The Liberty Boys on the Delaware, or, Doing daring deeds

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The Liberty Boys on the Delaware, or, Doing daring deeds
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Moore, Harry
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• l "rtA:\"K TOl: SJ-; Y, l'l' H L I S H EI<, 1118 WES T 2:10 STIO.:J';•r, NEW Y O RK, DECEMBER 15 , 1916 . Price 5 Cents. "T other forces have failed t o cros s the river, you say?" remarked General Washington, in av of disappointment; "too bad , too bad! But no matter; we are going to cross!" Then 0:.. he got into the boat, and Dick puf!hed it. off. J


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 . , A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution. l1S11ed Weeklv-Bv Subscription $2.50 per year. Entered at the New York, N. Y., Post Office as Second-Class Matter b11 l•'rank Touse11, Publisher, 168 West 2Sd Skeet, New York. No. 833. NEW YO,RK, DECEMBER 15, 1916. Price 5 Cents. The Liberty Boys on the Delaware _ ,QRDOING DARING DEEDS By HARRY MOORE. CHAPTER L \ ..l TRICKY . OFFICER. "Orderly!" "Yes, your excellency!" "I have in my army a young man, a captain, by the name of Dick Slater. Find him and send him to me immediately." . . "Yes, your excellency.'' It was about the middle of the month of December, of the year 1776. The War of the Revolution was just beginning, so to speak. True, seve:ral battles had been fought, and Forts Washington and Lee, at the north end of .Manhattan Island, had been captnred by the British, and the patriot army had retreated across New Jersey and taken up its quarters be yond the Delaware, in Pennsylvania, but the bulk of the war was yet in the future. The patriot army was in camp nearly opposite to Trenton, and the British army occupied Trenton, Bordentown and Burlington, on the east shore of the Delaware. The British army at those points consisted in the main of Hessian soldiers; only about twenty-five per cent. of the force being' British. , The patriot army was in anything but good condition. The retreat across New Jersey had been very trying, and the soldiers now found themselves starting into winter with 11ot half enough in the way of clothing, and with a scarcity of provisions; then, too, large numbers were sick. Things were indeed at a bad pass. But Ge11eral Washington, iron-hearted man that he was, did not despair. . Indeed, at this very moment he was plamiin' g a coup that, if it were successful, would at one stroke retrieve the patriot army for past disasters and make the people of the country at large have faith that the cause of the Ameri cans would ultimately triumph, and that the yoke of King George, the opp:ressor, would be thrown o.ff. The commander-in-chief of tbe patriot anny occupied a two-room cabin that had been built for the putpose by the soldiers; and near at hand was a 1a:rge:r cabin, occupied 'by the officers of the staff. Other cabins were being erected every day for the accom modation of the soldiers, as it was thought that the army would SJ>end the winter here. General Washington was seated at a table on the right hand side of the big fireplace, in which was a roaring fire, for it was cold weather indeed. Presently the door opened and the orderly entered. He saluted and said; . "Captain Dick Slater and some of his Liberty Boys are out foraging, your excellency.'' . General Washington frowned and 1oo'ked disappointed. "How long has Captain Slater been gone--do you know'?"' "Several hours, sir.'' "He may return at any moment, then." "Likely, sir." The nodded, and then said: "Send him here as soon as he arrives." "I will do so, your excellency." Then the orderly withdrew. He had been gone only a few: minutes when the door opened and a patriot officer wearing the uniform of a colonel etttered. "Ah, Colonel Stafford, be seated," greeted the comtnander in-chief, waving his hand toward a seat. The colonel took the seat indicated. The commander-in-chief was silent a few mingtes, loo,ing thoughtfully at the floor, and then he turned toward the under-officer and said: "'I am planning to cross the Delaware and make an attack on the British and Hessians at Trenton, Bordentown and Burlington, Colonel Stafford." The colonel stared in surprise. "Planning to-make an-attack, your excellency?" he ex claimed. "Yes." "But we have not nearly so strong a force as the enemy; so many of our soldiers are ill, you know, and not fit for duty." "I know that; but I. think that we have sufficient force so that we may be able, by taking the enemy by surprise, to strike them a deadly blow." ' "I hope that such may be the cas e. But how are we to take them by surprise?" "Well, in order to do so it will be necessary to know the lay of the land thoroughly. We mus t have knowledge of the fortifications, of the number of men the enemy has, and everything." "Yes, but how is this knowledge to be secured?" "By means of spy work by some one of our men who are skilled in this kind of work." "That's right, your excellency, and I know just the man for the work." "VVho ?" "Henry Larkins." General Washington was silent for a few moment'S, and then said, slowly: "Larkins has done some very good work for us, I know, but somehow I am inclined to think that I can find a man who is better fitted to do the w01k in hand." "Whom have you in mind, your excellency?" "Captain Slater.'' The colonel did not look very much enthus ed. He was silent a few moments, and then shook his head slowly. "If you will permit me to express my opinion, your ex-cellency--" . "I am always glad to hear from any member of my staff, Colonel Stafford.'' . "Then I will say that while I am aware that Captain has done some very good work in thti-t l_ine, and that he 1s a brave and capable officer, yet I am mclmed to think that for such important work as this vou have in view, an older and more experienced spy would be more slikely to succeed and secure the information you wish."


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE DELAWARE. The commander-in-chief shook his head. J "Waal,.ef he thinks thet, et's all right," he declared, but -"Captain Slater is young, I know," he said slowly, "but his tone was such as to give the lie to his words. Both it is my opinion that this is to his advanta1re in such work. tone and air said that he did not think it was all right. He is less likely to be suspected, and thus will have more "It ii; a shame that a man of your age and experience opportunity of getting around and seeing what it is necesshould be passed by and an important ass'gnment should sary should be seen." be given to a mere boy, Larkins," said the colonel. . "But he is not so likely to have the necessary skill and "Thet's what I think. Oh, waal," sullenly, "the commancoolness, your excellency. In spy work age and experience der-in-chief kin do as he wants to, uv course, an' I hain't are of great value." got no right" to say a word." "I grant that; but Captain Slater is as skilful as anyone "No, but you can think all you want to, Larkins." could be, and as for coolness and shrewdness, he could not "Yas, I kin do thet." be surpassed. I am confident that he is a better man for The colonel talked to Larkins a few minutes longer, the present work than Larkins would be." managing to say a rtumber of things to make the man angry The colonel still looked skeptical. at Dick, whom the officer represented as having wormed his "I beg leave to differ with you, your excellency," he said. way into the commander-in-chief's good graces, and then "But at the same time I know it is your privilege to exer-he went back to the encampment and entered the cabin cise your own judgment in the matter." occupied by the officers of the staff. "True, Colonel Stafford; and I shall feel better satisfied in Larkins stood where Colonel Stafford left him, and glared sending Captain Slater than if Larkins were to go." down at the snow for perhaps ten mintue , a dark fro,vn The two talked half an hour, and then the colonel saluted on his face, and then he threw the rifle acr ss his shoulcfe and withdrew. .ind turned and strode back to the encampment and entered As he was about to enter the cabin in which the members the little cabin where he had his quarters in common with of the staff had their quarters, he caught sight of a tall, lank five patriot soldiers. man, dressed in rough clothing. This man was walking Four of the five were playing cards at a table in the cen1away from the encampment, with a rifle thrown over his ter of the room when Larkins entered, and the fifth was lying in a bunk i n one corner, seemingly under the influence "There goes Larkins now," thought the colonel. "I guess of liquor. The four glanced up, and they quickly noted I will go and tell him that an assignment 1that is his by the lowering lo o k on their comrade's countenance. right is to be given to Dick Slater, and see what he has to "What's the matter, Hank?" asked one. • say about it." "Nothin'," was the surly reply, a s he stepped across and The truth of the matter was that Colonel Stafford had stood his rifle in the corner. taken a great dislike to Dick Slater, because of the fact that "Oh, come now, there's something the matter. Your face the brave and dashing young captain of the Liberty Boys looks like a thundercloud." was s uch a favorite with the commander-in-chief, and he Larkins made no reply, but strode to a cupboard in anwould have been glad to see the young man come to grief. other corner and, opening it, h e drew forth a black bottle, He hastened after Henry Larkins, the spy, and overtook which he uncorke d and put to his lips. , him,at a point perhaps a third of a mile from the encamp-There was a gurgling sound, and presentlv the spy lowered. ment. the bottle and drew a sigh of satisfaction. "Hello , Larkins," the colonel greeted, as the other, hear"Feel better, hey, Hank?" laughed another of the soldiers. ing footsteps behind him, turned to see who was there. "Yes, a leetle bit." "How air ye, colonel?" was the reply. "Then supposin' you tell us what the trouble is." "Going hunting"!" "All right; l kin dQ thet. I s'pose ye all know thet I'm "Yas." er spy." "Well, you might as well go into that as a business, "Yes." Hank." "I'm the best spy in ther army." "W'y so?" in surprise. "Well, you're the oldest one, I judge," replied one of the "Because your regular business of doing spy work has four. been taken away from you. " "Yas, an' ther best one." "Whut d'ye mean?" "We won't say you are not the best one, Hank." "Just what I say. The commander-in-chief is going to "Well, I don't know," remarked another, with a sly wink send a spy over to Trenton to spy on the British and Hes-at his comrades. "That young fellow, Dick Slater, is a sians there, and at Bordentown and Burlington, but he mighty successful spy." isn't going to you." "Thet's jest whar ther trubble is now," growled Hank. It was Colonel Stafford's purpose to arouse anger in the "The commander-in-chief is o-oin' to send Dick Slater over other's brilast, and. he was succeeding admirably, for the to Trenton on a spying expedition, in place uv sendin' me." maT\'S face darkened. "Oh, that's what makes you look so mad, eh?" from one. "He ain't gain' to send me, you say?" he queried. "Yas." "No." "And I don't blame you" from another. "Who is he goin' to send?" ''No" said a third. ou.,.ht to have been sent." "Dick Slater . . " "Uv' course I ought; the co;;'1mander-in-chief must be An excl =.mation of anger escaped the lips of Larkins. crazy to sen' thet youngster. He hain't had ha'f the 'xperience thet I hev had." "Of course he hasn't." "No; he's only a young fellow." CHAPTER II. "He couldn't be expected to be as good a man at that l kind , of work as you are, Hank." AN IMPERTINENT SPY. Of course, these remarks from the soldiers made Larkins l all the more certain that he was an abused man, and he "Ye don' mean to say ther commander-in-chief is goin' ti1-,ped the black bottle again and took a good, long swfg. Ito send thet youngster on sech an rmportant affair as thet, "Ez I wuz sayin'-er if I d id n', I intended ter say et," do ye?" he cried. remarked Lark.ins, "et's a blamed shame thet thet youngster "l do." sh'd be sent over to Trenton to do the spyin', in place uv me." "How d'ye know?" "You're right1 Hank," agreed one. "But I guess that you "He just told me so." will have to ta1

.. I THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE DELAWARE. 3 announced to his companions that he was going• to go to "I don't know that it is any of your .business where I headquarters "an' tell ther commander-in-chief whut he tho1t am going," replied the youth. about sech treatment!'" "Oh, don' ye!" The four strove to prevent him from doing this. "No!" "The general is not the kind of man to fool with in that "All right; I kin tell ye whar ye air goin'-over ther river fashion, Hank," said one, sensibly. "Don't you go near on a spyin' expedition." him; if you do you'll be sorry for it." "Well, is that any affair of yours?" . But Larkins hp.d just enough liquor aboard now to make "Yas, et is!" fiercely. "I'm ther one thet orter do thet." him unreasonable. Hank signified nothing to him in his "You ask the commander-in-chie f ahout that," 3airl Dick, present condition and state of mind, and he strode out of quietly. "! have nothing to do with the matter, other than the cabin, bent, as he expressed it, on "tellin' ther gin'ral to obey orders." jes' whut he thort about the matter!" "I guess ye're glad enuff to obey 'em!" sneeringly. And the semi-intoxicated man actually did make his way "Always!" was the prompt reply. into the headquarters' building, where General Washington "Ye've honeyed aroun' ther commander-in-chief till ye've sat at his desk in a brown study, and started to tell the got him to thinkin' ye're ther best spy in ther army, an--" commander-in-cf1ief what he thought about his giving Dick "Hold on!" interrupted Dick. "Stop right there! I haven't Slater the preference in the spy work. 'honeyed around' General Washington at all. Those kind of The gene.ral was so amazed by the impertinence of the tactics would not do anyone any good around him."man that for a few moments he sat there, speechless, and "But I say ye hev!" snarled Larkins, "an' I'm goin' ter Larkins, encouraged by the great man's silence, went on tell ye jest whut I think about ye, and then giv,. ye a good with increasing speed and vehemence. lickin', thet's whut I'm goin' to do!" He paused a moment, braced himself anew, and started "The best thing yo,u can do, Mr. Larkins, is to go away in again, when suddenly one word escaped the lips of the and attend to your own business and let me go on about commander-in-chief with the sharpness of a pistol shot: mine." "Stop!" "Ye kin go jest ez soon ez I git through with you." Larkins stopped. , "Stand aside; I'm in a hurry." He stood there, staring at his general foolishly and with "Oh, yas! Ye're in a hurry, now thet ye air afeerd uv git-growing awe and affright. There was something in the in' a lickin'." ' look which the great man bent upon him that his Dick Slater laughed scornfully every faculty and made his tongue, erstwhile so limber and "Afraid of getting a licking-from you!" he said. "Well, flexible, as dead and cold as a stone. He could not at that I guess you are mistaken, Mr. Larkins." moment have uttered a word if his life had depended upon it. "I'm not! An' now I'm goin' ter giv' et to ye good, fur Larkins realized all at once what he had done. takin' my work away frum me the way ye hev!" He had entered headquarters and actually criticized the Larkins made a threatening demonstration as he spoke, and commander-in-chief, attempted to haul him over the Dick stepped back and said, quietly but threateningly: coals, so ta speak! It was something that might easily bring "You had better give up that foolish idea and go away him to the hangman's noose. Such a breach of discipline and leave me alone." had perhaps never before occurred anywhere. "I'll show ye! Take thet, blast ye!" Startled, terrified, paralyzed, Larkins stood there, staring As he spoke, Larkins struck out at Dick's face with all with horror in the eyes of General Washington. his might. He expected nothing than that death would be his The youth prushed the man's arm aside with perfect ease, fate. But General Washington was a man who sometimes and' then gave him a push that sent him reelingbackward. did things differently from what might be expected, and 'I have warned you," he said, coldly, "and if you strike instead of ordering that the impertinent spy be taken away I at me again you will be sorry." and shot or hanged, he simply said, stern1y: But Larkins had been drinking, and was not made to "Larkins, you are intoxicated, and therefore are not your-reason. . self. Go back to your cabin and stay there till you are He had made up his mind that he was going to thrash entirely sober; and-thank your lucky stars that you have the youth, and talking to him did no good. got off so e.asily!" He leaped forward, with an angry exclamation, and struck And went. . at Dick again. H;e went m a hurry, too. He rushed ?Ut of the Again the youth brushed the angry man's arm aside, and and to the ?ne he h:;td his quarters m. When this time eut shot his own fist. It took Larkins fair be h1s compamons asked him for st?ry, he told them the tween the eyes, knocking him down as though he had been truth, but they could hardly credit his statements. struck by a sledge-hammer. He finally convinced them that he really had bearded the There was nearly a foot of snow on the ground, so his lion in his den and tome forth unscathed, but he said in fall did not jar him much, but the blow had been a hard conclusion: one, and for a few moments the fallen man lay there, blink."! tell ye whut et is, boys, I wouldn't do et agin' fur all ing up at the sky, a dazed expression on his face. the gold is in hull worl'!" Dick glanced at the prostrate form, and then started CHAPTER II. AN ENCOUNTER. "Hol' on thar, Dick Slater!" "Well, what do you want, Mr. La1kins ?" "I wanter hev a leetle talk with ye." "I'm in a hurry." "Waal, git over yer hurry. I hev somethin' to say to ye." • "Say it quickly, then." It was evening, and darkness would soon be over all. Henry Larkins had met Dick Slater, the handsome, manly young captain of the Liberty Boys, in the timber a quarter of a mile from the edge of the patriot encampment. Larkins had stepped in Dick's way and addressed him as to go on his way. "There is no use fooling away any more time with him," was his thought. The youth's move aroused the other to consciousness, however, and he sat up, with the savage exclamation: "Heer, no runnin' erway, ye blamed young rascal! Ye hev gotter stay an' take ther lickin' frum me!" Dick stopped and turned around. "You had better be satisfied to let things go as they are,'' he l;\aid. "If you bother me any more I shall give you a handling that you won't forget in a hurry." "We'll see erbout thet!" Larkins scrambled to his feet and rushed at Dick. He began striking out rapidly, fiercely and wildly. He believed that he had erred before in striking only one blow; now he would not make the same mistake again. But he could not damage the youth. given at the head of this chapter. Larkins now looked threateningly and asked: Dick was agile and quick, and easily kept out of the way; then, when Larkins had become so tired he could no longer strike blows, and paused and lowered his arms to into the youth's face rest, out shot the youth's fist, and again the aggrieved man "Whar ye goin'?" Dick was a spirited youth, and he did not relish the tone the other employed in speaking to him, nor did he hke to be questioned by one who had no right to do so. went down. He hastily scrambled to his feet, but quickly given a blow on the jaw that sent him down in the snow unconscious. "He'll come to in a minute or so, !ind is in no danger of freezing," thought Dick, "so I'll go on my way."


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS. ON THE DELAWARE. He did so, and was quickly out of sight of the spot where the unconscious man lay. ' Larkins lay there perhaps a minute, and then stirred. Presently he Jpened his eyes and looked about him; then he uttered a groan and rose to a sitting posture. He gazed about him, and seeing nothing of his late antagonist, gave vent to a grunt, half of anger, half of re li ef. "He's gone," he muttered. "Waal, I'm kinde1 glad us et, fur I hev got all I want. ennyhow. I mus' say he's er purty hefty young chap, a better man than I thort 'im to bf>. But l'll git even with 'im! Nobuddy ever yit struck Hank Larkins an' got off scot-free!" He rose and walked back to the encampment and entered the cabin where he had his quarters. When the four soldiei:s saw Larkins' swollen face and ey es, they guesse d what had happened, and pestered their comrade to such an extent that he 'was wild with arge. "Yas, Dick Slater done et," he admitted, when one said that he knew the Liberty Boy had administered the blows, "but ye bet I'm goin' ter git even with 'im fur et! Ye jest see ef I don't!" CHAPTER IV SOME INSOIENT SOLDIERS. Dick Slater walked rapidly onward till he came to the Delaw are River. Several boats were tied to trees along the shore, and the youth selected one-the smallest df the lot-and, untying the painter, got in and took up the oars. "It's going to be a hard job getting across the river," he murmured; "there is so much floating ice that there is \l chance that the side of the boat may be caved in." This d anger did not deter him, however." He was a brave youth, and when duty called, he was ready to obey, no matter how great the danger might be. He rowed out into the stream, and at once the wor,k of dodging the great cake s of floating ice began. • • It was not a dark night. The moon was shining, and Dick could see fairly well. He was skilful with the oars, and managed to get along pretty we ll till he was about half-way across the river. Then he suddenly found himself hemmed in by several great cakes of ic e that were swaying up and down with the current and grinding against one another. Dick realized that he was in danger, but he did not lose his head. That was one of hi s most valuable charl;lcteristi::s coolness in the face of danger of any kind. He beg a n plying the oars with swiftness and dexterity, and worked hard to get out of the fix in which he found himself. He was unable to do so, however. Suddenl y the immense cakes of ice closed in, and the boat's sides were cru s hed in like they were made of paste-board. The youth saw what was coming, and the instant he heard the crashing sou nd h e rose to his feet and made a flying leap. He alighted on one of the cakes, but had hard work to stay on it, for it slanted considerably. Presently the cake righted, and became level once more, the boat having sunk and gotten out of the way, and then Dick drew a breath of relief. "I'm safe, anyhow," he mused. "But the question is, how am I to get to the shore?" This was indeed a difficult question . He coulcl not guide the ice-cake, but would simply have to let it go as the current might carry it Over on the east shore he saw the lights in the houses in Trenton. "That is where I wan t to go, but how am I to get there?" he queried, mentally. That was ind eed the question. The ice was not moving very rapidly, and after he had been drifting along ten or fifteen minutes, D ick gave utter ance to an exclamation of satisfaction. "I believe I am getting over nearer the shore!" he cried aloud. This was indeed the case; the curi P;.,t was-carrying the ice-cake toward the east s hore. Dick st>on saw that he would not reach the shore quite a distance below Trenton, and eve n then the ice would not touch the shore, in all probability. This oroved to be the case. When he had reached a point half a mile below Trenton, Dick saw that the icecake was moving slowly away from the shore again. It was at this time within seventy-five yards of the bank. "I will have to get to the shore now, if at all," he thought, and then he began looking around for some means of doing this. There were other cakes of ice near at hand, and presently Dick managed to leap upon one that was nearer the shore. He made his way across it, and presently leaped to an-other, and then to another. , He kept on doing this, till he finally leaped to the shore. He drew a long breath of relief. "Thank goodness, I'm safe on solid ground again!" he murmured. At this moment he heard footsteps crunching in the snow, and turned to see half a dozen redcoats emerging from the timber a few rods distant. They saw Dick, and advanced quickly and confronted him. "Hello, who are you?" <'ne queried. "I live over on the other side of the river," replied Dick. "I started across in a boat .and it was crushed by some ice-cakes, and I just managed to get to the shore." "We saw you coming across the ice." Dick' did not exactly like the situation. He would have preferred not to meet up with the redcoats. The British soldiers eyed the youth somewhat suspiciously, and the leader asked: "Where are you going?" "I started to go to Trenton." "Humph! What is your business there?" "I . h ave as ick father over across the river, and .I want to get some medicine for him." This was as good an excuse as Dick could think of, offhand. I "Oh, so that's it, eh?" "Yes." "Well, we're going into town, s o come along with us." "All right, sir." .; Dick walked along with the redcoats, and presently they passed the sentinel anrl were in the town. Now Dick began to wonder how he was to get rid of the British soldiers . He was not at all eager to stay in their company, for he could not proceed with the work that had brought him there at all . They solved the problem for him, however, for presently they ,stopped in front of a store, with the remark: "This is a place where you can get medicines. The proprietor is a doctor as well as a chemist." "Thank you, " said Dick. Of course, there was nothing for it but to enter the build ing, just as though he really wanted to get some medicine, though his real wi s h was that he might be allowed to go his way and, pursue his investigations, and secure information regarding the number of British and Tories in the place, and the location and strength of the fo:r:tifications, if there were any. Having entered the building, he made his way to where the proprietor stood, and asked for some quinine. He feared the redce>ats were standing outside, watching him, and so he was forced to purchase The man put up the quinine in a package and handed it to Dick, who paid for it, and then he looked around for a few minutes, as though wanting something else, this in crder to give the redcoats time to get tired of watching, if they were still outside, and go about their business. Presently he turned and left the store, having told the man there was nothing else that he wished. As he stepped out and looked around, he drew a breath of relief. . The redcoats were gone. They had believed his story, seemingly, and had gone on about their business. Dick walked along the street, and turned corner after corner. . He had no particular point in view that he wished to reach, for he had never been in Trenton before, and knew nothing about the town. He simply followed his impulses, in the hope that he might learn something of interest.


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE DELAWARE. 5 Presently he found himself on a street that wasgiven up to residences. It was not very well lighted, but then it was not !l dark night, so Dick could see to get along very well. , Presently he turned another corner and came upon a scene that filled him with indignation. ' Four British soldiers were confronting a young woman, whom they had undoubtedly stopped and whom they refused to let pass. As Dick appeared he heard the girl say, beseechingly: "Please let me iiass, sirs! I am in a hurry." "We'll let you pass when you give each of us a kiss," replied one of the redcoats, with an insolent laugh. "Come, mv de:ir , don't be urudis h . but give us the kisses!" "I will not!" the girl cried. "I would die first!" "But you must!" the redcoat cried. "In fact, you shall! Come on, boys, we'll take the kisses whether she likes it or not!" "Stop!" cried Dick. The redcoats whirled, with snarls of rage, while an exclamation of delight escaped the lips of the girl. CHAPTER V. DICK DOES WONDERFUL WPRK. "Will y ou go? " the spok es m a n asked, threateningly. "No!" "Then your fat e is op your own head. Go for him, boys! Give him a beating that he will remember to his dying day!" The four leaped forward and attacked Dick fiercely. Of course;. they expected to make short wo r k , of the daring youth. The thought that he might be able to make a s ucc es sful fight against the m nev e r entered their heads . Each of the four thought that he alone would be more than a match for the youth. But they soon learned their mis take. Dick knocked two of them down so quickly that they did not have time to realize how it had been done. The other two succeeded in landing a blow or two, but they w ere glancing ones and did not do much damage. Then crack, smack! went Dick's fist sagainst the jaws o1 the two, and down they went, just as their comrad . es were rising. The girl, her hands clasped, a look of excitement and fear on her face, stood there as though rooted to the spot. "You are free to go on you;r way, miss, " said Dick, but the girl did not move. She w a s either incapable of movement, through fear and e x citement, or else she did not wi s h to go until she saw how her champion came out of the encounter. \ The two who had been floored first dashed at Dick the Dick Slater was chivalrous as any knight of old. instant they got to their fee t, and while one was sent down If .there was any one thing that would arouse his anger by a well-directed blow, the other succeeded in seizing Dick to the utmost extent it was to see a woman pe sterea or in-in his arms. suited by brutes in the shape of men. "Now I've got you!" he cried, delightedly. And in this instance he was about as mad as he • could be. "Not yet," retorted Dick, and then he exerted all hi s The thought of danger to himself never entered his head; strength and threw the f e llow clear over hi s h e ad. his only thought was that he must put a stop to the work of Down the redcoat came, striking on hi s head and shoul-the four ruffianly redcoats. ders. A groan escaped his lips and he lay still; the shock of "Who in blazes are you?" cried the leader of the gang. the fall had rendered him unconscious. "I am one who will not stand idly by and see scoundrels This had taken a little time, of cours e, and a startled like you interfere with and pester a lady!" was the prompt cry of, "Look out, sir!" from the girl cau s ed Dick to whirl. reply. He was just in time, fo r the se cond two r ed coats who This plain talk enraged the redcoats. liad been knocked down were up again and almost upon him. Exclamations of anger escaped their lips and their hands Out shot the youth's dropped to the butts of their pistols. Crack! Smash! "Oh, we're scoundrels, are we?" hissed the spokesman, The blows were true to the mark, and down the two viciously. • went, with such force that they lay still , rendered tempo"Y es!" rarily. unconscious. Growls escaped the lips of the four, but the three awaited The remaining redcoat now s crambled to his feet but the word from the spokesman before making any move to instead of attempting to attack Dick again, he hi s attack the bold youth. pistol, with the evident intention of shooting the brave youth "And I suppose you are one of the bes t and finest fellows down. who ever lived?" sneeringly and sarcastically. As he leveled the weapon, however, up came Dick's foot "Well, I'm a man," quietly. "I would not interfere and, the toe of the shoe striking the pis tol, it was sent spin-with or bother a lone, unprotected woman." ning over and over high up in the air. "No, I suppose not. On the other hand, I judge that A cry of rage and di sappointment e s caped the lips of you are going around acting the part of a protector to the redcoat, and he jerke d another pi s tol out o f hi s belt. lone and unprotected females; in other words, y ou are a sprt B e fore he could l e vel it, how e v e r , Dick leaped\for w ard and of knight-er'rant, eh?" ' dealt him a terrible blow full on the point of the jaw. "I am always willing and glad to render assistance wher-Down the redcoat went, stricken sense l ess . ever I think it is needed; and especially am I glad to be Dick gave a swift glance at the four forms, and then of assistance to a lady in di stres s, for I have a mother and turned to the girl. a sisti:r of my own, and I always try to act toward women "You are free to go on your own w ay, mis s," he said and girls, anywhere and ev erywhere, a s I would want any "and I will go my way also, for if I s hould be here man to act toward my loved one s." . I thes e recover consciouspess it would probably go "What a noble-he ated youth!" sneeringly. "Isn't he Just hard with me." fine, comrades?" "Oh, s i r, how can I ever thank you for what you have "Oh, yes!" done for me!" the girl cried. "Yes, indeed!" "No thanks a1e nece ssary, miss. I simply did for you "A regular good boy, h e i s !" what I would want that any man should do for my sister if Such were the remarks of the three, and then the spokesshe were to be situated a s you w ere when I came upon the man went on: . s cene." "It would be a shame to harm such a noble-hearted "But I mus t and do thank you , sir," the g i rl insisted youth, so we w ill give you a chance, young fellow. Just go "and I want that you shall go to m y home with me and on about your business and we will not molest you." permit my parents to thank you als o." Dick shook his head. "I w ill be pleas ed to escort y ou to your home, miss, but "Thank y ou, but I must decline to do So. That is, not in 01der that I may be thanked. I understand that you step aside and let the young lady pass." your must be somewhat shaken b y the experienc e The spokesman flared up at this. y ou have Just b een through, and for fear that you m ight "That is no affair of yours , and we do as we please, young meet some more impudent sol diers I will accompany vou fellow," he growled. "You had better move on if you know to your door." when you are well off!" then; let us get away , before these men recover "I shall do nothing of the sort, and the best thing you consciousness." can <;lo is to stand aside and let the young lady They at once , set out down the street. At the corner they "Bah! don't waste any more words on him, Jim," said turned to the right, and as they did so Dick glanced bac);: one of the soldiers. "Let's knock him senseless. He needs to where the four redcoats lay . a le s son." The y were lying where they had fallen, motionless and •


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE DELAWARE. seemingly senseless, but the instant the two disappeared. behind the corner building the who had acted as spokesman scrambled to hi s feet and hastened to the corner, around which h e p ee red, watching the couple with an evil light in his eyes. "I'll see where the girl lives," he muttered," and tf the young sc oundrel enters the house I will remain in hiding near at hand till he comes out, and then will shoot him dead!" The redcoat followed the couple three blocks, and saw them ente r a good-sized brick house on one of the best r e sidence streets . • "So that's where you live, eh, my proud beauty?" the redcoat muttered. "All right; I'm glad that I know it. And as for you, you young whelp," shaking his fist toward the door behind which Dick had just disappeared from sight, "I'll settle with you for the blows you gave me! You just see if I don't!" Then, pistol i n hand, he stationed himself in a deep doorway not far from the door through which Dick would emerge in coming from the house. CHAPTER VI. THE UNEXPECTED SHOT. As has been stated, Dick Slater accompanied the girl to her home and entered it in her company. He 1had demurred against entering, saying that he did not desire to be thanked for what he had done, but the girl had insisted so strongly that he had consented. "Since you wish it, miss, I will do as you ask," he said, and then they entered and the maiden conducted her companion to what was evidently the library, for the walls were lined with books, and on two or three tables were moTe books. Seated in leather-covered chairs before the grate, in which was a cheerful fire, were a man and a woman, of middle age. They were well-dressed, fine-looking people, and Dick could see that the girl resembled the • , voman greatly. The two looked around as Dick and the girl entered, and when they saw that their daughter had a companion they stared in amazement, and.then rose and looked questioningly at the maiden. "Father, mother, this is Mr. Slater," the girl said. "He has just rendered me a great' service, and I have made him come with me in order that you might make his acquaintance and thank him." Dick had told the girl his name, after learning that she was a patriot, and she had told him her name, which wa s Henrietta Saxon. Mr. Saxon stepped forward and took Dick's hand. "I am gl:Jd to know you, Mr. Slater," he said, "and I heartily thahk you for any service you have rendered my daughter." "And I, too, thank you, Mr. Slater," said the woman, shaking .hands with Dick. "But what was the service, . daughter?" "Mr. Slater protected me from insult by some British soldiers." "What is that, Henrietta.?" her father exclaimed. "Some soldiers offered you insult?" "Yes, father; four of the king's soldiers stopped me on the street and h1sisted that I must permit them to kiss me ere they would let me go on my way." "The scoundrels!" "My darling child!" in a horrified voice, from Mrs. Saxon. "While they were talking insolently and insisting that I give them each a kiss, Mr. Slater happened to come along and he interfered and--" "But what could he, one young man, do against four of the king's soldiers?" broke in Mr. Saxon. Henrietta's eyes sparkled and the color came to her cheeks, caused by the excitement of the remembrance, and she cried: . "What could he . do, father? Why, he thrashed the four of them, alone ahd single-handed! I was never so amazed in my life, fath"er and mothet, but, ah, how delighted I was!" The elderly couple stared at Dick in wonder. They could hardly credit their daughter's assertion that this youth had beaten four British soldiers in a fait fight, but they knew she was a girl who would not make any statement not in strict accordance with the truth. Again Mr. Saxon seized Dick's hand and wrung it heartily . ..... "Permit me to thank you again, Mr. Slater, for what you did .for my daughter," he said, earnestly. "And also per-mit me to congratulate you on your success in dealing with the British soldiers. You performed a most unusual, not to say wonderful, feat!" Dick was a modest youth and blushed, at the same saying: . "Oh, it wasn't so much to do, sir. The soldiers did not know anything about fighting •with fists, while I am a skilful sparrer and, too, I am light on iny feet and quick, and easily kept them from injuring me with their blows." Then Mrs. Saxon again shook hands with him and thanked him with great earnestness. "Have a seat, Mr. Slater," said Henrietta, presently. "You must not think of going away yet awhile." "Yes, yes, sit down, Mr. Slater," said Mr. Saxon. "You must spend the night with us-oi; do you live in Trenton?" Dick shook his head as he took the seat indicated. "No, sir; I do not live here," he replied. "My home is in Westchester County, New York." "You are a good ways from home, Mr. Slater,'' remarked the man. Dick had been doing some rapid thinking. He knew the three were patriots, and tlie thought came to him that it might be possible that they might assist him in his work of securing infonnation about the British. "I believe I will tell them what I am and what my business is in Trenton,'' he thought, and then aloud he said: "Yes, I'm a good ways from home, but, you see, I am a soldier Jind have to go where my army goes." The tbree 1ooked at him in some surprise, and with a lively degree of interest. "A s9ldir, you say?" exclaimed Mr. Saxor . "Yes, sir." "A patriot soldier, then, of cou'l.'Se?" "Yes, Mr. Saxon." "Goodness, what a risk you have taken in coming into Trenton!" cried Henrietta. "There is some risk, of conrse," admitted Dick. "But t11e commander-in-chief sent me, and so I came." "That is a soldier's duty, to go where the commanding officer orders you to go," Mr. Saxon remarked. "But if it shou ld be learned that you are a patriot soldier, the British would make a prisoner of you and shoot or hang you, would they not, Mr. Slater?" asked Henrietta. "I judge that they would." "Your purpose in coming here is to spy upon the British, I suppose?" Mr. Saxon asked. "Yes, sir." "That is dangerous work." "True, sir; but it is work that must be done, and I am proud that General Washington should have enough confi in me to send me on such important work." "I should think you would be!" remarked Henrietta. "You are young for such important work, one would think. I would. have thought that an older man would be selected." "Such is usually the cast,'' said Dick . Then he proceeded to questiqn Mr. Saxon. His idea was that the man would be able to give him son1e important information, and in thinking thus he was right. He talked with the three a couple of hours, and then said that he must be going. They urged him to stay all night, but he said he had work to do, and that it would not be right for him to stay, as in case he was s uspected of being a spy and it became known that he had stayed there it might cause them trouble. They declared that they were willing, yes, would be glad to take the risk in order to have him stay, but he insisted on going and, bidding them ,good-by, started to take his departure. Henrietta accompanied him to the front door, and they stopped there a few minutes to talk. The girl made him promise to come and see them at least once more before leaving the town, and then, again bidding her good-night, he took his departure. As he walked down the steps the light from the hall shone through the open door upon him. He. was about half-way down the steps when suddenly there sounded the sharp crnck of a pistol. Dick sank to the steps and roll .eel over and over tc the sidewalk, several feet below. A scream escaped the lips of Henrietta. •


• , __ THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE DELAWARE. 7 "What kind of an experience have you had with him?" CHAPTER VII. The redcoat pointe d to his fac e and e ye s . "Look at that," he said, with a g1imace. CAPTURED. All the soldiers looked at the bruis ed face and bl a ckened eyes with intere:;i,t. Of course, Henrietta thought that Dick had bee;n killed. "We see; what of it?" Such was not the case, however. "He did it," nodding toward Dick. Indeed, the bullet had not hit him at all. The soldiers all looked surprised. His mind was working swiftly. "You don't mean to say that he thrashed you!" the cap-He realized that someone had lain in wait and tried to tain exclaimed. mmder him. "Yes." His anger rose quickly, and a desire to la hands on the "Why, he is only a young fellow, and not nearly so heavy would-be assassin took hold upon him. as yourself." He leaped to his feet instantly and looked quickly around "That don't make any difference; he is wors e than a him. dozen tigers in. a fight." He caught sight of a dark form running along on the "Well, well! One wouldn't think it, to look at him." other side of the street. 1'No, but looks are deceptive." "There he goes!" muttered Dick. "So he thrashed you, eh?" With a bound he was away in pursuit. "Yes, and three more of the boys as well." "Stop! Where are you going?" called Henrietta. The redcoats stared at their comrade in a . wondering man"I'm going to catch the scoundrel who fired at me," called ner. Then looks of incredulity and skeptici s m appeared on back the Liberty Boy. their bees. "You'll be killed!" "Say, you're learning to draw the long bow wonderfully "Don't fear for rrl.e!" fast, Johnson," smiled the captain'. Then Dick turned his whole attention to the task before ''You don't believe me?" the one addres sed as Johnson him. asked. He was a splendid runner. "No; how could one young fellow like him," nodding Never in his life had he encountered. anyone who could toward Dick, "administer a thrashing to four of the king' s equal himself in this respect. soldiers?" He was confident that he could catch the fleeing ma;n. The redcoat grinl!ed in a s erio-comic fas hion and srod: "And when I do I'll give him the worst beating a man "You'll have to 'ask him; he did it and ought to know ever had!" was his thought. how he did it. I'm sure I don't know how it was accomOn he dashed. plished." The redcoat was a good runner himself and he led Dick "Surely you are joking!" the captain e xclaimed. a lively chase. "Of course he is!" from another redco at. Doubtless fear lent him wings. But Johnson s hook his head. He had had a taste of the youth's ability that night, and "There is no joke about it," he protes ted, "and if you did not desire to again come to close quarters with him. had been one ?f u s a coupl e of hours ago, when this young Dick exerted himself to the utmost, and slowly but surely fellow was gomg for us, you would have found that it was drew up on the fugitive. no joke; the same as we did." Around corners, down the streets the fugitive ran. The men stared at the speaker and then at Dick. They But he could not shake off his pursuer by dodging tactics. looked tb.e youth over with wonderjng interest. Dick was close enough so that he could keep track of the "You are really in earnest about this, then?" the caprcdcoat. tain queried. "The youngster thrashed four of you?" Sudde nly, on turning a cor!ler, Dick found himself in. "He did." the mid s t of a party of redcoats. . "What was the trouble?" There were at least half a dozen in the party, and they "Oh, we stopped a girl on the street and was going leaped upon the youth and made him a prisoner in a jiffy to make her give us some kisse s when this young knight in sp ite of hill struggles. errant came along and ordered us to let the young lady go They bound his arms and then led him away down the on her way." street. "Ah, I see!" One of the redcoats was the fellow Dick had been chasing. "Of comse we refused." Naturally he w a s delighted by the turn affairs had taken. "Naturally." "You thought you'd catch me, but got caught yourself in"We thought he was jus t some bras h , ignorant youngster stead!" he exclaimed , jubilantly. that could be frightened, and sd we told him to go along "I'll get you s oon e r or later," said Dick, grimly. about his business and not interfere with ours." "I don't think you will . " "Of course." "We'll see!" 1 "But he wouldn't go." The other simply grunted scornfully and made no reply. "He's a stubborn fellow, eh?" About half-way down the block the party entered a brick "Well, he just is! Then we made an att ack on him." building and Dick was conducted into. a large room on the "Yes." ground ffoor. It had evidently used as a "We supposed that, of course, we would have the b v the owners of the house, but it was now bemg used as kind of a time di sposing of him. " a sitting-r oom and general gathering-place for the soldier,.s "Anyone would have thought so." quartered there.. "Yes, we did. But we quickly learne d our mistake. He When the half-dozen entered with their prisoner there knocked us down, 'two at a time; we went down in pairs." were perhaps a dozen soldiers in the room. They were "Well, well!" . seated at a long table , on which were a number of black "He knocked us all senseless-or, all but me rather and bottles, and the redcoats and Hessians were drinking and I was somewhat addled-and the n walke d in 'complaying cards. pany with the girl, leaving us lying there on the icy side-They stared at the new cQmers and at Dick with interest. I walk." "Who have you there? " a s k e d a captain. "That beats anything I ever heard of!" "I don't kriow who h e i s," replied the fellow who had shot ''I made up my m ind that I would have on the at Dick. "But I know what he is." I young scoundrel, and so I got up and followed them." "Well, what is he?" "Ah!" "About as dangerous a young scounprel as you could "I saw them enter the girl's house and then I hid i11 scare up in a year's search." a doorway close by and waited till he came !>'.It." The captain survey ed Dick with interest. "Yes." "Humph!" he g:runted, "he don't look it. " "As he was coming down the s t e ps I shot at him and he "But he is, nevertheless." . 1 fell . , and rol) .ed down the step s. I thought I had finished "How do you know?" ? him, but I gueiiis I didn't touch hi m, for he jumped upl "I've had some e xperience with him, and ought to know." land gave chase to me. The ch ase went on two or three Dick looked at the speaker keenly and noted that his blocks, and the n on turning a corner I came upon five of face was swollen and both eyes blackened. the boy s and quickl y told them about thi s fellow, and "H"'" nne of the four that stopped Henrietta," thoulht Dick. when he• came dashini!: a r ound the corner we grabbed him I


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE DELAWARE. and made him a prisoner. Then we brought hiPl here." "Agree to the fellow's proposition, captain. You are tak-. The redcoats stared at Dick with deepest interest, and ing no chances whatever, for I can thrash him with one then suddenly one who sat near the end of the table said, hand." slowly and distinctly: "Don't do it, captain!" interposed Johnson. "You say that youngster thrashed four of you, Johnson; "Shut up!" roared Vincent. ut I'll wager anything that I can pound the life half out "Yes, keep still, Johnson," cried another soldier who cf '.:lm and not more than half try, either!" . was eager to se the encounter. "Let them get together. CHAPTER VIIL A CHANCE FOR DICK TO GET HIS FREEDOM. Vincent can thrash him, and I'll wager an• ' 'ing on it." "I'll bet you a month's pay that he retorted Johnson. "Done!" The captain, secretly eaget to see Vincent given a thrashing, now turned his eyes upon Dick and said: A ll eyes were instantly turned upon the speaker. "Young man, I accept your proposition. If you succeed He was a heavy-set, powerful fellow, with a dark and in getting the better of Vincent you shall be permitted to sinister face and cruel eyes. go free." This man's name was Horace Vincent, and he was a bully, who had thrashed every man in the regiment who . This suited Dick exactly. had dared to stand up before him. If he could gain something by fighting, he was quite He was not liked, but was feared by his comrades. Even ready to fight. Indeed, he was eager and replied, promptly: his captain secretly feared and hated him, and it was only "Free my arms and I will do battle with Mr. Vincent, his rank that protected the officer, for Vincent disliked his most gladly. But remember, if I earn my freedom I am captain as much as the other disliked him. to have it." The officer, thinking that it might be possible that this "Oh, I'll keep my word. Any of the men will tell you stranger youth could administer a thrashing to the bully, that when I say I wili do a thing I will do it." decided to egg the bully on. "Very well; that is all I care for." "I judge that the youngster would not care to fight you, One of the soldiers untied the handkerchief that bound Vincent," he remarked. "How about it, young man?" this Dick's wrists, and he at once began chafing his wrists, to last tQ Dick. . get the blood started to circulating again. "I certainly do not care to fight anyone just to furnish The soldiers leaped up jrom the table and quickly placed amusement for spectators," was the quiet reply. it over at one side, against the wall. This left a large space "There has to be some reason for your doing so, before in the middle of the room, where the combatants would you will fight, eh?" have a chance to move around. "Yes." Vincent, an arrogant, supercilious smile on his face, doffed "We can easily fix that," drawled Vincent, with a wicked his coat and waistcoat and began rolling up his sleeves. smile. "I suppose that if a man were . to insult you you "Get ready for your thrashing, young fellow," he said. would fight?" Dick smiled pleasantly. "I most assuredly wou}d," decidedly. "It is you who should prepare for the thrashing," he re"Very good. Captain, order the boys to free the young torted. fellow's hands; then I will slap his face and, of course, if "Bah!" he has any spunk at all he will resent. that." "You will find that you have caught a Tartar, Vincent," The others were eager to see the encounter, and clapped warned Johnson. .._ their hands. "Bosh f" "That's the thing to do, Vincent!" "All right; but if you will take a fool's advice, you won't "Yes, that'll make him fight you!" hold this fellow too cheaply." "If he has any ,courage at all he will not take that from "He won't be able to make it interesting, even.'' you." Johnson laughed aloud, vastly amused. He knew, from Such were a few of the exclamations. his own experience, that Vincent would find that he was Dick was a shrewd youth, and had a pretty good idea of mistaken. the state of affairs. "I'll wager a month's pay with you, Vincent, that he He guessed that Vincent was a bully; he had that air. makes it extremely interesting for you!" he cried. Of course, Dick did not fear the fellow, and he felt con"All-right, I'll take the bet.'' fident that he could give the fellow a thrashing, but he did "Anyone else want to donate a month's pay to me?" not 1;are to indulge in a :Aght just to. please the redcoats. queried Johnson. If he could gai n something by doing so that would be Two more of the soldiers said they would wager that sum different. that Vincent would thrash the youth, and Johnson took He was struck by a sudden thought. them up. "Captain," he said, addressing the officer, "I have a 11 .Then he clapped Dick on the shoulder and said: proposition to make to you." "Go ahead." "You gave me some hard clips, young fellow, and natur"It is this: I will fight yonder gentleman if you will ally I feel very wrathy toward you, but if you will handle agree to let me go free if I thrash him." Vincent the way you handled myself and comrades and The redcoat who had felt the weight of Dick's fists and win my money for me I'll forgive you.'' k h h ld d fi ht b' d Dick smiled grimly. new w at e cou 0 111 a g at once 0 Jecte • "I'm going to handle him that way if I . can," he said, "Don't you a.!U'ee to that, captain!" he cried. "It will b 1 be equivalent to giving this fellow liis freedom, for he is a " ut it wi 1 be for the purpose of winning my freedom, not demon in a fight, and--". to win your money.'' "You don't really mean to say that you think he can "Oh, that's all right; I don't care anything about your thrash me, do you, Johpson ?" snarled Vincent, glaring at reasons if you succeed and win. If I get the money that the speaker. is all I care about." Johnson was somewhat disconcerted, for he had once "Well, I think you'll get the •money-unless your comreceived a rough handling from Vincent, and feared him; rades back out and refuse to pay the bets.'' but he did not want that the prisoner should be permitted "They won't do that." to escape, so he s aid, firmly: "Oh, no; and we'll see to it that you don't refuse to pay, "Yes, I do, Vincent.'' Johnson!" cried one. "'You're a fool!" "You seem to have a great deal of confidence in your But Johnson shoo k his head. abilities, young fellow," sneered Vincent. "I'm not as big a fool as I was before myself a:1d com "I have," acknowledged Dick. ;-ade::; encountered this fellow," he declared. "I know what "Very good; doff your coat and get ready for the encounhe can do, and you don't, Vincent, so if e ither of us is a ter and I will quickly knock some of the confidence out fool, you will pardon me when I say that in my humble of you!" qpinion you are the one.'' "We shall see," retorted Dick, and then he removed his "I'll settle with you for ta1king to me in that fashion, coat and waistcoat and rnlled up h:ls sleeves. after I have thrashed the youngster!" growled Vincent. When the redcoats caught sight of Dick's arms, cxclamaThen to the officer, he went' on: ' tions of vonder and amazement escaped their lips.


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE DELAWARE. 9 CHAPTER IX. DICK AND 'd;IE BULLY. The first sight of Dick's arms never failed to excite interest and wonder in the minds of the beholders. The youth was a wonder in this respe'ct, for his arms were nearly twice as large as those of an ordinary youth of his age and size . . Nor were his arms alone in this unusual development; his shoulders were much broader and bettermuscled than was ordinarily the case. Dick was, indeed, a modern Samson. He had never met a man, no matter how large, that was anywhere near as strong as himself1 nor had he ever been bested in an encounter. Exclamations escaped the lips of the sp .ectators: "What arms!" "Whoever saw th_e like!" , "They beat anything I ever saw!" "He must be as strong as Hercules!" 'Say, Vincent, you will have to look out for yourself!" Vincent was staring at the youth's arms in amazement, and there was a somewhat dismayed expression on his face for a few moments; then he laughed sneeringly and said: "Probably he isn't as strong as one might think; the chances are that he is muscle-bound. That is usually the case with men who have abnormally developed limbs." "I know now why he was able to thrash the four of us!" exclaimed Johnson. Dick stood 'there smiling, while the soldiers uttered the exclamations. When he had finished rolling up his sleeves he stepped out and confronted Vincent. "I'm ready whenever you are," he said. "All right. But how is this to be? Shall we fight according to rules, or shall we go at it rough-and-tumble till one cries enough?" "Either way will suit me." "Let's have it according to rules," said one. "I'll hold the watch." "And I'll referee the fight," said the captain. "All right," said Vincent. "That will suit me," said Dick. "Get ready," ordered the captain. "You will fight three minutes and then rest one, and when a man is unable to step out and fight after the minute rest or fails to get up w;thin ten seconds' time after being knocked down, he is whipped ." "'l'ime!" cried the , Vincent at once made a vicious attack upon Dick. Doubtless he had full confidence in his ability to thrash the youth quickly and easily, and was eager to make short work of it. He quickly learned that he could not do as he liked, however. Instead of succeeding in beating his youthful antagonist to the floor he found that he was unable to land a single Llow in such a manner as to in:(lict damage. True, some of the blows struck the youth, but they were either glancing ones or else touched Dick as he was leaping backward, thus having no force. The spectators watched the movements of the youth with interest and amazement. They had never seen anyone so light on his feet, so quick and active as he. "Jove, he's quick as a cat!" murmured one. "Yes, and mark my words, he's going to give Vincent a thrashing!" replied another. "I hope so." "So do I." Prese?1tly Vincent grew tired. He had been exerting himself violently and was panting. Striking at the empty air is really more exhausting than when the blows encountered something solid, and the British soldier was about as tired as he had been in years. "Oh, why .don't yo u stand still and fight?" he growled, angrily. "You want me to stand still and fight, do you?" smiled Dick. "All right; I'm the most acco11l1:,odating fellow in the world, and I'll do as you wish me to." He ceased fighting on the defensive and began a fierce attack on his antagonist. He struck so swif!ly that the redcoat was unable to parry the blows, and his fists played a tattoo on the face, chest and stomach of adversary. Crack, crack, crack! Spat, spat, spat! Crack, cral!k !-thud! The last blow delivered had been an extremely hard one, and, catching the redcoat between the eyes, knocked him down with a thump that fairly shook the building. Cries of wonder and delight escaped the lips .of the spec-tators. "What do you think of that!" "The young fellow is all right!" "That beats anything i ever saw!" Such were a few of the exclamations from the redcoats. "You were right, Johnson," said the captain. "I our young friend is going to thrash Vincent very hand somely." "I told you he would," with a satisfied grin. "You ought to be satisfied," said another. "You are going to be a big winner on this." Johnson made a wry face, and pointed to his swollen lips, face and eyes. ,"I ought t{) be a winner, to pay me for this, oughtn't I?" he asked. ' "Well, yes; I'd want some kind of a salve for my feelings if I were bunged up like you are." "Yes, and salve for his bruises also," grinned another. During this talk Vincent had lain motionless on the floor, gazing up toward the ceiling in a dazed manner. But now he stilfl'ed and then sat up. Immediately all present turned their gaze upon him. The soldiers were eager to see how he would conduct himself now that he had regained control of his faculties. Vincent looked about him at the faces of his comrades and then caught sight of Dick standing there, a quiet smile on his face. A fierce look of intense rage and hatred overspread the redcoat's face. He lifted his hand and felt of the swollen between his eyes where the iron-like knuckles of the youth had struck him. "I'll kill you for that!" he hissed; and then he scrambled to his feet and attacked Dick with the f\1ry of a tiger. He struck out at the youth rapidly and fiercely and then, finding that he was not landing any damaging blows, he closed with his lively opponent, thinking he could overcome him in a hand-to-hand struggle. In this he was destined to learn that he was mistaken, as had been the case before. Dick grappled with Vincent, maneuvered a few minutes and then, having s ucceeded in getting the hold he desired' he suddenly lifted the redcoat clear of the floor and him over his head. . \ . The . body of .the redcoat went wh1rlrng through the air anef alighted with a cras h on the table at the side of the room. Vincent struck on his head and shoulders, and was stlicken senseless . "You've killed him!" exclaimed the captain. "And laia him out, ready for burial!" said Johnson. CHAPTER X. AN OLD ENEMY APPEARS . The redcoats stared at Dick with wonder in their eyes. What manner of youth was this who was able to hurl a full-grown man through the air as though he were a straw man? "Oh, he isn't dead," said Dick, addressing the captain. "He is worth a dozen dead men." "YOU think so ? " "Oh, yes; he is insensible, that is all." "He's too tough to be killed by a little thing lika that,' froin one of the soldiers. "You call that a little thing, to be thrown across the room like that?" grinned another. "Yes!" Dick saw that his opponent was almost porarily at least, and decided to take the uaid: exhausted, ternwould care to be served that way. I The others laughed, and one said that he didn't think he offensive, so he The captain stepped to the table and bent over and placed his ear close to the defeated man's chest.


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE DELAWARE. Afte r listening a few molnents, he straightened up and no d ded hi s h ead. "'Hi s h eart i s b eating," he said. ' "Yes , h e ' s a ll right," said Dick. "It's a wonder that it is," remarked i soldier. "That jar was almo s t enough to stop it for good and all." "Well, capta in," said Dick, "have I won?" The office r nodded. "You c ertainly have," lie declared. "And I am free to go about my, business?" "Yes." "Thank you." Then Dick rolled down his shirt-sleefes and donned his coa t and wai s tcoat. "You haven' t told us your name," the captain said. Of cour se , Dick would not give his real name to these redcoats , for h e had done enough spywork so that his name was w e ll known to them; so he gave the first name that entered his mind. "My name is Fred Walton, sir." "Where do you live?" "Over on the other side of the river." The captain looked interested. • "Anywhere near the rebel encampment?" he asked. "No, I live several miles to the southward." "What is your business in Trenton?" "I came here to get some m ed icine for my sick father." " Ah!" ' Johns on now held out his hand to Dick, with the words: "I was feeling pretty sore toward you, Walton, because the rough manner in which you handled myself and comrades around yonder on the street, but now that you have thrashed Vinceht and won a nice little sum of money for me I am willing to call it square, if you are." "I am glad to do s o," said Dick, seizing the hal\d and shaking it heartily. A couple of the soldie1 s had been bath}ng Vincent's with water, and one had forced some liquor between his teeth and now he was sho wing signs of returning consciousness. . "As I don't want to have any furthe r trouble with Vincent, .I guess I had better be going," said Dick. "I won't let him try to use weapons on you, Mr. Walton," said the captain, "and I judge that there is no danger of his wanting to try conclusions with you again with Nature's weapons." "Likely not; but I must be going, anyway." At this moment footsteps were heard in the hall, and then the door opened and a Britis h lieutenant, accompanied by a tall, gaunt, roughly dressed man, entered the room. At sight of the lieutenant's companion, Dick started and his heart sank. The roughly dressed individual was no other than. Henry Larkins, the. patriot spy, who had taken such a dislike to Dick because the latter had b een ass igned to spywork that he thought s hould have bee:q given to him to do! What could it mean? Di ck queried, m'entally. Why was Larkins there? Was he in Trenton, engaged in s p y work, too? Dick was not kept long in s u s p e n s e, however. Larkins caught sight of h i m q uickly and gave a start and uttered an exclamation o f d elight. "D' ye see thet fellow?" h e exclaimed, pointing h,is finger But the captain, in spite of the fact that he now knew Dick to be the famous young captain of the Liberty Boys, was friendly disposed toward him for thrashing Vincent, and he said: "Give him room, men. I don't blame him for wanting a chance at the tiaitor. I hate traitors, no matter where they are found." . "So do we all!" was the cry, and then they opened up and left space for Dick to get at Larkins. He did not lose any time, but leaped forward at once struck the traitor a blow on the face, 'knocking him down witJl a thump . . "That was a dandy blow!" "Yes, that was a good one!" "I'll wager the fellow's eyes will be swelled shut in a few minutes!" "Captain Dick Slater is all right!" Such were a few of the exclamations. La1kins' lay still a few moments, and )hen rose to a sitting posture. He glared up at Dick with eyes of hatred. "I'll hev yer life fur this, ef the British don' hang ye an' git ahead uv me!" he hissed. "Get up, you cowardly traitor!" cried Dick. "Get up and I'll knock you down again!" "I hain't ergoin' to do et," doggedly. "Cap'n, order yer men to make 'im er pris'ner." "Oh, get up, you coward!" the captain replied. Larkins, seeing that he would have to do so, ro s e slowly to his feet. Knowing that he would be attacked again, he made a sudden furious attack on Dick. He thought that by taking the initiative he might be able to turn the tables on the youth. But he was mistaken. He did not succeed. Dick easily warded off the blows, and then sudd enly out shot his fist. Crack! . The blow alighted fair upon the point o.f Larkins' jaw, and he was floored as though struck by a sledge-hammer. Down he went with a crash, and Dick, taking advantage • of the fact that all eyes were upon the fallen man, whirled and leaped to the door. Jerking it open, he bounded through into the ha11 and ran along it with all his speed. He was almost to the front . door before the redcoats real izecl what he had done, and then a wild yell up. Just as he reached the door and jerked it open, the red-coats came rushing out into the hall. "Stop!" cried the captain. "Stop, or we will fire!" But Dick paid no attention to the command. Through the doorway he leaped, and down the front steps. "Pire, men!" the captain cried. The next instant the crack, crack, crack! of pistol-shots sounded upon the night air. CH.i\PTER XI. THE "GHOST.'' at Dick. Dick heard the captain's command to his men to fire, "Yes," the captain replied. "What about him?" and gave a leap to one side, at the same time bending for"He is ther rebel spy, Dick Slater!" ward, so as to lower his body and get it out of range as There was a brief silence, while all stared at the speaker much as possible. and then turned their gaze upon Dick. The result was that not one of the bullets hit him. As for the Liberty Boy, he b e li e ved he understood the One or. two whistled dan?erously near, but missed, and reason of Larkins being there now. as he mentally ejaculated, 'A miss is as good as a: mile." He had turned traitor to the patriot cause and had He dashed down the street at the top of his speed. come over and joined the Britis h. He was around the corI;ler by the time the soldiers were The youth caught Larkins' eye and gave him a look that out of the house, and this gave him a good chance to escape. almost trans fixed him. He made the most of the opportunity, and ran as he had "You traitorous scound ell" he exclaimed. never run before. The face of Larkins grew dark with anger. After him, yelling loudly, came the redcoats. "Whut's thet!" h e cried, angrily. Dick turned corner after corner, so as to throw his pur"You heard what I said." 1 suers off the track, if possible, and presently he was at The British captain made a gesture to his men and they the edge of the town. to close in around Dick. They were on the point He was challenged suddenly by a sentinel: of seizing him when he waved them back and said: "Halt! Who comes there!" • "Wait just a moment. Give me a chance to settle with There was an open lot on the right, and without replying that cowardly traitor before you make me a prisoner." to the challenge, Dick leaped the fence and darted across Larkins turned pale. the lot. "Don't do et!" he c1ied. It was quite dark, and the sentinel could not see


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE DELAWARE. 11 the youth was sure, but he could hear the fugitive, and the stern command went up: "Halt! or I'll fire!" Dick did not halt. He kept on running at the top of his speed. He heard the click of the hammer of the sentinel's musket and knew that the shot would follow quickly. Fearing that the fellow might hit him by accident, Diclc dropped upon his face on the ground. He dropped at just the right moment. Crack! The shot rang out just as the youth went down. The bullet whistled above his head. Up Dick leaped and onward he bounded at the top of his speed. He was soon out in the coun.try and presently found a country road, which led northward. He hastened along this, for he could still hear the yells of the redcoats. "They can't •catch me now, though, I'm sure," he thought. Soon the yelling ceased, or at any rate he Clid not hear it any more, and he judged that the pursuit had been given up. He slacke ned his pace to a fast walk. Occasionally he paused and listened. All remained quiet behind him. "They've given up the pursuit," he decided. He dir! not dare return to Trenton, however, and the question now was: What should he do? Where shou ld he go? Suddenly he caught sight of a large building, over toward the right; it loomed up against the lighter back ground of the sky and was plainly visible. Die]\ paused and iegarcled the building thoughtfully. "I wonder if that's tlie haunted house, regarding which so many stories have been told?" was the query he put to himself. There were a number of soldiers in the patriot army whose homes were in the vicinity of Trenton, and Dick had heard several of them tell stories about a supposedly haunted house that stood, so they h ad stated, about a mile north of Trenton. . The soldiers had stated tlnt the house had not been occupied for years, but that qt:eer sights a nd sounds had been seen and heard there by a great many people, men whose word was good and y : J : :i would not lie. Now, Dick was not at all superstitious. He Y:::ts 'an extremely practical and common-sense youth, ard he did not believe in ghosts. His idea hui been that the s'ghts and sounds spoken were caused by human agenC1e s . • And even if there were such things as ghosts, and some had their abode in the old house, Dick woulr\ not be afraid to enter it. "Ghosts would not harm anyone, I am he murmured, "and so I beliPve I will go in there a nd stay till morning, and try to Link up some plan of procedure. I cannot return to Trenton, and I don't want to go back to the encampmer.t across the river until after I have secured more than I have b"1en able to get a s yet." So Dick to the ho t . se and paused at the front dool' a momer' to look the building over. , It was a large hou s e and liad been quite a ninsion at one time; now, however, it was ev;dently falling into r uins. Dick placed his hand on the knob and pushed the door op en . It creaked 0 : 1 the hinges and then suddenly en the youth's hearing sounded a hollow groan. "Hello ," muttered Dick. "What wr. s that?" Again the groan so unded. It seemed to proceed from the :;;.econd floor, straight in front of the youth. Doubtless the sound came down a hall stairway, Dick thought. The Liberty Boy was slightly startled, having been taken by surprise, but he was not frightened. "Someone is up there and is trying to frighten me away," was his thought. "Begone, rash mortal, or else your death will be UI!on your own head!" came down to Dick's ears in a sepulchral voice. "He llo, who are you?" called out Dick, in a firm vpice. There was a brief silence, and then came the words: "Go away! Seek not to enter here! This house is my abode, and living mortals must not intrude!'' "Oh, come now, you can't fool or frighten me!" said Dick, boldly. "You might as well cease trying." "Go away! Be warned!" But Dick had no idea of doing anything of the kind. In stead, he advanced quickly, walking on tiptoes and coming to the foot of the stairs he ran up' them as swiftly as possible. As he neared the top of the stairs he heard footsteps in the hall. The "ghost" had learned that the stranger was not to be frightened away and was beating a rapid retreat. "Stop!" cried Dick, in his turn. "I want to s e e you!" The "ghost" did not want to be seen, evidently for the footsteps did not cease. Dick reached the landing and ran along the hall in pursuit. "Stop, I tell you!" he cried. "I have never met a ghost and want to make your acquaintance!" There was a clatter as of someone hastening down a stair-way, and then adoor went shut with a slam. • "Some fellow has been living here and playing ghost to 'frighten. people away," thought Dick. "And finding it would not work in this instance he has beaten a retreat himsel:(." Suddenly he paused. Across the hall, at his feet, coming underneath a door on the left, was a streak of light. "Jove! there's a light in the room, there!" thought Dick. "Likely the fellow has his quarters there. I'll have a look." He opened the door and looked into the room in question. It was a good-sized room and there was a table, a chair, a cot at one side, and a grate, in which a fire was burning. On the table was a candle. "Well, Mr. Ghost is fixed up comfortably here," was Dick's thought. Somehow he did not believe the man was dangerous, w hoever he might be, so he closed the door and took a seat in front of the grate. Dick's idea, was that the man would return soo n to see what had become of his unwelcome visitor, and in thinking thus he wa.s right. Presently hf' heard footsteps in ':he hall. They were sJow and cautious footsteps, this proving that the person apnroaching was a little bit fearful. Dick rose and stood with his back to the :ire and his face toward the door . Not knowing just what kind of a inan the newcomer might prove to be, he drew a pistol and cocked it and held i t in readiness for instant use in case it was necessary to make use of it. The footsteps ceased , presently, in front of the door. For a few moments there was silence, and then the door opened and on the threshold appeared a man of middle age, with long, gray beard and hair. • He started and a look of dismay appeared on his face as he saw Dick and 1 : oted that the youth held a piS':o l in his hand. Dick noter! this, and said, reassuringly: "Have no fears. I am not going to hurt you." CHA.PTER :xn. IN BORDENTOV 1 ... "Who arc Y O ' .. , the man asked. "Oh, just a traveler," was the reply. "Who did you think I was?" "! thought you were a redcoat or Hesiian. They have been bothering around here a good deal, but I always man-aged to scare them away." t Dick was pleased to note that t' Wi1S an intonati: m to the ma.n's voice which indicated chat he did not like the redcoats and Hessians. "No, I am not a redcoat or Hessian, thank goodness!" the youth said. "I'm glad of it. I hate them!" There was no mistaking the fact that the man spoke truly. There was extreme bitterness in his tone. "You have reason to hate them?" Dick queried, inter-ested. "Yes! They, or some of them, killed my son." "How did it happen?" asked Dick, sympathetically. The man closed the door and advanced and sat down on the edge of the cot, motioning Dick to the chair. Dick i:eplaced the pistol in his belt and took the seat indicated • .J'


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE DELAWARE. "I'll tell you how it happened, sir," the man said. "Soon after the redcoats and Hes sians took possession of Trenton my son was on the street on e night and four of the soldiers attacked him. The assault was wholly unprovoked, and my son attempte d to protect him self; they had been drinking, and on e of the m shot him d e ad." "That was bad!" said Dick. "Yes ; h e was all I had, my wi f e having died whon he was a little chap . I reared h : m myself and loved him, and the brutes kill e d him! " The man's voice quivered and tears came into his eyes . "I can s ympathize with you, sir," s aid Dick. "Some Tories shot my father down in much the same manner. " And then he told the story, brie fly. When he had finish e d the man ro se and extended his hand. "We must be good frie nds," he said simply. "We have both suffered at the hands of the British and their allies." "I am glad to be your friend, sir," said Dick. "What is your name , young man?" "Dick Slater, sir; a n d yours?" "Maurice Wilton. But are you the young man who has made himself famous as a . scout and spy and as captain of the company of patriot soldiers known as The Liberty Boys of Seventy-six?" "Yes , sir, I am the man." "I am inde ed glad to make your acquainta nce." "The same to you, Mr. Wilton." "Are you over on this side of the river on a spying expedition?" "Yes, sir." "What success .have you had?" "Not very good success." "Have you been in Trenton?" "Yes; I have just come from there." "Was your identity discovered?" "Yes,"' and then Dick told about Larkins, the traitorous spy, who had exposed his identity to the redcoat s. "That was unfortunate," Mr. Wilton said. "Yes, indeed. I was forced to flee for my life.". "And it will make it dangerous for you to return." "So it will." The old man sudd e nly brightened up. "I have a plan," he said. "I hate the redcoats and Hes sians, and will be glad of a chance to do something agains t them as revenge upon them for killing my son, and I will visit the town and learn all that you wish to know, and will bring you the information." "Thank you; that will be just the thing. I shall be very glad to accept your offer." "I will go to the town in the morning. " "Will you be placipg yourself in danger by doing so?" "Oh, no; I go there frequently, but have not endeavored to secure any information such as you require. Now I will do so, and am sure that I can succeed." "I hope that you may." They talked quite a while and then decided to lie down and get some sleep. Mr. Wilton wanted Dick to take the cot, but the youth would not do so. "Spread a blanket down o . n the floor for me and that will be all I will need in the way of a bed," he said. This was done . Then both lay down and were s oon asleep. When morning came they ro s e and Mr. Wilton cooked some backon and johnnycakes, and they ate heartily. "Now I'll be off," the old man said . "When will you b e back?" "Oh, by noon, 1 think." "Very well. I'll be he:i;e when you come . " Dick waited patiently till noon, but Mr. Wilton did not return. • "I wonder what has deta ined him?" was the query the youth put to him s elf. He uecided that the old man would be along soon, however, a nd went to work and cooked dinner. He finished cooking the meal and still the old man had not put in an appearance. Dick decid e d to e a t, and did so. Still Mr. Wilton did not appear. Th e Liberty Boy began to fear that his new friend harl be e n captured by the redco a t s . "I hope not," h e thought. Dick waite d till nightfall, and then, the old man not having arrived, he decid e d that it was u s eless to wait longer for him. "If I am to secure information regarding the redcoats and Hessians I will have to do it myself," was his decision, and so he set out in the direction of Trenton. He did not enter the town, however. He knew that this would be foolhardy, for he would un-doubtedly be recognized and captured. . He was bound for Bordentown, and when within a quarter of a mile .of the edge of Trenton he made a detour and went around the place. He walked steadily onward till he came close to Bordento wn. He moved cautiously, and by careful work managed to get past the sentinels without being discovered. Dick was as s killed at this kind of work as any redskin would have been. He madehis way to the tavern and entered. The barroom was filled with redcoats and Hessians, though there were four of the latter to one of the former. Of course, Dick attracted their attention when he e n tered, but as he was dressed roughly, after the fashion of the farmers of the vicinity, they supposed him to be a f!'lrmer boy of the neighborhood . They were drinki ng, of course, and some of them were more than half-drunk, but none seemed to take the notion of bothering Dick, as he more than half-expected they would do. He sat down in one corner and listened to the conversa tion of the soldi ers-..or of the redcoats, rather; he could not understand the Hessia ns, as they talked in their own language. Presently a redcoat who was seated near Dick turned to the youth and said: "Won't you have something to drink, my boy?" "No, thank you," replied Dick. "I don't drink." "Why are you here, then, if you don't drink?" "I wanted to s ee some soldier s , . sir, and am just here to watch you and h ear you talk." "Oh, that's it, eh?" "Yes, sir." "Well,.that is all right." They talked along for quite a while, and the redcoat asked Dick how he would like to join the army and fight for the king. "I don't believe that I woald like to be a soldier," was Dick's reply. Just then the door opened and into the room walked Henry Larkins, the traitor spy. "Great guns!" thought Dick, in dismay. "I guess I'm in for it again!" CHAPTER XIII. A CLEVER ' RUSE. I Dick wondered if it would be possible for him to avoid recognition. He was determined to try it, at any rate. He pulled his hat down over his eyes and settled down lower on his chair. He thought it possible that the traitor might not recognize him. "He won't be expecting to see me here," was his thought. Larkins walked up to the bar and called for a drink. The bottle was set out and he poured out a glassful of liquor and drank it. Then he turned and looked around at the men gathered in the parroom. ' He caught sight of Dick and started. Dick, with his hat pulled low, could just see the other's face and he noted Larkins' action. "He thinks he has seen me before, I judge,'' thought Dick. "That means that he will soon recognize me; then there will be trouble." Dick at once began figuring on his course of action. He did not see how he could make his escape once he had been denounced as a patriot spy by Larkins. He was way over in the corner and all the redcoats and Hessians were between him and the door; nor was there a window near him. Suddenly a thought struck the youth: Larkins would denounce him as soon as he recognized the youth--why, then, should not Dick get in his work and denounce Larkins first?


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE DELAWARE. 13 "That will be a good plan," was Dick's deCision, "I'll denounce him as a rebel, and while the excitement the ac cusation causes is at its height I will make an effort to escape from the room;" Having decided, Dick hastened .to act. He wished to forestall Larkins. Suddenly he astonished all present, Larkins included, by three times, an' I'm goin' ter kill . 'im ef ever I git ther chance!" "No, don,'t kill him," said one. "There is, so I understand, a reward of five hundred pounds on his head and so it will pay you to capture him and turn him over to General Howe." "' * leaping to his feet and striding toward the traitor, his finger * * * * * * * pointed at the fellow, while at the sametime crying out, Meanwhile, Dick had managed to slip past the sentinels loudly and sternly: and was again out in the open country. "That man is a rebel spy! Seize him, soldiers of the "Where shall I go ? What shall I do?" were the ques-king ! Don't let him•get away!" tions he put to himself. "Whut's thet!" cried Larkins, aghast at the audacity of He paused when at a safe distance from the village and the youth, whom he now recognized. "Men, this heer felpondered long and deeply. ler is--" "I guess that I will have to confine my spying to taking Smack! observations from a distance," he thought. Dick had succeeded in getting within reach of Larkins, Then he set out in the direction of Burlington, which and out had -shot his fist, striking the traitor fair in the was several miles down the Delaware. A large force of mouth, knocking him down and effectually stopping him British and Hessians was encamped there. from denouncing the Liberty Boy. When he was within half a mile of the place he entered "Quick! Seize him!" cried Dick. "Grab him before he the woods and searched around till he found a hollow log. gets up and makes a break for liberty!" Into this and was soon asleep. Several o.f the redcoats leaped forward and seized hold Despite thEr'cold and his cramped position he slept soundly of Larkins as he was struggling to a sitting posture, and till morning . . while they were thus engaged Dick stepped to the door, With the coming of daylight, Dick crawled out and with the remark that it was possible that there were other stretched himself and looked about him. rebels near at hand. No one was in sight. "I'll just see if any are anywhere around the tavern," He seated himself . on the log and, drawing forth a smali he said. Then he sfepped out of doors and pulled the door package from his pocket, unwrapped it, revealing a couple shut behind him. of pieces of meat and two or three johnnycakes. The he had succeeded in doing this he leaped off Dick ate this with a relish. the porch and dashed away at the top of his speed. Nearby was a little which ran so swiftly that it "Jove! that was a narrow escape!" he muttered. not frozen over, and lymg on his stomach the Meanwhile there was considerable excitement back in the Liberty Boy drank of the clear, ice-cold water. barroom of the tavern. I feel better," he murmured. . Larkins, wild with rage, was spluttering and doing his I Leapmg. up, he to the of the timber, where it best to make the redcoats understand that they had made bordered the road leading to Burlmgton. a mistake. . Dick glanced up and then down the road; no one was in "Thet young feller is thf)r rebel spy!" he cried. "Grab sight. . . him an' let me erlone." / ):le climbed a tree stand!ng near and took a look at "Oh, you can't work that on us!" said one of the redcoats. the British. encampr_nent at Burlmgton. \ . "But et's ther truth. Thet young scoundrel is Dick Slater! He iemamed up m the tree an hour at !east and sized up :y e've all heerd tell uv him, hain't ye?" the enc!lmpment carefully. . 1 . f , "I will be able to draw a diagram of the encampment The uttered exc amations 0 surprise. from memory" he murmured "and that w"ll b b" h 1 "Yes" said one. "Who are you?" . ' . . ' 1 e a 1g,, e P "I' 'H k L k' s a 'I've jest come over frum ther rebel if the decides to make an attack. mt atnh I wuz a rebel spy but I hed The_n he down out of the tree and set out up the army er . er . , 1 1 . , ' . road m the direction of Bordentown. trubble with Gm ral Washmgtoz:i an deserted. I know Dick When within half a mile of the place D" k r b d Slater like a book, an' thet's him, thar--" He broke off f ' ic c e a d 1 1 d d but did not see the :Liberty Boy any-tree and took a long and care ul survey of the British en-an oo re aroun ' campment there. 1,, h 1 t 1 t d At last he was satisfied and climbed down out of the tree. es gone. e a mos s 1ou e . "I dr d" f th t t t f "Yes, he said he would go out and see if there were any aw a iagran;., o a encampiz:ie_n , oo, rom more rebels around here," volunteered a soldier . he and so my exped1t10n over here "Arter 'im, everybuddy!" cried Larkins, leaping to his will not be a failure. . , f t "IC t h ,. f k 1 He's a moughty slippery feller He walked _around Bordentown, makmg quite a detour, ee . e c im e ye m ' and then contmued onward toward Trenton. I wanter tell ye!" H d th d t d t d h ' The redcoats were now convinced tha_t the man spoke the ma e ano ei: e our an go aroun t e town t . th l th . to capture the daring young rebel contmued onward till he reached the old haunted mansion. tu , anc ey "'ere eager He hoped that he would find Mf. Wilton there, but' was scout and spy. disappointed They hastened out of the tavern and looked ab<;>ut the!Il. The old had not retumed. It was not so but what they could see quite a dis-"I fear he is a prisoner in Trenton " was Dick's thought tance but the fugitive was nowhere to be seen. "A d I 1 'll h' 'H' h t ,,, a Larkins in deep disappoin'.;n now, guess w1 return to t e patriot encampment ' e ez go erway sai ' and make my report to the ment. . He set out immediately. "I guess you are right," one of the soldiers agreed. "Yas, he's got erway, fur shore." Knowing it would be useless to try to pursue the youth when they did not have any idea which way he had gone, the redcoats went back into the tavern. After they had all taken a drink, one asked Larkins for cHAPTER XIV. DICK REPORTS. more information regarding the rebel spy. Larkins t<;>lrl them all about Dick Slater, and they !is"I am glad to'see you, Dick. Did you succeed in securing tened attentively. any informatipn ?" "He must be a pretty dangerous sort of fe_llow," one sol"Not as much as I hoped to secure, your excerre ncy; dier remarked" when they_ had heard all had to tell. I but yet quite a little." "Ye bet he is! ham't old, he is more Dick had just to the patriot encampment and gerous than enny haf dozen 1_ebels Ive ever seen . had at once tnacle hi s way to headquarters. "I wish we had captured hun!" said one redcoat. Taking a seat at the great man's invitation he told "Yes," from another; "but he fooled us by accusing this what he had ' man here o.r being a rebel spy, and that threw us off the "And you can draw diagrams of the encampment at track.'' Bordentown and Burlington, you say, Dick?" the great "Oh, h e'. a ke e n one'." declar ed Larkins. "But I owe man asker! when the youth had finisher! him er big debt now, fur he hez knocke;:l me aroun' two er "Yes, your excellency." •


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE DELA WARE. "Good! Sit here at my desk and make the drawings." "Very well, sir." Dick took the seat and went to work. He was handy with a quill, and in a remarltably short space of time had made two neat drawings, one of the British encampment at Bordentown, the other of the encampment at Burlington. The commander-in-chief looked at the drawings with a lively degree of interest. When he had finis:1ed the examination he nodded with a satisfied air and turned to Dick. He asked a nm: 1ber of que s tions, all of which the youth answered to the best of his ability. Having finished the questioning, General Washington look ed thoughtfully at the floor for several minutes. He was evidently pondering deeply, digesting the information that Dick had vouchsafed him. Dick sat there, quietly awaiting the further pleasure of the commander-in-chief. Presently General Washington looked at Dick and said: "Did you know that .Henry Larkins, one of my spies, had deserted?" "Yes, your excellency," replied Dick. "I av him over in Trenton and at Bordentown." "Did you, indeed? Tell me about it." Dick did so, explaining that the unexpected appearance of Larkins at Trenton, and again at Bordentown, had caused him considerable trouble. • "I would like to capture him," the great man said. "And if I should succeed in getting him into my hands I would hang him in the presence of the entire army, as a warning to all." "I judge that he will be careful not to expose himself to capture," said Dick. "Likely you are right." After some further conversation, Dick asked. the com mander-in-chief how soon he expected to make the attack on Trenton and the other encampments. "I hardly know, Dick," was the reply. "Perhaps I ought not to have asked, sir," said Dick. The great man smiled and shook his head. "That is all right, my boy," he declared. "I have perfect confidence in your discretion, and would not hesitate to tell you, for I know that if I asked you to keep the matter to yourself you would do it." "Thank you for your confidence, your excellency, and I assure you that it is not misplaced, for I would die before I would tell anything that you did not wish told." "I am sure of that, my boy." "The reason I asked the question, sir, was this: lf you think the attack will not be made soon, I would like to take my company of Liberty Boys across the river. I feel sure that we can worry the redcoats and Hessians not a little by cutting off their foraging parties and strilting blows when they are least expected." The commander-in-chief looked thoughtful. "It will be dangerous to venture over on their side of the Delaware, Dick," he said. ":0:-:::o, but \Ve will be careful, sir." "I know that you are fS careful as you are brave, Dick, and I am impelled to grant you permission to go across the river with your company of Liberty Boys." "I wish you would do so, your excellency!" , "Very well; you have my permission." "Oh, thank you, sir!" "You are welcome; but be very careful, Dick. I spare you now thr.t Larkins has deserted." "I will be very careful, indeed, your excellency." A little later Dick saluted and withdrew. He went at once to the quarters occup i ed by the Liberty Boys. He had not yet talked with them since returning from acrossthe Delaware, as he had gone to headquarters at once. They began to question him eagerly. He answered their questions, and then told the story of his adventures across the river in detail. "So you ran across Hank Larkins over there, eh?" re-marked Bob Estabrook. . "Yes." "He got mad becau se the commander-in-chief sent you on the spying expedition instead of himself, you say?" "Yes, that is the reason he deserted." "Well, it is good riddance, I should say." "Yes , if h e had it in h;m to de sert and turn traitor he would have done so sooner or later, anyawy/' • "So he would. He was not a safe man to send on such important 'vork." "No." "I pity him lf the commander-in-chief ever gets him pris* oner!" said Mark Morrison. "If he should do so he would hang Larkins," said Dick. "He told me so." "And serve the traitor right," said Sam Sanderson. "So it would," agreed Dick. Then he told the youths that he had sorrie work for them. "I'm glad of that," said Bob Estabrook, "and I hope that it is work that will give u something to do more than we have been doing lately." "We are going across the Delaware, Bob." "Onto the enemy's side of the river, eh?" "Yes. " "Well, that promises lively work, Dick." "You are right; I think there will be no cause for com-plaint on that score . " "Whe11 are we going?" asked Ben Spurlock. "To-IJ.ight." "Good!" cried Bob. "The sooner we get over there the better I will like it." "It's the same with all of us, I guess," said Mark MorThen Dick told them to begin making preparations for their expedition. "We will need to take along a goodly lot of ammunition," he said. "Oh, we'll stock up with ammunition,:' said Bob. The Liberty Boys busiesd themselves with making preparations, and when evening came they were ready fbr the start. Dick went to headquarters and reported that they were going to leave as soon as it was dark, and the commanderin-chief gave the youth some final instructions and cautioned him to be careful. . "1f the British get to pressing you too closely come back across the river at once," he said. "We will do so, your excellency," replied Dick . Then he bade the commander-in-chief good-by and took his departure. The company of LiJ::>erty Boys then set out, and were soon at the river. • • They selected a couple of good-sized boats, and by making several trips, got across the stream. "We are the Liberty Boys on the Delaware," said Bob as they were crossing. "And soon we will be doing daring deeds on the enemy's side of the river,': said Ben Spurlock. "It is rather a daring deed to venture over there, even," said Mark Morrison . The others agreed that this was so. CHAPTER XV. A DARING DEED. Having crossed the Delaware, the Liberty Boys concealed the two boats under the overhanging branches of trees growing close to the shore, and then they set out through the timber. "Where are we going, Dick?" asked Bob. "I'll soon show you . " On they walked, and half an hour later they came to a stop just at the edge of the timber, fifty yards back of the old haunted mansion. Dick had thought it best to approach from the rear, and even now he was not willing to advance to the house until certain that the coast was clear. "There might be some redcoats or Hessians in the vicinity, or even in the house itself," he told the youths, "so I will go and reconnoiter. You boys stay here till I come back." They said all right, and he stole toward the rear door of the old mansion. He reached it without having seen• or heard anything of redcoats or Hessians, and opening the door he entered. "ls nod dis der haunted house?" asked Carl Gookenspieler, in a voice filled with awe. "That's what Dick said,'' remarked Bob. "Und he has gone der oudside uf der house in, alretty!" There was horror in the Dutch youth's tones "What of that?"


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE DELAWARE. 15 "Vot uf dot? Vy, der khosts vill gatch Tick und ead jority were, like Bob, .eager to get out and wake the red-him oop, py shimmanetty!" coats and Hessians up. The youths indulged in laugliter. Carl was "All right; I'm willing to go down and venture into the always furnishing them amusement, and for this reason town if the rest of you wish to go," he said. they liked him immensely. They would have been willing "Hurrah! That's the talk!" cried Bob. "Let's go at once, to lose almost any one of their comrades in place of Carl. boys!" "What's the matter with you, Carl?" said Bob. "Ghosts "All right!" was the cry, in chorus. don't eat people." "Come along," said Dick. you know dot, eh?" They set out at once. "Why, I never heard of such a thing. Did you?" They made their way out of the house and to the road "No, bud dot don'd vos mage it a fact dot khosts don'd leading toward Trenton. ead beables." They wa!ked along this road till they were within a "Shure, an' av dhey tried fur to ate yees, Cookyspiller, qu_arter of a mile of the edge of the then they dhey would hav' a big conthract on dheir hands, begorra!" aside and made a detour, so as to strike the place at a pomt said Patsy Brannigan, a jolly Irish youth. whe1e it would not be likely to be so strongly guarded. . As Ca1l was an extremely fat, heavily built yoJith, this When they reached the edge of the town Dick and Bob statement of Patsy's >Yas stiictly -true. crept forward and managed to surprise and capture the, "There are no such things as ghosts, Carl," said Mark sentinel. Morrison. . I They bound and gagged the redcoat, and he had not been "How do you know dot?" asked the Dutch youth. I able to give the alarm, so they were safe as yet. "Well, for one thing, I have never seen one." I They marched right up the street, but, of course, moved "Neither have I seen vun of dem khosts, bud dot don't as carefully as they could. vos brove dot dhere ain't none." I They made scarcely any i,oise. . The youth laughed, almost silent, and Bob said: I It was a cross-street, and one on which there were no "He has you there, Mark." pedestrians at this hour, and they did not encounter anyone. "Yes, he's right," admitted "The fact that I have I There were no street lamps on this street, so the Liberty! never seen a ghost does not prove that there are no such I Boys were secure from observation, it being a dark night. things; but, all the same, I don't believe there are." J Presently they were close to the main street. "Yell, you vos haf a righd to your own obinion abouid dot, They paused and took a survey of the ground. bud so half. I und eferypoddy else. ,.Ain't dot righd ?" I Right ahead was the common, an open space in the center1 "Yes, that's right, Carl." I of the town of t wo or three acres in extent.\ Dick was gone perhaps ten minutes, and then he emerged I Upon this common the British and Hessian soldiers were from the old mansion and returned to where the youths 'in the habit of drilling each day. were in waiting. Just now was something going on there, for in the1 "Is the coast clear?" asked Bob. center of the open ground was a huge bonfire, and scattered "Yes, all clear." about we hundreds of redcoats and Hessians. • "Good!" "There e no citizens there, boys," said Dick, after loak-"Come along, boys!" ing long and searchingly, "so if you say the word we will Dick led the way, and soon the Liberty Boys were in the give them a couple of volleys." , old haunted house. . "All right, we say the word!" were the whispered words They ascended to the second floor and made their way from the youths, and so Dick gave the command for them along the hall. . to take aim. > They entered the room that had been occupied by Mr. The youths did so and then suddenly Dick cried: Wilton, and Dick told them to make themselves at home. "Fire Boys!" ' "We will make , this place our headquarters while we are Loudl'y the volley rang out. over here," he said. "This beats camping out in the timber at this time of the year," said Bob. 4* "Yah, id .peats id pad," said Carl Gookenspieler. "Shure, an' it oughtn't to make much difference to yez, CHAPTER XVL Cookyspiller," said Patsy, "fur yez are afther bein' so fat that dhe cold could niver work in far enough fur yez to fale THE ENEMY ASTONISHED. it, begorra.'' "Id is nod so, Batsy. I lige a fire shoost so muchness as A bolt of lightning out of a clear .sky would not have vat you do, PY shimmanetty!" astonished the redcoats more than dld this volley. "Then build one , Carl.'' grinned Bob Estabrook. Here they were in the middle of the town, with sentinels "All righd, I vill puild me ein fire," and Carl went to posted all around the town, and certainly they had every work. There were kindling and firewood stacked up beside reason to suppose that they were perfectly safe from atthe fireplace, and the Dutch youth soon had a r

l6 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE DELAWARE. it impossible for them to get around at a lively rate, so when Dick gave the signal to retreat all ob e yed. The Liberty Boys were in utter darkness, which made it impossible for the redcoats and Hessians to aim when firing; they had to shoot at random, which accounted for their not doing any more damage than they did. On the other hand, the redcoats and Hessians were in the light thrown out by the huge bonfire, and the Liberty Boy s were enabled to take aim before firing, which resulted in their doing considerable damage. But now they dashed down the street at the top of their speed. They had done a most daring deed, had ventured right into the town in which a large part of the British army had its encampment, and had fired upon the enemy. On down the street to the edge of the town ran the Lib erty Boys, and after them came the redcoats and Hessians. The latter kept up a running fire, but their bullets were wasted. They did not succeed in bringing down a single Liberty Boy. Leaving the town, the youths ran to the timber and entered it. The redcoats and Hessians, knowing it was useless to try to catch up with the fugitives, ceased the pursuit and returned to the common, there to look after the wounded \ind discuss the unexpected attack. The commander of the force, Colonel Rahl, at once ordered that the force of sentinels be trebled, and this was done, a double line being stationed out beyond the one that already "They not take us by surprise again!" he said. was on duty. The sentinel that Dick and Bob had surprised and bound and gagged was found, and he told all he knew, which was not much. One of the redcoats said that he had heard the command that was given before the first volley was fired, and stated that the command was, "Fire, Liberty Boys!" and this made them aware of the identity of the attacking party. It was the company of youths known as "The Liberty Boys of '76." . "I would have known that, any.Vay, I am sure," said one British officer, "for I am convinced that there are no other soldier)l in the rebel army tpat are daring enough to do such a thing as they have just done." "It is just like them, if all that I have heard regarding them is true," said another. "I wonder if they will remain on this s ide o f the Dela ware long?" remarked a captain, thoughtfully . "I don't think so," said another officer. "They would fools to do so." "I don't know about that," from the captain; "those Liberty Boy s do not do things the way the or'dinary patriot soldiers might be expected to do them. It would not surprise me if they went jnto camp within a mile of Trenton." "I'll tell you what let's do , " said another officer; "let 11s send for that ex-rebel s py, Larkins, and ask him what he thinks about the matte r. He kno ws more about Dick Slater and the Liberty Bo y s than all the rest of us together, and his ideas on the subject are very likely to be about correct." "ls he in the town?" a s ked Colonel Rahl. "Yas, he's heer, Colonel Rahl," said a hoarse voice, and Henry Larkins put in an appearance. He had been in bed in one of the taverns, but on hearing the firing had got up and dressed hastily and had just appeared on the scene. The officers no w told the ex-patriot spy who it was that had made the attack, and then he was asked to give an opinion regarding the probable actions of the Liberty Boys. "Will they return at once to their encampment on the other side of the river, do you think? Or will they stay and try to do some more daring deeds?" one of the officers queried. Larkins answered promptly. "They'll stay on this side uv ther river till they're driven back," he declared. "You think so?" "I'm shore uv et. Oh, I know them youngsters through an' through. They hev be'n successful ter-night, an' they'll stay an' try ter repeat theer success." "Then you think they will go into camp somewhere in this vicinity?" "Dead sart'in uv et." "Good!" exclaimed Colonel Rahl, who could talk English as well as the British themselves; "in the morning we will send out some parties and 1run the Liberty Boys to earth." . I "Et'll be a hard thing ter do," declared Larkins. f "You think so?" "Yas." . "Oh, I don't see why it should be difficult." "Waal, ye see, ther Liberty Boys air not like ther com mon run uv sojers. They'll be hard ter corner." "But we'll corner them, sure, if they remain on this s ide of the Delaware." "I hope ye will." "I guess you don't like this young fellow, Dick Slater." An angry exclamation escaped the lips of Lal'ldns. "I hate 'im !" he hissed. "If ever I git ther chance I'm goin' ter. kill 'im, ye bet!" ' "Well, you may get the chance to-morrow. You will go out with one of the searching parties." "All right." Meanwhile, the Liberty Boys were making their way toward the old deserted mansion. They arrived there in due time and went upstairs to the large room where they expected to make their headquarters. The fire was burning briskly, and they sat down and enjoyed the cheerful blaze, and talked of the daring deed they had done, while those who were wounded were having their injuries looked after and the wounds bound up. When all had been made as comfortable as possible, guards were stationed at the front and rear doors downstairs, and the youths lay down and 'Were soon asleep. They slept soundly, but were up with the sun next morning. CHAPTER XVII. IN THE OLD MANSION. "Say, Dick!" "What is it, Bob?" "Yonder is a force of Tedcoats and Hessians."1'Where ?" "Coming up the road." The Liberty Boys had just finished eating breakfast, and • Bob Estabrook had stepped to the window overlooking the front yard and looked out. One glance, and then he had spoken as above. Dick leaped up and advanced to the window; the other youths crowded around, eager to get sight of the enemy. Dick looked out and saw that Bob had told the truth. He sized the force up carefully. "There are about two hundred men, Bob," he s aid. "Just about." "That is a pretty strong force." "Yes, but we can thrash 'em!" "I think so, myself, but I don't want to do it if it can be avoided, Bob." "Why not?" in surprise. "Because I don't want them to know where we have our headquarters ." Bob nodded. "That's so," he agreed. "Do you think they will look for us in here?" asked Mark Morrison. "Possibly not," said Dick. "But probably they will." "Well, i f they do we will have to show fight," said Bob. "Oh, yes." "Why flot slip out the back way as they are approaching the front.?" asked Ben Spurlock. "That would not do any good," said Dick, "for if they enter and search the building they will find the fire on the hearth, and will know that we have been here, and so we might as well be here and show fight." "That's right," coincided Sam Sanderson. "Hello, look at that fellow," said Sam Sanderl>on. One of the redcoats was pointing up toward the roof of the old mansion. "He sees the smoke from the chimney," i;;aid Dick. "That's it, exactly," from Bob . "That settles it; they'll be in here in a jiffy." Dick at once began stationing the youths, so that a strong defense could be made. . This took only a few minutes, but by the time the work had been done doors were heard opening downstairs, and this was followed by the trampling of feet. The sentinels that had been stationed at . t , doors down-


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE DELAWARE. 17 stairs had come upstairs and joined the other Liberty Boys. "Say, Dick, are you going to try the ghost scare on the redcoats ? " asked Ben Spul'lock. "Yah, dry id, Tick, my poy!" exclaimed Carl Gookenspieler. "Id vill vork, I pet me your life." Dick shook his head. "I don't think it will work," he said. "Cold lead is the only thing to use against them," said Bob. When the trampling of feet was heard on the stairway leading to the second floor, Dick called out, loudly: "Halt! Stop where you are! If you come on up you will be shot down without mercy!" The footsteps ceased instantly. There was a brief silence, and then a voice called out: "So you're there, you?" "Oh, yes, we're here," replied Dick, coolly. "I'm glad of that." "Are you?" sarcastically. "Yes." "Why?" "Because it will save us tramping around looking for you." ! "But what good will it do you now that you have found us?" "A lot of good." "I don't think so." "I know so. And now you might as well surrender, Dick Slater!" you don't want to take the chance of getting thrashed out of your boots." "There is no danger of that." "That remains to be seen," said Dick. "Bah! it would be a pity if two hundred of the king's soldiers could not thrash one hundred rebels!" "It is a pity, perhaps," retorted Dick, "hut the truth remains that they can't do it." "Not a bit of it!" exclaimed Bob. "We will show you!" "All right, we are ready to be shown." "Yes, go ahead and show us!" from Bob. "Very well; but I hope that as soon as you see that the affair is going strongly against you, you will surrender and thus save the lives of your men." "Don't worry about my men," said Dick. "I think that if it ever becomes advisable for us to surrender, we will know it, without being told. Anyway, if we delay surren dering longer than we ought to, and lose men as a conse quence, we will not blame you for it." "Not a bit of it!" from Bob. "Very well; the attack will be made at once." Then, lifting up his voice, the redcoat officer cried to his soldiers: •tUp the stairs with a rush, men, and kill the insolent rebels!" The clatter of feet on the stairs was instantly heard. "Dick Slater, you say?" "Yes; you see, I know who you and your men are." CHAPTER XVIII. "What makes you think this?" "I don't think it; I know it. So you had better save REPULSING THE ENEMY. the lives of your Liberty Boys by surrendering at once." "I couldn't think of it." I "Ready, boys!" cried Dick. "The instant their heads "You don't mean, that you intend to show fight?" There show, give it to them!" . . was amazement in the tones. About twenty of the Liberty Boys were out m the hall "Certainly!" standing in front of open doors leading into rooms, and as "But that will be folly." soon as they were forced to do so they could leap through "I don't think so." the doorways and thus escape the bullets of the E'.nemy: "You should know it. Why, we hayz twice as many men The next moment the heads o! the redcoats came mto view. as you have!" At the same moment the Liberty Boys fired. "That is nothing." Crash! Roar! . . "Odds of two to one is nothing, you say?" The rE'.port of the made a ternble noise in the "Certainly; we don't mind a little thing like that." hall, rollmg and at a great rate. "No, nor odds of three or four to one, either!" cried Bob The volley was a damagi!lg one. Estabrook, the irrepressible. The redcoats were practically beaten back by the A sneering laugh came to. their hearing from the lips a:d the dead and wounded back upon th?se behmd of the commander of the force of redcoats them :ind there was. a gr8;nd mix-up on the stairs. " ,, . "Quick, boys!" cried Dick. "Corne on and fire down .. You are gr,eat .braggai;ts! cried. . . ,, upon the iedcoats while they are mixed up!" Not at all, retorted Dick. We .are simply stating facts. Drawing their pistols-the first volley had been fired from Y ?Ur Boys may equal to your own num-their muskets-the youths rushed forwal'd. her of Bnt1sh soldiers, but when it comes to two or three They looked down the stairway and noted that there to one then you have no tlhance whatever." was so much confusion that the redcoats could not just at '.'.Oh, ye s !" . . . . . that moment do anything in the way of fighting, and then The more. there are of you it is to hit some-the youths opened fire. body every time we fire a shot! put m Bob. They fired two volleys in quick succession, and the dam"Bosh ! Will you surrender?" the redcoat cried. age inflicted was something terrible. "No!" They were so close 'to their enemies that few of the bul"Think well before answering. " lets missed, and the floor of the hall was covered with dead "It needs no thought!" and dying redcoats. "It means the death of a large number of your men if Some of the redcoats who had not been hit by the bullets you refuse." returned the fire, but the Liberty Boys leaped back out "Perhaps; but it means the death of a still large number of range and the shots did no damage. of your men." And while the twenty in the hallways were doing such Dick's coolness angered the British officer, and he gave good work, the rest of the Liberty Boys in the various rooms utterance to an exclamation, of vexation. were firing out of the windows and doing good execution "For the last time, will you surrehder?" in the ranks of the enemy. "Certaintly not!" came back promptly. Of course, the redcoats and Hessians returned the fire, "Then your fate be upon your own heads!" but their bullets did not do much damage. Only a com"Oh, that is understood," coolly. "Don't worry about us." paratively few came through the windows, and the youths ''No; you have better be worrying about yourself and your by leaping back after firing were out of harm's way. own men!" interjected Bob. The youths had plenty of ammunition, and they reloaded "I see there is no use talking to you," the redcoat said. their weapons and fired so rapidly and constantly that the "Not a bit of use." British were amazed. And from amazement they soon "Very well; words have failed, we will see what virtue reached demoralization, and beat a rapid retreat to the shel-there is in bullets." ter of the timber. "We will endeavor to do the same :i:eplied Dick. "Now come. down the first floor, boys," cried Dick. "Their "Start the fight as soon as you hke!' cned B . ob. next move, likely, will be to set the house on fire, and by "I would much prefer that you surrender and thus save being downstairs we can, I think, foil them in this purpose." bloodshed," said the redcoat, who seemed to be more for They hastened downstairs and took up their stations in the peace than war. various rooms and prepared to fire out through the windows . "So it seems," was Dick's dry reply. The British had taken their dead and wounded out of the "Of course you would!" cried Bob, derisively. "I guess house.


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE DELAWARE. Presently the British commanding officer advanced to-ward the front door bearing a flag of truce. "He wants to talk to you, Dick," said Bob. Dick opened the door and stepped forth. .officer halted a few yards away and looked at Dick with mterest. There a sullen look of anger on his face. Dick noted this and smiled. "Well," he said, "didn't I tell you you would be the ones to suffer most?" "I will admit that you have had a little the better of the affair so far, but we are not going to make a direct attack again." "What are you going to do, then?" . "We are going to set the house on fire and roast you out unless you surrender!" Dick smiled scornfully. "We'll risk it." "As you will," and the officer turned on his heel and strode away. Dick looked after him for a few moments, with a smile, and then re-entered the house. "What did he want?" asked Bob. "He demanded that we surrender, and threatened that if we did not they would set the house on fire and :i;oast us out and then shoot us down as we came forth." Bob and the other youths looked grave. "Say, they can slip up and set the house on fire in spite of us, Dick!" Sam Sanderson exclaimed. Dick shook his head. "How can we keep them from it?" "Easily enough. As soon as it grows dark we will slip out and form a_ around the house, and when the redcoats come sbppmg up to set the fires we will seize and make prisoners of them." At last evening came, and later on darkness descended over all. "They will begin work soon," said Bob. "Yes, and we' will get out and be ready to spoil their plans," said Dick. He gave the order, and the Liberty Boys slipped out of the .house and surrounded it, taking up their positions close agamst the walls, where the darkness was thickest. They had not been in position long before those who were on the north. side of the building heard the sound of footsteps approachmg. It seemed that there were two per sons coming, and they were walking as softly as they could . . Cl?ser and closer they and then, just as they were w1thm , a yard of the bmldmg they were seized in strong hands and quickly made prisoners. They mapaged to emit a cry or two, however, which warned their comrades that they: had gotten into trouble. They g:agged as well as bound, quickly, however, and were earned mto the house and laid on the floor of the hall. Dick now sent the word around that the Liberty Boys '>hould slip away and make a dash up the road. They stole out to the road and then made their way up it. They moved slowly and cautiously, and at a signal from Dick they made a sudden dash and ran up the road. The redcoats, taken by surprise, fired a few scattering shots that did no particular damage, and then the youths through the enemy's line and away in safety. Half a mile up the road they slackened their speed to a walk and a little later they turned aside and made their way to the river, where the boats lay. They proceeded to cross, and this was accomplished in safety, the redcoats ;not putting in an appearance. An hou . r later they were safe in the. patriot encampment. CHAPTER XIX. THE CAPTURE OF THE HESSIANS. It was the afternoon of the day after Christmas. General Washington had decided to cross the Delaware River and make an attack on the British and Hessians in Trenton. The patriot army was thus to be divided into three forces. General Washington was to the largest force, which was to go agamst th!'l Hessians at Trenton, while Cadwallader and Ewmg commanded the other two forces . .. At last the three forces were ready and they set out. It was a cold, stonny afternoon, and a mixture of snow and sleet was falling. . Dick Slater and the Liberty Boys accompamed General Washington and the largest force, which was to march up to McConkey's ferry and cross the river there, a!ld then proceed down to Trenton, a distance of about miles. At last the ferry was reached and by that time the snow and sleet we1e coming down at a great rate. . The river was filled with floating ice, too, which would make the crossing extremely hazardous. . Just as the boats were being filled by the first mstallment of soldiers a messenger put in an appea1ance. He had come from' the other two generals and :z:eported. that they had given up the attempt to cross the nver, owmg to the danger from the float ing ice. . ?" "The other forces have failed to co:tss the river, say remarked General Washington, in a voice of "Too bad! too bad! But no matter; we are gomg to .cross Then he got into the boat and Dick pushed it off: . The Liberty Boy leaped in after the commander-m-ch1ef and soon the boats were moving slowly across the streactm. At last the east bank of the river was reached an the soldiers disembarked. . Then the boats were sent back for another mstallment of soldiers. . h This would have to be repeated time and agam before t e little ai;niy could be transferred. . In truth, it tooli: the whole night, and the sun _was JUSt rising in the east when the last boatloads of soldiers were landed on the east shore of the river. It would be impossible to strike the redcoats and Hes sians at night, as had been intended, for it would take the soldiers at least three hours to march to but Washington did not hesitate: Having_ failed to the enemy at night, he would stnke them m the daytime. Having succeeded in getting safely across the Delaware the army set out to march to Trenton. . During the march to Trenton two of the soldiers fell by the wayside and froze to death. . . . But in due time the army arrived at its destmat10n and, without hesitation, the soldiers dashed into the town and made an attack. . . . The Christmas festivities had left the Bnt!sh and s oldiers in a befuddled condition, and they were m i:o shape for battle. Indeed, the majority were still asleep m their quarters, but the roll of the drum, beaten by .a ,drummer boy who happened to disco ve r the approachmg enemy, aroused them, and they came hastening out, muskets m hand to see what the trouble was. were half-asleep still, and it was not until they had been treated to two or three volleys by the patriot soldiers tha1 they woke up. . Colonel Rahl came running of his sword m hand but he had not much more than got out mto the street a bullet laid him low with a mortal wound. . This. was the signal for the surrender of the H?ssians, and they cried out lustily that they would not ofi'er resistance. No more shots were fired. The Hessians threw down their arms and were made prisoners. There were one thousand of them, and so General Washington's victory was a great one indeed. The capture of the Hessians at was the turning point of the war, and there 1s no knowmg what would have been the termination but for this victory. Dick visited the home of Mr. Saxon and renewed his acquaintance with them, and they were indeed glad to see hiMr. Wilton was found a prisoner in the jail, as pick had expected would be the case, and was set free. He did not go back to the haunted mansion to live, but remained in Trenton. . Henry Larkins, the ex-patriot spy, was o_ne of the pris oners captured at Trenton, and was ordered hanged by the commander-in-chief. The order was executed at once, and the traitor died at the end of the rope. The next issue will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS' LONG RACE; OR, BEATING THE REDCOATS OUT." SEND POSTAL FOR OUR FREE CATALOGUE


THE LIBERTY B O YS OF '76. 19 CURRENT NEW S Langhorne, Pa., a town of 825 population in the northern suburban section of Philadelphia, will tear its jail i.cause in two years it has had no use No resident of the town has occupied the Jail m that time. Toll_s for shipping using the Suez Canal, which were mcreased at the beginning of October, are to be further rni s ed , on January 1, 1917. On and after that date the . tolls will be equivalent to $1.50 a ton on laden vessels and $1 on ve s sels in ballast. . pocket. Money gone! Consternation! Nothing to do but find it. So he set out into the night, lantern in hand, and traveled the back trail. He searched and searched, but all in vain, until he came to the log where he had rested. And there was the little musty roll that had caused all the trouble. He admits now he's a good hunter-for money. That regular ar.rrw life holds its rewards for the enlisted man is demonstrated by the story of Peder Pederson, as related in a news item sent to the New York World from San Juan, Porto Rico. Pedersort A family in Nagasaki , J a pan, i s noted for the su-enlisted at the age of twenty, and with fourteen out periority of fire w ork s the make. Among of his sixteen years of service on foreign duty he the strange de s i g n s they produce a r e pyrotechnic is able to retire at the age of thirty-six, credited birds, which, when explod e d , sail through the air with thirty years' service and pay at $67 a month. and perform many mov ements exactly like those of Pederson, of course, benefited by the army regula living birds. The s ecret of m aking these wonderful tions providing for double time for foreign service. things has been in posse s sion of the eldest child of He retired as a sergeant of ordnance and will live the family of each gen e ration for more than four . in Washington , D. C. He is not married, and he hundred years. says that after he enjoys a little hunting and :fish-Bobcats are numerous in the vicinity of Galena, Nev. T w o o f thes e big cats gav e the Nelson family at the Dahl R a nch anxiety. . One walked to • back door and leaped upon the watch dog chained there. Driven aw ay, it r enewed the attack and was shot and killed. It was thought that this cat was rabid and the head was se n t to the Pasteur Institute in R e no. The ne x t day another bobcat, pre sumably the mate of the one killed, walked along the road in front of the house. This one was shot and wounded. The dog pursued the cat into the brush and killed it. Fordham Unive1sity, New York Cit y , is to estab lish a summer military training camp patterned on the Plattsburg plan, if the Rev. Joseph A. Mulry, president of the university, can obtain the consent of his truste e s . Whe n a commit t ee o f the alumni submitted pla ns to him on Octob e r 2 5 they found Dr. Mulry a hearty advocate of preparedne ss. The camp will be open to any coll e ge stude nt. The uni versity i s to assign t w enty a cre s to the camp and to give the soldier students the use of the remaining eighty acres o f . the campus. The camp will be ready for use next June. A Norwalk, Ohio, man started out hunting re cently. He took with him his trusty dog and rusty gun to hunt rabbit or squirrel or woodcock , or whatever is in season. He grew tired and sat down on a log to rest. When he came home that night his wife asked, the first thing, about that :Pl25 a man had naid him in the morning. He se a rched every ing he will try for some government position open to an ex-soldier. At the Buffalo light station on Lake Erie a large deflector has been erected behind the fog horns to protect the city from the deep, penetrating sounds of the powerful instruments when they are in ser vice. The device is described in the Popular Me chanics Magazine. It is about fourteen feet in di ameter and saucer-shaped. It consists of a steel shell having a four-inch packing of mineral wool be tween it and a facing of asbestos board. The de vice is attached firmly to the roof of the building and forms a backing for the megaphones. The de vice is reported to have pFoved sufficient not only in minimizing the volume of sound spreading back across the city, but in rendering the signals more distinct to navigators. Bear Island, lying about 300 miles south of Spits bergen, in the Arctic Ocean, promises to become an important source of coal, and has the advantage over Spitsbergen that cargoes may. be dispatched throughout the year. An extensive coal field was worked there last summer. It jg reported that the Norwegian government intends to establish a wire less and meteorological station in the island, as it has done in Spitsbergen. Bear Island lies ttt a meet ing point between a cold ocean current from the northeast and the Gulf Stream Drift, and is usually shrouded in fog. The highest point is Mount Misery (1,759 feet). Countless seafowl inhabit the rocky shores and. the "bird rock," on the so'Oth side of the island, is said to be the largest colony of .its kind in the Arctic regions.


20 THE. LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. THE RISE OF REUBEN OR THE FORTUNES OF A FARMER BOY By RALPH MORTON (A SERIAL STORY.) CHAPTER XXI (Continued). "And I saw you," said Melinda, in her old, natura.l way. "I was glad to know that you had not forgot ten me." "Forgotten you!" exclaimed Reuben, starting for ward. "Do you think that could ever be, Melinda?" "Once," she said solemnly. "Pshaw!" exclaimed Reuben hotly. "I never liked her. She-she deceived me. I never eared for any one but you, Melinda." Somehow she did not seem to respond, and a chill fell upon him. Madam Marchesi had left the room. "Only think, Reuben," she said quietly. "How little things will alter one's whole life. But for that little incident I might have remained at the Wig gins. You and I might possibly have married and be drudging at backwoods farming down in Maine. Can you picture it?" She laughed in a silvery way. "Oh, Melinda, you are no longer the same!" said Reuben in a hollow voice. "I see it all. This has changed you. The old life can never be the same. It is all over." He buried his face in his hands. There was a long silence. Then Melmda spoke. "Are you living in New York, Reuben?" "Yes." "I hav e often thought of you--" "And y ou have never been out of my mind," cried Reub e n impulsively. "Oh, Melinda, be your old self!'" "I don't understand you , " she said . "I have tried to appear so to you. I want to talk with you just as we used to when we were at the Duffs and used to build air-castles every day and plan for the future." With this they sat down near each other and fell Madam Marchesi made reply: "At the wharf to.:.morrow at noon. We sail fm Paris for an absence abroad of two years." "No, no!" gasped Reuben. "I can't have you go, Melinda--" Melinda started forward, but Madam Marchesi's pleasant voice intervened. "Reuben, Melinda has talked it all over with me. I want to tell you that you are a fortunate youth. She cares for no one else. She is not likely to forget you. But she must be absent two years abroad. You may write; she will write to you. In the meantime you shall prove yourself. You cannot ask for more." Reuben looked at Melinda, and he read the assent in her eyes. It was enough for him. He was wildly happy. "You will not forge . t me, Melinda?" "I will not forget you," she said. . Reuben on his way home that night, was in an exalted frame of mind. The future no longer looked dll and hopeless. Life held promise and joy. He was like a new man. At the wharf the next day Reuben bade farewell to Melinda. Then he turned his face toward the business center of New York with the resolution to succeed. But a startling incident was in store for him. He found a letter awaiting him, together with a tele gram. He opened the latter epistle first, and as he read it for a moment he grew sick and faint with grief and horror. "Dear Reuben: Father pas sed away early this morning. I send you a letter that will explain much. "Yours, WILL HARRIS." into easy conversation. They talked on subjects of Reuben was nearly prostarted with this bit of bad interest to both, of the past, of the present, and of news. But worse was to follow. the future. She told of her success, and how fortune and fame was ass ured. He of his prospects of the great enterprise he was about to embark in in Wall Street. She li s tened with deep interest, until suddenly CHAPTER XXII. . Madam Marchesi appeared and said: REUBEN HITS LUCK. "You have bt:t little time to reach the opera house . and dress, Melinda." I The telegr a m announcing the death of Mr. Hanis " When shall I se e you again?" asked Reuben, as was a blow to Reuben. He folt that he had lost a he arose. good friend. .


THE. LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 21 But the letter accompanying was fraught with chance for one who had cool nerves and was abso-more evil news. Thus it read: lutely familiar with the situation. Reuben walked down to . Wall street and dropped "My Dear Ruben: I have just wired you of the into the office of Montgomery & Co. The stock quodeath of my dear father. I can assure you this is a tations were being recorded on a blackboard. The sad hour for me. Coupled with this affliction is a country boy watched the scale of prices s lide up and misfortune which must affect us both. A year ago down, and kn. ew that with every five or ten point my father was a wealthy man and able to purchase drop or rise somebody was ruined or made rich. for us the seat on the Stock Exchange necessary to While he was there Reuben noted one particular assure our success as brokers. Within the last few stock with which he was familiar, and which he saw months, however, business reverses have swept had attained a very high figure. away every vestige of his fortune, and he has died "Western Pacific," he mused. "It was excessively penniless. I am left wholly upon my own resources. high last week at 80. Now it is 140. What is the Even the lJ.9tel must pass into other hands. meaning of that?" "You can therefore see that our plans for a busiHe had soliloquized aloud, and a man with ironness future are sadly wrecked. My heart is very gray hair and care-worn countenan c e w ho sat next sad, I can assure you, for the mingled grief and the to him turned and said: disappointment is bitter. But I shall return to New "Don't you know the reason for that, m y boy?" York after the funeral. We shall renew our friend"I must confess I do not," said Reuben. ship, if not our business plans. I will talk with you "There is a very persistent report tha t the. Westthen. With a heart full of sorrow, I am your friend, ern Pacific has been merged with the Union Pacific. 11WILL HARRIS." That has led to very heavy buying. For mys e lf, I Reuben was a lad of grit. But he had never suf fered so . keen a disappointment in his life. Mingled with it all was deep sympathy for his old friend. He was stunned by this unexpected reverse: The death of Mr. Harris was a hard blow. He had lost a good friend. Reuben was growing familiar with the uncertain ties of life. It was easier now for him to realize that •here was nothing stable, nothing that was endur ing. Thj) ups and downs were sure to become the lot of every one seeking a business career. But it was not in Reuben's nature to be long de pressed. He responded quickly to a youthful elas-ticity of spirits. • "We will make it up,'' he gritted. "There is a living for us in this world, and we will-make it." Reuben was not by any means penniless. He still had the thousand dollars gained by him in the Aroos took when he caught the bank . . To this he had added, by careful saving, another thousand. With this humble capital he was ready to begin life. Reuben reflected for a time upon what course he should pursue. There were plenty of small mercan tile ventures in which he could embark. But he aimed higher. His year of experience in the banking houses of, Wall Street had fitted him for a bl:lsiness career of far different sort and more to his liking. It was only natural that •he should therefore seek the channels of Wall Street for a method by which to win a fortune. Reuben had made a deep study of the financial methods used in that great monetary district. He was perfectly familiar with the traps and snares of bucket shops and small brokers. He could e as ily avoid these. But he knew that in legitimate stock transactions, whether by m,argin or otherwise, there was ever a think it is a misleading rumor." Reuben whistled softly. He knew enough. to keep his own counsel. While he had been in the bank ing offices of Ward & Co. he had been in a position to know the inside history of all the Western rail roads. He knew that the Western Pacific was a profitl es s road. The Union Pacific would not assume the stock of a road that was almost sure 'to reach the r e ceiver's hands, sooner or later. Reuben felt a queer inspiration. H e got up and walked to the window and looked out upon the vast crowd hurrying up and down Wall street. He saw that the throng was the same old money mad and frenzied . throng. He drew a deep breath. Ought he to become one of them? Then his head cleared and he could reason with great coolness. He believed that his great oppor tunity had come. He would be a fool to throw away this one great chance. It might not offer itself again in ye a rs. The mania for speculation was not upon R e uben. He was not frenzied or even excited. With cool, unerring calculation he weighed the matter. Then he cast the die. Reuben turned and walked to the cashier's desk. He laid a bank-book down beforq that worthy. "I wish to enter an account of two thousand dol lars,'' he said. "Telephone the Bank of America and transfer this account. I want to use it at once." The cashier glanced at the balance in the book and bowed. "All right, Mr. Day. We credit you with the two thousand. You can draw at once." "Very good, sir." Reuben now turned and made out a margin slip to sell on one thousand dollars in Western Pacific stock. This was promptly entered, but the clerk looked at him in surpiise. (To be continued.)


22 THE. LIBERTY OOYS OF '76. FACTS WORTH READING WOMEN HELP PA VE THE STREET. English women who are doing man"s work have nothing on the women of Woodville, a small village west of Fremont, 0. Because of the scarcity of labor there the women are assisting in the paving of First street. The women are hauling away in wheelbarrows the dirt dumped from the excavation in the street. "We can't get the men to do the work, .so we are doing it ourselves," the women ex plain. ELECTRIC FANS FOR FOWLS. The birds on a poultry plant in CaJjfornia, Mo., are real high fliers. They have one convenience that no monarch could have enjoyed fifty years ago. That convenience is electric fans. The fans and running water have been installed in the large feeding station of the A. B. Cole & Sons plant. Under the spray of a fountain in the feeding sta tion is the favorite haunt of the ducks and geese. The management has found the fans and water of economic value, as it saves the lives of many fowls and makes them fatten faster in the hot weather. ITALY TO STOP EMIGRATION. It is now generally admitted that the government committed a serious mistake in not prohibiting emi gration to America as soon as war was declared. As all themen unfit for or exempted from milita1y ser vice were allowed to leave, many availed themselves of the chance to seek higher wages abroad, especially in North and South America. The inevitable result was a scarcity of agricultural labor in Italy, which had to be remedied by granting leaves of absence to men with the colors at stated periods to cultivate the land. This remedy has, however, proved insufficient and did not lower wages or the high cost of living. As agricultural labor is scarce and wages high, naturally enough in tensified cultivation of the soil is impossible and thQ prices of foodstuffs are, dear. By preventing emigration those exempted from military service will be bound to work in the fields and cultivation will be necessarily intensified, not only now but also after the war. In all probability emigration will be absolutely forbidden in the near future passports will be refused to all Italians going to America. that the former with a broadside weighing 5,480 pounds cost only one half as much as the Texas, whose broadside weight is 14,000 pounds; yet these very figures prove that the cost per pound of broad side was $1,070 in the older ship and only $720 per pond in the big ship. Moreover, the cost of yearly maintenance per pound of broadside was more than twice as great for the smaller ship. The same author carries his further and shows that big ships are not only proportion ately cheaper to build and maintain, bu1> are in every particular superior fighting machines. "No one dispute that as the size of the ships increases, so, proportionately, increase all those military features -size of guns, speed, seaworthiness, steaming ra dius, and protection,. which are the essential com ponents of the well-balanced ship." ANCHOR YOUR FARM BY BLOWING IT UP. The Federal Geological Survey is authority for the statement that an average of ninety-five tons of soil and loose rock are washed into the ocean every year from every square mile of territory in the United States. The stupendous amount of land washed away may be realized when it is taken into consideration that there are over 3,000,000 square of land in this country. This loss to the American fa1mer is gigantic, as it is obvious that the soil carried away is top soil-the richest in plant food and humus. Is the best •part of your farm being gradually washed away year by year? Do you allow the washes to develop into gullies to facilitate further the robbing of your soil? Have you failed , to realize that the muddy creek fl.owing through your section is carrying a part of yours and your neighbor's farm away? The question of ch . ecking this flow of farm land to the ocean is one that should be uppermost with every farmer. This loss cannot be stopped abruptly, but if every one would put his shoulder to the wheel and do his part, the great movement of farm land ocean ward would, in a large measure, cease. One of the best ways to permanently "anchor" your farm and stop the washing away of your land is by the use of dynamite. The idea is to deepen the soil reservoir and also td provide vertical drainage, so that the water, instead of "running off," will "run in." . This is easily accomplished by blasting the subsoil. BIG BATTLESHIPS THE CHEAPEST. In blasting the subsoil the hardpans are shattered, The winner of a prize essay published in the cur-the subsoil is opened up to a depth of several feet, rent issue U. S. Naval Institute Proceedings shows and the impe.rvious subsoil broken, providing adethat, in the last analysis the big battleship is the quate drainage. By this means the water, instead cheapest Comparing the old 14,000-ton j of running off and carrying the farm with it, is held Mississippi with the new 27,000-ton Texas , he shows in the soil and conserved for the farmer's future use .


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 23 HEIR T A CENT -OR-THE LEGACY THAT MADE A MAN OF HIM By CAPTAIN GEORGE W. GRANVILLE (A SERIAL STORY.) CHAPTER III (Continued). Right on their heels came seven or eight more "Believe me, Granger," said the merchant, as he tradesmen, each with a bill. walked from the room, "I am very sorry to hear of The more Dick tried to explain the more insulting your misfortune." the manner of his excited callers became. "It' l 1 f "Beat," "sw1"ndle1" ," "loafe1"' -these and other ens uc {Y my um 01ms are paid for," muttered • Dick. "I've got a right to swap them for other dearing terms were applied to the boy who stood clothes." there trying to explain, though all he could make "I heard you talk about swapping clothes," said plain to them was that he had no money. Phin Rhinebeck, opening the door. "Well, I guess, "I'll tiy to pay you all one of these days," he proGranger, your clothes and mine will fit each other tested. better than those of any other two fellows here. "Yah, yah ! We hear ducks singing, you cheeky What. kind of a trade do you want to make?" little loafer!" .Dick did not like Phin, who had a reputation in It was Bob Turner who managed, finally, to get the school for being "sharp." them all out of the room and to lock the door on Yet it was true that Rhi . nebeck's clothes would fit tp.em. •' better than those of any other fellow in school. I "Are you going to leave here to-day?" Dick asked. "Oh, I want to get rid of all my uniform stuff," "Whenever you do, old fellow." Dick admitted. "What do you offer t' I "Me?" snorted Dick disgustedly and shame"For all your uniform stuff," said Rhinebeck facedly. "I'm going to beat it now." coolly, "my brown suit." "Come on, then," proposed Bob. "We'll go down "Eh?" gasped Dick. "What kind of a trade do and say good-by to Colonel Hazelton." you call that?" ."Not for me-not to-day," protested Dick. "I "The best that I care to do," Rhinebeck retorted. don't want to look at any one else. The back stairs "I don't need more uniforms, anyway, and only made and the back door are mine, Bob!" the offer to help you out. If you do:'t want to trade, Ten minutes later the boys stood at the edge of a that's your affair." wood to look back at the Bordenville Militay lnsti-There was some heated talk on Dick's part, but tute. Rhinebeck kept cool throughout. "I was cock of the walk there-at least my money In the end Phin brought in his brown suit, which was!" breathed Dick disgustedly. "Now what's was in rather good condition, and waited while Dick ahead?" took off even the uniform that he wore. "And none of the other fellows come around!" flashed Dick indignantly. "Oh, I'm popular, ain't I? 'Good old Granger' they called me-when I had loads of money!" "The fellows have a feeling that you don't want to be intruded on just now," urged Bob gently. "Oh, they do, eh? A,nd the fellows who owe me money are afraid I'll be too proud to take it! They can keep their old the lot of 'em! I won't ask fo1 it!" Tap! The liveryman was there to see if there was any chance of collecting his bill. While Dick, with a red face, was trying to ex plain, the confectioner came with his candy and ice cream account-sixty-odd dollars, for 'Dick had always been 'good old Granger' with the other fellows. I "Work," retorted Bob cheerfully. "Life!" I I CHAPTER IV. " I WANT YOU FOR MURDER!" "Bob, I never realized before what it meant ' to be without money. This life isn't worth living!" "It isn't?" retorted Bob Turner. "Dick, I'm afraid the trouble is that you've never begun to live. Now, you've got a chance to come to earth and live!" "Without money?" "WEfll, you can get some, can't you?" "Where ?" Bob gave a snort almost of despair.


24 THE. LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. "See here, Dick," and he pointed down the hill , "do you see those men and women tramping out of the mill? They're most of 'em reasonably happy." "They're going home to thefr suppers," grunted Dick. "Yes; they've worked for their food." "Where are we going to find work?" "At Oakdale, I hope," Bob replied. "There ought to be a couple of jobs there." "But Oakdale is still fifteen miles away," groaned Dick. "We can't get there to-night, and if we do we'll find the town gone to bed. And I skipped my lunch to-day, and I'm just beginning to feel it." "I hate to go to a house and ask for work in re turn for a meal," said Bob slowly. "Most folks, seeing us fairly well dressed young chaps, would hand out the meal and say there wasn't any work, but that we were welcome to something to eat. I'd rather go hungry than play tramp." "Same case here," Dick nodded mournfully. "But what are we going to do?" "Say," Bob struck out suddenly, "you remember Nan A very?" "Pretty girl who used to come over to the foot ball games?" It was fas t growing dark on this early autumn evening. It was quite dark by the time that the two boys, cros s ing the fields, . got close to the house. "There's a light in the dining-room windows," Dick suggested. "Let's get close and have a look in. If they've got company we don't want to butt in." So they approached the house by crossing the lawns. On the dining-room side the lawn was thickly studded with bushes and flowering shrubs. "We don't have to be seen unless we want," Dick whispered, as they advanced from bush to bush. A hundred feet from the house they halted. At the table they saw old Mr. Avery and his pretty niece, Nan. A part of the table, however, was not visible from where they stood. "I'll shift my position," whispered Dick. "I want to see that the whole of that table before we ring the bell." Yet ere he could stir there came a sharp flash, a , metallic crash behind them. From the dining-room came a girl's frantic scream. "Same girl," Bob went on quickly. "She lives Then swiftly the boys realized that, from behind with her uncle in that big colonial house over there them, a shot had been fired. about half a mile away. Her unCle is a regular old "Gracious! What's happened?" quivered the brick, too. Mr. Avery always seemed to take a likdazed Bob. to . . . "Shooting! Murder, perhaps!" flared Dick, as a mighty pretty girl, and such a good girl, tremble with excitement. too, Dick added. I "Wh ,, "Now, see here, Dick, we're on calling terms there. " b th d D" k "I . h Let's go and see Mr. Avery and tell him straight out N_ot rea e IC er Jump up that we're hustling for ourselves. Mr. Avery has table, and--business interests in Oakdale, and he might give us "l\'h A' e i Y--. . . . . a letter that'd land us in jobs where we could show . And the e11 is away!" quivered whether we're any good." Dick Granger. Bob. Quick. . "I hate to go there now I'm strapped" muttered Now that he had come to his senses Dick had Dick. ' turned and w as off like a shot. "John Avery began life with as little . as you ' ve a little _ slower to and realized that got, and he never forgets it." this w a s the bme for dorng somethmg. "But Nan--" He bound e d after Dick. "Not a bit of a snob, and you know it," Bob reGrnn ger's c ourse led him straight bacl: to the torted warmly. "They'll both be glad to see us. What c lump o f bushes from which the shot had been fired. do you say if we go over there, ' Dick?" Bu t t here was no one here now, nor was any fugi"I hate to." tive in s ight. "Most likely," Bob argued, "they'd want to put "Hold on!" ordered Dick in a tense whisper, as he us up over night. Now, you know, we can accept clutched at Bob's arm and held him up short. that from them, for Mr. Avery and Nan often asked "Listen! We ought to he;:tr the sound of running us over." feet." "That was when . we had money," Dick muttered Yet , though they listened intently, not a sound gloomily. come to them. "If I thought they'd be any different, now that "No use!" quivered Bob. we're strapped, I'd keep away. Honestly I would, "Sh!" Dick. But you'll find they'll be just as kind as ever"Dick threw himself flat on the ground, listening more so, in fact. And it's the quickest way I can there for a moment or two with his ear close to the see of our getting something to do. Come on!" ground. Not being able to see anything else to do, Dick ."Can't hear a thing," he jerked, jumping up. "My, Granger was easily persuaded. but that fellow is a still one. Run that way, Bob-Yet inwardly he shrank a good deal at the thought I'll run this!" of what Nan Avery might think of him now. (To be cqntim,led.)


THE. LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 25 TIMELY TOPICS A .contract was awarded. on October 26 for the erection of a gun factory by the Bridgeport Projec tile Company, of Bridgeport, Conn., which will be the third largest in the country. The plant, which is to be completed in ninety days, will be 300 feet long, 120 feet wide and two stories high. The company has just received an order for 146 five-inch guns for the Navy Department, and for 600,000 shells of various sizes from the War Department. The contract for the gun factory is to complete the navy work which must be finished in two years. An American flag with pink stars and otherwh;e peculiarly "futuristic" in appearance hung from a . pole in front of the United States Consulate in Lon don, England, says a dispatch of October 31 to the New York World. A laundress hired to wash and iron the consulate's flags had boiled them, thus causing the colors to run. George Washington, who is Consul General Skinner's colored messenger and who saw service in the 10th Cavalry during the Spanish War, upbraided the laundress, who replied she had even thought of "putting starch in the flags. To this one flag that doesn't need any starch in it." ' • Pure musk is furnished by the moschus, or musk deer, found in Central Asia, and in the distrfcts adjacent to the north of India and China. The recep tacle which holds the musk in this animal is an oval or small glandular pouch, situated at the hinder part of the abdomen. The contents of this receptacle have a most powerful and penetrating odor, which, however agreeable at a distance, is highly unpleasant on near approach. When dry it is of a dark red dish-brown color, and has a bitter acid taste. It reaches Europe or America in its original purity. The European war now is costing its participants $105,000,000 every day, acc,ording to a brochure is sued on November 1 by the Mechanics and Metals National Bank of New York City. Since 1914 the indebtedness of the seven principal nations engaged has been increased from $27,000,000,000 to $75,000,000,000. The most costly war previous to this was our Civil War, which ate up $8,000,000,000. If the war should. end in 1917, interest on the combined debt of the nations will amount to $3,800,000,000 yearly. England is spending the most money, next, Germany third and Russia least. ,; clusion has been arrived at that when the numbe1 of inhabitants reaches about 6,000,000,000 our planet will be peopled to its full capacity. At present it contains a little more than one-quarter of that num ber. If the rate of increase shown by recent cen suses should be uniformly maintained, it is though1 that the globe would be fully peopled about the yea1 2072. While hunting small game in the deer park oi Rush Lake, Wis., Raymond Haengsen, a youth sev enteen years of age, was severely gored by a seem ingly tame deer. Haengsen was petting the dee1 when suddenly the animal jumped upon him, throw ing him to the ground. In the attack the boy's face was cut and a long gash made in his leg below the knee by the horns of the deer. A friend wlio was near fired a charge of small shot from his shotgun, with the result that the rush of the animal was checked and the friend was able to drag his com panion to safety. , Although 80,658 motor vehicles valued at $100, 258,220 were shipped from the United States during the twelve months ending June 30, 1916, these were only one-fifteenth of all the motor vehicles produced in this country during the same period. There were shipped to foreign countries (not including Ameri can possessions) 21,265 commercial vehicles, valued at $56,660,263. England, France and Russia took nearly all of the trucks (19,028) and nearly onequarter of the passenger cars (13,848), or, in all, two-thirds of the total value of the exports. Great Britain and her colonies bought 43 per cent. and F:ra1we and her colonies about 20 per cent. The Philippine Islands and the American possessions (Alaska, Hawaii and Porto Rico) received 4,488 motor vehicles, worth $3, 7 40,145. I The corner-stone of the Confederate monument that the United Daughters of the Confederacy are to erect upon the battlefield of Shiloh, at a cost of $50,000, was laid on November 4, with Masonic cere monies. The monument will stand near the old Shi loh meeting-house, in the angle made by the intersection of the Corinth-Pittsburgh Landing and Ham burg-Savannah roads. It will face in the direction from which the Confederate forces advanced to the attack in the early morning of April 6, 1862. The monument now under construction will be the most It has been estimated tha t the fertile lands of the i m po sing in the park. In the center rises a bronze globe amount to 28,000,000 square miles , i;h e stepp es group, the subject of which is Victo1y Defeated by to 14,000,000 and the deserts to 1,000,000. Fixing Death. Under the figures set in the gra nite is a • 207 persons to the square mile for fertile lands, 10 l bas-relief of Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston, the Con for steppes and 1 for deserts as the popu!ederate commander, .killed The lation that the earth could properly nouns. h, the conis the \\'Ork of Fredenck C. Hibba rd, of Chicago.


26 THE. LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 . NEW YORK, DECEMBER 15, 1916. ... TERM,5 TO SUBSCRIBERS Single Copies . . . • . . . . . . . . . . . . • . . • . . . . . . • • . . . . • • • • .05 Cents One Copy Three )Jonths ...•..................•. , .65 Cent. One Copy Six Months .•...•.. l ............... , . . 1.25 One Copy One Year • . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. • 2.50 POSTAGE FREE HOW TO SEND M:O:!'.'l'Ei'.-At our risk send P. 0. Money Order. Check or Registered Letter; remittances in any other wny are at your risk. \Ye accept Postage Stamps the same as cash. "'ben sending sllYer \\Tap the Coin in a separate piece of paper to avoid cutting thE' e nvelope. \Vrite your name and address plainly. Address letters to Harry E. Wolff, Pres. }FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher N, Ha.stings l'VolJJ, IJ;reas. Charles E. Ny1and,er, Sec, 168 West 23d St., N. Y. Good Current News Articles pressi'on probably arises . from the fact that the maps no longer show large tracts containing no detail, or marked "unexplored." 'The fact is, however, that an immense amount of material entering into the map of Canada is based upon vague and untrust.worthy information. Mr. Camsell makes an estimate of the amount of unexplored continental territory in the Dominion, in which he follows the plan of con sidering as explored a strip of fifteen miles on each side of an explorer's route. On this basis the un explored area amounts to about 901,000 square miles, and this does not take account of blocks under 4,000 square miles in extent. This is about 28 per cent. of the total area of Canada, excluding Arctic islands. A period of rapid progress in exploration will, how ever, probably follow the war, as recently const];'uct ed railways have greatly facilitated access to the unknown regions. •• •• Grins and Chuckles "Vias it hard to choose a name for the baby?" "Not at all. He has only one wealthy uncle, you see." There is exhibited in the Na_tional Museum at a sapphire weighing nine karats, which contains a bubble that appeal's and disappears with of It is believed that a cavity m the gem mcloses a quantity of carbonic acid gas under great pressure. When the temperature is Hyke'r-I wonder why Columbus imagined the such as to correspond with the "crilJcal point" fol' world was round? Pyker-Because it didn't give that under the particular pressure to which it him a square deal, I suppose." :is subjected in. its brilliant prison house, it liquefies and becows visible as a bubble. She-I wouldn't marry you if you were the bes Riverside, Cal., is to have a home for stxay cats, sick . dogs and any other domesticated animal in need of sustenance and protection. Mrs. C. M. Loring, of Minneapolis and of Riverside, has given $3,000 for just such a home. She is ihterested in homeless ani, man on earth! He-Of course not; it isn't the cus tom foi: the bride to marry the best man. Gladys-I was so happy over Jack's letter I fairly hugged myself. May-Well, I was happier than you. Reggie called on me, and he did the hugging. mals . and has wanted for sometime to build a bunga-. l.ow for their aid. The matter has been submitted is a fort? Johnny-A place to the City Council and a part of the acreage belong-for soldiers to live m. . a '! ing to the city will be leased to the association or-Johnny-A place for soldiers' wives to hve rn. ganized to take over the beneficent fund. Hereafter stray cats will be welcomed in Riverside. I Treasury officials are considering whether the ini tials of the designer of the new dime, put in circula tion recently, shall be eliminated and coinage sus pended tempo:1,arily, as was done in the case of the ' original Li1icoln one-cent piece. On the face of the 'dj;m.e the i . uitials of the artist, A. Weinman, appear promptly in monogram. When the Lincoln cent piece was first coined it bore on the base of the bust small initi als of the artist. While there is no law governing the question, the Treasury Department ord0re,d the letters o:fi:, under its uling that no adveL'tising a.ppear on any coin. A recen t p;:i,pe1 by Mr. Charles Camsell, of the Geological Smvey of Canada, corrects the common impression, prevalent . even among Canadians, that comparatively little territory remains to be explored in Canada. anart from the Arctic islands. The im-The Doctor-My lad, do you knO\v the best thinO' for a boy to take for a cold? Bobby Yes, .sir; he should take a holiday from school. "The only objection I have against the young man my dear child, is that he has no noble high or worthy object in life." "Oh, papa, how can you say so! He wants me." She-Pa says he will never consent to our mar riage. He-Then we shail have to elope. She There ! I knew pa was wrong. He said you had no business ability, and .yet the first thing you propose to do is-t o save him the expense of a stylish wedding .


THE. LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 27 • "We'll go just as fast, and besides, they'll pay us THE ATTACK ON THE MOUNTAIN something." By this time the cause of all the trouble made its By Paul Braddon appearance in the shape of two dark-visaged, black bearded, powerful men. Some four years ago my brother and two sisters I recognized one of them as a fell ow whom I had visited me in Florence. They spent two weeks with seen hanging around the hotel at Florence, and the me, and then started for Venice, by the way of Bo-other I was confident I had caught a glimpse-of just logna, where they had friends whom they were auxas the diligence left the yard at Pistoja. ious to see. I was upon the point of speaking when the thought I should have gone with them were I not engaged occurred to me that I had better keep my knowledge upon work which I had promised to have done within of the Italian language to myself. a given time; but as it was, we made the thing work I might find out the character of the follows thus. very well, for my brother expected two thousand I knew very well that further remonstrances pounds by the hands of a friend who was shortly would be useless, for the drivers were stupidly hog expected from Rome, and it was ananged that I gish, and the new applicants were surely not men should take the money when it came and bring it to be argued with. with me to Venice when I got ready to meet them The door was open and the fellows entered. there. I occupied the back seat, and they took the seat My brother left the necessary document for the at the other end, fixing themselves so as to face me. obtaining of the money, and in due time set out. They looked at me out of wicked eyes, and as they The friend arrived from Rome with the moey. threw back their short cloaks I saw that they were He delivered it into my hands upon the production well armed. of my brother's written instructions, and I decided "Hope we don't trouble you," said one of them in on the next Monday as the day on which I would coarse Italian, as the diligence started on. start. I gazed inquiringly into his face, but made no ieI was not really fit to undertake such a journey, ply. but I could not miss seeing my sisters once more beHe repeated his remark. fore they returned home. "No comprehend, signor," I shaking my head. I could ha'.ve sent the money easily enough, but I "Ah, English," he suggested, with a shrug of his promised myself too much pleasure with my rel-I shoulders. atives in Venice to miss it now. We had now begun to ascend the mountain in good Upon reaching Pistoja I learned that there was no eamest, and our pace was slow and 1umbeiing. diligence to leave before the next day.. The fellow who drove the oxen made noise enough I could not stand this. for an army, while the blows upon both oxen and I was already behind my time, and, if the thing horses fell hard and thick, but without accomplishcould be accomplished, I must go on. ing anything. There was a diligence under the shed, but no one Had I been alone I might have enjoyed the beauti-to drive it. ful scene1y which unfolded itself below as we "But can't we hire some one?" I asked. crept up the Collina; but as it was I could not think "If signor will pay," was the laconic reply. , of anything save the two men who had forced themOf coutse I would pay; and though the sum selves upon me. charged was a round one, yet I did not hesitate. Pretty soon one of them spoke, and, though I apThe lumbering vehicle was dragged out; four mispeared not to notice them, yet I could see that they ernble-looking horses were attached, and then a yoke were watching me closely. of stout oxen attached on ahead of them. "Death and destruction!" he uttered in his own Two rough-looking fe11ows were provided, one as tongue, "we shall be over the precipice if that drunka postilion and the other to drive the oxen. en driver is not careful." Thus provided, I took my seat, and the diligence I read the fellow's purpose in a moment, and not started. a movement betrayed my understanding of what he We were to cross the Apennines by the Pass of had said. La Collina, and had just begun to ascend the rugged My eyes were half closed and to all appearances mountain path when I heard a loud halloaing, and I was unconscious even of their presence. in a moment the diligence stopped. "He's right. He don't understand us," said one "What's the matter?" I asked, poking my head of them. out through the opening by my side. "All's safe," returned the other. "Two ,men want to ride," returned the vetturino. After this they conversed together quite freely, .. But I have hired the diligence .and am in a hurry; and I was not long in having my worst feays reD.lized. • so drive on. If they wish to ride they mu s t wait But not a change could they detect i11 my counteuntil to-morrow." . nance. But the drivers were not to be governed thus. I I kept my knowledge as secret as the very grave, "It won't make a bit of difference," they said. and all my feeling \'l'as \•tithin me.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. After a while they became satisfied tha.t I . knew .weapon down with my left hand, while with my right nothing of their language, and they became more I brought up my own pistol and fired. bold in their speech, and talked their plan all over; The ball entered between his eyes, and he reeled and from them I learned the following: back and fell. . The one I had seen in Florence had by some means Then I leaped after him, for I saw his companion learned that I was to carry a large sum of money coming up upon the other side. with me across the mountains, and he had come to I hoped to gain the dead man's pistol, but ere I Pistoja, where his confederate was to await my arcould do so the heavy hand of his companion was rival, intending to rob me there, if possible. upon my shoulder, and his pistol aimed at my head. But when they found that I was to be alone in the With the energy which the presence of death can diligence they had a better plan-they would rob alone beget, I knocked his weapon down and grapme on the mountain. pied with him. The two drivers were friends of theirs, and were He hurled me to the ground, but before he could to be paid liberally for allowing themselves to be follow up his advantage the postilion cried out: overcome. "Hold, Marco! A vettura is coming!" The villains talked about shooting me through The turned, and in a moment more a heavy th head; or plunging a knife to my heart, and then vettura, with four horses attached, came around the throwing me over the precipice, as coolly as though bluff, full upon us. they had been planning the death of a fowl for dinI started to my feet and saw my brother looking ner. from the open window. The place where they were going to kill me was "Help!" I shouted with all my might. about a mile distant--where the road wound around The fellow had taken aim at the vetturino of the a high crag, with an almost perpendicular wall of new team, but he was too late. rock t1pon one hand and a chasm upon the My brother had comprehended the whole truth in other. a moment, and with a sure aim, and a quick one, too, This was an intere.sting position, sure enough, and he shot the villain through the heart. the only weapon I had was a single pistol. we secured my two drivers, and then matters Either of the men could have thrown me over his were quickly explained. head with easef and as for fighting with them, that One of my sisters had been sick at Bologna, s was out of the question. they had not yet gone to Venice, but were waiting Both the drivers were in league with them. I until I should be able to join them. If I leaped from the diligence I should die on the We tumbled the two dead bodies into the diligence, spot where tr landed. and the two drivers, bound hand and foot, were tum-If I shot one of them the other would annihilate bled after them. me in a moment.. The drive down the mountain was quickly perI had the gold in a small traveling bag under my formed, and the city of Pistoja was reached with feet, and as the heavy carriage jounced over the d out mishap. stones the yellow pieces jingled sharply, and I coul The two dead men were recognized as old offendsee the eyes of the villains sparkle like stars. t d t t' ve y qui'ckl ttl d . . . ers a once, an my es imony 1 y se e At length !he high, craggy peak was m sight, the business of the drivers. I could see where the road wound abruptly about it. . . Th f I h d b t t b t t On the next mght we were m Bologna, where my us ar a een or urmg my ram o mven . . . d some way of escape but without effect. I sister received me open. arms, an two days I was as hedged in as though bound I afterwards we were all m Vemce. by iron chains, and in a few moments all would be .. •.. over. I At the outbreak of the European war Lord RobStill, I felt for my , pistol and had it ready. I erts of the British army organized a movement to Presently the diligence stopped at the foot of an supply the army in the field with field glasses and abrupt rise, and the fellow who drove the oxen came telescopes, realizing there would be a natural shortand told the men they must get out and walk. age of these aids. The carrying out of the scheme They stepped out at once and in a moment more was undertaken by the National Service League, of I heard a slight scuffle. which Lord Roberts was president, a special branch I looked out just in time. to see both drivers lashed of the league being formed for the purpose, cailed together by the arms, back to back. the field glass fund. A letter from Aileen Roberts, They must have been already placed for the oper-daughter of Lord Roberts, in the Labore (India) ation, for the thing had been done with incredible Civil and Military Gazette states that 25,000 field quickness. glasses have been received by the league for distriIn a few seconds one of the villains came and bution and she adds: "It was my father's wish that, poked the muzzle of a huge pistol into my face. when possible, the glasses should be returned to "Gold, gold!" he said. "Give me gold or die!" their owners at the end of the war, and every glass It was but the work of a second to knock his has been registered and numbered."


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, 29 FROM POINT&.') is a lot of money in Kansas-enough to buy mm1ster a motor car merely by passing the hat ma crowd. So comes the report from Harlan, Kan., where fancy-priced hogs, cattle, wheat and corn are the means of sustenance for farmers. The other day, says J. W. Patlee, of this town, a $5 000 church was being dedicated and the finance an nounced the fund to put the church out of debt lacked $1,500. "Pass the hat," yelled some one. The hat contained $2,029 in cash and checks when it got back. A recent the Interior Department entitled "Excavation and Repair of Sun . Temple, Mesa Verde National Park," by J. Walter Fewkes, describes the most interesting prehjstoric building yet found in a region where so many important arch aeological discoveries have been made. The building is of an unfamiliar type and is believed to have been used for religious purposes. From the annual rings of a juniper tree growing on a mound of debris and other evidences the date of construction is roughly estimated at 1,500 A. D. • How the great war across the seas could make the price of wolf and coyote skins go soaring, no one here seems to know. It is a fact, nevertheless, that pelts of thes e animals are now selling for more than an average sheep , will bring, and every quotation shows a rise in their market value. The price of a coyote pelt has increased during the last few months from $1 to $8. Wolf skins of the lobo species sell for even higher prices. It is such a profitable busi ness professional trappers are flocking into Texas in great numbers. ' Elkhead, a Sioux Indian with the ideas of some white men as to securing revenues, got out his plow and plowed up a road north of Eagle Butte, S. D., where it climbed over quite a hill. The Sioux claimed he did it to keep his wagon from crowding the horses while he was hauling hay down the hill, but at the same time he happened to be near with his team when autos ran into the freshly ploughed trail and could not make the grade. The Indian's team would be supplied for $1 and aid in getting the stalled car out of the ploughed ground and to the top of the hill. For the first time, so it is claimed, motion pictures ere recently applied as an aid to the most difficult perations in surgery. The occasion was when Dr. S. William Schapira, member of the Academy of Medicine, lectured at Fordham University on vari ous genito-urinary operations, illustrating his lee-ture with motion pictures of actual operations pe1 formed by him. These pictures, which possess ' an extraordinary scientific value, cover thirteen dis tinct operations, and were made by a Pathe camera man under Dr. Schapira's direction. In the past sur gical lectures have been illustrated by . "still" pic tures or drawings, and much of the detail has been lost. In the present motion pictures every move ment is clearly shown, and it is perhaps not too much to say that a new era has dawned in the teaching of surgery. The National Security League, which h conduct ing a nation-wide campaign of education in favor of universal military tra.ining and service, recently re quested some of the newspapers throughout the United States to test the sentiment of their respect ive communities on this question by publishing a ballot which sought the opinion of newspaper read ers as to whether they are in favor of universal mili tary training wholly under federal confrol. The re turns thus far received indicate a wider sentiment in favor of military training than the advocates of the system had hoped for. As the result of the pub lication of the ballot in the Pittsburg Dispatch the percentage in favor of military training was 7 4 per cent. In Boise City, Idaho, the ballots showed an affirmative percentage of 82.9 per cent. In S alt City, Utah, the percentage was 86 per cent. , a nd Sacramento reported 81 per ' cent. in favor, Among the latest articles which ingeniou s "ii1incl::; are always devising for the benefit of the fisherman is the hydroscope. There are very few angler s . probably, who, as they have waited, with more or less patience for the fish to bite, have not longed to get a peep into the water, just to see i f there w ere any fish about or not. Bass especially congregate in localities where the food supply is good and there arc rocks to play around, and as a rule re main there all day long. It is an immense conven ience, therefore, for the bass fishermen to be able to look down into the water and survey the prospect. A simple means of surveying the bottom of the water has been successfully tried. A pail with the bottom knocked out, or a narrow bo x , open a t both ends or furnished with a stout pane of glas s at the end in the water, has been found to an swer fairly well, says the Philadelphia Inquirer. Those who use the box or pail get a good deal of fun out of it and learn unsuspected things sometimes ; as when an angleJ saw a big bass deliberately drive away smaller fish from, and stand guard over, his care fully baited hook. Whether it was solicitude for the bass' young companion or .an ordinary case of dog in-the manger he not make out.


30 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. ARTICLES OF ALL KINDS CAT A GOOD HUNTER. S. S. Hart, of Carey, Ohio, has a twelve-pound black cat that cares nothing for game laws. It hied itself to the woods recently and returned with a big rabbit, carefully carrying it by the scuff of the neck and in no wise injuring the meat. The cat made a second trip. and brought home a mud hen. CHILD ESCAPES COYOTE. Attracted to the dooryard by an unusual noise being made by her flock of turkeys, Mrs. Thomas Merchtlnt, living east of Bend, Ore., found a runninotoward her little girl, who was playmg m the ya;d, The animal was frothing at the mouth and is believed to have been rabid. Mrs. Merchant had just time to snatch her daughter up and return ROBBERS LOOT A BANK. to the before the coyote reached the spot Two robbers over.powered and bound the watch,. where the little girl was at play. man at the Merchants Bank of Canada, at Okotoks, The coyote afterward attacked a dog near by and thirty miles west of Calgary, early the other day, was fighting with it when a neighbor, summoned by blew the safe and escaped in an automobile with telephone, arrived and killed it. $7,000. The robbers cut all wires leading into the town, and it was several hours before woTd of the GERMAN PRODUCTION OF OIL FROM FRUIT robbe:y reached Calgary and a posse was sent in STONES. pursuit. To increase the supply of oil and fat, poppy and ' sunflower seeds have been even more widely sown STARTING A FOX FARM. The first fox farm as a business enterprise in Eastern Oregon is being started by P. A. Snyder, of John Day:He has secured a special permit to launch the enterprise near Dixie Mountain, northeast of Prairie City. He is now erecting buildings and fences and will start with three pairs of genuine black foxes from Prince Edward Island, which he purchased for $600 a pair. BOY KILLED IN HUNTING. Charles Scalmazzo, fifteen years, was instantly killed recently when hunting with two . other boys near the Isolation Hospital, outside Paterson, N. J. Louis Schaffel, seventeen years, of No. 161 Al bion avenue, that city, had fired at a chipmunk. The animal hid in a stone wall. While Schaffel reloaded both barrels Scalmazzo began tearing down the stones. As the gun was reloaded the chipmunk jumped out. Scalmazzo straightened up and his head hit the gun. It went off. Both barrels hit him in the head. RATS WERE THIEVES. Supposing that sneak thieves had been stealing in Germany this year than last. In 1915 about 662,250 pounds of oil were obtained from sunflower seeds, and this year promises a rich crop of POI?PY seed. Attention has also been drawn to the high percentage of oil contained in cherry and pl?m stones, which are usually thrown away. Accord1 to the statistics of 1900 toere were 22,000,000 cherr and 70,000,000 plum trees in Germany. Large tities of fruit stones were collected by school chil dren last year, but great quantities were thrown away or destroyed owing to the difficulty of extracting the oil from them. BODY ARMOR IN TRENCHES. In many instances the evolution of modern military urforms and arms has been marked by a return to types of ancient and mediaeval days. Perhaps the steel helm e t is the most striking example of this tendency. Now a London firm has patented and is manufacturing an officer's stee.l-lined jacket which suggests the old coats of mail, though in outwara appearance it resembles an ordinary close-fitting coat. It is claimed the jacket will resist a 45-calibre revolver bullet at twenty yards. from her home for the past few years, and, in her POPULATION OF CANAL ZONE. mind, accusing small boys of the mischief, Mrs. Bes-The population of the Canal Zone, as shown in a sie Hudson, of Georgetown, Del., was shocked to house-to-house canvass made by the police and fire regain the lost articles when workmen, in making departments, is 31,048, of which number 14,876 are repairs to the kitchen floor, found them strewn in from the United States. The total includes all the different places under the boards, where rats had employes of the Panama Canal, members of the mili dragged them. . tary organization and women and children residing For the past two years Mrs. ' Hudson had been in the Zone. The soldiers in the Zone number 7,451 missing various articles, including three silver men, and the civilians employed. on the canal 11,74 spoons, a silver dinner bell, a comb case and other of whom 3,598 are from the Umted States and 7,1 small articles. She supposed that children were sysfrom other countries. The number of women in the tematically stealing from . her home and se , t various Zone is 5,321, of whom 1,886 are from the United traps, but never caught them. States.


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THE LIBERTY B O Y S OF '76 -LATEST ISSUES818 The Liberty Boys at Gowanus Creek: or. For Liberly a11il lnC:ependence. 802 Tbe Liberty Boys' Haft; or, aud J?lgbting. 803 The Liherty Boys at Alhany; or. >'udae Ot>u<•rnl 1'<'buyler !!04 The Liberty Boys' Good 1''01 tuu"; or. "l'!ll 011 :-;ecret Service. 805 The Liberty B-iys at Johnson'• <>r. A Hard Grist to 8lfl Tbe Liberty Boys' Skirmishj or, At Green Rpring Plantation. 820 The Liberty Boys and the uovernor; or, Tryon's Conspirac.v. ':!.l '1'1 lng 1?ul1lc ad ilat fiirt'atlon, it •untaius a full list of eer puhUshed. lt full in"tT'U<'t ions the Jailguage and sentiment o! flowers. uhout .t;uns, !muting clogs, traps. t r:ippini:: No. 4. HOW TO DANCE ls the title of nnd fishlug, toget!Jer with de,Hcritlou of tbls little book. It contains full inst.ructions g11me and fish. In the art of danci11g, etit1ue1te in 1he [)allNo, 22. now TO DO SECO:Sn SIGH'l'. room and at purtlcs: !Jow to dre ad nee. rules .and te to No. 23. HOW TO EXPI,AlN JHtE.\)['l. be ohservcd, witb mnu, nnd interestThis little llook gbcs the explanuti .. n to nil iug things not generally known. kinds of dreams, tc•getber with lucky and No. 6 . HOW TO BECOXE AN ATHLETE. unlucky days. N o , 31. H O W T O A SPF./\l' ER.-Contalnlng fourteen illustrntioo,i, ;i;ilng {]11> rlitferPnt requisite .W ht> t( •me n spe:iKt; r .. '-rNH1f'r nnd elncutionifit Also rontninlJ> " ir/!1' from 'all l be po1ml;,r Jf: ;i.r '(l!fil J:>oetrr. No. :12. uow TO RJ.Irn A BICYCf,E.(.'ont:lining instructions for hi'g"lnners, choi':f or a madlin(\. nn trail!ing, etr:. A 1ompl(•te hook. l<'ull nf pr:tdlcal illnstrn tious. No. 35. HOW TO J>LA \' com plete and little hook. 1•ontalulng tb1 rules and regulation< o f hillinnls, hagatellv backgammou, cro<1uet , dominoes. etC. . No. 36. now TO l'.OT ,YE -Containing-all thP lenVer y fHmily. Ahonncling'ln auol et'fcc tiv<' rNipes for f!!'lleral complaints: !l9. HOW TO RAi'>P. DOGS, 1'0(J1,TUY, PIGEON:> RAJllllTS.-A USl'flll and lnstruetive hook. IIand,omely illustrated. --Giving full inst rul't ion for tbe '?f No. 24. HOW TO WRITE I-ETTERS! ro dumbbells. lndiun cluhs . . parallel bars, hon-GENTLEMEN.-Containingfull instruetiuns No. 40. UO\V TO AND Sf;T zontal hors aud various other methods of for writing to gentlemen on all sul>it>d<. TRAPS.-ludut!ing hint' nn bow to cat<'!> d I 1 d I n'th muscle contain No. 25 HO\V TO BECO)IE A G\'.)l:SAST. molP><, ,,.Niseis. ott•'r. rat•. and eve op ug t go?ll t• :V ' --Containing full instrnctions for ull hinds how to iurc ,kins. Coplonsl.v ing ov<>r s xty 1 us ru D S H d of gymuastic sports and atl>letic t•xn.-ises. illustrated. No. 7. ll!EN'S JOKE BOOJi. Containing a il'T<'Ot of the canary. mockingbird. llouolink, black-B U I L D A . DOA'f.-Fully iJluotratey the moRt bird; paroqul't. parrot. etc. instructions are glvrt\ 111 tliis little honk. to famou• e111l mC'n. amat1Jr minstrels i• No I). HO\V TO BECO)IE A VENTRIT,ogether with instruetion. on swimm;ul!' 11nd eoioplete without thi' wnulertions in compri:-dng-Dulf'h Hortment nf f'lflr>f'o(he}'. Pgro, Dut('f; greatest book ever pubUsbed. il ht'forp 1 h• structive hooks. as it will teach you bow to n<'s!l or misery, wealth or poverty. You •'llol puhllc. .\l'nr o f tile rnoot Ii;. •nn; UOY<; OV '"T:lie h.' all news


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