The Liberty Boys at Bowling Green, or, Smashing the king's statue

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No. 739. NEW FEBRUARY 26, 1915. Price 5 Cents. Having been fot'ced to take a couple of steps backward by the furious attack of Bob, .be stepped over the bank and plunged backward into the river. A wild yell of fear escaped his lips as he felt himself going.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF ' 7 6 A Weekly Magazine Contai n in g S torie s o f the Americ a n Rev o l u tion Issued Weekly-By Subscription pe1 year. Entered at the New York, N. Y., Post Office a,s Second-Class Matte1. by F'rank Tousey, Publisher, 168 West f3d Stteet, Neio York. No. 739. NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 26, 1915. Price 5 Cents. The Liberty Boys at Bowling Green -OR-SMASHING THE KING' S STATU E B y H ARRY M OORE CHAPTER I. "I know that; but I was speaking to you." "Oh, you were?" A SAUCY REBEL. "Yes." "I understand that the en tire patriot army has b ee n or'.rhe Liberty Boys' eyes. flashed. dered to assemble upon the Common this evening, Dick." "I believe you made some slighting remark about the De<' "Yes, Bob." , laration of Independence," said Dick. "What is that for?" "That's right. I asked you what it amounts to." "I understand that the Declaration of Independence is to "Well, I can tell you this much; it amounts to a great deal be read, Bob." more than anything your tyrant king can say or write." "Ah, so that's it, eh?" "'Tyrant king,' hey?" in a threatening voice. "Yes." Evidently the man. who was a good-sized fellow, thought "Well, that's a good thing to do." he could intimidate the youths, for he spoke "I think so." and glared fiercely. . "Yes; it will fill the soldiers with enthusiasm, and cause He was making a mlstake, however; Dirk Slater was not them to become imbued with greater patriotism." the youth to be frightened by words or looks, nor was Bob "So it will." Estabrook. "I suppose our Liberty Boys will have to be there, Dick." "Yes, tyrant king!" r ep lied Diclc "It se<'ms to me that "Oh, yes; we're a part of the patriot army n ow, even you are a rather bold fellow to dare talk as you ha>e been though we have only been here one day." talking, with the city filled with patriot '".rhat's right. We arc soldiers now." The man smiled sneeringly. "Yes; an<1 I am rather eager to hear the Declaration of "Soldiers, bah!" he said. '"What do they amount to'! Independence read, Bob." are not soldiers. They have not fought any battleH. ' l'lwy "So am I. I want to hear what it says." arc farmers-clodnoooers. and tbP first time they encounter rt waR mid afternoon of the 9th of July, 1776. the trained soldiers of the king they will be scattered to the The place was the great city of New York. four winds. just like so much chaff. The first battle will he At that time the patriot army, under General Washington, the last. You will never be able to get your patriot soldier:;' was occupying the city, while the British army, under General together again for another try." Howe, was over on Staten Island. Dick and Bob looked at each other. On this afternoon of which we write. two handsome youths "What do you think of that, Bob?" asked Dick. of perhaps eighteen years were walking slowly down Broad"I think it is about the worst rot I ever listened to," , n1s way. the reply, "and I think the speaker Is about the Tbese two youths were Dick Slater and Bob Estabrook, boaster T have ever run across." and they were members of a company of one hundred boys "That is what I think, too, Bo!:)." Then Dick turned toward who were called '.fhe Liberty Boys of '76. Dick Slater was the man, and said: the captain of the company. "'Why don't you go over onto State n Island and join the '.rhe two had been up to the Common. and were returning king's army? What are you doing h ere in New York. among to the place where they bad their quarters-which was in u the patriots, if you are not in sympathy with them?" ramshackle old building down toward the lower end of the "Because I want to stay h e re. I am not going to be run away by a gang of fellows who imagine they are soldiers. I An order had b ee n issued that day to the effect that au intend to stay in New York just as long as I want to .. , the soldiers should assemble on the Common . that evening at "And you think the Declaration of Indepe ndence doP::m't six o'clock. for the purpose of hearing 4Jl.e Declaration of In-amount to anything?" dependence read, and they were discussing this as they "That's right." w a lked along. "And that the patriot soldiers are a lot of elorlJust as the youths said they wanted to hear the Declara-boppers, who will be scattered like chaff the first time tlH'Y tlon read, a man, who was l eaning against the fence, not encounter the British. and that they will never be gotten to-tar .from Trinity Church, said, in a sneering voice: getller again, eh?" "Bah! What does your o l d Declaration of Independence "Yes: that's just what will happen." amount to?" Dick lo oked again ut his c:omrade. The youths stopped instantly, and faced the speaker, a look •Bob," lie said, quietly, "what shall be done with him?" of indignation on their faces. I "'Whatever you say, Dick," was the grim reply. "No one was speaking to you,• said Dic:k. in a voice of "\Vhat do you Ray to taking him down and giving bi111 a f orced c:almuess. ducking in tile ri'ier?" j


2 THF. l1TBETITY BOYS AT nmrLING GRE"ES. the thing,'' with a chuckle of deiight. "Let's do it, old man!" "'.Yhat's that?" the man cried, as they turned toward him. "You two youngAte r s take me down and duck me in the river? You are about as im1mdent ns flny chaps I have e>er seen and I nm h P re to tell you that you couldn't duck me in n hl;ndred ""'e don;t want to," grinned Bob. ""We're going to duck you in the river." "Don't you dare attempt to lay 1111nds on me." said the man. threateningly. "If you do I will forget that you are boys and hit you good and bard." "Grab him. Bob!'" said Dick. They leape d forward, and each Aeized hold of an arm. '.rhe man struggled, and attempted to jerk lo ose, but he found, to hi : ; i;nrprise, that he was unable to do so. '.rbe truth of the matter WjlS tllat either of the youths was as strong as tlle man, and, rndeed, Dic k was much stronger. He was a pb e nom e non, as regarded strength. and he was a good athlete ns w e ll. Few men were a match for him in strength. and whc1 it came to quick action not one was anything like a matc h for him. The man struggled and spluttered. and threatened what be woulcl do; but that was all the good it did him. The youths held him, in spite of his struggles, and then they began drag ging him a long , down the street. Naturally they attracted considerable attention, and there was soon a crowd around them. Some of the members of the crowd were Tories, but the ma;jority w e re patriots, while some were patriot soldiers. Soon i;ome more of the Liberty Boys appeared on the scene , the crowd h:wing attracted their attention, and when tlley saw Dirk and Bob dragging a man along, they became ex cited at and broke through the crowd and joined their comrades. "Hello, what does this mean. Dick?" "'Vho is he , Bob?" ""What is up, anyway. Dick?" "Where are you tnking him, Bob?" Sueh were n few of the questions fired at Dick and Bob by their brother Liberty Boys. "'Ve're taking thi;; chap down to the river," said Dick. "'\"hat for?" eagerly. '".ro throw him in." "We're going to duck him," explained Bob. Thi s plensed the youths, as well as excited them and aroused their curiosity. "'1'hat are you going to duck him for?" "'Vho is he?" "What has he done?" Such were the questions, and the crowd that was around the little pnrty as excited and interested as the Liberty Boys who were asking the questions. "He's a. Tory," said Dick. "He says the Declaration of Independence doesn't amount to anything." from Bob. "He says the patriot soldiers are farmers. clodhoppers, who will run when they come face to face with the British troops," added Dick. "And we're going to gi>e him a good ducking, to teach him to keep his mouth shut." said Bob. "Hurrah! and we'll help you! cried the J,iberty Boys. '.rhere wNe ti ve of them, and this wrrs just to their liking-. It was the kind of sport they liked; It would give them great pleasure to dnck a Toryespecia!Iy a saucy one like t! fellow. So the;seized hold of the man. some of them pulling, others pushing, and be was hnstled along at a iively Jn spite of his struggler;. and his attempts at holding back. Thu crowd went along, for it was eager to see the outcome of tht> unusual affair. 'l'here were probably otllcr Tories in the crowd, but they were in the minority, and it would not have done for them to attempt to render assistance to the man. for they would have b(>eu set upon by the patriots and given a good thrashing. All they could do was to keep quiet and see what took place . The youths turned down a 5ide street and made direct toward the Hudson Hi> er. It was only about tliree blocks distant. 'fhe way was down hill. too, and this made it• easier for them to drag tlrn struggling Tory along. He kept up a running fire of threatening talk. He told the youths that he would make them wish they had neycr bee n born. He gave utterance to all kinds of dire threats, but he might as well have saved his wind; the threats bad no effect on the Liberty Boys, save, perhaps, to make them more determined to give him a good ducking while they were about it. , On they went, and soon they were almost upon the bank o f the stream. At the point where they reached the river the bank was perhaps ten feet high, and almost straight up and down. It was n splendid place for tlleir purpose, and as they drew near the bank the youths increased their speed, and rushed the Tory alo'ng at a lively pace. A few moments more and they were on the bank, and then Dick cried, in a s .harp, decided voice: "In with him, boys!" At the words, the youths gave the man a shove, and down into the water be went, head first, striking n itb a great splash, and going under out of sight. CHAPTER II. A COUPLE OF WET TORIES. A cheer went up from the Liberty Boys. The majority of the spectators joined in the cheering, but there were some who did not. These, of course, were the 'l'ories. They sympathized with the victim, and would have aided him, but did not dare. "That's the way to serve Tories!" cried Bob Estabrook. "If there are any more here let them show themsel>es. and we will gi>e them a dose of the same kind of medicine," and he look e d around over the crowd. There were some lowering countenances, but their owners said nothing. They knew better. They were satisfied that they would receive the same treatment that bad been accorded to the man who had just been tb rown in to tlie river "I don't hear any voices proclaiming their owners to be adherents of King George." snid Bob, with a grin. "I guess there are no other Tories present." "You talk too much. young fellow," said some one. The voice sounded from well toward the outer edge of the c1owd, and Bob made a break in that direction, the crowd parting to let him through. "'Vhere is the man that said that?" the youth cried. "Show him to me; point him out. somebody, and I'll prove to him that I can do otller things besides talk." "That Is the fellow," said a man. pointing toward a darkfaced man who was standing almost at the outer edge of the crowd. Bob confronted the fellow and, pointing his finger at the man, said: "Are you the man who said that about me just now?" "And if I am, what about it?" There was insolence in the tones. "Are you. or are you not?" Bob's voice rang out loud and clear, and there was a flash in his eyes that boded the man lll. "Yes. I am the man," was the reply, in as bold a voice as the fellow could command. He thought that perhaps the youth might be afraid to attack him, owing to the fact that he was a man, and a good-sized, strong-looking one at that. But thiA was nhere he made a mistake. Bob Estabrook was a youth who was not afraid of any body, no matter who he was, or how large and fierce-looking he might be. The instant the fellow said he was the man, the Liberty Boy attac ked him. striking at him with such rapidity and f o r ce that tlle 'l'or.v was forced backward in spite of himself, the crowd parting to give the two room. 'l'he man tried to stand his ground and strike back at the youth, but he was kept too busy warding off and dodging the shower of blows that was b e ing dealt him, and be was gradually forced backward. His attention wns toward Bob , of course, and he llad no opportunity of seeing where he was backing to, and the result was that be did not know he was being forced toward. the edge of the river-bank. The spectators saw it, however, and many of them encouraged Bob. 'l'hev \Yautecl to see the man tumble, ancl they were grati fied, for a few moments later, having been forced to take a couple of steps backward by the furious attack of Bob, h e


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BOWLING GREEN. 3 pepped over the bank and plunged backward into tile river. A wild yell of f!'a1 escaped his lips as h e felt himself going. and he groped desperately nt the atmosphere, without doing himsel f any gooe another ducking!" Such were a few of the remarks made by the citizens and th e Liberty Boys. The two w e t and bedraggled Tories did not pay any atten tion to their tormentors, however, but kept on hastening away. Til e y soon parted company, one g oing down one street and the oth e r up anotber street. They were not a cquaint ance s or friends, it seemed, but were s imply fellow-sufferers. The crowd dispersed, then, after gi>ing tbe Liberty Boys n. fe w cheers , and the youths made their way to tbeir quarters. Here Dick, Bob, and the five who had nssisted them in ducking the Tories, told their comrades the story o . f the nffair. As may be supposed, all were sorry they had missed it. "I wish I had b een there, " said Mark Morrison, a handsome youth of eighte en y enrs. "So do I wish I h a d b ee n there," said Sam Sanderson. The others all said the same. "It was fun, I tell you," said Bob , grinning at the re membrance. "Yes," from Dick. "You had ought to have seen those two Tories go Into the river, kerplash." Then the subject of the reading of the Declaration of In dependence cnme up, and nil expressed a desire to be present and hear the document read. "We will be there, " said Dick. "In fact, we will h,ave . to be there, for an order bas been issued by the commander-in chief to that effect." "The entire army will be there," saicl Bob. There was considerable talk about this, and then one of the youths told Dick that he had beard a pie c e of news while out on the street a little while before. .... What did you hear, Joe?" Dick asked. "I heard some of the soldiers talking about pulling the statue of King George down. Dick." "Ah! You mean the one down in Bowling Green?" "Yes." "And you say some of the soldiers are. talking of doing that?" "Yes." "When do they intend to do it?" "To-night." "After the meeting in the Common?" "Yes." "Say, I'm going to have a hand in thnt!" cried Bob Esta brook, eagerly. This was just the kind ofwork he liked. It would be Interesting and exciting. "I'll take a hand in It, too," from Mark Morrison. all will!" was the cry. "Yes," said Dick. "I'm In for It. I think the statue ought to come clown. We will pull It down and make room for one of George Washington. A statue of the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army will be morn suitable, and more acceptable to the American people." "Say, Dick, that statue is made of lead, isn't it?" asked Bob. "I think so." "Good! We'll pull it down and melt 1t Into bullets to shoot the king's soldiers with!" "We will dose the king's soldiers with me lted majesty, e h , Bob?" from Dick. "That is just what we will do." CHAPTER III. "PULL, BOYS!" CRIED DIOK. The Liberty Boys were through eating supper early, and were ready to attend the meeting in the Common, when the Declaration of Independence was to be read. Feeling that it would be better to be on hand too early than too late, they set out, and were soon at the Common. Quite a large crowd of soldiers were already there. The troops were stationed in the form of hollow squares. All around, just outside the points where the soldiers were congregated, stood great crowds of spectators, eager to see n.nd hear what was done and said. The majority or the spectators were patriots, but there were quite a number who were not in sympathy with the cause or Liberty. There were a goodly number who were Tories at heart, but they were careful to keep back well toward the out skirts of the crowd; they had heard what had happened to the two Tories, and the same treatment might be dealt out t o them.


4 THE LIBER'l1Y BOYS AT BOWLING GREEN. At last all the troops w e r e g athe r e d o n the Common , and then tlrn coming of the commande r-inchie f was watched fo1 eagerly. At last a shout w ent up. It grew iu volu me, t il: it became a roar, a.nd presently all Raw a h o r seman riding sl o wl y up Broadway, an aide by his side. The horse was a larg e, tin e on e . strong ancl sturdy, as it had need of b e in g, for the rid e r was a man of unusual siie and physique-th e ride r was, inde e d, General Washington. As the crowd parte d to l e t him ride through, the great man bowed to the right and to the lef t. Then he rode to n spot near the center of the crowd o f soldiers (history says it was a spot u ear where the fountain is, in the City Hall Park) and brought his horse to a stop. Then h e lifte d his hand to enjoin silence, and said, in a clear, commanding voice: "Men and soldiers: We are gathered here this evening to listen to the reading of that great and glorious document, the Declaration of Independence. (Cheers.) The day that saw this Decl aration signed and s ealed was the greatest day in the history of our country. It marks the beginning of a new era-the appearance upon life ' s curta in of a free people.. It introduces to the world a race of p e ople who are and will he free and independent, and who will govern themselves for the best interests of all. Kindly li sten in silence, now, while my aide r eads, and remember that it is this Declaration of Independence which is our li cense of liberty. That is all. Read!" The g r eat man bowed, made an imposing gesture, and then such a cheer as went up! It w a s loud enough to be heard for miles , and it was kept up for more than a minute. When at las t it died down, the aide began reading. '.rh e man' s voi ce was a good on e , and all could hear plainly. He read clear through to the E'nd, and then the cteering began onc e more. This tim e it did not end when a minute had elapsed. It bad barely b eg un. Louder and louder the che ering sounded. It went up in a roar. It was like the roar of a score of Niagaras rolled into one. Distinguishable amid the roar of the cheering was the word "Washington!" and whe n the great man finally waved his hand and rode slowly away down Broadway, he was followed by cheer afte r cheer. It was indeed au exciting s c ene. It was one that tbe Liberty Boys ne>er forgot. 'l'bey were youths who had joined the army only recently, and everything was new and interesting to them, anyway, 11nd they were enthus ed by the s c e ne. "I'm glad I'm here!" cried Bob Estabrook, when the cheering had subsided s ufficiently s ' o it was possible to make him self understood. "So am I , " agreed Dic k Slater. "And I! " went up in a roar from the res. t of the Liberty Boys Then the troops dispersed, the greater number returning to their quarters. Quite a good many soldiers, however, did not go to their quarters, but m ade th0ir way down Broadway, in the direc-tion of Bowling Gre en. On every side the Liberty Boys beard the words. spoken by patriot soldiers , "Now for Bowling Green!" "Come on, fellows; let's go down to Bowling Green!" "Don't forget Bowling Green!" "I know what that m eans," said :Mark Morrison. "They are going down there to smash the statue of King George!" "That's it!" from Bob. "Come along, fellows . We want to have a hand in that." So the Liberty Boys set out, and followed the down Broadway. It took them but a few minutes to reach Bowling Green, and when they got there they found a great crowd present. So far as they could see, however, no actual preparations were being made to pull the king's statue down and smash it. There were many soldiers in the little park, but they stood around in groups, talking in low tones. 'l'he Liberty Boys stood in a group by themselves, and took a careful survey of the situation. There in the middle of the little park stood the statue of King George. It was on a pedestal several feet high, and there was a fence around the pedestal. '".rher e doesn't seem to be much headway being made in h is affair, Dick," said Bob Estabrook, in a disappointed •oice. ".rhat's so-, Bob. " "I wonder what's the reason?" . "I don't know; perhaps they think it Is too early to do the work." "It is not too early. The quicker it is clone the better." "Perhaps they haven't got :start e d because tbeS lack a leader," suggested l\Iark Morrison. " ,To\e . l'U lead them, if that is all thE'y \Yant." grinned Bob. "Dic k would be the fellow to take the lead in this thing," Sam Sanderson. "That's right; you take the lead, Dick," said Bob. "'1i'e'll back you up in whate>er you want to do." Dick thought a few moments, and then said: "I wouldn't like to take the lead, boys. You see, there are scores of older men than me here, and it would be better for some one of them to act as leader." "Yes; but if they won't, they won' t , Dick," said Bob. "I it will be all right for you to do it. It takes 11•oung fellows like us to do such work as this. Let's start it up. I will go and get a rope and tie it around King George's neck-the neck of his statue, I mean-if the rest of you fellows will lay hold of the rope and haul the statue down ana smash it." Again Dick thought a few moments, and while he was pondering a soldier who was standing near and had heard what Bob said, advanced and said, earnestly: "Yes; you take the lead, young fellow, and the rest of us will back you up. Go and get the rope and tie it to the neck of the statue, and that will b e all that will be necessary; there will be plenty to pull on the rope." "All right. I'll take the lead, then." said Dick. "Go ahead and get the rope, Bob." "Hurrah! I'm off!" and away Bob dashed, heading for the nearest store where rope could be had. "There are a lot of Tories and king sympathizers o>er yonder," said the soldier, pointing over to one side of the little park. "They have heard that the king's statue is to be smashed, and they are muttering among themselves. They have rocks and brickbats in their bands, and I think they will probably throw them at us if ye try to pull the statue down." "We will see about that," said Dick. "Boys, some of you go over there, and be in readine s to put a stop to such work, if they attempt it. The rest of us will attend to the work o f pulling the statue down and smashing it." About fifty of the Liberty Boys mo>ed across to a point not far from where the Tories stood, and the latter glared at the youths threateningly, for they realized that the youths were there to hold them in check. The word rapidly went around among the soldiers, to the effect that Dick Slater, captain of the Liberty Boys, was goiug to take the lead in the affair, and that one of his men had gone to get a rope to put around the neck of the statue, and there was a hum of applause. "Hurrah for Dick Slater!" cried some one , and the cheers were given with a will. Presently Bob was seen coming running, with a coil of rope in his hands, and a cheer went up. Threatening growls went up from the Tories, and they moved nervously about, and grippe d the rocks and brickbats. "HerE"s the rope, Dick," cried Bob. "Just wait till I get it unrolled, and then I'll climb up with one end of the rope and tie it around the statue's n eck." He quickly unrolled the rope, and then, taking bolcl of the end, began climbing up onto the p edestal, ha>ing first leaped over the low fence which was around it. A y e ll w ent up from the soldiers-a wild, thrilling y e ll of delight and appro'l"al, and from the Tories and king sympathizers there went up an angry muttering, as of distane thunder. Bob was soon up where he could do the work, and he quickly ti e d the rope around the n e ck of the statue, taking care to tie it tight, so it could not slip off . • '.rhen h e descended, and he leaped over the fenc e sur rounding the statue Diel' cried out: "Get hold of the rope, boy;;, and stretch it out, taut." The Liberty Boys and some of the other soldiers as " ; ell seiz e d the rope and straightened it out: theu they stood there, waiting eagerly for the command.


THE LIBERTY BOYS A'l' BOWLING GREEN. 5 on tbe air rose various cries and exclamations. illown with the statue of the tyrant!" II it doTrh and smash it!" •Don't you do it!" •If you do you will rue it!" 'file contlictinir exclruuations came from the soldiers arid m the Tories. the soldie rs, of course, favoring pulling the tue down, the 'I.'ories protesting against it. Then many of the soldiers and patriot citizens began throwstoues nnd bricks at the statue, and the Tories, angered by this, brandished their missiles, and threatened to throw em. The Liberty Boys pushed forward and forced the Tories back. however , and warned them not to throw. •If you do we wlll fire upon you!" cried Mark Morrison, brandishing a pistol; the other Liberty Boys did the same, and it had the effect of holding the Tories back, and keep ing them from throwing the stones and bricks. Dick Slater decided that it was now time to do the work they were there for the purpose of doing. There was no need of waiting lon ger. They a!J got a good grip on the rope. "Pull, boys!" cried Dick. "Down with the statue ot the tvrant kin"!" The Libe"rty Boys surged back on the rope, and down off its pedestal came the statue of King George." CHAPTER IV. SMASHING THE KING'S STATUE. The statue struck the ground with a crash, and was smashed out of all semblance of the king, for it was made of lead, and the arms and head were bent and crushed. The king's statue certainly was a wreck. Then on the air rose wild yells and cheers. "Down with the king!" "I wish it was the king himself!" "Yes, yes! So do I! " "If it were the king we would string him up to a lamp ost!" "So we would!" "Death to the tyrant king!" "Long live liberty!" Such were a few of the cries indulged in by the soldiers rud patriot citizens. I _ The Tories and king sympathizers gave utterance to exof a sort, but their voices were drowned by those of the patriot soldiers and citizens. It was as well or .them that this was so, for the patriots were not in a mood to listen to much insolent talk, and would have handled t . he Taries roughly. "Say. let's hang the king's statue up to a lamp-post, Dick!" cried Bob Estabrook. "We can't hang him, but we can hang bim in effigy, as it were." This idea struck the Liberty Boys as being a good one, and they clamored to be permitted to hang the king's statue up to a lamp-post. Seing they were set on doing this, Dick: agreed, and the rope was thrown over the top of a nearby lamp-post, and pulled up and fastened so that the statue would hang there. Then the Liberty Boys laughed, cheered, and danced about, and there was a general jubilation among the patriots, while out on the outskirts of the crowd the Tories gritted their teeth and muttered threats. Suddenly a big, fierce-looking fellow burst through the rowel surrounding the statue. He was flourishing a knife, ncl shouting angrily. "It's a. shame! .. be cried; "an outrage! It is an insult to ur noble king! Out of the way here; I will cut the statue Clown!" But be did not reach the statue. Bob Estabrook, who narrowly escaped being stabbed with the flouri shed knife, gave the man a blow on the jaw, knocking him down. Then half a. dozen of the Liberty Boys seized the. angry 'l'orv ancl disarmed him. Iie struggled fiercely, giving utterance to threats by the yard: but hiR words had no effect; the youths held him, and told l1im to shut up. •Yon are making too much noise," said Dick. "If. you knew when wl'l'e well off you would kerp quiet." "You are the ringleader in thiR the fellow <'ri ed. and I will 1e memb e r it. and settle with yon. Dirk Slater!" "Say. Dick. don't you think a d1wking wonlCI c ool him off?" asked Bob. '!.'his struck the other Liberly Boys f:wornbl.v. and they urged Dick to let them cluck the "It iR what be ne eds." said ouc. "Yes, ju>;t the thing for him. from un0tlier. "It will teach him a l esson." "Yes, h e will be mor e (areful next time.• "All right; take him along," said Dick. This was all that was ne e d ed . With a shout of joy the Liberty Boy s dragged the Tory away, across the park to the shore, and, in spite of his strug gles and threats, the fellow was thrown into the water. He was not a •ery good swirumer. but manage d to get back to the shore. He began abusing the Liberty and patriots in general in such a tirade of vituperation that the youths grabbed him and threw him into the water again. This time It was all he cou ld do to get ba c k to the shore, and he was so exhausted, and so strangled to death, Indeed, that he bad no breath to expend in Yituperatlon, so the Liberty Boys came away and left him lying stretched out on the shore, gasping like a fish out of water. "He will know better than to interfere where he has no business next time," said Bob, and the rest said the same. They hastened back to where the king'R statue was hang ing on a lamp-post, and told Dick how they had taken all the venom out of the Tory by ducking him in the bay. "Now, then, who will go and get an axe?" asked Dick. "I will," said Bob. "But what do you want with an axe?" "To cut the statue up into small piece:;;. I will distribute the pieces among the patriot soldiers, so the;v can melt them up into bullets to shoot British soldiers with . ., "Hurrah! just the thing!" was the cry . . Bob rushed away to the store where he had bought the rope. He was soon back again with an axe. Dick took the axe, and called out: "Lower the statue, boys." The Liberty Boys quickly obeyed . They loosened the rope, and the statue f e ll to th e ground with a thud. "Now we will cut the king's statue up into little bits," said Dick . He began chopping, and quickly cut off the arms and legs, and cut them into small pieces. As he rlid this he tossed pieces out to one side, and Bob and Mark passed the pieces to all who asked for them. Next Dick chopped the king's head off, and made it up into small pieces, after which he did the same thing with the body. This took up half an hour or more , and then, as Dick kept the last piece himself, and called out, "'!.'hat ends it; the king is now ready for the bullet-molds!" a great cheer went up. Then Bob took the axe back to the store, and thanked the owner for the use of it. The crowd was dispersing when he got back, and the Liberty Boys went to their quarters. They were feeling jubilant, and talked and laughed in delight. They felt as though, in smashing the king's statue, nnd cutting it up into pieces to be melted and run into bullets, they had struck a blow tor the great cause. and this made them happy. They got their bullet-molds out at once, and went to work, making bullets. Au hour Inter the pieces of the le aden statue of King George had. been con\terted into nice, bright bullets, which were destined to be u sed against the king's soldiers in the tirst battle in which the Liberty Boys took part. As may be supposed. the smashing of the kin g' s statue was almost the sole subject of conversation that ev=im?: in New Yorlc The patriots were delighted; but the 'I.'orles were anything but pleased. They said it was a outrage. and that tile !)erpetrators would one day be punished as they deserved. Being eager to hear what was being said on the streets, Dick Slater and the Liberty Boys in general went out arid, scattering, moved about, listening to the talk of the citizens. Dick and Bob stayed together, as was their usual custom.


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS A'r BOWLING GREEN . They had been chums and friends for years, practically Bob was not the boy to stand still and permit a great, big all their liv es. u all. fil'ty pounds heavier than himself, to land a blow that '.rh eir hom es were adjoining. up in Westchester County, no1. wou ld hTve knccked him senseless. far from 'l.'arryt own. and they ln1d gone to schoo l together, Bob knew a tric k w orth several of that. had h unted, fished , jumped, wrestle d , and gone in swimming . When tll c Tory struck out. Bob ducked his head quickly, tog ethe r eYer since they were large enough to do those and the fellow's fist went ove r bis shoulcler without touch-things. iug him. Another tie that bound them together was the fact that Then out shot Bob's fist. they eac h l oved the other's sister. Diel;: was in love with He was almost as strong as Dic k. and could stril;;e a ter-Alic e Estabr ook, whil e Bob and Edith Slater thought the r ible blow if he de $ired to d o so , and this time h e did desire world of ea c h othe r. to do that very tl!ing. So the tw

THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS AT BOWLIKG GREEN. 7 but the Tory did not stop. He only walked the faster; he 11ad all he wante d for that time, and was eager to get away trom the scene of his discomfiture. '"rhe fun is over. We may as well mo>e on." said Bob. He a.nd Dick walked on down the street, and the crowd cllspersed, many of the members calling out compliments to Bo!J. 'l'he two youths walked around for 8ll hour or so, and then made their way back to their qua'rters. The majority of the youths had returned, and were talking and laughing, and having a jolly tlme generally. When Dick told of Bob's encounter with the Tory they were delighted, and all said they wished they . bad been there. . "Yes, you missed the fun, boys," said Bob. "It didn't last very long, anyway," said Dick. "One blow settled the whole thing." They were talking and laughing and enjoying themselves as boys can and will, when an, orderly from headquarters was ushered in. "I wish to see Dick Slater," he said. .. I am Dick Slaler," said Dick, rising and advancing to where the orderly stood. "Yon are wanted at headquarters, Captain Slater." "Right away?" the youth asked. "Yes, at once; so the commander-in-chief said." "Very well; I will go right along with you." The youth put on his hat and WE>nt along with the orderly. He could not thin!{ why he had been sent for. He and his Liberty Boys had beE>n in ew York bltt a Fhort time, and be bad not as yet done a-:iy work for the great cause-work such fls he did later, and which made him famous throughout the length and breadth cf the country. He was eager to know what the commander-in-chief wanted of him. There was no use of trying to think what It might be; he had only to wait n few minutes, and he would learn from the great man's own lips. They were soon at patriot headquarters, around on Broarl street and. ente1ing, made their way to the room occupied by General Washington as .t private office. The orderly kno<'ked on the do e r , and was told to come in. He op e n ed the door, and stepping aside, motioned for Dic k to enter, at the same time saying: "Captain Diel{ Slater, y ou r excellency." Then lle close d the door , Dick stand!ng in the room, In the presence of the commander-in-chief. General washingto n eyed the routh with a keen, searching gaze for a few moments, and it would have been impossible for the most skilled physiognomist to h ave known whether he was pleased as a result of the inspection. "Captain Slater, be seated," he said, motioning toward a iehair. The Liberty Boy took a seat. "How old are you, Captain Slater?" asked the great man, abruptly. "Eighteen, sir." "Ab, a. mere boy yet. Yes, a mere boy." This was said more as though speaking to himself, so Dick said nothing. He wondered what was coming, howeve r. "Le t me me," w ent on the commander-in-chief. "You are the captain of a company of youths about your own age, are you not?" "I am, sir." "They <'all themselves The Liberty Boys of '76, I b elieve." "Yes, sir." "A >ery go o d name: yes, a very good name." Then General 'Vasbington was silent a f e w moments. Re was pondering, evidently. for bis eyes were on the door, and brow was wrinkled. . "Captain Slater," be said, prese ntly, "I suppose you would like to do something to benefit the great cause?" "Indeed, yes, sir." 'rbis was said with such eagerness and earnestness that it evidently pleased the for he looked at the bright face of the boy approvil1gly and nodded his head. "Good! ""ell. yon shall ha•e the chance. I am going to giYe you a special assignment. my boy." Dick said nothing, but looked at the commander-in-chief eagerly. "Ypu have beard of men who go witll:in the enemy's lines and do spy work. llllve you not, my boy?" the great man asked. "Yes, sir." "E:rnctly. Well, bow do you think you would like to be a spy?" The youth started. His eyes shone with nn eager light. It was evident that the icle a was a Yery pleasing one to him. "I would like it >ery well, indeed, sir!" he exclnimed. "You must remember, my boy, that it is a very dangerous avocntion." "I know that, sir." "In acting as a spy, one takes his life in one's bands." "True, sir." The great man looked keenl y Rt the youth. "The thought does not daunt you?" be asked. 0No, sir." "Perhaps you have not given the thought serious enough consideration." "Ob, yes; I !:now that one would have to tnke \:tis life in hiR sir; and I llD! quit? ready to do that, if yon wish me. :IIy life Is at the service of my country, sh. I am will!ng to risk it for the gooc l of the cause." "Right bravely spoken, my boy. I belieYe that y o n will bf' the >ery youth to do t:he work wb;ch I wish done." "I shall be only to o glad to make the attempt, sir; and i f I fail it will be simpl y because I cannot succeed." "W'ha t I wish you to do, my boy-or, rather, what I wish you t o attempt to do, is to go across to S! a ten I s lauffort to l eo.rn . or at least to get an inkling of, the plan!l of the Dkk's eyes sparkled. "I shall bP {!lad to make the !lttempt. your excellency." "Yery w ell; then yo may consider the matter settled. You shall go: And now, to give you some instructions." The great man talked earne:;tly to Dick for half an h<1ur, giving him full instructions regard!ng what ;ie wished done. As may be s ipp::sed, Dick listened intently. He had already made up l:L

.... 8 THE LIBT'.iHTY BOYS A'l,' when be came to Xew York, from bis home up in the He advanced to the door of the house, whic h was a log-couutrr. <:abin in reality. and knocked. In going on a spying expeclition it would, of course, have There came uo answer: no sound from within. hee n utterly folly to wear bis patriot uniform. The instant 'l'be Liberty Boy knocked again. a r e dcoat or Tory laid eyes on him it woul d have been all up There was silenee for nearly a minute, and then from witilin with him. came a hoarse voice, asking: The Liberty Boy h:i.d don e a lot of thinking since leaving ""Who is there?" headquarters, and b e had made up his mind regarding the "A stranger who wishes a night's lodging," replied Dick. course b e would pursue. "'\\'ait a little," came the voice. "I will open the door H e had decid e d to row down along the west shore of presently." Stute n I sland, a clistance o f two or three miles, and then make Half a minute later the rloor was openecl, and a man of a landing. p erhaps fifty years stood revealed in the light throIVn out by He would bide bis boat there, and take to the land. He the candle, which was held in his hand. hoped that by approaching the British encampment on Staten He eyed Dick somewhat k e enly. Island from the south he would not be suspected of being "A boy." be said, half to himself. "Who are you?" a spy, if he was discovered-at least not so quickly as would name is David Somers," said Dick. be the case if he were to approach from the northward. ""'here do you live?" By keeping well out in the center of the waterway lying "Over in Jersey." between State n Island and the .Jersey shore. Dick was able "vVhnt are you doing over here on the island?" to r educe the chanc es of discov ery to a minimum. Indeed, "I wanted to see the British army, sir." he had no fears of being discovered, for the night was quite The man started. and asked, sharply: dark. "Are you a loyalist?" Onward he rowed, and at last, when he was sure he was "Well. I don't know that I am anything, sir; I only wautecl at l east two miles down the Staten Island shore, he rowed to see the British army out of curiosity, just to see what it softly in and made a landing. looks like. I never saw an army, and father said I might He had entered a little cove, and pulling his boat in under come." the outspreading branches of a tree which stood close to "But how comes it that you are here at this time of the the water, he tied the painter securely.. night?" '.l'hen he stood quite still, and listened for a few moments. "I got lost, sir, and wandered around in the timber for H e could not be certain that there were no redcoats in the hours." ;icinity, of course, and he was disposed to be careful. "Oh, that's it, eh?" He felt tha t there was a good deal depending on bis sue"Yes; and now, if you will be so kind, may I stay here ce 8 s in learning the plans of the B1itish, and he was not the rest of the night? It looks like it is going to rain, and going to neglect any precautions. I don't want to be out in a storm." H e heard I'lo sound to indicate the presence of any one in "Certainly, young man; you are welcome to stay: come the Yicinity, however, and so he set ont through the tim'ber. right in." The Liberty Boy was not familiar with the lay of the land 'l'he Liberty Boy entered, and the man closed the Lloor, on Staten Island. and barred it. It was, indeed, his first visit to the island. Then be placed the candle on a . table at one side of the He bad a general idea o! the shape and size of the island room and turned to Dick. nothing more. ' "There is my bunk; you will sleep there." Still, he believed he would not have much difficulty in find-I "Not at all," said Dick. "Give me a blanket, and I will ing his way. lie on the floor. I shall not rpb you of your bed.• He bad had a good deal of experience in this kind of work "Just as you like, my boy; I'll get you a blanket .. , for b e bad liv e d in a rough, timbered country all his life: .At this rno?lent a sweet voice came down from upstairs--and he and Bob Estabrook had wandered all through the Dick had noticed that the house was a story and a half !Jigh timber in the night time. -asking: made the task before him easier than it otherwise "What is the matter, father? Are you sick?" wonld have been. "No, daughter," the man replied. "Go back to b eu. A The country ros e steadily. and the youth found himself man has asked for shelter, that is all." monuting higher and higher. Oh, I was afraid you were skk." A t last. howeY e r, he reached the top of the ridge, and then The man_ bad 1?1'ought forth. a ?lanket by this time, natl he tnrn<'Ll and walked almost in a due nol'th direction. be" handed .1t to Di_ck, on the. floor. lt wa8 not his intention to try to enter the British lines :r'hat will do. mcely, s,?-1ll. All I "anted was a roor in the night time. He had a plan in mind which he hoped to shelter me from the ram. would ue successful. It was a bold one-nothing more or I The man banded Dick a pillo''" saying: IC'ss than that he should enter the British encampment, and '".rhat will make you more comfortable, I think." try to join the army. If he could succeed in doing this, then Dick took the pillow, thanked the m:rn , and then la:r clown. he might be able to secure Information which he wished to "Are you all right?" the hQSt asked. secure. "Yes, sir," replied Dick. It was now getting well along toward the middle of the "Very well; good-night." night. "Good-night." Dick decided that if he came across a farmer's house he The man blew the light out, and a few minutes later nil would apply for shelter. was silent in the cabin. Presently he struck into what proved to be a fairly good Soon Dick dropped off to sleep, and he knew nothing m ore road. until aroused by the host next morning. 'L'bis was encourai?ing, be told himself. "Breakfast is ready, young man,'' the host said, geninllr. "Get up and wash your face." If he kept onward on this road he might son come to a house. The Liberty Boy leaped up, rolled up his blanket, and pla('ed He walked steadily onward p erhaps ten minutes. Of course it anrl the pillow in the bunk that bad been occupied by the h d man. e id not walk very rapidlr, as it was dark, and he, being "Where will I find water and basin?" Dick asked. unfamiliar with the road, feared that he might get into some "In the kitchen; come along.• unlooked-for trouble. Dick followed bis host into the kitchen, and there sw1Y a Suddenly he caught sight of a house looming up by the sweet-faced girl of about sixteen years, who was just placing roadside. the food on the table. It was not a large house, but the youth did not doubt but what there would be room for him. His only fear was that the settler might turn out to be a Tory and ask too many questions. "However, I'll risk it," the youth told himself. "I don't to lie out the rest of the night. I think it will raln before morning, anyway." "l\Iy name is Joshua Whallen." said the man, "and this is my daughter Edith. Edie>. this is l\Ir. David Somers." '.rhe Liberty Boy bowed, and said: "I am glad to make your acquaintance. ;\liss Whal!en." and she bowed, blushed slightly, and replied in kind. "No" wash your face and hands, quick,'' said Mr. Whallen "brea k!ast is ready and will be getting cold." '


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BOWLING GREEN. 9 redc:oa t may h :rrn hacl. h e noddecl anll said: CHAPTER VII. 'Of he may stay. Jump out. youngste r, null make yourself at home.,. DTCK JOINS THE BRl'rISH ARMY. "Tl!ank you, .. said Dic-k. "nncl thank yon, too. :\Ir. Vl'hallen." "That's all right; when yon gPt through lo oking around, During breakfast ti'me :\fr. Vi'hallen asked Dick a number come bark to my house. my 11oy. • of questions regarding where 'he lived, etc., all of which the "Thank von. sir. I will do Ro.,. youth answ ered satisfactorily. Th'en Dick leaped out of the w::igon. "And you don't know which s id e you are on, my boy?" Mr. V\'hall en drove out of the <'ncampmei1t. aml nway in the man asked, finally. the direction of hi s h ome , whilc Di c k took hls place beside "Xo, sir; but I guess I would be for the king, if I was on the captain. He had come to the dec.:ision that b e wou ld cultieltbcr side." va te the officer in question. '.l'be man was e vill e ntly good "WeII," scratching his bead, and speaking slowly, "I'm like natured, and would be a good one to make a friend of. you, my boy. I don't know which side I am on-at any rate, 'l'he captain look ed at Dick, and asked: so long as the British army is encamped on Staten Island and I "What is your name?" keep on selling my produce to the soldiers, I don't think it "Dave Somers , sir. good policy to make any definite statements." "And you live over in eh?" The Liberty Boy started. "Yes, ,sir." "So you sell the soldiers produce, do you?'' be asked. "That means Jersey, I suppos e ?" "Yes, produce and chickens, ducks , turkeys, and everything "Yes, sir." like that." "You live on a farm?" '''Vben are yon going to take some more produce to the en"Yes. I'm a farmer boy.'' campment?" "And you wanted to see an army, eh?" "This morning-I go every morning." "Yes; I wante d to see the British army, sir ... "Ob. that's the way of it?" 'l'h e captain took this a:J n rompliment. "Well, you are welcome to l ook around all you want to," "Say, can I go with you this morning?" he said. "Indeed, I have nothing else to do, and will show "Certainly." you around, if you like, and explain things to you." "Good! That will just suit me." The officer seemed to have taken an interest in Dick . After breakfast Dick helped Mr. Wballen load the wagon. "Thank you," said the youth. " I shall be very g lad to ha Ye They filled it with potatoes, cabbages, etc .. and with some you do that." chickens in a coop. Then they went to the stable and bar-The officer told Dick that his name was HaJ'(lin. arnl then nessed the horses, and brought them out and hitched them to they began movin g around. the captain showing Di c k e1 erythe wagon. thing that be thought would interest a youth. Then, bidding Edith good-by, they drove away toward the Dick played bis part perfectly, and asked a suffic.:iPnt uum-north. ber of questions, so that no one would have suppo s ed he bad "How far is it to the encampment?" asked Dick. ever before seen an army. "About a mile." Many of the officers joked tlie c::ipta in, asking him wllo Of course, it was necessary to drive slowly. With the load his young friend was, and whether he was a duke or an earl on. the wagon could not be moved at a rapid rate, so it took in disguise. them nearly half an hour to reach the British encampment. The officer laughed good-naturedly, and explained who Dick They were hailed by a sentinel, who recognized the farmer, was. however, and let the wagon pass without a word. He had "Well, how do you like the looks of things?" the captain hailed merely as a matter of form. asked, when they bad made the rounds of the encampment. As may be supposed, Dick looked around him with a "I like the looks of things greatly," said Dick. lively degree of interest. "Think you would like to be a soldier?" He had come here to try to learn something that would The youth gave a start. nnd looked up in to the captain's be of value to the patriot cause, and his eyes were wide face with simulated eagerness. open. "Yes, I would like it;" he said. "! wish I could join the "Well. what do you think of it?" asked Mr. Wballen, who army." supposed that Dick was what he represented himself to be, The captain looked at Dick keenly for a few moments, and and that he had come here merely to see a great army. then dropped his eyes, and seemed to be pondering. "It ls wonderful!" said Dick. "It is a great sight." "How old are you?" he asked, presently. "Yes, so it i s; and it is >rnnderful the amount that an army "Eighteen." the size of this eats." "What would your parents say if you join.eel the nrm:r?" "I suppose so." "Oh, they would be willing, sir. They are such strong "Yes; I could sell ten times as much produce as I have to loyalists that they would be glad to know that th eir son 1Yns spare." going to fight for the king. " "I should judge so." The captain pondered a. while longer. "You are right; see the soldiers coming. They very nearly '.rhen he looked up, and exclaimed, in a de cided manner: fight , sometimes, over who shall have some of the stuff." "By jove, I will do it. Come with m e, D111<', rmrl I will Soon the wagon was surrounded by an eager crowd of Brit-take you before the commander-in-chi ef, and tell him you ish soldiers, all clamoring to be served with some of the wish to join the army." produce. "Oh, if you only will do that, sir!" exclaimeu Dick, in a de-Tbe Liberty Boy went to work, and did as much as Mr. lighted voice. Whallen in handing out the produce and chickens, and taking It was not wholly assumed, either, for Dick wished very the pay for the same. much to see the British command er-i n-chief. It did not take long to empty the wagon, and then the I "Come along," said the captain. "We will go before the farmer turned to Dick. commander-in-chief at once. Ther-:i is no time like tbe pres" Are you going back with m e , now?" he asked. ent, whe n one wishes to do a thing." The youtb hesitated, looked around him, at the soldiers and They made their way to where 1111 exceeuiugly Jnrgp t ent tents, and said: s to od. "I'd like to stay here a while and look around. Do you In front of the tent stood a. co l:ple of sentinel s and an suppose they would care if l did so?" ,orderly was seated in front of the entrance on a campstool. "I don't know. I'll ask." ' The sentine l saluted as the captain and Dick approach P d, 'L'hen Mr. V\7hall e n called to an officer, who wore a capI and the orderly ros e and bowing to the captain, asked: tain's uniform, and sald: "Do you wish to enter, Captain Hardin?" "Captain. this boy, here, has come over from Jersey to j "Yes; see if the commander-in-chief will see me." see a big army. Would you have any objections to his re1 The orderly bowed and disappeared within the tent. maining h e re and looking around?" I He returned a :t'ew moments later with the statement that The officer turned h'.s eyes on Dick and eyed him search-I the commander-in-chief would see the captain. ingly. . "Come along, Dave." the officer said, and he led the way '!'h e youth met tlle l ook with one of such apparent frank-into tbe tent, Dick following. nesfl :rn•l cimclor a;: to effectually diss.rm any suspicion the As may well be s upposed , Dick was feeling pretty well


10 TI-IR LIBERTY BOYS AT BOWLIXG GREEN. pleased with tbe success that had attended his efforts so far. He "l>as within the British lin es. and "\>as now inside the tent of the commande r-in-chief. He bac1 been more fortunate than he bad hoped for. To say that his heart was not beating a bit faster than ordinary would not be te11ir;g the trnth; fo r it waR. But D ick had such Pl'rfect control of his nerves and facial expression that h e was enaoled to hid e any signs of excitement. '.ro out w a rd app \earanc"e h e 'ivas coo l and unconcerned . The t ent in wbich tbe two found themselves was a large one , indeed, antl tl1e r e were half a dozen carupstools scattered about. Seated in front of a portable desk at one side of the tent, was a l a r g e , good-nature d-looking man, who greeted the captain ,ordia ll y, ancl looked curiously at Dick. "\Yho iR the young man, Hardin'!" he asked. "But have a sent, and you also, yo un g man." The two seated themselves, and then the captain replied: '"!'bis yo ;rng man is from ove r in Kew J e rsey, Ge neral Howe; his name is David Somers, and he has made up his mind tba t he would l ikP to become a soldier." "Ab, indeed?" eyeing D i ck keenly. "So you think you would like to join the British army?" " I think I would l ike it, sir." "You are not sure, then?" "\Vcll, I am p retty sure, sir. Of cou r se, I know nothing r B bout the li fe of a soldier, and might not lik e it. Still, I think I wonld. and would be pleased to join the army." "TVe ll, if you w e r e to join , you <'ould not stay a while and then quit, my boy. Yau would har,e to remain in the army a1d stick it out till the end of the war, whether you liked it or not." "How do you like that prospect?" asked the captain, with a smile. Dick pretended to think seriously for a few moments; then h e said: "I will join, anyway, sir, if you will take me." "And stick to it till the end of the war, or until you are k11led, eh 'I" from the commander-in-chief. "Yes, sir!". d ec i dedly. "Very well. Captain, do you want hlm in you r company?" "Yes, Genernl Howe; I believe h e will make a good soldier." "All right ; it i s settled , then, young man. You may join the army. and you will be a member of Captain Hardin's company." "Thank you, sir. " "You are more than w e lcome, my boy; and I hope you will not regret joining the army." "I don't thiak I ,,hall ever llo so, sir." "Come along," said the captain; then he saluted, Dic k fol • lowing suit, nwkwardly-this done purposely-after wbicll they left the tent. "Now come alo n g with me , and I will show you your future quarters." said the captain. "l will get an order from the general for a uniform, and you ean get It and put it on at once." The captain led the way to the point where his company was quartered and iutroduced Dick to the soldiers . telling them Dick was to be a comrade. The n h e went away to get 'the order for the uniform. He was soon bac k with the order, and Dick went and got the uniform, and bringing it back to the tent he was to occupy jointly with half a score r edcoats, he doffed his suit of ' ci tizens' clothes and donned the uniform. When he appeared among the British soldie r s they complimented him on his appearance. "You make a very goodl ooking British soldier," said the captain, and the others said the same. CHAPTER VIII. RECOONIZED . Dick was indee d well satisfied with the situation. He was in a positi on to a cquire information, if there was rsuch a thing as acquiring it. H e settled down to get acquainted with the members of 1Captain Hardin's company, and he made a very goo d im lpression on most of the soldiers. He was a p leasant youth, and was able to win the good will of most people with whom he came in contact , a nd he set himself to win the good-will of his comrades. He asked a good many questions, and was able to do so w ithout arousing suspicion, because of the fact that he was J n new recruit, and would be suppose d to want to know tbe •things he asked about. 'rbe soldiers ans"1>ercd most of the questions free l y . and Dick acquired some information that he d ee m e d of value. 'Vhat he wanted to do, howeve1. was to manage to o'l'er he a r the talk of Ge n eral Howe ani! the members of his st:l. ff, whe n they were holding n council of war. If he could do that he would be able to secure such info rmation as Ge neral Washington wished to secure. But he was not at a ll sure he could do this. It would indeed be very difficult. It would be dangerous as well. The Liberty Boy realized that Ile was playing a very dangerous part, anyway. If h e wt>re to b e found out bis life would undoubtedly pay tile forfe it. The penalty for being a spy, if captu red, ' was death, al ways. 'l' be very boldness of Dick's action in joining the Briti:::h a r my, however, was bis protection. The British never dreamed that a patriot youth would be so bold and venturesome, consequently Dick was no t sus p ec ted. The youth spent the day among bis new comrades, and got alo n g very well. He was glad when evening came, however. fo r he felt that he might be able to do something after nightfall. He realized that this would be dangerous, but he was determined to take chances. He ate supper wlth his comrades, and when it bad grown dark and the bonfires were blazing, Dick said that he be lieved he would stir around a bit. "I want to see 'vlmt an army looks lik e after nightfall," h e said. "There are no objections to it, are there?" "Oh. no," was the repl y . "That is all right." So Dick strolled a.way, walking slowly and ca relessly along. I-le about him with an ail of curiosity, and no one said anything to him. I-le was soon i n the vicinity of the tent occupied by the commande r-in-chief, and bere h e and stood for some time, ostensibly looking all around, but in i:eality keeping watch on the tent. Presentl y he was rewarded by seeing a couple of the stafl'. officers enter the tent in question. '!'his arouse d the youth's interes t at once. "I wonder if they are going to ho l d a co uncil of war?" he asked hirns P lf. "Jove. if so, and 1 could overhear what is saill . it would be a big feather in my cap." He remaine d where he was n few minutes l onger, and ::;:nv two mo r e officers enter the tent. "That settles it," he to ld himse lf. "They are going to ha Ye a talk, and I must try to hear what I s said." He mo\-ecl slow ly away, sePmingly watchi ng the various' greups of so ldiers all arouncl him. Some of these were talking and laughing; otllers were play ingcards; some were singing; some telling stories. lt wns au interesting scene. l.lut although Dick seemed t be 'Yatching these various groups, he was in reality keepin his on the tent used as headquarters, nud wonderin• how he would manage to hear whnt was sail"OUl

THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BOV\'LING GREEN. 11 teen gaze; nowhere did he see any of the soldiers looking in his direction. At this Instant the man turned, and Dick caught sight of his face. .This was encouraging, and he began crawling toward the iear of the headquarters' tent. It was not far to where he wished to go. ::\'either was be very long in getting there, even though he went slowly. Presently he was close up to the tent, and here be paused. He listened, and was pleased to learn that be could hear the voices of the officers withir: the tent. This was just what he wante d. He lay down and placed bis ear close to the lower edge of the tent, where it did not quite reach the ground. He was now enabled to h ear what was said, and under stand n ea rly every word spoken. The talk wns merely informal and general, and he judged that the council was not yet under way. He was the man who had tried to cut the king's statue down whe n it was banging to the, and who had been knocked clown . by Bob Estabrook and then taken to the bay and dr:ckecl. He r ecog nized Dick at the same instant, in spite of the fact that the youth bad on a British uniform. "Great blazes !" be exclaimed. "That fellow i s Dick Slater, the young scoundrel who was the leader in the matter of smashing the king's statue, over at Bowling Green In New York, yesterday eve ning! What is he doing here?" CHAPTER IX. A PRISONER. He soon learned that this was the case, and that the officers Had a bombshell exploded among the soldiers it would not were a waiting the coming of some more. officers of the' staff. have caused more consternation than did the statement or Presently the officers in question arrived, and then the subth"! Tory. ject that had brought the m together was broached. They stared at Dic k in paralyzed amazement. The matter they began discussing was that of the future Could it be po s ible? Was this youth a rebel, and .had be movements of the .British army. come the re from New York? Dick soon learned that a number ot the officers favored They could hardly believe it; yet it might 'be the truth, and moving the army over onto Long IRiand, and advancing to a cti n g on this supposition they surrounded Dick. Brooklyn Heights, after which all that would be necessary in As for the Liberty Boy , he had already carefully considered order to attack the patriot army would be to cross the East the matter. He had thought of making a break and trying River. to escape, but he realiz-ed that be would have little chance of This, it wns contended, would be much easier and more succeeding. practicable than to get acrl when I ' of the king's statue in Bowling Green." -am .not." '


12 'fHE LIBERTY BOYS A'l1 BOWLING GREEN. "Knocking him down d o e snt prove that you are not Dick Sla te r, " said o ne of the s oldiers. "\VeJI, it e a s e s m y feelings s om ewhat," replied Dick. "He has a c cus e d me f a ls e ly , and talke d insultingly as weJI, and if you were in my pla c e I have no doubt you would have done as I have." "That' s so," a g re e d another of th e soldi e rs. "I don't blame vou for kno cking the f e ll o w down." At this momen t the T o r y scramble d to his fee t. "I' ll fix you for Lhat , Dic k Slater!" he cried. "I'll--" He struc k a t the y outh with all hi s might, and had the blow lande d it w o uld have knocl;:e d Dic k down-but it did not l a nd. The youth ducked, and the Tory's fist went over his shoul der. and struck a s oldi e r in the mouth-it happened to be the soid ie r who bad s aid tha t knocking the Tory down didn't prove his statements fal s e-knocking him half a dozen feet backward. among his comrades , ancl causing a yell cf pain and rag e to burs t from his lip s. A s Di c k duc k e d and l e t the T ory's fist go over his shoulder, he struck out wit h his right fist, and !!atching the man in the pit of the stomac b , doubl e d him up lik e a jack-knife, and dropJJ e d him in a sitting posture to the ground, where he sat, ro cking bac k nnd forth and groaning most dismally. T hi s s e c o nd cl e v'r knoc kd own by Di c k completely won the hearts of the Britis h soldiers. 'l'h ey uttere d exclamatious of amazement and commendation. "You know how to take care of yourself, my boy!" "That's right! " "He i s about the best man for his age that I have ever see n!" •Jove, I h o pe you are all right, my boy, and not a rebel, as this man c h a r ges, for you would make a good soldier!" Suc h 1ver e a f e w of the e x clamations. " Vi ' e ll, I nm not a rebe l , " said Dick. "The fellow is mis taken." "It is possible that two persons might look enough alike to dec eive any one , true." By this time the soldier who had been hit in the mouth bad spat out the broke n teeth, .and was raging. "Show me the s coundrel who struck me"! he cried. "Let me get at him. I want to knock every tooth in his head down bis throat." "He r e h e i s," said on e of the s oldiers, making way for his angry c omrade. "He has bee n punished sufficiently, I think. See bow s ick h e looks." "I'll make him sicker than that, just as soon as he gets up from th ere!" The 'l'ory was still groaning di smally, and it was plain that the soldier s dicl not sympathize with him greatly. Of course, bacl they b e en sure that Dick was a "rebel," they would have had some sympathy for the fellow, but the majority b e lieved h e was mistaken. Somehow, the y had take n a likin g to Dick, and they were a v erse to believing anything against him, unless it were proved. A s the ca s e now stood, it ,was the '.rory's word against Dick ' s, and the advantage was with the youth. "Get up from there," c 1i e d the redcoat who had lost some 1 . eeth. "Get up , you lubber, and let me knock you down!" A dismal groan was the only reply. 'l'h e truth was, the Tory was mighty sick. '.rhere is no place where a blow will do more damage and take the fight out of a man quicker than right at the pit of the stomach. The Tory could have testified to this fact had he been in a con di ti on to testify to anything. "Le t him alone," said another of the soldiers. "He has been punished enough. He is mighty sick, as you can see." "I know; but my hand didn't make him sick, and I am not satisfied." "Oh, you want to do the work yourself, do you?" "Yes." Then be turned to Dick, and said: "Where did you bit him?" "In the pit of the stomach," was the reply. "Well, I'll remember that; it seems to be a very good place to hit a man." "The best in the world, for the man who does the hittingancl the worst in the world for the man who gets hit." " So I b e lieve , judging by what I see; but how did you learn this?" "By experimenting. You see, I get into difficulties with my schoolmates and others, occasionally, and I made the disco• ery, anu have used the knowledge to a considerable extent." As may be supposed, all this time Dick wn.s thinking at a rapid rate, and wondering if he would be enabled to make bis esca1>e. He felt that he was in great danger; of course, this encounte r had turned the attentiou of the soldiers from the matter at issue, temporarily-but it was only t emporarily. They would soon return to the first question, and then the chances were that Dick would be made a prisoner and held. It happened that Captain Hardin was not at the quarters when the troublecame up. He had bee n over in another part of the encampment, calling on a brother officer, and now he arrived, and seeing the crowd, pushed his way through, with the query: "What's all this about, men?" One of the soldiers quickly explained, and the captain turned to Dick, and eyeing him searchingly, said: '"What about this matter, Somers?" "It is false, sir," Dick said promptly. "The man is mistaken." "And you are not this Dick Slate r that he speaks of?" "No, sir. I never heard of him before. " "It is true, sir, " half-gasped the Tory, at this juncture, he having regained the use of his voice. That young fellow is the rebel, Dick Slate r, and he waR the ringleader in sma sh ing the statue of King George, over in New York, last eve ning." The captain again eyed Dick searchingly. "I am sorry, my boy," he said, slowly , "but I think that I shall have to place you under arrest and h ave you h eld prisoner until after this matter has be e n cle ared up." "All right, sir," said Dick, with simulated cheerfulness. "Of course, you could not. well do otherwise, I suppose." "No; you will be held a prisoner until the m atte r has been investigated, and then, if it turns out that it is all a mistake, you will be freed and all will be well." Acting under orders from the captain, one of tbe soldiers tied Dick's hand together behind his back with a handkerchief. The Tory was now once more on his feet. and he would have been attacked by the redcoat who had los t the teeth from the blow the To1'y had struck at Dick, and whic h he had received instead, had not the captain objected. "There bas been enough of that sort of thing, " b e said. "Let the affair stop light now." The captain told two of the soldiers to bring Dick along, and they went to headquarters, and were ushere d into the tent. When General Howe saw Dick standing before him. a prisoner, be was amazed, and asked tlrn captain what it m eant. The captain quickly explained all. and General Howe a sked Dick a number of question, whic h the you t h answered promptly. "Well, you will have to remain in durance till this matter is in•estigated," the general said. "Take him away, captain, and see to it that he does not escape." "Yes, your excellency , " and then they withdrew. Five minutes later Dick was occupying a t ent, .over which four soldiers stood guard. He was a prisoner in the British lines. CHAPTER X. EDITH IS ANXIOUS. The Liberty Boy did not like tbe situation. It was threatening. There was every probability that tbe fac t that he was not what he pretended to be would sooner or later be found out. He felt confident that the Tory who was responsible for the trouble he was now in would make every effort to prove that he had told tbe truth in stating that the new recruit was no other than Dick Slater, a "rebel." To the general, in the interview just closed. T'Jick had been forced to give the name of the place ove JW Jersey from which he was supposed to come. The youth knew that some one would go over there on the morrow and either verify or disprove bis statement .that he Jived there; and as there could be only one result, Dick felt that it would be necessary for him to make bis escape before the messenger should return.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BOW L ING GREEN. 13 He wondered if the man would go to-night, or wait till orning . He dec ided that the r e would b e no one go until t h e n e x t day. as It was dark, and it would not be a pleasant trip to m a k e i n the night time. If the messenge r did not go until morning he would b e u n able to get back before away alo 'ng in the night, or perhaps the next day, and this would give Dick considerable time. He made up his mind that he would escape, and at the earliest moment possible. He began working at his bonds at once . He hoped to be able to escape before morning. Jf h e could do so all would be w e ll. 'I'h e handkerchief had been untie d and a rope substituted, and although Dick did his best to loosen the rope, he could not do so. It had been tied too securely, and resisted all his efforts. rt was not till away along toward midnight that he gave up, howe v e r, and then he was weak and tired, for he had worked hard. Then he dropped off to sleep, and slept fitfully till morning. A s oldier brought him his breakfast at last, and while Dick was eating, he was informed that a messenger had started for N e w Jersey to learn whether or. no he had told .the truth abou t himse lf. "If you told the truth you are, all right," the soldier said, "but if you didn't, then when the messenger gets back it will be all up with you." "Oh, the messenger will find that I told the truth," said Dick, calmly. He was determined that they should n.ot b e made suspicious by his actions. He would pretend to be confid ent, no matter how he felt. " W e ll, I hope for your sake, young fellow, that such will prove to b e the case, " the soldier said; and then he tied Dick' s wrists and took his departure. Mr. Whallen drove into the encampment about nine o'clock, wit h a load of produce, and he soon heard the story of how his protege had been charged with being a rebel, and placed unde; arrest. ''Is that so?" the farmer exclaimed in amazement, not un mixed wi t h sorrow. "Well, I don' t believe he is a rebel." " You don't?" "No; I'll wager that it will turn.out that he told the truth, and that he is not a rebel." " W ell, I hope so," said the soldier who had told the farmer about the matter. H e was a member of the company Dick had joined, and had taken a liking to the handsome youth. "I'd sooner believe the fellow who told the story about him was a rebel," said Mr. Whallen. "So would I , but for the fact that we have known the Tory for some time, and know him to be a good king's man." "Where is the young man now?" asked Mr. Whallen. "Over there in that tent," was the reply, and the soldier pointe d to the tent Dick was a prisone r in. "Jove, I'm sorry the young man has got into trouble." The farmer sold out his produce and then drove back home. As soon as he had unhitched his team and put the horses in the stable, he hastened to the house and told Edith the news. " Oh, father! That is too bad!" the girl exclaimed. " So it is, Edie." "I'm so sorry." " So am I, Edie." "What if it should turn out that he really is a-a-patriot, father?" .. The n , Edie, the young man will be shot or hanged! " he said slowly. "So bad as that, father?" " Y es; for, don' t you see, Edie, the fact that he was a rebel, and had v entured into the British encampment, and had even g .one to the length of joining the British army would stamp him a spy." • " I s ee. A n d do they always kill spies?" "Always, daughte r . That is one o f the iron rules' of civilized warfare , and that is what m a kes the life of a spy such a dan gerous one. " " I unde rstand; but , goodness, father! it seems terrible to think that that handsome y oung man s h ould b e sho t or h a nged! " 1 " So i t does. I agree with yo u . I took a grea t fancy to h i m. " " I s the r e n o p o ssibl e c hance t o effec t b is rescu e, fath er?" "I f ear n o t, d a ugb,ter." The girl said no IDQ r e , but went about the housework-her mothe r was d ead. and s h e had a ll the work t o do -with a t h o u g htful look on h e r face. S h e d id not have much to say till along towar d even i ng, and the n she aga i n broached the subject. She asked a number of questions, a n d when her father t ol d h e r that h e had be e n shown the tent i n which t h e yo u t h was h e ld a priso n e r , s h e became quite interested, and s omewhat ex cite d a s w e ll. She fell t o think i n g deep l y, and did not have much more to ay until after they had eaten s u ppe r . Then, w hen s h e had cleare d up the t a ble, and washed t h e dishes, she said: "Fath e r , if that yo u said the British sen t ove r into New Jersey returnc .1d repo rts that the young man did no t tell t.he trut h , an... . n a t h e i s not known over t h e r e, i t will mean his death, won't i t?" "Assurecily , Edie." " Well, w h a t do you think about it? Do y o u think h e t ol d the truth, or do yo u b e li e v e that h e reall y i s a p a t r iot spy , and that h e came from Ne w York, a s t h e Tory said ?" " W e ll , to t ell the truth, Edie, I a m mor e t han h a l f inclined to think that h e is a p atriot spy, and that he came from New York." ' . "The n, fathe r , he mus t be rescued b efore that messenger gets back to the Brit i s h enca m pmen t ! " "How is i t t o b e a ccom plished , dau ghter?" h e asked. " I don' t know ; but it must b e d o n e , s omehow." 'rhe farme r smile d dubious l y . "Tha t is just like you girls and women," he said. " You say a thing must b e do ne, b u t you fail to state ho w it i s to b e done. " "I don't know h ow it can be acco mplished, fath e r, but if you will -let me I will g o a n d see w hat I can do." •rne man star ed a t h i s d a u ghter i n e v e n g reater amaze m e nt. "Edie, you mus t be crazy!" h e exclaime d . "What could y ou do?" "That remains t o b e s e e n, father; I mig h t n.o t b e abl e t o do anything, and t hen a gain I might. Will y o u l e t m e try?" He shook his h ead. "I cannot agree to l e t you go , Edie , " he said. "It would be folly for you to go. Y o u could do n othing, and yo u w ould be running great ris k of b eing discovered and capture d . Then the Britis h would brand me a patriot ai1d probabl y hang me." "But I would not l e t the m capture me," said t h e girl. H e r fathe r would not liste n to s u c h a thing as that she should go and m a k e an attempt to resc u e t h e young man, how ever, and she, s eeing h e was firm-set a gains t it, fin a ll y st9 pped urging him to giv e his consent. Soon after it had grown dar k Edith announce d t h a t she was going to bed. It was unusually early, h e r father thoug h t, but the girl said she was very tired, and wante d t o li e down and rest. Edith Whalle n went upstairs to her room, a n d se ating herself by the window, looked out. She looked away toward the north, and thought of how in all probability the hands om e young man would on the morrow be shot or hange d ; and the more she thought of this the more she said t o hersel f t hat she ought to make an effort to r e s cue him. "Fathe r thinks i t a foolish ide a," she said to herself , "but I don't think so. I believe that I can rescu e t h e y oung man, if it would be possibl e for any one to do so . A n d I thin k I ought to try, even though father objects, for it would b e terrible fo r the young man to lose his life in that fashion. " The girl thought a while longer, and the n sai d t o h erself: "I will do it! I will make the attempt t o rescue the yo ung man. I am sorry that father did refuse his permission, for now I must steal off. If I should be captured I can t e ll them that father knew nothing about the m atter, and is in no way to blame, and then they will not injure him. Yes, I'll do it!" Having decided, the girl went softly downstairs , opened the door, and made sure that h e r father had gone to b ed. Seeing that such was the case, she went back upstai r s, and raising the window slowly and cautiously, climbed out upon t h e shed-roof and made. her way down to the edge of the r oo f and j u m ped to the ground. A s it was only s i x feet to t h e groun d s h e was not injured. Then she set out up the road in the direction of the British encampment. The nearer she got to t h e e n campment the more she realized that she was undertaking a most difficult thing. When at l a s t s h e c ame to the top of the h ill , f rom whi c h s h e could l oo k down int o t h e camp and see t h e campfires b lazing, she p a u se d and stood there, t remblin g with a nameless fear.


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BOWLING GREEN. She was a brave girl, howev er, and shaking herself, she did her best to dismiss the feeling. "I must not be a coward," Ehe told herself. "I must be brave . l must rescue the young man, and save hi s life. Let me k eep that thought before my mind all the time, and then I will not falter." Then she moved slowly and cautiously, but determinedly down the slope, toward the British encampment. She kept a sharp lookout, for she wished to identify the tent in which the prisoner was confined. The best way to do this would be by determining which tent was being guarded by the four soldiers, and she finally man agP.d io learn this. When She had settled upon the. tent in which the prisoner must be confined, she stopped and settled down to take things :is easy as possible, and await the appearance of "Jack," whoever he might be, with the jug. She wished that "Jack" would hurry. CHAPTER XI. Now that she had learned the location of the tent in which Eorrn FREES DICK. t he prisoner was confined, she did not care how soon the jug-Edith had been very careful to learn the exact location of carrie r put in an app earance. the tent in w!lich Dic k Slater was confined. Naturally, she wanted to get to work. Her father had been shown the tent by one of the soldiers. To be forced to remain quiet was more trying on the nerves h t han to be moving. w en he was in the camp, selllng produce, and he told his She could hear the four guards conversing in low tones. daughterwhere the tent stood. She believed she could find the right tent, If she could get 'I'hey would talk a. while and then there would be an interval past the sentinel, and reach the vicinity. when their voices could not be heard, but when the sound of She was ctetermined t o try, at any rate. measured footsteps came to her hearing. Soon she was close up to the edge .of the encampment. This proved that they talked a. while and then paced their pests a while. She heard the sound of the sentinel's footsteps, and crouched "I wish the man would hurry and put in an appearance with down to let h i m pass. the jug," thought the girl. The soldier passed within ten feet of the girl, but had no Then she wondered if all four of the guards would go when suspicion anybody was there. He was talking to himself as he went. the man did put in appearance. He was not talking loudly; more like muttering it was, She hoped that such would be the case. but Edith could understand most that he said, and she heard Suddenly a low, tremulous whistle was heard. him say: It came from the direction of the sentinel out at the edge of "It's about time Jack was coming with that jug. I'm getting the encampment. thirsty, and the boys on guard over the tent the prisoner is in Edith listened eagerly, for she was confident it was the signal are getting dry, too, I'll wager." tha t "Jack" had come, and that it was to summon the four The girl listened to this eagerly. guards. She pond e red Its meaning. She was on the alert now. She finally figured it out that some one was to bring a jugShe h eard the murmur of the guards' voices, and then the. probably filled with liquor-and that the sentinel' who was trampling . of feet followed, though it was evident that the doing the talking, and the four who were standing guard over owners of the feet were moving as lightly and cautiously as the tent the prisoner was in, were going to have something possible. 10 drink. Had Edith not heen close to the men she would not have She wondered lf they would all get together and drink in heard the noise made by their feet. .. or. whether they would take turns, the man with I Sh' listenect with the intentness, and finally made the JUg v1sitmg them at the points where they were on guard. up h e r mind that whole four had go ne. She hoped the five would leave their positions and get to-It was probable, sne reasoned, that they had not the l east gether. fear that the prisoner could escape, and so all four had gone. If they did that it would leave her the very opening she was No one of their number was willing to remain behind and wanti g. stand guard and let his ccmrades go and enjoy themselves. But she feared that there was to be no such good luck for Undoubtedly all had gone. her. The brave girl felt that this was her opportunity. Still, it was worth while watching and waiting, to see about She would never get another such cha.nee, she was. confl-the matter. dent, and, indeed, she knew she was very lucky to have got If the soldiers did neglect their work, to drink in company, this opportunity .. it would be a good thing for her, and perhaps for the prisoner. She did not hesitate. Presently the sentinel came back and he was still talkShe moved forward, swiftly, but cautiously. ing to himself. ' She was soon at the rear of the tent in which she suspected what he said the girl gathered that the four sentinels the prisoner was confined. who were on guard over the prisoner's tent were expected to In order to make sure, she moved softly around the tent, join him at the end of his post, and all drink in company. skirting it, as it were. "That will be splendid," the girl told herself. "If they do There was no guard to be seen. that I may be able to rescue the young man. But I must find Having reached the front, she pulled aside the flap, and out which tent he ls in, and then I will be ready to get to said, in a half-whisper: work as soon as the guards have left their posts." "Mr. Somers! Are you in here?" She stole forward across the sentinel's beat. "Who is there?" came the cautious reply, in a voice which It was a dark night, and it was impossible to see more than th' girl recognized as being that of the young man whom she a rew feet, and then with no distinctness. had come to reticue . Of course. In looking toward the encampment, if one got "It ls I-Edith Whallen." th" 0irl replied, and then, as a low some object on a line with a camp-fire, It was possible to see exclamation of amazement escape d the prisoner's lips, the lt, the object being outllned against the flrellght. girl entered the tent. Edith reallzed that there was danger from this source, and "Where are you?" she half whispered. was careful not to permit her body to be where It could be "Here; this way, Miss Whallen," replied the voice, and the so outlined, although she wore a dark dress. girl moved over toward the i;pot from whence the voice proShe a.voided all danger of this by crawling forward on hands ceeded. and knee s. Soon her hands touched the youth's body, and in a trembling Not many girls would have done what Edith Whallen was voice she said: , doing. "Hold up your hands, and I wlll cut your bonds. Quick! Only a very brave girl would have been capable of such ac-We will have to hurry!" tion. To say that Dick Slater was amaze d when he recognized the That she was brave there could be no question. voic' of the girl, is stating the case very mildly, and he could Of course, she was nervous, and her heart, figuratively hardly believe the evidence of his hearing, and asked wh.o speaking, was in her mouth, but she did not falter. was there. Then the newcomer gave her name, and he knew She never for one moment contemplated giving up her en-there was no mistake. terprise and returning without making an attempt to rescue The Liberty Boy was filled with wonder by the unexpe cte d the prisoner. appearance of the maiden, but he realized that there was no Forward she crept. time for talk. She moved cautiously and slowly. He would have to wait until some more suitable time iii


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BO\l.TLING GREEN. 15 order to satisfy his curiosity regarding how and why she was there. The thing to do now was to take advantag of the opportunity offere d , and make his escape from the hands of the Briti sh. To remai n till morning would be to lose his life, undoubtedly, and so he was eager to get away. In ac cordance with the girl's suggestion he held up his arms, and s h e quickly c u t the rope binding Dick' s wrists. Edi t h had had foresight enough to bring a knife with her. "Where the guards?" whispered Dick. "They have gone to get something to drink," was the reply. "Come , we must hasten away while we have the chance." "Lead the way, Miss Whallen. I will follow." The girl crossed the tent, and passed through the opening, and Dick followed . rhey paused and listened. They co uld h ear no sound to indicate the return of the four guards. "Follow me," whisi;>ered the girl. "We will have to crawl." "Very well,Miss \Vhallen." They moved s lowly away, crawling on hands and knees. Edith was in t h e lead, and she took the same course she had trave rsed in coming into the encampment. The y had gone perhaps half the distance to the edge of the encampment when they heard the sound of footsteps and voic es. It was the four guards, returning to take up their stations near the tent in which Dick had been confined. . The two knew by the sound of the footsteps and voices that the guards would pass clos e to where they were, and they crouched down and remained silent and motionless. 'fhe guards passed within fifteen feet of where the two were. The four soldie1:s were talking in low v.oices, and were evidently feeling pretty good, as a result of their potations, no doubt. l<"'earing that the guards might look in the tent and discover the escape of the prisoner as soon as they got back to their po sts, the two hastened onward. At the point \Vhere the sentinel's beat extended along the ed ge of the encampment they were forced to pause long enough to permit the sentinel to pass, and when he had done so they sto l e across the iine and on up the slope. They we r e listening eagerly. Would the guard learn that the prisoner had escaped? 'l'he t w o hoped not, for they wished to get clear away be-fore this happened. Suddenly on the air rose wild yells. 'fhe guanls had discovered that the prisoner had escaped. CHAPTER XII. THE BRITISH APPEA.R. "We will have to hurry!" exclaimed Edith, in a trembling "Well, you see, it was this way, Mr. S:imers: Father came home this forenoon. and said that you were a prisoner in the Bdtish enC'ampment, charged with being a rebel spy named Dick Slater. Father sai d that if it was p rov ed that you were a rebel spy you would be shot or hanged, nad I made up my mind that I wou ld try to rescue you ; though I did not really expect that I would be successful." ''Then you must b e inclined toward patriotism, Miss Whallen." "I do not mind telling you that s u ch is the case, Mr. Somers, now that this has happened. And father is a patriot, too, though he does not say anything, for fear the British would get hold of it; and then they might cause him considerable trouble." "True; well, I thank you most heartily and earnestly for what you have don e for me, Miss whallen. I appreciate it, I assure you , and if the opportunity ever presents itself, I shall be only too g lad to do something to even up matters." "You are more than welcome , Mr. Somers; the knowledge that I have saved the life of a patriot is happiness enough for me." "You are a. brave and nobl ehearted girl, Miss Whal!en!" "Oh, I did only what any girl w ould probably have done, under the same circumstances." "I cion't know about that; I doubt whether very many girls in your place would have had t h e courage to do what you did. But I don't understand how your father came t o giv e his permission, Miss Whallen. I would have thought he would have been afraid to let you ris k your life, or at your liberty, in this manner." "He did not know I came away from home, Mr. Somers." "Ah! that was the way of it, eh?" "Yes." "Well, you are indeed a brave girl, Miss Whallen!" "l asked father to let me make the attempt to rescue you, but he said it would be impossible to a ccomplish your rescue, and would not let me go." "'fhat was rig ht. I don't blame him for refusing." "He said I would surely be captured, which would be bad for me; and also that the British would then charge him with being a pat ri o t, and would cause hir.a a lot of trouble .. , "I have no doubt right; had you been caI?tured. they would have blamed him for letting you make the attempt to rescue me, and it would have caused him a lot of trouble." "I am sorry he did r efuse, Mr. Somers; fo r I had to slip out and away, and if I had been captured, I should have told the British tl}at father knew nothing about the matter, that 1 did it wholly on my own r espons i]}ility .. , "They might not have been so hard on him, under those circumstances; that is, if they had b elie ved what you said." They talked on as they walked , and presently the girl said: "Is your name really David Somers? Or are yo u indeed the person the Tory said you patriot from New York by the name of Dick Sla.ter?" vo ice. "You take the lead, and go as fast as you care to go, Miss "I am from New York, Miss Whal!en; and my name is Dick WhallPn , said Dick. "I will follow." Slater," the youth replied. 'fhe girl hr..stened onward, but as they were going up a "Ah! then you really are a pa•riot spy!" slope, she could not very well go faster than a fast waj.k. "Yes; and you have undoubtedly, saved my life, Miss Whn!Meanwhile the noise and con fusion was increasing in the en-Jen. I shall not forget it, I assi:re you!" camprncnt, and 1t was evident that the soldiers had been "I am so glad that I did rescue you, Mr. Slater." nwakened by the yells of the guards and were leaping up and They were almost to the girl's home n ow, and pausing at the moving around. Doubtless many thought they were attacked front yard fence, Di c k said: by the patriots. "I will say good-by now, Mis s Whallen." Presently the two reached the top of the slope, and paused "Oh, you are not going to come in and stay till morning, a few moments, to get their breath and look back down into Mr. Slater?" a little quiver in the voice. the encampment. "No; much as I would like to remain, I mustnot," waa the Brush had been thrown on the campfire and they were blaz-reply. ''For one reason. I think tho British w111 be here to ing up briskl y, and by their light it was possible to see the rr,!l.Jre about me. ,You know,_ I entered the British oldiers running hither and thither. m your fat.her E companJ, and I fear they will 5 "we will be pursued," said Dick, "so if you have rested thmk he rescued me; so they w!ll probably,,come here and sufficiently we will be going, Miss Whallen." 1 him up, ii:nd they may .sea.i:c h the house. • "r am ready to go, Mr. Somm ers." . 1 . I and lll that case it will be better that you are no" They set out down the road, and walked as rapidly as pos-there. sible. "Yea, indeed; better for me and better for you and yo "Do you think they will come this way?" the girl asked, father." presently. "Well, I wish you success in your car eer as a pat;iot sold. "Likely they will send out soldiers in all directions, Miss Mr . Siater," said the girl. "And maybe, some time, y.ou may IVhallen." in this vicinity again. If so you w!il comf\ and sec me.....:... "Then w<' must get to my home before we are overtaken." I c ome and see father and myself?" "I think we can do so; it isn't so very far. But how in the "You may be sure of that, Miss Whallen. I shall see rorld does it happen that you ventured into the British en-again, some time, i f I have to make a special trip here." ampment and rescued me, Miss Whallen ?" 1 "We shall be glad see you. I suppose you going b Had it been daylight Dick would have seen a blush mantling I to New Yorlc now?" le girl's cheeks; but it was night, aud he could not see it., "Yes; just az quick as I can get there."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BOWLIN G GREEN. "\Veil-good-by." "Well, somebody rescued him, for the rope that bound his 'rhen' wa s a quiver i n the girl' s vo ice, in spite of h e r ef wrists was cut." forts to control it, and tn an instant the thought flashed into " You don't mean it!" Dick's m i n d that the girl was in love with him . "Yes; and the question is, who did it?' ' Why had he not thought of this before? be asked himself. .M:r. Whallen neve r for one moment suspected that his daughH e ruight have s ' uspe cted it, for wou ld any girl risk her li fe to ter had had anything to do with the affair, and he shook his rescue a young man if s h e was not deeply interested in him? h ead and said, d ec id edly : Hardly . "You can' t prove it by me. Some friend must have heard .The thought gave Dick pain, for he admired this brave, of his fix , and com e ov e r from New York and rescued him." ti fu l and noble-hearted girl, and did not like to think that she "I judge that you right; but my orders were to search might be left to suffer because of a hopeless attachment for your house, Mr. Whallen. l a;n sorry, but must obey, yo u him. know." But then perhaps she d id not care deeply en ou g h for him, "Certainly; that is all right, captain. Come right i n and as yet, to grieve de eply; perhaps, H she thought it hopeless, !ook all a r ound, all you like." she might forget him, so he to ok her hand, pressed it and "What is the matter, father?" asked Edith, suddenly appear-said : , ing at the foot of the stairs. She had d ecide d that it would be "M!ss Whallen, I shall remembe r you w ith sincerest grati-better for h e r to appear in this manner than to wait t ill the tucle. I shall lock upon you as a dear sister, and some time I were making the search. 1 shall bring my own sister-her name is Edith, the same as Her father explained, the captain adding some words of ex yours, by the way-to see you. 1 shall be for.J;unate to have planation, to make the affair clear; and Edith playe d h e r part two such sisters. Good-by-till we meet again." t o p erfec tion. No one, not knowing that such was the <"ase, 'Good-by,,. said the girl, in a low, faint vo i ce, and Dick would have be.lieved that the girl had be e n the person who said: rescued the prisoner. "Yo u h a d betler go in the house at once, Miss Whallen; the The the pretty daughter of the farmer, and B!'itish are likely to put in an appearance at any moment." so the exammat10n of the house was done more as matter of ' I will do so, Mr . Slater. Good-by!" and she hastened away, form than otherwise; the search was not very .carefully made. 1n the direction of the ho use S o far as that was concerned, ho wever, they did not have the Then Dick turned and walked r a pidly away, in the di r e ction l east _ of finding the. escaped prisone r . he had to go in order to mak e his way to the point where he . 1-Iavmg don . e they _bade Mr. Whallen and E dith' had left the boat two nights before. mght, apologized for havmg trou bl ed t h e m, and took their departure. Edith Whalien. a feeling of sorrow surging at her heart, made h e r way to the back-shed, climb ed up onto the low roof, made her way to the wind ow , a n d cli mb ed in. 'l'hen she threw herself face downward upon the bed and w ept as though her heart was broken. "He said he would be my brother!" she said to herself over and o v e r again. "He said h e w .ould be my brot h e r, and I I--" The unhappy girl would not formulate the thought in words, but she knew that she loved the handsome young man whom she had r ese;ued, and somehow she seemed to feel that he ought to belong to her. She wa s a sensible girl, however, and presently she was able to lo o k upon the matter in a more philosophical light. She said to herself that she co uld not expect a young soldier, with lots of serious things to think a bout, to fall in love with her as qui ckly as she had falle n in lov e with him. It was absurd to think of such a thing. Then the sound of voices d-0wn in front of the house ap prise d her of the arrival of the B ritish whom Dick had said would surely come there to inquire about, or search for him, and she quickly leaped up and closed the window; then she turned the cover down, and after removing her shoes , got in bed, and lay there a few moments, in order to make an im pressi o n and give the bed an appearance of having been slept i n. Then she got up , and waited and listened eagerly. She did not have long to wait. Soon there came a knoc k on the door. The first knoc k did not arouse the girl's father, but the second one did, and she heard him call out, sleepily: "Who is there?" "Open, in the name of the king!" was the reply. The answer surp1ised Mr. Whallen, who was trying to light a candle; and when h e had succ eeded he made his way to the d oor, and unbarred and opimed it. He had donned his trousers, and stoo d there, looking wonderingly at the half score of redcoats. "What is the trouble?" he asked sleepily . "The prisoner has escaped!" said Captain Hardin, who was 'he leader of the party of soldiers. " 'What prisoner?" asked the sleepy farmer. "Why, that young rebel, who imposed on you, and on us, and horn we had a prisoner. The fellow who said his name was vid S omers, but who, we have reason to belie ve , was no er than Dick Slater, a rebel spy from New York." Oh, I know what you mean now," said Mr. Whallen, r u b 'his eyes with the ba c k of his hand. -.. And you say he has ped?" Yes; and we thought that you might have been the one escue him." e?" in a tone of unmistakably genuine surprise. "Oh, no . nt to bed early, and have not been out of lt since, till you me up just now." CHAPTER XIII. BOTH ARMIES OCCUPY LONG ISLAND. Meanwhile Dick was making his wa7 through the timber, in the direction of the place wher e he had left the boat two nights before. H e found it where h e had left it, and !Ost no time in getting in and pushing off. He rowed northward until he reached the bay, and then he headed acr.oss towar d the c ity. Twenty minutes later he arrived there, and leaping ashore, he tied the painter of his ooat, and made h.s way to the q u arters occ upie d by the Liberty Boys . It was nearl y . midnigh t, and he did not intend making any r epor t that nigh t. He entered the quarters, made his way to his bunk, and Jay down and went to s l eep . lt seemed to him as though he had not much more than closed his eyes before he was a.wake again, but it was morning, and the yo uths were u p and stirring around. As soon as they saw that Diclt was awake, they surrounded him and began asking questions. Where had h e been? When did he get back? Had h e had any adventures? Had h e been in the British encampment? These and a score more questions were asked, and Dick an swe r ed as many as he could. He ate breakfast when it was ready, and then made his way to headquarters. When he sent in word that he was there i>y the orderly, h e was told to come in at onc e . A minute later J1e was in the private room of the com mai;,der-in-chief. Gene ral Washington greeted him pleasantly. "Well, Di c k, I'm gl a d to see you back again safe and sound, he said, shaking hands with the youth. "Be seated." The Liberty Boy sat down. "What luck did you have, Dick?" was the ea'ger q u estio " Did you learn anything of importance?" " Yes, sir; I secured some information which I think may of importance. " "What is it, Dick?" "I learned, s i r , that the British are going to move f r State n Island. " "Ah, indeed? where to?" " Over onto Long Island, sir.• "Ha! say you so? Well, I have been giving this matter c siderable thought, and the idea has already occurred to that in all probability that wo uld be the move the Brit would make." "Yes, sir; that is what the y have decided to do. " "You are sure there is no mistake, my boy? Y ou are .fident this is what they i n tend doing?"


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BO\YLTXG GREEN. 17 "Yes, sir; I heard them talking the matter over in a council of war, and that was the d ecis ion arrived at .. , 'You heard them talking the matter over?" in amazement. "Were you close enough for that?" "Yes, sir. I was lying on the ground, at the rear of the tent In which the council was held." Dick said t h i s modestly. There w as no sign of boastfulness in his voice or manner. "Then you succeede d in entering the British encampment, eh, my boy?" "Yes, sir." "How did you manage it?" with an air of interest. Tho youth explained. "That was a clever scheme." the commander-in-chief said, approvingly, "and but for the coming of the Tory whq bad seen you over here you would probably have had no trouble. Well , it has turned out all right, anyway." "So it has sir" Then the 'com.mander-in-chief complimented Dick on his work, and told him he could go. "I supposo you will be at your quarters if I should need you?" the general asked. ' Y es, sir." "Very well. I am going to hold a council of war, and it may Le that I, or some of the officers of the staff, may wish to ask you some questions." He thought a few moments, and then went on: "On the whole, you may as well stay, Dick. I will have the officers in here at once, and then if we have any questions to ask, you will be right here to answer them." "Very well, sir." The commander-in-chief sent out word to the officers of the staff to come to headquarters at once; and half an hour later all were on hand. Not all of them knew Dick, but General Washington intro duced the youth to them, speaking very highly of him, and the officers gave him a friendly greeting. As soon as all were there, General Washington told them why he had sent for them. They listened to the statement with eager interest, and when he had finished, exclamations escaped them: •So the British are going to go over onto Long Island!" "That is their plan, eh?" "They think to get across there and get possession before we know what they are about." "But, thanks to our young friend here, they will be disap pointed." "And now, knowing what the British are intending to do, said the commander-in-chief, "the matter to be decided here this morning is, what shall we do?" The officers looked at one another for a few moments in silence. Then one spoke up, saying: "I think the p roper thing for us to do is to go over onto Long Island and take possession, and occupy the position before the British get there." Several of the officers nodded their heads in assent to this statement. Ger;.eral Washington look e d thoughtful, and then said: 'It would seem that this would be the right thing to do. I think, however, it may be weil to go and take a look at the Jay of the land before making a decision." "Yes, that will be only sensible," agreed Putnam. So after some further talk, the officers decided to go across the East River and survey the country. They decided to go that very day, and as soon as dinner was over they did so. They crossed and made an examination, and it was decided to send ovel' a goodly portion of the patriot troops and have them take possession of Brooklyn Heights. Of course, it would be impracticable to attempt to keep the British from coming over onto Long Island, but by taking pos se ssion of the strongest points. the move of the enemy would be nullified large ly. Fearing that the British might get ahead of him, and move a portion of their army over during the coming night and get on Brooklyn Heights first, General Washington gave the order, and the patriot troops began crossing the East R,iver that afternoon. By nightfall a large enough force was on the to hold them against such force as the British would be able to bring across in one night, so the work was postponed till the next day. The British had discovered what was going on as soon as the work of putting the patriot troops across East River had begun. General Howe was looking across toward New York, through a tele scope, and he saw the boats crossing the rivPr, and saw the soldiers getting out on the Long Island shore, and malting their way up to Brooklyn Heights, and he at on ce called a counc:il of his officers. . They took turns looking through the telescope, and then tbey looked at one another !'ather blankly. "Well , gentlemen, what do you think of that?" asked Gen eral Howe. "It looks a s thoug h they are stealing a march on us," replied one of the officers. "Yes," from another; "and this move they are making proves that that young fellow whom we had a prisoner was in reality a rebel spy. He escaped, made his way back to New Y-0rk, and told the r e bel general what we were intending to do." General Howar d nodded. "I think you are right," he said. "But how in the world did the young rebel learn our plans?" "He must have played the spy, night before last, when we held the council of war." "Likely you are right. Jove, I wish I had known that he really was a spy in time; then 1 would have had an end made of him, and the rebels would not have succeeded in getting ahead of us in this fashion." "Well, the question now i s, what shall we do?" remarked another officer. "I thin k we had better cross over to Lon g Island, just as we intended doing," said the general. "Th ey have secured the strong position, up on the Heights, but we will be able to force them away, I think." 'l'he others did not dissent from this view of the situation. Like the general, they believ ed it was the best thing to do under the circumstances. "We will begin going across to Long Island to-morrow," said G eneral Howe, decidedly. •we will show those rebels that they are not to have everything their way." Next morning the order was sent out for the soldiers to get ready to break camp. and so on all was bustle and confusion. An hour iater several boatloads of so ldiers were nial\ing their way across toward the Long Island shore. They landed, and the boats came back for more loads. Thus the work was begun, and it went on the whole day long. By evening half the army had crossed; and next day the, work was continued. and by nightfall the entire British army was' over on Long Island. A goodly portion of the patriot army was over on Long ,sland also, Brooklyn Heights. CHAPTER XIV. THE BATTLE. The Liberty Boys were not among those who had been sent over to Brooklyn Heights. They still occupied their quarters in the building in the lower part of New York city. Of course, General Washington knew the British had moved. ov e r onto Long Island, and he was now wondering how Jong it would be before the enemy would make an attack. Days and weeks passed, and still they remained in camp, doing nothing save send out foraging parties, seemingly. But scouts and spie s were busily engaged, trying to discover the. strong and weak points in .the fortifications which the patriots had made on Brooklyn Heights. Jn order to be enabled to cross the East River and attack New York, the force on Brooklyn Heights would first have to' be routed, and this would be no easy task. One day along in August General Washington sent for bick , Slater. The Liberty Boy went at once to headquarters. 1'he commander-in-chief told Dick that he had some work for him. "What i s it, your excellency?" asked Dick, eagerly. He had, not had much to do for quite a while, and was eager to be upl and acting. "You remember the work you did for me over on Staten islar,d, my boy?" "Yes, indeed." 'Well, it is more work of the same character." 'You want me to spy on the British." "Yes, if you wish to undertake the work, Dick." "I do, sir," earnestly. "Very well; but you must remember that you will great danger, my boy. You are not unknown to the Br! us was the case the other time, and must not risk try


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT GREEN' . shot I All knew that a battle was experted to take place on the 27th. ancl all tllt? soJiliers were eager nnd excit<'cl. !or it would he JJrnctically the Jit:st battle fo1 urnny of them. And then, fur lllltny, it wns destined to be the Just liattle ns well. But tner did not let such ns thrse lln mpen their ardor, or lower tl!eir s1iirits . They were patriots, nncl felt tlrnt if they lr::s ! thdr 1I1p;; it wo 1ld be iJ1 a good ea use. 'Yhen the morning of thP 27th arrived all was exdtement in the patriot encampmeut. join the Britis h army, for yon would be recognized and o r banged." ::1 know that. I will not try that plan again, .-ir." Very well; see tnat y ou clo not. ..\nct uow, as to what I want done, Dick. l wish to get some idea of when the British intend making an attack. They Ila ve been o>Pr o u tile island a Jon g time, ancl I don't kuow what to think. It is my belief that they will make an attempt to str ike us unexpectedly , and I wish to provicle against this !Jy gaining ad vance knowledge or their intentions. Do ycu think you can get the information for me?" General \Vasllington was oil 1 h!' Heigl1f:s. tel<'scope in hand, and he wn1'1 keeping a shar p war('h on the Brii ish . " I wlll do my best, sir." After some further co nversation. iu In -chief gave Dick additioual advice took his departure. .. They nre eomin g tllis ... he said. "Order the soldiers whieh the commnuder-to get to give tllcw a Jiy el y greeting, General Greeue." and instructious, Dick General Greene went away, and sent the news all around. He weut back to his quarters and told the youths that he was going over onto Long Island to act as a spy o n the British. "Oh, say, but you are a lucky fellow, Dick!" exclaimed Bob Estabrook. "Jove, I wish that I 1rns goiu"' with you!" "This i'> a case wher e one can do work than two, Bob, " with a smile. "I guess that is true; buc yo u want to be careful , old fel low. The other time you tried that sort of thing you were captured, ancl bnt for the assh;tance rendered you by that brave little patriot girl, Edith Wha!len, of whom you have told us, you would no doubt have been shot or lltrn"e cl." "Tr ue. W e ll , I will be careful. Of course, I s hall not take any desperate chances." When Dick hacl completed his arrangements, he bade the Liberty Boys good -by, and took his departure. He crossed over to l:lrvoklyn Heights, and reported to Genand the excitement gre1Y apace. General sen t out 5,000 men. under Generals Sullivan nm! Stirling. to meet the enemy, anvllen the British intended makthe attack ou Brooklyn Heights, and succeeded in getting _J;: to :-

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 19 CURRENT NEWS Dispatches from Petrograd s _ay the conditions at Lodz, which was captured by the Germans some time ago, are terrible. The population is starving and the people are eating cats and clogs. The Germans claim that their 42-c.m. gun has been in their hands for six years, though its existence has been concealed until now . An officer of the English anny :re ports having seen the gun at Krupp's some years ago. Re was then told that it was a freak gun, not aYailable for use , but this statement may have been part of the policy of concealment. able to eEcape in a few minutes. Policema . n White oveI" took Heasted, ar;ested him without trouble and found all the money in his pockets. Billiard enthusiasts are beginning to concede that George Sutton, the veteran Chicago player, will carry off the honors in the Champion Billiard Players' League. Since Ora Morningstar retired from the competition while holding t l :r l ras cry and disturb the services . The young women will take cba;rge of all babie taken to the church and willkeep them in a , room f1:way from the auditorium that no disturbance will be caused the minister or the congre gation. An unusual guest appeared rec ently at the Stewart Ho t e l , San Frnncisco, whe n a huge grizzly bear , accompanied b y Freel his owner, and nature man, Joe Knowles , waddled up tQ the desk and gravely went through tl1e formalities of registering, giving his name a ' s "Baby of the Rockies." After a good feed on lumps ' of sugar, "Hab y," who w e igh s s li gh tly oYer 500 pounds, took a trip up the eleYator, whic . h he jammed on his way up. Ar rived on the seventh floor, "Baby" and escort visited a party of women. The grizzly was captured by Thompson five years ago. A man who gave the name of Bert Hcaste d held up Cashie r Earl Randall, two other men and a b?Y at the Bingha m State Bank, Bingham, Utah, took $18,000 in cur ;cncy r.nd was a1Tested without resistance soon after ward. His quick capture was due to the fact that the cashier carried a screwdriver in his pocket to be used, be said, in case he was held up and locked in his vault, as was the cashier in another Utah bank robbery recently. Heasted locked the three men and the boy in the vault. R a n dall used his screwdriver to ope n the door and was George Culbert, of Michigan City, professional diver, em ployed in the digging of the new wells in the Kankakee ' River for Laporte's (Ind.) auxiliary water supply, had a1 thrilling experience while in thirty-five feet of water . One of his hands ca .ught in the monster suction pipe, holding him fast so that be " as unable to reach his life , line and give the to the men above. For ten min utes he was h elple sf', 1 rh ile those above continue d to pump air to J1im, but finall y , by su p erhuman efforts, be was able : to pull his hand 011t o f his rubber glove and then , before . t he onrushing water c ould overcome him, he jerked the' lite line and was hoisted to the top. Culbert was none thel worne for his experience, although it was some time before , he was able to resume his wor k. . A 1 1 Associated Press corr e spondent send s the following1 from the battle line in Poland: "I suppose thousands of: Russian schoolbo}' s , most . of the m not more than l1 or 12 years old, have ruri away from home, and managed by hook l or crook to attach themselves to the army as helpers o f 1 one kind or another. Most useful they are, too. At that age they don't know or care about death or danger. A fe w smart boys solve the difficult problem of the supply of ammunition to the fighting lines during the hottest times. The great sc hoolboy hero now is Orl of, fro m Zhitomir. He fought in eleven battles and has been deco ratecl by the Czar with the order of St. George. While on scout duty, he came upon a trench of Russians who ' were having a hard ba.ttle with a superior force qf the ! enemy. He la:v in a trench with them and fought all' day. By nightfall their ammunition was giving out, and Orlof saved his corps by creeping out in the dark and find - • ing his way through the heaped corpses to the main Rus 1 sian line, wher e lie obtained reinforcements and a supp l y 1 of ammunition. He was under gun and rifle fire all tbe 1 time, but he succe eded in gettiing through safely."


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 . TWO O N A WHEEL ' -ORA TAN D E M TRIP IN A STRANGE LAND By RALPH MORTON (A SERIAL STORY) CHAPTER X)\II (continued) "It seems impossible !" exclaimed Dick. "Why, it's h undreds of miles from here to Morocco. What on earth could induce Murad to travel such a distance?" "Revenge, Dick. Murad is a Moslem and as such he has a bitter hate for the Christian. Besides, be lost a good many men in that affair in which Harry just escaped with his life. Haven't you heard so?" "No." "Well, eJlery man who was captured had his head struck off by order of the governor of Tetuan. Murad took an oath he would have a bitter revenge . Boys, he will or die in the attempt . " The two young Americans were no longer disposed to treat the girl's warning in a light manner. Her words carried conviction to them, and they felt that they were i n great danger. "But bow did vou find it out?" "Find out Harry?" ''Why, that Murad was in Kabyle land." "Easily enough. He doesn't come alone. He has a number of men with him, and our Kabyle guides heard of his movements and told me." "Then they were aware that you knew us, Kate?" "No. But they wanted me to turn back to escape the threatened danger. That's why they gave the warning, and instantly I knew that you and Dick were in deadly p eril." "Murad must be mad," cried Dick, 5'to travel in .this w ay through a French settlement . The French will take him and his band captive." "No, for there is nothing to show that they're not a party of peaceful merchants." at this point Hussein rushed up and spoke in excited tones to the Kab yles. The daughter of the amilne trans lated his words. "You are in danger," she said, addressing tlie two boys. " A man named Murad from Morocco is at hand, and be swears he will have your lives." Harry," exclaimed Kate, "I have a scheme that will save vou." . . "Tell me how lon g yon can defend yourselves." "Till our cartrid ges run out. Maybe till morning." " I will saYe you," c 1 ied Kate Hayes , preparing to ride a way, and callin g to l ier two native guides to attend her . "Where are you going, Kate? Stay here; it is safer." "No, no ! I will r ide across the mountain and bring the French troops to your assistance. I shall find them at Fort National. Goodby, boys, good luck to you ." Then waving her hand, the girl galloped away, leaving Dick and Hnrry lost in admiration of her beauty and her bravery. "What a gir l!" cr ied Dick . "We ought to have kept her here, Dick; we've no right to let her run such risks." "She's safer where she is. If I hadn't thought that, nothing would have induced me to let her ride away. Tell you what, old chap, things look gloomy. I don't trust those Kabyles." "Why not?" "They're of the same creed as the Moors-all Moslems and it would n't surprise me to see them give us up. You see, we're infidels in the i r eyes. H u lloa, here's • a stnmger arriving on the scene . " "One of Murad's men, for a certainty." "If the worst comes to the worst, Harry, we must fight our way through this crowd and make a dash for life on the tandem . " "A few minutes will decide . " . The boys stood with their hands on their s ix-shooters ready for any emergency. Meanwhile, Murad's envoy, for such he proved to be, had arrived at the door o f the amine's hut. After making a salutation in the fashion of the East he comm<:>nced to ta l k, and the boys, not understanding the language, could only judge of what was transpiring by the tones and looks of the speake r. "My master is Murad," said the envoy, addressing the or headman of the Kabyle village. "He i s a great and powerful lord in Morocco . " "I know him not," answered the headman . The Moor shook his h ead incredulously . He thought rnch ignorance must be ass u med . "You do not know him? Good ! Then listen! He sends me to say that he bids you relea.'le to him two dogs of infidels who stand there at your side." ''You r servant cannot do this thing. The two young men are my guests . " ''What matters that? They are inficilels, J et them die!" "It may not be," said the a .mine; "they have done a service to me, and I will not betray them.' "Then Murad, my master," s aid the envoy, savagely,


THE LlBER'l'Y BOYS OF' '76 . "will spring on you with his men like the wild animals of the desert, and he will spare none, neither you nor your women. He will put all to the s w o rd." "I have spoken," said the amine, solemnly, as if to intimate that the conference was at an end . But the envoy did not depart . He suppressed tjie look of rage that was about to appear on hi s face and beckoned the headman aside . "My fathe r will not give you up," cried the girl in French. "Has he said so ?" "Yes." ''Your father is a brave man." But here th e Kabyle girl's face wore an expression of anxiety , as she watched c l osely what was taking place between her father and the envoy. " T e ll us," cried Di c k, "why you are a larm ed, for your looks show that vou are." " I am fearful 0for your s afet y . See, the Moor is offering gold to m:v father. Ah! Allah! what will he do now?" "It's all over, Di ck," said Harry, in low tones; "a Kab yle never refuses money. He can't, it's against his nature . By jingo! if one of those wretches lays a hand on me, I'll shoot him . Get ready, old fellow, we'll die fighting . " Things, indeed, looked black. The boy could see the envoy talki11g earnestly to the headman, and they coul d h ear the jingle of the coin. Besides this, they noted the look of cupidity on the face of the amine. 'l'he gold would win . The headman would find hims e lf powerless to resist the proffered bribe. A very slight circumstance will affect the action of a man in a great c ri sis . The amine glanced round rapidly tmrnrds the spot whe re stood his daughter and the two young wheelmen . As h e did so his eyes and those of the girl met . He caught the eager look of entreaty on her face, and this decided him. With a gesture of di sg u st he cas t from him some of t lie gold coins that were already in bis hand. "Go back to your maste r," he sa id, hotly; "tell him that ueatli awaits him if he comes h e r e . By the beard of the Prophet, I s\\ear 1 will not be false to thos e who have eaten m y bread, and have heen good to those I love. Go, and if you value your life, come not here again!" The Kabyle girl sp rang forward and threw lwrself at the foot of her father, who quickl y raised her . " I thank Mohamet that thou hast not been false, my father," s h e sa id. "It was a sore temptation. Pray heaven that Allah will bless me and my house, and sta nd by me in tbe fight . " The amine, it was c l ear, still half regretted the deci si on to which he had come, but it was too late to alter it, for the envoy had hurried away, and was now out of sight . "You have done ' w e ll and wisely," said the girl. ''Well, yes," said the amine, "for the blessed Koran says a good action i s always well done. But wisely, I know not . " 'All, but I uo ! 'l'hink you that if you bad suffered these two young men to be handed over to the Moors that you would have gone unpuni shed? The girl, their friend, has ridden to Fort N aiional to bring the French soldie rs to their assi s tance." "You know that?'' quest ioned the headman. "T heard her s av so." "Then I have well. My daught e r , w e must fight bravely, hoping to keep up the fight t ill t h e French, the cursed Frenchmen-come. It i s a hard task. Our enemy is a terrible foe. I said I did not know him. That was not true. There is not a man from Tangier to Tunis who does not know Murad , the Moor." The amine called hi s men around him, telling them what he had done, and bidding them prepare to m eet the foe. Dick and Harry hurried over to. him , and grasped bis band, expressive of their gratitude for the stand he had made on their behalf. "Quick, to the hut!" shouted the amine . His keen ears had caught the faint sound that an nounced the arrival of the enemy. In a moment Murad and his men came into view, rushing with fierce cries to wards the hut of the headman ... CHAPTER XXIII. DICK'S DARING ACT-A RESCUE. " D'you think we can trust these Kabyles ?" whispered Dick. "I guess we'll have to. The amine's going to stand by us, and no doubt that the rest of the ,Tjllage will do the same . They' ll be afraid to go against him." "By jin go! there's Murad himself, Harry!" "I'll have a Rhot at him. " Harry sent a bullet from his six-shooter at the Moor without further notice. The shot mi ssed, but it was the signa l for the fight to commence in real earnest . Up to th i s time the Moors had expected, notwithstand ing what had happened, that the Kabyles would give way. When Jiarry fired, realizing their mistake, they gave a fierce shout of rage . Murad could be heard urging his men to the attack. It was not for want of brav e ry that th e assault failed. The Moors charged right up to the hut, and threw them selYes with blind fury against the door. This had already been firmly secured by the headma n and stood the shock. Bang! Bang ! Through the windows the Kabyles-or rather suc h of them as possessed arms-fired at the Moors. Three of the latter were hit and fell to the gro und . 'rhen Murad realized that such tactics would prove too expensive . He gave orders to retreat, and instant l y his men withdrew, dragging with them thei r . three wounde d comrades . "That's a settler!" cried Dick. "Only a beginning, old fellow. Make no mistake about that." "That villain Murad bears a charmed life. I missed him twice, Harry. If he was finished, the others would cut and run." (To be continued)


22 'I'HE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 . FACTS WORTH READING SHIP BABY IN SUITCASE. A baby boy a few weeks old is being cared for at the Cincinnati Hospital while city detectives are searching two States for its parents. 'I'he baby was found in a suitcase on a doorstep in the rear of the Children's Home, Ninth and Plum streets, the other night. Ella Robinson, of No . 312 Richmond street, living in the rear of the home, was attracted by cries of a baby, a n d found the child. A hole had been cut in the top of the suitcase to admit air. Two marks on the suit C!'.se are being used by the police as clews. On the end of the case was an American Express Com pany tag of the Detroit office, showing the case had been shipped from Detroit. The name of "William Smith" was written with a le . ad pencil on the tag. The police believe the name may be that of the express agent at Detroit who handled the suitcase in transit or the shippers. MILE-A-MINUTE BOAT. Oount Casimir Mankowski is having a motor boat built which he anticipates will attain the dream of the motor boat racing entHusiast-the mile-a-minute boat . The new boat will be 26 feet long and will ha>e two engines of 250horsepow e r each. Fred Chase, of the firm of Tams, Le moyne & Crane, is the designer . '!'he boat will be ready to 1.ake part in all the motor boat regattas at Chicago, Islands and Lake George. Count :MankowRki rame into the limelight of publidty three years ago with his boat Ankle Deep, which should have won the last contest for the Harmsworth trophy '\\hen the struggle was fought out at Huntington Bay. The Ankle Deep was a mile and a quarter in the lead over Maple Leaf:, England's representative, five miles from home when she wa s di . abled by a float ing log. '!'he new boat \\ill be namec1 Ankle Deep Too . The old Aukle Deep was 32 feet long and contained one engine of It will be seen by the dimensions of thr new boat i.hat Count Mankowski is making a radical rhange not only in her length but in her horsepower. The new boat will be 6 Ccct shorter than the old Ank le Deep, b11t its engine capacity will be greater by 200-horsepower . A QUEER ESTRANGEMENT. When Jaris Wood, aged eighty-two, died in his lonely rabin on Teneriffe Mountain, in East Brookfield; Mass., re <"Cntly, t.he story of a strange enmity was told to the vil lage. For forty-two years J a'ris and his brother John worked siJe by sic1e without speaking, and when John lay 011 his deathbed neither of th e brothers would consent to a reconciliation. The estrangement of the two brothers forms a love sto ry that surpa ses the fondest plot of the novelist. Both men were . s uitors for the hand of Miss Mary Squires, ,,nd it is said by some, never contradicted by eith'er brother, that they fought a duel to see which would be the lucky man. J aris won and went to Spencer, Mass., and married the girl. 'rhis was back in 1862. J aris Wood returned b the lonely farmhouse with his bride, but received no welcome from John. For a time the newly weds occupied one side of the house and John the other. Mrs . Wood's efforts to effect a reconciliation were fruitless, and this resulted in J aris building another cabin. When John took sick, ,1aris Wood's wife nursed him, b'ut when she saw death was coming and she tried to unite the brothers, neither would consent . During the funeral of John, J aris sat upon the doorstep, but did not enter the old house until the funeral cortege. had started toward the cemetery. During their lives the brothers eked out a bare existence . No modern :implements were ever used by them, for were decided to conduct the rocky farm just as their father did before them. The estrangement was known by all the townsfolk, but neither John nor J aris would answer any questions of interviewers, and their own stories of the forty two year feud wer e never told. INTERIOR LIGHTING OF BUILDINGS. At a recent meeting of the Illuminating Engineers' So ciety one of the speakers made a novel but eminently prac tical sugge::d.ion in regard to the interior lighting of buildings, says the Scientific American. 'rhe remarks, as quoted by that paper, were as follows: "X ot longsince a resident owner called my attention lo the fact tliat the front rooms of his home were in day time the darke:;t ones in the house, notwithstanding the fart that these rooms were the most used and the most important. The darkness was caused there-and in fact will be caused in any average residence-by the shielding effect of a large porch, and overhanging eaves. This is a ...-ery common condition, and it seems peculiar to me that use has not been made of prism plate glass, or ribbed sheets, in the fonn of skylights set in the veranda roof. to direct the daylig11t against the face of the buildinl! and into the windows. Glass with a smooth upper and with prisms on its lower face, par'"

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 23 . Steve and the Spanish Spies -OR--WORKING FOR CUBA'S CAUSE By CAPT. GEO. W. GRANVILLE (A SERIAL STORY) CHAPTER XII (continued) "It's a big contract,'' said Steve, doubtfully wonde ring wh y Mr. McGuffey did not look around. "Not a s big as you think. Andre, how many glasses of wine did Captajn Gonzales drink last night?" "Fifteen !" whis1 ere d Senor Boleros, pointing off over the water. 'cy on hear, Steve?" said Jenn ie . "Is Mr. McGuffey l ooking at us?" "He is, now . " "'I'hen go to him. I shall thin k of you , Steve . For heaven's sake, don't fail uii ! Everything depe n ds u pon this move." Steve walked on over the d eck . 8udclenly be felt something heavy in the outsi de p ocket of his coat . He put in his hand an cl there wa.s a revolver and a lot of stout cord . Hacl J ennie Garcia put it there? Probably, but when or how she d i d it, Steve did not know . "Corne, look alive there, you landlubber!" shouted the mate. "lt take s you a thoondering long time to answer a call." ' r had to dress myself, s ir," repl i ed Steve . " ,r,t, toot ! Do I want you on deck naked? Of course you liad i.o dress yourself . 8ee that door there? 'l'he first onr, I mean?'' "I see it. sir.'' the captai n 's Go kno('k on i h e door till you wake him up. He wants to sec you.'' " T don't think h e Joos," oiaid Hteve to himself. "Xow, I wonder if you aTr working for Cuba, too?" }fr. nfcGnffey had already turned away e.nd was shout ing to one of the sai lor s further along the de(;k . "Am I !fOing to do it?" thought Ste\'e, as he walke r 1 to1rnrd the captain's "I s uppose I am, but it's nu even c-!rnuce if htdon't do me. I'm going it blincl, but I eant h e lp it. \ \'hat"s going to happen iE T sucteed? That::; \\bat bothering my head. " He liacl reac11 ed 1hc door now, and he gaYe a sharp knock. There was no un,:;11 \r. and again he knocked, geHing no response. Tlt e n h e softly .tried the door. To his surprise he found it unfastened. Lookin g in h e saw that the stateroom was empty. At least he thought so, and turned to leaYe. Then all in an i:i:istant a fea .rful shock ran through the boy from head to foot. H e wa s standing on a powerful electric battery. With one sharp e;ry Steve fell into the stateroom all in a heap . Instantly the door closed , and Captain Gonza le s i>tepped from hehind a e;urtain, covering Steve with a cocke d re volve r as he lay there on the floor. "I'm all read y for you, my boy!" he hissed . " W h a t do you want with me? I'm anxious to hear. " CHAPTER XIII. STILL WORKING FOR CUBA'S CJ.U SE. It look e d as though Steve had been rather foolis h i n attempiing to capture Captain Gonzales in any such off hand fa8hion . 'l'h e master of the Spanish steamer hacl, to all appear ance, complete l y turned the tables on the boy. 'l'he fad was, Stern was' one of the kind who made it a rule to obe y orders iE he broke owners. As matter3 stood, he felt that he was working for the cause of Cuba uncl e r the imme diate supervision of Andre Bolero' and Jennie GarC;ia. SteYe's resolution was to let these people mind their own bnsiness, and on his side to mind his own business, ailld with Cuba and the interes ts of the Rochester Arms pany in bis mind, he could see nothing for it but to d o the hn co11ld, never regarding his own safety . As far as personal danger went, he felt that it all around him, just as much in one direct ion as another. So Ste"vc 've11t right ahead on those lines, ancl this was the result. For a momen t or t\\o Captain Go11ztLles stood glaring at him; the hand which held the r e rolver was decidedly unsteady; i t wa s quite eYident that the eaptai n 11as suffer ing from rhe effect!:! of too much drink. "80, 1;0!" he said sarcaaticall.1•. "A plof, eh! Ha! Ha! I it. You wanted , omething here, hoy. What was it? }Jy life? : M y money? My steamer; lf it any little thing like that clon-'t be: afraid to mention it. I'm a it i:> hue, but I've liYed long enough amo11g you American dog s to be fully alive to any dirty trick you may try to play." Steve Etoocl facing the revolver perfectly quiet.


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. He realized that it was no time to talk; that it would lie as much as his life was worth to say a word. "Go back to those who sent you, and tell 'em I'm wide a1rake, alive, up and dressed every time," said the captain. "'l'lir next man who comes into my stateroom will get the battery stro nger. He may get in all right, but he'll never go out alive. 'l'hat's my message to your friends. You American dog-now go !" He had said too much by half, this Spaniard. He did not seem to realize that he had to deal with one of the sort who act and don't talk; but Steve made this very plain to him, for as the boy st'arted toward the door, pre iendin . g to be on bis way out meekly enough, he sudden l y turned on the Spanish spy-for Captain Gonzales was nothing more--and, dashing the revolver from his hand, cl 11 tched him by the throat and forced him back against the partition, where he held him with a vise-like grip. " f 've got you!" he hissed. "I've got you! I'm good for a dozen of your kind I Now what do you think of the bite of the American dog?" Jt was bard to tell what the Spaniard thought, for he said nothing. He could not. The man was black in the face and rapidly choking. Steve, who had not been or der e d to kill him, began to get scared. He tried to get at his revolver, but unfortunately he was using his right ba ,nd and did not dare to let go ; be tried to trip Gonzales up to push him over, anything to get him clown, but the captain of the Colombo was a big man , and had thrown out both hands, clutching Steve by the s houlders. With what little life there was left in him be was try ing to throw Steve, and Steve was trying to throw him. The seconds passed, and still they struggled. Captain Gonzales was gasping like a fish, and Steve's strengt h was 11lmost gone, when sudde nly the stateroom door was thrown open and there stood .Jennie Garcia cover ing the Spaniard with a revolver. "'l'hrow him, Steve," she whispered. "N ow's your time." " Look out for the threshold, Jennie; there's wires t1H.'1 c," br eatherl Steve . "Don't tread on it as you value your life." H e knew that he had won the victory before he s poke; knew that he would have won it even if she had not come. ('aptain Gonzales' strength was failing; Steve, exercisiHg all hi s nerve , tripped him up and pushed him over, the 8paniard falling like a log on the stateroom :floor. "You've done it," whispered Jennie, stepping in over thr threshold and closing the door. "That's right. Tie him, Steve. Make as little noise as possible. Mr. Mc( h1ffev is with ns, but Madura, the second mate, is Spain's frir11rl forever. 'l'ony has him in hand, and I pray heaven h mn_v haYe been as successfu l as you." . \11 hreftthless 11nd too muc h excited to answer, Steve finished his tying and Jennie jammed her pocket hand kerchief into Captain Gonzales ' mouth. ' \r c \e got him now," she said . "Help me lift him into the berth, Steve. There, that's the w.ay. I don't think any one is the wiser. Now follow me and we'll see " hat eomcs next." 'l'liey left the stateroom s oftly and stood for a mo ment llntside the door. Mr. MeGu ffe_v was moving abont on deck g iving his orders. He paid no attention to them, but Andre Boleros, )ook ing enough 1ike old Garcia to deceive anvbo

.. THR LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 25 OOOD R -EAl)INO J ohn Calimer, of Philadelphia avenue, Waynesboro, Pa., was arres ted charged with cruelty to animals and had to pay $8 .92. Some weeks ago the valuable Russian hound belonging to 0. M. Peters, superintendent of the EmersonBrantingham Implement Company, strayed away from home and later the animal was found near the Welty Bridge in a weak condition as the result of having been shot. Calimer admitted he shot the dog, thinking at the time that it was a rare specie of wild animal, and, when the dog came toward him, he thought he was about to be attacked by a queer animal and shot it in self-defense . The clog vas shot and has . now about recovered. It is valued at $i50. gusher to their workings. occasionally camp in the neighborhood and as the gas seeps through the ground they merely heap up a pile of stones over some crevi ce, touch a match and cook their simple food. It is alwa y 8 warm near the blaze even in below zero weath e r, so that men about it in the balmiest of air while a few hun dred feet beyond is bitter cold. The last of three Spanish plays, "Los Pastores," hunted for by Spanish students throughout exico, Cali fornia and Arizona, has been found in Santa Barbara, Cal., by Prof. A. M. Espinosa, head of the Spanish department of the Stanford University, and Frank Price, Spani s h student. The manuscript was found among the papers handA motor omnibus run by steam generated from coke is ed down to the family of Jose Manuel Pico of this city. the latest automobile novelty in London. So successful is It had been brought to California 200 years ago by Patricio it the Royal Automobile Club has awarded to the National . Sepulveda. The three plays, taken together, form a cycle Steam Car Company the Dewar Challenge Trophy for the in the life of Christ, and were written by the first padres most meritorious achievement of the year in automobile as a means of teaching the natives. Copies of two of the engineering . Instead of having a furnace fed with paraf-cycle were found in 1887. Since then a search for the fin, the new omnibus automatically stokes itself with coke. third has been carried on by university researchers and The bunkers are inside the bonnet and surround the other Spanish students, Stanford bei:o.g especially active, boiler . Thus not only is the coke kept dry and warm, but as the university is compiling the ancient Spanish litera also it acts as lagging to the boiler and prevents loss of ture of the Californians. Prof. Espinosa has been to Santa heat. It is a small vertical boi l er, wit . h the furnace un-Barbara many times on the quest. Ancient plays telling derneath; and mechanical feeders, which may be likened the story of the birth of Christ, the three kings and a to the fingers of a hand, pass the coke downward to the number of other parts of the cycle have been found here fire. An ingenious device prevents clinkering. The bunk -and elsewhere, but that part called "Los Pastores," telling crs, which can be easily replenished, hold sufficient coke of the Shepherds, had eluded search until now. The for a run of fifty to sixty miles. On a trial trip to manuscript .has been to where it will be ... Brighton and back a lorry weighing with its load six and closely studied and put mto English. a half tons used 446 pounds of coke in 1091/2 mpes and ran 87% miles before it was necessary to stop for water . The average speed was twelve miles an hour, and the cost for fuel is lc1:>s than one -third that of an . omnibus using paraffiu for steam generating . The Pelican Portage gas gusher, 170 miles north of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, has given off daily for si:x: teen years an average of 4,000,000 feet of natural gas. The well was struck in 1898 and has neve1• shown signs of diminishing. Attempts made to cap it have proved futile, the enormous pressure, some 600 pounds to the square inch, blowing off all valves. At one time a company was formed to pipe the gas to Edmonton, but was refused a franchise. Recently public-spirited men subscribec1 $10,000 to drill for gas near the city's limits . They struck a flow about equal to the daily output of the Pelican. This will be piped to Edmonton and, now that the venture has p r oved successful, _ the men who furthered it will be reim bursed by the city. So it appears the great gusher at the Pelican is aoomed to waste its uuestimated millions . The o nly beneficiaries from it are the men of two oil-drilling o utfits iii the vicinity who have piped a line fro m the At a recent meding of the Academy of Sci e n ces in Paris M. le Roy des c ribed a quick process of wat e rproofing clothes of any sort . He takes five to ten parts of lanolin, liquefied in chloroform and diluted with nine t y to ninety five parts of gasoline. Into this the clothe s to lie treated are dipped, without removing linings or buttons . After being shaken about in it for a few minutes they are wrung out and dried in the open air. At the Safety Exposition in New York Dr. Charles Frederick Pabst of Brooklyn told how to make clothes fireproof. They should, he said, be. dipped in a solution of ammonium phosphate, one pound to a gallon of cold water. Ammonium phosphate costs only 25 cents a pound, he said. Dr. Pabst took an eight-inch strip of ordinary cotton gauze, equivalent i.o the material in the Indian and cowboy suits S

• 26 THE l.1TBER'rY BOY8 OF '76. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 26, 1915 . TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS Stnirle Cbf!les .............................. - • • -...... . One Copy T hree Mo n th.5 ...... ............ . ............ . One Copy S i x Month .................................... . One Cofly One Year ..................................... . Postage Fre e . OS C ents . 6 5 Cents t.25 HO W TO Sl!NO MONEY-At our ri•k eend P. 0. Money Order, Cbeok o r Registered Leiter; remittances In &ay other way are at your risk. W e acc"pt Postage Stamps the s&me aa cash. When sending silver WTap tile Colo lo a. pleoe of paper to avoi d cutting the envelope. Writ< 11our """"' .mli 11<1drus p!ass s t eel, which i:; claimed to be non-rusting, unstainabl e and untarnislrnble. This steel i s said to be espe cially ado piable for table eutlc1:Y, as the original polish is maintained aiter use, even when brought in contact with the most acid foods, and it requires only ordina:y washing to cle imse . "It is clajmed," write s Mr. Savage m the Commerce Reports, "that this steel retains a keen edge much l i ke that of the best double-she e r steel, and, as the properties claimed are inherent in the steel and not due to any treatment, knives can readily be sharpened on a 'steel' or by using the ordinary cleaning machine or knifeboard. It is expected it will prove a great b.oon, es pecially to large users of cutlery, such a s hotels, steam ships and restaurants . The price of this s teel i s about 26 cents a pound for ordinary sizes, which is about double .the price of the usual steel for the same purpose. It also costs more to work up, so that the initial cost of articles mad e from this new discovery , it is estimated, will be about double the present cost; but it is con s idered that the saving of labor to the customer will more than cover the total cost of the cutlery in the first twelve months . " J OKES A N D J ESTS " I want to get a divorce," she told the lawyer . "What has your husband been doing?" he asked. "Nothing," she replied . "Some men get a heap o' education," said Uncle Eben, "de s ame as some people get. a fine collection o' bait wifout catchin' any fish." "Some o' de men," said Uncle Eben, "Jat shouts de l o udes' ' bout de wickedness of de trusts wouldn ' h esitate a minute to do a friend in' a mule trade." Smith-I woke up last night with a horribl e susp1c10n that my new gold watch was gone. So strong was the impression that I got up to look . Brown-Well, was it gone? Smith-No; b u t it was going . Guide (to tourist)V ell. sare, how you like ridi n' de camel? 'rourist-Well, we don't blend very well, as it were. You see, h e can do with a drink every three weeks, and I want one every three miles . Neighbo rs-I hea r d your dog h0'1'ling last night. If he howls three nights in succession it's a sure sign of death. Next Door -Indeed! And who do you think will die? J eighbo rs-T he dog. Freda-He claims to be re late d to you, and says he can prove it. Floyd Re l ated to me? Why, the man's a fool. Freda-O f course; but that may be a mere coincidence. Two college students were a r raigned before the magis trate cha r ged with hur dling the low spots in the road in their motor car . "Have you a lawyer?" asked the magis trate. "We're not going to have any lawyer," answered the elder of. the students. "We've decided to tell the truth. "


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 27. A LADY'S HAT. By Alexander Armstrong One tempest-tossed night, •veather-bound at a small hotel on the stage-route from Santa Fe, we met a fellow traveler in whom we became greatly intere s t ed. The howling gale and elemental uproar intensified the cozy cheer of our snug little parlor. The genial warmth from the heaped-up ruddy coals in the grate and spicy exhalations steaming from an earthen mng brewing in front, out of which, from time to time, we replenished our glasses, stimulated conversation, and , we were soon launched upon a stream of startling adventure. Among others, my companion-a finely-built, athletic fellow-narrated an experience of the previous season, whi ch, he said, "Made every hair stand on tip-toe. " "How ?" we asked. "You were in gieat peril ?" "One of those imminent ri s ks that meet you at every turn. "Four of us came in the stage from Santa Fe, the las t of June, I think. A young lady-governess in an officer' s family-her escort a wealthy young merchant, reputable, with a guarantee of honor inscribed on every line of his earnest face, and myself, were acquaintances; the other was the horseshoer of the company, bound for the stable at Denver. "As a government expert I was well known to the bank ers of Santa Fe. 'rhey never hesitated to intrust me with large amounts of gold, and this time was no exception . So I wa'l loaded, partly by means of an inner belt around my wai st, partly by a false bottom, improvised in my valise by gumming s trong wrapping-paper over the precious par cels anu inner lining of the bag. '"rhe day would have been intolerable but for the cool curr e nts that swept down the declivities and through the mountain ravines. Frequently during the day, up the • ste e p ascents, we would get eut and walk. It rested us and relieved the tedium of the drive. The lady was most charming, rattling her words like fine shot against our sallies of wit and wisdom, and turning into sport and jest our serious fears. She became confidential, and told us 'she expected to return a madame, with a military escort, if she returned at all. Her intended was a lieutenant, stationed now in the Indian territory; but when he re ceived his furlough-well, very soon, perhaps-then w e might expect to hear of wedding-bells.' " 'I would like to be a little richer,' she added, with a sigh, 'but we must be content.' " 'What is the amount of your dowry? ' said the practical merchant. "She laughed merrily. 'Are you a bandit in disguise?' Then added: ''I'he fruits of my industry amount to the heavy weight of one thousand dollars in gold.' " 'You haven't it with you?' he inquired, so quickly and earnestl}' that I was surprised . " 'C o me, you are accounted shrewd. Just try and find out . I will answer all relevant questioning.' "He blushed and stammered an apology, and she sat for a moment on a ;oc k that projected from the side or the road over the mountain edge . She had g athered st r ay flowers on h er walk, diving under bu s he s and behi n d rocks, and was fastening them on her hat and mantle. A scarlet creeper ran around the base of the rock down the s id e of the mountain. " 'Oh, that is beautiful; I must have it,' she s aid, rising to her feet and dropping hat and flowers in the excite ment. .T ust then a sudden eddy of wind came twisting around the corner of a fissure, and whirled hat and flowers around and around, lodging them beyond her power of re covery, on a narrow ledge of perp e ndicular rock, . jutting out and inacce ssible from the road. " 'How now? What will you do ?' I said, half in sport at the possibility of a bare-headed companion for the rest of the trip. "To my surprise she looked the image of despair and g rief; the color had faded out of her rosy cheeks, even her lips were ashy and pale. H e r hands were clasped in the most agonizin g expression, as she mutely gazed at the slender shape below, mocking her with its airy grace of blooms. "'Oh, my friends! can't you recover that hat for me? Do, in pity, and I will thank you to m y dyin g day!' "Ro mother, appealin g for a lost chi ld, could have been more piteous, while tears stood in her eyes. I was half angry that any woman could be so metamorphosed by t he 101:1s of a hat. The merchant whistl ed , looked bewildered, but evirlently didn't choose to risk his life. The driver and horseRho e r came to her rescue; they fastened a. hook on io the end of a coil of r o pe, saying, 'Don ' t fear, miss, rior look s o an..xious; we' ll rig someth ing an' get yer hat.' "The driver, stretched at full l e ngth, with only his head and , an arm over the precipice, and anchored :firmly by the rest of the party , threw his rope, harpoon fashion, with an unerring aim . It caught in the rim, the hat was drawn up carefully a.nd resfared to the young girl, who, with exhilarating color and sparkling eyes, thanked the men most profusely. They cut short her rhapsodies by jumping on the driver's box and telling us to 'pile in.' "Once inside, she said, 'As you are all my friends, I must let you into the secret of my hat. All the money 1 possess is hidd e n in the lining-quilted in-a.nd no man, not even a high waym an , would ever s uspect the treasu re hidden in such a cell, now would they?' "We, of course, prai sed her ingenuity. "'A good thousand, is it?' said the merchant. "'The very s um,' she r e plied. * * * • * • "It was two o ' clock in. the morning. We were well out of the most formidable passes, driving briskly towards tlte Oanadiim fork. The fuJl moon lighted our way, mak ing the bushes and trees adjacent cast sharp and decided shadows across the road. I had exchanged places with the horseshoer. Inside they were dozing, but I was wakeful and alert. We beguiled the weary hours by story tellin g . Suddenly I saw something moving in the shadow of the road on beyond us. " 'What is that?' I said. "The driver looked, his eyes ro unding like the mocNI


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. "'Nothing but a burro,' referring to the pack-mules thnt frequently strayed down the mountainside. It dis a]Jpeared quickly iu the shade, and thence in sta ntly, as if b y magic, jumped out into the road two men. They were hidd en in huge s louch h ats and a . rmy cloaks. The s toutest caught the bridle of the leaders; the other C'Overing us with hi s rifle shouted: 'Don't stir, or you are dead m en!' "Advancing closer, and keeping us within the range of his muzzle, he cried out, 'Pitch out the treasure-boxquick ! We are in a hurry !' "The driver began to stammer a reply, shaking as if he had an ague, but I hushed him with a whispered 'Stop, stop; let me talk to these men. There is no treasure aboard to-night.' "As I intended he should, he took me for an express messenger, and as neither driver and . messenger are sup posed to possess any valuables, they are seldom molested . "'Come, heave out that specie-box,' sho uted the man holding the rifle. "I insisted there was none. "'Here,' look at the way-bill; if there is any such thing aboard it will be among th) items.' "And I made a move to get down, holding it in my hands. " 'Stay where you are, or I will shoot you !' "I threw him the way-bill. He dropped his rifle and picked it up, perusing the items in the :moonlight. "Profiting by this action, I endeavored to slip my port manteau under the seat. "The driver, misunderstanding the movement, whis pered: " 'Have you got one?' "The man at the r e in. noticed the conferring, and hal loed to us. The other instantly rai sed his gun. " 'None of that! Hands up!' "We threw np our hands , and he again turned to the way-bill. I did manage, though, to secrete my mon .ey, slipping it into my boot. " 'You see there's no menti on made of the treasure, and if it was sent it would be noted on the bill. However, you can get up and look in the box, and satisfy yourself.' "He hesitated but a moment , and then jumped up and looked in the box; in doing so he k_icked my valise. " 'Opeb this,' said he. "I did so, taking out carefully its contents and letting him look inside; the wrapping-paper deceived him. " 'No,' he cried, 'there's no treasure on this stage; but weve sworn to have a hundred dollars to-night, and if we can't find it in the treasure-box, we may find it in the baggage. Who 's inside?' " "I'wo men and a lady-none of them rich; on,e is the horseshoer , going to Denver to shoe the . company's horses.' "'We'll look out for 'em. Whatever happens, don't stir on your peril. We may find the money on them, or in the bag gage.' "It was evi dent they were s leeping. The man rattled the door a.nd roused them. Presenting his gun, he or dered them out to be searched. They obeyed, ' half asleep. "'Hands up!' he said. 'Now for your pockets!' "The horseshoer 11ad but two dollars in silver, the merchant's portemonnaie showed but fiye, and the young lady's nothing but her papers and a little change. The girl, I was sure, looked as if she would swoon. "'You're a mean lot, to have so little with you,' said he, 'anrl I've a mind to finish you. A hundrecl dollars we must have, so we'll go for your baggage.' "'You'll fi_nd nothing of account in our baggage, but if you will a&k this young lady for her hat, and carefully rip out the lining, you will find something worth your pains.' "'l'he girl turned towards him with blazing eyes, and uttered but the one word-'Traitor !' "There was no escape; the hat was secured. "After the lining had been very carefully ripped ot1t it was returned, with thanks. "'In luck, in luck!' said the highwayman. 'Jump in, all. I'm sorry for your loss, miss, but we are bound to take whatever is sent us. We have no treasure, but this will do. Drive on!' "'I want the way-bill!' I said, excitedly, for the scene we had just witnessed had increased my indignation to a fever-heat. "He handed it to me, but it :fl.uttered under the horses' feet, and again I demanded it. Mechanically he picked it up, mounted the wheel, and handed it to me. Then, touching his hat to the lady, said: "'But . for this lining you might have been lying in yonder ditch. No treasure on board! Come this way next i;ime without it, and we'll finish your accounts. Drive on!' "We gladly followed this advice, but could not find lan guage vigorous eno ugh to express our contempt for the meanness of the merchant. The driver swore at him in Spanish, and the young lady answered all attempts at consolation with hysterical sobs. The merchant alone pre serv ed his cool equanimity of temper. "Arriving at Denver , he begged very earnestly of the young lady, with me as her friend, to grant him a few moments for explanation, in a private room. He was so in earnest that the young girl yielded a reluctaJ1t con sent . "He closed the door and bolted it, whic h looked strange ly. "'Don't fear,' he said, as I fumbled for my revolver. Sitting in a chair, ' he pulled off his boot, and, from the toe, drew out a roll of notes. Said he: "'A few days before leaving, I was lucky enough to find an opportunity to my doubloons for these. My poor child, let me make restitution. Here are two thou sand in notes for the one thousand secured by the robbers' -handing her that amount. 'Your liuing has been my salvation; if they hacl searched me further they would have secured twenty instead of one thousand. Concealed in my baggage are diamonds and preciou s stoneR, whicl1, if they had secured, would have beggared me.' Takin g a solitaire from his• yest-lining, he presented that also for her acceptance. 'I should have explained in the stage, "but walls have ears," and why should I trust the others with my secrets?' "I need not tell you that the lady's tears were transmut ed into rare smiles, and she was sent to her hom e re joicing."


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 29, FROM Al"'L POINTS Announcement was made by the Pittsburgh 'Baseball Club the other clay that Catcher Frank Kafore, clraughted in the fall of 1913 and on the club's ro . ter last year, had been released to the Omaha Club of ' the Western League. 'l'his leaves the Pittsburgh Club with five catchers, four teen pitchers, eight infielders and ten outfielders . Hans Wagner has not s igned a contract for 1915 . A barking dog lecl to the di sc overy of a $4,000 robber y at the Bank of Neelyville, Mo. 'rhe bank failed to open at the regular hour. Depositors gathered about the door heard the cashier's pet dog barking within. They investi gated and found the cashier locked in the vault. He callecl t out th} lock combination and was released . He said he had been locked in by a robber who confronted him at the bank door. Three hundred and fifty teachers attending the J eff()r son County Teacher s' Institute instituted a vigorou s campaign against the liquor traffic in a local theater, Rey noldsville, Pa. After becoming enthusiastic over local option at their afternoon meeting the teachers attended a performance at a theater. Be.fore they would allow the show to go on, however, several climbed to the stage a11c1 pinned several yards of cloth over the liquor advertise m ents on the stage curtain. When the officials of the theater removed the cloth the teachers were indignant and immediately "retacked". the covers over the ads. The performance finally proceeded , but the liquor ads re mained hidden. The climate of Egypt has been changing in a remark able manner in the last few years. Rain fell in ton-ents in Al exandria during the celebration of the accession of the new Sultan. Such a happening half a century ago 'rnuld have been regarded as a phenom()non, but rain now falls in pla ces where it had never been known to fall be fore in many centuries, and more rain is falling where . only Yery little, or merely dew, once aided the farmers. 'fhe English are believed to be responsible for the rain, with their new channels for sp reading over the land the waters of the Nile. Just as the plantation of trees in a desert will bring rain, so is Egypt now a moi ste r place because of the extens ion of cultivated lands . But it is not lik ely that 'iVcstern civilization will destroy the wonderful dryness of the Egyptian air, with its beneficent effect on imalids . G. H . Wilson li es a.t the Cottage Hospital, Santa Bar bara, Cal., in a c riti ca l condition from as thrilling and unus ual an encounte r as has ever taken place h e re. He hall a life-and-death struggle with a huge jellyish. Four hundre d feet from shore, off Serena, Wilson, who is senior partner of the finn of Wilson & Schwab, a . utomobile men o f this city, was s uddenly attacked. H e saw before him w bat he said looked like a great s heet of butter and eggs. Suddenly strips of and white began to separate from the mass and extend toward him . He turned t o swim out of r each when the creature threw its tentacles about him and the mad fight was on. In the struggle Wilson broke the mass into . fragments, but reached the shore exhausted, and his face and shoulders stinging as though from scalds. At the hospital it was said that the is getting along favorab ly. His pain at times was so intense that morphine had to be administered. His shoulclern and face re se mble one mass of poison oak burns. C alifornia's lawn tennis players are greatly profiting by the excitement of the controversy as to whether or not, Newport or New York is to be the sce ne of the national ' championship tournament next season. At the close o f last season Dr. E. B. Dewhurst, former national indoor champion; Raymond D. Little and others started a ca m paign for a new amateur rule. The men behind the move ment stated that Maurice E. McLaughlin had been playing tennis for six months with all of his expenses paid out o f the trea sury of the natio na l association; that other players ' from California were iu receipt of abundant expense money and that the entire principal of the payment_ of expe nses was wrong . The draft of a rigid amateur rule , , positively prohibiting payment of any expenses or the o ffer of any entertainment except for Davis Cup teams, had been when the storn1 broke between Newport and the West Side Club. According to the by-laws of t he national association the amateur rule must now awai t another vear for enactment, while the future of the all comers' is bitterly fought out. P. E. Thomas, of Grand Rapids , Mich., c laims the c:hampionship of Mi c higan for corn husking. He estab lisned a n ew record this year on the farm of R. G. Brumm, near Nashville, in Barry County, when he husked 146 bushels in ten hours, an average of 14 3 5 bushels pe r hour, or one bushel to each 4 2-7 minutes. His best time

3() THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. ARTICLES OF ALL KINDS MAKING BIG GUNS. I Howev er, this great expense was Jone away with by an A fascinating sight is to watch the first stages in the invention of :Mai;ter Mechanic John Kennedy, who d evise d manufactur e of the big guns which are proving so devasa system of forcing live steam from the locomotive boiler tating in the war, says the Chicago Journal. A solid :upon the rails ahead of the cowcatcher. The heat killed ingot of steel, some 50 feet in length and weighing about the insects, while the force of the jet threw their bodies 100 tons, i s employed in the making of a 13-inch gun. oil' the track without crushing them. In this manner, After being forged and then allowed to cool, so that it the problem was solved with slight expense, as Mr. Ken may be toughened for the heavy work, this gigantic bar nedy's invention was of extreme s imp lic i ty . It consists of steel is pressed into cylindrical shape by a power hyof a couple of small tubes extending from the boiler to draulic press, which exerts a pressure of anything between the front of the locomotive and terminating a few inches 5,000 and 10,000 tons to the square inch. Later what above each rail. The engineer controls the steam outlet is known as the trepanning opBration is carried out, namewith a simple device. After u sing this in vention for a ly, drilling the bore from end to end. Next the bore is short veriod, the bodies of countless thousands of cate rrified. pillars were banked alongside the track for miles. The most impressive sight, however, is the hardening process, when the rough weapon is heated to dazzling white heat and plunged into a well full of oil. If the operation takes place in the night time the sight of this big, g lowing bar of metal being lowered apparently into the bowels of the earth, sending forth tongues of flames from the burning oil, 1s impre ssive in the extreme. The gun is left to cool in the oil bath, out of which it comes hard ened, toughened and tempered. Now follows the wire-winding operation to make the weapon stronger and impart to it some m eas ure of elas ticity. This wire-winding is much the same in principle as the whipping on the handle of a racket bat. In this ca se, however, the whipping takes the form of a strong steel ribbon, which is wound around the body of the gun. Every 13-inch gun has a . bout 120 miles of this steel ribbon wound about it. Some idea of the lab.or involved in the manufacture of one of these guns may be gathered from the fact that from start to finish the time occupied is twelve months. • BIG ENTRY SURE FOR AMATEUR CUE HONORS. So many amateur billiard players have signified their . intention t-0 compete in the national Class A 18.2 balk line championship tournament as to make it certain that the competition will be the greatest e>er held in this country. It is practicail y assured that ten or a dozen will qualify for the matches which are scheduled to begin at the Union League Club, Philadelphia, Monday, March 1. A_'llong the men who have announced intention of striving for the title now held b y Edward W. Gardner are: Joseph Mayer, the winner of the championship at Phila delphia in 1913; J. F e rdinand Pogg enb urg, international champion; E. J.;i. Milburn, of Memphis, 'l' enn.; Dr. Wal ter E . Uffenheimer, of Philade lphia, and W. E. Cope Morton. While they have not replied to the officials of the National Association of Amateur Billiard Players as to their intentions, it is understood that Gardner anu Morris D. Brown, the veterans, will participate in the tournament. The chief interest centers in Nathan T. Hall, the youu'g FIGHTING CATERPILLARS WITH STEAM. Bostonian, who defeated Joseph Mayer recently in a Hordes of caterpillars proved a serious menace to raillengthy match, and the youthful wizard from Chicago, road operation this summer on the McCloud River RailAugust F. Bloese, who are to send in entries. Hall's per ruad, in northern California. Locomotives could not make formance against Mayer stamped him as a remarkable traction because of the millions of wriggling crawlers that player, as his average stood above 14. Bloese is said to be clogged the rails, forming a slimy mass as the engine another Calvin Demarest, with plenty of runs up to the passed over them. Sand was of no avail; cresol sprinkled hundred mark and averages all the way up to 40. Robert along the rails checked them for only a brief time; and Lord and Wilson Henderson, two other amateurs of Chi the expedient o;f placing men on the cowcatcher to sweep cago, are likely entrants. Dr. Walter G. Douglas, secre off the creatures with a broom was of no value at all. More tary of the National Association , has tried out Hende rson caterpilbrs were crushed by the brooms than were brushed and found him capable of holding to an a>erage of clear of the tracks, while those that escaped promptaround 15. ly crawled back upon the rails before the train had passed. Charles Heddon, of Dowagia c , Mich., the amateur w11o Apparently the railroad was under the necessity of dig-put llp the high record run of 13.3 last year at the Class A ging trenches for many miles along both sides of the tournament in this city, has stated that he will be unable right of way, a very heav y outlay, but the only effective to comp ete . Hecldon, howe\er, has made a find in Corwin method so far discovered of holding the creeping hordes Huston, of Detroit. Husto n began his billiards when he in check. This method had been used with success in was a student at the University of Michigan, where he .. the lumber camps of that section, which had also been worked his way through college b.v runnin g a small bil overwhelmcd with the pest. liard room with his two brothers who were also students.


LINJi THE LINK PUZZLB. The sensation of the day. Pronounced by all. the most g and scientific novelty eut. Thousands have worked •at it tor hours without mastering it, stUI ft can be done in two seconds by giving the links the proper twist, but un less you know how, the harder you twist them the tighter they grow. Price, 6c.; S for 15c.; one dozen, 50c., by mail, postpaid. FRANK SMITII. 383 Lenox Ave .. N. Y. 'l'HE tlURPRISE .FOUN'.rAJN i'"EN '61W?MJD looks just lllte 11. 1:enthe joke comes In. It you take otr the cover, a nice, ripe, jutcy lemon appears. Then you give the friend you lend It to the merry "ha-ha." You might call Jt an everlasting joke because you can use it over and over acain. Price, by mall, po•tpald. lllc. ll. F . LA.J."'10. 1815 Centre St., B'klyn, N. Y. JAPANESE TRICK KNIFE. You can show the knl!e and instantly draw it across your ftncer. apparently cutting deep Into the fiesh. The red blood appears oil the blade of tbe giving a startling efCect to the spectators. -The knife is removed and the finger is found In good condition. Quite an etrectlve illusion. Price lOc. each by ma.II. WOLFF NOVELTY 00., 29 W. 26th St., N . 'f. S'.l'AR AND CRESCEM'l' PUZZLE. The puzzle Is to sopa-. rate the one star from the linke d star and cre1-cent without usinc force. Price by ma.II, postpaid lOc.; S for 2Gc. THE BmtNING The greatest trlck E.::J joke out. A pertect Imitation ot a smoul-dering cigarette with bright red flre. It fools the wisest. Send lOc. and we\.wlll mall It, WOLFF NOVELTY CO., 2D W. St., N. Y. TRICK PUZZLE PURSE. The flrst attempt usually made to open it. 1z to press down the little !mob In the center ot the purse, when a amall needle runs out and stabo them In the flnger. but does not open ft. You can open It before their eyea and still they will be unable to opon It. Price, 25c. e&cll by mall, postpaid. WOLFF NOVELTY CO., 29 W. 26th St., N. Y. MARBLE VASE. A clever and puzzJtng effect, easy to do; the apparatus can be minutely exo.mined. Et!ect: A marble can be to pas::a from the hand Into the closed vase, w!lich a. moment before W9.& shown empty. This is a beautiful turned wood vaoe. , Price. 20c. FRANK SMITH, 383 Lenox Ave., N. Y. FOUB WEEKS (A LOUD BOOK). Hae the absolute and exact shape of a book In cloth. Up "RANGER" bicycle. Write at onc:e for our bio ca.talog and apt:cial offsr. Marveloua Improvements. Extraordf nary v alues in our 1915 price offers. YOM Wf:fTMtrff)ginl. our Boys, be a "Rider Agent" a:id make bisr money taking orders !or bicycles and supplies. Get o u r libarnL terms on aaampll to introduce the new "RANGER." TIRES, equipment, sundries and eTery.thirtirin the bicycle line half usual P.rices. FactorJ on Motorcycle and Automob:le Supplies. MEAD CYCLE CO., DEPT. G1ss CHICAGO Old Coins 1895. Send IOc for our illustra.tect coin v l\lue book. b7: iret posted, Clarke dz: Co., Le Ror, N . Y, OF 'h -u.dwewill u.tyo'uR&meiJlouDlrectory • .Audw1w!U at.o•e:nd1ouato11ce,Ilaa.mpl1Card., 14 611.1 Pto1ur•• ud a l&rp 'uortmrnt of n:lout ud w01iderfal t'Mdiq nu.Har. Wrh• '• 1e.nd 10 0111.t1, col11 or i;tuap1 for p<1&tag11 ua JOG will &et Jotl otm&ll--all.4 Ctbl&lo,otpre111u1 buldH. WlJ.U.a::u • Oo.a2e Ka.cli10a 5$.., CAicaso REaEDY,.n\ \oyou It l• . cures, send $1.00; lt noi. don \. Gin exprcnoffiee. Write toda1. W,1[., 837 Ob.lo An., OMo. WOT.VF NtlVELTY Z9 W. !Gth !It .• N. Y. on the opening of the book, ll!MUSTING FOR 111ft.OflT . . FREE after having it set up accordllnl w r Ing to directions furnished, a. FOR SIX MONTHS. It ls worth loud report stmllar to that ot intending to invest eny mone:r. however small. who has SLIDE THE PENCIL. The pencil that keeps them guessing. Made of wood and lead just like an ordinary pen cil, but when your victim starta to write with It-presto! the lead dfsappea.1s. It is so constructed that the slightest pres sure on the pap13r the lead slide Into tha wood. Very funny nnd a practical joke. a. ptatoJ-shot will be heard, much to the amazement and tor pro:dt. !t demonatratos the earnin&' power surprise of the victim. Cape money thek:Dowledgetlnanc1ersand bankers hide trom not mailable; can be bought the n revea1e the enormous profits bankers any toy store. Price. 65c. by mail, postpaid. ma.keandshowsbowtomaketbesame profits. Itexplains WOLJ;'F NOVELTY CO., 29 W. 26th St., N. Y. I me now. I'll send it etx months, o.b8otute1 1 FREE. ALSE NOSES. B. L.BARBER, Pab., 522 ZGW Jochoa B•d., Chicaio,111. Price, lOc. each by mall, poatpald; S for !5o. H. I'. LANG, 1815 Centro St., B'klyn, N. Y. Chan&& your !ace! Have a barrel of fun! ;rhey are life-GRl:E'-'BAGKSI Big Wad, lOc.: ' 2 6c. J.Downey, like reproductiono ot :tunny L l1 1 .. 35a,7 'Union Ave., Chtca."o. noseo, made ot shaped cloth, waxed, and colored. When placed over your nose, they re1na.!n on securely, and only a close inspection reveals their talee char:ll.cter. All ahapes, such as pu;s, hooks, short-horn lemons, and rum bloasome. Bet ter than a false t'a.ce. Can be carried fn the vest pocket. NORWEGIAN MOUSE. A verl' large gra y mouse, rneaauring 8 incI1et1 from tip of nose to end of tall. The body ot mouse is hollow. Place your first finge r ln his body, and then by moving your finger up and down, the mouse appears to be running up your sleeve. Enter a room where there are ladies, with the mouee runn-" up your sleeve, and you wJll see a rapid scattering ot. the !air sex. Many practical jokes can be perpe trated with thlo small rodent. Price, lOc.; 3 tor 25c. malled, postpald. C. BEHit, 150 W. 62d St., New York City. l\IAlllA.S. This Interesting toy Is _-. one ol the latest novelties 1.;, out. It Is In great det..: mand. To operate It, the stem is placed in your Price, by mall, lOc. each. H . J:'. LANG. 1815 Centre St., B'klyn, N. 'Y. '.i'HE RINO. ... Just Out.-PuzzUng, ' A Brand-New Trick. Mystifying and Per plexing. A metal ring is handed a.round for examination, and ls found to be soltd, unbroken japanned iron. .A cane, a pencil or a 3tring is held tightly a.t each end by a spectator. The performer lightly taps the cane with the ring, and the ring 5uddenly is see n t o be encircling the cane. How did the ring pass the spectator's two hands and get on the cane? The most mystifying trkk ever invented. Others charge 75 cents for this trick; but our price, including instruction, 1.2c .. 1f)stpald. C. 150 W. 62d St., New York Clt7. m outh. You can blow Into It, and at the same . time pull or jerk lightly on the string. The mouth opens. and it then cries "Ma-ma," just exactly In the tones of a AUTOMATIC COPTING PENCIL. real, Hve baby. The sound is so human that The lmportauce of It would deceive 12c. each by mall. 1!!!9 * I llJ WOLFF NOVELTY co .. 29 w. 26th st .. N. Y. I be dwelt upon bere. +' Fl! !!!!!& Sb It I• an absolute neTBE FRIGIITFUL RA.TTLESNA.KEI cesslty with us all. To all appearance It le"' The holder or this pencil Is beautifully harmless piece ot coiled :ilckeled with grooved box-wood h"'1dle, glv• p.aper with "' mouthIng a flrm grip In writing; the pencil auto• A;: piece attachment. but matlcally supplies the lead as needed whll• upon placing It to one's a box of these long leads are given with eaoh m o u t h, and blowing pencil. The writing of this pencil Is Indelible tnto the tube, an imtta-the 1a.1ne as inlt., and thus can be used in tlon snake over two writing lettere, addressing envelopes, eto. feet In length •prlni;s out of the roll like a Bill• of account or Invoices made out with ftaah o! lightning, producing a whistling, nut• I thla ploncll can be copied the •ame as If .copy-terlng Hound that would frighten a wild In• 1 Ing-Ink was uaed. It ls the handiest pencil dian. We guarantee our rattlesnalre not to 1 on the market; you do not require a knife bite, but would not advl•e you to play the I to keep It •harp; It Is ever ready, ever sate, joke on timid women or delicate children. and just the thing to carry. . Each snake packed In 11. box. Price, lOc.; S Prloe ot pencil, wl

DEVILINE'S WJJJBTLE. Nickel plated and polished; It produces a near-pierc ing sound; large seller; 11lustrat!o1'. actua.l alze. Price, . 12c. by mall. WOI.FF NOVELTY CO., %11 W. 26th St .• N. f. • H.F. ROUGH RIDER DISC PISTOLS. 111 Made or nicely col II [ . wood 61,i Inches """ --long. The power '! furnished by rubber bands. Ten discs ot cardboard with each pistol. Price, 6c. each, postpaid. LANG, 1815 Centre St., B'klyn, N. Y. TRICK COIN

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