The Liberty Boys at Bemis Heights, or, Helping to beat Burgoyne

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The Liberty Boys at Bemis Heights, or, Helping to beat Burgoyne
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Moore, Harry
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In the mids. t or the battle Dick dashed over to Bob, and. handed him. the despatch. "Mount my 'horse, arid carry this paper to headquarters!" he panted. "We will .beat Burgoyne yet!" In a moment more . Bob was mounted ;i.nd sped away


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Magazine Contain ing Sto ri e s of t h e American Revolution. I s s ue d Weekly-By Subscription $3. 0 0 per year. Entered at the New York, N. Y., Post Office as Second-Clas11 Matter by Frank Tousey, Publisher, 168 West 23d Street, New York. N o . 86 3 . NEW YORK, JULY 13', 1917. Price 6 Cents. The Liberty .Boys a t Bemis Heights HELPING T0 BEA T BURGOYNE I By HARRY MOORE. CHAPTER I. FIRED UPON BY A SHARPSHOOTER. "Do you think we will be able to beat Burgoyne, Dick?" "I hope so, Bob." "We have fully as strong an army as he has, haven't we?" "Yes; stronger." "Then we ought to be able to beat him." "I think so." It was the 21st day of September, of the year 1777. Standing at the north side of Bemis Heights were two y oung men of perhaps nineteen years of age. They were bronzed and handsome young fellows, and were no other than Dick Slater andBob Estabrook, the captain and lieutenant of the Liberty Boys, who were at that time stationed on Bemis Heights with the army of General Gates, who was trying to effect the capture of Burgoyne, who was facing him across Mill Creek, with an army almost as strong as that of the patriots. From where Dick and Bob stood they could see the British encampment. They had been standing there 'perhaps twenty minutes, and then the above conversation had taken place. The British army consisted of British soldiers, Hessians and Indians. Suddenly there sounded a musket-shot, and a bullet whis tled past the youths, causing them to start back involuntarily. They leaped to one side, and took up positions behind trees. "Where did that shot come from, Dick?" "I don't know " "There's a sharpshooter concealed within musket-shot dis-tance of us." "That is evident, old fellow." "I wish we could locate him." "So do I." "But we couldn't reach him with a pistol bullet." "Probably not." They peered around the trees and took a cautious sur-vey of the ground and trees beyond. The ground sloped gradually, and was covered with trees and rocks . "Say, Dick," said Bob, "I think I have hirp. located." "Do you?" . "Yes; see yonder. There is some smoke curling up through the Jranches of that tree." . "I see . I believe you are right. The sharpshooter must be up in that tree." • . . . ,, "That's where he is; and I'm for capturmg him, Dick. "I'd like to, Bob . " "We can do it." "How?" "Let's make a sudden dash for the tree." "He miirht put a bullet int.n one of us, olrl fellow." "We'll have to risk that." "Well, I'm willing to make the attempt, if you are." "You say the word, and we'll go for him." "All right; are you ready?" "Ready." "Then-go!" The two young Continentals leaped out from behind the trees and dashed down the slope. They leaped first to one s ide and then the other, running in zigzag fashion, the better to make it hard for the marksman to hit them if he fired again. As they advanced toward the tree, a man suddenly dropped to the ground and dashed away. He was dressed in ordinary clothing, but was undoubtedly a British soldier. He ran at the top of his speed. After him went Dick and Bob. They might have shot him down, but they wanted to cap ture him. They lost sight of the distance they were traversing in their eagerness to catch him. The y reached Mill Creek and dashed across it. The fugi tive was only about twenty yards ahead of them. Mill Creek was the dividing line between the opposing forces, and it would be exceedingly dangerous to ventun across the stream; but the blood of Dick and Bob was up, and they did not hesitate. After the fugitive they went pell-mell, and they were within ten yards of him whe n they suddenly caught sight of a party of redcoats, a dozen in number. "Stop, Bob!" cried Dick. "We must get back at once!" They stopped instantly, and turned and dashed back toward the creek. Then they saw another party of redcoats coming in an attempt to cut them off and keep them from crossing the creek. It would be a close race undoubtedly. They might have s uc ceeded in getting back acro s s the creek had it not been that Bob stubbed his toe against a stone and fell headlong to the ground. Dick stopped quickly and waited for Bob to get up. H:'.) would not go on and save himself and leave his comrade to his fate. They would both escape or both be captured. Bob was up quickly, but enough time had been lost that the redcoats had gotten close up to them. The party that was trying to head them off was dently going to be successful, for they had a shorter distance to go, and the redcoats were almost as fast runners as were Dick and Bob. Seeing that they could not get back to the creek at th0 ford before the redcoats would be there, Dick and Bob turned short to the left. They ran as fast as they could, but had gone only a comparatively short distance when they saw about a dozen redcoats right ahead of them "Into the creek with you,


2 THE LIBEtRTY BOYS AT BEMIS HEIGHTS. They turned toward the creek, but before they could reach it they were set upon by the redcoats, who had closed in on them, and, although they struggled fiercely, they were quickly overpowered and their hands were bound. "Well, we got cried the leader of the party that had captured them. "Yes," said Dick quietly, "you have got us." All the redcoats were gathered around, and among them was the fellow who had caused all the trouble, the sharpshooter. "You thought you would catch me, didn't yo u!" he said mockinglr. "Yes; we hoped that we would do so," said Dick . "We ought to have shot you instead of chasing you!" grated Bob. "Yes; tl;iat would have been the most sensible thing for you to do." "Bring the prisoners along," said the leader of the party, a lieutenant. They set out for the main encampment of the British, with Dick and Bob in their midst. . They soon r!lached there, and the prisoners were taken before General Burgoyne. As may well be supposed, he was glad to get a couple of patriot prisoners into his hands. . He hoped to be able to get some information. out of them. CHAPTER II. • THE EXPLOSION . General Burgoyne gazed s ternl y at the young Continentals for a few moments and then said: "I that y ou know you are in great danger?" "Why so ? " queried Dick. "Why, you are aware of the fact that the fate of sp ies when caught is death, are you not?" " Yes, "but we are not spies " "You are not?" "No." "I s hall so consider you, and unle ss you do what I wish you shall be hanged." "What do you wish us to do ? " "I want that you shall give me some information." "About what?" 1'About the plans of your commander." Dick shook his head. "I cannot give you any information," he said. "You mean that yo u will not." "No, I mean that I cannot. I know nothing whatever about his plans, sir." General Burgoyne looked at Dick searchingly. "Are you sure ? " he asked. "Quite sure." The British genPral pondered a few moments, and then he said to the so ldiers who had conducted the youths ii to his prese nce : "Take them away and place them in the guardhouse. Make sure that they do not escape." "Very well, sir," a.nd then the so ldiers withdrew, taking Dick and Bob along with them. The two were placed in an old ramshackl e builclin!;\' that had at one time been occupied as a residence by an early settler, and guards were stationed around the building. Left alone, the two gazed blankly at each other. "We're in fo1 i t, I guess, Dick," said Bob. "We are certainly prisoners, tight and fast," agreed Dick. Bob look ed around at the walls of the room they were in. " This doesn't seem to be a very strong building," he sai d thoughtfully. "No," agreed Dick; "but our hands are bound." "Maybe we can get them free." "Maybe so; but even then we could hardly 'expect to escape; the building is guarded." "Well, in the darkness we might be able to get away." "We will certainly make the attempt, anyhow." It was the middle of the afternoon when the two young Continentals \Vere captured, and the afternoon wore slow ly away, ind eed. as they sat there, their hands bound, and gazed at the blank walls of the room. * * * * * * * The capture of the Liberty was known in the patriot encampment, A patriot soldier had seen them go in pursuit of the redcoat and had hastened down to the vicinity of the creek and had witnessed the capture of the boys. He had has tened back to the patriot encampment a,nd had gone to the Liberty Boys with the news. As may well be supposed, the young Continentals were greatly excited over the news. "Dick and Bob prisoners?" cried Sam Sanderson; "that is terrible!" "Indeed, it is!" from Mark Morrison. . "Y a h, id is awfulness, alretty!" from Carl Gookensp1eler. "We must rescue them!" iilaid Ben Spurlock. "Yes, we must make the attempt, at any rate," said Sam "It will . be a very difficult matter," said Mark. Then they asked the man who had brought them the information to t e ll them the full d etails of the capture. He did so, and they thanked him again for bringing them the news. He took his departure presently, and then the young Continentals discussed plans for rescuing their young commander and the first lieutenant. They discussed various plans, but dismissed them one after another as not being feasible. At last supper-time came, and they desisted long enough to cook and eat their supper. Then they\ again took up . the matter at issue. . It was decided that it would be impracticable to go m a body to attempt the rescue of their cpmrades, and so after some discussion it was decided that two should go, and that those twc shou ld be decided by Jot. They drew lots, and it fell to Mark Morrison and Ben Spurlock to go. They got ready for their expedition at once. There was not much to do, however, and as soon as it was dark they set out. They had decided upon their course of . Their plan was to go way around, makmg a big detour and approach from the north. By so doing they would have an easier time getting close to the camp. They set out at once and went around to the left. They crossed Mill Creek at a point about a mile to the westward of the British encampment and continued onward toward the east. They went about a mile and then turned and came back fowa r d the British encampment. When they were within a quarter of a mile of the B1'itish lin es they slacke ned their pace to a slow. cautious walk. They knew that at any moment they might happen upon a picket line. It was a moonlight night, and the s k y was partially obscured by clouds. 'T'hen, too, in the timber, beneath the heavy foliage of trees, it was quite dark. Slowly the two Liberty Bo ys crept forward. C l oser a:nd closer they got to the British Jines. Sud denly they paused and li stene d, every sense on the alert. They heard the measured tread of a se ntinel. They remained there quietly, and by listening very fully, they managed to determine approximately the lengt11 of the sentinel's beat. Then they stole forward and paused close to the beat and waited tiU the sentinel h ad walked to the end, when they slip ped_ across stealthily as Indians. When perhaps ten yards from the beat they paused again and waited till the se ntinel had passe d them . The n they moved slowly and cautiou s ly forward. They advanced perhaps fifty yards, and then they heard voice s. Peering through betwee n the trees, they could just make out some dark forms, evidently tho se of pickets. Mark and Ben stole around this little group and got past thein without being discovered. The truth of the matter was, that, not expecting the approach of any one from the north, the sentinels and pickets were not on their guard so much as they should have been, and this made it possible for the two youths to get along without being discovered. They managed to reach the top of . a little knoll that was only about one hundred and fifty yards from the main encamp m ent of the British, and here they paused to rest a while and take a survey of their surroundings. They could see the British soldiers in the encampment, for


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BEMIS HEIGHTS. s there were a number of campfires. And at one side was a house, evidently the headquarters of General Burgoyne; and not far from this house was another old ramshackle affair. The two watching Liberty Boys did not know it, but this was the building that Dick and Bob were imprisoned in. Presently they caught sight of four sentinels who were evide::itly guarding this building, however, and they guessed that it was probably the guardhouse. "And likely Dick and Bob are in there," whispered Ben. "Likely enough," was the reply. • "And now the question is, can we hope to get into that building?" • "It will be very difficult," was the reply: Just then there was a terrible explosion, and the old building was rent in twain, o:i.e end being torn all to pieces. CHAPTER Ill. DICK AND BOB ESCAPE. Dick and Bob ate a very fair supper that evening when it was brought to them, even though they were in a serious predicament. They wanted to retain all their strength, for they realized that they might need it, and soon, at that. After they had eaten and the empty plates had been taken away they sat there discussing their situation. One, two, three hours passed, and then they heard some one enter a room which adjoined the one they were in, though there was no connecting door. They heard footsteps for a few minutes and then .there was a silence, which was broken all at once by a terrific explosion, which hurled the youths over against the wall. In the flash that went up they saw that the entire end of the building had been torn out! The room that they were in had been badly shaken up and a hole was torn in the wall where there was a window. The two, although badly shaken up, guessed the meaning of the affair: Undoubtedly gunpowder had been stored in the other room, and -some one had come in, possibly to get some powder, with the result that it had been accidentally set off, the explosion following. Dick and Bob were always wide awake and ready for anything, and they now quickly regained the use of their faculties and leaped UJ'l and ran out through the opening that had been torn by the explosion. There was great confusion everywhere. The explosion had come unexpectedly, and the redcoats were greatly startled. ' Pieces of timber, clapboards, etc., were falling a ll around. Soldiers could be seen skurrying in all directions, save toward the building where the explosion had occurred. The guards had either been knocked into insensibility or they had taken to their heels in affright, for they were nowhere in sight. This was lucky for the two Liberty Boys; otherwise, they would have been stopped or shot at once. Their hands were tied, but they could run at a good pace, just the same. And run they did. They succeeded in getting in among the trees, and then they were forced to go more slowly to avoid running against trees and injuring themselves. Suddenly they heard the sound of excited voices ahead of them and hastened to get behind trees. They stood there motionless, almost holding their breath, and presently a dozen or more men rushed past them going in the direc tion of the From their excited utterances the youths learned that the men in question were pickets, who were, contrary to rules, hastening in to see what had caused the explosion. Dick and Bob then ran onward as fast as circumstances would permit. They had gone only a short distance when they heard footsteps close at hand. They paused quickly, but evidently their footsteps had been heard, for a voice called out: "Who's there?" The voice was low and cautious, but Dick, whose ears were exceedingly good, was sure that he recognized it. "Is that you, Mark?" he asked, in a low. cautious voice. "Yes, is that you, Dick?" eagerly. "Yes! Come here at once and free our hands." In another moment Mark and Ben were beside Dick and Bob, and while they cut the r.opes binding the hands of their comrade s, they asked what had . caused the explosion. Dick and Bob e x plained as best they could, and then in their turn inquired how the two ' happened to be there. Mark and Ben explained. They had been looking at the old buil ding when the explosion occurred, and had caught a of their comrades as they rushed forth from the rums. Hoping to be able to meet the two fugitives, they had set out through the timber, pausing every few moments to listen, and they had finally heard footsteps and called out as given above. "And now to get away from here in safety," breathed Dick. This would be difficult, for there was a picket-line to get past an extra line of sentinels beyond that. And, too, the pickets and sentinels, gazing eagerly in the direction of the encampment, eager to learn what had caused tlte explosion, would be more likely to discover the fugitives than if they were not on the alert. "We have got to get past them, though, and that is all there is to it,'' said Bob, in a low, grim voice. "We'll have to imagine that we are Indians and put all our woodcraft into play,'' said Dick. Then they started. They moved along slowly and cautiously. They stopped frequently and listened. Back in the encampment there seemed to be a good deal ?f confusion still; voices could be heard calling names, and it was prob a ble that one or more of the soldiers who had stood guard over the building had been buried amid the ruins. It was wonderful that Dick and Bob had not been killed, but they had been sitting near the wall farthest from the room that had been torn to pieces, so were really not in so much danger as the guards outside had been . Presently the Liberty Boys heard voices ahead of them. The y were. coming to the sentinels. . They advanced very cautiously and got the voices located. They decided that the soldiers on duty had gotten together to discuss the matter, and this would favor them for it would make it. possible for them to slip past much easier. The Liberty Boys made a detour and slipped past the excited men without much difficulty. Now if they could get past the pickets they would be all right. They were determined to do so if such a thing was pos sible, and on they moved slowly and cautiously. They were an hoi;ir at li:ast in going one hundred yards, but they succeeded m. getting through the picket line. As they were movmg away, however, one of the boys accidentally stumbled over a stone, making considerable noise. "What's that!" they heard a voice exclaim. Then another voice cried: "Halt! whoeve r you are!" Of course, the Liberty Boys, now that they were practically out of danger, were not likely to stop. They leaped forward instead and hastened onward at their best speed. The pickets must have heard them running, for they gave utterance to yells and fired several shots. "The bull.oets w hi s tl e d close to the fugitives, but fortunately none of the boys were hit. They kept on g oing at as lively a rate of speed as they could kee p up in, the darkness, and continued till they felt that they were safe from pursuit. The n they slackened speed and walked slowly and care fully, listening the while . They made a wide detour and crossed the creek at a ford a mile up from the British encampment. Then they set out for the patriot encampment on Bemis Heights, and three-quarters of an hour later were there. The explosion over in the British encampment had aroused all the soldiers who had lain down at that time, and all were up on the qui vive. When the Liberty Boys appeared they were greeted joy ously, for it was judged that they would bring some news. Dick and Bob had escaped, too I And this was the occa sion for general rejoicin.11:.


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BEMIS HEIGHTS. Of course, the Liberty Boys were wild with delight over the return of their captain and lieutenant. Dick hastened at once to General Gates' quarters and reported to him, telling the story of the capt\lre of Bob and himself in detail, and al s o about the explosion and. escape. CHAPTER IV. OVER THE PRECIPICE. The' next day General Gates summoned Dick to headquarters. "Captain Slater," he said, "I have just received . a piece of news; it is to the effect that a force of about. one hundred Indians are coming to join the British army, and !l;S there is nothing to be done here just now, save to await the movements of the British, I think it would be a good plan to go and head the redskins off and drive them back." "Which direction are they coming from, sir?" "The west." "From up the Mohawk Valley?" "Yes." "How far away are they?" "Oh, about thirty miles. My informant saw them. in camp las t night at a point about forty miles from here. " "Are they on foot or have they ponies?" "On foot." "Do I understand that you wish myself and Liberty B o y s to go on this expe dition, sir?" . . , " Y e s , Captain Slater. You have horses, and you are young and lively, and, too, you know considerable about w oodcraft." "I shall be glad to undertake the work, sir." l ' I thought so . Well, you will start at once?" The others agreed with him that this must be the truth of the matter. "We will mount and ride onward seven or eight miles," said Dick; "and then we will do some more reconnoitering." The Liberty Boys mounted and set out. They rode about eight miles and then stopped on a timbered knoll. Again the scouts were sent out. As before, Dick and Bob w e nt, but in different directions. " Dick went almost due west and kept onward a distance of two miles. H e went slowly and cautiously, for he did not know at what moment he might happen upon the redskins, and he well knew that they were keen-eyed and keen of hearing," and they would be likely to discover him as soon as he did them unless he was very careful. . Suddenly he came to the edge of a bluff. He had sup posed that the country was level ahead of him, but he found himself lookin'g down into a beautiful little valley perhaps a mile wide and extending to the right and to the left as far as his eyes could see. Near the middle of the valley ran a stream of water, and Jhe sight was about as beautiful a one as any one need wan to see. . But what attracted Dick's attention more than the beauty of the valley was an Indian encampment, which was located below him and seemingly right against the bluff. .This bluff was almost perpendicular, and was at least one hundred feet high. Dick suddenly heard a rustling sound behind 'm and whirled and looked in the direction the sound had seemed to come from. He did not see anything. "It was the wind, I guess," he thought. Then he .again turned toward the bluff. But again he heard the rustling of leaves. He whirled, his hand on the butt of a pistol. He gazed eagerly toward the point from which the noise them had proceeded, but failed to see anything. "Jus t as soon as we can bridle and saddle our hor,ses." 'Ve r y good." "Have you any specific instructions to give?" "None-save to head the redskins off and send He stood there a few moments motionless, and then he stole forward cautiously. He was good at this kind of work. Few redmen of the fores_t could excel him in woodcraft. He did not make a bit of noise as he moved along. back. You may do 'the work in your own way." "Very well, sir; I am off." Dick saluted and withdrew and hastened back to the Liberty Boys' quarters. " Well, boys," he said, "we have some work to do." He gazed to the right and then to the left, and all ride around. There was nothing to be seen, save the trees. "Good!" cried Bob; "what is it?". "We are going up the Mohawk Valley a half day's to head off a party of Indians drive them back." "We're the boys for the work!" "Bridle and saddle your hors es, put s ome provisions in the saddle-bags, renleni s h your stores of ammunition, and then we will be off." The Liberty Boys hastened to ob e y the command of their young captain. They were ready in less than half an hour, and, mount-ing, they set out. , They made a detour to ge t around the enemy's extreme right and then rode away toward the west. They rode at a moderate pace till noon, and then went When he had gone perhaps twenty yards he paused. "I guess it must have been the wind,'' he murmured. He turned and moved back toward the edge of the bluff, or precipice. He reached it and stepped up close to the edge and bent over to look down at the encamprnent of the redskins. Suddenly Dick felt himself pushed from behind. He lost his balance, tried to catch hold of a tree, missed, and went over the edge of the bluff. As he went he caught sight of an Indian boy of perha'"'S fou rteen years, and he realized that it was this boy who had pu s hed him over. B . A peal of screachinP,"ly triumphant laughter came to Dick's emis ears as he went shooting downward. into camp. They were now about twenty-five miles from Heights. "The redskins mus t b e within a iew miles of us," said Dick, as they were eating their dinner. "I judge so, Dick," agreed Bob. . "Are we going to ride right onward and risk meeting up with them?" queried Mark Morrison. Dick shook his head. "No,'' he said; "we are going to stay right here till we get the reds kin s locate d." "You are going to send out s c outs to look for them, eh?" from Bob . "Yes." They fini s hed eating, a n d the n Dick named eight of the boys, and t h e y set o u t on foot to reconnoiter till they should discover the r ed s kins. . Dick and Eob went also, but in diff erent directions. The ten young Continentals. tramped for miles to the north, west and south without discove ring the force of Indians, and they returne d to the e ncamprl!ent about the mjd dle of the afternoon, disappointed and wondering. Where could the redskins b e ? Why had they not found them ? "Possibl y the Indians did not break camp and come eastward to-day," said Dick The thought flashed through the Liberty Boy's mind that he would be killer!. CHAPTER V. A TARGET FOR THE INDIANS. Dick struck an outjutting ledge about ten feet down. Hi s descent was stayed for an instant, and then he rolled on over the edge of the ledge-it was only about a foot and a half wide--and again shot downward. Fifteen feet farther down he fell into a bunch of bushes that grew out from the bluff. Thi:< stayed his descent some, but b 2fore he could grasp the bushes and get stopped he was through and still going. 'fen feet farther down he struck among some more bushes. These were not very thick or heavy, however, and he did not succeed in getting stopped this time, either. But he struck a ledge. only a dozen feet farther down that was at least three feet wide, and he managed to get .....


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BEMIS HEIGHTS. 6 He lay there on the ledge panting and half dazed, and from above him, seemingly at a great distance, came the •sound of laughter. -" Gradually it came back to the Liberty Boy. His head grew clear. He realized what had happened to him. "Shoved over a precipice by an Indian brat!" murmured Dick disgustedly. "That beats anything I ha:ve ever had happen to me!" He looked upward, but owing to the fact that there were two bunches of bushes between him and the top of the bluff, he could not see the young imp who had played him, such a trick. "He intended to finish me, that is certain," thought Dick. "And it was his feet that made the leaves rustle, and not the wind." Then Dick became cognizant of the fact that there was a commotion below him in the Indian village. He leanev<>1-, and ten minutes later the Indian boy who had shoved him ovel.' the bluff appeared among them and began talking. Dick could see that he was laughing and could hear him, tpo, and he set his teeth grimly together and thought: "It will be a long' time before I let another little brat like that get the better of me!" He watched the Indians, and when the boy got through telling his story he noticed that a number of the braves were fitting arrows to their bows. "I thought so," he murmured; "they are going to try their marksmanship, with me for a target." He at once crowded over closer to the wall and lay down. He peered down , however, from a little ridge along tht> edi;e of the ledge. Swish-h-h-h-h-h ! A scO"P. of arrows came hurtling up and struck the face of the bluff and in the edge of the ledge. Many stuck in thP. dirt, but others fell down. "I don't this!" h e muttered. Then he drew a pistol a nd cocked it. "I'm not going to let you have it all your own way," he murmurt>d. "You are having fun with me, but I believe that I can do even more than have fun with you. A bullet will beat an arrow any day. And, too, some of the boys may hear my pistol shots and come here and discover the predicament I am in a : :d manage to help me out of it." He peered over the edge of the ledge. The redskins were fitting arrows to their bow-strings. Dick rested the barre l of the pistol on the edge of the ledge and took aim at a big buck who was getting ready to let an arrow fly. . When he had gotten a good bead he pulled tdgger. Crack! Dick was a dead shot, and he had fired to kill. He realized that it would be useless to refrain from injuring the •redskins; thev would kill him if they could. The bullet sped straight to the mark and the buck fell dead, the nn his lips. For a few moments there was absolute silence , and then on the air rose a chorus of yells, terrible, blood-curdling ones that made Dick shUt1der slightly in spite of himself. Immediately following the yells came a shower of arrows against the blu:fT and ledge. But, as b efore, no harm was done. Dick was protected by the edge of the ledge. He replaced the empty pistol in his belt and drew another. Peering over the edge of the ledge, he took aim and fired, dropping another buck and causing the redskins to .vell horribly. There was a scurrying among the Indians to get out of danger. Many ran to the right and to the left, and _other s came close in to the' face of the bluff. It would be nnpos sible for Dick to shoot down and injure them without ex posing himself to danger from the arrows of his enemies. Dick lay back recharging his pistols and wondering what the redskins would do next, when suddenly he heard the whistling of arrows and saw a score at least go flashing past within six feet of him. They' were l!'Oing almost straight upward, and the Liberty Boy saw at once what their senders were intending to do: They hoped that the arrows would reverse and come back down and pin the paleface to the top of the ledge! Dick scrambled quickly to his feet and stood erect, with his back against the wall of the precipice and as close to it as possible. . Down came the arrows, and or four struck in the top of the ledge at the point where Dick had been lying. One came within an ace of hitting him, even though he was standing erect. The greater number of the arrows had been deflected by the bushes above Dick's head, and he was glad of it, for otherwise the chances were that he would-iiave ' been hit. Dick watched keenly, for he was afraid some of the redskins might rush out from the foot of the bluff and fire at him while he was standing erect. Presently they did what he expected they would do: At least a dozen suddenly dashed out from the foot of the bluff, whirled and discharged a flight of arrows up at the paleface. Dick fired a couple of shots at the rec'skins, dropping one, and then dropped full length on the ledge and escaped the barbed missiles . . . "Jove, I don't like this at all!" he murmured. "This is not very pleasant." He had been jarred considerably by the fall from the top of the bluff and had been scratched by the bushes, and he was not likely to feel just as well as he might. He glanced in the direction of the sun. It was getting well down toward the horizon line. "I'm glad of that," he thought. "After it •gets dark they will cease firing arrows up at me, no doubt." But it would be an hdur or more before it would be dark. The redskins were very industrious, and the number of 1 arrows thev fired up in an attempt to kill the paleface / was incredible. Dick's clothes were penetrated by several arrows, and once his skin was abrazed. Presently Dick heard a voice call out from above: "Dick! A re vou down there?" He recognized Bob's voice, and a thrill of joy went over him. I . . "Yes, Bob," he replied. "Great guns! How came you down there?" "I was pushed over; but, Bob, can you get me back up there?" "I don't believe that I can, unaided . And I don't know how it is to be done, anyway." 1 "Tie several tether-ropes together and lower one entl to me." "I would have to go clear back to the camp to get them." "Well, go along, and bring all the boys. You see, here are the and it may be as well for you to make an immediate attack and drive them away, anyhow, and let me go till afterward." "But-they're likely to get you before we can get here, aren't they?" "f don't think so." "Then I'll go; but take care of yourself, old fellow." "I will." "Keep your eyes open." "I'll do that, Hurry, Bob." "I won't let any grass grow under my feet, you may be sure." "I am sure of that, Bob." "Good-by." Dick had kept a sharp lookout helow him while with Bob, but it happened that no flight of arr.:>\\'S was sent up. . One might come at any moment, however, and he was on the alert. Again he glanced toward the sun . "An hour and a half till dark," he murmured; "and the boys cannot possibly get here before that time. Well,


.. G THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BEMIS HEIGHTS. it is going to be a trying time , but I must it as best it looked dark as Erel:ms in its mouth, but the Liberty Boy I may." did not hesitate; he dropped down on his hands and knees He set his teeth and waited, a grim ['Ook on his face. and crawled into the hole. He was not an instant too soon, for a stone struck right CHAPTER VI. where he had been only a moment after he had disappeared. He heard the stone strike and shuddered. THE LIBERTY BOYS TO THE RESCUE. Bob h eard the shots a nd had come where hi s comrade was in such d anger. "Jove, that was a close shave!" he murmured. "But I wonder what I am getting into here? Is it a case of 'from to the spot the frying-pan into the fire?'" He lay there just within the entrance to the cave, if it might be called that, and tried to pierce the darkness be yond. After care fully s izing the si tuation up, he decided that one of the boys was on a l e dge down the face of the bluff. IIe could not se e Dick b ecause of the intervening bushes. He had gue ssed, however, that it was Dick, and had ca lled out his name. On leaving the bluff he mov e d away through the timber a s fas t as he could. He ran all the way to the camp and was about three quante: s of an hour in reaching thiare. He dashed pantingly into the camp, having passed the s entinel like a whirlwind, and called out: "We must go to Dick's rescue, boys! He in great danger! Don't s6op to ask questions , but follow me. Bring about a dozen tether-ropes, same of you." Then he added: "Ben, you and Charlie and Tom stay here and watch the horses." A later the entir e party of Liberty Boys-with the exception of the three named-dashed away through the timb e r. . Bob, although he had run four or five miles already, wa s 1n the lead, and he set a good pace fo r his comrades despi _te the fact that he must be quite tired. On they ran. Mile after mile was traversed, and presently it began to grow dark. They ha? to their speed somewhat. the time Bob was how Dick "\aS coming on. I hope that he hasn t be e n killed or captured!" was his thought. He listened intently also, but heard no sound to indicate that bird or beast was therein. , "How about rattlesnakes, I wonder?" was his thought. He knew that in some parts of New York State there were sometimes to be found rattlesnakes, and also copper heads, around bluffs, especially if there were stones in pro fusion. H shuddered, for there was nothing in the world that he had a greater horror of than snakes. "I'll just stay right here, unless I am forced to crawl farther in by some of the Indians getting on the ledge," was his He lay there motionless and listening nearly half an hour, and then he heard voices. The voices were deep and guttural, and . he could not understand the words, so knew that the owners of the voices were Indians. Louder sounded the voices, and then the sound of foot falls came to Dick's hearing. • He realized the truth now: Some of the redskins had managed to get up to, or down to, the ledge, and were approaching the entrance to the cave he had crawled into! CHAPTER VII. BETWEEN TWO FIRts. The boys did not ask any questions; they realized that Bob needed all his wind for use in running. . There '.'ras m.!y one thing to do, and that was to eraw"! At last were close to the edge of the bluff and Bob farther i ito the cave. slackened his speed to a walk, the others doing the same Dick at o nce began doing so. "Careful, boys!" he panted. "We are almost there." He thoug-ht of snakes and shuddered, but he set his teeth Presently they reached the bluff and came to a stop. grimly and kept on. Bob went over to the edge of the bluff and called down cau-It was possible that death lay ahead, but it was almos• tiously: ' positive that it lay behind. "Dick! are you there?" To his joy the cave grew larger and bent eround in such There was no reply. a manner that he would b e shielded, in case the redskins He waited a few moments. listening intently, and then fired arrows in at him. repeated the query in a slightly louder voice: When he was sure that he was safe in this respect he Then he listened . again, a s did all the youths, but, as paused and faced about. before, also, there was no reply. He' peered around the bend and could see the entrance. "Jove," murmured Bob; "I'm afraid the redskins have As he was looking he saw the face of a redskin peering got Dick!" into the opening. * * * * * * * Raising his pistol, he took aim as well as he could and Let us see what happened to Dick. pulled the trigger. For perhaps half an hour after Bob went away the InCrack! Crash!-roar!-rumble! dians kept on firing arrows up at the paleface on the ledge. A wild yell of pairi and rage went up from the throat of Dick managed to escape being wounded , but he had sev-the redskin at the entrance. era! very narrow escapes. Evidently he had been hit by the bullet. Then suddenly he heard a noise above him. He looked Following the report and the yell frorp. the redskin up and saw a stone larger than his head coming down. sounded a snarling screech from behind Dick. It struck the ledge within three feet of where he stood "Great guns, what's that!" exclaimed the youth. and bounded on off to the ground fifty feet b e low. He knew it was some kind of a wild animal; the only "Jove, that was a narrow .escap e !" thought Dick. qu e stion was as to the kind. , Some of the redskins had climb e d to the top of the bluff There was no question at all regarding the fact that he and were evidently going to try to annihilate the paleface. was in an exceedingly dangerous predicament, Dick felt that h e had n eve r bee n in more danger in all He turned and looked in the direction from which the his life than at the present moment. snarl had s ound e d , and saw two bright spots at a If he remained where he was he would undoubtedly be hit d istance of perhaps ten or a dozen feet. by a rock s ooner or later and killed. "I wonder if there is only one animal in here?" was the He looked along the ledge. youth's mental query. To the l eft it bent a r ound the fac e of the bluff. there He look e d carefully, but did not. see any more bright spots. being a bend there , and, actin g on the impul s e of the mo"If the re are more they are back in the cavern out of ment, Dick hurried a :ong the l e dge and was soon around sight," was his decision . the What should he do? That the r e dskin s on t h e brin k o f the preci p ice saw him Shou l d h e try a shot at the animal or sho uld he keep was evident, for they set up a yell that could easily have qui e t a nd se e if it would retire into the depths of cavi;rn? been heard half a mile. "It i s probably a panther," he thought; "and if I didn't Dick hastene d onwa rd, how ev e r , a-id su (l-lc nly he caught hit in ju s t the rii>:ht the first shot it might leap upon sight of a hole in the wall clo s e dow n to the ! ctlr.;r::. 1 r.:c :::: d t c :! ! " ir.e to . . The hole was not more than two feet i n diameter. and He thought that possibly he might frighten it awav.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BEMIS HEIGHTS. He clapped his hands together and said, "Shoo!" A growl was the reply, and the brute evide:1tly was standing its ground, fo1 the bright spots remained in the same place. Again he clapped his hands, and this time he stamped his foot as and again he calle d out sharply: "Shoo!" Again the brute growled in a threatening manner. Dick turned and looked toward the entrance; no redskin was in sight there. He looked back at the bright spots, at the same time murmuring: "I'm between two fires." He drew a pistol and cocked it. "I've a good mind to give you a shot, you stubborn brute!" he muttered. The animal growled in response, as much as to say, "Do it, if you clare!" Dick leveled the pistol andtook careful aim. at a spot about midway between the two red spots. Presently_ he pulled trigger, and the report rang out almost deafeningly. In anticipation of what . might be the animal's action, Dick threw himself upon the floor of the cavern. It was lucky that he did so, for with a wild shriek of pain and anger the brute leaped forward, going clear over the youth. It continued 'onward toward the entrance and out through he opening, knocking a redskin off, the ledge, and down both went over and over, a yell of terror going up from the redskin's lips. Dick understood what had happened, and he muttered grimly: "That is a case of killing two birds with one stone, so to speak." He was saf P. from the Indians1 so :fJir as injury to his person was concerned, but he was practically a prisonerunless he could find another exit. He wondered if he could do this. He peered back into the depths of the cave, but could not see anything. He stood there hesitating. Then he decided to reconnoiter farther. "It is possible that I may find an exit," he murmured. He set out at He proceeded slowly, and as the way was gradually uphill, he had hopes that he would ultimately come out at the top of the bluff. On he weht, and, although he w;as r-oing slowly and thought he was being cautious, yet he suddenly stepped off into nothing and dropped perhaps a dozen feet straight downward. Then he struck a slanting place and went rolling over and over. The way was $0 steep and l1e had got started to rolling so swiftly he could not stop. The way b ecame less steep presently, however, and he rolled less and le!!s. coming to a stop at last against what seemed to be a solid wall. He was stt"e that he had rolled at least one hundred feet, and that he was at leas t sixty feet lower than when he fell. Bis guess was that he was now about on a level with the va1ley where the Indians were encamped. He gathered himself up and then paused and ' listened eagerly: The sound of voices came to his hearing quite plainl y, and they seemed to come from beyond the wall. An idea struck the youth: Could it be that there was only a thin partition, so to speak, of earth between him and the open air ? He hoped that such was the case. CHAPTER VIIL DICK IS RESCUED FROM THE CAVE. He wondered if it would be possible for him to break through the wall. Even if it were possible, however, he would not dare do so while the Indians were out there. Then he thought of the Liberty Boys. "They will be on hand in an hour or so," was hi s thought. "Probably they will make an attack and drive the redskins away, and then I can get out of here." The only thing to do, under the circumstances, was to wait. He sat down and got ready to wait as patiently as pos sible. He could hear the guttural voices of the Indians, and had be bee:-i conversant with the language, he would ha;e understood the words. Perhaps half an hour passed, and then he heard a ra'; .. tling, scrambling •noise from up the incline that he Jud rolled down . . He leaped to his feet in alarm. ' "Now, what is that-panther or redskin?" he murmured. Whichever it might be, its presence would not be plea:-ant for the Liberty Boy. He got back to one side as far as was possible. Rattle !-sc:ramble !-bump! Against the wall with a thump went the newcomer. A guttural exclamation apprised Dick of the fact th:i.':. the intruder was a redskin. "Entered the cave to look for me and fell into the h o'.c, the same as I did," was Dick's thought. He decided not to make an attack on the redskin, but t o keep perfectly quiet, in the hope that his presence wou!J not be discovered. ' There was silence for a few moments, save for the so:.ind of the guttural voices outside, and then the redskin wlv> had tumbled down beside Dick ppunded on the wall a:-:d caHed out something in a loud voice. Dick heard excited exclamations from outside, and then a sound of hurrying feet, then silence. "Jove, I believe the pounding on the wall ard coming from such an unexpected source has frightened tl:e 1 away," was Dick's thought. A guttural exclamation, evidently one of disa'j:lpoin';:nc t, came from the lips of the redskin. Then Dick heard him move. The redskin was sJov'.., mpving along the wall, pounding on it to test its thick'"C"3. "What shall I do?" was the Liberty Boy's mental . He deci ded that it would b e impossible to avoid an encounter with the redskin, and so his best plan was to tal.c the _initiative and thus secure the advantrge. When the redskin had got over close to the youth reached out quickly and was successful in getting hold of the redskin's throat. Instantly a terrible struggle was begun. The Indian was a strong buck, and h e stmgglecl fie .. cp\--. Had Dick dared hold to the fellow's throat h e co"' \ have choked him into insensibility, but he felt the redski 1 reaching to his belt, and guessed that h e was go ing to draw his scalping-knife, and so he was forced to let go his hold on the throat. He slipped his arms down anq encircled the redskiq's body, pinioning his arms to his side. It was all Dick could do to hold the Indian, for h c w:n very powerful. The struggle went on for at least ten minutes, and then Dick succeeded in throwing his antagonist on his back. Dick held his adversary there motionless a few moments, and then turned him over on his face. Next he b ou nd the redskin's wrists together, using hi s handkerchief for the purpose. This done, Dick rose to hi s feet and assisted his victim to a sitting po sture. "Do you understand paleface talk?" asked Dick. "Ugh. Unnerstan' some," was the reply. "Good! You realize, I suppose, that I have you in m' "Ugh. Paleface lucky." "Well, I will admit that I took you somewhat b y surprise and thus secured the advantage." "Ugh. That so.'' Dick addressed a few queries to the redskin, but did not get much satisfaction out of him. Questions that he evidently did not. wish to answer the Indian pretended not to understand. Dick ceased questioning hi s prisoner and listened intently. Ile could hear nothing. "Yo u frightened your fi::iends away when y ou pounded on the wall and called out to them," said Dick. "Ugh," grunted the redskin. Half an hour passed, and then suddenly there came Lhe sound of rapid firing of muskets and pistols. "Good!" murmured Dick; "the Liberty Boys arc on hand!" "What that?" exclaimed the redskin. "Who doin' shootin' with fire .l!'Uns ?"


s THE LIBE.RTY BOYS AT BEMIS HEIGHTS. "Friends of mine," replied Dick; "they are giving it to J your brother braves hot and heavy." "Ugh. Heap palefaces git killed, mebby!" was the sullen reply. ,''Maybe so, but I doubt it." "Palefaces no have charmed lives." "No, but they can shoot your friends down with the guns while out of arrow-shot distance, and so are not in much danger." The Indian grunted, but made no reply. Meanwhile the firing was going on at a lively rate. Yells, bot.h from the Liberty Boys and the Indians, could be heard. Evidently quite a little battle was going on. How Dick wished that he might be out there helping his comrades. . • He pounded against the wall, but it was too strong; he could not break th11ough it. "I'll have to wait and trust to luck to bring some one here to break it thrdugh and let me out," was his thought. Then. he sat down and listened and waited. Presently the shooting ceased and all was silence. "It'R over," said Dick. The redskin grunted. "Your brothers are running for their lives." "Mebby paleface's brothers runnin'." "Yes-running after your brothers." The Indian did not reply. Dick sat there listening eagerly. Half an hour passed, and then he heard voices. The owners of the voices were close to the face of the bluff evidently. And that they were Liberty Boys Dick knew, for he not only understood the words spoken, but recog nized some of the voices. He leaped up and pounded on the wall and ye.lied at the top of his voice: \ "Bob! Boys! I'm in here behind the wall! Break through and free me!" Exclamations came from the other side. "Great guns! Just listen to that!" in Bob's voice. And then. in a louder ton. e: "We'll break through the wall in a jiffy, Dick. How thick is it, do you think?" "Oh, I don't know; a foot and a half or two feet, possibly.'' "We'll get a log and punch a hole right through." "All right." Five minutes passed, and then Bob's voice was heard again: "Hey, Dick!" "Well?" "Get back out of the way. We're going to break a hole through the wall." "All right; wait a minute." Dick ass isted the redskin to rise. "Come along, " he said. He held to the redskin's arm and they climbed back up the incline to a distance of fifteen feet or more. "All ready, Bob," called out Dick; "break through as soon as you like." "All right." Chug! The Liberty Boys had struck the wall with the end of a log or something, evidently. Chug! Chug! The wall still stood, but chunks of dirt were falling on the inside. • "You're loosening it up," called out Dick. "Keep at it." Chug! Chug! Chug! Crash-h-h-h-h-h ! Down went a goo . dly secti,on of the wall . It was night now, but the Liberty Boys had a bonfire burning, and they were visible by its light. "There you are; come on out, Dick," called out Bob. "Come," said Dick to his prisoner. When the two walked out through the opening that had been made the Liberty Boys stared in amazement. Then a series of exclamations went up: "A redskin!" "And a prisoner!" "Where did you find him, Dick?" "How came you both in there?" "What kind of a place is it, anyhow?" Dick explained as briefly as possible, the youths uttering many exclamations the while. The redskin stood there, silent and sullen. When he had finished Dick asked for the story of the attack on the Indians. "Well, . I can tell you the story in a few words, Dick," said Bob; "I got the boys and we hastened back to the edge of the bluff, and I called down to you, but received no an swer. " "I had been forced to take refuge in the cave," remarked Dick. "Yes; well, we decided to make our way down and attack the redskins, and we did so. We gave them a terrible thrash ing, and I judge that they are running yet." "That is good." "Yes; then we came over here to look around for you, and were surprised and delighted to hear you call out to us. You know the rest." "Yes; well, do you think the redskins are whipped enough so that they will give and go back to their huntinggrounds ?" . "I don't know." Dick thought a few moments and then said: "I guess we had as well go into camp here for the night, Bob." "That is a good idea, Dick; onl:v I believe it will be best to go up to the top of the bluff." "Perhaps you are right. We will do that." They lost no time in putting this plan into operation. It was quite a task, but they presently reached the top of the bluff, and while fifty of the Liberty Boys went to work to arrange for passing the night there, the other fifty went back to bring the horses. They got there in due time, and after all had eaten a cold supper they lay down and went to sleep-all, of course, save the sentinels, of whom double the usual number were sta tioned, for Dick was afraid that the redskins might try to attack them be!ore morning in order to get revenge for the treatment they had received at the hands of the palefaces. All was quiet until about three o'clock in the morning, and then suddenly the sil e nce was broken by a musket-shot, followed by blood-curdling yells . CHAPTER IX. THE LIBERTY BOYS W The Liberty Boys leaped up instantly. "Indians!" was the cry. They seized their muskets and leaped behind trees. The sentinels came running into camp and joined their comrades. It was not so dark now as it had been early in the night, for the moon was shining, and it gave considerable light, even though the trees were thick. The Liberty Boys caugh sight of dark moving figures amid the trees and opened fire. Crack, crack, crack, crack, crack! Crash!-roar! The Indians returned the fire, and the arrows fairly rained down. • The young Continentals were expert at protecting themselves behind trees, however, and while several were wounded, none were injured seriously. On the other hand, the Indians, rushing to the attack, we1e considerably exposed, and the result was that a number of them were killed and others wounded. They stuck to it pretty well, however, and fired hundreds of anows, but at last gave up and retreated, carrying their dead arid wounded along. "I guess it's all over for to-night," said Dick. "I think so," agreed Bob. In the heat of the battle the Liberty Boys had not kept watch of their prisoner, and he had managed to slip away, as only his hands were bound. "Oh, well, I'm rather glad he is gone," said Dick. "Yes; it was a nuisance to have to be bothered with him." agreed Bob. "There's one thing I like about fighting redskins," said Mark Morrison, "and that i$ that they take away their dead and wounded." • "Yes," said Dick: "it saves us the trouble of burying the dead and taking care of the wounded . " Sentinels were stationed again and the Liberty Boys lay down. They did not sleep much, however, as they did not know but the Indians might slip back and make another attack.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BEMIS HEIGHTS. 9 When daylight came they ate their cold food and then held a council. What should they do? Had they been successful in discouraging the redskins from proceeding on to join Burgoyne, or had they not?" It was decided, finally, that it would be best to try and locate the Indians and make• another attack on them before returning to Bemis Heights. ."We want to do all we can to help beat Burgoyne," said Dick, "and by turning these redskins back we will be doing something toward it; so let's make sure of it." agreed with him that this was the thing to do. First, it would be necessary to locate the Indians, and to this end scouts were sent out. of the Liberty Boys went in as many different di rections, and by the middle of the forenoon all were back. One had discovered the redskins. They had gone into camp at a point about six miles southwest from where the Liberty Boys were, he said. The young Continentals at once mounted and set out in that direction. The);' rode at a moderate pace, and when they had gone five miles they dismounted and tied their horses. Then they moved forward on foot. Cautiously they advanced till they came to the point where the Liberty Boy said the Indians would be found, but the redskins had gone. way had they gone? This was the question the Liberty Boys must determine. They searched all around and easily found the trail left by the iedskins. "They have gone eastward," said Dick "they seem de-termined to join Burgoyne." ' • "Well, we'll have to stop 'em," said Bob. "Yes, we must do it!" They hastened back to where they had left their horses, mounted and set out in a direction which would, they were sure, enable them to head the redskins off. They did not catch sight of the Indians till about two o'clock, and then they saw the reds moving across a plain a mile wide. They were about halfway across it, and the Liberty Boys were east of them, just within the edge of the timber. The young Continentals discussed their plan of procedure. Some favored waiting till the redskins came within range and then opening on them with a volley from the muskets; others were for dashing right out at the Indians and making a charge that would scatter them to the four points of the compass. Dick was in favor of the first plan. "It is safer," he said, "and therefore it is better. We c\on't want to be reckless when it is not necessary." Of course, what he said was what was to be done. The Liberty Boys stood there behind trees waiting. On came the redskins. Just before they came within musket-shot distance, how ever, one of t.[le horses neighed. -That was enough. The redskins suspected instantly that their enemy was at hand, anrl they turned and fled at the top of their speed. "Into the saddles and after them, Liberty Boys!" cried Dick. The young Continentals obeyed. They were in the saddles in a jiffy and dashed out of the timber and after the fleeing redskins. They began firing as soon as they were within musketshot distance, and they .killed a number and wounded others, even though firing off the backs of moving horses. The redskins, of course, scattered in all directions. They were wonderfully fleet runners, too. It did not take them long to get across to the shelter of the timber at the farther side of the strip of prairie, and once there they were comparatively safe. The Liberty Boys did not pursue any farther, but rode back across the prairie and dismounted. They knew that the redskins would be back to look after their dead anrl wounded, and so they did not bother with them at all. Presently the youths saw some Indians emerge from the timber at the farther side of the prairie and advance. They came on straight across the prairie, and the leader held his hands up, palms toward the Liberty Boys. "I guess he wants to have a little talk with you, Dick," said Bob. Dick advanced and the chief came to meet him alone, the party .of redskins having stopped back a ways. When Dick and the chief were within a dozen feet of each other they paused and nodded their heads. "How?" said the chief. "How?" replied Dick. "Chief want to talk to young paleface chief." "Very what do you want to talk about?" The chief half turned and waved his hand. "Some of chief's braves dead, some wounded; want to take care of um," he said. _"That is all right," said Dick. "Go ahead and look after them." "An' young white braves no shoot?" Dick nodded. "They will not fire upon you." "Ugh! heap good." The chief made as if to tum and walk away but Dick said to him : ' "Stop!" . The chief paused and looked at Dick inquiringly. "What young white chief want?" he asked. "I woulq like to . say a few words to you before you go." The Indian nodded gravely. . "Chief ready to listen," he said. '.'You and your braves are on your way to join the big chief of the red-coated soldiers, are you not?" The chief .hesitated an instant and then nodded. Ugh! white boy right," he acknowledged. "What are you going to make by doing this?" "Oh, lnjuns git some fire guns an' some blankets an' other things." "Well, chief, it won't pay. You have already lost a number of braves, and you will lose more unless you give up your purpose and turn back." The chief looked at Dick keenly. "What white braves here for-to make us turn back?" he askerl. "Yes, that is what we are here for, and we are goinl!' to succeed, too. You shall not join the big chief of the redcoated soldiers. We are here to keep you back, and we are going to do it. The chief looked sober and thoughtful. He regarded Dick keenly and then looked at the Liberty Boys. , "The chief and his braves will go back," he said, after a moment's thought. "You mean it?" queried Dick, regarding him searchingly "Ugh, chief mean what um say." "All right, chief; if you mean what you say and stick to it you will be all right, but I warn you that if you do not mean what you say and try to go on and join the chief of the red-coated soldiers, it will be bad for you and your braves." "Chief mean what um say. We go back. No go join chief of red-coated soldiers." "Good!" said Dick. "You are sensible." "Chief has lost 'nuff braves alreddy. No want to lose more; so we go back." Then with a grave bow he turned and strode back to where his braves stood. He talked to them a few moments and then they gathered up their dead and wounded and walked away across the prairie. Dick walked back and rejoined the Liberty Boys. He told them what had passed between himself and the chief. "Do you think he'll keep his word, Dick?" asked Bob. "I think so . " "We had better watch them, though, don't you think?" "Yes; it will do no harm, and may do some good." Th Liberty Boys remained there till evening watching, and they saw no signs of the redskins. "I guess they have gone back, sure enough," said Bob. They went into camp with the intention of stayin..,. there all night and starting back to Bemis Heights next morning. Just as they finished eating their suppers a boy of per haps fourteen years entered the encampment, the sentinel having permitted him to pass. "I want to see the. commander," he said. "I am he," said Dick; "what can I do for you, my boy?" "I may be able to do something :fior you, sir," was the reply. "I have some information for you." "What is the information?"


10 THE LIBERTY B O YS AT BEMIS HEI GHTS. "There is a strong force of British dragoons only a couple of miles from here, and they are going to make an attack on you to-night!" CHAPTER X. • DICK'S PLAN SPOILED. Dick stared at the boy in surpri$e. "How did they learn of our presence here?" he asked. "They sent out scouts, sir." "How did you learn about this?" "They are camped near our house, sir." "Ah! so that's it?" "Yes." "Do you know at what hour they intend to make their attack?" "Not exactly, but I think it is somewhere near midnight." "What is your name, my boy?" "Sam Baxter." "Well, Sam, thanks to the warning you have given us, we will be ready for the redcoats. But how many are there of them, anyway?" "I think -there must be two hundred." Dick looked grave. "Odds of two to one,'' he said. "Oh, we don't care for that,'' said Bob Estabrook. "We thrash them if they were three or four to one." "Perhaps you are right, Bob; but two to one are odds enough for me . " "We will have to be satisfied if there are only two hun dred of them,'' grinned Bob. Dick thought a few moments and then said: "I guess I'll go baek with Sam and take a look at the enemy." "All right, Dick," said Bob; "but be careful and don't let them capture you . " "I'll see that they don't." • Dick gave the boys a few instmctions and then set out in company \vith Sam Baxter. They walked along at a good pace, and at the end of half a-:i hour were, so the boy said, within a quarter of a mile of the British encamnment. "We had better gci slowly and carefully, the n," said Dick . Tney moved cautiously along, and presently caught sight of the encampment. A couple of campfires were. burning, which made it possi ble for them to see the redcoats. "They don't suspect that you know they are here," whis pered the boy. "If they did they would not have the camp fires burning." Dick told the boy that likely he was right about that. Then he asked: "Where's your home, my boy?" "About a quarter of a mile the other side of the en campment, sir." . "Well, you go to your home and I will go back to my encampment." "Will there be a battle, sir?" "I think there will, Sam." "Where will it be? I want to see it." "It will be right here. We won't wait for them to come and attack us, but will go and attack them." "Oh, good!" Then Dick thanked Sam for the information he had given and they parted. The boy hastened to his home, and Dick made his way back to the encampment. "Vlell ?" queried Bob eagerly. "I saw the redcoats," said Dick. "There are at least two hundred of them.'' "What are you going to do-wait for them to COl'l)e here., and attack us?" Dick shook his head. "No, we're going to go and attack them.'' "Good! That's what I thought you would do. " "Yes; they expect to take us by surprise, and we will turn the tables on them and take them by surprise." "That will be fine." "I wonder what they are doing wa:I!._ out here?" remarked Sam Sanderson . "I don't know," said Dick; "but I could give a pretty good guess, I think. My idea is that they came out this =<>-v to meet the redskins. Possibly the Britis h mav have I learned that we had come out in this directi o n, thou gh, and the dragoons may have been sent in search of us.'.' "I think that is likely the case,'' •aid Mark Morriso n . "Well, they'll find us!" grinned Bob . "What time are we going to make the attack?" asked Ben Spurlock. "About ten o'clock." "Then we will move soon." "Yes; we will begin getting ready !lot oncie." The youths bridled and saddled their ho.-ses and set out through the timber. They \valked and led the animals, as it would have been difficu l t to ride, owing to the low-hanging limbs of the trees. They made fair progress, and finally reached the road that led past the Baxter home and at a point half a mile from the British' encampment. The Liberty Boys tied their horses and then ac)vanaed d own the road. They moved slowly and cautiously. They had plenty of time. 1 They were within a quarter of a mile of the encamp ment, when suddenly there sounded a musket-shot and a bullet cut through the sleeve of Bob Estabrook's coat. As he was on the outer edge of the party, no one else was hit by the missile. . "Great guns! That spoils our plan of a surprise,'' said Bob. "Scatter, boys, completely surround the encampment and pick the, off one at a time by sharpshooter work,'' commanded Dick. • The Liberty Boys scattered instantly and disappeared amid the tr. ees at both sides of the road. Th&y did not attempt to fire upon the B -ltish 8$ yet. Their first work was to get into position, as Dick had or dered the m to do. This took perhaps half an hour, and i n that time the redcoats had their campfires and had taken up positions as much sheltered as was possible. Dick and Bob were close together, and Bob askad: "Are we going to open fire on them, DicJc ?" "I hate to waste so much good ammunition firing at random "nto the darkness,'' replied Dick, "and I guess that we will wait till .morning if they are willing to do so. Send the word along the line . " "All right; but, of cm1rse, if we catch any of them moving or trying to get away we will pepper them?" ' "Yes.'' So the word was sent around the circle that the youths were to lie quiet and wait till morning, unless the redcoats tried to break through and escape, when, of course, they w c r::! to be fired upon. .. CHAPTER XJ. AN ENCOUNTER WITH THE REDCOATS. "Well, Dick, they're there yet.'' "Yes, Bob.'' "I guess they think that they are than we are and that they can thrash us." "Likely they do." "Well, we'll fool them.'' "We'll do our best, anyway.'' r '.'Vvh en shall we begin the attack?" .''Right away; only we will not a . real attack b u t will use sharpshooter tactics and pick th.em off one 'at a time.'' "l think myself that will be best.'' "Yes, we'll do that way and keep it u p till they get desperate and make an attempt to break through our lines and the;n we will give it to them hot and heavy." ' "I thmk that will be best, . Dick.'' "Very well; send the word around the circle and let the boys begin shooting.'' was done, and soon the sharp crack of the m uskets began to be heard. , ' Whenever a British trooper showed himself o r any por o_f his _bo.dy a shot was sure to be heard, and in t he maJority of mstances the trooper was either killed o r wounded. • The redcoats were not experts at sharpshoot i n g s o di d not attempt to in manner, 1 but they' fired a number of volleys mto the timber at random.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BEMIS HEIGHTS. 11 Of course, they could not do much damago in this way, for the Liberty Boys were careful to keep their bodie s sheltered behind trees. This was kept up until the middle of the forenoon, and then the redcoats made a sudden charge into the timber. Evidently it was their hope that they would be able to demoralize the rebels and put them to flight. The Liberty Boys parted in front of the redcoats and let them pass through, and as they did so the youths poured in a volley, doing considerable damage. The British turned to the right and to the left and charged in those directions, and as they outnumbered the Liberty Boys considerably, the young Continentals thought it best to retire before them, and they did so, firing as they went. The batt1e went on till noon , and then, satisfied with the havoc they had worked in the enemy's ranks, the Liberty Boys made their way half a mile up the road to where they had left their horses. The troopei:s had been so severely handled that they did not follow the Liberty Boys. "I guess they've got about all they want, Dick," chuc kled Bob. "I guess so, Bob; and I don't "blame them." "Neither do I. I think we must have killed and wounded twenty-five or thirty of them." "Yes, and without losing a single one of our own men." "That's so; but a couple of the boys are pretty badly hurt, Dick." "Charlie and Frank, eh?" "Yes; we had better dress their wounds right away." "That's right. You go and attend to it, Bob, while I keep my eyes on the enemy." Bob and some more of the youths dressed the wounds of Charlie Jayne and Frank Elson and made them as comfortable as possible. Several more of the young Continentals had been wounde d, but not seriously, and their wounds had been dressed quickly. Presently a scout who had been watching the British .troopers came running to Dick with the information that the redcoats had mounted and ridden away. "Which direction did they go, Ben?" "East, Dick. " "They are going back to the main encampment, then." " I think it likely." "Well, we'll follow, but at our leisure. We have done them con si derable damage, and can afford to let them go." "But we'll give it to them again if we get the chance" said Bob. ' "Yes, so we will." "But it's likely we won't get any chance," from Sam San derson. "What are we going to do about Chai"lie and Frank?" queried Bob. • Dick pondered a few moments. "I'll tell you what we'll do," he said; "we'll leave them at the home of Sam Baxter." "That's a good idea. I wonder if the British left any of their wounded there ? " "No," said Ben Spurlock, who had brought the news that the British had gone ; "they rigged up blanket-hammocks betwee n their horses and took their wounded along." The Liberty Boys started down the road, leading their horses. Eight of the youths, ho wever, were carrying Char lie Jayne and Frank Elson. When they came to the Baxter home they stopped, and Dick went to the door. He knocked, and it was opened by Sam. "Oh, I'm glad to see you," the boy exclaimed; "I was just thinking of going to try to find you to let you know that the redcoats have gone." "We discoverer! the fact ourselves, Sal!); and n ow I am going to ask a favor." "What is it?" "We have a couple of severely wounped men here; may we leave them at your house till they are well enough to be moved?" "Yes, of course, sir! We will be glad to "have you leave them, and we'll take the best of care of them." "I am sure of that, Sam. Shall we carry them into the house now?" "Yes; come on in, and I'll introduce you to the folks." Sam led the way, followed by Di c k, and the eight youths lollnwPd. carrving the two wounded Libertv Bovs. Sam introduced Dick to his parents and to his sister Sadie, a pretty girl of about seventeen years of age. Sam explained to his parents what Dick wanted, and they both >aid they would be only too glad to take care of the wounded youths. "Bring them right into this room," said Mrs. Baxter, pointing to the door of the bedroom which adjoi ned the sitting-room. The two wounded Liberty Boys were carried into the room and placed on a bed. "I guess we will have to leave you here a while, boys," said Dick. "That's all right, Dick," said Charle y Jayne feebly. "Yes, don't worry about us," from Frank Elton. "You'll have good care, boys; that is on e good thing, an-I as soon as you are able to get out you will ioin us again." "That will be before very ' long," said Cha/lie. "Yes, we'll be in the saddle in a week or so," declared Frank. "I hope so," said Dick. Then he bade them good-by and went back into the sitting-room and talked to Mr. and Mrs . Baxter a few minute3. "It is very kind of you t.o take the boys in this manner, " said Dick in conclusion; "and I appreciate it,. I assure you. You shall not lose anything by it, and if it should ever happen that myself and Liberty Boys can do you a good turn you may be sure we will do it." "That is all right," said Mr. Baxter. "We are patriots anrl are glad to do something to aid the cause." . F!:iteen minutes later the Liberty Boys mounted their horses and set out in the direction of the patriot encampment on Bemis Heights. They arrived at their destination in time for supper. • CHAPTER XII. A PLAN TO CAPTURE BRITISH RECRUITS. Dick went at once to headquarters to make his report to General Gates. The general received him cordially. "When did you get back?" he a s ked. "We have but just arrived, sir." "Ah! Did you find that band of Indians?" "Yes, sir." • "Did you succeed in driving them back?" "Yes, General Gates." "That is good . " Then he asked Dick for the particulars, and the Liberty Boy told the story in d e tail. He told about encountering the band of British troopers, also. "So! The British sent a force of troopers out there, did they?" exclaimed the general. "Yes, sir, but we sent them faster than they came." "That is good. Well, held yours elf in readiness, Captain Slater , for there is no telling at what minute I may want you to do some more work." "We are always ready, General Gates, and can leave on an hour's notice any time." Then Dick saluted and withdrew.'' He returned to the quarters occupied by the Liberty Boys and found them at work cooking supper. "There is one thing I am glad of, Dick," said Bob. "Vvhat is that'?" "That tl : e British did not make an attack while we were gone." "You want to have a hand in the battle, eh?" "Yes; I wouldn ' t it for anything." "I don't want to it myself, Bob." "Nor I," said :\la r k Morris on. "Yah, und I vant to haf ein hant in dot minessellufs," said Carl Gook e n sp ieler. "It's mesilf ph wat wouldn't be afther missin' it fur dhe hist farm in Noy Yorruk S tate, begorra!" declared Patsy Brannigan. • "Oh, we'll be able to hav e a hand in it, I guess," said Dick. * * * * }:t * * About an hour after Dick had been to headqua .rters a spy that General Gates had sent across the Hudson to do spy work there put in an appearance. "What is the news, Jennings ? " asked the general. "A British recruiting party had been at work over on the other side of the river, sir," was the reply.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BEMIS HEIGHTS. "Has it had any success ? " "Yes; it secured about two hundred recruits." "Indeed! That is quite a number." "'f es, sir, and they are to cross the river and come down to the British encampment to-nigh . " "Ah! At what hour?" "Midnight." "Where is the crossing to be made?" "About three miles up the river." "They are going to cross in boats, I suppose ? " "Yes." "Do you know how many boats they have?" "Three." "How large' are they?" "Oh, each will hold about a dozen men." General Gates pondered a few moments, then he nodded his head and murmured: "I think it wtll work. I'll try the plan, anyhow." He summoned his orderly and told him to go to the quar-, ters occupied by the Liberty Boys and tell Dick Slater to come at once to headquarters. The orderly bowed and withdrew. Fifteen minutes later Dick Slater put in an appearance. "I told you that I might have some work for you at any moment, Captain Slater," the general said, "and the work has come sooner than I e xpetced." "I am ready to undertake it, sir," said Dick promptly. "Very good; I will explain what the work is." He told Dick about the two hundred recruits that were to cross the Hudson at midnight and come down to the British encampment and then said: "What do you think? Can' you capture those fellows?" Dick pondered a few moments and then said decidedly: "I think we can, sir." "How will you do it?" "It seems to me, sir, that it is a very simple matter. As they have only three boats there cannot be a sufficient namber of them come over at one time so but what may Liberty Boys can easily handle them. If we can keep the first boatloads from making a noise to warn their comrades on the other side of the river, we can send the boats back for more loads." "But wouldn't they discover that the oarsmen who brought the boat back were not their own comrades?" the wide detour and got clear around the British encampment and back to the river again. This accomplished, t11ey set out in a northerly direction, keeping as close to the i iver as they co. uld. Dick and Jennings were in the lead, and when they haq gone about three miles, Jennings said: '.'There is a strip of sandy beach just below here, Cap tain Slater, and I am pretty sure that is where the British and Tories intend to make a landing." "Very good," said Dick; "we will go down." They made their way down to the beach, and, to Dick's satisfaction, it was found that a strip of trees and bushes grew between the bluff and the beach. "We can conceal ourselves in among the trees and bushes," said Dick, "and when the Tories disembark we will leap out and capture them-no, , we won't, either. I've thought of a better plan than that." "Tell us about it. old man," said Bob. "It is this: We'll remain hidden until after the Tories have disembarked and the boats have gone back for more loads; then we will capture the Tories and bind and gag them and carry them back in among the trees. Then an unequal nurhber Of you boys will be standing here on the sand when the next boatloads get here and they will think you are their comrades.' They will disembark and the boats will go back again, and then we will captuz:e the second lot, the same as we did the first, and so on till we get them all." "That's a great scheme, Dick!" cried Bob delightedly; "and it will work, I am sure." .. . "I think it will," agreed Dick. It was now nearly eleven o'clock, and the Liberty Boys settled down to wait patiently for the coming of the Brit-ish and Tories. . . . An hour i;iassed -and then Bob Estabrook, who was very keen of hearmg, exclaimed, in a cautious undertone: "I hear oars, Dick! They are .coming!" CHAPTER XIII. PURSUED BY REDCOATS. general asked. "Yes, they're coming!" replied Dick. "I don't think so. I will have my Liberty Boys exchange Then he told the boys to k eep back in among the trees out clothe with some of the Tories and, in the darkness, I of sight. don't think the cheat will be discovered." "It we are cautious I really believe that we may be able "Perhaps not. The plan is a good one, and, anyway, to capture the entire force of Tories," he said. you will be sure to capture at least three boatloads of the "I hope that we may do so," said Bob. To r ies and put a stop to the others coming across." Louder sounded the oars. "True, sir; but I want to capture all of them, if we pos-Then presently voic es could be heard. sibly can." , The Tories and redcoats, confident that they were in no "I hope that you may succeed ." danger, were talking freely. "Myself and Liberty Boys will be off within the hour, • Presently the bows of the boats i:trated on the sand and General Gates." the Tories leaped ashore. "Good! Jennings, here, will go with you and act as All landed, save the three-one to each boat-who were guide. He knows just about where the crossing will be to row the boats back to the other shore. made." The Tories, talking and laughing, 'Walke d over close to "Very good, sir." the erlge of the timber and sat do wn on the sand. Dick and Jennings saluted and withdrew and went to Dick waited patiently, for he wished the boats to get so the Liberty Boys' quarters. far away that any noise that mii;ht arise during the comD ic k told , the boy s what was wanted. bat which was soon to take place would not be heard by They were delighted. the oarsmen. Inactivity was their bane, and they welcomed any kind When at last he was sure that the boats were well back of work that would get them into action. toward the other shore, Dick gave the signal for the attack. " Jove! this promises to be rather an interesting affair," . The Liberty Boys were ready and eager. said Bob. They bounded out from among the trees and hurled them"Y es ," agreed Dick. "There will be danger enough to selves upon the Tories and redcoats. satisfy even you, I think." They outnumbered the latter so greatly that, altliough Then he gave the order for the boys to get ready for the the Tories struggled fiercely, they were soon overpowered. trip. , . Two or three who started in to yell loudly, with the evi"Are we to go on horseback?" asked Ben Spurlock. dent of to warn their comrades on the "No," was Dick's reply; "we will walk. "We will have to j other side of the river, were thumped over the head with make a wide detour through the timbe r in order to get the butts of pistols and thus reduced to silence. past the British encampment and the horses will be a hin-All the prisoners, thirty-three in number, were bound and drl\nce mther than a help." gagged and were

THE LIBGRTY BOYS AT BEMIS HEIGHTS. 13 perfectly quiet, and we may be as successful this time as we were the other." The boats reached the shore and the Tories disembarked, and then the three oarsmen set out toward the farther shore. Again the Liberty Boys waited, and when at last Dick gave the signal, they were out and upon the Tories like a flash. It was a repetition of the former encounter: The Tories struggled hard, but were overpowered and made prisoners. They were bound and gagged and carried back and placed with the others. "So far, so good," said Dick, in a tone of satisfaction. "We have baggeq some of them, anyhow, if we don't get any more," said Bob. "And there is no reason why we shouldn't get more of them," from Mark Morrison. . "Oh, we'll get all of them before we stop," said Sam Sanderson. "I hope that we may," from Dick. They made their way back to the edge of the timber. . They had to wait about half an hour, as in the former mstance. Then the boats put in an appearance and the Tories disembarked, only to later on be captured the same as the other two instalments had been. "This i& quite an interesting adventure," said Bob, with satisfaction. "We have never done just this sort of work before." "We have captured at least half the force," said Dick; "now, if we can only go ahead and make a clean sweep it will be fine." "So it will." There is no need to describe the affair in detail suffice it to say that the Liberty Boys did make a sweep and captured every one of -the two hundred Tories and redcoats. Having accomplished this, the young Continentals set out with their p-risoners. Each of the prisoners was gagged and his arms were bound, but his ankles were free, so that he could walk. Each Liberty Boy had charge of two of the prisoners, and the start for the patriot encam_vment was made about three o'clock. It was impossible to go fast, but as good progress as was possible was made. It was broad daylight, however, before the Liberty Bo ys and their prisoners had gone two miles. A wide detour was being made, for Dick was afraid that if they went too close to the British encampment they might be seen. They had gone about five miles and were two miles northwest of the Britis. h encampment, when Jennings, the patriot scout and spy, who had fallen behind to watch for danger from that direction, came running up to Dick and exclaimed: "We are pursued, Captain Slater!" "Say you so?" cried Dick. "Yes, a force of at least two hundred redcoats is after us!" "How far away are they?" "Nearly a mile." "Well, we'll keep on going." The Liberty Boys hurried their prisoners now. The fastest possible progress was made, but, of cours e, it could not be expected that they could travel as fast as the redcoats, who were unhampered in any way. On they went for another mile before the pursuing redcoats appeared in sight. Even the Liberty Boys and their prisoners continued onward at least half a mile farther before the nearness of the enemy forced them to stop and get ready for defensive work. Dick had thought out a plan, and he put it into effect at once. ThP. prisoners were stationed in four rows of fifty men to each row, with their faces toward the approaching redcoats, and behind them the Liberty Boys stationed themselves, muskets in hand. "Any prisoner that attempts to es .cape will be shot down without mercy!" said Dick sternly. On came the redcoats, and when they were just outside of musket-shot distance they paused, and their commander, a captain, came forward bearing a white handkerchief in his hand. Dick stepped out from behind the rows of prisoners and returned the British caotain's salute. "Are you the commander of this force of rebels?" the redcoat officer asked. "I am the commander of this force of patriots, yes," was the reply. "Well, I have come to demand that you surrender!" "Indeed?" 1 "Yes!" "You think that we will do so ? " The captain half turned and waved his hand toward his force. "Look there," he said; "how can you do otherwise than surrender?". "Look here," retorted Dick, pointing to the prisoners; "you cannot harm us without killing a large number of your friends. I rather think that we have the better of the affair. "We will surround you," said the captain. Then we will form the prisoners into a hollow square, with myself and comrades on the inside of the square, and we will be protected from your bullets, while we will be able to pour a destructive fire into your ranks." "Then you refuse to surrender?" "Yes." The captain turned on his heel and strode away. Dick rejoined his comrades. "What will he do, Dick?" queried Bob. "I don't know; we'll have to wait and see." Just then Ben Spurlock gave utterance to a joyful exclamation: "We're all right, boys! Here comes a force of our sol diers!" The youths looked around and saw that Ben had spoke11 the truth: A force of perhaps two hundred patriot soldiers was coming toward them on the double-quick, and only a couple of hundred yards away. CBAPTER XIV. BACK IN THE ENCAMPMENT. The British had evidently seen the patriot force approach ing, for they made no move to surround the Liberty Boy s and their prisoners. The patriot soldiers were soon up to the point where the Liberty Boys stood, and Dick hastily explained the situ ation to the commander. , "Leave a dozen of your men here to guard the prisoners a nd then we will make an attack on the redcoats," said the officer. This suggestion just suited Dick, and he said at once: "All right; that's what we'll do." He named ten of the boys and told them to guard the prisoners . Then the rest of the Liberty Boys, in company with the force of patriot soldiers, moved forward to attack the British. The redcoats stood there watching the approaching enemy a few moments and then began to get ready for action. / " They're going to fight!" said Dick. "Hurrah!" cried Bob. "Charge!" cried the commander of the patriot force, "and fire as you go!" Forwar d dashed foe patriot soi.piers. Suddenly the redcoats raised then muskets to their shoulders and fired a volley. Crash! Roar! Loudly the volley rang out. The bullets rattled around the patriots, but the greater number of the bullets fell a little short; the redcoats had fired just a bit too soon. The Liberty Boys and the patriot soldiers did not make this mistake. They dashed onward at least twenty yards before answering the fire. Then they stopped, leveled their muskets, took quick aim and fired. Loudly the volley rangout. Considerable execution was done. Thirty or forty of the redcoats went down dead or wounded. The angry yells of those who were not injured were com mingled with the screams and groans of agony from the lips of Ui.e wounded. "On, patriots!" yelled the commander, "and giv. e it to them with the pistols!" . A cheer went up froin the lips of the patriot soldiers.


• 14 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BEMIS HEIGHTS. The British had drawn pistols, and now they opened fire, but, as in the former instance, they fired a little bit too soon. The majority of thelr pullets fell short. On dashed the patriot soldiers. Suddenly tr • .;ir commander gave the order to fire. The soldiers obeyed. Crash! Roar! / The patriots were close enough to the enemy so that considerab le execution was done. Perhaps a score of the re

THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BEMIS HEIGHTS. 15 "Kill 'em!" " "Shoot 'em!" "No, they're gone,'' was the reply; "they went away soon after thet shootin' begun over in the timber." "D:ive 'em ter ther river an' make 'em jump in!" The bullets rattled against the trees in the vicinity of t1'.e Liberty Boys, but did no damage, and the young Conti nentals refrained from firing in return. • They were confident now that the attacking party was '.'Which way did they go?" asked Sim, in a disappointed voice. "I don't know." Sim was greatly disappointed. "Thet's too bad!" he exclaimed; "I wanted ter git er few shots at some redcoats to-night." made up of young patriots of the neighborhood, and of course they would not want to hurt any of them. In the lull that followed this last discharge of muskets and pistols Dick called out loudly: . "Sav you fellows don't shoot any more. We are patriots, not ' . There was a brief period of silence and then a voice called out: "Air ye tellin' ther trooth ?" . "Of course! Come on over here and we'll talk this matter over." . "Not much we won'! Ye don' fool us thet erway!" "We are not trying to fool you ." "I'll bet ye air!" "No if we were redcoats we would have fired at you right but we heard you call us redcoats, and, feeling ' d" t fi " sure that you were patriots, we id no re-, "Who air ye, then, ef ye hain't redcoats? ' "We're the Liberty Boys." "I've heerd tell uv ther Liberty Boys." "Then vou know that they are patriots." "Yas, but we kain't be shore thet ye air ther Liberty Boys." "I'll tell you how to settle the matter." "How?!' "You and I will go off a quarter of a mile, build a bonfire, and then you can see that I am not a redcoat." "All right; we'll do thet." "Come on." '"Watch out for him, Dick," said Bob. "He may try to play you a trick." ' "I'm r.ot afraid." Dick walked away and he and the spokesman of the other party kept calling to one another till they finally got together. It was so dark that they could not see what each other looked like, and so they continued onward a couple of hundred yards and Dick produced a flint and steel soon had a little bunch of leaves burning. They put more leaves and some twigs and small branches of trees on the blaze, and it soon gave enough light so that they could see each other quite plainly. Dick noted that his companion was a young man, rough, but crood-natured looking, and dressed in the homespun blue such0 as was worn by the country people in those days. "An hon est fellow, and undoubtedly a patriot," was the Liberty Boy's decision. The young fellow was looking Dick over also, and as Dic.k had his uniform on, the young countryman could see that it was not red, but blue. "I o-ues s ye're er patriot, shore enuff,'' he said. said Dick, "and so are all my comrades. But how came you to attack us?" "W'y little Jim Biglow tole us thet er lot uv redcoats wuz ca'mped clust ter house, an' we wuz. on way over thar an' we l-un rnter ye fellers by ax1dent-hke, ye know; but we thort ye wuz ther redcoats, an' thet ye hed moved yer camp." "I see. How far from here is Biglow's home?" "Erbout er mile frum whar ye fellers air camped." "Well, we will go over there and see if we can get a chance at them, though I hardly think we can, as they will have heard the firing and are lik e ly gone before this." "Le's do et, ennyhow,'' said the young farmer eagerly; "they may not be gone." "All right," said Dick; "but come along. Let's go back." They made their way back, and the young farmer, whose -ame was Sim Bardsley, rejoined his comrades and told them that it was all right and that the party they had attacked consisted of patriots. "Come on" he said; "we're goin' ter jine 'em an' go on over ter Biglow's an' try ter git er lick :!t them redcoats." . . . They joined the Liberty Boys, ai:id Dick and Sim. took the lead, as Sim knew the way, while none of the Liberty Boys did. When they reached the Biglow home they stopped there, and Sim called Jim out and asked him if the redcoats were still in camp near there. "I guess we will have to give up the idea for to-night, Sim," said Dick. "I guess so." "You mig_ht join us in the morning,'' suggested Dick. "We are gomg to put in the day looking for redcoats " "We'll do et, shore! Whar'll ye be?" "Right We will go into camp here till morning" "All right; we'll be h eer by sunup." "That will be early enough." The farmer boys said good-night and dispersed to their homes and the Liberty Boys went into camp. . They v:ere not disturbed again that night; all was quiet till morrung. , CHAPTER XVI. A HARD TUSSLE. young farmers were on hand by sunup, as they had promised. There were about thirty of them, and they were healthy husky-looking young fellows. ' The Liberty Boys were eating breakfast when the young farmers got there, and as soon as they had finished all set out. They put in the forenoon tramping this way and that and finally, Just about noon, they caught sitht of a party or' red coats. There were sixty or in the party, and when they saw the Liberty Boys and their new allies coming they turned and fled. After them went the patriots, pell-mell. It was a great race, but the redcoats managed to get away through scattering and taking to the timber. The patriots fired a couple of volleys and \vounded two or three fugitives, but did not kill any of them . Dick called a halt presently, stating that it was useless to try to catch the redcoats, now that they had scattered. They ate what cold food they had left, and then Dick said that they had better set out for Bemis Heights. "We must not stay away any longer," he said. " General Gates may have some wo1 k for us to do." "Say, kin we go with ye?" asked Sim Bardsley. , "Why do you wish to go, Sim?" "We wanter take part in thet battle whut ye say is ter be fought purty soon." "Would your parents object to your going?" "No; we tol' 'em this mornin' thet we might go ter ther patriot encampment an' jine ther army." "Ve1• y good; you are welcome to come along with us." "Good! I'm much obleeged ter ye." "You are welcome." The Liberty Boys and their new comrades set out and reached Bemi s Heights about an hour before sundown. They were glad to learn that as yet the British had made no move toward making an attack. "We don'.t want to miss any part of that battle," said Bob. The other youths agreed with him. Just before nightfall an orderly came to Dick and told him that General Gates wished to see him at headquarters. Dick went at once. After the greetings the general said: "I wish to send a messenger across the river to carry a message to Jennings, who is on scout duty there, and to bring me any ne ws he has secured. Can you undertake the trip, Captain Slater?" "Certainly, s ir. When shall I go?" "Immediately after dark." "Where will I find Jennings?" "You know where the creek empties into the river?" "Yes, sir." "Well, he will be there at ten o'clock."


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BEMIS HEIGHTS. "Very good." "The message that you are to deliver is, that I wish him to come across the river to-morrow evening and report to me in person." "Yes, sir." "You should be able to get back here by eleven o'clock or half-past; come at once to me and make your report." "I will do so, sir." Th e n Dick saluted and withdrew. As soon as it was dark he went down to the river, got into a boat and rowed across the stream. He rowed into the mouth of the creek the general had mentioned and disembarked. Pulling the boat's bow up on the sand, he sat down to await the coming of Jennings. He judged that he would have to wait about' three-quarters of an hour. Scarcely half an hour had elapsed, however, when he heard footsteps near at hand. ' "Jennings is coming,'' was his thought. It was not so dark but what he could see a figure ap proaching, though so indistinctly that it was impossible to make out whether or not it was the scout. When the pel'son was within ten feet of him Dick called out softly: "Is that you, Jennings?" There was no reply, but the figure suddenly bounded forward, and the next instant Dick found himself grappled. . Then a voice hissed in his ear: "No, I hain't Jennings!" Dick grappled with his assailant, and a fierce struggle began. "Why have you attacked me?" Dick asked. "Becos, enny feller whut calls out ter Jennings like he wuz er frien' uv his'n is an enermy ter me. I'll bet ye're er rebel, an' I'm goin' ter capter ye!" "That remains to be seen," was Dick's grim reply. The fellow was strong, and it was indeed a hard struggle for a while, but the Liberty Boy was more agile, and,' too, he understood how to handle himself in a contest of this kind, whereas the other man did not. "It is only a question of time," was Dick's thought. "I'll get the better of him, I'm sure." Around and around they moved, swaying and panting. "Blast ye, ye air rnakin' er good fight uv et!" growled the man. "Yes, and I'll make a better fight of it before I get through," was the calm reply. "Bah! Ye mought ez well giv' in an' be done with et." "Oh, I don't think so . " "Waal, I do; I've never yit hed holt uv ther man ez w uz enuff fur me, an' I don' think ye'Jl be." "That's where you make a mistake; this is the time that you have got hold of one who will not only bE: enough, but too much for you . " The man grunted skeptically and rertewed his exertions. To no avail, however; he could not get the advantage. "You s ee, I told the truth," said Dick. "Bah!" Dick worked away, and presently he got the hold he wanted. He suddenly broke his opponent's hold, and, exerting all his strength, threw the fellow a dozen feet through the air. The man alighted in the middle of the creek with a great splash. "Ow-wow-w-w w! Gurgle--gurg--" he went, and was under, and the water cut short his utterance. The water was only four or five feet deep, a nd the man quickly rose to his feet and scrambled to the farther shore, coughing and spluttering at a great rate. "Come back here!" called out Dick. "We haven't finished yet, have we?" "I (cough) have! I don' (cough) know whether (cough) ye hev er not!" "I guess I'll have to call it finished if you won't come back,'' said Dick. The man had reached the shore now, and he paused to shake the water off as best he could and to call out: "One thing is sartin: I hain't comin' back-'tenny rate, not right now." "All right; good -b y!" called out Di::k cheerfully. "Go ter ther deuce!" •the man growl ed, and then Dick heard his footsteps as he strode away. Just then he heard footsteps coming from the other di rection, and he called out softly: "Is that you, Jennings?" "Yes," came the reply. CHAPTER XVII. THE ' BATTLE. 1t was J ennings, sure enough, and after they had shaken hands Dick delivered the mef'"age that General Gates had sent by him. Then he asked: "Have you any news to send to the general?" "Nothing of importance,'' was the reply. " I have picked UI? a few little items," and he told Dick what they were. Dick told the spy about his struggle with the Tory. They conversed a few minutes longer and then shook said good-by, and parted. Dick got into the boat and rowed b ack across the river. went at once to headquarters and reported to General Gates. This did not take long, and half an hour later he was in his q uarters sound asleep. Next morning the youths asked Dick what was next to be done. "I hardly know," he replied. "General Gates thinks it likely that the Bdtish will make an attack before very long, however, and so we must hold ourselves in readiness for the battle. " "I hope we won't have to wait long," said Bob. But they did. Day after day passed, and the battle did not take place. The Liberty Boys put in their time as best they could going about hunting for and striking small parties of . red coats, In,dians or Tories, and in this way they did a good deal of good. Dick was often sent out as a scout and s py, and i t happened that he was out on a scoutinf! expedition, accompanied by Bob, on the morning of October 7th. Just as the sun was rising, they sec ured a position from which it was possible to get a good view of the British, and it did not take them l ong to see that something unus ual was on the tapis. There was a general stir throughout the encampment. and it looked very much as if the British were getting ready to make an attack. "Say, Dick," whispered, Bob eagerlv; "th ey are getting ready for business. don't you think so?" "I believe that they a r e, Bob." "Yes, there can be no doubt about it. " They watched the British a wmile, a nd then Dick told Bob to go back to the encampment and tell General Gates the news. "All right; I'm off , old fellow." Bob hastened away and was not long in reaching the camp . As he passed the Liberty Boys' q uarters they called to him, asking where h e was _g-oing in such a hurry. "To headquarters,'' he called back; "there's going to be a b .attle! The British are gtting ready! You bo ys get in shape for work!" This occasioned great excitement among_ the Liberty . Boys. There was going to be a battle, sure enough' The British were getting ready! The young Continental s at once began making preparations for the event. They oiled their muskets a nd pistols, replenished their sto r es of ammunition and made s uch preparations as were necessary. Bob was soon at headquarters, and to the orderly he ex claimed: "Tell General Gates that I have important news for him and must see him at once!" "Come in,'' was the lenly; " I'll tell him." entered and waited whil e the orderly carried the message to the general. The fellow ,,as back quickly, with the information that General Gates would see him. A minute later Bob was in the gener,al's room. "Well , my man, what is the information you have for me?" the general asked.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BEMIS HEIGHTS. 17 "The British are getting ready to make an attack, sir!" Then, .at the head of his Liberty Boys, Dick rushed into replied Bob. the heat of the battle. "How know you this?" "I saw them, sir." "When?" "Half an hour ago. Captain Slater and I were out scouting and reconnoitering, and we saw that the redcoats were getting ready for battle." "Well, well! So they are going to make a move at last!" Then he asked Bob a number of questions, after which he summon:::d the orderly and told him to notify the officers of the staff to come to headquarters at once. Half an hour later they were there, and the general told them the news. They held a council of war and decided upon their plan of procedure and then broke up and hastened away to at-tend to their work. . Bob has hastened back to where he had left Dick. "You told the general?" queried Dick eagerly, "Yes." "And they are getting ready for the battle?" "Yes, Dick." "Good! Then everything is all right." They watched the British closely and decided that they would be moving to the attack within the hour. They remained where they were a while longer, and then slipped away and returned to Bemis Heights. The. Liberty Boys greeted them eagerly,. and wanted to know what the British were doing. "They are almost ready to make the attack," said Dick. "Then there'll be music beforf'! very long!" cried Ben Spur lock. "The more music the better," grinned B'1. "Yes, providing that we furnish the bigger portion of it and make the enemy dance to our music," smiled Dick. "Oh, we'll do that!" declared Bob, with supreme confi dence. "I hope so," i:;aid Dick. It took the two armies till noon to form into order for battle and take up their positions, and then the soldiers ate their dinners and were ready for the fray:' It was about two o'clock when the battle began. Soon the cannon were roaring, and a little later the rattle of musketry was heard. The battle was indeed on! Up the slope rushed the patriot soldiers to where the British had a row of cannon. Here the battle became a hand-to-hand one. Right among the gun carriages the struggle was carried on. The Liberty Boys and their young recruits were in the portion of the army that was making the attempt to cap turP the guns, and they did prodigies of valor. The cannon were captured by the patriots and retaken by the redcoats two or three times, but at last rhe patriots h eld them. Dick Slater leaned up onto one of the cannon, waved his sword and shouted: "We have captured the enemy's guns! Now let us dedicate them to the cause of liberty by turning them on the redcoats!" Instantly a great cheer went up from the Liberty Boys 'and ?ther patriot soldiers. The cannon were quickly turned around with thei:: mU7, zles toward the enemy and were manned by Liberty Boy gunners, who began firing them as rapidly as possible. This added greatly to the discomfiture of the British and ai

18 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BEMIS HEIGHTS. When night came the patriots settled down to rest easy and get a good night's sleep. Soon after dark it began to rain again, how e ver, and they did not get much sleep or rest. But the British were in an. even worse fix, for they were afraid if they remained where they were thy would be surrounded and captured, and so they broke camp and marched away toward Saratoga. . At six o'clock that evening they went into camp on the high ground across Fish Creek. * * * * * *,,. Dick Slater had discovered the fact that the British had broken camp and were retreating, .and had carried the news to General Gates. It was raining hard, and the general said that the enemy could not go far, so no move was made to pursue them. "W e will wait till the rain ceases," said General Gates. It rained considerably that night, and it was so muddy that the patriot arniy did not get under way till nearly noon on the 10th. . It was fortunate .that they did so, for when the fog lifted and spies and scouts were sent out to reconnoiter tb! enemy, it was learned that the British army had not moved at all, but that it was drawn up in battle array and was all ready for war. It then dawned upon the patriot officel'6 that the man wr.o had brought the news that the British had retreated north ward toward Fort Edward was no patriot at all, but a Tory, that hE\ had been sent by Burgoyne for the purpose of lurmi; the patriot army into a trap. 1:his angered General Gates and his officers, and they decided to encompass the British at once and prevent their retreat. Before evening the patriot army had the British position completely s urrounded. during most of the time that this was b ein g ac a constapt fire was k ept up b y the soldiers that remained m the encampment. They had a number of can non, and with these it was possible to throw cannon balls into the British camp. evening, General Burgoyne called a counc il of war, his three leading officers; Generals Riedesel, Phillips and Hamilton being present. By marching hard the patriots reached a high ridge which la y about halfway between Saratoga Church and Fish Creek by four o'clock in the afternoon. It was qecided that in order to save the lives of hunof the endreds of British soldiers-who would surely be killed if an Gats, who attempt to escape was made-negotiations leading to a SUl' render should be begun. Here the patriots went into camp. "We must reconnoiter and learn the strength emy before we make any move," said General rvas ever a cautious commander. He sent Dick Slater to spy upon the British. Dick sc'!t out at once. He reconnoitered the British position as best he could and it up carefully. When _he had done all he could, he made his way back to the patriot encampment and reported' to his commander. Sacrcely had he made his report when a patriot put in an appearance, and said that he lived north of Saratoga, and that he had seen a detachment of British soldiers marching northward toward Fort George. General Gates at once leaped to the conclusion that the entire British army was going to follow, and he called a council of war. It was decided to wait till morning and then cross the Fish Creek and go in pursuit if the British had really retreated. So the patriot army rested quietly till the morning of the eleventh. About sunrise a man entered the camp and asked to see General Gates. • He was given an audience, and he said that he was a patriot farmer who lived a short distance uP the river and that the British army, with the exception of a detach'ment which had been left behind to deceive the patriots had marched past his house going toward Fort Edward.. ' fellow professed to be a patriot, and told such a straight story .that General qates believed him, and at once called a council of war, and it was decided that they would hasten across the creek, attack the rear guard and then go in pursuit of the British. The officers hastened away to give the orders, and soon the encampment was a busy place. Soon the various forces were on the move. '.l'hey moved slowly and cautiously so as not to make any noise that would alarm the redcoats. The Liberty Boys were with General Mor .gan's force, and when the creek had been almost reached there suddnly came a volley from in front which killed one of Morgan's lieutenants and several privates. "Halt!" cried Morgan. "We have been duped! The enemy is near at hand in force!" Then came another volley, and Morgan cried: "Fire! Give them a volley! " They leveled their muskets and fired quickly. Loudly the vol!ey rang out, .and _it was fol1owed by yells anger and pam from the direction of the British picket me. CHAPTER XIX. BURGOYNE SURRENDERS. Just after the British had surrendered a scout came to General Gates and informed him that a band of Indians that h_ad managed to slip through the patriot lines and ma1:':e its escape the preceding night was engaged in plun dering the homes of white settlers a few mi l es to the ' westward, and that a force be sent after the r edskins to make them quit their dastardly work. General Gates at once summoned Dick Slater, and told him what was wanted. "Your Boys are the persons for this work," the general said. "Mount your horses and g o after the red demons and either put a stop to their work or kill the last one of them!" "Very well, sir; we will go at once," said Dick. He hastened back to the Liberty Boys and told them what was to be done. "Hurrah! We are not done fighting yet!" cried Bob. "Good! I'm glad of it. Let's get after the redskins at once, boys!" "Yes; saddle up, and we will be off," said Dick The Liberty Boys hastened to do so, and half an hour later they were riding rapidly toward the west. Half an hour later they came upon the reds1dns-about twenty-five in number-and attacked them fiercely. The redskins had set fire to a stable and were robbing the house. They were taken by surprise, and fifteen were killed, the others, two or three of whom were wounded escapi n g into the timber. ' The owner of the h_ouse _tha nked Dick and the Liberty Boys heartily for savmg his home and househo ld goods and perhaps the lives of himself and 'family. ' General Gates summoned Dick next morning and told him that he and his Liberty Boys were to be sent down into New Jersey. ;;very well, s ir," s!lid Dick. "When shall we go?" As soon as. you like . There is no further work here for you, so there is no need of your remaining longer." Two hours later the Liberty Boys rode away, but they went first to the Baxter home, several miles. to the westward, to see if Charlie Jayne and Frank Elson were well enough to accompany them. Frank was, but Charlie was not, s o Frank join ed them and they continued their trip, leavin g Charlie behind. all right, J?ick, said Frank; "Charlie and Sadie Baxter are m love with each other and will make a of it, so it is all right fpr him to stay there till he is entirely well." _The Lib erty Boys reached their destination in due time without adventure, and were soon engaged in liv ely work for the great cause of liberty and independ e nce. Next week's issue will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE 'LITTLE REBELS'; OR, THE BOYS WHO BOTHERED THE BRITISH." General Morgan was a terrible fighter when he thought Lhat it was best to fight, but he was also a very shrewd man; and when nothing was to be gained by fighting he was ready to do something else. for his force to retreat, and the, SEND POSTAL FOR OUR FREE CATALOGUE


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. HELP COUNTRY! OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG MEN IN THE UNITED STATES NAVY . . In the past years the Navy with its wonderful training has offered great opportunities to the young men of America, it has offered steady work, good pay, no lay-off, world-wide travel technical training and the learning of a trade, and all the time life on a great ship with good meals, ample comfort and physicians' care; it has also taught its men to save money as they learned and worked. In other words, it made fine types of American citizens, well equipped and thoroughly trained. This is what YOUR NAVY has always offered to young Ameri cans. TO-DAY THE QUESTION IS, WHAT ARE '!OU GOING TO DO FOR YOUR NAVY? Its great ships and big guns are waiting, its officers without a fear and its men ready for any service are on active duty; everything is ready; there is just one need-it is more men. It is YOUR NA VY; it has always offered to do great things for you in times of peace. Now it comes to you and asks, "What are you going to do?" It is for you, the young men of spirit, of splendid patriotism and of love for flag and country, to answer. On March 24, 1917, the President issued an order authorizing the strength of the Navy to 87,000 men; at that time our complemeht was 51,775; since then enlisted 16,400; still need an additional 20,000 men. All above separate from the Naval Reserve, who are coming in very slowly and are used for Coast Defense. At present time we have 120,000 tons of battle ships half-finished, 150,000 tons laid down and 180,000 tons authorized, a total of 450,000 tons coming, which will double present tonnage of our fleet. There are now 15,000 in the battleship fleet; w e need 15,000 more men for new battleships alone, t o say nqthing of men needed for auxiliaries, sub marines, destroyers, etc. men who have had sea or engineering experience can complete the course in two months. An ordinarily well-educated man of previous experience may akc be able to qualify as a deck or engineer officer in that time. In response to a request from the Secretary of the Navy, the authorities of Yale University have agreed to .the use this summer of its dormitories and dining hall by men of the Naval Reserv e . A Navy officer from the Third Bistrict will be sent to inspect the buildings by the commandant ot' that district, Rear Admiral N. R. Usher, U. S. N. This is the second university to co-operat e actively with the Navy, Harvard having already establi sheci a school for radio opeqitions. The big problem of clothing the greater Navy fa being solved rapidly, in spite of the difficulty of securing the cloth required for uniforms. The Navy's clothing factory at Charleston, S. C., which is now manufacturing about 40,000 suits of white clothes a month, will be able, it is estimated, to produce 100,000 suits a month when the large new building now nearing completion is in full operation." The New York clothing factory and contractors during May turned out about 20,000 suits of blue clothing and the officer in charge expects, in that plant and through private contracts, to turn out 60,000 suits this month. If the material is avail able, he estimates that after July 1 blue uniforms can be supplied at the rate of 70,000 a month. The Secretary of War and the Secretary of the Navy have agreed to prefer women employees henceforth in appointments to the clerical force of the War and Navy Departments. This announcement is made in a letter from Secretary Baker's .office to the National American Won:ian Suffrage Association, whose president, Mrs. Carrie Chapman Catt, re cently called attention to the continued preference for men in the civil branches of these departments, where, she suggested, women might well be utilized and thus release men for military service. Secre tary Baker has instructed Chief Clerk Scofield in accordance with the above decision regarding fu ture appointments. Men who are desirous of entering the U. S. Ship ping Board's training schools for merchant marine officers should address their applications to Henry Howard, Director of Recruiting, U. S. Custom House, Boston, Mass., who is in general charge of the schools. One of these schools is already open in Boston and plans are under consideration for open-ing schools at Boston, New York, Philadelphia, BalCLUB TO BE RECRUITING STATION. timore, Chicago, Cleveland, Ohfo, New Orleans, Secretary of War Baker has accepted the offer Seattle and Pasadena. There is no particular age of the Young Men's Democratic League to tur limit for those who wish to enter the schools. Those the clubrooms at 1368 Broadway, New York City, accepted must stand a physical examination. They into an army station and will allow as 2 will be paid a reasonable compensation for their special privilege all men joining there to be assigned time spent in training at sea. It is possible that to the same army unit. (WATCH THIS PAGE NEXT WEEK)


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. -ORffGHTJNG AGAINST BIG ODDS By RALPH MORTON (A SERIAL sroRY.) CHAPTER V -(ContinuE!d). . He left the town at last, and hurried on, keeping m shadow as much as he could, and drawing on his rubbers. so as not to make any noise. There. was a moon, but it was generally obscured, only now and then peering from between clouds the . ' air was cold, and the wind sighed as though a storm were threatening. the old church, he advanced cautiously, stole qmetly through the broken arch which was once the main entrance, and crept forward, half crouching, into the main part of the building. . He made his way to the foot of tree growing m the center of what had been the middle aisle, though thie pews were gone, and the flooring, too, in many places, and crouched behind it. He had not long to wait before he heard the sound of voices, and then two or persons came out into the open space from the ruined vestry, stopped not a dozen feet from the foot of the tree, and began to make a fire. "Yes, he is a man very much sought after-by the police. The safest spot is nearest the scene of the fight-isn't it, Bill?" "That's what I say." "And then, here's our learned councilor to prove an alibi or anything else, so long as you pay the price." "I'm not telling Keene anything,'' snarled Riddle. "And yet there is very little doubt that one night, about a week ago, you made a pretty good haul from a safe, and we haven't seen any of the money yet." "Who said I robbed Forrester's safe?" snarled Riddle. "Who says I got any money out of it, any how? There was a fire at the courthouse a night or so after that." "Sit down and warm yourselves, gentlemen," said Thaw. "The question is whether we shall skip out of here, make ourselves conspicuous by our ab sence, as the poet says, or whether we shall put on a bluff and say to the law: "Ha, ha! I defy thee!" That's the point before the assembly." Then he pulled off his shabby gloves, and stretched out hi::; hands to the cheerful blaze. The moon now came out from behind the clouds, and could be seen plainly through the great arched wind'ow at the back. . "Well, I'm keeping some one dark," muttered Bunson. "She's disposed to feel sorry for what "There's no use in any of us running away,'' she's done, but I say that as long as Josiah N. is muttered a man whom Ray recognized as Bunson, willin' to pay her fur lyin', I dc5n't see why she "because no one has got any suspicion of us." should kick." "Still, I would advise you to keep shady, and not ('Lying is one thing," said Thaw, "and knowing expose yourself,'' said another, and Ray knew him where to put your hand on evidence that'll make at once to be Sharpley Keene, the lawyer. lying the sheerest folly is another. Now, how learned friend is correct, so far as he goes much--" and from his point of view," said the third man, Ray leaned forward to catch the man•s words, who wore a shabby white hat and a threadbare when all at once a groan sounded through the ruined swallow-tail coat, "but he is really the only one who church, and the men sprang to their feet. ought to go away. Start up the fire, there, BunThe light of the moon, shining through the broken son. This Thaw is beginning to freeze." vv_indow, fell upon a strange figure, standing at the A whistle was heard at that moment, and then a chancel rail. fourth man joined the party, and as both firelight It was a woman, a lighted candle in her hand, and and moonlight fell upon his face, Ray could hardly her face turned upward. repress a cry of surprise. Where she came from no one knew, for no sound Feature for feature, the rri:rn ' v as the burglar had been heard, but in an instant the guilty group whom he had so nearly cantured the night that his around the fire had fled in all directions. father's safe liad been broken op e n. Ray felt a certain thrill go through him at sight "Ah, my light-fingered frien,d, it is vou, eh?" said of the weird figure, but he quickly arose and adthe tramp. "Still as much of a riddle as ever, eh, vanced toward the woman, who he was certain was Bill?" living, like himself, and as lte did so he saw that her "I'm not Bill Riddle any more, I tell you,'' growled eyes were open, but fixed and staring. the other. "Folks know too much about Bill Rid-The girl, for she was not more than eighteen, apdle." parently, was a sleep-walker.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 21 CHAPTER VI. HEARD OUTSIDE THE DOOR. Straight toward the fire came the sleeping girl, utterly unconscious of her danger, and, muttering something beneath her breath. To awake her sudden ly would be extremely dan gerous, Ray knew, and yet he could riot pel'.'mit her to go on and meet a greater' peril. Hurrying forward he quickly scattered the glow ing embers with his feet, sending them flying right and left, and stamping out what sparks there still remained on the ground. The girl came straight on, and Ray recognized her as Madge, the daughter of Mrs. Bunson, the house keeper at his father's. Sh'e was known be rather strange in her manners, and had been often called Wild Madge by the boys in town, but Ray had never heard that she was given to sleep-walking. How she could have come this far from home without injury and without hing seen was a; puzzle to him but at this instant something more important his attention. "Where is it?" the girl asked, pausing and looking around, though Ray •was certain that she saw nothin3'. "Where is it, where have they hidden it? I must find it and give it to him." The girl suddenly turned and made her way at a surprisingly rapid gait, considering the obstacles in her path, to the very end of the open space, and then disappeared as s udd en ly as she had come. The moon had gone behind the clouds again, and now the fire was out, so that it was difficult enough for Ray to make his way out of the old ruin without trying to ascertain where Madge had gone. There was a cellar under a part of the old church, no doubt, and the girl had probabl y gone to it, no other solution of the mystery of her strange disappearance being as reasonable. Ray finally left the place, having l ess fear of the return of the plotters than of falling into some hid den pit, and then, as the town clocks struck twelve, started off for home at a good swinging pace. Before long the storm which had been threatening came on, the clouds grew blac _ ker, the wind howled and whistled about him, and then it began to rain-not gently, but with sudden fury, as if the sky had opened. Rr.y made for the first shelter he could find, this being a doorway with a projecting porch, which shielded him from the rain for the momen";. Standing as far in as possible, to keep away from the storm, he suddenly felt the door open behind him, and was nearly thrown down. It had not been latched, and his weight against it had caused it to swing open. There was a small dark hall, and at the end he . could see a streak of light under another door, and presently he heard voices from some room beyond . "Tell you it wasn't a ghost," some one was say . ing. "It was my girl Madge. She's taken strangE at times." Ray crept along the hall till he reached the door, thinking it no wrong to listen when such scoun drels talkirig. He heard the rattle of glasses, and peering through the }\ey-hole saw Bunson and Riddle sitting at a little table drinking and smoking. "What I want to know," said Riddle, "is how much our man paid that tramp for his lying, and whether we can't get more out of him. If I'd thought he would have been so close I'd have taken the money that night I was at Forrester's." "If young Mr. Ray hadn't caught you at it, you mean, " laughed Bunson. "How much were you paid for stealing the papers?" At that moment Ray heard the outer door open, and then a heavy footstep sounded in the hall. He crept back into the farthest corner, and fairly hugged the wall so as to escape _ discovery. It was the luckiest chance in the world that had led him to this place, but the prospect of learning more would be ruined if he were disco vered . The steps came nearer, the door was opened, and for an instant Ray saw the rain-soaked figure of January Thaw. , "Hello Thaw," said Riddle. "That wasn't a ghost; was Bunson's that's took bad in her h ead," said Riddle. "What does she know?" asked the tramp. "Can't you lock her up, the same as the old girl to keep her from talking too much? We can't have her blabbing out things. And by the way, that shiftless boy of. yours, what of the boy?" . "Mug doesn't know anything," said Bunson. "Young Ray is the one we want to look out for. You'd better get him sent away." "Ha, ha, as the villain says, yes, there's the rub," ch u ck l ed the tramp. '.'Yo u've got a great head, Bun son. Inquiry as to his mental status, incarceration, no more trouble. Our cultivated friend, Josiah N., must look into this ,and our councilor can attend to the business." Just'then Ray saw a door open and a man entered and said: "Sorry to trouble you, gents, but it's after hours, and I've got to shut up. It's stopped raining. Go out the other door, if you'd just as leave." Ray knew .that he would hear no more, and hurrying down the street at a rapid pace, turning the corner before the men came out. "So, my sanity is to be questioned, is it?" he mused. "I can easily see that I am in the way of these scoundrels. I'm fighting against big odds, I know, but I won't let a step remain untried until I get the best of them." (To be. continued.) •


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. CURRENT NEWS ' ' • 1 The American-Russian Chamber of Commerce has prepared an American directory for use in Russia. It contains, besides a directory of American manufacturers, an introduction dealing with commercial relations between the two countries, American politi cal institutions, economic history, and present eco nomic conditions. It also has extracts from the cus toms tariffs of the United States and Russia covering the chief articles in which there is trade between the two countries. The directory is published in the Russian language. George R. Osborn has what is said to be the small e s t order ever drawn on the United States Treas ury. It has an order for one cent and was issued in 1859 to John A . Greaton, an assayer in the Uni ted States Mint at Phil adelphia. In settling an account with Mr. Greaton when he retired from the T easury Department in 1859 it was found one cent was due him. He rece ived an order on the United States Treasury for the amount. Mr. Greaton never presented the order for payment, and just before his death gave it to Mr. Osborn. , The author of a communication to the Societe de Biologie reports that for two y ears she had been accustomed to walk thr ou g h the Luxembourg Gardens every morning at 8 o'clock and to give bread crumbs to the birds, who knew her well and who gathered every day to wait for her. On e June 15 she walked through the gardens at 8 o'clock, as usual; but as the clo c ks had just be e n set forward an hour she was really sixty minute s ahead of time. Nevertheless, the birds w ere there waiting for her, apparently already familiar with the change. The incident seems to show that city birds, at least, depend for their knowledge of time more upon the life and movements in the streets than upon the height of the sun. At Gloucester, N. J., ground was broken during the week for a new shipyard on the Delaware capable of building simultaneously ten large merchant vessels, says Shipping Illustrated. This development is being undertaken by the New Jersey Shipbuilding Company./ The property of the company has a frontage of nearly one mile, consisting of 140 acres and lying adjacent to the Pennsylvania Ship building Company, which is owned by the same interests, the control being vested with Christoffer Hannevig, of New York. Under the same ownership also is the Pusey & Jones Co., at Wilmington, and the three plants will be operated by one organization. The first berth of the New Jersey Com pany will be ready for busines s in November. After that a new ship will be compl eted e very two months. It is perhaps generally known that enveloping the earth is a layer of air fifty or more miles in thickness, says the Book of Wonders. Just how thick this layer is we do not know, but we do know that it extends many miles from the earth. You may assure yourselves of this in a very simple man, ner by watching the shooting stars that may be seen on any clear night. These are nothing but masses of rocks that give off light only when they have been made red-hot by friction with the air i n their rapid flight. The fact that they are still many miles from the earth proves to us that the air through which they are passing extends to that height. The hottest region on earth is said to be along the Persian Gulf, where little or no rain falls. At Bahrein the arid shore has no fresh water, yet a comparatively numerous population contrives to live there, thanks to the copious springs which break forth from the bottom of the sea. The fresh water is got by diving, we are told by the Book of Won ders. The diver, sitting in. his boat, winds a great goat-skin bag around his left arm, the hand grasping its mouth; then he takes in his right hand a heavy stone, to which is attached a strong line, and quickly reaches the bottom. Instantly opening the bag over the strong jet of fregh water, he springs up the ascending current, at the same time closing the bag, and is helped aboard. The stone is then hauled up, and the diver, after taking breath plunges in again. The source of the copious submarine springs is thought to be the green hills of '.)sman, some 500 or 600 miles distant. The Mountain Meadow massacre, in American history, was the massacre of about 140 emigrants in the Mountain Meadows Valley, abo u t 350 miles south of Salt Lake City. The emigrants w ere from Arkansas and Missouri. They had be e n refused food until they reache d the valley, where they camped, September 7, 1837. They were fired upon by Indians . . Some historians state that disguised Mormons were the attacking party. The emigrants withstood the siege, until September 11, when on the promise of protection by John D. Lee, a Mormon Bishop and Indian agent, they left the shelter of the wagons. All adults and children more than 7 years old were killed. Seventeen young chil dren were distributed among the Mormon families, but afterwa1:d were restored to relatives by tht Government. Lee was put to death for his crime. A short time previous to the massacre Young, then head of the Mormon Church, had an nounced that "no pers ons shall be allowed to pass or repass into or through this territory without a per mit from a proper officer."


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. THE BOY WHO NO FRIENDS I • By CAPTAIN GEORGE W. GRANVILLE (A SERIAL STORY) CHAPTER X (Continued). "The Shipman, bound fur Chiny an' th' East In-"Wyatt disappeared within a week after the trial, jies." and has never been seen in town since. Some said "But I thought she was not going till to-morrow." we spirited him away, but many believe that "Well, she got her clearance papers, everything it was the work of the prosecuting attorney. Be was aboard, an' th' old man thought he might as that as it may, I have never seen him since till last well take advantage o' the tide, 'speciall'y as it's night, and you can easily understand my agitation likely to be stormy to-morrer. Seafarin' men allus at beholding him. takes advantage o' these things." "I came to the city, not with the idea of finding "Yes, I suppose they do," said Gil. "Come on, him, for that never entered my head, but to get Cohen, let's go and see her get out." away from a place where I was daily reminded of A puffing, snorting little tug was alongside the my bitter:est misfortune, and where many looked big vessel, and presently she took the latter out of upon me as the son of a thief. My trials grew the slip and down the river toward the lower harworse the longer I stayed,. and at last I went away, bor, the moonlight shining on her white sails and hoping that if I could not forget my bitte r experi-the men cheering as she was born along. ence I would at least not be constantly reminded "I saw Wyatt on the other vessel this afternoon," of it." said Gil, "although one of the sailors said he didn't The train s topped at this moment and Cohen got . belong in her. That's the one we want to watch." up, followed by Gil. "There's somebody aboard of her now," remarked "You've had a hai:d time of it, sure enough," .. "Suppose you JO and see the captain. A Cohen said, as they reached the street "and then sailor might not know. to be strande d as soon as you got here another "No, so, he n;ight not, or he might have hard experience. If you hadn't been all right, you been, lymg. 'Y"ell, ,,we II go and see the captain. would hav e turned thief, but you didn't, even if that rhat s a good idea. my s t e rical Mrs. Williams said you were As they walked up the gang-plank a man on deck "I came here without a friend," said Gil, "and I asked them what they wanted. had trouble from the start in addition, but I made "Is the captain on board?" asked Gil. "I want up my mind long ago that if there was the slightto see him." est chance, I would clear my father's name of the "You'll find him in the cabin yonder where you stain upon it, and I m ean to do it." see the light. Look out fur the steps." ''And I'll h e lp you, Clinton," said Cohen, warmly. They descended and found a large, pleasant look"You say you have no friends. Well, count me as ing man with hair and beard sitting at a one from -this out." table. A .hearty cla s p of the hand sealed the bargain. "Are you the captain?" asked Gil. "Yes, sir." CHAPTER XL THE SEARCH HALTS. I .. The1 e se e med to be some considerable bustle on the wharf where the Shipman lay when the boys reached it, and Gil asked the first man whom he saw what was going on. "Ship goin' out with the fust tide," the man an swered. "They'll save a lot o' time if they get off to-night." "What ship is it?" "Have you a man by the name of Joshua Wyatt in your crew?" "H'm! I thought I had, but he isn't here nrnr and my mate tells me he's afraid he's gone off on tlie Shipman." "I have a particular reason for wishing to see him." • "Well, I'd like to oblige you, sir, but I haven't seen him since this afternoon, and his dunnage is gone out of his bunk." "Was there any reason why he should leave you like that, without notice?" "I didn't suppose there was. Maybe he prefers ' .


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. a deep water vessel to a coaster, though most Jackies don't. They'l'e not in port oftt!n enough on a long voyage ship." "And you think he has gone on the other vessel?" "The mate says he thinks so. I don't care much. He was only an ordinary seaman, and I'd rather have all A. B.'s, for it's ticklish sailing along this coast, and you need good men." "Then Wyatt was not a first-class sailor?" "No, he wasn't, though he was handy in a lot of ways. He came from up the state somewheres. I guess he was more of a farmer than a sailor." "Yes, I fancy he was." "Did you know him up there?" "Yes. Did he ever tell you why he became a sailor?" "No, and I never asked him, though I often told him that he'd be a better cook or carpenter, or a better anything, than a sailor." other, telling the story of the finding of the brace let. "I think it was very fortunate for you that Mr. Clinton found it, and you certainly did give him too little." "I don't think so," said Gil. "I was not looking for a reward, and I wish you would let me return the money." "Call it a then," said the other, "and, by the way, my wife was very much interested in you, and said she I would see you again. Won't you come up to dinner? We have lots of young folks at the house as a general thing, and you would be sure to enjoy yourself. Come up this evening. My name is Redmond, Percy Redmond. That is my address," and the gentleman gave Gil his card. "Be sure and come, won't you?" "I shall be pleased to do so," said Gil, and shortly before seven o'clock he presented himself at Mr. Redmond's elegant residence on the upper west side and secured a cordial welcome. ' The boys remained talking with the captain for some time, and at" last the mate came in upon being questioned, said he was almost certain that Wyatt had gone off on the other vessel. To his great surprise he recognized in Mr. Red"He's taken the alarm and sailed away,'' said Gil, mond's eldest daughter the young lady whom he had when they were out on the street. "It's too bad to seen with Harry Hall at the theater on Third ave miss him that way, but it's simply a delay, that's nue at the time of the false fire alarm. all." "Why, papa, isn't it strange?" she exclaimed. "Yes, for I don't suppose you'll . go to China after "Don't you remember the young man I told you of him. Well, let me see something of you, anyhow. I who helped me so bravely that night in the theater would have helped you if I could." when there was an alar;m of fire?" "Yes, I know it," said Gil, "and whenever I have "The young man "\ho did what young Hall should time I'll run over and see you of an evening." have done? Yes; I remember it." The next day Gil telephoned to the shipping office "Well, that was Mr. Clinton." to make sure if Wyatt had sailed on the Shipman, "You seem determined to put our family under an and after a little delay the clerk answered: obligation, Clinton,'' said Mr. Redmond. "What "Yes, we've got the crew list and Joshua Wyatt is is your other name, by the way?" on it. He shipped pretty late, just in time to get "Gilbert." on the articles." ' "Well, then, Gilbert, I am much obliged to you. "That's all; good-by,'' said Gil, and then it seemed You had never met the young man with whom my as if he heard some one say: daughter went to the theater that night, had you?" "Certainly; I would not have told you if I had "Yes; he and I were great friends at one time, not been sure: That was the young chap that before he came to the city. I have not seen him for came--" a year until just now." Then the talk ceased, and Gil hung up the The announcement of dinner prevented what ceiver. might have been embarrassing, and no more was "That sounded like Harry Halt's voice," he mused, said about young Hall. and then he went on with his work, and the inci-During the evening a number of guests -called, and dent was forgotten. , among them was Harry Hall himself. During the following week a gentleman came in He seemed rather nonplussed when he saw Gil, to see the head of the firm, and Gil was called into and treated him with studied coldness. the private office for someth,ing. "Mr. Clinton tells me that he and you were great "Why, I think we have met before,'' the caller friends once," said Grace Redmond. said, as he saw Gil. "Once, perhaps, but things have changed since "Yes,'' said the latter, as he recognized the man then," said Harry. who had given him the fifty-dollar bill. "You were "Why are you not hi& friend now?" altogether too generous the oj;her night, and I trust "One has to be very careful of his acquaintances. that you--" • It doesn't do to take up with everyone you meet." "Too generous?" laughed the other . . "Are you "Yes, but if you were his friend once, why are aware that that was a twelve-hundred dollar braceyou not so now?" persisted Grace. let? I think I was very stingy, on the contrary." "Oh, well, things have changed," returned Harry, "But it wasn't necessary to give me anything." coloring. "Now what do you think, Wiseman?" asked the• (To be continued.)


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 25 r NEWS OF THE ______ ... FISH BECAME INTOXICATED. The waters of Stony Creek, one mile s outh of No blesville, Ind., sizzled and foamed the othe r day and the jingle of breaking glass echoed in the distance. The fish became intoxicated and wriggle d arourd on the surface like water flies on a hot Augu s t evening. Five thousand bottles of beer and twenty-five gal lons of whisky' we r e emptied into the i;tream b y the sheriff on the order of the cou r t. The liquor represented an accumulation that was taken in "blind tiger" raids. TERRIER SAVES LIVES OF THREE FAMILIES. "Teddy," the pet bull terrier of Morgan Kerwick, manager of the St. Charle s Hotel, Cincinnati, Ohio , saved three families from suffocating from ammonia fumes in a dwelling at 425 Plum street by barking furiously. The terrier tugged at the covering of Mrs . Ker wick's bed. Mrs. Kerwick awakened other tenants. Mrs. Clara Wood and he r ' daughter Edna, residing on the second floor, almost were overcome. Loui s Fugazzo, occupying the upper floor, carried his aged mother to the open. PLANTS THAT WATER THEMSELVES. An English correspondent points out a neat scheme for saving the horticulturist's time by mak ing . his plants water The pots are arranged about a large central bucket which is kept filled 'ith water. Strips of flannel are placed with one end in this bucket and the other embedded in the soil of the pots. By capillary action the water passes along the flann e l and eventuall y reaches the pots, keeping the s oil moi s t to the exact d egree de manded by the varying nature of e a ch plavt, and maintaining this moi sture for a long time without other attention than refilling the big buck e t. AN ELECTRIC MOTOR CHAIR. An American' firm is now engaged in making electric motor chairs with eithe r 150-ampere hour or 200-ampere hour batteries. The fo r mer, . when fully charged, will give five hou r s of continuous running while the latte r will gi ve seven hours, according to the design e r. The batterie s are of the 12-volt type and the motor is design e d to develop 0 . 5 to 2 horsepower accordin g to the load. The motor is geared directly to the axle of the front wheel with a triple worm which permits the motor to propel the car up a 15 p e r c ent. grade whe n load e d with two adults. Extending in front of the car is a guard which breaks the circuit between the bat teries and motor and applie s the brake when it comes in contact with any obstacle. GEOGRAPHIC NAMES IN PANAMA. According to a recent decree of the Government of Panama, all places in that country are hereafter to bear Indian or Spanish names. There are now many places in Panama bearing English and other foreign names. Where these have supplanted old Indian or Spanish names, the latter are to be re s tored, while if no such old names exist, new Indian or Spanish names will be given. Nine months after the revised nomenclature is announced the post office"'Will refuse to deliver mail addressed to places by their foreign names. This drastic provision reguding the non-delivery of mail seems decidedly unreasonable not to say puerile, and it is to be hoped that the good sense of the Panaman authorities will lead them to withdraw it. A RICH GOLD FIELD. Gold was discovered in Australia in 1851, two years after the discovery in California. . Reports of panning $100 and $200 per day, and of finding nuggets worth thou sands of dollars each up se t e ven the most sober minded. Even government officers and policemen deserted, and order was kept and offices manned by soldiers brought from Tasmania and from England. The working s at Ballarat and Bendigo justified the excitement. For the first ten years, 1852-1861 , the output was valued at $486,000 , 000 . From the Victoria fie ld have come 412 gold nuggets, each weighing over 100 ounces, 52 over 500 ounces and 12 over 1 , 000 ounl!es. The weight of the "Welcome" was 2 , 217 ounc e s , and of the "Welcome Stranger," found an inch below the surface, 2,250 ounces, worth $50 , 000. THROWING HEAT OVERBOARD. On all sea-going steamers the steam is condensed by sea-water pumped through the surface con densers. . This circulating water is then discharged cwerboard. In the process of condensation the cooling water taken in at temperatures varying from 32 degrees to 83 degre e s Fahrenheit, according to climatic and other conditions, is raised to temperatures varying from 80 to 120 degrees and then dis charged. This great loss of heat is practically un avoidable, says the Popular Science Monthly f" June. Even on compar atively small steamC:n; h;:,;_ dreds of tons of heated water are pumped ov erboard daily. This constitutes one of the greates t heat losses in the operation of steam machinery, although sometimes a po r tion of the warm water is used for scrubbing decks and for bath water on passenger ships.


16 THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS OF '76. The of '76 NEW YORK, JULY 13, 1917. TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS Slncle Coples ••..•.••..•••••••••••••.•••••••••••• One Copy Three lllonths •••••••••••••••.••••••.•• One Copy Slx lllonths ••••••••••••••••.••..••..•• One Copy One Year ...•••••...••••..••..•.••••••• POSTAGE FREE .06 Cents .75 Cents 1.50 3.00 HOW TO SEND MONEY-At our risk send P. 0. Money Order. Check or Registered Letter; remittances in any other way are at your r111k. ""e accept Postage Stamps the same as cash. When sending silver wrap the Coin In a separate piece otpaper to avoid cutting the euve!ope. W11te your name and address plainly. Address letters to -N . Hastlnc• Wollf, Pres.}FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher ' Chas. '\V. Hastlncs, Tr.eas. CharJes E. Nyla.nder, Sec. 168 West 23d St., N. Y. Good Current News New York's census and inventory of military re sources was taken between June 11 and June 25. Governor Whitman issued his census proclamation on June 6, theday after that set by President Wilson for registering. The census listed men and women in the State between the ages of sixteen and fifty, of whom are 5,600,000. Nearly 50,000 volunteer cen sus takers and other assistants were needed. Contracts have recentl y been closed for 1,000,000 Army rifles of the Lee-Enfield type, it is learned, the firms being the Midvale Steel and Ordnance Com pany, Winchester Arms Company and the Remington Arms Company. About half of the total will be delivered by the Midvale Company while the other two concerns engaged to manufacture 250,000 rifles each. The se are the first contracts that have been placed by the United States Government for the British ari:ny. Additional orders undoubtedly will be placed soon, however, as the new National Army alone will require a million rifles for the initial arming. All the above contracts were based on the cost-plus-percentage plan. Simon inventor of the torpedo boat, and associates have formed a new $10,000,000 company to construct a fleet of big merchant subma rines. These will be along the lines of the Deutsch land, and will have a carrying. capacity of from 5,0 00 to 10,000 tons, this being far in excess of the cargo that could be carried by the Deuts'thland. They will be 500 feet long. Notwithstanding the great size of the craft the promoters of the new company declare they will be able to start them to Europe in five months after the receipt of an order. Associated with Mr. Lake are a number of wealthy men who wm supply the capital needed for starting the plant. A civilian employee at the Charlestown Navy Yard was caught distributing a Sociali .. ljc pamphlet recently, one sentence of which read: "We brand the declaration of war by our Government as a crime against the people of the United States and against the nations of the world." The man was dismissed and Capt. William R. Rush, U. S. N., commandant of the yard, issued two special orders, one concerning this case and a second prohibiting the distribu tion of any publications in the yard without being submitted to the commandant and being approved by him. Captain Rush's order :ds: "Any em. ployee in the navy yard found distributing or having in his possession such pamphlets or literature will be discharged from the service and in addition, if the facts of the case warrant, turned over to the Federal courts for prosecution." Grins and Chuckles She-There is only one reason why I can't marry you . He-Tell me! She-You're the wrong man! Mrs. Yeast-Dear, you were talking in your sleep last night. l\IIr. Yeast-Well, I've got to talk some time, haven't I? Teacher (in spelling class)-Johnny, spell "fail." Johnny-I can't. Teacher-You can't spell that sim ple word? Why not? J ohnny-'Cause you told me there was no such word as fail . Traveler (just landed)-! learn you have a new government. How does it start out? Native-Splen didly. We owe money to every nation . on earth, and they are all afraid to molest us. "Never put off till to morrow what you can do to day," quoted Willie's mother. "That's right, ma," agreed Willie cheerfully; "so I gue s s I'll fini s h up the other part of that cherry pie right away." Husband-Do you know that e ve r y t i me a woman gets angry she adds a new wrinkle to h e r face? Wife -No, I did not; but if it is so I pre s ume it is a wise provision of nature to let the world know what sort of a husband a woman has. "So you are learning to s p ell, are yo , Johnny?" a s ked grandmamamma. "Ye s , grandma," was the reply. "Well," said s he , "l e t me hear you spell ' bread'." "I don't believ e I can, grandma," replied the little fellow . "But I think if I a small piece of cake I could spell that." Ml'. Brown Shall we have lo buy new woollen un derwear for all of the boys this year? Mrs. BrownN o, dear. Yours have shrunk so they .iust fit John; Jimmy's shrunk to fit Willie, and Willie's are just snug on the baby. You are the only one that needs new ones.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. '27 THREE MINUTES OF AGONY. By Paul Braddon The boat was at the pier, but I waited until nearly all the passengers were ashore before I left my comfortable chair, for of all things I do hate an eager, impatient, shoving cro w d of people, hurrying ashore as if their very lives d e pended on saving ten sec onds. "Carry your valise?" yelled half a dozen. I ran my eye over them, and selecting a rather intelligent-looking young fellow of twenty-four or five, I said: "Show me to a good hotel." "Is this your name on the bag?" "It is," I r e plied. "You're the chap what writes up them crazy stories?" "Yes." "Well, sir, I kin you one that'll raise yer hair." "All right," said I, "I'll give you a chance," and when we reach e d the hotel I invited him in to have some breakfast with me. That finished, I remarked that I was ready to hear his hair-raiser. "Well, sir," said he, "this is the way it all came about. I u s ed to work in the -Lunatic Asylum, as a man-of-all-work; you see, I was a handy sort of a fellow, and u s ed to do everything, from minding a cow to puttin' new bottoms in leaky sauce pans. "I had been there more'n a year, when, durin' a heavy storm, the roof began to leak. "'Jack,' says the superintendent, 'you must see to that l eak as soon's the storm holds on a bit.' "'All right, sir,' I answered, and at once got my fire-pot and soldering-irons, for you see it was a tin roof we had. "The rain stopped sudden like, and I started to go to the roof, to do which same I had to go through the halls or wards where the poor devils were locked up. "I knocked at the door of the lower hall, and was let in by the attendants; I went upstairs here to get into a hip that had been put on the main build ing. "I got up to the hall way up top of the hip, which was where they kept the 'bad cases,' as they calls 'em.'' "A flight of stairs with a door at the bottom led up to the scuttle; the attendant, with a big club in his hand to keep 'em quiet, went and unlocked the door of the stairs, and hearin' a noise t'uther end of the hall, he went away like, biddin' me mind an' close the door behind me. "I closed it securely, as I thought, went upstairs, opened the scuttle and got on the roof. " 'Bad cess to ye,' I remarked, sir, as I looked at the leak, right close to the leader, 'yer in a bad place; ye might/ cause a fellow to break his neck.' "I was kneelin' down. sir. with my face pir.tin' outward and my back toward the scuttle; and, sir, as true as there's a God in heaven, I heard a voice like old Father Doolan's, who baptized me, so they said, I heard Father Doolan say: "'Jack, yer on yer knees; be at sayin' yer prayers, for you'll need the grace of God soon.' "Well, sir, at that I f felt kind of uncomfo'rtab1e, and all at once a cold shiver came across me, and I felt, sir, somewhat like when Tim O'Brien, who was hung, looked straight at me; the pries t said he had an evil eye; and it was an evil eye that "Yvas watchin' of me, then, though I did not know it. "I felt like lookin' behind me, but chidin' myself for a fool and an ass, I.put the hot iron to the solder. "I was bendin' very low when I heard a light step behind me. It was then I tried to turn, but, sir, I had waited too long, and the next minute I got a shove from behind that turned me a somersault over the leader, to which I chanced to catch hold of when I flung out my arms. "But, sir, it only broke my fall fo r a minute, and then I felt myself agoin' down; the water pipe struck my eye, and I gave myself a cast in the direction of it when I fell. "Ah! sir, I cried for th,e mercy of Heaven then like the thief on the cross, and, sir, my praye:r: was answered; I caught hold of the water pipe, and looked upward at the grinnin' fiend who had put me to all this trouble, who was yelling at the top of his voice. "I fixed myself tight on the water pipe and was beginnin' to feel comfortable , for I knew they must come to my aid soon, when, sir-excuse me growin' pale,' sir, I always do when I think of it-I felt myself slippin' down with a jerky motion. "I looked at my. hands, and they never budged; then, sir, I looked at the pipe and saw that it was slowly unjointing near the roof. I was a-goin' to slide down, when I remembered that I was on the hip; I could only go down to the lower edge of it, and the ground was forty feet below, and no ground neither, but a lot of bricks stickin' up all edgewise. "The pipe came unjointed, the sweat rained off my face, and I knew then what it was to feel yourself close to death. "But I kept my head pretty clear fo1 all that, and when the pipe took a cant sideways, I thought it might do me some good. "And it did, sir, for the other joint where it was parting was some distance below me, and so the falling pipe carried me sideways as well as down. "It had just twisted clear off the bottom joint, and was goin' fast, when I just said: "'If it is God's will for me to die, may my soul rest in peace,' and took a leap for the iron bars of a window. "I caught them, sir, and there hung, with only the grip of my fingers atween me and death; and then, sir, I heard a yell and knowed they had knocked the poor crazy fellow on the head; then I seed a head come over the roof.


• 28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. "And then I heard a rushin' around inside, and 1 weight, were used in it. The mortar was scarcely makin' a deuce of a noise, but never doing aught thicker than a sheet of paper. for me, and the lunatic beyant a -smashin' of that The surface was polished till it shone like a mir-heavy stool on my fingers and makin' jelly of 'em. ror. All the smooth surface stones have long since "I was givin' out fast, sir; I couldn't ha' stood been removed, and it is believed that the mosque of it half a minute more, when a keeper rushed into Sultan Hassan, in Cairo, is largely built of them. the cell and knocked the madman senseless in the Under the pyramid, carved deep in the rock, was corner. 1 . a burial chamber, reached by a sloping passage 317 "So, sir, he grp.bbed hold of my wrist, and there I feet long. This was intended to fool grave-robbers, hung, him helping me, for ten hours it felt like to for Khufu was not buried there. From this passage me, and then I seed a rope a-comin' down from the another led upwards, and then horizontally to the roof. "queen's chamber," another trap for robbers . From "It had a slipnoose on the end, and somehow I the latter passage a third ran up to the exact centre got into it, and they hauled me up and I was safe. of the pyramid, where was the royal chamber with "They said it all happened in three minutes, sir, walls of polished granite. Above this again were but three minutes of agony, sir, told on me more smaller chambers. A stone sarcophagus stands than three years' hard work could ha' done, and for empty in' the royal chamber to this day. King a week my legs trembled so I couldn't move a foot. Khufu may have been buried here and his mummy "And that, sir, is my story." stolen, but the place has been empty sirice it was I breathed a sigh of relief when he finished, for ' first exp lored. in imagination I had followed him through his three minutes of agony; but then, looking to causes for effects, I asked: "How came the madman on the roof?" "The door at the foot of the stairs, sir, had a spring lock, and I hadn't closed it well. The pris . oners were a-takin' their exercise at the time, and one curio . us fell ow tried the lock an. d got the door open; the rest you know.'' "Very I said, and paying him liberally, dismissed him. THE PEOPLE OF INDIA. The population of India is far more di verse than is generally thought. They talk about 150 different languages and are divided up into forty-three distinct nationalities. There are' 2,378 main castes, besides a large number of sub-castes. There are 200,000,000 Hindus, from which, fortunately, we can draw fighting men; 60,000 , 000 Mohammedans, while among the Hindus there are 50,000,000 of degraded people of no caste, whose touch or even shadow is sur, posed to cause pollution. ONE OF THE SEVEN WONDERS. The girls are of all sorts, bright little things with The Pyramid of Khufu, though the oldest of the pounds of gold ornaments around their necks and Seven Wonders,. is the only one now standing. It is arms and in their ears and noses. These are Brahmin at Gizeh, on the western side of the Nile, a short children, who mJ..1st be married before they are ten, trolley ride from Cairo . and [ then kept secluded in their mothers' homes Its builders was the Pharaoh Khufu, or Cheops, till the final marriage ceremonies are complete, the date of whose is un certain, some writers when a1e passed on to the hou ses of their putting it at from 3969 to 3908 B. C., others about mothers-in-law. ten centuries later. He erected it as a tom b for himA Brahmin or Hindu girl has refined fea tures. and self-a tomb that should surpass all others in in figure i s what th 0 French call netite. Their nificence, that should defy the most sk illful grave-carriage i s erect, their are beautifully moulded, robber and as long as Time. and their every action is graceful. With regard to To obtain workers for this monument Khufu closfamilies, twenty pJ ple will frequently liv e in the ed the temples and added their tens of thousands of same house dependent on a so litary wage -earne:r. priests and attendants to the ranks of the workers. Limite d in number but mighty in influ e nce are the These were divided into three gangs of 100,000 men Parsees, who hold the wealth of Bombay in the hol each, one gang working for three months while the low of their hands and dwell in the lov elies t manother two supplied them with food . Their only pay sions around the coast . They conform to European was food and clothing, and taskmasters urged them customs, and li ve as much like Europeans as it is on with whips . possible for a colored race. They build hospitals "It has been estimated," writes Dr. Banks, "that and colleges after the European manner. Their even with modern machinery a thousand men would women are not merely . well educated, but as free to be required to labor for a hundred years if they travel and to mix with men as the women are of an would dupli cate the pyramid." alien race. Y e t thes e people, the Jews of India, as It covered thirteen acres of ground, its base a per-they have been called, still w or ship the sun and in feet square measuring756 feet . on each s ide, and their towers of silenc e J ay out their dead to be dewas 481 fee t high. (The Metropolitan Tower, New voured by the birds of the air. The reason is that York, is 700 feet . 3 inches high.) It was built of they refuse to defile the elements of earth, fire, and limestone covered with granite. About 2,300,000 I water with dead bodies, and so deliver them up to blocks of stone, averagingtwo and one-half tons in be torn to pieces by the vultures .


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 29 FACTS WORTH READING A . HOUSE BUILT OF STONES FROM EVERYWHERE. The "crazy patch" house of David F. Brown, in Punxsutawney, Pa., is composed of stones from a11 parts of the world, says the Popular Science Month ly. There are stones from every State in the Uni ted States, stones from Italy, Ireland, China, Japan, South America and other places innumerable. Grindstones, millstones, stones from the Mammoth Cave, from Pike's Peak, from the home of Patrick Henry, from the spot on which General Lee surrendered and from every historically famous place in this country, go to make up the ''crazy patch" house. Over the fireplace is a piece of gold quartz from South America. It required two years to build the hous e . THE DAHLIA. By a curious irony, this flower is of very humble origin. It has been developed from the Mexican tubers. Some century and . a half ago this plant was introduced into Europe by the Swedish botanist, Jr. Dahl, for the purely commercial purposes of :;upplanting or supplementing the potato. But they Jid not prove popular and the dahlia .dish soon dis appeared from the dinner tables of Europe, but the gardeners saw the latent possibilities of the flower, from which they have evolved the double dahlia and other popular floral fancies. It would thus appear that the dahlia had reversed the fate of the red clover, which was originally introduced as a garden flower, but was found to be much more desirable as a fine forage. The tubers of the dahlia, though !:litter, are still eaten in some parts of France. THE 100-inch • REFLECTOR. The last annual report of Mount Wilson Observatory contains the interesting news that the mirror of the 100-inch reflector.---much the largest telescope in the world-is now completed and silvered. Its clear aperture is actually almost 101 inches; the thickness at the edges is 12.75 inch; and the mirror weighs nearly 9,000 pounds. At the center, where the difference is greatest, the depth of the finished parabola differs from that of the nearest spherical surface (to which the glass was brought in preparation for parabolizing) by almost exactly 0.001 inch. In silvering, 35 gallons of distilled water were re quired to fill the. concavity, and to this were added 9 gallons of dilute silver solution and 9 gallons of dilute reducing solution. The deposition of the silver required 15 minutes. The dome for this giant telescope is complete and painted, and mounting was in course of erection at the end of the year. The operation of the telescope and dome , will require the use' of 35 electric motors. THE CROCKER LAND EXPEDITION. News of the safety of all members of this enter prise reached New York on May 29th, in the fo1 1.1 of a cablegram from the Faroe Islands. The sendei', Dr. H.J. Hunt, is on his way to Copenhagen aboard the Danish government ship "Hans Egede," which has figured in s o many circum-polar exploits. As is not unusual in such cases, the expedition appears to have been rather disrupted during its stay in the Arctic. Donald MacMillan, the leacfei, with several other members, is at Etah, on the northwest coast of Greenland, made famous by Peary's repeated use of it for a base; one of the relief vessels sent out is in North Star Bay; and the expedition's geologist, W. E. Ekblaw, is alone at Godhavn, South Greenland. As reported in 1914, the expedition has estab lished its belief that Crocker Land, which Peary suspected he had seen from Cape Thomas Hubbard on his return from the pole, has no real existence, and that the Admiral's observations were of a mirage. In addition to this, a great deal of valuable geographic geological an.d anthropological data has been secured. SOAPSUDS BANDAGES. Two European surgeons have recently recom mended the use of ordinary soap for the dressing of wounds. Gauze bandages impregnated with a thick fine-grained suds made from pure white soap are employed and the method of making and apply ing them is so simple that the ordinary housewife can easily add it to her store of "first-aid" knowl edge, as described before a recent meeting of the Society of Surgeons in Paris and reported in Bibli otheque Universelle, it is as follows: From 20 to 40 per cent. of white soap is dissolved in watm wate:r which has been sterilized by boiling or distilling. Tampons of surgical gauze for cleansing the wound are dipped in this soapy water, which is used for irrigating the wound. The wound is then bandaged with gauze compresses which must be at least about half an inch thick. These compresses are dipped in the soapy water, then rubbed with the soap until they ,are saturated, after which they are manipulated to produce a thick white suds, and placed lightly over the wound, then covered with absorbent cotton held in place ' by tarletan. Essenti ally the bandage thus constituted is a sort of spongy tissue made of millions of tiny soap bubbles. It is renewed every two or three days, and is said to have the great advantages of calming pain very marked ly, of not sticking to the tissues, and of not causing bleeding or suffering when removed. The healing is rapid and the aspect of the scar good.


BO THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. • ARTICLES OF ALIJ KINDS STEEL HONEYCOMB FOOLS BEES. A device that has completely hoodwinked the l:oney bee and made it perform its task in much quicker time has been invented by George E. Mac Donald, of .San Bernardino, Cal. He has in . vented a honeycomb made by dipping a steel frame into wax, and the bees have been completely fooled by it. All the bees have to do is to gather the honey, instead of also building the comb. HELD UP BY CYCLE BANDITS. Posing as traffic policemen two motor-cycle bandits halted Mr. and Mrs. John Burke of 1252 East Twenty-sixth street, Brooklyn, as they were riding in an automobile on Rahway avenue, near the Lin den City Line, New Jersey, the other morning and robbed them of $3,000 of jewels and $350 in cash. The bandits rode up alongside the automobile and told Burke his tail light was out. When the auto stopped the two men drew revolvers and compelled Burke and his wife to surrender their valuables. ,DOG DETECTS PICKPOCKE'f. "Butch," a fox terrier, was with his master, L. C. Lich, of San Antonio, Texas, while he watched a parade, and though the crowd was thick the dog was right on the job when he saw a stranger slip his hand into Mr. Lich's back pocket. "Butch" is some jumper, and he caught the insinuating hand before Mr. Lich knew what was ' happening. The master turnad to see a strang,e young man waving a fox terrier around in the air and evidently not enjoying it a bit. When Mr. Lich grabbed the would-be pickpocket "Butch"let go, but the thief squirmed from Lich's grasp and a second later was lost in the crowd. RESULT OF CROP CENSUS. The result of the recent crop census on the government irrigation projects is of particular interest at this time when serious shortage of the food supply the world over is threatened. In 1916 the government projects irrigated upward of 970,000 acres, and crops , were harvested from 856,500 acres, the balance being in young $.lfalfa and in orchards which have not yet come into bearing. The value of these crops to the farmer was nearly $33,000,000, or $38.25 per acre cropped. The corresponding figures for 1915 were $18,000,000 and $24,000,000. The government also furnished water to canals not operated by the Reclamation Service, making the total acreage furnished with irrigation water from government systems of at least 1,000,000. BLASTING WITH LIME. One of the greatest forces produced by chemical action is that which is generated by the swelling of quick-lime, or un slaked lime, when it is brought into contact with water, says the S2archlight. The lime when wet swells with a force that is well nigh irresistible. Many engineers have worked up meth ods to make use of this force, but it has never been practically applied until recently. Not long ago it was necessary to tear down a number of stone pillars twenty feet high and twelve feet squar.e in a fac tory. Dynamite was impracticable because of nearby machinery. So holes were drilled in the pillars and filled with quick-lime, upon which water was poured. The mouths of the holes were closed by tamping. In ten minutes as the lim e swelled the great pillars split and broke in all directions. WHY DO OUR EYES SPARKLE WHEN WE ARE MERRY? . If you should watch very closely the eyes of a merry person when you see them sparkle, you would probably notic e that the eyelids move up and more often under such conditions than ordinarily, and if you kpow what moving the eyelids up and down in front of the pupil of the eye does, you will have your answer, says the Book of Wonders . Every time the eyelid comes down it releases a little tear, which spreads over the eyeball and washes it clean and bright. It does this every time the eye lid comes down. Now, there is something about being merry which has the effect of making the ! yel ids dance up and down, and thus every time the lid comes down, the ball of the eye is washed clean and bright, and gives it the appearance of sparkling, as we say. • DECORA..TING POTTERY WITH SEALING WAX. Pottery can be decorat ed with sealing wax. A ready-made vase is clean ed thoroughly. Then the colored wax you have selected is softened in an alcohol flame. Holding the vase upside-down, ap ply a daul: of the wax. Move the vase vertica lly up and down in front of the flame to spread the wax. Apply additional daubs to the surface and spread them out in the ame way until the entire surface of the vase is covered. The heat from the flame thins out the wax and glazes it. Thus a one-colored coating is obtained , says Popular Science. More pretentious effects are made by "flowing" a wax of one color into another of a different hue. After the tonal color has been applied over a por tion of the vase, a daub of ano:her color is allowed to flow into the first color in such a way that no line of joining is formed. The secret of success lies in manipulating the


llL V The working or this trick Is very ensY. mos t startling and ruyst!fylug. Give the case and t hree pencils to any one In your audience •with to place any pencil In the case point upward and to close case and put the remaining two pen cils In his pocket. You now take the cuse wi":h the pencil In It and can tell what color It Is. Directions bow to work • . hP trick with each set. Price 25 each hy mall. postpnld. \Volff !'\ovelty C o., 168 W. 23rl St., N . y , STEF.l. DISC GUN. This gun has a pow erful steel spring, which shoots a disc from 1 50 t o 200 fee t In the air. With each ii:un we send . fifteen discs, containing dit ferent sayings. a s "Kl•s me. kldd,o. nothing makes me sick,'' "i\I:v. you look good. l e t's get acquainted," "Put ii damner on your jaw tackle," "I mv yaller gal, but oh, :rou Chocolate Drops. "Say, old man, pay me them two bits," etc. Young folks are delighted with tbe::n. Each gun packed in a box with 15 discs. Price complete. 12 cents; 3 for 30 cents: 1 dozen, $1; sent by !)arcel post. prepaid . Woltf Novelty Co., 168 W. 2Sd St., N. Y. RUBBER S UCKER. Rubber Vacuum Suckers The latest novelty out l an6 plates will s\lck to the table, cups to the saucers like i;lue. Put one under n glass and then try to lift It. You can't. Lots or fun. Always put it on a smooth surface and wet the rubber. l\lany othe r trick• can he nrrot?.pl!shed with this novelty. Price 12 cts. each by mall. postpal1tor at sillc. You can or bet on the nnm!Jer tbat will appen 1'. the one .getting the hlgh,,st numbc1 winnil!;:. Yon might g e t 0, 5 or 100 Pri ce, 1 5 cents; 3 for 40 cents, mailPd. postpaid. C. UEHR, 150 W. 6 2 d Street, N. Y. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. lllllTATION OUT FINGER. A cardboard ftnger. carefully bandaged with linen, and tbe side and en d a re blood-stained. W be n you slip It on your finger and show It to :vour friends, just glTe a groan or two, nurse It up and pull a look of pain. You will get nothing but sym pathy until you give them the laugb. '!'hen duck! Price toe: each, postpaid. Woltf Novelty Co., 168 w. St., N . Y. THE PRIZE FORD JOKE, Looks like a story-book, but It contains a cap and a trigger. 'l' he, moment y o u r friend opens the book to read the interesting story h e expects-Pop! Bang! The e x p l o s I o n ls harmless, but will make him think the Ger mans are after him. Price 36 cents each bY mall. postpald'Vo lll' Novelty Co lffR W. 2Sd St •• N. Y. MAGIC CARD BOX.-A very cleverly made box or exchanging or vanishing cards. In fact, any number ot tricks ot this character can be performed by it. A very necessary magical accesso r y. Price, 15c. FBANK SMITH. 813 Lenox .&u., N. GOLD PLATED SET. Gold plated combination set, witb tur quolse stone. Price lOc. each by mall, post paid. H. F. LANG, t8t5 Centre St., B'klyn, N. Y. . CACHOO AND ITCH POWDER. As Itch powder, Cachoo and Bombs are "\m mailable. we cannot accept orders for less than One Dollar's worth of an assortment. 'l'hey can b e sent b:V express only. on which w e will prepay the charges. WOLFF Novelty Co., t68 W. 23d St., N. Y. POCKET SAVINGS BANK. A perfect little bauk, haudsomeiy nickel plated. Holds just five dollars (50 dimes) . It cannot be opened until the bank Is tun, l\ben it can be readily emptied and relocked, ready to be again r efille d . Every parent should see that their children bnve a small sa'<"lngs bank, as the early habit o f saving their dimes Is of tbe greatest Importance. Habits formed in early life are.seldom for gotten In later years. Price ot this Jlttle bank, toe.; 3 for 25c., malled, postpaid. C. BEHR, 150 W. 6 2 d "Street, N. Y, AUTOMATIC COPYING PENCIL. The Importance o f carrying a good re• l!!!!!I liable penc!! n'led not be dwelt u:;>cn here. It la an absolute ne cesslty with us all. The holder or this pencil Is beautifully :iickeled with grooved box-wood hndle, giv• tng a fl.rm grip in writing; the pencU matlcally supplies the lead as needed while a box o! these long leads are given with each penc il. The writing of this pencil I• !ndellble the same as ink. and thus can be used In w:-lting letters, addressing envelopes, etc. Bill! of account or Invoices made out wlth this pencil can be copied the as It copy Ing ink was used. It is the handle•t penc!! ;Y'ff and just the thing to carry. Price of pencil , with box of complete, 18o. ; 3 for 260.; une dozen OOo. postpaid. C. BEHR. 150 W. 62d t>treel. N. Y. 31 To the Wife of One Who D rinks I bave an Important confidential message tor you. It will come In a plain envelope. How to conquer the liquor habit In 3 days qnd make home happy. Wonderful, sate, lasting, reliable, Inexpensive method, guar unteed. Write to Edw. J. Woods, C 228 , Station E, New York, N. Y . Show this to others. $ to $500 EA.CH paid for hnndreds o\ old Coln,. Keep ALL money dated be f ore 1895" and send Ten cents for New Illustrated Coln Value Book. size hi. It may mean your Fortune. CLA u 1' E COIN Co .• Box 911. Le Roy, N. Y. THE ELK HEAD PUZZLE. Just out and one or the I most fascinating puzzles on the market. The stunt Is to separate tbe antlers and r e join them. It looks easy, but try ft and you will admit that It Is without exception the best puzzle you have ever seen. You can't leave it alone. of silvered metal. Price t2c. ; s for soc., sent by mall. postpaid. C. BEHR, t50 W. 62d Street, N. Y. TH& SPIDER WEB PUZZLE. A very interesting llt tie puzzle. It consists of a heartly Rlate and brass ri ug. The object Is to g e t the ring from the side to the center and lrn c k . This Is very hare!, but we give directi o1u making It easy. Price, 10 cents eacb, by mail. postpaid. FRANK SMITH. 888 Lenox Ave., N. Y . LAUGHABLE EGG TRICK. 'l'his Is the funniest rrick ever exhibited nnd always produces roars of laughter. 'l"he per former says to the au dienc e that he requires some eggs for one ot his experiments. As no spectator-carries any. he calls his assistant, taps him on top of the head, he gags, alld an egg comes out of his mouth. 'l'hls Is repeated until six ei::i::• are produced. It Is an easy trick to p er form, once you know )low, and makes a bit. Directions given for working It. Price, 25 cents by mall. postpaid. Wolll' Novelty Co., 168 W. 2Sd St . • N. Y. .. '"" 9 "KNOCKOUT" CARD TRICK.-Five carda are shown, front and back, and there are no two cards alike. You place aome of them in a handkerch!er and ask any person to hold them l>Y the corners tn full view ot the audience. You now take the remaining cards and reQuest anyone to name any card shown. This done, you repeat the name ot the card and state that you will cause tt to tnvlstbly leave your hand and pus Into the handkerchief, whe r e it will be round among the other cards. At the word "Go!" you show that the chosen car d has vanished, leaving absolutely only tw,.. cards. The handkerchief Is unfolded b y ar. person, and In it la found the identical ca?:r .. Recommended very highly. Price toe. ea.;; by mail, postpaid. WoUf Novelty Co .• t61 W . 2Sd St .• N. Y .


nnTATION GIANT DIA!llONDS. . Diamond rings or studs of half-inch and one inch In di ameter are beard of In stories only, We have them Imitated by prodigious sparkling stones which wlil deceive the glance of any spectator. Price, by wail. postpaid, small size, 25c each; large size, 85c each. H. F. LANG, 1815 Centre St., B'klyn, N. Y. THE CREEPING lllOUSE. Tbls Is the latest novelty out. 'l'he mouse Is of a very natural appearance. When placed upon a mirror, wall, window or any other smooth surface, It will creep slowly downward without leaving the perpendicu lar surface. It Is furnished with an ad hesive gum-roll underneath which makes It stick. Very amusing to both young and old. Price. ten cents by mall. WOLFF Novelty Co., 168 W. 23d St., N, Y. ELECTRIC TWO-CARD :'llONTE. This tamous trick gets them all. You pic k up a card and when you look at It you find 16 you haven't got the card you fo ,11 thought you bad. Price !Oc, hy mall, postpaid. WOLFF Novelty Co . , 168 W . 23d St., N. Y. CHANGING CARD. 19;;;=:::::;;;;;;;;;;;i Oue card ls shown. The performer passes bis band over It and changes the car:! from a jack of spades to a seven ot hearts. The second time be blows on the card and changes It to a queen of clubs. Quite easy to perform. • Price lOc, by mail, postpaid, ..... .L with directions. -H, F. LANG. 1815 Centre St. , Brooklyn, N. Y. PAPEL BLANCO. Four cards are placed 1n a bat. One card Is removed and the balance are now shown to be changed to blank c 11rds. The cards can be thoroughly examined. Price lOc, by mall. postpaid. H. F. LANG, 1815 Centre St •• B'klyn. N. Y . NUT AND BOLT PUZZLE. ' A very Ingenious puzzle, Cl consisting of a nut and bolt with a ring fastened on the shank, which can .not be removed unless the nut Is removed. The question Is bow to re move the nut. Price, 15c, by mall, postpaid. FRANK SllllTH, 883 Lenox Ave., N. Y, .JAPANESE BANK PUZZLE. B u!it up of a large number of grooved pieces of wood. Very difficult to take apart, and very difficult to put together. It can be so dissected as to make a bank of It and when re would defy the most Ingenious bank burglar outside of prison. Price 85c, by tnall, postpaid. . FRANK Sl\llTH, 888 Lenox AVf'. , N. Y . READ THIS ONE! !lfiRADO BLOCK PUZZLE. Imported from Japan. This neat little puzzle consists of six strangely cuf pieces of white wood unassembled. 'l"be trick Is to so assemble the blocks as to form a six point cross. Price ae. hy mall, postpaid. II. F. LANG, 1815 Oen• tre St., B'klyn, N. Y. WILLARD-JOHNSON PRIZE-FIGHT 'PUZZLE. A: Four strips of each three lncbec by one and a bait Inches, showing Wlllard and J ollnson In various absurd Pndlc ular piece of highly pol !shed metal bent In such a manner wbeu as sembled It seems utterly Impossible t.o get them apart, but by following the directions It Is very easily accomplished . This one \9 a brain twister. Price toe, by mall, post paid, with directions. C. BEHR, 150 W. 62d St .• New Yc>rk City, PHANTOJ\I CARDS. •'" . From five cards three ,, ' are mentally selected by • any one, placed under an ordinary }landkercblef, performer withdraws two cards. the ones not se . lected; the performer in-vites any one to remove the other two, and to the great astonishment of all they have actually disappeared. No sleight-of-band . • Recommended as the most Ingenious car dtrlck ever invented. Price lOe, by mall. C. BEHR, 150 W. 62d St., New York City. "Movine Picture Stories" A WEEKLY MAGAZINE DEVOTED TO PHOTOPLAYS AND PLAYERS PRICE Ge PER COPY ..._ MF' PRICE Ge PER COPY THE BEST FILM MAGAZINE ON EARTH BUY A COPY! ENJOY YOURSELF! Magnificent Colored Cover Portraits of Prominent Performers! 32 PAGES OF READING OUT EVERY FRIDAY EACH NUMBER CONTAINS New Portraits and Biographies of Actors and Actresses Six of the Best Films on the Screens Elegant Half-tone Scenes from the Plays Interesting Articles About Prominent Peo pie in the Films Doings of Actors and Actresses in the Studios and while Picture-making Lessons in Scenario Writing, and names of Companies who buy your plays Poems, Jokes, and every bright Feature of Interest in Making Moving Pictures THIS LITTLE MAGAZINE GIVES YOU MORE FOR YOUR MONEY THAN ANY OTHER SIMILAR PUBLI-. CATION ON THE MARKET! Its authors are the very best that money can procure; its profuse illustrations are exquisite, ar.d its !:;pecial arti cles are by the greatest experts in their particular line. No amount of money is being spared to make this publication the very best of its. kind in the world. Buy a copy NOW from your newsdealer, or send us 6 cents in money or postage-stamps, and we will mail you any number you desire HARRY E. WOLFF, Publisher, 166 West 23d Street, New York City


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 -LATEST ISSUES-639 T h e L i berty l'Clys on the Warpath or, After the Enemy. 840 The LI berty Boys A fter Corn wallls; or. Worryln'h: the EarL SU biI.ty Boys and the Liberty Belli o r , ow They 842 ThP. Liberty Boys and Lydia D a r rah; or, A Wonderful Woman's Warning. 843 The Liberty Boys at Perth AmbC1y; or, l!'ranklln' a Tory Son. 844 The Liberty Boys and thp "Midget"; o . r . Good Goods In a Small Package. 845 The Liberty Boys at FrankCort; o r , Roatlng the "Queen'• Rangers. " 84 6 The Llherty BC1ys and General or, Corneted at the "Crooked lllllPt. " 847 Tbe Liherty Boys at tbe FarPwell Fete ; or, Frighten ing the British With Fire. 848 The Liberty 1'C1ys' GloCIDIY 'J'trul'; or, D arkest B efor e Dawn. 84 9 The Liberty Boys o n the Neuse River ; or, Campaig n i n g ln North Carolina. 850 The Liberty Boys and Henedkt Arnold; o r , Bot Wor k With a Traitor. 851 The Liberty Boys Exctteo; or, Doing Whirlwind W ork. 852 The Liberty Boys' Odd Recruit; or, The Boy Who Saw Fon In EverytMn,,:. 853 Tl1e Liberty Boys' Fair Fricno; or. The Woman Who Helped. 854 The Liberty Boys "Stumped"; or, The Biggest Puzzle or All. 8111> TbP Llhflrty Boys In New York B a y ; or, Difficult and DUI geron• Work. Liberty Boye' Own Mark; or, Trouble for the Tories. 857 The Liberty Boys at Newport ; or, The Rhode Island Cam palgn. 858 The L iberty Boys and "Black J oe"; or, The Negro Who Help ed. 85 9 The Liberty Boys Hard a t Work; or. After The Marauden. 860 The Lib erty B oya and t h e "Shirt Men"; or, Helpi n g the Vlr ginla Rlftemen. 8Gl The Liberty Boys at F ort Nelson; or, The Elizabeth River Campaign. 8e2 The Liberty !Soys and Captain Betts; or, Tryin g to Down Tryon. 86S The LllJt> rt:v Bou at llemls Heights; or, Helpin g to Bea Burgoynt1 8 64 The Liberty Roy11 and l:be "Llttle Rebels.,; or, T h e Boy1 \Vho Bothered the BrltlRh. . For sale by all newsdeU'ters, or will be sent to any address on receipt or price, 6 cents, per copy. Jn . money or postage stamps, b y FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher 168 West 23d S t., N. Y IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS I o f these weeklies and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from the publishers direct. Write out and fill in your Order and send it with the price of the weeklies you want, and the weeklies will be sent to you by return mail. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY. OUR TEN-C E NT HAND N o . 1. NAPOLEON'S ORACULUM AND No. u : .HOW TO }(A)[E CA..NDY.-A com -BOOKS DREAM nOOK.-Containing the great oracle plete hand-book for maklnir all ly Ws torDOCTOR.-A wonderful book, contalnln directions for calling off in all popular mer assistant, Fred Hunt. Jr. Explaining useful ano practical infonnation In the trea square dances. how the secret dialogues were carried on be ment ot ordinary and ailments co No. 5 . HO\V TO Jl[AKE J,OVE.-A tween the mar,tclan and the boy on the mon to every family. Ahoundlng In plete guide to Jove, courtship and marriage. and etrectlve recipes for general complaint giving sensible advice, rules and etiquette to This llttle book gives the explanation to all No. 39 . HOW TO RAISE DOGS, PO be observed, wilh many curious and interest-kl d f d TRY, PIGEONS AND HAHIHTS.-A usef Ing things uot generally known. 8k 0 d reams, toirether with lucky and und lnsfructive book. Handsomely 1llustra No. 6. HOW 'J'O AN ATHLETE. un.Nuc 2l'.. aHyso.w WRITE LETTERS TO ed. -Giving full instruction for the use or 0 • "' dumbbells Indian clubs, parallel bars, horlGENTLEl\fEN.-Contaiolng full Instructions No. 40. HOW TO JllAKE AND SE zontal ba;s and various otber methods of for writing to gentlemen on all subjects. TRA.PS.-Intluding tiints on how to cat d 1 1 1 1 taln No. 25. HOW TO BECOME A Gl'l\fNAST. moles, weasels, otter, ratA, squlrrel9 80 developing a gooill' •ea t 'Y muse e; con • -Containing full instructions for all kinds birds. Also how to cure skins. Copious! tng over sixty ustrntions. of gymnastic sports and athletic exercises. illustrated. No. 7. HOW TO KEEP BTRDS.-Hand-JlJmbraclng thirty-five !llustrat!ons. llY Proaomely lllustrated and costaiuing full In-tessor w. Macdonald. No. 41. THE ROYS OF NEW YORK EN structions for tbe management and trainlng No. 26. HOW TO ROW, SAIL A.ND l\IEN'S JOKE lsOOK.-Contalnlng a gre ot the canary, mockingbird. bobolink, blacklJU.ILD A JIOAT.-Fully lllusfrated. Full variety o! the latest jokffi used by, the mo! bird, paroquet, parrot, etc. Instructions are givetl In this Uttle book. to-famous eod men. No amateur minstrels No. !l. now TO BECOi\JE A VENTRILOgetber with Instructions 00 swimming and complete without this wonderful little boo QUIST.-BY Harry Kennedy. Every intelll-riding, companion aports to boating. Nu. 42. THE BOYS OF NEW YORi gent boy reading this hook ot Instructions No. 27. HOW TO RECITE AND BOOK STUl\lP a varied as can master the art, and create any amount OF RECITA.TIONS.-Contaln!ng the most sortment ot stamp speeches, Negro, Dutel ot tun for himsc.Jt and friends. It 18 the popular selections In use, comprising Dutch and Irish. Also end men's Jokes. Just t greatest book ever published. dialect, French dialect, Yankee and Irish dla-thing tor home amusement and amateu No 10. HOW TO BOX.-The art of aelflect pieces, together with many standard shows. defense made easy. Containing over thirty readings. lllustratlons of guards, blows, and the ditrerNo. 28. HOW TO_ TELL FORTUNES.No. 48. HOW TO BECO!llE A lllAGICJAN, ent position of a good boxer. Every boy Everyone ls desirous or knowing what -Containing the grandest assortment o • ahould obtain one of these useful and Infuture life will bring forth, whether happl-magical Illusions ever placed before th 1tructlve books, ns it will teach YQU how to net!!! or misery, wealth or poverty. You can public. Also tricks with cards, lncantj\tlon box without an in•tructor. tell by a glance at tbls little book. Buy one etc. No. 11 HOW TO WRITE LOVE-LET-and be convinced. No, . HOW TO WRITE IN AN AL\ TERS.-A most complete little book, contain-No. 29. HOW TO BECOME AN INVEN-BUlll.-A grand collection of Album Verset Ing full directions tor writing love-letters, TOB.-Every boy should know how !oven-suitable for any time and occasion, embrac< and when to use them, giving specimen let-tlons originated. This book explains them Ing Llnesot Love. Affection. Sentiment, Hu ters for young and old. all, giving examples in electricity, hydraulics. mor, Respect, and Condolence, also Verse No. 12. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO magnetism, optics, pneumatics, mechanics, Suitable for Valentines and Weddings. LADIES.-Givlng complete Instructions for etc. w.cltlng letters to ladies on all subjects; also No. SO. HOW TO COOK.--One or the most No. 4tS. THE BOYS QF NEW YORK MIN letters of Introduction, notes and requests. Instructive books on cooking ever published. STREL GUIDE AND JOKE BOOK -Some 1 N 13 HOW TO DO IT OB BOOK OF It contains recipes tor cooking meats, ftsh, thing new and very instructive. Every ETioQlJETTE.-lt ls a great Ute' secret, and -game, and oysters; alao pies. puddln1ra ahould obtain this book, as It contains f ull one that every young man desires to know cakes and all kinds of paatry, and a ,1trand instructions for organizing an amateur min all allout. There's happiness in It. collection of recloe!\. atrel troune. for •Rle by all newsdealers, or will be sent to any address on receipt of price, lOc. per copy, or 8 for 25c .• in money or post1t1ZP s t 1111•• . "' FRANK Publisher, 168 West 23d N. Y


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