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to escapP later on. Skinuerf\. dr:>ncl. "hilt> t"-o more were wonncled, but not so The redc:oat;:; hound hi>' mm>< and then Rtnrted nlon:r th(' a. to keep them from running. rnn1l to,Tanl thP south, lealliup: the prisone1 .. R horse. .. ,Ye have clo1w well enough: let tile reRt go, Dick, A storm had been brt>win;? . and just as ettmf' to the :rnrl tilt> .rouths did not go in pursuit. !Jome of the Ames family it began rnining. 1 t was a cold, and examined the four who had fallen. and, chilling rain. and the soldierR shiYered. • finding they wt>rl.' deacl. Dick went hac-k to beaclqnarters and I '' lt'R a mile lo the enc:ampment.., saifl the sergeant; '"suprf:'porte{l tht> matter to the commander-in-chief. Dick had told posing w e stop here and stay t ill it stops raining. llirn n bout tbr encounter with Briggs an cl tht> killing of that The men were more than willing . Tht>y cleclarecl that it Yillain nail two of hiR companions when he wa;:; there bewn.::; t he only thing to do . .... ,., . rn<: now. when the comm!lmlf'r-in-chief heard that four I 80 they assisted Dick. to alight and conclucted hi.tu to anu

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18 THE LIBEUTY BOYS ..iXD THE FIIlE-]'lEXD'. 1into the house. where inform,•rl the inrnnteq thnt they l.rncl come to tnke supper with tllPiU antl till it :-;topptt.! rn iuiug. "It may be all right." said the sergeant. in conc lusion. Of course, :\Ir. and :IIrs. Ames and the girls, Laura and Adaline . recognized Dick, but tl.Jey were sllrc\\'d enough not to let the redcoats know that such was the case. They pre t mled to be gljtd to ha,e the redcoats there, and the woman and the two girls went into the kitchen and be.!!;an bustling around getting supper for the nncxpe\'ted compan . :\Ir. Ames went out and took Dick's horse and put him in the stable and gave him some feed; then be ret:.irned to the house. 'J'he British soldiers engaged i\.lr . Ames in conYersation, ancl he told them that he \Yas a loyal king's man. He did not think it any sin to tell tlie redcoats this story, for in war times all things are fair. when supper was ready all went into the kitchen and sat up to the table, which had been made twit:e the ordinary size for the occasion . Dick' s arms were freed, but his feet were bound "'bile he was at tlic table, so he could not make any attempt to get away. It was a good meal, and all ate heartily; even Dick enjoyed the repast, for he was the recipieut of l'Ome meaning g-lances from the differeut members of the fmnily, whkh meant that he was to hope, and that an attemvt would IJe mare going to start ou the ma rl'h to l\'hite lll'Xt rla.v. 'J'hi,; was tho information that Dick wishetl to secure-the time that the army intended ro start on the march. "Xow, I will l>e all right if I can rn11n:ige to e:y so ts a11([ sprea1l them on the floor of the !Jig "i1ting-nio!u. .If I':>. Ames :rnd the girls went upr l't'ckoat3 gave Dick a piace uear rile 1t>JJtE'r ol' tlw roum all!! !av down on either s i de cf liim. A,; he wa" hound hand and foot. it was not thought possible that he l'011ld escape, ,;o 110 one \Yas placed on guarperl into il.1P ro olll. The iwlcoats ln? on the floor, and after having t:iken a careful look nt each autl e1ery 011c, :111. ,\rues rnatlP up bis rnintl tba t all wPrc asleep. Whih he looked lie su w the prisouer's PyPs oven slowly mHl cangllt the glnuce of t!te youth. Dick i:m\\' :\Ir. Ames nnd rralizetl what his 1rnrpof\e uoddell his llead to signify that he felt ::;l!l'e the reel coat,; were asleep. l.Ir. Ames entered the room anll moved slo"Jy and stealthily toward D i ck. He had a sharp. kuife in hand, anll as soon as he was close enough. he reached tlown ancl cut the bonds binding the youth's arms. Then he gayo the knife to Dh: k. '"ho rr:whed down nml seYer0d the r ope holding bis :rnklt>s. He w:rn now free. so far hnll;()lc!iers prison rs soon. Aud how they bad stated tbnt the British army w11s goiug to start on the march next <1H,I'. Dick retmnetl to the E'ncarupment on Chatterton Hill soon, and the commander-in-chief t-alled a couueil of the members of hiR Rtaff. Ile told 1.bc>m what be had l e.i rnecl , : rnd they tnlkecl tlle matter o \ e r at length. They mndc phurn ancl C'ame to nn nnderstrrncling . ancl then the oftieC'rs di:;per:J;i\'ing the enemy n warm nhen put in an appenranc t'. The battle of white Plains took placp cu the 28th of OctoLE'l'. The British stormed C'llattC'rton IIill. bnt lost 229 men. while th" patriots lust only 140. and thi" :I crth C'aRtlP . sevPn miles north of "'hile Plnin;;, where Iw bntl a position that wa. al>ry three of the Lihert.1 wllo hatl seen them when encamped in tlle of 1''hile Plains. Ited F:nvn. t.11'.' Indian maiden \Yho 1Jat1 ;;nvecl Di('k from the vicion. Joe hetiiID<' : 1 frequent ant1 welcome Yi:.;itor at the !Jomes or Edith Slater :ind .\.lite Estabrook. the 1Iirls ha1iug IJeen told the story by Divk. . 'alurnlly they thought a great deal of the g irl who bad clcine l'O muC'h for brother :1uc1 sweetheart. Xext week's is s u e will C'Ontniu "THE LlBEUTY BOYS IN QF.\.KFJHTOl'.'X; OR, :IIAKIXG THl:'\US LlYELY I:'{ PfIILADELPIIT-\." SEND POSTAL FOR OUR FREE GATALOGUEm

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TIJE LIJ3ER1'Y BOYS OF '76. 19 CURRENT NEWS Thirsty strangers in Aberdeen, S . D., ha'e hit upon n new and mo s t provoking way in which to quench tlicir tl1irst. Frequently of late housewives haw been called to the door and asked to loan a tcplaclcler to a stranger. who stated that he was pntting on screens for the next door neighbor. The request 1rns granted, and then the strangcT and the ladder disappeared. Later the ladder would be found in a pawnshop or second -hand store . The number of sufferers from calamities such as earth qnalC's or floods "ho were relieved bv the society amounted, to i'i'i.000 clnring the yeai:. Its relief corps has,j at present, a bout 4-,4 00 works, i nclucling officers and nurses. In the present war. the has rendered excellent ser 1 1ices. The relief corps dispatched to England, France_ an 1 Russia , 'iatec1 the president, are diseharging their ddY io foe satidaction of tho c After the re j ports, tweni::-eight persons on the standing committeP. and three directors were e lectetl. Probably the most remarkable lake in th world iR one with a coating of salt that completely conceals the water. It may be seen at any time during the year, ex' h l 1 AP. asqcnger car out of service is a liabilih. not an asset. posed. being at its oJest w en t 1e sun is s umng upon . . . it. This "ondcrfol hoc1Y of water is one of the sa1te$t of It earm rnoneY onlv when it is workmir. E\en day a _ earl the salt lnk es, ancl is s.itnaterl. nrar Obclorsk, in :'ihcria. m tl:r rnenn5 a lo:s. ?0 . the tune, Tl1e lake is nine rnilec; \ride and ;;:cycnteen mile0 the foi a rar n_frei pn ntm .. Le test salt incrra i11g inehrs crnn Year. The rnanr mc:tt nJ tlw 1 lllll'''lr,nnia radr• Y1clJ;e!:'-rl.. inginto her evcf:. 'l'he burglar muttered that lie wo11ld I the tcmpcratnre raised to abmc the boiling point of/ kill her if she made any outcry. • lw to be still, 1rnter . In thrrn 11ours the rar is quite dry and is sent but when the man a knife the giTl o=:lipped out of hDrk into actirc srri-irc . the becl on the side farthc;:;t from him, m1cl ran ou t of the The firs! o{ this 01cn-clri-ing were made about two1 room. She aroused the householLl, but the lrnrglar esvrar;; ag;o. ancl the conC:ition of the paint s o driecl/ caper1. indicate;; Ftron,Q:lv that oi;-cn-dried paint is more durable Another phenomenal gush of oil is rep orted from Knro kawa. Akita, Japan, where the .former ancl f:"nous gnsli took place. At well No. 16. on which work has been in progress for some time with a rotary borer. a great jct of gas ucldenly r ase and was soon follo' eel by a spectacular gush of oil. The gush on that c1a,v amonntcc1 to more i.han 3,000 barrels and that figure is b eing dail,v in crrasccl . Later another well sent 11p a jet which. accord ing to a t e lC'gram received by the head office of ti1c pon Pctrolc11m Company, is too pow-erful to be allowed to flow at the present rate, so the power of the jct is curtailrcl. than that dried in the open air. The United Stales Public Health Service e timates that 10.000 Yictims of tuberculosis of the lung" annuallv goj ff est to die. It is estimated that in Albr:.qucrque, N. Mex . , there arc i,000 victims of consumption which have comcj from other Stntcs; more than 3.000 at El Paso, and 3,fiOO/ at San Antonio. The percentage of deaths from tuber culosis occmring within a short period of aniYnl at Western resorts is derreasing. This indicates that the warning\ to keen far nd rnnced cases at home has been heeded. R ewrthelcss. as high ns 15 per cent. of all cleaths oc curred within thirty davs after arrirnl at the Westernj destination . Of particular mterest to physicians, as well Tl,e twenty-thircl general meeting of the .Japan Red as th pnblir. especially in view of the newer theories re Cross So ciety 1ri1s h rlLl recentlv in Hibi ya Park, Tokio. garcling the communicability of tuberculosis, arc the facts1 rrhe occasion was fayorcd by fine weather, aml was ai. rnarshalecl to f'how the degree of danger i.o residents oE 1ended by orer >ixh thousand men and women, most of !hC' re.art cities from the influx of cons11mpt iws. Tables whom came up to the i.own from the j)arls of the arC' presented whi ch go to prove that the clegrrc of corn ! co1tntrY. .\.c\ording to (he lrn:-:ine"" reports dclirerC'Ll by of thr disease , at lea s t to adults. has probablv Preili: than el;;c11here . The Puh-1 i.lic prcr . cling :rnar, and its Cnmls are estimated at $1,2GO,lie Health bulletin refers to 1he ravages of lnbcrrulosis 000. The work of preveni ion aml cure of among the 1\[exicaM of the 'The peons lrnYe which 1nis >:(Hrtl'll last year, i>: f:o satisfactorv that litile and once the infediou clcvclop.; recol'cry ! t.Lc patients t.reatcJ or t;ured numbered t)Q,000 last year. is rare.

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. The Yorks and the Y anl(s -OR' TH _ E RIVAL SCHOOLS OF LAI l : hum;; wrrP qniekl.r and llwn, Sat.nrdav a rortnil!ht later. 0111, the pluek: :mg fellO\\'S i'Oiillded till' 'rhere was a crowd of boys ancl girls from boLh Hidt>J o( cn1y yell and quickly hacl t1rn :;l a f ire," h e s<1id l[Ui(kly, "and 11c'n.' lo iit•Jp rnlors of ihe two schoo lR, while t h e shore was li11cd with put it oul. 'l'lic Yorl;s aml the Ya.11b; 111a.r liarn buL wlicu il to111(•,.; lo tliintt:s like tlii s ll1c York;; \rill help First tlwre 1rns n nH"e for l1ro-onrec1 ::;lieJJ::;, t1rn or l11ree the Ye111ks e1en l im e.'' from r1wh being e ngaged. "'t'adcrn1", 'Cnderny . 'rah-'rah-'rali !:' sliuul e d th e .J a1k and l'hil \rerc in one and Ben and l3rown in un-\ the.' up 1.he road le<1<1ing lo l lie main .;tr e e!. ut lwr. 11liile opposed to them were 'l'om Trimble and l)aul 'l.'lir School boys replied with their yell, and both .l'urLcr :111cl bro or three other couples from the Yank:' . fad.ions rac:ed for the nea1est e11giue-lwus . . Jal'k ancl Phil br>at Tom and I'aul b,v a length, Ben 'l'hc engine was just b eing hauled out, 11a;; beairn two l engths, the race being eYen between the ancl Jack aml hi. boys seized the ropes 1Jl rur no otl1l"Ull'! 11p011. ll1r l l_r-r;; lll" tl1<' 111a('liine ..,r ti111: [ll' 1r1•n• <'l'l'll, au1l tl1<;>11 .J,wk,_ l1oal ;11111 Y;111k-. worked loetlwr, a;1d their r>fl'urb 01111 sl1'ctrli[r p1iJJ.-d ;Jil'
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-THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 211 =-=============================:===========-================= I efforts of the boys of the rival schools that the fire was so I medal has bee n awarded We have not always been1 promptly brought uncle'!' control. glad to i::ee you Yorks in our but this time we are! What had promised to be a most destructive confl.agrarnry grateful that you were there, and while we trust thatj tion, im'olving the entire loss of Mr. Stickney's handsome the occasion may not arifie. you may be sure that if it does J resid ence, was simply a fire which destro ye d one wing of our boys will be as reacly to assist you . " the house and did a fc r dollars ' worth of damage "..(\.fter this there will he no more fights the1 to the interior. Yorks and the Yanks," replied J ack, and amid the laugh-' When the fire was at las t out and there was no danger ter which followed h e made his escap e from t he stage . of its starting up again, the Academy boys collected in a '.L'hat night he went home, but wa s too excited to sleep/ group and w ere about to start for the ferry, when Tom for two or three hours, and when he did at last drop off it/ Trimble cried in a loud voice: was not to enjoy the sound, healthy slumber of :routh, but; "I say, fellows, three cheers for Jack Forrest and his a sort of troubled full of dreams and wakeful mo! brave Yorks, who saved the day for us, if they did ments. b e:.Lt us." At last he seemed to fall into a heavy doze, but howl The cheers were g iven with a will, but three times three long it lasted he coul d not te ll , .for he suddenly awoke toJ did not seem to be enough, for the High School boys and find himself in a strange p la ce, having e videntl y left his i all the residents of willow Beach, besides, fairly yelled bed and wandered off. somewhere . themse lves hoarse before they were satisfied. He waited till he wa s awake enough to find his way 1 "We weren't the onl y fellows who worked," cried Jack. about, and then l o c ated a window and raised the shade, . "The Yanks must not b e forgotten, boys. ow, then, letting in the light from the street. give 'em a rouser!" He was in the library, his father's desk was open, andj The air fairly s hook with the cheers, and then the in his hand, which, as well as the s l eeYe of his night shirt,\ Academy boys went. to the landing, escorted by two score was covered with "c1ust, he held a folded paper. Yanks, cheering and w aving flag s and giving vent to their How h e came bv i t he could not tell, bnt taking it to; surplus enthw;iasm as boys a r e wont to do. the light he saw that it was inscribed on the back, and: 'The Yorks had won the greater number of events, and that it purported to be a copy of his father's last will. had ' anel 011 brl1al o f myself aud for th e of \\'illow Reach, and e;:peciall) ' for ihc fire dc parfmrn! of onr to11"11, T harr been requeslet l to tbauk t hr IJ01,.: of the T'orl Fra nci R Military Academy, generally kno1111 'olutions s ign e d by the l eading l'iliz em;, and alF-o tu present Lo .Mr. Jack :B.,orrest this gold medal in recognition 0 Lis Yalue as a leader on that oc The Opera H o usc rang ''"ith cheers, and Jack blushed dPeply as he !'tepprrl fonnrd. his hand and said: " r iar li cs and geutlernen: . l l"ailnoL saY ho11 plea1;ed I am at !his lmexpedecl tlrmon,,lratiu11. If I Lav e desen-ccl it. I nrnsl remilld Yun that lherr \WI'<' others who worked as hrml as J din and I ', nly wiol1 L11aL t lwre rnighL br enough fnr :ill." There 11'<11' <1 brng:J1 nwl t lwn ::.aid: " \ o 1111P douhtl' tlrnt _rnu all il"flrkrcl h ard .. J avk. bu! ii on 1 w1nunt of _rnnr hr,i11g q11i1k-wif t rd PJIUU!:(ll fo .gPI L11c !ogetl1Pr am! .)VtH ability a l eader lbat Ll1e CHAPTER XXIV . . rHE SQUA.BBLl>S OF TUE YORKR AND THE YAKKfi C O::lrn TO ,\N END. Lighting the ack >:preacl the copy of the wifl on / the desk and exammed it c losely. : 1t was only a :op:v , . and was not. .by his father,! bi1t it sho wed plarnly what the mans mtentrnns had been,1 ancl now all that was .necessary was fo find the original. "Even that may no t b e necessar) ','' mused .Tack. ''I'. ha\'e h eard of ropies of will s being probated when the/ originals coukl nol be found, and perhaps it can be clone . in this case.'' 'I'he will wa s dated a s horL Lime befor e l\Ir. J!,orrest's drath , and l eft the bulk of his property to the two chil dre n , Mr. Van Dorn being made guardian in case the, testator died before they came of age. 'The portion left to the Barneses was about what Jack1 anc1 Daisy had b een receiving under the provisions of thel old will , ancl wa s to cease at their death , and not go t o Lbeir "'l'h!\t's more mutterefl , Tark. "But how \ on earth did T find this will .in my sleep, when I could uol :find i ! when awake? l wonder if there i s a secret i d ra w e r after all ?" ' ! ' h e r e wils not, hut. thr l owe r drawer 011 one si de was , pulled CJ1LirrlY oul, and the bo y , had evident l y r eac hed de1H i11 and iaken !h e will from the back, where il hadl fall"u and been l.ving in the dust for yeant (To be conLinued )

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22 LIBERTY BOYS OF 'IG. PACTS WORTt l READING PRIS OK TERM PROFI'I' ABLE. Edward ,J. Miller. who gave his address as "nowhe re in partirular," was rlisr!1arged from the rounty jail at Greens burg, Pa .. Rfter 220 days, a richer man in rash than he eYer was before. He was held as a material in the murder trial of Harry K Filler. A material witness is allowccl $1.50 for every da,v that he is held. Miller received Sj)330 when he was clis<:lrnrged. PIGEON POST TO PITTSBURGH. A. F. ll'f PrPr of, Chicago turn.eel loose three homing pi,Qenn recentl.v from the hack porch of his residence. He r-.:prrts will fly i;traight home to !heir owner, T1Rrkin nf Pittslrnrgh, Pa. "This is the fir. l time the 1 pigroJJs hlffe heen so far from Pittsburgh," he saicl. "I hronght them with me on mY return from a visit to V:trkill rerentlv. TE the experiment is successful I1arkin intends to fly the birds from Denver to Pittsburgh. " BOY CORN GROWER. Tf corn is king, William James, an Allen County bo.r, living near Colom', is killg of the Kansas corn champions. Whrn a boy-farmer raises J 16 and ' n pounflR of l corn to tl1e aere lie is entitled to c arr.v off ilw l1onoL'R that manv other older farmers would be glad to recciYe. having the honor 0 being champion earn gro1rer of the State. young .Tames made $123 from his ncrc of learn. It iR ROmetimes profitable to b e a champion farmer. After all his expellses were paid hii; net profit was $102. ,An itemized account of his com makes interesting read ling. Here it is: 104 bushels and 47 poUllds sold at 70 cents a bushel, $73.22; 12 bushels of seed corn sold at $2 JJO a bushel, $30; premiums in contests, $20; rent and ' other expen es, $21.15. war is thr Pennsylnrnia Oil Products Rcfinir::g Comp:rnv of Elclrec1. which has r ccciw•d an order for 200,000 of 1rnx from thf' Hali<' TlH-' was i>' used in tbr manufadure of 1rnr The 1rar ea n sed a greaL demand also for rrcetone. whirh usl!d in the manufa;tnre of smokeless powder. and which in the erection of an ar.etonc plant by Quinn c' Trov at East Snwth11ort, which plant is nvw oprruting clay ai1tl night. In W::i.rren CountY the \farren Chcmieal Products Com pauy, al Warren, i" operating to its foll caparity as the re sull of an immense war order for gun cotto11. An6tl1er indn?try in 'iVarrcn Count: to 1Jenefit by the wnr 11a5 tile Warren . \ x and Tool Compau.' whirh recei1ed a large war order for fittings, ctr. [n Elk Count: the war ha s been in. trnmental to a large extent in the erection of all ar-rtone plant at St. l1ar:rs by the Mehille Corbett Conlpall\, whirh, like the acetone plant at Smi:thpnri. is operating da,v and night. 'l'he demand for neei 011f' hns been r-o great that the St. Mar:;;; is at building an addition to its phrnt, whirh will greai I)" increase the output. :N"O L"SE FOR Ac eorcling lo Comul K L \ . \\"a!;efi<•lcl, who is at Port Elizabeth. . \fri<'a. it i;; difficult to bcliere that a few months cnnlcl po::8iblY 8e<' sueh great drn11geo. in mines a;; ha vc orc,urred in conncclion with ostriches and ostrich fon thers I t lm;; b0c•n :i trerncndon blow to that Consular sion to refuse ostriches in the pound. \Yarrcn am1 F.lk tl1e European war. 0 these three, "It i s s:iicl thal. a fnll-grown cock ostrich 1rhi ch hacl Countv 11a; received the greatest boom, to found its wav to the Grahamsto1Yn pound was, on being 1 large numbC'r oJ glass and bottle manufacturmg con pnt up to public auction on the market. sold for the mag.... 1 njficent sum of 3 pence. or 6 cents . wh ile 1he glnsR hminess is far from normal. the lnrger "A prominent OmltFhoon1 farmer, and olle of onr most pn1 t of the lmsinrf.s at present is in the export trade. a!" men, i s of ihc opinion that on account of the prnctica1h all mam1factnrers have closccl their plants large export of 1ucemc from district during the com iir i:111op1.,rn co11nhics . • ing winter thon.sancls oE ostriches will perish from si.arvaTLe C'mtis Lenlher Company, at Ludlow, Rlill workLion. 011 h1rgc order for receiYcd from the French "Wl1rn i.nl\Cling :-thing the Rnndar'i;; Rirnr from Jamenlinn•rn 111e1d. n11.l at pn':::Pnt is operating day and llighl Yi!I<' up tiH''Jll)!."!1 aml UitkomsL 011e cannot turni:1g <;ut 11lioul 1,800 of le
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THE LlliEH'l'Y BOYS OF '76. 23 Left Behind at Hangtown -OR If l [ ., [ ' ) f THE " B 0 V WHO BlJIL T UP T 'HE .SHOW '"' • _f ; '" t ' I , By C APT. G EO. W. G R ANVILLE ( A SERIAL STORY) CHAPTER XI (continued) several light hitches, and he was soon called upon to leav e "By J oYe, 'Nill, you are certainly great!" declared the the ticket box to adjust matters behind the scenes . professor, as the people came out cheering and waving their But on the whole the entertainment of the aftetnoon was hats and hamlkerchiefs. "I doubt if ther is another boy a. success, and the receipts more than could have been in California who could do what you have clone . " expeckd. "1'11 tell you something, Timmins," said \Yill, to change :Erening came at last, and the animal tent began to fill the subject. up early. " \Yhat's tlrnt ?" demanded the professor. Cal Cordley was in charge here, and he moved about "You will sec me this eYening in a new act \rbich I have explaining the characteristics of the difl'erent animals in a been secretly practicing up at the farm for the last two wny that proved very acceptable to the crowd. weeks." Half-past sercn was the opening time for the ring per"Goocl for you! What is it?" formnnce, and by that hour almost every seat was filled, "Wait and sec," laughed Will. "I may Ll'eak my ne ck and still U1e vcople pre.,sed in. before I i. "H thirty-fire, and made up i.o look ten years younger. Stere is all through your own pluck and energ,v that you have been caught with tlte ladic,,., 1Tho .went i11i.o raptures orer abl e Lo hnilcl up the how; uut I mustn't keep these people fine npp anrncc, and ;;o auuibly that Joe fllu<1wcil S
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24 TRE LIBERTY BOY, OF '76. I tnmble to himself next timp around, and break the ends I bratecl Master without mention of iv-hat his act off that beantifu l false mustache." was Steve struck at him with his whip as he ftew past, and It was as mnch of a Rnrprise to mo t of the comp:rny Joe, nimblv cloclging, was almost run clown by the fair as it was to the audience, ancl it began by llfr. Renfrew Riggeletta, who come clashing in on her beautiful black leading in 3. donkey, , 1Yhich Yi'i ll ha cl picked up in Prince Sam. 'Frisco for a low mice. ' ..,., • Madam \Vri gley knew her business, and the clown had 'Herc's your trotting the ringmaster said to the all he could do to follow her around with the paper-covclown. "You have be'i:ltl boa ting all the evening about creel hoops , 'which she sprang lightly through. your fine riding.' Now show the audience what you wi ll, who was still on the watch, thought he had never can do." seen Madam Wrigley do her act more gracefully than she Joe Studwell, who was a tall man, eyed the donkey with did it that night. an air of disgust . When it came to the last of it, where both Steve and "Too short," he Raid. "I should haYc to take a reef in Madam Wrigley rode standing on the same horse, and my l egs to ride that beast." Barry lifted her up and passed her light form over his "Stand np on his back, then," said Renfre'1', ])rodding head, the wild applause of the audience showed that they the donkey to make him jump and kick o u t his heels. also were well pleased. Of coursr Joe called ont: "Whoa! \Yhoa !" and "ent Professor Timmins came next, and did his trick on a through Yarious monkey shines." little platform placed by the "supes . " "Well, now, ladies and gentlemen, I must decline the The professor was not bad in his way, but his tricks honor," he called out. "If I was to stand on tl11:1 back of were of the ordinary kind, and need not be particularly that animal I should have to take a reef in my neck or my head would push through the top of the tent." 'l'hey took with the Hangtown audience all right, how-" Y can't rlo it!" called Will, who had gone aroimcl in ever, and the profc$sor got his share of the applamie . front. dressed in his ordinary clotheR, and was stnncli11g came Profeqsor Davis and his trained dogs, which near Mr. Bower s party. were really good. "Can't do it!'" 1 rirc1 the down, going 11p to the rop<'. r l 'he clogs were all orthe Scotch terrier bref'
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THE LIBER'rY BOYS OF '16 . 25 FROM ALL POINTS ., ' Mrs. A. Mr Kay, 102 years old, hearing that her lia11d Wl'I bng, clescnbmg the boundary marks set by hmt when Mr. Crowley fired. The bullet took the beast \\'ashington and different features of the tract. in a vihl spot and killed it instanlly. }ia uons will Jose their lic ens es . ' l'hiH will be tanta mount to ruling the offending person1S off: the turf. Up to the present, racing this season has been particularly clean. The chief fault has been that Rome jockeys have adopted 11aiting tactics that resulled in rac es being lost wh i ch r;hou\d have been won . Whether tadirs were the l"e s11lt of error or have been prerne
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'rHE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 One of lhc .biggest mountain lions 'ccn in Oklah1oma fol r ---------------------------rears, measunng over seven feet from tip to tip an c weig 1 -NEW YOHK, JULY 9, 1915. TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS Single Coples ... ........................................ .. One Copy Three Months ............................... . One Copy Six Months ..................... ............ . One Copy One Year ..................................... . Postage Free. .05 Cct>ts .65 Cents 1.25 2.50 HOW TO SENO MONEY-,\ t our risk send?. o. Money Order , Check or Registered Letter; remittances In a.11r or.her way n.re at your rbk. We :i.ocept Posta.6'8 Sta.mps I h e n.e cash. \Vben senc11n'-!' silver WTr.p tbe Coin tn n. separate pl.Joo of paper to avoid cu1 ,t.l11g 1he envelope. Write your-n.:inu and fuld.reu pU.l'inl v . .Ae Ycry lnmgry. L ady (at the glove conntcr)-What i s the Jntet thing in kiclf;? C l erk ( w ho has two of his own)-C'olic, mum. ' I am look ing fl)r !rnubl0.'' said the caller. " J am replird the ot];C'r. "but I lrnYe macle it a rul e n e ver to le11r. in ordrr lo pursuing l\lr. (;oodC'l'1 -frre s :i hook I'd Yen much l ike to hare comJPitted sui.rirle near Brewster. N. Y by l eap i ng in front 011r flang-ht<'r -rPad. Tt conh u ns good aclvirr foT a of the F ederal Expre$S of thl' Central J\r" Englaml Bailgirl 'lf Jwr n,\.;P. Cderations depar(rnc11t in aestl1etic line s . H e nr y Pfeiffrr . of Phil adelphia . rnn of a ('erlar Falls pionP.er, now hearl of th e Pfeiffer ('IJemical Compam . con eludecl a two-wcPk ";:: \li!h his brothers all(l ;::istcrs o f C edar Falls, fow11, hv presl'nti11g each of' them wit h a check for $10/)00 and an autornobilc> . His benefactions in thi s wav toialecl nearly $ 100 ,0llO. 'l'lie lwncfi<'iaries arc H . .J. Pfeiffer, T,. Pfei.fl'er. l)_ C. fcrnl•r, l\Irs. \\". F. Noble, brothe r s and >'hnuld rr,ther hke to hare a m i11 !hr fa1Pilr \\hose Bngli;:J 1 mother anr1 thr girlH l'n11 niti("izc i m:(ead of mine." alld 11iff' nre quarreling again.'' "Oh, "! tl10u.!!hl tlte.1 bnried the linlrhet."' "\rel! . !'o thev did, hu t lh0 n•ry ne\t i irnc ::\ir;::. , J o nes hall t o chop tlie dug il up. " l ltr1_1-l 1ril'l1 to select a pet dog . Dealer-Do you lire in Imm . rnum: " Yes; l lire in a fiat. " "Then I would an Halian greyhound. mnrn. No matter ho w much .)"Ott feeds 1
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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 27 ''Friend ( the Quakeress, "mv father will A FOHTL"\'"ATE SHOT. 11 e;osi whal ii mighl; lrnt ilte idea of his Lumi11g Quaker south side ol' t!i: rnbin, 111 \\'J1ic:li was a i-;Junly Quaker urnl lay in g asidP-Iii,; ritle wltiie Utt!l'e were redskins to farmer, J1is lwo n \'c>ke ot o:-.en 'l cln1:11 in 1110 bC'n11tiful he one arrn abont ihe girl, and before she was , 1 bought sliC' could 11ot look i11 uny other cos a1rare of it . had pressed a kiss upoH lier lips , shoulde red iume. hiB gu11, aml was gone . The half saucy, hall c l d emou" a;:; I k11on il1em;' ! rome in the r:rnge o' rn,r rifle, aml he ' ll turn his toes up C'hark. r his lips Llrmly. "\VhC'11 lie has rn the sun mighty quick."' r!ie of every relatirc
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! 2 8 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. ---..:-------_ . ... -._.: __ .. -------:=.:.=-..::-:: :::.-=..:...:..:: . _ _ : ,The trees were tnll, clos e together, with thickets of under-'-Crack!" came the report of a rifle in the an, sharp !brush througl1 which a pers on rould not see more than a anc1 keen. ' dozeri rods. With a gasping cry, Big Huffalo sank backward, falling When the Quaker ha( l gone about three miles, he came on his back. The Quaker, completely bewildered, sprang lnpon the aead 11od r of one of his oxen. An a now buried to his feet. 1in the forehc:1rl to.lrl wli:1t had ea11serl its death. ".\. :-;harnefol thing ror my red brethren to do," said l tlte remoYin g 1 h e h ell from the carcass of the ox . "\Yhat ha t l done to the m that I should be treated thus?" He loo keel about for t he mate of the dead ox, but not : finding it, started for home, carrying the bell in his hanrl . 'rhr Quaker's slep was and staid. An ox was a tre n,,me in tho s e (lays, and tlte loss of this Yaluable animal was • 1 great loss to Farmer Lee. He heard a soft tread i11 the forest on his left, and the next moment an . lndi:rn warrior>, in foll war paint and /feathers, stepprCl out in the pa.th in front of the Quaker. He wore; a rich mantle about his shoulders, and his !headgear indicated that li'e was a petty chief. A bow and 1 quiver of arrows were at his back, and the belt abont his waist contained the . calps of a man and woman, as well the ever-ready knife. "l\fy red broLher, what art t.hy name?" asked tl1e i Quaker. .. Big Buffalo,'' a11swcred t.hr T ndian, in tolPrable Englfah: 'Was it Lhee or somr of lhy people who slew my ox?" . asked the Qnak e r , walking boldly fonvard toward the ln-ldian. Big Ruffalo ,rither did noL understand him, or cud nol 1eare to answer question. Re mernly said: ' Big Buffalo greal bravP . He take heap many scalps." ' B11t. frieJJd Big-Rnffalo, did Lhee kill my ox?'' dc / mamled the Feades s Quaker, holding up Lhe bell, which, for somf: nai;on, the i,:layer of the ox had not rernovE>d . .. Big Buffalo take thi s," and he snatched the bell from l the Quakei"R hand . .. What ri.gltt .has t the e to tbat bell, my friend?'' asked the QualnT. "I boughi that in Philadelphia, and it is •111ine." He made an effort to snatch the bell from !he Indian's :hand, but the savage tossed it into a thicket, and seized ll. w old man by the shoulders. 'l'lw Quaker, though loathe to :fight, endeavored to re lease himself. Although nearly fifty years of age, he was strong and active, haYing neYer been guilty of any of the excesses that early bring on l?or a while J1e was a match even for the powerful . e;liief; but at last Big Buffalo s e i zed him by the -hair and ' forced him on one knee . 'r11e Quaker braced himself with his le.fL hal'ld, and with right seized the scalps that were attached to his belt. Big Buffalo bad the advantage of the Quaker, and the latter was no longer a match for the powerful savage. Holding back his head. by the hair, the savage drew his deadly knife from his belt, and with the scalp halloo, raised it to strike the fatal blow into the old man's throat. The Quaker farmer saw the glittering steel ascend above him, and closed his eyes, expecting his lasf moment had come. He gazed up the path in tbe il.ircction from whirh the Rhot had come. and hehelft ' a white cloud of smoke issuing from the Jo1ic$t. From 1 the same spot issued a young hunter, whom the" olfl 1Quaker at once recognized as Charley Sands. "Friend Charles," said the Quaker, "to thee I owe my life. Had thee not fired that shot along this path, and liacl Big. Buffalo not been in the way of thy bullet 11arrn would not have come to him." Charley laughed at the wit of the Quaker, and replied: ' It is true, l?riend William, had not the redskin got in ihe way of the bullcl, he might have beeo safe . lt is Ycry wrong to get in the way of a rifle ball as well as reckless . " Charley stooped over the savage, and took from 11is belt the scalps of his parents. They carried the body to the Quaker's cabin , where the kind-hearted man woulrl haYe it dece1:tly interrerl . Charley took :1d vantage of the Quaker's gratitude lo ask for the hand of his dnughter, and the old man, after Rome hesitation, consented. "I do not know, l•'riend Chal'le8," he explained, 'bu( what it i well enough to have u .fighting man even in a Quaker family. We c:am10i all be Quaker;;, at I Past uni i l the lndians become more peaceful.., l 'harlev Sands and Lottie were marriecl, and i.he hunter, afte r he " becanw an old gray-haired lll steamer, which nrns betwePn the two porb, Kfore high tide. low wat r in thr canal is LwenLy-th e fret, except at two Rpols, onr at each terminus, where Lhc d ept Ii is i weui y-t.lHe P f rci al low water, and tl1e::;e arc beingrlredged . 'I'hE' Whitney ranw through aL R ix knol,,;, lmning hP1' al fiil.r-i.11 0 l'l'vc.Jui.ions :i minute agains t s e v entyfi.1e at fL1ll sp eed. _\L lh e altho11gh tl1t•y arr ea:-;y, the engines were . . topped. 'rite next event of ini. e rest in eoonection wiih the new short cut, eliminating the clangers of the rounding of Cape Cod, will be the squadron crui e of the New York Yacht C'Jub through the towns of Sandwich . Bourne and Buzzard's Bay on August 5, on which 00ca:ion the yachts will be i.hc guests of t . he Boston, Cape ( 'ocl and New York Canal Company, no tolls being charged.

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! I .,., l • I : 1 1 • THE LTBERTY BOYS OF '76. 29 GOOD READING H. L. Tiirhie, a ranchcr JivinP' near Okaton, S. Dak., is ' i j.;J'il .. the owner of a rooster whie:h aspires to become known a . the man kiliin"" rooster. A a result oE a spurring from the rooster, 1 was in a critiral condi tion rercntl:v from blood poisoning, and yet -feels the efferts of the wound inf! ictecl by the bircl. Richie was opening thp door of his hen house.when the rooster jumped upon his knee and him twice. _'\ report issurd h_y i\dmiral 1'haon di Revel, chief of thr Hal im1 naval staff, shows that Austrian wireless messages are intercrptPd regularly by thr lta lians, says a special clispafrh from Rome. 'rhe Italians l1ave been enahlec1 to obtain information. whi(h i. of immense mililary value, I)\' the H>;frians lo inferc:rpt Tt<1lian or thrres ancl romain hinden for a clav or two. 'l'hev thPn rch1rn with their pockets full of nnggctR and ha 1•c grra:t time. Others get away m their tur11, but come back even1ually. also with gold. 'l'he mine is thus kepi regnlarh working by shifts of convicts. The latter when theY rf> turn to the settlement are regularly sentenced to a felr clays' imprisonment for absence without leave, but thi;i is a low price to pay for a share in a gold mine. Whrr<' the latter is the authorities have never yet been able to cover. Two masked robbers, with revolvers drawn. boarclrrl .it Southern Pacific train en route from Sai1 Franci:.;c•o to TJOS _<\nil!eles at Chatsworth, Cal., at midnighl lhe othrr day, robbed pa8sengers of and escaped . '1"en and women in tlie last four coaches of the train were rornpellrcl to .i:6ve np their money and jewelry. After rollccting their booty tlir bandits pulled the signal cord, slopping the train at Hewitt :incl fl!'rl. Officials s aid they heliered nn arrnmplirr wns waiti11g near the slalion witi1 an a11fon10-l1ilr. Rrvrral \\'Cl'r ftrerl :it thp robb er;-; as !hev sw11no frorn lhr train, arn1 lhey returned tlie fire , buL no .one hif. 'l'IH'l'C' somewhere among f hr or l rcla11d. a J\[nl'ch h:He canying :ibo11t wilh him fh2 s11m of $2:i 1 icrl in n wl!ite handkerchief. .\ farrnrts cli;,1ghler. going hornr shopping ll'ith lhr m@r,v li,I in hrr handkr)'(hief, rnmc 11pon a lwre in a 1 rap, anrl nol ll'isl1ingto lose f.:11ch a prizP look nuL her lrnnrlkrrrhic1 and I ierl it a1nd the hare\ llf'1-k. \\ ' hen site ihP hare from 'There lirr 11nys 10 inl'ite war,' said Prrsirlrnt !he !nip llir li1e!y animal es(ap erl wilh lhe hnnclkp1d1icf'. , .\l'lhui. 'l'wming Hadley, of Yale [Jniverqif.v, on June n. ______ 1 nc rn Lo Loo 11111el1 preparation and the other to \int> ha\'c been ope11'crl in ('anadn for Lhr !raining .too l.iHir. l 1rc are going very far ;n the of llll:'ll Jnr Ol'er . .;ea servi(;f"'. J.;adi i.,; plarcd in :in nrca ol' d1rrd1on nl Lhe _l:dtl'l' . .I Pl'"onally, J a ;rn hearfilr w farnr fro1n three lumdrPd Hl'J'P" lo fen squal'e, nt iuHform a,; 11eady to adual llgl1ling 111 ,:]iri o l t" tak" carp of tn tlit' in J,;uropr. 'l'n Lhis enLl C'anaclian ufticer,; ;1ud uu11-tom JiPltl. to ' jlf'ak tu e trurli ;ind to fpar uu m a11. 1ni"sioncd ott'it-e1::: who J11:m bePn inl'alidecl home will hi:-------s.-nt to llw ;:Preral camps io ai;si,,L C:en. Ale -;mder Hertrarn, C'hairman of l11t1 8l1ell Cmn mittet> appoin!ed h:v the Dominir.n ,:enerl, upun tl1P , outl1ern .. 0<1s t ol" E11gla;1d. a huy" wi:i . .; l'clught 11 itl1 h1"' dead rahbils in bis and 110L11illg thdt would al'<.:onnl for lhf'ir Lil'<'L'ltSt'. _ \ uf hi.; 11u1kel ren, ale r l J1othi11g !Jul l1111 Iii'<' t ltlis ot' :'mall dirnc11-;;io11s, lhe Pnd uf a tandte a11il :I J)f):\ ur lllaldi! s. ITfll.ler ptomi,;e of rcleii s e thr tml1i11 -.1as j.1P1::aiailPd to l1is mrfhod of pro(edun • . IH; l"l' l e derl a likriy burrow. then stripped off his (loi111•:-:. pnfting liis -(oar fll't>r one lrnlP. hi,; 011:'1" anntlier. and Iii: ,.;!,id owr tlie third. lfo lit Hie. l'Hnlllr 1H.l, dropped H little' grr a,p upo11 the (rah's hack, and thr liglitecl 1a11dlr thPrPon.
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so THE LTBERTY BOYS OF '76. ,-------.=..-:::__-::_-_ ------=---_-_-_--ARTICLES OF P1LL KINDS STA'l'IS'l1ICS OF THJ!J CIVIL WAR. l net anc1 cli:lphragm of thcio f>resent telephone are replaced Here are some statistics of our Civil \Yar found in an by a loop of exceedingly finB platinum wire within a small arbc!e hy Frances Trevelyan ::\1ill r, published in the Kew coYer pierced with minute holes . Currents .York 8un two years ago. 'rhe total enrolments of l!'eclera l ng througl1 the wire cause changes in temperature, 1anc1 CoJLfederatc were 3,500,000 men. From this total alternating from heat to cold with great rapidity. 'The could hare been martialed nearly two armies of the consequent expansions and contractions of the surrounding sirength of Hu2sia and Japan com binecl in the Russo-air become evident as sound . Japanese \ntr, more than two armies of the combined There is little to get out of orclcr, and the cost of manu-strength of France and Germany in the Franco-Prussian factnre is less than half a dollar. war, six armies of the combined strength of the British a.ncl The thennaphonc is also good for the receiving of wire the Boers in the Anglo-Boer War, more than seven armies lesq mcgsnges, ancl with one of these in his pocket, 'Or, 'Of the combinccl strength of the Russians and the Allies rather, in hiR car, a man might walk along the street and in the Crimean war, ancl more than twenty armi<;s of the hear roni:bintly some of the more powerful wireless nws combined strength of the troops actually cugagctl by Spa in sages from !

been tuned. greater than tbe armies under command of von Moltke i11 the Franco Prussian war, thirty armies iike that Hannibal ----....--' led across the Alps against the Homnns. Julius Cac3ar . in SCHOOL ClilLDUEX DESTROY' CATERPILLAHS. leading his armies against the forces of Ponipey, in Spain, School r;hildren in X cw York State destroyed 830,000, clid not have the fighting strength that Stonewall Jackson 000 tent eatcrpillars last year, according to figures just brought clown the Shena11c1oah Valley, am1 the legions of tabulated. They collected -:1:,l .J0,150 egg masses or rings j Pompey were less than those of :JicClellan . Cromwell lecl of this pest, which canses a loss 0 many thousands of dol against the Scots a11 army of numerical strength thnn Jars each year to one of the State's most important crope. those who were left dead and wounded by IIooker at Chan'The rnral eel ncatioD dc1)artmcDt of the State College of icellor svillc or Roserrans at Stone's Hivcr. 'rl1crc 1rcre at Cornell is responsible for the correctness of I two soldiers left ki llcc1 or .dying in American ?iYil War I the iigmes, on 1.bc that egg a vcrages 200 to every man who fought m the Amcricrm HcYolut1011. nfore eggs . A school of: tlnrteen pupils m Cl mton eouut. r col soldiers were left ,clcacl :rncl wounclt>d in the Reren Da,vP' lectccl t'f!.9.: dm;tcrs; one of thirty in Snllirnn '.retreat than fought ill the c9mbincd armies of the Engl i8h couuty col led eel cl rn;tcrs an
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.. .. THE HELLO PUZZLE l Can you get the ring oft:? This puzzle is the latest creation of Yankee ingenuity. Apparently it l s the easiest thing in the world to remove the ring from the block, but It takes hours ot study to d.bcover the trick, unless you know bow it 1• Price by mail, po.!!itpaid, lOc.; 3 for 25c. WOLFF NOVELTY CO., 29 W. 26th St., N. Y. f COLI,APSJBJ, E PENCIJ,S \ o;; * mp* It while it is hanging on But just band the end of H ( to your(' friend, and it begins to untelescope until he imaglhes there ls no end to It. Besides its ability too make fun, it is a. good useful pencil, too. Price, 15c. each, by I]lail, post paid. WOLFF NOVELTY CO., 29 W. 26th St., N. Y. '.l'BE MAGJO NAIL. A common nail !s given for examination, and then in star tly shown pierced through 1 the 1'1.nger; and yet, when taken out, the finger ls found to Be perfectly uninjured, and the nail is again given to be examined. Nicely finished. Price, lOc. by mall, postpaid. C. BEHR, 150 \V. 62d St., New York City. J",JNJi THE LINK PUZZLE. Th. e sensation of the day. Pronounced by all, th. e most baffling and scientific novelty out. 'l'housands b&ve worked at it for hours without mas-tering it, stfll it can be do1,1e in two seconds I by giving the )inks the proper twist, but un less you know how, the harder you twist ' them the tighter they grow. Price, 6c.; 3 for 15c.: one dozen, 50c .• by n1ail, postpaid. WOLFF NOVELTY CO .. 29 W. 26th St., N. Y. WIZARD'S PACK OF TRlCK CARDS. A full pack o! 53 cards, but by the aid of th' instructions given, anyone cali. perform the most wonderful tricks. .l'!i'.Iany of the feats exhibited are truly marvelous, and astonish and amuse a whole Posi tively no sleight-of-hand. The whole triclc ls Jn the cards. Price, 35c. by mall, postpaid. WOL1''F NOVELTY CO., 29 W. 26th St .. N. Y. SLIDE THE J.>ENCDL . The pencil that keeps them guessir.g. Made "ot wood and lead just like an ordinary pencil, but when your victim starts to write with it-presto! the lead disappears. It is so constructed that the slightest pressure on the pap"!r makes the lead slide into the wood. Very funny and a practical joke. Price, lOc. each by mall, postpaid; 3 for 250. H. F. LANG, 1815 Centre St., B'klyn, N. Y. FIFFL Also known as s .Japanese butterfly. A pleasing noveJty en ... closed in an envelope. When the envelope is opened Fiffi will fty out through the air for s e v e r a l yards. l\Iade of colored pa.per to represent a butter• tly six inches wide. Price, 101" WOLFF NOVEL'.rY CO., 29 W. 20th St., N. '.i. , 'l'HE !SURPRISE FOUN1'ADi J"EN looks just like a gen ... the joke cmnes in. It you take oft the cover, a nice, ripe. .-iutc y lemon appears. Th en you giYe the friend you lend it to the merry "haha.." You might call It a n everlasting joke because you can use it over and over again. Price, by mail, postpaid, lOc. H. F. LANG, 1815 Centre St., B'klyn, N. APPEARING BILLIARD BALL.-A sol!d billiard ball1 beautifully made, can be made to appear in the bare hands with the sleeve:J rolled back to elbows. Very tine ahd easy to do. Price, 35c. WOLFF NOVELTY CO .. 2!1 W. 26tb St., :S. Y. (jJ,t\SS SCOPES. TOBACCO Thfs popular novelty is made o{ improve yuur he<b, prolenc your llfe. No more 1tomacll hlown glass, and is to be. ftllP.d uouble , no foul breath, no be&rt weakne81. Rega.ill munly vlaror, calm nerves, otear eye. and 1111pertor mental strength. .,.,, Jarglng any small object to an ex 1 tr:;i.ordlnary size. Ca,n be carried in E. J . WOODS. 228 H Station E. New York, N. V. ,the vest pocket. Pnce, tic . each by mail postpaid. JI. F. LANG, 1815 Centre st .. B'klyn, N. Y. GREENBACKS BEE-SAW PUZ:t."LE. I Pack ofSl,000 Stage Bills, !Oc; 3 packs, 2iie. Send for The most absorb j a pack an ct sJio-rr the boys what. a. WAD you carry. ing puzzle seen for c. A. NICHOLS, JR., Box 90, Chili, N. Y. years. The kind you sit up half the night to do. The puzzle ls to get both balls, one in each pocket. Price, lOc.; 3 for 25c. by mail, postpaid. \'l'OLl'F NOVJ,l/.rY CO., 29 26th St., N. Y. JAPANESE 'i'WIRLEB. ")"ou can show the knife and Instantly draw it across your finger, apparently cutting deep I Into the flesh. The red blood appea.rs on the blade of the ! knife, giving a startling effect to the spectators. The knife is removed and the ftnger is found in good condition. Quite an eft'ective 1llualon. Price lOc. each by mail. FRANK SMITH, 383 J,euox Ave., N. Y. THE INK BLOT JOKER. Fool Your Frlenda,. -The greatest novel ty of the age! Have a More fun than any other novelty that has been shown fn years. Place it on a desk, tablecloth, 01 any "Piece of furniture, as shmvn !n the above cut, near some valuable paper&. PICIC-1\IE-OUT PUZZLE. i or on fine wear" "ig apparel. Watch the ra-1 ault ! Oh, Gee! Price, 15c. each, C. 150 \V. 62d St., New Yol'l< 01ty. The head ls finished In black japan, and in the I mouth ls a highly polished steel bal!. The puzzle fs to p ick out the ball. Price, lOc.; 3 for 25c. by mail, postpaid. WOJ.lc., postpaid. WOLFl' NOVELTY CO., 29 W. 26th St .. N. Y. is handed around for examination, and is found to be solid, unbroken 1 j apanne d iro'll . A cane, a pencil or a string IMITATION CIGAR BUTT. It is made of a composition ring, and the ring suddenly 1s seen to be en exactly resembling a lighted circ!Jng the cane. How did the ring pass the cigar. The white ashes at the spectator' s two hands and get on the cane? end and the imitation o! to-The most mystifying tri c k ever invented. bacco-lenf being p erfect. You Others charge 75 cents fo1 this trick; b:t our can carelessly place it on top of price, including instruction, is 12c., ;-ostpaid • the tablecloth or any other e>;-I WOLFF NOVELTY CO., 29 W. 26th St., N. Y . 1 penshe piece of !urniture, and I await the result. After they see i.'t!SING PENCJL . the joke everybody wnl have a -The performer ex-._ ___ _. good laugh. Price, lOc. each by hibits an ordinary mail, postpaid; 3 fo:25c. pencil and shows it c. N:::ork I calling attention to This one is a cork.er! Get a hts hypnotic pow!'r box right away, 1f you want to over Innate have a barre l of joy. Here's the 1 The pencil is s een secret: It Jooks like an ordt-31owly to rise, fol-nary red box ot Turkish cigalowing the move-rettes. But It contains a trig-ments of tho other ger, under which you place & hand. The witnesses are asked to pass their paper cap. Offe r your frien d a. hand / around it to assure themselves no smoke and he raises the lid o t thread or hair is used. Price, 25c. C. BEHn, 150 W. 62d St., New l'ork City. out of sight with the box be!ore he gets over thinking he waa shot. Price. 15c.. postpaid. F. LA.KG, 1815 C e nt1•e St .• n:1d:1n, N. Y DUPI.EX BICYCLE WHISTLE. Thi• ls a double whistle, pr$ duc1ng loud but very rich, har-1nonious sounds, entirely differ-1 ent fron1 ordinary whistles. It J ls just the thing for bicyclists o r sportsn1en, its peculiar double and resonant tones at once attracting attention. It is an im ported w h i st 1 e. handsomely nickel plated, and wlll be found a very useful and handy pocket companion. Price. lOc.; 3 for 25c.; one dozen, 7Jc., by mail, postpaid. WOLFF NOVELTY CO .. 29 W. 2Etll St .• N. Y. Ll6HT?i"JNG TRICK BOX. A startling a11d pleasing llltt• ston ! "The ways of the world arq; devious,.. says Matthew Arnold. but the ways of the Lightning: Trick ;Box fhen properly handled are admitted to be puzzling and unce r ta.in. You take off the lid and show your friends that it !a full ot nice candy. Replace the lid, when you can solemnly as.suro your friends that you can instantly empty th• box in their presence without opening it; and taking ort the lid again, sure enough the cand,. bas disappeared. O r you can change th• candy into a piece of money by following the directions sent with each box. This is the J11eatest and best cheap trick ever invented. Pelc•, only lOc.; 3 for postpal
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' THE FL,GER THROUGH T H E HAT. . THE B UitNING CIGAkETTE. FOUR WEEKS (A LOUD BOOK). .. Having borrowed hat from e -m: your friend, push your .:!uger ' -&1-through the crown of it, and. 1t ls seen to inove about. Though 1 Yer7 amusing to others, the owner of the hat M . = . ; .... eJ dering with a Has the a bsolute and e x act shape or a. book In c l oth. Up on the opening ot the bool t , atter having ft set up accor d ing to directions t u r niched, a loud r e port similar to that of a, pistol-shot will b e heard, 1nuch to the amazement and t!m'rprise of the victim. Cap1 not mailable; can be bought I s perfectly uninjured. Price, 10r. each by mail. W O L.P1'' NOVEL'l' Y CO., 20 W. 26th St., N. Y. the wisest. Send lOc. and we will m ail It, WOLFF NOVEi.T Y C O., 29 W . 2 G t h S t ., N . l:. (;RAWLING BUGS These giant l1t:etles arc beautifully ena1neled in natura l , brilliant colors. 'fhcl'c is a 1 0Jler unU.erllC'ath, actuated lJy hiddeu springs. \"'\.-"hen the roller is wound up the lrn;;, crawls al>out in the nlOSt life like 1nanner. Try one on the maid ir you want to enjoy yourself. Price, l:!c. each. b,l• n1ail, C . "BEHU, W. 62d St., New York City. THE lll A GNETJC TOP. A handsome metal, highly magnetized toy, A horseshoe and a spiral furnished with each top. When spun next to the wires. they make the inost surpris ing movements. You can make wires of dif ferent 3hapes and s-et the n1ost peculiar ef C e c t s. Price: Uc., post paid. WOLJ:" .l!' NOVJJ:L'l'Y (;0., 29 W. 26tb 8t., N. . THE JOKER' S CIGAR. . The biggest sell or the se& • I son. A cigar made of • tobacco, but secreted in the : center of cigar a'bout one-halt inc h fro m end is a. fountain 4; , • or sparklets. The moment t. the 1\re reaches this fountain •, ... "i'. hundreds or. spa..rJ's o( ft.re burst fonh in every direction, DELUSIO N TRICK. A magic lllt•e b o x in three parts that le very mystl f y ing to thoee not tn the trick. A coin placed on a piece or paper disappears by dropping a nickel ring around it from the magic box. Made o! har d wood two inches in diameter. P rice, 1 2e. H. !:', LA.: G, 1815 Centre St., B'kl,yn, N. Y. GLASS PEN.-Patent glass pen , w ith nic e 'dip, writes like any ordinary pen; each put up In wooden box. P rice, lOc. , p o s tpaid, ,WOLFF N OVELTY CO., 2 9 W . 26th St., N. Y . MAGIC COINER . A . mystltyln g a n d amusing t r t c k. Tin blanks are placed undeu the little tin cup and appareutJy coined into dimes. A . rea l money maker. Price. 20e. -WOJ,J ' l.-NOVEL'l ' l'. CO., 29 w. 26th St., :s. L GIANT SAV, PUZZLE. !l.t any toy et9,i:e. ,J>rlce , 6 5 c . by m a.II, p o s tpai d WOLI!'F Nov''L•.ry C O . , 29 W . 26th St., N. ll" JAPANESE DIVER I / like a llttle red manda.rla. Eac h Jnanfktn• le: furnished with a car ... tridge t,o which a pair ot legs a.re attached. By making two pin-h o l e • In the cartridge, attaching l t t o tho ftgure, antl immersing It in a gla11 ot water the llttle figur e will dart -u p and C-own tor an hour Itke a real diver. Price, b y mall, %5 cent• e a c h , postpaid . H F. LANG, 1 8 1 5 Centre St., B ' kl711, N. T, UN ITT E R Every boy who wants a lvhip-lash, pair of reins, or '. any other knitted article ct' similar ldnd should have a Knitter. Anybody can work it. The mos t beautiful designs can be 111ade by using colored worstetls with this handy llttle obJec . It i s handsomely lacc:tiered, strongly made, anU the wires are Vt)ry durable. Price, l Oc. each. b y nlail, postpaid. C . BEHR , 150 W . 62d St., New York City. NEW S URPRISE NOVELTY. to the astonl1hment of t:1e The fire 1ie stage fire. and will not burn tbe skin or dothlng. After the fireworks the victim ca:n ronttnue smoking the cigar to the end. Price, lttc. : 3 ror 25c; 1 dozen, 90c., mailed, po1t J>1!-ld. JI. 1'. J,AXG, 181 5 Centre St., B'klyo, N. . This puzzle contain• twentyone pieces o f wood n icely finished; take them apart and p u t them together s a n1 e as E,erybody would lik9 to try it, a s i t is very fa3cinatlng. Price. by mall, postpaid, 2v c. e a c h . Foxy Grandpa, ?I.Ir. Peewee and other comical f aces ar tistically colored, to which ls attached a long rubber tube, connected with a. rubber ball, which can be filled with water, the rubber ball being carrlecl Jn the pock9t. a. .slight j)reasure on the bulb ca.uses P. long 3trea.m, the re sult c11n ea.eJly Price, Hie., Postpa i d . . ; C . BEHR, 150 W . 62d St., New York City. WO,,FF N O VZ J ,'l' Y C::O., :l9 \V. 26th St., N . Y • WE WANT YOU TO READ "Moving Picture Stories'' A Weekly Magazine devoted t o Photoplay s a n d P layers Absolutely the fines t little publication on the news-stands itlF" P RICE 5 CENTS A COPY-.J ISSUED E VERY F R I DAY BEAUTIFUL C OLORED COVER DESICNS THIRTY-TW O PAGES FINE HALFTONE FRONTISPIECES N e w portrait s o f actors and actresses every week Get a copy of thi s weekly magazine and see what It ls EVER Y NUMBE R CONTAINS Six Gripping Stories. based on the latest a nd best films, each p rofu sely illustrated 'IYith fine half-tones of scenes i n the plays. f'botogrnphs and Biographies of the most c ele brated Photoplay actor s and actresses. Special Artlc l es relating to Moving Pictures, written by the greatest authorities in the film business. News Notes from the studios about the doings of everyt-od y of p rominence connected witlJ the Photo.plays. 8cennrio Hints and the names of all the companies who may buy the plays you write. Poems, J ingles, Jests and e very brigh t f e a t ure calculated to i nterest both youn g and old. GET A COPY NOW from y o u r newsdealer, o r s enil us 5 cents i n money or postage stamps, and we will m a ll yo u the latest number issued. FRANK TOUSEY, P\lblisher 168 West 23d Street New York .._ ______________________ , _______________________________ , :.J

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!10 !he Liberty Boys' "Rig Hit" ; or. Knocking the Redcoats Uut 111 l,he liberty Boys Irishman"; o r , A Lively Lad rrom Dub11n 712 1be Liberty Boys Surprise: or. Not Just \\'but Tbel' \\'ere Look mg 713 The Liberty Boys' Treasure; or, A Lucky Find 714 The Liberty lloys in Trouble; or. A Had Run of Luck ' 715 The Boys Jubilee: o r. A Greut Day for tbe Gr•Rt cause 716 The Liberty Boys Cornered: or. "Which Way Shall We Turn r 717 The Liberty Boys at Valley Forge. or. Enduring Terrihle !Jard ships 718 The Liberty Roys Missing; or. Lost In t1'e Swamps 719 ;rhe Liberty Boys and. How They Won It.' 720 fhe Liberty Boys Deceived: or. Tricked. But Not Beaten 721 The Liberty Boys and the Dwarf; or. A Dangerous 722 The Liberty Boys Dead Shots; o r. The Deadly Twelve. 723 The L•berty Boys' League; or. The Country Boys \\'bo Heqie d 724 The Liberty Boys' l\earest Trick. or. Bow the ltedcoats \\'ere Fooled. 7 25 The Liberty Boys Stranded; or, A!oot In the Enemy's Country. 726 The Liberty Boys In the Saddle: or, Lively Work !or Liberty' s Cause. 727 Tho Liberty Bo)s' Bonanza; or, Taking Toll from the Tories. 728 Tbe Liberty Boys at Saratoga; or, The Surrend e r o! Burgoyne. 7 2 9 The Liberty Boys and "Old Put"; or. The Escape at Horseaeck 730 The Liberty Boys' Bugle Call; or, The Plot to Polson Washington 731 The Liberty Boys and "Queen Esther": or. The Wyomlni< Valley Massacre. n 2 The Liberty Boys' Horse Guard; or. On the Hlgb Hills n! the Sa otee 733 The Liberty Boys anrt Aaron Burr: o r . Battling for Independence 734 The Liberty Bo.vs and the "Swamp or. Helping 735 The Liberty Boys and Ethan All en; or. Old and \'oung Veterans 736 The Liberty Boys and the King's or. tliamnnd Cut Diamond 737 The Liberty Boys' Bayouet Charge; or. The s:ege o! Yorktown. <>P 738 The Liberty Boys and Paul J oDP.s ; or, The Martyrs of t h e Prl•on Ships. 739 The Liberty Boys at Bowling Green; or. Smashing tho King;• Statne 740 Tee Liberty Boys and Nath110 Hale; or. The Brave Patriot :Spy. 741 The Liberty Boys' Minute M e n ; or. The Battle of the Cowpens i42 The Liberty Boys and the Traitor; or, How They Handled Him. 741l The Liberty Boys at Yellow Creek. or. H outing the H edroats 744 The Liberty Boys and General Greene. or. Chasing Cornwallla 745 The Liberty Boys in Hlchmond; or. Traitor Arnold 746 The Liberty Boys and the Terrible Tory; or. B eating a "Bad" Man. 747 The Liberty Boys Sword Fight: or. \\'Inning With the Enemye Weapons. 7 48 The Liberty Boys In Georgia; or. Lively Times Down South 749 The Liberty Boys' Greatest Triumph . Ot'. The to Victory .. 750 The Liberty Boys and the Quaker Sp,r: or, Two of a Kind 751 'l'be Liberty Boys in Florida; or, Fighting Prevost's Army 752 The Libe rty Boys' Last Chance; or. llaking the Best of It. 753 The Liberty Boys' Sharpshooters. or. 'l'be Battle of the Kegs 754 The Liberty Boys on Guard; or. Watcbrng the Enemy. 755 The Liberty Boys' Strange Guide; or, The Mysterious Malden 756 The Liberty Boys rn the Mountains: or. Among Hough People. 757 The Liberty Boys' Retreat; or, In "The Shades of Death." The Liberty !fays and the Fire-Fiend; or. A :-iew Kind of Battle. 7;:;9 Tile Liberty Boys in Quakertown; or, i\Iakiug Things Lively lo Philadelphia. 760 The Liberty Boys and the Gypsies; or, A Wonderful Surprise .. 761 The Liberty Boys Plying Artillery; or, "Liberty or Death." 762 The Liberty Boys Against the Red Demons; or, Fighting th• Indian Raiders. 763 The Liberty Boys' Gunners: or, The Bombardment of Monmouth 764 Boys and Lafayette; o r , Helping the Young French For sale b y a ll newsd e alers, o r wlll be sent t o any a ddress on re<.-elpt or price, 5 c enta per c o py , In money or postage stamps . D Y FRANK TOUSEY, Pub li s h e r, 168 West 23d St., N e w York. " IF YOU WANT .ANY 'B.ACK NUM'BER.S of our weeklies and cannot procure them from newsdealers. they can be obtained from this office direct. Write out and fill in your Order and send It to us witt the price of the week lies y o u wan t a n d we will send 'hem to you by return mall 4 POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY. FRAN K TOUSE Y , P u b lisher, 168 W e s t 23d S t., N ew York. No. 46. HO\V TO llAKE (;SE El.t<:C-RAPHER.-Contajntng uBelul tntormatton re-with figures and the magic o f numbers. By TRICITY.-A description of the wonderful garding the Camera and how to work lt; alao A. Anderson. Fully Illustrated. uses of electricity and electro magnetism; to-how t o make Photographic Magic Lantern No. 74. HO\V TO " 'RITE LETTERS irether with full Instructions for making Elec-Slides and other Transparencies. Handsomely CORREC'l'LY.-Contalnlng rull Instruction• trlc Toys. Batteries. etc. By George Trehel. illustrated. t o r writing letters on almost any subject: A . M. . M. D . Containing over fifty tllustraXo. 62. HOW TO BECOI\IE A WEST also rules for punctuation and composition. .. 47. HOW TO BREAK. IUnF. Al\n A CO:'

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The Liberty Boys and the Fire-Fiend, or, A new kind of battle

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The Liberty Boys and the Fire-Fiend, or, A new kind of battle
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v No. 758. s /Sf . FRANK TOUSEY , PUBLISHER, 168 W EST 230 STREET, NEW NEW YORI( , JULY 9, 1915. AND THE NEW KIND or BATTLE r NtJOA"f. .1 . Price 5 Cents. Dick and Bob atQod guard over the Indian prisoners, while. the other "Liberty Boys'' got water out of the creek and fought the .fire desperately. It was a. hard fight, but the youths fl.naUy triumphed. I

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories o f the A m erican Revolution Iswed Weekly-B;1 Subscription SZ.50 per year. Ente1ea at the Post uf,lce at New York, N. Y .. as Scco11d-Olass illatter, by Fra11T• Tousey, Publisher, 168 West Z3d Stt'eet, New l'o1k. No. 75 . : 1st KEW YORK, JULY 9, 191'3. Price 5 Cents. The Liberty Boys and the Fire-Fiend -ORA NEW KIND OF BATTLE By HAR.RY MOORE CH.\PTF;R J. "T jl is." "J•;xactl:v so: don't blame mr." A IJA:\"C.UlOUS SlTUAT[O:\. ".\ll rii;llt: l du1t'l blame you. I'd 110 tlH' Slllll(' ;\llll " l.Jkk:" du. l snpposr." "What it. Boh'.!" Dick had lJricllrrl ;incl surltllt>rl hi::; hor:;e. fo1 it "'"" 11 mile "Oeneral \Va1'hington's wa,,; just IH'rc. and he said :rnd a half from thl' 1op of f 'h:ltt"rton Hill. whC're tlw l.i bror me to 1rll you to come lo heatlquarlcrs al ouce." ert.v were eHeampNl. to the ho11se whf'l'e tlw eommtwdN-" A II right; I'll go." ' in-fhief had hiR "T ITontlC'r what hr wantfl'i" !fr now !Pap•d into llw ;;noltllc anrl roclt' tu1vn1ll the "T ha1e11't { .br kust idra." north. "I hop!' it 111rnu" 'vork for thr Iiibrrt.1 Hf• was about lialf-wn.1 t.n llt<• il('atlquartrrs. wl11. : '>, hP "f'o do 1: lik:Ply it doe;; mean work for 111'... w::rn fros>rr untl untli>rbrnsh. IH' "as a s111p1i:-:r. tlou't like abont this arc li11s_v in some .\IJOu1 :• t1ozP11 r111u:hfy-cln• sst'd, rou;xll-lonkin;! 1111'11 kind of clangerom; 11ork. and about half the time the rci-t o! dPJ11_v l<-upetl onf into t fl<' ru:1<1 iarly." tb11t 1Yi1h s . nf'li otld,; :ig-ainsf ili111 it w1n1ld 1,,. fully lo Lry to Tt was alJont tile rniclc!Jl' of OdolJrr or tbC' 1776. rid" OH'I' Lhr fellows. The. \Y:ir of tllC' 1t .. rnl11tion '' a8 juo' alo1111( it. l1:-1lflpfi"lil>', whil<' Uit-k Hlafer. thrir captain. had mallc him-" \\"e air liflf'I'..;.'' SC'lf falllOllfl aJ1pad.1 :is a ,;rout :ind i-p.r. 'f'ht• LilJert.1 Bo:v 11udtl1•tl his l11rl... . . "In ofl1l'r word<:, YOH :ir• ruhhC'r". hr said. ntl!nh. Hr wns a lll'l;!hl.[aced. h:1nd,;omP auf1 m_a1!1y youth. aud "\Yaul. 1101 l'XZUt:klv fhC'f. \Y.-. "O aronn' tlJl'r ,.1111ntrT. ""'"'"as a hon, while :•t_ Lill' Ram!' tm11'. bP possc:r 11.e SC'I' piop<>rty thit we likt•. II•! Jiff cf. , 1 ;1 • f l;a ry 11i the work of a ;wont '." ":is pos,;iblf' for ;rny out' fo lH. " \\" all.I, eall 1 t IH't. er .IT ";11itf'I'. .\\'ill ,.r" jim u,.; , \ nrl 00 (bi,; morning of 11hicli we 1nil<• < :cneral 'l:hr l'.p of 1 l1r lw ndsom•'. 80.1 1l'IPd, i!l''lOn had s<>nt 'vord ror Diel; to ("Ollie to headquarters wli1it• h1,; f',1"C'S Hashed thr >'l'Ol'll lw 1l'lt. "hkb meant tllal tl!Nc work for him to do. ' "\\'h:l1. Dif'l; HlatPr join a l1and of <'owarcll,y robhl'rs!" f11) .\s Bob J•:Rtahrook. another J1righl and handsome Youth, exdaim'cl: "w<>ll, l gup,,;s you don't know me! You are tl1" hat! snicl. it meant work for Dick. whether it meant it fo1 lJiggest kind of fools." tlw of the company or not. "Ob, WC''rr robbl'r,; au' Cools, air we?" in an angry "H11.1. IJifk." Rn id Bob, n,:; llis friC'llll was g<>ttiug fo and thrf'atenmg Yo1ee. g11 to headqnarl<>rl": "[ whl1 you would JPI IDP in your "\"ps_ 01 you woulcl 11c1e1 ltt11p tl1011ghf of such 3 < 1 s pl:-tt'C' if f llPI'(' i,.; tu he >'OUH' >1 will in'. .. "f ha1c 1o ohr.r 01der"'-B
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THE LIBERTY BOYS THE "'.l'lrnnk y e," sarcastically; "no, we expeckted ter be> ter persnade ye somf)." "It will take a good deal of persuasion." u> ther kin" w e air goin ter use onter ye." "Is that so?" "Yas; git down offlm thet hoss." Dick hesitated. '.rhe ruffian n oticed this. His fa<'e grew dark. "Don't tr.v enny foolish biznE'ss," he said, warningly; "ef :re clo. et'll lrn ther las' t11ing yeu do on earth. fur we'll fill ye full uv lead, ez shore ez my nnme's Bill Briggs." Dick had heard of "Bill Briggs .. , He was known throughout ll"eP-tcheste r ns n desperate and dang-erous man. He was the leader of a band of "Skinners." as they were called. and on friends and foes alike, robbing and pillaging right anrt left. There ''ere other bands, both of "Skinners" and 01' "Uo)vboys," but that of Bill Briggs was the worst. Di c k realiz e d that the fellow would make hi s tbreat good, and so, not wishing to be killed by such a gang, he leaped to the ground. sensible:• wns the approYing remark; "tie his hans. Sam," to one of bi s ruen. The mnn addresse steppNl forwnrcl and tied Dick's hr.nds togE'ther b ehind bis back with a strong cotto n handkerchief. "Xow a couple of you lead him, wbile another leads ther •. , ordered Briggs. Two of the rnfliaus . efa<'fl bold o f Dick. each taking hold of au arm, and another took holtl of t:he horse's bridle rein. Then the 1mrty mond away. '.rbey entered the timber at the left-hand side of the road and maue their way along a distance of half a mile or more :llld then came to a stop in front of a cabin, whic h stood almost on the hnnk of the Bronx Hhe r. which at this point was quite a strc>am, being narrow but deeper than at any point " ithin seYel"lll mile1<. Dick was J e d into the cabin. the rnffians follo;Ying. and then Brlgg-s turne d to Dirk and f:aid. ''( :ag "iru, ., ordered Briggs, and l Lle ::;ame fellow that hall l1ound tbe youtbs wrists now stepped forwarcl and stuffed '.:.:.aakerchief in bis mouth and tied another oyer it to keep -rt in . "'l'har: l1ow does that feel?"' asked Briggs. with a grin. Of course Dick made no reply, eve n bad he desired to do so. ",-ow, I ' m going ter giY' ye one more chance,• said the ruffian. "Will yP. jine us?" Dick coultl not speak, or course, but he shook his bead in tlie negative. ".\.11 right, thet settles et," with a dogged look; "an' et settles yer case, too! Ye air goin' ter be put ter death iu er lingcrin' nrnnner, sos ter gi,' ye er chance ter change yer ruin'." Dick wonuered what the ruffians intended doing with him. He felt that they were capable of almost anything. Ile did not suspect that they were as cruel-hearted as they really were, however; they were going to doom him to a torture that was worse than could haYe been devised by the red men of the forest. "Bring 'in1 erlong, boys, said Briggs; "an', Sam, ye bring ther rope." Two of the rnffians s eized Dick lly the arms nncl lert him forth. while the one acldressecl as "Sam• brought a rope of goorlly lPngth. 'l'he entire party went along. and it wns soon down nt the hank of the ri Yer. Here it stopped, .and Sam rir.gecl a noose in the end of the rope. This clone, the noose was placed around Dick's neck. , , "Xow ye climb up inte r ther tree an' puss ther other end UY titer rope over thet limb.r"' orclerDd Briggs; "an' er couple in-ye tnke 'im out ter thet ocl;; iiu ther boat." The man called Sam climbed up into a huge tree that stood right on the bnnk of the Fi"l'er, nnd ,two of the ruffians balrforced, half-assisted Dick into the boat and rowed out about fifte e n feet to where a rock about the size of a half-bushel proJected from the water. "Ye h e v gottrr git up onter thet rock an' stun' thar." said one of the ruffians; "so ye mought ez w ell do et "itbout enny foolin'. D'ye untlprstan'?" Dick clicl undnstaml, now, and he shuddered. But he knew it ,yould br folly to try to r es ist. and so he quietly climbe d out of the boat and took up his position on the rock which, being ronndecl on top. prrsented anything but a secure foot ing. In order to keep from falling off it was necessary to stand pretty still. especially when one's arms were bound, us was the case with Diek. By the time Dick was stationed on the top of the rock the ruffian who hntl climbed the tree was out on a largP limb which extended strai;rl;lt out over the Tlater. He tied the ro11e aronnd the limb, l\>nving just enough slack so that would not be choked. This clone, he made his ''"ay back to the main body of the tree and climbed clown to the grouml. The two men in the bout llacl rowed back to the shore ll.1 ' tb is time and they stepped ashore and tied tlle boat. Then the members of the of "Skinners• stood ::iurl gazed at tile helpless youth with looks qf malicious delight on their ruffianly countena11ce1<. Dick gazed at them fearlessly. but with a stern l ook in his kern gray eyes. He could not speak, but he could think, ancl be saicl lo himself that if he escaped from this predicament he would make it his business to settle with Bill Briggs and as mnny of the members of his baml as h e could get a clrnn<'<' at. "Now. Dick Slater, ye see tiler way I heY n.-persuadin' peepie, • Briggs said: "we air goin' ter lea Ye ye here till :e eetber let us know thet ye will jine us er till ye >ed bis hand. laughed his comrades doing the same, and, turning, all made the ir Wfl:V back the Ubin. IJUickly clisappeating from Dkk"s >i e w. The bra>e Liberty Boy was indeed in a rn•Jst flrrn{!:Prous situation. CHAPT.EJit n. A NERVE-TRYIXG ORDJ::AL . Dick's situation was indeed :i desperate one. He must remain standing on the rock, for if lw "cri> Io slip off he would en•n now." It was rather late in the afternoon when Dick left the Lih ert.v Boys' encampment on Chatterton Hill to go to headquarters. and it was now almost sundown. Dick 11aite d as patiently as p ossible for tbe coming of one of the ruffinns, but was disappointed. They seemed to ba>e forgotten him. Away toward the north Dick saTI the flashin; of lightning, and preseutly the rumble of thunder came to his hearing. ..

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THE LIBERTY BOYS A:YD THE FIRE-FIEND. 3 "TllC'y are having a rain up tbe ri>er,,. Dick told him-I will be only to melt n ,;un• thtlh lJy drow1iin!,r, unle;;,; one ol self. .Jo,-e, 1 hope one of tho;;e rellows will come down here I rascall.1 :5kinners tlowu hc!'t' anll tnke<; 111e olf befcrC' the storm strikes U1is lllace!" . and to the ;:hore. fl,1she d the liglitning and louder sounded the rurn-Bul this tlirl not st•t•m likt • lv t<• For reason hie of the thunder. The slortn waR evit1enlly following tl1e th<' ruffians .-renied tu lrnY<' d:'"i<1<.l to J.avr Dick Yery minute. H!gh1•r 1111(1 hii.;lwr ro8e the walf'l'. Dic:k did not like the sitrnlNon. He was helpless, howIr \Ytls no\: to the Y.outli',; armpiti;. e\"el', and had to grin anu bear it• as best he might. "Anotlwr 11,11r bom ancl all will ht> ovt>r! • sair1 Tli<'k to ltimHalf an hour passed, and stl!l lJJO one of the ruffians put Sf'lt'. in an appearance. 1 i rt : 1 r was terrible tu think of. Dick was growing Yery I tired;' his position was a very great 'l'wo hours lJpfol'e he h:1d l'i<1de n 11 way from I hf:' Lilwrty strain upon hi1> nPrves. ' Boys' encampment. bound fol' l1e::idqn:tl'tPl'8. aml Ile was iu 'l'he sun was now down and darkness was coming on. . thf' bE'st of spirits; now he wa1< in the most er!" thought tlle He could feel tbnt hi feet were soaking wet, however, youth. :md . m1dcn ly the thought cnme to him that the river was Then he thought of his mother aucl sister and of h is sweetrbin!!. heart, beautiful Alice E>'tabrook, nnd :t gl'ent feeling-of sor-"Yes. that is it,., he said to himself; "there was a heavy row came over him. rain up nortll this forenoon and it llas raised the river 11p He Jtnew thcv woukl lit> Ilea rtllroken when tbc, lcLJ nH•d thn t there nnd the water is now co.ming down and en using the be \Tns dead, [ind be felt worse on their accou1it than on his ri\er to rise Dt this point. Jol"e! I am afraid that I am own, though he v, as far from feeling williug to elk. Jl<' was tloom rcl '.., young, aud youth hates to gil"c up its holcl on life. Uigher rose the water. "I guess I am doomell. thouglt, stH'u enough!'' the Liberty It wus soon up to his ankles and was era wling steadily Boy told himself. "I dont see how I am to hil!hcr aud higher. Ile nencd himself for the cud, whkh he felt sure was uot Dick was greatly alarmed bJ' the situation. He might at far distant. moment slip off the roe!,; and that would be the end. Uighe r rose the water; it was now to . Dicks ne<.:k. The storm wns coming closer and closer also. The light"'l'ep minutes more," thoug-llt Dick. "'Vefl. it caut be ning ,yas flashing constantly and the thunder rolled louder helped, 1 guess, lmt I bate to ha\"o to die no1v ancl in such and louder. a manner." "How I would like to see one of the ruffians appear just One, two, three minutes passed, aud the water was to nt t\li>; time!" thought Dick; "I would nod my head at him Dick's chin. qui<: enough!., . . Four, fiye millutcs, and he was forc:etl to throw hend lt now ars was just getII1gher n11d h1gncr 1t rose, nud presently it was to Dick's ting into the boat and it wus eYic1011tly her intention to Ill' woncler01l that he bad managed to retain bis come to Dick's asslstan<.:c. for called out, in a <:iwt ious po"itJou on the rock as long as he had. but eaoer voice: It was trying ou his nerves and strength. Dick Slater! I will save you!" He felt that he must slip from the rock sooner or later, ho weYe r, unless he was taken off. "\Vhy dont one o! the ruffians come down here, as their l e;Hler snid woulu be clone ?,. Dick asked himself. Uc "nitec1 and "a t ched fol' the coming of one of the mem lwrs of the Skinner l..Jancl, but ho waited ane watched in CHAPTER III. ntiu. DICK ARRIVES AT HEADQU.\fCTEHS. Xot one put in an appearance . 'I ;.;ness lw 1 e decided to leave me to my fate," be said Dick "atchecl the girl eagerly. to himself. Ile fl'ared she would be unable to rescue him, for she wa$ Higher am1 lti gltcr the rose. only a frail girl. I1 \ntR no" almost to Dick's waist. Still, if she had a knife and would cut the rope that was The lightning continuec1 to flash llnd the thunder to roll. around his neck and the lrnn dlrnrehief bindlng bis \\Tlsts, am! presn1tly it brgan to sprinkle rain. It came down in hf' would be able to get ashore in safety without further lrnre 1lrops thn t gave promise of plenty ancl to svare in the aid. neat• future. 'l'he girl rowed close up Dick, ancl then, picking Dl<:k clicl n o t mind the thought of the rain so much, how-I np :1 knife from the bottom or the boat. sbe cut tbe band cnr; it was the. 1i;;i1J;.!' ,.:frearu. threatening to cover him over\ kerchief that boun!d not through 1apiclly. the' youth ouce more. 'l'heu she qniC'kly seized the knife and "It if' likt>lr to ris::o l'Yen feet in an hour or two," cnt the rope that was around Dlc:ks neck. y:ns Diel''" tllongh t. and lw snt!ddC' red. The icl('ll of dying The youth at once leaped off the rock nncl swam toward in -:pc-h a manner 0nongh to mnke him shudder. the shore. Tlw p:irl looker ancl off the stone. bnt b.v I '>llllng forw:ut1 :lgninst the current he walked quickly down to where Di<.:k was just eme rging from wa,.. t'nttblecl to "t!lnd lht•re e\en hettN thnn before, for be the watet. 'l'he almost constantly flashing liglltnlup: 111:1de it c:onlcl brace hi!:' fe<>t ;tg>1i11,;r the <>t1e or tlw "tone. for thP two to see each otller qnite pluinly, aud Diclr • 1 guess I cau tePp 1uy footing, he told himself; "but it' ,;a 1v that the girl was very beautiful.

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4 TIIE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE FIHB-FIEND. He hastened to tear th<' hamlkerehi<'f from over his mouth 'l.'ber were talking about him ns they enme opposite where and pull tlw othet one out of hi>< a'nd then he said: h e nncl the girl stood. '':\Iiss. I thnnk you! You ha•e sa•etl my life and I shall "I wonder bow Dick Slater i;; gittiu' erlong?" one !'\aid. ne>PL' forget it!" "He's dead afore this, >e kin l1e't on thet.c '' from anothPr. "You nePd not thank me. i\Ir. RlatE>r." WllR the reply; "I "Yas, Cf he d idn't slip offeu l'OCk an' git strangled by am a patriot anrl the daughtrr of a 11ntriot. >Hld I am proud ther !'Ope. lie hez be'n drownetl ther ri•er eomin' 1111 OYPl' to ha\r been able to rPnder you nRRistance." his head,'' from Rtill anothel1.-ii '"l'hat <1of'R not te;;><<'n the ohl i;rnti on on my part. miss . I "'l'hPt';; so." in the voiee "I clicln't think n• thf't. nm anrl Rhall allv;1y;; fePI vel'y grntel'nl. But what ls your He's er gone1'. shore." r><. • Dick ;;aid to hi111seif: "wP ll. I tarnC' u::; ' ' ll mnsl ha\'e been Bill Brigg!': nttrl hifl bnnd. " qni<-kly as I coultl." "Ye><. that io; the namP of the l eucle r. But how < 01'(1 P rl . ' " ' F11thL1 tolrl me; he saw you 11p in eneampmrnt.'' ' " l'ell tsionnlly ankk." l'allecl out it'k "'l'hP,\ ' :in• 1ll)f. at flu e:1hin." llw g irl ,.;aid; " I eamc past C'nter.-d. then' a tpw min11lt>>< ago." 'l'hf' g-enpral wa,.; sPnle(l :ii :1 de,.;k :it l•ill' sitl< of ilw rnorn. "I wn>< just ;,(Oing lo ><:1,1' that Wf' 011g-ht noi to stantl heJ'f' On il w d0Rk Wt'l'P f\TO eandlt'><. and ii wai< f'Yi11Pnt 1l!a 1 fhr t alking with 11.Jem '"' nf'at'." said l>il'I;: ''but if they art• goue tommaude1 -i H-1bief bad bP• ll PXUmi nin;.; s1J111p 11:q,<'1,.; we are not in :1n.1 dnngel', I gnesR . cll'a\\ iug;;, for tile tablP ""'" lilH'l't>;tut indil;1tPcl. "HOIY rt11 is it io your homP'! " "Yon nre soaking wet. llid•." tlli' ;::nat mun: "wl11p • _\hout l1alf a mile." bal'e .nu been'!" "Then we had better siop al i:lw uakPCl "ln tbi> Bronx Hirer'. ;;ir'." h<'fol P ,l'OU an gel half' way honw." 'Ha! How " '",.; thal. DIL-k ':" 'l'lrey hastened np to thP youth explained in as !'1•w ' ords : 1>< fl•. • Ss ilil1'. 'J'h• gil'I had i:' . \ 11d ''"'"" 011e thing that ,l(a\'L' Dlt:k gre at deal of 11le:lsu1e as lbe Rkinnerstbe1 U1'f' en h11d meu:" l'ad tl1:11 his bcir:>ro tied Lu a tree nem thP eabiu . HP bad "'l'bey art'. ",;ir: 1 1,a , .,. 0( Hill Brigg,.; 1.)1•-l\•;;incl the 8kiuner:< Jrnd taken his horse awu I ' \Tith them. fOl'P. Ht• is ::t rt>gnlar cle;;perarlu. n nd p1't'.\'S on frif'nd s ; 1 n\] '\Ye art• in rnther a ctnngerons i;ituatiou. fire we not. foes alike." :-,\lah • t"!" tlH' girl an tone t.o her \'Oil'P. • t.Yell. if ever lie fnll>:l iutu lll.I' haucls ht< ,, ill , .• .,1,; 111y "Yon 1Deau nu account of the dangPI' that the Skinners ing on any one!" said the eommancler-in-d1ief, g1imly. ilia) rf'turn':" "Yes, aucl if l get a cbanl'C' him [ w ill do my '''" " ' to " . Yes. " settle with hlm for tlw wuy li e I r<>ated ''""" !'
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THE LIBERTY BOYS THE FIRE-FIEND. ' 5 Chatterton Hill, where he was met with excited questioning from the Liberty Boys. Whnt had kept him'? , . iVhere had he been sq11Iong?" ingin this fashion, :rnd if I should get a chance at him I think he -would be very likely to stop-for a while, at any rate.,. What did the comm:rnq()J!iq-cllief want? Such were a few or tlJP .iiu.estions, and Dick waved his lrnml and told them to "ait anq. hP would tell them all. "You bad hettC'r <'lrnn!! .. P .1: ur ,elothes the first thing." said Bob Estabrook: arr' soaldng wet, aml it cool thPRe nights a ncl )'On are likely tq1 qatq\1 .rold." Dick thought this good aclYiC'c, a1\d, fofjowed it. He soon changed his clothes, tqe YP\lths what the commander-in,chief wa uteri them to do. "Good enough," said Boo Estabrook; "we will catch that fire fiend and put a stop to his work!" CHAf"l'ER IY. A SHREWD TRICK. "iYell, well! .Tust bear the bantam erow. will you!" .\s the,.;e words fell npon the hearing of those seatrd at the table, a British solflier stepped from the front room Into the l>itchen. Rehind him w<>re threP mo1r. 'l'he>y hart e>ntPrerl tbe front r oom :rnu . had no !lonht heard all tlrnt Tlhk had said. 'l'l!e Liberty Boy w::i: surprised, bnt ""Is not gl'ently alarmed, for be J I id not think the rf'Clr•oa ts wonld sn>ndN of the four; 'Chey were going to try to run the fire fiend down and put "wP nre glad to hra1 .1 :<>'lt' d. the person or p ersons. as the case might lJe. \' f',.:. •• Dick followed a roat.l which led llow11 thr v::illey of the '"l'h t n } 'OU l.o know somelhing :1bout tlw l'\'hel :1nu.r." Bronx. Di<-k f: of the stream. which ha< it had au there. but 1hul i,.: ahonl llll.'" risen, and was now hut little more thUi•l lie Of f'OU>Pcl tor hi>' horse. :ind tolrl that I . I l 1oulll do that," said f)i(k. he coulrl. Hr 1yu,.: ,.:nm • s1yift 1hinldng: l1P lleide1l thul lw A hoy of ten YLt\.1'>< l•10k 1he to lbe stal1l<' to fee1l it. mig-ht as \\"Pll vretcnd lo lJP \Yill\ng lo u"1 ;1,; ;::uid e ltl tllP while DiPk enlpred U1e house. four, a11tl tlJ, •11 h•" could lt'ad tlw111 i11lu :1 trap >1111! <'at1S<' tllt-rn The familv or the man. hi>< a ll'!lirl lb<' l eader of lhe fuut: 'w1"ll h:11e horse. Lliunt>r. all( l the n '"" will .:.!" ,yi t h .n111. When tlinner was 1ea<:ll llt"1.11 nml :Ile ' !'hey kept Dick decided to make :;1Jrne Inquiries. a slt<1rp w:iteh 011 lJick. lint h1' 111:11lc• no mi.JY1' that was .. 11.. [ understand that a number of honse:; have llPen burned cul:lted l o mou.;t• 1 l1dr " ':spi1 irnJs hi,.: to during the week." l1P "is it true"!" ae1 as g:uidP to t heu1. "I guess ec is, replied tile lll:rn. .Hier clinner (lie hny hrutw.:hl Dkl\s horse arrimut. nml tl1t! '"You h:ffe h eard a!Jout it, then';'" Lil'erty Boy und tl1P i:oul' ... 1111ts wPnt ont a11tl monntPtl. "Oh, ) '118. " '":'\O\\. t.lkC' thr l ea d. E:cra ::\Ic,rgan. snid tile len1IP1' of the '"iYell, Lio thosr honse>: "'"'"' burned kno \\'ho ftles>< he lbougM thi>< threat "onlcl int imillillt> nh:k and ';I don't think they clo. "hr replied. f'!!Use liim to he t'ri g-hte uf'tl: lw '1"11nld havp l.1ePn sur -"l wonder if nJH of tliem have anv suspiri<>n ' ho diLl it?" prisP! a fine whisth'r. ac.d had taugl1t thf' Liberty Boys n fiend," Raid Dick. a seriP:< of f;, he is certalnl y a fir e fiend" or he would not m::ike use st1,1in:< IJ::in_;: Rignals <•I' instructio n,;, null he. llegau of the firebrand ro make peoplL' homeless, with winter romto whistlP. !Te ft?ll >y. pathy for those '1-Yho have been rendered homeless." "Yes. that is abont the finest whiFi<'lc has been doing such co1rnrclly work as that of slipping up and He went right on wbistliug nnrl had no trouble in ,gil'inp: setting houses on fire at night." oYer and over a series of signals which wonld bp t1llderstood 'I hev; I don't think thet is euny way ter do." IJy any Liberty Bny "ho might Ile within hearing distanee, 'Che man looked keenly at Dick and said: The signals said as plainly aH words eoulcl hine done:. "I take et thet ye air er reb-I meau patriot." "Come here at once." ''rt doesn't matter what I am," was the quiet reply; "I "I Hlll with some redcoats. o;imply don't like the idea o! permitting a man to go on burn"I want. you to captur e them:

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6 THE LIBERTY BOYS THE FIRE-b..,IEND. The in blissful tme unsdvusness of "l\'llS go-'Hello'.'' he callc 11 vut; "L,11k ,1rcul1y. air _\"l"?'' iug on . npplamkd foe "ll'histling and mgell the yonth to keep "Yes. at it. "\Ylrnr air ther British Of coms<'. Dick only too gl:\d to do so. aud he l'e11t :it "I g-Pidecl lhem to a poiPt cl?f:"' 10 \\'hitP Plains r.ud tl.ien it. He kept n sharp lookout, too, aml it was not long !Jefore car11<:> :nvay an!l left tlH:'UJ," IJi'C'lCs repl,v. Ile caught sight of a Liberty Boy, who signalled him from be-"Oil, tllet's et. eh?" ' hinrl a tree. ,t he caught sight of another. and still anotller. and After a little fnrtlH. r c:om>'c't'satlon Dick rode onwnrd. 1;:1;ew that there would soon be a sufficient number on hand rode slowly uow, for be not goiug u11y1YllerP in lo mnke it :tll aml simple ma Her to capture the four p::u t1'.'ulnr. ' retleoats. IIe rn:ule excursions into the tlml.Jcr. as he lrncl tlonc ali He 1Hlfle d an order tu rho signals he had been gi\' ing, und it the morning. and keDt '::i sha1:15 lookout'. but when eveninl! was was: dnnving near and Ile was within a mile of tlw Hnrle.111 P.11cr "'Yhen nl'e ready make the attack." he ('Ould not say that he had seen an,v suspicioirn characters. A few miunte;; Inter a dozen Liberty Boys suddenly leaped He stopped nt a fnrmhouse and asked if he coultl have supout i11to the road in front of the party and le1 ' elecl muskets, per and feed for his horse, and was told that IH' eonlc l. while the lrntln or the Liberty Boys' party, Bob 'l'he house was a ;;olid, ;;tory and a half log building. and cr!0<1 out. ;;t0rnlv: had five rooms on the ground floor and four aboYe. "1-p with hands ! Don't attempt to resist, or you are The man wbo lived here 1Yas a patriot. :.ls Dick soon lcarurrl. rle'.lcl men!" anr1 h e bad a very nice fan.iily, there being-his wife. a buxom, Dick nt once raised his hands, crying out in simulated terwoman, and two daughters about sixteen n ncl ror: "Don't shoot! Don't shoot!" And the four redcoats eighteen years of age, The girls' nmnes were Adaline and f0llowed his example. in so far as raising thefr hands was Lama, the former beiug the younge1 girl. concerned. :J[r. Ames "11-:1s, as has been siiiu. a patriot, :rnd Ile \\:ts ThPn Bo!J to a eouple of the Liberty Boys, and' they a strongone. fi'celing smc that it wns safe to do so. Di:k a1lrnncell nnll t'CUlOYPd the redcoats' wca11ons. This havingt ' CYPalcd his identity anti was gi,en a 1rnnn welconw. l!Pen J'. '' the man :titl; ":;1u l nml their anns were promptly strapped together with I'm proud to ha Ye yon as a guest witi.Jin my dom-. their belts. The motl.!.er and daughters seemed to be proud te> lnlYe the 'l'he r edconts llad . now just noticed that Dick l.iad not been famous Liberty Boy tller<\ for the;y bnstlecl around and ,rot l sure he saw a COUple Of dal'I;. fOl'llll:i illOY-"'fh
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THE LIBERTY BOYS AXD THE 7 him to get along at a goorll,Y pace, whrre on::> unf:Jmiliar with such work wonlrl more likely have knocked his brains out he thought, "and he will send them away faster than they came." against a trC'e in the .a. fe1Y moments Dick paused and list.:>nelf intently, for he knew th'.1t hi? won!O lie more likely to h enr tlrn men who had triecl to !'>et fire to th<' cabin than to ;;ee them. He made bis wa;I" along a distance of ne:i.rl;r a quarter of a mile, and, not 1Ht1ing heard or ;;een :mything of the per. sons he was looking for, :i;iuu;;cd and stood hesitating, un-certain "hat to do. 1 , Suddenly be thought be heard a noise behind him and stnrtecl to turn. , He was too late, h owe\er; l/e fom;1d1 himself seized from behinr1 by strong arms. anrl. although he struggled fiercely, be wa;; unable to free himself. He k1w"-by thr number of hands that grasped him thnt he was in the lrnnds of only two assnilants, but they were Yery strong. and Jn ;;pite of all he could do tllC'y presently 1.Jore bim to tl!e earth and tied his wrists together behind bis hack. Dick coulrl not see sufficiently to mnke out what his assailants looked like. but be hacl mnrlc a disco\ery. the result of lH'aring a guttural exclamation from cne: His captors were Indians. Stlll. they were t1Yo to and were stealthy and cunning and might get the better of :.\Ir. Ames in some way, and Dick wa;; uneasy. "I wi:b I could get loose," be murmured. Ha worked away at his bonds, but could not loosen them. The Indians bad done thei; work well. He "as thankful for the fire blazing on the hearth, the IndiauR h:i.ving tbro1vn on two or three sticks of wood before taking their departure. "The fire makes it seem more bright and cheerful In here," he said to "and it would be chilly , too, without the fire. I wish I coulcl g e t free," and again he pulled, tugged an cl strnined at his bonds. ' It was no U $e; he could not loosi>n them. He lay there looking at the fire and wondering if Mr. Ames wonld be able to foil the Indians and drive them away, when the door was suddenly pushed open and a big\ black bear waddled into the room. 'l'he bear stopped, looked at Dick curiously with its beady eyes and then came slowly toward him. "That rather be1t;; me." thought Dick; "I didn't know thr>re w 0re any Indhtns down in this part of the country.• Then the thought came to him thnt it might be possible CHAPTER VI. that the fire fiends he and his Liberty Boys were searching for werC' no other than these yery Indians. • BOB . ARP.IVES AT AN OPPORTUNE "'l'bey are gre:1t for fire, anyway," he said to himself; "they like to appl,1 ti.le torch. and as the I ndians are in tl!e em-Dick was startled. ploy of the Britil'h. tht accounts for the fact that they se-He realized that he was in great danger. Ject the homes of the patriots." To be alone in a cabin with a big black bear was no pleas-Dick's captors now mo\ed awity through the timber and ant situation, even though one were free and had weapons, and' each hclcl to an arm and pulled the youth along. to be tied hand and foot and utterly helpless as was the case "Yi'here a1e y ou t:1king me?" asked Dick. with Dick, the case becam e desperate. '.fhcre was no r eply. If the bear were hungry and wanted a meal it certainly. Dick tried a ga in. howeYer. and addefl: would be all!e to aelp itse lf; at least so it would seem. It ''It won't do any h'.' . out now, however. " They po intell to a rough stool and Did;: ini(' reply. He thought of just one way in which he might escape being T>kk was f'ur e tllat thiR 1Yas not their headqnarti>r s . for if eaten; this way was by getting down off the stool and going! they were the tire fiends, they bad stolen a lot or plunder fl'om as close to the fireplace as possible. Tho bear, being afraid of the !Jome>< Of patriot,;, and none Of this f'(UfI to be seen fire, might not v enture to attack him. in tlrn cabin. The difficu ity would b e in changing bis position. 'rile two Indians uow felt in all Dick';; pockctf' and took Dick decid e d to act at once. He rose to his feet, and then, his pistol;; aud lmife away from him. They also took some turning his back toward the fireplace, sat down. This he was' money that lie had in llif: po el)'.e1. able to do, even though his hands and feet were bound.. 'fllis done. they jahberecl 1 o getl! e r for a few moments, and Dick was now close to the fire; so close, in fact, that he was tlwn one picked 11p a piece of lmckskin thong fro m where it uncomfortably warm, but h.e felt that be could stand the heatl in one corner and tied tlle youth',; ankles t:>eci1re ly. better than to be eaten by the bear. ''What's that for'!'' asked Dick. Bruin gave utterance to several growls while Dick was ''Ro white boy can't nrn 'way," wa" the reply. executing this maneuver, and it was evident that he was sus'l'hen the two stalked out of the •';lbin and dosed the door picious that it portended evil for him. behind them, but not it coming open a f e w inchei;. He stood and eyed Dick for some time in a speculative man "Say. where arc you going?" askrtl D.ick. ner, and then he began slowly advancing. "Be bnck bimeby," wa;; the reply. "Shoo! Go away, you black rascal!" cried Dick, making Dick almost groaned aloud. He was sure he knew what threatening movements with his feet. they were going to
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8 THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS AND THE FIRE-FIEND. "If you come much closer I'll kick you so hard it will glvE dered around and around, and but for the fact that I am. as you the nose-bl eed." said Dick. you know, a mighty stubborn fellow, I would have given up The bear gave utterance to a growl and lrnpt on advancing and gone camp. I kept on moving, however, and had He was soon within reach, and Dick drew back and kicked about decided that I was to keep it ii11-all night when I came in out with both feet with all his might. His feet struck thf' sight of this cabin. I hastened and just before I got bear on the nose with considerable force, and again the brute to the door, out came the bear.- • I>fil:ed a shot from my pistol backed off, growling and shaking its head. Evidently it did and hit the brute, I am sure, for he i:oared with pain and not know what to make of such tactics on the part of lts in-galloped off at a great rate'. " Tl?erbaps you heard the brush tended victim. crackling?" "I'm afraid I can't keep the brute off me, though," thought "I should say that I did;i'h;, auJ down the scoundrels w Pu l, "Jove, I am glad to be free again'." hf' said. "Now If Mr. knocked senseless. Bear will come back I will engage him in single combat will-The other two Skinners had started to enter, but they saw ingly." what had happened to their comrades and whirled and ran "Great guns, but you were in a. dangerous predicament instead. when l came, Dick!" said Bob. "I don't see how you ever Dick and BGb leape d out and fired a couple of shots after managed to keep the bear from eating you." the fleeing ruffians, and, judging b y the yell that one gave "l don't see how I did it, either. now that it is all over." utterance to, one of the bullets mmt have taken effect. "If it hadn't been that ther e was a fire in tl1e fireplace he 1 would have eaten you." "8u 111 1 ..-uulcl; but how did you llappeu to con:e this way at this time of the night, Bob?" "I got lost, Dick. I am a pretty good woodsman, as you know, but I found night settling down over me before I knew it, and I st1"rted to go back to the main mad in :i. hurry. I ! h u d left my horse there, and thought I would. go back, mount and ride to the nearest farmhouse and stay all night." "I see.' "Well. I wa::; not long in finding that l was lost. I wan-CHAPTER VII. THE FIRE FIEND A'.l' WORK. "We wiugP-d one of the rascals, Dick." "It served him right." "The way they treated you proves that." "So it do es; they are about as cruel-hearted a lot of rascals as I have ever encountered.'' "It would have been bette1", perhaps, if we had shot the

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,, THE LIBERTY BOYS THE FIRE-FIEND . 9 other two !nstead of merely thumping them over the head with the butts of the pistols." "Yes, but I hated to do that." The two walked onwarit through the timber. Dick knew the course ancl held to it without much difficulty. He was an expert in , WotJQ.craft, and was able to keep going in the rigli t direction. •• " At last they reached A1me1:1. home and found the house still standing. All was quiet in the neighborhootl i.c If the two Indians had been there they had been forced to come away without having" accomplished' their purpose of burning the house. . "' • Dick drew a long breath of relief. "I'm glad the house is standing," he said. "Yes, so am I. Are they patriots, Dick?" "Yes. And It is a nice family, Bob ." • They advanced, and when they were nearly to the back door Jt opened a little ways and a voice called out: "Halt! Who are you and what do you want?" It was the voice of Mr. Ames. "It is I, Dick Slater, and a comrade," replied Dick. The door was thrown wide open instantly. 'Welcome back, Mr. Slater," the man cried. "I was begin ning to fear that you had met with some misadventure and that you might never come back." "I did have an adventure that detained me; but you-have you not been molested?" "Yes, there were a couple of rascals prowling around here a while ago, but I fired a shot at them and they took refuge in ftigh t." . "They were the two that piled the leaves and brush at the end of the house, in the first place," said Dick. "You don't tell me!" "Yes, they are redskins. I know because they leaped upon me and made me a "You don't say!" "Yes, they look m e to an old cabin quite a way from here. and after tying me hand and foot came away and left me there. I feared they had come here." "Yes, but 1 frightened them away.'' Then the man invited them to come in. They entered and' Mr. Ames fastened the door. There was a light in the sitting room, and Dick introduced Bob to the host. 'If my friend had nol come just when he did J would have been food for a black bear," said Dick. "How was that?" from Mr. Ames. Dick 1old about the bear and the Lime he had had keeping the animal from eating him. "You had a narrow escape," said the man, shaking his head. "Yes, but a miss is as good as a mile." It was decide d that they should take I mns watching Lill morning. Dick did the first turn, nob and Mr. Ames throwing themselves down on blankets spread on the floor. When his time was up Dick awoke Bob, and he watched as long as Di c k had. He then awoke Mr. Ames, who watched till morning. There was no further alarm, however: The redskins did not come back. They were not willing to risk their lives. Their way of doing was to slip up, set fire to a house and then, if it burned freely, they entered after the inmates had fled and took every thing they could lay their hands on. After breakfast Bob set out back up the road in the direc tion of the spot where he had left his horse. Dick remained at the Ames house a while. He hardly knew in which direction to go. Presently Bob, accompanied by four more of the Liberty Boys, put in an appearance. Dick talked the matter over with the youths, and finally they bade good-by to the Ames family and rode away. They made their way to the cabin where Dick had been held a prisoner the night before, but it was empty and the fire was out.. "The Indians were afraid to stay here," said Bob. "I guess you are right," agreed Dick. "Yes. they feared yon would come back here to look for them." "Well, I am here, and 11 would go hard witb the two red scoundrels if I had found them." Then the youths mounted and rode onward. They headed toward the northwest, and about noon cama to the home of Bob Estabrook, which was not far from Tarrytown. Not more than a quarter of a mile beyond Bob's home was that of Dick Slater, and the youths were given a joyous welcome by their foiks. Dick was given a greeting at the Slater home, for the reason that Alice Estabroo!(, Bob's sister, was Dick's sweetheart, and Edith later, Dick's sister, was Bob's sweetheart. The two couples went for a walk before dinner, and Dick' and Bob told stories of their life in the patriot army. They had joined the army in July, and had already taken part in the battle of Long Island and the battle of Harlem Heights, and had done splendid work. "And what are you doing now?" asked Alice. "Courting our sweethearts," replied Dick, slipping his arm around Alice's waist and drawing her close to him. "I guess you would rather do that than fight the redcoats, wouldn't you?" the merry girl said, laughingly. "I can truthfully say that I would," was the reply. "And so would I," said Bob, "and I like to fight the redcoats, too." The two couples separated, for each pair wished to talk some sweet nonsense that, ,,-hile it sounded all right to them, would have amused a third party. Their time was all too short, for the dinner hour was aq hand, and presently they were forced to bend their steps in the direction of the Estabrook home, where all were to eat, a ' feast having been prepared, Mrs. Slater having locked her house and come over to help Mrs. Estabrook. It was a glorious feast, and the six Liberty Boys enjoyed it immensely. They had been used to coarse camp fare for so lon g that a good meal was a luxury. "So you boys are hunting tht> person who has been setting the patriot homes 011 fire, re you?" remarked Mr. Estabrooh'.. "Yes," replied Dick. "Gene!'al Washington said a fire fiend was at work burning the homes of patriots, and he sent us out to hunt the fiend down and capture or kill him. 1 di;: covered last night, however, lhat there art> two of them." "Is lhat so 0 " "Yen, and 111ey are Indians . " "Indians!" "Yes, a couple of wicked r e d;;kins." 'l'!Jen Dick to.d !he s1ory of his experience with the lwo red skins. Mrs. Slater and Edith turned pale, as did Alire Estabrook also, and th e latter exclaimed in a horrified voice: "Ob, Dick! To lhi;1k how near yo11 came to losing your lire!" Bob Estabrook g coaned and looked dismal. 'l am very nnlueky, he said, with a comical air. '"Why1 couldn't it have been r,1e that came ,;o near being eaten by a bear"? I would give a Farm to hear Edith talk on my accannll like Alice did on Dick's accounl just then." "You are a silly bo y! " 8aid Bditb. "That's right; give il lo me." lauglwd Bob. The youths remained half a n hour or so after dinner, and then, mounting their horses, rode away. having first warned' Mr. Estabrook and :virs. Slater to keep a sharp lookont for the Indians. Mrs. Slater was a widow, Dick's father having been shot down in his own dooryard three months before by a Tory. The youths put in the afternoon riding around looking for' tbe Indians, but did not see any signs of them. "They are too smart to show themselves in the daytime," said Dick. "Yes, that's what I think. Say, let's gd back to our homes and spend the rest of the afternoon there, Dick." This froml Bob. "I guess we might as well," was the reply. "We are not accomplishing anything by riding around." They rode back to their homes, and the two families gathered at the Estabrook home onc e more, as this was more satis factory than for the youths to try to visit at both places. Dick and Alice and Bob and Edith went for another walk, and were away longer this time, which was satisfactory to them. After supper the Liberty Boys sat down to wait for darkness. It was not Jong in coming. Dick presently stepped out to see if it was dark enough for them to start and, happening to glance toward his home, he saw a light. The thought came to him instantly that the house was on fire. '"I believe the fire fiend is at work there!" lle :iaid to hin1-

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10 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND TIIE FIRE-FIEXD. self, and then he hastened back into the house and told the other youths. "Let us go out quietly," he sald. "Then we will slip around, and perhaps we may be able to capture the red fiends." The youths slipped out of the h ouse and made their way toward the Slater home . As they drew near they saw that the house really was on fire. The fire had been started at the end farthest from where the youths were, however, and they made a detour and came to \vard the house from that side. Just before reaching the house two Indians emerged from the rear doorw ay, staggering beneath the loads they were carrying. Dick gave a signal and the Liberty Jjloys leaped forward and seizetl the redskins. The two were bound in a jiffy and were helpless prisoners almost before they knew what had happened to them. "Oh, save my home , Dick!" cried Mrs. Slater, wringing her hands. "Save my home!" She and the two girls and Mr. and Mrs. Estabrook had fol the youths, and w ere on hand by the time the Indians bad been made prisoners. "We will save the house, mother," said Dick. "There is plenty of water in the creek, and the fire h a s not got beyond control yet." Dick and Bob stood guard over the Indian prisoners, while the other Liberty Boys got water out of the creek and fought the fire desperately. It was a hard fight, but the youths finally triumphed. They had extinguished the fire and the cabin was saved. CHAPTER VIII. "I know it, sir; but I think I can do this work successfully." "You will find the British, Tories and Indians between you and Fort Was!i!ngton as thick as leaves in the forest." "I am aware of that, sir, but I think I can get through in safety." ' "Very well, you shall make 'the attempt. But I wish you to r emember one thing, Dick,. and that is that this l etter must not, under any fall1 into the hands of the enemy." "You mean that if it becom ( es' necessary I am to destroy it?" "Yes, if you find that yoi.1 are going to be captured in spite of all, you must destroy the letter." "I will do so, sir; you may b e sure of that." "Very vvell; when can you start on this errand?" "At once." "To-night?" "Yes, your excellency." "But you were up nearly the whole of last night. Perhaps you had better get a good night's sleep and start out in the n1orning." "Oh, no; I got enough sleep last night. I am feeling fine and wide awake." "Very good . It will please me to have you start at on ce . Here is the letter." • He handed the letter to Dick, who placed it in an inside pocket of his coat. "There," the youth said, "the r edcoats will have a hard time getting hold of that." "They must not get hold of it, Dick." "They shall not do so, sir." The ger..eral gave Dick some final instructions and then shook hands with him, and after wishing him success bade him gcod-by . .AN
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. , THE LIBERTY BOYS A TD THE 11 ,,.hen he got down near the British Jines he would have to The youth :;ave utterance to a terrible howl and rocked him-move very slowly and exercise extreme caution. self backward and forward, his hands clasped on his stomach. On he went. "Oh, I'm killed, I know I am!" he spluttered. "Oh, but I'll Half an hour later Dic1> was within a mile of his home. He ye fur-thet, Dick-Slater!" w2.3 ridin:; along, his mir,9 . on hir, swf'etheart, Alice Estabrook, Then he gave utterance to a serie:; of groans that were when suddenly he was given aa un!)ieasant surprise. enough to curdle milk. His comrades looked at him stolidly. Out into the road in front of his J1orse leaped a dozen dark 1t was e,:dent tll:1 t. althnugh he was their leader. thY did unt. forms. ' think enough of him to feel very sorry when he got hurt. "Halt, Dick Slater!" a 1hogsse voice which Dick recog"Get up and come in reach of me again, and I'll kirk all the nized as being that of Joe Scroggs, a youthful enemy of his. breath ou t of you!" said Dick, sternly. "You are a beauty, Two of the )l,old of the bridle and brought aren't you!" the hor:;e to a stop, while 1ajd hold of Dick himself and Joe did not look very beautiful just a( that time. He was jerked him off his horse. ' an extremely homely youth at all times. and now he was C,i Thi,; was dcne so quickly that Dick could not prevent it. soectacle, wit h i;iis mont"h spre:id to give utterance to the Force of numbzrs was him and he was quickly overgrowls. powered. "Ef ye ever kick m e erg'in I'll cut yer heart out!" almost '"Tie ordered Joe Scroggs. blubbered Joe. This was quickly done, a couple of cotton handkerchiefs '"fhat would be just about like you-to use a knife on a being tied together and used for this purpose. h e lpless prisoner," s:iid Dick, scathingly. "Now bring him and ther hoss erlong," ordered Joe. J oe scrambled to his feet, and finally was able to stand erect, The youths-for the members of the party were all about though not without considerabl e pain. f'ighteen or nineteen years of age-obeyed their leader's com"Tie 'im ter ther table, so he kain't git erway," he ordered. mnnd. 01:e led tile horse, while a couple took hold of Dick's "Tie 'im with his back erway frum ther table." arms and conducted him through the timber. The youths obeyed, and soon had Dick tied, with his face They made their way along a distance of half a mile and toward the table. then caffie to a stop.at a small cabin which stood in the middle "Now take off his coat," ordered Joe. of a little clearing. This was done, the coat b eing tossed over in the corner. "Tie ther boss an' bring Dick Slater into ther cabin," said Dick's heart was in his mouth when the coat was first taken Joe Scroggs. off. The letter to General Greene wa-s in tbe inside pocket of. This was done. Then Joe lighted the candle and by its light this garment, and he feared the ruffians would search the1 turned and glared fiercely at Dick, who was seated on the pockets and find the important doci;ment. when he saw the of a table surrounded by hi captors. coat tossed into the corner, however, he drew a breath of "Waal, I've got ye, Dick Slater!" the young ruffian said, relief. with triumph in his tones. r ""\Vhat are you going to do? .. he asked. "So yon have, Joe," was the calm reply. "Ye'Il fin' out quick ernuff," was the savage reply. "Git Dick did not seem to be in the least alarmed. He was cool ther whip, Bill Bender." and collected; yet he was feeling anything but good over havOne of the youths stepped to one corner and returned with ing been captured by the youths. a whip in his hand. It was a home-made affair, made from Joe Scroggs h a d always been an enemy of Dick. At school shoe leather cut into strips and plaited. On the end was a they had not got along together, and had fought, with the re-buckskin "snapper." The stock was short and heavy. suit that Joe got a terrible thrashing. And then, on top of Dick saw and understood, !Ind a dark frown apoearnd on his that, Hank Scroggs, Joe's father, a strong Tory, was the man facP. His teeth came a click, and Ile turned a who had shot and killed Mr. Slater, Dick's father, only three look on Joe Scrnggs that made that worthy quail in spite of months before the time of which we write. himself. Dick had shot Hank Scroggs immediately afterward, how"You are going to use that whip on me?" Dick asked, in a ever, and had inflicted a mo;-tal wound, Scroggs dying soon hard, cold voice. afterward, and Joe Scroggs had made threats regarding what "Thet's jest whut we're goin' ter do, Dick Slater!" with an lie ,\ouhl clo to Dic k if ever he got the chance. air of bravado. But it was not this that bothered the youth so much as it "Let m e tell you something, Joe," said Dick, so calmly that was that he was being delayed. and then, too, he feared the the young ruffian was cowed. young scoundrels would search him and fill.d the letter to Gen"Waal, tell et," he growled. era! Greene. Being the sons of Tories, they might recognize "It is this--don't do it." the fact that the letter contained important information and "Ye mean thet I'm not ter h ev ye whupped ?" take it to the British general. This, of course, would be a bad "That is what I mean." thing, and Dick would not have it happe n if he could possibly Joe forced a laugh and said sneeringly: help it. "I s'pose ye think I'll stop bercause ye tell me ter?" .Toe Scroggs looked at Dick for quite a while. an exulting "If you are wise you will." look on his face. He seemed to be gloating over his victim. This was said in a calm voice, but there was grim deter"Yes, I've got ye, Dick Slater," he repeated, "an' I'm goin' mination back of it. ter hev revenge onter ye fur killin' my dad." "Oh, ef I'm wise I won't hev ye whupped, hey?" , "Your father killed my father, Joe," was the calm reply. "Exactly. If you are not a fool you wlll stop this thing "I think I did right in shooting him." before it goes any further." "Oh, uv course ye'd say ye think thet, but I don' look at et Again Joe guvc utterance to the forced laugh. tllet way. Yer dad wuz er rebel, an' he'd orter be'n killed." "Whut d'ye think I am, ennyway, Dick Slater?" he sneered. "You are a liar, Joe Scroggs!" cried Dick, his eyes flashing. "D'ye s'pose thet I hev ben waitin' fur this chance three "My father was a patriot, true, but he was not a rebel, and he months ter gil" et up urter all'! Xot er bit ll\ et; I'Ye got ye, had as much right to live as any one. Your father was a an' I'm goin' ter see ter et thet ye git ther wust lickin' ye ever murderer, and I simply dealt out justice to him when I killed hed in yer life!" him." "Oh, I'm er liar, am I?" grated Joe, his ugly face dark with rage. ""\\iaal, I'll show ye how I treet peeple whut talks ter me i n thet fashion." He took a quick step forward and gave Dick a hard blow on the side of the face with the flat of his hand. "Y 01{ coward!" cried Dick. Then something happene d. CHAP'fER IX. A VJCIOU!-l YO"UTH. Dick's hands were tied, but his feet were not. He was sittingon t.he eclge of a rude table, as ha.s been stated, and, quick as a flash, on the slap from the h: :md of his enemy, Dick gave .Joe a hard kick in foe stomach, the yo<:;1g n::'.iian up and sending him to the floor. "If yo-.1 use that whip on me, Joe Scroggs, or liave it done, I will kill you just as sure as that my name is Dick Slater!" Tlwt 1.he speak.er was in deadly earnest there could be no doubt. His tone and air proved that, and he gazed straight into Joe's eyes with a look that made that worthy feel very, uncomfortable. Joe had had experience enough with Dick Slater in past I yea.rs to make him feel sme that when he said he would do a thing he would do it if it were possible, and the Libe1ty Bo)"s grim statement worried him more than he liked to admit eve n to himself. He glared at Dick for a few moments in silence, and then a fierce loolt came into his eyes, and he hissed out: ''I'm glad ":te tole me tllet, Dick Slater. Ef ye kin kill, so kin I! Ye killed my clad, an' I'm goin' ter hev ye whupped till yer back runs blood, au' then I'll hang ye, thet's whut I'll ! " But Joe encountered an obstacle that he had no redrnne d

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1 2 THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS A.ND THE FIRE-FIEND. on. There was no doubt but. what be was equal to murder; the "Remember what I have told you!" said Dick, in a low but look on his face and in his eyes proved that. But his com-grim voice. rades were not quite so bad as he. The one with the whip, "Thet's all right; I won't furgit et, but et don't make no who was about the worst-looking of the lot, turned toward diff'rence. I'm gain' ter fix ye so ye kairt't do me no harm." Joe and said sullenly: "That is what I would advise y01f1to do if you strike me at "Ef thet's whut ye air gain' ter do, Joe Scroggs, ye kin do all, for I will keep my word, and tlie first blow you strike me all uv et yerself. I am willin' ter whip 'im, but I hain't ergoin' -unless you do go ahead and' kill me-will be the same as ter he'p murder nobody, ye kin bet on thet!" signing your death warrant."'' r J "Neether am I!" "I'll resk et,'' said Joe, an he drliw back to strike. "Nur me!" "Ye kin leeve me out when ye come ter figgerin' onter enny sech do!n's ez th et, Joe Scroggs!" Such were a f e w of the cries from Joe's comrades, and Dick nodded his head and said: . "Your comrade s have more sense than you have, Joe. You will do well to profit by their example." "Air ye fellers gain' back onter me in thet fashun ?" asked Joe, in disgust. "Waal, ye bet I hain't goin' ter he'p kill nobuddy," replied the youth who had the whip. The others gave expression to the same sentiments. "You see, if you do anything, you will have to do it alone, Joe," said Dick. "Let's giv' 'im er Iickin', ez we wuz gain' ter do," said one, At this instant there came il.ftLinterruption. "Don't strike!" cried ,a_ ' muSlical , out threatening voice. "If you do Red Fawn shoot arrow through white boy's heart!" Both youths looked in the tlirectfon from wnich the voice proceeded and saw a picturesque and unusual sight. Standing In the doorway, bow in hand, and with an arrow drawn to its head in the weapon, was a dusky Indian maiden of perhaps eighteen years. CHAPTER X. A DUSKY RESCUER. "an' then we kin let 'im go erg'in." Joe Scroggs stared at the Indian girl in amazement and hor"lf you do that I shall make it my business to settle with ror. each and every one of you," said Dick. "I know you all. I His underjaw dropped and his eyes rolled wildly. have set your names down in my memory, and I will settle It was evident that he was badly frightened. with you sooner or later." Dick, on the other hand, surveyed the Indian girl calmly This worried the young ruffians, as could easily be seen. and with interest. They looked at one another uneasily and questioningly. He believed that he had nothing to fear from her. Her "Say, 1 don' see whur I'm gain' ter git enny good outer this words and actions would indicate this, at any rate, for her heer bizness," said one. words were directed toward Joe Scroggs and the arrow was "Thet's ther way et is with me," from another. "Dick didn' pointed toward him. kill my dad, so I hain't got nothin' ter be revenged onter him "D-dont y-you shoot!" stammered Joe. fur." "White boy drop whip, then,., said the Indian girl, in a The others all .said the same, and Joe Scroggs' face length-tone of command. , ened perceptibly. It was evident that he did not like the way Joe promptly let go of the whip and it fell to the floor with things were going. a thump. "Ye're er gang uv pesky cowards," he growled. The Indian girl then took two or three steps forward and "No, et ain't thet," said the one with the whip. "We jest said: hain't got ennythin' erg'inst Dick, an' so don' feel thet we hev "'White boy go 'way, quick!" enny call ter git 'im arter us." "All right, I'll go,• said Joe, who was evidently glad of the "That is sensible talk," said Dick; "and, Joe, you will do a chance to get away. wise thing if you give up your idea of having me whipped." He strode toward the door as he said this,' and as he passed The young ruffian shook his head and a sullen, look through the doorway the Indian maid spoke again. appeared on his face. '"White boy no come back," she said; "if him do, Red F,awn "I hain't gain' ter giv' up ther ide e ." he said. " Ef ther 1 shoot him with arrow." res' uv ye wanter go back outer me an' leave me t-er do this by "I won't come back, said Joe, and with these words he myse'f, all right." disappeared. "Waal, thet's jest whut I"m gain' ter said the one who The Indian girl titeppe\l quickly to the door and closed it held the whip, and he threw it clown and strod-e outof the and put up the bar, thus making it impossible to opeu the cabin. door from the olltside. "An' so'm I,'' from another, and he left. "Now, bad white boy no can sh'Ool us, she said. The others followed suit till only Joe remained with Dick. ''That is a good idea,., said Dick; "now, i . f you will cut my He glared at the prisoner in almost a ferocious manner. bonds T shall be very grateful to you." . "I hate ye, Dick Slater!" he said fiercely. The Indian girl drew a knife from her belt a.nd quickly "Well, I can truthfully say that . 1 don't have much love for cut Dick's bonds. you. Joe." was the quiet reply. '"Thank you, be !laid; "I shall not forget what you have J-0P growled in an inarticulate manner and stepped forward done for me, Red Fawn, and if there is anything T ean do to and picked up the whip. repay you, you may be sure that I shall be on Iy too glad to 'Tm. goin' ter cut yer back till et bleeds, Dick Slater!" he do it.'" hissed. "How d'ye like ther prospect uv thet?" A pleased light appeared in the Indian girl"s e yes. She ''I can't say that I like it; but I think I will like it fully as looked at Dick eagerly. well as you will the thought of what will be coming to you the "Is white boy sure be means that? .. she asked. next time we meet." "Quite sure," was the reply. "Oh, but we won't never meet enny more." "Mebby white boy say he be willing to do something to "Yaas; I'm goin' ter whip ye till ther blood xunii, an' then repay Injun girl, but when she asks him to do something I'm goin' ter put er rope aroun' yer neck an' string ye up ter he say he no can do it," she said doubtingly. wun uv ther rafters!" "Try me and see," said Dick. "What is it you want me to face grew stern. do?" "You are not quite a fool, Joe,'' he said. "If you strike me The girl was silent a few moments aud then said: with that whip, then you will do well to go ahead and make a "Las' night white boy an' some more white boys captured cleai1 job of lt by hanging me, for I will kill you just as sure two Jnjuns. vVhito boy member?"' I a.s that 1 leave here alive!" "Ob. yes, Red Fawn. They are bad Indians: There wa;s deadly earnestness in Dick's voice and air, and 'l'he girl looked sober. She nodded her head slowly. for a few moments Joe Scroggs hesitated and looked irreso"Yes," she agreed; "they bad Jnjuns, but one heap badder lute and undecided. than other." Then suddenly a fierce and determined look appeared on bis "Ts that so?"" face. Dick wondered what she was trying to gel at. "YP kain'I skeer m e . Dick Slater! " h e cried. "T've got ye "'Yes. one Tnjun old; he heap bad. Other Injun young. he fl Per at my merry an' I am gain' I.er do w"'1ut I set out ter do. not. bad. but old Jnjun git nm to go with um an do bad things. T"m gain' (er sottl<' wilb ye fur killin" my dad!" '"That mil y be, Dirk; " ' but wlrnt is that to me, Re'd A.fl heftnislwd he drew back a B if lo -strike Dick Fawn?"" with the whip. "Notbin, tu .ruu; IJut heap to l-ted Faw11."

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THE LIBEHTY BOYS AND THE FlRE-FIEND. 13 "How is that?" ''The young Injun is Red Fawn's brother." Dick started. He believed that he understood what the gi:'l wanted, now. "The young Indian is your brother?" he remarked. "Yes; him not real bad Jyjlljl, an' Red Fawn would like t' ask white boy to have um Dick pondered. He hardly knew what to say. He did not know whether he could do, w .h,at girl asked, but one thing he did know, and that WM .thl!-fi was willing to try. It would be small enough a .retur![!. Mff11 Ntllat the Indian girl had done for him. So he saic'k 1 , , 1,, w n1.o c•(.,1 "I will do what I can, Red Fawn.{' I , • "Thank you," she said, simply. "It may be two or three days before I can do anything, though," Dick explained; "I am going away on business, but will be back at the patriot encampment sooner or later, and will then do all I can to get your brother set free." "Thank you." "Will he be willing to give his word that he will not burn any more houses?" "Oh, yes; I'm sure he will." "And he will keep his word if he gives it?" "Oh, yes." "Very good; I will do my best to have him set free." Then Dick walked over to the corner and picked up his coat and put it on. He felt in the pocket and found the letter was still there. '"rhis has turned out very well, thanks to Red Fawn," thought Dick; "I don't know what might have happened to me, though, had she not interfered. That villain, Joe Scroggs, is capable of almost anything." "Where will I find you if I wish to let you know whether I succee d in getting your brother set free, Red Fawn?" asked Dick. "Anywhere white boy say," was the reply . . "Do you know where Mrs. Slater lives?" asked Dick. 'rhe girl nodded. 'Yes, she said; "first house up road, on right-hand side." "That is the place; well, that i13 my home; I am Dick Slater, and I will be there on the evening of day after to-morrow, likely.'' "Red Fawn he there." "And if I am not there then I will be on the next evening." "Very well.'' Then Dick took down the bar and opened the door. He was tareful, and looked all around, for he thought it possible that ,fo p Scroggs was hanging around in the virinity, and tb.at he might try a shot at them; but the young ruffian was not there. Doubtless he had been so badly frightened by the Indian maicl!'n that he. l1ad not stopped at all, but had kept right on ;;oing as fast as he could. Dick:\,; was there tied to a tree, a:id. untying him. the youth bade the Indian good-by and moved a'''ay through the timbe r. leading the horsP. I r e soo11 struck the road, and, mounting, rode onward at a ;;all op. Ile wa:.; soon at. his mother's ho :ne, and all was quiet there; mother and sister were undoubtedly in bed and fast asleep. A quarter of a mile further on h e C"amc to the home of his s weet.heart, Alice Estabrnok. and he brought his horse to a l'tandstill, doffed his hat and threw a kiss toward the house. .. swee t droams. little sweetheart!" he murmured, and then, replacing his hat on his head, h e rode 011ward at a gallop. On he rode and presently passed through Tarrytown and struck southward down the river. Di c k was familiar with this r0,ad, for he had traveled it many times with his father when going to New York with produce, and so he was never at fault, but rode steadily on-ward. ' lle tonliuu cd till h e was within a mile and a half of the I larlPrn Ri ver, and then h e brought. his horse down to a walk. "l <1111 neari11 t h e British Jines," he told himself: "and it will he necessary for me to be very careful. l must uot permit myself to be lapwred.'' Slowly onward he rode. I J p kept a sharp iookout, for he might. run upon an outpost or the British at ;,:ny moment. PrPsentlr he stop1>E>d and dismounted. "'!'here will bP. sure to be :-,e11tinel,.; stationed along tile road," hP told himself; "and th e b<'sl. and :;afE>R1, thing r can rln i " tn e•itcr th<> 1im1Jer aHd makr :>tfo!al through I Ii •<''i ... He penetrated into the timber to the depth of a quarter of a mile and then turned southward once more. Then he proceeded slowly and cautiously, pausing and lis-tening frequently. He knew he was in great danger of being discovered. And discovery would mean capture, perhaps. Of course, he would not permit himself to be captured without making a desperate effort to escape, but he wished to avoid discovery altogether, if possible. This be succeeded in doing. He moved so slowly and silently that he was not heard by a sentinel, and managed to slip through the Jines. The sentinels were not very close together in the timber and Dick had been lucky enough to cross the line at a point 'about midway between two of the redcoats. He did not know just when he got through the lines, of course, so he proceeded with great caution till he came to the Harlem River. Then he mounted and, urging his horse into the water, was soon across the stream. He then headed in the direction of the heights on which was Fort Washington. He had been there and knew his ground thoroughly. He felt that he would have no further difficulty in reaching his destination, and was just congratulating himself on his gpod luck when he was hailed: "Halt! Who comes there?" As he was still nearly a mile fr.om the fort, Dick knew that the challenger must be a redcoat. He paused and asked him self what would be his best course. He decided that, as he was so near the fort, his best plan would be to advance boldly and try to get the better of the sentinel, after which he could make a dash for the ,patriot lines. "A friend," he called out. "Advance, friend, and give the countersign," was the command. Dick rode slowly forward until within a few yards of the sentinel, whom he could see quite plainly, for it was a <'lear, starlight night. "Halt and give the countersign," ordered the sentinel, and. as he spoke Dick suddenly dug his heels into the flanks of his horse and caused the animal to leap wildly forward straight toward the redcoat. 'rhe fellow Rave utterance to a cry of alarm and leaped to one side. In doing this he came within reach of Dick' s arm, and the youth, who had drawn a pistol, dealt him a blow on the head with the butt of the weapon and dropped him to the ground, unconscious. Then Dick rode onward as rapidly as the rough surface of the ground would permit. "Jove, I got out of that in good shape,., thought Di-<'lt; " [ was afraid I was goiug to have serious trouble." 1 He half turned in his saddle and looked bal'k and listened intently. "AU is quiet," he murmured; " . l guess I knock<>d him senseless." He kept on going, and presently was near the fort. "I will be challenged again soon .. , he told himself; "but n ext time it will be by a friend, instead of by an enemy." Up the hill the horse toiled. Still, it was wo1k to sit in the saddle when the animal was climbing at SU( ' h an angle. Nearer and nearer to the top, and finally Dkk found him self on nearly level ground, with the walls of the fort loomin"' up darkly in front of him. "' And then came the challenge: "Halt! Who comes there?" "A friend ,. replied Dick. "Advance, friend, and give the countersign." Diqk rode forward and paused close to the sentinel. "I don't know the countersign," he said; ''but I am a mes senger from headquarters a.t White Plains, and l wish to be taken before Gen eral Greene at once." "Wait ti 11 l sutntl).on the officer of the guard. The officer of the guard soon appeared, aod Dick told him who he wru; and why he was there. "Come with me," the officer of the guard said; "I will con duct you to the general's quarters." XT. I.\' l'ORT Al"D OUT AGAIN, "You Hay you are Dirk SlatPr?" "YeH, UenPraJ nreene." IJ' 'dt 111,., ;n;Jci ;1;HI. "";"ri:;;; ll11' ti111ucr. uiatlc his lJ ah.lilt; . i:51 llu; ::>:-. \\'
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14 THE LIBERTY BOYS Ali"D THE FIRE-FIEND. "J am." "Let me have them, please." Dit'k Slater sat in the private room of the commander of the fort. He had been condu cte d there by the officer of the guard, and as soon as Gen eral Greene--who had retired-had dressed and put in an appearance, Dick had told him who he was and where be was from. Now Dick drew the letter from his poclret and hande d lt to the general, who at once opened and read the communica tion. "Hum,., he murmured, frowning and looking somewhat worried and undecided. HP pondered for a few moments and then summoned his orderly. "Orderly,"" he said, "awaken the officers of my staff and tell "Well, it is not imperative that this letter reach the commander-in-chief immediately, but if you wish to go you may do so." "Very well, sir; give me the letter. " The general handed it to him and . he placed it in his pocket. Then he bade the officers good py and left the room and quarters, and fifteen minutes later was riding ba(;k down the hill in the direction from which he .had come an hour before. He passed the sentinel and presently reached the foot of the hill. Then he rode onward, and when he came dose to the point where he bad encountered the Buitish sentinel in coming, he dismounted and moved forward, slowly and cautiously. He wished to get through without being seen, if possible. He did succeed in doing so, and finally reached the Harlem River. them to come to my room at their earliest convenience." Mounting, he swam the horse across the stream and then The orderly bowed and withdrew. set out througo the timber. G e n eral Greene continued to look at the floor and ponder; He made his way slowly till he came to where he knew the it was evident that the contents of the letter from the com-line of sentinels was stationed, and then he dismounted and mander-in-chief had given him food for thought. stole forward, slowly and by degrees. Dick said nothing. This time he was not so successful. He was heard by a T.-rnnty minutes passed, and then three officers were an-sentinel, who cha11enged. nounced by the orderly and entered and greeted General Dick did not make any reply, but stood perfectly still. He Greene . thought the redcoat might think he had b ee n mistaken in ""This is Captain Dick Slater," said the general. "He has 1 thinking he had heard something just brought me some dispatches from the commander-in-But the horse moved and made sufficient noise to reach the chief, and the contents of tliese dispatches have caused me to hearing of the sentinel, and Dick knew he could not dece ive get you up out of your beds. I wisb to have your counsel and the fellow. advice regarding my course." "I will have to try to get the better of him and then run "What is the trouble, General Greene?" asked one, after they for it," he told himself. had greeted Diek. "Who is there?" the sentinel called out, sharply; "answer "I w ill tell you. You lrnow I received, only this morning, a or I will fire!" communication from Congress telling me to hold Fort Wash-Dick left his horse standing and stole swiftly toward the ingtcm at any risk .. , point from which the voice proceeded. He made a slight de" Y es, I know you received such an order from Congress," tour, and when he was close to the redcoat managed to catch replied the officer who had already spoken, and the other two sii;ht of him. nodded. The youth had drawn a pistol and now "held It by the muz"Wel!,' you will the better understand the predicament I am zle, ready to use it as a club. He leaped forward and dealt now in when I tell you that the commander-in-chief has just the redcoat a blow on the head, and the stricke n man sank sent me word to remove the garrisons and stores from not to the ground with a gurgling cry that coulcl uot have been only this fcrt, but from Fort Lee as well ! " heard far. "You don't say! " exclaimed one of the officers; "what is his Dick listened, fearing that it might have been heard by reason for wishing you to do tnis?" some other sentinel; but all remained quiet, and he walked "He says that it is dangerous to remain here." back to where his horse stood, and, taking hold of tbe bridle"Does he think we cannot hold the fort"!" rein, led the animal along, as he had been doing before en "He intimates as much." countering the sentinel. "And so he orde s you to evacuate the fort and take the Dick moved very slowly and cautiously till he had gone stores and ammunition away?'' more than a quarter of a mile, and then he turned to one side "He does not make it a order; he says for me to do and was soon on the highway. so u?!less something of an unforeseen character should come He leaped into the saddle, then rode northward at a gallop. up to make It advisable to remain." He was not molested and finally reached Tarrytown. Pass-"Well, would you not consider that an order from Congress ing through the village, he galloped onward and was soon at would be something of a character to make it advisable to re-the Estabrook home. He slackened the speed of his horse to a main here?" walk and continued at this gait till he was past his mother's General Greene looked thoughtful. home, and then he again urged the animal into a gallop. "That is why I sent for you,., he said; "I was, and am, puzAn hour later he arrived at the encampment on Chatterton zl ed, and wish your advice ou the matter." Hill. It was now about three o'clock, and he went to the quar-The four talked long and earnestly. ters occupi ed l:>y the Liberty Boys and lay down to get a few They hardly knew what to do. hours' sleep. They felt that the orders of the commander-In-chief ought He was up as early as any of the youths when daylight came, to be obeyed, and then again, Congress seemed to be of even and they were surprised to see him among them. more importance than the commander-in-chief it had ap"When did you get back, Dick?" asked Bob Estabrook. pointed. "About three o'clock." It was a knotty question. "Then you failed to reach Fort Washington," in a cl!sapHad General Washington made his order imperative in the pointed voice. Bob was as proud of Dick's ach.ievements as letter Dick had brought, General Greene might have obeyed though they had been his own, and he hated to think that his it, but he had not done so; he left it somewhat to the general's comrade had scored a failure. discretion, and after the four officers had talked and considered "Oh, no; I didn't fail to reac h the fort, Bob,'' said Dick. the matter from every possible standpoint, it was finally de"You didn't?" in wondering tones. ""You dont mean to say cided to remain in the fort. that you succeeded in going clear to Fort Washington and This having been settled, General Greene sat down and wrote back again in one night?" a letter to General Washington. He told that he had received "Yes." orders from Congress to remain in the fort at all hazards, and "Well, you are all right, old mau ! " that he had decided to do so; he added that he hoped this "Indeed he is! '' from Mark Morrison. move would meet with the approval of the commander-in'Didn't you have any trouble with the redcoats?" asked chief. Sam Sanderson. When he had finished writing the letter he sealed it and, "A little; I thumped two sentinels over the head with the turning to Dick, said: butt of my pistol." "When can you return to White Plains'?" I "Good for you!" cried Bob. "That is the way to treat the "Right away, sir," was the reply. rascal8.'' "To-night? Are you not very muc h fatigued by the trip Then they went to work cooking their breakfasts, and they down h e re? " I kept on talking while so engaged. No, sir; I will make the return trip to-night, if you wish." Dick told the story of his adventurer:;, and when he meu-

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THE LIBERTY BOYS 'rHE FIRE-FIEND. 15 tioned having been captured by Joe Scroggs and his gang a I the Indian maiden, R e d Fawn. Then he told how the younger great cry o rage went up from the youths. The majority of of the two Indians \vho wei e held prisoners at the encampthem knew Joe well and hated him cordially, and it made them I was the brothe r of Red Fawn, and that she had asked angry to think that he• aifd his cronies had managed to cap-that Dick intercede in behalf of this Indian and secure his ture Dick and had caused him so much trouble and incon: free dom, i f possible . ve:1ience . ' : ' I "I really believe that she saved my life, sir,., he said, in Say, let me take a dozen of tthe boys and go and hunt Joe conclusion "and as I believe also that what she said about up and give him the biggest li:i:nd of a thrashing, Dick," said her being not naturally bad but had been led into Bob; eagerly. . I the work of burning the patriots' homes was true, I was will;?1ck sh.oak .his h ead. . 'J .i ing t o promise to do my best to secure his release." We will let him go for the pxesent, at least," he said; . . . • . . "he is not worth bothering-, r The com111;ander-m-chief to Lhe story with mterest, Then he told how the Jndian maiden, Red Fawn, had come when Dick he ms h ea.d. to his assistance and frightened Joe away and the youth said I am glad y_ou promised the g1'.l that you would do Red Fawn was a trump. ' s what, you coi:ld for ner he said; "undoubtedly she "She is all right, Dick," said Bob; "if I didn't have a sweet-saveu your !Jfe, and. is e?titled to her r equest granted. heart I believe I should go in win her ,, have seen the two iedskms'. and be!Ieve that the younger one The youths understood Bob; he was 'enthusiastic, and it. is a bad If gotten awa;r the old rascal was like him to make some such remark. will probably be 11: .mild, decent sor.t The old one "You would be surprised if you saw Red Fawn,,, said Dick; is a desperate and disreputable old vi!larn. "she is really I have seen Jots of white girls who "Yes, a fiend capable of almost anything." were not nearly so attractive." General Washington turr..ed to his des k , and, taking up a. "There's a chance for some of you fellows who haven't quill, dipped it in ink and wrote something on a bit of paper. h "There," he said, handing the slip to Dick; "that is an order sweet ear ts," said Bob. f th 1 f th I d ,, 'Then they discusse d the matter of the Indian maiden's e ease 0 . ,, 0 n brothe r, who was a prisoner in the encampment. Thank you, sir, s aid I am very ,frateful to you, "The vou11g Indi'an 1sn't a bad look' f 11 ,, 'd M 1 for I feel that you are doing this to please me. J ing e ow, sai ar_r' "I d 't •t f t t th I d ' Morrison; "and the old redskin is about as vicious looking , am orng i as an. 0 JUS ice o : n maid.en, as any Indian I have ever seen. He looks to be capable of m:i She s?-ved Y,?i.:1 !Ife, I have no .d_oubL, and m so domg any meanness. Likely the girl's story about her brother being she a.so it poss1bie for you lo delner the Jetter to Genled into the affair is correct. He may not be very bad, if left eral Greene. to himself." "True, sir." "That is what I think," said Dick; "and I am going to get "The fact that !.he letter was without result has no bearing General Washington to let him go free if I can do so. The on the case; the girl is entitled t o have her r equest granted, fir e fiend is the one who should be made to suffer. " just the same, and I am glad to do this much for her." "'fhat's the way I look at it," from Bob. I Dick took his departure a few minutes la:ter and hastened CHAPTER XII. "Why, Dick, last night!" I bac k to the Liberty Boys' quarters on Chatterton Hill. When he told the youths that the commander-in-chief had ' given him an order for the release of the young Indian, they ' i said it was all right. RED FAW:< lS MAJ)E "I'm glad h e did, Dick,,. said Bob; " jove, that Indian g! r l I thought you were gomg to Fort \lvash ington will be pleased; won't she?" . "I did go, sir." "You don't mean to say that you went and came back again, all in one night?'' "Yes, your excellency. " Dick had eaten his breakfast and saddled his horse and ridden to headquarters, and General Washington was surprised at seeing him. He had net expected him to get back under two clays. .. Did yo u deiiver the message to General Greene?" Y es, your excellency, I gave it to him." "Aud did he give you any message to me?" "Yes, sir; here it is." Dick drew the letter from his pocket and handed it to the commander-in-chief, who took it and opened it. When he hacl rec.cl the contents he crushed the Jetter in his hand and looked frowningly at the floor. 1 c!on't like this," he murmured; "still, it may be for the best. General Greene has done the best thing, doubtless; he has obeyed the orders of Congress.,. Of coul'se, Dick said nothing, for he knew the general was talking Lo himse lf, was thinking aloud. The commander-in-chief got up and walked back and forth a.cress the floor, his head down, gazing intently a3 though looking for something; but it i s safe to say that he did n-0t see anythir..g at all. His mind was busy with the matter at issue. which was as to whether he should send imperative or ders to Greene to move the garrison and stores and evacuate l<-.ort Washington. Finally the commander-in-chief resumed his seat and looked at Dick. "You may return to your company, Dick,'' he sr..id; "if I need you again I will send foi' you." "Very well, your excell ency." Dick rose and stood, hesitating. "What is it, my boy?" the great man asked, kindly . "1 have something to aslr at your hm1ds, sir," was the re ply; "but perhaps you would not care to be bothered at this ti1ne." .. Oh, yes; as well now as any time. What is it?• Then Dick told about his adventure of the night before, when he had been captured by the young ruffians under the leadership of J ce Scroggs, and how he had been rescued by "So she will." "When are you going to present the order and have the Indian set free?" a sked Mark Morrison. "Right away, I guess. " "Say, Dick, if they r elease the Indian, let's some of us go with him, and while we are about i t we can take a look aroundi for Joe S croggs," said Bob. "All right; I am willing. I would enjoy giving him a good scare." "He needs more than a scare. He ought to be given what he was going to give you-a good whipping." Dick went to the officer of the guard that was stationed over the prisoners and gave him the order. ''Hello, the young buck is to be rel eased, eh?" the officer ex claimed, after reading the note. "Ye-," said Dick. 'l'he Indian underst ood, and a look of pleasure appeared in his eyes. It was plain that, though surprised, he was de lighted. The old Indian scowled. The officer o f the guard cut the bonds binding the young Indian's wrists and told him he was free. "I guess you owe your freedom to this young man,'' he said; "so you had better go along with him." The old Indian said something to the younger on e in the Indian language, but the young brave shook his head and strode away by Dick' s side. It really seemed as though he was glad to get away from his evil-faced companion in crime. "Did old ugly-face want you to try to rescue him?" asked Dick, with a shrewd glance at his companion. "Ugh," grunte d the Indian; "but me no do. Me glad t' git 'way from vVahmon." "So that is the old rascai's name, is it?" "Ugh . " They went straight to the Liberty Boys quarters, and Dick was surrounded by the youths, who wanted to know if they were to go with the Indian and make a search for Joe Scroggs. DiC'k said that some of them would go, and he selected ten of the youths, who at once hastened to btidle and saddle their horses. When they were ready, Dick looked at the Indian and said: "How about yeu? You have no horse." "Here nuff hoss,'' was the reply, and the young redskin held

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JG THE LIBERTY BOYS .\XD THE FTRE-FIEXD. up one of his feet, while tho Ghadow or a grin appeared on his stolid face. "But you can't expect to k ee p up with horses." " { gh, me k ee p up ... They set out at once. Of course, the youths could have ridden away from the redskin bad they wished, but they rode at only a moderate pace. They were an hour .and a half in going the six miles, and then they tumed aside and entered the timber. Diel_!: rode• ::;traight to the old cabin in the timber, but it was empty. Just as they were on the point of going away from the cabin th<:i Indian maiden, Rell Fawn, appeared around the corner. She caught sight of her brother and rus!ed forward and threw her arms around his neck and kisse d him. The Liberty Boys looked on in a ,quiet and respectful man ner. They were amazed to see an Indian, even though a girl, show such emotional qualities. They had always believed that redskins, both male and female, were stoics, and rarely if ever betrayed any signs of emotion under any circumstancessa ve, perhaps, when dancing war dances, o r when torturing a prisoner. When the girl had greeted her brother she came to where Dick stood and extended her hand, which Dick took. .. You have k ept your word," she said; "and I thank you. I am so glad that my brother is free." "You are more than welcome , Red Fawn," was the reply; "you rnved my life, while I have simply returned your brother to you; I am still iu your debt." "No, no; you have repaid me for all that I did for you," the girl said. .. Well , if you wish to look at it that way I am willing," said Dick; "but you may be sure that if the opportunity come::; 1 will be ready to do you any favor possible." Alter some f urther conversation the Indian maiden and her brother took tlr eir departure, Reel Fawn inviting Dick and his comrades to come and sPe them al L he Indian village, whose J o ,•ation s h e gave them. When they had gone thP Liberty Boys look e d at one another for tlle. arnl while Di k ;;ent 1.hrN' or the youths to l><'l'P 1Tntcll to KPP lo H that lbe i"kinner;; rlicl nol comp haek :uHl llrp on them. the otherR ilug a grave :tnd in-1 enPcl lllP den rl llodit>s. "You .1om1g-n1P11 ame ju;;! :it the right lime ... ;:aid thP pa triot: ''had you tH't'll fin' rni11nte,.; Jutp1 yflu eo11ld nol h:11t.' sa 1•ecl I he llonse." . "L jullg<' that ynu :np tighl nl10111 thal." w:is l1i<:k';; rpply. 'l'lier1. l.liddinl-( the man and his wifP and tl:111>{i!IP1 gouit-k 1 hat I ht• "'unma111ler-i11-1hief 1111ft-l l lo see him :H J1padquurlt'1,.; . Dit-k leaped into !ht• :::addlt• :llld rotle lo headqu11rte1s . UeHPr,tl \\'n,;lling lon w:t;.: in lti" pril'ttlP romn :lLHI gn•l'l1 Ll llil-k plett::;a.ntly . ".\ll. Di<-k. gla1l lo 8<• '11." !ht gre:il m!ln :-<:1icl: "hn;:; lhe lnl1iu11 bePn ;.:et free'!" •• \'Olli' t'Xellenn'." "l s1q)po,.:p he wa;; plea;.:ed :" 'Ye,... ,..ir, .\.ntl >ceh cd 1votu througl.l n sPttler that the British are aclrnn<'ing in this direction, aucl I wum tllat you f'lrnll go clown and ke e p wntl:l1 on them, my boy." "Very well, sir; I shall be glad to do so." "Report to me each day and let me know where the enem)' is, and, if possible. find out wbat the intentions of the British general are." "I will clo my best, sir." After some further conversatiou. Diel' saluted and took his HITTING THE TORY GANG HARD. departure. . Of course, Alice Estabrook and Edith Slater were delighted He mounted bi>< horse nnd rode ba c k in the direction of the when Dick and Bob, in company with their comrades, put in encampment ou Chatterton Hill. llut had gont' uot more tlrnn Rn appearance. a quarter of a mile when a girl stepped out into the roacl in So were Mrs. Slater and Mrs. Estabrook, and they cooked front of l\iln and motioned for him to stop. the best dinner possible for the youths. He did so at once, all the more readily because he recog-The Liberty Boys stayed till about two o'clock, and then uized the girl. was no other than Harriet Ayers, who hud bade their folks good-by and took their departure. rescued him from his dangerous position on the rock the night They had gone about a mile when they came to the home he bad been left there to his fate by Blll Briggs ancl his of a patriot. There was quite a crowd in the front yard and gang. the house was on fire. The persons in the yard were making Dick leaped to the ground und gave the girl his baud. r.o efforts to extinguish the flames. "I am glad to meet you once more. :;\1iss Harriet," said Suddenly Dick gave utterance to an exclamation. Dick. "It's Bill Briggs and his gang!" he cried; "let's go for them, 1 '.rhe girl blushed, but there was a sober look on her face. boys!" ".L am here to warn you, Sli:ter." she said.

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THE LIBERTY BOYR AXD THE FTRE-FIEXD. 17 "To 1ne?" "Y.Ps." "Of what?'' '"J'llf're is a gang of .Skinners in wait for ;vou up tile road a wav. • , -,.o _ "'Indeed?-.. "'-b .. Yt>.: it is part of Bill Briggs band, but he iimt with them." ... qt; Dirk smiled. "He "iU newei: l.Je with them aonin " he said, quietly; "ho is dead." 1,; • Bit " ' "Is that so?" The gi1'Ji was_;!sinrprised, but seemed to be plrased to hear tile news. '1. i,. . "Yes; I and !'\Ome of my hQys .-r,an aero s the band this afternoon and killed throe of them.. One was Briggs himself, and I must say that I am glad we killed him." "AncT so am I. He was a bad mau, :\fr. Rlater ... "Yes. onf' of the worst I have eYer known. "\Yell, he won't bothrr us any more, and I think that his gang will scatter D01V." "Likely: they are lying in "a it for you to get revenge on yon for the killing of Briggs ancl theil' other two comrades, 1 snppOSl'. • Y t>s: bnt wbt>re n re tllev?" ''A.bout a tilirC! of a milP ;tway, :1rounf1 the henrl in tht> road. Yon know whPrf' that large ro0k is. ht>; the road." .. ('lo sp to thf' big oak tree"!" ''Wi>ll. they have concealed tlwmselves in the edge of the timber just Ol)J)O ite where the rock is. '"Yery good; I thank you. :His>< Harriet. Yon havt> doubt less >acl or mortally wounded." .. Lam g"la to do yon a fa1 'or . .\Ir, f>later." _.\Jlll l wi.;!1 Jlrat. il might Lit' poi for me to tlo some thing ro1 .\'Oil ill l"f'tlll'll . .\[is. l[uJTit>t, .. s: .Lilat!'r: thf' satisfaction 1 fet>l in . doia;..: wli:tl I 11>1vf' is paympnt Pn,lllgh ... 'l'ht>n shP Dick what Ile intf'nclrcl lluiu;,;-. •y,llt lllllRt u11I \ ' Pntnrc to try lu pnss tl1111 spo1. sht' NniJ. an anxinttN look < ht?r I'm.-. more of the member:; 01 tilt' ::lkinner band had falit-n, he wa;: gla1l. :rncl said Ile thought this would encl itf\ existt>nc e as a band. Dick said he thought so, too. and then h e borrowed a spade of the 01Yner of the house and went back. '.l'lle yonths buried the four corpses. and then one of th<' took tile spade back to headquarters. when he returned t hev mounted their hoi;:es aud rode to tlw t>ne>1111pment on Chatterton Hill. • 'l'he.f were bt>siegerl by questions from their comrades who lmd remained behind, and when the youths learned that the Liberty Boys had killed four and wounded two more of the/ members 1of the Skinner band. they were delighted. "That ends their existence as a. band, 1"11 wager," said :\In rk :\Iorrison. .. So I think, and it will be a vNy good 1:bing for the people, . in this part of the eountry." said Diel;:. '"Yes." s nirlskin-wa: a good thing for tfie pal riots in 'Yt>st<'h eFtt>r ('onnt:v. too, Dick." "Yes, thPre <"an lie no doubt regarrling that. The n Dic'k gnve the youths sonw iu:llow! '"ll llO!'S ' l o ok th:1 I \nly." "'Ye<. tlien' i;; n o doullt about ii. .. '"\\ "h.\ h;;Ye sl1 ;ppP<1 me: "'l'h11t j,.; :-inq1!t > L 'JIOL•gh. \\'1' Wr's hor. •Your nunh''!" ".\fo, .. sniitk; t anJ to gh P vilhlins :1 snr-J1!'ise." ffhH"P 11"' .\011 lil p'! .. Huw'!"' !'tlgerl.\". , \llou1 hall-way ii'un1 lwr" Lo Whil• l'l:lins. ' J :rn1 going lu g11 (o 1111• p:1triol 1•n1arupnHt by :1 1ou1lll -"ll.n111pl1. \\"hNP :1rp yon .i::Oiu g .. ! ah(tllt way, .. expl!iiilt>d Di<-k: the11 J will l.Jriug i:;ome of my '"'l'o _ p,, Yurk ... Lihi>rty RoyR uJJd we will slip 11p ,111f! atta .. k tbf' •\\'hu t 1"01 .. 1'" trnm th1' t•ear." '"'l'n :- lwr gootlhy, anrl. Jpuping i11lo the saclcllt>, 1 (1011 ,.;1:e why ii :-ho ulrl ht'. I :un :1 kin . man. turn'd IJaek 1111d rode weRtwanl on a 1-ro:;:<-roacl till Ile .. tnt<:k. 1 anrl ,.;n a; , , my father ti IHI my uJHlf' in :\ew York. a1wthrr rnt1d rnnning :;011th o n thP \\est fd his !tot-,;(' In a gallop anu !lwn Lo a. I .. \l.oro;nn: he i:< fathf't"0I< !Jrull1Pr." rirn. t111tl :1 fp\\ 111i1111tt>s ht1Pr "as at 111e Boys t>ntn111p-II wa:-almost su1lllOll'll or l h r :1i'tf'rnoon on wtiif"J1 J)irk men1. r cde nw:1y nt1 his f'X)ll'<, youll1 s lwd thelJ hrin 110thing-of uny British nutil. \\ht-n !w :111rl. into tbl' . tile .nrnl11.s rncle n way toward within n. mil<• Of rile h o mP 01' t h t' Arn Pf< then t>i.(,{h1 1 IH' north at :1 g-ullop. r eclr-onts htttl ,.;rnl!lenly apj)Ptued him. the a hon' rtmrf'r-_\yrrs hnic-k n11cl thf' leadPl' of tl11 P:rnsinz he1. the youths lenpcd to the groimd and tied iheir horRPR lo trees. 'l'hl' ofli<:Pr-he wore :l :-ergPanrs ltniform-lookrrl Tllr n they cntl'l'etl tht> timbt>r ttncl stole in the direction at Di<"k in you prisoner and tnrn you over to the general. the Skinners happened t o tum nrounll and look toward the Dick did not. filnc:v this idea at all. hut lw felt thnt it youths just before they "ere 11-ithin di::;tanct>. would l.Je suicidal to offer re>; istante or to t1:v to e,: n1w. 'l'lw .HI' guH' a wjld yell of tf'rror and 1Yhirled nncl ran across ri>rl<"oats htHl him to1ered with their nnrl tonlrl ;.:hoot the r on tl. The> others ht>sitatecl long enough to turn and see him dowu. what h11d frightened tbeir com•ade. and this gavr tht> .rnnth;: when the s.-rgt>nut told I.Jim to hold up his hnmls an1l a chauce to a volit?y. he clid it. He felt that it woul reRult W
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