The Liberty Boys and the mutineers, or, Helping "Mad Anthony"

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FRANK TOUSEY, PUBUSHER, 168 WEST 230 STREET, N .EW yoRK NE\V YORK, OCTOBER ts; 1916. Price a Ad'cttessin g the mutineers, Dick exclaimed: ''You are sacriftcing your hometr. families. and a. fre& goverment; Do not carry out your mad purpose. or you will learn your error when it is too late!'' The gang scowled at him resentfully.


' THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories o f th e A merican Revolution. Treekly--By $2.50 11e ,. yeai-. Hnlercd at the Yew YorX-. N. T., Po . •t Office a s k}econd-Class Mattei _ . . . • , by J ! ' rnn/; Tousey, Publi.Yher, .168 1T'c.•t 23d Street, Nc10 York. No . 824 . NEW Y O RK, OCTO BER 13, 1916. Price 5 Ce:q ts. The Liberty and the Mutineers -OR• ,;} "MAD ANTHONY". . . By HARRY MOORE. I CHAPTER I. / PULASKI'S CLEVER WORK; "Say, Dick, who is the horseman, anyway?" "That is ' Count Pulaski, Bob." • "Why, so .it is. I ought to have recognized him. But, great guns, can't 4e ride, though." ":He is r. splendid ho1seman . " "So he is-phew! look at that! Say, that beats anything I ever saw." "It is certainly wonderful, Bob." It was the month of February, of the year 1780. . The place was a point about one mile east of Morristown, fo the State of New Jersey. The patriot army was encamped near by, and only about a quarter of a mile away was a large house, the home of Mrs. Ford, a widow; this house was used as headquarters by ' General Washington and his staff. . At the point we are speaking of, there was a collection of about fifty loghouses, these being occupied by what was termed the life guard. This guard consisted of two hundred and fifty soldiers, and their duty was to protect the commander-in-chief and his staff in case of a sudden attack from the British. ! Just east of t e cabins was a large meadow, as level as a floor, and this 1 eadow was used as a drill-ground for the foot soldiers, and also the cavalry executed maneuvers here. . l The conversation above given took place between two hand bronzed youths of perhaps twenty years of age. These.youths were no other than Dick Slater and Bob Esta broo)<, the captain and lieutenant of a company of young men df about their own ages, known as The Liberty Boys of '76. This compan y wa s famous throughout the country as hav ing done more daring things in battle than any half-dozen other companie s . The youths were all brave and daring to a degree, and never hesitated, no matter how forlorn the hope might appea1 to be. Th' e Liberty Boys had turned the tide of battle many times by making a desperate and daring dash at just the right moment. Dick Slater was not only a brave and daring soldier and officer, but he was a successful scout and spy as well . Indeed, he had earned the title of The Champion Spy of the Revolution. . So successfu1 had he been, and so often had he ventured into t)1e British lines and encampment , and often into the very headquarters of the enemy , and secured valuable information, that General Howe had pffei;ed a reward of five hundred pounds for his capture, and even n'"' with General Clinton at the head of tl1e British army, the ,offer still stood good, and Dick Slater walked and arounq with a price on h\s head. • This did not worry him, l1owever. He had become so flCcustomed to danger that he thought nothing of it. '\ Out in the meadow in question were a number of cavafry aen. men belon!Z'imr to Count Pulaski's force of troopers. t They were going through Yariou s maneuvers , with Pulas ki at their head. Count Pulaski, the Polish patriot, had come to America and had joined the patriot army, having aided greatly in the erecting of fortifications along the Hudson and at other points, he being a splendid military engineer, and then, thi s work having been finished, he had been given the command , of a force of cavalry. And it was his splendid horsemanship that had attracted the a , tention of Dick and Bob, and drawn forth such ex clamations of interest. Indeed, Pulaski was a wonder. He had just performed a feat that neither Dick nor Bob had ever seen performed, and indeed it was one that they1 would not have believed it possible to perform had they not• seen it with their own eyes. While riding his horse a:t full speed, Pulaski had fired his pistol off, had then thrown it into the air, whirling it over! and. over, and as it came down he caught it 'by the barrel. Then he threw it ahead of him, as though throwing at an enemy. The pistol struck the ground quite a ways ahead, and then Pulaski, disengaging his left foot .from the stirrup,' leaned way over and down, and his horse still going at fulf speed, picked up the weapon, regained his seat, and placed the pistol in 'his belt and wheeled his horse into line, all being1 done in the most simple, matter-of-fact manner imaginable. "Great guns, Dick!" gasped Bob, "how I would like to do that!" "And so would I." "Say, old fellow!" "Well?" "I'm going to learn the trick!" Dick laughed. "Do you think you can?" he asked, with a somewhat skepti cal tone and air. This put Bob on his mettle at once. "Of course I can," he said, con!'idently. "! believe that I can do anytl:ling any one else can, if I take the time and try hard enough." "Well, that is reasonable enough . Maybe Count Pulaski give you lessons." "I'm going to ask him." "Go ahead." "I will, ju s t as soon as he comes back here." Some of Pulaski's cavalrymen heard the youths , and one , looked at Bob and laughed and said: "You'll get a broken neck if you try that, young fellow." "Do you think so?" asked Bob. "Yes; I tried it-once." "And once was enough, eh?" "Yes." "How did you ml\)

, 2 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE MUTINEERS. "I'm going to try . it," he declared. "I won't give up till you loaned me the horse that you would soon have the job after I have fallen off at least twice." of helping to bury me, didn't you?" "If you get as hard a f11ll as I did I'll wager that once "I don't know that I thought that in just so many words, will satisfy you." but it would not have surprised me if I had been called upon "I'll try and not fall on my head." to assist in some such__work." "Perhaps you won't have any choice in the matter." Bob laughed good-naturedly. Bob grinned. "I congratulate you, Bob," said Count Pulaski. "I will "I'll do my best to have a choice," he said. say that you are a wonder, for I had to practice that trick At this moment Count Pulaski rode up. He had known many days before I made a success of it, while you dicf it Dick and Bob quite a while, and gave them a cQrdial greeting. at the second trial." "How are you, Dick? How are you, Bob?" he said, as he "Thank you. But I had you to show me how it was done, ' shook hands with them. The Liberty Boys had arrived at the while likely you never had seen anyone do it." main encampment on the day before from upon the Hudson, "That is true. I orginated the trick, though since then and this was the first time the had seen them. it has been performed by cavalrymen in almost every-'rmy "We are quite well," said Dick. in Europe." "And say, I want you to.teach to do that trick we just "Say, I'm as smart as the cavalrymen of the European 'saw you do, 'Pulaski!" exclaimed Bob, eagerly. countries!" criel! Bob. "What do you think of that, Dick?" The officer smiled. "I have never thought of that Bob " was the smil,ing re"I shal! be glad to teach you," he said . "Yo1:1, or. any or all ply. "But I would nev•r have•the doubt but what you i?f the Liberty Boys. It w0ttld be a good thmg if all your are as smart as any alive wherever they may 1 ooys could do that, Dick." be " ' ::Yes, so it "'.ould. But I'm afraid couldn't 17,arn. it." ;,Thank you, old fellow. Bpt you are prejudiced in my Oh, they might. They could try it, at any rate. favor I guess " "I'll give them the privilege of trying," said Dick. "Oh no'" "I'm going to not only try-I'm going to succeed!" tleclared a1."e certainly all right!" the cavalryman who owned iBob doggedly. . \ the horse said. "Here, young"man," said the cavalryman who had sI!oken "Say, Dick, it's your turn," grinned Bob. "I'll loan you to Bob before, you take my horse and have a try at t. I the horse if you like." want to see how you make out." . ' . . . "All right, and thank you," cried Bob eagerly. "I'll have It is possible Bob thought his would re-, 1a try at it right away!" to try. It i . s ,that Count Pulaski expected that . He leaped into the saddle at once, and the trooper stepped would to make the attempt, but ._both were back, and with a grin, said: .. Dick accepted the .offer o!, the h_orse nght away. "Now go ahead and show us what you can do,, Im gomg to have a try at it, Bob, he said. "I will. Here I go!" and Bob urged his to a gallop. He stepped. forward, .and as soon as Bob .had leaped Dick Pulaski and the cavalrymen watclied Bob-'th r el . the Dick (e!l;ped .11lto the saddle . Turnmg the horse s !interest Wl iv ) head m the other direction, the youth rode away at a He drew a pistol, and then fired it off, after which he tossed it, whirling, into the air. As it came down, he caughi it by the muzzle, and threw it iil front of him with all his might. Then he disengaged his left foot from the stirrup, leaned way over toward the ground, and as he reached the point where the pistol lay, he caught it up deftly and quickly regained his seat in the saddle . He had successfully performed the trick the first trial! CHAPTER II. .. BOB AND DICK DO THE TRICK. Forward Bob rode at a gallop, and suddenly he drew a pistol, fired it off, threw it whirling up into the air, caught .it by the barrel as it came down, and threw it ahead, as Such a shout as went up from the cavalrymen, and from ithough hurling. it at a foe . a lot of the foot-soldiers, who had come out to watch things! "Good!" cried Pulaski approvingly. "Bravo! Bob is goThey were surprised, and could not refrain from expressing 'ing to learn the trick, I think, Dick." their admiration. • "He will, if he doesn't break his neck," replied Dick, who Dick whirled the horse and rode back and dismounted, knew Bob would either succeed or die trying. he was congratulated heartily Count Pulaski. "Wait till he goes to pick the pistol up," said the cavalryYou and Bob are 'Yonders," he said. tman who had loaned Bob the horse. • Bob at Dick.m mock anger. . At this moment Bob loosened his left foot in the stirrup "Say, Die)<:," .he said, "I never do ai:ythm,,g but what Y?U and leaned over to the right and downward, and reached I haye to whirl m and do the same thmg bftter! Say, Im down m an effort to pick up the pistol. He lost his bal.1 gomg t6 take you off s_ol!lewhere, one of the these days, and , ,a.nee, however, and fell headlong fr.em the horse's back. throw you over. a and m::tke an end of you:, and !Luckily he whirled clear over, and alighted upon his back. then. maybe I will get J:o enJOY a brief season of. gl?ry. A cry of dismaywent up from many as they saw the Dick laughed. He knew that. Bob only Joking, that youth take the tumble, but when they saw him rise to a sithe was. even more proud of Dick's ;;chiev;ement ting posture and to his feet, seemingly unhurt, a great shout youth himself W3;S. There was not a bit of Jealousy m Bob s went up. makeup where Dick was concerned. The cavalrymen laughed long and Now that they "I believe we could do that trick even better with our own ]knew the youth was not seriously hurt, they were amused horses to ride, Dick," said Bob, after they had talked to the and. delighted by the spect'.]:S!le they had been treated to. count a while. Bob soon caught the horse, recovered his pistol, and mount"I have no doubt regarding it, Bob." ed again. "Say, I'm going to go over and get our horses, Dick." He came galloping . toward the point where Dick, the count, "All right.1' ;md others stood, and drawing another pistol, he fired it off, ' "And what do you say to having all the boys over it whirling into the air, caught it as it came down, and try their hands at the trick?" nd then threw it ahead of him as far as he could. Then "Very well; tell them to 10 di s engaged his left foot from the stirrup, leaned over, "I will," and Bob hastened away. and downward, and when he reached the point where the He was gone perhaps three-quarters of an hour, and then 1 pistol lay, grabbed it and regained his seat without a mis-returned, accompanied by the entire company of Liberty hap. Boys, one hundred in nu ber. . his horse to a stop, waved in the The youths were eager t try the trick, and Bob was eage:r-air m trrnmph, and yelled at the top of his voice. to show them how it was done , Hurrah!" he cried .. "Didn't I tell you I would He rode out and did it the first ime, and the youths aldo it? Say, man. who said I would break my neck, owed that it wasn't so . very hard to do. what do you thmk of it no":', eh?" "Well, you don't to thipk it is easy," said Bob. "Yo u The cavalryman was starmg at Bo!\ in open-mouthed will make a mistake if you do and may get a broken neck. amazement, but now he grinned and said, admiringly: You want to be ca'reful" ' "Young fellow, you are all right. You are a wonder, and The youths began then and Count Pulaski's cavalry1 take off my hat to you.'' men were only too glad to the youths the freedom of "Thank you," with a grin. "I guess you thought, when the meadow, while they . occupied th. e position of spectators .. I


f IFHE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE MUTINEERS. 3 They anticipated considerable fun, and in this they were I "We are out of provisions," he said, "and must have some right. from som_e source." . . . . All the Liberty Boys who tried the trick got falls, and "I'm with you on that proposition, Dick; but w"\J.ere will some of the falls were quite severe, but the boys were game, we find the provisions?" and w-0uld not give up, with the result that the majority '.'.l don'.t know. But i,,ye must. around an,? find out." succeeded in doing the trick successfully. All right. Are we to do it right away? Two of the members could not be persuaded to try it, how"Yes." ever; these were Patsy Brannigan, a jolly Irish and Then ordere<;I _the Liberty Boys to get ready to go Carl Gookenspieler, a fat Dutch boy. The latter msisted on a foragmg e _ xpedition. that he could not possibly reach the ground from the saddle, Before th_ey could get ready, howeyer, :;i mes.senger came and in this statement he was probably right, for he was and told Dick that the wished to see short, with short arms and legs. . . hii;:t at. he3;dquatters. . ,, . Patsy insisted that he was not cut out for that kind of Wait till I get back before gettmg ready, boys, said work. Dick. "The commander-in-chief may have some other plans "Av it's fgighten' yez are afther wanthin' done, Patsy for us." . . Brannigan will be up an' coming', begorra," he declared, He went out and bridled and saddled his horse and rode "but Oi'm not goin' to bhreak me nick at thot ga:vie an' over to headquarters. 1 chate mesilluf out a a loifetoime av glorious foighten', so He dismounted and tied his horse and entered the house, Oi'm not!" where he was shown to the commander-in-chief's room by an , "Und ' dot is der vay mit minesellufs," said Carl. "I vould orderly. . . . \ radder fight mit der retgoads dan mage my neck ged proken General Washmgton greeted Dick cordially. mit der ground." "Be sea ted, my boy," invited the great man. CHAPTER III. HARDSHIPS. Dick took the seat indicated. , • General Washington was silent a few moments, and then said, slowly and impressively: "Dick, my boy, as you have already learned, doubtless, there is a great amount of suffering among the soldiers. owing to the scarcity of clothing, blankets, and provisions." Dick bow ed . "Say, Dick, I'm going to practice tha t trick every day!" "Yes, your excellency, I have learned that such is the "We will all practice it frequently, Bob." case." "Yes; if we can get that down the point where we can "Exactly; and no w, what I would like to have you do is to do the trick successfully as often. as we )ike, then it may learn, if you possibly can do so, where the British have stores be"Tofh ,;o us at times." of provisions, clothings and ammunition, and then secure the at; rue. ._ 'l' . stores." The Liberty Boy had rect;rned :r;nam encampment, "I will do the best I can to secure the information, sir, they had taken up thefr and had looked after and then, if I do succeed in securing it, I will take my their horses and gone to their cabms. . . . . I Liberty Boys and try to secure the stores." The youths_ were fo:ced to be satisfied with "Good I It is my opinion that there is food on Staten three cabu1:s. which made it very_ crnwded. It would be '-'.n-, Island, where a portion of the British army is encamped." healthy, Dick knew, _he decided that they would build J "Then that is where I will go to look for information, your at least one more cabm a""'.ay. excelJency." After they had eaten thell' dmners the bor,rowed soi;ie "It will be a hard task, Dick." .. axes, and went up the southern slope of Kimbl e s Mountam, "True, sir. But that does not matter. I would be willing and went to work. . to attempt a much harder task for the sake of alleviating the There '"'.ere many good-sized trees there, and the youths suffering of the patriot soldiers." cut and trimmed logs all the r_est of the afternoon. "Nobly spoken my boy. Well, I suppose you will start , Next day they went with work, by noon had soon?" ' enough logs for two good-sized cabins. "Yes sir at once" They then rolJed the logs down the mountain-side, to the "Tha't is \vell. be careful, Dick; don't let the British where they were to. be used,. and went to work, notch-capture you." mg the ends and flattening the . "I shall be very careful, sir, for I realize that more than Then they began the work of the c11-bms: . my own safety depends on my getting through safely." They were strong hke beavers, and it did not "Yes, the welfare of the army is at stake." . take long to get the bu1ldmgs completed. "So it is, your excellency." The five cabins gave them room enough so . that they After some further conversation Dick saluted and withwould be fairly comfortabl_e. , drew. Leaving the house, he mounted and rode back to the . The _trouble, so f'.1-r as Dick and the_ could see, was main encampment. regardmg the securing of enough prov1s1ons. He tied his horse and entered the cabin in which he had Clothing, too, was scarce,. as well as blankets.. . his quarters. Just the day after Liberty Boys got thell' two cabins The youths looked at him eagerly and inquiringly. finished it began snowrng. "What did the commander-in-chief want Dick?" asked It continued to snow two days, and the wind blew almost Bob. ' a hurricane. Dick told them what was wanted. It, was the worst .storm that this region had known in They were disappointed. years, so everyone said . . . "That means that we are to be cooped up here while you No one could venture abroad m such weather. are gone, doing nothing" said Bob in a tone of disgust It stopped snowing at the close of the second day, with "Not at all," said Dick. ' three feet of snow on the ground. "What are we to do then?" It was bitterly cold. "I'll tell you what I want you to do. I believe that this The soldiers did n'ot have nearly enough clothing and snow will stay on a long time, perhaps for weeks, and in blankets and suffered greatly from the cold. that case, if I succeed irt finding where the British have their The Liberty Boys were. better equipped in this respect stores and we should be able to capture them, we would not than any ()f the soldiers, and they took their blankets and be able to get them away in wagons; so my idea is to secure distributed them around among the soldiers, choosing solsleighs." ' diers who were ill, or else so poorly clad as to be in danger "And you want us to get the sleighs, Dick?" of freezing to death. "Yes; you boys put in your time at that" As their clothing was g . ood, the youths did not suffer "And I suppose you want us to secure some provisions a. greatly. ' we go along, eh?" Of course, all the cabins had fireplaces in them, and fires "Yes, if you can." were kept going all the time, but there were so many places "Oh, we can," wi,th a grin. for the cold to creep in that it was hard work keeping any"All right; but, Bob, be careful and levy on Tories as much thing like comfortable. as possible." The day after the storm ceased Dick told Bob that some"Trust us for that!" thing would have to be done. "When are you going, Dick?" asked Mark Morrison.. , '


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE MUTINEERS. "Right away." I "And so are we," said Bob. "Get ready, boys." The youths hastened out to bridle and saddle their horses. Dick talked to Bob a few minutes, giving him instructions, "He's not going to drink." , "Oh, no!" Then they laughed loudly. and then they shook hands. "Be careful, Dick," said Bob, earnestly. "You are going on a dangerous expedition." " l know that, Bob. I'll be careful. You boys be careful, too. , You might be ambushed by Tories, you know." "Oh, we'll look out for them." Then Dick, his overcoat on, and dressed throughout in citizen's clothing, went out, mounted his horse and rode away toward the east. And half an hour later the Liberty Boys rode away toward the north, bound on an expedition in search ,,f sleighs and provisions. CHAPTER IV. DICK AT ELIZABETHTOWN. By riding•l)ard, Dick Slater reached Elizabethtown before dal'k. He went to a tavern, and turned his horse over to the hostler and entered the tavern and asked if 'he could have supper and a room. "Yes," was the reply. Dick was hungry, and as supper was ready, he went at once to the dining-room. He ate heartily, and the fact that there were at least twentv British soldiers in the room at the same time did not injure his appetite in the least. Dick was not foolhardy, but he was brave, and he felt that there was no need of being alarmed. The soldiers were drinking wine, and lots of it, with their repast, and some of them were very much under the influ ence of it. They talked and laughed boisterously, and some boasted of their prowess. Dick noticed that they gave him more or less attention, but it did not worry him. He felt that there was nothing in his appeal'.'ance to make them suspect him of being a patriot spy. He listened to the conversation of th.e redcoats with interest, hoping to hear something that would be of value. "I thought Sherman and his comrades to be here to night," said one redcoat. "They intended to be," said another. "But they were detailed to help guard the stores that were brought across from New York to-day, and so couldn't come." "That is too bad; this wine from old Jenkins' cellar is mighty fine, I tell you!'J "Youlre right it is !" in chorus from several. "An' zat iemindsh me zat th' young feller at zat table isn't drinkin' any wine," said a young lieutenant, pointing with unsteady finger toward Dick. "That's so!" exclaimed anothel', big, red-faced, vicious looking fellow, a seargeant. "Let's make him drink, fel lows!" ..)ick at once realized that he was likely to have trouble, not because he was a patriot,. but simply because the redcoats were drinking and wanted to have some sport. They thought they saw in this quiet-looking youth a splendid subject for sport. The sergeant's suggestion that they make the youth urmk 'met with instant and unqualified approval. "Yes, yes! That's what we'll do!" was the cry. Several leaped up and approached the table at which Dick sat. The big sergeant was in the lead, and he paused and stood looking arrogantly down upon the youth. "Well," he s aid, "did you hear what we said just now, young fellow?" Dick eyed the man calmly, and nodded. "Yes, I heard you," he said. you did?" Dick nodded agafn. "Very good," said the redcoat. "Then you know what you have to do." , Dick shook his head. "I am sorry to disappoint you, sir," he said politely, "but I do not drink, and so must refuse." The redcoats laughed long and loudly, "You refuse, eh ? " "Just listen to him!"' Dick did not betray any signs of fear or excitement. He had made up his mind to one thing, and that was tha. t he would not drink any wine . He had scruples against doing so. He did not believe that anyone ought to drink intoxicants, and was determined that he \YOuld not do so. When they had gotten through laughing, the sergeant called to a waiter and told him to bring a bottle of wine and a glass. The man did so,.and when the bottle and glass were placed on the table the sergeant ordered' the waiter to open the bottle and fill the glass. The man obeyed, and then the redcoat pointed to the glass and said, arrogantly: "Drink it!" Dick looked the man straight in the eyes and shook his head. "I don't drink," he said quietly. The other laughed harshly, and said: "You are going to drink now!" "No!" Dick's voice was quiet, but firm. A dark look came over the man's face. , "See hel'e," he cried, angrily, "I'm not the man to stand fooling, do you understand? I'm a man who usually canies his point, and 1 l say for you to drink that wine, and do it quick!" Dick looked at tlie sergeant a few moments steadily, and then looked at the. others who stood near, one after another in turn. "Gentlemen," he said, quietly, "I do not drink, and so have no intention of beginning. I must refuse." "You've got to driPk! " A cried the sergeant. "Yes, yes." 1r1 "Pour it dow-n!11 "It'll do you goo1l!" "You're a fool to i efuse good wine, young fellow." Such were a fow of the exclamations given utterance to by the redcoats. Again Dick shook his head. "I will not drink .t," he said. "The only way that you will get wine down me will be by force." "Then we'll use force," cried the sergeant. "We'll pour it down you-eh, comrades ? " "Yes, yes." "That's what we'll do!" "Hold' him, and pour it down him!" "That's right!" Such were the cries. Several made a move to take hold of Dick, but he waved them back, and said in a voice of such sternness as to surprise the redcoats. "Wait! I have something to say before you begin "Say it, then, and hurry about it," growled the sergeant. 'Very What I wish to say is this-I have always understood that British soldiers were brave men, and--. " "They arc!" the sergeant declared pompously. "Do you call it being brave for a dozen men to attempt to bully and browbeat one young fellow, as you are doing?" flashed Dick. "Oh, that's different. We are just wanting to have some fun, aml. are determined to have it." "It's not different," said Dick, quietly but firmly. "And by coming onto me in this manner, a dozen strong, you are proving yourselves to be cowards!" The redcoats stared. Some of them gasped. They were amazed by the youth's audacity. What! A beardless boy tell them tb their faces that they were cowards? It was almost unbelievable! Yet they could not doubt the evidence of their own hear-ing, "Just listen to that!" "What a saucy young rascal!" "That beats anything I have ever seen!" "The impudence!" Perhaps the most surprised one of the group was the. big sergeant. And he was the most angry one also. "See here, young fellow," he said, "if that is your idea that are cowards, simply because there are a number of us I . here, taking.,Part .in this affair, that can be easily remedied." edied." "Bow?" asked Dick.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE MUTINEERS. 5 "Why, I will take it upon myself to make you drink the wine!" with a harsh laugh. This was what Dick was working for. He had taken a dislike to the big, arrogant sergeant, and was quite willing to try conclusions with him. "I •vii! make you a proposition," said Dick. "It is this: we will try conclusions, man to man, in any way you like, and if you conquer me I will drink the wine; but if, on the other hand, I conquer you, then I am to be permitted to leave the wine alone." "It's a bargain!" the sergeant cried, with a sarcastic laugh. "But it would save time and tr. ouble if you would ch'ink the wine at once. You will have to do it in the erid, and will have a licking besides." Dick smiled, calmly and confidently. "That remains to be seen," he said. "I don't believe that any one m:rn can make me drink liquor if I don't want to do so." " I will soon prove it to you. In what way shall we settle the afair?" "Oh, by a fair and square fight, I suppose." "That's it!" "Yes, yes!" " A fight!" "That will be great sport!" "Yes, for m e !" said the sergeant, with a wicked s mile. "But it won't be much fun fo' r the youngster." Dick rose from the table, and quietly doffed his coat, and began pulling up his sleeves. The redcoats watched him with some interest, and when they caught sight of hi s arms exc:Iamations e scaped theil' lip s . " Look at hi s arms!" " , "Say, mu s t be strong, young fello : w!" "Sergeant, what do you think .. of your chances now?" 'I'he big redcoat laughed harshly. "I'm not badly scared, comrades," he . said. "Well, he may make things interesting fo1 you." " W e ll, l'll ris k it." • Dick now stepped out and said: " I am ready, but I wish to say before we begin that I am sorry this has been forced upon me, and I wish also to a s k if our encounter is to settle the matter once and for all. " "Why, c ertainly," said one. " And if I s ucceed in thrashing this man, you will let me alone. " "Of course they will let you alone," said the sergeant, growlingly. "But y ou couldn's thrash me in a hundred years, so there is no need of.talking about that." "That i s to be d e cided," Dick said. "And quickly. too!" sneeringly. "Are you ready to take your thrashing?" " No, but I'm ready to give you one." With an angry snarl, the sergeant leaped forward and struck at Dic k with all his might. CHAPTER V. DICK DOWNS THE SERGEANT. No doubt the redcoat confidently expected to knock the youth sens eles s at the firs t blow. . Nor i s there the least doubt that he would have succeeded. had his blow landed, for he was a big, strong and powerful T1"f111, and wa s able to hit as hard, almost, as a mule could kick. But the blow did not land. Dick leaped back, quick as a . flash, and the sergeant's fist did not come within a foot of his face. The force of the blow caui::ed the redcoat to lurch forward, however, and he almost fell. For a moment he was off guard and helpless, and Dick took advantage of the opportunity and dealt the fellow a terrible blow on tl'le jaw. Dick, while not nearly so large or heavy, was fully as strong as the redcoat, and his blow was as hard a one as had been dealt by the other. Moreover, it had taken effect. And the effect was something wonderful, for the big ser geant was almost lifted off his feet, and down upon the floor he went, wjth a thump that shook the building. For a few moments there was the s tillness of death in the dining-room The redcoats and the waiters stared at Dick, and then at the still fol'm of the senseles s man with wondering looks. 1 It was plain that they could scarcely credit the evidence of' their own eyesight. "Wonderful." "Who wouh:I have believed it?" "That beats anything I ever saw!" "Jove, what a blow!" "The sergeant is senseless!" Such were a few of the exclamations the redcoats gave utterance to as soon as they got over their amazement sufficiently so that they could s p eak at all. Dick glanced down at the unconscious man, and then turned to the other redcoats. " I believe that, under our agreement, I am to be permitte d to finish my suppei in peace, and l eave out the wine. Is it not so?" he s aid. They nodded, and one said: "Yes, that's right; you have won, and do not have to drink the wine. " "Thank you . " Then he rolled down his sleeves and donn e d his coat, while the redcoats began the wo11< of their comrade back to con s ciousness. A s Dick took his seat at the table arn ; l resumed his interrupted repast, he watched the iedcoats with interest, and when he saw that the sergeant was showing signs o f return ing con s ciousness, he said: . " Gentlemen, you know TI\Ore about the sergeant than I do. How is he be likely to attack me out of a spirit of anger a nd revenge, or will he be sensible and accept the re suft philo s pphically ?" "He's pretty viciou s , sometimes," said one, "and I, for one, would not like to say that he will be willing to let the matter end thus." "He will orobably want revenge," said another. " Will he be likely to try to use a weapon, do you think?" "Well, it is likely that he will. He has tested you with nature's weapons, and will not care to try that way again." "He will try to use a pistol, probably?" is possible." "But you remember the agreement. Can you not prevail upon him to abide by it?" "No; we are willing to abide by it, but \ve can have no power over him." "You can at least permit me to d e fend myself, without taking a hand with him, against me." " Oh, yes : we will do that." "Yes, indeed," from another. "You are at liberty to defend your life. if you can; but he is a bad man, and likely you will not stand much of a chance against him. " "I am quite willing to risk that if you will let it be a matter between the two of us only." "We will let you have it out, but of cours e woulack and kept his eyes on the sergeant, who was now sitting in a chair beside a table a little distance away, almost himself again. Some of the i;edcoats who were not busy with the ser g-eant saw Dick's action, and they look e d at him curiously. He was so cool, calm, and composed that they did not know what to think. They would have looked for him to be ex cited, for they thought, of course, that he was simply an ordinary citizen, and had no suspicion that he was a soldier like themselves, and a veteran at that. Dick would have been glad to avoid further trouble, but wa s somewhat philosophical , and was ready to meet it. Surld e nly the sergeant exclaimed: " \Vh ere is that young scoundrel that hit me?" The redCloats stepped aside and the s ergeant caught sight of Dick. He glared at the youth for a few momonets fiercely, as though attempting to stare him out of countenance; but the youth met the look unflinchingly, and was so calm and comno se d that the r edcoat was plainly disconcerted. He rose quickly. ::md strode across and paused in front of the tab le at which Dick sat. Be look e d at Dick, who sat there, looking calmly at him,


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE MUTINEERS. .without altering his position in the least, and then his glance 'fell upon the pistol. He started, and his face changed color slightly, the disconcerted look deepening . His comrades were watching him closely, and they were watching the cool young stranger also, and admired him. The sergeaht gazed at the pistol and then at the youth, 13.lternately, hesitated, and then-turned and 'strode out of the / room, followed by the amazed glances of his comrades, and ' a little later by their hisses. . , The sergeant had taken water, had forever lost his prestige among his comrades. CHAPTER VI. BACK IN CAMP. The fellow had two pistols leveled full at the Liberty Boy and called out fiercely and triumphantly: , "Halt! I guess I have the best of it, this time, fel low!" Dick could see that the sergeant was in an ex;ceedingly ugly mood. . It was plain that he had been drinkingo, for his hands were not steady, the pistols shaking quite l)erceptibly. Dick brought his horse to a stop at once. "What do you mean?" he asked. "Why do you threaten me with pistols?" . Because I am going to have revenge on you for tl1e way you treated me last night." "You brought it upon yourself. " "That doesn't matter; when anyone strikes me the person must pay the penalty." "But you struck at me first." "That is true. bu . t it doesn't cut any figure. I am going to Dick picked up his pistol and returned it to his belt, and have yof life!" then got up and bowed to the redcoats and said: "Wha ! Not so bad as that, I hope?" I "I am sorry this happened, but you are aware that I am "Yes; I will give you just one minute in which to 'say a 'not to blame for it." prayer. Go at it. I haven't at'!y time to fool away." "That is all right, sir," said one, with considerable show of Dick was doing some swift thinking. He wasnot going respect. to sit there and permit himself to be shot, if he could help "Say," said another, "you are 1just the kind of fellow we it. are always on the lookout for, and we would be very glad He had been watching the redcoat closely, and did not beas I am afraid that your comrades over there may stop me." lieve the fellow would be able -to damage him, even though "All right; you shall go with us. We will send you through he fired the pistols off, if Dick's horse was to make a sudden the lines in safety. " leap. . "Thank you. "When will you start?" Having come to this decision, Dick .proceeded to put his "We won't go till morning." plan into effect. "Very good. I have engaged a room and intended to remain He gave fiis horse a signal, by touching him with his till morning." foot, and the intelligent animal made a gr&"ilt leap diagonally "Good enough. We will be ready immediately after break-across in front of the redcoat. fast." The sez:geant fired' , bu.t as Dick had figured would bE'. the Dick then went upstairs to his room, and wassoon in bed case, he too late; with the result that the bullets missed and asleep. I not only but the horse as well. . Wh h . ent d wn to breakfast and I The next mstant the sergeant went down, stricken by the en morn11;g came, 9 w 0 , • • ! front hoofs of the horse. . ' found the the excepcio_n of sergeant, He lay still in the snow, and without stopping to see how who had m the mght, the soldiers said. . e seriously injured the man was Dick rode onward as rapidly They did. noc know where he had gone, but supposed h as was possible, for he realized that the redcoats would hear made his way back to the Sta.ten Islan4. the pistol-shots and come to see what tltey were about. , was >;hen he left,,., said one, ail;d it wouldn t He reached the low ground, and made his way to the me if he. fioze?to death. picket-lines. He was so fortunate as to find a man on guard "Did you see go asked , who .had been there when he came in company with the other . Yes, and tned to persuade him to stay, but he wouldn t 1:edcoats, and thi s man permitted him to pass without ques-hsten to me. tion ' "I suppose he felt so chagrined over his defeat at the hands " b 1 d ? " h k d tof Mr. Walton here, that he wanted to get away." "Got :;ismess a Y e as e ' Dick had given his name as John Walton. . Yes1 J?,ick, and I want to get back home yet to"! hope t ' 1at the fellow has not lost his life " said Dick. mght, if possible. "I have no iove for him naturally enough but I do not "Well, I hope you may get there .safely." ' dislike him sufficiently to desire his death." you; go?d-by.!' . . "Oh h , too tough to die so easily as all that" said anrode , onwa1d, and was SOOD; across the stnp of _ice, and 1 th r ' e s ' headmg toward the west. He decided not to go to Ehzabeth1 0 e . . . town, so left it to the northward. f\.ftez: bre.akfast so ldiers m?unted t.heir. horses, Dick He rode along at as a good jace as the condition of the domg likewise , and ,;hey set ,out m the direct10n of Staten road s would permit. , Island. . . . When evening came he stopped at a farmhouse and got They reache?. the strip of lymg t?e l11ll;msupper for himself and feed for his horse. ;land and the island . and rode right across it, the ice bemg The settler wanted him to stay all night, but the youth two or three feet thick. . . . . 1 was eager to get back to Morristown, and refused the inviWhen they reac?ed tl.rn picket lme of British, the red-tation. who were with Dick vouched for him . and he :was per-He bade the members of the family good-by and mounted to pass. his horse and rode away. He mqrnred where the stores for the army were He arrived at the encampmE!nt about eleven o'clock, and /kept, and the of the redcoats were not aroused found the Liberty Boys sound asleep. and they .told him. ' He did not wake any of them but lay down and was soon He made careful mental note place, and then, part-asleep also. ' ing from the soldiers not far the encampment, rode on ___ . to Stapleton, as he had told them this was his destination. He went to a tavern, when he arrived there, and remained 'there a little while, after which he went out and walked about the place half an hour or such matter. Then he went back, mounted his horse, and rode away toward the west. He had learned the location of the enemy's stores, and had learned that the guard over the stores did not exceed fifty imen, as a rule, it not beil!g deemed necessary to have a strong !force, the point being within the British lines. .. 1 He was skirting the hills, and making his way through the timber and underbrush, when suddenly, about half a mile from the British encampment, he was given an unpleasant surprise. Out from behind a tree leaped the big British sergeant that Dick had had the trouble with the night before, in the tavern a t 'f CHAPTER VII. / THE C.Al'TURE OF THE STORES. When the Liberty Boys saw Dick was back among them next morning, they were eager to know what success he had had in looking for the point where the British had their stores. "Did you find the place, Dick?" asked Bob. "Yes." "Good!" I "Do you think we can secure the food ? " asked Mark MorJ : ison . "Well, we are going to try, at.any rate." "It will be difficult, eh?" fro m Bob.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE MUTINEERS. "Yes." "Oh, well, that doesn't matter. 'vVe would not expect it to be easr" "Of course not," from Sam Sanderson. 'When are we going to make the attempt ti) secure the rations?" asked Ben Spurlock. "As soon as possible/' "That's right," said Bob. "There is an awful lot of suffering in the camp, from want of clothing and provision, and the quicker we get at this business the better it will be." "Have you secu'red any sleighs?" ' YE's, a dozen." "How large?" "All s izes. Some are ordinary sleighs, while others are bobs leds with wagon-beds on them." "Those are just the things," said Dick. "Yes, they'll hold a lot." "We will start this afternoon, and will time ourselves to get to Elizabethtown shortly park. Then we will be able to get across to Staten Island at an early hour." "That will be a good scheme, Dick," agreed Bob. Dick went to headquarters and made his report to General Washington. The commander-in-chief congratulated Dick on his success, and when he learned that an 11.ttempt to secure the stores, or some of them, at least, was to be made that night, he was well pleased. "I am very glad that you are going to make the attempt at once, Dick," he said. "If you succeed, it will be a splendid thing for the soldiers." . , "So it will, sir, and I hope that we will succeed." "I hope so, my boy. Be , very careful." "We will exercise all possible citre, yqur excellency." After some further conversation Dick took his departure and returned to the The youths asked him what the commander-in-chief had to say. "Oh, nothing much," said Dick. "He is glad that we are going to make an attempt to secure the food and clothing." The day passed slowly to the eager youths. When the;re was anything to be done; they were always eager to get at it. Dick examined the sleighs carefully, and repaired and strengthened several of them. He knew their strength would be sorely tested before they got back from Staten Island. About the of the afternoon Dick ordered that. the horses be harnessed-the youths had secured harness at the same time and places they had secured the sleighs-to the sleighs, and the youths hastened to obey the command. They were not long in getting ready, and then the drivers took their seats, while the rest of the youths mounted their ho;rses. Then the party set out, and as it passed out of the encampment and away, it was followed by cheers from many of the soldiers. All knew what the Liberty Boys were going to try to do, and all hoped that they would succeed. The youths themselves were hopeful. T"ney were young and strong in the belief of their own abilities, and this it was, to a large degree, that made it possible for them to suc ceed where older and more conservative men would have I They drove and rode along till evening, and then they stopped in the timber a mile and a half south from Elizabethtown and ate their supper, consisting of cold bread and meat, and not a great deal of that. They remained there till after nightfall, and then they again set out. An hour later they were crossing the strip of ice lying bP tween the and the island. As soon as they reached the island Dick called a halt. "It is not far to the picket-line," he said, "and we must manage to create a diversion way over at the right, and under cover of it we will make a dash to the point where the stores are, and secure all that we possibly can." ''I'll take the boys that are mounted and go and create the diversion, Dick," said Bob, eagerly. "Yo u go with the boys in the sleigh and look after that part of the work." ' " All right; go a l ong, and keep the redcoats' attention at-tracted in your direction as long as pos s ible, Bob." The youth chuckled. ' "Trust me for that!" he said. Dick knew that he could trust Bob to keep up the fight as long as anyone could do it. Bob was never so much in his element as when engaged in a battle with the enemy. He was naturally pugnacious, and delighted to fight. Then Bob and the major portion of the Liberty Boys iode away in the direction indicated by Dick. Dick and the others then moved siowiy away toward the left. Dick knew the ground, and When they had reached a point within a quarter of a mile of the place where the British stores wer.e , the youth called a halt. "We will wait here till Bob creates the diversion," he told the boys. "There are only about fifty redcoats in the entire force of pickets and guards, and all but a few will hasten to the point where the attack is being made; then we will make a sudden S\Yoop, capture or disperse the few guards who remain, f ill the sleighs with provisions and clothing, and get away again in a hurry." "That is a good plan," said Sam Sanderson. They did not have long to wait. Suddenly the sound of firing from over towar!l the west ward came to their hearing. The crack! crack! crack. of the weapons could be heard very plainly in the cool night air, and soon therE\ was a regular fusillade. Dick and his comrades heard excited voice s not far from where they we1e, and knew that the pickets were hastening to the scene of action. Waiting a few minutes to give the guards time to get away, all that were going, Dick gave the order to make dash. "Follow me!" he said. , He was in the leading sleigh, and urged the horses forward at a good pace. After him came the other youths. They soon reached the point where the provisions and clothing were stored. Only about a half dozen 111en were on guard. and the Lib erty Boys quickly sent these flying by firing a v o lle y at them. Two went down, dead or wounded, the others getting away. The stores were in a rude log build ing. The door wa:; fastened with a p:?. dlock, but the Libe rty Boys quickly broke it open, and entering, began carrying provisions and clothing and blankets out and placing them in the. sleighs. They worked as fast as they pos s ibly could, for they realized that they would not have any too much time. The four sentinels would rush to the encampment and tell that the stores were being taken and a force would be soon on the spot. The rattle and orash of firearms could still be heard to the westward. proving that Bob and his comrades were doing their part well. Dick was sure that he need not fca1:4interruption from that portion of the guards that was engaged with Bob and the other Liberty Boys. Working like beavers, the youths succeeded in getting the sleighs filled with clothing and provisions. Then the sentinel Dick had posted to watch for the coming of the enemy came rushing up, with the informatio11 that the British were com ing. "Well, we're through and ready to go," said "Into the sleighs, everybody, and away we will go." The boys leaped into the sleighs and se ized the reins and whips, and urged their horses to the best speed of which they were capable with the sleighs loaded down. Then crack! crack! crack! went muskets, and a number of bullets came whistling about the youths. . One of the Liberty Boys was slightly wounded. but ne kept on driving. "We will have to keep going at full speed, boys, if we es- • cape!" called out Dick. "We'll do it," came from Sam Sanderson. "We'll escape if such a thing is possible." CHAPTERIVIII. ( A LITTLE TROUBLE. Although the sleighs were heavily lad e n and the hors% could not pull them at as rapid a pace as would have been possible had they been empty, yet they could go at a pace that was swifter than could be made by the redcoats on foot. 1:he 1:esult was that the Boys succeeded. in making then escap.e, and a few mmutes later were crossrng the ice lying the mainlap? and the island. The firing back on the island had ceased, and Dick knew that Bob and the others would soon be coming after them


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE MUTINEERS . "I hope that none of the boys were killed," he said to • himself. When the sleighs were at a point about south. of Elizabethtown, the youths heard the sound of galloping horses behind them, and soon their comrades caught up with them. Bob rode up alongside the sleigh in which Dick ?at-:-the sleighs had been brought to a stop-and greeted Dick m a lively manner. I "So you succeeded in securing the provisions and clothing, eh, old fellow?" he exclaimed. "Yes, Bob. And how did you come out? Did any of the boys get killed ? " ''No; but three of them are seriously wounded, and I guess we had better put them in one of the sleighs." "All right." 1'he wounded youths were placed in one of the sleighs, and then the party moved on again. Dick had suggested leaving the injured youths at a farmhouse, where they could be taken care of till they were better, but the three had objected, saying that they thought thev could stand till they got to the encampment. It was slow work, lwwever, for the horses had grown tired, and the wounds g1ew so painful that one of the boys called out and said that he wanted to be left at the next house they came to. They stopped at a farmhouse ha! f a mile farther o.n, and the settler was awakened, and said that the wounded youths could be left there. They were carried into the house, and their wounds were rlressed by Dick and the wife. Dick was skilled in such work, and the woman was deft-handed also, and fur nif;hed him with plenty of clean cloths and liniment. "How do you feel now, boys?" asked Dick. 1'hey said they felt much bette1. "We'll pull through all right, Dick," said one. "Yes," said another. "We'll be ready to fight the redcoats again soon," the third declared . This youth1 whose name was Amos Wendell, was very severely ;,,•ounded, and Dick doubted whether he would get well. He could see no rea8on why the other two would not recover. Having clone all they could for the wounrled youths, the Libeity Boys went out, g-ot into the sljighs and mounted their horses, and went on their way. It was bitterly cold and the boys suffered greatly, but they rlid not murmur. a They were tough, and were accustomed to hardships of all kinds. 1'hev anived at the encampment just at daylight, and as some of the soldiers were up, they ran to the different cabins and woke their comrades and told them the good news, that the LibNty Boys had succeeded in securing a lot of provisions, clothing, and blankets. . The soldiers came rushing forth from their cabins, wild with eagerness and delight, and when they saw that they had been told the truth, they gave utterance to wild yells of joy. f l Dick insisted that no one should touch any o t i.e provis10ns 01 other articles until after the commander-in-chief had been notified regarding the success of the expedition. . "It is likely that he will wish to take charge, and attend m person to the parceling out of the things," the youth said. Some of the soldiers who had thought to help themselves growled at this. and one big fellow, who stood beside Dick's sleigh, reached in and grabbed a ham. Before he could jerk the ham out of the sleigh, bowever, Dick caught him by the wrist and gave it a twist that caused the owner to let go of. his booty and give utterance to a cry of pain and anger. "Blast you, whut d'ye mefl.n by doin' thet?" cried the man, fiercely. "I'm goin' ter hev sumthin' ter eat, I am l" that they were entitled to food and clothing. at once, n?W it was right at hand, and of laughmg at their rmgleader's mishap the:r: scowled and also threaten-ingly, while several their pi.stols. . Seeing this action on thell" part, Die)' drew a pistol, cocked and leveled it, and cried out, command1ngly and "The first man that offers to use a weapon dies_! . I mean what I say! We Liberty Boys secyred these prov1s10ns _and other articles at the risk of our hves, and 1 am that no man shall touch them until after the comm_ander-111chief comes, as he will want to see about parcelmg them out." . . . Bob leaped up beside Dick and drew !us pistol, while he looked at the soldiers with flashing eyes. "What do you mean?" he cried. ",Shame, men! After we have risked our lives to get these thmgs for you, you ought to be willing to wait till Dick can report to the!" . "That's right," said one soldier, lookmg shame-faced. "Let's 11ait. comrades." But the fellow Dick had floored was wild \\'ith rage, anti didnot want to wait. . " , 1 • , "I'm hungry an' nearly froze," he cried, an I 111 gom ter hev some uv thet grub right er know ther reason why!" . . • 1This is the reason why," said Dick, as he aimed the pistol directlv at the fellow. "U you make at tempt to lay hands on anything in any of these sleighs I will put a bullet through you. mea_n .1 say." "That's the way to talk to him, Dick! . cned }fob, hugely delighted. "Make the big brute himself. . 1'he man glared at the youths fiercely, but chd ad vance. He realized that Dick really meant he said. . Dick looked arou"ld at the rest of the soldiers, and said: "Go back to your men. l_ will go to at once, and report to General .Wa_shmgton, he wi.ll likely come here immediately and d1str1bute provisions and clothing and blankets." ,, "That's sensible talk," said one. "Come along, comrades. 1'he solrliers began to disperse, and presently only a few remaine

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE MUTINEERS. 9 took an inventory, and then the commander-in-chief ap pointed three of the officers as a committee to assist the quartermaster in the distribution of food and clothing. There was some grumbling among the soldiers, some claiming that others got more than their fair share, but on the whole work of the committee and the quartermaster was satisfactory. The great 'feat of the Liberty Boys in securing the stores of the British was in every one's mouth, and the youths were the lions of the hour. "What will they do next?" was asked on every hand. And iRdeed, that was the question the youths were asking themselves. "What shail we do next?" Bob was the most restless youth in the company. He could not endure being "cooped up," as he called it. He was eager to be out and doing. "Let's go and get the rest of the provisions and clothing, Dick," he said the evening after the day on which they got back from Staten Island with the stores. Dick laughed, "Do you think it would be safe to try it?" he asked. "Oh, that doesn't enter into the affair at all, Dick. Nothing is safe in war times. I think we can get the rest of the stores, and so why not do it?" "If I 'thought we could, we most certainly would try it, Bob." "Of course we can; let's go right at it, old fellow." "We couldn't fool them twice, Bob." "Oh, yes we could; lightning doesn't strike in the same place, and they won't be looking for us to strike them again at the same point." Dick shook his head. "It is my opinion that they will have twice as strong a guard over the cabin containing the stores." "Well, we can thrash them, all right." "I'm not so sure of that, Bob." "Oh, let's try it, anyway." "Not now," said Dick, decidedly. "Later on, if the men get to suffering for want of food and clothing, I might be willing to try it again, but it will be best to wait." \ was forced to asquiesce in this, although he was not s?l.tisfied. • The days passed slowly, and it continued cold, so the snow did not melt off at all. At the end of ten days the provisions the youths had se cured had been used up, and the sodiers were again without sufficient food. Indeed, they were half-starved. 'fhe clothing and blankets the Liberty Boys had secured had been insufficient, too, and the soldiers were suffering greatly from the cold. There was a great deal of grumbling among them. There were a few ringleaders, and they kept the others worked up by talking complainingly at every opportunity. At last it came to such a pass that the most disatisfied soldiers held meetings to discuss their grievances. That they really had grievances no one could deny. They had received scarcely any money, and they were almost without food, and had not half enough clothing to keep them warm. In addition to this, two regiments of Pennsylvania soldiers were dissatisfied because of the fact that, although .they had only enlisted for three years, and the time was up, they were not permitted to go to their homes. • Their articles of agreement provided that they were enlisted fo1 three years, or during the , continuance of the war. Many agree that this was intended to mean three years or during the war, if the war lasted a shorter time than three years. But the authorities interpreted it to mean during the continuance of the war, no matter how long it lasted, and so the soldiers were held, much against their wishes. Bob was the first one of the Liberty Boys to learn that the dissatisfied soldiers were holding meeting's, and he was eager to know what they were thinking of doing. One evenig he came rushing into the. cabin, in great ex citement. "Dick," he exclaimed, "there's going to be a meeting of the dissatisfied soldiers this evening. 1 believe that they are thinking of mutinying. Let's attend!" ''I'd be willing to do so, Bob, but we don't know where the meeting is to be held." "I know." "You do?" eagerly. "Yes." "All right; then I'll go !llong with you." "Hurrali!" cried Bob. "Perhaps we may have some fun" Some of those fellows are rather hard men to deal with, old fellow." "Oh, we mustn't get into trouble with them, Bob." "I know; but h; a fellow to sit there, peaceable as a lamb, and listen to men talking mutiny?" "No, we can talk, if we want to, and we can advocate not mutinying, old fellow." "Little good it would do to talk to those fellows." There was great scorn in Bob's tones. "It might do considerable good, Bob. You never know, wliat effect a4 good, sound argument will have until after you have tried it." Bob sniffed. "I'll leave you to do the arguing," he said, "and if there should happen to be any fighting to do, I will do it." "Oh, I would do my share of that if necessary, bi!t we must go as peacemakers, not with the intention of ange1ing1 them by talking saucily to them." "I'll keep still, Dick, and won't do any talking, for I know that if I started I would lose control of my temper and sayl things that would cause a ' ruction right away." "That is a wise decision, old follow." "I'll play the part of a non-participant, unless it comes to fisticuffs, and then I will take a hand and do the best 11 know how." Dick laughed. "All right," he said. "Come along." Ti1ey set out at once. They did not have so very far to go--perhaps half a milt!. Then they entered a cave, in which were about fifty soldiers. The cave was lighted by a couple of lanterns, for it was now night. When the soldiers saw Dick and Bop enter they scowled and looked anything but pleased. It was plain that they did ! not care about having the Libe1ty Boys present. Among them was the big fellow that had been the ringleader in .the attempt to help themselves to the provisions and clothing that Dick and his comrades had captured from the' British. He glared at Dick threateningly, and it was plain that for a very little he would have picked a fuss with the youth. Dick and Bob pretended not to notice the fierce loolrn, however, and they took seats at the outskirts of the group. and waited to hear what would be said and see would be done. CHAPTER X. THE MUTINY. The men talked to one another in low tones, and kept glancing at Dick and Bob with lowering eyes. 'l'hen presently the fellow who had the grudge against Dick came over and growlingly: "You two young fellers hain't wanted heel'." "Why not?" asked Dick. • "Becos ye don' berlong to our regiment. We'r( Pennsylvania volunteers, an' our time is out, w'ile you air frum New York, an' yer time hain't out." "Our ti11)e won't be out till the war ends, no matter when that is," said Dick quietly, "an I think it should be the same with you." The man scowled. "I hain't heer to argy with ye," he said sullenly. "We hev decided thet we don' want ve heer, an' thet's all thar is to et. Ye'll oblige us by gittln' out." "I don't think we will go," said Dick, quietly. "Ye hed better!" "No; there is no harm in our staying and hearing what you have to say." The man glared a few moments, and then went back and• told the others he favored throwing the youths out. "Whut d'ye say?" he asked in conclusion. The men looked at one another questioningly, and then one said: "I don't see that it will hu1t anything for them to stay." "Certainly not," said Dick. "Just go ahead with your business and don't pay any attention to us." The would-be mutineers talked a few moments, in low tones, and then the took his stand on a fiat rock at one side of the cave and said: "Comrades, we are ready for business. The question to be discussed is, shall we stay in the anny, or shall we assert


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE MUTINEERS. • our righti:: and leave in a body, whether the officers are willir.g or not?" "I say, let's leave." "Me too." , "I'm in fur leavin'." "Yes, yes! Let's leave." Then the men talked, one after another, each giving his views on the subject. All, without exceptipn, favored leaving the army. It was mutiny pure a11d simple, and Di'ck and Bob were nisgusted with the men. They were young and intensely patriotic, and could not conceive how anyone could want to leave the army, no matter under what circumstances they . were laboring. "Say, Dick," whispered Bob, "why don't you give them a I believe you could open their eyes." Dick shook his head. "I don't think I could do much," he said. "Well, try it, anyway. Do what you can." Dick stepped forward and said: "I wish to say a few words, comrades." They looked at the youth in anything but a friendly mann er, but one growled out: "Well, what is it? Say it quick, and have done , with it. " "He hain't got no right ter say anythin' here," said the fellow -,vho had had the tro.uble with Dick. "Oh, let him have his say, if he wants to," said another. "Yes, we'll listen to him," from another. " "Go ahead, Dick,'' from Bob. Dick did so. He had no idea what he was going to say when he began, but as he talked he found the wnrds coming faster and without any effort on his pait-good words, too, and suitable to the matter at issue. Dick made an argument that was convincing, .or should have been so, but the soldier were not willing to be convinced. They had made up their minds to go ahead and mutiny, and did not wish to hear any arguments, no matteT how logical, against their doing so. Bob listened to Dick's speech with intereS't and admiration. He admired his comrade and thought him the sma1test fellow in the world. He could not understand how the mutineers could listen to the speech and still adhere to their resolution to mutiny, and when he saw that they refused to be moved by the argument, he was disgusted. . When Dick stopped talking, one of the mutineers said, sternly: "Are you through?" "Ye s / the youth replied. "All right; then you may go." "And you s till adhere to your resolution to mutiny?" "Call e t what ye want to," s aid another, "we air goin' ter leave the army." , Dick glanced around at the others in -turn. "ts that your decision?" he asked, addressing them col lectively. "It is!" yes!" "Thet's our decision, but I don't see ez et's enny uv your biziness!" "We're goin' ter quit the army!" Such were a few of the exclamations. Dick and Bob listened with disappointment, and some degree of anger. "The traitors!" exclaimed Bob, who was on the ladder. Dick d e cided to make cine more effort. He would tell them their mjstake, and then wash his hands of them. Addressing the mutineers, Dick exclaimed: . "You are sacrificing your homes, fal'nilies, and a free gov Do not carry out your mad purpose, or you will 1 1earn your error when too late!" The gang scowled at him resentfully. Then suddenly the big fellow whom Dick had upset the day the youths brought the provisions to the encampment, and who was eager to get revenge, strode forward and shook his fist at the Liberty Boy. "See heer," he said menacingly, '.'ye're too free an' sassy, ti'ye knew et, an' hed orter be took down a peg or two." Bob was eager and excited at once. He thought that he had a chance to do something. He could not make a speech, but he could fight, now he stepped forward, and said to Dick: "Let me give him a thrashing, old fellow! Please do! You've had the talking to them; now let me have the satisfatcion of givii'tg one a thrashing."" But Dick shook his head. "This is my affair, Bob," he said. Then to the soldier: , ----------------"I don't see that I have been saucy. I have told you what I believe to be the truth, and you can accept it or 1\eject it, as you see fit." "We know th et, but I've got a crow to pick with ye, anyhow, an' I guess thet thar'll never be er better time er place than now an' heer ter pick et." "I don't see that you can have anything agaipst me," said Dick quietly. "Waal, I do." "What?" "W'y, hev ye furgot how ye kicked tne in ther chest an' upset me, thet time"? I hain't, ef ye hev, an' I'm goin' ter git even with ye fur et." "You were doing something you had no to do," said Dick, calmly. "I don't think so, an' now I'm going ter settle >vith ye fur kickin' me thet time." "You had better be satisfied as it is." "Not much! I'm not ther kin' thet lets a man kick me an' never doe s anythin' ter git even. I'm goin' ter give ye a lickin' right heer an' now." • . "You will make a sad mistake, if you try it," said Dick, calmly. "W'y?" "Because you will get thrashed yourself." The man laughed sneeringly. • "Bah!" he cried. "Ye couldn' lick me in er hundred years." "He can do it in two minutes, and so can I!" cried Bob, who could scarcely keep from going after the man himself. "Oho, d'ye think so!" cried the man. "Waal, I'll show ye!" ' And then he made a sudden attack on Dick, leaping forward and striking at him fiercely. Dick had been on his guard, however, and was not taken surprise. He leaped back and evaded the blows, 1and then surldenly he dealt the man a blow that stretched him on the floor, dazed for the time being. "Come, Bob, let's get out of here,'' he said, and they walked to the point where a ladder led up to the opening, and climbing up, were soon out in the open ai:t:. "I guess they are going to mutiny, sure enough, Dick,'' said Bob. "Yes, no doubt of it, Bob." I "Well, we-or rather yo u--did all we could to try and keep them from it." "Yes . " "I wish you had let me thrash that fellow, old man. I feel as if I had not d -one anything at all." "He wouldn't have let you take my place, Bob . It was me that he wanted to thrash. " "Well, I guess that's so, too." They were soon back at their cabin, and then they told the other youths what had taken place in the cave . "So they are going to mutiny, sure nough ?" exclaimed Sam Sanderson. "Yes," said Bob. "That is bad!" "Sci it is," agreed Dick. "It is worse, because of the fact that the commander-inchief is not here to deal with the mutineers." "Where is he?" asked Mark Morrison. "I didn't know he was gone." "Yes, he "lent to West Point two days ago." "I'll tell you what to do, Dick," said Bob. "What?" "Go and tell General Warne about the mutineers. he will be able to get them to give up their idea, if anyon e can do so . " "That' s right," said Ben Spurlock. "G('t 'Mad Anthony' after them. He'll make them walk chalk." "I'll do that," said Dick. "But I don't believe that even General Wayne will be able to cause them to give up the idea of mutbying." • "Tell him, anyway, and see what comes of it," said Bob. "I'll go and tell him at once," said Bob, and he left the cabin and made his way to headquarters, and a few minutes later he was in the presence of ."Mad Anthony," as the brave general was called . CHAPTER XL MORE TROUBLE . The i?eneral was j ust getting ready to go to bed, and he lo oked r..t Dick with some curiosity. ,


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE MUTINEERS. 11 "I am glad to see you, Dick," he said. "But what brings The mutineers did not fire another volley, but they held you over at this time of night?" their muskets in readiness, and regarded the general sullenly. ' "I have news for you, sir, and thought it best to tell you Of this scene Lossing, the historian, has said: to-night, rather than wait till to-morrow." "He exerted all his influence, by threats and persuasions, "What is the news, my boy?" to bring them back to duty until their grievances sho uld be l "Why, sir, I have learned that the two Pennsylvania regi-redressed. They would not listen to his remonstrances, and ments are going to mutiny." on his cocking his pistol they presented their bayonets to his "Say you so?" the general cried. breast, saying, 'We respect and love you; often have you led "Yes . " \ us into the field of battle, but \}'e are no longer under your "How did you learn this?" command. Wewarn you to be on your guard. If you fire' Dick told him. your pistol, or attempt to enforce your comma nd s, we shall "Ha! so you attended their meeting and heard thein come put you instantly to death.' Wayne appealed to their pa-to the decision, eh?" triotism; they pointed to the impositions of Con?:ref. He "Yes, sir. " I reminded them of the strength their would give to1 The general got up and walked back and forth across the the enemy; they exhibited their tattered garments and e.maroom. I ciated forms. They vowed their willingness to support the "I wish I had been there," he said. cause of freedom, for it was dear to their hearts, if adequate "I wish so, too, sir; but I fear it would not have availed provision could be made for their comfort, and declared you anything. " I their intention to march directly to Philadelphia and de"Possibly not; but in all probability I would have shot one mand from a redress of their grievances. Findi_ng or two of the ringleaders.''. . t hreat::i and persuasion usel_ess, wayne rc_solved upo:i;.+ a He was somewhat excited and angry, and Dick knew pohcy that J?l'Oved effective . . supphed them 'v.1J1 proenough about "Mad Anthony" to believe that he would likely visions, and, with Colonels Stq\\ and Euler, officers whoi:n have shot some of the m 'utineers had they got saucy. they respecte d,. with them to prevent The general sat down again, and looked thoughtfully at depredatmg upon the and draw from thell' the floor for a few secon ds. leaders a statement of thenclaims and They "I suppose that the leaders in the mutiny will make known Pi:1nce ton on the _here a serg?2 . ncs their intentions on the morrow, Dick?" he remarked, presently. to Wayne, n: wntmg:, the follo'';:1:1g oemands: First. "Such is their intention, sir." a discharge for all w_1tl_10ut cxcepc10n, who had servedl "Very good; I will go to bed and get a good night's sleep, th!ee years their ongm:-1 a;1d not re: and I shall then be in a position to deal with the mutineers ceived the bounty .. nd re-enhsted fo1 the war. when the time comes.'' Secoi;d, an rmmediate payment of ,all of pay and "I will be going," said Dick, rising. clothmg, both to who :should oe those. "Good-night, my boy . I'm much obliged to you for bringwho should be retamed. Thir?, the. residue of bo:.mty, ing me the iJ1formation to-night." to put them on an i:qual footmg with the recentl;i; enh.ste?, " , . ,, and future substantial pay to those who should remam m I Ic my auty to _do so, sir. the service. General 'Wayne was not authorized to promise Then saluted and w1thdre'Y . a full acquiescence in their dema nds, and further negotiations Half an hour later he .was back i? th':! 1 were referred to the civil authority of the State of Penn-The youths who Gccup1ed the cabm with Dick were eager to j sylvania." • hear what General Wayne had to say about the mutineers. Dick told them, and they listened with interest. I "That's 'Mad Anthony,' all right, Dick," Bob said. "If he had been there with us to-night he wo uld have killed two or three of the ringleaders of the mutineers." "But that would not have done any good, Bob.'' "'Well, it would have eased his mind somewhat.'' The youths tatk:ed a while longer, and then lay down and went to sleep. They were up early next morning, for they were sure that there would be interesting goings-on in the camp that day, and they wanted to be ready to take it al!' in. The mutineers acted, sure enough. They appointed a sergeant-major their commander, giving }lim the rank of major-general, and then, on being given the comma:ri.d, paraded under arms, without commanders, marched to the magazine, helped themselves to ammunition and pro visions, seized six field-pieces, took horses from General 'Wayne's stables to draw the cannon, and were carrying things. i.vith a high hand when "Mad Anthony" appeared on the scene . "So they have mutinied, eh?" the general cried angrily. "Yes, General Wayne," replied Dick, to whom the exclamation was addressed. "And if there is anythingmyself and Liberty Boys can do to help yo u, let me know.'' "Bring the Liberty Boys and come right along with me," cried the general. "I know that I can depend upon you and your comrades.'' '"Yes, indeed, and we'll b e right with you!" cried Dick. He got the youths out in a hurry, and they followed "Mad Anthony" close l y, weap ons in hand. Bob Estabrook was delig hted. He did not wish to have to fight the mutineers, who were, notwithstanding they were acting mutinous l y, comrades, but there was excitement in the affair, and he liked excitement. l:lome officers and soldiers of other regiments were already confronting the mutineers, and the officers had demanded that the disaffected s oldiers surrender. They had refused, and the officers had ordered their men to level their muskets. They did so, but this did not intimidate the mutineers, who fired a volley , killingone soldier and wounding several others. It was at this opportune moment that General Wayne and the Liberty Boys appeared on the scene. "What does this mean?" roared "Mad Anthony," angrily. "Don't fire again! You must be crazy!" ' CHAPTER XII. DICK CARRIES A MESSAGE. General Wayne hastened back to Morristown, ii.nd wrote out a " full report oi the mutiny, and stated the demands of the mutineers, and having finished the message, he gave it to Dick Slater, and said: "Deliver that into the hands of the commander-in-chief, at New Windsor, just as quickly as possible, Dick.'' "Very well, sir," the youth said. "On your life, don't let it fall into the hands of redcoats or Torie s.' ' "I will be careful, sir. I will destroy it before permitting t..lie enemy to get hol1_ of it." 'That is right. You will start once.'' "At once, sir.'' "Good! You must get thr ough in safety.'' "I hope so.'' . . "You had better keep as near to the line of pickets as sible, as you 'Yill be less likely to run across redcoats there thai elsewhere.'' "True, sfr.'' Then Dick said good-by, and took his depart11re. He hastened to the encampment and bridled and saddled hi s horse and placed provision s and ammunition in the sad dle-bags. Then he bade the boy s good-by, told them to remain in camp till he returned, and took his departure. He rode as rapidly as possible, but this was not very swiftly, as the snow was still on the ground and the roads were not in the best condition. He made the trip in due time, and when he got to New Windsor he went at once to General Washington's head-quarters. , The commander-in-chief was glad to see Dick, and gave him a hearty welcome. He had heard of the mutiny, and at once said: "You have brought me news of the mutiny?" "Yes , your excellency," said Dick. Then he drew the letter from his pocket, and handed it to the commander-in1 • chief. 'he general took the letter eagerly, broke the seal and -l"ead the contents. ' I


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE MUTINEERS. He looked thoughtful after having read all, and then he proceeded to question Dick. "General Waye says that you helped him in this matter of the mutiny, Dick, and that you can tell me many little details that he did not think of or indeed have the time to write." "I shall be glad to answer any questions you choose to ask, your e::cellency." "Very good.' ! Then the commander-in-chief asked a great many ques tion s , all of which Dick answered to the best of his ability, giving the great man a terse, clear description of all that had place. Washington summoned an orderly, presently, and told him to conduct Dick to a vacant room. "You will remain here till I have called a council of war and decided what shall be done, Dick," he said. "and then I will \\'rite a letter of instruction to General Way11e, and you will carry the letter to him.'' "Very well, sir,'' said Dick. Then he saluted and went with the orderly. The commander-in-chief called the council at once, and as as the officers had assem bled he laid the whole matter oefore them. They discussed the mutiny in all its bearings, and it was decided to have one thousand soldiers in readiness to start He was hungry, and ate ,heartily, the two getting through and leaving the table presently. When he finished he went into the large front room, and found that the two men had rolled themselves in blankets on the floor in front of the fireplace and were sound asleep. "Who are they?" Dick inquired of the settler. "I dunno,'' was the reply. "They kim heer a little while afore you did, an' asked fur somcthin' ter eat an' a place sleep. They kim on hossback, ther same ez ye did.'' Dick looked at the two sleeping men speculatively, and after some further talk with the old settler, he rolled himse l f in his blanket and was soon asleep. He was the first one awake in the morning, and got up and washed his face and hands. The other three awoke soon and got up, and the host went into the kitchen and began cooking breakfast. The two men began asking Dick questi o ns, evidently wish ing to elm\\ him out and learn something about him. "That's a game two can play at,'' he said to himself, grimly. I CHAPTER XIII. THE BRITISH SPIES. southward at a moment's.nbtice. Dick from the accent of one of the men that he After the officers of the staff had departed, General 'Washwas an Englishman, and this made him suspicious of the fogton sat down at his desk and wrote a letter of instiuction b o. The other man was an American, Dick was sure, but to General Wayne. This he signed and sealed, and 11hen he was probably a Dick came, in company with the orderly, the commander-inWhile they were questioning him Dick got in a few ques-chief gave the youth the letter, saying: tions on his 011n hook, and his suspicions were strengthened. "Hand that to General Wayne when you go back to Mor"Which direction do you go?" the Englishman asked, as ristown.'' they were getting ready to take their departure. "Very well, your excellency." "South\\'ard." "When will y ou go?" "So do we. Come along with us.'' "Immediately after dinner, sir.'' "I will ," said Dick. "Good! I want that this letter s hall reach the general at 11ere soon ready, and bidding the settler the earliest po sible moment.'' they mounted and rode on\\'ard. \ After dinner Dick bade General Washington good-by , The brn men pre ently told Dick that they were bound mounted his horse and rode away. for Princeton, and this made his suspicions the more ,.ure, He l'Ode steadi ly till sundo1rn, and then stopped at' a for that was where the patriot mutineers had gone. Dick' s farmhouse to get supper for himseli' and feed for his horse. idea was that these two men were messengers from the BritThe settler \\'as a patriot, and so Dick felt very much at i sh, and that they were going there for the purpose of intc1homc. viewing the insubordinate soldiers. with a view to getting He ate a hearty supper, and refused an invitation to spend them to desert the patriot army altogether, and perhaps to the night. come over to the army. "l am in a hurry," he s aid, "so had better ride on\\'ard a "Whither arc you bound?" one of the t\\'o asked. part of the night at least." "I live over in the direction of Morristown,'' was the reply. He bade them good-by and mounted his horse and rode a s Wh e n they reached the point where Dick was to p;\rt from rapid!\' as po:;si blc. them he bade them good-by and turned to,,ard the west, lt not dark, and he could see to make his way while the two continued onward toward the south. along, all right. As soon as he was out of sight of his late companions he About two o'clock he came to a log cabin, from the window urged his horse at renewed speed. of which shone a light. "I must get to General Wayne and tell him my s u s picion s," Dick was cold and tired, and h e kne11 , . that hi s horse 1Ya. the youth said to himself. tired also, and he decided to stop her for the balance of He arrived at the patriot encampment in due time, but the night. did not tarry there; he rode straight onward to headquarters . He dismounted and knocked on the door. General Wayne gave him a hearty welcome. There were footsteps within, and then the door opened, "So you are back in safety, Dick!" he exclaimed. "Iam sno\\'ing a rough-loobng man, dressed after the fashion of glad to ee you.'' the settlers of the vicinity. "Yes, sir. I had no trouble at all.'' "How do you do," ,.aid Dick. "I am a traveler and \\'ould As he spoke he drew the letter from hi s poc1rnt anrl handed like to ::;tay till morning, if yc u have no objections.'' it to the general. "Ye air welcu1\1, stranger/' said the man. "Thar air er ''Here is a letter from the commander-in-chief.'' he said. couple uv more men in hyar, 11hat jest come er lcetle while General Wayne took the letter, broke the se al. and read it ago.' They're eatin' a bite, an' ye'rc jest in time ter jine 'em." with interest. "Very good, sir; but I must attend to my horse first.'' "Very good,'' he said. "I now know what to do.'' "I'll 'tend tcr 'im; ye come in an' git warm, an' then go on I Then he asked Dick some questions, after 11hich the youth in an' eat somethin'.'' told him about the two men who were bound for Princeton. "Very well, and thank you.'' "I am sure that they are British emissaries, sir,'' Dick Dick entered the house, while the settler stepped forth said m conclusion. and took charge of the horse. The general looked interested. Dick clo se d the door and went and stood before the huge "I am glad that you have told me thi s , Dick,'' he said. "lt fireplace and warmed himself. is only to be expected that General Clinton should hear of He waited till the settler came in before going into the the mutiny send emissaries with the purpose of trying !kitchen to eat something, but now, having become warm and get. disaffected troops to leave our arn1y and comfortable, he made his way into the room, and took a seat JOin Ins. at the table. "It i s probable, sir, that thi is what, they arc intending There were two men there, as the settler had said . They to try to do.'' were, like Dick , dressed in clothing such as was 11 by "I shall go to Princeton the first thing in the morning, the ordinary citizen. 'l'hey nodded to Dick, \\'ho nodded in Dick. And J will take you and your Liberty Boys along to return. They did not see m to be dei;irou s of becoming s ocia-help me, in case there is a show of hostility among the muble, and he did not care about doing so himself. tineers." J


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE MUTINEERS. 13 "We shall be glad to go with you, sir, and to help you all w e can." "Be ready at eight o'clock." "Very well, sir." Then• Dick took his departure and was soon in the cabin, among his comrades. They were glad to see him back, and had a lot of ques tion s to ask. all of which the youth answered promptly. Then he told the vouths about the t"o travelers whom he sus)lected 'were B1:itish emissaries, and Bob exclaimed, eagerly: "Why didn't you capture them and b1ing them to camp, Dick?" Dick smil ed. "Well, for one thing, Bob, because it would have been a difficult and dangerous undertaking for me to try to capture two inen." Bob snapped his fingers. 'Bosh, you could have done it all right, " he declared, con-fidently. He believed Dick to be capable of performing almost any feat. right idea. Go back and tell your comrades this same thing that you have told me, and then seize the two British emissaries and turn them over to me to deal with." "I will do it, General Wayne.'' This man and his comrades took their departure at once , and about an hour later they, with some more of the mutineers, appeared, bringing in their midst the two men who had been trying to get them to leave the patriot army and come over to the king's side . "Here they are, General Wayne,'' said one: "Do with them as you see fit." "All right," said Mad Anthony, grimly. "I think that I shall see fit to hang them." And it may as well be stated here that he did so. He gave them a trial, and then orclered then• hanged. which was done, athus putting an end to the danger of the patriot soldiers going over to the British. CHAPTER XIV. THE LIBERTY BOYS AND 'l'HE TROOPER S. "And for another thing, Bob, I was not at all su1'e that the two men .weie British emissaries. I suspected it, but that was not proof, and unless I had proof I would not have been justified in interfering with them.'' "There's no use talking, Dick , we've got to have s ome • "I not. But if it had been me I believe I would thing to eat!" haYe said something to them that would have made them "I am beginning to feel the need of something sol id in the mad enough to show themselves up in their true colors." way of food myself, Bob. " Dick laughed. "Yes; and all the soldiers are half-stancd." "i don't doubt that in the least," he said. "Well, we have nothing to do just now, except to go out "No," laughed Sain Sanderson. "Bob would have brought and try to get some provisions, so we may as well do that." them into camp prisoners and would have left finding out "'When will we go, and where?" whether or not they were Britis h spies till later." "We will go right away, but I don't know just where "There's nothing like being in time," grinned Bob. to go." "What did General 'Vayne say about the matter?" asked "I know where I would go , Dick." )lark Morrison. -"Where?" "He was de e ply interested, and was of the opinion that "Straight to Statert I sland." ll1e t,,o were British emissaries." "Where we went the other time, eh?" 'Tll wager anything that they are!" declared Bob. "Yes." "He is going to Erinceton in the moming," went on Dick. Dick was thoughtful for a few moments. "That is good; I those fellows if he find that they "Very well," he said, presently. "We will g-o to Staten are British spies." Island." "So do L 'We are going with him." "Hurrah!" cried Bob . "That i s the wav to talk it." Thii" excited the vouths at once. The other youths in the cabin where the above conversa"What!" tion had take n place were delighted with the idea of going "\ve're going with him?" after provi s ions. They realized that there would be danger "Good.' in \ going to the enemy's lines, On Staten Island, but this "I'm glad of that!" knowl dge did not have any deterring effect. In fact, it / "Yes. l'm tired of staying here doin6 added to their desire to make the attempt, for they were "And I!" 1 young and liked excitement, even though mixed largely with "And T!" danger. Such were a few of the exclamations from the Youths. They got rcadr as s oon as pos si ble and set out. they fell to discussing the probable res"t1lt of the They figured that they would just about reach the home rnut111y. I of Henry Miller, the patriot settler, where the three wounded Some thovght that the soldiers would return, while others Liberty Boys had been left, whe n the Liberty Bo ys were rethought they would not. . turning from Staten Island the other time. "I hope that will," said Dick. • They would take supper there, and w9uld then continue The other s said the ame. . the trip afterward, reaching the vicinity of Elizabethtown The youths went to bed earl)'. that night,_ fpr wanted by midnight; then they would go into c

14 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE MUTINEERS. plenty of bacon and ham. This would make a meal that was Two of the Liberty Boys had received .Plight wounds, and good enough for anybody, as Bob expressed it. these were attended to. They ate heartily, for they were very hungry, and this was Then the youths got a s1'de and dug a large hole and indeed the first solid meal they had had in a long time. buried the dead redcoats. "Jove, I believe that I could whip a regiment of British A guard had been placed out, but the redcoat troopers did soldiers all by myself!" exclaimed Bob, as he rose and not return. stretched, after finishing his supper. "I tell you johnnycake Dick now ordered the youths to mount and get ready to and bacon and ham are mighty strengthening." continue the journey, and they obeyed. It was now coming on dark, but the snow on the ground Mr. Miller said that he would take care of the redcoats made it fairly light. that were wounded, and Dick felt that their presence in l1is Suddenly l;he Liberty Boys were startled by a musket-shot house would perhaps be a protection, as their comrades would and a yell, and saw one of the sentinels running toward not bother any one who was looking after their friends. them. l Bidding Mr. Miner good-b}'., Dick and the Liberty Boys "A party of British troopers is coming!" he cried, as he rode away toward the east. drew near. • "How large a party?" asked Dick. • __ _ "I should think that there are one hundred of them, Dick." "All right; we'll stand our ground, and if they want to try conclu sions with us, well and good ." CHAPTER XV. A DARING SCHEME. This suited the youths perfectly. They did not want to flee . They led their horses back into the timber, hastly tied Tl th d t th' t f .1 f Er tJ;ii:m to tri:es, and then hastened back. ar;d took up their poa quar er 0 a mi e 0 !Zas1hons trees at the edge of the timber. It was now nearly midnight, and Dick thought of passing The British troopers wei:e close at hand. . . the rest of the night in the town if it co Id b d 'th They were and an_ officer: was givmg safety. \ ' u e one wi commands. It "as eviden: tiiat they were gorng to try to "You boys wait here until I go in and reconnoiter,' ' he said. make an attack on the rcb.,ls . He set out on foot and was soon in the t r They di,smount ed, and presently came moving slow ly and He made his way to the largest tavern nfhe town and cautiously acro ss towai:d where the youths lo oked in the window. The y s1.opped when out of distance. . . ' There was no one in the barroom .save the tavern-keeper Then they talked a '?'h1le, after which the force diVIded, who was seated in a large arm-chair in front of the and :!?art moved. to the nght an.d part to . , place, sound asleep. . This was a move on their part, and it mcreased Dicks Dick opened the door and entered. Walking across the resp.ect for their . room, he shook the landlord and awoke him. Dick at once. divided his companY, mto two parts, -and one "Hello, who are you?" the man asked. moved to tJ:.e right tl:e other left. They kept ex"I am a patriot soldier, " replied Dick, "and if I mistake actly opposite the b\o fo1ces of Bnhsh troopers. not you are a patriot." Su?denly the redcoats scattered and nfade a dash toward "Indeed I am!" was the ready reply; "but, you understand, the timber. I don't say much about it, for the reason that I have many This was perhaps as good a move as they could have made, redcoat visitors to my tavern." and against ordinary soldiers who were not good marksmen "I understand that, sir; but will you do a favor?" it would have been effective, but against the Liberty Boys "Perhaps; what is it?" . it would not work, for they were expert marksmen, used to "I have a force of one hundred men with me. Can you shooting at moving tai;gets, and they took quick aim and fired. find space for them in rooms upstairs, where any redcoats Both the forces of redcoats made the dash at the salJ!e who happen along won't be likely to see them?" time, and both the patriot forces fired volleys at the same "Yes., but there w .on't be any redcoats here to-night. They time. Considerable damage was done by the volleys. At least have been here and gone." a dozen in each party of troopers were dropped, dead and "But I may want my men to remain here all day toinorrow." wounded, and this had a demoralizing effect on the British, who paused, fired a scattering volley at random, and took "That wil be ,all right." . to their heels. "Good! I will go and bring my men at once." . "After them!" cried Dick. "Give it to them, Liberty "What are you intending to do?" Boys!" "We are going to try to get at the British stores over on Staten Island." I The youths obeyed the command eager! . They dashed after the fleeing redcoats, their \ PisThe landlord •looked at Dick keenly. tols as they ran. / 1 "Was it your force that went there once before?" he asked. The troopers reached their horses, cut the straps, "Yes." mounted in hot haste and dashed away, followed by two "Well, don't try it again. The redcoats have moved the pistol volleys from the Liberty Boys. stores up into the main encampment, and you could not posNone of the saddles were emptied, but it was probable s ibly get at them." that some of the troopers were hit by bullets. " How do you know this?" The Liberty Boys were we ll pleased with the result of the "! heard the redcoats talking while they were in here drink encounter, but Dick would have preferred that their presing." ence i . n that part of the country was not known. "Ah, yes, to be sure." "They may suspect that we are out on some kind of an Dick stood there thinking. ,.., expedition and follow us," he said to Bob. He was unwilling to return to Morristown empty-handed. "I don't think there is much danger of that, Dick," said The soldiers were almost starviag, and he was eager to secure Bob. some provisions. "You think not?'' Suddenly a daring idea came to him, and he decided to "My opinion i s that they have had all they want of us, and talk it over with the boys and see what they thought of it. will not bother us any more." "Well," he said to the landlord, "I am sorry to hear of the "I hope that such is the case, for then we will be able to re;noval of the stores, but .we will stay here the rest of the put our plans through to a successful issue more easily than night and to-morrow, and p'rhaps we may be able to think if they followed us, and watched us." of some place to go to secure provisions." "Yes, that's so." "Have you the money with which to pay for the food for They now went and looketl at the troopers who had gone your men and feed for you\ horses?" asked the landlord down before their bullets. cautiou s ly. Fourteen were dead, and nine were wounded . Of the nine, "Yes," said \ Dick. "I have some silver money that I have three were seriously wounded, and they were carried into the been saving, and will pay you for what you do 1for us." house P-nd their wounds were dressed. The other six man"All right." aged to walk to the house, with the assistance of ' some of Then Dick hastened back to where he had left the Liberty the Libe1ty Boys, and their wounds were dressed also. Boys. I •


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE MUTINEERS. 15 "Come along," he said; "the tavern-keeper says he will take us in." "Good!" cried Bob Estabrook. "I'm tired, sleepy, and nearly frozen, and will be glad to get indoors." "That's the way with all o! us," said Mark Morrison. So they rode quickly to the tavern and attended to their horses themselves, though the hostler was aroused and assisted some by telling the youths where to put the animals. Then they went to the tavern and entered. They were headed for Paulus Hook, which is where Jersey City now stands. There was, as Dick knew, a ferryboat there, and it was his. intention to seize it and use it i'n crossing the river. CHAPTER XVI. THE SCHEME> A SUCCESS. They were cold, and remained in the barroom and warmed themselves thoroughly, though they did not drink any liquor. '.fhat was something that none of the Liberty Boys indulged The ouths stopped in the timber at a point a third of a m. . mile from Paulus Hook , and Dick and Bob went to the ferry "It makes us able to endure cold and hardships much better to investigate. than if we drank," Dick said. The boat was there, and the youths returned to where the, "You can't expect me to agree with you, can you?" the other youths were, and all settled down to wait until an hour landlord asked, with a smile! later before making the attempt to enter the city. . "I suppose not," replied Dick. It was Dick's opinion that it would l}Ot be safe to make, A little later they went upstairs, and were given all the the venture before midnight, as the pe

16 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE MUTINEERS. They tied the provisions up in blankets, and the blankets -.vould be \'ery useful also as covering for the freezing patriot soldiers. At last they had tied up •one hund1ed blanketfuls of pro \'i :;ions, and now they were ready to go. Dick unbarred and unlocked the front door and opened it, and, on being assured by the two watchers outside that the coast was clear, he ordered the youths to begin moving. One after another they lifted the blankets filled with pro visions, and passed out through the doorway and then on tlown through the street. Dick was the last to leave, and he closed the door.i;o that an:ii 1one passing would not be likely to notice anytll'Jng out of the way. . They made their way to the point where the ferryboat lay, and, owing to their precaution in making a prisoner of the sentinel who had been stationed near that point, they suc ceeded in depositing their loads on the deck of the boat without having been seen by any one. They at once pushed off, and the boat was soon slowly moving across the river. When the west shore was reached they made their way to where they had left their horses. The animals were still there, and neighed a welcome to their masters. The youths quickly placed the loads on the backs of their horses and set out in the direction of Elizabethtown. They arrived at the town about an hour before daylight, and went at once to the tavern. . They rapped on the door and got the landlord up, and he told them they were welcome to stay there as long as they chose. "We will stay only a few ho:rs," saiil Dick, "and then we will be on our way again." "I'll order the cooks to get breakfast for you at the landlord said. "All right, and thank you." The horses were given feed, and their loads were placed in the entry of the stable. 'l'he youths lay down and slept two hours, and by that time breakfast was ready. The landlord awoke them, and they ate a hearty meal, and were as good as new, as Bob expressed it. "We will go at once," said Dick; "the British may suspect that we have come in this direction and send a force af\er us." He gave the order and the youths got ready at once, and half an hour later were wending their way toward the They could not go fast, as they had to walk; but theY_ not mind this. That they were not followed by the Bntish was all they ca1ed for. '['hey plodded along, and made very fair progress under the circumstances. . About noon they paused on the of a lidge and ate theit meal of cold bread and meat. 'l'h.:!y had just finished, and Bob had got up and glanced hack in the direction from which they had come, when sud denly he utte red an exclamation: " R e dcoat s !" CHAP'T'ER XVTT. A HOT PURSUIT. Diek and the others leaped up and looked eastward. Sure enough, a force of Btitish troopers was coming, a strong force, too-at least two hundred. "I guess we are in for it," said Dick. \ "We can lick them!" cried Bob. "Well we will have to, at any rate, for we can't travel fast to get away from them." "I'm glad we can't!" grinned Bob. Dick gave orders for the youths to get ready for the encounter. They did so. They took up positions trees, and waited for the redcoats to put in an appea1:ance. Up the slope the troopers came. , They seemed to scent trouble, for they stopped when yet out of musket-shot distance. {!'hen they dismounted. . . A couple of their number entered. the t1mber at thesides of the road and disappeared from sight. "They are going to reconnoiter,'' sai-1 Bob. "Yes." said Dick. "Let some of us go and capture them." . "All right; go along." Four youths went in each direction, and they were so. expert in the art of woodcraft that they succeeded m capturmg the two British troopers. They brought their prisoners back in triumph. "You did well " said Dick. "Yes,'' grinned Bob. "Their comrades will be looking for them back, but will be disappointed." . The redcoats did wait half an hour, at least, and then, evi dently deciding that something had happened .to their com rades, they tied their horses and entered the timber at both sides of the road. "They are going to in a roundabout way," said Bob Estabrook. "Yes," agreed Dick. "Be ready to give them a w.arn1 welcome." "VIie will, never fear." Presently the redcoats came in sight. . They were advancing slowly and cautiously. It was evident that they suspected that the enemy was near at hand. . They were not good at concealing themselves from sight when movi,ng through the timber, however, and as soon as they 'Were in musket-shot distance Dick gave the youths the signal to take aim. They did so. Waiting until he was sure the Liberty Boys had secured good aim, Dick gave the signal to fire. Crash! The volley rang out loudly. The youths had aimed well, for at least thirty of the attacking party went down, dead and wounded. "Charge!" roared their commander. The redcoats charged forward, firing as they came. Doubtless they thought that they were so strong that they could quickly overwhelm the rebels. In this they were mistaken, however. They we\e dealing with a party of youths who were out of the ordinary. The Liberty Boys had quickly drawn their pistols, and now they fired two volleys in quick succession. The volleys were effective, because they were fired at close range. But still the redcoats came, bayonets held in readiness for use. The Liberty Boys were not through yet, however, by any means. They each had four pistols, and th.ey whipped out the other weapons and fired two moie volleys, almost in the faces of the troopers. This had the effect of stopping the advance of the enPmy, who stood there, hesitating, wavering. This was the Liberty Boys' opportunity. Dick saw that the moment for a decisive stroke was at hand. "Charge the scoundrels!" he cried. " Give it to them with the bayonets!" The Libertv Boys obeyed wilh alacrity. They were brought up to the highest pitch now, and thPy Jeaoecl forward, and made such a desperate attack on the British troopers that they were forced back in spite themselve s . The' Liberty Bovs attacked mo1e clesperately than Pve1-. Thev r•versed their muskets , clubbing them, and knockP

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE MUTINEERS. ' 17 animals belonging to the dead and wounped redcoats-and "You are traveling on foot?" in surprise. led them to the top of the ridge. The blanket-hammocks were "Yas, I am now. I hed er hoss, but he up an' choked then arranged, and the wounded Liberty Boys were placed in death the other night, an' I started ter walk, but got lost, an the rude, but fairly comfortable affairs, and then the party heer I am." . set out toward the west. Dick eyed the man for a few moments, and then said: The Liberty Boys did not do anything toward looking after "What is your name?" the wounded redcoats, for they did not have the time, and "Jake Hotchkiss." . th.ey knew that the other troopers would return and look "Well, Mr. Hotchkiss, I am a member of the patriot army, after tJ1e wounded and bury the dead. and you may go to camp with me a n d stay t here as \?ng as 'J'.he Liberty made as good speed as possib l e, and you like. We haven't very much to eat there, arrived at the home of Mr. Miller shortly before sundown. "Thank ye; but I won't stay long, anyway.,, I wi ll get my Dick to stay all night here, for the youth s were bearings, so to speak, and then go on my way._ . almost exhausted. They set out together, and were not long m reaching the The wounded Liberty B o ys were carried into the house and encampment. placed in the room where the wounded redcoats lay. Dick took Hotchkiss into his cabin and made the fell ow feel "\\I e will be the means of your turning your house into thoroughly at home. a h

18 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE MUTINEERS. "Why am I yqur pris'ner?" "Perhaps I ma.y make this tavern my headquarters," he "You are a British spy." told himself, as he drew rein in fi•ont of the tavern he had 'I' he man looked about him like a wild animal at bay. He visited before on two or three occasions. the alert, angry faces of the Liberty Boys all around The hostler took Dick's ' ho i se, and the youth entered the him, however, .and realized that it would be folly to try to tavern and went at once to the dining-room and ate a hearty e s cape. supper. '.'.! give up,". he said, sullenly; "but I hain't no spy." Dick remained at the tavern three clays, and then on the That remams to be s een," said Dick dryly. "Sam get a forenoon of the fourth day he espied some British troops belt and bind his wrists." ' ' coming from the eastward. an outrage!" the man fumed. Soon after the army passed through Elizabethtown there Dick shook his head. came up a sudden snowsto:rm and blizzard that b1ew right "Not so," h e said; "in war times we must do as circuminto the faces of the British soldiers, and soon the army came stances to a stop. It was plam. that could not app:9,:iate this very Dick had just about got ready to mount his horse and but i:iothmg. "' . . ..._ -mart for Morristown, but, seeing the soldiers halt, he waited . Say, Dick, said Bob, it is possible that General Wayne to see what they would do. is ,?ver at headquarters now." Soon the British turned and marched back. Was he to be back from Princeton to-day?" They did not stop at Elizabethtown, but continued onward '. '.1: es.'' toward the east. Evidently they had. made up their minds I II go over and see if he is there." that it was to be a long and severe storm, and that the best right." thing they could do was to get back to their encampment as D1c.k set. out at once, and rather than go to the trouble of quickly as possible. saddlmg his _hors e, he walked. Dick remained at the tavern the rest of the day and all H Bob was Gene;ral Wayne was there. night, and next morning set out for Morristown. , e J:?ick a cordial welcome. . He stopped at the home of Mr. Miller, and found the six 'What i s it, my b oy?" he asked. "Any more mutinies?" Liberty Boys getting along nicely. ".N o," smiled Dick. "But we have captured a man whom I Joe Songer was there, happy as could be. Doubtl ess he hbcheve. to b e a spy, and I thought I would come and tell you did not care how long it took his comrades to get well, fQr a it." . the longer it took them the longer time he would have to . Ah!" with considerable show of interest. "Tell me about st:ty with his sweetheart. him,_ my _ boy.'' . . 'j Having spent an hour there, Dick mounted and rode on-J Dk ick did S ? , explammg all the details of ,his meeting with ward, and three hours later arrived at the patrio1encampa e Hotchkis s . ment. The ge_neral l istened with interest, and wh-en he 1lad heard He went at once to headquarters and reported to General all)le , fr Wayne. I it lik ely that you have captured a sure "So the British actually started, eh?" th1 general exenough, Dick.'' claimed; "well, well! That storm certainly did us a good The youth nodd e d. turn. for we could not have coped with them." "I am inclined to think so, sir," he agreed. "I judge that you are "right, sir," agreed Dick . . After some further conversation Dick saluted said good-After some further conversation the general told Dick night and took his leave. ' that he and his Liberty Boys were to accompany rum (the general) to Princeton on the morrow as an escort and body guard. CHAPTER XIX. Dick said they would be on hand. Next day the general, accompanied by the Liberty Boys, ANOTHER MUTINY SQUELCHED. set out and went to Princeton. Next morning Dick and Bob escorted Jake Hotchkiss over The Pennsylvania authorities had sent in their report, to headquarters. which was to the effect that the Pennsylvania soldier s who General Wayne put the fellow through a severe course of had mutinied might disperse to their homes, and they did que s tioning, but could not elicit anything positive from him. so. "I b e lieve you are a spy, and will hold you a prisoner for "Mad Anthony" was not very well pleased, but said noth a while, at l e a st," he said. "If I had the proof I would have ing, and next day he returned to Morristown, accompanied you shot." by the Liberty Boys. Hotchkis s wa s evidently glad that the general did not When they arrived there a messenger was found waiting have the proof. for General Wayne, with the information that some of the "Take him b a ck and put him in the guardhouse," the offi-J New Jersey soldiers stationed at Pompton h a d, emboldened cer ordered , and Dick and Bob did so. by the example set by the P ennsylvania troops, mutinied. The nex t night the prisoner escaped. The guardhouse had I Gei:eral Washington had sent a letter ''.Mad not b een clo sely watched, and Hotchkiss succeeded in getting asking that he proceed to Pompton, brmgmg the Liberty away. Boys and one thousand foot soldie r s and squelch the mutiny . Dick went to General. Wayne and reported the matter to "Mad Anthony" set out a t on c e with the one thousand him. foot and the Liperty Boys. , . . "The scoundrel has got away and will carry the news of 1:hey arnyed at Pompton, and general s determmed our strength or weakness, rather, to the British " "Mad Anaction spee9ily put a stop to the mutmy. thony" said.' ' The. Liberty. Boys remained in. camp till SJ?ring, wit'!1. the "That is what he will do, si r ," agreed Dick. except10n of times they w:e!lt on foragmg "Well, I'll tell you what I want you to do, Dick. It is chas e to parties of Bntis h who were seen m the this: Go a fter him, and if you fail to catch up with him vicimty. , . then rema in and keep watch of the British. If you see the "' Not long aft_erwardf: they were ordered to other fields, and move in this direction, come at once with the n e ws.'' soo;n h avmg as lively work to do as even they cared to "I w ill d o so, sir." mdulge m. . Dick leit headquarters and hurried back to camp. Our story is done, save to state the sad fact that Joe He told the boys what he had to do. and sweet Miller .never got married, Joe being "Y ou will be in command while I am away Bob " he killed at Yorktown durmg the siege just before the surrender said. ' ' of Cornwallis. Dick Slater himself took the sad news to "All right; but I'd rather you would stay and command who s e heart was broken. In fact, _she never the boys and let me go and do the reconnoitering.'' did recover her wonted spints, and1 although she lived many Dick laughed. years afterward, she never marned. He got ready and set out the east at once. . Next week "The Liberty Bo y s of '76" ,vill contain "THE He a sharp lookout for signs of Hotchkiss, but did LIBERTY BOYS ,OUT WEST; OR, THE CAPTURE UF not see hnn. VINCENNES " B H M r He inquired at farmhouses he :passed, but no one had seen ' Y arry 00 e. a man aswering to the description of the escaped spy. Dick arrived at Elizabethtown just at supper time, and SEND POSTAL FOR OUD" FREE. CATALOGUE he decided to stay there that nikht. n


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 19 / CURRENT NEWS How dishonest poultry dealers have been cheating New York consumers w/J.s revealed by Commissioner of Weight s and M easures Hartigan. The chickens are d e nied water for several days and fed red pep per. they a r e gorge d with water and sold. By this m eans, Com missioner Hartigan says, the weight of each fo w l can be increased 25 per cent. Arrests are e'xp ected. While tearing d ow n the old Blaener homestead at Carlinvill e , Ill., r e cently, workingmen found an American fla g containing thirteen stars. The em blem was found near an old :fiJie place between the outer and i nner walls. It is not known how long the flag had b ee n resting there nor who put it betwee n the walls . The old house was used as a hotel in the days when the stage coach passed through Ca1' linville ' der is being considered at present by American avi ators. As previously reported, the Army airmen have experienced no end of trouble with wooden propellers on the machines of the expeditlonary forces. The propeller that is to be tried out soon is made of an alloy whose base is aluminum. It is planned to cast the alioy in block' form and then tool it to the shape of the propeller blade. The core thus formed will be covered over with light sheet-steel. A propeller made after this fashion will be lighter than the present wooae __ ones and will not splinter. The first hospital train, which will start from Chicago for the border in a few days, will probably become a permanent addition to the medical equipment of the Army. At least as long as the regular troops are on the border it will be operated between the hospitals in the Southern Department and Homer Hays, aged eighteen, was hunting frogs the coaaj;, H?t Springs and the Reed with a small rifle along White River near the island Hospital at D. C. Prachcal1y every two mil e s ea s t of Ind., he saw an of the eqmpn:ent of a .modern otter l y i n g on the river bank. He shot at it and be m the te;i cars which comprise the tram .. It will the bullet hit it in the mouth. This so enraged the have fans, baths and all eqmpment anima l tha t it jumoed at him and caught one of his for.taking care of J?ahents. Later on.e or two more hands preventing him from shooting a second time. may be eqmpped by. the Medical Corps for He fin'ally s hook the animal loose, and it rolled down seryice .on the bor?er. It. is not that one th b k t th t d. d t f . ht tram will be sufficient while the National Guard is e river an m o e wa er anu ive ou o s1g . t t' d th b d s a 10ne on e or er. Secr etary Lansing, of the State Department, has o r d e r e d an in vestigation of a report that Fernandez, Havana agent for Japanese' interests, secured a 60,000.acre land concession at the Atlantic end of the Panama Canal through the activity of Ramon Valde s , whose r.ecent election to the presidency of Panama may possibl y b e di sputed by the United States, because of r.Ileg::id frauds and coercion. The r e port is den o unce d as absurd by the Japanese autho r iti es . The original Holland submarine boat is at the bottom of the Passaic river at Pperson, N. J., where it sank during a trial some thirty-five years ago. State Senator Thomas F. McCran and Civil Service Commissioner George H. Burke, of Paterson, have formulated plans for raising the old submarine, which was built by John P. Holland, a Patersonian. They want to put it on exhibition in some public museum. Holland was a school teacher in St. John's Pa:t'O'chial School, Paterson, nearly fo:r:ty years ago. • Jus t as a picnic party of young folk from Beaver After school hours he busied himself working out Falls, Pa., w ere a bout to sit dow n to a big dinner mechanical ideas in an old machine shop of the spread on the grass in a g r o ve n ear Darlington, one Todd and Rafferty Company. About 1881 the schoolof their number ruslred in with the announcement master conceived the idea of an underwater boat h e h a d dis cove I ed a snake swaJlowing a toad. All and although discoqraged by 'his acqu a intances off to witness the s i:ake its gas, a illustrating his ideas. After tronom1c feat. When, after tlnrty mmutes, the toad the s1rtkrng of this boat, he constructed another had disappeared the reptile's and they one, which with success, and it was purchased returned to the dmner, they found m their absence by the Government. Commissioner Burke, in speak a pig and her six ' little ones had eaten the whole ing of the plan of raising the old boat said definite repast. All returne d to town to get something to plans had not yet been perfected, 'but that he eat. thought it likely, in the event of individuals failing The use of alloy blitdes in the place of wooden on aeroplanes subjected to the terrific heat conditions irr Mexico and along the borto :finance the proposal, that funds for the work of restoring the craft would be raised by popular sub scription. Senator McCran thinks the boat should be in the National Museum at Washington.


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 THE I RISE OF REUBEN OR THE FORTUNES OF A FARMER BOY By RALPH MORTON (A SERIAL STORY.) CHAPTER X (Continued). into song . Melinda had a voice that w[ts the wonder Wiggin's eye gleamed with a hard light. His of the backwoods. nostrils dilated, and the muscles of his powerful She sang a homely ballad, which was familiar neck swelled. His spirit was aroused. The freedom in the farming district, and it brought tears to the of the woods had been his life, and he could not eyes of ) listeners. "Great wildcats!" said Wig bear the thought of restraint. gin, with a deep breath, when she had finished. "Ye Like all who have lived the free life of the woods sing like an angel, Melinay. To think of that old his nature was simple and generous . '• ' she-hyena hitting you on the head in her ugly per. I'll wring her neck if she around hyar "The poor little one," said Mrs. Wiggi1Ji softly, to do ye harm." as she went to the door of the inner room. 15 TV e will do what we kin for her Dan " Then they fell into conversation regarding the But just at that the latch and future. Reuben, who felt that he could trust these the door of the sleeping-room opened. , Melinda, people, discussed his future. 1 pallid and wan, came out. Her slender frame was "I ftm offered employment at Mr. Bigelow's," he trembling, and her manner was that of fear. said. "I think I shall go there for a time. I will She glanced from Wiggin and his wife to Reuben. par, you and-" " , Then a glad cry escaped her lips and she started WhaL. exclauned W1ggm, sharply. Don t say forward. ' , .that to me again. She's welcome to a home with us "Oh, Reuben!" she cried, "how did you kiww I as as . chooses. Mebbe she may aspire to was here? I could not stay there, but I could not suthm. bettei go away with you and make you frouble. I-I--" Melmda threw he:i arms about Mrs. Wiggin's She broke down completely. In a moment Mrs. neck. Wiggin had her mo\herly arms about her. "No," she said. "I will stay with you and work Wiggin set his teeth hard and glared at the door for you as long as I may. But you will come and as if Duff yet stood there. Reuben caught Melinda's sec me sometimes, Reuben?" hands in his. Reuben made reply: "There, there, little one," h e said, cheerily, "don't "As often as you desire, Melinda." you fear. You have plenty of friends. You will . Just then his gaze alighted upon the black bag never go back there now. Let them do their worst. which he had taken from the carriage of the bank Dan and I will sta}Id by .\' ou, won't we, Dan?" robbers. In all the flurry of the previous incidents "Waal, I should ruther say we would!" said 1;he he had quite forgotten it. woodsman, heartily. Thus cheered, Melinda quickly recove1ed herself. She overcame her fears, and her spirits came back 'vith a bound. CI;IAPTER XI. "Now let us forget all about it," cried bluff Dan Wiggin, drawing chairs to the fireplace. "Sit up here, all of you. Mother, bring out that bag of I nuts and a pitcher of cider. We'll enjoy ourselves." As if by niagic the cloud of gloom seemed to pass. HONESTY PREVAILS. Reuben gave a start. He instantly leaned 0Ye1 and picked up the bag. "I'll put it away fer ye, Reuben," said Mrs. Wig gin, who fancied that it contained only the boy's Clothing. "Ye'll sleep ih the loft to-night." But Reuben said: I Mrs. Wiggin brought the simple treat, and while they cracked nuts and told stories by the woodsman's hearth, Reuben and Melinda put aside the unpleasant past and lived in a new present and the prospect of a happy future. Indeed, the change in thelittle orphan girl was • magical. So high did her spirits rise that she burst "Wait a moment. Let me t 11 you 'the story of this bag, and how I came here to-night." All looked at him with interest. •


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 21 "What's that, Reuben?" asked Wiggin. "Nor could I, my lad," said the woodsman. "But "It is an exciting one, I tell you," replied the I'm honest enough to tell ye thet I had ther feelin'. farmer boy. "You'll be surprised when I tell you Look at my wife an' baby. Do ye think I'd be that the Presque Isle Bank has just been robbed." human not to wish them better off?" "What?" cried Dan . Wiggin, with a great start. "But not with ill-gotten money." "All ther money we hev in the world is in thet "No. Yet a man might philosophize. Ye might bank." say ye didn't steal it-" • Anxiety shone in Mrs. Wiggin's eyes. But Reuben "Yes, I did. I stole it from the thieves." hastened to say: Wiggins' jaw fell. "Have no fear. The bank will hardly fail for the "Waal, yas, that looks ter be true," he said. "But iobbery." ye warn't ther fust thief." Then he told the thrilling story of his experiences "That wouldn't excuse my keeping the money. at the bridge. The others listened with spellbound To make up for my part in the theft I must return interest. Dan Wiggin was much excited. it," argued Reuben. "Why, boy," he cried, "we ought not to be here. Wiggin held out his hand. \'f\T e ought to be out scoui'ing the country fer the\ "Ye're right, Reuben, an' I'm wrong. I'm only a villains. Let us be off." rough feller, ye know. I never had anyone ter tell "No." said Reuben, decidedly. "It will be no use me right from wrong. Now we'll return this money 110\\'. They are probably caught before this. But in the morning." this bag-I do not know what it contains--" said Reuben; "we will take it down to "Perhaps it's ther stolen money," cried Wiggin. Presque fole in the morning." . "Let us open it, lad." "Fer ter-night,'' said Wiggin, in a whisper, "keep Reuben' held the bag: up in the firelight. He thet bag beside ye. Put it under yer pillow. Thar's pressed a spring in the top, and it flew open. What plenty of h,uman skunks hyar in the woods would be he beheld caused him a gasp of wonderment. only too glad ter kill us fer it. I'll sleep with one The bag was filled with greenbacks. There were eye open ter-night." packages of bills of all denominations. It was an Melinda was again put to becl by l\Irs. Wiggin. astounding spectacle> to these humble people of the Then Reuben crept into his own rude bed in the loft. backwoods, who in all their lives had neYer seen so But Wiggin and his wife did not retire till long past much money. 1rnidnight. Fo1 some moments there was a dead silence. Mrs. As it happened, no other visitors put in an apWiggin's mouth was wide open with wonderment. pearance at the Wiggin cabin that night. When the Wiggin was pale and startled. sun peeped above the tree-tops Reuben crept down "Jericho!" he exclaimed, finally. "Thar's a heap out of his snug quarters. Mrs. Wiggin was busy of money, Reuben." getting breakfast. Wiggin was out in the forest at "It is a fortune," said the farmer boy. work. \Viggin took up a package of one hundred dollar Reuben washed himself in the limpid watern of bi !ls. the little brook near the cabin. Then he went back "Jest think," hr' said, in a hoarse "thar's to the cabin. enough here to p:iYe all of us comfort fer the1 rest Wiggin had returned and all sat down to the of om h\'es. Those robbers don't know ihet you frugal breakfast. During the meal plans for the took this P1oney." future were diseussed. " To,'' said Reuben. , It was decided that Melinda should make her "Nobody in the world would ever know what behome for the present with the Wigginses. Reuben came o( it if we chose ter keep it." would accept Mr. Bigelow's offer to work for him. Reuben's face grew white and set. He promised to visit the little orphan girl very "We shall not keep it," he said. "It must be reoften. turned to the bank." Melinda accepted her new prospects with great Wiggin placed the bag of money on the table. He joy. She embraced Mrs. Wiggin, whose motherly glanced at the windows and at the doors. Then he heart was quite full. shook himself like a mastiff just out of the water. "I feel sure that prosperity will reward us all,'' He turned to Reuben and there was a true ring in cried Reuben, optimistically. "I mean to earn the his Yoice: money to buy a farm." ":t as. my boy, that money is goin' back ter ther I ::Make me cri.ed Wiggin. bank. Bui I'm goin' ier tell ye ther truth. I was 1 You shall be if you wish, cned the farmer boy, tempted." . !seriously. "We shall all live together then." Wiggin and Reuben looked into each other's eyes. '"And we shall be very happy," cried Melinda. Each understood the other. Certainly it should cast 1"0h, I shall pray Heaven it may come to pass." no discredit upon the \YOodsman that he had yielded 1 It was an hour later that Reuben left the woods even so little. I man's cabin with his bag of greenbacks. He bade "Dan, I couldn't take a dollar or that money no all good-by cheerily, and set dom1 the woods trail. more than I could fly,'' said Reuben. (To be continued.)


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. I FACTS WORTH READING A SUBSTITUTE FOR TINFOIL. The American Consul1 at Breslau, Germany, reports that one of the Breslau tinfoil factories has succeeded in providing a substitute for tinfoil by producing zinc foil. The new product is not to be distinguished from tinfoil and is supposed to render the same services. BURGLARS PAID FOR BATH. El Doi.4do, Kan., has fallen heir to two seemingly honest housebreakers. Two El Dorado women returned home recently and found the bathtub smeared with oily dirt, and on the bottom of the tub two quarters. Conditions of the window above the tub indicated that the men had entered that way and proceeded to clean up, leaving the fifty cents as pay ment. BASS FELL INTO BOAT. Lytle Nail and Claude Benyon spent two weeks fishing at Flat Rock Cave, south of. Tnd., and they caught nothing but redeyes, suckers and sunfish. The last day of their outing , as they were returning to shore in their boat, Nail struck a log with his oar. There was a splash and two bass, each weighing two pounds, fell in the bottom of the boat. The fishermen caught them and triumphantly brought them ashore. Increasing pressure on the brain from the iI}j ury resulted in the necessity for an operation last winter, and following this he gradually regained memory of his mother and his former life. GROWING DATES. The experiment station of the University of Arizona grew 22,000 pounds of marketable dates last season . • The station has more than two hundred thriving trees. The price received was 17 cents per pound, or $3,740 for the crop. From this it will be noted that date growing is no mean occupation, provided one has suitable land. Once upon a time a good date soil could be had for a song, but when water flows over the desert sands, wastes jump somewhat in value. The faculty of the Arizona university have conclusively that dates can be made a profitable crop in the Salt River val ley and elsewhere where soil conditions and climate are similar. No tree is more graceful and beautiful than a date palm, and the plants make stately ornaments for lawns and parks. At the same time they grow an appetizing article of food. I11 northern Africa, the native habitat of the date palm, the fruit is a qommon article of daily diet. HOTELS CLOSED BY "DRY" LAWS. LIGHTNING SPARED MULE. Financial ruin is faced by the hotels of Manitoba, Struck by lightning , a mule which Asa Pilchard Can., as a result of the prohibition law of that prov ince, according to the following dispatch from Win of Shelbyville, Ind., ':as had both its nipeg to the Minneapolis Tribune: ears burned off, while Pilchard was knocked un-Th d' t f th h t l t d f M e economic is ress o e o e ra e o am-consc10us. The flash also set fire to the barn, struck . , d k'll d t d th t 1 -d d . toba, afte:r one months experience with proh1b1hon, cow k'll ' enD eth fiown a wtlire is strikingly by the closing of a large enlce and I e _ree bogs. d tundng the rWe hano t1ler number of places and by requests for relief of some mu e an cow were urne o ea en rn . . . character by those remammg open. storm.was over, all Pilchard had left was one burnt-A f f tl t t' f th G d 1 b . . . con erence o 1e represen a ives o e oveare mu e. His arn and everythrng m it had t C 1 T 1 , A t' th h d t d ernmen , ommercia rave ers ssocia 10n, e een es roye Social Service counsel and the Hotel Men's League F ORGQT HIS PAST LIFE. has been arranged to see what can be done in the interest of public accommodation. After being ' given up as dead thirteen years, Mil-The Government's first concession to the trade was ton Simmons, of Kokomo, Ind., real estate dealer, the announcement that, b.v order in council, the has returned to his IT).Other, Mrs. Cecelia Simmons, hotels under long leases at high figures, based upon at Syracuse, N. Y. liquor license, would be relieved of the lease terms. Simmons tells a remarkable story of his loss of This proclamation automatically resulted in the rent m emory resulting from the Iroquois fire in Chicago. of many hotels all over the province being reducea He was operating a spotlight in the balcony when substantially by the owner at once. the fire broke out and he was sixty feet But this is declared not to have been sufficient onto the bodies below, but was rescued. The fall inducement if an adequate number of hotels are to caused loss of memory, and after two moi1ths in a continue operation. Of the 180 hotels in Winnipeg, hospital he recovered, going to Tipto Ind., where on third have closed and the proprietors of those he engaged in and married. Later he went remaining insist that they are losing money and into the real estate business in Kokomo, where he must ultimately suspend unle ss they receive assistnow resides. tance. I


' THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 23 F . . GHT NG FOR BUSINESS OR ALL FOR THE GOOD I OF THE FIRM By CAf!TAIN GEORGE W. GRANVILLE (A SERIAL STORY.) CHAPTER XVII (Continued). "I can't possibly give you a sample room before to-morrow," replied the clerk. "It is the best we can do for you, sir. Perhaps you had better strike in somewhere else, but I am afraid you will find it the same everywhere. This town is very full." "I suppose you have my room all right, Billy?" said Jack Winton, with an anxious look at the clerk. "Oh, yes," was the reply. "Yours is renewed. Will you go up now?" "In a few minutes," answered Winton, and he moved away. Harry thought for a minute and determined to check his grip, leaving his trunks at the station, and wait until noon. He then washed up and went to breakfast, where at the table he met Jack Winton again, the young man coming in later and taking a seat directly opposite. "Hello, Mr. Holyoke!" he exclaimed, familiarly. "So you are here, are you? Glad of it. I always like to get next to a New Yorker. Not so easy, either, eh? Ha! Ha! That's so. Who are you traveling for, might I ask?" Certainly Jack Winton's manner was most agree able. Harry produced his card. "Martin & Moore, eJ:i ?" said Winton. "Oh, I know . them. Wasn't there a fell ow named Connors who traveled for them?" "There, was," replied Harry. "I have succeeded him. Do you know Tom?" "I've met him. He's a cross-grained chap. I can't say I ever took to him very heavy. That's my line." Jack Winton threw down a card bearing his own name and a John street address. Diamonds and diamond jewelry was the business mentioned, and, of course, Harry thought of the box in liis pocket then. The waiter came for the order now, and after he had received it the conversation was resumed. "By the way,''. remarked Winton, after a moment. "I suppose you have been reading about this Archi bald diamond robbery in the papers? Queer, isn't it, the way it ended?" . "What's that?" demanded Harry, suddenly be coming interested. "Why, the old man received the diamonds back by express yesterday," replied Winton, beginning to peel an orange. "The morning papers had a full account of it. Probably you haven't read them yet." Harry could scarcely conceal his agitation. If the diamonds in his pocket did not belong to Mr. Archibald, then whose were they? The fine soheme which Harry had formed for walking into Archibald & Ryerson's office and laying down his precious box, crumbled. For the moment he was all at sea. I CHAPTER XVIII. MR. ARCHIBALD SAYS "SHUT THE DOOR." Jack Winton re-enforced his statement about peci:liar turn by the Archibald affair by pro the mornmg paper and pointing out the statement referred to. It was in the shape of a card, signed by the mer., chant, stating that he had received his diamonds by and that they came from Buffalo, having been shipped by some unknown individual signing himself John Smith. "Queer start, isn't it?" remarked Winton. "It was a queer case, anyhow. I don't see how a man of old Archibald's business standing could allow himself to be so fooled." "Do you know him?" asked Harry. "I've met him. I sold him a few diamonds a couple of years ago. He's an ugly old sinner, and always full of whisky clean up to the eyes. Sound financially, though. By the way, you ought to know im. He's in your line." "My house has sold him, but I never met him ,,. teplied Harry. ' "I suppose you will be calling on him?" "I certainly shall." "You needn't mention that you met me then. We didn't hitch up very well. It wouldn't do you any good." . Before breakfast was finished Jack Winton proved himself. a very agreeaJ:>.Ie companion, and Harry took qmte a fancy to him. When they parted in the big lobby of the Grand Pacific later on Winton said: 1 ' "Look here, Holyoke, if you can't do any better ..


' THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. to-night you can bunk in with me. There's. a big It just seemed as if he could not go in and talk double bed in my room, and I don't mind." business there. "Thank you," replied Harry, really grateful. He tried to conquer the feeling, but it would not "We'll see later. I dare say, though, I shal find a down. 1 . place." "Pshaw! What in thunder is the. matter w1th "Chances are you won't," said Winton. "There's me?" he muttered. "I'll show the old fellow the a railway convention on in Chicago, and the diamonds and tell him all about it. He will advise clerk tells me that every house is plumb full." me what to do." "All right. We'll see," said Harry, anxious to But still he could not make up his mind to tackle away. the job, so be yielded to what he considerea rank. "And say," continued Winton, detaining him, "if foolishness and went around on Fifth avenue, where you want to change your clothes or go over your he tried Ryder & Howell, one of the Bloodgood stuff in your grip, you can use the room now . " firms, and sold them a good big bill by catalogue. Winton was getting a shade too pressing, Harry This ut him in high feather, for Tom Connors thought. had never been able to sell this house. "I'm off right now on business," he said. "All Indeed, Mr. Howell spoke most contemptuously I have to do is to get my catalogues out of my grip. of Connors, and said that if he was to be their sales ! can do that in the coatroom. See you later, old man he-Howell-should certainly give their trade man." to Martin & Moore. Winton turned away 'with a careless "so-long," It was eleven o'clock when Harry got through and Harry could not but feel that he ha9. wronged here, and now, with his fright vanished, Ire rethe fellow. He secured his catalogues and went out on Clark turned to Lake street and confidently entered Mr. street, gazing curiously at all he saw about him. Archibald' s store. Not that Chicago usually impresses the . average It was a large place, and the fii'm seemed to carry an enormous stock of goods. New Yorker as being the wonder its inhabitants The office was in the real', and as Harry was claim it is, but it never fails to impress the man walking through a man s topped him and inquired from Manhattan of being the nearest approach to 1 d l t f t th U t d St t what 1e wante . us own own any ci Y rn e 111 e a es. "You can't see Mr. Archibald," he said shortly. As he . walked along, Harry more than once "He's engaged " pressed his hand on the left hip pocket of his " . ,, 1 . d H "O, eiha s Mr trousers where he was carrying the precious I can v:rait, rep ie ,, arry. l. • P P • It was a charge which greatly worried him. Ryerson will do as well. . . The night before on the sleeper the boy had taken "?on't you want to see him about. the diamond bllslness ?" asked the 1' 1an "You will be another off his trousters and put them, folded up, under his . ,, ' pillow. I suppose. ,, . . . . " He had even dreamed of the diamonds. I am. not, rep!1ed Ha:r 1 y, laughrng. . I He fancied that some one was trying to get the am rn your own lrne o f busmess. I represent Martm box away from him and that he got up and hid it & Moore. Here's my card. " under the last seat i1n the Pullman. "Oh, that's different," said the man. "I'll send So vivid was the dream that when he suddenly the card right in." awoke he could hardly believe that he was in his He did so and word came back that Mr. ATchibunk. bald would see Martin & Moore's representative. Then he felt for the box and finding it all right "I'll give you a pointer," whispered the clerk. went to sleep again, to dream' that he went back "The old man has just come in and-Well, you to the last seat and recovered the box, but only to know how it is. It takes two 01 three to get him find it empty when he opened it. good-humored. I would not make a long stay. ,If This did not disturb him any when he suddenly he turns you down, look in. to-morrow later in the awoke again, for, as he came to consciousness, he. day." was saying half aloud: "Thanks," replied Harry, and he passed into the "The diamonds are all right. I hid them in rny office to hear a gruff vo ice yelling from an inner shoe." room: And Harry laughed when he thought of these "Now then, : where's that drummer? Does he dreams while he was d1essing behind the curtain propose to keep me waiting all day'?" in the morning and put on his shoes, for it is A Clerk at a desk motioned HarTy toward the open needless to say the diamond s were not there: doo.r from behind which the voice proceeded, and & Ryersoon's place was on Lake he pushed on to find himself facing a big, red-faced near Rush. man, whose very appearance was enough to strike Harry walked directly to the store with the in-terror to the heart of an old experienced road man, tention of tackling the firm first, but just as he was let alone a fellow on his first trip. about to enter he was seized with something like stage fright. (To be continued.) •


THE LIBERTY B O YS OF '76. 25 TIMELY TOPICS HER BROTHERS ALL BIG. While there may be some delay in effecting the ''I haven't so many brothers, but so much broth-reciprocal arrangement at some of the minor ports ers," is the description Mrs. Frank Snyder, of Belle-of entry, the A. A.' A. advises all motorists to call : i.'ontaine, Ohio, gives of her three brothers, one of for the sending of official confirmatory telegrams in whom is now visiting her. Their total height is cases where the authorities may not realize the :full 10 feet 6% inches. J. P. Marshall, of Decatur, import of the agreement in re:ference to border-wide Ala., is 6 feet 5 inches tall; John A. Marshall, of international automobile reciprocity. Willis, Va., is 6 feet 7% inches; and P. 0. Marshell, ......._ of Gira1d, III., is 6 feet 5o/..i, . inches. Their total CALLED DEAD TWICE. weight is more than 600 pounds. MACKEREL CATCH PROFITABLE. Fishermen belonging to the crew of the schooner Be'njan1in Smith, now at the fish pier, Boston, Mass., received $154 each for about tev. days at sea. The schooner brought a catch of mackerel which sold for $7.200, the biggest stock made this season by a mackerel seiner. The Benjamin Smith is commanded by Captain Martin Welsh, who is called "The Mackerel King." • AD BRINGS 502 DOGS. Five hundred and two dogs in the charge of 300 boys and girls appeared in response to an ad placed in all the papers of Vincennes, Ind., in which the W. A. Flint Company asked for 1,000 dogs, to be delivered at its .front door at a speciped time. Three hours before the time, boys and girls, leading or carrying their dogs, were on the way to the Flint store. Each child bringing a dog to the Flint store was given twenty-five cents. A sign reading "Chas ing for Flint's" v..-as placed on each dog's back. Peter Bauer, a piano salesman of Youngstown, Ohio, has survived the second announcement of his death. The latest was recentl y made in' Pottsville, Pa., and the earlier one about five years ago in Cleveland. In both instances the erroneous an nouncements were the result of mistaken identities. Bauer has just received a clipping from the Pottsville Banner, sent him by his brother, telling how he was supposed to have been drowned at Huron, Ohio. Bauer's insistence that he is very much alive means that the authorities 1-l}ust start all over trying to identify the body recently washed at the Lake Erie port. Five years ago a man who dropped dead on a street was at first identified as Bauer. At that time he was living at Garfie ld, Ohio, and it was some time before he convinced the public that he was alive. CANAL SPIES. Activities of persons suspected of being spies em ployed by foreign governments to acquire informa tion regarding the nature and. extent of the defenses of the Panama Canal have made the Administration GOLD FOUND IN RIVER BED. decide to request Congress to supplement/ the existGold has been found in the sands of the Cedar ing laws against the improper acquisition oi"knowl river, Minn. Samples sent to assayers recommended of military and naval plans and fortifications. by the Treasury Department at Washington were Representatives of the Department of Justice, and found to run as high in Yalue as $1,664.80 a ton. the War and Navy Departments have been in con-The appearance of the mineral, known as float ference on the subject. It is expected they will gold, in banks of the stream, has caused the fever agree upon some drastic legislation to be submitted to spread to the surrounding country, and farmers to Congress. now arc sending samples out for authoritative It is possible the scope of the conference may be inspection. extended beyond the original ideas of mere proThe first find was made by Mrs. Daisy Dalager tection of the secrets of American coast defens<.>8, cluring the excavation for a cellar. to covel\ generally such attempts as have been com-mon since the 1 beginning of the present war to destroy powder and munition plants, upon which the United States Government must rely in time of trouble. AUTOMOBILE RECIPROCITY. Motoring reciprocity now extends the entire Jrngth of the bo1der between the United States and Canada, as a result 0 the joint labors of the American Autom obile Federation. It is now possible for American owners to enter Canada and Canadian owners to come into the United States without the giving of a bond for thirty days which is a period greater than that granted h:v States in moto1ing reciprocity with other States. " Several military powers are believed to have undertaken to obtain information as to the of the defenses of the Panama Canal. The latest incident to excite suspicion is the operations of a little Japanese power vessel, ostensibly a fishing launch, which sought to obtain a permit for pearl fishing in the waters of Panama Bay and vicinity. '


I 26 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 NEW YORK, OCTOBER 13, 1916. TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS Single Copies . . . • . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . • . . . . • . . . . . • . • • .05 Cento One CoJ•Y Three :IIonths . . . • . . . . . . . . • . . . . . • . . . . . • .65 Centa One Copy Six :IIonths . . . . . • . . . . . . . . . . . • . . . . . . • . • 1,25 One Copy One Year • . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.50 POSTAGE FREE HOW TO SEND i\rOX"EY-At our risk send P. 0. Money Order. Check or Registe red Letter; remittances in any other way are at J • ou1 risk. \\'e accept l'ostnge Stamps the same as cash. Whe n sending s ilv e r wrap the Coin in u. separate piece of paper to aYoid cutting tbe emelope. \Vi-ite your name and address plainly. Address letters to llarfy E. WoUT, Pres. }FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher N. Hllsting• \\'olll', Trea.s. harle• E. Nylander, Sec. 168 West 23d St., N. Y. on their own resources in a hostile country was the hike made by the Eighth Company, Fourth Regiment of U. S. marines, when it covered in a day and a night, on July 2 and 3, the 111 kilometers between Monte Christi and Santiago, Santo Domingo, after fighting most of the way. It' is seventy-six Ameri can miles between these two points, aud the hike was the third longest ever made by the U. S. Marine Corps under any circumstances that approached warfare. With a handful of U. S. Marines, Colonel Pendleton maintained unbroken an eighty-mile line of trouble is probably due, in the opinion of Marip.e Corps communication, and the quick settling of the Dominican officers, to the rapid hiking of the ma rines to the interior of the country. The nativ es have been disarmed and there is no further fighting. The expeditionary force under Colonel P e ndleton, of the Marine Corps, .consi sted of two regime11ts 1-----------------------' of marines. Good Current News Article! In recognition of his ( sinking one hundred vessEls of the entente allies, Walter Forstmann, commander of a German submarine, has been given the order of pour le merite by the German Emperor, says a Berlin dispatch. The ships sunk by him, including war vessels, aggregated 260,000 tons, and their total value is estimated at $150,000,000. According to a story, going the rounds in the Perkiomen Valley, .John Conrad, a baker of Schwenksville, Pa., caught a catfish in the Perkiomen Creek, a branch of the Schuylkill River, and Grins and Chuckles Mamma-Johnny, see that you give Ethel the lion's share of that orange. Johnny-Yes, ma. Ethel-Mamma, he hasrft given me any. JohnnyWell, that's all right. Lions don't eat oranges. The Parscm-I intend to pray that you may for give Casey for having thrown that brick at you. The Patient.-Mebbe yer riv'rence 'ud be saving toime if ye'd just wait till Oi git well, an then pray for Casey. when the "catty" was opened, a mouse was found "Wh 1 t b 11 " 'd th d t . . . , enever ge an um re a, sai e pru en m its stomach. The fish, an unusually big one, ap-1 t "I t t ,, "S d 1 ,, d parently had made the capture while the mouse was CI izen, P? my name on_ i 0 0 ' answere t f the man without a conscience. "The person who ou or a swim. used to own it isn't likely to identify it then." An order issued by John J. Dillon, State Commis"S ,, a tl ld "I' d that ' f F d d M k t onny, sai 1e o man, m surprise sioner o -oo an ar e s, is worrymg comm1ss10n 1 Id t th t t th t ,, "Wh ?" men in Buffalo. It requires that every egg in cold you 1 ou ease a ca. m. a_ Y. storage must be stamped "Cold Storage" after Sep;,ephed the bad boy, m mhuman work. tember 1. Commission houses estimated that there Do you know any bettei way are 72,000,000 eggs in storage in Buffalo and 650,. . 000,000 in_ the S . tate, and it was said that if the order I !'fr. Slap-What is the of G1ldboy's su!'.cess? is enforced, as it is understood here, there would be I Miss Bang-Why, he knew a girl who spends a thoua sharp advance in prices this fall. sand a year on dresses. Mr . Slap-Ah, I see: he 1 married her? Miss Bang-Oh, no; he married her Surgeons successfully operated the other day on dressmaker. Pete Annastropfe, an Assyrian, to remove a bullet 'that had lodged between vertebrae in his neck when he was shot in the mouth at Van Wert, Ohio, re cently, and Annastropfe will recover, the surgeons said, after having been constantly in danger. The position of the bullet was such, it was said, that had Annastropfe moved his head violently he would have died. The bullet was touching the spinal cord, and the operation was regarded as extremely serious. "The slimmest show I ever had of getting a fee," said a Leavenworth lawyer to a newspaper man, "was when a client came to me with no other asset than a watch without any wol'ks in it." "I suppose you took the case,". commented the n ewspaper man. "What is there about betting on horse races that is so bad for the health?" said young Mrs. Brown. "I never heard of anything," answered the visitor. "Didn't you? Every time Charley makes a bet he What is believed to have been one of the longest comes home and says there is something wrong with tropical hikes ever made by American troops thrown his system."


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 27 WILLIE DALE'S ADVENTURE By Kit Clyde / We will premise by stating that in Luzerne County, Pa., resides a rich and widowed old gentle man, the possessor of a great abundance of this world's goods, Everett Harding by name. Harding had married, late in life, a young and comely woman who died two years later, leaving behind a daughter-the little Estelle-of whom th'is story treats in part. In employ as gardener, and who lived within a quarter mile of Harding's princely man sion, was John Dale, the father of a numer9us fam ily, among them the little Willie, with whom this story will deal. At the time of our story Willie was fourteen, and Estelle ten. "'There's Willie, he will help you to demolish the victuals,' replied her father, and so the little maiden returned, and I received an invitation to join her at lunch. "That over, she arrayed some cold chicken and other things so that her father could get them, should he become hungry: and then started off without a word. " 'Hadn't I better go with you, Estelle?' I asked. " 'No, I want to be alone,' she replied, and then rambled away in the underbrush. "I did not want her to be entirely alone, so when she had disappeared from sight, I arose from the log on which I had been sitting, and followed her in the direction she had taken. "Two or three times I came suddenly upon her where she had stopped, but she loved wild flowers dearly, and was so preoccupied each time in gathering them that she remained unaware of my proximity. I "She had wandered on in this way for nearly a Some four miles back of Harding's residence there mile over the rough mountain path, when, glancing stretched a low chaiti of mountains, unbroken, ex-through the trees, I saw her emerge upon a little cept by an occasional peak that jutted up higher open, level spot, which crowned a slight elevation. toward heave n. "She crossed it, and I saw her disappear on the To one of these peal{s, generally spoken of as the side. "Sugar-Loaf Peak," perhaps because in fancy it "A moment later I heard a shrill, piercing scream. r esemb led the article from which it was named, "'What co.uld be the matter?' I questioned myself, Mr. ":as fond retiring to, the scene hurrying onward toward where I had last seen her. from its top berng a magmficent one. "Again came a wild shriek of terror and anguish . In these excursions he was almost always ac\and pain, so shrill that it even penetrated the ears compatli ed by Estelle, either one or the other of of the father so far away, as after events showed. the gardener's boys accompanying the father and "As fast as my legs would carry me I bounded daughter to c:::.rry the lunch and drink that it was over the level, and dashe'tl among the trees. necessary to take with them. "'Could it be a wildcat that had attacked her?' One day they started on just such an excursion, "I drew my pocket-knife, and as I ran I opened Mr. Harding, Estelle and Willie. the blade, and, clasping the handle firmly, I in-The last half-mile of the approach to Sugar-Loaf wardly resolved to vanquish the cause of fear, whatit was necessary to walk, and arriving at the termi-ever it might be, or perish in the attempt. nus of the wagon road, Mr. Harding hitched his "Finally I halted, satisfied that I had gone far. horse to a young sapling, spread some sweet, new enough. 1 hay brought for the purpose on the ground before "I listened. the animal, and then together they ascended to the "A strange, flapping noise, such as is made by a little table of bare rock which crowned the peak. lot of barnyard fowl when flying, I heard rising at And now we will let Willie relate the story, al-my right. though, perhaps,' we may crouch it in our own Ian"Could that be the cause of trouble? guage, since it is written merely from memory, and "I was going to investigate, anyhow, when anit would be impo ss ible to use exactly the same Ian-other shrill scream and a cry for help came from guage and form of speech that he did when telling it. the same direction. "Well," said Willie, commencing where we had "Toward the spot I recklessly dashed, over rocks, left off, "well, it was a splendid morning; the air. fallen trees-I went around nothing. I could not was so clear that you could see a great distance, waste the time. and Mr. Harding was perfectly delighted with the "I heard a low moan of pain; then I dasned beautiful and extensive view, which, with the aid of through the undergrowth into an open space, and a small pocket telescope, greeted his eyes. ""' in the center I beheld Miss Estelle, with both arms "Almost always he used to devote considerable raised in the vain endeavor to protect her head time to Estelle, but that day he seemed so entranced from the fierce assaults of a monstrous eagle that as to forget her entirely, and when she, with her circled around above her for a moment, and then, dainty hands, had spread the lunch and informed with the swiftness of' lightning, swooped down upon him that it was ready, he bade her eat, saying that her, bruising and tearing her head ,with its cruel he did not care for any lunch. beak and merciless talons. " 'But I can't eat alone, pap,' said Estelle. "For a moment I stood spellbound.


( 28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. "Estelle did not see me; but, as if intuitively !although she scarcely looked it, her head being aware of my presence, she dropped her arms, and bound up in a handkerchief. turned a piteous, appealing, ghostly-white face to"A feeling of bulkiness caused me to look at my ward me, c,ried in agony: left hand, when I . discovered that it, too, was ban"'Save me-oh, save me!' daged . " 'I will!' I cried, and I darted forward with up" 'My hand?' I began. lifted hand, ready to strike my knife into the heart " 'You cut it,' said Mr. Harding. 'Can you stand?' of the cruel bird; yet, not quick e nough did I reach "J nodded assent, and was helped np by :'..VIr. her to prevent the eagle from again pouncing down Harding, and when I had risen I saw at my feet upon her now altogetner uprotected head. my late, terrible antagonist-dead. "The shock was too much for Estelle to stand, "My prayer had been answered. and with a cry of pain and anguish she sank to "My wild stroke had almost seve1ed the eagle's the earth, unconscious, her pale, upturned face bear-head from his body, after which it had glanced off, ing the still appealing look with which she had inflicting the wound on my har1d. turned toward me. "Mr. Harding assisted us both to the wagon, and "The eagle uttered a shrill scream, as if gloatdrov e hom e as rapidly as possible, taking with him ing triumphantly over the havo,c he had wrought. the three young eagles which he foun d in a nest "I stepped across her body, and, with a foot on but a few feet from where the fight had ' occurred, either side, stood and watched the fierce bird as it and which Miss Estelle had stumbled i1pon, and circled rapidly about my head, uttering shrill cries had beg-an caressing them when the old bird atand making feints of attacking me, at times adtacked her. vancing, swooping down within two feet of niy face. "Miss Estelle quickly recoveJ1ed from her fright, "Again and again did I make a lunge at him with and her wounds, although painful, were not dan my knife, but he was always away before my blow could take effect. "It was fearful, and yet there was a strange , fas cination in watching the rapid movements of the bird. ' gerous. "I did not escape so easily, for my hand bet:ame very much inflamed, and the surgeons wanted to cut it off. "Mr. Harding would not consent to it, and em "Hither, thither he darted; up, down, no w poised ploy ed the very best of surgeons, al'l:d by an outlay momentarily, now down with a fearful rapidity, of a considerable amount of money, saved my hand. a clutch of his talons at my hat, a lunge with my See, there is my memento of the affair . " knife, my hat is gone, and with it some hair, which He pointed to a frightful scar, extending all the I knew from a strange, burning sensation which I way across the back of his hand, which made me felt in my head. . shudder to look at. "Down he swooped again, following up the ad-And now for a few words from Mr. Harding in vantage he had gained, so quick that I could not conversation with another. use my knife. "Yes, I like the l ad, and he's a noble one, braYe "Instinctively I raised my left arm; it saved my as a lion, and true as steel. I have spent conside reyes and face, but was terribly lacerated. able money on him; sent him to college; educa t e d "Just then a moan escaped him the very best; and he is a young fellow whom for I knew to take my eyes off everybody can feel proud to be acqua in ted with. I the bird would almost be equivalent to death, I shall see to it that he gets along in the world, and glanced down. this in private-I should be very much pleased to "With what seemed a devilish intelligence, the see him some day my son -in-law." eagle seized the opportunity, and darted down. "I felt a terrible shock as it struck my head. Some few years have passed since then, the two "I glanced blindly up, I saw him coming again, I young people seem fond of each n'-h'"' I think made a grasp with my left hand, I had caught him from all appearances that the day is not far distant when Willie Dale will marry the fair and wealthy by one leg. h d th t t tl l t h' h' h "I was fast. becoming oblivious to all my sureiress, an . u s s.ep rn o 1e re a ions rp .w ic roundings, still I recognized this fact, a momentary. old Mr. Hardmg has declared would please h1m. inward prayer, and I aimed wildly at where I supposed the bird to be. I After journeying across the continent from her "I have a faint recollection' of wild screams of home at Monessen, Pa., to secure her deceased pain-a tremor of my left arm, a heavy fall to the uncle' s "fortune" of $1,000,000, Mrs. A. T. Blush earth and I became unconscious. has left Los Angeles for her home, satisfi e d that the "\Vhen I came to, it was to find Mr. Harding fortune does not exist . Inquiries at a bank, where bending over me, an anxious look on his features. Edwin Kerns, the uncle, was supposed to have had a " 'Miss Es'telle,' I gasped. . safety deposit box containing the $1,000,000, re" 'She's all right, thank goodness!' fervently said vealed the fact that Kerns had in September, 1915, Mr. Harding, and turning a little, I saw her, still withdrawn his v::i.luable s . Mrs. Blush will receiYe, white as death and much agitated, but still herself, it is said, about $5 for her trouble.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 2 FROM .4LL POINTS $250,000 CAN'T BUY HORSE. Solly Joel has refused a $250,000 offer for his famous iacehorse, Pommern, by a foreign buyer. This is an advance of $50,000 ove1 the record price ever paid for a stallion, $100,000 having bought Prince Palatine. Pommern earned great fame last year, joining the select few who have won the triple crown of English racing by winning the Two Thousand Guineas, the Derby, and the St. Leger. Hi& owner, Solly J oer, will soon sail for South Africa to take an active part in the flat racing season. RUSSIA'S TIMBER TRADE. H.ussia must organize lumber enterprises along American lines if she is to supply lumber for re construction work in the sections of Europe ruined by the war, the Russian-American Journal of Com merce points out. The need for lumber, says that journal, will be the great problem confronting Europe after hostilities cease, some estimates placing the quantity of timber that will be required by the countries now at war at 50,000,000 cubic feet. The timber trade of Central Russia, it is said, will not suffice for meeting the b'emendous demand, and the enormous timber wealth of northern Russia, the Caucasus, and Siberia must be drawn upon. American methods of exploiting Russian forests, continues the Russian journal, should be introduced to prevent the trade from being diverted elsewhere . If the needed changes are introduced, it is claimed that the result will be the retention by Russia of the most desirable world markets for lumber. CAMPHOR JUMPS IN PRICE. Camphor in bulk has ad'lanced from 42 cents a pound, the price at the begi1;111ing of the year, to 62V2 cents, and :ts sensational rise is the feature of the drug market, according to the Oil, Paint and Drug Reporter. The sharp rise has taken place despite large imports. One cause is the greatl increased consump tion of medicinal grades under the "wholly un founded impression that it possesses as a disinfectant and bactericide in combating anterior poliomyelitis," according to the trade journal, which says the medical consumption normally decreases in the summer months, but this year, on account of the infantile paralysis epidemic, increased enormously. J • More important as a market factor, however, is the increasing use of camphor in the manufacture of celluloid, fiberoid, windows in automobile tops and other nitro-cellulose products. NEW DIMES OUT SOON. Orders for the newly designed 10-cent pieces are being received daily at the United States mint at Philadelphia. Two hundred and fifty thousand of the new coins are coined daily, 150 men being em ployed exclusively in this work. Adam lYI. Joyce, the superintendent, said that 10,000,000 of the new dimes will be turned out soon. The new piece bears the figure of a Grecian woman on the obverse side, and the bundle of rods and the ax of the Roman lictors on the reverse. Superinfendent Joyce also announced that work will be begun on the new 15-cent pieces soon, while the making of the new half dollars will not be started before the early part of October. The newly designed quarter on one side has the full figure of a woman coming through a gate in a wall, and the reverse s ide shows an eagle in flight. The 50-cent piece bears a full-length figure of the Goddess of Liberty holding oliYe branches, while the reverse design is that of a sp r ea d eagle standing on a rock. A PARADISE FOR ANIMALS. Pierre Loti, in his book on India, repeatedly de scribes the fearlessness cf animals in that country. He says: "My room was never closed, neither dtu-.i< ing the day nor the night, and the birds of the air made their home with me; sparrows walked on the mats that covered the floor, without even heeding my presence, and little squirrels, after an inquir ing gaze, came in too , and ran over the furniture; and one morning I saw the crows perched on the . corner of my mosquito net." Describing the enchanted wood of Oodeypore, with wild boars, monkeys, and a number of birds, flights of turtle-doves, and droves of parrots, he says: "Flocks of superb peacocks strut up and down among the dead trees; running with outstretched tails, the wondrous sheen of which looks like a spirit of green and incandescent metal. All these animals are free and unrestrained, yet their demeanor is not that of wild animals and birds, for in these lands, where they are never slain by man, the idea of flight does not animate them as it does at home." This respect for animal life is not confined to the Buddhists of Jains, the sentiment is of much more ancient origin. Pierre Loti tells us that the horrors of death and slaughter, the sickening display of carcasses of animals are nowhere to be seen, for the people of Brahma do not eat anything that has ever lived. "In the place of such exhibitions, we see heaps of roses plucked from their stems, which are used in the making of essences, or simply to be 1 woven into necklaces."


so THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. . ARTICLES OF ALL KINDS TOSSED COIN BEFORE MARRIAGE. Miss Laurine Michaelson, a Seattle society girl, and Ralph S. Montgomery, an advertising man of San Francisco, have just started on a honeymoon trip to Coronado. The toss of a coin played an important part in their marriage. The couple were undecided as to whether they should we9-, so they tossed a coin. Heads were up and the wedding followed. FROtS' NOISE CAUSES SUIT . . Because the bullfrogs made such noiseR in !' pond near his house that he and his family lost much sleep during the hot weather, Charles H. Barton, retired capitalist of Ottumwa, Iowa, has filed suit for $2,000 damage s against L. H. Hughes, a River view grocer and postmaster. Barton charg'es that the pond in which the frogs live was constructed by Hughes that he might fish from the rear step of his store. SJ['ORM STOPS WATCHES. Mainsprings of 1 , 000 watches snapped within a rad ius of twenty mil e s o f Ring lin g , O k la., during a recent electrical sto r m. "Thi;> is not unusu a l," said a jeweler as three men cam e to his counter with "dead" watches. "All ov e r t h e Mi ddl e West, and probabl y in other parts o f t he country, electrical disturbances play havoc with the time o' day. I recall a few years ago in a record was kept of the number of watche s broken during an electric a l storm, and the number r eac hed 2,800. All of them stopped during a period of fifteen minutes. "I can't tell how many were aff e cted," said the jeweler, "during the storm h e re, but I shouldn't be surprised if 1,000 are o u t of order in this s e ction. All day l ong the y have been coming to me, and in ne?-rl y every case it was the same trouble-a broken mainspring;. " . The e lectrical storm, traveling from southeast to northwest and passing over Ringling and the H e ald ton oil field , lasted less than one and a half hours, beginning about eight o'clock, Ytet some watches AGAINST TATTOOING. brou ght in fo r repairs stopped as late as 11 :30, An ordinance prohibiting tattooing .i.n Kansas which the j e weler s aid was extraordinary. City is being prepare d by J. A. Harifeld, City Counselor. He two men with tattooed arms FISHING IN GUIANA WITH BOW AND A R R OW. while in a barber shop getting shaved. The sight Inst ead of u s ing n ets o r t he c o nven t io n a l hook and jarred his artistic soul. "There are many men line, the natives of Gui a n a shoot the fis h with bow carrying tattoo marks on their bodies who would and arrows. The arrow u sed is d esig ned e sp e cially give a great deal to get rid of them," the attorney for this purpose, and i s about 5 f e e t in length, with says. "It is one of the madnesses of youth. I have no feathe rs. The head, whi c h is barbed, is made a friend who would cheerfully part with $1,000 to from sheet ifon and is provide d with a socket which get rid of his marks. I think the city has a .right is slipped over the end of the shaft by a light, strong to prohibit such an undesirable form of busmess, line about 10 feet long. and I am going to draw the ordinance;' When the fish is s t r u c k a n d the barbe d point is buried in its flesh, the c a n e s haft floats free and, upon the surface o f the w a t e r, serves as a FOUND $1,500 UNDER A GRIDDLE. buoy to mark the c atch, which i s h aule d in by means Annie Wadler, thirty-six, of No. 228 Madison of the line attached to the h ead. street, N e w York, was locked up at Police Head-Fis h weighing from 10 to 10 0 pounds are caught quarters by Detective Pflaster, charged with grand in this manner, says .the Po pulal' Science Monthly. larceny by Mrs. Rachel Linderman of No. 650 Fifth When there are no fish v is ible, or when they are too street, where she boarded until two weeks ago. She far beneath the surface to shoot with certainty, the told Pilaster and reporters that she took the $1,f:>OO natives resort to "calling" the fish. This is accom Mrs. Linderman lost, but hasn't got it now. plished by uttering a low whi s tling sound and wavAccording to her' story, she was cleaning up ing the finger tips in a p e culiar m a nner. Surprfoing around the Linderman house when she discovered as it may seem, the fish o f t e n . approach the hunter something wrapped in cloth under the griddle, on within bowf4hot when thus call ed. the kitchen range. In the cloth she found two stock-But one does not need to g o t o faraway Guiana ings, and in the stockings $1,500. She says she put to see fish kill e d by the bo w and arrow. Our own everything back except the $1,500. She took 'ehis native Am erican Irtdi ans are pas t masters of the across the street with her to the home of a trick, and a sojourn with them in one of the West borrowed a key and concealed the money. ern reservations will conv in c e the visitor that shootTwo hours later, she says, she thought she had ing fish is one of the Indian's favorite pastimes. An better put the money somewhere else. She returned arrow much shorter than that used by the natives to the house of her friend, borrowed the key again, of Guiana is used, and no line is attached to the and looked for the money-but it was gone, she adds. head of the arrow.


.fHE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 -LATEST ISSUES-812 The Llbe1t7 Bon and Pvtaakl • or The Polleh Patriot. 813 The Liberty Boys at Hanging Rock: or, The "Carolina Gao Cock." 796 The Llbert7 Boys at Augusta; or, "Wa7 Down In Georgia." 797 The Liberty Boys' Swamp Camp; or, Flghtlng and Hiding. 7118 The Llhert7 Boys In Gotham; or. Darlng Work ln the Great City. 814 The Liberty Boys on the Pedee; or, Maneunring wl Marlon. 7119 The Liberty Boys and Kosclusko; or. Tbe Fight at Great Falls. 815 The Liberty Boys at Guilford Court House; or, A Defeat U Proved a Victory. 800 The Llhert7 Boys' Glrl Scout;. or, Fighting Butler's Rangers. 801 The Liberty Boys at Budd's <.;rosslng; or. Hot Work In Cold 816 The Liberty Boys at Bander's Creek. or, The Error of Ge era! Gates. Weather. 802 The Llbert;r Boys' Ratt or, Floatlng and Fighting. 817 The Liberty Boye on a Raid; or, Out wlth Colonel Brown 818 The Liberty Boys at Gowanus Creek; or, For Libert y a In!! and friends. It ls the r;reatest book ever published. No 10. HOW TO BOX.-The art of self detense made easy. Containing over thirty ll!nstratlons of guards, blows, and the different position ot a good boxer. Every boy 1hould obWn one .of these useful and ln1tructlve books, as It will teach you how to box without an Instructor. No. 11. BOW TO WRITE LOVE-LET'J'ERS.-.A. moat complete little book, containing full directions tor writing love-letters, •nd when to use them, giving specimen letters tor young and old. No. 11. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO LADIES..--Glving complete Instructions tor writing letters to ladles on all subjects; also letters of lntroduct!en, notes and reque•ts. No. lS. HOW TO DO IT; OR, DOOK OF ETIQUETTE.-It la a great life secret, and one that every young man desires to .1ry, wealt1l or poverty. Yen C&ll tell by a glanc e at thls little book. Buy ene and be convinced. No. 29. HOW TO BECOME AN INVEN TOR.-Every boy should knew II.ow lnvn tlons originated. Thia be>ek explains them all, givin g example s In electrlclty, h ydraulics. magnetism, optics, pneumB.tlCS, m.echanica. etc. No. 80. HOW TO COOK.--One et t1le ]llest Instructive books on ceoklng ever publ!slled. It contain s recipe s tor cooking tl•h. game, and o y sters; also plea, pudalng1, cakes and all kinda of putry, and a sran4 collec tion of recipes. No, 8L HOW TO BECOME A SPEAD ER..-Centalnlng tonrteen llluatratlons. gll Ing the different position• requl.a1te to b come a ireod 1peall:er, reader and elocutlonl1 .lllO centalnlng r;em. from all the populf author1 ot prose and poetr7. No. 81. HOW TO RIDJll A BICYCLE.• Containing lnatructlona tor beginners, chol ot a machine, hlntl ou etc. book. Full ot practlc 1llustr1 lfe. 81. HOW TO PLAY O..UO:S.-A coq plete an4 uaetul little book containing tl rule. and resulatlona of bllhards, bagat•l\ back&'am.tnOn, cro<1uet, dominoes, etc. Ne. H. HOW TO SOLVE -Centalnlng all the leading conundrums the day, amuslnir riddles, curious catch and witty sayings. No. 88. HOW TO DECOJllE YOUR OW DOCTOR.-A wonderful book, c ontalni.I; uaetul and practical lntormstlon In the tre11 ment of ordinary diseases and ailments co• men to every family. Abounding ln nset ell'ectlve recipes for general complaint No. 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POID TRY, PIGEONS AND RABBITS.-A uaefl and instructive book. Handsomely lllnstra ed.. No. 40. HOW TO MAKE AND SE TRAPS.-lncludlng hlnte on how to catc m o les, weasels, otter, rat•, squ1rr<> l s a• birds. .Also how to cure sdna. Coplens1 Illustrated. No. U. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK EN' MEN'S .JOKE BOOK.-Contalnlnl!' a gre1 variety ot the latest ,.Joke bee) No. 41. THE BOYS OF NEW YORl STUMP llPEA.K.ER.-Contalnlng a varied aortment ot stump •Peechea N egro Dute and Irish. Alao end m e n ' s Jokes. Just th tllinir fer home amusement and ama.teu alt.1w1. Ne. '8. HOW TO BECOME A MAGICIA:N --Coatalnlng the granlleat assortment o aa1lcal lllusloas ever placed hetore th publlc. Also tricks with carda, incalltatlona etc. . 1fo. . HOW TO WBITJll IN AN AL Jll1H.-.A. graa( collectlc.n ot Album Verse aultaltle tar any time and occasion, embrac lllll i.tnea of Love All'ectlon, Sentiment. Hu nan, Respect, and C8adoJence, also Vert1e 1 Sulta'Ble fer Valelltlnea and Weddings. No. 45. TH111 BOYll OF NBW YORK JlllN. STREL OUD>Jll AND JOill thing new and very lnatructlve. Every bo) sheuld olttaln thl1 lteell, H It conWna tu! lniitructlons tor organialnl' an amateur mln etrel troupe. For sale by all newsdealers, or will be •ent to any address on receipt of price, lOc. .FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, per copy, or S tor .. In money o r postage stamps, b• 168 West 23d St., N. Y


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