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No. 742. NElV YORK, lUARCH 19, 1 9lf>. Price 5 Cents. TY ANDTHETRAITDRi HOW THEY HANDLED HIM . . Alff) OTfffR STORIES The traitor dropped upon his knees and held o u t his hands. "Spare my life!" he pleaded. "It is useless to plead," said Dick Slater, sternly; "yours shall be the fate always meted out to traitors, namely-Death!"


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the Atnerican Revolution Issued Weeklly-By Subsmiption $2.50 per year. Entered at the New York, N. Y., Post Otff,ce as SecondOlass Matter by l<'rank Tousll"y, PubtiBher, 168 West 2Sd Street, Neio York. No. 742. NEW YORK, MARCH 19, 1915. Price 5 Cents. The Liberty Boys and the Traitor -OR-HOW THEY HANDLED HIM By HARRY MOORE CHAPTER I. A TRAJTOR IN THE CAMP. Gentlemen there is a traitor in camp!" "Do you think so, sir?" "I am sure of it." "What makes you think so?" "Why, the fact that every expedition I have sent out after the British during the past month or more has met with failure . It has convinced me that the enemy must have had advance information in each instance, and as it would have been an impossibility for it to have learned of our Intended movements by means of its spies, it, follows that there must be a traitor in our midst." "That seems reasonable, your excellency." It was the first week in April, of the year 1777. The War of the Revolution was in full blast. On Christmas night General Washington had crossed the Delaware River with a small army and had beaten the British at Trenton, capturing m!)re than one thousand of the Hessians. Then Washington had moved his army to Morristown Heights, defeating th.:i British at Princeton on the way, and here he had been eve r since. During the three months he had been busy fighting the British, and had succeeded fairly well, up to within a month past; during that time every expedition sent out had failed. Sometimes. the enemy was missing when looked for; at others it was there, but stronger than was expected, and the re:;ult had been defeat for the patriots. It was this state of affairs that had led General Washingon to call a council. and when the officers had gathered at head quarters he startled them by making the statement that there was a traitor in the camp. When he called the attention of the officers to the fact that every expedition sent out during the past month had failed, they began to think that he might be right in his suspicion that there was a traitor in their midst. ' "It does seem rather strange that every attempt we have made during the past month should be a failure," said General Greene, thoughtfully. "Yes before that we were successful at least half the time," said the commander-in-chief. "So we were." "There must be a traitor in the camp. But the question is, how are w e to discover who the traitor is?" The officers looked inquiringly at one another. This was indeed a difficult question. They discussed it for some time. "One thing is sure, the rascal must be ferreted out, and a stop must be put to his work," said General Washington. "Yes, indeed," agreed General Greene. "But how? .. from another officer. There was s ilence for a while, and all were plunged in thought. "I'll tell you what would be a good plan," said one, pres ently. "Let us hear it," from the commander-in-chi ef. "Assign some one to the task of discovering the traitor." "That is what I have thought of doing. But the question is, who shall we assign to the work?" "Oh, there must b e a number of men in the encampment who would be equal to the task of discovering the identity of the traitor." General Washington shook his head. "I don't know about that," he s aid. ' 'The villain is cunning, without doubt, and It will take careful work to discover his identity, if indeed it can be done at all." -'True," agreed one of the officers. "The traitor himself might be the man selected to do the work." The others looked at one another blankly. "That is a possibility," agreed General Washington; "though I must say that I do not consider it a probability." The way to avoid that po ssibility is by assigning some onEo to work who is abov e sus picion," said G eneral Greene. "I know some one who will answer those requirements," replied Greene. "W ho i s it?" asked G eneral Washington. "Dick Slater." The officers started, and all nodded their heads in assent. "I think you are right, General Greene," agreed the com mander-in-chief. "Dick Slater is certainly above suspicion." "So he is, sir; and he is skilful in whatever he is given to do." "Yes; I believe that if any one can ferret out the traitor he can do so . " "That is the way I look at it." "Yes; and I believe I will give him the work to do." "I don't think you could do better," agreed General Greene. "I'll send for him and tell him what I want him to do," said the commander-in-chief. He rapped on the table beside which he sat, and the door opened quickly and an orderly entered. "Orderly, do you know a young man, a captain, by the name of Dick Slater?" "I do, your excellency," was the reply. "He is the com-mander of the company known as 'l'he Liberty Boys of '76." . "You are right. Do you know where his men are quartered?" "I do, sir." "Very well. Go there at once, and tell Captain Slater that his presence is desired at headquarters at his earliest con venience." "Yes, sir," and the orderly closed the door, and hastened away. Fifteen minutes later he returned, accompanied by a hand1>ome, clashing youth of eighteen or nineteen years.


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS A1\TJ) THE TRAITOR. Opening the door, the orderly announced: Dick Slater." The youth entered the room where the officers were congregated, and bowed and saluted. ht the same time saying: "You sent for me, your excellency?" "Yes, Di ck," was the r e ply. "Take a seat." Dick seated himself, and then waited in respectful silence for the great man to explain. "Dick," said the commander-in-chief, presently, in a calm but impressive voice, 1'there is a traitor in the camp." The youth started, and looked at General Washington eagerly. "I have suspected it for some time, sir," he said. "Ah, you have?" in some surprise. "Yes, sir." "What made you suspect it?" "Why, the fact that ev ery expedition that has been sent out against the British has failed, for a month past, at least." •Exactly." "I made up my mind that this could hardly be due to aoci dent, or even to luck; It seemed to me that the British must have advance knowl edg e of the move that was to be made each time." The officers nodded and exchanged glanc es. "That is the way it seems to us, Dick , " said . General Wash ington; "and so we have d ecided to try to fer ret out the scoun drel." "That is something that it is absolutely necessary to do, sir." "Yes; and now, what do you say to going to work and discovering the identity of the traitor?" Tb.e youth started, and an eager light appeared in his eyes. "You wish me to do thii?" he exclaimed. "I do, Dick," replied the commander-in-chief. "Some one must do it, and we decided that there was no one in the encampment better fitted for the work than yourself." "Thank you, sir; I feel highly honored, and will be glad to do the work. That is to say, I shall be glad to attempt to discover the id entity. of the traitor. I may not be able to do so." t o the Liberty Boys' quarters without being any wiser than when be left there. He had not seen or beard anything sus picious; had not laid eyes upon a man whom he could for a moment suspect of treason. "But there is a traitor in the camp," he said to himself. "I am sure of that; and the thing for me to do is to discover his identity. I'll do that, too, or know the reason why! " CHAPTER II. THE CONFEDERATES. "You will have to be careful, Joe." "Careful?" "Yes." "As regards what?" "You know-as regards the work you are doing." "Spying, you mean?" "Yes-or, rather, playing the traitor and givir..g information to the British." "We ll, it seems to me that you are as deep in the mud as I am in the mire. You secure the information and give it to me, and I carry it to the British. Your part is as bad as mine." "I am aware of that; but I don't think I am as likely to be discovered as you are." The man addressed as "Joe" started, and a look of fear appeared In his eyes. "Do you think there is any danger of discovery?" he asked. "That is what I had you come here for-to tell you that you are in danger." "How is t.hat?" "General Washington has become suspicious, Joe!" "He has?" "Yes; he ralled a council this afternoon, and told the officers that he was confident there w'flS a traitor in the camp." "The deuce he Ha dld." The two men who were conversing were the orderly who had been on duty that afternoon and a soldier by the name of Joe "Well, if you fail, it cannot be helped, Dick." Ralston. "I will do my best, sir; you may be sure of that." They were in a small room in the attic of the building occu" I am sure of it, Dick." pied by General Washington as headquarters, and it was now "You wish me to begin the work at once, sir?" about nine o'clock at night. "Yes, my boy." Ralston was a member of a New Jersey regiment, and he "Very well. I suppose that no one save the officers who are had been in the guardhouse a number of times during the in this room knows that I am to do this work?" past three months for breach of discipline, and for having "Not a soul, Dick." become intoxicated. "Very well. I should think that I might be able to discover He was a man of vicious attributes, and he had turned the identity of the traitor." traitor in order to, as he expressed It to the orderly, "get re" I hope that you may be able to do so." venge for the way I have been mistreated." There was some further conver sation, and the n Dick took The orderly was another who had been placed in the guar:dhis departure. He was to go at the work In his own way, and house several times on account of having been intoxicated; if he succeeded in learning anything, he was to report to the and he, too, had turned traitor, and he it who secured the commander-in-chief. information regarding the intended moves of the patriots. As Dick made his way back to the quarters occupied by the soon as he learned anything he told Ralston, who managed -Liberty Boys. to get away from the encampment on some pretext, and carry He was thinking deeply, and after entering the quarters he the news to the British. In return for their work the two was silent, until Bob Estabrook, one of the liveliest of the received considerable British gold, and they were feeling very Liberty Boys, asked him what they had with him at well satisfied with the situation till the afternoon of which headquarters. we have written, when the patriot officers held the council. "Ob, they simply wanted to ask a few 'questions," was the The orderly, by listening at the keyhole, had overheard the reply. conversation within the room, and had learned that General Dick hall the utmost faith in the loyalty and faitl).fulness of Washington's suspicions had been aroused, and that he was all the Liberty Boys to the cause of iiberty, but he felt that determined to ferret out the traitor. The orderly was worried, in order to be success ful in the work he had undertaken it was and soon after dark be had summoned his confederate to his necessary that no one know anything about it. little room in the attic, and now they were holding a council He answered the questicms of his comrades in monosyllables, of their own. and at the same time was busy thinking. "And so the commander-in-chief ts sure that there is a traitor He was mapping out a plan of procedure. in camp, eh?" remarked Ralston. The more he thought of the work he had on hand the more "Yes; and more than that, he has appointed a man to ferret difficult It appeared. him out." At first he had thought it would be an easy matter to dis"Thunder! Is that so?" cove r the identity of the traitor, but after he had given the "It is." matter more thought, h e saw it would be difficult to do so. Ralston stared at his ally in silence for a few minutes. I-Iowe>er, he was determined to ferret the man out, if such "This is beginning to look a bit bad for us, Hardy," he said a thing was possible. in a low voice. rt was about the middle of the afternoon when he was called "So it is , " nodded the other. to h eadquarters, and presently he went out and took a walk. "If we are found out it will be all up with us." He walked all through the encampment, and without seem"Yes; it will be a hanging matter." . ing to do so, obs0rved everything closely. The two looked hard a.t each other for a few moments, and He watched the soldiers out of the corners of his eyes and I then Ralston said: ' listened carefully to th3 talk induiged in by the groups he "Do you know who was given the work of trying . to ferret came upon. . out the traitors?" He put In a (;Oupie of hours at this work, a.nd then returned "Yes."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE TRAITOR. 3 "Who was it?" "Dick Slater." A low exclamation escaped the lips of Ralston. "So, Dick Slater is the fellow who is to ferret us out and hand us -0ver to be hung, eh?" he uiuttered. "Blast him! I have n ever fancied the fellow!" "Nor have I." "And now I like him less than ever!" "That is only natural, of course," with a smile. "The fugi tive neve r likes the bloodhounds that are placed on his trail, you know." There was a short peri od of silence, and then Ralston said: "What is to be done?" "Well," replied Hardy, slowly, "I don't think we need b e greatly alarmed. Dick Slater will have to catch us at the w-0rk of playing traitor before he can prove it on us, and if we are careful h e will not be able to do that." Ralston shook his head slowly. "I don't like Slater," he said; "but I will do him the credit of saying that I believe him to be a dangerous fellow . I would rather have almost any other man in the army on my trac k than him." "True; but if we are careful he can prove nothing. We know he is trying to ferret us out, and that gives us a bi g advantage." • "Yes, I suppose it does; but I don't like the situation, Hardy." "Neither do I; but if Dick Slater gets too hot on our trail, we can take refuge In filghl" Ralston looked glum. "I don ' t like the Idea of leaving here," he "I am hav ing an easy time, with all I can drink and eat, and a chance to gamble every night, with British gold that I earn easily, and I w o uld like to stay as long as possible." "Oh, so would I; but i f it comes to a pinch, I am going to get up and get out, rather than stay to be hanged." " Oh, so far as that is concerned, I shall not remain here to let the m place a rope around my neck." "I should judge not." ' Ralston was silent and thoughtful for a few m-0ments , and then looked into his confederate's eyes with an expression in his own that made Hardy start and shrink back somewhat. "Hardy," he said , in a low, hissing whisper, "I am not going to he found out and handed over by Dick Slater, if I can h e lp it, nor do I inte nd to pull up and l eave here if I can help it; and so I have made up my mind that the best thing t-0 do i s to put the fellow out of the way!" Hardy said nothing for a few moments and then spoke in a whisper. "I don ' t approve of your plan, " was what he said. "Why not?" "Because, if you kill Dick Slater it wm raise a hue and cry, and we will have to take refuge in flight at once; and we will be pursued to the bitter end, and like ly wUl be captw-ed." "I don't see why. No one will suspect us any m-0re than any others of the hundreds of soldiers . "Perhaps not; but I don ' t beli e ve that I would have the nerve to remain. I wolild be in such mortal terror that I would be sure to bring suspicion upon myself by my actions." " Bosh! Y-0u must have more nerve than that." "I would rather that you did not try to put Dick Slater out of the way." "Well, I'd rather put him out of the way. I have never liked him, anyway, and now that he has been set upon m y trail, I hate him!" "Well, remember, whatever happens, that I am opposed to .Putting him out of the way." . "All right; I'll remember. I wm assume all the responsibility for his death, it it takes place." , "All right; but take my advice, Ralston, and don't attempt anything of that kind. " "I'll think it over," was the evasive reply. The two talked a while longer, and then Ralston took his departure. . He made his way toward the point where his COIJll>any had its quarters, and as he went he was thinking. When he came opposite the point wh ere the Liberty Boys were quartered, he paused and stood looking in that direction moodily and thoughtfully, While he stood there some one emerged from the shedbarrac ks. Ralston caught a glimpse of the person as he came through the doorway, and he gave utterance to an exclamation under his breath: "Dick Slater!" It was a rather

4 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE 'J.'RAITOR. Ralston haste ned to the barracks occupied by the company of which h e was a member and entered. He was greeted by a number of his comrades, who had evidently been waiting for him, for they called to him to join them in a game of cards. "I haven't any money, boys," he said; "so you will have to play without me this evening." , "What's that; you are out of money?" said one. ' "Yes." "'Ve il, that's strange; you usually have money." "I know; but you fellows got it all last night" ""\Vhen will you have some more?" . "I don't know." Then Halston made his way to his bunk and lay down. The soldiers who had asked h1m to play cards with them look e d at one another rather blankly. "What's the matter with Ralston?" asked one, in a lo w voice. "I don't know," replied another. "He has money-or at any rate he did have last night when we stopped playing, for I remember seeing several gold piec s In his hand as he got up from the table." "Probably he has been playing since and lost." The soldiers soon became engrossed in the game, however, and so stopped discussing Halston, who lay in his bunk and tried to go to sleep, but could not. Try as he would, he could not shut out the sound of that cry that had escaped the lips of Dick Slater as he was thrown over the precipice. It kept ringing in Ralston's ears, and he shuddered and rolled from side to side restlessly. "Say, what's the matter, anyway?" asked the soldier who slept In the bunk right above the one in which lay Ralston. "Can't you lie still?" "No; I have a roaring toothache," was the reply. "Oh, that's it, eh?" "Yes." "Well, you have my sympathy. I know what it is to have the toothache." And now, what of Dick? When he felt himself seized from behind and hurled over the precipice his first thought was that he was going to cer tain death, and an involuntary cry of terror escaped his lips. He was not fated to end his life on this night and in this manner, however. His lucky star was In the ascendant. He dropped straight downward perhaps a dozen feet, and then struck on an outjutting ledge of stone and managed to remain there. He struck with considerable force, wns jarred into semi unconsciousness, in fact, and lay still for perhaps a minute. By that time Ralston had slipped away, and not wishing to have to explain anything to any of the soldiers, Dick hastily clambere d back up to the top of the precipice. He bad been around on this s ide of the encampment before, and knew the ground thoroughly. He succeeded in getting back up onto the level ground and away before the sentinel and the soldiers from the barracks came to search for the person who had uttered the cry, so of course they saw nothing of him. Dick made his way back to the quarters occupied by the Liberty Boys. He vras thinking deeply, as he went, and after he had en ter'ed the quarters and had lain down in his bunk, he kept on thinking. He b ecame convinced of one thing, and that was that the man he had set out to ferret out, the tra.itor, bad thrown him over the bluff. "The words he gave utterance to proves that, to my mind," the youth told himself. "The words were, 'Die, you blasted bloodhound!' That proves that the would-be murderer looked upon me as being a bloodhound on his trail, and that stamps him as being the traitor. Yes, there can be no doubt re gartl i n g it. But how did he learn that I was going to try to fenpt him out?" This was a poser . Dic:k bad told no one, not even Bob Estabrook, his right bancl man and a lifelong chum and friend. How, then, bad the traitor learned that Dic,k was on his trail?" I 'l"'he you'tll thought of the officers that had been present at the council. Could It be possible that one of these was the traitor? He could hardly believe that such a thing could be possible. With the exception of himself , the re had not been an ofilcer J.>rescnt at the council who was lower In rank than colonel, and. it was ha .rd to think that. an ofilcer of such rank would be a traitor. Still , it was not an impossibility, by any means, so Dick told himself, and he thought of each of the officers in turn and tried to decide which one would be the most likely to be the guilty man. When he had got through he was compell e d to admit that If it was one of the officers, he could not say which one was the man. He would have been willing to trust each and every one of them. Then he thought of the orderly who had been on duty that afternoon and who had come and summoned him to headquarters. "Jove, possibly b\! is the traitor!" thought Dick. "He has had good opportunities for picking up information of the in tended movements of the patiiots; and he ls the one person, in addition to the officers, who might have knowledge of -the fact that I was assigned to the work of ferreting out the traitor." The more Dick thought of this the more he became con vinced that the chances were good that the orderly was the guilty party. "I'll see him In the morning and have a talk with him," he said to himself. "If he Is the man I will be able to detect it, for I am confident that I shall recognize his voice." Next morning, after breakfast, Dick left the Liberty Boys' quarters and walked toward the building occupied by General Washington as headquarters. As he emerged from the barracks, Joe Ralston, the man who had tried to kill Dick the night before, was coming across the parade ground and caught sight of the youth. He paused as though shot at and stared In open-eyed amaze ment. "Dick he gasped. .A.nd then remembering himself, he glanced quickly around to see if any one had seen him. No one was near, and ljalston was relieved to note that Dick Slater was not looking in his direction. "Jove, but he gave me a start!" the traitor sai(J. to himself. ''I wlll have to look out, or the first thing I know I will be bringing suspicion upon myself by my actions." Then he moved slowly 'forward, walking in apparent care lessness and not seeming to be paying attention to anything In pa1t!cular, but he was watching Dick closely, nevertheless. "He Is going to headquarters," Ralston said to himself, and then he paused and waited till he saw the Liberty Boy enter the headquarters' building, after which he turned and walke d away. "I'll go and take a look at the place where I threw him over the bluff," Ralston thought. "I have a. curiosity to learn how he succeeded In making hi s escape." He made his way around behind the barracks building where he had made the attempt to end Dick Slater•s life, and when he looked over the precipice he saw how Dick had escaped. "He landed on that ledge, and then climbed back up , " was the traitor's decision. "Well, it can't be helped; next time I may be more successful." Meanwhile Dick had entered headquarters, and as luck would have It, he was admitted by Henry Hardy, the orderly who had summoned Dick to the council the afternoon before and against whom the youth's suspicions had b e come raised. "You wish to see the commander-in-chief?" asked the orderly when Dick had entered. "No," replied Dick, quietly. "I wish to see you." "Me?" The orderly was surprised, and he was dismayed as well, but he managed to conceal this fact pretty well, for he was a very good actor. "Yes," said Dick, slowly aud impressively. "I wish to ask you a few questions." "Why should you wish to ask me questions?" the orderly demanded. "I am not allowed to talk about army affairs, sir, as you should know." "Oh, I guess there can no objection to your answering a few questions," coolly. "I wili answer any that you ask that are not relating to the war or to army affairs," said the orderly. "I am for bidden to talk about those matters." "I wish to ask you questions on quite different subjects from the war or the army affairs; Indeed, I have one ques• tipn that I wish you wouM answer promptly and truthfully." "I will try to clo so. What is the question?" "Why did you try to murder me last night? " Tbe orderly stared at Dick for almost half a minute in


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE TRAITOR. 5 blank surprise. There was consternation in his eyes, also, but Dick did not read this, the surprise that showed overshadowing all else . "I guess he's innocent, after all," the youth thought. "His voice makes me believe him innocent, too, for it is not the voice of the fiend who threw me over the precipice." "'Vhy, what are you talking about, Captain Slater?" cried the orderly. "I never tried to murder you or any one else last night or any other time. I don't understand what you mean." "I guess you are telling the truth," said Dick. "I was mistaken In my suspicions. I'm sorry, but these are war times and any one is likely to be suspected unjustly." 'hen Dick strode out of the building and away toward the Liberty Boys' quarters. "Ralston must have tried to murder D:ick Slater last night, after his interview with me," thought Hardy. "I must see him and find out all about it!" CHAPTER IV. HARDY TAKES REFUGE IN FLIGHT. Hardy was on the anxious seat all that day, for he could get no opportunity to see Ralston during the daytime. As soon as it was dark, however, Ralston put in an appear :mce, and the two repaired to the attic. "What dld you do to Dick Slater last night?" asked Hardy, eagerly, as soon as they were. in his room. "I threw him over the precipice,'' was the reply. "Great guns! You threw him over the precipice and yet failed to kill him?" "Yes, or even injure him, so far as I could see." "How did it happen? How did he escape?" Ralston explained and then asked: "But how did you know I had tried to kill him?" "Because he came here and accused me of having been the one who did the work." "He dtd ?" in surprise. HY es." "I wonder what made him think you were the guilty p:trty ?" " I don't know, but my guess Is that he reasoned that I was the one person, besides the officers, who had a good chance to !mow he had been assigned to the work of ferreting out thf> traitor; and he jumped to the conc lu sion that I was the person who had attempted to take his life." ... What did you say when he you?" "Oh, I put on a bold front and laughed at the idea that I would do such a thing." "And what did he say, then?" ''He said h e believed me, and that he did not think I was the person, after all." "Ah! I wonder what made him become satisfied of that so quiC"kly?" "I don't know." Both were tl!oughtful for a few moments, and then Hardy a sked: "Did you say anything whe n you threw him over the precipice'?" Ralston started slightly and looked at his confederate quickly. "Yes, I clid say something," he replied slowly; "I said, 'D ie , you blasted bloodhound!' or something like that." "Then I'll tell you what I think, Ralston. Dick prob ably has a good ear for voices, and he knew that my voice was uot the one he heard last night whenhe was thrown over till• bluff." Ralston lo oked at his companion in rather a disconcerted manner. "Jove! you will have to be on your guard, I tell you. It is my belief that DickJ Slater is a dangerous fellow." "l guess you are right, Hardy." "I am sure of it; in fact, I am so confident that sooner or later he will learn all and ferret us out, tha t . 1 am inclined to a desire to get away from here." "'l'hat is foolishness." • don't think so." ' I do; if we are careful he cannot ferret us out." '''Veil, you don't know what he can do. I am not willing to talce the chances." "It i,; my opinion that if you were to slip away you would b e in greater dange1 thau if you remained here." "Why so?" "It is simple enough; it would be the same as though you were to t ell everybody that you are the traitor." "That may be. It may be construed as a confession of guilt, but what of it? I shall be far a way." "'l'hey will go in pursuit of you." "Perhaps. but I shall be out of thei r r eac h." "Possibly." ' "Oh, yes, I would go straight to the British army at New Brunswick, and there I would be safe." "Yes, you would be safe, if you succ eeded in getting there without being overtaken and captured." .. I could do that easUy enough." "Well, I think you are very foolish if you do anything of the kind. You are not In much danger h e r e . Indeed, the worst is already over. Dick Slater came to you and accused you and went away satisfied that h e h a d made a mistake, and that you were innocent. The r e is no ne e d of your going now." '' may be, but I shall not re s t easy here a minute if I remain, and I would be haunted by a constant fear that I would be found out and seized and hange d." "Bah! there Is no danger. Don't be an old woman." "I can't help f ee ling the way I do. I tell yo u that fellow, Dick Slater, is a dangerous one, and it will be difficult to fool him." "You have already done it; you sent him away satisfied that he had made a mistake in accusing you." "Yes, but he may come back again with more questions, and next time I may not get rid of him iio easily." "I don't think there is any dange r of that; he will be looking for the fellow who threw him over the precipice, and it is I will be in dange r. If I can risk remaining, you certainly may do so." "I don't know about that. I feel confident that he is sus picious that I know something about the traitor, even though I was not the man who tried to kill him . " "Oh, your fears have got the better of your judgment." "Possibly. Anyway, I shall not rest easy here a minute from now on." "Well, don,.t run away. 'l'hat will leave me in the lurch, for I cannot secure information without your assistance." "I can't help that I am not going to risk my life in ord e r to remain here and secure information for you to sell to the British." Ralston looked . at his confederate for a few moments, In n searching manner. "Are you reall y going to cu t stick?" he asked. presently. "Yes; and you had better do the same." Ralston shook bi:i head. ",No; at least not right away," he said. "I am not going to leave until I have studied out the best way for the Brit ish to approach this point, with the purpose oJ' C

6 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE TRAITOR. ".Ab, I know where; down at the home of that girl you bave been visiting and making love to for the past three m onths, eh?" "Yes.0 "How are you coming on witb the girl, Hardy? Have you made an impTession?" "I don't think so," In a growling voice. "I was doing well till she got sight of one of those blamed Liberty Boys, and since tben she has not had any use for me." "What is the name of the Liberty Boy who cut you out with the girl?" "Martin Cole." "I think I know him. So the charming M iss Ethel Dover prefers his company to that of yourself, eh?" "Yes," l>itterly. "Tben I don't suppose you intend stopping to ask for the loan of the horse?" "No; I am going to help myself." "If you can't have the girl, you can at least tnke one of her horses, eh?" "Yes; she has a horse that is quite a pet, and I am going to take that one." "Ji'or spite, eh?" "Yes." "\Vell , I can't say that I blame you. I would feel that way about it myself." The two talked earnestly for an hour or more, and then Ralston shook hands with Hardy, and bade him good-by. "Tell the British at New Brunswick that I will be along in a we e k or so with some valuable information for them," he said. "All right; I'll do BO." Then Halston took his d eparture, and went to his quar ters, and became engagPd In a game oi' cards with three "tbers who. like himself, were Inveterate gamblers. They were the same ones who bad bantered him to play the nlgM before when he had refused, giving as an excuse that he had no money. Now, when he showed some gold coins, they took him to task. "Where did you get the gold , Ralston?" asked one. "I didn't know 1 had It last night," was the glib r ep ly. "I found it early this afternoon in the pocket of another coat." 'l'he accepted thi..1 statement as fact, and the game went on. To tell the truth, they did not much care where the m011ey came from, so long as their comrade had it, and they had a chance to win It. And while they played, Hardy, over at the headquarters building, was mak'ing bis preparations to leave the encamp ment for good and all. He packed up his clothing Into as compact a bundle as possible , and then left the building, steallng out by the .rear door, and a few minutes later he succeeded ln evading the' sentinel and made his way down the hill, going toward the southeast. When he reac h e d the level ground, he found himself In a road , and he made his way along tbls a distance of three quarters of a mile. Then be turned aside and entered a barnlot which came up to the road; a little 'farther on was a good-sized farmhouse. This was the home of Ethel Dover, the girl Ralston and Hardy had talked about that evening-the girl Hardy had tried to win, and ha•\ failtd, owing to the fact that a Liberty Boy by the name of Martii;i Cole had come In between and cut him out. CH.APTER V. THE END OF HARDY. Etbel Dover was a hardy farmer maiden. She was beautiful antl possessed of all the traits make maidhood lovely, but n.t the same time she was pos sessed of couruge anti resolution. She had spent many a day hunting and fishing, aml was accustomed to a great deal of outdoor life and exercise; the result was that she was healthy and robust, and the possessor of abundant courage and firmness. On this evening of which we write she had been on a visit to a neighbor, who ilved half a mile away to the south ward. There was a girl there of about Ethel's own age, and the two were great friends; this girl had insisted on Ethel re maining to supper, and as it was dark when supper was over she had come a piece of the way with her friend. As Ethel came up to the front gate, she heard the barn yard gate creak. She bad heard the gate opened so often-had opened It herself maliy times, in fact-that she was very familiar with the creak, and knew, even though it was so dark she could not see, that the gate was being opened by some one. The first thaugbt that came to her was that her father bad been som<'where, and was returning; but not being sure of this she did not call out to him , as she otherwise would have de;1e. There had been a good deal of horse-stealing go ing on In the neighborhood for several months past, and the thought came to her that this might be some one wbo was entering the barnya1 d with the Intention of stealing a horse. She thought of Selim at once, and the fear that her p e t h o rse might be stolen caused her to hasten to the hou s e, and enter. Her fathe r, mother, and young sister, Lucy, a;::ed twelve, were in thP sitting-room, und Ethel was sure now that some one was going t o try to steal one or more of the borses. She told her fathPr b e r f ears, but he laughed at them, and said that the wind had probably blown the gate and made it creak. Ethel did not bel!ev e this. but she did not argue the point. Instead, she went into the kitc hen, without more words, and taking down the rifle that s he had often' carried when out hunting turkeys or squirrels, she proce eded to load it. When this hfl.a been accomplish ed, she went to the 'kitchen door , and opened it. There was a candle sitting on the kitchen table, and it shone out through the doorway, and re vealed to the girl's gaze a man in the a c t of leading a horse away. A glance was sufficient to show Ethel that the horse was her pet, Selim, and she had at once challenged: "Stop, thief! I1' you try to get away I will sboot you." Then Hardy h ad started to run, and the girl bad quickly leveled the rifle and fired. She was a splendid shot, and had many a time brought down a wild turkey on the wing with the rifle, and when the would-b e thi e f fell, s!Je was not surprise d , She bad ex pected to hit him. The shot brought Mr., Mrs. and Lucy Dover into the kitchen on the run, and they called out, asking TI"hat she bad shot at. "I shot at a horse-thief, father," replied Ethel. "And I hit him, too " "You did?" In amazemtnt. "Then yon were right after all about the creaking of the gate!" "Now to secure Ethel's horse, Selim, and mount and "Yes, father; but come along; let's see who I have brought n way!" said Hardy to himself, as he made bis way toward down." the stable. All four made their way out of the house and into the He entered the stable, bridled and saddled the horse, and barnyard, 1md to where they could see a dark form lying led him out into the barnlot. on the ground. As he did so the back door of the house suddenly opened, The horse, Selim, stood quietly where he bad been standand a [tream of light shone forth, falling directly upon 1 ing when the girl fired tlle shot that had brought the wouldHarcly, who stood trruisfiy;: e d with surprise. be thief down. and Ethel exclaimed: In tlie door stood a girl , and in her hands was a rifie, "He was going to steal Selim! I'm glad I shot him, such as was used to shoot turkeys and squirrels in those now!" days. They reached the side of the wounded man and bent over "Stop, thief!" the cried, lev,,ellng the weapon; "if you him. Ethel was the qu•ckest-eyed, and got the first look try to get away I will shoot you! at the man's face. The light from the candle in the kitchen Hardy gave utterance to a cry of anger and discomfiture, was not very strong, but it was suffi cient to enable h e r to and started to run. As be did so there came the sharp, recogniz e tbe face of the wounded man, arnl she cried out, in whipllke crack of the rifle, and Hardy gave utterance to a a horrified Yolce: cry of pain and fell forward upon his face. "It's l\Ir. Hardy!"


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE TRAITOR. "What's that you say, Ethel?" cried her father. "Surely you are mistaken!" "Yes, it can't be Mr. Hardy," from Mrs. Dover. "But it is, !a th er and mother!" insisted Ethel. "I don't und e r stand it myself, but I know this man is Mr. Hardy." Mr. Dover bent and looked at the face of the wounded man. "You are right. Ethel," he said; "well, this rather beats Then he took the wounded man by the shoulder and shook him irently. "'\'here are you wounded, Mr. Hardy?" be asked. ".In-the-right-side," was the gasping reply. "I-am done-for, I-fear!" "Ob. perhaps not so bad as that: do you think you can walk, if I support you? I will .get you to the house and make an examination of your wound." ,"I don't-know; I'll try." Mr. and Dover !iftPd the wounded man, and then the work of getting him to a:id into the house was begun. This was rather a difficult task. but it finally accomplished, and the wounded man was placed on a blanket, which was spread on the floor of the sitting-room. Ethel remained out in the barnyard, and she unbridled ancl unsaddled Selim and led him back into the stable and tied him in his stail. "Dear ol r l Selim!'' she murmured. patting the horse lov ingly on the neC'k. "He clicln't get you, after all, did he!" The horse answereu with a whinny, as much as to say thaf the thief had not got away with him, and that he was glad Of it. Then tbe girl came out of the stable and losed the door and fastene d it, after which she went to the house. Her father was examining the wound she had given the would-be thief. ""ell-what-do-you-think?" Hardy asked, gaspingly, when the other had finished bi:; examination. l\Ir. Do'l"Cr was not an expert, but be had seen some wounded men since the beginning of the war, and he shook his head somewhat dubiously. "I don't want to dis courage you, Mr. Hardy," he said, "nor do I think It a good plan to bold out false hopes. I should say that you are pretty seriously wounded. I would not say the wound is or is not fatal, however. I am not an ex r •ert. and really do not know." "You--don't-need-to say-anything, Mr. Dover; 1-am sure-the--wound is-fatal." "Let us hope not; I will dress it, and then perhaps you will feel better." l\Ir. Do>er dressed the wound as best he could, and the in-jured man said be felt somewhat easier. Ethel wi:>hed to ask Hardy why he had tried to steal her horse. Selim, but her father told her not to bother the wounded man. but to let him rest till morning, when he might be feeling well enough to make explanations. Mr. and l\Irs. Do>er took turns sitting up and watching the wounded man that night, while Ethel and Lucy went to bed as usual. Lucy wanted to know of Ethel if she was not sorry she had shot Harhoot him. He ought not to have tried to run after I warned him . " "Why. do you suppose, did he try to steal Selim 'I" "I don't know; but maybe he will tell in the morning." But when morning came Hardy was in no better condition to talk than be had been iu the night, so they did not bother him. About an hour after breakfast Martin Cole, the Liberty Boy who was in love with Ethel Dover, put in an appear nnce. It was his custom to come down ' to the house every "Would It have made ;;ny difference if you had known'/" Mart knew that Hardy had been a suitor for Ethel's hand, and she knew he was aware of It , and blushed slightly. She answered promptly enough, however. "No, I would have shot him, just the same," she de, cla r ed; •he was caught in the act of stealing one of our hors es . ancl I would have shot, even had I known who he "And you would have done right. I am inclined to think that you have done a good thing, too, Ethel. for you have stopped a de serter, saved the patriot soldiers the trouble of chasing him." "I don't think be will get well, Mart, do you1" "I have doubts regarding the matter. But now I must l eave you." "Where are yon going'/" "Back to the encampment. I want to tell the officers where the d eserter is . " He ki sse d Ethel, and hastened back up the hill to Morris town H e ights. He made bis way to h eadquarters, and reported to the officers '1\Ssemble d there. Wh . cn General Washington and the rest beard that Hardy lay at the p oint of death, In the home of the Dovers, they were w e ll They had come to the co nclusion that he was the traito r who had b een furnishing the British with Informatio n , arnl that be bad become frightened and de s e r ted, and they felt that a righteous retribution had over take n him. Genernls washington and Greene decided to go down and see th e wonnded m::i.n and try to irct some information out of him, and Dic k asked to be permitted to accompany them. The permisi:;ion was .granted, and twenty minutes later the three Rat beside ihe wounded man in the Dover home. Hardy f elt that bis hours were numbered, and at the last de c ided that be did not want to die a traitor to the patriot cause. He asked for stimulants, and then made a clean breast of ev erything, telling how .he bad secu r ed information of the inten ded' movem ents of the patriot forces by listenmg at the keyhole of door to the commander-in-chief's private room, and bow h e had told the news to .Joe Ralston, who had ca rri ed it to the British and receiv ed rewards in gold. "Now. that I have . made such amends as was in my power, I am read y and willing to die," Hardy said, faintly, and then he suddenly straightened out, sighed, and ceased breath ing. He was c1ead. CHAPTER VI. "UP WITH THE TBA.ITO&!" "It is better so . " said General Washington. "Had be lived be would have been hanged, and now that he has given us some valuable information and named his confederate, the real traitor, I am glad that he bas escaped such a fate." "Yes," said General Greene. "It is all right, and if we succeed in capturing Ralston, all will be well." "You think there ls clanger that we may fail to secure the traitor?" aske<;l the co=ander-!n-cblef. "I rather expect that when we return to the encampment we shall find Ralston missing, your excellency." "Let us haste n back, then. I am eager to secure the traitor, for if he gets away he may carry valuable information regarding our defenses and weaknesses to the British." They hastened back to the encampment, Dick accompanyini.i: them. He, like General Greene, did not believe that Ralston would be found in the camp. morning, and often In the afternoon as well. Nor was he. When he found Hardy there, lying seriously wounded, he He had learned o:f the affair at the Dover home , and had was surprised. . taken the alarm at once; and when he saw Generals Wash'".rhey were looki)l g e>erywhere for him. In the encamp-ington and Greene and Dick Slater start down that wQ.y, ment, when I came away," he said. 'How came he here, he said to himself that if was time be was making hlmsel:f and wounded?" scarce, and be lost no time in getting out of the Then l

8 THE LIBERTY BOYS AKD THE TRAITOR. General Washington was glad to have the youths make the attempt to overtake and capture the traitor. "Go a long," he said to Dick. "Capture the traitor, if you possibly can do so, and if you succeed, hang him to the nearest tree. Those are my orders, so you will have a right to do this. Don't take chances on being able to get him back h e re in safety. Simply hang him at once , and thus make sure of bis death." . "I will do so,. your excellency," said Dick . Then he hastened away, and told the Liberty Boys to get ready as quickly as possible. He explained what they were to do, and the youths were delighted. They were but a few minutes in making tlleir preparations, and then the company of youths rode out of the encampment and away, toward the southeast. Short a time as he had had to think of the matter, Dick had already perfected h !s plans. He was sure that the traitor would head for the British encampment at New Brunswick, and the first thing to do was to head him ofl'. So far as Dick knew, or bad been able to learn, Ralston bad left the encampment on foot . He would thus not have gone very far before the Liberty Boys got started. "By riding _hard, I think we will be able to get around in front of Ralston," be told Bob Estabrook. "Then, when we have succee ded in heading him ofl', we will begin searching for him in earnest." He told the youths what he inten ded doing, and they all thought it a good plan. They urged their horses onward at top speed. It would be hard on the animals, but this did not matter. The traitor must be headed o!T and captured at all hazards; for It would be bad If he should succeed in reaching the British encamp ment and deliv ering into the redcoats' hands plans and draw of the patriot camp on Morristown H e ights. The Liberty Boys rode hard for several hours, and then Dick de c id e d that they must surely have succeeded in getting ahead of the traitor. He now explained to the Liberty Boys that they were to separate and form into a long semi-circular line, the youths to be within one hundred and fifty yards of one another; in this manne r they should be able to discover the traitor if he attempted to.,get through the line, to go in the direction o:t N e w Brunswick. The youths hastened to do as told, and within the hour they were stretched out in a long line. "Now if ton tries to get past us he will fail," said Dick to Bob, who had remained with him, while the others were getting into position . "Yes, I don't think he could get through without being s een; but be may learn of this and make a wide circuit and get around the end of the line." "He might do that, true," sald Dick. "I have a good mind to have the boys double the distance between them; that will make line more than twenty miles long, and I don't beli eve he would be likely to try to get around the end of It." "He would have harder work doing It, anyway," said Bob. "So I believe I would give the order." Dick did so, riding to the n earest Liberty Boy and telling: him to send the word along the line, in one direction, while Bob did the same in the other direction. Soon the l!ne was lengthening, and in another hour It was nt l east twenty miles in length, instead of ten or twelve. Each of the Liberty Boys had bread and meat in his saddle bags, and as it was now past noon, they ate some food, while ke ep ing a sharp lookout for the traitor. When they had finisheer heard of such a thing as that a man sboul

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE TRAITOR. 9 When the time was up 112 returned the watch to IJis r "1'here are at least a hundred of them, I'll wager; but po cke t. 1'he prisoner had stood tbere, seemingly half-dazed, and be bad not said a word o;: made a move. "Up with th e traitor!" suddenly cried Dick. The Liberty Boys pulled clown on the rope and lifteu the traitor into the air. CHAPTER VII. SURROUNDED. they were not here. They will get together and come back, nnd then they will be too strong for your force." "Yes. one hnndred might be too strong for us; but I don't think there are so many of them." "I am sure there are that many. They are strung out in n long string, but will get together as quickly as possible, now, in order to make an attack on you." . "We'll be on the lookout for them; but you, my friendyou came near losing your life. Who arc you, and why were they hanging you?" Ralston quickly explalned who he was and y1hy he had fled from the patriot encampment. "That's the way to handle traitors!" cried Dick. "Yes, yes!" went up in a chorus from the dozen or so erty Boys who were present. "So that's the way of it, eh?" rremarked the captain, eye Libing Ralston searchingly. At this instant the sound of hoofbeats of horses . was beard, :md the youths look e d around to see perhaps fifty horsemen approaching at a gallop. The horsemen wore the scarlet uniform of the British soldier, and there could be no doubt of the fact that they were British troopers. With his Liberty Boys strung out In a string twenty m!Ies long, Dick could not hope to successfully cope with half a hundred redcoats, so he gave the command to mount and away. The yout)J.s promptly obeyed, and in a few minutes were mounted and riding away at the top of their horses' speed. The redcoats fired a volley, but the youths were out of range, so were not injured. Dick bad thought of tiring a bullet into the body of the ' traitor who was hanging, struggling, at the end of the rope, the Liberty Boys having tied the rope so as to hold him up, and then had refrained from doing so, because It seemed to him rather a cruel thing to do. A.nd then he believed the traitor would be dead before the redcoats reached him any way. But he was mistaken in this. The instant the Britisn troopers reached the spot where the hanging bad taken place they leaped to the ground, and

10 THE LIB E RTY BOYS AND THE TR A ITOR. "It w ill b e onl y t emporarily , t h e n , " d ecla r e d Dic k, grim ly. "I a m go ingt o o bey the orders gi v e n me b y Ge n eral v V ash ln g t on, to bang R a l ston, and I s hall stay o n h i s trail till I succeed.'' "We are with you in that, " de clared B ob. "It will give us somethin g t o rhi n k about, anyway, a nd that will b e bette r than sitting in camp on Morristown H eights, doing nothing. " 'l'h e y watc h e d the redcoats mount and ride away. Ralsto n was seate d behind one of the t r o o p e r s , on one of the largest and stro n g e s t h o r se s. " T he r e he go e s , " said Stun Sanders on. "Ye s, h e ha s e s caped for the time beiJ:ig," said Dic k. "But w e will g e t h i m, sooner or later, and next time we will han dle him in such a manner that he wm not make his escape." 'l' he L iberty Boys remained whe r e they were, the y having g o ne into camp, and within two h ours' time they had been joine d by the entire force of Liberty Boys. whe n thos e who bad not b ee n present learned of the cap ture and esca pe of the traitor they were loud in thei r ex pressions of di sappointment, but they approved of Di ck's de cision to stick to the work till he had succeed e d in capturing Ralston and banging him. "We'll g e t him soo ner or later," s a id one confidentl y , and the others co nc u r r e d in this statement. Dick decided t o advance at once, in t h e hope that the Britis h troopers had gon e into camp, and the Liberty Boys were soon in the saddle and riding toward the southeast. They rode onward three or four going slowly, of course. The y did not see anything of the troopers, and came to the conclusion that they had gone on into New Brunswkk. "I judge that we had b etter stop and go into camp for the rest of the night," said Dick to Bob, and the n h e gave the order. The youths dismounted at once, and unbridled and unsaddled their horses and tethered them, after which they lay down and w ent to sleep. Of course, sentinels were placed out, so they were not afraid of being taken unawares. They did not know just how close to New Brunswick they were, but were sure it could not be many miles. Their camp was on the top of a wooded knoll, Dick always selecting high ground for a camp whenever he could find it. He always said that he felt better and safer on high ground than on low. . The Liberty Boys were with the sun next morning, but when it grew light enough for them to see around them they were given a surprise that was in the nature of a shock as well. 1 They found the knoll on which they were encamped com pletely surrounded by British soldi ers to the number of at least five hundred. CHAPTER VIII. LUKE SHA.RP, 'l:HE TOBY. It had been almost midnight when the IJlb erty Boys went into camp on the knoll. Jus t b e fore reaching the knoll they had been seen by a roughly-dressed man, who looked like a hunter. The moon had come up an hour or so before midnight, and 1t was possible to see the party of horsemen with tolerable distinctness. The huntE • r-l!ke individual had heard the sound of the horses' hoofbeats, and had co n cealed himself behind a tree not far from the road, along which he had b een walking. "I wonder, now, wJJ.o in thunder them fellers kin be?" the man said to himse lf, as he watched the horsemen ride past. He saw tha t the horse m e n did not have on the scarle t uni form of the B ritish trooper, and knew the y we r e not redcoats. "I berle e ve them fellers air rebels," he said to himself. 'U kain't t e ll fur shore, but I think them clo'e s they hev on air blue unerforms, an' thet would prov e ther fellers t e r be rebels." As the horse m e n were riding slowly, the hunter-like indi vidu a l steppe d out from b e h ind the tree, and followed at a safe distance. "The y air headed toward N e w Brunswick, " he muttered, "but I'm bett!n' they don't go thet fur." His wager would have been a winning one, for the Liberty Boy s did not go far before they turned aside, ascended the knoll and went into camp. The man approached as close to the encampment as he dared , and remained there an hour, at leas t, watching and listening. In that time he succ e eded in hearing enough talk to l earn that the party was made up of patriots, and that they were, !Ii.deed, no othe r than the famous Liberty Boys. .. I've heerd tell uv ther Liberty Boys , " he said to hims elf. "Waal, I guess they hev kinder got themselves inter er trap this time ef I know ennythin' erbout et. I'll go right ter New Brunswick an' let 'em know, theer, erbout these heer fellers b ein' so clust. Then they kin send er lot uv sojers an' eethe r capter er kill ther Liberty Boys , ez they calls themselves." He stole away, and whe n at a safe distance struck out at a g ood pace , and walked onward a couple of hours. Then h e cros s e d the Raritan River on ;i. bridge, and was soon near the British encampment. He was halte d by a sentinel, and soon satisfied that individ ual that he was all right. "I'm er loyal king's man," the fellow said, "an' I hev some mighty important informashun fur ther British gin'ral." "AU right. Pass on," said the sentinel. The man did so, a "nd was soon in the town of New Brunswi c k. He was challenged by another sentinel, and explained tha t he was the bearer of imP-Ortant information, and wished to s e e the British commander. "At this time of the night?" remarke d the sentine l. "Yaas; et is important thet I sh' d see 'im afore mornin', e f ther informashun I hev fur 'im i s ter be took advantage uv." "Well, wait tm I summon the officer of the guard." The sentinel soon returned, accompanied by the officer of the guard, who asked the man some questions. "I hev important informashun fur ther gin'ral, I tell ye , " the man said, "an' ye needn' t be afeerd uv gittin' repremanded fur callin' 'im up at this time liV ther night." The office r of the guard hesitated, but finally decided to take the risk, and he led the way to the building occupied by the British general as headquarters. He knocked on the door, and presently it was opened by an orderly. "What is wanted?" the orderly asked. "We wish to see the general," said the officer of the guard. "At this unearthly hour?" exclaim e d the orderly. "Yes; we have important information for him-or this man has, so he says." The orderly looked at the roughly-dressed man somewhat skeptically. "Who are you?" he asked. "My name is Luke Sharp, an' I'm er hunter." "Where do you live?" "Oh, ever"whar, almos'. I hev er cabin erbout t e n miles northeast frum heer, though, whar I stay more than enny other place." "You are a loyal king's man?" "I am, er I wouldn't be beer, tryin' ter git er chanst ter do yer gin'ral er favor." The orderly thought a few moments, and then said: "Well, I'll wake tli.e general up and tell him wh a t you have said. I am taking a risk, but perhaps it may turn out all right." "Oh, ye needn ' t be afeerd on the t score. " ••wait here," said t he orderly. "I will go and waken the gene r al, and tell him what you h a ve s a id, and then will c ome ba c k gnu let you know wh ethe r or not he will see you." T h e orderly hastene d away. He was gone perhaps twenty minutes, and then returned, with the information that the general was up and ready to rece ive the hunter. "You won't need me any lon ger," said the officer of the guard. "So I will go back," and he took his departure. The orderly led the way to the private room of the Britis h gen eral, and knocke d on the door. "Come in," said a voice. He open e d the door, and stepping aside, announced: "Luke Sharp, the man who wi s hed to see you, sir." The hunter entered the room, which was a sort of sitting room, and found a British office r sitting by a desk on which burne d a candle. The officer looked som ewhat sleepy, and not in the best o f humor. H e glare d at the hunte r and said, som e what testily: "Vv'ell, what do you want, sir ? " Luke Sharp look e d at the office r a few moments in sil e nce, and then said, with a slight show of asperity: " J hev com e hee r ter do y e er favor, sir; but ef ye don' want me ter do et, I'll go erway erg' in. " The general made an impatient gesture.


THE LIBERTY BOYS A N D THE TRA ITOR. 11 "Now that I have gone to the trouble to get up and dress," be said, "I think that I shall hear what you have to say. What is 1t that you have to tell me?" "Hev ye ever beerd tell uv soml} young fellers whut calls themselves Ther Liberty Boys uv Seventy-six, s!r?" Luke Sharp a sked. " Yes , I nave heard of them many times," was the reply. "They c a me near hanging a rebel deserter yesterday evening at a point half way between here and Morristown Heights, but some of m y m e n put in an appearance and drove them away a n d res c ued their Intende d victim." "Is the t so ? Waal, them theer Liberty Boys air not fur erwa y, s i r." "They are not?" in a tone of surprise. "No; t he y air within five miles uv this place." ''Say you so?" "Yaas. I see d 'em, not two hours ergo, with my own eyes." "Jove , they a r e bold rascals." "I guess yer right erbout thet." "How many of them are there, do you think?" "Thar must be at least er hundred uv 'em." "Ha! so many as that?" "Yaas." "And they are in camp?" "Yaas; I see d ' e m go inter camp. They seemed ter hev be'n follerin' sumbuddy, in ther hopes uv overtakin' 'em, but finerly gived up an' went inter camp, ter watt t111 mornin' afore doin' ennythin' furder." "They w ere following the p arty of British troopers that rescue d the r eb el deserter, no doubt." "Likely thet wuz et." "Yes; but now, what do you think of the chances of captur ing thos e Liberty Boys?" The hunter scratched his head. "I think yer chances ter capter 'em air mighty good," he said, slowly. Thet Is, pe1vidin ' ye send enuff men ter do ther work." "What if I send five hundred?" "Thet orter be e nuff ter make et er shore thing." "So I s hould think. I suppose you will act as guide, to lead the m e n to the spot wh ere the rebels are encamped?" " Oh, y a a s , sir. I shell be glad ter do et, fur I'm er loyal King's man." "Good. I will summon some officers, and explain the matter to them at once, and the f orce will be ready to march with in the hour. " "The t ' ll be the r way ter do et; ef ye git thar a fore mornin', ye kin surroun' the r knoll on which the rebels air encamped, an' they won't b e able ter gi t erway." " I supp o se no t. Well , I will set things in motion at once." H e summone d the ord erly and told him to waken three offic ers, w h o s e names the gen eral mentioned, and have them com e t o headquarters at once . The orderly bow e d and w ent away. H a lf a n hour later the thre e officers put in an appearance. Whe n the ge n e r a l e x plained what was wante d , the three officers w ere d elighte d . They had h eard of the Liberty Boys m any ti:ne s, and w e r e e age r to capture the youths. They b e liev e d it w o uld b e a bi g feather in their caps should they s u ccee d , and they believed that they stood more than a g ood chance to succ e ed. " I don't see how we can fatl to capture them," said one of. fleer. " W e will take t hem by surpris e , and have them surrounde d, and it will be practically Impossible for them to make their escape." "That ls t h e way it looks to m e," said the general. "But those Liberty Boys have the reputation of being sllppery customers, so their capture cannot be counted upon as a certainty unt il after it has become an a ctual fact." "True," agreed the officer. "But I think we shall succeed. The m a in thing i s t o get there before they have broken camp." "Ye s ; and I think you wlll have ample time to do that. Take fiv e hundre d men and start at the earliest possible mo ment . This man," indicating the hunter, "will act as your guide. He brought t h e information regarding the presence of the L i b erty Bo ys in the \ricinity , and knows exactly where they are encamped." " Ve r y w e ll , s ir." The officer s, accom panie d by Luke Sharp, left headquarters, and w ent to work to ge t the soldiers aroused that they wanted to take on the e xp edition. This was the work of half an hour, and then another half hour was use d up in getting in r eadiness for the march, after wbich they started out. At the head rode the otllcer!t, and tn front of them walked Luke Sharp, the guide. They arriJved in the vicinity of the knoll on which the Liberty Boys were encamped, after a march of two hours, and they af once surrounded It. And this was the force that was seen by the Liberty Boy s wh e n the y a w oke in the morning. CHAPTER IX. THE LIBERTY BOYS ESCAPE. The Liberty Boys gazed down upon the British force wtth . looks of dismay upon their faces. "By Jove, we are surrounded!" exclaimed Dick Slater. "And by a strong force, too," said Mark Morrison. "How many of the redcoats are there, Di ck?" asked Sam Sanderson. The young captain of the Liberty Boys made a careful sur-vey of the force, and the n said : "There must be at least five hundred." "Odds of five to one!" said one of the youths. "Yes, but what of that?" e x claimed Bob Estabrook, who was never daunted by odds. "We can fight our way through them all right. The more there are of them the easier it will be to kill men every time we fire a shot." "You always see the bright side of things, Bob," said Dick, smi11ng in spite of the seriousn ess of the situation. "Well, you don ' t seem to be greatly cast down, yourself, retorted Bob. "Oh, no; I don't feel like giving way to despair as yet." "I should say not. We can thrash the redcoats , even though they outnumber us five to one; look at the advantage we have in position." "They wm have hard work beating us," said Dick. "We will give them a great fight." "Yes, and I don't see why we can't succeed in making our escape in the end," said Bob. MWe can put up a strong fight, and then at the last we can mount our horses and charge right through the ranks of the redcoats and make our escape. They won't be able to stop us." "That's a good suggestion," said Dick. "Bridle and saddle the horses at once, boys, and then, when we have held out as long as possible, and the enemy is about to break in upon us, we w111 leap into the saddles and ride through their lines and make our escape." "I guess we may charge this affair up to the traitor, Dick," said Sam Sanderson. "Yes, I suppose so, Sam." "Well, we will remember this when we get him in our hands again," said Mark Morrison, "and we w111 handle him in a way that will make him wish he had .never been born." "We certainly will not handle him any easier or more gently because of this affair, " said Mart Cole. "We will talk about that later on," said Dick, with a sober look on his face . "Just now w e have something else to occupy our atte ntion. 'rhe problem before us ls, How are we to get out of this predicament in which we find ourselves?" "Fight our way out!" said Bob Estabrook, promptly. "That's i t . We'll fight our way out," said another youth, and all nodded to signify that they were willing and ready to fight to the last gasp. The horses w ere quickly bridled and saddled, and then the youths took up their pasit!ons in a circle, so as to be facing the Britis h , who would come from all directions a t the same time. Dick walked from one to another of the youths, and told them what to do, and when he had finished giving instructions, the youths ate some bread and meat, and settled down to watch and wait. It was Di c k ' s intention to let the enemy make the attack. It would enable the Liberty Boys to get in som e effective work, for they were well protected by trees, and could take their time, and make every shot tell. Presently the British were seen to be advancing. The entire line, completely encircling the knoll, began ruoy ing at the same moment, and gradually drew near the foot of the knoll. The redcoats advanced slowiy and deliberately; evidently they felt sure of their g ame, and dld not think it necessary to act in haste. The Liberty Boys watched the enemy advance, and waited, eagerly, for the red coats to come withi,n range of their muskets.


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE TRAITOR. Trees grew down the sides of the knoll, and this enabled the British to shield themselves tolerably well as they advanced. In moving forward, however, they were forced tC\ come out from behind the trunks of the trees, and thus they would be come fair targets for the bullets of the Liberty Boys. Up the side of the knoll the redcoats came, slowly and cautiously. They were evidently attempting to protect themselves as much as was possible. Presently they were within range, and the muskets of the Liberty Boys began to crac k . . Dick's instructions were to fire whenever they saw a good chance, and it happened that two or three of the youths would fire at one r e dco at, with the result that he was a dead man. One might miss the mark, but when as many as three. Liberty Boys drew bead on one man and fired, there was not much chance for the fellow. The British did not fancy this. When they saw their com rades falling on every side of them, they began to grow angry. They increased the speed with which they were advancing, and as a result they exposed themselves more than they had been doing, and the Liberty Boys were quick to take advantage of it. They fired more rapidly, and as the redcoats drew nearer they brought their pistols into use, and did very effective work with these weapons. The British fired a number of volleys as they advanced, and succeeded in wounding a few of the Liberty Boys-not seriously, however, for the youths were careful to keep themselves well protected behind the trees. Each Liberty Boy had four pistols. This was something that Dick was very particular about; he had found that for close work pistols were as effective as muskets, and by having four his boys were enabled to fire volley after volley, without having to wait to reload. This gave them a big advantage, and it never failed to cause consternation among the British. It did not fail this time; but the enemy was at hand in such overwhelming numbers that it did not reckon on defeat for a moment, and so the terrible execution of the rapid volleys fired by the Liberty Boys did not stop the advance of the British. It threw them into great disorder, however, and just as the of the four pistol volleys had been fired, Dick gave the signal to mount. The youths were expecting the order, and they quickly leaped to charge the enemy. The signal was obeyed instantly, and the Liberty Boys rode down the side of the knoll at as rapid a gait as was possible, yelling at the top of their voices and striking about them with their muskets, wielded like clubs. This move took the redcoats by surprise, and although they did their best to stop the youths, they could not do so, and five minutes later the Liberty Boys emerged upon the open land b& Iow, and rode away In triumph. It was useless for the British to think of pursuit, for they were on foot, while the youths were on horseback. So all the redcoats could do was to gnash their teeth in rage and disappointment and count up their losses. They found that their loss had been considerable. At least fifty had been kille d, and as many more were wounded. And when they look e d around on the top of the knoll, they found only three of the J,iberty Boys. These three were dead; others had been wounde d, but not so severely as to prevent them from riding on horseback and making their escape. Tb c British officers were very angry, and greatly chagrined. They bad suppose d that they had an easy task before them, and the y had not only found it to be a hard task, but had fai!Pd completely in the purpose that had brought them to the spot. The Liberty Boys, who they had confidently expected to take to do, !Cir he was of the opinion that there were no superiors In the world to the British soldiers when it came to fighting. "What shall we do?" asked the third officer. "Shall we try to pursue and capture the scoundrels?" "What would be the us!l?" was the reply. "They are on horseback, while we are on foot. We could not catch them. They would only laugh at us." "There Is only one thing to do," said the colonel, who was the superior officer, and in command of the force, "and that is to bury our dead, rig up ambulances out of brush, to be dragged on the ground, and then make our way back to New Brunswick and report our failure." "I hate to give up!" said one of the other officers. "So do I," was the reply. "But we have no choice. We have to give up and acknowledge defeat and failure. It Is hard, or course, but cannot be helped." The order was given to the soldiers, and soon the dead men were buried. Then drag-ambulances were made out of the branches of' trees, and of small brush mixed in, to make the whole soft; on these rough affairs the wounded soldiers were placed, after their wounds had been dressed as well as cir cumstances would permit. Then the start was made for New Brunswick. It was slow work, dragging the brush-ambulances, and It was past noon when the force got back to the British encampment. And when they arrived there, minus the Liberty Boys. and dragging brush ambulances with fifty wounded British soldiers on them, a great cry of rage and amazement went up from the British. What did 1t mean 'I How had it happened'/ Had they encountered the entire rebel army? Such were a few of the questions hurled at the British sol diers as they marched wearily into camp, and when the story of their defeat became known the rage and chagrin of the Brit ish knew no bounds. There were several companies of cavalry in the encampment, and as soon as they learned the truth regarding the affair they were wild to go atter the Liberty Boys. Several of the cavalry officers went to the general and asked to be permitted to go after the Liberty Boys, and the British general, who was very angry and greatly chagrined by the defeat of the party of British, gave the permission. "Go at once," he said. "Go, and don't come back until yo u have either killed the majority of those Liberty Boys or ha>e effected their capture." The officers said they would obey orders to the letter and hastened away to get their men into the saddles. CHAPTER X. MORE LIVELY WORK. Dick Slater and the Liberty Boys were well pleased over the manner in which they had beaten the redcoats and made their escape from what looked like a trap from which there was no escape. They congratulated themselves and one another on their good fortune, but when they counted noses and found that three of their comrades were missing, they were almost oYercome with sorrow, for the youths were comrades and chums and loved one another like brothers. It could not be helped, however. It was not the first limo that members of the company had been killed, and those who were so fortunate as to escape death or capture always looked upon the matter in a philosophical light. They were we:H aware of the fact that where there were battles there was sure to be death and desolation. It could not be avoided. back to New Brunswick prisoners, had escaped, and not only So they made the best of the matter, and dismissed it from had they escaped, bnt they had made havoc In the ranks of their minds, so far as they were able. the British, killing and wounding at least one hundred of the They talked of the battle with the red_ coats, and all were of king's soldie r s . the opinion that they bad killed and wounded at least one hun-It was humiliating to the officers, but they had to endure it. dred of the British. "I h a v e heard a great deai aoout the fighting abilities of "I am sure we downed at least that many," said Bob J!]sta-thcse bl a s t ed Liberty Boys," said one of the officers, , "but I brook. "I think I killed a dozen or more myself!"

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE TRAITOR. 13 bad gone a mile or so they paused, dismounted, and held a council. The matter to be decided was as to what should be their course now they had encountered the redcoats and beaten them. "I am for staying in this vicinity till we capture that traitor Ralston," said Bob Estabrook. "Yes1 but see here, Bob," said Dick. "Those redcoats will go back to New Brunswick, and then a force of cavalry will come out in search of us." "Let 'em come," said Bob. "We can thrash them out of their boots." "We may be able to do so, and then again they might be too strong for us." "Well, I am willing to remain and have a fight with them, anywa,y." "Oh, you are always wanting to fight. Bob. I believe that if nothing else offered you would fight your shadow." "Well, I might do that to keep in training and practice." After some discussion, it was decided to go up on the top of a hill not far from where they then were, and go into camp and keep a lookout for the British. . They mounted and rode to the top of the hill. There they dismounted and unbridled and unsaddled the horses and teth ered them. Then they settled down to take it as easy as possible, and watch for the coming of the enemy. "They will come, that is certain,'' said Dick, "and I rather expect that they will be in too strong force for us to offer to fight them." "They will have to come in mighty strong force, then," said Bob Estabrook. "We have a good position here, and ought to be able to give two or three hundred a good fight.'' "Yes, if they were infantry, as was the case with those this morning. If. they are cavalry, however, it will be different. We could not offer battle to more than double our own number, if that." "Of course, it would be different, fighting cavalry, from what it was when we fought the infantry, back yonder," agreed Bob. "It is an easy matter to ride over the top of soldiers on foot , but if they are on horseback we have no advantage." "None whatever. We will have to be very careful, or we will be out." The Lib erty Boys remained where they were till a!ter the middle of the afternoon ; then one of their number caught sight of a force of cavalry coming from the southward. "Here they come, Dick!" he cried. ".A.nd, Jove, but there must be three hundred of them!" The youths leaped up and all looked in the direction indicated. • More than a mile away, but coming on the gallop, were the British troopers. "Yes, there are at least three hundred," said Dick. "I think we had better not attempt to show fight to that number." He put the matter before the youths, and the majority thought it would be best not to become engaged in a battle with such a large force of cavalry if it could be avoided. "It will be time enough to fight when we have to do so," said one. "That is what I think,'' said Dick. "At any rate, I think it will be wise to keep away from them for the present. Per haps they may divide up into two parties later on, and then we will have a chance to offer battle to one of the parties on almost equal terms." So be gave the order to mount, and the youths quickly bridled and saddled their horses, mounted, and then the force set out, going in such a direction as to keep the hill between themselves and the enemy and thus avoiding being seen. They managed to get away without the British being any the wiser, and when they were at a safe distance Dick again ordered a halt. They dismounted and waited and watched. and along to ward evening they saw a force of cavalry coming in sight. To their delight, it was only a portion of the force that they had seen earlier in the afternoon. 'l'he force had divided, as Dick had said he thought it might do , and now there were not to exceed one hundred and fifty men in the party. "\Ve are not going to run from that crowd, are we, Dick?" asked Bob. "No, I guess we will stand our ground and try and give them a surprise,'' was Dick's reply. "Good! Now we will have a fight!" "And I guess you are happy,'' with a smile. "Yes, to tell the truth, I am, Dick. I would rather fight the British than run from them, auy day." The youths began getting ready for the battle at once. The redcoat troopers were coming straight toward the knoll on which the Liberty Boys were stationed, and would soon be within range. The youths bad their horses close at band, ready bridled and saddled, and when the battle became too warm for com fort, if it did so, they could mount and take refuge in flight. Oloser and closer came the troopers. It was evident that they were somewhat suspicious that there might be an enemy on the knoll, for they came slowly, ' and it could be seen that they were on the lookout . They held their muskets in readiness for instant use, too, and there would be lively work the instant the affair was opened. But this did not worry the Liberty Boys. They were ready for the enemy, and as there were not more than fifty more in the enemy's party than there was in their own, they did not feel any fear regarding the result of the encounter. They would have the advantage of taking the British partially by surprise, too, and that woulcl count for considerable. Closer and closer came the British troopers. Presently they were within musk et-sho t distance, and the, Liberty Boys took aim and fired a volley. A. number of saddles were emptied. The British, although taken by surprise, were equal to the occasion. They gave utterance to yells, and plunging the spurs into the flanks of their horses, dashed up the slope, toward the top of the knoll. The Liberty Boys fired two pistol volleys, and then leape

14 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE TRAITOR. CHAPTER XI. THE BRITISH ON THE MA.ROH. The Liberty Boys easily made their escape, and when evening came they went into camp. "We have been having a lively time," remarked Mark Morri son, when they were seated around a big campfire, eating some cold meat and bread. "We bave had a lot of fun lately," saicl Bob Estabrook, with a satisfied grin. "Too much," said Dick. "I want to capture that traitor Ralston; and if the redcoats keep on chasing us, and keep us so busy, we won't have time to capture him." "Oh, the redcoats will get tired of this before long," said Sam Sanderson, "and then we can turu our attention to the work of getting hold of the traitor." "I hope so," from Dick. "Well, I'm willing to keep up this kind of work for a week or two," said Bob. believe that," said Mark. "But the rest of ns would as soon get 11long with less of it." "You boys are all as eager to fight the redcoats as I am." The youths talked while they ate, and when they bad finished, Dick said : "I wish to send a messenger to Morristown Heights, with word for General Washington regarding what we have done . Who will volunteer to go?" "I "ill," cried Mart Cole, quickly. "Let me go, Dick." "Ah, I might have known you would to go," with a smile. "Yes, he wants to see Ethel Dover," said Bob, with a grin. "'!.'hat's all right," laughed Mart. "You fellows would all be wanting to go 11' you had sweethearts close to Morristown Heights, as I have." "Yes, that's so." "You are right, Mart." "Yes, we don't blame you for wanting to go." "It would be the same with any one of us." Such were a few of the remarks of the youths, and then Dick said: , "You may go, Mart. I will tell you what I want you to say to General Washington, and then you may go as soon as you can get r ea d y." He explained to Mart what he wanted him to say to the com mander-in-chief, and then Mart bridled and saddled his horse, and mounting, rode away. He rode bard and arrived at Morristown Heights at half past nine o'clock. He went at once to headquarters, and had an interview with General Washington. He told the all that Dick had told him to tell, then he answered numerous questions , besides. "So the traitor managed to get away with his life, after all?" remarked the comman der-in-chief . "Ye s, you r excellency. "Then he must have told the British all he knows about our position here, and in that case, the British may make an attack, in the expectation that they wlll be able to carry it by storm." "Likely, sir." "We will have to be on our guard. Being on the lookout for the British, we shall be able to checkmate any move they make, I think." Then be called in tl! e officers of bis stafr and told them the news. They held a c ou ncil , and asked Mart numerous questions, all o'f which he answered promptly. He was ill at ease, how ever. He was wanting to get away and see bis sweetheart, Ethel Dover. Finally the officers got through asking questions, and then General Washington gave Mart some instructions, and told him he might go. 'l.1le youth lost no time irr doing so, and he rode down to the Dover home. It happened that some neighbors bad been there that even ing, visiting, and they had just gone when Mart arrived, so the Dover fllmily was still up. They were surpris ed when i\Iart walked i11, and, needless to say, Ethel was delighted as well. :\ :In rt explained how he happened to he there, and said that as he had to return to the Liberty Boys' encampment that night be had made bold to call at this time of the night. He was told that he wllii welcome, and then the old folks and Lucy went to bed and left Mart and Ethel together to exchange confidences. Mart remained an hour or more, and then giving his sweetheart a hug and a kiss, took his departure. He rode steadily, but not so rapidly as in coming, li.nd three hours later was at the camp of the Liberty Boys. As soon as he had unbridled and unsaddled his horse and tethered him out, Mart rolled up in his blanket and went to sleep. Next morning he i;eported to Dick, and told him all that General Washington had said. "So be wants that we shall continue the work of tcylng to capture the traitor, eh?" remarked Dick. "Yes; he says that he will be glad when he hears that the traitor bas been punished." "Very well. We will stick to the work, and sooner or later we will get our hands on the scoundrel." "And when we do we will handle him in a way that he W{)n't like," said Bob. "So we will." After they had eaten some bread and meat the youths mounted and rode away. They rode in the direction of New Brunswick, but rode slowly, for they did not know at what moment they might hap pen upon the force of British cavalry. They did not see anything of the force, however,. until the middle of the afternoon, and then they saw an army coming toward them. "The entire British army from New: Brunswick is generous to come after us ih such force," said Bob. "They are not coming after us," said Dick. "You think not?" "I am sure of it. They are bound for Morristown Heights." "I ahouldn't wonder but what you are right." "I am sure of it. You see, that traitor gave them some information regarding the entrenchments, protections, and weaknesses of the patriot position on the heights, and they are going to try to utilize the information." "I guess that ls about the way of it." Of course, it would have been folly for the Liberty Boye to attempt to strike the British a blow. The cavalry was along with the force, and would have given chase to the youths im mediately, and Dick decided to keep out of sight, but to travel along and keep pace with the enemy, and then, when they were within a few miles of Morristown Heights, they would hasten ahead and warn the patriots, who could then get ready to re ceive the redcoats in a becoming manner. "I wonder if that traitor, Ralston, is along with the -British?" remarked Bob. "I don't know," was Dick's reply. "But I hope that be is and that we may manage to capture him." "So do I." All the rest of that day the youths rode in the direction of Morristown Heights. They had no trouble in keeping a mile or so in advance of the British, as the main force was on foot and could not march very fast. The Liberty Boys saw the enemy go into camp, and then they selected a location and also went into camp. After they had eaten their frugal meal,. Dick sat down and pondered for quite a while. Then he called Bob aside and said: "Bob, I'm going to go to Morristown Heights to-night, and I will leave you in command here." "Going to Morristown Heights to-night, you say, Dick?" "Yes." "What is your idea for that?" "I'll tell you. I have made up my 'bi.ind that the quicker General Washington knows of this move that is being made against bis army the b etter, and I believe that 11' he knows in time be may come forth and meet the British to-morrow, or make an attack on them to-morrow night. By taking them by surprise thus he will be able to give them a severe beating, I am confident." "That's so. I guess it is the thing to do." "Yes; you keep a sharp lookout for the enemy while I am away, Bob." "J will do so. I won't let them take us by surprise." "See to it that they don ' t. Well, I will saddle Major and start at once." Dick bridled and saddled Major. and mounting, rode away, leaving Bob to explain to the Liberty Boys. He rode steadily and swiftly onward three hours, and then arrived at Morristown Heights. The commander-in-chief had not yet retired, !llld he gave Dick a cordial greeting.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND 'l'HE TRAITOR. 15 '.'I am glad to see you, Dick," he snid. "And now, what "Where ls the enemy eucamped, Dick?" General Washingyou here this time of the night?" ton asked. eagerly. I have some important news for you, sir," was the r ep ly. ""Within six miles of here, your excellency," was the re-And then he explained that seemingly the entire British army ply. on its way to Morristown Heigbts. The commander-in-chief bad been pretty well all over the Ha! say you so, Dick?" exclaimed the commander-in-chief. surrounding country, and so Dick had no diffi culty in telling "So they are acting on the infonnatio11 given them by the where the Britis h were encamped, in such a manner that traitor, are they?" General washlngton knew ,inst where the place was. "Such must be the case, your excellency. Doubtless they "I know the spot," he <"aid. , think. that they may be able to take us by surprise, and then, "I think it will be not over difficult to get at the enemy knowrng the weak points, they imagine that they can can-y and take It by surprise, sir," said Dick. things by storm." . "I think the same, my boy. 'l'he lay of the land is fa>orGeneral Washington was silent for a few minutes, thinking, able to a n of that kind." . after which he looked up and said: Then the commander-In-chief sent word for the officers "You say the British are more than a day's march away of bis staff to come to headquarters. yet?" They were expecting the summons, and were not long In "Yes, sir." responding. "What was your idea, then, in coming and Jetting me know whe n they le arned that the enemy was encamped within about their coming at this time? Why dicl you not wait till sL"l: miles of i\Io r ristown Heights, they were well pleased. to-morrow night, and then you would not have bad so far to "It will be an easy and s imple matter to get at them," salrl ride?" one officer. Dick explained that be had thought it possible that General They began making their plans, and at t!Je end of an hour Washington might want to go out and meet the enemy, and they bad everything fixed. take it by surprise, without waiting for it to reach :\forristown I 'l'hen the w0rd was sent through the camp for the soldiers Heights and make an attack. to get ready to march. and they began making ready. They "And that is just what I think we shall do," said the had been given a hint of what was to be done during tltc commander-In-chief. "By that means we shall be able to day. and so were not surprised . . give the enemy a strong !:etback, l am confident, and likely At the end of another hour the patriot soldiers were ready, they will not reach here at all." and they started tomarch away, beaded by their officers, and "That is the way I looked at the matter, sir." in front, as guide, rocle Dick Slater. _ General Washington called a council of his officers, and The soldiers were glad vf something to do. They had been laid the matter before them. practically penned up on Morristown Heights for three They thongbt as he did about It, and were In for making months, and were eager to be up and doing. an attack on the enemy before it could reach Morristown '!.'he fact tLat they were about to be sent against a force Heights. considerably stronger than their own did not daunt them. , "By so doing we will take them by surprise," said Gen-They would have been willing to attack a force twice as eral Greene, "and that will count for a great deal." strong as the one they were to engage in battle. They knew, After considerable talk, the details were all arranged sat-also, that they would take the enemy by surprise, and this lsfactorlly. would count for a good d eal. Dick was to return tct the Llberty Boys' encampment, and It a march of two hours and a half, at least, to the was to keep watch of the British all next day, and when they point where the British were encamped; but the patriots went Into camp next evening he was to hasten to Morristown were in n o hurry, as they did not care about making the at Helgbts and let the t>atriots know where the enemy was en-tack until along toward midnight, anyway. camped. Then the patriot army would march forth, and fall Dick led the way to where the Liberty Boys were en upon the British In the dead hours of the night, and .give camped. This was at a pomt a mile from where the Brlt-them a surprise that they 1would not soon forget. ish bad their camp. OH.APTER XII. THE BRITISH TWICE DEFEATED. when all had been arranged, and there was nothing further to keep Dick, he bade the commander-In-chief and the officers good-by, and took his departure, after promising to be on band next evening at an early hour. Dick away, and after three hours of steady progress arrived at the Liberty Boys' encampment. All was quiet, and a double row of sentinels was assurance that the British would not be able to "slip up and take them by surprise. The rest of the passed away without any disturbance, and the youths were early astir, !or they wishe d to be ready to start as soon as the British began their march. This day was put In much as the afternoon of the previous day had been; the Liberty Boys kept a mile or so in advance of the British, and watched them closely. . When evening came the British army was within six miles of Morristown Heights. Dick wondered if they had any intention of making an attack that night, but judged that they did not, because of the fact. that they seemed to be maklng an all-night encamp ment. "It Is deubtless their intention to get up before daylight In the morning and march to Morristown Heights and make an attack as soon as It is light enough for them to see," thought Dick. And Jn this judgment he was right. This was the plan that had been decided upon by the British. Bob Estabrook reported to Dick that all was quiet, and that 1he scouts who had been out toward the e n emy's camp reported that the British were taking things easy, and were evidently not expecting to see an enemy. The patriot army remained here an hour or more, and then the commander-iu-cbief ordered that an advanc e be made. The army set out. It moved very slowly and cautiously. There was plenty of time. and it was desired to get close up to the sentinels before they knew an enemy was near; then an attack would be made. The army was more than an hour in going from the Lib erty Boys' encampment to the vicinity of the British carup, u distance of a mile. It was now getting along toward midnight. The British would all be. asleep, with the exception of the sentinel. and it was as good a time to make an attaek as could b e d esired. Closer and closer crept the patriot soldiers. They were close up to the first line of sentinels when one discovered their prese nce, and find his musket to give the alarm. Instantly the patriots aetetl . They dashed forward, nnd whl'n lhe;i: were c:los enough they fired a yolley Into the encampment. ]'.!any British soldiers fell. The pat.riots uttered trrnmphant yells, and continued to ad vance, firing volley after volley, the pistols being brought into use, and then a charge was ordered, and they advanced rap idly, determin ed to engage the British at close quarters. The r edcoats had been practically taken by surprise, nnd had suffered greatly as a result; they had fired a number or volleys, and tbeil' splendid training made them work methodica lly. though rapidly, and they retired as the patriots Dick at once mounted Ws horse and rode rection of Morristown Heights. away in the diudvanced . firing a s they went, and thus the patriots' object Half an hour later be arrived there. He went at once to headquarters, where cordial greeting. of using thei r bayonets was foilcll. 'l'he British retreated b11cl' into tl.1e timber to where tlwr.i he was given a was no light from tbe c ampi\n::s, 1111d then Washington ga>e the order f\lr tlle pat.:'iot sol1liers to halt, and retire. IIe


J6 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE TRAITOR. fe:ir ec1 that t he Briti s h , h :nin;; a mnch stronger force . mi ght 1urn th' table s , if tbe patrio t s oldi e r s rema ined where the y w e re. H e had gn.i.nec1 a victorr, a s i t w a s . and h e wi.s h ell to ke e p it, and' not let the •:m e my r;e t bark a t hi m and r e v e r s e things. ' The patriots w e r e soon b ack far enoug h so that the y f elt safe, and here they paused and waited and watched, curious to know what the British would do. Ten, fifteen, twenty minutes pass e d , and there was no demonstration from the British. • Dick Slater, who had been doing considerable thinking, told Bob to look out for things in his absence, and then stole away through the Umber. Dick had a suspicion that the British were up to some trick, and he shrewdly suspected what the trick was. His Idea was that the British might try to steal• a march on the patriots by quietly marching away, and rea ching :\for ristown Heights ah ead the continental tro o p s, and thus capture their stronghold. If the British were to do this it w ould b e bad for the patriots, and Dic k more than half belie ved tha t the enemy was trying to do this very thing. He was determine d to find out the truth regarding the matter, and so b e stole through the timbe r , pausing every few minutes to listen. : F'inally be heard the sound of hundreds of footsteps, and it did not take him long to learn that his fears were not ill founded; the British were trying to march around the patriot army, and it was undoubtedly their intention to march to Morristown. Heights and take possession. Dick hastened back to whe r e the patriot force was, and told General Washington what be had discovered. The commande1-ln-chief at once gave the order to march in the direction of Morristown Heights. "There can be no doubt that the enemy is trying to steal a march upon us," he told his officers. "But thanks to Dick Slater, we .have learned of their move i.n time to checkmate it, as they have much farther to march than we have." The entire patriot for c e , accompanied by the Liberty Boys, marched rapidly, and after an hour and a half of 'double quick work, arrived at the Heights. "Now, I think we will have a chance to give the British another surprise," said General Washington. "They think they have fooled us, and that we are back in the timber, waiting to be attacked, and will advance up the Heights with confidence. That will enable us to give . them another blow, and a severe one , and I think it w!ll be sufficient to send the m back to New Brunswick faster than they came from there." "I believe you are right about that, your excellency," said General Greene. The generals then arranged their forces to suit them. They were careful to pla c e the strongest forces at the weakest they did not appTeb end much trouble In putting the enemy to rout, owin g to the fac t that it would be taken by surprise. ••l'E:L:'. The JJ:-ttric t s were O.elighte d, and gave utte rance to cheer after c h e er. '!.'hey ba c l gotten the 11etter of the British twice in one night, and were happy, as they had a right to be. CHAPTER XIII. THE DEA.TH OF THE TRAITOR. The British were thoroughly whipped, and knew it. When they finally got over their feeling of terror, and came to a stop, half a mile away from the Heights, the officers held a council. They decided that it would be folly to try to do anything more: and after some discussion it was settled that they would return to New Brunswick withouf making any further attempt at attacking the patriots. Having come to this conclusion, they sent a messenger, un der cover of a fiag of truce, and he asked p ermission for the British soldiers to come and take away their deacl and wounded comrades. The p ermission was granted, and the British carried away the dead and wounded. The buried the dead, and then moved away, carrying the wounded In blankets. Two hours and a half later they were back at their en campment, and here they had another task of burying dead and taklng care of wounded soldiers. They counted up, and found that they had lost one d and thirty-seven dead, and bad ninety-four wounded. The patriots, it may be mentioned in passing, lost only tour de11d, and had twenty-seven wounded. The British remained in camp till morning, and then they set out to march back to New Brunswick. Dick Slater was a youth who never gave up, when be had set his mind on doing a thing, unless be was forced to do so. He bad set out to capture and hang the traitor, Ralston, and he was determiu&d to do it if such a thing was pos8ible. True, Ralston, in trying to do his old comrades and the cause of liberty au Injury, had helped it, in that he had been the means of causing the British to come over and try to attack the patriot :irmy, only to be surprised and de feated twice ln one night; but Dick gave Ralston no credit for this; the traitor had intended to do the patriots harm, and the youth was determined to make him suffer the fate that is usually meted out to traitors. So, early next morning, the youth, accompanied by Bob Estabrook, Mark Morrison, and Sam Sanderson, set out on the trail of the British army. It was Dick's belief that Ralston was with the army, and be was going to follow It up, and watch bis cban ce and capture the traitor, if the opportunity should come. 'I'hey bad no trouble in keeping track of the British army. Its progress was necessarily slow, as the wounded soldiers lJad to be moved slowly and carefully, and the Liberty Boys, being on horseback, kept the redcoats in sight without diffi culty. In warfare there is nothing so disconcerting to an army as to b e taken by surprise. It sets them bac k worse than anything else can. Perhaps half an hour before anything was heard When the British went into camp that evening the four of the British. They bad h a d farther to m a rch , and had Liberty Boys did the same. not marched so rapidly, not knowing the n e c essity of doing Their camp was within three-quarters of a mile of that so. of the British. It was a cloudy night, and the moon did not give much About nine o'clock, leaving Sam Sanderson behind to look light, but it gave sufficient for the needs of the patriots. after the horses, Dick, Bob, and Mark made their way to They, could see the moving forms of the British, and they ward the British encampment. waited pqtlently while the redcoats came up the slope lead-Ten minutes of brisk walking brought them to within two ing to the Heights. hundred yards of the encampment. The British, having no '.l.'he British s upposed they would have nothing to do save fear now of an attack, had only one set of pickets out, so the marc h into a de;;erte d strong h old and take p oss essi o n , but three youths bad no difficulty in approaching close to the they w ere d estine d to b e rude ly awakene d from this dream. c amp ' . !'h e y w e re to be speedily undeceived. They managed to evade the sentine l on the side from which Closer and clos e r the y came, and when they were within they had approached, and were presently within fifty yards good range the order was given to fire. of the encampment The patriots fired a volley, and did wonderful execution, A campfire burne d within that distance of the youths, s co res of the r edcoats falling , dead and wounde d . and by its light they could see the faces of the soldiers. Shouts, cries, and groans went up from the British. They Pre s e ntly Bob pulled Dick's sleeve, and whispered: w ere take n by surprise, and w ere h o rrified by the reception. "There is Tialston. old fellow!" '!'he patriots set up a yell, also, and for a few minutes "Wbere?" asked Dick. i iandemonium seemed to have broken loose. "Just the other side pf the c ampfire. He is talking to Volley after volley was fired , but the redcoats r e alized that, thre e other men. See him now?" they had been fooled and that the y could not succeed in I "Yes; you are right, Bc0b. That is him, sure enough." Rtormin;:: the patriot works, and they fie d at the top of their "And I should judge, by the looks on the faces of the spe ed. It was, in fact, a rout. three, that the y are not over friendly to Ralston, Dick."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE 'l'RAITOR. 17. "Tl1at is likely; you know e1en those who use a traitor, an,? benefit as a result of his treachery, usually despise him." True; and the result of this expedition, which was made on the strength of the information he gave them, bas had a tendency to make them dislike him e1en more, no doubt" "Likely." "I wish the traitor would lea1e the camp and venture out Into the timber a ways " said Bob "Yes, would us a to get at him but I don't look for any such good luck as that." ' But. the youths were to have just such good luck as this, .or Dick .had scarceiy finished speaking before Ralston was seen to rise and walk slowly away from the campfire and toward the timber in which the three youths were concealed. Ralston's head was dropped, and he was evidently thinking deeply. , He walked slowly, but gradually drew near where ihe three Liberty B0ys were concealed. Dic k and his comrades saw the British soldiers lau"h and !ook after traitor, and they knew the redcoats say mg somethmg anything but complimentary of their ally. Ralston walked past the youths, and not twenty feet dis tant, and he was permitted to go on his way by the sentinel who had seen him leave rhe encampment. ' Dick and his two comrades stole after Ralston. The sentinel had m6ved onward, on his beat, and they were enabled to get past without seeing them. When Ralston was perhaps two hundred yards from the encampment he paused. The tbree Liberty Boys were close up behind him. Feeling sure that he had gone as far as he would go they decided to act. ' Dick took the lead, and he leaped forward with the agility of a panther, and seizing the amazed man by the throat with both hands, compressed his windpipe to such an extent as to effectually prevent Ralston from making an outcry. He gurgled and gaRped a bit, but that was all. He struggled fiercely, but was unable to go free. Even had Dick been alone Italston would have been help less, but now Bob and Mark took a hand, and they quickly tied the traitor's wrists together !Jehind his back; then they stuffed a handkerchief in his mouth, and tied another one over It, to keep It in. This 1ione, the youths moved away through the timber, leading Ralston along. Twenty minutes later they arrived at the camp. "Hurrah, you got him!" cried Sam Sanderson, when they appeared, leading the prisoner. "Yes, we got him," said Dick. The campfire made it light so that Ralston could see the faces of his captors, and he now knew who It was that had him. He turned pale; his he!lrt sank. He realized that he was ju for it, for these same youths had hanged him once be fore. and he would have been dead had not some British put in an appearance and cut him down. This time nobod:-was 1 i kely to put in an appearance, and his fate was certain. Dick removed the gag, and said to the prisoner: "Well, R!llston , what have you to say for yourself?" "Nothing, " was the reply. "I judge the r e is nothing that you could say that would do you any good, that's a fact." "What are you going to do with me?" "Hang yQu!" Ralston turned even paler. "I protest," he said. "You have no right to hang me with out a trial. I demaD . d that you ta1ce me !Jack to Morristown Heights and give me a fair trial." , "You have already b ee n tried and found guilty, Ralston." "Impossible." "Oh, no; you must not forget your friend Hardy. He confessed, and that makes it unnecessary to give you a trial." "It will be murder if you hang me without a trial." "Oh, no; I am simp1y obeying orders, Ralston. The com mander-in-chief said for me to hang you If I got hold of you, and I am going to do it. A soldier must obey orders, you know." Diel;: spoke solemnly, so solemnly, in fact, that Ralston r,hmldered. He realize d at last that there was no hope for him. His only chance for life lay l!J. being rescued by British soldiers, and this chance seemed to be a very slim one. Suddenly he gave utternnce to a wild cry, a yeJI that might have been heard half a mile. He opened his mouth to utter a second hut Dick quickly aml deftly Rtuffrcl the handkerchief in and smothtred the yell back into the traitor's throat. . "So that's the way you would do, eh?" remarke d Dick. ... W e ll, you won't get a clrnnce to do it again." They t ied the othel' hanclker chief over the traitor's mouth, Lo keep the gag in , and then they stood looking at him in silence for a few moments. "Do you suppose that yell could Lave been heard clear over to the British encampment, Dick?" asked Bob. "I hardly think so, Bob; and if so, it would sound so faint and weak that they would not know what it was or in which direction it sounded from." "I guess you are right. WeII, shall we string him up now?" "Say," s11. id Sam Sanderson. "I have a plan." "What Is it?" asked Dick. "Let's take him as clos e to the British encampment as possible and then hang him. Take him to where they will be sure to see his body in the moming, 1 mean. That will them what we do with traitors." "That's a good idea," said Bob, who was always in for anything unusual or dangerous. "Let's do that. Dick." "There will be clanger in doing it, Bob." "Ob, not a great deal." "I suppose not. 'Vell, I am willing. Get a rope and come slong." One of the youth.;; quickly got a rope, and then they set out in the direction of th"l British encampment. Ralston held back, and tbey were almost forced to carry him; but it was no use, he had to go. 'l'hey advanced to within two hundred yards of the Brit ish encampment, and then fastened the rope around Ral ston's n ec k, threw the end of the rope over a limb, pulled the traitor up, and then the rope, so that the body would be held suspe>nded in the air. Dick was determined to make a sure thing of it this time, so they remained on the !!pot to see tha t the traitor was not saved by the British. Had any redcoats approached they would have let the traitor rlown and led him away and then hanged him at some point farther away. But none of the redcoats came anywhere near-indeed, none were seen to come away from the encampment at all, and Ralston hung there till he was dead. The youths were at a point at leas't one hundred yards bei yond the post ef the sentinel on that side of the embankment, and so he did not know anything unusual was going on there. 'When they were satisfied that the traitor was dead, the four Liberty Boys stole away through the timber, and fifteen minutes later were back in their camp. "Well, we have done our work," said Dick. "And we have done it well, if I do say it myself." "That's right," agreed Bob. "We have hanged the traitor, as the commander-In-chief told us to dp, and I would like to I hear what the redcoats have to say in the morning when they discover the body." "So would I," from l\fark. "And I," from Sam. CHAPTER XIV. THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF IS PLEASED. "Great guns, what's that?" "Where?'' "Yonder." It was morning, and the British soldiers were eating b1eakfa!;t. One of a dozen who were seated about a campfire had uttered the exclamation with which the chapter begins, and as he said "Yonder," he pointed into the timber. His comrades turned their heads and looked, and slmul. taneously exclamations of horror escaped the lips of the ma jority of them. "It's a human body!" "A man!" "Hanged!" "Yes it's a man!" They leaped to their feet and hastened to where the ghastly object swung at the end of the rope. The face of the dead man was black and distorted, but presently one of the soldiers recognized it, and he cried out: 1 "Ifs Ralston!" "So it is," from another. "11,#e rebel trabr."


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE TRAITOR. "And now the question is who hanged him?" encampment if they took the notion . and t e n chances to one The so ldi ers stared at one another inquiringly. they would get away in safety, too." . 'fhey could not answer t h e question, of course, and they No one dissented from this statement. The Liberty Boys hardly knew what to think. had made such a reputation for daring that there • Seemed to Soon the news that the "rebel " traitor, Ralston, was hangbe scarcely any limit: to what they would attempt. . ing near the camp, dead, went throughout the encampment, i\Iart Cole, knowing that the Dov ers would be mterested, and a great crowd collected. and wanting an excuse to g o and see his swee theart.' Among the soldiers were a number of officers, and they dismacle his way down to the Dov e r hom e , and was cor. cussed the matter. clially by the members of the family, all Of Who could have done the work? course Ethel had a deeper feeling for him than meie likmg. ' "\Yhat ls the news, Mart?" a s ked i\Ir. Dover. . And how had they managed to hang the man so near the "You remembe r the traitor. Ralston. that we Liberty Boys encampment without being discovered? came so near hanging, once?" asked Mart. '1.'hese were the questions they asked one another, but they could not answer them with any certainty. Of course they "Yes. What of him?" suspected that the traitor had been hanged by patriots, but "Well, he is no more ." they could not say who the pa trlots were. "Eh? He is d_ead ?" "Served the traitor right," said one of the officers, finally. "Yes." "• ""Who killed him?" . .... man who turns traitor deserves to be bung." Slater and three of the boys captured and hanged him They did not bother to cut the body down and bury it. "A traitor does not deserve to be buried," said one, and the say! Where did they capture ?" others concu1Ted in this view of the case. Mart then explained and told the story as it had been told So they went back to the camp, finished their breakfast, to him. , and later on the entirl'! a11lly marched away in the direction "''!.'hat is just like Dick Slater," said Mr. Dover, when Mart of New Bi,'.Unswick. had finished . "I tell you, whim he starts out to do a thing he As the redcoats marched away in the direction of New will do it if such a thing is possible." Brunswick Dick and his three comrades were riding, in the "So he will," agreed Mart. "I would not llke to be a traltor "direction of Morristown Heights. and haYe him on my trail." They were feeling well satisfied with themselves and the "r should not like to, either." world in general. "The fate of Hardy and Ralston wlll have the effect of'. They had made a success of their expedition. keeping others from turning traitor, I should think," said Mrs. They arrived at the patriot encampment about the middle of D th f ov e r. . i ,, ald e orenoon. . "Yes, I am glad that both traitors _lost their l V,';8• s They unb1idled and unsaddled their horses, and then Dick Mart. "It will as you say, be a warnmg to others. made his way to headquarters. Of course l\1a'.rt had to remain to dinner, which he was more He was admitted to General Washington's private room at than willln"' to do by the way, for camp fare was not any-once. thing to of and a good meal, such as the farwer's wife "What's the news, Dick?" the great man asked, when he cooked was a treat to the young soldier. had greeted the youth. He an hour after dinner and would ha'f'e stayed "The traitor ls dead, your excellency," was the quiet reply. lon.,. e r but for the fact that Sam Sanderson put in a . n appear.A. pleased look appeared on the face of the commander-inan;e, with the information that Dick Slater wished to see chief. Mart at the camp. "So Ralston ls dead, Dick?" he exclaimed. I "All right, I'll go right up with you," said Mart. "But how "Yes, your excellency." did you know I was here?" "When did he die?" "Great guns! that's an easy one to answer," laughed si;r;; "Last night." "How do we know where the sun will rise in the morning "How?'' "Because we have seen it rise there scores of times," replied "By hanging." Mart. "Good! That is the proper death for a traitor to die. But "Exactly, and we've seen you come down here scores of tell me ah about it, my boy." times, too," .Dick did so, the commander-in-chief listening with eager Then the laugh was on Mart, who took it good-naturedly, interest. When Dick told of how they had led the traitor to but Ethel blushed and looked somewhat confused. within a short clistance of the British encampment and "I don ' t deny the charge," laughed Mart, "and I hope to hanged him , h e shook his h ead. come scores of times in the future as well, Sam." "That was a risky thing to do, Dick," he sald. "I don't blame you, Mart," with a glance at the beautiful "Somewhat risky," acknowledged Dick. "But we wanted face of Ethel Dover. that the British should see him in the morning and know "Here, you be careful, " said Mart in mock anger. "If that he had met the death due him as a traitor to the patriot you get to talking like that you" and I will fi.ght before we cause." get back up to the encampment. "Quite right, Dick. But did you remain long enough, after "Oh, I guess there isn't much danger'." with a smile. hanging him, to be sure that he was dead?" come along. The quieker we go the quicker you will be "Yes, your excellency. We were careful about that, for he to come back again, do you see?" escaped us once before, through being rescued by the red-"That's so and I'll go right along with you." coats, and we were determined he should not escape a second Then the two bade the members of the Dover family goodtlme." ' by, and made their way back up to the encampment on Mor"Then there can be no doubt regarding his death?" -ristown Heights. "None whatever, sir," Dick bad some work he wished Mart to do , and the youth "I am glad of that. I shall let It be known throughout the went at it with a wm. encampment, and It ma,y have the effect of deterring others The patriot a:my remained where it was ,for some time, trom turning traltor." and a number of engagements were had with portions of the "You are right, sir." British army. In these the Liberty Boys usually took part, After some further conversation Dick took his departure and they never failed to give a good account of themselves. and went back to the quarters occupied by the Liberty Boys. In looking back over the scenes they went through during Within the hour it was known all through the encampment the war, in after years, the Liberty Boys never regretted the that Dick Sliter and three of his Liberty Boys had captured manner in which they had handled the traitor, Ralston. the traitor Ralston the night before and banged him, and the As was expected by all the youths, Mart Oole and Ethel universal verdict among the patriot soldiers was that he had Dover were mairied when the war came to an end. met the fate that he men'ted. Dick and his comrades had to tell the story of the affair Next week's issue will contain "THEJ LIBERTY BOYS AT many times, and when it was learned that they had hanged YELLOW CREEK; OR, ROUTING THE REDCOATS." the patriot traitor within two hundred yards of the British encampment, the soldiers were delighted, a.s well as ai;nazed, by the boldness of the youths. 0 POSTAL FOR OUR FREE CATALOGUE ''Those Liberty Boys are not afraid of anything," said one SEN . soldier, admirin.itl.J'.. "The,Y. .would iO rii::ht into the British 1


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '7G. CURRENT N .EWS Miss Lena Scott, member of the junior class in Ard more High School, Oklahoma, took first honors of the State in the canning club contest which was recently de cided at the Agricultural and Mechanical College. From a garden of one-tenth of an acre she raised more than $200 worth of vegetables. The unusual spectacle of litigation over a pauper's will was presented in the District Court of Clinton, Iowa, be fore Judge A. P. Barker when the effort of City Clerk Frank Leedham to probate the will of John Rogers, who died year at the poorhouse, was contested by Mrs. Jane Madden, a former neighbor of Rogers. Despite the fact that he died in the poorhouse, Rogers left a small house in a suburb and , about $900 in cash. Rogers be quea thed the property to Mrs. Madden in a will dated late in August, 19,13. Another will, dated Sept. 25, 19131 left his estate to Leedham. Chicago will be the scene of the tryouts for athletes of the Central Association of the Amateur Athletic Union, who want to compete in the national championships at the Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco. The swim ming trials will wind up with an outdoor meet in June, as the dates for the Exposition races are July 19 to 24. Fencing preliminaries to take place in April, with the finals on the coast from May 24 to 29. The gymnastic finals are scheduled for ;March 26 and 27 and the finals probably will take place on April 1. Track and field events, which will draw the largest entries, will be held in Chicago in July, and the championships at San Francisco in August. The Australian Philatelist reports the discovery of sev eral copies of the 6-pence stamp of the 1898-99 issue which have numerals only in the lower corners instead of in all four. Philatelists are puzzled to account for this error. In making the plates of this issue it is customary to make first a group of four electrotypes, which is duplicated a sufficient number of times to make up a plate. Apparently such a group of electrotype;; was made of the Gd with two ' figures only. Some think a plate was made from this block and a few impressions printed, but the weight of opinion appears to favor the inclusion of the block in a plate which was otherwise composed of electrotypes having figures in all four corners. Probably after a limited amount of use the error was discovered and the block replaced. We understand that' the few copies known are all used and were found among common stock. At dawn, Feb. 20, every policeman in San Francisco be gan thumping on doorsteps and trolley poles with his night stick. A few moments later every church bell and every telephone bell in the city began ringing. Whistles of every steamship and warship in the bay, 0 every locomotive . in Oakland and of every factory in the two cities were bed open and San Francisco began the celebration of the day of the opening of the Panama-Pacific International Ex position. At noon, in the White House at Washington, President Wilson clo3ed a telegraph circuit which auto matically worked a relay key in the wireless station at 'l'uckerton, N. J. Instantly electric waves leaked out across the continent, to be received on aerials strung from the 435-foot Tower of Jewels in the Exposition Grounds. There another relay instrument transmitted them to ap paratus which swung open the doors of the Palace of Ma chinery, set in motion the exhibits in ten other palaces, loosened the waters of the Fountain of Energy and de tonated signal bombs in token of receipt at various points1 throughout the grounds. Detectives at the central station, Los Angeles, Cal., found an arithmetical problem. They also found the an swer, and said it was very, very simple, but not until afte r many pencil points had _ been blunted snd several pads of paper used up. Mrs. J. Klieve, No. North Bunker Hill avenue, reported that she had been swindled out of a sum of money from a short change "artist." Two gold coins-an eagle and a double eagle-and $9.95 in1 silver figured in the transaction. The flimflam man, a. well-dressed stranger, walked into the store and ordered a 5-cent cigar. He placed a $10 gold piece on the counter. M:rs. Klieve gave him the cigar and $9.95 in change. He then pick&d up the $10 and placed it with the silver. He asked that Mrs. Klieve give him the $20 gold piece, which he had seen in the cash drawer, in return for the $19.95 he shoved toward her. She did so. The transaction oc curred rapidly and the man was outside and away before , she realized that she had been flimflammed. A newspaper article by Liang Chi-Chiao, former minis-1 ter of justice in the Chinese cabinet, emphasizes t,he state ment that the paper upon which the J apanes13 demands upon China are written is watermarked with warships and , cannon. It is stated from a source which is considered most reliable that the outline of the Japanese demands which appeared in the Tokio newspaper Asahi Shimbun in a special edition which was promptly suppressed is cor rect. Regarding these demands the Asahi Shimbun said: "Japan asks China to solve the Manchurian and Mongo lian questions by the extension of the lease of the Port Arthur, Dairen and South Manchuria railway zone to 99 years, and by granting to Japanese the right of residence and land ownership in Mongolia and Manchuria, and to solve the Shantung question by transferring to Japan the concessions hitherto held by Germany." Chinese of high officilll rank declare that tha Japanese demands include , a participation in the policing and general administration of the country, and concessions conflicting with those of, other nations, including Great Britain.


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. The Yorks and the Yanks -OR,THE RIVAL SCHOOLS OF LAKE CHAMPLAIN By RALPH MORTON (A SERIAL STORY} CHAPTER I. A OiiA.SH :BETWEEN THE rwo SOHOOL::l, WITH TI-IE YORKS IN THE LEAD. Several yea r s ago a large, old -f ashioned school building stoocl on a high bluff on the New York s ide of Lake Cham plain. B e hind the school bui ldin g were the distant ranges of the Adirondacks, to the right and left lay the lake, stretch ing for miles in either direction, while in front, on the Vermont side, the Green Mountains loomed up purple and hazy many miles away. ' The school on Bluff Point, as it was called, was just on the edge of the town of Port Francis, and both schoo l a nd town felt that the nearness of the other to it was an ad vanfage. The Port Francis Military Academy for young gentle men, Captain Porter Mason, principal, was attended by a hu ndred boys, from n.rious sections or the country, and was considered the finest school for miles a . round. Tlltl exceptions crune from the opposite, or ,Y ermont side of the lake, where was situated the Willow Beach High School, Dr. Pierce Witherell, A . M., principal, patronized hy the best families in the State, and considered by its patrons the only school worthy of the name in the East. There was a strong rival ry between the two schools, which became almost bitter at times, for the desire on both sides to excel did not always confine itself to regattas or athletic contests; but often found expres s ion in rough ancl-tumbl e fights. Woe to the Military Academy boy who crossed the lake alone aud wrui discovered by the High Schoo l fellows. Equall y hard was the fate of the Vermonter wl10 ventured una ttended into that part of the Empire State ruled o ver b y the Military Academy Boys. The feud between the Yorks and the Yanks, as the boys oi the rival establishments were called, had heen going on with g r eater or less cctivity for a number of years, and seemed likely to contimie , despite the efforts of the two principals to stop it. It was a beautiful even in g in early Septembe r, shortly afte r the opening of the fall term. Supper was over, md the boys of the academy, free to go where they chose , bad dispersed in all directions, some to the woods, some to the path along the top of the bluff, and some to the gymnasium . One gronp of three handsome young fellows in undress uniform, walking along the bluff, commands our Looking down upon the lake, d9tted here and there with smal l , wooded islands , one of the boys pointed to a little steamboat approaching the shore and said care l essly : "'rhe Thurman seems to have a pretty good crowd on board . Been over to see the old forts, I suppose. I never saw the little steamer so crowded. be a lot of folks in town to-night, for all the trains have gone." "It's the night of the weekly band concert, Jack," re marked one of the boys, "and it's a fine night for it, too." At that moment, as the little steam ferryboat plying be tween the two towns approached her wharf, a . cheer aro s e from her crowded decks. "'Hah-'rah-'rab ! W-B-H-S ! High School, High School, 'rah ! F -ft-boom-Sh !'' rang out distinctly across the still waters of th:.: lake, echoing from tlrn hills on either side of the town. "By George, it's some of the Yanks coming over to the band concert,'' exclaimed Jack Forrest, the recognized leader of the academy boys. "I like their impudence, giv ing their ;ell right in town." "I suppose they've got a right to come over if they choose,'' said Phil Witterton, one o the Yorks "I expect they have;' spoke up Ben Thurman, "but they needn't have tnken the Thurman. Conldn't they have come over in boats? We use ours when we go anywhere . " Once more the High School yell ran g out, and Jack For rest said : "We'll have to take in the band c oncert to-night in a body to see that the Y snks behave thems e lves. I suppose they have chartered the Thurman to . take them home . Ob, I sav !" and Jack began to laugh. "What's the matter?" asked Phil Witherton , who was Jack's particular chum. He was the son of one of the richest men in Port Franc is, and J ack was comparative l y poor, but the boys were warm friends. "I'll tell you later," answered Jack, ''but at all events we must go to the concert and keep the Yanks in orde r. It's pretty cheeky of them to come over, and I fancy they've brought pretty nearly the whole High School." "Including your upsfart cousin, Dick Barnes , the airiest Yank of them all,'' added Phil. "That fellow thinks that money is everything, but he couldn't get into the academy with all his dust."


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF . '76 . 21 "Come on," said Jack. "Let's get the fellows together the .Academy boys by the Yanks, whose triumphant cry and march down to the square . The Y a.nks mustn't be arose above all the din. all owed to run everything . ".Aha! rats! you can't do a thing!" shouted Dick Barnes The weekly concerts given in the pub l ic square by the scornfully, as Jack led his forces in a l ast upon the Port Francis brass band were affairs of general interest, stand. ''Go back to smelting iron, you beggar!" and . were not only listened to by everybody in town, but 'l'his was in allusion to Jack's working in off-hours in wer e attended by many 'who drove in from outlying dis the office of the smelting works at the foot of Thurman tricts as away as twenty miles, entire f amilies coming in avenue, on the lake front, the ore comin g from mi nes this fashion. seven miles back in the mountaine . .A fine bandstand, of accommo

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 . FACTS WORTH R EADINO BEATEN INSEN"SIBLE AT HEil HOME. Mrs. George Long, 2G years old, was beaten insensible re cently on the porch of her husband's farmhouse near New Brunswick, N. J., by a neg:ro, who escaped after stealing a hank containing $4 in pennies. Although Mr11. Long's skull was fractured, physicians at Wells' Memorial Hospi tal believe that she may live. Mrs. Long is the daughter of Henry Kaiser, of 1053 Pros pect avenue, New York city, and the sister of Mrs: Qarl Mueller, wife of a professor at Wesleyan College. Mrs. Long was convalescing from a long illness and her husband bad taken her for a drive. He dropped off to visit his father and she drove home alone. When the husband got home two hours after his wife he found her lying on the floor of the dining-room unconscious. Sh,e was taken to 'the hospital and was able to . say that she had been stmck on the head by a negro as she entered the house. She fought him until he hit her several times with a stove shaker. Examination of the house showed that entry had been effected . by cutting out a window pane. KINGS AT THE FRONT. saw active service as a prince, and served under Admiral Rodney in 1780, in the naval battle of Cape St. Vincent. It may be noted that, leaving aside the Balkan princes who fought in the last war, the Austrian . Emperor and King Peter, of Servia, are the only two European sover eigns with actual experience of war in the field. SPANIEL SAVES A LIFE. ''When the story of the war comes to be written much must be said as to the part played by dogs . It has been seen that regimental dogs are not afraid to advance fire, that the dogs of reservists have refused to leave their masters nnd have followed them to the front, and that sev eral have been killed on the battlefield. A touching story is told of a spaniel that saved his master's life. At Auber villiers a wounded Zouave was taken from a train, and on a surgeon-major giving instructions for him to be removed to the American hospital, the poor fellow begged that his clog migbt go with him. 'He saved my life, Monsieur le Major. Let him go with me.' 'rhe spaniel licked the hands of the w0unded soldier as he spoke . 'It is impossible, my poor fellow,' said the f'Urgeon. 'I would like to comply Although English kings have from time immemorial with your request, but the hospital is not made for dogs.' been closely associated with the navy and army, it is unSuch an order was regarded as final, and the manageress necessary t-0 go back to 1743, when George II accompanied of the canteen at Aubenilliers relieved the wounded man's his army into the field, to find a parallel to King George's anxiety as to the future of his pet by undertaking to look visit to Flanders, says Tit-Bi ts . George II had a great after him. In bidding farewell to the spaniel, the ZouaYe passion for soldiering, and he. often confessed that the told how his faithful companion had saved his life . A proudest day of bis life was when at Dettingen, in Bavaria, German shell bad shattered the soldier's foot, wounded he personally led an :i.rmy of Euglish, Hanoverians and him in se-veral parts of the body, and almost buried him Austrians to victory against the French. under earth. The s,oldier lost consciousness, 1 and would . It was during this battle that the Cheshire Regiment haYc died of suffocation but for the dog. Using his nose won its badge, the oak leaf. King George was in dan ger and paws the spaniel removed the earth, and when he had of capture by the enemy, but the Cheshires fought so exhumed his master he licked his wounds and thus prc stoutly around him that his majesty was saved. The fight v ented gangrene from setting in. Then he began to howl. was waged near an oak tree, and, cutting a branch from French amlmlance men were attracted to the spot, anq they the tree, the king gave it to the commander of the carr ied the wounded soldier to the field hospital, 4where Cheshires, with the order that it should in future be the he "as treated and then put into a train for Paris, the badge of the regiment that had exhibited such stubborn dog accompanying him. When the ambulance took the courage on his behalf. Zouave to the hospital e-verybody was sorry for the poor dog Perhaps the greatest military genius that e-ver occupied left behind. For threedays he refu sed to touch the dainty the English throne was William III, who personall3r took food provided by the manageress of the canteen, and at last command of a British force in 1692 against the French,' the woman decided to take the dog to his ma ste r. At the defeated at Enghein (Steenkirk) by the French hospital she told f10w the spaniel had saved bis owner's under Marshal Luxembourg. Three years later_. however, life. The story impressed the director of the hospital and his majesty besieged and captured Namur, while the his-he allowed the dog to join his master. It was a j oyous t.oric and noble defense of the Netherlands which occupied meeting, and brought tears into the eyes of those who saw his life is now only threatened by comparison with King it. Since then the dog his never left the bedside, and his Albert's heroism. It is an intere sting fact that Mr. Godmaste;r is now looking f

THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS OF '76. ---.. Steve and the Spanish Spies -OR-WORKING FOR CUBA'S CAUSE By CAPT. GEO. W. GRANVILLE (A SERIAL STORY) CHAPTER XVII. THE CAPTURE OF THE P .A.TROL. 'l1bis is the part of the Cuban coast where filibustering e.xpeditions have usually ln.nded; it was also the part most carefully watched by the Spanish coast patrol. "Heave ahead!" shouted McGuffey to the man at the wheel; "we'll see if that don't fetch the old yaller rag a.peak on that there crait !" The stranger could be distinctly seen now with the naked eye. . She was somewhat larger than the Colombo , and there seemed to be a good many men on . her deck as Steve surveyed her through the glass . Suddenly the Spanish flag was run up and a gun was fired. "Ah! I thought so!" cried Andre Boleros. "It is the patrol! That means for us to heave to." ''Do it," said Steve, qu ietly . Everybody stared. "Hoot, lad! .A.n' what's the matter with you? Have ye turned coward all at on ce?" McGuffey cried. "The coward is the one who runs away," replied Steve, quietly. "How about the dynamite cap?" "An' is it fight we would?" ''Nothing else !" "Madness !" cried Boleros. "Don't think of it, Steve," said Tony. "HeaYe to, it is!" roared McGuffey. "I'm spoiling for a fight for Cuba. Give the lad his way!" It was a big contract that Steve had undertaken. All eyes were upon him now. "If we don't fight we shall be chased," be said, explaining; "and if we are chased, the Spaniards will have the best of it; if they can bhw us to the bottom, they'll do it. Anyhow, we stand a fair chance of letting the arms fall into their hands." "As we do by fighting," said Boleros . "I don't like this." "I'm with S t\!te every time," said Tony; "i.f he says fight, why, fight let it be." "Go in and win, Steve," said Jennie. ''With the patrol boat out o.f the way our landing will be easy, but who's going to manage the gun?" ".A.m I to boss this jo)J ?" asked Steve, in his usual quiet way. , / All agreed that he was, and Steve promptly ordered Tony to go down to where the prisoners were confined and bring Perez, the gunner, up. "That's the talk," said McGuffey. "There never was a Spaniard yet who wouldn't turn traitor to save himself.'-' Every one was convinced of the success of Steve 's bolcl move the moment the man Perez appeared on deck. His unshaven face wore a dejected, hang-dog look; that he was a man ready to betray .friends or country to saYe himself any one could see. ''Look here, my friend," said Steve, "we are going to fight that steamer. If you will handle the gim for u8 you go free as soon as we land on Cuban soil." "Ain't it rather hard to ask a man to turn on his friends?" growled the gunner, glancing at the steamer, which was now rapidly bearing down upon the Colombo . "It's your own choice," replied Steve. "And there's five hundred dollars in it for you if we capture the patrol," added Boleros, pulling out a wad of greenbacks and flourishing it under the gunner's nose. "I'll do it," said Perez quickly. "Get to the gun, then," said Steve, drawing his re volver . "R.emember, this is for you in case you fail us or your shots go too wide of the mark." "They won't," said Perez. "I understand my business. I'm not working for Spain now. I know when l'm well off. " Rtc.-e put the revoker in Jennie's hand. "Watch him," he said. "I leave his life in your charge. If he can't work the gun I'll try it myself; now, then, J\fr. McGuffey, show your colors l Up with Old Glory to the masthead!" The Colombo had now stopped, and the patrol boat was bearing down upon her at full speed . As the Sbirs and Stripes went up to the peak there seemed considerable excitement on the Spaniard's deck . Suddenly there was a pufl' of smoke, and a shot was firecl across tlie Colombo's bow. 'That me!lns they are going to board us and search f.or arms," declared Mr. :McGuffey. "If they can," said Steve. "Cap, get the boats ready. We may take a notion to boaJd the Spaniard before we are through . " ''You'll never dare!" cried Tony. ''Don't go too far, Sf.eve. Let's be satisfied if we can drive them off." "It's my job," said Steve, who was watching every move.: ment of the Spaniard. ''I may be a Yankee pig in th eyes of those fellows, so I might just as well go the whol. hog. I'm going to capture the patrol ooat if I


THE LIBERrry BOYS OF '76. For s e veral moments not a word was spoken . The S p an i a r d drew neare r aJJd neare r. H e r g u ns o n t h eir s id e frow ned omino u s l y . She b o re I c rer} a pp e arance o f b e i ng a b l e t o do the Colom b o great d a m age, i( proper l y h a ndled. Still Stev e st ood qui e t, and m a d e no move . "How much n e arer do you m e an to let them come?" askeross the interv e ning space between the tw o st e amers. Ever y man was armed with a big Cuban machete and a Winchester rifle. Steve had broken open one or two of the cases in the 1holc1 long before, and the event showed how wise his fore ' sight had been. "Speak to them, Tony!" he shquted, as they drew near the patrol boat , whose n ame they c ould now see was the Sancho Panza. Tony s houted' in Spanish. A m a n l e aning ove r the rail a nswered. More words than Steve thought nec e ssary were ex changed. ' "What does he say?" he shouted. "'l' he capta_\n is dead and half a dozen men. He claims they are sinking. It' s surrender, Steve!" "Hooray!" shouted Steve. "Get aboard, boys! We'll take her in tow and run her to Cuba. If General Gomez ha s no use for her we have ! She ' s no more sinking than I am. These ' Spani s h coward s are fright e ned o u t of their wits, that's all ! " It s e emed almost too easy a victory to be true , but no opp o sition was made when Steve led his little boarding party over the Sancho Panza's side. 'l'he havoc wrought upon the deck was aw.ful. Several men were dead and many were. wounded. The . deck timbers were all ripped up, the wheelhouse was down and the mast hung over the side, but the steamer was not sinking by any means. Steve's prize was all afloat, and lik e ly to stay so. There were plenty of arms aboard, and she carried five small guns, not one of which had been us ed. It ended up in Steve's bringing her alongside the Co lombo, with his prisoners safely locked in the cabin, and a guard was placed on the prize. S enor Boleros went fairly wild with delight. "Was there ever such a boy on earth !" he cried. "Steve, you're a wonder! But let me tell you I'm ashamed of my Spanish blood to-day." "Nothing to be ashamed of! You're a Cuban!" an s wered Steve, "and we are both Americans. We want no foreign rulers on this side of the big pond. Now to get to Cuba , land our arms and deliver up our prize to General Gomez if he has any use for it, and I think we shall find he has." We pa s s over the event s of the next few hours. Steve showed himself quite equal to the eme r gency. The dead wer e launched into the sea, and t he wound e d macle as comfortable as c ircum s tanc e s would permit. Among the prisoners was a youn g Spaniard who an noun c ed him elf as a doctor, Porfirio Nune z by name. Steve immediately ord e red him s e t fre e , and he was allowed to attend to the wounded . The Sancho Panza was then taken in tow, and the Colombo steamed on. , The y saw no other cra ft, big or little, and jus t before s undown th e g r e en hills of Cuba hove in sight. B y night the y were within half a mile of shore. 'l' h e night -,;,,.aE p e rfectly clear, and the moon at its full. It was almost as bright as if it had been broad daylight. Steve stood at the bow of the Colombo with Tony and Jennie. Boleros was in the cabin with Mr. McGuffey studying out the chart , for this was the mate's first visit to Cuba, and he was rather uncertain as to his position. "There don't seem to be a living soul over the re,'' re mark e d Steve. "I can't even see a light." fl'o be continued)


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 25 FROM POINTS Little Edith Neilson, of Pendleton, Ore., has just thawed back to life six Japanese goldfish which were embedded in a globe of water that was on the porch of her home. The fish appa , rently were dead, but the child persisted in trying to save her pets. Acting upon the advice of local angl ers , she proc eede d to thaw them out by degrees. The fish are alive and healthy. In case he was murdered $5,000 was to be taken from bis P.state to aid in hunting his slayers. This was the provision E. F. Kellner, Arizona banker and pioneer, who died in Venice, Cal., Dec. 16, made in his will. In giving minute directions as to the method of his burial, Kellner directed that a coffin-be secured of copper from Globe, Ariz., where he resided many years; that he be dressed in a gray suit and comfortable slippers and covered with a quilt without decoration. The House recently cut out of the Diplomatic and Con sular Appropriation Bill the provision of $5,000 annual salary for Manton M. Wyvell, named by Secretary Bryan for special attorney for the International Joint Boundary Commission. The provision was ruled out on a point of order. During the debate over the Wyvell item Represen tative Humphrey of Washington said that Mr. Bryan might as well appoint a page as attorney for the Supreme Court as to make Wyvell, formerly his private secre tary, attorney to the Joint Commission at $5,000 a year. Politicians, bankers a.nd lawyers of the "silk stocking" colony in Sing Sing, who in the past have enjoyed im munity from labor on excuses of sickness, will hereafter have to "do their bit" or suffer the consequences under the following rule, which has been posted in the prison: "All those within the walls who are not invalids and for any cause lack work have been gathered together in an une mployed which later will be divided into two sections-the I-Want-Works and the I-Won't-Works lhe latter of whom will be put on short rations." Mrs. Mary Burns, of New York City,. leaped from a third story window into a net held by firemen at Trenton, N. J., when fire started in the Central House, at Perry and Warren streets . Mrs. Carrie Welcher, a 70-year-old invalid, also a guest, was carried out by other patrons of the hotel. The fire started in the basement from a defec tive flue and the building rapidly filled with smoke. Fire headquarters is directly opposite the hotel and firemen ran to the scene with a net. Mrs. Burns was told to jump and she was safely caught, while hundreds of persons watched from the sidewalks. A maskP,d burglar chloroform.eel Horace Cory, a Rutgers College student, early the other morning, helcl off Horace's broforr, Hobert, at a rcvolrer 's point, and got away with Horace' s gold watch and chain. A noise awakened Horace, i in his father's home, No. 315 Riclge street, Newark, N. J. As he sat up in bed, the burglar ordered, "Keep quiet or I'll kill you . " He clapped a chloroform-soaked handker chief over young .Cory's face; the boy lost consciousness . Robert, awak ene d, too, wa 1ked int.o the room. "Up with your hands," said the man, and Robert obeyed, The bmglar backed away from him and downstairs . He had got in by jimmying a window : When hi s wife testified in her divorce suit that Dr. J. M. Marshall, a St. Louis dentist, habitually extracted gold from the -teeth of patients and disposed of it to get funds with which to gamble, Judge Withrow decided that Mrs. Marshall was entitled to her freedom. Mrs. Ben Westhus, a witness for Mrs. Marshall, said she had heard patients of Marshall complain that be bad taken their gold teeth out and tlrn.t they had demanded that he either pa.y them for the gold or return their teeth. Marshall's license was re voked by the Missouri State Board of Dental Examiners on these grounds, the wife said. The Jefferson City (Mo.) House discovered recently that it was struggling along without a dictionary when a resolution was introduced to buy a new one for use of members. "I'd like to know what became of the big dic tionary we bought two years ago?" Representative J. l\L Bowers asked. No member volunteered information. "I'd like to know what beca me of the dictionary we had four years ago?" Bowers persisted. Silence. "I'd I ike to know who took the dictionary we bought s ix years ago?" he de manded. More silence. "Well, it's getting pretty tough when they steal a dictionary from a Missouri Legislature," remarked the gentleman from Wayne. Whereupon the House bought another dictionary. \ So many motor vehicles arc being utilized in the con duct of the war, and the service is so arduous that it baa been found necessary to provide some means for quick repairs, without the necessity of sendin g the car a long distance to some base far in the rear . To meet this de mand several manufacturers in England have turned out repair shops that can work right up to the front, and have done most valuable work in rescuing trucks that have met with some slight accident which tem porarily put them out of action, and which in many cases would have resulted l.n their abandonment . A typical shop of this kind has a 3-horsepower gasoline engine which drives a dynamo that supplies lights for working at night, and also for a grinder and a portable drill. It also fur nishes power for a 6-inch lathe that is provided with milling and other attachments, as well as screw cutting. The outfit ]nclucles a bench with a good vise, an anvil, forge and extensive assortment of tools, supplies and ma terials.


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 :N"E\V YORK, MARCH 19, 1:915. TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS Single lJLr,, Tl:ce-PreddetJ& Jll'. H...6.&TINH Wot.rl', Tntl11urer E. Secretar"1 BRIEF BUT Frank Tousey, Publisher 168 West 23d St., N. Y. POINTED ITEMS Joseph Thomas, a hotelkeeper at Markleysburg, Somer set County, Pa., butchered a hog r ecent ly which weighed 1,020 pounds dressed. It was three years old and 11 feet long. Tom Winningham, who lives on the Summins place, about fift{)en miles down the St. Francis River . • Arkans as , brought to town three large bears he killed recently after i hey hart been caught in traps. The largest weighed more than 200 pounds, while the other two , dressed, weighed 150 pounds. The meat was sold to local dealers, who readily sold it at 40 cento; a pound . The other bears were caught in the same neighborhood. Finding $2,000 in gold coin hidden in the ashes of an old stove was the unusual experience of County Detectiv.e J. A. Waltman and Spe cia l Officer ,T. J. Deuell of the grand jury, while raiding an opium joint in Chinatown, Bakersfield, Cal. 'rhey had arrested the inmates of the place and were searching for contraband opium. After they had searched eYerywhe rc else Waltman thought of the stove arfd cleaned out the a s hes. There he found the gold. No opium was found . l\{any Europeim towns and cities own considerable areas of forest lands, and as these arc in almost every ca s e un der the constant care and supenision of qualified for esters they are a source of s tracly profit to the communi tie5. An example of this is cited in recent forest notes bv the United States Department of Agriculture, whiph states that Zurich, Switzerland, d er ives an annual income of $7.20 per a cre from h er forests, . which r esu lfa; in a re duction in the taxes of $32,000 each yea. r. Every night when Bert Bagley, son of the builder of the Tacoma Eastem Line and engineer on the one-passenger train-a-day betw'een 'l'acoma and l\Iorton, Wash., reaches this end there is a confab in the reading-room of the Hotel Hilts. The other' night Bert " as telling about how many times he has struck with his engine a certain homesteader living between Tanwax and Morgan Lake. In a most re cent occurrence 'of this kind-and Bert hopes it is the last-the homesteader was lying on the end of the ties "dead to the world." The snow plough hit just right to shove him off the track and not injure him very badly. He was picked up and taken in to Kapowsin, and next morning was taken to Tacoma and tried for trespassing on railroart property. This makes seven times Engineer Bagley has hit him, and other engineers on the road have struck him a total of as many more. The homesteader has a dog, and whenever he gets drunk and lies on the track the dog ke ep s watch, and when a train is heard ap proaching the dog runs toward it barking and the engi neers h."Uow the "master" is in the way. JOKES AND JESTS Wife (after callers had gone )-How dare you scold me before company? Huh-Well, you know, my dear, I don't dare to do it when we are by ours elves. "So your husband kept house and cooked his own meals while you were away. Did he enjoy it?" "He says he did; but I notice that the parrot has learned to swear during my absence." "I detest that tailor of mine!" exclaimed a spendthrift. "I'd kill him with pleasure." ''You can easily do so," re joined his friend. "Pay him what you owe him; he will certainly die from shock !" ""Why didn't you offer that woma your seat in the street car?" "I make it a rule never to offer any but old people my seat." "Still she wasn't very young?" "And I am always careful never to insinuate by offering my seat that I consider a woman old." "I'm going to gi.-e you back our engagement ring," she saiJ. "I loYe anotl}er." "Will you giYe me his name and addreRs ?" he inquired, as he took the ring. "His ad dress?" she exclaimed, in surprise. "'i\lhat are you going to do-kill him?" "No, I want to congratulate him." ''Your husband will be all right now," a doctor to a woman whose husban d was dangerously ill. "What do you mean?" demanded the wife. "You told me 'e couldn't live a fortnight." ''Well, I'm going to cure him after all , " said the doctor. "Surely you are glad?" The woman wrinkled her bro\rs. "Puts me in a, bit of a 'ole," she said. "I've bin an' sold all ' 'is clothes to pay for 'is funeral." A clusty traveler, after signing the register at a hotel in southwest Misiiouri, informed the colored boy who carried his grip to his room that be would like to take a "Sorry, sah," s.aiC. the little darky, "but we ain't got no bath in this heah house." "How do you people bathe?" asked the guest. ''Well, sah," returned the negro, "in de smnmah we ::tll goes out to de East Fork and ducks in the creek, and in de wintah we jes' waits fo' de good ole smnmah time.'"


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 . 2'7 'l'HE VIRAGO'S CRIME. By D. W. Stevens "I tell you, Richard Denton, that if you wed that bold, intriguing woman, I will cut you off with a shilling." Thus spoke Squire Denton, the master of Denton Ha11, and the owner cf one of the finest estates in England. The old squire was a tall, stern-looking man, with hard, prominent features and. determined gray ey!'ls. His only son, Richard, who was standing before him in the woods, was a timid, weak-minded looking young man of effeminate appearance. "I have promised the lady, father," he teplied, as he fumbled his watch-chain . "'I'he young lady, :forsooth! Why, she is only my gar dener's daughter. As to your promise, I'll soon settle that point. You will set out for the continent to-morrow, and that jade will not set eyes. on you again." "I love Alice Jones, father." "Tush ! She bas bewitched you for the time with her bold, handsome face. She is plotting to become mistress of D e nton Hall. Obey me, or I will cut you off in my will." The squire whistled to his dogs, and turned away, leaving the weak young man standing in the wood like one who bad received his death-sentence. He had proceeded but a short distance through the wood when a tall young woman sprang out on the path before him. ''You here ?" cried the squire. "Yes, I am here, and I was there," cried the young wom an, in excited tones. Her eyes were flashing with anger, as she held her hat in one hand, and placed her arm akimbo, while she regarded the squire with an expression o:f deep hatred. ''What do you want with me?" demanded the squire, in stern' tones. . "So I am a bold, intriguing woman-am I? A jade, indeed." "I consider you as rnch, or you would not attempt to inveigle my son into a disgraceful maniage, young woman." , "Your son will marry me this very night, and I will be mistress of Denton Hall." "If my foolish son weds you to-night I will disinherit him to-morrow. You will never be mistress of Denton Hall." The old squire was about to turn away, when the young woman cried : "Beware, Squire Denton I' I love your son, and he loves 1ne." "Tush!" The old man turned abruptly and strode away, and his three dogs bounded after him. •rlie young woman stood in the woodland path for a few moments, and she was the very picture of a fiendish beauty, as she hissed forth: "Tush! The old aristocrat treats me with scorn. Well, the jade will yet be mistress of Denton Hall. I S\'\fear it-I s wear it!" She turning away to seek her weak-minded lover, when a middle-ag ed woman appeared on the path before her. The woman re sem bl ed the young girl in every feature, as well as in manner. "You made a mistake in appealing to that heart of flint, Alice," she said. "I know it, mother; but I could not bear to be insulted." "Well, well, you go out and seek Richard, and take him to Leeds with you . Force him to wed you to-night . The arrangements are all made for the wedding. Trust' me to settle with that arrogant old humbug. I hate him also." "How '\\'ill you settle with him ?" "Never you mind; I swear, also, that you will be mis tress of Denton Hall." ''You must be careful, moth e r. If father sees you around here, you are losL" "I will uot be seen . In less than five minutes I will be disguised. Haste n after the young fool. Insist on his marrying you this very eve:i:i:ing. Leaye me to settle with the old villain." At nine o'clock that night Squire Denton _received pri vate, yet positive, information to the effect that his weak minded son had married Alice Jones in Leeds that evening. "Oh, oh!" he groaned. "My son joined in wedlock to the daughter of a notorious criminal-;--the vilest creature on earth. I will cast him out forever." 'l'he angry father immediat e ly di s patched a messenger for Lawver Barton, who had charge of hi s l egn.l affairs, summoning him to the hall on the following morning to make his will. R ichar d was to be cut off with a single shilling, and the immense esta te was to be left to a distant relative. . When the old squire retired to bed that night he was excited and uneasy. He was a brave man, and he was not superstitious, yet he could not help muttering: ''Would that I had made my will before retiring. If I should die to-night th!tt virago will be mistress here." While pondering ove:r his son's unfortunate marriage lrn fell into a slight doze, from which he was awakened by a slio'ht noise at the back of the curtained bedstead. can that be?" he muttered. "It is your death signal!" hissed a fiendish voice in his ear. Before the stern old squire could raise his voice or move a limb in his own de:fenee he received a stunning blow on the temple. Fifteen minutes after, two male figures stole through the garden at the back o:f Denton Hall, and strode off toward the wood, where the squire had encountered Alice Jones. "We have made a good haul Bill," remarke

' 2 8 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. ! els and plate were missing, and the bedroom was in great 'l'hen the card-playing was suspended, as Captain Todd disorder. had no more money to lose. When Richard Denton was asked where he had spent the "Confound it all," groaned Ja:clf, as he reeled to a sofa, 1 previous night , he confessed that he had wedded Alice "I am used up. Pardon me, ladies, if I take an hour's Jones, the gardener's daughter,. in secret, and that they nap." had put up at a humble hotel at Leeds under assumed The ladies did pardon him, and Jack was soon snoring names. away at a "go-as-you-please" rate. And so the gardener's daughter became mistress at Den"How much has he won, captain?" inquired Mrs. Jones, ton HaJl. when they were all assured that the guest was in a drunken Tom Jones, the gardener, who was an honest, harmless sleep. , man, swore that he nad no knowledge of his daughter's "Over two thousand pounds, Alice. You must soon doings. inake another call upon your husband's purse." About a month after the murder, Tom Jones was induced The snoring chorus was kept up the while, as Jack Watto emigrate to America by his self willed daughter. son as if he was good for a full night of it. "' * * * * * At length the quarrel was settled by the young wife Six months elapsed after the murder, and yet no trace agreeing to dem::md a large amount of money from her of the perpetrators of the deed had been discovered. . husband on the following morning, and the gay captain As the gentry of the neighborhood would not assoc iate kissed one of the ladies in turn, sneering: with the gardener 's daughter, the strong-willed woman "We mlrnt stick together, my .dears." forced her weak husband to take up an abode in London. He then approached the snorer, and he was about to draw They were sca rce ly installecl in the London house when a roll of banknotes from Jack's p ocket, when the latter Alice remarked: sprang up suddenly, struck the rascal on the bead with a "My mother is going to live with us, Richard." life-preserver, and kno cked him senseless to the floor. "Your moth e r, Alice! Why, I-I-always understood "Don't stir, ladies," he cried, as he advanced on the that she was-a--" astonished women, holdmg a p istol in' each hand. "You "I know whatyou would say. My mother has been are my prisoners." belied. She i s an injured woman. I will have my way. "Your prisoners!" gasped the mother, as her flushed She will live with u s ." face grew pale. "What can you mean?" And the willful woman had her way. "J mean that I have heard every word that you uttered Richard Denton had l earned to fear his young wife, bu.t to-night, woman. 'l'hat fellow is the famous burg1ar, Bill he soon learned to fear the mother-in-law a great deal Croft, anrl you are bis accomplice. You murdered and more. robbed old Squire D en ton on the uight of your daughter's She w11s a terrible creature . She drank brandy to ex-nrnrriage."' cess; she was addicted to gambling. ']'h e virngo made a spring at Jack, drawing a knife from Among h . er visitors was a certain Capta in 'rocld, who her b1east at the same moment, as she cried: boasted tha t he had served with great honor in India. "] '11 soon shut your mou th ." Richard Denton was a silly fellow, but he waB a rou$ed Jark fired, and tLe woman fell dead. at last. "0!1, s pi!re me; spa r e m e : cried the young wife, "for I Among his college friends residing in London was a am in110re11t !" manly, dare-devil kind of a fellow named J al'k ' ' Xot much! All o w me to place these irons on your and to this friend Dick Denton unburdened himself. or--" Jack Watson was engag e d as an inspector or detective At that momeJLt Dick Denton burst into the room, cryfor one 0f the leading lif e insuranee companies of London, ing: and he was often em plo yed in very_ intricate affairs. "What's the matter, Jack? Gooclnes ! there's been dou"You want to get rid of the mother-in-la>Y, I see?" he ble murde r here." asked. ''That fellow is 11ot d1?ad. T only laid him out with the ('And Captain Todd." life presener . . Your wife is my prisoner. SumJ}1on the "I'm going home to tiinner with you to-day. Introduce me officers." as your dem fri . end, and don't be jealous if I make love to 'rhe young wife bmst a hlood-wssel ancl dierl in prison your handsom e wife." that night. After dinner the cards were introduced, and Jack was Captain Todd, alias Bill Croft, wn.c; tried and executed very fortunate. fCfJ: the murder of Squire D enton, and he <.lied protesting Captain Todd cheated in a slovenly manner, but the that it was Ali ce's mother who had di patched the un.forjovial. .Tack managed to baffle him by clever s leight-oftunate man. ' hand tricks. Dick Denton was placed in a private lunatic asylum, The three men played on, doubling the stakes now and again, and still Jack Watson continued to win large s ums , while he was• getting uproariously drunk at the same time . -to all appearance. where he died soon dter. Strangely enough,, it was soon dis corerecl t11at J aek Wat son was foe l egal h eir lo the grea estate, and he was pkcC'd in possession .


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. OOOD READING James A. Gilmore, president of the Federal Baseball League, announced that he had signed Ed Ruelbach, pitcher for the Brooklyn N ationala and formerly for the yhicago Nationals. Ruelbach's contract with the Federals is for one year. According to Gilmore he will be as signed to a club later. What is said to be the most comp lete Lincoln memorial collection in existence is being prepared at Springfield, Ill., for exhibitio n at the Panama-Pac ific Exposition. T he exhibit has been collected by Mrs. Jessie Palmer Webe r , of SpriJ1gfield, daughter of the late Gov. Palmer and secretary of the Illinois State Historica l Society. Fifty-five unguarded prisoners from the Federal military pl"ison at Fort Leavenworth came into town on an electric car the other night, formed in line headed by a band, r_narched to a theater, where they gave a minstrel performance and returned to the prison, with not a man missing. The party was accompanied only by the prison chaplain. The proceeds of the affair went to the American • Red Cross . Gold pieces amounting to $2,36 0 were distributed by the navy department recentl y to 130 members of the cre'Y' of the battleship Georgia for excellence in elementlJ,ry gUll practice during the recent maneuvers. The letter E, awarded for excellence, has been painted on the rear turret, where it will remain one year, and the tprret's c rew will wear the letter. Sixty-three men who qualified as gun pointers recei ved pay increases . Winners got two clays' shore l eave . To cut like a thread a bar oi cold stee l six and one-half inches squa re requires a shear of great rigidity and p ower _ , yet a machine r ecently made does th_is f eat, and has the speed and capacity of doing it sixteen tiJnes a minute, says the 'T'echnical World. This is probably the largest capacity shear ever made. Material that is mor e than six and one-half inches square i s usually cut by the muc h slower process of sawing . 'fhe machine weighs 100 tons. Five hundred women tried to get into an instalment house at Trenton, N. J ... where a spec ial sa l e was i n prog ress under a new owner. They crushed Lawrence Clark, a special' officer, so bad ly that he hacl to be carried away. 'l'he attending physician believes Clark is injured internally. The s pecial officer was standing near the door and was almost pushed through a large plate glass window. R ecently a woman was shoved through a window in a bar gain crush on the same street. \ Pretty tough on the St. George School boys ! Can dy is contraband, and if a fellow gets a boxful of fruit from hom e bP. must share itwith his fellows . The regu lation, which i s making the Middletown, R. L, Prep. Schoo l boys mighty glum, follows: "Boys are not allowed to receive candy or other eatables except occ asional gifts of fruits. If fruit i s sent it will be put on the boys' table for the ben efit of all. Other eatables will be confiscated or returned." It was an alarm clock all right. At l east Fireman C. A. Flynn thinks so. Flynn, a member of 'l'ruck Company No . 6, r ecently dolled up to enjoy his day off. Afte r prinking he rea ched for nis watch and the watch was gone . Somebody had stolen it from his home, No. 86 9 Warren avenue, Milwaukee . All week Flynn moped about the en gine-house, blue as a soubrette when the company ''busts " on the r oad . One day an alarm came in from a secondhand store . Flynn was the first man off the ladd er truck. Axe in hand, he started i n when a watch in the window caught his eye. Now Flynn is wearing his watch again and Arthur Langbecker, aged twenty-se-ven, is awaiting trial on a charge of theft. The gallantry of Herman Marcus, a furnifore manufac turer of Chicago, cost him $ 650. Mr. Marcus alighted from a train at Broad street Station, Philadelphia, about noon and saw a hand:mmely-gowned and attractive young woman drop a glove. He stooped to pick it up. Two other men stooped ancl there was a collision of th e three . Mr. Marcu s recov ered the g l ove. When the three men arose Mr. Marcus raiseJ his hat aml extended the glove to the young woman. She bowed and murmured thanks. The other men raised their hats, bowed to the young \\'Oman and then to the Chicago man . CompliJnents were ex changed. The young woman and the two strange men disappeared. A few millntes afterward Mr. Marcus felt for his wallet. It was gone with $650 in "They're a pretty slick bunch," said the mm1 from Chicago to Cap tain of Detective3 Cameron . "In some ways Philac1elphia is not so slow after all." All t he guns, big and little, in the coast defenses of the United States point sE:award . The parapets . redoubts , etc., whicn protect the guns are on the seaward side o f them. From the r ear, these fortificat ion s are comp letely open to attack; for not a gun points in that d. irection and the fortifications offer practically no defense from atta<.;k by land. We haye not enough coasi-defens c troops to man the batteries; still less have we troops to repel at tacks from the lar\.d side. U the forts \\'ere s o take n, the mine-sweeping vessels, being safe from the al.tack of the rapid-fire gu:p.s on the forts, would pass at their leisure through the entrance channels and remove all obstruct ions. Then our greatest cities could be approached with im punity by the heaviest foreign battleships, which would be free to take up such positions as would best en able them to cover the s e cities with their guns, and enforce indemnities from the payment of whi ch theTe would be no


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 11s:-n-; ARTICLES OF ALL KINDS NEW BATTLESHIP FOR ARGENTINA. I in their care was on its way to the West Indian waters, The Argentine battle ship Moreno was turned over to . where .it will be used to pay off the 15,000 n:ien of the Arg entina recently by the New York Shipbuilding ComAtlantic The treasure guard included Lieut: L. S. pany, at whose yards, in Camden it was built. There had Stewart, Assistant Paymaster E. A. Cobey, Boatswam Ingbeen a delay in the delivery of the Moreno because of difham, six seamen and a navy yard chauffeur: They reached ferences over the payment for extra work that was done the Sul,i-Treasury at Wall and Nassau streets at exactly by . the shipbuilding company. The Moreno will depart for 10 o'clock and entered by the Pine street door. The money its home port as soon as the necessary supplies are placed was ready in a foot square, these being in four on board. Part of the Argentine crew which is to take the great canvas bags. At top spe ed the truck went up Broad battleship to South America went aboard the ship. The way, across the Brooklyn Bridge and out Sands street to remainder of the men are still quartered on American batthe Navy Yard. There the money was transferred to the tleships at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. The dispute, United States supply ship Celtic and stowed away in the whicl1 delay delivery of the Argentine battleship Moreno two safes. The Celtic sailed late in the afternoon. Other to that government by the builders, WM adjusted at a concraft th\).t 1eft the Navy Yard with the Celtic were the ference at which Assi1:3tant Secretary Roosevelt of the Navy battleship Texas, the destroyer Cummings and the revenue Department was present unofficially. The first. hearings cutter Seneca. The Seneca will patrol the ice fields, warn were held, and it is understood the amount to be paid will ing the transatlantic liners of the location of icebergs. be determined by arbitration. The Texas started for Southern waters and will join craft AN ARO'fIO EXPLORER IN TOWN. Capt. Harold Bartlett, the Arctic expl9rer, of Brigus, N. F., arrived recently on the Red Cross liner Stephano from Hali1ax to speak at the annual dinner of the Cana dian camp. The captain has just returned from a trip to the east coast of Hudson Bay, where he and seven companions penetrated to a region never before visited by white men. . They explored 700 miles of the ctoast from St .• James Bay to Mansfield Bay in the schooner Laddie. ''We got out just in time to escape being nipped in the ice," Capt. Bartlett said. "Had we got caught, our expe rience might have been worse than when the Jeanie was lost four years ago. You remember that was Sept. 15, when the ice crushed in the schooner in Wager Inlet, Hud son Bay. Then eight of my mates and myself started on the long y.ralk to civilization, and, more dead than alive, made Gimli, fifty-five miles north of Winnipeg, on the 15th of the next January. That was a walk of 850 miles, and our experiences thi s time were far less severe. The east coast is much more barren than the west coast of Hud son Bay. There is very little game, although seals and bears are plentiful. There appear to be some precious minerals on these coasts, and that is what we went for." Capt. Bartlett was met by Dr. H. G. Galpin, of 57 West Fifty-seventh street, New York City. A LOT OF MONEY IN TRANSIT. Nine hundred and seventy-six thousand dollars! This huge bunch of real money passed through Manhattan and Brooklyn streets recently totally unnoticed . . It reposed in the interior of a auto truck. But behind the lowered curtains of the truck nine men, all heavily armed -two of them with automatic revolvers unsheathed and held in instant for emergency-mounted guard over the tre!l.Bure. These men were officers and of Uncle Sam's navy, and the molliter roll of greenbacks of the Atlantic fleet for a trip . through the Panama Can al. SO.M:E SIBERIANS BEING MADE WEALTHY, In a letter to his chief from Omsk, Siberia, Frank N. Meyer, an explorer or , the United States Department of Agriculture, tells the story of an extraordinary industry that is making some Siberians wealthy. Part of the letter is published in the Journal of Heredity. The industry is that of stag antlers which are used as medicine by the Chinese, who "believe thoroughly, in the rejm-cnating and stimulative power of youna deer horns 0 . ' and the stuff, scraped and powdered, forms a valuable ingredient in certain of . their medicines,'' in the words of Mr. Meyer. It seems .that the sfags had been hunted for their horns until they were almost extinct, for the only horns accepted by the meclicine makers are those with the down or velvet upon them; therefore shed horns are useless. This the killing of a stag for each pair of horns. It occurred a near the. town of Birel to try keeping stags m captivity and sawmg off their horns. He collected a herd, sawed off their horns when just at their best, ban daged the wounds and found that the deer survived and grew a new pair of antlers every year. Other farmers took up the idea, and to-day there are vast fenced-in areas where thousands of deer browse undisturbed, except once a year, when there is a grand rolllld up and their velvety antlers are sawed off. Mr. Meyer writes that every stag produces about $3.50 worth of antlers a year, and some men have as inanv as 400 stag;;. The antlers are boiled in salted water, great care being taken not to tear their felt-like covering. They are boiled several times and are allowed to dry after each boiling. Wl1en cooked enough they are allowed to dry thoroughly, and in that state they are bought by the deal ers and exported to China and Mongolia. A firm in Petro grad is manufacturing a special medicine from these horns.


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When you come horne, . •lam the door ahut and at the same time throw the dl1c1 to the floor. Every of C' In the house wtll at once eeem to have been aha.t tered. Price, by mall, postpaid, Sllc., a ael ot elx plates. B. F. LANG, 1815 Centre St., B'k1711, M. Y. POCKET BA VINOS BANK. A perfect little bank, handsomely nickel plated. Hold.I just five dol Iara (60 dlmea). It cannot be opened until the ba.nk Is full, when It can be readily emptied and re locked, ready to be &C'aln rel!lled. Every parent 1hould see that their chUdren have & small savings bank, as the early habit of saving their dimes Is of the greatest Importance. Habits formed In early life sel dom forgotten In later years. Price of this little bank, lOc.1 S tor 2liq., ma.fled postpaid. WOLFF NOVELTY CO., 29 W. 26th St., N. Y. DUPLEX BICYCLE wms:rLE. CHINESE BING PUZZLE. = Here 11 a g e nu I n e . _ , ot polished bra11 a. n d kr ca.n be taken than !Ive minute• without bending the rlns1 or ba.r, when you know how to do the trick. Price by mall, po1tpald, lOc.; s for 25c. C. HlUUt, 150 \V. 62d St., New York Clt;r. C. BEHR, 150 W. GIANT SAV, PUZZLE. Thi• puzzle contain• twenty-one piece• of wood nicely l!nlshed; take them apa.rt and p u t them together ea m e u Illustrated. Everybody would like to try It, as It 11 very fa.sclnatlnl:'. Price, by mall, poatpald, each. 62d St., New York Clt;r. THE MAGNETIC TOP. FRANK SMITH, A handsome metal, highly magnetized toy, A hor1e1hoe and & spiral wire furnished with each top. When spun next to the w!re1, they make the moat 1urprls tng movements. You can make wire• of di! terent ohapes and set the most peculiar ef fect1. Price, 6c., post• paid. 383 Lenox Ave., N. Y • COMICAL :ru:NNY FACES. This genuine laugh producer Is made ot nicely colored cardboard. A sharp, bent hook Is at the back to attach It to the lapel of your coat. Hide one band under the l&pe! and twitch tho small, black thread. It will cauoe a red tonguo to dart In 1md out of the mouth In the most comical manner Imaginable at the word of command. It Is very mystifying, and never tails to pro(.luce a. hearty laugh. , Price, Oc. each by mall. WOLFF NOVEL'J'Y CO., 29 W. 26th St., N. 1. THE AUTOPHONE. A oma.11 musical tnstru• ment that produce• very sweet musical notes by plaicing it between the lips wl th the tongue over the edge, and blowlnC' gently Into the Instrument. Tho notes produced are not unlike tho•e of the l!fe Thia 11 a double whistle, pro• and !lute. We aend full duclnll' loud btlt very rich, hair printed In 1 tr u ct Ion 1 montoue sounds, entirely ditferwhereby anyone ca.n play ent from ordinary whlatles. It anythins the:r can hum, whistle er sing, with In juat the thing for bicyclists 'Very little practl'ce. Price, lOc.; S tor 2llc., or eportamen, its pecullar double malled, postpaid. and re1onant tonea at once at-\VOJ,FF NOVELTY CO., 29 W. 26th St., N. Y. tractlng attention. It Is an Im ported w h I a t I e , handeomely I IUBPRISB Ju:NEHATOORAPH. , The greateet hit ot the companion. Price, lOc.; s tor season! It conshlt1 et a 2Gc.; one dozen, 7Gc., A'ent by amall metal, ntclteled tube, mall, postpaid. with & lens eye 'View, WOLFF NOVELTY co .. 29 w. 26th St •• N. Y. , . It to a frknd, who will be HOT AIR CARDS . delighted with the flrat pie @ Gi There are s card• In a .If ,... pack. 'l.,hey are ntce1y ment t• change the viewe, when a stream ot printed on good bristol-water squirts Into his face, mucit to hie dl1board, and contain the &'U•t. Anyone who has not seen thta ktnem& funniest literature .. ever tocraJJh in operation ls aure to be caught such as Pro-every time. The inl!ltrument can be reftlled fee:sor --iluggem. h u g-with water In an instant, ready for the next l'iill:' and kissing done In the very latest ou1tomer. Price 250. by mall, peatpald. WOLFF NOVELTY CO .. 29 W. 26th St •• N. Y. teal poetry and prose. Every card guaran1 toed to make the girls giggle, the boys to r laugh, and the old tolks to roar. If you are l looking tor fun, get a pack. Price 10 cents a }>&ck, by mall, post-paid WOLFF NOVELTY CO., 29 W. 26th St., N. Y. NEW TBl'.-CENT FOUNTAIN PEM. FINGER MOUSE. Wo need hardly tell you ribou t this great novelty. It has proven one of the greateet sell ers ever put on the market.. The men on the street havo sold nearly a million. and every day tho demand for them la &'rowing. One of the meat ,..,..liar and m:retlfyln• The head Is like a mouse In every respect. pen• on. the market. It requires no Ink. All The "body" Is also like a. mouse but Is hollow, you have to do is t• dip It in wa.ter, and It allowing the Index finger to allp Into It. While I 1 I f I d II It I d Tb you are sitting at the dinner table. one of w 1 wr te or an n e n e per o . e secret your friends who is ••tn on the trick" says c.ta.n only be learned by procuring one, and yetu she just enw a mouse and a moment or two =-0l0 after the h ead of the mouse ts seen to creep It can do and the n damonstr:itlng the tact. \lP over the edge ot the table. Can you Moreover. it ts n. good pen. :n.t tor practical use, tmai;lne the surprise and consternation? There and wtll never l eak Ink. into your pocket, as :a, a. tbous'nd other stunts you can play with dofcctlve tountaln pen might do. this mouse, such a.s slipping It out or your Price lOc by maiL sleeve. your pockets, etc. This trick ts very WOLFF NOVELTY co .. io w.' 26th st .. N. Y. t .. GREENBACKS Pack of $1,000 Stage Bllls, !Oo; 8 pnoll:s, 250. Send fo• & pack and tho bOYS what "' WAD :rou c&rr:r. C. A. NICHOLS, JR., Box 90, Chllf, N. Y. $ GREENBACKS $ $1570 In Sta&'• Money for toe. Get a bnncb ot Stage Greenbacks (11ot counto.rfette ) . wrap t.bem around you row n roll and show your tr tends wb&t a wad you oarry. Big bunchof $1570 FOR 10 CENTS. ENTERPRISE CO. TW-80 LOWE HE., IMVESTlffG FDR PROFIT .FREE l'OR SIX MONTHS. JI lowonb '10acopy1oan:rmalll tnteindtng to tnveet m.Qney, bowaTer amall. who hlM for vrollt, U demOl!Blmtea the real earnlnc power :ii money, the Jmowledco llnlnclen and bankers hid" trom the masae•, It revealB the onormoua profit& bankortl 11,000 grows to e2ll.OOO. To lntTOduoe mJ' macutne WTlt.. me now. send 11 el" months, absoluteJy FREE. U.LBARBER,P@., 522 ZiWJ.W. B•d.,Clalcqo,111. WRITE Photoplay1, 11150.00 each, PhotoTen Lessons for7llc. Sou .. enll'. Fllmosrapb Co., S:rraouae, N,Y. COMICAL BUBBEB STAMPS. A complete aet of !lv• C'roteeque little people m&de of lndeetructlbl• rubber mounted 011 black _ walnut blocu. The !lg• urea coneiat of Policeman. Chinaman, and otlbel' . . . laughable figures a• shown In plcturea. A• l!gure la moonted on a aeparate blpck, any boy can set up & regular lh,r ant po•ltlona. With each oet of l!gures we aend a ltottle of colored Ink, an tnk pad and full Instructions. Children can etamp theae doultt the moat amusing and entertalntni: novelty gott<'n up In Price et the com• plete set of 1\ubl>er Stamp1, with Ink and Ink pad, onlv l Oc., S set• for %5c., one do•• toe.. by mall po1tpald. U. F. LANO, lSlli CeatN St., B'id711. 111'. L GREAT PANEL TBICK. 'hla remarkable llln •Ion consl1t1 ot a •lmple, plain wooden panel, oe tagonal In •hl\P'I. with no •lgng of a trick about It, The panel ca.n be exam ined by any one; you then aak for a penny or 1lhor. coin and place It on the center of the pa.nel; then at the word of command the coin hnmedlatel:r dl1appeare. You do not change the position ot the panel at any time, but hold it In tull view ot the audience all the time. The coin doe• not Into the p erformer'• hand. nor lnto hie ileeve; neither does It drop upon the tloor. The oecond Illusion Is as wonderful as the !!rot; a.t the word of command the coin again w! a;rt'::r:d Instructions by the aid of which any one cai. perform the trick, to tho aotonlahment and tlellght of their friends, Price, lGc., I to• 25c., by mall postpaid. WOLFF NOVELTY co;, 29 w. Hth St., N. L


THE lllAGJ.O NAIL. A common nail Is given tor examination, a.nd then in sta.• tly shown pierced through the tlnger; and yet, when taken out, the finger Is found to be perfectly .uninjured, and the nail la age.In given to be examined. Nicely finished. . Price, lOc. by mall, postpaid. C. BEHR, 150 W. 02d St., New York City. THE FLiece of furniture, a.s shown Sn the above cut, near aome valuable papers. or on flne wear''•jg apparel. Watch the re• •ult! Oh, Geel Price, lGc. each, postpaid, 1''RAJSK SMITH, 888 Lenox Ave., N. Y. SP.BING TOPS + Something new for the boys. A top you can elty. It la of large stze, made of braes, and ha• a heavy balance rim. The shank con .. ta.ins a powerful spring and has an outer casing. The top of the shank has a milled edge for wludlnir It up. When wound, you merely Utt the outer caalnir, and the top spins at such a ra.pld opeed that the balance rim keeps It going a long time. Without doubt the handsomest and be1t top m the market. Price 12 centa, by mall, postpald H. F. LANG, 1815 Centre St., B'kl1'Jl, N. Y. WE DELUSION TRICE. A magic lltt1e box in three parts that is very myattfyfng to those not in the trick. A coin placed on a piece of pa.per disappears by dropping a nickel ring around lt Crom the magic box. Made of hard wood two Inches In diameter. Price, 12c. 1' 'RANK Sl\llTH, 383 Lenox Ave., N. 1'. Tiil!; ELK HEAD PUZZLE. Just out, and one ot the most fascinating puzzles on the market. The stunt 11 to separate the antlers and re .. join them. It looks easy, but try It and you wfll admit that it Is without exception the beat puzzle you have ever seen. You can't leave lt alone . Made or silvered metal. Price, 12c.; 3 for 30c., sent by mall, postpaid. WOLFF NOVELTY CO., 29 W. 26th St., N. Y. :l!'JFFL Also known aa a Japanese butterfly. A pleasing novelty enclosed in an envelope. When the envelope la opened Ffftl will fly out through the air for s e v e r a 1 yards. of colored paper to represent a butter .. Alf all: inches wide, Price, lOo. WOLFF NOVELTY CO., 29 W. 26th St., N. Y. DEAD SHOT SQUIRT PISTOL. If you shoot a mau > with tllls "gun" he will be too mad to accept ; the ancient excuse-"! -didn' t know lt wa1 loaded." It load• easuy with a Cull charge of water, and taking aim, press the rubber bulb at the butt or the Pistol, when a small stream of water ts aq,uli'ted Into his face. The best thing to do then ls to pocket your gun anCi run. There are ''loads or fun" in this wicked Uttle joker, which looks Jike a. real revolver, trigger, cock, chambers, barrel and all. Price only 7c.; 4: tor 25c.; one dozen 60c. by mall postpaid. H. f LANG, 181G Centre St., B'klyn, N. Y. WANT TO READ THE JOKER'S OIGAB. The biggest aell of the ze&• aon. A real cigar made of tobacco, but secreted In the f& & center of cigar about one-halt tnch from end la a. rountaln or 1parklet1. The moment L•h the fire re&chea this fountain 1J\. hundreds of sparks or tlre burat forth tn e very dlrectlon, to the astonishment of the amoker. The tire ls stage fire, and will not burn the skin or clothing. After the firework• the victim cap r.ontlnue smoking the cigar to the end. Price, 18c.; 8 for 21ic; 1 dozen, OOc., malled, poat• pa14. W . 26"1 St., N. 'I'. YOU "Moving Picture Stories'' A Weekly Magazine dewoted to Photoplays and Players .. .. Absolutely the finest little publication on the news-stands lllrPRICE 5 CENTS A COPY -v.ti ISSUED EVERY FRIDAY BEAUTIFUL COLORED COVER DESICNS THIRTY-TWO PAGES FINE HALF-TONE FRONTISPlCES New portrait• of actor• and actresses every week Get a copy of this weekly magazine and see what It IE! EVERY NUMBER CONTAINS Six Gripping Stories, based on the latest and best films, eacll profusely illustrated with fine halt-tones of scenes in the plays. Photographs and Biographies of the most celebrated Photoplay actors.and actresses. Special Articles reluting to Moving Pictures, written by the greatest authorities in the film business. News Notes from the studios about the doings or everybody of prominence connected with 'the Pbotoplays. Scenario Hints and the names of all the companies who may buy the plays you write. Poems, Jingles, Jests and every bright feature calculated to Interest both young and old. GET A COPY NOW trom your newsdealer, or send us 5 cents in money or postage stamps, and we wlll mall you the latest number iasued. FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher 168 West 23d Street New York


••• -LATEST ISSUES696 The Liberty Boys' "Treed;" or, Warm Work in the Tall Timber. :B<>'Y"S <>P 722 The Liberty Boys' Dead -Shot s ; or, The Deadly Tweln. 723 The Liberty Boys' League; o r , T h e C1>untry Boys W h o Helped . 724 The Liberty Boys Neatest Trick; or, Bow the Redcoats We 697 The Liberty Boys Dare; or, Backing the British Down. 698 The Liberty Boys Best Blows; or, Beating the British at Ben 7 2 5 nlngton. Fooled. The Liberty Boys Stranded; or, Afoot In tbe Enemy's Country. The Liberty Boys In tbe Saddle; or, Lively Work !or Liberti 699 The Liberty Boys' In New Jersey; or, Boxing the Ears of the 726 Brl tlsh Lion. ' Cause. 700 The Liberty Boys' Daring; or, Not Afraid of 'Anything. 701 Boys• Long Marc h ; or. Tbe Move That Puzzled the 702 The Liberty Boys' Bold Front; or, Bot Times on Harlem Heights 703 The Liberty Boys In New York; or, Helping to Hold the Great City. 704 The Liberty 705 The Liberty 706 The Liberty 707 The Liberty Tb em. Boys' Boys' Boys' Boys' Big Risk. or. Ready to Take a Chance. Drag-Net: or, Hauling the Redcoats In. Lightning Work; or, Too Fast for the British. Lucky 131under; or, The Mistake Tbar 708 The Liberty Roys Shrewd Trick; or, Springing a Rig Surprise 709 The Liberty Boys; Cunning; or, Outwitting the Enemy. 710 The Liberty Boys "Dig Hit"; or, Knocking the Redcoats Uut. 711 The liberty Boys "Wild Irishman"; or, A Lively Lad from Dublin 712 The Liberty Boys Surprise; or. Not Just What They Were Look-ing 713 The Liberty 714 The Liberty 715 716 The Liberty 717 '1'11e Liberty •hips. Boys' Treasure; or, A Lucky Find. Boys In Trouble; or, A Bad Run of Luck. Boys Jubilee: or, A Great Day for the Great Cause Boys Cornered: or, "Which Way Shall We Turn ... Boys at Valley Forge: or. Endurln1>: Terrlhle Bard 718 The Liberty Roys Missing; or. Lost In tbe Swamps. 719 The Liberty Boys' Wager: and. How They Won It. 720 The Liberty Boys Deceived: or, Tricked, But Not B e aten. 721 The Liberty Boys and tbe Dwarf; or. A Dangerous Enemy 727 728 729 730 731 73 2 733 734 735 736 737 738 The Liberty Boys' Bonanza; or, Taking Toll from the Tories. The Liberty Boys at Saratoga; or, The Surrender of Burgoyne. The Liberty Boys and "Old Put"; or, The Escape at Horseneck. Tbe Liberty Boys' Bugle Call; or, The Plot to Polson Wasbingto1 The Liberty Boys and "Queen Esther"; ot. The Wyoming Vall Massacre. The Liberty Boys' Horse Guard; or, On the High Hills or tbe Sant• The Liberty Boys and Aaron Burr ; or, Battling for Independen The Liberty Boys and the "Swamp Fox";_ or, Helping Marlon. The I,iberty Boys and Ethan Allen; or, vld and Young Vetera1 The Liberty Boys and the King's Spy; or, Diamond Cut Dlamor 'l'he Liberty Boys' Bayonet Ch-arge; or, The Siege of Yorktown. The Liberty Boys and Paul JonP.s; or, The Martyrs of the Pris Ships. 739 The Liberty Boys at Bowling Green; or, Smashing the KlnJ 740 741 742 7:13 744 Statue The Liberty The Liberty The Liberty The Liberty The Liberty Boys and Nathan Bale; or, The Brave Patriot SJ Boys' Minute Men; or, The Battle of the Cowpe Boys and the Traitor; or, How They Bandied Bl Boys at Yello\T Creek; or, Routing the Redcoats. Boys and General Greene; or, Chasing Cornwall J'or sale by all newsdealers, o r w!ll be sent t o any a dd r ess on receipt of pric e, 5 cents p e r c o py, I n money o r p ostage stamps , l>Y FRA NK T O USEY, P u blisher, 168 W est 23d St., New Yod IF YOU WANT .ANY 'BACK NUM'BERS o f our weeklies and cannot procure them tro m newsdeale rs, they can b e o btain ed fro m t h is office dire c t. Write out a n 1 ft.11 In your Order and send It to us with the price or the we e k lies y o u want and w e will s end 1 hem t o yo u by return mai POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY. FRAN K T OUSEY , Publisher, 168 Wes t 23d St., Ne w Yor l No. 46. HOW TO l\lAKE AND USE ELEC-RAPHER.-Contalnlng u•etul lntorma.tlon re-with figures and the magic of numbero. TRICITY.-A description of the wonderful gard1ng the Camera and how to work lt; also A. Andt'!rson. Fully Illustrated. uoes of electricity and electro magnetism: to-how to make Photogra.phlc Magic Lantern No. 74. HOW T O WRITE LETTU sether with full Instructions for making EtecSlldes and other Transparencies. Handsomely CORRECTLY.-Conta.lnln&' full l natruct!of tric Toys, Batteries, etc. By George Trebel, illustrated. !or writing letters on almost any 11ubjeo A. M.. M. D. Containing over fifty lllustraNo. 62. HOW TO BECOME A WEST also rules for punctuation and compoaltlo tlons. POINT J\ULITARY CADET.-Expla.lns how with specimen letters. No. 47. HOW TO BREAK, RIDE AND to gain admittance, course ot Study, Examlna-No. 75. HOW TO BECOME A CONJURK DRIVE A HORSE.-A complete treatise on tlons. Duties, Stan: of omcers, Post Guard, Po-Containing tricks with Dominoes, Die the horse. Describing the most useful horses lice Regulations, Fire Department. and all a Cups and Ba11s, Hats. etc. Embracing thtrt for business, the best horses t'or the road; boy should know to be a cadet. By Lu Senarsix 11lustratfona. By A. Anderson. ' &lao valuable recipes for diseases peculiar to ens. No. 76. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES J! the horse. No. 68. HOW TO BECOJ\lE A NAVAL THE HAND.-Contalnlng rules for telling !d No. 48. HOW TO BUILD Al'fl> SA.fl. CADET.-Comptete Instructions ot how to gain tunes by the aid o! llnes of the ha.nd, CANOES.-A handy book for boys, containA.dmisston to the Annapolis Naval Academy. the secret of palmistry. Also the secret Ing full directions .for constructing canoes and Also containing the course ot instruction, de-telltng future eventa by ot moles, marl!. the most popular manhe r ot sailing them. scrlptlon of grounds and buildings, historical scars, etc.. Illustrated. Fully Illustrated. sketch, and everything a boy should know to No. 77. HOlV TO DO FORTY TRICI No. . HOW TO DEBATE.-Glvlng rules become an omcer In the United States Navy. WITH CARDS.-Contalnln&' deceptive ca for conducting debates, outlines for By Lu Senarens. Tricks as performed by leading conjurers a questions for discussion, and the best sources No. 04. HO\V TO .l\.IAKE ELECTRICAL magicians. Arranged tor home amuseme for procuring information on the question 1\IACHINES.-Contalning full directions tor Fully tllustrated. gl"z:::: 60. BOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND ANDIALS.-A valuable book, giving Instructions by electricity. By R. A. R. Bennet. Fully mysteries ot Magic and Sleight-of-Hand, t in collecting, preparing, mounting and pregether with many wonderful experiments. } serving birds, animals and Insects. No. 65 , J\IULDOON'S JOKES.-The most A. Anderson. Illustrated. No. 51. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH original joke book ever publlshed, and It lo No. 79. HOW TO BECOJ\IE AN ACTO CARDS.-Contalning explanations of the gen-brimful of v.-tt and humor. It contains a. -Containing complete Instructions how eral principle' of sleight-of-hand applicable large collection of songs, jokes, conundrums, make up for various characters on the ataa to card tricks. or card tricks with ordinary etc., or Terrence Muldoon, the great wit, hu-together with the duties of the Stage Managt cards, and not requiring sleight-of-hand; of mortit, and practical joker or the day. Prompter. Scenic Artist and Property Ma. tricks Involving sleight-of-hand, or the use No. 66 . HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-ConNo. 80. GUS WILLIAJIIS' JOKE BOOK. taining over three hundred intereating puzzles Containing the latest jokes, anecdotes a } the rules and tull directions ror playing and conundrums, with key to same. A comEuchre, Cribbage, Casino, Forty-Five, Rounce, plete book. Fu1ly illustrated. ored cover, containing a halt-tone photo Pedro Sancho, Draw Poker. Auction Pitch, No. 67. HOW TO DO ELECTRICAL the author. All Fours, and many other popular games o! TRICKS.-Contalnlng a lar&'o collection o! In-No. 81. H O W TO MESMERIZE.-Contal card•. atructtve and highly amu8lng electrical tricks, lng the most approved methods ot meamt No. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS.-A together with Illustrations. By A. Anderson. Ism; animal magnetism, or, magnetic he• wonderful tittle book, telling you how to write No. 68. HOW TO DO TRICKS. Ing. By P ro!. LeoHugo Koch, A.C.S. auth to your sweetheart, your father, mother, ala-Containing over one hundred highly amua-ot "How to Hypnotize," etc. ter, brother. employer; and, In fact, everyIng and Instructive tricks with chemicals. By No. 82. HOW TO D O PALl\IISTRY.-Co body and anybody you wish to write to. A . Anderson. Handsomely lllu9trated. tatntn' g the moat approved methods ot rea No. 54. HOW TO KEEP AND JllANAGE No. 69 . HOW TO DO SLEIGHT-OF-HAND . ing the tines on the hand, t ogether with a t i PET8.-Givtng complete information as to the -Containing over fl.tty ot the latest and b est explanation ot their meani n1r. Alao explat Jn&nner a.nd method of raising, keeping, tamtrick• used by m a 1rtcl ans. Al•o containin g the lng phrenology, and the key tor telling chi • \nc breedln&", and managing all kinds of pets; 8ecret of second 11tght. Fully illuatrated. acter by the bump• o n t h e head. By L \ l a o glvln&' full Instructions !or making cages, No. 7 0 . H O W T O MAKE MAGIC TOYS.Hugo Koch, A.C.S. Fully Illustrated. itc. Fully explained by twenty-eight IllusContal nln&' full dlroctlona ! o r m a kln&' Magic N o . 83. HOW TO HYPNOTIZE.-Cont&I Lration•. Toya and device• of man y kinda. Fully Ulua-Ing v aluable and ln1tru ctlve int'ormatlon 1 No. 65. HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS trated. g ardlng the science o ! h ypnotism. Alao t AND COINS.-Conta.lnlng valua.ble InformsNo. 71. HOW TO DO MECHANICAL plaining the most appr oved methoda whl tten regarding the collecting and arranging TRICKS.-Containinc complete Jn 1 tructlon1 are employed b y the leading hypnot1at• ot atamp• and coina. Hand1omely Illustrated. for performing over aixty Mechanlcal Tricka. the world. B y Leo H ugo Koch, A.C.8 . No. 6 6 . HOW TO BECOJ\IE AN EN-Fully lltuatra.ted. N o . 84 . HOW TO BECOME AN A UTHO GINEER.-Conta.lnln&' full lnatructlono how to N o . 72. HOW TO DO S IXTY TRIC K S -Contalnln&' lnform&tlon regardln&' cho ice become a locomotive enslneer; also direction• \VITH CARDS.-E mbraclng all or the late1t subjects, the u s e o f words and the manner tor bulldin& a model locomotive; together and moat deceptive c ard tricks , wit h illuspreparing and aubmlttlng m anuscript A l with a full deacrlptlon ot everything an en-tratlon• . containing v aluable tntormatton a• t o t slneer ahould know. No. 7 3 . HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH nea.tness, le g ibility and g e n e ral compoaltl No. 80 . HOW T O B ECOME A PHOTOGNUJl lBERS.-Showln&' many curloua trlcka o! manus c r i p t . For aale b y all newsdealers, or wlll b e sent t o &DJ addresa on receipt of price, 10 eta. per copy, t>r a for 2 5 eta., I n m o n e y o r postage s tamp•, bJ FlilTK TOUSEY, Publisher, 168 West 23d St., New Yod1


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