The Liberty Boys on the Hudson, or, Working on the water

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TOUSEY PUBLISHER, 168 WEST 230 STREET. NEW YORK No. 790. NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 1916. Price 5 Cents. DR. WORKING DN THE WATER . .J'y'/4RRY #OORE: 1ND OTHE't "TOf\IES 'Bob caught the spy by the arm and stuck a pistol against his . head. The other Liberty Boys ran into the water, seized the painter and began pulling the boat toward the shore. The British struck out lustily with oars and pistol-butts.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revo l ution Issued 1Veekly-B11 S iibsc1iption S2.61Jt>or year. Enternd at the New York, N. Y .. Post Office as Second-Class Matter by P1ank Publisher, 168 West 23<1 Street, New York. Xo. 790. NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 18, 1916. Price 5 Cents . THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE HUDSON -OR-WORKING ON THE WATER By HARRY H lOORE CHAPTER I. AN INSOLENT OFFICER. "Hello. Dick. I "oncler what is going on now'?" "I clon't know, Bob." as though the entire crew and all the soldiers have co;nc ashore from that ship, old fellow." "So it does." 'Let's watch them. and see where they go." ".\.II right; I'm willing." It wns en•ning-just c:omin:.r ni::rht. in fact. It was the month of September of the year 1780. The Tie•olutionary war had been going on for four years, ru1d nt the preRent time the British army occupied New York f'ity: while the patriot headqnarters was at West Point, al,out miles up the Hudson Rirnr. Qn the evening of "hich we ''-rite two youths tweuty years of ag-e stood on a IIullson H.iver wharf, looking at the British w;H.•hips that dotted the ::;tream, and also the bay, lower do"n. Thl'V "ere no ,other than Dick and Bob Estabrook. who. TI'('rc membern of a famous company of youths of their owu ane. tlie company being kno,yn as the Liberty Boys of '76. Dk: k was the captain of the antl Bob was his l'i'!lrt-hand man. They were uo" in Xew York City on a expedition. They were dressed in clothing such as was worn by orcli na l'Y dtizeus. and there was nothing in their appearance to il!dkatc that they w ere soldiers. .\s we haYe $aid. they "-ere gtanding on the wharf. watchinir the warRhips, when they Raw a nnmber of boats put off from oue of the sllip!'I and head to\\ ard the wharf. The be-at;; were loaded down. and. as Bob had said, it lookecl as thongh the entire rrew and all the soldiers were corning a,.;hari-. The l1c atR l'eached the wharf and the iumatcs disembarked. • \fte r tying the painters. so t!.lat the boats would not drift the sailorR ancl Roldiern made their way up the street. llil-k aud P-ob. cmibns to know where the British tars and "ol' wen• going. followed. ThC' C"Ontinnecl onward till it came to a large, hallJD,e lmilding. nnd into this building the sailors and soldiers pourecl. nick and Bob advanred to the door and looked in. There were perhaps forty or fifty girls and young women in the room, which wa. a very large one. and on a raisecl platform at the farther eml sat several musicians, with their beRide them. "I know "lint is u11. Di<:k," said Bob. "I think I do. too ... "They're goin;:r to have a bi.'! dance." .. '.I.hat's allout it, old fellow.", Already the soldiers and sailors were selectinoo partneni from the and young' women and-then the struck up and the danciilg began. The door was left open, and others and Bob gathered there to watch the scene 1vithin. It was amusing to watch the sailors dancing. They 'rnre awkward and often got tangled up with the other dancers. This occasioned considerable confusion at times. Dick, Bob and the other spectators laughed, for it was ' really funny to see the awkward maneuvers m ' itde by the sailors. The soldiers were better dancers. I wish I "as in there," said Bob, with a sigh; "I do like to dance, and that's a fact." "I wouldn't mind dancing a bit, myself, Bob; but I don't think I should care to get mixed up with those tars." Bob laughed. "One woulcl he likely to get step11ed on," he grinned. Dick and Bo\:) stood there, watching, for an hour or more and then they turned a way. ' They had gone onlY a short distance "hen they came upon a young Britisb ?fficer, a lieutenant. and a girl of se>enteen years. The lieutenant"wns to persuade the girl to c-o into the hall, where the _dancing was in progress, but sile c:le-muncd. .. I dont wat1t to go in there," tile youtil;; heard Iler say "I <"OUld not tilink of dancing in such a public place_,; ' The lieutenant uttered au impatient exclamation. "Ob, there is no ueed of being so particular" he crrowled "come along. We will enjoy ourselves, and it 'doesn't matte ; if we don't know anybody in there." But the :.rirl hung back. ";\lo," she said; "I am not going." "But you must," nilgrily. ":\lust!" There. was surprise and anger in the girl's YOite. "Yes! Come along, aud don't be foolish." The lieutenant took hold of the girl's arm and started to pull ber in the dirertion of the dance hall . This aroused the anger of the girl most effectually aud she cried: ' "What do you mean, Lieutenant Colson? Let my arm. sir! I thought yon were a gentleman, or I would not baYe come out "-ith you." A snarl escaped the lips of the lieutenant. It was p lain that this shot had told. "I am a gentleman," he cried, angrily. "Then prove it by escorting me to my home at once." This, however. the lieutenant did not wish to do. He had made up hiR mind that he "ns going to get the g-irl to enter the dance hall witb him. and be said, coaxingly: "Oh. come a loug-. BernirP: I-" "Kindly c-:ill me ::\Iis s Uninell. Lieutenant Colson, said the ;;irl. c:ollllY.


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE "Oh, very well, Miss Guinell," in a mocking tone; "come along in here and dance with me just once, and I will then esc:ort you to your home." His idea was that if be could get her to enter and dance one set. she would be willing to remain longj!r. But be did not know with whom he was dealing. Bernice Guinell was not one who could be so easily handled. She had said that she would not enter the dance ball, and she was determined that she would not do so. "I wish 'to go home," she said, quietly; "kindly escort me thither, Lieutenant Colson." "After we have had our dance." now!" There was no mistaking the firmnPss of the girl's voice. one could tell that she meant what he said. The lieu tenant. however, was obstinate; it angered him to think that this slip of a girl should foil him. "If :vou go home now, you will have to go alone," he growled. "Yery well; I will go alone," was the prompt reply, and the girl turned and started to walk away. This the young officer would not permit, however, for be leaped forward and grasped her by the arm. "You must not go," he said, almost.fiercely; "don't be fool ish. Come and dance with me; just once, and then we will return to your home." The girl's blood was up, now. She had become very angry, and made an attempt to jerk loose from the lieutenant's hold. "Let go my arm!" she said, in a low. intense voice. "I will not do a,nything oi the kind," hissed the lieutenant; "you are going tq entell the hall and dance with me, that's what you are goi:i;ig to do! Come along." Dick and Bob had paused near at hand, and bad been silent lrnt interested of the s ce ne. They had hoped that the lleutenanti wqi1ld act the man and escort the girl to her home, but they saw that be was not going to do so; that he was going to be stubborn and ugly, and they made up their minds that they would take a band in the affair. They suddenly stepped forward from where they had been standing in a doorway. The girl saw them, and uttered an exclamation. "Oh, she said; "will you not make this-this-fellow bC'have bi.rnself'I" ""We certainly will do so, miss," said Dick; then to the lieutenant be said, sternly: "Let go the lady's arm, sir!" A snarl of rage escaped the young officer's lips. He was bot-headed and arrogant, and thought that no one should in terfere with him, unless it might be one of his superior officers. "Go along away from here and attend to your own busi ness. if you value your skin!" he hissed. "Oh, we will go-presently. We are in no hurry, bow evPt'. and will see to it that you do not worry this young htd.v. For the last time, let go of her arm!" "All right," snarled the lieutenant; "I will let go o! her arm. but not because you say for me to do so; I will do it in order that I may use it in knocking you down, you impu dent loafer!" With this. the officer let go his hold on the girl's arm and took a quick step forward and struck at Dick with all bis mip:bt. He supposed that he would not ha>e any trouble in knockiuf!' the young stranger down. Was he not a British officer, a lieutenant in the king's army? Ho"\\' could an ordinary citizen , and an American one at that, stand up before him? SuC'h were the thoughts that were iil the officer's and so, when he found his arm bmshed aside. and re cei 1ecl a blow fail' between the eyes, knocking him down, he was l)erhaps as astonished a man as ever li>ed. Do"n be went. with a thud, and he lay there flat on bis baC'lc blinking up at the stars, many of which seemed to have developed a sudden and peculiar penchant for shooting 1Yay and that. "Good for you. Dick!<' exclaimed Bob; "ma;rbe the fool will ha1e sense enough to treat a lady as she should be treated in future." "Oh. thank you, sir!" exclaimed the girl: "but 1 fear you ),Jave gotten your1;Ile insisteLl, and so they entered the house with her, aml ''"ere eonllucted to the librar.r, where a mnn of ruic1clle age ;;at


THE LIBERTY BOYS THE HUDSON. 3 I-IC' rose as they entered and looked first at bis daughter"\Ybat are or patriot?" for he was the girl's father-and theu at the t-IYO youths. The man smiled in a quizzic:al manner. and then said: It was evident that he was surpriRed to see his llaughter i11 " "What else <:ould a man lie, in York City ;keLl thrm to come in, ;;o tllat you could thank them . ., the "I understand." said Dick: "you are a patriot. but are not girl 1omirl. "I do not even know your name . ., she added, with telling any one that such is the case, so long as t])P British a smile: "so you will have to introdme occupy the city." ":\Iy name is i\lorgan," said Dick-"Dick and my "Perhaps; I will not aclrno'\\ledge that this is so." ftieucrs n:uue is Bob Benton." "You would be safe in doing so, so far as my friend and I "I am glad to m eet you and to make your acquaintance," are concerned." said the gent!emau boa as he shook hands with them; "I am sure of that." "bnt " 'here is the 1il'utenant?" Rap! Rap! Rap! "I clon't know "here he is, father; and I can truthfully The men were knocking again, and this tlme louder than say that I don't cnre." before. "Ell? 'Yhat is tllat'! Vi'hat do you mean?" "The chances are that they are here, thinking that we "I mean that the lieutenant is not a gentleman, father; came here with you, Miss Guinell," said Dick; "so perhaps be t1ied to get me to go to a public dance hall. where sailors it would be as well for us to slip out the back way, and• and soldiers "ere clant'ing, and when I refused, he was going then you can let them enter and search for ns. When they' to force me to go." find that we are not here, they will go a way." "Vi'bat is that you say, Bernice?" in a voice of amaze "Oh, but I am afraid the lieutenant might hurt father!" ment and anger; "clo you mean that Lieutenant Colson was said Bernice; "I beg of you not to go." so ungentlemanly as to act in that manner?" "We would not go, for the world, if. you do not wish us to "Yes; and but for these two gentlemen, who came to my do so," said Dick. assi;;ta11ce. he might have carried out his purpose." "I am glad of that." "Jove. I "ish I had the scoundrel here! I would cane At this moment there came the sound of loud pounding at him within an inch of his life!" the door, followed 'by the command: Then he shook hands again warmly with the two youths "Open the door, in the name of the king!" anrl thanked them for what they had done for bis daughter. "They are getting angry and impatient." said Diclc She q'llickly detailed the story, and Mr. Guinell grew more "I hardly know what to clo." said Guinell; "if I don't and more angry and excited. open the door, they will probably break it clown." "I'm glad that you knocked the scoundrel senseless," he "Bob and I will conceal ourselves somewhere, and you cac told Bob: "I hope that the lesson he has received will' be of then go ancl oven the door," said Dick. "Perhapfl you may benefit to him." be able to get tbem to go about their busiuess. without hav"Tltere i;; not much hope that this will be the case," said ing any trouble 'IYith them." ' Dick; "such fellows rarely learn anything. for the reason "Yonder is an alcove. curtained off, ' so that .it is not likely tbat they tbink they already know it all, and that everything to be noticed." said Bernice; "you' can hide there." they clo is all right." "Very well." "I think that you are right about that." , The youths took up their position in the alcoYe, and then Jirnt then there came a loud rapping on the front door. Mr. Guinell went to the door and unbolted and opened it. "'Yho can that be?" exclaimed Guinell. "vVhat is wanted. gentlemen?" he askecl, quickly, before "Likely it is the lieutenant," said Bob; "it would be just they coulcl speak. about like him to come here.", The leacler of the five was Lieute1rnnt Colson, and he Bernice turned pale. stepped .quickly forward and said, in a fierce, almost hissing "Oh. I hope that such is not the case!" she said; "be is voice: no cloubt in a desperate mood. and would not hesitate to kill "vYe want those two cowardly rebels that came here with either or both of you young gentlemen." your daughter!" Did;: a!!d Bob exchanged covert smiles. Mr. Guinell feigned surprise. "Yl'e would have something to say about that, Miss Guinell," '"What do you mean?" be asked; "what two rebels? No said Dick; "you need not fear for us, if it is the lieutenant." rebels came home with my daughter." "But be might have some others with him," said Mr. "I know better! 'l'hey came here with her, and I want G11inell. to see them. They are rebels, and we have come to arrest "'l'hat's rn. Dick." said Bob. them!" "Let us go into the parlor and look out of the front win"They are not here." clo\\ and se.e," Bernice. "I know better: and we are going to find them. . Come, "That is a good snggestiou," said Dick. men; we will search the house!" They made theil' way back to the parlor, and looked out of the window. Sure enough, there were five men standing on the front stoop. It was not so dark but what the forms could be seen fairly "'<'IL but it wns impossible to distinguish features. There conlrl be little doubt regarding the identity of at least one of the fiYe. h owever: the lieutenant was certainly there." "\Yhat shall we' clo?" asked Bernice, in a whisper. "'Ye will k,eep quiet and they will go away presently," sn !<1 :\Ir. Gui11ell. "I rlon't believ<' they will go away," said Bob; "however, \\e l':lll \Yait a while nnd see." "You think they will keep on knocking at the door?" a>'kccl :Pernice. "YP><. :ind probably they will knock it down, if you don't open it." "J,et thP m clo that at their peril!" said Mr. Guinell; "if they should clo that. I would be .iustified in shooting them (lo\\n. They. would be housebreakers. and every man has a right to protect his home. even in such times as these." "You art> right. sir." ;;aid Dick; "and Bob and I will stand you. 'l'he three of us will be able to beat the five red coats, I am l'

4 THE LIBERTY BOYS O:N" THE HUDSON. big dumbwaiter, and were being lowered intQ an underground ""Tell, I ha>e this to say. that you are in danger nil the room of some kind. time you are here. and that if you should be closely pressed. The sinkin,g sensation continued till they bad gone down and do not know which way to turn. come here to us. "'e perhaps a dozen or fifteen feet. and then it ceased. \Till >;ecrete yon, and help you all we can." "Step off the platform," whispered the girl. "Tlrnuk :'I.Ir. Guinell. Y'i'e will remember, and should 'l'be youths obeyed, and then they heard a slight creaking we get in a tight place we will come here to sound. The p)atfonn was going back up to its place. "Do so; you \Till meet with a warm welcome." "'Vhat kind of nu :urangement is that. anyway?" asked "Yes, indeed," from Bernice. Bob, in a \This per. He was a youth with a well-developed "I think we had better go. out the back way," said Dic:k. bump of curiosity, and he always wished to know about every"It iH pos'sible that the redcoats may watch the front of the thing that came under bis observation. builcling a while. at least, and in that case they would .:iee us, "It is a lift. something on the order of a dumbwaiter," was \Yhid1 would be bad for you." the reply. "It is :inst the size and shape of the alcove, and "Yery well. I will conduct you out the rear way." is operated by weights. All that is nece::;sary is to touch a Dick and Bob then bade Bernice good-night. and followed spring, and that sets the machinery at Mr. Guinell. who led the way to the back door. This he ""Tell. well! It is lucky for us or tfie redcoats that you opened, aml after shaking hand with him and bidding him were nble to get us down here out of the wny." good-night, the two took their departure. "True! I hope they will soon go about their business." They were soon making their up the alley, and when "How does it happen that there is such an affair as this they came to the street they turned and walked in the direc-dumbwniter in the house?" asked Dick. tion of the' dance hall, wllere tile so lcliers and sailors were "It was clone to afford any one a means of hiding in case dancing. it was necessary," was the reply. "The house was built by Wheu they got there they found that a crowd was standing my father's father, and so he knows all about it." about the doorway, as bad been the case when they were "I see." there before. "Listen!" whispered Bob. 'rile two youths advanced till they were on the outskirts The sound of trampling feet was heard over their heads. of the crowd, and paused. "They are looking in the parlor now," said Dick. "They seem to be having a good time in there," said a The trampling of feet was heard for several minutes, and man. addressing Dick. then it ceased. "Yes," the youth replied. "They hnve left the room." said Dick. "Now we can go "It gives them a change from the dull routine of life on back up again." shipboard, and makes them less likely to become sulky and "I judge that' it will be safe." was the girl's reply, "and mutinous. r judge." the man continued. then, if they should attempt to injure father, you will be "Likely,• agreed Dick. "Is this a common thing-the danc-there to protect him." ing?" "You are right.." "It is of every night occurrence: you see, the crews and Bernice touched the spring, and a creaking sound was soldiers of the ships take turn-about, until the rounds of h ea rd. all the vessels have been made." A few moments later the girl whispered: "So that's the way they do, is it?" "Step onto platform." . "Yes the. beain down in the bay. and the crews of the The youths did as told. and Bermce followed; then the plat-1 ' sl o"re each ni'"'ht m rotation accordin"' to their f b o-• d I r J • d t d"I sups come a , 1 , , ,.. , , . ,., e, upwar ' s 011 an s .i y. . locntion. The crew from the vi>ssel lying next on the north Pie.sentry 1t to a stop, and they 11 e1e back m tlle al-1 11.ill come ashore to-morrow night." co>e Ill the pa1lor. . "That is a very "OOd 111an" said Bob . . "We had better. stay here.:• whispered girl. "They "Oh yes it is s"'atisfacto{.y to all and is perfectly just and come into. this r?om before leavrng the house." fair.,, ' ' Miss Gm.nell. '.rhe youths watched thescene within, through the open half an ho:u passed. and then the sound of footdo . av fo. a while lon"'er. and then theY turned and walked steps were comrng the hall. "' . At. the door of the parlor the sound ceased . and the voice "Say. Bob. I have a scheme ... said l)ick. when they were of asked: o t of earshot of the men "'athered around the doorway of "\Vhere 1s Bernice?" u ,.. The started, and clutched Dick's arm. It was evident th;, ball'. . . . . . . " . that she was frightened. question might lead to trouble . Im glad. of ,,it, if it promises anythm,,. rn the way of exfor all. for the lieutenant might clernancl to know where the c1tement, pick. . . . ,, girl \Yas. and this would disconcert N!r. Guinell. who un""'ell, 1t promises m .the way ?f e,;c1tement. donbtedly guessed where she was. but would not di. close her ::Let's hear wfat the 1s, then. D!ck: _ . . " whereabouts to the redcoats. .\.II right. You he:ud "hat that man smd, back onder. "r rlon't know where Bernice is." replied Guinell. "She may have stepped OYer to see our next-door neighbor." "Hnmph!'' in the lieutenant's voice. ""'ell, you will need to be careful. Mr. Guinell. From now on you will be watched closely. for you will be suspected of having barbored rebels. Of conrse. I, being interested in your daughter, will do all I can for you. hut you will have to be very careful." "Yes." "'Yell. my Rcheme is to come clown here Rome night. with our Liberty Boys. and cnpture one of the Yessels, while the crew is aRhore. dancing." Bob uttered an exclamation. "Great guns. Dick. that iR juRt the thing!" he cried. "You think the 11lan a good one, theu ?" "I do. old fellow!" "Thank you," said :\fr. Guinell. Then the sound of trampling feet was heard again, presently the opening and closing of the front door. redroats hnd gone. "Good! Then let's go clown to the riverside and see if we and can learn that will be of value to us." The Thev wnllrnre only se>en >es sels Jving north of the one thnt the sailorR anes1

TIIE LIBERTY BOYS TIIE HUDSON. 5 to do 8ome good work; we will guard the IIudson, ancl drive the British back iu case they try to a;;ceml the river." They cliseussed ibe matter quite n while. and then turned and made their 'Tay back in the direetion of the tavern 'vhere "ere staying. They soon arrived there. ant1 went at once to their room. Here they discussed their plans a few minutes, and then went to sleep. They were np early next n:lorning, ancl after breakfast they sallied forth. They went clown to the ri\C'l' , nncl stood on the wharf. '.rhey easily identified tile ship that the sailors ancl soldiers had come off of that were in the danC'e ball the night before, and then they carefnlly sized up the other vessels that lay higher up the stream. . There were seven, ancl the fourtll one from the farthest one north , ms a neat-looking sloop-of-war. '".rl1:1t"s the vessel '"e want. Dick," said Bob. "Yes; and as it will be four nights before its crew will go ashore, we will have of time to 1ay our plans, and get here with the boys, ready to make the capture." "Yes: so we will." CHAPTER IV. AT WORK. He was right: the sentinel dicl not see him or suspect that any one was there. and he turned and wall;:ed back in the direction from which he had just come. Diek seized upon tile opportunitv and climbed softlv over the rail. He looked down, ancl co1i1a make out the daik out lines of Bob's form as tile youth climbed toward the rail. A minute late r Bob stood on the cleck beside Dirk. "Xow what, old fellow'!" Bob breathed. The ;;entinel will be back here in a few mim1tes. Bob: we will leap upon him and make a prisoner of him. I will try to get him b.\ 1 he throat, so that he will not be able to cry out n ncl giye the alarm." ".\.11 right; we ought to be able to get him without his geting a chance to err out.,. "Sh!" cautioned Dick at this juncture. "He's coming now." Sure enough. tliey heard the measured tread of tile ent!uel, and the sound grew louder and plainer. Then the sentinel's forru was seen dimly outlined against the light mndc b.v the lantern in the rigging, and the youths croucliecl low nncl waited for the moment when the 'attack shoulc1 be made. '.rhe sentinel advanced to within ten feet of the youths, and then turned and started back. This wns the moment the Liberty Boys were waiting for. They leaped forward with the speed and silence of pan thers, and while Bob threw his arms around the redcoat's body, pinioning his arms. Dirk seized the fellow by the throat, compressing it to such an extent as to make it impossible for On lh e fourth night from the one just told about, a party him to cry out. of one hundred young men stood on the shore of the Hud'rhe sentinel attempted to struggle, but could not do any-son. on the west side of the stream, near 1Yeehawken. thing; he also tried to cry out, but a gasping gurgle that could These youths were the Liberty Boys. not haYe been beard a dozen feet was an that res1\ltecl. Two boats lay in the water. at the youths' feet, and they Th<' two quickly bound rtbe $et1.tinel and gagged him, were getting ready to make the daring attempt to capture the and then they madt> their "ay to the other encl of the sloop. sloop-of-1\ar . They expected to find another sentinel there. but were Dic-k Slater now gave th(! order for some of the youths to agreeably disappointed. The one had been doing the. work get into the boats. alone. The Lil1erty Boys obeyed, nud soon the two boats were 'l'hi s made things easier for the Liberty Boys. and they loacl er1 clown. Each held ten, besides t'YO men at the oars, went to the rail. and Dick gave utterance to a cautious making a clozen in all. whistle-the Rig-nal agreed upon. "You boys stay here," said Dick. "and if we can capture .soon the two bpats were lying alongside the sloop, and the sloop we "ill sail it up here and send the boats ashore D1ek lowered a rope-ladc1er that " as fastened to the rail. for I T!1e Liberty Boys then climbed aboard. "All right." replied one. "'\Ye wil1 be here when you come." l'i hen tile youths were all on board and the boats had been Then the boats moved away downstream. tied so that they would not drift away they went to the cabin The youths kept close to the weRt shore, for they did not anc! entered. want to risk bein<> discovered by the British on the three 'Ihey found only three soldiers there, and these were quickly ve. that tlley had to pass before comingto the sloop. prisoners. anc1 confine d iu one of the staterooms. where Thcr counted the ships. and when the y had pas.ed three then yells would be smothered in case they gave Yent to tlley henc1ecl diagonally across the stream. an;: . . As they drew near the sloop, they rowed carefully, and adclone. the youths went out on deck agam, and prov:rn red very cautiously. ceellecl to get the sloop under "'a). . Dirk knew there would be en tinels on the deck of the 'l'here were a dozen at least among the youths who knew vessel. and it , .. rnuld not clo to venture too near unt!J after how to handle a vessel almost as well as an old sailor. and the sentinels had beeu taken care of. Thi;; work he was e:othey told Dick that they were ready for work whenever he ing to attend to himself, with Bob's help. -said the word. . Presently he gave the signal to stop rowing. thing to clo is to ge! thos.e lanterns down, . , said 'l'he youths at once shouted back: "'\\-e are all right, Bob," h e whispered. "Here is a rope. "l'i'e c1ill it for a joke: we want to see if the men will be will g-o np first. ancl then you come." fooled nnd not know where to look for us when they come "All right, Dick." back." The Liberty Boy climbed the rope, hancl-over-hand , and at "Oh. that's boy's play; Jigllt the lantems again." last wns high enough so that he could grasp the rail. He "All right. if you say so: lrnt I shouldn't think you would did this, ancl then remained there, silent and motionl ess, tryobjert to a little prnctical joke like that." ing to gGt tbe sentinel located. "There is no sense in playing any such joke." HP heard footstep on the deck, and soon he noted the outDkk had given the y

6 THE LIBERTY BOYS 'l'HE HUDSON. The wincl was just right for the youtl;ls' purpose. It was from the south, and this would give them a chance to sail tlle sloop up the stream. Before the yohths had succeeded in getting the sailR set, ho,Yever. there e;ame the sound of oars, and a voice called out: ' 'l'he sloop ahoy!" "Ahoy!" called back Dick. "'Ylly haYe you not relighted the lanterns, as you were ordered to do?" "They were almost empty, sir," replied Dick, "and they are being refilled with oil." "Bosh! I think you are trying to evade obeying orders, an cl I am going to come aboard and see about this matter!" "Yery well, sir; you will find that you are mistaken," re plied DiC'k. 'l'hen Ile turned to the half-dozen Liberty Boys who stood near at hand, and said: "Be ready to seize that fellow when he comes on board. we will make a prisoner of him and carry him away-and any more of them that may come aboard." "So we will." "Throw us a ladder," called out the voice. It sounded from the other side of the sloop from the one on which the youths bad come aboard. This was well, for had the rertcoats discovered the presence of the two boats, their suspicions would have been aroused at once, and they would not have ventured to come on board. Dick found a rope-ladder, which was fastened to the rail, and lle tossed the loose end down . . '"rher you are," he called out. "All right; I'm coming 9n board, and I want that you shall haYe some of those lanterns lighted by the time my bead shows above the rail. If such is not the case then it will go hard with you!" Of course, the youths did not light any of the lanterns; they were going to make a pris.oner of the officer, and of any more of the redcoats that might climb up before the sloop got unde r way. They listenec l intently, and heard the. redcoat toiling up the laclcler. muttering angrily as he came. Presently his head appeared above the rail; the youths could just a iscern it in the darkness. "No light on deck, eh?" the officer snarled. "Well, you w!ll be sorry for this! You will wish that you had not dis orclers before I get through with you!" He clambered clumsily over the rail, and scarcely had his feet touched the deck before he was seized by the Liberty Boys. He kicked and struggled, and did llis utmost to get free, but could not; neither could he cry out, for Dick had seized hiru by the throat, and thus effectually smothered all his cries in his throat. They quickly bound the officer and gagged him, and then Dick called clown to the redcoats in the boat: "Come up here, one of you." "All right," was the reply. Then they heard another redcoat climbing the ladder. The youths got ready to treat him the same way tll e,r 1 • treated the officer. OH.APTER V. ON THE HUDSON. The man's head appeared above the rail, presently, and the youths got ready to receive him. He clnmbered over the rail, and was seized and bound and gagged in a jiffy. l "I woncler how many more there are down there?" said Dick. in a whisper. "I don't know, " replied Bob. , "I might as well call tllem up, one after the other," he snid-" at least uutil the boys have the sails all spread, and WC' will get away from here as rapidly as possible." "'l'hat will be a good plan," agreed Bob. flit:k leaned over the rail and called down to the redcoats: •'Another one of come up here." nye, sir! was the reply. 'l'hey heard a man climbing the ladder immediately after1Yard. "G<'t read.v to receive l:lim," whispered Dick. "011. we'll receive him in good shape," was Bob's reply. The man was soon clambering oYer the rail, and the seized aml bound nnd gagged him. They did so without llis making an outl'ry, for Dick bad got him by the throat. Just aR they finished this, oue of the boys who had been up in the rigging. setting sail, came to Dick '"ith the information that all was read.v. •very well: we ''ill get away from here in a hurry, then," the youth said. He at once gaTe orders for the anchor to be raised, and the youths got it up as quickly as The redcoats down in the boat. of whom there were three, knew that something was going on ont of the way, and they called up and asked what it was. Of course, they received no answer. As soon as the youths had got the anchor up, the Liberty Boy at the wheel went to work, and soon had the vessel headed up the stream. The wind was astern, and so the sloop made good headway. The men in the boat that had been alongside the sloop set up ;i yell that was heard aboard the other 1warsbips that were near at hand, and soon there was consiaera}:llc excitement. The soldiers on the warships knew that something out of the way was happening, and it did not take them long to learn that the sloop had been captured and was being sailed away-the redcoats in the boat having carried this news to them. Then the excitement grew deeper, and attempts were made to locate the sloop. 'l'his was difficult, however, for the night was !}ark, and there were no lights on her deck. The guns began to boom from the decks of the warships, and the solid shot spattered in the water, at random, though several came near the sloop. The Liberty Boys were jubilant. They were getting safely away with the sloop-of-war. It did not matter that there was danger that they might be sent to the bottom by a shot from one of the warships; they were happy anyhow, because of the success that had attended their efforts so far. On up the Hudson the sloop sailed. The excitement over the affair bad extended down the river and out into the bay, to all the warships there, and even in the city the people were facing about, asking ques tions. 1\Iany thought the city was being attacked by the patriots, or by a fleet from the ocean-it having been stated a number of times that the French fleet was coming to aid the patriots. Finally the news got around that a party of patriots had captured a sloop-of-war and was making way with it, and this occasioned no end of talk. "It is just such an exploit as one would look for from that company of young fellows known as the Liberty Boys," said one man. "That's so," from another, "and it would not surprise me if it turned out that they are the ones who did the work." "I hardly think they will be able to g-et clear a'Yay." 'I don't know about that; it is dark. and they will ave a good chance to escape up the river." "You are right; and the wind is right for them." "So it is; the only chance the Britis h have is in hitting the sloop with a random cannon-ball. nncl sinking it." "That would be only an accident, and one that wonld not happen once in a hundred years." "True." Several of the sma)ler war vessels weighed anchor, >';ere :soon aboard. :incl then the sloop sailed on UlJ the I The British warships that were in pursuit h11.d gained con-


THE LIBERTY BOYS OK THE HUDSON. 7 siderable. and the booming of the cannon sounded Jond indeed. It wa;;; so dark, boweYer, that the danger from the cannon-balls was sligb1. It tl"nnRlJired that the sloop Yras a fast It drew away from tl1e warships. '.l'he of the guns grew J ess and less loud, and the yontbs knew they were leaYing r!Je Pnemy astern. ""'e are all right," cried Bob, jubilantly. ""'Ye have capturccl the sloop and got safely :rnay with it, Dick." "Sn it wonlcl seem, Boll." "Oh. there is no doubt about it." ""e mu;;tn"t now too loudly befon' we are out of the timber .. , "Oh. we are out of the timber now." "I don't know about that." The ocea<'< "as satisfactory. 'I'll<' youths Wl're well plen;:;ed, anyway, and felt that they wonlcl come in for lJraise from General Washington. they were entitled to think that they would be praised. "\Yhen morniug came the youths ate break!ast on board the sloop. for th<'y fonncl plenty of pro.,-isions. After breakfast Dick and Bob got in a boat and went ashore. 'l'h<'Y lanclecl on the enst shore and mnde their way to the home of BeYer ly Robinson , at whose house the patriot commander-in-chief had bis headquarters. The youths were soon in the house. and a little later were shown into the comlll:l!Hler-in-chief's pri\ate room. which OYerlooked the IInclson. Uenernl "\Yn:o:hington g:we the youths a pleasant greeting . .. I am indeed glad to se<' you. my .. he . aid. 'l'ben be shook banrls witb them most hrartily. •xo" tt'll me." he said ... "hat YeRsel i>< that out there in the riYer. aml how happens it that you came ashore from it?" DiY:H. and tlle great man wa><

8 THE LIBERTY BOYS O:N THE HUDSON. They were cautious, however, and did not for one moment relax their vigilance. They kept a sharp lookout down the stream. On they sailed. . Around bend after bend they went. scenery was grand, and the youths saw and appreciated it, even though they were soldiers :ind had their thoughts on fighting battles with the Dritish. At the rounded a bend and saw a stretch of nearly t!1rcc n;iles ahead of them. IY::iy llown toward the end of this straight stretch of water \1 ero two slJ ips. That they were warships was evident, as there "rc no other vessels that would be there. "Hello, wl1nt shall we do now, Dick?" asked Bob. llick did not answer right away. He gazed at the ships, and t;1oughtful. . 'I guess that we had better turn ai;Dund and head back up the river, he said, presently. Then he gave the order. The vessel was soon headed about, and was making its way slowly back in the direction from which it had come. As it was now going against the wind, it was necessary to t:J ClL It wns as necessary for the British ships to tack, however, so there was no advantage for the latter in this state of affairs. The Liberty Boys were not long in learning that the British were a bit faster than the sloop, and that there was dang,,r that they might be overtaken, if the race was to continue for a considerable length of time. .. Oh, well, they can't catch us," said Bob. "We will get back past \Vebt Point before they can draw near us, and the soldiers will give it to the redcoats from the cannon in the fort." "I think you are right, Bob." It seemed likely that Bob's idea was the correct one. The British warships gained, but it was only slowly, and the youths were confident that they could easily get back to West Point before the enemy could get near them. "Well, what is tile matter with our running back down the river a little way, and opening fire on the "That will suit me!" cried Bob. The other boys were in for this, the same as Bob was, and so the sloop was turned and once more started down the stream. Doubtless the British were amazed by the spectacle of the little sloop-of-war heading down toward them so bravely. They would not have been so surprised, however, had they known that the patriots on board the little vessel were the Liberty Boys, of whom they had heard many wonderful stories. Presently the British gunners opened fire, and the Liberty Boys brought the sloop about and returned the fire. It was rather comical, to say the least, to see the little sloop lying there, battling with the two large warships. The Liberty Boys could fire only one shot to four or five by the British, but the youths made the one shot count for as much as the greater number of the enemy. They succeeded in cutting t\vo spars, near their tc;:is, and in putting several holes in the sails. On the part of the youths, they sustained no injury whatever. Several cannon-balls struck close to the sloop, but did not hit it. At. last, disgusted, probably, by their inability to damage their saucy little antagonist, the British warships moved away downstream. Bob Estabrook shouted aloud in delight. "Hurrah!" he yelled. "We have whipped two of the biggest of the British warships! Hurrah! I tell you we are the boys than can do the work, and we can do as good work on the water as on the land." "So we can," said Mark Morrison. The Liberty Boys lost no time in following. They wished to see where the warships were going. Then, too, they thought that they might get a few more shots at them. '"n:cy may get close enough to send a few cannon-balls our way " said Dick "but we will have to risk that." I The British ships disi>ppeared around a bend, and the Lib-.. Oh, we won't mind a little thing like that," grinned Bob. I erty Boys kept right on; they did not think of such a thing It was evident that none of the youths were greatly dismayed as that the British would bring their vessels to a stop and by the prospect. . . I wait for the sloop. to put in an ap.pearance: . . The race went on for an hour at least, and by that time the ?n the sloop sailed, and when it was w1thrn quai ter of. a British ships hnd gained a mile. Another hour, and they were mile ?f the bend the youths suddenly cnught of a girl ' close enough so that they could try what virtue there was in a large rock on the west shore, wavmg a handker-their cannon. ch,;cf frant1c'.1-llY: . ,, . " The balls began to fly right away, and some of them came See ) Onder, Dick, exclaimed Bob. I wonder what pretty close to the little vessel. she wants . The Liberty Boys did not seem to mind it, however. They "I ,,don't know; but it seems to me that she wants us to laughed and joked just the same as though nothing of the kind th t . ht ,, was takin" place guess a you are rig . . "' . . . Dick watched the girl a few moments longer, and then gave Dick looked at the two warships with a keen and calculatmg the order for the sloop to be brought to. . . . ,, . This was done, and by the time the vessel came to a stop, the I beheve the gun will carry the he said. "Get girl was seen coming out toward the sloop, in a boat. ready and open on the enemy, boys. . . Closer and closer she came, and when she got near enough The youths manned the stern gun, and soon were firrng 1t as so that her face could be seen the youths noted that she was rapidly as was possible. very pretty. ' They fired shot after shot, and finally one cut through the She handled the oars like one used to it from childhood, and rigging of one of the warships, bringing down a piece of a when she was within a few yards of the sloop's siue, she ceased spar and entangling the sails to such an extent as to make rowing, and glanced up at the eager faces along the sloop's the ship's progress much slower. rail. This enraged the redcoats, evidently, for they fired more "Don't sail around the bend," she called out. "The British frequently than but although the cannon-balls struck warships are lying in wait for you there, and will sink your near the sloop many times, not one hit the vessel. vessel, if you do!" 'J'he Liberty Boys, however, were better gunners than their enemies, for they managed to put a cannon-ball into the rigging of the other warship, crippling its sails to such an extent as to cause it to slacken speed materially. Indeed, so much were the two. vessels crippled, in .so far as speed was concerned, that they gave up the chase, and came to a stop. The Liberty Boys noted this, and brought the sloop up in the wind soon afterward. They were just out of range of the enemies' guns, and were willing to remain there and see what the British would do. This was a simple and easy matter, and it soon became monotonous. The Liberty Boys liked action. "I almost wish we hadn't crippled their sails," said Bob. "Then they would have kept on following us. That was a great deal more fun than this." 'You are neve r satisfied, Bob," said Dick. "Well, I hate this quiet life, old man. I want action, excitement.. 1 want to be up and doing." CHAPTER VII. OXE AGAINST FOUR. "Ha. so that is what the British were wanting to do, eh?" exclaimed Dick. The n he added: "'Viii you come aboard, miss?" "It isn't worth while, sir. I live right over yonder, half a mile from the river, so may as well go back." "We owe you thanks for what yr;m have done for us, miss," said Dick. "Not at all. I am a patriot, and am glad that I was able to give you some information that was of benefit to you." "Do you mind telling us your name? We wish to know who our benefactress is." "My name is Daisy Dunwald. ''


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE HUDSy you, perhaps. The others don't object to my presence, I judge." "Perhaps you bad better go," said Daisy, the accents of fear showing in her voice. But George shook his bead. 'The girl is telling you what is for your hown good," said the redcoat; "we don't want to 'urt you, but hif you hinsist on staying 'ere, and hinterfering, we will 'ave to 'urt you." "I am not going," was George's reply. "Hi give you fair warning," said the redcoat; "Hi am going to count to ten, and hif you 'ave not stairted away by that time, we will shoot you down." There was a grimness in his voice that showed he meant what be said, but G eorge did not intend to go; he would stay and fight the four of them. He had taken a great liking to Daisy, and was more than willing to hazard bis life in her protection. ..You neeiJ.nt n:iind he said; •r am not going."


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS THE HUDSON. "Hi'll give you your chance," was the reply. Then he began counting, slowly and distinctly. Georgp stood his ground. "Go quick!" breathed Daisy. "Yes, you had better go," advised Mr. Dunwald; "you cannot fight the four of them, and so can do me no good. Go, and thus save your own life." But George shook his head decidedly, and kept his eyes on the redcoats. ' Slowly the leader counted. I "'Ve may as well carry the wounded man into tJ:u) house," said Mr. Dunwald; 'the other two we will bury later on." "Y(S, bring the wounded man in," said Mrs. Dunwald. who was a tender-hearted woman; "we will dress his wound and make him as comfortable as possible." Mr. Dunwald and George carried the wounded man into the house, and the woman and the girl dressed the wound. The man was seriously, but not fatally, wounded, and when they had finished he felt better. Then the man and George went out and dug a grave and buried the two dead men in it. '"Eight--nine-ten!" He paused, gave George a grim look, and then said to his "Do you think that man who escaped will be back. here with some more men to finish up the work they were engaged comrades: ", men!" They did so, but even as they pulled the triggers, George iade a quick leap to one side, and the bullets whistled harmlessly past him. Then crack, crack! his own weapons rang out, and two of the redcoats fell, one dead, the other seriously wounded. Dropping the empty pistols, George jerked two more out of his belt and fired two more shots, dropping one of the redcoats dead, and sending the other one away at the top of his speed, slightly wounded. George had beaten four redcoats, single-handed and alone. CHAPTER VIII. GEORGE 111.AKING HEADWAY. upon?" asked Mr. Uunwald. "I don ' t know," replied George; "it is possible, though, they would doubtless not bother you. Likely they would care only to get their hands on me." "You are a member of the party of patriots who are on the sloop, as my daughter said?" the man asked. "Yes," was the reply. Then George told him how they had captured the ,;loop of-war from the British. "That was a daring feat," said Mr. Dunwald. "Indeed it was," acknowledged George; "and that is just what may be expected of Dick Slater, every time. He delights in doing such things." ''I have heard a great deal about Dick Slater and the Liberty Boys." They had just finished covering the forms over when they saw a dozen redcoats emerge from the timber, about one hundred yards distant, and come running toward them. How could one young fellow like George defeat four full "There come some redcoats now!" exclaimed Mr. Dunwald; grown men, soldiers, and British soldiers at that, men who had "you had better flee for your life." do ubtless served in 1.he army for years and perhaps in half a George realized that he could not hope to contend against dozen different countries? a doz en men, and so he turned and ran with all his might. Yet he had done so. The redcoats yelled to him to stop, but, of course, he did He had not only defeated them; he had killed two and not do so. . wounded the other two, one quite seriously, to judge by the He ran toward the timber at the farther side of the opening groans he was giving utterance to. in which stood the house', and he reached it before the British The woman and girl were horrified by the scene. It was the could get within shooting distance. first time they had encountered anything of the kind. The war The redcoats. paid. no attention to Mr. Dunwald; the fact had been going on more than four years, but in all that time was that the sllghtly wounded redcoat was among them, and no scenes of bloodshed had been enacted in that quiet vicinity. 1 he was eager to catch the youth who had killed two of his Now, however, death stalked right at their very door. comrades, seriously wounded another and given him a slight "This is-oh, so-terrible!" murmured Mrs. Dunwald. • wound. "Yes, indeed-it-is!" from Daisy. Seeing that they were in a fair way to lose their intended "But they brought it on themselves,'i said Mr. Dunwald; victim, they fired a volley at him, but the distance was too "they fired at the young man first." great and the bullets did not carry up. "Yes," said George; "I simply protected myself." George did not go straight ahead when he entered the tim"And us at the same time," said Daisy; "oh, we are not ber. He was determined not to leave the vicinity of the home blaming you, sir. we are only too glad that it has turned out of tbe girl he fancied; he feared the r edcoats might be angry as it has. we would rather see a dozen redcoats lying dead because of his escape and try to get even by doing all the than one patriot." damage possible to Mr. Dunwald. George had doffed his uniform before coming ashore, and So he turned to the left and made his way in a semicircle, now had on an ordinary suit of citizen's clothing. Had he had till he was on the opposite side of the clearing from the one his uniform on, the redcoats would not have parleyed with him, at which he had entered the timber. h h d d Here he paused, took up his position behind a tree and as t ey a one. waited and watched for the return of the redcoats. "Thank you," said George, bowing and smiling; "but how do you kQow I am a patriot, miss?" He did not have long to wait. The redcoats soon appeared at the edge of the clearing, The girl pointed to the three redcoats lying on the ground, and approached the house. with a slight shudder, and said: Mr. Dunwald was standing on the porch. "You would not have shot them down otherwise, -I am sure"; The redcoats were soon standing before him. and then she added: "And I saw you on board the sloop, '"Well," said the leader of the party, a frown on bis face, when I was out there, a while-ago." "there have been pretty goings on here, haven't there?" George flushed, and a thrill of delight went over him. "I am not to blame for anything that has occurred," was He felt somewhat flattered. the reply. It was indeed an amazing performance. "Oh, of conrse not!" sneeringly. Mr. and Mrs. Dunwald and Daisy stared at the youth in "It is the truth; your men came he're and :;tarted the trouble. open-mouthed amazement. r had nothing to do with it." They could hardly believe the evidence of their own eyes. "Who was that young scoundrel who was here?" She had notic ed him! "I don't know." She remembered his face, and he had been only one of a "You lie, you rebel dog!" hundred youths that she had seen at the same time!" Mr. Dunwald's face flushed, but he answered calmly: The thought pleased the youth immensely. "You are mistaken; I do not know WhQ he was. He is a It gave him the Idea that she might learn to care for him. stranger. I never saw him till the moment he appeared here, "Did you?" he said, his voice trembling slightly; "I wouldn't when you and your three comrades were threatening me." have thought that you could have remembered my face, whe.n The leader of the party was the man who had been wounded you saw so many. by George. It was the girl's turn to blush slightly, now, and she did "But you certainly know who h e is; you must have found so, looking slightly disconcerted at the same time. out since." "What are you going to do with-them, father?" she asked, "No; we have been too busy to talk since you ran away. pointing toward the three forms lying on the ground. It was l "I would give a pretty penny to know who he is, the red eviden t that she did this more to hide her discomfiture than coat said, in a fierce voice. "I have a score to settle with for any other reason. him."


TITE LIBERTY BOYS O:N" THE HUDSON. 11 "Well, you cannot learn who he is from me, for I do not know his name." The redcoat had to be satisfield with this, though it was plain that he did not wholly credit the farmer's statement. Then be asked about the wounded man. "He is in the house," was the reply; "we have dressed his wound, and he is resting as comfortable as might be ex pected." "Is he mortally wounded?" "I think not, if he is take good care of." "We would not neglec t any one who might be in the condition that he is in." "Very well; we will not molest you in any way. I win go in and take a look at him." The redcoat entered, accompanied by Mr. Dunwald. His comrade was conscious. but very weak. He recognized his comrade, and smiled a faint welcome. "How are you, old fellow?" the redcoat asked. "All right, I guess," came back faintly. "Good! Just keep up your courage, and keep your grip on life, and when you are well we will hunt the fellow down that shot you and p'ut an end to him." The other smiled faintly, and nodded assent. Then the soldier went back out of doors, and Mr. Dunwald accompanied him. They conversed a few minutes, and then the redcoats took their leave. George, who was watching them closely, followed at a safe distance. He was pretty sure that they had come off one of the British warships, but wished to be certain of it. He saw the redcoats reach the shore and enter a boat; then they rowed off to one of the British warships and boarded it. ';I thought ..:o," the youth told himself. He watched half an hour or so , and then, seeing nothing to indicate that mo!'e redcoats were coming ashore, he made his way back to the Dunwald home. He was given a warm welcome there, for they had not known what had become of. him. He explained that he had followed the redcoats when they went away, and that they had boarded one of the warships. "'Then it is not likely that they will come back," said Mr. Dunwald. "I hardly think they will do so,,. said George. He remained there an hour, talking to the members of the family, but looking at only one of them, and then he bade them good-by and took his departure. He had gone only a few yar<\s, when Daisy came out of the house and caught up with him. "I wanted to tell you how much I thank you for what you did in father's behalf," she said, giving him a smile that made llis heart leap with joy. "I want you to know that I appreciate it-that we all do." "That is all right, Miss Dunwald," said George. "It gave me more pleasure to be able to render your father a service than it is possible for you to understand." He gave her a look, as he said this. that must have enlightened her somewhat, for she blushed like a peony and quickly turned her face away. At th0 edge of the clearing she again bade George good-by, after inviting him to come again, or as often as he could. She gave him her hand, and the youth was thrilled through and through by the touch. Acting upon impulse, he suddenly kissed the girl's hand. "Good-by,• he exclaimed. "I'll be back-be sure of that!" Then he entered the timber and strode away in the direc-tion of the headlanQ on which he had left Sam Sanderson. He had not gone more than a quarter of a mile when suddenly he felt himself seized from behind and thrown to the ground. CHAPTER IX. BEN BURGESS. George had been taken wholly by surprise. He was not expecting anything of the kind, so had not been on the lookout. He was not the youth to permit himself to be overpowered without a struggle, however, and he at once grappled with his assailant and began a fight. _ He twisted and squirmed till he had got face to face with his opponent, and then he felt that he had a chance. He was all the more confident that he would be able to at least hold his own when be got a look at his assailant, for he saw that he had to contend with a youth of about his own age. "What's the matter with you?" he asked. "Who are you, and why have you attacked me?" "Ye'll find out," was the snarling reply. "Well, that's what I want to do." "Give up!" grated the youth. "Oh. no! I am not that kind. If you get the better of me you will have to fight for it." "All right; I'll do thet." Then the struggle went on. The youth, who was undoubtedly a farmer boy of the region. was strong, but he was not a match for George Harper, who had had a lot of experience as a soldier and fighter. He soon got his opponent turned onto his back, and then, seated astride the youth, George grasped him by the throat and held his fist menacingly under his nose. • "Now tell me why you attacked me," he said sternly. "Blamed ef I will! " "Tell me!" "I won't." ''If you dont you'll be sorry." "Whut'll ye do?" "I'll smash that nose of yours all over your face! " There was no mistaking the fact that George meant every word he said. The youth seemed to realize this fact. He hesitated, gulped a bit, and thel'I. mumbled out: "I seen ye-kiss-Daisy Dunwald's hand." George started, and a look of understanding appeared in his eyes, while a half-smile apiieared on bis face. "Oh, ho! that's the trouble, eh?" he exclaimed. "Y-yas." "What business was it of yours if I kissed the girl?" "She"s-waal-my gal." "Oh, she is, eh?" "Yaas." "Does she know it?" The sarcasm of this remark was lost on the youth. He answered it in accordance with the literal meaning of the words. "Uv course she knows It," he said. George's lip curled 1 in scorn. He could not believe that a bright, beautiful girl like Daisy Dunwald could possibly care' for a lout like thls one. "You are a fool, .or else you think I am one," he said, scorn fully. "I know, if you don't, that Daisy Dunwald could not care anything for such a specimen of a fellow as you." "Whut's that! " snarled the youth. "Blast ye, I'll I'll--" He made a desperate attempt to upset his conquerer and get free, but was unsuccessful. "You can't do it, so might as well not try," said George. ''I'll-settle-with ye-some day!" panted the youth. "Now, see here," said the Liberty Boy. "Let's talk sensibly about this matter. I think that you are making a fool of yourself in attacking me as you have done." "I don't think so." "I do; you have no right to jump onto me simply because I kissed Daisy Dunwald's hand. It is not any business of yours, unless she has promised to be your wife, and I guess she hasn't done that. " "No, but she would ef ye'd stay erway frum heer .. , "I don't think so; you are deluding yourself. She does not care for you. But if she did, I would not interfere with you, or make an attack on you. That would be foolish, and I would be doing something that I had no business to do. The girl has a right to decide, and I insist that you let it be that way. Let's call this affair ended, and an even thing, if you like, and then we will leave the matter to Daisy. If she likes you and prefers you I will not say a word, but if she likes and prefers rue, you are not to say or do anything." The youth squirmed, and did not answer at once. It was evident that he realized that he would not stand very much of a chance in fair competition with the handsome youthfor George was good looking. "I-I-don't-I hain't ergoin' ter make no bargains with nobuddy," the youth finally mumbled. "Oh, all right; have it that way, if you like, but I warn you that if you try to harm me in any way In the future I will handle you in a way that you won't like." "Ye kain't skeer me," said the youth, "an ye got ther advantage uv me, er ye wouldn' hev beat me this time." ,;aid George. "You had all the advantage, for you jumped on my back when I wasn't lo oking, and when 1 was!l.'t


12 'THE LTnER'TY BOYS OX THE expecting anything of the kind. And I got the better of -you even then; next time I will be on the lookout, and I pity you, that's all! " The youth grunted out something unintelligible, and then George said: "What is your name?" "Ben Burgess." "All right, Ben Burgess; if you are harboring malice, and think of renewing this affair at another time, you had better learn a few prayers." "Don' ye worry er bout me," was the growling reply. "I'm not, but you had better worry about yourself. I'm going to let you go now, and if you know when you are well off, you will behave yourself.• "I'll look arter my own bizness. '.' "All right.., Then George leaped to his feet, and Ben Burgess scrambled awkwardly to his , and stood there, glaring angrily and threateningly at the Liberty Boy. "Whut's yer name?" he asked. "Ye know mine, an' et's no more'n fuir thet I sh'd know your'n. " "My name is George Harper." "All right; I'll see ye ergin, I expeck." "Possibly." "Ye'd better stay erway frum these parts." "Thank you. I go and come as I "Waal, thet may work all right mos' uv ther time, but I think et'll be healthy fur ye ter fool aroun' heer very much." "It will be as healthy for me as for you; possibly more so." "Humph!" Then Ben Burgess turned and strode away. George watched him out of sight, for he did not trust the youth at all. "He would just as lief turn around and slip up behind. me 1and lay me out with club as not," the Liberty Boy told himself. 1 Ben went in the direction of the Dunwald home, however, and George guessed that he was going to have an interview with Daisy. "Well, Jet him," he said to himself. "She could never care 1 for such an ugly specimen of a fellow as Ben Burgess. I have nothing to fear from him, I am sure. Then he turned and strode on ward in the direction of the top of the headland. He was soon there. I Sam Sanderson was on guard. He bad been keeping a close watch on the British warships. "What was the trouble down yonder, George?" he asked. "I saw a redcoat go aboard one of the ships, and pretty soon /he went back, accompanied by about a dozen comrades. Then, half an hour ago or such matter, they went back to the ship. • I heard pistol-shots, too, over toward the farmhouse. Di . d you get into any trouble?" "Yes, a little; but the other fellows had the most trouble." Then he told the story of the encounter with the four redcoats, and how he had killed two, seriously wounded another, and given the remaining one a slight wound, putting him to flight. "Well, you did make things lively for them, didn"t you?" ex claimed Sam, admiringly. "Yes, but it was necessary that I should do so; if I hadn' t downed them quickly they would have ended my days, without a doubt." "I guess you are right." They talk ed for half an hour or such matter, and then George exclaimed; "The ships are getting under way! , . Sam looked, and then nodded assent. "Ycu are right," he said. "And now, the question is, which way are they going to go?" "Dcwnstream, likeiy." "Yes, but they might go the other way. "Well, if they do, they will have to tack, and it will take them some time to beat around the headland. We will have plenty of time in which to get down to the sloop and warn Dick."' They watched the warships eagerly. Soon the two vessels headed downstream, and moved away, at first slowly, and then, as they got out to where the wind got a chance at the sails, faster. "They are going downstream, Sam." "Yes; I wonder how far they are going?'" "Hard telling; perhaps to New York city." They remained on the headland and watched the ships. It was possible to see down the stream five miles, and the youths waited till the warships had sailed out of sight; then they descended to the shore, climbed into the boat, and rowed out to the sloop. '!'hey clambered on board, and were met by Dick Slater, who Jooir.ed at them inquiringly. "Well? " he asked. "The warships have sailed on down the river," said Sam. "And how's Daisy, George?" grinned Bob Estabrook, who was a great tease. "She's all right, replied George, good-naturedly. "You saw her, then?" "Oh, yes." Then Dick, who had been doing some thinking, turned to the Liberty Boys, and said; "Get to work, boys; we will sail down the river as far as we dare." The youths were glad to hear this order. They wanted to go where there would be a chance for excitement. The sails were soon set, and a few minutes later the sloop was heading down the river. The British warships were not in sight, of course, and the sloop had five miles of clear water ahead of her. CHAPTER X. "A SPY." "Say, Dick, I have a scheme." "Let's hear it, Bob.• "All right; it is this: That we sail back up to West Point and about half our number go ashore, mount horses and come down the river to about even with this point. Then, when the British warships bar our way on the water, we will be in a position to go down the stream, if we like, on horseback, _and thus we will have no trouble in keeping track of the domgs of the enemy." "That's a good suggestion, Bob." "I think so myself." "Yes, there is no doubt about it." It was evening, and the sloop had sailed up the. river, and was lying to near the Dunwald home. D.ick and Bob had been standing on the deck, talking, and Bob had suddenly spoken as above, and the n had ensued the conversation. "Are you going to go at once, Dick?" asked Bob. "Yes. We might as well get under way at once. 'fhe wind is against us, and it will take >

THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE HUDSON. 13 "That's so; say, George, I will get one of the boys to change He was more than pleased with Daisy on close acquaintance. places with you, if you wish." He found her to be a bright, beautiful girl, and one that any "All right, Dick," eagerly. "I wish you would do so." young man might be proud to call sweetheart. "I will." "George is to be congratulated if he has won her regards," Then they parted, Dick and Bob to go up to the top of the said Dick to himself. headland, while George went to the Dunwald home to see Later on he told George that he was to remain at the en-Daisy. campment, and the youth was delighted. She happened to be out in the yard, and greeted him "Thank you, Dick," he said. "I am glad that you have cordially. done this for me." "Is the sloop back again?" she asked, with interest. "I should think you would be," with a smile. "Jove, George, "Yes, Miss Daisy." if I didn't have a sweetheart of my own down in Westchester Then George. asked bow the wounded redcoat was getting County I would go in and try to cut you out with Daisy. along. She is one of the sweetest and brightest girls I have ever "He is getting along very well," was the reply. "He will seen." get well, so father says." "That's what she is, Dick; and I'm mighty glad you have They talked a while longer, and then George said: a sweetheart, for she was talking nice about you a while ago." "Do you know a young fellow by the name of Ben Burgess?" "Well, I'm glad that she thinks well of me, anyway, and I Daisy blushed, and looked somewhat disconcerted. Then congratulate you, George, and wish you success in winning she laughed and said: her." "Yes, I know him well. I believe that you made his ac"I have a rival, Dick," said George, with a smile. quaintance yesterday?" "Is that so? Who is he?" George laughed. Then George told about Ben Burgess, and Dick and Bob" Yes, we got pretty well acquainted yesterday. Did he come who had just come up-laughed heartily. here after that?" "I guess you have nothing to fear from him," said Dick. "Yes; he came here and talked a good deal, and threatened "I guess not. Daisy hates him." what he would do to you. You will do well to look out for him, "He must be about such another as Joe Scroggs, Diek," Mr. Harper." grinned Bob. "Call me George, will you not?" eagerly. Joe Scroggs was a rough boy of the neighborhood in which "If you wi.11 call me Da.isy, without the miss to it." Dick lived, and he was in love with Dick's sweetheart, Alice "All right. I shall be only too glad to do that." Estabrook, but, of course, he never received any encourage-Then George told her that there would be a party of Liberty ment, for Alice detested him. Boys there about noon. "1 guess he is just about such another, Bob." "They are going to go into camp near here," he said. "And They conversed for a while, and then went to the encamp-they will be here off and on for quite a while, and then, if any ment. redcoats <"ome to these parts, you will be protected." Dick had sent a couple of youtlis to the top of the headland "That will be nice, George." to keep watch down the river, and one arrived at the camp "Yes, it will make you safe, at any rate." and said that there was a warship about two miles down "So it will." river, and that it had dropped anchor. They talked quite a while, and then went into the house, and This gave Dick an idea. George was greeted pleasantly by Mr. Dunwald and his wife. He did not wish to risk venturing down clo:;er with the They were glad to learn that there was to be a party of sloop, so he decided to go down along the shore. Liberty Boys come to the place and go into camp. He named half a dozen of the youths, and they bridled and ' "We will feel safer," said Mrs. Dunwald. saddled their horses, and the party set out. "Yes. indeed,,. said Daisy. They rode about two miles, and then dismounted and tied "I shall be very glad to have them here," said Mr. Dunwald. their horses in the timber, a hundred yards from the road. George remained all the morning, and was invited to take This done, they made their way toward the river. dinner. They were soon standing on the shore, on top of a bluff, and He accepted the invitation with alacrity, for he was glad of they were screened from the of the redcoats on the chance to remain that much longer. the warship by the trees, undergrowth, and rocks. Soon after dinner the party of Liberty Boys put in an ap-They watched the ship ten or fifteen minutes, and every-pearance. thing seemed to be quiet on board. They had not ridden hard, and had not got there earlier. "I wonder why the ship is there?" said Bob. They selected a good place and went into camp. ''Perhaps the British think they may be able to entice us George went down to the shore and saw the sloop lying at I into an Pngagement. nnd that they will be able to sink us," anchor. He signaled to the youths on board, and they sent saicl DiC'k. a boat ashore for him. "Possibly. Well, they will find that they are mistaken in When he was on board he told Dick that the Liberty Boys thinking thus.• were at the Dunwald home. •So they will.'' "That is good," the youth said. "I guess that I will go The youths were still engaged in watching the ship when ashore and see them, and give them a few instru('tions. You suddenly George Harper plucked Dick by the sleeve. may eome along, George, and I will get one of the boys to "Look yonder!" he said, in an excited whisper. come back with me in your place, and you may remain there.,. Dick looked in the direction indkated, and saw a young "Thank you, Dick." fellow perhaps twenty years of age standing down on the • r guess I go ashore wits you, Dick," said Bob. sandy shore. about fifty feet distant. "Very well." When they first saw him he was simply standing there, There were no warships in sight below the headland, and so looking toward the warship, but now he drew a handkerchief Dick did not mind leaving the sloop. There was no danger from his pocket and waved it. of an attack being made on it. The youths looked quickly toward the ship, and saw some They were not long in arriving at the Dunwald home. one wave a handkerchief in return. Dick took a look at the location of the encampment, and "A spy!" exclaimed Bob, in an excited whisper. said that it was well selected. ''You have a good position here, Mark," he declared, "and with the exercise of care, you should be able to hold it all right, unless confronted by an overwhelming force, of course." "That's what I think, Dick." Then Dick addressed the youths in general, and asked: I "Which one of you boys will change places with George Harper? He w_ants to be with the party .on the for a cer-tain reason which shall be nameless," with a smile. I Several of the youths spoke up promptly, and Dick named one of them to go on board the sloop in George' s place. "Be ready to go back with Bob and I," be said. .. All right," was the reply. Then Dick went to the house and greeted Daisy, and made the acouaintance of her father and mother. CHAPTER XI. A;> ENCOUNTER. "You are right," agreed Dick. "Who do you suppose the fellow is?" asked George. "I haven't any idea," from Dick. "Do you know him?" 'Yes .. , "Who is be?,. •Ben Burgess." • Oh, the youth who is your rival for the hand of Daisy?" ..'.l'he same.''


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS THE HUDSON. "Look yonder!" whispered Bob, pointing toward the ship. The youths did so. A boat was putting off fron1 the warship. ''They are coming to hold an interview with the :;py," said Dick. "So they are,,. agreed Bob. "But we must interfere and put a stop to the affair." "Yes, we must capture the spy." "And let's do it before the redcoats reach the shore." ''I'm afraid we can't get there in time; it is tco steep to .get down here, and we will have to go along the shore quite a distance before we can get down." "Well, let"s get there as quickly as possible." They hastened away, being careful not to make any noise, and when they came to a place where they could get down the bluff they did so. Then they hastened along the shore, keeping in among the trees and underbrush. They were still fifty yards distant when a boat with a small sail from the warship reached the shore. By hurrying, however, the Liberty Boys were enabled to get to the scene before the redcoats could make a landing, and they did not hesitate an instant, but got to work at once. Bob caught the spy by the arm and stuck a pistol against his head. The other Liberty Boy ran into the water, seized the painter, and began pulling the boat toward the shore. The British struck out lustily with oars and pistol-butts. The youths protected themselves as well as possible, and soon hacl the boat drawn up on the . 8ancl. The reclC'oats now opened fire on the Liberty Boys, but. they w3re so ex<:ited and angry by the turn affairs had, taken that they did not take aim, and so no particular damage was done. One of the youths was wounded. There were four of the redcoats, but they were no match for the half dozen Liberty Boys, who leaped into the boat and overpowered the British quickly. lh this tim<' there were signs of excitement to be obser•ed on hoard tlle wan;bip. The soldiers and had seen that something out of the 01:clinary was going on, and a couple of boats were dropped into the water quickly, and were as quickly filled with sailors and soldiers. Then the boats were rowed swiftly toward the shore. The Liberty Boys saw what was taking place, however, and had no in'tention of permitting themselves to be caught. Bob had bound the hands of Ben Burgess by the time the other youths had done the same with the redcoats, and now all with the five prisoners in their midst. The redcoats"'fried to hold back, for they knew their com rades were coming, but the youths jerked them along without ceremony. The party reached the top of the bluff by lhe time the two boats reached the shore, and then it was not such hard work to get the prisoners along. The horses were reached in clue time, anc11:hen the prisoners were placetl in the saddles; the youths mounted behind, and then set out up the road at a gallo p. They hacl gone about a quarter of a mile when they heard yells behind them. 'I'hev looked back and saw a score of redcoats in the road, waving their arms wildly. "Oh, yell, you redcoated rascals!" cried Bob; "you can't catch us now." "No, we are safe for the present," said Dick; "a large force may come ashore from a warship and come on up and -attack us, however." "I don't think they will do so." On the youths dashed. They soon were out of sight of the redcoats, and half an hour later arrived at the encampment. The Liberty Boys were surprised when their comrades app ea red, bringing the prisoners with them. They asked eager questions. The youths answered the questions promptly, and then Dick named five youths who were to take the prisoners to West Point. When Ben Burgess J;ound that he was to be held a prisoner and be taken to West Point, he turned pale and began to plead. "Don't me up then',., he said; "I hain't done notllin'." "But we 1

TJIE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE HUDSON. 15 Liberty Boys withdrew. A number of the youths had received wounds, but fortunately none of them were serious. The redcoats came and buried their dead and carried the wounded away with them. Dick and Bob followed them, and kept watch till they saw them go aboard the warship; then the youths returned to where the Liberty Boys were waiting their coming. "I guess we may as well go back to the encampment," said Dick; "there is nothing more for us to do here." So they set out, and were soon at their destination. The forty-four youths who had come ashore from the sloop went bac]{, ?.nd Dick and Bob went with them. The two youths who were on top of the headland, as lookouts, came to the sloop, and reported that the warship had raised anchor and was sailing down the river, and so Dick gave the order to get the under way. This was done, and they sailed around the headland and came in sight of the enemy. "Let's try a few shots at her, Dick," said Bob. "All right .. , The gunners manned the gun, after the sloop had swung around, with the stern toward the enemy, .and several shots were fired, two of which did some damage, one cutting off the top of a small spar and one cutting a great hole through the mainsail. The British warship returned the fire, but none of the shots came anywhere near the sloop. When the warship was out of range, the Liberty Boys s "et sail once more, and headed northward toward West Point. CHAPTER XII. RUNNING '.l'IIE GAUNTLET. When the sloop arrived at West Point Dick went ashore and to headquarters, to report to General Washington. The general received him cordially. •He heard the youth's report, and then complimented him on the work be had done. "I am glad that you have come just at this time," he said; "for I have some work that I wish you might be able to do." "I shall be glad to do anything you wish done, your excellency; that is, if it is anything that I can do." The commander-in-chief was silent for a few moments, a thoughtful look on bis face. Then he said, slowly: "The work which I wish you to do is something extremely difficult and dangerous, Dick. Indeed, I don' t know whether it is possible to do it at all. I will tell you what it is, and then you can see what you think about it." "Very well, sir." "As you may have heard, Dick, I am looking for the arrival of a French fleet, which is expected to co-operate with us, and help defeat the British in America. It is about time for the fleet to be in the vicinity of New York, and what I was thinl! ing of having you do, was to sail down the Hudson, out through th'll bay and Narrows, into the ocean, where, if you should find the fleet there, you could see the admiral and bring me some valuable information." ' The commander-in-chief paused and looked at Dick searchingly and inquiringly. "What do you think of it?" be asked, after a few moments of silence; "is it at all feasible, or will it be too risky to at Dick was thinking deeply. He was only a young fellow, true, but had a man's head on his shoulders, and his judgment was always good. , He was turning the matter over and over in his mind and giving it consideration from every standpoint. "I believe it can be done, sir," he said, presently; "that is to say, I am sure that it is possible td accomplish it." "I am glad to bear you say that, and now are you willing to attempt the feat?" "I am." Dick spoke positively. "And your Liberty Boys-will they be willing to take the risk?" "Oh, yes; I can answer for them, sir. They will be glad to attempt the. feat, dangerous though it may be. They will go anywhere and dare anything that I ask them to." "Very well; then you may make the attempt." 'hey talked a w)l.ile longer, the commander-in-chief giving Dick instructions, and then the youth got ready to take his departure. "You think that you will make the attempt to-night, then?" asked the general. "Yes, if the wind is right, and I think it will be." Then General Washington bade the Liberty Boy good-by, and wished him success, after which Dick took bis departure. He hastened to go back on board the sloop. When he got there he found the boys seated in the eabin, talking, laughing, and joking with one another. That was one nice thing about the Liberty Boys; they got along together in, the best manner imaginable. There was no quarreling, and no jealousies. They were pleasant and jolly all the time. "Hello, Dick; what is the news?" asked Bob. "I have some news," replied Dick; "and from your standpoint it would be called good news." "Is that so? Why would it be called good news from my standpoint, more than from yours or the others?'' "Because it is something that means danger for all of us." "Let us bear what it is, then." "All right." Then Dick told them what the commander-in-chief wished them to do. The Liberty Boys were delighted. "That is just the thing!" "Say, that will be all right." "That will be something to do, boys!" "Say, that will be something to talk about, if we succeed in doing it." "Such were a few of the exclamations. "Then you are willing to make the attempt to run past the British warships and get out into the ocean?'' asked Dick. "Yes, yes." "We will enjoy it." Dick had been sure of this, anyway, but be was glad to hear the youths say that they were willing to undertake the affair. "When are we going to start?" asked Bob. "Right away after supper," said Dick. "That will enable us to have light as far down as the homes of the Dunwalds; and after that we will have the dark, and so will be enabled to get past the British warships-if we have good luck." 'This met with the approval of the youths, and after they bad eaten supper they began getting ready for the trip down the river. The sloop was gotten under way, and then sailed down the stream, moving along at a moderate pace, the wind being fair. Dick had sized the matter up about right; it came dark just, about the time they came to the headland, near which lay the Dunwald home. Here the sloop was brought to, and Dick and Bob went ashore. They made their way to the Liberty BoY.s' encampment, and Dick told the youths what he and those aboard the sloop were going to do. "You stay here and keep a sharp lookout for the redcoats," he said. "We maY. get back in safety in a day or two; but if we should not, why, return to West Point and stay there till you do learn what has become of us." ."All right," said Mark Morrison, who was to remain in com mand of the force of Liberty Boys. Then Dick and Bob said good-by and went back on board the sloop. Dick gave the iorder, and the sloop was gotten under way. The three youths who were to have the wheel were at their post, and they were confident that they could guide the sloop down past the British warships, dark though it was. The sloop rounded the headland, and then sailed straight down the stream. The youth at the wheel knew his business, and was enabled to guide the vessel aright without much trouble. On the sloop sailed, and it was not until it was well down toward the city that the lights of a British warship were seen. "Now we will have to look out," said Dick. "So we will," agreed Bob. Then Dick went to the youth at the wheel and told him to be very careful. "Give the warship as wide a berth as possible," he said. "All right, Dick," was the reply. "I will run over close to the west shore, for the water is deep, and there is no danger of getting aground." They passed the warship without being discovered. It was quite dark, and the palisades and blu!Is made dark backgrounds against which it was impossible to see a dark body like that of the sloop. In this manner the little vessel passed the warships one after another, and at last was down opposite the city. Here was where the most danger Jay, for the youths at the


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE HUDSON. wheel were not familiar with the bay, and would have to run I This was done, and an hour later the sloop was hauled to somewhat at random. not far from the v e ssel in question. . The youths w ere confident, however, that they could make A quarter-boat was lowered, and Dick and several of the their way through the bay and out through the Narrows in I youths got into it and rowed to the flagship. safety, providing they did not arouse the men on the British when they were alongRide the vessel a rope-ladder was warships and have to run the gauntlet of cannon-balls. lowered, and Dick climbed up to the deck. The youths at the wheel guided the sloop skilfully, and man-The sailors did not understand when he spoke to them, for aged to get out into the bay, and well down toward the Nar-they were Frenchmen. rows before they were discovered. Then they had to run so "That's something I hadn't taken into consideration," close to a warship that they were seen, and the alarm was thought Dic k. . 1 . given. He knew they would understand a name, however, and so he The British gunners went to work, and shot after shot was spoke the name of the French admiral, Count d'Estaing, and fired . Some of the cannon-balls came perilously near the the sailors at once bowed, and one motioned for Dick to folsloop, but fortunately they did not strike it. low him. The boys at the wheel guided the sloop, by watching the The youth did so, and was soon in the cabin. dark shores on either side, and got safely through the Nar-A little while later he was ushered into the admiral's pres-rows. ence, and was greatly pleased to find himself greeted in Eng-As soon as they had ac complished this they breathed freely. lish. They felt jubilant, for they had done a most remarkable "My name is Dick Slater, sir," said Dick, "and I am a mes-thing. senger from General Washington." They kept on till the sloop was well out in the ocean, and "I am glad to make your acquaintanc e, Mr. Slater," was the then the work of killing time and watching for some signs of reply; "and what news do you bring me from your commander-the expected French fleet was begun. in-chief?" The l:lloop sailed first one way and then another, all night "I have a letter here, sir." long. Dick drew a letter from his pocket and handed it to the When morning came the youths scanned the horizon for a count. sight of sails, but not one was visible. . The latter opened the letter and read the contents eagerly The French fleet had not yet arrived. and interestedly. "What are we going to do, Dick?" asked Bob. Wlien he had finished, he looked down at the floor and "We are going to stay out here and wait and watch for the seemed to be pondering. coming of the fleet, Bob." Presently he looked up. "That is what I supposed you would do." "General Washington wishes us to co-operate with his The youths sailed up and down the coast all day long, and army," the count said. "But r am afraid that our hea.viest whe n night came they had not sighted any sails. vessels will not go over the sandbar which stretches across "Say, Dick," said Bob, while they were eating supper, "supyour outer harbor, in which event we will be unable to do as po s e a bad storm should blow up? What would become of us?" your commander-in-chief wishes." "Oh, I guess we could ride it out, old fellow; the sloop is a "When will you test the matter?" a sked Dick. strong and sea worthy vessel." "It may as well be done at once." " . Yes, it seems to be." "Yes, and then. I will be able to carry bac k the news to Gen -They talked a while longer, and then the matter of getting era! Washington." back past the warships and up the Hudson River came up. "So you will.,, are we ever going to manage that, Dick?" Bob wanted I Two of the biggest warships were sent to test the matter of to" kno . . . . the depth of the water, and they worked for several hours, in . Well, we will have to manage 1t the same as we d1d m comn ttempt to find a place where the sandbar could be cFossed 1ng out." a a . . . • ''But it will be much more difficult, Dick." but without avail. The water was too shallow everywhere. "Why so?" C ount d'Estaing was greatly disappointed. " Because the redcoats will be on tb,e lookout for us, don't "Without my heaviest warships .it would be folly to enter you think?" the harbor and attempt to cope with the British fleet," he said; "and so, although I dislike to do so, I judge that I must send "Yes, likely they will." word to your commander-in-chief that I cannot co-operate with The sloop beat along the coast all that night, going first one him.,, . way and then the other, and when morning came the Liberty "He will be greatly disappointed,,, said Dick. Boys again scanned the horizon for sails. "And so am 1 greatly disappointed, Mr. Slater; if I could None were in sight. have entered the harbor with all my ships, then I would have "I don ' t believe the French fleet is coming," said Bob. . been glad to offer battle to the British; as it is, r shall have to '.'.I it will be here or said Diel';. stay away and avoid an encounter-unless, indeed, the British 1t looks as though 1t 1s gomg to be later mstead of could be induced to come out into the open wate r and give me battle." Dick laughed. 1 . . "Be patient, Bob," he said. "We will see the French fleet his head .. before long, r am sure-perhaps before night." . I don t thmk there 1s much hope of their doing that," he He was right. About four o'clock in the afternoon the look. . . . out up in the bow called down: I am sure they would not d.o so the only thmg I can do 1s "T see of them'" to go back to the West Indies. "Then I may as well go back to General Washington and tell CHAPTER XIII. THE FA'.1,'E OF THE SLOOP. The Liberty Boys were greauy' excited at once. "It must be the French fleet!" cried Bob. "Quite likely!" from Dick. Then he climbed aloft and took a look. Several sails were visible in the distance, and while they watched others kept appearing, until the youth counted twenty-seven. "Yes, it is the French fleet, " said Dick at last. "Well, I am glad of it." Then he descended to the deck, and there they waited till the fleet was near enough so that the flagship could be made out; then Dick ordered that the sloop be headed for the flag shi . p. him the news," said Dick. "Yes; I will write him a letter. " "'Thank you; that will be best." Count d'Estaing wrote a letter and sealed it and gave it to Dick, who placed it in his pocket. Then he bade the co1'l.nt go o d-by and returned to the sloop. A little later the French fleet sailed away, but the sloop remained where it was, for the youths would not dare to enter the harbor in the daytime. They sailed back and forth during the rest of the day, and when night came they decided to make an attempt to re-enter the bay and s lip past the Britis h waTships. It was going to b e a dark night, but clear, and it would be pos s ible to s e e the dark hills and bluffs on either side, which would make it po s sible to steer the sloop along in safety. The wind was from the ocean, and so it would be as good a time as they would have, in all likelihood. Soon after dark the sloop was headed in -toward the Nar-rows.


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE HUDSON. 17 As they neared this natural gateway to the bay, they became eager and somewhat excited. They realized that they were going to undertake a very difficult and dangerous undertaking. True, they had come out in safety, but then the redcoats were unsuspieious that such an attempt was to be made; now they would be on the lookout, for they knew the sloop was outside the harbor and readily guessed that it would sooner or later be trying to get back past them. The Liberty Boys did not hesitate, however. They determined to enter the harbor and get past the British warships, however, if such a thing were a possible. Closer and closer they came to tlie Narrows. At last they passed the entrance and were in the harbor. Now the real danger began. The youths at the wheel held the sloop well over toward the Staten Island shore, and every eye on the vessel was at work scanning the sunoundings for the lights of the warships, or for the dark hulls of the vessels-it being shrewdly suspected that the British might not put out the lights, in the expectation of making it next to impossib le for the sloop to get past them without being discov e red. The youths had remarkably keen eyes, and they managed to make the hulls of the warships in time to pass the word to the boy at the wheel, who altered the sloop's each time and gave the warships as wide berth as possible. The sloop had passed four of the vessels' before its presence in the harbor was discovered, and then there was a sudden transformation. On the vessel in the harbor lights flashed up. Kettles filled with•pitch and tied in the rigging were set on fire, and they flamed up, throwing out considerable light over the waters. The Liberty Boys stared in amazement. "Great guns!• gasped Bob; "we are in for it now!" "I guess you are right, old man," agreed Dick. "They will sink us, sure as anything!" "I fear so." Then Dick told the youths to be ready to take to the water at any moment. "We are all good swimmers," he said; "and I think that if the redcoats do sink the sloop we will be able to get safely to the shore." The youths said they thought so. "And when you reach the shore make straight for the encampment near the Dunwald home," Dick instructed them. "If the sloop goes down and we have to take to the water, it will be a game of every fellow to look out for himself, but I want that we shall all get together again within a few days' time." "Oh, we will get to the shore safely, Dick," said Bob. Then Dic k instructed the youth at the wheel to hold the sloop on her course, no matter what happened, and if the redcoats crippled the to run her as close to the west shore of the Hudson as possible. The youth said he would do so. 'rhen the British gunners on all the warships opened fire at the sloop, and the cannon-balls oegan spatting around the brave little vessel. " Say, it seems to be raining cannon-balls!" said Bob Estabrook, with a grin. Nothing could ruffle his serenity. He was in his element when danger threatened the most. Soon a cannon-ball cut the top off the. mast and down the piece came. dragging ropes and sails with it. This crippled the speed of the little vessel to such an extent that only slow progress could be made. "I guess that settles it," said Dick sadly; "we will never get back to West Point with the sloop.'' "No, we will have to take to the water, sooner or later, " said Bob. This proved t.o be the case. Presently a cannon-ball struk the sloop right at the water-line, and the water poured in through the hole, and the hold began filling. The sloop soon began to settle into the water, and this had the effect of still further retarding the vessel's A little later the sloop refuse d to move forward, and began to settle slowly but surely into the water. "She's going clown! " exclaimed Bob. "Yes, we may as well take to the water," said Dick. The youths did so, and as they were seen leaping OYerboard shouts. of triumph went up from the throats of the redcoats on the warships. The British gunners kept on firing, but aimed at the youths swimming toward the west shore of the Hudson. Of course. it would have been only by accident that t]).ey hit a youth, but they kept up the firing in the hope that a random shot might do the work. Some of the cannon-balls did come pretty near hitting some cf the m. One struck within ten feet of Ben Spurlock, and splashed water all over 'his head. "That was a pretty c lose call," said the youth to himself. Dick and Bo!:> remained close together, and as they happened to be in a streak of light made by a burning pitc:h kettle, they swam rapidly to a point where they would be shielded l:>y the darkness. When they reached the dark spot, they kept on swimming, even though the course led toward the city. They made up their minds that they would be aboutas safe in making a landing there as in trying to reach the west shore of the Hudson, so they swam steadily toward the lower end of Manhattan Island. On they swam, making very fair progress when it was taken i;ato consideration that they were weighted down with their clothing, and at last they were within a few rods of the shore. . They saw that the lower end of the island, from Bowling Green to the edge of the water, was thronged with people who had been attracted there by the exciting scene out in the bay, and so the youths swam on up the East River, till they reached a point where no one seemed to be. Here they made a landing, but they had not gone far before they were startled by hearing yells close at hand. "Here are some of the rebels!" cried a voice; "they have just crawled out of the water. After them! Capture them! They must not be permitted to get away! " The youths glanced bar-k, and, outlined against the lights made by the illumination in the harbor, they saw half a dozen redcoats coming after them on the run. "Away with you, Bob!" cried Dic:k. They out, and ran at the lop of their speed. CHAPTER XIV. DACK AT HEADQUAL!TERS. They ran swiftly, in spite of the fact that their clothing was wet and much heavier than ordinarily the case. They were splendid runners, and under ordinary circumstances would have had no trouble in getting away from their pursuers; bt1t now they were very tired-were almost exhausted, in fact-as a result of their long and hard swim, anq they could not run as fast as they would have done but for this. And, too, they could not hold out to run long. This was the worst feature, for they soon were forced to slacken their speed, with the result that the redcoats began gaining on them. " I am afraid they will get us, Dick," panted Bob. "rm afraid so, Bob." "We will keep on running till the very last, though." "Yes; we won't give up till we have to. " They turned one corner after another, and presently Dick uttered an exelamation. "What is it, old fellow?" from Bob. "There is the Guinell home, Bob!" Bob gave utterance to an exclamation in his turn. "You are right, Dick! Maybe they will let us in, and hide U"" "Let's try it, a1; any rate." The house in question was only a few doors from the corner, and the pursuing redcoats had not yet come in sight. 'l'hc Liberty Boys leaped up the steps and pounded on the door in an imperative manner. There were quick footsteps within, and then the rattle of a bolt as it was withdrawn; then the door opened. The youths leaped through the doorway, and pushed the door shut and bolted it. Then they saw that they were standing in the presence of Bernic:e Guinell. A candle was burning in a holder on a stand near at hand, thus making it possible to see distinctly. "Thanks, Miss Guinell," said Dick; "you have done us a great favor by letting us in here so promptly. You have undoubtedly saved us from capture." "I am glad of it, and you do not owe me any thanks; I am only repaying you for what you did for me, not long ago." "But that was a pleasure to us," said Bob. "Well, this is a pleasure to me.''


18 THE LIBJ:<]TITY BOYS ON THE HUDSON. ::t this moment there came a knock on the door. The redcoats!" whispered Dick; "I hope they did not see us enter here." . "I don't think they did," said Bob; "they are just trying a few houses at random, I think." "Go into the parlor,,. whispered Bernice, "and I will join you there as soon as I get father here to open the door." "Very well." The youth entered the parlor, and stood there till the girl came in and joined them. They heard a man's voice call out, "Who is there?" and knew it belonged to Mr. Guinell. "Come over here to the alcove," whispered Bernice; 'and then, if the redcoats should enter and search for you, we can go down into the secret room, as we did the other time." "Very well," replied Dick. . They were soon in the alcove, and then they heard the door open, and there was considerable talk between the men at the door and Mr. Guinell. The men went away, however, and did not enter the house. H was as Bob had said; they did not see the youths enter, and were making inquiries at a number of houses. When they had gone, Bernice and the youths came forth, and Mr. Guinell greeted them cordially. "So you were on board the sloop that was sunk, eh?" he remarked, when he had heard their story. "Yes," replied Dick. Their host insisted that they should remain over night, and they decided to do so, for they were very tired, and this would give their clothing time to dry. They remained all night, and all next day, for it would not have done for them to try to get away in the daytime. When night•came, however, they bade good-by to Mr. Guinell and Bernice and took their departure. They left the city, and walked northward. They stopped at a farmhouse near the Harlem River and hired a couple of horses, ancl after this they made good headway. They reached the patriot headquarters, and waited till morning, when they went to General Washington, and Dick gave him the letter from Count d'Estaing. The commander-in-chief read the letter, and it was plain that he was greatly disappointed. "I feared that the big warships could not cross the sand bar," he said; "well, that plan will have to be abandoned." Then he turned to the youths and asked to hear the story of their adventures. Dick told the story, brietly and Clearly, and modestly withal. "So your sloop was sunk in New York harbor?" exclaimed the commander-in-chief. "Well, well! That is too bad." Then he asked if any of the Liberty Boys had been killed. "None were killed by the shots of the British," was the reply; "but some of them have been drowned. I am going down to where the other Liberty Boys are encamped, at once, and find out. I told them to come up there if they got away safely. I hope to find them all there." After some further conversation Dick and Bob took their departure, and they at once crossed the river to West Point. Here they bridled and saddled their own horses, which had been there several weeks, and, mounting, rode down the west shore of the Hudson. They rode at a swift pace, and arrived at the encampment near the Dunwald home about ten o'clock. To the great joy of both Dick and Bob, they found all the Liberty Boys there. Not one of the youths had lost his life . Then the youths told how they had landed in New York City, and had been chased, and had taken refuge in the home of the Guinells, where they had remained all night and all day. Dick went to the Dunwald home and was cordially received by Mr. and Mrs. Dunwald and Daisy. While Dick was talking a Liberty Boy put in an appearance and told him that a British warship had cast anchor just below. the headland, and that a force was coming ashore. "How strong a force?" asked Dick. "More than two hundred had landed when I came away; and they were still at work." He bade the girl and her parents good-by and hastened away to give the order. Half an hour later the Liberty Boys were moving toward the north. The British learned that the Liberty Boys were retreating, and followed, hoping to overtake them Dick had scouts behind the main force of the Liberty Boys, and so he soon knew that they were being followed. He decided to give the :r.edcoats a little touch of battle the first good opportunity; presently he ordered the youths to halt. They were on the top of a ridge, and on the side the redcoats would come from the slope was pretty steep . "We will wait here and give the British a bit of surprise," said Dick. They. stationed themselves in such a manner as would make it practically impossible for the British to do them injury, and .they waited. Presently the redcoats were seen coming. Their red coats made them conspicuous and easy to Ree. On they came, and it was not un ti! they were half-way up the slope that they were in danger; then the Liberty Boys fired a volley and dropped a number of the enemy. This enraged the redcoats, and they charged wildly up the slope. They knew they outnumbered the Liberty Boys so strongly that it would be impossible for them to hold out, and so they charged determinedly. The youths did not intend to try to hold their ground, however; they simply wished to do all the damage they could and then get away. So they fired two pistol volleys in quick succession and then retreated. Those who were on foot went first and ran with all their might, and those who had horses remained behind,. to fire a couple more volleys, after which t .hey mounted their horses and rode away at a gallop. The redcoats had not succeeded in inflicting any damage wl;latever upon the youths. This enraged them, as a matter of course, and they were more dJ;ltermined than ever to catch up with the rebels and punish them for their temerity. t This was not easy to do, however; in the first place, the Liberty Boys were younger, livelier and more able to march than their older enomios, and, too, they knew the ground thoroughly, while the redcoats did not. , This made it a comparatively easy matter for the youths to keep out of the way of their enemy. They continued the retreat, and at last the redcoats gave it up and turned back. The Liberty Boy;; went on up to West Point, for they did not know but General Washington might want them for something or other. Dick went over and had an interview with the commanderin-chief, who told the youth to go down the river and keep a watch on the British warships and to send word if one or more vessels should come farther north than the headland near the Dunwald home. "Very well, sir," said Dick. He went bacli and told the youths what the commander-inchief had said, and they were very well pleased; George Harper, to say, was delighted. He would now be near his sweetheart. The Liberty Boys went back down there and went into camp. They remained there two weeks and kept close watch over the Hudson. Once or twiee warships ascended the river till they were above the headland, and Dick sent word to the commander-in-chief each time. This enabled the general to get things in readiness for a battle at the fort, in case the British came up and made an ::.ttack; but they did not do so, and all was well. Later on the Liberty Boys went over to the Connecticut coast, on Long Island Sound, to protect some of the towns there, so the story of The Liberty Boys on the Hudson is practically ended. At the close of the war George Harper and Daisy Dunwald were married. Ben Burgess was not hanged or shot as a spy, but was set free later on, owing to the fact that he was young and was not a soldier. He was glad to escape, and became a better youth than he had been. He never bothered Daisy after that. Bernice Guinell made the acquaintance of a Liberty Boy ty the name of Fred Forrest before the war was ended, and, having fallen in Jove with each other, they were married at the close of the war. Lieutenant Colson was killed in a battle a few months after his encounter with Dick Slater in New York City. Next week's Issue will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS AT GERMANTOWN; OR, GOOD WORK IN A GOOD CAUSE." SEND POSTAL FOR OUR FREE CATALOGUE.


TJIE LIBERTY . BOYS OF "76. 19 CURRENT NEWS Nickel spon will be added to the list of metals refined in C'a11acla with GoYernment aid . The largest nickel deposits in the world are in the Dominion, but hitherto the work of refining has been clone in New Jersey and in Eng land. 'L'hc manufacture of munitions resulted in Govern ment funds being employed in refining copper and zinc . This aid now will be extended to nickel. It is now annonncecl that the Coast ancl Geodetic Suney will display ju the postoffice of each important seaport in tlw United Siatcs a copy of the principal local coast chart whieh it publishes, together with information as to how its chart!' a11cl other publications may be obtained . These in clude sailin g c l1nrts, general charts of the . coaRt, harbor cliartR, tide tables, coast piloti::, notices lo mariners and miscellancons scientific publications. D espite the fad that he owns a Afty-Jhe-acre farm in the corporate limits o.f Bradyville, lowa, Abnc>r Alden, scvrnty years old, makes his home in a wagon heel. He sleeps in the wagon bed every night under a canvas cover. Aldcm cooks his meals over a wood fire and goes about in the cold without an overcoat. Request has been made that Lee S. Martin, of the Farmers' Savings Bank of Brady ville, be named guardian for Alden. "BefoTc foe war, no tobacco was too fine .for the Parisienne," says the World Heview. Egyptian, Turkish or Russian, espec ially that which arrived in a diplomat's letter bag, was eagerly sought. Cigarettes with real gold tips "ere not enough. A rose petal was conRidcred a more claintv moutbpiece. Now all that is changed . The cheap est tobacco is tlie fashion and in their sympathy with the men ::it the front women have taken to smo king "caporal," as their heroes do. The ivory cigarette holder may have a circle of pearls set in it, but the cigarette must be the same as "his." A similar spirit has l ed to the w ear ing of cheap Hares and goats supply the adornment where formerly sable was seen. It is not merely that economy i s the order of the clay, though that is true; it is felt that luxury is ont of tune with the times . Act!vity of Lassen Peak-the only acti1e volcano in the United States-appears to have reached its culmina tion on May 21, when violent explosive eruptions occurred and "flames" " ere said for the first time to haYe issued from tlte of the peak . Thiseruption caused Hat Creek, a stre::im on the north siclo of the mountain, to overflow ils banks and sweep down over its entire flood plain a vast sheet of mud and water. Adjacent farms were buried in from 1 to 3 feet of mud. Ashes from the explo si<5ns were carried more than 200 miles. The outbur8t i::, said to have been preceded by an earthquake . Since that date the volcano has subsided, and by the encl of. 8rptember it had nearly ceaml its activity. A small eruption was obscned lato as Augrn;t 6th, and a pillar o.f smoke arose from "the summit September 9th and 23cl. A common form of railroad accident is that which often place wbcn, by some accident to the coupling be tween them. the tender anu the locomotive become separated. In such case . the airbrakes arc automatically applied and the nmawa:v irain brought io a stop . But if the fire man is at his post on the tender, the sudden application of the brakes is sufficient to throw him off his feet, and he is hurled headlong under the \rhecls 0 his own train which has not yet been brought to a complete standstill. Matthew J. Slatten• and Charles A. Diehm, two railroad men of Philndelpl;ia, have been recently awarded a patent on a clcvice whicll is designed to saYc the 6.reman's life in this emergency. The apparatus consists o.f a metal net, car r ied beneath the floor o.f the tender, which, in case of a parting heiwcen the Jocomoti 1c ancl tender, will be released and drawn forward to provide a sa[ety net to catch any one who may be siancling on the tender at the time of the accident. 8tanlev , Pnrk, Vancouver, is one of the finest natural 'in the world. 'l'hi$ grand park occupies the heavily woodecl peninsula between English Bay and Buzzard I:!l.let, and thus the ecenery of the park combines the beauties of forest and sea . Some idea of the size of the park may be oblained from the fact that the drive around the out side o.f it is about seven miles in length . While a small area near the entrance has been laid out in lawns, flower beds and animal pens, and is provided with pavilions, the great part of this vast tract remains in its natural state, ex cept for the drives and paths which have been cut through the forest. 'l'bese paths enable one to walk through the dense woods and through swampy places with the same de gree of comfort as along a city street, and yet to observe the trees, flowers, ferns and various forms of animal life which are to be seen on either hand. One of the greatest attractions of Stanley Park lies in the big trees which are sucl;i a characteristic feature. Harris M:. Benedict, of Cincinnati, Ohio, who has achieved a wide reputation as the result of his endeavors to work up a sentiment in favor o.f protection for wild has been recently granted a patent on a bird box which bas a number of novel and interesting features. In the first place it is of a cleep pitcher-like shape and made of fire clay which can be readily shaped while in the plastic form. 'l'he surface may be made to simulate the bark of the tree . 'l'he bark-like finish makes it particularly desirable for the as these feathered visitors are known to avoid anything in the way of a home t].iat is too conspicu ous. This bird box has the usual exit and entrance orifice near the top, with a raised waving line inside by which the little birds may help themselves to the entrance when this UR!'i tance is required. Another novel feature is the sloping lir1 with an oYerhang to protect the interior from being fiooclrcl hv sl: orm, as well as a deep flange to prevent it from being c1isloc1gecl b.Y the wind. By means of this lid the l.JirCJ loror may watch the progress o.f his tiny charges .


20 THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS OF '76. A WILL AND A WAY -OR-HOW BEN BLUNT MADE HiS FORTUNE By Rl' .. LPH MORTON (A SERIAL STORY) CHA-PTER XYTI (continued) Then rame the sound of falling guns, rushing feet and Earh grasped his revolver firmly, ready to :fight to the e:-;clamations ot fear and surprise. end when the attack came. To the right ancl left fled the now thoroughly frightened Mom ents that seemed like hours passed and still all was men. silent, till tl1c situation became almost unbearable. The titmic8 of cYil spirits inhabiting the mountain were 'l'o a\\"ait the attack of an unseen foe or to take the oftrne, then, and if they remained they " ;ould but invite a not knowing '"hen a bullet might end their lives, terrible death. were alLernatiYes they did not dare choose between, and \rl1en thr men ficd Ben sa'" a dark-lantern fall to the C\21'_\' instant nrnne the i;ituation more terrible. floo1. an

'!'HE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76. 21 frightened the assa5sins and making them think that the eYil spirits of the mountain were upon them. "Faithful child,' said Ben, tenderly. "It was you then who sav e d us? Believe me ()'irl we will neYer forb()'et you, ' 0 ' and, eYen though we may not meet again, be assured that we shall always hold you in grateful remem.lmrnce." "You will I).Ot come again?" asked Pepita. "Not to remain. My home is far a way, and when I go there you will not see me again. I wish you all gcod for tune, my child, and assure you that we will 11e, er forget you." "I will remember you always, senor," said the girl, sim ply. 'l'hey were on the wrong side of the mountain, but it was evident that the half-breeds had been too thoroughly alarmed to return and they were really in no clanger from them now. Pepita told them t hat the half-breeds had determined to possess the money they carried, and that parties had been sent into the mountain from two directions to cut off their r etreat. She had followed, hoping to warn them in time, but realized that she was too late when she saw the darklanterns flash upon them . Then, expecting that they would be killed. she hacl screamed in her terror, and it mis her screams which aroused the ear of the half-breecls and d i s persed them as effect u ally as an arnw could have done. They decided to camp on t h e mounhiin till the next clay, and Pepita brought them ponchos and food, so that they were comfortable. The next morning came to a,r good-by . an

22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF .76. FACTS WORTH R E ADING A MODEL MAN. Federal Judge Simeon Woodrow King, of Chicago. who is visiting relatives in Chester, Pa., is a remarkable man. Hro is in his 84th year, and has never been sick a clay in hia life. He was appointed judge for the United States Court .for '.he Northern District of Illinois when he was twenty-one years and six months of age by Presirlent Abraham Lin coln, ancl has been sitting as a jurist all that long period. "I have kept the promise J made to Abraham Lincoln,'' Judge King says, "ancl that promise was that I would never smoke or chew tobacco, never touch liquor and never tell an untruth." BIGGEST LJNER A HORPI'l'AL. Greatest of British merchantmen, the new \\'hiic i3tar liner Britannic, has been converted into a hospila l ship tion, we s<:e the principles which regulate tlrn lives of our clean-cut athletes. A mail who wants to succeed and who wants to show foe worlcl his best has no use for such things as whisky and tobacro, even thol1gh hiR friends chaff him for his care ful habits. Tv Cobb and other men wlio haYe made a success of their i1o not listen to the jeers or the per suasions of others. They know what is best for them, and they act accordingly. 'l'v Cobb

THE LIBETITY BOYS OF "?G. 23 -HUSKY HARRY, THE B O Y OF MUSCLE -OR WILLING TO WORI< H I S W A Y By CAPTAIN GEO. W. GRANVILLE (A SERIAL STORY) CHAPTER III (continued) ture this feat . He dropped into the water and slid a long But now he was far out at the very end of the boom. the pole slowly. The floating roof was turning in the current toward him . "Now, put your arms around my neck an d hang o n." Harry, with his feet braced on the logs, waited. A moment more and he had done this. All depended upon an instani"s work. If the roof Then Harry let go of the pole, and the floating r oof should be swept past him before he could rea c h .rt then litdarted away and went crashing OYer the dam. Harry, re tle ,Jack's fate would be . ealed . lievcJ of the awful otrain, now clutched the boom with ")I ow, Jack !" shouted Harry. "Come to the edge . both hands. When I give the word, jump into my arms.'' He a moment, and then, exerting his powerfu l The boy oiJeyed. But Harry's plan was doomed to failstrength, raised himself out of the water and onto the me. boom. .Tack still clung to him. The .floating roof had seemed to be heading straight for With the boy on his buck Harry nimbly started o n hi s the boom . Some twist of the current now Sll'ayecl it furperilous way to t.lte sl1orc. Twice he sank between the logs, ther into the middle of the stream. Little Jack was bebut each time his powerful anus held him up and he got ing whirled away beyond reach. Ile reached the shore finally, and little J aek Delaney A groan of horror went up from the crowd. Bnt Husky 1 sawcl . . Harry acted with the rapidity of .thought. j Tb? orntion which greeted. Harry '.1-'hornton was beyon d He reached far ont with his pike-pole. 'l'he sfrong steel 1 drscnpt1on. hac1 become a hero m the eyes of all. hook caught in the rafters. Harry set his weight againRt I Tn the throng was Eliza Ann, his stepmother . Her eyes that of the roof. One moment its course "as checkecl. and I glii>tenerl an

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 . "I tlia11k Yon, Mr. Logan," said Harry, with sudden resolution. "It is nry kind of you to offer me further em ployment. But, on the whole, I believe I will not accept . " "\\hat?" exclaimed the lumberman. "We will increase your pay." "Again I. thank you. But I think it is for my best interests to le.ave Maysvi ll e." "Leaye I wouldn't do that, my boy. You've hoRts of frienc1s here, and you will win advancement." "Perhaps so, Mr. Logan. But the world is wide, and I think I can better myself greatly by seeking a larger sphere." "Well, my boy," said the lumber king, with a note of respect in hiF voice, "I like your spirit, and I wish you all success. Rut remember this, if you ever want a friend or employment call on me . " "I thank yon, Mr. Logan." So the sawm ill was closed, and its gang of men the next day were cleportccl into the woods. But Husky Harry did not go with them . His views of the future were vague . But he was very resolute . "T haYc mnsrle, and it must win m:v way for me," he declared. "I am willing to work, and that ought to guar antee me a chance." That evening he went up to the country store, as usual. It waR his intention to lcal'e 1\laysville the next morning. He .'1ac1 hearrl of a merchant in the next i.own wbo wanted a c lerk, and hr. clerided to apply for the position. Harr:v "as striding along the lane leading from the mill to the village a peculiar. sound caught his ear. It was a rnb as of some one weeping, and came from the shadows of the heclge. Harry instantly paused. "Is any one in trouble?" he asked. There was a ru s tle, and a slender, trembling little :figure crept out. "Oh, 1vfo:tcr Harry, don't let them sencl me to the or phan asylnrn . My i:nother ancl father arc both drowned , ancl I haven't anybody left. Can't I go with you?" Husky Harry a strange sensation. In all his life he l1acl llf) \ 'Cl' felt such a y earning sentiment of sympathy for hnmun being a s for ragged, homelcs& lacl wl10 hncl b0en oYertaken in tender years with ' such an aYalanche of snrrow and trouble . Little Jack' s case was indeed pathetic. In all the wiclc world he hncl no relative or friend. He was a public charge, a charity child . The town provided for such, but the boys natile pride rehel e d against it. "Oh, I'll work for you; I'll do anything if you won't let them take me," hr. pleaded. Harry knelt down and put his arm around the little orphan. "Don1 t you fem', little fellow," he said, with a hearty ring in Yoice. "I'll see that no harm comes to you . l'm of alone in the world myscl.f ju t now, and that makes ns kin. don't you know? 1'11 take charge of you, l)nd you won t haYc to go to the orphan asylum." A cry of joy escaped little Jack. He nestled closer to Harry . "Oh, I'll work hard for you," ho cried. "I've got no ' father nor mother now, and--" Heavy footsteps s01mclecl bel1ind them. Harry sprang up . Four men had come into the lane. The leader was Ben Phillips. "There's the little thief!" cried Phillips, roughl.\'. me gil'c him a . shaking. Be's a ease for the reform school." Phillips would haYe pounced upon Jack, but Harry stepped in front of him. "Hold on, Ben Phillips. Whafs the matter?" "Oh, you're going to back him up, eh?" hissed the gro cer's son. "I want to tell you that he's a little thief, and chat he Ftolc a pair of shoes from our store." "l did not,'' cried ,Jack, indignantly. "You chased me from the store .. You wouldn't let me stay there." "The J1ocs went away when you went,'' gritted Phillips. "Yon needn't lie about it. You'll go to the reform f'e;hool tor this. C0me along, now." "No," saicl Harry, coolly. "Don't put yonr harnl s on him, B011 Phillips. I don't believe your story. You have no anthority to make an arrest, for you haYe no warrant. 'l'hi homeless fellow is going to get his righg, and I think T have the muscle to see that he gets them, too. CHAPTER IV. IL\HHY \YIN'S . \ BAT'L'LE. Standing there in the dim light of the lane and faC"ing PhiJI ips au cl his followers, Husky Harry spoke the ringing worrls of dcfrnse o( little Jack Delaney. lrnr:v and hatred were jn crcry line of fncc . He dre" his giant frame up and clenched his powerful hands. "Oh, that's it, eh?" he said harshly. "You think you haYc got the muscle to stand off all four of us. clo You?" "I don't know whether I have or not," Ha1.'ry, rery quietly. 'Ji'om to one i s big odds. But if all fom o[ y ou tackl e me I do my best, and l give yon w;m1ing: right here l hat some 0 r you \\'ill get hurt.' ' "Oh' \'l'lrnt llo YOU think will happen to you?" "\Yhatcl'cr happens to me, you arc not going to trnmp up any rnch mi:::crnblc fabe charge this boy wl)ile I am ahle to pre1e11t it." "You the charge i ' .false?" " I don't hclicYc it i,; trnr. I knew hi s father arnl molhc-r, of whom he has been this (lay clcprirncl. They 1rere honest peopl e ." "Tlwr were S<'ll!ll of the town.'' ! ] t is not fitting to revile the deau,"-cried Ilany. Little Jack was weeping bitte rly. "I don't belieYe the boy stole anything from your store . He certainly has not the articles upon him.'' "He ha$ probabl.v hidclcn them :;omcwhcre." "I don't believe it."' "I don ' t care 1rlrnt you bcliere," cried Ben, angl'ily. "I'm going to give him a shaking." o, you won't." Harry stepped nearer the bnlly. Phillips hesi ta led. four with him were loungers abont the store, wortl1le ss scapegoats, as Hurry well knew. He realized that Phillips 1rns his most dangerous antagonist. "I reckon there's enough o.f us here to gi l'e you a leEson in manners, Hal Thornton. Take that!" (To be continued)


'T'HE LIIlETITY BOYS OF '76. FROM ALL POINTS Tlt c toad, says an exchange, lives from ten to forty years, and it ran lay over a thousand eggs a year . It has lived bro without food, but cannot liYe long under water . It never takes dead or motionless food . It captures and d e rn u rs wasps, yellow-jackets, ants, beetles, worms, spiders, snails, bugs, grasshoppers, crickets, weevils, caterpillars, motbs, etc. In twenty-four hours the toad consumes enough food to fill its stomach four times. A single toad will, in three months, devour over 10,000 insects. If en'ry ten of these would have clone one cent damage, the toall s aved ten dollars. If this be true, toads deserve io be well treated for the valuable assistance they render in om continuous fight against insect pests in. lawn and garden . in the Geographical Journal his explorations in tlie Belgian Congo, Dr. Cuthbert . Christy records that in r:wcling from St:rnleyville to A Yakubi he came upon a rrmp of natil'es remarkable for the curious way in vhich 1-hcy mark their bodies for the purpose of conceal1enL Xarrow of black or red are marked on. i111bs ancl face, and sometimes the body . This device has effect of breaking up outline and making the peron less conspicu01}S in the lights and shadows of the un cnrood. Eren in the sunlight the diukerboks of the for will run past the motionless hunter without perceiving 1im, ancl arc caught in nets . It is interesting to note that n analogous device has come into use during the present 1 uropean war for concealing vessels, guns, etc . Rcsrmbling the great works of Nature such as the Grand anyon of tht Colorado and Yellowstone Park, the rice crraccs in the mountain provinces of the Philippines apear to b e the re sult of erosion or glacial action rather lrnn the w ork of humanity. Yet they are absolutely ar ificial. the mountainsides being terraced by the patient alior of the i s landers 'so that rice can be grown on the lopes of the precipitous ranges. The rice terraces extend or almost miles are by no means haphazard n their arrangement. In fact, an officer returning from he Philippines described them as marvelous engineering since i hc watrr from the upper terraces is carried rom Joye[ to lcYel on easy grades, breaking the force of lie rurrcnt and. irrigating mile after mile of rice fields. ?ifr. J. Hines, of Leesburg, Ga., who recently returned r e m Rirhmond, Ya., where h e had been a patient at the \ellarn ' Hospital, has a plug of tobacco that is fifty-three rars o ld. Mr. Hines said the tobacco was given him by gentleman in Richmond, who stated that it was made in PG1. )fr. snid a wealthy tobacco man of Virginia acl quite a quantity of it when the war broke out be rC'cn the anrl, not desirous of accepting Con [ed ratc money for it, he decided to holcl it until the war was ver; bnt the United States Govcr11rnent placed such a , igh rerrnue on tobacco that he would not ell. \Yhen he died he made a will that the tobacco must not be sol d until the revenue was taken off, and it has never been marketed . The plug that Mr . Hines has is in a perfect state of preservation. A met.hod of preventing oi l conflagrations has been test ed out with no little success by a l eading American oil producer. Briefly, if an oil tank catches fire the heat immediately melts a fusible connection closing an e lectric circuit, which in turn releases controlling valves of a tank containing n. certain solution which then flows i nto lines running to the mixers installed in the tanks . Each mixer is fitted with fusible plug valves which me l t o ut and the solution runs into the mixers, producing a foam that spread. over the surface of the burning oil and pre vents '"access to air necessary to combustion . In a recent test in Hawaii a fire was extinguished in 46 seconds after it had started, 42 seconds having elapsed before the fuse plug melted. Every American child can answer the question, "W1iat is your name?" without hesitation, but the Japanese boy must think a little to make sure, fqr at various periods of his life he is cal led by different names. He receives his first name when he is just a month.old. Then three differ ent names are written on three slips of paper, and thrown up into the air in the temple, while prayers are made. That which falls first to the ground bears the name the boy is called till he is 3 years old . At that age his baby clothes arP laid aside, he receiYes a new name , and his edu cation begins. At 15 the Japanese boy receives a new name in honor of his coming of age. His name is changed again on the occasion of his marriage and on any advance in his position. Even mortal illness does not encl this con fusing state of affairs, for when death comes a new name is given to hih1. An armored train and an armored aeroplane soon will be added to the equipment of the New York National Guard through the generosity of certain public spirited citizens. 'I'he Governor of the State has approved of a request for a $10,000 appropriation to he used in main taining the train; a similar amount is asked for the aero plane. It is said that this will be the first armored train in this country. One of its units will be a battle car carry ing nine or ten men and resting on especially constructed trucks equipped with motor apparatus and steering gear at either end so thnt it can be run in either direction without reversing control. There will be seven lightly armored fast motor cars for carrying machine guns and suitab l e for scout work or bringing up ammunition. Twehe motor cycles also will be equipped with machine guns. The train, if bought in tl1e open market, would cost approximately 50,000. It will need the senices of fully 100 men. The a r mored aircraft is the gift of several prominent citize n s who are especially interested in military avi at i o n.


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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 27 'l'HE MYSTERIOUS SHOT. By Horace Appleton "We are short, Mr. White," said June Springer, the partner of George White in the mercantile business. "How much?'' asked Mr. White. "I do not know exactly;'' Springer replied, looking care fully orer their account books, "but our losses are im mense." "It will reach thousands?" "Yes." "I have feared it for some time." "How in the world have we lost so heavily?" "It has been by robbery." "Who has done it?" "I know the thief, and to-night will put the officers on is track. The wretched villain shall be brought to jus tice." "Who is he ?" "I will make no disclosures, Springer, until he is found and safely lodged in jail; but I know him." Not only was John Sands an old acquaintance of George White, but Mrs. White as well, having been on intimate terms with both before their marriage. Sands was a large creditor of the firm of White & Springer, and it was some relief to George to find him at his house. He intimated, as soon as tea was over and a suita!)le opportunity offered, to mention their embarrassing coudiiion to their friend. ' "I am real glad to see you,.J ohn," said Mr. White, fami liarly. "Now wait until after tea, and we can have a social chat." Tea was over, and Mr. White, his wife and guest re turned to the coy little sitting-room. A cheerful fire blazed in the grate, and the room was strongly indicative of comfort. Mr. John Sands seated himself by the center table, while Mr. White, with every business care gone from his face, was doing his best to make the evening pleasant for his wife and guest. Mrs. White was on the left of Mr. Sands, and Mr. White stood on his right, talking merrily to both. Crack! A sharp report rang out on the air, startling all. There was a jingle of falling glass, and footsteps hurry ing away from the window through which the shot had come. The men sat for a moment in their small office regard ing each other with anxiety and perplexity. George White was a man about thirty-five years of age, with a jet-black ustache and dark hair, inclined to curl. His eyes were dark gray, almost black, and he was a thorough business Mr. White stagge red back, clasped his forehead with his left hand and clutched the air with his right, and fell back The man who sat at the desk was perhaps three or four wards, his shoulders striking against the fender. ears his senior, a nervous, irresolute, yet a careful man. "Oh, heavens!" shrieked the terrified Mrs. White, claspThe two were regarded as the best business firm in New I ing her hands in terror and grief. ork What qualities one lacked, the other made Mr. Sands sprang to his feet, upsetting his chair. Springer closed and locked the safe, and he and his Mrs. White swooned, and John Sands rang the bell. partner left the room. Servants and police soon swarmed in the room. Scarcely were they out upon the street before a man who The broken window pane suggested from whence the as crouched behind a large bookcase arose. mysterious shot had been fired, but although the police He had evidently been eavesdropping, ancl had overheard were put at once on the track no trace of the murderer ll that 11ad passed between the partners in business. could be found. Re was chief clerk for the firm of White & Springer. The next day Mr. Joseph Phelps, the chief clerk, was at is face was deathly pale, and he was trembling with ill-his post very busy. He was somewhat nervous and very suppressed emotion. much horrified to learn of the assassination of one of his "He suspected me ! By all that is powerful, he knows employers. hat I robbed the till morning and night! Oh, misery! The best detectives in the city were put upon the track, hY am I to suffer such fearful torture? I had to c1o it to but weeks passed and no clew was found to the man who ee{) up appearances in society. If I marry that heiress fired the mysterious shot. can replace every dollar of it." lGt Dennis, a new detective, and a young man, was the He stopped short and cla ped his hands as if suffering only one on the entire force who did not give up the purhe most excruciating pain. suit of the criminal. "But no; he will prosecute me. He will have me thrown In the meantime, under an assumed named, he had n prison, and condemned as a thie.f. But I swear I will .formed the acquaintance of the chief clerk, Joe Phelps, revent him from doing that. He shall not have a and leamed his ambitious desires to marry the heiress. chance." 'l'he next thing the detective had to do was to find out There was a cold, cruel, malignant look on the face of the heiress, and form her acquaintance. the clerk-whose name was Phelp s-as he uttered the last This wns no easy task to accomplish without arousing ' her suspicions, but it was effected by a little shrewd plan-He pa!'\scd softly ancl from the building by a ning and the aid of some friends. ear door. 'rhe detective was now on familiar terms with both, When Mr. l'i-hite . reached his home he fo\lnd one of his though neither dreamed of his character. ld acquaintances had called lo see him, ancl Mrs. \Vhite With Phelps he was the jolly, whole-souled fellow, who revailcd o n hi:rn to wait until a.fter tea, when her husband could drink a bottle of wine, play a good game at billiards ould probal>ly be at home. or cards. They were confidential friends, and Phelps told •


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. him many secrets which were damaging to his credit and "See here, you are talking mighty strange," said the character. man. somewhat sobered by the shrewdness of the detective. It was midnight in a gambling saloon. Both the ' detec"Yon fired a shot with this pistol through the window. tive and Phelps were at the table. Wine had flowed freely, The ball struck your employer in the head, and he fell in and Joe Phelps was almos . t too far gone to have any pni-front of the firegrnte." clence. "Thunder and fury, hush, man!" cried 'Joe, leaping to "I learn ;ou are going to get married, Joe?" said the his feet. "G i1e that thing up to me, quickly!" detective. "It was George White you killed," said the detective "I am," he drawled out in a drunken tone. "Heiress coolly , 1rithout pretencJing to notice the terror and passion to-hie-bet she's got o' gold-hie." of Phelp s . "Does she know you are only a clerk?" up }'l' r :jaw, and hand me that pistol." "No, she thinks me rich." "This is loaded, I b e lieYe," and the cool detective cocked "How do you manage to keep up appearances so long? his pisto l and loYeled it at the head of the man, who was You could not do it on your insufficient salary." rapirlly becoming soher. "No. but I know how," and lie tapped the side of "Oh, quit-quit! What in thunder do ye mean?" cried nose significantly. Phelp;;, again sinking in his chair. "Ye won't blow on me?" "You are my pri s oner." "No.' ' said the cletective. "You he joking?" "W blamed ef I don't tell ye-hie-ye see I'm trust"Ro ; I am in d carl earnest." in' my life in yer hands," said Joe Phelps, leaning over the "Police!' ' cried Phelps. table with a kind of a drunken stare in his eyes. "Ef ye "Call them if waut to. They can aid me in this ar-was to peach on me I'd hang Slue . " rest." The detective bent his ear ayer to his drunken compan"Police-police!" ion, who whispered: "Yell yonrsel hoars e , but if you move to escape, or to "'l'ake it out of the master's till." attack me, I will shoot you." "Oh, well, but it might be found out on you," said the "\\rhat cJo that for?" detective with ass11med nervousness. "I arro t "No danger." "\\'hat for?" "Did no one ever find out on you?" "Mnrder.'' "No, nobody but one.'' "M nrder ?" "How did you manage to keep him silent? Did you "Yes, mnrrler." pay him part?" "The mmclcr of who?" "Na-thunder-hie! Wouldn't dare do that. It was ''Your employer , George White.'' one o' the proprietors : " "You ar.c joking?" said Joe, now perfectly sobered, and "We11, what did you do?" trying to laugh the matter off. "Silenced 'im-hic !" o, I am not; I am in dead earnest," said the detective. "How did you silence him?" "You ha Ye admitted the murder to me, and I ha Ye been "Guess I'd better not tell.'' looki11g for you for some time." "Oh, ye:;, J '1e, you are not afraid to tell me?" "What authority have yon to arrest me?" "No, but-hie-ye might git drunk some time and g;Ye The clctcdiYe exhibited his star. Seeing that he was me awav.'' caught , .Toe said: "No dnnger of that,'' said the detectiYe, jovially. "I'm "Oh, that \ras only a little nonsense I told you. It was going to join the Sons of 'remperance . " not true." "Ra, ha, ha!" ln.ughed Joe. . Two policemen who had answered the call of Joe Phelps "Ha, ha, ha!" laughed the detective. now came forward, and the detective gave the prisoner in "Yer a good un." their clrnrge. "So are you. Joe, but ye've got me in an awful fix," said He was lodgerl in jail that night, and put upon hi$ trial the detective. in a week, comricted and hanged. "Why, how?" The clav before his execution he made a full confession, "You told me you silenced one of the men who found which fully explained the firing of that mysterious shot. you out, but you haven t said how." A drunken smile played on the face of Phelps for a mo ment. He was evidently unaccustomed to crime, and was an easy snbject for such skill as the detective possessed. "I done it with this," said the drunken man, drawing a silver -mountec1 pistol from his pocket. "You shot him?" said the detective, taking the pistol in his hand. "Hush; some one '11 hear ye.'' "Through the window?" "Yes, but hush; give me back my pistol.'' "It was George White you killed.'' Malachi Jenkins, a Thomas County, Ga., negro, con fesses to having entered the matrimonial state just twenty two times. Malachi's latest mate lives in Lowndes Countv and , being anxious to her again and weary of the ration, he broke jail in Thomasville, Ga., and made his way to her home. Suspecting him of having returned to his family, the police went on a still hunt for Jenkins. He is now in his old cell, where he probably will have to re main for some time longer . 'l1en of Jen kins' wives at tempted to visit him at the county jail in one clay.


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS OF '7G. 2 9 GOOD READING Three hundred thousand muskrat skins were auctioned off at the third day of the great fur in St. Louis. They brought from 9112 to 1 5 cents each . The furs were sold in lots of 700 to 2,500 . Seventy thousand opossum skins and 51,000 skunk skins also were auctioned o:fl'. A dispatch to Reuter's Telegram Company from Mcl bqurne that Erwm Baker, an American motor cyclist, covered 930 miles there in twenty-four hours. This is a worlu's reco rd. The previous professional motor cycle record for twenty-four 11ours was 775 miles 1,3yards. It was maae by H. H. Collier, Canningtown, England, May 5, 1909. The amateur rcr')]"(l for twenty-four hours i s J ,093 miles 1,051 yards. It is held by Charles Spencer, who made it at Springfield, Mass., in October, 1909 . bottles were sold for an average of 20 cents a dozen, ' and brought the junkman $400. Other junk collecte d and by Gross the past year were: 50,000 old grain bags, 10,000 used automobile tires, 3,000 old rubber shoes, 3,000 pounds of brass, copper (Ind other metals, 6,000 pounds of rags, 80,000 pounds of scrap iron, 2,000 pounds o f green hides, 2,000 pounds . of wool ancl 1,fiOO pounds o f pelts. A new moon has been discovered. The discoyery adds still another to Jupiter's collection, making a grand total o.f eight. Detail' s of the lunal phenomenon were give n at the Chicago Academy of Sciences, where an important exhibit of astronomical plfotographs and instruments is in P . rogress under the direction of Lowell Observatory . "It has ' been known for a long ti m e that Jupiter had s ix explained IY. C. Brown of Northwestern Univer The annual banquet of the Number Ten Club, organized in Frankfort. I d ti t "ti t b sity, "and over two years ago a seYenth moon , n ., ur y years ago w1 i en mem ers, 1 . , L k 11 h t l l lcl ti t tl t t f I " b Kl f \ms ast sprmg some rem a r a 1 e p o ograp 1s was 1e recen y a 1e apar men s o >.O ert op er. 1 1 1 d cl ti t r I 'l'h 1 b l t h . .ts . . d were ta rnn. I\ ' i1c i ev1 ence ie exis cncc OL sh anot ier e cu ms me once eac year smce i orgamzat1011 an . , 1 , . h 'l'l . . "fi ' ti t f . t 1a kll d b th b Wh b , mo01., ma ,ing e1g t. 11s 1 en ect 1e con enhon o re1s w.1 gam: J e y e mem ers. en a mem_ er Lain well known, European astronomers." dies lns place lS reserved at the table, places always bemg set for ten. A bottle of wine was given to the club at the first banq11et, and this was put away with the understanding that each year foe bottle should be. placed on the table, and when the last su r viving member sits at the table alone he shall open the bottle and drink the wine . The of American clays for use in connection 'Iii th the g lass indul'try hal' been clemomti ated by tests at the Pittsburgh laboratory of the Bureau of Standards. The burean announces that American glass manufactmers will hereafter be i11clependent of foreign rnalerial for this purpose. Tl1e g l ass refractories (pots in which the glaRR is melter!) prepared of American clays ha Ye been found to give bettPr results than those manufactured with the addition of Geiman plastic clays, pr o.f German clays alone. Tlte Unitcr1 States Bureau of Plant Industry has pnb1ish cd ll bulletin describing what appears to be a Yaluable new Fo1uct o.f paver; viz., zacaton (hpicampes rnacro1na Be11th .), a p:rass growing wild in abundance in Mexico and Central America. 'l'his i s but one of scYera 1 possible pa per-making, plal!ts that the bureau has under investigation. Yem lw war the demand for materials other than wood and rag$ capab l e of yie lding paper on a commercial scale becomes more mgcnt. W ood now used in . country for pulp manufacture to the amount of about 4,500,000 cordR a year, and the rost of pulp-1rnod is steaclily rising. With Oregon dry it is safe to pred.ict that history will not repeat in 1.hc case of one crop harvested in the Hood Ri\'Cr YalleY wl1en H. l ocal pnre:hascr of jnnk. col l cc:lcd anl :2,000 doien 1rhiskcy and beer bottles . 'l'he Details rcgiuding a Teuton hydro-aeroplane which fell into thr hands of the Russim1s in the Riga region are of unusual interest in that they disc lose the thorouahness wi!h which German aircraft. are :finished and equipped. To quote from the report of the Morning P ost correspondent at Petrograc1: "All the necessary manipulating parts or the machinery are made luminous at night with a ra cli um compositirrn. There is a specia l newly invented leYel io fac i l itatc handling the plane in clarkness, and a spe cial compass, :rncl seats are provided for three. The hyc1roaeropla11e carries a searchlight, a Maxim, and a rifle, with an adequate rnpply of ammunition. and ten bombs, :five on each side, of ten pounds weight apiece." Altl1ough facking in that science which makes polo the game it is. a sport indulged in this year by the cowboys of tlie Routlnve•t at their annual meet is one which d emands nn exercise of much skill in h orsemanship, says Popular Meehanics. It iF played by eight mounted men, four on each siclc. At each goa l i s a small s quare box . In the midd l e of the field i s a th.ircl cnse, which i s filled wi .th po tatoe, . 'J'lie rtrler::; nre provided with l ong, lancelike, sharppointed At a signal they dash at the potato box, certain of them attempting to spear potatoes and plunge back to their goal boxes with them. At the sa me time the guards of one side endeavor to prevent the scoring of the other by blocking their opponents, preventing them from spearing a potato in the first place and-if one s ucceeds in doing so-by knocking tbe tuber from the lance. .At the e11d o.f eight minutes the game is stop ped, and the sid e having the number of potatoes in its goa l box wins.



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The n r a\'PS( of t h e Rrave. 766 The Libe rty Boys at \Yest Poi n t : o r . flelping to \Ya t c h the R e d coats. 767 T h e Li berty R o ys' Terrible Tussle: or. l•'lgbtln g to a F i nish . 768 T h e Liberty R o y s and "Light H o rse Harry : " o r . C hasing the Britis h Dragoons. 769 The L i b e rty Boys I n Camp : o r . W orkin g tor Wash i ngton. 770 The Liberty R o,-s and 7\fart: or. The neaf and Dumb Spy. 771 ThP Libe rty B oys a t Trenton: o r . The G r e atest Christma s Eve r Known. 772 The Liberty Boys and Gen eral G a t e s : or. The D i s aste r at Cam d e n . 773 774 77 5 776 777 77 8 "(7!1 7 80 781 182 781l 788 789 790 791 792 El<>"Y"S <>P The Liberty Boy s at Brandywine; or, Fighting Fie r cely Freed o m . 'he Libe rty Boys' n o t Campaig n ; or, The Warmest W ork Recor d .._ The Liberty Boys Awkward :squad : o r. B reaking i n ::\ew Rec The Liberty Boys' l•'ierce l•'inish: o r , llo!ding Out to t h e E n T h e Libl'rty Boys a t Forty F o rt: or. The Battle or P o Mountain. The Liberty Boys as Swamp Hats: or, Keeping the l t edcl \\'ol'ried. The I)bcrlv Boys' Death )!arch: or. The t :irl of t h e l{egimenj T h e L l be 1 tY Boys' Onl y Surrender and \Yhy I t \Yns Done. I T h e L ibe rty Boys and l•'lora ) !t'f>o11ald: or. After the lfpsslanl T h e Liberty Boys' Drum Corps: or. l'ightlng for the Starry Ft T h e Liberty Boys and the Gun vi'. Tlw Hattie of H G Point. T h e T,lberty Boys as ::\ight Owls. or. (;1ent \ \"ork Aftpr Da1 j Tbe Liberty Boys and the Girl Spy: or. Fi<:hting Tryon's !laic The Boys' )lusked Battery: or. The Burning of Kings T h e Liberty Boys and Major Andre: or. Trapping the Ilri ;\Jessenger. T h e Liberty Boys in District UG: 0 1". Surrounded by Hedroats The Liberty Boys and the Sentinel: or, The Capture of \Yashington. The Libert y Boys on the Hudson; or. '.Yorking on the \\'a The Liberty Boys at Germantown; or. Good \York in a G Cause. The Liberty Boys' Indian Decor: or. 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