The Liberty Boys after the "Pine Robbers," or The Monmouth County marauders

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The Liberty Boys after the "Pine Robbers," or The Monmouth County marauders
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Moore, Harry
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FRANK PUBLISHER, 168 WEST 23D STREET, NEW YORK. No • . 879. NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 2, 1917. Price SIX Ceut&. 'l'he Pine Robbers had strippe d their victim, and were about to leave him, boun d t o a. tree, to of cold, Dick and the Lil;>erty Boys came over the hill. "Fire o n t h e thieves!" shouted Dick, :flourishing his sword.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution. Issued Weekly-By Subscription $3.00 per year. Enter e d at the N e w York, 'N. Y., Post Office as S e c o nd-Clas3 Matter by Frank Tousey, Publishe r, 168 W est 23d Street, New York. No . 879 . NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 2, 1917. Price 6 Cents. The Liberty Boy s After the 'Pine Robbers' OR, THE MONMOU fH COUNTY MARAUDERS By HARRY MOORE CHAPTER I. THE FATE OF THE FARRS. One night in December of the year 1778 the members of a family named Farr, living in the south part of the County of M onmouth, State of New Jersey, were preparing to go to. be d w h e n there came an imperative knock on the door. There w ere but three members in the family, Mr. Farr and his wife, both more than fifty years of age, and their daughter Lizzie. As this was the locality where the notorious "Pine R obbers" were doing their terrible work of robbing and often murdering the inoffensive settlers, the three were somewhat startled when they heard the knock. They stared at one another in dismay. "Do-you-think it-is the-Pine Robbers-John?" Mrs. Farr tremblingly whispered. " I don't know, Mary," was the whispered reply. "Ohl I am-afraid-that-it is--the-Pine-Robbers!" "Maybe n ot, Mary." !there came the knock again, more imperative than be-fore, and a hoarse voice called out: "Open the door!" "Who is there?" asked Mr. Farr. " A s tranger, seeking shelter for the night." "D<>n't o p en-the-door, John!" whispered his wife. "I beli e v e they are Pine Robbers, father!" whispered Liz zie. " ' m afraid s o myself," replied Mr. Farr. He lifted up his voice and c a ll e d out: "We are not fixed for keeping travelers, sir; you had better go on to the next neighbor. You will be given lodgings there." "But it' s cold out here, and I am nearly frozen. I must stop here. I can sleep anywhere-on the floor in front of the hearth. It doesn't matter at all." "Don't-let-him-in!" whispered Mrs. Farr. "I won't, wife." "We never keep travelers," he called out aloud. "Open the door or we'll break it down!" came back quickly, in angry tones. The mask was now off; the wolf was ready to show its teeth! "I-knew-it!" gasped Mrs. Farr. "Ohl we shall be murdered!-! know we shall!" "Perhaps not, wife, " said her husband reassuringly; "we can show fight." "But. what can y ou do against perhaps a dozen, John? Oh! they will murder us in cold tilood!" "Who are you?" called out Mr. Farr. "We are the Pine Robbers!" in a hoarse, vicious voice. "I sus:Qected as much." " Oh, di d you?" sneeringly. " Yes." " All right; open the door, do you hear!" "Wh a t do you want?" "We want to come in, you old fool!" " I kno w what y ou want: You w ant to rob u s of ev e r y thing in the house that is of any v a lue. " ".l:'erha p s you are right, John .i<'arr. W e ll, open the doo1\ for if you don't w e'll break it down! " "I am not going to open the door!" "I will give y ou one minute in which to op e n the door , and if at the end of that time it is not open , the n smash it go es ! " " L e t m e t e ll y ou s om ething, Mr. Pine Robber, " retorteo Mr. Far r boldly; "i{ y ou break my door down I will shoot some of your dead!" "And that will mean that you shall be put to death, you old fool! You had better open the door!" "I will do nothing of the kind. Lizzie," in a low e r vojce, "bring me my r ifle and pistols , and stand ready to reload for me after I have discharged the weapons." "Yes, father." And the girl has t e n e d to obey. There was a brie f perio d of s il e nce, and then came the hoars e voice from without: "The minute's up!" Mr. Farr made no reply . In his hands was hi s rifl e , and he stood ready to fire if the door was broken do w n , as had been threatened. "Perhaps--it-would be-better to open-the doorJ ohn," quavered Mrs. Farr. He shook his head. "I don't think so, wife," he said. "I know that voice. It belongs to Bill West, and he hates me, as you know, and has for years, and he has come here to-night to rob us and kill me, I am certain; so I m a y a s well make the b est fight possible." "You-know-best, John." Crash! It was evident that several persons had hurled them selves against the door. It creake d and groaned, but the bar was strong and the door held. "Don't do that again!" call e d out Mr. Farr. "I am here to protect my home with my life, and I shall open fire if you do not go away!" "We are going to kill you, John Farr!" came back in vicious tones. Smash! Again the door creaked and groaned, but held firmly . "I am going to warn you once more," called out Mr. Farr. "Go away and let my property a l one , if you would save your lives!" "Bah! Shut UJ?, you old fool! You had better be praying than threatenmgl" "If you make another attempt to b reak the door down I sh a ll open fire!" retorted M r . Farr. He turned and told his wife and daughter to stand to one side, out of range of bullets might be fired through the door, and they did as he told them to do. There was a brief period of silence without, and then there came the s huffling of feet, followed by a great thud against the door. One of the slabs was cracked and splin tered and another such attack would knock it to piecea.


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER THE "PINE ROBBERS." . Mr. Farr understood. The Pine Robbers had taken up a log and used it as a battering-ram. Placing the butt of the rifle to his shoulder, Mr. Farr took quick aim at the weakened slab and pulled the trigger. The crack of the weapon was followed by a wild yell of pain and rage from without. "I hit one of the scoundrels!" muttered Mr. Farr grimly, as he handed the rifle to Lizzie to be reloaded, and drew a pistol. "Come over out of the middle of the room, father!" said the girl; "they may fire through the door!" At this moment there came the crack, crack, crack! of weapons, and Mr. Farr gave utterance to a groan of pain and sank to the floor. "Oh, he is killed!" screamed Mrs. Farr, running to her husband's side. "Where are you wounded, father?" asked the girl. "In the leg-it's broken, I think. Oh-h-h-h!" Crash! The slab was splintered into several pieces this time. Then there sounded another volley from, without, and Mrs. Farr fell gasping to the floor beside . her husband, a bullet through her heart. A cry of pain escaped the lips of Lizzie also; she had received a bullet in her arm above the elbow. Mr. Farr fired a shot from his pistol, and was glad to hear a yell of pain follow it. It was some satisfaction to know that he had hit one of the scoundrels. "Oh, father! Mother-is-dead!" half whispered Lizzie, horror and sadness in her tones. "Yes, dead,'' in a hopeless voice; "and I shall soon be dead! But you, my daughter; go away at once and save yourself, my dear! Slip out the back way." "Oh, father-and leave you here to be killed? I can't!" . "I'll be killed, anyway, and you, too, if you stay. So you must go. I command it, Lizzie, and you must not dis obey me!" "Oh, father, I cannot go!" "But, Lizzie, you must!" Crash! Another slab was splintered, and in a few minutes the Pine Robbers would be in the house. ' The girl bent over and kissed the cold lips of her mother and then threw her arms around her father's neck anrl kissed him again and again. "I will go, since you command it," she whispered; "but -it is--.breaking my heart--to do-so, dear-father!" "I shall die happier through knowing that you have escaped, my darling child." "Yes, father. Well, good-by!--oh! good-by!" "Good-by, and heaven bless you, dear!" Crash! The log smashed the other slab, and in another minute' the Pine Rpbbers would effect an entrance. Rising to her feet, the distracted girl slipped out into the kitchen, unbarred the back door, opened it and stepped out into the darkness. She pulled the door to and hastened away, and as she did so three or four dark figures came running around the corner of the house. "Thar goes sumbuddy!" cried a voicE!. "Shoot the critter!" from another of the figures. Crack, crack, crack, crack! Four shots rang out, four bullets whistled near the fleeing ' girl, but she was not hit, and a few moments later was in among the trees and out pf sight of the Pine Robbers. CHAPTER II. LIZZIE FARR AND THE LIBERTY BOYS. On the bank of a creek, amid the trees, a company of patriot soldiers were encamped. The soldiers were young fellows, not to exceed nineteen years of age on the average. They were manly-looking fellows, and seemed to be in a good humor, despite tpe fact that it 'iVas a cold night. They were well sheltered by the trees, though, and had three campfires going, and so were not likely to suffer from the cold. This company was composed of the Liberty Boys, as they were called. They had been in the patriot army two yea.1'11 and had done splendi_d work for the iO"eat cause. Their was a handsome, manly young fellow named Dick Slater, and he had made himself famous as a scout and spy. '!f-e was known. as "The Champion Spy of the Revolution." The youths were down in New Jersey on a sort of roving commission, there being nothing going on up on the Hudson where the main patriot army was encamped. . ' They had eaten their supper and were sitting around the fires on their blankets and discussing their chances for finding something to do m this part of the country "Say, Dick," said Bob Estabrook, the first lieutenant of the company, "I would like to get a chance at those 'Pine Robbers,' as they are called, wouldn't you?" "Yes, I would, Bob." "They have been robbing and plundering the people in this vicinity, haven't they?" "So I understand." "Well, let's hunt them out of their hiding-places and kill a few of them and scatter them, old fellow." "That isn't a bad idea." "They have their hiding-places and rendezvous in the pines amid the swamps, dop.'t they?" "Yes, and in the sandhills, Bob. They dig out caves, so it is said, and then cover the entrances with brush to hide them." "Well, let's get after them!" "I am willing, and-hello, who is that?" A girl came staggering into the circle of light and sank down almost at Dick's feet. She was pale, and her left arm was all bloody. Exclamations of wonder and compassion escaped the lips of the Liberty Boys. Dick was on hi'3 feet instantly, and, assisted by :Sob, lifted the almost fainting girl and placed her on his blanket . Another blanket, rolled up, was placed under the girl's head. "Oh, sirs--please-go to-the aid-of my-father!" murmured the girl, and then she relapsed into unconsciousness. "I wonder who she is?" murmured Mark Morrison. "And who shot her?" from Sam Sanderson, a dark iook on his face. "Hard telling,'' from another. "Pine Robbers, likely," from Ben Spurlock. "And she says her father is in danger!" "And wants us to go to his aid." "But we don't know where to look for him." "We must bring her to,'' said Dick. "Then she can tell us all about it. She has evidently come a distance and is tired out and weak from loss of blood. Bring some water, one of you." One of the boys brought some water, and Dick bathed the girl's face, and a couple of minutes later she sighed and opened her eyes. She looked a..t Dick and then around her in a wondering manner, and then it must have come back to her, for she uttered a groan, and exclaimed, brokenly: "Oh, my-poor-father! My-poor-dear-mother!" The boys exchanged glances. This must certainly'\ be a serious matter. "What is your name, miss?" asked Dick gently. "Li:r.zie--Farr." "Where do you live ? " "It must--be--two-miles from-here." "And your father and mother-you say they are in danger of some kind?" "My-mother-is-dead! And father-was-wounded-and-I-I-fear-he is-dead before-this!" "Who did the work, Miss Farr?" "The-Pine-Robbers." The youths uttered exclamations. "If you can direct us so that we can find your home we will iro and see if we can save your father," said Dick. "I think-I can-do thab" Then she did so, and Dick told Bob to take twenty of the boys and hasten on horseback to the girl's ho:re and see if her father was still alive. He at once began dressing the wound in Lizzie Farr's arm. The hventy youths, with Bob at their head, were mounted and riding southward five minutes later. -By the time Dick got Lizzie's wounded arm tied up she was able to talk coherently and calmly, and she told the story of the attack on her home by the Pine Robbers. "We were just talking about the Pine Robbers before .vou appeared, Miss Lizzie," said Dick; "we were fiirurinr


THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER THE "PINE ROBBERS." 8 on hunting them down and putting an end to as many of them as possible and scattering them and driving them away from this region." . "Oh, I wish that you might be able to do so!" "This outrage will settle the matter for certain," said Dick. "Your parents shall be avenged, Miss Farr!" "The leader of the Pine Robbers that were at our house to-night is named West," said Lizzie; "Bill West, and he has had a grudge against father for a long time." "We will see to it that Bill West is punished." Then Dick asked the girl how her arm felt. "It pains me some, but not nearly so much as it did," was the reply. "That is good. And now what are you going to do ? Where will you go, Miss Farr?" / "I might go to the home of Mr. Felton. They are friends of ours. They live about half a mile from here up the road." "That• will be the place for you. Myself and some of my comrades will carry you there." "Oh, no! I can walk. I am not weak now, and my arm doesn't hurt me much." "Then we may as well start at once." Dick assisted the girl to rise and then again asked her if she felt strong enough to walk. • "Oh, ves," was the reply. "Very' well; then we will go." They reached the l<"'elton home after a walk of fifteen minutes, and Lizzie was given a cordial reception , indeed. Mr. and Mrs. Felton were kind-hearted people, and their daughter Jennie, a pretty girl of about Lizzie' s age, was loving and sympathetic, and did all she could to cheer the bereaved girl up. Dick remained half an hour talking with the Feltons al}d Lizzie, and then he said that he must return to the en campment. Mr. Felton went out of doors with him and told him to instruct his Liberty Boys to bring the bodies of Mr. and Mrs. Farr to the Felton home to be given burial. "I will have them do so, sir," said Dick; "but perhaps it will be best to. wait till to-morrow morning." "Yes, I think so; Lizzie will feel stronger after having had some rest and sleep." "True, sirwell, good-night." "Good-night." Dick was soon back at the encampment, but the Liberty Boys that had gone to the Farr home had not yet returned. CHAPTER III. DICK IN THE SWAMP. . The country in the vicinity of the Farr and F elton homes was not very thickly settled, but the people did not think anything of going several miles, and so there was \!-large crowd at the funeral of Mr. and Mrs. Farr the next afternoon, the news of their death having been circulated many miles in all directions. TJle murder of the two aroused great indignation among the settlers. They were loud in their d e nunciations of the Pine Robbers, and a number offered to help the Liberty Boys run the scoundrels to earth and kill them. But Dick said that he had plenty of men for his need s. "I thank you," he said; "but we shall be able to find the scoundrels and annihilate them, I think. It is in our line, while you men have your work to attend to and your families to look after." "Well, ef ye want any help," said another, "ye jest let us know." "I will." The Liberty Boys went into camp near the Felton home, as the settler told them that he had plenty of meat, vege tables and cornmeal, and they would thus be where they could have plenty to eat. . This suited Charlie Nolan and Clarence Joyce splendidly. They had taken a _great liking to Lizzie Farr and Jennie Felton, and were glad to be in camp near . the girls. Dick began ple:nnlng the campaign against the Pine Rob bers the evening !lfter the funeral, All the youths were eager and interested, and it would ro hard with the marauders, once the youths got after them. The first thingto do, obviously, was to a-et one or more of the Pine Robbers' hiding-places located. This . done, arrangements could be made to kill or capture the villains. Dick decided that he would select four of the best scouts and spies from among the Liberty Boys and have the four, and himself also, make a thorough search for the rendez vous of the Pine Robbers. He name d Bob Estabrook, Mark Morrison, Sam Sanderson and Ben Spurlock. . It was decided to wait till morning a:qd then set out. This was don e, and soon after breakfast'the five Liberty Boys took their departure. Thos e who remained in the encampment had been instructed to ke ep a sharp lookout, as it was not impossible that the Pine Robbers might gather in their full strength and make an attack, hoping to take the youths by surprise and at a disadvantage. Dick headed for the Great Swamp, as it was "called, whose location had been described to him by Mr. Felton. "Likely, some .of the Pine Robbers have haunts in that swamp," was Dick's decision. After a walk of an hour the Liberty Boy reached the edge of the swamp. He turned to the left and made his way along the edge of the marshy ground, watching carefully for a path that would permit of his entering the swamp. . H e had gone perhaps half a mile when he found what he was looking for. There was a path, sure enough, and the youth knelt down and looked carefully. He found what he was looking for-there were tracks in the soft earth the edge of the swamp and also on the path leading into it. . Dick rose to his feet and looked searchingly in the di-rection the path extended. . H e saw no signs of any one. He then felt to see that his weapons were in place and his ammunition safe. If he ventured along that winding path into the depths of the Great Swamp he would doubt less be t aking great risks, might even be taking his life in hi s hands. But he was not the youth to be daunted by such pros pects; in fact, it only made him the more determined.• He and his Liberty Boys had set out to find the Pine Robbers and kill or c1J,pture them and put an end to their work of plundering and murdering the settlers, and they were the kind of youths who did what they set out to do, if such a thing were possible. Dick moved slowly along the path. It wound and twisted this way and that, sometimes doubling back and extending almost parallel with itself, so to speak. Thus it. took a good deal of traveling in order to get very deep into the swamp. Occa sionally Dick paused and looked for tracks, and al wa s found them. The weather was not quite cold enough' to freeze the ground, and so the shoes of the people who had passed this way had sun k deep enough to make im pressions that might easily be seen. On all sides were large trees; in fact, the was heavier in the swamp than anvwhere else. There was quite a good deal of undergrowth a)so in the way of bushes and rank grass which grew tall, but the latter was now dry and d ead . Dick walked slowly along, keeping watch ahead and at both sides of him , for he did not know but what he might be fired at by hidden Pine Robbers. Just as Dick was passing under a large tree he heard a swishing sound, and something struck him on the shoul ders, overbalancing him and knocking him off the path and out into the miry ground. As he leaped up and looked arouhd he saw that a huge panther was occupying the path and was glaring at him and growling. Dick's hands were muddy, and he would not have been able to draw a pistol and fire it had the beast been about • to leap upon him. The youth wiped his hands off on the skirt of his coat, and then drew a pistol and leveled it and took careful aim at the panther's left eye. He did not 'fire, however. He happened to think that a shot would be heard a long distance, and that the Pine Robbers would hear it and come to investigate, which would make it necessary for him to retreat, and his expedition into the swamp would be a failure. He lowered the pistol and and replaced it in his belt and looked at the p anther thoughtfully,


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER THE "PINE ROBBERS." How was he to get rid of tlte brute without firing his pistols off and arousing the Pine Robbers? That was the question, and it was a difficult one. The panther began pacing back and forth a distance of five or six yards, kee, mg its head turned toward Di<;k, and it!: greatyellow eyes were fixed on his face. "The beast is afraid to get in the mud," thought Dick; "so I am safe, so far as being attacked while I am in here;, but I don't want to stay in here long." Then he noticed that he was sinking gradually, and rea lized that the bog was a sort of quicksand, and that unless he got out quickly he might not be able to get out at all. "I guess I'll have to shoot the panther and risk the Pine Robbers hearing the reports," was Dick's decision. Again he a pistol and leveled it. CHAPTER IV. DICK A PRISONER. Just at this moment he heard voices. The owners of the voices were coming along the path from the interior of the swamp. That the pe rsons in question were Pine Robbtrs, Dick did not doubt. He did not fire. . He thought it best to try to keep them from knowing of his presence, if such a thing were possible. The approaching pa1ty was screened from Dick's view by bushes and t;Lll swamp grass. The panther heard the newcomers evidently, for it faced in that direction and growled threateningly, paying no more attention to Dick. This suited the Liberty Boy. "I wish the brute would attack and kill two or three of the Pine Robbers," was his thought. The panther crouched as though about to. spring. At the same moment Dick heard one of the approaching men give utterance to an exclamation: thar!" There was a brief period of silence, and then a voice cried: "A panther!" "We had better git back!" cried another. Then the panther leaped forward and moved toward the party in great leaps. Yells of terror went up from the men. "Shoot et!" "Run, boys!" "Kill ther critter!" "Yas. er et'll kill us!" Then there sounded the crack, crack, crack of weapons. A wild, yowling shriek of pain went up from the pan-ther, proving that one or more of the bullets had taken effect. 1 Then yells of dismay and terror came from the lips of the Pine Robbers. Two or three more shots rang out, and then all was silence for a few moments. Then Dick heard voices again. . "We killed the critter," he heard one say. "Yas, but ther blamed thing hez finished Jake!" "So et hez; Waal, et -couldn' be he'ped." "Whut'll we do with ther body?" "Throw et out in ther swamp; et'll sink. Ther mud aroun' here is quicksand, mostly, ye know." "Thet's so." Dick's fears were thus corroborateJ: This mud was in deed quicksand. What should he do ? He was already down to his knees and had doubts about being able to free himself. Yet to announce his presence to the Pine Robbers might be just as bad, or worse, for they might shoot him or pull him out of the mud merely to give themselves the pleas ure of hanging him. Again they might leave him there to go down to a horrible death by strangulation. • It was a puzzling situation, as well as a dangerous and disagreeable one. After some thought Dick decided to announce his pres ence and trust to luck. He 'thought it possible that the Pine Robbers did not know of the vresence of the Liberty Boys in the vicinity, and if that was the case they might not suspect him to be an enemy, and then he might succeed in escaping with his life. He lifted up his voice and called out: "Hello, there! Help! Help!" He heard exclamations in several voices: "Who's thet?" "Sumbuddy callin' fur he'p!" "Whar is he ? " "Mus' be close!" "Le's see who he is, and whar he is." "I'm right here; please come and pul! me out of this bog!" Soon six bearded, rough-looking, roughly-dressed men ap-peared on the path near Dick and stopped and stared at him with considerable curiosity. Dick thought he detected suspicion on their countenances also. "Who air ye?" asked one. "My name is Mart Jackson," replied Dick, giving the first name that occurred to him. "Humph! Whut ye doin' in thar?" "I was knocked . in here by that panther." "Whut!" "Yes, I was walkiug along, and it leaped down out of that tree and struck me and knocked me out in the mud. It didn't follow me, for fear of getting caught in the mud, I suppose." "Thet wuz et; they're kinder finicky about gittin' ketched in ther swamp." "Then it heard you coming and went to meet you." "Yas, we met ther critter an' killed et.". "But et killed one uv our number," from another. "That is too bad," said Dick; "and now will you kindly hel;; me out of here? I'm sinking deeper and deeper." 'Whut ye doin' here in ther swamp?" the leader of the six asked. "I was trying to find my way through it, sir." "How kim ye ter git inter et in ther furst place?" "I am on my way down south, and a settler told me that there was a path through the swamp, so I thought I would try to get through." "Humph!" The man turned to his companions. "Shel! we he'p 'im out?" he asked. "Yas," said one, and then he said something to the leader in a low voice. The leader nodded and said: "Thet's so." Then he turned his eyes on Dick and went on: "We'll hev ye out uv thar in a jiffy, young feller." He unwound a rope from his body and made a noose in one end and tossed it to Dick. "Put er aroun' yer body, under yer arms," he said, "an' then we'll snake ye out uv thar." Dick did as told. "Ready," he said . "All right; now we are at et." The six pulled slowly and steadily, and gradually Dick was drav(1n out of the mud and toward the path. When he was on the solid ground the ruffians seized hold of him and proceeded to bind his arms together be hind his back. "Why are you doing that?" he asked, in well-simulated surprise. "Thet is our bizness," was reply. "What right have you to make a prisoner of me?" "Ther right uv might, I reckon," with a chuckle. "Who are you men ? " "I reckon ye know, young feller." "No, I do not." "I ruthe'r think ye do; but I don' min' tel1in' ye thet we air known ez ther 'Pine Robbers.' " "The Pine Robbers?" remarked Dick, just as if this was the first time he had heard the name. "Yas; never heerd uv us?" "No, I have never heard of you." Dick thought it no sin to deceive these ruffians. "Waal, ye hev heerd uv us now, haw, haw, haw!" "But why make a prisoner of me, a stranger and a trav eler? I am not bothering you." "Waal, we don't know about ye, young feller. Yer story about tryin' ter cut through ther swamp may be ther truth an' then et may not. Fur all we know, ye may be ft '>."W, come here ter spy onter us."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER THE "PINE ROBBERS." 5 "Y <>u are making a mistake." sai

6 THE LIBERTY BOYS AF'IER THE "PINE ROBBERS." Yet such seemed to be the case. . West found his voice after a few moments. "Who in blaz es air you?" he gTowled. "A friend of him," nodding toward Dick. "And I want you to give the order for his release. Tell your men to let go of that rope and take it off his neck!" Vvest glared at the daring youth. "Say, ye're sassy!" he growled. "I mean busin ess!" declared Bob grimly. "Stop, there, you two fellows!" as a couple of the Pine Robbers started to move around so as to get w11ere they could make an at tack from the side; "stop them, you head man, or I'll put a bullet through your heart! Quick!" "Stay whar ye air, boys," growl e d West, an uneasy look on his face . "Don' do nothin' till I tell ye . " The men stopped. "Now do what I ordered you to do," said Bob. West hesitated and looked around him as though think ing of to evade the issue, yet not knowing how to do so. Bob broke in sternly: "I'm tired of talking to you! Now, if you don't give the order to free my friend I'll put a bullet through you! Do you hear?" "Yaas, I hear." Then West sullenly gave the order, and the Pine Robbers who were holding the end of the tether-rope let go and then Dick leaped to the floor. "Take ther lariat off'n his neck," growled West. '!'his was done. "Thar," from West, glaring at Bob; "now gi't out uv here afore I turn my men loose onter ye!" "You wol'l.'t do that," confidently. "How d'ye know I won't?" . "Because, if you should attempt to do so I would kill you the first thing, and you don't want to die, do you?" "I guess no buddy does. But, whut ye want now?" "I want you to free my friend's hands." West hesitated and then gave the command, and one of the ruffians untied the rope binding Dick's wrists. "Very good," said Bob calmly; "now give him his weapons." This was done. It seemed that the daring youth, with his leveled pistols, held them under a spell of awe. One of the Pine Robbers handed Dick his weapons, which had been taken off him when he was brought into the cabin. "Now, Dick," . said Bob, "are you ready for a running fight?" "Yes, Bob," was the prompt reply; "now that I am free and have my weapo ns again, I am ready for anything." "All right{ step through the I will follow, and then we wi 1 give these fellows a lively chase." "We'll ketch ye, all right!" growled West. "M aybe so," with a smile. ' Dick stepped across and passed through the doorway. Bob followed, backing out of the room. The Pine Rob bers watched the two eagerly and waited for West's com mand for them to give chase to the two daring young fel lows. West was in no hurry, however. He was too cautious to give the command while the eyes of the daring youths were on him. He felt that_it would be as much as his life was worth. Bob . quietly replaced one of the pistols in his belt, but without taking his eyes off West for an instant. Then he suddenly jerked the door shut, and he and Dick dashed away at the top of their speed. "After 'em, men!" they heard West yell. The next moment the door was jerked open, and out came. the Pine Robbers pell mell. They caught sight of the fugitives thirty yards distant and running swiftly, and dashed after them, yelling loudly. They drew their pistols and fired at the fleeing youths, but their bullets went wild for the most part, only a few coming anywhere near the fugitives. Dick and Bob were splendid runners, and drew away fr0m their pursuers. They reached the point where the path began and were soon making their way along it. The Pine Robbers fired at the fugitives again and some of the bullets came dangerously near. "Let's give them a few shots, Dick," said Bob. "I don't believe in letting them have all the fun." "All -right, Bob." They drew their pistols and cocked them, and then, stop-ping s ' uddenly, whirled and fired four shots in quick succession. ' They were good marksmen, and two of the Robbers gave utterance to yells of pain, and one of the two .reeled and fell, which showed that he was hard hit. • -Then the two whirled and dashed onward again, while the robbers gave utterance to loud yells of rage. "I guess we wounded a couple of them, Dick." "Yes, Bob.'' , "We could have killed three or four in the cabin, but I hated to shoot even such villains as they down in cold blood.'' "That is the way I felt about it, Bob." "Well, we will make our escape, anyway." On they hastened. They were unable to make as good headway as they had been doing, for tl::re path wound and twisted like a huge snake, and made it necessary for them to go more slowly. The Pine Robbers experienced the same difficulty, how ever, though they were not inconvenienced quite so much, owing to the fact that they were more familiar with the windings and twistings of the path. Half an hour passed, and Dick and Bob were drawing near the mainland. The Pine Robbers were still in pursuit, though they were now nearly a quarter of a mile behind. "I don't see why they are keeping on," said B ob; "they can't hope to catch up with us now.'' "That's the way it to me, Bob. It would seem )ike a hopeless case for them." "We must be within a couple of hundred yards of the mainland." "I think so." A few minutes later Bob said: "I see the mainland! I recognize the trees and that big rock." "Yes, I remember the rock," agreed Dick. "We'll soon be safe, old fellow." "Yes.'1 They were within fifty yards of the mainland, when sud denly they saw eight rough-looking men emerge from a clump of bushes and approach the end of the path leadi n g into the swamp. More of exclaimed Dick. "You are right, Dick!" " I guess we aie in for it!" "It looks that way!" The Pine Robbers caught sight of them at this instant and gave utterance to excited exclamations. CHAPTER VII. A YOUTH'S DESPERATE SITUATION. Dick and Bob did not hesitate. They realized that a bold course was the only one, an so they dashed forward straight toward the oncomin g men, yelling at the top of their voices: "Run! Run! Turn and run for your lives!" The Pine Robbers were ev:!clently puzzled. They stopped and stood there staring at tl)e two i n won clering amazement. They were exchanging words in an excited tone of voic while their hands were on tl)eir weapons . "Run, I tell you!" cried Diel(, as he and Bob reached t mainland; "if you don't you will lose your life!" "Why?" bawled one of them. "Because a big gapg of rebels have been to the and killed all your comrades, and they are coming rig behind us! Rmi!" The Pine Robbers looked wild, and gave utterance loud exclamations. Dick and Bob were making the most of the chanc e th was open to them, and they now darted . off at an angle i order to get past the party. 't>hese worthies noticed the action . "Ho!' on!" ye!lecf one. "Here! We wanter talk ter ye! "No time," cried Dick; . "run, or it will be allup wi you!" But the P ine Robbers caught sight of the youths p suers at this moment and saw that they were their o comrades . and, realizin that they had been f o oled , th 1 .


THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER THE "PINE ROBBERS." 7 Pve utterance to wild yells of rage and dashed after Dick Then Dick and the other youths discussed the situation. and Bob, firing their pistols as they went. What should be done? lJull ets histled around the two, but as their enemies Evidently before anythi,ng could be done it would be laad fired w hile ruhning and had not taken aim, none of necessary to find where the Robbers had gone. 0.. bullets hit the mark. That the villains had a number of i:endezvous in this Still, an accident might occur and the fugitives be hit region could not be doubted, and the only thing to do was chance b alls, and so they ran with all their mig11t in to search till these were found, one after another, and the U. effort to get; out of range. Pine Robbers were forced to fight or leave the region. It was fortunate for the two Liberty Boys that they Dick named six of the youths to go in search of the wete swift runners, for it enabled them to gradually draw rascals, and ordered the others to :return to camp. -..way from their pursuers, and when they had gone half a The Liberty Boys set out for the encampment at once, Jnile they were out of range of the bullets :from the pistols. and who were to reconnoiter also set out in different The Pine Robbers seemed to realize that they could not directions. hope to catc h the fugitives and gave up the. pursuit. . Dick, of course, was one of the number who went on the As soon a s Dick and Bob discovered this they slackened reconnoitering expedition. their speed to a walk. He walked slowly along. keeping a sharp lookout in all "Well, Bob , you got to the cabin in the swamp just• in directions. Un\e," said Dick pantingly. He was determined not to fall into the hands of the "Yes, so I did, old fellow . " villains a second time, if such a thing as avoiding doing "How came you to be there?" so was possible. "You know that fellow that came there a while before I Two hours passed, and then Dick heard a cry for help. put in an appearance, Dick?" It was a hoarse, strained cry, and fthe youth hastened in "Yes. " the direction from which it sounded. "Well, I happened to catch sight of him ou t here in the He drew a pistol and held it ready for instant use, for timber and f ollowed him. He guided me to the island." he did not intend to be taken at a disadvantage in case there "I see." was any trick in this affair. "I knew he must be a Pine Robber, antl guessed that On Dick moved, the cries for help sounding nearer and he would lead me to his rendezvous, but I did not expect nearer, and then suddenly Dick stepped out into an open to find yo u there." space and saw over at the farther side a strange sight: "I suppo s e not." A man was hanging head downward from a limb of a "No , and when I did see you I was in a quandary, for giant tree, tether-ropes being tied to feet and to the I didn't see how I was going to .take you ou t of the hands limb! of a dozen or more desperate ruffians." "Y Ol.l. certainly took your life in your hands in doing what 'you did , Bob. " "I didn't care for the danger to myself, but I was afraid that I w ould fail, and that you might lose your life, after all." "You w o rked it right in threatening Bill West." "Yes; so that was West himself, eh?" "Yes . " "He looks to be a villain, sure enough, Dick . " " Y e s , s o h e does." " Jove, I'm almost sorry I didn't put a bullet into him when we r a n a way, old fellow!" "It would not have been any sin to do so, I am sure." "No." "But it doe s n't matter; we'll get him sooner or later." "I think so." • "We will go to the encampment, Bob, and will get the boys and set out for the island in the swamp at once." "I don't think we will catch any of the Pine Robbers there, though, Dick. " "Likely not; but we will burn cabin and spoil the place as a rendezvous . " "Yes,, we can do that." They walked swiftly onward, and when they reached the encampm ent Dick told the boys to get ready for work at once. They were not long in getting ready. Then the forc e set out through the timber, walking swiftly . They kept a sharp lookout, but did not catch sight of any of the Pine Robbers. When they reached the end of the path Dick left fifty of the bo y s lliere, and with the other fifty hastened along the path toward the island. As he had expected, when they reached the island they found not a soul there. Tl& cabin was empty. More, it had been stripped of everything that could be rried away handily. Evidently the thieves realized that the "rebels" would 't the place, and so they had abandoned it. "What is to be done, D ick?" asked Mark Morrison. "Fire the cabin , . Mark." was the reply. "All right." The Lib erty oy the command, and soon the cabin as on fir e . The youths r emained there till the roof fell in with a sounding crash, and then they made their way back to e mainland . "You did n't find any of the Pine Robbers, eh 7" Sande rson.. "No, Sam.'' CHAPTER VIII. SURROUNDED f Dick stared for a moment in amazement. This beat anything in the way of punishment of an in dividual that he had ever seen. , Then, realizing that the poor fellow must be suffering torture, Dick dashed across the open ground and stood beneath the head of the suspended man. But the question that bothered Dick was, How was he to get the poor fellow down? He could not reach high enough to cut the tether-ropes tied to the man's ankles , and there was nothing near at hand to stand He might climb the tree and cut the ropes, but the victim would fall to the ground and might break his neck. Suddenly an idea struck Dick, and he drew his knife, and, reaching up, cut the rope binding the man's wrists. Then he said: "If I help sustain your body, can you cut the ropes holding you up?" "I-think-so," was the reply. Dick pre;:;sed the knife into his hand. "There. Now see what you can do," he safd. He placed his hands on the man's shoulders and pushed him upward, assisting him materially. , It was a hard task, but the fellow succeeded in cutting the two ropes, and, although he fell to the ground when the second one cut, Dick managed to ease his fall and get him turned so that he struck on his feet. I His legs were so numb, however, that he sank to the ground, helpless for the time being. Dick at once fell to chafing the other's ankles. The individual who had been served such a mean trick was a young man of perhaps twenty-one years, and was not bad looking . But just now his face was distorted r.v:ith pain. As he worked, Dick. kept glancing .around him warily, for he did not know but some of the outlaws might put in an appearance at any moment. "What is your name?" he asked presently. "John Hawk," v/as the reply. "Who did this?" "The Pine Robbers." "Ahl Whv did they do it?" "They don1t like me, and so did it jus t for meanness to torture me." "Well, it certainliy was torture!" "Yes: I couldn't have lived if left in that position."


8 LIBERTY BOYS AFTER THE "PINE ROBBERS." "ls your home near here?" "Yes; that i s, I work for a man who lives about a mile from here." "You don't live with your parents, then?" "My parents are dead. I have no home of my own." "Why do the I'i"ne Robbers hate you?" "Because, in the first place, I would not join them." "I see." ' "And in the s econd place, because I have denounced them on every opportunity, and have given two or three of their number sound thrashings." "That"s it, eh?" "Yes." "Well, what are you going to do now?" The young man's face grew stern. "I'll tell you what I'd like to do," he said. "What?" "I'd like to put in a week or two to hunting those scoun dre_. and getting revenge for the torture and suffering they have inflicted upon me!" Dick nodded. "I understand how you feel," he said. "Well, join myself and comrades and help run the Pine Robbers to earth; that will give you full revenge on them." John Hawk regarded Dick with interest. "Who are you and your comrades?" he queried. "My name is Dick Slater, and my comrades are known as the Liberty Boys." Hawk uttered an exclamation. "I've heard of you!" he cried. "You have?" . "Yes; are your Liberty Boys nea1 here?" "They are encamped close to the home of Mr. Felton." "I know where he lives. And so you are Dick Slater!" TI1e young man was eyeing Dick with deep interest. "Yes; will you join us?" "I most certainly will!" and he held out his hand, which Dick grasped and shook. "And now I wish to thank you for saving my life," said Hawk earnestly. "That is all right," said Dick; "you are more than wel come. I am very glad indeed that I was enabled to rescue you from your perilous and uncomfortable position." "I'll do as much for you if ever I get the chance, Mr. Slater." "I am sure of that,-John; but don't 'Mister' me; call me Dick." "All right, Dick." "How do you feel now? Can you walk?" "I think so." The young man rose to his feet and took a few steps. "I'm a bit stiff, but will soon get limbered up," he said. "Will you go along with me?" queried Dick. "Where are you going?" "I'm looking for the rendezvous of the Pine Robbers." "Yes, I'll go along with you. Maybe I can be of assist-ance to you, Dick." "I think it likely that you can, for you know the country better than I do, and will have a better idea regarding where to look for the Pine Robbers' rendezvous." "They have rendezvous in the Grea , t Swamp, Dick, I feel pretty certam, and--" "Yes; we have already found that one." "ls tnat so ? " "Yes; we were there a few hours ago and burned the cabin." "But they were not there?" "No," and Dick explained how it happened that the Pine Robbers had been absent from the island in the swamp. , "Well, I think that I know about where to look for their hiding-place," said Hawk. "Tfien you can aid me materially. Come along." They set out, and Dick's companion acted as guide. "We will go to l\ilr. Bolton's first," he said. "I want to tell my employer that I am going to have other work on hand for a week or two." They were not long in arriving at the Bolton home. Hawk told the settler what had happened to him, and that he was going to put in his time for a vJhile in to get even with the men who had treated him so roughly. "I don' blame ye fur wan tin' to git even with 'em, John," said Mr. Bolton. "I guess you can get along without any help on the vlace for a while, anyway," said Hawk. "Yaas, all there is ter do is ter feed ther stock and do ther milkin'." , After talking a while longer Dick and John said good-by to the settler and his wife and set out. "You have a point in mind that you are heading for, John?" queried Dick. "Yes." "How far is it?" "About three miles. It's down in the sand barrens amid the pines. I am sure that the Robbers have several hid ing-places there. They dig out caves in the sand and cover the entrances with brush-so a fellow told me once who had belonged to their gang, but who got disgusted and quit th:em," "Where is he now?" "Dead." "Ahl" "I believe that Bill West, the leader of the gang, killed him." "Likely." This fellow that I am speaking of was found dead in the road one morning, shot through the heart." "I see." "Of course it was impossible to say who had shot him, but I am sure that either West himself or some one of his men did it." "There can be little doubt regarding that, John." The two strode onward at a swift pace for half 8.n hour, and then they slackened speed. "We will soon be in the vicinity of the region I spoke of," said Hawk; "and it will be best for us to go slow and keep a sharp lookout." "Undoubtedly you are right." They presently came to a sandy, desert-looking tract of ground, in which were scraggy pines and here and there still more scraggy clumps of bushes. It was indeed a desolate-looking locality. "This is about the kind of place one would expect to find the Pine Robbers in," said Dick. "Yes; this is their stamping-ground. Few honest people ever venture into this locality. It hasn't been safe to do so for two or three years." They moved slowly along, keeping a sharp lookout in all directions. . They carefully scrutinized every clump of bus es or brush-pile, thinking that a cave might be there. They had penetrated at least a mile into the sand barrens, . when suddenly they heard a voice calling to them from behind. They whirled and saw a man standing beside a pine tree. Dick recognized him at a glance: The fellow was Bill West! "We've got ye surrounded!" he called out. . "Ye can't escape, an' so ye mought ez well surrender!" CHAPTER IX. A TERRIBLE PREDICAMENT. Dick and his companion stared at West a few moments and then looked at each other. Dismay was written on their faces. There was the mute question, also: Should they surrender? "We'll make him prove his words first," said Dick. "Get behind a tree, John!" Both le!j.ped behind trees, and their action was greeted by a burst of laughter from West. "Little good thet'll do ye!" he said. "That remains to be seen," was Dick's grim reply. "I guess ye don' berleeve whut I tol' ye, hey?" "You have guessed right." "Waal, I'll show ye!" West gave utterance to a shrill whistle. "Now look all aroun' ye," he called out. The two did so, and they saw Pine RQbbers in all directions. The villains were on every side. "Say, this looks bad, Dick!" exclaimed John. "Yes, so it does." "What are we to do?" "I hardly know." "Looks ae if we will have to surrender." "But I don't want to do that if it can be helped." "I suppose not. " "No; they'll probably torture us or kill us, you know.•


I THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER THE "PINE ROBBERS." 9 Hawk grimaced. Still fresh in his mind was the, memory. of his experience with the Pine Robbers. "Well/' called out West, "are you satersfied thet 1 tol' • ther truth now ? " "Yes,'' replied Dick. "An' ye're goin' ter surrender, uv course." "I'm not so sure about that." "Whutl" "You heard what I said." , "I know; but no buddy but fools would think uv tryin ter hol' out erg'inst us." "Perhaps you are right; we may be fools, but we are not &'Oing to surrender." "Ye're goin' ter fight, hey?" "We are!J' "All right; we'll giv' all fi.ghtin' ye w;ant!" At this moment John said to Dick, In a low vo!Ce: "Do you see that bunch of bushes, Dick?" He motioned as he spoke, indicating a clump of bushes about thirty feet distant. "Yes." "I think that is the rendezvous of the Pine Robbers!" "You do?" "Yes." "Then we will have to look for shots from there: " "Maybe none of the scoundrels are hi there." "Tl}en it might be a good move for us to take possession, John!" "That's what I was thinking." "All right; let's make a dash for the bushes." "Come on!" They suddenly ran across and darted in among the bushes, and at the same moment the Pine Robbers fired a number of shots at them. To the disappointment of the two youths, they did not find the entrance to a cave amid the bushes. "I thought I saw what looked like the entrance of a cave," said John di s appointedly. "It must have been that rock that you saw." "I guess it was." There was a large rock near by, and, on stepping around to the farther side of it, Dick saw a deep hollow just be side it. The hollow was circular in shape, about three feet in diameter and four or five feet in depth, and it seemed almost as if it 'had been made by artificial means, though this was not likely. "We'll get down in the re and will thus be protected fairly well from the e n emy's shots," said Dick. Even as h e spoke the y heard the sound of hurrying foot steps. The Pine Robbers were coming on the run, undoubtedly. . "Down in the hole, quick!" said Dick. John leaped down, and Dick folJowed suit; then, with pistols drawn and cocked, they awaited t h e o nslaught of the scoundrels. The ruffians e vid ently knew of the o [ t h e rock in the midst of the bush e s, for the. slac1-:er1i:d sp eed to a slow walk and advanced cauti 0u sly frnn• ' hf' s ide the rock was on. The youths tried to get a look at the de sperad oes, so as to .i;rive them a f e w shots, butwere unable to do so. "They're down in ther pit ther other s ide uv ther rock," the two h e a r d West say . "Thet's whar they air," from another. "We'll shoot aroun' ther side uv ther rock," said a third. "Oh, you will, eh?" murmured Dick. "I guess we can do some shooting, too!" . we can!" agreed John. watched kee nly, Dick keeping his eyes on the righthand side of the rock and John on the left. Suddenly an arm was extended out around the right side of the rock, and in the hand was a pistol. Dick was too quick for the Pine Robber, ho we ver, and leveled his pistol and fired, t'ne bullet hitting the ruffian in the arm. ' With a wild yell of pain , he jerked his arm back, dropping the pistol. "Good!" exclaimed John. Exclamations of rage came from the rest, and threats were lfiven utterance to. "Les rush aroun' an' jump onter 'em all ter onct!" the two heard one of the ruffians cry. "No," \ said another; "I'll clim' up on top uv ther rock an' shoot at 'em . " "Go a ead , " in We st's voice; "on'y y e wanter look out thet the don' put er bullet through ye." "All right; boost me up, one uv ye." The rock was a large one, a boulder in fact, standing at least six feet high, and being four feet in diameter. Dick and John were now forced to watch at both sides and at the top of the rock, and this was hard to do. Suddenly there came a chorus of exclamations of amazement and horror from the Pine Robbers, and over toppled the huge rock, falling across the top of the pit and covering it completely! . . . Dick and John had seen the rock commg m time so that they had been able to, drop down into the pit and avoid being crushed; but they were in a sad predicament: for .they were imprisoned more surely than ever was any mhab1tant of the Bastile. Still, the stone did not shut out all light and !lir. Around the edges of the pit were places where the two could see out, slantingly. They could hear the voices of the Pine Robbers, lifted iI: excitement, and they gathered from the words they under stood that the ruffian who had climbed up on top of the rock had been sent headlong to the ground and had sustained . more or less severe injuries. "Served him right!" said John, his voice sounding muffled in the close confines of the pit. "Yes, he is responsible for the fix Dick. "I wish he had broken his neck!" we in," replied I "I wouldn't have felt like weeping if he had," repliec Dick. . "Hello, ye fellers!" came to their hearing now. "Well?" called out Dick. "How ye like et in thar?" "We don't like it very well." "I s'pose not-haw, haw, haw!" "We'd rather be in here than out among you scoundr e l s !' retorted Dick. "Oh, ye would, hey?" "Yes." "All right; we're right glad ter heer et-fur we're goin ' ter leeve ye whar ye air; ye unnerstan' ?" "You are going to leave us here?" "Yaas; an' we hain't goin' ter try ter kill ye witlt bullets , nur hurt ye ertall; 'cause w'y, we want ye ter hev er good long spell uy wantin' sumthin' ter eat an' drink! Ye unner• stan'?" The two imprisoned youths did understand, and as the horror of their situation burst. upon tl:ieir understanding they were for the moment dazed. Then Dick recovered command of his faculties and cried out: . "Oh, you scoundrels! You had better let us out of here!" "No! Ye're thar ter sfay, ye bet! Good-by. We're off now!" "Stop!" But a chorus of mockirtg laughter was the only reTJly. and then the faint sound of trampling feet came to their The youths could see fairly w e ll, and they exchangeo glai:ices of dismay and horror. . . . They realized that they were mdeed m a terrible predicament. CHAPTER X. THE PINE ROBBERS AT WORK. Dick Slater and John Hawk were silent for a few m.ln utes after the Pine Rob):>ers left, and then John said: "What are we going to do?" Dick shook his head. "Whht can we do ? " he asked. "That is more than I can say.'' "We can't lift the rock off, that is certain." "No, it must weigh a ton at least." "So it does. I don't see how any on e could sav e us, eve if they wished to do so." "Neither do I." "If all the Liberty Boys were here their combine strength might be sufficient to enable them to roll the roe over." "Yes, if there was ::my way for them to apply ft.• "That would be difficult, sure.u


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER THE "PI TE ROBBERS." "Yes, but they are not here." "No." They were silent again a few minutes and then suddenly they heard the sound of trampling feet and voices. "Somebody is coming!" exclaimed John. "There are several," said Dick. "I hope they are some of the Liberty Boys!" "So do I, but I'm afraid it is not." The footsteps ceased close to the rock, and then a hoarse voice-they recogniz e d it as belonging to West-called out: "Hello, down thar!" "Well?" replied Dick. "How ye feelin' 'bout this time?" "We feel like killing you and every member of your cowardly, gang!" "Oh, ye do, hey?" "We do.' "Waal, we don' keer how ye feel. Thar hain't much danger uv your doin' et, I reckon-paw, haw, haw!" "Not right now, perhaps; bu.t we may get a chance hereafter.'' "I don' berleeve et. Say, d'ye know w'y we hev come bacli; ?" "No." "I wanter tell Yl:l thet we know ther feller in thar with ye." "You do eh?" "Yaas, know he is John Hawk, whut lives with Jim Bolton." "Well what of it?" "J;st 'this: We hev made up our min's thet ez Jim is erg'mst us, we're goin' ter go an' give 'im a can right "The scoundrels!" exclaimed John. "What are you going to do to him?" asked Dick. "We hain't decided yit; we may torture 'im a: bit jest fur fun." "He isn't to blame for my being down here," called out John. "In fact, he had nothing whatever to do with it.'' "Thet's all right; ye kin say O, uv course, but we don' hev ter berleeve ye.'' "It's \true, just the same." "Et don' matter; we're goin' ter go an' make 'im er frien'ly cll.ll, ennyhow. So long, ye two fellers.'' • The two heard the trampling of feet again, which sound gradually died out. "Do you think'they'll kill him?" asked John, anxiously. "Hard telling. John." was the reply. "I'm afraid they will!" "Perhaps the y may not do so." "I wish that we could get out and go to his assistance!" "So do I; but I don't see how we are to escape." There was a brief period of silence, and then John ut-tered an exclamation: "Why l1aven't we thought of it before?" "What?" asked Dick. "That we can dig our way out under the edge of the rock!" Dick gave utterance to an exclamation. in his turn. . "Jove, I believe we can do that!" he said. "I have a kmfe and the ground isn't hard." "No; it'll take a good deal of digging, of course, but I believe we can do it." "We'll try it, at any rate." . Dick drew his knife from the belt and went to work. He dug steadily for half an hour, and then John took his turn at it. They worked with all possible energy, and in the course of an hour had a hole to the outer air at least as large as a man's leg. "We'll do it in another hour," said Dick. 1'But I'm afraid that will be too late for us to render any aasistance to Mr. Bolton." "Perhaps not. We'll hope for the best, anyway." In a little less than an hour they had the hole enlarged sufficiently so that they could get out. Dick went first and reported that the coast was clear, and then John followed. "Now let's hurry!" the youth cried. "All right.'' They hastened away through the timber and had gone about a mile and a half when they met Bob Estabrook and Mark Morrison. /. Dick hastily tolil the two what was in the wind, and then the foUl' hurried in the direction of the Bolton home. Bill West was a cruel-hearted desperado, and ddighted in causing people whom he disliked all the misery PQSsi.ble. He wa;:; 'lOW bent on going to the home of the Boltons and robb i it and punishing Mr. Bolton for permitting• John Haw ... " o start out to hunt the Pine Robbers down. The robbers were not in any hurry, so they took time and made their way along slowly. It was an hour and a half from the time they I ft the point whern Dick and John were imprisoned in the it before they reached their destination. They surrounded the house, and West went -to the door a'nd knocked on it. It was opened by Mr. Bolton. "Hello, Jim," said West, leering; "we've come ter m.ake ye a call.'' Mr. Bolton paled slight1y. He realized what this ant, that he was to be robbed, and perhaps maltreated, if they got angry at him for any reason. "What do you want, Bill West?" Mr. Bolton asked. "We .want most ever'thin' ye've got in yer house et is worth can-yin' away, Jim." • "You mean that you are going to rob me?" "Oh, no; we wouldn' do sech er thing ez thet," with a harsh iaugh. "No, we're jest goin' ter he'p ourselve to a few things, thet's all." "Say, Bill West, don't do that! You surely won't rob me, here at the beginning of winter, will you'?" "Oh, git outer ther way." But Mr. Bolton did not move. "You shall not rob me!" he cried, his anger gettint the better of him. "Here, boys, grab this fob1 an' bind his arms an' ti 'im up ter a tree!" roared West. "I'll show 'im thet he kain't talk sassy ter Bill West!" Three or four of the Pine Robbers leaped forward and seized hold of Bolton, who struggled with all his might. It was of no avail, however; he was helpless in their hands. They quickly bound his arl!1s together, and the;v they led him to a tree which stood Just aro,und a rocky ridge of ground from where the house stood and tied him to it. "Now day thar an' be quiet," said one'* the s .. The Pine Robbers went into tQ.e house and stnppe it of everything they saw that they cared to carry away, and they had so much plunder that one suggested that they take one of Bolton's horses and use it as a pack-horsi:. The suggestion was applauded, for the did not like the idea of carrying heavy loads such a distance. One went to the stable and bridled and saddled a hGrse and led it to the house, where the plunder was placed on its back and tied there. Meanwhile, Mr. Bolton, tied to the '_Vas chafing f:er ribly over his inability to the v1llams from his property. There was one thing that he was glad of, and that was that his wife was not at home. She had gone over to the home of a neighbor, a mi}e distant, to spend the day, and so was spared the terror of being present when the Robbers were there at work. It had turned colder within t}le hour, and now it began to snow. The flakes came down thickj and fast, and soon the ground was covered. "This is bad" thought Mr. Bolton; "winter has now begun, and those' scoundrels will take all our bed-clothing and all other clothing that they can find. They deserve to be hanged, every one .of them!" . The Pine Robbers decided to cook and eat their d1n;iers while at the Bolton home and set to work to do so. This took them an hour at least, and when they had" eaten they led the horse, laden down with plunder, aro to where Mr. Bolton stood tied to the tree. West glared at the settler then to his, :iueDd: off his coat an' leave '1m ter git good an col He orter freeze ter death.'' A couple of the gang took Mr. Bolton's coat ofl' and stuffed it in among the other plunder on the hqrse's .. ''.Thar, thet's better," growled West. ."I guess ,re 11 git cooled oft' afore ye git loose frum thar, Jim Bolton. "You are a cowardly scoundrel!" retorted the settler. West laughed sneeringly. , "Ye don' say!" he remarked. "Waal, I guess I've got ther better uv ye, ennyhow, hey?" "For the present, yes." " Oh, ye think ye'll git even, do ye 7"


.. THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER THE "PINE ROBBERS." 11 "I shall try to do so.'' "All right; ye hev ther right, I s'pose; but I don' think do et." '.Mean hile the four Liberty Boys had made good prog.. s, ft ey arrived at the Bolton house a few minutes after ine Robbers had gone. other three were looking in the house, Bob followed the tracks of the horse and men to point ere they rounded the end of the ridge, and he 'bad' a glimpse of them only about one hundred yards distant. He back and told the others whflt he had di s covered. "They've got Mr. Bolton tied to a tree, and they have a hqrse loaded down with plunder," said Bob. • "How many are there of the scoundrels?" asked Dick. "I counted eleven." "We can thrash them," said Dick, decidedly. "Come along, boys.'' "Say, b y going up to the top of the ridge, Dick, we will be able to dash right down onto the scoundrels," said John Hawk, "and that will be an advantage, won't it?" "Yes; le ad the way up to the top of the ridge, John, and then we'll go for the rascals.'' They \ re soon at the top of the ridge, and they drew . their pistol s, and Dick his sword additional. "All ready?" said.J)ick. The youths nodded. "Good! Now, over the top of the hill with you and down the slope with a rush!" The next moment the four were on the move. The Pine Robbers had stripped their victim and were about to le ave him, bound to a tree, to perish of cold, when Dick and he Liberty Boys came over the hill. "Fire on the thieves!" shouted Dick, flourishing his sword. CHAPTER XI. BESIEGED BY PINE ROBBERS. house, and then while Mr. Bolton was rearranging the ar ticles, Dick and Bob dressed the robber's wound, and John Hawk led the horse back into the stable and unbridled and unsaddled him. Then he returned to the house and found that the out law was resting as easy as could be expected . "Now, if you will get a spade we'll go out and bury the dead," said Dick to John. "And I'll go to work and cook dinner for you," said Mr. Bolton. "Very well, sir,'' said Dick. "I'll get a spade," said John, and he hastened out to the smokehouse. Dick and Bob and Mark followed, and the four made their way to where the four Pine Robbers lay. "Well, we've made a beginning, Dick," said Bob; "thi is four Robbers less, and now we can go on and finish the job up." "Yes, Bob, but the head villain is alive yet." "True, anrl he is a scoundrel, if ever there was one." "He certainly agreed Dick. "He'll be wild for revenge after this," said John. "Doubtless," agreed Dick; ."but he will do well to look ou . for himself." "That's it! That's the talk!" from Bob. They went to work and dug a large grave and placed the four bodies in it and covered them over. This dQne, they made their way back to the house. Mark Morrison had su-ggested the possibility that the seven Pine Robbers might come back and make an attack, but Dick said he did not believe they would do so. "We'll keep a lookout for them, though," he said; might come, and we don't want to let them take us by sur prise." .They found that Mr. Bolton had dinner almost ready, and ten minutes later they tool! their seats at the table-all save John, who said he would keep watch for the Robber s while the rest ate. The four had almost finished eating dinner, when ther came an excite d exclamation from John. "The Robbers are at hand!" he cried. "There are a lo of them, and they have the house surrounded!" "Bar the doors!" cried Dick. Crack, crack, crack, crack! This was quickly done, and then the youths peered ou Loudly the pistol-shots rang out, and three of the Pine through the windows and saw that John had told the truth Robbers dr pped, dead or sorely wounded, while a fourth The house was surrounded by at ieast twenty of the gang one gave terance to a howl of pain and fled from the 1 West was there, and his voice could be heard as he yelle ' spot. I commands to his men. "Give it tp them again!" yelled Dick. Presently West approached the house, carrying a white The Pine Robbers were taken wholly by surprise, and the handkerchief in hi s hand. seven who ere still uninjured stood there staring stupidly "He wants to talk, Dick," said Bob. up at lhe L berty Boys. "Yes; I'll see what he wants." Again the pistol-shots rang out, and two more of the "You won't surrender, Dick?" gan'?" reeled and fell. "No, indeed! I would rather die fighting than to yield This awo e the rest from their spell, and West, who myself up to his tender mercies.'' was uninjur d, drew a pistol and fired at the youths, at the "That's the way I look at it." same time yelling out: "I know what he and his gang are capable of and won' "Run, boy. !" ever surrender to them." ;\nd ru'l 1ey did, at the top of their speed, and West Then Dick opened the door and stood in the doorway. was not the slowest one of the lot, by any means. West approached till he was within twenty feet CY! Dick. "Htin:ah 1 " cried Bob Estabrook; "we have routed them!" and then he paused and growled out: .John hastened to the tree and cut the ropes bind"Waal, we meet ag'in, hey?" ing Mr. Bolt n. "So it seems," was -the cool reply. "You got I ere just in time to keep the scoundrels from "This time thar'll be a difl'runt story!" getting with my property," said Mr. Bolton. "Perhaps so . " w h e is J.\ Bolton?" asked John. "Ye don' berleeve et, hey?" "01.-er to H anscornb 's; she is spending the day there-and "You are right, I don't." 1'in l o f it. She vrnu ld have be e n terribly frightened and West waved his hand towards his m e n and said : VfOtt i f she had been here.'' "Look yender. I've got five times ez menny men ez ye "You are right; and no w we can get the things back into hev." the house and she won't know anything about this until you "Bu t w e have the protection of the house." tPll her." "Thet don' amount to nothin'." "That's SQ." . "Why not?" _ Dick and the two Liberty Boys had been examinfog the "Beco s we kin sot et on fire an' roast ye out." five Pine Robb ers, and they found that four were dead and "We will shoot any man that tries to. set the house on the fifth severely woundeel. fire. You won't be able to work that scheme." It had stopped snowing and was growing colder , and Dick "I'll ye! Ther bes' thing ye kin do is ter sur toid 1.he boys to get Mr. Bolton's bedding and other proprender." erty back into the house and to help can-y the wounded "To you?" Dick accented the "you." man there. "Yaas; w'y not?" "W<"!l take h im first," he said; "as lie is suffering with "To a heartless demon l ike you? No, we'll never sur the cold here." render, and before you g et' the bette r of u s, if YQU do i Thn fonr youths carried the wounded thief to the house at all , you will find that have lost at least half you and M:-. Bolton follo\\ ed. leading the horse. fo r cf>. pf>rhaps more!" It d1d not take long to get the things all back into the "Then ye're iroin' ter show fight 1"


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER THE "PINE ROBBERS." "We're going to fight to the death, if necessary!" Dick made no reply. A black look came over ' :vest's face. The crackling noise grew louder and. louder. "Ye're' er blasted fool!" he growled. Suddenly there came the rattle of musket-shots, fol"I don't think so." lowed by wild yells of rage, pain and "fear-this last from "Ye won' surrender?" the throats of the Pine Robbers. "Never!" Then on the air rose the battle-cry of the Liberty ;Bpys-"No surrender for us, you black-niuzzled scoundrel!" cried changed to suit the present occasion: Bob. "Down with the Pine Robbers! Long live libenyf• . "All right, then; yer blood'll be on yer own heads!" cried "The Liberty Boys!:' cried Dick. "Come, b().ys; }et"s West, shaking his fist. Then he turned and strode away. out and take a hand m the fight!" ' . "Get ready for a fight, boys!" said Dick; "and it will He threw the door open and leaped out, the othe:i;,g folbe a fight to the death, so when you shoo.t, shoot to kill lowing. every time!" They were too late to get in any shots at the Pine Rob bers, however, for the scoundrels were fleeing like frightened deer through the timber, and a few moments later disappeared from view. CHAPTER XII. BOUND FOR THE PINE BARRENS. There were five windows, and the four youths and Mr. Bolton stationed themselves at the windows, weapons at hand. They raised the windows perhaps two inches and placed sticks under them to hold them up. "Now we're ready for them!" said Bob, with !?rim satisfaction. The Liberty Boys now swarmed around Dick and his companions, and inquiries were made as to whether they were wounded. "No, we're all right," said Dick; "we're safe and sound as a Get to work, boys, and put out that fire." .The Liberty Boys went to work with a will, and in fifteen minutes had suceeeded in extinguishing the fire. M_r. Bolton for saving his property. Dick told him that it was all right, and that they were glad to have been able to render him aid in this manner. "Be careful and don't expose your persons to lets any more than you can help," said Dick. their bul"But how does it happen that you boys got here just at the right time?" he inquired of Ben Spurlock. They all said they would be careful. West lost no time. . Having reported to his men the fact that the "rebels" refused to surrender, he gave the command for the men to advance, firing as they did so. . They obeyed, but instead of advancing slowly and steadily, they made a reckless dash, firing as they came. Of course. the shots, being fired at random, for the most part went wild. The Liberty Boys and Mr. Bolton, on the other hand, took careful aim, and when they pulled trigger three of the Pine Robbers dropped, dead 01 wounded. This put a damper on the spirits of the attacking party, and angered them besides. They fired another volley, and then on receiving a return from the weapons of the inmates of the house and seeing two more of their go down, they turned and fled. West yelled at them to stop, but it had no effect; they were too badly demoralized. "Reload your pistols, quick!" said Dick. The five hastily recharged their pistols and then looked to see what the Pine Robbers were doing. "We heard the sound of firing, and leaped on our horses and raced down here, Dick. We guessed that some of you boys had gotten into trouble." "Well, it was lucky that you did so." "Yes.'' Then Dick told the youths that he had learned where to look for the Pine Robbers, and he had about made up his pi.ind to go right down into the pine ban-ens into the ten-itory of the marauders and go into camp and stay right there till the scoundrels had been driven out of the country. . He asked what they thought about it, and all the youths said they were in favor of doing this. "All. right,'' he said; "we'll go back up to the encampment and get ready and move down into the pine barrens this very afternoon." Four dead Pine Robbers were found near the Bolton home, and they were given burial, after which the Liberty Boys set out for the encampment, Dick promising John Hawk that they would stop there for him on their way back. While the other youths were getting ready to break not camp, Charlie Nolan and Clarence Joyce went to the Felton. house and had a talk with Lizzie Farr and Jennie Felton after which they bade the girls good-by. The two were very much struck with the two. girls, and their liking seemed to be returned. A few of the Rcoundrels could be seen, but they did seem to be gettingready to make another charge. For perhaps half an hour all was quiet, and the Pine Robbers did not seem to have any intention of renewing the attack. Then Dick heard a noise at the end of the house. It was a crackling noise, and he at once leaped to the conclu sion that one of the Pine Robbers had slipped up and set tire . to the house. He stated his fears to the others. They listened and heard the crackling noise. "That's what it is," said Bob. "Yes, undoubtedly , " agreed Mr. Bolton. "What shall we do?" asked Mark. "I hardly know," replied Dick. "How about throwing the door open and dashing out at the scoundrels?" asked Bob. Dick shook his head slowly. "That would be like throwing our lives away, I'm afraid," h.e said. "Still, we might be able to scatter the Pine Robbers and ;hen we could save the house from burning," insisted Bob. Eie was eager to get out and get at the enemy. Dick looked thoughtful. "If I thought we could do that I would be in for making ;he dash at once, Bob," he said. "But I'm afraid that we vouldn't rbe in a . condition to save the house after those ; coundrels had fired a few volleys at us." "Never mind the house." said Mr. Bolton. "If it burns !own I can build another." "Listen," aid Bob; "West is yelling something." They listened and h eard the Pine R6bbers' chief call •Ut that they had better come out and surrender. "Ef ye don' come out rig-ht erwa.y an' surrender," he vent on, "we'll shoot ye dead when ye do come!" Half an hour after the return of Charles and Clarence to the encampment the Liberty Boys mounted their horses and rode away toward the south. They were bound for the pine barrens, the home of the Pine Robbers. CHAPTER XIII. CARL AND PATSY MISSING. "HP.y, Bill, whut d'ye think?" It was night. In a cave dug out of the sand, deep Iii. the heart of the pine barrens, were gathered the outl&W9't to the number of about forty. At one side of the cave was a fire, and the smoke sifted out through a hole w)l.ich ended on the outside in the of a dense clump of bushes, where it would not be likely to be stumbled on by any casual visitor to the vicinity. At night of course, the smoke could not be seen. The speaker {vas one of the gang, a11d he had only just entered the cave. He was indeed a scout who had been sent out by Bill West to watcJ: for "rebels,'' it thou!fht that possibly some might agam venture down mto the pme banens. "Whut is et, Jack?" west aske d. " W'y, them blasted rebel s is in camp not more'n a mile an' a ha'f frum here!" The Pine Robbers stared. "How menny uv 'em air theer, Jack?" I


THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER THE "PINE ROBBERS." "Jest about er hunderd," "Ther hull gang mus' hev come, then?" "Yaas, thet's about ther way uv et, I gues11." "They, mus' mean bizness, I reckon;" said another of the ruffians. ""They shorely do!" from still another. e'll hev ter pick 'em off, one er two at a time,'' said est. "But mebby we won't hev time," said the o!le w:\Jo brought the news. "Mebby they'll fin' our hidm'-place an go fur us so hot thet we'll hev ter cut an' run in er hurry." "They kain•t fin' our hidin'-place," growled West. "I dunno 'bout thet. They've got so menny men . thet they kin hev a lot uv scouts out scoutin' aroun' all ther time, an' they're mos' shore ter see us goin' out uv here er comin' in, sooner er later." . "Thet's so!" in a chorus from several. There was a period of silence, and. then West said, with an uneasy air: "We'll jest hev ter be keerful, boys; thet's all thar is about et." "I'm afeerd even thet won' save us," declared one of the men. "Oh , I dunno; I don' think them rebels'll stay down here long-, an' ef we kin keep 'em fl."llm findin' us we'll be all right." "Et's goin' ter be hard ter do," said one fellow gloomily. "We hev got plenty uv grub," said West, "an' we won' hev ter go out much, an' when we do we kin pick ther night time fur et." "Thet's so," said another. The Liberty Boys had selected a knol1-top for their encampment and were taking things easy. They had four campfires going, for the night was pretty cold. But they were comfortable, for they had scraped the snow away and spread down their blankets, on which they were sitting while eating their supper. Sentinels were stationed on all sides, so it would be impossible for the Pine Robbers to take them by surprise. "Well, we are right in the enemy's territory," said ' Bob Estabrook, with a satisfied air. "So we are,'' agreed Dick, "and now the next .thing to be done is to find the hiding-place of the Pine Robbers and kill a number of them and put the rest to flight." "When are you going to begin the search for their rendezvous, Dick?" "Right away." "To-night?" "Yes." "Good!" After they had finished eating Dick named ten of the youths and told them to set out and search for the hiding-place of the Pine Robbers. It was decided to go in pairs, so that there would not be so much danger that a scout might be taken by surprise and at a disadvantage by some of the desperadoes. Dick and Bob went together, and they turned their faces toward the south, where the timber and undergrowth were heaviest. It was their thought that this was where they would most likely find the Pine Robbers. They moved slowly along for half an hour, and nowhere had they. found any signs of the rendezvous of the marauders. It was not va:y dark, as the night was clear, and then, too,-thete was el}ough snow on the ground to make it fairly light. ' They put in three hours at least searching, but without avail. They did not discover the hidingn lace of the Pine Rob-bers. They were disappointed. "It's too bad,'' said Dick. "So it is," agreed Bob. "Oh, well, we really ought not to expect to find the ren dezvous so easily, Bob. They certainly would have it in some out-of-the-way place." "True; well, we'll find them sooner or later." "Indeed, we will!" "Are we going back to camp now?" "Yes." They set out, and three-quarters of an hour later they " arrived at their destination. All the scouts had returned save one pail'. This pair .consis"ted af Carl GookensDieler and Patsy Brannigan, who. although when together they often made unfortunate blun ders, had begged so hard to be let go scouting that Die had been unable to refuse them permission to do so. "I suppose they'll be along presently," he said. The other pairs had the same report to make that Dick and Bob had---they had been unable to find any signs of the rendezvous of the Pine Robbers. One hour, two hours passed, and still Carl and Patsy did not put in an appearance. The Liberty Boys began to be alarmed. "I'm afraid they have gotten into trouble," said Dick soberly . . "Just as likely as not," agreed Bob. "What shall we do ? " asked Mark Morrison. "We'll wait another hour," said Dick, "and then if they don't show up we will go in search of them." The hour passed and still the youths were missing. CHAPTER XIV. • CARL SMELLS SMOKE. "Batsy!" "Wull ?" "I smell smoge." "Oh, g'wan \vid yez!" "You don'd pelief me?" "Shure an' Oi don't." "Vy nod?" "Because Oi don't smill innythin'." "Maype you vos gotted a gold, Batsy, und gannod smell.' "G'wan wid yez. My smiller's all roight, begorra, an' Oi am not afther smi!Un' inny smoke." "Vell, somepoddy vos gotted ein fire somevere arount here, und dot is so." "Show me phwere dhe foire is. thin." "Shoost you vait a minnet und I vill do dot." "All roight; Oi'll wait." Carl Gookenspieler and Patsy Brannigan had been scout ing through the timber about two hours and had stopped to rest and take their bearings. It was then that Carl; had declared that he smelled smoke. "Go along an' foind dhe place phwere dhe smoke from, Dootchy,'' said Patsy skeptically . "Oi'll sthay here till yez come bhack." "All righd." Carl sniffed a few times, turning slowly around as he did so, and finally he set slowly off in a certain direction. "Look at dhe spalpane!" murmured Patsy; "shure, an' he is followin' his smiller, dhe same as a hunthin' dog, gorra!" Carl made his way along a distance of nearly a hun dred yards, and then came to a stop, and after looking around a few minutes he went back to where Patsy sat. "Did yez foind dhe foire, Carl?" "Av coorse not. Shure, an' dhere is no foire aroun' here. Av dhere wur we'd be afther seein' it, be; gorra." "Maype id Is under der grount, Batsy." The Irish youth was silent a few moments and then said l "Thot's so, Dootchy. Oi furgot thot. Dhey do say thoi dhe Pine Robbers have got caves in the sand , an' dhe moight be in dhe cave." . 1 "Dot is id. Dot is vat I haf aait, Batsy, und I vill pe b me your life dot dere is a fire somevere arount here." ' "Foind it, thin, Dootchy. Go ahid an' foind it." I "I vil! do dot. Shoost you vait." "Oh, it's mesilf wull do thot. Shure, an' bi guiss Oi'l have to wait a long toime, begorra!" I "Don'd you pelieve me." ' "Oi don't belave yez,'' chuckled Patsy. 1 With a grunt Carl set out again, in a

.THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER THE "PINE ROBBERS." "Oi thought no.t..." "But I vill find id." "Go ahid. Yez hav' moy permission." "I'll dry id in dis direction dis dime." Again Carl set off in a different direction, and again he .vent at least one hundred yards and stop ped and s niff e d ;he air. B No smell of smoke this time, either. "I don'd vos lige dis,'' he muttered. "Dere is fire some \\rere in de logality, vor I haf smelled d e r smog e ; bud I b :ion'd vos seem to b e able to find dot fire." He made his way back to where Patsy sat. e "Yez didn't foind it, hey ?" queri e d Patsy . "Nein." "Dootchy, thot nose of your'n is no good. It is playin' r ez some thricks, an' dhe hi s t t'ing y e z can do i s to plug it 1p an' trust to your oyes, me b ye ." "I vill nod do dot, Batsy Pranniganl I smell dot smoge ;boost so blain as anyt'ing, und I am going to tint vere dot ire is, you pet me your life." "All roight; go ahid. Shure, an' Oi'm quite '>le sitthin' here. Yez do dhe worruk, Dootchy, an whm { ez foind dhe foir Oi'll hilp yez capthure dhe Pine Rob5 :>ers." "I vill tint dem Bine Roppers, you pet!" ' "Good for yez, Dootchy!" Away went Carl again in a different dire ction from any be had before taken. This trip was barren of results, the s ame as the others had been, and when he returned to where Patsy sat he :rieemed to be somewhat discourage d. t "Yez hav' failed aghin, eh, Dootchy?"' "Yah; I haf failed some more." i' "Wull, av at furst yez don't succade, thry another toime, cCarl," said Pats y . v "I haf dried anudder dimei two or t'ree dimes alretty, Batsy," said Carl disconsolate y. t "Oi know; but yez are only jhust getthin' stharted. Go tahid, me bye; ye'll foind dhe place phwere dhe smoke comes from yet, av yez kape on." Carl sniffed the air several times, and Patsy asked: "Do yez sthill smill it, Cookyspiller?" f "Yah." t "Can't yez till which direction it comes from?" "Nein;" v "Thot's funny." "I'd seems to gome vrom all ofer, Batsy." "Wull, thin, yez wull haf to hunt all over for dhe foire, tme bye." "Dot is vat I haf alretty dooded." s "Go ahid an' do it some more, thin. Stick to it, me fYe; stick to it." t: "I vill sdick to id, py shimmanettyl" Then Carl set out again and went in a new direction this time, the same as before. '' Again he was disappointed. He had been unable to find the place where the smoke ":ame from-if smoke there w a s . Even Carl began to have doubts about the existence of ;he smoke, and he took hold of his nose and gave it a mll, at the same time saying: "I begin to pelieve dot you are blay in' me a mean drick, md dot is so." "Don't giv' up, Dootchy," said Patsy encouraingl y ; t]sames to me Oi am afther smillin' shmoke mesilf now!" "You dry to tint der fire, Batsy," said Carl eage rly. But Patsy shook his head. b. "No, you go ahid, Dootchy," he said; "yez are doin' foine, '1egorra. Kape at it an' yez'll win. out in dhe ind." } "I don'd vos know abouid dot," di ssented the Dutch youth. H "Oi do; yez are all roi ght, Dootch y . Sthick to it, me b y e." "I vill dry id some more." Carl set off again in a new direction . l He was gone ten minutes and the n r e turned. "Phwat luck?" queri e d the I r i s h youth. ; c "I haf no luck at all." "Do yez sthill smill dhe smoke?" le Carl sniffed a few times . "Yah," he sai d . "All roight; k a p e on, thi n. Av dhere ' s s moke dhere lrnst be foire , b ego11ra, a n' av ye z loo k long enough y e z rull foind dhe fo i re, rnh e b b y . " v "Yah. dot is vat I t'inkmaype." "Ohl don't be discouraged, me bye. Go ahid; yez wull. succaae sooner er later." "I'm avraid id vill J:Je lader more as soon er, Batsy." But h.e set out again in a new directio n. This time he brought up against a thick clump of b Wlhes , and after stopping and sniffing a few times he gave a grunt of satisfaction. '11 "I haf vound der blace!" he muttered. "Der smoge '9oa coom ouid uf der pushes, py shimmanettyl asdonish Batsy Prannigan." , He did. He. parted the bushes and pushed through between two clumps, and he had taken only two or three steps wpen the ground seemed to give way underneath him and he sank to his armpits, where he hung suspended. Frightened, amazed, he yelled wildly: "Helb! Helb! Batsy! Oh, Batsyl Gome quicgness, alretty, or I am a deat poy!" CHAPTER XV. CARL AND PATSY FALL THROUGH THE R OOF. Patsy leaped to his feet and ran in the direction. from which the voice proceeded . "Shure, an' dhe bye has got into thrubble av some koind, or Oi'm a loirl" the Irish youth exclaimed a s he ran. "Phwere are yez, Dootchy?" he called , when he was close to the bushes. "In here, Batsy! Oh, gome quicgness, or yo u vill be too lade!" • Patsy parted fhe bushes and plunged between two clumps, as Carl had done, and the next moment he was beside the Dutch youth. . "Ah, dhere yez are afther bein', hey?" remarked Patsy. "Yah. Bull me ouid uf here, Batsyl Bull ms ouidl" "All roight. Jhust be aisy, me bye. Oi'll hav' yez out av dhere in a \ jhitfy." ' He stepped close up t . o Carl and took hold of his arms and began to pull. Carl was short and fat, and weighed two hundred pounds, and it was no small lift to get him back up on to the solid ground. Patsy pulled and tugged and managed to raise the Dutch youth six or eight inches, when his hold slipped , and back Carl dropped. "Oh, dot is awfulness!" half groaned the Dutch you t h. "Don'd led me fall pack der nexd time, Batsy." "Oi won't, av Oi kin hilp it; but yez weigh almost a ton, Dootchy, an' Oi am not afther bein' as sthrong a s an oxen, begorra!" "You musd bull me ouid, Batsy," said the Dutch youth. "Wull, Oi'll do it av Oi can, av coorse." Again Patsy pulled and tugged. As he lifted the Dutch youth this time he go t a strong whiff of smoke. "Shure, an' is it yersilf phwat is on foire, Cookyspiller ?" cried the Irish youth. "Nein; I am der hole in, alretty. Der fire is '!Jnder Iplf som e veres." The thought came to Patsy that if they wei: e above a fire it must be in a cave beneath them, and. if this were the case, then they were in danger of capture by tl1 e Pfne Rob bers. With this thought in his mind, he pulled with all his might1 and graduallv drew the Dutch youth upward. He had hfted the other's form perhaps a foot, when he h eard footsteps just outside the bushes and excited voices . The Pine Robberswere coming!" Patsy realized that if he remained he would likely be captured, but he was a brave and true-hearted fel low, and could not think of running away and leaving a comrade to hi s fate. So he kept on pulling frantically at the Dutch . Then suddeply the earth seemed to give way beneath his feP.t, and bot:h he and Carl plunged downward a distance of at least a dozen feet, amid sand, dirt and the tops of bushes that had been dragged down by the cave-in. Both Liberty Boys . were almost covered by the s and and dirt and could not free themselves. Luckily their heads we r e out, though they h a d gotten their ev e s and mouths 1>retty well filled with dirt and sand.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER THE "PINE ROBBERS." Carl spat the sand and dirt out and h?wled in a tenible manner. "Oh!-ow!" he cried. "Oh-h-h-h-h! My feetses are in der fire; und dey are purning lige eferyt'ing! Ow-ouch!" Then he struggled and kicked frantically and managed to get his feet away from the fire-which was rapidly be ina .. out by the sand and dirt, however. H&ving winked a part of the dirt and sand out of their , eyes, two managed to make out that they were ii: a good-sized cave. There were a couple of lanterns hangmg on the walls to wooden pi:rrs driven into the sand and dirt, and this made light enough so that the interior of the cave could be seen fairly well. . There were about twenty-five rough-looking men there, and they were standing, weapons in hands, staring at the two youths who had dropped . in upon them in such an unceremonious manner. "Help us ouid uf here!" cried Carl. "Vat vor do you sdand de1e, Jige foolish beoples, ven ve are being . s hoked do deat' by der sand und dirt, hey?" "Et'd sarve ye right ter choke to death," grinned one of the ruffians. "Oi don't t'ink so," said' Patsy. "Jhust hilp us out, yezi an' thin we'll argue dhe quistion all dhe rist av dhe noignt, av ye want." "An Irishman an' a Dutchman!" chuckled one of the Pine Robbersi "whut a combination!" \ "Ve vill gombination you, uf you don'd hellub us ou1d uf dis!" Carl growled angrily. . , pull 'em out, boys," said another of the ruffians. "All right." , They went to work and soon 4ad the two out from under the dirt and sand and their arms bound . Just as they finished about a dozen Pine Robbers entered the cave. They were the ones who had gone out to see who it was that was about to drop through into the cave from above. "You've got 'em, hey?" cried West, as he glared at the p risoners . "Yaas," replied one; "we've got 'em." "Who air ye, ennyhow 'l" "Ve are white mens," said Carl. "You don' look much like et, with thet dirt all over yer faces--haw, haw haw!" "Maype nod: bud ve are white mens, shoost der same." "You are members UV thet UV thet hev camped here in ther barrens, hain't ye ? " "Shure, an' yez'll nive1 p):i.rove it by me, sor," said Patsy. "Don't talk sassy tar me, blast ye!" roared West. "Ef y e do I'll like enuff blow ther hull top uv yer heads off!" and he half drew a pistol. "Don'd do dot, Mister Man!" cried Carl. "Tell me the truth, an' I won't; lie ter me, an' I'll send ye both ter Kingdom Come!" " Wull, mhebby we are miJ:nbers av dhe party yez spoke av, sor; whut abhout et?" said Patsy. "Ye air down here ter try ter kill us er drive us out uv ther country, hain't ye?" " Oi" gu.iss thot's roight.". " You bet my life id is righdl" "Waal, I guess thet now thet we hev got ye two fellers in our han's, yer frien's will be kinder cautious erbout how they try ter do us damage, hey?" "Maybe so, maybe nod," said Carl; "dey don'd vos know dot ve are in your hants." " We'll let 'em know it, all rig}lt, ye bet!" "Say, Bill, whut about this hole them two fellers tore through ther roof?" asked one of the men. "Et kain't be close(! up, kin et?" " N o, J don' see how et kin." , "Whut we goin' ter do, then 'l Some more uv them re bels'l l come fin' ther hole, an' then they'll hev us." "I riess we hecf better change ter ther other hidin' -place. "That's je1>t whut I wuz thinkin'." "Then let's move right erway," said West. "We don' want them ter git at us while we air in here." The Pine Robbers began to load themselves up with pro vision s and plunder, and half an hour later they sallied f orth t.rom the cave, and, with their two prisoners in their t out through the timber of an hour Iaier they were in another ch looked very much like the one they had left, .fl'Y.e that it did not have a hole torn the 1'ocif. . Carl and Patsy were given seats on a blanket spread 0 1 the sandy floor not far from the fu:_e, which one of th• ruffians had haste ned to kindle. The two looked anything but cheerful. Indeed, they fel very much cast down in spirits. 1 "Brace up, Dootchy, an' don't be afther lookin' so loik1 a dith's head, b egorra!" whispered Patsy. 1 "You don'd vos loog such a cheerfulness yoursellufs Batsy," retorted Carl. , "Wull, mhebb y thot is so, me bye. Shure, an' Oi'm no afther falin' so happy as Oi hav' filt menny's dhe toime. ".Maybe der poys vill fint vere ve are and safe us, Batsy. "Oi hope so, begorral" "Ye two f e llers sh et up an' lay down an' go ter sleep! growled West. "Whut ye chinnin' erbout so much, enh how?" , "Ve vos s beakin' gomblimentariness aboud you beoples, said Carl. "Shure, thot is dhe th111th, " grinned Patsy. "Don't y e try ter poke fun at me, blast ye!" roared Wes1 drawing a pi s t o l and glaring at them like a demon. "El I hear enn y more talk outer ye I'll blow ther hull top uv ye r he a d s off!" "Ve vill be mum lige der oysders, you pet my life!" sai • "See thet ye ;tlr! Lay down, now, ye hear me?" N early an hour passed, and Patsy was almost asle when he felt a poke in the ribs from Carl's thumb, followe by the whispered words: "Batsy! 'Batsy!" "Wull, phwat is et?" "Mein smeller vos all righd, afder all. I dit smell d smoge, hey?" Pats y grunted in disgust. "As eoorse yez did, but shet yer hid now, an' go to slap afore thot black-muzzled spalpane takes a notion to put bullet into yezl" "Whut did I tell ye two?" came from West's lips at th moment. "Ef I hear another cheep outer ye I'll come ov thar an' put er bullet down ther throat uv each uv ye! "Ve are asleeb!" replied Carl. CHAPTER XVI. DICK AND BOB MAKE A CAPTURE. The Liberty Boys really were alarmed about Carl a Patsy. They feared the two had gotten into trouble of sorr kind. The chances were that the missing youths had disco ered the rendezvous of the Pine Robbers, had tried to sJ on the ruffians and had been captured. "It would be just about like them to venture into tl cave if they discovered it," said Bob. "Yes, that Dutchman never thinks of getting into trout until after he is in it up to his neck," said Ben Spurloo "And Patsy is so reckless that he is likely to do almc anything," i::aid Sam Sanderson. "It will be bad if the Pine Robbers have captured then said Dick; "for it will enable them \<> hold a threat our heads." "Yes," agreed Bob; "they can threaten that if we do: go away and let them alone they will put the boys death." "Yes, there's the trouble," said Mark Morrison . 1 "Maybe they haven't been captured by the Pine Re hers," said Ira Little, more usually called the "Midgi: owing to his diminutive stature, he being less than f1 feet tall. "I hope that you are right, Ira," said Dick. "They may have wandered so far away that they hi found it difficult to find their way back to camp," 81 Charlie Nolan. i "We must go and look for them, anyhow," said Dick. t He decided that half the party should go, while fl other half remained in camp. i Fifty of the youths wer\:) soon scattered through 1 timber searching for the missing youths. o They gave utterance to loud calls at frequent interv1 but of course there were no responses. The Liberty Boys searched for miles in all direct' and yelled themselves hoarse, but did not hear or aee & thin.e: of Oe.rl and Patsy., '


l6 THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER THE "PINE ROBBERS." They were all back in camp by three o'clock, and they 1vere rather down-hearted, for all liked the jolly Irishman lnd the quick-tempered Dutch youth. They threw themselves down to get a few hours' sleep be fore morning. They were up early, notwithstanding the fact that they been up the greater portion of the night, and when "they had eaten their breakfasts they began discussing the matter of the disappearance of Carl and Patsy. It was decided to make another search for the missing :r-ouths. "Perhaps we may be able to find them, now that it is .!aylight," said Dick. Fifty o"f the Liberty Boys set out at once and the other fifty remained in camp. About the middle of the forenoon Dick and Bob happened to enter the clump of bushes where Carl and Patsy ' come to grief the night before. Bob was in the lead, and the instant he saw the great ]10le he gave utterance to an exclamation: 1 "See here, Dick!" "What is it, Bob?" : Dick pushed in beside Bob and gave utterance to a low 1>:histle as he gazed at the cave-in. It was easy to see tnat the 'hole ended in a cave, and there could be little ioubt that the cave was or had been the rendezvous of the Pine Robbers. "I don't think there are any Robbers down there now, Dick," said Bob. "Likely not, Bob." : "Let's go down and see." 1 "Very well." , TI-.ey drew their pistols, to• be ready to sho:v fight if the lieed arose, and then they scrambled down mto the cave \nd looked around them. ' The cave was empty, of course; but there were signs fhich showed that the place had had occupants recently. "They were here when the cave-in took place, Dick," said Bob, with conviction. "I think so myself." "What caused the cave-in?" There was a queer intonation to Bob's voice, and Dick tnderstood it and said: "You think the boys may have caused it?" "That idea occurred to me." ' "Well, there is a possibility that you are they :i.ay have gotten in among the bushes and their weight tlay have been too much for the roof of the cave to hold p and the eave-in was possibly the result." "And in that case they, of course, fell right into the Eands of the Pine Robbers." "Literally, Bob." and the question now is, Where did the Robbers 0 ?" "To another cave, likely." ""And it is our work now to find it!" s "Yes." ti "Come, then; let's get at it." They clambered up the sloping side of the cave-in ahd ere on the point of stepping out into the open ground om among the bushes when they were arrested by hearing 1ices. They stood there listening. "Is it some of the boys or is it some of the outlaws?" annured Bob. tiult is not any of the boys," said Dick. "I can tell by a tones of their voices." , piey parted the bushes carefully and peered out. 1 A. couple of rough-looking men were walking along not lire than twetny yards distant. g'Pine Robbers!" whispered Bob. )ick nodded. 'A1:e you going to let them get away, Dick?" .}{No, Bob; we will jump out and make prisoners of '114m and then perhaps we shall be able to learn whether c not Carl and Patsy have been captured." ' ' Joth drew their pistols, and then at the word from Dick !oY leaped out and Dick challenged the ruffians. Halt!" he cried. . 'he two paused and whirled, uttering exclamations of 1 a.zement and alann. ll)hey saw that they were covered by the muzzles o:ll four and turned pale. Hands uv!" commanded Dick. The two hesitated a moment and then obeyed. "That's right," said Dick. And then to Bob he said: "Go and disarm them and bind their wrists together behind their backs." Bob did as told. CHAPTER XVII. A DISAPPOINfMENT. Dick faced the two and said sternly: "You are members of the Pine Robbers gang!" The two looked frightened, but managed to shake their heads. "O 'wn up!" said Dick. "Ye air wrong, mister," said one. ."Ya1:1s, ye shore air wrong," from the other. But Dick did not believe them. "Don't lie to me!" he said. "I won't have it. I know that you members of West's gang, and now I'm going to ask you a question and want a truthful answer. Do you hear?" "Yaas, we hear," growled one. "All right. What I wish to know is this: Have you prisoners in your rendezvous-two young fellows?" The two hesitated and looked as though they hardly knew what to say or do. "Tell the truth," said Dick. "Waal," said one; "thar air er couple uv young fellers in ther rendyvoo pris'ners." "Is one a Dutchman and the other an Irishman?" asked Bob. The two nodded. "How came you to succeed in making prisoners of them?" queried Dick. The two despite the fact that they were prisoners, and one said: "They fell through ther roof uv our cave." "In here among the bushes?" nodding toward the clump they had been in. "Yaas." "Tell us all about it," commanded Dick. One of the two told the story of how the two youths had caused the cave-in of the roof and had come down into the cave, where they had been made prisoners. When the fellow had finished Dick said: "You two fellows have got to guide my Liberty Boys to the rendezvous, do you hear?" "Yaas," replied the one who had done most of the talking; "we will agree ter do et ef ye'll agree ter let us go free.'' ' "I agree to that; but we will hold you prisoners till after we have proven that you have done the fair thing by us and not deceived us in any way." The two looked disappointed, but the spokesman said: "All right; uv course, ye hev ther power ter do ez ye please." "So we have." "But say," spoke up the other Pine Robber; "lemme tell ye sumthin', mister: Ef ye go fur ter makin' an attack on ther boys they'll kill yer two f.rien's shore!" Dick and Bob exchanged glances. "Do you think they would do that?" queried Dick, looking at the ruffians keenly. "Ye bet! Bill West, he's er bad one, he is! He'll put bullets through 'em ther furst thing an' make shore uv killin' two uv yer gang, ennyhow." "That would be about like him, I judge, Dick," said Bob. Dick nodded and looked thoughtful. "What are we going to do?" queried Bob. "That's the question, old fellow." Dick eyed the two prisoners thoughtfully. "I wonder if we couldn't effect an exchange of you two for our two comrades?" he remarked. Both Pine Robbers shook their heads. "I don' think so," said one; "Bill West wouldn' give them two chaps up fur er dozen uv us.'' Dick and Bob were puzzled. . They could not think of risking the lives of Qd Patsy by making an attack and causing them to• down in cold blood. . The only thing to do was to rescue the youths; but how this was to be accomplished was a mystery.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER THE "PINE R O B B ER S ." 17 They decided to take the prisoners into camp, and then I they would talk the matter over with all the boys and see what could be done. They set out, and three-quarters of an hour later were at the encampment. CHAPTER XVIII. HOT WORK AT THE OLD CABIN. They explained matters, and then discussing the Dick, and the other Liberty Boys hastened back to situation. the encampment. How were Carl and Patsy to be saved? Dick went at once to the two prisoners and told the m Dick questioned the prisonen1 about the rendezvous, w here that the cave was empty. it was located, the lay of the land around it, and every"And riow what I wish to know," he said, "is this: Whe r e thing. have they gone?" It would be possible, he decided, to slip up and surround The two ruffians looke d thoughtful. the cave, but the trouble was that the Pine Robbers might "I think I know whar they hev go n e," s a i d one presently. murder the two prisoners, and Dick did not want t o l ose "Where?" Carl and Patsy. "Thar's .an ole house erbout four miles frum h ere. We The Liberty Boys did not come to any decision, and so used ter stay i n et quite er good de al. Like l y they hev h d gone thar, though I don' know w'y." , down to await the coming of the rest, who a "That is where we will find them, I have no doubt," gone out to search for the rendezvous. . agreed Dick. All were back before noon, and the Liberty Boys cooked "I think so myse'f." and ate their dinners and at the same time discussed the Dick pondered a few moments. iiituation . "Is there a road that l eads to . a poi n t anywh ere n ea1 Finally Dick decided to make their way to the vicinity the old house?" he asked presentl y . of the Robbers' rendezvous and surround the cave and "Yaas, thar's a road thet goes within a quarter u v a mil E then trust to luck anq hope for the best. uv ther house . " They broke camp and made their way t o . within half a "Then we will go there yet t o-night," decide d D i ck . mile of the cave. Dick tol d the Liberty Boys to break camp , and Here they went into camp again, it having bee n dedid so. ciped to wait ti!l after dark before surrounding the cave. They walked and led their horses till they r eac h e d th1 This was done, and when it was dark the Liberty Boys road, a mile distant, and then they mounted . moved forward and surrounded the Pine Robbers' ren dezDick and Bob took t h e two Pine Robbers up in front o : vous. . . them and then the party set. out a l ong the road. The two pnsoners were left m camp under the charge An hour and a half later the ruffian in front of Diel of four of the Libetry Boys. said Robbers were .not m cave. Dick gave the command. All was so quiet. that Dick became suspicious that the I "Here's ther place ter stop." He communicated his fears Bob, who at once sug-The Liberty Boys stopped and dismounted. gested that they go and reconnoiter. The horses were led in among the trees, and then , l ea\ "Very well; that is what we will do," agreed Dick. ing half a dozen to l ook after the a n imals, t h e othel)l They stole forward and were soon close to the entrance moved toward the old house, one of the Pine R obb e r s ac>. to the cave. . . . . ing as guide. . . . Not a sound came to their heanng from withm. A few minutes later they came to a littl e clearmg Y 1 "I don't believe they are there, Dic k! " whis pered Bo b. the midst of the timber and saw a good-sized log houfi "Neither do I . " standing near the center of the open space. "Let's go in!" The youths at once proceeded to surround the c a bin , b 1 Dick hesitated. keeping just withi , n the edge of the timber. . ! 3 ' "They might be there, although everythin g i s so q u iet, The night was clear, and the cabin could be see n w i t Bob." tolerable distinctness . "And in that case it would go hard with us, eh?" When the Liberty Boys were all in position Dick 3 "Likely. " pistol and fired a shot at the door of the cabin. : "Well, hail them, then. If they are there they will an-There was a brief period of silence, and then a h o a11d swer, won't they?" voice called out: :t r "Yes. I suppose so, at least." "Hello! Who done thet shootin'?" r "Try them, anyway." "I did," replied . D ick. "I will." . "An' who in blazes air ye?" t Dick lifted up his voice and called out: "I am Dick Slater, captain of the Liberty B oys." u "Hello, in there!" "Whut ye want?" There was no r e ply. "I want that you and your companions in there After waiting a few moments Dick tried again: surrender." sli rl\r, "Hello! Hello, I say!" "An' I s'pose ye think we'll do et?" As before, there was no reply. "If you don't it will be bad for yo u !" sternl y . If the Pine Robbers were in the cave they had certainly There was a brief period of sile n ce, and t h e n came made up their minds to maintain silence. voice: "'I don't believe they are there, Dick." "Say, I guess thar's sumthin' ye d on' know, Miste r r n!' "I think as you do, Bob." Slater." L "Let's go in!" "Well what is it?" L "It will be a big risk, Bob . I think we had better test "We'.,;e got two uv yer gang i n here pris'ners." . tlt the matter further before going in." "Have you?" e "How can we test it?" "Ye bet we hev, an' ef ye try ter do u s enny damage' ' "We'll have a lot of the boys come here and fire two or blow ther hull tops uv theer heads off t h e very furst thi\ three volleys in through the entrance." "And let me tell you somethin g," said Dick sternly: Dick summoned about a dozen of the youths and oryou so much as hurt a hair of the heads of those two dered them to fire a volley into the cave. we will kill every Pine Robber in there! Do y ou he: They did so, and there was no sound from within. "Yaas I hear." in "Trr it again," he ordered. "I one hundred men ou t here . T h e c ab i n is,, < Stil all was quiet within the cave. ro u nded . You can see that I know w hat I am tar "Once morel" he ordered. abo u t and that we can do what I say we can. " :Ull A third volley was fired. Then he had a talk with Bob a n d t w o or three l.l With the same result. o f the b oys, and it was decided to wait t ill morning b , I "I guess the Pine Robbers are not there," said Bob. making the attack. 01 • "I think you are right," agreed Dick . "Come alo ng; w e So they settled down to wait till morning. ,J 1 will /:!O in. " When morning came they ate some cold food and They entered and felt their way around. They searched turned their attention to the work in h.and. the cave thoroughly, but fo und no one. Dick call ed out loudly:


THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER THE "PINE ROBBERS." "Hello! Hello, in the cabin!" "Waal, whut's wanted?" came the reply. "I am going to ask you again to SUlTender." "All right; ask all ye wanter, but et won' do ye no good." "You refuse to surrender, then?" "Ye bet!" "You know what I told you before!" "I know. But ef ye attack us we'll kill yer two com'rades !" Ten minutes later the Liberty Boys opened fire, and, after riddling the windows, they made a sudden dash and reached the shelter of the cabin walls. They fired in through the windows and the Pine Robbers fired , in return, but after fifteen minutes of this hot work the ruffians yelled out that they sulTendered. "Have you injured your comi-ades?" asked Dick. "No we hain't," was the sullen reply. "All right, then; you may surrender. Open the door and walk out and place your weapons in a pile on the The Pine Robbers, to the number of eight, obeyed. But Dick was disappointed, for Bill West was not among them, nor was he among the killed and wounded. "Where is West?" Dick asked of one of the ruffians. "Him an' about twenty-five uv ther men went erway yis terday evenin'," was the reply. "Where did they go ? " "Over in ther direction uv Imlaytown, I think." CHAPTE'R XIX. THE ANNIHILATION OF THE PINE ROBBERS BAND. , car;. and Patsy were found to be safe. They had npt >een injured at all. Evidently the Pine Robbers had feared o do the two bodily hurt. They told the story of their capture and confirmed the vords of the Pine Robber, that West and about twenty-five f the ruffians had gone away the evening before. Dick decided to leave the eight Robbers in the cabin, Tith four Liberty Boys to guard them, while the rest set ut in the direction of Im1aytown to search for West and ne rest of the gang. There were seven dead men, and these were buried. besides the eight that had surrendered, were wounded, nd their wounds were dressed. Three Lil)erty Boys had been wounded, but not seriously. 1 Dick and the youths mounted their horses and set out on le direction of lmlaytown. 1 When they were within about two miles of their destiLtion they suddenly came upon the Pine Robbers, who "Ere coming along the road in a body with five stolen on whose backs were great loads of stolen plunder. "Charge!" cried Dick. "Down as many as you can!" youths dashed forward, firing as they went, and th.e1• !PPped about fifteen of the Pine Robbers almost before the f.lains knew what was happening. The other ten turned and dashed away in among the es at the side of the road. 'After them!" shouted Dick. "Don't let them get away!" l'he Liberty Boys leaped to the ground and dashed after • fleeing men. :'hey succeeded in dropping four more of the scoundrels l out of the entire force of at least twenty-five only tl made their escape. Vhen the youths ceased pursuing the fugitives and made l r way back to the road Dick and Bob went about Iookh 1 for West. . hey found him presently, severely wounded and groaning ;h terrible rate. H.e glared at the youths when they stopped beside him ee was deadly hatred in the glance he bent upon them: 11/aal-ye--hed-orter be--satersfied-now!" he said, ,;We are not fuUy satisfied," said Dick; "six of your ;ca way." . e head villain started to say something, choked, and lo his head fell over to one sid&--he was dead! '.e'll never do any more murdering and robbing, Dick," Bob. • IQOU are right; his career is ended.• ello, look yonder, Dic'kl• \T( • Dick looked up the road in the direction indicated by Bob and saw a party consisting of at least twenty men, all armed, coming along the road. The party was soon on the scene, and one man, who seemed to be the leader, came and accosted Dick. "They tell me you are Captain Dick Slater, and that these are J;he Liberty Boys,'' he said. "That is right, sir,'' said Dick. "And I see you have killed a goodly number of the Pine Robbers." • "We have killed and wounded nineteen out of a force of twenty-five, sir." "Well,'' eagerly; "did you get the leader1" "He lies there," pointing. The man stepped over and took a look at the dead man. "Good!" he exclaimed; '"'good! I am glad you killed him. That will likely put an end to the work of the Pine Robbers around here.". "Quite likely, sir. We have practically annihilated the gang." And then Dick told of having killed and wounded a number at the old cabin in the forest. "I have one favor to ask of you, Captain Slater." "What is it?" "I want that you shall let myself and neighbors who are with me here have West's body." . Dick looked, curiously at the man. "What do you wish to do with the body?" he asked. "We want to suspend it in chains from the limb of a tree by the roadside, where it will be a warning to all sucli vil-' lainsl" "All right; yqu may take the body, sir,'' said. Djck. "And I would like you to bury the dead Pine Robbers and take the wounded in charge, also, if you will." "We will do it, and will nurse the wounded back to life for the privilege of turning them over to the authorities when they are well again." "Good enough. There are five more wounded robbers at the cabin in the forest; we will bring them and turn them over to you also-and eight who are not wounded. Those you can take at once and turn over to the authorities." "We will be glad to do it, sir." "Very well, then. While you are burying the dead and looking after the wounded here we will go back to thQ cabin and bring the Robbers I have spoken of." "All right, Captain Slater." The Liberty Boys mounted their horses and galloped back to the cabin, where they found all was well. The two Pine Robbers that Dick and Bob had captured and who had guided the Liberty Boys to the cabin and had. been. promised their freedom had been left at the cabm, pnsoners with the other eight; but Dick set them free and told 'them to go at once and to never come back to that region again. "Try working for a living and being honest," said Dick. "I think you will find that it will pay you better." The two made no reply, but strode away and were quickly lost to sight among the trees. The Liberty Boys delivered the eight prisoners and the five wounded Robbers into the hands of the farmers, and then Dick told his comrades that their work in that vidn'ity was finished. Curious to see what would be done with West's body, Dick and the Liberty Boys accompanied the farmers up the road about four miles to where an immense oak tree stood. Chains were secured and fastened to a limb of j;he tree, a,nd then the body of the notorious chief of the Pine Robbers gang was enclosed in the chains and strong bands of hoopiron were fastened around all to hold them in place. Then the farmers sent the uninjured Pine Robbers to the county town to be placed in jail and distri)mted the wounded ones among their homes, to be nursed back to health, when they, too, would be turned over to the authorities. The Liberty Boys visited the Felton home before return ing to the main patriot encampment on the Hudson, and Charlie Nolan and Clarence Joyce the most of their opportunity and secured the promises of Lizzie Farr and Jennie Felton to become their wives after the war ended. John Hawk remained with the Liberty Boys, as he had taken quite a liking to the youths, and liked, furthermore, to fight for liberty and independence . Next week's issue will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS AND GENERAL PICKENS; OR, CHASTISING THE CHEROKEES." /


I THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 19 HELP COUNTRY! STANDING BEHIND OUR SOI.DIERS. You are undertaking a great duty. The heart of the whole country is with you. Everything that you do will be watche d only by those who are near and dear to you but by the whole nation besides for this great war draws us all together. ' -From President's Wilson's address to the soldiers of the National Army. of the denominations of $50, $100, $500, $1,MO, $5,000, . $10,000, and $100,000. Checks for the interest on the bonds will be mailed from the Treasury to the own ers each semiannual-interest date. The coupon b onds will be pay a ble to bearer and will have coupon s attac h ed fo r the intere st. They will be in denominations of $50, $100, $500, $1,000, $5,000, and $10 , 000. The coupons can be cashed like a Governmel).t check at any bank. THE SECOND LIBERTY LOAN. The coupon bonds of this loan will have only four The bonds of t h e second issue of the Liberty Loan coupons attac hed, representing the semiannual inare to be issued und e r the act of Congress approved terest for two years . Between November 15, 1919, by the President S eptember 24, 1917. _ andhMay 15, 1 . 920, the hold ers of coupon bonds must The amount of the issue will be $3 000 000 000 or exc ange their bonds for new bonds having full m?re; $3,000,000 , 000 will be offered: and right sets of coupons. These temporary bon d s are issued is reserved to allot bonds in excess of that• amount because the wor k of e ngravmg s o many bonds with to the extent o f one-half of the oversubscription. so large a n_un:ber of c oupons ca.n not be That is, if $5,000 , 000,000 is subscribed the right is completed withm a r e a s ona b l e time for deliv e ry. reserved to issu e $1,000,000,000 more than the $3,000,000 , 000. PURCHASE OF BONDS. The bond s w ill b ea r date November 15, 1917 and Bonds of the Second Liberty Loan c a n be purwill mature Nov emper 15, 1942. But the chased by filling out an appli c ation blank made on ment the right to call in and pay the bonds the form prescribed by the S ecretary of the Treas' in full, with accrued interest, any time after 10 ury, which can be obtained from any bank or Libyears after th,eir date. erty Loan committ ee, and sending it or having it The bonds are convertible gold bonds and bear 4 sent to the Treasury of the United or any per c ent annual intere st, the interest being payable Federal Reserve Bank or branch accompanied by on May 15 and November 15 of each the payment of 2 per cent of the amount of bonds year. applied for. The bonds are exempt, both as to principal and inThese applications must r e ach the Treasury Des terest, from taxation now or hereafter imposed partment, a Federal R e serve Bank or brancl by the United State s, any State, or any other possesthereof! or some incorporated or trust company ila, sicins of the United States or by any local taxing the Umted States on or the close of busines ' authority, except (a) estate or inheritance taxes, 27, e:rery bank in .thd and ( b) graduated additional income taxes, coml!mted States will willmgly receive these 1 monly known as surtaxes, and excess-profits and hons and handle the whole transaction of the pm 1 war-profits taxe s now or hereafter imposed. They chase of bonds for any subsc r iber. are not lia ble to the ordinary Federal income tax. 41 The inte r es t on an amomit of bonds the principal PAYMENT FOR BONDS. of whic h d o e s not exceed $5JQOO, owned by any indi. A purchaser may pay in full for his bonds at u?if vidual, partne rship, association, or corporation, are time of making his appl ic ation or, if he so exempte d from the taxes p r ovided for in clause (b) he can take advantage of the in stallment plan ara abov e . pay 2 per cent on a ppli ca tion, 18 per cent on N The right i s gi v en to holders of the bonds to exvember 15, 1917, 40 per cent on D ece mb e r 15 19111!' them for bond s bearing a higher rate of in-and the remaining 4 0 p e r c ent on J a nua r y 15'. 191 ; terest if any such shall later be issued by the United Although so a s the Governmentj_s concern,lt _: States before the termination of the war. This con-the purchase price for the bonds must be paid . e ;r. version privilege must be exercised, if at all withia above, nearly every bank. in the country will ma six months after the issuance of such higher-rate arrangements by which Lib erty Loan Bonds can n: bonds. paid on an installment plan pro v iding for weekly monthly payments, and a great many employers WC'll' THE BONDS. The second i ss ue of Lib erty Loan Bonds will be of two kind s , registe r e d and coupon. The registere d bon d s will be registered at the Treasury in the name s of their owners and will be make the same arrangements for their employeei r Payment can be mad e to the Treasury ment or to any one of the Federal Reserve Ban1 but purchasers a r e urge d to mak e thei r pa y111eoJ: to the banks or other a ge n ci e s v•ith whom tl ii : 1 olaced their subscriptions. :t' ' e1


20 THE LIBERTY B O YS OF '76. MAKING HIS .FORTUNE O R THE SMARTEST BOY IN NEW YORK By RALPH MORTON (A SERIAL STORY) CHAPTER I (Continued). P a u si n g a moment, he carefully sized up the place, and then ascended the front stoop and rang the doo r bell. J ack did not expect any answer to his summons, as he had heard the bookkeeper once say that the old broker lived alone. And he was just wondering what he should do with the satchel of money if he got no response, when the door silently opened. A h all shrouded in gloom was revealed, and he ) e ered in and asked : "Is this where Mr. Fish lives?" T here was a moment of silence and then a low, n u ffled voice answered: ' " Yes; come in." W o ndering who had spoken, Jack stepped into the lark hall, and the door was softly closed behind Lim, arrd he heard the key turned in the lock, after ithich there came another deep silence. H e waited few moments, expecting to hear the l e rson who let him in either speak or light the gas, ut there was no sound at all. 1 T he boy began to feel a little nervous, and he nall y asked : ' " Ca n I speak to you about Mr. Fish?" There was no reply for an in stant, but finally the smothered vqjce in the gloom muttered in half1audi ble tones: " Step into the parlor." It was so dark that Jack did not know which way go to find the parlo r door, so he took a match ?m his pocket and lit it. .shabby hall was revealed, but the person who itted him was nowhere in sight, and he strode the parlor door and passed through. little old fashioned room was revealed, every n g being coated with dust, but to his amazement a il e d to see a soul. Iis match wenf out, and as he did not have an e r , h e sat dow n on one of the chairs and waited ew moments to see if the invisible one would k e a light or speak, but nothing of the kind oc ed. y this time J ack's nerves were all on edge and he a se nsatio n of alarm creeping over him for the t Y o f the mo ney he carried. "I say!" he exclaim ed, suddenly starting up . "Where are you?" There was no answer. "If you don't show yourself I am going to get out of here!" he continued, as he began to grope about in search of the door. "I have been sent here by Mr. Fish, and I have an important message for you." Still there was no reply, a deadly silence filling the room, and the boy was just about to try to find his way out when he suddenly felt a pair of hands shoot out of the gloom and seize him in a vise-like grip by the throat. CHAPTER II. A CHAMBER OF HORRORS. A startled cry rising to Jack's lips was choken back by the cruel fingers pressing so desperate l y upon his windpipe. But now that he felt something material in that uncanny place the boy grasped at the powerful hands that wer. e gripping his throat, all of his ner vous alarm leaving him like a flash. Before he could do anything to protect himself, however, he was suddenly pushed backward until he was slammed against the wall, and he was pinned there while his unseen assailant's strangling grip grew tighter. Finding that he could not tear those relentless hands away from his throat with his left hand alone, Jack suddenly raised the satchel he still clutched in his right fist and aimed a terrific blow at the spot where he imagined his assailant was standing. Had the blow landed, it might have helped the boy; but it swept through the empty air, and he heard a l ow, hoarse chuckle as the bag came down against his own legs with fearful force, almost breaking his knee. The next instant the -satchel was torn from his grip, and he got a tremendous thump on the head that knocked him sprawling upon the floor, com pletely senseless. Everything became a blank. It was some time afterward when Jack recovered. He was suffering from a sulittirnr headache and


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 21 looking around, he found himself lying upon an old ly deepened into a dark brown, while the burning sofa in a strange room. sensation rapidly increased. It was a small; square apartment, with walls covThen the truth burst upon him, and he gasped: ered with wood panels. "Oil of vitriol!" There was a carpet on the floor, two windows at He bent down and swiftly wiped the corrosive one side, a door at the 9ther side, and it contained stuff from his fingers upon the carpet to prevent it very little furniture except a bureau. from eating into his flesh. A dim gas light overhead showed him his sur-A cold sweat burst out on the boy's forehead, for roundings, and as all he had passed through came he realized that he had only acted in time to save back to his mind, he began to wonder where he was himself from being horribly injured. and how he happened to get there. "What diabolical fiend did this?" he panted. Jack sat up, and then he remembered the satchel "What infernal means is this of keeping me impris• of money. oned in this place?" "Good heavens! It is gone!" he groaned, as he sprang to his feet. "I have been robbed! What shali It was clear that he could not get out by eithe the I do? What is the meaning of all this infernal busi door or the windows, and he sank down upon the ness? Who played that trick on me?" sofa with his brain fairly spinning over the fearful It occurred to him that he wanted to find out danger in which he found himself encompas s ed. where he was, and he walked over to the door and "There isn't a soul in this place menacing me," he shouted at the top of his voice: muttered at last; "but I'm hanged if I don't seem to "Help! Help! Help!" be in far greater danger than if there were a vil-Then he listened intently, but not a sound came lainous man to contend with. Why, I scarcely dare back. to move, for fear that I may go right into some other . The same deathly silence prevailed in this room hidden trap designed to injure or destroy me. I must as that in the one where he had been attacked. get out of this dreadful place at any cost. I wonder "Can this be another room in the same house?" if that isn't a closet over there?" he cogitated. "If so, I must get out of here. I must His glance had fallen upon an open panel in the recover that money. I can never face Mr. Fish wall, and he a,rose and strode over to it with some again if I have to go to him without his money. What misgivings. in the world shall I do? Where am I to look for the The boy was brave enough, but it required more satchel?" than human nerves and endurance to face the trou-He rushed over to the door and seized .the brass ble he was in with perfect fortitude. knob to open it. A terrible electric shock flashed As he reached the partially open panel, he raised into him and hurled him, stunned and quivering, his foot and gave it a kick. upon the floor. The little door swung back, and a small closet was ' A deep groan escaped the boy, for tile pain he felt revealed to his gaze. was almost beyond all endurance. It contained several shelves upon which stood a 1 He finally began to get over it, however, for he number of bottles. had a strong constitution, and struggling to his feet, The boy glanced at them earnestly, but they hadr he glared at the knob and gasped: no labels, although every one of them contained pow-r "This is awful! What fiend charged that doorders and liquids of various colors. t knob with that current. It must have been done to Jack dared not touch them. u ke ep me a prisoner in this fearful place. But I won't "They may contain poison!" he muttered. stay here. I'll get out in spite of him. I'll bring the As he stood looking at them, the light slowly went>", police in this den, and I'll get that scoundrel if it down lower and lower, until at length it finally wen1y costs my life!" out altogether, leaving the room enshrouded in tota Just then his glance fell upon the windows. gloom. They seemed t.o offer a good chance to escape, for A feeling of blank despair began to overwhelni• they were just ordinary windows, and did not seem Jack now. to be fastened save by ordinary latches . "More of their infernal work!" the boy mut With his hopes aroused, Jack darted over to the tered in dis:rpay. "I wonder what new rascality the. nearest one, and turning back the fastenings, he will at.tempi! to play upon me now?" seized the sash. But it was nailed. He took a step backward. It felt very wet, and he now saw that the whole It was a fatal move, as he . soon found out. sash was covered with an almost colorless moisture. The board in the floor upon which he trod se em( His fingers began to burn where they came in conto go down with a slight creaking noise a fraction r tact with the woodwork, and an ii:i.stant later they an inch, and the next moment there sounded a pha11 felt as if he had thrust them into a fire. . "click" somewhere in the wainscoting of the wall With a sharp cry of pain he suddenly snatched front of him. followed by a fearful gust of nnus-e o • l them away from the sash and glanced at them. gas. i The skin was turning yellow, and this color rapid(To be continued.) L e


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. CURRENT At Mardella Springs station on the Baltimore, Chesapeake and Atlantic Railway, an express train of five coaches, bouhd fo:r; Ocean City, Md., ran over a two-year-old girl in the center of the tracks. Engineer Wallace, on the flyer, which was running about sixty miles an hour, immediately applied the brakes. Flagman Hall, when the train came to a standstill, ran down the tracks and picked up little Annie Kosh Kery, sound asJeep on the ties. She was unhurt. The largest duplex submarine telephone cable . in existence was recently laid between Keansburg, N.J., and Annadale, Staten Island, N. Y. In all, the cable measures 28,248 feet, and is one of the doublearmored type containing 74 pairs of No. 16 and 12 pair& of No. 22 wire. Loading pots have been in stalled at five points, the splices being tested for water tightness by dry air pumped into the sleeves before . filling with paraffine. The locatiE>Ds of the pots are indicated by spar buoys. The territory to be acquired by the Government in Harford County, Md., for a new Army proving ground site as a substitute for the Kent Island site will have a thirty-mile range and will include the entire southeastern part of the county and a small section of Baltimore County. The range is to start at and include all of Spesutia Island, where there are several large farms and some fine fishing and ducking shores. It will also include the famous ducking shores in the neighborhood of Bengies. The idea is to have two fifteen-mile ranges, so that guns may be fired in two directions at the same time. The United States naval(training station estab ished at Minneapolis, Minn., recently at Dunwoody ndustrial Institute has developed rapidly. Five . undred bluejackets and petty officers from all parts f the country are now in attendance, a hundred 10re are coming, and the quota will soon reach ,ne thousand. Rear Admiral Leigh S. Palmer, r. S. N., chief of the Bureau of Navigation, made an 'ficial inspection of the Dunwoody, and re Srted in most favorable terms. The cf>mmandant '.Ensign Colby Dodge, U. S. N., retired. The sta bn is training cooks, bakers, blacksmiths; copper aiths, carpenters, electricians, gas-engine men, ma :inists, and what has lately been ordered, the most class of all, radio bperators. l experiments with a telephone apparatus stalled on a railroad car were carried out recently 'a representative of the signal department of the Canadian Government Railways and the inventor of the device, the former in the car itself and the latter in the dispatcher's office in the Moncton yard. The transmission in this system of communication is made through wheel and axle without the assist ance of any medium. Reports of the tests deelare that the communication established was in every way satisfactory, although the train w:as in • motion. It is said there was no difficulty in hea'ring distinctly every word of the messages exchanged. The experiment was tried on a double-track line where the rails are properly "bonded" for the block signal system, but it is claimed that equally good re sults can be obtained on any track where the rails are similarly "bonded" without regard to the pres ence or absece of a block-signal installation. The magnitude of the war, as a whole, is repeated in every phase of its activity, and in no way more so than in its instruments of war. As we have more than once remarked in these columns, .it has been necessary to multiply our units of measurement by from 10 to 100. Weapons which were thought mas sive and powerful in 1914 are puny in 1917. Thus, heavy artillery, whose weight tied it down to fixed fortification, js now moving merrily over the field of battle. Where, formerly, we talked in millions, now we talk freely in billions. Before the war 25 to 30 knots was battle-cruiser speed-today we have such ships of from ,150,000 to 200,000 horse-power steaming at 35 to 4o0 knots. A notable instance of this growth is in the field of aviation, where the British have aeroplanes of 600 horsepower and the Italians have gone up to 1,000. And the end is not yet. The safe delivery of eggs to be sent through the mail will be insured and their period of freshness p:Jtolonged at the same time by the use of a new system whiGh has recently been patented and is now being called to the attention of egg dealers and shippers. The patent is on a machine which wraps the eggs in a long strip of paper, the eggs being entirely covered by the paper which ' is twisted about them, making them resemble a length of sausages more than anything else. The paper in which they have been encased has been dampened, and in this condition the eggs are draped around a collapsible wire frame. As the paper dries it becomes taut, and the eggs are securely held between the arms of the frame. when they are placed in a box for shipment they ate supported so that they cannot come in contact with each other nor the box, ap.q they are thus enabled to withstand a rough experience which would be disastrous under ordinary condi tions. The frames are made in one-dozen and crate sizes.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 23 TWO--GRAB OR RUSHING LIFE FOR ALL HE WAS WORTH By CAPTAIN GEORGE W. GRANVILLE CA SERIAL STORY) CHAPTER VI. She was all in white, save for some pretty ribbons . THE FAIR TRAITRESS. That was all Hal, with his boy's mind, noted of her costume, but he knew that it showed off her It would be utterly impossible for a fellow with radiant beauty marvelously well. Hal Hunter's views to contest the will of any relaLissa moved swiftly to meet him, placed both her tive who had been left out-most of all to wage hands gladly in his-and reached up and kissed him. the for money against a girl. "Don't think me a tomboy," she apologize{!, draw" And he'll serve me in one other way, also," mur-ing back with a face that-artful minx !-was ' now mured the beautiful girl, a mocking smile in her eyes. rosy red as if from confusion. "But I ran acro$s "Whether he wants to or not, whether they want what I thought was some very good news for you it or not, Hal shall make me acquainted and on good this morning. In consequence, I'm so excited that terms with the Hendersons. Through them I shall I hardly kow what I'm doing." soon take my proper place in society." "I hope you'll keep on being excited, if it has such "My very dear Hal," wrote Lissa, the next morna pleasant effect,''. laughed the boy. ing, in her most friendly style, "can't you make Lissa did not offer to kiss him this time, buf she time to come over a little while this morning-even did not repulse him when he bent over to take a if for ever so wee a time? I have something that kiss on his own account. \ I feel I must say to you. Ever affectionately, "And now,'' he murmured, "I can stand news of "LISSA." any kind, good or bad." 1 "Come with me, then,'' begged the fail' traitress, "It's a few words from my cousin," Hal explained. still keeping one of his hands in one of hers. He had opened the note at the Henderson breakShe drew him across the room to a desk. fast table, after having asked permission to do so. From this she took an envelope that bore his "Yes?" asked Mrs. Henderson, politely. name. "She asks me to come over for a tittle while this afternoon." "I found this, in going through some of our poor "No doubt she wants to suggest some division of uncle's papers this morning," Lissa explained. "You the estate of your uncle," suggested Mrs. Henderson. name was written on the envelope. As it was not "Why, she spoke of that last night," replied Hal, sealed, I took the liberty of looking into it. You candidly. don't mind, I hope." "That was very good of her. Still, it was no "To ?e sure I don't," breathed Hal, generously more than just,'' murmured the boy's hostess. wOtl..,_dermg, as he gazed dowi:at her flushed, Later, when Hal had taken his hat and had deface;'tio.w one could mmd what such a ver parted, Mrs. Henderson looked straight at her ... sweet girl did. , daughter. "Look into envelope, then, Hal, you old dear! "My dear, that poor boy is going to be made a Hal did so, and gave a gasp. grievous fool of by his handsome cousin." "Banknotes!" "Shouldn't we warn him, then, mamma? Shouldn't "Place? there by poor, dear Uncle Henry!" mur we say something to put him on his guard? We mured Lissa, softly. really owe Mr. Hunter so much." . Hal. held the money in his hands, a tear comin "My dear child," replied Mrs. ij:enderson, quietly, mto either eye. "your father used to hold one opinion that I respect"Well, why don't you count it?" challenged th ed very much. He used to say that there was a very girl. warm and more than cozy corner in the infernal "Why, I suppose . it's none of my business. Thi regions for those who meddled in other people's money wasn't placed here for me." affairs." "It certainly was," contradicted Lissa, Hal in the meantime had been admitted to his "That's Uncle Henry's handwriting. I can easi : house. ' understand what it means. He had decided to hai Lissa was in the reception room, waitinJ?' for him. you come here. He fornred that you would ne \


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. some money to make your proper start here. Hav-In vain Mrs . . Henderson argued. Hal would not ing some ready cash on hand, he slipped this amount accept anything from her, nor would he keep up into the envelope, wrote your name on it, and set the acquaintance of the Hendersons unless the sub-the money by 0 ;-..inst your coming." ject were dropped for good. "At all eve.llvu , he didn't gi v e it to me," replied "Oh, you foolish boy," sighed the good woman, Hal, passing back the envelop e . "You're his hei:r:ess, but she let Hal have his own way. Lissa, and I've already told you that I don't intend Then followed a busy two hours in the village. to take your money." In that time Hal opened a bank account, bought "Hal," retorted his beautiful cousin, looking at himself some up-to-date clothing, hired two rooms l\im pleadingly. "If you refuse this I shall feel on the second floo:r: of a business block, bought a deeply hurt, both on poor uncle's account and on bench for the room that he determined to use as my own." his work-room, and determined to buy tools and "Why?" asked the boy. , material at "It looks to me, Hal, as though you refused this By the time this was done it was two o'clock, and little dying gift from our uncle because you feel time to put in an aI?pearance at the he used you too shabbily. And I won't say why it where the crooks who had attempted the is that you hurt me so much by refusing." robbery at Mrs. Henderson's were to have their '"Hurt you?" cried Hal, generously. "I wouldn't hearing. hurt you for the world, Lissa!" The robbers were bound over promptly to the "Then take the money, keep it, and use it for your Grand Jury. own." This business done, Hal Hunter hurried back to "I will, then,'' Hal agreed. his rooms, fuil of the invention that he fondly be" And, my dear cousin, you won't feel offended if Eeved was to make him rich and famous. I offer you a further suggestion?" "Off ended? What ponsense, cousin!" "Then use some of the money to get yourself some clothes that will fit you better to move in society. Oh, the Hendersons will give you plenty CHAPTER VII. "OPENED BY MISTAKE." of the invitations, for you're a hero to them! Then As Hal stood staring at his yet empty work-bench, take up your quarters in a couple of rooms in this planning how he would start the work on his pre house--" cious invention, he heard a distinct clank of metal "No," broke in Hal, decidedly. "I won't do that." through the wall. "Then get yourself a couple of rooms somewhere Then followed a lot of hammering. in this vi1lage," went on Lissa, coaxingly. "Convert "Looks as if I were next door to a blacksmith one of your rooms into a workshop, go ahead with shop," he smiled. "But wait until I begin in earnest. your invention, and, when you are ready to patent, Then r may make a racket that will drive the other I will furnish the money--'" fellow out." "Lissa!" He decided that first of all, he needed drawing "Oh, Hal, you foolish boy! You would have to paper and tools, to plot out the plan of his get some capitalist to back you before you could , invention. put your patent through. Let me be the capitalist, "I forgot them but I can slip out and get 'em and I will take a share of the profits, if you really now ,, he insist.' just as any other capitalist would." he stepped into the hallway he encountered a This really looked reasonable enough. Hal thank-woman coming out from the rooms opposite. ed her warmly, with her soft hand resting in his. I She was a young woman, tastefully dressed, and Then Hal counted the money in the envelop 2 . Five very pretty. : hundred dollars! . ! But that. a wonderI "I hope we are not disturbing you, she said, 1 fully good start m for. an am91tious young felhalf-anxiously. "My husband is obliged to make a who had a patent that he wanted to put through! great deal of noise over his work. He is engaged f And had ever an inventor b efore so beautiful and on an invention and is putting the parts of the :Sympathetic a capitalist behind model together.'; As soon as he could Hal hurried over to the Hen"An inventor?" Hal smiled. "There are two of ' . dersons, acquainting his .ho stes s with .the that us, then. Perhaps, when I get started, y9u will find tsome funds be e n discovered which his uncle that I am making more noise than he is. So we tbad left for him. I shall have to be . very patient with each other, my "Funds?" repeated Mrs. Henderson. "You'll be I dear Mrs.--" clover that way, _ I fancy, .my dear For, ?f I "Jilkins is my name," she supplied. I mean also to provide you with funds m , "One of these days, when he has mor.e leisure, I 1eaxment what you have done !or. us." . I shall hope to meet your husband, Mrs. Jilkins,'' said I shan t be able to see you agam if you talk m I Hal courteously and passed on out on his errand . • 9hat vein," Hal replied, flushing . "One doesn't want ' ' o be paid for doing his duty as a man." (To be continued.) I


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. NEWS OF THE DA y FISH AS A WAR FOOD. With a view to the mobilization of the fish try, representatives of wholesale fish distributers from all parts of the country began a conference recently with official of the Food Administration and the Bureau of Fisheries, New York, Boston, Glouces ter, St. Louis, the Gulf Coast, Lake Erie and the Pacific Coast were represented. A campaign is planned to popularize fr(Yl;en fish. War-time conscription of ships and men from the fishery fleet and an intensified demand for fish to release more meat for export to the Allies have developed some adverse conditions in the industry. It is believed that by popularizing frozen fish it will be far easier fo}: the distributers to handle the supply to best advantage. .SISTERS REACH THE END OF THEIR "ROMANCE TRAIL." The Llewellen sisters, Alexandria and Gloria, who arrived in San Pedro, Cal., dressed in men's clothes and on their way to "somewhere," adventure bound, have reached the enJ of their "romance trail." Alexandria, who is the youngest, was shipped back to Stockton to face parental ire, while her sister, un fortunate in being over age, was transferred .to the city jail. The girls left Stockton via the hobo route several weeks ago and sought the thrills of travel astride old tank cars and inside empty box cars. When ar rested they gave the names of The girls' father wired transportation for Alexandria. THE PROPER SPIRIT. A company of Plattsburgers was drawn up to learn how many of them were to graduate as officers. The names of those who had passed were read out. 'l'he officer in charge said : "The rest of you may go. In my opinion you are . not good for anything, but I may be mistaken, and I hope the future will show that I am. There is one way for you to prove this now. You can enter the ranks and take a chance of ;working up. Any who desire to dff this will please step three paces fdrward." Three men stepped forward. "I see," said the instructor officer, "that I made three mistakes. I am sorry I missed you three men. You certainly have the right spirit." Ohio Rive1 never before under similar condition s h:'..::J seen such an event m August ana it is only u e cau..,e man stepped in to aid nature, that the thing cuned. As always is the case in August the river was in extremely low water. Boats drawing more than a couple 0 f eet normally are tied up. But the United States Army Engineering Corps, wishing to demonstrate the supreme value of the river as an artery of trafiic in war-time, has stepped in with an flluminating illu stration of what can be done even in thes e week s of scant flow. Dam s holding back p.ools along the Big Sandy, the Kanawha and the Upper Ohio rivers were opened recently a n d s urplu s water '.Vas allowed to run out. An artificial crest of from three to six feet was formed arid on this crest snub-nosed argosies went down the river bcai'ing the coal to the Queen City. Without the presence of the dams which the gov ernment has already completed, this movement and others which will undoubtedly follow, could not be made. ANOTHER WAR WEAPON. Afte r a murderous artillery fire has swept away the ordinary barbed wire entanglements in front of a trenc h, there is nothing to impede the onrush of troop s except machine-gun an9. infantry fire, accompan ied, at certain times, by well-placed barrnge fire from the rear. Undel' most conditions this is sufficient to deplete the ranks of an invading forc e , but the fact that the first, second and third line of trenches may ue captured in a single charge is p r oof that gun fire alone cannot dissipat e a bod y of troops. There have been numer ous occasibns in this war where troops of both sides have deliberately plunged through a heavy barrage fire to carry a line of trenches. Accordingly, Enid S. Wales of Detroit, Mich., has invented a novel projectile whic11 shoots barbed wire instead of bullets. His idea is to first imped the progress of all onrushing body of troops b spreading coils of barbed wire in front of them an then to attack them with infantry and machin gunfire. The inv entor claims that his projectil • rill distrib ute m a s ses of barbed \ V ire over a larg area, .enme shing a whole company of troops. Briefl y , the p r oj e ctil e consis .ts of a stem whic fits the barrel of a trench mortar,' a central cha ber containing the e x plosive charge , into whic chamber the ste m fits, and several hollow ca which carry the coils of barbed wire, the inn ends of which are secured to the body of the she A RElNFORCED RIVER. When the projectile explo : le s , the caps containi Floating on the crest of an artificial floor, a fleet I the barbed wire shoot out like bullets, distributil of Ohio River barges rP.c.P.ntlv carried down to Cin-1 the wire in tangled masses. A time fuse is pr ' cinnati sornetbing like tons of coal. l'lie' vidud so that the distance can be gauged.


26 ' THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 2, ' 1917. TERMS TO Slnl'I• Copleo ••••••••••••••••• • • ••••• •. • • • • • • •• •• One Cop7 Three l\lonths •..••••••••••...••••••••• One Copy Six Months ••••••••••••••••••••••••••• One Cop,.-One Year ...•.•..•...•••...•..•..•••••• POSTAGE FREE .08 Cent. .'711 Oe11t• 1 .50 8.00 HOW TO SEND l\IONEY --At our risk send P. o. Mone7 Order. Check or Registered Letter; remltt8'lces In any oth"r way are at your rbk. We accept Postage Stamps the same as cash. When sending silver wrap tlle Coin In a separate piece of paper to avoid cutting the envelope. Write your name and address plainly. Address letters to N. Hadlqa Wol11', Pre•.}FRANK TOUSEY, Pu\ilisher Chas. W. Hastin&'•. ,. Cbarlee & N;yl&ndei . Sec. 168 West 23d N. Y. Good Current News Articles Dr. D. G. Long of Reading, Pa., had a narrow es cape while on a fishing trip to Fortesque, N. J., where. he hooked a four-foot shark which bit fast to his clothing when he hauled it into the boat. Charles Cole and Felix Oehring, who accompanied the Reading doctor, cut the shark's head off before its hold could be re-leased. A plant for converting shark skins into leather is to be erected at St. Peterburg, Fla., by a corporation of Seattle, Wash., which maintains shark fish eries there and in Alaska. There are at least ten varieties of sharks, namely, the blue, basking, pil Some years ago, in order to make their inheritance of land more simple and secure, our GoveITllrlent commi s sioned Dr. Charles A. Eastman, a Sioux Indian, to rename more than 15,000 Sioux with their family names. The task was a treme ndous one and full of difficulties, says the Los Angeles Times. Where possible Dr. Eastman kept the original Sioux name of some member of a family, as in bestowing the name "Matoska, " meaning "White Bear," on the family of that chief. Som etimes the combination of wife's name and husband's name has produced a musical result, such as "Winona Otana." The favorite name for woman means "she who has a beautiful home," which Dr. Eastma n h a s Anglicized in the patronymic "Goodhouse." But by far the hardest task was in finding new name s for the absurdities of Indian nomenclature. "Bobtailed Coyote" was a young Indian who has . come fo prefer himself as "Robert T. Wolf." Afte r a long struggle with "Rotten Pumpkin" Dr. Eastman at last recorded the owner of the name on the t riba l records under the noncommittal title of "Robert Pumpkin." / .. --.. Grins and Chuckles Floor Walker-Hurry out, madam! The store's afire. Mrs. Bargains-Oh, is it? Then I'll just wait for the fire sale. Visitor-Nature always maintains a bal a nce. Editor-That's right. Spring poems b egin coming in just as the coal runs short. grim, porpoise, bone, man-eater, tiger, hammer-head, . "They say there's luck in odd numbers." "I don't thrasher and the mackerel shark, whose skin can be believe it. I know a man who got nine years in turned into good commercial leather. At the Florida prison for having three wives." station catching, skinning and tanning can be made an all-year-round industry. The New York City Department of Health has unearthed a sensational fraud in the manufacture )f fake salvarsan. The imitation, which was put up . n New York and sold widely throughout this coun-i :ry as well as in Canada, Mexico and Central Amerl ca, consists of ordinary table salt colored with a . ittle aniline dye. The package, circula'r, ampoul : .nd every visible detail of the original article are '. unningly imitated. It is believed that at least doses of the fake article have been sold. A leading manufacturer of electric heating de : ices has recently submitted an electric oven to the ar Department for possible adoption for army This oven is designed to take care of tl:'tking, boiling and frying operations necessary in : . , e feedfng of about 150 men. It is unique in that the first oven to be designed to perform all of various cooking operations at one t i me. The e it-plate which is bracketed to the o v en will ac:F,odate the standard United States army coffee ' '.!entacle. The oven is rated at 15 kilowatts. ( "Papa is the captain of our ship and mamma is the pilot." "And what are you, my little man?" "I guess I must be the compass. They're always boxing me." "Is tha( little boy I saw you playing with this afternoon a good boy, Willie?" asked his mother. "No," replied Willie, "he's. not much good, but he's the only kid on the block that I can lick." "Strike three," the umpire. "Batter out!" "Whad d'ye mean, out?" protested the batter. "Yuh big stiff, that last one was a mile outs ide." "You'l'e fined fon dollars," said the umpire. "Do you understand that?" "Sure, I get you now. Money t.alks." "Young man," said the office manager, "if you knew as much about the business of this firm as you do about baseball, you'd be holding down my job." "I know that, sir," replied the office boy, " d if you'd make your business as interesting as baset>all you'd have kids beggln' for a chance to. work for yoa and willing to pay for the privilege."


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 27 THE SHRIEKING SPECTER: had been shunned by pleasure-seekers and lovers of the antique. By Howard Austin The ghostly associations of the place and the re ports of the shrieking apparitio:p. that fluttered students were passing through an through the crumbling walls after the awful murder ure street in Paris. . had been enacted there, rendered it desolate and fWhat a r e y ou looking at, Charles? We must unpopular indeed. ny along if w e get to our destination before dark. Our friends, however, undaunted by the repeated d we shall not be able to find our way through asseverations concerning these spectral rehearsals, e. old pile if daylight is gone." determined to pass a night within a lofty room in Cha;les Fanleigh withdrew his gaze from the ob-the smaller tower. upon which it had been riveted, and said in "I cannot help thinking of the poor girl we met --.;.;ibAwer to his companion's remark: to-day," remarked Charley Fanleigh. "I wish the never s ee a poorly dressed, delicate woman in 'shrieking specter' would appear to drive her from e streets, Geoff, but I think of my lost sister my thoughts." nabel." Suddenly they heard an awful shriek, and they As the young man spoke, a young girl toward started off in the direction of the sound. :Whom' his attention had been drawn, staggered At last they discern . ed in a distant section of the ilCl"oss the side w alk with a smothered shriek, as a structure something white flitting hither and yon man, well attired and imitating the air of a gentlein an uncertain, gidy fashion. man, but whose face and figure proclaimed him of a They followed and confronted the apparition :elass most depraved-stopped suddenly before her which, upon their approach, threw up its arms and :and accosted her, then rudely laying his hand upon uttered another shrill scream. her shoulder, wheeled her about as though he would Charles advanced toward her and spoke: force her to accompany him. "What is it you do here?" Seeing he was observed, however, he withdrew his "She? The loveliest little angel that ever blessed .. grasp, and as the girl reeled in terror against the a mother's eyes. My child, in the convent railing of a doorway, and stood there with the pallor where that wretch placed her." As she spoke the of death upon her face, the man strode hurriedly woman swayed back and forth in agony. For the away. moment reason seemed reigning within her. Charles made as though he would follow him, but "What wretch?" again asked Geoffrey. the fainting condition of the. young woman stayed "He, the man this hand sent to judgment. His him. bones lie in yonder lake. I overheard his plans with "Can w e aid you?" asked Geoffrey Delamare in his son. They had stolen her-they had her money tones most deferential. "My friend and I .are about -they were to murder her here. I followed the old to lunch within this cafe. It is very quiet there. man. Ha! ha! I did away with him. But the little Will you not permit them to serve you a cup of sunshine I carried away with me, here in my nun's coffee? You appear very weak." cloak-see, here she is-safe!" . And i n deed she was. As she essayed to recover And the woman drew forth from some hidden bel'Sel f a nd wa lk on, after gently thanking them and receptacle a small bundle of what appeared to be a . declining the offer, a faintness seemed to sweep over child's wearing apparel. her, an d s h e swa yed and would have fallen to the A s ::hades Fanleigh's eyes fell upon this strange pavem ent h a d they not caught her in time. They treas ure the woman revealed, he darted forward comp elled he r t o ente r the restaurant, and after with a cry. part ki n g o f r efreshment she s eemed to be much "My!" he exclaimed, "those are the identical . better, a n d t he l arge, dark eyes filled with tears of clothes my baby sister Annabel wore on the day of a8 s he bade the gentleman adieu and again her disappearance." He seized and examined one •tarted on her way. of the sleeve-clasps. Yes, the initials were there There is, or was, not so many miles from the city that he sought. But the woman resented his touch of a structure, partly in utter ruin, partly like a wild animal. She flung herself away from mauntlpmng to the outward eye the appearance of him, while the eyes glared upon . him again in direst an ancient chateau. The grounds surrounding it insanity. They recoiled, and she tu_rned and fled were now a w ilderness; half of it lay buried in un-the night air rent as she went with the same dergrowth, and the portion still standing was w'inearthly shrieks that had heralded her approach . . qo'f\o less, doorless and ivy-grown. "Come, let qs follow!" cried Charles. , A m a ll tower at one side of it was the only opaque "It is my mind she has escaped from L-Asy01:1tline that struck against the horizon. In this I lum," said Geoffrey, as they hastened after the rethe window s were mere slits anc so thickly obscured ceding figure. PY the iv_Y that. light could not strike th7ough it. 1 "Or perchanc e the convent of --, which is not A terrible crime had been once committed within far from here." its mill-dewed, moss-grown walls, and ever after it The night previous to the events just recorded.


'28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. a young girl, with pale, terrified face, might have been seen fleeing through the garden in front of a stylish modern house, built in the villa style, in one of the suburbs of Paris. She wore no hat, and her hair, loosened from its fastenings, swept ' behind her as she ran . . "May heaven help me now," she sobbed beneath her breath, as she fled down the steps to the road side. On she speeded till at last she i:eached a small, plain cottage, which she entered, having been ad mitted by a young girl of about her own age. From this she presently emerned attired now in a plain walking hat and wrap, and swept on toward the rail road station, where she took a train for the city. This young girl was none other than the one who, during her search for work, on the following day, so attracted the attention of Charles Fanleigh. She had not traversed many squares, however, before a closely veiled lady stopped her and inquired the way to a certain street. The girl obligingly turned, at the request of the person, into a narrow side street to indicate the route required. She had taken but a few steps after turning the corner before she experienced a sudden and over whelming faintness. She felt herself sinking rapidly in unconsciousness and being borne she knew not whither. Our friends, Charley and Geoffrey, after their midnight adventure, had hired a conveyance and were being rapidly driven into town. It was now about three o'clock in the morning. Suddenly the silence was broken by the rapi<;l approach of a close carriage driven by two strong, fast horses. As the coach drew near, the door suddenly sprung open and the form of a girl precipitated itself through the opening, while in a voice indescribably despairing she cried out: Charles' attention was arrested even in the midst of the excitement at sight of this name , and he shot a keen glance into the girl's face. "Can it be your name is Annabel?" he as ked with eager interest. The girl sighed. . "I do not know," was her somewhat remarkable reply. "I cannot say. I have sometimes be lieved so, but I am called Josephine." Charles was obliged to leave her at this point and return to his friend's assistance. But he de termined to solve the mystery surrounding this girl. ' The man whose victim they had secure d had, by a stealthy movement, thrust Geoffrey's revolver aside and succeeded in emerging from the carriage, but his assailant had recovered himself, a nd, seiz ing him by the throat, crowded him to the earth, while the driver of the coupe quickly disarmed him. Charles now saw there was still anoth e r occu pant in the carriage. This was a woman, whose dark wrapp ings and heavy veil had completely obscured her from view. "Let me go!" howled the miserable wretc h, whom Geoffrey had completely pinioned . "Not until you make plain your whole . business with this young lady. Who is she, and by what right do you accompany her against her w ill?" . "Ask her mother there. She's nothing t o me.'' "Are you the lady's mother, madam?" asked Charles Fanleigh. "I've taken care of the good-for-nothing long enough to be, though I ain't, no more than he's her father," returned the woman in a coarse language that evinced her degraded origin . "Tell us what you know of the girl and we may protect you from the extreme penalty of the law. If you do not-" and Charles looked all he did not say. "Hold your tongue . !" shouted her accomplic e , turning his murderous eyes upon the woman. But evi dently the law had greater terrors for her than. this man. "Help! Help!" "Drive after them!" was gave the driver. the command Goeffrey "Was the girl placed at t he aga of four in the Convent of --?" asked Charles of the wom an. The young men were armed, and when at last "She was." they were abreast of the carriage, Charles, aiming "She was placed there by this man's father, who his revolver at the driver, shouted, "Stop, or you gave her name to the abbess as Adele Fanville, and are a dead man!" she was afterward stealthily removed from the in-Instantly the young man sprang to the ground stitution; all this is so, is it not?" and tore open the door of the coach. The woman assented. "Jump!!' called Charles ' to the girl, holding out Having bound their prisoner securely within the his arms to her, while Geoffrey leveled his revolver coach, the young men lost no time in making their at the malignant visage of her abductor. So prompt way to .the city, where both Otto Reynard a nd his and unhesitating had been the performance of the assistant were put under arrest. young men the girl was beyond his reach before he Otto Reynard followed her, and the woman had could seize her. As Charles supported her trembling so disguised herself that the girl was easily t raf)ped form to their coupe s omething flutternd from her and rendered unconscious by the use of an anesdres s to the ground . He stooped to recover it. It thetic. was a delicately emb r oidered handkerchief of finest Otto Reynard is serving his term in prison-a lin en worn almo s t to a web, Across the corner punishment none too great for the villainy of hJI in blue floss was the name "Annabel." life.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 29 THE NEWS IN SHORT ARTICLES . . . I LONDON TO NEW YORK IN ONE DAY. From London to. New York by aeroplane in one y. This is the scheme of J. A. Whitehead, Govrning Director of Whitehead Aircraft, Ltd., and e told a daily sketch reporter that it is to be caried to a successful conclusion. ' ''When our plans are fully matured,'' he said, "we shall make a trip which will be the most sensa onal in the whole history of aviation. The aero lane will be piloted by Herbert Sykes, who antici pates leaving Hanworth Park, Feltham Middlesex, at dawn and reaching New York before night. Th.! trip will be accomplished on a specially designed very powerful Whitehead machine which is being built at our Middlesex factory." Edgar Middle ton will accompany Mr. Sykes as navigator. He hasserved in an Essex regiment and was sub-lieu tenant. Both :>.re immensely enthusiastic and con fident. J compared with an overseas marine of 1,614,222 tons on June 30, 1914, scarcely a month before the Eu-ropean war began. The tonnage referred to is exclusive of that en gaged on inland waters, unsuitable coastwise ships and small craft operating along the coast and in bays and harbors, and does not, of course, include the prospective additional program of the Emergency Fleet Corporation. The fleet in prospect is already becoming a reality. Several of the commandeered ships are already taking cargo; others will leave the ways in increasing numbers with each succeedmg month. The ships for which the Shipping Board has contr-41.cted are under construction and the first launching is ex pected within 60 to 90 days. A NEW U-BOAT DETECTO{L A radio submarine detector, designed to discover the presence of s ubmerged craft at a considerabie PAPER FAMINE IN GERMANY. distance and thwart surprise attacks on American The shortage of print paper in Berlin is so serious ships, has been imcnted b y Li eutenant William that many of the city's important newspapers were Rus s el, form e rly chief of the wireless division of una?l e to appear on Saturday, accordipg to Berlin the Seventh Reserve Officer, New York Aero WireadV1ces to the Exchange Telegraph's Amsterdam less Corps, who is in Denver, Colo. Other. newspaper:s were issued only Lieutenant Russel describes his device as follows: m four-page form, w1tn the prospects for a paper. "It is a mica . tube three feet long and six inches in so poor that they may soon have to stop pub?iameter, and there is a ro ck salt lens midway in bcat10n alt?gether. its length. Through this l ens are projected radiaBerlm newspapers reached Holland except tions . from a radium audion. The lens eliminates forty COJ?ies of the Tageblatt, says. the correspon-the ultra-violet rays and light waves and permits den . all the m have only the infra-red rays and radium electric waves ceas ed for an i;idefim!e to pas s through. The infra-red rays are the most The situation, says the 'I ageblai.t, is serious. The powerful of the heating waves. adv of the . new . war loan, it points "The s e concentrated rays and waves pass invis will naturally be imp?ss_1ble under conibly through the air from the radio projector until d1tion s, as well as the prmtmg of advertismg of they strike the metallic surface of the hunted sub othe r kinds. marine. Then they are reflected invisibly back upon TH UNITED STATES WILL HAVE 1,600 MER CHANJ' SHIPS. The United States has today 458 . ships of over 1,500 d eadweight tons with an aggregate tonnage of 2,871, 359, either engaged in or capable of participating in foreign trade. There are also 117 ships of a tonnage of 700.,285 of German and Austrian origi n. The Un1ted States Shipping Board Emergency Fleet Corporation has commandeered nearly 400 steel ships of more than 2,500,000 tons, which are being completed or under contract for construc ion in American yards. The Board's Fleet Corpor atiort has al s o contracted for 636 ships with a ton nage of 3,124,700. Totaled these figres show that the United States will have near the end of 1918 a merchant fleet of more than 1,600 ships aggregating ,200.000 tons to carry its foreign commerce. as a new , type of selem um cell, to which is connected a registering device. "The idea is that this instrument or radium ray projector, as I call it, mounted . on an airplane or a chaser, locates the submerged .underwater craft by means of radium electric rays. The airplane, fo; instance, soars over the sea and the observer keeps sweeping the waters with the instrument. The min ute the rays strike the hull of the U-boat they are reflect.ed back to the radio-active selenium cell, the operator gets the signal through the :wireless headgear he wears, and fires his machine gun or drops a bomb at the spot indicated. "It is only reasonable to believe that in the majority of cases the U-boat will be fairly hit, for sub marines generally do not go much below 200 feet beneath tlie surface, and the rays from the 'radium gun' can penetrate the sea to a much greater depth."


30 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A RTICLES OF ALIJ KINDS BIG YEAR F0R PEANUTS. J belonging to George M. Reade, 1751 Dayton avenu.e, The r e are 2,001,000 a c r e s planted to peanuts this St. Paul, which he picked from a tree lll year! The statement c omes from the Agricultural New York m 1868. . C t Department and Just note the exactitude of the Mr. Reade lived on a farm m Cortland oun y, ' N Y k h bo O d t for amuse-count' Not a rough gues s of two million acres but ew or , w en a y. ne ay, JUS an actual count tha t t a cks on another ment, he climbed one of his father's acres! Te;irns alon e will gather a goober crop from picked . largest apple he could find and stuc 600,000 acres! The greatest crop of peanuts since cloves m it. . . d H had the first circus traveled acros s Chaldea 5,794 years It was merely an experiment, .he sa1 . eh ago is in the Autumnal promise. If the yield of pea-heard of app_les by puttmg cloves m t em, nuts averages only 100 bushels to the acre there will but thought it only a ' be over 200 000 000 bushels of this J. oyous ground He gave the apple to his mother, and later . . ' ' h d" d d d h" d to h im m fruit added to the country's food stock s e ie an some goo s were s ippe d . Minnesota the apple was found among them, soun Peanuts are used m these e nlightened days m d t'll f' t f th "'pi'ce f f d an s i ragran rom e .,, . more than a score of different forms o oo service. "Th" 1 ,, M R d sai"d "has been from Th 1 h t th b b is app e, r. ea e , . . e1 e are many p e op e w o ra e e goo er a ove New y ork to Dakota, and from Tennes see to Mmnethe. ch estnut, the. almond_, the p e can, or wal:iut. sota. It has always been exposed to the air." It is a commodity retailed all over these Umted St t nl'k eople and fruit this apple St t f L t d f t range o say, u I e p , a es rom a m1 ion grocery s ores an rom en d t d 1 . 1 e or. abi"li"ty to stand age . b h" 1 d . oes no ec me in va u . : thousand pushcarts. It is Y s ip oa s. It still is shiny and wholesome-looking as when Mr. boys m the camp.s and rn Reade pulled it from his father's tree. Fifty years will not b e short-rationed on this particular deh-Id "t t"ll fit f I d o i s i is or sa e. cacy. Nobody has a corner on the peanut crop, an ' . there is no reason whatever why the price should be boost e d. OLD SPANISH RELICS. For the third time within the last four months SERIOUS FOREST FIRE IN NQRTHWEST. workmen at Selvas de Verdugo (Verdugo W ood-Sever drouth conditions in the Northwest have lands) have unearthed a relic of the old Spanis h developed a forest fire situation so serious that the days. ,. Forest Service is now spending, in Montana and While clearing a space under one of the large northern Idaho, $10,000 a day for sycamore trees, Pedro Gomez, a \aborer on increased patrol\ One large fire m the Kootenai property, discovered an old Spanish necklace with National Forest in the northwestern corner of Mongold crucifix attached, p artly buried in the dirt at tana, has engage d 300 fir e -fight ers and another force his feet. was m a d e of s everal of the "old of 100 men is contending with a large fire in the timers" in the Selvas d e V erdugo district, but no Flathead Forest, in the same State . Dangerous clue to the owner of the l ec klac e was found. condition s are r e po rted also from Washington and According to the wo r d o f S enor Frederic er.-Ore gon. , . dugo, a member of the old Verdugo family to w hich In much of the No rthwes t the For e s t Serv;ce rewas given the original grant of 3 7 ,000 acres, the ports state that no rain has fallen for weeks. As a "new-fangled" civilization of the Americanos W8I result the forests are bone-day. High winds are not eordially welcomed by the old -Spanish inhabiprevalent and the situation is said to parallel that tants, who had lived rather primitive lives. of 1910, when forest fires caused a heavy loss of "As long as my father lived,'' said Senor Verdugo, property and life. "he would never ride on a street-car nor woul d he Practically similar conditions are indicated by eat in a Los Angeles restaurant. Whenever he c ame reports from Washington and Oregon. In the lat-to town it was my father's command that we drive ter State many fires have already occurred and in in with our horse and buggy and he always the Crater National Forest several are said. to be ried lnch with him which would eat while • developing seriously. . boys took our meals in a Los Angeles cafe. T hOlt The regular organization of the Forest Service seemed to be two prejudices which he could not is being supplemente d by addition::!! patrolmen in overcome." order to meet the emergency. Much of early Southern California history centen about these hills. It was here under CLOVES PRESERVE APPLE. picturesque "treaty oak" that the Spanish Apples may come and apples may gq, but this American soldiers said to have signed P one .u:oes on forever, This may be said of an apple agreements when California was young.


GOLD PLATED COJIBINATION SET. Gold plat e d com bination set . with turquo!Ae stone. P rice lO c. e a c b by m a il, post paid. H. F, L G , 1815 C entre St., B'kly n , N. Y. li\JUBEB TA,CKS. T h e y come six In a box. A w onderful Imitatio n ot tbe real tack . Mad& ot rubber . The box in wblch t hey come I s tbe ordinary tack box. This Is a great p a rlor enterta iner and you can play a Jo t o t tricks with t h e tqcks. Place them . In the palm o t your hand, p oint upward. The n slap the other hand over the tac k s and It will 1eem as if you are committin g suici de. Or riou can aqow the tac k s and the n put the m .wm think you are a m a gici a n . The n , again, you can exhibit t h e tac k s a n d then q uickly f>USh one in your cheek o r somebody else's cheek and they will shriek with tear . AbAolutely harmles s nnd a verv practical and tunny joke. Price. by mn11: 1oc. a box ot sh: lacks; S f o r 25c.. postpaid. WOLFF Novelty Co., 168 W. 23d St., N. Y. ...... f J<.t.! ''XNOCK-OUT" CARD T R I CK.-F!ve cards shown, front and back, and there are no two cards alike. You place some or them tn a a n d ask any person t o hold 'the m by the corners in full view of the audi e nce. You now take the remaining c ards and request anyone to name any card shown'. T h J s dr ne, you repeat the name or the card and s ate that you will cauise It t o tnvtslbly leave your hand and pass into the handkerchief, where 1t wfll be found among the other cards . At the word "Go !0 you show that the chosen car d has vanished, Jeavlng absolutel y only t w o cards. The handkerchief is unfolded by any c:::h • mal 1. p o s tpaid. C. DEUR, 1110 W . 6 2 d St •• Ne,v '-York City. SHEUIFF BADGE. With this at tached to your coat or rnst y o u c a n show the boys tbat you are a sherirr, and If they don't beba vo them .selve s you might lock them up. It I s a beaut! tul nickel-plated badge, 21A by 21,2 Inches In size, with the words "Sberlrr 23. By Heck" nickel let t ers on the t ace of It, with a pin the back tor attaching It to your cloth . Send for one and have some fun with e boys. Price lil c ents, or J tor 40 cents; sent b7 ail, po•t a i d . a. JI'. 18111 Centre St .• B'klyn, N. Y . THE LIBERTY BOYS OE '76 .. DETIVS LOCK PUZZLE. Without exception. thl1 Is the hardest one ot all. And yet, It you have the directions you can very easily do It. It con sists of a ring passed through two links on shafts. The shanks of this puzzle are always In the way. G e t one and learn llow to take the ring orr . Price lllc, by mall, postpaid, with directions. B. F. LANG, 1815 Centre St., B 'klyn, N. Y. E:LECTBIO CIGAR. CASE. T-bl s h andsome cigar c n e e ap p ears to be .lllled wit h ftne cigars. It your f r I en d smo kes a s k h l m to have a cigar with you. Aa he out tor one the cigars, like a fta s h, In stantly disappear Into the c a s e en tirely o u t o t sight, greatly to bis surptls e and a stonishment. You can beg his par d o n and s tate you thought there were some c igars l eft In the case. A alleht pressure on side s of caMe causes the cigars to disappear as It by maklc. By touching a wire at bottom of cas e the cigars Instantly appear again .ln their proper position In the case. As real tob a cco Is used they are sure to deceive any one. Is one of the best practical j okes of the season. A novelty with which y o u can have lots ot fun. Prl.ce Sii cents. aent by parcel post, poet paid. C . BEHR, 1110 W. e2d l!lt., N. Y. l\IAOIC CARD BOX.-A very cleverly made !>ox ol exchancin.or v&nlahtnc cards. In tac t , any number of trfcke o! thta character can be performed by It. A very neceuary magica l acc e ssory. Price, ll>c. FBANK SUITH. 8'3 Lenoz Ave., N . 1'. LUCKY PENNY POCKET PIECE, This handsome pocket piece Is. made of alu m In um, resembling somewhat In size and appearance a all ver dollar. In the center of the p ocket rlece Is a new one-cen U. S. coin, Inserte d In such a way that It cannot b e removed. (U. S . laws p rev e n t our showing this coin In our engraving). On one side of tbe pocket piec e are the words, "Lucky penny pock e t piece; I bring good Jn ck, " and the de•lgn ot a horseshoe. On the opposite side, "I am your mascot, " "Keep me and n ever go broke," and two sprigs of tour-leafed clover. Thes e handsome pocket pie ces are believed by many to be harbinger• of good luck. Price U cents; a tor so cents; by mall, postpaid. C. BEHR, 1110 W. 82d Street, N. Y. THE BALANCING BIRD. It measures more than four Inches from tip to tip o! wings, and will balan.: e p e r f ectly o n the tip of your ftnger nail, on the point of a lead pencil, o r o n an y po Int e d Instrument. only the tip ot the bill on the nail or pencil point, the whole body or the bird being suspended In the air with nothing to rest on. It will not tall orr unless shaken o ft. A great novelty. Wonderful, amusing and Instructive. Price 10 c ents, mntle d postpaid. WOLFF Nonlty o .... 168 W. 2S'd St,. N. Y. 81 $ 2 to $500 EI..C'H paid for hundreds of old Coins. Keep ALL money dated be tor e 1 89 5 and 1end Ten cent• for Ne" Illustrated Coln Vaine Book. size ix7. lt ma.v m ean your Fortune. CLABKB COIN Co., DoI 95, Le Roy, N. Y. Boys LOOK AT rle• clzl• lllu to h NJ', mt. J'Ullon l•tt.n and he a dl\ndJ fellow 'll'ltb the girld Writ. quic k for Lonn Ct.tket ghtn1 tample letters, a.ud l ot.II o f oth e r rood t b l11p . All IOo M!USEU Co., 1945 Fremont An., S, Minneapolis, Mina Bo y s and Girls Earn Christmas Money S end f o r 25 XMAS PACKAGEJ S . Each pack containing 48 assort e d Xmas seals, Cards and Tags. Sell for lOc. e a ch. When sold send n s $ 1. 5 0 and kee p $1 . We trust you. CHRISTMAS CARD CO., Dep!. R. Beverly, Mass. WIZARD BJ!:PEATING LIQUID PISTOL, Guaranteed will s t o p the m ost vicious dog (or man) without p er manent Injury. P e r fectly sate to carry without daiager of l e a k a g e. Fire s and r echarges by pulling trig g e r . L oads from any liquid. No cartridges require d . Ove r six shots In one loading. All dealers, or b y mall, l!Oc. Pis tol with rubber covered bolst e r , 1!5c. H o l ster sep arate, 10c. Money orde r or U. S . stamps. No coins. PARKER, STEAR.NS & CO,. 278 G eorgia A venue , Brooklyn, N. Y. P HANTOM CARDS. . F r o m ftv e cards three 'tr are m entally selected by ' any o ne, placed under aa ordin ary han dkerchle t, " p e rformer withdraws two cards. t h e ones not se• ' lected; the performer In vites any one to remove the other two, and to tbe great astonishment of all they have a c tually d isappeared. No sleight-of -band. R e c ommended as the most lngenio :i s car dtrlck ever invented. Price lOc, b y m a ll. C . BEHR., 11!0 W. 8 2 d St., New York City, LINK THI!: llDfK PtTZZLa The 1 eneatten of the daf'. Prenoun ced by an, the molt llaO Hng and o olentlftc n•velty eut. Theu1anda have werke• terlng ft, &tilt ft by g iving the links the preper twl1t, but unless y o u know hew, the h arde r yeu twtet them the tighter the y grow. Price, 6c.; S for ll!c.1 one doz en, 60c., b y mall, poatpatd. FRANK SMITH, 883 Lenoz Ave., N. Y. THE PRIZE FOBD JOKE. Look1 like a story-book, but I t contains a cap and a trigger. The moment y o u r Innocent friend opens tbe book to read the f n terestlng story he expectsP op! B ang! The e x p l o s 1 o n 11 harmless, b u t will make him think the Ger mans are after Mm. P rice 8l5 c ents eacb by mall. postpaldlVolll' Novelty Co 168 W. 2Sd St., N. Y. BLAOK-.ETill JOKE. New and am.using joker. l'he v ictim l s tole:. to held the tube t o hi• 87$ 10 aa to exclude aJJ llgh t from t'he !lack, and then to remo v e the tulle until picture• appear In the center. In trying to l ocate the picture• he will rece i ve the finest bhl.ol<-eye y o u ever saw. We furnfeb a small box of blackening pr&J>aratl o n with each tube, so the joke can b• used ln detlnltely. T hose not I n the trick will b e cau ght every ume . Abso• lutely harmle s•. Price by ma!l ll;c. eacha 25c. C. 8 .t:li l4. 150 W. S L., }.; "w ll O r k Cit7,


TRICK CIGARETr BOX. This one is a corker! Get a box right away, I! you want to have a barrel of joy. Here's the secret: It looks like an 01' Centre St., B'klyn, N. Y. JAPANESE 'BANK PUZZLE. Built up of a large number of g r o o v e d pieces of wood. Very dicnlt to take apart. and very dit!icult to put together. It can be so 1lissected as to make a bank of It and when re assembled would defy the most ingenious bauk of prison. Price asc, by burg.u, 11ut:-iide mall, pos,tpaid. l•'UANK SMITH, 383 Lenox Ave .• N. Y. THE MODERN DANCEirS. 'bese dancers are set iu a gilt frame, the size of our engraving. By ligbting a match null moving it In circular form at the back they een drl\:e n bait-way through the bnt or coat, which can be left bangiug on the wall. Price, 10 cents, or :I for 25 cents; uy wall, postpaid. WOLJ:' li' Novelty Co., 168 W. 23d St., N. Y . blocks as to torw n six u11TA'.r10N UlAN'.l' v1,:i. ,uoi-.vs. point cross. Price l2c, Diamoud rings or studs of hy mall, postpaid. 8 bal!-mcb uud one inch in diH. F . LAN,O, 1815 • Cen y aweter are beard of In stories tre $t., B klyn, :N. Y. only. We bave them imltateecowe narro,\' a1t

, .? THE LiBERTY BOYS OF '76 -LATEST ISSUES-869 The Liberty Boys• Terrible .Trip; or, On Time In ot Everything. 852 The Liberty Boys' Odd Recruit; or, Tbe Boy Wbo Saw ll'un tn Everything. 8153 Tbe Uhert.v Boys' Fair Friend; or, Tbe Woman Who Helped. 8IW The Liberty Boys "Stumped"; or, The Biggest Puzzle of All. SM The Liberty Boys In New York Bay; or, Difficult and Dan 870 The Liberty Boys' Setback; or, Beset by Redcoats, Be4-k1•• and Tories. 871 The Liberty Boys and the Swede; or, The Scandinavian Be crnlt. gerous Work. 856 '.l'be Liberty Boys' Own Mark; or. Trouble tor the Tortes. 807 Tbe Liberty Boys nt Newport; or. The Rhode leland Campaign. 872 The Liberty Boyl!!' "Best Licks": or, Working Ha.rd to Wbl. 873 The Liberty Boys at Rocky Mount; or, Helping General Sumter. 874 The Liberty Boys and the Regulators; or, Running the R oyal858 Tbp Liberty Boys nnd "Black Joe"; or, The Negro Who Helped. ists to Cover. , 8711 TJ1e TAberty Boys After Fenton; or, The Tory Despera d o . 876 The Liberty Roys nnd Captain Falls; or. The Battle et Mills. 8."i!l The J,ltierty Roys Hard at Work: or, After The Marauders. 8C.O Tile Ll!x-rt.v Boys nnd the "Shirt Men"; or, the Vlr gfnm l?'flPmPn. . 861 Tbe LtbPrty Boys at Fort Nelson; or, The Elizabeth River Campaign. 862 The Liberty Boys and Captain Betts; or. Trying to Down Tryon. 877 The Liberty Bo.vs at Brier Creek; or, Chasing the Enemy. 878 The Liberty Boys aud tbe Mysterious Frenchman; or, Tlle Secret Messenger ot King Louis. 863 Tbe Llb.,rty Boys at Bemis Heights; or, Helping to Beat _ 879 The Liberty Boys After the "Pine Robbers"; er, Tile M oll moutb County Marauders. Bnrgoyne. . 864 The Llherty Boys and the "Little Rebels"; o, The Boys W1te Bothered the British. 880 The Liberty Boys and General Pickens; or, Cbast1siIW1; the 865 Thp J,lherty Boys at New London; or, The Fort Griswold Mallllpcre . 866 The Llhert.v Bo.vs and Thomas .Jell'erson; or, How They Saved the G<>v-ernor. 867 Tlie Lihertv Iloys Bal)ished: or, Sent Away by General Howe. 808 Tbe IAbertv Bo.vs at the State Line; or, Desperate Doings On tbe11 Dan River. For hv n1l nPwRdPnlPrR. or wU1 be sent to any address on receipt of price. o cents per C01JJ. In monPv or ctAmn•. I>• FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 168 West 23d St.. New Tork IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of these weeklies a'lld cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from the publishers direct. Write out and fiH kl 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-CENT HAND BOOKS N<>. :t. NAPOLEON'S ORACULUl\1 AND No. 14. HOW TO MAKE CANDl'.-.A comDREAM BOOK.-Oontaining the great oracle plete hnnd-book tor making all kinds of of buman destiny; also the true meaning of candy, lce-c.ream, s.vrups, essences. e t c . . e t c . aJmo!R any kind of dreams, together with No. 18. HOW TO BECOME BEAV'.l'U' UJ,, charms, ceremonies, and curious games of . -One o'f. the brightest and most valuable c11.rd6. . little books ever given to the world. E1 eryNo. ,_ HOW.TO DO TRICKS.-The body wishes to know how to become b eautlbook of magic and card tricks, contamlng ful, both male and female. 'rbe secr e t I s tun instruction on an the leading earl;! tricks simple, and almost costless. of the day, also the most popular magical No. 20. HOW TO ENTEUTAIN AN EVE-1llnsions Ill! performed by our leading magi-NING PARTY.-.A complete compe n dium o f cians; every boy should obtairi a copy of games, sports, card diversions. comic reel ta tbls bo4dt.. _ tions, etc, , suitable for parlor o r drawing No s. HO\V TO FLIRT.-The arts nnd r oom e ntertainment. It contnin• more t o r " ' lies ot ilirtntion are fully e:. 9. 'HOW TO BECOME A VENTRILOg ether with instructions on swimming and QUIST.-By H arry K enne d y . Eve r y Intel!!riding, companion sports to boating. g ent boy reading this bool c of In struction• No. 27. HOW TO RECITE AND BOOK can master tb" art, and create any a mount OF R ECITATIONS,--Contalning tbe most ot fun for h i msel f nnd friends. It ls ibe populnr s e l e ction s in use, compris i n g Dutc h grentest book ever publishe d . dialect . Frenc h d ial ect, Yankee nnd Iris h dia-No 10. HOW TO EOX.-Tbe art of selfl ect pieces, t ogether with many standard d e f ense made easy . Containing over thirty r e a dings. Illustrations of gunrds . blows, and the d iffe r No. 2 8 . HOW TO\. TELL FORTUNES. ent positio n o! a good boxer. Eve r y boy :F:ver.v one ts d.Psirous of knowing wbat sbonld obtain o n e of these useful and Infuture life wll1 bring forth, whetber bapp! struc t ive books, a s it will teach you how to n<'ss or misery. wealtb or poverty. You caa bo:< wtthont an Instructor. t e ll h.v a glance at this little book. Buy one No. 11. ROW TO WRITE LOVE-LET Rlld b e convinced. TERS.-.A mo s t complete little book, containNo. 29. HOW TO BECOiUE AN INVEN Ing fnn directions !or writing Jov e -lette!"" , TOR.-Every boy should know how tnvenand when to use them. giving specime n Jet-tlons origln11.ted. Tbis hook c:. apd oyst<'J"R; also ni e s . one that evP.ry youn.e; man des!reR to know rnk.<'s anl! all kinds of pastry, and a grand all abont. There's happiness In It. . r oll Pdlon of recillefl. No. 31. HOW TO BECOllE A lilPEAK.ER..-Contalning fourteen giv ing the different positions requisite 'to beco1ue a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. AJ;,o containing gems from all ti.e ilO;>nlar authors of prose nnd poetry. No. 82. HOW TO RIDE A BICYOLJ:. Contalnlng Instructions for beglnni>rs, choice of a mnch1n e , hints on trnining, etc. A complete book. Full of practical iUVBtra No. HOW TO PLAY GAMES.-complete nnd u seful little book, con tnf.n ng the rule • :ind r egulations of billiards, llagatelle. backgnrnmon, croquet. dominoea, No. 86. HOW TO SOLVE CONUNDRUMS -Cnn talnlng nil tile lending conun ma or tl1e amu s in g rldd-les, and witty sayings. No. l'8. HOW TO BECOME YOU OW?'( DOCTOR.-A wonderful book, ttontnlning anplousl.r illustrated. No. 41. TJIE BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE UOOK.--Containlng a gre:it variety of the latest joke.-use d by he f amous end men. No nmateur ml trels 118 complete without this wonderful Ii e book No. 42. THE BOYS OF NEW Y61Ui STUMP SPEAKER.-Contalning n varied RS sortment of stump speecbee, Negro Dutd• and Also end m en's Jokes.. Just tbe thing tor home amusement and amateur shows. No. 43. HOW TO BECOJllE A l\lAGIOIAN. --Contn!nlng the grandest ortment of mng!cal illns!ons ever plnced before t11e public. Also trlc ics with cards, inc1mtatlou. etc. No. 44. llOW TO WRITE IN AN ALBUM.-.A grand collection ot Albtlm suitable for any time nnd OC<'lll!lMi, Ing Lines of Love, Affection, Sentiment, llu I mor, Respect. and Condolen<'e. a o Ii Suitable for Vnlentlnes and Weddings. G No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YQltK llllNSTREL GUil>E AND JOKE BOOK.-Som<' thing new and very Instructive. F.very h•>) ' should ohtaln tliis book, as It cobtains ful: Instructions f o r orgnnlzlng an amotf'nr min strel troune. For sale by an newsdealers. or will he ;ip111 'lo or 16!1 West :lael ' -'\,


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