: "What is your name?" "\Vhy do you wish to know?" queried the fellow. "I want to know who to hunt up, when I get away from here. You have told an utter falsehood to this girl, regarding the fate of h e r brother. You have made myself and Libert y Boys out as being but11ittle better than murderers , and I intend to settle with you for it at the very first opportunity." The fellow laughed, but the laugh sounded ne1vous, Dle:k was sure. ''I am not frightened.'" he S\J.id. "You will never have an opportunity to settle with me, as you call it." The m e n look e d at Dick, to see bow he took the information. They were amazed to see that be did not start, or turn pale. He was perfectly calm and composed, tllougb bis chin seemed to square itselt somewhat. tThen it is your intention to put me down in the well?" he asked. there being not the sign of a quiver in bis voice. The g irl bowed, a fierce look of delight in her eyes. "That is what I mean, . , she said. "What do yo u think ot the prospect?" "I think that such a plan for securing re>enge is well worthy Old Ni e:k," was the.quiet reply. "I would never have expected to s ee such cruelty shown by a girl." "But :rou are responsible for the death of my brother, Dick Slater. You must not forge t tb:lt: and I loved my brother dea1ly. He was my only brother, and when I learned who was responsible for his d eath I s"ore that I would have bis life in payment for. that of Bertrand." "But this scoundrel. here," nodding toward the leader, "bas told you n falsehood. miss. I neyer saw your brother-never in my life. Had I done so I should remember It if he looked PAGE 7 6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' LEAGUE. nnytbing like you. And never haying seen him, it is an im possibility that I can bave been responsible for his death." my brother!., called out the girl, and then the Yoice of the leade r was heard: "Of course he would (leny it. Berthild a,â€¢ sneered the leader, though his voice trembled slightly. "What was youi" reason for telling the lie?"" asked Dkk, looking at the fellow sternly. "It was not a li e ; it was the "It wns a falsehood, pure aml simpl e. I not respon sible for the death of your brother, miss. I swear that I am not. and no one who knows me would hesitate to believe me, when I am willing to take oath to a statement." "Bah!"" sneered the lead er. speaking quickly. ns though he feared the youth's word might have some effect on the girl. "A man will swear to anything, B rthilda, to save his life." "You migl1t do so," said Dick, hi;;; lip curling with scorn. "But I would not swear to a li e to snve my life. If I were responsible for yonr brother's death, miss, I v.oult1 not deny it, but would acknowledge it, and take the consequences like a man.'' "You have probably forgotten the circumstance," said the girl. "I do not doubt the truth of your statement, Henry." "I think I heard onne of the men call that fellow Spellman, back there in the cabin, this evening," thonght Dick; "and "Good-by. Dick Slater, famous rebel spy!" Tbe youth made no reply. Ile clid not feel like wnst!ug wonls in that manner. He was thinkin!'!:, however, thinking of the terrible fate that was in store for him. Down, down, he '''llS lowered. He thought he was never going to reach the bottom of the old well, but at Inst his feet touched. Then the rope came tumbling itk. r s"areely t>xpede!l to get throug;IJ tile ,.-::r of '11" tnpe tllnt was ti e d arnund Dick':; waist lowered him :!lin>, lmt I tll:ll I would die, if die l must. on tl1e .101y;, l"ili lw 1Yas far Pnough ,;o that oue coultl just reach I lJMtlt>-tit>lll. du,1 an :1uwillll the ropt-from around the youth's wri s ts; Bl'<.:1)mia.g 1i11'1l of stnnLlin;;. 11rese11tly, Di('k sat down. mul :iwu ll.itâ€¢, ; n.1orrt1 bi111 qni<:kl . 1, a111l he had no opportunity to l irat-:â€¢<1 his lnH:k :tg;iiim,t tiw wali. !Iis fpet fouthecl Utt-up-e.111 iH+-i._. :. '\vltll h is encn . 1je s . l po'.-\itl! for th 1 \ \Yf'll \YilS nut a large on e . Jiu:;:<:wt'-1a fan:wcil,. Dkk Sl:iLe:, lllurdcrer ot Ir l llut.l illy h.uiie 1..,n,.,,. tile yuut11 musetl, "I v.-ould climb PAGE 8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' LEAGUE. up as high a taking ndvantage of the roughness and unevenness of the walls, and the n I would dig b oles in tlle cement. to rest my toes in; and in that way I might suc ceed in getting out. But I have no knife, nor anything to 'York " ith. and it would be useless to climb up." One, two liours .passed. To Dick it seemed like clays. He wondered how he could endure it to remain in this pince for days. Then, too, when he began to feel the craving for food and water, tlle torture would begin in earnest. The ery tl.Joughts of it was tenible. What would the reality be? The Liberty Boy. brave and stout-hearted though be was, coukl not help shudrl.ering . . \nd then be thought of the girl, Berthilda. H e r e m embere d ller as he had seen her on the road that a fteruoon. fl.lid h e as keel himself if it would be possible for her to hole out to p ermit him to remain in the w e ll and die of starvation. Still, she had fierce and deter91ined when talking to llim only a . ho rt time bt>!'ore, -nhe n she confronted him in the Cf'l!ar. and there hrrd been grim determination ex pres>ecl. 'he words Spell llifln bad use of were: "You sec I have kept my promise. Berthilcla." The Liberty Boy recalled the words, ancl pondered the mat ter. "I think I nnclerstan.Q,"0 be told himself finally. "Spellman Imel promised to briJ,l"' me a priRoner into the presence of the girl. and that is the reason b e dic1 not kill me with hifl own hand. Aud having tmnC'cl me o\er to tlic girl. be wishes to nrnke sure of my df'ath. YC's. that is it." Aud then the youth tllonght of the story SpE>!Jman had told the girl. of 1.Jow he ancl the Lil wrty :Roys h arl tied the girl's. llrotllC'1' to :i trNâ€¢ all!l f'hot him ucnyn in <'Olrl. blo o d. "'Why flid he tl'll ll P r f'n<'b a lif' a>< that, I wonner?'â€¢ he risked himself. .. \Yll,\ f'houljml icf' her against us making her l lP!ieYe that we lrncl murcl<'r0rl her brother?" The youth thongl1t . too tliffieult for Rolution in this ma11ner. It was a puzzle. nnd cnP that ('Oulrt not lw solYcd by â€¢\\"I'll. it do esn't mn ttt>r, thong ht Dick. The fact remains 1bat hi' did tO?ll ht>r th0 lif'; be did prejudicf' her me; !JP did capturP mt> and hring me to her; and she hod ml' plaeu l hf'rC' in thiR wPll. to die of starvation; thol'e :He thf' :1d11al faC'ts, the realities. nrnl are what I must deal witli. Ponrl<'ring oYer the whys and wherefores will do no goocl. Anbther hour Did: remainc<'! Ritting. with bis back against o n e wall and hi>< feet ngainst the other. It would do no good to stand up. or to move around. though about all be could ha Ye do11e in that line would have been to turn around in bis trnC'k'l. HP was not sleepy. l'O coulrl not go to sleep. All he could do was to sif' tbt>re, nnd think and wait-for be knew not what. Dlck waa n yWlth with a buoyant, hopeful spirit, but this situation was too much for eve n him. and be was feeling very downhearted. To his 'mind bis case was a hopeless one. Suddenly he heard a noise-a scn1ping, rattling noise, far above bis b ead, and looking up he caught sight of a glimmer of light. The light grew stronger,_ and Dick realized that some one h a\l removed the cove r from the top of the well. He looked upward eagerly, wondering who the p erson could be. Then he saw a small band reach down into tlle well. In tP,e hand was a lighted candle. Then a face came view, and a thriil went over Dick as he re.yognized the face: IL was the beautiful face of the girl, Berthilda. CHAPTER VI. A DIFFICUL'f RESCUE. Then a voice, .the tones pf which were swee t and thrilling, came faintly down to Dick' s bearing, the words being: "Are you there, Mr. Slater?" "Yes, miss," replied Dick, and then a feeling of surprise came over him. Why should she ask if he was there? Not more than three hours before she had seen him lowered to the bottom of the well. She well knew he -could not pos sibly get out. Why, then, should she ask if he was there? The youth dismissed the query, with the reflection that the perso n in question,,was a girl-a girl with a dual nature, and that it was to be expected that she would seem to be incon-sistent in her speech and actions. " "I have come to free you! " the girl called down. "1 am glad of that, miss," said Dick. "But I fear you are not equal to the task." "I must be equal to it, sir!" was the reply. "I must free you." "Why not have one of the masked men help you?" "Ob, that would not do at all, sir." "I don't understand 'Why not. They placed me in here at your command; they would release me a.t your1command." "No; I must free you, alone and unaided." "I don't believe you can do it; but stay-yes, you can. If y o u have a rope, it will be all right, I . am sure. You will not have to hold my w eight, but simply to aid me. I can climb most of the way up, for the walls are uneven and broken, and. present very good footholds." "I am glad of that, Mr. Slater; I have a rope. Look out, now; I am going to drop the end down to you." The Liberty Boy moved his head, in order to keep the end, of the rope from striking him in the eyes, and the next mo ment it ::;truc k beside him. He took hol d of the rope, at the same tinie calling up: "I, have it; wait till I get it tied under my arms, and then I will' begin climbing." "Very well," was the reply. The youth tied the rope under his arms, climbed up a few feet, and then said< "Now draw the rope up, taut." The girl did so. "Now, be careful," called up Dick. "I am going to begin climbing. I will be as careful as possible, and you must not let me pull you into the well." "I wlll be careful, Mr. Slater." "Keep the rope drawn as tight as possible, miss." "I will do so." Then Dick went to work. braced his hands against the walls, .and lifted himself by main strPngtb, and held himself poised 'thus till be found places for his toes to rest in. "Now draw up the rope, slowly and steadily, " he called up, and the girl did so, D ic k gradually straightening up, till be was standing almost erect once more, but with his feet resting in uneven places in the wall, and four feet from the bottom of the well. Again be pressed against the sides with bis hands, and lifted himself, and found new resting-places for' his toes, and again the girl drew the rope up, until Dick was standing nearly erect. "So far so good," thought Dick. "I am making very good progress. " IIe realized tha t It would become harder and harder, however, for the work waa very taxing on his strength, a.nd a.s b.!a ! PAGE 9 s THE LIBERTY BOYS' LEAGUE. strength failed, as he became tired, so would the work seemingly become more difficult. But no matter. He wa$ confident that he would succeed in getting out, sooner or later, and this gave him courage and wonderful strength. , He felt as strong as a giant. He did not feel as though he ever could get tired. His common sense him differently, however, and he was careful to husband his strength as much as was possible. Upward he struggled, and the girl kept the rope drawn tiglit, helping him all she possibly could. When he was halfway up Dick was very tired, and told the girl h e would stop and rest a while. "Oh, I hope you will be able to get out, .sir!" the girl said, looking down at him with eyes shining with excitement. There was no mistaking the earnestness of the girl; her tones proved that she was in earnest and meant what she said; and the youth wondered. "How different she seems from when she ordere\J. the men to lower me into the well!" thought Dick. "It's a very peculiar affair, take it all around." He rested perhaps five minutes, and the n again began the ascent. He worked his way upward slowly but surely, and at last came to the point where the cement on the walls was smooth. Here he paused again, to rest. "Now, what am I to do?" he asked. "Th ere are no more holes in the cement in which to insert my toes and sustain my weight." "I don't know what you are to do, Mr. Slater," was the reply in a troubled voice; "it would be terrible if you were to be unable to get out ,after having got so close to the top." "So it w uld; if I had a knife I would be ' all right, for I could dig holes in the cement." The girl looked down at Dick for a few moments, thought fully, and then said: "If you could hold your position for a few minutes, unaided, I could get a knife." "I think I can do so, miss, " said Dick. "But is there not something near at hand that you can tie the rope to, and then if I should fall the rope would hold me." "Yes, yes; here is an iron ring in the wall. I can tie the rope to that." "Do so; that wlll be all right." girl did as told, and then, pausing long enough to say, "I will be back as soon as possible," she went away. "Well, well!" thought Dick. I guess I shall succeed in es caping, after all; and the girl who placed me in the terrible predicament is now doing her best to free me from it. It is a very strange affair." Perhaps five mip.utes e lapsed-though to Dick it seemed longe r . Then he heard the light footsteps of the girl, and a few moments later her face appeared to his view ov e r the edge of the well. "You are safe?" she asked eagerly. "Yes, miss," was the reply. "Did you get the knife?" "Yes. Here it is. I have tied a string to it, and will lower it to you." She at once put her words into effect, and a few moments later the knife was dangling within a few inches of Dick's face. He grasped the knife eagerly, and at once began work on the cement. As he had hoped would be the case, the cement was not very hard, and he had not much dffficulty in making a hole that would furnish a resting-place for his toe; then he made another on the opposite side of the well, and placing the knife in his belt, he was ready to move up a notch. The girl had untied the rope, and now Di c k lifte d his body, plac ed his toes in the holes he had cut, and again straightened up. The girl drew up the slack of the rope, and all was well once more. â€¢ Then Dick cut two more holes and lifted himself up again, as before. It was slow work, but it was sure, and presently Dick was close enough so that he could reach the top of the well. "Now I won't need to do any more cutting," he said. "I can lift myself out." He took good hold, and then telling the girl to hold the rope steady, he lifted himself up, slo w ly and gradually, and the next minute he was standing on the fioor of the cellar. He had escaped from the terrible situation. "Oh, I am so glad you are safely out of that terrible place," breathed the girl, with a sigh of relief. "Are you?" Dick asked. "Yes, indeed," in a surprised voice. "Why should I not be?" "That is easy to answer, miss. After having had me placed in the well, It is enough to occatiion surprise that you should be glad to see mo safely out, don't you think?" "Oh, but I didn't have you placed t)lere ! " the girl exclaimed, the light of an understanding of the affair suddenly showing in her eyes. â€¢ The Lib erty Boy stared in amazement; there was doubt in the look which he bent upon the girl, also. Could it be that this beautiful girl would stoop to falsehood? Or was she not exactly right in her head, and given to periods of forgetfulness of things that bad taken place in the imme diate past?" "Surely you haven't forgotten having had me placed in the well?" he exclaimed. A smile, which illumined the girl's face, making It look doubly beautiful, appeared on the maiden's face, and she said: "I understand the matter now, Mr. Slater. You think that I and my twin sister are one and the same." "Your twin sister!" The Liberty Boy uttered the exclamation mechanically, while staring at the girl in amazement. He understood now. This was the girl who had met him in the road and who had warne d him of the danger; and the other girl was the one who had caused him to be placed In the well. And the two were twins! The girl bowed, and a sad smile appeared on her face. "Yes, my twin sister, Berthilda," she replied. "And your name is--" "Bertha." "Ah! and did you a brother who was killed in the army?" "Yes; 'Illy brother Bertrand. He W{l.S two years older than we girls, and Berthilda loved him dearly; and when Henry Spellman came here and told her that Bertrand had been killed by you and your Liberty Boys, she was wild with grief. I thought that for a while there was danger that she. would lose her mind, but she gradually recovered, though she did not seem like herself, in some respects." "And this fellow, Spellman, why. did he tell your sister that myself and Liberty Boys kills your brother?" The girl looked eagerly, yet searchingly, at Dick. "Was it not the truth?" she asked. "I swear to you, Miss Bertha, that it was a falseho od, pure and simple," said Dick, earnestly. "My Liberty Boys are not murderers. We are fair always, and not one of us has ever killed a human being, save in battle or in a struggle, where it was a case of kill or be killed." " I believe you," said the girl. "I have never liked Henry Spellman, and somehow I did not believe him, though I hardly know why I did not." "You were right in not be!ievii;ig him, for he told an outright and utter falsehood." "e has courted sister for nearly two yeaTs." said Bertha. "She did not seem to care for him, but since he told her that you had murdered Bertrand she has been talking almost con stantly of being revenged upon you, and one day, when Henry was importuning her to promise to be his wife, she told him she would consent to marry him if he would capture you and brfng you to her, a prisoner." "Ah!" exclaimed Dick. "He said he would do it, and that he believed he could do the work successfully, as you were known to be at Richmond. I happened to learn of the plan for your capture, and made up my mind to defeat it, if possible." "That was good of you," said Dick. "I learned that Henry Spellman had spies in Richmond, and I made it a point to listen whenever he came to see Berthilda. In that way I learned that one of those spies had come to him this afternoon, with the information that you were coming down this way on some kind of an expedition. Henry told Berthilda about it, and said he would get his friends-eleven young men of the neighborhood who have been helping him rob the patriot people-to help him, and they would lay in wait for you, and make a prisoner of you. I decided to warn you, and did so, as you know, but you would not turn back, as I wished you to do." "It was kind of you to warn me, Miss Bertha," said Dick. "I should have told you all, Mr. Slater. I see that now, but I hated to betray my own sister, and so I hesitated until you had gone, and then it was too late. I learned that you had been captured, and I was a witness to all that took place in the cellar here this evening. I would have come to your rescue sooner, but the men who brought you here were still in the house, and I was afraid to venture ci:.rlier. Spellman ls

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. ' 19 CURRENT NEWS Edward Wickham, living north of Ottawa, Ont., has captured a queer, bat-like creature, of vampire type . It bit Mr. Wickham's dog, causing its death in a few moments . It is about four inches long, covered with thick, gray fur, mottled with yellow, brown and white. The membranous wings measure twelve inches from tip to tip. It bas five toes, a small mouth and teeth. What is probably the smallest working electri c motor in the world was exhibited rec ently at the University of North Dakota by I. T. Nedland, a jeweller of Hillsboro, N. Da.k., who made it. It weighs 34 grains and its dimen sions are: Length, 0.563 inches; height, 0.291 inch; width, 0.336 inch; diameter of armature, 0.071 inch; diameter of commutator 0.0106 inch . the armature weight 4 grains. A 2 . 5-volt battery supplies the energy. Harry Wi1liams of Elkhart, Colo., has been brought to Wichita, Kan., for treatment for a tarantula bite that he received in southern New Mexico several clays ago, and which has caused hirri to lose thirty pounds in flesh . He forgot to wind his lariat round his pall et after a cattle round-up and the insect stung him on the hand. He drove twenty-three miles in a motor car and took the train for Wich ita, where he has an aunt who is a ph ysi cian . His arm is greatly swollen, but he will recover. Six city l ots in Akron , Ohio, was the price placed on 11is daughter by John Basco, who admitted to .Tu-venile Court authorities he had arrange d to sell hi s daughte r, Mary, \ .. persons entered from the States, bringing $20 1,2, in money and$60,304 worth of e:ffc!cts. From these ngur7s it will be seen that immigration from the St.ates has fallen off 80 per cent. . . Norman Anderson, a seventeen-year-old English midget, standing 3 feet high and weighing 60 pounds, who arrived recently on the liner St. Louis, tells an interesting stor:v of how he escaped from the war zone in a bale of hay. s on, who i s an acrobat, was traveling with a circus through England. He says English a . rmy authoritie s a ske d him ' fs> go into the English aTiny as a spy. He al s o dec lared Eng. land has hired a family of German mid ge ts to go into the German forces dressed as children to newspapers. Norman refused and escaped to this country in the bottom of a bale of hay. H onors for hooking the biggest fish that e ver got away g o to M a rlin Ulrich, a sa lesman of Oakland, who, wlth : 1 :pm:ty of fri e nds, was out for a big fish in Ul ri ch's launch Germany off Angel Island in San B ay; says 1tlie S ' an Francisco Chronicl e . Suddenly his line gave a Y io lent tug. He grasped it with all hi s might. So. strong was the pull that the launch began to plunge wildly throug h the waves. After a few minutes of excited un certainty something strange and shapeless rose fro _ m a s wirl of foam ahead . It was submari n e K-2 7 taking a practice spin. Ulrich' s hook ha d fouled a rivet on the exterior of the s ubm arine. He cut the line. I sixteen, to a man of sixty. The man was to marry her. With a classic selection played on a mouth organ, Wilk "I am an olcl man and cannot support m,vselt," he told\ i::im II. Harding of Spring Grove, Pa. , took the fight out .Judge Lytle. "There is a man of my own age who wishes of a six-foot blacksnake that s howed every disposition to to marry my daughter. Ile ha.s promi sed me s ix city l ots attack him. Harding was strolling through a grove for her. On that I could live c>omforiably tlie r est of my N ashville , when he saw the snake coiled on a limb 'RP" life." The girl will not be returned io her father. parently preparing to flop clown upon him. Recalllng s t ories of snakes charmed by music, Hatding l eape d aside and, drawing a mouth organ from his pocket, began to p lay a plaintive air. The effect was like magic. The reptile swayed with the musi c until it lost its grip and fell to the ground, where it la y as though lifeless. When Harding sto pped playing the snake glided off into the hush . \\'hm )fary Carnova, the thirteen year-old daughter of Antonio CarnoYa of 12 Forest Street, Orange, K . â€¢ T., awoke the other morning !'he found that her long black hai r, which was of exceptional beaut.v and the pride of the familv. had been cut off. She did not know how or when she b e e n despoiled. The police arrested Polo Cripsy, agecl fift:v-one, a boarcler at the Carnorn home, but Carn.ova would no t b e lieYe Cripsy was guilty, and the c h arge again s t him wa!' di smissed. Chief o.f Police Drabell believes t h at the hair was cut off for reYengc some enemy of the girl's fathe r. T n an attempt to repro duce a fight at sea between a sub marine boat and armed cruisers such a s had read about in connection with the European war, :Mishawaka vouths came near causing the death of one of their com pa11ion!<, Donald Geould. The boy, in a harrel, which wns Immigration from Europe to western Canada praeti-to represent the submarine, was seot to the bottom of the cally and tberc has been a great rl(;'crease from St. ,Joseph River. His life was saved by m en on t h e bank . ihe United Some ini.Pr esting conclu:>ions may Geou ld entered an old cider barrel with a hole bored in the readily he drawn from immigration figure::-. T n Hie la st top aml his companio n s began to h caYe heaYy boulders -at week of Repkml>r w:i rnterrc1 11cstern CAnada c>raft. 'l'he ro cks turned the barrel over and a ru h of from the in C'Hi-dl %.J.i,000 ancl l \y:lter through the hole s ubm erged Geould. The boys are eff ects to ihe Yaluc o.f lJ;l,ill5. 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THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS OF '76. PACTS WORTH READINO A HEARSE DRIVER' S RECORD. I Charles 'I'urner lrns attended approximately 9,000 funerals within twenty-four years, yet he retains a cheer ful disposition. 'l'urner, who is a hearse driver in Detroit, Mich., says he believes he has established a world's record in the matter of frequent attendance at burial ceremonies. "I regret that I have not kept any record of the funerals I have nttended," T rner said. "However, I am absolutely safe in estimating that I have attended 375 f1merals a year for the last twenty-four years. That's just a little better than one a day." Turner has been in every cemetery within a radius of twenty miles of Detroit. He is only forty-two years old. SCHOOLBOYS ENROLLED FOR ARMY. Several States of the German Empire are taking vig orous step s to organize the boys who have not yet reached ifie age of enlistment , which is nineteen, for mbl\tary servi ce. The Prussian Minister of Education has issued a decr e e authorizing the he:idmasters of eleme:i;itary and secondary State to take necessary men s ures i11 conjunction with military authorities to raise a reserve army consisting of boys between the ages of sixteen and nineteen. Boys between sixteen and nine teen will be available for active service in the fie ld when they have been trained. Boys between the ages of fourteen and sixteen are to re ceive special military drill to enable them to become active soldiers the moment they attain the age of sixteen. In Berlin itself several regim ents of lads between s ixteen and twenty already have been formed and similar reports come from many provincial towns. FIRE LOSS. The fire at Columbia University early the other morn fog, which started in the g y mnasium, did not cause a loss of more than $270,000, p o ssibl y only$250,000, all of which is believed to be covered b y insurance. of the gymnasium can be r e stored. This building was erected in Hl01 a s a general home for many of the extra activitieF of the c ampus. Owing to a lack <;>f funds, however, the buildin g w a s n o t c ompleted, but the gym nasium, swimming p ool and power house w e re installed. The and pool were among the best equipped in the countrv. Th e power houEe, which supplies light, heat and power to the entire uni rersity, repre s ented a:n expenditure of nearly $1 ,000 , 000. The top floor was a temporary additi o n. Investigation h'!a d s to the b e lief that the fire startecl on the top floor. It was there that the dining rooms and kitchen of the universit y commons were located , together with the offires of The Daily Spectator, The Jester, the Quadrangle, Coll ege Entranc e Board, Prison Labor Bureau of the State , the band room and the private offices o . f sev eral members of the far nltv. These rooms and the things in them w e r e d e stro:ved, bnt, th e gymnasium, swimming pool an d power hou s e were not harmed. GERMt\.NS OWN BOAT AT PAPEETE. 'l'wo lives were lost,$2,000,000 damage was clone, two vessels wore sunJc and two blocks of business houses and residences were destroyed by the German cruisers Scharn horst and Gneisenau in their bombardment recently of the French colony of Papeete, Tahiti. Refugees from the island told the story on their arrival at San Francisco aboard the Union Steamship Company's liner Moana. No lanrling was made and no supplies or stores were captured. The French set fire to a 40,000-ton coal pile to prevent the Germans replenishing their bunkers. A pas senger on the Moana said : "The little French gunboat Kelee sank, riddled with boles. Her prize, the German merchantman W aJkyrie, ftrw no flag , and the Germans, ignorant of her nationality and that her crew were prif>oners on the island, sank her too. "The bombardment lasted about two hours. Those houses surrounding the American Consulate over which the Stars and Shipes were flying conspicuously were not damaged. but the water front and mercantile district were utterly wrrckecl. The German warships steamed away undamaged." LAND RETURNED TO GOVERNMEXT. For the first time in history a farm has been deeded hack to the Government after it became known the land had been improperly filed on. As a result the funds in the United States treasury have been increased $5,000, for Mrs. Mary lVIiichell, who lives just across the line from Denver, Col., in Nebraska . â€¢ turned over property valued at that amount after she became converted. Before Mrs. Mitchell "got religion," as she expressed it, she got from the Government J 60 acres of goocl Nebraska farm land by a method which has since been found ifregular. The day after her ronvcrsion she wrote a letter denouncing hers e lf. She is now the wife of a prominent Nebraska resident, a former office holder, and herself prominent in educational circles in more than one State of the West.. She writes that she now has "peace of mind" since she gave back that$5,000 fam1. The lotter came to the office of M. D. McEniry, chief of the field division of the general land office. She frankly said she had proved up on 160 acres of land a year ago. She confessed she had made Rtatemonts not justified as to matters necessary to make final proof on the claim. Special Agent J. L. Stack was assigned to investigate. He went to the county seat and found the farm standing in the name of Mrs. Mitchell. Then he went to. the farm and found it was rich with golden corn and wheat. Acting upon the advice of his superior officer in Denver, Stack told the woman that inasmuch as she had admitted irregularities in obtaining the farm, there was only one course to pursue, and that was to deed it back to the Government. 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, THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS OF '76. . 23 ROB, THE REEFE R -ORTHE BOY HUNTERS OF THE FLOR I D A Ise h"W" probably contained the treasme. Xo doubt the pir:1lr crrw broke them open and raniecl off the rhurch plalr, the golLl doub]oo11K, and nJl the rest Ol tbe wen.Ith with !1irh lhe was loaded down . I'm afraid onr cha1He 01 rich out of onr find is ratl:er 8lirn, Hou: ' "Well / ' repli e d lfob, it b11t while w e are ut it "'" rn::iy ns rel1 make a Tl1ere' s no uRc in 11::; both eh:1sin: the same clog, though: you go forward 011 sick of tlw hohl am! ]'Jl go 011 the cthrr. we rn:1r find Yet.'' far before he saw something :vellow and shining among the sand and ruhbish at the bottom of the bold. "Miss Sally, I've struck it I '; he called out. "Look here!" "What is it?" cried Sally, holding up her cand l e an d looking across the hold . "\Vhy,-it's money-gold!" "No! Much?" "A dozen or more pieces; they are all as big as a . twenty dollar gold piece." "Doubloons," said Sally. "Are theTe any more beside s what you have picked up?" "Nb ; 'that seems to be all." I All right, then. Come over here, then, Rob, for I hav e fauna something, too !" "What is it?" cried Rob, in great excitement. "Oh," replied Sally, "it is only a large box which hasn' t been opened, and it's as heavy as though it was full of gold." CHAPTER XVII. THE CAPTURE OF THE YACH'.r . "A box not opened?" cried Rob. "Wl}y, Miss Sally , that's great luck ! That may contain any old thing. " Rob was all excitement, and Sally was just as much in terested as he wns. The box, which had been hidden under a lot of empty cases when Sally found it, was about six feet long, three feet wide, and as many more in depth. Rob caught hold of the rope handle fixed at the end all the boxes were provided-but he could not lift it. There it lay half imbedded in the sand which had dri fted into the hold. "Well, it'f; a find, sure enough," said Sally . "We wan t to open it, Rob." "\\' e must open it. " "Bnt how?" "I an axe in the ga lley. I'l l run and get it." Roh was back in a mom e nt, not only wi t h the axe, b u t \\ith the sbrtl ing. information that the yacht was right in shore. "'!'here's nobocly ab oard," he adde d, "and I think I know who th e yacht bel ongs to . You .remember what I told you , about the two men who claimed to be detective s , and arrested me. and how a manta ran off wi t h their v a.cht? 'l'his plall w as carried out, and nub haL1 not gone very 1 \\"ell, I think that is the onet â€¢

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THE LIBERTY BOY S OF '76 . WE WANT YOU TO READ "Moving Picture torles'' A V!eekly Magazine dneted ta Pllotoplays and Players .. .. Amltrtely the finest little pabtlcatiOil on the news-stands ..-PRICE 5 CENTS A COPY -will ISSUED EVERY FRIDAY . BEAUTIFUL COLORED COVER DESICNS New portraits of actors and aotreesee every week THIRTYTWO PAGES FINE HALF-TONE FRO-NTISPIECES Got a copy o f this weotdy magazine and see vyhat It Is EVERY NUMBER CONTAINS 81:J:: Gripping Stories, b11:sed on the latest and best &ma, each illustrated with fine half-tones of scenes in tho plays. Photographs and Biographies of the most celebrated Photoplay acto:rs and actre&l!lel!I. Special Articles relating to Moving Pictures, written by tbe greatest authorities in the film business. News Notes from the studios about the doings of eTef'Ybody of promlnenee co nnec t e d with the PhotoplayL Scenario Hints and the names of all the compamea who may buy the plays you writ e. Poems, Jingles, Jests and every bright feetm-e Cltleulated to interest both young and o l
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26 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 6, 1D14. TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS 5tniile Cop!â€¢â€¢ .â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢..â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢ --â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢ One Copy Three Months ................................ . One Copy Six M onthâ€¢..â€¢.â€¢â€¢....... o-Copy Orte Year ..................................... . Postage Free. .05 Cento . CeaU 11 .25 $:0.50 H U W TO SP.NO riâ€¢k S61'â€¢l t'.O. Money Ordor, Chook er 1.rltor; remittances any wn1 ar6 as risk. ,,Ve RC'C1'pt Posto.gu St.amiâ€¢ .lil ?;he sam e as oa.:h. Whttrl sendm!J silver wrap the Coiu in a separate piece ot tc.> avoid culitin;: th" envol ope . H -T1.fe YO"â€¢r n111n.e aiut (J!idtet pta.inly. .Jdcfreas lt-tlera to Soccr â€¢ â€¢ ua 1 P..-SJ.eo\ } â€¢ . H..AcTurua, TreulllJ'9r CJ1L ai't'& â€¢â€¢ U lOSll, Frank Tousey, Publisher 168 West 23d St., N. Y. BRIEF BUT POINTED ITEMS Thirteen university girls living at Madison, Wis . , have pled ged thems e lves to speak German, play German and eat German food during their college year, merely to culti vate the German atmosphere and to learn the language to better advantage. The members from the northwest are Elsie Springer, Mineral 1Point, Wis . ; Agnes Robinson, Council Bluffs, Ia.; Charlotte Harpel, La Crosse, and Hulda Roade, Esterville, Ia. M:iss Anna Essinger of the German depa .rtment of the university is the "house mother" at the girls' club apartm ents . David Wilson woke up suddenly in the railroad yards e :uly the other morning and thought he fighting Austrians. He did not know who he was, but when s1ritchrne11 shook !Jim it was l earned he was a soldier. He hail on nothing bu t 1l u11ion suit of underwear. At a local ho spital it was found he wa a memb er of the Thirteenth United States Infantry. In a dream he had jumped over the breastworks and had landed on the ground, out of a of. a forty-mile-an-J10ur spe c ial train on the way to the Philippines. Frank Hetse lost a leg at South Bend, Neb . , a few days ago when he got his foot caught in the frog of a railroad track. A train was appr oaching and before he could relea$e . the foot the train was upon him so he simpl}' leaned bac k and allowed the engine and sev-. etal cars to pass over and crush the cork leg . He.rse un fastened the leg after the train hacl gone and hopped to a nearby house. Herse hi s original leg in a similar :iccident when he was a brakeman ten years ago. A record shipment by parcel post was made from the Mar ysville, . Cal., postoffice by the J. R. Garrett Company to a firm at Sa.wyer"s Bar in Siskiyou County. In weight the shipmeut aggre gated 1.1,000 pounds-fiv e tons and a half-and to comply with the Government regulations was done up in 255 piece$. Most commodity carried by a provi<>ion hous e was repres e nted. The postage on the shipment alone amount e d to$129 . 30, represented in stamps aftacbea to bi. gs on the packages, 1rith an addi tional $6.-10 for insurance, making a total cost of$135.70. The little mining town of 'Telluride, Col., was virtually wiped off the map when a cloudburst fell in Cornet Creek, four miles aboYe the main part of the city. Two wom e11 were drowned and fifteen children were rescu e d after a wall of water from eight to twenty feet high had hit the city . A modern Paul Revere warned the citizens of their impending danger from the flood ra cing down upon them. Gregory Sanchez, a miner, was not working, and while sitting upon his porch he heard the roar of the torrent . He ran half cl'ld into the town, warning every one as he passed. Soon after he had given the 1,varning hundreds of families were fleeing to the hillsides. .iOKES AND JESTS. Train Robber-Come ! shell out ! Rural Minister ad l y )-"lf I had such energetic fello\ls as you to pass the plate now and then, I might have something to gi'l:e you." . House Owner-How does your furnace work this weather? Tenant-The exercise of raking it keeps me warm enough, but the other members of the family com plain. A colored woman wa s arguing and arguing with her hu. band, and when she had finished he said, "Dinah, yo' talk don' affect m e no mo' than a flea bite." "Well," she answered, "I'se gawna keep yo' scratchin'.'' "IV11at was the nature of the c ruelty you suffered in the EI\gJish jail?" was asked of the suffragette. " I was force
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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 27 IN A DEN OF RA'rTLESN AKES. By D. W. SteYens . I "Hello, boys, thsre goes Uncle Ike :into the rattle nake hunting," yelled Roland Aubrey, one morning, to a group of youngsters with whorn he was playing. They stopped their play and called out: "Say, Uncle Ike, can't we go aJong ?" "It's a mighty good distance, boys; but ef yer think ye kin stand it, yer kin come along," cried Uncle Ike. Isaac Daggert, or "Uncle Ike,'' as he was familiarly called, had been, in his day, a famous backwoodsman and hunter, but as civilization encroached on his wild domain, and increasing ye11ril impaired his strength, he had come down from the mountains to live in the village of Avon dale. But he never lost his love for his old pastimes, and he would tramp the woods for days at a time in search of game. In later years he was called "the rattlesnake hunter,'' on account of the Il1lmber he caught alive and shipped to ihe purchasers in the cities. The boys jumped and da.nced, aud turned somersaults with glee at Ur.icle Ike's consent,.for they knew that they were in for a day's sport . They marched for miles along the base of the Pocono, that stands guard over the eastern side of the beautiful Wyoming Valley, so famed in history and song, and in later times for its black diamonds. The old man and boys then began to ascend the mountain, along the edge of the defile
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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 29 GOOD READING A Phelps County farmer has bought 1,900 goats in New The English and Scotch univ,ersities opened their fall, Mexico. The animals will be used in killing out sprouts terms recently with greatly reduced attendance. Cam on the owner's land near Rolla. Experience has taught bridge University had only 1,500 students . (3,500 last farmers that it takes a goat and a half to the acre to year), many of those at th. e irn;.titution last year having clean up the ground properly, according to the Linneus, joined the army. 'l'he other seats of learning have lost ' Wyo., Bulletin. in about the same prop0rtion. Leeds University has sent Barney Kelly, Chief of Police of Kokomo, Ind., has explained why a sightly sideboard of walnut stands unused in a woodshed . When he was a stage carpenter in Bo, ton lie spent his idle hours at a crematory and learned that 1.he woocl of caskets was stored in rooms above: He built the sideboard from the caskets and shipped it to Kokomo. When the woman folks learned its history they banished it to the woodshed. Like a chapter from an old-fashioned novel reads the story unearthed by Surrogate Stratton, of Binghamton, .._ . Y., in the contest over the estate of M:r. and :Mrs. Orrin Beckwith . This aged couple, found dead from ex posure in 'their cottage last winter, supposedly left no estate. 'rhe surrogate's court disposed of their little place, but when a contractor proceeded to tear it down he found in the walls forty packages, each containing $1 , 000. Ed Rosenih!!l, of â€¢ropeka, Kan., an official of the Para gon Film Company, was instantly killed at Texas, Wis., while taking moving pictures. A bowldcr thrown by a blast which he was photographing, crushed his skull. While photographers from the same company \'.' ere taking picture s of water sports at Rothschilll, the railing of a bridge broke and several men wei,;e thrown into the water. 'rhey were recuecl with difiieulty. Arthur Gentsch, a driver. descended 212 feet in Long Island Sound, establishing, it is said, a new record in deep-sea di\ing. The apparatus in which Gentsch ventured to depths before unexplored is an ingeniously constructed 5ubmarine Yes0eL It is built entirely of metal, and th0 diver is bolt e d and s c r e w e d securely inside . '!'he utmost depths hitherto attained with safe ty by divers had been 100 feet. At th:it clcptJ1, it is said, no man ever has been able to remaiu fo: more than fifteen minutes be cause of the water from aboYe. After li Ying for more than tw e nty-five years alone in 9 hnt, app:uently in poverty , Harriet Drummond, of Ea,;1 Rutherford, X. J., who died a few months at the age o[' 70, has left at least$10 , 000. In her will filed has bcqneatlted about $7 .. 500 to two churches heie to be used for general church work, to Douglas Tlood o f Melro s e Abbey , Scotland,$1,500 , and to his mot! : cr. ::VIartha Iloo
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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. ARTICLES OF ALL KIN D S DIDN'T KNOW I'l' WAS LOADED. ferring io place tho invention at the service of his own Wane11 Rhoad s , a farmer of Jacksonwald, Pa., 8ays Government. Ile has satisfactorily carried out experiheroafter he will carefully examine would-be-empty whi sky ments before an Italian commission, and he is coming here barrel before h e tries to . alter the bungholes . He came to lecture on his imention. 1.o this conclusion after one exploded when he attempted The apparatus costs about $3. It is capable of interto e11lar;;e the bunghole with a red-hot poker. Most of his cepting m essage s from the Eiffel Tower, 730 miles from hair was burned off and many cuts and bruise s resulted . Aquila. Jn speaking of Prof. Argentieri's invention a I nvostigation proved that the barrel had been recently few days ago Father Alfani, Director of the Florence empti ed, was still wet, and the red-hot iron formed so Observatory, related after tbe declaration of war the mu ch gas inside that it burst with a crash. Italian Government forced all private wireless stations, including that 0 the Florence Observatory, to discontinue .' " â€¢ DISCOVERS RARE PLUM TREE. operations . Tho next day Father Alfani obtained from ' , A plum tree believed to be the only one of its kind in Prof. copies of wirel.ess. mes ages :vhieh the United States and which yields a fruit unsurpassed, it Prof.o ss or had been able to mtercepi; without a wueless is declared, b y any of the products of the orchards of . rnstallation. California or Oregon, has been growii1g at the Roman were many ways t? do this, Father Alfani ex Indian mis sion at Assinins, Baraga County, pl_ame.d. One ?f most .simple wa very elemental J\hch., for many years and each season has borne abundC-'ipedient of sbckmg two sceel needles mto a potato. antly. Its. existence has become known to the general publis gnl y recently. 'rhe tree is believed to be of European origin and is thoght to ' have been planted by Bishop Baraga, a pioneer prelate of upper Michigan ancl founder of the Assinins mission . It was discover e d recent ly b y Leo l\L Geismai', farm ex pert for . Hougfiton County . The agriculturjst has been unabl e to frlentify the species, but is so enthusiastic he is arranging to perp et uate the tree . " ".' BIG CROP OF TURKEYS. """While prolonged drought has adversely afiected many crops, it has tended to keep the young turkeys' feet dry, thereby assuring a large and fine crop of turkeys for 1.fhanksgiving," says Charlotte R. Bangs. "It's too early to ,prl'ldict exact prices, but if plentifulness means cheap ne ss, then they should be ver y cheap this year . There is 11 hood, htnvever, that the farmer will hold on for a . price. It is believed that if he does, the best grades .w1.Jl biing 22 to 23-cents wholesale, which would mean at j;!ast 25 to 28 cents at retail. "l\l i;souri sends the moot turkeys to market, with Jlllrw , is, Iowa, Ohio, Maryland and Tennessee prominent. New York State has only a very moderate supply as com pa â€¢red with other States, and could never supply the demand for Manhattan alone. "'l'here is no difficulty in securing imported game. Scotch g Touse are and will be$3.50 to $4 a pair, and BIJ-glish plover$5 to $6 a pair. Venison is excellent this season and will not IJe expensive." HIS POCKET WIRELESS. The German Go1ernment has offered a large sum to P:i:of.. Domr-nico Argentieri of Aquila for his pocket sys t1rn.1 o f radio -t elegraphy . Pr p f . . Argentie+i has patriotically refused the offer, preA DEADLY GAS SHELL. Is the German army using shells which, when they burst, liberate gases that kill men ? For more than five years past Germany has been experi menti1ig with guns and projectiles adnpted for the use of explosiYes that cannot he safely placed in the ordinary s hell. On Aug. 24, 1909, the United States Patent Office is ued letters patent to Karl Wieser of Bredeney-am-Ruhr for a projectile tho diamder of which is greater than the bore 0 tho gnn which fires it. The shell, in the Wieser patent, was to b2 attached loosely to a steel shaft, then the shaft was to be fired, wjth the shell on the forward end of it. Attached to the muzzle of the gun wa s a weight so arranged that when the Pl1aft was projected out of the barrel i L engaged stops which chocked tho flight of i.ho shaft aml so detached it from the flying shell. \\-ioscr transferrefl his patent right to tho Krupp Com pany, arnl rnme hack 'rith an application for a uew patent (grn nted Sept. 12, J!ll1) for a simpler R l1aft. Eridentl,v the Krnpps sa,1 enough meriL iJ1 the diabolical C'ontriran('e to urge the invrntor to perfect it. A han PAGE 32 I JAPANESE TRICK KNIFE. You can show the knife a n d instantly draw it across your finger, apparently cutting deep Into the flesh. The red blood 11\llTATION GOLD TEETH. I appears on the blade ot the It 1 (fold p(ated tooth, shape m"-de ao that will l!t any tooth. Price, lie., postp.,!d. H. F. LANG, 1815 CPntre St., B'klyn, N. Y. is removed and the finge r ts found In good condition. Quite &n e11ectlve 111u1lon. Price lOc. each b y ma.11. A NEW SQUmT BADGE. WOLFl' NOVELTY CO., 2!) W. 26th St., N. Y. Great tun !qr the milfl llon! Wear It In your \ buttonhole and then preH 1 the Price, Uc. 1 C, BEHR, 150 W. 62d St.1 PICK-ME-OUT P UZZLE. The head lo finished In ))lack japan, and In the mouth Is a highly polished steel ball. The puzzle Is to pick out the ball. Price, lOc.; 3 for 2!ic. by mall, postpaid. :E'RA.NK SMITH LOTS OF FUN .i Veutriloonlst Double Throat Fil.,. rout ol mouth; alwayâ€¢ lnâ€¢lâ€¢lble; IN:6tHI yet. A..lltonleb â€¢â€¢d my1ttff your h'iendâ€¢. lht1. neld tmd forut. Leadâ€¢ of fun. Wou(lâ€¢r ml luventlon. l 'boueaoda â€¢old. tiend a \lhnâ€¢ ulll A 2 r "tAmP for onâ€¢ dot.en. LOUBLE THROAT CD., Dip!. K. fmtCbtnwll, ll 1. Old Coins Ie\15. Send lOe for our Ill stmteon here. It Is an ab1olute ne cessity with uâ€¢ -11. The holder or this pencil le beautllullJ' :::iickeled with grooved box-wood h!fndle, givinga llrm g-rlp in writing; the pencil automatically supplies the lead ao needed while a box of these Jong leads are gtv"n with each pencil. The writing o! this pencil Is ln.delll>le the same as ink, and thus can be used in writing letters, addressing 1envelopes, etc. Billâ€¢ ot account or invoices made out wtth coi"1. ;:g{.j on the market; you do not require a knJ!t1 to keep It sharp; It is ever ready, ever oe.,e. and just the thing to carry. oal7 WOLFF NOVELTl" CO., 29 W. .tilt,, N. T. MAGIC MIRROR Pat and Lean Funny Fac:n .. r1:ii't n"& r ow e.na elongatect. Look 1.nt.o 1' sidewise a.nd your phtz bro&deoe out in the comical manner. Size lnche1, in a. br, nd. aome lmlta.tlon morocco â€¢ . â€¢ Price 10 cents each, po1tpal4 H.F. LANG, 1"815 Centre St., Brooklyn, N. t . . ....:.:.....J PAGE 33 LA.UGHING CAMERA. Everybody grotesquely photographed; stout people look thin, and vl.ce versa. Price, 25c. postpaid. WOLFF NOVELTY CO., 29 W. 26th St., N. Y. A.l.UMINUM DRTh"KING CUPS. Theee handsome little cups are I very ,handy in size, do not leak, and are Satin finished. when compressed, can be carried in tbe vest pocket. They hold a good quantity or liqu'.u, and are very strong, light, Price, eacL, postWOLFF NOVELTY CO., 29 W. 26th St., N. Y. NOSES. Change your !a.ce I Ha.ve a barrel of tun! They a.re life .. like reproductionâ€¢ ot tunny noses, made of â€¢haped cloth, waxed, and colored. When placed over your nose, they re main on securely, and only a reli1als such as pu;s; hooks, short-horn lemons, and rum blo11soms. Better than a ta.lee fa.ce. Can be carried in the vest pocket. Price, by mail, lQ.c. ea.ch. H. F. LANG, 1815 Centre St., B 'klyn, N. Y. THE DEVIIJS CARD TRICK.-From three cards held in the hand anyone is asked to mentally select one. All three cards are placed tn a. hat and the performer removes tlrst the two that the audience did not select and paaslng the hat to their card has mysteriously vanished. A . grea.t climax; hlll'hly recommended. Price, lOc. :F'RANK SMITH, SSS An., N. Y. . THE HELLO PUZZLE Can you get the ring olf? Thia puzzle ls the latest ntlon of Yankee ingenuity. Apparently it ts the easieat thing in the world to remove the ring !rom the block, but It takes hours or study to dl.15cover the trick, unless you know how lt 11 done. Price by mo.11, pootpaid,. lOc.: 3 ror 25c. ll. F . LANG, 1815 Centre St., B'klyn, N . Y. FOUR WEEKS (A LOUD BOOK). Has the a.bsolute and exact shape o! a book In cloth. Up on the opening o! the book, a!ter having it set up accord ing to d irections furnished, a loud report similar to that or a pistol-shot wlll be heard, inuch to the amazement and surprise ot the victim. Caps not ma.Ua.ble i can be bought 1.t an;y to;y store. Price, 65c. by ma11, poatpaid. WOLFF NOVELTY 00., 29 W. 26th St., N. l'.. THE BUCULO ,cIGAJt. The most remarkable triclc-cigar ln the world. It smokes without tobacco, and never get1 smaller. Anyone can have a world ot tun with It, especially It you smoke It In the pre11ence ot a person who dlslfkes the odor ot tobacc o. It looks exactly like a. flne per tecto, and the smoke is so real that It 1â€¢ bound to deceive the closest observer. Price, 12c. each, poatpald. C. BEHR, 150 W. G2d St., New York City. DIITATION CIGAR BUTT. It 11 made or a composition, exactly resembling a llll'hted clga.r. The white aahea at the end and the Imitation o! tobacco-lear being per!ect. You can carelessly place it on top of the tablecloth or any other ex; ! pensive piece ot furniture, and await the result. After they see the joke everybody wlll have a good laugh. Pr!ce, lOc. each b7 mao, postp&ld; 3 !or 21fo. H. F. LANG, 1815 Centre St., B'klyn, N. Y. THE CROWN STYLO. Made or aluminum. -. Qffijj satin finish, guar&Jl teed not to leak. Thia stylograpllJc ink pen cil is made on a new plan. It cannot corrode and will outlast and outclass any slmf ... Jar pencil on the market. It is a splendid writer, and is easlly kept tn order. Each one packe1 with a filler, and a clip to hold It in your vest pocket. Price, 25c. each, postpaid. H. F. LANG, 1815 Centre St., ll'klyn, N. Y. lllAGIC PUZZLE KEYS. Two keys Interlocked in such a manner 1t seems impossible to separate them, but when learned It la easlly done. Price, 6c., poetpald. WOLFF NOVELTY CO â€¢â€¢ 29 W. 26th St., N. Y. PIN J\IOUSE. It la made of cast meta.I and has the exact color, ahape and size of a ltve mouse. Pinne d on your or somebody else's clothes. will have a startling etrect upon ... the spectators. The screaming fun hacl by this little novelty, eâ€¢peclally In the presence of ladles, is more than can be tm a..:-tned. It a cat happens to be there, there'â€¢ no other fun to be co1npared with It. Price, lOc. oach by mall, poatpald; S !or 250. l<'RAL'\K Sl\1l'I'H, 383 Lenox Ave., N. Y. NORWEGIAN MOUSE. A very large gray mouse, men.surinir 8 inches from Up or nose to end or tail. Thâ€¢ body of mou1e Is hollow. Plac& your flret !lnger in hia body, and then by moving your up n.nd down, the mouse appears to be running up your sleeve. Enter a room where there are ladles, with the mouse runn up your sleeve, and you will see a rapid scattering of the fair sex. Many practical jokes can be perpe ... trated with this small rodent. ; Price, lOc.; 3 tor 25c. mafled, postpaid. C. BEHR, 150 W. 62d St., New York City. Look! A CRAND PREMIUM Look! Premium "' Coupoll '"' One of these fi.ne watchefl FREE to anyone sending ua One-1 year's subscription at â€¢ T wo-6 months' subscriptions at fo...-3 montlu' sabscriptiou at â€¢$2.50 1.25 eacla 0.15 eada For either of the foUowing: "Moving Picture Stories," "Ha.ppy Daye," ''Wild West Weekly,'' "Fame and For tune Weekly,'' "The Liberty Boys of '76,'' "Secret Service," ''Work a.nd Win," or "Pluck and Luck." There la only one condition-send us the money (\$2.60) and we will send. you the watch, and any one of the above 11ubllc&U.011.a for the period subscribed for. / Watch Description of the . Date â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢ '.. -â€¢â€¢â€¢ \_ ,, This coupon wheD ', properly lllled O'llt ',, It 111 A.mertcan-made, open face, stem wind and set, and will run from 30 to 36 houn with one winding. The moTement ls the same size u an expensive railroad timepiece, abseluteb' accurate, and each one Is guaranteed. The cases are made iu Gold Plate, and forwarded wltb ',, Polished Nickel, Gun-metal with Gllt center and plain Gun-metal. subscdptl<>n price cm-',, titles the holder to Prâ€¢ ', The design on the back case 11 a fancy engraved scroll ml um mP.ntloned. Na.me â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢ _ '',,, .A.ddres3 --,, City .â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢. 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