The Liberty Boys' sword fight, or, Winning with the enemy's weapons

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I. FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER , 168 WEST 230 STREET, NEW YORK No. '14.7. NEW YORK, APRIL 23, 1915. Price o Cents. TllLlfm&m o • ' G WITH THE [NEMY'S WEAPONS. ANO c#y 7//1/?/?Y, . ' . .....,.-..-. -7;\ it . Dick crossed swords with the British offi cer, while Bob e n g aged the trooper in like . It was a double duel, a terrible, sworq-fight, and the landlord and his wife and daughter looked on in. speechless horror.


' THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of th e A m e ric a n Revolution I ssued Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 ver year. Entered at the New York, N. Y., Post Of!lce as Second-Class Matter by l • '1ank Tousey, Publisher, 168 West 2Sd Street, New York. No. 747. NEW YORK, APRIL 23, 1915. Price 5 Cents . THE LIBERTY BOYS' SWORD FIGHT -ORWINNING WITH THE ENEMY'S WEAPONS By HA RRY MOORE CHAPTER I. THE GIRL WHO WANTED SOMETHING 1'0 HAPPEN. "Say, Sis, you're always been wi s l.liug that semething would h appen, haven ' t you?" "Yes, Dave." "You have claimed that this i s the dulle s t place in the world and that there is nothing going on." "I know I have. and it's the truth, too." "I don't think it will be the truth much longer." "\Vhat do you mean?" "I mean that I think something will happen in this part of the country before much longer." "\Vllat, DaYe?" "Oh, I don't know exactly, but I am sure that the dullness is going to be broken. " "Why do you think so?" "Because the B ritis h army i s at Nen Biunswick !" . "The British army j.s at New Brunswick?" ''Yes." "The entire army?" ''.I think so; there is enough of it, at any rate." ''How do y ou know? Did you see it?" "Ye:::, I -aw it marching, and the line of soldiers was se,eral miles long . There are thousands of them. " "Goodness, is that so?" "Yes, but that ain't all." "What more is there to tell, Dave?" "The patriot army is at Middlebrook!" "What!" "You heard what I said, Sis." "How do you know, Dave? Did you see the patriot army?" "No, but I was just talking to Sam Roymer ; he happened to be up there to-day and he saw the patriots." "Goodness! what does it mean, Dave?" "Well, I think it means that the dullness you have complained of is about to be broken, Laura." ''Do you think they will have a battle?" "I shou ldn't wonder ; I hope they will." "I don't know whether I do or not," with a slliver. "Hello. are you going back on what you have always said, Sis?" with a grin. " I thought you were eager to have some thing happen?" "Well, I have been , but-I don't know that I wanted a battle to take place." The above conversation took place between a girl of eighteen and a boy of about sixteen years one afternoon in June of the year 1777. The boy and girl were brother and sister ; their names were Dave and Laura D e nman . and they lived on a farm on the main roqd leading from Middlebrook. Ne"to New Brunswick. Thei r parent::; '"er e pretty well-to-do for tllo se time s and O'Yned a good farm and conRiderable stock . :\fr. Denman was rather Inclined toward patriotism. though he had so far been able to get along without cleclaring for either side in the great cont r oversy. Ou this aft ernoon in question Dave had been to New Bruns wirk and had just returned to hi s home; he had encountered Laura out iu the yard, where she sat und e r a large tree read ing a book. When Laura said she did not kn ow that s he wanted a battle to .take place, Dave laugh ed. "I guess you weren't so eage r to have somet hing happen, after all, Laura," he said. "I think that you would be better satisfied to drag along in the old way." "No, I nant something to llappen to break the monotony, but I am not at all sure that I want any battles to be fought in this vicinity; that i s more excitement tl;lan I want, I feel certain ." " "'ell. it i s n't more ti.Ian I want." "I know; but you are a boy." "True; and I wish I could be in the battle, if one is to be fought." "Dave Denman!" "I mean it, Sis!" "Well. you don't want to let father and mother hear you talk that way. Tiley w ou ldn t listen to s uch a thing." "I s uppose not." "No; and !Jesides, which side would you fight on?" "I can tell you that quickly enough, Sis." "Well?" "I'd fight on the side of the patriots!" .Laura Denman looked at her biother for a few moments in silence , and then she held out her hand, which he grasped. "So would I , Dave," she said, "and there's my hand on it." "I believe father i s a patriot, Sis." "I think so, too." "But he has been careful not to say anything in order to keep from having trouble with our Tory neighbors." "Yes; there are a good many Tories around here, and if they knew father was a patriot they might kill him." "So they might; but now I wonder what father 1Yi!l do? Some redcoats are likely to come this way o n foraging expe ditions, and they will want to know which side he is on." "Goodness! I don ' t know what he will do." "I know what I would do ." "Wbat?" "I'd pretend that I was a l oya l king 's man and deceive them." "But wouldn't that be wrong. Dave?" dubiously. "I don't think they say that everything is fair in war, and if I could de ce ive tile redcoats I would do ::;o." ''.Just then a man came out of the h o u se, 'and Laura said: "Th ere's father now; hacln't .Yo11 better tell him about the British being irJ X e w Bruns\\ick, DaYe?"


• 2 . THE LIBBRTY BOYS' SWORD FIGHT. "Yes, and about the patriots being in Middlebrook, also." '"WhRt are you two talking about?"' said the man, approaching them. "I rlont wh;b to i:;ay. Dave.'" •ff ell, T'l! tell you whic h sldf' t fayor: rm a patriot:,. 'l'he !Jo.rf> e .1e1> shone. and he looked manly aml bra >e ns He was n good looking. good-natured appearing man of about forty-five yPiu:i:;, antl he smiled as he looked from one to the other. h e deelared himself in favo1' of libertv. )Ir. Denman did not look nut h e said, slowly and in a cautioning manner: . 'Ob. father something has happened!" exclaimed Laura, her shining with excitement. "Be careful, Dave; dont talk where you will be overheard by anybody other than ourse!Yes. : Her father looked surprised. "I'll be areful." "::::omething has happe ned, you say, Laura?" he remarked; " well. isn"t that what you ha1e been waiting for a long, long time?'' "Look ;rouder!" suddenly exclaimed Laura, pointing up the road in the direction of New Bruns.wick. 'TeR. but rm not :e ga•e utterance >:ee it. did you "?" "Uood-afternoon. said Denman. to the gnte "l'\o. hut Sam noymer did: h e told me." antl smiling pleasantJ3. Da 1e nccomp:rnlrd him and he eyecl .. ITa! ,;:1.1 yon so. Da1 e"! Then it really Is true'" the soldiers c losely. "Yes . fntb e r .' ' 1 "How far i s it from here to :\[idcll c brook?'" the JiC'uThe farmer sllool> his head. I tenant. .. I am sorr.v to lle1n this." ' he said :rnd thoughtfully; "Four miles, sir. "I fear t"ha t it mean!': trouble for us. " '"Ah? And it is abont tlw R:l11)1• clh. W<' will take snpper with '"Yes, and if the soldier,; of either 11L"nl.1 ,.:ilonlu get it into 'I s!Jn II h!' glad to ha re yon 1lo . o. I as,.;nre yau. their heads that we favor the other side. they would probably "You 1uc 1L kings mnn. t heu? giling the farmer a burn our house and destroy all my property.'" clrn::P. sear1hing look. " l see : we are in rather a bad position . father." "Ye., ind<' cd. '"Yes. wear between two fire s . " "_\lJ right; we arc going to wnit here for th<' coming of :i. •say, father, which side do you favor?"' asked Dave, eyeing comrade who bas gone to )lilhllebr ook lo spy on the rebels. his fath r searchingly. Li k el3 he will be along ju.' t about clark. • . "Yon mustn't ask tlJnt. Dn1e. I d o n ' t wont to place myself "You are "elcome to ;itay here as lon g as you lil{e. sir. ' on record either way. " .\ll rig-ht: jump 1lown, boys." "'But supposing a party or redcoats was to appear. what "\\'ait, saicl Deuman; "just stay on horses arnl I will woulll sou clo? If the y nsketl you whether yon were loyallst open the g-nte yonder :md may ritle l'lgbt to the stable." or pHttiot. what would you sa:r?' "Yery well. The man shook his head. Two minutes later they were at tile stable. ancl dismount-. ., I hanlly he replied; "I dislike to tell an uning. llte:v lecl their in-there '"as plenty. of 'room-and trnth, but--he paused and hesitated. unbrilllccl aud uusadtlied them. "\Vell. l'd tell them I was a loyal king's man," said Dave, l\[r. Dc11mau and gave the horses some hay and corn. promptly: "aucl then if a party of patriots ea me, I would tell "Now come along to the house.'" said :llr. Denman. . them I was a pp.triot. All is fair In wnr, they say . And 'l'he redcoat;; "ent n.long. but cloclinPrl to enter thP llousf'. then I would fa>or in secret whic hever ide I wished to '"It"s too hot, io;aid the lieutenant: '1n?'l1 sit out here unfavor. ,. der the trees. and then we will lJe sure to see our C'omrnde The man looked at the boy in a thougbtrul manner and whE>n he come!' along. nodd ed his head. 'l'ltey asked i\Ir. Deuman wllnt hts JlUl!le wn.s, and he toltl "I guess that woultl be the best thin;:: t o clo.'' h e said, "and them. I will try it, I believe : it may Raye my home from b eing 'l'h<>y :t number of qucRtion8. a ll of whiC'h hr nnswered hnrned and my property-what ther clo n't carry away-fi.:om with apvarent frankues;;;. and then lie a>'ketl a few que,;tions. being c.lestroYecl." but did not get much satisfaction. 'l'hey wer,r not inclined to 'YC!S; :lllu Lno,Y, wbtch s ide do you really fa:rnr; father?" give much inforruution.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SWORD FIGI-I'r. s I'resently tbe farmer said to Dave: low, Dick Slater, is coming down tbis way on a spying ex" Go in th!c' house and tell your mother and sister to cook pedition." supper for our eight guests. The troopers uttered exclamations of amazement, not. m1-,, Xine." said the lieutenant; "our comrade will be along by mL"'ed with satisfaction. supper-time, I am sure." "How do you know this?" asked the lieutenant. well,., saitl Da\'e. and he went into the house and "I'll tell you: I watched the rebel encampment from betolL1 !Jis motber and sister what \:Ir. Denma11 had said. hi.ud a tree ou a bill. and Rllw Dick Slater go to the house " "'c> will get a good meal, and then perhaps they will not oceupie d by the rebPl genernl. and ilft<•r he had been there tak1• any of our property or do :rny damage," said Mrs. Den-half an hour or so, he cam e forth. w Pnt hacl;: to hi s 11u>uters n!1lll . , and began bridling and saddling his hor,.:e. I know that Then she am1 Laura went to work, while Dave went back that lie is go in g to come dowu this way Lo spy on om army. out to where thP troopers were. He wishec1 to hear all that He will probably be ,11ong in hnlf or three-quarters of au Fatly interested iu soldiers and the hour from now.'' war. 'How could you know him at s ucl! a distance?" asked one •\\'e ll. bub. dicl yon tell them to get us up a good meal?" of the troopers. / • snid tll!c' Jieuteuaut, a. DaYe reappeared. The spy drew a small telescope from hi s pocket and held Yel!,'' was tiH' reply; '"you ' ll have a gooc supper. you may it up. J1e ,.;ure of that." "'l'hat brings any one right up close, and I ca n recognize '"Uoocl! 'l'hilt i,.; tile talk. eh. bovs?" faces a mile away," was the repl y. 'l'ill' ot"ller troopers nodded assent. "Say, that is a fine thing for a man in your business, sure 1 't>rha ,; two hours vassed, and then a horseman appeared, enough," remarked one of the men. ' 11iu, hut as soon ""' they caught sight of him they ex"So it does." daiiuPd in unison: "Hadn't we better be looking out for that fellow Sinter?" " t ' hen>,.; Harle\! the lieutenant nsked; "he might come along at almost any that eoinrade y o u were expect ing?'" asked )fr. Denmoment." lll>llt. "I don't think h e will be along in short of half an hour." .. Yt'" rt' Dliell thE> lientennnt. was the reply; "but we might as wel! go up the road a couple But he irns no uniform on." . of hundred )7an1s a!\d concea l ourselves in the edge of the t '1:>rtainly not: he's a spy. and has been up to Middlebrook timber and await his coming.,. rni11g-ling with the r cl.Jels iu all likelihoocl. Of course. in that "All right; come along. boys. H we capture Dick Slater . It ;;u1'L of work hl' co11ld not be expected to wear .a uniform." will lie a haul worth making." •rrue. "\Ye IYill diYide the reward among us, each sharing equally," said the spy. 'L'he troopers wa,-ecl a greeting to the newcomer, and be "That Is satisfactory to mE>, ., said the lieutenant, who wa> l1roug-ht his horse to a Rtop in front of the gate. a pretty generous sort of a fellol', for a British officer. Hello. boys." he called out. They went through. the gate and up the road nearly a quartpr How art> you. Hnrley"!" was the repl)r . of a mile; then they 8tepped in among the trees at the roadside ' 1m all right: how are you fellows?'" L'im .. Jiuht down olcl fellow '.l.'be goocl women of this ancl concealed themseh•es behiud trees and amid the under ,... . brush. hnnsl' :11.-at. tJl'PsenL.engage? in cooking a feast us .. "Yo u will he r.ommnnde r , Lieutenant Ilolton: said the spv. l>uy . Iler.-. will take .\Our ho1s e to the stable and feed bun. '"re . 1 a\vai"t your oiders niicl obe" th ni to th I tt " . "\" " 1Jon' lJtYe " sa'icl his father , . , " u e e !' e i . es . .-" g, ' ' ".All r"<>ht" The bo) 11"1.'ll t ou l an cl took hold of the horse'. _ bridle-re in ,, /{' J. . • " , • . • . .. . . :rnd led tht' animal away. after the owner bad alighted. and It 'H 1 t e a joke on u s if he cloe . . n t come, after n il. said tlit• spy LhPu entered the yard am! approached his comrades. of the troopers. . . " .. "' . .. Sit I w11 .. ,.:aid Lieutenant Holton 'what success cl id you l'rue, he will come, and I be \I tlhn.,, to I\ a,,er .',. .. ,lo ' m:vshareottherewardonthat,"sa1dHarlPy. liu 1 • . "I think so," the lieutenant agreed. '"'l'he rel.Jels will \Vant \"en ;:ood, was the reply. a>: the newcoi_n e r seated himself. to know what we are going to do at ::\'ew Brunswick. r um And tbca be looked at D_enmau and said: sure, and the only way to find out is by "ending a spy." . \ r!c' tile owner ot this place?" "Hist!" said one cautiouslv. " I hear hoofbeats !" ' YL'S , he's a l?yal king's man. Harley." said th.e lieuAU listened and then the spy said: c1m111t: ;; name is Denman. Mr. Denmun, this is Mr. "I hear them! Be ready, all, for Dick Slater!;; coming!" ( ;,,orge Harley, the shrewdest and most successful spy In America." Tlw 1 wo shook hands. an,c1 Harley laughed and said: .\f)' friend, Lieutenant Holton. is rather extravagant in bis J!l'a ise of 1111:>. )Ir. Denman. Tu say that I am the most suc >'P.1" iu America is saying a good deal, for the whole 1rntry bas beeu ringing ' lth the praises of a rebel spy for 1warly :1 year past. and if he is one-half as expert and suc1 s;:fu l ll<' given c r edit ror being, then I am not at all snn that tile "taterneut of my comrade is the truth." Yon 111Pa11 the young rebel known us. Dick Slater, 'The ( 'lrnm11ion of the Hevolution; Harley?" a ked the Iieu iv11aut. Yes. '"l0H' heard of hlm.'" i:;aid )fr. Denman. .. En•l'ybody has heard of him , I guesR." said Harley. "Gen-1 :\l Hu\\"t> has a standing offer or five hundred pounds reward l'ur hi;; c:nptnrP .. , .. That"" 1rue ... ng-recd the lieutenant. "I wonder if be is with t!ii> 1p\Je l army o\er at ;\Jiddlebrook?" .. \"l',.:.'' !>Hid Harley; him therl' to-day." Yon dicl'!" 1 t>s. I kno w him well, and would recognize him anywh< l'l'. pn•n at a distiluce. 1 once met him when we were bo1!1 ont 011 it >1hat. l don"t know which would have won. but some or his cumrad!':< u1nw lo hi,.; :1s"istance and I broke nway and 1ktl.'" '"" t'll. \ l'l.'ll! I didn't know you had had nu encounter with tiH' fellow, .. i;nicl Lieutenant Holton. '"Yes. and nu\Y I b:11 e news for .rou: This same fel-CHAPTER III. DICK AND THE TROOPERS. The patriot army. unde1 General Washin gton, had l.Jeen quartered at Morristown during part of tbe winter and all through the spring aud summer. General Washington had been keeping an eye on the BritislI, who were on Staten Island and in :New York City; but wl!en the redcoats moved across and headed for Ne\Y Bruns wick. Dick Slater, the famous spy, carried the news to the com mander-in-chief, and he at once began to march with his army and took up his p osition at As soon as the soldiers were settled in their new quarters General "rashington sen t for Dick Slater and tolcl him to get ready aud go down and sp3 npon the .British at New Bruns wick . The youth at once went bnck to the place where bis compa11y of Liberty Boys, as they 1Ye r e ca lled , wns encampe d and began making preparations for the trip. 'l.'his company consisted of one hnuc1rPd !Jran.> nnd patriotic youthfl of an average age of eigl!tem1 years. and were knowu far and wide as the Liberty of 'Tfi. Dick was their captain, and h e was a faY01ite, a ll the youths lovil1g !Jim a;: though be were a brother. 'l'hey saw him making arrangement::: to go some w)1er e and, began plying him with questions. \\'here wttR h e going? \\'as 11 :::oini::: alone


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SvYORD FIGHT. ":hat was he going to do? • Su c h were a few of the questions the y asked, and he told them he \Yas going c1ow11 to Xew Rrunswick to spy on the Britbh. Bol1 Estabrook, Dick's right-hand man and a lifelong friend :rnd chum, "anted to go along. but Dick said no, that he wante d to go alone, as he felt that he would have better suc cess in when by himself than when accoinpaniecl by some one. Wh en he w'!1s ready, Dick mounted bis horse and rode away. There was a well defined road leading in the direction of New Bruns\Yick, but as it lead the entire distance through the timber bordering the Raritan river it wound and twisted around and did not go in a straight line by any means. . Dick did not ride fast for be . bad no desire to arrive in the vicinfty of New Brunswick before sundown, as be could not hope to enter the town before dark. He had gone about four miles, he judged, when of a sudden n girl appeand in the road in front of him and motioned for him to stop. The girl was really a young wolnan of perhaps eighteen years and was Yery pretty. She bad h e r finger-tips on her lips, as though to enjoin silence . • "Are you Dick Slater?" she asked, when she had stepped up close to the head of the horse ridden by the young man, he haYing brought the animal to a stop, "'.l'hat is my name," said the youth, in surprise, "but who are . you and bow clid you know my name?" "My name is Laura Denman, and I live a little ways down the road. r am here to warn yo n of danger, s ir. " "Danger? From what source?" "Some British troopers am lying in wait near here to cap-ture you." "Indeed? How did they know I was coming?" "One of their number i s a spy. and he has just returned froin ::'lfiddlebrook, \Yhere he learned that you were coming." ".Ah, so that i s it, eh?" "YPS." "How many of the troopers are there?". "Nine, counting the spy.'' "And they are hidden in the timber near here?" "Yes, and waiting for yo u to come along." "They were stopping at your house, were they?" "Yes, sir." "Then I take it that you are a patriot girl?" "My sympathies are with the patriots in their struggle for indep endence, yes, sir; but my father has never declared either way, ancl the troopers think he is a king's man." "That is all right; it is no sin to deceive the redcoats; but you had better hasten back to your home, miss, before your ab.ence is discovered." "I will return at once, sir; but you-what will you do?" "I \Yill make a d etour and get around the redcoats, Miss -ab!" 'l'he exclamation was caused by the sudden appearance of niiie r edcoats, who rushed out from among the trees at a bend fifty distant and came running toward the two, crying at the top of their voices: , "Stand where yo u are! Don't attempt to escape or you are a dead man!" and they flourished their muskets threateningly. 'L'he girl gaYe utterance to a cry of terror and leaped in among the tree and disappeared from sight. and Dick Slater did a mos t unexpeeted thing-at any rate it wa::; unexpected to the redcoats. He 1:;poke a word to the horse, and the noble animal dashed forward at a gallop. Straight toward the redcoats the Liberty Boy rocle, and they stO!J[)ed and stood staring at the youth in amazement, not un mixeu ll'ith terro1-. This was not what they had expected at all. Theil' idea was that the youth would tu,rn and attempt to flee, if l.Je clid anything. and they were prel)ared to fire upon him if he did > hit, for 11. e gave Utterance to a cry of J.Jaiu. .At the same moment the troopers leYeled their muf

THE ,LIBERTY BOYS' S\YORD FIGHT. 5 tliey took more notice of t!Je woman and the ghl. and the lieutenant complimented Denman on her cooking. "'l'his i:aid the troopers. harshly. pushing the w omnn hack: "whining won't h elp your husband." '"I'ie hifl togt>ther hebind his hal'k . " ordered Lieu tennnt Holton. This was clone. . "Xow bring him out of doors." The two m e n led :\Ir. Denman out of doors, the others fol lowin g. Mrs. Denman followed a ll , and was weeping as though her heart broken. The t roopers spoke harshly to h er, tell in g her to "stop whining" a number of times, but she was unable to da. . so. "Lead him under that tree." said the lieutenant, indicating one of the hees in the front This was done. "Now one of you men go to the stable and get a rope." One of the troopers hastened away. The sun was clown, and it was growing dark, but it was still possible to see very well anrl for quite a distance. The woman .kept pleading with the troope r s to spar e her Laura gave utterance to a cry of dismay and terror and ran husband, but they paid no attention to her. out of doors. J The man soon returned with tile rope. and one tied a runMr. and Mrs. Denman were greatly disconcerted. They ning noose in the end, and this was placed around l\Ir. Den stared after the girl and then looked .somewhat fearfully at man's neck. the lieutenant. "Surely you must be mistake n about this matter. sir," the man. "I cannot believe that Laura was the girl "'l'hrow the other end over that limb " ordered the li e u-said tenant. pointing up"l'l'ard . ' you This was done. saw." The li eutenant shook his h ead. "I am sure she is the same l!,'il'l." be declared. "But Laura has heEln h ere all the time h elping you in the kitc h e n, hasn't she?" l\fr. D e lll'pan asked his wife. "'Vhy, yes; 01' at any rate slie wasn't out of the room long enough at any one time for me to think anything about it. I am sure it could not have bee n her, Jie utena11t." "Yes, it was," was the determined reply: "and to tell the truth, Mr. D enman, I belleve that you are a r ebe l , and that you have been deceiving us." The man turned somewhat pale. "You are mistaken," be " I am a loyal kings m an." But the li eutenant s 'hook his head; He wa ordinarily an easy-going sort of fellow, but it would have been hard to find a person more bitter against the rebels than be. Then, too, he had been angered by the escape of D1ck Slater and by the wounding of the three troope r s. and, feeling sur e that tlle girl had told the Liberty Boy that the troopers w e r e at h e r father's house. be decided to get e v en with tlle .farme r. "You can't make me you are loyal, " the officer de clared; "your uaugbter tolll Dick Slater of our prese nc e h ere. aDLl I am sure tbat'you are a rebel. N o w, seem to be pretty w e ll fixed !Jere, and I mu confiden t you must have some m011ey bidden away. You mus! tell ns where it Is hid de n. " "You are mistaken. si r ; I have no money in the house." "Bab! You have. and I Imo" it! And you 'Yill tell us where it is or hang!" A cry of terror escaped the lips of )It's. Denman. "Ob, sir, please do not hurt my husband!" s he c ri ed . "'Ye have no money. and w e are loyal to the king." 'rhe lieutellant l ooked from oue lo the other for a few mom euls, and then said: "Have your daughter come into the house. wish to talk to her n bit." :\!fr .. Denman went to the d..,or and l'a!Jecl out: "Laura!" 'l'llere was n o reply. 'She is afraid to com<>," said the officer . "Go out aud bring her in." I Mr. De1iman went out 11nd l ooketl all around, e;a!ling Laura's nawe frequently, bttt there was no uns"er and she fail e d t o find her daughter. ' l wond e r where she has gone?" tlw woman asked herself. S!Je was fore;ed. finally. to go into the house and report Lha t she e;ould not fiml the girl anywhere. "All r!;ht,' ' aid the lieutenant, grilllly; "I don't think you wautetl to find h e r. But no matter: I wi'n attend to your ca:;,., you rebl•l rascal!" this lo :\lr. Denman. " Tnke hold of the rope, four or five of you." The men obeyed . "Pull clown and give him a ta1;1te of how it feels . " This orcler was obeyed, the troopers pulling down on the rope till Mr. Denman was almost choked . He was forced to rise up on hi s tiptoes to keep from l osing his breath. 'file men held him in this position a minute, and then at an order fi'om the li eutenant, let him clown so be co uld stand fiat -footed again. • "Now, Mr. Denman," said the officer, sternly, "one of two things is going t o happen here fight away, and that is that you .are either going to tell us where your money is hidde n o r we are going to hang you!" "But I have no money hidden." was the reply. . "I don't believe you; men who a r e as well off in this 'Yo.ld's goods as you a r e always have money about them. You can siwe you r life by telling "\'\'here it is."' "I would tell, of course, if I had any money hidd e n , but as I ha Y e n one it i s impossib le." "Remember, your life is at stake! " wamingly. "I know that. " '"rhen tell the truth." "I haYe done so." "Bosh!'' "There is no 'bosh' about it; do yo u suppose I would stand here and permit myself to be hanged to save a few pieces of gold and s ilver? And what good would i t be to me after I wns dead?" "Vl'ell. it wouldn't' be much good to you then, I ' ll admit; but my idea i s that you • think I won't hang you -that I am merely trying to sca r e yo u , and that if you bold o u t you will saxe both your life aud your money .. , ":'>io, I d on't think that. I believe that you mean what you say, but nt the same time I hope you w ill r econs id e r the mat ter, for hanging me will do no goocl, ancl 1 assur e you that I ba Ye no money hidd en about the lJlnce." "J don't believe you. Pull dow11 on the rope . boys!" 'l' he trnopers pulled till l\fr. Dennrnn's feet m:>re lifted clear of the ground, and the writhing form was held there nearly llalf a minute, l\1rs . Denman aml making frantic efforts to get to her husband's side, but being held ba<:k by onP of the troopers. let bim down," commanded the lieutenant. 'l'he troopers obeyed, but Denman was unable to stand and sank to the g round in a heap, almost black in the face and gasping for breath. "Thro" some water in his face," said the li e utenant. Oue of them got some water and obeyed. Presently he was himself again to s uch a n extent, at least, 'l'bey were up from the table now and in the front room. "l that I am loyal, and tllat y o u are making mistak e , sir," s:iid the man. l that he cou l d stand and talk. a "How do yo u like that?" asked the lieutenant, grimly. "It i s anything but pleasant," was the reply. "It is torture,


--6 'J1RE LIBERTY BOYS' 8\YORD FIGHT. and I would not have belieYecl that "oldieri:; of the king would stoop to such work. " "Insolent, eh'!'' cried the lieutenant. "A 11 right: if you Llon' t tell where your money is concealed it will be all up with you, fo 1 next time I order pulled up you will stay up!" .. I ::uu at was the calm reply. It was evident th,:1t 1fr. Deuman was a brave man. . '"cuurse you are at onr mercy; I am glad you realize that fiwt. tell "here yom gold and sihe r i s hidden." "l ltav e 11one." An exclamation of anger and vexation escaped the lips of th<' lieutenant. "I flplien• you are the most stubborn man I have ever en c ountered ,.:ince corning to America!" he cried. "Jt i,: not if I knew of any money around here I wonltl tell >uu and thus ;:a ,.e my life, but I know of none, so :tm h elpless." "\\'pll. I' see are determined to be hanged, my rebel fricntl. :;o r :;ball accommodate you. Men, pull down on the J'(\\le aml , h ois t this stubborn rebel into tbe other world. There is tn h e no letting down thls time!" The m<:>n surged downward on the rope with all their might, mlCl .i\fr. Denman was hoisted into the air. Ile hung there, writhing and struggling perhaps fifteen sec ornl:<. am! then there so unded two pistol l'llots. am! one of the 111pn ltolcliug the rope gave utternace to a cry of pain, and lt'tli 111-: go. r ee l et! back. "I um shut!" he gasped. .\ l th sallle moment cries of "Come on, boys!" "We've got them no\\'!" \\pre beard coming from the same direction as the "hut,; hacl sounded from. Of com:;e the troopf>r s were startled, and the others wbo had hold of tlw rup e let go suddenly, and Mr. Denman fell to the gronnr n Dick made bis way back to a point where he could see the.!1onRe and watched there till he saw the troopers appear, and when they had entered the house he made his way back to where his horse was and, taking a package from one of the saddlebags, he b egan eating his supper. He took bis time, and when he bad ' finis!Jed he made his way down to a creek which was near at hand aqd got a drink. 'There, l feel better," he said to himse lf. "Now I will go am! set> what is going on in the vicinity of the patriot's home. l was afraid the redcoats might recognize the girl as being the one who was talking to me and cause the family some trouble as n result." !le soon reached the vicinity of the house, but saw nothing unu. ual, and so went back and sat down near bis horse, with thf> inten1i o n of remaining till after dark. lif> bacl llf>en there half an hour, perhaps, when he thought he heard the sound of a womn'sa voice in entreaty, and be ruse and hastened in the direction of the patriot's house. I le rench<:>d the edge of the timber just in time to see tbe reLlcnat>< Mr. Denman, after baYing had him in the air ne11 rly half a minnte. "Jove. that is what I feared!" thought Dick. "They !mow it was the patriot's daughter who was talking to me when they ru:;h e d upon me and a r e punishing him for it." !:le ll>' ngaiu,;t me are so great." be told himself. He held tile pi,:tolf: in rPadine:-;s and "aited. "I wonder where the girl is?'' he a::;ked him,;elf; "and there was a bov also. I remember. I notic ed llim a:-; 1 rode hy in the first place. Can it be that the troopers have maclc .Prisoners of them'i" Then he tnrned his attention to the scene in front of him. The trooper!< had just received the order to pull tile "rehel" up, ancl th<:>y obeyed. It was time to act, and Dick did not hesitate. He fired both pistols. ,e oundlng one of the m e n who hut! hold of the rope, and t. s1 he began yelling, "Come on , boy,;! \Ve've got them now!" ' 'L'bis was to make the redcoats think they were attaeked by more thau one person. It is doubtful whether Dick would haYe been alJle to pnt the redcoats to flight alone, but th<:>re sounded shot>< from the timllet at the farther ;;ide of the yanl, and twu of tl!e rrtlcoats dropped. Then eries of "Come on, lJoys! '''p'ye them now!" sounded from there also. "This was too much for the trooper><, and th<:> .lieutemrnt cried out for the men to flee. They obl:!yed promptly and ran in the direction of the : from the Denman home. Harry Harrison had a twin sister, Harriet. :ind a111l Laura were great friend><; more. Harry and Laura were swer1hearts. and so it was perhap only natural that tlle girl Rhoultl go there when she left the honse, after bE'ing recogn izetl hy Lieutenant Holton. , Dave had watched the progress of affairs bpt wppn th<' troopers and bis father, and, coming to the conclu;;i,1n th,tt his father's life was in danger, he slipped out or tlw ho11st• and made bis way over to the Harrison home. l\fr. Harrison and Harry were not at home when be got tb<:>rt>. but came soon, and when he told them about the trouble hi,; father was in they promptly took down their riflf>s . am! saill they would go over and try to drive the redcoats 11\rny and save i\'.lr. Denman's life. Dave had not thought to bring his rifle. but there wa;; an f>X(nt one in the Harrison home ,.:md be was given it. The n thry ,,et out, Laura accompanying them. 'l'hey got there just nt the right moment to :issist Dirk Slater in frightening the redcoats as has beeu ;;e<>u. "They have gone into the stable," said Dick, who :tt onrt' took charge of affairs. "Reload rifles as quickly as po,; sible, and when they come out of the stable we will fh-e upon them. " "Perhaps we had better let them go in peace . " saitl Mr. Den man. "If we kill any more of them they will come back in force and burn me out of house and home, and doubt'le;:is make sure work of hanging me next time." "There is no use of being easy with them," said Didc will respect you all the more if you give it to them ns ha rd a;: possible. That is the only way to do, and they will be carPt'ul about bothering you in future." Mr. Denman was not sure about this, but ht:> did not and while the other men were reloading tlleir weapons hf> went into the house and got 'hi.s rifle. Then he rejoined the vther:;. and telling Mr-. Denman and Laura to go in the ltou,:e. wherp they would not be in dnnger of bPiug hit by bullets. the five hastenerl in the direction of thf> stable. The re11coat11 had already emerged aud wer<> leadin;:; tlwir horses toward the gate. It \\'RR so dark that the outlines of the men and hor;;Ps could barely he made out, hut it was worth while tryin" to bring down some of the troopers, and Dick gave the word to tnke aim ancl fire. 'L'his \YUS done, and they heard at least one trooper give


THE . LIBERTY BOYS' SWORD l<'IGHT. 7 e to a cry of pain. Then the gate was. opened quickly, nounted. and a moment later were dashing away in the direction of New Brnnswick. was up high enough so that its rays shone down upon the roadway through between tbe trees at either side. "I guess we didn't kill any of the redcoats." saiu Dick. but we have wounded one at least," said Mr. Hal'rif:Oll; "I henrd a cr.v of pain." "1 don't kno11 wlwther I like that or not," the youth thought; "it is more plensant to see where one is going, bnt at the same time it makes it more likely that a fellow may be seen by some stray scout or "So did I.'' from i\Ir. Denman. "Do you think they '"ill come back to-night?" asked Dave. "I hardly think so . ., snjd Dick. Scarcely hall the thought passed through his mind before there was the rush of feet, and Dick f.ound himself surrounded 1 by nt le1tst a score of British soldiers . Then they went back to tile house. and Mrs. Denman asked her husband what was going to be done with the dead trooper lying in the yard. "\Ye will butT him," said Dick. promptly. lfr. Denmnn irot a spade nnd led the way-Dick, Da're Den man, l\lr. Harrison and follo1ving, carrying the corpseto the timber. back of tbe ,;;table. CHAPTER VI. A PECULIAI: WAGE R. Here n wa dug and the bodyintened and covered The Liherty B oy realized tbat it "oulu be useless to ti-r to 0Ye1:. Then they went back to the house. offer resistance . Diel;: . remained a few minutes, nud Laura explained tllat slle The enemy had him at its mercy. had heard the British spy telling the troopers out in the front Twenty was too great odds for blm to fight against. and to' about the coming of Dick Slater, the patriot spy, and I uo so would be to insure bis death at once, instead of his how they "ere going to lie in wait and capture him, and s!Je capture . . had awa;t" and him but the redcoats bad The red coa ! s i;ay anything. but laid hold of Dick put rn an appearance while she was still engaged in conversa-1 and pnllt>d !nm oil' bis horse and bonnd bis arms togetlle1 tion ":Ith the Boy . and the British lieutenant bad 1 behind hi;; back. recogmzed her when he saw her later on in the house waiting I 'l'hen tlley placed him back 011 !Jle and started do.wn on the tal.Jle. ! thP. road, RomP. going in front, some behind. Dick he was his ':ay to Xe1,-!)ick uic: uot as!;: any question;::.• nor did. anr oue sar am-to sp:v on ,the British. and tlwt it was time be was gorng. thmg to lmn, a111l so tile march was made m silence . and bait "Where is your bor . . e'!" ask ed Dave. an hour late1 t!Jey crossed the bridge over the Raic1an and; "Oyer in the timber wns tile reply. entrred the town of Xew Brunswick. "How lon.g will be gone?'' asked tl1e boy. . Dick ,,a;; taken to headquarters at once. . "I don't know; I may be only a and then again I ma:v Lieutennnt Holton and the spy, George liarier, were at bead; be two or three days in Hecnring tile information I nm after.'' quarters making their report to the British officer in command "'Yill you come back past onr house?'' eagerly. of tbe "Probably." "-hen Dick wa;; l ed in a prisoner the of the British >'PY "All right; if you uo, stop. please.'' glo\1ed with pl eaf. nre. "I will do ::;o.''. Dick noted the eager l'.iok in the boy's eyef:. "Ila'. so tllC'y g-ot you. dicl be exc l aimed. anu at once 1lec1ded that he wanted to join the army. "It look : that wny: ,yas Dick's cool reply . , . .. Ile look;: like a who \\-ould make a l?OOd soldier," the "[ thought it possible they would so so when we met them told bim;:elf; "1J11t h e is most too young; he can't be and t o ld 1 '11e1u about nnd instructed the m to lie in wait for more than sixteen." I you. I ,ras sure yon were one of those who attacked us at tile Then h<' !Jade ::ill goocl-nil{ht nntl took his clC'parture. He \Tas farmhom:c •.Yhen WC' , .. -ere nhout to . tring the rebC'l np.' ' followed from the llOUf:e hy nave, who caught up \\'ith Dick "Indeed'!'' and walkeil beside bim. "Yes.'' "Say.'' the boy saic1. eagNly. "I am going to ask father and "Yon are Yer.r ;;!Jrcwd.' ' mothPr to let me joi11 your company of Liberty Boyf:. 'Yill you 'rhis wa s said in a sarcnstic ,oi<'P , :incl t!IC' s r.\ Unshed ::ind Jet me do so iC they are willin!!?" saicl. somewhat au;::rily: "How old nre you'i'' :i;;kecl Dick. "Thank you!" "I'm going on ;;eyenteeu: "'l:o u nre welcom e.'' • \Yb en wns last birtlula.v?" "I s thi" Dick f'later. the famous rPlif'I ;;p,r '!'' asketl the 'l'bere w:1>1 a slight pnuse, and the n Dn>e Ral<; tilerP i>' n rrwan1 off Prell for hi>< cuoture--file are really only RiXteen, DavC'.'' Di<;I;: sai1l; "hut 1 l!nve hundred pound s . I think-and I want t!Jat you Rhall Ree to it had an opportunity to see that you hnxe the right sort of "tnff that all of u s wbo \vere inRtrum<'ntal in making the ca]lture in you nml I will tlrnt if your parents are wil'':g secnl'f' our sllare. >'nill, "and I don't see hO\Y one so young bas been able to clo The hoy we11t back, and Dick continued onwaru. so much succeRsful work as a spy." ' He found his hor;:e where Ile bad left it, and, untying it, "Ile has had a good share of luck , sir." said Harley. who wa8 led it through the timber to !Ile rond. jealous of Dick's i:evutation as being "The Champion Srn ' of he rode along in the direction of Xew Brunswick. the Revolution. "H he bad bad so difficulties to euIt was dark. and Ile could not see the road, but the. horse counter as I haYe in my work as a ;:py, he would not ham could, and he let the animal have its own way. been so successful.'' He -rode slowly, of course, it being not necessary that Ile Dick Frniled . c ornfully. should reach Xew Brunswick at an early hour of the evening. "That is au easy way to dispose of the matter, .. he said, While riding along be went over the events ot the evening, with such sarcasm that Harley fl.usbed with auger. in his mind's eye, and be wondered whether the affair at tbe "It is the truth," he insisted. "You have not had any diffiDeuman home would result disastrously for them. culties to overcome, while I have been beset with them on "I am afraid the redcoatH will not rest till they baYe burned ernry side. bis borne." Dick thougllt. "I think I will get permission from "Look here," snid Dick, "I am not at nll girnn to boasting, General wasbington to come to the vicinity of the llouse with nor am I vain, but I like to be given credit for what I can do; tbe Liberty Boys and keep watch over it. Then if the redcoats so to proYe that what you have said is not in strict accordimce put in an appearance we will make them wisll they had stayed with the truth, and to demonstrate that it has not been mere away." luck that bas enal.Jled .me to do successfu l work, I will agree On be rode $lowly. to make my escape to-night." ' r>resently it began to grow lighter, and he saw that the moon T!Jis wn s said so calmly and coolly that the three British


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SWORD FIGHT. officers-the spy ranked as captain-stared at him in amazebnllding--and that a double row of guards be statl ment. the understanding that this was to be kept up all night. "What is that yo u say?" finally gasped the general; "do 'l'hen Dick was led away and taken to the jail, he being yon mean to stand there and make the statement you will rounded wbi!•: on the street corners by the score of soldiers, escape before morning?" they having waited outside the headquarters building. "Yes, sir." The lieutenant and the spy , Harley, remained in the gen-Dick \Yas cool and calm, and there was a quiet s mile on bis eral's room and the audacity-as they termed it-of face. the Liberty Boy. "Yon are a fool!" said Lieutenant H o lton , bluntly. "That is just like Dick Slater." said Harley. "Ile is a dar"Tbanks," saill Di ck, calm\y; "wait till morning before mak-ing fellow and not afraid of anything." ing any remarks. Then you will see who are the fool s . " "It \Yas foolish his "agering that be would escape during "Why, young man, you are talking nonsense when you make the night." said Lieutenant Holton. the statement that you will escape during the night," said the "Very foolish," said the general. general, who was a somewhat pompous, self-important man. "I am not so sure of that," aid Harley; ''.from what I know "You are in the heart of the British encampment, surrounded of him and what I have beard of him from reliable sources he by thousands of soldiers; you will be placeq in a strong room has succeeded in escaping a nnmber of times when he bad as and guarded and will have no chance whatever to escape. I little chance. seemingly. as he has to-night." would be willing to wager a year's pay that you will be found "But the double row of guards, Harley," said the officer. here in the morning." "He cannot escape." "You would los e ." said Dick, calmly. "I don't see bow he can do so; but I should not be surprised "Bah !" sneered H arley. "You are talking in a spirit of bra-if w e should wake up in the morning and find him missing ." vado. You know you cannot make your escape." "Well. I would be Yery much surprised." the general declared. "I will lay you a wager on that, if you like ," .said Dick. Presently Lieutenant Holton and George Harley left head".-\11 right, I'm willing," was the eager repJy. "What shall quarters and \Yent to their quarte1 :s, tb.ey having rooms in the the wager be-for' what amount or trophy?" same building. As they went they disc ussed the matter. and "I am not much of a hand to bet." said Dick. "but I am not J 1augh e d over the fact that the general had bec ome so interaverse to winning some British gold, and I will wager one bunested in the affair as to wager on it. drcd pounds of gold that, I will make my escape before I "He is all right." said Holton; "I ha\e seen him bet high on morning." . . a card hand, and he could not resist the temptation." "Done! But have you the money with you'?" "Certainly not; I couldn't carry that much." "I thought yo u might have it in English pa1)er notes." "No, we will not put up any money-simply pledge our word, that is all. If, w'hen the sun rises in the morning, I am still a prisoner in the encampment here. I will pay you , on the day that peace is declared, one hundred pounds. And if, in the morning, I am missing-have made my escape--you al'e to pay m e one hundred pounds the clay peace is declared." \\'itbin the hour the news had traveled throughout the en campm ent to the effect that the "rebel" spy, Dick Slater, had wagered that he would succeed in escaping before morning. This Fet the common soldiers to laying wagers, and "ithin the next hour hundreds of small wagers had been maae. some being willing to take the side of the "rebel," but only when given large odds. Iu laying til e wage r s it was unde rstood tlrnt those who made the bets were not to try to interfere in any way with the prisoner. . "Supposing you are dead?" "Then tlle wager does not stand, of course; if either of us is 'l'he excitement occasioned by the affair was such that the soldiers did not get quieted clown till nearly midnight, and this, am one hun-of course, made it difficult for Dick to put bis plans for escap ::lead, the wager is annulled." "All right; it i s settled, and," with a smile, "I dred pounds r icher.:• ing into effect. By half-past twelve the camp was quiet and remained so till "Don't be so sure of it," said Dick. "'l'hat's so; perhaps you are not worth another sneering smile. t b morning. . hat muc ," with 'l'he first question the men wanted answered when they "You need not worry about that; I have more than that amount bidden away; it is all British gold , too, and I have it since the war began." ".\h, stolen it, eh?" "Xo. I don't call it that. I have taken it from British soldiers whom I have caught robbing patriots. I simply gave them a taste of their own medicine, that is all." "Ab, indeed?" , "Yes." The British general bad listened to the conversation with some astonishment. It was so unusual in its character that he wa s interested, and then, too, he was a man who had con siderable sporting blood in his make-up; he played cards for money quite a good deal, and a wager of any kind always in terested him. "I woul(l like to have a wager up with you on the same terms," he said, with a smile. "All right," replied Dick, promptly; "I have another hun dred pounds that I will risk in the same manner. It has not cost me anything, and if I can use it to secure more British gold. I shall be glad to do so." "Do you mean it?" in surprise. "vVill you wager another hundred pounds in the same way as the one you have up with Harley?" "Certainly .. , •we shall use all precautions to preYent your escape . " 'Yes; all that I ask is that yo u do not place me in chains." ''\Ye will not bind you, other than as you are now; we will s imply lea ve you with hands bound; but we will place you in a strong room and place a strong force of guards over you." "That is all right; I don't car() how many guards you place over me. " ''This i s unusual and rather remarkable," said the general, as if to apo l ogize for his takiug part in the affair; "but I could not resist tbe opportunity of getting the mon ey back that you haYe taken from British soldiers."' Then he ordered that the prisoner be taken to the town jail and that be !Je placed in a strol1g cell-the strongest in the awoke next morning was, Bad the prisoner escaped? Their question was soon answered: When the jailer went to the cell in which Dick Slater had been 'place d it was found to be empty. Nor was the Liberty Boy to be found anywhere in the building. He had won his wager ; he had escaped during the night! CHAPTER VII. HOW DICK WON HIS WAGER. When Dick Slater made the wager that he would escape before morning be had not the least idea bow b,e was to accom Plif:!h it. The impulse had come to him to make the wager, and be had done so; but now that it was made, he was determined to win, if possible. Of he would have tried to escape anyway, but the de sire to prove to the spy, Harley, that he had not been aided always by luck made him all the more eager to get away. If he could escape, after having practically advertised bis intention to try to do so, it would he a great triumph over his redcoat iival. ''I'm going to escape , if I possibly can do so," he told him self. "but tlie question is, how am I to do it?" He was Yery careful to obserYe eYerything as he was taken into the jail. He noted the positions of the doors and windows and counted the steps from the front door to the stairway, and then when they b!td gone upstairs he counted the steps from the head of the stairs to the door of the cell he was placed in. He did not know that he wonld be able to utilize these thing , but thonght it " ould do no harm to take note of ever:1tniug. In moving about in the dark hall the knowledge of how far it \YaR to the would make it for hiw. 'l'lrn trouble. ho\\ernr, would b e to ge t out of his cell.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SWORD FIGHT. 9 '========-=--___ -_--_______ -::---c hacl taken a quick suney of the interior while the solers were there. and there was a light in the room. ne oticecl that there was one small. grated 11-indo1', an Iron cot and a stool. He seated himself on the edge of the cot. '\rel!. good-night."' said the jailer. llcar you are going to make your escape before morning." and he grinned, as much as to say. "I guess you will be here when morning comes.'" "I belie1e I am to do something of the kind,"' was Dick's cool reply. "Well, perhaps you may succeed in doing so," still smiling, "but I shall not come and look to see whether you are here before bringing your breakfast." "Oh, certainly not; and if I should be gone you can eat the food yourself." The jailer chuckled, as did the two soldiers who bad ler to get awa.1 without beinf{ disccl\ered. even though he might s u ccee d in dropping to the ground in safety. Still. be was determined to make the attempt, and if he were shot it would be more to be preferred than to remain and be hanged later on. Ile \\'aited another hoUI'. and by that time all seemeLl to be qulet on the streets, as far as be could see. "I guess I might as well make the attempt," he told himself. He lost no time, but went right to work. He climbed up to the opening made by the removal of the iron bars and crawled through, feet first. It was a slow aml difficult j ob. but he finally succeeded. Then he climbed down by h olding to the other iron bars till he lrnng suspended from the window-sil I. lle could go no farther now; he w ou ld have to drop and take his chauces. Dick was a youth who belie1-ecl in doing thing once he h::td made up bis mind. and he did not hang there long-only a few seconds. in fact. Then be let go and dropped. He struck the ground. but was not injured more than to he jarred somewhat. He did not make much noise in striking, either. fortunately. He remained on his bands and knees-he had struck on his feet and gone on down to hands and knees to break the falla minute or more, listening intently. He wanted to make sure that he had not been heard by a sentinel. He heard no sound, so came to the conclusion that he had been fortunate enough to escape being heard. "Now it has come to a matter of slipping past the guarcls." thought Dick. He knew that this would be difficlt and dangerous . He was aware that a double set of guards bad been stationed around the jail for the especial imrpose of preventing him from getting away should he by any means Rucceed in getting out of the jail. ' ' One thing, though, is in my fayor," Dick; "the sentinels clo not believe it po ss ible that I could get out of my cell and out of the jail. " Still. there being double the usual number on g11a1d woulrl m a ke it extremely difficult to get away without being dis covered. Dick remained on his bands and knees ancl began crawling across the small back yard. .Just before he reached the fence between the yard and the alley he heard the sound of measured footsteps and knew that a sentinel was close at band. It was so dark that it was impossible to see one's hand b e fore ones face, and this would make it an impossibility for the to see Dick . "The thing for me to do iR to remain perfectly quiet," . snicl Dick to himself, "and then I will be all right."' 'rhe sentinel walkecl along in the alley , passing within ten feet of Diel,, but the fence was between. The Liberty Boy waited till the sentinel was fifteen to twenty steps away, apd then cautiously climbed the fence. The moment he was in the alley he walked away, going in ti.le opposite direction from .the sentinel. Dick . oon reache_ d a cross street and walked along it, keep ing in the darkest places, and presently he found himst>lf outside the cordon of guards, he having succeeded in passing three more without being discoverecl. Dick knew where his horse was, he having watched the man who took charge of it when they stopped in front of lleatl quarters. and he 1'as determined to have his horse if possible. The animal had been tal:en to a stable just back of the head-


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SWORD FIGHT. =--=------==========--_ _-.--------=-=-=--=-=-=-=-==;::-:=====--=========:-gunrters building. and Dick made his "nr there as quickly as ""ell, we will think about it," said tlle llOSSible. sigh. Tbe . table was locked, but Dick quickly prieu tlle staple loose "That's right, think it over," said Dick. "Dont decide un ancl opened the door, and ten minutes late r lecl his horse forth, aftf'r. I have got to go hack to my Liberty Boys. I would no ' bridled and saddled. wish to persuade you to giYe your consent against your will, He !eel the animal by a roundabout course till they were out but I don't think you will regret it if you do let him join my bf the town and past the last of the sentinels-who had such company.'' ! loug beats that it was not difficult to get past them-and then Immediately after breakfast Dick bridled and saddled hj.s : he m6unted and rode onward. horse aud, mounting, rocle in the direction of Mit's ride fa;;tc>r,'' eagerly. Boh "as an impulsive youth who would rntlier fight than eat. thongll he was very hungry, and the thought that tlle red might read1 the Denman home ancl plun'tler and burn it ancl get away before the Liberty Boys got tllete was 110t a plenRiug on1.. I>ick decided to act on Bob's snggestion and gave the onler to ride at n more rapid imce. He and Bob were in the l ead, and they set the pace, the others following. E'lfteen minutes of this fast riding brought them to the Denman l1ome . and they were glad to learn that tbey lrnd got there ahead of the enemy. , Tile youth;, ancl led tlleir horses back into the timber at a distance of u. quarter of a mile, to where there wm ; a natural cletlring of perhaps three acres. Here they left theit horses, tying them to treeR around the eclgf' of the clearing, afte1 ''hi<.:h the youths hastened back to the house. Tile Liberty Boys d'id not go clear to the house. howeYer; they paused at the edge of the timber, and, nt Dick's sugges tion, stretched out till they r eached from the road on the nortlnrnst to tile road again on the soutll\\'C'st, thus half en circling the house. "I will gO to the house," said Dick. "and I am going to sb.1.v tl1f>rt> till the redcoats put in n11 HJJ}JearaneP. You keer out o . E sight nnd wait till you hear my slgn!ll, a shrill whistle. and then you are to rush for"al'Cl antl corupletelr surronncl the honse and the redcoats as well." "Thnt',; a !::Clleme,'' sni d Doi.>. enthus iastically. "Yes, I think we shall be nble to capture the entire British force." HI think so.'' Dave Deuman hacl come out to rneet Dick and the Libertv Boys as soon as tlley appeared, ancl he bad shown them tl;e way to tht> little clearing where they had l eft their horses. He now accompan i ed Dick to the house. and on the waY he told the )-onth tllat his mother had consenteu to let him 0joiu the company. "All right, Da•e.'' said Dick. "I am glacl of it.'' Th<'y entered the house, autl :\'.Irs. Denmau corroborated the statement. "I have decided to let him join your company, Cnptain Slater,'' >

THE LIBERTY BOYS' SWORD FIGHT. 11 eader of the party, Lieutenant Holton, appeared at the oorway and. bowing. said mockingly : "Good-morning! I hope I find you all feeling well?" Dick had stepped back and to one side and had not been seen as yet : but now he stepped out and confronted the speaker and said calmly: "Good-morning, Lieutenant Holton. Yes, we are all as well as usual. I trust you are feeling well?" 'rhe lieutenant's ullcler jaw dropped, and he glared at Dick in :unai1ement. "Great Jupiter! Dick Slater!" he presently gasped. "What are you doing here?" "\Vaiting." "Waiting! For what?" "For you fellows to come." 'l'his was said so coolly that the lieutenant stared. He could not understand the matter at all. "Say," he said, after a little; "you proved yourself to be a remarkably clever young fellow by escaping last night, as you wagered you would do. Now, why, in the name of all that is wonderful, have you spoiled your reputation by staying here and permitting yourself to be captured again?" Dick eleTated bis eyebrows. "You haven't captured me yet," he said quietly. The lieutenant laughed . "I'd like to know what you would call it, then," he said. "I have the house sw-rounded by twenty-eight men, and bow you are going to make your escape is more than I can figure out." "It isn't necessary for you to do any figuring'," witl;! a smile. "I have it all figured out myself." The Denmans were silent auditors to the . conversation. They knew Dick Slater had a surprise in store for the lieutenant, so they were well satisfied with the situation. So far as Dick was concerned, he was simply talking in order to give his Liberty Boys time to completely surround the redcoats. , "If you don't object, I will step out on the porch and take a look at the situation," he said. "Come along; but mind, don't try to escape, for if you do my men will shoot you." "Oh, I won't try anything foolish or desperate." The lieutenant stepped out through the doorway. and Dick followed. He looked around upon the troopers sta.nding there, mu!eled it full at the lieutenant's breast. "It will be best not to attempt to show fight," said Dick, calmJ\ . "I would order the men to surrender, if I were you." Br:iti;:;h officer uttered an angry ''I understand why you remained here, now," he said. "You are master of the situation, I must ack11owledge." and fifty of the youths were deputed to take the prisone1•s there and deliver them to the commander-in-chief. "Then you must come right back, boys," sald Dick. "We will we won't let any grass "row under our feet " said Bob. ' "' ' 'l.'hey hastened to the clearing and got their horses., and . while the y were gone the other Liberty Boys assisted the prisoners to mount their horses. 'Then, as soon as the fifty returned, they mounted and started a way with the thil'ty prisoners in their midst. It took them about three-quarters of an hour to reach Mid dlebrook. and when they rode into the encampment their, ap pearance, with so many prisoners, caused considerable ex citement. Bob went to headquarters and reported to General '7\•ashington. ' The commander-in-chi e f was well pleased -and ordered the prisoners to be taken in charge and placed under guard. General Wa'shington listened to Bob's sto1y of the caIJture, and then complimented Dick Slater and the Liberty Boys on their. work. "You have done well," be said; "but you will neecl to be on your guard from now on. 'l'llis will arouse the enemy, and a vigorous attempt will be made to capture you. Don ' t permit yourselves to be hemmec1 in; always have a way, of retreat open, and if necessary come here." Bob said that the advic e would be heeded, and when the conversation ended he left headquarters. Fifteen minutes later the party of Liberty Boys was on its way back to the Denman home. In a little more than half an hour they were at their destina tion. They found everything quiet. The Liberty Boys had made an encampment in the clear ing in the timber and were getting ready• to cook their din ners. Mr. Denman bad a large smokehouse nearly filled with hams, shoulders and bacon , and he told Dick that they were welcome to hi:lp themselves. . The Liberty Boys took as much as they thought they would need, and Dick offered to pay for it, but the pat1iot would not permit it. • He said that his son was now one of ' the Liberty and, anyway, he was a true patriot, and was ready to do tlll he could to help in the great cause. Mrs. Denman and Laura mixed up a great Jot of corn m e al and cooked several dozen great "hoecakes, " and these were accepted by the Liberty Boys with thanks, They bad a feast that day and talked and laughed anrl had a jolly time; the fact that they had captured thirty British troopers contiibuted largely to their happiness. Dave, who now considered himself one of the Libe1iy Boys, ate dinner wltb them, and he listened to their lively talk and laughter with delight. "Jove, but' I'm glad that I am a Liberty Boy! " be said to himself again and ,again., and when be went to the house after dinner he told his parents and sister that be was well satisfied. 'l'hey wanted him to sit up to the table and eat some more, but he told them he had had his dinner. and tllat he had never enjoyed a meal so much in his life before . His mother was glad and sorry at the same time. She wanted Dave to be happy and contented. but at the same time she l\ad secret hop e s that be might become tlrnd of the life of a soldier Yery ,quic kly and be willing to stay at home. "Aud I am not such a fool as you thought, eh'!" with a smile. "::-\o. and I might have known there was some trick behind it all." bitterly. "I will know what to expect from you after Dave was gritty, however. and he was in the affair for all awhile." he was worth, and he was determinetL that he would remain '.rhen he turned and called out to his men: with the Liberty Boys till the end of the war, or until be "Don't attempt to resist, boys. It \Yould be folly and would was killed or so severely wounded that he could not tide a only re;;nlt in your losing your lives . " horse. 'J'he men laid down their muskets and were soon prisoners, He did not stay at the house long , but went back :rnd their hands being bound togetller behind their backs. busied himself listening to the talk of the youths and iu ;{<'t-The lieutenant surrendered bis sword to Dick, and his hands ting acquainted with them. were bound the same as were those of his men. He was a manly, bright aud pleasant boy, and one who 'Well. you were beaten at your own game that time," said made friends easily, and the Liberty Boys quickly took :i Dkk. "You surrounded me. and my men surrounded yows." liking to him and soon made him feel that be was one o( "I own up beaten." was the gloomy reply. ' 'But what are them. you goini:: to do .with Dick called Bou to one side and told him to keep a sharp "Tak<' to :\fiddlebrook and turu you o\er to General watc h over the Denman hom e to sPe that 110 other force of \Ya>:hington as prisoners of war." r e dcoats appeared aucl did damage the re. 'rbe men looked anything but pleased on hearing thi;.:. I "I am going to go do,Yn toward New Brunswick and rccnn Dick held a >

12 THE LIBEHTY BOYS' S\YORD FIGHT. thf'lr extended abse nce may cause ala.rm in th<' British en campment party 111:1,, bP :ent to l ook for tllem." "LPt it come,'' said Bob. witll a g rin; "we wlll take it into camp the same as w e did the one this morning.'' Dick smiled. He was accustomed to P.ob"s airr impu lsive ness. He was well aware. h owever, that tmderneatb this air of lightness was grim determination and the bra very of the llon in its nathe jungle. '!Jere were few more daring and desperate fight ers than Bob Estabrook. "That's right. Bob," Dick saicl: "if any British soldiers put in an appearance take them prisoners." ""We will or kill them." After a little furtlle r conv e rsation. Dick giving Bob some final instructions. he left the encampment and walked away. "I am not going to rid e this time," he told himself; "I am afraid that I might l ose my horse, and I wouldn't do that for anything. He is too >alua ble." Dick's horse was a magnific e n t black thoroughbred, of Arabian stock; the youth b a d captured tbe horse a year be fore over on Long Islru1d when spying on the British, and he had good reason to b e lieve the horse had been tile property of General Howe, tbe co!lllila nder-in-chief of the British army. Dick had named the horse "::\Injor, ., and the noble animal bad more than once saved bis youthful owner's life by his speed and staying qual!ties. The Liberty Boy walked onward down the road at a good pace. Til e road wound this way and that. and it was impossible to see far ahead, but Dick had no fear of being captured when afoot; he cou l d leap in among the trees at tile roadside in an instant, and it would be impossible for a party of redcoats to fire quickly enot1gb to llit him before be could get out of the way. He walked steadily onward an llour or more, and then came to a point where the road rounded a hill of considerable h e ight. "I believe that I will be able to get a sight of the British encampment at New Brunswick from the top of that hill," said Dick to himself; "I'll go up and see about it, anyway." He l eft the road and made his way up the bill, and when h e reached the top he looked in the direction of New Bruns wick. It was as he had expected. He saw the British encal)'.lp ment very plainly. He had been there perhaps fifte e n minutes when he saw a party of redcoats coming across the bridge over tile Rari tan River. There were at least fifty of the redc oats, and they were mounted-were troope rs, the same as tllose who llad been captured that morning. Dick supposed that they were going to come in his di rection, but he was smprised a few minutes later to see the party turn to the right wllere the road forked and ride away toward the northeast. "Hello, I wonder where tlley are uonnd for'!" he asked himself. He pondered for a "-llile and could tllink of nothing that w ou ld call them in that direction. "They are either doing that to d eceive a ppssible' patriot spy or they are going on a foraging expedition," thought Dick. He remained on the llill an hour l onger, but saw no other party of British leaYe the encazpment, and finally he went back down to the road and started bac k in the direction of the Denman home. He arrived there a little more than an hour later and went to the encampment. "All has been quiet s!pce you left," said Bob. "I was in hop es some redcoats would come and give us a chance at them, but they did not put in an appearance." Then Dick explained that he had seen a party of at least fifty troopers, but that they had gone toward the north east. "I wondei where they are bound for?" remarked Bob. "That is the question," said Dic.k; "they may be intend ing to make a wide circuit and strike us from one side, how ever, so we had better k eep our eyes ope n." "Oh, well, we will make short work of fifty, Dick." Scouts were sent out with instructions to watch for the party of troopers, but when evenini:r ca m e no redcoats bad b een seen. "J guess they went on a foraging expedition, .. said Dick. "Likely," agreed Bob. Tl.Je Liberty Boys cooked and ate their suppers and then settlecl down to take it easy. Tht>y t ad sentinels ou , did not fear tn ken by surpri.P. Dave bad gone oYer to the l10use jus t after supper and ahout sundown b e came back to the camp and went up to Dick and said: "You are \va1Jted at the house.'' "Who wants mt>, Dave?" asked Dick. "An old gypsy wouia11. .. " I w onder why she wi,;;hps to see me," be murmured. "Did she m ention my name and nsk to see me?" "Yes." "That is rather queer; w e ll , I ' ll go and see who s h e is and what she wants." CHAPTER X. HELEN ROLLINS AND HER STORY. Dick made hi s way to the house. He en t e red and found Mr .. i.\Irs. and Laura Denman and an old-looking woman who looked somewhat like a gypsy. The youth greeted the Denmans and then looked inquir-ingly at the old woman. "You wished to see me?" h e asked. "Yes. if you are Dick Slater,., wus the reply. ''That is my uame ; but how did you know there was sucn a p erson in this part of the country?" "I didn' t kno ; w It until after these good peopl e here told me." "You asked if we knew nuy oue in this part of the country by the name of Dick Slater," said Mrs. Denman. "So I did; yes, and I had a reason for doing so. l\Ir. Slater, where i s your home?" "In \Vestchester Cou nty, New York." "Near Tarrytown ? " "Yes." "Exactly, and you have a mother and sister li ving there?" Dick started and looked at the old woman eagerly. "Yes. " h e said; "do you know them? Have you--" "Alld do you know a maiden tlle r e by the name of Esta-brook-Alice Estabrook?" Dicli was usually a pretty good llano a t controllin g his features. and expression , but now, i n spite of him, a wave of color rushed into his face. temporarily smothering the bronze made by the sun and wind. It wai:i a fine, healthy blush, and a ll noticed it. The old man smil e d and said: "I see you know the girl in question." , "Yes, I do," said Dick. "Sh e is one of the .best. sweetest, prettiest and noblest girls in all the world." "And s he is all tile world to you?" "She is," said Dick, promptly; "I acknowledge it freely, and now, wllat does this mean, lady? You have been there and seen my mother and sister and--" "Sweetheart? Yes, . I was there only a week ago and saw them. They were kind to me1 and when they learned that I was coming down into New Jersey they told me to asl;: for Dick Slater and Bob Estabrook-by the way, is he here with you ?-and if I found you to hand you these," and she drew forth from her pocket a couple of letters and held them up Dick took them eagerly and saw that one was addressed to himself in tlle handwriting of llis sweetheart, Alice Esta brook. and the other was addressed to Bob in the handwrit ing of Dick's sister, Edith Slater. Edith was Bob's sweet heart, ev•m as Alice was Dick's. DaYe had accompanied Dick to the house and Dick now handed him Bob's letter, saying: "Take that to the camp, Dave, and give it to Bob." "All right, Dick," and taking the lette r, Dave left the house. "Please excuse me while I read my lette r," said Dick. The Denman;; and the old woman bowed and Dick opened the lette r and r eacl It. It was a love letter. and as he read Dick's heart glowed with pleasure. He had not seen Alice for several months past. and this letter was indee d a treat. Whe n be llad finished he folded the letter iind placed it in his pocket and then turned to the old woman. "Allee says in this letter that you are on a special mis sion, and that perhaps I may be able to aid you, lady." The old woman bowed. "1'hat is true," she said; "I am on a special .mission, and perhaps you might be able to aid me in some mannel." "Well, rest assured that I shall u e only too glad to do so if I possibly can."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SWORD FIGHT. 13 "'l'hank you." "If will explain in what way I may be o:I' assistance . lady. then I wllI know more about it." The old woman was iient a few moments, seemingly tbink ini::. and then she said: "These good people here.• indicating the Denmans, "tell me tbnt tile British nrmy is at New Brunswick." "That is correct. lady." "And that is near here?" "Only about four miles. away." "And .vour Liberty Boys-your sweetheart and sister told me abont them-are here?" "Rigbt at hand, lady." " .And the patriot army is not far away?" "At l\Iiddlebrook, only four miles from here." "Exactly, and do you think there will be a battle?" The old woman look ed searchingly at Dick as she spoke. "I think it likely, madam." "VerY\ well; wait a few moments." Then she rose and said to Mrs. Denman: "i\Iay I have a basin of water and some soap, madam?" "Certainly," in a surprised voice. "Come into the kitchen." The two went into the kitchen and Mr. Denman, Laura and Dick looked at one another in rather a puzzled manner. They could not understand this peculiar old woman at all. Presently Laura's curiosity got the better of her and she went into the kitchen: "'What do you think of the old woman?" asked Mr. Denman. "I hardly know,' was Dick's reply. "She seems to be rathe r a strange woman." . ''Yes, indeed. I 'wonder why she is traveling around in the way that she is?" "I d on't know; possibly she will tell us, however." "Perhaps so." f They waited perhaps fifteen minutes, and then Laura reentered the sitting-room. Her eyes were sparkling with excitement and her father and Dick noted this and wondered at it. . Then her mother entered nnd close behind her came-not the old woman, but a rather handsome young woman of perhaps twenty-three or twenty-four years. Dick and .\Ir. Denman stared in amazement. It was a startling transformation-from an old gypsy woman to n handsome young lady-and they could not help being a st on ishecl Wba t could it mean? Why was this young woman masquerading In this fashion? These questions flashed through Dick's mind, but of course he could not answer them." The young woman looked at Dic k and Mr. Denman and sn!ilecl. E'\iuently she was enjoying their amazement. "I'm the same woman who went into the other room a few ngo." i;he said: "yet not thP same, either, at least in appearance." "So I see," said Dick; "but what does lt mean? Why are you trave ling about in disguise in this fashion?" 'l'he young woman seated. herself and said: "I will explain. Captain Slater. I will tell you my story and then you "ill know all. But first. I wish to ask if you know any one in the British amiy by the name of Harbison -Harold Harbison? I think be is an officer of the rank of major." Dick shook bis head. "I do not know a._py one of that name,• he replied; "nor ha'\e I ever heard of him." "Yery weU; I am sure that he is with the main British army at New Brunswick. But now for my story": It will not be necessary to tell the story in the young womans own words. Suffice it to say that she was an English wonrnn and an actress. She hacl been employed In a stoek company in a London theater for seYeral years, and as she "as talented, she had had good parts to play and had reeein: d a good alary. As a result she had managed to save a nice little bit of money. She bad many admire1s. and a monp; them was a British officer. :\Injor Harold Harbison. He had paid assiduous court to her and had askeL1 her to marry him. Sbe bad consented, and they had the day set for the wedding, but the major's rpgiment wa;. ordered to Amerila to fight the " rebels," and ilP eame to hi,; promised wife and asked her to lend him a large sum of money He claimed that he owed many bills in London, and that be did not wish to lea-re them unpaid. He told Helen Rollins-th e young :1c-tr(•ss in que,.:tion -tha t he would probably be in America onl y a few n1onth s . and that just as soon n s h e returned they would be married . . The young woman !JelieYed in the officer and cheer ful. let him have eYery iloller of her money. Then, haYiug the mon e y in his pos;;essi ou . lie told her thn t h e did not intend to make her his wife, anLl that lie was going to remniu In America and marry the da up;ltt e r or some ricb American. Of course Helen Rollins was nrnl upqraided him. !Jut he merely-laughe d at h e r. 'l'hereupo u her lov e for him tume d to hatred, and she told him tltat she would follow him to America and when he least expected, it .-he would deal him a blow. He laughed still ftlore at this, for h e had no . idea that she would put her threat into effect. But she had done so. She bad gone bac k to her work and had saved her money carefully till she had sufficient for her purpo e; slie had crossed the ocean 011 a sailing vessel that was bringing ammunition and arms to the British soldiers and had landed in New York Cit:v two weeks ago. She had mjde inquiries in New York. but had not found Major Harbison there; she had heard that a British officer, who answered to the description she o-aye of the major. was wounded and ill at a farmbbuse not far from Tarrytown, and she had gone there, only to be the officer was not Harbison. The hous e where the "ounded officer lay was near the homes of the Slaters nnc l Estabrooks. and Helen Rollins had stopped at i\Irs. Slate r's home to get a dr"ink; learning, by accident, that the ''"oman of the house was the mother of the famous patriot spy, Dick Slater, the thougl1t had come to her that he might be able to aid her in her search for Major Harbison, and she told l\Irs. Slater h e r story. Urs. Slater told the young woman that Dick and his LilJ erty Boys were down in New Jersey, and that if she went down there to look for Harbison she should hunt Diel;; up, and that he would be only too glad to h e lp her. 'l'he Estabrooks were told the story, and they said the same that Mrs. Slater bad said. Of course Edith Slater arnl Alice Estabrook were greatly interested in Helen R o llins' story, and they insisted that if she went down into X e w J ersey s he should hunt Dick and Bob up and get them to help her. "'!'bey will find Major Harbison for you." dec:Jared Edith. confidently. . "Yes, and they will kill him for you, too. if you say for them to," said Alice, her eyes g lowing. Then tl.iey told Helen that Dick and BolJ were tbeir sweet hearts, and cf course this interested the :voung woman from England. She at once volunteered to carry letters to the young men, and Edith and Alice hastened to write the lette rs. Mrs. and Mrs. Eta brook. cl id not write; simply told the girls to say that they were ''"ell and that they prayed for the safety of their sons every night. Helen remained at the Slater home overnight. and then. with the letters in her possession and followed by the "OOtl wishes of her new-found friends, she returne d to New fork City. She had then disguised herself as an old gypsy womanher skill at making up for the stage stood her in good stencl here-and set out for New Jersey. Mounted on an old horse that she bad bought for a sum, she had ridden across New Jersey. She had started to go to Morristown, but had learned that the patriot army had moved to Middlebrook and that the inain British army had gone to New Brunswick, sp she had in that direction. As we have she arrived in safety at the Denman home and made the acquaintance of Dick Slater. Bob Estabrook came in soon after she had finished her story and he was introduced to the young woman from England. "I liave been greatly interested In your s tory, :.\Iiss Rollins, said Dick, "and I will say that I shall be only too glad to do all I can to assist you. If possible, I will find thi s :Ofajor Harbison, and If you say so I will kill the scoundrel." '!'here was no mistaking the fact that Dick meai1t what he said. There was grim determination in his Yoice and ex pression. Bob wanted to hear the story and it was tolc1 briefly for his benefit: He extended his hand impulsively, and as Miss Tiollins took it he said: "You can count on me, :Oiiss Rollins. T will find HnrlJi son if he is in America, and I will do \\"lJat ever you kill him or bringhim to you . a pri so ner. \Vouldn't lJrefer that we do that? You \Yould lik e to say a fc1r to him before we end his days, wouldn't you?"


14 THE LIBETITY BOYS' SWORD FIGHT. "Yes." The young woman's eyesflashed , and It was evi that she meant what she said. "If you can do so, bring hrn1 to me, a prisoner. If you should be forced to kill him, h owe ver, don ' t fail to inform him that you are acting for me -Helen Rollins." ""We will be sure to do that, Miss Rollins," said Di ck; "he shall know that he owes his death to the treatment he gave you." '"l'hank you." said the voun" and it was that she was well pleased. 0 CHAPTER XI. AT THE TAVERN. "I hn Y e so me information which I think may of inter est to you, M1. Slate r," said the young woman, when they hurl got through discussing her affairs. "Ah, indeed? What is it, Miss Rollins?" ., "I will tell you. I stopped at noon to-day and took din ne r at a wayside tavern. vVhil e I was sitting in the dining. room eating there were some British officers and soldiers at another tabfo, and I managed to hear some of their conversa tion, though the officers, who sat at a table by themselves, were care ful not to speak loudly. " "Ah, did you gain some knowledge of the intended movements of the British, Miss Rollins?" exclaimed Dick. " Yes." "Did you hear anything to throw light on the meaning' of the movement in coming to New Brunswick?" "Yes; New Brunswick is not their objective p.oint at all." "What is their objective point, then?" "Philadelphia." "Ah! I suspected as much." 'And I am sure that General Washington thinks same, Dick, " said Bob. "I know he does; he intimated as much to me." '.'But. the will not go on to Philadelphia right away," said Miss Rolhns; "they are afraid to do so, for fear the patriot army will get in behind them and cut off their commu ni('ation with Jliew York City-at least that Is what they said." "That is good news," said Dick, "and it is important information, Miss Rollins. " "lndee'd?" "Yes; it will save me the trouble of trying to enter the British encampment and spy upon the r e dcoats. It is the information that I wished to secure." The y9ung woman was evidently well plesaed. "I am glad of that," she said, "but I secured some more information." "What is it?" "I learned that the officers and men were on their way to New York to bring 'back a large sum of gold with which to pay the soldiers their wages for the past quarter." Dick and Bob looked excited and pleased. "Say, Dick," said Bob, "that ls. good news." ' . 'Yes, Bob; perhaps we may be able to capture that gold." "I thought you might do so," said the young woman; "I heard the officers tell the landlord of the tavern that they would be back there to:morrow evening and that they would probably remain all night." "That is fine," said Dick ; "now we can lay our plans with some certainty that they will not miscany-at least not greatly .. , "I tell you that gold will come in handy to General Washington if we can secure it!" said Bob. "Our soldiers have not had any money for months, and many of them are becoming discontented." '"We ll, we will capture the gold, and some of the redcoats as well, or know the reason why," said Dick. ''That is just what we will do! , . from Bob. "l hope you may succeed in doing so, " said Miss Rollins. She told ihem all she had heard the officers say, and then I h e matter of what she should do came up for di sc ussion. "If these g ood people will permit me to do so, I would like to stay h e re," she said. "I would be glad to remain until you finll )lajor Harbi8ou, at al)y rate. and when I haYe finhhell with him, then I s uppose I shall return to New York and thence to London. .. Botte:r remain in America tly, .. said Bob; it is a glarty of that was to bring the gold numbered twenty men, officers and soldiers. "There is no need of taking all the boys along, then, Dick," said Bob. "True, fifty will be plenty. and then we can leave fifty here to protect the Denman home in case foraging parties of redcoats shculd come this way .. , "That's right, and it is likely that a party . will be .out looking for the thirty troopers that we captured yesterday. "'True; we will take only fifty of the boys; and, by the way, Bob, don't you think it will be a good plan for you and I to go on ahead?" '"ro the tavern, you mean?" "Yes; we can go there and reconnoiter, you know-get the lay of the land, as it were." "Yes, I think that will be a good plan. We will . be able to size up the tavern-keeper and learn which side he is on and all about the things we will wish to be informed about." will we go?" "We will leave soon after dinner and will reach there in a couple of hours. The boys will leave here about four .o'clock and get there in time for supper." "How are you going to work it, Dick?" "I am going to get the tavern-keeper to let m e conceal the boys in the cellar-if he is a patriot-and will force him to do this if he is a Tory, and then when the redcoats come we will take them by surprise and capture the entire lot of them, as well as the gold." "That ought to wo rk all right." "I think so." "It wil! be strange if it doesnt. • "So it will." The youths had nothing to do during the forenoon, so they put in the time at the Denman house talking to Miss Rollins. The more they talked to her the better they liked her. They saw that she was a bright, clever young woman, as well as a very determined one. "Say, Dick," said Bob, when they had gone back to the encampment to cook and eat dinner, r have never seen this Major Harbison, but I have no hesitation in telling you that he is not only a scoundrel, but an arrant fool." "What makes you think ihat, Bob?" with a smile. "Why, because he did not have sense enough to bold onto the prize he had won in Misi:;. Rollins. She is a spl en did young woman; good enough for any man, and I know she was far and away too good for Harbison." '"I'hc>re can be no doubt regarding that in the light o f what has taken place. And I am like you, I think he is a fool if ever there was one. " "You are right." Dick and Bob had explained matters to the Liberty Boys, and the youths had drawn lots to see who were to go with Dick and Bob to capture the r edcoats and the treasure

'l'HE LIBEHrry BOY '' SWORD FIGHT. 15 And the landlord, who, seemingly, a phlegmatic, slowminded man, was, in fact, quite keen-witted and shrewd, was convinced that the two youths were "rebels... He told his wife and daughter so. "I don't know what they want here," he told the woman and girl, 'but I want them to leave before the British get here this evening, for they might think I am a rebel and that I am glad to have the two here. " "Look yonder, father!" said the girl, suddenly, pointing out of the kitchen window-the conversation was taking place in the kitchen-"there -come a couple of British officers. They will either capture the two rebels or drive them away if you ask them to do so." ''That's a good idea," said the man. "I'll go out and tell them about it," and he hastened out of the house by a rear door and around to the front. The British officers said tney were tired and wished to rest a while and get something to drink, and so the hostler was called and he took the horses to the stable. The landlord managed to tell the British officers about the two young strangers in the barroom. ''I am sure they are rebels," he said, "and I wish you gentlemen would capture them." "We wlll do it, " said' one of the officers, in an arrogant, self-important voice. He wore the uniform of a major, while his companion was a captain. "Come along, Jarvis," he said, "we will go in and make the strangers declare themselves, and then if they prove to be rebels we will make prisoners of them." He strode into the barroom, followed by the captain, and then they were treated to a surprise. Seated in chairs tilted back against the wall were Dick Slater and Bob Estabrook, and in the hands of each was a cocketl and leveled pistol. The pistols were leveled full at the B1'.itish offi.cers . "l am glad to see you, gentlemen," said Dick, coolly; "oblige us by raising your hands above your heads, please!" 'rhe,.. British officers turned pale and stared for a few mo ments in amazement and consternation. Then they raised their hands as ordered. CHAPTER XII. l\Ll.JOR HARBISON IS l ' OU:\'D. They had been taken wholly by surprise. 'l'hey had supposed that they would find a couple of country youths whom it would be easy to intimidate merely by their presern.:e in all the splendor of their brilliant uniforms, swords and trappings. They had not thought that it would be necessary to draw a weapon, hence were now at such a great disadvantage that they could do nothing, save obey the command to raise their hands above their heads. Dick and Bob sat there smiling at the disconcerted redcoats. 'You look somewhat surprised, gentlemen,'' said Dick, calmly. 'And a bit disconcerted, too , I think," added Bob . The landlord hacl appeared behind his bar, which was the only thing that divided the dining-room from the barroom, and his wife and daughter were also in the dining-room look ing at the scene in amazement and consternation. •Lower those pistols! " cried the man dressed In the uniform of a major. "What do you mean by threatening officers of the king in this manner?" •we simply wanted to see what you would do when you found yourselves threatened, that is all," said Dick. "Well, now that you have had your fun, lower the pistols." "There is no hurry," was the cool reply. "You are cowards! You are cowards! You are afraid to lower the weapons! " "Why should we be afraid? What would happen?" "You would see." "No doubt; we will lower the pistols presently, just to show you we are not afraid to do so, but before doing that I wish to ask you a question." "What is It?" in a surly voice. "I notice that you wear the uniform of a major." "Yes. What of it?" "I wish to ask if your name is Harbison?" Dick had been given a description of Major Harbison by Miss Rollins, and this man answered 'to the description first .rate. He was inclined to think that the fellow was no other than the officer who had played the young actress such a shabby trick. When Dick spoke the name the man gave a start and looked surprised. This was suffi'cient for the Liberty Boy. "I see you are Major Harbison, .. said Dick, quietly and with an air of conviction . ''And what it?" sne eringly. ".Just this: J have a bone to pick with you." •oh. have you? " "Yes." "I don't know why you should have. I have never seen you before and have never wronged you that I know of." "Doubtless that is true; neither have I ever seen you be fore, but I have heard of you." "Have you?" "Yes, I have b ee n informed by o n e who has had every chanc e to know that y ou a r e about as big a s coundrel as ever went unt).ung. " This was said cal mlY, lut so cuttingly that t'1e major writhe d with rage . " You would not dare sp eak thus to m e if y c c t did not have me at such a disadvantage," he blustered. "Perhaps not; we will see later. But, Major Harbison, have you ever heard of a young lady by the name of Rollins-Miss Hele n Rollins?" The Britis h officer starled and a look of amazement, not unmixed with terror, appeared on his fac e. "Helen Rollins!" be exclaimed, involuntarily. 'Yes , but I s e e you have heard of her. I suppose that, when you coolly walked away with her money back in London and told her you would never see her again that you thought you were telling the truth; did you not?" The major paled. "How did you know about H e l e n Rollins?" h e gasped. "Yes," h e went on, "I did think that I was telling the truth, and I think s o yet." "Well, you are mistaken; you wm see Helen Rollins againand soon, too." "Is she iu America?" in a voice filled with amazement and consternation. 'Yes, and not far away. What is more, she has come here to find you." . It was evident that the major was frightened. "I-I-have long since made up my mind that I-that I made a mistake in throwing her over, " be said. "l will marry her; I am willing to--" 'You will do nothing of the kind," said Dick, coldly. "You. will writhe your miserable life out at the end of a rope, while she stands and looks on, that is' what you will do: And it ,is all that you will do.'' The major w a s silent for a few moments, staring at Dick, and then said: "So H e leh Rollins Is in Americ a, is she?" "She is, as I have already told you." "Aud not far from here.• "Not very far." "And you are going to take me a prisoner to wh e r e she is?" "Such is my intention." ' The major glared. "Oh , if I only had a fair c hance! " he hissed through his set teeth, "I would malce you wish you had never been born. I would--" "What would you term a fair chance;" asked Dick, calmly. "Why, a chance to stand before you, each of us with sword !n hand. Then I would split you from head to waist1ine!" "Oh, you would like to indulge in a sword fight, eh?" "Yes!" fierce!y. "And I wouid like to meet you, sword in hand, you cowardly rebel! " cried the captain. He was a trooper, by the, way, some of whom were the best swordsmen in the British' army. He was. speaking to Bob, of course, and that youth grinned in a most cool manner, and said: "All right, that will suit. me exactly. Only I have no sword." "I have an extra..,.one hanging to my saddle," eagerly. "Good! Say, Di c K, l et's have a sword fight with these boastful redcoats, what do you say? I am sure we can beat them, and 'with their own weapons, too!., "Yes, I have no doubt of our ability to win from them, Bob, but really I don' t see that we are called upon to accommodate them. We have them at our mercy and can tie them up and take them away with us. They have no right to demand that we meet them in a sword fight." "I know that, but let's not be mean about this thing, Dick; we caught the m at a disadvantage. They were not looking for


16 THE LIBRTITY BOYS' SWORD FIGHT. anything of the kind, so they didn't have any chance at all. Let's give them a chance." "Say, you're the fairest man I've ever met in America!" said the troope r, in ad-miration. "You are a genuine gentleman, if you are a rebel." "Thanks," said Bob; "it isn't consideration for you fellqws , that causes me to insist that we fight you; it is my own aesire to meet you and conquer you with your own weapons." "That does not alter the fact that you will be doing an ex ceedingly gentlemanly thing in agreeing to meet u s," the trooper insisted. He was himself a pretty tii c e fellow, and was fair-minded and honorable, so could appreciate these qualities in others. "Well, we will meet you in a sword fight," said Dick.' "I do this, Major Harbison, in order to give you some punishment for the manner in which you treated Miss Rollins; then, later on, we will finish the p,ffair by hanging you." "If you meet me in a sword fight you will never have the pleasure of seeing .me hang," was the arrogant reply. Dick smiled. • "You think so, no doubt; but there is much that you have to learn. There is a lesson in store for you. Landlord!" "Yes, sir," from that worthy. 'Te ll the hostler to bring the sword that is hanging by the saddle on one of the horses he just took to the stable." "Yes, sir," and he hastened away. "May we lower our arms, now?" the trooper asked. "If we are forced to hold them up in this fashion till time to engage in the sword fight we will be at a big disadvantage, for our arms will be in a semi-paralyzed condition.'' "Yes, iower your arms," said Dick, "but be careful not to try to draw a weapon . " The two lowered their hands and gave vent to sighs of re lief. They were glad to get in a more comfortable position, and they telt pretty good now, for they did not doubt their ability to defeat the rebels . A minute later the landlord put in an appearance, carrying the sword, and Bob told him to give it to him. The landlord obeyed, and Bob let down the hammer of the pistol and replaced thfil weapon in his belt; then he tested the sword by making cuts in the air with It. "A very good weapon, Dick," he said, coolly . " I think I shall be able to hold my own with the captain here." That worthy smiled in rather a disdainful manner and drew his sword and made a few fancy sweeps in the air with it. "That will be determined in a very few minutes," he said, with an air of confidence . Dick drew his sword and at the same time returned the pistol to his belt. Major Harbison also drew his sword. "Now I will soon make you regret having talked to me In the way you did a ' while ago!" he said, savagely. " Do you think so Z" smiled Dick. "Yes! I am a fine swordsman, and I am going to qut off your ears and nose, cut slits in your face, and then wind up by running you through!" "Say, he's going into the slaughtering business, isn't he, old man!" laughed Bob. He knew Dick's wonderful skill with the sword, and did not fear for him in the combat to come . The captain stared at Bob in amazement, and then look ed keenly at Dick, noting how he handled his sword. "I'll wager that fellow is a good swordsman," he said to himself, "and it is just possible that this chap is, too. One thing is certain, he is about as cool a fellow as I have ever s!len, and if he is a good swordsman he will be a dangerous opponent. It may be that Harbison and I will find that we have eaught a couple of 'Tartars. " No such thoughts ent'ered Major Harbison's mind, however. He felt confident that they would have an easy time of it ir1 disposing of the rebels, who now took off their disguises . "I'm ready whenever you are!" he hissed, glaring at Dick. "Are y.ou ready, gentlemen?" asked Dick. "Ready!" replied Bob and the captain in unison, as they took their positions. "And so am I; let the fun beg in! " IL di d begin at once, and with a vengeance. Dick crossed swords with the British officer, while Bob en gaged the trooper in like manner. 1 CHAPTER XIII. THE LTilERTY HOYS' SWORD FIGHT. : :Uajor Harbison anti Captain .Jarvi. wer e both good s'l\ords men, but so also were Dick and Bob. . The two Liberty boys had practised whenever the oppor tunity presented itse lf, and they bad become very expe:;:t. They were not much for fancy flourishes, but they we;re able to do good work of a character that made it extremely unpleasant for the other fellow. Dick had already fought two or three duels with British officers and had picked up something in the way of feints, etc .. and these he had taught to Bob. So now, when the sword fig .ht began, the British officers were not l ong in learning that they were not pitted against novices, but against good swordsmen. "Well, major, why don't you slice off my ears, as you said you were going to do?" asked Dick, with a smile, when they had been fighting a few minutes. "I will do that, never you fear,'' was the snarling reply. "Yes, anC. say, captain, please slice off one of my ears!" said Bob. "Don't be backward, but: go right ahead and get in your good work as soon as you like." 'fhe captain smiled. He co uld not help admiring the coolness and courage of the handsome youth opposed to him. "I didn't say I was going to cut off your ears, my young friend," he said. "I know that, but your comrade is going to do .that with my friend, and so you might as well do the same with me." "I'll think about it." The truth was, the captain was having all he could do to take care of himse lf. Bob was a good swordsman, and was so quick and so agile that the British officer found it no easy matter to protect himself. It was the same in Harbison's case. He had supposed he would have an easy time disposing of his opponent, and now he found that he had all he could do to protect himself. Clash . clash, clash! Sparks flew from the finely-tempered blades. The landlord and his wife and daughter stared in speechless terror. Their eyes fairly stuck out, so great was their excite ment and fear. Clash, clash, clash! Certainly it was a terrible com)Jat . It was a sword fight such as seldom takes place. . Dick and Bob were well satisfied with the affair so far. 'l'hey felt that they were really masters of the situation. They felt confident that their opponents were doing the best they could and they had not been able to do any damage ; they would be still less able to do damage the longer the sword fight continued, for Dick and Bob were toi1gb as pine knots and could have kept the work up all. day. The British officers, on the other hand, were already begin ning to pant as a result of their unusual exertions. They were not accustomed to it, and it was tiring them rapidly. Presently Dick succeeded in doing what he had set out to do, viz .. cut a bit off the end of one of tbe ears of his opponent. '"l'oo bad." said Dick, in mock sorrow; "here rou had in tended to slice off an ear for me, and I have done it for you. It seems to have worked differently from what you expected." "Blast you!" almost yelled the major; "I'll have your heart's blood for that! I'll split you from head to heels!" "Don't do anything rash, major," said Dick. calml y, as he de. fended himself against tbe furious attack of the officer. Harbison attacked a. desperately as he could for perhaps two minutes. and then he was forced to desist, the work prov ing too se1ere fo r bim. i\IeamYhile Bob and the captain were having a bard fight of it. but Bob was more than holding his own. Bol> kept making humorous remarks, and his coolness and self-possess ion "-ere a matter for wonder to the British officer. "He is certainly the bravest and coolest young chap I haYe ever encountered," the captain said to himself. _ "Now, i\Ia.ior Harbison, I am going to clip off a small piece of your other ear, so as to make you look better," said Dick, calm ly; "as it is now, you seem to be a bit one-sided, and that 11-ould not be pleasing to you, who no doubt pride yourself on your good looks." It was a double duel, a terrible sword fight, and the land lorrl and wife a?J.d dawrhter looked OIL in A o-rowl the onli reply. It was evident that the officer the youth conrn. and would do what he said, howHer, frll' n::lP..


THE LIBERTY DOYS' 8WORD FIGHT. Dick began attacking in his turn. now. and the other de fended himself us best he could. C l ash. <:lash, clash ! It was certainl y an exciting scene to witness. _Presentl_ y Dick did what he had flaid he was going to do. He chppecl off q ;:;mall bit from the major's other ear. A hoarse cry of rage e,,;caped the major';:; ancl he mucle an attempt to beat Ditk':; guard down and 1:un llim through. but he was weak and co uld not succeed indeed the Liberty Boy laughed in hi face. ' ' "Those two pieces may not be exactly the same siz ," said Dick , "but they are so nearly of a size that I don't think the differ ence will be noticed." "Jove, he's a coo l one, too," thought the captain, as be dicJ. bis best to get the better of Bob. "I would like to know who the two youngsterR are. They are certainly a hard pair to beat." Just then Dick spoke: "Isn't it about time we ended this thing, Bob?" he asked. "I guess it Dick." was the reply. "All right. let's do so." "I'm willing; I have the captain almost tired out," with a grin at that worthy. "And the major is practically helpless," from Dick; ";:;o get to work ancl finish the affair. Bob." "All right, the sword fight will be ended very soon. now." The two youths at once began a fierce attack on their oppo nents, and in spite of themselYes the British officers were forced back till their backs were against the wall. Here they were forced to come to a stop and make a last desperate stand, but they were so tired they could scarcely hold their swords above their waistlines, let alone handle the weapons effectively, and almost before they knew what had happened-and in truth they could not have told bow it hap pened-their swords were wrenched out of their hands and fell to the floor with a clatter. They were disarmed and helpless. The great sword fight was ended, and the Liberty Boys bad won with fbe enemy's weapons. "N'ow you cannot say that we took an unfair adYantage of you ," said _Dick, quietly, "and I guess we have proYed that we are not afraid of you." "There is no doubt regarding that," said the captain. The major said nothing, but he mumbled to himself and felt gingerly of the tips of bis ears. Dick had cut off quite small pieces, but the ears were bleed ing, and no doubt they pained their owner considerable. Dick now turned to the landlord. "Bring me a couple of pieces of rope, " h e commanded; "they should be about two feet in length." The landlord, who was now thoroughly frightened, hastened away and soon returned, bringing two pieces of rope, as Dic;.k had ordered. "Now, sirs, we are going to bind your arms," said Dick. "It will be u seless to attempt to resist." "vYhy should you do that?" asked the captain. "To prevent you from making: your escape; you are prisoners, you know." Bob took the ropes in compliance with an order from Dick, , who drew a pistol and cocked it. . "Now. Bob, tie their hands together behind their backs." be said; "begin with the major, and if he offers to resist I will put a bullet throuii;b him." "All right. Dick." The maj<>r did not otl'er to resist. aud he was soon helpless, his hands bound together behind his back. Then the captain. was served in the same manner. "Sit down, gentlemen." said Dick, and the two obeyed. "You watch them, Bob," said Dick. "I wish to have a talk ith the landlord." "All right; I ' ll ;:;ee to it that don't escape .. , said Bob, and then Dick called the landlord ont into the kitchen and told him thnt he would be made a the same a were the two British officers unless he did just as he wa;:; ordered. He said he would obey, and then Dic-k told him to show him where the prisoners could be confined safely till eYening . "Till evening?" the Tory said, quickly. "Yes; oh. I know what you are thinldng-that the British who are coming here for supper and to spend the night will capture my comrade and myself and free the two officers, but you are mistaken. They will do nothing of the kind. I have a large force of my own coming, and they will capture the British-and mind you, if you or your wife or daughter do aught to interfere with my plans it will go hard 1Yith you. Do \Oil understand?" • Th<> diep the key, and then yon "'ill l:n o w that no one can fre e them . . " "'.l'hi:; will dti yer.r ni ce ly." said Dick. '.l'be prisoners were left in the roow , and doo1 was locked, after which Dick and Bob went back down tairs, the landlord having preced ed them. He told hi s w\fe and daughter that they "'ould baYe to remain neutral and be Yer.r careful not to do anything the two young men would not appro1 e of, and the woman and girl said they would be ca reful. They had not yet gotten oYer tile scare the sword fight had gi\e n them. The.1 r ea li ze d that the young strnnger s were dangerous fel lows, who m It w o uld not do to l'l'OSS in any way. so they were willing to agree to be ca r e ful. Wh e n Dick ancl Bob returnee! to the barroom they !'<, fretted and "' ished that they might be able to make their bnt their ha11ds were bound secure l y and they could not d o anything. "I guess we might as well take it Harbison," said Jarvis. "Of course you can do so," was the sullen reply, "for you haYe nothing worse than being held a l1Tisoner of war ahead of you , whil e I, on ac-count of this H-elt>n Hollins business, hil\e the hangman's noQse confronting me... ' "True," agreed JarYis, and then to him;;;elf he said: "And I judge that it senes yon rig ht. [ think, from what I heard those fellows say. that you are an arrant scoundrel." Jarvis was an h o norable man and could not condone scoundrelly conduct, e Y en in a comrade. CHAPTER X1'\ THE LIBERTY BOYS MAKE AN IMPORTANT CAPTURE. About six o'clock that eYening the fifty Liberty Boys under Mark Morrison put in an appearance, and when the landlord and bis wife and daughter saw the party they turne d pale. They m1derstood, now, that the British party tllat was to come there that eYening 1Yitb the gold t o pay the British soldters would come right into a trap, but they " ere h e lpless to vent it. They had a wholesome fear of the two br:we Liberty Boys and felt that it would not do for them to take an;; hand iri the affair. If they were to try to warn the Rritish and it wa;:; found out they would get them selYes into deep trouble. Di c k at onee began laying his plans for t h e r eeep tlon of the expected p:wty of British. The horse!< "ere pla ced in the stable-all tllat there was room for-and the rest w e re tied in Lile timber bac-k of the stnble. 'J'hen the youths ate supper, tbP woman and girl hn • Ing been put to work cooking as as the Liberty Boys a1riYed. One of the Liberty Boys the n w ent up on top of the house and k ept a sharp lookout for the redcoats. Just ns the sun was setting he came down and reportecl tllat the enemy was approaching. "They nre a m!le away yet. Dick," he said; "so you 'Will haYe plenty of time to get rPady to r eceive them." Dick stntionf'd two of the youths in the house. with in'-. strnctions t'o shoot the landlord dead if he or bis wife or daughter trir d to warn the redconts of their danger; then he ordered twenty-fiv e of the youths to go do"n in the cPl lar. They did so. and were instructed to rush up and capture the redcoats that entered the barroom at a signal from Dick. The other twenty-five youths went and bid in the edge of the timbe r , r eady to rush forth at a signal, which was to be a shrill whistle. . Presently the British came in sight around a bend in the road a third of a mile away. There was a wagon clra wn by two horses, and in front of the wagon rode ten troopers and behind it ten more. Presently the party reached the tavern and came to a stop. Dick. who was in the barroom the redcoats, de-


IS 'J'HE LIBElfi'Y BOYS" SWORD FIGHT. 4 :=. --=--:-_-: -.:_-: __ --=-..::. ____ -------ci!lcl thut It would bt> ns well to captur<' the pnrty at onee. \ Ill'len Ro lli ns and tell her that you arc> ht.>re. a prisoner; un•l antl he cnlled the youths uv out or the 1ellar ill.ld they then 'vhatever she says for u to Umber, nnd tl1en he told Bob to wait there with Urt> worth." lie rlecl. "'Ye will sl.Joot, and shoot to kill." Harbison till he came with :\Iiss Hollins. The leade1 of the party of British, a captain, saw tl1e folly Bob saw be would do so and then Dick hastened on and. or trying to offer fight. and at once cu lled out: was soon in the Denman . .. We surrender! TI'e see tbe uselessness of attempting to He was given a warm welcome by the Denmans and by resist.' Helen as well. ow down your arms, then " c ri e d Dick. "llave , -0u seen or heard of :\Jajor H:nbison as yet, Cap-'J'l!t• redcoats obeyed. ' ' tain :\'Iiss H.ol!lns asked, eagerly. 'l'ben a clozeu of the Liberty Boys went forward antl gatb-Y es, :\Iiss Rollins," replied Dick . "we ha Ye him prisoner, e rt>cl up the weapons. and he!,; right close at hand; do you wi b to see him?" Xov; dismount!" ordered Dick. 'Yes, yes!" was the eager reply. "I wa11t to see him and 'l'he British soldiers did so. tell him what I think of him. Lead me to him at once!,. '.l'hen the Liberty bound the redcoals' hands together '"Come," said Dick. be\lind. their backs, using the troopers belts in doing so. 'l'heY left the house and were soon at the point where Bob 'l'o say the r eckoats were chagrined is stating the case nud the prisoner stood. :rhey angry and sullen, and e,en the supper "Helen!"' cried Hnrbison, taking a step forward. There ".l11ch ?1ck permitted them to he gi , en b.r th e Jamllord and was uu eager, besPechlng light in lli-s eyes. . IHi> wile and daughter did not >1ptured , looking in snrpiise at the major's what clo you say, Uaptain Slater'!" Helrn askecl. "Shall ''I cut them off, cnptain," said Dick. '"l'he maJor aud I I let him go free?"' 1 " Do as yon like, :\Ilss Rollins," was the> reply. "You see :l!H ll!e captain there and one of my comrades had a sword I haye cropped his ears so lie will go through life a marked light and I placed my mark on tl!e major, that is all." man. and 1 think that wlll be ptmishllieiit e>nougl1. perhaps. This surpl'lserl the Britis h officer, and h e star e d in silent 'l'llen too I woul d hate for my Libert" Boys to have to hang amaze ment. ' . ' . ' "Y t b 1 d . , such an arrant coward. It would be a most unpleasant task." ou mus e a gooc swor :;man, h e said. prese ntly, "for ti j d I "Yp1.v "'ell. then, we will let him go." . ie ma or ls mte as one of. the best in the British army .. , "Oh , I am a pretty good swordsman for a countl'y youth " turned upon the arnl saitl Rtetuly: . wns the 1careless reply. ' "Ion are to be Sl'l free, but if you are eaugbt agarn ')"Ou 'l'h e n Dick began making prepamtions to start for :\Jill-will be ha. nged. Let him go .. captain dlebrook . Bob unfastened thC> rope b111dmg the prisoner's hands and He a guard of twenly Liberty Boys around the wagon . . . . • . . , . . .. cont Ulllllll! the golcl during the time that the prisoners were Get out of th1R. ou rowa1.tll5 Antl don t let enting their supper and the hors es " ere aooain hitcbetl to the me eYer set eyes on you agmn, for if 1 do I shall put a wagon-they had b een unhitc h ed and fed the hostlernml bullet through you." l he pr! one rs were assiste d to mount their horses. ,. "Without a word Harl.Ji son hastened a way througll 'rl1e Liberty Boys had bridled and sacldle way. and they did Jards. who was exchangey anivecl there withottt incident about -nothing to clo with Harbison after that.Some of them made mJtlnight'. 'l'he.' told the offitrr of the guard to nut arouse such sport Of his cropped ears that be at last lleserterl, was anyuody: ihat the prisoners coultl be guarded tiil morning caught, and later was shot. hy the Liberty Boys. and this was clone. Helt'n Rollins remained in ..l.rueri c a and settled near tl! e gefort> clayligllt. howeYer. Dick and Bob lecl :llajor H11rbison homes of the Slaters and Estabrooks. Later on slle wns ont of the encnmpment and to u point wheie he could be kept courted l!y a handsome young mau of the Yicinity and they a p1i,,:one r until dn) llght. Bob remained on guard over him. were married and lived happily. Dick went to headquarters after breakfast and Sam H.oymer and Laura Denman were married at the close rnacle his report to the commnncler-ln-chief. of tlle war , and they a l so were happy. General 'V!lshington was clelight.ed b) the capture of the Did: Slate r never receh-ecl the two hundred pounds in ooold twEJty and also by the capture of the gold. thnt he had won from the Blitish.. general and the spy, Dick told the great man the story of Hele n Hollins and Harley. 'l'bey were both ali>e when the war closed, but lbey :.\fojor Harbison, aud asked permission to llaye the major repudiated the debt nncl woul d not pay it. to do as be liked with. The Biitish were at Xew Brunswick for quite a while and The commander-in-cblef granted him the permission. made several attempts to march onward toward Philadelphia, Thim. in company with Dick and the other members of but. finally gaYe it up and returned to New York. his staff, General Washington "1Yent to the wngon and the 'l'he Liberty Boys did good wo r k all tllrougb this camgold was counted. palgn, as they did in all campaigns in which they were enIt was found that there was an enormous amount of money gaged, and the Denman boy be-came a good soltller and fought sufficient to pay the wages of the entire British army for all through tltc war. an entire quarter. An hom later Dick Slater and his Liberty Boys rode out Xext week's issue will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS IX of Middlebrook and away in the direction of Kew Brunswick. GEORGIA; OR, LIVELY TD.CES DOWN SOUTH." 'l'hey picked up Bob and the prisoner, l\fajor Harbison, and an hour later were at the encampment near the Denman major,., said Dick. coldly, " I am going to see Miss SEND POSTAL FOR , OUR FREE CATALOGUE.


• THE LIBER'l'Y BOXS OF '76 . CURRENT NEWS The :fishing industry of the Bosporus is worth ,000 to Turkey. Along the Mediterranean coaHt she obtain::; ex cellent sponges, the Reel Sea yields mother-of-pearl and the Persi1m Gulf pearls. Turkey has no great reputation as a . flghliug nation. During her campaign against Russia, in 1877, she placed 752,000 rncn in the field. At the end of the war the dis organizrd remnant of the 'rurkisli army numbered 120,000 men. . published at Petrogracl conceT11ing losses to property in Russian Poland as a result of the German invasion, give the total number of towns and larger vil lages destroyed as ninety-:fixe. It is said 4,500 small vil lages were devastated, 1,000 of them having been burned. Thes,e figures apply to ten Polish provinces. The dam age is estimated at more than $500,000,000. Early marriages are customary among the mountaineers of Korth Carolina. and when the husbands are killed in the numerous feud wars or disappear esca . pe revenue offiem-s, the young wives , or widows, as a rule, are entered on the roll of the Industrial School at Asheville . Few oE these mountain girls when they come to the school have ever seen a loo ngglas s or a brush, or even the most ordinary o toilet 01 boll e keeping implements . They have never held a pen in their fingers or taken hold of a book. A table set for a meal i s a wonderful object, as is a tKo-story house. And mo s t of them go up and down stairs for the first few wee ks with all the awkwardness and caution of people undergoing a J1ovel sensation. The only objects that would seem familiar 1rnu1cl be guns and shdot ing and trapping apparatus or the he;wily lidded ovens for cooking over an open fire. College golfe1 are planning a trip to the Pacific Coast thi ' summer, llOt only lo Yi sit the exposition at San Fran• David Anderson, a carpenter of Xo. cisco but also to play a series of team matches with various 33 Chestnut street, Yonkers, told friends that he is co1rntry clubs on the coast. Trnmediately after the inter eagerly awaiting spring weather so that he can a.gain collegiate boat races on the Hudson and the Thames, the train for the fifty-yard dash for olcl men held at the an-Yale special will start Ir est. There will be represenfanual .r ew York Caledonian Club games in Celtic Park . . tives of Yale, Princeton, PcnmYlvania, Comell, Williams, Anderson won the gold medal for the in 1907, 1910 and possihl.' Columbia in the patty. A week will be spent and 1912, the last time a . t the of He at the fair. after "hich a tour oi' two week s in automobiles was over fifty when he took up runrnng as an exercise. He 1rill h.e mflde of the links in Central California . It is even was born in Perthshire, Scotland: comes 0 E long-li ved pos ible that the o.rthwest will be visited. Two dates and insists he "fee1s finer than Her and iri11 trim those, have beim arrangen by the Yale combination, of which ' W . old men once more '.ear:' I d .1 Hamilton Gardner, 2 , is again captain. On May 15 the annual clash between Princeton and Yale will take place at \filliam Wall, of o. 89. Lamberton 'l'rent,on, G-reenwicl1, while on May 8 Yale wilt' Yisit Garden City to' T . J.,. fined.. $10 by Actrng. J.mlge ll'.tlmc 1? the R?eplay a match with the representatives of that club, one of ond District Police Court for kill mg a , 1:e1glibor s whom pr,t!bably will be Walter J. 'rravis. a bullet, because the cat would not let !um sleep. "Ill rot in jail before l'Jl pay that fine,'' yelled Wall at tbe court. He then was sentenced lo days in the }lercer County Jail, where he can the comt cleclared, uutil he cloes rot. "I'll take a chance: "'as \r comment, a>< lie was led to a cell. Friends of the prisoner wish to pay the fine, bnt he he will 1i1 c on bread a11cl water for the .next l11 months in hi;; rell before he will yield. \'cry interesting is the fact that the bulk of the battle , hips which are engaged in reducing the forts of the Dar-1 danelles are whose term of useful s was supposed to be nenr it end. That estimate, however, was based upon their ability to stand the test of battle on the high seas, in which work. if matched against modern ships, they would be worse than useless. For the particular duty A nerman aeroplane flew over C'alais the other mom-ass i gnrcl them in the Dardanelles, namely, that of silencing 1 ill!!". at an altitude of 2.000 meters, going the guns of small caliber and limited range after the from 1 re;::L to Cll"L Tt lrnd flmrn 01rr the waters of the hea1icr gtrns of from 9.4-inch to 14-inch caliber have ('liaunrl from il,; Belgian ba"r in order thal it been clismounted by such ships as the Queen Blizabeth, HOt lw the hrt11-ccn I t\1e :'\1'lson and the they admirably suited . Ca la i,.; nd Bon logm•, '!'he aeropla m' hrgan 1lroppi up; t Their 10-ineh and 12-mch shells caJ:rymg large charges of af' a,.; i! tlw outer J'odificatiorn:, 'I'lw high have proved to be terribly destructive in:, falling at :111 hour i11 tlil' in tlw de-11 reeking gnu positions, blowing up magazines, rte. Their "l'ri('cl -.tree!;:, i11jurrcl u11 0111'. Otl1N hnm\J,.; fell in the armor of from J2 to 16 inches in thickness and the posfiPlria 1 dalllngP d011r H'I eral broken "ession of the heavy protective which were given to 1rirn1n"" aud to n J'rll' ' l 'he Taube from 15 to 20 years ago, ena.bled them to withstand wa;: liml npon ]JY tl1P 1>11! it lwliP\!'d tbai il got the .1lta r k of ?>-inc h and 6-inch shells with comparative >.aJ ly ;n\:.iy, lo !he altitude al 1rbich it was fi?ing: immunity.


. '• 2 0 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. The Yorks and the Yanks ORTHE RIVAL SCHOOLS OF LAKE CHAMPLAIN By RALPH MORTON ( A S E R i A L S T O R Y ) . , CHAP'l'ER VII (continued) 'l 'hey occupi e d an entire s ection opposite the band and "Let her pass safe l y a n d we'll tack l e you,'' answered close t o the entrance where the ride r s and other perform J ac k. "We' r e not hiding behind any girl's skirts, but CffS came into the ring. we've got to look out fo r her a ll the same." Tlw_v a l l carried c anes, presumably to appla u d with by " ' Cademy, 'Cad e my !" yelled Phil and Ben, overturning thump in g them upon the scats, but reall y for defense i n two of the Yanks who pressed forward too eag erl y . ease they w e r e attac ked b y the Yanks . There was answering s hout , and up from the landing The latter were present in force, ancl among them Jack r ushecl a score of Yorks to do battle with the overnoticed Tom Trimble, Paul Porter, Dick Barnes and al l c onfident Yanks . t h e l eading spirits of the fa ct ion. T h e latter now di scove red too la te that the boat had Di e k kept on his cap, a s his hair se emed to be cu t very gone, and that the y were outnumbered by the A c ademy short, and this presently caused B e n Thurman to shout: "Hi, Barnes, where's your m an n e rs? Why don't you The tide s peedil y turned, and it was the s igl1t of the take off your cap?" Y ank s b e ing driven back that g av e Tom 'l'rimble such " H e's ashamed of his trademark,'' cri e d one of 1;he deligl1t. Yorks, and then the y all laughed, aJJCl raised the Academy He was true to his own side, certainly , but in t hi s case yel l. h e might be pard o n ed for wishing Jac k 's ch ums t9 win, The Hig h School boys an s w e red with t' ei r cry, and for whi c h they did. a few . mom ents the t8nt fairl y rang with the yells of the Some of the Yanks took r efuge in the wai t in g -rooms of rin1l fadions. the ferry c omp a n y , and qf the Champlain steamers; some The n the baud strur k up, the r ed curta in s at one side s ou g h t sa fet y in the s hop s on the lower road, and some were parted, and in rode a glittering cavalca de of knights r an into the railroad. sta tion ; but there w e re m a ny who in armor, la d i es, squires and other attendants, and, lastly, w ere 1Jot so a company of funny Mor e than one w as treated to an unwelcome bath in the One a c t afte r another followed, but at the end of each fake , or had to submit to a severe pommeling unless the app l aus e w11s drowned b y the ye! I s of the r ival sc hools, pluc k y enough to defend himself, before the v ictorious and no t hin g else could be h ea rd. Yorks grew tired of t he fun and w ent bac k to the village Finally a g r eat c a ge was drawn into the ring, and the a n d to t h e Acaclemv . i ingma ste r , after con sulting with one of t he p erformers, " W ell, they clicl;1't corner u s a s bad a s they thought announced in loud , clear tones, heard all oYer the tent: t he y \rould." c hu c kled Phil as he drove Jac k and Daisy ''Ladies and gentlemen, I now have the pleasure of in :'Up. t h e hi11 in the r e covered bugg y . "Captain Tom did a trod11cing to yov.r no t ice Signor Ca.rl o Leon a ti, t he world g ood thing for n s wh e n . he pulled out of the s lip and l ef t famous trainer of wild bea s ts, who will enter the den of t ho se fe llow s b ehind. Serves 'e m right for coming over lion s and put them through their exe r cises. It is espe here . " c ially requ este d by Mr. Haynes, by the performer, and by In th e course of the next week the flaming pos t ers of a I myself, a s mast. : r o f ceremonies , that the audience remain triJ.Ycling circ:us announced from the sides of old barns perfectly silent during this act, which i s of an exceedingly , a nd wherever they c ould be placed that Walte r M . . Haynes' dangerous nature, and tha.t nothing be allowed to distract 1o ld-fa s hioned o ne-!ing circus would be at Willow Beach the attention of the lions." dm:in!.( the following week. 1 H c did not give as a reason for aski n g for s il e nce that ., show was to be given on the afternoon ancl evening the largest and handsomest lion was in an ungl y 'OJ :Friday, ancl an extra trip of the Thurman wou l d be I mood, and that the trainer feared trouble, but s uch was made to accommodate those who wished to attend the the case. exening pe r formance . 1 T!1e ornamelltal s ide s of the cage w ere let clown, dis ; ' A party of n early a hundre d went over from Port Franclosing four tawny b easts, one in particular being ms to see the evenmg show. . of enormous s ize and great beauty. 'l.'hi s iucludccl a !rnmb e r of girls aud con side rabl e The t ent was breathl ess as the lion tamer ran up au in p"llrty of adult:>, but the g reat e r portiou of the visitors w e r e cl in e l eading to the cage, b ack the b olts and entered !boys from the A c ad e my. the cage, carrying only a light riding whip, so as the •


rHE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 . 21 -audience saw, but having a short, heavy caliber revolver concPaled in his belt. , Xobody knew just how it happened, but, as the lion tamer entered the cage, and before lie could close the wicket behind him, there was a tremendous roar, and the larg est lion sprang at him, knocking him down. Then the cage was seen to be closed, but the lion was loose. Men dropped between the seats or leaped from the rear benches, women screamed or fainted, and on all sides the spectat ors fled. The lion ran half across the ring, and then crouched for a spring, and directly in his path sat Hattie Stickney and h er girl friends . CHAPTER VIII. JACK FINDS HB:l:SEJ,F IN TWO PERILOUS POSITIONS AND GETS OU'.l ' OF BO'l'H. Hattie s aid that s he did not want to see any more of the performance, and .Jack volunteered to see her home, while Torn Triinbl e agreed to take Daisy to the boat. So many per sons l eft the tent that it was concluded to e nd the perfoTmance at once, and also to omit the custo m a ry concert after the show . The Academy boys file d out in a body, and as they reached the open air began to shout in stentoria n tones: "Who are the people? We ! 'Cademy, 'Cademy, ' rah -'rah !" ."Three cheers for J ack Forre s t, the lion tamer ! " yelled Phil. "P-F-M-A, boom!" answered others. "Who got the best of the lion?" "Jack Forrest! 'Cademy , 'Cade my, 'rah-'rah-' rah ! P F-M-A, boom!" "You were very brave to face that horrible creat ure and attack him as you did," said Hattie, as she walked along the country toad under the stars, with Jack at her side, "and I don't wonder that the boys are all .so eager to The girls sat a little to the right of Jack and his schoolsound your praises." mates, and upon the instant that Jack saw Hattie's peril, "Oh, th e fellows were just as brave," an s wered Jack she being the nearest to the crouching lion, he sprang to modestly. "I couldn't have done an yt hing without them." his feet, cleared the now vacant benches next to him, and "Yes, but you took the lead, and that shows true cour took a pos ition between the lion and his intended victim. age. Any one ca. n follow, but it takes a s tout heart to He braced himself firmly, and with his stout stick lead. I wondered how you c ould do it. " clutched firmly in his hand, fixed bis eye on the crouching "I didn't stop to think," said Jack. "I saw your danking of beasbi. ger, and that was all I knew . Then I l et out the Echool '11he rin"' attenrlants were hurryincr to the spot but the J yell, as we fellows always do when we get in a tight place, lion gave a spring, a..ud l:nded on th: benches and that did . the business." within three feet of the boy. "Well, you did what no one else had . the courage to unThe benches cre aked and groaned under the strain sud dertake, and you and the A cademy boys deserve all the denly put upon them, and the lion found that he had not credit . I do hop e that n o ne of the High School fellows secured as good a hold as he had evidently suppDsed he will try to annoy you before you l eave town. For once would, for he began to s lip ba c kward and clutched savagely they ought to forget the feud and give you the c r edit you at the boards to maintain a fo(>ting. all deserve." Then, with a rndden inspiration, Jack roared the school There was no hostile demonstration that night, at all . yell at the top of his voice, and struck the lion a sharp e1' ents, for when the boys went on board the boat a delegablow across the nose . ' tion from the High School came to the ship and houted: "'Cademy, 'Cademy, 'rah-'rah -'ra h !" he fairly yelled, "Not bad for you Yorks . You save d y our bacon toand in an instant it was taken up by a score of voices, night, and we'll let you off!" and as many boys sprang to his side . Then they raiserl their own yell, which was answered by "K ow, then, canes, all together!" cried Jack. . the Academy cry, and the boat pushed off amid a chorus With a leader as fearless as he, the boys were ready to of yells which awoke the echoes on both sides of the lake. face any danger, and they at once closed in upon the When Jac k left Hattie at the door of her father's e le-lion. . gant residence , he promised to earl soon, . upon being inA dozen canes were brought down upon the huge beast's vited to do so, and on the next day, after fini s hing his work head, back and paws, and with a roar of pain he let go his on the books at the office of the smelting company, he went hold and fell to the ground under the rows of seats, where over to Willow Bea{!h to pa . y his :respects. the attendants rendered him helpless with ropes. Jack sprang to Hattie's side and a.ssured her that there was no further danger. as the attendants would be able to subdue the lion . "Keep your seats!" cried the ringmaster. "There is pos itively no danger now. The lion is bound and will speedily be put in his cage." The attendants, armefl \Yith red -h ot irons, sha rp pikee aud wagon s pokes, had dos ed in upon the beast and s uc c eeded in getting him back to his cage. It was not a very long walk to Mr. Stickney's house, which was one of the finest in a st reet of espec ially fine houses, and Jack set out on foot, instead of taking one of the tumbledown livery cabs that were to be found at the landing. He was walking along leisurely and had just turned out of one street into another when he saw Dick Barnes and a number of High School boys approaching . (To be continued)


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 . . FACTS WORTH READINO SIX LOGS FROM ONE TREE. William Gardner, scaler for George Roberts, reports that they have cut a pine tree which scaled 6,543 feet at Manis tique, Mich. Six logs were secured from the tree. Ac cording to lumbermen, this tree was the largest pine tree cut in that part of the country . RICH ALASKA GOLD STRIKE. A placer gold strike of unus ual has . been. rnac1e ori. Dexter Di vi de, four miles from .l ome, Alaska. Many operators have struck dirt paying $3 a pan. It is estimated that $150,000 worth of dirt has already been blocked 011t. The pay str eak is twelve feet deep and sixty feet wide , extending a mile east and west. It heads near Grass Gulch, rmming toward Cooper and Specimen Gulch. 1Iany operators have leased ground 1md are preparing to work the claims on a large scale . . JOHN D. GIVES A BALL PARK. John D. Rockefeller has given 'the use of three of his land at Pocantico Hills to the Pocantico Hills A. C . for a baseball park, and will l end men and teams to help put the diamond into shape and build a grand stand. Manager Kerrigan of the Pocantico Hill's team expects to ham a speedy bunch of youngsters in uniform this summer and hopes that Mr. Rockefeller may become one of the dub's ardent rooters. Mr. Rockefeller has long shown in ter.est in athletics and his liking for baseball has increased since seeing some exhibition games at Daytona, Fla., in which the Brooklyn Dodger: took part. OPENING AND CLOSING DA'l1ES OF ELF,VEN 'l'he opening and closing elates for the l eading ma .jor and minor leagnes fol' the season of 1913 show that the Pacific l'oast League will, as ur:ual , play the longest season. rrhe Pacific sche dnlc, whi ch opcnc il 30 and continues uHtil October 24, calls for close to e Y en months of con tiirnous pla.Y. Jn the anc1 ::\Iiddle W est the American, X.1t.iona1 awl Federal "Iii 11 car:y their pem1ant races through a of six moJJths. The dates for the initial and final games ot the seaso n are as follows : League. Open. Close. X a tiona1 . . ..................... April 14 Oct. 'i' American . . . . .................. April 1 Oct. 'i' . . ...................... April 10 . ":\!nerican Asso c iation . ............ April 22 J>11. cifJc. Coast .................... Mar. :rn . . ................. April 20 :England ................... April 30 . . ... .................... April 8 Soutfiern . . ..................... April J 3 J:teorgia ........................ April 30 l\'m-th Carolina , ................ Ap ril 22 ::lept. 22 Oct . 2 1 Rept. 18 Sept. 6 Sept. 6 Sept. l?, 6 Aug. 21 Sept. 15 CYCLE RACING NOTES. Walter Rutt, the German cyclist in a letter to a friend in Newark, writes that he feels cerlain that Kramer will be able to retain the title of American. champion again ernn though Goullet has taken long strides to dethrone the big fellow. Rutt was recently stationed at Steglitz, where the mo.tor cycle corps of the German army made their headquarters at the cycle track in that city. Rutt says that he has won a number of races at the track. He is a member of the corps. He also denies the story that he will .ride a bicycle again. It was reported that Rutt's recent illness had left him in such poor physical condition that. he would never be able to compete again. Rutt insists he is in perfect health. In order to demonstrate to the Canadian War Department the ability of the motor cycle for military purposes, the Toronto Motor Cycle Club is planning a relay race from Windsor t-0 Ottawa, a distance of 400 miles. It is proposed that the riders deliver a message from Windsor to the Minister of Marine, the Hon. Samuel Hughes, at Ot tawa, Canada, is considering the establishment of a military motor cycle corps, which it is hoped will develop into :a Dominion-wide organization. One of the most interesting motor cycle trips made last fall was a 600-mile run into the Catskills by a party of Brooklyn riders. Equipped with tents, s l eeping blankets, and cooking mah•rials, the cyclists headed their. machines for the mountains. Afte r a couple of days of riding they found an idral camping spot at the foothills of the Adiron dacks, about ten miles from Lake George. Herc they spent. wee k ti lriug, resting and exploring the hills . Many. motor cyclists of note will help to make the two whe e ler events in connection with the celebration of the hventy sixth anniversary of the opening of Oklahoma the bigge ,'t affair of its kim1 in the Southwest. 'Ilic event will take p1nce April 20 to i'.?. The Motor Cycle Clnb of Okla homa City has a rnembcrsb ip of sixty-five. Baltimore fa planning a big motor cYcle race meet and endurance nrn thi.s snmmer. Howard A. French, of Balti more, i s p:-om oting tlw event, arnJ ha8 i1wited cYen motor cydist of nofr in the Eastern to compete . • An motor cyrlc hill-climbing was re made at Loui s . when a number of riders pego tiatetl a 60 per cent. grade, several of them carrying tan dem -pa sseugers. Report s sho\\ . that there :il'e prarticalh 1,000 motor cy heiJ1g ns e d b) rural mail carriers in the United :;Hates. On June U and 13 the w orcester Motor CYcle Club wil l holtl its annual endurance rnn. Tl1is course w.ill tourh crery ::'\cw England State. " A numbe r of spcPial delivery carrie r s of llie are using motor cycle!'\. ::\.fotor cycles are to take the place of hrenty horses which w e r e recently auction(:jd off by the Pittsburgh poliPe departmPnt.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 23 Steve and the Spanish Spies OR-WORKING FOR CUBA'S C .AUSE By CAPT. G EO. W. GRANVILLE (A SERIAL S TO RY) CHAPTER XXIV (continued) of Cuba and the honor of Old Glory, for this closes th e story of Steve and the Spanish Spies. "You are a brave boy. The United States Government shall hear of this .'' THE END. rrhat was what Captain Wentworth said to Steve as he grasped his hand and shook it heartily, but poor Steve was almost )Jast speech. "It was only luck," he gasped. ''I didn't know where it was when l went down . " But it was big luck for the Black Chief that Steve fell in with the 8 panish spies in New York as he did, for,, to a e:el'tainty, the girnboat would have otherwise gone to fol low the Maiue. X ow as this brave act on the part of our hero ended his ad ventures, so far as the arms were concerned, we shall bring our story to a close. War haYing been declared filibu s tering no long e r had an existence. It was now an act of bravery and patriotis m io land arms for the benefit of the s uffering Cubans, and nol a eriminal proceeding as it had been . Yo\l can picture to yourself Stew s reception on board i.hc gunboat, ])lit we shall not d\vell upon it a t the present time. General Gomez had the arms , and the guns of ihc Black Chief drove the Spaniards away from the shore . 'l'}rnt Hight ihe arms were into the interior, and • Jennie and 'l'ony Garc.ia went with the escort, whil e the Uolombo sailed for Kew York, cscortri1 b c yonrl the blockade by the Black Ohief . Aml Steve? Well, it did not fake Steve long to mak e up hia mind, when Gomez mid to him: A NEW SEJRIAL NEXT WEEK --READ--Left Behi n d at Hangtown -ORThe B o y Who Built Up the Show. By Capt. Geo . W. G1 anY ill e A , " J10RY FULL OF GINGER READ IT! READ IT! OUT NEXT WEEK A burglar c limb ell up to the window of the guest chamber i11 Judge John E. Reeler's home on Strawberry Hill, Stamford, Conn., at 4 a . m. the other day . A New York woman, whose name was witl1held, occupi e d the room ... .She awoke when the robber had half of his body in s id e . tlie open window, s hoved him out of the window and hurled a . water pit cher after him. 'l'hen became hysterical. ' •rhe lrnrglar escapt;d . ' '. Children under the age of :fifteen found on the streeti; of Philaclelp11ia after 11 o'clock at night will be taken tq "Young man, we want just such fellows as you in the the House of Detention by the police and kept overnight: Cuban army. Yon have been the mean s of placing guns 'l'he next morning their parents will be called upon :-b f i n the hands of fiyc thousand Cub a n patriots, some of Judge Gorman in Juvenile Court to explain the reason w hom never saw a repeating rifl e . What do you say to for thC'ir being on the streets. An order from the superin going "ith me and showing them how to use the Rochester tendent of police to carry this curfew into effect is the reaga inst t h e Spaniards?" sult of a conference of officials with J ullge Brown of the SteYe thol1ght just two minutes, aml then said: I Municipal Court, of which the Juvenile Court i s a branch. "Yes!" "Most or our crime," said Directo r of Public Safety George "Colonel Bo! ton , I cm1gratulate you on your cho iee,'' D. Porter, "ma:y b e attributed to young men and women. sai d GC'ucral Gomez . SeYenty-fire p e r cent. the acts against the law are co m : 'l'hat was all. mitted by persons between the ages of :fifteen and twentyStevc was a colonel i n the Cuban army, and Captain one. We are going to try to set the juvenile stra i gh t b e -:AlcGuffef carried ba c k the draft Jto New York. fore he rea ches the age of fifteen. That is the intent ot .\nd so 11e leaYe our hero fighting for the independence the order."


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. FATE OF WRECKED SHIPS. A French periodical devoted to maritime affairs dis cusses the question of what becomes of wrecked sh ips. and arrives at the concl u sion that the wooden ones sur vive a great deal longer than iron or stee l ones, when they either become buried in sand or else sink to the bot tom of the ocean. There is at present no means of determining the length of time it takes for either to disintegrate completely, says the Washington Post, but it is known that wooden vessels have been duO' up after centuries not yet wholly decayed. It is not that iron or stee l vessel s can resist for any great time the chemical effects of sea water. \Vhen a wooden vessel sinks the rate of progress to the bottom is very slow. It is not believed to be faster than one hundred fathoms in fifteen minutes, unless she is laden with some dense and weighty cargo, as coal or mineral ore. Thus, when she touches bottom, especiaUy if the material be mud or sand, the impact is gentle, and no dam age is done to the structure beyond what it received at the surface. Neither is there any mechanical agency to interfere with it. Currents are harmless, and the force of the waves ceases at comparatively few feet below the sur face. So there the wreck lies practically in a quiet which will never be disturbed until the enu of the world. The action of the sea water is not very rapid, either, and paint protects it as well as the metal work that the ship together. The wreck is gradually covered with barnacles anc1 sponges, and layer upon layer of these soon burv it out of sight, while the soft ocean sediment slowly but. surely settles down over it. Sometimes the coral insects set to work and make the wreck the foundation for their beautiful structures, so tha t in the end it may become the foundation of a coral reef. When an iron or steel sh ip sinks, especially a steamer with heavy boilers and engines and a closely-packed cargo, she i s apt to go down with great rapidity. Her collision with the bottom may go far to break her up. Whatever happens, she has the corrosive effects of the salt water to withstand, as well a all or most of the factors that affect the wooden ship . Vegetation settles on her wood en parts, and the barnacles and coral in sects are the cause of chemical cha n ge . Every scratch in the paint is an opening for corrosion . Present ly the paint itself. off, and in a few years there will be nothing but a gigantic rust stain at the bottom of the sea to mark where the vessel found her resting place. CARDS AS AN ALMAN AC. A nobleman who kept a great munber of servants re p osed great confidence in one of them, e.xcited .a jealousy in the others, who, in order to preJud1ce theu maste r against him, accused him of being a notorious gamester. Jack was called up a.nd closely interrogated; but be de nied the fact, at the same time declaring he never played a card in his life. To b e more fully eonvinced , the gentle-man orderc . d him to he when, behold! a pack of cards wa found in hi s pocket. Hio-hlv incensed at Jack's want of veracity, the noble man in a rage, how he dared to persist in an untruth. "My lord," replied he, "I certainly c1o not the meaning of a card. The package in my pocket is my al manuc." "Your almanac, indeed; then I desire that you will prove it." "Well, sir, I will begin. There are four suits in .the pack, which indicate the four seasons in year-sprm?" summer, autumn, winter. As there are thirteen cards m a suit, so there :ire thirteen week in a season; there are also the same number of lunations: the twelve court cards represent the twelve signs of the zodiac, through which the sun steers his diurnal course in one year. There are fifty-two cards in a pack; they directly answer for the number of weeks in a year. Thus, sir, I hope I have con vinced you it is my almanac. " ow, by your lordship's permission, I will prove it my prayer book , also. I look upon the four s uits as represent ing the four prevailing religions: Christianity, Judaism, Mohammedanism and Paganism. The twelve court cards remind me of the twelve patriarchs, from whom sprang the twelve tribes of Israel, the twelve apostles and the twelYe article s of Christian faith. The king reminds me of the all eg iance due to his majesty . The queen of same to her majesty. The ten brings to my recollect10n the ten tribes in the plains of Sodom and Gomorrah, de stroyed bv fire and from heaven; the ten plagues of Egypt.; the ten commandments; the ten tri?es cut off for their vice. The nine reminds me of the nme muses; also of the nine noble orders among men. The eight re minds me of the eight beatitudes; the eight persons saved in Noah's ark; the eight persons mentioned in the Scripture to be released from death to life . The seven reminds me of the siwen administering spirits that stand before the throne of God; the seven liberal arts and sciences given by God for the instruction of man; the of the world. The six reminds me of the six petitions con tained in the Lord's Prayer; the six clays of creation. The five reminds me of the five sen es given by God to man-hearing, seeing, feeling, tasting and smelling; the five wise and the five foolish virgins. The four puts me in mind of the four evangelists; the four seasons of the year. The three reminds me of the Trinity; the three hours our Savior was on the cross; the three days be lay interred . The two reminds me of the two testaments; the two contrary principles struggling in man-virtue and vice. The ace reminds me of the only true God to adore, worship anc1 serve: one truth to practice and one good master to serve and obey." "So far it is very well," said the nobleman . "But I be lieve you l1ave omitted one card-the knave." "True, m y lord; the knave reminds me of your lor d o;hip' s informant." . The nq,bleman became more pleased with Jack than be fore, freely forgave him, raised his wages and dischar g e d the informer.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "l'6. , 25 . In the last thirty-eight years, from 1877 to 1914 inclu sive, the totaJ loss bv fire in the United tates and Canada was $5,866,000,000." 'l'he loss in 1877 was $68 , 000.000, and that in 191.4 was $235,000,000. The greatest y ear ' s loss was in Hl06 , the year of the San Franc isco fire, when the figure was $4 5 9,000,000 . T he popular Coney Island Cycle Path twenty-five mile bicyc l e r ace, which has not been held since 1907, i s again to be ru n this year on Decoration Day morning. The Empire City Wheelmen; Incorporated, of Brooklyn, has secured a permit for the use of this cycle path for the running of this event . T he revival of thfs classic, after a lapse of e ight years, shou l d mark a n e w era for the bicycle. L eaning over the pulpit and looking down at the cas ket before him as he was preaching a funeral sermon, the Rev . W. E. Fetch, pastor of the Central M. E. Church, Colum bus, Ohio, was s urprised to see spread beneath it a Sib erian wolf rug that was stolen from his automobile on Nov . 22, 1 9 1 4 . After the funera l he recovered the robe from the u ndertaker and set t h e police on the track of a cha u ffeu r w h o s old the robe t o him. J ohn Fay Palmer, fifty -five years old, of Cleveland, 0., m ember of "The Trail o f the Lonesome Pine" company, playing at the Trentop. T heater, dropped d e ad from heart t rouble . He had p l ayed i n the fir s t act and walked off the stage apparently well, but fell at the dressing room door. Without permitting tl:ie wome n in the cast to know o f the death, t he pla y proc eeded. The audi e nce was igno rant o f the death . The fire department pulmotor was u sed ineffect ivel y . A check for $1,000 bearing the name of Nicholas Long w orth , received hy the Cincinnati branch of the Commis sion for the Relief of Destitute B e lgian s , brought con s idera ble joy to the local members of the commission re c e ntly. But it was found the check was a forgery, that R ep r esentative L ongworth had not sent it, that no attempt h ad been made to imitate his handwriting on the an d that it wai:; made out on a bank with which Congress ma n L ongworth did no busin e s s . T he details of the naval battles in the North Sea and off t h e coast of South America show that some of the ships that were sunk were struc k at the extr e m e range of 15,000 yards. Up to the b e ginning of the Europ e on war it was g ene rally assumed that 12,000 yards would be the limit at whi ch hostile fleets would b e gin to fire . But the com manil crs of both the English and the German warships to o k chances at 15,000 yards and the fire proved e ffective. It is u nnecessary to state that ever y navy in the world ha s tak en up the problem of conducting target practice at a r ange of from H,000 to 15,000 yards. It has been found t hat the soa p nut tree which g r ows in India and also in Al g iers will thrive in Florida. Trans pl a nted to Ameri c an soil i t s fruit is larg e r, finer and much more valuable comm e rciall y than wh e n g r own on their na tive soil. Panama b ark from the quilla y a tree i s not by any mean s as good a ' s t hi s new soap plant. Already over 500 ,000 young soa.p nut trees have been planted in thie country , and e a c h o f the m is expected to yie l d annual1 y many pound s of soap nuts. To prepare soap from the soap nut, an ounce and a half of the c hopped-up hulls is boiled with three s u ccessive portions of wat e r . The three por tion s a re mixed and concentrated to one-third the origina l v olume . Afte r i t is cooled s o me e gg-white is adcled, and the whole r e boil e d to c l ear it of dirt. It is n o w thic kened a g ain by boiling and treate d with 15 per c ent alcohol. gives t he extract of s o ap, a brilliant liquid, which can bP. used for an y purpose for which ordinary toilet o r laundry soap is used. Th e fir t s ix months of comm e rcial operation of th e Panam a Can a l . w e re completed at the close of business on Feb. 14, 1915, the canal having , been opened to com me r cial traffic on Aug. 15, J 914 . Four hundred a nd n i nety six vessels, other than canal v e ssels and l aunches, etc., which are not counted , passed through the canal d ur ing this period , says the Panama Canal R e cord; they car ried a total of 2,367 , 244 ton s of cargo . Slightly over forty -one p e r c ent. of the cargo handled was in movement between port s of the United States. The six princ ipal com moditi e s pa s sing through the canal were , in order of thei r tonnag e , gr a in, nitrates, coal, refined petroleum products, l umber and c otton . . anil th ese six commoditi e s to g ethe r formed appro ximately one -third of all g o ods shippe d through. 'I'h e toll s l e vied during the six months' perio d amounted to $2,126,832 . Adding to thi s th e $11,611 o f tolls coll e ct e d on b a rg e s prior to Aug. 15, the tota l levy t o Feb. J 5, 1915 , i s $2,138 , 443. T he last annual r e port of the fount Wilson tory states that all the larger parts of the mounting for the 100 inch r efle ctor (which will b e mu c h the larges t telescope in the worl d ) will probably be a s sembled at the Fore Riv e r whe r e t he y hav e been cons tructed, in time to p e rmit s hipm ent to Pasad e na, via the Panama Canal, earl y this . year. Meanwhile the smaller parts a nd accessories hav e bee n under construction at the observa tory . The driving-clock, which i s n e arl y c ompleted, re mor e than half a ton of bronz e c a s t i ngs and nearly 1% ton s o f iron cas tin gs, in addition t o th e 2 -ton driving weight. Th e c ircular steel building for thi s instrument i s c o mplete up to the rail s whi c h are to c arry the dome . T h e latter has been built in Chicago and is about finished. The building and dom e wil1 prob ably b e com p l e ted next sum mer so that th e mountin g ma y b e set o n t h e pi e r in the a utumn . M e anwhil e good progr ess has been mad e with the c apital ta s k of g ri n d ing and figu r ing the great mirror.


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 YORK, APHIL 20, 1915. TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS .,...-Single Coples ............................................ . One Co1>y Three Month.s .... ........................... . One Copy Six Months ............................ _ ..... . ,. 0 '1e Copy One Year ................ .,_ . ., .............. .. Postage Free .OS Cents .65 Cents 1.25 2.50 HOW TO SEND MONEV-.!t our Tlsk send P .O. Money 0Tder, Check or Ueglstered; remittances In any other .,•n.y o.ti your risk. We acr.ept Postage Stamps Lhe same a.g cash. when sendlnl( silver w rap Coln ln a separate ptocc of paper to avoid cutting the envelope. Write uou.T" name and tl.ddru.s plaintu. .Atl who are bacl. Tommy-But the good boYs ;re no Germans, four Rmsrnns, two Frencl1men, fiye Italians, 0 • a 01 n • . . _ go , ma m ... two Roumamans :rnd an Amencan. Please say who we're at war with." , alton Sea fell 42 li1che s during the year C'IHling June, J 9H, when the annual sample of: i ts 'rater was rollectecl for analysis by i.l1e Carnegie D<•partnicnt of Robmica l Re search. The annnal conrentn1tion of th e watC'r i s about 18 per cent. During i.he year in 9nestion i.he total solius incrcaRed from 1,003 to 1.180 per 100 , 000. 1914 lhe Carnegie hctani . i.s als o rnallc a coll c r ti on of the algre growing in Salton R en, wii.h a, Yicw io cletcrmining whcLher thrsc plants arc rcs porn:ih1c for :u't this a lovely belt? Jack Fent it to me as a pr )laucl-H :fits you to perfection. He 11aYe mensuret1 it on his arm. "Wl1at happenF when a man's temperature goes clown a s lm1-ns it can go?" askecl the teacher. 'He gci.. cold feet," ans1Ycrec1 n small pupil. .'\ .pplicani.-I you advertised for a floorwnlker. sir. Manal!'cr-Yes . Haw yon any experience in that lin e ? Appl icant-'I'!rn pair of twins, sir. First Swell-l say, olcl fellow, have you seen since she came back to town? Second Swell-Ya-as. Fin:t ']'h e captain anu officers of the Dutch freighte r Blotberg, Swell-J:fo"clicl .. he look? Second Swell (sadly)-She whi ch arri,;ecl in port recently from Rotterdam, did not didn't look. intend to take any chance of b eing torpedoed by a German submarine in mistake of an enemy's ship. Her 400 feet Envious Young Rival (speaking of faYored rirnl)-Yei::, of hull on either side was painted a bright scarlet at the George is clever and handsome, but he is abominabl y con line, with a above, on in ceitecl . Sharp Lady-But, Mr. Dumley,. if you bnght green, was the mscnphon N ederlands. 'I he sign were handsome anu clever, would not you be conceited? was . fifty feet long and the letters ten feet in .height, so I th1.t they could be read across from the Bay Ridge shore Statem•nL or the Ownershlf: )[anageruent. Clm!latlon, et• .. required by the .\ct or • J August 24, 1912, or "THE L IlERTY IlOYS OF '16," p11J>llshed weekly. at :Sew York, at Quarantine. In addition lier name was also painted th 110,.v ]Jaclgiound Oll e1"tlicr s1'c.1c fore and aft tlie st .. 'kew Y ori<. Publl•her-FRANK Publtshcr. rns _w. 23ct st .. Now York. Oll e ,re v \. c TOl'REY. Puhllsher. 1 68 \V. 23cl St., New JU.TIRY E. h . Th Bl tb I d bl l f l I a WOL!i'F, 168 W. St .. X01r YOl'k; K. IIASTINGS WOLFF. 168 \\'. 23d St .. New s ip. e o erg . ac;: unne s, maroon co ore •• masts and made a bnlhant spe c tacle as she s teamed up the E. NYLANDEU, nus1ness )Iannger. ' ' gworn to uml subscribed before me 19th day of 1.In.rch. 19Ir>-CHARLES W.A harbor in the bright sunshine. of Doc'

• THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 27 "The slow old we were in crawled like a snail AN ICY TOMB. with the load she had on board, and the captain didn"t allo\r her to take any c hances of carrying too much sail. B.v John Sherman 1 "All that night we were in the middle of floating ice and . Sitti ng in the forctop of the brig "X eptunr," oubrarcl I . bound fr om San lfrancisco to the China seas, J od r e arson 1 e had to. a bright lookout, anc1 even then we told th ston : sluiyccl s ome big icebergs Yery c l ose . "]t \ra s in..)() that I was a harpooner in the captain 8 "I har than I had ever seen him go before. "If. was flying i.n tl11'J face of 'I'roYidenr.e, so to speak, io take that ungainly craft into the ice so far; but there we were, and he nerer let up until we were full to the liatches, with a strjng of casks 011 cleC'k amidhip;;. 'Rren then the captain groaned, and said it was a sin'ful to leave such a whaling-p;rouucl: ancl l di• l not kHow but he would want to tow a whale or two clown to Honolulu. "But I knew those seas like a book, and one morning I pl11led my foretop to the captain, and said to him: "'Captain, the sooner you get out of these latitudes the bette r it will be for the old bark.' "He knew me, too, tbe old rip did, and he didn't kick against it.: and that night we up helm, an put away for Baffin's Bay. .. There's one thing 1 clean forgot. Jerl .' said the captain lo me. 'l promised .l'Yirs. Carter I'u take a look for the 'Mystic Star," that was last seen in Baffin's Bay two vears ap;o come Angust, and I haven' t hac1 tho time.' "Of course he hadn't'. Catch him wasting a tl10ught on n fellow-creature when whales were booming up out of the b rine an<.;HJ'ed. 'For we both knew lier. "It wa s the 'Mystic Star,' the schooner we had beeh searching for for nearly two years, and there she :fio'ated as sa u<.;y a11 l trim as when she sailed out of tucket two b efo r e . "Long Xed didn't fool a.way a.ny ti111e, but bounced down i.o the cabin anc1 raked out the captain, nw11 lowered a boat without' orders . "lt was awfnl i.o see the schooner. "Her paint didn 1-eYen see m to b e rubbccl, a1Hl the bra:::s on h e r figure-head wa 8 as bright as ever . ''I was the first man in the boat, and all the cre w turned out a11c1 i;rnrked the ship dqwn to the schooner nearly as fast as we could row. "Still T felt a kind of shiver as I hooked 011 to the fore chni ns and pulled the boat alongside. "'Jm11l_1 up there, Jed,' cried the rnate , 'and make a line fasi..' ''J to suit his ideas of celerity. "'I climbed over the rail and made the line fast, and then took a look along the deck. ' • "Everything was stowed as ne .atly as if the watc h had


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. fust turned in; every rope was in its place, the harpoons were in the racks, the tubs stood ready, and I was tempted to -ing out, 'All hands on deck!' and expected them to come .filing out of the forecastle. "There wasn't a sou l on deck, as I could see, and I felt as a man feels when he goes into a gravey ard among the bone s of the dead. . "'l'he others came out of the boat one at a time, and when they touched the deck I could see they felt just as I dicl. "And yet we were rough sailor , who had faced death every day, and expected to the cha nces every hour the &hip was out of port. "Even Long and Neel Travis, a rough and tough old salt, didn"t make a whisp e r as we headed for the compan ionway and looked down into the cabin. "And there, stretched upon his bunk, with a logbook clutched in one hand and a pencil in the other, was the captain of the scho oner, turned into marble by the icy breath of the iceberg in which the ship bad laid so long . "Long Ned took the book from his stiffened :fingers and read the w,riting on the last page: "'On board the schoone r "Mystic Star." "'The schooner has been shut into an icy cavern for two clays, and the icebergs are pressing closer together. There is no chance of escape. This morning I saw the >:un for the la st time, and we are too weakened ty our bat tl with the ice to hy to force our way out. This icy grave must cover us 1rntil the last trump shall sound, and this 1s our last farewell . "'Good-by, home, wife, children and friende, and may all good Christians pray for the ca ptain and crew of the Star!" JOHN CARTER.' "fu the other stateroom Jay John Peters and Aaron Car ter , t.he mates, and in the forecastle lay twelve men, the crew of tbe doomed schooner . "We gave the bodies Christian burial, and then looked ung people who are taking an interes t I son, in order that their vitality may not be destroyed .


THE LT:3TWTY DOYfi OF '76. 29 ears of cxpc riell( e in that has Leen made in ' >l cw Y ork State for e d1ibition at Lhe work. A woman had rcc c i l'ed a dPbi t oiatemcnL frorn a Panam a-Pacific E xpos ition. The intake of hre11tv-fivr mail -ordr r hons<' n otifying her that wa.;; i11 arrears to factories for a clay. amounting '1o about lOG,000 pouml:i the amount of 2 e;enl:.:. llldignant and unable to of milk, was used in the manufacture of this euonnous tl1e spirit that would prompt any one to n1<1il a bill or 2 . eheese. It was made in a mold built up o f gahanized steel cents, the woman decided that a po $tage stam p would not1 h oops . Ai the of the exposition the cheese will be rnt suflkL' ai'd C1at only . a O!'(ler woul<1 indieal e to the in to poun

. . THE LIBEWI'Y BOYS OF '76. ==-=-=-=======-====-=====-=:::::;:======== ARTICLES OF ALL KINDS LARGE ORDER :E'OR .:\EROPLAXES. is hnt .Jowh being hronght abont. 1t is true that many A large> orrl e r for adapted for war pmpose;; arc s lowly bro11g11t about, bnL the y c:ome finally. i s saitl to ha vc b een recently pla ced with the Cnrtiss Aero'I'nke the e;i11enrn J1alJs of Tokio, for inst.ance . In their plan e , l'o111pany lw the Italian gov ernment. 'fhe.e maof entieing patrons they can teach picture palace chines a r e to he of I 00 horse-power , and are to be fitted proprietor s in this country omething. The :front's of the with iol' starting o n .land, ancl al8o .. with pontoons c inema hall s in 'L'okio are similar to those here, d ecoratecl to cnabll' them to h n usl'd at 0ea. arc to be cnpa\:>l e with hHge posters illustrating the kinds of pidures being of nhout -.J.00 pound:', and are s aicl to shown . _\t th e ei1trancc to each Jrnll are> three or four $1,500 eae h . It nndcNtuod that a large number of me11, i:>iHh uying aJouil to pas:;eri>hy . "l'ome in! C'omc rite e rnachines ntatil'es wiih the Italian naval a•iation picturi:>s, lately imported from Europe." corps to see that th e flyer s are prop e rly set up and pre"'l'i c k ets, ,. sAys T . : Fujimoto, in "The Night Side of p,; painted niC;ely, rec-eiYing . '''L'lle Liberty Bell fro111 lite . l1i;;ease of guests with t:harmiHg :-:miles.'' metal;;;, " says the Tro n Aw 'J'hi,.; i,; d11e to sern ral e;au,.;es. of the ,lapa11ese. ancl lhe women, wi:>ar 'l'he famous b ell r<'ompo. ach rec-11sting. th e hall the men relieve you uJ' these aud gi1 e you in reThe fir,;t crack appeartJ wht'1 the b ell wa,; ou lhe tum a pair of'. straw or gra.:> a.i1cl a c heck, occasion of the funernl of 'irf Jnstiee J olrn )far .. hnl.I. a . woor] rnnl marked with m1111crals or other signs, fur Iu 1909 it was •lisrnvi:>red th .t this c:rack had t'xlended to your clogs. Yon are then rni:>t 011 the by another double its original leng tli. nir" girl in irniform, who .rnu i.o a :-eat in the 'J'he bell has be:_11 lraMporled lo a Llistnme 011 six ocC'ahall. and has been clipped by many rnudal hunl-l ' in e 1n;tlograpl1 arr ,;ho1rn ont' n[lc-r t1nolh cl'. er:>. Its lrips did it 110 g-ood, as mol' e 01' rongh cnch bring exp lained hy an orator io frr1vk OI' ereni11g ha11Jli11g 11 a-; ,:car1e1Y arnid,thle. lOal. H e t1reen th e pil'tur es to1nit or jng,!!le>rs per\\ TlJen the new crnvk, app eared .\l<•xand!:'I' E. Ouln-for111. .At t!te end of cat:h pietul'e or p e rfornrnme tlit>re bridge, Jr .. an e xpert 11;1;; ectlled in io ex1 au pnfr.ade o f ihree or fiYe minutes, aml in thi:> in amin e it. \\'hrn it wa,; t o i>hip il w li'rante1;rnl of ornage:;, milk. rakes , e!i:., e;1sc:o fo}' lhe Pimarna E\'.h1b1bon ) [r. Out erbndge was c-orne in l o the rro\\'d5 and cry, ""Don't you want orangi:>s? again wmmone d. iu1d on Iii,; report it cleterrnined to calm,;. :\e1r boiled milk," etc. The vinematograph keep it hent:eforlh iu lndepend e nel' lLtll. ln l1is l at.est halls close about I"< p. m. r eport 1Ir. Out er1Hid2t> from picture palaees. 'l'okio bua . -;b many It i,; no ltyperLolirnl of s pi:>ed1 lo say the mn s i c hilll:<, \\'here , ;rory-teller:;, ac-rnbal,;, top w.uerable Liberty B e ll is ttffette>cl 1ritl1 a di,;et\8e . spinners, , j1 1gers alllallnrgi..,t s l1ave adopted into tec!mind phraseo l ogy th e aclmis .,;ion i:; ?O or : .lil srn (a ,;en i s equal to the Engli,:b term of rnetak a11d ::.:0r rnl s11d1 rnala-:f.arthin!,!,'). an01her ::.:<'n being d1arged when you i:>ntN the die,;. I mys e lf hH1e no lirsitatio n in ,;a ying i hat Lbe lJ,.]j liall for a en , ,:hi0n and 1 1 cliarcoal 1i.J\' b ox. 'l'berc are h11:> a clistempt'r, IYhich ::.'bould insme its rno..,t <'arefn l no PT IJUx0;, th floor of tl1e hall being coYcrecl wirl1 fro111 1111 :-:nd1 iis it •;roulc1 b e I mattimr. thi:> pt11ronr: taki11g thei1 in part of the tu in u long hall ther likv. r11he lron r\g e 8 ay s that wiL11 eae:h of the remellingil t o . \.uoll;er inleresting s idelight on the liie of the which the bell snb:je ded HiO ycnrs ago it lo:::t largrly ])l'vple> is proYirkd by T. Fujimoto"s description of refresh in tensile :>trenglh ell-. ::\fr. Ouierbridge ,.; C'X-1uctll and re.;taur111Jts, '" lwre J apanede sale (wine), per1rn1>ni.s show (l!:il pmr rcme ltirrg s . 'l'he Lib erty H ell " ' a c henp. l otl!ntpen1JJd ' . ho1reYcr, Yiewed with grcai clisthree ti11w:-:. n11d p erhap;; i:>ren at that time it like !Jy tJ1i:> judging by the rule whicl1 nt all'eadr br e n i1ttavl;e d liy the disi:>a .. that ha s bee n e atrng , OtH' \\•. • 1l-kt!O\rn cabarf'l i11 'l' okio. known as the Kamin1 into l'Op11er nnd tin eYt' I' i;iin<'c . I fhr. 'J'li e driJJk mo:-:t popular al this lhll' i.s what is k11own -----r.:!c'drie Hra1al1 (a kirn1 of eggnog and hnt on A'l' 'l'OKIO "MOYl ES." lltr are a noti('L' 1rhil'l1 ' rp lo three There a:e a fe w people who urc_ 1111der the or brnnd.1' or ' rliisk. 1 cun IJe and sion 'that. m s pite o f Japan's extraordmar:v progre . s arnl I nen'r 111ort', \\')11ch means to tJwt wh e n a development of late y e ars her ab s orption of Wes te m ide a s had three he can onler no more . .. .


TRIC1' rliRSE .. -One of the inost in nocent -looking little . .;_ 1-.. ._, ' J friend, and tell him to .,. h elp himself. As he unfastens the button e a. spring Inside causes the purse to fty open, Fending several cpfns up fn the air before his astonished gaze. This is a real fun maker. You cannot afford to be without one. Price. 25c. each, by postpaid. C. BEHB, 150 l\'. 62d St., New York City. SHOOTJ.NG CIGARETTES Do not show this trick to any one who is nerv ous. He might have a flt. It Is a genuine box of highclass cigarettes. The only trouble Is that when you light one or the cigarettes It goes off. Jike a fire-cracker, and the smoker thinks he Is In the middle or the European war. A sure cure for the smoking habit. Price. 25c. a box, by mail, postpaid. WOL:t' F NOVEJ,TY CO., 29 W. 26th St., N. Y. SNAPPER PENCIL Sometimes your jo-, cose friend helps hhnselt to the penc il sticking up from your vest I . pocket. Let him take this one. When he attempts to use It, a pair ot springs shoot out and rap hhn so smartly on the knuckles that he swears-oft taking other people's property. A dandy little trick atrOrding no end or amusement. Price. JOc. each, hy mRil. H . F. LANG , 1815 Centr e St., B'kl7n; N. Y. TA.."IGO Tor A brand . new novelty. "' l\Iore fun than a ctrcus. You ,. spin the post with your fingers. and the snake tnn goe s all around the .t'op or the circular metal box, with out falling off, although it Is not fastened tn any way. When the post stops spinning, the snake drops trom t11e lid. What Is the secret of its great attracti.o n to the post? The marvel of the age. Price, lOc. each, b.y mall, postpaid. C. BEHR. 150 W. 62d S t., New York City. DICE WATCHES . One of our b est novetttes. About the slzo or n watch, wlth a nickel case. A glass face encloses several ivory dice. On the rim of the case ts a spring. By pressing Jt the dice are spun and scattered. t 'fhe mos t intensely interesting games can be pJa..yed with it. Jt can b e carrfecl in the vest pocket. Formerly sold for $1.00. Price, 30c. each, by mail. postpaid. WOLfil' ::>OVEJll'Y CO. , 29 W . 26th St., N. 1-_ PERl'LEXITY PUZZLE Ono of the most exasperating calculated to make a saint swear. It Is very ho.rd to

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