The Liberty Boys on the warpath, or, After the enemy

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j "The letter found on you proves you to be a Tory spy," said Dick, sternly; "and you know tha.t . the fate of a spy i• death! But," after a alight pause, "if you tell us what you ......___ j know or the movements of the British force, I will \pare our life.'"


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekl y Ma gazi ne Containing Stories of the American Revolution. I ssued Weekly-By Subscription $3 . 00 per year . Entered at the New York, N. Y., Post Office as Second-Class Matter by Frank Tousey, Publisher, 168 West 23d Street, New York. No. 839. NEW Y O RK, JANUARY 26, 1917. Price 6 Cen t s . The L iberty. Boys on the Warpat h _ ,ORA:FTER T H E E N EMY 8y HARRY MOORE. CHAPTER I. THE SON OF A DUKE . "Out of my way!" "Steady, boy, steady!" "Stand aside, I say!" "Oh, come now, don't get excited! It isn't good for the health." "It won't be good for your health if you don't get out of my way!" It was an interesting, not to say exciting, scene . The month was May, of the year 1778. The place was Philadelphia-upon a side street that was not a busy one at any time, and which at this hour, nine at night, was deserted save for three persons, two youths and a maiden of perhaps sixteen or seventeen years. One of the youths was dressed in the uniform of a British soldier; the other, who was confronting him, was dressed in the rough clothing such as was worn by the peasants 1 of the country at that time. The girl, who was neatly and tastefully attired, stood just behind this youth, and on her face was a look of fear. The British youth had met this girl and had halted her, with the assertion that he was going to take a kiss; but before he could put his intention into practice the other youth had appeared and had stepped in between him and the maiden. It was then that the British youth had cried: "Out the way!" And now, when the young redcoat told the other that it would not be good for his health if he did not get o u t of the way, that youth merely laughed and replied that he. would risk it. "See here," hissed the British youth, "do you know who I am?" "Haven't the faintest idea, and really don't care," was the cool reply. "My name is Chester Wrightmore!" Thi s was said with an air and intonation that proved that the youth thought the name sufficient to insure its owner the privilege of having his own way. But the youth confronting him was not at all impressed. He had never heard the name before, and if such had been the case it would not have made any difference . Had he known that this young fellow was the s on iof General Howe, the Briti:sh commander-inchief, it would have been all the same. All redcoats looked alike to him. "Well, Chester, I must say that if yo u were to d o right more, you would do wrong less," was the c o o l remark o f the seeming country yo uth. An exclamation of rage escaped the British youth's lips. "Say, you are impudent!" he cried. "Oh, no; simply truthful." "You are a country boor!" "And yo u are a British coward!" The redcoatyouth gasped. He was n o t acc ustomed t o b ei n g . i.lked to i n this manner. "What! " he exclaimed, "you don't know whom y ou are addressing, you young scoundrel!" "You said you were Chester Wrightmore jus t no w , y ou young coward!" "I'm the son of a duke!" , "And I am the son of an American, and an ho nest man." "Bah!" "Bah! yourself!" "What do the Americans amount to?" "A g reat deal , as you iedcoats will find ou t b e fore y ou get through with us." "Say, you are bold as well as impudent!" "Is that so ? " "Yes. Why, you are here in Philadelphia, i n the midst of the British army, and boldly proclai m yourself t o b e a rebel!" "Well, what of that?" "A good deal. Don't you see that yo u are likely to be seized and thrown in jail , or even be shot or hanged for a spy?" "Oh, I guess there isn't much danger ." "Well, I guess there is! Do you suppose I am going tc permit myself to be insulted by a country lo ut, a rebel , a n d let him get off scot free?" "Not if you could help yoursel f . " "I can help myself, all right!" "Oh, I guess not." "Well, I guess yes! And I am going to hav e yo u arrest e d as sure as my name is Chester Wrightmore!" "You will do nothing of the kind." "What!" in astonishment. "Why wo n ' t I ?" "Because I will not permit you to d o so . " Again the young redcoat gasped. "Well, you are about the mos t impudent reb e l tha t I have ever seen since coming to America!" he cri ed . "I am not impudent at all; I am simply stating facts. " "I'll show you whether you are stating facts or no t ! 1 am going to hand you over to some British so l d iers and have you taken to jail!" , The other youth laughed. "You'll have a lively t i me do in g it,'' h e said, q u ietly. "You think I can't do it, eh?" "I am quite sure of it." "Well, you will find that you are mistaken! " "It isn't best to be too sure abo u t these little thin gs, Chester,'' coolly. "See here," cried the other, angrily; " I d on't want any co untry boor to be calling me by my fir s t name! I won't have it, don't yo u know! I'm the s on o f a d uke!" "So yo u said a few minutes ago. I'm willing t o take your word for it; but dukes are not rated highly i n A m e rica. " "They will be before very long, wh en W'? g e t through trouncing you impudent rebels." "When will that be?" "Very soon ! " "Yo u think SO?" " l am s ure of it! '


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE. WARPATH. "You mean that you are just hoping that such will be the case." "No, I mean what I say; but are you going to step aside?" "No, indeed!" "You had better!" "And leave you free to insult this young lady, eh? Well, I guess not! By the way, miss," to the g i rl, who had stood there a trembling auditor to the conver,sation, "you may as well go on about your business. Chester, here won't attempt to brother you, will you, Chester?" "Blast you! Stop calling me Chester!" "It's your name, isn't it?" "Yes, but--" "Are you ashamed of it? If so, why don't you have it changed?" "You insolent boor! I'll break every bone in your body if you don't get out of my way!" "I thought you were to hand me over to some British soldiers!" sarcastically. "I will if you hang around here till I get through--" "Insulting the young lady by trying to kiss her, eh? Well, I'll be here, and you are not going to insult or molest her in any way, do you hear?" "Yes, I hear, and I want you to hear me: If you don't step aside out of my way at once it will be the worse for you! Get out before I count five!" Then he began counting s lowly: "One-two-three-four-five ! " As he •sa id "five," he suddenly whipped out a pistol and leveled it at the other youth. A cry of terror escaped the lip s of the girl. "Oh, sir, you will be kilied!" she exclaimed. CHAPTER II. \ LIVELY SE'l."l"O, The youth did not move nor evince any fear. "There is no danger that I will be killed, m:ss," h e said, calmly, "but there is no need of your remaining here longer. Just go on your way and leave Chester and myself to >ettle our little difficulty as best we may." "Don't you go, miss!" cried the British youth; "and as for you, my saucy rebel, I have got in a hobble!" "Oh, no!" The youth spoke confidently. "Oh, yes!" in a tone of anger. "And I want '10U to raise vour hands above your head and keep them there." "What will you do if I refuse?" "I'll shoot you, as sure as my name is--" "Chester, eh?" with a laugh. "I told you to stop calling me by my first name! I don't like it. I'm--" "The son of a duke. Y es, I know tha t , or at least I know you say that such is the case. B-qt it doesn't matter, as I said a while ago, we don't think highly of dukes over here in America." "Up with your hands!" The British yout,h nearly choked, he was so angry. "Oh, sir, you had better obey!" exclaimed the girl. "He will shoot you if you don't!" "He is more likely to shoot himself, miss. Boys like him don't know much about handl;n g weaponsi and--" "Blast you, you will have it, eh? Well, take that!" Chester Wrightmore pulled the trigger as he spoke, but, to his surprise, the weapon was not discharged. "You forgot to raise the hammer, Chester," the other youth, with a laugh. "I noticed the omission from the first." Then, quick as a flash, he drew a pistol from a belt buckled around his waist his coat and leveled it. at the British youth, cocking it as he did so. The click-click of the lock was heard distinctly, and it was evident that the seeming country youth had the ad, for he .could fire before the other could possibly get the hammer of his pistol raised. "Now, Chester, you see how uncertain sure things are in this world," the young man said, quietly. "You thought you had all the advantage on your side, but you find that you were mistaken, and that it is all on my side." For a few moments there was silence. The British youth was so angry and disappointed by the turn affairs had taken that he seemed to be incapable of speech. He recovered control of his faculties presently, and the words he gave lltterance to proved that he was a pretty shrewd young fell6w, after all. I "Say," he cried, "if you will put your weapon up I will I do the same, and then I will give you one of the worst you ever had in your life!" "With your fists, eh?" "Yes." ' "You are smarter than I thought you . You have found that what I said is true-that boys like you do not know how to handle weapons." "Enough of that!" snarled the youth. "Will you fight me?" "A fist fight, eh?" "Yes." "Do you really mean to say that you, a real duke, would condescend to fight boor!" excla:med the other, scathingly. am surprised, and--" the so n of a duke, a common country "Why, Chester, I "Stop it, I say! Will you do it or won't you?" "I will, Chester, my boy. I'll fight you, c;eitainly; but I won't let you thrash me-not if I can help myself, and I think I can." "Put up your pistol, then!" "You put up yours first." The B1itish youth did so . "Now put up yours." The other youth lower'"d the hammer of his pistol and returned it to his belt. "Now, then, I'm ready for you," he said, quietly. "And you are going to get a thrashing that you will remember to your dying day!" "Don't be too certain, Chester. Remember, you thought you had the better of me a little while ago and up on it." "Bah! what can you know about boxin g? " "Enough to enable me to protec t myself. Indeed, I may be able to teach you a few things about it." "Bah! I went to college at Oxford and took lessons from a professor of boxing." "You didn't take a sufficient number of lessons, you will find." "You mean--" "That I ar.1 going to give you a thrashing such as a coward who goes around insulting young ladies deserves to receive," coolly. "You certainly are impudent enough!" "Oh, no; it is you who are impudent." "Bah! Look out for yourself!" With the words, Chester Wrightmore leaped forward and made an attack on his opponent. He struck out swiftly and viciously. , It was plain that he was a good sparrer, and he might have made a very good showing but for the mistake which he made of holding his antagonist too cheaply. He do .ubtless thought that he would have no trouble whatever in disposing of the "rebel" youth, and he went in to finish the affair up in short order. Here again he made a mistake, for he quickly winded himself by his exertions, and without having inflicted any particular damage on the other, who leape d about lightly, ducking, dodging, evading and parrying the blows . with seeming ease. Then suddenly, as the British youth ceased attacking and dropped his arms to get his breath, out shot the patriot youth's fist. It struck Chester in the pit of the with terrible force, doubling him up as though he were a jack-knife and knocked him off the sidewalk into the gutter, where he kicked and threshed around, gasping and sputtering at a great r a te. {['he girl, who had remained an interested hut uneasy spectator of the affair, gave a long sigh of relief as the British youth went down, and exclaimed, earnestly: "Oh, I am so glad!" The youth turned to her and doffed his hat and said: "Thanks, miss, but you may as well go on your way, now. He will not bother you," with a nod toward Chester. "I will go if you will come with me," the girl said. "I shall be glad to accompany you if you are afraid to go alone, Miss." "I am not afraid, sir, but I am afraid that if you stay here he might get the advantage of you in some manner and perhaps kill you!" with a shudder. "There is no danger of that, miss, I assure you. I have no fear of lum." "I know, but he will be very angry now and would kill you if he could, I am certain. He would have shot you a while ago if he had not forgotten to raise the hammer of his pistol." "True! well, I will go along with you. He seems to be


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE WARPATH . incapable of the fight, anyway, so cannot say that I ran away from him." The British youth had now succeeded in getting his breath and had risen to a sitting posture. "Stop!" he said, weakly. "Hold-on! I-am not--through-with you-yet!" "' hat! you want some more?" the patriot youth ex-claimed, in surprise. The other was recovering rapidly now and cried, viciously : "Yes! I am going to half kill you, you blasted rebel!" He started to rise to his feet, but found that this occa sioned great pai n in the region of his stomach, where the blow had landed, and he sank back to a sitting posture with a half groan. "You see, you are in no condition to renew the fight," the other youth remarked ; "so we will go our way. Good nigh t, Chester." A snarl of rage escaped the lips of the other, and then he suddenly remembered that he was armed, and jerked a pi stol out of . his belt. Before he could cock it, however, the other youth leaped forward and jerked it out of his hand. He also drew its mate from the British youth's belt. . "There," he said, quietly, "boys like you should not be permitted to carry firearms, and I will just keep these so that you may not accidentally do yourself or some one else an injury." At this moment Chester, who was wild with rage, caught sight of some British soldiers coming up the street, and he yelled out, at the top of h !s voice: "This way, comrades-quick! Here is a rebel! Come and capture him!" "Yonder come some from the othe r direction, too!" ex clai med the girl, in a terrified voice. "Oh, what shall we do?" CHAPTER III. THE ESCAPE. 'll' . youth glanced in the direction ind'cated by the girl, saw that she had spoken truly, and then gave a quick, searching glance around him. Th ere was a half-basement under the building in front of which the encounter had taken place, and the patriot youth said, quickly: "Th'.s way! Perhaps we may be able to make our escape yet!" H e indicated the steps leading to the door in the base• ment, and the girl started toward them. Seeing that they were about to try to get away, Chester Wrightmore scram bled to his feet and attempted to seize the youth. The latter was in no mood for permitting himself to be interfered with, however, and he dealt the youth a blow on the jaw, knocking him down and r e n:lering him temporarily unconscious. Then he hastened after the girl, who was now at the basement door. The redcoats \ere approaching on the run now, and from _both parties came excited cries and commands: "Stop!" "Dor.'t try to escape!" "You can't get away!" "it will be folly to try!" Of course, the fugitives did not pay any attention to the commands of the redcoats. The youth tried the basement door and, as good luck would have it, found it to be unfastened. He pushed the door open and motioned to the girl to enter. She obeyed, and he followed quickly and slammed the door shut and bolted it, just as the foremost of the redcoats were hurrying down the basement steps . Out on the street the street lamps had made it possible to see with tolerable distinctness, but now the two were unable to see a t all, as there was no light in the basement. "I think that this is a hallway, and that it likely extends clear back to the rear," the youth said; "give me your hand and we will move along as rapidly as possible." The girl did so, and as they started along the hallwayfor such it really was-there came a thump against the door. The redcoats were trying to break it down! "Oh! they will catch us and kill you!" breathed the girl. "They will have hard work catching us," was the reply. "That is a strong door, and they won't break it down in a hurry. " On they hastened, and presently they came up against a door. "Here we are!" breathed the youth. He let go of the girl's trembling hand and tried the door. It was bolted, but he quickly found the bolt and removed it; then he op e ned the door. All was dark, but overhead, as they passed through the doonvay, they saw the stars, so knew that they were out of doors . • They made their way up a series of steps and found themselves in what was evidently a narrow alley. Before them was another building. "Won't the redcoats come around and make thei r way up the alley and cut off our escape in that direction?" the girl aske d, in a trembling voice. "Likely they will try it, miss. " "What shall we do?" Th e youth hesitated a few m<>ments, and the n, as the sound of excited voices was heard at the end of the alley, he said: "We have jus t succeeded in getting though one building, and perhaps we may be successfu l again; let's see if we can get into this one here before us." At this moment they heard a crashing sound in the di rection from which they had come, and the girl exclaimed: "They have succeeded in breaking the door down!" "You are right; a_nd I V

4 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE. WARPATH. D ic k did not remonstrate any more, but said: "Very well; I will go in, but I must not stay long.". "I won't insist on your staying very long, Mr. Slater, if you feel that your duty calls you elsewhere; but I do want you to know my father and mother, and I want them to know vou." The girl drew .a key• from her pocket and unlocked and opened the door. She motioned for Dick to enter, and he did so, and then she followed and closed and bolted the door. Then, from across the street, where he had been skulking in the shadows, came a human being. He paused a few moments and looked closely at the house. "So that is your home, is it, my pretty miss?" he murm u red. "Well, I am glad to know it! And now to get some men and capture that rebel!'" The person in question was Chester Wrightmore, and as he finished speaking he turned and hastened away up the itreet. CHAPTER IV. A NARROW ESCAPE. An hour later Chester Wrightmore, accompanied by half a dozen soldiers, appeared at the door of Florence Martin's home. They knocked on the door, which was presently opened by a tall, dignified-looking man. The leader of the little party of soldiers was a lieutenant named Winfield, and he said, pompously: "What i _ s your name, sir?" "My name is Martin, sir," was the reply. "This is your home?" "Yes, sir." "Very good; we are informed that you are harboring a rebel, and we have come to search the house!" "You have been misinformed," said Mr. Martin. "Indeed?" "Yes; there is no rebel h ere. " "Of course you would say so." "It is the truth." "We shall have to see for ourselves whether or not it is the truth, sir." "Very well; I cannot prevent you, and, indeed, I have no wish to do so, there being no rebel here." He stepped back and the soldiers entered. They left one of their number to guard the door and then scattered to search the house. had work to do; and, as things turned out, it was fortunate that he had gone. Florence realized this and was very glad, indeed, that D ick Slater had taken his deoarture before the redcoats put in an appearance, for she \Vould have felt very bad, indeed, if Dick had gotten into trouble on h e r account. "Are you satisfied?" Mr. Martin inquired of Lieutenant Winfield. "Yes, sir; there is no one here, and we will go at once. I am sorry that we have disturbed you ." "Don't mention it, sir; such things must happen, I sup-pose, in war "Oh, yes!" Then the redcoats took their departure. On their way to their quarters the soldiers talked freely, one and all expressing themselves as being smitten with the beauty of the maiden at the house they had just visited. Chester said . less than any one, .'and h e was the most deeply smitten one of all. "Jove! I'm in love! There's no mistake about it!" he thought; "a,i.d I have spoiled my chances with the girl by my actions toward her on the street, I am afraid! Well, I must do m y best to act in such a manner as to make her change he:views toward me." He wa>' afraid, however, that it would b e a difficult matter to eras e the impression from the mind of the girl that his actions had made upon it. Meanwhile, Dick was doing his best to secure information regarding the intentions of the British. He was circulating through the city, keeping his eyes open and listening to the conversation of the He was not successful in learning anything, how ever, and at last h e reached the vicinity of the British headquarters. He saw several otlicers enter the building, and at onc e leaped to the conclusion that a council of war was to be held. "If I could only get in there and hear what is said I would lear n something of value," was his thought. But getting into the building was the difficulty. In fact, he thought it an impossibility. Still he was a youth who never acknow l edged that a thing was impossible until he had tried it and found it s o, and he at once made up his mind to. make the attempt to enter British headquarters. He made his way around to the r ear of the building, which was a detached one. He pau sed and took a survey of the ho u se . It was a good-sized two-story stone ' bu'.lding. There were four windows and a door on the ground floor . Dick saw that there were no lights in the rooms at the Chester was the one who searched the library, and when rear, and judged that the servants had finished their eve he ' entered he found there and a middle-aged l ady, ning's work and gone to b ed. 3vidently her mother. "That is all the better for me,'' he murmure d. "I be-When Florence saw who the soldier was her eyes flashed. Jiev e that I will make an attempt to get in." Chester, now that he got a good look at the maiden by a strong light, was de eply impressed by her beauty. He He advanced and tried the door. As he had expected, was fastened. doffed his hat and bowed, at the same time saying, courte-Then one after another he tried the window s . All were ously: "I am searching for that young rebel, miss. I am sorry, fastened, but one was rather loos e , and he believed that by but it is my duty." exerting all his strength he could force i t up. "Of , course, you have to do your duty,'' replied Mrs. Mar-He made the attempt, and after two trials succeeded . The tin. Florence said nothing. window went up with considerable noise, however, and he She was looking at Chester with considerable interest. stood there listening intently, fearful that h e might have been heard. She saw that he was, i n reality, a good-looking youth, and she wondered how one so handsome could be so ill-bred and All was quiet, a,nd presently he climbed through the win-act so di scourteously toward a lady as he had acted toward dow. her on the street. He guessed tl,at he was in the kitchen, and h e made his Chester put in more time in searching the library than way slowly across -the room, feeling his way. Presently he was at all necessary. He was greatly struck by the beauty found a door, which he opened. of Florence, and wished to be in her p:resenc• ' as long as He was now in a h a ll, as he could make out, there being possible. a light at the farther end, near the front door. He kept up a conversation also to hear the girl talk, and Near by was a door, and Dick opened this. As he had the longe r he remained the deeper in love h e got. He exerted hoped and expected, the door opened upon a back s tairway, himself to make a favorable impression, but he did not know one that was used by the servants, undoubtedly. whether or not he had done so, as the girl was skilful in Dick listened a few moments and then started up the hiding her feelings; she looked calm and u nconcerned all stairs. the time.. He was about half-way up when he heard a noise and At last the soldiers complet ed the work off searc;hing the looked up just as a woman, undoubtedly a servant, aphouse, but found no rebel. The truth was, Dick had peared at the head of the stairs. She had a candle in her gone nearly half an hour before they he having hand, and as her eyes fell upon D i ck, she threw up her hands, remained in the Martin home a short time. dropping' the candle, and gave utterance to a scream. Mr. and Mrs. Martin had thanked him earnestly for what "Help! Murder! Robbers!" she shrieked. "Oh, help! he had done for Florence, and had endeavored to get him help! " t o remain over night, but he had insisted on l?Oing, as he Instantly Dick heard the sounds of hurried footsteos in •


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE WARPATH. li the hallway above, down the stairs. and he at once turhed ,and bounded back "It is all up now!" he thought. "I will have to get away from here in a hurl'y!" He reached the kitchen, crossed it, and climb e d out through the window, and a s he hastened. away he heard the sound of clattering footsteps and of. excited voices in the downstair s hall. The British officers were undoubtedly coming as fast as they could. Dick was safely away from the . vicinity of the building when the officers came out through the rear door, however, and succeeded in getting clear away without being seen. He reali zed that" he had had a narrow escape, however, and that now that the officers were on their guard, it would be impossible to spy on them, and so he decided that he would return to the patriot encampment at Valley Forge and return to the city later on and make another atten1pt to secure information. He. at once set out, and after a walk of half an hour reached the suburbs of the city. Here he brought. all his skill into play and succeeded in slipping past the sentinel, after which he hastened o nward till he came to a small farmhouse standing back from the road: H e made his way to the stable, entered, bridled and saddled his horse, which he had left here two days before on coming to the city, led the animal forth and out to the road, mounted and rode away. He was in the Liberty Boys' quarters at Valley Forge before midnight and sound asleep. CHAPTER V. After breakfast Dick went to headquarters and m:!de his report to the commander-in-chief. General Washington was sorry that Dick had been un able to secure any information of value, but told the youth that' he knew he had done his best. "Indeed I did, sir!" said Dick. . "I don't really think that the British intend to make an attack on us soon, if at all," the commander-in-chief said, "so we will wait a while, and then you return to Philadel phia and make another attempt to secure information." "Very well, your excellency, and until then I would like the privilege of going on the warpath against the British." General Washington looked surprised. "Go on the warpath, you say?" he remarked , inquiringly. "Yes, your excellency; my Liberty Boys and myself wish to go on the warpath against small parties of redcoats that come out into the countl'y on foraging expeditions and inoffending patriot settlers down." Then he told the story of the killing of Mr. Walton, to which the commander-in-chief listened with a grave face. "That is indeed a Sfl.d case," he said; "and I can't say that I blame you and your Liberty Boys for wishing to go on the 'warpath,' as you term it." "And we have permission to do this, your excel lency?" eagerly. "Yes, Dick." "Oh, thank you, sir! We will get after the enemy at once." "Be careful, my boy. Don't let the British get the better of you." "We will be careful, sir. Indeed, I do not think we will be in much danger, as the forces that are sent out from Philadelphia on foraging expeditions are comparatively GOING o THE "WARPATH." small ones of from ten to forty soldiers." "I'm glad you are back, Dick!" "True, but if they learn that you are after them they "Why so, Bob?" may send out larger forces." "Because we Liberty Boys are eager to go on the war"That's so, and I hope that they may do so, sir. If they path, and we didn't want to go without you ." do we will make it hot for them." "You are eager to go on the warpath, you say?" "I am sure that you will do your best to do so. Well, go "Yes, we want to get after the British!" along, and good luck to you, my boy!" "I know that you are always wantin&" to get after the "Thank you, your excellency." enemy on general principl es, but has a n:9thing special hap-Then Dick saluted and withdrew. pened that makes you eager to do so now more than ordi-He hastened back to the quarters occupied by the Liberty narily?" Boys. "Yes." "What luck?" queried Bob, eagerly. "What is it?" "What did the commander-in-chief say?" from Sam San-"l'll tell you: Do you remember Dr. Walton, the patriot, derson. at whose home we were so well treated last week?" "He said that we could go out and get after the redcoats "Certainly I do. What of hini?" 'if we want to do so." "Just this: The British visited his home yesterday morn"Good!" cried Bob. "We'll go on the warpath right away, ing, shot him dead because he was a bit saucy, as they eh, Dick?" termed his speaking up for his rights, burned his home. "Yes, the sooner the better. " after looting it, and Mrs. Walton was so overcome with grief "Yes, yes!" in chorus from the youths. that she is not expected to live." "Get ready, boys," said Dick. "And the girl-Miss Lizzie?" "All right!" "She stood the shock better, of course, and is with her "We will!" mother at the home of a neighbor, a mile from where their "We'll be ready within the hour!" own home stood. " Such were a few of the exclamations. "How did you learn this?" "See to it that you have plenty of ammunition, "Joe Smallwood, the son of the people 'where Mrs. Walton said Dick. and Lizzie are staying, was here yesterday afternoon and "Oh, we'll see to that!" from Bob. told us about it." "Yes, yes!" from the rest. ' Dick's face had grown hard and stern as he listened, and "No use going on the warpath without plenty of ammuninow he said, sternly: tion, " Bob. "You are right, Bob; we will go on the warpath!" "And fill your saddle-bags with plenty of provisions," said the talk, Dick! I tell you, there is no excuse for Dick. such work on the part of the redcoats!" The youths nodded, and then all was bustle and s eem-"None " •hatever! If they want to forage, that is all ing confusion. right; but to shoot a man down in cold blood, that is going The Liberty Boys were eager to get out and away, fo1 too far!" they did not like camp life, and so as one had said would "So it is; and it is terrible to think that any patriot be the case, they were ready within the hour. settler is likely to be shot down simply because he is a Dick was eager to start, and so he gave the order for the p atriot. We must get after the enemy, aid fellow!" [ youths to mount. "We will do so, Bob! . We will go on the warp.ath and They obeyed, and then he cried: whenever we encounter a party of redcoats we will make "Forward all!" them wish that they had remained in England instead of com-They rode slowly out of the encampment, and as they ing over here to shoot inoffending citizens down!" passed the cabins the soldiers looked at them in some sur"So we will!" prise, and many inquired where they were going. It was early morning, and Dick Slater and Bob Esta"We're going on the warpath!" replied Bob, in answer brook were the only ones of the Liberty Boys that were up. to one of the soldiers. The others were soon stirring, however, and when they "You haven't turned Indians, have you?" with a laugh. learned that their commander was back, and that "No, but we are going to be as fierce as Indians when he favored their gomg on the warpath, so to speak, they we strike a party of redc;oats," replied Bob. were delighted. . . "qood luck to you!" in chorus from a number of the " We'll ma)rn it hot for t he .ec!,oil;; s . ' y;.: s -nc cp:. o;;old1c r 3 .


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE. WARPATH. "Thanks!" said Dick, and then, having reached the edge of the encampment, the Liberty Boys urged their horses to a gallop and dashed away in the direction of Philadelphia. "We are started on the warpath," said Bob. "Hun-ah!" A cheer went up from the lips of the Liberty Boys. Th ey were going to get after the enemy as quickly as po ssible, and with the memory of the treatment that had been accorded the Waltons fres h in their minds, the Liberty Boys would do their best to make things hot for the redcoats . CHAPTER VI. . Near where the Liberty Boys were a lane led through the timber to a farmhouse in a clearing half a mile from the road, and Dick sent one of the youths there to get a spade. The two mortally wounded redcoats were dead before the youth got back, and when he arrived a large excavation was made, and the bodies of the troopers were placed in the grave and covered over. Their belts and weapons had been removed, as these would be useful to the patriot soldiers at Valley Forge. Dick had sent some of the youths to catch the troopers' horses, and they had secured eight out of the ten. The Liberty Boys now rode back to where the first ten troopers had fallen and found all of these dead, save two. "AFTER THE ENEMY." One of the two was very seriously wounded, but the other "I wish we might meet a party of redcoats right away, would recover 'Nith careful nursing. Dick!" While some of the youths secured the horses of these "So do I, Bob." troopers others dug a grave, and the eight bodies were placed Dick and Bob were at the head of the company in the excavation and covered over. of Liberty Boys. .. ,. Then the two wounded troopers were taken to the farm-They were about twelve miles east . of Valley Forge, and house, and the people who lived there said that they would were making •their. way through timber. give the wounded men every attention. I Just a!! the two exchanged the words as given above, The farmer, who was a patriot, said that they might they rode around a bend in the road and there, in front of leave the horses there if they liked, in a pasture farther them; and not more than a quarter of a mile distant, was over in the timber . . party of troopers. This suited Dick, as he did not wish to go clear back t '!'here looked to be about twenty in the party. Valley Forge just to the horses there. The redcoats' "Forward!" cried Dick. "Charge the redcoats, Liberty weapons, too, were left there in the barn loft over in one Boys!" corner, behind some hay, where they would not be likely Forward the company of patriot youths dashed. to be found. . The redc.oats saw the Liberty Boys as soon as the youths "So far, so good," said Bob. "I guess that if we keep on had seen them and, realizing that they were confronted by the way we have begun the redcoats will surely think that a force several times larger than their own, they halted and we are on the warpath!" turned their horses to flee. "You are right," agreed Dick. The Liberty Boys were coming with the speed of the "Well, is next on the program?" asked Sam San-wind, however, and were within musket-shot distance before derson. the British could get their horses going at good speed. "We will .mount and set up the road in the direction of "Give them a voll ey, Liberty Boys!" cried Dick. Philadelphirt," was the reply. "We may encounter some The youths obeyed. more redcoats." c . rash! Roar! ... . "I hope so!" grinned Bob. The volley !ang out loudly, and a., least ten of the trooper>; They mounted and rode down the lane to the main road fell from their saddles. I d t t jj"-• ht ti 11 d t -d h ' "S d d' ,,, d D' k 1 di "St "f an , urmng o ng , iey ga ope away owa1 t e urren er, or ie. cne ic , ou y. op, 1 you east. know when you a_re well •. . I They emerged from the timber presently, and as they did The redcoats \\ho_ were Si,Jll m the saddles whirled and so they caught sight of a party of British troopers coming fired a volley at then pursuers. . . . toward them perhaps half a mile away. There were twenty'So. that's your answer, eh?." cr!cd B,1ck. "All nght; five or thirty in the party. • have it your owi:i way, and you will suit us. . "Let's get after them, Dick!" cried Bob. Jwo of the Liberty wounded, but not ser10usly . "All ri&'ht; away we go!" . "Death to the . . . . 1,, The Liberty Boys urged their horses at a gallop and the CO\\ who kill mofl'ensive settler.,. I then to a run, and the British troopers, seeing that they "Give it to , 1 ,, were greatly outnumbered, turned and beat a retreat. Teach t?em a lE'ISson th;y won. t soon forget. They kept looking back and, seeing that their pursuers Such wete a of .the exclamatwns uttered by the youths, weie gainin g on them, they turned to the right and dashed and then they cried, m chorus: down a "Down with the Iring! Long live liberty!" " "' ,, . This was the Liberty Boys' war-cry and they yelled it What do they expect to make by that? said Bob. out with a will. ' "There. is a hill yonder,';, said Dick. "Possibly they inTheir horses were swifter than those ridden by the Ilrittend a there. "That is possible " ish troopers, and the youths drew nearer and nea:-er to the "W 11 1 t th . .11 th 1 fugit ives. ' . e , e em , we w1 ei er capture t le entire party They were soo n within pistol-shot distance. or loll them." "Halt!" cried Dick. "Halt and surrender, or take the . "Yes; we are on the warpath and the redcoats will consequences!" either have to sun-ender unconditionally or take the con-But the redc oats did not halt. They seemed to think they ,, had a chance to escape, and they kept on urgingtheir it, exactly. h orses forward, with whip and 1he Liberty .B.oys turned down the cross-road also and "Fire, Liberty Boys!" commanded Dick. fol.owed the British troopers. The youths obeyed. They were gradually drawing up on the redcoats, and They fired a pistol volley, and the result was indeed when the latter reached the top of the hill they hastily deadly, for every trooper tumbled to the ground, the madismounted a nd led their horses in 'among the trees. jority of them dead, and those that wel'e not killed outright "Yes, they're going to make a stand," said Dick. were mortally wounded. "You are right. How are you going to work it, Dick? "Halt!" cried Dick. Shall we charge right up the hill or shall we go at them The Liberty Boys brought their horses to a stop, after cautiously?" which they dismounted. "I think the better plan will be to dismount at the foot Then, while the majority pr0ceeded to relo:id their of the hill and then surround the enemy." kets and pistols, Dick, Bob and a number went and looked "That will be best, likely." at the fallen troopers. "Yes, the redcoats won't such a good chance to do Eight were dead and the other two were just breathing us damage.'' their last. At the foot of the hill the Liberty Boys halted and dis"They would have it,'' said Bob. mounted and tied their horses to trees. Then they began "Yes," said Dick, "they might have saved their lives by the work of encircling the British.

THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE WARPATH. '1 When they were called out: within fifty yards of the enemy, Dick volley, and of the these eighteen were dead and the other four were dying. "Surrender, redcoats!" "Never! " came back promptly. "They cannot live an hour;" was Dick's decision after examining their wounds. "It will b e bad for you if you try to resist!" "Nevertheless, we are going to do so." "You had better throw down your al'ms and surrender!" "No! If you want us you will have to come and take us!" It would be useless to move the wounded men; they would be dead before they could gotten to the farmhouse; so it was decided to remain . here till they died and then bury them. "All right," said Dick, "we can do that!" This was done, and then a large grave was dug-one of the Liberty Boys having ridden back to the farmhouse for a spade-and the dead bodies were placed in the grave and CHAPTER VII. cov ered over. DEADLY WORK. are you going to do with these prisoners, Dick?" The Liberty Boys again began to advance, slowly and quened Bob. cautiou slv. "I guess I -will send them to Valley Forge, Bob ." They ,\,ere on the warpath and were using the tactics of "And the horses, too?" th e redmen of the forest. "Yes, and the \\eapons." They were almost as expert in woodcraft as the Indians, So Dick na,med twe:i.ty of the youths, and they set out and $0 were enabled tg advance till well within musketValley Forge with the eight prisoners and with the shot distance, without having been damaged, although the thirty horses, on the backs of several of which were the British troopers fired upon them, again and again. weapons of the troopers. Two or three of the youths received slight wounds, but "Well," said Bob, when this had been done, "I guess that that was all. if we keep on, the British wiU think that we are on When they were close enoug h for their purpose, Dick warpath, sure enough!" again called out: "That's right!" said Sam Sanderson. "Will you surrender?" The others nod ded assent. "No!" came back, angrily. "Didn't I tell you a wh:Je ago "What is the next move, Dick?" queried Bob. that we would not? 11 "Oh, I guess "e will ride on in the direction of Phila"Yes, but I didn't know whether you meant it or not." dephia in the hope of meeting some more redcoats." "I certainl y meant it!" "That's the thing to do!" • "That is bad for you." "We have been lucky already," said Mark Morrison. "You think so?" "Yah, ve haf had such luckiness, alretty!" from Carl "W e ll, we don't." Gook e nspieler. "Well, we do; and we are in a position to know. We The youths mounted their horses and rode onward toward outnumber you four to one, at least, and we can, if we the east. choose, wipe you out at one volley." . They proceeded to t he Schuylkill River and stopped. Dick "I don't believe you." d!d not know whether to cross the river or not.' "Oh, very well; but it is the truth, just the same." "Ye s, let's go on," Bob, _ea?gerly. "Wh:lt do we And it was. _The redcoats were doing their best to sheiter I h.0':v ?et to I, for one, would enJoy trees, but were making poor success of _ ri.,ht 11100 the ,, . . "" . it, and the Liberty Boys, expert sharpshooters that they 'Ye,,_, I know you would, with a smile. are Just were, would be able to pick them off easily." that kmd of a . chap; but the _ of are more careful. "Then go ahead and wipe us out!" cried the redcoat. "Don't are not 1qmte so r ecklessly mclrned. stop to talk about it so much." . Bosh! Ive knov._rn you and most of the others to dQ "Very well," said Dick; "but your blood will be on your as _reckless thit;i;gs as I would evei dare think of own heads." D i ck, !Y!Y boy .. "Oh, we understand that. Don't worry about that part Oh, . yes, if necessity arose. But we not take of it.'" great nsks needlessly and for the fun of the thmg." "Very good, we won't; and since you refuse to surrender laughed. ,, . we will go to work and make an end of you!" } m n<;>t so sure ab?ut that, _he said . . "Bah! You talk big, but you can't make your words We will cross rn:er and nde onward a nnle or two good." farther, I guess," . said Dick. "You wi' find that we can do so, and I assure you that Then he rQde into the river and the rest followed. we are goi g to do so." The stream was fordable at this point, so they did not /-"Very g1 od." have any trouble in getting acrnss. Dick gr/Ve the youths a signal, and they took careful aim, they rode sl owly onward in the direction of Phila-there be/fig scarcely a one of the troopers who was shielded delphia. sufficiently so that he was not a fair mark for one or more The road led throug h the timber and crooked and turned of the youths. this way and that, making it impossible for them to see When he was sure that the youths had had time to take more than a quarter of a mile ahead at any time, and it good aim, Dick gave the signal to fire. necessai:y that they be on the lookout, for they Crash! Roar! might come race to face with a party of the redcoats at any The volley rai:ig out loudl y, and immediately following it . . . . sounded the ;;hneks, yells and groans of the wounded red-Ihey held their muskets m readmess for mstant use, howcoat s. ever, and if the)'. shou ld !Yl.eet a of British s uddenly As soo n as the smoke had cleared away, Dick called out: they would be m a pos1t10n to give a good account of "Are any of you still alive?" themselves. "A few of us," came back the renly. I They talked as they rode a long and their conversation "Well, are you willing to surrender now, or shall we go was regarding their success, so far, since starting on the ahead and finish you up'!" I warpath. "We surrender!" "If we keep on the way we have started," said Mark Mor-"That is sensible; you should have surrendered in the rison, "we will do the British a lot of damage b efore we get first place." through with them." " I see that now, but it is too late to do the majority of "Yes," said Dick "but when they learn what we have been the men any good." doing they will send out some strong forces to strike us a "How many of you are left?" blow, and then we will have to look out." "Eight." "That's so," said Sam Sanderson; "but unti l then we will "Very well; step out into the open ground and deposit have the satisfac.tion of striking the small parties and killing your weapons on the g round." or capturing the greater number of their member::," Eight British troopers stepped out and did as ordered. On they rode, and finally they reached the edge of the The Liberty Boys now advanced and the arms of the timbe1. eigh t were bound together behind thefr backs with their Before them the open country lay, and it was not more own_ belts. . than two miles to the edge of the city. . Tnen the youths took a look at those who had fallen. I As they looked in that direction an exclamation escaped Twenty-two had gone down as a result of the terrible the lips of all. '


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE. WARPATH. "What does that mean?" cried Bob. Riding toward them was a British trooper, and after him, also riding like mad, was a party of troopers to the number of perhaps forty. The s ingle rider was trying to get awlj.y from the others, who were evidently pursuing him, but the Liberty Boys could not understand what it meant. CHAPTER VIII. THE DESERTER. "Halt! " cried to a stop. Dick, and the youths brought their horse "Ready with your muskets!" commanded Dick. "If those redcoats come close enough we will give the;m a volley." Clos e r and closer came the sing-le horseman, and when he was within fifty yards of them Dick recognized him. He was no less a personage than Chester Wrightmore, the "son of a duke ," as he had declared to Dick. "This may be a trick of some kind," thought Dick, and he gla nced all around and then behind them as well. He would not have been surprised had he seen a party of troopers approaching from the rear. The only redcoats in sight were thos e in front, however, so Dick drew a breath of relief. Chester rode right p close, at the same time crying out: "Don't shoot! I am a friend!" "With that uniform on?" qua ied Bob, as Chester brought his horse to a stop. "I'm not going to wear this uniform very long," was the repl y . "Why not?" asked Dick. "What is the trouble?" "I have left the British army!" "Deserted, .you mean!" "I suppose that is what you would call it." "And those troopers are trying to capture you?" "Yes; and I appeal to you for protection! I don't want to go back, for the chances are that I will be shot." "That's what they would do with you," said Bob . "Will you protect me?" queried the young fellow, anxiously. "Because, if you won't, I must go on and try to escape." "Don't worry, we'll protect you, " said Dick. "And you won't let the m take me?" "No." "Thank you!" The pursuing troopers had halted just out of musket-shot distance and now one of their numb e r rode forward waving a white handkerchief as a flag of truce. He came up to within ten yards of the Liberty Boys and brought his horse to a stop. "Well, what do you want?" queried Dick. "We want that fellow there," pointing to Cheste r. ''\by do you want him " "He is a des erter." "That shows his good sense; he's the smartest redcoat that !Ve have ever seen." "Bah! He is a deserter, and we ask that you turn him over to us." Dick shook his head. "I couldn't think of doing that," he said. "You mean that you are going to protect him?" "Most assuredly!" "You are very foolish." "I don't think so. How do you make that out?" "Why, if you refuse to give him up we will charge you and cut you to pieces!" "Indeed?" "Oh, s ay, please don't!" cried Bob, in mock terror. "Ple a se , Sir Re dcoat, don't hurt us! You see, we are only boy s , and it would be terribly cruel of you to hurt us . " The trooper glared at Bob. He understood, of course, that the youth was poking fun at him, and he did not like it. The British soldiers, and especially the officers-and this one was a lieutenant-were great on dignity and red tape. "Will you give the deserter up to us?" he asked, turning his attention to Dick. "I have told you that we will do nothing of the kind," was the quiet reply. "You will regret it if you don't!" "We should always regret it if we did." "Bosh! Say, you don't seem to realize that you are confronted by half a hundred of the best troopers, and that you are within t w o m il es of the city, where are thousands of British soldiers!" "Oh, yes, we r e ali ze that," with a smile, "bu t it doesn't worry us any to speak of. " "No, w e 've seen redcoats befo1e today," grinned Bob. The lieutenant glared at Dick and Bob, and then turned his attention to the deserter. "Chester Wrightmore, I demand that you come with me!" he cried. "Demand it all you want to," was the defiant reply; "I'm not going!" "You had better!" "I had better go b ac k and be s hot, eh?" scornfully . "Well, it is not likely that yo u will b e shot. " "No?" "No. You see, your father, the duke, is a personal friend of General Howe, and that will save you." "Oh, will .it?" "Yes; I was in structed to tell you th:it if you will return pea ceably, you will not b e harmed, but will be permitted to resign from the king's service a n d return to England with your father.'' The Liberty Boys lo o k ed at the young Englishman with some interest and curiosity. They expected that he would at once accept the chance offered him, but they were surprise d to see him shake his head, at the same time saying: "I'm not going back!" The li e utenant looked surpri sed. "Why not?" he queried. "Don't you want to return to' England with your father?" "No!" All stared at the youth in surprise. Thi s was very strange, the hearers thought. ' "Why don't you want to return to England?" the lieutenant queried. "I t e ll yo u, I would jump at the chance my s elf." "Because," was the prompt reply, "I have taken a liking to America and her p eople, and I am going to stay here and become a citizen after the people have become free.'' This answer surprised the Libe1ty Boys, and it had the effect of almo s t paralyzing the lieutenant. He stared at the speaker in open-mouthed amazement. "Well, that beats anything I have ever heard of!" he gasped. "You are about the last person in the world that I should have expected to hear talk l ike that, Chester Wrightmore!" Dick, remembering h ow Chester had boasted that he was the s on of a duke, q uite agreed with the lieutenant in this. Chester was the last person he would have expected to hear give utterance to s uch expressions. "I don't care what you think about it, lieutenant," said Che s t er, deter mi n ed ly; "I am done with the British army, and I am not going back h ome with my fa'.;her; and you may r eturn and tell him so . " "You must b e crazy!" the British officer nasped. "No; I have simply made up my mind that I like tllis country and the peopl e, and that I will settle down here and stay, that is all." "You have come to a very sensib le conclusion," said Dick. "That's what you have!" cried Bob, "and we'll back you up and fight for y ou , tooth and nail!" "Thank you," said Chester. • "Your father will b e heartbroken, Chester," the lieutenant said. "Oh, no, h e won't. I told him before I left that I was going to stay in America; he knows it." "And yo u are determined? Nothing will induce you to change your mind ? " "Nothing!" "Let me give you warning, Chester: The chances are that if you refuse to return and accompany vour father back to your home in England, General Howe will have you shot or hanged if yo u are captured later on!" "I'll take the risk." "Good for you! " cried Bob, who had taken a fancy to the English youth b ecause of the stand he had taken. "You're all right!" cried Sam Sanderson. "Yah, you pet me your life h e is all righdness!" de clared Carl Gook ensp i eler. "Shure an' we'll be afther fo i g'.1tin' fur yez to dhe death!" cried Patsy Brannigan. "Very good ,' ' said the lieutenant, but with quite a sulle n air; "I'll go back and tell you r father what you have said; and the chances arc that h e himself w ill be in favor of having you shot for a desert e r if you are captured later on,


THE LIBERTY BOYS O N THE WARPATH. 9 for h e would rather see ' you dead than b e forced to know The youths had the better horses, however, and bega n to that you are a rebel, I feel certain! " gain on the fugitives rapidly. "Oh that is likely, but even that doesn't worry me. I'm Closer and closer they drew to t})e troopers. an American from this time o n , and I'll fight for the indeDick measure d the intervening di stance carefully with his pendence and liberty of her people!" eyes. "All right, but I give you fair warning: Look out for He was a s plendid judge of distance and could tell, almost your self, Chester Wrightmore! Henceforth you will be a to a yard, when they were within musket-shot distance. marked m an!" On thundered pursued and pursuers. "That will do," said Dick, coldly . "Henceforth Chester Half the distance to the city had been traversed, and then Wrightmore is one of us, and we will eac h and every one of out from the edge of the city rode another force of British us shed our last drop of blood in his defense, if necessary. were at least fifty in this force, Dick judged, Go back and tell General Howe that, if y ou like." He did not mtend to let the force they were chasing "Bah! What do y;ou youngsters amount to?" get off scot free, however, and so the chase was kept up. " A good deal, perhaps. We have many a time proved to Presently he decided that they were close enough to the th e satisfaction of numberless redcoats that we amount to fleeing enemy so that they could do considerable damage with something , and can do it again." a volley, and he gave the command: "Yes, we're on the warpath right no w," sai d Bob; "and "Fire, Liberty Boys!" we may take it into our heads to prove to you that we Up came the maskets and then a volley rang out. amount to something before yo u leave this sp ot." I Considering the fact that the youths fired while theit The lieutenant glared at them, and then a s udden thought horses were running at top spe ed when taking careful aim was sti;iking him, "he asked: an impossibility, the e xecuti on done was something wonder "Who are. you fellows, a nyhow?" . ful. "We are known as the Liberty Boys," r ep lied Dick, quietl y . At least twenty of the troopers were tumbled from their CHAPTER IX. . . WHY CHESTER D ESE RTED. sadd l es and went headlong to the ground . . At least a dozen . of the twenty were killed outright, and the rest were more or less severe l y wounded. Several more reeled i n their saddles, which proved that they had been hit, but not severely enough to cause them to lose their seats . The other force of troopers was now not much more than The lieutenant uttered a n exclamatio n. a quarter of a mile distant, and Dick decided that it would "So that's who you are, eh?" he cried. be best not to engage this p cty, owing to the fact that they "Yes." were s o near the city. Th e officer look ed the youths over with interest, and it He gave the command, therefore, for the Liberty Boys to was evident that he was surprised . halt and retreat. "I've heard of you often," he said, "but I never sup-They obeyed, though Bob and some of the more posed that you were such young fello ws . " of the youths would. have been glad to have continued on "We're young in years, but old in experience," said Dick. I engaged the enti_re force of tro.ope_;s . . "I mu s t go," said the lieutenant, abruptly. The n to Chester We. t;oul d have hcked them, Dick , s aid Bob , as they he said : were ndmg back. "You still adhere to your decision?" J "Yes, I think so, Bob, but we . might have hung there "Yes" too long and got cut off by the British. It is best not to "And henceforth you are a reb el and an enemy of the t a ke too great risks." king?" "Well, we're on the warpath, and so we oughtn't to take "I am!" risk into con si deration." "Very good; good"day, all!" and with a nod the officer "Ye s, we want .to be careful. If we are too reckless and turned his horse and rode back toward his comrades. get at a d1s3:dvantage and lo se a lot of the boys, then "We are going to make an attack on that party, Chester," we will have to quit and return to Valley Forge, and that said Dick, "so you stay right here until we get through with we don't want to have to do." them and then you can accompany u s away from the spot." "No, you're right we don't!" Chester shook his head, a grim look on hi s face. D_ick n_ow turned to q1ester Wrightmore, who was right ' "No, I'll go right along with you!" he said , determinedly . ):um, an? h1_m he )lad deserted. "You really wis h to become a member of our company and I will admit, . he said, I . am . s urprised. fight for the liberty a nd independence of the American peo-From what I saw of you that mght m Ph1ladelph1a I woul d ple?" have expected General Howe to change over as quick l y as "I do! " . you." "All right we shall be glad to have y ou do so. You Chester laughed, good-naturedly. / may conside1; yourse l f a Liberty Boy" "And you are right, Mr. Slater," the y oung Englishman "All right." "and at the that I met you I wo uld have thought "Be ready, boys," said Dick; "the instant the li eutenant the same. Somethmg occurred that very_ same E'.vening, reaches his force that will ta,,ke him out from under the prohowever,_ after I saw you that resulted m workmg the tection of the flag of truce, and at that instant w e w ill ch ange ln I h charge them " "What was 1t. am rat er curious." The nodded. "We ll, I'll _tell _you;, I followed y ou that evening and saw They grasped their muskets and sat there eager for the where the girl hved. . signal for the charge. ' "Yes?" Chester turned his horse so that it faced toward the "Ye s ; I wanted to capture you, and so I went and got troop ers, and he drew a pistol and cocked it; he had no s ome and we went to the house in the expectation musket. of capturmg you, but you had gone." The lieutenant was soon with his comrades a nd as he "Yes. I am glad that I wasn't there." replac ed the handkerchief in his pocket, Dick' gave utter"I am, too, now. Well, got to see the young lady in ance to one word her own home by a good hght and, to t e ll the truth, Mr. "Charge! " I Slater, I fell in love with her. " The youths obeyed the command instantly. "Ah! But I don't blame you, Chester. She is a sweet They urged their horses forward at a gallop. and beautiful girl." The British troopers saw them coming and, after hesitat"So she is. Well, I learned that she is a patriot, and ing a few moments, turned and started to flee. I made up m y mind to try to win her. And about the time Instantly wild yells went up from the lips of the Liberty that I had come to that conclusion, who sho uld come into Boys. Philadelphia on a ship from England but my father!" They gave utterance to their war-cry: "The duke!" said Dick, mischievou s ly. "Do\vn with the king! Long live liberty!" Chester laughed. Falling in love see med to have changed The British troopers lashed their horses and rode toward him from an arrogant, surly fellow to a pleasant young, Philadelphia at the best speed of their a nimals. chap. After them thundered the Liberty Boys . "Yes, the d u ke," he replied, "and he told me that he had 1t was a liv ely and exciting race, c ome to take me h ome. "


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE WARPATH. "I see; and you didn't want to go, eh?" "No; and I told him so." "What d i d he say to that?" "He said that I had to go." "Exactly." ' "And General Howe, who is a personal friend of father's, said that I could go; that, ind eed, I must accompany my father, as he would not permit me to stay in the army against father's wishes." "That was hard on you." "Ye s , and as the only way out of it I made up my mind to desert and join the patriot army, and thus get to stay in America." "I'm glad that you did make up your mind to do so, and I hope that you will succeed in winning Miss Martin." "I hope so, too. I'm going to do it if I can, but you know I am pre"'.;ty k'1ly handicapped, owing to my having acted so shabbily towar d her on the street that evening." "Oh, she may overlook that, now that you have come over to the vatriot army." . "I hope that she may!" "Say, Dick, that party of troopers i s coming after us!" cried Bob at this juncture. Dick glanced and saw that Bob had spoken trnly. CHAPTER X. A SWIMMING RACE. "Yes, they're comi ng, sure enough!" he said. "What are we going to do, Dick?" Bob eagerly. "I'll think it over, Bob." "Well, I ho pe you'll decide to stop and give them a thrashing, old fellow!" "Likely that is what we will do . " " I like to get after the British, but don't fancy havinJ! them after us." Dick smi l ed. He knew just how Bob felt about the mat t er, and neither did he Eke the idea of having the redcoats .after his Liberty Boys. He looked back at the troopers a nd then ahead toward the timber. "If they'll be kind enough to follow us into the timber a ways,'' said Dick, "we'll make them wish they had not done so!" "That's the talk!" cried Bob, delightedly. " We'll ride around a bend, dismount quickly and lead our h o l'ses back in among the trees, and then we'll take up our station close beside the road, sheltering ourselves be hind trees, and we'll pepper the redcoats good when they come along." "Just the thb.g!" cried Bob. The other youths agreed, when Dick told them what he thought of doing. The troopers kept up the clrn.s e . Thel'e were not s o many of them as there were of the Liberty B:iys, but they weit? so :::11gry, uncloub:eclly , bedause of the blow that the youths had ntrnck their comrades that they were reckless and did not take this fact into consider ation. Then, tco, with the egotism ami arrogance of the British soldiers in general, they likely that they \vould be more than a match for the rebels, even though they did not equal them in numbers. The fact that the patriots were fleeing before them added to their courage and confidence in themselves, un

THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE WARPATH . 11 reached the river the British were two hundred yards down it, making very good headway. "Say, what do you think of that, Dick!" cried Bob, in disgu st. • "They're desperate, Bob." "They must be!" "They knew we would soo n catch up with them on l and, and so they have taken to the water." "I don't know but that i s a wise move , old fellow." "Yes, for the chances are that their horses, while not so fast on land, may be able to swim as rapidly as ours." "True; then you are going after them?" . "Yes!" "H urrah! That's the talk! We're on the warpath, and so we must not Jet anything daunt us!" "No, we can go where the redcoats can go." "You're right we can!" The Liberty Boys rode to the middle of the river and then turned down the stream. From a running race it hap now changed to a swimming race. It remained to be seen whic h horses were the better in water. The Liberty Boys watched closely, eager to see whether or not they were gaining. The troopers were anxious also, evidently, for they kept turning their heads and looking back. 'Five minutes passed, and then Dick said, with an air of satisfaction: "We're gaining on them!" "Just what I was going to sa:y, Dick!" from Bob. "Yes, we'll be within musket-shot distan ce soon . " He was right; a few minutes later he called out to the Briti sh troopers: "Swim your horses to the west 15hore and s urrender , or we will open fire on you!" But the redcoats did not obey. That is, they did not swim their horses to the west shore; they turned and made for the east shore instead. "I said for yo u to go to the west shore!" cried Dick. "And I say for you to go to blazes!" cried one of the redco ats, defiantly. "Ready, Liberty Boys!" commanded Dick. Up came the muskets to the shoulders of the youths. "Take aim!" Dick waited a few moments to give the youths time to tak e good aim, and then he cried, sharply: "Fire!" Loudly the volley rang out, sounding doubly loud on the wat er. Great havoc resulted: At leas t half the total number of troopers fell from their saddle s into the water. The others urged their horses towal'd the shore with whip and voice. CHAPTER XI. DICK $ERVES NOTICE. The troopers were just out of pistol-shot distance, so it was useless to fire a volley from the small arms.' Dick was no hand to waste ammunition. The Liberty Boys turned their horses' heads and fol low ed the troopers, however, in the hope that they might get close enough to do execution with the pistols . before the enemv reached the shore. They d1. d not succee d, however, . and as soon as he saw that this was to b , e the case, Dick gave the command for the youths to turn back. "They will have a chance to pour a volley .or two into us and do u s a lot of damage if we keep on," he said. "They will be able to shelter themselves behind trees and we could not do them any damage." "That's so," said Bob, but it was evident that he hated to turn back. It was in such matters as this that Dick s howed himself to be a spl!mdid commander. While ther, e were not more than twenty-five or thirty at the outside of the troopers, and the Liberty Boys outnumbered them four to one, yet as the redcoats would have all the advantage of position, Dick was not willing to let his Liberty Boys follow them and thus run the risk of having considerable damage in flict ed upon his force. His theory was that there was a time to fight and a time to exercise discretion and avo f d an encounter, and by acting upon his theory b.e had managed to save his Boys from great loss on many occasions. So the Liberty Boys made for the west shore of the river, and on the way they caught several of the horses that had been ridden by the troopers who had been dropped from the saddles, and got them safely to the shore . On reaching the shore the youths dismounted in order to let their horses rest, the swim having almost exhausted them. While waiting, the youths reloaded their muskets. "I wonder what the troopers think now?" grinned Bob. "I judge that they think we are on the warpath, Bohl" laughe d Ben Spuriock. "If they don't think so they will before very long!" "Yah, dot i s der trut'!" declared Carl Gookenspieler. "Der retgoads vill be vanting us der warbath to ged off vrom bretty quickness, alretty, you pet me my life!" When the horses were sufficiently rested, Dick ordered the youths to mount. "Which way, old fellow?" queried Bob. "We will go back up to the ford and recross the rive1, boys,'' said Dick. "And go in search of those troopers that escaped, eh?" from Sam Sanderson. "Yes, I guess that will be as good luck as any." "We won't find them," said Bob; "they are hiking away for Philadelphia as fast as they can go, you may wager!" "Likely you are right. Well, it will do no harm to look for them." They reached the ford and rode across and made their way along the road. They rode slowly, and Dick sent a youth on foot to reconnoiter at e-very bend in the road, for he did not want to run into an ambush. They made their way clear to the edge of the timber without having see n anything of the redcoats. They found no dead or wounded troopers or any horses where the encounter had taken place, which was proof, to Dick's mind, that the party of troopers they were searching for had come along and were now safe in the city. Dick called a halt. "What is the next move?" queried Sam Sanderson. "That is to be decided,'' said Dick. "Let's ride right into the outskirts of the city and toll some more redcoats out after us,'' said Bqb. "That's just about what I expected to hear from you, Bob," smiled Dick. "Well, it is a good plan, isn't it?" "Too good, I am afraid. That is to say, I am afraid we might s ucc eed in drawing more troopers after us than we would like." "I don't think there is much danger." "I vould radder dot you vould do dot than dot I should be der vun to do it, Bob, my poy," said Carl. "I think that as good a plan as any is that we shall dismount and.stay here the rest of the day," said Dick. "We will be able to see any force that may come out of the city, and if any force comes along going . to the city we can strike it a blow." "That is a good idea, Dick,'' said Mark Morrison. "Yes, that's all right," from Bob. So the youths led their horses back in the timbE)r perhaps a hundre d yards and tied them to trees. This done, they returned to the edge . of the timber and took up a po sition would be able to get a good view of any forc e that might come along. They ate some of the cold food they had brought alo ng, and then settled down to take it easy. The afternoon passed away and no redcoats had put in an appearance, either going to or coming from the. city. The L iberty Boys were somewhat disappointed . "Say, I don't lik e this at all, Dick!" grumbled Bob. "Too slow for you, eh?" vvith a smile. "Yes; it isn't what I like. We have been on what I wou ld call the 'peace-path' this afternoon, rather than on the warpath." i The youths laughed. Bob's ludicrous expression• as h e said this was enough to make them laugh. "Well, what s hall we do?" queried Dick. "Let's stir the redcoats up." "How?" "Well, when we were boys at hom e, i f we wanted to stir up a hornet's nest we always stuck a stick in it." "Vell, you go der city indo und sclick ein sclick cler retgoads into Pob,'' said Carl. "Und ven dey gome schwarm-


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE. WARPATH. in' ouid afde r y ou ve vill sh;od dem so full uf holes as \the nefer vos!" the number of soldiers, s ee to it that they a r e kept within limits of the city! "I'll tell you what I'll do," s aid Dick, "we will f!'.O to an empty cabin about half a mile from here that I know of and will go into camp for the night, and then I will slip into the city, make my way to headquarters and write a notice on the front door." "That's the thing to do!" cried Bob. "What kind of a notice will you write, Dick?" asked Mark Morrison. "Signed: DICK SLATER, "Captain of The Liberty Boys of '76." Jus t as Dick finished wTiting the door was s uddenly opened from within and the youth found himself confronted by an orderly and two British officers. "I will mention the fact that some of the king's soldiers CHAPTER XII. shot Mr. Walton, a patr:ot settler, down in cold blood, and S OME ANGRY RED COATS. that as a result we Liberty Boys have gone on the warpath The three gave utterance to exclamation s of surprise. and are going to make it hot for every party of redcoats "Hello, who are you?" one of the officers cried. that ventures into the country." Dick, of course, was dressed in citizen's clothing, he "That will be fine!" cried Bob. having made the change before leaving the encampment. "But it will be dangerous to try to do that, Dick!" said He always carried such a suit in his saddle-ba g s so a s to Ben Spurlock. have it when needed . "Oh, not so very." Therefore the r edcoats were not sur e that he was a rebel. "I should think it would be. You are likely to be seen But they were suspicious because of the fact that he was while writing the notice and you would be shot down in-standing there and had not knocked . stantly." Dick did not wait to a nswer the officer's question. "I'll have to be careful and choose a time when no one He knew that h e wou ld have to move quic;kly if he suc -is near the headquarters building." ce c d e d in making hi s escape with a whole skin . "Well, I guess you can do it if any one can," said Mark He whirl e d and leaped to the pavement at a single bound. Morrison. "A rebel spy!" cri ed one of the officers, excitedly . They now mounted their horses and rode half a mile "Yes, after him!" from the other. back down the road. Here they turned aside from the "No, fire at him! We can't catch him,'' the other crie . road and followed a winding pathway which led to an old They jerke d out their pistols and fired two shots at the deserted cabin standing in a little clearing. fleeing youth. Here they dismounted and went into camp. One of the bullets cut through Dick's coat sleeve, but he "We are not likely to . be discovered here,'' said Dick. was not touch e d by the missile. They ate supper and then settled down to await the comOn he das hed to the corner a n d around it. ing of darkness. He had expected that h e would be pursued, but on glanc-As soon -as it was dark Dick gave the youths a few in-ing back, as he turned t h e corner he noted that the officers structions and took his departure disguised. w e r e not pursuing him. He went on foot, as he did not wish to be bothered with "Good!" he murmur ed . " I will slacken my speed to a a horse. walk, for I will b e less lik ely t o attract attention then." He made his way to the road and walked along it at a He did so . . . good pace. He walked rapidly, however, for he thought it hkely , . . that the shots w ould attract people to the headquarters The1 e was not much danger that he would meet any tedb 'Id d th t th a pursuit would be instituted. coat.s, he thought, b?t .he kept a s?arp lookout neve rtheless. th:n case, however. . l".mally he was w1thm a short distance of the edge of the It seemed that there were no ped estrians anywhere near t d dg the ntinel!" he urmured I the headquar ters bu!lding , and consequently no one came w o ? se m as a r esult of the pistol-shots . He took. his tu!1e, as there was. no n.eed of haste, and I The officers, when they saw that they had not done any m stealmg. :i;>ast the sentmel Wlthout that worthy damage with their bullets, gave utterance to exclamation::; the least that one was near. of ange r and disappointment. :So much for that! thought Dick. I "We missed him!" exclaimed one. He strode along down the street •and presently reached "Ye s , he has gotten away scot free!" from the other. the main street. "I wonder who h e was?" He. was soon mingling with t?e crowd on thi.s street, and "And what he was doing here?" he did not feel that he was m danger discovery, for The ord erly at this moment uttered an exclamation. among s o many people he would not be noticed. "Look here!" he cried . Presently he turned down a cross-stre et, walked a couple The officer s turned toward h i m and saw that he was hold?f blocks, made another turn, 3:n? finally came to a stop ine a candle up in front of the door and staring at it with iust across the from wondering eyes. He stood there eyemg the bmldmg with mterest. They stepped t o his side and took a look. looked up . then down the street. They started and also gave utterance to exclamations . Nobody was m sight. One read the word s written there aloud . "I I'll over,'' thought Dick. "That r ebe l was no l ess a personage than the famous He did so and still no one was to be seen in the neighspy, Dick Slater!" from the other. . , "And he s lipped out of our fingers ! " regretfully. Dick made his way up the steps to the stoop ana sta"Yes if I had knoW11 w ho h e was I would have gone in tioned himself in front of the door. pursuit' of him!" He intently, but heard no sound within. "And so would I!" He did not doubt, ho . we.ver, that. tl1;ere was an orierly "Well, it's too l ate no w . " seater!. near the door withm the bmldmg. "I suppo se so-ah! here comes the commander-in-chief! " Agam he up and then down the street. "He was alarme d b y the pistol-shots, likely." l;ll was . "I judge so." Nobody was m S !ght. The next moment the commander-in-chief stood before Dick had in his pocket a piece of red k ee l (a kind of them soft stone often found along. and he rew thi8 "What i s the trouble? from his pocket and began wntmg on the door. General Howe asked. He wrote as follows: "We did, your excellency,'' one of the officers replied. Who fired the pistol-shots?" "GENERAL HOWE: "Whereas, a few days ago a party of British troopers shot and killed an inoffensive patriot settler, one Mr. Wal ton; because of this uncall ed-for piece of cruelty on the part of your soldiers, t!le L iberty Boys of '76 have gone in the warpath, and intend to make it warm for any and ;very pp.rty of redcoats that ventures out into the country. U. you want to keep your army from being reduced as to "Who or what were you firi n g at?" "At a rebel spy, sir. " "A rebel .spy!" "Yes. " "What! h ere at the door of the headquarters build i ng?" "Right here, your excellency." "Well, h e must b e a bold fellow, indeed, to venture right here to the very door!" . "He certainly is bold, sir , and impudent as we ll."


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE WARPATH. 13 "What do you mean? What did he do?" He recognized the youth, he having seen the Liberty "Look h ere on this door!" Boy several times during the past two years. Genera l Howe turned h is gaze upon the door, and when "Dick Slater!-you here!" he gasped. he saw the writing he uttered an exclamation. "So it would seem," was the cool reply. "Did the rebel do that?" he cried. "Why are you here ?" "Yes; read it, your excellency." "I wish to talk to you . " General Howe did so, and when he had finished his round, "You are the most daring and impude : 1t young scoundrel red face was redder than was its wont, and he was plainly 1 that ever I saw in my life!" burst from the British com-very angry. mander-in-chief's lips. . " Well, that beats anything I ever heard of!" he almost The Liberty Boy smiled. gas ped. . "Why scoundrel?" he queried. " It was a daring deed, sir." "Because you are one!" "And an impudent one!" "No more one than yourself!" "Well, it js just about what might be expeeted from that "What!" The British officer grew red in the face a n d rascal Dick Slater!" the commander-in-chief declare•!. swelled up with rage till he seemed in imminent danger of It seems that there is nothing too bold and daring for bursting. him to attempt." "I spoke pJainly, I believe," said Dick, calmly. "So it would seem, sir." "But-the I shall summon help and have "And you 'fired upon him, you say?" you made a pris oner at once!" " Y es, sir." Dick smile\]., a t the same time shaking the pistol threat "Do you suppose you hit him?" eningly. " I don't think so," said one: "Yo . u will do nothing of the kind!" he declared. "No," from the other; "at any rate, he kept on running "Why won't J?" a s fast as ever." "Because I say so. If you were to attempt to summon " Oh, I'll warrant that you never touched him! He is any one I would,.;:;hoot you dead!" th e luckie s t fellow alive!" "You would not dare!" Then they turned their attention to the on i he "You think so?" door . "I know it! Why, young fellow, I am the commander-i n "What do you think of it, your excellency?" queried chief of the British army, and if you were to shoot me you one of the officers. would not live thirty minutes!". "Well, from what I know of Dick Slater I should say "Oh, I guess I would; but I am not an assassin, a n d that this is no idle threat." I did not come here for the purpose of shootin g you." "He and his Liberty Boys are dangerous, eh ? " "Why did you come?" , "They certainly are." "To talk to you, as I told you a while ago." "But by sending out a good-sized force it will be possible "What do you wish to say to me? But, first, lower t hat tJ strike them a severe blow, won't it?'' pistol. It m ight go off!" . The commander-in-chief shook his head. "Very well; but don't ip.ake any effort to summon hel p." "That has been tried before; but we can try it agaln. "I won't." The Liberty Boys move about in such a l ively fashion that Dick lowered the pistol, but held it in readiness for in it is difficult to get them cornered." stant use, in case it became necessary to use it. He d id "We will make the attempt if you wish us to do so, sir." not think it would be necessary to. do so, however, for the "Very well, do so at once. But I warn you that you will British commander-in-chief was such an important indi have to exercise great care, or they will catch you unvidual that he would not dare take any chances of bei n g awar es and do you great damage." killed . "Oh, we will be on our guard:" "Now, what do you wish to talk to me about?" "You will need to be." "You saw the writing on the door downstairs?" "How many men shall we take?" "I did . " _ "Not less than two hundred." "Well, I wished to see you pers{)nally and extract' a "Very well; we will take that number. I suppose there promise from you." is " no use trying to head this Dick Slater off and capture ' 'You are certainly bold and impudent; but what is the him before he gets out of the city?" promise?" "Not a bit of use trying it," said the commander-in-chief, "I wish you to give me your promise that you will send with a shake of the head. "He is such a slippery customer out orders to all the soldiers in your army, that in future, that he would s ucceed in getting away somehow." when out foraging or scouting, they will not shoot d own "Then we won't fool away any time in that fashion, but any patriot settlers." will make our preparations and start out in search of the "Have they really done so?" the commander-in-chief Liberty Boys in the morning." asked. "That will be the thing to do." "Yes . " Then the two officers saluted and took their departure, "When?" and the commander-in-chief ordered the orderly to erase "Only a few days ago. the writing from the door, after which he returned to his "Where?" room. "Over west of the Schuylkill." "That young rebel, D ic k Slater, is certainly the most dar"Who was the person killed?" ing fellow that I have ever had any experience with!" he "A patriot settler by the name of Walton." mused. "And those Liberty Boys are daring and desperate I "Tell me the circumstances." fighters, too. I wish that I could capture him and a suf-Dick did so. !icient of the members of his company to destroy "And the worst of the matter,'; sai? the. its effectivene ss. in conclusion, "1s that the murdered man s wife will die. The commanderin-chief, his face wrinkled up in a fro'1'm, The shock was such a terrible one that the poor woman took a seat at his desk and sat there staring frowningly broke completely down under it." at the floor. . "That is bad, truly,'' said General Howe, who was r eally Perhaps two' n;mutes passed, and then he was startled a good-hearted and humane man; "and I will give you the by hearing a voice say: promise you ask-not because you have appeared before "How you,. General. Howe?" . me, pistol in hand, mind you, but because I do not ap-He wpirled. q1:11ckly, with al'. exclamatio_n. prove of any such doings myself." Standmg w1thm th_e roo.m, J:iis back agamst. the door, a "I was sure that such was the case, sir; and that was the c ocked and leveled pistol m his hand, was-Dick Slater! reason I wished to see you in person. I felt that if I could lay the matter before you you would be not only w ill ing, but glad to p-ut a stop to such doings on the part of yo u r CHAPTER XIII. AN INTERVIEW WITH GENERAL HOWE. For a few moments there was absolute silence. The British general stared at the youth in open-mouthed a rnazement, not unmixed with consternation soldiers." . "Yes, indeed! Killing soldiers in battle is one thingand that is bad enough, too-but shooting down inoffensive settlers in cold blood is another." They talked a few moments longer, and then the B r i t is h asked:


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE WARPATH. "How did you succeed in getting in here?" "Hello, what's the trouble?" he heard the other sentinel "After the two officers shot at me," explained Dick, "I cry out. ran around the corner, came up the alley, entered the bujld"I heard some one running!" was the reply. ing through a window in the rear, slipped up the back "A rebel spy likely!" stairs and entered here. You were downstair at the front "Perhaps so." looking at the writing on the door and talking with the "Do you think you hit him?" officers." "I don't know." "I see; then you were in here when I entered." "Let's go and see." "Yes, in your bedroom," motioning toward a connectir.g "All right; come along." doorway . They did go and look all around, but of course did not The g-eneral eyed Dick thoughtfully and with a look of find any one. Dick was out of hearing by that time and interest in his eyes. was walking rapidly toward the timber. -"Young man," he said, impressively, "I admire your As he walked along he went over in his mind the ocdaring, your impudence even, but I want to tell you that currences of the past hour, and he felt very well satisfied. one of these days you ar. e g-oing to go too far and will end He had done more than he had th0ught of doing when up by being shot or hanged!" he came to the city. "I hope not,'' smiled Dick. "I would hate to die such a Three-quarters of an hour later he was back in camp death. Iam a soldier, and wish to die, if die I must, . on the I with the Liberty Boys, and when he told them what he had field of battle, while fighting for the liberty and indepencl-accomplished they were delighted. ence of my countrymen." "I would have liked to have seen General Howe's face "Well, you will not have your wish, unles:3 you are more [ when you appeared before him so unexpectedly in his pri-careful and cease to take such risks." vate room at headquarters!" chuckle d Bob. Dick laughed. "I'll warrant that he was surprised!" from Sam San-"I'll risk it," he said; "and now I guess I v:ill be going." demon. . A peculiar look appeared on the face of the British of-"Yah, id vos enough to surbrise me!" from Carl Gookficer, and Dick. who noticed it, jumner\ to the conclusion ensp:eler. that General Howe contemplatect giving a n instant alarm '.'We. will ,have to_ look out for the r edcoats now. boys," after he had left the room, in the hope that the Liberty said Dick. 'They w11l be eager to get at us after this." Boy might be captured. "And they had better look out for us,'' grinned Bob; "I want you to give me your promise that yo . u will not "we are on the warpath, and unless they send a regiment raise an alarm until five minutes have passed from the we will make it lively for them." time I leave the room,'' he said. "I look ff'r them to send out a strong force in the morn-A look of disappointment appeared on General Howe's ing,'' said J)ic k. face. "I refuse to give the promise," he said. Instantly Dick leveled the pistol. "You have got to give the promise!" he cried. The general glared at the youth angrily. "You would not dare shoot me!" he cried. . "I dare do anything!" grimly. "I must look out for my own safety, and I will shoot you jus t as sure as anything unless you give me the promise!" For a moment the officer hesitated, and then he said: "Very well; I give the promise." "And you will keep it?" The officer drew himself up with dignity. "I am a British officer and a gentleman." he said. stifflv. "I have never broken my word, and do not intend to begin now." "Very well; good-evening, General Howe." The officer nodded, but made no reply. Dick opened the door, passed through, closed the door again and hastened along the hall to the back stairs, made his way down them and out by way of the 1;ear window through which he had entered. He did not go with unusual haste, for h e had confidence th'at General Howe would keep his promise, and five min utes would be sufficient to enable him to get safely away. i He was not long in reaching the street, and then he made his way along it to the main street, and soon he was mingling with the throng of pedestrians. Here he was not likely to attract any attent'on, and twenty minutes later he was at l:he edge of the city. "Now to get past the sentinel,'' he thought . . He turned aside and entered a vacant lot, which was covered by a growth of grass and weeds. By bending forward his head was below the top of the weeds, and he reached the farther side of the lot without having been discovered, although there was a sentinel at each corner. The sentinels paced back and forth, meeting at the point opposite where Dick crouched; and he waited till they had met and turned back and were pacing away from each other; then he d arted forth fron1 among the weeds and ra swiftly toward the open country. One of the sentinels heard him and whirled, crying out sharply: "Halt! Who goes there?" Dick kept on running. It was so dark that he did not believe the sentinel could hit him if he fired. He was willing to take the risk anyway. Crack! The bullet whistled past Dick. "I'm all right now!" he thought. CHAPTER XIV. It LIVELY WORK. The Liberty Boys were up early next morning . They had eaten breakfast by the time the sun was up. "Boys, I have figured out a plan of action that will, I think, be a good one,'' said Dick. "Let's hear it!" "Yes, give us your plan!" "We'll follow it out." "That's whaf,..we will!" "My. plan is this: We will go to the edge of the timber, and fifty of us will station ourselves on one side of the road where it enters the timber and fifty on the other stde. We will wa;t thern, and when the British have entered the timber we wiff ride out and around and enter it behind them and dash up suddenly and fir e two or three volleys and then retreat before they recover from the surprise and demor alization that our attack will occasion." "That's a good scheme, Dick!" "It is all right!" "Yes, yest" "It'll work!" "Of course it will!" Such were a few of Boys. the exclamations from the Liberty "I'm glad you like the plan," said Dick. "I have only one fault to find with it. Dick," said Bob. "What is the fault you have to find, Bob?" "The objection I have is to retreating." Dick laughed. "Of course; I might have known you would object to that," he said. "What do yo u want that we' shall do?" "Why, instead of retreating, let's keep right on going and ride through and over the redcoats!" "We might do that if the redcoats are foot soldiers, bu if they are troopers we could hardly do it." "Well, it is likely that the force will be foot soldiers don't you think?" "It is possible of course." "Then if such is the case we will dash right on throuit and over them, eh?" "I guess so, if the rest of the boys are willing to ri it." "Of course they are-eh, boys?" "Yes." "Certainly!" "To be sure we are!" "Yah, ve vill risk dose retgoads running ofer us, you I me my life!"


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE. WARPATH . 1 5 "Shure an' it's clhe 'very t'ing Oi would loike more clhan innythin' ilse !" "All. right ," said Dick; "that is settled, then. If the force JS made up of foot soldiers we will dash right on through it, but if it is made up of troopers, then we will retreat after firing two or three volleys." of the two volleys, however, and now the youths fired a third volley. The youths nodded. T hen they bridled and saddled their horses and mounted and l'Ode to the main road, and up it almost to the poi n t where it emerged into the open country. T h e n they paused and dismounted and led their horses in among the trees and almost to the edge of the timber, b u t to the right and left of the road a distance of perhaps one hun dred yards. Tyin g horses, they took up positions behind trees d looked m the directio n of the city. No redcoats were in sight . "It is most too early for them," said Dick . They were so close that the bullets did deadly execution, and then in among the redcoats the Liberty Boys dasheq, the soldiers being knocked down by the horses and trodden under foot. Shouts of anger and fright went up from many and shrieks and groans of pain went up from the injured. It was an exciting, a terrible scene. The redcoats dodged out of the way when they real ized that a deliberate attempt was being made to run them down and trample them under foot, but a large number did not manage to get out of the way and were knocked down and trampled. . The Liberty Boys were quickly free from the force o:f redcoats, and they dashed on down the road at top speed, leaving a severely crippled and badly demoralized e n e m y behind them. CHAPTER XV. "Yes, won't get started for an hour yet," said Bob . . The Liber t y Boys were patient waiters. They had long smce. learne.d to wait patiently and philosophically when it was 1mposs1ble to h e lp matters by worrying. CHESTER'S FIRM STAND • . They doubted not that the British would appear in due "Great guns, boys! there is my father!" time, and they could affor d to wait. It was the day following the one on which occurred t h e An hour 'passed and the Btitis h had not appeared. encounter narrated in the preceding chapter. "Oh, well, the longer we wait the sooner the enemy will The Liberty Boys had returne d to Valley Forge and had b e likely to appear," said Bob. . spent the night there. Half an hour later Ben Spurlock cried out: They were engaged in making preparations to start. out "Yonder they come!" again on the warpath, so to speak, when Chester Wnght-All looked toward the city, and sure enough a Bdtish more had uttered the exclamation given above. force was seen coming. "Your father!" exclaimed Dick; "where is he?" "Yah, dere is der retgoads!" cri e d Carl Gookenspieler. "Yonder; going toward headquarters in company with "They are foot-soldiers," said Bob, gleefully; "and that the officer of the guard." means that we are not to make a dash for the m and then "Ah, I s ee him! So that is the duke, eh?" with a smile. keep right on going." "Yes, that's the duke," replied Chester, with a "Yes," said Dick. sm ile. "An dnow, what wo you suppose has brought him They watched the approaching force with interest. up here?" As it drew nearer they were enabled to size it up pretty "Likely he has come to take you away, Chester. " accurat ely. "That's what I'm afraid of; but I won't go!" "How many are there in the party, Dick?" queried Bob. "You are determined to remain in America, eh?" "About two hundred, Bob." "Yes." "That is what I say." "But supposing you fail to win the lov e o f F lorence "Yes, that's just about the number," said Mark MorriMartin?" son. Chester made a grimace. On came the BrWsh. "I don't want to think of anything of the kind, Dic k !" Of course , they did not suspect that the force of rebels "I know, but it is possible that you may fail, you know." "Yes, I know that." that they were starting out to search for was near at hand. "Ancl in that case you would be sorry that yo u remaine d Had they suspected it they would not have marched along so ca reiessly, and jauntily. in Amer'ca, wouldn't you?" "No, I'd stay, even if I knew that I couldn't wi n the. Th e British force came on till it reached the timber, and girl." th en it entered and was soon out of sight of the youths. "Oh, all right, then; that is good. I'm glad to hear y ou Then the Liberty Boys untied their horses, led them out say that." from among the trees.' mounted and rode around to the "Say, you don't suppose that General Washington wo uld and looked down 1 t . . . . . force me to accompany my father, do you?" a n xio usly. 1h.e rear column of the force of Just disapDick shook his head. rmg around a bend • a quarter of a mile distant. "I hardly think so Chester " "Let'l3 .get after the enemy, Dick!" cried Bob . "I h;ne not but ' anyway, he 'could only force me to l eavr. "All nght, Bob., Are you all r ead)'., boys?" the patriot he could not make me return to Eng"Read)'.! " came m chorus from. th. e lips gf th,e you!hs. I land with my fati1er, and you may be sure that I am not "AJI nght. When we withm musl;:et -snot distance going to do it, either!" fire a voll ey, ,?nd then fire pistol volleys as soon as we get The duke had now within the clo se enough. I bu'ldin"' but the youths kept their eyes on the bmldmg and '.'And don't forget that we are to keep right on going!" saw an orderly emerge and come toward t h em. said Bob. . . "He's coming after you, Chester," said Bob . ''We'll remember," said Mark Morrison, and the others "Yes, I belie . ve he i s," said the English youth, nervously; nodd ed . "say I've a good mind to cut stick and stay away till my "Forward!" cried Dick. g-oes back to Dick!" They urged their horses forward at a gallop. But that youth shook his h ead . They gradually increased the speed till the animals were "No, I would advise you to stay and face it out, Ches t er," running at top speed . he said. "Go to headquarters and face your father, and tell They were at the bend in the road very quickly, and General Washington that you do not wish to go back to around it the y went. England, and that you are determined to stay in America The rear end of the column of soldiers was only about and become an American citizen; and my word for i t , h e one hundred yards distant. will not force you to leave here." The redcoats seemed to have just hea1d the sound of the "All right; here goes." hoofbeats, for tbey turned their heads and looked back The orderly was at hand now, and he said, looking over just as the Liberty Boys dashed around the bend. the group of Liberty Boys inquiringly: They stopped and whirled around, but before they could "ls there any one here by the name of Chester Wright-fire the youths fired a volley . more?" Considerable damage was done and then the youths fired "That's my name," said Chester. a volley from their pistols; the redcoats fired a scattering "Very well; your presence is wanted a t headqu a rters v olley at the same time, and three of the Liberty Boys fell immediately." from their saddles. "I'll go right along with you." At least fifty of the redcoats had gone dow n as a result They set out at once , and were soon at the building ..


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE WARPATH. T.11;ey entered, and the orderly conducted Chester to the private room of the commander-in-chief and ushered him CHAPTER XVI. in, with the announcement: "Chester Wrightmore, your excellency." A FRIGHTENED DUKE. General Washington and a slender but very dignifiedlooking man of middle age were the only other occupants "Your father has gone, Chester," sa id Dick, when the of the room. The duke-for it was indeed Chester's father youth returned to the Liberty Boys' quarters. -eyed the youth with a look of stern displeasure, and did "Yes, Dick." not speak or extend any greeting whatever. "You came out all right, then, eh?" from Bob. General Washington h 'ad never seen Chester before, and "Yes." now he bent a keen and searching look upon the youth. "General Washington didn't try to make •you go with Both the men were seated, and General Washington mo-your father, old fellow?" from Mark Morrison. tioned the youth to a seat. "No, he left it wholly with me." "You are Chester Wrightmore?" queried the commander1 "I was sure he would," from Dick. in-chief. "Yes, and say, Dick, General Washington is about the "I am, sir," was the quiet reply. finest man I have ever seen!" "This gentleman," indicating the duke, "is yuur father?" "You're right he is, Chester!" "He is, your excellency." "What did he say to you?" queried Ben Spurlock. "He tells me that he has come all the way from England "Yah, vot did you say to der gommander-in-sheef, Shesto take you back home with him." ter?" from Carl. . "I will not go." "After father left, General Washington shook hands with "Indeed?" with a searching g l ance ; "and why not?" me and told me he was glad that I had decided to become "Well, sir, I lik e America, and have decided to stay here an American citizen; and he said, too, that he hoped I would and become an American citizen." I win the girl I love." "Indeed! And you lik e the American people?" '.'Oh, him every time!" cried Bob. "He "I do." th1zes with the young fellows who have sweethearts, and is "The truth of the matter, General Washington, so far as always willing to grant leave of absence to any one to go I can make out," said the duke, speaking for the first and see his girl." , time, "is this: My son has become Infatuated with a girl "I guess he hasn't forgotten that he was young once who lives in Philadelphia, and that is the reason he refused himself,'' said Sam Sanderson. to return home with me." . The youths talked a while longer, and then, having fin"Ah, indeed!" said the commander-in-chief, a faint smile ished making their preparations, they mounted and rode on his face; "then it is not so much the people of America out of the encampment. that you like as it is one certain person in America?" "Hurrah!" cried Bob, when .they were clear of the camp; There was a twinkle in the great. man's eyes, and Chester, "now we are on the warpath again!" who was a really brig;t}t, keen youth, saw it and jumped to "And you are happy," smiled Dick. the conclusion that General Washington was friendly to"I certainly am! But I will be happier when we strike ward him. a party of the redocats." "Well, your excellency,'' Chester said, frankly; "you know I "I don't think there is any doubt but what we shall strike there is a saying something to the effect that when one a force of British, Bob." is . in love he lov e s the whole world, so it is not strange "You think so?" that, loving an American girl, as I do, I should like the "Yes, and we will have to be careful that they don't American people." strike us." The duke frowned btu the patriot commander-in-chief "Oh, we will be on the lookout and not let .the m take us smiled and said: ' by surprise, old fellow." "No, it is not strange at all. But you are quite sure They rode along at a gallop, and when they had gone you do not wish to go with your father?" about three miles they caught sight of a horseman ahead "Quite sure, sir!" of them. "That settles the matter, then, Mr. Wrightmore,.'' said "It's your father, Chester," said Dick. General Washington, turning to the duke; "I cannot force "You are right, Dick." your son t11 accompany you." "Did he go away angry at you?" "I believe that you have been coaching him what to say!" "Yes, h e didn't even look at me, much l es s say goodby." cried the duke, angrily. "That is too bad." "This is the first time I have seen the young man, and "He said he was willing to go back ho m e i •;ght a;way and until you came and told me about him, I . did not know there make a will, cutting me off with a shilling." was such a person in the world,'' said the commander-in"What did you tell him?" queried Bob . c hief, coldly. A smile passed over Chester's face as he r e plied: . The duke look ed nettied, and now he turned an angry "I told him that I didn't even want the s hilling." look upon his son . The youths burst ont laughing. . "Come home with me, Chester,'' he said, in a tone of "Chester, you are all right!" Bob cri ed . " You seem to command. be imbued with the true American spirit!" The youth shook his head. "You are right, Bob!" cri ed Sam Sande r s on. "No, I am not going, father,'' was the firm reply; "I told "Yes, yes!" from the other youths . you that when you first came t o Philadelphia, and I have "But you would no doubt feel better in the future if you not changed my mind; nor will I do so. I am going to stay made friends with your father," said Dick; "so I suggest in America!" that we ride faster and catch up with him. Then you can "Very well,'' snarled the duke, in a bad temper; "I shall talk to him, and p,erhaps he may get over his feeling of return to England, and the very first thing I shall do on anger toward you. reaching there will be to make a will cutting you off with "Very well," said Chester; "of course, I would rather a shill ing!" feel that we are friends and that he i s not angry at me." But the youth was unmoved. S o they increased the speed of their hors es and began to "I don't even want the shilling, father," he said, quietly. overhaul the duke. "Fool!" cried the duke, and he rose and strode out of They were still half a mile away from him whe n he hap-the room and house without another word, or even a glance p ened to look around and see them. at his son or the commander-in-chi ef. Then, to their surprise, h e began belaboring his horse General Washington was eyeing the youth keenly, and and forced the animal to its best speed. there was a peculia1 look on his face and in his eyes. "What does he mean by that?" remarked Dick. "Are you quite sure that you will not regret this step, "I'll wager that he thinks we have been sent after him, Chester?" he asked. and that we are going to make a prisoner of him!" said "Quite sure, your excellency,'' was the decided reply. Bob, with a grin. "You are a bra ve youth, and, despite your early training, Even Chester smiled, but he nodded his head at the sam have the making of a man in you. I am glad that you have time and said: decided to stay and become an American citizen, and I hop e "I have an idea you are right, Bob. He doesn't kno '.hat you will succeed in winning the girl you love." much about the people of America, and as he left head "Thank you. sir!" said Chester. ' Quarters in a huff, without bidding the commander-in-chi


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE . WARPATH. i'7 goC?d-day, _ doubtless he imagines that General Washington is inc ensed toward him, and wishes to make a prisoner of him. " "That's it, I'll wager anything!" said Sam Sanderson. "Perhaps we had better cease the pursuit," said Dick. "It is too bad , o u r giving him s uch a sca re. " "I'll t e ll you," sai d Che ster, "the rest of you s low up and I will ride on at top speed. When he sees me coming alon e he won't be afraid, and w ill probabl y slacken the spee d of his horse, or perhaps even stop and wait for me." "That's a good idea; •go ahead, Chester." ' The youths slowed down to an ordinary, easy gallop, a nd Chester rode onward alone . The duke looked back presently, and, of course, noted tha t only one was pursuing him. Doubtless he recognized Chester, for he pulled his horse dow n to an easy gallop . C l oser and closer Chester drew to his father, a nd presentl y overtook him and rode a lon g beside him. Th e Liberty , Boys rode a long half a mile behind and watch ed the two with some curiosity. "I wonder if the duke will make up with Ohester?" re marked ' Ben Spurlock. "My i s that he won't," saitl bick; "I s hould judge, from his looks and from what Ches ter has said regarding hii:n, that. he is an obsti nate man, a nd a very proud and aristocratic one, just the kind of man to turn against his o w n son when he deems that the latter has done something that the son of a duke ought not to do." "We ll , it won't worry Chester very much if his father refuses to make up, I'm thinking," said Bob. " I don't think so, either," said Dick. "Chester is an independent sort of fellow, and sensible as well, and he will look upon the matter philosophically . " Chester remained with his father half an hour and then stopped and '"'.aited for the to come up with him; the duke contmued onward without s o much as glancing back. "Well?" remarked Dick, when the youths came up with C hester. He shook his head, a half-sad smile on his face. "No go, eh?" remarked Bob. "No, BoJ . " "He talked to you, though?" "Yes; he raked me overthe coals in great s tyle." "Gave it to you hot and heavy, eh?" from Dick. "Yes, Dick." "Did he try to get you to leave the patriot army and return with him?" "l;"es, but I quickly him from talk ing in that stram. It was a waste of time a nd breath for him to do so." "Exactly." "Then he gave me a great talking to; said I was a fool for taking this course, and so forth." "And he did not make up with you?" from Mark Morri son . "No; he said that he washed his hands of me, and that henceforth I was no son of his." "That i s too bad," said Dick; "I feel sorry for your sakE:, Chester, tha t he feels that way about it. " " Oh . well, it doesn't worry me much, for I feel that I am doing the right thing, and I am old enough to make my own way in life." "That is tiue. " "I wouldn't want to live at home and be dependent upon him, anyway." "Of course not." "He may change his mind and be willing to make friends w ith you before he starts back to England," said Sam Sanderson. "I hardly think so, and ,he says that h e i s going back r:ght away. A ship sail s the day after to -morrow, and I won't likely have a chance to see him again before that." "Oh, well, after the war ends he may return to America to see you and be willing to make up," said D i ck. "Perhaps so, Dick. Anyway, I am going to stay a nd make my home in America. I like the countr y and peop le. Of course, I am hoping that I may win Florence Martin; but even if I fail in that I shall become an American citizen and settle down here just the same. " "That's right," said Dick. "Bully boy!" cried Bob. " I say, fellows, let's give Ches ter three cheers before his father gets out of hearing! What do you say?" "'.All right!" in a chorus . "Good! Eve rybody ieady? Now!" The cheers were given with a vim, and there could be. no doubt that Mr. Wrightmore heard them; he could not have h elped hearing, unless he was deaf, and they knew he was no t afflict e d in thi s manner. But the duke never turned hi s head. CHAPTER XVII. THE TORY SPY. "Whom have you there, Bob?" " I think he is a Tory spy, Dick!" "Where did you find him?" "He was going along the road and I called to him to • halt and give an account of himself. He started to run and I took after him and caught him. He was so impudent tha t I thought I wo uld bring him into camp and let you deal with h im ." "I'm glad y ou did." It was evening, and t he Liberty Boy s had gone into camp on the bank of the Schuylkill at a point a couple of hundred yards from the road. B o b had b ee n stationed at the road to watch for the coming of redcoats, and, as he had just explained, had captured this fellow, who was a roughly-dressed, rather illlooking man of middle age. Bob had bound the man's wrists together with a handkerchief. Dick eyed the fellow keenly and searchingly a few moments, and then said: "Search him, Bob." The youth obeyed, the other Liberty Boys crowding around and watching with interest. The prisoner glared angrily at the yo ths, but was helpl ess, so had to content himself with glaring. "Well, here's a letter, Dick!" "Let me see it." Bob h anded the letter to Dick, who opened it and read the contents. "Just as I expected," he said. " This is a letter from the commander of a force of British, and is addressed to General Howe in Philadel p hia. This fellow is a spy, sure enough!" "Let me see the letter Dick,' ' said Bob. Dick handed it over and Bob read it out loud. The youths eyed the prisoner threateningly. "The letter prove s you to be a Tory spy;" said Dick, sternly; "and you know that the fate o f a spy is death! But," after a slight pause, "if you will tell us what you kno w of the movements of the British force I will spare your life." The Tory was evidently a coward at heart, for he jumped at the chance offered him. "The British force is in camp over yonder about two miles," he said, pointing, to indicate the direction. " How strong a force is it?" " There are five hundred m e n in the force, sir." "And the letter says that they are looking for the Liberty Boys,'' remarked Dick , quietly ; "we ll, I rather think that they will find the object s of their search before morn ing, eh, boys ? " "Yes, yes!" "They certainly will!" "Yes, we'll see to that!" " We'll help them to find us!" "Yo u wi ll let me go now?" the Tory spy asked. "Not yet," said Dick. "But yo u promised that--" "Oh, I'll k e ep my word; I'll spare your life and will let you go free; but not until after you have done something to earn your freedom." "What do you want me to do?" tremblingly. " I want you to guide us to the British encampment;" "Oh,. they'll kill me if they lay eyes on me!" "They won't see yQu. I simply want you to guide us to the v:icinity, and then you can stay back out of sight. So far as that is concerned, we won't make the attack till after da r k. " "All right; I'll guide you. But if I was you I wouldn't go over there till after dark." "That is a very good suggestion and we will act upon it." "Yes," said Bob; "that is, if he can find the way in tlu


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE. WARPATH. "Oh, I could find the way blindfolded," eagerly. 'Then he moved out to one side and the Liberty Boys "Ami you are sure the Bl'itish intend to remain in camp stole onward toward the British encampment. ti where they now are over night?" queried Dick. When they got close so th'.3-t they see le "Oh, yes!" dark form of a sentinel outlmecl the hght background made "If we get there and find them gone I will string you by the campfire, Dick gave the signal to charge. up to a tree!" Forward dashed the Liberty Boys! The fellow paled, but saicl, earnestly: The sentinel heard them coming and gave to intend to stay. I heard tJ-ie commander say so. a yell and discharged hi s musket to awaken his sleeping So if it should happen that they are gone it won't be my comrades. d t 1 1 and I hope you won't rlo me any hurt!" The next moment he was knocked down an ramp ec Well, I guess they will be there, so you don't need to underfoot, and onward swept the youths. WOJTy." k t h t The redcoats alarmed by the shout and mus e -s o ' The youths were consirlerably excited now. They felt that leaping up' and groping for their muskets, but befor1e they were going to P,:et a chance to strike the enemy a fi h L'b rt B ured a vo severe blow. The fact that there were five hundred of the they could get ready to re t e I e y oys po d t d'd t h L' ley into their midst. . re coa s no t e iberty Boys at all; they in-The redcoats were so thick that the volley did great tended takrng the British by surprise, and that would coun-terbalance the odds against them. execution. At least two score went down dead and wounded . . They their weapons and saw that they were Then the youths brought theil: pistols int_o play. m good wo1:kmg order, and then they settled down to wait The'.' fired two volleys in qmck succession and. dropped for the commg of darkness. -' The Tory spy sat on a log in the midst of the youths and at least fifty more redcoats. d f watched them and listened to their conversation a sullen By this time the Briti11h had their muskets rea y or flse, look on his face. ' and just as their commander yelled out for them to re, It wa? plain that he was not pleased with his situati.on. the Liberty Boys, at a signal from Dick, dropped flat upon Occasionall v he glanced around as though looking for a their faces. _, chance to make a break for liberty but no chance was of-Crash! Roar! fered hi m , and he did not make a-dy attempt to escape. Loudly the volley from the muskets of the British rang Bob, who always saw everything, noticed the fellow's out, and a storm of bullets swept over the youths, not 1 d d cl h' damaging them in the least. . . ' g ances aroun , an sai to rm : Had thev been standing erect the maJonty would have "If you value your hide you won't try any tricks my cl cl fine fellow. If you to try to get away we would fiil gone down, dead and woun e . . you so full of lead that if your body was to be thrown into Dick g ave utterance to another signal the Liberty the river it would sink and never rise to the surface!" Boys leaped to their feet and dashed back m among the "I ain't. thinkin' of trying to get away," was the surly re-trees and took shelter. ply. The British had their pistols drawn by this time and "All right; I wouldn't think of it if I were you!" fired a volley, but did no particular damage. . "No, dot vould nod be mooch healthiness for you, Mistler Again Dick gave a signal and. the youths stole Dory!" said Carl Gookenspieler. away. t k The Tory made no reply, and he ceased looking around. They were well sati sfied with the result of the at ac He evidently realized that it was useless to think of es-They had killed and wounded nearly one hundred of the caping. redcoats, and the eJ...-tent of their own damag_e was five "Do you really intend to make an attack on the British?" wounded, none mortally, and only two at all senously. he presently asked of Dick. They had had a narrow escape, however, for had "Of course we do!" been struck by the volley from the muskets of the Bntish "One hundred against five hundred? They will make they would have been practically annihilated. . mincemeat of you!" They realized that it would be to try to. make "You are mistaken," quietly; "we will make mincemeat another attack, and so they made their way back m the of them." direction of their encampment. "Yah, ve vill cut elem up indo lidclle bieces!" from Carl. They mounted their horses and r o d e to Valley Forge, "You see, we are going to take them by surprise," said and Dick went to headquarters and reported to General Dick. "That will more than make up for their greater Washington. 1 • cl number of men." The commander-in-chief co mplimented D1c:k on the goo "There won't be any more of them than there are of work he and his Liberty oys had accomp lrnh e d . us when we get through with them," said Bob. "I don't think the Bri t is h \\"ill v e ntur e out wes t of the The Tory spy eyed the youths with considerable interest Schuylkill from now on," he s aid. . . and wonder. I It turned out as he had prophes i 0 d . V ery few Bntish It was plain that he was deeplv The f:=ict , arties came across the riYer after that. . that one hundred youths were coolly on. making P So the work of the L'.bo1:ty Boys when t_hey went on an attack on five veteran soldiers . was the warpath was indeed efre c t1ve , and renulted good, enough to make an irnpress10n. upon hi_ s mmd. in that the patriot settlers west of the Schul!nll River It was dark presently, but Dick was m no hurry to start. bothered very little during the rest of the time the Bntish preferred to till the redcoats had l; down for the remained in Philadelphia. mgAhbt bteftore ipalk1kngh an attatchk. cl f Our story is ended, but we that Che ster ou en o c oc e gave e or er or the youths to get more eventually succe e d e d e n wmnrng Flore nce artm s ready to start. . . . love, and they were marrie d soon after the war closed and They were on feet mstalltly, and a few mmuteB lived very happily. . later they set out, gmded _by the Tory. Mr. Wrightmore, the "duke.'.' .never returned, to Amenc!'l, Six of the youths remamed at the encampment to look but Chester and his wife v1s1ted the youths father m o:i.fter the horses. En land a few years later, and he made up with his son, Slowlythey rpade their way along, Dick a1,1d Bob walkanJ when he died. ins t ead of Chester off with the ing beside the Tory to make sure that he did not try to shilling, he left him escape. . Chester was an and he sold tl;ie prop-Just about an h.our fro:-i the time they left the encamp-erty in England and remamcd m the country of his aclop -ment the Tory said to Dick: ti on. "The British encampment is right. ahead of us, and not more than two hundred yards distant." The next issue will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER "I see the light of the campfire, Dick," from Bob. CORNWALLIS OR WORRYING THE EARL." "So do I," replied Dick. Then to the Tory he said: ' ' "You may step aside out of the way, but don't cry out and g i ve warning to the redcoats I If you were to do that (t would be the last thing you would ever do-in this world!" "Never fear; I am not going to take any chances!" was SEND POSJ'AL FOR OUR FREE CATALOGUE .the reply.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 19 CURRENT NEWS According to the leading technical journals, within ten days after the Jutland battle, the most seriously damaged of the British ships was ready to take its place in the line. The great majority of the ships were repaired, had refilled their magazines and replenished their stores, within twenty-four hours after returning to port. This is explained lar gely by the fact that before the ships reached th eir base, there was full knowledge at the Ad miralty as to the extent of damage done and exact det ails as to plates to be renewed and the new parts of machinery to be r e placed. A conscience troubled over another man's transgression l ed a resident of Unionville, Pa., to reveal a violation of the garrie laws that occurred last year, and as a r e"ult D. F. Cobaugh, of Unionville, admitted shooting two wild turkeys in one day and paid $25 and costs. The game warden received a lette r in which the writer said he had been oon verted during a recent revival. He had been hunting with Cobaugh last year, he said, and could not sleep unless he told all about the affair. Cobaugh confirmed the story and paid his fine. The law provides that only one wild turkey may be shot in any one day. Harry Paul s on, who for five s•.

20 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A . BORN FAKIR -ORTHE NERVIEST BOY OF ALL By RALPH MORTON (A SERIAL S'TORY.) CHAPTER V. TED'S LOOK-IN AT HIGH FINANCE. "Ouch!" That cry was wrung from Ted Sperry as he founa himself diving through the air. ' "Whee!" This came from him in a gasp in the instant that he struck the table loaded with money. Ted did not double up and break his neck at the end • of that dive, as a more clumsy boy might have done. With his hands on the table, he whirled his body over, making a half somersault. He came up standing on his feet at the further edge of the table, clutching in either hand a pack age of banknotes at least three inches thick. Startled as he was, the young fakir's fright was not a circumstance of that of the four men on whom he . had so unceremoniously intruded. "Ted!" gasped John Barlow in terror, his eyes threatening to stick out of his head. "What on earth are you doing here?" roared one of the three strange men, as the trio wheeled in their flight and came back at him. But Ted, who had recovered his nerve, answered coolly: "Just dropped in!" "None of that-not a bit of it!" roared Sperry's flashily-dressed questioner. flashy trio. "Four men ain't afraid of one boy, I bet. Then what are you afraid of?" "See this?" muttered another of the trio. The long, thin, sharp blade of a dirk-knife flashed in the light. Throwing his left arm arounq the boy, the ras cal pressed the point against his side. "Make any noise," he snarled, "and I'll drive this clear in." "I believe you," muttered the startled Ted. "You look like just the kind of a thug who'd do it." "Give me another song like that and you'll see," growled the man with the knife. "The main thing for you to do, kid,''. advised the first questioner of the trio, "is to keep your mouth shut and to do just what you're told. If you don't, there'll be another hotel mystery added to the list. Make a sound and that knife does the rest. Understand?" "Yes,'' Ted replied, very soberly. "Will you be sensib le?" "YOU bet!" "Then Tim here will take you out for a walk. You go with him, and he won't hurt you any. You make a kick or a sound and he'll whip that knife out again and run it clear into you . Take him along, Tim, and if he makes a sound finish him." Ted felt like anything but joking. His instinct told him that these m en , whatever they were up to, would cheerfully kill him sooner than be interfered with. "This your money?" asked the young fakir, holding out the two bunches that he still retained in his "Come long," growled Tim. "Arid don't you think clutch. "I didn't want to steal it-just us e d it to 1 that, if you get near any one else, yo u 'll be safe in save my fal l." getting fresh. You won't. If you play roots on me you'll get your wind stopped for it." "Ted Sperry," quavered John Barlow, whose face was still deathly pale, "what on earth are you doing here?" "Can't help being here. The floor gave way and Tim opened the door and s lid out, then turned to wait for the young fakir to follow. Ted made up his mind that, so long as things went smoothly, he would do just as he was told. let me through," retorted Ted. "A likely yarn!" growled speaker. "Do you ki10w this asked, turning to Barlow. the flashily-dressed "We'll take a little walk," hinted Tim, softly, as young smarty?" he they trod down the corridor and followed the stairs to the hall below. "He's a State bt;>y that ran away from me," gasped Barlow. "Well, what are you all looking so scared about?" demanded Ted. looking from his late master to the They crossed the piazza together, went down one of the side streets and reached a road that ran along the river. "We'll just go up this road a bit," nodded Tim.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 2l "Just anywhere so that we get half an hour or so away from the hotel." I'd meet that fearful man with the knife. Oh, Ted, Out here on the river road there was hardly a ny one in sight. The way became lone lier as they proceeded . "Is he forcing me out here to murder me?" won dered Sperry, with a thrill of horror. He had read of c a ses like this. Yet, i f he turned to run , he felt sure that he would be killed. If he obeyed he might not lose his life, after all. "Much on swimming?" grinned Tim, nodding to ward the river. "Fair," Ted answered, tTuthfully. "I u sed to be a crackerjack," laughed Tim. "Guess I would be yet if I made a try." That was as much as to hint to the youn g fakir that it would be of no use to make a bolt for the \vhere is he?" ' "I've Just' tied a b"ig' rock to h'fa feet and drowned him in the river," lied Ted, coolly, and then, for some moments he looked steadily, calculatingly at his friend. "Hen," he remarked at last, "you would not ha.rm a fly and y ou wouldn't-couldn't-do a mean thmg to a friend: You're a good fellow, but I've got to begin at once to grow some new nerve in you!" CHAPTER VI. JOHN BARLOW CONTRIBUTES. Some one else was coming their way. riv er in the hope of escaping. T ed 's quick glanc e espied John Barlow carrying "Se e here," gritted Ted, desperate ly, "what does a new-looking satchel. this whole queer business mean?" "We don't bother that good man by letting him "Don't try to get chummy!" grow led the fe llow, look at us," muttered Ted, dragging Hen behind with a quick showing of his big t eeth. s ome bushes near the tree. So they walked on and on, though they did not Soon after John Barlo,v, looking very fine in his trav e l at much speed . Sunday best, halte d under that very ' farhe tree: But at l as t Tim halted, far from any house. In the shade h e lay his hat on the ground and "I don't feel lik e going any further," he growl ed. t d ping his perspiring face. ' "But y ou, kid, you keep on going, and don't you s 00 mop Then, after a habit of his, he began talking aloud. , dar e to turn to look back. Walk as fast as you "A pretty good day's business!" he muttered. If y ou look back onc;,,1'11 pelt after you a nd j "I should think so," quivered Ted to himself , "if wmd you up . Understand you got a dip into so me of that money I saw." " Yes, " nodd e d Sperry. "It's the chance of my life if those measly boys "Then walk-fast!" don't come back and talk too much," he went on in. A pro'd of the dirk-knife through his trousers gave a low tone. Ted caus e for a quick start. • " 'Measly boys?' " repeated Sperry,' under his For at least five hundred yards T e d walked as breath. "Thank you!" fast as h e knew how , nor did h e look back. "To pay six hundred dollars for three thousand Th en. suddenly he halted and wheeled squarely dollars' worth of money that looks just as good as around. rea l! Why, it is real money, for it's printed fr9ih "Just as I thought," he muttered. "That fe llo w gover nment plates, even if the were stolen!" Tim has piked out of the scenery . Well, I'm in no "What's that?" quivered Ted, pricking up his' ' hurry to get back where I'd have to enjoy his com ears. "John Barlow buying money at a bargairl p any." sale? Printed from stolen plates?" , With which remark Ted threw himself on the "Those men cautioned me that I wasn't to open grass under a tree near the road. the satchel until I got home," went on the old man. There he l ay until the sound of running feet made "But there's no one within' a mile of here. It wori't him look up . He gave a gasp of surprise. Then--do any harm to have just a peep at those handsome . "Hen Putters!" he called, softly . "Oh, Hen!" new bills. Just a peep!" Hen stopped short, looked at his ch um in glad H e was fumbling in one of his pockets. Then surp rise, then ran pantingly under the tree. with shaking hand he unlocked the satchel and "Oh , Ted, I'm so glad! I n ever expec t e d to see peeped in. you.'._alive, I mean!" He fumbled nervously for a moment, then sank "Why, Hen, you l ook as if you'd seen a ghost ." to the ground, but continued to rummage in the "T ed, I heard wl;lat those fearful men said in satchel. the room underneath!" "The infernal scoundrels-oh, the swindlers I" "And ran to notify some one to come and get me sobbed the old man. "Blank paper-nothing but out of the scrape?" blank paper-and they've got my good money!" Hen looked un comfortable. In a frenzy of rage the old man pulled bundle "That' s what I ought to have done," he admitted. after bundle of blank paper from his satchel, star!.' "But , Ted, I was scared so deathl y sick that I just ing at the stuff with wild eyes. got my shoes off, tiptoed out of the hotel, got my ahoes on and ran as fast as I could. I was afraid ('l;:o be continued.


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. FACTS WORTH READING DOG TRUE TO HORSE. 'unearthed the nuts in the Gulf States-not petrified Chuck, the black cur dog of P. Reed's family, on affairs, nor impressions in the or mud or t e Columbia river west of Hood stone, but the real thing, hickory nuts that are Ore., is p o sei:is d of remarkable loyalty to his sound and good at this late date, after one million friends. years spent in the mud and water and Seve1•al ay ago, when one of the big team of stone that preserved them. horse s, dri e n QY Mr. and a boon companion In speaking of the discovery, the Spokane Spokes of Chuck from his

THE LIBERTY BOYS O F ' 76, 23 CENT -OR THE LEGACY THAT M ADE A MAN OF HIM U RL YO ' By CAPTAIN GEORGE W. GRANVILLE 505 W. Waeh. St, INDIANAPOUS, IND. ( A SERIAL S'TO RY.) . CHAPTER XI (Continued). I Then, with most of his clothing still in his hands, It was in the dining-room that the three spent Dick ran to the door of the other bedroom. the early evening. "Mr. Stanley! Mart! Wake up!" "It's a queer old place for a fellow to live, isn't The summons had to be repeated before Mart it ? " asked Mart. "But I've been used to worse than could be fully roused. this. I worked my way through college, if you care When he did realize what was going on he pull ed to know. Two years ago an aunt of mine died and his door open in a jiffy. lef t me a tiny little fortune of fifty dollars a month. "Get out, boys!" he shouted. "This place'll be That's enough for me to live on by myself. But it a roaring furnace in five minutes more!" i s n't enough to bring up a family on. So I do a "What shall we take with us?" Dick begged to g ood deal of work in that locked room. One of these know. day s I may let you have a peep in. One of these days "Yourselves first! Get one or two of the guns if something is coming out of that room that'll make you have a chance. :Sut run like blazes! I'll be m y fortune. Then your friend Mart hopes to cut right after you." out this way of living and live like a civilized man. " Under Dick's enerO'etic guidance the two boys "It's mighty comfortable here now," Bob pro-caught up all the g;ns, three in number, and a t ested. few other articles " But it do for the kind. ?f a family that "Scoot down stairs with you!" bellowed Mart. I to have, Mart smilmgly. "I'll be right after you!" . Then he brought out his guns and showed them It was high time to.leave the blazing building . to the . . 1 • • Fortunately the stairway was still c lear of a ll Huntmg was somethmg of a mama with Mart. but smoke He showed them several trophies of the chase-This the boys in choking doses, but they b irds and small animals stuffed, and by himself. "I make it a rule here to be in bed by. nine o'clock," managed to . reach the street below. "Hurry up, Mart!" roared Dick. Mart broke in at last. "That gives me an early "Coming!" came the steady bellow . "Just pic kstart and a long da y when I'm working hard." Fifteen minutes later the two tired and aching ing up a few thing:$ that I want to save." youngsters were sound asleep in a bed that was "We'll come up and help you." wonderfully soft afte r the station-house plank of "No, you don't! Stay where you are!" the night before and the hard ground of the shanty the boys pulled on the rest of thei r that afternoon. clothmg. When Dick woke up again he found himself cough-1 "Mart!" Dick bawled mDi:iousiy. ing . No answer. . "Smoke!" he exclaimed, as he became wider "ivlart ! 0-o-oh, Mart!" awake . I Still no word from above. There could be no doubt of it. "I can't stand this," trembkd Dick. "I mn going Smoke was pouring into the room in a small but up to him!" st eady cloud. I "Me, too!" from Bob. J ust as Dick realized this he heard a brisk crackThey started up the stainrny again, Dick i n ihc iing sound-the burning of dry timbers. 11 lead. ''.Bob!" he s houted, and shook his chum. Smoke and hot air were pouring up there fcar-"Eh ? " Tu r ner d e m a nded drowsily, and would fully now. haYe sunk back into slumber again had not Granger, I Halfway up Bob, overcome, sank down o n the getting out of the bed, fairly dragged his chum out I steps. on t o his feet. l But who had kept his mouth clo sed, and "Fire!" quivered Dick, pulli11g his clothing on who w

24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. There lay Mart, stretched across the sill of his "secret room," the door of which was now open. Not a second diq Dick Granger waste. He bent over, seizing Mart by the shoulders and shouting: "Bob! Like lightning!" . Then he closed his mouth again, for the fumes were more.than one 0ould breathe much and live. No Bob came,.but Dick staggered out to the head of the dragging Stanley's insensible form after him. , Somehow Dick got Mart's body down the stairs until he stumbled upon Bob in the dark. Then our hero had the task of getting both out, but he did it somehow. I By this time help was coming fast. It. was worse than useless to waste time in saving the building, which was doomed. So the bystanders did all in their power to bring Mart and Bob back to life. This was accomplished at last. . An h

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 25 TIMELY TOPICS TWO PORCUPINES KILLED. Burni s Simans, of Witten, S. D., was called out side by the barking and howling of his dog and found that the dog had stirred up a porcupine. After considerable difficulty, both to Simans and the dog, the animal was killed. The dog was pretty well filled with needles, and lVIr. Simans also received a share of the porcupine's natural weapons. These animals are very rare in this part of the State. They must have been more numerous years ago, as the Indians used the qu ill s, colored with pigment, i n forming some of the designs in their dresses on gala occasions. A few days later A. L. Lindahl killed the supposed mate to the porc upine killed by Mr. Sirnans. WOLVES CHASE SKATERS. Three trappers, Charles Leonard, George Weston and Bert Parker, reached Standish, Mich., from a huntin g trip in the Lake Superior region and told of' a race for life with a wolf pack on returning from their traps recently . The men were on skates three miles from the nearest cabin when the wolves appeared. One of the t rappers fired his rifle when the pack approached them and the wolves quickly tore one of their wounded members to pieces, giving the hunters time for a start. Several times when the wo l ves were nearly on them, this was repeated, the men said, until they finally escaped. THE KING AND THE HORSE. The son of a leading manufacturer of Bru sse ls, whose two brothers have been killed at the front, tells the following anecdote, which dates from the first summer of the war: "It had been a hot day and King Albert, who had not left the trenches for hours, was suffering from thirst. He asked for something to drink, but not a soldier had anything left. Back of the trenches a man saw a horse drinking and went over and started to pull the bucket away. " 'Don't do that,' said the King. 'Let the poor animal drink; perhaps it needs it more than I do.' "It was not until the horse had :finished drinking that the King took up the bucket and drank the few drops that remained.'' 2,500 MILES OF WATER PIPES. The technical commission appointed by the Argentine Republic to supervise the manufacture of the 65,000 tons of cast-iron pipe awarded the United States Cast Iron Pipe Company arrived on the steamship Pastores recently. Alfredo F. Lasso, Bartolome Raffo, Guerino T a l evi, Raul Calandra and redo Marino compose the commission. This is the largest single pip ' e contract placed by Argentina, and the first to be awarded in the United States, as well as one of the largest single cast iron pipe orders in the history of the industry. Com petition for this tonnage was keen between Euro pean and American founders. Upon the op e nin g of bids it was found that the bid of Allied British Found ers was 2 per. cent. lower than the company here, which apparen. t advantage was offset by the refusal of the British company to bid in accordm1ce with several conditions demanded by the Argentine government, and an analysis :finally showed the American bid to represent a price ' $60,000 under the British totals. , The tonnage of pipe approximates 2,500 mil es of cast iron pipe, sufficient for water-piping a city of a million people. ' ROBIN A GREAT STRATEGIST. "Though the robins have always been thought to be very • stupid, a study of them discloses that they are indeed very interesting, and are really past masters at strategy,'' said Mr. Dulaney to a repre sentative of the Philadelphia Inquirer. "I learned this during the last mating season, when there was an unusually large number of them on my preserve. About the middle of June my attention was directed to the fact that the same pair of robins were building two nests in my garden, the one in a locust tree and the other in a maple. Day after day they car. ried building material, first to on e , and then to the The nests were exposed so that they could be easily seen from several points, a most unusual thing for robins to do; and, what is more remark able, at evening Cock Robin would perch himself on a high branch of the locust tree and sing with great energy, as if to call attention to the fine big summer residence in the fork of the limbs ben eath him. He showed zealous watchfulness over both nests, a con siderable part of his pastime being to chase English sparrows away from their neighborhood. "At first Mrs. Robin assisted actively in the nest building, but in June she quit the job and left every thing to her lord, who . kept up appearances by sing ing lustily and adding an occasional twig to the nests, as a good husband should whose part of the job is to keep everything looking neat about the place. "One day I saw Mrs. Robin with a big red worm in her bill. I watched her circle about the nests, and then quietly disappear into another maple tree, which was thick with foliage. She returned pres ently without the worm, and at once I scented mys tery. My interest having been aroused, I carefully' examined this third tree, and found a nest full of half-grown robins.''


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF NEW YORK, JANUARY 26, 1917. TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS '76\ counter and thus delay those who are awaiting their turn. To eliminate this feature a shop restaurant has recently installed a 45-foot cotton belt conveyor, which is electrically-driven. As each emp loyee ap proaches the moving belt he picks up an aluminum tray on which an attendant places bread or bisSing lo Coples ••.. . . .......... , .......•.........•• One Covy ThrPe ;\lonths ........................ . One Copy Six .......................... . One Copy One Year ..................•..•..•....• POSTAGE FREE .06 Cents .75 Cents 1.50 3.00 HOW TO SEND MONEY-At our risk send P. 0. !l!oney Order. Check e>r Uegist.e-rPd Letter; rernittnnces In any other way are at your ''l'c nccept Postage Stamps the same as cash. 'Vhe11 sending s!lrer wrap the Coin in a separate piece of paper to a.-oid cutting theenvelope. your name and address plainly. Address letters to Harry E. Wolff, Pres. }FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher N. Hastin:;s \Volff, Treas. Charles E. Nylander, Sec.. 168 West 23d St., N. Y. Good Current News Articles Out-of-town friends of Frank Bartek who came to Cleveland the other day to attend his funeral and . cuits, and places the tray on the conveyor J;>elt. From that moment he must keep moving at the same rate as his tray, which is carried along in front of the long counter in back of which are the attendants who place on the tray the dishes that are ordered by the employee. A railing running a short distance I in front and parallel to the counter prevents any one from getting into the line at any other place I but the beginning. Thus there is no loite ring or confusion, and the system operates with marked I precision. .. --= .. Grins and Chuckles Howell-They are close friends, aren't ":Pow ell-Yes; neither can borrow a cent from the other. offer sympathy to his family, learned he was very Mamma-You have been very naughty to-day, m.uch er;.tered the house, Tommy . Tommy-Shucks! I would have been twice of gazmg on his face ma coffin, they saw hrm ma as naughty if I had wanted to. chair smiling and looking as happy and healthy as be. "Why, I ,;ven the t_o inShe-I asked Dr. Price at dinner if he thought terview my c?rpse,. he said Jokmgly to his raw oysters were .healthy. He-What did he say? who mto his saloon, and exp_ressed surprise She-That he never knew on e to complain. on seemg him there. A man who died of exposure several days ago had been identified as Mr. Bartek. An explosion in a Russian ammunition plant has caused the death of about 1,000 persons, according to the Overseas News Agency, quoting the Russian newspaper "Rech." The news agency st(ltement says: "The Russian newspaper 'Rech' reports that a new explosion took place in an ammunition factory on La Satanaya. The cause is unknown. At the moment of the catastrophe about 1,000 persons were working in the factory, all of whom evidently perished. The factory was destroyed." Maiden Aunt--I don't think much of the yo un men I see nowadays. Niece--.Don't you, auntie vVell, I dare say I won't when I'm your age. Patience-So you don't like frogs' legs? Patric -Oh, I think they're all right in their place. "An where is their place, pray'?" "On the frogs." Scott-I played a funny trick on the law of grav ity this morning. Mott-What was it? Scott Dropped a line to my wife up in the mountains . Over two hundred thousand rats-202,782, to be' Miss o, I can never marry you . A. precise-have been caught at the London Docks I our family is oppos.ed to you. iyrr. recently. They have fallen victims to the official you are not-Miss Coldart-I said all our fam1l. rat-catchers, who visit every ship that comes into port, and do their best to rid it of live stock of the11 . "After all," rernarkeJ1 lVIrs. Inswim, "home is th rodent variety. "We are very glad to see them," dearest spot on earth.' "It is," answered her h said an officer of a South American grain ship. "We1 band, who 1vas engaged in auditing the month's bil came here fairly swarmlng with the vermin, butl since_ the visit I have sc3:rcely seen one. You seem to think you are 1. I beheve the ammals come prosl?ectrng _arou?d ?eboss of this establishment. New Clerk-Oh, no, fore a vessel leaves port, and pick their ship like I Druo:gist-'fhen \Vhy do you talk Ektl a bloom passengers. For instance, they would sooner sign idiot. articles on a grain ship than on carrying pig-iron." I She-Charlie Wayson called to see me last The one great drawback to quick serYice in resning. He-I suppose he had some silly thii taurants where one waits upon himself is the fact taik about. She-Oh, yes; he \Vas talking about that many patrons are apt to loiter in front of a nearly all the time.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 2 7 T HE DOOMED BROTHERS By Col. Ralph Fenton It i s mor e than thirty years ago since the Carson brothers, J ames and Peter, opened a blacksmith shop on Germantown road, on the outskirts of Phila.: delph1a . One winter's evening an aged traveler, mounted on a fine horse , stopped at the Bull's Head Tavern near the blacksmith shop. "Have you a good horseshoer around here?" "Two of the best in the country not a square down the road," replied the landlord. "Will I send my man down with your horse while you take a rest sir?" ' "No, thank you , landlord," said the old stranger. "Please show me the place. Whs,t did you say the name w,as, friend?" "You can't miss the shop, sir. You can see the light from here. You'll see the name on the sign'Carson Brothers, General Blacksmiths.'" The two brothers were working a\vay with three ass i stant s when the old stranger led his horse to the door, shouting: "Halloo, blacksmith, I want you to put two shoes on my horse right off." . "Tell him we've got all the work we can do to night," said Pete Carson to his assistant, without r aising his head from the anvil, while the btother k ept on at his 'Ork. "I say you must shoe my horse to-night, for I've got a long journey before me. Who's boss here?" "Sh ut that door and let him go elsewhere," g rowled Pete Carson. A grim smile passed over the old stranger's face a s he heard that growling voice above the din inside; and drawing a card and pencil from his pocket, he scratched some words as he stood in the doorway, a n d then turned from the place, saying to the helper: "He's kill ed me, Jim. I'm a dead man. Get in, or he'll fix you!" "One at a time!" sang out a fierce voice as the old rider dashed up the road on his horse. :'You're turn next, Jim." "Poor Pete!" muttered the grief-stricken man, as he stared at the corpse. "What will his wife say to this? What will become of the women and chil dren, if the revengeful hound kills me?" Pete Carson was buried in Laurel Hill Cemetery and in l ess than a month after, the brother sold out the blacksmith shop, and mo ved away, bearing the two families with lum. Four days after the murder of his brother J im Carson received a letter through the post-office1from his enemy, its contents were brief, threatening and unrelentmg. On reading this letter, the threatened man beck oned his wife into another room, leaving the sor 1owing widow ana the children fagether. "Maggie," he said, "I can't stand this any longer . I'm going to set out to fight that devil-to kill him or be killed. Read what he has the cheek to write to me." The wife took the letter, and read aloud, as fol lows: "Baltimore, December 184-. "J J , AMES ACKSON: Had I not more charity than you, you wou ld be dead ere this; but don't think I will let up on you forever, for I have sworn that you'll all die by my hand, and I'll keep my oath. For the sake of your wife, and for the sake of the widow and orphans, I wi1l not molest you until the young ones_ able to take care of themselves. If you should hve for ten years more, you will not hear from me during that After that, no matter where you are, you will hear my vengeful cry and feel my knife or lead in your treacherous heart. "If you care to seek me at once, you know where to find me, Your foe till dt!ath, "JAMES HOWELL." "Hand that card to either of your bosses, and if they want to shoe my horse then, they'll find me up at the tavern." When the woman finished the letter she turned "A card for me,"grunted Pete Carson, as the as-her tearful eyes to the blacksmith, saying: sistant reached the anvil. "Pitch it into the fire "If you follow him down there now, Jim,'' said there, and be blamed to him. Hold on a moment, the tearful woman, "you will be killed, even though and let me see it. Great heavens, Jim!" you kill him; and then what will become of us all?'; "What's the matter, Pete?" inquired his brother. "We'll clear out, Maggie,'' said the husband, as " He is after us again!" gasped Pete. "We are he thought of helpless children. "I wouldn't get doomed-doomed!" . a show-down m the old place if I laid him out, as " Where is he?" demanded Jim, in stern tones, as you say. We'll go West." . h e d rew a pistol and turned to the door. \ And Jam es Jackson, his name once more, "L et me go first!" cried Pete, as he pushed his started for the West with those who were dependbrother back from the door and drew his own ent on him. weapon. " 'Twas I brought his vengeance on us, The hunted man purchased some government land and I'll--" in northern Minnesota, and settled thereon with his "Die like a slrnnk !" cried a fierce voice outside, as double charge. Pete opened the door. Five years after settling in Minnesota, the wid o w ' At the same moment the report of a pistol rang and children of the murdered Peter died by typhoid out, and then the foremost brother fell back in his fever; and then Jam es had only his own wife and man' s arms, crying: his t w o promising children to care for in t he world . .


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF ' 76. When the blacksmith settlesl in his Western home he assumed the name of Porter. , The children never, up to this time, learned the secr e t of the deadly enmity existing between their father and the man signing him se l f James Howell, as the subject was never s p9ken of in t h eir presence. , Young Frank Po;rter had heard that his Uncle P.eter was ' kill e d in ' a fight in Philade lphi a ; that they .hailed fror_n South originally; and h e knew that his father ne ve r cared to speak of his former life . One bright 'summer evening, a s Frank was returning from the town with the team, after di sposing of a load of wheat, an old man rode past him on the prairie, and the young fellow notic e d that the 'stran ger eyed him carefully in passing. Frank was within three miles of his own hom e , when he saw that the old stranger wheeled his s t eed right about, as if to wait for his comi n g . "Live about here, young fell ow?" inquire d the stranger as he rode on by the wagon. "Just a stretch around that rocky pass, " r e plied Frank as he pointed toward a belt of rocky hills on his right. "I'm looking for a settl e r who liv es out h ere some where, young man," said the stranger. "Do you know a man named Carson in this settlement?" "Carson-Carson,'' muttered Fra nk. "Don't know any settler of that name _ out here ; but it strikes m e I've heard the name before. What do y ou want with him, stranger?" . "Carson is an old friend of mine," replied the old stranger, with a smile. "I knew him when I was a boy like you, and it strikes me you resemble him very much." "My father's name is Po rter, sir,'' said Frank; "and if you want to see him, I'll soon--There h e is now, going the short cut through the pass." Without uttering another word, the stranger urged on his horse, and dashed off across the prairie after . the receding figure: fo1 On dashed the horseman, and Frank could see him ' draw his revolver a s he r ea ched the un eve n ground, 'f" where his fiery horse stumbled over the rock s a nd -"juts. . Frank saw the impatient old fellow dismount hurriedly when he was withih' t w o hundred yards of ,Jt1s father, who was still unconscious,apparently, of his danger; and then the pursuer rushed on hi s enemy, leaving his horse to ramble among the rocks . At that moment Frank yelled out with all hi s breath, and his fathe r turned on the instant to per ceive the old fellow da shing into the pass after him. On e fierce, ve n ge ful cry burst from the old stran.ger as he recogniz e d his enemy ; and then Frank heard the quick r eports of the revolvers as the foes closed and fired. And then a cry of pain burst from the blacksmith, 'as he pressed his hand to his breast, and fell on his face, still clasping the weapon in his hand. The old stranger sprang on his fallen foe, and gazed on him a moment, ere he cried: "Father, you are avenged! Jim Jackson, you are the last of t he three; living 01 dead, you ki1ow you dese1ve yo u r punishment." With a yell of rage, Frank r u shed into the pass, hoiding the hunting-knife in his hand. A nd before Frank could reach hi s father's s ide, t h e active stranger sprang over a rocky mound near by, and disappeared. . " Come out, you murdering hound!" cried Frank. A figure appeared above the huge rock, and Frank, excited and maddened as he was, started back in ast on ishment on behold ing a man in the prime of life. "Hear me one momept, youn g man," cried the changed stranger. " Hear me for a moment, and then you can kill m e if you lik e ." "Si xtee n years ago,'' said the stranger, "when I was a boy of fifteen , I saw three. big men attack my father in a barroom i n Tenne ssee, and they mur dered h im before my eyes, because he differed wi th them in pol itic s . One of them-your father thereheld me against the counter whi l e his brothers beat my kind father to death. I swore next day that 1 wo uld kill them all with my own hand. One of them I shot two years after in New Orlean s . I killed yow: Uncle Peter in Philade lphi a . I would have shot your father Oil' that night, were it not that I ha pity on yo u and yo u r sister, and your cou sins . M mother died of a broken heart, and I have bee n wanderer over the wor l d for years. Plunge th knife into my heart now, if you want to." "Don't yo u do it, Frank," cried the dying ma "James Rowel, yo u served us all right. 'Twas cowardly, low, m ean trick we served your fath f a nd we deserved death for it." "And yo u'v e given me .'.l w ound I won't recov from in a hurry,'' said the stranger, as he stagge t and fell on the ground. "Young f e llow, can you i g i ve me as I forgive your father? Heaven kno w hated to-to-' The young strange1's he ad sank on the groun d h e could finish the sentence, and his eyes were clo as if in death. And maybe Frank didn't spend busy ho u rs evening as he assisted his weeping mother ands in bearing the wounded men to the farmhouse the wagon, and then to ride off for the nearest tor. Three months after, the stranger from Ten n and James Jackson were seated in fiont of the t house conversing in friendly tones, and without all udin g to the old, deadly feud. Both men had recovered from their wounds, J ames Howell still lingered in his enemy's hou Two years passed away, and the stranger Ji there still, growing more and more attache d old e n emy each day, while Frank and his look e d on James Howell as an old, dear frie Frank's s ister never learned the secre t father's early, crime; and when she accepte d How ell as her husband, the loving girl little that she wedded the man who had avenge d his by killing her unc l es .


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 29 FROM .4.LL POINT .. '> OLDEST IRON SHIP WRECKED. News from New Zealand was received recently that the oldest iron steamship in the world, the Stormbird, had gpne ashore on the rocks at Wan pnui and brok e n in two. The Stormbird was lluilt in 1854 at Glasgow, and 1 had been employed in Australian and New Zealand waters for more tban sixty-two years. GIRLS FOR "BELLBOYS." "Front!" says the clerk at the hotel desk in Cleveland, Ohio, and instead. of the customary bebuttoned boy there ca me a " knock-m e -dead" blonde or a dashing brunett e to take your luggage and pilot you to your room. "Bellgirls" are more attentive than bellboys, says the originator of the idea. That is the reason they have been installed there. Women guests find the "bellgirls" almost as useful of a maid, the management states. The "hookme-up" problem is now eas ily solved. SAW SIXTEEN BEARS. The best bear story of the season comes from Merritt, W ash., and H. B. Smith is the hero. Smith one day the other week shot a bear 200 yards off, wounding it in a foreleg. The wounded animal came dashing down toward him and when within 100 feet, was brought down with an accurately aimed shot through the heart. H ardly had Smith fired the second shot, according to the story, when a second black one poked its head over a log near by. One shot finished it. Then bears began to jump all around. Smith began a fusillade. He emerged with four pelts. Smith said he saw sixteen bears in all. CHILE GETS FIVE SUBMARINES. As partial amends for having se ized two dreadnoughts being built in England for the Chilean navy at the time the present war began, Great Britain has decided to give to Chile five submarines. The undersea vessels were built in this country for Great Britain by the Bethlehem Steel Corporation, and were half of a lot of ten, the delivery of which to Great Britain was prevented by William J. Bryan when Secretary of State on the ground that it would be a violation of the neutrality of this country. The. submarines are now in the Charlestown navy yard. They were built at Quincy, Mass., and the engines and interior fittings were supplied by the Electric Boat Company. The boats will soon start for Chile by way of the Panam a Canal. The two superdreadnoughts built for Chile which were seized by Great Britain are now doing active service with the British fleet. TOOLS EGYPTIANS USED. Stone implements and household tools, estimated to be 40,000 years old, forming part of a collection owned by Meremptah, son and successor to Rameses the Great, 1,300 years before Christ, have been unearthed in the prehistoric monarch's palace at Mem phis, ancient capital of Egypt. Advices telling of these important discoveries have reached the University Museum at Philadelphia, Pa., from Dr. Clarence S. Fisher, leader of the Eckley B. Coxe, Jr., expedition to Egypt. In a full report, Dr. Fisher describes wanqering through the spacious halls of the great palace that for centuries lay buried in ancient Memphis. Gold ornaments, scarabs, vessels of various kinds and vases were found intact, just as they must have been when the lords of those days departed. Many of the relics found, says Dr. Fisher, date back to the Stone Age. 'l'rac es of a fire that must l].ave ravaged the , palace are found on every side, according to the archelogist. HARMLESS SN AKES FARMERS' FRIENDS. Among . the best, although least appreciated, friends of the farmer are the harmless snakes, such as the milk snake, the chicken snake, the garter snake, the bull snake, the blotched king snake, the blue snake, the black snake and some others. All of them are the natural enemies of rats, mice, weasels and similar animals that infest farms and village homes, especially where there is poultry or other small live stock. In an article in the Scientific American, Dr. Rob ert W. Shufeldt of Washington says that it would well repay every farmer in the country to keep half a dozen harmless vermin-destroying snakes on every acre of his place. Thousands of harmless snakes are killed every year by boys, ignorant farm hands and misinformed women, although it has been proved that rats, mice and other rodents cause enormous losses to cereal crops. Although most farmers believe that the common chicken snake haunts their outbuildings in order to feed on their young ducks and chickens, the snake does nothing of the kind; but does destroy great numbers of young mice and other pests. Harmless snakes are the easiest animals in the world to tame, and it is high time that the false ideas about them should be corrected. More than that, it should be taught that, like birds, they are among the best animal friends that the farm,er has. If we destroy them, we pave the way for the destruc tion of our forests, our staple farm products, and a good deal else that now and always has been protected by snakes and birds.


I 30 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. lNTERESTJNG ARTIC17 ES ARTIFICIAL FEET MADE OUT OF PAPER. According to Berlingske Tidende the Danish phy sician Svindt, who formerly manufactured artificial legs out of papier mache, now makes artificial feet out of paper pulp. A model of the foot is made of wire gauze and upon this is poured the specially prepared pulp, the latter entirely filling the interstices of the wire gauze. These 'paper feet are said to be strong enough for general use; they have, moreover, the advantage of being very cheap. Physicians report that these artificial . feet are very popular with crippled soldiers. SHACKLETON ON RESCUE TRIP. structible or out of range of the fire of the enemy. Then that is connected by land wires to a number of observers situated in concrete turrets along the coast. Each of these observers is enabled through his wire connection to control one torpedo (or vessel). A dozen or more torpedoes may be controlled simultaneously from one station, but each observer will comrol one. Under the system which we have worked out for some years at Gloucester the racy of control is such that we are enabled to stnke a bamboo rod one inch in diameter, standing upright, ten out of fifteen times at a distance of three and one-half miles." Sir Ernest Shackleton sailed from Dunedin, New THE TIGER OF THE AIR. Zealand, for Ross Sea in December to rescue the The big Virginia or great horned owl is the tiger members of his Antarctic ex!)edition marooned of the air. Its ferocity surely earns it a more fit there, according to a Reuter's despatch from Wellting name, just as the rattlesnake has been called ington. The explorer will take his auxiliary ship the horridus the grizzly bear horribilus, scientifically. Aurora. With its ear tufts, mistakenly called horns, its The ten men whose rescue Sir Ernest will at1 flat, broad face and its great, staring, evil-looking tempt are Capt. Mackintosh and nine members of eyes the bird really greatly resembles a bobcat. the crew ofthe Aurora who were marooned in the The further likeness to a tiger is not s-reatly neighborhood of the Ross Barrier when the ship stretched. broke away in a blizzard. They had only a scanty The power of wings is not shown merely in its supply of provisions at that time and nothing has triumph over gravity in the air; its advantage in been heard from them since. battle in obtaining food is also very plain. This, LEFT FORTUNE TO SERVANT. Kate Mulcahy, gray-haired and rheumatic, is heir to an estate between $100,000 and $200,000 left by her mistress, Mrs. John McCabe, of Carlyle, Ill . , but relatives of the dead woman are going to try to break the will. Kate served Mrs. McCabe forty-one years. Mrs. McCabe's husband. was a prosperous physician when Kate came to work for them. He died, leaving little property. Kate left for a time, but Mrs. Mc Cabe's urgent pleas caused her to return at a finan cial sacrifice. Mrs. McCabe said Kate should be the sole hefr to the mistress's property if Kate would stick by her till death. Then oil was struck on the McCabe property, making Mrs. McCabe the richest woman in Clinton County . She kept her promise to Kate just the same. HAMMOND'S NEW RADIO BOAT. The new wireless-controlled boat built at City Isl and, N . Y . , for John Hays Hammond, Jr. , and the United States Government, is 53 feet long and equipped with 400-horsepower gasoline engines . I t is name d the H-4, and is capable of a speed of 24 knots per ho ur. Recent l y speaking of his work, Mr. Hammo n d stat ed : "A w i reless station of specia l design is loc ated at a p oint where it w ill be inde shown by the fly-catching birds, is exceeded by the more bloodthirsty birds of prey, as those that readil y attack and feed upon creatures also of blood-letting tendencies. Imagine a great horned owl, weighing not mor than four pounds, attacking and killing a six-poun mink, a creature noted for its fighting powers, wo derful quickness and sharp teeth. Weasels, you raccoons, foxes and even ' opossums and skunks a made victims by these feathered terrors, and the is on record a case of one having killed a large d mestic ca t, t h ough we should have liked to see fight that resulted, comments the Philade lph' Ledger. It is pretty certain that the owl had so deep scratches and cuts, but his talons were longest and his wings gave him the advantage er over superior weight and strength. It is wrong think about any owl as able to see only in then time; even the little screecher, which is blindest all in the sunlight, can manage to scoot around right if it has to. All prefer the night as offe best opportunities to take their victims, b u t great horned owl and the monkey-faced bar n both hunt and fly about during the day. All owls are migratory in some measure. travel from North to South, seeming to be iD. hurry to get to any partfoular place, but m wishing to avoid extreme cold. Even the big owl and the snowy owl observe this by coming o f the United States line during severe weath -----


TH E LIBERT Y. BOY S OF ' 76. FUNNY JiISSING GAME. Tllese cards, frow Ko. 1 to Ko. 16. run ID rotation, but must be mixed and dealt. a white one !o r a boy nnd u red oue for a (lrl . The y are then read alternately, and the que,tlo n s and answers make funny combinations. '.!.'he right lady Is rewarded with a kiss. A very funny game. Price, tire cents • pac k by wan. H. F . LA.'l'G, 1815 Centre S t ., B'klyn, N. Y. GAME OF AGE CARDS. With tbe•e cards you can tell the age ol any J)l!Mu, kuow lww ru ucu ruoney be has Ill h1" pocket, Ull(i do runny utner wondPr lul stunts . 1'.o previous know J.edge uecesaary. ' l'he cards do tlle rrick ror you. ' l ' ho l>ttiit mue1c tan.Ls out. ceut:; a par• u) wail. \\our Co., 168 w. 23d St., N . Y. GA.UE O F GOLD HUNTERS. The co11.s11:>L:S 01 lliatcll111g carU.g. Tht!l't! uu ouo "'card. ' l 'ue uuu.H.:ky one buHlUJr; it wu:sc rule the rest OJ. tile players o u I.Jack arouutl till! room or :su.1c-11a tk. I ery tuuny. !'nee, ti ve cents a pucli uy mull. ll'our Co., 168 W. 23d St., N . Y . SNAPPER CIGAR. The re:il Lluug tor lLt: cJ.gar grafter. It you .swolie yuu wu:sL Ua\t! illC L law. lit! s ees a 11:w ci101ce c1gur>:> lll .H.JUL' ockt!t a1.u.1 wakes uo auout asking you for one. tou are all prP.par e u tor lnru tills tim e . How: ' 1 'ake oue v.L tllese cigar suappers (wbicb is so wucb like a real clgur you am t1al.>le to sruoltake). llend the >Priug buck towards the tigbted end, aud as you offe r the cigar let go tlie spring and the victim gets u sharp, stingiug 8llap 011 tile fing-ers. A sure cur e !or grafters . .Pdce, by mail, ten cents eud1, or, tl1rce Lor 25c . C. B EJfR , 150 W. 62d St., New York City. MAGIC L OCK-CUTTER. This clever little trick consists of a sma 11 nickeled padlock in the side of which there is a cigar cutter. The lock cannot be opened unless you know the s ecret. In opening it a blade m the cutter clips your cigar. There ls no keyhole. The fingers must open it. l'rl!!e 25 cts. each by mail, postpaid. Woll\ ' Novelty Co., 168 W . 23d St .. N. Y. NAIL P U ZZLE. fiall Made of 2 metal nails c...i l'l::zde linked together. Keeps !olk.s guessing; easy to take them a part when you know bow. Direc1 tions with every one. '"' • Price. Ge . • postpaid. Wolff N ovelty C o ., 1 6 8 W. 23d St., N . Y. FORTUNE TELLING CARDS . The most comical fortune telling cards ever issued . Every one a jok e that will arouse Rcreams of laughter. '!'bey are shur fled, an• l one is drawn-red fo r ladies, white for gentlemen. On the drawn card Is a mirth-provoking picture , and a few wo rds reYcaling your fort u n e . Price, five cents a pack by mall. , H. F . LANG, 1815 Cen t r e St., B 'klyn, N . Y. Sl $ ! to $ 500 EACII paid tor hundred• ol old C oins . Keep AJ,L money dated befor e 189 5 and send TEN cents for New lllu:str ated Coin Value Book, alze 4xl . It may 111ean your Ji'o r tune. CI.ARK.E C OIN Co .• Box 95, Le Roy, N. l{. To the . Wife of One Who Drinks I have an important conftdentlal n1essag" for you. It will come in a plain e nvelop e. How to conque r the liquor habit i n 3 days and make ho111e happy. Wonderful, safe, last ing, reliable, inexpensive method, guaranteed . Write to Edw. J. Woods, 228 S, Station E , New York, N. Y . Show this to others . CUlf F BUTTONS. Gold. plated, !.Hight finished, assorted shapes, set with fine brilliants. Price l O c po:,rpaid. B. F . LANG, 1815 Centre St., B'kl yn, N . Y. LAUGHABLE EGG TRICK. This is the !unnlesl tricl< c\er exhilJlted and always produces roars of laughter. 'l'be per former says t o the a u dience that he requires some eggs for one o t his experiments. As n o spectator carries any, be calls bis assistant, taps him on top o f the head, he aags, and an egg comes out o t bis mouth. 'l.l"llis is repeated until six eggs are produced. It ls an easy trick to 11er form, once you know bow. a n d always makes a bit. Directions given for wor k i n g It. Price, 25 cents by mall , postpaid . H.F. Lan g , 181 5 C enfre S t., B'klyn, N.Y. Ty v TO READ ' ovi U Picture s s'' A Weekl y M a g a zine dev oted t o Photoplays and Players. Absolut e ly the finest Htti" on the news-stands DF' PRICE 5 CENTS A COPY I S SUED EVERY FRIDA Y BEAUTIFUL C O LORE D COVER DESIGNS THIRTY-TWO PAGES FINE HALF-TONE FRONTISPIECE New portr a its of a cto r s and a ctresses every we e k Get a copy of this weekly magazine and see what EVERY NUMBER CONTAINS Six Gripping Sto r i es, b ase d on the l ates t and best films, each profusely illustrated with fine half tones of scenes in 1 Photographs and Biographies o f the mo s t celebr ated Photoplay actors a nd actresses. Spe c ial Articles relating to Movi n g Pictures , written by the grea t es t authorities i n t h e fil m bu si ne s s . News Notes from the studios about the doi ngs of every body of promine nc e c o nne c t e d with the Photopl a ys. Scen ario Hints and the names of a ll the c om panies w ho may buy the plays you write . Poems, Jingles, Jests a n d every bright f e atur e c alculated to interest both y oung and old . GET A COP Y N O W f r om your ne w sd ealer, or send us 5 cents i n money or postage stamps, and we will mail you the latest numbe r issu e d. " MOVING PICTURE STORIES," Inc. 168 West 23d Street New York


'.lllAGIO PUZZLE KEYS Two keys Interlocked In such a ner It s eems Impossible to separute b\lt whe n learned It Is eas!ly done. 6c.. postpaid. FRANK SlllITH, SSS Lenox Ave., man them, Price, N. Y. LITTLE RIP'S TEN-PINS Jn each set there are ten pins and two bow ' Ung I.mils packed In a beautifully or uamented box. With one of minh• . lure. s ets you can play ten-pms on your table just as well as tlie i;nme" can be played In a r egular alle,YIJ:Yery game known to professional bo'I\ l ers can be worked with these pins. l' rice, lOc. per b o x by mall, postpaid. II. F. LANO, 18Ui Centre St., B 'ldyn, N. Y. THE CREEPING l\lOUSE. '.l'hls Is tne latest novelty out. ' l 'ne mouse Is of a very natural appearance. When placed upon a mirror, wall, wlnd'OW or any ot11e r smooth surface, It wlll creep slowly down ,, ard without leaving the perpendicular surface. It ls furnished with an ad }l.,sive gum-roll underneath which makes it stick. Very amusing to both young and ohl.. Price , teu cents by mall. \Your Novelty Co., 168 w. 2Sd St., N. Y. TRICK CIG • .\.RETTE BOX 'l'hls one is u corker! uet a box right away 1( you want to have a barrel of joy. i'iCle 8 tlie secret: lt like an oru1uury red uox ol. ' l 'urklsll ciragette s . Hut ii collta!ns a trigger, uuder whlcli you place u puper. cap. Offer your friend u anu lie raises tbc lid of the boJ<. 'l' llai explodes tbe cap, aud if you ure wise you will get out of sight with tbe boi.: before be gets over tbinking he was sliot. Price, !De., postpaid. wour Nornlty co., 168 w. 2ad St., N. Y. DIITATION BED HUGS. This toy is an exact imitation of the tnenul y u•llc fellow wlio sbare s your beu, cats out or your banu or leg auu who a c c ept1 your uu111ble hospitality even witli out an Invitation. The fact that lie also ins i sts on 1utroduclug all his friends and family circl e sometimes makes him m ost unpopular with tbe ladles; most every woman you know would have seven kmds of tits 1t sbe saw two, or even one, of these tmltatlons on h e r bedspread. Six are COlltUiuecl Jn a transparent envelope. l!rice, lOc. by mail. ll. F. LANO, 1815 Centre St •• B'klyn, N. Y. BJ NGO. It Is a !lttle lllC tal. uox. It looks very Innocent but is suppl.led with an Ingenious wecbanlsw w!licu slloots oil: u llarlllless ...:ap \\ ' u e u 1t i::; oveneu : lou cau .have more tull than a circus wltll this n e w trick. .!:'lace tbe t;ll\LJU iu o r unde r any otber article :Hai H " 111 go olf when tne article 1 g oj>eneu or r erue use u us a runny joke lly l>emg placed In a purse, cigarette box, or lletween the J c a ves of u Luugazuw .. d so, uuuer auy wuvau1e urt1cl t , t'Ud1 'uook, tray, dish, etc. ' l1hc c3ll ni::;o Ue tu; e u u::; u burgrn. r nla.nn, a::; a theft • preventer .liY be!ug placed in a drnwe r, money till, o r Ullder a door or wiudow or under any article that would w o \'eu er disturbed sliould a theft be attempted. Price 15c. each by mall, postpuiu. 1''RA!S 383 Lenox Ave., N. Y. W H 0 DROPPED THE EGG? '.l'be lllOSl s creamillg comic catch of mod erll times. Drop it anywnere ou the table ur the J1oor anu await results. Tl.le shell ls a real egg snell, but the "'hlte and yolk o r the egg ls made of 11 al< . 'i ne exact s.ze and color of a real l.Jro ken egg. No one for a moment wouW tbink it other than an ordinary hen' s egg, 1lropped on tbe floor. After r e ce1vlng a goou scolding tor your carelessness . pick it. up alld tell your parents not 1 0 fn or scramhle it for your breakfast, as rou ' wi s h to keep It tor further use. hcc lUc; a tor :15, malle d postpaid. ll. 1 •". LA.NG, llH5 Centre St., ll'kl;rn, N. 1'. .KNITTER Every boy who wants a whip-lash, pair o! reins, or any other knitted article of "lmllar kind should a Knitter. AnylJod; can work IL •rhe most beautiful de can be ')'lade l>y using colored worsteds with this handy little object. It is handsomely lacquered, strongly made, and tb2 wires are very durable. Price, Jue. ench. by mall, postpaid. Woll!' Novelty Co., 168 W. 23d St., N. Y. SOU\'ENIIi SHOT<: 'l'bis i s the prettiest and u aintiest little article tbat w e llave ever seen. It c o11 s l s•s .of 11 rui11iatur e Fre n c h s h o e only lo/. inc hes ill Jengtb, to whic h I s attached n p erfec t and thoughly r eliable tli crmo m e t e r . They are made in Paris \ly skillcIIAGI C P E NCILS. VED' e The "orl


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