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No . 900. NEW YORK, MARCH 29, 1918. Price SIX Cents. As the door was thrown open, Dick ade a sudden dash and struck the Tory in the chest. of the Tories at the same time struck savagely at Mark with his sword. The girl was greatly alarmed.


THE LIBERTY BOYS. OF '7 6 A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American R e voluti o n. Is sued Weekly-B y S u b scripti on $3 . 00 per y e a r. Entered at the New York, N . Y . , Post Office as Second-Clas a Matter b u Frank T ousey , P u b lisher, 1 68 West 2 3 d S treet, New York. N o . 9 00 . NEW Y ORK, MARC H 29 , 19 18. Price 6 Cents. The L iberty Boys at State n Isl a n d OR-SPYING UPON THE BRITISH By HARRY MOORE CHAPTER I. DICK AND THE DANDY. A well-built, handsome youth with brown hair and grayblue eyes was walking along the shore at the southwest end of Staten Island. H e s udd enly heard a scream come over the water, and looked up. 'l'wo persons were in a small skiff a few yards out. One was a pretty young girl, handsomely dressed. The other was a young man of perhaps twenty. His coat was of fine cloth, his hat was of beaver, his knee and shoe buckles were of silver, and he wore heavy lace at his throat. Judging by his dress, he was a person of means, but he showed by his conduct that he was certainly no gentleman. He was causing the little boat to rock violently upon the water, despite the girl's cries of terror. Indeed, he only laughed at them, and continued what he thought was rare sport. "Don't, Harold, don' t! You will upset us!" she cried. The young dandy laughe d all the more, and continued to rock the boat. The youth on shore looked on with disgust. "The fool will swamp the boat if he is not careful," he thought, "and the current here is strong." "Don't, Harold, don't!" the girl screamed again. The young dandy merely laughed, as before. Then the youth on shore stepped to the water's edge and called out: "Stop that, yo u fool, or y ou will overturn the boat!" The dandy paused for a moment to answer sharply: "Mind your own busines s, fellow, or you may get upset yourself." Then the thoughtless upstart began rocking t he boat again. The youth on shore looked about him, and saw a small boat on the b eac h not far distant. There was only one oar in it. He walked quickly to the boat, threw in the s tone anchor, and stepped in. Then he picked up the oar and sc ulled quickly toward the other boat. He was none too s oon. What he had expected took place. The boat sudde nly went over farther than the dand y supposed it would. Then it shippe d s o much water that it tipped both occu-pants into the Kill. The youth was at the girl's side as she came up. H e quickly reached over and drew her into his o\v-n boat. Then the dandy came up and put his hand on the gunwalE>. "Keep off," said the youth. "There is no room for you here." But the dandy persisted in tryinJ? to get into the boat. Then the youth rapped him sharply on the fingers, causing him to let go. Then he sculled rapidly toward shore. "Swim for it, you fool!" he s ' aid. The water was cold, and the fellow's teeth began to chat ter. "You will pay for this," he said. "You don't know whc, I am." .. "No, I don't; but I know what you . are, all the same. You're a cur and a coward." In a few moments he had run the boat up on the beach . It was time, for it was l eaking badly. "Do you live near here, miss?" asked the youth. "I will take you home if you will allow me." "Yes, I live in the stone house, whose towers you can see yonder above the trees." " " "Then let us make haste, for you are shivering. The water is very clod." "So it is. It looks like an early winter and a severe one." The two .hurried off toward the road, the youth taking the girl's arm. The dandy had recovered hi s drenched b eave r, and landed, and now he hurried forward. "Be gone, fellow," he said. " I will take the young lady home myself." He was very wet and bedraggled, and cut a most son-y appearance. "You will do nothing of the sort," decidedly. "Do you know who I am, fellow?" "I have no time to go into family history at this moment." Then the youth hurried on, for the air seemed to grow more chill every instant. "If you could run, miss, it would be much better," he said. It was a difficult matter to run with her dripping skfrts clinging to her. However, the girl did as we ll as she could, and they hurried on. The dandy did t he same, hi s teeth chattering with the cold. The youth reached the house indicated by the girl, and pounded out a clamorou s summons with the big brass knocker. A servant came to the door in a f e w moments. " Let me thank you for what you have done," said the girl. "I am sufficiently pleased at having be e n able to do you a service." "Will you tell me your name, that I may know who my preserver is?" "l\1v name is Dick Slater." Dick then turned to go, touching his hat. Just then the dripping dandy came up the broad stone steps. "So you are Dick Slater, the rebel, are you?" he said. "I nothing to say to such as you," said Dick coldly. Tlie young lady gave Dick a smile and wen t m.


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT STATEN ISLAND. The dandy called out in a loud voice, and two or three grooms and stable boys came running up. "What is it, Mr. Harold?" "This is Dick Slater, the rebel. He just now threw me into the Kill. Seize him, give him the beating he de serves, and then turn him over to the authorities." The grooms made a dash at Dick, who stood his ground and said firmly: "Your master lies. He fell into the water through his own folly. He was rocking the boat, and upset it with the young lady." Two of the men looked greatly disgusted. "It is a lie," said Harold. "He ran into our boat and upset us. Seize him. There is a reward of five hundred pounds for him." The greed of the men .l!'Ot the better of their disgust. They made another dash at Dick. He knocked down two of them, and seized two more by the hair and banged their heads together. Then he walked awax quietly, as if nothing had hap out of the common. The men were afraid to follow him. He made his way quickly to the shore, walked a short distance, and then entered a little shed where boats were hired out. "I'll take my boat no1v," he said. "This is for looking after it." He tossed the man within a silver coin, and as the boat was shoved into the water entered it. Just as he was shoving out a crowd of men came running up. "Stop him!" they cried. "That is Dick Slater, the rebel spy!" CHAPTER II. ON A DANGEROUS MISS!ON. Dick Slater was the captain of the famous Liberty Boys, a band of patriot youths devoted to the cause of independ ence. The youth was well known around New York, and General Howe had offered a reward for his capture. The British now occupied the city of New York and Staten Island. The Americans were hutted a,t Morristown, in the J er seys. The time was the fall of the year 1779, an early and severe winter threatening. It was a serious time for the Continental army. Poorly clad and badly fer1_, their situation promised to be even worse if the winter proved to be a severe one. How bitter it was to be one knew, of course, and perhaps it was as well that they did not. Dick Slater, besides being the captain of the Liberty Boys, was a famous scout ana spy. He had just been on Staten Island, one of the British strongholds, to obtain information concerning the enemy. He had succeeded in getting hold of but little news when the incident occurred described in the last chapter. Now, as the men came rushing down to the shore, lvo! bent upon his oars and sent the boat shooting over the waters of the Kill. "Stop!" cried the crowd. "Stop, or we will shoot! " "Shoot if )'Ou like!" was Dick's rerly. "It will be only a waste of powder." He spoke the truth. Pretty soon two or three shots were fired, but the bullets fell into the water behind the boat. Two of the men had jumped into a boat before this, how ever, and were now rowing after tpe daring youth. By the time they had taken half a dozen strokes Dick had shot ahead of them, and for every stroke they made he seemed to take two, so rapidly did he forge ahead. When in the middle of the Kill, a sudde n gust of wincl swept dowri from the Staten Island hills. The two men had great difficulty in managing their boat. Dick Slater, on the other hand, seemed to make better progress than before. The wind increased, the water became choppy, and the men and all they could do to look after themselves. They gave up the chase pretty soon, therefore, and made all possible haste back to the New York shore. Dick landed _ on the Jersey side with little trouble, and putting up his boat, walked to a tavern where there ' was accommodation for horses. Calling the hostler, Dick said a few words to him. In a few minutes a magnificent coal black horse was brought to the door. Dick sprang into the saddle, gave the hostler some silver, and cried to his mount: "On, Major, we have a long ride before us." Then he dashed off at a good qpeed, and soon left the town far behind. Reaching Morristown that evening, Dick put up his horse and went at once to the general's quarters. Dick enjoyed the confidence of the commander-in-chief, and had beeri employed by him on more than one delicate mission . Being admitted to the general's presence, he saluted, and said: "Good -evening, your excellency." ;'Good-evening, Dick. You have been to Staten Island?" "I have but just your excellency." "Did you learn anything of importance, Dick?" "Not very much, your ex_r.ellency . As far as I could dis cover, the;re are no important movements going forward. " "Did you have any difficulty in obtaining information, Dick?" asked the general. , "Not much, sir. I had an adventure, and gave my name without thinking that there were any enemies near." "And there were ? " "There was one, who quickly spread the news. Then 1 had to go away in a hurry." "What was the adventure ? " asked the general. He always took a great personal interest in the youth, as he did with all of his associates, in fact. Dick related the story of his adventure with the young lady and the dandy. "It served the young fop right," said the general. "Any further orders, sir?" "No, Dick. Meanwhile, bolt! yourself and the Liberty Boys in readiness to receive orders." ''I' will, your excellency." Then Dick saluted and withJrew, going at once to the hut of the first lieutenant of the Liberty Boys: This was a youth of about Dick's own age, by the name of Bob Estabrook. The two were like brothers, Bob's sister Alice being Dick's sweetheart. Then, to further strengthen their friendship, Dick's sister Edith was Bob's sweetheart. ''.Well, Bob," said Dick, "I have just come from Staten Island." "Any news?" "Very little." "Any adventures ? " "One . " "You were captured?" "No, only pursued." Dick told the story, and Bob laughed heartily. At the end of a week the general sent for Dick and said: "I want that you shall take your Liberty Boys and go to Elizabethtown." "It shall be done, your excellency," replied Dick. "Whenever there is a chance to do so, get over on Staten Island, some of you, and spy on the British." "Very good, sir. " "If you hear of any important move on their part, let me know of it." "Then we shall stay innefinitely at Elizabethtown?" "Yes. Make your camp there and watch Staten Island." Dick and the Liberty Boys set out for Elizabethtown the next day. When they arrived there they proceeded to make themselves as comfortable as they could. The winter was setting in, and it was already very cold. The youths built themselves huts, and banked them alL around with earth to keep the cold out. ' At the end of a week the ice was thick enough on the Kill to bear the weight of a horse. Then one day Dick said to Bob: "The ice is strong enough all the way across to Staten Island, and we don't need boats." "And so you think you will cross over ? " "Yes; we will go over as soon as it is dark, and do some spying upon the Britisr "


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT STATEN ISLAND. s At dusk, therefore, the youths, well protected from the cold, set out upon their journey across the ice to Staten Island. CHAPTER III. HAROLD PROPOSES A TOAST. The two Liberty Boys hired a horse and sleigh to cro s s on the ice, and set ofi' in high spirits. On the Staten Island side the y put their rig up at a tavern, and set out to look around. They wore long overcoats over their uni forms, and were not suspecte d. It was eve ning, ana there werP. few persons about. As they neare d the more thickly settled part of the island two men, clo sely muffl e d , came out of a b y-road just ahe ad of them. "Yes, and w e're lik ely to have it colder yet," said one. "The y say the Kill i s frozen over. We'll have to kee p an eye o n the r e bels." "Oh, they won't dare to venture over,:' was the reply. Dick gave Bob a nudge as they walked on close behind the two men , who appeared to be British officers. " This weather is too cold for either conversation or com fort," said the first. "Y e s, we will y,0 to the Red Bull and have a pipe and some punch." "As for the rebels not coming over, there is nothing to prevent our c r ossing to them." "There may be more than they think," whispered Dick. "More than I think, John?" said the redcoat. " I said nothing." "H'm; then I must have thought it, for I certainly heard you speak." "No , I didn't say anything." It was dark here, and the wind blew from behind, so that the two men had no occasion to tum their heads. In a few minutes the lights of a roadside tavern ap peared, and the two officers hurried within. "A quiet corner might give us an opportunity to hear more," suggested Dick. "True," said Bob. They entered, and found a dark corner where there was no one else, most of the frequenters seeking places by the fire. They quickly removed their hats, but did not throw back their coats. The two men they. had followed were welcomed by the rest, and a general conversation ensued. There was little chance of hearing anything important under the circumstances. The officers were not likely to discuss army matters before so many people, of course. Pretty soon, as the two youths were making a pretense of drinking from two pots of ale, a newcomer entered. He tosse d . a three-cornered beaver hat on a table, and thre w off a long fur coat, displaying a suit of brown velvet heavily trimmed with lace. ' "That's Har old," said Dick to Bob. "The dandy that got in the water?" a s ked Bob. "The same." "Would he recognize you, do you think?" "He might." "Then l e t us k ee p in the shadow." The young dandy seemed to be a frequenter of the Red Bull, and c a lled for his pipe and his pint pot with the air of an old toper. "Fine habits the young fellow s eems to be acquiring," said Bob with a sneer. "Ye s , and if h e has any it will be soon gone." "Well, H a rold, my l a d • : said on e of the office rs, "what's n ew? Gon e into the army y et?" "No, captain, they're really not my sort," said the dandy "I'm a good king's m a n, for all that." . "Yes, w e all know tha t, " said another, who s e e m e d to b e wishing to curry favor wi t h the fop. " A bowl of punch h e r e , mine host," said Harold "and l e t all join me in a toast." ' " Yes, Master Harold, " said the landlord, a fat, ro s ycheek e d person. "It will b e here directly, sir." "Master Harold!" echoed the fop. "The Honorable Harold Winters, if you please, Boniface, and some day to be Sir Harold, if I mistake not. " dandy evidently thinks himself a person of im portance," said Bob. "Waiting for d e ad men's shoes," said Dick. "A younger son, no doubt." The big bowl of punch was speedily brought in, and cups were handed around. "Here's to the king, and may the rebels get as hot a dose as the weather is cold," said the fop. "Hear, hear!" crie d every redcoat and Tory in the place. The y all drank the toast, and then the dandy, glancing around the room, said: "Here, you two qui et ch aps in yonder corner, you have not drunk with us." "Confound him impudencE:!" muttered Bob. "We do not drink punch," said Dick quietly. The attention of all the rest had been drawn to him, and he was obliged to say something. "You could at least raise your cups. It strikes m e that you did not wish to." Curious looks were directed toward the two youths. "The light is dim where you sit," continued the dandy, "but it strikes m e that we are not unacquainted--" The n he advanced with a candle in his hans. Dick knew that there wai:: about to be trouble, and was prepared. "Snuff out as many candles as you can, Bob," he said, in a quick undertone. Then the dandy came forward, candle in hand. "Ah, I know you now!" he cried . "No wonder you refused to drink the toast!" There was instant excitement all over the room. "Gentlemen, loyal subjects of good King George," said the dandy, "allow me to present Captain Dick Slater the-" ' "Of the Continental army!" cried Bob, "and I am Bob Estabrook, his lieutenant. Confusion to the king. Put that in your pipes!" Then he dashed thE! candle out of Harold's hand. Crack! A candle was snuffed out by a bullet from Dick's pistol. Crack! Another followed on the instant. Crack, crack! Two more went out, extinguished by Bob. The place was now almost in darkness, the fire and a candle or two being th<'! only light the place afforded. Crack, crack! The remaining candles were suddenly extinguished. Then Dick seized :Sc;b's hand, and made a rush for a rear door . The young fop was overturned, and several others d o ve under tables at the first pistol shot. The light of the fire fell upon the youths as they reached the door. "After the rebels!" cried one of the officers. The youths flew out and found themselves in a back room. There was a key in the door on their side. Dick quickly turned it in the lock, and at the next mo ment heavy blows were rained upon the door. . The two Liberty Boys sprang to the window, dashed open the sas h, and sprang out into the snow. In a moment several shadowy forms appeared at a door, and then there was a light. "Thjs way!" cried Dick. "This way," diving down an al ley which the light from the house revealed to hira . Out canie s even or ei ght excited men, following the two youths, but not recognizing them. • CHAPTER IV. A MYSTERY PARTLY SOLVED. The t w o Lib erty Boys led their pursue'ts for a short dis tance , and the n slipped into a doorw a y, and l et them go by. W h e n the y alone Dick said, with a laugh: "We ll, the y were finely humbugged, and now they'll iy.n after a sh a d ow a nd never overtake it. " "Our y oung dandy won't forgive us for giving him the s lip," sai d Bob. " No , but come, it is hardly likely that we will learn. alll' more , and w e have found out s omething." The y now w ent back to the tavern where they had left the hors e and sleigh. They found them all right, an d getting in, started to cro s s the ice.


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT STATEN ISLAND. It began to sow soon after they started, and in a few minutes everything was white. "What do you think?" asked Bob. "Had we better go on?" "Yes; the horse knows the way if we don't." The added snow made the going smoother, and they went on at a good speed. It continued to snow more and more, so that it was quite impossible to see ahead of them. Pretty soon Dick gave the horse a full rein, and let him go at his own gait. Then, co add to their troubles, the wind began to blow with great violence. The horse kept on at an even gait, not fast, but steady, and by and by stopped. Then Dick saw lights ahead of him, and knew that they had reached the town. "Go on," he said, but the horse would not move. "What is the matter?" asked Bob. "I don't know. There may be some obstruction, or per-haps there is a crack in the ice." Dick then got out and walked to the horse's head. There seemed to be nothing the matter with the animal. Then all of a sudden Dick heard a groan almost at his feet. He stooped, put out his hand, and felt something on tl: e ice. Reaching farther, he put his hand on some one's face. "There is some one lying on the ice!" he said, startled. Bob sprang out of the sleigh, and came forward. "I think it is a woman," said Dick. "Help me get her in the sleigh." They lifted the almost unconscious form, and bore it to the sleigh. Then, holding it between them, they went on at a good pace, and soon reached a tavern. Driving under cover., Di1.:k called to a hostler to take care of the horse. Then he and Bob took their burden between them into the light. It was a woman, not more than twenty-five years old, and nestled closely inside her cloak was a baby fast asleep. "Jove! the poor little thing might have frozen to death!" exclaimed Bob. . Dick put his hand upon the infant's face, and said: "It is alive and quite warm. Yes, it is breathing regularly. How fortunate that it was wrapped up so closely. " "Yes, for we might have dropped it and not have known a thing about it." The tavern-keeper's wife came, and the woman and chilc were turned over to her. Restoratives were applied, and in half an hour Dick and Bob, who had remained, were informed that the woman was now conscious. "Will she live?" asked Dick. "Yes. She was warmly clad, and was therefore protected from the cold." "And the baby?" "He's a dear little fellow. He's all tjght, and is taking his milk like a kitten." "How old is he?" "About a year, I should say." "Do you know the woman?" "No, I never saw her. She is very pretty, and handsomely dressed." "Does she say how she came to be on the ice, and who she is?" "No; she has said very little, and seems not to want to talk." "You will take care of her till we can learn more about her?" "Yes," said the wol".'lan. "Was she at all frostbitten?" "No, she did not seem to be." "Then she may have fallen just before we came upon her." "I suppose so." "But where did she come from? She does not belong here?" "I never saw her before, and J. know everybody in the place." "Well, take care of her, and I see you again. Perhaps in the morning she will tell :oomething about herself." "She seemed worried every till"P I spoke about it." "Then do not ask her any questions," said Dick. "Let her tell her story of her own accord." "Very good," said the woman. Then Dick and Bob returne d to the camp, and were soon fast asleep. The n ext day Dick went to the tavern, and saw the woman whom he had found on the ice. They had evid ently told her about him, for when Dick came in she said: ''You are Dick Slater, who found me last night and brought me here?" "Yes, madam." "I am very. grateful for what you did. I mus t have per ished othenvise." "I am very glad that I happene d along. How came you on the ice? You were not crossing on foot?" "I lost my way . I did not know that I was on the ice till they told me this morning." "Where were you going?" "To New York." "Not on foot all the way ? " "No; I I might get a conveyance ." "Have you friends in the city?" "Yes. " "Y OU'l' husband?" asked Dick d elic::i.te ly. "No, my hu,;band is dead. I was going to his peor.le. Thev are persons of importanc e . I thought that they might care for my baby. I have little or nothing myself." "\'/here were you living?" "In 'Philadelphia." "And you were going all t!1e way to New Yol'k from Philadelphia?" "I sometimes got a lift on the road. I would not go to them for myself, but I think they will do something for my boy." "And why not for you?" "My husband married agains t their wishes. They prejudice d against me. I am an American, w hil e he was an Englishman." "I see . And you think they will take c! of your boy for the father's sake?" "I think so . They were very fond of him, and the baby bears the family name. That is a great deal with these people." "Your husband was the eldest son, perhaps?" "Yes, two. One is twenty years old, living in this country. The other is a boy of fourteen, liYing in England." "What was your husband's name? I may be able to help you in this affair, although I am an American and a patriot to boot, as you may see." "His name was Percy Winters. The family originally was De Winter, but of late years--" "Was not your husband Sir Percy? Had he a brother Harold?" "He has. Ha. rold is the second son, and a very wild--" "Then he will resent the coming of this baby, his nephew, for it will oust him from the position he expects to occupy very shortly," said Dick. "What do you mean ? " "That I have met your brother-in-law, and know him to be an impudent, arrogant young upstart. Lady Winters, I will undertake this affair with the greatest pleasure." CHAPTER V. DICK CALLS UPON A TORY. "What will you do?" asked Mrs. Winters of Dick. "Go to New York, if necessary, and press your claim. " "But you are a soldier in the Continental army." ''.That is nothing. I have often been in New York." "It is not dangerous?" "It is," was Dick's answer. "It might cost you your life." "I shall take precautions, of course. Is your husband's father living in New York?" "No, he is in England, but is very feeble. H e may have died by this time, in fact." "He is a ba:ronet?" "I do not know. " "Then your husband never told you?" "No; he said his people were of the aristocracy. They were opposed to his marrying an American, although our family is an old one." "Was he a royalist?"


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT STATEN ISLAND. 5 "No; h e beli eved that the colonies had a just cause, and that the revolution was right. He would have enlisted, but was too delicat e." "Has he any other relations here .except his brother Har old? " asked Dick. "He has an uncle, Mr. George Winters, who has a daughter, a pretty girl of s i xteen. She was fourteen when I saw her last. Her name is Mildred." "Did you lik e her?" "Very much." "Did she like you?" "She appeared to, and was always a lovable girl. Her cousin Harold pretended to be very fond of her." "Then George Winters i s the oldest representative of the family in this country?" "Yes." "Harold is on Staten Island, and I presume his uncle is there also." "I know that he owns a house there." "Then I will go to Staten Island first. That is the near-est. Besides, I have business on the island." "Say you so ? " surprisedly. "Yes, to spy upon the British." "But George Winters is a pronounced Tory, and if he recogniz e d you it would be as much as your life is worth." "He does not know me." "But you say that you have met Harold?" "Yes, and I sawhim only las t night, in fact," and Dick relate d the circumstanc es . "Then you would better let me g o there alone and state my case," said the lady. "It would not be safe. It is bitter cold, and you have not r e covered from your chill of last night. No, I will attend to the matter. I shall be very glad to do so, in fact!" "As you will, then," said the lady. Before he left the tavern Dick saw the baby, little Percy, on e day to be Sir Percy, b eyon d a doubt. . He found him a rosy, merry little fellow, in perfect health, and seemingly none the worse for his adventure of the previ ous night. Two days l:::ter Dick and one of the Liberty Boys, Mark Morrison by name, set out for Staten Island. The weather had grown much colder in two days. Dick decided to go to Amboy, and cross at the lower part of the island. Then, too, they wo uld have a shorter distance to go than if they crossed at Elizabethtown. Dick and Mark, well protected against the cold, set off before dark. The y traveled rapidly, and reaching Amboy, stopped to rest the horse and warm themselves. "I know the house where the young fop of a Tory lives," said Dick. "It is hi s uncle's, no doubt. It is where I took Mis s Mildred whe n she fell into the water." "When she was thrown in, you mean," said Mark, who knew the story. They crosse d safely on the ice, and reached Staten Island just about dusk. Leaving the horse and• sleigh at a nearby tavern, Dick set out for the house of George Winters. He remembered the locality, and found the house without difficulty. "Who shall you ask for?" asked Mark, as they walked up the broad avenue. / "For Mr. Winters, of course," was Dick's reply. "And we are in uniform," said Mark. "It will be like shakin g a red flag at a bull." " I can't help that," said Dick. "We are on a mission." They reached the door, and Dick pounded with the heavy brass knocker. A liveried footman came to the door pretty soon . "Is Mr. Winters at home?" asked Dick. "No, sir, he is not." "When do you expec t him?" "I could not say. He did not mention the time of his return." "There is scarcely any u se for asking for Harold," said pick to Mark. "Mr. Harold is not at home, either," said the footman. "Is there no one else to whom I might deliver a mes sage ?" "There is Miss Mildred, sir." '"l'rue; I had forgotten. She is at home?" "Yes." "Will y ou tell her that I would like to see her for a mo ment?" "Yes, sir. Step within. What name shall I give?" At that moment a young girl came tripping down the staircase which led from the broad hall dividing the house, She saw Dick and exclaimed: "Why, this is indeed a surprise, Captain--" Dick held up his hand in warning. "I am pleased to see you again, Miss Mildred," he' said, stepping forward. "I have a little matter to see your father about, but I can tell you." "Cbme into the sitting-room; it is warm there, and there are lights." The young lady preceded the two Liberty Boys to the sitting-room, and bade them be seated. "I want to thank you once more for what you did that day, Captain Slater," she said. "Harold may call you a rebel all he pleases, but I consider you a hero just the same." "My errand concerns your cousin's wife, Miss Mildred; Mrs. Percy Winters , or Lady Winters, as I believe she shortly will be, if she is not." "Cousin Percy's widow? You have seen her?" "Yes, and her son." "Her son? Then Harold's nose will be out of joint. He expects to be Sir Harold." "Yes, and calls himself so," said Dick. At that moment there was a loud noise in the great hall outside. CHAPTER VI. A WARM RECEPTION. The girl sprang up in great alarm, and said: "That is my father; he must not see you. He is bitter against all patriots." "I am not afraid," said Dick. "But he is very passionate; he will kill you if he finds you here." "We are quite able to protect ourselves." "But he must not see you. I will hide you till he goes out. Come this way." She opened a door, and led the way to a bedroom on the same floor. There was a large closet or clothes-press in the room, and this she opened. "Quick, hide in here," she said. "He will never suspect that you are here." Dick did not like the idea of hiding, but the girl was so importunate that he at last He and Mark entered the closet, which was large enough to contain them both comfortably. Then the girl shut the door, and returned to the sitting-room. In a moment the Tory, accompanied by a friend and young Harold, came into the room. The two older men carried swords, and all three were in uniform. "Where is this rebel captain?" cried Mr. Winters. "How dare a man like that enter this house?" "Of whom are you speaking, father?" asked Mildred. "O:f Dick Slater, the rebel spy. Jarvey says you admitted him and a companion." "Jarvey admitted the gentlemen himself," said Mildred. "Gentlemen!" sneered the young fop. "No rebel isa gen tleman. I have seen this Dick Slater. He is a clodhopper, without the least manners." "He would not rock a boat and imperil a young lady, at any rate." "Where is he?" stormed Mr. Winters. "Why did he have the effrontery to enter this house?" "He called upon business; he wished to see you." "I have no business with rebels except to hang them I" stormed the Tory. "He called to t e ll you about Cousin Percy's wife." "I wish to have nothing to do with that person." "She has a son a year old, and--" "Nonsense!" cried Harold. "Percy died over a year ago. This woman is an impostor." "Be that as it may," said the girl's father, "I'll settle with this rebel for daring to enter my house. Where is he, girl?" . . "The two patriot youths have gone," said Mildred. "They have said the dandy. "They have not left the


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT STATEN ISLAND. house. J a r vey told us that you hid them somewhere. Where are they?" Dick and Mark hastened to the door and opened it as half a doz e n r e dcoats came bounding up the steps. "Jarvey is a sneak and a telltale!" said Mildred. "Where have you hidden them, girl?" d emande d the. irate Tory. • "How do you know that I have hidden them anywhere, father?" asked Mildred. DICK STARTS ' FOR THE CITY. CHAPTER VII. "I know you have," said the fop. "You have been mad "Down with them!" cried Dick. "Liberty fon:ver!" ov e r that rebel ever since you fell out of the boat in your Then he and Mark went ploughing headlong down the clumsiness." steps. . "Hold your tongue, Harold," cri e d the Tory. "Where ' l'he redcoats were upset and roll e d over and over m the have you hidden the two 'i"ebels, Mildred?" most ignominious fashion. "I will not tell you," . said the girl firmly. They fell this way and that and tum9led about like so "Oh, she admits that she has hidden them," said the fop many terrapins. . . triumphantly. Dick and Mark escaped and quickly made their way to "Hold your tongue, you idiot! Where have you hidden the tavern where they had left the horse and sleigh. the two rebe ls, Mildred?" "There'll .be a perfect hue and cry after us before long," "I will not tell you." said Dick. "Look iIJ room, uncle. Jarvey says that---" "That sneaking telltale of a footman must have brought "Hold your tongue, you fool! I did not ask your advice." the soldiers," said Mark. Nevertheless, the Tory opened the door of the sl e eping"Yes, but, despite the co'ld, it will be too hot for us room and entered. here if we don't get away." There were candles upon the dressing-case, so that the They heard a distant tumult, growing louder as they room was perfectlylight. went on, but they reached the hill and glided out upon The Tory's comrade followed him, as did Harold, and, the ice before the crowd came up. lastly, the girl h e rself. Then many ran into the tavern, and eve n when they The young dandy closed the door, but she stood by it, reache d the bank they ran up and _wildly. . in evident agitation. No one seemed to think that the fugitives were crossmg "Look under the bed," said Harold. " This rebel is just to the Jersey side. . . . the kind of a sneak to hide there." Not until they had gone some did any one d1s The heavy valance around the bed was thrust aside, but cover the marks of the sleigh ru'Ilners. there was no one hidden under it. Then pursuit was out of the question. . "Try the clothes-press, .. said the Tory's friend. "That is a There were no sl eighs ready, and by the time one could convenient hiding-place." be gotten out the Liberty Boys would have been on the "Fire through the key-hole and wing the rebel," said Har-other side. old. • They r e ached the other side safely and stopped for i est "The closet, that's the place," said the Tory. "Open the and to bait the horse. door, "There is one thing about it," said Dick. "I will not!" said the girl. "Let Harold op e n it if he is so "What is that?" asked Mark. ,, brave." "If we can go over there they can come over here. 'rhe scoundrels have locked it on the inside," said Har"Very true," agreed the youth. old quickly. "You will have to break it down." "We must therefore be wary and guard against any sud"Hold your tongue, you fool!" snarled the Tory. "You den surprise." haven't the courage of a cat!" After a rest and a bite to eat, and having warmed them-Mildred was forced to smil e at this rebuff, although she selve s thoroughly, Dick and Mark set out for the camp. was in an agony of suspense. The road was good and they fairly flew over the snow, She had not thought of the footman's betraying her. which ciumbled under their runners. "Come," said Winters, "we'll have the rats out of that It was not very late when they reached their destina-in a jiffy." tion, so they went at once to Bc;>b Estabrook's quarte1s. . Then the two older men rushed to the door of the Dick related the story of then adventures and Bob said, clothes-press to ope nit. half-enviously: Dick did not wait for his enemies to open the door, but "Well I had some fun the other night, but I would have dashed it open himself. liked to' have been there to-night." He had heard the conversation, and knew that he was "There was hot work," said Mark. "Those Tories were cornered. not disposed to deal gently with us." He resolved to make a brave das h for it, therefore, and For the next week or so it grew colder yet, and by the fight his way out. beginning of the year 1780 the sev erity of the winter was "Follow me, Mark," he said. without precedent. . As the door was thrown open Dick made a sudden dash, An army with its heaviest ariillery and baggage might and struck the Tory in the breas t. cross the Hudson River on the ice. One of them at the same time struc k savagely at Mark The great bay of New York was frozen over and no with his sword. suppli e s could come to. the by The girl was greatly alarmed. Knowing the ease with which one might now reach the Harold came running up to join in the fight. city having only the cold to fear, Dick determined to go Winters had lost his sword at that first terrific on slaught to N e w York and spy still further upon the British. of Dick's. As the risk in going to the city was greater than that of Mark seized his opponent's arm, and forced him backa journey to Staten Island, he resolved to use greater cauward. ti on. Dick struck the Tory another blow,. and sent him reeling He was a master of disguise and had gone unquestioned against Harold. right into the enemy's camp on many occasions. Both were upset, and fell heavily to the floor. He was most daring at such times and had been called Then Mark tripped up the heels of his man, landing him the champion spy of the Revolution on account of his wonon top of the others, and adding to the confusion. 1 derful achievements in this line. "Quick, this way!" cried the girl, throwing open the door. Working now to obtain information which he could not The two made a da s h for it, and in a moment were in get in any other manner, he decided to go to the city. the other room. The next thing to do was to procure a suitable disguise The n, while the three were still floundering upon the floor, for his trip. . . . Mildred closed the door and turned the key in the lock. There was among the Liberty BoY:s a rollicking young "Quick!" she cried. "Make your escape as fast as you Irish lad by the name of Patsy Branmgan. can." He was full of fun and made a good deal of sport by his "You are a brave girl," said Dick, "and I am -sorry you awkward mistakes, but was as brave as a lion and had often are in a nest of Tories." distinguished himself. "You deserve better company," said Mark admiringly. One morning he was on picket duty when a strange sort "Make haste!" cried Mildred. Qf rig cam, e along.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT STATEN ISLAND. 7 It was a rougl). box sled drawn by a big, awkward-looking horse driven by a comical-looking figure. , He was a man with a gray beard and bushy eyebrows, wearing a big bear cap and collar, blue yarn mittens and big boots. As he came along Patsy looked at him and remarked: "Shure, an' dhat feller musht have come from dhe back woods an' Oi don't belave he's combed his hair fur a month." The countryman, as he seemed, drove right on and was about to pass when Patsy threw his musket into position and cried: "Halt, ye old scaramouch, or Oi'll blow yez into smithereens." "What ya say?" asked the queer figure in the box sled. "Shtop where yez are, Oi tell yez." "Hain't this here ther road? What ya want ter stop me fur?" "No, sor; dhis is dhe camp av dhe Liberty Boys." "Dew tell." Oi am a-tellin' yez, an' yez can't go on till r know yer b1zness." "I want to know!" "Shure, an' yez do know, for Oi've just towld yez." "Waal, I'm goin' on jest ther same, camp or no camp." "Indade, an' yez are not,'' said Patsy, "till Oi know who yez are an' phwat's yer bizness." "S'pose I don't tell yez?" "Dhin yez can't go on. How do Oi know dhat yez are not a spoy ?" "What's that 'ere?" "A spoy, is it?' Shure, an' a spoy is a man phwat do be goin' into dhe inimy's camp foindin' out more dhan dhey know dhimsilves, begorra." "How can he find out more'n they know themselves?" asked the old farmer. "Becos he's a spoy, dhat's phwy." "You'll never be a spy, I guess,'' said the old man. "An' phwy not?" "Becos anybody would know that turn-up nose of yours anywheres." " Go on out av dhis, or Oi'll have yez arristed an' sent to dhe .guardhouse. " "And can't I pass?" "Nq, yez can't, not av yez wor Gin'ral Washington him self. widout ordbers from Captain Shlater, me bhy." "That's all right, Patsy; glad to see that you are so vigilant." It was Dick's voice that said this, but Patsy would not believe that it was Dick in the box sled till he had spoken again. "Shure, an' Oi wud niver know yez," he said. "Av yez can fop! me dhat sees yez ivery day, yez are shure to pass musther wid dhe Britishers." "So I think," said Dick. Then he drove on. CHAPTER VIII. PATSY IS INCORRIGIBLE. When Dick had gone the Liberty Boys occ . upied then1 selves in various ways. Patsy Brannigan was the cook, but he was not always busy over his pots and kettles. Sometimes he managed to have some fu:iJ. when not on duty at his stove. "Shure, an' phwin Oi'm not foightin' Oi've got to have me bit av fun,'' he said to Will Freeman. "Then you don't consider it any fun to fight?" said the youth. "Shure, an' Oi do , dhin. It's dhe besht koind av fun, especially phwin Oi do be foightin' wid dhe ridcoats." • "Oh, I thought that was work, Patsy." "Shure, an' it's not, dhin,.. it's play." "Well, they don't think so, Patsy." "Shure, an' dhere's no accountin' for phwat a Britisher will think. He'.s a quare birrud, annyhow." "He might thmk the same of you, my boy." "Shure, an' he moight, but dhat's no matther.'" "Did it never occur to you that you might be?" with a twinkle. i'Shure, an' all dhe worruld is quare excipt me an' yerself, me bhy, an' whispher?" "Yes?" "Di do be thinkin' yez are a little quare at toimes." "Oh, you are incorrigible," laughed Will, going away. In a few moments another of the youths came that way, Patsy being at his pots. "Oi say, Jim?" he said. "Well, what is it?" "Do yez know manny hard words?" "Why, yes, I know a few of them,'' said Jim. "An' phwat does incourageable mane, me bhy?" "Why, that's all right." "Phwat is it?" "Why, that means that you are able to take advice, able to be encouraged, you know." Patsy scratched his head. -"Shure, an' Oi'm not shure av Oi got it roight. Oi don't think dhat's phwat he meant." "Who?" "Will." "Well, what did he say?" "Just dhat, me bhy, but he laffed phwin he said it." "Oh, perhaps he meant incorrigible?" laughed the youth. "Yis, dhat's dhe worrud. Phwat does it mane?" "Don't you know?" "Shure, an' do yez t'ink Oi'd be washtin' me toime axin' ye av Oi did?" "Well, it means-why, it means-why, don't you know?" "Oi do not, an' Oi don't belave ye do yersilf." "Oh, yes, I do. Now I've got it, Patsy." "Well, dhin, out wid it, an' don't shtand dhere shput-terin' jusht loike yez had a hot pitaty in yer mouth." "Why, it means-mind, I don't say that you are that." "All rig-ht . Is it annythi!!g bad, Jim?" "Well, it means that there's nothing to be done with xou, that you are past mending, in fact." "Just loike an ould shoe, is it, me bhy?" "Yes, or a worn-out pair of breeches." "Wud yez luk at dhat, now? No more use dhau an ould shoe, is it? Well, Oi'll make a shtrap wid dhe ould shoe, an' give him a belt wid it." "A belt for his coat?" "No, but wan for his back, "Oh, you are incorrigible," laughed Jim, as he ran off. "Shure, an' dhere it is again," said Patsy. "Oi'll ax Dick phwin he comes back, an' see phwat he says." Looking out upon the snow that lay all around, Patsy had an idea. "It's a pity to washte all dhat foine snow,'' he said. Very often curious people came to the camp and asked all manner of questions. Leaving his pots and pans for the moment, Patsy went outside and made a good-sized snowball. This he rolled over and over, until it gathered so much snow to itself that it was big as his body. • Then he made two more just like it, and put them close together, with the first one on top. Then with a spade he cut away and rounded it, putting a smaller ball on top of all, till he had a very good .:;now man. "Dhere yez are, me bhy,'' he said. "'Now wait till Oi fix yez up a bit." He got an overcoat and a cocked hat, stuck a musket in the snow man's arms, and looked at it once more. "Shure, an' yez do luk jist loike a sinthry on juty,'' he laughed. As he returned to his galley Patsy, looked out toward the road. He saw a countryman approaching in a box sleigh, drawn by a raw-boned ho1se. jShure, an' av Oi didn't know dhat he cudn't be back be dhis toime Oi wud think dhat it wor Dick," he said: '"but Oi know it's not." Pretty soon the countryman drove up, stopped, and asked: "Say, du yu know how fur it i s tu the next town?" "Dhat depinds on where yez do be goin', me mon." "Why, I jist told yu I wanted to go tu the next town." "Go ax dhe man on guard beyant," said Patsy. "He's dhere to answer questions." "Thet feller standin' thar with the gun on his shou lder?" "Yis, dhat's dhe wan. Go ax him." countryman turned and shouted: "Say, mister, how far is it tu the next town?" "Wud yez luk at dhat now?" chuckled Patsy. "Shure, an' > •


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS. 4T STATEN ISLAND. 'dhere might be twinty answers, just accordin' to dhe di-rectshin he wor goin'." The countryman received no reply, of course, and he re peated the question. "Go up close to him, an' ax him again," said Patsy. "He do he hard av hearin'." "That so?" "Yis, an' av he does not answer yez give him a bat on dhe hid." The countryman obeyed orders, and walked up to the supposed sentry, who had his back to him. "Say, how fur is it tu the next town?" he asked, re ceiving no reply. Then, obeying instructions, he gave the silent sentry a . tremendous buffet on the side of the head. Greatly to his surprise, the head rolled off, the gun fell down, and the man collapsed. "My sakes, that feller is all friz up, an' has come all tu pieces," the countryman exclaimed. Patsy was now at the door of his kitchen, roaring with laughter. Gradually it dawned upon the countryman that he had been duped. chanst ter cross ther bay on ther ice again, an' so I come over." The soldier was disposed to be suspicious, but as the supposed old man answered all his questions with such in geniousness there was apparently no reaso n to detain him. The city was indeed in a state of distress, all communi cation by water being cut off. No supplies could be obtained and many of the people suffered for fuel. Pretty soon he met a captain and several men, who stopped him. "Who are you a:id why are you not doing your duty as a citizen?" asked the officer. Dick put his hand to his ear and gave the redcoat a blank look . The officer repeate d the question in a louder tone. "Yu'll hafter talk up, cap'n,'' said Dick. " 'Pears ter me my hearin's got friz up, 'long o' everything else." "The fellow is shamming, captain,'' said a sergeant be hind Dick's back. Dick gave no evidence that he had heard what was said. .. Strike him!" said the captain. "Say, that was nothin' more'n a snow man,'' he said. I "I can't hear nothin' you say, cap'n," said Dick, "though see yer mouth movin'." "Can yu tell me how fur it is to--" "Oh, go on, yez are incorrigible,'' laughed Patsy. "What thet mean?" gasped the countryman. "Shure, an' it manes dhat yez are no good, an' Oi have no time to answer foolish questions." Then Patsy went in and closed the door, leaving the countryman to obtain his information elsewhere. CHAPTER IX. ANOTHER ENCOUNTER WITH THE DANDY. The soldier did not strike Dick, who had never moved at a signal from the officer. "Go on; you're more troubl e than you're worth." "What say?" The captain bawled out: "Go away, I tell you. We don't want you." "Fine day? Yes, but it's awful cold." Then the sergeant made a motion with his hands and said: "Get out; we don't want you!" "Go and get some hot spiced cider? Waal, I guess I will." The soldiers laughed and Dick drove on. feeling safe. At John street he saw a fine sleigh drawn by two splen did horses come dashing along. In the sleigh was a youth dressed in costly f1;1rs and Reaching Staten Island, Dick Slater drove to the Winters sitting back with all the airs of a lord. mansion, but found it shut up. Dick recognized him as H"l.rold Winters, the dandy whom "Where are the folks?" he asked of a man passing in a he had first met on Staten Island. handsome sleigh. He saw Dick and shouted at him for presuming to b e "Oh, they've gone to New York." on the street when he wished to pass, but did not recog"They have? How long since?" nize him in his disguise. "Oh, a few days ago. Didn't you hear about it?" "How dare you stop my horses, you fool?" he cried. "I "About what?" should run over you as I would run over the dust in the "Why, the old man's dead in England and young Harold road." wiH come into the property." "Waal, I guess I've got a right to my part o' ther road," "He wasn't the eldest son, was he?" said Dick. "He's the oldest now, b ecause his brother died." "Do you know who I am, fellow?" demanded Harold pom"Yes; but didn't he have a little baby?" pously. "Not that I ever heard of. They say he's going to "I know what you are, you're an upstart, an' a good marry his cousin, Miss Mildred." thrashin' wouldn't do you no hurt." "Huh, I don't believe she'd have him." Harold chafed under language like this; but he was power"Oh, but money makes a 19t of difference with the gals!" less and went on, muttering many uncomplimentary things. "Not with her sort it don't. Waal, good-by, neighbor." Dick saw the sleigh drive up in front of a private house Then Dick went on, thinking to himself: . a little ways down the street and took note of it. "So Harold calls himself Sir Howard now, does he? And Harold was assisted up the steps b y a footman and pretty has gone to the city to live a gay life? Well, I shall have soon Dick drove past in his queer rig and saw Mildred at to disturb his day dreams and wreck his castles in the air." the window. When Dick reached the eastern shore of the island he "I must see her,'' was his thought, "and tell her not to saw a broad expanse of ice stretching right across to New lose heart. This is a pretty sort of fellow to call himself York. an aristocrat." There was a narrow boat channel running in an irregular Leaving his horse and sleigh at a neighbo1ing tavern, line across, but everywhere else was ice. Dick made a . Quick change in his appearance , being now The awkward-looking horse he drove was a good animal dressed in sober black, and went to the house in John street. and its shoes had been sharpened so that there was no "Tell Miss Mildred that an old friend wishes to see her," clanger of his falling. he said to the footman and was admitted at once. It was a good ten-mile drive across the bay, but enough snow had fallen to make the road good and he traversed the distance without accident. CHAPTER X . IN NEW YORK. . The icebound in no longer gave the city protect10n and the security it had possessed while an island no longer existed. Mildred came into the tidy reception-room where Dick sat "What a pity that our army is in such a wretched con-waiting and looked at him curiously. dition," was thought. '4We could march across the Hud-1 "I beg your pardon, but I do not seem--" son and the city would be ours-'.' "Ah, my dear young lady," said Dick, rising; "I suppose When he found place to dnve up onto street many you do not remember a mere curate in a small parish. I people looked at him and some asked questions. was very sorry that you left Staten Island to come to the A guard wanted to know who he was and where he came city where there are so many enemies." from. "Oh, but I have-" "Waal, you can call me Eph. Budd an' I come over from "The footman is listening," whispered Dick. "Don't pro Island." he said. "I didn't know when I'd have a nounce my name. There are spies about."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT STATEN ISLAND. 9 Now I remember y ou and anl v ery glad to "Why, yes. see you." "I have called to see if y ou w ould s ub s cribe a s mall sum for 011r church. Wo u ld yo u object to m y clo sing that door? I fee l a draught?" Dick walked to the door , w hich was ajar, and clos e d it, hearing a retreating foo t s tep and seeing the skirt o f a livery coat as t he footman hastened away . Then he returned a n d said in a lo w ton e : "I am Dick Slater. I hear that Harol d has assum e d his father's title. Do not fear but that we w m ou s t him ." "You are on a dangerou s miss ion, Captain Slater, and I fear that--" "Sh! We kno w not w h o may b e li s t ening. Tell me, you are not going to marry Harold ?" "No; they can not force me to do it. I lo athe and d etest him." "Good ! Now I m ust go. I simply wanted to a ssure you that I wo u ld see jus t ice don e ." As Dick rose to go Harold burs t into the room. "Who is this o l d fri end that you receive privately, Mil dred?" he demand ed . "Don't y ou know that you are my affianced wife? How d a r e y ou come h ere, sir, without--" "I have said nothi n g to the young woman that she should not hear," said Dick. "Who are yo u , anyhow, and why did you not ask for me? Don' t yo u know that I am Sir Harold Winters and that this ho u se is--" " I was not aware o f i t . I am not in the habit of seeing you. My assoc i a t es are of a differ ent class." Harold failed to see t h e hid de n sat i r e and blustered: "We have no mo ney t o wast e on s niv eling parsons, so get out before I k i c k you out." " I am a bit m u sc ular," said Dick , "and can resent an insult as readily as you can g ive o n e . You a , e an ill-mannered cur, sir, and have no righ t to t h e title of gentleman." Harold's face was li vid as h e se iz e d a s ilve r candlestick from the mantel and a ir,ned a sava g e blo w at Dick. Dick caught his arm, gav e it a s udd e n twist and brought him to his knees . Then he gave him a vigorou s ki c k w hich sent him tumbling across the andirons in t h e fireplace, w h e r e , luckily, there was a very little fire at the moment. Before the dandy coul d p ick hi mself up Dick had left the house. The fqotman and other servants w ho had b een hastily summoned saw on l y a q ueer o l d man_ with a gray b eard and wearing a big f u r cap and g loves. The man in bl ac k had disappeared. Dick went on, go t h i s horse and s l eigh and drove off toward Bowli n g Gree n . "The young b u lly has no idea of k ee p ing a civil tongue in his head," was his thought, " a n d s o me day he may regret it more than he does now . " He put up his team a t a t a v ern har d b y , not thinking it wise to leave it in the street i n such bitte r w eather. He had visited the place q uite o ften when in the city on secret missions and k new that the peo p l e were reliable. Proceeding t o headquarters on B r oad street, he saw a number of officers, some o f them of high rank, entering the place. Passing in with a crowd, h e entere d the anteroom while the attendant was b us il y e n gage d answering que s tions which.several officers were putti n g to him. Beyond the anteroom was a noth e r , the door of which stood open . He could see several perso n s of hi g h r ank sitting around a table and recognized amo n g them Sir H enry Clinton , General Knyphausen and o thers of nearl y a s much importa nc e . Pushing forward into t h e ro o m with the air of a simple coutryman, Dic k heard Ge neral Kn y phau s en say : "The rebe l s could manh a forc e i nto the c i ty. Why no t forestall them by using the i ce bri dge from Staten Island to send a body of troop s--" At that moment the attendant cam e hur riedly fo rward. "Here, here, my man, you h a v e no bu sines s h e r e . I beg a thousand pardons, your excelle nci es , for--" tool; Dick by the a r ms t o lead him away, the youth saymg: "Waal, I tried to ask y o u w here I'd have to go an' I thought this might be t h e p l ace ." The notabl es frowned a n d the atten dant a sked: ;;what is y ou r You mus t not intrude like this ." Waal , ther soJers over on th' is l a nd took a cow o' mine an' I wanter kno w who's goin' to pay for i t. My name's Budd, and--" "Well, well; this i s not the plac e . You must make out your claims, have it attes ted , present it to the claim cl e rk, let him inve stigate it, t hen pre s ent it to the p roper a utho r ity--" "And in about ten years I'll g e t th' v a l ye r o' my critte r i f I ain't de ad. I don ' t want no sich Okenspieler : "Oi' s ay, Cookyspiller , Oi've got to h a ve s ome pitaties an' flour an' salt pork an' a lot av tings . Will ye z come wid me an' get dhim ?" Pats y and Carl, by the way , were con stant companions, and where one was the r e the othe r might u sually be found. " Yah, I go mit .you, Batsy,' ' said Carl. "What you brought dose dings in alretty." "In a wheelbarrow, av coorse." "Where it was?" "Beyant somewheres. Did yez tink Qi had it in me pocket?" "Nein; but I was tought dot you might had it in your cap. Dot was big enuff." Carl wore a fur cap quite the size of a peck measure, but Patsy's was much larger. Carl went and got the barrow, and then the two foragers set out qpon their quest. Firs t they stopp e d at the tavern where Dick had left Mrs. Winte rs, at!tl a s ked after the baby.


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT STATEN ISLAND. "He's a foine little felly," said Patsy, "an' av he wor bigger he'd be wan av dhe Liberty Bhys." "Maybe he was been on e , some off dose days," said Carl, "und fighds mit a sword und pistol chust lige any veller." "An' shure an' how long do yez want dhe war to lasht, Cookyspiller ?" asked Patsy. "I don'd cared, so long dat we win, I bet you." "Naither do Oi, thin, for Oi w-0r born fightin', an' Oi ex-pect to die dl;le same way." . "Vor what you was born fighding for-, Batsy ?" "For me livin', begorrah. Dhere was tin av us, an' not enough for more dhan six." "You are all very kind to me and the baby," said the lady, "and some day I trust that I may be able to repay it." "Niver moind dhat at all, ma'am. Shure, an' phwin Dick do say to luk out for a body we do it an' niver ax no t'anks." Then they set off, and pretty soon came to a farmhouse where they got a sack of potatoes. Next they-got a basket of apples and a bag of meal. Carl was trundling the barrow. "Maybe you was took hold off dot wheelbarrow pooty soon yourselluf, ain't it?" he • .asked. "Yis, by and by, me bhy." Then they picked up a couple of hams and some bacon. "Wasn't you bedder putted on a cow und a ca!luf?" said Carl. "Well, wait a minute," said Patsy. "We can't ax wan person for too manny tings ." , "Yah, dot was so; but when you was took holdt ?" "Oh, pretty soon, me bhy. Don't be in such a hurry. Shure, an' yez have no load at all at all yet, Cookyspiller." "I choost vishes you had to took it, and you would saw off it was some load or not, I bet you." "Shure an' dhat's not half a l oad, me bhy." They got othe r things, and then they came to a house at the top of a hill. Patsy went to the door while Carl stood outside by the barrow. "Have yez annything to give us for dhe Liberty Bhys , ma'am?" asked Patsy. "Yes," said a sour-faced young girl who came to the door. '"Thank yez very koindly , ma'am. Shall I go in an' get it?" "Yes, come in and get it," snapped the girl. Patsy went in. . The girl at once began to beat him with a broom and to call the dogs. I Patsy beat a hasty retreat, the dog having hold of his ""coat-tails. "Rin, yez Dootchm a n , rin for yer loif e !" he shouted. Carl grabbed the handles of the barrow and started. He was at the top of a hill , and there was snow on the ground. It would have b ee n hard work to get down without the barrow. Before Carl knew it he was going so fast that he could not stop. Then he tumbled, let go of the barrow, and went rolling downhill. Apples, potatoes, barrels and bags went rolling with him. Some kept up with him, and some went ahead. Then he struck a bump in the road, bounced up, rolled and Carl slid and rolled and boun ced according to the state of the road. ' Patsy, at the top of the hill, just stood and laughed, notwithstanding that he had a big dog clinging to his skirts. "Shure, an' dhat's a funny thing," he roared. "Cooky spiller do be takin' dhe quickest way down dhe hill, be gorrah." Then Patsy turned and saw the dog tugging a,t hi s coattails. "Let go av rlhat ?" he roared. The dog only shoo k the tails the harder. "Howld on, dhin, av yez loike it," said Patsy. Then he sat down where it was all snow and ice, and pushed himself forward. Down he went, the dog still hanging on. Then he struck a bump in the road, bounced up, rolled over, and went down the rest of the way in great confusion. When he got to the bottom the dog picked himself up and walked off, looking very much ashamed. "Shure, an' it wor no worse for ye dhan it wor for me," said Patsy, "an' yez needn't feel so bad about it." "What we was want off der dog?" asked Carl. "Nothing. Faix, he wudn't make good sausage aven, for he's too tough. Have yez iveryting, CookyspiJJ.w?" "Yah, I

THE LIBERTY BOYS AT STATEN ISLAND. 11 It made a terrible rattling, and aroused the house-dog lymg asleep by the fire. He jumped up in a moment, and gave a bark. Then he saw what he took to be a bear coming toward him. Patsy was trying to get upon his feet. Towser at once made a dash for him, caught him by the shoulder, and began to shake him. Fortunately the bear skin was all that he got in his mouth. He shook it loose, but Patsy fell on the floor, on account of the sudden attack. Then the woman seized a broom and began to use it most vigorous ly. "Shut the doors, Tildy!" she screamed. "Don't let him get at the b a b y ." Then s h e banged away with the broom at Patsy's head, back, and l e gs. "Howld on, ma'am, don't be so glad to see me!" howled Patsy. "C a ll off dhe dog, ma'am, av yez plaze." Then the woman realized the actual state of affairs. She threw .down the broom, and laughed heartily. Then s h e c a ll e d off the dog, who by this time had recognized Patsy's voice. The jolly young Irishman then got up. "Go lie down!" said the woman. "An' shure, yez musht have been near-sighted not to know it wor me, ma'am," said Patsy. The woman laughed. "Not when you come flying into the kitchen like that," she s aid. "I thought a bear had come out of the woods for sure." "It's to kape warrum dhat Qi wore it, ma'am, but Qi had no idee av coomin' in on me hands an' knees, to say nothin' av me nose, ma'a m. Shure, Qi musht have shlipped on dhe shteps." "The woman laughed again, and then said: "'You better tie a rope around your middle, and--"" "Shure, dhin Oi'Il luk loike a dancin' bear intoirely," laughed Patsy. "No, Qi think Oi'll have it dhe way it is, begorrah." Then Patsy got what he wanted, and drove away, but somehow the story of how he flew into the good woman's kitche n, looking for all the world like a bear, soon got around among the Liberty Bys, and it was a long time before h e h eard the last of it. CHAPTER XIII. AN UNSUCCESSFUL ATTACK. All of those on the ice were captured except two who were on skates. They sped forward at full speed and escaped. Among thos e capture d Dick was astonished to find Harold Winte rs. H e was on skates, but had fallen, and was taken before he could get up. Dick supposed him to be in N e w York at this time. The Americans hurried forward, hoping to still surprise the redcoats. The alar m had been given, however. The troops fle d to the works. Thes e we r e to o strongly situa t e d to be attacked. The r e w a s a chann e l r e mainin g open through the ice, and a b oa t was d espat ched to N ew York for reinforcements. The p r oj ecte d surprise hat! f ai l e d, and Lord Stirling, taking a numbe r of prisoners in the town, r etreated to the Jerse y side. The n a party of cavalry dashed after him from the island. Order.:> were at onc e given to Dick Slater to attack them. The Liberty Boys, being all mounte d, made a fine rear guard. "Down with them!" c r ied Dick. "Down with the redcoats! Lib erty forever!" The gallant youths charged in a solid body. Crash-roar ! The muskets l'ang out, and the n a pistol volley was fired. Many of the redcoats fell from their horses. "Charge!" cried Dick. The brave youths threw themse lves upon the enemy. The redcoats, not knowing how g reat a force was opposed to them, fled. The Liberty Boys discharged another pistol volley. More of the enemy fell from their saddles. Then the youths fell back in order to get time to reload. The enemy pretty soon started in pursuit. When they were ready Dick's rear-guard rushed at them again. The main body in the meantime was hUlTying on. A small rear-guard hurried to Dick's assistance. "Down with them, Liberty forever!" cried Dick again. Then they charged again, horse and foot. The l'attle of musketry, the swish of sabers, and the shouts of the brave y ouths echoed from shore to shore. The British cavalry fell back, but lost many of their number. The prisoners were hurried forward. Then Dick and his Liberty boys made another dash. The sharp crack of the pistols resounded, and the British put spurs to their horses. Again the Libe rty Boys retreated, but only to make another dash a little later. In this manner they covered the retreat of the main body , 1 and greatly annoyed the enemy. W hen Dick got back from Morristown he said to Bob: Finally they m a de a rush in a solid column, firing as they "There's going to be a raid upon Staten Island, and we rode, and the B ritish cavalry was put to flight. ' l ,, The brave yo.uths gave a hearty cheer as the enemy fled. Wl 1 take part in it. . ' The n, wi'th their prisoners and a number of horses they "Say you so?" " Ye s.' We are going to forestall Knyphausen. It is a had c aptured, they made their retreat to Elizabethtown. grea t pity that our army is in such a bad state." T h e intend e d surprise had failed, because . the Continentals "True," a g r ee d Bob. "We could cross over and take New had not captur ed the British force. York if it were not so." The pris oners taken b y the Liberty Boys were turned over "At any rate, we can haras s the Britis h at Staten Island, with tbe othe rs. and that is w h a t the general intends to do." The n Dick a s ked p enniss ion to see Harold Winters. "Whe n i s the atta ck to b e made ?" The young d andy was not in uniform and protested that "I do not know. We will rec e ive timely warning." he was a private citizen. The Liberty Boys were told of the proposed attack. "You were in unifo r m the night that I was at your uncle's The youths a ll made ready, and were eage r fo r the aphou se ," said Dick. • po inted time to arr ive. "I wa s sim p l y trying it on to s e e how it would look," said At las t , on the night of January 14th, the attack on the the dandy, humbl y . i sland w a s d eclared r eady to be made. "Tha t doe s not matte r , ho we v er," said Dick. "I uuderLord Stirling, with twenty-five hundred men and Dick stand that y o u c a ll y ourself Sir Harold Winters?" Slater's Lib erty Boys , se t out to cro s s to Staten I sland and " I a m Sir Harol d Winters . M y brothe r being dead, the capture of the twelve hundre d British stationed there. t itle d esce nd s to me . " The A mericans l eft D e Hart's Point, and cro s sed on the "It d oes not. It goes to your brother's s on." ic e , marching in good order. "He h ad n o s on. He died over a year ago." The Liberty Boys were on Lord Stirling's right, Dick, "Eve n so, the child is fully a year old. Even if he were mounte d on Major, l eading them. born after hi s father's death he would still have a claim." They had pretty nearly crossed when Dick discovered a "He has none; he is not my brother's child. This woman numbe r of persons on the ice si.head of them. has foi s t e d a strange chil dupon us. She is an impostor." Fearing that these would spread the alarn1 of their com"You >vill have to prove this, Harold ing he took a dozen of the Liberty Boys and dashed forI "Sir Harold, if you please, you rebel!" stormed the dandy. ward. "But I do not please, you dandy. You are not Sir Harold.


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT STATEN ISLAND. It is you who are the impostor, and not your brother's wife." The host was too busy to notice that he was not one of the regular pot-boys. Harold snarled and said: "This arrest is unjustified. I am a private citizen." "Perhaps so; but you were about to give information to the enemy. If you prefer being treated as a spy, rather than as a prisoner of war, I will-" Harold paled upon the instant. He knew how spies were treated when caught. "You. are an insolent fellow,'' he snarled, taking refuge in abuse when lying failed. "From your point I am, Winters,'' smilingly, "but even that is better than being ashamed to tell the truth." Then Dick went back to the Liberty Boys. CHAPTER XIV. MORE SPYING. J ack went in and placed the steaming bo w l on the table. "Aha, here is the punch," said a captain. "Let u s drink success to our expedition." "We can't without cups," said another. "Here, bby!" "Very good, sir,'' said Jack, picking up a white apron which a boy had carelessly left on a chair. He quickly tied it about him and hurried out. "Six cups, sir, please, for the punch,'' he said to the landlord. The host gave them to him, and told him to make haste. It was unnecessary to tell Jack to do this. He did not wish to miss any of the officers' talk. "And you can trust the old Hessian for that," one of the officers was saying as he entered. "Yes, and it will teach the m one, too,'' said another. "Think of their impudence, coming over here and trying to surprise us." "Well, they pretty nearly did it,'' laughed another. "Pipes and tobacco, boy," said one, sharply. "Yes, sir, directly,'' and Jack went out. "The redcoats are going to give us a le sson,'' was the Harold Winters was kept a prisoner in spite of his protest youth's thought. "I wonder when?" that he was not a soldier. He was calling for the tobacco and pipes when a hulking A number of those taken at the same time declared that boy a year or so older than he was stepped up. he was an under officer. "Ah laike your cheek!" he said, "a-takin' mah hapron an' He was not in uniform, being on leave of absence, they mah job. You clear hout. Them's mah gentlemen, them is." said. The speaker was one of the pot-bo ys of the place. Those who we1'6 proved . to be only citizens were released. "They're mine or anybody's that wants to wait on them,'' Harold was retained, much to his chagrin and disappoint-answered Jack. ment. "No, they're not; they're mine, an' Ah'll pull your nose if Dick saw Mrs. Winters and told her of Harold's claim of you hinterfere." being the heir to the estates and title. . "Here, here, what's the row about?" asked the host. "Do not fear,'' he said. "This fellow's claim will not be "This 'ere lad is a-hinterferin' with mah customers, an' allowed, I am certain." Ah'll pull his nose." "But he will oppose mine?" "No you won't,'' said Jack. "If you're too lazy to wait "He may or he may not when he discovers how strong it on gentlemen I'm going to do it." is. He is a coward, and can be easily made to back down." "No, you shawn't. Ah'm goin' 1get :3hout o' "But I could not stand the expense of a journey to Eng-hevery one on 'em, an' you shawn t a ve it. land, nor my baby the fatigue. I have very little means, Then he pushed Jack aside, and broke a long-stemmed clay and--" pipe known as a "churchwarden." "You have your marriage certificate?" asked Dick. Jack promptly broke two more over hi s head. "Yes." There would have been a fight in another moment. "And the record of your baby's birth?" Jack quietly beat a retreat, however. "Yes. It is registered besides." There might be questions asked if h e stayed. "Was he born before your husband died?" "They must have meant "Knyphausen by 'the old Hessian,'" "Yes." he thought. "What is he going to do, I wonder?" . "You can obtain all the records?" Meanwhile Mark had come upon a group of soldiers stand"Yes, and I have attested copies." ' ing in the street talking. "Good. Be careful not to lose _ them, for they are im"If the ice holds we'll get over there and show thes e • portant." rebels," said one. I "I will not." "Yes, and they won't drive us off las we drove them." About a week later Dick thought that he would go over "No, and we'll burn their houses and barns, and take all to Staten Island and see what the British were doing. we can lay our hands on." He took Mark Morris on with him, and also a youth named "When do yo u think you'll do it?" asked Mark, pressing Jack Warren, who had been with the Liberty Boys a forward and yet keeping in the shadow. of years. "Just as soon as word can be got around, I suppose." His idea in having companions was that they could oper"What point will you stl'ike for first?" ate in different parts. "We don't know,'' growled another, shoving Mark aside. Then they would meet at some point agreed upon, and "We ain't telling our business to everybody." compare notes. "I have found out a good deal of it for all that," was the Dick and the two youths were in disguise, as that would youth's thought, he .hurried away; . . give them more freedom than if they wore their unifonns. Dick Slater, gomg m anoth<.?r direction, came across a The three youths looker! like farmers' boys when they set company of soldiers marching to the forts. out for Staten Island. He followed them, and as they entered, heard an officer . They ' were mounted, and put up their horses at different say: places. "Go directly and order every man on leave to report at This was so as not to attract attention to themselves. once. We will march on Elizabethtown to-night." Jack Warren was a fearless youth, but he had a good "So so,'' thought Dick, as he hurried to the place of deal of discretion as well. meeti:ig . "There is, no time to be lost, I fear." He entered a tavern where there were several British solPretty soon Jack and Mark entered, breathless. diers drinking ancj smoking. "I have news," said Jack. There were officers in the private bar, as he could see "So have I,!: added Mark. through an open doorway. "And I. Come, we must away at once." The men were engaged in ordinary conversation. He resolved to hear what they were. "Now, now!" said the landlord, "who's going to take this bowl of punch into the private bar? !Vhere are all those boys?" Jack. stuck his hat inside his coat, stepped up quickly, and said: "Here I am, sir." Then, taking the punch, b hurried toward the inner room with it. CHAPTER XV. THE ENEMY RETALIATES. As the youths dashed away over the ice on their horses, Dick told them what he had heard. Then Jack and Mark told of their adventures.


I THE LIBERTY BOYS AT STATEN ISLAND. 13 "We must spread the alarm," said Dick. "There is not a large force at Elizabethtown." "The Liberty Bo ys can be relied upon," said Mark. "Yes; but there ought to be more troops." "The p e ople will defend their homes,'' w:i.s Jack's reply. "Yes, the enemy is retaliating. This is Knyphausen's plan." They dashe d on at full . s peed, reached the camp, and arouse d the Liberty Bo y s. The y did not know just at what point the British would arrive , of course. Howe v e r , Dick, Bob, Mark' Jack, and a score more went dashing through the town, giving the alar m. The r e w a s only a pick e t guard at Elizab ethtown, and without tt h e h elp of the Lib e r t y Boy s the pla c e would have greatly s uffer e d. The British sent out two detachments that night, but Dick knew o f but on e at the time. A party of a hundre d dragons and four hundred infantry cros s ed to Trembly's Point, and surprised the picket guard. The n they moved on to Elizabethtown, and despite Dick's warning s ucceeded in doing a great deal of damage. The y c aptured about fifty prisoners, officers, and men be the y w ere d1iven off. The L i berty Bo y s discovered them at work burning the town-hous e , and charged upon them. The gallant youths could not save the building, although the enemy quickly withdrew. They nex t s et fire to the Presbyterian church, the pulpit of which was occupied by the Rev. James Caldwell, a staunch patriot. Dick heard a Tory in the crowd, who was not a soldier, s a y : "I'd like to see that black-coated Caldwell in his pulpit now , and it' s a pity I can't. " "You're a miserable Tory sneak,'' said Dick promptly, knocking the man down. It was afterwar d learned that the Tories and not the troops had set fire to the church. The s oldie r s fired a private residence, however, and began plunderin g t h e inhabitar The n the Liberty Boy s r allied the citizens, and the enemy was r outed. They r etreate d in good order, and without loss, being s atisfi e d with what damage they had already done. The n ext day word came that another d etachment of the en e m y had cro ss ed to Paulus Hook at the same time. Then w ith a part of the garrison of the post they had gone to N ewark. H ere the y had set fire to the Academy, and surprised and capture d a company stationed there. "The enemy is retaliating," said Dick. "But for our warning E'liz a b ethtown would have suffered more than it did." The r e d coats had not only captured a number of prisoners, but they had retaken those captured by the Liberty Boys and Lord S tirling's forces on January 14th. Harold Winters was thus free once more, a fact that Mark Mor r ison greatly regretted. It was Mark himself who brought the news of Harold's escape to Dick. "That young fop Winters has escaped," he said. "I wish I could have seen the toady." "Escaped, say you?" said Dick . " Ye s, " was Mark's reply. "He was released b y the redcoats." " I doubt if he will fiirht." said Dick. " N o ," sneeringly. "He thinks too much of imself." " H e is not likely to go to New York, for the'y are putting ev ery one to work there. " "And he does not like it." "Very true/' laughingly. "What do you suppose he will do, Dick?" aske d Bob at l ength. "If h e is in the army, as I judge he is, he will have to fight." "Then you don't believe his story of trying on the un1form ?" "Ce rtainly not,'' with a lauglr. "He may r eturn to England to enjoy his s uppos e d es tates." "He w ould be shamed out of it, and besides. the solicitor would want to satisfy himself that Harold's claim was good." "Would it be safe to go to New York and tell these Tories that Harold has no claim?. " "I could go there w e ll enough,'' laughingly, "but Harold's uncle has nothin g to do with it, and the dandy himself would not listen." . "Well, I'd like to go there and tell this booby what I think of him," said Mark. "Would you?" "Ye s , and pay him up for the exciting time he gave us at his uncle's house." "He had v ery little to do with it,' ' said Dick. "I think he told the others. He kept in the background, of course." "We ll, if I think it nece ssary, to g o to the city, Mark, you may go; but be cautious. " "I'd like to give that fop one good thrashing," said Mark, "even if I have to run for it afterwar d . " "\Vell, you may have a chance," smilingly, "but be careful. I can't afford to lose you simply to let you have satisfac tion on that popinjay." Dicll: saw Mr. Winters pretty soon, and told her of Harold's escap e . "I may run over to NeW\ York pretty soon," he said, "to spy upon the Briti s h, and I will see if he is there." "If you can see Mildred, she will tell you. She is a very lovely girl." "True, and much too good for him. I will try and see her, but she i s surrounded by s pies." Toward the end of the month. Dick resolved to go to New York to get information of the enem y . The n a m essage came to him from the commander-in chief to undertake the very mi s sion, and to get plans of any projected movements on the enem y's part. When he got the message Dick sent for Mark and said: "Well, Mark, I am going to the city , and shall take you with me." "Good!" heartily. "I think I shall take Bob also." "Good also." "We shall want to work rapidly, and in as many places at once as possible." They adopted various disguises, and set off for the city one night at dusk. Reaching Paulus Hook du ring the evening, they put up their horses , and in the morning set off to cross the river. They met a couple of farmers who were going over to dis pose of produce, and went along to assist with the horses. They did not appear to know each other, and had very little to say. "You're a likely feller wi t h a hoss," said one of the farmers to Dick when they reached the city, which was still ice locked. "Yes, I know something about 'em , " carelessly. "Ef yer want a job any time you ' ax fur me an' I'll give it to yer." "'I'hank ye; I'll think it over." "Just ast fur John Thompson, o' Carteret." "All right," replied Dick. "I might go back with ye." Then the three Liberty Boys separated, having previously appointed a place of meeting for the same afternoon. CHAPTER XVI. MARK HAS HIS REVENGE. Mark Morrison set off toward Bowling Green on his quest for information. He saw compan i es of s ailors and marines, as well as citizens drilling and patroling the street s . Many looked at him suspiciou s l y a s he passed. For some time, howev e r, no on e a s k e d him any questions. Then a big sergeant who had charge of a company of sailors stepped up to him. "You're a likely lioking lad," he s aid , slapping him on the shoulder. "Huh!" said Mark. "Don't you want a ship?" "Huh! what would I do with it? Everything is frozen up." "Don't you want to join it?" "What to do?" asked Mark stupidly.


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT STATEN ISLAND. "You're a fool!" "Huh, guess you ain't th' fust what's told me that." Then Mark walked on and was not halted. "They are in straits for men," was his thought. "It will he fortunate if they don't try to impress one or all of us." At Bowling Green his heart gave a jump. Harold Winters, in an under-officer's uniform, was ap proaching. There was no chance for hiin to escape unless he took to his heels. Harold had seen him but ,once, and might not recognize him. "Jove! I'll take the bull by the horns," he thought, "or the donkey by the ears, rather." Then he stepped up and said most cordially. "Good morning, my l<>rd. You are a colonel, i see . I knew that your ability would be recognized." Harold was too much flattered to be insolent. "And so you've come to the city? That's right. You'll meet your own sort. You've got a znug fortune, too; a couple of hundred thousand, I hear." The fortune that Harold laid claim to was only a very small fraction of the sum Mark named. It was very flattering to him to think himself considered rich, however. "And they've made you a colonel." continued the wily youth. "I knew you wouldn't be a mere captain. They knew you better." Harold was a good deal below even a captain in rank. He did not undeceive Mark, however. "Won't you come and have a bowl of punch? I should consider it a great honor, my lord." "Ah, let me see," said Harold, grandly. "Your face is familiar. Where have I met you ? " "Why, over on Staten Island, to be sure, at your uncle's and at the Red Bull. Jove! but how you did drink the lads under the table!" "Oh, yes, to be sure. You're one of the Birminghams, I believe?" . "No, Wintringham, my lord. It's a great h onor, I know but if you would accept the invitation, I should--" ' Harold was in nowise loth to drink with any one. He was greatly flattered at being so exalted in rank, title and fortune. , He therefore cond esce nded to drink with a mere citizen , and went with Mark to a tavern hard by. There was a bowling allev in the rear and thither Mark invited him, as it was more quiet. ' When they were seated, Mark said: "I'd like to play a game of skittles with your head, you upstart!" Harold was dumfounded. "You're nothing but a corporal. You are not even a Sir Knight, and your fortune can be counted in two fingers." "How dare you?" blustered Harold. ' a dandy an.d a bully, and a fool. . I've been itching to give you a thrashmg, and now I am gomg to do it." The dandy attempted to draw a pistol. Mark snatched it out of his hand. "Now stand up and defend yourself!" he said. Harold began to bawl for help. Mark knocked him about quite a good deal before any one came. Then he kicked the dandy into a corner, and said: "This fellow had the assurance to think I would drink with him. Perhaps he will remember me the next time." The landlord and attendants thought that this was simply a tap-room quarrel, and did not interfere. Mark had escaped by the time Harold had got upon his feet and cried: "That fellow is a rank rebel. I know him now. I was a fool not to recognize him at first." "A rebel, say you?" cried the host. "Yes; he's one of the Liberty Boys, .one of Dick Slater's trusted comrades." Harold had come . to his senses now, and remembered. "How did he come in?" asked the landlord. Harold would not tell the truth. It would put him in a bad light. "Why, I saw him outside; he said he knew me, and in the dim light I took him for a friend of mine." "Ah, I see." ""' "Then he began to strike me while my back was turned, and got the advantage of me." "It's a beastly shame, Mr. Winters. I shall give orders not to admit him aagin." The .landlord did not believe more than half of the dandy's story. He had seen Mark pummeling him, and knew that there had been no foul. Still, he wished to keep the peace with the dandy, who was a good customer. Mark made his escape, changed his appearance, somewhat, and went off, chuckling. "Well, if I don't do anything else," he laughed, "I shall have the satisfaction of having given that toady just what he needed most." He kept away from Bowling Green after that, for Harold could easily raise a hue and cry upon him, and he did not wish to run any risk. He walked up Broadway, took notice of many things, and listened when he could to people's conversation. He kept away from soldiers, for his own soldierly bear ingmight have betrayed him. "Sometimes one hears reports from others besides the soldiers," was his thought. "Perhaps I may hear something." At noonday he entered a quiet tavern on the outskirts of what was then the city, and called for something to eat. There were two or three old or mi ddl e-aged men in the place, eating, drinking, and talking. They paid little attention to Mark, being busy with their own concerns. The youth sat apart, and said nothing, but listened atten-tively. At last one old man said: "Westchester is the hot-bed of these rebels." "Yes," agreed another, "though .there are some Tories there." "Not as many as the rebels. There's many a plot hatched up there." "The rebels will be burned out of their nests before long, from what I hear." "Yes, and .quite right. They gather up there and come down upon the city." "Sir Harry will smoke them out before long," with a knowing air. "You think so ? " asked the others. "I nretty well know it. I have a son in the cavalry, and he tells me things." "What part of Westchester, Friend Worthing?" "That I can't tell. neighbor, but an expedition will shortly start from King's Bridge to smoke the rebels out." "White Plains, think you ? " "Ah. that I can't tell you." Mnrk pondered. "The old rascal know s, " he thought, "but does not wish to tell too much." Nothing more of moment was divulged, and Mark soon arose, paid his score, and left, attracting no notice. . "Something is intended, I know," he said, "and Dick must be told." CHAPTER XVII. WHAT BOB LEARNED. Bob Estabrook, setting out by himself, went to the lower end of the city. He came across a group of sailors sitting on spiles, and one of them said: "Hallo, Jack, don't you want to be a sailor? You're a fine looking lad." "What's the use?" asked Bob. "The ships can't sail through the ice." "Oh, but the ice will go away, the same as the rebels." "Why, lad, there was a shi_p came in yesterday from the old country." "Through the air?" laughingly. "No, of course not." "She had to land her passengers in boats and send them through the channel," said one. "Such a thing has never been known before."


• I THE LIBERTY BOYS AT STATEN ISLAND. 15 "A ship from the ol dcountry ?" thought Bob. "Can she have brought troops?" "What must the people think?" said one. "They know that America is a terrible country, but to find it all ice is what they never expected." "Never mind that, Jack," said the first speaker to Bob. "Come and join our crew." "I'll think it over." "No, come now," and the rough fellow seized Bob. "I'll think it over, I tell you." "You'll come now," was the answer, "for I've got you." Bob Estabrook was a good wrestler as well as quick-witted. He tripped up the fellow's 'heels in a trice, and sent him rolling over on the wharf. "I don't think you have!" said Bob. The other sailors roared. " You'll never do that with me, lad,'' said another. "You'll never get hold of me to have me try," said Bob. "Indeed and I will, and when I get you there'll be no getting away." "I'll bet you a sovereign you will never get hold of me." "Done, my lad." The sailor rushed at Bob, thinking to seize him . The youth dodged, and the sailor measured his length. A roar went up. "How may trials do you want?" asked Bob. "Two more is enough, and I won't need them all." " Come on , then," with a laugh. The sailor flew at Bob the second time. He got a blow square between the eyes that staggered him. "Hold hard, lad; there was nothing said about 'itting!" he muttered. "Oh, you can hit if you like." For the third time the tar ran confidently at Bob. The youth tripped up his heels and walked away. "You'll never do that to me," said another, springing up. "Think you I am going to have a bout with every man in the fleet? No, I've earned my discharge." ' •Then come and drink at our expen se, mate. You've earned that, too . " " I don't drink with common sailors," laughed Bob; "only with captains and admirals. " The youth well knew the men's intentions. If he had drunk with them, which he did with none, they would have made him intoxicated, and pre ssed him on board one of the ships . "' He went away laughing, and soon got out of sight. "Still hying to press men for the was his thought. "It is of very little use now, however, with th ships ice bound." Then he made his way around on the East River side of the city, in search of information. He strolled into Fraunces Tavern, much patronized by the notables of those days, and took a seat in a corner near the great open fireplace. A couple of officers of high rank came in pretty soon, 1 and entered the private bar. "Those redcoats might let out something if they had a few mugs of punch," thought Bob. "I must watch them." He waited a little while after the punch had been served, listening carefully the while. As he suppo s ed, the liquor began to make the officers talkative. They began to boast of their own prowess, however, and said nothing of any movements that might be making. The more they drank the more they boa s ted, and the louder they talked. None of th\s interested Bob, however. "He waited till the roisterers got to singing, and then arose to leave. At that moment a messenger entered, and began blowing on his hands and rubbing his ears. "My word! but it's bitter cold!" he said . '"Yes," said a cellarman. "A pot of brown ale would warm you up." "If it had a hot poker put in it with some sugar and spices," was the answer, with a thrashing of the arms. "Mulled, eh? Well, that would be better. Shall I order it?" "Wait a moment. Is Major Gillingwater within?" "Aye, he is." "I have a oacket to .l!"ive to him. Yes, you can order it." The cellarman went off, and the messenger threw aside his coat. As he did so a packet :fell from the inside pocket. The noise within grew louder at that moment. "It's no time to talk to him now," said the messenger. He threw his great coat over a bench, and walked toward the fire, lashing himself with his arms. Bob stooped, picked up the packet, and thrust it inside his pocket. "This will be in better hands if I take it," he thought. Then he went out and made all haste to get to a distance before the messenger's loss was discovered. . "It may be something important, and it may not be " he said. "At any rate, it was worth trying for." ' Hurrying to a secluded spot in a narrow alley where no one was about, Bob opened the packet. It contained papers of considerable importance to the offi cer. One was a letter from a brother officer detailing the plans of a raid in Westchester, which was shortly to be made. Another was a communication from an official in the war office. This le tter stated that in view of the aITival from England the day previous of the solicitor of the Winters' family, nothing could be done about appointing Harold to a certain position until his true status was known. "They are doubtful if he is the heir," thought Bob. "With out money, position is deni e d him. Well, they say that all the good things in the army are for sale." The rumor of the intended raid was of more moment to Bob than the affairs of Harold. He was of course glad to know that the dandy would not have a chance to throw away money which did not belong to him. , He was more interested in the projected raid, however. He thrust the papers inside his coat once more, and con tinued his investigations. !f e did not pick up _any more but saw many thrngs that showed him the anxiety of the holders of the city. Once he saw a patrol coming do wn the street, knocking at the doors, and making inquiries as to whether the residents w ere doing their duty as loyal citizens and subjects of the king. "I am not anxious to meet these fellows," he thought to himself. Then he made a detour, so as to avoid the patrol, and took his cours e toward Bowling Green. CHAPTER XVIII. • DICK MEETS THE SOLICITOR. When he and his comrades separated, Dick made his way to the house in John street. "It is like walking into a den of lions,'' he thought, "but I must learn more." He hung about the house for some time, hoping to see Mildred go in, come out, or appear at the window. At last a ' sleigh drove up to the door, and a man muffled to the eyes in furs alighted. "Which of these residences is that occupied by Mr. Win ten:. my lad?" he asked. There was a certain preciseness of manner about the speakei which struck Dick. "He talks like a lawyer,'' he thought. "I wonder if he is on e ?" Then he noticed that the other carried an iron despatch box in his gloved hand. "This is the one. sir," he said. "Shall I carry the box, sir? You seem to be cold." "Yes, the climate of this country is the coldest I ever experienc e d . " "You are from England, perhaps?" "Yes, and I shall return as soon as I finish this business and I can get a ship." "Jove! he is here to settle the Wintres' succession!" thought Dick. "I may be of some assistance," said he quickly. "Intro duce me as your clerk. There is a claimant to the Winters \


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT STATEN ISLAND. estate who i s not entitled to it. It is a secret. I'll explain "Slater and his gang. I recognized the impudent scounal! privately to you later on." drel and one of his fellows." "Say you so?" in surprise. "Where did this happen?" "Yes; but you are shivel'ing. Come, we will enter at once. Harold did not answer, but, looking sharply at the soliciI can secretly aid you in this matter." tor, asked: Dick then ran up the steps and raised the heavy knocker. "Who is this person, and what is his business here with In a few moments a footman appeared. you?" The solicitor, for such he was, asked for Mr. Winters, and ".de is your father's solicitor and has come to tell you was shown in. that you are the heir to-" ' " is my clerk," he said, indicating Dick. "To nothing!" from Mildred. "Father, have you no re-The footman glanced sharply at him, but he was admitted. spect for the truth?" His was n.ot the same as when the footman had I "I am Sir Harold," said the dandy. "When do I begin to seen him, and his. appearance was greatly changed.. harn;Ile the money? You can give me an advance, I sup-fhe fellow was suspicious of every one, however, havmg pose?" his orders. "Not now, Mr. Harold. There appears to be a doubt Dick and the solicitor were shown into a small reception --" room, and Mr. Winters was called. "Sir Harold, if you please." In a few minutes he appeared with Mildred. "A doubt that you Sir Harold. Your !brother left a son "You are Mr. George Winters?" who will inherit the estate, and title." "The same." "It is a lie; he did not!" "The brother of the late Sir Percy Winters, of England?" Harold's face was livid. "Yes." "I beg your pardon," said the solicitor, coldly. "I shall "I am the family solicitor, as you may guess." have to investigate this claim first." "Ve.ry good." Harold shot a glance at Dick and said: "Do you know anything of your brothel"s eldest son?" "Who is this person?" "He is dead." "My clerk." "He: was married?" "He is not; he is a rebel. He is that scoundrel Dick Slater "Yee." himself!" . "Had he any issue?" "Take care how you call names, Harold Winters." cried "No!" promptly. Dick. "They may fit you better than they do myself." "But, father," said Mildred, "cousin Percy left a son "Call the patrol!" said Harold. "I told you Dick Slater --" was in the city." "He did not. That child is an Harold is the Dick sprang to his feet and drew his pistols. next of kin, and--" "Sit down!" he said firmly. "Don't you dare to make a "Harold is not a fit person to be at the head of the family. move, either of you. Mr. Solicitor, I will tell you where to He does not know the value of money, and--" find Lady Winters and her son." "He is the heir, just the same. Of course, a guardian can "I shall be happy to find her, I am sure. " be appointed. I shall apply for the position. When he is of "I am Dick Slater, captain of the Liberty Boys, now at age he will have learned--" Elizabethtown, across the Kill from Staten Island. Inquire . "He will never lea;rn discretion," decidedly. "He will al-for me there at your earliest convenience." ways be a spendthrift. Besides, there is an heir." "I will do so." "Nonsense. I do not believe that woman was every mar"Our sentries will pass you through the lines. Lady Win-ried to Percy. She has heard of this case, and is trying to ters has all the proof you desire, and this braggart and bully make money. Percy's wife died soon after he did." has no more claim to the title than I have." "The uncle is trying to get the property into his own "I will communicate with you shortly, Captain Slater." hands," was Dick's thought, nudging the lawyer signifi"Thank you; good-day, Miss Mildred," and then Dick hur-cantly. riedly left the house, before an alarm <;ould be given. "I must see this supposed Lady Winters and investigate her claim," sad the solicitor. "She has none," angrily. "As long as there is a reasonable doubt I must give her the benefit of it." ";No one knows where she is. I have heard the absurd story, of course. There was an impudent young rebel named Slater, who forced his way into my house at the point of a pistol, and--" "He did not, father," said Mildred, "but three of you tried your best to overcome him and his friend." "You are an undutiful girl, miss, and as big a rebel as Slater himself!" stormed the Tory. "That is neithel' here nor there," said Mildred, with a searching glance at Dick, who sat unmoved. "This lady has rights, and they must be respected." "Where is she?" asked the solicitor. "In Jersey, taken care of by Dick Slater, who is a patriot youth. She is there with her baby. Dick Slater found her and saved her from being frozen to death." "How dared you talk with this rebel!" blustered the Tory. "Where did you get this supposed information but from him?" "There is just where I did get it." "It is valueless," !'a id the Tory. "I must consider it, nevertheless," said the solicitor. "Where is the lady to be found?" "I think your clerk might ascertain," said Mildred with a swift glance at Dick. ' "I shall certainly do all in my power," was his reply. At that moment Harold came in looking very much battered. "Those impudent rebels are in the city," he said . "I was set upon by six of them, and badly handled. I shall ask for the arrest of all s " uspicious per8ons a t once . " "What rebels do you mean, ?" asked Mr. Winters. CHAPTER XIX. A HURRIED DEPARTURE . Dick made all speed away from the house in John street, as he knew that Harold would spread the alarm at once. "Either Mark or Bob must have met the dandy," he thought, "and had an argument with him." He concluded that it must have been Mark, as he knew that the youth was very anxious to thrash him. He hurried d0wn to Bowling Green, and saw the farmer with whom they had come to the city. "Well, do you want to hire out?" the farmer asked. "I can't now," said Dick. "I am looking for somebody." "Waal, any time you do, you just come over." "I'll think about it," was Dick's reply. Then he looked about for either Bob or Mark This was not their meeting-place, but it was central, and he thought that they might be there. There was a reason for Mark not caring to be seen there, but he did not know it then. Pretty soon he saw Bob approaching, and hurried to meet him. "We must get away at once," said Bob . "Is there any danger ? " "The British are going" to send one of their maurauding expeditions to Westchester." "Say you so?-" "Yes. I have learned some very important news." "So have I." ' "I hear also that the family solicitor of Sir Percy Win ters has arrived from England."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT STATEN ISLAND. 17 "Yes, I have met him." "You have?" surprisedly. "Yes; but we must not stay here. I will tell you about it as we go on." They hulTied toward the river, not to fast to attract attention, but as any one might on such a cold day. They s topped in a general goods shop on the way, to warm up and rest and buy a few necessary articles. "Well, if Mark has been as busy as we have been to-day, we h a ve been a most industrious trio," said Bob. "Oh, by the way, did you meet Harold Winters?" "No, but I hear that the war office is not inclined to give him the position he wants." "Then it must have been Mark w ho thrnshed him," with a laugh. . "Row did you hear of it?" "He told of it, but he said that six of us attacked him." "He could not tell the truth if he tried." "I don't believe he ever tries," dryly. They had made their purchases and were starting for the door when Bob whispered: • "Here comes a patrol. Is there another way out?" "They cannot have tracked us here," said Dick. "Harold must have given the alarm very quickly." As Dick and Bob drew back several officers entered the shop. "There is a report that a party of rebels is in the city, and I' lJ loyal citizen s are warned against harboring or protecting them," said an officer. "There is a rear door leading to the other street," said Dick. "Are they known ? " asked the proprietor of the shop. "Is there ar1y description of them?" "One wears gray clothes and hat. He is Dick Slater, the rebel spy." Dick was near the rear door behind a pile of bales. He quickly took off his coat and turned it. It was now black, and he wore a round hat. "Come," he said to Bob. "Vve will put on a bold front." Then they walked toward the front of the shop in the most unconcerned manner possible. . The patrol glanced at them as they passed, and paid them no further attention. When they reached the street they took their way at once to the appointed place of meeting. "There will be a hue and cry for us all over the city in a little while," said Dick. • ."There seems to be a pretty general alarm now," said Bob, with a laugh. They reached their meeting place, a quiet tavern near the river, and look e d around for Mark. He was not to be seen. "I presume nothinR" has happened to him," said Dick. "He is as wary as we are." "You can't tell," sai d Dick. "Mark has as bad a habit of getting into trouble as we have." "Very true," with a laugh. They waited some time for Mark, and at last Dick said: "Was there any time set for our meeting?" "Some time in the afternoon, you said ." "It is well along in the afternoon now." "So I think." . "Go to the door, Bob, and see if you can see him." Bob did as requested, and in a moment beckoned excitedly to Dick. He hurried to the door, and a s ked: "What is it, Bob?" Bob pointed up the street. Mark Morrison, without a hat, was flying down the street, pursued by a mob of men and boys. "Hurry, Mark!" cried Dick, springing out. Then, as Mark drew nearer, Dick whipped out his pistols. "Stop!" he cried. "What are you thinking of ,a score against one?" The mob halted, Mark keeping on, but at a slowerpace. "He's a rebel!" cried several at once. "Well, does it taken twenty of you to catch one rebel? Why don't you call out the troops?" "You're a rebel yourself for letting him get away," said one. "Come on, down with him!" Bob had hurried along with Mark, at a signal from Dick. "You'll have to catch me first," said Dick. Then he suddenly l evele d his pistols at the advancing mob. The crowd scattered and fled. Then Dick turned and ran, soon overtaking the others. The crowd would soon rally again and pursue them, but the delay was in their favor. They quickly reached the river and ran out upon the ice. They kept straight on, knowing just what point to head for. Some of the mob followed them, but the majority were afraid. It was very cold on the river, and the ice was a perfect glare in spots and very treacherous to walk upon. Dick and the others kept together, and went straight on, sure-footed and swift. At last they were so far ahead of the pursuers the crowd gave up the chase. "What happened, Mark?" asked Dick, as they were at last safe from pursuit. "Well, I had an argument with that dandy and got the best of it. Later I ran across him, and he started a hue and cry, and I had to take a leg bail." "Just as I said, we have all been busy," laughed Bob. Soon after that they reached the Jersey shore. CHAPTER SIR PERCY SAILS FOR ENGLAND. The three Liberty Boys stopped at a farmhouse on the Elizabethtown road that night, and in the morning set out upon their return. They had much to tell each other, but there might be lis teners. They postponed comparing notes until the next day, therefore. They laughed heartily over Mark's account of how he had thrashed Harold, and were glad to know that Lady Winters would soon have her rights. Upon their arrival at the camp Dick took a short rest, and then pushed on to Mon-istown to rep<;>rt to th.e general. Reaching headquarters, he was speedily admitted, and made his report. "The enemy has long looked upon Westchester with en vious eyes," said the general, "and we must protect it." Then he looked down at the floor, and pondered for a few moments. At last he said: "I want that you shall take your Liberty Boys to White Plains, Dick, and be on the lookout for marauders." "I shall do so, your excellency." "You will be near home, there, which will be a good deal to you." "It will, your excellency, and to Bob also." . They were to make across the rivei• at a safe point, and then go to White Plams. . Dick said that they would start as soon as possible upon his return, and then, taking only two or three hours' rest, he returned to Elizabethtown. ' He saw Bob upon his arrival, and told him to give orders for the breaking up of the camp in the morning. Then he went to see Lady Winters, and told her of his interview with the family solicitor. "There can be no doubt that your son will be declared Sit Percy" he said, "and you will be appointed his guardian." "It 'an seems like a dream," said the lady. "A month ago I was poor and forlorn, seeking shelter and food for my baby." "Prepare all your papers, madam,'' said Dick. "The solicitor is an energetic man, and I would not be surprised at a visit from him at any time." "I will do as you say, Captain Slater, and I thank you again for all that you have done for me and my little baby." 'The next day, shortly before the Liberty Boys were ready to leave Elizabethtown, he arrived there with an escort. "I must say that you have a fine-looking lot of young rebels, captain." "We are patriots, my dear sir," answered Dick, with a smile. "Exactly. I used the word because it is a common term. You are patriots, indeed, and fighting in a g-ood cause." "Many of the British think the same, sir. But to busi nes s . You have come on Lady Winters' affair, no doubt?" "I have."


THE LIBERTY B OYS AT STATEN ISLAND. Dick took the man of law to see the lady in question at once. He looked over . hel papers, asked her numerous questions, saw little Percy Winters, took him on his knee, and said: "Well, my boy, you are Sir Percy Winters, and the heir to Winters Hall. What do you think of that, young sir?" The baby crowed and the lady said: 1 "Then you are sure of it?" "There is not the slightest doubt of it, my lady. Your claim is beyond dispute." "What wohld you advise me to do, sir?" Lady Winters asked. "You would prefer to live here, I presume?" ; "Yes, if--" "If what, my l'ady?" "If it would not interfere with Percy's prospects. In Eng land I could give him the advantages of education and of many other beneficia l things, which I could not d o here." "No doubt, and I would advise you to go to your h u sband's old home for a few years, at any rate." "That is what I should advise," said Dick. "If your boy wishes to make this rountry his home later he dan do so." "It would be an advantage," said Lady Winters. "And a good deal safer f<>'l: the present," said the solicitor. "What mean you ? " "Possession; you know, is nine points of the law." "Very true." "You go over now, you take possession, your claim is rec ognized, your son .is acknowledged, and everything is smooth . " "Yo u are right." "Whereas, if you stay here you not known, your claim i s questioned, there is endless litigation, and perhaps in the end the unworthy occupies the position that belongs to your "That is my idea, also," said Dick. "With two such good advisers," said the lady, "my way is clear, and I will return with you to England as soon as you are ready." "Well .;:hosen," said Dick, "and I wish you and Sir Percy long and happy lives. If you should return, by which time I feel sure that we shall have won our independence, do not fail to come and see me and the rest of the Liberty Boys." The so l icitor took Lady Winters and the baby back to New York in a closed carriage, making frequent stops, and doing everything for their comfort. Later, as soon as was convenient, they went to England, and the baby was recognized as Sir Percy Winters, and the heir of a noble estate. Dick did not hear from the lady until afte1 the close of the war, and it was some years after that that Sir Percy, then a young man, paid a visit to him, and thanked him in his mother's name and his own for the kindness shown to him when a baby. He returned to England to live, and Harold, the disap pointed pretender, never enjoyed the fortune he had sought to obtain. The worthless young dandy returned to E'ngland, but con tinued his bad habits, and finally died while still very young. The Liberty Boys, after parting with Lady Winters and Sir Percy, proceeded to New York and to Westchester, and here, as everywhere they chanced to be, they once more made themselves famous. Next week's issue will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS WITH PUTNAM; OR, GOOD WORK IN THE NUTMEG STATE. " Send P ostal For Our Free Catalogue. A NEW SEMI-MONTH L Y THE T ITLE IS ''MYSTERY MAGAZINE'' ) PRICE 10 CENTS A COPY HANDSOME COLORED COVERS. LOOK FOR I T The greatest magazine pub li s h e d, for old and young. IT CON T AINS R ousing feature sto rie s , detective storie s, based o n d ee p mysteries, short stories, novelettes, serial stories and a vast q uantity o f miscellaneous reading matter. ' G RE A T AUTHORS. FAMOUS A RTI ST S. FINE PRESSW ORK. This magazine c ontain s m o r e reading matter for the price than any similar publication on the news-stands. The titl e o f t h e feature story in No. 10 is THE INNER W HEEL By OCTA VU S R O Y C OHEN Watch athi s ad for the titles, whi ch will f ollo w fro m week to week. B U Y A COPY NOW! BUY A COPY NOW! FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 168 West 23d S t reet , N e w Y o rk Ci ty


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 19 HELP YOUR COUNTRY! The Government is spending large sums of money to persuade farmers and back !otters to produce more poultry and eggs, and every one who can should produce every pound of poultry possible, meat and Have two layers to each member of the fam ily and put down a supply in water glass next summer for winter use. Buy baby chicks or hatching eggs and sfa .rted .this spring. If every one attends to this duty properly a famine in meat and eggs will be prevented the coming autumn and winter. Cull out. and eat the roosters and all that do not promise to be good layers. FIRST "NON-SINKABLE" BOAT STARTS VOYAGE. making it entirely acceptable to the bfrds. Not all of the refuse and scraps from the kitchen are suitable for poultry food. Some things as vege table peelings, may be used when they only a small part of the scraps, but when they are in excessive quantities it is better to dispose of them separately. The same is true of coffee grounds and tea leaves. Fat meat in large pieces should not be put with scraps for poultry because a hen can swallow a much larger piece of fat than is good for her. By cutting waste fat meat in pieces no larger than one would cut for himself at the table, and by making sure that the fat does not exceed 10 per cent. of the scraps fed at one time, the dangers in feeding fat are avoided. The former Austrian steamer Lucia, equipped with a new "non-sinkable" system, has sailed from a port with a cargo. The steamer is equipped with more than 12,000 air-and water-tight cells SAVE KITCHEN WASTE. which the inventor claims will keep the vessel aft.oat The best way to save kitchen waste for poultry is even should she be torpedoed. to keep a one-gallol! jar, of glazed or galvanized This is the invention to which William L. Saunware, with a cover in a convenient place, putting dcrs, chairman of the Naval Consulting Board reinto this scraps of bread, cake and meat from the cently said he had referred when on May 5 la;t he table, remnants of servings of vegetables, cereals, attlracted the attention of the country by announcpies, puddings, etc., and whatever waste from the ing the U-boat menace had been solved. The Lucia preparation of meals is suitable to combine with is a 9,000-ton vessel. TB.e work of equipping her these things in a mash. has taken about eight months. The method used Once a day the contents of the jar should be turned is the Donnelly system, which has been very sueinto a pail of appropriate size and as much ground cessful in small boats used by coast lifesavers. 1 feedstuff mixed with them as can be stirred in with a strong iron spoon or a wooden stirring stick. The HOW TO COOK WHALE MEAT. amount and kinds of ground feeds to be used will A New York hotel has for some time been featur-depend upon the quantity of water with the scraps ing whale steaks on its menus, and finds that a con-and whether any particular article predominates. siderable demand has been built up among patrons, For thickening a mixture of scraps of ordinary according to the Hotel Gazette. The meat is pur-variety a mixed meal of equal parts by weight of chased frozen and thawed as required. It is all corn meal, bran, and middlings is good. If there is meat, with no fat or bone, having a distinct flavor, an unusual proportion of very rich food in the not at all fishy, which may be overcome by dipping scraps, it may be desirable to use bran alone for in hot soda water before cooking. It is somewhat thickening. The more meal that can be stirred in tough, however, and the best results are obtained and still have all the meal moist the better. Mixing by cooking slowly a long time with moist heat, low can be done much more easily and thoroughly by temperature, and liberal seasoning. Guests prefer mixing in a pail having a capacity about three timPs this meat pan-broiled in the form of a steak, and 55 the amount of the scraps mixed at one time. cents is charged for a portion, one-third of a pound. If the mash with scraps makes more than one Excellent soup stocks, stews, steaks, and curries may meal for the flock, the pail should be kept covered be made of whale meat at a cost of approximately until the next feeding. As a rule, it is not advisable one-third that of beef. The present price of the to feed such a mash oftener than twice a day, but frozen meat is 15 cents a pound. if mixed quite dry it may be fed three times. The FEEDING KITCHEN WASTE. When kitchen and table waste is to be fed to poultry it should be selected and prepared with a view to getting its full food value and at the same time occasion for this will exist only where scraps are so abundant that when thickened with meal they may be made the exclusive diet. This is not as goqd a ration as one containing some hard grain, but it may be used a long time without bad results.


f,O THE LIBERTY B0YS OF '76. MAKING HIS FORTUNE OR THE SMARTEST BOY IN NEW YORK By RALPH MORTON (A SERIAL STORY) CHAPTER XXI (Continued). "Who were the two men who tried to do you up?" "Italian crooks. They were out for revenge." "What did you do to them?" "Caused two of their pals to get in jail." "Tell us about it while we are rowing you ashore. It's of no use to chase them now, for they have landed, leaving their bo a t adrift, and no doubt they have run away." Knowing that it might help to put the crooks behin. d the bars, Jack gave them an account of his ad ventures. When he finished, the captain of the boat's crew said: "Oh, we know all about the Fish robbery. And so you are the kid who was the victim of those crooks, are you? Well , if you take my advice you will go right to the nearest police station with me and lodge a complaint against Degano. Then a de tective will be sent right out to gather him in. You won't be safe while he has his liberty." "All right, sir; I'll do it. And I am much obliged to you for saving me. With my hands and feet tied I would have perished if it had 11ot been for you fishing me out of the river." "Don't mention it, kid. It is our duty to interfere in cases lik e this," replied the officer, kindly; then he added to his men : "Row around the Battery, boys, and we will land the boy at the Old Slip sta tion." The boat made rapid h ea dway to the Battery, and the boy finally landed with the officer and went to ill e police s tation. Here a complaint was made to the captain, as Detective Joyce was not in, and as he promised to send a man up to the Italian's house, Jack parted with th police and went home. He gave his mother an account of the matter, and finally went to bed, completely exhausted by the e\-ents of the night. Next morning, w hen Daisy arrived at the office, he told h e r what had happened to him, and he had finished when the door opened and Detective Joyce came in and asked for him. "Hello, Jack!" he laughed. "So the Italian was after you again, eh?" "Yes, sir. Have they caught him yet?" "No, indeed. A plainclothes man was sent up there last night by the captain and s hadowed the Mulberry street tenement all night long. But foxy Mr. Degano was wise enough to suspect that something like that would happen and discreetly re mained away." After a ten-minute conversation the officer with drew, promising to let Jack know over the wire if he managed to catch the slippery D egano . The boy was kept very busy all day. In the morning the old broker handed him a thousand dollars, one-half of which was his profit on his $500 invest ment. About two'clock in the afternoon Mr. Fish called him into his private office and, handing him a sealed envelope, he said: "Jack, I want you to take this note over to the office of Jones & Co., on Broad street. They are business enemies of mine, as you are well aware, so you will have to be very careful how you act and about what you say to them or to any of their employees. Do you understand?" "All right, sir," noded the boy, as he put on his hat. "I know that they are the most prominent bulls in the Cotton Exchange, and that all their business is against the deals you are in." When he reached the office of Jones & Co., he went in, and was accosted by an impudent office boy, who wanted to know what he wanted. "l wish to see Mr. Jones," announced Jack. "Is he in?" "No; he isn't. Lea ve your message with me." "I was told to give it to Jones himself." "Then you w ill have to call again." These words had scarcely escaped the boy, when the door leading to the hall was suddenly burst open and a well-known cotton broker staggered in. He pulled a revolver from his pocket and, glaring at the boy, he flourished th_ e weapon and roared in furious tones : "Where is Jones?" "Not in!" gasped the frightened boy, turning as pale as death. "You lie!" yelled the broker excitedl y , and he aimed the pistol at the boy and howled: "I am blind drunk, and I got this way so I would have the nerve to corrie here to see Jones and lay him out for the way he did me up on the Exchange the other day."


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 21 "Murder!" yelled the boy, and he ran for his life. "Whoop!" howled the drunken bro k er, and he made a rush for the cou nting-room, where the oth e r clerks were, and sent them all flying i n terror from before the gqn he was brandishing. Jack h a d made a rush with the rest, but in st ead of going out the door to the street, h e open e d a door that l e d to an inner office, a nd here h e found himself behind a large Japanese scre e n . As he peered around the screen h e s a w that there were four men in the room sitting a t a t a bl e talking over a cotton deal. Just then the man with the pis t o l h a d g on e rushing out of the outer office, a nd it was pretty evident to Jack that the four men i n thi s r oom had not the slighte s t idea of his entrance and the wild excitement the drunken broker had b ee n causing the clerks. For a few moments the boy stood irr es olute . He h a d rec ognized two of the men be hind the screen as Jones and his partner, and t h e other two as prominent brokers in Cotton E xc hange. Nor cou ld the b o y help hearing w h a t they were saying. They had just formed a poo l to corne r a certain crop, and it was a secret that mea n t g ains of mil lions for e a ch of them. Wha t J ac k hea r d almost alarmed him , for one of the men said to the res t in d ead l y t on es : "And no w , g entle men, if I hear that any of y ou betray this secre t. I would not hesitat e a n instant to shoot him like a dog, for I shall h ave eve r y cent I own in the world invested in thi s d ea l , and if it is l ost, I wou l d be an utterl y ri n e d m a n. " At that moment a g ust of wind cam e in from t h e outer office, blew over the Japan ese screen, and it fell to the floor with a crash. With startled cries the four men bo und e d to their feet, and, glaring around, they saw J ac k standing there, pale a n d tre mbling, exposed ! With a hoarse cry Jones po inted a t him. "A spy!" he yelled fiercely . With one leap he was in fron t o f the bo y and seized him by the throat. C HAPTER XXII. THE BIGGEST DEAL OF A L L . T he faces of the fo u r c otton brokers we r e as pal e as death, and there was a d ead l y l o ok in the ey e s of Mr. J ones, as h e s ei z ed J ack b y the throat, and yelled at him in frenzied to n es : '.'Yo u spy, what are you doing i n t h i s office?" " L e t me go!" gurgl ed t)1e sfrangling boy , a s he t ore at t he man's fin gers, i n an eff o r t to get them away from h i s t hroat. A l most insane with fear that the b o y w ould b etray their secret to corner t h e cotto n market , and thus ca u se them to l ose the m ill ion s which thev had invested in the deal, Jone s pulled a revolver out of his hip-pocket and pres sed the muzzle against Jack's head. "By heavens, I am tempted to kill you, so you cannot give our business away!" h e y e lled savagely. "Hang on to him!" shouted one of the other brokers as he made a rush for the door leading to the other office and slammed it shut. "If he escapes from here, and sells his information to any other brokers , we are ruined men." Jac k realized that he was in a d e spe rate situation. Only the utmost coolness, and the finest diplomacy could serve him now, and as quick as a flash he thought of the only way in which he would have a c h a nce to save his life . . He wrenched himself free from the grip of Jones, and cried: "Stop! Don't do anything rash until you hea1 what I have got to say." "What can you say?" sneered Jones, nervously fingering the pistol. "I want to tell you that I realize that I am at your mercy, and I know that my life is not worth two cents at this moment, unless I can prove to you that your secret is absolutely safe with me." "Then prov e it!" snarled Jones viciously. "And by thunder, if you do not show us mighty quick that the matter is perfectly safe, you will never get out of this house alive. I'll take an oath to it!" "Now, gentlemen, cool off, and don't get excited over nothing." "The gall of him!" gas ped one of the brokers in astonishment. "I am going to make you a proposition," Jack went on as calmly as if he were merely talking to' his own mother. "What do you mean by that? " bellowed Jones in a rage. "Well," said Jack with a smile, "I want to tell you that I stumbled in here purely by accident, and could not help overhearing what you said. I know exactly how dangerous it would be to your interests to let me get out of here, as you think I might give y our secret away." He paused, and there was an ominous silence, t he four men glaring at him with looks of deadly hate, while Jones kept him covered with his re vol ver in a way that left no doubt about his inten tions. "Now, gentlemen," the boy continued coolly, "there is only one way for you to make sure of m y s ilence, without absolut e ly killing me, as our friend Jones here just threatened to do." "Give it a name!" hissed Jones; "be quick, too!,.. "Take me into the deal!" "What!" roared Jones. "Take you into the deal'i Are you crazy?" "If I am a member of this syndicate, and have a large sum of my own money inv ested in it, " said Jack quietly, "don't it strike y ou thfl,t I would keep my mouth shut, out of self-p r otection?" (To be continued.)


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. CURRENT NEWS { DESTROYER BUILT IN FOUR MONTHS. Secretary Daniels announced February 15 the re ceipt ofa telegram from the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, stating that the destroyer Taylor was launched there recently, 66 per cent. complete, four months after the keel was laid. The work establishes a navy yard record for swift construction. OLD GLORY HIGH UP. The distinction of being the first to unfurl Old Glory on the peak of the highest mountain in North America, Mount Denali, in Alaska, is claimed by Robert Tatum of Knoxville, Tenn. The flag was made by himself out of silk handkerchiefs. The party of four, of which Mr. Tatum was one, was the first to ascend Mount Denali and the second to attain an altitude of 20,700 feet. ALLEGHENY RIVER WASHING AWAY A WHOLE TOWN. Corydon, a , small town of 1,500, north of Warren, Pa., is gradually being washed away by waters of the Allegheny River. An ice gorge has formed in the river and the watef diverted from its course and thrown through the town, which lies a fourth of a mile from the stream. Several stores and houses have been demolished by water and ice, but no lives have been lost. The damage is estimated at $50,000. GERMAN CONCRETE VESSEL. The first German freight motor vessel to be built entirely of reinforced concrete has just completed its trial trips at Hamburg. According to the Fremden blatt, it is made of "a new kind of concrete which weighs only half as much as gravel concrete." The newspaper expresses the opmion that an epoch-making innovation in ship construction has been made by this new German invention, "which has a great future in the building of river boats, sea boats, and large ships." BROKE ICE TO BAPTIZE WOMAN. Trudging ten squares through snowdrifts knee deep in weather below zero, Mrs. Amelie Gresh, forty years old, was baptized at 10 o'clock one night recently in the White River, Colum.bus, Ind., after the ice had been cut away. After being immersed in the river the woman walked back to the church in her wet clothing. Her clothes were frozen to her when she reached the church. She is a member of the Pentecostal sect of Holy Rollers. SUGARLESS CANDIES 0. K'DConsumption in war time candies containing lit tle or no sugar has been approved by the Food Administration as accomplishing two definite things, the saving of sugar and the continuing of the. con fectionery industry. Four kinds of candies are recommended. The first includes chocolate and cocoa candies, with centers of nuts and fruits, and uncoated soft candy, such as nougatines. The second includes stick can dy, lemon drops, peanut brittle and the like. Marsh malows and similar candy compose the third group, and in the fourth are gumdrops and jelies. DOG CARRIES MAIL. J. L. Radke, who lives on Nevada Street, Redland, Cal., has established a private mail route between his home here and the home of his mother near Riv erdale. Three times a week his prize Scotch collie dog goes back and forth between the two homes carrying mail. It is also a parcel post route, for the dog carries small parcels on his trips. The dog has been a privileged member of the household since he saved the life of Mr. Radke's three-year-old son several weegs ago. The little fel low was playing near an irrigation ditch and fell into the stream of water. The dog jumped in and dragge dthe baby to the bank and then barked frantically until Mrs. Radke was attracted to the scene. THE FROZEN SOIL OF ALASKA. The depth of permanently frozen soil in polar and subpolar regions is a subject of perennial interest, concerning which few data are available. In nu merous excavations made in placer mining in Alaska the ground is permanently frozen to great depths, beginning 18 inches or two feet below the surface. In the Klondike, according to the Geological Sur vey, the alluvium is frozen to a depth .of about two hundred feet. At Fairbanks permanent ground frost has been found at many places to a depth of than two hundred feet, and the deepest shaft there penetrated 318 feet of frozen alluvium. In Seward Peninsula many holes in permanently frozen alluvium are more than seventy-five feet deep, and one is nearly two hundred feet deep. On the other hand, some ground in this region is not frozen, for reasons not understood. According to Dr. A. H. Brooks, when the moss is stripped from the soil the ground thaws, and with open-cut mining or culti vation the upper level of permanent ground frost seems gradually to descend. It is therefore believed that this ground frost is a survival of a cUmate colder than the present one, and is preserved by the non-conducting mat of moss and other vegetation.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 23 STEEPLE JACK, THE BOY OF NERVE OR THE MYSTERY OF TH E OLD BELL TOWER • :Jy CAPTAIN GEORGE W. GRANVILLE (A SERIAL STORY) CHAPTER III (Continued). the gloom, he caught a glimpse of the girl's figure "If you do, you won't have to handle him alone, flitting into an opening ahead, and when he reached as I intend to go up as far as I can into the tower it, followed by the lawyer, he distinctly heard the with you." patter of flying footsteps going swiftly up a flight "AH right. Anything else?" of stairs rising in front of him toward the belfry of "Nothing, except that for obvious reasons I do the old church. not care to tell you the same of the president of the "Do you hear them?" yelled the lawyer in agitated big corporation or my own." tones. "Oh,. I don't--Ha! Gee whiz, what's that?" "Yes, yes! I am going up into the belfry after The eyes of the boy had been turned upon the them. " gloomy open doorway of the church while he was And up ran the boy, his feet making a loud clatter speaking, and he now suddenly caught sight of a on the bare boards of the stairs, showers of most singular-looking object. flying around him. There seemed to gradually grow out of the darkUp, up he hurried, the faint patter on the step:, ness the bent form of a little old man in the 'Old-a.head gradually growing fainter and fainter, until fashioned costume worn by the men qf a hundred at length he reached the bell tower. years ago, his long white hair falling around a gaunt Here all was dark, silent and gloomy. face with deep, burning eyes. And he was glowing The ghost and the girl had disappeared. all over with a strange sulphuric halo of dim blue Overhead hung the huge brazen-throated bell, its light that gave him a ghastly dead appearance . mighty clapper swaying as if someone had moved it, The next instant another figure came forward and as the tongue suddenly struck against the in from the gloom beside him-the graceful figure ' of 3ide of the bell it sent forth a terrible, deafening a young girl with a pale but singularly beautiful clang. face, who stood staring out at the boy with a star-"Are they here?" eagerly asked the lawyer, comtled look. ing up the stairs. "The ghost of the old bell-ringer!" hoarsely "No. I don't see them." gasped the man, as he grasped the boy's arm and "Then up into the steeple with you after them! pointed a trembling finger into the church at the Mount that ladder!" mysterious spectral figure of the old man. . Up the ladder at one side climbed the boy with "But-the girl!" fairly shouted Jack, gettmg terfeverish haste. ribly excited. "See! She is the same one who called at my house and--" As he spoke, he rushed into the churchyard to ward her. There came a muffled shriek from within the church and he fancied that he saw the ghost of the old bell-ringer seize the girl's hand, and the next in stant they both began to melt away into the dark ness. "After them!" yelled Mr. Money, pulling a darklantern from his pocket and flashing its powerful beams into the sacred edifice, and he went rushing alonO' after the young steeple-climber. Into the church raced Jack, muttering: "Great heavens, what is the mystery of presence in this place? is she gomg .with that strange apparition?" As the light of the lantern flashed ahead through CHAPTER IV. CHASING THE GHOS1'. The ladder up which Steeple Jack hurried ended in an opening in a platform which was laid over several huge cross-beams, down frorp which the great bell was hanging. He lit a match and gazed around at the dusty floor and cob-webbed walls, but saw nothing of the &UP posed ghost of the old bell-ringer and the shad?WY figme of the girl in black who had rushed up mto the steeple. . Mr. Money, with his bull's-eye lantern came up the ladder, his silk hat on the back of his head


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. and a rather frightened yet eager look on his gaunt, 1 stones and ornaments, from the weather vane on gray-bearded face. top to the beams and braces, where the steeple's "Do you see them, Jack?" he cried. "Are they greater width gave it stability. h .,,, e;.e . ,, . " . . ,, Up went the boy high above the clock toward No, sir, replied the boy. Br.m.g up your hght. the topmost slatted windows, from which point the The lawyer crept. the remammg rungs the steeple rapidl y narrowed into a high, slender spire and swept his h .ght around the place, fright-,vithout much space inside . enmg several birds which had made their ne s t s inside of the old b If He paused every few moments to look up, and each . e ry. time he faintly made out the glowing form of the The noi se startled man and boy, b_ut as soon old man, mounting ahead of him with the nimble as saw what made it, they went pokmg around ness of a practiced climber. to see if they could find where the two fugitives had But the ghostly halo of phosphorescent fire was hidden themselves. . "Nothi'ng d o ,,, bl d th 1 t 1 gth gradually dymg out, the figure of the old man get. mg. grum e e awyer a en t• d' d d' t t 'l t "However we n d t 1 t th t y mg immer an immer every momen , un i a , ee no e a worry us now. ou 1 t th 1 ht fl. k d d t t t I know that th rttl Id b 1 d as e ig ic ere an wen ou en ire y . e I e o iron ox is concea e some" , 1,, h d h where in this tower, so you may as well set to work . He s gone. muttered as he reac e e at once and try to find its hiding-place Ste ep l e windows at the top of the widest structure. If Jack." ' that glow had only lasted a few minutes longer to "That is exactly what I intend to do," replied the young climber, grimly. "I am mighty anxious to earn that thousand-dollar reward you offered me to produce the box, Mr. Money." But the search was not destined to begin just yet, for there now ilounded a blood-curdling yell high up in the steeple above their heads, followed by such a burst of diabolical laughter that the boy's i ron nerve almost :failed him. "Heavens!" hoarsely groaned the trembling law yer, as his eyes began to bulge and his teeth began to chatter. "What's that, boy, what's that?" Young Ranger glared up into the gloom. He now dimly made out the shadowy figure of the old bell-ringer still glowing with the same bluish fire far up among the great beams and mighty braces forming a network inside of the steeple . . "There he is!" Jack exclaimed, as he pointed at the little old man. "I am going up after him, Mr. Money. Give me your lantern!" And he snatched the light from the lawyer's hand and ran for some cleats that were nailed against the wall, which were u s ed to get up higher than the platform they were on. "No, no!" yelled Mr. Money, in tones of terror. "Don't leave me here alone in the dark. Come b ack! Come back, I tell you!" Jack paid no attention to him, but went up the cleats like a fly running up the face of a wall, and the lawyer burst into a cold sweat, and went tearing down the ladder to get out of that ghostly place just as fast as he was able. In the meantime Jack reached the first tier of beams, and saw that he could climb from one set to anothe r if not burdened with the light. He therefore tied it to a buttonhole of his jacket. The cross braces were rising above him at inter vals of a few feet apart, so that he could mount from one set to the ones above quite easily. The dowel, or backbone, of steel forming the su perstructure was about four inches thick and fully forty-five feet long. It came down inside the heavy guide me, I might have overtaken him." A strong blast of wind gushed into his face through one of the windows which stood open, and he paused and peered out. The window opened upon the Fulton street sid(\ of the churc h, and the city had a desolate and de serted appearance. Jack made his way upward, clinging to the dowel, until at length he reached the apex of the spire and flashed his light around, but he failed to find the slightest trace of the ghostly old bell-ringer or the girl. "No use," he muttered, as he began the descent. "He has vanished. But I am puzzled to understand how he got away from me. There is no opening up here out of which he could have gone." The boy finally got back to the open window, and he peered out again and saw Mr. Money standing on the corner of Broadway and Fulton street wav ing his arms, and faintly heard him shouting something. The boy cou ld not understand a word he said, however, and shaking his hand to the cowardly law yer, he resumed his descent of the steeple's beams and braces, intent upon returning to the bell tower to begin his search for the box of documents he was hi red to get. He passed the first tier of beams, when he heard a rasping sound under the clock platform above his head. Jack paused and listened intenpy, and there came a sudden yell and something struck him a terrible blow on the head that knocked him senseless. A groan escaped the. poor fellow's lips, and he pitched over backward and went falling down through the massive beams. When the light of another day dawned upon New York, Steeple Jack came back to his senses, racked with pain , swathed in bandages, and found himself lying in bed in hi s own home with his mother bend ing over him. (To be continued.)


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 25 INTERESTING TOPICS LEAVES $100 A YEAR FOR SUPPORT OF PET DOG. The will of Mrs. Lucy Eldridge Lee of Ne w York City, who died recently in Rome, Italy, was filed in the surrogate's office for probate. It disposes of an estate valued at "more than $10, 000." In a codicil to the w ill Mrs. L ee increased a bequest of $1,000 to Luigi Fedeini, one of the servants, to $ 1 ,500, and adds: " I also leave to the said Luigi my beloved dog, Daisy, and wish my executors to pay him $100 yearly in quarterly payments for the support of the said dog." FATHER HUNTS DAUGHTER. J.E. Hamlin, of Iowa, came to Newton, Kan., recently on an unusual mission. He was making a search for his daughter, who was abandoned when she was a three-weeks-old baby by her mother. The mother left home with another man, Hamlin declared, in 1899, taking the baby with her. Re cently, Hamlin states, he received a letter from her, sh• , ting that the infant was abandoned in Newton, July 12, 1899, and the names of the parties finding the child appeared in the Newton papers about that date. Mr. Hamlin has not been able to dis cover the names as yet, although he has iaterviewed several old-time citizens and searched the files of the local papers thoroughly. There W:re several reasons for the selection of Ellis Island by the government as a temporary hospital for American soldiers and sailors. One of them was that the present amount of immigration was not sufficient to require the large ,plant needed to take care of the great tide of immigration that flowed into the United States before the war. Other reasons were the benefit of the sea air on the recov e1w of the men, and the advantage of keeping them away from the temptations and excitement to which they would be subjected in cities, and in hospitals near army camps. Since the United States entered the war several thousand persons have been sent to Ellis Island as men of questionable loyalty, as enemy agents, spies, and officers and men of German merchant ships. About 250 of these still are interned at Ellis Island. Officials said that one of the great drawbacks to the island as a detention camp was the inability to provide recreation or wo r k on the island for the interned men. Enemy aliens arrested in New York City and vicinity in the future will probably be sent to the island until arrangements can be made to send them to Fort Oglethorpe or Hot Springs, or to other inland detention camps. 15,000 MILES TO A VOID WAR. The R ev . Friedrich Fritz, one of the party of Germans brought to the Long Wharf Immigration NEWSPAPERS IN PRISON. Station, Boston, from Manila, has reason to believe The Southern Illinois Penitentiary at Chester, Ill., that Sherman's views on war were right. is the home of one of the liveliest d aily papers in When hostilities in Europe started with the in-that part of the country. vasion of Belgium, Mr. Fritz, who is a Lutheran It i s published by Harry B . Ross, alias Ed Wilmissionary, was preaching and t eaching in1 Northliams, who was convicted on a charge of larceny. ern Borneo. He was gi v en his choice by British The name c f the paper is the Bastile Beacon. B e officials of being interned in the interior or leavneath the date line appears the motto: "A little ing with his wife and infant child. He chose the nonsense now and then is relished by convicted latter and went to Zamgoanga in the Philippines. men." This, he thought, was far enough removed from the The four sheets are written entirely in pencil by sea t of war to be safe. the editor. There appear on the editoria l page, was-for. a time. came, nearly a year "Helen Harlan's Health Hints for Hurt Hearts," a go, America's entrance mto the war. Even then society column, poetical corner, "court proceedings," Mr. Fritz didn't worry much. But la s t November cartoons of daily happenings and a daily short story along came a second ejectment notic e-this time section . from Uncle Sam. The mis::iionary p rotested in vam. In a recent issue the editor took a fling at the And he and his wife and b aby girl were soon on idle rich by carrying beneath a New York date line the Pacific, steaming for San Francisco with 4UU an article discussing the serious illness of a high-others from K a iserland, aboard a United States bred and temperamental French poodle, the prop-army transport. erty of a Fifth Avenue "social butterfly." So he and his family arrived in Boston, after ELLIS ISLAND WAR HOSPITAL. Plans for converting Ellis Island into a great army and navy hospital for the period of the wa.r provide for the care of 7,000 soldiers and betwern 3.000 and 5,000 sailors. traveling upward of 15,000 miles. And down at Long Wharf he has been busy, wondering they should go from here. If they could only get to Switzerland-But he has mighty little idea that fae govern ment will send him there.


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. THE LIBERTY BOY S OF '76 NEW Y O RK, MARCH 29, 1918. TERMS TO S UBSCRIBERS Slnsl e Coples .•..•...................•.•..•..... . One Copy Three Months •.•.......•.....•.•...... one Copy Six Months . ..•..•..........••......•• ()ne Copy One Year ...•.........•..............•• POST AGE FREE .06 Cents .75 Cent• J.50 S.00 HOW TO SEND MO. 'EY-At our risk se,ncl P 0 Monev Order. Cbeck or Heglsteroo Letter: remlttorlres in any otllE>0r way are at your risk. W e nrcept Posta!(e StRrnps tbe •ame as cash. When sending silver wrap the Coin in a separate piece ot paper to avoid rutting the Write your name and address plainly. Address letters to N. Hastings Wolff, Pres. 111. N. Woltr. vtee-Pres. } FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher Chas. W. Hastings, Treas. C harles E. Nylander, Sec. 168 W't 23d St., N. Y. The authorities at Yale University have decided to create a three-year military course to begin next fall and to continue while the war continues to fit men specifically for commissions in the Artillery. The which has been carefully worked out, will carry the student through the theory and prac tice of Field Artillery up to the point where a final coul"se of training at a Reserve Officers' training camp will make of the successful candidate an ex ceptionally well prepared officer. In the meantime the insistence upon an intensification of the present course has been promptly met by allowing the undergraduate enrolled in the R.0.T.C. to drop three more hours a week of his regular work and to sub stitute three hours of military work. GRIN S AN D C HUCKLES GOOD CURRENT NEWS ARTICLES Mamma-Edith, can you tell me what "faith" is? Edith (aged six)-Oh, yes; it's believing what you know isn't true. According to Collector of Internal Revenue J. P. Carter, of Los Angeles, Mary Pickford's income tax will enrich Uncle Sam's coffers to the extent of above $ 200 ,00 0 and will rank among the largest income taxes paid by any woman in southern California. The commanding officer of the U. S. School of Mili taDy Aeronautics at Princeton University, Ma jor Uana H. Crissy, Av. Sec., S . C., reports that every man in his command has taken out full amount ctf war risk insurance, amounting to $9,860,000. There is at least one place in the world where crime is decreasing, and that is in Sydney, New Sou t h Wales. According to a statement made by one of the high government officials there the Syd n ey jail s are seldom occupied . There are fewer crim inals n proportion to the population than ever before in the history of the country, and the gover no r is now wondering what use the jails can be p u t to if they become entirely deserted. A citizen of Burr Oak, Mich., named Taylor, has a son nine years old, who is a sleep-walker, and goes about so often at night that the father has put a notice in the papers that the boy is asleep and should not be harmed. He enters house s, climbs trees, and steals melons in his sleep, and so me folks think he is more wid<> awi:tke than his father. They are going to nail him down to his bed if they can't keep him hom e nights any other way. A r

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. CAPTURED BY SOUTT-f SEA PIRATES As the vessel came nearer it became evident from her general style that she was not a trader or merchant vessel of any description. By Horacet Appleton "So you want to go to sea, eh?" "Yes, sir." The captain ordered the vessel put about; he was going to try and run away from the unwelcome ""' stranger. "What is your name?" "Harry Edwards." "Have you the consent of your parents?" "No, sir." "Well, then i can't take you," and the bluff, rosy cheeked captain of the Nancy Young turned away. "Sir, I must get something to do. My father is dead, and I am the oldest of four, depending on a mother for support. I do not wish to leave her, sir, and would not if I were other than a brden to her." "In that case-but can you get her consent?" "I think I can." Several hours later Harry again stood on the deck of the Nancy Young. Shortly afterward he met the captain, assured him that his mother did not oppose his proposed movement, and was then engaged to take his place before the mast as an ordinary seaman. He was assigned a berth and a place in the lar board watch and mess. Soon the broad ocean, its limitless expanse bound ed by the horizon, lay before them. Never before had Harry been at sea, and the sight perfectly delighted him. Being a bright lad, he proved an apt pupil, and before he had been on board the vessel two weeks he knew the name and use of every rope connected with the rigging. The Nancy Young was bound for India via the Cape of Good Hope. One day, when the ship was out about three weeks, the officer on duty was apprised of the fact: "A sail in sight!" With his sea-glass he swept the point indicated, until finally his gaze rested upon the top-rigging and the royal fore and main topsail which showed above the horizon. / The stranger was approaching them, and as the officer watched she seemed gradually to rise up from the ocean, until at length she was wholly visible. "Well, Lake, what do you make of her?" queried Captain Davids, approaching the officer who was intently watching the coming vessel. "Nothing," was the monosyllabic answer of Lake. "Take a look yourself." The captain took the proffered glass and spent some moments in looking at her, when he, too, gave in to the fact that he could make nothing of her. can't explain; but there is a rakish look about her suggestive of a pirate, and you know that for several years past this portion of the South Sea has been the seat of operation of three or four crews of marauding Malays." "I was just thinking of that myself," returned Lake. The Nancy Young was a good sailer, and showed what a salt would call "a. clean pair of heels" ; but loaded down with merchandise as she was, she was no match for speed with the pursuing vessel, for pirates always keep their vessels in the best sail ing trim. To make a long story short, the Nancy Young was finally overhauled by the stranger, who in the meantime had sent 'up the black flag, which even then was fluttering from the peak. The pirate came alongside. Armed with cutlasses and sabers, marline and hand-spikes, the sailors fought nobly and well for life or death. It was the latter, for the sanguinary conflict was soon decided by the superior number of the pirate crew. The scene of carnage that followed we spare the reader a description of. The sailors of the Nancy-not one lived half an hour later. But one person of all the souls on board was permitted to live, and that-Harry Edwards. The boon of life was vouchsafed him because of a fancy that had seized the pirate captain that he resembled some one whom he had known in the past. i So Harry Edwards was a witness ot the horrible death which was meted out to Captain Davids and his entire crew. After transferring whatever of value on board the Nancy which. they cared for, the pirates scuttled her. A short while afterward, from the deck of the pirate vessel, Harry saw the good old Nancy convulsed as if with severe throes of pain. She pitched, rolled, sank, and all that remained to mark the spot was a number of eddying circles of water above where she had disappeared. The captain of the pirates Harry found to be a Spaniard, but nevertheless a man who spoke the English language very correctly, and who was thoroughly conversant with English customs, having lived for many years both in England and America. A month later, during which time Captain De prez had been fortunate enough to prize, they started toward the home which the p1-rats inhabited. This was on one of the numerous small islands which dot the whole Southern Sea. Captain Deprez Harry found to be a violent-tem pered, cruel man, whom his villainous, cut-throat crew stood in awe of. Captain Deprez sought to gain his way to Harry's heart but signally failed. To 'an he was reticent. excepting perhaps a negro ,


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF ' 76. called Samson, from his enormous strength and proach ed the vessel Harry each moment expected great size. to be hailed by him. To him Harry would sometimes talk, and at last But they were not hailed, even when they touched they became fast friends. her side. The way it came around was when one day the Up the side of the Hawk Harry clambered. negro, feeling that he could trust the lad, informed Near the bow, leaning against the capstan, he him that he had been made a captive over a year saw the guard, nodding in sleep. before, since which he had been compelled to remain Going to the shore side of the Hawk he whispered on board the Hawk and help them steal and murder. just loud enough to reach the negro's ea.r: "I tells ye, Massa Harry," said he in a confid e nti:al "Samson, take the boat around to the outside; the way, "I ain't a-goin' to stay wid dese air fellers no ,guard's asleep-be careful not to make any noise." longer'n I kin help nohow." Samson's reply was short and delivered in an "Will you escape with me when opportunity ofequally low tone, after which Harry started noise-fers ?" lessly toward the forecastle companionway, which "Yes." opened almost at the feet of the somnolent guard. "Put it there," and Harry held out his hand, which During the d ay, on a specious pretext, he had Samson grasped and shook heartily. gained admission to the ammunition storehouse on This Samson was a queer character. shore, and while in it had surreptitiously provided "Tall, as we have before implied, stout, full-fa ced, himself with a long piece of fuse. large-eyed, and one-handed, for as he informed He gained the 'tween decks. Harry, when a d ave, in working about a cotton-Just beyond him, on the other side of a partition, gin, his left arm had literally been torn from his lay the ammunition. body. Through the partition was a door . But a short stump was left, and to it was affixed A moment of silence, then he passed through. A a long iron hook, with which he could work almost l ighted match show ed him how everything lay. as dexterously as though he had two hands. Silently but rapidly he worked, arranging the They arrived at the pirates' home at la s t. kegs of powder in such a manner that they would A week rolled by. all explode simultaneously. It took about fifteen During its passing, Harry's mind was busy devisminutes to arrange these things. ing ways and means of escape. Finally, however, although the plan was a de s Then he drew from his pocket the fuse, arranged perate one, he determined to adopt it. it, drew out a huge dirk knife which he had also The Hawk lay about several hundred feet from possessej himself of, then lighted a match. shore. He touched it to the fuse; there arose a hissing, Drawn up on the beach was a rough old boat, used spluttering sound as the flame crept rapidly along as a tender. toward the mine it was to explode. After the expiration of a week, during which the "Quick, Samson, to the boat!" cried Harry. "The pirates had been busy in a number 9f ways, Captain fuse is lighted-we have no time to spare." Deprez determined to start out 011 a cruise again. They had not gone far when a bright flash of From an underground storehouse, which had been flame shot up toward heaven, then came a deafening wnstructed at the expense of much labor, a quanreport, the air was filled by smoke so dense that city of powder and other ammunition . was taken, and nothing at all could be seen. by means of this time-worn, worm-eaten boat, was Let us pass over a week-a week of intense sufplaced on board the Hawk. fering from thirst and hunger and exposure. The powder was all on board; they were going Then one day they desc ried a ship which proved to leave on the morrow. to be an English cruiser in search of the pirates Harry's plan was a desperate one; but if they did who had done so much damage to their merchant not seize the present opportunity it was hard telling service. when they would get another. Harry and,_ Samson were taken 011 bo<\rd, where He was going fo steal the tender, blow up the they told their story. Hawk to prevent pursuit, and then put out to sea, From the description of the place, judging from running the chance of being picked up by some ves-the time they had been drifting with the current ;;el. and its ve locity, the English captain formed a very The hours wore by; midnight came. wrrect conclusion as to the location of the pirates' Suddenly two figures emerged from the rude hut home. which served as a common sleeping-place for all on The pirates having no means of leaving the isls hore, and si l e ntly stole away to the beach. and, were compelled to remain on it, where they The figure s were those of Harry and Samson. were found not long after by the English comWhen the beach was reached a short consultation mander. wa s h e ld. Then they both stepped into the boat, A fight ens u ed, the were exterminated, and Harry noiselessly rowed toward the Hawk. their nest broken up, and the accumulation of years There was a watchman on deck, and as they aptransferred from the shore to the cruiser's hold.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 29 FROM ALL POINTS HAIR ABLAZE, GI R L IS BADLY BURNED. Miss Susie Sna p p , of Louisvill e , Ky., is in a serious condition at h e r h o m e from burns about the head, fac e a n d n e c k cau s ed b y h e r hair c atching fire. Mrs. Snapp had wash ed her h air and w a s standing by the s tov e to a llo w i t t o dry . Someone opened a door and her h air w a s b l ow n a g ains t the red hot stove and was in s tantly ignited. In an instant her hair was a bla ze. M O NEY I N S NAILS. An in ves tmen t of t e n cen t s three years. ago in two r e d snail s has netted a profitabl e busine ss for Mme. Vero n i ca Varje Scrimshaw, w ho i s k nown to to industrial plants. They are taught French by the. Department of Extension Teaching and have the use of the gymnasium and library. Lieut. Dohr hopes to increase his class to 100 men. Prospective students may get information at the Pulitzer School of Journalism, Room No. 505, Columbia University, Morningside Heights. An entrance fee of $10 is charged. Those in the course receive $55 a month. At the expiration of his theoretical course the ordnance student is sent to an arsenal to study routine methods and apply his knowledge of accounting. After three months he b e comes eligible for a commission. h u ndreds o f scho o l ch ildren as the "Sn a il Que en." WIFE'S COOLNESS SAVES INJURED MAN. The small inves tment brou ght thousands of snails, A remarkable story of wo man's courage and re-which M m e . Scrimshaw sells t o . sc hool ch ildren fifty sourcefulnes s comes from Mark Island, Penobscot for c e nts, and the Madam thr o w s in a bit of Bay, Maine, a tiny and lone s ome bit of rock, where sea:vee d a n d s a nd. chi l d r e n are eager for dwell Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Collamore and two small s nail s tha t t h e . s profi t s s om etimes reach children. Mr. Collamore, caretake r for Preston $12 a . day. i s sai d to be onl y woman known Blair, Boston banker, who own s a fine summer house to nnse snail s . I on Mark Isla nd, went recently to the mainland to I ' buy provisio n s, and when on his return, COON SKINS BRING $2 . 5 0 TO $3 IN TEXAS. was crushe d b y his bo at, suffering a fracture of the Coon skin s are bringing wealth to the negro e s of leg. East Texas. The hunting of these anima l s i s now . Collamore managed to crawl to his house, which a commercial' pursuit ins tead of b e ing m e r e ly a is near the beach, but there was no doctor on the sport. The ski n" are now se lling fo r $2 . 5 0 to $3 island-not a soul save himself, wife and two ba eac h instead o f 25 to 35 cents, as they w e r e only hies. The bay was choked with ice from shore to a fa{v years ago. shore, there was no telephon e conn e ction with the C oon hunting i s s o profitable tha t many farmers outer world, an? the near e s t settled place, Dark are unabl e to kee p their negro l a borer s . It is not Harbor, three miles away. unusual for a negro to t r a p or kill as many a s ten Mrs. Collamore was at on e time a hospital nurse. coo n s i n a s in g l e n ight. A lthr o u g h trapping i s the She reduced the fracture of her husband' s leg while favorite method of capturing the anima l s , the coon the .two little looke.d on, s obbing and won d o g i s s t ill u sed extensi ve l y . The swamps around and_ then tne d to of a way of sending Caddo Lake and extending into Lou is iana are over-a 1 di stress signal to the mamla nd. r u n with c o ons . Thei r habitat h owev e r ex t ends Mrs. Coll amore remembered that the big Blair throughout all the w o ode d o f East T e xas. :vas l_ighted'. and !hat it was a of negroes and y white men have liant sight at mght with all its wmdows e s tabli s h e d camps in the more lik e l y localities . The had watc h e d her husband start the gasolme enskins are assembl ed a t the different railroad p oints, gme that dynamo, and knew she w here they fin d a ready market. could start it. She did, and presently the big house was a blaz e of light from c ellar to dome. Per sons at Dark Harbor saw the lights and won ORDN ANCE FIEL D SERVI C E IS Ii" NEED OF dered. They came over half way in a boat, but were M ORE M E N . turned back b y ice. Then they telephoned to the Lieut. J. L . Do h r , United States Ordna nce Renaval station a t Rockland, and the lighthouse tender s e r v e C o r p s, i n c harge o f t h e Government Ordna nc e Zizania came up, fighting her w a y through the ice, School a t Co lu m b ia, has a n n oun ce d tha t coll ege men, and arrived Thursday at dusk, twenty-four hours or those w ho have h a d c on s idera ble ex perience in after Collamor e had been injured. The navy men business, are wanted for e nli s tment fo r field serv-found the Blair house ablaze , but deserted. i c e in the Ordnan ce Department. Sixty-five men, Then they w ent to the Collamore cottage, which now t aking t h e course , are b eing uniformed and was in darkness. They knocked repeatedly, then drilled daily on South Fie ld , New York City. forced an entra nce. The family was sound asleep. The m e n are ins t r ucted in handling s upplie s , :tnd A surgeon was sent off to Mark Island and Collatheir training is s u pplemented by frequent visits more's broken bones properly se t. I


BO THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. -A FE. W GOOD ITEMS SHA VE FOR A NICKEL. A shave right in the best barber shops in Balti more, Maryland, for five cents! That is, providing you also get a haircut. The latter in the majority of barber shops costs from thirty to forty cents. r War times hav e struck the tonsorial parlors, and the shaving business has decreased alarmingly. So, presto! The smart barber advances the price of a haircut and reduces the price of a shave. The result is that one pays the same price for a haircut and shave a s of yore. Only the proportionate pay is different. , TRACTORS TO SAW WOOD. which fringes it is the haunt of the wild boar, which is abundant and make s its disa strous forays in the cultivated lands. The leopard is rare but the chee tah fairly plentiful. The last lion w as brought into Damascus in the second half o f the last century. The inhabitants of the Ghor-the Khawareen-are quite black, a poor race physi ca ll y compared with the sinewy Arabs of the pl a t eau. The Crusaders grew sugar in the Ghor, and there are remains of their cane crushing mills ne a r Jeri c ho a nd Beisan. NEW MUSICAL MACHINE. . An automatic tubular chime h a s b een inv ente d by Allan E. Olne y , of Hol y oke, and h e has entere d int.o an agreement with Walter H. Durfee, o f Provi dence, R. I., for the manufactur e and sale of the Farm tractors, purchased by the New York State machines, says the Sp r ingfield Republi ca n. Mr. Food Commission to assist farmers in ploughing, ar-e Durfee is the owner of the rights to m a ke tubular , to be made available at once to saw cord wood, as chimes for clocks, and the facilitie s for turning out a result of arrangements just completed by State the new invention. As the name indicates, the tub Cons.ervation George. D. Pratt with ular bells, and the J'eople who hav e heard the bells Calvm J. director of of .the State in clocks will appreciate the b eauty o f the tones that Food Commission. Forty of these machmes were can be secured in the new mac hine. It is rea lly a used on farmwork in all of the State last. musical invention, and Mr. Olney is confid ent that summer, more are bemg They it will be a great success. The machine is a comare all eqmpped pulleys for dnvmg buzz saws. bination of the bells and a str iking arrangement Lack of labor has .been one of the chief .d:r.:awconsisting of a set of hammers and a c y lin de r fitted backs to the of firewood, accordmg to with pins that set the hammer a t work. The pin W. G. Howar?, chief Wood Fuel Bureau of cylinder can be run b y a w eight, a coil sp ring or the Conservation T.he of _the trac-by an electric motor. It can be cont r oll e d from any _ tors from now unti.l time is expected to part of the building in which it i s se t up b y m eans go far toward s?lvmg of a set of push button s . The m a chine is The Conservat10n Comm1ss10n has announced that to be set in the top of large hall ways and this en arrangements may be made Mr .. Huson at the ables the full power of the b e ll s to be The office of the State Food Comm1ss1on m Albany, for number of bells will vary acco r ding to the number use of the machines at a nominal rental. and scope of tunes that are to be play e d , and the FLY BELOW SEA LEVEL? It is not the wont of aviators to fly beneath sea level, and to hear that some of ours have done so sounds strange. But the Jordan Valley is the deep est depression known to exist on the surface of the globe, says a writer in the Manchester Guardian. El Ghor-the Rift-the Arabs call it, and the name is apt. It is indeed a mighty gash torn through the land, carying in breadth from three to fourteen miles, and down the middle of it winds a grove, cut in the white marl, some 200 feet deep and from 200 yards to a mil e wide . Through this flows the Jordan, deep as our coal mines, and beneath the level o f the sea. Its depression under the floor of the Gho r renders it useless for irrigation, and it is a lonely stream. Nobody dwells on its banks; even the Bedouins rarely pitch their tents within a mile of it. The luxuriant growth of cane and tamarisk machine will be built with from ei ght to s e ve nteen bells and with either twenty o r fo rty t u n e s , as de sired. By an ingenious controll ingd e vice that M r . Ol ney has attached to the m achine , it will be poss i ble to have the entire numbe r of tunes pl aye d in r ota tion, or one can be rep ea t e d as d es ired, or se l e c tions can be m a de from the li s t. The b e lls a r c an inch and a half in diam eter, a nd r a nge from six feet to three and a hal f feet in l e ngth. They are to be suspended by cat-gu t s trings from a board. and the mechanism works the h a m mer is to b e neatly boxed in. The hammers a r e to _ b e cov ered with soft leather, and the r e w ill be on e , t w o o r three hammers with each b ell. A loud , soft or v ery soft tone can be secured by a n a d j u stment o f the machine. Mr. Olney will adjus t the m a chin e to g ive the correct phrasing b y a n arr a n gement of the pins on the cylinder. The machine will be mad e with in terchangeable parts, and will be as perfect a s me chanical skill can make it.


, T W O-CARD M O N T E . This famous trick gets t hem all. You pick up a card and when you look at i t you find " you haven't got the c a r d v:>l. f yon had. Price lOc. by mail, post(fald . WOLFF N o velty C o. , 168 W. 23d St . . N . Y. PHANTOM CAUD!I. l,\!11 . From fiv e cards thr<'• , , ' are m entally selected b J ' any one; p lace d undP r ffn .. ordinary handk erchie f . p e r fo r mer wi thdraws two . cards. t h e ones n o t 19 • : l e c ted; the performe r In vi tes a n y one t o r e move the other t wo, 11nd to the gre11t ast o nl•iunent of 1111 t he y have actually disappeared . No •lell!"htof-h9n d. R ecommende d a s the moat l n genlo:is car d trlck ever Invented. P r ice lOc, h y mall. (), BEHU, 160 W . C2d l!IL, New Yorlc City. A UTOMOBILE l'UZZLE. This llttl e s t ee l puzzle is one o f the most perplexing o n the ma"rket, and yet whe n you master it a r hlld could rlo I t . It meas ures 1%, by 4 luches. The trick is t o spel l iudlcnted on the cut. Price 11S cents each. bv mail. por:tpa ! d . Novelty Co . • 168 TI. 23d St., N. Y . BVBllEll 8lJCJUJ:& Ru bb e r Vacuum Suckers The latest novelty out! Dishes and plates ""ill stkk to the table, cups to the saucers like glue. Put one under a glass and then tr.v to lift it. You can't . Lots of fun. Al,vays put it on a smooth surface and wet '.he rubber. Manv other tricks can be a c compllsbed w ltb this novelty. Price, 1 2 cts. each by mall. postpai d. C . BEHR. 1 5 0 W . 62d Street . N . Y. GJL\IE O F GOLD HUNTERS. The game consists of matchin g card s . There is an odd card. The unlucky one holding It must ride the yest of the play e r s on h i s back around the room or s ide walk. Ver.v funny. P r ice , five cents a pacl ' by mall, postpaid. H. F . LA....,G, 18 15 Centre St., B 'klyn, N . Y 1 THE AllIUSEMll:NT WHSEL 'l'hla h n o d a o m • wheel, 7%. inches 1u circumference, COD• tains concealed num bers from 0 to 100. By aplnninir th e wheel from the cen terpos t the n um bert revolve rapidly, but only one appears at the circular open Ing w h e n w h e e I atops spinning. I t can be innde to stop Instantly by pressing the regulator at side. You can auess or beton the number that will the one gettlnir the highest numb e r winning. Yon might iret 0, 5 or J 00 . Pric e, 15 cents; s for 40 cents, mailed. l)OStpald. C. BEHR, 1 5 0 W. St., New York City. Hold discs in each h and and twis t the strings by swinging the toy aroun d and arouud al.Jout 30 time s. Then mov e the bands a part, pulling on the disc s and ransing the to untw i s t . This will rotate the whee l and c a u s e t b e s p a r k s to fiy. The c ontin u e d rotatio n of the whee l will aga i n t w i s t t h e strings. When this comm ences sla cken the strings slightl y u n t il they a r e full twisted. the n pull. Pr!rP 25 c t s. Pach by mall. postpaid. c. BEllU, 150 w. & ;rn St .• • Ne•V York City. GO. OD LUCK GUN FOB. The i'eal western article carried by the cowboys. It i s made of fine leather. wit h a highly nickeled buck le. The bolster con tai n s a metal gun, of the pattern as those used by a ll the most famous scout:=1. Any boy wearing one of these fobs will at trac t attention. It will g i ve h im an air of western romance. The prettiest and most service a ble watch fob ever made. Send for one to-day. Price 20 cents eac h b y mail !)ostpaid. B. I!'. LANG, 1816 Centre St •• B'kl7a. l!f, I'. POCKET SIGNAL CHART With Booklet of In structions in accordance with U .S. ARMY AND NAVY SYSTEMS, 1918 With t his chart the authorized codes are qu ic kl y learned. Signals are read and veri fie d imme diately. Can be operated with one hand while the other writes. For u s e b y Boys' and Girls' Clubs, BQ Scout s , Girl Scouts, Lone Scouts , Red Cross Soci e ti es, Schools, Y. M. C. A.a-bes.ides Military, Naval and Patriotic Organiz a t ion s, Enlis t e d Men , Camps , etc. We can make you v e r y low rates in quantity. Wri t e To -day ! The Booklet which goes with the Chart i s endorse d b y authorities as being the simplest, cleares t t reatise on signaling. Price, 15 cts. each by mail postpaid . WOLFF NOVELTY CO. 16'6 West Twenty-third St •• New York Cit1 TRY BEFORE YOU B Y Select the bicycle you prefer the 44 et)'te• coJora and 1izee in the famous .. lt•nfer" line. We send it on apKrova and ao DAYS trial c oeta you nothing. Wrlt••t onoeforlar11e ntaa trated cata101r showina: oompZ.te liu of bicycle•, tiree •rid aupplie.. andparticulara of mostmarveloue otf trever madeon a bic7c)e. You will be ' &!tonished at our low prlo•• and romcwkablo ,.,.,,,.. RIOl!IP AOICNT• W•nted rh: not buy until you know what w e can do. M EA D CYCLE COMPANY Dept.M188 CHICAGO; OLD MONEY WANTED $ $2 to $500 EACH paid for Hundreds of Coins date d before 1895 . Keep ALL old Mon e y. You may have Coins worth a Large Premi u m. Send lOc . for New Illustrated Coin Vaine Book, size 4x6. Gr.t Posterl a t Once. CLARKE COIN CO. , Box 311, Le Ro7, N. Y. .JITNEY BUS GAME. .A circular metal box with a irlaas to11. In 1ide is a tiny garage fixed at one 1ide and a loose traveling little Ford. It requires an ex " p ert to eet the swiftly movine auto into the garage. This one irrah1 your Interest, holds lt, and almost makes yon t\ "lld wJJe n yon llnd after repeated trlal1 how harll it is to do the trick. Price tJe, by mail, postpaid. WOLFF Novelty Co., 168 W. 2Sd St . • N. Y. C. BEHR, 150 W. 6 2 d St., New York Clt7. &LEC'.1:.IU() CIGAR CASE. This handsome cigar c a s e ap p ears to be filled with line cigars. It your friend smokes ask h i m to have a cigar with you. Aa he reachea out for o n e the cigars, like a dash, In stantly disappear Into the case en tirely o u t of s i ght, greatly to h i s surprise and astonishment. You coo beg hi• par• don and state you lli on ght there were s o me cigars left in the case. A slight preasure on s ides of caH cause s tbe cigars to dis a p p ear as It b:J magic . By touching a wire at bottom ot case the cigars lnatB.ntl y appear again In tbeir prope r p osition In the case. As real tobacco Is used they are sure to dece ive any one. H la one of the best practical J okes of the season. A novelty with which r o n can have lots of fun. Price 85 cents, sent by parcel p oe t. 11oat paid. FRANI>: Sl\IITH. L enos Ave .• N. Y. THE CREEPING l\I O USE. This i s the l a test n ovelty out . T h e m o u s e i s o f a ve r y natura l appearance. Whe n plaeed u p o n a mirror, wall, w i n d o w or any oth e r s m ooth surface, i t will creep s lowly downward without leaving the perpendicu lar surface. It l s f urnished with an a d hesi ve gnm-r v ll underneath whic h mak e s It stic k . Very amusing to both .vonng anil o l d . Price. IOc, bv m a ll . Cl. BEHR. 150 W. 8 2 d St .• New Ynrk City. TUREECARD l\JONTE. _ Exceedin g l y mystifying. Al though the nee, deuc e and trey are shown p lainly , it i• utterl y lmpossihl e f o r any one to p ic k out the ace. Price . lOc, b y mail, p ostpaid, with .. d I r ections. C. BEHR, lliO W. 62d St., New York CIQ-.


GOLD PLATED COMBINATION SET. Gold plated combination aet. with tur quol!18 stone. Prlee 10c. each by mall, post paid.. B. F. LANO, 11111 Centre St., B'klyn, N. Y. IJllTATION CUT FINGEK. A cardboard ftnrer: carefull1 bandage a with linen, and the side and e n d a ; • hlood-stulned. When you slip It on your linger and 1how It to your trlends, just g!Te a aroan or two, nurse It up. and pull a look et pala. rou will get nothlnt hut 11m pathy until yoa give them the laugh. Then tack I Price 1oe. each, postpaid. w.ur No'Hll7 Co., 111 w. !Id St •• N. Y. BLACK-EYJD JOKE. New and IM!lll•lng Joker. 'l'he victim la to-.C t• hold the tube clooe to ht. fl7* •O a.a to exclude all llcht Ir.,.. 1lbe baol< , and then to remo\'9 U•e tvtle until picture• appear In the center. In trying to locate the plc\uN!s he will re• cefve the ftnest l>la•-eye you ever •aw. We furnitlh a small box ot blackening with each tube, 10 the jc'llce can be used In definitely. Thooe net In the trick will be caught every ume. Abso• Price by mall Ille.; CJ, BEBB, 1IO W. 12d Ill .. New l'orls Clt7. BINGO. It 11 a little metal box. It looks ver1 Innocent, llut Is supplied with an Ingenious mechanism which shoots off a harmless cap when It Is opened. You can have more fun than a circus with this new trick. Place the BINGO In or under any other article and It will iro off wben the article ls opened or removed. It can be used as a funn1 joke by being placed In a purse, clcarette box, or between the leaves ot a magazine; also, under any movable article, such as a book, tray, dish, etc. The BINGO can also be used as a burglar alarm, as a theft preventer by being placed In a drawer, money till, or under a door or window or under auy article that would be moved or disturbed should a theft be attempted. Prlce, lllo. each by mall, postpaid. Fr&nk Smith, SSS Lenox Ave., New York. ADAM'S TEASER PUZZLE. This Is a nut cracker. The way to do It Is as follows: Turn the top ot the two small loops toward you, taking hold of the two large loops with each hand. Hold firm the loop held with the l eft hand and pull the other toward the right, and at the same time Impart a twisting motion away from you. You can get the rest of the directions with the puzzle. Price 12 cents each, by mall, postpnld. Wollf Nnt'elty Co., 108 W. 23d St., N. Y. TH& a.LANCING BIRD. It measure s m <>re than tour lnche• .rom tip to tip ot wing•. aud will bnlanc e per fectly on tile tip ot JOUr ftuger nail, OD the point of a lend pencil, o r o n an 1 po Int e d Instrument, only the tip of the bill restlnc on the nail or pencil point, the whole bod7 ot the bird being suspended In the air with nothing to rest on. 1t •vlll not fall olf unless shaken oft. A great novelty. Wonderful, amuslnc and lnstructln. Price 10 cents, malled postpaid. WOLFF KeveltY Co •• 168 W. tSd St., N. Y . ll.'7b.6ER TACKS. '.l:hey come sl:t In a box. A wondmo &1 It copy Inc Ink was uoed. It lo the handiest pencil on the market; you do not "" knife to keep It 1harp; It 11 evu read,v, ever a&fe, a.nd just the thing to carr7. Price of pencil, with bor ot lead• complete, onJr P,,.: 8 for :16c. ; .ine ll()c. postpaid . H. F. LANG, 1815 Centre St., B'klyn, N. Y. IJJNili: Tlllt li1NK P1JZ21LB. The • e n-tl•n ot the day. P\'•n.Q,unc e d by a ll. the mollt bamlnganci aclentlnc n•velty out. Thousands h1<.ve werked. at It t•r h eur1 wftheut mas tering It, still It can l>e d•ne In two aeconda by giving the links the proper twl1t, lout un leas you know hew. the harder yeu twist them the tighter they grow. Prlc e , 6c.; 3 tor 150.1 ondozen, 50c., by mall, poalpald. WOLF1'' No.,.elty Co., 168 W. 28d St., N. Y. "MovinU Picture Stories" A WEEKLY MAGAZINE DEVOTED TO PHOTOPLAYS AND PLAYERS PRICE Ge PER COPY ..._ _... PRICE Ge PER COPY THE BEST FILM MAGAZINE ON EARTH BUY A COPY! ENJOY YOURSELF I Mag'l;lificent Colored Cover Portraits of Prominent Performers! 32 PAGES OF READING OUT EVERY FRIDA y EACH NUMBER New Portraits and Biographies of Actors and Actresses Six Stories Qf the Best Filmo on the Screens Elegant Half-tone Scenes from the Plays Interesting Articles About Promin.ent People in the Films Doings of Actors and Actresses in the Studios and while Picture-making Lessons in Scenario Writing, and names of Companies who buy your plays Poems, Jokes, and bright Feature of Interest in Making Moving Pictures TRIS LITTLE MAGAZINE GIVES YOU MORE 'FOR YOUR MONEY THAN ANY OTHER Sll\IILAR PUBLJ. CATION ON THE MARKET! Its authors are the very best that money can procure;its profuse illustrations are exquisite, and its special arti cles are by the greatest experts in their particular line. No amount of money is being spared to make this publication the very best of its kind in the world. Buy a copy NOW from your newsdealer, or send us 6 cents in money or postage-stamps, and we will mail you any number you desire HARRY E. WOLFF, Publisher, 166 West 23d Sb'eet, New York City


GOLD PLAT Gold plate<' quolu atone paid. THE LIBER.;C.Y .. BOYS OF '76 • B. F. LAT .ATES T "tfl'r the .. P i n'' l: olJbers": or. Tl11 • .'.\Jtl n lUd !'r.. Jd G e o e rn l f'lc k e ns: o r . t 'hn,t istUJ! r h e Blacksto ck's: o r , The Batt It• n t T y g e r the "Bns. 1 B e<'s": o r , Llv.•l:v Work All i ncl F.mll y Geiger; or. After the Tory ,,,. Rn.r•' '.!000-Mll e Hetreat ; o r , C hased from Ca -•h a to Vl rirl n ln. Tbe f.!b ert,1• Ro )s s ecr<•t Orders: or. The T reaMn of L ee. Tb" LihPrty H n:r• n n d the Hiil' 1ie l. ih1•rty Hoy s >ln d R ehecc:i es; or. Fiirhtinir with Ft, .,. . \ J.ilHrtr H on<;' (;an a n t or, Tbt> Ra.YOl1(lt Fight at Olcl Tffppn n . Tlw T.lh P rt1 Rnvs' Darlni:r Rnl<>rt, Hn)'S Hl'atrn: nr. Tl1e Flirht nt '.'<'or k Rill Fol' t." llP:4 Th" Llhnt.-Ro:v• n n d' .iRjor o r . T h e Rr:11e 13ri"1ttter I S!\4 Th1> Lilwrt . • • Drad Shot Banu; or. Ge11er :il Wa_ , •ne and thp :\l u l S!t:-, ' l'h1' LihPrt.r Bo.P.; Ht Jl'urt or. The Idiot of GC'rmnn F lnt•. T h P Boys Out with Herklmpr: o r , Fighting the l l:ittl,. or Ori•k nn:v. S ! 1 ; T hP Liherty Boys nnd PitC'bn: or. The Hrnv .. W nmarr Gunn P r . T h n T.l11!'r t , . Boys' Bolek • k ill Tia,\. T ! • P 1 ih!'rt.v Boys and RochambPnu: or. Flt!hting with Fr1>1.rh Allies. !100 T l'n L ihert.1 Bo,\s at Staten 1"\and: or, Spring {'pon tl1" R ritlsh. !!Ot The Lihertr Boys " "Ith rutuam; or. Good Work In tl1e :>Int 1111•i:: Slnt<'. T lw L\h('rty Bo,\s' Rev<'ng-e: or, Pnnishlng th<> Tori<'s . !103 The Bo,\s at Dnnderberg; or, The Fol! of H i gl1lnnd Forts. !104 The f.ill(•tt,1 Boys W'itb Wayne; or, Daring De<'ds A t S rouy Point no;; 'lTbe As Cavalry Scouts; or, 'l'be Cbarg1• o r W u•hlnii:to u's Brigade. !l06 The Lih<>rty Boys On Island 6; or. The Patriot Gi r l of th• Delnwur e. !lOi The Liberty Boys' G:illant Stand; or, Round!)'} l:p the R erl coats. . 'l' h p Liberty 011tlln11k<>d; o r , Tbe B a t tle of Fort Mlfll in ,,. oent to any ad"""e on rt>M'IJll nf prlrP. R rPnt•. JIP• rop.-I n mnnC>V or pnota1re 11tampe, by F.RANJ{ Publisher, 168 West 23d St., New IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of these weeklies and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from the publishers direct. Write out and fill in your Order and send it with the price of the weeklies you want, and the weeklies will be sent to you by retuf'fl mail. TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY. OUR TEN-CENT HAND BOOKS Np. 48 . HOW TO JllAKE AND USE EX.ECNo . 60. now TO BECOJllE A PHOTOGNo. 73. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH TRlr und tbe most popular manner o snl\lng em:v . Also containing the course of instruct h e s ecret o t palmistry. Also the se>oet ot the m . 1''ully illustrated. ..,_ tlon, description or grounds nnd buildings, tell ing fntnre events by aid of naole s,"111: u llis, No. 49. HOW TO DEBATE.-Glvlng ruleo blstorlcal sketcb, and everything a boy s cars, etc. lllnstrated, for contuetlng debates, outlines for d ebate s , sbonld know to become an o!l'icer ln the No. 77. 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(:AltDS.-Cont.alning explanations of the otlginal joke boo k evel" publlahe4l, and It ls . general principles of slelgbt-of-hnud appllbrimful of wit and humor. It eontalns a No. '19. HOW TO BECOME AN .A>fl.9R. ca hie to eard tricks; of card tricks with large collection ot songs, jokes, CflDUDdrums, -Containing complete In struction" ordlnai citrds, and not sleight-etc , , of Terr1mc e the great wit, :iiu-make up !or various cba.racters en tll e 1 t d ti I j "' t ... d togetber with tbe duties ot the Stue n ot-llan i or tricks Involving sleight-of-hand, mor s • an , prac ca o,,. r o ..... e ny. nger,' Prompter, Scenic Artist aofl h•lierty or the. use of specially prepare d cards. 11 N ... 66 . now TO DO PUZZLES.-Con-Man. lustrated. ' talnlng over three hundred Interesting puz-No. 80. GUS WILLIAJ\18' JOKE .. f>I,No. 112. HOW TO PLAT CARDS.-Glving zles and conundrums, key to same. A Containing the lat e s t j okes, 1n1d the rules and -full directions tor playing complete book. 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HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS ner o! preparing nnd submitting manutlons tor building a model locomotive; toWITH CARDS.-Embracing all or the lates t "crlpts. Also containing valuable lnformnsetber witb a full description or everything and most deceptive card tricks, with Illus-tion ns to the neatness. le"1hlllty and genao engineer ebould know. trn t! o n s. era! composition ot manuscripts. For sole by all nPWR<'IP.DIPr• . or will bf' •Pnt to any aildress on rece!pt of price, lOc. per copy, or 3 for 25c., in money or postage i;tamps, by 'FRANI{ TOUSEY, Publislier, 168 West 23d St., N. Y.


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