The Liberty Boys deceived, or, Dick Slater's double

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. . Dick's double waved hia hand. "Put down your guns and come up here and get some apples," he cried. The four Liberty J!oya dropped .their guns a.nd ran up the hill. Then up from behind the stone fence rose a dozen redcoats, with muskets leveled.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of . the American Revolution. Iss,,.ed Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per year. Entered at the New York, N. Y., Post Office as ;:;e'cond-Olass Matter by J!!'ank Tousey, Publisher, 168 West 23d StrGet, New York. No. 835. NEW YORK, DECEMBER 29, 1916. Price 5 Cents. THE LI ERTY BOYS DECEIVED OR-DICK SLATER'S DOUBLE By HARRY MOORE. CHAPTER I. A COLLISION. "I beg your pardon!" "What are you about?" Two youths of perhaps nineteen years of age had come quickly around the corner of a street in Philadelphia and had bumped together with considerable force. It was then that the above exclamations were uttered. The different temperaments of the two were exemplified in their exclamations. Of course, in an affair of this kind one ,was just as much to blame as the other, yet one had said, politely, "l beg your pardon," while the other had snarled out, "What are you about?" Then the youths, having got a good look at each other, gave utterance to exclamations of wonder and amazement: "Great guns!" "Say, who are you, anyway?" There was good reason for their youths who had bumped together so most exact counterparts in looks! enough alike to be twin brothers. amazement: The two unexpectedly were al Indeed, they looked Yet a close observer would have detected a difference of expression. One, the one who had spoken politely, while the possessor of a firm chin, square jaws and keen, blue-gray eyes, yet had a good look, proving that he was honest, hon orable and manly. The other, while having feature for feature with the youth in question and the same colored eyes, yet had a different expression. There was something sinister shining deep down in the eyes, and a keen observer would have hesitated before trusting him fully. It was this youth who had asked, "Who are you, anyway?" and the other, after an instant's hesitation, replied : "My name is Tom Martin; what is yours?" "Amos Merton; but what do you mean by bumping into a fellow in this fashion?" There was something so insolent in the tone of the youth that the other scented it at once, and replied, spiritedly: "I didn't bump into you any more than you did into me." "I say you did!" angrily. "I shall have to repeat that I did not." The youth spoke quietly, but there was a peculiar glint in his eyes that showed he was beginning to get angry. A snarl escaped the lips of the other, who was evidently not only an unreasonabl e youth, but a hot-headed one as well. "Do you mean to say that I lie?" he hissed. "I don't like to put it in just those words, but it is a self-evident fact that I didn't bump into you any more than you did into me, for we both came quickly around the corner from opposite directions at the same instant and ran together before we could stop. That proves that I was no more to blame than you ." "But I say you are!" It seemed that this youth wanted to quarrel. The other control of himself splendidly, . though the glint of fire in his eyes was growing more pronounced all the time. "Your saying it doesn't make it so," he said, calmly. "There you go again!" fiercely. "You will call me a liar pretty soon and then there will be trouble!" Quite a crowd had collected by this time, attracted by the altercation; then, too, a number had seen the collision between the two and understood what the altercation was about, and they were expecting to be witnesses of a fight if things kept on the way they were going. Of course, the spectators noticed the wonderful resemblance between the twp, and made remarks about it: "Just look at them!" "They must be twin brothers!" "They're alike as two peas!" "They oughtn't to quarrel." "Oh, but brothers sometimes fight worse than any strang ers, you know!" "Yes, that's so." . The two were too much interested in their own affair to pay any attention to what the crowd was saying, and now the quiet youth said,. in answer to the other's last remark: "I told you a while ago that I would not call you a liar; but I do say, and I mean it when I say it, too, that if you say that I was more to blame for our collision than your self, you state what is not true." "Blast you, you will have it, will you!" hissed the hotheaded youth, and with the words he struck at the ether's face with all his might. To his surprise, the blow did not land. The youth who had called himself Tom Martin was watch ing the other keenly and saw that he was going to make an attack before he made the move and he warded off the blow with seeming ease, and then placing his hand against the other's chest, pushed him with considerable force, causing him to stagger backwarrl a couple of steps. The spectators were delighted. "Did you see that?" "The young fellow is all right!" "Yes, so he is." "He parried that blow neatly, by Jove!" These remarks had ieference to the quiet youth, of course. Amos Merton, the hot-headed one, gave utterance to a snarl of rage and leaped forward. Contrary to the expectations of a ll , he did not at once resume the attack, but shook his finger in the other's face and hissed out, menacingly : "Young fellow, you have done it now!" A cool, scornful smile appeared on Martin's lips. "Have I?" he queried, coolly. "Well, you just have!" "Indeed! What have I done?" "You have earned for yourself one of the worst thrashings any fellow ever got!" "Is that so?" Tom Martin did not seem to be greatly1 alarmed. "Yes, that's so!" "I'm sorry; I never did l ike to be thrashed. " This was said in such a cool, sarcastic manner that Amos Merton: was rendered mol'e angry than ever.


2 rI-IE LIBERTY BOYS DECEIVED. He shook his fist under Martin's nose and cried fiercely: "Get ready to be pounded till you are and blue, blast you!" "Oh, I'm as ready now as I'll ever be. I don't have to make any preparations. If you are going to thrash me just go right ahead with the good work." The sp ectators laughed and applauded. There was something about the cool youth that they liked. Tlien, too, those who w ere good judges of human nature we1e confident that this youth would make it e xtremely warm for the hotheade d young f e llow. The la1.l.ghter of the crowd still further enraged Merton, and it was plain that it was only by a very strong effort that he was enabled to res t rain himself from making an immed iate attack. He now attempted to ape the cool and nonchalant air of the other and said, with forc e d c a lmness: "You look like me, don't you?" "I'm s o rry to say that I am impressed with the belief that I do." This was said with s uch coolne s s and yet with a tinge o f contempt in the tone , tha t again crowd laughed. "You look like m e ," M erton repeated, "but I want to tell you that when I get through with you you won't look like me at all!" "I know that," was the prompt retort, "for I shall black your eyes and pound your face up to such an extent that you won't look like a human b e ing, scarcely!" The crowd almo s t shouted with delight. Its sympathies were with the cool youth, and his ready retorts, while they enraged Merton, d elighted the audience. "He'll do it, all ri ght!" "That's what he will!" "I'll wager something that he will make his words good!" "I think you are right." Such were a few of the exclamations, but the remarks were suddenly cut short, as Amos Merton made a furious attack upon his opponent. He was so enra ged that he coulCI hardly see, and he struck out swiftly and viciou sly in an attempt to beat the cool youth down. CHAPTER II. TWO YOUTHS WHO LOOKED ALIKE. Doubtless Merton thought that he would be able to make short work of his opponent. He struck out swiftly and with all his might, anq had any of the blows landed, the youth would have been knocked down, but none of the blows landed-at least not with any force to speak of. Martin was quick and agile, and he was, too, exceedingly cleve1 in parrying the other's blows, and had he had room enough would have been able to keep Merton from hitting him. at all. The crowd, however, was packed so closely around the two that there was ont much :room for moving around, and the youth, realizing that he would be forced to take some hard blows unless he put a 1stop to the other's attack, decided upon a plan that he thought would be effective. Suddenly he ducked down and darted in under the wildly flailing arms of his opponent. Quick as a flash he seized the youth around the waist; then, with a s how of strength that was wonderful, to say the least, he lifted Merton bodily and threw him clear over his head and in among the crowd /of spectators. Had it not been for the spectators the youth would have been pretty badly jarred by the fall, but, as it was, he struck on top of a couple of men, who went down, and Merton alighted on top of them, the three being mixed up somewhat when they struck the sidewalk. Cries of wonder and amazemen t escaped the lips of the crowd. "That beats anything I ever saw!" "Young fellow, you're a wonder!" "He's a modern Samson!" "Yes, Samson and Hercules combined!" The spectators hardly knew what to think of the youth who had displayed such wonderful strength. They would not have believed any one could do what he had done had they not seen it with their own eyes . The two men and the youth who had gone down in a struggling, tangled heap had become disintanglcd by this time and were scrambling to their feet. "Say, young fellow," said one of the men, shaking a fist at Martin, in mock anger, "next time you go to throw a fellow up in the air like that, let me know, will you, so that I can get out of the way." 1 "Yes," from the other, as he brushed the dust off his clothes, "we got the worst of that. I guess it didn't hurt the young fellow at all." Merton was not hurt, true, but he had been given a shock, nevertheless. He had felt the wonderful strength of his opponent and was filled with almost a feeling of awe as a result. He would never have believed that any man could handle him in that fashion, and he certainly had not ex pected anything of the kind from this youth, who did not look to be any stronger than himself. Yet the youth was stronger, and a great deal stronger than himself, Merton well knew, and in his heart he feared to renew the combat. He had suddenly become impressed with a feeling of profound respect for the prowess of the other. He knew that it would not do to let this be known, how ever, as the crowd would jeer him unmercifully, and so he advanced and faced his opponent again and said, bluster-ingly: • . Blast you! I'll fix you for that the next time we meet! I will break every bone in your body!" The cool youth arched his eyebrows and looked the other calmly, yet scornfully, in the eye. "You mean that you are not going to give me the .thrashafter all?" he queried . • 'Not now. !--" "Why not?" "I haven't time now. I have an appointment and can't stop any longer." "Oh, indeed?" There was irony in the tone and a scornf•: rorl to the youth's lip that enraged Merton greatly, b•;lt he was wiser now than he had been before, and held his anger in check. "I'll see you later, Tom Martin!" he hissed, "and rest assured that I'll settle with you for what you have done!" "Better stay and settle the affair right now," coolly. "There is no time like the present." "But I tell you I haven't time now. I must go to keep an appointment." "Bosh!" "You haven't any appointment!" "It's just a scheme to get out of the affair!" "Yes, he knows he's no match for the young fellow and wants to get away with a whole skin!" Such were some of the remarks from the bystanders, who were disappointed because they were not to see the affair through to a finisl\.. And, in truth, there was not one in the crowd who did not believe that the youth was afraid to go ahead with the affair. They were sure that the ease with which the other had handled him had opened his eyes, and he was eager to get away before he was handled even more severely. "If you still feel angry at me," spoke up Tom Martin, "and intend to try to thrash me, I would suggest-indeed, I insist-that you attend to the matter at once, for I hate to have anything of that kind hanging over me." "That's it! That's the talk!" was the cry from the crowd. "But I tell you I have an appointment that is past due now," said Merton. "Then it must have been past due a few minutes ago, when you stood here insisting that I was to blame for our collision and when you started to attack me," said Martin, quietly. "And if you could delay keeping your appoint-. ment then you can do so now." "That's right." "Yes, that's straight talk!" "It's the truth, too!" "Yes, the young fellow is right!" Such were the remarks from the crowd, who were all in sympathy with Martin, evidently. But Mertin did not Wish to enter into the affair again. He had become shy, and in his heart he realized that he was no match for the young stranger who looked enough like him to be his twin brother. "I must go," he said, doggedly. "You're afraid!" "Yes, you're whipped!" "Your twin brother in looks is twice as good a man as you are!" "You forced the difficuty upon him, now go ahead with it!" "Yes, don't show the white feather!" These remarks from the members of the crowd were very


THE LIBERTY BOYS DECE IVED. 3 galling to Merton, but he gritted his teeth and bore it as He strode on a iew moments and then again communed best he might. with himself. "You can say what you please," he said, sullenly, "but "And what a striking resemblance to myself! I wonder doesn't make it so. I have an appointment, and I'm how it is that such things occur? We are not related to gomg to keep it, and you can think and say that I'm afraid each other, either, that is certai n, for I am an Englishman, all you want to for all I care." while he is undoubtedly an American. It is very strange!" He made a move as though to walk away, but the crowd On he walked, paying not much attention to his surdid not part to let him pass through, and the next momeht roundings, but suddenly he was rudely awakened from his he felt himself seized by the shoulder. Tom Martin had abstraction. He was passing a little group consisting of stepped quickly forward and grasped him by the shoulder five British sold i ers, and one had, on catching sight of the and he whirled Merton around so that they faced each other. youth's face, exclaimed, excitedly : you go just let me tell you said "There is that blasted rebel spy, Dick Slater, comrades! Martm, coldly, "a few minutes ago you were insistmg tha.t-. Seize him! Don't let him e s cape!" I was to blame for our colli sio n, and when I said that I Merton looked up quickly and saw the redcoats leaping was no more to blame than you were you practically cailed toward him. He was so amazed that he did not make a me a liar, and now I want you to take it back and apologize!" move to resist, and so when the soldiers seized hold of him There was a glint in the youth's eyes and a stern, hard he stood there motionless, .staring at them in blank amazetone to his voice that made Merton quail slightly in spite mcnt. of himself. He realized that, in forcing a quarrel upon "What does this mean?" he asked, angrily. this cool youth who looked like himself he had, to use an "It means," replied one, a lieutenant, judging by his old saying, "waked up the wrong passenger." j uniform, "tbat you are our prisoner, Dick Slater!" But he summoned all his nerve and assurance and tried "Dick Slater?" ' to bluster: "Yes." "Take it back and apologize?" he cried. "Not a bit of "Who is he?" . it! I meant what I said and--" . The iedroats laughed sarcastically. "Then I'm a liar, ar:i I?" broke in the cool youth, in a "Oh, ho! isn't he innocent, thoug-h!" cold, hard voice, the glint deepening in his eyes. "Very!" Merton was now alarmed. He wanted to get away without "He doesn't know who Dick Slater is!" having any further trouble with the youth, and although "Qf course not!-ha, ha, ha!" . it was like pulling teeth for him to do so he mumbled an l\iierton was now thoroughly amazed and angered, and he apology. ' attempted to jerk away from his captors. "I didn't mean to call you a liar," he said. "I guess we 1'Hold on, 1none of that!". from the. lieutenant. . "It is were both to blame for running into each other." to tr) to escape, for if you were to",succeed m get" And you were as much to blame as I was were you tmg-free from us we wo1;lld shoot you dead . . not?" coldly. ' Merton ceased strugglmg, but he began to protest vig"Y-yes, I guess I was. " 0r?,uslr. . . ,, . . " "You know you were, don't you?" There was considerThis is all a mistake, . he cried, I am not the able accent on the "know" and Merton nodded and sa'd you have named-what did you say he was called, Dick "Yes, I know that I wa's ." i Slater, eh_? I am not Slater, whoever he may be; . The other nodded, while a sarcastic smile appeared on his is Afmos . 11 "Y d lips. , yes, o course. sarcastica y . ou woul be a "Very good " he said "your apology is accepted and now fool to acknowledge that you are the rebel spy." you are at to gd and keep your appointment." "Rebel spy, you say?" There was that in the youth's tones and air that said as "Yes . " . . . plainly as words could have done that he did not take any the , ordered of. the soldiers t? bmd stock in the story about the appointment, and Merton under-the prisoner s wrists together behmd lus back, and this was stood it and was wild with rage, but he did not dare make . . , . another attack, so he turned away and walked up tbe street Now brmg him along to the lieutenant without another word the crowd having parted to let him commanded. "General Howe w i ll be only too glad to see you, pass. ' Dick Slater," to y,outh. "He has been wishing for that They did not let him off scot free however but yelled pleasure a long time. . after him a number of jeering and sa'rcastic such all I have to say is .that when he sees me he won't a . . ' see Dick Slater. My name is--" s,; , . 1 ,, "Oh, yes, of course," breaking in. "We know your name .. Don t forget keep appomtment. is anything other than Dick Slater. But you might as well .. Hu;ry, or you ll be save your breath. Wait and do your talking to General Hes a brave ;youth! Howe 1• ::He's a wise one, in truth!" . ,,, "Ali right, I'll do that." .. Yes, he knc;iws when he meets his master. . . It was not far to the headquarters building, and a few , The next tim.e he meets the fellow who him minutes later Amos Merton stood in the of Gen-he ll know better than to force a quarrel upon him. era! Howe, commander-in-chief of the B ritish army at that "Good-by, brave youth_!" . time-October of the year 1777-occupying Philadelphia. Then a loud shout of ironical laughter went up flfom the It was the crucial period of the Tievolutionary War. The crowd. . . battle of the Brandywine had been fought only a few weeks Merton did not look around, but hastened his. footsteps before and the patriot army had been forced to retreat, and and the first corner he came to and disapP.eared had taken up its position at Whitemarsh, about twenty-five from sight. miles from Philadelphia, while the British had taken pos session of the Quaker City. CHAPTER III. A CASE OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY. A more angry and disg:usted youth than Amos Merton was at this moment never existed. He was a hot-headed, high-strung young fellow who had always been accustomed to having his own way pretty much, and the manner in which he had been handled by the strange youth and made a laughing stock of was almost more than he could endure. It was, indeed, galling to his pride. "Jove! I would never have thought that that young scoun drel could have handled me the way he did!" Merton thought. "If it hadn't been for those bystanders on whom I struck, thus breaking my fall, I would have got a terrible jar and perhaps my neck would have been broken!" General Howe was a heavy-set, red-faced, rather good natured-looking man, but he eyed the prisoner keenly and sternly. "It is Dick Slater, the fam"us rebel spy, sure enough!" he exclaimed, in a voice of satisfaction; "men, you have done an exceedingly good thin g in capturing ' him! I have been wishing that he might fall into my hands for time, as he has done our army mol'e harm through his clever spywork than u regiment of rebel soldiers." The prisoner heard this with a visible expression of sur• prise. He stared at the speaker, wonderingly. "I beg your pardon, sir," he said, "but are you personally acquainted with this fellow, Dick .Slater? I mean, do you know him by sight?" General Howe looked at the prisoner in surprise. "You know that I know you, Dick Slater," he said ; "and I don't see what you mean by talking as you did just now."


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS DECEIVED. "My reason for ta1king as I did, sjr, '.s,ve1y simple: I am not Dick Slater, and l am wondering hpw it happens that you have mistaken me for him." , "There i s no mistake about 'it; you are Dick Slater, and you cannot get off by pretending that you are not he." "Do I really look like him?" , , ; "Bah! Stop that kind of talk! You are Dick Slater, I know it, and I think that your career as a spy will nQw be brought to a sudden close . " Amos Merton shook his head. "This is an ' exceeding strange affair," he said; "I assure you, sir, that I am not the persoh you think 1 am, and I can prove it to your satisfaction, I am sure. " The general and the redcoats \'Vho had' brought the youth in looked at him searchingly. Somehow they began to be impressed with a feeling that he }rnd spoken the truth. "My name is Amos Merton," the prisoner continued, "and I am an Englishman, like yourselves, and am, of course, ' in sympathy with the king's cause. More, I have not been in America three days; indeed, I only arrived here yesterday on the ship ,Albatros s . I can prove this, sir, for my name i s on the sailing list as a passenger, and the captain and officers will identify me. Then, too, you will find letters in my pockets addressed to me under my real name, Amos Merton." The general made a gesture to the lieutenant, sayjng: "Search him and let's see if he has told the truth." The youth's pockets were emptied and a number of letters addressed to Amos Merton were found . General Howe looked at the letters and then at the youth. "It begins to look as though you have told the truth," he said. "But when I look at you I can scarcely believe that a mistake has been made, for you are the living image of Dick Slater. I have seen him a number of times and know whereof I speak. It does not seem possible that two persons not in any way related should look so much alike as you two do, if you really are not Dick Slater." "Well, I am not, sir. I am willing to take my oath that I am not, and-by Jove! I have it!" The others looked at Merton in questioning surprise. "What is it?" the ge\'leral asked. "Say, I know something now, General Howe! I have this Dick Slater, and within the hour! But he did not call himself by that name." "Naturally he would not, for if he is in the city he is on a spying expedition and would not give his real name." Then Merton told the story of his encounter with a youth who looked enough like himself to be his twin brother. Of course, he was careful not. to let them know that he had been forced to show the white feather by the suspected spy, his pride keeping him from doing this. When the general had heard the story he nodded his head. "I have every confidence that your story is true," he said, "but I will hold you prisoner a while till I can assure myself that you are not Dick Slater. "rhe resemblance is so striking that it is hard for me to make up my mind that you are not the rebel spy. " . "Send for the captain of the Albatross, sir, and he w ill tell you that I am the person I say I am. He will identify me." "Very well, I will do so, as it will be rather hard on you to be held a prisoner if you are not the person we think you may be." The general then sent the lieutenant to bring the captain of the ship, and the two were there witnin the hour. The captain of the Albatross identified the youth at once as being Amos Merton, who had been a passenger from Liv erpool on the ship in question, "I am satisfied," said Gen.era! Howe; "you inay go, Mr. Merton. " Then he turned to the lieutenant and ordered that the alarm be sent abroad at once to the effect that Dick Slater, the rebel spy, was in the city, and that every effort should be made to locate and capture him. The lieutenant and his comrades, accompanied by Merton and the captain of the Albatross, departed from headquarters, and as the vouth walked down the street he mused bitterly: "This makes another account that I have against the fel low who l ooks like me,'' he murmured. "And SO 'Tom Martin' is in reality Dick Slater, the rebel spy, eh? Well, I'm glad I know it, but it is deucedly unpleasant that I look so greatly like him, for I am in danger of being m istaken for him almost at any time and shot or hanged!" CHAPTER IV. DICK SUFFERS ALSO. The youth who had had the difficulty with Amos Merton and who 1001\ed enough like the English youth to be his twin brother, was indeed the famous patriot scout and spy, Dick Slater. He was the captain of a company of young fellows of abot his own age, and they were known as the Liberty Boys of i76 . Tuey had done wonderful work on a number of battlefields . In more than one instance they had turned the tide of battle in favor of the patriot army when it had seemed that the British must win by making a sudden, fierce and desperate dash upo n the enemy, thus disconcerting them to such an extent as to make it possib l e for the other patriot soldiers to follow up the advantage gained and force the British to retreat. Both as a fighter on the field of battle and as a scout and spy, Dick Slater was an unqualified success. General Washington had come to place great confidence in Dick, and whenever there was any spywork of a n important nature to be done he usually sent the young Liberty Boy to do it. It was so in this instance: Wishing to learn the intentions of the British, if possible, he had despatched Dick to Philadelphia from Whitemarsh, and it was while prosecuting his ::;earch for information that Dick had run into Amos MertQn, as detailed, and had gotten into the difficulty with him as a result. The crowd that had witnessed the encounter between the two youths turned their attention to Dick-as we will call him now-Las soon as Amos Merton disappeared from sight, and they congratulated him on h is success in administering , a defeat to the other youth. '"You were too much for him, young fellow!" "Yes, you beat him easily." "And he thought he had a sure thing of it with you, too." "Yes, he was very confident . " "But he changed his tune after you tossed him in the air like he was a bundle of straw!" "So he did!-ha, ha, ha!" Dick smilingly disclaimed any very great credit for what he had done. "The young man overestimated his abilities, that is all," he said. But the crowd would not have it tha t way. "You are wrong in saying that you did not do a great deal, young man," one said. " Do you call it not doing much to pick a fellow up and toss him through the air as though he were a bundle of Dick smiled . \ "Oh, that required the expenditure of a little strength, true," he acknowledged . "A little! Well, young fellow, I think it required a great deal, and if I know anything about such things you must be about the strongest youth for your size and age that ever set foot on the streets of Philadelphia." "I pretty strong for a boy of my size, that's a fact," Dick acknowledged, modestly. _ ' "I should say yo u are! Let me feel of your arms once, just for fun!" Dick accommodati n gly permitted the citizen to feel of his arm, and the instant the man took hold of the youth's arm he gave utterance to an exclamation of wonder and amazement. "It beats anything I ever heard of!" he cried. "See here, men! This young fellow has an arm nearly twice as big as mine, and that's a fact! Just feel for yourselves, some of you!" Of course, this statement was ta'll:en with a grain of salt, but when two or three more had felt of Dick's arms and declared that the first man had not exaggerated, the spec tators were greatly interested, and all would have craved the privilege of testing the matter, just to satisfy their curiosity, but Dick told the m he mus t be going. "I have an 'appointment!'" he remarked, with a smile, and the crowd set up a ho w l of laughter. " Oh , well, we'll have to let you go, young fellow, if you have a n appointment!" cried one, and the rest laughingly said the same.


THE LIBERTY BOYS DECEIVED. 5 "Yes, don't fail to keep your appointment," grinned one, and Dick laughe d and sai d he wouldn ' t. He waved his hand good-naturedly to the crowd and walked down the street, followed by complimentary r emarks from the crowd, who had take n as great a liking to him as they had taken a dislike for Amos Merto n. Of course, Dick' s bearing was diff erent from that of the other youth, but the fact that he had shown himself to be such a wonderfully strong fello w and so amply able to take care of himself had b een largely responsible for the feeling shown toward him. Nothing succeeds like success, they say, and a crowd is always ready to cheer a victor and equally as ready to jeer a victim. As Dick walke d along he fell to pondering. He was thinking of the youth who looked so much like him. "So I have a double!" he murmured. "Well, I've heard it said that every one has, somewhere in the world, a double, but I never believed it. But now I don't know what to think about it; I have found out that I have a double, and if it is so with me, why may it not be so with others?" This, however, did not m atter; the fact that he had a double was all that interested him. "I wonder if the fellow live s here in Philadelphia. ?" was Dick's mental query. "Likely he does," he went on, after a few moments' thought. "Well, I will have to keep my eyes open, for he is a vic i ous fellow, or I miss my guess, and if he sees me again, and can do so, he will try to get even with me for the way I handled him back yonder. " Dick now dismi s sed the matter from his mind and turned his attention to the work that had brought him to the city. He was trying to secure information regarding the intended movements of the British army. This was work that was extremely difficult of accomplishment. Dick, howe vei;, was not daunted; he was determined to secure some information of interest and value, if such a thing was possible. He was heading for the vicinity of the British headquarters when he encountered the youth who looked like him, and now he was within a couple of blocks of the building oc cupied by General Howe and the members of his staff. Although Dick had not been aware of the fact, two men had been following him for quite a while, dogging his footsteps closely. One of thes e men was a big, powerful fellow, looking like a thug, the other was of medium size, with sinister features. It was now growing dark, and as there did not happen to be any other pede strians on the street in the immediate vicinity the two evid ently decided that now was the time for them to accompli s h their purpos e, for they suddenly rushed forward and the big ruffian dealt Dick a blow on the jaw, knocking him down and temporarily dazing him. Before he could recove r the use of hi s faculties they had bound hi s hands and g agged him; then they jerked him to his feet and led h im down an alley near at hand and to the rear door of one of the buildings. One knocked on the door and it was opened presently by a colored man. "Let us in, Sambo," said the smaller man. "We want to see your master." "He's in de librery, sahs ," the negro said. . "All right; we 'll go right t here; and . mind you. Sambo, don't say a word to any one about our bringing this fellow in here," and h e indicated Dick. The n egro nodd e d. "Ah unnerstan's , sahs," he said. "Ah won' say a word to e nnybudd y, sahs ." "That's right; we have brought this fellow here on orders from your master, and he would be very angry if you were to d o any bl a bbing." " A h hain't ergoin' to say nothin' to nobuddy , sahs." "Good!" Then the two c o nducted Dick along the and into what was evidently the library, for the walls were lined with book s . A man was seated in front of a ch eerful fire burning in the grate , but he rose and turne d to face the newcomers as the y entered. .tle started and an exclamation of escaped his lips. "Aha, Marshall, you have got him, have you?" he cried. "Yes, sir; we've got him tight and fast," was the reply. "A, . .,, vou snrP. hP. is the ri!rht nerson !" "Yes, sir; as I told you, I came over in the same ship with him and could not be mistaken." "Very well; I will pay you the money agreed upon." The man drew forth a small bag of gold from a drawer in the library table and handed it to the man addressed as Marshall. "I'll count this if you have no objections," the recipient said. "Certa inly." , , Marsha ll poured the gold out on the table and counted it. There were t w o hundred dollars, and he shoved one hundred acro s s to the big, ruffianly appearing fellow, who pocketed it with an air of satisfaction. "Thet's er good deal uv munny ter git fur jest sluggin' er feller onct on der jaw," he remarked. "Say, mister, ef\ ever ye he.v enny more work uv dis kin' ter do, jest lemme know, will yer ? " "! have had no dealing s with you, sir," was the cold reply. There was something in the tone that cut through the thick hide of even this hardened ruffian, and he reddened! slightly and a vicious gleam appeared in his eyes as he glared at the speaker. "Ah, thet's s o," he growled. "All right, mister." Marshall had returned his share of the gold to the bag and had pock et e d it and was now ready to go. "Come," he said, "we w ill be going." Then, to the owner of the house: "There is nothing further that you want, sir?" "No, you may go." "One moment," said Dick at this juncture; "before you two scoundrels go I want to say a word to you." The gag had been taken from Dick's mouth as soon as he had beell brought into the room. The two stared at him and stood there hesitating. "Well?" growled Marshall. "Spit et out," from the big ruffian. "It is just this: That I shall make it my business to settte with you two villains if ever I get the chance!" Both laughed sneeringly. "All right," said Marshall. "I'm skeered mos' ter death!" from the other. Then they turned and left the room. When their footsteps had died out along the hall the man turned and faced Dick. He eyed the youth keenly and1 searchingly, and presently said: "Well, Amos Merton, you came across the ocean to hunt down your uncle , Malcolm Merton, and now that you havefound him, what are you going to do?" Dick stared in amazement. CHAPTER V. MALCOLM MERTON REFUSES TO BELIEVE DICK. He began to have an inkling of the situati on now. He had been mistaken for some one else-for Amos Merton; in fact, his double. And Merton was, so it would seem, this man's nephew, and he had evidently just recently come across from England "You have made a mistake, sir," said Dick , quietly. "A mistake?" skeptically. "Yes." "Indeed? We will see about it. But, first, have a seat." Dick had so far remained standing, but now he sat down. The man of the house also took a seat and he looked keenly at Dick and said: "What do you mean by saying I have made a mistake? What is the mistake?" "You called me Amos Merton just now." "Yes, you are---" "Not Amos Merton." The man started and looked searchingly at Dick. "You are not Amos Me1ton?" he exclaimed. "I am not." "But you must be! Marshall said so, and he ought to know, for he came across the ocean in the same ship with you." Dick shook his head. "He is mistaken, just the same, sir. I have not been across the ocean, and I know that my name is not Amos Merton." "What is your name, then?" "Tom Martin." ' The man g a zed at Dick for almost a minute as though trying to read him through and through. "Kindly explain, younF-" man, if y ou c a n, how it could be nossible that a man who has been on shipboard with anot.Ji.,.,.


THE LIBERTY BOYS DECEIVED . fo r several weeks could be mistaken i n a person a s you say Marshall has been in your case ? " the man said . "I can do that, sir-now. Three hours ago I c ould no t have explai ned the matter to you , tho u gh." " H ow 1 s that? What do you mean?" " Just t hi s , sir: That I have seen t h is Amo s M erton, yo u r nephew, I judge he is; I met him no t muc h m o r e than an hour ago, and as a result o f that meeting I can t e ll y o u h ow it happens that your man Marshall has m a d e a mi s take ." "Go ahead. " " Very we ll , s ir. The t r u t h of the matter is, that this youn g man Amos Merto n and myself l o ok en ough alike to b e t win brother s . H e i s m y do ub le, in fact ." Malcolm Merto n s t arte d a t D i c k w ond eringly , and then a ske ptical lo o k a pp eared on hi s face. He sho ok h is . . "That won't do, " h e said. "You don ' t b e li eve m y s t ory?" "Fr ankly, I d o not. I b e l ieve tha t it is simply a clev e r s c h em e to e n a bl e . yo u to make your esca p e . You think that I will s e t y ou free . " "I hoi;>e tha t yo u will d o so, s ir. I a ssure y ou tha t a great mistake has b ee n made." "I c an't t h i n k so. Y o u are Amo s Merto n, my n e phew, the s on o f my brothe r W illiam, a n d yo u h ave c ome over here to cl a i m h a l f of m y possession s , i s it not so?" Dick shook hi s head. "You cert a i n l y are m aking a big m is t a k e , sir, " h e s aid. : ' I don't kno w anything a b o u t w h a t yo u are t a lking about." "Bah! Y o u canno t de c e ive me . I kno w a nd yo u know tha t your fat h e r has t ol d yo u how, twenty-fi ve years a go, h e gave m e t w o hund r ed p o u nds and I came from England to thi s country to s e ek m y fortune ; a n d how I gav e him a paper in w hi c h I a g ree d, o ve r m y sign ature , to g iv e him on e-half of all m oney I m ade or prope rty that I acc.u m ulate d in America. He has t o ld you a ll this, and I f ee l ce r t ain tha t y ou h ave the paper in q uesti o n i n y ou r po c ket now. In truth, it was t o sec u r e that paper that I had you captured a n d bro ught before me i n t h i s m a nner. " Dick e yed the m a n with something o f sc orn s ho wing o n his face. "Then yo u are going to repudiate the agr eement, are you?" he remarke d, quietl y . "I a m ! And w h y not? I a m worth on e h undred thousand dollar s . Why sho ul d I give up fifty t h ousand d o ll a r s in r eturn for one thousand ? " "You forget t h e interest on the money, sir; tha t w ould run the o n e t h o u sand dollars up to a ve r y large sum in twenty -fi v e years, which y ou say is the time that has el ap s e d." "No matter, I am not going to yield up fif t y thousand dollars, no r t wen t y , nor t en. I h av e made up my mind that I w ill g iv e you two tho usan d, if you w ill a g ree to t ake it and give me the paper and rnturn a t once t o England; otherwis e I w ill tak e the paper, destr o y i t and refus e to give you anything." "My dear sir," said D ick, " I have told you tha t you are mi s taken in thinking me to be Amos Merton , so I ca n make no a g ree ment with yo u. Yo u w ill have to find him. " . "Bah! You canno t deceive me, and I w ill search y ou and secure t h e pap e r a n d bur n it right here before your eyes!" Dick l a u ghed . "You are we lc om e t o burn it if you can find any such paper o n m y person ," hesaid. ' All r i ght; w e will qui c kl y s ettle the matter once and for all. " Malc o l m Merto n a t once search ed Di ck's plJck ets, but foun d no t h ing save a few s ilver p i eces . D ic k was a lways careful not to carry a n y papers or documents of any kind when doing spywork. H e reali ze d that h e was li k ely t o b e captu_red a t any t ime , and it would never do t o hav e w ritin g of a n y kind u pon h i s pe r s o n . The man was d isappointed a n d a bit angry. "Wh a t have yo u done with the paper?" h e cried. "Nothing, sir; I have n eve r h a d any s u c h paper as you have desc1ibed . " "You still insist that y o u a r e n o t Amos Merton?" "I d o ; I a m n o t the perso n in question . " The man l ooked searchin gly at the y outh. "I don ' t believe yo u ," h e fin ally r em a r ked. "It could not b e p ossible that two persons c ould lo o k s o much alike as to deceive one who had been w ith on e o f the t w o fo r several wee ks. If i t were a case of twin brothe rs, that would be dif-ferent, but it is altogether impossible that two strange rs, one a n English youth, the other an American, could look so much alike." "That is what I would have said, too, sir, two hours ago; but now I know that it is not only possible, but that it is a fact." M alcolm Merton shook his head. "I cannot believe it,'' he said; "and now, tell me what you have done with that agreement? Your father wrote me that he was sending you over here, a'!ld tha t y ou would bring the paper. You are here, now where is the agree ment?" Dick shook his hE:ad. "Not being Amos Merton, I cannot tell you," he said. "You have placed the paper in the hands of a solicitor!" Again Dick shook his head. "I am an American youth, have never been in England, am not Amos Merton, have never seen the agreement you speak of, so know nothing whatever about it, sir," he said, quietly. But Malcolm Merton was not convinced, evidently, for he gave utterance to an exclamation of anger and v e xation. "All right, be stubborn, if you like , " he said; "you will find that I can be stubborn, too. I am going to hold you a pris on e r till you are willing to tell me what -Jou have done with the agreement." Dick did not like this kind of talk at all. "Hold me a prisoner!" he exclaimed. "Yes!" "You must not do that, sir! I beg of you not to do it! You will be wronging an innocent man, for I am not the p e r s on y ou think I am." The other laughed ironically. "You play it well, Amos," he said, sneeringly; "but you can't deceive me. You are my nephew, and I am going to ke e p you here till you are willing to listen to reas on. Whenever y ou are ready to yield up the agreement in return for two t housand dollars I will be ready to free you and 11ot b efore." "Very well, sir; I see it is useless to talk to you," said D ick. "I will just say, however, that you are making a big mistake, and while fooling away time with me you will be letting the real Amos Merton have time to make the b est use of the agreement you speak of. So far as I am con cerned, however, judging you by what I have observed since m aking your acquaintance, I shall be very glad if h e does get the b etter of you , for you seem to be quite a big ras cal." The man's face flushed with anger and he gave utterance to an exclamation . "That will do, Amos Merton!" he growled. "Say no more if you know when you are well off, for I am far from being a patient man!" "I am not afraid of you," was the quiet reply. "Perhaps :n,ot; but come along with me," quietly. H e took hold of Dick's arm as he spoke. "Where are you going to take me ? " "To a room upstairs, where you will stay till you have com e to my terms!" "I will stay there a long time, then; for, not be ing the person you think I am, I cannot come to your terms , or any terms, for that matter, save to promise that if you will let me go I will not interefere with you in any way." "Bah! Come along and don't say anything more." "Very well." " Malcolm Merton conducted Dick out of the library, up the stairs, along a hall, up another fiight of stairs and into a room that was plainly furnished and which had only one window . He had brought a candle along, and this he placed on a small table at one side of the room. "M a ke yourself at home, Amos," the man said, mockingly, "for this will be your home till you agree to my terms, rest ass u r ed of that fact!" . "I can only reiterate what I have already said-that, not being the person you think I am, I cannot agree to the terms," was Dick's reply. . "Bah! You will sing a different tune in a few days," a nd then Malcolm Merton left the room and closed the door and locked it. Dick sat down on the edge of a cot at the side of the room a nd looked gloomily around him. . "This is a pretty kettle of fish, I must say!" he murmured; "here that double of mine made me trouble dovvn on the ztreet, and now I am in still deeper trouble through beini< mistaken for him! I wish he had stayed in Eni;?land ! "


• THE LIBERTY BOYS DECEIVED. 7 "All right, then; I'll go in wfth yo u. When .sh a ll we go 0HAPTER VI. to work ?" "Not till erbout midnight; ye see, i n dis bizness et hain't A CRY FOR HELP. bes' ter be in enny hurry." ' "I suppose not; where shall we go till then?" "Say, boss, afore we part, I wanter make ye er proper"Oh, ter d e gamblin' shop . I'm kinder achin' ter see sishun." whut I kin do with der mon ey got in my pocket." "All right; out with it." "I don't mind trying my luck with my share of the gold; The man whom Malcolm Merton had addressed as Mar-so I'm with you." shall and the big thug who had assisted him in capturing. "Come erlong." Dick had paused in the alley back of the Merton home. They set out and made their way to a gamblingho u se They were tQ part here, Marshall supposed, but before they some eight or ten blocks from the home oi Malcolm Mer could separate his companion had addressed him as above. ton. "Whut I wanter say," said the thug, lowering his voice There were a goodly number of British soldier s in the and looking around him cautiously, although it now so gamblin g-rooms , for the redcoats had considerable money, dark that no one could have seen them unless close at hand, as a rule, and the majority of them gambled more or less. "is this: Thet feller back thar," nodding toward the house, The t wo newly-made partners r emained in this nlace till "is rich, I reckon, hain't he?" about eleven o'clock, and then they took their departure "I judge that he is." I having lost the major portion of the gold they had secured "Ye don' know much er bout 'im, then?" for capturing Dick. "No. " "Oh, we ll, it doesn't matter much , " said Ma1shall ; "likely "How did ye come ter git ther job thet we jest 'tended we will make a good haul at the Merton home." to?" "Likely enuff; 1 h ope so ennyway." "I saw an advertisement in the Saturday Evening Post. The thug's name was Burke, he had told Marshall, though The advertisement said that if any one who came across the it was probable that this was not the name that had been ocean on board the ship Albatross would call at a certain given him at his birth. tavern and come to a certain room he would learn some-They walked along at a moderate pace, for there was no thing to his advantage. Well, I went to the tavern and hurry, Burke said. was shown to the room and found this man Merton there." "Ef we begin work by midnight thet'll be airly enuff," "Aha, I see!" he d eclared. "I've knowed mcnny a good man ter git nipped "He made a number of inquiries calculated to enable becos he begun work too airly in ther evenin'." him to learn whether or not I was a man who would scruple "Well, we don ' t want to make that mistake and get at a bit of work that was outside the law, and when he nipped ," said Marshall, a bit nervously . found that I was all right he told me what he wanted." "An' we won't, eether, ye bet!" "Exactly." Mean whi l e what of Dick? . inquired if I had made the acquaintance on the He had taken a survey of his surroundings immediately ship of a young man by the name of Amos Merton, and I after b eing left a l one by Malcolm Merton, and then had told him I had-which was the truth. The fact is, that I set to work to try to get his hands free. won about twenty pounds from the youth in question at "If I can get my arms free I may be able to make my cards, so knew him very well indeed." escape," he mused." "Haw, haw, haw! So I sh'd j_edge.'' He pulled and tugged at his bonds. "Yes; and then this man said that the youth in question j Try as he m ight, however, he did not seem to be able to was his nephew, but not a friend, and that he wanted to make any h eadway . have the young fellow captured and brought to his house, I Burke, the thug, h ad bound his arn}s and the ruffian had and that he would pay me two hundred dollars to do the done a good job in this kind of work. trick." Dick had risen w hile trying to get his arms free, but now "I see!" dropped down on the couch again. "I agreed, and so, as I wanted some one to help me, I "I guess it's no use," he murmured; "my arms are tied selected you, whose acquaintance I had made at the gaming-tightly, and no mistake." table-but you know the rest. " The youth was not pleased with his situation. "Yas; ye said ye would divide the money with me ef I He h ad come to Phil:fdelphia to secure information re would go inter the affair an' he'p ye, an' I consented." garding the intentions of the British, and here be was a "Exactly." _the prospect ahead of him of being "Waal, we done ther job, an' hev ther swag; an' now, ez prisoner mdefm1tely, perhaps for a Week or more. I said er leetle while ergo, I hev er propersishun er make It was extremely vexatious. ter ye." "I am afraid that this t ime I shall make a failure of the "What is it?" work I have come to do," he murmured; "and I shall hate "Et is this: Thet we go in tergether an' crack dis heer that, for General Washington seems to have a great deal of crib." confidence i n my abilities, as a spy, and I shall feel very :Marshall was silent a few moments, and then he said: cheap, indeed, if I cause him to lose his goo d opinion of "You mean that you want that we shall break into this m e .'' house and rob Merton?" . However, there was nothing '.for it but to submit to hi8 "Thet's whut I mean. Whut d'ye say?" fate with the best grace possible and hope that something Again the other was silent a few mo'ments, and then he would transpire to gain for him his freedom . said, slowly: He presently lay aown on the cot and tried to go to sleep "That will be a new business for me. I have never done His mind was too active, however; he could not get to any housebreaking, and--" sleep. He kept thinking of the strange aaventure that hacl "But dis heer kidnappin' thet we hev jest be'n consarned been his as a result of hi s looking like the youth from Eng-in is jest erbout ez bad, boss." land, Amos Merton. "Yas, an' onless I'm dis heer crib.'' "My double has gotten me into trouble withou t knowing "It would not surprise me if you are right about that. it, " thought Dick; "and if he did k now it he wou ld be glad, The chances are that Merton keeps a lot of money in the I have no doubt, for I am sure that he bears me no g ood house." will because of the way I handled him this evenin g when "I'll bet ye he does. Did ye notuss ther iron safe in one we had our encounter." corner uv de library?" Then his thoughts turned to Malcolm Merton, the uncle . "No, I didn't notice it." " He is a rasca l , ind eed," the youth thought; " I don't like "Waal, I did; ye see, I allers keep my eyes open. House-the nephew, so far as that is concern ed, and think he breakin' is my purfeslrnn, ye know, an' gamblin' is on'y er something of a rascal , but at the same time i t is evident side issue, so ter speak. So when we wuz in der house I wuz that he i s not so great a r::.\scal as his uncle." usin' my eyes fur all they air worth, an' I've alreddy l?J')t One, two, three hours passed, and then Dick did finally my plans la;d fur gittin' in an' stealin' de swag. Et'll be drop off into a doze. He was no t sound asleep, and pres dead easy, I'm thinkin." ently he was aroused by hearing footsteps in the hall outsidE "It i s to be share and share alike if I go in with you?" the door. "Uv course; der same ez et wuz in dis kidnappin' biz"Hello, someone i s coming!" he murmured, ri sing to a ness." sitting posture and listening intently. "And it isn't Mal-


8 THE. LIBERTY BOYS DECEIVED. calm Merton, either, for the footsteps are not heavy enough . I should judge, by the sound, that the person is a woman." The footsteps ceased in front of the door and all was silence for a moments. Then Dick heard the key turn in the lock. . •, "Hello, whoever it ii:?, she is coming!" the youth thought. H e at once swung hjs feet to the floor and remained sitting on the edge of the cot. . Then the door swung slowly open and a pretty girl of perhaps seventeen years entered. . When she caught sight of Dick sitting there staring wonderingly at her she paused and gave utterance to a low exclamation of amazement. Only a moment did she hesitate, however, and then she entered still farther and pushed the door softly to. Dick rose to his feet and bowed politely, at the same time saving: "How do you do, miss?" . There was a peculiar, eager light in the gfrl"s eyes, and she advanced quickly, and, throwing her arms about Dick's neck, kissed him . "You are my cousin!" she murmured: "and I have so wanted a relative to love and who might love me! I am your Uncle Malcolm's daughter Marian, and I have come to free you! I heard all when you were in the library with father, and I made up my mind right away that I would set you free, and then I am going to go to work and get father to change his mind about dividing his fortune with you, as he agreed with your father to do. I shall tell him that, unless he does this, I will not own him as my father and will refuse to have any of his money or property when he dies. I am lonely and want a relative of my own age, and he must treat you fairly, and then we will have your father come over here and we will all live together!" The girl spoke rapidly and earnestly, and Dick did not have a chance to say anything until after she had finished, and then he said, with a pleasant smile: "You are laboring under a misapprehension in this matter, Miss Merton . I told your father the truth when I stated that I am not Amos Merton, and in receiving the kiss that you intended for your cousin I feel almost like a rascal. However, I am willing to make all the amends in my power, and if you regret giving me the kiss under those circumstances I will, 11ow that you know the truth, give it back to you if you like." , The girl smiled, showing her appreciation of the youth's dry humor, and then a sober look appeared on her face and she asked, earnestly and anxiously : "Are you really telling me the truth, sir? Are you not my . cousin Amos Merton?" "In truth. I am not, Miss Marian. If I were I most assuredly would not deny it, for what fellow would not be to have such a sweet cousin?" The girl blushed and then said: "And you are-" "Tom Martin, M iss Marian. " Dick thought it best not to let her know his real name. There was a disappointed look on the giri's face, but she did not hesitate. Drawing a lmife from her pocket, she proceeded to cut Dick's bonds . "I am going to free you and help you to escape, anyway," she said. "It is very wrong of my father to hold you pris oner . " "And very inconvenient for me, Miss Marian." "So I should suppose." "Yes, indeed . " The next moment Dick's hands were free, and he thanked the girl earnestly and then proceded to rub his wrists and get the blood to circulating again. "Is it indeed true that my cousin looks like you, Mr . Martin?" the girl asked, curiously. "It is, Miss Marian," was the reply; "I met him on the street this evening, and will say that he looks enough like me to be my twin brother." "Then I know I shall like him!" the girl exclaimed . Then, realizing what this implied, that she was impressed by Dick's looks, she colored up and looked confused . "I am not so sure that you like him, Miss Marian," said )ick. "I don't like to say anything against anyone, but rom what little I saw of your cousin this evening he is the kind of fellow you would take a great liking to. e-'' At this instant the two were startled by 'hearing a loud v from downstairs: ' Help ! Help! Mur--" This was followed by a heavy fall. "That was my father's voice!" cried Marian. "Ol;l., what has happened, I wonder!" "Somebody -is trying to murder him!" cried Dick. CHAPTER VII. TWO VILLAINS IN TROUBLE. "Oh, save him, save him!" the girl cried. "I'll try,. Miss Marian!" was Dick's reply, and he leaped to the door, jerked it open and ran out and along the hall and down the two flights of stairs to the lower hall. When he reached the ground floor he heard the sounds of a struggle, coming, seemingly, from the library. He hastened along the hall and pushed the library door open. A startling sight met his gaze: Upon the' floor in the middle of the room lay Malcolm Merton unconscious, while bending over him, engaged in binding and gagging him, were two men. At a glance '])ick recognized the two. They were the man named Marshall and the big thug, the two who had captured him and brought him here. " "They have come to rob the man they did the work for," thought Dick. The idea struck him that thi s was only justice, and he mentally exclaimed, "It serves him right!" And then he thought of the beautiful girl upstairs, this man's daughter, and for her sake Dick was ready to do what he could for the owner of the house . When Marshall and the big thug had captured Dick. that evening they had taken away his pistol and had kept it, so now he was unarmed, but he would not let that hold him back. He glanced quickly around. Near at hand was a heavy walnut chair covered with leather, with the exception of the solid wooden frame. This would do for a weapon nicely. The attention of the two robbers was upon. their '{ictims, and they had not discovered Dick's presence. • He bounded into the room, seized the chair and leaped toward the two, who heard him and looked up in alarm. Before they could leap to their feet, however, Vick dealt the big thug a blow on the head with the chair, felling him across the body of Mr. Merton as though he had been struck by lightning. Marshall, with a cry of rage and alarm, leaped to his feet and drew a pistol. Before he could cock it, however, Dick swung the chair and dealt him a terrible blow. Marshall threw up his arm and down and thus escaped some of the force of the chair, but he was beaten to the floor nevertheless. The pistol fell from his hand and Dick seized it and dealt its owner a blow on the head with the butt of the weapon, knocking him senseless. "You have beaten them both!" cried the girl, who had followed Dick and had witnessed the affair. "Oh, I am so glad!" . , "Yes, Miss Marian, but we must bind the scoundrels before they come to,'' said Dick. "Cut the b onds binding ;roilr father's arms and then run back upstairs and bring the rope that was around my wrists. I'll bind the arms of t!:ie big rascal while you are gone." "Yes, Mr. Martin." The girl cut the rope binding her father's arms and handed it to Dick, who proceeded to bind the wrists of the big thug, and then Marian hastened upstairs. She was back quickly and Dick had just finished • his task. Then he took the rope and bound the arms of Marshall. ;Meanwhile, Marian had been trying to bring her father to. "They probably hit him over the head with the butt of a pistol,'' said Dick. "If you will get some water-ah, there's Sambo! He can get the water." The big negro who had admitted Marshall and the thug when they brought Dick to the house a prisoner was peering through the doorway, his eyes bulging out with terror and his face drawn, he was so scared. "Run, Sam, and bring some water and towels!" cried Marian, and the negro hastened away. He was back soon with the water and towels, and the


THE. LIBERTY BOYS DEJCEIVED. 9 girl, assisted by Dick, soon brought Mr. Merton back to hi s sen ses . "Where--am-I?" he murmured, daz edly; and then the remembrance of what had happened coming back to him, he exclaimed: "Where are they? Where are--the--scoun dref s?" "Here they are, s ir,?' said Dick, assisting .the man to a sitting posture and motioning toward the bodies of the would be robbers. "We have them tied up tight and fast." Then Mr. Merton recognized Dick and gave a start. "You !-how comes it that you are here--and free?" he cried. "Your daughter heard you cry out for help, sir, and ran up-stairs and set me free," replied Dick quickly. Marian gave Dick a grateful look. "Well, I'm glad that she did; but," with a quick, questioning look at the girl, "how did you know he" was there, Marian?" "I saw you when you conducted him upstairs, father," was the reply. Mr. Merton now rose to his feet and felt of himself rathe r gingerly. Then he plac e d his hand to his head, where a knob the size of a hen's egg had sprung into being. "The scoundrels thumped me over the head with the butt of a pistol," he said . "So I judged," said Dick. "Well, shall we bring them to new?" "Yes, I want to talk to the villains!" Dick proceeded to bathe the faces of the unconsciou:; rob bers, and while doing so said to Mr. Merton: "I s uppose that I am to go free now, sir?" "I don't see how I can refuse to let you do so," was the somewhat sullen reply; "and, in fact, I judge that I could not prevent you from doing so." -"In truth you could not, sir. And now, I will repeat what I told you this evening: I am not your nephew. There has been a mistake, owing to the fact that I look enough like him to be his twin brother. That is the truth, sir, I assure you." "Well, I will have to take your word for it, I suppose; but it seems very strange." "Yes, I was as surprised as you are, sir. I would not have believed that two persons could look so much alike had I not seen your nephew. It was just as though I were look inP. in a mirror." ''It is indeed strange." There was that in the man's tones that indicated that he was not yet fully convinced, and Marian spoke up quickly: "I am confident that Mr. Martin is telling you the truth, fathe r. Can't you see by hi s face that he is not one who would tell a falsehood?':" "I suppo'l3e that he ha,;told the truth, Marian." By this time the two wou ld-be robbers were showing signs of returning consciousness, but Mr. Merton had time to explain regarding their entrance into the house and attack upon him before they came ' to. He said that he had remained up late and was sitting in front of the grate pondering when he heard the door of the library open; he had look ed around, thinking it was Sambo coming in to ask him something, but what was hi s surprise to see Marshall and the big thug enter! He had le aped up and demanded what they wanted, and they had at once attacked him. He had struggled fiercely a nd had call ed for help. Then the big thug had gotten a hold on his throat and h ad choked him so he c ould not cry out any more, and a little later one of the t wo h ad dealt him a terribl e blo w on the head with the butt of a pistol. That was the last he remembered till he ca:me to and found :i;:>ick and Marian there and the t'wo rob beri;. on the floor unconscious and bound. Just as he finished h is story the two ruffians opened their e yes . They look ed around them in a dazed fashion a1!d blinked lik e owls. Then they tried to use their hands and found, to their evident surprise and consternation, that their arms were bo und. ' "Hello, whut in biazes does this here mean, ennyhow?" Burke, the big ruffian growled. "You know what it means well enough," said Malcolm Merton, sternly; "it means that you have had the tables turned on you, you dastardly scou ndrel s!" "Oh, I remember now," half groaned Marshall; "that blasted youngster that we brouirht here came in and knc cked u s over with a chafr," and he g lared at Dick vindictively. Dick regarded the two with a smile of satisfaction. "I believe that only a few hours ago I told you two ras-cals that if ever I got the chance I would settle with you for making me a prisoner and bringing me here, did I not?" he remarked.. The two grunted out something unintelligible. "The question now is, What shall I do with the scoun drels?" remarked Mr. Merton. "I guess ;you had better set -us free," remarked Marshall. "I guess not!" "You had better; you don't think of turning us over t o the offjcers of the law, do you?" "'!'hat is jus t what I am going to do." "You won't dare." "Why not?" "Because if you do that we will turn on you and tell how you hired us to kidnap this young 'fellow," nodding toward Dick. "That wi.11 place you in a hobble, too, and I guess you won't like that." " Bah! no one will give your story any credence." "The young fellow will be placed in the witness-chair and will testify that we captured him and brought him here at your instigation, and that you paid us two hundred dollars in gold for doing the work. " Dick shook his head. "I will do nothing of the kind," he said . "You won't?" angrily. "No." "I should think that you would want to get even with the man who had you made a prisone:r:!" "Possibly I m ight, if I did not want to get even with you two scoundrels worse." "You will have to testify whether you want to or not." "But I won't be where I can be found, so that will settle the part of the matter." The two villains glared at the youth. "We'll settle with ye, blast ye!" growled the big thug. "Ye hed better say thet ye'll do ther right thing by us ef ye know when ye air well off!" "Oh, I'm going to do the right thing by you. I'm goi n g to do all I can to get you sent to jail for a long term." The two gave utterance to angry growls. "I think I may as well leave the rascals in here till morning,'' said Mr. Merton. "That is a good idea, sir; and I will stay here and guard them, if you like . " . "No, I will guard them," said Mr. Merton; "you are entitled to get sofue rest, for you have had a rather hard time of it to-night. You shall have the best room in the house, and I thank you for coming to my rescue, Amos--" Dick made a restraining gesture and said, smilingly: "My name is Tom, sir." The man nodded and smiled , at the same time saying: "Oh, well, it doesn't matter about the name. I am deep ly indebted to you and am willing to make all the amends in my power, even to making good my agreement to your father." Again Dick smiled and shook his head. "You will have to find the other fellow, Mr. Merton," he s'.lid; "and th.en if you wish to talk that way to him all right." "We will say no more at present. Marian, you had better go to your room, and I will summon Sambo and have him show you to your room, young man. " "Very well, sir, and thank you . " Marian bade her father and Dick good-night and left the room, and a few minutes later Sambo appeared and looked inquiringly at his master. • "Show this young man to the guest chamber, Sam," was the order. The negro nodded. "Yes, Massa Merton, sah," he said, and then he turned away. With a . good-night to Mr. Merton, Dick followed. Then Mr. Merton took a seat and looked at the prisoners with something of .triumph and satisfaction in his gaze. "Well, you have gotten yourselves into a nice hobble, h a v en't you!" he remarked. "Say, are you p,oing to turn us over to the officers of the law sure enough? ' asked Marshall. "I certainly am." "You'll rue it if you do!" "Ye bet ye will!" from the big thug "I'll risk it," with a smile . "'Ve'll blow on ye!" "Indeed we will!" "That is all right; little good will it d o y ou. " The two glared at Mr. Merton.


10 THE. LI;BERTY BOYS DECEIVED. "You'll be sorry!" snarled Marshall. "I guess not. " And then, after a few moments he asked: "Why were yoa not satisfied with the two hundred dollars?" There was a brief period of silence, and then Marshall said: "I reckon a man is never satisfied in this world . We thought that you likely kept a goodly sum of money in that safe over yonder, and we decided to come and get it." "An' we would hev got et, too, but fur thet blasted young ster!" the big thug growled. "Yes, that's true enough," agreed Mr. Merton . Then he lighted a cigar and puffed away with an air of satisfaction, while regarding the prisoners complacently. The two began pleading to be allowed to go free, but Mr. Merton turned a deaf ear to them. Becoming angry finally they began to bluster and threaten on ce more, but this did not have any effect. "You will go j a il the first thing in the morning,'' said Mr. Merton, decidedly . "And you won't listen to reason, then, and let us go?" "Certainly not." "All iight: then we'll make it as unpleasant for you as possible when we get the ears of thP. officers of the law!" "I a;.i not worrying. I have plenty of money, you know, and will use some of the gold you failed to secure in blinding the eyes of the officers if need be--though I don't think it will be necessary, as no one will take your word as against mine." ' The two looked blue, for they realized that this was onlv too true. CHAPTER VIII. MALCOLM MERTON MEETS HIS NEPHEW. Next morning the prisoners were turned over to the officers of the law and were lodged in prison. At the breakfast-table Dick reiterated his statement that he was not Amos Merton, and said that he wou ld leave im mediately after breakfast in order to be out of the way in case the t w o robbers should want him to appear at the pre liminary trial and te'll;ify ugainst Mr. Merton. Of course, Dick dia not like Mr. Merton, because of the way the man had acted; indeed, he despised him, but he had taken a great liking to the girl who had freed him and would have helped him to escape had it been necessary, and for her sake he was willing to shield her father, or at least to get out of the way so as to not have to appear and testify against him . So as soon as breakfast was over Dick bade Mr. Merton and his daughter goodby and took his departure. When the prisoners were brought up for a preliminary . hearing that afternoon they told the story of how they had b een hired by Mr. Meton to k idnap his nephew, Amos Mer ton, and how he had paid them two hundred dolrars to do this work; but the man denied the story and defied them to prove it, so they were up a stump, so to speak, for their wit .ness, Dick Slater, was not present. While the trial was in progress, however, and as it was nearing its close , Amos Merton entered. He had heard that his uncle, Malcolm Merton, was the man whose home had been entere d by the would-be robbers, and as he had made up his mind to visit his uncle's home that day and demand tliat the agreement made to his father by his uncle be made good, he decided to go in and see if his uncle was in the courthouse. As he entered Marshall caught sight of him, and he at once r -urprise d and startled all within the room by pointing toward the youth and crying out: "There is Amos Merton, this man's nephew, and the youth we kidnapped at his instigation. Now, I call upon you, your honor, . to have the youth brought forward in order that he may testify. He will tell you that we h ave told the truth and that Malcolm Merton ought to be in the prisoners' do ck along with us!" . Maicolm Merton saw the youth and his heart sunk. "Jove, the young rascal has changed his m ind and has com e to testify agaim; t me, after all!" was his mental comment. He glanced around him as though contemp lating beating a retreat, and had it not been that nearly every one in the room was looking at the young man who had just entered his action wonld have been noted, and no doubt many would have believed that Marshall was telline: the truth. Perhaps Amos Merton was the most surprised p'erson in the room. He could not think what was in the wind. He recognized Marshall as being a fellow-pas senger on board the ship Albatross, but did not understand what the man meant by saying that he had been kidnapped at h i s uncle's instigation. While he was standing there staring at Marshall and around upon the faces of those within his range of vision, a look of amazement on his face, the judge spoke to one of the officers of the court, who hastened down the aisle and took hold of the youth's arm. "Come," he said; "your are wanted in the witness-chair." "For what reason?" asked Am' os, wonderingly. "To give testimony in this case." The youth looked even more amazed. "I know regarding this case, sir," he said. "One of 'the prisoners says that you do." "He is mistaken." "Well, you will have to explain that to the judge. I am not the person to tell it to." So Amos, rather unwillingly, however, went along with the . officer. He took the seat in the witness-chair' and the judge said: "What is your name?" "Amos Merton, sir." "Jove, he acknowledges it now!" Malcolm Merton ex claimed, mentally. "I wonder why he d enied his identity so strenuously to me?" The judge pointed to the two prisoners and asked: "Do you r esognize those two men?" "I know this one," pointing to Marshall; "we came across from Liverpool in the same sh.ip recently, but the other man I have never seen before." Both the prisoners looked surprised by the youth's final statement and stared at him in amazement. "W e1e you not kidnapped by them last night, young man?" Amos stared at the judge and then at the two men in blank amazement, and then shook hi s h ead. "No, sir," he said; "most assuredly not!" Malcolm Merton was surprised now, and the thought came to him suddenly: "Can it b e possible that that young f e llow I had a prisoner in my home last night told the truth, and that he was not Amos Merton? Can it be that this is the real Amos, sure enough, and not that youth? Can 'it be that two persons not in any way related could look so much alike?" As for the two prisoners, they stared at the youth in blank amazement, not unmixed with consternation and dis may. Then anger succeeded ;bose feelings, and the big thug blurted out: "Ye blusted young rascal, ye . t.:/ • thet ye air !yin'!" "Silence!" roared the judge. "But your honor," said Marshall; "this young fellow is telling what is not true. He-" "Silenc e, I say!" Then the judge again addressed the youth. "You deny, then, that these men kidnapped you last at the instigation of that man there ? " he asked, pointmg toward Malcolm Merton. The youth looked at the man and then said: "I was not kidnapped at all last night, or any other time; so of course this man had nothing to do with a:oy such af fair." The prisoners muttered angry exclamations and glared at the youth fiercely, but did not dare voice their feelings. . "Very well, you may go," the judge said. Then he ordered that the prisoners be remand.ed to jail, as there could be no doubt regarding guilt, they .having been caught red-handed, so to speak. The two prisoners were conducted out of the courtroom and to the jail, and then Malcolm Merton advanced and addressed the youth whom he knew to be 'his nephew. "You came over here from England to see your Uncle Malcolm, did you not?" he queried. "Yes,'' was the reply. "Well, I am he." . He held out his hand and the youth took it and shook it in rather a perfunctory manner. "I'm glad to make your acquaintance, Uncle Malcolm," he said. "Why have you not been to see me sooner, Amos?" "Well, I had some other matters to attend to,'' replied the youth; "and, too, I got mixed up in an unpleasant affair with a fellow who looks enou2h like me to be my twin


THE LIBERTY BOYS DECEIVED. brother-was arrested. as a rebel spy, for him, in fact, and so have been delayed m presenting myself to you." "A rebel spy, you say?" in surprise. "Yes." "What is the of this fellow who looks like you?" "He calls himself Tom Martin." "But tha t is not his name?" "No; his real name is Dick Slater." Malcolm Merton started and uttered an exclamation "What. is that you say!" he exclaimed; "you don't that he is the famous rebel spy, Dick Slater!" "'"{ell, as I have only been over here three days, I don't know, of course, how famous he may be, but General Howe told me that the young fellow in question is Dick Slater, a rebel spy." ''Well, well! So that is who the fellow really is! I knew he was no ordinary youth." "You have seen him then?" . Malcolm Merton flushed slightly as he remembered how it happened that he had made the acquaintance of the youth, but he nodd ed and said: "Yes, I have met him." Then he invited the youth to accompany him to his home. "My daughter Marian will be glad to see you," he said. "Thank you; I will go right along with you." • . They left the . courtroom and made their way in the direc tion of Malcolm Merton's home. As they walked along the man explained that his wife had died some ten years before, and he had attended to the rearing of his daughter Marian himself. . she is as sweet-tempered and pleasing a girl as you will fmd anywhere," he added. They were soo n at the house, and Amos was introduced to his cou si n Marian. . Dick had prophesied, the girl did not take much of a hkmg to the youth. There was something about him that repelled her; it was just the opposite in Dick's case. There was something about him that attracted her. "What do you think, Marian," her father said presently; "the young fellow who was here and whom we thought was Amos is no other than Dick Slater, the famous rebel spy!" Mr. Merton had decided that he would make a clean breast ?f the with Dick to Amos, and so he called the youth mto the library and confessed tha1; the two prisoners had told the truth when they said that he had hired them to kidnap Amos, but that they had made a mistake and captured Dick Slater instead, the youth, who looked like him. The youth listened coolly h, and when he had heard all he remarked calmly th 1e di d not blame his uncle for wanting to get out of v..:y.'ng"' over such a large sum of money. "I guess I would have done the same thing," he declared. M,r. Merton eyed the youth keenly and then remarked: "I judge that you would." He was a pretty good judge of human nature, and he sized Amo s up about rigltt. He made up his mind that the youth was very much like himself, and that they would likely get along first rate. , "How much will yo u take and call it settled, Amos?" Malcolm Merton allked . "'Vell, how much are you worth?" "One hundred thousand dollars." The youth was silent a few moments and then said: "The agreement you made with father was that he was to have half, I believe." . "Well, he is not long for this world; he has practically on e foot in the grave and wo uld never have any use for the money, so I judge that as I would bf! the one who would profit before long, anyway, it will be all right for me to make a deal with you." "That is the way I look at it." "Yes; well, I won't decide at once, but will take a few days to ponder the matter, if you don't object." "Ce:tainly I don't object; all the time you want, and you will, of course, be our guest m the meantime." "Thank you, Uncle Malcolm." . truth of the matter was that had taken a great hkmg to Marian and wanted to remam near hei for a while at least, and then, if he could arrange it that way he would stay in America and try to win her for his wife. ' "I'll write to father and ask him if he can come over here." was his thought. "The voyage might do him e'!>Od." P1esently their conversation drifted back to the youth who looked like Amos, and he said, with an air of satisfaction: "I'm mighty glad that you captured the fellow, or had it done, rather, and gave him a few bad half-hours; you see, I was mistaken for him and arrested as a rebel spy and taken before General Howe, and your having him here a prisoner kind of balances that up." "Yes, so it does." "But I still owe him a debt that I must repay if I have to stay in America a year to do it, Uncle Malcolm." The thought had just occuned to Amos that, by claiming that he was eager for revenge on Dick Slater he would have an excuse for remaining in America, and so he told the story 'of his encounter with Dick on the street. He told how the Liberty Boy had handled hi1m, and added vindictively: "I don't intend that any one shall handle me like that anci then get off scot free! I owe him a debt and I am going to stay here in America till I get it paid, if I have to join the British army and go out and help the soldiers fight him and his gang of young fellows!" "I don't blame you for wanting revenge, J\mos'. Well, Marian and I shall be glad to have you stay in America." Amos then told his plan of writing to his father and asking him to come over, and Malcolm Merton approved of it. "Now that this matter between us is to be settled amica oly, I should be very glad to see him," the man said. "I'll write and get the letter off on the first ship sailing for England, Uncle Malcolm ." CHAPTER IX . PUZZLED REDCOATS. Meanwhile what of Dick? As has been stated, he left the Merton home immediately after breakfast and made his way along the streets, keeping his eyes and ears open, in the hope that he might see or hear something that would be of interest or value to the commander-in-chief of the patriot army. . About ten o'clock, as he was walking along the street, he was suddenly set upon by five redcoats, and, although he struggled manfully, he was overpowered and his wrists were bound together behind his back . . "There," exclaimed the leader of the party, a lieutenant, "I guess that this time we have got you, Dick Slater, and not the fellow that lo oks like you!" He accented the "this," and Dick, who was an exceedin.,.ly shrewd and quick-witted youth, at once understood as ,;'en as though he had been told in so many words, that this officer had made a capture of Amos Merton at some previous time, perhaps that very morning, thinking that it was him. And he at once decided that he would try to make this knowl-. edge of value to him. "You are mistaken," he said quietly and with apparent truthfulness, "you have made the same mistake over again." The lieutenant started and looked at Dick searchingly, and with considerable of discomfiture in his gaze. "What do you mean?" he queried . "Just what I say." "You don't mean that you are--" "Amos Merton? Yes, and I'm getting rather tired of being mistaken for this rebel spy, Dick Slater, I assure you!" The lieutenant looked at Dick doubtfully. "I don't believe you !" he presently exclaimed "you are Dick Slater himself, and I know it!" ' Dick shook his head and smiled. He was a good actor and was as cool and self-possessed as Amos Merton could possibly have been had it been him. ou are mistaken, li eutenant," he declared. "You mad6 a mistake before, and now you repeated it. I . wouldn't ge any further with the affair if I were you. You had bet ter turn me loos e, for General Howe will become wearied not to say disgusted, with you if you bother him in this way another time or two." Dick spoke in such a cool, matter-of-fact and withal c'on fident manner that the lieutenant was impressed and the worried look deepened on his. face. ' "Blazes! " he muttered; "can it be possible that I have got hold of the same fellow I had before?" pick s:;iw his advantage and followed it up. Certamly you have," 'he decl ared. "If you will look at the matter in a common sense light you will see that it cannot be otherwise. If I were Dick Slater I would not be the streets openly in broad daylight, would T ?" The officer shoo k his head doubtfully.


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS DECEIVED. ----------------------------:-----------------------"I don't know about that," he said; "Dick Slater is bold enough to do anything." "That may be, but he certainly is not foolhardy, is he?" "Well, not that I know of.'-' . "You may be sure that he is not. He may be bold enough, but from what I have heard regarding him I should say that, while brave, he is also extremely careful and cautious, and does nov run the risk of capture in as reckless a manner as [ would be doing if I were he." The lieutenant scratched his head and eyed the youth searchingly. . Dick met the gaze unflinchingly and with a pleasant smile. He well knew that he looked so much like his double that it would be impossible for the lieutenant to tell the difference, and so he felt safe on that score. Then the lieutenant thought of something: He would search the prisoners' pockets and perhaps this would clear up the matter. . . . . , He-stepped forward and began feelmg m Dicks pockets. All he found were a few silver pieces; there w _as not a letter or scrap. of paper of anykind. He looked at Dick suspiciously . "What have you done with your letters and papers that you had on your person yesterday if you are. indeed Amos Merton?" he asked. . "They must have dropped out of my pocket this mornmg when I dressed," was the reply. The lieutenant was dubious. He disliked to make the mistake of taking Amos Merton before General Howe a second time. The British com mander-in-chief was one who would likely reward good work, but he was also, as the lieutenant well knew, rather hottempered, and might get angry if bothered too much unnecessarily . • "You had better let me go," said Dick. But this the lieutenant was unwilling to do. He was not at all satisfied with the situation; he felt that it was possible that he had again made a mistake and gotten hold of the wrong man, but that again it was possible that he had hold of the right man. He could not, he was con vinced, take chances of letting the famous rebel spy slip through his fingers by letting this youth go free. He decided that it would be better to risk being reprimanded by the commander-in-chief. "I am going to take you to headquarters and let General Howe pass upon your case himself," he said decidedly. Dick was disappointed, but his face did not show it. "Very well," he said, with apparent indifference; "all it amounts to is that I will be delayed from going about my business an hour or so . So lead me to headquarters as soon as you like." "Bring him along, men," ordered the lieutenant. They started at once and the crowd which had gathered immediately after the capture of Dick dispersed. Dick was doing some swift thinking as he walked along. He was wonde1ing if he would be able to fool the British commander-in-chief. "I'm afraid that I won't be able to pull the wool over his eyes," the youth thought; "but I'm going to try hard to do so." It was useless to try to escape. His arms were bound and he was in the grasp of two stalwart soldiers, which the lieutenant walked ahead and two more soldiers walked be; . :'It would be foolish for me to try to get away," he mused; "no, I must go quietly along and do my best to make my wits get me out of this difficulty." One thing was in Dick's favor: He was naturally of a cool, calm and unexcitable disposition and could face deadly danger with a more calm and unruffled front than most men would be able to show at any time when no danger threatened. It was to this peculiarity that Dick owed his .remarkable success as a spy, and more than once he had owed his escape frofn serious danger to the same characteristic. So now, although he had serio u s misgivings, he walked along as carelessly and jauntify as would have been the case ' had he been Amos Merton, with nothing at all to fear. The lieutenant watched Dick closely, and it was evident from the look upon his face that he was not:at all certain that he had captured Dick Slater. "If it really were Dick Slater he could not carry himself so confid ently," the officer reasoned. However, he would not take the responsibility of setting the youth free; he wouia take him before General Howe and leave that for him to do. They were not long in reaching headquarters and were admitted. The orderly said he would announce their arrival and hastened away, leaving the little party standing in the hall. He was back again quickly, and said that the commander in-chief would see them. The next minute they were in the presence of General Howe. The commander-in-chief leaped up in some excitement. "Well, lieutenant, you have Dick Slater this time, have you!" he cried. The officer shook his head in a dubious manner. . "I don't know, your excellency," he said; "I will have to leave that for you to decide." "How-does he deny that he is Dick Slater?" "Yes, he says that he is Amos Merton, the same youth I brought in here yesterday." "Oh, he does, eh?" "Yes." General Howe looked keenly and .searchingly at pick, who bore the scrutiny without flinching; indeed, he smiled, just as though he considered the matter to be a good joke. The youth was watching the general closely, however, for he wished to get an inkling from the man's demeanor !e garding his thoughts. He noted that General Howe, like the lieutenant, seemed to be puzzled. There was a frown on his face. "You are Dick Slater!" he suddenly declared, with seeming positiveness. There was somethfog .in the tone, how ever, that told Dick that the speaker was not so positive about the matter as he would like the youthJto believe. This gave Dick his cue, and he laughed aloud, just as though he was vastly amused. "Oh, come . now, General Howe," he said, protestingly, "you ought not to try to fasten upon me the opprobrium of being suspected of being a rebel spy a second time. Once is quite enough." "You deny that you are Dick Slater, then?" "Of course; I am not Dick Slater, so why not?" "You say you are Amos Merton ? " "Yes." "The same youth that was brought in here yesterday by the lieutenant there?" "The same." The general eyed him searchingly, and th.en said to the lieutenant: "Search his pockets and see what you will find." "I have already done that, your excellency." "And what did you find?" "A few pieces of silver, nothing more." . "When you were here yesterday," addressing Dick, "you had letters addressed to yourself and various other papers showing that you were Amos Merton." "I must have lost them out of my pockets as I was dressing this morning; I had not missed them until the lieutenant failed to find them when he searched my pockets." "Humph!" General Howe sat down and looked at Dick long and keenly. It was plain that he was puzzled. "He is not sure that I am Dick Slater," thought the youth and his spirits rose as a result. Presently the commander-in-chief spoke. "There is but one course open to me, so far as I can see," he said. "The fact that there are two of you, looking as a lik e as two peas, makes it necessary to capture both, and then when we have you side by side it is possible that we may be able to determine which is which." Dick's heart sank on hearing this; it indicated that the general intended to hold him a prisoner until his double could be captured, and, with the two side by side, there could be little doubt that it would be possible to determine which was which. However, it was useless to remonstrate, so Dick said noth-ing. ' The commander-in-chief turned to the lieutenant. "You did right in bringing the young man here," he said; "and now conduct him to the jail, where he will be held pris -0ner until the other youth is captured." "Very well, your excellency," and the lieutenant and his men conducted Dick out of the room and along the hall to the front door, which the orderly held open for them to pass through.


THE LIBERTY BOYS DECEIVED. 13 The next moment they were upon the street and making When they were in this timber Bob heaved a sigh of Tetheir way in the direction of the jail. lief. , Dick was feeling pretty blue. "I guess we .are safe now," he said; "even 'if they were to He felt that he was in for it, for it would be a co;m,para get after u s on l,iorseback they could not catch us." t ively easy matter to find Amos Merton, undoubted ly, and "You are right, they cou l d not, Bob ." a lso it would be a simple matter to determin e that '\le was , "It is not fa'!: t b the point' where we left our horses . " t h e real Amos Merton; so there was reas on for Dick feeling /'By the way, ho\ 'dpes 'it happen .that y ou were in Philalo w spirited. delphia, Bob?" asked Dick . : He kept up a bold front, however; it would not do to tet '.'! can only say, Dick, that I took a sudaen notion that I t he redcoats see that he was not f ee lin g happy. wa'nted to come; ahd I decided, luckily, to bring some of the " Oh, if I could only escape!" was the thought that came boys along . , I got to worrying about you, to tell the truth, t o him . and while I did ;not really ex:Rect to find that ypu were in The jail was on a side !ltreet and but few people passe d trouble, yet I was afraid that such might be the case, and I along it, so as it happened there were no pedestrians in the hop ed, in case this was true, to be able to get yo u out of it." vicinity when the party came to a s top in front of the jail. "Well. you succeeded; but how did you learn that I was a Before the door could be opened to them, however, six prisoner?" youths of perhaps eighteen or twenty years of age came run"Just by accident . We heard a boy tell another that Dick ning around the corner of the jail , which s tood alone, no Slater, the rebel spy, had been captured , and that he had just other buildings being near, and threw themse lves upon the been taken to headquarters, and so we went around and took r edcoats . ' , u p our position close at hand. When you came out we fol-At once a lively struggle was in progre:::s. lo wed till we were certain that you were going to the jail, and then we hurrie d around and reached there ahead of you. At the prope'r moment we rushed around the corner and CHAPTER X . OUT OF THE CITY. made the attack, a nd yo u know the rest." "We ll , I'm awful g l a d that yo u took a notion to come to the cit y, Bob:" "So am I." Dick recognized the newcomers at (}nee; o f his Liberty Bo y s. A few minutes later they turned aside from the road and entered the timber. they were some A hundred yards in and they came upon the other five But how jt happened that they were in Philadelphia was m ore than he could understand. However,. that did not matter; the fact was that they were there and that they were making i:. determined attempt to rescue him from the hands of the redcoats, and this was all 1 that it was necess ary to know. The explanation of their pres ence could come later. Dick ' s arms were bound, but his feet were not, and he now d id some good work by kicking the redcoats who happened to come in his reach. Tho s e who had had hold of him h'1d let go instantly when the newcomers appeared so as to offer fight, and that left Dick free, with the exception of his arms being bound. . He managed to upset two redcoats by means of we ll-plac ed kicks, and by this time the other three were down uncon scious, because of strong blows on the head from pistolbutts. The youths now dealt the two Dick had downed blows on the head with butts of their pi s tol s , and then one of 1 their number cut the youth's bonds . "Quick! let's get away from here!" cried this youth, w ho se name was Bob Estabrook; "more redcoats may put in an appearance at any moment." "Yes, let's hurry!" cried Dick. They hastened around the corner of the jail a nd made their way down the side street. Fortunately no spectators had witnessed the affair, seem ingly, for there was no outcry. Still, i t was lik ely that the jailer would give the alarm in a few moments, and it was important that the Liberty Boys should get away from the vicinity as quickly as pos si ble. When they had gone about a block Dick said: "Boys, I think w e had better scatter; we will be able to make our escape much more easily in that manner." "That's so," agreed Bob Estabrook; "scatter, boy s, and make for the point where we left our ho rses. " The youths separated at once, all save ;Dick and Bob , who remained together. "I'll have to stay with you in order to guide you to the place where our horses are, Dick," he said . "I suppose that, of course, you will go back to Whitemars h with u s, now, won't you?" "Yes, Bob; I guess I had better get out of the city for the present, at least." "All right; come right along with me, then." They turned corner after corner in order to throw purs uers off the track, though they had not heard a n y ,;ound s of pursuit. Finally they arrived at the edge of the city, and as the B ritish sentinels were s t a tioned wide l y apart, the two youths did not have much diffi culty in slipping through the line . Soon were making their wa:v along a country road, which, a mile or s o from the edge of the city, entered heavy t i mber. youths and seve n horses. "You brought an extra horse for me, Bob?" "Yes, Dick." "That was thoughtful of you." l'Well, I was not sure yo u would be ready to return, ,but thought that in case yo u were the horse wou ld come in handy, and if you were not, no harm would b e clone, as it was no particular. trouble to lead the horse. " "That' s so. " They talked a few minutes, and then Dick said that they might a,s well be going . The youths were just on the point of untying their horses when they heard the sound of hocfbeats on the road at no great distance . " Who can that be?" exclaimed Mark Morrison. "Let's go and see, Dick!" cried Bob; "it may be redcoats coming in pursuit of u s !" "That's so !" They were on the point of startinl!' tp the road when the noi se of the hoofbeats sudden l y ceased. "What does that mean?" queried Bob. "They must know that we are in the timbe r somewhere near them," replied Dick. "What shall we do?" asked Sam Sanderson . "We had better get away from here in a hurry," replied Dick. . Then the youths untied the halter-straps and started away through the timber, leading the horses. They heard voices behind them and hastened their steps a ll they could. They made a detour, and presently reached the road at a point perhaps a third of a mile from where the men had stopped that they had heard. There was a bend in the road which hid them from the sig-ht of the persons in question. They mounte.d .their horses and set out down the road. They rode slow l y, as they did not want that their enemies should hear the hoofbeats of the horses. Their ca u tion did them no good, however, for. suddenly a party of at least twenty British troopers came dashing around the bend in the road not more than one hundred yards _ 'istant. . At sight of the Liberty Bo ys the troopers set up a yell. "There are the blasted rebels!" cried o ne, the leader; "after them, men! We must capture them!" CHAPTER XI. PURSUED BY R E DCOATS. A t once a race begun. The Liberty Boys were outnumbered to such an extent that they did not want to offer fight if they could avoid it. They were brave as lions, but were not foo lh a rdy. They had fough odds as great as four or five t o one and


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS DECEIVED. come out all right before now, but it was only when there was no escape from a fight. Now they had an open road ahead of them and were well mounte d, a nd there was no reason why the y should not make their escape . They might do so unless the redcoats had better horses than was usually the case. The British troopers u sually rode horses that had been secured from the farmers of the country, and these animals, more suited for the work on a farm than for chargers, were strong and clumsy, but not speedy . This band that was after the Liberty Boys now, however, seemed to be better mounted than usual with the redcoats, for they held their own with the fug itives. "Say, we are not leaving them behind very fast, Dick," said Bob, after a glance back. "So I noticed, Bob." "They are keeping up with us." "Yes." "That means that it w ill be question not of speed, but of endurance on the part of the horses." "You are right." "Well, our horses are pretty ' we ll seasoned." "So they are; I think they will be able to hold out." "I think so." The British lashed their horses and spurred them severely, and the animals did all they could, but the space between the two parties did not lessen any. "'vVe are holding our own, too, Dick," said Mark Morrison. "Yes," replied Dick. Presently the commander of the little party of troopers yelled: "Stop! Stop, you rebels!" Dick half turned in the saddle and looked back. "We can't think of that," he called out . . "Stop, blast you!" "No!" "\Ve 'Ylll capture you, anyway, so you might as well." "I don't think you can do so." "You are net gaining, are you?" "A little." "I can't see it." "Well, we are gaining slowly but surely, and so what is the use of wearing the horses out." "That's what they are for. We certainly are not going to stop." "If you don't stop and surrender we , will open fire on you!" "What good will that do you?" "A good deal of gbod." "I don't think so ; your muskets won't carry up the distance." "Won't they?" in what was intended to be ?.n ironical voice. "No." "We'll show you!" "All right; you'll have to before we will believe you." "You had better stop and surrender; we don't want to kill any of you." "We don't want yo u to, either." "Then surrender!" "Oh', no!" "You will have it, eh?" "Oh, don ' t worry; we are quite willing to take the risk." " A ll right; your blood will be on your own heads!" "We know that." The redcoat leader made an angry gesture and yelled out to his men: "Get ready to fire, men!" , The troopers un slung their muskets and leveled them at the fugitives. "Do you think the bullets will carry the distance, Dick?" asked Bpb. Dick shook his head. "I don't think so, Bob." "Neither do I." Just then the commander of the party of troopers cried out: "Fire!" Crash! Roar! The volley rang out loudly. As Di ck had prophesied, the bullets did not carry up, but struck the ground twenty feet behind the youths. They yelled d e risively and made defiant Q'estures . "I told you sol" called out Dick. The troopers were angry, and their commander cried: "We'll recharge the muskets, putting in a double poition of powder; then I guess the bullets will reach you!" "Perhaps, but you can't shoot straight enough to hit us, so it won't matter." "We'll show you!" "That's what you said a minute ago." The redcoat commander made an angry gesture. "Reload, men, and put in a double charge of powder!" The troopers proceeded to recharge their musk.ets. As may be supposed, this was no easy task. It was hard to get the powder and bullets into the muzzle of the weapons while the horses were going at a gallop. "Say, Dick!" from Bob. "What, old fellow?" "I've got a scheme." "What is it?" "Let's stop suddenly, whirl our horses and face the redcoats; by the time we ha,.ve done that they will be in range; then we can fire a volley and do them some damage and whirl and ride on again. What do you say?" "I believe it will work, Bob." Then Dick gave the order for the youths to be ready to stop their horses and whirl them around at the signal. The youths cocked their muskets and held them in readiness for instant use. Eagerly they awaited the signal. The troopers, hard at work recharging their weapons, were evidently not thinking of such a thing as that the fugitives might try to get back at them. This . made it all the better for the success of the Liberty Boys' scheme. Suddenly a shrill whistle was heard. It was Dick's signal for action. The youths reined up their horses quickly, whirled them around and leveled their muskets. The'y had succeeded in executing this maneuver before the redcoats realized what was happening. The commander of the troopers saw their danger and gave ut1;erance to a cry of .yarning to his men. The next instant the youths fired. Dick had no musket, so there were only six shots fired, but the Libe1ty Boys were all expert marksmen under any and all circumstances, and four of the troopers fell out of their saddles, killed 01• wounded, while another reeled and only kept himself from falling by catching hold of his horse's mane to steady himself. "Now away with you, Liberty Boys!" cried Dick. The youths whirled their horses again and dashed away at the best speed of the animals. The British were within sixty yards of the fugitives now, but this was out of pistol-shot distance, and they did not yet have their muskets recharged, so they did not fire upon the y ouths. The Liberty Boys now proceeded to reload their muskets, and in this work they were more expert than the troopers, for they had practiced it a great deal. , They had recharged their weapons by the time the redcoats had finished, and then they waited to see what the troopers would do . • "Take aim and them another volley!" yell eel. the commander, who was wi1d with rage because of the havoc the rebels had made in the party of troopers. Up came the muskets to the shoulders of the troopers. Suddenly Dick, who had his head turned ;:md was watching the redcoats closely, gave utterance to another shrill whistle. Instantly the youths dropped forward upon the necks of their horses. It was a clever maneuver, and it succeeded admirably, for at the moment they executed it the:re came the crash of the volley from the weapons of the enemy. The bullets whistled around and past the youths, for the redcoats were well within range now. Not much damage resulted. however. Sam Sanderson received a slight wound, and Ben Spur lock's horse was hit, but the wound was not severe enough to disable the animal. Up came the youths to an erect position, and they gave utterance to a yell of defiance. A chorus of angry and disappointed yells went up from the redcoats. "Give them another volley, Liberty Boys!" cried Dick.


THE LIBERTY BOYS DECEIVED. 15 The youths half turned in their saddles and fired a volley. , Three more troopers fell from their saddles. "That is indeed a strange affair, Dick!" he said. "It would not be wonderful if the youth were your brother, or a relative even farther removed, but when it is taken into con sideration that he is an utter stranger, and an English youth, while you are an American, it makes it seem a marvelous affair." ' CHAPTER XII. AT WHITEMARSH. "1I'hat is the way it seems to me, sir." "Yes; well, you did right in coming away from the city, This enraged the troopers, and they gave utterance to for the interest that had been aroused owing to the fact that more yells of anger. there was another in the city who look ed enough like you They drew pistols and fired a volley, but the distance was to be your twin brother, would have made it extremely haz-too for the small weapons, and no damage resulted. ardous for you to remain. Every one would have been on The Liberty Boys had hastened to reload their muskets, , the lookout for you." and when the troo,Pers saw what they were doing they has"So I thought, sir." tened to follow smt. "Yes, indeed; but perhaps later on you will be safe in go-They had lost. valuable time in firing their pistcrls, how-ing b ac k." . ever, the L!berty Boys had their muskets reloaded be"I hope so, iyour excellency; and I will be ready to go when fore. their enemies had the powder in their weapons. ever you say the word." Dick noted that they were conversing among themselves, "That is all right; but for the present what do you think and the of their conversation was apparent, of doing, my boy?" for they remed up then horses and brought them to a stop. "Anythinir you wish me to do, sir." , As he was sure that the troopers had given up the, "I will tell you what you may do, Dick: Take your wlien they turned their horses' heads erty Boys and kee p a close watch over the roads m the other direction and started back-Dick gave the com-here from the direction of Philadelphia, EO that if a move1 mand the youths to slacken the speed of their horses to should be made in this direction by the British you would an ordmary gallop. discover it and be enabled to warn me in time so that we The British troopers half turned in their saddles and could retreat or make ready to receive the enemy, as might shook their threateningly at the Liberty Boys, who l:>e thought best." sent back a shout of derision and defiance. "Very well, sir; that will suit me first rate." "Well, we rather got the better of them!" exclaimed Bob Estabrook, with an air of satisfactfon. "Yes, so we did," agreed Dick. CHAPTER XIII. AMOS MERTON AN OFFICER. "We dropped seven of them," said Mark Morrison "And wounded one or two more," from Ben "Yes, " said Dick; and then he turned to Sam Sanderson General How e sat in his private room in the headquarters your wound pain :you much. Sam?" building in Philadelphia looking over s ome papers when the No; it is a slight flesh-wound, that is all, Dick," was the orderly opened the door and said: reply. "Mr. Amos Merton wishes to see you, your excellency." The bull e t had struck Sam in the fleshy part of the left The commander -i n-chief looked up in an abstracted manar;n, and .he had handed his musket over to Dick as soon as ner and said mechanically: this had happened. "Show him in." Dick now called a halt, and he bound up the wound stop"Very well, sir." ping the flow of blood. ' The orderly withdrew, but was back soon and ushered the "How does that feel, Sam?" youth in question into the room. "Bette_r, Dick; but it was not paining me much." The general looked up and gave utterance to an exclamaLiberty Boys then rode onward again, and as they did tion: so Dick told them about the youth who looked like him "Dick Slater!" He had not really caught the name of the The:y' were filled with wonder and gave utterance to expected visitor when the orderly announced it, and so now mations: as hi s eyes fell upon the youth's face he at once thought that "You say there isa fellow who looks like you, eh?" it was the famous patriot spy, and had accordingly ex"You have a double!" claimed: ' _",Tove, that is strange!" "Dick Slater!" "That beats anything I ever heard of!" Amos Merton looked surprised and somewhat taken aback. They rode at a steady gallop and reached the patriot "I beg your pardon, sir," he said; "but did not your orderly encampment at Whitemarsh about the middle of the after-tell you who I am? I am Amos Merton, the fellow who noon. looks like Dick Slater, you know." Dick went at once to headquarters to make his report to ' The officer gave vent :to another exclamation . General Washington. "Ah, yes," he said; "I had forgotten about that. But," The general was in his tent engaged in writing, but leaped with a keen and somewhat suspicious look, "are you indeed up and shook hands with Dick. Amos Merton? Are you sure. that you are not Dick Slater "I am glad to see you, my boy," he said; "you have just trying to deceive me'!" is-ot back from Philadelphia?" The youth smiled and s hook hi s head. "Yes, your excellency ." "I am not Dick Slater," he said; "but he had something "Did vou learn anything of importance?" to do with my comjng here to-day." "Nothing of very great importance, sir, but I picked up "Eh? How is that? Have you seen him? Is he in the a few items of information that will doubtless be of vaiue city?" to you." "Not that I know of, sir." "Likely; let me hear what they are." I "Then how could he have anything to do with your comDick then told what he had learned. As he had said, none ing here? Please explain." of the bits of information were of great importance, but "It is very simple. He knows nothing of my movements, together they afforded the patriot commander-in-chief a of course, and I have .never seen him since the day I had the clew to the probable intentions of the British. encounter with him on the street, but it is because of him He pondered quite a while after hearing all, and then that I am here. I wish to get revenge on him for the ma,a. said: ner in which he handle d me that day." "The information you have brought me is of considerable "Yes, yes; that is very natural." value, Dick, and I think that it will be sufficient to enable "True, sir; and I have come here to make a suggestion \, me to decide upon my future course understandingly." you and to ask you a favor." "I hope so, your excellency." "Go ahead; but first be seated." Then, on being requested to tell the story of his adven"Thank you." tures in the city-for the commander-in-chief thought it Amos M erton took a seat and then went on: possible that he might secure a few more points by hearing "As I understand it, sir, this fellow Slater is the captain the story-Dick did so; and when he had told about his of a company of young fellows who call themselves *' double the commander-in-chief uttered an exclamation of Liberty Boys of '76, is it not so?" amazement. "You are right."


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS DECEIVED. "They have their quarters with the rebel army somewhere out in the country to the westward from here?" "Yes, at Whitemarsh, some thirty miles distant." "Exactly; well, I want a chance to square accounts with this young fellow Slater, and I haye come to ask you to per mit me to join the British army; more, tha t you commi&Sion me a captain, and give me a comp.any of troopers, so that I may go out and see what I can . do toward running those Liberty Boys down and capturing their commander." , The general looked at the youth speculatively. "If you are as good a man as th'e young fellow :whom you so greatly resemble, Mr. Merton, then indeed you would stand a good chance of doing something," he said slowly. The youth shut his mouth grimly, and said: "I haven't had any experience as a soldier, but I believe that I have as much brains as my double, and I can learn. Anyway, I would like a ch a nce at him, if you are willing." The commander-in-chief of the British army looked thoughtfully at his companion. "There is one thing in your favor, " he said presently, "and that i&, that you look so much like Dick Slater that you might, if the opportunity presented itself, succeed in de ceiving the rebels, or even some of the Liberty Boys them selves, through your wonderful likeness to their .young leader. You might make up for lack Of experience in actual warfare by shrewdly tricking them in some manner." "Yes, I might, sir; but I think that if it should come to a fight I would be able to hold my own with an equal num ber of good, experienced king's soldiers at my back." "Likely enough; well, your request shall be granted. I ' will commission you a captain and give you a company of troopers, and you can go out into the country and see what you can do." "Thank you, sir. How soon can this be arranged?" "Right away. You can be off to-morrow if you wish." "Good, sil'! That will suit me, and if I don't get square with this impudent young rebel that looks like me, then it will be strange, that is all!" . Then the commander-in-chief explained to the youth what it would be necessary for him to do, and then dismissed him. He hastened back to the home of hi s uncle, where he was staying, and told Malcolm Merton and Marian what he had done. "I'm going to make tha t young rebel that looks like me take refuge in his encampment and stay there, 01 else I'll capture him and take him a prisoner to General Howe,'' was Amos Merton's boast, when he had finished his story. Next morning Amos bade his uncle and cousin good-by and went to headquarters, where he was told where to find his compapy. "You have been commissioned a captain," General Howe said; "and now you can start as soon as you like, and I wish you success; but I warn you to be very careful and to keep your eyes open, for Dick Slater and his Liberty Boys are a shrewd set of fellows." "They won't catch me napping," declared Amos confi dently; and then he bade the commander-in-chief good-by and took his departure. He went to the quarters that had been designated and found his company there awaiting his coming. He ordered them to get ready for a trip into the country at once. "Take plenty of ammunition provisions," he said, "for we may be gone some time." The men nodded and were soon in readiness to start. CHAPTER XIV. A SHREWD TRICK. On top of a hill, in an apple orch::w:d about halfway be tween Philadelphia and Whitemarsh, twelve redcoats and what looked to be one patriot soldier were standing. The one so ldier in question wore a uniform of Continental blue-a captain's uniform-and he was the living image of Dick Slater; but it was not Dick. It was Amos Merton, and he had donned the uniform-which he had brought along in his saddle-bags OJ\ purpose---so as to deceive the "rebels,'' in some manner making them believe that he was a patriot, Dick Slater mdeed. Amos Merton had just appeared among his men, the dozen who were with him being a scouting and reconnoitering party, the main force being encamped a mile away in the timber. "Say, men, conceal yourselves behind that stone fence, quick!" Merton cried. The men obeyed, but looked at him questioningly. "Four rebels are coming!" he explained; "they'll be around the bend in the road yonder directly. They are members of this company of Liberty Boys that we have come here to try to get a chance at." . • "What are you going to do-try to decoy them up to the top of the hill "Yes." "That's a good scheme if you can make it work." "Now stop talking, all, and keep perfectly quiet; don't show your heads above that wall until I give you the signal." "All right." . "I'm going to be standing here eating an apple and will try and make a success of my part of the affair." The soldiers did not say anything more, and Merton pulled an apple off the tree under which he was standing and be-gan eating it. He had taken only a couple of bites when he exclaimed, in a low, cautious voice: "They're coming!" \ 'Good!" was the cautious exclamation from one of the soldiers. Merton was right; four patriot soldiers had just come around a bend in the road about a quarter of a mile distant. The road passed along the foot of the hill and the soldiers would be within seventy-five yards of Merton when they reached a point even him. . . When the four patriot were Liberty Boys-were within one hundred yards of the pornt. m ques tion they caught sight of Merton, who was standing there eating an apple with great gusto. The youths uttered exclamations and looked eagerly up at the youth, whom they undoubtedly thought was their commander, Dick Slater. . They hastened their footsteps, and were soon at a pomt even with the youth. Dick's double waved his hand. . "Put down your guns and come up here and get some apples," he cried. The four Liberty Boys dropped their guns and ran up the hill. Then up from behind the stone fence rose a dozen red coats, with muskets leveled. The amazed Liberty Boys stood there staring in open mouthed astonishment. Never were human beings more surprised than was the case with the four youths. Amos Merton looked so exactly like their :young com mander, Dick Slater, that never for a moment had a sus-. picion that it was not he entered their minds. And even now, with the dozen redcoats standing there with muskets leveled, they could hardly believe that the youth was not Dick. Then Amos Merton laughed aloud-a sarcastic, triumph-ant laugh. . "Well, my bold Liberty Boys, what do you think ofit?" he cri ed. "How do you like it?" The youths glanced around them without replying. They were wondering if they could make a sudden dash and get away in safety. But Merton understood what was in their minds and cried out sharply: "Don't try it! If you make a move to try to escape my men will riddle you with bullets! I call uoon you to surren der, and if you are wise you will do so!" The Liberty Boys exchanged questioning glances. "We surrender," said Mark Morrison, who was one of the four. "That is sensible; raise your arms ab" ove your heads!" The youths obeyed. Then Merton ordered a couple of the redcoats to step for-ward and disarm the youths. This was done . "Now bind their arms,'' was his next command. This was also done and the four were prisoners. "Well, we have taken you into camp without any troubJq at all, eh?" chuckled Merton, addressing Mark, upon whom he looked as the leader of the four. "Yes, by playing a sneaking trick on us,'' was Mark's cool and scathing reply. Merton laughed as if he were highly amusec.l


THE LIBERTY BOYS DECEIVED, 17 "All is fair in love and war," he said. "My resemblance to your young commander has served us a good turn, that is all." "That's all right; Dick will get even with you for it." "All right, he is quite welcome to do it-if he can." Then he turned to his men and said: "Bring the prisoners along, men. We will take them to the encampment." "Hadn't we better get their guns?" asked one of the sol diers. "Yes; run down and 'bring them." The man hastened down the hill and brought the .four muskets up. "Now we are ready,'' said Merton; "come along, all." They set out and twenty minutes later were in the encampment. The soldiers stared when their comrades appeared bring-ing the four prisoners. Merton explained how the capture had been effected, and the men gave utterance to exclamations of satisfaction. "That was a fine scheme," said one; "you fooled them nicely." . . "Yes, and we'll do it again and capture some more of the rebels," declared Merton confidently. The four prisoners were seated in a circle around a tree about a foot in diameter, and a rope was wound around their bodies, binding them to the tree. They looked at one another ruefully. "This isn't pleasant, eh, boys?" remarked Mark. "I should say it isn't!" from Sam Sanderson. "But Dick will rescue us." "I hope soi" CHAPTER XV. THE TABLES TURNED. What of Dick? Where was he when . his comrades were captured in such a clever manner by his double? He was not far away. He had done some reconnoitering and was on his way back to the point where he had left the four when he had caught sight of them. At the moment when he first saw them they wer.e running up the hill toward where the single figure stood . Dick was only about a third of a mile away, and so could see that the person standing under the apple-tree wore a blue uniform, but he could not, of course, make out the person's features. "Who can that be?" he wondered. "We left all the boys in the enc;i.mpment , save the four who came with me, and there they all are." Dick was inde ed puzzled. He did not as yet suspect the truth, but when the four youths reached the point where the individual in question stood and the dozen redcoats rose up from behind the stone wall and covered the Liberty Boys with leveled muskets, he unde rstood that it was a trap. "Jove, it is a shrewd trick!" he murmured. "That fellow is a redcoat and is dressed in Continental blue in order to fool my boys! And he has succeeded, too, and most ad mirably." Dick stepped behind a tree in order that he might not be seen and watched the scene with a lively degree of interest. He saw the fom youths hold up their hands, and knew that thev had surrendered. He saw the redcoats relieve the four of their weapons and then bind the youths' arms, and then he saw the redcoat run d own the hill and bring the four muskets up the hill. "They will set out for their encampmen t now," was Dick's thought, "and I am going to follow thenf and get the encampment located, after which I will go and get the boys, uncl we will see if we can make things lively for this party of redcoats!" Scon the redcoats, with their prisoners in their midst, did s:et out, and as soon as they had passed the point where Dick v;as concealed he left his place and moved slowly and c:i.utio usl y :dong after them. When thev reached the encampment he was not more than one hundred yards behind them, and he took up a position from where he could see all that was done; he could size up t he strength of the British force, too, and soon knew 'the :;trength of the enemy to a man. "There's just a company, one hundred men," he mured; "well, we Liberty Boys can handle them, or I miss my guess. And one thing is certain, the boys must be rescued." . He had been watching the man dressed in the blue uniform, for he knew that the fellow was the commander, as he gave the orders, and naturally Dick wished to se e his ' Presently he was gratified, for the pseudo-patriot came over to the edge of the encampment that was nearest to Dick, and the youth got a good look at the fellow's face. "Amos Merton!" he exclaimed mentally. "Ha! I understand it now. . The boys thought it was me and were thus enticed up the hill to their undoing. It was a clever scheme and it worked to perfection." . Dick was surprised to see Amos MertQn out m the country in command of a company of British troopers, but he shrewdly guessed why the fellow was there. ,, . "He wants to get even with me, no doubt, was his mental comment; "so he has come out here in order to get a chance at me. Well,'' with a grim smile, "I shall try and ' accommodate him!" J • • Dick decided that the redcoats would probably remam m this encampment till morning, at least, as it was no w nearly s undown, so he stole away and started for his own epcamp ment. It was about two miles and a half to where the Liberty Boys were encamped, and it took him almost an hour to walk there. . The youths were cooking supper when he arrived. They looked at him in surprise and questioningly when they saw that he was alone. "Hello, where afe the boys?" asked one. "They have been captured,'' was the reply. "Captured!" "Yes, by a party of redcoats." The youths at once gathered around Dick, eager to hear how it had happened. He told them, and when they learned that their comrades had been lured into a trap by Amos Merton, Dick's double, they gave to exclamations of anger. "Say, we will have to capture that fellow, Dick." said one. "Yes,'' from another; "if we don't he will do a lot of damage because of his. resemblance to Dick." "You are right," agreed Dick; "but we will capture not only my double, but all the members of his force, if possible." "I guess we can do it,'' one of the youths said. "We will try, and this very night!" said Dick. The youths ate their suppers and then settled down to take things for an hour or two. It would be folly to try to capture the redcoats early in the evening. "We will wait till about eleven o'clock," said Dick, "a:n.d then we will set out and will make the attack about mid night." This plan was followed out. Leaving three of the youths to look after the horses, the i-est set out at eleven o'clock. They arrived in the vicinity of the redcoats' encampmeni a little before midnight. They surrounded the encampment and slowly but surell drew closer and closer to it. There were sentinels; of course, but the Liberty Boys , with the skill of rrdskins, made these prisoners, and without permitting them to give the alarm. . Then, pistols in hand, they stole upon the sleeping red coats. They managed to get the troopers' weapons away from them before any of them awoke, and then Dick lifted up his v-0ice and called out lou'dly: "Awake, redcoats, and surrender!" The troopers leaped up and reached out to seize their weapons, only to find them missing. Then, by the light of the campfire, they saw themselves surrounded by scores of patriot soldiers, in whose hands were leveled pistols. "Don't attempt to fight," cried Dick; "you are disarmed and helpless, iind to try to resist will be to seal your own warrant!" "Don't fire!" cried Amos Merton, "we surrender!" Merton stood there glaring at Dick with almost the look of a fiend shining in his eyes. "Up with your hands, all!" ordered Dick.


l8 THE LIBERTY BOYS DECEIVED. . All . obeyed with the exception of Merton; instead of rais his. arms, he leaped forward arid :threw himself upon Dick with the ferocity of a madman. '.'I'll .choke the life out of you, anyway, Dick Slater!" he cried fiercely. He found. that he had made a mistake, however. Dick had been watchmg the youth closely and had made up his mirtd that the fell-0w meant mischief, so he was not taken unawares, and he leaped back quickly, thus evading the other's grasp. At the same time he gave Merton a terrible blow on the jaw, knocking him down as though he had been struck by a sledge-hammer. !:ie.rton lay rendered unconscious by the stroke. Bmd the prisoners' arms!" ordered Dick. "Use their belts for the purpose." This was done, and Merton was served the same way, so that. wher:i he opeI,!ed his eyes, a few minutes later, it was to fmd himself a helpless prisoner. CHAPTEn XVI. DICK RECEIVES GENERAL HOWE. . 'General Washington, I have a prisoner outside and would nke .tcf bring him in i! you do not object." pick Slater stood m the presence of the commander-in chief of the patriot army, having been admitted by the or derly. was mid-afternoon of the day succeeding the night on which he and the Liberty Boys had captured the company of redcoats. "Have him brought in at once, Dick,''. was the geheral's reply. Dick nodded to the orderly, who at once hastened out. Presently steps were heard in the hall-for General Washington had , now taken up his quarters in a farmhouse near the encampment-and Bob Estabrook and Sam Sanderson entered, leading\ a prisoner between them. At sight of th1s prisoner General Washington gave utterance to an exclamation of wonder and amazement. He stared at the prisoner and '1J.en looked at Dick. "Wonderful!" he cried. "Dick, he is as like you as one pea is like another! So this is the youth you told me about, eh-your double?" "It is, General Washington. This is Amos Merton:, the young English youth." "And how comes it that he is dressed ih the uniform of !"captain in the patriot army?" . '.'He did it in to play a trick upon us, sir; he de ceived four of my Liberty Boys, making them thinK. he was their captain, and, with some of his troopers, captured them." "'Yell, well! I can easily understand how he managed to deceive them. But you turned the tables on him, eh?" "Yes, sir; we captured him and his entire company of one hundred troopers, and have them here in camp." The commander-in-chief's face lighted up. "Say you so?" he exclaimed; "that is good!" Then Dick told the story of the capture of the redcoats, and when he got through the comnljnder-in-chief complimented him . ,,., Then the general questioned Am-0s Merton, in an attempt to get some information out of him, but witho1Jt success . The youth was sullen and would not yield up any information, if indeed he was possessed of any of importance. Presently the commander-in-chief ceased questioning the prisoner, and then Dick spoke up, saying: ' "General Washington, I believe that it will be safe for me to enter Philadelphia, now that we have this fellow prisoner, and make an attempt to secure some information. " "How can you do it, Dick?" "I will go straight to General Howe's headquarters, pass myself off for Merton and endeavor to secure information from Howe's own lips." "Very well, , I will grant you permission to make the attempt; but you must be very careful, or he will discover the attempt that is being made to deceive him and he will put you to death if you are captured!" "I will risk it, sir." Then General Washingtan ordered that the prisoner be 'taken away, after which he and Dick had a long talk, the commander in chief giving the youth instructions as to the information he wished t o secure . A little later the youth withdrew. * * * * * * * * * Next day, shprtly before noon, Dick Slater, dressed in. the uniform of a British captain-Amos Merton's-rode mto Philadelphia and to headquarters, h,e dismounted, and, after trying his horse, he made his w _ay to the door and knocked. To the orderly, who opened the door, Dick said: "Tell the commanper-in-chief that Amos Merto n wishes to see him on important business." The orderly bowed, and then Dick having entered, he closed the door and hastened to General Howe's room. . He was back in a few minutes and told Dick ' to follow him. "The general will see you," he said . The next minute Dick was ushered into the presenc e of the British commander-in-chief. "I have some bad news for you, General Howe." "What is it, Captain Merton?" Dick's heart thrilled with delight. The general's remark proved that he was deceived. . At once Dick proceeded to tell how the company of British troopers had been captured, and he invented a story to account for his escape. It seemed that the British commander-in-chief did not for ' moment doubt the truth of the story, nor did he suspect that the youth before him was not Amos Merton. The result was that Dick talked to him more than an hour : md secured some valuable information and got safel y out o f the headquarters building. He mounted his horse and rode slowly down the street. He kept right on and was soon at the ed15e of the city. He passed the sentinel, giving the password, which had l:Jeen given him by General Howe, and then he galloped vestward along the country road. "I was successful!" he murmured in delight; "I secured t he very information that General Washington wished m e t o secure, and he will be greatly pleased, I am sure." • * * • * * * * * General Washington was seated in his private room po n iering, when an orderly opened the door and announced : "Dick Slater, your excellency." Then he stepped back and Dick appeared in the doorway. "Come in, Dick," the commander-in-chief greeted. Dick did so. "Take a seat." Dick sat down and the general went on: "Did you learn anything of importance, my boy?" "Yes, your excellency,'' replied Dick. "Let me hear it, Dick . " The youth at once told the commander-in -chief just what he had learned from General Howe. When he had heard all ' General Washington commended Dick for his good work. After some further talk the youth saluted and withdrew, after being told that he and his Liberty Boys would be expected to watch the country lying between Whitemarsh and Philadelphia, as they had been doing. "We will see to it that the British do not take you by surprise, your excellency,'' was Dick's assurance. • Then he told the Liberty Boys twhat they were to do, and they stated that they were ready for work. They did the work required of them in splendid shape till the patriot army broke camp and marched to Valley Forge. Our story is practically ended . Amos Merton was finally exchanged for a patriot captain who had been captured, but he had had enong-h of warfare, and indeed enough of life in America, and he accepted ten thousand dollars from his uncle as his father's share of the wealth accumulated by Malcolm Merton and returned to England. Marian was glad he went, for she did not like him at all. Dick, when he learned that his double had returned to Engfand, wa,s glad of it, for his presence in Philadelphia made it possible that affairs might become complicated ow ing to their wonderful likeness to each other. Marian Merton ultimately married a citizen of Philadelphia, a patriot young man and a fine young fellow, and was very happy. Next week's issue will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS ' ALLIES; OR, YOUNG BUT DANGEROUS." SEND POSTAL FOR OUR FREE CATALOG U E


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 19 CURRENT NEWS An exposition of guns, ammunition, motor trucks, trailmobiles, cycles, boats and camp equipment and supplies, including foodstuffs, will be one of the sections of the preparedness bazaar, to be held in the Grand Central Palace in New York city, Dec. 14 to 21 under the auspices of American patriotic and relief societies. Motion pictures will be shown of Army, Navy and National Guard maneuvers and patriotic preparedness and historical films. A con vention or conference on military and industrial preparedness will also be held. . Hayes, a farmer of Sutter County, was m Marysville, Cal., recently on business and purchased a. ten:cent plug of chewing tobacco. Hayes took a big bite off the plug and his teeth came in contact with a very hard substance. He investigated and discovered a solitaire diamond in the center of the chew of tobacco. The diamond is said to. be valued at $100. It is presumed that some Southern maid working in t . he tobacco factory accidentally lost the diamond setting from her ring. laws. The muskrats, by burrowing tunnels, wer() undermining buildings, and one of Mr. Tilford's valuable horses was injured by thrusting its legs into one of the burrows. So the employees got out firearms and set traps for the muskrats. Mr. Pyle was asked by Police Justice Gregory of Monroe in his home: "How many did you trap?" When Pyle replied "Two,'' the Magistrate concluded: "Twenty five dollars apiece." Pyle p_aid the fine. Church people at Bryan's Cross Roads, Del., lis tened faithfully for the church bell for prayer meeting one night recently, and, failing to hear it, went their various ways. In the meantime the Rev. Mr. Williams was on hand for the first prayer meeting after the summer vacation. No one attended, and after he had waited for some time he went home without the meeting. Investigation disclosed the fact that some one had wrapped the church bell with cloths, and while the sexton, old and deaf, had pulled the rope with his accustomed ' power, the bell gave forth no sound, and no one knew that there was a meeting. Government agents reached Nashville lately with J azen Haddock, an aged and respected citizen of The London Times reports that there is a great Linden, Tenn., whom they claim is "the king of decrease in the prison population of Great Britain the Tennessee Wildcatters," or moonshiners. Hadsince the war began. The latest report of the Com dock was arrested, the officers said, as he finished missioners of Police and of the directors of convict a. prayer in the Linden ; Church, o , f which prisons states that were _in last he is a pillar. For forty-two years, according to year, but_ only 64,1.60 this. to this report the Government's agents he has been one of the three mam causes are responsible for the decrease: most respected members' bf the community. And, (1) The ?f many ha;bitual petty offendfor forty years, they charge, he has been at the ers; (2) the restrictive orders _1ssll:ed by the liquor head of one of the biggest moonshine distilleries in control and those made by the Justices and by milithe moonshine belt. tary authorities, and (3) the great demand for labor, rendering employment easy and well paid and John Summers, a seventeen-year-old bellboy in a hotel in Ann Arbor, Mich., says he has $500 in bank, the result of saving his tips for a year. Fol lowing a prank, which threatened to result in ex pulsion from school in Brooklyn, he b , oarded a freight train and started West to make his for tune. He received $10 a month and his board, and his tips amount to from $10 to $20 a week. With his first savil}gs he bought a typewriter, which he rent!' to traveling men. He also receives a commission from a local tailor for work brought in. Summers expects to go into business for him self in another year, he says. Efforts to rid the farm of H. M. Tilford, milhon aire oil man, in Monroe Village, near New City, Rockland County, N. Y., of destructive muskrats, resulted in the arrest of Superintendent Leslie W. Pyle of the estate, on a charge of violating the game resulting "in ability to pay fines. This accords with American experience during our Civil War. The Orkney Islands, says Pearson's Mrgazine, do not really belong to Great Britain in the sense that they were ever ceded by treaty or acquired by conquest. They were simply transferred by Denmark to Scotland in 1468, in pledge for the payment of the dowry of the Princess of Denmark, who was married to Jam es III, King of Scotland. In the deed of transfer, which is still in existence, it is specially mentioned that Denmark shall have the right to redeem them at any future time by paying the original amount of the dowry with interest to date. There is no likelihood, however, that Denmark will ever attempt to exercise her right of redemption, because 60,000 florins, the original amount of the dowry, plus compound for 448 years, would amount to perhaps a trillion pounds, and that is a bit more than the isl;mds are worth.


20 . , THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. THE RISE OF REUBEN OR THE FORTUNES OF A FARMER BOY .. CHAPTER XXIV. By RALPH MORTON (A SERIAL STORY.) Will Harris grasped Reuben's hand an<;l tears • stood in his eyes. WHLCH IS THE END. "You are the best fellow in the world, Reuben • 1 Day," he said. "We'll .never go back on each other. " "Mr. Nathan," he said, quietly, "just give me a And ' they never did. receipt for your seat on the Exchange. Here is my The firm of Harris & Day was for many years check on Montgomery & Company for sixty thoua prominent one in Wall Street and known widely sand dollars." and favorably for its integrity and fair dealing. Mr. Nathan gave orders to his clerk to crecilit the In less than a month Reuben and Will were in check. Then held out his hand to Reube . their office and doing business on the Exchange. "Young blood will come to the front," he said. From the start they won favor and the. confi ' The effect of this transaction upon Will Harris dence of the public. Good fortune waited upon was amazing. He stared at the check like one in them. a stupor. Reuben Day's rise in life was almost meteoric. A few mom ents later, like one dreaming, he folHis name was a thing to conjure with in financial lowed from the office. When they were in circles. the street he asked: 1 And what added the most to his happin ess was "Am I in my right senses, Reuben?" the fact that every European mail brought to him "Why? Don't you feel cheerful?" laughed the a letter from one whom he esteemed beyond all country boy. else on earth. "I think it is a nightmare," said Will, passing Melinda wrote constantly. She had met with won a hand over his brow. "Did I just see you write a derful success in the great cities of Europe. check for sixty thousand dollars?" Her voice had taken the world by storm. Kings "You did." and queens had applauded her. Money poured into "Is-is that check good?" coffers qntil she was known as one of the "rich-"What ?"exclaimed Reuben , affecting indignation. est opera singers in the world. "Do you think I would falsify a check?" But two years of this sort of life was the limit "N-no. But I don't understand it. Where did she had set. you get that amount of money?" One day she sent a cablegram ac r oss the Atlantic. ''I made it." Thus it read: ''You made it?" "Gertain7." Reuben, you must be a magician. nnd when and how did y<=m make it?" "To REUBEN DAY-I shall sail Saturday on the Where King Wilhelm. Good-by to the old life." , "I'll tell you." And Reuben, with a thrill exclaimed: . And h e did so. Will Harris listened spellbound "Welcome to the new." to Reuben'.s story of his marvelous deal in Western When the great German steamship made her pier Pacific. It was hard for him to rei>Jize it all . in the North River R e uben was on hand to be the "And we are to )Jecome brokers in Wall Street, first to ascend the gangplank. On the deck, awaitafter all?" he said, with a deep breath. "You have ing him, were Melinda and Madame Marchesi. paid for the Exchange seat and have a handsome And Reuben stared in bewilderment at the bank :1.ccount besides. Oh, Reuben, I have no right tiful and wonderfully d eveloped young woman be to a partnership with you . The capital is all yours." fore him. Travel and study, society and art had "Hold on," said Reuben. "A little while ago the done mu c h for the little orphan girl from the back situation was You had the capital and I woods of Maine. was the penniless 0;1e. But you were willfog to Madame Marchesi, in her charmirl'g French man take . me us a partner nnd.e1 those conditions. Now / ner, playfully stepped 1between . and said: can I be less generous , ?" "A m'sieur, you shall first give me credit. I took


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 21 her but a bit of cla y in the rough. I return her to you a pearl o f the first magnitude." "I owe you much," Reuben replied gallantly. Then he caught both Melinda's hands in his, and they drew apart for a meeting, the memory of which alwa ys remained with them. "I always li ked you from the first, Melinda," said Reuben. "I was bl ind once, but my eyesight is good now." "I think," Melinda said, "that there is great hap piness before us." . "Do you ever think of those days, Melinda, when we were orphans together on the Duff ,farm, and I always vowed vengeance on Sally Duff for whipping you?" "Yet we must not be hard on them," said Melinda, with true grace o f spirit. " We must not forget the I hardening influences of 'their lives so circumscribed and so l).arrow. It is my wish that on my bridal, tour--" "We will go to India." "No." "Where, then?" asked Reuben. "To the Aroostook. I want to once more visit the little haunts familiar to me as Melinda, the slavey." And Melinda had her wish. A few weeks later, after the wedding there drove over the w ild Aroostook roads a coach and four. On the box rode Reuben Day and his bride. Every change of scene was a constant delight to them. The time was ripe for haying-. The fields were mellow in the June sunlight. The farmers were busy getting in the. hay. Thus matters were when the coach of the re Then they went back to New York and the new life. But the people of Maysville never ceased talk ing about them. The "Rise of Reuben" a theme of which none ever tired. His success l ed to 'the departure of ?ther .boys, ma:r:y of whom won success by emulat him. In this great country of ours everything possible to t?e young man of push and pluck, of .cnaracter and mtegrity. With which let us take our leave of Reuben Day and his happy life partner, Melinda . May they live long and prosper. THE END . OUT NEXT WEEK A Wonderfu l Story -ENTITLED-. A BORN FAKIR -ORTHE NERVIEST BOY OF ALL By RIALPH MORTON THIS STORY WILL PLEASE YOll OPENING CHAPTERS NEXT WEEK • VIRGINIA GOES "DRY." turned wanderers rolled into the little settlement Virginia, eighteenth State to ban the sale of of Maysville. On the platform of the old country intoxicating beverages, closed all saloons at midstore stood familiar figures. night, October 31, compl!')ting a dry area in the There was Jacob Duff, the hard-fisted old farmer, South reaching from Washington to Jacksonville Seth Bi gelow, now town moderator and chief oracle . to the east and from Washington to New Orleans Dan Wiggin, the woodsman, had a new ax in his to the west. hand. Reuben stepped down from the box and Although a large part of the Old Dominion prewalked up to them. viously had been voted dry in local option elections, The village people gathered to see the new coach the new State law closed more than 800 saloons, and fine horses. Reuben walked up to the platform. mostly in Richmond, Norfolk, Newport News, "Hello , Mr. Duff! How are you, Mr. Bigelow? Lynchburg, Petersburg, Roanoke and Bristol. How do you do, Dan Wiggin?" The law is one of the most drastic ever passed Duff's jaw fell, Bigelow nearly dropped with by a State Legislature. No beverage except cider amazement, Dan Wiggin gave a forest whoop. can be sold that shows a trace of. alcohol, and "It's Reuben Day!" possession of more than one gallon of whisky, one "Back "1.gain !" gallon of wine, or three gallons of beer would be "Rich as Crresus !" regarded as prima facie evidence of intent to vio-The news spread like wildfire. That was a night late the law. . The provision probably will receivt long to be remembered in Maysville. Every inhabi-an early test in c.ourt,. as vast quantities of liquor tant for miles about assembled to welcome the rehave been stored m private homes. turn of Reuben Day and Melinda Prime. The ovaAlong with the prohibition measure and to insm<:: tion given them was tremendous. To the simp l e its enforcement the Legislature passed a bill which country people it was like an Aladdin's tale. provides that ouster proceedings may be brought Reuben told them of his success. Melinda sang against State or municipal authorities who show a for them, and her beautiful voice their laxity in putting it, or any other measure, into souls. For a week they remained in the Aroostook, effect. In addition a commissioner was provided 2mong the old scenes. to see that the law was observed.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. INTERESTING ARTICLES NEW COINS ARE HELD UP. Issue of the new half-dollar designed by Adolph A. Weinman, creator of the new dime, and the new quarter, desi gne d . by Herman A. MacN eil, both con sider ed by experts coins of great beauty, was or dered deferred by the Treasury Department until the beginning of 1917 . The extraordinary demand for small coins-cents, nick els and dimes-is taxing the facilities of the mints, and officials belive calls . for the new quarter and half dollar would swamp the mints if they were issued now. Until recently this land was exploited for its timber and naval stores. W. F. Coachman, vice-president of the company, in an interview with The Manufacturers' Records, said: "The price paid for the cattle to stock our la_nd was something over $500,000, and we expect to m crease our herds with blooded bulls, in which way we will soon have a hardy, high-grade strain of cattle that will bring a good price in the Northern and Middle Western markets." The cattle were purchased from Parker Bros., of Arcadia, Fla. PANAMA BIDS FOR BIG LEAGUE CLUBS RUMANIA A GREA'.f As far back as 1900 Rumama ranged third among Baseball fans of the Isthmus of Panama are th d t"ons of ,_he world and b . . e gram-pro ucmg na i , oommg as an location for one though several countries have since passed it, its or !llore .trammg camps the big teams: annual contributions to the world's supply of food Jt is claimed that the samtary coi;d1ti?ns of the have steadily increased , says The Argonaut. Its Canal Zone, under .the care and direction of average exports of corn during 1911, 1912 and army and canal are excellent, and that 1913 were second only to those of Argentina; in the dry. season extendmg from December to April wheat exports it stood sixth among the world's the league play .ers .not find a nations, and iri oats exports fifth. This is accom loc at10n for roundmg mto shape plished with a total area somewhat less than that ror their pennant battles. of the State of Arkansas. Rumania also has enorBaseball is exceedingly popular, ai:d. teams mously rich oil wells, operated to a considerable would be sure of good gates at any exh1bit10n games extent by the American Standard Oil Company. that might be staged during their stay in the Canal Zone. I CAN OF MONEY FOUND. Three small boys, whpse aggregate age is twenty years, playing near San Francisco's new City and County Hospital, unearthed the "end of the rain bow" in the tangible form of a tomato can stuffed with real money. ' Five thousarid dollars in $5 notes-Federal Re serve bills of the issue of 1914-the boys pulled forth and then began an onslaught upon neighoring candy stores. They did not count the money, but exchanged sheafs of the bills for bags of candy. In all they passed out $3,000 for fifty cents' worth of sweets before they were observed by a police officer, who took the remaining $2,000 in charge. In the opinion of the police thle money was buried by a thief. The money will be returned to the boys if it is not claimed 'and identified. BREEDING CATTLE ON MILLION-ACRE FARM The Consolidated Land Company of Jacksonville, Fla., the largest independ ent landowners in the State o f Florida, have entered in the cattle raising and breeding on an extensive scale. The company has purch ased 35,000 head of cattle to stock a 1,000,000acre tract of land which it owns in southern Florida. STUDENTS EARN $155,976 IN YEAR. In the past year 718 Columbia students earned $155,976, mostly in jobs got for them by the Stu dents' Appointment Committee . Since the bureau was organized in 1898 undergraduates have earned $1,514,334. The earnings ranged up to $1,800 . The occupations included those of chauffeur, artist's model, athletic coach, dancing escort and magazine writer. Paul C. Holter, Chairman of the committee, urges that no prospective student come to Columbia with less than $300. In t he last year 293 graduates got positions through the committee, as against 169 the year before, and 113 r eported earnings of $109,5:16. The P. A. S. Club of the School of Physicians and of Columbia University of No. 346 West Fifty-seventh-street, announced that it has taken over the summer care of the several thousand deep sea fishermen of Labrador and their families at Indian Harbor, Spotted Islands and Battle Harbor. There are hospital accommoda tions, but the people need clothing and a place for social recreation and education, and the club wants funds for a club house, doctor's resid ence and storeroom. Any clothi rtg sent to the club at No. 346 West Fifty-seventh ' street, marked "For Labrador," be distributed with care next summer. In addition, $500 is needed for running expenses for one season.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 23 H TO A CENT . • -ORTHE LEGACY THAT MADE A MAN OF HIM \ By CAPTAIN GEORGE W. GRANVILLE (A SERIAL S'TORY.), CHAPTER Vf (Continued). "Oh, it was a feller named Putney. Used to be a foreman in a mill over in Oakdale. He was fired. Always blamed Mr. Avery. Seems he demanded money from Mr. A very. Then, when he couldn't get it, he went up to the house and fired the shot. He got to drinking in town last night and threw out hints, Putney did. Police heard about it and pretty soon they made Putney tell about it. They have started off for the county jail with him." "So we're free?" cried Bob in a delirium of joy. "You feed prisoners, don't you?" Dick added practically. "Nope; not till breakfast time." "I believe I'll wait," nodded Dick. He had eaten nothing since the morning before. "Vile can't wait," said the constable. "Ye've been released." It seemed almost a pity to be freed from a sus picion of murder too eariy in the morning to get a breakfast that was so badly needed. But there seemed no help for it. They were free before breakfast time, whether they wanted to be or not. "It's about up to us to make that fifteen miles to Oakdale, I guess," suggested Bob philosophically. "What? Without calling on Nan Avery?" Dick demanded. "She won't want to see us now," said Bob. "She has plenty of other troubles." "But she called us friends, last night, and stood up for us like the brick she is. Don't you suppose she'll care a hang whether we're free or waiting for the gallows?" "She'll hea5 the news." "Perhaps she will," &norted Dick. "But I'm going up to see her in person 'and thank her. Then we can trudge on." So, Bob assenting, they hurried through the vil lage and made their way out to the A very house. Early as it was, Nan was astir. Standing near the front door, she caught sight of the ' boys approaching and ran down the graveled walk to meet them. , "Oh, I'm so glad to see you both!" she cried. "We just got word of the arrest of that awful wretch Putney. I asked over the telephone whether the stupid constables had thought to release you." "You were good!" cried Dick gratefully. "Was I?" asked Nan, smiling sadly. "You are friends. I feel the need of friends this morning." "Then I'm right glad we're here," Dick declared, his face glowing. "Mr. Avery has a son, hasn't he?" asked Bob. A cloud passed over Nan's face. "Yes," she answered slowly. "Clarence Avery." "What sort of a fellow is he?" asked Dick quickly. "I-I-{v-e don't get along very well together," Nan confessed. "Oh, pardon me. I don't see how any fell ow can help liking you," came honestly from Dick. "I-I am afraid he does-like me too well," Nan admitted in some confusion. "Oh!" Further light was dawning upon Dick. A buggy containing two men came rapidly up the road. The older man bowed with great respect to Nan, and the buggy came to a stop. "Clarence has sent for me-roused me out of bed, in fact," explained this older man. "Miss Nan-I-I am afraid-I am sorry-but your uncle didn't make a late will-and--" "I understand, thank you, Mr. Allen," Nan replied composedly. "It does not matter. Nothing can matter after uncle's death. I am capable of earning my own living." "Oh, I-I hope that won't be necessary," cried the lawyer in evident distress. A young man of twenty-three or four, faultlessly dressed, smooth and unworried-looking, came out to the front door. "That's my Cousin Clarence," Nan whispered. "I don't like his looks," muttered Dick. "Oh, par-don me, Miss Nan." "I don't like his looks either," smiled Nan sadly. They remained there chatting. Nan repeated what she had heard so far of the horr ible confessi

24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. his disinheritance could make him forgetful of the indulgent old man who had once been so good to him. They were interrupted by the lawyer driving away again. This time he only bowed sorrowfully to Nan. Then one of the servants came hurrying down to the gate. "Mr. Clarence would like to see you at once," said the servant respectfully. "Did you tell him I was to be found?" asked Nan coldly. "Leave the house!" quivered the young man. "Yes, you shall-and this minute, too!" "Not--not before uncle's funeral," protested the "Yes, this mi;rnte ! I am master here now ! You go at once!" "Clarence, I shall refuse to go until after uncle's funeral!" "Oh, you will? We shall see!" Therewas a quick, stifled scream, the sound. of scuffling, and then. young Avery appeared, dragging Nan after him. "Y-y-yes, Miss Nan. But Mr. Clarence said it was to be a family talk and you might prefer to speak with .him in private." As he ran down the steps, Nan ceased to resist. "Very good. I will see him," replied Nan slowly. Clarence Avery caught sight of the two boys and Then, after the servant had turned back to the stopped short, letting go of Nan's wrists. house, Nan turned to the boys. . Just in for l ell ?"1 CHAPTER VII. THE SCOUNDREL SHOWS A MEAN TRICK. Young went to the ground with a howl of pain. But he was on his feet in a twinkling, white -hot with anger. "I'll pay you for that," he roared. "Come on," begged Dick, putting up his fists . Bob, too, fell into line in a belligerent attitude. If Clarence Avery had had any thought of trying to thrash Dick, he quailed before the task of tackling two angry youngsters. "Watson," he shouted. "Oh, you seem to take is coolly enough," sneered the young man. ' "Nan, you are a beggar, except as "Ye.s, sir," came the answer from the rear of the house . far as my generosity provides." "B th d " "F f tt th tt " d rmg e ogs. your ;;ay o pu mg e ma er, Jeere "Pooh!" jeered Dick. "Do you think we're afraid the girl coldly, I do look for from what' of your daring to set dogs on us?" you call your generosity. And I will say more. I " . . ,, do not ask you to be generous-do not want you to "Brmg of the men, too, Watson. be." sir. . . "Do you realize, Nan, after your life of luxury Dick stood smilmg scornfully, while Bob here, what it will mean to be out in the world without looked not a whit more alarmed. a . dollar?" Nan, in the first few moments, had stood looking "I shall not be without a dollar," she replied unsilently on at this stirring scene. fiinchingly. "I shall try to find a position at once." But now thought it time to interfere. "Nan, there is a position here for you-a position "You got what you deserved, Clarence," she

THE LIBERTY BOYS DECEIVED. 25 TIMELY TOPICS TWO RABBITS COST $120. Two rabbits on which Joseph and Albert Argen of Northvale were making a meal in Palisades, Rock land County, N. Y., cost the brothers $60 each when arraigned before Police Justice Oswald Bauer in Sparkill. Game Warden Knapp found the defendants roasting one of the rabbits and skinning the other. They had no hunting license. KILL WHITE-FACED IBIS. A party of hunters were near Stafford, Kan., some weeks ago, when a long-legged bird, which looked like a crane and flew like a duck suddenly rose and started toward Oklahoma. Six guns spoke at the same time. The bird gave up the Southern trip. The men did not know what t hey had killed. They guessed everything from a mudhen to a wild turkey. George Stansfield made a secret trip to Lawrence and conferred with some of the professors. They labeled the kill a White Faced Glossy Ibis, a species o f waterfowl, very rare in Kansas. The coloring is very delicate and changes continually. It is one of the snipe family but is unfit for food. lI. S. MAY BUILD OWN SHIPS. In connection with the pending awards to success ful b idders on the first ships in the new naval build i ng. programme, it is said the Navy Department may seek an additional appropriation to equip navy tacles about him and the mad fight was on. In the struggle Wilson broke the mass into fragments, but reached the shore exhausted, and his face and shoulders stinging as though from scalds. At the hospital it was said that the patient. would recover. His pain at times was so intense that morphine had to be administered. His shoulders and face resemble one mass of poison oak burns. SHIP SW ARMING WITH STOWAWAYS. Within three days from the time the $panish liner Montserrat, which arrived the other night, sailed from Cadiz, seventeen stowaways, all young Span iards, were discovered. Four were pulled out of lifeboats before the Span ish coast was out of sight. The next morning another was discovered who had stowed himself away in a spare oven in the galley. The smell of cooking proved too much for him and he gave himself up. Two were dragged out of ventilators. The following night five more appeared on deck. The next morning the ship's officers decided that they would make a systematic search before changing the manifest again and a stowaway hunt was organized . . It resulted in five more being found. The Montserrat is en route to Vera Cruz, and one of the stowaways determined to go there. The other sixteen chose to be put ashore here and apply for admission to the United States. TMy were taken to Ellis Island. yards for ca:pital ship building, PLAYS VIOLIN AND PIANO AT SAME TIME. t he construct10n of the programme itself if a satis. . . . . . ,_. factory agreement cannot be reached with private In to directmg the bidders. The department already has $6,000,000 Moscow, Ohio, Mayor Harry L. is the towns 1 bl f th e . one-man orchestra. He has devised an apparatus ava1 a e or e purpos . h" h 1 "t 'bl f h' t 1 h . The department has had under consideration the w ic . :ri:-a ms i possi or im 0 P ay t e piano of at least ten ships at the Philadelphia I and v;olm at the same time . . • It takes both of M:ayor Navy Yard. Because it is near a center of labor Suter;; hands, i:s well as his feet and and the structural steel district, that yard might to the two mstruments gomg m the si:me mus1become the navy's greatest building yard should the cal time, but results are _worthy of his efforts, Government undertake a wholesale construction .hw:hen lofne considers that he is an orchestra all by imse . When the two instruments are under the spell of the mayor, says Popular Science Monthly, the right MAN FIGHTS JELLYFISH. hand plays the solo part while the bass part of the G. H. Wilson was sent to the Cottage Hospital, J piano is operated by the left foot comh1g ih contact anta Barbara, Cal., in a critical condition recently. with a series of pedals similar to those of an organ. e had a life and death struggle with a huge jellyThe violin bow is held on a small standard which sh . Four hundred feet from shore, off Serena, moves along a groove. A double vise holds the vio ilson was suddenly attacked. lin, and the part through which Mayor Suter passes He saw before him what he later said looked like his left arm controls the violin, s9 that the proper great sheet of butter and eggs. Suddenly the string will rest against the bow. The bow is contrips of yellow and white began to separate from trolled by the right foot, while the fingers of the he mass and extend toward him. He turned to I left hand press the strings. The elbow operates the wim out of reach when the creature threw its tenloud pedal.


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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 27 BOUND TO BE A SAILOR By D. W. Stevens boots, in all of which I was obliged to array myself; the di sgust that overspread my countenance when informed by the captain, into whose presence I was summoned, that we ware n ' ot going in search of pirates, and, in fact, would keep out of their way as What induced me to go to sea I can but dimly much as possible; that my duty would chiefly consist remember. It is so many years ago, and my first in scrubbing the decks, wait on him personally, and voyage was also my last. assist the sailors generally, to the best of my ability, Probably .it was a somewhat lively imagination and that the slightest show of disobedience and in fostered by a course of reading, beginning with subordination on my part would be met by summary Robinson Crusoe, thence meandering through vari-and condign punishment. ous shades of yellow-covered literature, and windWeeks rolled by. We reached our place of destina in g up rather abruptly with Captain Kidd, which tion, completed our traffics, and with a valuable latter volume my highly indignant father snatched cargo of gold, spices and ebony wood on board, set from my hand just as I had reached a most thrilling sail for home. episode, and cremated before my very eyes. I do not know exactly in what part of the South However, the mischief was done. I Was dispatched Pacific we were, when one night I was aroused from to college, but after a couple of years' stay there my sleep in the hammock by the cry of: "Pirates, was ignominously expelled for conspiring against pirates!" the faculty, inciting sedition and rebellion among "At last!" cried I, hastily scrambling into my my fellow-students, and setting up a rival governclothes and rushing on deck. ment of which I was the chief, and, as the first When I reached the deck, I found the pirate ves executive act of my short reign, condemning my sel lashed tightly to ours, while my captain was worthy professor of Greek to death at the block. standing on board the strange craft, holding an apI being thus sent home in disgrace, my father parently friendly conversation with a gigantic-look began to despair of ever m ,aking of me, his only ing swarthy-faced, heavily-bearded chap, whom I at child, an honorable member of society, and succesonce put down to be a pirate chief himself. sor in the tape and measurement business, in which The consultation was over in a few minutes, and he had accumulated a fortune. then the captain returned with the, to me, startling As a last desperate resort our family physician, information that the pirate had agreed to accept who, by the way, was a horeopathist, advised him one-fourth of our cargo as a condition of letting us to send me to sea and in search of pirates-on the continue our voyage unmolested. well-known principle of curing like by like, and I This was more than blood and flesh could stand. may as well here remark that the remedy was a most effectual one. I leaped on the pirate's deck,1and snatching a cut. However, I was at that time in blissful ignorance lass from the hands of a brawny negro standing of the reason of the wise physician's counsel, and near, I flashed it before the chieftain's eyes, and cried: my delight can be imagined when one morning my "Come on, you shag-eared vil . lain, you! I'm father informed me that he had secured for me the appointment of midshipman in the schooner Nancy Young America, I am, and I'll--" " Bell, which was to set sail the next day for the South Before I could finish the sentence I felt myself Sea Islands on a general trading cruise, capturing raised in the air by the muscular negro, and unwhatever pirates they came across on the voyage. ceremoniously pitched into the sea. Obtaining from my father a sum which I deemed I opened my mouth to scream for help, but only su fficient for my purpose, I, not without some diffiswallowed enough sea water to suffocate me. culty, purchased an outrig, including revolver, cutWhen I awoke to my senses I found myself lying lasses, short swords, . etc. ; and th us fully equipped a couch of soft furs spread on the sandy ground in a manner to strike terror, not only to the soul of of a little cave. . 1 the most valiant pirate of the sea, but of everybody My eyes were fixed on the blue vault of the sky, else who must have looked upon me as some escaped and the billowy waves of the ocean which gently I proudly strode the deck of the vessel that rippled on the sloping beach close by. was to be the scene of my glorious exploits. 1 A slight sound caused me to turn my head, and But why linger over the fond, tearful parting there I saw a maiden clad in an Oriental costume as from my parents ; the unalloyed bliss of the first gorgeous and magnificent as she was lovely and day's voyage out; the utter misery of succeeding beautiful. I now also observed a matronly-looking, two weeks, when I lay in my hammock, groaning and middle-aged woman, evidently my bewitching com writhing in all the agonies of seasickness; the sur-panion's attendant, standing at some distance off. prise that awaited me find, on my recovery, all "Senor is Gracios Dios !" murmured the my. gay garments, my weapons, powder and fair unknown in pure Spanish. My college educa ammunition gone, and m their stead a pair of coarse, tion had given me a perfect mastery of the language. white trousers, a blue navy shirt, a frieze jacket, "Will senorita please tell me where I am, and how leather belt and tarpaulin, and a pair of cowhide I came here?" asked I, faintly.


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. "Senor must not excite himself by talking," said who dared to defy me to my own face ! Ha, ha! the old lady. "The Princess Inez and myself were Sancho,'' he added, turning with a grim l a ugh to walking op. the beach here two days ago, and found the negro, "this youngster is the same chap you your body l ying on the shore, where it had b.een cast threw overboard. . He wasn't born t o be d r ownedby the waves . We brought you to the cave, and ha, ha!" restored you to life. That is a l l." "Yah, yah," grinned the black fiend. "We hang She seemed unwilling that.her mistress should re-him-yah !" main longer in my J;l.OW that I was fl.Wake, Resistance on my part was u se l ess, and, s e iz e d and touched her wrist to draw_ her away. , by the brawny arms of the ne g ro, I was rais e d bodily "Do not go yet," cried I, raising myself to a sitting from t}).e ground, and, with Ine z' s terrib l e shriek posture. "First let me thank the princess and you ringing in my ears, carri ed into the n ex t hut. for your kindness to me . And pardon me, I feel With that I was left alone, and it may b e imagined hungry and thirsty." that my thoughts were not of a very p leasant order. "Here, senor," eagerly i n terrupted the princess, I wished myself back again to Ne w Y o r k, and w ould uncovering a dainty repast and a bottle of wine gladly have resigned the rainbow-tinte d air -castle I which she had brought with her. "You may eat and had reared since I had seen and k n own Inez, and drink. Bl'igitta will bring you food and wine every taken up any position beh ind my father's counter. tlay, but >'OU must not leave this cave. If my father However, wishing did not he l p matters a n y , and as or Sancho were to see you, they would kill you." soon ' as daylight waned, Sancho came t o f etch me With the se words she somewhat hastily departed to my funeral pyre. with her Il1aid, leaving me alone, with food for my The bonds were removed from my fe e t but not body and reflection for my thoughts. -from my hands, and I was marched out into an open The day passed quickly enough in such pleasing space where there were about t w o scor e m e n and occupation, but when the morrow came, contrary to women. I was received with shouts and execra tions my expectations, it brought no Brigitta, with a sec -by the assembled throng, and at once l e d to a pile ond instalment of food and wine, and news from her of wood and brushes whic h had been erecte d in the whom I already denominated my h eart's queen. center of the plain . This time the hours passed slowly and restlessly Sancho took up a flaming t orch a n d was a boqt to by, and when, on the following morning, I was again apply it to the combustible materi a l by whic h I was left alone, I could endure the hunger and suspense surrounded when the throng was parted and Inez, no longer. Had my fair rescuer snatched me from a wild and breathless, came r ushing up to me, and watery grave on l y to l eave me to die a slow death throwing her arms around my neck, ex claim ed: ,by starvation, or did they not dare to approach my "Now, Sanch o , ligh t the p il e . W e w ill perish place of concealment? together!" T he latter thought, instead of prompting caution, "On them; give them Hail Columbia! " made me the more eager to sally forth and learn the The command rang out clear and distinct from worst, in spite o f all danger, and I left the cave and the surrounding bushes, and the nex t inst ant, with set out for a number of cottages which I beheld some many a shout and hurrah, there dashed toward us hundred yi:trds inland. no others but a,detachment of the crew of the Nancy I was still rather weak and pale, and my enforced Bell, led by my own captain. abstinence from nourishment made me somewhat The piratei:t were taken at a decide d d isadva ntage. tremulous in th legs; but I resolutely pus h ed forArriong the killed were Sancho, the negro, and the ward until I reached what I found to be ' a veritabl e pirate chief, the latter confess ing before h is death pirates' village. that Inez was not his daughter, but an A merican There was no mistakiI).g the character of the place. girl, whom he taken from a cap tured vessel A building more ambitious looking than the when she was a . attracted my attention, and I advanced to the vine When Inez, a;id myself, together with a covered porch and boldly rapped at the closed win good part of the pirates treasure were sa f e l y on aow. . board Bell, captai n tol d me that his Sudd e nly, the wooden shutter was slightly opened, c?mpromise with, the pi::a.te had been but a ruse to and a fai r y-like hand, which I instantly recognized disarm latter . s susp1c10ns, and that he ha? folas belonging to my princess, was extended to me . lowed to the to. be abl e t o get the pira tes "Flee , senor," I heard Inez whisper; "my father at a disadva n tage, m which, as we have see n , he has lock e d m e and Brigitta in the house here." was . . . "Never, Inez," cried I, impulsively . !t is needless to add. that my opm10n o f the c apAgain she put out her hand and touched my brow tam underwent a radical change, .and after as if t o pu s h me away, and at that moment, with ward I never weary of laudmg his bravery t errible cries, came r u shing tow _ard me, saber in and sagacity . . hand, the very pirate chief and negro whom I had _ __,,__,.. ___ .... ,,., __ already once before encountered . First Co-Ed -Is he interesting? Sec ond Co-Ed "Dia blos !" cri ed the c h ief. "So you are the dog No! All he does is sit a t the end o f the s ofa a nd whom my daughter cares for in t h e c ave . T he brat talk!


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF 176 . 29 FROM .4LL POINT&.<.; BULL LOCOMOTIVE. . I Just then Mr. Vennom awoke MW grappled with J1;1mbo, a ferocious bull, matched his strength the burglar, who leaped out of a mndow. The bur-agamst that of a locomotive pulling a freight train glar had left his wooden leg under the bed. . up a near Mason, Tenn., the other day. In . By following single the police a field beside the tracks the engine lies on its side sued the peg-legged robber to his refuge. With only . a few feet from Jumbo's dead body. In the of a pal, Jones made an?ther wooden at Mason, John Burns, fireman, is seriously leg, with which to has shanty i? the woods. m3ured. The locomotive was hurled down a steep Suddenly pohce arrived and Jones dived through embankment when it collided with the bull's head-the rear wmdow. long charge, but the animal continued so active that In the back yard the mud was deep, and the the train crew shot him. wooden leg sank so far in the mire it stuck firm. THE GLOBE IS NOT OVERCROWDED. There are on this globe about 1,500,000,000 in Most of us, who lack the sense of pro port10n, at the mention of this big number are apt to speak of the "overpopulation" of the world. Yet if we spare a few moments' thought, we shall better know what this represents. There is in my study room a geographic globe about 15 inches in diameter, writes L. H. Blakeland in Scribner's Magazine. On that sphere there is marked a little spot abimt the size of the point of a pencil-at any rate so small as to make it impossible to write the initials of its name, Lake Champlain, upon it. Yet whenever Lake Champlain freezes over there is good standing for every one of all the inhabitants of the earth, and then this lake would be considerably less crowded than some of the busy streets of ew York. Indeed, str2.nge as it may sound, every one, young and old, would find about one square yard to stand upon. N::iy, more, if the very young and the very old would please to stand aside on the shores of the lake, the remainder of the total inhabitants of the world could arrange a skating party where they would be less crowding than i& seen on a busy winter day on that skating pond in New York's Central Park. A PEG-LEGGED BURGLAR. Jones hobbled on desperately without it, but was overtaken while hopping on one foot. Both the original and second wooden legs were exhibited as evidence. INDIANS THE BEST CANOE BUILDERS. The North American Indians have brought the canoe to its highest state of perfection. With the most frail material, birch bark, they construct a craft so light that it may be carried by one man, and yet so strong and buoyant that it will carry a very considerable load. A framework of light but tough wood is covered with sheets of birch bark, which are sewed together, the seams being waterproofed with resinous gums. They are p-ro pelled by means of a single-bladed paddle, whic h is dipped on one side only (a slight twist correct ing the tendency to swerve from a straight line), or alternately on either side. The use of the bircl.1 bark canoe by the Indians of the United Statf:S is rapidly becomin ' g a thing of the past, asserts the Seattle Post Intelligencer, but the art build ing them has been preserved by their construction as a pleasure craft. A form of canoe of recent invention is used solely for pleasure. About 1865 John Macgregor, im pelled by a love of adventure, sought recreation on the rivers and fjords of Europe as well as on the waters of Egypt and Palestine. He developed his model frorri the Esquimau kayak, and evolved a clinker-built crait of cedar, about 14 feet long Conviction of Walter Jones, a one-legged burglar, and 2 feet in beam, entirely decked over with the in the criminal court of Birmingham, Ala., brought exception of a "well" in which the canoeist sits. out an unusual incident of house-breaking. This is propelled by means of a double-bladed pad-The story of the burglary and capture, as told Idle, but a short mast enables the canying of a by the evidence, showed that Jones, in his effort to sail. In a canoe of this type, which he named rob the home of Mr. and Mrs. E. _P. Vennom, an Rob Roy, Macgregor cruised on the Danube, the old couple of the suburbs, crawled under the bed Jordon, the Nile, theoSeine and on Norwegian fjords and waited for them to retire. From this early model other forms have been The burglar himself fell asleep, and his snoring evolved, notably the Nautilus and Shadow tyves aroused Mrs. Vennom, who undertook to light a Watertight compartments insure permanent buoy. lamp, which exploded. This awoke the burglar, ancy. Centerboards counteract leeway when un,der who threatened Mrs. Vennom with death if she sail or a wind. The interior space is so arranged gave the alarm. as to provide a sleeping place for the cruiser.


so THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 . ARTICLES OF ALL KINDS BUCK ATTACKS CATTLE. A four-pronged buck has been annoying cattle on farms in Frankstown Township, Pa. It was first seen at the Bagshaw farm, where it mingled with the herd in the barnyard. When the kine objected to this intrusion, the antlered monarch gored several of them silently and disappeared in the mountains. A day later the buck joined the cattle in a field of the Eli Moore farm and after ' ' an encounter with them, was driven off with difficulty. He did not seem to be in the least timid. PREACHER BAKES HUGE CAKE. On e of the attractive exhibits at the Door County Fair, at Sturgeon Bay, Wis., was a great cake, baked by the Rev. James Deans, Congregational pastor here. He was a baker in his youth. The cake is about ten feet high and contains forty pounds of sugar. The upper lay ers, of which there are three, are supported by silver pillars. The lower layer is seven and a half feet around. Bas kets, wreaths, chains, scrolls and all sorts of orna nients are about it. The Young Me.n's Sunday School Class was in charge of the exhibit. CHAMPION MELON EATER. The aged man was helped to his home, where it is thought he would suffer no ' permanent illness . from his experience. SANDSTONE FOOT DUG UP. A curosity held by the Anderson Cottonwood Irrigation District, Redding, Cal., is a human foot in sandstone that was dug up from the bottom of the main canal at the outlet of the tunnel at the intake. The foot is evidently that of a woman. The outline is perfect, even down to the toes. the ball of the foot and the delicate lines of the instep . The specimen was dug up at a depth of twenty feet, or below the glacial deposit of boulders and gravel that was made thousands of years ago, as geologists measure time. The explanation of the find is that, years and years ago, when the fiat east of Redding was mud, an Indian maiden walked barefoot ' across the plain. Her feet made a well-defined imprint, that was filled up later in some flood drift by sand. The sand in time turned to sandstone and made the rare specimen now held by the irrigation district. VALUE OF BIRDS UNTOLD. Thomas S. Vanaszk, world's champion, is in train-The magnitude and importance of the wild-fow l ing. Vanaszk, a senior in the College of Letters of the United States is shown in these plain . stateand Science at the University of California, says ments of facts given out recently by the Departthat next summer he'll either break his own recment of Agriculture: ord or bust something trying. He holds the title "The State of Maine estimates the annual in of world's champion cantaloupe eater. Last sum come from its game resources at $13,000,000, of mer he worked in Imperial Valley. Before his tent which about 5 per cent., or $650,000, can safely be he put a marker, and every time he ate a cantaallotted to the returns from migratory wild fowl. loupe he added a notch. When he got through "Oregon values the annual returns from its game there were 789 notches, an average of twenty-six resources at $5,000,000. Of this amount about $1, a day. Now he's practising on oranges and cup 000,000 may be attributed to migratory wild fowl. custard, just to keep his hand in. "It is evident that the actual annual returns from this source in the several States reach a very large amount, and the value of this resource to the nation DOG SAVES OLD MAN. amounts to hundreds of millions of dollars . A pointer dog probably saved the life of William "The benefits of the migratory bird law in con-Hunt, eighty years old, who was lost in the Weyserving and increasing the wild life of the country mouth Woods, Mass., for thirty hours . is not confined solely to the game birds. This law Mr. Hunt had started to walk five miles through also protects at all times throughout the United the woods to the home of his daughter-in-law. • He States our insectivorous birds, which inhabit every lost the trail, and after struggling through the State. thick underbrush for se:Y.eral hours, fell exhausted "The Bureau of Entomology has estimated that in a insects injure agriculture and farm products to the Dr. Louis Pease of was tramping amount of $652,000,000 annually . When it is conthrough the woods the following day with his sidered that insectivorous birds constantly prey pointer dog, when the animal suddenly darted upon and devour myriads of injurious insects through the underbrush, barking excitedly. Dr. throughout the country, the benefit of these birds Pease's efforts to call the animal to him failed, in maintaining the balance of nature and in limitand upon going forward to investigate, he found ing the increase of our insect enemies is of untold the anirnal standing beside Mr. Hunt value." /


THE BUCULO CIGAR. The moat remarkable trick-cigar in tile 9Torld. It smokes without tobacco, and never gets smaller. Anyone can have a world et fun with it, especially if you smoke it in the presence ot a person who dislikes the odor ot tobacco. It loolcs exactly like a fine per tecto, and the smoke ls so real that it ls bound te deceive the closest observer. Price, 12e. each. poatpa.ld.. H.F. Lang,1815 Centre St.,B'klyn,N.Y. THE DEVIL'S CARD TRICK.-From throo cards held tn the hand anyone is askecl \.O mentally select one. three cards are placed in a hat and tne performer removes first the two that the audience did not select a asslng the hat to them their card hao mysteriotisly vanished. A great cllmax; hlS'hly recommended. Price, 109Wolff Novelty Co., 2!l W. 26th St., N. Y. es "'!!Cl '' THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. MAMAS. This Interesting toy ls one o! the Jatest novelties out. It Is Jn great de mand. To operate it, the sten1 is placed in your mouth. You can blow into it, and at the same time pull or jerk lightly on the string. The mouth opens, and it then cries oiMa-ma," just exactly in the tones ot a real, Jive baby. The sound is so human that It would deceive anybody. Price 12c. each by H. r. Lang,1815 Centre St., .C'klyn, N.Y. NEW SURPRISE NO\'EL'l!'Y. Foxy Grandpa, Mr. PeeweG a.nd other comical face$ ar ... tube, connected with a rub .. ber ball, which can be filled with water, tho rubber ball causes 9, long stream, the re sult ce,n easily bg seel). Price, :k>c., Postpaid. Wolff Novelty Co., 29 W. 26th St., N. Y. T ,AUGHABLE EGG TRICK. 'l'his is the funniest trick ever exhibited and always produces roars of laughter. '.rbe per former says to the au dience tbat he requires some eggs for one of bis expe1iments. As, nu • spectator carries any, he calls his assistant, taps him on top of the bead, he gags, and an egg comes out of bis mouth. 'L'hls Is repeated until six eggs are produced. It ls an easy trick to per form, once you know how, and always make s a hit. Directions given tor working it. Price , 25 cents by mail, postpaid. H.F. Lang, 1815 Centre St., B'klyn, N.Y. 31 $ 2 to $500 EACH pnld for hundred) ot old Coins. Keep ALJ, money dated be fore 1895 ancl send •rEN cents for New Illustrated Coin Value Book, size 4x7. It may mean your Fortune. CLARKE . COIN Co., Box 95, Le Roy, N. Y. HAPPY HOOLIGAN JOKER. With this joker In the lapel of your coat, you ct>, n make a dead shot every time. Complete with rub ber ball and tubing. Price. 15c. by mail, postpaid. H.F. Lan1t. 1815 Centre St.,B'klyn,N. Y wonderful, and perpl.cxing! Have you seen them? Any child can work them, and yet, what they do is so amusing that the sharpest people on earth are fooled. We cannot tell you what they do, or others would get next and spoil the fun. .rust get a set and read the dlrectlon1. 1 The results will startle your friends and utterl,y tnysllfy them. A genuine good thins 1t you wish to have no end or amusement. Price by mall, lOc. H. F. Lang, 1815 Centre St .. B'klyn, N. Y. • N.ACK-EYE JOKE. New" and IMJl,llSlng joker. l'lte victim ls told. t c hold the tube cJose to his ey4 ,n as to exclud• all 11&-ht from the back. and then to remove the tube until pJcturea appear in the center. In trying to locate the pictures be will re .. cetve the finest black-eye you ever saw. We furnteh a. small box of blaclcentng preparation witA eacb tube, eo the joke can be used in defln}tely. Those not In the trick wllJ be caught every tlma. AbsoPrice l,>y mali 14\c, each1 H.F. Lang,1815 Centre St., B'klyn, N.Y. A TY v TO READ ict e Sto ies'' A Weekly Magazine devoted to Photoplays and Players. Absolutely the finest little publication on the news-stands PRICE 5 CENTS A COPY --ISSUED EVERY FRIDA,y • • • BEAUTIFUL COLORED "bOVER DESIGNS THIRTY-TWO PAGES FINE HALF-TONE FRONTISPIECE New portraits of actors and actresses every week Get a copy of this weekly magazine and see what it is EVERY NUMBER CONTAINS Six Gripping Stories, based on the latest and best films, each profusely illustrated with fine half tones of scenes in the plays. Photographs and Biographies of the most celebrated Photoplay actors and actresses. ' • Special Articles relating to Moving Pictures, written by the greatest authorities in the film business. News Notes from the studios about the doings of everybody of prominence connected with the Photoplays. Scenario Hints and the names of all the companies who may buy the plays you write. Jingles, Jests and every bright feature calculated to interest both young and old. GET A COPY NOW from your newsdealer, or send us 5 cents in money or postage stamps, and we will mail you the latest number issued. PICTURE STORIES," Inc. 168 West 23d Street New York


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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 -LATEST ISSUESThe Liberty Boys• or, Floating and Fighting. 803 The Liberty Boys at Albany; or, Savfng Gene:ral Scbuyfer. 804 T.l>e Liberty Boys' Good .Fortune; or, Sent on Secret Service. 805 'l'he Liberty B'.>ys at Johnson's Mill; or. A Hard Grist to Grind. 806 The Liberty Boys' Warning; or, A Tip '.rhat Came in 'l'ime. li07 The Liberty Boys with Washington; or, Hard Times at 'valley Forge. , 808 The Liberty B'oys After Bran.t; or, Chasing the Indian Raiders. 809 The Liberty Boys at Red Bank; or, Routing the Hessians. 810 The Liberty Boys and the Riflemen; or, Helping All The.v Could. , 8.11 The Liberty Boys at the Mlschlanza; or, Good-by to General Howe 112 The Llbetty Boys and Pulaski; or The Polish Patriot. 818 The Liberty Boys at Hanging Rock; or, The .. Carolina Game Cock." 11' The Liberty Boys on tile Pedee; or, Maneuvering with Marlon. 1111 The Liberty Boys at Guilford Court House; er, A Defeat that Proved a Victory 816 The Liberty Boys at Sander's Creek. or, The Error of Gen eral Gates. 8.17 The Liberty Boys on a Raid ; or, Out with Colonel Brown. For sale by all ne...-sdealers. or will be sent to any address on receipt FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 818 The Liherty Boys at Gowa11u< \'r1 ek: or. For Liberty and 819 ' 'Tbe Liberty Boys' Skirmish; or. At Green l'\prlng Plantation 820 ;r:be Liberty Boys and the Governor; or, Tryon's Conspiracy b:!l L ' " ' 111err.v Boys in Hhode !"land: or. Doing Duty D<>,.n East. 822 The LibPrty Roys After or Bothering the •'Butcher: 823 The Liherty Boys' Darin,g Dash; or, D<>ath Before Defeat. 824 The Liherty Boys and tlie Mutin<:ers; or. Helping "Mad An-thony.'' 825 •r11e r ,i11erty Hoys Out West; or, The Capture of Vincennes. 82fl The Boys J t Princeton; or, ""ashington's Narrow }<;scape. 827 The Liberty Boys Heai:tbroken; or. The Desertion or Dick. 828 Bo.vs in the H)gblands; or, Working Along the 829 The Liberty Boys at Hackensack; or, Beating Back lb& British. 830 The Liberty llo): S' Keg of Gold; or. Captain Kidd's, Legacy" 831 The Liberty Boys at Bordentown; or, Guarding the Stores. 832 '!.'he Liberty Bo,Ys' Best A ct; or, The Captnre of Carlisle. 833 The Liberty Boys on the Delaware; or. Doing Daring Deeds 834 The TAberty Boys' Long Race; or. Beating the Redcoats Ont. 835.The Liberty Boys Peceived; or, Dick Slater's Double. 836 The Liberty Boys' Boy Allies; or, Young but Dangerous. ot prtce,5 cents per copy, in money or l>Y 168 West 23d St., N. Y. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our weeklies and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Write out and fill \ n your Order and s end it to u s with the prjce of the weeklies you want and we will send them to you by return mail. STA.GE . ' ': SAME AS MONEY. 168 West 23il St., N. Y. -CE T HAND BOOKS .No. 1. NAPOJ;t!:ON'S OBACULUJ\1 AND No. 14. HOW TO MAKE CANDY.-A com-No, Sl. HOW TO BECO!llE A SPEAK-OBEAM BOOK.-Containlng tlie great oracle plete hand-!Jook_ for making all kinds of ER.-Contalning fourteen illustrations. gh of human destiny; also the true meaning ot candy, lee-cream, sy11ups, essences, etc .. etc. Ing the different positions requisite to be almost any Jiind of dreams, togetller with No, 18. HOW TO BECOM:E BEAUTlFUL. cornea good speake1-, reader and elocutionist . .charms, ceremonies, and curious gaJ;11es of -One of the b1-igbt est. and most valuable Also containing gems from all the popular cards. little books ever gi1 en to the world, Everyauthors of prose and poetry. No. z. TO DO TR.lCKS.-'l'be i; bo


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