The Liberty Boys on the Neuse River, or, Campaigning in North Carolina


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The Liberty Boys on the Neuse River, or, Campaigning in North Carolina

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,. • The British trooper, seeing that he was headed oft", turned his horse and dashed straight toward the rail fence at the roadside. The horse was not a good leaper, and went down upon its knees, throwing the redcoat over its head.

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution. Issued Weekly-By Subscription $3.00 per year. Entered at the New York, N. Y., Post Office as Second-Class Matter by Frank Tousey, Publisher, 168 West 23d Street, New York. No. 849. NEW YORK, APRIL 6, 1917. P rice 6 C ents. Boys on t h e , Ni:use River _ ,ORCAMPAIGNING IN NORTH CAROLINA By HARRY MOORE. CHAPTER I. A DESPERATE LEAP. "We have you now, my bold young rebel!" "Have you?" "Yes! Surrender in the name of the king!" It was the month of February of the year 1781. The scene was one of thrilling interest. Standing on a high bluff overlooking the Neuse River, in northern North Carolina, was a young man of perhaps twenty years. He was a handsome, manly-looking young fellow, with clear, keen gray eyes and a firm chin, and he was dressed after the fashion of the country people of that region and time, in homespun blue, with coarse shoes and a slouch hat. The youth's back was to the edge of the bluff and he was facing a cor' don of British soldiers at least twenty in number, who had him hemmed in, the line of soldiers extending from the edge of the bluff at one side of the youth around to the bluff again, thus cutting off his retreat. The leader of the party of redcoats was a captain, a darkfaced, sinister-looking officer, who would evidently not hesitate at anything. It was he who had uttered the words wi th which this story opens. • The youth in question was no other than Dick Slater, one of the most famous characters in any way connected with the history of the Revolution. He was famous both as a spy and as the captain of acompany of youths of about his own age who were known as "The Liberty Boys of '76." At the time of which we write General Cornwallis, with the British army of the South, was at Hillsboro, on the Neuse River, while General Greene, with the patriot army of the South, was just across the Dan River, about fifteen miles to the northward. Dick Slater had been sent down to spy upon the British, in the hope that he might learn the intentions of the British commander, and had accidentally been seen by this party o! redcoats, who were returning to their encampment from a foraging expedition, and had been chased by them. He had suddenly been brought to a stop by the precipice, and before he could slip away up or down the bank of the stream, the redcoats had put in an appearance and had hemmed him in, the captain having then demanded that he surrender in the name of the king. But Dick Slater was not the kind of fellow to surrender, save as a last resort. He did not want to permit himself to be taken into the British encampment, for General Cornwallis knew him, and the chances were that he would be shot as a spy with very little ceremo n y. The Liberty Boy preferred to take desperate chahces, for in doing so h e w ould still have a chance for his life. He decid e d to parley a few minutes, if possible, and try to throw the redcoats off their guard, when he might by a sudden dash break through and es into camp with us." "You will be wasting time in bothering with me." "We will risk that. Are you going to surrender?" "No!" Dick's voice was firm and loud. "Oh, you are going to show fight, eh?" "Why not? If I permit you to take me into your encampment the chances are good that I will be shot; is it not so?" The captain smiled coldly. "Yes, that is likely what will happen,'' he acknowledged. "Then I would be a fool to surrender, would I not?" "Well, that's as may be. If you offer resistance we will make a prisoner of you, anyway, in spite of all you can do; and you will get roughly handled. On the other hand, if you surrender quietly you will escape that and may not be put to death." Of course, Dick did not tell the captain that Cornwallis knew him, and that it would be as much as his life was worth to surrender. Dick did not intend to surrender, and he was weighing the chances of escape. He felt that it would be useless to try to break through the line of redcoats; there were too many of them, and they would surely capture him. The only other thing to do was to leap over the precipice. This would be taking big chances, but it was better than the other way, the yo'uth felt certain, and so, when the British captain, taking Dick's silence to mean that he would yield quietly, ordered some of his men to advance and bind his arms, the youth turned quickly, looked downward to see if it was a clear drop of water, and then leaped boldly over. A cry of amazement and horror escaped the lips of the British soldiers. They had not expected this move on the young man's part. They had supposed that he would surrender quietly. But they did not know Dick Slater. He was ready always to take long chances in order to escape capture. Down he shot toward the water forty feet below. The sensation of rapid descent was a sickening one. He struck the water feet first and went under ou t ot sight like a shot.

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2 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE NEUSE RIVER. The redcoats rushed to the edge of the precipice and looked over. They saw the daring youth strike the water and disappear underneath its surface. They watched eagerly, but a minute passed and the youth d j d not come to the surface. The redcoats drew long breaths and then uttered ex-clamations: "He's a goner!" "Y es--drowned !" "What a fool he was!" The captain shook his head and gazed thoughtfully down at the water. "It is my opinion, men, that that young fellow was an important spy," he said. "Do you think so?" queried one. 1 "I'm sure of it; otherwise he would not have taken such desperate chances in order to try to escape capture." "That seems reasonable." "Maybe he was that famous rebel spy that we have heard so much about, Captain." "You mean--" "Dick Slater." The captain looked thoughtful. "He was just about the right age to be Dick Slater," he said: "but my understanding is that Slater and his Liberty Boys operate exclusively in the North." "I haven't heard of them bein&' in the South myself." "Still, they might be down in this part of the country and. we not know of it." "Yes, that's so." "Well, there is no the fellow is dead." use fooling away any more time here; So they set out in the direction of the British encampment, . and when they arrived there the captain went to General Cornwall:s and that he and his men had cornered a rebel spy on a bluff overlooking the river, and that a spy had le aped over the precipice and been drowned. "Humph!" grunted the general. "I wish you had captured the fellow. The chances are that I could have forced him to give up some important information." time of year. There was no ice, and indeed it was more like a spring day in the North than winter. Still, the water was so cold that Dick was eager to get out of it and to a spot where he could wring out his cloth ing. .tie decided to take his chances of being see n , and so he let go his hold on the bushes and swam slowly a nd cau tio1',sly down the stream, keeping as clo se to the bluff as possible. The bluff was so steep that he had to go down stream about half a mile before coming to a point where he could make a landing. Then he drew himself out upon the shore. He rose to his feet and looked all around him keenly and searchingly. No one was in sight. "I guess the redcoats have gone on to the encampment," was his thought. He undressed and wrung the water out of his clothing and then donned it again. He was blue from cold and his teeth were chattering. "But that doesn't matter," he mused, cheerfully. "It is nothing, as compared to , being taken into the British en-campment a prisoner." He leaped about to get his blood circulating, and gradually grew warm and comfortable, comparatively SJ;>eaking. Then his mind recurred to the work that had brought him to this part of the country. He had come down to spy on the British, and to, if pos sible, learn something regarding the intentions of General Cornwallis. Cornwallis and the British army had recently finished chasing the patriot army clear across the state of North Carolina, and when the patriots under General Greene suc ceeded in getting across the River Dan into Virginia the British general turned )Jack and went into camp near Hills boro, on the Neuse River. General Greene was eager to learn the plans of Cornwallis, and he intended, as soon as he could get his army augmented sufficiently by recruits from among the patriots of the region, to give the Britsh a battle. The patriot general was making a wonderful campaign. "Likely you are right, sir; but I did not think of such a thing as that he wou ld be so de .sperate as to leap over A portion of his army, under General Morgan, had defeated and routed Tarleton and a strong British force at the imCowpens in South Carolina, and now if Green could strike . Cornwallis a strong blow it would go far toward destroying the precipice." "It proves that he -portant one." was indeed a spy, and likely an / the supremacy of the British in the South. "So I think, sir." CHAPTER II. THE WOOD-CHOPPER. I What of Dick Slater? When he struck the water and went under his wits were about him""'and he realized that if he came right back up to the surface the redcoats would shoot him, so instead of rising, he struck out under the water and swam toward the shore. A little fringe of bu shes grew out from the bank, and Dick came up with hi s head just underneath these bushes . He was hidden so completely that, although the redcoats were looking right down toward where he was, they did not see him. Dick Slater was a youth who stuck to his work under dif ficulties as well as when things were going smoothly, and he had no intention of giving up the attempt to secure • information simply because he had :r:net with misfortune at first. He was down here in the vicinity of the British ment, and he would secure information before returning to General Greene or he would know the reason why. Dick had ridden to within a mile of the village of Hills boro and had dismounted and tied his horse to a tree in the deep timber bordering the Neuse River. It was soon after leaving his horse that Dick had b ee n discovered and chased by the party of redcoats. He was now ready to resume the work where he had been forced to leave off, but he hardly knew what to do. "I will have to wait till after dark," was his decision. It was now only half-past three, and he shivered as he thought of having to stay out in the cold till then with wet clothing on. Dick had not been injured by the fall. He had struck the water feet first, and as the water was deep, he was not brought up short, but his descent stayed gradually, so that he was not injured. "If I could find a hou se where the people were not curious, or where they are patriotically inclined, I would be able to be comfortable and get dry before night," he muresmured. It was a marvelous escape, however. Such a lucky cape would not be lik e ly to happen twice. Dick thanked his lucky stars that he had escaped. was glad now that he had taken the chances. Just then Dick heard the sound of chopping, and he li s He tened a moment and then set out in the direct; on from which the sound came. He listened and could hear the murmur of voices of the redcoats on t11e top of the bluff above him. " I wish they would go away," he thought. Presently he could no longer hear the voices, and he judged that the Britis h had gone. " Likely they think that I was drowned," was the youth's thought. Dick' s teeth were all but chattering, for the water was quite cold. It was the month of February, but it was warm for the "I'll take a look a t the man and size him up," was hi s thought, "and if I like his appearance I'll ask him to let me spend the rest of the afternoon at his home." He walked onward boldl y, for he did not much fear run ning upon any more redcoats, as he was going away from the encampment instead of toward it. Louder and plainer sounded the chopping, and presently Dick came in sight of the chopper. He paused and stared and gave utterance to a gas p of amazement.

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THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE NEUSE RIVER. s The chopper was not a man, but a girl-a pretty, freshfaced maiden of perhaps seventeen years. And she was wielding the axe with sturdy, vigorous swings that sent the blade deep into the tree at every stroke. Dick gazed in open mo-qth amazement. "Well, this beats me!" he murmured; "my! but she knows how to swing an axe!" Just then there was a cracking sound and ' the tree began to slowlv fall. Over it came with a slow, majestic movement, and down it came with a great crash . . But in falling it had struck against another tree and been deflected from its course, and some of the limbs struck against the girl before she could get out of the way and knock her down. "She is dead!" exclaimed . Dick, in horror-stricken tones. "She is crushed under the tree! This is terrible!-awful !" . . CHAPTER III ' ' A JEALOUS LOVER. Dick stood still as though rooted to the spot for perhaps ten seconds, and then he suddenly regained control of his faculties and rushed forward. "Perhaps she is not dead, after all," he murmured; "the main body of the tree did not strike her." When he reached the spot he made the welcome discovery that the girl was conscious, and she did not seem to be injured at all, though she lay still and was making no effort to get up. "Are you hurt, Miss?" cried Dick anxiously. "No, sir," replied the girl; "I am not hurt, but a limb has pinned my skirts to the ground and I cannot get up." "Ah, I see," said Dick; "it is fortunate that the limb did not hit your body!" "So it is, sir." . "I will get the axe and cut the limb off and free you." "Thank you, sir. The limb is not very large and will be easy to cut off." Dick searched around and found the axe, and then ne went to work chopping at a point as far away from where the girl lay as was possible so as to obviate all danger of striking her with the axe. , It did not take him long to cut the limb off, and then he pulled the limb away, freeing the girl's skirts, and she rose to her feet. "Oh, thank you, ajr!" she exclaimed. "I don't know what I should have done !if you had not come to mv assistance." "Some one else might have happened along." The girl shook her head. '.'I am afraid not," she said; is an pomt, and I am very much surprised that any one was in the vicinity," and she gave Dick a rather searching glance. She gave a start, and exclaimed: "Why, your clothes are wet! How did it happen?" "Why, I-that is, yes, I fell into the river," said Dick. He had started to say that he leaped into the river, but de c id e d to be careful, and so said instead that he had fallen in. The girl eyed him with a keen and penetrating glance. "You have just rendered me a great service, sir," she said gravely; "please do not hesitate to trust me." "Certainly not, Miss," sai d Dick, with apparent frank-ness. . . " I believe that you are a patriot," the girl said quietly. "Tell me, is it not so ? " Dick looked at her questioningly. "If s uch were the case and I were to acknowledge it, would it be safe and wise on my part?" he queried. "Yes, inde e d! I am a patriot, and so is my mother." "And vour father--" fathe r :s d e ad," sadly. "He died when I was only ten vears old." • "That i s too bad." "But mother and I get along very well. We have made a good living always. I work on the farm the same as father did , and I am unusually successful in ra1smg a good crop." "You are a brave girl!" The young woman blushed. "Oh, I like outdoor work and life," she said. "It agrees with me-don't you think so?" smilingly. Dick noted her fresh complexion and rosy cheeks and her generally healthy appearance, and nodded. "Yes,'' he agreed; "I think it agrees with you . " "I prefer it to working indoors; but here I am keeping you here talking when you must be wanting to get beslde a warm fire! Come; we will go to my home at once. By the way," as they set out side by side, "you have not told me your name." "My name is Dick Slater." The girl had evidently never heard of Dick or the Liberty erty. Boys, for she made no comf,lent. "My name 1s Gertrude Allison,' she said. They walked onward at a brisk pace, Dick carrying the axe. Ten minutes later they came out in a clearing of about ten acres, at one side of which stood a good-sized log house. The smoke was curling up from the chimney,
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4 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE NEUSE RIVER. "Well, he. needn't be,'' was Dick's thought; "Gertrude 1s a nice girl, ancl a pret;;y one, but I have a sweetheart up in old \'vestchester County, New York, and am not in the field at all." CHAPTER IV. --ORGE HILTON CARRn::s NEWS TO THE BRITISH. George Hilton
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THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE NEUSE RIVER. 5 him to be where Gertie can see him, and then she will probably forget him. I hope so, anyway." He was in the throes of strangulation, and in less than half a minute after that he sank to the floor unconscious. Three-quarters of an hour later the party of redcoats arrived in the vicinity of the Allison home. George now stopped, and, pointing to the house, said to the captain: "l don't >Vant the folks there to know that I guided you to the house. I will stop here. You won't tell them that you had a guide, will you?" "Certainly not," said the captain. Then the soldiers strode onward, and a few minutes later had surrounded the house. The captain advanced and knocked upon the door. There was a brief wait, and then the door was opened by Mrs. Allison, who started and looked alarmed when she saw the captain and the soldiers. . "We have come for Dick Slater," said the captain. "Tell him to come forth and surrender, if you please, madam." "He is not here, sir," was the reply. CHAPTER V. n'IcK ESCAPES. Dick qu ickl y bound the officer's arms together behind hiE back, with a rope provided by Gertrude, and then he stepped cautiously to the door and looked out. The door was open only a couple of inches, and Dick was enabled to look out without being seen. The soldiers, he decided, were becoming restless. "They will be coming in directly, to see what has become of the captain," thou,ght Dick, "and the question is: What shall I do?" 'He thought a few moments, and then motioned to Gertrude. He led the way into the kitchen and to the back door which was barred. ' "I am going to go back into the sitting-roqm and imitate the captain's voice as nearly as possible, and cry out for help, Miss Gertrude," explained Dick. "Then, when the soldiers come running in at the front door, I will make a dash out through this cine. You be ready to unbar it as soon as you see the redcoats running around the house toward the front." "Very well, Mr. Slater." Dick knew he could depend upon Gertrude to do her work and he hastened back into the sitting-room. ' Another glance showed the soldiers still standing there but The woman's voice trembled slightly, and the captain's they were looking somewhat anxiously toward the door' and suspicions were aroused. were moving their feet in a restless fashion. "I don't believe you, madam, begging your pardon," he "They'll come with a rush when I yell for them " was said. "I feel sure that Dick Slater is here." Dick's decision. ' "No, sir, he i s not." Th h "Where is he, then?" . en up his voi ce and yelled loudly, imitating the captam s voice as nearly as he could from the little "He--went away a little while ago." he had heard it: The slight hesitation was noticed, and the captain be"Help! Help! Come quickly, men!" came more suspicious than ever. Then he darted across the floor and into the fritchen and "You cannot deceive me," he said. "He is in the house, at the same instant he heard the trampling of hasty' feet and I am going to find him!" ' He motioned the woman to stand aside and she did so . porch. . He then turned and addressed his men.' t .mk they .have 3;ll gone around the house,'' said Ger"W t h 1 1 " h d d " d 'f h b 1 trude, m an excited voice. a c c ose.y, e comman e , an 1 t e re e appears She was taking th b d h k seize him and make a prisoner of him. I am going in " "I th. k e . ar own as s e spo e. Then he stepped through the doorway, only to feei his m,, Y?U right; good-by for the present, throat seized by a grip of steel. Gertrude, S3;1d Dick. He attempted to cry out, but only a gurgling sound es-Then he Jerked the door open and leaped out of the caped his lips. house. . . Then he . grappled with his assailant and a struggle beA flashmg glance showed him that the redcoats were all gan. gone. . , . . . A few words only are necessary in the way of explana-It was Dicks and he made most of 1t. t10n: Gertrude had discovered the presence of the British He dashed toward the timber at the top of his speed. so ldiers just as they were surrounding the house and had He. was only about halfway there when the redcoats came given the alarm. Dick had told Mrs. Allison to tell the i:innmg out of th.e rear doorway. They caught sight of British officer that he was gone, and had done so. The 1111;?, and gave ut.terance,, to yells of anger: Liberty Boy reasoned that the captain would enter to look Stop, or we :vill fir.el cried . for him , and he made up his mind to make a prisoner of Of Dick .paid no attent10n to the command, out the redcoat and thus be in a position to dictate terms to kept on runnmg. the soldiers outside, and he was now making an effort to Fearmg that the redcoats really would fire upon him, he overpower the British captain. darted around the corner of the stable and got it between It was a fierce struggle, for the redcoat was a powerful himself and. the pursuing redcoats. man and made a hard fight. . By the .time came around the of the stable, Dick , how ever, was phenomenally strong, and he had Dick was m the timber. secured his favorite hoJd. He was sure that it was only a Seeing that the fugitive had a good chance to escape, the question of a few minutes when he would have the other in redcoats fired a volley from their pistols. . his power. '!'he bullets rattled around Dick at a lively rate, but he But would the soldiers outside stand there and wait pa-was not hit, though one bullet cut through tlie sleeve of tiently, or would they become impatient and suspicious and his coat. enter to see what had become of their captain? He continued to run, and he dodged this way and that, It was impossible to say. taking advantage of the shelter of the trees as much as was The L iberty Boy could only use every effort to overpower possible so as to avoid being hit by bullets. his antagonist quickly and trust to his good fortune to be The redcoats fired another volley, but it was no more sucable to do this before an interruption came. cessful than the first. Mrs. Allison and Gertrude were greatly frightened. They Dick was a swift runner, and he steadily increased the s tood there watching the struggle, their hands clasped and distance between himself and his pursuers. their faces pale. '!'hey feared that Dick would be over-Captain Shipley, who had been freed from his bonds by 'lowered, for the captain was larger and heavier, and looked one of the soldiers, had not yet recovered consciousness, so to be much more powerful. he could not join in the chase. Dick caught glimpses of the faces of the two as he moved He was thus saved useless exertion, for half an hour about in the struggle, and he saip, reassuringly: later, when the captain had been conscious perhaps ten min"Don't be alarmed, Mrs. Allison and Gertrude; I have utes, the soldiers returned with the report that they hacl him at my mercy, and will soon force him to succumb." been unable to overtake the fugitive. The captain struggled more fiercely than ever, but he "He escaped , eh?" growled the officer. could not keep it up, and presently he weakened and sank "Yes, Captain. " to his knees. He let go his hold of Dick and began pulling "Thanks to you, madam!" said the captain, glaring at !ind clawfng at the youth's hand s with all his might. Mrs. Allison.

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6 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE NEUSE RIVER. The poor woman was frightened, and so did not make any reply. "I suppose that that scoundrelly young rebel made you say that he was not here," the officer went on, speaking more as though he knew this to be true than to ask the question. "For that reason, I shall not lay anything up against you," he went on. "And I shall be pleased to call and see you , occasionally while the army is in this vicinity." ' His eyes were on Gertrude as he spoke. There was admiration in their depths, and it was evident that he had been struck by the beauty of the girl. "I-we-that is, we-do not-have much company," stammered Mrs. Allison. "I am glad of that," said the captain. "You will be the more likely to be glad to see me." Then he bade them good-afternoon, and took his departure, accompanied by his men. "I am sorry that young rebel escaped," the captain remarked, as they walked along; "but we'll get him yet. This does not end it, by any means." "We'll see about that!" murmured a youth who was in hiding beside the road and heard the captain's remark. The youth was Dick, who, having discovered that the redcoats had given up the chase, had slipped back and had stationed himself where he could watch the front door of the house. When the redcoats had disappeared around a bend in the road, he stepped forth from behind the tree and made his way to the house. CHAPTER VI. • GEORGE IS DISAPPOINTED. George Hilton had stationed himself in the little strip of timber between his clearing and that of the Allisons, and had watched the redcoats surround the house, serene in the belief that his supposed rival would soon be a pris9ner. When he saw Dick escape from the house with the red .:oats after him, he still thought the youth would be captured; but when he saw the soldiers return fifteen or twenty minutes later without the fugitive, his disappointment was great. "He has escaped!" he murmured; and then he turned and strode away toward his home. He busied himself with chores till six o'clock, and then he ate his supper and put on his hat and went over to the Allison home. Me knocked, and presently Mrs. Allison opened the door, a look of alarm on her face. When she saw who the visitor was, she exclaimed, in a voice of relief: "Oh, it's you, is it, George? Come in." He entered and took a seat in front of the fire, at the woman's invitation. The youth glanced around, and asked: "Whe1e is Gertie?" "In the kitchen, eating supper with Mr. Slater,'' was the reply. George nearly fell off his chair. "What!" he gasped; "you say-Dick-Slater-is here?" "Yes," lo king surprised. "Why, I-thought, that-he had gone-away!" "The iedcoats came and he had to leave to escape from them, but as soon as they went away he came back." "Ah!" . So that was the way of it! I George realized that his work of going to the British encampment and telling about the presence of Dick Slater at the Allison home had been all for nothing. It had not resulted in his getting rid of his rival, after all. 1 "Won't you come in and have supper with us?" Mrs. Al lison invited. "No, thanks; I've had my supper," was the reply. "You make yourself at home, then, George, while I finish my supper." "Certainly, Mrs. Allison." She went into the kitchen, closing the door behind her, and George glared angrily at the fire. "Just to think that he has been here ever since the redcoats went away, and I thought he had been scared away for good and all!" the youth muttered. "Well, I did the best I could." When Mrs. Allison re-entered the kitchen, she said: "It's George." ' "I thought that likely it was him," said Gertrude, coloring slightly and glancing at Dick. The Liberty Boys said nothing. He was not surprised when he learned that the caller was George Hiltim. "I more than half suspect that' he went to the British encampment and told them of my presence here," was his thought. "How else would they have known to come here and state that they had come for Dick Slater?" He did not lay it up against George, however, for he realized that the young fellow was in love with Gertrude and was jealous, and so some such action on his part might be expected. When he went into the sitting-room after supper was over, Dick greeted George pleasantly, and no one would have suspected that he did not feel sure of the young man's friendship. George felt that it was incumbent upon him to feign ignorance of the happenings at the Allison home, and so he asked presently, with as good an assumption. of carelessness as he could muster, who had been firing pistol-shots in d1at vicinity. "I was over in the timber to the southward, chopping, and heard quite a number of shots;" he said. ' Dick did not doubt but what the youth knew all about the matter, but he explained, just as though he thought the young fellow was in ignorance, as he professed to be. "And so the redcoats tried to captme you!" exclaimed George, pretending to be surprised. "Well, well! You were lucky to escape, don't you think?" "Yes, I do." It was soon quite dark out of doors, and Dick presently said that he must be going. He bade the three good-by, shaking hands with them, and he thanked Mrs. Allison and Gertrude earnestly for their hospitalit:'. "You have been very kind to me, and I shall never forget it," he declared. They insistea that they had done nothing, but Dick refused to look at it in that light. He said good-by again and then took his departure. "Where is he going?" asked George carelessly, as soon as Dick had disappeared. "He is going to visit the vicinity of the British encamp, ment, I think," replied Mrs. Allison. Gertrude said nothing. She was aware 1>f the fact that George leaned toward the king's side of the question, but she did not suspect that he would take an active part in the affair. ' "So he really is the famous rebel spy, sure enough!" tthought George. He stayed only a few minutes after that. He said that there were some chores he had to do, and bade them goodnight and took his departure. But he did not go toward his home. Instead, he set out ;oward Hillsboro, where the British were encamped. "I'll warn them that Dick Slater is spying on them," was his thought; "and then maybe they will be a'ble to capture him." He reached the edge of the timber, only to find himself confronted suddenly by Dick Slater., "Where are you going in such haste, Mr. Hilton?" queried Dick coolly. CHAPTER VII. A DISAPPOINTED YOUNG MAN. It was not -yet as dark as it would be later, and it was possible to see each other. with tolerable distinctness. Thus, Dick easily recognized George. The young man was plainly disconcerted. "I-ah-that is, I was-I'm on my way to-to look for some horses that strayed away," stammered George. "Now, see here, Mr. Hilton," said Dick coldly and sternly; "you cannot deceive me, so there is no use trying." "Deceive you! What do you mean?" The youth had regained his composure and spoke calmly enough.

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THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE NEUSE RIVER. 7 "I mean that I know you were heading for the British encampment when I stopped you just now." "Me heading for the British encampment?" in a tone of assumed surprise. "Yes." "Why should I go there?" "You were going with the intention of warning them that I was coming there to do some spying." George hastened to make den i al. "You are mistaken, Mr. Slater," he said. "I was not go ing to do anything of the kind." "Don't try to deceive me; I know just what you intended to do . And I know, moreover, that you carried the news of my presence in the Allison home to the British, and thus caused me to come within an ace of being captured this afternoon." "Y-you are mistaken," stammered George. "No, I am not, and I know why you wished to cause me to be captured, Mr. Hilton." ' "You-you know-why-why I--" stammered George, and Dick broke in, saying: "Yes, I know why you did it. You were jealous of me, but I assure you that you made a mistake. I have a sweetheart of my own up in the North, so would not try to win yours. You did me an injury, or tried to, rather, for no reason at all." "Then you don't care for Gertie?" eagerly. "Why, no! I never saw her until this afternoon, and as I say, I already have a sweetheart, so you have nothing to fear from me." George 1,1as silent a few moments, and then said: "I am sorry, Mr. Slater; I-I-beg \)'our-pardon." "Granted-providing you do not try to injure me in the future." . " I will not do a thing, Mr. Slater," earnestly. "I lean a little bit toward the king's side in this controversy, but not sufficiently to make me want to do anything to injure pa triots. I was jealous of you, and that was the reason I carried information regarding you to the British. I would not have thought of doing so, otherwise." "All r'ght; now go back home and leave me to do my work in peace." "I will; and you, say, Mr. Slater, if thereis anything I can do to help you, I would be gla
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8 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE NEUSE RIVER. "I think it w ill be best," he ai;reed. "If we let him go, we might learn later on that he was one of the most famous rebel spies in the country." "It would be a great haul for u s if he really should prove to be Dick Slater, the famous spy!" laughed one of the captains. "I think we will hold him a prisoner, anyway," said the color.el, "and in the morning General Cornwallis can question him closely, and if h e decides that the young fellow is not a spy, then that will b e all right." "That is my idea, Colonel," agree d one of the captains. "Seat the prisoner over ther e in the corner," ordered the colonel , pointing to the corn e r back of where the table stood that he and the two captains had been seated at and where the two captains still sat. "I am not ready to return to the encampment yet, and will take him along when we go." "That is the idea," one of the captains nodded approvingly. Dick was conducted to a chair in the corner, and he seated himself without a word. He felt that the time had not yet come for him to make an to escape. The colonel resumed his seat at the table and called for another bottle of wine. . When it was placed on the table the three officers filled their glasses and began drinking and conversing, quickly forgetting, seemingly, that they had a prisoner. Dick, having nothing e l s e to do, listened to their conversation, and presently he became deeply interested in ' what he heard. CHAPTER VIII. A LIVEL"Y COMBAT. Dick learned that it was the purpo s e of the British commander to remain in the encampment wher e the army then was for a week or more, poss ibly long e r. The officers, enthused by the wine, talked louder than they would otherwise have done, and Dick heard most that was said. He was acquiring information, but whether it would do him any good was another question. It certainly would not, unless he succeeded in making his escape. ' And that would be difficult, he knew. Still, he did not despair. He had been i n many tight places since entering the army, and he was of a hopeful tempera-ment, anyway. Something might come up by way of a diversion, and then he might take advantage of it and make his escape. He kept his eyes open and saw all that was going on in the room, as well as at the same time hearing what was said by the three officers. All the inmates of the bar-room, save himself, were drinking, and the noise grew louder and louder. Presently a citizE!n of the village and a British soldier got into a quarrel. They talked loudly and angrily, and soon attracted the attention of all. Moreover, the liquor they had imbibed made them eager for anything, and the prospects of a fight between the two 11.ngry men was hailed with delight. "Stop quarreling and go to fighting!" "Yes, yes!" "Don't talk so much, you fellows!" "Do something!" "I'll bet on the best man!" The remarks of the spectators only aroused the two to a higher pitch of anger,and they got up and shook their fists in f'ach other's faces, at the same time telling what they would do. "Well, do it, and don't talk so much about it!" cried one spectator. "You're both afraid!" from another. "No; one is afraid and the other doesn't dare!" declared a third. Then there was a loud laugh. "I can thrash you hand not 'alf try!" the British soldier declared , shaking his fist under the nose of the citizen. "Ye kain't do nothin' uv ther kind!" retorted the citizen belligerently, retaliating by shaking both fists under the nose of the redcoat. "Hi can do it, by Jove!" blustered the Briton. "I dar' ye ter tetch me!" sputtered the citi zen. "Hi'll do wotse than touch you! Hi'll smas h you, that's what Hi'll do!" smash me, ef ya kin! I dar' ye ter try et!" "Go for him, Jerrold!" "Yes, don't let the blooming Hamerican talk to you hin that fashion, comrade!" "Give him a polishing off!" .. These bits of advice, of course, came from the BntiP h s o ldiers. "Go fur 'im, Jim!" "Don' let his red unyform skeer ye!" "No; ye kin lick 'im, an' I'll bet on et!" These remarks were from the citizens. Dick, while not particularly interested in the quarrel that had been bred of the fumes of the liquor that had b een imbibed was nevertheless on the qui vive, for he fancied that the might be presented for him to make his escape. "If the two blustering fools do get to fighting,. I may be able to slip out while the excitement and confusion are at their height," was his mental decision. So he watched the progress of affairs with great interest. He kept his eyes on the door and on the men standing between him and the door. He also watched the colonel and the two captains, and noted, with satisfaction, that they were also interested in the would-be combatants. They were just at the point where they would take a delight in witnessing a fist fight between two men, and they would not care particularly who the men were. Presently what Dick hoped would occur reall y did tak e place: Urged on by the remarks of his comra des, the redcoat struck the citizen a blow in the face. It was not a hard blow, but it was suffici ent to star t the fight, and immediately the two were at it like wildcats . They struck at each other . as rapidl y as possible and growled l:l.nd threatened at a terrible the while. The spectators were liugely delighted. They urged the combatants on with all kinds of advice, "Go it!" "That's right!" "Give it to 'im!" "Knock 'is bloomin' 'ead hoff!" "That's it! That's it!" "I'll bet on the winner!" Such were of the remarks, and the two fought with increasing energy. They gradually moved across the floor, the citize n s giving ground, and the crowd moved slowly along after them, eager to see the fight at as close range as possibl e . The three officers got up on the table and stood the r e looking over the heads of the intervening s p ectators. They yelled advice, the same a s did the common soldiers and the citizens. Becoming more excite d as the fight grew hotte r and hotter. they fairly danced up and down on the top o f the table. , . D'.ck, who was watching affairs closely, decid e d that the time had come for him to attempt to make hi s e s c a p e . Suddenly an idea occurred to him which would, i f h e could accompli s h what he had in mind, make a dive r sion that would cover his movements nicely. Turning his back to the table-he had rise n and steppe d up close to it-he caught hold of the edge, and then, ex . erting all h i s strength suddenly, he turned the t able ov er, sending the three officers headlong down upon and in among the spectators. There was a crash as the table struck the floor, and w ild yells from those upon whom the officers had alighted. Then there was a grand mix-up , for the s oldiers and citizens thought that the three had leaped down upon them purposely, and all made an attack on the thre e. This started a free fight, for the citizens and soltji ers were worked up to a high pitch of excitement b y the fight anyway, and were eager to get at it themselves. Dick at once seized upon the opportunity, and walke d across to the door. It was shut, but, b y turnin g b a ck , he managed to get hold of the knob and turn i t . Pulling the door open, he stepped through and out upon

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THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE NEUSE RIVER. 9 the p9rch, but as he did so the bartender 'i-ught sight of him. "The prisoner is escapin!" he yelled. "Hi, there! ye fools! The prisoner is escapin'!" But the combatants paid no attention. !t would have taken considerably more than such a statement as this to cause them to stop fighting, now that they had got fairly started at it. They were determined to fight it out. Seeing that no one paid any attention to his words, the bartender started after Dick himself, but the youth leap-ed off the porch and r.an with all h.is might, and the man, after reaching the outer air, stopped: Evidently he realized that he could not catch any one who could run at such wonderful speed. "Anyway, it's nothin' to me," he muttered. "And it serves the drunken fools right to lose their prisoner." With this sage reflection, he re-entered the saloon. The battle was still raging with unabated fury, and it was evident that it would not stop till a lot of the participants were placed hors de combat. "All right;let 'em "fight it out," growled the bartender. "Only I hope they won't break up the furniture and things.", CHAPTER IX. THE EXPLOSION. Presently the melee came to an end. The redcoat had thrashed the citizen, and the officers had finally gotten out from the midst of the combatants, and the combat itself was stopped as soon as the participants had become sobered up by a few sound thumps from the fists of their opponents. One bright and ready-witted fellow suggested that they all take a drink together and forget about the encounter, and this suggestion was hailed with delight. It was a popular suggestion. They lined up along . the bar and drank, not one drink, but three or four, and by that time the fact that nearly every one canied bumps, bruises or black eyes as a result of the combat did not bother them at all; in fact, they had forgotten all about it. But the officers, whose dignity had suffered along with their bodies, were not so easily mollified. They wanted revenge on somebody, but did not know who. Then suddenly they remembered about the prisoner, and turned to look for him, only to find him gone. "Where's the prisoner?" cried the colonel. "You can't prove it by me," from one of the captains. "He sneaked out while we were mixed up in the melee," from the other. "We must catch him!" roared the colonel, starting toward the door. . " Yes, indeed!" from the two captains in unison. "Beggin' your pardon, sirs, but you won't be able to catch him," said the bartender. "Why not?" from the colonel. "He's be'n gone a long time." "He has?" "Yes; he slipped out jest after you all got tangled up together." "Why didn't you stop him?" angrily. "I did try to." "You don't mean to say you couldn't stop a man who had his arms tied together behind his back!" "Yes; ye see, he was goin' through the doorway when I furst seen 'im, an' when I tried to ketch him he run like a deer. Say, I couldn' hev caught him nohow!" "Blast the luck!" growled the colonel. "He upset the table and threw us in among the crowd on purpose to give him a chance to get away, I'll wager!" "Did he upset the table?" in surprise. "Yes." "I s'posed thet ye upset et yerselves." "No; he did it." "Well, he hain't enny slouch, I tell ye!" "Oh, no; he is a very clever fellow. I'll wager that he is a rebel spy." The officers, giving up all idea of trying to recapture the supposed spy, ordered more wine and started in on another drinking bout. The soldier and the citizen who had fought were now on good terms again, and were drinking together and vowing eternal friendship for each other. * * * * * * * Meanwhile, what of Dick? He had run at top speed perhaps fifty yards, and then looking back arid not seeing any one coming in pursuit, he slackened hi.s speed to a walk. What should he do?" How was he to get his arms free? He paused when he was out of the village and pondered the situation a few min,utes. • At last he decided to return to the Allison home and get Mrs. Allison and Gertrude to free him. Having decided, he set out at once. . He made a wide detour and then headed for the Allison home. He reached there three-quarters of an hour later, and knocked on the door. Mrs. Allison's voice was heard saying: "Who is there?" "It is !_:_Dick Slater." The Liberty Boy heard exclamations from Mrs. Allison and Gertrude, and then the door came open. "So you have come back?" the woman exclaimed and then she caught sight of Dick's arms, and cried: ' "What is the matter? Why are you holding your arms behind your back ? " "They are bound there," replied Dick smilingly "and I have walked two miles or more to get you to free them." Then he entered, and while they were untying the rope he told them how he had come to be in such a predicament. "You had a narrow said Gertrude. "Yes, so I did," agreed Dick. • "You will stay overnight with us, will you not?" Mrs. Allison asked. "No," said Dick; "I will try my luck again, and see if I can secure any more information regarding the intentions of the redcoats." "You had better not do so to-night," said Gertrude "they will be on their guard, will they not?" ' "Oh, I don't think so. They will not be likely to think that I would make another attempt to-night, and that will be an advantage." "True," the girl agreed. But she looked sober Dick remained only about a quarter of an hou; and then bade them good-night and good-by and took his departure. He made his way to the vicinity of the British encamp ment, and then. the detour and approached the village from the opposite side from that on which was the encampment. He was soon at the tavern, and again he peered through the window. The three British officers and the redcoats were still in the tavern, and all were pretty thoroughly under the influ ence of liquor, and the majority were singing in a maudlin manner. as Dick was standing there looking through the wmdow, there came a thunderous explosion and the Liberty Boy was hurled twenty feet. ' He realized as he went hurtling through the air that the tavern had been torn to pieces by the explosion, he heard screams of terror, and then he struck-and knew no more. CHAPTER X. DICK REPORTS TO GENERAL GREENE When Dick regained consciousness he was lying on a blanket spread on the floor of a fair-sized room, and a woman was bathing his face with water. He sat up at once, and asked: "What has happened?" "There was an explosion," replied the woman; "tLe tavern blew up." "Ah, yes; I remember now," said Dick. "Was anybody killed?" "Yes, a number; and a number more were injured." "That is bad." "Yes,

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10 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE NEUSE RIVER. "How came the tavern to blow up? Does anybody "I learned liiat much, at leas t. They intend to stay there know?" a couple of weeks, at least." . ,, "Yes; the bartender went down into the cellar to open "How strong an army has Cornwallis, anyway, Dick? up a fresh s::ask of wine. There were several kegs of pow"I should judge that he has two thousand men, sir." der down there, and it is supposed that one of these was "Two thousand, eh?" set off by the candle which he carried-though just how it "Yes." happened will never be known, for the man is among the "That is more than we have." killed." Dick knew that the patriot army numbered about fifteen "Well, that is bad," said Dick. "But how came the pow-hundred men. der to be there?" He remained silent, and General Gree n e sat there, his "I "1nderstand that the British placed it there so that it eyes on the floor, evidently thinking hard. woum be kept safe." Presently he looked up and said, as though speaking to "So that was the way of it, eh?" himself: "Yes; but where were you when the explosion came'l In "That is what must be done. Yes, I must get r ecruits till the tavern?" my army is twice as strong as at present; then I will give "No; I was just going there." Cornwallis a battle." "Well, you were lucky in not getting there sooner." The general then asked Dick some more questions and "So I was. But how came I here, and where am I, any-di s missed him. way?" A council of war was called , and General Greene a nd the "This is one of the houses in the village. My husband members of the staff talked the matte r o ve r , finally arrivand another man brought you h ere; they are now viewing ing at the decis i on that had been expressed by the g e n eral: the ruins of the tavern." •that the army must b e strengthened. "I thank you for what you have done for me; but I am To this end parties were sent out in all dire ctions to secure feeling all rifht now, and I guess I will go out aI)d take a iecruit s . look at the ruins." The Liberty Boys went with the othe r s, and for s ev eral "Are you sure you are not seriously hurt?" days they were engaged upon this work. "Oh, yes; it was the concussion and the jar of the fall Good success attended the efforts of the patriots, and a t that made me lose consciousness. " the end of ten days they had secured a t least fifteen hun-Then Dick rose and left the .house. dred recruits. . Not more than two hundred yards distant was a great General Greene f elt strong enough now to give the Britis h crowd, and there were lanterns and torches burning which battle, but it would be neces sary to find out whethe r the lighted up the scene. redcoats were still at Hillsboro. He made his way to the spot, and managed to work his He summoned D i ck and told him to go and reconnoiter way in to where he could get a good view of the ruins. the enemy at once. It was a terrib'le scene, for the tavern was torn to pieces The youth was glad to do this, as it was wo r k that and lay all jumbled up. Men were still at work looking enjoyed; and, too, he was eager to visit the s c e n e of hi s for bodies which might still be buried beneath the debris. adventures on his former trip. There were hundreds of soldiers in the crowd, and practi-He told the boys that he was going, and then b r idl e d and cally all the men and boys of the village, and even some of saddled hi s horse and set out. the women. He started rather late in the afternoon a n d dismounted Dick did not fear being suspected of being a spy, for and left his ho f se in the timbe r at almos t the same spot the interest of a\l was on the scene before them. where he had left the animal the fir s t time he vi site d that Still, as there was nothing to be learned b y staying here part of the country. since all the talk would naturally relate to the blowing up Dick decid e d to vi sit the Alli s on hom e the fir s t thing. of the tavern, he decided to take his departure and return It was not y e t dark, anyway, and he would not dare ve n ture to the patriot encampment beyond the •Dan River. near the British encampment-if, indeed, the Brit i s h were He quietly worked his way out of the crowd and walke d s till encamped ne a r Hillsboro. away. He set out, and in le ss than an hour \ V a s at the Alli s on Nobody paid any attention to him, and he was soon out home. of the village and making his way toward the spot where "Oh, Mr. Slater, I am so glad to see y ou! " cri e d Mrs. he had left his horse. Allison, when she open e d the door in answer to hi s knock He found the animal still there and untied, and led him and recognized him. "I-that i s , we-Gert rude and I-are in to the road, and, mounting, roue away toward the north. trouble. and perhaps you may be a bl e to h elp us; at least. It was a two hours' gallop, and then Dick was chall enge d with adv i ce." by a patriot . "I s hall b e gl a d to h elp you all in m y pow e r, Mrs. A lli"Halt! Who comes there?" s on; but what i s the trouble ?" "A friend," replied Dick. "Come in and I will tell you." "Advance, friend, and give the countersign." Dick entered, and was given a warm greeting b y G er-Dick did so, and then rode on into the encampment and trude. dismounted. After a few minutes of conv e rsation, Mrs. Allison a nd He looked after his horse, unbridling and unsaddling him, Gertr ude t o ld Dick wh a t it w a s tha t was w o r r ying t h e m. and then went to the quarters occupied by the Liberty Boys They said that Captain Shipl ey , the redcoat who h a d h a d and rolled himself in his blanket and went to sleep. The command of the party that came t o the hou s e the afternoon other Liberty Boys were sound asleep and d i d not know he was there before to capture him, had been com ing to Dick had arrived until they awoke in the morning. call on Gertrude nearly every e v ening since t h en . and t h a t They were delighted to s ee Dick. and made eager inquiries he declared that he was passionate l y in lov e with )1er , a nd as to whether he had s-een the Britis h, etc. that she mus t become hi s wife. . "Yes, I saw them," was Dick's reply. "I'll tell you all "I hate him! " exclaim e d G e 1'trud e ; "and I h a v e to l d h i m about it after a while; but fir s t I mus t go and make my re-again and again that I do not c are fo r hi m and cou l d not port to General Greene." think of marrying him; but h e l aughs a t me, a nd ::;a vs t h a t Im.mediately after breakfas t Dick went to h eadquarters is only a girl's whim, and that I will love him a f t e r w e and was given a cord i al reception by the general. are married." "You were not gone long, Dick," he s aid. "I see," nodded Dick; " he i s p e r s istent and ins i s t ent, and "No, sir." will not take no for an answer." "Did you learn the location of the British?" "That is it exactly, Mr. Slate r." "Yes, General Gre ene." "And now what would you advi s e, Mr. Slate r ?" asked "Where is their encampment?" Mrs. Allison. "At Hillsboro, sir." Dick looked thoughtful for a few moments , and then "How far is that from here?" said: "About fifteen miles." "The British army is still at Hillsboro, is it?" "Is it merely a temporary encampment, or do they intend "Yes," from Mrs. Allison . . staying there for a time-or did you learn anything regard"But the chances are that it will break c amp a nd march ing their plans?" away soon," said Dick; "and the bold ca ptain will have to

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/ ' THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE NEUSE RIVER. ll go along, and you will in all probability never see him again." "I wish it might be that way!" said Gertrude. "But I am afraid that it won't,'' from her mother. "He has threatened, Mr. Slater, that if Gertrude does not agree to marry him right away, he will take her away and force her to marry him-and that is what is worrying us." "The scoundrel!" exclaimed Dick. . Then he looked at Mrs. Allison and then at Gertrude, and went on: "Does George Hilton know about this?" Gertrude blushed, and Mrs. Allison nodded and said: "Yes, he knows about it.'' "Then I should think you would have nothing to fear.'' "The trouble is,'' explained Mrs. Allison, "that Captain Shipley has half a dozen men who are, I am sure, utterly unscrupulous, and they will do anything he says; so George would be helpless against so many.'' "The odds would be rather heavy against him, true," agreed Dick. "But he stands gujird every night!" exclaimed Ge1trude, her eyes shining; "and if they should try to carry me off, some of them would get hurt!" Dick nodded approvingly. "I judge that you are right," he said; "but if there were six or seven of them, he could not hope to get the bett:er of them." . "That's it, Mr. Slater," from Mrs. Allison; "and I am afraid that they wovld kill George and carry Gertie off." Dick look ed sober. "Perhaps the British may break camp and leave the re gion soon," he said; "and in the hurry of getting away the captain may forget to come here again, or may not have the time to do so. He has to obey the orders of his superior officers, know." "Yes; but he may come here this very night and try to carry Gertrude off, unless she promises to marry him!" said Mrs. Allison. "I'll be around here till after nightfall," said Dick, "and if the brave captain should come, I will see to it( that he doesn't put his plan into operation." "Oh, thank you!" said Mrs. Allison. "I was going to ask y ou to stay and take supper with us." "Thank you for the invitation, Mrs. Allison. I will . enjoy eating a supper cooked. by a woman." Mrs. Allison and Gertrude went into the kitchen and began cooking supper, and presently George Hilton came into the sitting room and greeted Dick cordially. "I happened to see you come," he said, "and so I came over as soo n as I could to see you." He and Dick understood each other now, and they dis cussed the matter regarding Captain Shipley. "I have about made up my mind to shoot the scoundrel!" said George, his eyes flashing. "That would end it all and relieve Mrs. Allison and Gertrude of their worry." "It would come very near serving him right,'' agreed Dick. "But he may come to-night. and try to put his plan into oppration, and if he does we will balk him." "I shall be glad to have your help in case he attempt to put his threats into effect," said George. He did not stay long, as he said he had some more. work to do. Presently supper was ready, and Dick and Mrs. Allison and Gertrude sat up to the table and ate. Dick was hungry, and ate very heartily, and this pleased Mrs. Allison and Gertrude greatly. . It was dark by the time they got through eating, and 'Dick went into the sitting-room and seated himself in front of the fire, while his hostess and her daughter were clearing up the table and washing the dishes. They had just finished and had come in and taken seats when there s ound ed the trampling of feet on the porch. Mrs. Allison and Gertrude turned pale. "It's the captain and his men!" exclaimed the woman, in a hoarse whisper. "What shall we do?" from Gertrude. • CHAPTER XI. AN INTERRUPTED WEDDING. "It may be that he will not go to the length that he has threatened,'' said Dick. "I will slip out of doors and see what he does. Don't let him know that I have been here." / Then Dick hastened out of the room and through the kitchen and out of doors. He slipped to the corner of the house and peered around. There were seven men standing there-redcoats. Dick recognized Captain Shipley, for it was not yet as dark as it would be later on. Just then the door opened and Dick heard Mrs. Allison's voice say: • "Good-evening, Captain Shipley." "Good-evening, Mrs. Allison," said the captain; "I have come to marry Gertrude." "But, Captain Shipley, she doesn't want to get married,'' said the woman, her voice trembling. "Well, I do; and she will be glad of jt afterward. Come on in, men." They strode into the house and Dick heard the captain say: I have brought a chaplain along, and we will be married right here this very evening!" "The impudent scoundrel!" was Dick's thought. "Well, we'll see if we can't put a stop to that!" He turned. and hastened toward the home of George Hil ton. He had just got through the strip of timber when he met George. ' "Is that you, Mr. Slater?" George asked, as they drew near each other. "Yes, George." "What's up ? Is Captain Shipley there?" "Yes, and his gang is with him." "Ah!" . "He has brought a chaplain along, he says-probably some man who is under obligations to him-and declares that the wedding must take place this evening!" "I'll kill him first!" grated George. "And I'll heip you put the irang to rout, old fellow.' "Good! Let's go right over and go for them!" "Very well; I see you have your rifle." "Yes." , . They walked rapidly in the direction of the house "Let's enter by way of the kitchen," said George. "That will be best, I think.: ' They reached the door, which Dick opened cautiously. The kitchen was empty, but the sound of voices came from the sitting-room. The two entered and crossed to the connecting door, which was closed. They listened, and soon got an idea of what was going on in th, e room. "J!ere we are, chapla!n," they the captain say; "we are all ready .now, so tie us up tight and fast." George's face dark, and he whispered: "Let's go after them!" "'All right," said Dick. He drew a pistol and coc,.ked it; then he suddenly jerked the door open. There stood the redcoats, the captain well to the front, and he had hold of Gertrude hands, while in front of them stood the chaplain, book in hand. The redcoats caught sight of the two youths and gave utterance to exclamations of anger and amazement. The youths did not hesitate an instant, but leveled their weapons, while Dick cried sternly: "Let go of the young lady's hands, you red-coated brute!" "What's that!" roared the captain. "I'll have your heart's blood for that, blast you!" He let go of Gertrude's hands, and she hastily moved away from him. Seeing that there was to be a fight, Dick and George fired. The captain and one of his men fell. The officer was not killed, but was seriously wounded; the common soldier was dead. The others started to draw their weapons, but Dick and George drew two more pistols and covered the redcoats, while Dick cried sternly: "Don't do it! We are dead shots, and if we fire two of you will go down dead!" those two and get out of here!" from George, nodding toward the forms on the floor. Mrs. Allison and Gertrude, as pale as death, crouched in the corner as far away from the redcoats as they could ' The British hesitated and exchanged glances.

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12. THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE NEUSE RIVER. "Take-me-away from-here," said the captain, speaking with great effort and doubtless with great pain. "All right, Captain," from one. And then to Dick and George: "We'll do as you say." "All right," from Dick; "take them awaJ from here, and be in a hurry about it!" The redcoats made no reply, but one turned to Mrs. Alli son and asked if she could let them have a blanket to carry the captain in. "Yes, sir," replied the woman, glad that there was a prospect of getting quickly r i d of the officer. "And have you a spade about the place?" queried another. "Our comrade here is dead, and we may as well bury him at once." "There is a spade in the smokehouse, sir," said Mrs. Allison. "All right; bring the body along, a couple of you, while the others are fixing the hammock for the captain, and we will bury it." Two seized hold of the corp se and carried it out of doors and to the edge of the timber. The third redcoat found the spade and joined them, and soon a grave was dug and the body interred and covered over. Then the three returned to the house and found that the others were ready to start, the captain having been . placed upon the blanket, the corners of which were knotted so as to make a good handhold for the soldiers. Dick and George still stood there, pistols in hand-though Dick had, unknown to them, followed the three that had buried the dead man and watched them, thinking it possible that they might try to slip up and take George and himself unawares. The redcoats had not done so, however; the death of one of their number and the serious wounding of their captain had taken all the fight out of them. Then, too, pos sibly they thought that, as it was a private affair of the captain's, they were not called upon to risk their lives by offering to fight the two youths. The captain was in considerable pain evidently, for he groaned d .ismally at frequent and when the sol diers lifted him off the floor he groaned worse than ever. He was not so badly hurt that he could not talk, however, and he said, as he was being carried out of the house: "This-does-not-end this-matter! I shall-see youall-again ! " "The best thing yo u . can do ii:; to consider this affair settled for all time," said Dick quietly. "Next time you will get killed instead of merely wounded." "That's right," said Ge , orge. "Don't ever come near this house again!" The soldiers were getting their captain through the door at this time, and they shook him around to such an extent that he could only groan with. pain, and he did not make any reply to the words of the two youths. When the redcoats had disappeared, Mrs. Allison and Gertrude drew long breaths of relief. "Oh, I am so glad that they are gone!" exclaimed Mrs. Allison. "You got here just at the right time, George and Mr. Slater!" said Gertrude. "It is awful!" said Mrs. Allison , with a shudder. S !ie was thinking of the dead redcoat, doubtless. "It was bad that we had to shoot the two men down right here in your home, M1s. Allison," said Dick; "but it was absolutely necessary." "Yes, I suppose s o." Then Dick said to the others that it was possible that the redcoats might attempt to play a trick, and that they might slip back and try to shoot George and himself. "To make sure that they don't do it, I w ill follow them," he said. "You will be back, will you not?" Mrs. Allison asked. "Possibly, though I am not sure that I will," was the reply. "And if I don't get back, why, good-by, and take good care of yourselves." "We will," 'said George , "and yo u must do the same." "I always try to do that," with a smile. . Then Dick hastened out, but he was careful to go out the rear way so as to avoid being seen by the redcoats in case they were still close to the house. He could not hear or see anything of the redcoats, but he knew they could not be very far away, and as he knew the direction they would naturally go, he set out after them. He was soon within hearing distance of the soldiers, and he grew gradually nearer till lie could see them, though it was pretty dark now and he could barely make them out, a faint moving mass. He soon became convinced that they had no intention of returning to the Allison home, but he decided to follow them anyway, in the hope that he would be able to secure some information. The redcoats moved slowly, and it was not until an hour and a half had passed that the British encampment was reached. Dick had learned hearing, the conversation of the redcoats as they moved slowly along through the timber that the British army would remain at Hillsboro another week at least. He paused when the soldiers with their burden passed the sentinels, and stood there pondering. He hardly knew what to do. It would be impossible to get into the encampment, and even if it were not, he would likely be captured if he ventured in, and so he decided that it would be as well to return to the patriot encampment with the information he had secured. He did not lose any time, but turned and strode away. Mak ing a detour, he headed for the spot where he had left his horse. Major was there, and Dick untied him, and a few minutes later was riding toward the patriot encampment across the River Dan at a gallop. • He arrived at the encampment without any adveo.ture, and was soon rolled in his blanket and sound asleep. Next morning after breakfast he went to headquarters and was given a hearty greeting by General Greene. "Are the redcoats still in camp at Hillsboro?" the general asked. "Yes, General Greene." "D'.d you learn whether they intend staying there mu'ch longer?" "I hea,rd some soldiers talking, and they said that the army would be there another week." "Humph!" The general looked thoughtfully at the floor . Presently he called his orderly and told him to summon the officers of the staff. "Very well, sir," and the orderly withdrew. Half an hour later the officers of the staff were gathered at headquarters. General Greene then told them that the British army was still at Hillsboro, and he stated further that he had about decided to cross the Dan River and go down into that part of the country and offer battle, providing he could get a good position. He inquired what the officers thought of the plan. ' They talked it over, and it was found that the majority were in favor of making the move. "We must have a stronger force than the British commander has," said one. " Yes, in so far as numerical strength i s concerned,'' said General Greene; "but his soldiers are all veterans, while more than half our men are raw recruits, men who have never taken part in a battle." "True," said one of the officers; "but they look like pl'etty good n1en, and I believe that they will give a good account ,of themselves in a battle." ' "Well, I think so myself." Then General Greene asked Dick a number of questions, the answers to which gave the officers of the staff a good idea of the situation and regarding the possibilities for making a ' successful campaign against Cornwallis and his army. The discussion lasted a couple of hours, and at last it was decided to break camp the next day and cross the Dan River and proceed s lowly southward. "We will go slow and maneuver for position," said General Greene; "and if we can get General Cornwallis to make an attack on us when we are where we can take up a strong position we will likely be able to give him a thrashing." All were in favor of this move, and then General Greene gave each of the officers instructions, after which the council broke up, the members dispersing to their various quarters. The soldiers were delighted when they learned that the army was to break camp and march southward. They were tfred of ca.mp life and the a.ttenrlant inactivity.

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THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE NEUSE RIVER. 13 CHAPTER XII. THE CAPTURE OF THE DISPACTH-BEARER. "The.British don't seem to want to fight, Dick." "So it seems, Bob." "They know we are in the vicinity, surely." "Oh, yes; there can be no doubt regarding that." "I supposed that as soon as we got down near them they would come out and offer us battle." "I supposed so, too." Several days had elapsed since the patriot army broke camp and marched across the Dan River and southward. The patriot army was now within three miles of Hillsboro, but the British had not evinced any disposition to come forth and give battle. And on this day of which we write, Dick Slater, Bob Estabrook and half a dozen Liberty Boys were out on a scouting and reconnoitering expedition. They had paused beside the road and were just within the edge of the timber. . At the point where they were, the road was enclosed on either side by a rail fence. Dick, Bob and the other youths talked along for perhaps twenty minutes, and then Bob suddenly uttered an exclamation: "Yonder comes a horseman!" "Where?" "From the south; and he is a redcoat, too-a trooper." "We must capture him!" exclaimed Dick; "perhaps he is a despatch-bearer.!" "That's so!" from Bob. "We will divide our party in two, and one will move up the road fifty yards and will step out and head him off, while the other will step in behind and make it impossible for him to retreat." "That's a good scheme," said Bob. He and three of the youths hastened away up alongside the road, while Dick and the other three youths remained where they were. On came the trooper, evidently unsuspicious of danger. He passed the spot where Dick and the three youths were concealed, and rode onward, only to be suddenly confronted by Bob and the other three youths. "Surrender!" cried Bob, in a loud, clear voice. "Don't try to escape , or it will be the worse for you!" The British trooper, seeing that he was headed off, turned his horse and dashed straight toward the rail fence at the roadside. • The horse was not a good leaper, and went down upon its knees, throwing the redcoat over its head. The Liberty Boys of both parties dashed forward, and before the trooper could rise they had seized him and his arms were speedily bound together behind his back. He was helpless, a prisoner in the hands of the rebels. He had been jarred somewhat by his fall, but' was not seriously injured, and he quickly regained control of his He glared angrily and defiantly at his captors. "Well, my fine fellow, we have you tight and fast," said Dick. "What are you going to do with me?" growlingly. "I am going to take you to the patriot encampment." "You had better let me go!" "Why so?" . "Because if you hold me, General Cornwallis will wreak a terri ble vengeance upon you!" The Liberty Boys laughed. "We are not afraid of Cornwallis," said Bob. " You had better be!" "Why doesn't he come out and fight us?" asked Dick. "He will give you a fig-ht in due time, never fear!" " Well, we have be e n waiting seveq1 l days for him to make som e move of that kind, but he doesn't to want to do so." "You will get all the fighting you want before many days," in a significant voice. "All. r ight," smiled Dick. "I judge that Cornwallis will get about all he wants at the same time." Then he turned to the youths and said: "One of you look through ' his pockets and see if he has a • . J papers. It is possible that he is a d espatch-bearer." "I'll see," said Bob. He began feeling in the prisoner's pockets, and presently drew forth a sealed document. " 'For Lieutenant Colonel Tarleton,' " he read aloud. "These are despatches, Dick!" eagerly. "Undoubtedly, Bob." / "We have done well in capturing him.1l "Yes, I think so." Then Dick turned to the pr'soner and asked: "Where is Colonel Tarleton?" "Don't you .wish you knew?" said the trooper sneer ingly. "Yes; you had better tell us." "Never! If you want to know where Colonel Tarleton is , you will have to find out yourselves." "Perhaps we may be able to do so ." "Perhaps; but I doubt it." One of the Liberty Boys had caught the trooper's horse. and now he was assisted into the saddle and the youths set out for the patriot encampment, Bob leading the horse. They reached there in about half an hour, and the prisoner was taken before General Greene. "Whom have you here, Dick?" the general inquired. "A despl;\tch-bearer, sir," replied Dick. The general was greatly interested at once. • "Say you so?" he exclaimed. "Where are the despatches?" "Here, sir." Dick drew the sealed document from his pocket and handed it to • the general. Taking the letter, the officer looked at the inscription. " 'To Lieutenant Colonel Tarleton," eh?" he remarked. "I ought to secure some important, or at least interesting, information from this." He broke the seal, and, opening the. letter, read the con-tents. "Colonel Tarleton, with his troopers, is somewhere over . toward the northwest,'' said General Greene; "and General Cornwallis has ordered him to come to Hillsboro at once, as he wishes to give battle to us and wishes to have his entire army." "Say, General Greene," said Dick eagerly; "let me take my Liberty Boys and go and get after Tarleton's band!" "He likely has a much stronger force than yours, Dick." "That doesn't matter." 1 "You are willing to see what you can do against him any way, eh?" "Yes." "Very well; you may go. But you may not be able to find him at all." "We will have the fun of looking for him, anyway; and if we do find him, we will do . our best to deplete the ranks of his forces somewhat and keep him from being in shape to render the assistance to General Cornwallis that he other wise would be able to do." The general told Dick that he would be glad if a blow could be struck the force under Tarleton, as that would help some, and the youth said that he would do his best to reduce the number in the colonel's band of troopers. The Liberty Boys, when Dick told them what he was go ing to do, were delighted. "Say, that is just the kind of work I like, Dick!" cried Bob Estabrook. "Yah, und I vos lige dot kint uv. vork, you pet me your life!" declared Carl Gookenspieler. "It is afther suitin' me, begorra!" from Patsy Branni-gan. The other youths all said the same. "Let's get ready at once, Dick!" "Yes, lf!t's go in a hurry, old fellow!" "So do I!" "We will make him move liv ely if we g e t sight of him!" Such were a few of the exclamations. The youths at once began making the'.r preparations. They replenished their stocks of ammunition, recharged their pistols., filled their saddle-bags with provisions and then bridled and saddled their horses and set out. They rode toward the west in the hope that they might be able to head off Tarleton and his band in case they were on their way to rejoin the main British army at Hillsboro.

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t4 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE NEUSE RIVER. CHAPTER XIII. ATTACKED BY TARLETON' BAND. "There they are, Dick!" "You are right, Bob ." "Jove, Tarleton has a strong force , hasn't he?" "Yes; stronger than I expected." "He has four hundred men, at least!" "That is just about the way I size the force up." "Four times as many as we have!" "Yes, it is odds of four to one if we engage him in battle." " 'If', did you say, Dick?" "Oh, we'll go for them, Bob!" "That sounds better!" , "We must try to get them at a disadvantage, however, if possible, so as to counterbalance the excess of numbers agajnst us." "Yes, that will be policy, if we can manage it." . "We will wait till they go into camp to-night. They may choose a position that is not over strong, not thinking that danger is at lJ.and." "True; it is possible that they may do so." Dick and Bob were out in advance of the Liberty Boys' force andwere reconnoitering and sc outing. Having come to the top of a hill, they paused there and were looking all around, when they suddenly caught sight of a large party of coming toward them from the northwest. The troopers wore brilliant scarlet uniforms, and there could be no doubt but what they were the force under Colonel Tarleton, who was known as "The Butcher," because of the fact that he had been reported as having massacred a force of patriots, giving them no quarter. The Liberty Boys had heard about this, and it made them all the more eager to get after Tarleton's force. They would be glad to strike him a strong blow. It was about four o'clock in the afternoon when Dick and Bob caught sight of the redcoats, and they judged that the enemy would go into camp soon. The British troopers were coming along at a leisurely pace. They did not seem to be in any hurry . Dick gauged their speed, and then looked toward the south. "They will come to a stop and go into camp yonder at the foot of the ridge, Bob, I'll wager," he said, pointing. Bob nodded. "Likely enough, old fellow," he agreed. "And that will be all right, eh, Bob?" "Yes; I think it will enable us to get a good chance at them." The youths waited till the British troopers were within a quarter of a mile of them, and then they moved away to ward the south. They took up a position at last on top of the ridge and 1vaited. The British troopers came in sight presently, and as Dick had prognosticated, they went into camp at the foot of the ridge, where a small stream wound its way toward the Neuse River. The troopers unbridled and unsaddled their horses, put up their tents, and built campfires. "They are getting ready for an all-night stay, Bob," said Dick. "Yes." "That is good." "So it is." "Let's slip down the slope and get as near the camp as possible." "All right." ) "I want to see the lay of the land by daylight, so that we will be better able to get to them after dark." "Yes; that will help." They slipped down the slope and managed to get to within one hundred and fifty yards of the edge of the encampment without being in danger of being seen. Here, ensconced behind trees, they stood and looked the ground over, and eyed the camp and the troopers so busily engaged in cooking their supper. They remained there perhaps half an hour and then turned and stole back up the slope. They then proceeded to the point where they had left the Liberty Boys. The youths inquired eagerly regarding whether they had seen anything of the redcoats. "Yes, we have seen them," said Dick. "Good! Good!" "Hurrah!" "Now we can make an attack on them!" "Are they far from here?" "Will we strike them to-night?" Such were a few of the exclamations and queries uttered by the Liberty Boys. "Yes, we will make an attack on them to-night," said Dick. This was pleasing news. The Liberty Boys were eager to have a fight with the British troopers. They had not been engaged in a battle since that of the Cowpens, and they felt that they were getting rusty, so to speak. They cooked and ate their suppers, and then waited patiently for the order to march. Dick had decided to leave the horses where they were, under the charge of a couple of the youths, and the others would go to make the attack on foot. At last, about half-past nine, he gave the command for the youths to start. They at.pnce set out. Dick and Bob were in the lead, of course, as they were not only the commanders of the party, but they were the only ones who knew the way to where the redcoats were encamped. They did not go fast, as it was not necessary. After a walk of half an hour, they began climbing the slope leading to the top of the ridge. When they reached the top, they paused and rested a few minutes and looked down at the campfires of the enemy, these being visible, the growth of timber on the slope being not very heavy. Presently Dick gave the command for the youths to move down the slope. They obeyed the command, and moved slowly and cautiously downward. When they were within two hundred yards of the edge of the encampment, they paused. They were close up to the sentinels, and could not advance farther without being discovered. Dick decided to wait a while before making the attack. If the troopers lay down and went to sleep, it would give the youths a better chance to do good execution. They had been standing there behind trees gazing down at the encampment perhaps fifteen minutes, when Bob moved across to Dick's side and said in a cautious whisper: "Say, Dick, I have just made a discovery." "What is it, Bob?" "Why, there are a goodly number Of the redcoats missing from the encampment!" Dick did not make a reply at once, but gazed searchingly down into the encampment. "Jove, Bob, I believe that you are right!" he suddenly exclaimed, in a whisper, of course. "How many are missing, do you think?" "More than a hundred, Bob." "That's what I think." "Yes." "What does it mean?" "I am inclined to think that it means danger for us, . old fellow!" "Do you think so?" "Yes." "You think that they have learned of our presence in the vicinity?" "It would not surprise me. They may have sent out scouts ' to reconnoiter, and these may have discovered us." "And in that case the redcoats who are missing from the encampment may be preparing a surprise for us." "That's so." At this moment came in a loud, clear voice from over to the right: "Fire! Give it to the rebel scoundrels!" Then loudly a volley rang out. Crash!-roar!

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THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE NEUSE RIVER. CHAPTER XIV. LIBERTY BOYS RETREAT. 'i h<.. ;.,..ii.ets rattled all around the Liberty Boys. . Fortunately, they were youths who understood what to do under most all circumstances, Dick having given them lots of instructions regarding how to act and what to do under certain contingencies; and now, the instant they had heard the command to fire, they had thrown themselves at full length on the ground. The bullets from the muskets of the redcoats, of course, went above the Liberty Boys. ' Not a single youth was hit. The redcoats gave utterance to wild yells, and the com-mand was heard: "Charge, Bayonet the rebels!" From down in the encampment came the sound of yells. But the Liberty Boys did not intend to let the redcoats have it all their own way. They lay extended on the ground and leveled their muskets and fired a volley. They must have done some execution, for on the air rose screams of pain and groans. , "Now with the pistols!" commanded Dick. The youths drew their pistols and cocked them. The redcoats were coming, the youths knew, for they could hear them rustling through the underbrush. Guided by these sounds the Liberty Boys fired two pistol volleys. They did good exec,ution, if the groans and screams of pain were anything to judge by. Then from the encampment below came wild yells, and the youths knew that the main force of redcoats was coming up the slope. Dick gave utterance to a peculiar, quavering whistle, and the Liberty Boys understood that they were to retreat back up to the top of the ridge. They did so, moving as rapidly as possible, and here they paused and reloaded their muskets and pistols. Halfway down the slope could be heard the voices of the redcoats, and it was evident that .those who had made the attack on the Liberty Boys were explaining things to those from the encampment. "What are we going to do, Dick-make a stand here?" asked Mark Morrison. "Yes, Mark; we will give the m another fight if they come on up," said Dick. " "Good!" • This suited the other youths also. "Let 'em come!" said Bob; "we 'll make 'em wish they had stayed back in the encampment." They li stened and learned by the sound of the voices that the redcoats were coming up the slope. It was evident that they were moving slowly, however. "'rhey know that we can fight some now," chuckled Bob. "Yes, they certainly know that," agreed Dick. Closer and closer came the British. Then suddenly on the ail' rose a shrill whistle. It was the signal from Dick for the Liberty Boys to fire. Loudly the volley rang out. The British must have felt the effects of the storm of oullets, for yells of pain and anger went up. "Fire!" screamed an officer. "Give it to the scoundrelly rebels!" Crash! Roar! The volley followed the command closely. Bullets whistled all around the Liberty Boys. They had taken the precaution to throw themselves down upon their stomachs again, however, and only two or three were wounded, and these not seriously . "Now with the pistols!" cried Dick. "Let's kill every last one of the redcoated rascals!" A cheer went up from the throats of the Liberty Boys. The youths at once fired two pistol-volleys. Crash! Roar! Rattle! Crash! Roar! Rattle! On the air rose screams of pain and anger, and then came the command: "Charge, men! Their weapons are empty now and we can bayonet them to death!" "Don't you believe that!" cried Dick. "We have our belts full of pistols, so look out for us!" But the redcoats evidently did not believe this, for they came with a rush, as the Liberty Boys could make out by the noise made by their feet on the rocks and gravel. Dick gave utterance to another shrill whistle. Again two pistol-volleys rang out, one c1ose on the heels of the other. The British must have been dismayed by the hail of bul lets, but if so they did not permit it to overmaster them, for they kept on coming. "At them, men, and give no quarter!" roared a voice, and the Liberty Boys guessed that it was the famous Tarleton who had uttered the command. Dick felt that it would be bad policy to permit his Liberty Boys to meet the redcoats in a hand-to-hand combat; the enemy outnumbered them greatly, and in encounters at close range force of numbers would undoubtedly prevail; so he gave the signal for the youths to retreat. When the blood of the Liberty Boys was up they were ready to fight a regiment. Odds signified nothing to them. But Dick was always cool and clear-minded, and he never permitted his Liberty Boys to do anything foolishly reckless. So down the slope of the ridge the Liberty Boys retreated rapidly, but in good order. CHAPTER XV. GENERAL ' GREENE CHALLENGES CORNWALLIS. "Well, Dick, what are we going to do now?" \ "I hardly know whether to return to the encampment or try to get another cha11ce at th-e redcoats, Bob." "The latter by. all means!" "But we may not be able to do so." "Well , we can try." "So we can." The other youths thought so, too. So the Liberty Boys set out. They made a detour and went around and approached the British encampment from the west. They could see the redcoats in the encampment plainly, for they had built up campfires, and the work of dressing the wounds of the injured was in progress. The Liberty Boys found, however, that the British. troopers had become cautious, for a line of pickets was stationed at a point more than a third of a mile from the edge of the encampment. The youths paused and discussed the situation cautiously, so as not to let the pickets know that an enemy was near. It was decided, after some discussion, to make a sudden d,ash, drive the pickets in, and then rush up to within musket-shot distance and fire upon the troopers and then retreat. Presently Dick gave a low, quavering whistle. Instantly the Liberty Boys leaped forward and ran as fast s they could. . The pickets heard them coming, and fired in :i':e direc tion from which the sound came; then they took to their heels and ran toward the encampment, yelling at the top of their voice s : "The rebels! The rebels are upon us!" All was excitement in the British encampment at once. The troopers seized their muskets and fired a vol! into the darkness, but the Liberty Boys were out of range as yet. In they rushed, however, and presently they were close enoug'1 to do effective work, and Dick gave the signal tc fil'e. The youths fired a volley at once. They did pretty good execution, dropping quite a number of the redcoats. The British fired, but the bullets went above the youths, inflicting no damage. , The Liberty Boys were within pistol-shot distance now aJld they fired two volleys, after which they rose and quickly retreated. The Liberty Boys now made their way back to their encampment. The rest of the night was spent quietly, the Liberty Boys getting a sufficient amount of sleep.

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l6 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE NEUSE R1VER. Next morning they hastily ate their breakfas t, and then Dick and Bob reconnoitered. They learned that the British troopers were on the move. "They are going to join Cornwalli s a t Hillsboro, J'll wager, Dick," said Bob. "I think it likely, old fellow," was the reply. "Can't we worry them as they go along?" "We can try it, at any rate ." They did more than try; they s ucceeded in worrying Tarleton .and his troopers greatly a s they rode onward to ward Hillsboro. The Liberty Boys kept after the troopers till they were almost to the main British encampment. Then they finally stopped and turned back. They rejoined the main patriot army, and Dick went and reported to General Greene. The general was glad to hear that the Liberty Boys had had such good luck. General Greene held a council of war, and it was decided to venture down to within a mile of the British encampment and go into camp, in the hope that the British would make an attack. A strong po sition was chosen. Then General GreeJie wrote a note, addressed it to General Cornwallis, and summoned Dick Slater and told him to carry it to the British encampment under the protection of a flag of truce. Dick said he wold do so, and, taking the note, h.e set out. A British captain came forth to meet him, and inquired what wall wanted. " I have here a note for General Cornwalli s from my com-mander,'' said Dick. "I will take it to him," said the captain. "Do so." "Will there be an answer, do you think?" I "I think so." "Then you will wait here?" "Yes." "Very well." The British captain turned away and hastened t0 the British encampment and handed the note to G eneral Corn wallis. He opened it and read: "To General Cornwallis: "I am encamped within a mile of you. Come and fight me. . "GENERAL GREENE, "Commander Patriot Army." General Cornwallis wrote underneath, on the same paper: "To General Greene: "You will soon have all the figJ:i.ting you want, never fear. "GENERAL CRONW ALLIS, "Comman+}er British Army." He handed the note to the captain and said, curtly: "Take that to the messenger." / The captain bowed and returned to where Dick was in waiting and gave him the note, with instructions to hand it to General Greene. CHAPTER XVI. CAPTAIN SHIPLEY BEATEN AGAIN. That evening Dick got permission and left the encampment and made his way to the Allison home. He was given a hearty welcome by Mrs. Allison and Ger trude. "Well, how are you getting along?" queried Dick, after he had taken a seat in front of the great fireplace. "Oh, we are getting along all right," replied Gertrude. "That is good . Have you heard anything more from Captain Shipley?" "No, sir." "Possibly he is dead." "It is possible." . Just then there came the sound of footsteps on the porch and the door opened and George Hilton entered. "Well, well! How are you, Mr. Slater?" the youth greeted. "I am getting along all right," was Dick's reply. " How is it with you?" "Oh, with a quick glance at Gertrude, " I am a s happy as the day is long." "I'm glad to hear that." George took a seat and the four engaged in conversatio11. Dick a s ked the young man if he had heard anything further from Captain Shipley, and he said that he had not, unless a notice that he had received only an hour before was from him. . "Here it is,'' said George , drawing a piece of paper .from his pocket and handing it to Dick. " Reati it aloud, Mr. Slater." Dick unfolded the paper and read: "To George Hilton: "Stop visiting Gertrude Allison. Obey this or die! From "ONE WHO MUST BE OBEYED." "That is rather a queer warning,'' said Dick. "That sounds a bit like the captain, don't you think so?" from George . " You are right," Dick agreed. Young Hilton's teeth came together with a click and he said, grimly: "Well, if Captain Shipley, or any one else, thinks he can frighten me he is badly fooled!" "You will have to be on your guard, George. You are in danger, I fear!" said Gertrude. "I'll be on my guard, Gertie; but the other fellows are in danger, too, if they try to do me injury." "They may not give , you any chance, George," said Dick. "That is true," said Mrs. Allison; "they may take you unawares." "I won't let them." "Oh, you won't, eh?" These words were spoken in a cold, sneering tone by Captain Shipley, who at that moment opened the door and stepped into the room. In his hand was a pistol, and it .was aimed straight at the heart of George Hilton. Behind the captain were at least a dozen redcoats, all with drawn pistols. Dick and George realized that it was useless to attempt to resist. It could only result in their being shot dead. "We have you this time, I think!" said Captain Shipley, grimly. Then he ordered the two ' to raise their hands above their heads. ' They did so. "That is sensible," nodded the captain. Then he turned to his men and ordered a couple of them te> disarm the two and bind their arms. Then he turned to one of the men and said: "Chaplain, we will now -have that ceremony that we were about to have here once before , but which was interrupted by these two young scoundrels." Dick and George recognized the man thus addressed as being the same one that had been there with the captain be fore. "All right, Captain, " said this man. "I'm ready if you are." The captain strode across the room and seized hold of Gertrude's hand and dragged her rudely out upon the floor . "We're go ing to be married, Gertrude," he said, w1th a smile of triumph. "You know our wedding ceremony was interrupted the other time, but it won't be this time." George Hilton was pale as death, and he pulled at his b onds like a madman and glared at Captain Shipley with a look of hatred. 'You must not do this, Captain Shipley!" e x claimed Mrs. Allison. "A marriage by force is an outrage. " "I refuse to marry you, and will not say yes to any of the questions, so that will make it no marriage," said Gertrude. "It won't make any difference; you will be married just the s ame, for the chaplain will make out the certificate and it will be signed by witne sses. You see?" A groan escaped the lips of G ertrude , and a n exclama tion of rage was g iven uttera nce to by George Hilton. "As sure as that the sun rises in the morning I will kill you , Captain Shipley, if you p e r sist in going through with this affair!" the young man declar ed. "Ha, ha, ha!" laup.-hed the capta in. "That is bra v e talk from on e who i s a h e lol ess orison er. I wql s ee to i t that you d on't e:e t a ny chan ce to injure . m e, y o ung fello"-."

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THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE NEUSE RIVER. 1'1 "Y ciu are about the biggest s coundrel that it has ev e r been They w ere up b efo r e d aylight and had eaten breakfl!st my ill-fortune to s ee! " s aid Dick, e y eing the captain scornby the time the sun was illuminating the eastern sky. fully. General Gree n e sent Dick to reconnoiter the British en'l' he officer glared at him. campment. " See hete, Dick Slater," the captain growled; "this is The youth made his way to the vicinity of the encampno affair of ,yours, and I should think that you have trouble ment, only to make a di s covery: enough of your o w n without worrying about the troubles The Britis h were not there! of other people. " They had evacu ated and gon e away. "Thes e people are my fr'.ends," was the quiet reply. But where had they gone? "Well, you won't be able to help them any, friends or not That would h a ve t o be learned by s couts later on. friends." Dick's busine s s now w a s to get back and carry the news "That remains to be seen." to General Greene. The captain laughed. He hastened away in the direction of the patriot {;n-"What do you think you can do?" he queried. "You are a campment and was not long in reaching there. helpless prisoner, and the ceremony is going to take place He hastened to the general's tent at once. within the next ten minutes ." "Well?" said General Greene, eyeing Dick eagerly. He "It won't be lega l." could see that the youth was excited and expected to hear "Bosh! Yes it will." some news of importance and interest. "You • know it will not, Captain Shipley!" cried George. "The British are not there, sir!" e x claimed Dick "Oh, shut up, young fellow . Chaplain, are you ready?" "What!" "Ready, Captain." Gen eral Green stared in amazement. "Very good; go ahead with the ceremony." "The British army has taken its d e parture, r i ' Just at this moment, however, and before the chaplain "You don't say s o!" had uttered a word the e came the sound of pistol-shots "Yes, sir." from without, followed by wild yells from the redcoats who "Where has it gone?" were standing on the porch. "I don't know." An exclamation of rage escaped the lips of the caotain. "You saw nothing of it, then?" "What does it mean?" he cried. "No." "Vve are attacked by a strong force, Captain!" cried one "Well, take a helper or two and go and scout around tin of the soldiers; " flee for your life!" j you learn where the Britis h have gone, Dick." Captain Sh ipley. a11d the cha.plain darted into the kitche_n "Very well, sir." . and out through the doorway at the rear and took to their I "Bring me the news at the earliest possible moment." heels. 1 "I will do so, sir." The other redcoats leaped off the porch and fled also. Dick saluted and withdrew. , There were some more pistol-shots, and presently Bob EsWhen he told the Lib erty Boys that the British army tabroo)< and a couple more of the Liberty Boys appeared in had disappeared they gave utterance to exclamations of the doorway. surprise and disappointment. "Bob!" exclaimed Dick, "how happens it that you are "That is bad!" here?" "Yes we won't get to fight them to-day." "General Greene is going to make an attack on the British have they gone?" to-night, Dick,'' was the reply; "and he sent us to bring you "They're afraid to risk a battle with us! back to the encampment so as to . be there in time to go Such were a few of the exclamations. with us." "Bob, you and Sam come with me," said Dick. "D : d only you three come?" "What are we going to do?" from Sam, eagerly. "No, there are about twenty of us. The others are chas"We are going to scout and reconnoiter till we learn ing the redcoats." where the British have gone." " Ah! Well, cut our bonds, Bob.". "Good!" said Bob . "That kind of work suits me. Let's The youth obeyed,, and soon Dick and George were free. start at once." It .was first tlme that had met Bob and tJ'le They set out a few minutes later. othe1 two Liberyy Boys, and Dick mtroduced them to\ htm They rode to where the British had been encamped, and to Mrs. Allison . and . . . ,, from there they we?lt to the Allison home. Oh, but your friends came at Just the nght moment! Mrs. Alli s on and Gertrude were glad to see Dick and his murmured .Gertrude d b t Id f t' d' th "S th d 'd" d D' k " d 1 t 1 k' f I comra e s , u cou give no m orma ion regar mg P o ey i , agree ic ; an was no oo mg or British any such good fortune to happen to u s, either. " " . ., . Presently the other Libei ty Boys put in an appearance, They did not go past here, said Gertrude. .. and they reported that they had chased the redcoats into The Y?uths then went. over and saw Hilton. the timber and had wounded three of four of them. . He same thmg, that the Bntish had not come Dick then explaine d to Georg e and Mrs . Allison and Germ that directl?n. . .. trutle that he must go a t once with the Liberty Boys , after The three Liberty Boys then ret?rned to where Bntish which he bade them good-night and, in company with his had been encamped and made their way to the river .. comrade' s, set out in the direction of the patriot encampment. ' At a ford they found tracks of men and horses m the Three-quarters of an hour later they arrived at the enand knew that the,, had crossed here. campment, and they found the army ready to set out to make .. They gone west, Dick. the attack on the British. We will follow said Bob. The Liberty Boys took their places in the ranks and then They rode across the nver headed westwll;rd. the command came for them to march and the army set out. . They reached the top o:f a hill about two miles from th> ' r iver, and here they paus ed to take a look around. "I see them!" cried Bob, almost immediately. "Where?" from Sam. CHAPTER X VJ1. "Yonder, to the southwestward." The youths looked in the direction indicat e d, and saw the THE BRITISH DISAPPEAR . British army making its way along. While the y were watching the British came to a halt, and The patriots made an attack but t he n ;ght was so dark presently Bob exclaimed: that'they could not see to do 'much damage, and so after ;;They:re going into cam!?!" ,, . . an hour of fighting the order was given to retire. 1 } are said Dick, . 1 The soldiers obe y ed l:.nd marche d back to their encampYes, saH1 Sam; that is what they are domg. ment "I don't und erstand it," from Dick. "V i e will make an attack in the morning by daylight" said I "Nor I," from Bob; "why are they going into camp out General Greene. ' in the middle of the open country?". The soldiers t1uew themselves down upon their blankets "So that it will be for us to adyance and make and g-ot as much s leep as was possible. an attack on them without bemg seen commg, I suppose."

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• 18 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE NEUSE RIVER. .ThE'. youths watched till they were sure the British had gof;e mto camp, and then Dick turned to Sam and said: Sam, you return to the encampment and tell General Greene the new s ." "All right, Dick . " "And you will guide the patriot army to this spot." "Very well." Sam leaped into the saddle and set out at oni::e. He rode swiftly, and about two hours and a half later he arrived at• the patriot encampment. He went at once to General Greene's tent and made his report. "Good!" said the general; "we will break can1p at once and start on the march to the point in question. You will act as guide." "Very well, sir." Sam went to the Liberty Boys' quarters and told the youths of the success of himself and comrades in tra,:king the redcoats. The youths were glad that the British had been gotten track of, and that the patriot army was to break camp and go after them. An hour later the patriot soldiers were on the march. They arrived at the point where Dick and Bob had been left by Sam about the middle of the afternoon. Dick and Bob were not there. The British army was still in camp where it had been when Sam took h'.s departure, and it seemed strange that the two youths should have gone away. . The patriot went into camp on the slope of the hill that was a distance away from the British, and their presence could not be detected. About an hour after the patriot army had gone into camp Dick and Bob appeared, and they had a prjsonerevidently a British spy. "He gave us a good race," said Dick; "but finally caught him." They conducted the prisoner to General Greene's tent. "Whom have you there?" the general asked. "A British spy, sir, I am sure," said Dick. The general eyed the prisoner sternly. "Do you know what the fate of spies usually is, sir?" the patriot commander asked. "J an' no spy," was the sullen reply. CHAPTER XVIII. .\ DEFEAT THAT WAS A VICTO R Y. patriots withdrew out of range and went into camp till morning. . . When morning came the patriot army and the Br1t1sh army began to stir. . The soldiers ate their breakfast and then looked to thell' weapons, for they expected that the battle would be re newed . And their expectations were realized. The patriot soldiers received orders to begin the attack, and they obeyed with alacrity. The British were in no wise backward, and soon the battle was raging. . . About ten o'clock the patriots charged, but the Britis h veterans hurled them back, and General Greene, seeing that it would be impossible to defeat the enemy, decided to withdraw. They expected to get another chance at the British soon, however. Shortly after the noon hour the Brifr: h broke and . The patriots watched the enemy in surprise and disappointment. The soldiers hoped that they would receive orders to break camp and follow the enemy, but the order did not come. General Greene called a council of war and discussed the matter at length "vith the members of the staff. It was his opinion that General Cornwallis was simply intending to move to a stronger position, and the othei of ficers agu.ed with him . So the patriot army remained where it was, and when night had come scouts were sent out to see what had be come of the British . Dick was one of the scouts, and he finally got the Britisl!, army located . It was on a ridge heavily wooded. He saw that the British had fixed up for a stay of some l ength. They had put.. up their tents and were throwing up earthworks. Dick, having made a success of his work, stole away and made his way back to the patriot encampment. He went reported 'to General Greene, and the officer complimented him and said that he had done well. During the following week the Br'tish were busy getting recruits, and General Greene, not wishing to attack while the enemy occupied such a strong position, moved his army to Guilford. General Cornwallis, having strengthened his army, now broke camp and went after the patriot army. The result was that on the 15th of March a hard-fought battle took place at Guilford . "It would be a difficult matter to prove that you are not In this battle the patriots were defeated, but the victory a spy," said General Greene. "A better thing for yo u to was a dear one for the British, for they lo s t more men do 1s to acknowledge that you are a spy and then tell me all than the patriots did, and three days later General Corn you know regarding the British army and the intentions of wallis and the remnant of his army set out for Wilmington. the commander, and then, perhaps, I may decide not to hang The battle of Guilford, indeed, practically closed the you . " 1 campaign in the State, and while, as has been said, the The fellow would not say a word, and so the general battle was tactically a win for the British, it was, straget-ordered that he be taken away and placed under guard. ically considered, a victQTy for the patriots. This was done, and then the soldiers settled down to await In other words, i t was a defeat that was very much of a the coming of darkness. vic t ory. The Liberty Boys, especially, were glad that the pro s , Ge neral Gree n e pursued General Cornwallis toward Wilpects were so good for a battle. mington , but failed to catch him. At last darkness set in, and the got ready fo r They d i d not meet again in battle till weeks later up in wor k. Vi r g i nia. The command to march did not come till a bou t ten o'c l o ck , Thus ends t h e story of "The Liberty Boys on the Neuse however. River." Then the soldiers set out. We will simply add that George Hilton and Gertrude They marched to within half a mile of the British enAlli son were married a year later, and that they lived very campment, and then the soldiers moved to the right and happily, as they_ deserved to do. t o the left; slowly and carefully the w ork o f s urro u nd ing Captai n Shipley, who had caused the two so much the British encampment was gone through with. trouble, was killed in the battle of Guilford, so he never It was now midnight, and a good time to make a n attack. crossed the paths of the two again. General Greene gave the signal for the attack, and t he , patriot soldiers rushed forward . ' Next wee k's issu e will contain "THE LIBERTY BbYS T he redcoats leaped to arms. 1 AND BENEDIC T ARNO LD; OR, HOT WORK WITH A But t h e patriots poured i n a v o lley before their e n emies TRA ITOR. " could get read y for w o r k , and con s iderable execution was done. Voll ey after volley was fired b y the p atriots , and the b : rN:d a bou t thre e ho u r s , and then the SEND:POSTAL FOR OUR FREE CATALOGUE

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 19 CURRENT NEWS Nick Crisko, according to testimony in police court, Johnstown, Pa., asked Mr. and Mrs. Paul Noga of Cambria City for the hand of their daughter in marriage. Noga had a pair of black eyes and a battered face. Mrs. Noga had one black eye. Mrs. Noga told Mayor Franke that when Mr. Noga said no to Nick's suit, Nick attacked him. She tried to keep Nick from battering her husband and he (Nick) turned upon her. Wichita's German Methodist Church is to be Americanized . It will be renamed to keep pace with the younger generation, which speaks "the Kansas language." The church will be known as the C .alvary Methodist Episcopal Church. The. Rev. David W. Smith, pastor of the church, whose name Smyth was Americanized by his father fifty years ago , said the change was the desire of a majority of the congregation. A skeleton believed to be that of an Indian chief, was discovered by workingmen engaged in digging gravel on the Frank Wallace ranch, a and a half west of San Leandro. The bones have been taken in charge by Deputy Coroner Robert Morgan, who de clares that from the size of the thigh bone, it is evident that the ske leton is that of a man at least eight feet tall. The skeleton is to be sent to the anthropo logical department of the University of California. A new way to exterminate prairie dogs has been tried by E. D. Kieffer, a Woods County, Oklahoma, farmer. Mr. Kieffer took his automobile and turned the exham)t into every hole he could find and then covered holes with dirt. He watched the holes for several days and found only one that had been dug through. The fumes from the gas, he believes, killed the dogs. Farmers in his neighbor hood are planning to continue the experiment. San Diego, Cal., has been selected by the War Department as the first city on the Pacific Coast to be equipped with a squadron of battleplanes and seaplanes to act as scouts for the port's defense, according to official word received in that city. The company will comprise twelve seaplanes and three pursuit triplanes, all filled with machine guns and bomb-dropping devices. The personnel will consist o:f sixteen aviator and 160 mechanicians, bomb throwers and radio operators. are claimed. The other fan, while of the four bladed variety, has no two blades exactly alike a?d they are not of exact peripheral diameter. The clann is maae that since the blades travel in different planes, the hum so often evident and objectionable in motor fans is eliminated. Bids for six new scout cruisers will be opened by the Navy Department on March 14, the the Navy announced this week. All American ship builders who have adequate facilities have re quested to bid on the vessels. The six cruisers in clude three of the four authorized last year, and the three included in this year's program. Under the provisions of the Act of Aug. 29, 1916, the limit of cost for each vessel was fixed at $5,000,000, but the Department was able to secure a for on!y one ship at this figure. The pendmg measure will ca)fry a paragraph increasing the limit to $6,000,000 . Montana citizens who recently voted in favor of prohibitiqh face the prospect of paying more.. taxes as a result of their action. The Butte Daily Post, in a dispatch from Helena, says: Governor Stewart's message to the Legislature was read before the joint session of House and Senate at noon. It contains recommendations, most important of which are: The need of greater revenue. It issues warning against over-appropriations. Says revenue from liquor licenses has decreased $40,000 a year, and points out that it will cease two years hence, urg ing some provision to compensate the general fund for this loss. Recommends Jlon-partisan commis sion to investigate subject of taxation and report constitutional amendment and statutory laws to bring about reform for submission to the next Legislature. A recent oil fire, which . threatened great quanti ties of gasoline on the premises of a big refining cqmpany at Port Arthur, Tex., was extinguished within thirty minutes by using carbon-dioxide foam, according to Popular Mechanics. This is said to be the first working demonstration in that part of the country iii which this foam was used to put out oil fires. The fire was started by a stroke of lightning which struck one of the oil tanks. An explosion followed and presently three tanks, containing more than 1,500,000 gallons of refined gaso line and gasoline distillate, were ablaze. All the pipes, tanks and conduits on the place had been At least two novelties are to be included in the equipped with foam-making apparatus and the electric fan offerings of the 1917 season. One of flames were out in less than half an hour. In many, these is in the form of an 8-inch aeroplane pro-if not in a majority, of oil fires, the loss is 50 per peller which takes the part of the usual four-bladed cent. or more, while here it was less than one-half metal fan, for which a number of advantages of one per cent. of the value involved . .

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20 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. ' A BORN FAKIR -OR-Tl-IE NERVIES T BOY OF ALL B y RALPH MORTON (A SERIAL STORY.) CHAPTER XVII. TED FINDS HIMSELF AGAINST A TROUBLE-MAKER. So Hen leaned back and sighed over the fact that everything was going out and nothing coming in. But Ted took the more cheerful view that the new scheme had cost very little to start, and that, no matter how poorly it paid, i would more than meet the expense. In the meantime Ted was busy concocting new schemes that were to be heard from later. Yet while d?ing . all this planning, he sat idly at desk, with his feet cocked up on the side. It was only when he had to do some figuring that he really seemed to be at work. But he found enough for the typewriter to do, and one of Tommy's regular afternoon duties was to deliver a bouquet of :flowers-not a large or showy one-at the Jameson residence for Tess Everson. In the evenings Ted went in person. He did not make the mistake, however, of remaining too long. Once Tess had called in to see the office. At this time the young lady typewriter was very busy, while Tommy rushed around as if the earth rested on his shou l ders. On his own desk Ted had a pile of papers and correspondence, with his check-book tucked away in a corner of the desk, yet where it could be seen. "What busy boys you are!" Tess cried, with en thusiasm. "And it's the first time I ever heard of boys running a big business for themselves." "It won't be the last time," Ted retorted. "The American boys are moving ahead. Ten years from now it will be impossible to get an office boy over t e n years old." Tess's brother, Fred, had not been heard from r:incc the night when he had threatene d his sister. He had simply disappeared, which was all that Mr. Jameson could learn for Tess. ' But one evening, as Ted appeared at the Jameson house, Tess met him at the door and drew him qu icl: ly in s ide, her cheeks burning and her eyes ablaze. She inquired : "Did you meet a tall, broad-shouldered and rather stout man going up the street?" "A fellow about forty years old, with a red face, black mustache, with diamonds in his shirt-front and on his fingers, and wearing a gray, small-check suit?" Ted demanded. "Yes, yes!" "Yes, I saw him, and wondered, for I hadn't heard of any circus in town." "Ted, that was John Marshall!" "What? The fellow who--" "Yes, the .man who has put my brother up to persecuting me. The man-the human spider-who holds Fred in his trap!" "Let me out," begged Ted, reaching for his hat. "I want to see that man." "What for?" "Well, I want to talk to him, at east." "Oh, Ted, don't have anything to do with him if you can help it! He is too wicked-too clever! And he'll hurt you without laying. himself liable. He's capable of anything that's mean." "What did he want here?" Ted asked, curiously. "He called and asked to see me." "Cheek!" :flamed 1'ed. "And then?" . "Mr. Jameson ordered him from the house." "Bully for Jameson--Mr. Jameson, I mean." "Marshall tried to talk back. Then Mr. Jameson rushed 'into his library and came back with' a big cavalry saber and declared he'd cut. the fellow in two . " "Say, Mr. Jameson is a real comer, ain't he?" "Mrs. Jameson and I got hold of Mr. Jameson and held him back," Tess \Vent on. "Why did you hold the poor man back from doing his duty?" Ted demanded, with such evident disappointment that Tess laughed. "Oh, you needn't think about him again, Ted. That fellow Marshall won't come here again. " "He'd better not," quoth Ted. "I'm going to buy a saber, too, the first thing in the morning." He stayed and spent a jolly hour, then, at a little after nine, sensibly took his leave. He had gone a block and a half of the way back to the hotel, when, at a lonely point in the street, a man stepped out from behind a tree and confronted him. It was John Marshall. "I've been waiting for you, son," growled th<:! gambler.

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' THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 21 "Then the pleasure is all yours," Ted informed him, coolly. "See here, I know all about how you jostled in and spoiled certain plans." "You're welcome," Ted declared. "Keep the change. I shall be glad to do as much for you another time." "I've got only this to say," cried the gambler, angrily. "You're altogether too big a boy for your age. You leave this town at once. Leave the county, too." "And if I don't see things your way?" "If you're here to-morrow you'll find you can't live in this county," came the ugly answer. "As for the graveyards here, they're no more convenient than they are elsewhere. Do you understand?'" "Yes," returned Ted, smiling, though his fa,ce was a trifle white. "You're informing me that, if I don't at once quit this part of the country, you'll set people on me to do me up. Is that it?" "You're smart enough to see the point at once," leered Marshall. "And you'll leave here!" "That's a bet you'll lose," smiled Ted. "You won't go?" "There aren't enough blamed scoundrels like you in the United States to make me leave this little town at present! As that's all I've got to say to you, Mr. Marshall-good-night, sir!" With a mocking bow, Ted walked on. But Marshall called angrily after him: "You'll be sorry for your foolishness. Perhaps you'll get the first taste before you reach the hotel!" At the next corner Ted was bumped into by a shabbily dressed, big and brutish-looking fellow. "Why can't you look where you're going?" de-manded the fellow, roughly. "I thought I was," Ted replied, smoothly. "Fresh, are ye? Then I'll learn ye something!" Like a flash of lightning the big fellow piled in with both fists. Ted was not in any sense a match for him, but the little f eilow struck back with speed and ness, doing his best and bravest to defend himself. But it was all too one-sided. One of Ted's eyes was all but closed, and the other damaged. Blood streamed from his nose; the sides, top and back of his head were hammered by those heavy brute fists. His ribs were battered and sore by the time that the running up of people compelled the bully to take to his legs. Yet, just before the brute started to run, he bent over the boy, whom he had just knocked down, and growled: "This is the easiest thing ye'll get if ye don't take Marshall's orders." Then the brute made good his escape, while Ted, badly battered and bleeding, with his clothes about ruined, explained to the newcomers that he had had a row with a bully and had gotten a little the worst of it. "But we don't leave Douglass, my boy," Sperry announced to Hen, as the latter helped patch him up in their room at the hotel. "What'll happen next, I wonder?''. groaned Hen. "Why, about the next thing, I reckon," grimaced the young fakir, though he could hardly keep back the groans that pain brought as far as lips, "about the next thing that will happen after a night's sleep, will be that I shall have to visit a beauty doctor and a surgeon who puts old clothes together or fits on new ones!" CHAPTER XVIII. HEN DOES GREAT BUSINESS BY HIMSELF. "How do I look?" Ted demanded. "A good deal more decent than I thought you would," Hen admitted. Not much later than usual the next morning Ted was at the office. He had had his black eyes rather skillfully painted out. ' He had on a new and stylish suit of clothes. He was still painfully sore inside, but the world could not see that. Ted Sperry was as smiling as ever, and almost as full of schemes. Toward noon the two young fakirs tool} a stroll together for the purpose of getting up an appetite for lunch. Their stroll at last led them dow.n a back street, behind a big wooden building, and around by a cross street into the town's main thoroughfare. Almost immediately afterward came the yell: "Fire!" Then, with hurrying feet a crowd began to gather, while the tire-fighting apparatus clattered up. It was the big wooden building that was afire. Flames were mounting up from the lower story at the rear. For half an hour the fire department had a tough fight against the flames. By the time that the fire was out the building was half destroyed. "An incendiary fire, that!" growled the fire marshal, in the hearing of many people. "I hope they catch the rascal who did it, then," said Ted to his partner, as they turned toward the hotel for their lunch. The meal over, Hen returned to their office. He was beginning to understand Ted's methods of busi ness, and to be of some use in the young firm. Ted had business further afield. An hour later he returned to the office, to be eagerly greeted by Hen, who followed our hero into his private office. "Say," demanded Hen, as soon as the door had been closed, "what's the scheme?" "Nothing newer than you know about," replied Ted, as he slid up the roll of his desk. "I mean the one you wrote me about." "Wrote you about?" "Why, yes, the note you sent me a little while ago." (To be continued.)

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2 2 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. FACTS WORTH READING SHOT OWL STEALING HEN. When a big horned owl, 18 inches tall, was flying off with a hen, S. J. Pettit shot the bird at his farm near Orchards, Wash., recently. The owl measured 4 feet 6.inches from tip to tip. Mr. Pettit had missed several chickens and was at a loss to know where they went and was pleased when he found he had the culprit. The owl will be mounted. . TRAPS TO NET $500. D. E. Stanton, a Civil War veteran, has a son, George W. Stanton, who , according to a letter received by the father, will clear more than $50 0 from his traps in Lake County, Ore., this winter. The young man writes that hi s chief reven u e will be derived from coyotes. Young Mr. Stanton has already trapped eighty-five coyotes this winter. He says that he has killed six bobcats. DOG SAVED CHILD. Mrs. Ben Gehlen of Stayton, Or e., dived into the millrace which runs past her home and rescued her two-year-old .so n, who was being swept down the stream, when the boy's dog, with which he was at play, warned her of the lad's danger. The mother saw the dog running frantically up and down the bank of the stream and heard him barking. She rushed to the ditch to investigate and found the boy being carried away by . the current. The boy suffered little, but the mother has been ill from the shock. ing to the Colorado miner who lost his life while crossing a creek near. Oneida. The miner was returning to his home in the East and carried many thousands of dollars worth of gold dust with him. Three persons have found nuggets recently. COYOTE TREES FRUITMEN. A coyote in the Majestic fiat district, East We natchee, Wash., caused a commotion recently when it attacked Walter Brunton, who was pruning in his orchard, forcing him to take refuge in a tree. After a while it left Mr. Brunton and encountered J. J. Filburn, who also took refuge in a tree. Mr. Brunton then ran to the home of Frank Burton to summon help. Earl Miller, armed with a sho'tgun, returned with Mr. Brunton, but in the meantime the coyote had gone on and. Mr. Filburn was tkeeping close onto its trail. They overtook the animal near the C. W. Cobb place, and began shooting, but the bullets seemed to have little effect on the coyote. Mr. Cobb, hearing the shots, came out with hisgun. The coyote made directly at Mr. Cobb, who, with a third shot, succeeded in killing it. The wild animal was supposed to be mad. CURIOUS HABIT OF RACCOONS. Few American wild animals are more widely known or excite more popular interest than the raccoon, which occupies most of the wooded parts of North America from the southern border of Can GASOLINE BURIED 20 YEARS. ada to Panama, with the exception of the higher Workmen making excavations at the Normal mountain ranges. School, Spart.a, Wis., came across a Their diet , is extraordinarily varied, and include s tank gasohne. How and when and why it was fresh-water clams, crawfish, frogs, birds and buried was a mystery at first, but later some old-their eggs, poultry, nuts, fruits and g:r:een corn. timers that_ a sco:e or more Qf_ years When near water they have a curious and unique ago the mstitution us ed gasolme and that it was habit of washing their food before eating it notes purchased in large quantities at a low price. As a I the National Graphic Magazine. Their for safety-first measure the tank was buried to guard green corn leads them into frequent danger for against explosions .. It is presumed that this when bottomland corn tempts them away from' thei; tank. was bi:ned and through a change adusual haunts, raccoon hunting with dogs at night mmistrat10n or m some other way the location of becomes an especially favored sport. Raccoons are its grave was forgotten. . remarkably intelligent animals and make interestmg and amusing pets. GOLD NUGGETS IN KANSAS. Raccoons began to figure in our frontier literature As a further episode in the proposed development at an earl y date. "Coon skin" caps, with the ringed of . Oneida's "gold field," it is now recalled that many tails hanging like plumes, made the favorite headyears ago George Williams found a leather pouch gear of many pioneer hunters, and "coon skins" were filled with the same kind of nuggets which have been a recognized article of ba1ter at country stores. Now found lately in the craws of ducks killed at On eida, that the increasing occupation of the country is Kan::ias. crowding out more and more of our wild life, it i s Williams did not know that the pouch contained a pleasure to note the persistence with which these anything of v alue and threw it away. characteristic and interesting animals cont inu e to The pouch is supposed to be one of those belonghold their own in so much of their original range.

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 23 HEIR , TO A CENT -ORTHE LEGACY THAT MADE A MAN OF HIM By CAPTAIN GEORGE W. GRANVILLE ' (A SERIAL sroRY.) XXII (Continued). ' It's too b,ad that Avery should alway& escape," chattered Dick. He was ch'illed to the bone from his long lying on the cold ground. "Did you never hear it said that the devil takes care of his own?" laughed Constable Cross. "He must!" retorted Dick, his teeth clicking from the chill. "And Clarence Avery much keep the devil busy at that!" "Let's go back to your friends before you die of chill," advised the officer. "And I want to question them, too." They hurried back to the parish house. Mart Stanley and Bob were waiting outside1 consumed with wonder over Dick's absence. "Quick! Get this youngster inside against a fire if you can," advised the officer. Mart ha::i a key to the front door, furnisheq him by the clergyman.' All four went quietly into the house, lighted the parlor, and saw Dick seated in an arm-chair close to the glowing fire in the grate. Then they talked in whispers. "A hot night's work, but I don't see that you can do much to the scoundrels," grumbled the officer. "Can't we prove that Nan was hypnotized, and that an attempt was made to force her into a fearful marriage?" demanded Dick. "Wouldn't that be an offense against the law?" "Nothing doing, I am afraid," sighed'Mart. "But, confound it," ejaculated Dick, "we can bring forward a doctor who will swear that Nan was under mesmeric influence." "But that wouldn't prove that Helfbrun was the one who hyponotized her," observed Mart, gloomily. "He's a professional hypnotist. Would not that make a strong case against him?" persisted Dick. • "Might, possibly," grunted Mart. "But who can prove that Glad Avery knew Nan was under the ban of the evi l ey.e? He cou l d deny knowing anything of the sort, and who could dispute him?" "Hang it!" gulped Dick, getting up and pacing the floor. "Can't we do a thing to the villain?" "Not legally; I'm afraid," sighed Mart. The constable nodded his agreement with Stanley. "And nothing doing over their scheme to drown me, either!" groaned Dick. "No; for no court cou ld accept your testimony without that of some witness to su]1)port you." "Then Avery does all the dirty work he pleases and goes scot free!" raged Granger. "Oh, it's true enough, then, that the devil takes care of his own!" And there the work of the night ended, save for the watching. In the morning Nan was " quite herself, save that she was filled with horror by the thought of the fate she had so narrowly escaped. Yet she was at last cured of any notion that Clarence A very could be trusted as a friend. CHAPTER XXIII. DICK MAKES A GREAT, BIG "Boys, this business is simply wonderful!" "It's growing," smiled Dick. "Three laundries now and money pouring in," laughed Bob, gleefully. "It won't seem so long," predicte\ Dick, "before we have a chain of a dozen laundries spread through this part of the State." It was near the end of February. Nan l eaned back in a comfortable arm-chair, in a prettily-furnished office that Dick had had partitioned off for her in the Oakdale laundry. This establishment was now prospering splen didly. Shortly after the events described in the last chapter Nan had branched out by buying a second laundry. . It had been made to pay from the start, and now a third had just been purchased. Dick Granger was now general manager, if you please, having assistant managers at the other two establishments. Bob, who had learned more and more of the busi ness, was now in con1plete charge of the op _erating part of the business. ' "You've done so much for me-and what have I done for you?" Nan, self.:.reproachfully. "You're paying us handsome salaries," smiled Dick. -"But you're earning the salaries. They are paid

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24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. out of the great profits you're piling up for me," cried Nan, warmly. "We ought to earn our salaries," laughed Dick. "That's no more than fair." "You haven't allowed me to be fair with you yet," protested the girl. "It was through you two that I got any money in the first place. So I bought this Oakdale business in order to give you a chance to make a start in life." "Haven't we got the start?" queried Dick. "Show me, if you can, any two boys in the State who are earning such large salaries." "But all the while you're making me richer and richer," protested Nan, "Isn't that the right thing to do-to make our em ployer richer?" argued Dick. "It doesn't suit me," she went on, energetically. "You're making all the money for me, and it's only fair that you should get more of it." "No raises of salary at present," Dick warned her, belligerently. "No," Nan retorted. "I have a different scheme. I'm going to talk it over with a I'm going to organize a stock company to handle this laundry business. I'm going to see that each of you has a good-sized block of the stock. Then, in addition to your salaries, you'll have the profits of the stock right along." "You can organize the company," laughed Dick. "But don't you suppose, Nan, that Bob and I can have anything to say about whether we'll accept any stock?" "You'll have to!" flared Nan, rising . . "Do you think I'm going to go on getting richer and richer and doing nothing for the boys who pile up the money for me?" "Nan," Dick declared, very soberly, "you've done for me more than you have any remote idea of." . "I'd like to know what?" she insisted. "A few months ago," Dick went on, earnestly, "I was a spoiled and worthless boy at school. I didn't see any good in doing anything except to enjoy myself. There wasn't any use in amounting to anything to accomplish anything: Why? Because I thought myself my uncle's heir. I was to have everything in life dead easy. One of these days I was to fall heir to a couple of million dollars. "But my uncle must have been watching me. He must have concluded that he was making of me about as worthless a piece of timber as the world could show. So when he died he left his money to charities. He bequeathed to me just one cent and some advice, the sum of which was to get out into the world and make a man of myself. "Now, Nan, I might have gone to work for some body who would have soured me on the whole propo sition of work. You started a business just in order to give us each a cl).ance to work under right condi tions. You are paying me now fifty dollars a week." "And you're worth it--every cent!" Nan interrupted, warmly. "Fifty dollars a week is man's pay. If I'm worth it-if I earn it-then, Nan, it seems to me that I've really made a man of myself." "You're every inch a man-my friend!" cried Nan, seizing his hand. "Let it go at that, then," smiled Dick. "Nan, haven't you give me, then, a chance to make a man of myself? Could you do more than that? Haven't you done enough?" There were tears in Dick's eyes as he looked full into her eyes. He was still holding the hand that she had given him; "I'll talk this over with you later on," Nan replied, slowly. "I've got to start for Chester now. But I'll be back to-morrow morning, and then, I warn you, I'm going tb see the lawyer about starting that stock company." "Go ahead," nodded Dick. "But I warn you that I won't accept any of the stock." "You're not going to talk back to me any more," retorted Nan, with a flash of the spirit that she could show sometimes. . "Either you and Bob will take the stock that I see fit to give you, or-or I shall be through with both of you for g.Qod and all!" "Nan!" "I mean every word I say, and I'll stand by it if I . have to," she retorted, with smiling stubbornness. Then she added, sweetly, and giving Dick's hand a fond little squeeze before letting it go: "But ne1ther of you boys are going to be mean enough to force me into letting you . go. Come, Bob!" 1 Bob was going to Chester with her to aid in the inspection of the new business that had been purchased there. After the two had gone Dick sank down into Nan's chair. From where he sat he could look out of the win dow and look up a"nd down the street for consider able distances. "Confound it," he muttered, "Nan means every word she says . about being through with her if we don't take our share of the profits of this business. She seems deterlllined that we shall get rich out of it, too. But I don't know that I care about being rich. There'd be only one pleasure, anyway, in being rich. Then I might summon up courage enough to tell Nan that-that--" Dick hesitated almost to say the words to himself. Yet, after a queer little gulp in his throat, he finished the words : 1 "That I love her!" But the thought drove him out of the chair. He began to walk up and down the little office. "Love her?" he choked. "Of course I do! Who could help it? She's so and sweet and good! Why, it's all I can do to keep from throwing both arms around her every time I look at her! I want to draw her to me cover that mouth with kisses! But, pshaw! What a fool I am. Nan likes me, just as she does Bob or Mart Stanley. (To be continued.) i •

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 2& TIMELY TOPICS TOWN SOLD AT AUCTION. The town of Roanoke, on the boundary line be t ween Howard and Randolph counties, Mo., has been so ld under a sheriff's hammer for $410. The property included ten lots and three buildings. Roanoke at one time was one of the busiest trad ing places in the State, being situated in the center of a heavy tobacco producing section. However, the building Of a railrpad and the founding of the town of A rmstrong on it three miles south of Roa noke spelled ruin for the thriving trading center and business shifted to Armstrong almost over night. SEARCH FOR TREASURE. The farm of John Jourles ky, a hermit of Har tinger, La., who died recently, is being searched for hidden treasure. Just before his death Jourlesky told of a large sum of money he had hidden in a cave of his farm, and said that the only man who knew it besides himself was his brother in South Dakota. Now the frozen ground of the farm has been dug in scores of places by persons who hoped to find the hidden treasure. His brother has not been found. • INDIANS FORCED TO WED. champion. Both performances were features_ of the Dartmouth interscholastic track meet. Huntington School of Boston won the meet, with 32 point s ; Colby Academy had 24; Hebron Academy, 16; Lynn English High School, 15, and Tilton Semi nary, 11. SPANISH MERCHANT'S TREASURE. Basilio Camino, a Spanish merchant of Pueblo, Mexico, who arrived recently from Cadiz on the Spanish liner Montserrat wearing a faded black cutaway suit, was asked by the Immigration Inspectors how much money he had. He replied by producing a genuine gold brick. The merchant pointed out that it had been stamp ed by the Bank of Spain at Madrid, and added that it was worth $600 in United States currency. He had fifty-nine more bricks of the same value in his box below, he said: Benito Arrano, the wireless operator on the Montserrat, who stands 6 feet 7 inch es in his stockings, told the Immigration In spectors that he had had charge of Mr. Camino's box during the voyage and verified what the owner said about its cwntents. The merchan t ' • , ' ..,ct come to New York to make purchase : . MEXICAN GUSHERS. Oil p r oduction and exportation are again rapidly The village of Deer River, Minn., was visited increasing in nearly all the fields of the Tampico the other day by a large delegation of young Chipregion. It might be said that the oil producing terpewa Indians from the Bowstring country, who ritory of the coast region is a country to itself. This came to be married by Justice Cahill, in accordance is certainly true as to its independence of the rewith 'the ruling he made recently that he would m a inder of Mexico in the matter of busin es s opera give them a week in whic h to get married, subsetions. quent to many arrests by the sheriff of Itasca CounIt is the only part of the republic where practi-ty on complaint of the Indian agent at Bena. cally no attention has been paid to the different war It is not the intention of the D epartment, it is currency issues, including that issued by the Car said, to interfere with the marital rights of the ranza Government. The circulating medium of Tam older natives who married years ago under tribal pico and of the oil camps is chiefly American money, .Ja ws, but it is the younger members and in most and where that is not to be had the silver coin of cases the well-educated ones, some of whom have Mexico is used in its stead. college educations, the Departm en t officers are I This condition also applies to Tuxpam, the iso watching. lated oil port situated about 125 miles south of ,SETS MARK IN JUMP. A broad jump of 23 feet 21,4 inches, said to be the best indoor performance of which there is an available amateur record, was made by Captain Harry T. Worthingto:p. of the Dartmouth College track team in an exhibition event at Hanover, N. H. Another record performance was made by Earl J. Thomson, a freshman from Long Be ac h, Cal., in an exhibition 45-yard high hurdles event, his time of 6 seconds equa ling the world's amateur indoor mark. Thomson is the national amateur junior hurdle Tampico , as well as to other parts of the Gulf Coast country. The shipments of oil through Tampico and Tuxparh for January aggregate approximately 3,000,000 barrels. One of the notable features of the industry is the big increase of production as compared to what it was a few months ago. This applies to the Panuco , Topila, Juancasiano and Potrero del Llano principally. This increase of production is largely going into s torage. Many new tanks are in of constructi on at Tampico and in other producing fields.

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26 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 • NEW YORK, APRIL 6, 1917. TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS I Sln&'lo Copleo ••.... , ............. , .............. , One Copy Throe lllonths ........................ . One COJlY Six Months ......................... . . One Copy One Year . .............•............... POST A GE FREE .06 Cents .75 Cents 1.50 3.00 HOW TO SEND lllONE>'-At our risk send P. O. Money Order. Check or Hc g i•l!O'red Letter: rcmittnn<"cs .In nny other wnr ure nt your risk. We accept Postage Stawps tl!e same as c ash. When sending siher wrap the Coln In a separate piece of paper to avoid cutting th!O' emelope. 'V.rite your name and address plainly. .Address letters to Harry E . WollT, Pres. }FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher N. Hasting• 'Yola, T -rcas. Charleo E . Nylander, Sec.. 168 \ Vest 23d St., N. Y. Good Current News Articles Ebbets and Manager Robinson of the Brooklyn Baseball Club ordered the new uniforms fer the players the other day. The travelling uni form will be the usual gray, and the home uniform white. About the only material change will be that an American flag will be placed on the left sleeve of each shirt. Every time the Kaiser visits the battlefronts he is in danger of l osing his life; for it is reported that twice recently bombs from the air have narrowly missed the German monarch. A message from Zu rich states that a train in which he was traveling was struck by an aerial bomb and the locomotive engineer killed. The Berne correspondent of the Corrierre d'Italia reports that a house in which the Kaiser slept during h i s recent visit to the Western front was hit by a bomb from a French aeroplane a few minutes after the Kaiser, the Crown Prince and the staff had left. As i t was, the uniforms and other personal effects of the Kaiser were destroyed, together with a number of important documents. The correspondent adds that several servants were killed . II ....... Ill Grins and Chuckles Jack-Who are you workin' for now, Bill? Old Salt-Same people-missus and seven kids . He-The ship I last came over in had twin pro pellers . She-No wond e r you had such a squally passage . Mistress-I'm sorry you want to l eave, Ellis . Are you going to better yourself? M2.id-N o, ma'am; I I'm going to get married. A leading American railroad is presently urging -----employees to u.se p.encil holders on the. grounds "Ah!" exclaimed the irate father, "how is it I o economy. Ordmanly, the company pomts out, catch you kissing my daughter, sir? Answer me, the pencils are thrown a:-ray when they_ have been I sir! How is it?" "Fine, sir; fine, indeed!" repli ed dow _ n to the last third, whereas with the use the young man. o{ a pencil holder they may be used down to the last inch-. In the case of a large organization such as a railroad company, the saving presented in using the pencils down to the last inch amounts to thou sands of dollars annually. Reports covering the world's total production of crude rubber indicate that the 1916 output amounted to 178,000 tons, of which 114,000 tons, or 64 per cent., were consum ed in America. The consumption of rubber in America has more than doubled since 1914. The great rubber plantations of the East now produce about 75 per cent. of .the total and promise to show a decided increase for 1917. It is expected that this year's crop will amount to 235,000 tons . One million acres are known to be under cultivation . She presented herself at a fashionabl e wedding. "Friend of the bride or the bridegroom?" asked the usher. "I'm the fiancee of the organ blower," she explained, blushing. "You laughed right in the midst of the ceremony," said the bridegroom, almost reproachfully. "Well," responded the bride, "that ridiculous minister made me promise to obey •you, and it struck me as too funny. " Towne-Sleep well these sizzling nights? Subbs -Like a top-never lose a wink. Towne-Great Scott! What do you take'? Subbs-An alarm clock to my room and th:cn set the alarm for half an hour A man wearing his hair l ong under a wide West-after I go to t'..:d. -As soon as it rings I naturally ern hat and concealing his,.., face behind a beard of roll ov.er and go to s l eep. much length and breadth strode into the barber shop of the Parker Hous e in Boston, Mass., and settled "Rattlesnake oil ten cents a glass," was the sign into a chair. "Just a minute," he said, sem:ching the traveler saw in the dry country. "What's it in a pocket. "Five years ago I came to Boston and good for?" he asked. "Most anything, stranger," got a shave and hair cut here . I liked the work so was the reply. "Three glasses will make you rich well that I had my picture taken. Here is the pie-as Rockefeller, four will make you outrun a railture. That's how I want to look. Do it again." And road train, an' six will put you so high on Hallelujah with the photograph on a stand before him as a pat-/ Hill you'll holler hello tn the angels an' think the tern, the barber began operations. I stars are fire coals for you to light yer pipe with!"

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\ THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 27 CLERK'S ADVENTURE at the depot at F--, I had the satisfaction of knowing that the money was still safe. By John Sherman As I alighted from the cars I looked around for the expected conveyance. The depot was :surrounded by dozens of public I studied my profession in the of Hopkins & and private carriages, for F--was a place of Chester, of the town of M--, New York State. some little importance. While I was with them I met with an adventure, As I stood upon the platform gazing around me, the memory of which will linger with me until my I was approached by a man in livery . .dying day. . "Are you the gentleman for Mrs. Drummond's?" When I had been a clerk in the office about a year, he inquired. a wealthy gentleman named Drummond, a resident I ueplied in the affirmative. of the neighboring town of F--, died, and his "This way, then, if you please, sir." affairs were put into the hands of my employers I followed him across the platform to where an for settlement'. elegant carriage was in waiting. Mr. Drummond had formerly resided in M--, My conductor opened the door, and I entered the and had for years been a client of Hopkins & Chesvehicle. ter, as well as a warm personal friend. Then the man leaped upon the box, and we started One afternoon, about three weeks after Mr. off at a rapid pace. Drummond's death, Mr. Hopkins, the senior memThe ride occupied about half an hour, somewhat ber of my firm, called me into his private office. to my surprise, for I had supposed Mrs. Drum"Ashley," he said, "Mr. Drummond's affairs are mond's house to be quite near the depot. all settletl up now, with the exception of one or two But this was my first visit to the place, and I t:rifiing viatters, which I would like to get off my concluded that I had been mistaken. hands. I had intended to go down to F--this It was quite dark when the carriage halted, and afternoon to settle these things, but I shall be un-the obsequious driver sprang down from his box able to do so, and, as you know, Mr. Chester is out and threw open the door. of town. So I have determined to send you, for I "Here we are, sir," he said. know you are as capable of transacting the business I alighted and found myself in front of a large as I myself. Be seated and I will give you your three-story brick house, the appearance of which instructions." rather surprised me. I obeyed. It had evidently seen its best days, and was quite In ten minutes I was ready to start, confident of a contrast to the elegan t mansion which I had pic being able to discharge the business to the satis-tured in my mind as the residence of the wealthy faction of every one concerned. widow. "One thing more,'' said Mr. Hopkins, as I arose The coachman ran up the steps and rang the bell. from my seat. "I want you to take this to Mrs. The door was immediately opened by a man in Drummond,'' and he handed me a sealed envelope. livery. "That envelope," he added, "contains five thousand I asked for Mrs. Drummond, and was requested dollars which I received to-day in payment for a to walk into the drawing-room. mortgage held by the late Mr. Drummond. You will At the same moment the man threw open a door appreciate the .necessity of being very careful of it." and motioned me to enter. Five thousand dollars! I paused upon the threshold in surprise at the The amount seemed an enormous one to me. sight I beheld, and for the first time a suspicion of I had never had a hundredth part of that sum foul play flashed across my mind. in my possession before. The room which I was invited to enter was a "I will be very careful, sir," I said, as I deposited large, square apartment, furnished only with half a the envelope in an inner pocket. dozen rough chairs and a table. "I think I can rely upon your discretion," added As I hesitated, the man suddenly pushed me into Mr. Hopkins. "And now you had better be off. You the room and followed me, closing the door. have just time to catch the five o'clock train. I At the same moment two men entered the aparttelegraphed to Mrs. Drummond that I should arrive ment from another door, and advanced toward me. by that train this evening, so you will probably "What does this mean?" I gasped, not yet realizfind her carriage in waiting for you at the depot." ing my position. I left the office at once, and hastened to the depot. "It means, my young friend, that you are en I took my seat in the train with a due sense of trapped," replied one of the men, a villainous-lookthe importance of the trust which had been confided ing fellow of herculean frame. to me. I remembered with a sinking heart that I was I regarded all my fellow passengers with distrust, unarmed. and did not for a moment allow my vigilance to "What do you want?" I asked. relax. "We want that five thousand dollars, of course,'' When at the expiration of an hour the.train halted was the reply.

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28 THE LlBERTY BOYS OF '76. I made a rush for the door, but I was overtaken, and in a minute my hands and feet were tightly fastened with stout ropes. "Now that you are quieted, we'll take the :qioney," said the leader, with a grin, as he thrust his hand into my breast pocket, and removed the en:velope. He tore it open and drew out the roll of bank notes which it contained. "Is it all right?" asked one of his companions, looking over his shoulder as he counted the money. "Yes; five thousand dollars. Bill did not deceive us. .Now, my young friend," he added, turning to me, "we shall be under the unpleasant necessity of putting you out of the way." "Do you mean to murder me?" "Well, I guesS' that's about what it amounts to. I'm sorry, but our own safety demands it, you see. When your disappearance is announced it will be believe .ct that you have absconded with the five thousand dollars. Your fate will never be discovered, and suspicion will never rest upon us." "Come, come, Jack; you're wasting too much time in chin-music," interrupted one of his companions. "Let's get the job done at once." "Give me your knife ' then." The fellow handed him a long, glittering bowie knife. The whole gang was captured, and a large quantity of stolen goods recovered. They had been informed by a "pal" in M-. that Lawyer Hopkins would be in town with five thou sand dollars in his and had laid their plans to get possession of the money. Wl}.en I left M--in his stead the "pal" was in the depot on the watch, and at once telegraphed my description to F--, so that I was immediately rec ognized and hurried into the carriage before the genuine coachman CO'IJ.ld find me. II ..... II CONVICTS DRESS SHIRTS STOLEN. Some one has stolen most of the dress shirts kept in stock by the Mutual Welfare League's store in Sing Sing, and the elite of the institution are won dering how they can be expecte!l to appear at church and at dinner until a new stock arrives. The theft was discovered at the beginning of a week-end trade. George Conroy, inmate sales manager of the store, opened a box to supply the wants of a convict exquisite, and found that three-fourths of its contents had disappeared. Prison detectives are working on the case. Sev eral of the best-dressed inmates are under suspicion. He carefully examined the edge, which was as sharp as a razor's. . HOT BATHS IN JAPAN. "All right," he said. "Now,' young fellow, say The number of baths taken daily by the Japanese your prayers, and. be quick about it, for you've less at the hot springs, says the Herald of Asia, and than half a minute to live." the length of time they remain in the water run He lifted the weapon high in the air. counter to all western medical opinion regarding "Help! help!" I cried, struggling frantically to the utility of hot baths for invalids. Five or six free myself from the ropes which bound me. times a day for an hour or longer at a time would "Fool!" said my would-be murderer, "you are be-not be considered an uncommol). regime. yond the reach of human help now," and he again A smile of incredulity was raised some years ago poised his deadly weapon. when Professor Chamberlain told us of a tiny spa "Not quite!" shouted a voice, and at the same where the bathers stayed in the water for a month moment the door was burst open, and a body of or m'ore, with stones on their laps to prevent them men rushed into room. from floating in their sleep. Yet I .could name an"Y ou are trapped at last, Jack," cried one of the other remote little spot where a very old mannewcomers, seizing my assailant and clapping a pair well advanced in the nineties, in fact-has literally of handcuffs upon his wrists with lightning-like lived in the shallow warm water of the spring for rapidity. years, his knees and neck supported by a beam, "Dawson, the detective!;' gasped the discomfited from early morn till midnight. villain. The high temperature at which the baths are "Exactly, Bill," was the reply. "I left New York taken has excited the wonder of many travelers. a week ago, and have been looking for you ever At Kusatsu, for instance, that of the chief . bath is since. This evening I stumbled across our friend 128 degrees Fahrenheit; but such a temperature Dan here at the depot. He was elaborately dressed necessarily involves special precautions before en as a coachman, and had charge of a nobby team. I tering the bath, with a limit of from three and a overheard . his interview with this gentleman here, half to four minutes immersion. When we rememin which he represented himself as Mrs. Drumber that water at 115 degrees Fahrenheit can just mond's coachman, and saw at once how the land be borne by the hand but not by the whole body, lay. I followed with three of my men in a hack, it is possible to realiz e the agony of afflicted human and here I am, just in time to prevent you adding ity in the Kusatsu baths. At the same time the another to your long list of crimes." Japanese skin cannot be so sensitive as that of Well, as the reader has surmised, the house into the European, for the daily tub is enjoyed . by tli.e which I had been enticed was the headquarters of native at a temperature that makes the boldest a noted band of thieves and cut-throats. of 1ovince.

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 . 29 ARTICLES OF ALL KINDS ' GROWTH OF MUNITIONS OUTPUT. The increase of munitions output between June, and December, 1916, as given by the British Mm1stry of Munitions, is as follows: For every heavy howitzer produce d then, 323 are produced now; for every field howitzer produced then, there 46 produced now; and for every gun of medium size produced then there are 66 now. The output of 60-pounders .and 6-inch guns went up eighteenfold and .!!as now dropped back to twelvefold, as the sup J?lY is too great. In a single day as many shells for heavy guns are made as were turned out during the first year of the war, and in a week, the factories turn out as many shells for field howitzers and 3-inch field guns as were turned out in the first year of the war. SEWS WITH HER TONGUE. More than forty years ago an unknown dread dis ease, which is today called infantile paralysis, affected Fannie Tunison, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Tunison, of Sag Harbor, N. Y. The child was totally paralyzed in the limbs, the only motion she could make being with the neck and head. Today in her Sag Harbor home Fannie Tunison paints, embroiders, writes and manufactures novel ties with her tongue. She has declined hundreds of offers to join circuses and shows. She is content to stay in her modest home where all the day long she is happy and cheerful at her work. To make herself useful and aid her father, her mother having long since died, she has sacrificed her power of speech. Her tongue has become so NEW FIGHTER FOR JAPAN. dev e loped that her speech is inarticulate. The superdreadnought Hyuga, sister ship of the I The work produced is not only unique because of battleship Ise, which was completed last November, its unusual character, but compares favorably with has just been successfully launched. The Hyuga that of many an amateur artist or needlewoman. has a displacement of 31,260 tons, is 683 feet long Now a mature woman, some of the work turned and 94 feet wide. She carries twelve 14-inch guns out by Miss Tunison is nothing less than marvelous . and thirty-nine auxiliary guns. She is designed to She is cheerful and never so happy as when at work. attain a speed of twenty-three knots, and the en-Her father is a carpenter, and each morning places gines will develop 45,000 horsepower at the shaft. his daughter in a chair which he has especially The work on the Hyuga was started in May, 1915. made for her comfort and convenience. She is It is noteworthy that all materials used in the con-strapped into position by: strong bands, and while struction and equipment were made in Japan, as it thus held in the chair she makes pretty crayon became impossible to obtain foreign materials on drawings, uses oil and water colors for her sketches, account Jf the war in Eur ope. Both the Ise and manufactures fancy figured blotters and penwipers, the Hyuga will be placed in actual service at the makes bookmarker.s and maps and the most marend of this year or early next year. With the convelously designed embroidery is executed. Mats, struction of the Ise and Hyuga the main heavy bat-doilies, table cloths and paper flowers are also made t1eship fleet of the Japanese navy is nearing comby the invalid, and just now Miss Tunison has pletion. turned her attention to d ecorated Christmas cards, which find a ready sale. TRACTOR HEATS HOTEL. To paint or draw, Miss Tunison picks up in her What is believed to be the most novel and satis-teeth from the trap in front of her a pencil or paint tactory solution of furnace trouble is seen in the brush. From constant use, her tongue and neck heating of the Cumberland Hotel, at Carlisle, Pa., muscles have become much enlarged and strong. with an outside traction engine. When the steam With a few rapid motions the sketcH takes form. In heating plant "went on a strike" the guests of the an hour or half hour it is completed. hotel suffered no inconvenience, according to the To sew, the invalid picks up a needle with her statement of the owner, W. R. Kline, because a teeth, grasps it between her teeth, puts the point in steam t:r:action engine was steered to the side of the the wooden tray in front of her; next takes up a hotel and pipes attached to the steam pipes in the spool of thread or silk, measures off the required building the problem was solved. length, bites the thread with her teeth, takes the The entire building's thirty rooms have regular thread with tongue and teeth and thrusts it through heat now, and the furnace can be repaired without the eye of the needle which faces her. The task interruption. is accomplished with little effort. Then comes the Proprietor Kline says if the engine were a perma-tying of the knot in the thread. She rolls the thread nent fixture and not unsightly, outside of hiring an around in her mouth and the educated tongue has extra man for engineer, he'd as soon have it as a tied the knot. When it i s necessary Miss Tunison furnace. He does not recommend its extended use, 1 uses scissors and with almost magic precision cuts however, on account of the scarcity of engines in cloth or paper, shaping the latter into fancy designs some places. or beautiful flowers. ,

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30 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. INTERESTING ARTICLES PANTHER STEALS PORK. Hearing a commotion in the yard one night re cently, members of the family of R. A. Ritchey, a farm'er of Three Culverts, near Altoona, Pa., dis covered a large panther making oft' with part of a hog that had been left hanging in a tree after the butchering. Thanksgiving night, while the butchering party was at dinner, the panther dragged two shoulders of meat oft' a cooling-board, but the ap pearance of a man scared it away. Persons living in the vicinity are staying home at nights and se fastening their hog pens and chicken coops. )RNAMENT IN CEMETERY PROVES PUZZLE. There is a tombstone in Orient Cenetery, Harrisonville, Mo., that puzzles local scientists. The tombstone consists of a pedestal on which rests a 6all of granite two feet in diameter. With the exception of the spqt that rested on the pedestal the ball was given a high polish. Now the ball has turned until the unpolished spot has moved about one-sixty-fourth of the distance of the complete circle. A Harrisonville mathematician ascertained the exact hour the monument was set and by his computations declares the ball will make one revo lution in 100 years. RAILROAD MAN FEEDS DOE. A little doe owes its life to a kind railroad engi neer. George Hillman, a railroad engineer who runs over the Blue Mountains, recently discovered a doe half-way between Meacham and Kamela, Ore. The snow was so deep that the animal could make no progress and was making its home near the track. Mr. Hillman is taking food to it daily. The deep snow has driven many animals out of the mountains. Several bands of elk have wan dered near the towns. Mr. Hillman reports seeing a lynx recently three miles from Meacham. Charles Joy, a lumber jack from Akeley, Minn., walked forty-seven miles in two days, he says, to return $3 borrowed from Detective Capt. Wells, a:v.d a pair of overshoes . loaned him by Jailer Neuman; "lome time ago. is found give them $1 each. There is also jugful buried a few rods west of the old house. I can't locate it, however, as the mark is lost. Dated this 2d day of October, 1888. (Signed) W. F. Bryan." . Bryan, who is well remembered by the old resi dents of Centralia Wash., died in the early '90s. Allan Miller, a resident of Centralia, was a nephew of Mrs. Bryan, who died about recently. CACTUS CAN FURNISH POTASH. The announcement that potash is now being made in Queensland from burnt cactus plants and the demand of American farmers for relief from the al most potashless condition of the last few months . . led a writer in the Scientific American to give the results of his analysis of samples of prickly pear plants in Mexico. These, he says, contain 84 per cent .. of water and 4.87 per cent. of ash when burned. The ash contains 9.8 per cent. of potassium oxide, equal to about 14.4 per cent. potassium carbonate. "This shows a yield of 0.7 per cent. of potassium carbonate from the fresh green plant, or nearly fifteen and one-half pounds per ton." In view of the enormous quantities of prickly pear growing wild in our Southwestern States and throughout Central America and northern South America he suggests that it would seem worth while to utilize this source of potash at the present time. CURIOUS BEASTS IN ZOO CARGO. The largest collection of birds, animals and rep tiles that has been brought into this country since the war began arrived recently from Brazil and Colombia on the United Fruit ste mship Carrillo. Ferdinand Bartels is the curator of the collection, , which he intends for his brother, Henry Bartels, of 72 Cortlandt street, New York City. In sixty large cases stored on the afterdeck of the steamship are sixty large boa constrictors direct from the Amazon, Orinoco and River of Doubt. They range in length from ten to forty feet. Also there SEEK JUGS OF GOLD. are monkeys-180 of them-from the pink-eyed ''This is a will of iny own construction, and as gazuka of the wild Atavapo to the black demon a man of good health and sound mind, do I, W. F. spider monkey of the almost unexplored forests of Bryan, colored, give and bequeath to the finder of Colombia. this will one-half of a half gallon glass jugfol of Mr. Bartels also brought the rare and peculiar gold coin, which lies buried five feet deep and thirty purple-crested chuddar from the forests of Omgun feet east the section corner of my old homeda, on the Rio Negro. Included in the collection stead. The finder must publish this before any are South American ocelots, two, rare anteaters, work begins on its recovery, but the finder must whose tongues work while they sleep; a South Afnerget another party to dig for it and the digger gets ican paca, 300 parrots and marmosets, singing liz one-half. I do this to keep my lazy kinfolk, from I ards, cranes, a very rare sloth be 'ar, many gray getting it. If they make any fuss about it after .it mice and a four-legged hen.

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' THE BA.J.ANCING BIRD. It measures m o re than four from tip to tip of wings, and will balance p er fectly on the tip of your finger nail, on the point of a lead pencil, o r o n a n Y p o Int e d instrument, only the tip of the bill resting on the nail or pencil point, the whole body of the bird being suspended in the air with nothing to rest on. It w!ll not fall off unless shaken off. A great novelty. Wonderful amusing and instructive. Price 10' cents, mailed postpaid. WOLFF Novelty Co., 168 W. 2Sd St., N. Y. SHERIFF BADGE. With this badge at tached to your coat or vest you can show the boys that you are a sheriff, and if they don' t behave them selves you might lock them up. It ls a beauti fu l nickel-plated badge, 21A, by 21;.. inches in size with the words "Sherltr 23. By Heck" In nickel letters on the face of it, with a pin on the back for attaching It to your cloth Ing. Send for one and have some fun with the boys. Price 15 cents, or s for 40 cents; sent by mail, postpaid. . H. F. LANG, 1815 Centre St .. B'kl1n, N. Y. • SCIENTIFIC IDND READING l Wonderful! Startling! Sci • entitle! You band a friend a handsome set of cards on 1 which are printed the names of the 28 United States Presi dents. Ask him to secretly select a name and hold the card to his forehead and think of the name. Like a flash comes the answer "Lincoln ton .. or whatever name he is thinkrn,g of. The more you repeat it the more puz"'.lrng it becomes With our outfit you can do it any where, any time, with anybody. Startle you;: friends. Do it at Fhe next party. or at your club and be the hon of the cvenrng. This was invented by a famous magaclan. Price with complete set of cards and full Instructions 1 2 cents, mailed, postpaid. c. BEHR, 150 w. 6 2 d Street, N. Y. DIA:IJOND SQUIRT RINO. A handsome !.Hit ring set with a brilltant, a close imitation of a dia THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, THS SPIDER WEB PUZZLE. A very interesting lit tie puzzle. It consists of a heavily nickeled plate and brass ring. 'he object ls to get the ring from the sule to the center and back. This is very hard, but we give directions making it easy. Price, 10 cents each, by mall. postpaid. FRANK S)IITH, 883 Lenox Ave., N. Y. IMITATION BED BUGS. This toy is an exact lmit;Uon of the friendly little fellow who sbares your bed, eats out of your hand or leg and who ac cepts your humble hospitality even with out an invitation. The fact that be also insists on introducing all his friends and family circle, sometimes makes him most unpopular with the ladles; most every woman you know would have seven kinds of fits if she saw two, or even one, of these Imitations on her bedspread. Six are contained in a transparent envelo1>e. Price, lOc. by mall. H. F. LANG, 1815 Centre St., B'klyn, N. Y. THE SPOTTER CARD TRICK. The performer exhibits a die. '.1.'he ace of spaaes and five curds are now taken from a pack. '.!.'be ace of spades is thor oughly shuffled with the other cards. which aie the n placed down in a row on the table. The die is now thrown, and as lf embodied with superhuman Intel llgence, the exact position of the Ace is in dicated. Without touching the die, the per former picks up the cards, gives them a complete shuffle and again spreads them out. The die Is rolled as before by any person, and is seen to come to a stop with the locating number uppermost. Tbe card Is turned over and found to correspond in position. Price. 15c. postpaid. 1 H. F. LANO, 1815 Centre St., B'klyn, N. Y. mond. Connected with the ring is a small rub ber ball filled w i t h water, which is con cealed in tbe palm ot your han
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WIZARD'S PACK OF TRIC:V CARDS. A lull pack or 6 3 cards, but by the aid o! th' !nstructlo.is given, anyone ca1, perform the 1nost wonderful tricks. Many of the feats exhfbtted are truly tlvely no sleight-of-hand. The whole trick ls !n the cards. Price. 35c. by man. postpaid. FRANK SUITH, 383 :Lenox Ave., N. Y. THE F1...;0ER THROUGH '.l'HE HAT. Having borrowed a hat from : llljl. your friend, push your .1nger lrJ 8 through the crown of it, and It Js seen to move about. Though •ery amusing to others, the owner of the hat does not see the joke, but thinks it meannea• t-O deatroy his hat, yet when it Is returned it s perfectly uninjured. Price, lOc. each by mall. WOLFF NOVELTY CO., W. 26th St., N. Y. THE FOUNTAIN RING. A handsome ring connected w ith a a rubber ball which 11 concealed In the palm o! the hand. A gentle squeeze forces. water or cologne in. the face o t the victim while he 1• examining tt. The ball can be instantly filled b y immersing ring in water same aa a tountain pen tlller. Price by mail, postpaid, 12c. each. H . . I-". LANG. 1815 Centre St., B'klyn, N. l'. PIGGY JN ft. COFFIN. • This Is a wicked pig that d led at an early age, and here he Is ln his coffln feady for burial. 'J..'herti will be a great many mourners at his funeral, for this cofftn , pretty as lt l •oKa , 11 very trlcky, and the man who get• \t open will teel real griet. The coffin ts made metal. perfectly shaped and beautifully quered. The trick ta to open it to see the g. The man that tries it gets hts finger• sad teellnge hurt. and piggy comes out tv w-unt at hla victims. Tl16 t11bular end or the I which everyone (In trying to open> .s>rel•e• Inward, contains a needle wnlcn stabs t h e vJcttm in hia thumb or finger every time. Thia Is the latest and a very "lmpress1v13" trtck. It can be opened easily lJy anyone In the 1ecret, and as a neat ca.tch-.ioke to save youraelt from a bore ts unsurpassed. Price, toe.; s for 25c., postpaid; ol"!e do?.en by ex p re11, 7lic. WOLFF NOVELTY CO. , 2P W . 26th St .. N. Y. I RATCHE'l' DICE BOX. Tbe prettiest and most practical dice box tbat we bave ever sold. By simply running tbe finger over the ,ratchet at side or box tbe tbree dice are spnn rapidly around tile box. It Is hand somely nickel plated, has glass front and a gteen !Jase on wb!cb tbe dice spin. An Imported article, made In Germany. Price, 15 cents, postpaid. WOL1''1' ' Novelty Co., 168 W. 23d St., N. Y. GAlllE OF GOLD H N'.rEUS. Tbe game consl s.ts of rnatcblug cards. ;J:bere is au odd card. '.rbe unlucky one holding it must ride tile rest of tbe ers on bis back around !be room or sidewalk. \'ery funny. Price, the cents a pack by mail. Wolff Novelty Co., 168 W. 23d St., N. Y. GAME OJ!' AGE CAltDS. With these cards you cau tell the age or any person, know bow much money h e bas in bis poc ket, and do wany otber wonder ful stouts. No previous knowfedge neces sary. Tbe cards do tbe trick for yuu. Tbe best inagic cards out. Prke, five cents a pack IJy mail. Wolff Nol•e!ty Co .• 168 W. 23cl St., N. Y. THE• WHEEL 'l ... his b a n d s o m e wbeel, 7%, inches in circumference, con tains concealed numSTAR AND CRESCENT PUZZLE. The puzzle Is to separate the one star from the linked star and crescent without u sing force. Price, 10 cents; 3 for 25 cents , by mall, postpaid. WOL1''1'' Novelty Co., • 168 W . 23d St., N . Y. . faces. By looking in these mirrors upright your features IJecome narrow aud elongated. Look into it sidewise and your pblz broadens out. in tbe most comical manner. Size 311.. x inches, iu a bandsome imitation morocco case. Price, 10 cents each, postpaid. FRANK SMITH, 383 Lenox Ave., N. Y. bers from 0 to 100 . IMITATION FLIES. AIJsolutely trne to Nature! A terpo't the numbers dandy scarf-pin nnd a rattling good I !"I IJ t joke. It l s iwpossllJJe to do these revu vc rap u Y • u pins justice \\'It u a descri ptiC>n. You only one appears at have to see them to understand how tile circular open-lifelike tbey are. When people see Ing w be n w 11 e e I tbem on you tlley want to IJrnsh stops spinning. It tbem otT. '!'bey wonder• "why that can be made to stop fiy sticks to you" so p ersl"teully. Instantly l.>y pressing the regulator at side. 'l'hls is tbe most realistic novelty You can guc:s or IJet on tbe numhei: that ever put on the market. It a 1hs will appea_r, .the 01:e getting tbe tlnct ornament for an.ylJody's necknumlJer. wrnnrng. get 0, '! 0,r I tie, und a deciy mail, postpaid. postpaid C. 13EHR, 150 \V . Street, N. Y. I ' c. BEHR, 150 \V. 6 2 d Street, N. Y. R EA D THIS ONE! "MovinU Picture Stories" A WEEKLY MAGAZINE DEVOTED TO PHO T OP LAYS AND PLAYERS PRICE 6c P E R COPY -PRICE 6c PER COPY T HE BEST FILM MAGAZINE ON EARTH BUY A COP Y! ENJOY Y OURSELF! 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t • THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 -LATEST ISSUES-_rty Boys' Sklrm'lsh; or. At Green Spring Plantation. • oert y Boys and the Governor; o r , Tryon's Conspiracy. ..,;nst. '•Prt:V H111 s 1 u Hhode l$land; or. Doin g Duty Down f;he Llbf'rty Boys Afte r Tarleton; or. Bothering the"Butcher." ,& Ihe Liberty Bovs' Daring Dash; or, Death" Before Defeat d:.!4 '.rhe Liberty Boys and the Mutineers; or. Helping "Mad An thony.'' 82i'i 'l'l>t> T . tt>Prty Bnys Ont Wf'st: or. Tbe Capture of Vincennes. 82fl The Liberty Boys at Princeton; or. Washington' s Narrow i.is<-npe . 827 The Liberty Boys Heartbroken; or, The Desertion of Di c k. ' l'ltf' J.iherty Boy s in the HlgJ:llands; or. Working Along the 829 The J,lherty Boys at Hackensack; or, Beating Back the British. 83 0 The Liberty Boys' Keg of Gold; or. Captain Kidd's Legacy 831 The Liberty Roys at Bordentown: or, Guarding the Stores: 832 The LI berty Boys' Best A c t ; or, The Capture of Carlisle. 833 The LI herty Boys on the Dela ware: or. Doing Daring Deeds. 834 The Liberty Boys' Long Race; or. Beating the Redcoats O u t . 835 'l'he Liberty Roys Deceived; or, Dick Slater's Dou b l e. The Liberty Boys' Boy Allies; or, Young but Dangerous. For sale by all newsdeale r s, o r will b e .sent to any aadress on receipt of price, 5 cents p e r copy, in money or postage stamps. F R ANK TO US EY, Publi s h e r , N O T ICE-The numbers PRICE SIX CENTS. 837 Tbe Liberty Boys• Bitte r Cup; or, B eaten Bac k at Bran wine . 838 Tbe Liberty Boys' Alliance; or, The R eds Who H elped . 839 The Liberty Boys on the Warpath; or, Afte r the Enemy. 840 The Liberty Boys After Cornwallis; or. Worry!nh the El\ 841 Boys and the Liberty Bell; or, ow Th 842 The Liberty Boys and Lydia Darrah; or, A Wonde r Woman's Warning. 843 The Liberty Boys at Perth Amboy; or, Franklin's Tory 844 The Llherty Boys and thP "Midget"; or. G oo d G oods In Smnll Pnckage. 845 The Liberty Boys at Frankfort; , or, Routing the "Quee1 Rangers. ' ' 846 The Liberty Boys and G e n eral Lacey ; or, Corner e d at t "Crooked Billet, " 847 The Liberty Boys at the Farewell Fete; or, Frightening Br!ti•h With Fire. . 848 The Liberty Boys' Gloomy Time; or, D arkest B ef o r e Da\I 849 Tbe Liberty Boys on the N e use RiY e r ; o r , Campaigning North Carolina. s;;o '.l'be Liberty Boys and B enedic t Arnold; o r . Hot W ork WI n ,. 851 The Boys Excited; or, Doing Whirlwind Work. 852 The Liberty Boys' Odd Recruit; or, The Boy Who S a w in Everything. 168 West 23d St., N . IF YOU WANT ANY NUMBERS of our weeklies a n d cannot procure them from newsde al ers, they can be obt a ined fro m t his office direct. Write out and i n your Order and send it to us with the pr;ce of the weekli e s y ou want and we will s en d them to you by return mal POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY . . . FRANK TOUSEY, Publis h e r 168 Wes t 23d St. , N. OUR TEN-CENT HAND BOOKS No. t . NAPOLEON'S ORACULUM AND No. 14. 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Containing instructions f o r beginne rs, chol Of the day, als o the m ost mng l c '!l No. 20. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN EVE-of a machine, hints on training. etc. illusions as performe d by our leading magi-NING PARTY.A complete compendium of complete book. Full of practical lliust1 dans; ev ery Ltoy should obtain a copy of games, sports, card d!Ters!ons. comJc reclta-tlo.ns. this book. tions, etc., suitable for parlor o r drawing-N o . 35. H O W T O PLAY GAMES. A co1 No. 3. H O W TO FLIRT.-The arts and room entertainmep.t. It contains more tor plete nnd useful little book, containing t w\les of flirtation are fully explained by this the money than Any book published. rules and regulations of billiards, bagatel little uoo k . Besides the various methods of NG. 21. HOW T O HUNT AND FISH.-The backgammon, croquet, dominoes, etc. handke r chief, fan, glove. parasol, wlnoow most complete bunting and fishing guide N and h a t flir tation, it contains a full list of ever published. It contains full instructions 0 • 36. HOW TO S OLVE CONUNDRUli tlle language and sentiment o! fiowers. about guns, hunting dogs, traps. trapping -Containing all the l eading conundrums NG. 4 • JIO' V TO DANCE is the of and fishing, together with description of the day, amusing riddle s , curious this little book. It contains full instructions game and fish. and witty sayings . in the art of danclng, etiquette in the !.>allNo. 22. HOW TO DO SECO N D S IGHT.No. 38. HOW T O BECOllm YOUR 0'1 room and at parties, how to dres s, and full H eller's second sight explained by his forD OCTOR.-A wonderful boo k , containl directions for calling oft in :Lil popular mer assistant, Fred Hunt, Jr. Exp)a!nlng useful and practical informatio n in tbe tre l square dance s. how the secret dialogues were carried on be-ment Of Qrdinary d i s e ases and ailments No. 5 . HOW T O HAK E L OVE.A com-tween the magician and the boy on the mon to every famlly. 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