The Liberty Boys at Frankfort, or, Routing the "Queen's Rangers"

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The Liberty Boys at Frankfort, or, Routing the "Queen's Rangers"
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--=----Just asthe Queen ' s Rangers came abreast of the stonewall, Dick branished his .. 'Cmlll• ed: "Fire!'' The Liberty Boys let a volley 1ly at the troopers. T L commanding oftl.cer of the British fell from bis saddle.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '7 6 A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories o f t h e Ame rica n Revol ution. I ssued Weekly-By S ubs c ription $3 . 0 0 per year. Entered at the New YOTk, N . Y., Post Office as Second Class Matter by Frank T ousey, Publisher, 168 West 23d Street, New York. No. 845 . NEW YORK, MARCH 9, 1917. Price 6 Cents . ' THE LIBERTY BOYS AT FRANKFORT OR-ROUTING THE "QUEEN'S RAN G E R S " By HARRY MOORE. CHAPTER I. A VALIANT CAPTAIN. It was late in the fall of the year 1777 . The weather was pleasant, however, being just cool enough for comfort without the necessity for wearing extra wraps of any kind . Riding northward from the city of Philadelphia one afternoon were two persons, one a British captain, the other a handsome, bright-l ooking young woman of about eighteen years. . The captain was not bad-looking, save for the auogant, vain expression on his face. The two were conversing as they rode along, and as we introduce them to the reader's notice the young lady was speaking. "I have no doubt but what you are very brave, Captain Penfield," she said, with a covert smile on her face. "No man could be braver, Miss Sutton," with a grand air and intonation. "I should judge that you are right, sir; you ought to know, I am sure." "I am a wonderful man in a battle, Miss Sutton!''. pompously. "Indeed?" "Yes. I do not know the meaning of the word fear. " "Of course not. " "No; I tell you, I create havoc in the ranks of the enemy! I fight with my sword in one hand, a pistol in the other." "'l'hat cannot help being bad for the enemy." There was sarcasm in the tones, but the captain, in his egotism, did not detect the fact. "Very bad, Miss Sutton. I have killed as many as fifty men in a single engagement!" "Indeed?" There was amazement in the woman's tones, but there was a peculiar curl to her lips which proved that she did not believe the valiant captain's statement. "An arrant boaster!" she was thinking. Captain Penfield had been trying to court Miss Sutton ever since the British had taken possession of Philadelphia. Amy Sutton's mother was pleased with the captain and urge d her daughter to encourage him, but t h e girl herself did not like the officer at all. He was too egotistical, boastful and arrogant to suit her ideas of what a man should be. But she did not like to go right her mother's wishes, and so she permitted the captain to call on her and go riding with her; indeed, she got considerable sport out of it, for she was a bright young woman_ and quite capable of making game of the captain. As the officer's greatest delight seemed to be in bragging about himself, and as she got quite a deal of sport out of hearing him talk, she led him on by making remarks cal culated to keep him going, and he, never suspecting, but imagining that he was impressing the young lady, bragged more and more, and the stories he told about his wonder ful achievements on the field of battle w ere startling, t o c;ay the least. The road the two were traversing led through the tini . ber, for it was only a short distance from the Delaware River and extended parallel with the stream. "What would you do if we were to happen upon some rebel soldiers suddenly an

I 2 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT FRANKFORT. The young woman could not answer immediately for laughing, but soon she got her face straightened and said: "Yes, Arthur. you did it splend i dly." "Well, I di

THE LIBERTY BOYS AT FRANKFORT. 3 CHAPTER III. The youths obeyed and the volley r

4 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT FRANKFORT. "I wonder who they.were?" "I don't know, sir. They were very young fellows, though, so fa1 as I could make out." The lieutenant startGd. "Yes." "Young fellows, you say?" "I'll wager they are the Liberty Boys!" The spokesman of the party that h::.d routed nod ded his head in assent to this statement. "Likely you are right, sir; they are certainly daring and despe rate enough-just such fellows as I have heard the Liberty Boys are." "I wonder if there is any chance that we may be able to catch them?" The other shook his head. "I could not say, sir." "How far back is it to where they gave up the pu:suit and '.urned back?" "About a mile and a half." "Vvell, come on, all; we will see what we can do." Lieutenant Simcoe rode forward at a gaHop, and behind him came his force of Queen's Rangers, at that time numbering about one hundred and fifty. On they rode at a swift gallop. Presently they rode around the bend in the road and came in sight of the party of patriot troopers. Had Dick had his entire company of Liberty Boys he would have stoo d his ground and offered battle to the Queen's Rangers, but he had onl twenty of the youths, and it would be folly to engage the enemy with such odds against them. So Le called out to the youths to lead their horses into the timber. • . This they did-all save Henry Archer, who hastened back to hi s home. The partisan troopers gave utterance te wild yells when they saw the patriots e .nter thF! timber. "We will dismount and follow them!" cried Lieutenant Simcoe. "We will run them to earth and capture them a ll!" But Dick Slater and his comrades did not intend to perthemselves to be captured if they could help it. They hastened through the timber at the be s t speed that they could make-which was not great, of course, as they had to lead their horses. Presently they heard yelling behind therrt, and knew that the Range r s were coming i n pursuit. Th,e H a ngers, being unincumbered by their horses, were enabled to make better speed than the fugitives , and were rnpidly gaining. "Jove, Dick, they'll catch up with us!" said Mark Mor rison. "We'll h:ive to stop and fight them!" from Bob Estabrook. "Per haps not, Bob; we may come to another road, and then we will be able to make our escape easily." This turned out to b e the case. Another road was reached, and the Liberty Boys leaped into the saddles and dashed away. They were seventy-five yards distant when the Queen's Ran1rers came out of .the timber, and the latter gave utter mce to yells of disappointmer1t ana rage. "Fire, men!" cried Lieutenant Simcoe. The Rangers obeyed; but their bullets fell short and did no damage. The Rangers were greatly disappointed, and yelled and shook their guns menacingly at the rapidly-disappearing Liberty Boys. The latter turned in their saddles and gave utterance to yells of defiance and derision . "We'll see you later!" called back Bob Estabrook. "They have escaped!" exclaimed Lieutenant Simcoe, regretfully. "Well, we can't help it. But never mind; we'll get another chance at them! We are not done with the famous Liberty Boys yet!" The Queen's Rangers turned and made their way back through the timber to the other road where they had left their horses. "What shall we do now," queried one. "I'll tell you what we will do," the lieutenant replied; "it is my opinion that the Liberty Boys are stationed at Frankfort and we will go there at once. The cl;iances are that we will have a chance at them within the hour." "That's the talk!" cried one. "Yes1 yes!" from a number. Then they mounted and set out in the direction of Frankfort, which place was about two miles distant to the northward. When they came in sight of the village they also caught sight' of a party of blue-coated troopers just dismounting from their horses. . CHAPTER V. THE CAPTAIN MAKES EXCUSES. "Well, Arthur, our plan worked fine, didn't it?" "Yes, Miss Amy." . "The captain was frightened, wasn't he!" "He acted like it, at any rate," and Arthur Arnold.grinned. It was evening and Amy Sutton and Arthur. Arnold were standing in the yard back of the Sutton home. "Oh, by the way, Arthur," said Amy, after a brief si lence, "did you talk with that young stranger any after I left you?" "Yes, Miss Amy." . "Ah! What did you talk about?" • "He asked about the captain-wanted to know what had frightened him, and so I told him." "You told him all?" "Yes; you don't care, do you ? " "Y-yes-n-no-why, no, I guess not, Arthur. But what did he say?" "He said it was a good trick, and that the captain was certainly an arrant co\vard." "He certainly is. But why did this young man chase the captain?" "Why, he said that some redcoats came to his home while he was away and frightened his mother and carried off some oJ their personal property, and he had, made up his mind to go for the redcoats whenever he got a chance." "I see." "I guess Captain Penfield won't brag about his courage so much from. now on, Miss Amy," grinned the boy. "I judge that he will not. By the way, Arthur, did you learn the name of that young man?" "Yes; it is Henry Archer." "And he lives near where we met him?" "About a mile from there on up the road, Miss Amy." The two talked a while loriger and then went into the house. Arthur found Lucy, Amy's twelve-year-old sister, in the library, and the two wel'e soon talking and laughing and enjoying themselves hugely. Amy went upstairs to her room, but had been there only a little while when the servant girl came up and told her that there was a caller in the parlor. "Who is it?" she asked. "Captain Penfield, Miss Amy." The girl frowned. "I wish he had not come," she thought. "I was in hope that the adventure of this afternoon would cause hil:n to stay away. Well, l am going to treat bim so coldly that he will not want to stay." Then aloud she said to the girl; "Tell Captain Penfield that I will be down presently." The girl bowed and withdrew. Amy did not hurry herself, but took her time about going down. When she finally entered the parl_or she found the cap tain pacing the floor. He paused and stood hesitating and then advanced toward her with outstretched hand. "Ah, good-evening, Miss Amy," he said. "I am glad to see you looking so well." "Good-evening Captain Penfield," replied the girl, coldly, ignoring the outstretched hand. The captain flushed and looked anything but pleased. "I hope that you are not angry, Miss Amy," he said. "I wish to remind you that my name is Sutton," said the girl, coolly. "But be seated, sir." The officer sat down, looking disconcerted indeed. "I have come this evening, Miss A-I mean Miss Sut ton-to tell you-to explain why I acted as I did this after-noon; !--" , "I don't think your action needs any explanation, Cap tain Penfield," coldly and cuttingly. "You mean that--" "There is only one thing that such action could mean. You gave way to your fears and fled for your life, leaving


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT FRANKFORT. fj me to look for myself. I did not that you would The word quickly went around, and all the Liberty Boys call on me again, Captain Penfield, after that." were soon ready for the encounter. "But I can explain, Miss A-Sutton," eagerly. "My horse stationed themselves behind the houses, stables and became frightened and away with me!" stone fences and waited for the enemy to come within The young lady smiled in a skeptical manner. She knew musket-shot distance. this was a falsehood and was willing that the captain should On came the Rangers. know that s11e knew it. They seemed to have perfect confidence that they would "How does it happen that you got your horse stopped, then, easily triumph over the rebels. and turned him and came dashing back on meeting that young Closer .and closer, and then tlrey suddenly came to a s top patriot?" the girl asked, scathingly. and the men leaped to the ground. The captain's face flushed. Then they began to advance on foot. "I cannot explain, Miss Sutton, other than to say that 1 They scattered out as much as was possible, so as to accomplished the feat. I don't know how I did it." render themselves less liable to injury a volley. The young lady shook her head, which signified that she But in doing this they were really favoring the Liberty was not satisfied with the captain's .statements. Boys, for the yonths were on and all expert "You ran away and left ;me to my fate,'' she said, coldly. and this would give them a better chance to pick their men. "And you cannot blame me what I say that henceforth I With the Rangers all in a "Qunch, so to speak, it would wish that we shall be as strangers to each other." be impossible to individualize, and the result would be that The captain turned pale. . • some of the enemy's men would be struck by three or four "Oh, but that can't be; it mus t not be!" he cried. bullets-a waste of two or three. With the enemy scattered "But it can and must be!" firmly. out this could be avoided. "But, Miss Amy-Miss Sutton, I-I-love-you!" The youths understood what was expected of them, and "Do men who love run away and leave the objects of they took careful aim. their love to take care of themselves as best they may vvhen Then they waited for the signal to fire. danger threatens?" was the scathing query. It was not long withheld. "But, I-have told-you. My horse-became--unmanageSuddenly loudly and clearly Dick's voice rang out: able, and-and--" • "Fire!" "That will do, Captain Penfield. Do not make any more The youths pulled trigger. excuses, please. One will be satisfactory. Henceforth we Crash! Roar! must be as strangers!" Their aim was deadly. "But-I--:-love--yo1!! I--" At least twenty-five of the Rangers went down dead and "Well, I

6 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT FRANKFORT. "Not to -day," the reply. "We will send a messenger under the protection of a flag of truce and get permission to take away our dead and wounded, however." person who opened the door would be the young man she had seen the day before. This was done, the sergeant going forward as the 'truce bearer. "Good-afternoon," greeted the woman; "won't you please come in, young lady?" Amy hesitated and then said: Dick told the sergeant that they were welcome to come :t.nd carry away their dead ;;ind wounded. "It will save us the trouble of looking after them," he said. The sergeant went back and reported, and then tl)e Queen's Rangers came forward and carried away all their fallen comrades, both dead and wounded. "I simply wished to ask you a question, lady, but I may as well come in and sit down a few moments." The woman stood aside and the girl entered. "Take that seat, miss," indicating a chair near the fireplace. . They buried the dead and then took their departure, tak ing the wounded along with them in blanket-hammocks swung between horses. Amy sat down. The woman seated herself near by and looked inquiringly at the girl. : "Hurrah for us, Dick!" cried Bob Estabrook, as the enemy disappeared around the bend in the road; "we have thrashed the famous Queen's Rangers, old fellow!" Dick nodded. "I live in Philadelphia," vouchsafed Amy. "I often take rides for pleasure, and this afternoon I thought that I would like to ride to Frankfort, but I was not sure about the road or the distance. Is this the right road? And how far is it to Frankfort?" "I think you are right, Bob," he said; "those are undoubtedly the Queen'1* Rangers." "Yes, this is the right road, miss," was the reply; "and "'J'.hey'll want to have another try at us, don't you think?" queried Mark Morrison. it is about a mile and a half to Frankfort." "Ah, indeed? Thank you, Mrs.--" "My name is Archer; and yours, miss?" "My name is Sutton-Amy Sutton." "Likely, Mark." t "Then we'll have to be on our guard," said Sam Sanderson. "So we will.'' Mrs. Archer started slightly and gave the girl a keen, searching glance. Henry had told his mother about the episode of the day before, and he had praised the beauty of the young lady to such an extent that Mrs. Archer had decided that he had CHAPTER VII. taken a fancy to the girl. AMY GOES RIDING AGAIN. This was the reason the good woman eyed Amy so search ingly. She was weighing the girl in the balance. "A good, b right and sensible girl," was her estimate. About two o'c lo ck in the afternoon of the day following "Well, I'm glad of it, for I am almost certain that Henry has the one on which o.ccurred the events just narrated Amy taken a liking to her." Sutton mounted her horne, which had b ee n brought to At this moment footsteps were heard in the kitchen, which the front of the house by the stableman and rode away to-adjoined the sitting-room, the room the two were in. ward the north. Then the door opened and Henry Archer appeared op the was soon out of the city and cantering along the road threshold. leadmg through the timber. The well-assumed look of surprise when his eyes fell upon W_hen she reached the P<;int where the valiant captain had the visitor , deceived the girl and the woman both. Neither received such a -scare a smile appeared on her face. I guessed for an instant that he already knew of the girl's "Goodness, bu't he was !" she murmured. And presence. • then as she remembered the ludicrous spectacle he had pre"Miss Sutton!" he exclaimed, bowing. "This is indeed an sh e laughed aloud, . . ,, " unexpected pleasure!" I m we played trick h111"1:, she murmured; he The girl blushed slightly but rose and offered the young was a terrible bore,_ and 1t was 1mposs1ble to rid of him. man her hand. ' N?w, however, I thmk I am free from him. He surely "We meet a ain" she said with a smile . . "But under will not have the. to bother me any more with his slightly differe!t un welcome attent10ns. "True " he laughed "but where if I may ask, is the reShe r?de onward about niilc, and then she su dd enly doubtabie captain?" ' ' caught sight of a house standmg about a hundred yards from Sh 1 h d 11 the road 3:t the end of a narrow l a ne. " e a_ug e mus1ca. . ,, .. She hesitated and then brought her horse to a stop and sat He did not come ridmg with me to-day, she said, as she there looking toward the house . resumed her . . . It would have bee :i evident to a keeri observer that she "I should tfunk that you w?uld feel afraid ou.t w t!1wanted to go to the house, yet did not know whether to do to protect you m case of dange1. Remy said, so or not. sm1lmgly. And there was an observer. Amy laughed. Standing in among the trees, gazing at the girl eagerly, "I that, judging by his act!on of _that the was the young patriot who h a d chased Captain Penfield the captam would not be much protection to me, she said. day befol'e-Henry Archer. "Oh, but he might do better next time, Miss Sutton."" "She is thinking of going to the house!" was Henry's Jhe girl m3:de ,a gr_imace and sai?: . '" thought-11nd the thought filled him with a strange feeling But there isn t to any time, ' . of delight. "Will she do it, I wonder? Jove, I hope she will, "I'm glad of that! burst mvoluntanly Henry s lips, for it will give me an opportunity to make her acquaintance 1 ,, and then he flushed somewhat, and. added. . Such an escort He watched the girl eagerly anxiou s ly and presently is more of a danger than a protection, for 1f he to try when Amy turned her horse's and rode s lowly up use a weapon in case of 1,anger he would be more likely to lane, his heart le aped for joy. mJure you than the enemy. "She's g oin g to the house!" he murmured. "Good! Jove, Amy nodded. what luck!" "Likely you are right," she said. . Then he turned and hastened toward the house, but he There was a pleased look in her ees, for s made a detour, so as to approach it from the rear. tion had to her that he :"as .m her, c. .e He did not wal).t the girl to guess that he had seen her was v.;lad of this, _for-;-:she was mterested 11'. him. . while she was debating coming to the house "Miss Sutton is gomg to extend her ride to Frankfort, Amy reached the house and dismounted tied her horse Henry," said Mrs. Archer; "and she stopped here to ask the to a post. way and the distance." Then she advanced and knocked upon the door. "Ah, indeed?" remarked Henry . "Well, it isn't very far With slightly heightened color she stood there waiting for to Frankfort." the door to be opened. "So your mother informed me, Mr. Archer. Well, I guess Presently she heard footsteps, and then the door opened, that I had better be going." . revealin g a pleasant-appearing, gray-haired woman of per"I h:;ive to d?, at present," s:;i1d He'.lry, an haps fifty years of age. eager hght m his eyes; if you do not obJect, Miss Amy's face fell slightly. She would not have acknowledged ton, I would be glad to ride to Frankfort and back with the fact, even to herself, probably, but undoubtedly there you." had been in heart the expectation, the wish that the "I do not object," was the reply; "indeed, I shall be glad


r .. f ! I THE LIBERTY BOYS AT FRANKFORT. 7 to have a companion, as it is much more pleasant riding with someone than alone." . . " "Thank you, M is s Sutton." And then, with a smile: . I may not be so valiant as your escort of yesterday, but m case 'Clanger should threaten I will at least try to do as well as he did!" Amy laughed musically and said: . . "I guess you will not have much trouble m provmg self to be possessed of as much bravery as the captam is endowed with." At this moment the trampling of feet was heard and then the door was opened and the very man they were talking about appeared on the threshold! . . . And behind the valiant captain stood our Bntish soldiers, with drawn pistols in their hands. , "Surrender, rebel!" cried the captain. "You are our prisoner!" ' CHAPTER VIII. THE CAPTAIN WORSTED AGAIN. making a threatening motion with the sword, much to the worthy captain's alarm. "H-here! D-don't k-kill me!" he cried, and he scrambled to his feet with such haste and awkwardness that Amy only kept from laughing aloud by stuffing her handkerchief in her mouth. The British officer was not a beautiful object. Between his eyes was a black and blue spot where the butt of the pistol had struck him, and his were rapidly swelling shut. "I will spare your life on only one condition!" said Henry, with great sternness. "W-what is t-the c-condition ?" "That you swear by all you hold sacred that you will never come here and molest my mother. Do you swear?" "Y-yes; I swear!" "Very well; now see to it that you keep -your oath." "I'll k-keep it." "If you don't it will be the worst thing for you that you ever did in your life!" "I have given my oath and I'll k-keep it, I tell you!" "If you should fail to do so I will hunt you down and kill you as I would a dog!" ' Mrs. Archer uttered a cry of dismay. "Well, you will have to look out for yourself, though, Amy gave utterance to no exclamation, but she gave rebel!" viciously. Captain Penfield a scathing look. . . I "Oh, I'll do that." Henry Archer faced the captain and his men unflmchmgly, "I'll kill you if I get the chance!" and said: "That is to say, if you get a chance to shoot or stick me "I o-uess you are making a mistake in bothering me." in the back, eh?" "Oh, no!" from the captain; "you are a 'rebel. chased "No, I'll not take any unfair advantage." me yesterday, and now I am going to take you prisoner." "Then why not have it out with me now and here?" But Henry was not in a mood t_o submit tward!" was the reply. "Oh, but you shall pay for this!" "ls that so?" "Yes, I'll have your heart's blood for this affair!" "You will do well not to make threats, Captain Penfield!" This was done, and he w:ent and got a spade. "Come," he said to the captain. And then he stopped and sadi: "No, we will attend to the wounded men first. Hel,p me carry them into the house." The two wounded soldiers were carried into the house and placed on the blankets spread on the floor. Then Henry and the captain dressed the wounds as best they could. This done, they went out and dug a grave and placed the bodies of the two dead soldiers therein and covered them over. "Now you are free to go," said Henry. "Give me my sword," said the captain. But Henry shook his head. "No," he said; "I have won the sword, and I am going to keep it. You can easily get another." "You will rue this!" hissed the capt; "Oh, I think not." "Yes, you will. The next time we meet it will go hard with you!"


....... / 8 THE LIBERTY BOYS " AT FRANKFORT. "The next time we meet you will have to look out that I don't spit yo:u with y9ur own sword," was the cool r!!ply . The captain strode away mumbling to himself. But the boy was no other than Arthur Arnold,_ who had given Captain Penfield the scare by h1dmg m the edge_ of the timber and firing the pistol-shots at the request He mounted his horse and rode away, leading two of "the horses ihat had been ridden by the soldiers . "The two horses that I have left belong to the wounded men," the captain called out. ''.AJl right; I'll look after the animals." . Henry led the two horses into the stable and unbridled and unsaddled them, and then he returned t'o the house. . As h e had expected \vould be the case'; A,my had decided not to go to Frankfort. "You would not care to leave your mother to look after the wounded men unaided," Aniy •sai d; "and so I will stay here a while and return to the city." CHAPTER IX. ARTHUR MAKES A ..DISCOVERY. of Amy Sutton. . He had heard about the Liberty Boys many. times, his heart had always been stirred by the stones of their wondclful prowess on the field of battle. . So now he was greatly interested when he heard the conversation between the lieutenant and his sergeant. "So you are_ going to go to Frankfort this evening and make a night attack on. the Liberty Boys, are you?" !1e thought. "All Tight; I'm glad that I have learned. about it! I will see to it that the Liberty Boys receive warmng of the affair!" . • He kept right along at the heels of the h:io listeneQ. intently, and secured all the information possible re-garding the intended attack. . He knew where the Queen's Rangers had their quarters, and so, when not far from the quarter , dropped as not to be too close when ihe men turned m at the bml:tl.mi' The Que en's Rangers had their qu ?Tters in a large''Qltl mansion that had been the hon:w.rof patriots who had fl.ed at About the time that the abo'V:e events were occurring at the approach of the British arfoy. ' the home of the Archers, Lieutenant-Colonel Simcoe was in The lieutenant and his sergeant ran up the steps the private room of General Howe engaged in earnest con-entered the building, and if they noticed the boy commg versation with the commander-in-chief. . alOJ1g at a little distance they gave him no thought. It was only natural that the lieutenant and 'all the Queen's They disappeared within the house and then Arthur hasUangers as well, should wish fo get even with the Liberty tened onward to his home. . Boys for the rough manner in which the latter had handled Ar.thur was the owner of a pony, and he at once bridled them . and saddled the pony, an1_, mounting, rode away. . It was with. this purpose in view that thi: lieutenant was He rode slowly till .he. rea ched the nort h edge of. the city. closeted the _British Here pe was halted by a sentinel, who asked him where . He had Just his report of he was going . . . his had with the Liberty Boy s, and m conclus1on • "Just out into the country for a ride,-sir," w:ls the reply. he said: "Y 9u live here in Philadelphia?" "And now, your excellency, I want that you .sha. ive me "Ys sir." permi ssion to put my whole mind to • wo:i:k on problem "And you are for the king, of course?" of killing or capturing the company of Libert Boys . I want "Oh yes." that you shall not put me-atiliany other work until this has Arthur did not think it any harm to deceive the se tine!. accomplished." . . . Everythii:ig is .fair ih live' or war, they say, and he . now It be as wish, Lieutenant S1mco_e. I don't know active part in the war, fo.r he was on hls way of anythmg else of importance that needs domg anyway." to warn the Liberty Boys that an attack was to be made "No; the rebel army is in camp at Valley Forge, and seems on them. to ,?e p:rfectly quiet:" . . ' . . "AH right; go along," said the sentinel. Yes, .I. do.not thmk it 1s the mpose of patriot con;-"Thank you" said Al'thur and he rode onward at a to make any rther offensive move this gallop. ' ' . winTter. t . . . . 1 11 . ,, When he was a lmost to the Archer home he met Captam ;; na 1s my a so, your exce ency\ , Penfield. Well, ahead. with. the work of llJl. The boy hardly recognized the officer, owing to the fact pany of Liberty B?ys, Lieutenant; and 1f you n!!e . _;yien that the wortny captain's face was so swollel) and his eyes to you, you e at liberty take as many (\f reg,ular were almost clo sed. s as you tpmk necessary. "It .is the captain, sure enough, though," the boy thought; . Thank you, sir. enough_ of my own, .I "I wonder what has happened to him this time? " thmk. I had only po1t1on of I[;Y fo1ce m the encounter Captain Penfield h11d seen Arthur at the Sutton home th:;i;t I been tellmg you about. . I . frequently, and so knew who he was and rec o g n i zed him . It will ,do no harm to have a strong now but he merely nodded without speaking, and the boy Simcoe. I have heard a great deal regardmg the Liberty did the same ' Boys. They are desperate and dangerous fighters." , "I know they are;but next time I w ill show thelfl a thipg "Well, 'if the captain isn't a beauty, then I don't know or two that will be new and unexpected to them." anything!" the boy thought. "I wonder what hit him, any"I hope so; and, if possible, capture comway?" mander, Dick Slate1:, -alive and bring him to me." did not suspect the truth: . • "I will do so, your excellency." When he passed the end of the lane leading up to the "It will mean five hundred pound!; in your pocke ." Archer home he glanced in that direction, but did not stop. "I will deliver him into your hands inside of k, sir," He did not s uspect that Amy Sutton was there. confidently. , On he rode at a gallop, and twenty minutes later he came Th en the lieutenant saluted and withdrew. $ to Frankfort. When about halfway from headt'juarters to the ce where He was halted by a sentinel at the edge of the village. the Qu een's Rangers had their guarters, the lie ant came "Hello, my boy," the sentinel greeted. "What do you want upon his sergeant, and as they walked along si y side the here?" lieutenant explained to the sergeant his plans. "I want to see Dick Slater." "We will leave the city immediately rk this even"Ah, you do?" ing," he said, "and we will proceed to the vicmity of Frankfort, and then we will wait till about. eleven o'clock and make "Who are you?" a sudden night attack. B y so doing we Will be enabled to "My name is Arthur Arnold." take the Liberty Boys by surprise, and will ave no difficulty "Where do you live?" in killing and capturing the entire party, for I am.going to "In PhUadelphia." take my who le force, three hundred strong." "Ah! Have you just come from there?" "Tha: will be a good plan, Lieutenant," was the sergeantls "Yes." reply. "Why do you wish to see Dick Slater?" Neither of the men noted the fact that a boy of about ,"I have some information for him." fourteen years was walking . along close behind them, and " ''.Have you?" even had they noted it they would not have thought anything! "Yes; important information, and I would like to see him :..bout the matter probably. at . . -""" ....... . • t , . .... .


... THE LIBERTY BOYS AT FRANKFORT. 9 I right, " said the sentinel; "go to that house yonder," pomtmg. "I think -that you will find Dick Slater there." "All right." • . Then Arthur rode to the house in question and, dismount ing, ti ed his . horse, after which he went to the door and knocked. • ' The door was opened by a youth, of about eighteen years. are you?" this youth queried, eyeing the boy i _rl some surpnse. "My name is Arthur Arnold; I am from Philadelphia. I wish to see Captain Diek Slater, as I have some important information for hill)." "Ah, indeed? Tfi.en come right in." The boy entered 'and looked around upon the face of a score of youths gathered in the la:rge sitting-room. "I am Dick Slater," sai d a bright, handsome youth, rising and facing 1he boy; "what is the information that .you have for me?" 1 "Your Liberty Boys are fo be attacked to-night, sir!" "Indeed! Say you so? By whom, my boy?" "By the Queen's Rangers." .. Then he went back indoors. . The youths looked at Dick inquiringly, but no one asked any questions . They knew that Dick would tell them what the little fellow wished to speak to him about, if it was anything that interested them. Dick smiled and said: • . "Arthur noticed the midget yonder and wanted to ask me if he was a member of my company.'.' The youths 109ked surprised. "Why did he want to know that?" asked Bob Estabrook. "So that he might get some idea whether or not it was worth his while to ask to join our company." "Oh, that was it, eh?" from Bob. "Yes." "And he wants to join?" " ;-, < i "Yes; after the British leave He says that he will stay at home and play the part of a SJ;> a long as the redcoats $tay in the city." --"He can do us more good there than i he were with us • here. " .,,. .he can .do us, anq the cause as ell, more ' good by staymg m the city and domg spywork." I Then they fell to discussing the coming attack by the Queen's Rangers. • CHAPTER X . READY FOR THE ENEMY. Did nodded. "That is what I expected to hear you say," he said. "The Queen's Rangers made an attack on us and got the worst of it, and so I guessed that they would ;want to get even with us." "Such is their intention, sir. " "Te ll me "all about the matter, my boy." Arthur did so, and whe n he had finished Dick .said: "I am much obliged to you, my boy. You have don us a great favor." "You are we lcome, sir." "By the way, what is your name?" "Arthur Arnold." "Your 1e is in Philadelphia?" "Yes, sir." . "That is good; i.t may be possible .tor you tu do iS!l!' i#'rvice in the great quse.,,if you wish." "I do, sir. I shaU bEi glad to do anything that I can." "Well, you will be in a good position to play the spy on the British, and then when Y:OU learn anything. o! importance you can com e to me wi t h it, arrd I will see that it gets to the ears of the patriot commander-in-c hief." "I will k ee p my eyes and ears open, sir.". " Do s o , Arthur." Then Dick thanked the boy again for bringing him the information of the intended attack. "You a re welco me, Captain Slater," was the reply; and then the boy asked Dick to step outside, as he had somethin_g to say to him in private. Dick stepped outside and then Arthur said: "I noticed a little bit of a chap in t here, Captain Slater, and I wished to ask if he i s a member of your compan y . " "He is," was the repl y . "And s uch a little chap! H e can't be more than ten years old." "Yes, he is fourteen." "'You don't say so! Why, he is as old as I am! He is wonderfully little for his age." "Yes, and that is his name-Little. We call him the ' 'midget!'" . . . "Well he certainly is a midget, Captain Slater! But now I want to ask you this: If I do good work in the city w)1ile the British army is there spying on them, will you let me join your company of . . , "Certainly, Arthur; 1s, 1f your parents ' "I haven't said anything to them, and won't until the time comes but I am sure that they will let me join you if I want to." "In that case I shall be glad to welcome you into my company." "All right, and thank you, Captain Slater!" .. Then he bade Dick good-by and mounted his pony and rode away. "That's a bright, brave, noble-hearted little fellow!" thought Dick, "and I think that he will do good work for us in the city spying on the British." ''.So they are coming three hundred stirong, eh, Dick!" exclaimed Sam Sanderson. "Yes." "That is odds of three to one," from Mark Morrison. "Yes," said 'Bob; "but we know they'i"are coming and may succeed in surprising them instead of 'being surprised our selves, and that will go a long way toward counteracting the odds against us." "That is just what we must do," said Dick; "and we will put in the rest of the day in perfecting our plans." "We have plenty of time," said . Bob; "the Queen's Rangers won't make the attack till eleven o'clock to-night." So. they talked the matter over at their leisure, and when evenmg came they cooked and ate their suppers in perfect contentme had their plans all matured. su r they looked to their weapons, cleaning and 'prumng them, and then they set out up the road. ' • . Their plan was a very. simp le one : They intended to go up the road half a mile itnd ambush the Queen's This would be the $afest and be s t way to do. "I don't think the Queen's Rangers -will get to Frankfort to-ni ght," said Bob Estabrook, grimly. "No, they will stop just about half a mile from there" said Mark Morrison. ' "The ' Queen's Rangers are destined to meet with an un p leasant' surprise, I think," said Dick. Then, concealed amid the bushes and behind the trees at the roadside, the Liberty Boy s awaited the coming of .the enemy. CHAPTER XI. THE GUEEN'S RANGERS DEFEATED, "Listen!" "I hear them!" "So do I!" "Yes, they're coming!" It was about half-past nine o'clock. .. The Liberty Boys had b ee n in their position an hour or more. All listened intently and the trampling of horses' hoofs could be plainly heard. . The enemy was certainly approaching. Doubtless it was the intention of the Queen's Rangers tt advance to within half a mile of Frankfort and then dis mount and wait till later before making the attack. This proved to be the case. The horsemen came to a stop when they were close to the point where the Liberty B.oys were concealed. There was no moon, but the night was a clear one and the stars shone brilliantly, making it possible for the Liberty Boys to see the enemy with fair distinctness. Dick uttered the signal, the call of a night bird, for the youths to take aim. He waited long enough for them to get good aim, and then he gave the signal to fire. The ,Liberty Boys obeyed. ( . . . " .. ... l


' 10 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT FRANKFORT . . pulle? trigger and the vr lley rang out on the night air with a noise that w a s d e a fening a lmost. The volley was an eff e ctive one. At least fifty of the Que en's Rangers fell out of their saddles. They had come for the purpos e of taking the Liberty Boys by surprise, but had b e en treated to one themselyes. And they were surprise d, sure enough! They had no suspicion of dange runtil they heard the thunder of the volley and felt the hail of bullets . Screams and groans went up from the wounded yells of rage went up from the uninjured. ' "Fire upon the rebels!" yelled Lieutenant Simcoe. The Queen's Rangers fired into the timber at random. As the Liberty Boys w ere ensconced behind trees, not much damage was .done to them. "Now with the pis tols, Liberty Boys!" yelled Dick. Crash!-roar! Crash!-roar! Two volleys rang out loudly, and more screams , groans and. yell s went from the Queen's Rangers . Lieutenant Simcoe was good commander. He realized that in s ome manne r " the Libert y Boys had l earned that an attack had been intended and had ambus h e d his men, and he realized also tha t it w ould be folly to s tand his ground and attempt to make a fight of it. It could only result in the deaths of a lar ge number of his men. The only thing to do was to retreat now and then to get at the Liberty Boys at some other time, on more even terms. "Retreat, Queen's Rangers!" he cried . The partisan soldiers did not wait for a second command , but turned their horses' heads and rode back down the ro'1.d at a gallop. When they were perhaps a third of a mile awa y the lieu-tenant called a halt. . J "Dismount, men," he ordered. They obeyed. "Tie your ho r ses." They did so. "Now, come with m e. We will enter the timbe r here, make a detour and com e upon the rebels from the rea r and take them by surpr i se and .at a disadvantage." The y entered the timber and ma• d e their way toward the point where the Libe rty Boys had been concealed, m aking a detour. Suddenly there fl.ashed out a sheet of flame, almost in their face s , and a hail of bull e t s rattle d among them, while thunder of a volley awoke the echoes for miles around. The lieuten ant unders tood: The Liberty Boys had discov ered that the Qu een's R a ngers we r e approaching and h a d given them ano t h e r surpr i se . Thoroughly enraged no w , . and desperate, the lieutenant shouted out a command fo r hi s m e n to char ge the en emy. W,ith yells the Qu een's Rangers s t a r t ed to do so, but they received two pistol-voll e ys right in their faces, and this was too much for them. The y stop p ed , turne d, and then beat a hasty retreat. • Lieutenant Simcoe c o mmande d , i mp lored and threa t e ned them to stop and turn on the enemy , but they paid no atte n tion to him. For the time bein g t h e y we r e in a state of complete demoralization. They did not s top until they h a d rea ch e d the point where they had left their horses, and then even the lieutenant realized that it would b e folly to try to fight the Liberty Boys in the timb e r and' darkness . "They are be t t e r at that kind of work than we are," was Jieutenant's thought. He was about to g iv e the command for his men to mount when he heard a voice call out: "Don't go away! Look after y ou r w ounded and bury your de a d. We w ill not fir e up o n y ou w hile you are doin u this." -"Very well," call e d b a ck the li e uten a n t ; . "your offer is accepted." The Queen's R angers then put in a couple of hours in attending to their wound e d comrade s and burying the dead. When this was done they departed for Philadelphia, carrying the w ounded in blanket-hammocks swung between horses. Lieute n ant Simcoe was a badly disappointed man. He h a d h o p e d to take the Liberty Boys by surprise and kill a numbe r and capture the r est, or el se scatter them to the four winds, and now he was r eturning to the city minus forty of his men, dead, and with twenty-seven wounded soldiers. It was very humiliating, to say the least. "How did those Liberty Boys know that we were coming to make an attack on them, I wonder?" was the question he asked over and over again. "It must be that they have a spy or spies in the city," was his final decision; "which will ma,ke it nece ssary for us to exercise secrecy in future when we intend going after the rebels." It was three o'clock in the morning when they reached their quarters in the city. Early next morning Lieutenant Simcoe went to headquarters t? report to the command e r-in-chief. General Howe had just fini s hed a h earty breakfast and was feeling in good humor w i t h himself and all the world, s e emingly. He was a keen obs erver, however, and he qu'.ckl y noted that his vi sitor did not look happy. "What is the matter?" he qu erie d. "Have you h a d bad luck?" The li eutenant nodded, a gloomy look on his face . "The worst in the wo1ld," he repli e d. "How was that? What h a s h a pp e ne d ?" "Well, you know, we went up to the vicinit y of Frankfort last night with the intention of taking the Lib e rty Boys by surpr'.se and killing and c apturing them?" "Yes, yes!" "Well, the shoe turned out to be on the other foo t ; w e were surpris ed ourselves." "You don't say so!" "Yes." "What were the casualties?" "Forty dead, and twenty-seven more or less seriously wounded." "You don't tell me!" "Yes, your excellency." "And the Liberty Bo ys , you damage d the m, did o u not ?J' "Not greatly, I fear." "How was that?'" "We ll, they were protecte d by t rees, while we were in the open ro ad; "they had a good c h anc e a t u s, whi l e we had s c arcely any chance at them." The commander-in-chief shook h i s head. "That is bad, bad!" h e murmure d. "V ery!" the lieutenant agree d . "They mus t have kno w n tha t yo u were coming.'1 "It could not b e otherwi se, sir; but h ow did they learn ofthjs ?" G eneral Howe s hook hi s head. "The y must h a ve s p ie s ;n t he city," h e & aid. "That is the d ec i s ion I h ave come to . " "Y es ; no doubt there are many r e be l sy mp athizers , a nd your plan was l earne d an

I ( THE LIBERTY BOYS AT 11 CHAPTER XII, CAPTAIN PENFIELD IS DESPERATE • . "Ah, as I expected, there she comes!" It was about two o'clock in the afternoon. Concealed behind a tree beside the road at a point a mile and a half north of Philadelphia was Captain Penfield. He was not looking very handsome, for his eyes were black and blue as the result of the blow that had been dealt him by the pistol thrown by Henry Archer, but the swelling had gone down and he could see as well as ever. 1 The valiant captain was peering down the road in the direction of the city when he uttered the above given ex-clamation. )-. Coming up the road was Amy Sutton, and she was riding along at a gallop, seemingly enjoying herself, for she was singing in a sweet, musical voice. -" "She's going to see him!" muttered Captain Penfield, his face growing dark with rage. "And she's singing! That means that ther'thought of seeing him makes her happy!" The officer fairly ground his teeth with rage. "I'll kill that rebel scoundrel!" he hissed. "Yes, Henry Archer must and shall die!" Then he put on as pleasant an expression as was pos sible and stepped out into, the road, leading his horse .. Amy. Sutton was close at hand now, and she recogmzed the captain, and the song died away on her lips, while a vexed look appeared on her face. She would have ridden past the captain with a cold nod of recognition, but he stepped in front of her and barred her way. "One moment, Miss A-I mean Sutton," the captain said. "I have come to ask the privilege of accompanying you on your ride." Amy shook her head. "It is she id, coldly. "I do not desire com pany." The captai became wildly enraged at once. A terrible feeling o ealousy took hold upon him, too. "You expect to find more congenial <;ompany further on up the road, I s uppose?" he sneered. The young :woman's face .flushed. . "That is no affair of yours, Captain Penfield," was the quick retort. "But one thing is certain, I will say that it would not be a difficult matter to find more congenial company!" "Indeed?" sneeringly. "Yes, inde ed ! I do not care for the company of a coward, such as you have proved yourself to be." "I suppose you think that Henry Archer is one of the bravest of the brave!" s neeringly. "That is neither here nor there. I do not wish your company, so kindly step aside and l e t me pass. " The captain hesitated, glared at Amy for a few moments and then stepped out of the way. With a cold look of disdain on her face, the young woman urged her horse onward and was soon out oi' sight around a bend! Captain Penfi eld s hook his fis t after her. "That's all right, my pretty miss!" he muttered; "look upon me with disdain; snnle sneeringly, if you will, but I will bring you down off your high horse and will make you my wife yet, just as sure as tha t the sun rises in the east and sets in the west! "And as for that scoundrel, Archer," he went on, fiercely " I will kill him at the very first opportunity!" ' Then he led his horse back in among the trees and tied him and took up a position behind a tree, from which position he could see the road a qumter of a mile in either direction. One, two hours passed. The captain fidgeted and a dark and sullen look settled over his face. "She. likes the company of that rebel; there is no doubt about that," he muttered, finally. "Well, she had better enjoy his company-while she can. The time is not far distant when she will not be able to do so!" He kept a sharp lookout up the road, and presently a low exclamation of anger escaped his lips. "There she comes!" he muttered; "and he's with her!" He accented the word "he," and fumbled nervously at the butt of a pi;;tol. Amy Sutton was com ing down the road accompanied by Henry Archer. They were riding slowly and were engaged in earnest conversation. The sight was a maddening one for Captain Penfield. Closer and closer came the two. They were so interested in each other as to be wholly oblivious to their surroundings. Presently they were opposite the man in hiding, and as he saw the intent, interested look on the face of each, Captain Penfield was fill e d with a feeling of jealous rage. He half drew a pistol, but stopped and shook his head. "No," he murmured ; "I might hit her." On down the road went the. two, their horses going at a walk. The two were in no hurry, that was evident. The captain watched the two until they disappeared around a bend to the south, and then he thought a few moments and set up the mad toward the north, but he kept within the edge of the timber. • When he came to the bend in the road he stationed himself behind a tree and drew a pistol and examineg it carefully to see if it was primed and ready for use. "I'm going to kill that rebel!" he said over and ovez again in a low, threatening voice. It may have been that he was saying it in order to work his courage up to the necessary pitch to enable him to make the attempt. He kept a close watch on the road to the southward, and half an hour later he started and a low exclamation escaped his lips. "He's coming!" the would-be assassin muttered, a dark look on his face. His voice tre mbled, and it was evident the man was beset by fears. He shook himself and gave utterance to a low growl of anger and disgust. "I fear I am a coward, sure enough," he I'll kill him!" viciously. "I'll kill him just is the last thing I do on earth!" He set his teeth and cocked the pistol. muttered; "but the same, if it I "I'm a good pistol-shot," he muttered; "I can hit him, and I will!" It was evident that he was working himself up to the necessary pitch. Closer and closer came Henry Archer. He was riding slowly, and he was looking thoughtfully at the ground. . . It was plain that his thoughts were on somethmg other tha n his surroundings, and Captain Penfield guessed where the young man's thoughts were. "He's thinking of her!" he muttered. " ' Well, I'll soon put a stop to that-forever!" He almost gritted his teeth as he watched his intended v ictim approach. Nearer and nearer came Henry Archer. He did not suspect that he was in danger; he was thinking of something else. Soon he was opposite wbere his enemy stood. Captain Penfield leveled his pistol, took careful aim and fired. CHAPTER XIII. THE CAPTAIN PLOTS . To the captain's surprise and horror he missed his in tended victim. Undoubtedly h i s nervousness caused the muzzle of the pistol to wobble, with the result that the bull e t had gune to one side of the horseman. The captain did not stop to fire another shot. lie was too greatly alarmed for pis own safety. Having missed when he had every chance in the world in his favor, how could he hope to hit the mark less favorable circumstances. He yielded to the sudden feeling that took hold upon him and turned and dashed away at his best speed. Henry Archer was brought to a realization of his sur roundings by the pistolshot. He heard the shot, heard the whir of the bullet and knew that some one had tried to shoot him. He heard the crashinl!" of the underbrush as the would-•


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT FRANKPORT. I .... be assassin went dashing away , and, acting on the impulse of the moment, he leaped down and set out in hot pursuit. "If I catch the scoundre l , whoever he i s , it will go hard with him!" murmure d A r ch er, a grim, threate]ling look on h:s face. To his surpris e, the fugitive l e d him a chas e just in the edge of the timber and parallel with the road. On he ran, and then suddenly he heard the thunder of hoofbeats. "Ah , I understand! H e had a horse tie d down here and has mounted, and will get away from m e , I fear," Archer exclaimed. "But I'll see who he i s , at any rate." He leaped out into the road a nd saw a horseman riding toward the south at a gallop. , The horseman was nearly a quarter of a mile away, but Henry Archer recognized him. "It's Captain Penfield!" he excla'.med. "Well, I might have known it, anyway. No on e els e would be cowardly enough to try to shoot me down from ambush in that fashion . " Lieutenant Shively look e d searchingly at his companion. "What do you want me to d o ? " he a s ked. "Listen, and I will tell you." Then the captain talked in a low tone for a few minutes, the other listening intently. "Will y ou do it?" the ,captain asked , eagerly , when he had finished. The other pondered a few mom ents and the n said: "Yes, I'll do it. " "All right," cried the capta in, gleefully; "as s oon as the work is succes sfully accompli s h e d I will give y o u back your 'I. 0. U.'" Then the two project. took a drink together to the s u ccess o f the CHAPTER XIV. KIDNAPPED. It w.ould have b een useless to go back and mount his About two o'c l ock in the afternoo n o f t h e following day horse and try to overtake the fleeing eofficer. The captain Captain Penfi e ld and Li eutenant Shive l y crouched in the would reach Philadelphia long before he could be overedge of the timber bordering the road leading northwar d taken. from Ph:Jad elphia and about a mil e and a h a l f from the city . Henry Archer made his way slowly back to where he had It would have been a diffi cult matter for e v e n one of left his horse and mounted and rode s lowly toward his home . their own comrades to have r ecog ni z e d them, how e v e r , for He remembered that Amy Sutton had told him that she the y were dressed in rough clothing, o f civili a n style , and had been stopped oh the road b y C aptain Penfield. ov e r their faces were mas k s . "And he mus t h a ve l a in in w ait till she went bac k," They did not hav e the i r horses there, having walked from thought Henry; "and when he saw me wi t h h e r he d e c ' d e d the city . to put me out of the way as I cam e b ack on m y way home ." Thev had wo r n t h eir u n iforms out of the c ity a n d had The young man did not say anything to his mother r e -carried the othe r clothing i n bundl es, expl a :ning to t h e sengarding his adventure when h e got home. H e kne w it t ine! that they w e r e g oing fis hing, a n d that they had fishing would worry h er, and arous e fears in her mind for his tackle. luncheo n, e t c., in thei r bundles. safety in the future and would thus do harm. Their uniforms in a h ollow far away. Meanwhile, the captain, bitterly di sappointe d becaus e of "You are sure she will c o me, C aptam . the lieu-his failure to kill his 1ival, rod e onward toward the city. whe n they had b een. half mi.,,houi. " I failed-failed utterly!" he muttered angrily "but I'll I am reasonably sure of it, Lieute nant. succe e d next time! I'll kill the rebel scoundre l I "Well, I wish. she w ould , hurr y . " Then he became silent, and on seeing that his enemy was I Even a s h e fimshed s peak ng the clatt not pursuing him, h e s low e d hi s horse down to a walk. w a s hea!d d ow n the road, and scon H f 11 t d t d l h 11 d h " b peare d m sight. a n a pe e m o a ee p s u y a n c e ;_um c e up . is r ows "The r e she i s !" said the captain, e a g erly . as though the problem he was pondenng was a diffi cult one "The affai r w ill soon be ov e r then. " to solve . . . "Don't fail to do your part, Shivel y ! " By time that he the of the city, ho w "Don't you fear for m e . I ' ll do m y rart of the work all ever, his had 1t was e vid ent that he had come right." to }?me of a dec1s1on, h _ e s olv e d the pro?Iem. Cl oser and c ame the young wom an. . Ill do 1t . . he muttered. 1 Yes, i s the only way., I 1;,,d o It w a s in de e d Amy Sutton, a nd it srer'e'.l tha t s h e had 1t, and-I believe that p .an w ill b e a g rand no thought o f clanger, for she d i d n o t g lance to the r i g h t o r He gave and the . sentmel and to the l eft, but lo oked strai g h t ah e ad wi t h a cheerful , f earthen rode to his qua1te s turned his hors e over to an less expression on her face: orderly and the build : ng. . Soon sh e was a lmost even with the po 'nt where the t w o H e went to h1s i::oom, and a while he: summone d an masked m e n w e r e i n hiding, and the n sudde:ily they leap ed or?,erly and to send Lieutenant S!11 vely up. out and o n e seized the horse's b r i:ll e -r':)in an:.l b1ought it Very well , sir, and the n the w1thdre; v . . to a stori, whi l e th,., other c nnr:ht hold of the you n g lady's Presently a young officer, wearmg a lieutenants umform, arm and s aid, in a hoar se, evidently di

v I . / THE LIBERTY BOYS AT ;FRANKFORT. 13 One of the villains opened the door and the other conducted the prisoner into the room beyond. "Be seated," sai d the one whQ had had hold of the girl's ti.rm, and he pointed to a rough stool. Amy took the seat indicated. The two masked men now left the room, closing the door after them. As soon as they were outside one said to the other: "I have done as I agreeQ, have I not, Captain?" "Yes," was the reply. "All right; then give me the 'I. 0 . U.'" The other drew a slip of paper from his pocket and handed it to his companion. The other glanced at it, then tore it to bits and scattered the pieces to the wind. "I'll go now," he said; "you have no further need of me.'' "When the ceremony takes place I will want you as a witness.'' "All right; I'll be on hand. But unless I am a poor judge, it will be a good while before any ceremony takes place. That girl is a spiritl!d one, and she will not consent to be married to you, I am confident." "She will consent, or else die of starvation!" hissed the other. "Well, if it goes that far, please don't let me know anything about it, for I would hate to think tliat I had had a hand in an affair so serious as all that." "All right; but I don't think it will have that ending. No person would be so stubborn as that.'' "I am not so sure about it.'' "Well, I am. I will win, as sure as that sun rises in the east and sets in the west." "All right; but what shall we do with the horse, Captain?" "I've been thinking about that; turn it loose." "So that--" "People will think that it has thrown her, likely." "Ah, yes . Anyway, if they find the horse wandering about loose they will not e so likely to suspect that human beings are responsible for he disappearance of the girl." "Y u ar right." Th n ively took his departure. As s as he went out of the ravine he took off the mask and tossed it aside. Then he walked swiftly back to the point where the girl had been captured, and, untying the horse, led it out into the middle of the road and turned the animal loose. Then he hastened to the hollow tree and doffed the citizen's clothing and donned the uniform. This done, he stuck the old clothes in the hollow tree and set out for Philadelphia. He arrived there half an hour later and was very careful to enter at a point half a mile from where he and the captain had emerged, so as to avoid the sentinel they had passed and who would be likely to ask where the captain was, and whether they had caught any fish, etc. A few minutes later he was in his room in the building • occupied by Captain Penfield's company. * * * * * * * * * As soon as his companion had gone, Captain Penfield re-entered the r,ave-room and at once lighted a candle, as there was no window, and even though it was daytime, it was dark in the room. Amy sat there on the stool, eyeing the masked man searchingly. Undoubtedly a suspicion of the truth had entered her mind, for when the captain suddenly took off the mask, revealing his features to her view, she did not look much surprised. The captain, smiling t .riumphantly, advanced and took the gag out of her mouth. r "Well, what do you think now, Miss Amy?" the captain asked, with a leer. "Just >vhat I have thought all along," was the quiet reply. "And that?" "Is that you are not only a coward, but a villain as well, and one capable of almost any crime!" was the scathing reply. The captain, thick though his hide was, winced at this, and he gave vent to an exclamation of rage. "Have a care, Miss Sutton!" he hissed . "Remember you are not on the highway now nor in your home, but here in this out-of-the-way place alone with me and utterly at my mercy!" "Coward!" Only one word, but there was such scorn and contempt in the tones that it cut the captain like the lash of a whip. !'Beware!" he hi ssed. "It will be better if you speak me fair, Miss Sutton!" "I will speak the truth or nothing," was the quiet reply. "Do you know why I have brought you here?" the cap tab asked. "No, .why?'' "To force you to consent to be my wife!" Amy laughed scornfully. "And do you think I will do that?" she queried. "Yes." "Well, you are mistaken. I would die first!" "That i s the alternati ve!" fiercely. "You will consent t o marry me-will be married to me, fo fact, or you will never leave this room alive!" "That remains to be seen," was the brave reply. "Oh, doubtless you expect that that. rebel lover of yours will rescue you?" sneeringly. "Some one w ill do so.'' "No one will be able to find you. Only two other persons in the world know of this place; one is the man who helped me to bring you here and the other is the man that built the cabin-or dug i t out of the face of the bluff, rather. Your friends will never find you." "Perhaps they may be able to do so.'' "Bah! Don't have any such false hopes.'' Then the captain told Amy that she might as well yield f'irft as last and consent to become his wife, but she refused with scorn. "Even if you have told the truth, and death must be the alternative, then gladly will I choose the alternative!" declared the brave girl. "I would die a hundred deaths before I would marry a man I hate and loathe as I do you!" Captain Penfield was very angry. "You'll change your mind when you find yourself of starvation, my fine young lady!" he cried, viciously . But Amy shook her head. "Never!" she said. The captain remained in the cave-room till evening and gave Amy some food out of a cupboard at one end of the room; then he bade her good-evening, mockingly, and went out and locked the door. As the sound of his footsteps died away the girl looked around her eagerly and pulled fiercely at the rope binding her arms. "I must escape-I will escape!" she murmured. But when she had tried the rope binding her arms, with out loosening it a particle, even after straining at it again and again, she ceased trying. and gave utterance to some thing very like a groan of despair. Then she thought of Henry Archer, and her face brightened. "He will find me!" she murmured; "he will rescue me!I know that he will!" CHAPTER XV. ARTHUR WARNS THE LIBERTY BOYS. About the forenoon of this same day Arthur Arnold happened upon Lieutenant Simcoe and his sergeant as they were walking along tbe street engaged in conversation. They were discussing plans for some kind of a campaign, and when they entered the bar-room of a tavern, Arthur knew that they were going to drink and talk at the same time. "They may be fixing up their plans to go and attack the Liberty Boys," was his thought. "My! but I wish that I could hear what they say!" Arthur was a bold boy as well as a bright one, and he walked right into the tavern. A glance around the bar-room showed him the two of ficers seated over in one corner with a bottle and glasses between them. Arthur did not hesitate. He was determined to hear at least a portion of the con versation between the two men, if possible, and so he stepped to the bar and ordered a half pint of ale. . The man behind the. bar looked at the boy rather quiz zically, but he gave him the ale, nevertheless, and Arthur walked over to a table not far from the one at which sat the two officers and seated himself.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT FRANKFORT. The sergeant's face was toward Arthur, but he did no more than give the boy a slightly surprised look, evidently the only thought that was in his mind was one of surorise such a small boy should be drinking in a public place. Plamly he did not suspect that the boy in question was a spy. Arthur had reason to con gratulate himse l f because of his move in entering the place. The t\yo officers :vere ind eed discus sing plans for .making an attack on the Liberty Boys at Frankfort. Arthur d'sposed of his a le very slowly. He wished to make it last till the t w o got through talking. And he did so. He waited till he was sure he had gained all the information necessary, and the two showed signs of gettinP" ready to leave, and then he got up and left the place. As soon as he was on the street he hastened his footsteps. He was not long in reaching his home. "I must go and warn the Liberty Boys at once!" he thought. As Arthur was in the habit of' going and coming about as he chose, . he quickly bridled and saddled his pony, mounted and rode away. -... He was soon at the edge of the city and passed the sentinel without difficulty, telling him that he wa-ctted to go :mt in the country for a ride. ' Having passed the sentinel, Arthur urged his pony to gallop. An hour later he was in Frankfort. He went at once to the bu]ding occupied by Dick. When he entered he was greeted cordially by Dick and the other Liberty Boys who were there. . "Well, A1-thur, have you any information for me this time?" asked Dick. "Yes, Captain Slater." "What is it my boy?" "Another attack is to be made upon . you!" "By whom?" "The Queen's Rangers." "Ah, indeed! When, Arthur?" "This afternoon." "So soon as that?" "Yes." "Did you learn what thei r plans of attack are?" "Yes, Captain .Slater." "How are they going to work it?" "They are going to make thei r way alone the other road, a mile west of one leading straight here, and they are going to keep on till they get past you, an

.. THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS AT fRANKFOUT. 15 "Fire!" The Liberty Boys let a volley fly at the troopers. 'l'he commanding officer fell from his saddle. Had a clap of thunder came out of a clear sky it wold not have the troopers more-possibly not so much. They were almost paralyzed, indeed. They had not even suspected that danger lurked at hand, and the sudden volley was so unexpected that they scarcely knew what to think, and were temporarily dazed. Then the Liberty Boys in the house and stable and behind those two buildings opened fire. Many of the Queen's Rangers fell from their saddles. Lieutenant Simcoe, the commander, who had gone down at the first fire, had been "creased" by a bullet, and was only temporarily stunned, not really disabled at all, and he now leaped to his feet and shouted to his men to fire. This arouse<:} them and they opened fire. They fired practically at random, trusting to luck, and the result was that they did not do much damaire. Seeing that in their exposed position they would get all the wors t ' of it, Lieutenant Simcoe ordered his men to beat a ietreat. • They did so, promptly enough. The lieutenant, having caught and mounted his horse brought up the rear. t "Is it impo ss ible to take the Liberty Boys by surprise ? " the lieutenant half groaned, as he gazed angrily toward the point where the encounter had taken place. "It looks it, Lieutenant," replied the sergeant. "They must have learned of the intended attack." "Yes." "But how did they learn of it?" "That is the question." "Well, there is no use thinking about that now," the lieutenant said; "the thing for u&, to do is to get after those rebels and pay them for what they have done to us." "True, Lieutenant." "I know what we will do: We will dismount, leave our horses here and go and surround the place yonder. Then we will have Ute Liberty Boys 'at 9ur mercy." "Th a good plan, Lieutenant." The o er was given at once. The een's Rangers obeyed. They dismounted and tied their horses to the trees and then they divided, some entering the timber on the east side of the road and some entered the timber on the we.:;t side of the road. They advanced as rapidly as they could, and presently surrounded the house and stable. Then the lieutenant sent a soldier forward bearing a flag of truce. The intention was to demand the surrender of the Liberty Boys. But to the truce-bearer's surprise he found no one on the place. The house and stable were empty, and nowhere could he see a sign of a rebel. "They slipped away," said a wounded trooper. "They are too smart to let themselves be surrounded." The soldier went back and reported to Lieutenant Simcoe. That officer was greatly d'sappointed. He had hoped to capture the famous Liberty Boys, md now to find that they had slipped out of his clutches was enough to make him angry and disappointed. "Well, we'll get them sooner or later!" he declared. "They cannot get the better of us and keep out of' our clutches always." "You are right, Lieutenant," the sergeant said. But there was an intonation to this voice that showed that he was not so sure of this as his superior officer seemed to be. "The thing to do just now," said the Eeutenant, "is to look after our wounded and bury the dead." This was done. The wounded troopers were carried into the house and placed on blankets .spread on the floor, and their wounds were dressed as well as was possible under the circumstances. At the same time others of the tioopers were at work burying their dead comrades. When this work had been finished the lieutenant and his sergeant conferred together. What should they do now ? "The Liberty Boys have undoubtedly returned to Frank iort," said the lieutenant; "now the question is, Shall we /Z'O over there and make an attack at once or shall we wait till night?" "I. think it will be wise to wait till night, Lieutenant," said the sergeant. "Perhaps you . are right." Just at this moment the rattle of musketry was heard. "What is that?" from the lieutenant. "The Liberty Boys have made another attack!" from the sergeant. They had been sitting in the sitting-room of the house, but now they rushed out of doors. They saw the'r men being driven back toward the house; t)1ey were being fired upon from the edge of the timber. ""Well, those Liberty Boys certainly are audacious!" the lieutenant gasped. "Oh, they are daring fellows, Lieutenant!" was the reply. It was galling to the lieutenant to think that his force was being harassed to such an extent by a force scarcely more than one-third as strong as his own, and he made up his mind to make a desperate effort to turn the tables. He ord e r e d his m en to charge the enemy, and they did so. They ch arged desperately right into the timber where the Liberty Boys were stationed. It was a costly move for them. They lost at least forty men, dead and wounded, and when they entered the timber it was to find no one there. The Liberty Boy s had retreated swiftly and noiselessly. The lieutenant was disappointed and angry. He began to realize that his force of Queen's Rangers was not equal to the task of handling the Liberty Boys. He hated to acknowledge it, even to himself, but it was a self-evident truth, and could not be ignored or evaded. He called his men back and they returned to the house and the road. The lieutenant and his sergeant held another council. They had so many wounded men on their hands that it was decided to return to Philadelphia, taking the wounded men to where they could be attended to by skilled doctors. So the dead bodies of those who had fallen in the charge were buried, and then blanket-hammocks were rigged up and the wounded men were placed therein and the force set out toward the south. • The Liberty Boys were not far away and were watching the enemy, and as soop the Queen's Rangers had disap peared they sent word to lhe patriot farmer's folks to comE: to their home. The farmer had become frightened when the Queen's Range1s charged the Liberty Boys, and had got away in a hurry and gone to his sister's home. He was glad when he learned that the Queen's RangerE had gone and returned at once with his family. The Liberty Boys then made their way back to Frankfort, but they left a Liberty Boy at the farmer's home to keep watch on the road so as to warn the youths in case the enemy came back. Arthur Arnold had taken part in the encounter with the Queen's Rangers and had not been wounded. He was de lighted, but said that he must get back home, as his folks would wonder what was keeping him so long. "If I learn anything new I will come out and let you know," he said to Dick. "All right, Arthur." Then the boy mounted his pony and set out in the direction of Philadelphia. CHAPTER XVII. FILLED WITH FEARS. It was about four o'clock when Arthur started home. . When he about a mile from Philadelphia he was given a surpnse. He saw a horse a side-saddle on its back cropping the dead alongside the road, and he recognized the horse as bemg the property of Amy Sutton. "That's Miss Amy's horse, sure!" the boy murmured. ' wonder where she is ? " He stopped and dismounted and caught hold of the bridle rein of Amy's horse. Then he called the girl's name loudly, his thought being that it was possible that she was in the timber somewhere near at hand.


16 THE LIBERTYi BOYS AT FRANKFORT. "Amy! Oh, Miss Amy!". he called, but there vas no i;eply. "I t'ought dat hit wuz Miss Lucy dat yo' allus wanted ter He waited a few moments and then called again: see," he said. "Amy! Miss Sutton! Where are you?" "Not this .time, Sam," ieplied the boy, with a. sober '1 He listened intently, but only the echoes of his own voice look and intonation that the negro looked at him curiously. ::ame to his hearing. "I done lierleeves dat de boy is goin' ter ax Massa Sutton "Where can she be, I wonder?" he murmured. uv he kin meny Miss Lucy!" the negro thought. "I doan' Then a sudden, sickening fear took hold upon him: know whut else would make 'im look so sollemcolly. Yahl Perhaps the horse had thrown. Amy and killed her! yah! dese youngsters is funny, an' dat's er fack!" In that case she would be found lying beside the road Aloud he said: • without a doubt, and so Arthur tied the girl's horse to a "Massa Sutton is in de library, sah." tree, and then, mounting his own animal, ro 1(he "All "right." roa d almost to the ed'e of the city, scanning tne .. g1rnd on Arthur hastened to the library and entered. :>ither side with eap, anxious eyes. : Mr. Sutton was seated before the grate reading a book He saw of the girl, of course, and so and smoking. He nodded to Arthur and said: 'Jack to where he had found her horse at a gallop."1ind then "How are you, Arthur? Be seated, my boy." wntinued on northward at a slow pace, looking carefully The boy sat down, "ut he looked so sober that the. ma?, he went. after looking at him curiosly for a few moments, laid his Of coUl'se, he did BOt find the girl, or any signs of her; book aside and said: but when he came to the lane leaaing to the home of "What is it, Arthur? What's the trouble?" Henry Archer, that young man saw him and came down to "I have some news for you, sir," was the reply; "and I\lsk what he was looking for. I-hardly know how to tell you. I--" "I'm looking for the body of Miss Amy Sutton," the boy Mr. Sutton became very gravt! at once and sat erect and replied. looked sharply at the boy. . "What!" cried Henry Archer, hoarsely; "looking for Amy. "Tell me the news without any hesitancy, my boy," he -Miss Sutton's body? You don't mean to tell me that she said. "Speak right out. •Don't be af'raid." is dead?" "Very well, sir; I will." . . There was such fear and horr01 in .. the man's tones that Then he told about finding Amy's. horse grazmg along the boy looked at the speaker wonderingly, and then .he noted beside the road, and how a search for her had been unre-' that Mr. Archer was pale. ' warded. . Instantly the thought flashed into the boy's mind that "And now sir, is where is Amy?" this man loved Amy Sutton, and he hastene d to tell him Mr. Sutton was pale now and was greatly excited . . all he knew about the affair. _ "T!'iat is indeed the question, Arthur!" he exclaimed. Henry was relieved somewhat, but sti:l it was. easy tp "And it is one that must quickly be answered! A searching see that he was uneasy. . party must be sent out at once!" "It is strange that her horse should be found loose by "We looked along the road a distance of three miles, sir, the roadside!" he said. "I don't understand it." . . ar.d--" "It looks as though she has been thrown, sir," said the "One moment," interrupting; "who are 'we?'" boy; "but if that is the case, why did I not find her' body?" Arthm started and then explained that, besides himself, "I will go with you and we will make a thorough search a young man by the name of Archer ha :.earched for Amy. for her," said Henry. . ' "Ah, yes; I remember,. now, that I ha heard speak He hastened to the house and told his mother t he news of a young man by the' name of Archer. It see at she and .hen. returned and set out down the road, he looking, stopped to inquire the distance to Frankfort nd that on one side of the road and Arthur on the other. ' ' while she was there some British soldiers tried t capture They did not find the girl's body, of course, and when this man Archer and failed." they came to where the horse !Stood tied to , a , t1•ee, they "That's the fellow, sir; and he seems to be a fine fellow, stopped and looked at the saddle and examined the stirrup, too." thinking that if the girl had been thrown and dragged the want to see him," said Mr. Sutton, grimly. "It is barely stirrup would show signs of the strain. But everythi,ng was possible that'.-" He paused and did not fin'.sh, but there in place and there was nothing to be learned he!e , was .a tig_htening of the l!ps that. proved that he wa.s susThen they moved on down the road, Henry leadmg Amy s picteus of the young man m question. Arthur saw this, but horse. he aid not share the man's feeling s, and he tried to disThey kept on till they were nearly to the edge of the city abuse his mind of this idea. He told what a fine, handsome, and then they !>topped. brave man Henry, Archer was, but he could see that he did "What shall we do?" queried Arthur. not make much impression with his words. "You had better go to Amy-Miss Sutton's home and tell 'fA:iny's mother and sister must be told the news," said her parents the news, Arthur." the man. "l will do that at once, and then will get a search"And you?" ing party out as soon as possible." _ "I am not acquainted with her parents or I would go. He had his wife and daughter summoned . tQ the library I will go back and begin searching for her in the woods." and broke the news to thein as easily as possible. "You think that--" They were greatly alarmed, but Mr. Sutton did his best to i a possibility that she was thrown and that the reassure them. fall may have injured her and caused her to beeome tern"We will soon find Amy and have her safely back home," porarily deranged and that she may be wandering around in he said . the timber, Arthur." The young man's voice trembled, Then, in company with Arthur,. he hastened' out of the the boy not:ced. house, bent on organizing a searching party. "Well, I'll go and tell her parents. Shall' take the horse along?" "Yes; you may as well." "All right; good-by . " "Good-by." The boy rode on, leading Amy's horse, and Henry Archer turned and strode back up the road. When he came to the point where the horse had been first found by Arthur he plunged into the timber and began. searching for the lost girl. Arthur Arnold did not fancy the task before him but he was aware that it was necessarv that some one should carry the news regarding Amy to her parents, so he strode straight to her home. He dismounted and .tied his pony and Amy's horse and then entered the house, saying to the that he wished to see Mr. Sutton. The negro grinned, showing his teeth. I f ...... CHAPTER XVIII. ARTHUR TRACKS THE CAPTAIN. -. Mr, Sutton had no difficulty in organizing a party, fqf: Jie was a well-known and wealthy citizen of Philadelphia 'la'hd the members of the party searched far and wide the {vliole night through, but without avail. Amy-was not found, nor any traces of her. Mt. Sutton, in company with Arthur Arnold, hunted up Hemy Archer, and the fatJ; .er of the missing girl asked Henry a number of questions of a nature that proved that he was somewhat suspicious that the young man knew something tegarding the whereabouts of the girl; but he was soon satisfied that he was mistaken in his suspicions. He quickly saw that Henry was about as badly broken


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT FRANKFORT. 1' up as any one could be-more so even than himself, and so shook hands with the young man and parted from him m a very friendly manner . . Early next morning Mr. Sutton and Arthur returned to the city and made their way to their homes to get breakfast. Mrs. Sutton and Lucy were terri bly disappointed when they learned tlrat Amy had not been found. Having finished breakfast. Mr. Sutton sat down to smoke a cigar, and when he had finished he rose and donned his hat and overcoat. "I wonder what is keeping Arthur?" he iemarked. "Was he coming here?" asked Mrs. Sutton. "Yes; he said he would eat his' breakfast and come right over, so as to be ready to go with me when I was ready to start." "He'll be heresoon, no doubt," said Lucy, blushing slightly. Her father pulled her to him and kissed her. Should Amy never be found Lucy would be dtmbly dear to him. He waited half an hour, and still Arthur did not come. "I can't wait a:qy longer," Mr. Sutton said. "I must be up and doing. Tell him he will find me somewhere along the Frankfort road." "Yes, papa," said Lucy. Then Mr. Sutton kissed his wife and daughter and left the house. Arthur did not appear at the Sutton home at all that morning. . He ate his breakfast, bade his parents good-by and set out for Mr. Sutton's house, but when he waS' about halfway there he caught sight of a man and was struck by an idea. The man was no other than Captain Penfield, and at once a suspicion that the officer m'ght know something regarding the whereabouts of Amy struck the youth. The captain was walking along the street, going toward the north, and there. was a look of extre;me satisfaction on his face. Arthur noted this fact and it made him all the more suspicious. Arthur let the captain get quite a distance ahead of him, however, fo r in the daylight it would not do to follow him closely. Captain Penfield kept on till he reached the edge of the city; then he passed the sentinel and strode onward, disappearing amid the trees a quarter of a mile distant, just as Arthur came hastening up to the sentinel. "Here! what do you want and where are you going?" the sentinel cried. "I have a message for ,Captain Penfield," exclaimed Arthur; "please let me pass at once, or I may lose him in the timber." "All right; hurry along, my boy." Arthur did hurry. Indeed, he ran with all his might. He was not long in reaching the edge of the timber, and he darted in among the trees. He looked all around, but did not see the captain anywhere. "He has pl"obably gone straight ahead," was the boy's thought. He ran in that direction. He had gone about two hundred yards, when, to his great joy, he caught sight of the captain ahead of him. The captain glanced back occasionally, but he did not catch sight of Arthur, who was very careful to shield his body behind trees. On strode the British officer, and the farther he went the more certain Arthur was that his espionage of the captain would result ill an important discovery. At last the officer reached the ravine, and at the top of the bluff he paused a few moments and turned and looked back and then to the right and to the left. He evidently saw no one, for he at once started down the steep side of the ravine. Arthur was not long in arriving at the spot where the officer had stopped. He peered over the edge of the bluff and downward. It was at least one hundred feet to the bottom of the ravine, and Captain Penfield was about half way down the slope. Arthur, screened from the captain's view behind some bushes which fringed the edge pf the bluff. watched the Qfficer eagerly. "If he has Amy a prisoner it must pe at a place near thif spot,'' was his decision. Slowly the captain worked his way downward, and pres ently he reached the bottom of the ravine. Arthur was watching him closely, eagerly. . . The captain looked up and then down the ravme, up at the top of the bluffs on either side, and then, stoppec forward a few. paces and pulled some bushes apart and dis appeared after a few minutes, seemingly into the face of the bluff. "There must be a cave there!" the excited boy. "I am going down there and see about it!" . He was soon making his way down the side of the ravme, and he moved faster than the captain had done. Reaching the bottom, he made his. way cautiously to spot where the captain had entered the bushes, and, pulling them cautiously aside, he discovered the door. "Aha! A room in the facjl of the bluff!" was the boy's mental exclamation. "Glory! I'll wager that I have found Amy!" He listened for a moment and caught the murmur of voices. I . . ,. . ,, "There is some one else m there besides the captam, h thought; "and it must be Amy!" . He placed his ear to a crack in the door and listened. He iecognized Amy's voice. , "Yes, it'sher, sure enough!" he thought. "Oh, say! wont Amy's folks-and Mr. Archer-be delighted when they see Amy again alive and well!" For Arthur had made up his mind that he ..,yould rescue the girl and her back to her home. He did not doubt his ability to do so. He had only to wait till the captain went away, and then he would open the door and free the . He placed his eye to the crack, but could not see eithe1 the captain or Amy. . . Then he placed his ear to the crack again and hstenec intently. ' He could only understand a word n?w and then. . He held his position perhaps ten minutes, and th;en JUS1 as the thought came to him that he had better withdrav; for fear that he might be discovered, the door suddenly opened and the captain saw Arthur crouching on the thres hold. "I'll "You spying young scoundrel!" hissed the captain. have your life, you brat!" Out from its scabbard came the officer's sword like a ft.ash. CHAPTER XIX. HENRY AND AMY ARE HAPPY. But Arthur Arnold was an exceedingly live and wide awake boy. . He was not at all the kind of boy to stand still and per mit himself to be spitted by the officer's sword. . He threw himself backward through the bushes quick a> a ft.ash and leaped to his feet and ran to a large tree no1 far away and took refuge behind it. The captain had come plunging through the bushes anci immediately dashed after the boy, sword in hand. It was plain that he meant what he said, and that he would kill the boy if he could. Arthur thought so anyway, and he quickly drew a pistol and cocked it. "Back, Captain!" he cried, warningly. "Stop or I will fire!" But the captain was desperate. He knew that his secret was discovered, and that if the boy was permitted to escape he would carry the news to Amy's father, and the result would be bad for the kidnapper. • His only safety lay in putting the boy out of the way, and he was determined to do this. The captain was now within three of Arthur. Crack! . Sharply the pistol-shot rang out, and with a gasping groan the officer fell to the ground, a bullet through his heart. "It was his life or mine,'' murmured Arthur. "And was a villain, and Amy's safety was at stake, so I don't think I did wrong in shooting him." The captain had not moved after falling, and the boy stopped and placed his ear to the officer's lips. Thfl captain was not breathing. "He is dead, sure enough!" the boy murmured. . • i I


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT FRANKFORT. Just he heard voices, and, looking up at the top of Queen's Rangers had made a wide detour and were intend-the ravme wall, he saw Mr. Sutton and about a dozen ing to come down from the no1th. . members of the searching party. They set out up the road and proceeded about a mile. "ls that you, Arthur?" cried Mr. Sutton. "What brought Then they came to a stop on the top of '.1 knoll. And 'Yho is that on the ground?" Dick now sent out scouts to try to get sight of the enen:Y }his Captam Penfield, M,. Sutton," replied Arthur. Half an hour later one of these scouts came back with "What is the matter with the captain?" the report that he had sight o.f the Rang.e:s: fu dead," was the reply. "They are over in the timber ab?ut half a mile, he Did you shoot him?" "and they are stealing along headrn_g Frankfoi t. "Yes; Mr. Button." "Good!" said Dick; "we will fall rn behmd them and at-All uttered exclamations. tack them from the rear." "Why did you do it?" Mr. Sutton asked. They were not long in getting around in the rear of the "He was going to kill me. See, he is grasping his sword. force of Queen's Rangers, and as S..r thur Arnold went with the Liberty Boys, !us parents havmg Entering the city, they saw the Queen's Rangers riding given consent for him t o do so. out. A few months lat:?r H enry Archer and Amy Sutton were Arthur at once guessed that the Rangers were startinp.: married, and they were very hapuy. 1 S tt out again with the intention of trying to make a successful 1 When Arthur Arnold was .twenty-one . and Lucy u on attack on1 the Liberty Boys. i W\!" eighteen they were marr1i;d. . He hastened to his home, bri dled and &addled his ponr.J The Queen's _never _did get on. the Liberty and set out at once. . Boys, much to their chsapporntment an c agrm. He forced his pony to its best gait and was not long in reaching his destination. "Well, Arthur, what is the news this time?" queried Dick. "The Queen's rangers are abroad again, Captain Slater!" "They came in this direction ? " "Yes, but I think they were going to take the west road." "Then we will hear from our comrade who is on the watch Next week's issue will conta;n "THE LIBERTY BOYS AND GENERAT_, LACEY; OR, CORNERED AT THE 'CROOKED BILLET.' " over at the home of the patriot." But another hour passed and the Liberty Boy did appear with the news, and Dick became suspicious that ih!I SEND POSTAL FOR OUR FREE CA'fALOGfil


I THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 9 • CURRENT NEWS The number of Japanese slain in the war between Russia and Japan was seventy-two thousand, four hundred and fifty, of whom forty-eight thousand, one hundred and eighty were killed outright in battle, ten thousand, nine hundred and $eventy died of and fifteen thousand, three hundred disease. John Haug, .a man of mystery in Greenwich, Conn., and a figure of interest to the members of the summer colony for may years, was burned to death when his bungalow at the edge of the town was de stroyed by fire. Haug always seemed to have enough money on which to subsist, although he never did any work except just what was necessary to keep his home in order. A TacJma merchant went into his warehouse early one morning, and hearing a peculiar sound in one corner, inYestigated it, and found that a clam had caught a rat. The rodent had invaded a box of clams, and in an attempt to pull one out of its shell with his forefoot, had been made a prisoner by the clam shutting down on the foot . The firmly attached pair were exhibited in the merchant's sho;v window for a short time,• and then the rat1 was drowned. A disease of cattle prevalent in Utah is know.n popularly as "oak poisoning" or "summer sickness," and has been ascribed to scrub oak, which grows in great abundance over certain parts of the ranges. Other regions of the West and Southwest report heavy losses of cattle from oak poisoning. The Bureau of Animal Industry, after a careful and thorough investigation, has undertaken elaborate feeding experiments to determine how much truth there is in the idea that oaks are poisonous to cattle. Speaking recently at Edinburgh, Scotland, on aircraft policy, Lord Montagu of Beaulieu said that when peace came the British air service must be the last to be reduced. A naval invasion might not come; but by means of 100 airships it might come on a scale infinitely greater, which it would need all the British aircraft forces to repel. Of 2,000 miles of coastline, at least 1,000 would have to be defended by aircraft. If in the country a permanent force of 20,000 aeroplanes existed, the cost would not be more than $75,000,000. According to the figures compiled at Ellis Island, the total inward movement of oversea passengers at the Port of New York for 1916 was 259,367, as com pared with 216,274 passengers brought in 1915 and 735,741 passengers in 1914. The increase during 1916 as compared with 1915 is found mainly in steer age passengers, the gain being from 95,467 to 137 ,-126. At the same time there was an increase from 59 797 to 66 741 in the number of first cabin pas and decline in the number of second cabin passenger& from 61,010 to 54,500. "Saved by a necktie" would be an appropriate title for a tale by William H. Nic.hols of gow who arrived here on the Anchor lmer Saxoma. He .;.,as on board the small Greek steamship Lycur which was sunk in the After swimming about half an hour, Nichols said, he .came across a Frenchman clinging to a spar. Nichols was so exhausted that he could not hold on to the stick and the Frenchman tore off his necktie and tied Nichols' right arm to the timber. They were rescued by an Italian destroyer. Another big gas well has been struck in Versailles Township, Pa., where, two weeks ago, an immense well of the Speigle farm excited the country. The latest well was brought in the other day on the Bert D. McClure Farm, on Lincoln Way, half a mile from Bryn Mawr and two miles from the Speigle well. The roar of the gas can be heard a mile away, farmers and others residing in the vicinity declare. It has been impossible to take pressure tests, but it is said that the well is yielding from 20,000,000 to 30,000,000 feet a day. The gold fever persists at Oneida, Kansas. Mrs. G. W. Potts found a gold nugget weighing 2112 grains in the craw of a duck which she was dressing. Frank Wikoff also found a nugget in the craw of a dock which he had purchased at the Oneida cream station. Several other big nuggets have been found . These finds have convinced many of the people that the old story of a miner who was carrying $50, 000 worth of gold dust and who lost his life in the creek near here is after all true and that there is -a great quantity of gold to be found somewhere in this vicinity. .Brig. Gen. Samuel I. Johnson, commanding the l'{ational Guard of Hawa,ii, is credited with making the highest score on record in the United States in rifle shooting. General Johnson, shooting over th" "expert course" at the National Guard target range, near Honolulu, made a score of 286 . out of . a possible 300 points. That was three points better than the previous record high mark of 283, made recently by Serg. James H. Burns, of Company A, 25th U . S. Infantry. In practice shooting General Johnson several times exceeded 290, but those scores were not accepted as official.


/ . 20 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A. BORN F -ORTHE BOY OF ALL By RALPH MORTON (A SERIAL sroRY.) CHAPTER XIII. • N O "FAKING" THIS TIME. "Tes s," broke in the other voice, "either y ou'll obey me or you die here and now. You see this knife. I mean to--" Ted Sperry could stand no more. He tried the door, which yielded, and into the hall he dashed. There, in the midst of magnificence, the young fakir saw a sight that thrilled him. A tall young man, athletic and fashionably dress ed, brandished a knife before Tess Everson, who, deathly pale, struggled in the arms of a rough-looking wretch, who was none other than Ted's Brewster burglar. Ted took in the situation at a glance. It was hardly more than his heated imagination had prepared him to see. Hen, though he followed, turned as if to flee afte r one glance. But the young fakir was so cool about it all that Hen hesitated, then peeped in around the corner of the open doorway. "I beg your pardon," began Ted, after the first instant of daze. "What do you want here?" demanded .the one id dressed as Fred. But the Brews:er burglar was staring at the young fakir with eyes that bulged with wonder and hate. "Don't let me interfere with anything," begged T ed, coolly. "I have a message to deliver, and then I'll go." "Go now!" insisted the well-dressed young man with the thick voice. "My business is with this man," went on Ted, nodding at his Brewster burglar. "You'd better get out while you can!" gruffed that worthy. "The same advice would be good for you," retorted Ted, "only it happens to be too late. Some gentle men connected with the police are outside waiting to speak with you." It was a bare-faced, nervy falsehood-absurd on the face of it. If there had been police at hand, waiting for the. burg lar, they would hardly have remaine d outsi?e. But the guilty wretch, w ho live s at odd s with the law, and who dreads arres t hourly , is as easily frightened by the sound "police" as the elephant is at sight of a mouse. "Waiting for me?" demanded the wretch, his face paling and his jaw dropping. "Yes," lied Ted, brazenly. "And it's no use putting up a fight or trying to get away . They're too many for you." "You young demon!" roared the burglar, seizing a chair in his strong hands. ''I'll brain you!" "That would add a charge of murde r to that of burglary," retorted Ted. He spoke as coolly as b e fore, though he was shaking inside. A swift, haunted look> the wretch ca s t about him. Then he turned and fled through the hallway for the rear of the hous . e . This was what the young faki r h a d hoped he would do. Tess Everson, a look of great app ea l in her beautiful eyes, had crept b ehind T ed. In him she seemed to r e aliz e that she had a capa ble protector. Stupidly-things had happene d so suddenly-the young man with the knife stood looking on. In his hand he still . h e ld the knife with which he had endeavored to terrify the g irl. "Let me have the knife," cooe d T ed, softly but convincingly. "It'll g o again s t y ou if the police find that in your hand. L e t m e have it. It will save you a few years in p r i s on. You w e r e heate d and didn't know what you were doin g . In the morning you'll be sorry .. but the n it w ill be too late if the police find that knife in you r hand. Let me have it, and I'll do the best I can for y ou. You're too good a fellow to go to prison. L e t me have the knife-that's right!" Fred Everson actually passed the weapon over, stupidly, while Tess looked on in fasc in ated admira tio"D. of her cool, confident and masterful prote ctor. "You live here, don't y ou?" c ontinu e d Ted . "Of course I do, " cam e the thickly-spoken ac knowledgment. "Then go upstairs, like a good fellow, and go to bed. You'll be all right in the morning. I per-


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 21 suaded the pollce to stay outside. If they get nosey, "Miss Everson, this is Henry Putters, Esq., my I'll tell them it's all right. Now, go to bed." partner," Ted answered, with a little bow. This last order was spoken with a s'vift change Hen acknowledged the introduction as awkward from the cooing tone to a voice of sharp command. ly as he did nearly everything else. Fred Everson shrank from the command like a But Tess rewarded Hen with a bright smile and cur from before the lash. a chance to touch her soft, pretty hand-for which Then slowly, but obediently, he mounted the Ted almost hated his friend at the moment, for Ted stairs. himself had not yet touched her hand. "I hope I didn't break too rapidly into a family "And what do you two do?" Tess asked, eagerly. affair, and that I've been of some use," suggested "Anybody we can," was the slangy reply that got Ted, turning to the girl, in whose eyes tears of as far as Ted's lips, but checked the w.ords in gratitude were shining like stars. time. "You've saved my life," the girl half-sobbed as She would not understand, or, if she did, she she caught at Ted's arm. would think the less of her two new acquaintances. "Shan't we step outside?" he suggested. "I don't So he answered: want to seem too curiouc:., but I'd like to know how "We are on the road, handling all kinds of proI can help you further." rooting and selling schemes." Catching up a hat that she had discarded but a Tess looked a little puzzled, but she had no time few moments before, Tess stepped outside. to ask more questions, for the young fakir broke "Let's walk down toward the gate," suggested the in urgently: young fakir. "Was that your brother?" "It's getting late, Miss Everson, and later every "Yes. But, oh! he's not himself " Tess protested minute that passes. You can't stay at home to quickly and tremulously. "He used to be one of night, so please decide about the friends you'll stop best of fellows , but he has fallen into low company with. We'll escort you there if you'll let us." and he's a slave to drink." ' "I think I'll go to Mr. and Mrs. Jameson's," said Ted had his own doubts about Fred Everson ever Tess, soberly. "They will understand." having been a good fellow, but the young fakir was "But-pardon me, won't you ?-is Mr. Jameson much too clever to speak his full mind just now. the sort of man who will guard you against all pos"Have you any other protector in that house besible harm?" sides your brother?" Ted inquired. "Oh, I rather think he is/' replied Tess, and laugh" Only the Fred has sent them all away ed so mirthfuUy that Ted looked at her closely, for the evenmg. Papa is in Europe, but expected ttiough he asked no questions. back soon." But as they started down the street, with one "Then haven't some friends you can go to boy on either side, Tess told them the. meaning of for the night?" asked Sperry. the scene they had witnessed. "Why, yes-if you think it necessary," Tess an-Fred had fallen into low company, but he was swerd. especially under the influence of a middle-aged rogue She had come at once to the point of taking this named John Marshall, who, Tess had heard, was a clever y9ung man as her adviser. gambler and bookmaker. "It's very necessary that you spend the night Marshall had been deeply smitten by her girlish somewhere else," Ted replied slowly, as he gazed face, and had had the impudence to offer himself into the beautiful, worried eyes of the girl. "That in marriage. brother of yours will take a few more drinks to Indignantly rejected, Marshall had gone to her steady his nerve. Then he'll take still a few more brother, seeking the latter's help. drinks of the poison that's ruining him, and after Fred had pleaded with her to marry Marshall, that nothing bnt a killing wiJl satisfy him." • explaining that he was deeply in debt to the gam"Do you think rn?" asked the girl, tremulously. bler-so deeply in debt and trouble that Marshall "Think so! I know it. I've seen plenty of the could ruin him by a turn of the finger. tricks men do when they begin to use whisky i-n the But Tess had still refused, for she loathed Marplace of shall. "You've seen it? Where?" Then had followed the scene that Ted had inter"In the county institution where I was brought rupted. up," Sperry retorted, promptly. "I'd like to meet that Marshall!" Ted gritted. "If "A county institution? You?" she cried, unbe'I ever do, I'll--" lievingly, as she looked at his fashionable attire and his every air of prosperity. "Thrash him?" Tess inquired. "I was a county boy," Ted answered, simply. "I "No; I'll try to put up a bet against him at the changed it all, and I'm making my own way in the race track that'll win his last dollar away from him," world now." Ted muttered. "And is th-is your-your friend?" asked Tess, But of such things Tess knew no more than sh& looking at Hen Putters, who had followed them to did of Greek. the gate. _, (To be continued.)


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. FACTS WORTH READING WOLVES NEAR ROCHESTER. James Cook, while driving home from the Locke insulator factory at Victor, N. Y., the other night, was attacked by two large wolves. The animals sprang for the horses' heads, but were beaten off. Cook drove back to the village. These are the first wolves seen in this part of Ontario County, although they have been reported in other sections. A pack of wolves was seen last Sunday morning on the Ryan farm, near Mertensia. An alarm was given, and twenty hunters set out to kill them, but the snow covered the tracks of the animals and the chase was abandoned. $51,396,593 FOR FORTS. The Fortifications Bill, reported to the House by Representative Sherley, calls for the appropriation of $51,396,593 for 1918, and in addition authorizes contracts aggregating $9,459,000, the total of direct appropriations being $22,849,043 greater than that authorized at the last session of Congress. For the first time the bill carries items of $3,600,000 for the purchase and maintenance of squadrons of hydro-aeroplanes. It asks for $7,310,000 to purchase field artillery ammunition and $10,940,000 for ammunition of sea coast guns. An item of _$1,700_-000 for railway armament" is included, presumably to bulld armored cars that can be transported to aiiy part of the coast threatened by at-tack. . LARGEST AMERICAN CATS. The jaguar or "el tigre," as it is generally known throughout Spanish America, is the largest and handsomest of American cats. Its size and deep yellow color, profusely marked with black spots and rosettes, give it a close resemblance to the African leopard. It is, however, a heavier and more powerful animal. In parts of the dense tropical forest of South America ooal-black jaguars occur, and while representing merely a color phase, they are supposed to be much fiercer than the ordinary animal. Although so large and powexful, the jaguar has none of the truculent fe:i;-ocity of the African leopard. During the years I spent in its country, mafr1ly in the open, writes E. W. Nelson in the Na tional Geographic Magazine, I made a careful in nuirY without hearing of a single case where one had attacked human beings. In one locality on the Pacific Coast of Guerrero I found that the hardier natives had an interesting method of hunting the "Tigre" during the mating period. At such times the male has the habit of leaving its lair near the head of a small canyon in the foothills early in the evening and following down the canyon for some distance, at intervals ut-tering a subdued roar. On moonlight nights at this time the hunter places an expert native with a short woqden trumpet near the mouth of the canyon to imitate the "tigre's" call as soon as it is heard to repeat the cry at proper intervals. After placmg_ the caller, the hunter ascends the canyon several hundred yards, and, gun in hand, awaits the ap proach of the animal. The natives have many amusing tales of the sudden exit of uhtried hunters when the approaching animal unexpectedly uttered its roar at close quarters. -\ DECAYED CITIES OF THE EAST. On the east bank of the Tigris, some twenty miles below Bagdad, stands the remains of Ctesiphon, the scene of a recent battle in Mesopotamia. In ancient times it was one of the greatest of the now dead and buried cities of Chaldea that once flourished along the banks of the Tigris and Euphrates. There is now practically only a large village on the site, but in olden days Ctesiphon was renowned for its splendor, and there the Parthian kings had their magnificent winter residence. Of its past glories some great relics remain, notably the gigantic vaulted hall of the "Throne of Khorsu, some times known as Solomon's Porch," though it has nothing to do with Solomon. Near it :is the tomb of Mahomet's barber, Suleiman. During the wars between the Roman and Persian empires, Ctesiphon was a prize well worth conten ding for, and many a combat was waged for the pos session of what, though now only a solitary mound of ruins rising out .of the Mesopotamian desert, was once a thriving city. The cib's decay dates from the Seventh Century, says the Philadelphia Inquirer, when it was plundered by the Arabs, its fall from glory corresponding with the rise to fame of Bag dad and Basra. Its irrigation system, which was the source of its wealth and prosperity, \Vas allowed to fall in ruin, and when the water l eft, life practically went out of the city. It has always been so in Mesopotamia. On the other side of the Tigr i s from Ctesiphon are the extensive ruins of another great city of the past-Seleucia, where the Greeks once held sway over half a million inhabitants. Seleucia was built to drain the life from Babylon, forty mil e s distant on the Euphrates, and succeeded. In the days of Pliny it was reckoned the most populous and wealthy city of Western Asia, and was for long a stronghold of Greek and Macedonian culture as op posed to that of the Parthians on the other side of the river. Jt was burnt by the Ro:g'lan Emperor Trajan, and now scarcely a trace of it remains above the desert.


\ THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 23 HEIR TO A CENT -OR-THE THAT MADE A MAN OF HIM, By CAPTAIN GEORGE W . . GRANVILLE (A SERIAL sroRY.) ' CHAPTER XVII (Continued). "Perhaps Doc Helfbrun has put an evil spell on "Oh, I guess not to-night, Mr. Avery," yawned you," hazarded Turner. Dick. "We're so sleepy we can hardly keep our Dick did not ansv'(er this, but he turned slightly eyes op e n. Thank you ." pale. Then, as the. two boys walked away, Dick broke He could hardly touch his supper that night, al-forth excitedly: though Bob ate with a practical, though hearty "What do you think of that, Bob? 'Old fellow' appetite. and all that sort of talk!" Supper over, he waited, watch in hand. "Avery and Helfbrun can pick their own friends, It took seven minutes to walk to the hotel. can't they?" queried Bob, drowsily. "Seven minutes of eight, Bob," he cried at last. ' "Come on." 'Oh, :you numbskull!" cried Granger, impatiently. "Can't you und erstand why I don't like it? A very Dick went almo s t at a . run, B]J keeping at his doesn't'rnean his cousin any good. Doc Helfbrun is side. • always looking at Nan in a queer way, even if he Just outside the hotel office Dick encountered the doesn't force himself on her. I'm afraid of them clerk. . both where Nan's concerned. And now these two "Looking for Miss Avery?" asked the clerk. fellows are cronies, thick as molasses. Bob, I don't "Yes, of course,''. Dick answered. 'The question, like it!" simple as it was, made him feel queer. "You're afraid?" .asked Bob. "She's gone out," announced the clerk . "That's just it!" Dick cried, almost fiercely. "Bob, "Gone?" echoed Dick, turning ghastly pale. I'm afraid-afraid of something. I'm scared almost "Yes." sick-and don't know why. But, Bob-oh, Bob! "Alone?" Something awful is. going to happen-I know it!" "No; she went out with her cousin half an hour Bob was rr.ore wide awake the next morning. ago." ' He and Dick talked anxiously over the subject of "With Clarence Avery?" Dick demanded, faintly the night before. and thickly. "I'm going to speak to Nan. I am going to put "Yes; in his automobile, and Doc Helfbrun--" her on her guard," Dick announced, feverishly, for "Helfbrun !" he had not een exaggerating when he said that he "Was with them," the clerk went on. "Why, what was scared alme>st sick. "Bob, I wish Nan would are you staring at, Granger? Are you seeing go away for a while." ghosts?" "She has friends in New York that she could "Nan went off in the auto with Avery and Helfvisit," suggested Bob. brun ?" Dick cried. "Which way did they go?" "By Jove, I'll beg her to do it." "East," replied the clerk, gazing :wonderingly at "And o-et laughe d at," predicted Bob . our hero. "I'm going to speak, just the same. I'll wait un"Come on!" gasped Dick, fairly dragging Bob til she comes in this morning and then T'H out ?f the office. _ right at the subj ec t with her." Dick started on a run for the depot. Bob kept at But Nan didn't come to the laundry that for011oon . . his side without asking questions. In the afternoon came . a note from her saying I They were barely in time to catch a train that that she wo uld be away for the afternoon, but that was pulling out. she would b e glad to have the m come to the hotel But they got aboard, though Dick was too excite

24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. church there. We'll get there on the jump. If we don't find them there, I don't kno w what to do next!" "What on earth do you mean'?" quivered Bob. "Do you think Nan has run off to get married?" "She hasn't done it of her own will, anyway," gasped Dick, pallid, trell'lbling and wonied. "But that Helfbrun ! If he can hypnotize other folks, why couldn't he hypnotize Nan? And he and A very are so thick together! Oh, I wish all the crooks in the world could be hanged-had been hanged long ago!" CHAPTER XVIII. A VERY STRIKES HARD AND FOUL. "Wait a minute, sir," the latte r begged the clergyman. "I think we h a ve .fri e nds here." Helfbrun came swiftly dow n the aisle, his eyes blazing with evil light. That light burne d furiously on the boys as the mesmeri s t surveyed them qu e stiomngly. "What are you doing here'? " Helfbrun d e manded in a low voice. Dick tried to answer, but could not. Helfbrun turned blazingly upon Bob. "What do you want here?" "We-we just came to look on," Turner answered, thickly. "Ah! Came to witness the wedding?" "Ye-es." It was Bob who spoke, in a faraway voice. Dick seemed incapable of speech. "Oh, well," smiled Helfbrun, strangely, "we are / very glad to have you here." Bob paid cash fares to Bellport; Dick was too There was a sound behind him. A very had joined excited to think of it. the group. Reaching the little village, they hurriedly sought "Got them under control?" .whispered Nan's cou-the single church. sin, eagerly. Through the windows, as they approached, the "Sure thing!" nodded back the hypnotist. see that the far, or altar end, was lighted. "Then they may as well stay, so the clergyman ope we're not too late," faltered Granger, as won't suspect anything. Bring them forward." he made for the door at a run. "Are you glad t-0 see Miss Avery such a "Don't rush in 1ike a crazy man!" urged Bob noble husband?" asked Helfbrun, eyeing both of at his chum's sleeve. "How would the boys 9harply. feel if you only broke up an ordinary prayer-meet"Ye-es," murmured Bob. ing?" . Dick nodded vigorously. Almost by sheer force Bob restrained Dick. "Then come along. You shall be best men!" Together they reached the door, pushed it open ' snapped Helfbrun. and peered in. A very glided back to the group before the altar. The church appeared to be deserted. Doc Helfbrun came more slowly, the boys walk"We've got to find some one-we've got to find ing, as in a trance, just before him. out!" palpitated Dick. The clergyman looked inquiringly at t!1e mes-From overhead just then came the low, sweet merist. strains of an organ. Helfbrun stood back. While the cl ergyman was And now, from the chancel-room, the boys, stand-opening his book, Avery stole to the hypnotist's ing dumb at the rear of the church, saw a processide to whisper: sion that filled them with awe, amazement, rage. "After the service you must m a k e those two boys Clarence Avery, white-faced, and with a strange do something that shall ruin and di sgrace themlight gleaming in his eyes, filed in, with Nan clingselves forever." ing to his arm. Doc Helfbrun nodded, the n fix e d his gaze once Just behind them walked Doc Helfbrun. more on the two boys, his piercing eyes searching Then the minister, in the robes of his sacred office their faces compellingly. and holding a prayer-book. "Are we all ready?" asked the clergyman, mildly. Last of all walked two women. "All ready," Avery answered in a voice that Dick watched for a moment as if he were going shook slightly. mad with horror. "There is no one else for whom you wish to wait?" "Oh!" asked the clergyman, turning to Nan. It was a gasp of mortal agony that ground from "No one," she replied, dully. between his lips. Completely under the hypnotist's spell, she did Clarence A very started, glanced swiftly tQward not raise her eyes, but spoke in barely audible the door. tones. So, too, did Doc Helfbrun. "It is my duty to ask you, Mi s s A v ery," went on But Nan never turned. the clergyman, curiously, "if you are entering upon She did not seem to hear. this marriage wholly of your own free will?" Her eyes were dull, as if she were helpless in He looked searchingly at this dull bride . some trance. "Yes, I am," Nan answered. Avery turned to whisper something to Helfb1un. ('To be continued.)


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 25 TIMELY TOPICS BASEBALL GAMES AT 2 CENTS EACH. 1 Patrons of the South Bend Centi-al League club will be enabled to witness baseball rmes during the 1917 season at a cost of three cents each, under' plans announced by the Chamber of Commerce of South Bend, Ind. The plans propose the sale of 10,000 season books, good for fifty games, at $1.50 each. The $15,000 so deri ved would pay the expenses of the team and the grand stand income would take care of the per centages to be paid visiting clubs at a rate of 12% cents for each person entering the gate. KILLS \iVOLF AND IS HERO. Abe Tellier of Newark, N . Y., is . considered a hero by the women of the village because he shot a big timber wolf the other afternoon near there. The animal was five feet e>ver all and was in good condi tion, as it had been preying on poultry in the neighborhood. It was one of a pack of five seen frequently during the past two days. Tellier was one of a party of twenty hunters who followed the tracks of the pack. At Phelps a pack of wolves were seen and followed by hunters until their trail was obliterated by the snow. A pack of gray wolves were seen yesterday in Seneca County, near Seneca Falls, and another near Groveland station in Livingston County. Much stock has been killed by .the animals and all district schools .have been closed. ST. LOUIS FUR SALE OPENS. "Sir. Roger," a pedigreed silver fox, was sold for $500 the other day at the opening of the fur auction. The 300 buyers present represented about 95 per cent. of the fur-buying capital in the world. The purchaser of the live silver fox announced that the animal would be presented to the St. Louis Zoo logical Park. In the firs t thirty minutes of the auction more than 2,000 sealskins, dressed and dyed, were sold for the United States Government. This lot brought about $80,000. Wart T. Boyer, chief Government agriculture agent for the Alaska fisheries service, said the prices paid for the silver fox skins were 20 per ce nt. higher than paid at the auction here last September. Among the buyers were representatives of eight English firms, one Dutch firm, one Russi a n. tive German, and t:wo Austrian. It is estimated that pelts offered at auction this week will bring more than $3,000,000. The sal es amounted to $500,000, wh. ich dealers said was the highest record for one day's selling in any market. Silver foxes brought a total of $105,000. New York dealers purchased some of the finest and rarest skins a t fancy prices. A matched pair brought $ 1 ,650. The highest price paid for a single skin was $9 10. NOT A SOU FOUND IN BANK. An alleged swindle, estimated by different newspapers amounting from $600,000 to $2,000,000, has been disclosed by the arrest of Philippe Simeoni, of Italian origin, and Prince Henri de Broglie-Revel. Simeoni was accused in 1912 of cheating Prince friedrich Carl zu Hohe nlohe-Oehringen out of $100,000. The case was settled out of court, but Simeoni was sentence d to six imprisonment for fraudulent bankruptcy. Afterward, he founded the Comptoir des Valeurs Industrie lle, a stock broking bank. Prin. ce Henri de Broglie-Revel was made President, Simeoni taking the title of manager. When the war began customers demanded their money. Simeoni p l ea d ed the moratorium and put the bank into liquidation, provoking many com plaints, one of which alone a lle ges a claim of 1,600,000 francs ($ . 32 0,000). The police report they found not a sou in the bank and only a hundred francs in notes in the poss essio n of Simeoni at his home. WAGNER DUE FOR CU T IN SALARY. True enough these be rather tough days for the baseball magnate, and without doubt retrenchments may be advisab l e .if not indeed absol utely necessary in many cases. However, there is a rather unpleasant taste attached to the announcement from Pittsburg that Barney Dreyfuss will cut a s lice from the salary check of the veteran Hans Wagner. Barney is bent on pruning the salary list of the Pirates and Honus is due to fall beneath the ax. As a purely business proposition of course Wagner is a logica l subject for a bit of surgery on the pay envelope, since the Dutchman without doubt is the highest salaried player on the Pirate roster. But even so, Hans Wagner is something more than shortstop on the Pittsburg club. At least he is to Pittsburg fans, if not to Barney Dreyfuss. Surely if Barney has wandered along to that stage where he draws pleasant reveries in coming back over the days of pennants and success of the club, he must a ss ociate Wagner with these dreams in a highly prominent role. Comiskey carried Ed Walsh for three years after he was no use what ever to the club. The Brown s kept Bobby Wallace on hand just as long p.s Bobby wanted to stay. Even after he tried out as an um pire he was taken back again. Yet Wagner, who is s till counted as a valuable man to his club in a p laying way, is to suffer a cut.


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 \ The pancakes were made by Mrs. 0. K. l\1eints'. I mother of four of the victi111s and of the fifth. Mrs. Meints is b e lieved to have imxed the contents of a sack containing an arsenical pre-NEW YORI\, MARCH 9, 1917. I TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS I Singlo ..................... ..... , .......... . One Co1>Y 'l.'hree )lonth!4i ........... ............. . One Co1ly Six i\fonths .. ........................ . Oue Copy One Year ............................. . POST AGE FREE .06 Cent• . 75 Cents J 3.00 HOW TO SEXD :\TONEY -At our risk send P. 0. Order. Check or Registe-red remittnnces iu aur other wny Hre nt your risk. \Ye accept Rta1nps tlle same as caRh. When silver wrap tlle Coin in a separnte piece of paper to nvoid cutting the-envelope. "'.rite your name aud. addres s plainly. Address letters to Harry E. \Volff, Pre". }FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher X. Jlaoting• 'Yolff, Treas. Charles E. Xylander, Sec.. 168 West 23d St.; N. Y. Good Current News Colonel William F. Cody (Buffalo Bill) left an estate valued at about $63,000, according to Judge Wells of Cody, Wyo., the scout's legal adviser. The property consists of three ranches near Cody and an equity in a hotel there. A relief map of Europe's war zone is being prepared at Howell's microcosm in Washington, D. C. It is modelled on a true section of the globe which if continued would make a sphere over ninety feet in diameter. Whenever the map is used in a lecture each of the important cities can be illuminated by a tiny incandescent lamp and an electric enunciator can be used to assist in locating the different place s referred to. When finished it. will be the largest map of Europe that has ever been made, it is said. The glass eye crop comes from Thuringia, Ger many. As Newfoundlanders are fishermen or as Cubans are tobacco growers so the typical Thuringian is a maker of glass eyes. Almost every Thur ingian house is a little eye factory. Four men sit at a table each with a gas jet before him and the eyes are blown from plates and moulded into shape by hand. The colors are traced in with small needles, and as no set rule is observed in the coloring, no two eyes are exactly alike. Sometimes a one-eyed man or woman, coming, maybe, from a. great dis tance, sits before one of these Thuringian tables for a glass orb, and teh artisan, with his gas hlS glass and his needle, looks up at his sit ter and then down at his work, and altogether the scene s uggests a portrai:t painter at work in his f\tudio. ' A meal of pancakes, hurriedly made anp. as hurriedly eaten, the other morning, caused the death of five members of the Meints family on a farm be tween Ashburn and Danforth, fifteen miles south of Ill. paration used by her husband in taxidermy with a prepared pancake flour, thinking the powder was ftour. , The dead were Fred, twenty-eight; Theodore, twenty-six; Irvin, twenty-one; Mino, twenty-four, and Clarence Meints, the grandson . The fatal meal was eaten in the morning, and before noon Fred vvas dead. Mino died at dawn the following day, the last of the five deaths. . O. K. Meints, the father, was somewhat ill and so did pot eat any of the pancakes. Mrs. tasted the pancakes after her sons had finished their breakfast, and noticing a peculiar flavor ate none. Grins a1i.d Chuckles Guest-Here, waiter! Take this chicken away, it's as tough as a paving stone! Waiter-Maybe it's a Plymouth Rock, sir. "Bliggins has great faith in hi s own opi nions." "Yes," answered the cold-blooded friend, "most of his hard luck is due .to misplaced confidence." She (setting the trap )-I heard ycderday that you are to be married in the spring. He (walking into it)-Help me to the report true, won't you, dear? "Don't your conscience . sometimes trouble you about things you have to do in financial deals?" "A little," answered Mr. Dustin Stax. "What do you do in such a case?" "I send for a lawyer." "My beau," said little Elsie, "is going to . be an . admiral." "Indeed?" replied the visitor. "A cade t at the Naval Academy now, I su p pose?" "Oh, he hasn't got that far yet, but he's had an anchor tattooed on his arm." "I wish you would tell me what the trouble is with this watch," said the cu s tomer, handing it to the jeweler. "'l'he trouble," said the jeweler, look ing at the number of the timepiece and referring to his ledger, "is that l haven't been paid yet for the cleaning I gave it two years ago." A little girl stood for some time in a meat market waiting for some one to attend to her wants. Fi! nally the proprietor, being at liberty, approached her and asked: "Is there anything you would like, little girl?" "Oh, yes, sir, please; I want a diamond ring and a sealskin sacque, a real foreign nobleman and a pug dog and a box at the opera, and oh, ever so many things; but all ma wants is a dime's worth of bologna sausage.'


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 27 THE MYSTERIOUS VAUSE By Col. Ralph Fenton. "Gentry, will you kindly keep your eye on my bag for a few minutes? I am going to have a plunge in the Serpentine," said a well-dressed, middle-aged gentleman to me, one warm summer morning, a few years ago, as I was on duty at the park gate, of Knightsbridge Cavalry Barracks. "All' right, sir," I replied. "If I am relieved. before you return, I shall hand it over to the next sentry." "Oh, I shan't be more than half an hour, at the latest, as I must be in the city by nine. I prefer leaving my valise with you . are so many vagabonds always swarming about Hyde Park that it is quite possible one of them might take a fancy to it while I am bathing. It doesn't very valuable property-only a suit 0.f clothes and a few documents 'of no use to any one but the owner,' as the s:;i.ying is. All the same, however, I have no to lose it." So saying, the gentleman turned away, and walked briskly across the park in the direction of the Serpentine. About half-past eight I pe.rceived a great commotion in the park. Men were rushing from all quarters in the direction of the'Serpentine, and soon aft erwa1d I ascertained from a passerby that the excitement was caused by one of the numerous bathers having been drowned. An uneasy suspicion was at once excited withi11 me that the person who had come to .such a sad end was the gentleman who had left, his valise in my charP-;e, which suspicion was intensified when I was relieved lJ.t nine, with the article st]] unclaimed. I refler::ted, however, that its owner might have been chaineq to the scene of the by that morbid curiosity which induces peo ple to linger about the spot where any calamity of the kind has recently occurred, and then, finding that he was pressed for and knowing that his property would be perfectly safe, had gone direct to the city. I handed over the bag to the sentry who relieved me, without mentioning to him anything of the cir f'.umstances of the case; and when he returned from duty at eleven I eagerly asked him if the valise had been called for. "No,'' he replied . "It is still lying behind the wall." I w ent on sentry again at one o'clock, and no one had come for it. It was the height of the Lon don season, and Hyde Park presented its customary gay appearance; but the imposing array of splendid ly appointed equipages, dashing equestrians, and fashionably dressed ladies and gentlemen, which at other times was to me a most interesting spectacle, that afternoon passed by unheeded, as all my thoughts were centered on speculations regarding the fate of the owner of the bag. Before being re lieved at three, I had it conveyed to my room in the barracks, and. after coming off guard, placed it, for greater security, in the troop store. That evening, before "stables,'' when the orderly corporal had read out the duties for the succeeding day, he said, ad dressing me : "Jones, you have to attend theorderly room to morrow." "Why?" I inquired. "You have been reported for neglecting to salute Captain Sir Carnaby Jinks as he passed you while on sentry t , his afternoon," was the corporal's answer. After stables I left barracl}s for my customary walk, and purchasing a copy of the Echo from a juvenile news vender, I read the particulars of the fatality of the morning. Friends had identified the body, which was that of a gentleman named Nixon, who had resided at Bayswater. "Nixon! . That corresponds with the initial 'N.' on the bag," I thought to myself, now perfectly con vinced that the deceased was the person I had seen in the morning. I also ascertained from the newspaper report that 'a man had been apprehended on suspicion of having attempted to rifle the pockets of the clothes of the drowned man, and who had been roughly handled by the crowd before a policeman could be procured to take him into custody . After a moment's reflection I decided to call at the ad dress given in the paper, in order to arrange about the restoration of the bag to the relatives of the deceased. Reachfog the house, I knocked softly at the door, and stated my business to the domestic who appeared, by whom I was shown into a room, and imme diately afterward was waited upon by a young 1ladY', the daughter of the deceased, who, naturally enough, was perfectly overcome with grief. I explained to her in a few words the -0bject of my visit. "I am uncerta

28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. Westminster. I had just mounted mY horse, and taken up position in one of the two boxes facing Parliament Street, when a gentleman stopped op posite me and scanned me curiously. Addressing me, he said: "Don't you remember me?" There was no mistaking the voice. lt was that of the owner of the bag. Otherwise he was greatly altered, as he had denuded himself of the luxuriant whiskers and mustache which he wore when I saw him previously. "What has been wrong?" I asked. "Oh, I was seized with a fit that morning when I came out of the water, and was taken home in an unconscious state .. I have been very unwell ever since, and have left my house for the first time to day. I made inquiries at barracks about you, and as the soldier I spoke to seemed to know about the bag I left with you, he directed me here." "Well, sir," I said, "I had quite made up my mind that you were the gentleman who was drowned that morning, and when I discovered my mistake I am almost ashamed to own that I took you for the man who was apprehended on the charge of trying to plunder the drowned man's clothes." The gentleman smiled pleasantly, and said: "Ah! I read about that. And now to business. I wish to get my bag once. I presume you have it in safe keeping at the barracks?" much neare;r at hand," I replied. "Just across the street from here." And then I told him that it was in the custody of the police authorities at Scotland Yard. "It is very awkward, indeed," he said. "I have to catch the six train for Liverpool, as I wish to sail by the steamer that leaves to-morrow morning for New York. Couldn't you come across with me to get it?" "You forget that I am on sentry," I replied. "You should go at once to the captain of the guard and present the case to him, and perhaps under the cir cumstances, he will permit me to accompany you." "I will try," he said. I received permission and one of the corporals on guard received orders to accompany me; so, to gethe:r with the gentleman, we started, and, cross ing the street, reached the police headquarters in a minute or two, and on making inquiries direct.ed to the "Lost Property" dep:;irtment. We stated our business, and an official, after receiving an assurance from me that the applicant was the right person, speedily produced the valise. The gentleman then signed a book, certifying that his !'Top-:ni.Y had been restored to him, gaving, as he did so, the name of N obbs. Having thanked the official, Mr. Nobbs caught up The driver released the brake from the wheel, and was whipping up his scraggy horse with a view to starting, when the poor animal slipped and fell. . The men belonging to Scotland Yard, who had f?l lowed us into the street, at once rushed to the driver's assistance, unbuckled the traces, and after push ing back the cab, got the horse on its feet. All the while Mr. Nobbs was watching the operations from the window, and I noticed that one of the men was surveying him very attentively. "Your name is Judd, isn't it?" the man asked. "No,' it isn't! What do you mean by addressing me, sir?" indignantly repiled Mr. Nobbs'. . "Well," said the man-whom I at once surmised was a member of the detective force-"that's the name you gave, .,pnyhow, when you were up on the charge of feeling the pockets of the gent's clothes who was drowned in the Serpentine a week ago. I know you, although you have had a clean shave." "You've no right to detain me," said Nobbs. "I was discharged this morning." "Because nothing was known against you. But, look here, old man, what have you g ot in that bag?" "Only some old clothes," said Nobbs. "Come inside, and we'll see," said the detective. "Out of the cab-quick! Come with me to the office." We entered a room in the interior, and. the bag was opened, but it apparently contained but the clothes. Mr. Nobbs at once brightened up and cried: "You see I have told you the truth, and now be good enough to let me go ." "All right," said the detective. "Back up your tl'aps and clear out!" Mr. Nobbs this time complied with exceeding alac rity, and began to replace the articles of clothing, when the detective, seemingly acting on a sudden impulse, caught up the valise and gave it a vigorocs shake. A slight rustling sound was a udible. "Hello! What's this?" cried the officer. Emptying the clothes out of the bag, he produced a pocket-knife, and in a trice ripped op:m a false bottom, and found-about two doz en valuabl e dia mond rings and a magnificent emerald necklet care fully packed in wadding, besides some unset stones. The jubilant detective once compared them with a list which he took from a file, and pronounced them to be the entire proceeds of a daring robbery that had recently been committed in the s hop of a End jeweler, and which amounted in yalue to fif teen hundred pounds. Nobbs, alias Judd. was duly convicted and sen tenced for his nefarious work. his property and we left the office. I --,.._ .. "Here is something for your trouble," he said, Lassen Peak, California, has erupted with treslipping a sovereign into my hand. mendous force, following a series of violent internal I thanked him heartily for his douceur. explosions, according to reports telephoned here Decliping the offer of the driver to place his bag from Macoumber flat. A stream of heavy black on the dickey, he put it the vehicle; then shaksmoke twenty miles long poured out within half an ing hands with the corporal and myself, he said to hour, indicating that a greater crater on the moun. the driver: "Euston, as fast as you can!" 1 tain top had been blasted open. \


fHE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 29 FROM POINT .. 'i PIGEONS MAKE CLOCK SLOW. A saloon keeper, taken to Police H eadquarters at Cornersville, Ind., to explain why he kept his bar )pen five minutes later than the other bars, defended himself by an appeal to the city clock. It was found to be five minutes behind standard time. Pigeons which roost in the Court House tower are believed to have roosted on the minute hand of the old timepi ece and held it down till it showed five tninutes behind the right time. A HANDY MONEYMAKER. pole," Captain Amundsen said enthusiastically yesterday. "The atmosphere is clear and still. Many people think of the north pole as extremely cold, but it is much warmer in the summer time, seem ingly, than it is at present on the deck of this ship. Only when the winds are high does one suffer from cold near the. pole, and fortunately there is little wind around the pole. "There are no air pockets to disturb the balance of the aeroplane. The atmosphere is uniform in weight and it is so clear that the human eye is like 'the lens 9f a telescope. "I hope to fly all around the north pole, with my observel' taking notes all the while. The t r ip is being made so lely for scientific reasons." Whenever Jerome Armstrong, of Kent, Putnam New York, has bee , n a little short of ready funds his right arm has responded nobly and got the money for him. Three times in the last eleven r,ears the arm has received serious injuries in accitients, and in case damages have been recovCHRIST'S BIRTHDAY. ered in court. It is a remarkable fact that nothing certain is I Orily the other day in the Supreme Court he set. known as to the actual date of the birth of Christ, lled a suit for $1,250 which was begun two years the 25th of December being only a tradition, adopt ftgO as a result of an automobile accident. The first ed by the Church about the middle of the Fourth time the arm came to Armstrong's financial aid Century. Lupi, a learned Jesuit of the Eighteenth was in 19 06, when as foreman papermakef he Century, says: "There is not a single month in the purned the arm on a hot plate, and an accident in-year to which the Nativity has not been assigned by furance company allowed him $500. Then, in 1911, some writer or other." a ladder was knocked from under him in the Eureka In the earliest periods of which we have any re Glazed Paper Company's plant in Stockport and he cord we find this feast was observed at various suffered a broken arm. A jury awarded him $3,700. periods, the 1st and 6tq of January being the dates Finally came the automobi le accident. A car on which a portion of ,the Christians celebrated it; owned by Reginald F. Ewing of struck others. doing so on March 29, the time of the "Jew !A.rmst rong, and the arm was agam. ish Passover," while yet others selected September TO FLY TO NORTH POLE. Captain Roald Amundsen, di s coverer of the south pole, sailed for Liverpool recently on the American liner Philadelphi a on his way to Christiania to make )final preparations for his aerial trip to the north pole. He expects to return to this country once be fore making the flight to purchase the most highly developed aeroplane for the attempt. Captain Amundsen will witness the launching of his new polar ship at Christiania. The equipment iWhich he has been gathering together in this country will be placed on the ship and the explorer will then return to the United States to procure the aerolane in which he will make his final dash. The new polar ship will force its way through ithe ice to a position in the Arctic situated at 89 de north latitude. This base is sixty-nine miles the pole. From here the explorer will fly itoward the pole with the expectation of reaching it n less than an hour of flight. The aeroplane which aptain Amundsen will use will be capable of 150 iles an hour, the explorer hopes. With him in the final flight will be an observer. "ldeal conditions for flying prevail at the north 29, that being "The Feast of the Tabernacles." There were those also who observed it on April 20, and yet another class who . thought it occurred on May 20, while SS. Epiphanius and Cassian state that in Egypt Christ was believed to :have been born on January 6. For a long time the Greeks celebrated our Lord's birth on the Feast of Epiphany. The earliest celebration of Christmas on the 25th of December appears to have been held in Rome in the Fourth Century, being first mentioned in a Roman document, the "Philocalian Calendar," dating from the year 354, but containing an older record, ref erring to the year 336. Christmas was brought to England by St. Augustine, and kept in 598, but it would appear that it was not established in Germany until 813, and in Norway about the mid dle of the Tenth Century, by King Hakon the Good. The Romans of the Empire used to celebrate the birth of the Unconquered Sun on the 25th of Decem ber, according to the Julian Calendar the Winter Solstice, when the sun began to rise in new vigor, after his autumnal decline. Therefore, the reason for the choice of the 25th of for Cpristmas would seem to have been symbolical-as is the case with respect to Easter.


BO THE LIBERTY BOYS OF /76. INTERESTING ARTICLES GERMAN WOMEN FOR WAR. In its "Germany Day by Day" column the Londori Daily Mail states that Germany has begun formally to organize the women of the country to help in the war. Each of the six chief army commands shr oughout the empire now has a woman attached ; o it as directress of the "division for women's serv.ces ." . Hitherto, as in England, war w,ork by women had been voluntary. The patriotic auxiliary service law is not compulsory as far as female labor is con. cerned. But German women having proclaimed that they regard themselves as liable for national service under the spirit if not the letter of the law, it has finally been decided to mobilize their services on a more systematic basis than in the past. NEW KIND OF SHOE SOLES. A new and recently patented method of manufac tur1ng soles for shoes from scrap leather is de scribed in a report made to the Department of Com ' merce by Cqnsul H. M. Byington, Leeds, England. While he does not give details concerning the pro cess, Mr. Byington says it is daimed that the soles thus produced are nonsuction, nonslipping, and waterproof, and can be made at a much lower cost than the ordinary leather sole. It is also possible to use the method in building heels. "It is also claimed," Mr. Byington goes on, "that the novelty of the patent may be enhanced by an ingenious -arrangement of strips of rubber attached to a thin layer of canvas, the rubber strips fitting into the interstices of the leather sections. This is said to give a pleasing resiliency to the step of the wearer and to do away with the aching of the feet, sometime!:l produced by purely rubber soles." J VEGETABLE IVORY AS A CATTLE FOOD. The United States imports annually from tropical America about 10,000 tons of vegetable ivory nuts, costing $1,500,000, for use principally in the manufacture of buttons. . In the process of mami facture a considerable part of the nut is wasted in the form of sawdust, chips and turning. In foreign countries this waste has been mixed with other ingredients to be used as a cattle food. Indeed, it is said that in Germany vegetable ivory meal has been used as an adulterant in the manufacture of so called concentrated feeds. With a view to finding a use for the meal in this country, Messrs. Beals and Lindsay, of the Massachusetts Agricultural Experiment Station, have made an extensive investigation 1 of its chemical composition, digestibility and feeding value, the results of which a _re published in 1;he Journal of Agricultural Research. They find that the energy equivalent of this material ranks well with other carbohydrate foods, and it possesses a fuel value equal to one-half that of soft coal. Sheep ate the meal readily when it was mixed with other grains and digested it very thoroughly. <;ows it when mixed with other food, without evidence of digestive disturbances. When fed as an addition to ' a basal ration, the increase in milk was sufficient to indicate positive value as a productive feed. NEW MODEL PRISON . A tract of 625 acres at Wingdale, Dutchess coun ty, about seventy miles from New York on the Harlem branch of the New York Central, was selected by the State Prison Commission as the site for a new model prison designed to be the finest in the United States. Industrial and farm work will be provided for the prisoners and tM housing condi tions are to conform with the best in prison plan ning. Mr. Pilcher, State architect, said that the plans allow for a large baseball field and adequate space for other outdoor sports. Dr. George W. Kirch wey: former warden. at Sing Sing, asked if there were space for a gymnasium, and he was answered in the affirmative. He said if the State would ap propriate enough money for this building could be obtained from outside sources for its eq uip ment. The State road, which runs through the property, will be diverted so that the trusty prisoners cannot be viewed by curious tourists. MOTION PICTURES AND EYESTRAIN. The effects of frequent attendance at the "movies" on eyesight have recently been discussed in some detail by Mr. Gordon L. Berry, acting secretary of the National Committee for the Prevention of Blindness. His principal conclusions are that ( 1) motion pictures with defects of photography, manufacture and projection may prove injurious to eye sight, and (2) eyestrain caused by viewing motion pictures may indicate a subnormal condition of the eyes which should demand immedi ate attention on the part of an oculist; in other words, such pi c tures, while not the chief source of the trouble, may reveal its existence. Some conditions favorable to the protection of the eyes are a plate glass screen, an auditorium as light as may be consistent with securing satisfactory detail in the pictures, and a seat in the center of the auditorium and never nearer to the screen than 20 feet (the further back the better). Without the best screens, films, pro jection, surrounding illumination, and seating arrangements, the "movies" are llkely to prnve a cause of serious eye troubles.


CUFF BUTTONS. Gold plated, llrlgbt finished. assorted shapes, set with fine brilliants. Price lOc postpaid. H. :F . LANG, 1815 Centre St., B'klyn, N. Y. l\IARBLE VASI!:. A clever ttnd puzz.!tng etrect, easy to do, the apparatus can be mJnutely examined. Ertect: A marble can be made to pae;i frem the hand inte the closed vase. w:hich a moment be!•re was shown empty. This Js a. eautlful enamel0d turned weod vase. Price. 150 W . 62d St., New York City. Fool Your Frlen&t, -'l'he greatest no-vel ty of the age! Have a joll'O'l"l'JCl' CAltl) TRICK. The erJ.o e::-...u1u.a.L.>:> a cue. J.ue ace of i::>lJUues aull ii\ 1.: carus are taken froru a lJUCk. 'l'lle U ct! uf spade.:s is thvr• slluffled w1tll the utller caristant, taps him on top o! the head, Ile gags, anti an egg comes out ot bis mouth. 'l'hls Is repeated until six eggs are produced. It is an easy trick to p er form Jnce you know llow, and always a llit. Directions given for working Lt Price. 25 cents by mail. postpaid. Ii. F. Lang,1815 Centre St., B'klyn, N.Y. 7/A, THE DEVIL'S CARD TRICK.-From three card• held In the harld anyone ls aekeu to men tally select one. A11 three cards are placed in a. hat and the pertormer remove• ftrat the two that the audience did not select and passing the hat to them their card ha• mysterlou•lY vanished. A great cllmaxj highly recommended. Price, lOc. Wolft' Novelty Co., 168 W. 23d St., N. Y. 31 Quit Cigarettes ! A wonderful r e 1 i e f from slavery to ciga )"iettes is reported by Chas. Ohnesorge, of Butte, who had been addicted 14 years and after trying various so-called cures in vain found just the information he wanted in a book pub lished and sent free to anybody by Ed ward J. Woods, 228 Z, Station E, New York, N. Y. Thousands of persons both sexes, who were addicted to rettes, pipe, chewing, snuff, etc., have b.een g:Iaddened by this free book. Getting rid of tobacco habit means better, longer life, greater earning einc1ency, tranquillity contentment and other benefits. Do You Like Real f ascinatinu pictures, l> o o k s, novelties, etc? We bave the out, just tbe kiud you have beenl ook ing for. Send dime for good full-size samples and cata Iogue with nearly a hundred illustra tions of beautlfnl girls In "Bewitch ing Poses," e t c. You'll want more after seeing sam pies and catalogue. WILLIAlllS PUB. CO., 4008-24 ln

) WIZARD'S PACK O F TRICJT CARDS. A full pack of 3 cards, but by the aid o! th 1 instructions given, anyone cati perform the most wonderful tricks. Many or tbe feats exhibited are trul;i:, marvelous, and astonish and amuse a whole audfent!e. Post tlvely no sleight-of-hand. The whole trick Is In the cards. Price, 35c. t;y mall, postpaid. ' .l'RANli 383 Lenox A.-e., N. Y. THE THROUGH THE HAT. Having borrowed a. hat from your friend, puah your .Jnger through the crown of It, and It ts seen to move about. Though 't'ery amualng to others, the owner of the hat does not see the joke, but thinks 1t meanne•• r.o destroy his )"et when It Is returned 1t " perfectly uninjured. Price, lOc. each by mail. WOLFF NOVELTY CO .. 29 W. 26Ua St., N. Y, TllE FOUNTAIN BING. A handsome ring connected with a a rubber ball which la concealed I In the palm of the hand. A gentle squeeze forces water or cologne in the face of the victim while he I• exa1ntntng tt . The ball can be instantly ftlled by lmmeratng ring lD water 1ame a1 a fountain pen fl.lier. Price by mall, postpaid, 12c. each. Jl. J. LAXO, 1815 Centre St., B'klyn. N. Y. PIGGY IN A COFFIN. Thi• Is a wicked pig that • died at an early age, and her• he ta tn his cotnn ready for burial. There will be a great I many mourners at his funeral, tor this cotn.n, pretty aa it l•oka, 1• very tricky, and the man who geta tt open will !eel real grief. The comn ts made of metal, perfectly shaped and beautlfullT lt;)cquered. The trick la to open it t o see the p(g. The man that trtes it gets hla finger• a;s.d teeltnga hurt, a.nd piggy comes out tu I .-unt at hJa vlctJma. Tl16 l'lbular end ot the l)Offln , which everyone (ln trying to Open) i>reaaea inward, contain• a. needle whtc h stab• the victim in hi• thumb or finger every time. Thl1 ta the latest and a very "JmpreBSiVf!" trlck. It c a.n be opened eaally by anypne fn the secre.t , and aa a neat catch-joke to save your1e1r fro m a bore ls un1urpasaed. Price, lOc.; 3 for 2 5c., p o s tpaid; one dozen by ex preaa, 75c. WOLFF NOVELTY CO., 29 W. 28th St., N. Y, RATCHET DICE BOX. 'l'he prettiest and most practical dice box tbat we have ever sold. By simply running the finger over the ratchet at side of box the three dice are spu n rapidly around the box_.i It is hand •omely'nlcke l plated, bas glass front and a green base on "hich the dice spin. An impo rted artic le , made in Germany. Price, 15 cents, postpaid. WOLFJ,' Novelty Co., 168 W. 23d St., N. Y. GA:UE OF GOLD HUNTERS. The game consists of matching cards. 'l'here is an odd car d. The unlu<"kY one holding it must ride the rest of the players on bis back around the room or side walk. Very funny. Price. five cents a pack by ma!l. Wolff Novelty Co., 168 W. 23d St., N. Y. GAME OF AGE CARDS. With these cards you can tell the age of nuy person, know bow much money be has l u his pocket, and do many ot bcr wonderful stunts . No prcl'ious knowiecfge neces"nry. The cards do the trick for you. 'l'be he. t magic cards out. Price, five cents a pack by mail. Wollf Novelty Co., 168 W. 23d St., N. Y. '!'HE AMUSEllENT WHEEL Tbis h a n d s o m e "hee l, 7%, inches in circumference, contains concealed numbers from 0 to 100. By spinning th e wheel from tbe cen terpost the numbers revolve r a plclly, but onl y one appears at the circular opening when wheel stops spinning. It can he made to stop in stantly by pressing the regulator at side. You can guess or bet on the number that will appear, the one getting the highest number winning. Yon might get 0, 5 or 100. Price, 15 cents; S for 40 cents, mailed, postpaid. C. BEHR, 150 W. 6 2 d Street, N. Y. READ THIS ONE! BUTATION CUT FINGER. A cardboard finger. carefully bandaged with linen, and the side and en cl a re blood-stained. W hen you slip it on your finger and show it to friends, just give a groan or two, nurse it up. and pull a look of parn. You will get notbing hut sympathy until you give them the laugb. The n duck! Price, 10 cents, postpaicl. WOLFF Novelty Co., 168 \V. 23d St .. N. Y. STAR AND CRESCENT PUZZLE. The puzzle is to separate the one star from the linked star und crescent without using force. Price, 10 cents; s for 25 cents, by mail, postpaid. WOLFF No,•elty Co., • 168 W. 23d St., N: Y. ;\IAGIC :\URROR. Fat nncl lean funny faces. By looking in these mirrors upright J"Ollr features become narrow and elongated. l,ook into it sidewise aucl your phiz broadens out in the most comical manner. Size 3'h x 214 inches, in a handsome imitation morocco case. Price, 10 cents each, postpaid . FRANK s :UITH, 883 Lenox Ave., N. Y. DIITATION l ' 'LIES. All•olutely true to Nature! A dandy scarf-pin and a rattling good joke. It is impossible to do these pins justice with a description. You have to see tbem to understand how lifelike they arc. When people see them on you they want to brush them olf. They wonder '"why that sticks to you" so persistently. '.l'his is the most reJistlc novelty ever put on the market. It is a distinct ornament for anybody's necktie, and a decided joke on those who try to chase It. Price, lOc, by mall, postpaid. C. BEHR, 150 W. 62<1 Street, ;N. Y. "Mo vine . Picture Stories" A WEEKLY MAGAZINE DEVOTED TO PHOTOPLAYS AND PLAYERS PRICE 6c PER COPY "'"WI .,PRICE 6c PER COPY THE BEST FILM MAGAZINE ON EARTH BUY A COPY! ENJOY YOURSELF! Magnificent Colored Co er Portraits of Prominent Performers! 32 PAGES OF READING OUT EVERY FRIDAY EACH NUMBER CONTAINS New Portraits and BiOJl,"raphies of Actors and Actresses Six Stories of the Best 'Films on the Screens Elegant Half-tone Scen es from the Plays Interesting Articles About Pror_.inent Peo pie in the Films Doings of Actors and Actresses in the Studios and while Picture-making Lessons in Scenario and names of Companies who bu y your plays Poems, J kes, and every bng:_t Feature of Interest in Makin{\" Moving Pictures THIS LITTLE MAGAZINE GIVES YOU l\10RE FOR YOUR MONEY THAN ANY OTHER SIMILAR PUBLI CATION ON THE MARKET! Its authors are the very best that money can procure; its profuse illustrations are exquisite, and its special arti-cles are by the greatest experts in their narticular line. No amount of money is being spared to make this publication the very be s t of its kind in the world. Buy a copy NOW from your newsdealer, or send us 6 cents in money or postage-stamps, and we will mail you any number you desire. MOVING PICTURE STORIES, Inc., 168 West 23d Street, New York City


; THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 -LATEST ISSUES-819 The Liberty Boys' Skirmish; or, At Green Spring Plantation. 820 T.lle Lib41.rty Boys and the Governor; or, Tryon's Conspiracy. 821 T"P 1.therty Roys In Rhode Island; or, Doing Duty Down East. 822 The Liberty Boys After Tuleton; or Bothering tbe"Butcber" 823 'l'he Liberty Boys' Daring Dash; or; Death Before Defeat. 824 The Liberty Boys and the Mutineers; or. Helping "Mad Anthony." S2!i 'T'lle Lih<'rt:r Boys Out West: or. The Capture of Vincennes. 8211 The Liberty Boys at Princeton; or. Washington's Narrow Escape. . 827 The Liberty Boys Heartbroken ; or. The Desertion of Dick. 828 Boys in the Highlands; or. Working Along the 829 The Liberty Boys at Hackensack; or. Beating Back the British. 830 The Liberty Boys' Keg o! Gold; or, Captain Kidd's Legacy. 831 The Liberty Bon nt Bordentown: or, Guarding the Stores. 832 The Liberty Boys' Best Act; or, The Capture of Carlisle. 833 The LI berty Boys on the Delaware: or. Doing Daring Deeds. 834 Tbe Liberty Boys' Long Race; or, Beating the Redcoats Out 835 The Liberty Roys Deceived; or, Dick Slater's Double. 836 The Liberty Boys' Boy Allles; or, Young but Dangerous. For sale by all newsdealers, or wUI be sent to any aadress on receipt of price, 5 cents per copy, In money or postage stamps. FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, NOTICE-The following numbers PRICE SIX CENTS. 837 The Liberty Boys' Bitter Cup; or, Beaten Back at Brandy-wine. 838 The Liberty Boys' Alllance; or, The Reds Who Helped. 839 The Liberty Boys on the Warpath or, the Enemy. 840 The Liberty Boys After Cornwallis; -or. Ofl:J the Eut. 841 'l'be Liberty Boys and the Liberty Bel ; or, oi_y TbeY Saved It. \ 842 The Liberty Boys and Lydia Darrah; or, A Wonderful Woman's Warning. . 843 The Liberty Boys at Perth Amboy; or, Franklin's Tory Son. 844 The Liberty Boys and thP "!llldget"; or, Good Goods In a Small Package. 845 The Liberty Boys at Frankfort; or, Routing the '•Queen's Rangers." 846 'l"he Li herty Boys and General Lacey; or, Cornere d at the "Crooked Billet. " 1 847 The Liberty Boys at the Farewell Fete; or, Frightening the British With F'ire . The Liberty Boys' Gloomy Time; or, Darkest Before Dawn. 168 West 23d St., N. Y. IF YOU WANT ANY of our weeklies and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they C be obtained from this office direct. Write out and fill 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 mail. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY. FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher 168 West 23d St., N. Y • OUR . TEN-CENT HAND BOOKS No. 1. 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Containing instructions for beginners, choice ot the day, also the mGst popular magical No. 20. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN EVEof a machine, hints on training, etc. A Illusions as performed by our leading magi-NING PARTY.-A complete compendium of complete book. Full of practical illustra-cians; every boy should obtain a .copy of games, sports, card diversiops. comic recitaUons. this book. . tlons, etc., suitable for parlor or drawing-No. 85. HOW TO PLAY GAMES. A com-No s. HOW TO FLIRT.-The arts and room entertainn>ent. It contains more for plete and useful little book, containing the wiles' of flirtation are fully explained by this the money tbon any book publlshed. rules and regulations of billlnrds, bagatelle, little book. Besides the various methods of No. 21 . HOW TO HUNT AND FISH.-Tbe backgammon, croquet, dominoes, etc. handkerchief, fan, glove, parasol, window most complete hunting and fishing guide and bat flirtation, it contains a full list o! ever published. It contains full instructions No. 86. HOW TO SOLV;E CONUNDRUMS the Jancuage and sentiment o! flowers. about gnus, bu'1ting dogs, traps, trapning -Contnlning all the leading con-undrvms of No. '. HOW TO DANCE ts the title of and fishing, together with description of the d:i .r, amusing riddles, catche this little book. It contains tun Instructions game and fish. . and witty sayings. In the art of dancing, etiquette In the bnllNo. 22. IlOW TO DO SECOND SIGHT.No. 38. HOW TO YOUR rqom and at parties, how to dress, and full Heller' s secona:. sight explained by his !or-DOCTOR.-A "'onderful book, contalninil directions !or calling olI In all popular mer assistant, Fred Hunt, Jr. Exp)ainlng useful nnd practical information in tbe treat aquare dances. how the secret dialogues were carried on be-ment of ordinary diseases and ailments rom-No. 5 • HOW TO HAKE LOVE.-A com-tween the magician and the boy on the mon to every family. Abounding In nReful Plete guide to Jove, courtship and marriage, stage; also giving all tile codes and signals. and effective recipes for general complaints. l 'J dvi I d ti tt t No. 28. HOW TO EXPLAIN DREAMS.civlng sen• " "a ce, ru es an e que e 0 This little book gives the explanation to all No. 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULbe observed, with many curious and InterestTRY PIGEON Ing things not generally known. kinds 9f dreams, toaetber with lucky and • S AND RABBITS.-A useful No. a. HOW TO BECOME AN ATHLETE. unNluck2.r_ daHys0.W To•w 1 L book. Handsomely mustrat--Givlng tull Instruction for the use of 0 • R TE ETTERS TO dumbbells, Indian clubs, parallel bars, borl-GENTLEMEN.-Contaln!ng full Instructions No. HOW TO MAKE AND SETzontal bars and various other methods of tor writing to gentlemen on all subjects. TRAPS.-lncludlng hints on bow to catch I ta! No. 25. 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Every lntelliriding, companion sports to boating. gent boy readlni: this book of lnsti;uctions No. 27. HOW TO RECITE AND BOOK No. U. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK can master the art, and create any amount OF RECITATIONS.-Contalning the most STUMP SPEAKER.-Contalnlng a varied a s of fun for himself and friends. It the popular in use, Comprising Dutch sortment of stump speeches, Negro. Dutch &reatest book ever published. dialect, French dialect, Yankee and Irish dla-and Irish. Also end men's Joke s. Just the No 10. HOW TO BOX.-The art of self-Ject pieces, together with many standard thing !or home amusement and amateur defense made easy. Containing over thirty. readings. shows. Illustrations o! guards, blows, and the differNo. 28. HOW Te TELL FORTUNES.-No. 43. HOW TO BECOl\IE A MAGICIAN. ent positlou of a good boxer. Every boy Everyone is desirous o! knowing wbat bis -Containing the grandest assortment o! should obtain one of these useful and Intuture life will bring forth, whether bappl-magical lllusiens ever placed before the structlve books, as It will teach you how to ne-ss or m.bery, wealth or poverty. You can public. Also tricks with cards, lncnntations. box without an 111.structu. tell by a glance at this little beok. Buy one etc. No. ll. HOW TO WRITE LOVE-LETand be convinced. No, . HOW TO WRIT1' IN AN AL-TERS.-A most complete little book, contain-No. 29. HOW TO BECOME AN INVENBU.111.-A grand collection of Album verses Ing tull directions for writing love-letters, TOR.-Every boy should know how lnven-suitable tor any time and occasion, embraci and when to use them. giving specimen let-tions originated. This book explains them Ing Lines of Love, Affection, Sentiment, Hu-ters for young and old. all, giving examples in electricity, hydraulics, R No. 1%. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO magnetism, optics, pneumatics, mechanics, mor, espect, and Condolence, also Verses LADIES.-Glvlng complete Instructions tor etc. Suitable for Valentines and Weddings. writing letters to ladies on all subjects; also No. 80, HOW TO COOK.-One of the most No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK l\UNlettera of Introduction, notes and requests. Instructive books on cooking ever published. STREL GUIDE AND JOKE BOOK.-Some-No. IS. , HOW TO DO IT; OR, BOOK OF It contains recipes !or cooking meat:B. fish, thing new and very Instructive. Every boy ETIQUETTE.-It Is a great life secret. and game, and oysters; also oles. puddings, should obtain this book, as It contains tu!l one that every young man desires to know cakes and all kinds of pastry, and a grand Instructions for organizing an amateur min-all about. There's happiness in It. of reclne'1. strel troune. For sale by all newsdealers, or will be sent to any address on receipt of price, lOc. per copy, or 3 for 25c., i11 money or postage stamps, by FRANK TOUSEY • .Publisher, 168 West 23d St., N. Y.


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