The Liberty Boys and the "Midget," or, Good goods in a small package

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The Liberty Boys and the "Midget," or, Good goods in a small package
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Moore, Harry
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Mark stationed himself with his back to the wall; then Sam climbed to his shoulders, after the Midget was lifted to the level of the window. He opened it softly, and crawled through. The Liberty Boys in the bushes eagerly.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Magaz ine Containing Stories 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 Y,ork. No. 844. NEW YORK, MARCH 2, 1917 . P rice 6 Cents . _The L iberty Boys anti the "Midget" OR-GOOD GOODS IN A SMALL PACKAGE By HARRY MOORE. CHAPTER I. • THE MIDGET • "Halt! Who comes there?" ""A friend." "Advance, friend, and give the countersign!" It was evening of a warm day in August oj'. the year 1776. On the wooded heights a mile or such matter south of Bedford, on Long Island, a company of patriot soldiers was encamped. This company was not an ordinary one, by any means. It was unique, indeed, for it was made up altogether of youths, none of whom exceeded eighteen years. This company of young fellows was known as "The Liberty Boys of '76," and the youths were stationed over on Long Island to watch for the coming of the British, in case the latter should make a la'nding on Long Island. The main patriot army was statione!). in the city of New York, and the British army occupied Staten Island. The Liberty Boys had sentinels stationed, and it was one of these that had given untterance to the challenge as given at the head o this chapter. The person challenged was a boy, a diminutive little chap who would not weigh 'more than sixty-five pounds, and on being told to advance he did so, pausing when within a couple of yards of the sentinel. The Liberty Boy looked at the little fellow with interest. "Hello!" he said; "yo1.1're a regular little midget!" "Am I?" the boy asked, seriously. The other grinned and said: "Yes." "What is a miget ?" "Why, a little bit of a chap." The boy nodded. "Then I guess I'm a midget," he said. "That's what you are. But what's your name?" "Ira Little." The Liberty Boy, who was possessed of a good sense of humor, chuckled and said: "Well, your name suits you . You are certainly little. How old are you, Ira?" "Fourteen." "I wouldn't have thought it." "I'm not very big, that's so." "No, you are not larger than. most boys at eight years." "I know it, but I'm able to hold my own among the boys of my age, and even older. " "Is that so?" • "Yes; I can fight." "You can, eh?" "Yes, the boys used to pick on. me because I was little; but I licked every fellow that did, and n'Ow they let me alone:" . "Good for. you! That's the wav to do it." "Yes; but say, isn't this the encampment of the Liberty Boys?' "It is." "I thought so; and is the name of your captain Diel! Slater?" . "That's his name." "May I see him?" "Why, yes, I guess so; but why do you wish to see him?" "I want to ask him to let m'e join the Liberty Boys." The sentinel, who was no other than Ben Spurlock, one of the jolliest and liveliest of the youths, burst into laughter. "You want to join the Liberty Boys?" he e'Cclaimed. "Yes; what is there funny about that?" "Why; you are such a little bit of a chap. That makeE the idea seem funny. What could a midget like you do anyway?" "I could do lots of things. I can fight as good as any body . A boy doesn't have to be big to shoot straight, does he?" "No; can you shoot straight?" "As straight as any fellow you have in your company; if I can't I won't ask to be permitted to join it." Ben Spurlock eyed the midget keenly. He saw that thE little fellow was an original character and that he had plenty of confidence in himself. "You may Captain Slater," he said. I don't think he will lei, you join the company." "Because I am so small?" "Well, yes; then, too, your folks might object to your joining." . "No they won't; my father's second wife doesn't like me and will be glad to get rid of me." "Ah, you have a stepmother, then?" "Yes." "But your father probably would object to your joining us.,, "He won't object to .it if my stepmother is willing," with such a peculiar grimace that Ben had to laugh. "So that's the way of it, eh?" "Yes; she's-well, she likes to have her own way pretty well, and that's the reason I can't get along at .home. She wants me to do everything she tells me to do without an instant hesitation." Ben shrewdly guessed that the little chap would not like that; he seemed to be a boy with ideas all his own, and this would bring up conflicts. "Well, go on into the camv, Ira," said Ben. "You will find Dick Slater there." "Thank you." The little chap walked on into the encampment, and as he approached he was eyed with some curiosity by the Liberty Boys, who were lo lling about on . their blankets spread on the grass. The boy came to a stop and l o oked around at the yo uths


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE "MIDGET." with a keen, scrutinizing clance. Then he turned toward one of the youths and said: "Are you Captain Slater?" . The youth in question, a handsome, bronzed young fel low with firm chin and keen blue-gray eyes, nodded, and said: . "Yes, I am Dick Slater; what can I do for you?" The other youths exchanged glances. "Say, he's all right," said one, in a low voice, "he singled out the head man from among the rank and file without any . "I have come to ask you to. let me joip. your company, sir," was the boy's reply. The youths all looked surprised and some laughed. The thought of this little fellow joining their company and be coming a soldier was amusing, they thought. Dick was surprised, and he looked at the' little chap with ;nterest, and said: "Why do you wish to join us?" "I want to be a soldier, sir." "You are a patriot then, of course?" "Yes, sir.'' "How old are you?" "Fourteen.'' This surprised the. youths, for they would not have guessed him as being more than ten. "What a little chap for his age!" "He is small, isn't he!" "Yes, a regular midget!" Such were a few of the low-spoken exclamations. "Yo.u are much older than your size would indicate," said Dick; "what is your name?" "Ira Little." "llis suits him.'' "Yes, it's a fit.'' "Little by name and little by nature." "That's right.'' Dick eyed the little fellow with thoughtful interest. The idea came to him that possibly the boy might be of use in the company, and then the thought struck him that the little chap's folks would not be willing for him to join, and he spoke of this. Then Ira told Dick about his stepmother, the same as he had told Ben. "Then you think that your stepmother w:i: be glad to get rid of you, my boy?" Dick asked. "Well, I think so-though you can't tell '.cw she might look at it.'' "You do a good deaJ of work about the 1:::1s

THE LIBERTY BOYS. AND THE "MIDGET." 3 "That is true," agreed Bob; "if his soldiers should suc ceed in hilling us we would certainly be unab! e to laugh." "I hain't got no time ter fool erway a-talkin' ter ye rebels," the woman said; "I come heer arter my boy, Iry, an' I'm goin' ter hev 'im! Come right erlong with me, ye little rat! Et's milkin ' time!" She made a move to seize hold of the boy's arm, but Dick stepped in between and motioned her back. "Ira i sn't going back with you," he said, calmly. The woman gasped with amazement and aager. "Whut's thet ye say? Iry hain't goin' back with me?" "No." Dick's voice was quiet but firm. "An' w'y hain't he goin' with me?" "He doesn't wish to go." "Eet don't matter whut he wishes. I"m his father's wife, an' he is boun' ter obey me." "I do not agree with you, madam. I don't think he' is bound to obey you; especially when you do not treat him kindly." "Who sez thet I don' treet 'im kindly?" almost screamed the angry woman. "Hez he be'n tellin' ye enny lies like thet? .b;f he hez I'll break ev'ry bone in his body!" and again she took a step toward the boy. But Dick waved her back, at the same time saying, quietly but firmly: "Your own tongue and actions prove that you don't trea,t him kindly, and he has joined our company and is going to be a soldier, so he cannot go back with you." "Whut's thet! He hez j'ined yer comp'ny? Waal, he hain't got no right ter do ennythin' uv ther kin'. He's on'y er child, an' he kain't fight! He's on'y twelve yeers old." "I'm fourteen," said Ira, firmly. "D'ye dar' ter try ter make me out a "liar, Iry Little?" cried the W()man. "Jes' ye wait till I git ye home an' I'll make ye wush't ye hedn't talked like thet ter me!" and she shook her fist at the boy. "That will do," said Dick, almost sternly. "Ira is now a member of my company, and he can not do anything or go anywhere without asking my permission, and he is not going home with you." The woman gasped. "Waal, uv all things!" she exclaimed. "This beats ennythin' I ever heerd tell uv in all my life!" ""You will have to make the best of it, madam," said Dick, quietly. The woman glared at Dick, a thoughtful look on her face. Presently she started, and a grim look of satisfaction appeared in her eyes. Dick and the other youths, all of whom were watching the woman closely, knew that she had thought of something which she imagined would enable her to carry her point and have her way. "I'm not ther boy's mother," she . said, slowly and spitefully; "so et may be thet I hain't got no right ter say whut he shall do an' whut he shan't; but his father hez ther right, an' I'm goin' ter bring 'im heer right erway. He'll make ye come home, lry Little!" Then she turned and strode away without another word and quickly disappeared amid the bushes. Ira drew a long breath of relief, but there was a worried look on his face, nevertheless. It was plain that the woman's parting statement bothered him. "Will she bring your father here, Ira?" asked Dick. afraid she will," was the reply. "And will he want to take you back home?" Ira smil ed in rather a melancholy fashion and replied: "He won't want to, I'm sure," he said; "but I guess he'll have to say that he does." "I understand. You are sure that he would be willing for you to get out from under that woman's thumb?{' "Yes he has intimated as much to me at different times. He feels sorry for me." . ' "And you feel sorry for him, don't you?" "Yes, I do!" _ "Well, you can escape from her, but I guess he can't. But because he cannot is no reason you should not. I'll tell you what I'll do, Ira: When they come I'll simply tell your father, the same as I told that woman, that you are a member of my company now, and that I will not let you .,,.. go back home." "Father will be glad, rather than sorry; but he won't dare let qn. say that he wants me to come back home." "All right; we'll fix that. I'll take it all tl'pon myself, and even if your father should command you to come with hirn I will keep you here." "Oh, thank you, Captain Slater!" "You're one of us, now, midget," said Bob Estabrook, "and they shall not take you away from us." "Good ! I'm glad of that!" "We'll stand between you and that stepmother of yours, my boy." Ira brightened up wonderfully. It was plain that nothing in the world would give him more pleasure than to stay with the Liberty Boys, espe cially when it would at the same time enable him to get out from under the thumb of his domineering stepmother. "You say you live near here, Ira?" remarked Dick. "Yes, sir; only about half a mile away." "Then that woman will be back before long, likely." "Yes; she'll go straieht home and make father come hen with her." "All right; we'll be ready for her." 'fhe youths talked to the midget, and they were mort and more favorably impressed with him. He used gooc language, and was evidently possessed of a good educatior. for a boy of his age and in those days. Dick asked him how he had secured his education. "I .w.ould not have expected that your stepmother would be w1llmg for you to go to schoo l much," he said. . "Nor hag she been," the boy replied; "but I went some. and then I have always studied at home a ll my spare time and also I have ready eve1ything I could get hold of." ' ''I see." An hour passed and then voices were heard. One was high-pitched and shrill, and there was no mistaking it it was that of Mrs. Little, the second. . ' "They're coming!" said Ira, paling slightly. "Don't you worry a bit now, Ira," said Dick; "they shall not take you back." "Thank you, Captain Slater!" A few moments later the woman, accompanied by a me dium-sized man, who looked frightened and hen-pecked to a degree, appeared. The woman placed her arms akimbo and said triumphantly: "Beer's ther own an' I guess he hez er right ter make Iry obey 1m. Tell '1m ter come erlong home with u& , Benjamin." The man looked around at the youths in an apologetic manner, and then said to the boy: "You must come home with us, Ira." But the boy shook his head. "I don't want to, father." "Et don' matter whut ye want, lry Little," broke .in thE. woman, shrilly; "yer father sez fur ye ter come, an' ye've gotter do et!" "I beg your pardon, madam," said Dick, quietly "but you .are Ira is now a of my of Boys, 1s enrolled as a m the patriot army, and he is powerless . to do anything unless I give him the order. He cannot go with you unless I say that he shall do so." Dick and the rest of the youths were sure that they saw a look of satisfaction flash over the man's face, but he said to Dick: "That doesn't seem just the thing, sir; he is my son, you know, and--" "He's on'y er boy," broke in th!') woman. "Ye hain't got no right ter take 'im inter ther army." "We are all boys, madam," said Dick, quietly; "an' thesi:: are war times, you know, and ordinary rules do not apply. The boy wants to be a soldier and fight for liberty and inde pendence, and it is only right that he should be permitted to do so." . "Benjamin, air ye goin' ter let these beer rebels keep Iry heer in spite uv ye?" cried the woman. "I don't see how I am going to help myself, wife," was the reply; "I can't take him away from them by force, you know." The woman flew into a violent rage. "Of all things!" she almost screamed; "ter think thet er boy's own father kain't make his boy do ez he says fur 'im ter do! This beats ennythin' I ever heerd tell uv!" Then ::;he turned upon Dick and shook her bony fist at him.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE "MIDGET." I "Ye dratted rebel!" she cried, fiercely; "I'll get even with ye fur this ez shore ez ennythin' ! This is all your urpose. . , Doubtless he expected to see Mrs. Little appear at any Carl Gookenspieler and Patsy who usually stuck moment, and he wanted to see her the instant she did appear, together, made up one of these parties. so that he .. could get a good start-for he was determined Presently they came to a farmhouse and Patsy knocked on to run for his life. He would not take any chances of trying the door. . to stand up against this virago. It was opened by a woman, and the instant his eyes fell Patsy was bolder, and he unfastened the smokehouse door, upon the woman's face Patsy recognized her. opened it and entered. . • It was Mrs. Little, Ira's stepmother. ' "Come on in wid yez, Cookyspiller," he said; "dhere must "Dot vomans!" muttered Carl, retreating a step and be a lot av meat in dhis buildin', an' we want some av glancing around him to make sure that the way of retreat it." was open. Carl, with a backward glance at the house, entered. The woman glared at the two for a few moments in There were some boxes and barrels in the smokehouse, silence and then cried, shrilly: and the youths had no doubt but what they woul:l fintl meat "Waal, whut d'ye want?" packed in the boxes and barrels in question . "Shure, an' it's afther getthin' some pervisions we are, They were beginning to investfoate when they were !eddy," >aid Patsy, with an awkward bow . ' startled by hearing the door slam shut. The woman placed her arms akimbo and glared fiercely "Now I've got ye!" cried a shrill, triumphant voice; "I've at Patsy. got ye locked in, an' I'm goin' ter make ye wush't ye hed "Ye berlong ter thet gang uv rebels whut took Iry -erway stayed erway frum heer, an' not persuaded Iry ter leeve his frum me, don' ye!" she cried. home, that's whut I'm goin' ter Cari ietreated another step, and again made sure that A groan escaped the li!)S of Car]. the way of retreat was open, but Patsy bravely stood his "Dot awful vomans!". he cried. ground. Patsy was somewhat disconcerted, but he hastened back "Yis, ma'am, but--" to the door and tried to open it. "Ye needn' say. no more," the virago ' cried; "jest git er-It would not open. way frum heer m er hurry, ye rascals ye! Ye'll git no . The woman had evidently told the truth when she said pe1visions heer!" that she had locked it. "Shure an' we must hav' 'em, ma'am," persisted Patsy; "Open dhe dure!" cried Patsy, "we cannot be afther foightin' widout somethin' to ate, yez fist . pom:iding on it with his "i know." "l wull do nothin' of the kin'! I've got ye locked in theer,


THE LIBER T Y BOYS AND THE "MIDGET." an' I'm goin' ter keep ye till thet rebel capt'in of your'n prommusses ter let Iry come back home an' stay!" "I knowed id!" groaned Carl. "Oh, dot durrible vom ans!" "Shut yer hid, Cooky spiller!" growled Patsy; then to the woman, in a loud, commanding voice: "Oi till yez to be afther openin' dhe dure!" "Jest keep on tellin' me ter open ther door if ye think et'll do ye enny good!" came back, defiantly. "Av ye don't open dhe

s THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE "MIDGET." Throuble is it, Dhick, me bye?" said Patsy; "now ye jhust bet thot we did have throuble!" Then the two told the' story of their adventure at the home of Ira's stepmother. The Liberty Boys shouted with laughter. They thought it was a good joke on the two b old foragers. "Dot is righd! Laff, all uf you !" said Carl. "I pet me fife to liar dot uf you vos peen • our blace s in you vould nod laff so muchness, hey, Batsy?" Patsy grinned. "Thot's so, Cookyspiller," he agreed. "It wasn't so funny as one moight t'ink, begorra!" "Nein. Dot vomans dried to shooded us, und dot is der trut'!" "Was there much meat where you got these two hams?" queried Dick. . "Shure , an' dhere is a lot av it dhere, Dhick." / 'Oh, yes, there are several boxes and barrels full, Mr. Slater," . said Ira. "Jove, if it wasn't that I hate to take the meat away from vour father we would go there and get some more,'' said Dick. "Don't let that stop you," said the boy; "my stepmother makes father eat side -meat and she se ll s the hams and shoulders and hoards the money away lik e a miser." "Very good," said Dick; "some of you boys go and get eight or ten more hams and shoulders. Carl, you and Patsy will go back, of course?" "Uf you vill oxcuse me, Tick, I t'ink dot I vill nod go pack ," said Carl, promptly. "Why don't you want to go?" , Carl shook his head and looked so l emn. "I vos peen avraid uf dot vomans," he said . "She is vorse dan a whole regiment uf so ldiers ." "And you, Patsy?" . "Oi t'ink thot Oi wull sthay back an' lit some av dhe ither byes go dhis toime ," he grinned. Six of the youths se t out at once, under the leadership of Sam Sanderson. They were gone nearly an hour, and then they got back, each bringing a ham. "Did you have a hard ,time getting them?" Dick asked. Sam laughed. "Yes, Mrs. Little was very angry, and threatened to shoot us; we had to take the rifle away from her." "She vould haf dooded id, too!" declared Carl. "Yis, Oi t'ink ye wur woise in takin' dhe gun away from her," said Patsy. The other foraging parties came in presently, and each party brought something in the way of provisions so that the youths were now fixed with food enough to last them a week or more. When noon came they cooked a lot of meat and johnny cakes and ate heartily. "Jove, now I feel as though I could whip a dozen red coats, single-handed!" said Bob, when he had finished the meal. "I veel as if I 1rnuld nod wh ip a ten-year-old poy, I haf eated so much," said Carl. The othei R h:tu"'hPd. Carl was a great f>ater, and they did not doubt but what he had told the truth. After the meal was ended the youths lay about on their blankets in the Rhade, taking matters easy. "Do you think the redcoats are going to come across to Long Island, Dick?" asked Bob. "I'm sure I don't know, Bob; but I feel certain that General Washington expects them to do so. else he would not keep us over here on the lookout for them." "Well, I wish they would hurry.". "You are getting impatient, eh?" "Yes, I want to get into a fight with them." "It will come soon enough, I think, Bob." "It can't come any too soon to suit me." There was silence for a few mim.ites, and the n Dick said, slowly and thoughtfully: "I ltelieve that I will go across to Staten Island to night and see if I can find out anything regarding the inten-tions of the British." The other youths stared at him. "You'll be captured!" said one. "And shot!" from another. Dick shook his head. "I'll risk it," he said. After an early suppe1 he donned a suit of citizen's cloth ing that he had with him and set out. It was only a little way to the road leading to the Narrows, which were about three miles distant. He reached the shore at a point opposite the northeast corner of Staten I sland long before dark, and came upon a boy and a girl who werr, loading some baskets filled with dressed fish into a boat. "Where are 3 ou with the fish?" asked Dick , after an exchange of greetings. "We're goin' over to sell the fish to the sojers," replied the boy. "Are you m favor of the king?" asked Dick. , The girl, who was two or three years the boy's senior evt dently, and was quite pretty and intelligent-looking, shoo k her head. "No, we're patriots, " she said; "but that doesn't make any difference. They'll buy fish from us just the same. " "An' we ain't goin' to let 'em know that we are patriots," said the l:oy. "This i s your first trip, then?" "Yes." "Well, say, I'm a patriot, too , " said Dick; "and I want to go into the British camp and see if I can find out anything about their intended movements. May I go along with you?" replied,th.e girl. "Good! And you both pretend that I am your brother; will vou ?" Both nod

... THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE "MIDGET1" 7 encampment. As they did so they met a man and a woman, Dick Slater?" asked the British captain, addressing Mrs. each carrying two immense hams. Little. Dick recognized the two at once: They were Mr. Little "Becos I've seed 'im in his camp ermong his Liberty and his domineering spouse . Boys ." The woman had sharp eyes, and evidently had a good "You have, eh?" memory for faces, for, notwithstanding the fact that Dick "Yas." was dressed in citizen's clothing, she recognized him. "When?" . "Theer's thet sneakin' rebel spy, Dick Slater!" she cried, "Yistiddy evenin'." m her shrill voice, pointing her finger straight at the Liberty "Where is this camp?" "Et's over on Long Islan'." her words attracted the attention of all within I "Whereabouts?" hearmg, and every eye was turned upon Dick , 'Io "? many "Erbout three miles north from ther other shore over exclamations were uttered. yender." "Dick Slater!" "Humph. How many of those Liberty Boys are there?" "A rebel spy in camp!" "Erbout er hunderd, I sh'd say." "Can it be possible?" "And you are sure that this is their commander, Dick "Can it be true?" Slater?" Such were a few of the cries from the redcoats. ;;Yas; he to!' me so 'imself, yistiddy evenin'." "Yas, et's posserble!" the woman cried. "Thet's Dick Very good; the prisoner to headquarters, men." Slater, ther capt'in uv ther Liberty Boys an' ef ye know Two of the soldiers caught hold of Dick's arms and con whe!l ye're well off ye'll capter 'im!" • ' ducted him along just in the rear of the . Dick looked all around him for a chance to make his Hundreds of curious eyes watched the prisoner, and many escape. were the remarks passed upon him. It was now just coming dark, and if he could get out Many did not believe he the rebel spy who had done of the encampment and down to the water's edge he would s uch good work for the patriot cause. be able to get away, he was s ure. "He's too young," said one. But that was the trouble. "Nothing but a boy!" from another. . It seemed to be a practical impossibility . for him to get "But>'.' said a third, "you mi:st the of the. encampment, for already the soldiers were closing are all fellows. Im mclrned to believe that this m upon him and his two companions. is p1fk Slater. . . . . ,, Some of the redcoats drew pistols while one a captain It s a great catch 1f it 1s Dick Slater. flashed his sword in Dick's face. ' ' ' "Yes; the general has offered five hundred pounds for his "Surrender!" he cried, fiercely; "surrender you sneaking capture." rebel spy!" ' "Captain Hunter is in luck." "Thet's et! Thet's ther way ter talk ter 'im!" cried Mrs "So he is." / Little, in huge glee. Soon a good-&-.1zed log building was reached, and the capDick saw that it was useless to try to escape and so he tain knocked. The door was opened by an orderly. did not offer to resist. ' "What is wanted?" he asked. "I surrender," he said quietly. "Is the commander-in-chief busy?" the captain asked in "Bind the rebel's a couple of you," ordered the caphis turn. tain. . "l 1hink not." This was done. 1"I wi s h to see him then; I have a prisoner whom I wish "Shall we do the same with these two, Captain?" asked to b T i.1g into his presence." one, indicating Dave and Anna Hawley, who had been horri"Very well; I'll see if the commander-in-chief will see fied spectators of the affair. you." The officer hesitated and looked at Dick. The orderly hastened away and was back again soon . The Liberty Boy did not want that the two should t with the ' into trouble on his account, and so he said, quickly: ge "General J:lowe will see you." . . . "They knew nothing about me, Captain. They were start-The captam and the two soldiers, Wlth Dick betweer , ing over here to sell their fish, and I came up and asked to them, entered and were. conducted along a hall and to the be permitted to come along with them. They are simpl door of a room on the . . a farmer's boy and girl and are innocent of any act I The or?erly opened this door and announced: the king." "Captam Hunter!" . "Is that true?" the offi t l d d d 1 k " fi 1 Then he stepped aside and the four entered the private . cer s ern Y c man e ' oo mg er.ce Y room of the British commander-in-chief at the boy and the girl. . "Yes, sir," the girl replied . General Howe was seated at a table lookrng over some The boy nodded assent. papers. . , . . "And you are not rebels?" He was a ,,hort, , he:n -y-se t man with a red and _he They shook their heads up four mtered.. He eyed the prisoner with "'Well-you may go; but mind you, not a word to anyno)1ttle curiosity, and then ?" one about this affair!" Whom have you there, Hunter. . . "C 't t 11 u. fath d th ?" th 1 . d "Unless I have been wrongly informed, this fellow is one " an . we e 0 . 1 . er an mo er e i;;ir querie whom you have been wanting to get hold of, General Howe." "No; 1f do it will be the worse for you. "Ah, indeed? Who is he?" Very well . "Dick Slater!" "You may go now." The two turned away, but the girl managed to give Dick a look in which was sympathy, and something else. He tried to interpret the look, and finally decided that she had been trying to reassure him. "I think that she meant by that look that she would try to aid in some way to get me rescued," was the youth's thought. The woman who had gotten Dick into the trouble was still standing near at hand, and now she caught Dick's eye, and said, in a voice filled with fierce satisfaction: "How d'ye like et, Dick Slater?" "I can't say that I like it very well," he Feplied, quietly. "I guess ye wush't ye hedn't made our boy Iry stay in yer encampment now, don' ye?" Hetshook his head. "No; I don't see what difference that would make." "W'y, ef ye hedn't done thet, then et's more'n likely thet I wouldn' hev got ye captered,'' "How do you know that this fellow is the rebel spy, CHAPTER VI. . A DESPERATE AC'l'. General Howe gave utterance to an exclamation. "Dick Slater!" he cried. "Yes." The commander-in-chief eyed Dick with eager interest. "Where did you find him?" he asked. "Right here in the encampment!" "What!" The British officer was plainly greatly amazed. "He was with a boy and a girl who were selling fish, your excellency." "Ah! But how did you learn that he is Dick Slater?" "A woman who came into camp with her husband to sell some hams to the soldiers told us who he was."


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE "MIDGET." ' "How did this woman know him ? " Captain Hunter explained. "Send one of the soldiers out and have him bring that woman here," the commander-in-cbief commanded; "I wish to see her and ask a few questions." The captain spoke to one of the soldiers, who left the room at once. He was gone perhaps fifteen minutes and then returned, accompanied by Mrs. Little. The commander-in-chief looked at the woman keenly. "Is this the woman in question, Captain Hunter?" he asked. "Yes, your excellency." "Very good." Then he asked Mrs. Little a number of questions regarding the Liberty Boys, the exact location of their encampment, etc. She answered promptly, and it was so evident that she was to see Dick Slater a prisoner and that she took great pleasure in giving all the information in her power that no doubt regarding the trustworthiness of her informa :io n entered the minds of her hearers. "You may go," said the commander-in-chief, presently. "And I thank you, Mrs. Little, for your kindness in furnishing me the information in question and for having been the means o:t; my securing this important prisoner," nodding toward Dick. • "Oh, I've got et in fur 'im, Gin'ral Howe," said the woman, with a vicious glance at Dick; "he kep' my stepson in his enca,mpment an' wouldn' let 'im come home, not even when ther boy's own father went an' demanded thet ther boy sh'd be let go." "I don't blame you for not liking the prisoner, Mrs. Little." The woman now took her departure, giving Dick another glance of combined viciousness and triumph _as she went. General Howe now turned his attention to Dick. He eyed the y_outh thoughtfully, a stern look on his face. ' Presently he nodded hip head and said, as though talking to himself: "Yes; he has been caught red-handed as it were, caught right in the encampment in the act of spying, and the fate of a spy is death, and suc h being the case, the quicker he is executed the better." Then to Dick he said: "You will be shot to-morrow at nine o'clock!" Dick that the meant it, and he paled slightly, but he said, firmly: . "Isn't that hurrying matters somewhat, sir?" "No, you are a spy, and a dangerous one; I have you in my hands now, and if I hold you too long and put off having you executed you may escape." Dick made no reply, and with a wave of the hand the British officer said: "Take the prisoner away, Captain Hunter. Place him under guard and see to it that he does not make his escape during the night." . "Very well, your excellency; I will attend to the matter. He will not escape." "That is well!" The captain saluted and then left the room, the two soldiers, with Dick between them, following. The news had gone throughout the encampment that the rebel 'spy, Dick Slater, had been captured, and all were eager to see him. Captain Hunter's company was stationed over on the east side of the encampment, and in order to reach the spot, in going in a straight line, it was necessary to pass close to the edge of the steep bluff, which extended clear to the water of the bay, there being no fiat strip of shore at 3.ll. . Dick realized this and felt confident that he could jerk away from them. At one point they walked within t e n feet of the edge of the bluff, and Dick decided that now was his time. ' He gave a sudden, fierce jerk and succeeded in tearing himself free from the grasp of the two soldiers. Then, as they gave utterance to exclamations of anger and amazement, Dick sprang to the edge of the bluff and leaped boldly over. Downward he shot-it seemed to him that he would' never stop. Then his feet struck the side of the bluff, which sloped at an angle of perhaps forty-five degrees. He was going with such spe_ed, however, and, being capped by having his arms bound, he was unable to keep his balance, the result being that he fell and went rolling down the side of the bluff. The fall burst his bonds. Faster and faster he rolled until he felt his senses leaving him, and then, splash! he went into the water! This revived him, and he was quickly himself again and fully alive to the seriousness of his situation-for he was 'in deep water. A few people can swim a great distance, and Dick was one of the few. He had often done so as a boy at home simply for the novelty of the thing. On one occasion he had indeed swam across the Hudson River, and those experiences stood him in good stead now. He went underneath the water many feet when he struck, but was quickly at the surface again, and then he began swimming toward the farther shore. It was indeed a desperate venture, but it would have been folly to swim back to the shore he had just left, for it would soon be swarming with redcoats looking for him. From the top of the bluff came yells and cries of excitement. The redcoats, indeed , had been almost paralyzed by the desperate act of the prisoner. Captain Hunter was wild with rage. He upbraided the two soldiers for permittin g the prisoner to jerk away from them. ""Well, he's dead by this time," growled one of the two; "his arms are bound and he will drown." "Yes, but that isn't what General H o w e wanted," snarled the captain; "he wanted the prisoner to be held safely, so that he might be shot publicly in the morning." "Maybe we can get the rebel out of the water before he drowns," said the other. The captain and the two soldiers. fo llow ed by a great crowd of soldiers who had witnesse d the de sperate act of the nrisoner, now made their way down to the foot of the bluff. They searched along the shore h alf a mile in either di rection, but the prisoner was not found , nor his dead body. "He drowned right away and sanl;: to the bottom of the bay, no doubt," one of the soldiers said. "Quite likely," replied Captain Hunter; "well, I di s like the task, but I must go and report the affair to the com mander-in-chief." He did so, and General Howe was greatly chagrined and disappointed when he learned that the prisoner had escared from the hands of the soldiers and gone to his death h the waters of the bay. "Oh, well, it can't be helped," h e said, presently. "One thing is certain, and tha t is that Dick Slater will not do any more spywork for General washington." "You are right, your excellency," agree d Capta:n Hunter. Dick knew this, for he had inspected the bluff and the, slopes leading up to the encampment as he came to the place in company with the girl and boy, but he was desperate and had determined upon making an attempt at escaping, no matter what the cost. CHAPTER VIL A STRUGGLE FOR LIFE. If he remained in the encampment a prisoner he would be shot like a dog in the morning, so why not take desperate chances to try to make his escape? As they were walking along close to the edge of the bluff Dick nerved himself for the attempt. One thing was in his favor: The soldiers who had hold of him did not for a moment suspect that he would think of attempting to escape, and so were not holding to his arms as tightly as they might have done. Onward struggled Dick through the water. It was hard work swimming. But Dick was stout-hearted. and he did not falter, It was do or die, and he was determined that he would not die if he could help it. , It was so dark that the redcoats could not see him, so there was no danger that he would be shot at. This was something to be thankful for, for his situation was desperate enough as it was . •


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE "MIDGET." 9 Occasionally a wave dashed over Dick's head, but he was cool and careful, and he held his breath till his face was again out of the water. Slowly he forged ahead. Then he suddenly heard voices along the shore. "He's dead by this time,'' he heard one voice say. "Yes,'' from another; "no man could roll and tumble down that bluff. and go into the water with his arms bound and then get out again." "It's a waste of time looking for him." "Of course it is." "Say, the fellow is a brave one, isn't he!" in tones of ad-miration. "Was, you mean. He's dead, I tell you." "Was, then," with a laugh. "Ye_s, he was brave enough; or perhaps, mo!e properly speakmg, he was desperate. " "That's so; it was sure death if he remained a prisoner in camp, and this way he had at least a faint chance." "True; and, too, anyone would rather die by drowning than to be shot like a dog." ' "That's so." The voices had grown fainter, and now Dick heard them no more. "So I'm dead, am I?" he murmured grimly; "well, not yet! But there is a chance that I may be dead before I get through with this. affair." Onward slowly he forged his way. It was a battle, and a hard one, for life. "It's a wonder they didn't come out to search for me in a boat," was Dick's thought. But this was not so strange, either, he decided, for they doubtless did not for a moment think of such a thing that he could swim with his arms tied. They did not know his bonds were broken. As he got farther out in the bay the water grew rougher, and the waves beat the daring youth about in a merciless manner. Again and again he was completely submerged. But each time he managed to work his way up from underneath the wave and continue onward. It was indeed a fight for life. Dick was gradually growing tired. The strain was a terrible one, and he wondered ii' he would succeed in reaching the shore-and safety. "This is worse than swimming in the Hudson," he thought; "the waves are larger and beat a fellow around at a terrible rate." But he set his teeth and struggled onward. He made continual but slow progress, and if his strength held out and he met with no bad luck he might succeed in getting to the shore in safety. But there was the rub. . His strength was slowly but surely leaving him. It require d the expenditure of a much greater amount of strength and energy to swim in rough water than if he had been able to swim in smooth water, and the work was telling on him. He was panting now, and the work of forcing himself through the water was becoming every moment more difficult owing to his gradually failing strength. He wondered how far he had gone. How far was it to the shore? He could not see, and so was forced to remain in ignorance regarding tlus matter. He could only work and fight on and hope for the best. He was grow:ng quite weak now, and he began to fear that he would sink in spite qf all his efforts to remain on the surface. Still he struggled onward. It was terrible, but he set his teeth hard and .fought for his life. He thought of his mother and sister-and of his sweetheart, loving, beautiful Alice Estabrook-and wondered if he would ever see the loved ones again. He would see them, he must see them! It was not l!hard blow and Dick was not injured. Instantly his heart leaped and beat high with 0joy and hope. The object that had struck him was, he was sure, a piece of plank, and if he could get his hands on it he would be saved, for it would take only a very little help to enable him to get along fairly well and eventually reach the shore. Suinmoning all his strength, he threw his head and shoul ders up out of the water as best he could, and to his delight he was successful in getting his fingers on the plank. He drew a long breath of relief. He could have shouted aloud for joy, for he was confi dent that he was saved. It was not a difficult matter to move along now, and it did not require the expenditure of much strength. It was only a questi on of time when he would be standing on the shore safe and sound! Suddenly, however, he heard voices and the sound of oan rattling in the rowlocks. A boat was near at hand. Dick listened eagerly, anxiously. The voices sounded louder and the rattling of the oan could be heard more plainly. The boat seemed to be coming straight toward him. "Jove, am I to be run down by a boat after having had the good fortune to get my head on this board!" he men tally exclaimed. This would be terrible! He ceased swimming and listened intently, in the hope that he would thus be enabled to learn the exact course of the oncoming boat. He came to the conclusion that by remaining quiet wher<:: he was the boat would miss him. So he did not make any move to continue onward, but waited eagerly and anxiously for the boat to pass him. Closer and closer came the boat. He could hear and understand all that was said' by th<: inmates, and he learned that the conversation was between a couple of officers of the British army. And they were discussing the intended movements of army! Dick heard one of the officers say that it was Generai Howe's intention to move his army across to the Long Islann the shore, and, having shaken the water off his clothing as best he could, strode away in the direction of the encamp ment. CHAPTER VIII. MRS. LITTLE'S BRIEF TRIUMPH. The thought of his loved ones nerved him to ren ewed exertions, and he forged onward for a few minutes almost ' as strongly as had been the case at first; but this was only Mr. Little and his better half had left the British en campment a little while before Dick made his escape in such a daring manner, so they did not know that he had escaped. a temporary spurt, and soon his strength was almost He went under, struggled to the surface again and then was about to go under again in spite of his best efforts to prevent it, when something struck him on the side of the head. They rowed back across the waters of the Narrows, made


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE "MIDGET . " a landing, and then set out for their home, which they reached in a little less than an hour. Mrs. Little was in great good humor as a result of having been instrumental in causing the capture of Dick Slater, but not so her husband; he was a patriot at heart, and was sorry that the brave young Liberty Boy had been made a prisoner, but he was careful rtot to voice his sentiments. I ndeed, he did not dare do so. He listened in almost complete silence, while his wife talked of the affair, answering only occasionally and then m monosyllables. His wife was shrewd, and she had long suspected that her husband leaned toward patriotism, and this made her all 'the more eager to talk about .the affair; she took a keen delight in worrying her husband . When they had eaten a frugal repast after reaching their home, the woman surprised her husband by saying: "Put on yer hat, Benjamin, an' come erlong with me . " "Where are you going?" he asked, in surprise, and not without misgivings. "Ter ther encampment uv ther rebels." The man started. "What for?" he queried. "I wanter tell ther Liberty Boys that theer capt'in is er pris'ner," was the grim reply. Mr. Little understood. His wife wished to let the youths know that she had been instrumental in causing their young oommander's capture; by-;so doing she would be enabled to the better enjoy her revenge. At first the man thought of trying to persuade the woman to give up her idea; but he refrained, for he felt that it would be useless. She would be all the more determined if she saw that he was opposed to her going. Then another thought struck him and caused him to sig nify his willingness to accompany her: This thought was that tl1e Liberty Boys would be glad to know about the capture of their young commander, for then they could go to work and try to rescue him. His wife, in her eagerness to let the youths know that she had had her revenge, would be doing them a good turn by informing them of their captain's danger. . Mrs. Little was somewhat surprised when she noted how willingly her husband got ready to accompany her, but she did not guess the reason of his willingness. She thought that it was wholly because be did not feel like crossing her in the 1matter, and she smiled grimly. They set out and were soon at the The sentinel stopped them, but the woman told him who she was, and so he permitted them to pass him. A minute later they stood before the Liberty Boys, who were lying about on their blankets and wondering how long it would be before Dick would get back. Ira was there, and he was surprised when he saw his father and stepmother, and startled as well. He leaped at once to the conclusion tha t they had come to try to get him away from the encampment, and, as Dick was gone, his heart sank. He was not sure that the other boys would dare take it upon themselves to keep him away from his father. But he was instantly relieved to note that his stepmother did not pay any attention to him whatever; she did not seem to realize that he was there. "I wonder what she wants?" was his mental query. The other youths were asking themselves the same ques tion, and the woman did not lrnep them long in suspense . "Whar's yer capt'in? Whar's thet sneakin' rebel spy, Dick Slater?" she asked, in a shrill voice. Bob Estabrook rose and faced the woman, at the same time saying, quietly: "Captain Slater is away, Mrs. Little; if you wish to see him, however, you will probably get to do so if you will wait a little while . We are looking for him every moment." The woman laughed shrilly. "Waal, ye kin jes' keep on lookin'," she cried, triumphantly; "ye won' see 'im very soon, nur ever ag'in, in aij proberbili ty." The youths started and looked at the speaker in sur prise, and with rather a startled expression on their faces. By the of the campfire it was not possible for them to get a good look at the woman's face, but they could see enough to realize that she was excited and triumphant. "What do you know about Dick?" <'.riP.n Bob. quickly. " I know er heap more erbout 'im an' h i s present where-abouts than ye boys do." "You have seen him recently?" said Bob, eagerly. "Yas. " "Where?" "In the British encampment." Bob started and looked worried, as did his comrades as wel l. "Is he there yet?" Bob asked. "I ruther think he. is ! " with a laugh; "an' I think he'll stay thar, too!" "What do you mean?" Bob spoke, sternly. "Do you mean to tell us that Dick is a prisoner?" "Thet's jest whut I mean ter tell ye," was the reply; "an' I wanter tell ye, too, thet I wuz responserble fur m bein' made er pris'ner!" "How was that?" Bob's voice was hard and metallic. The other youths were almost glaring at the woman. It was easily seen that they thought very little of her. "W'y, I to!' ther British who Dick Slater wuz, an' they grabbed 'im an' made 'im er pris'ner right erway. Oh, I'm revenged onter 'tm fur takin' Iry erway frum us! Don' ye think so?" There was a brief silence and then Bob said in a cold, hard voice that almost made the woman shiver: "I'll tell you what I think, Mrs. Little, and it is this: That it is lucky for you that you are a woman!" "That's so! That's s6!" from the youths. The woman quickly recovered from the feeling that Bob's words and tone had produced and. laughed shrilly and triumphantl y : "Ye kin talk all ye .wanter," she said; "bJlt ye kain't skeer me!" "We have no desire to scare you," replied Bob; "and so you say that our commander, Dick Slater, is a prisoner in the hands of the British, do you?" "Yas-an' I caused et!" "You have already told us that, and there is no necessity of your repeating it." "No, I s'pose not; but I like ter tell ye erbout et," and again the woman laughed shrilly. "You may go!" said Bob, coldly; "your room is preferable to your company . Go!" "Oh, all right; I'll go," sneeringly. "I hev no wush te. r stay heer. I hev tol' ye whut I wanted ter tell ye, an' now I'm reddy ter go." "I suppose that you think that Dick Slater will be put to death and that we will never see him again?" remarked Bob. "I'm uv et, young Mister R e b el!" "Well, you are mistaken. Dick Slater will get free from the redcoats and will be back h ere in camp again, sooner or later." "When he does, jes' let me know, wull ye!" sarc a stically. "Certainly, madam," cried a ring i n g voic e ; "Dick Slater is here now!" Then to the amazement and disco m fiture of the wo m an, but to the infinite joy and d elight of every one el se, D ick Slater, wet i'rom head to foot, steppe d otJt into the light. CHAPTER IX. SPYING. Exclamations of joy escaped the lips of t h e youtb: "It's Dick!" "Alive and well ! " "He has escaped!" "Good, good ! " "Hurrah!" ". Mrs. Little g lared at Dick as though she thought him a ghost. "Uv all things!" she gasped. "How did ye git erway?" " I simp l y jerked loose from the redcoats and leaped over the edge of the bluff and rolled down into the waters of the bay," with a smile. "Did you swim across the Narrows, Dick?" cried Rob. "Yes; and n ow I'm free, Bob," and with a s;gh of relief Dick stret ched his arms above h i s head, and then he began c hafin'l!: then.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE "MIDGET." 11 "Tell us the story of your escape, old fellow," Bob re"I will do so, your excellency." quested. . "Very good; now you may go!" Dick did so, the youths listening with the greatest inDick saluted and withdrew. terest. Mrs. Little lingered and listened also, but when Dick He set out at once and was back in , camp before noon. had finished s he said to her husband, harshly: The Liberty Boys eager to know what the com"Come erlong, Benjamin; we'll go." mander-in-chief intended doing. "9ome again when you have some more unpleasant news Dick told them that he was going to send one-half the toimpart, Mrs. Little," invited Bob, sarcastically; but for patriot army across the East River, and have it take posonce the woman was silent. She had no reply to make. session of Boroklyn Heights. "But for that woman you might have discovered some"That means fight, eh, Dick?" from Bob thing of importance, Dick, " said Mark Morrison. "It certainly does ." "I did learn something of importance, anyway, Mark." "Good! I'm glad of that!" "You did?" "And what are we to do?" queried Mark Morrison. "Yes." And then Dick told how he had heard the offi"We are to keep watch qn the British." cers in the boat talking about the intended movements of "Well, that is something to do, at any rate," said Bob. the British army, and how it was to move across to Long That afternoon Dick and Bob left the encampment and Island on the 22d. walked southward toward the south shore. "So they're coming across, eh?" cried Bob; "good! I'm They took up their position at a point where they could glad of that!" look across the Narrows at the British encampment. "Well, I'm glad that I have learned that the move is to They threw themselves clown under a tree and lay there be made," said Dick . watching the enemiy over on Staten Island. "You are going to carry the news to General Washing-They were laying there talking in low tones, when sud ton, eh?" denly there came the rushing of feet, and four British "Yes; the first thing in the mornip.g." soldiers threw themselves upon the two Liberty Boys. "So I supposed." Although take n by surprise, the youths were not dis-The youtlis talked for an hour or so, and then lay down posed to submit to capture without a struggle. and went to sleep. . They at once began struggling fiercely. They were up early next morning, and Dick began making It was odds of two to one, but the two Liberty Boys preparations to start for New York immediately after break-were exceptional in many respects. fast. Dick was phenomenally strong, being twice as strong aE He gave Bob some instructions, as that youth, as first the ordinary young fellow of eighteen years, and Bob waE lieutenant of the company, was to be in command while very strong also and wonderfully agile. Dick was gone. In truth, both youths were splendid athletes for those. Then he set out for New York City. days. He reached there in ciue time and went at once to the They had practiced wrestling and rpugh-and-tumble work building occupied by General Washington as of all kinds all their lives, and it would have been diffi He was given a cordial greeting by General Washington. cult to find two persons capable of putting up so good s "You bring news, Dick; I 'can see it shining in your fight as was the case with them. eyes," the i;ommander-in-chiersaid, with a smile. They soon succeeded in surprising their antagonists, at "You are right, your excellency." any rate. "What is the ne\vs ?" Although they had been taken at a considerable disadvan "I have learned the date on which the British intend tage, having been leaped upon while they were extended a1 coming across from Island to Long Island, sir." full length upon the ground, they soon managed to throw "Ah, i ndeed !" eagerly. "And that date?" and kick their antagonists off and leap to their feet. "The 22d-to-morrow." Then it became a battle royal, but one that was more "So soon?" .equal than it had given promise of being at first. "Yes, sir." The Liberty Boys struck out fiercely and quickly knocked "V/ell, then we must make some quick moves, my boy. two of the redcoats down. I suppose that the British intend advancing upon Brooklyn "That's the way to do it, Dick!" cried Bob, whose fight-Heights ?" ing blood was at fever heat. "Give it to the scoundre ls , "That I did not learn, sir; but it is likely that such is their old fellow!" intention." "Yes; you do the same!" replied Dick. "Undoubtedly." . . Spat! Spat! Then the commander-in -chie f asked a number of ques-Down went the other two redcoats, just as the two that tions, and soo n was in possession of all the i'nformation that had been first downed were struggling to their feet. Dick had to impart. Spat! Spat! "I will call a council of war at once," said General Wash-Down went this pair again, and the four redcoats lay ington. stretched on the ground blinking up at the sky. He summoned his orderly and ordered him to summon "Now we've got 'em, Dick!" cried Bob, hugely delighted. alt the members of the staff. "Yes, I so." "Tell them to come to headquarters immediately, as there "Knock em d?wn as fast as they get up, old fellow!" is important work to do," said the commander-in-chief. I the thing to do, and then we will make prisoners The orderly bowed and withdrew. of them. . "Shall I go now, sir?" Dick asked. "So we wil)!" "No, you stay and take part in the' council. We may they did. w ish to ask you some questions." 'Ihey knocked the redcoats down one after another as "Very well your excellency" fast as the fellows struggled to their feet, until the four Half an later all the officers of the staff wzre gath-were so dazed that they could not get ,upo_n their feet again, ered in the commander-in-chief's room. the two bound the arms of their late antagont:ots He told them the news, and then the matter was dis-wiTthh thteir ohwnd belts. cussed at length. e wo a overcome and made prisoners of, the four! It was decided to send a strong force over to take pussession of Brooklyn Heights, and all the details were settled. General Washington then told Dick to return to his encam-pment. "Your work will be to watch the British and keep me informed regardi.1g their movements," he said. "Very well, s ir," replied Dick. "As soon as the Britic:h begin coming across to the Long Island shore send me word, Dick." "I will, your excellency." "And se nd word also to General Putnam, who will have charge of the army on Brooklyn Heights." CHAPTER X. MRS. LITTLE'S CHANGE OF HEART. Nexj; day the British crossed to Long Island. This army was nearly twenty thousand strong, but it did not at once advance upon Brooklyn Heights. General Howe seemed to be very wary, and he sent out a number of reconnoitering parties. \


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE "MIDGET." Dick Slater at once sent word to General Washington and to General Putnam as soon as he saw the British beginning to cross, and the patriot commanders began making preparations for a battle. As we have said, however, G'eneral Howe did not seem to be in any hurry. Perhaps he remembered Bunker Hill and did not wish for a repetition of that. affair. The patriots had certainly taught the British caution on I that day. As for the Liberty Boys, they were eager for the battle. They were young and full of life and \Vanted a chance at the redcoats. "What do they mean by hanging back in that fashion?" asked Bob Estabrook, in d!sgust. "I guess they want to be sure of their ground before making any decided move, Bob," replied Dick. "Well, they have men enough; I should think they would advance and make an attack intmediately." "I guess that General Howe doesn't want to risk losing men unnecessarily." "Probably you are right." . That afternoon Dick and about twenty of the Liberty Boys started out to look for reconnoitering parties of Brit1sn. The way they went took them past the L'ttle home. When they got there they found Mrs. Little in a terrible passion. The redcoats-a party of about a dozen-had just been there and had plundered the house from top to bottom, taking everything of value that they could lay their hands on. The woman was wild with rage. "Serves her right," remarked Bob; "maybe she won't like the redcoats so well after this." "I hate 'em! I hate 'em!" cried the woman, who had heard what Bob said "an' I hope ye boys'll ketch ther skoun'rels an' kill ther las' one uv 'em!" Dick smiled. "You have changed somewhat in your ideas. haven't you!" he remarked, dryly. "Yas, I hev! I'm glad thet Iry is er patr;ot sojer now, an' I hope thet he'll kill er thousan' uv ther redcoated raskils an' theeves afore he gits out uv ther army!" "Well, if we can catch the party that was here we will do our best to kill and capture some of them and bring your property back." said Dick. "I hope ye wull !" "Which way did they go?" The woman pointed toward the south. "Down ther road in thet direck s hun," she said . "Come on, boys," said Dick. "'We'll see if' we cap catch them." set out down the rol!

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE "MIDGET." 13 Of this battle Fiske has this to say: That evening, tired .and worn, the British encamped at "General Grant, with the Highland regiments, advanced the foot of Brooklyn Heights. along the coast road, where the American outposts were "In the morning," said General Howe, to the members of held by William Alexander, of New Jersey, commonly known his staff, "we will capture the Heights and make prisoners as Lord Stirling, from a lapsed Scotch earldom to which he of the rebel force." had claimed the title. Cornwallis advocated making a night attack, but he was "The Hessians, under General von Heister; proceeded along overruled. the _Bedford _and Flatbush roads, which were defended by It was not thought necessary. Sullivan; while more than half the army, under Howe in "A short, sharp attack in the morning and they will be person, accompanied by Clinton, Percy and Cornwallis, acours," said General Howe, confidently. . . complished a long night march by the Jamaica road in "Well, how do you like war, Midget?" asked Bob Esta-order to take the Americans in flank. brook, as the youths were eating their supper. "This long flanking march was completed in perfect se"Pretty well," was the quiet reply. . crecy becau se the people of the neighborhood , were in sym"He's certainly a fighter, Bob!" from Ben Spurlock. pa thy with the British, and it encountered no obstacle be"You're right he is! He isn't big, but he fights equal cause the Amercan force was simply incapable of covering to a giant. It might be said of him that he is 'good goods so much territory.• in a small package,' eh, fellows?" "The divisions of Stirling and Sullivan contained the 5,000 "Yes, yes!" men which we1•e all that Putnam could afford to send "That's right!" forward from his works. "That's what he is!" "A pdrol which watched the Jamaica road was captured "He's all right!" early in the morning, but it would not in any case have "Yes, the midget is a credit to the Liberty Boys!" been possible to send any force there which could mate-Such were a few of the exclamations, and the little chap rially. h'.l-ve _hindered the Br'tish advance. Overwhelming blushed and looked embarrassed. super1or1ty m numbers enabled the British to go where "I did the best I could," he said, simply. they pleased, and the battle was already virtually won when "And that best was quite good enough," said Dick; "then they appeared on the Jamaica road in the rear of the vi!-was not another Liberty Boy that did better, Ira." !age of Bedford. "I am glad that you are satisfied with me," was the "Scarcely had the fight begun on the crest of the hill reply. . h etween Sullivan :'!nt hi" rnulrl fight as wpll as any of the Liberty "Well," said General Howe, when discussing the matter Boys, even though he was only a little chap. with t.he members of his staff, "there remains only one thing And to-day he was certainly proving that he had spoken to do. " truly. "And that?" fron;i General Percy. So brave and reckl ess was the l'ttle fellow, indeed, that "Is to capture New York City." he attracted the attention 'and aroused the admiration of "That is what must be done , " agreed General Cornwallis. the British soldiers against whom he and his comrades "And it should be no very difficult matter," declared Gen-were fighting. era! Percy. Once he was completely surrounded by redcoats, and one General Howe shook .his head. He had great respect for had just drawn back to run a bayonet through the boy, the patriots now, and for the generalship of the patriot when another soldier, a giant Scotch sergeant, se'zed the commander-in-chief. man and jerked him back, at the same time crying: "I am not so sure about that," he said. "We :will need to make haste slowly, so I am thinking." ,''Nay, nay! He is such a little chap, and such a brave The others coincided in this view of the matter. one!" . . "General Wash:ngton has proved his abilities as a genthe Liberty Boys and had Ira out of era!," said Cornwallis, "and it will be only prudent to pro-the of the redcoats m a Jiffy. . cee ouite seriouslv. The other seven were able to remain with the army ready for another battle. It had certainly been a day of triumph for the British, though .they had lost a goodly number of soldiers in achiev inl!'. the victory. CHAPTER XII. THE BRITISH CAPTURE THE CITY. General Washington 'vas well aware that he could not hold the city of New York, and so he withdrew the main portion of his army to Harlem Heights, on the north end gf Manhattan Island.


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE "MIDGET." ' General Putnam, with 4,000 men, remained at the southern dine with her, which offer was accepted, and the soldiers end of the city, and the British, so :f'ar as the patriots knew, were detained two hours, while their officers ate a fine were in ignorance of the fact that the main patriot army dinner and drank rare old wine. had already evacuated the eity. • This gave Pu_tnam and his men the time neede d, and A n d the British really were in ignorance of this fact--they succeeded in reaching Harlem Heights in safety. till nearly the middle of the month of September. By evening the entire British army was in the city and It was on the 13th of that month that General Howe the entire patriot army was on Harlem H eights. summoned one of his most trustworthy spies, a man by the The British general and the members of his staff, enname of Jacob Morrow, and asked him if he felt willing couraged by the easy capture of the city, decided to make to venture over into New Yo r k City on a spying expedition. an attack on the patriots the following day. "Oh, yes, your excellency," was the re.11ly. ; "I am . i;eady to This was done, but the British were r epulse d with a loss go jf you wish it." of three hundred, while the patriot loss was only sixty. "Well, I do. ' I wish to know what the. rebels are doing This was quite a setback to the British and they re-and what they intend doing, if such a thing is possible. treated back to the city to ponder a while b efore making I have remained here inactive as long as I wish to, and any further move. must make a move of some kind. If it is at all likely that In this little battle the Liberty Iloys took a prominent such a move will succ e ed I wish to make an attack on the part, fighting with great desp eration. among the m, rebels and drive them out of the city and capture it." doing as much as any of them, was the midget. "I will cro s s the East Riv e r to-night, your excellency, He did not seem to know the m eaning of the word fear, and see what I can do . " and he was as daring as the most reckless among the youths . Jacob Morrow was really a capable spy, ap.d he crossed Bob was disappointed becaus e the British gave up so the river that evening after dark and was soon on Broadway. easily. Of course he was dressed in citizen's clothing, and as "They didn't make much of a fig;ht," he grumbled. "Jove, he was a quiet, discreet man, he was not in much danger and they have men enough to eat us up, too, if they would or being suspected of being a British spy. , only go at it like they meant business." He soon learned that the main patriot army was at Har"Oh, they'll try it again, Bob, likely enough," said Dick. lem Heights, and that only about 4,000 men were down in "I don't believe they will." the city proper. , 'kWhat makes you think so?" "Well, well!" he thought; "this is indeed important news. "Because we have such a strong position here that they I will return and inform General Howe regarding the true could not thrash us without the loss o:f' a great number situation over here. He will be glad to know it and will of soldiers." come over and take possession of the city right away." "That is true." He was soon back in the British encampment across East "I think we will have to go down t them if w e get an-River, and he went at once to headquarters. other fight out of them," Bob declared. "Well," said General Howe, eagerly; "did you learn anyOne, two weeks passed, and the British remained quietly thing of importance?" in the city and made no move toward making anothe r attack. "Yes, your excellency." General Washington believed that the British general was "What?" planning some kind of a coup, however, and he wished to "That the city proper is merely garrisoned, so to speak, know what it was. by about four thousand rebel soldiers; the main army has This would be difficult of accomplishment, however. He evacuated and is on Harlem Heights." did not see how it would be possible to learn the intentions "You don't say so!" of the enemy. "Yes." However, an attempt could be made to 'secure informa"Why, then, all we we will have to do will be to cross the t ion, and he sent for Dick Slater. river and take possession of the city!" "Dick," he said, when the youth appeared before him; "That is all, sir." "I am going to ask you to make an attempt to secure some "You have done well in learning this, Mr. Morrow." information for me.''. "It was not a difficult feat, sir." "I am ready to make the attempt, your excell e n cy. " Next morning General Howe called a council of his staff . "It would be a difficult and dangerous task, my boy." and they discussed the situation, and it was quickly de"That does ndt matter, sir." cided to take possession of the city. "You are ready to make the attempt anyway, eh?" "I will go aboard the flagship of the British fleet and "Yes, sir." have an interview with my brother, the admiral," said "That is what I expected to hear you say; well, go down General Howe. "He will act in concert with the troops, the .city and see jf you can secure. i_nfo;,mation regard-and the affair will be a very simple one." mg the mtended movements of the Bntish. "You are right, General Howe," agreed General Corn"I will go this very night, sir." wallis. "Good! And I hope that you may succe e d and that you The general lost no time, but went aboard the ship at may return in safety." once and had an interview with his brother. "I will do my best, your excellency." It had been decided to take possession of the city on . am sure. of WelJ., be careful, for you will . be the morrow, and Admiral Howe said that he would send taku;g. your bfe .m when_ enter the city, some of his warships up th.e Hudson and some up the East it overflowmg British soldiers. River, and that the north end of the city would be' born-I. will be careful, sir. . barded by these vessels, and that under cover of this diDick left hea_dquarters and went t? where the. Liberty the troops could cross the East River and take B.oys were statione4 _and began makmg preparations for possession of the city. his dangerous expedition. . . . Next morning the ships sailed up the Hudson and East Bob wanted to go along, but Dick said that this would not Rivers and opened fire on the north end of the city, as had do;, . . . ,, . been decided upon, and, under cover of this, the British }n work of .this kmd one is better alone, he troops embarked and crossed the East River and began landsupposmg that should Dick, said ing at a point which is now the foot of East Thirty-fourth Bob; we would kn?w nothmg about it. . street. "But I am not gpmg to let them capture me," with a smile. An attempt was made by the patriots to hold the British in check and keep them from making a landing, but it was impossible to do so, and so the patriots gave up the attempt and retired to Harlem Heights. Putnam's force of 4,000 men was now in great danger. It was making all possible .effotts to get out of the city, and the soldiers were marching northward along the road leading to Bloomingdale as rapidly as possible; but they would h,ave been.headed off and captured but for the shrewdness of a vatriot woman, Mrs. Lindley Murray; who invited General Howe and the members of his staff to ston and CHAPTER XIII. THE MIDGET DISMAYED. "Say, fellows, I feel uneasy about Dick." Bob Estabrook was the speaker. Dick Slater had been gone perhaps half an hour, and Bob had been walking restlessly about and looking worri ed. "Oh, I guess he will get through all right, Bob," said Mark Morrison. Bob shook his head.


THE . LIBERTY BOYS AND THE "MIDGET." IE "It is a dangerous experiment, his going down into New York City when it is filled to overflowing with British soldiers," he declared. "I wish he had let me go with him." "But when one is on a spring expedition he can work better alone, just as Dick said,' remarked Ben Spurlock. "I know that; but he is likely to be captured, and then, as we would know nothing about it, he might be shot for a spy and us sitting up here in camp and making no attempt to save him." "Yes, that's so." "Jove, I'd follow him, only I know he would not like it!" "You would not dare do so, Bob, for he left you in com-mand here, and he would be angry if you left camp while he was gone.1 ' • "Yes, I'm afraid he would, but--" "Say, Bob!" The exclamation was from Ira Little. Bob turned toward him with an inquiring look. "Well, Midget?" "Let me go!" Bob started and looked thoughtfully at the little chap and then at the ground. Presently he looked again at the eager face of tne mid-get. " Do you really want to go ? " he queried. "Yes, yes!" There was no mistaking the fact that the boy was eager, even anxious to go. "What could you do if Dick got into trouble?" "I could come back up here and tell you boys about it." "And then we could make an attempt to get Dick out of trouble!" said Sam Sanderson. Bob nodded. "That's so,'' he said; "you could come back up and tell us about it, and that's as mucli as any one of us could do, I judge." "You are right, Bob," from Ben Spurlock; "one of us could not rescue Dick unaided." "I have a good mind to let you go, Midget,'' said Bob; "another thing in favor of it is that I don't think Dick would be angry if you followed him-at any rate, not so much as would be the case if one of the others should do it." "That's my idea, too," from Mark Morrison. "Then I'm to go ? " cried Ira, eagerly. "Yes . " "Oh, good!" "What will you do, Midget, when you get down into the city?" "I will get my eyes on Dick and then follow him and keep watch all the time." "That's right; and then if Dick should be captured you would know it." "Yes . " "Oh, the mida;et will do his part all" right, I'll wager!" said Sam Sanderso n. "I am sure he will,'' agreed Bob"; "and he is such a little chap that the British will not be likely to suspect him." "No; they would never think that he is dangel'ous." So Ira got ready as quickly as possible and set out. He did not have any weapons and was dressed in his old suit that he had worn when at home. He looked very little like a soldier, and this would be to his advantage in the work he was going to try to do. Dick had gone on horseback, and Ira did the same. When he reached a point about half a mile north of the north end of the city he stopped, d;smounted, led his horse in among the trees at one side of the road and tied the animai securely. As he was about to turn away he heard another horse stamp its foot at a little distance, and the boy thought: "That is Dick's horse, I'll wager." He made his way over to whe1e the other horse stood and called the animal by name,_ softly. H e was r<'gar', that's Major!" murmured the boy. "Well, I'm .irlad our horses are close together; if we should leave the city together and in a hurry it will make it eas'er for us to keep together, for we would not have to separate." Ira then made his way back to the road and walked onward toward the He reached the Common, crossed it, and found himself "u

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE "MIDGET." who had effected his capture that evening over on Staten Island, and from whose hands he had escaped. Captain Hunter got a look at Dick's face by the light of a street-lamp and recognized him._ "Dick Slater, the rebel spy!" he exclaimed. Then he seized Dick, calling aloud as he did so: "Help! This way, comrades! Come quickly! This is Dick Slater, the famous "rebel spy!" Several British soldiers happened to be standing w::ar and they hastened to the captain's assistance. "Dick had made a desperate effort to wrench himself free fr9m the captain's grasp, but had not been able to do so before the soldiers were upon him. As' soon as they seized hold of him he was powerless, and was quickly a prisoner, with his arms bound together behind his back. "I thought you were dead!" the captain exclaimea, .-egarding Dick wonderingly. ' "No, I am alive," he said. "How in the name of all that is wonderful did you manage to escape being drowned that evening when you leaped over the bluff and rolled down into the waters of the bay?" "I swam across to the opposite shore." "Swam across?" "Yes." "Impossible! Your arms were bound." D i ck laughed. "I cannot believe it," he said. "No one could swim across the rough waters of the Narrows with arms pound toirether behind one's back." "It was not so very difficult," said Dick. "When I fell my bonds broke." The officer shook his head and r egarde d Dick with increasing wonder. "You are c ertainly an extraordi'l.ary young fellow, or else extraordinarily lucky," he said. "I knew that I c ould swim over or I w0uld not have risked leap'ng ove r the bluff," nic k. "I once swami the Huds on in s t fo r the novelty of the thing." "Well, well! I see that extraordinary precautions must be taken with you, Dick Slater." I Then he ordered two of the soldiers to conduct:r;>ick to headquarters. "I will wall<; right behind you," he said, addressing Dick, "and if you make any attempt to get away it will be t>ad for you!" and he tapped thP, butt of a pistol significantly. Dick said nothing, but walked along between the two soldiers quietly. They were n 'ot long in reaching the headquarters build ing, and a few minutes later they stood in the presence of General Howe in his private room. Like the captain, General Howe was amazed when he saw Dick Slater standing before him alive and well. He had thought that the famous rebel spy had perished in the waters of the bay the evening he leaped over the bluff. The captain explained how Dick had managed to escarie death by drowning, and the general smiled g-rimly and said: "I guess that you are fated to be shot to death as a spy, Captain Slater." "I hope not, sir," replied Dick. "It is my opinion that this is the way you will end your career; but I am not going to be in any hurry to order you to be shot at this time. I will give you a little time in which to prepare for death." This suited Dick, and he said: "Thank you, General Howe." The general asked Dick a number of questions in an attempt to secure some information regarding the patriot army and the intentions of the commander-in-chief, but to no avail. Dick was very careful not to utter a worc 1 that would yield his questione r any information. Presently Gene1al Howe ordered that Dick be taken and placed in the jail at the edge of the Common. "See to it, Captain Hunter, that he does not escape from you this time," he said. "I will see to it that nothing of the kind occurs, sir" grimly; "I will walk right beh:nd him all the way and if he makes an attempt to escape I will knock him senseless with the butt of a pistol." "That is right; don't shoot him, save as a last resort, to keep him from escaping." "Very well, your excellency." Dick was conducted out of the room and buildinl" . <>nrl as they started down the steps Captain Hunter said to the two soldiers: "Keep a tight grip on his arm now, men; he is wonderfully strong and exceedingly tricky and desperate. Don't let him jerk away from you." "We'll see to it that he doesn't, Captain," was the reply. The two soldiers gripped Dick's arms very tightly, and he realized that it would be a difficult matter to jerk loose. Then, too, the captain was right behind him with a pistol in his hand ready to deal a blow if the necessity arose, and Dick decided that it would be best not to try to break away from his captors. So he walked quietly along, causing the soldiers no trouble whatever. ' He was not feeling very happy, however; he felt that he was in an exceedingly dangerous situation. Then, too, he would fail of securing inf'ormation. However, it could not be helped; he would have to make the best of the situation. As they approached the jail Dick lookeP. at it and shuddered. "Jove, I'm afraid that I will neve r come out of there again until I am led out to be shot!" was his thought. Then he thought of the Liberty Boys. "If thev had any way of knowing that I am a prisoner they might at least make an attempt to rescue me," he thought; "but they will not know of the matter until it is too late. in all probability. I wish now that I had let one of the boys accompany me; then he could have gone back and carried the news of my capture to the boys." While the ja;Jer was unbarring the door Dick glanced around him at the faces of the members of the crowd that had followed them up Broadway. He did not expect to see a familiar face, but he did, and he very nearly gave a start of surprise. Standing within a few yards of Dick at the edge of the crowd looking at him eagerly was Ira Little. "The midget!" thought Dick. "'He is here and he will go back and tell the boys that I am a prisoner! Jove, but is more than I expected! I will not give up all hope yet!" Dick gave the boy a half-questioning look, and the little c})ap nodded reassuringly. Then Dick was pulled through the doorway and into the jail and the door clanged shut behind him. As the door went shut Ira turne d away. . He wanted to !!,'et started back to Harlem Heights as quickly as possible. "I must get the news to the boys at the earliest possible moment, " he thought. Before g0ing, however, hP made :-i tour of the jail and looked at all the windows with eager interest. This done, he set out, passing the sentinels without difficulty, he having purchas ed two or three little. packages which the SPntinels sunposed co ntainP d tobacco, tea and sugar, the articles he "had sold them he had come to the city to get. Fifteen minutes later h e was mounte d on his horse and riding northward at a gallop. CHAPTER XV. • THE RESCUE. The instant Ira had ridden into the encampment and dismounted he was assailed by questions from his com-rades: "What brought you back so quick?" "Did you see Dick?" "Has he been captured?" "Tell us, at once!" "Yes, let us have the news!" "All right," said Ira; "yes, I saw Dick, and he has been captured!" "I was afraid that such would be the case," said Bob. "What did they do with Dick?" queried Sam Sanderson. "They put him in jail/' "Did he see you?" "Yes." "That is good," said Bob; "then he will be looking for '"' t.n rnmP :md make an attempt to rescue him."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE "MIDGET." . "Tell us the story in detail, Midget," from Mark Mor rison. . ?he little fellow did so and all listened attentively. f'We must try to rescue Dick!" cried Bob. "Yes, and the sooner the better," from Ben Spurlock. "They may shoot him if he is left in their hands Jong." "Yes, or even till morning," from Mark. '.'Then you favor our making the attempt yet to-night?" said Sam. '."Yes." do I," declitred Bob; "we will strike while the iron is hot." "That's a good plan," said Ben; "the chances are that the redcoats will not think of such a thing as that an attempt to rescue the prisoner might be made so soon." ' The youths mounted their horses and set out. They rode at a gallop, and an hour later they came to a stop at the point where Dick's horse was tied in the edge of the timber. They dismounted and tied their horses.• All proceeded to the north side of the Common, and then they stopped. Bob, Mark, Sam and five more of the youths then pro ceeded across the Common and approached the point where the sentinel stood. It was quite dark, and they were enabled to get close up to him without being discovered. Bob dealt the redcoat a blow on the head with the butt of his pistol, knocking him senseless. They bound the sentinel's hands and feet and gagl!"ed him, as they did not know how long they might be at the work they had to do. "Now, what is next on the program?" asked Mark, in a whisper. "Say, Bob," wh'spered the midget. "What is it, little one?" "There's a narrow window in the second story of the jail that is not guarded by bars. It is so narrow that a man could not climb through it, but I can, and if you boys could boost me up to it I believe I could get in." "I'll tell you how we can do that," said Mark. "Well?" from Bob. "I will stand against the wall; Sam will get up on my shoulders and l!hen we will lift the midget up, and he can try the window and see if it is unfastened." "Very well; come along, Sam and Ira." The three stole forward and were quickly standing be side the red wall of the jail. Mark stationed himself with his back to the wall; then Sam climbed to his shoulders, after which the midget was lifted to the level of the window. He opened it softly and crawled through. The L ibertv Boys in the bushes watched eagerly. The midget's pl'an bade fair to be a success! Ira as soon as he was inside the building, began wonderi"q.g he was to find the cell Dick was in. "And once it was found, how would I open the door?" he wondered. Then he made a discovery: The keys were in the locks of each and every door. No doubt the jailer thought it unnecessary to carry a great bunch of keys around, as no one save himself was supposed to have access to the corridors, there was no danger-so he must have reasoned-in leaving the keys in the locks. Ira decided that the only way he could find out which cell Dick was in was by unlocking and opening the cell doors and looking in. A tin lamp way dovvn at the farther end of the hall gave , sufficient light so that the boy could see fairly well, and be at once went to work. He unlocked the door of the first cell he came to, and, opening the door, looked in. It was pitch dark in the cell, and he could see nothing. The midget hesitated. Then he decided that he would go and get the lamp. He emerged from. the cell, made his way along the hall to where the lamp stood on a shelf, took it down, and made bis way back and into the cell again. "All right," he thought; "I'll see if any one is in the next one." He soon had the door of the adjoining cell open. It had an inmate, a man who was sleeping soundly; but this occupant was not Dick. "I'll find him, though, if I have to enter every cell in the jail!" thought Ira. The boy tried the next cell, and, to his great joy, Dick was in this one. The Liberty Boys' commander was awake, and when he saw Ira he started in surprise and rose quickly to a sitting posture-he had been lying down. "You, Midget!" he exclaimed, in a cautious voice. "Yes, Captain Slater." "How did you get in?" "Through a window at the end of the hall." "Have you any weapons, Ira?" "A couple of pistols." "Give me one." The boy handed Dick a pistol. . "Now, come along, Ira." . "The jailer will be awake, won't he?" the boy whispered. "Possibly." "And if he is?" . ,. "We must overpower him and make a prisoner of him. The boy nodded. "Leave the lamp," instructed Dick. "We won't need it." The boy set the lamp on the floor. Then they left the cell and made their way cautiousl:Y along the hallway. At the farther end were the stairs, and down these the:y went very slowly and carefully. They were soon standing in the little room at the foot. oJ the stairs. To the right was the open doorway leadmg into the jailer's room; to the _left was front door oi the jail, st;rongly barred and with. the m the lock. As soon as Dick had taken up his station at the door:va1 the boy l}nlocked and unbarred the door and opened it little way and looked out. No one was in sight. . He turned and motioned to Dick, and the latter tiptoed across and joined him. . . They made their way to the corner of the Jail and turne

18 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE "MIDGET." dangerous, and he will be enabled to go where he pleases "I must call a council of war at onc e , " he said. . unmolested." ' It was dec i ded that on the morrow the patriot army "Yes, I he would not be bothered." should break camp and retreat into the interior. When night came tke midget, accompanied by Dick, set Next day the patriot army broke camp and the main out on was going to accompany the boy body of troops marched away towa;i-d the . a pomt withm a mile of the city and then bring the The Liberty Boys remaine d behmd to Jn'.lmtam an apd 01 se back, as Ira intended to stay in New York several pearance of life on Harlem Heights, so that if. any redcoats ays. were spying around in the vicinity they would not suspec t When they came to a stop a mile north of the city Dick that the army had gone. gave the boy a few final instructions and cautioned him on the 12th a number of British warships ran up Eas t to be very and then the little chap leaped to the River with the British troops on boam, and these were and, w,ith a lqw good-by, walked away, Dick turn-landed on Throgg's Neck, a p eninsula nin e m i l e s up from mg his horses and riding back toward the patriot the city. , . h encampment. As soon as the ships were seen sailing up the river t e Ira was excited, as may well be supposed, but Liberty Boys evacuated Harlem Heights and hastened aro.und he was delighted as well. and joined a force that had been l eft on the Eas t Rive r He succeeded .in getting past the sentinels by telling them shore to hold the British in check. . same story he had told the sentinels the night before When the British started to come onto the ml!-mland, e was such a little bit of a chap that they never for after making a landing, they were t r e a t e d to a g allmg fire moment of such a thing as that he was dangerous from the muskets of the patriot s oldi ers. to the king cause. This was a su,rprise to them, a s the y had not expected 1!\. fe>y minutes later Ira was threading Broadway, min-I anything of the kind. . g with the crowds of. people, and his heart beat high It proved to them also that their plan. was to be a thi:; hope that he might succeed in securing informa-ure, for if the rebels knew of the commg of the Bntis_h ti on of importance. in time to be there to recei ve them, the.y had kn. own . of it . We will not follow the midget's course in detail. Suffice in time to withdraw the patriot army mto rn,ter10r. it. to say that. he four days and nights in the city General Howe shrewdly guessed that the patriot ai;ny was any information that amounted to any-not far away, however, and that if could get ari;1y thmg. He did not have any adventures either as he was to the mainland and give chase, he might succeed m stnk-so small a?d insignificant in as not to attract ing the rebels a hard blow. . . any attention. Much to his disgust, his army was h eld on the p enms ula On the fourth !light he slipped out of the city and re-six days, and then on the morn,ing of thi:; seventh day, turned to patr.iot encampment on Harlem Heights. when an advance was made toward the mamland, h e was He given a welcome by the Liberty Boys, but surprised and somewhat well please d a s w ell, to find that when Dick. asked him if he had secured any information his was not resisted. Not a shot _was fir ed from he shook his head sadly. the point where the patriots been statione d . . "I. didnJt a Captain Slater," he said. General Howe knew what this .meant, of course. rea l-D1ck was d1sappomted, but he did not let on as he saw ized that the patriot army had reache d what w a s that Ira was very badly anyway. ' . to be a safe location, and the force that had been holdmg Next morning Dick went to headquarters and reported his army in c.):Ieck had gone to jo i n the main army.. . to General Washington. When he discovered, on moving up closer and havmg his The was greatly interested when told spies and scouts reconnoiter more that paabout the httle midget s py, and expressed a wish to see troit army occupied such a strong h e h e . s1ta t e d the boy. An was at once despatched to bring Ira. to make the attack, however, and w ent mt9 camp with the and soon the little chap stood in the presence of the great evident intention of waiting a whi le. man. On the 27th of October, howev er, G e n eral How e ordered . He eyi:;d the boy with interest and then shook hands with his army to storm the patriot army ' s . works . him, Up the hill swarmed the redco a t s , firing as the y came, '.' I am indeed glad to make your acquaintance, Ira. Capbut they met with such a hail of bull et s tha t they w ere tam Slater ha.s jus! been telling-me about you. He forced after a somewhat de sperate struggle, to r e treat. you the midget, and you certainly deserve the In this little battle the Liberty Bo ys had don e splendid title." work. . . . T h e n he told Dick to send the boy back to the city again They had fought desperately, and among them, fightmg m a few days. as fiercely as any one of them, was Ira Little , the midget. "Very well, your exc e llency; I will send him back again On the night of the last day o f .octobe.r . . G e n e r a l Wash-ve r y s oon." t d th t Ch t ington and his army evacua e ell" po s1 ion s on a t er-"Well , did Ira?" CHAP'l'ER XVII. THE REDCOATS OUTGENERALED. you leam anything of importance this time, "Yes , Captain Slater." Nearly three weeks had passed, and for four days Ira Little had been down in the city spying. He had just returned to the patriot encampment. "What have you learned, my boy'!" eagerly. "The British are going to send their main army up the East River in transports and disembark and come in upon us from the north and prevent a retreat into the interior." The Liberty Boys uttered exclamations. "Say, that is a great scheme, eh , .Dick?" from Bob . "Ye s , and a dangernus one for us, Bob." "That's right." "When i s this mov-e to be made?" a s ked Dick. "Day after to-morrow." Dick and Ira hastened away and were s oon at headquarters. General Washington greeted them cordially. He knew that Ira had b e en down in the city and guessed that he brought information. When he learned what the information consisted of he wa s , naturally, somewhat excited. ton Hill and Mount Misery and marche d northward to Nort;h Castle about seven m i le s di stant. H e r e t hey took up their positidn on the high, rocky hills there, from w hich i t w ould be impossible to dislodge them. The British did not follow them. G e n eral H ow e e vid ently decided that it would be u s eless. He retire d to the bank of the Hudson with his army and went in t o camp. Ira Little remained with the Ll.berty B oys throughout the war and did splendid work for the great c a u se . . His stepmother remained a patriot a f t e r h e r change of heart and when the midge t went hom e at the end o f the war treated hirri very well, inde ed . A couple of years later he was .married to Anria ;Hawl ey, the girl who, with her brothe r, Dick had accom pame d over to the Britis h encampment on State n I s l a nd , w h e r e they went to s e ll fish. . . . Captain Hunter was killed at the b attle of White Pla m s , s o he d i d not get anothe r ch a nce to c apture rni!k Slater. Next week's i ssue will contain "THE L J DERTY B OY S AT FRANKFORT; OR, ROUTING THE ' QUEEN S RANGERS." SEND POSTAL FOR OUR FREE


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 19 \ CURRENT NEWS . After being completely buried at the bottom of an _ eighteen-foot ditch for 20 minutes, Wayne Richard son, 1aborer fro mClay Centre, Kan., who was w:ork_mg on the construction work in the draining district of North Lawrence, was rescued alive with out apparent injury one day recently. • . Fear of compulsory military service has resulted m an exodus of fo.reigners from Canada to the States. The migration, chiefly from the cities, has interfered seriously with many Canadian industries. In order to keep the workmen in Ca nada Dominion Government has issued a statement that compulsory military service is not under consideration. Almost 8,000,000 trees will be available for next spring's reforesting operations from the stock now in the Pennsylvania State Forest nuperies. This is an increase in production over last year of about 30 per cent., and is the largest number of seedlings ever grown in the nurseries. Last year private individuals planted 1,500,000 trees furnished by the Department. Three hundred persons have been killed and many injured in a disastrous earthquake in central Formosa, according to special despatches from Tai hoku, the capital of Formosa. It is estimated that 1,000 houses have been destroyed. The city of Nanto has been damaged extensively by fire. The island of Formosa lies between the Philippine Islands and Japan and is owned by Japan. The city of Nanto is situated ip. the central part of the island, about 100 miles south of Taihoktt. For discriminating against two uniformed en listed men of the U. S. Navy in refusing to allow them to sit in a box for which they had purchased tickets, Henry Traub, lessee of a theatre in Brook lyn, N. Y., was fined $250 by the Justices of the Special Sessions Court, m that New York city bor ough, on January 11. In fining Traub, Justice McInerney said: "The uniform of a United States sailor must be respected. A sailor has just as much rights as -any civilian." . Before sentencing the defendant, Justice Mcinerney read a communication from Rear Admiral Nathaniel R. Usher, commandant of the navy yard, New York, in which adequate punishment was urged. Admiral Usher feared the effect on the present preparedness movement in the event that discriminations against United States unif qrms were allowed to go unpunished. made a ten months' prospecting trip far up the great rivers of Guiana looking for pay dirt. "As the aluminum beds of Tennessee, Georgia and Arkansas show signs of giving out," said he, 'we have got to hunt up new deposits. I made a pros pecting trip of 200 miles up the Surinam River; after getting a provisional concession from tne Dutch authorities. Our party found bauxite and other mineral deposits from which aluminum can be extracted. These new fields may be very rich and may mean a good deal to those interested in the aluminum market just now with the American deposits on the down grade. Undoubtedly the Dutch authorities will give us a concession to devel op the new fields." Electrical fire logs, which have been. used on tlie stage for several years, are now available for other uses. These fire logs are made of imitation wood, consisting of three or more logs naturally grouped for interior fireplaces and outdoor camp-fires. The logs of translucent material and asbestos, reinorced with metal, and are made hollow for the in sertion of electric bulbs. The bark and cut ends of the logs are artistically designed and hand paint ed to give the natural appearance of , partially burned logs. By properly shading thetranslucent and opaque parts and providing for refiectio:n from below the logs when illuminated glow with the natural bright and darker shading of burning wood logs. . The fire logs can al::;o be o . btained in the form of a large wood log with imitation ash heap, for large old-fashioned fire-places. In accordance with the experience of the war, the gun practice of our battleships has been carried out at ranges far in excess of any heretofore pre scribed. A comparison with the year 1914, when full charges were used in guns, shows results gratifying to the Navy Department. The individual practice of the main battery guns was conducted at a mean range of over 15,000 yards, as compared with a mean range of 10,000 yards, with the same guns in 1914. In spite of an increase of over 50 per cent in range, the percentage of hits was not only maintained, but showed a slight increase. We are glad to note that full charges are being used; for, when three-quarter charges were used, the velocity being less and the angle of fall greater, it followed that the danger space at the target and the chances of hitting the same were reduced. Consequently, although the gun pointing may have been as good, the number of hits made was smaller-a fact which tended to produce among the gun Linton Watters of Georgia, who returned recentcrews. This factor is of great importance, and in ly on the Trinidad liner Maraval, reported that nej our opinion greatly outweighs any advantage of had found aluminum deposits in Dutch Guiana. He economy due to the smaller charges used.


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. I A R N FAKIR -ORTHE NtRVIES T BOY OF ALL By RALPH MORTON • (A SERIAL STORY.) CHAPTER XI (Continued). "I guess you'll see before the day is over," laughed "Ten thousand dollars?" gasped Hen, turning alSperry. most white. "You can't get strangers to put up so Withing five minutes there came a at the much money." door . . ."I don't expect to," said Ted, coolly. "There won't "If it's anyone to see me," whispered Ted, "show ?e any company formed. They'll have their own him into the bedroom. Then if anyone else calls ideas, these business men." keep him out here and just come in to tell me that "Then where does your money come in?" someone wishes to see me." .. "I'm afraid it's all too deep for you Hen " Ted skipped into the bedroom. Then Hen ushered laughed Ted . "You'll just have to wait and in Mr. Harding. happens. These business men who are coming this began the department store man, "I've ::i-fternoo1?all own stores in Douglass . Smith, the come to tell y0u that those men are not going 1Jo Jeweler, .1s on e of them. He can sell a lot o:f polish put up ten thousand dollars for a stranger." for prec10us metals. the grocer; is an"I'm afraid they won't" Ted agreed, soberly. other. Then there's Harding, who runs a small de"And you wont get that much capital anywhere. partment store. There'll be a few others. But I But I've been thinking. I could seel a good deal of was smart enough not to invite a druggist. He might that powder in my store, and I could wholesale it guess how the stuff is made:" . to me in my line in other towns. Now, if you would There was a knock at the door and a bellboy sell me the receipt for making the stuff--" handed in two cards. ' "I might," said the young fakir, thoughtfully. "Smith and Harding here already," smiled Ted, "But the price woulr have to be a good one." as he turned away from the door. "The battle for "Will you sell me the receipt for a hundred dol-dollars-our dollars-will be on in a few minutes." lars ?"asked Mr. Harding, promtply. Within ten minutes seven business men of the "No, I won't-couldn't" retorted the young fakir, arri':ed. Ted again exhibited the splendid just as promptly. qualities of his Rosebud Powder, as he called it. "How much?" But his visitors were prepared to admit that the "Five hundred dollars." powder was a splendid article. Mr. Harding began to argue, finally offering a Then, when Hen sat by in gasping silence, Ted hund: red and fifty. But Ted still shook his head. went on to explain how ten thousand dollars capital "A gentleman to see you," announced Hen, look. _iuld be used . One thousand dollars would be needed t ing in . stock, rent, help and such expenses. The other I "Excuse me for a moment," begged Sperry, and mne .thousand dollars would be spent in advertising followed his fi:iend. . .

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 21 By degrees Smith offered more and more, until he stopped short at four hundred and fifty dollars. "Got the money with you?" asked Sperry, a bi.t thoughtfully. "Right here," called-the jeweler, eagerly. Ted knew this was more than the department store man would pay. " the money out, please." Ted watched as the bills were laid down. "Thank you. Hen, please go in and tell Mr. Harding that the formula is sold." When Hen came back Ted and his buyer were seated and going over the details of manufacture. The money bulged in one of the young fakir's trousers pockets. Four hundred and fifty! Hen pinched himself to see whether he was awake! CHAPTER XII. THE PRIN9ESS APPEARS. ' "Heavens, don't I wish she'd let . me buy her a barrel of the stuff!" uttered Ted Sperry. was certainly badly hit. And this was the first time in his life that he had ever really noticed a girl. She came out, re-entered her Cl:\rriage, and was driven slowly down the street. Ted followed her with his eyes as long as she was in sight, but did not step off after the carriage. "Hen," muttered the young fakir, "I'm going to know that princess." "Oh, pshaw! She wouldn't look at you. She's rich." "Well, ain't I going to be rich, too, before long?" demanded Ted, almost fiercely. . Then the young fakir, grabbing Putters' arm, led him off in the opposite direction from that taken by the carriage. Ted wanted to think. He did not know what the feeling meant that had taken hold of him. It was pleasant, but he could not share it with a fellow like Hen. So the two boys walked ih silence for many minutes. . They had gotten out past the business section of "We c,111 affoJ"d a few days of thinking up someh thing new, eh, Hen?" the town, an,d were among the residences, when t e soun d of wheels came to them. "Oh, there's r:o nc: • waiting if we get a chance to make some more money," Hen replied. Ted looked up. A carriage was and in It was evening, and they were taking a stroll down it sat the princess. the brightly-lighted principal street of the little city. She was looking at the boys just as Ted glanced T ed, though inclined to joke, really had his mind up. But she looked away as the carriage crossed 1'us y on the subject of the next scheme to be worked. the sidewalk in front of them and went in over a But suddenly he stopped, gripping his friend's driveway, stopping at the entrance of a handsome residence. arm. Sperry's eyes were suddenly glistening, and his After the girl had gotten out the coachman drove breath was coming quick ly. "Oh, Hen, do you see that-her, I mean?" Hen looked, and even his slow pulses quickened. Just ahead a stylish open carriage had drawn up at the curb. Now stepping from the carriage was its sole occupant save for the coachman . And this young occupant, the one who had rung the cry of admi.ration from Ted Sperry, was a seventeen-year-old vision of girlish loveliness, dark and gypsy-like in her beauty-slender, yet plumply rounded. In her fleecy, cloud-like summer dress and the fragile, dainty picture hat, she Yas far lovelier than any one the boys had ever seen. Ted could not stir until she had passed into a store. "She looks like a princess I saw once in a picture book," said Hen, sirp.ply. "And that's just what she is-a princess!" cried Ted, softly. He drew Hen over to the store window. It was a confectioner's shop, and both boys pretended to be looki!lg in at the window, but their eyes were this vision that was buying a box of candy inside. away. There .was no stable in the yard. "So that's where she lives?" murmured Ted Sper ry, more to. himself than to his friend. wonder wha.t her name is?" Then with feverish energy he added: "Hen, I'm going to see the name on the door plate." A good deal like two prow ling young burglars they stole down the driveway, up on the steps, crossed the. porch, and then Ted bent forward to read the door-plate. "Everson," Sperry read. Then he gave an inward jump, and tingled from head to foot. For just the other side of the door he thought he heard a girl's stifled scream. And then, surely enough, he heard a harsh voice exclaim: "That's right,. man! Choke her if she tries to make a noise. Now see here, Tess, you've got to be reasonable." ' "But, Fred," implored the girl's low, sweet, agon ized voice, "I'd rather die than marry that wretch. You've been drinking, Fred. You'll be sorry when you--" (To be continued.)


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. F R O M i tLL POINTA.'i LEPNR AT POKER GAME. According to testimony offered in the Mayor's Court, at Wilkes-Barre, Pa., , Joseph Norman, a leper, who is supposed to be under strict quarantine night and day, left his home at night and went to the home of a neighbor, where he engaged in a poker game. A fight occurred, according to the testimony, while the game was on and efforts were made on the part of some of the .poker players to steal a $3 pot. While the police were gei-ting to the scene to make a raid, Norman left by the back way, climbe-d over several fences and entered the house which has been his prison for the last eighteen months. It is costing the city and the Central Poor Board $3,000 annually for the care of Norman and his family and for guardin1{ his home. FRENCH PRISONERS PLACED IN FIRING ZONE. The following official statement has been issued in Berlin: later was loc ked-in a cell lighted from a window in the ceiling so that he might not gaze on his fell ow men . He took exercise apart from other and was barred as far as possiblefrom huma n com panionship. Such a record of punishment is rare 1n the prison annals of this countr y. Now, at the age of 57 years, Pomer o y will move into a cell where he can se e pass ersby, will be permitted to ex e rcise with othe r p r isoners, sit with them at the church services and at the prison entertainments, and will have such light work in the prison shops as his somewhat enfeebled health will permit. Governor McCall announced that he ap p roved the commutation. Pomeroy was convicted of the mur d e r o f two chil dren, following a series of d egenerate a cts which had terrorized the South Boston and Dorch es t e r districts of Boston. He was sentenc e d to b e hanged, but because of his youth the sentence was commuted to solitary imprisonment for life. On September 7, 1876, he was placed in his solitary cell at the Charles Street Jail. "The recent treatment of German prisoners in TRAPPER UNEARTHS GEMS. the firing zone of the French district of operations Three cans containing jewelry worth, according was recently pointed out, and it was made known to estimates, $35,000 were uncovered in a niche that the German Government had taken measures in a rocky cliff on the George A n d erson ranch, east : o remedy this intolerable state of affairs. of Wheatland, Yuba county, Cal., by A lfred T a lbot, "To the French Government had been sent a Talbot, setting his trap in what he thought to be note to the effect that all prisoners must be trans-a trapper. ported at least thirty kilometres, behind the firing Talbot setting his trap in what he thouO"ht to be line; that they must be assembled in well equipped a "coon hole" placed his hands on the He camps and put on a. footing of eq_uality with opened them' and found them fill e d with jewelry, prisoners of war m Germany m regard to their diamonds rings, watches and stickpins. treatment, ma. il and visits by representatives So far Sheriff McCoy has been unable to. find any of neutral embassies. clue to the owner of the cached jewelry. It is "It was announced that in case of refusal several believed to have been cached ther e at least twenty thousand French will be years ago. the firing zone submitted to the s.ame condit10ns The cans were red with rust and a lmost falling as the German prisoners of war behmd the French tp pieces. The paper wrapped a bout the jewelry . was yellow with age. The watche s are o f a pat-As the French had not tern in vogue a quarter of a c entury ago. it the end of the set, Janu.ary 15, it. is an-Several valuable rings, one with a solitaire dia10unced the now w.ill be carried out. mond setting valued at more than $ 3 00, bracelets These reprisals w:1ll until the German restudded with diamonds, ruby and pearl stickpins, .iuests are complied with by the French Governwere in the cans. ment." I Sheriff McCoy 0elieves the valuables unearthed by Talbot were stolen years ago from a jewelry FROM SOLITARY CONFINEMENT TO store. ORDINARY CELL. That somebody recently I:ias b een trying to unJesse Pomeroy, who has b ee n fo r forty-one years cover the cache is the opinion of Talbot, who said in solitary c onfinment in the State p r ison at Charles-there w ere many evidences that his t rained woods : own, Mass., hereafter w ill have equal privile g es I man's eye could detect of the earth having been with other prisoners by orde r of the ex e cutive coun-disturbed as though somebody had been digging and cil. Convicted of murder at 15, Pomeroy two years wished to conceal his work. .


THE . LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 23 HEIR TO A CENT -ORTHE LEGACY THAT MADE A OF HIM By CAPTAIN GEORGE W. GRANVILLE (A SERIAL STORY.) CHAPTER XVI and to take all sensible hints, from: the foreman and And Bob, too, added to the profits. In his quiet the bookkeeper. way he nosed around and c1.iscovered methods that For both the foreman and the bookkeeper began starch, soap and power. He stopped these when they little leaks so that the bookkeeper began to look identified with tne orny real lauudry m the place. happy. -.. J Two months had gone by. Dick and Bob each At the end of a week Beckwith who ran the rival received a weekly salary now of thil'ty-five dollan Iayndry, surrendered to public He raised a :eek-and the it: his and his prices anti advertised the fact. "" What you want to do next, smiled D:ck ?ne day, But Dick came out in another page advertisement is to branch out and get other lau ndries m other in the Oakdale Herald . He pointed out that the t?wns. Run.them the same way you:ve done Avery laundry was the first to better the conditions with this. You might as well be handlmg the of its work-people and that rivals had been forced profits from six laundries as from one-and from to do so only in order to win a share of public twenty as easily as from six ." good opinion. He bespoke a continuance of public "You'll my whirl. Stop, p l ease," favor for'the Avery laundry. begged Nan, with comical pathos. . Dick believed in advertising. Beckwith did not. "But think it over, Nan. The profits from this Nan's laundry began to get more and more busiplace are furnishing you with capital for branchin g ness away from the rival. out. And you're a bully business woman." At the end of a fortnight Beckwith was in de"That's because I have good managers, and know spair. His business was going to the dogs. enough to their advice,'' Nan declared. Dick and Bob drew dollars apiece for their . For some time she had ceased to keep anything first week's salary. like regular hours at the office. . At the end of the second week Nan forced them But Dick and Bob were on hand every day at to take twenty -five dollars apiece, and the bookopening time; nor did they leave until after closing keeper proved to them that the business would time. stand it. Nan lived at "the Oakdale Hotel. "I've never be e n really happy before," Dick The boys boarded with a private family, but lau ghed. "I know now what it was that I've needed much of their evening time they visited their pretty all a l ong . It was work, hustle and responsibility." employer in the hotel parlor. The murder case had been disposed of, as far as the courts went. The fellow charged with the killing of John CHAPTER XVII. Avery had been convicted and now awaited execu tion. THE FRIEND MORE DEADLY THAN AN ENEMY. There had been no hint that Clarence Avery "For Sale--A modern, first-class steam laundry, had assisted or egged on slayer of his father. fixtures and good will." Nor, bad as he was, did anyone really suspec t ! that the son had had any share in the death of his That was the gist of the advertisement that BeckI father. with was forced to publish a:tter a month. I 'l'o all outward appearances, Clarence A very had H e cou ld not stand up before the snappy and re-1 settled down into a sober-minded, respectable man len tless advertising for public good will that Dick of wealth. was doing all the time. ! He avoided all evil company, dropped all his former Nan's venture was on a solid basis now. I bad habits, and became a contributor to churches Let it not be supposed that this was all entirely and charities. Jue to Dick and Bob. r People in his own village began to say that he had .1..tlev had the good sense to learn all they could, "had his fling" and had "settled down."


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. One crisp, cool evening in November Dick and "Are you getting jealous?" asked Bob, opening Bob ente,red the hotel parlor to find Clarence Avery, his eyes. smiling and happy-looking, seated with his pretty That made Dick open his eyes, too. cousin. "Why, I wonder if I am becoming jealo us?" h e Catching sight of the toys, Nan rose hurriedly muttered to himself . "I know I'm getting so I ca n ' t and came to meet them. keep my eyes off Nan's face. My eyes follow "Clarence seems altogether changed," she said everywhere. She's a mighty pretty and dear girl in a low voice. "He has come and begged my forAnd Clad A very-ugh! He's a beast!" giveness. He has asked my friendship, and has told Oakdale, being a small place, had a few interestme that his home, fortune and friendly services will ing shows at the little theater. always be open to me." But just as the snow began to fly there came an "Has he asked you to marry him?" asked Dick, entertaiiier who took the town by storm. quickly. "Doctor Helfbrun" he called himself. He was a "No." tall, thin, sinister-k>oking German, with piercing "That will come later," thought Dick Granger. black eyes and a drnoping black mustache. "He knows that he can never look for me to Hypnotism was his specialty . marry him," Nan went on. "But, really, I think he For three nights he held forth in the little thea-is going to turn out a good man-at least, as good ter, startling people with the amazing things he as he knows how to be. And h e wants to meet you could force his subjects to do. both." Nan went to the performance one night, attanded "I'm ready," announced Dick , grimly. by Dick and Bob. "You won't--" . While passing through the audience, Helfbrun "No, I won't eat him, or throw spit-balls at him," glanced at Nan. Dick assured her. She shuddered and turned her eyes away. Helf"!' am very glad to see you again, boys," was brun passed on. A. ve:ry's greeting. After his performance was over, Doc Helfbrun, He offered his hand, which both accepted . for some reason, lingered on at the hotel. "I am aware that you have neither of you any Nan avoided him. He did not appear to seek her. reason to like me," he went on slowly. "But I can't "Bob," confided Dick, "I don't like the way Helf-understand what evil spirit was in me those days. bnm looks at Nan, when he doe s look her way." Nan has promised to be my friend, as well as my "You don't like any one wh o looks at Nan too cousin, and I shall be her most devoted friend. I often," answered Bob, dryly. trust, boys, that you w ill both consider yourselves "Quit your nonsense, old fellow! I ran into a my friends?" . Jrummer at the hotel yesterday noon who told me a He looked almost appealingly at Grange r ::1:nd lot about Helfbrun's past. I've been thinking about Turner. it ever since. Helfbrun has served two terms' in "We can't help being friends of any of Nan's real jail." friends," said Dick, simply. "That's none of my business." Avery did his best to make himself agreeable to "I'm going to make it some of mine unless he both of Nan's young business lieutenants. stops lookil1g 8 0 much at Nan." Yet Dick could not help a secret, uneasy watch"Say," put in Bob, slyly, "have you noticed how ing of this "reformed" young millionaire. much that old black cat at the hotel looks lik e Nan?" It was not long before Avery invited Nan over "I wish "OU could be serious," complained Dick. to his house for. dinner and a pleasant eveni,ng . ,} The next evening they called upon Nan. She en She went, but she took her two lieutenants with tertained them charmingly until nine o'clock. Then her. And Mart Stanley was invited up from the they rose to go . village. t th h th h The Oakdale guests were sent home in Avery's They passed down the stai rs, ou roug e o-automobile. tel office, and reached the door. That touring car was often seen in Oakdale after The blinding lights of an automob il e made them that. blink as they stepped outside. "Clarence is so changed that I hardl y know him The car was just coming to a stop before the door. these days/' Nan remarked to Dick. Doc Helfbrun got out, then turned to reach out his hand to Avery. "Has he proposed m 'arriage again?" drive. "He never even hints at the subject." "Thank you, A very; that was a splend id "I don't like Avery's actions," Dick confided to Good-night!" "Good -night, old fellow! Ah, hullo , boys! Want demanded Turner. "He seems a great a little spin?" and devoted friend to Nan." This as Clarence Avery caught sight of Dick and "He strikes me as being the kind of a friend who Bob. is more deadly than an enemy,'' was Dick's answer. (To be continued.)


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 25 Tl1VJEL TOPICS GETS A WHITE WEASEL. A white weasel was trapped recently by Lamont Borton, a young farmer living east of Fayette, 0. Old residents say that they were once common in this territory, but this is the fir s t 0)1e that has be2 n seen in recent years. KITE BALLOONS FOR OUR NAVY. The U. S. S. "Nevada" and "Oklahoma". are being equipped by the Navy Department for testing kite balloons for spotting purposes this year at Guantanamo, according to a statement made by Captain Josiah S. McKean, U. S. A., before the House Naval Affairs Committee. They will cost from $4,000 to $6,000 each, and will carry two men each and will be about 75 to 80 feet in length and 30 feet in diameter. .EAGLE IN BALBOA PARK. A huge bald-headed American eagle shot and dis abled by David Goldbaum of Ensenada, while it was in the act of carrvinfr off a live sh<>en. arrive'1 at San Diego on the British motor vessel Gryme. Goldbaum presented the eagle to the city of San Diego to be placed in the aviary at Balboa Park. Goldbaum's bullet bore through one of the ear-le'R wings, crip plingit. The bird nut np a terrific fight before it could be subdued and placed in a cage. its antlers into the horse's side. State laws permit the deer to roam at large and forbid any one to molest them. CONVICTS RETURN TO PRISON. Captain J--. T. Hazzard, who has been in charge of the construction work being done on the north and south highway by convicts in the vicinity of Whitebird, Idaho, passed through Lewiston the other day with the convicts enroute to Boise, the weather being such as to put a stop to the work. The c<,mvict camp was established about eigh1 months ago, and during that period approximately $18,000 worth of work has been done on the hig-h way. Captain Hazzard estimates the work done by this convict labor to be a saving of 30 per cent. over contract work. Sheriff Yates of Idaho County passed through Lewiston bound to Boise in charge of Amos Hol comb, a parole convict, who will be returned to the penitentiary, having been caught snatching a purse from a woman of Grangeville. THE MUNITIONS .INDUSTRY. The high water mark has been passed in making British guns, shells and all kinds of ammunition for the Allied armies. England now faces the large prohlem of diverting this production into new and useful channels, by which the nation will again supSTOLEN GEMS RETURNED. ply the outside world with goods, thus diminishing Diamond rings and brooches worth $5,000 which the steady outflow of gold and checking the decline mysteriously cfoiappPared from the home of Patin the British exchange rate. rick w. Finn, a contractor. at Anthills, a suburb There now 4,623 private factories and works, of Altoona, Pa., have been fost as mysteriously re-ordinarily employed in various useful kinds of metal covered. production, -which have been taken over by the Gov-ernment and are now controlled works. These are When the family returned from church Christmas morning the -stolen gems, wrapped neatly in in addition to the regular Government factories. a little paper bag and bound with red ribbon, were " There 2,250;000. employes yo7king these found to the door knob. While there and Government factories makmg ex serYants in the hqu se . no one harl sec n stranrrer clus1':e guns and shells. . about the nrcmiscs and the identity of the thief is '!'his enormous p7oduct10n has now .reached still unknown. I pornt where the .eqmpment of the. ar1!1y is approx1-Four men had been arrested 011 suspicion. mately complete m some the roam Im es. The extent to which this gun and shell output has • sues STATE FOR HORSE. Ralph Hun1Pl1rc y, who lives at Mohegan, N. Y., and owns a farm at has asked the State of Connecticut to recompense him fo1 a horse which came out second best in a squabble with a buck deer and had to be shot. Assemblyman AYcr ill, of Litchfield County, has introduced a bill in the Legislature asking that Humphrey be paid $150 for his loss. The horse was drawing a wagon. along the road near Merwinsville at night when the buck, frightened by an automobile, came chandn!! down the road and plunired grown is shown by figures given at the Ministry of lVI unitions . The comparison is made between June, 1915, when the war had just got under way, and to day. F'or every heavy howitzer produced then there are 323 produced now; for every field howitzer pro duced then there are 46 produced now; for every medium gun then there are 66 now. The output of 60-pounders and 6-inch guns went up fold and has now dropped back to twelve fold, as the supply is too great. As a whole the production of guns of all calibres has increased forty-one fold on those of medium weight and twelve fold on the heavier guns.


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• THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 27 AN ADVENTURE WITH WOLVES. By Kit Clyde. We lighted a fire to cook our supper, which con sisted of turtles that Pepe had brought from the neighboring marsh, and were laid on the embers, shell side down, after which the scales could be very easily taken off. We made a miserable meal. The flesh of the turtles w 'as execrable; it had a strong taste of mud. Supper over, we proceeded to make our preparation for the night. In the vicinity of the marshes, and notwithstanding that the warm season had come, the nights were cool ; it was therefore decided that the fire should be kept up until the next morning-a matter easy enough, since the jarillas, among which we were C?-mping, are shrubs of so iesinous a nature that they feel sticky to the touch, and that even the green wood burns with a brilliant flame. For another reason also, we deemed it obligatory to keep the fire up all night-it was necessary for our personal safety, inasmuch as we were liable to be attacked by beasts of prey, which are very com mon in this part of South America. -It was agreed, as usual, that Charles should keep watch for the first two hours, and then Luiz. Our horses were tethered to the stunted trunk of a willow standing some twenty yards away; then we wrapped ourselves in our ponchos, and with our feet turned toward the fire, we slept a sleep well earned by ten hours of slow but continuous travel. But the sleepers were not more tired than the watchers. Charles, feeling himself compelled to yield to sleep, could not awake Luiz, who naturally continued to snore while the fire died down for want of fuel. We had been sleeping quietly, when, about 11 o'clock, we were suddenly awakened by a prolonged and plaintive cry. We sprang to our feet and in stictively rushed to our guns-all except Miguel, who was stirring up the ashes in the hope of finding one live ember. Then several other cries just like the first were heard, but nearer. They sounded like the howling of wolves. "We are lost,'' tranquilly observed our guide; "those are the red wolves." In the mouth of Barlejo, those three words, We are lost, had a terrible significance ; they were equivalent to a sentence of death. Whether it was natural coolness, or the habitual indifference gained by an adventurous life, I do not know, but we made our preparations of defense with all the calm -of men who are not overfrightened by the prospect of death. The howlings continued-they steadily increased in volume as they drew nearer-in a little while they suddenly redoubled at a short distance from the camp. We felt especially anxious about our horses. Armed with our hunting-guns, which we had charged with buckshot, we were on the point of ap proaching the poor animals, which we could see trembling all over by the moonlight, when the vaqueano requested us to do nothing of the kind. "Don't bother yourselves about them!" he ex claimed. "Stand all right there in front of Miguel, who is trying to start the fire-that is our only chance _of safety . . Silence, now !-and be careful not to shoot until I tell you!" At that moment a dozen wolves sprang out of the cover before us, their eyes glowing in the night like burning charcoal. "Eh! what hawseholes !" cried the incorrigible sailor, Loannec. "Look, Miguel! there is something to light your fire with!" I' struck the sailor on the back of the neck, as a means of ieminding him of the order given; he held his peace. Meanwhile, after a moment's hesitation, the wolves approached our horses, which began to per form a singular maneuver. Pressing closely against one another, with their heads all turned to a com mon center (the willow tree to which they had been tied), they formed a ring; motionless, presenting their croups to the enemy, they awaited the at tack. The wolves began to turn around the living circlE -first at a cautious distance, then nearer and near er-and all at once they leaped. at our steeds. But they had reckoned without their hosts. At the same moment that the wolves leaped, our ho:r:ses-all together, as if moved by one springsuddenly gave a terrific kick; the assailants were flung ten yards away, and rolled on the ground, uttering another kind of howl-strange and fune real. It seemed as if they were calling for help. "What a magnificent kick!" cried Loannec, with admiration. "That howl is a call," said Barlejo, thus explain ing to us the difference we had already noticed in the way our enemies howled. "In a little while we'll have the whole pack on us." Barlejo was not mistaken. Other howls responded to the howls of the wound ed wolves, and almost immediately we saw a . bout fifty rushing in our direction. "Fire!" commanded the vaqueano. The new arrivals were received with a volley, followed by another. Startled by our firearms,. the survivors scattered in all direct10ns with horrible yelpings. It was the signal for th.e general invasion. All the underbrush, which seemed so lifeless a little while before, now appeared one enormous lair of wild beasts. Right and left, and in front, new packs came rushing into the open space of which we unfortunately occupied the center, so that our enemies were able to surround us. Volley followed volley, but wolves ever succeeded to wolves. Every discharge . death into the


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 mass of wild beasts , but every cry of d eath brought. a lunu -v •ur to al the cuaounamg snru,_,, _ ery, the a new pack to the scene. The ground was covered wolves had retreatJd to a little dista:: ce. Like monwith their carcasses-some had been riddled by our sters vomited from the nether world, they turned buckshot, others killed by our horses. Men and swiftly :.: ound and round our fire which they dared beasts defended themselv es ; yet the more numerous not cross, and which made a sort of rampart for the victims, the more numerous S(;)emed to become Their thousand which shonP TikP the assailants. of burning coa1::;, .... a u t out ohosnho r escent gleams; We expected to have them upon us at every sec-their , howlmgs, wen: wild leaps, their enormously ond; evidently we should never be able to overenlarged shadows, gave suanQ"P. and terrible effect to come the hungry pack who only 'retreated from the the scene. It suggested fancies of very flash of our volley. A few minutes more, and dancing the death-c!anc e a_round their victims. we should all be devoured. Suddenly a change, which we could not explain, Meanwhile we kept on . firing-with buckshot, but which we noticed at once, took place in their small shot and ball. We hardly knew what we were movemcts. Their leaps b e came systematically doing; om' brains seemed to boil. We were at the regular; their ranks formed in order; their howl very white-heat of excitement. As for myself, I ings became a chorus, almost a h armony-to disthought I should go mad! order succeeded order, symphony to cacophony. The Luckily Miguel had succ eeded in rekindling the circle which they now made around us was mathe-fire. matically regular; they wheeled in a gallop, meas"Get behind now!" cried Barlejo; "but take care ured and automatic, like that of circus-horses. not to turn your backs, and keep on firing." Little by little thefr course quickened; they beObedient to the orders of the vaqueano, we re-gan to gallop with dizzy rapidity, but ahyays at one treated slowly, firing bu . ckshot all the while. pace, like cavalry upon a day of review. "Stop fir1'ng '" htf 1 f th d th t d Thoug u o e anger a menace us, we At the same time Miguel and Barlejo threw in kept watching them; we almost admired them. But front of us two blazing fagots, from the vicinity of the thousands of luminous points whirling around us which the wolves at once beat a hasty retreat. . -appearing and disappearing with the rapidity of In a few minuks we were surrounded by about lightning, dazzled and fascinated us, like the glitten bonfires. While the two gauchos kept lighting tering tinsel trappings of those wooden horses cirtheir fagots at the principal fire, we continued to cling a thousand lights at one of our great shoot, so as to protect them. fairs. The howlings, now monotonous and cadenced, Then the fury of the wolves s e emed to be turned made us drowsy, made us dreamy. against our horses. And in a little time it seemed to us that we were "Do as I do!" cried the vaqueano, lighting another being drawn into a great inverse movement; we felt fagot. ourselves carried along in an infernal dance, in a ' We all followed his example, and in a minute or devilish whirl-ourselves, our horses, and even our two each one of us had a gigantic torch, and we fires. The wolves no longer appeared to move; it began to place these in a line, a little distance apart was we who were circling round and round under from one another, in the direction of the horses. the gaze of those. thousand flaming eyes, motionless, We went back, lit -1 1ore fagots, them a little glaring with frightened fixity. The wild bea sts were further, and so continued the line of fires until they the spectators-they were the orchestra-we were formed a circle larg0 enough to sun o und ourselves, only the actors. 1 our horso s and a small thicket of jarillas. One thing which impressed us all a great deal, "Shut your eyes, everybody!" cried Barlejo. was the way that the wolves would retreat to quite We all started at the gaucho's voic e-we obeyed a distance whenever we approached with the im-him; it was high time, we were on the point of fai1provisea torches in hands. The sight of the ing. fire evidently terrified them much more than the The fascination had passed; the cha r m was discharge or our guns. Fire was, indeed, less mur-broken. derous than our weapons-in fact it was absolutely The wolves still whirled around us-still kept harmless to .the wolves; but it constituted a far bet-their eyes fixed upon us! it was evidentl y a m aneuver ter safeguard for us . Consequently we began to feel make us dizzy. Imitating our guide we flung some a little hope again, and to consider our situation less burning brands into the middle of the pack. desperate, although it was still anything but assur-Terrified, and howling louder than before under ing. The whole question .of life and death for us the bits of fire, the beasts of prey disbanded-their could be summed up in the singe word, fire, and, howlings were no longer the same, they were cries thanks to the plan of Barlejo, we could supply ourof fury and pain-they felt the game was lost-they selves with fuel enough to keep our fires going until knew their prey would escape the m. morning. Thanks to Barlejo we had triumphed over one Then the scene l which We were performing so of the gr.eatest dangers which threaten important a role became really fantastic. bold enough to venture into the chanars of the Terrified by th.P. flames whose weird glare lent South; the :vaqueano had saved our lives:


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. FACTS WORTH READING RATTLESNAKE OIL $14.40 A POUND. The market val ue of prime rattlesnake . oil is $14.40 a pound. That price was paid to John Blakemore Qf Colorado City, Tex., world's rattlesnake king, for eight pounds of oil. This quantity was from forty-eight diamond backs, the most poisonous of the species. San Angelo boasts on e d the few rattlesnake oil markets in the world. CLOCK TAKES VACATION. Morgan Johns on, a newspaper distributor of Mid dleport, 0., bought a clock in 1881. It ran along very cheerfully until about nine years ago, when it stopped stock still . No amount of persuasion would start it again. The other day his sister R etta was dusting when she happened to touch it, whereupon it started off as vigorously as at first, and it has been keeping good time and striking the hours ever since . MUST MUZZLE GEESE. Alderman William McCartney of Wilkes-Barre, P a . , has ordered William H. Bonn to muzzle a ' flock of 200 geese in order that residents of the Heights portion of this city be not annoyed by sq uawking and cackling. The decision was made after Bonn had been arrested by Osborne Morgan on a charge of maintaining a nuisance. Morgan alleged that he was kept awake nights by the noise of the geese. Alderman McCartney agreed that geese have no sense and they are just as lik ely to squawk and "murder s l eep" at night as not. He decided that Bonn must muzzle the geese or dispose of them. JITNEY RIDES FOR HOBOES. search one room because two small daughters of Knox were taklng a bath. They took up their s and outside of the house. Becoming impatient over the manner in which thE small girls prolonged their bath, one of the officen went around the side . of the hou se . There h e found accordin g to his t es t imony , a stream of l iquor issu ing from the room iri which the. girls were sup posed to be bathing. They ordered a search of the room. The officen stated that the girls wer2 disco vere d busily in pouring out several gallo ns of whiskey throu.;;:1 cracks in the floor. A search in the attic of the house revealed the hiding pl ace of a new worm and still. FROZEN ON HUNTING 'i'RIP: The bodies of Otto Powell and his bride have been found in the rr.ountains after a search covering several weeks. O n December 17 they left on a hunting trip. They froze to death. The bodies were found on the Little Nisquall.y River, not far from Mona, Wash., by W. D. Stone of Puyallup, and P. Parmenter, who went into the woods in .search of the Powells. Success in :qnding the Powells is due largely to a collie dog owned by Stone. The bodies were found within a short distance of the place where the searching parties had given up the hunt and not far from the noonday camp that was established by the Powells, on a high cliff at the junction of the Little Nisqually River and Mona Cre e k. They were not more than five miles from camp and almost within distance of the logging camps at Alder. Brownsville, Tex., is probably the only city in LETTING ELECTRICITY DO THE SCRUBBING. the United States operating a "hobo jitney." The lates t recruit to the ranks of electric labor Tramps and vagrants no longer "hit the grit" or saving devices is a scrubbing machine. It weighs "ride the rods" when leaving this town. Instead\ about 100 pounds and is entirely self contained with they occupy a cushion seat in a flivver. I the s ingle exception that it takes its current froi:n 'fher.e is an orcE11anc3 against "hopping trains," any convenient socket. The machine wets, sweeps, but the City a_. t 1oritics have observed that where scrubs and dries the floor at a single operation. It vags are ordered o .tt of town they walk only a requires only a single attendant, who merely pushes s!10rt distance and then come back. So to avoid the machine forward and guides it. He controls the tempting the tramps to violate the city ordinance amount of water distributed on the floor by means of by catching"rz.ttle1 s" and to make certain they the handle. This water is immediately swept up woul d be remo-;ed s o far from the city that it would by a cylindrical brush which is 16 inches wide and be easier to ,-,-a lk to some other joint than Brownshas a circumference of 20 inches. This brush is vill e , the "ho:..o j it:.ey" was inaugurated. driven by a one-fourth horse-power motor at a speed of 600 revolutions per minute. The brush does the actual scrubbing and carries all of the dirt and WHISICEY FROM BATHROOM. soiled water over an apron into a separate receiving Wh e n FeC:ernl officers went to searc h for a still pan, so the scrubbing is always done with clean thought to be op erded by John Knox, according water from the upper tank. The machine is said to their testimony in the case tried recently at At-to have a capacity of nearly 7,000 square feet of lanta, Ga., th8y we l e informed that thev could not surface per hour.


so THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '7 INTERESTING ARTICLES MONTANA'S BOBCAT INDUSTRY. The killing of bobcats for their pelts is becoming something of an in the Bull Mountains, where the cats are said to be unusually numerous this year. The pelts are worth from $2.50 to $4 each, and shipments are regularly made to Eastern fur houses. GOLD IN THE STREETS. Gold specimens worth $2 and $3 each were picke c up on a newly macadamized street in Grass Valley, Cal., after a heavy rain. Dozens of miners spent many hours in the search and nearly all were rewarded with finds of some value. The rock with which the streets are macadamized came from mine dumps and contains gold-bearing quartz. DOG SAVES A WOMAN'S LIFE. After lying paralyzed on the floor of her home in the cold for twenty-four horse, Miss Marie Sher wood, 55 years old, of Patterson, N. Y., was savea by the continual barking of a dog from being frozen to death: Her feet, it is feared, are both frozen. Miss Sherwood suffered a_, stroke Friday morning shortly after getting her breakfast. She could not move or shout for help. The fire went out in the stove after several hours passed, and the woman was slowly freezing when James Glenn, going through the dooryard, heard the dog, hungry ana thirsty, barking and whining . The dog yelped so Glenn looked in the windows and saw Miss Sher wood lying as if dead on the floor. He summoned Dr. Burt, who fou:nd the woman paralyzed and left a nurse to care for her. LACE GROWS ON TREES. Lace grows on trees on the Isthmus of Panama, and the trees grow wild in the swamps, Captain L. W. Richards of the steamship Norwalk brought a fine sample, not merely as a curiosity, but to induce tests as to the probable utility of the plant or tree in this section. When the bark of the limbs is stripped there are rolls of a filmy substance, of a texture very much like mosquito netting. The size of these layers increases with the size of the tree, the largest being about a foot in diameter. This fabric is strong and can be sewn without tearing. The natives use the stuff in making garments. Captain Ric:P.ards believes that by cultivation the tree may become very valuable, and if the lace lay ers cannot be enlarged some process may be perfected by which they can be joined into a fabric which will make the finest mosquito bar and may even serve for summer rainment. WED SEVENTY YEARS WITHOUT STRIFE. J. :f>. Bentley, ninety years old, and his wife, Mrs. Susan Fristoe Bentley, eighty"-eight years of age, were married seventy years ago and never had a fuss. They recently celebrated their anniversary. They live near Forest Green, Mo. Mr. Bentley, who has lived all his life on his farm and still runs the 600-acre tract himself, is rated one of the wealthiest men in Charlton County, having amassed a fortune of between $75,0QO and $100,000. . Both he and his wife were born on adjoining farms. When they were wed they agreed that if either became angry the other should take cogni zance of it, and preserve an unruffled demeanor. This, they say, is the secret of their smooth rela tions. Nine children, five of whom are living, were born to the union. The Bentley farm descended to its present owner from his father, who obtained it from the Gov ern:r:nent by grant in 1815. SNUFF BAFFLES HOUNDS. The habit of snuff taking undoubt ed l y helped Private Peter Nel s o " of Vancouver to elude Teuton bloodhounds, for when he s kipped his camp in Ger many and heara the baying of the hounds he threw pinches of snuff about. 1 This and the shelter of a friendly wood enabled him to cover up his traces. Nelson had been sent to camp not far from Muen ster, where drainage operations were the staple work. He managed to . elude the guards and got into a wood near by where he could hear the dogs barking and machine guns working. He threw snuff over his footsteps and made so rapid a journey that next morning at 6 :30 he found himself"over the frontier the distance covered being almost thirty miles. At one point he almost ran into a sentry, but managed to avoid him without attracting undue notice. Having, as he believed, got into Holland, he in quired of a boy and found his surmise was correct. That supposition was at first suggested by the fact tl).at two er three workmen were cycling to work and that they were young men. In Germany there would be no young men not in uniform. Two mount ed police came along and asked Nelson if he was an escaped prisoner, and within an hom: he was before an inspector. This time, however, the role of the police was to liberate rather than jail thei . r man, and further, they gave him the best meal he had had for over a year, together with money ' and a letter to . take him to the consul at Rotterdam. At the pay office at Westminster h e had the satisfaction ' of drawing his pay for the entire period of his internment.


T H E BALANCING BIRD. It measures mo re than four inches from tip to tip of wings, and will balance perfect] y on the tip of your finger na!l, on the point of a lead pencil, o r o n a n y pointed Instrument, only the tip of tlle blll resting on tb,e rl:\l!l or pencil point, the whole body of the bird being suspended In the air with .nothing to rest on. It w!ll not fall off. unless shaken off. A. great novelty. Wonderful amusin g and instructive. Price 10' cents, mailed postpaid. WOLFF Novelty Co., 168 ,V. 23d St., N. Y . SEHRIFF BA.DOE. With this badge attached to your coat or vest you can show the boys that you are a sheriff., and if they don't behaYe t be msel ves you might lo c k them up. It ls a beautlfu l nickel-plated badge, 214 by 21h inches in in nickel letters on the face of it, with a pin on the back for attaching It to your c lothing. Send for one and have some fun with the boys. Price 115 cents, or 3 for 40 cents; sent by mail, postpaid. H. F. LANO, 1815 Centre St., B'klyn, N. Y. SCIENTIFIC llfiND READING l Wonderful! Startling! Sci-• entitle! You band a friend a handsome set of cards on J ,\"J1icb are printed the names Jf the 28 United States Presi11ents. him to secretly select a name and bold tba card to his forehead and think of the name. Like a flash comes the answer "Lincoln Washington " or whatever name be is thinklll;g of. '!'be more you repeat it the more puzzhng it becomes. 'Vith our outfit you cah do it anywhere. any time. with anybody. Startle your friends. Do it at the next party. or at your club and be the lion of the cvenmg. This was invented by a famous magacian. Price with complete set. of cards and full instruchons, 12 cents, mailed, postpaid. C. BEHR, 150 W . 6 2 d Street, N. Y. STEEi, DISC GUN. This gun bas a powerful steel sprrng, which shoots a disc from 150 to 200 feet in the air . With each gun \Ye send fifteen d iscs, containing different saymgs. a s "Kiss me kiddo, nothing makes me sick," "l\fy you' look good, let' s get "Put a damper on your jaw tackle," "'l lub my yaller gal, but oh. you Chocolate Drops," "Say, old man, pay me them. two bits," etc. Young folks are clelighted \nth them. Each gun packed In a box with 15 discs. Price complete, 12 cents; 3 for 30 cents; l dozen, $1; sent by parcel post, prepaid. Extra discs 4 cents p e r doz e n. WOLF1'' Novelty Co., 16S W. 23d St., N. Y. DIAMOND SQUIRT RING. .A. handsome Gilt ring set with a brilliant, a to close imitation of a dia-mond. Connected with tlle ring is a small rubber ball filled w i t h water, which i s concealed in the palm of your hand. As your friend is admiring the stone in your ring, a gentle pressure on the uall will throw a small stream of water into his face. The ball can be instantly filled, by lmm e rsing it in water, when you a r e ready fo r your next victim. The ball is entirely bidden in the palm of your hand, and only the ring is. seen . Price 25 cents, by mall, postpaid. C). BEHR, 150 W. 62d Street, N. Y. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. Do You Like Real f ascinatina pictures, l> o o k s, novelties, etc? We have the "niftiest" out, just the kind you have been looking for. Send dime .for good full-size samples and catalogue with nearly a hundred illustrations of beautiful girls in "Bewitch ing Poses," e t c. You 'll want more after seeing samples and catalogue. WILLIAMS PUB. CO., 4008-24 Indiana Ave., Chlcairo, Ill. i LOTS OF FUN FOR A OIMI" CHARLIE CHAPLIN VC)ICE THROWER, fmf Ute• lJtrdA, Anlmata, and throwa yoor vole and zua BOSTON li01ELTY Det.4, 11e1roie, Ka11. . WIZARD REPEATING LIQUID Gq ranteeu will stop the most vicious dog (or man) without permanent 'l.nJury Per !ectly safe to carry without danger of leakage. Fires and recharges by pulling trigger. Loads from any liquid No cartridges required. Over six In one loading. All dealers. or by mall. We. Pistol with rubber-covered holster. 65c. Holster separate, lOc . M:oney order or U S. stamps. No coins. PARKER, ST.l]ARNS & CO. 273 Georaia Ave!lue, Brooklyn, N. Y. $ 2 to $500 E4CH paid tor hundreds of old Coins. Keep AJ,L money dated be fore 1895 and send TEN cents for New Illustrated Coln Value Book, aize 4JC1. It may mean you.r Fortune. CI.ABKB COIN Co .. Box 95, Le Roy, N. Y. THE MODERN DANCERS. These dancers are set in a g!l t frame, the size of our engraving. By lighting a match and moving it in circular form at the back they cnn be made to dance furiously, the heat from the match w a r m i n g them up. If you want to see an up-to-date tango dance send tor this pretty charm. Price, 15 cents, or 3 for 40 cents, sent by mall, postpaid. WOLFF Novelty Co., 168 W. 23d St., N. Y. ELECTRIC CIGAR CASE. This handsome cigar ca s e appears to be fill e d with fine cigars. If your f r i e n d smokes ask b i m to have a ciga r with you. As be icaches out for one the cigars, like a tlasb, instantly disappear Into the case entirely o u t o t sight, greatly to bis surprise and astonishment. You can beg bis pardon and state you thought there were some cigars left in the case. A. slight pressure on sides of case causes the cigars to disappear as if by magic. By touching a wire at bottom of case the cigars Instantly appear again in their proper position In tlle case. A.s real tobacco is used they are sure to dec eive any one. It is one of the best practical jokes of the season. A. novelty with wblch you can have lots of fun. Price 35 cents, sent by parce l post, post paid. O, BEHR, 150 W. 82d Street. N. ll31 TOBACCO HABIT . A very interesting book has been pul ; lisbed on tobacco "habit-bow to conquer it quickl;v and easily. It tells the dangers ur excessi ve s.moking, chewing, s nuff. using, et.:: .• and explarns how nervousness. irritability, sleeplessness, weak eyes, stomach troubles and numerous other disorders may be eliminated through stopping self-poisoning ]Jy tobacco. The man who has written this book wants to genuinely 4elp all who becor:ie addicted to tobacco habit and sn)s theres no need to suffer that awfu l cravin " o r restlessness which comes when one tl'ie'ii to quit voluntarily. This Is n o mind-cure Qr temperance sermon tract, but plain common sense, clearl y set forth. The author will send it free, postpaid, ID plain wrapper. Write, giving name and full addressa postcard will do. Address Edward J. \Voods, 228 X, Station E., Ne1v York City. Keep this advertisement, It ls likely to prove the best news you ever read i n this journal. O! How TRY BEFORE You BUY ---No other concern will offer you such values or such terms. Make your choice from 44 styles "Ranger" line of bicycles freight prepaid to your town . From our new 1917 c atalog iYOU desire. We pay re turn charges if you de cide not to keep it. You get one month riding test at our expense . LOW FACTORY PRICES direct to yo u from the larges.t, oldest and most suc cessful bicycle con cern in the country. TIRES fi!..':.'l.:J parts for all bicycles at half us11al /rices. Send No Money Ask for copy rof the butwritetodayforthisnew Bank free catalog, also full partic-offer. Do not buy until MEAD CYCLE COMPANY Dept.H 188 Chicago To the Wife of One Who Drinks I have an important confidential messaca for you. It will c om e In a plain envelo pe. How to conquer the liquor habit In 3 de.ya and make home happy. Wonderful, safe, last .. Ing, reliable, i nexpensive method, guaranteed. Write to Edw. J. Woods, 228 S, Station m, New York. N. Y. Show tb!S to others.


FUNNY KISSING GAME. These cards, trom No. 1 to No. 16, run In rotntlon, but must be mixed and dealt, n white one tor a boy and a red one for a glrl. 'fbey are tben read alternately, and tbe questions and answers make funny com blnatlons. Tbe right lady is rewarded w\tb a kiss. A very funny game. Price, fiv e cents a pack by mall. H. 1' ' . LANO, 1815 Centre St., B'klyn, N. Y. . THE PRIZE FORD JOKE. Looks like a story-book, but it contains a cap and a trigger. Tbe moment y our innocent friend opens tbe book to read tbe interesting story h e expectsPop! Bang! '.rbe e x p I 0 s i 0 n Is harmless, b u t will make him think tbe Germans are after blm. Price Z5 cents each by mall, postpaid. .vour Novelty Co 168 W. 23d St •• N. Y. 111AOI() PENCILS. 17: BLUE: The working or this trick is very easy, inost startling and mystifying. Give the case and three pencils to any one in your audience with Instructions to place any pencil \n the case point upward and to close case and put the remaining two pencils In his pocket. You aow take tbe case with the pencil in it and can tell what color it Is . Directions bow to work trick with each set. Price 25 cts. each by mail, postpaid. Wolft' Novelty Co .. 168 W. 23d St., N. Y. IJ\IITATION BED BUGS. This toy Is an exact imitation ot the friendly little fellow who shares your bed, out of your hand or leg and who ac cepts your humble bospltality even with out au invitation. Tbe fact that be also Insists on introclucing all his friends and family circle, sometimes makes him most unpopular witb tbe ladies; most every woman you know would have seven of fits if sbe saw two, or even one, of these imitations on ber Six are contained in a transparent envelope. Price, IOc by mail. H. F. LANG, 1815 'Centre St., B'klyn, N. Y. SOUVENIR SHOE THERJ\IOMETER. '.l'bls Is tm• prettiest and little article that we have ever seen. lt cou of a iiuiature l!'rench sboe only :nches in length, to wblcb ls attached a perfect and tbougbly reliable thermome ter. 'bey are made In Paris by workmen, and the workmanship In every detail Is simply perfect. • Ladies sometimes use them to attacJ to embroidery work, and nothing could be more suitable to present to a !ally friend as a m omento. Besides being a practical thermometer It Is a perfect work of art. Price. Re .• 4 for 25c. postpaid. H. F. LANG, Centra St .. B'klyn, N, Y. RUBBER SUCKER. • Rubber Vacuum Suckers The latest novelty out! Dishes plates wlil stick to the table, CUP!! to saucers like glue. Put one under a glass and then try to lift It. You can't. Lots ot tun. Always put it on a smooth surface and wet tbe rubber. .Many other tricks can be accom pllshed wltb this novelty. Price 12 cts. each by mail, postpaid. FRANK Sl\IITH, 383 Lenox Ave., N. Y. READ THIS ONE! LITTLE RIP'S TEN-PINS Iu eacll set t.bere are ten pins ll.llU tmt bowling IJalls, _ pact.ed in a IJeautlfully or unweuted I.lox. With one of winla lure sets you can p lay ten pins on your dining-room taule Just as well as the gawe cun I.le pluyed lu a regulur alley. h:very game Ji.uuwn to professional bowl ers can I.le worked with these plus. l'rlcll, lOc. per box lly mil.ii, postpaid. ll. 1•. LA.NG. lM15 Centre :st., il'klyn, N. Y. THE C.&EEl>tNG l\IOUSE. '.l'bls is tile latest novelty out. 'l'Ue mouse Is of a very uatural appearance. When placed upou a m1rro-r, wuu, window or auy otuer swoutil surtace, 11: will creep slow1 y downward without Jeuvwg tile perpendicular surrnce. lt is rnrmsued "1til an ad hesive gum-roll underneath which w11kes it stick. very uwu>iug tu uotb young .iuu old. t'rice, ten cents l>y wail. Wolff .Novelty Co., 168 \V. 23d St., N. Y. 'rlUCli. CIGAUJ>:TTJ>: BOX. 'fbls oue is a coljlie1 ! Uet a uox right away, if you want oo 11Uve a l>arrel of JOY. tlere's the S('-:ret; J t looks like an oru1-nary reu l>ox of • .rurk1sl1 cigurettes. Hut it. t.:Outa1n:s a trigger, uuuer w.Uich you plu.:e a puper cap uUer your friend a •llloke auu ue raises tue Jiu of tbe l>ox. ' l 'uut expioues tile cu p, and if you are wise you . vi!! get out of sight witll tlld l>ox 1Je10re be gets over tllmK1llg lle wad t' r1ce .toe., postpaid. Woill 1'o\'elty Co., W. 23d St., N. Y. BINGO. It ls a little melal l>ox. It looks very innocent, l>ut is supplied witll an iugeuiouli wecbauism which slJoots otI a barlllless cap when It ls opened. :l.ou can buve wore fuu than a circus with this new trick • .l:'lace tbe .IHI\UO lu or under any other article and it will go otr wben tue article is opened Qr removed. l t can lle used as a funny joke l>y ueiug placed In a purse, cigarette l>ox, or l>etween the leaves of a magazine; also, under any ruovul>Je article, bucll as a L>ook, tray, disb, etc. 'be J.HNUO cuu .also l>e used us a l>urglar alarm, as a tbeft preventer l.Jy being placed lu a drawer, money till, or uu

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 -LATEST ISSUES82fl The Liberty Boys at Princeton; or, Washington's Narro 1110 Th Lib R fl H 1 All Th Escape. Boys and the i emen; or. e pmg e:r 827 The Liberty Boys Heartbroken; or, The Desertion of Dick. 611 '.l.'he Liberty Boys at the Mlschianza: or. GoodbY to General 828 'l'he Liherty in tile Highlands: or, Working Along t1!J Howe l'fni! "Midget"; or, Good Goods in !<25 'Ile Liberty Boys Out West; or, The Capture of Vincennes. Small Package. . For Rale h:v all newRr.. or will be sent to an:v address on receipt .of price. 6 cents per eopy, In money or postage stamps, by . I FRAN K T OUSEY , Publi s her, • • • • • • • 168 West 23d St:, N. l IF YOU WANT ANY BACKr NUMBERS of our weeklies and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they_ can be obtained from this office direct. Write out and fi in your Order and send it to us with the price of the weeklies you want and we will send them to you by return ma.J POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY. F R ANK TOUSEY, P ublisher, 168 West 23d St., N. 1 OUR TEN-CENT HAND BOOKS No. 46. HOW TO MAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY.-A description of tbe wonderful uses of electricity and electro magnetism; to gether with full instructions for making Electric '.l;'oys, Batteries, etc. By George Trebel, A.M., M.D. Containing over fifty il lustrations. No. 47. ROW TO BREAK, RiDE AND DRIVE A HORSE.-A complete treatise Oil the horse. Describing the most useful horses for business, the best horses for the road ; also valuable recipes for dlseasei; peculiar to tbe horse. No. 48. HOW TO BUILD AND SAIL CANOES.-.A liandy book for boys, contain ing full directHms for canoes and the most popular manner or sailing them. Fully U!ustrated. No. 49. HOW TO DEBATE.-Glving rules for conducting debates, outlines for debates, questions for discussion, and the bes t sources for procuring in,formation on the question given. '-No, 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND ANil\IALS.-A valuable book, givlng instruc tions in collecting, preparing, mounting and preserving birds, animals and iilsects. No. 51, HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Containing explanations of the general principles of sleigbt-of-baud appli cable to card tricks; of card trlckR With ordinary cards, and not requil'in!;" sleigbtof-lurnd; of tricks involving or the use of specially prepared cards. Il lustrated. No. 52. HOW TO PLAY tlie rules and full directions for playing Euchre, Cribbage, Casino, Forty-Five, Rounce, Pedro Sancho. Draw Poker, Auction Pitch, All Fours, and many other popular games of cards. No. 53. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS.-A wonderful little book, telling you bow to write to your sweetheart. your father, moth er, sister, brother. employer; and, in fact, everybody and anybody you wish to write to. • No. 54. HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.--Glving complete information as to the manner and method or raising, keeping, l taming, breeding. and managing all kinds of pets; also giving full instructions for making cages, etc. Fully explained by twenty-eight mustratious. I No. 55. 'HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND COINS.-Containing valuable informa tion r<'garding the collecting and arranging of stamps and coins. Handsomely illus trated. No. 56. HOW TO BECOME AN EN GJNEER.-Containlng full instructions how t6 become a locomotive engineer; also direc tions for building a model locomotive; to gether with a fl!ll description of' everything an engineer should know. No, 60. HOW TO BECOJllE A PHOTOG RAPHER.-Containing useful information regarding the Camera and bow to work it; also how to make Photographic llfagic Lan tern Slides and other Transparencies. Handsomely illustrated. No. 62. HOW TO BECOl\IE A WEST POIN'r l\IILITARY CADET,-]Jxpla.lns how to gain admittance. courKe of Study, Examinations. Duties, Staff of Officers, Post Guard, Police Regulations, Fire Department, and all a boy should know to be a cadet. By Lu Senarens. No. 63. HOW TO BECOM:E A NAVAL CADET.--Complete inst.ructions of how to gain admission to the Annapolis Naval Aead emy. tontaining the course of instruction, destription of groumls and buildings, historical sketch, and everytl1ing a boy slionld know to become an officer in tba United 8tates Navy. By Lu Senarens. No. 6 -t. HOW TO JllAKE ELECTRICAL MACHIXF:S. -Containing full directions for making electrical machines, induction coils, dynamos. and many novel toys to be worked by electricity. By R. A. R. Bennet. Fully illustrated. . No. 65. MULDOON'S ,JOKES.-The most original joke book ever published, and it is brimful of wit and humor. It contains a large collection of songs, jokes, conundrums, etc., of Terrence Muldoon, the great wit, hu morist, and practical joker ot tbe day. No. 66. now TO DO PUZZLES.-Con . tainlng over three hundred interesting puzzles and conundrums, with key to same. A complete book. Fully illustrated. No. 67. HOW TO DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a large collection of instructive and highly amusing electrical tricks, together with illustrations. By A. Anderson. No. 68. lIOW TO DO CHE.l\UCAL TIUCKS.-Contaiuing over one hundred bigbly amusing and instructive tricks with chemicals. By A. Anderson. Handsomely illustrated. No. 69. HOW TO DO SLEIGHT-OFHA.ND.-Containing over fifty of the latest' and \.lest tricks used l.>y magicians. Also containing the secret of second sight. Fully illustrated. No. 7o. HOW TO M;AKE MAGIC TOYS. Containing full dlrect10ns for making Magic Toys and devices of many kinds. Fully illustrated. No. 71, HOW TO DO JIIECHANICAL TRICKS.-Contalning complete mustrations for performing over sixty Mechanical Tricks. Fully illustrated. No. 72. HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Embracing all of the latest 'and most deceptive card tricks, with illus trations. For sale by all ni>wsdealers.


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