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The Liberty Boys' odd recruit, or, The boy who saw the fun in everything
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FJU.)i'Jl TOUSEY, P VBLISHEB, 168 WEST 28D STREET, NEW YORK. No. 852. NEW Y ORK, APRIL 27, 1917. Price SIX Cents. he chicken went cackling away at its best speed, and after it dashed the dog. :aetween the. legs of the cook .wen. t the dog, upsetting that worthy and a pot of soup be bad in his hand. The odd rc?cruit shoute d i n huge glee.


THE LIBERTY BOY S OF '76 A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the Americ a n Revol u ti o n. Issue d 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 . 852 . NEW YORK, APRIL 27, 1917. Price 6 Cents. THE LIBERTY BOYS' O D D RECRUI T -ORTHE B O Y WHO S A W FUN IN EVERYTHIN G , _By HARRY MOORE. CHAPTER I. THE YOUTH WHO LAUGHED. "Ha, ha, ha! Ho, ho, ho!" It was the summer of the year 1777. Riding along a road leading southward, not far from Middlebrook, in New Jerse y, was a party of horsemen, about one hundred in number. These horsemen were young fellows of an average age of perhaps eighteen years, and they wore biue uniformsthe uniform of the patriot soldier. The War of the Revolution was under way, and at the time of which wel write, the British army was encamped at Newark; that is, the greater portion of the British army; of course, quite a good many soldiers and officers were in New York City. General Washington and the mai n patriot army were at Morristown. This party of patriot horsemen was. the company of young fellows who were known far and wide as The Liberty Boy s of '76. These youths had done splendid work in the war so far. They had fought on all the important battlefields since Long Island, and in more than one in s t a nce they had ac tually turned the tide of battle in favor of the patriots by making a desperate charge at just the right moment. They were more effective, it had often been said, than a whole regiment of ord 'nary sold iers. Their captain was Dick Slater, known widely a s The Champion Spy of the Revolution . Dick was indeed a splendid scout and spy. He did not know the meaningof the ,,.,.,,.d fear. and G -'1<'' " i1 w a shi'111;ton had more confidence in Dick than in any spy in the patrio t army . "Wheneve r there was a difiicu1 L amt da. ing pi ece o.f spy work to be done, the commandcr-'n chief always sent Di::k Slater, for he knew that if such a thing was possible, that it cou l d be accomplished, Dick Sk.ter would a c compli s h it. 'l'he Liberty Boys were n ow down in this part of the country on a r econnoite ring expedition, for the commanderin-chief lrn. d 1-;-p(l l"'" ''""f-th;-it tl e p,.itili. . ... ;,,"" on cro:.sing the State of New Jersey and going to Philadelphia a

2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' O:QD RECRUIT. Bob glared, and Dick, as much amused by the anger and disgust written on his comrade's face as by the strange youth's actions, smiled . The other Liberty Boys were staring at the country youth, with surprise tinged with anger showin g on their faces. "Listen to that!" "Hear the fool laugh!" "Don't that beat you!" "He must be an idiot, as Bob says." Such were a few of the murmured remarks from the Liberty Boys. "Say," called out Bob, threateningly, "you had better go on about your milking and stop that laughing!" "Is thet so ? " "Yes . " "Oh, I dunn; I hain't in no hurry ter git ter work milkin', I'm interested in ye fellers. " "Oh, you are!" sarcastically. "Yaas, ye look so funny! Ha, ha, ha! Ho, ho, ho!" . Then the youth climbed over the ience, stepped out into the road, and approaching to within a few yards of the Liberty Boys, suddenly stuck the tin pail up with the bottom toward the horses, and began pounding on the bottom with his fist, making a t.errible din . At the same time he. leapM this way and that, and yelled loudl y . These "monkey-shines" naturally frightened the youths' horses, and the animals began leaping and rearing, and snorting at a great rate. For a few moments all was con fusion, and it was only with dif;li.culty that some of the Liberty Boys managed to k eep their seats in tl}e saddle s . All this amused the y outh greatly, and s t opp in g the pounding and leaping about, he stood there laughing loudly. CHAPTER II. THE BOY WHO SAW FUN IN EVERYTHING. Presently the youths reg-ained control of their hori"es, and then Bob Estabrook leaped to the ground and strode forward and confronted the country youth. "What did you do that for?" he asked fiercely. "Fur fun." , With great difficulty B ob restrained himself, and forcing himself to be calm, h e said: "Oh; for fun, eh?" "Yaas. " Quick as a fl.ash out shot Bob's fist. Crack! It landed fair b etwee n the youth's eyes, knockin g him down . "See if you can see anything funny about that!" grated Bob. The Liberty Boys clapped their hands approvingly. "Good!" "Served him right!" "So it did!" "'Maybe that will knock some sense i11to hi s head!" "I'll wager that he won't see anything funny in it, any how,.'' But the last speaker \Yas mistaken. To the surprise of all, the youth rose to a sitting posture, placed his hands over his stomach, and laughed loudly; "Ha, ha, ha! Ho, ho, ho!" The youths stared at the young fellow, and then at one another. Bob Estabrook's face was a study. Surprise, anger, dis-gust, amusement, all were written there. He turned and looked at Dick. "What do you think of him, Dick?" he queried. "He's an odd one, Bob." "Well, I should say so!" The youth now scrambled to his feet and picked up the milk-pail. "Say, what made you laugh wnen I knocked you down?" q ueried Bob. " O h," grinned the youth, "jes' because et seemed so funny." "I shouldn't think i t would be funny to be knocked down . I'm sure that I wouldn't see any fun in it if some fellow 'knocked me down." . 1 "Mebby not; but ye s e e I'm diffrunt." "You must be!" sarcastically. "Yep, I am," c h eerfully. "I kin see fun in ennything." B o b stared, as did the other Liberty Boys. Dick, who • was really amused, could not help smiling. Somehow, he was interei;ted in this unique young fellow who got fun out of things that would make other people either mad or sad. "Well, you're an odd one!" half gasped Bob. "I s'pose I am." And then the young. fellow burst into laughter again.' "Ha, ha, ha! Ho, ho, ho!" The youths stared, and again exchanged glances. Evidently they did not know what to think of this young fellow . Bob waited till the youth finished laughing, and then asked: "What's so funny, now?" "Oh, I wuz jes' thinking how funny ye fellers looke:l when yer hosses wuz jumpin' an' snortin' aroun', er minnet ergo." Then he laughed again. Bob s tood there, l ooking at the youth, and then presently h e turned and climbed into the saddle, with the remark to Dick: "I guess there isn't any u se wasting any time on him." "No, he doesn't mean any harm," replied Dick. Then he addressed the youth: "What's your name?" "Bob Oddy . " "The name suits him," said Bob, with a comical air. "'Oddy,' and he's certainly an odd one himself!" "So he is," agreed Dick. Then he asked: "Do you Jive here?" nodding toward the farm-house. 0"Yep-thet is, I'm workin' heer. They hain't my folks, ye know." And the n he laughed, as though he was amused by this circumstance. "How far i s it to the Raritan river?" asked Dick. "Only ha'f er mile." .''Thank you." Then to the Liberty Boys: "Forward, all. We will go into camp on the bank of the Raritan. " "Hol' on," said Bob Oddy. "Say, who air ye fellers, ennyhow, an' w'y air ye all dressed erlike ?" "We are soldiers," replied Dick. "Sojers, hey?" Bob Oddy was evidently interested. "Yes." "Whut kin' uv sojers air ye?" "Patriot soldiers." "Oh, thet's et, hey?" "Yes . " "Whut other kin' uv sojers air there, ennyhow?" "British soldiers." The youth shook his head, and laughed. "I hain't never seen enny British sojers," he said. "They wear red uniforms." . " Oh , an' your clo'es i s whut ye call uniforms, hey?" "Yes." "Say, I wush't I c'u'd wear uniforms." "Join us, and you can do so," grinned Bob. "Say, I've er min' ter do et!" "Do you know anything about the cause of this war?" inquired Dick. "Not er thing," and Oddy laughed. "You don't know \\'hat we patriot soldiers are fighting for?" "No, an' I don' k ee r . I'd like ter be er so jer, 'cos I c'u'd wear er uniform." The youths laughed in their turn. This was a peculiar id ea, they thought; certainly not many men. would join the army for the same reason. "He's an odd one!" said Ben Spurlock. "He certainly is!" from Sam Sanderson. "Why not join the Britis h army, then?" asked Dick. "Ye said the British wear red uniforms, didn' ye?" "Yes." "Waal, I don' like red. I think blue is purtier, an' so I guess I'll jine yer side, ef ye air willun'." And then he laughed loudly. Dick looked thoughtful. He hardly knew what to think about the matter. Perhaps the youth might make a good fighter, and then again he might not be worth a cent to fight. "Let's take him into the company, Dick," said Bob. Some how that youth had taken it into his head that there would be sport, at any rate, through having the odd youth become a recruit. "He says he can see fun in anything," thought Bob, "and I want to see if lje can find anything to laugh at in a battle where men are falling on every side ." "You would have to have a horse, if you joined us," said Dick .


THE LIBERTY BOYS' ODD RECRUIT. 3 "I've got one," was the prompt rely. "Have you?" "Yaas; ye see, I've worked fur Mr. Belcher two years, an' he hain't paid me no munny, so he giv' me er hoss." "I see; and you are sure you want to join us?" "Yaas, I'm shore uv et. I am gettin' tired uv workin' on er farm. I don' git enny fun out uv et, enny more, an' I'll bet thet I kin git lots ov fun out ouv bein' in ther army." "Well, maybe you will be able to do so, but if so, you will be different from most soldiers." "I am diffrunt from mos' people; ye see, I see fun in everything." • "All right; you may join our company then, Bob Oddy." "Good! Good! Hurra' fur me! Ha; ha, ha! Ho, ho, ho!" Then a voice broke uporr the hearing of a ll , and they looked around, to see a man standinl(' at the gate leading into th:) barnlot. "Hey, you, Bob Oddy, whut ye

4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' ODD RECRUIT. was perched a little girl of four or five years, and on the left shoulder was another little girl, seemingly about the same age as the other. Indeed, they looked enough alike to be . twins. And on the horses's back was a boy of perhaps six or seven years of age. "Say, look at that, will you, Dick!" murmured Bob. "He's an odd one, isn't he!" "He certainly is, old fellow." Bob Oddy came to a stop when close to the youths, and said: "These little shavers wanted ter come down heer an' see ther sojers, an' I brung 'em erlong. Hain't they nice leetle gals, though? They're my sweethearts; ther big gals don' seem ter like me-ha, ha, ha!" CHAPTER IV. ODDY AND THE TORY YOUTHS. As Oddy spoke he set the girls on the ground, and the boy leaped off the horse's back at the same time . "Whose children are they?" queried Dick . "Mr. Belcher's." "Oh, that is the man you have been working for, eh?" "Yaas . . An' ye see, when I tole ther little chaps thet I wuz goin' ter come down heer an' jine ther soje,rs, they wanted ter come erlong." "That is all right," said Dick. Then he called the little to him and gave each of them a kiss. "They's twins," said Oddy. "They're nice little girls," said Dick. "Thar names is Lucy ;m' Lulu." "An' my name is Sammy," said the boy. "I kinder hated ter leeve, on account uv ther little chaps," said Oddy, "but ' I couldn't be expeckted ter stay thar just • fur thet reason." "Certainly not," said Dick. "I wish you wouldn' take Bob away," said one of the little girls. -"Why do you wish that?" asked Dick, with a smile . "'Cos I like him." "An' so do I," from the other one. "Why do you like him?" queried Bob. "Oh, he tells us such funny stories." Oddy grinned. "I tell 'em erbout Jack an' ther beanstalk, an' ther ole woman whut lived i n er shoe, an' all thet,'' he expla i ned. "An' he lets me ride ther hosses," said the boy. Then the little ones wandered about among the Liberty. " 'Cos I wanted ter, Jim Billings." "YeT er traitor, Bob Oddy!" "Traitor?" "Thet's whut I said." "Traitor ter whut?" "Ter ther king." Bob Oddy laughed loudly. "Ha, hi!., ha! Ho, ho, ho!" he roared. "Whut ye laffin' at?" queried Joe Gross, sullenly. "W'y, et whut ye said. Whut d'ye s'pose I keer fur ther king? I hain't never seed 'im, an' he hain't never done nothin' fur me." "Waal, ye hain't got no right ter turn traitor ter ther king," was the growling reply. "My dad says so." "Whut'd ther king eyer do fur ye, Jim?" queried Bob. "I dunno; but we hain't got .no right ter turn traitor. I know thet." "I guess thet ye jest think y,e know et, Jim. An' ez fur me, I don't think I owe ther king ennythin'. I'd ruther be free an' independet, I would." "Ye're er fool, thet's whut ye air, Bob Oddy." "ls thet so?" "Yaai>." . "Waal, I don't think s o," and then Bob laughed loudly again. "Ha, ha, ha!" ."Say, Bob," said Joe Gross, "ye can't jine them rebels . " "Whut's thet?" Bob's voice had a different intonation now from what it had had before. "I said ye can't jine ther rebels." This made Oddy mad, and he cried, angrily: "Whut bizness is et uv your'n whut I do, Joe Gross?" "Waal, we're loyal ter ther king, Jim an' me air, an' we're not goin' to stan' by an' see enny feller jine ther rebels if we kin help et." Oddy now laughed loudly. "Say, et's funny ter think thet ye fellers air tryin' ter run my biznes13,'' he said. "I reckon thet ef 'ye 'tend ter yer own bizness ye' ll hev enuff ter do." "Thet's all right," growled Billings. "Ye hain't ergoin' ter jine th er rebels!" "I've alreddy done et." . "I know thet; but whut I mean is, thet ye hain't goin' ter go with 'em." "W'y hain't I?" "'Cos ye shan't, thet's w'y!" "Waal, I'll bet ye ennythin' ye like thet I do!" "Ye shan't! Joe an' me will lick ye like blazes, 'nless ye prommus ter go right back home an' stay thar !" "Oh, ye will, hey!" Boys, asking all kinds of questions, and the youths answered . good-natured ly. It was quite entertaining to have the little ones around. "Yaas. " "\;1,'aal, lemme tell ye sumthin', Joe Billings: Er dozen fellers like ye an' Joe couldn' make me go back home an' stay thar." When they had been there an hour or so, Oddy told them it was time for them to go home. They would have liked to have remained longer, eviden t ly, but they made no objections to going. They bade the Liberty Boys good-by, and then set out for home, Oddy accompanying them, to see that they got there safely. "Oddy is an odd genius, sure enough,' ' said Bob. "Yes, and he is all right, Bob, else the children would not like him. " "That's so." Bob was on his way back to the encampment from the Belcher home, when suddenly out in front of him stepped two youths of about his own age. "Hello, Bob Oddy," said one. "Hello, Jim Billings an' Joe Gross," was the reply. "Say, we hev heerd some news." "Hev ye?" "YaaR." "Waal, whut'd ye heer?" "'fhet ye hed j'ined ther army." "Waal, I guess ye heerd right," said Bob, coolly "Then ye hev j'ined ?'! "Yep." "An' we heerd thet ye hed j'ined ther rebel army." "I guess thet's so , too; thet is ter say, I've j'ined ther patriot army." "Waal, patriots is rebe ls." "I know some folks calls 'em that." "Whut fur did ye go an' jine ther rebels, Bob?" "They couldn', hey?" "No." "Waal, they could. .Joe an' me kin do et, ourselves, an' we're goin' ter do et, too!" heer," said Bob. "We've talked long enuff. I'm goin' on, now, an' ef ye two fellers try ter interfere with me et'll go hard with ye." "Wait er minnet, Bob . Say, Jee an' me are goin' ter git up er comp'ny uv King's Guards, an' we want ye ter jine et. Whut d'ye say?" "Thet I won' do et." "W'y not?" "Becos I've alreddy jined the patriot army, an' I'm goin' ter stick to et." , "Say, Bob, ef we git up ther comp'ny, we're ter hev er lot uv fine, red unyforms !" said Billings, impressively. ' 1Who says so?" queried Bob . "Thet British captain thet wuz heer las' week prommused Joe and me thet we sh'd hev ther unyforms." "Thet's all right; but I'm goin' ter hev er uniform, too-er blue one, an' I like blue bette1:'n red." "Then ye won't jine us?" "No." "Ye'd better!" "I know my bizness." "Fur ther las' time, Bob Oddy, wull ye j ine our comp'ny uv King's Guards?" "No, I won'!" . "Go fur 'im, Joe!" cried Jim Billings.


.... 'T!jE LIBERTY BOYS' ODD RECRUIT. 5 The two Tory youths leaped forward and made a fierce attack on Bob Oddy. "Ha, ha, ha! Ho, ho, ho!" laughed Bob, who seemed to see in everything. "To thet's yer game, is et? All right! I'll Jest see ef I kain't give ye both er lickin'. I'm er sojer now, an' I might ez well begin ter fight, furst ez las'!" CHAPTER V. ODDY TAKES THE YOUTHS PRISONERS. Jim Billings and Joe Gross had known Bob Oddy. several years, and had never thought him at all dangerous. His unfailing good humor, and his propensity to see fun in everything had made it practically impossible ' to pick a fuss with him, and so neither of the Tory youths had ever see!\ Bob in a fight. It was only natural, therefore, that they, being quarrelsome themselves, and great for fighting, should imagine that they would have an easy time administering a thrashing to Bob. . . But they were to be given a great and unpleasant surprise. ;,r Bob Oddy, now that he had ma(ie up his mind to fight, quickly proved himself to be no mean antagonist. Indeed, he s_peedily made it very interesting for his assailants. He was large-boned and strong, and he struck out with all his force, with the result that Jim Billings got a terrible in the face, dropping him to the ground as though shot. "Ow-wowl-ouch!" cried Jim. "Ha, ha, ha! Got ye thet time!" laughed Bob. "Now, ye better look out, Joe!" Joe was looking out as best he could, but that was not quite good enough, for suddenly he got a blow in the mouth that loosened three teeth and laid him fiat on his back in the road. "Oh-oh-h-h-h! Ouch!-ow-w-w-w-w!" howled Joe, spitting out blood-his lips having been cut against his teeth. "Git up an' come at me agin !" cried Bob, prancing around. "I'm jes' gittin' wound up an' reddy fur fightin'. Git up, quick, so I kin knock ye down. Et's lots uv fun-ha, ha, ha! Ho, ho ho!" Jim and Joe did not think it such great fun; they struggled to their feet, however, wild to get even with the youth who had handled them so roughly. They could not understand it at all. They 'did not see how it was possible that Bob Oddy had knocked them both down. It was a fact, however, and no matter how he had managed to do it, the thing was for them to try to turn the tables and treat him the way he had treated them. They now attacked the youth with all their energy. They struck out fiercely, and for a few minutes they kept Bob pretty busy. He was strong and active, however, and while a number of blows hit him, yet none of them were very hard ones, and he was not knocked down or demoralized. "They'll git tired, direckly,'' was his thought, "an' then I'll go in an' knock 'em down erg'in. " Jim and Joe kept the attack up furiously for two or three minutes, and then they had to slacken up a bit to get their breath. This was Bob's opportunity, and he improved it. He attacked the two fiercely, in his turn, and rained blows at them, striking at first one and then the other, as either happened to be nearest to him. Suddenly Jim gave utterance to a howl of pain and rage and went down with a thud. Smack! Bob's fist l a nded fair between Joe's eyes, sending him down a cross Jim's prostrate form. The two k i cked a nd clawed wildly, and gave utterance to the most awful threat s of what they would do to Bob. The youth in qu e s t i o n was not alarmed, however. Indeed, he seemed to s ee funny in their remarks, for he laughed loudly. "Ha, ha, ha! Ho, ' ho, ho! Say, this is fun! I kinder like ter fight, I do! I berleeve thet I wuz cut out fer er sojer, arter all!" Su ' ch were his remarks, and needless to say the words somewhat on the ears of his hearers. They were not yet hors de combat, and they scrambled to their feet and resumed the fight. E<>r a few minutes things were exceedingly lively, and the11 again Bob downed the two. This time they lay still , in a semi-dazed condition. A happy thought struck Bob, and he laughed aloud. "They're Tories, an' I've en good min' ter take 'em inte1 the Liberty Boys' camp prisoners!" he exclaimed. "Say, thet would be er good joke on 'em! Ho, ho, ho!" He reached in Jim's pocket and drew forth a large, ban dana handkerchief. With this he tied the youth's hands together behind his back. He then served Joe the same way. By this time the two had recovered the use of their facul ties, and when they discovered that they had been made prisoners by the youth, they were very angry. "Say, wh,t d'ye mean by this, ennyhow?" cried Jim. "I mean bizness,' Jim-ha, ha, ha!" "W'y hev ye tied our han's?" from Joe. "W'y, ye're my pris'ners," laughed Bob. "Pris'ners!" "Yaas." "Whut ye goin' ter do with us?" "Take. ye inter camp," and Bob laughed in great enjoy ment. The more he thought about the matter the better he was pleased. "Say, ye hain't goin' ter do thet !" cried Joe. "Ye bet I am!" "Ef ye do, . Bob Oddy, Jim an' me'll kill ye, ez shore e2 ye're born!" "I hain't afeered." "Oh, hain't ye?" "Not er mite. Ye see, I'm er sojer, an' sojers hain't erfeered uv ennythin'." . "Yaas, ye're er sojer!" sneeringly. "A healthy sojer ye'll make!" from the other. "Waal, I'm startin' out purty good, ennyhow, I think I've met two enemies in single battle an' whupped an' made pris'ners uv 'em . I think thet's doin' purty well. Ha, ha, ha!" "Oh, say, stop thet laffin'!" growled Joe. "Ye make me sick!" from Jim. "I don' keer how sick ye git, Jim," replied Bob, cheerfully. "But I guess ye'll be sicker afore ther Liberty Bovs git through with ye." "Ther who?" queried Jim. "Ther Liberty Bobs." "Is thet ther comp'ny uv rebels thet ye hev jined ?" "Yaas." 1 "An' ye're goin' ter take us ter theer camp?" "Ye bet I am!" The two youths saw that Bob meant what he said, and now theybegan to beg to be set free. "Don' take us thar, Bob!" "No, don'; untie our han's an' let us go, thet's er good feller!" "Oho, I'm er good feller, now, am I?" laughed Bob. "Say, I guess et pays ter be er sojer. Et makes fellers think ye're er good feller-ha, ha, ha! Ho, ho, ho!" "Don' take us ter ther rebel camp, Bob; please don'!" pleaded Jim. "Say, we won' never bother ye no more ef ye'll ontie our han's an' let us go," said Joe. But Bob shook his head. "I kain't do et,'' he said. "Whut ! giv' up ther two furst pri'soners I ever captured, without takin' 'em inter camp? Waal, I guess not! No, sir-reel" And he laughed loudly and in evident enjoyment. "Say, we'll kill ye ef ye take us ter ther rebel camp, thet's whut we'll do!" j!'rowled Jim. "Ye bet we wull!" from Joe. "An' ye pris'ners? How'll ye do et?" "\.Ve'll be set free. They won' darst ter keep us prisoners, an' then we'll fix ye, Bob Oddy !" There was viciousness in this utterance, but it did not disturb Bob. He merely laughed and then ordered the two to get up. They obeyed. He took each by an arm, and said: "March er long, now! An' don' try to git erway, cos ye kain't do et!" "Ye'll be sorry for this, Bob Oddyl" "Thet's whut ye wull I" ,I


• 6 THE Lii3ERTY BOYS' ODD RECRUIT. But Bob answered with one of his characteristic laughs. Their threats did not worry him. "March along!" he commanded. They obeyed, and ten minutes later the Libertv Boys were amazed to see their odd recruit marching into camp, conducting a couple of ycung fellows whose arms were, bound together behind their backs-prisoners, evidently. CHAPTER VI. FRIGHTENING THE TORY YOUTHS. "Say, what do you think of that!" "Look at our new recruit!" "He has some prisoners!" "It looks like it!" Oddy and his two prisoners were now in the camp, and came to a stop. The two Tory youths looked around them at the Liberty Boys, and it was plain that they were alarmed. Bob Oddy, grinning, turned to Dick, and said: "I've brung ye er cou p l e uv pris'ners, Capt'in Slater." Dick eyed the two youths keenly. Then he look ed at Bob. "Who are they?" he asked. "They're king's men, Capt'in Slater." "Do they live near here?" "Yaas, I've knowed 'em three er four years." "How came you to make prisoners of them?" "W'y, ye see," with a grin, "they laid in wait fur me, and said they wuz goin ' ter keep me f1;om joining yer comp'ny." "Exactly; and you told them that you were going to do so, eh?" "Ye bet. I tole 'em I hed j ined, an' thet I wuz goin' ter stick to et." "Why did they want to keep you from joining us?" "W'y, they. said ez how they arr gittin' up er comp'ny uv King's Guards themselves, an' they wanted me t::?r jine et." "Oh, so that is it, eh?" "Yaas." "But you didn't care to join the King's Guards? " "No, sir; they said ez how er British capt'in thet wuz her er week er so ergo h eel promnrn ssecl 'em er lot uv reel uniforms, ef they got up ther corrp'r.y, but I tole 'em I lik ed blue uniforms best, an' thet I wuz goin' ter stick ter ye fellers." "Then what did they do?" "Oh, they started in ter lick me-ha, ha, ha!" and the youth la-qgbed heartily. "And they failed." "Ye bet they did!" "But they are husky-looking fellows. I don't see how you managed to get the better of them." "Waal, I jest says ter myse 'f, says I, 'Ye're er sojer, Bob, an' ye know thet sojers mus' fight like sixty', an' s o I went fur 'em red-hot an' lick ed ' em good." The Liberty Boys roared with laughter. Dick smiled, and then said: "It was the thought that you were a ' soldier that enabled you to put up a winning fight, was it?" "Ye bet. I wuzn't goin' ter git licked ther very fust time I got inter er fight, arter j'inin' ther army an' becomin' er sojer. Thar wouldn' hev be'n no fun in thet-ha, ha, ha!" "And you are out for the fun, eh?" "Yaas, w'y not?" "I see no objections to your getting all the fun out of life. that you can, as you go along. But what are these fellows' names?" "Thet feller is Jim Billing s," pointing, "an' ther other is Joe Gross." "They are Tories, eh?" "Yep." Dick eyed the two sternlv. "So you are figuring on organizing a company of King's Guards, are you"?" he asked, sternly. we air!" growl ed Jim Billings. " -But you won't do so now." "Wy won' we?" "Because unless you give us your parole that you will not do so, or take up arms against the patriots, we will hold you prisoners ." "Ye hain't l!Ot no right ter h o!' u s pris'ners." "Oh, yes, we have. These are war times, you know, and might makes right." "Ef ye keep us heer, et won' be good fur ye!" Dick laughed. "Why won't it?" he queried. "W'y, our folks'll git ther British sojers arter ye, thet's w'y!" "Oh, they will?" "Ye b'et!" "That would suit us. first-rate." "Yes, that would be the very thing!" cried Bob Esta-broo k. • Dick was doing some swift thinking. He did not want to hold the two youths prisoners, for they would be in the and would cause a lot of trouble; and neithet did he wish to let them go off and organize the company of King's Guards and send word to the British of the of the Liberty Boys in the neighborhood. "Maybe I can awe them into not doing those was his thought. "I will threaten to hang them, and will only agree to spare them if they give their paroles that they wlll not organize the company." . He' turned to the Liberty Boys and said: "' "What shall we do with these prisoners, comrades1" He winked and gave them a significant iook, and Bob Estabrook at once spoke up, saying: "We don't want to be bothered with them, Dick, and as they have refused to promise th'.it they won't oi:gani"'e company of King's Guards, I am m favor of hangmg them! "That's it!" "That's the talk!" "I am in favor of that!" "Hang them! Hang them!" Such were the exclamations frorrt the Liberty Boys, and Jim and Joe turned pale and their legs trembled. "Say, ye won' dare h-hang u-us!" stammered Jim. "Ye bet they will!" cried Bob Oddy . "They'!_! hang ye ez ennythin', 'nless ye prommus ter not git up enny comp'ny!" I "Will you promise?" asked Dick, sternly. The two hesitated, and then shook their heads. "I won'," said Jim. "Nur me, neither," from Joe. Dick turned to his comrades and said, sharply: "Bring ropes." A couple of the youths leap ed up and ropes. "Rig nooses in the ends of them,'' ordered Dick, and this was done. . "Now put the nooses around the necks of the pr.isoners, and throw the ends over that limb." The youth s obeyed, and about a dozen seized hold of the end of each . of the ropes and drew them taut. Bob Oddy pointed his finger at the two and laughed loudly. "Ha ha, ha! Say, but ye two fellers look funny!" he roared'. "I never seen nobuddy with ropes aroun' theer necks afore, an' I didn' know et would look so funny. Ha, ha, ha! Ho. ho, ho!" "They will l ook even moie funny when they are hanging in the air, and kicking about, Oddy," grinned Bob Estabrook, who was ready to heip the thing along arn;l. do 'all he could to frighten the prisoners. "Thet's s o; they'll look funny a-kickin' an' a-flounderin' aroun', shore enuff !" Oddy cried. "Pull 'em up, fellers! Pull 'em up an' let me see 'em kick!" Dick stepped forward and confronted the prisoners. He lo oked at them sternly. ".Jim Billings and Joe Gross,'' he said solemnly, "are you willing to give your paroles that you will not organize a company of Guards? Or do you prefer death?" All looked at the prisoner with considerable interest. Would they hold out, or would they take water and give the paroles? CHAPTER VII. DICK RECONNOITERS. "\Vhut d'ye say, Joe?" asked Jim. "I say, !e' s giv' ther paroles, Jim. I don' wanter die!" "No more do I, an' so all right, we'll giv' ther paroles . " "You are sensible,'' said Dick. And then he went on: "Do you swear that you will not organize a Kim?'s Guard,


THE 1 L IBERTY BOYS' ODI> REChUIT. 7 and that you will never take up arms against the cause of When he came in sight of the town he paused on the top liberty and independence?" of a .hill and took a long look. "Yaas!" from Jim. Suddenly he started, .and an exclamation escaped his lips. "We sw'ar," from Joe. . "Redcohts there!" he cried, "and a lot of them, too!" "Good! And now me tell you what will happen to you Dick dismounted, led his horse in among the trees, ;md if you fail to keep your oaths. We Liberty B.oys will capture tied him. y ou and hang you ! Do you understand?. There will be no "Now to do some spying at clo se.. range,!'1murmured Dick. possible chance for escape for you. We won't wait a mo .. Hemoved away in the direetien of Brunswick. ment, but will string you right u p ! " There was timber all the way, and he was enabled to get "Oh, we'll keep our sw'ars, " said Jim, sull enly. close to the town without being discovered. "Uv course," said Joe. He stopped and took a careful survey. "It will be well for you, if you do." He sized .the force of redcoats up, and was surprised when "And very bad for you if yo u don't," from Bob. I he found that there were at least four thousand soldiers "Take the ropes from around their necks," ordered DiGk. there. . This was done, and then the two were freed of. their bonds "Phew!" he softly whi s tled, "I wonder what this means, and to l d that they might go . a:nyway?" "All right," from Jim. While he stood there, looking at the redcoats moying about "Thank ye," from Joe. in the encampment, he caught sight of mo i e British comil'\g . They strode away, and as they went Bob Oddy called out: There was another regiment at least, and this would run "I guess ye're kinder sorry ye attackted me, hain't ye, Jim the British force up to five thousand. an' Joe? Ye got ther worst uv et-ha, ha, ha! Ho, ho, ho!". "Jove, this is rather an odd proceeding on the part of the There was no reply from the two. British!" was Dick's thought. "I wonder why they have They exchanged iow words, however. taken up their quarters here?" "Blast thet Bob Oddy!" growled J oe . He wished that he could find out. "I'd like ter kill 'im!" hissed Jim. But that would be practically an impossibility. "Me, too ! " Dick was not one to give up without trying, however, and "Le's do et!" he decided that he would put in the day watching the enemy, "How kin we?" and then when night came he would enter the town, if po.s-"W'y, !e's hang aroun' till. we git er chanst at 'im, an' sible, and the desired information. then shoot 'im. " He remained where he was for several hours, and then "Mebby he won' be aroun' heer. Them fellers'll prob-went back to where he had left his horse, mounted, and set erbly go 'way ter-morrer." out for the Liberty Boys' encampment. "Mebby so, but I doubt et." When he arrived there and told them that a strong force "We kin hang aroun' an' watch, ennyhow." of British had taken posses s ion of New Brunswick, the "Yaas, an' et may be thet they'll go i nter camp an' stay youths were greatly excited. heer quite erwhile. " "What does it mean, Dick?" queried Bob Estabrook. "Posserbly; an' in thet case we'll hev er good chanst at ''.I . don't know,. Bob, but I suspect that. it that .the Bob." British are gettmg ready. to march agamst Ph1ladelph1a." "Yaas; likely ef they stay thar he'll ge goin' ter Mjster Bob uttered an . Belcher's ev'ry onct in erwhil e, an' we kin waylay 'im. " '.'.I'll wager that you arc nght, old he cried.,, "Thet's er good idee." . I must send word to '\Vashmgton at once, said "Whut shell we do now?" Dick. . . "We may ez well go ter our homes, fur ter-night . " Then called B en Spurl,ock, and told him bridle and "But we wanter git tergether in ther mornin'." saddle his horse an? set at once for Morristown. The "Yaas" youth was not long m gettmg ready. "What at?" "Now. what am I to tell the commander-in-chief, Dick?" "My house; et's closter ter ther rebels' camp'n whut your he"Tquellnhe?. ti t t 1 t f. th d B t h Id. home is " e im 1a a eas ive ousan n is so iers are " ', . , ,, now in New Brunswick, and that I say I will learn their "Thet .s so',, waal, I II be ter your house by sun-up. intentions at the earliest possible moment." All right. . . "All right Dick. Is that all?" . The two parted company presently, each headmg toward "All, BenJ• his home. . . . . . "Very well; I'm off." Meanwhile 1:he Liberty Boys were the. affall'. He leaped into the saddle and rode away at a gallop. They complimented Bob Oddy on havmg captmed the • (Now ," said Dick, "I must think up some way of Jearmng tw,? youth.s. . ,, . . " . . . the intentions of the B ritish." You did .well, said Dick, and by brmgmg. them mto "Some on e will have to enter the British encampment, in camp, you did good work for the cause, it gave me order to do that eh Dick?" from Bob. the c}1ance to them agree not to raise company of "Yes. " ' ' Kmg s Guards. "I don't think vou had better ris k it. " "But thet don' ermount to nothin'," said Oddy. "Why not?" • Die\ looked surprised. "You are so well known to many of the redcoats that you "Why not?" he q1.1eried. arc likely to be recognized; and then you would be shot or '.'.Bccos t.hey wo:-1' keep their prornmuses . " hange d as a spy." You thmk so? "I know that," said DiE)ck; "but I don't want to ask anyone "I'm shore uv et." else to do what I would hesitate to do myself." "You think they will go riil;ht ahead and organize the "But anyone not so well known would not be in nearly so company of King's Guards, eh?" much danger as would be the case with you, Dick." "Yaas. " "That is true, of course." "Well, if we stay in camp here, Dick, we'll make it a point ''.Sa y, Dick, w'y not let me go?" suddenly spoke up Bob to keep our eyes on Billings and Gross," Bob . Oddy . "I bet ye I'd m a ke a good spy. Nobuddy'd be likely "You are right, Bob." ter suspeck me, 'cos I don' look like I knowed enuff ter do "And if we catch them organizing the company, then--" ennythin' like thet,-ha, ha,ha! Ho, ho, ho!" And the "It will go hard with them!" finished Dick, grimly. you t h laughed loudly. "I know them two fellers purty well," said Oddy. "They hain't ther kin' ez keeps theer words, ef they don' wanter." " Well, it will b e worse for them than for anybody else if they don't keep their words," said Dick. Next morning the youths did not break carnp . Dick had decided to remain here a few days, at least. He mounted his horse and rode away, stating that he was going t o do some reconnoitering. He rode in the direction of New Brunswick, only about .i;even miles distan t . CHAPTER VIII. ODDY GOES SPYING. Dick and Bob e::changed glances. They were impressed with the idea that Bob Oddy would indee d make a very good spy, since, as he had said, no one would be likely to suspect him Dick eyed the youth keenlY-


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' ODD RECRUIT. "Do you feel equal to the task, Bob?" he asked. "Ye bet I do, Dick . " "You think that you won't get frightened when you get among hundreds, yes, thousands of redcoats?" "I know I won', Dick." "You are s ure that you will be able to keep cool, eh?" "Yaas; whut's ther u se uv bein' enny o ther way? Ha, ha, ha!" "There isn't much use of being any other way, Od dy, and I have a good mind to let you go down to New Brunswick and play the spy on the redcoats. " "Do et, Dick!" eagerly. "I prommus ye thet I'll do ther work jes' erbout right!" "Very well; you may go." "Hooray! Say, I'm tickled ha'f ter death, Dick!" The youths laug hed. . "Why so?" asked Bob Estabrook. "W'y, beco s I think et'll be fun ter play the' r spy onter ther redcoats." Again the youths l aughed. "It may be fun, and then again it may not be," warned Dick. "I'll resk it," with a grin. "Ye know, I kin git fun outer a'mos' ennythin'." Oddy began making preparations for his undertaking at once . He had been given a uniform that morning, Dick having an extra one in his saddle-bags, and Odd y had been wearing the uniform proudly during the day. But now, in order to play the part of a spy successfu ll y, he had to doff his uniform and don his old suit of homespun blue. "Say, fellers, thet's ther worst part u v ther hull bizness," he Said. "I kain't wear my unyform an' play spy at ther same time." ' "Well, your uniform will be waiting for yo u when you come back, Oddy," said Dick. "Thet's I ever come back," and he laughed as though this would be a good poke. "Oh, I guess you'll get back safely, Odey," said Mark Morrison. "I reckon so, an' ef I don', et won't be much loss-ha, ha, ha!" He was soon ready, and then Dick gave him f ull and careful instructions, to which the you t h l istened intently. "All right, Dick, I'll do jest whut ye hev said," promi se d O ddy, when Dick had finished . Then he set out on foot i n the direction of New Bruns w ick. He said he c9uld wal k it in an hour and a half, and that he didn't want to be bothered with a horse. Dick and Bob gazed thoughtfully after Odd y, and the former said, slow ly : "I wonder if I have done a wise thing in sending him, Bob?" "I rather think it will turn out a ll right, Dick." "I hope s o . One thing1 .I know that he is really a shrewd fellow, and not as green as he appears to be at times." "Yes, he's nobody's fool, Dick." "Possibly he will be able to secure information, where you or I, or any of the r .est of 'the boys wo uld fail." "Likely enough ." Meanwhile Odd y was striding along through the timber at a good pace. He was about as happy as he had ever been in his life. He liked t h e Liberty Boys, and he believed that he was going to l ike the life of a so ld ier. Arid now he had been given important work to do by the captain of the company. "I'll do ther work right, ef I kin," •was his decision . "Ye bet I'm g oin' ter fin' out whut them redcoats air go in' ter do , ef I hev ter ax 'em outright!" On he strode, mile after mile, and at last he came out in sight of New Brunswick. • Oddy had not to ponder, or to study out any course of procedure. He had decided, only, that he wo uld go right ahead, and trust to circumstances to shape his course aright. H e strode down the road, and was soon at the edge of the town. Beyond, in the tow n, were the tents of the redcoats, and hundreds were in sight. "Halt! Who comes there?" challenged a sentinel. "I'm Bob Oddy," repli ed the youth, halting. The se ntinel surveyed the youth, and then grinned. He had sized the youn g fellow up as being a green countryman. "Come here, Bob Oddy," he commanded. The youth advanced till he was close to the sentinel. "Where do yo u live, Oddy ?" "Oh, up in ther kentry. " "What do you want here?" "Oh, I wanter see the British sojers." "That's it, eh?" "Yep." The sentinel happened be possessed of a sense of humor, and he d ecide d to have a little fun at the expense of the youth. "Say," he said, "are yo u a rebel spy?" Oddy was startled at first, but he was s ''ll'ewd enough to conceal the fact. "Whut's er spy?" he asked promptly, meeting the gaze of\ the redcoat frankly. "Don't you know what a spy is?" Oddy shook his head. "No," he said. "l never heerd tell uv one afore." "Why, a spy is one who e nters tJ:ie encampm.ent of an army and secures information about it, and carries the information to the army's enemy." A grin overspread Oddy's face, and he looked at the red-coat and exclaimed, eagerl y : "Say, thet'd be great fun, wouldn' et!" The sentinel nodded smilingly. "The greatest fun in the world," he said. "Say, I'm er good min' ter play ther spy, mister!" The redcoat nodd ed approvingly. "I would, if I were you. You will be able to have a lot of fun." "Thet's so. I cud g o inter ther camp yonder, an' go aroun' an' play I wuz er spy, an' ax questions, an' et'd be lots more fun'n ef I wuz jest ter walk aroun' an' look at ther so jers. " "Of course; g o ahead and do it, young fellow." The sentinel urged Oddy to go ahead, for. he that he saw sport ahead for his comrades, even 1f he did not get off duty in time to take a liand in it. "Say, I berleeve I will! Et'll be great fun! ha, ha! Ho, ho, ho!" "That's the talk. Go ahead, young fellow." "Say, ye won' tell 'em whut I'm. goin' ter do, will ye?" asked the youth. . "Of course not." the redcoat assured him. "All right; don', 'cos thet'd spile my fun, ye know. " . "So it wou l d . You can depend on me not to give you away. By the way, Odd y, tell the first soldi e r you meet to come here. I want to get some tobacco, and I dare not leave my post see?" "Yaas'. I'll send ther furst so jer I meet, mister." "All right." , Bob Oddy strode onward into the encampment, followed by the gaze of the sentinel, who was smiling broadly. ''I'll t ell the boys," he murmured, "and they will have no end of fun with the simp l eton. A spy-bah! He hasn't sense enough to play spy, but thinks he would be a great s ucce ss , l ikely . " Oddy met a redcoat, presently, and accosted him. "Hi, thar, mister," he said. "Thet feller yender tole me ter send ye ter 'im." ' The redcoat glared at Bob in amazement and rage. He fancied that his dignity was being assailed, when such a green youth as this one seemed to be accosted him so unceremoniously. "Who in blazes are you?" he growled . "My name's Bob Oddy," promptly, "an' never ye min' whut I am. One thing is sart'in, an' thet is, thet I know . whut I'm erbout!" and the youth winked and looked important. The redcoat stared at the young fellow in amazement, and then asked: "What does he want?" He nodded toward the sentinel. " H e said sumthin' erbout wantin' some terbacker, an' thet he couldn' leeve his post ter git et. " "That's so . Well, I'll go and give him some." The redcoat had seen the sentinel motion to him, and he guessed that his comrade had something to tell him about this odd youth. He walked rapidl y toward his comrade, while Oddy strolled on i nto the encampment. "What is it?" queried redcoat, as soon as he reached the point where the sentinel stood. "Fun alive ! " was the reply, with a laugh. "Diel you size up the youngster that sent you here?"


. THE LIBERTY BOYS' ODD RECRUIT. 9 "Yes, green as grass." "You're right; a regular simpleton, and if you fellows want to, you can have some sport with him." "How?" eagerly. , "Why, I put him to playing that he is a spy-see?" The other nodded and winked. "I think I do." "He will go around asking questions, and thinking that he is playing his part fine, you know, and after yo u have answered a lot of his questions, some one of you can de nounce him as being a spy-you understand?" "Of course and then we'll make a prisoner of him, and take him one of the under-officers, telling the greeny that the officer is the commander-in-chief of the British army, and we will find him guilty, asking a few tions, and take him to the edge of the timber and make him think we are going to hang him." ,, "That's it! That'll be great sport, eh? Ha, ha, ha! "So it will-ha, ha, ha!" "And you can change your mind, him a good scare, and say that you guess Y?U wont after .all, but will take him down to the nver and give him a duckmg, instead." "Good! That's a fine idea." "It'll be rich sport!" "I should say so; but, say, you won't get into it, will you?" "Yes, if you don't hurry things too much. I come off duty in half an hour." . "All right; as you put up the job, yo u to be. m on the fun so I'll tell .the boys to wait, and we 11 put m the time the simpleton, by answering. his and pretending that we don't suspect what he 1s up to. "Good for you! Now hurry back and post the boys." "I will,''. and the soldier hastened back into the encampment. "Now Mr. Bob Oddv would-be spy, I guess you'll soon be given a 'taste of something you won't fancy!" murmured sentinel after which he laughed aloud, and resumed his work of' pacing back and forth on his beat. CHAPTER IX. ODDY SURPRISES THE REDCOATS. Bob Oddy w a s a great deal shrewder than the redcoats gave him credit for being. In truth for all his odd ways and seeming greenness, Bob was as sh;ewd as most fellows of his age, and the sentinel had not fooled him, by any means. The youth understood perfectly well what the sentinel wante-d with his comrade. "He wants ter tell 'im erbout me, an' then like enough they'll try ter hev some fun with me,'' was the youth's reflection. "All right," he went on. "By makin' 'em think I'm green as grass, likely I'll be able t e r git some information thet'll be uv value, an' then they kin hev some fun with me ef they wanter. The r laff will be on my side at ther las'." He kept his eyes on the soldier who had gone to talk to the sentinel, and saw him come back into the encampment and at once go to circulating among the soldiers, talking to them in low tones. As, immediately, the soldiers began looking toward Bob and grin?ing, .he understood that the soldier was posting them regarding him. "Ther fun'll begin purty soon,'' thought the youth, "an' I guess I may ez well he'p things erlong by beginnin' playin' ther s py. They expe ckt thet, an' I mustn' disapp'int 'em!" And Oddy laughed to him(;elf. H e strolled up to a litt le group of redcoats who had been eyeing him with grinning coun tenances, and said: "Say m isters, how menny sojer s hev ye got heer?" "Why do you wish to know?" queried one, with a wink at his companions. The youth put on a knowing look, and said: "Oh, thet's my bizne ss, mister." "Of course it i s ; I know that,'' was the reply. "But, say, you aren't a rebel spy, are you?" with a searching look. "Me? Uv course not!" replied Oddy. "\Vhutever made ye think uv sech er thing ez thet?" "Oh, I don't know. We have to be careful who we talk to in war times, you know." "l s'pos e thet's so." " "f'es, '-but seeing as how you are not a spy I dQn't mind telling you that we have five thousand soldiers here." "Five thousand, hey?" "Yes; and we will have twice that many here in a day or two." "Ye wull?" "Yes." "Whut fur? Whutever air ye goin' ter do? " "9h, we are going to go down and capLure the rebel capital." "Whut's that?" asked Oddy. ::why, you know. That is the rebel capital." Oh, yaas, so et 1s. I furgot thet. An' so ye air goin' ter go .. down thar an' capter ther 'place, hey?" Yes, but say-vou are sure you are not a rebel spy?" "Uv course I'm shore uv et." "Because it would be bad for us if you were a spy and were to get away and. carry the news to the rebel army." "I s'pose et would, mister." Quite a large crowd of Ecld:ers had gathered around the you':h now, and they eyed him with interest and amusement Then they began chaffing him. , They ept this up quite a w:!1ile, and evidently thought they were having the fun all on their side but they were mistaken. Bob Oddy was having fun, too.' The only difference was that they laughed loudly, he laughed in his sleeve, as it were. They found that, in spite of the fact that he looked like a the young fellow could .say lots of sharp, cutting thmgs, and more than once he turned the joke on a redcoat the soldier's comrades l aughed immoderately, and Jeered him .to such an he would be . glad to retire to the outside of the circle to thmk it over and smother the wrath that possessed him because of the defeat he had received at the hands of the simpleton. Presently the sentinel who had put up the job, so to speak. put in an appearance, h e having been relieved from duty. and this was the signal for the real sport to commence. ' One of the redcoats, who had been selected for the part suddenly pointed his finger at Bob and almost shouted: ' "Say, comrades; this is a rebel spy! I know him! He is . Dick Slater in disguise!" "What! What!" "You don't mean it!" "Dick Slater in disguise?" "The famous rebel spy?" "Can it be possible?" Such were a few of the exclamations, and the one who had denounced the youth cried: "Of course it's possible! More, it's the truth! This is Dick Slater, and if you know when you are well off, you will seize him and make a prisoner of him!" Several of the redcoats at once seized Bob, and his arms were tied together behind his back in a twinkling. "Now we've got you, Dick Slater!" said one, sternly. "You have run your course, have done your last spy work." "Hang him!" "Shoot him!" "Go for him!" "Kill the spy!" Such were the cries, and many made motions as though to draw their weapons. They expected, of course, that they would frighten the prisoner, and this would give them a lot of sport; but what was their surprise when the youth failed to display any signs of fear at all! . They stared in amazement. And they were amazed still more, yes, were thunderstruck, when the prisoner threw his head back and laughed loudly: "Ha, ha, ha! Ho, ho, ho!" roared Bob Oddy. "Ha, ha, ha! Ho, ho, ho!" The prisoner's mirth effectually squelched that of the redcoats, and they stopped laughing, to stare at the youth in open-mouthed amazement and wonder. "What's the matter with the fool?" "What's he laughing at?" "You can't prove it by me!" "I'll never tell you!" "He's so badly frightened that he is hysterical!" Such were a few of the exclamations, and then the one who had done most of the talking, said to the youth, sternly: "What are you laughing at, you fool?" "W'y, I'm laffin' becos ye fellers think I'm er spy-ha, ha, ha! Ho, ho , ho!" I


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' ODD RECRUIT. "What is there funny about that?" "Lots," and again the youth roared with laughter.' '.'Say," growled the spokesman, "if yo u can see any fun in suspected of being a rebel spy, and being made a prisoner, then you certainly ought to be able to see fun in anything." "Thet's et! That's me, ev'ry time!" the youth cried. "I kin see fun in ennythin' an' ev'rythin'. I've allers been thet way." And again he ,laughed. "Shut up!" cried the spokesman. "Yes," from another. "We've had enough of that, you idiot!" "I guess you won't laugh when we stand you up to shoot you, or put a rope around youi neck to hang you as a spy!" growled a third. "Yas, I will! I bet ye I will!" cried the odd youth, and then he l aughed heartily. "Say, I guess you think that we .are just fooling," said the spokesman of the crowd, in a stern voice. "Comrades, let's take the prisoner before t h e commander-in-c e ie f at once, and try him." "All right!" "Yes, yes!" 1 "That's the thing to do!" "Give him a trial, and then shoot or hang him!" ' .'Bring him along." The redcuats conducted the prisoner over to one side of the encampment, to where an officer sat on a camp-stool in front of a tent. He was only a captain, but the soldiers thought that the prisoner would not know the difference. "Your excellency," said the spokesman, in a sober and impressive voice, "here is a prisoner whom we wish you to try at once . We believe that he is a spy, and will leave it to you to decide." "Prisoner, are you a spy or are you-not?" sternly asked the alleged commander-in-chief. "I hain't no spy-ha, ha, ha! Ho, ho, ho!" Jaughed Bob Oddy. The officer stared. "Why this Jevity'!" he sternly asked. "What do you mean by laughing in that manner? Don't you know that it is a crime punishable with death to treat with contempt the command er-in-ch ief of a gr:)at army'?" "Mebby et i s, Mister Commander-in-chief, but I kain't he'p et, ter save me. I jes t hev ter laff-ha, ha, ha! Ho , ho, ho!" "The charge against the ' p1isoner is proved!" roared the pseudo commander-in-chief. "His unseemly l evity is proof conclusi ve, and my sentence is that he be taken, immediately, and hanged by the neck till he is dead-dead-dead! Men, do your duty!" The redcoats, a l most. bursting with laughter, but strivin g hard to look sober and fierce, seized Bob Oddy and hurried him over into the edge of the timber. A rope was tied around his neck, and the other end thrown over a limb, and th en a dozen seized hold of the rope. :'Pull, men!" roared the spokesman . "Up with the iebel spy!" "Ha, ha, ha! Ho, ho, ho!" roared Bob Ocldy, and so great was the astonishment of the redcoats who had hold of the rope that they could have not pulled the youth up in the air had they tried. But they did not even try. They simply stood there, staring at him, open-mouthed. "Of all .the fools that I ever saw, he certainly is the great est!" growled one of the redcoats. "He certainly i s an odd one!" from another. CHAPTER X. THE RED COATS DUCK ODDY. "'What under the sun are you l aughing at? " asked one of the redcoats, staring. 'Oh, nothin' in purtickler; on'y et see ms funny thet I sh'd be took fur er spy an' hung! Ha, ha, ha!" The redcoats exchanged glances. "Say, comrades," remarked the one who had done most of the talking, "it would be a waste of time to hang the fool don't you think?" ' "But what shall we do with him?" from another. . "Let's take him down and give him a good ducking in the river," suggested a third. "That's a good suggestion!" t. "Yes, yei:;!" "Let's do that!" "To the river with him!" The redcoats threw the rope off the youth's neck, and hurried him down to the river and into the water. One soldier had hold of the youth's right arm, another the left, and they waded out to their waists and came to a stop. "Now, under with him!" cried the spokesman, from the shore. The two dipped Bob Oddy under the water, ai:id held him there nearly a minute, and then they pulled him up to a standing position again. The youth was coughing and spluttering, as though nearly strangled, but the truth of the matter was that he was not strangled at all. Bob was an expert swirrimer and diver, and had practiced till h . e could remain under water nearly a minute and a half, so he was simply coughing and spluttering for effect. The redcoats did not know this, however, and they fairly shouted with joy. They laughed and laughed, and thought they were having great sport at the expense of the supposed simpleton. "Give him some more." . "Yes, cluck him again!" "Teach him that it doesn't pay to play the spy!" "Half-drown the idiot!" Again the two soldiers soused Bob Oddy under the water, and held him there for nearly a minute. And again the youth coughed and spluttered at a great rate, causing the redcoats to laugh with great glee. They plunged Oddy under the water at least a dozen times , and then l ed him to the shore, and unbound his arms. "How do you fee l?" asked the spokesman. "I feel all right," said the youth. "Thet wuz ther bes' duckin' I've hed in er long time-ha, ha, ha! Ho, ho, ho!" The redcoats exchanged glances of disgust. "Well, you're 'the champion fool!" growled the leader of the party of redcoats. "You can get fun out of things that would make an ordinary person feel any way other than happy." "Oh, I kin git fun outer a'mos' ennythin'" said the youth. "I guess you're right. But, now, listen to nre. We are goin' to let you go free, but it is only on condition that you stay away from our encampment and never come fooling about it again. Do you hear?" "Yaas, mister." "And you will "Oh, yaas; I won't come back heer no more." "See to it that you don't! Now go!" The youth nodded cheerfully, and strode away. When he was at a safe distance, he laughed out aloud. "I reckon them redcoats wouldn't feel so well satersfied ef they knowed thet I reely was a patriot spy!" he murmured. But they did not know it, and they went back to their quarters in the encampment and laughed and talked about the fun they had with the country simpleton. They thought that they had had great sport. But they realized that they had not succeeded in frightening the youth to any great extent. "He didn't know enough to get scared," one of the redcoats declared, and the others agreed with him. Meanwhile Bob Oddy was striding along in the direction of the Liberty Boys' encampment. A walk of an hour and a half, and he was there. The youths welcomed the young fellow cordially. "You are back soon, Oddy," said Dick. "Yaas, Dick." "Were you in the British encampment?" "Yep." "What did you learn?" "I foun' out thet ther British air gittin' reddy ter go down an' capter Phillydelphy, Dick." "Ah-ha, so that is their scheme, eh?" "Yaas." "When do they intend to move against Philadelphia?" "Not right erway." "Why not?" "They air goin' ter 'Yait till they kin git some more sojers, furst." "Oh, that's it,' eh?" "Yep." Dick asked a number of questions, all of which the youth .Qnswered prom tly. ''


THE LIBERTY BOYS' ODD RECRUIT. 11 Then Dick named Sam Sanderson to go to Morristown with the news. "General Washington must know this at once," he said. "I'll not let any grass grow under my horse's hoofs, Dick," said Sam. Fifteen minutes later he rode out of the encampment and away toward the north. Meanwhile Bob Oddy was telling the story of his adventures in the British encampment. When he told of how he had fooled the redcoats into thinking that he was a simpleton, and how they thought they fooling him and having great sport at his expense, the Lib erty Boys laughed. "You rather got the better of them, Oddy," said Mark Morrison. "Yaas, they thort they wuz foolin' me, but instid et wuz me foolin' them." "So it was, and you could not have worked it better, Oddy," said Dick. . After supper Opdy asked permission to go to the Belcher home. "I wanter see ther little chaps," he said. "All right,'' said Dick. "Go along; but keep your eyes open, Oddy. Billings and Gross might after you." "I don't think thar's much danger, D . 1ck; but I'll keep er lookout fur 'em." He set out whistling. "Say, he's a happy chap, isn't he?" remarked Mark Morrison. "Yes, he's good company ,to have around,'' said unfailing good humor helps to keep us from gettmg blue. Oddy strode onward, and was soon at the Belcher home. Mr. and Mrs. Belcher and the children were glad to see him. The two little girls climbed up on his lap and kissed him. "Air ye comin' b a ck to stay, Bob?" one asked. "No, I kain't stay," was the repl y. . "Oh I wish't ye would ! Et's lon esome without ye, Bob." "I'll' come back some time, little one,'' was the reply. "Oh, goody!" Bob stayed about an hour and a half, and then set out for the encampment. He had said that he would keep his eyes open and be <,m the lookout for Billings and Gross, but he really did not apprehend any from so was not paying much attention to hls surroundrngs, with the resuli; that when he had gone a couple of hundred yards from the house, perhaps a dozen dark figures leaped out from among the trees at the roadside and threw themselve s upon him. Although taken by surpri se and overwhelming odds against him, Oddy struggled fiercel y . He fought to such good advantage that it took the assailants several minutes to overpower the youth. They quickly bound his arms 8:nd him! then they hurried away through the timber, with their pnsoner in their midst. Bob Oddy knew who it was that had captured him: T wo of the party were undoubtedly Billings and Gross. He guessed that the others were Tory youths of the . neighbo r hood who had been persuaded to join in and make up a pa:-rty that was to be known as .the King's Gua1 :ds . "I knowed they wouldn' keep theer word with Dick," was Oddy's reflection as he walked along. Then he wondered what they would do with him. "Jim Billings an' Joe Gross air erbout mean enuff ter do ennythin'," was his thought. "Still, I guess they won' dare ter kill me." . Presently the party came _to a stop in an open space in the timber. At one edge of the clearing was an old cabin, but the Tory youths did no t conduct Bob into i t . They took the gag out of the youth's mouth, and then one of their number confronted Oddy and said, triumphantly: "\Vaal, we've got ye, Bob Odd y!" "Et looks thet erway," was the quiet reply. "I tole ye we'd git anuther chance at ye, Bob Oddy!" "I know ye did, Jim Billings, hut I guess this' ll b e erbout ther deares t piece uv bizness thet ever ye hed ennythin' ter do with." "W'y so?" "Becos I'm er Liberty Boy now. ye know; an' when I don' git back they'll hunt fur me, an' they'll fin' me, too; an' then I pity ye fellers!" l3illi:ilgs laughed sneeringly. "We hain't skeered,'' -he said; "they won' fin' us, nur ye eether." "Ye'll see,'' said Oddy, confidently; "they'll fin' ye, ye bet; an' then I pity ye fellers-ha, ha, ha!" "Stop thet 'haw-haw-in', will ye!" growled Jim. "Ye make more nois'n a mule er brayin'. ' "All right; ennythin' ter please ye, Jim, uv course-ha, ha, ha! Ho, ho, . ho!" "Stop thet, er we'll gag ye erg'in, ye fool!" "What air ye goin' ter do with me?" queried Oddy. "Now ye're gitting ter bizness, Bob Oddy. I'll tell ye jest whut we're goin' ter do: We're goin' ter tie ye up ter thet tree thar an' give ye ther blamedest ole lickin' thet ezmy feller ever hed ! " • "Oh, ye air, eh?" said Odd y . There was a hard t•:me to his voice, showing that he was not much pleased with the prospect. "Yaas, we air. How d'ye like ther outlook, Bob?" with a chuckle. , "I guess thet I like et ez well ez ye'll like whut I'll giv' ter ye later on, ef ye do whut ye say ye're goin' ter do!" There was no mistaking that Oddy meant what he said. "We hain't erfeered u v ye, eve n with all ther Liberty Boys ter back ye, Bob O ddy . Air we, fellers?" "We hain't afeel'd uv no Liberty Boys!" They bound Oddy to a tree and cut the switches. Every youth had a !'

'i.2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' ODD RECRUIT. The dozen Tory youths waited patiently, ten, fifteen, twenty minutes, and then Billings called out: "Hey, thar! Kin we go now?" There was no answer. The youths looked at one 'another-it was not so dark but what they could see one another fairly well, and Joe Gross said: "\Yonder w'y they didn' answer?" " 'Cos they don' want to, I guess," said Billings . Then he c::.illed out again: "Hey, ye fellers! Kin we go now?" Still no answer. "Whut's th er matter with ther fellers, ennyhow?" growled . one. I "Gone ter sleep, mebby,' said Joe Gross . Then Billings was struck with a brilliant thought: "Mebby thar hain't nobuddy thar ertall!" he exclaimed. "Ye mean--" began Gross. "Thet ther fellers fooled us an' thet nobuddy stayed behin' ter watch us!" "Say, I shouldn' wonder ef ye air right, Jim!" cried one. "I bet ye I am!" "Try 'em erg'in," Jim," said Joe Gross. "We don' wanter run no more resks than we kin he'p." "Say, ye fellers! We're "'oin' te..leeve n"w. rl'v" hP<>..-?" There was no reply to Jim, and the youths decided that there was no one there. "Who'll be ther furst one ter make er move?" asked one. "Let Jim; he's ther captain, ye know." said Joe Gross. who was somewhat jealous because he not been elected captain. As Jim had the gre:i.ter honor, he thought it no more than right that he should have the i;\'reater risk. also. "I hain't afreed ter move. an' thet's more'n at least on e felln whut I know kin 1'av." sneered Jim. "Ef ye mean me, Jim Billings, ye wanter take thet back, an' do et moughty quick. too!" cried Joe . "I won' take nothin' back!" retorted Jim. "Then ye did mean me, hey?" "Mebbv I did." "Then take th et. blast VP!" "Thet" was a blow on the enrl of the " '. and the next moment the two were engaged in a rough .. a nd-tumble fight . The other youths were. greatly excitf'd, am! all for1?ot that they had themselves to be in danger of being shot by conc ea led foes. Their were on the combatants, and they began encouraging the two. Some of the youths favored Jim and some favorPd Joe, anrl they encouraged theii favorite with of advice. Presently Joe got Jim down and began nounding him at a great rate, and one of those in favor of the under youth reached out and gave Joe a push, with the evident intention upsetting him and giving the unde r youth a better chance. Instantly one of Joe's adherents yelled out: "Han's orf. Bill Skullett!" He followed his words with a blow, and the next moment these two were engaged in a hand-to-hand combat. The others were greatly excited now, and soon a regular melee was in progress, the youths having taken sides and engaged in battle. The battle raged for nearly half an hour and then it ended, with a victory for Joe Gross's side. Jim Billings and his adherents, bloody-nosed and with their clothing tom, moved away; but they sent back threats of what they would do to the others very soon. But Billings and his adherents had had enough, and in spite of their leader's words they took to their heels and ran with all their might. Joe Gross and his crowd did not catch the others, and so thev stopped and yelled jeeringly after their late opponents. Jim and his crowd did not stop to argue the question. They kept on rlfilning. But Billings was very angry, and he was n{editating reveng. e even as he ran. "I'll git even with thet Joe Gross ef I die fur et!" was his thought. The fugitives finally -stopped, talked a few minutes, and then dispersed to their homes. Joe Gross and his companions did exactly the same thing. Theil' difficulty was over for that evening, but there could be little doubt but what there would be trouble later on. * * * * * * * * * Bob Oddy had been rescued from the hands of the Tory youths by one person. The person in question was a patriot of the neighborhood, a man who knew Bob well, the youth having worked for him at different times. John Saxon was the man's name. He had been out hunting and was on his way home 'vhen he had heard the youths coming along talking. He had concealed himself behind a tree, and when they passed he had seen that they had Bob Oddy a prisoner. He had at once made up his mind that he would rescue the youth if he could, and had followed the -party to the clearing. He had watched proceedings with no little indignation, and when he saw the Tory youths getting ready to administer a thrashing to the helpless youth he as already sho>vn. And as soon as Bob had joined him and he had told the Tory youths that he would leave some of to them, and that they were not to move until given permis sion to do so, unde r pain of being shot, he whispered to Bob to come with him, and they stole away through the timber. In order to reach the Liberty Boy's encampment, Oddy would have to pass near John Saxon's home, and so he decided to go there and stop a few minutes. He explained why it was that the Tory youths had made a prisoner of him, and Mr. Saxon listened with interest. "They are bad boys, " he said,. when he had heard all; "am! I don't think they will stick together long. Jim Billings and Joe Gross will both want to be the leader and will quarrel and probably fight, and that will break the company up." At that very moment Jim and Joe were engaged in the fight, so l\fr. Saxon spoke more truly than he knew. They were not long in reaching Mr. Saxon's home, and Mrs. Saxon and Emma, a fairly pretty . girl of about six; teen or seventeen years, gave Bob a cordial welcome. Oddy liked Emma, but he had never permitted jJ.imself to acknowledge the fact, even to himself. He was an awkward-appearing, bashful youth, and was very much afraid of gi r ls, as a rule. Emma was a quiet, matter-of-fact and se n sib le girl, however, and Bob was more at ease in her company than in the company of any other girl that he knew. Mr. Saxon told the story of his. rescue of Bob from the . hands of the Tory youths, and Mrs. Saxon and Emma uttered exclamations of amazement and sympathy for Bob when they heard how the Tory youths were about to give the youth a whipping. "I'm glad that you rescued Bob!" exclaimed Mrs. Saxon. "So am I!" cri"d. Emm11., and i:;he gave th" vouth a J;?lance that made his heart almost stop and then pound away at his ribs at a great rate. "I'm glad, too," he said. "I owe ye er good deal fur reskyin' me, Mister Saxon." "Oh, that's all right, Bob; you don't owe me anything. I was glad to do it." Oddy stayed an hour, and then bade them good-night and took his departure. . He arrived at the encampment in safety this time, and when he told the story of his capture by the Tory youths the Liberty Boys uttered exclamations of anger. Bob Estabrook wanted to go in search of the party at once, but Dick said that it would not be worth while. "We would have our trouble for nothing," he said; "for they have dispersed to their homes before this." CHAPTER XIL THE ODD RECRUIT CAUSES A COMMOTION. Two days passed, and then the patriot army arrived from Morristown and went into camp just across the river from Middlebrook. General Washington at once summoned Dick and asked him a number of questions. Dick had had scouts and spies watching the British encampment, and was able .to give the commander-in-chief some information. The British were still at New Brunswick, and they were not yet making any move toward marching against Philadelphia. "However, they will do so sooner or later; of that I am certain," said General Washington. '!I think you are right, sir." agreed Dick.


THE LIBERTY BOY3' ODD RECRUIT. 13 The youth remained at the commander-in-chief's tent "Ther blamed skoun'rel! I'll giv' 'im er lickin' fur thet!" till . the general had finished with him, and then he saluted The cook haste ned across and grabbed Oddy by the coat-and went back to the quarters occupied by the Liberty Boys. collar-the youth was still rolling on the grass and laughing This was at the east side of the main encampment and -and jerked him to his feet. \ close to the bank of the river. "Whut did you do thet fur?" he cried, shaking the youth. Near at hand was a company of veterans, and their cook "Whu.t did I do whut fur?" asked Oddy. was at work cooking dinner. "W'y tie thet dipper ter ther dog's tail an' cause 'im ter Dick had noticed a farmer boy coming into the encamp-come runnin' erlong an' upset me." ment with a couple of chickens in his hands, and had looked "Fnr fun." chuckled Oddy. at him with some curiosity, as he was a rather odd-looking "Oh, fur fun, hey?" fellow, resembling Bob Odtly in some respects. Behind him "Yaas-ha, ha, ha! Ho, ho, ho!'" trotted a yellow dog, which look ed about it with a frightSpat! ened air. Evidently it did not like the looks of things. The cook slapped Oddy on the side of the face. There were too many men and horses around to suit it, -It was a good , resounding stroke, and it brought tears likely. to the eyes of the youth, but he did not get mad; instead Bob Odd y caught . sight of the farmer boy and of the he l aughed aloud again: dog, and a grin o'erspread his face. "Ha, ha, ha'! Ho, ho, ho!" Lying near at hand was a wooden dipper, and Oddy picked Smack! Smack!. this up. From hi s pocket he took some string, and then he Two slaps, but they did not serve to arouse the anger of strolled away, whistling softly to the dog. th<> odd youth. Evidently the cur was g lad to find a friend among so The cook was surprised, and he l e t go of the youth's many, and he followed Oddy into the timber, and the youth coat-collar and stare d at him wonderin'gly. suddenly turned and grabbed the dog and held him in suite "Say, ye air ther biggest coward thet ever I seen!" he of his struggles. One hand was on the brute's throat, thus cried. choking back the yelps that would otherwise have been "W'y so?" emitted. Then quickly and dexterously the youth tied the "'Cos, ye hain't .i?ot no spunk." string to the dipper-handle and tied the other end of the "Whut makes ye think I h::iin't gnt no 1munk ?" string to the dGg's tail. " 'Cos I've slapped ye good an' hard three times an' ye The youth, a broad grin on his face. carried the dog to hain't done er thing." the edge of the timber and then set him down and gave "I hev been too busy laffin','' was the reply. him a light kick. The brute leaped forward with a yelp. -Everybody stared at the youth. They decided that he and then, finding that it had an unusual anpendage to its c ertainly w a s an odd one. He had had his fun and was tail , it leape d forwa,.d on the dead run, yelping fit to kill. willing to pay for it; but no t many persons would delib-Straight toward farmer boy the dog went, and that erately offer to pay, as he hacl done. youth was so !'t:n-tled by the, din that he let go of the legs ''I guess I'm satersfied," said the cook, grimly. Then he of one of the chickens, and.the fowl, frightened by the noise turned and returned to his work. and delighted to be free, stai-ted to run. The Liberty Boys could not get over laughing. They Near by ,,a s the cook of the comnany .of veterans, and h e roared whenever they thought of the sce ne they had just was .iust t aking a pot of souu off the pole over a campfire. witnessed. Rob Oddv ra1ne running after the dog. The farmer boy had run after his chicken in an Here indf'ed was a <"hance fo1 fun. to catch it, but had failed, and he now returned lookmg al-' And the fun was quickl v fo1thcoming-though it d i d not mo$t ready to cry. sePm so vel"y funny to at least one p erso n , the cook. " I'll git lick ed when I go home an' tell one The chickPn c:ind "OJ'l'1e utterPrl "All right, an' thank ye,'' said the boy. angry exclamations, while others laughed lou.dly, in accord"\.Vhur's ther dog?" asked Oddy. ance with their amazement. ' The bo y shoo k his head. Many roared because of the comical aspect of the cook "I dun no ," he said . "He wuz still goin' ther las' I saw going down and spilling the souu-though the loss of the uv 'im . " soup was no small matter, when there were so many hun.gory "Ha, ha, ha! Ho, ho, ho!" roared Oddy. "I J!:Uess he'll men to feed. keep on goin' till he loses ther dipper-ha, ha, ha!" The Lih.,rty -qov s, hoin!l' vnunv. a"rl -1'11]] of life . sa,.., The other Liberty Boys laughed also. comical side of it all, and laughed till their sides ach ed , "\Vhat are you going to do with the chicken, Oddy ?" and the tears rolled . down their cheeks. asked Bob. Oddy was among this number, for h e thought that he "Ye'll see in er minn et." had never had so much fun in all his life. He went to work and dressed the fowl, and then placin11t He laughed loudly, and could not quit, seemingly. it on a woode n platter, set out in the direction of the head-But the cook who had be e n upset did not see anything quarters tent. to laugh at. When he gqt there he handed the platter to the orderly It happened that he \\as an irascible fcEow, and he and said: scrambled to his feet wild with rage . He was an Ame1ican, "This further commander-in-chief frum ther Liberty Boys, but was a rough fellow, and he now wa:-ited to fight some-with thee r compliments." body as a salve to his wounded feelings and also to his "Wait a miJrnte,'' said the orderly. He stepped into the scalded skin, for some of hot sou p had spilled on his tent and Odd y heard the murmur of his voice. Then there leg, making a rather painful burn. was the sound of another voice, after which the orderly came "Who done thet fool biznes" ?" he roared. "Who tied forth and said to Oddy: thct dipper ter ther dog' s tail? Sho.w me ther man an' "The commander-in-chief accepts the chicken with thanks, I'll break 'im in two, thet's whut I'll do!" and he glared which he w ishe s you to extend to the Liberty Boys." about him, searching eagerly for the culprit. "All right, Mister." One of the s oldiers pointed to Oddy and said: Then Oddy strode away and was soon back among his "That's the fellow who done it." comrades . "Air ve shore?" cried the cook. "What did you do with the chicken?" Mark Mor"Yes; I saw him carryin' that dog into the timber yon-rison. de:r a while ago, and he must have tied the dipper to its "I guv et ter ther commander-in-chief, in ther name uv tail." ther Liberty Boys."


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' ODD RECRUIT. "Say, that was nice of you, Oddy," said Dick. "What did the commander-in-chief say?" "He said fur me ter extend his thanks ter ye all." "But that was hardly fairto yourself, O point frol"'l which came the yells for help, but it happened that Bob Oddy was nearest and got there first. " A bear!" he yelled to the other youths. "Come on, fel lers, an' we'll have bearsteak fur supper!" He drew :;t pistol and cocked it while running, and did • not stop till he was close up to the bear. . " Look out!" cried Dick, who was still thirty or forty yards away, "that_ is a dangerous brute!" '.'I hain't afeerd uv 'im,'' said Oddy, and he paused, placed the muzzle of the p istol against the brute's head just back of the ear and pulled t h e trigger. Crack! The shot out loudly, and with a snarling l!,'rowl of pain and rage tne bear let go its hold oh Carl's heel and tumbled over on the ground and kicked and floundered around at a great rate. "Keep back away from him, Oddy,'' ordered Dick. "He is finished, I am sure, but he mil!,'ht claw you if you get too clo se ." / "Yes, h e's a goner, I think," said Oddy, and then he laughed loudly. Carl scrambled down out of the tree as soon as the bear stopped clawing and la y still, and he examined his heel with rather an awed expression on his face. The shoe was considerab l y injured, but the foot had not suffered, save from being compressed by the pressure of the brute's teeth against the sole leather, of whi ch the sides of the hee l-upper consisted. Had it been ordinary leather the youth's foot would have been bitten through. The youths gathered around now, all that had come up to the scene, a nd they looked the bear over with interest. "He's a fine, fat fellow," said Sam Sanderson. " Ye s, we'll have bear steak for supper," said Mark Mor rison. "Carl, how did you manage to catch him?" queried Bob. "I did nod gatch him, Pob," was the r e ply, with a grimace; "i s vos d e r pear vat l!,'atched me, py shimmanetty !" Then the youths laughed heartily, Oddy laul!,'hinl!,' the, loudest of any one. This gave Bob Estabrook an idea, and he said to Carl: "Say, old fellow, do you know that you owe your life to Oddy here?" ..


ll THE LIBERTY B,OYS' ODD RECRUIT . The Dutch youth looked somewhat embarrassed. "V'y do I"?" he asked. "Why, he came to your rescue and shot the bear dead." "Some uf der resd uf you vellers vould haf gome und safed me," said Carl, sullenly. "Possibly; but that doesn't alter the fact that Oddy did it, and I think you ought to thank him for doing it, and that you ought to apologize for quarreling and fighting with him back at the other encampment." "I vill nod apologize," stiffly. "Id is he who ought do abologize do me vor saying dot ein jassack vos mein brudder. Bud I vill say dot I vos t'ank him vor shooting der pear." "Oh, thet's all right, Cookyspiller," grinned Oddy; "an' ef ye air willin' ter shake han's an' be frien's I'll say thet I didn' mean it when I sed you had a jassack fur a brother." Carl hesitated, looked somewhat embarrassed, and then ex-tended his fat, pudgy hand, with the words: "All righd.; ve vill vorged abouid id, hey?" "Yaas, thet'll suit me." And they shook hands heartily, to the delight of the other youths, who did not like the idea of any of their comrades being at outs with each other. The Liberty Boys were indeed more like a band of brothers than aught else. They liked one another hugely, and there was not one who would not light to the death for any one of his comrades. The youths now proceeded to skin the bear, after which they cut out the bes t portions for steak.S and carried all to the camp. It was now supper-time, and they proceeded to cook the steaks, after which they ate heartily and with great enjoyment. The youths jollied Carl a good deal about "catching" the bear, but he took it good-naturedly, for the most part. He was so glad that he had got off so easily that possibly he felt that he could not afford to get angry. CHAPTER XIV. AN UNEXPECTED PLUNGE. After supper Dick mounted his horse and rode away to ward the east. He wanted to reconnoiter the British encampment at New Brunswick. He felt that he might be able to get close enough to discover whether or not tl\e redcoats were making any prepar ations to break camp and march away. He di smounted about half a mile from New Brunswick and tied his horse. Then he moved forward on foot. He moved s lo wly a nd cautiously until within two hundred yards of the ed!l,'e of the town, and then he stopped and took a survey of the . cene before him. It was a clear, f;tarlivht nil!"ht. and he could make out the white tents distinctly. There were here and ther<> campf\res also, and b y the light of these the soldiers could be seen walking about and lolling on blankets. Dick could not get any closer from this side, as the ground was open betwee n h im and the encampment; but by going around to the river he would be able to get right down to the edge of tn_e encampment, he was sure. So he made his way around to the river and started to-ward the encampment. He had gone only a few paces when he heard voices. He paused and listened. The voices seemed to p1oceed from a point almost below where the youth stood, and he decided that the owners of the voices must be down close by the river. He made his v;ay to the edge of the high bank and stood there looking clown and listening. He could hear b 0 tter. bnt cduld not the spF>akers, anrl . hoping to get a look at them, he lay down on his stomach and looked down. He caught sight of four men \vho were seated on blankets spread on the sanq right against the face of the bluff, which was at this Point about fifteen feet high. Dick could not see the four men very distinctly, but from their talk he guessed them to be British officers. Suddenly there was a cracking sound, and a portion of the bluff caved off and dropped strait!:ht down upon the .four men, Dick going with the nart that li"rl caved off; but he was thrown headlong into the \rnier, where he alighted with a splash. It happened that just below the surface of the water at the point where Dick thtre was a large roc'k. Dick struck against the slanting surface of this rock and was rendered unconscious. , He would have been drown e d had it not been that one of the four redcoats saw him when he struck the water and leaped in and pulled his body out upon the sand. The portion of the face of the bluff that had caved off had broken into small bits as it went down, and while the redcoats were liberally besprinkled with dirt and one had been almost buried, yet neither of them was injured. They quickly pulled their comrade free from the dirt, and then all took a look at the insensible youth. They could not see very well, and so one suggested that they carry the stranger into the camp. "He may be a spy," said the officer in question. "We need not exert ourselves; you go and bring four common soldiers and we will have them carry him," said another. "All right; I'll do that." He hastened away, and was soon back , accompanied by four private soldiers. They picked the unconscious youth up and carried him up the slope and into the camp, the officers following. Dick was carried into a house where some of the officers had their quarters, and the work of restoring him to con sciousness was beJ:!,'un. Luckily for Dick, he had on his suit of citizen's clothing, so there was nothing to prove that he a rebel. Dick came to presently and look e d around him in won\ "Where am I?" he queried. "And what has happened?" "You were spying on us and fell over the bluff; don't you remember?" remarked one of the officers, sternly. Dick was now in possession of all his faculties and understood that he was in a tight .,,1,,,ce. He w0ulcl have to exercise great discretion or it would be all up with him. He a ss umed a look of surprise and kitted his brows as though puzzled. "I don't know what you mean," he said . ' "You remember tumbling over the bluff, don't you?" "Yes; that is, I remember that I was walking along ri er bank, and that suddenly it seemed to give way n ath my feet and I was sent headlong down into .t;he \\!a That is the last I remember." "What were you doing walking along the river bank this time of the night?" "I was coming to town to buy ammunition." "Ammunition, eh? What did you want with ammunition?"! am a hunter, sir." "Humph. \here is your gun?" i--"I must have lost it in the river." "I didn't s ee any gun," said the one who had pulled Jek out of the water. "It may be on "the bank," said Dick. "Go look for it," one of the officers said to the common soldiers. They hastene d out and away. . . They were gone half an hour and then returned with the report that they found no rifle. The officers had put in the interval in questioning Dick closely. and they decided to hQld him l)tisoner till morn ing and then take him before General pornwallis. They ordered that Dick be lock&i m . one of the rooms and a guard be placed over him to prevent his making his escape. . This was done, and then Dick fell to pondering his situation. "I must get away from here before morning," he mused, "for General Cornwallis knows me and he will recognize me instantly. It means almost certain death if I am here when the sun rises in the morning!" It would be a difficult matter to make his escape, however. Could he do it? He was determined to try. • CI:IAPTER XV . SET FREE. Dick waited till about half-past ten o'clock, and then began trying to get his hands free. This proved to be a difficult matter; his hands were tightly bound.


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' . ODD RECRUIT. He worked away with a will, but finally ceased work with a "Stop!" called out the sentinel. "Halt, I say!" sigh. But Dick kept on going,. faster than ever. "I don't believe that I can get them free," was his thought. Crack! "I don't believe that l have loosened them a bit. " The sentinel had fired. He had about made up his mind to lie down and go to The bullet whistled past Dic;k. sleep when he heard the k e y grate in lock of the door. Knowing that the encampment would be aroused, Dick He was surprised, for he had not heard any footsteps in now leaped forward nd rim. the hall. He ran against a tree or two and then slackened his " I wonder who it can be?" thought Dick. speed. The door opened and into the room came . a negro. In "They can't catch me," was this thought. one hand was a candle, in the other a knife. He heard loud voices from the direction of the encamp.: He. pushed the door carefully to and then advanced and ment and knew that the redcoats were aroused. stood beside Dick, who had thrown himself down at full Dick knew that he would be pursued, but was not much length on the c o t a t o ne s id e of the room . worried. "Des yo' wante r git out ov heer, massa ?" the negro asked, "I will soon be to where I left my horse," was his thought; in a whisper. . . "and then I will mount and get away in a hurry." "I certainly do!" replied Dick, in a cautious voice. Ten minutes later he reached the spot where he had left "All raght, sah; Ah'll cut de rope s holdin' yo' ahms, sah." ' his horse and found the animal still there. He did so. Major neifZ'hed a welcome and Dick quickly untied the "Now d e n , mass a, ef yo'll com e erloY!guv me Ah'll show halter-strap, led the horse into the road, mounted and set yo' de bes' way ter git erway from heah." out in the direction of the Liberty Boys' encampment. "Why have you freed me?" a s ked Dick, whose curiosity He arrived there in due time, to find that the youths were . . somewhat . anxious regarding him, so anxious, in fact, that they had Ah ll tell yo,_ sah. Dem redcoat not laid down, and some were on the point of starting out mean eberyt'rng, sah, an' A,h hates 'em. l,1ke p1zen; an to look for him. o so, seem ho w d e y brung yo er ner, made "Jove, we were afraid that you had b::e n captured, Dick?" . up mah mm lso told how he had managed to escape, and the youths all said that the negro was a trump. "Did you learn anything about the intentions of the British, Dick?" queried Bob. "Not a thing, Bob." . "Well, then, we will just have to stay here and keep watch, and when we see the redcoats coming we will send word to General Washington." "Yes, Bob; only I will keep a number of scouts on duty near New Brunswick, so as to see the move of the British as soon as they make it." "That's so." They talked a while longer and. then lay down and went to sleep. They were up bright and early next morning, and as soon as they had eaten breakfast Dick named six o.f the youths and sent them off to spying on the•British at New Brunswick . "Keep your eyes open," he told them. "And if the red, coats make a move come at once and let me know, so that I can get word to General Washington immediately." "We will," they assured him. One, two days passed, and still British remained quietly in New Brunswick. They seemed to be in no hurry. to advance upon Phila-delphia. ' The Liberty Boys were getting short of rations, and Dick told them that they would have to go out and forage and get some provisions. "Cookys-pil!er, phwy don't yez go out an' catch another bear?" asked Patsy Brannigan. The Dutch youth shook his head. "I don'd vos vant to gakh me no more pears," he said. "I don'd vos lige dem." "Go along," said Sam Sanderson; "Oddv will go with you and save your life if you get treed again." All laughed at this. But still Carl shook his head. "I don'd vos lige to hunt pears," he said. Several foraging parties were made up and set out to secure provisions. They were successfu l , and the Liberty Boys found themselves possessed of enough food to last them a week when the parties all got back to the encampment. The members of the different parties' had some amusing stories to tell of their experiences. They had secured provisions, in the main, at the homes of Tories, and some of the Tories had raged terribly, and had denounced the youths as being robbers. This did not worry the Liberty Boys, however.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' ODD RECRUIT. 17 They had to have something to eat, and they always preferred to secure their provisions from the enemy rather than from patriot farmers. "Well, you'll soon get a chance to see whether there really is any fun in a battle or not," said Bob Estabrook. CHAPTER XVI. ODDY IN A BATTL!.:. "I'm glad uv et." . "I don'd vos t'ink dere is mooch funniness abou1d dot fl,&'hting mit der Pritish," said Carl Gookenspieler. " You like to fight as well as any of us, you know it, Carl," said Sam Sanderson. "Yah, bud dere ish no fun abouid id, hey?" "Perhaps not exactly fun, but lots of excitement." "Yah, dot is so; dere is excidement in blenty." .. "The Britis h are marching, Dick!" A few minutes later the word came that the British were so?". within sight. . It was about ten o'clock in the forenoon, ten days from the All was excitement on the instant. time the Liberty Boys took up their station at the point patriot soldiers were on the qui vive and ready for five miles south of Middlebrook. war. One of the scouts that Dick had kept posted near New " I'll bet we lick 'em outer theer boots!" declared Oddy, Brunswick had just ridden into camp, his horse foaming with a laugh. with sweat. "Dey don'd vos wear poots," said Carl Gookenspieler; had leaped off, with the remark given at the head of "dey wear shoeses . " this chapter. "Waal, then, I'll bet thet we lick 'em out uv theer shoeses," The youths gathered around him and listened while Dick said Oddy, with a chuckle. questioned him rapidly. Closer and closer came the British. 1 Soon the youth had all the information the scout had Their scouts had undoubtedly informed them of the pres-to impart, and he at once turned and said: , ence of the patriot army, for presently they formed for "You will mount your horse and carry the news to Gen-battle. eral Washington at once, Ben!" This to Ben Spurlock. Five minutes later the British opened the battle by firin11: He was in the saddle ten minutes later, and, having re-a couple of shots frorri two field-pieces that they had along. ceived a few parting instructions from Dick, rode away at The six-pound balls went whistling over the heads of a gallop. the Liberty Boys, and some limbs from trees above the He did not let his horse come out of the gallop until h e youths were cut off and dropped among them. rode into the patriot encampment at Middlebrook. Then Then a loud cheer was given utterance to and the in-. he leaped to the ground and hastened to the headquarters fantry started forward. tent. Closer and closer the soldiers came, and presently the To the orderly who met him he said: patriot soldiers received the command to fire. "I wish to see the commander-in-chief. I am a messenger They obeyed instantly. from Captain Dick Slater, and have important information." Loudly the volley rang out. "Show the messenger in!" came from within the tent and Considerable damage was done, a number of the red-the orderly ushered Ben into the presence of the great man. coats going down dead and wounded. "What is the ne ws, my boy?" the commander-in-chief "Ha, ha, ha! Ho, ho, ho!" laughed Bob Oddy; "see 'em asked, eagerly. go down! I tole ye we'd lick 'em!" "The British have broken camp at New Brunswick and "We haven't thrashed them yet, Oddy," said Bob Esta-are marching toward Philadelphia, your excellency." brook, with a grin. "Ah! So they have moved at last, eh?" Just then the redcoats fired a volley, and the bullets fairly "Yes, sir." rained among the patriot soldiers. General Washington asked a few questions and then called A number were killed and wounded. a council of war. "You see, they can shoot, too," said Ben Spurlock to Also so soon as the officers of the staff had appeared the Oddy. commander-in-chief laid Jbe matter before them. "Yaas, but we'll lick 'em; I know we will!" was the con"What is to be done?" he asked. fident reply. . There was a brief discussion, and it was found that all There was no more time for talk, and indeed it could were of one mind in the matter: They were in favor of not have been heard anyway, for from that time on, for at going down at once and intercepting the Britis h and bring-least half an hour, there was a continual roar of musketry. ing them to a stop, if possible; The battle was indeed a hot one. . So this was decided upon. But the British who were in more open ground than the The officers hastened away to get their respective com-patriots, were getting the worst of it, and presently they mands ready to march at an instant's notice. ceased firing and withdrew out of range. 'An hour later the oatriot army started. "Hurrah! I tole ye we'd lick 'em!" shouted Bob Oddy. It marched straight southward. "They hed ter giv' up an' git back outer ther wayl" Ben Spurlock rode in the lead as guide. Then he laughed in great Two 'hours later they arrived at the point where the Lib"Say, you're wounded, Od?y, did you know it?" said Mark erty Boys had their camp. Morrison. Dick Slater came and reported to General Washington. was indeed true. The youth had received a \Vound "The British are within one mile of here," he said. "They 1.n the which had bled considerable, the blood runninl{' have advanced slowly, with frequent stops to rest, and so .. we will have no difficulty in heading them off." down the side of his face. He had been so excited that he had not even known that he was hit. The patriot army was in motion again at' once, and it t t h 1 "No, I didn' know et," he said. He now realized that soon took up its position a . a porn t at wou d be in the his head was paining him, however, and he felt of his scalp path of the approaching British. rather gingerly. When he took his hand dovyn and saw that Among the Liberty Bo ys there was a feeling of satis-it was covered with blood he stared in amazement. faction. 1 They had not been engaged in a battle for some time "Waal, ef thet don beat ther Dutch!" he exclaimed. "But et hain't much, I know, 'cos et don' hurt very ban. I'm and were eager to get at the enemy. h h 1 1 H h h " Bob Oddy was the only one of their number who had still reddy fur war, ye bet-a, a, 1a. o, o, o! never taken part in a battle, and he was, perhaps, the most The Liberty Boys laughed also. eager one of the company. "You're certainly an odd one, Oddy!" said Sam Sanderson. "I'll bet thet it'll be fun ter fight ther redcoats!" he "Oh, I hain't so very odd," was the reply. "Ye air all said to Mark Morrison. reddy fur war, too, hain't ye?" That youth smiled and said grimly : "Yes, but we're veterans, you know." "Well, I can't say that I consider it fun, but I must con"Waal, I'll be er veteran, too, one uv these heer days." fess that I like to fight, Oddy. I like the excitement of the "Yes, if you don't get killed," said Bob Estabrook. battle." "I hope I won' git killed very soon," declared Oddy; "fur " l know I'll like et, too." l likP. tP.r fil!'ht. I think et's g-rr>!J.t fnn-ba. ha. ha!"


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS' ODD RECRUIT. CHAPTER XVII. THE BRITISH RETREAT. "The British have turned back, your excellency." "Have they, indeed, Dick?" "Yes, sir; it look s as though they have given up the idea of proceeding onward to Philadelphia." "Well, well! I thought they would make a more deter mined attempt than they have done." "So did I, your excellency." It was about five o'clock in the evening, and Dick was at the tent occupied by General Washington. He had be en out reconnoitering and spying on the British, and had seen the enemy marching back toward New Brunswick an d had hastened to bring the news to the commander-in-chief. When the general had asked Dick a few questions and had secure d all the information the youth had to impart, he said : "Go back and follow the British, Dick. Keep your eye on them till they reach New Brunswick or go into catnp, and then come back and let me know which they do." "Very well, sir." Then he hastened away and ten minutes later was away again, accompa nied by Bob Estabrook, to keep watch on the redcoats. They were not long in g etting sight of the enemy from the top of a hill. "They are still going, Bob." "Yes, Di ' ck." "I guess they are headed for New Brunswick, sure enough." "It looks like it." "And that means that they have given up the idea of going to Philadel phia. " "For the present, at least." "I don't think they will try it again, Bob." "You don't?" "No; they would have stuck to it and forced their >vay through this time if they had not given up the idea of going there at all." "Possibly." "I am sure of it." "Then there isn't much chance that we will get another lick at them very soon, old fellow." "Not unless General Washington sees fit to go and attack them at New Brunswick." "I wonder if he would do that," eager1y. "I don't know; he might." "I wonder what would be our chances for getting the better of them if we attacked them there?" "I'm afraid that we could not beat them, Bob.'1 "Perhaps not; they have a strdfiger army than ours." Dick and Bob followed' the British arn1y and saw it enter New Bl'Unswick and go into camp. It was d ark when the Britis h anived at their destination, and the youths did not stop only long enouith to make sure that the redcoats were going into catnp: then they turned their horses ' heads and rode to the patriot encamp-ment at a gallop. J When they got there Dick went at once to the com mander-in-chief and made his-report. General Washington listened with interest, and when h e had heard all he looked thoughtfulty at the ground a few moments, after which he murmured: "I judge that that ends this affair. I don't think they intend to try to capture Philadelphia." "It looks that way, your excellency," coincided Dick. When the commander-in-chief was through with him, Dick saluted and withdrew and made his way to the quarters occupi e d by the Liberty Boys. Bob had told •the youths the ne ws, When they learned that the British had retreated clear to New Brunswick the youths were disappointed. "That means tl\.at we will have nothing to do for a while, at least," said Sam Sanderson. "Unless General Washington decides to make an attack on the British at New Brunswi<:k," said Bob. "Do you think h e 'll do that?" exclaimed Mark Morri s on. ''I hope he will," said Bob Odd y ; "et's great fun ter fight ye bet, an' I wanter do some more uv et." "Oh, you'll get fighting enough if you stay with us," said Ben Spurlock. . "Waal, ye kin bet thet. I'm t e r stay with ,,Ye-ez long ez ther war lasts er till I git killed-ha, ha, ha! Next day General Washington called a council of wl!-r He told the members of the staff that he was ing making an attack on the British at New and wished to know what the officers thought about it. It was decided to send Dick Slater to reconnoiter the enemy's encampment and to make a of the de fenses, etc., after which it wou ld be easier to come to a decision. . . . They discussed the matter at considerable length, and di

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. CURRENT NEWS The house servants of Petrograd are grasping the freedom idea. They held a mass meeting and ap proved proposals to limit their work day to eight hours and specifying that in future tMy should be given time off and separate sleeping rooms. They demand also to be allowed to address their mistresses in a modified manner, dropping the familiar "Barina,'' a title of respect, used by menials. An aero sleigh equipped with an aeroplane engine has been constructed at Spokane, Wash., according to the Spokane Chronicle. The sleigh, driven by a large propeller, is capable of traveling over any depth of snow at a speed as great as 75 miles an hour. It has been built and patented by Daniel E. Riley and is to be used in Alaska for mail service. The machine leaves a cloud of snow in its wake as it is blown along at express-train speed. Three men entered the United Cigar Store at 3410 Third avenue, New York, at 9 :30 o'clock the other morning and after binding and gagging Morris J astrowitz, the clerk, waited on a in . order to prevent suspicion. Then they escaped with $100 taken from the cash register. No effort was made to open the safe in the store, which contained Saturday's and Sunday's receipts amounting to several hundred dollars. After the thieves had left,. Jastrowitz succeeded in removing the gag and noti fied the police. A unique combination snow plough for use either on city or interurban electric lines has been worked out by a railway official in Spokane, and is now in operation. The new machine, which weighs 70,000 pounds, is equipped with a plough at one end and a sheer at the other. The plough throws the snow to either side of the track, while the sheer, used on city streets, throws it to one side only. The plough i s fitted up inside with e lectrical stoves and heating devices f c the comfort of the crew in zero weather. available for military service in New York and acting Health Commissioner Linsley R. Wil liams estimates that the physical .condition of at least the same number would not be such as to prevent them from hom e defense service . The Naval Appropriation Act of August 29th, 1916, asked for particulars as to the largest battle ship which could be bui!t for the United. States. In its investigation of this problem for the Department realized that the Panama Canal would have to be taken as the limiting factor, at least so far as the dimensions of the hull were concerned. Working urn;ler the restriction, the Department found that it was possible to build a ship 975 feet long, 108 feet broad, drawing 34 feet, and mounting as a main battery fifteen 18-inch guns in five 3-gun turrets. The secondary battery would consi s t of twen ty-one 6-inch guns, and four tubes for launching the new 21-inch torpedo, could l;>e installed. The main armor would be 16 inches in thickness, and the under-water protection, in the way of cellular divisions of the space between inner and outer shell of the ship, and the thorough subdivision of the interior by extensive bulkheading could be car ried to a point not as ye , t attempted in any existing warship. The maximum speed would be 35 knots. The ship would be able to travel 12,000 miles at cruising speed. The displacem 'ent would be 80,000 tons and the cost $50,000,000. Unlike the Paris police, the New York police, in war time, will not be without vehicles for city ser vice, no ma'tter whether all of the gasoline trucks and patrol wagons of the department are confiscated by the government. With an eye to such a possibility the New York Department has recently purchased four electric patrol wagons which, with the one that has been in service for some time, will constitute the basis of the city's patrol service in such an emergency. And it is likely that others will be added within a reasonably short period, to provide against any possible shortage of vehicles It is estimated that 570,000 men in New York when the War Department begins to make demands. State would be available for military service: acThese electrics are capable of making from a hun cording to figures furnished Adjutant General Louis dred to a hundred and twenty miles a day under W. Stotesbury, U.S.N.Y., by the H ea lth Department pressure. In their present service they average ap of the State. The estimated population of New proximately seventy miles daily. The original elecYork State for 1917 is 10,490,680. Of this number . tric policepatrol, which is still in service has seen 2,480,000 are males between the ages of eighteen \ much in the way of emergency service. It was the and forty-five, and, liable to military service. The 1 first vehicle at the Triangle fire and it was used to report of the Adjutant General of the United States I transport most of the victims from the s cene of the for the year ended June 30, 1916, shows that less disaster. The service rendered by th. is ten-year vetthan one-quarter of the applications for enlistment eran presented the assurance that the department at recruiting stations throughout the country were would not suffer if forced to rely upon vehicles of accepted. On this basis, 570,000 men would be that type entirely.


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A B ORN . F AKIR . -ORTHE NERVIEST BOY OF AL L By RALPH MORTON (A SERIAL STORY.) CHAPTER XX \ Cont inued) . "Oh, well, we likely will have when the last mail "People don't know that," s miled Ted. "And, beis in," Ted went on, coolly . "I told the chap-Simcause a thin g is printed in a book, people think it mons his name is-to come back this aft ernoon for can't be worth as much as something they hand us the money. Now, Hen, as my partner, do you obtwenty for. That is why it's so easy for us to make ject to going into this matter at three thousand a without doing much of any work. Why, dollars?" Hen, there are hundreds of recipes that we can go "I ain't going to object to anything yo u do," Hen on selling in this very way-enough to keep us godeclared. ing a lifetime and make millionaires out of us. And ' "Well, this is a good thing, all right. I've been yet this style of doing busines s is simple compared out talking to contractors and builders about it." with things we can go into w h en we have more "But what'd we do with the State right if we money. Money earns money! The more we have, bought it?" the more we can get, and the more easily we can "Hold on until we can sell it for more. " get it!" '.'Go ahead, then," sighed Hen. It worried him "Looks that way," Hen Putters agreed. to see the entire capital of the firm going out, but "Now, there's another thing that has come up," he wouldn't say so. Ted went on. "A fe llow saw our sign about 'pro"Ah, good afternoon, Mr. Jameson," greeted Ted, rooting' and 'mon ey to loan' this morning and came as the door opened and their excitab l e friend e n in. I didn't call you, for you were busy bossing tered. "You're right on time for the appointment, the typewriters ove r the mail. But he was what I see, sir." looks like a mighty g ood schem e . He has invented . "What's wrong?" asked Jameson. "More trouble a patent brick, made of pounded-up stone and ce-with Marshall?" ment. It look s like a mighty good scheme, for, with "Oh, no; just a little matter of business," Ted this brick, one can build a house cheaper than he replied offhand, and then de s cribed the proposed . could with lumber. And the house of patent brick deal in the patent brick. will last twice as long." "Have you got the mone:v?" asked Mr. J ameson. "Going to promote the thing for him?" Hen asked, "Not quite all, but we will have, sure, by to-moropening his eyes. row morning." "The fellow wants money to boom his invention "And what do you want me for?" , with. He talkec;l about borrowing of us and giving "Well, Mr. Jalneson, as we're under age, and can't his note. I told him that was rot, and asked him make contracts, we thought you wou l d be w illing what he'd take for the s ole State rights in this State. to stand as trustee in the sal e." He wanted twenty thousand dollars. I guess it's Mr. 5ames on asked a few more qu e stions. worth it, but I told him we coulrln't risk that much "Sperry, you're t aking a mighty big risk," he ob on an untried article." served. "You may lose your three thousand dol"There's another good reason," grinn. ed Hen. "We lars." haven't got that much money." "Whi:.t's three thousand dollars to us?" Ted asked, "I didn't mention that reason," Ted admitted, coolly. "See how easily we have made the money. quietly . "We've got nice and busy offices here, and We can make more if we l ose this." we have every one guessing how much money there Now the door opened to admit Simmons. He was is back of us. It doe sn't do u s any harm to have tall and lanky, shabbily dressed and out at the el them keep on guessing. But, to get back to the bows. He had the large brain and wild ideas of the trick: I finally told the chap that we might take inventor who gets up things, but who seldom profits up the idea at a very low figure. Well, the bottomby them. rock price that I could get out of him was three "Mr. Simmons," began Ted, quiet l y, as soon as thousand dollars." ; the visitor had seated himself, "we have d ecided to "But we haven't got that much, e ither," protested j pay you three thousand dollars for the State rights." Hen. . "I've been thinking that over," replied the inven-


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 21 I tor, eagerly, "and I've made up my mind that the They had sought .what comfort there was out of rights are worth a good deal more money." doors. "Then you had no business to come back here,'' Besides, Ted had a notion that Tess's eyes shone Ted broke in, sharply. "We made our price. If more brilliantly in the dark. you don't want to stand by what you said, y u're Putters was lying on the grass not far from the wasting your time here." bench on which Ted and Tess were seated. "But-." He was near enough to be in the conversation, Ted turned away from the fellow to open and look though Hen did not often intrude his own thoughts. over the afternoon mail. There were a few more "You are all business, all the time,'' Tess went on. orders-enough to bring their total capital to Within "Yet, though I feel as if I had known you all my twenty dollars of the needed three thousand dollars. life, I haven't the least idea what you do, and know ... Mr. Simmons," Ted went on, reaching for his only that Mr. Jameson sq.ys you're the two smartest hat, "I am about to leave the office. If you want to boys he has ever seen. sign an agreement to turn over the State rights at Then Ted told her, fully and faithfully; just how ten o'clock to-morrow morning, in return for three he and Hen had made their start. thousand dollars cash, then I'll call in a stenogra-He described their rise step by step. pher and dictate the agreement. But, if you don't Tess listened almost breathlessly. . sign that agreement before I leave, then you needn't "It's wonderful," she declared, and Ted wondered come here. again, for I wouldn't put five cents into if she had any idea how wonderful her eyes looked your scheme later on. Now, do you want three thou-just now. sand dollars, or do you prefer to let us slide and Then he described their present schemes, even to take the slim chance of getting some more money the investment in the patent brick. elsewhere. Yes or no-and within half a minute!" "Aren't you afraid you'll lose it all this time?" His hat in one hand, Ted took out his watch Tess asked. and studied it. "Oh, perhaps we will. But what does that mat"Yes," agreed Simmons, huskily , "I'll sign." ter? I've heard a good deal about the men who've The paper was drawn up and signed. . made big fortunes. How do you suppose they did "At t en o'clock to-morrow morning,'' Ted deit?" clared , "you can come here and get three thousand dollars. And now-good-afternoon!" / "L'id you get enough in that mail to make up the three thousand?" asked Mr. Jameson, as soon as their visitor had gone. _ "Within twenty dollars of the amount,'' "I'll let you have the twenty." "We won' t n eed it, sir, thank you. We're sure to have at least that much in the first morning mail. And now, shall we take a little walk down the street? I want to forget buisness for the day." "Your whole capital on one throw?" cried . Mr. Jameson, as they went down the stairs. "Well, by Jove, you're certainly the nerviest boy on earth!" "Not so very nervy,'' Tex laughed. "If. we happen to lose that thre' e thousand, we'll soon have it again from something else. Why, Hen lost all our capital through signing that check for seven hundred. See how soon we made it up. Why, we've proved all along that money will pour into the pocket of the fellow who thinks instead of toiling." CHAPTER XXI. THE BEST NEWS IN A LIFETIME. "Just what kind of a business do you do?" asked Tess. She .and the boys were seated in the garden back of the Jameson cottage. On this warm summer evening it was too close to sit in the house. "By never being afraid to take a big chanc e when they saw that it was a good one . If this present scheme is half . as big as it looks , we'll scoop in a very neat little fortune thr.ough it. lf, instead, we lose the money, we know how to make more." "What a wonderful life you two are leac1ing !" Tess cried . "It's an expensive one," Hen put in. "We could live for third of what we spend, but Ted won't have it." Sperry felt as if he could kick his chum just then. "It doesn't do for fellows who are trying to handle big things to love too cheaply," Ted explained. "It would look as if they had no capital." "We'd have more capital if we spent less,'' Hen argued. "But people wouldn't believe we had it." "What a great life boys lead!" Tess exclaim ed. "Think how dull my life is by comparison. Now, in your life--" "Hen,'' Ted broke in, "are the stores down the street' all open yet?" "Course,'' grunted Putters. "It ain't ten o'clock yet." "But they may be closed ." "They ain't." "Go and see-that's a good fellow." Hen started lazily to argue, but just then he saw something in Ted's eyes that made him scramble to his feet and hurry away. Ted turned his gaze once more on Tess's face. (To be continued.)


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 . TANNING FISH SKINS. The Bureau of Fisheries has placed skins of 227 sharks and about 50 skins of other fishes, including cod, hake, grouper, garfish and stingray in the hands of tanners for experimentation. The tanned skin of one of the large sharks and small samples of others have been received. A number of these look very promising and indicate that satisfactory tanning processes are being developed. The skin of the large shark has been submitted to the Bureau of Standards for testing as to tensile strength, wearing qualities, etc . Two firms have advised the Bureau that they are in the market for large quantities of fish skins and that they are utilizing these products. The others who have recently been perfecting processes are preparing to tan fish skins . A story that is believed in the ranks shows how gold can attract the Germans. A sergeant made a gold coin glitter in the sun and some thirsty German soldiers walked right up to the French trench, charmed by its dazzle, and were easi l y captured. "Every man has his own particular star," a Lyons farmhand said to Apollinaire, "but he must kno_w it. A gold coin is the only means to put you m communication with your star, so that its protecting virtue can be exercised. I have a piece of gold and so am easy in my mind I shall never be touched." As a matter of fact, he seriously wounded later. FUNERAL IN CLOUDS. A funeral cortege of twelve airplanes, riding under a gray and somber sky, escorted the body of "Tex" Millman, one of the youngest and most daring of aviators, to its final resting place in Westbury, UNIQUE WAY TO GET MONEY. L. I., on March 21. During his lifetime Peter Carl Eight dollars a week seemed such a little bit to Millman was a prolific dreamer of achievements and Benjamin Droutman, a seventeen-year -old employee conquests in the air. Yet even he could never have of the brokerage firm of Seligsberg & Co., New conjured up a more picturesque tribute to the mem York, that he he would surely be worth more ory of an aviator than was paid to him from the if he could only find a large sum of mo'hey someclouds themselves, when a group of fliers sweeping where in the office and turn it in, like an honest across St. Brigid's Cemetery showered his grave littl e boy in a book. with wreaths of red and white carnations. So he proceeded to p1:ovide the money-at least It was. the funeral in the clouds and the first one that's the way he told the sto ry-by "finding" first of its kind ever een in this country. As a spectacle, a blank check on the German-American Bank, fillhowever, it had its most thrilling moment just after ing it out for $3,975, signing the firm's name, taking the body of the dead aviator had been lowered into it to the bank, having, it certified and then present-its grave. Once the air squadron which encircled ing it to the paying-teller for cashing. the c'i)metery at an altitude of almost 800 feet, sepWhen the teller asked him to indorse it and he arated into two divisions, one the other wrote "Joseph Miller," the teller called up the firm. diagonally as to form the figure of a c r o s which Benjamin was arrested by Detective Gorevan arid remained suspended in the air for a fraction of a was arraigned i n Centre Street Court, charged with minute, while the purring of the propellers was forgery and attempted grand larceny.. . mingled with the sobbing of the widow at the grave. Droutman lives at 96 Bancock avenue, Jersey After the coffin had been lowered and the earth He he didn't kno':' how he was and gravel were being shoveled into the grave, three gomg to explam the ch e ck when it should come of the pilots, separating themselves from the rest, from the bank. volpli;med nearer to earth. With a roar of its pro FRENCH BATTERY RAJ) $1,000 IN GOLD. Apollinaire knew of a certain battery which in May , 1915, had some $1,000 in gold among its men, thanks chiefly to their commerce in rings, paper knives and other souvenirs, made _ by them froi;n cartridge cases and aluminum and sold to foot sol c:iers. The government's appeals to have gold sent to the Bank of France and not to let it fall into enemy hands in case of capture have since reduced the. amount of gold at the front, but many keep some coins as a charm. Many men sew coins touching one another in such a way as to a shield over the heart. peller, the first of these machines, an olive drab bi plane, driven by Aviator . Allen, swept toward the grave, and tl1en sped high into the east, leaving i n its wake a beautiful wreath of red and white carna tions, tied with red, white and blue streamers, which gradually fluttered to the ground. Aviators Bjorkland and Salmon, also swept across the grave at a height of several hundred feet, dropping floral wreaths which fell near the windo\v. When the grave was filled the biplanes assembled again in the air and then that the machines, starting on their return flight, suddenly formed the figure of a cross, majestically suspended over the grave of the man who had so often been willing to cisk his life in their cause.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. HEIR TO ,;. . ENT -ORTHE LEGACY THAT MADE A MAN OF -HIM . ' 'By CAPTAIN GEORGE W. GRANVILLE (A SERIAL sroRY.) CHAPTER XXVI (Continued). "Do you expect me to believe that?" demanded the despoiled heir, hoarsely. "Believe it or not, as you please," was Mr. Fuller ton's indifferent reply. "The courts will it; I'm sorry for you, Avery." "Watson, you hound," gasped Avery, turning to his coachman, "this is your job!" "Well, you dared me to do what I could," leered the coachman. "Likewise I done it!" ''I'll settle with you, you hound!" A very leap ed forward, intent on gripping his coachman by the throat. . But Watson, amply abl e to take care of himself, let his huge fist shoot out. A very crashed down to the floor, where he lay in a heap until after the party had left the bank building. . f When he came to himself; be followed t h e I exultant ones back to the courtroom. I In so doing , A very stepped into a trap. H e was there to receive the court's order, holding him to an accounting for the estat e and forbidding him to attempt to dispose of any part of it. Stripped of his wealth, deprived of the right ev'en to sell a stick of furniture in what he had believed to be his own house, Clarence A very tottered to the street. He did not again attempt to assault any of Nan's friends. Nan was very silent during the first few miles of that swift automobile ride bacl,{ to Oakdale. But at last she broke out: "Dick!" "Well, Nan?" "I've been . thinking about the stupidity of you two boys in rt;fusing to let me share with y_pu this fortune that you've broughi, to me." "Oh, well, it doesn't do any harm to think about it," Dick smiled. "I've thought of at least one thing I can do-and am going to do," Nan went on, firmly. "I can turn the laundry business over to you two as partners. I'm going to do that. If you refuse, I drop the acquaintance of you both at the end of the ride." "We won't quarrel before to-morrow, anyway," Dick promised. "Nor to-morrow, either, I hope, Di ck," she replied, sof tly. "I've gotten so used to you-and Bob -that I don't know what I could do without you." But Dick's brow clouded instead of clearing at this sweet compliment. ' "I was fool enough to hope that some day Nan and I might-Oh, pshaw! What is the use of being fool enough to think about it?" Dick demanded impatiently of himself. "Being worth a million won't make a partlcle of difference in Nan. But it'll make a fearfully big difference to me. She's so much richer now than I'll ever be that I simply can't ask her-well, I won't! That's all there is to it!" Dick finished desperately. He was miserable indeed. -:nAPTER xxvn. "EVERY INCH A MAN!" "Yes, I'm, settled, as far as Nan is concerned," Dick muttered, g loomil y, to himself, as he got out of the auto before the Oakdale Hotel. "Let's go into the parlor for a good chat," pro posed Nan, as they entered the hotel. "I can't bear the thought of being shut up in my room all a lone just now." ' So into the parlor the entire party went. At the further end, as they stepped into the parlor, stood a broad-shouldered old gentleman. He was turned to them, but he quickly wheeled about. "Dick, my boy!" he cried, holding out both h ands . But Djck went suddenly white. "Uncle Nat?" gasped the boy. "Yes, I believe I am," came the smiling an swer. "But you're dead!" Dick cried in queAr ten-r,;:, "Yes; I know Fordyce told you so. I put him up to it," the old man went on, smilingly. "Just a little experiment of mine, Dick. Come and shake hands with me if you're going to. Theh you'll know that I'm very much alive." But Dick Granger did far more than shake hands. He fairly hugged his


24 'J:HE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. "Going to present me to your friends?" smiled Uncle Nat at last. "Oh, I beg your pardon, sir. Of course I am. Nan-I mean, Miss A very-allow me to present Uncle Nat." "Nan?" said the old man, looking keenly but smiling at the girl as he took her proffered hand. "A pretty name, and c a pretty--No ! I'm not going to tell Dick what I think just yet. But I'm delighted, Miss Nan, to find that my dear boy has made such friends as yourself." Watson, scenting the fact that he was not wanted just now, had slid out of the hotel parlor. But DiCk presented Bob and the lawyer. "Dick," asked Uncle Nat, suddenly, "can you guess why I played that shabby trick on you?" "More than that," said Dick, soberly. "And you've been holding back because you were too poor for such an heiress?" "Well, of course, I couldn't--" "Go after her, Dick. Go and have things settled right now if you've got the courage and feel sure enough of your chances. Remember, Dick, that you're my heir once more." "Uncle--" "Dick, if you delay an instant, I tell you you'll be too late. And I'll tell you something else. I don't believe girls like Nan are to be found every day. Of course you're a shade too young to marry just yet, but where'S the harm of having things under stood. Scoot, I tell you, before you're too late!" Dick left the room, but not with swift feet. "I'd rather you'd tell me, sir." Though not a coward, he had become suddenly "Well, then, my boy, I will. You Dick, I had and amazingly afraid. always brought you up to feel that you'd inherit a Suppose Nan--. couple of million or so from me one of these days. But he braced up, went to the parlor, found her "But I got to thinking, Dick, that you took every-and hovered about so anxiously that Lawyer Fullerthing much too easily-:-that you were content to ton and Bob somehow took the hint. spend money right and left, and that you wouldn't Five minutes later it was all settled. really be fit to handle a large fortune." "My great good fortune to-day wouldn't have been "You guessed right," Dick admitted, reddening. worth much," Nan confessed shyly, "if you hadn't "So then I fixed up that trick with my lawyer, added to it." Fordyce, and you know the result. My make-believe Bob, in passing the door, saw something that will cut you off with one cent." made him feel wiser. "I've got that cent yet, Uncle Nat," Dick broke As he hurried down-stairs to the office he ran in. "I determined to make it the basis of my forinto Mart Stanley. tune." "I've just heard of Nan's wonderful luck," cried "I knew," went on the old man, "that if you were Mart. "I came over, post-haste, to congratul::tte turned loose on the world you'd make your own way her.". all the better, if you had any real manhood in you. But I've been having your course watched a bit "You're looking just a wee bit gloomy over good from a distance." news," Bob hinted. "Well, I suppose it isn't all good news-to me, "And so, finding that I'm not doing very well," Bob. I may as well be honest. Once I had hoped half-guessed our hero, "you've come to call me to that Nan and I--But she's too rich now . I'll task and show me what I ought to do." never speak!" "If I hadn't been . satisfied, lad," broke in the old man, warmly, "you probably wouldn't have heard "I'm afraid it would be too late, anyway," Bob from me quite as soon. But I turned you loose on said, softly, putting a hand on the sleeve of his the world to see if you had anything of the man in big friend. "Mart, you see--" you. ' I want to say right now, Dick, before your "Has Dick . been lucky?" demanded Mart. friends, that the experiment has turned out splendid"That's the way it looks." ly. My boy, you're every inch a man." "Oh, well," sighed Mart, "I'll have to get over "Even if you didn't think that, sir," Nan spoke up, it somehow." bravely, "we know it." Mart Stanley was quite a while "getting over" it. "I can't get over the fact that your pretended But at last he did, and is now happily wedded to death was only a trick," Dick was saying a few mo-another girl. Mart made his fortune when he per-ments later. fected his invention of a new dye. "Oh, we'll get used to my being alive before the "Do you want to go back to school, Dick?" asked day's over," chuckled the old man. "And you'll get Uncle Nat, later in the day. used to something else, too, Dick. You've been "Back to school?" echoed his astonished nephew. thinking {)f yourself as a poor boy. But, by the way, "Then you don't want to, eh?" what about that young lady, Miss Nan?" "Why, it seems to me, Uncle Nat, that I've been They were in Dick's rciorp. now. too hard at wor.k cutting out a niche in life for "It has just been discovered that she has come myself to leave it all and go back to school now. into a nice little million,'"Dick replied. I No; I'd rather keep on in business if you don't mind, "Lad, are you sweet on that girl?" j sir." . Uncle Nat p 'ut the question with great bluntness. (To be cctinued.)


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 . 25 'T/MEL TOPICS FOUND TRAMP HEN. The rods of a rambling box-car brought to J. W . Bradley an unusual but most acceptable present. Bradley, who is a car inspector for the Southern Railway at Atlanta, Ga., was going about his work in the cold gray dawn, when he saw some kind of a fowl perched on the rods of a freight car of a train which yvas just pulling in from Birmingham. He investigated and found a fat, sleek and thoroughly first-class Minorca hen. He's not going to eat her because she's too fine a bird and because eggs are a nickel each these days. How far the hen had ridden on its chilly perch and where she boarded the train a mystery. Massachusetts, in accordance with an agreement made many years ago between the and the W ampanoag 'llribe of Indians. The Legis lative Committee on Ways and Means has reported favorably on a bill to provide pensions of $100 a year. Their native names are Teeweelema, Wentoneka muske and Zerviah, the first also possessing the English names of Maria and Charlotte, respectively. They are descended from Massasoit and a sister of King Philip, and are the daughters of Mrs. Zerviah Mitchell. Zerviah, the daughter, married a Robinson, long since dead, and lived for many years in Abington . The other sisters made their home on ancestral acres at Lakeville, near Lake Assawomp. 'l'O BUILD FISHING BANKS sett, earning a living by working their farm and by A proposal to establish artificial fishing' banks off ' baske t-making. Maria, who was an. expert, was the south shore of Long Island was approved re-often a. in exhibitions in . Bostoi: and other cently by the Bureau of Fisheries. Secretary Red-large cities, where she appeared m . native costume wrote to the War Department suggesting , that and made wares. army engineers co-operate with the bureau and New All .the sisters are well educated and have York interests in their construction. acquamtance throughout the county 3:nd this part The plan is to use broken stone dug . from the of tf:e State. more recent years their lands 7vere New York subway to cover the sea-bed 'betwee n acquired by whites, but the owners have permitted Rockaway Beach and Far Rockaway, where a small them to remain in their old home. experimental ground has yielded a great quantity of fish. The di scovery of possibilities in artificial grounds is claimed by Captain John Klein of Brooklyn. The stone is distributed over the bottom to a depth of about 18 inches. Sea growths attach themselves to the stones and attract the fish. TO DRILL FOR THEIR BOARD. The erection of dormitories to house several hundred students taking military training at the Col lege of the City of New York, was suggested recently by Prof. Herbert Holton, director of the classes. The instructor said that under Section 49 of the Army General Organization the government provides for the subsistence of undergraduates taking four years of the training. "If we can couple this means of support with the means to erect dormitory buildings," Dr. Holton said, "we can hope to ,put City College on a plane as a college, and having no diverting interests, we shall be able to effect a greater concentration not only in scholastic work but also in athletic prowess." A fifth battalion has been organized at the college for students who enro lled late for the ' .oursEY. DESCENDANTS. The last descendants of the old Indian Chief Mas sasoit, who was the friend and ally of the Mayflower Pilgrims of 1620, and who was probably a party to the first treaty ever made between red and white men, are soon to be placed on the pension list of COLONY HAS ITS OWN ARMY AND NAVY. Within two months after war was declared, the little Australian fleet of five cruisers, three torpedo boat destroyers and three light gunboats, built and manned at the nation's expense, had occupied the German Pacific islands-Samoa, Marshall, Caro lines, Pelew, Ladrones, New Guinea, New Britainbroken i.1p the German wireless system, captured eleven enemy's vessels, forced others to intern, and prevented the destruction of a single British ship in Australian waters. In the third month of the war the Emden, lying in wait for Australian transports, met its fate before the guns of the Australian cruiser Sydney. Later on the watchful fleet played its part in driving Von Spree's squadron from the Pacific into the trap set by Admiral Sturdee at the Falkland Islands. The resp onse of the military forces was lik ewise quick and effective, remarks the National Geographic Magazine. Although fighting at a dist:; e involved unusual effort and expense, the task was loyally assumed. Universal military service was employed for the first time by an English-speaking community . Factories were turned over to the gov ernment, seventy steamers were requisitioned and rebuilt for transport service, war loans were offered and quickly accepted. By July, 1916, "nearly 300, 000 volunteers had crossed the seas." The creation equipment and supply of this army, involving eno1 mous cost and personal sacrifice, constitutes a thrill ing chapter in the history of loyalty.


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. . TI,IE LlBERTY BOYS OF '76 NEW YORK, APRIL 27, 1917. ' ' TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS 81;,glo Coples .•.........................•........ One Copy Thr•e Month• . ....................... . One Co11y Six Munths .......................... . One Copy One Year ............................. . POSTAGE FREE .06 Cents .75 Cents l.50 3.00 HOW TO SEND )fOXEY-At our risk send P. 0. Money Order. Cbeck or Reglst<>red Letter: remittances In any other are nt your risl<. We accept Postage Stamps tile same as cash. \Vhen sending si11•er wrap the Coin in a separate piece of paper to aYold cutting th<> envelope. \V,rite your name and address plainly. Address letters to Harry E. Woltr, Pres. }FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher N. Hasting• "ollf, Treas. Charles E. Nylander, 168 \Vest 23d St., N. Y. .. Good Curr.ent News Articles Twenty-five.years ago Miss M. L. Martin paid ten cents a share for 5,000 shares of Hecla mining stock. ; She forgot the investment, changed her name to i Mrs. Mary Humes, and recently, after a search of years, the company located her under her new name, paid her $66,500 in back dividends, . and in formed her that her stock was worth $8 a share. In early days of the company, when assessments 1,•ere being levied, John A. Finch, one of the officers, paid the $ . 400 assessments. With a declaration of war, Harvard's course in military training will be increased from nine to twenty hours weekly. The members of the Reserve Officers' Corps course now drill five hours and spend four hours in the class of section rooms. The increase will be practically all given over to drill. A contract for $17,000 worth of uniforms was placed recently, graduates having taken upon themselves to foot the bill and be reimbursed later by the government. After Probate Judge William P. Wetting of Leavenworth, Kansas, had married J. E. McCarty, seven ty-one-year-old Civil War veteran, and Francis "Mur phy, fifty-year-o\d widow, the other day, the aged man called the judge aside and explained that he could not pay the marriage fee until his pension arrived. The veteran declared he had been a bachelor too long and needed a wife. The judge congratulated him for his bravery in facing the high cost of living under the circumstances. McCarty and his bride live in City; Kan. In connection with the question of the injurious effect of heavy vehicles on highways some observations made in England are to the point. The Autocar recently commissioned two experienced men to investigate the matter and they made their observations on one of the main roads, well away from the city traffic. They found that a number of heavy motor busses were being run at over 22 miles an hour, while several solid-tired commercial vehicles weie operated at from 21 to 25 miles an hour. More over, 3-ton army trucks were seen making from 24 to 26 miles an hour. When the road is new and smooth the damage done by these vehicles is not very apparent; but as soon as a little irregularity occurs these ponderous vehicles simply leap off the ground in passing over them, only to drop with. a grinding shock a few inches farther on, when the wheels can be seen to scoop out the surface at every jump. One thing is certain, that these heavy vehi cles do not pay their proportional share for the up keep of the roads; and while it is not intended to suggest that public highways should be restricted to light pleasure traffic, there is no question but that the use of the roads should be so regulated that they shall not be destroyed for the profit of the minority, and that an equitable adjustment of the expenses should be made. .. ...... .. Grins and Chuckles Joe-Is Gill a good . judge of cigars? Moe-I think he must be. He had two last night and he gave me one. He must have kept the best one. "That man ove r there made five dollars on a single pair last evening." "He doesn't look like a . poker player." "He isn't. He's a clergyman." Sims-While in Paris I paid five dollars in tips alone. Waiter (assisting him on with his coat)You must have lived there a good many years, sir! "I'll never write to a college girl again." "Why not?" "Oh, nothing much. I have just learned that two hundred of her classmates read my letters regularly." "But, daughter, why didn't you tell the young man to stop kissing you?" asked the mother. "Why, mother, you know you taught me never to interrupt any one!" "Can I have my arrow, please? It has gone over into your garden." Certainly, my little man. Do you know where it is?" "Well, I-I think it's sticking in your cat." "Yes," said the merchant, "I want a good, brig-ht boy, to be partly indoors and partly outdoors." "That's all right, but what becomes of me when the door slams?" An old darky was convinced that a bill rendered him by. his butcher was not correct. He complained to the butcher, who said: "Sam, figures don't lie." "Ah knows dat," said Sam, "but liars do figger."


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 27 SACRIFICED FOR HIS MONEY. ' "Murdered! Goodness gracious, sir, you don't mean it!" ' By Paul Braddon "Clark," said the superintendent, one morning, as he was murdered on his way.home from this place, and his pockets rifled of their contents." ... "Then, by Jove, Mr. Clark, I can tell you who the murderer is." I entered the office, "I've got a case for you to go to "Indeed!" work on, and the sooner you begin the better." "Yes; he is no other than Jeffrey Allen." "What is it?'' I inquired. "Jeffrey Allen. Who is he?" "You have probably heard of young Leroy Ster-"He is a young man who had a sum of money-ling ?" . about five thousand dollars, I believe-in the hands "The son of the late Mr. Reuben Sterling, the mer-of young Sterling's father when he failed. It was chant. who failed in business, and committed sui-about all he had in the world, and he put it in the cide ?" . hands of old Mr. Sterling, in whom he had great con"The samP.. Well, he was murdered last night." fidence, for investment. He lost nearly all of it when "Murdered?" the old man went under. The loss of this money "Yes; he was found lying dead upon the sidewalk drove him almost crazy, and I've heard him say in near his boarding-house. I want you to work up the this very place that he'd get that money back some case." day; that he wasn't going to l et it slip through his After receiving a few directions from the super-fingers so easily, at the same. time uttering threats intendent, I started for the board ing-house, where of injury to young Sterling. la y the body of the unfortunate youn!?; man. "Last evening both he and Leroy Sterling were Leroy Sterling and his mother had been rendered here. Ever since old Mr. Sterling's aeath Allen has almost p e nniless by the failure of the old merchant, refused to recognize Leroy, but before they had been Reuben Sterling. in the room long I noticed them talking together as Everything was. sacrificed to the merciless credi-if they were on the best of terms. And they left totors of the bankrupt, who in a fit of despair blew his gether, which fact, coupled with that of the murder, brains out. seems very significant to me." Mrs. Sterling and Leroy, a fr1e young man of It did to me also, and I immediately started for about twent:v-four, were forced to leave their elegant Jeffrey Allen's boarding-house which Adamson in home on Fifth avenue and take up their residence formed me was on Twenty-third street. in a sec ond-class boarding-house on Fourteenth The landlady, Who answered my ring, told me street. that the young man was still in bed. Lero y Sterli11g avowed his intention of dischargI insiste dupon being shown to his room at once. ing all his dec eased father's debts, though it took him I knocked, and the door was opened by a young a lifetime to do it. man, in a loose morning wrapper. But the assassin's hand had cut short his career He had ev id ently just l eaped from his bed, and in its very beginning. was not fully awake. Arrived at the boarding-house, I was shown to "Mr. Allen?" I said, inquiringly. the room where the body lay. "Yes, ' The young man had been stabbed hi the back, and. "It i p my unpleasant duty to info r m you that there had apparently died without a struggle. is strong reason to suspect you of the murder of Hi s po cket s were rifled of their contents. Leroy Sterling, and to arrest you on that suspicion." After viewing the body I visited the scene of the "Goodness gracious-'-Leroy Sterling !" murder, which was about two blocks distant from His face wore expression of blank astonish-the house. ment and horror. I searched carefully for a clue, but found none. Either this man was a consummate actor, or he I now instituted inquiries as to where the Jh>ung was innocent. man had spent the previous evening, and soon "Yes, sir," I said, "he has been murdmed, and learned that he had been seen about nine o'clock1 robbed of the sum of ten thousand dollars." entering a well-known faro bank on Thirtieth street At that moment my eyes fell upon a newspaper kept by a man named George Adamson. parcel upon the table, one corner of which was torn I immedi a te ly went to this place. revealing the fact that its contents were bank bills'. "Oh, yes; " said Mr. Adamson in response to my I seized the package and opened it. inquiry, ";;oung Sterling was here last night, and by I saw at once that there must be at lea s t five sir, he nearly broke the bank. I never saw thousand dollars in it . . such a nm of luck in • my life." "How did you come by this?" I asked, looking "Is that so?" him steadily in the eye. " "Yes. When he left about midnight he had over "l received it last night from Leroy Sterling " he ten thousand dollars in his pocket." rep1ied promptly. ' "Are ou aware that he was murdered last "Be careful, young man, and say nothing to crimi11ight?." . nate yourself." J


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. "You had better reserve your story unti"1 your case is tried," I said. "My business is simi;>lY to arrest you." "For goodness sake don't refuse to listen to me," cried Allen, "or you may defeat the ends of justice which you are endeavoring to serve. I believe I can put you in the way of discovering the true crim inal." "Well, sir, go on," I said, impressed in spite of myself by his earnestness. After relating to me the particulars of his unfortunate investment with Leroy Sterling's father, and of his despair when he found that his little fortune was swept away, he continued: "Lately I have been thinking the matter 0ver soberly and seriously, and have come to the conclu sion that I have been too hasty in blaming the old gentleman so severely for what, after all, was his misfortune more than his fault. So last night when Leroy and I met in tke gaming saloon I offered him my hand, apologizing for certain threatening language I had used toward him. He accepted my apol ogy in the sphit in which it was offered, and our friendship was renewed. "Leroy was very fortunate during the evening, and won about ten thousand dollars. All the evening I noticed 'that the eyes of a man named George Allison, a professional gambler, were fixed eagerly upon him, and that they sparkled greedily as my friend's pile of checks increased. When Leroy and I left the gaming-saloon together, Allison followed us and walked behind us at a little distance upon the other side of the street, thinking himself unob served. I mentioned this fact to Leroy, but he was a little under the influence of liquor, and refused to listen to me, saying that Allison had as good a right to walk the street as we had. "Presently Leroy came to a sudden standstill. "'Jeffrey, my boy,' he said, 'a thought has just struck me. Justice shall be done. Through my father's indiscretion you lost all you owned in the world; I have sworn that I will pay every cent of my father's debts. You are a ' poor man, and you shall have your money now,' and he drew the large roll of greenbacks which he had won from his pocket. "I tried to persuade him to at least wait until the morrow, but he was obstinate and would not consent to do so. "He counted out the sum and thrust it ' into my hands. So I pocketed the money. "A few moments later we parted at the door." "This, sir, is the truth, the whole truth." But my duty was to arrest Jeffrey Allen. In less than half an hour he was lodged in jail. I hunted up Allison, but he was not at home. H;owever, I secured admission t'his room, where I made a thorough search of his effe'cts . ... Going to the corner I lifted the carpet and revealed a loose plank. . Trusting my hand into the opening, I drew forth, first, a light jacket, the right sleeve of which was stained with blood, second a parcel wrapped in a newspaper. The contents of the bundte were five thousand dollars in greenbacks and a watch and chain-the property of the mmdered man, Leroy Sterling. When just as I had completed my examination of these articles, I heard a footstep outside. I had scarcely time to place myself between the door and the table upon which lay the evidence of Allison's guilt, when a man entered the room. "Who are you, sir?" he cried. "This is Mr. George Allison, I believe?" I said. "Yes, sir; that is my name." "Then I arrest you for the murder of Sterling." "You are mad!" he roared. "I am in the full possession of my senses, and this is no joke. Here, George Allison," I added, "is the weapon w.ith which you stabbed Sterling in the back, and here are the fruits of the crime," and I stepped to one side, revealing the contents of the table. The villain saw that all was discovered. "Confound you!" he shrieked. "Stand off, or I'll put a bullet thr ougn your brain," and he drew a revolver from his breast-pocket, and leveled it at my heart, while he made rapid tracks for the door. Rushing forward with great rapidity, I knocked the weapon from his grasp and tripped him up. Before he could rise to hi s feet I had his two wrists neatly fastened together in a pair of "darbies." Of course, Allen was immediately released. George Allison was convicted of the crime for which he was arrested, and in due time the villain pai d its penalty upon the gallows. OFFER NAVY THEIR BIG YACHTS. Five of the best known yachts under the Ameri can flag have been offered to the government, free of all expense, it was announced by the Naval Re serve Committee on Yachts. Tho se offered were J. P. Morgan's Corsair, Mrs. E. H. Harriman's Sultana, John Kanawha, Mrs. John S. Kennedy's Cherokee, and George F. Baker, Jr.'s, Viking. In the letter in which her proffer was made, Mrs. Harriman expressed reg:ret that she could not offer her personal services for national defense. It was also announced that Daniel L. Bacon had offered his 60-foot power boat, Guest, Frederick K. Schermerhorn had tendered the use of his Freelance, William S. Patten his Wasp, William M. Guthrie his Mcc1den, George C. Sherman his Wana. Commodore Robert E. Tod and A. I. Dupont sent word that they are having fast scout patrol boats constructed by the Herreshoffs. These will be 110 feet long and are being built under plans furnished by the Navy Department. 1 In addition to the yachts above mentioned and Vincent Astor's Noma, it was stated that about 375 others have been tendered to the government, for sale or charter, under terms to be fixed by the gover1mrnnt.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 29 ARTICLES OF All KINDS CANNON-BALL IN A TREE. While cutting down a tree OI\ a farm near Blue Springs, Mo., Noah Russell and William Brown found a cannon-ball embedded in the trunk. It had apparently penetrated the trunk of the tree during the Civil War battle near Blue Springs and had whitened with age. The tree which died about two years ago had completely covered 1the cannon-ball and all evidence of its entrance. War Baker, in an answer to a letter written Secretary Baker outlining the plan for the organization of motor-cycle volunteers, says: NEW SHIPYARD TO BE BUILT. The Fort Mifflin Shipbuilding Company recently announced that it proposes to build a shipyard equal to any in the United States on the Delaware River immediately below the mouth of the Schuylkill River. The company was recently organized with a capital of $10,00Q,OOO. Work on the new yard will begin at once, the announcement stated, 160 acres of river front property having been acquired as a site. Ma chine shops, blacksmith buildings, and tool shops will be erected under one building, 800 feet long and 500 feet wide. The company plans to dredge the river for docks and wharves. WILL SELL FIVE-CENT ENVELOPES. In order to eliminate the short postage nuisance, especially on letters to foreign countries, an enve lope bearing a five-cent stamp will be issued shortly by the post-office authorities. Many plans to overcome this evil have been put forward from time to time, ranging from separate letter boxes for foreign mail to the use of distinc tive style and colors of stationery, all designed to fix the attention of the clerk having the stamping of the mail under his charge. The use of an enve lope already stamped with the proper postage proved the most effective check when tried out in Cleveland. The envelopes will be furnish' ed either plain or with return card printed in the corner. The plain envelopes will cost $52.28 a thousand and may be obtained in any quantity; printed envelopes will cost 44 cents extra. TO ORGANIZE MOTOR-CYCLE SQUADS. The motor-cycle riders of the United States do not intend to be left behind in any preparedness campaign that may result from the present interna-tional crisis. 1 , Already there is a well organized movement on foot to start a company of motor-cycle volunteers in every community in which 25 or more riders can be gathered into a company. The promoters of the plan have received an qualified indorsement of the value of the motor-cycle in military organization from the War Department. Ralph A. Hayes, private secretary to Secretary of "Doubtless in case the present crisis should un happily become more acute, the services of motor cyclists would be very necessary and valuable. The experience of the contending forces on the other side of the ocean demonstrates that motor-cycle forces can and must be used for service which would be less satisfactorily performed by any other branch of the service." Captain Davis, assistant quartermaster in charge of the entire Southern district, in a recent inter view said of the motor-cycle forces on the Mexican border: . "Motor-cycles have proved very satisfactory in service on the border. All of the officers want them. and if war should come we will have to have very many of them." With these indorsements it is believed that it will not be difficult to interest the riders to form local organizations so that they will, at least, be partially prepared should their countr.y need them. THE OPOSSUM IS QUEER. The Virginia opossums (the only species occur ring in the United States) have from five to four teen young, which at first are naked, formless little objects, so firmly attached to the teats in their mother's pouch that they cannot be shaken loose. Later, when they obtain a coating of hair, they are miniature replicas of the adults, but continue to occupy the pouch until the swarming family be comes too large for it. The free toes of the opossums are u s ed like hands for grasping, and the young cling filmly to the fur of tkeir mother while being carried about in her. wanderings. They are rather slow-moving, stupid animals, which ' seek safety by their retiring nocturnal habits and by non-resistance when overtaken by an enemy. This last trait gave origin to the familiar term, "playing opossum." While hunting at daybreak I once encountered an unusually large old male opossum on his way home from a night in the forest. When we met, he im mediately stopped and stood with hanging head and tail and half-closed eyes. I walked up and, after watching him for several minutes without seeing the slightest movement, put my foot against his side and gave a slight push. He promptly fell flat and lay limp and apparently dead. The opossum has always been a favorite , game animal in the Southern States, and figures largely in the songs and folk-lore of the Southern negroes. In addition, its rernarkable peculiarities have excited so much popular interest that it has become one of the most widely known of American animals.


--30 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 INTERESTING ART/Cl ES URGES CHURCH DANCES. The Rev. C. Bernard Runnalls of St. Paul's Church, Marion, 0., appealed to his congregation from the pulpit recently to hold church dances bi monthly in the parish house. He favors church dances to wipe out public dance halls, where girls are unprotected. "Church rules against pleasures de velop an appetite for them secretly. We must outwit the devil at his own game by substituting for each vice, and the church dance should replace the saloon dance," he said. RING TEARS OFF FINGER. F. M. Johnson of Howard, Wyo., while jumping from a hayrick to the ground the other afternoon had the misfortune to lose a finger. Mr. Johnson's ring became caught in a nail when he jumped, and the finger was torn completely off at the first joint. He was at once brought to town to qave the finger attended to, and a physician amputated the member at the second joint. He is now doing as well as can be expected. Mr. Johnson is staying at the home of his brother, Clarence Johnson, under the doctor's care. $80,000 l'fECKLACE FOUND. The mystery of the of the $80,000 pearl necklace Mrs. Frank Sullivan Smith of :New York was solved when Glen Mitchell, former Stan ford athlete, who found the necklace, returned it to the owner. Mitchell received tlie $l,OOO reward. Mitchell found the necklace in the public stenographer's room at the Hotel Alexandria, Los Angeles. He decid e d to hold it until it was advertised. Fol lowing the public announcement of the loss of the jewels, Mitchell turned the. necklace, with its sixty seven matched rose-pin:lt pearls, over to Mrs. Smith. It was believed by Mrs. Smith that the n eck lace had been sto le ' n from her neck. It was not until after she reached the Beverly Hill s Hote l from the Alexandria that she noticed the loss. INDIAN CHIEF'S HEAD BRINGS $710. A human head, that the Huambiza Indian chief, Una Tzantza, with a gala Indian chief uniform, brought the highest price the other afternoon at the first sale of the famous Alvarado collection of ancient art and curious of Ecuador at the Anderson Galleries, going to J. B . Stoddard for $710. The warrior was captured by the Ayuli Indians and the head reduced in size to some five inches in length, with the skin and hair intact, by a method of the tribe. It was considered a great war trophy. The unifo1 m was deqorated with birds' feathers, mon ld es ' teeth, and beads, and with it went a long lance. The second highest price, S500, was given for a unique idol of the Shirys Indians, pre-Inca, fourteenth century. It was of elongated mushroom form and on the top was modeled a head. The body is covered with hieroglyphics :which have never been deciphered. It was found m the regions of the' Amazon in Ecuador and went to _the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundat10n. BUFF ALO INCREASING. The Biological Survey of the Department of Agriculture is charged with the maintenance of 72 reservations five of which are big game preserves and 67 bird' reservations. ,.The mammal reservations include the Montana Bison Range, the Wind Cave Game Preserve in South Dakota the Niobrara. Reservation in Nebras1 ka, the Elk in Wyoming and the Sullys Hill Game P-reserve in North Dakota. The Niobrara Reservation was inte nded as a bird reserve but has been stocked with big game and is at maintained chiefly for buffalo and elk. In the first three reservations above mentioned, the herds of buffalo have shown a notable increase si nce their establishment a few years ago, and now include 207 head, or more than a third of all the buffalo which now belong to the governmen t. The elk number about 159 and t.he antelope 40, making a total of about 400 head of big game. FORTUNATE KIDDIES. The sociological and child welfare workers of Los Angeles have been interesting themselves in the condition of children who are employed in moving picture studios. They wrote the other day asking for a statement of the provisions for the education, etc., of juveni l e actors at Universal City, and re ceived the following response: "A1l children employed regularl y at Universal City are compelled to attend a school which is under the charge of a teacher supplied by the Los Angeles School Board. Four hours' instruction a day is compulsory. At all times when the children are not in sc;hool or working before the camera, their mothers may be with them. Special dressing-rooms are provided for them, where they can play games and amuse themgelves in childish ways, under the supervision of their parents." The committee came to the conclusion that the life of the moving picture child is as carefully supervised and as well-regulated as it is possible for a child's life to be. Their brains are developed, their bodies trained, their lun gs filled with good outdoor air, while in the Universal City restaurants they are properly fed. Their entire environment is one which might well be envied by the children of the outside world.


'lVfE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. LAUGHABLE EGG TRICK, 'l'llis is LUil funniest erer exllil>ited uutl ul\\ ays produces roars uf laugliter. 'l'be per forlller suys to tue audience tuat ue requires toiotue egg::i for one of hiR ex erilllt'llt'.!. As 110 :speclutol' curries uuy. Le culls !Jis taps him on top ot tile lleud, Ile gags, anti an egg comes out ol Lis mout!J. '!'his Is repeated until six eggs are protluced. It Is an easy tri"k to perform, ..,nee you know how, und always . n1akes a hit. Dlrettions i;!iven for n orklug It. Price. 25 hy mnil. po!':tpaicl . H . F. 1815 Centre St., B'klyn, N. Y. K1'1TTEll Every boy wl.Jo "au ts a wblp-lash, pair of re1ll'S, or au y other knitlttl article ot similur kind li"ve a Knittet-. Anybody can work iL. Tl.Je most beautiful de can be made lly using colored worsteds wltb this bandy little ouject. l . t Is bandsumely lacquered. strbngly made. and wires are very d urulJle. Pdct!. lOc. each. hy mail, postpaid. \\" ollf N O\'el ty Co.. 1 GS w. 23d St.. N. y. \\'HO DUOPPED THE EGG? 'l:Lle st;rt:aw.1ug cuw1c cal1;U of UJOd eru tiJ.ut>.:>. urup it uuy\\ uere uu tlie or tile tloor uuu await n ::suits. Tl.le shell Is a l'eal egg suell. but the "!Jlle and yolk of tile egg is made o! W&.A. '1 lle exuc.:L :iize auU l:Olor of a real IJluk e11 eg-g. i\o oue for u womeut would think It other than au ordiua1y bell's , .gg, careie•sly tlroptJ!l ou I be floor. Alter rec:e1ving u govtt sc:oldlng tor your ne::ts. piek it up aut.I tf:'IJ your ptlrents not to fl'y or S<:rnm11Je 1t for your hreakfn:st. us you wish to It for ful'ther use. Price Jllc. :i to1 :!::i. malled poRtpaid. q_ F. LANG, 1815 St .. U'klyo, N. i. "'" . \"i:;: -9 ''KNOCK-Ot:.:T" CAUD TRICK.-Fhe card• are shown, f1 ont and back. and the r e are no two cards alike. You place some of the 1n in. a handkerchief and ask any person to hold them by the corners in full view of the audience. You now take the remaining cards and r equest anyone to name any card shown. This done, you repeat the name or the card and state tha t you wll1 cauRe it to invisibly 1eave ya\1r hand and pass il1to the handkerchief. where It will be found among the other cards. At the word "Go!" you show that the chosen card has vanished, leaving absolutely only two cards. The handkerchief is unfolded by person, and tn it is found the identical card. Recommended very highl;v. Price, lOc. " 'OLJ<'. t ' "Novelty Co., 168 "' 23cl St., Y . EL]j:CTRIC CIGAR CASE. ' l u,::; uandsome cigar c a s e ap p ears Lo L>e ti iltJu with fine cigars. If your friend smokes ask h I w to. have u cigar with you. As he out for one the cigars, like a flash, ln stautly disappear iuto the ell tlrely o u t o ! sight, greatly to his surprise and astonishment. You can beg bis par don and state you thought there were some cigars left In the case. A slight pressure on sides of Cabe causes the cigars to illsappear as It by 1nagic. By touching n wire at 1.Jotto_m o: case the clgarn Instantly appear agaw !u their proper posltlvn In ti.le case. As real tobacco is used tlley are sure to deceive any one. It Is oue of the best pract!cnl jokes of the season. A novelty with whiclJ you cnn ham lots or fun. Price 3ii cents. sent lly parcel post, pvz t paid. C. HEHR. 150 W62d Street. N y, FORD JOKE. L o o k s ! I k e ll story-I.look, b u t It cuntaius a cap nnd a tJiiiger. 'l'lle molllcnt y o u r Innocent fl'lelld opens tbe IJook to read the luterestlng story !J e expectsPop! l:lung ! Tbe e x p I o s I o n is bnrlllless, IJ u t will make hlw think the Germans }are after hlm. Price 35• cents ench hy mall. po,tpaid. I uld' Co diR W. 2Sd St., N. Y. lllAGIC PENCILS. "tD' 1-ZE. BLUE The working or this trick ls very ens:r, lllost startling and mystifying. Give the ease and three pencils to any one In your audleuce wltb lust ructions to place any \iencll In the case point upward and to olose case and put ti.le remaining two pen cils In bis pocket. You now take the ca e with the pencil In It and can tell what color It Is. Directions bow to work •he tiick wltb each set. Price 25 cts. each by mall. postpald. \Vollf Novelty Co .. 168 \V. 2Sd St .. N. Y . Hold discs in eacb band and twi•t ti.le strings by swiuging the toy around and 11round about 30 times. 'rben move the hnuds npnrt, pulling on the and c1111slng the strings to untwist. '1.'llis will rotate the wheel and cause tile sparks to fir. 'l'!Je continued rotation of thll w)l.el!l will ag11in ti.le strings. When this twisting commences slacken the strings slight :y until tlley nlle full t\\ i•teu, ti.Jell pun. Price 25 cts. encb by mall, postpaid. C. BEHR. 150 \f. 62d St., N. Y. JllAGIC CARD BOX.-A very cleverly made box of exchanging or vanishing cards. In fact, any number of tricks of this character can be performed by it. A very necessary magical accessory. Price, 15c. Jo'RANK. S)JITH, 383 Lenox A•' e., N. Y. THE DEVIL'S CARD TRICK.-From three cards he1d in the hand anyo-ne ls askeJ. to I!lenta11y select one. All three cards are ))laced In a hat and the performer removes first the two tha.t the audience did net 1e-lect and passing the hat to them card has mysterlou1ly vanished. A great climax; highly recommended. Price, lOc. C. BE.HR, 150 \V. 62d Street, N. Y. 31 T"BACCO HABIT ConQucr It happily 1 V to 8 dayac i'lllpro\e "'your healt.h, rolous llfe. avoid atorunch trouble, nervou 1neH. foul' breath, he&rt diaease . Regain manly Ylcor, calm nerve1, cleare7e1 and superior mental etrengtb. E. J . WOODS, 228 T, Station E, New York, l'l. y, i LOTS OF FUR FOR A DIMI" ,CHARLIE CHAPLIN VOICE THROWER Im(. tate• Bil"d11, Anfm&le , and throw• 7oor'volo • and Zua BOSTON 11ofwr 11 •• 1.4,Kel.rooe, ..... GOLD WATCH, FIRST PRIZE OLD GLORY-Gold Prizes for Boys and Girls. Gold watch, $10 golp. $5 gold; 1st, 2d, and 3d prizes for best two ears pop corn, 1917 crop. Awarded Nov. 15, 1917. Pkg. seed and silk tiag 8xl2 In., by mall, 25c. Write to-day. STERLING co., 148 Broadway, Newburgh, New York. To the Wife of 0 ne Who Drinks 1 have an Important contldentlal messagei tor you. 1 t will come in a plain envelope. How to conquer the liquor habit in 3 d ays and make home happy. Wonderful, safe, lastk ing, reliable, inexpensive method, guaranteed. Write to Edw . .r. Woods, 228 S , Station Is.'. New York. N. Y. Show this to others. $ ll to $500 EACH paid for hundreds of old Coins. Keep ALL money dated be fore 1895 ond send Ten cents for New Illustrated Coin Value Book, size '1x7 . lt may mean :rour Fortune. CLARKE COIN Co., llox 95, Le Uoy, N. Y . THE MOD.EUN DA1'CERS. 'l.'hese dancers are set in a gilt frame, the size of our engraving. l:ly lighting a march auu moving it in circular form at the back tbey can be made to dallce furiously, ti.le heat from the match w a r m i n g them up. It you wanl to see nu upto-date Price, JO ceuts. or :J tango dance send for r his pretty charm. fo r 40 cents, sent by mail, postpaid. WOLFF Novelty Co., 168 W. 23d St., N. Y. PHA.i"'TOJII CARDS. From live earth' tllree are mell tally selected l;y any 011e. p laceu under nn ol'tli n a r y i1antlkercblet, performer withdraws two cards. the ones not selected: tlio performer I n \'ltes any one to remove the ot )ler two, and to tl1t• great ment of all the.I' ha'

Lwnt THE LINX PUZZL& 1 et&O The sensation ot the "ay. Pronounced by all, the moat baffling and actenttftc novelty out. Thousands worked at it fer hours witheut mas-tering it, still ft can be done in two seconds b y giving the links the proper twist, but unless you know how, the harder you twist them the tighter they grow. Price, 6c.; 3 !or 16c.: one dozen, 60c., by matl, postpaid. 8)JITH. 383 Lenox Ave •• N. Y. TKE JOKE SPIKE. I This spike Is an ordinary iron spike or very large nall, ,ume as is fouud In any carpenters uail \Jox. At the small end is a small steel needle, 'h inc h in l ength, firmly set in spike. '.rake , our friend's hat or coat and bang it on the wnll by driving (with . a I.lammer) the spike through. it into tbe wall; tbe needle In spike will -not Injure the hat or garment, n lther will it sllow on wall or wood where lte has been driven. '.L'he deception Is perfect as the spike appears to have been drl\;en balf-way through tbe bat or coat, which can be left hangiug on the wall. Prke, JO cents, or 3 for 25 cents; by mail, 150 \V. 62d Street, N. Y. UUBBER TACKS. They come six In a box. A wonderful Imitation of the real tack. or rubber. The \Jox In whkb 1 they come Is the ordinal'y tack \Jox. This is a 1g1eat parlor entertainer' and you can play a lot of trick• 1 with tbe tacks. Place thew In the palm of yuur band, the 01 uer hand seem as I! you are committing suicide. Or \ "O U can show the tacks and then put them fo your muutll and cbew them, making uelleve you have swallowed them. Your friends will tblnk you are a magician. T\Jen , again, ou ran exhl\Jit the tacks aud then quickly push one In your cheek or somebody else's cheek uud they tdll shriek with fear. Absolutelv hatmless and a "ery practical and funny 'joke. Price, \Jy mall, lOc. a box of six tark•: s for 26c. WOLF Novelty Co., 168 W. 23d St., N. Y. GREAT BURGLAR Pl:'ZZLE. 'he latest and mos t fascinating puzzle ever place d u n t h e market. Pa tented May 30 . It consists of four revolving di a l s, each dial contalniug 16 figures. &1 tigures In all. To upen the safe these dials m u s t b e turned around until the figures in euch of the 16 col umns added to gether total 40. The puzzle is made on the plan of the combination lock on the. large iron safes that opeu on a combination or ttgures. Persons have been known to sit up all night, so iuterested have they be co m e trying to get each column to total 40, In this fascinating puzzle. With the prmted key which we send with each puzzle the tig ures can be set ln a few minutes so as to total 40 In each column. Price 15 cents; mailed, postpaid. H. :t•. LANG, 1815 Centre St., .B'kJyn, N. Y. LUCKY PENNY POCKET PIECE. This handsome pocket piece Is made of alulll in u m, resembling somewhat in size and appearance a silver dollar. In the center or the pocket piece ls a n e w : one-cent U. S. coin, inserted in such a way that It cannot Ile removed. (U. S . laws p r e v e n t our showing this coin In our engraving). On one side of the pocket piece are the words, "Lucky penny pocket ptece; I bring good luck," and the design of a horseshoe. On the opposite side, "l am your mascot," 'Keep me and nernr go broke," and two sprigs of four-leafed clover. These haudsome pocket pieces are believed \Jy many to h e har\Jingers of good luc k. Price 12 cents; s for SO cents; uy mall, postpaid. H . F. LANG, 1815 Centre St., B'klyn. N. Y. READ THIS ONE! i HALF )f..\SKS. J!' a lse-1aces u"a1..,n a mllel ' .l 'bere are 7 iu a :>et u1uJ repre :>Cll t an luUiau, u J aa1u:::tie girl. a down, l!'oxy Uranda. au Eugllsh Jolrnny Atkins aucl au Automo uilist. Heuutifully l1tuo11:rabed i n handsome colors ou u durul>l e quality o t cul'dlluard . . ' l'bey buve eyehol es and stci111: perforatlous. Price, 6c. each, or the full set of 7 for 25<' .• postpafri. C. BEHR, 150 W. 62d St., New York City. SNAPPER CIGAR. The 1eal ti.ling for the c1i;ar grafter. lf you smoke you tnust have tneL. llttn. He •ees a few choice cigars in your pocket and wakes no [)oues auont askiug you for one. are all prepared for biw lilis time. How: '.L'ake one of tbese cigars snupp ers (which is so wucll like a reul cigar you are liable tosmoke it yourself uy mis take). Bend the spring \Jackwards the lighted end, and as you oft'er the cigar let go the spring a!ld the victim gets a shurp, stinging snap on the fingers. A si'lre cure for gr.afters. Price, by tnail, ten cents each, or three for 25c. C. BEHR. 150 62d St. , New York City. GOOD LUCK GUN FOB. The real western article. carried by the cowboys. It is made of fine leather. with a highly nickeled buckle. The holster contains a metal gun, of the same patte1n as those used by all the mos t famous scouts. Any boy wearing one of these fobs will attract attention. It will give him an air of western romance. The prettiest and most serviceable watch fob ever made. Send for one to-day. Price 20 cents each by mail postpaid. H. F. 1815 Centre St., B'klyn, N. Y. "Movine Picture Stories" A WEEKLY MAGAZINE DEVOTED TO PHOTOPLAYS AND PLAYERS PRICE Ge PER COPY "".WI 17F PRICE 6c PER COPY THE BEST FILM MAGAZINE ON EARTH BUY A COPY! ENJOY YOURSELF! 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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 -LATEST ISSUESNOTICE-The followins numbers PRICE SIX CENTS. !1.! The Liberty Boys' Skirmish; or. At Green Spring Plantation. Tile Ltbert7 Boya and the Governor; or, Tryon's Conspiracy. !Sl!l Boya In Hbode Island; or, Doing Duty Down 837 The Liberty Boys' Bitter Cup; or, Beaten Back at Bran• .. wine. 838 The Liberty Boys' Alliance; or, The Reds Who Helped. 839 '.jl>he Lib\!rty Boys on the Wiupath; or, A!ter the Enemy. 840 Tbe Liberty Boys A!ter Cornwallis; or. Worrying the 841 The Liberty Boys and the Liberty Bell; or, How The Saved It. 822 The Uberty Bo)\a After Tarlet.on; or. Bothering the"Butcher." 823 The Boys' Daring Dash; or, Death Before Defeat. 824 The Liberty Boys and the Mutlni,ers; or, Helping "Mad Anthon:v." 842 The Liberty Boys and Lydia Darrah; or, A Wonder! Woman's Warning. 8211 The Lhw•rty Bn:vs Out West: or, The Capture ot Vincennes. 82111 The Liberty Boys at Princeton; or, Washington's Narrow Escape. 843 The Liberty Boys at Perth Amboy; or, Franklin's Tory So 844 The Liberty Boys and tbP "Midget"; or, Good Goods In Small Package. 827 The Liberty Boys Heartbroken or, The Desertion o! Dick. 828 'l'he Llherty 'Boys In the Highlands; or. Working Along tbe Jl'n"cinn. 845 The Liberty Boys at Frankfort; or, Routing the "Queen Rangers." 846 The Liberty Boys and General Lacey; or, Cornered at th1 "Crooked Billet." M9 The Liberty Boys at Hackensack; or, Beating Back tbe British. 830 The Liberty Boys' Keg ot Gold; or, Captain Kidd's Legacy. 831 The Liberty Boys at Bordentown; or, Guarding the Stores. 832 The Liberty Boys' Best Act; or, Tbe Capture o! Carlisle. 833 The LlbeTty Boys on the Delaware; or, Doing Daring Deeds. 834 The Liberty Boys' Long Race; or, Beating the Redcoats Out. 835 Tbe Liberty Boys D


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