## The Liberty Boys in the Highlands, or, Working along the Hudson

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FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 168 WEST 230 STREET, NEW YORK No. 828. NEW YOUK, 10, 1916. Price 5 Cents. Dick, the Liberty Boys and the girl suddenly rushed forward. ..Drop that boy and surrender?" cried Dick, sternly. 'Don't attempt to escape. If you do. you are dead men!" The Tories. were almost paralyzed

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â€¢ 4 THE LlBERTY BOYS lN THE HIGHLANDS. "Don't be afrai'd for me, mother," he sa.i
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THE LIBERTY BOYS IN THE HIGHLANDS. 7 "Ye bet we do!" Such were a .few of the exclamations. The scene was the interior of the cavern in which the Mullins gang had its headquarters. Bill Mullins himself sat on a rude stool on a raised platform at one side of the cavern, and in front of him were at least fifty men, ruffians all, if appearances went for anything. In front of Mullins stood a rather good-looking youth of perhaps twenty years. This youth was Ben Sprague, the brother of Bertha. Mullins no v addressed his men again. "Men , " he said, "what shall we do with ther youngster?" 'l'he ruffians were silent a few moments, and then one said: "Th er bes' thing we kin do is ter kill 'im ! " "Thet's ther talk!" "Yas, yas!" "Our own safety demands et!" 1 "Yaas, ef we don' put 'im out uv ther way he'll git erway an' tell ever'buddy whar we air stayin'." Such were a few of the remarks. Bill Mullins, a big, da!'k-faced, bearded ruffian, looked at the youth fiercely and said: "D'ye heer thet, Ben Sprague?" The youth nodded. , . "I hear it, " he replied. "Waal, whut d're think erbout et?" "I don't know.' "Don' ye think ye hed better make up yer min' ter be saten;fied ter be one uv us?" The youth shook his head. " No , " he said decidedly; "I would rather die than be a robber.'' "Oh , y e would?" " Yes." "All right, then; ye shall hev yer way erbout et, hey, bo ys?" "Yaas!" "Ye bet!" "Thet's whut he kin!" . "Le ' s put an end ter 'im right erway!" "He 'll do u s h arm b y gittin' erway an' tellin' whar our hidin'-place is, ef we don'.'' Such w ere the r emarks and the looks that were bent upon the youth w ere anyth:ng but friendly. Self-preservation is the first law of nature, and these ruffians would not hesitate an instant to kill someone, if their own safety required it. Ben Sprague knew this and his heart sank. He was a brav e youth and life . w a s dear tohim, but he was honest and honorable also, and the life of a robber was one that he could not engage in . He had told the truth when he had said that he would m ther die than be a robber. Bill Mull i ns now asked the m e n how the youth s hould be put to death. "Le's shoot 'im !" said one. "Kni f e 'im!" from another. "I'll tell ye whut !e's Qo," from a third. "Wull ?" from Mullins. "Le's tie 'im, han' an' foot, an' take "n ou , i . : e r boat an' drop 'im inter ther river." "Weighted down, ye mean?" "Uv course!" "Thet's ther thing ter do!" . "Yaas, we'll kill 'im an' bury 'im at ther same time!" "Thet's so!" "Le's do thet, Bill!" "All right, " said Mullins; "thet's ez good er way ez enny, I guess." "Et's ther bes' way," from another. " Seeze 'im an' bind an' gag 'im!" ordered Mullins. A couple of the men did
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8 TlIE LlBEH.TY BOYS IN THE HlGHLAr Ds. fiaus tie, Dub. " "Very well. Dick, accompanied by Ben and the other half of the force, made his way up the slope to a point indicated by Ben, who said that was the other entrance to the cavern. This entrance, like the other, was hidden from casual view by some bushes, but these were pulled aside and the Liberty Boys entered one after another. They made their way down a \dnding, sloping pa;;sage and moved slowly and cautiously, as they did not' wish to let ruffians kno,,they were coming if they could possibly help it. Down they went, and at last they came to a point where the passage 11idened out greatly and the floor )VaS level. "It' is only about thirty yards to the main cavern, andit is just around that out-jutting corner yonder," whi;;pered Ben. "All right," ieplied Dick. â€¢ Then he gave the signal to advance. Each and every Libc1ty Boy had a pistol in either hand, cocked and ready ror instant use. They moved cautiously onward till they were at the corner, and then they suddenly rushed. around the outjutting l'Ock, and \vere in the niain cavern confronting the startled and amazed members of the Mullins band. The Liberty Boys leveled their pistols ai1d Dick cried, commandingly: "Up with your hands and surrender peaceably, or d.iel". The members of the band turned their heads and looked m the other direction, evidently with the thought of trying to make their escape in that direction, but at this moment Bob and his part of the force 1eape, Mrs. Hcyri.olds '?" ''Ii about Henry."

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12 THE LIBER'l'Y . BOYS Jr THE HIGHLANDS. "You suggest to Henry that we would like to haye them iget married at home,_ or mine, this very It would pJease Ed1th and Alice m1ght1ly, old fellow! "So it would, Bob." . "Btoacl1 the subject to Reynolds, Dick." "I will, and he'll be glad 'to take advantage of the oppor 1 know." "I sbould think he would be." " Yes, and as you say, Alice and Edith will be delighted, and they will make it pleasant for Miss Worthington." "You may be sure they will!" "How about you and I getting married to AliGe and Edith at the same time, I!ob?" with a smile. . . "I'd like it, old fellow; but we are soldiers, and I guess it will be best fot us,to waituntil the war ends before getting !married." "I guess so Bob. " Alice laughed happily. "So do I, Edith!" she said. After supper Parson Meredith was sent for, and Uie mar riage o:f Henry Reynolds and Frances Worthington '"as sol emnized. It was a happy party that was there in the Slater ho.me that night. Edith and Alice were radiant in thefr joy and happiness, and there can be little doubt that a large portion of their happiness was due to their anticipation of a like ceremony, which would' _ some clay be performed there when they would be the happy principals. CHAPTER XIII. THJ; REDCOATS OObTED. â€¢ Dick Slater' and Bob Estabrook lived on adjoining farms 11ot far from Tarrytown,-and had been friends and playmates and schoolmates all their lives. Dick's sister Edith was Bob's 'he marriage was over, the parson had take11 his departure / 'sweetheart and promised wife, and Bob's sister Alice was and the young folks were taiking, laughing and having a Dick's sweetheart and promised wife, and this made the two good time when there came a loud rapping on the front door . . youths yery dear friends. They thought much of each Dick went to the door and opened it, to see a British colonel other as though they were brothers, and either would have standingthere. died for the other most cheerfully. The officer looked past Dick and caught sight of Frances The Liberty Boys were now at work breaking camp, and Worthington that was. / Dick went to Reynolds and b!oached _the subJect to He brushed past Dick and confronted the young woman. Jiim. Hemy was delighted, and told Dick that it would please "Father!" Frances exclaimed. , him greatly to be married at pi.ck's ho1;ne. . L ., â€¢ "Frances! undutiful. daughter!" the colonel said , lepiov-"lt is kind of you to offer tins suggestion, Captam SlaLer, rngly. ,he said. "You have done a great deal for me, and rest asDick, peering out, saw a force of British troopers out at !sured that if eve1: I get the chance I will repay you." the gate. "That is all right, Mr. Reynolds, we ,are glad to do what He motioned to Bob, at the same time closing 'the door. 1we can for patriots, and we are especially interested in your "What is it, Dick?" asked Bob, as he drew near. affair, because the daughter of a British colonel is to be yqur "There's a Gtro11g force of British dragoons out at the gate; \\iJ'e. We are eager to help you outwit the colonel." go and tell the boys to get r.eady quickly and come up close "You are very, very kind, Captain Slater!" behind the house and be ready to attack the redcoats when "Don't speak of it." . the time comes." . . Then Henry went to Fi:fnces and told her what Dick had "All i;ight, Dick," and Bob hastened out of the house b y s uggested. the rear door, she was delighted. ' Meanwhile Colonel Worthington was talking to his daugh"You say we are to be married in Captain Slater's home, ter. land that he has a sister and a sweetheart there who \\ill be He explained that he had come northward in search oJ' glad . to make the event a joyous one? Oh, Hem'y, that is her, had found the Reynolds home deserted, and had been told indeed pleasing news!" , by that Reynolds arv:I a young lady had gone "I told him I knew you would be glad to accept of his , awa;r m company with a young man, undoubtedl y a rebel. offer, Frances!" He nad followed on the track of the Liberty Boys , and had "Yes, indeed!" accidentally met Parson Meredith, who had told them o n Soon the Libe1'ty .Boys were ready to start, and thell being questioned that he had just been to the Slater home force set out. where he had married Henry Reynolds and Frances Henr) -and Ml's. Reynolds and Frances Worthington rode fogton. near the center o! the part)' , so as to be most protected in "And now I have come to take you back home Fi' ance s ' ' case of an attack by redcoats or Tories. the colonel said in conclusion; "and I am going to take Hem:v !if one were seen, however, and the: Liberty Boys reached . Reynolds back to the jaH he escaped from!" the homes of Dick and Bob without incident. "Never, father!" the young woman cried. "I will not J?O 'l'hey went into camp in the timber back of Dick's home 'back! And. you shall not take Henry back!" and Mrs. Reynolds and Frances were talcen into the ho1i1e of "But I must and '"ill, Frances! Get ready at once."' Mrs .. Slater and were a wann welcome. . Dick stepped and confronted the colonel. . Edith Slater and Allee Esterbrook were told by and "I beg your pardon, sir, but how are you goino t o do ' ! " Bob tl1e story of Henry Reynolds and Frances Worth1i;igton, he asked, quietly. "' when they learned. that the two to. be at "Easily enough. sir!" Dic}'c's hoID:e that evenmg they were wild with delight and '.'You will have to do it by force, if at a l l." . . ,, . . . 'Well, I shall do it by force, if nece ssarr." Oh, tlus 1S lo,vely, Dick! cned Allee, throwmg her anns "But are 3 '0U sure that you can do it"'" about the youth's neck and kissing him. "I am." "So it is!" he laughed. And he returned the kiss with "You must 11ot be too sure. How strong a forc e huve y ou interest. along with you?" "Say, I enjoy that sort of thing myself once in a while, or "One hundred and fifty troopers." oftener," laughed Bob, seizi11g Edith and kissing her. "You "That is not a sufficient force, six." shall uot leave Bobby out in the <:old when anything of that "It is not?" skeptically. sort is on the tapis, I tell you!"' "No; I have one hundred men, and w e can eas il y hold ou1 Edith and Alice were introduced to Frances, and they took own against your force." a great liking to her at once. They admired her, too, for "One hundred peasant soldiets equal to on e hund red a ncl her bravery in deserting her father and her home fol her fifty of the king's finest troopers?" fover. 'l'hey felt that they would do and dare anything for "Yes." Dick and Bob, and the;yadmired Frances for what she had "Bah! It is. folly to talk that wa y ! " done; ' 1 1'Very well; butwe will prove to y ou thut it is noL roll y." "And there will be.a weddinl$' fo our hou s e to-night! How "If your men sho'i\ ' themselves w e will rout them v e r y lovely!" breathed Edith, a2 Ahce was taking leave to go to quickly." her home for supper. . At tlii s instant there came the s ound of l'ircarm s . -"ft is nice, Edith .. But it wil9be nicer when, a.t s ome time! "What cloes that mea11?" the colonel cried, to"ard 1.n the future, there 1s another one there, won't it?" the door bas iil1 . . ''Ye s , indeet1 , Alice; but. I hope it w ill be a double .w ed "It Lhe encounl c1 i s taking plac e 1Jet.1Veen y o u d!rui'!" . . men a.nd Colonel Worthi11'1.'ton." said Dick . majetl v ; "anrl PAGE 14 THE LIBER'l1Y BOYS LN THE HIGHLAI DS. 13 as thi s is home and you are in it, and as yom daughte1 is high in niy i;egards a s ihe wile of my friend, Henry ReyCHAPTER XIV. uo[ds, 1 suggest that we t\\ o remain here and leave our men to fight it out." l!\' SEARCH OF' A N O'l'Hl!:R GANG. " No, no! I am going to join my men and command them!" and he rushed out of doors. "ls Dick !:Hater here?" "I will join my meu, then, and command them," said Dick, "Yes; there he is." : i nd he, too, rushed out of doors, followed by a cry from well; I have a message for him." !â€¢'ranees. It was the day after the arrival of the Liberty Bors rn " Oh, Captain Slater, spare my father, if you possiblr can! " Highlands. w a s what the young woman said. A man had ridden into camp , and it was evi<;lent that he had been riding swiftly. "Certainly, Mrs. Reynolds," replied Dick. He had dismounted and a s ked for Dick Slater. Then he was out and quickly joined his mei f . He r,ow advanced to where Dick s tood and was gi\'Pll a The two forces were exchanging volleys at a lively rate, cordial greeting . . and so far only a comparatively little damage had been done "You have a message for me?" Dick queried. by the redcoats. "Yes; from the commander-in-chief." Suddenly there was a lull in the firing, and Dick realized The messenger drew a letter from his pocket and handed it lhat the weapons of the Britisl1 had been emptied'. to Dick. "Charge the redcoats, Liberty Boys!" he cried. "Charge The youth opened the.letter and read the contents . them and fire as you go!" "Vl'hat is up, Dick?" asked Bob , eagerly, wl1en Dick had 'rhe Liberty Boys, each being fitted out with four pistols, finished reading. still had a volley in res erve, and ther fired this as they dashed "There is work for us , boy s.1' toward the British troopers. "Good!" . They gave utterance to a wild yell, immediately after "It is in the Highlands about twenty mile s up the H11dfiring the Yolley and then on the air rose the cry: son." "Down with the king! Long live liberty!" "What is there to do. old fellow?" This \\ a s too much for the redcoats. "There is another gang to run to earth, one like M ul-They had expected an easr victory, but had instead been lins gang that we captured." hanclle PAGE 15 â€¢ THE LIBERTY BOYS IN THE HIGHLANDS. Mullins gang, and that it was made up of desperadoes and "Now, I wonder if there might not be a good hiding-place redskins. for a band of despera:loes somewhere up that stream?" .he "They have killed a few of the settlers," one man told murmured. him. He stood there perhaps a minute, and then muttered: "They are a bad lot, then,'' said Dick. "I'm going to see what is up there, anyway." "Yes, ye bet they air!" He entered the mouth of the ravine and had not gone "You have no idea where they have their rendezvous?" far before he saw footprints. "No; only thet et mus' be surwhars within five miles uv "By Jove, this is a regular path!" he murmured. heer." He became excited at once. "What makes you think that?" "I'll w.ager that I am on the right track!" he thought. "Becos th;ey hev be'n workin' all aroun' in this nabor-He moved along at a fairly swift pace. hood." It was uphill work, but he was a good walker, and had "Well, we'll find their hiding-place sooner or later." no difficulty in making his way along. "I hope ye wull." _ He rounded bend after bend, and found that the ravine Dick went back to the encampment and found that most grew narrower and narrower the farther he advanced. of the youths who had gone out on the same errand that he The tracks were still to be seen. was on had returned. Indeed the tracks were so thick that he found himself folThey all had the same story to tell, and their experiences lowing a regular path. coincided with that of Dick. Bob was not of a cautious temperament, like Dick. "They are in this vicinity, and now it is for us to find He was impulsive and hot-headed. them,'' said Bob. He usually acted first and then thought about it after"That is what we must do, Bob." ward. "And when found-well, we will know what to do with It was so in this instance. them." He did not make haste slowly at all, but nioved right That afternoon about :fifty of the youths went out to along just as though he were going to see a friend, instead search for the hiding-place of the desperado gang. of, in all p1obabi!ity, happening upon a nest of enemies. They searched thoroughly in all directions, but did not Suddenly M rounded a bend in the ravine and found himfind what they were looking for. , self in a little valley consisting of perhaps three acres, and "No matter," said Dick grimly; "we'll succeed sooner or all around were bluffs sixty to eighty feet in height. later." In the center of the little valley, or basin, were three good"That we will!" declared Bob. size PAGE 16 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN 'l'HE HIPHLANDS. 15 up to this all the others starin,g at the prisoner in open mouthed amazement. The leader of the band glared at Bob and then looked inquiringly at the two captors. "Whar did ye ketch ther blamed rebel?" he asked. "He walked right inter ther basin, Cap," .rephed one. "Oh, he did, hey?" "Yas." "Never even stopped ter knock on ther door, hey?" "Not er bit uv et-haw, haw, ha.w!" The majority laughed hoarsely, as in duty bound, in recognition of the wit of their leader. "Who air ye?" the leader of the gang asked, fiercely. "A ma!\; who are you ?'1 replied Bob coolly. ,. He was a youth who would not let an enemy have a chance to crow over him. He ntight be in a tight place, but they should not have the pleasure of knowing that he realized it. "Oh, ho, yer e1 man, air ye?" grinned the r uffian; 'fwaat, ef yer er man, I'd like ter know whut er boy would look like whar ye corne .frum." Bob made no reply. "Waal, reb, whut air ye doin' up heer?" "I'm just here for my health." This was said in a cool, offoand manner. "Jest heer fur yer health, hey?" "That's what I said." "Waal, then, all I kin say is thet ye b ev picked out er moughty pore place ter come to fur yer health. young feller. I'm kinder thinkin' thet ye'11 fin' et ennythi11' but healthy heer." The entire gang laughed hoarsely at this. Bob did not seem to be greatly impressed. "That may be," he said coolly; "I often make mistakes." "W'aal, ye sartinl y hev made .er mistake this time." "Perhaps so." "Thar hain't no p'raps erbout et; et's er fack. But, tell me whut ye wanted heex." "Nothing in particular. I accidentally stumbled upon your encampment." "Ye wuzn't lookin' fur et?" "Oh, no." Bob thought this little fib excusable. "Whar's ther res; uv yer gang?" "There are no mo1e." All was fair' in war, Bob was sure. "Bah! Ye kain't make me berleeve thet." "I shall not try to make you believe it." "Et wouldn.' do ye enny good ef ye did." "I suppose not." At this moment the door opened and a dark-faced ruffian .entered. Be looked somewhat excited. "Whut's ther news, Sam?" the leaaer asked. '"Thar's er hunderd rebels camped erbout two miles down ther river frum heer, Cap!" the man cried. The leader look e d leeringly and triumphantly at Bob. "I tho rt so!" he said. CHAPTER XVI. IN DEADLY DANGER. There was a brief period of silenee. The ruffians glared at Bob fiercely. It was plain that they would not hesitate to put the youth to death if they took the notion. / Bob saw that he was in great danger, but )le maintained his calm, unperturbed demeanor. They should not see that he realized that he was in great danger, 'he decided. " Ye young skoi.rn'rel, ye said thar wuzn't e _nny uv ye fellers aroun' heer ! " the leader finally growled. Well., there aren't ariy more that I know of." "Ye jes' heerd Sam say thet thar's er hunderd mor.e down filler river er ways." "Well, tha.t isn't around here." "Bah! Yer too smart, reb !" "Oh, I guess not." "1 gu.ess ye air!" "Yas, he's too smart ter live, hey, -Cap?" from one, with a f.erncious gil: in. -The leader nodded. "I think yer right, Bill!" he agreed. "Le-'s kill t.her youn g skoun'rel !" cried another. ''Yas, yas!" was the cry. I "I'm willin'," the leader averred; "ther question is, hb\\ shall we kill 'im ?" "I've gpt an idee," said one. "Le's 'fleer et, Joe." "W'y, le's stan' ther youngster up erg'inst the.r wall an' then stan' off an' take turns shootin' at 'im, ter see how close we kin come without killing 'im." "Ugh! An' Injuns throw tomahawks an' knives!" said an Indian. ' "Yas, thet'H be er purty good way," said the leader. "Et'll result in his death, Cap, fur ther reason thet s . ome uv us wull shoot er bit closer than we ' intended, sooner or later, an' then et wull be good-by reb !" "Thet's so. All in favor uv doin' thet, say I." "I!" came in a roar. "Thet settles et. Now when shall we do this?" "Right erway!" "Tei' on ct!" . "Yas, ]e' s don' wait!" "Kill 'im an' make shore uv 'im !" "Yas, yas!" Such were a few of the exclamations. "All right," the leader said: "I'm willing'. Lead "'im out uv doors, some uv ye, an' station 'im over erg'i:nst ther Then some uv ye . go an' tell ther res' uv ther boy H whut is ter be done, so they kin have er han' in et." "All right, Cap." There was a general exodus from the cabin, and Bob waE Jed out betw. een two of the ruffians and taken to the wall of the basin and stationed there. His arms were bound but his feet were free. Still, it would be folly to try to brealr . through the of ruffians, of whom there were at least seventy-five, whites and reds. '.!,'hose in the other two cabins had been informed of wh9-t was on the tapis, and had come hurrying to the spot, eager to have a hand in the "sport." The leader of the gang stepped in front of Bob and said, with a leer: "Hev ye ennythin' ter say afore we put an' end ter ye, young feller?" "Only this, sir: 'l'hat if you kill me it will be the dear1 est piece of work you ever engaged in." "W'y so?" "Because my comrades will never rest until they have killed every one of you scoundrels!" "Haw, haw, aw! They'll never rest, then, fur they'll never kill even one uv us, ter say nothin' uv ever' one." "You will find that you are mistaken," said Bob quietly. "We'll resk et, hey, boys?" "Yas, yas!" "Ye bet!" "We hain't skeered!" "Not er bit uv et!" "I guess thet when et comes ter killin', we'll be able ter kill ez menny uv them ez they kin kill uv us." Such were the cries, and Bob realized that it was useless to try to impress them. "They feel secure here, and are not afraid," he thought. The Liberty Boy realized that if he escaped death at the hands of the ruffians he would undoubtedly have to do it by his own exertions: And that this would be an extremely diHicult thing to do he was well aware. Still, life was dear to him, and he was determined not to <;lie if he could help it. He glanced around him swiftly. To the left and behind him, in the face of the bluff, half. hidden by sor.ne bushes, he noted the opening of what seemed to be a cave. The opening was about two feet wide and five feet high. :Bob had no idea, of course, what the opening led to, or how deep and large the cave might be, but he made up his !Jllind to make a dash a .nd enter the -cave, at any rate. It might not do any good, and then again it turn out to be a large cave, with hiding-places, and he suc ceed in getting away from his enemies, at least for a time, and that would be something gained. If given time enough, the Liberty Boys would miss him, make search and might happen upon this basin and rout the ruffians and save him. Of course, this was a good , deal to hope for, but Bob would be satisfied if he could stave ofi' death for a few PAGE 17 16 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN THE HTGI-ILANDS. ' hours, in the hope that something would then turn up lo Still Bob '''as quiet. â€¢ .ave him permanently. " I guess we killed 'im, Cap! " in another voice . "Ye h ee1 whut ther boy s say," said t h e le a d er. "They 'l guess s o; e r e l s e the r rattle r s settled ' im. " hain't s k eered er bit." " M e bby er l eetle uv both." "They w ill se e the time when t h ey will wi s h that they 'Yaas ; waal, h e ' s done fur, enn y how, s o w e air all iighl." had been," r e l.orled Bob. '"Yaas , he s p'il e d our f un, t h et's nil his m:ikin' e l ' brl'nk " l guess not . W a al, we air goin' iet begin now. 1 feel e r mounted to." ,:orry .fur ye, r e b, l d o fur e r fack." But he grinne d in a "Thet's all. " manner tha t show e d con c lu s ively tha t h e was not ve1y sorry. Th e n Bob heard the s ound of footsteps . Bob, having decided what he would do, was not the kind Th e ruffians were going a way. of fellow to delay acting. "That clears me of them," the youth thought; not o f He realized that. the sooner he made the attempt to get the rattlesnakes." into the cave the better, so the instant the leader turned Then he shuddered. to walk away Bob whirled and darted toward the entrance What should he do? to the cave. Should 'he remain in the cave, or should he go b ck out and For a few moments the ruffian s and Indians stood there, risk death at the hands of the desperadoes? staring in open-mouthed amazement. He reasoned that if he could remain in the cave till night This gave Bob just time enough t o r e ach the entrance to unbitten by the snakes he might then emerge and make his the cave. esi;_ape. He plunged under and through the bushes and into the He listened intently, and could hear no sounds from the mouth of the cave just as a wild yell w ent up from the reptiles. throats of the de speradoes. Th e n the thought sti:uck him that the plstol-shots and the Then. he made out words and heard one stentorian voicP rattling of the bullets had frightened. the snakes and say: made their way into the recesses of the cave, where they "Ye fool! Thet cave is full uv rattlesnakes!" would be safer. Although imp,ressed with a feeling of horror, Bob did not "That's it, I'll wager," thought Bob; "Jove, I'm glad of it, s top. and I hope the they had will keep them in their hidingDeath might lurk in the cave in the shape of poison from places until I am 31Way from here!" the fangs of a rattlesnake, but death was sure out in the He made his way back until he was close to the entiance. basin from the bullets and knives of the de s peradoes. Here he took up his position at a point that would make So he chose the least of the dilemmas and kept on going . it difficult for any one outside to look in and see him and He slackened his speed to a walk, however, for it was where he could see fairly well. dark in the cave, and he did not know what he might run This would make him safer, for he could see any of the against. . snakes that might come near him. And from an ordinary walk he slowed down to feeling Then Bob settled down to await the coming of night . . his way along with his feet very cautiously. / It was a long and tiresome wait, but it was better than Yet this was something fraught with horror, for he did to be put to death by the desperadoes, and he was not di snot know buL that any moment he might stick hi s foot posed to grumble. against a rattlesnake and be bitie n. Still, patience was not one of Bob's strong po'ints, and a s Then he heard voice s at the entrance to the cave. tf1e hours rolled slowly by he grew very restles s. "Come out, ye fool!" cried the hoars e voice of the leader "This is awful!" he thought. " Will the day never end!" of the hand; "thet cave i s full u v rattler$ , an' ye'll be bit er He thought that it surely never would end and s tood there stock s till. transfixi>d wii.h out of the cave, cros s the bas in and slip ou t through t h e hnnor. op ening at the farth'1 s ide unobserved. Then from " Come ou t lead! " Cil'APTER XVII. Oll"r or vr.. the entrance came the command: uv thet, y ollng ft>ller , e r w e 'll fill ye full uv He waR sUll paralyze d b y the hotor that had taken hold upon him whe n he heard the rattle of the s n akes . It wa s lurky for him, perhaps , t h a L this was so, for had he moved h e w ould doubtle R R have been bitten. Then there suddenly s ouncled the J'attle of pistol-shots . 1 The iuffian s had fire d, a s they had threatened. The bullets whistled all around Bob. One just clipped hi s arm, cutting through hi s sleeve . Another just grazecl lii s leg. . Something struck him on the othe r leg about halfway be tween the ankle and the knee, and for a moment he thought hoe was bitten by one of the snakes . Then he reas oned that he \\'.ould have felt the sharp, pricking sensation from the serpent's fangs had he been bitten, and guessed that something e l s e had struck him. The fact of the matter was that a bullet had stnick one ot tl1e rattlesnakes in the head, killing it, and in its death tlll.'oes, thrashing around, i t had struck Bob on the leg with its tail. "Now wull ye come out?" cried the hoarse voice of the leader of the band. Bob was quick-witted, and he thought that by keeping still a nd not answering he could make them think he had been killed by the bullets, s o he.maintained absolute silence. Hey, in thn.r!" Th e fact tbat his arms were bound would make the fE>at PVen more difficult of execution. But Bob was confident that he could s ucc e ed. 'J'hat was one of Bob' s characterislics, confidence in him s elf, and it helped him to pull through ofte n whi>'re othPl 'wis e he might have failed to do so. Slowly it gri>w dark. Bob wa s eagn to be out and away. A s it gre\\' dark outside it became impossible to distinguis h objects in the cav', and. Bob felt that it was possible that a rattlesnake might come up and bite him wh<'n he was not looking for it. He peered out again. l t was quite dark "I am going to get out of here," h e thought; ' :I don't want to take any more chances on being bitten by the snakes than I have to. Here goes, win or lose!" He made his way slowly and cautiously out of the cave. He paused just outside and stood listening intently and looking all around him. He wished to get his bearings as best l1e could befo1e mak-ing any move . I It was not as dark as he would have liked, but still it would be impossible for anyone to see him unles s they we1 e \l ;ithin a few feet o.C him. Bob moved slowly away from the basin-wall. Then he decided that the safest plan would be to follow it around to the point where the little stream left the basin by way of the narrow ravine, and he moved along the wall keeping close to it, as the dark was more intense than elsewhere. He went s lowly, for he did not want to take any clrnnce s of making a noise that would be heard by the enemy.

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. â€¢ FIGHTING FOR BUSINESS . \ OR ALL FOR THE GOOD OFTHE FIRM By CAPTAIN GEORGE W. GRANVILLE (A STORY.) 23 CHAPTER XXII (Continued). After all, this might be his chance to find out what Winton was really driving at, he thought. But right hei-e the man made a mistake. And he further reflected that if this was a dan-Harry hailed from New York gerous place, then Winton could hardly know that, New York is not exactly like a "jay" town, alsince he had shown no familiarity with it. though some Chicagoans are carried away with that "Perhaps he actually did get the diamonds," he idea.. . . thought. "Perhaps he is afraid to tackle ' Archibald Wmton found that It was not gorng to be so easy P.imself for some reason, and he is going to tell .me to pull. Harry in here, there and everywhere. all about it and try to use me. Anyhow, I ought to So at la st, after visiting or four of the be good for him, so I may as well go along." prominent musical dives on the "levee," where his They accordingly went upstairs, where they were moi:ey was wasted, so far as Harry worked met by an attendant and conducted down a long, up rnto any reckless frame of mmd was concerned, carpeted corrid{jr off from which many doors he prop.osed that they. in the theater and after opened. that a supper, wmdmg _up the . 1 .Harry saw that the rooms were mere boxes, so 1 And this may. have been Wi:iton s _actual rntenbon to speak, their partitions not reaching up more tha11 then, but, as will be seen, thmgs d1d not work out tel!..feet and all being open overhead. that way. I Many of them were already occupied, and loud The play was one of the "knock-'em-do wn, dragtalk and singing could be heard all over 'em-out" kind, a piece which, to Harry's certain the . knowledge, had _proved utter failure New "This is a rough house," thought Harry. "I must York, although it was billed here as havmg had look out for myself, but then he would hardly dare its "100 -night run." . . . . . to turn on me in a like this." Harry did not take much mterest m it, and WmHe did not feel so sure about' Winton's ignorance ton, at last, proposed that they of the place now, for 'he was certain he saw the before it was nmshed and go for supper, to which fellow tip their guide the wink. Harry agreed. Moreover, they were shown into the last room Winton then l e d the way some distance up Dearon the left, far removed from the noisy guests, which born street, turning in at the notorious "Captain seemed rather suspicious, too. Black's," a place which was famous to tho$e who The room, of course, was very small, but it was knew Chicago for its good cooking and for the bad elegantly furnished. crowd which hung out there nights. In the middle of the floor was a table upon which The long floor space was divided into many booths, a cloth was spread; there was also a lounge, easyand there were also private rooms on the floor above, chairs, steam radiator, etc., all as sung and easy as where many a man has lost his roll after being you please. filled up with Captain Black's bad. whisky-he .has ''I will send you a waiter at once, gentlemen," plenty of good stuff, too, for those who prefer that said the attendant. "Will you have anything to , kind and are willing to pay. drink?" want a good supper, and a private room;' "Yes," replied Winton, "bring us a bottle of Old said Winton, walking up to the. bar. Century whisky and a dozen of your best cigars." "Upstairs,:' said the bartender. "Go th:rough that The attendant bowed and departed, closing the side door." door behind him. "Oh let's stay down here. What's the use of "You'll have to drink the whisky yourself, Jack,'' going to the expense of a pTivate room?" protested said Harry. "As I told you before, I am not hitting Hany. the stuff to-night." . . "Because I want to " replied Winton, brusquely. "Oh, th.at be blamed," retorted Wmton; "you will "I want to have a good talk with you, Holyoke, and have a drop before turning fa, of course." we can't talk down here." neither drink the .stuff turning in or turning Harry said nothing. out. It is \lseless to urge me!' â€¢ â€¢ PAGE 25 24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 'All right. What will you have?" "1 othing at all." "Ginger ale?" "No, not even that. I don't want to fill up with a Jot of stuff l don't like. Cut it out, Jack." "Well, you're a queer one, anyhow/' growled Win ton. "Whoever heard of a drummer who didn't drink?" "Here's then. It's no use to talk . any more about it." The waiter came with the whisky, and Winton a dainty little supper. He put away two big drinks of the Old Century himself, and they tackled "the supper. Harry was almost afraid to eat, Winton's inten tion to get him drunk had been so evident, but he could hardly refuse, and as Winton helped himself freely to everything, he came to the .conclusion that Lhe dishes could hardly be poisoned, which suspicion had crossed his mind at first. During the supper, Winton never mentioned dia monds, but after it was over, and the dishes had bee1i. removed, the fell ow began to show his hand. Taking another drink, Winton lit a cigar and, flinging himself into an easy-cha4., lie leaned back and said: . "Now, Harry Holyoke, you.and I have got to have that talk. Light up. We can talk better while -\ve smoke." "What do you want to talk about?" demanded Harry. "We have been talking all the evening. One would think that there was some matter of mystery between us from the way yo1.1 put it, Jack." "And so there is." "vVhat do you mean?" "I mean diamonds, Harry Holyoke," said Winton, dropping his voice. "Savvy? Catch on? Oh, you can't fool me." "Well, what about your diamonds?" retorted Harry. "I don't know that the subject particularly interests me,. since I have not got the price of a ::;i.ngle stone." "Now, come, young fellow," said Winton, in a sarcastic tone. "It's not my diamonds, but Mr. Archi balcl's l \Vant to talk about, as you know blamed well." "Hello'." â€¢ cried Hal'I'y, "you are back there again, are you? Upon my word, Jack, you don't seem to be able to get away from the Archibald diamondS<. d the man has got them back again, what more is to be said?" "But he hasn't got th em back again," replied Win.-ton, quiet]> . "No?" "No!" "Then perhaps you have got them, you seem to know so much about the matter." . Winton turned aJild looked Harry full in the eyes. "Who knows that you are talking fool talk. now better than you know you.rs elf?" he said, slowly. "Be careful, Harry Holyoke! I understand that you â€¢ â€¢ have had great success on the road so far: it would be a pity to spoil your trip." "How spoil it? What do you mean?" Winton suddenly threw hack the lapel of his coat Hnd displayed a detective's shield. "I mean that!" he said, pointing to the badge. "You have got those diamonds, Holyoke. You will have to give them up, and that is all there is to it. I am an officer. Now you know what you are up â€¢ I agamst--see ?" "Yes," said Harry4 quietly. "I knew you were a detective before I out with you. But you are barking up the wrong tree, Jack Winton. I have not got the diamonds, and it is my opinion that no one knows it better than you know it." "You little fool!" . hissed Winton. "Do you think you can bluff me'? Unders-tand right now that in this place you entirely at my mercy. The proprietor is my best friend. If I was to shoot you dead where you sit, no harm would come to me. If you attempt to leave, you will be seized and dragged back here before ,.you reach the stairs." Harry eyed him in silence. He knew that his face showed something of the fear he was beginning to feel. But for all that, Harry was determined to bring matter to a head. "Don't you threaten me'!" he cried, springing up "I'm not one bit afraid of you, Jack Wrnton, because I have not got the diamonds. and I believe on my soul that you have." Instantly Winton whipped out a revolver and covered Harry. , "Sit down!" he said, fiercely. "Sit down before I bore a hole through you. Sit down!" Then, before Harry could say a word, he called out in a loud voice: "Tom ! Oh, Tom !" CHAPTER XXlII. WHO HAS GOT THOSE DIAMONDS'? And now just what Harry Holyoke looked for when he heard Winton give that call, happened. ' . There was a stir on the other side of the parti tion, and Tom Connors came sliding into the room. "Shut the door and push the bolt." said Winton. "You have heard all, I suppose?" "That's what I have," growled Connors. "The boy lies, I snppose." "It's easy proved," said Winton. "I have already been through his grip at the hotel; the diamonds are not there, consequently they must be about him I am in desperate earnestness about this business. Tom." ' "I should think you might be," replied Connors, with a touch of sarcasm in his voice, Harry thought. "I am, I know; if I can :restore those diamonds to Mr. I get his order. If this fello-w gives them up he gets it-see?" (To be continued.) â€¢ PAGE 26 â€¢ THE LIBER'fY BOYS OF '76. 2{) TIMELY TOPICS while dra\Ying a pail of water from a cistern the other night, ' Miss Mary , Sheridan, seventy-five, of 56 West Eighteenth street, Whitestone, L. f., lost her balance and was drowned. Her sistet, Mrs. Ellen Sheridan, with whom she resided, found the body when she returned from an errand and we11t to the cistern to get water. :.\lore freight passed through th'e Panama Canal in July than in any month for a year, according to an official bulletin. Seventy-six vessels passed from the Atlantic to the Pacific; seventy-three in the re ,erse direction. They paid tolls or$L160,123. Of the number of ships using the canal in July twenty seven 'were American, seventy-five British and How a boil brought good luck is a story that comes to the Industrial Commission from one-of the "i:;e1y ice members" in a Milwaukee factory. A girl in the fa.dory asked the service worker for adYice about a . boil on her neck. It was the fifteenth she had had in a few months. She earned *8 a week. The service worker took the "girl to the free clinic. where the physician discovered that. the girl could speak six languages, including Polish, Russian, German and English. The clinic had been looking for such a gfrl to help the doctors. So the girl with the boil was employed at $18 a week. She is now getting medical care for the boil and facilitating the work of the clinic. 1ele, en Japanese. A new electric cloth cutting device has a thin, l circular knife which revolves at a rate of 6,000 ievoN early a million persons have been made homeless lutions per minute, which carries it through many by one of the greatest floods on record in that section thicknesses of cloth which a cutter would not be able of China where the American Red Cross already to handle with the ordinary shears; and it does its has spent$600,000 for flood protection. Reports to work so quickly that its capacity is limited only by the State Department from the American consul at the ability of the operator to follow the pattern. The . anking said the Hwai River had inundated an passage of the knife through the material takes the area of 7,000 square miles in Anhui prot'ince. Apkeen edge off the knife rather quickly; and, in order peals for aid have been sent out for the homeless. to take care of this, a small emery wheel is attached to the device, where it is always ready for use, so A whetstone and an ax, said to be more than 100 that the knife may be sharp at all times. The reyears old, ;vere found imbe.dded in tb.e trunk of a volving knife is secured directly to the motor and tree at Sandusky, 0. The tree is known to be 115 driven by a small belt . The weight of the motor as years old . . Edward Sh1ith found the avticles cutting sists the operator in holding it down to the work. down the tree. It is believed the tree once was hol-1 lo"-near the ground and the articles were placed in The possibilities of ' utilizing the kaing grass M the interior for safe keeping, and that the tree grew Burma for paper-making have for some years past together around them. been.investigated by interested persons, in consulta Two toes amputated that he might pass entrance examination to West Point, Harold De Forest of Wetmore has been discharged from a hospital in Atchison, Kan. He had what is known as "hammer toes"-that is, two toes were drawn back and wouldn't straighten out. Those two toes wouldn't pass the examination and he was promised admit tance in case the toes amputated. For the last several weeks mountaineP-rs who have made the ascent of Mount Hood have been contra dicting the statements of authorities on Northwest ern natural history by reports of having sighted wild sheep or goats high on the snowfields of the peak. A drove of the animals near the summit of the snowpeak, huddled under the shelf of a glacial precipice, was recently seen by Hans and Paul Hoer lein, William Marshal, W. B. Arena and Ned Craw ford. The mystery was explained by P. H. Mohr, ::.. young tipper valley homesteader, 'v,ho was in the c:ity 011 bui
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26 THE LIBERTY BOYS . OF '76, THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 10, 1916. TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS Single Coples ............ .... , . â€¢ â€¢ . . â€¢ â€¢ . . â€¢ . . . . . â€¢ . . â€¢ ,OlS Centi One 'CoJ>Y Three ........ ...... . 65 Centa One Cop y Six Months .. .. . .. .. .. .. .. .. . .. .. . .. .. One Copy One Year â€¢ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . â€¢ . â€¢ :?.50 POSTAGE FREE HOW TO SEND our risk sencl P . 0. Money Orcl e r . or. J ,etter ;. r emittances in any other 1rny a r e ut rifil<. \\'e nccept Postug-e Stamps the same as ca s h. vVhe n sent1 in g s ilYer wrnp the Coin In a separate piece of pape r to a void r utting the en,eJ o p e. \Vrite YP\lr name and address plainly. l etters t o Harry E . WoUf, Prcs0 }FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher N , Hastingâ€¢ 'Voll!', Treas . . Charles E. Nylander, Sec. 168 West 23d St., N, Y. Good Current News Articles Ten years ago, while Mrs. Henry Martin con ducted a hotel at Millerstown, Pa., a stranger, un able to make change, left without paying a bill for a night's lodging. She forgot the incident. Re cently she r e ceived a $1-bill with a note of thanks for waiting so long for a settlement. Wolfram deposits of a promising character, both in quantity and quality, are now being worked ex perimentally near the banks of the Miramichi River in New Brunswick. The American Consulate has been informed by the of the property that preliminary operations have resulted in the discovery of three veins, and that one of these, twenty six inches thick, is now undergoing active develop ment. Man has proven to be curiously unfitted for living in a circular room. At the Minot Ledge lighthduse, beds, tables, benches, etc., arn fitted to the circular sh:;ipe of the tower in order to economize space, Increasing quantities of vegetable waxes are being used in the manufacture of candles, boots a;nd furniture polishes and phonograph records, chief materials of this kind in common use bemg car--nauba wax, Japan wax, and China wax; such prod ucts realize high prices and find a go?d demand. product resembling carna\lba wax is prepared m Madaga/>car from the leaves of the raffia palm, which is the source of the bass used by the gardeners. The wax is obtained from the residues of the leaves after the bass has been stripped off; it has approxi mately the same melting point (83 deg. C.) as carnauba wax, and behaves in the same way to ward solvents. Provided that care is taken in its preparation to avoid inclusion of gritty impurities, the wax should prove useful to manufacturers of boot and furniture polishes. \ Grins an d Chuckles â€¢ I "As I understand it, you lecture on the subject of peace at any price." "No. My rates are per lecture." Grateful Patient--Doctor, I owe my life to you. Doctor-That's all right, sir; but I cannot take it in payment of my services. â€¢ Dolly (age eight)-Why does the clock start all over again when it gets to 12, Bobby? Bobby-Because 13 is an unlucky number, I suppose. I Irnmigrant--At least I am in free America. A man can do pretty much as h e .pl e ases in this country, can't he? Native-Y-e-s; unless he's married." Mrs. Sharp-Those two wom e n don't speak any more. Each said that she had the smartest child in town. Mrs. Carp-Which was right? Mrs. SharpNeither; I have. and it is reporte d tha t five cases of well-developed Mother was looking at Bobbie's s c hool report. insanity, with a number of cases of lesser mental "Why, Bobbie," she exclaim ed, " y ou have only 7 4 in trouble, have developed among men employed there. deportment. I shall have to t e ll your father. " "All The speciali sts assert that with no angle on which right. Go ahead and tell him," said Bobbie. "He it may rest, the eye roves around until the effect was bragging all over town when he got 74 in golf." is maddening. I 1 "We were slowly starving to d eath," said the fa-A remarkable camp a ign of ethnological and archmous explorer at the boarding-hou se table, "but we aeological explorations, extending over three years, cut up our boots and made soup of them, and this has recently b ee n completed by an expedition from sustained life." "Hust! hush! Not so loud," whisthe University o f P e nnsylvania, led by Dr. William pered the boarders on each side. "The landlady C. Farabee. The expedition established headquarrnight hear you." ters at Para, and from that point made numerous journeys up the Amazon and its tributaries, visiting some thirty Indian tribes, many of which had never seen a white man, and carrying out archreological excavatiom The party made a rich collection of burial urns. In some regions these were found resting on the surface of the ground, never having en placed in the earth. A lady, going home fo r the day, locked everything up, and, for the grocer's b e nefit, â€¢ wrote on a card: "All out. Don't l eave a n ything." This she stuck under the knocker on the fron t door. On her return home she found h e r hou s e ransacked, and all her choicest pos session s gon e . To the card on the door was added: " Thanks. We haven't left much." PAGE 28 I THE LIBERTY :BOYS OF '76. 27 I At that time the first hirte numbers of the LanNO DUEL. I teme had appeared. Its astonishing success had brought into the By D. W. Stevens. field a hundre d would-be rivals that lacked nothing save Roch efl 'L' s sovereign popularity and nerve to The sword-fish which laid Rochefort on his tiack achieve a like fortune. upon his bed of exile has called public attention anew One of these ephemeral publications was the Into the once famous Paris journalist. in which men of the passe police abused It has also had the unexpected result of demonRochefort as the worst of malefactors. the fond indulgence of the French press for One of the writers was Marchal, called De Bussy, this spoiled child of journalism. . who died drunk in an alleyway. Neither the intemperate violence of his writino-s Villemessant, who haq at one time employed him his. political adventures have succeeded in wholly as a collecting agent, pronounced over him this charahenatmg the affection of the French public. acteristic funeral oration: "To-morrow they are The first cause of this indulgence is the admiration going to plant him." always felt in France for wit and talent. The other writer was a Pole, a Count de stamiFifteen years ago Rochefort wa,s the chroniqueur rowski, known as Stamir. of the Figaro. Dingy fellows, the pair of the_ m. Someone introduced him to the author of "La One morning Victor Noir and Blavet, who wei' PAGE 29 .... \ 28 THE LIBER'J'Y BOYS OF '76. Wied y his foreman of the visit, made his appear-This was the remark made more than twenty ance-a tough-looking fellow, . solid as a Hercules , years ago by Lhe mother of Mrs. 1\'Iaggie Doyle, six feel high. wife of a Fres no, Cal., poli c eman, when she gave hPr Victor Noir was no baby, but he looked like one daughler a rag doll. h.v Lhe side of him. Mrs. Doyle has kept the doll for twenty y ears 1'he Colossus came in smiling obsequiously. and has carried it in h e r trunk from one town to '':Vlonsieur," said Rochefort, without any pream-1 another. Recently she unpacked the trunk and ble,_ "my name Henri Rochefort. l need :not exfound that the stuffing was coming out of the ?oll. plam my errand. She went to sew up the rip, but pulled out a httle "I CO!Jfess," stammered " that I do not sack containing$180 in gold. Mrs. Doyle's 1:iother comprehend--" died ten years ago. "You are going to comprehend," interrupted Rochefort, turning pale. "Do you acknowledge having printed in the journal, the Inflexible, of A IIl\IIAL IMITATORS. vvhich you are the responsible conductor, an article Experiments in which cats and dogs learn to open i nsnlting Mlle. Rochefort?" doors have shown that animals and human beings "Certainly. What of it?'' differ greatly in their power.to "catch the idea" of "What of it? Mlle. Rochefort is my daughter. doing things. Tlie animals thus tested learned so Do you accept the responsibilities for these inslowly and for so long in opening the famous calumnies?" / doors that they appeared to learn by . some method "I accept the responsibility for everything I other than the human way of recalling and putting print." into practice the movement which haa been success"In that case," went on Rochefort, who was mak-ful in the last trial. ing a terrible effort to restrain himself, "if you are Similar tests of other animals have proved that a man of honor, and I hope you are, things will go on most of them are like dogs and cats in this respect, smoothly. Your place, your hour, your weapons." although some, raccoons,, for instance, and monkeys, Rochette gave a great laugh. especially, stand closer to human beings in theii' "Oh, it's a duel yo're after, is it?" methods of learning. "Unless it is a contre danse." Another question bearing up an animal's power Rochefort began to look dangerous again. to recall and be guided by ideas is this: Can an "But, my dear sir, you overlook a detail, which I animal learn to do something new by watching and hasten to bring to your notice. I am a Spaniard, and imitating another animal? Every one knows that in my country we do not understand the duel except animals imitate one another in doing things that body to body, knife to right hand, mantle on left." "come naturally" to them-that is, if one rabbit "That's all one to me-knife, dagger, poniard, runs away, the others follow; if one chicken takes cannon-I'm your man. Let us go down to the street a di ink, the others will. But suppose a chicken is and have it out without any more delay." shut up in a 1pen with food on the other side and Rochette did, not laugh any longer. can let itse_lf only if it pecks at a string in one He stammered some unintelligible words. corner, which is to a latch. Suppose, fur-"Yes or no?" shouted Rochefort. "Will you give ther, ano!her chick h.as learned how. to me satisfaction for those lies printed by you about get out is put m the pen with h1m, and py peckmgdaughter?" the escapes; will the. chick that is watching A timid "No" was the response of the demoralized do hkew1se? asks the Washmgton Star. Hercules. Experiments have shown that it will not. It is It had hardly been uttered when a vigorous slap not at all helped by the example of its companion, fell on Rochette's mouth. but has to learn by the same slow, hit-or-miss method ;
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