The Liberty Boys with Putnam, or, Good work in the Nutmeg State

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FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, .MIS WEST 23D STREET, NEW YORK. NEW YORK, APRIL 5, 1918. Price SIX Cent& WITH .. There he goes!" cried Dick, as the British officer made a dash for his horse, tethered at the road side. The officer raised his pistol to fire. "Take him alive!'' shouted Dick to the Liberty Boys following close behind.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution. Issued Weekly-By Subscription $ 3 .00 per year. Entered at the New York, N. Y., Post Office cu Second -Claa 1 Matter by Frank Tousey, Publisher, 1 6 8 West 23d Stree t , New York. No. 901. NEW YORK, A P RIL 5, 1918. Price 6 Cen ts. THE L I BERTY BOYS WITH PUTNAM GOOD WORK IN THE NUTMEG STATE By HARRY MOORE CHAPTER I. A DECIDED STAND. It was in the winter of the year 1779, General Israel Putnam being in command, near Danbury, in Connecticut, of some American soldiers. A farmer and his family were just sitting down to their supper. Jam es Doggett was a sturdy farmer of fifty years, and earlier in the War of the Revolution had seen service. , "If Putnam can leave his plow at the age of fifty-seven and go to he said, "I ought to do something." this t1mi;, however, he had three sons in the army, while he remained at home and looked after the farm his wife and daughters doing the work about the house. ' There were three girls, ranging in age from sixteen to twenty-five. The eldest was a pretty girl named Patience, and although still single was not likely to remain so long if the gossip of the neighborhood was true. As the family was sitting down io supper there came a knock at the door. One of the girls anwsred it. A handsome youth in Continental uniform had just ridden up. He dismounted from a coal black steed, which he tethered, and came in. "Good-evening, Farmer Doggett," he said as he entered. "Good-evening, Captain Slater. Won't you sit by with us?" "I did not intend to come to supper," said the youth. "Any one who wears that uniform is welcome, captain." "I know that, sir, but I never intrude upon hospitality." "It is no intrusion, Captain Slater. You and the Liberty Bo ys are always welcome at my house." "Thank you, sir." Dick Slater was captain of the Liberty Boys, a band of patriot youths organized to fight in the cause of independence. were now in Connecticut, acting under the orders of General Putnam. "I called to know if you had heard of di ssatisfaction among the Connecticut troops," said Dick. "No; I had not heard of any. My boy s are all in the army, you know." "I did know it." "Well?" "So I thought you might have heard complaints." "No, I have not." "Sit up, Captain Slater," sai d the farmer's wife. Father can talk and cat, and so can you, no doubt." Thus press ed, Dick took his seat with the rest. "About thisdissatisfaction," said the farmer. "Do es i t amount to anything as yet?" "I fear that it will." "Well, if there's any one who can put a stop to it, 'Old l'ut' can, I'll warrant." "What do the tro ops complain of?" asked Mrs. Doggett. "Lack of pay and many things," was Dick's reply. "Wha t d o .they w ant t o d o ?" "It ls uncertain." "Have they done anything?" "No." "'l trust that none of my boys will take part in any mutiny," said the farmer. At tliat moment the door opened and two young men en tered. They were attired as American soldiers . "Well, boys," said D oggett, "how do you happen to be at home? Off on furlough?" "I've got enough of soldiering," said one. "I'm out of it for go9d, I am." "Oh, yes; we're off on a furlough," said the other, laughing. "What does this mean?" asked D o g gett. "Well, it means that I've got glory enough, and now I want my money." "Yes, and I'm n o t going b ack till I get it." The farmer's bro w clouded. "You're off withou t l eave, boys?" he asked. "Well, we're here." "Answer :mx question." "Yes," sulkily. "Do you know that's desertion?" The young men sc o wl ed . "And dis o bedienc e o f orders?" "We didn't have any." "You were in camp?" "Yes." . "And supposed to stay there?" "Well, but what's the use? We don't get our pay, our time is up, we don't get our discharge s , we don't--" "Captain Slater," said Doggett, "these are two of my !!Ollf, Eli and Aleck. I hope the other one is n o t acth:ig as f ool ishly as they." "Nate will be along next," said one of the young men. "Just now I said I hoped that none of my sons would take part in any mutiny." "I am very sorry," s a id Dick . "Boys, this is Dick Slater, of the Liberty Boys." The young men nodded and sat down. Dick arose. "I am sorry, Mr. Doggett," he said, "but I cannot sit at the table with mutineers. I will be accused of ii myself next.'.' ' "Boys, do you hear that?" "He can sit where he likes." "We didn't ask him." "Young men, you are making a grave mistake," said Dick "You don't suffer for it," growlingly. "You are practically deserters, and, in time of war, art liable to be shot if taken." Mrs. Doggett buried her face in her apron. "I would advise you to return at once. Absence with out leave is not so serious an offense."


2 THE LIBE.RTY BOYS WITH PUTNAM , "What business is it of yours?" "I am a soldier, and have the honor of the army at heart. I am sorry to see another soldiers so far forget his duty." "You're not in our regiment, so why is it your affair?" "You mind your own business." Dick was now at the door. "The Liberty Boys are within call," he said. "I have a right to arrest you and take you back to your camp.'.' "I'd like to see you do it," with a snarl from both. "Boys!"' cried the mother. "Brothers, don't be foolish.'' "Do you think I can't?" asked Dick. "In one minute I can have twenty Liberty Boys at the door. If you resist you will be treated as deserters. Do you know what that means?" "Aren't you ashamed to sit at this table, and then break all the laws of hospitality?" "Eli," said Doggett, "you're a fool. Captain Slater is right." _ "Unless you give me your promise to go back to your camp at once I will take you baek.'' "\Vhat business is it of yours?" "I am attached to General Putnam's staff; I have the right to see that discipline is maintained." "You have no authority over us," defiantly. Dick stepped outside, and blew a Jong, sharp whistle. ln less than half a minute a dozen youths in uniform had galloped up. Hoofbeats were heard in many directions. At the expiration of a minute there were a score and ten of the Liberty Boys at the house. One of them, a handsome young fellow named B0b Esta brook, who wa$ the first lieutenant of the company, dis mounted and said: "Do you want us, Dick?" "Form in line, boys," said Dick. The order was obeyed. Dick Slater turned t<> the mutinous young men ancl said: "I make no idle threats. I do as I say I will. Do not force me to go further. I respect a soldier, but when it comes to doing my duty I am inflexible." "Boys,", said the mother, "Captain Slater i s right. He has the power to do as he says. Do not carry a boyish prank so far as to forget what you owe to your country and to me.'' The young men arose and left the hou se, hurrying toward the road. "Where are you going?" asked Dick. "Back to camp." CHAPTER II. GOOD WORK. "What was the matter, Dick?" asked Bob, afte1 the Dog-gett boys had left. "These boys want to leave the army.'' "Well?" "Without leave?" "That's desertion, Dick.'' "That's what it look s like." / "Did they change their mind?" "Yes." "But there will be more trouble, Dick. I have heard a good many complaints." "Yes. and so have I. General Putnam must J.:now of this, if he does not, already.'' "Ye:s, for it is a serious matter." , Dick then took leave of the fa1"IDer's family, and rod e away with the Liberty Boys. On their way ba<'k to their own camp they passed a camp of Connecticut soldiers. A number of m e n caIT'e out and one said: "You're workingwith Gin'ral Putnam, aren't you?" "Yes," was Dick's reply. ,. "Are you satisfied with your pay?" "Yes.'' "'vV ell, we ain't." "Wha t are you going to do?" "Leave." "Where will you go?" "Oh, any place," answered the men Dick knew that they must have some definite plan, and tried to learn what it was. "You don't mean that you would go home , do you?" in-quiringly. "Well, why not? Qur time is up.'' "Would you go without your discharges?" "We can't get 'em." "And so you are going to desert?" significantly. "No, we ain't," doggedly. "Well, what then?" asked Dick, who was determined to get at the bottom of the affair. "'Will you jine us?" asked several of the men. "In what?" The men seemed indisposed to discus s their plans until they were certain of Dick's co-opeiation. "Will ye jine us if we tell ye?" asked several at once. "Certainly not! I never make promises until I know what I am promising." "Let 'em go," said one. "They hain't Connecticut men. They hain't got nothin' to do with us, anyhow.'' "They are with 'Old Put,' and they are just as much con cerned as we are.'' "I know what you mean, men," said Dick. "You want to get up a revolt. I will have nothing to do with it, and I would advise you to give it up." "Keep your advice till it's axed fur," growled a number. "Come, boys," said Dick. "We but lo se time talking to these foolish fellows." The Liberty Boys rode away without any opposition front the dissatisfied Connecticut men. Dick went as rapidly as he could to Putnam's headquarters and asked to see the general. The sturdy old veteran, who had been a soldier the greater part of his life, as Dick entered. "Well, captain?' he asked cordially. "Are you aware, sir, that there is considerable dis satisfaction among the troops?" "I have heard certain rumors.'' "The rumors are true, and the men are on the eve of revolt." The rugged old Indian fighter knitted his brows. Finally he asked : "Do you know what they intend to do, Dick?" "No, general, I do not. I endeavored to ascertain, but they were very reticent." "You are something of a Dick." "I am glad to hear you say so, sir." pleas ed. "Go among the men and find out. Prompt action will be necessary, I think, in this case, and I must know just what the men contemplate.'' "I will learn all I can, sir, and as speedily as possible.'' Then Dick saluted and withdrew. It was quite dark by this time, but the hour of the day made little difference to Dick Slater. He was ready for work at all times, if his country needed his services. An hour later he was in the camp of the dissatisfied soldiers. No one but a person perfectly familiar with him would have recognized him. His uniform was old and patched and ill-fitting, he wore a brown beard and a patch over his left eye, and walked with a limp. Some of the men began to poke fun at him, but he gave such comical answers that they were forced to laugh. He was pretty soon given the run of the camp, and no one questioned him. He finally made his way to where a number of me n were gathered in a tent discussing their affair gravely. He crouched near the tent and listened. "The Legislature is in session at Hartford," said one. "Let us march there under arms and demand redress at the point of the bayonet." "Good!" said several in a breath. "That will bring them to terms," declared others. "We want no half-way measures," said the first speaker. "Only action will accomplish our purpose.'' "That's it!" cried many. "There are two briga des of us," the speaker went on. "Our brigade can be put under arms at once." "Yes, and it will be." "The other will very soon join us.'' "Ne. don't want to lo se any time." "No , we will act quickly and promptly, and we must s ceed." "Pass the word along and we'll march in the morni


THE LIBERTY BOYS WITH PUTNAM. 8 the leader said. "The time has gone by for parleying. Now we will demand and we will certainly be heard." "They've got to hear us," was the cry of several. The news of the intended revolt spread like wildfire through the camp. There was scarcely a man who was not eag:n to m::i: c h at once to Hartford. Dick went about among the soldiers and found the Dog-gett boys. ,, They said very little, but Dick saw that they would be easily led. He had induced them to go back to the camp, but others could as easily lead them to revolt. There were many more like them in the camp. "They have grievance s, no doubt," thought Dick, "but they are going to work the wrong way to remedy them." He talked with no one, but he listened and found that the spirit oi revolt was nearly universal. "It will take very little now to make them commit all sorts of excesses," thought Dick. "Prompt measures are needed, a s the general very wis ely says." He went at once to Putnam's quarters, and notwithstanding the lateness of the hour, was at once admitted. "The men of the second brigade are going to march to Hartford in the morning, General Putnam." he said, "to demand redress at the point of the bayonet." "Say you so?" said the veteran. "Yes; and they rely upon the first brigade to join them, too." "Old Put" thought a moment. He was a man quick to act, and seemed to know what to do almost upon the instant. "Very well, Dick," he said. "I will be there. Bring your Liberty Boys to the cantonment. You boys may set these restles s fellows an example." "We shall be there, general," said Dick. Then he rode back to camp. Bob was waiting to hear the news. "Well, Dick?" he asked. "The Connecticut men mean to march to H'artford in t)1e morning, but I do not think that they will." ' "Why not?" . "Putnam will be on hand before they start." "Good! for when 'Old Put' makes up his mind to do anything y ou can rely upon its being done . " CHAPTER III. "OLD PUT" AND THE MUTINEERS. The second brigade was under arms, and ready to march the next morning. Then General Putnam appeared, mounted on . a splendid horse. Wi t h him were Dick Slater and the Liberty Boys, one hundred strong. They were all handsome, manly youths, well-mounted, and made a dashing appe arance. General Putnam rode up and \ down the line. Th e n he said in his plain, blunt manner: "My brave lads, whither are you going? Do you intend to des ert your officers and invite the enemy to follow you into the country?" The mutineers began to listen. Then the brave old soldier continued: "In whose caus e have you been fighting and suffering so long?" ls it not your own? Have you no property, no wives no children? ' "You have thus far behaved like men and posterity will stand astonish e d at your deeds, but not if you spoil it at last. " Don't you consid e r how much the country is distressed by the war, and that your officers have not been better paid than your selves?" This plain language s e emed to have a w'onderful influence upon the malcontents. E x pressions of approval began to be h eard on all sides. The men had been won over, and the mutiny was practically at an end. The veteran then rode along the line, and was received by the several regiments in the usual manner, with presented arms and beat of drums. The acting major of brigade was then ordered to give the wvrd to shoulder arms, march to their quarters and there stack arms. It was all done in good order, and with apparent good humor. One soldier was arrested, and Dick recognized him as the ringleader of the night before. He was put in the guard-house, and the revolt was over. The Liberty Boys camped near the late mutineers, but the utmost friendliness existed between them. Dick saw Eli and Aleck Doggett in a short time, an

4 THE LIBE.RTY BOYS WITH PUTNAM. They were near the Dogget farmhouse at the time. "Forward!" cried Dick. • "It is very singular," thought Dick, but he said no more about it. The youths dashed on. As they came in sight of the house they saw a party of redcoats preparing to take away a quantity of provisions. One of the number, an officer, was trying to kiss Patience. It was her screams that had attracted the youths. "Forward!" cried Dick. On dashed the youths. There were only seven of them, the party of redcoats being more than a dozen. The enemy did not know, of course, how many more might be coming. At sight of the Liberty Boys they thought that a large party of cavalry was coming. They fled in hot haste. The provisions were left behind, and Dick ordered his boys to fire a volley. "Ride back, ' quick, Jacll:," said Dick, "and fetch up a score of the Liberty Boys." Jack was off like the wind. The marauders might return in greater numbers, and they must be prepared. In a few minutes the farmer's youngest daughter hailed Dick from an upper window. "There is a party of redcoats coming," she cried; "as many as fifty, I should think." "We'll be ready for them." "Yes, for I see the Liberty Boys coming, too." I CHAPTER IV. A BRUSH WITH REDCOATS. The redcoats had evidently discovered the smallness of Dick's party, and were now returning in greater number. Jack had not only picked up the score asked for, but thtee times that number. Then the farmer's wife, coming to the door, saw him and asked him in to supper. The good woman had no thought of securing him for one of her daughters; but simply invited him from a natural feeling of hospitality. Dick was a great favorite at the farmhouse, and they were all glad to see him at any time. He did not stay to supper, but later that evening, as he was passing the house, he heard voices at the gate. Approaching cautiously, he saw Martha talking with some one, and noticed a horse standing hard by. Then he caught the glint of gold lace and recognized the British uniform. He made a n oise, and at onc e the same officer he had seen that evening bounded into the saddl e and rode away. "Can it be that the redcoat is in love with the girl, and comes thus secretly to visit her:?" thought Dick. Doggett was a stanch patriot, and so were all his family, so far as Dick knew. And yet here was one of the daughters receiving one of the enemy in secret, and evidently on most familiar terms. It was very strange. Dick scarcely kn ew what to make of it. He r eso lv ed to remain silent for the time, however. The next day Bob came to him, and said: "You know the Doggetts?" "Of course." "Aren't they all patriots?" "The old man and the sons are, I am su 1 e." "Arn;i the mother?" "Yes, she is also." "What about the girls?" Dick looked at Bob closely. "What have you discovered, Bob?" he asked quietly. "We ll, I wouldn't tell any one else, but I think you ought to know. It may be that she means to betray us." "Tell me what it is, Bob," quietly. The redcoats came swooping down, expecting everything before them. "This morning as I was passing the house I saw the sec to carry ond daughter talking to a Britis h officer at the gate. " Elizabeth Doggett, in the upper window, waved a large handkerchief toward the Liberty Boys. They saw it, and put spurs to their horses. "The redcoats have returned with a larger force," cried Jack. The others understood. As they came in sight of the farmhouse they saw Dick Slater and a handful of youths opposing a force seven fold as larg". At once Jlack shouted the battle cry and s ped forward. The redcoats, seeing so many c ' oming, took to flight. "After them!" cried Dick. "Capture the rasca ls!" The Liberty Boy s gave chase. The redcoats escaped, but did not return. '"l'hat must have been all of their party," s aid Dick. "True," said Bob. The Liberty Boy s returned, remained for a time near the house, and then dispersed in different directions. That evening at dusk, as Dick was riding up, he suddenly saw a British officer i11n out of the dooryard, spring upon a horse, and ride "That is strange," he thought. in a Yankee fatmhouse ?" "What is a red110at doing "I have seen her do it twice myself, Bob." "Say you so?" Jn surprise. "Yes." "What does it mean?" "I don't know." "Can the girl be giving him information concerning Putnam's forces?" ""I do not like to suspect h er, but these secret m eetings must stop." "The farmer would be very angry if he knew of them." "And even if Martha does not furnish him inforr.iation, he has means of spying upon us b y coming to visit here . " "Shall you say anything to-VoggetL about it?" asked Bob. "No; but I shall try and catch the redcoat and learn why he comes here." "It may be simply a c;ise of comts hip," lau ghe d Bob. "We must capture him, no matter what it is." That same day Jack Wane n reported having seen the girl talking the officer. Putting one thing to another, Dick found that the man came when those in the house were most likely to be busy inside. The force to which he was attached could not be far away, as his visits were quite frequent. Then he rode up and dismounted, meeting Martha, the second daughter, at the doorstep. He might be spying upon the Continentals, or he might he simply be in Jove with Martha Doggett, and want to see her as ofte n as possible. "What was the 1cc!coat doing here, Miss Dr 15gett ?" asked. "Oh, he was doing no harm," said the girl, bh.1shing. "His errand wa s surely not a p e aceable on e•" "Yes; but don't s ay anything about it." "I won't; but I think it is rather strange." "Oh, no, it is all right," and the girl blusht-tl again. "Is your mother at home?" "Yes; she is getting supper." "And your father?" " He may be a spy or he may not be," thought Dick, "and I am going to find out." The next morning 1Dick took Bob, Jack an:\ Mark, and went cautiously to the farmhouse. _The youths had only their pistols with them, as they wished to carry no more than was necessary. As Dick approached cautiously, leaving the others hidden in the bushes , he notic ed a horse tethered at the gate. "Out at the barn." "You have not been further troubled by NeiQier Martha Doggett nor the officer was to be see n , tJ\&. 1 "arauders ?" however. "No, and will not be." -"How do you know?" "I have been told so." "Did this officer come to tell you so?" "Yes," with more blushes. Continuing cautiously, however, Dick saw the redcoat standing in the little hall with his arms around the girl's waist. Dick quickly drew back, and uttered a low wh . i stle Ill a moment the others came up.


THE LIBE.RTY BOYS WITH PUTNAM. 5 "He is in the h ouse now ," s aid Dick, in whisper . "Quick, and we will surprise him ." The you ths hurri ed forward. The alarm had evidently been taken, however. As he came in sight of the house Dick saw the redcoat on the porch. It might not yet be too late to take him. "There he goes!" cried Dick, as the British ofticer made a dash for his horse, tethered at the roadside. The officer raised his pistol to fire. "Take him aliv e ! " cried Dick to the Liberty Boys, follow-ing clo s e behind. Martha, in the doorw a y, showed agitation plainly. "Don't kill him!" she screamed. The officer bounded into the saddle, slipped the tether, and was off like the wind. CHAPTER V. A SLIPPERY REDCOAT. The Lib erty Boy s quickly took up the chase. Their hors es were clo s e at hand. The y were quickly in the sadclle and giving chase. The B ritis h officer had the lead, and seemed determined to k ee p it. On fiew the Liberty Boys. Dick soon distanced them all. H e was rapidly gaining upon the redcoat despite the lead he had. " Stop, or I fire!" he shouted. H e h a d no desire to kill the office r. All he wante d w a s to take him. If he could wound him, not seriously, but enough to eff ec t his capture, he would be satisfied. To '\round the hors e might have the same effect. The B ritish office r turne d in his saddle and fired. The bullet whi stle d jus t past Dick's ear. Dick returne d the s hot. His bull e t cacri e d away the cockade on the officer's hat. The r edcoat put spurs to the horse, and did not try an-other shot. D i ck kne w the danger of. being led into an ambush and in a short t ime h e reine d in Major, his black horse. ' The n h e waite d for Bob and the rest to come up. " I had t o l e t him g o," h,e said. "This may have been a r u se to capture m e . " In fact, a t that v e r y moment Bob cried out: "Lo ok! T h e r e ' s a party of r edcoats now, on the hill!" T h e B r iti s h s oldi e r s w ere too far off to give chase. That t h e y ha

• 6 THE LIBERTY BOYS ' WITH PUTNAM. "Bob has ?:one across country, and will meet us at the farm," he said. . Hardly had Jack finished speaking when George Brewster and half a score more arrived. "Forward!" cried Dick. "Bob will be there on time, I war rant!" Away they went with Dick at their head. In a short time they heard the sound of firing and saw smoke. They galloped on, and pretty soon came in sight of a farmhouse, the outbuilding of whicF. had been set on The people of the farmhouse were defending themselves as best they might. They were no match for the redcoats, however. These numbered three or four score. Suddenly down a road a short ways ahead came Bob Estabrook and a large party of Liberty Boys. Then Dick with his party came riding up. The British were caught between two fires. The people of the farmhouse, recognizing the uniforms of the Continentals, sallied forth. "Down with the redcoats!" shouted Dick. "Liberty forever!" cried Bob. Then the two parties of the youths pressed toward each other. The redcoats were caught between them. They rushed helter-skelter in their haste to escape. They leaped fences and clambered over stone walls in tl;eir fright. Pretty soon Dick saw an officer making desperate efforts to get away. . • It was the same man whom he had seen at the farmhouse. He led a number of his men and charged at a weak spot in the line of Liberty Boys. D'ick at once signaled to throw a greater number at that point. At the same time a strong force was poured in upon the enemy's flank. The officer would be surely caught if he attempted to force his way through. "Catch that man alive!" roared Dick. "Don't let him <.>scape!" officer, seeing that he could not carry his men through the hne, suddenly made a dash to try and save himself. He darted off at an angle and urged his horse at a stone wall. The animal took the leap nobly, but stumbled on the other side. • The two divisions of the Liberty Boys now C!ame together. A. score of the marauders were made prisoners. Dick despatched Sam Sandel'Son to look after the injured horse. The horse was found, but the officer had escaped. He had left his horse where it had fallen and had made off in some direction. ' Just where he had gone it was impossible to tell. The horse was not so badly hurt but that he would re cover, and Dick turned him over to the iarmer. A couple of outbuildings had b e en destroyed, but the others were saved. Provisions, stock and feed which the redcoats had taken were recaptured. .. "I would have liked to have taken that fellow," said Dick to Bob. "So would I; but he seems to elude us every time." "Very true," agreed Dick. They marched the prisoners to the main camp, and turned them over to one of Putnam's subordinates. "The runaway officer is in hiding somewhere not far from the farm," said Dick. "Are you going to look for him?" "Yes." "T must say I am as anxious to catch him as you are Dick." "We must do it, Bob. The fellow has sl{pped so often that now I am determined to capture him." "I'm with you, Dick,'' laughed Bob. The two Liberty Boys set off alone toward the farm. The others were to return to the camp. If they encountered any redcoats on the way they were to give them battle, of course. The two Liberty Boys rode back toward the farm where they had encountered the redcoats. When they re3'11ed it they asked if any of the British had been seen since the fight. "No,'' said the farmer, "and I guess those that got away won't come back." "Have you looked for any of them?" asked Dick. "No. What good is that?" "Because I think that some of them may be hiding some-where abDut." "They would not be he:r;e yet, would they?" "They might,'' said Dick. "Especially if hurt," said Bob. "Yes, that's so," agreed the farmer. "Come, Bob," said 'Dick. "Let's search the barns." The,re was a large barn back of the house that had not been destroyed. It was near the place where the hottest fighting had taken place. Thither Dick and Bob made their way. Crossing the field where the British officer had leaped the fence, they saw fresh tracks in the earth. They followed these to the barn. "Have your pistols ready, Bob," said Dick. The tri,_ks led to the barn and around to the rear. At the 11'ack was a small door which was unfastened. It was built into and was a part of the great barn doors, which could be swung wide open to let carts out. Passing through it the hay-mows were visible, rising on either side from the floor high above one's head. Dick looked around carefully. "11' this hay were set on fire it would soon scorch him out,'' he said. "Yes,'' agreed Bob . Dick listened. His hearing was very acute. Prntty soon he heard a stining in the hay above his h e ad. "Come down, sir," he said. "If you are hurt we will at-tend to you:r wounds." There was no answer. , "The place is surrounded," said Dick, "and a .fall from that little window up there would only result m broken bones." Then a man's face appeared among the hay, well above Dick. "If you want me, come and take me," said the redcoat. CHAPTER VII. AN OBSTINATE FELLOW. "You will come down without our going up there after you," said Dick. "I can't. I have a broken leg." "How did you get up 7" "It's easy to get up, but not to get down." "You are shamming," said Dick. The redcoat made no answer. "You may have sprained your ankle, but you have no broken leg." " Come up and see," was the answer. "You can get down,'' said Dick. "There is a ladd e r near you. You can rest one foot. Both your legs are not broken." "I can't come down and I won't!" doggedly. "If you want me, come and take me." "Do you want us to set fire to the hay?" asked Dick. For a few moments the man did not reply. "Would you murder me?" he then said, apprehensively. "No, but we will smoke you out if you don't come down." "I can't get down, I tell you, unles s I have help." ' "I know what you want," said Dick. "You want me to go up there and then you will shoot." "What's the use of parleying with the scoundrel?" said Bob impetuously. "He's got to come down first or last." "Go and call the farmers," said Dick. Bob went to the door and shouted. In a few moments several men came runnin g up. "Thel'e's a British officer in the haymow,'' said Bob to them. "There i'l ?" "Do tell!" "I want to know!" "And he says he won't come down." "He won't, hey?" "Well, I guess he will!" in a tone of determination. There were five or six of the men, and they now ent.e'.refl the barn.


THE LIBE.RTY BOYS WITH PUTNAM. 7 "Are you coming down?" Dick asked. "I can't, i tell you," petulantly. "My leg is broken; I can't move." "One or two of you go outside," said Dick, "and watch the little window. If he tries to escape, shoot him." Two of the men went out. "Bring that ladder over there to this side , and put it up, not too near the built-in one." Two of the men got a ladder and set it against the mo\v. "Go up there," said Dick. "Bob and I will watch this fellow." The two men began to ascend the ladder, Dick watching the redcoat from below. Bob went to the other side of the barn, and also watched him, pistol in hand. "Do you wa'nt to kill me?" snarled the officer. "No. wha t do you think we are?" "You are judging us from the reputation of your fellows," said Bob. One of the men now reached the top of the mow. "He's lying on the hay," he said. "He's got one of his boots off." "Go over and help him. If he makes a move I'll The man got out on the hay. The other followed to the top of the mo\v. "Go and help the other," said Dick. The second man got out on the hay. "Let them help you down," said Dick. "They can lower you with a rope if you are badly hurt." "I can get down myself," said the officer. "I am no baby." "You'll do as I say," sternly. "You think if you have only us two to deal with you can get away." The two men were at the man's side. "Don't you try to use them pistols, or I'll chuck you over," said one. Then they took hold of him and carried him to the built in ladder. "You needn't hold me," he said with a snarl. "I can get down alone." "Come first, one of you," said Dick. One of the men got on the ladder. The oth e r allowed the redcoat to get on, and followed. The officer's ankle was rather badly swollen. Nevertheless, he could get down, using his hands and his good foot. Dick and Bob seized him as he reached the barn floor. "You two chaps are too clever for me," he said. "And you'll find 'Old Put' too cute for also," laughed Bob. "What are you going to do with me?" "Fix your injured ankle and then take you to the Continental camp." Dick always went provided with bandages and liniment, and knew how to use them. The officer was taken into the farmhouse. The n Dick looked after his wounded ankle. In half an hour the swelling was much reduced, and the pain greatly relieved. Then, as the officer sat in an easy-chair, Dick and Bob being present, Dick asked: "What have you done with Martha Doggett?" The redcoat flushed out and said: "I haven't done anything with her. Who is she?" "See here, captain," said Dick, taking a seat opposite, "you would be a decent of chap if you were not such a liar." "I could call you out :f'l'lr that," blustered the captain. "You can do so if you want to be killed. I am a dead shot." "And an expe1t swordsman as well," added Bob. "You know whom I mean," said Dick. "You were seen tall:in g to the girl. Didn't I nearly catch you when you last called?" "I don't know where the girl is," said the officer. "Did she go away with you?" "No." Dick struck the table with his fist. He knew by the man's change of color that he was not telling the truth. Dick Slater was a pretty good judge of character. "You are lying again, or .prevaricating," he said, "which is as bad. Did not the girl plan to leave her father's house on your account? She may not have gone with you, but you knew that she was going." "It is none of your a1fairs, anyhow," growlingly. "It is. She told her father that you promi1ed to make her your wife." "Well, so I did." "Have you done so?" "No, but I will as soon as I can get away." "Where is she?" "I don't know." "But you have seen her?" "Yes." "You know where you saw her last, I suppose?" "Yes; with some friends of mine a few miles from here." "Is she there yet?" "I don't know." "She was to wait for you?" "Yes."• "Where is it?" "I won't tell you. Martha has promised to be my wife, and I will not give her up." "Were not you the man I caught kissing the eldest daugh ter the day you to rob Doggett?" asked Bob. "No, it was Martha Doggett. I don't care for Patience. She is an old maid." "If the young woman loves you and you will marry her, 1 have nothing to say," said Dick. "Though I don't like her taste," added Bob. "If she is with friends of yours, well and gooa also, but I must know who they are and where to find them." "I won't tell you," doggedly. "Then I shall have to regard you as a scoundrel. You are not quite a gentleman as it is, or you would not lie as you do." The captain scowled and said: "I intend to make Martha Doggett my wife, but I shall not tell you where she is. I don't know, in fact. The Des monds expected to leave shortlf." "You might have told us t.ltat at the start. Where wen they?" "At Bethel." "Very good. I shall do my best to 1\nd them and see Martha." "You don't believe me, then?" "I distrust you. A man who has lied once will lie agaln.' You said you had a broken leg, and you had only a ankle, and not a bad sprain at that." "You are no match for Dick Slater, captain," laughed Bob CHAPTER VIII. ANOTHER ESCAPE. The British officer's ankle being now well enough to stand upon, Dick decided to take him to the camp. "You will have to go with us, captain," said Dick. "You are our prisoner, you know." "I suppose I am," was the reply. Dick bon-owed a horse, and the British captain was placed upon it. Then a bridle strap secured about each of his wrists, the other ends being held by Dick and Bob respectively. "You are evidently determined to give me no chance to escape," said the redcoat. "You have prnved too slippery a fellow to let me take any risks," was Dick's reply. Then they set off. The halter straps hung loosely enough for the officer to use his hands in case his horse stumbled. He had nothing to do with guiding the animal, however. The horse kept up with those ridden by Dick and Bob. Off they rode at a good pace. They had gone quite a little distance when the officer suddenly clapped spurs to his horse. The animal shot ahead, the straps being pulled out ot . Dick's and Bob's hands. Away started Dick in pursuit. \ The redcoat seized one of the straps about his wrists, and lashed the animal with it. Dick had a fleeter horse, and rapidly gained on him. "Stop, or I fire!" he shouted. The redcoat's pistols had been taken from him. He lay along the horse's neck, and urged him on at full speed. Dick did not want to wound the animal, nor did he want to kill the redcoat.


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS WITH PUTNAM. He thought if he could overtake him he could snatch "I have no great love for them myself," said Dick, "though, the horse's bridle and lead him back. as Martha says, there may be good ones among them.'' He dashed ahead, overcoming the other horse's lead little "They are our enemies," said Mrs. Doggett. "I can't im-by little. agine what the girl was thinking of.'' Then, as he was almost alongside the redcoat, he saw a There were marauding parties in the neighborhood, Dick party of British cavalry come dashing into the road from I and he and the Liberty Boys now rode off seven or a by-lane. . eight miles on the lookout for them. The escaped prisoner called loudly to them, and urged his As they reached the top of a hill they. saw smoke arising horse forward. from a couple of hayricks below, and saw a number of The redcoats saw a comrade being pursued, and spurred redcoats leading away some cattle and horses. to his assistance. "Down with them!" cried Dick. Bob was not far behind Dick, and thundering along to At once the little party went thundering down the hill, go to his aid. raising au the dust thev could. Dick suddenly saw the redcoats. Every one of the youths shouted like half a dozen, and He wheeled Major in an instant and dashed away. you would have thought that a company was coming. "Redcoats, Bob," he shouted; "a dozen or more of them.'' The redcoats leaped upon their horses, and dashed away, The youths fired a couple of shots at the enemy, and leaving the horses and cattle behind. then rode off at full speed. • "Forward!" cried Dick. "Don't let them escape!" Their late p1;soner now became one of their pursuers. There were twenty of the redcoats, and only a dozen of Knowing a short cut across country, Dick took a ditch the youths. and then a stone wall, and dashed on. The British troopers thought a party twice their number Bob was close behind, and followed. was coming. The redcoats did not know this short cut, and fell back. They had to ride up a stee p hill over a narrow road, and They feared to injure their horses, and so the youths there' was danger of toppling over into the ditch on either escaped. side. "We've lost a horse and a prisoner," said Dick, when he "Forward!" roared Dick . "Don't let them escape!" saw that the pursuit had been abandoned. Two of the horses threw their riders, and great confusion "Yes, and it is too provoking,'' growled Bob . "That redensued. coat is the slipperiest chap I ever saw.'' Then the youths fired a volley with their pistols. "It is provoking," said Dick. "Just when we thought we Three or four of the redcoats fell from their saddles. had him for sure, he slipped away from us.'' "Haiti" cried Dick. "That's the gratitude of the British. You fixed hia leg for him, and he uses it to get away from -us.'' "That is one way to look at it," with a laugh from Dick. However, their prisoner had escaped, and there was no help for it now. Moreover, Dick had not learned where Martha Doggett was, which had been his prime object in capturing the slip pery redcoat. "Never mind, Bob," he said. "There is little use in crying over spilled milk, and we may have better luck next lime." "I am afraid the fellow will look out that there is no next time," said Bob. "True, there may not be,'' agreed Dick. When Patsy Brannigan heard how the redcoat had es ::aped, he said: "Shure, an' dhat's just loike a Britisher. Did yez iver Gee anny wan so impolite?" "That's one way of putting it," laughed Mark. "Shure, an' he had no manners at all to rin away from two sich iligant bhys.'' "No, he showed very bad taste, Patsy,'' said Jack. "Shure , but it's a ll vez cud expect av a Britishel'.'' "Would vou was wint mit der redgoats qff dey was toogked you brisoner ?" asked Carl. "Shure, an' Oi wud not. Oi don't loike to be in bad com I!any.'' . "Well, maybe dot veller was t'ought dot Tick und Pob was not gompany enuff goot for him alretty." "Go on, Cookyspiller. Shure, nobod y cud want betther.'' "Yah, dot was so." "Av coorse it is." "Fut ein brisoner don'd was some senses got, ain'd it?" "Shure, an' .Oi wud t'ink Oi had none av Oi was to let dhim take me, Cookyspiller, me bhy.'' "Well, I bat me I don'd let dose redgoats toogked me ein brisoner alretty, Batsy." "Shure, an' ' dhey wudn't want yez ." "Vor why?" "Recoz it takes so much to feed yez.'' There was a general laugh at this, and Carl did not ask a n y more questions. The next day Dick and a dozen of the Liberty Boys rode over to the Doggett farm. Dick saw Mrs. Doggett, and told her what he had learned. "If t'10y really lov e each other and are going to be married,' ' said the good woman, "I don't see that I can object." "No," was Dick's reply. • "Still, I had rather she had married one of her own countrymen.'' "It would have been better, I think.'' "Fathei 'rill never forgive the child, for he hates all redcoat s." CHAPTER IX. A GREAT CAPTURE. The Liberty Boys rode right among the fleeing redcoats. Each of the youths seized a horse by the bridle and reined him in. Where the redcoats resisted they were thrown from the saddle. In a . short time every youth had at least one prisoner. The redcoats were quickly deprived of their weapons, and made to dismount. Then they were formed in line, and made to march between two files of mounted Liberty Boys. "Now, thep, quick step, forward, march!" comman.dcd Dick. Up hill and down the redcoats were forced to go at a rapid pace. StopJ? ing at the farmhouse, Dick said: "Well, you've got your cattle and horses, and we've got the marauders, so we ought both to be satisfied." "So we are," said one. "How !llany have you got there?" "A couple of sergeants and a corporal and a dozen privates.'' "And you onl y a dozen?" "Shure, an' we'd have more,'' said Patsy, "only four 01 foive av dhim fell into dhe ditch, or rowled down dhe hill, an' we didn't want to go afther dhim.'' "You lost some of your boys?" "Sorra a wan. It's dhe inimy Oi mane by dhe same token.'' "And they outnumber you?" "Shure, an' dhat's nothin'. Didn't we outfoight dhim ?" "I should say you did." The redcoats were greatly chagrined when they discovered that they had been taken by a force inferior in number to their own. There was no help for it now. Dick hurried them on between two lines of his brave youths. There was no chance of escape, a nd no one attempted it. When the do ze n Liberty Boys and Dick came into camp bringing a batch of sixteen prisoners and a dozen horses there was great surprise . "That's a fine capture,'' said one. "Well, I should say so. They have got nore than one apiece." "Shure, an' dhat's nothin', me bhy," said Patsy. "Oi sur rounded six min mcsilf wan toimc, an' b1ought dhi<>? into camp." "Surrounded six men?"


THE LIBERTY BOYS WITH PUTNAM. 9 "Yis, sor." "How could one man surround six, you wild Irishman?" " Well, Oi'll lave dhat for ye to foind out," said Patsy, "but Oi did it all dhe same." ' " W e ll, I gues s you and Dick Slater must have done some thin g lik e it this time, then," was the l!!ughing answer. "Shure, an' ivrybody knows dhat Dick Shlather can do ann yt'ing he wants to, an' av he med up his moind to cap ther thes e vil yans it wor as good as done , begorra!" "I'm s o1Ty we did not get our captain in this batch," sai d Bob. "So a m I. Did you see him?" " I thou ght I did." "So di d I. We could not both of us be mistaken." " Very true." " H e knew u s, no doubt , and took no risk." "No ; a n d he seems to look out for himself always." Two or thre e days later General Putnam in person rode u p to the cam p of the Liberty Boys. " I hear that y ou are doing good work, Dick," he said. " I always aim a t that, general," said Dick proudly. "That l ast captur e of yours was a daring piece of busi n ess ." "Thank y ou, general." " Now I am going down to the Sound, and I want that you a n d t h e Lib erty Boys shall go with me." "We are ready , general." "I hear that Try on and his marauders are beginning their ope rations in t he low e r part of the State." D ick was inter ested. " I want, therefore, to look over the ground, and, if necessary, rUllh the troops down there and punish these p e sts." "W e w ould like nothing better than to accompany you, g e ne r al." " Good . Give the word to start at once. The camp can take care of itself till you r eturn." They w ere living in huts, and there were, therefore, no t ents to be struck and packed away. In les s t han half an hour the Liberty Boys, with General Putnam at their head, were on their way to the Sound. They went at once to West Greenwich, on the Sound, and h ere fonned an outpost. Try on's men were re.Ported to be advancing, and word w a s at once sent to bnng up the troops. The L iberty Boys formed theh camp near the town, and D ic k at once s ent out s couts to get information of the en . emy. The y had two pieces of artillery with them, and could check any but a large force. Dick himself went oft' on Major to see what he could l earn. He had gone some little distance when he heard the regular tramp of horse s a nd men in front of him. L eaving Major lying down behind a bush, he stole caut i o usly forw ard. ' He prese ntl y s aw the advance guard of a force of red coats a p p roaching. Tha t tfiey were moving upon the town he had no doubt. Look i n g cautiou s l y from his place of concealment, he saw, am ong the a dvan cing soldiers, the very captain that had so many ti mes elude d him. "I'd lik e to catch you, my fine fellow," was his thought. Then h e . s t ole along throug h the underbrush to a point w here he could overlook th e road. To his amazem ent h e b e held a force of more than a thou s and adv a ncing. "There m a y b e more b e hind , " he thought. "I must let 'O l d Put' k n o w this a t onc e . " Then h e hurr ied b ac k to whe re h e had left his horse. The advance g u a rd was restin g foi a short space of time. Dic k led the inte ll ige n t ani mal away without attracting a n y a tten t ion . The n , w h e n h e was out of sight, he jumped upon his . b ac k and ro d e with all s p e ed. Reac h ing the camp, h e sought General Putnam at once. "Tryo n i s adv a ncin g, si r ," he said. "Say you so , Di c k ? " " Y es ; he has a larg e force." " H ow ma ny?" "Fifteen h u n dred, I s hould think, general." "No ti me i s to be lo s t, then, " said the sturdy old veteran. Preparations were at once made to meet the enemy. They could not drive them back, but they could at least check their advance. The rugged old warrior at once stationed himself on the brow of a steep acclivity near a church. The two pieces of artillery were brought up , ready to be trained upon the advancing foe. Near by was a swamp where the cavalry could not ad vance, nor was it safe for those not familiar with it. Pretty soon the youths whom Di c k had se'nt out came back in hot haste. They all had the same story to tell. Tryon was advancing! "Well, the general is going to meet him," said Dick. "With our little force?" asked Bob. "Yes; with the Liberty Boys." "But Tryon has ten times our number." "We will do what we can," proudly from Dick. "We may check them." "Yes, and every blow counts." Before long the enemy was seen advancing. "Old Put" at once prepared for the attack. CHAPTER X. A WONDERFUL FEAT. The town of West Greenwich, in Conne c ticut, familiarly known as Horseneck, from a penin sula near it, was a most important position. Being on the Sound, it would form a splendid base of oper ations for the enemy. His ships could lie off the shore, troops could be and expeditions be sent from the town in many d irections. It was therefore to Tryon's advantage to possess it. On he came with a force of fifteen hundred, horse and foot. Putnam was ready to receive him. The Liberty Boys, drawn up in solid line, prepa red to give Tryon a hot greeting. Boom! The cannons roared, and then the Liberty Bo ys poure d in & volley. Crash-roar! The volley was effective, and many of the redcoats f e ll. On they came, but the bran youths quickly reloaded theh pieces. Then they fired again. The volley was as destrucl;ive P . s before. Boom, boom! Again the cannonc roared . Then the Liberty Boys fired a pistol volley. Crack--crack--crackl The trusty weapons rang out with terrible effect. The redcoats were gettin:i a warmer reception t han they had expected. Once more the muskets rattled, again the cannon s boomed. The Liberty Boys were doini; good work with brave "Old Put." They could not keep it up for long, however. The enemy was too overwhelmingly strong in numbers tv be held back indefinitely. Tryon was greatly enraged that he had been held in check as long as he had been. He now ordered a charge. Against so many the Liberty Boys could not hope to make a stand. General Putnam already knew his ground. He was prepared to fall back and save himself and the Liberty Boys. He called Dick to his side. "Take your Liberty Boys to the swamp , " h e s aid . "You know it. The enemy cannot follow y ou there." "But you, general?" asked Dick. "Oh, I will take care of myself, " was the reply of the i ugged old veteran. The same spirit that influenced him when he entered the wolf-den came to his 11-id now. Hard pressed by the enemy, he was certain to do somG daring act. 1'ie redcoats were now almost upon them. Confiding In the old hero's ability to take care of himself, Dick gave the order to the Liberty Boys to retreat to the swamp. They fell back in guod order, and were 1peedily oat of danger. Then Dick at a safe distance watched Putaam.


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS WITH PUTNAM. Closely pursued by Tryon's men, he forced his horse right to the edge of the steep acclivity leading b e low. Wh;iding his course no>v this way, now that, the brave old general dashed down the hill. It was almost a precipice, but he knew whither to guide hi s steed. The people below, going to the meeti ng-house at the top of the hill , had placed stones here and there to assist them in reaching the top. By so doing they saved a long d etour and much time, which they considered was better spent in church. There w as, at many points, a sort of rough stairway, therefore. Down this perilous road the old general made his way without a pause. It was a wonderful feat. Pretty soon the pursuers reached the top of the almost precipice. They were astounded. There was Putnam dashing down on hors eback, holding his seat as firmly as if a part of the horse himse h' . . Amazement rendered them motionl ess for a w hile. Then they discharged a volley at the intr epid rider. Rattle-rattle! The bullets whistled around the brave ride r. His hat was carried away, but not a gray hair of his h e ad was injured. On and on he dashed. The redcoats saw the futility of pursuit. Not one of them would have dared to take that perilous descent. It seemed to be actually inviting death to make the attempt. They contented themselves with firing another volley afte r the heroic old general, then a man past sixty, and gave up the chase. Dick had witnessed Putnam's wild ride, and was deeply impressed. . "It is such men that inspire confid e nce in the ultimate success of our cause," he said. Then he made his own escape, in time to avoid capture. Only one ball had taken effect on Putnam. This had simply passed through his hat, without injuring him in the least. The enemy gave up the chase, bein g una ble to capture either Putna m or the Liberty Boys. They saw Dick, and made a d ash at hi m , but he quickly eluded them. Plunging into the woods as the bullets r attled 2 . round him, he hastily dismounted. Then, shielded b y trees and bushe s, h e le d his hors e to the edge of the swamp. Here he made the intelligent animal li e dow n behind a mass of bus hes , quite out o f si g ht. • Then he m a de his way into t h e sw a mp, wher e h e was safe, but where the B r itish caval r y could not foll o w. Quickly finding Bob, l\lark, J a c k , George, Phil, and a dozen others, among whom were Pats y and Carl, h e related what he h a d seen. "I would lik e to h av e se e n it, " said Bob. "It must have been a w ond erful pie c e of.da ring." "It was," said Dick, "and only a man like G eneral Putnam would dream of attempting it." "Shure, an' dhe ould man do have a charmed loife," said Patsy. "Oi wud as soon thry to fioy as ride down dhat hill." "He told me he would look out for himself," said Dick. "So he did," said Bob. "It's not dhe fo rst toime he has taken his loife in his hands," said Patsy. "He do be a wonderful man." "You may well say that," was Dick's reply. "It is no wonder that he has such a strong hold upon the affection and respect of all who know him." "Brave 'Old Put,' the Liberty Boys will stick by you alwaxs,'' said Bob. 'Indeed we will," said a score, in a breath. "What shall we do now, D ick?" a s k e d Bob. "Wait till the enemy withdraws and then harass them all we can." "Good!" agreed Bob. "And in the meantime keep a lookout for the general. We are still with Putnam, you know." The Liberty Boys r emaine d in the swamp until assured that Tryon had departe d, having done all the mi s chi e f he could. Then, giving orders to Bob to lead the youths du ring his absence, Dick made a detour and rode on t o the t ow n of Stamfol'd, ten mil e s away. Here he found G eneral Putnam alive and w e ll, a nd a s in domitable as ever. CHAPTER XL ANOTHER DISAPPOINTME N T. At Stamford D i ck assisted Gen eral Putnam in beating up many r ecruits a m ong the militia. The veteran succeed e d in getting together quite a large party in the town. Then, with this new force, he a n d Dick returne d. The y soon came up with the Liberty Boy s who , wit h Bob at the head, w ere harassing Tryon. They hung upon the r ear of the r e t r eating redcoats, and greatly annoyed them. One day they surprised the rear guard, dashing up with all their force. The charge was most impetuous. Musk ets rattled, pistols cracke d , sabers whi s tled, and shouts rang out. Like a tornado the Liberty Boys and militiame n s wept d o v;n upon the redcoats. Putnam directed the ch arge, which Dick led. The redcoats tried to rally. The y lo s t fifty men before t:h.e main body could send h elp to them. Then away scampered the Liberty Boys with their prisoners. It had been a gallant charge. Looking the prisoners over, Dick smiled. Among them was the captain who had alrea d y given him so much trouble. "We meet a g ain, captain," he said, with a smile . "Yes, for a short time." "Don't be so sure. I intend to kee p you this tim e." "One does not always do what he i ntend s ,'' s:gnifi cantly. "It is v ery seldom that I do not," was Dick's answ er. T)len he found Bob. "We've got him again," tersely. "The captain?" asked Bob. "Yes." "We must keep him this time ." "Yes; but he se e ms to think that we won't." "I like his impud e nce!" "I don't," l a u g hed Dick, "and unl es s something interfe1es," h e will n o t e sca p e us." There w ere se v eral sick and wound e d among the pris oners take n. T o these was give n the best of care and attention. The next da y Dick took Bob a n d a small p arty, and went off on a scouting e xpe dition. The B ritish had gone on, but Dick thought there migh t be s ome stragglers. Some t i me s, al so, there were independent partie s committing d ep r e dations. T hese had to be punished. The youths were near a little creek w h i c h flowed into the Sound. They were riding along leisurely whe n Bob cried: "Jove; there is a party of the epem y ." "Yes, and much larger than ours,' ' said Mark. "Yes, and there's ano ther," said Ben Spurlock. They were betwee n the two parties of redcoats. Both parties suddenly discovered their presence at the same insta nt. With wild cries the y das hed forwar d. They thought they had the Liberty Boys cornered. Not so. Dick Slater was always full of resourecs. "To the creek!" he cried. Then h e leaped a fence and sped toward the creek. It was but a short distance away. The rest of the party followed quickly. When the two parties of the enemy met they found that the youths had eluded them. Reaching the cree k the Liberty Boys plunged in. They swam their horses to the other side, and then awaited the coming of the redcoats. Tearing down rail fences, the enemy came dashing on. The creek separated them from the Liberty Boys.


THE LIBERTY BOYS WITH PUTNAM. 11 Many of the horses refused to take to the water. Many would have gone in, but the redcoats hesitated. The Liberty Boys, ensconced behind trees, fences, and rocks, were ready to pick them off as they entered. Indeed, a volley from the other side of the stream caused them to fall The youths liad the advantage. The enemy did not know how many there might be of the youths. There might be a larger party in the rear. They were not used to fighting from behind trees and rocks. They wanted to fight in the open. The youths could pick them off with ease as soon as they approached. If it had not been for the creek they might have made a dash and carried everything before them. With the creek in the way it was very different. They went back to the road, joined forces, and rode on. And then Dick, recrossing the creek with his little band, hung upon the rear of the redcoats. Every now and then he would dash up, pick off three or four of the enemy, and retreat. Every little attack like this counted for something. The redcoats could not always tell in which direction he was coming. Sometimes he would skirt a piece of woods, attack the enemy suddenly, and then fall back. Then he would make a detour across country, come out in front of the party, and attack again. When he fell back the redcoats never knew from what direction he would appeur again. If they had faced the redcoats openly they would have been annihilated. Dick knew this, and so he adopted backwoods tactics. All this was very annoying to the redcoats. It seemed of no use to drive the youths away. They always returned, and every time they did they made more mischief. Once or twice the British divided their force so as to catch the daring youths between the two parties. Dick suspected a trick, however, and was off and away befor-e the sections could unite. He kept up this sort of warfare for miles, and at last drew off. The enemy had come to a point where the country was open. Dick had little chance to hide and make his sudden forays. He therefore withdrew and left 'the redcoats in peace. "Shure an' dhat's dhe way to bother dhim," said Patsy. "It do be jisht loike a fioi bitin' yez. Ivery toime yez shtroike at him, he's not there, begorrah." The Liberty Boys had gone quite a ways from camp, and now they hastened back. They arrived shortly after dark, and Dick reported how he had been vexing the redcoats all the afternoon. "These sorties are very effective in keeping the enemy aware of our presence," said Putnam, "and will keep them up." When Dick saw Bob again thC\ lieutenant said: "What do you suppose has happened?" "What?1 ' "The captain has escaped." "How did he do it?" "Well, it' s the same thing." "I don't understand, Bob." "Well, when we we1e away General Putnam sent back one last batch of prisoners to Tryon to exchange them for men of ours, and this fellow with the lot." "Oh, well, it can't be helped," was Dick's philosophical answer. CHAPTER XII. PATSY FINDS A QUEER HIDING-PLACE. The Liberty B(lys were still in camp with Putnam. They were awaiting orders from Washington. Uutil they came there was little to do unless an emergency arose. Patsy and Carl were sitting in camp one morning soon after the return from the last expedition. "Cookyspiller, me bhy," the rollicking Irish youth, ' . "phwat do _yez say to goin' out an' thrying to bring in a batch av dhim redcoat ourselves?" "Dot was all righd, Batsy" answered the German youth phlegmatically, "off dey don1d was caughd us un.d brought us in mit deir own gamp alretty." "Shure, an' ycz musht niver set out wid anny such in tintions as dhose, Dootchy. Yez shpuld always look out for dhe besht, me bhy." "Yah, und oxpect der worst. Den off I was disabbointed peen it was all righd, ain't it?" "Ax coorse, but yez mushtn'.t expect dhe worst; yez musht luk on dhe bright soide av iverything, me bhy." "Dot's all righd, but off I was oxpect nodings und some dings got, den I was so much to der goot been, ain't it?" "Yis, Oi suppose so. But come on, an' don't do so much talkin'. Shure yez make me toired wid sayin' so much." "Mein gollies, off I was talk s o mooch lige you I was had to got me one off dose machines what der Chinaman's had to sayed der prayers mit so I gould aheadt off you keep, ain't it?" "An' do yez mane to say Oi talk loike a machine, Cooky spiller?" asked Patsy, with a laugh. He was too good-natured to get angry at Carl or anyone else. "Dot was what I was sayed, Batsy. I

12 THE LIBERTY BOYS WITH PUTNAM. Then she set two brimful of milk before the youths. j "Dere was s ome hams off yo u lige to hellup yourselfs," said Patsy put his to his lips, and was proceeding to find the Carl. "Took all you was bge. Here was some more been, bottom of it without . delay when one of the children suddenly alretty." cried: Then a perfect shower of hams and also of corn fell upon "Hi, mon, here comes a lot o' redcoats down the road!" the benighted redcoats. Patsy's mug went down in a hurry. At the same time Patsy was scattering meal all over. He spilled half of its contents down the front of his coat He shook himself like a wet ' dog, and meal flew like water. as he gasped: It blind e d the redcoats, and made them cough and sneeze "Ridcoats, is it, an' dhere be only two av us? In dhe name as well. '.lV glory phwat are we go in' to do?" Carl had felled three or four with the hams. "Mein gollies, two of us gou4l fighd all dose redgoats not," Then, before the astonished soldiers realized that said Carl. "What we was dooded, anyhows ?" were only two of the "rebels," the boy who had before give n "You'll have to hide," said the woman. the alarm called out: "Shure, an' it's agin me conscience to hoide from an inimy, "Hi, mon, here comes a hull troop of Yankee sojers. I ma'am, but at dhe same toie Oi belave in discretion." guess they're the Liberty Boys." . "I don'd knowed what dot means," said Carl, "but I

THE LIBE.RTY BOYS WITH PUTNAM. 13 They could not blame General Putnam, of course. He had acted according to his best judgment, and of course knew nothing of Dick's reasons for wanting the officer de tained. "He was a slippery fellow," said Dick, "but still I think I might have learned more from him if he had remained." "And he said that he would not be with us long," laughed Bob. "He was right, though of course he could not have known what was going to happen." "Most likely not," said Bob. In a couple of days General Putnam sent for Dick. "The enemy are making raids wherever they can, Dick," he said. "And yo u want them to stop"?" "Yes." "Very good." "Take your Liberty Boys , locate a of these raidets, and follow them up. " "It shall be done, General." "Give them all the annoyance you can." "The Liberty Boys always do that," laughingly. "Stir up the country people against the enemy and follow them up persistently." / "You can rely upon the Liberty Boys," said Dick. When he told Bob of the errand of the Liberty Boy s, the youth said: "Well, Dick, the Liberty Boys have been doing good work in the Nutmeg State with Putnam, and we'll do more." "That's what we want to do, The next day the Liberty Boys set out upon their mission. Djck directed his course toward the Sound. This was to be his starting point. He was going to locate one of the enemy's ships to begin ' Then, whe n a party landed he would harass it, keep it from returning, and do all the mischief he could. Reaching the water he set hls camp in the edge of a salt marsh behind a lot of rank growth bus hes. He could thus watch the shore without being seen himself. Shortly after his arrival he disguised himself as a farmer )oy , and set off along the shore. He could see along shore for a good distance. If any ships approached he would be likely to see them. He walked for some time, and at las t came to a collec-tion of fishermen's houses, a little store and a tavern, the whole forming a sm all shore village. He entered the store and listened to the talk of the frequenters. From what they said there had been no sign of any of tl1e enemy's' ships or of any party of marauders. There was not very much at this place to tempt the enemy. Back from shore about a quarter of a mile, however, was a thriving little settlement. There the enemy might secure much that was valuable. Dick did not remain long in the neighborhood, but contin ued along shore. At the end of ten minuiE's he came to a solitary hut standing just at high-water mark. Coarse grass and weed grew all about it, there was a hole in the roof, and it seemed utterly neglected. And yet as he dl'ew n earer he noticed a wreath of smoke arise from the roof. Drawing nearer, h e heard voice s, and then smelle d tobacco smoke. Some one was inside. having a chat and ,;moking. Th'y might be friends, a nd they mi1d1t not be. It was just as well to exe1cise caution. Approachingthe place noiselessly, Dick look e d in at a chink . in the side. ' Three men were sitting on an old battel"ed-up boat, sm ok-ing pipes. "lt will be dark before lung," said one. "Ye8, and then we can s how a signal." "It's tiresome waiting, though, after we 'v e located a good place." "Yes, but the1e':> not enough of us to do anything alone." "If we had a drop of goool licker it wouldn't b e so bad." "There's a tavern back he,e where we can get it." "Yes, if we wasn't strangers." "J s uppose they'd suspect u s ." "Surely they would." "Tlien we'll have to wait here till a ' r dark." wh;it. it. :rnrl " s T s:oi.v. it's tires ome waitinl!.'.'' Dick did not wait to hear more. The men were evidently spies sent out to locate a promis ing place for a raid. They would display a light after dark, and then one of the enemy's vessels would land a party. .This must be prevented. Dick hurried back to the tavern. "Do you know the old fisherman's hut along shore about half a mile?." he asked. "Yes; nobody lives in it now. It's only a wreck.'' "There are three British spies in it at this moment." Dick's listeners were greatly surprised. "Britisli spies?" they asked. "Yes.'' "What are they doing?" "They are waiting till dark to signal to the enemy.'' "Are you sure, boy?" asked one. "Yes, '1 heard them just now. I want yo11 to go cautiously, a dozen of you, and secure these men." "Who are you?" asked another. "Dick Slater, captain of the Liberty Boys, acting under the orders of General Putnam." The men were greatly impressed. 1 "Secure these men," said Dick. "I will go and bring up the Liberty Boys. Then, at dark, the signal will be displayed.'' "To fetch the enemy down upon us?" surprisedlv. "Yes, that we may capture them," said Dick. CHAPTER XIV. THE TlIBEE LANTERNS. Dick returned posthaste to the camp of the Liberty Boys Then he reported what he had learned. "Where can their vessel be?" asked Bob. "It may be hidden in some cove 01 she may drop down the Sound after dark looking for lights.'' "Which will be displayed?" "Of course.'' "A good idea," said Bob. Then the Liberty Boyn got into the saddle and rode to the little fishlng village. . Here Dick asked if the three spies had been caught. "Yes," said the landlord. "They were pretty well aston ished, too, I tell you.'' "What did they say?" "They pretended to be men looking for work, and said they shouldn't. be locked up for that." "And then?" "Then I told 'em we knew they \Vas spies, and their jaws dropped." "Did they deny it?" "First they did, but we found lanterns in the old hut, and axed 'em what they was fur.'' "Did they admit then that they were spies?" "They didn't have much to say after that.'' "Where are they now?" "Locked up in the back room.'' "I will see and talk to them." Dick went into the temporary pri so n , and saw the three men sitting on benche s . "Well, my men?" he s aid, "what have you got to say for yomselves ?" The men, sePing Dick in hi s uniform, knew that they were rel\llv in trouble. "Not.hing," was the 1eply of one. "except that it's a hard thing fo1 an honest maTI looking for work to be Jocked up." "It's tfresome waiting, after you've located a good place for a raid, isn't it?" 1 The man could not repress a start. These were almo s t his. exact wol'ds. "And not a drop of good liquor to con sple yourselves with, either," added Dick. The man was amazed. "Because yo u are strangers, and would be suspected if yo u went to the tavern for it.'' The man stared in blank surprise. "And so there was nothing to do but wait till dark, and then show the signal.'' The men exchanged glances. "I overheard you three men talking in the fisherman's hut," said Dick. "Do you recognize your own words?" "There' s no denying it?"


14 THE LIBERTY 'BOYS WITH PUTNAM. "Well captain?" "What were the signals that you were to display?" asked Dick. "You'll have to find out!" growlingly. "I mean to find out. You had lanterns in the hut. How were they to be used ? " "We won't tell you!" snarlingly from the leader. "Do you prefer being hanged to giving me this informa tion?" The men paled. • ''We won't tell you , " the man growled, "so go ahead a)ld hang us." Dick called to Bob. The youth entered. "Get three or four of the boys, Bob, and take this fellow and hang him unless he gives you certain information." Bob went away, and presently returned with Mark, Jack, Ben, and Sam. Dick had no intention of hanging the men. He was satisfied that they would give him the information he wished. 41 Bob understood this. the red light is shown on the water, your own red light is masked, or put out." "You will swear that this is correct?" "Yes, and if I was to be hung fol' it I couldn't tell it any different." ,Dick saw the two men separately. Thinking that 15omebody had given the signal correctl y , they finally gave it as Bob's man had done. Then they were all locked up in separate places, so thi;.t they not communicate with each other. When it was quite dark the Liberty Boys and a party of fifty from the village lay in wait.near the old hut. Then Dick, Bob, and Mark displayed the lights, one above another, and the red one in the middle. ' At length a shadowy form could b r 'P.n on the water, and a red light was displayed for an in t. "Take away your light, Mark," whis pered Dick. "They are ' coming." • . CHAPTER XV. He and the Liberty Boys took the man away. A RUNNING FIGHT. Then Dick called for Patsy, and one or two others, and sent the second man away with them. Listening intently, Dick heard the creaking of blocks as a Then he turned to the third man. boat was lowered. He did not want the three together. Then he heard the sound of a splash as it touched the waOne would tell his story, and the others would stick to it. ter. There was every chance that it would not be the truth. "They have lowered two boats," said Bob. Taken separately, one of the men might tell what the sig"Three," said Dick. nal was. There was another splash, and then the steady dip of oars. "Now," said Dick, "none of your mates will know that you "They have lowered four boats," said Dick. told me the signal. What is it?" "That won't bring much of a party," was Bob's reply. "You can't make me tell it." "They will land these and then send more." "You had two white lanterns and a red one. How are they "If we let them land." to be displayed?" "Oh, we'll let them land," dryly from Dick. "The red in the middle in a horizontal line." "But they won't go back." "Are you sure?" "Very ttue." "Yes. Then when a light is shown on the vessel the two The steady splash of the oars continued, and the boats drew white lights are to be closed." gradually nearer. "Very good-if your information is correct." "Hallo, on shore!" came across the water. 'l'he and Dick knew that he had not given the "Hallo yourself!" signal "ls there a good landing?" He left the room, sought Bob, and asked: "Yes, straight ahead." ''.What did he say ? " Then the regqlar dip of the oars was heard again. "That the lights were to be di splay ed in a vertical line, Nearer and nearer came the boats. the red in the middle." The Liberty Boys would not move without the word from Dick. "Yes?" The farmers and fishermen were eager to make a dash. "And then when a red light w a s displayed on the water, Dick wished to wait till the boat party had landed and the the red lantern was to be taken away." boats had started back. "Some one is lying , perhaps both. My man says the lights Then he meant to fall upon the British and take them pris-are to be displayed in a horizontal line." oners with as little noise as possible. "Well, let's see if the other man tells a still different story." Thus he might be able to take the second party. Patsy was sent for. The yeomanry spoiled the success of this plan. "What did you learn?" , asked Dick. The moment that the boats touched the beach they das!i e d "Dhe man says dhat dhe loig l:ts are to be put up and down forward with loud yells. wid dhe rid wan on top." Some even sprar.g into the water knee-deep, they were s o "Not in the middle, Patsy?" excited. "No, but on top." "Down with the redcoats!" "And then?" "Drown the British dogs!" "Afther dhat, phwin yez do s e e a rid loight on dhe wather, "Smash the hoats and chuck 'em overboard." dhin _ yez must take away yer o w n rid loight." Lights fl.ashed, shots rang out, and an indiscriminate at"It depends upon the position of the red light," said Dick. tack was made. "The vertical arrangement is probably the correct one . " Some of the redcoats were dragged out of the boats and "Yes," said Dick. m a de prisoners. "Then it must be in one of three positions, on top, at the Some of them were fired upon point-blank. bottom, or in the middle." Some were dragged overboard and held under water. "They both agree that it is the red light that is to be reThe attack was most disorderly and indiscriminate. moved." Instead of capturing the entire party even at the cost of "Yes." alarming the men left in the boats, many of them now esThen Dick went to Bob's man, and said: caped. "What do you mean by saying the r e d light is on top? One or two of the boats which were about to land pushed It should be in the midclle." off , hearing the shouts. "I told your lieutenant that it was in the middle," said the "Forward, Liberty Boys!" cried Dick, in ringing tones. spy. "That is right; a vertical line with the r.ed in the mid"Fire!" die." A volley was sent after the retreating boats. "And then take the white lights away? Is that what you Confused sounds were heard from the vessel, and lights said?" . fl.ashed along her rail. "No, I did not. I said to darken the red light." Two of the boats got away with their crews. "I guess you a1e lying. The ot;her men tell different The other two were smashed, and a bonfire made of them. stories." / Some of the men had been shot or drowned, but a dozen had "I can't help it if they do. I have told you right. The red been made prisoners. . light is in the middle, in a perpendicular line. Then when Dick was indignant at fhe failure of hi• plans. l


• THE LIBERTY BOYS WITH PUTNAM. 15 "You acted entirely without orders," he said, "and now the I enemy taken. the alarm and we can do nothing." The citizens did not seem to realize that they had inter-fered. . They to tl\j.nk they had done great things, and were very noisy over 1t. They set fire to the old hut, and discharged their guns at the British vesr.el. She was now st!en quite plainly by the light of the burning shed. the two boats returned she dropped down the Sound. Dick tpok the Liberty Boys along shore, leaving the farmers and fishermen to iurn their prisoners over to the military. He did not wish to lose sight of the British vessel "They will rloubtless land a party somewhere the coast," he thought. " He wished to be on hand to intei-cept it. After a while the light of the died out. British vessel was no longer to be distmgu!shed. Dick had noted her general direction, however. . He would foll . ow on for 'a certain distance, and then wait till morning to pick her up again. "Once I locate her," he said to Bob, "we can cause her a good deal of annoyance." "Very true.'' The Liberty Boys continued along shore for an hour or more, and then Dick called a halt. They rested in a little grove, sheltered from the wind and at daybreak Dick set out with a small party to try and find the vessel. After riding some little time he saw her not far away anchored in a sheltered cove. ' Re at once sent Mark and Jack Warren back to bring up the balance of the youths. Then and the others rode forward cautiously. Reachmg the cove unobserved he waited. As i . t grew lighter he saw preparations being made to land a party. . At once he sent Ben Spurlock back to hasten the coming of the main body. "Tell them to keep as close to shore without being ob-served as they can," he said. "I w:ill, Dick," said the youth. Thwi he was off. The preparations went on, and as the first rays of the sun were seen, the boats were lowerf'd. Th.ere were four of them, large and small, and held parties varymg from a dozen to twenty. As they drew nearer to s hore. Dick, hidden behind a patcb ?f co3:rse grass, looked anxiously for signs of the approach ing Liberty Boys. If could prevent a landing it would be better than to take prisoners. did not wish to be burdened with prisoners if he could avoid it. Re would be better satisfied, therefore, if he could prevent the redcoats from landing. He meant to act independently of the inhabitants and to move as rapidly as possible from place to place. ' The boats were within a few lengths of the shore. Pretty soon Bob crept along-side him. "I see the boys coming," he whispered. "Hurry bl\ck and tell them to come on as ouickly as pos sible. It doesn't matter if they are seen now." Bob went away and pretty soon gdt upon his feet and ran off. Just as the boats were grounding on the beach, a shout was heard. Then the Liberty Boys were seen dashing the shore. Dick sprang upon his feet, ran to the nearest boat, and suddenly pulled a man out of it. Before the redcoat could resist Dick was hurrying h im up the beach. Those in the boats dared""'not fire for fear of hitting their comrade. Then Bob and a dozen Liberty Boys leaped forward. "Take care of this fellow, Bob!" cried Dick. "We want him!" The men in the boats were about to land and pursue Dick when the Liberty Boys came racing along the beach. The redcoats realized that a landing meant the capture of their entire party. They therefore shoved off again in hot haste. CHAPTER XVI. f u BEARDING THE LION. Dick quickly turned over his prisoner to Patsy and Carl. Then he sprang upon his horse. The Liberty Boy s drew up in line on the shore. "Go cried Di ck to the men in the boats. They quickly obeyed. of them knew the deadly fire of the Liberty Boys. lhe vessel sent a shot at the youths, but it flew wild. Let them waste their powder and ball on us if they like " laughed Dick. ' ' '.'Ye s; they will have s o much less to do real damage with" said Bob. ' The. sh ip sent another sho t, but it mere ly tore up the sand and did no damage. The people of the town near by heard the shots. / 1"' They came hurrying to the s hore to learn wl;tat they meant. ' .. Many of them apprehended that the redcoats were coming. The se came prepated for an attack. Pretty soon a company of militia arrived . The captain conferred with Dick. '.'See. whic h way this vessel goes, and follow along shore," said Dick. "Very good." "At the same time spread the alarm." "I wi!L" . :;we want. to prevent her from landing parties anywhe1e." I only w1.<>h she would come near enough that we might pepper and salt her," was the answer. but you will do as much good if you keep her from landmg any of her me n." The boats pulled back to the vessel, which ' now drew nearer to shore. They were evidently thinking of making a landing in spite of the force opposed to them. • New arrivals kept coming every minute. The beach was black with them . • Besides the company of militia there were groups o:t yeomanry, well armed, and scores of citizens prepared to defend the town. The vessel fired a shot or two which damaged a few iso lated buildings. Then, seeing that the number of defenders was increasing every moment, she drew out into the Sound. "Spread the alarm," said Dick . "and keep her from landing a party. If you do that you will do much." . The vessel wen t on up the Sound, and Dick and the Liberty Boys followed along. This move of the enemy be a ruse, and so tol!i the townspeopl e to keep a watch along shore while the militia p r.t rolled farther down the Sound. At last the v esse l drew well out from shore her com mande: evidentl y greatly chagrined at his 'repulse. ."Th e whole country-side will be aroused before long," said Dick. "I think it is pretty well aroused now," said Bob. "This policy of keeping the country in a state of constant alarm, instead of wearing us out, will make us all the more determined." "True," agreed Bob. "It .inde ed :;tr?use the whol.e country to a hearty co operat10n m sustammg the war, mstead of making us lose heart." "Very tru'e." The Liberty Boys kept the British vessel in sight for a Jung t ime. they made their camp scouts were sent out to watch the vessel, and keep Dick posted as to her movements. He was determined not to lose . sight of her, and passed the word all a long shore to keep a watch upon her. "After a w hile," said Bob, "they will get tired of this constant watching, and giYe . up their cruel designs." "Yis, an' Oi hope dhat dhey will put out to say," said Patsy, "an' sink, dhe whole confounded lot av dhim." When the camp was formed Dick went to see the man he had pulled out of the boat. It was the British captain. "Well, you will not be exchanged this time, captain," said Dick. "What are you going to do with me?" anxiously. "Keep you i.mtil you have told me where to find Martha Doggett, and restore her to her parents."


• 16 THE LIBE.RTY . BOYS WITH PUTNAM. "I told you that she was with friends." "I don't believe it." The officer shrugged his shoulders. . Dick then left the offioor's presence. Seeking Bob, he told the youth what the redcoat had said. "He is an obstinate donkey," said Bob. "How are you going to make him tell you where Martha Doggett is?" "I shall have to think it over." "True, this is not an ordinary case, and he is not a spy like those fellows we had the other day." "No, he is not." That evening the British ship tried to effect a landing far-ther up the Sound. Dick had been on the watch, however. He was on hand when the boats started for shme. As they neared the beach he appeared with the Liberty Boys. The redcoats thought that they would force their way on shore in spite of him. When one of the boats had been riddled with bullets and began to sink they realized that Dick was in earnest. "Persist and you w'ill all be shot!" he shouted. The men were taken into the other boats, which then put put back to the vessel. Then she sailed away, and Dick followed. He took good care to keep out of sight, however. At midnight the redcqats made another attempt to land. Greatly to their surprise, they' found the Liberty Boys waiting for them. They put back in disgust, and the vessel sailed away again. No rurther attempt was made that night. Dick gave the youths three or four hours' rest, but was up at daybreak. He caught sight of the enemy in the distance, and at once aroused the gallant youths. The enemy was about to descend upon a town at the mouth of a river. . There was a beach, where many boats were lying, not far distant. Thither Dick led his company. Leaving the horses in charge of half a dozen, the rest made for the boats. They filled a dozen of them, and set out for the British vessel. She was just lowering her own boats. At once the Liberty Boys swarmed around them. An exciting struggle at once began. The Liberty Boys seemed as much at home in a boat as in the saddle. boats of the enemy were overcrowded, and the men at a disadvantage. Four boats commanded respectively by , Dick, Bob, Mark, and Ben Spurlock surrounded the largest one of the enemy. It was. upset, and then stove in, the men being thrown into the water. "Now for the next!" c;ried Dick. CHAPTER XVII. THE CAPTAIN SLIPS AWAY. i The commander of the British vessel made haste to protect his men. A solid shot was sent crashing through the bottom of the boat by Mark. Fortunately no one was hurt. complement to start with, f;he was unable to land any large party at one time. The commander contented himself with shelling the shore, therefore. The Liberty Boys were not harmed, and the noi se of the firing aroused the townspeoplP. They came flocking to the shore, dete1111ined to driv e the enemy away. A great number of boats were manned, and set out for the British ship. Each one carried from two to six armed men. This :flotilla, swarming around the larger vessel, could have done a Jot of mischief. The Britih commander might si nk some o:f them, but not all. There would s till be a number sufficient to make a great deal of trouble for him. He th':!re:fore, having recalled a ll h is boats, quickly made sail. and spe in the room which contained old They were picked up by other boats, and the struggle went on. Dick got three or more boats together, as before. '1'11en he attacked one c.f the enemy's boats. Cannon boomed, and muskets rattled, but Dick pushed right on. He swamped another boat, making no attempt to pick up the men. "We don't want prisoners," he said. "All we want i s to -::ripple the enemy." Then he took the youths ashore, ready to pick off all who attempted to land. The redcoats swam to the vessel and were picked up. Having Jost two of hel' boats, and having Jess than ], e r clothes. From t he se he had selected a suit of man's apparel. This he had put on over his uniform, and, leaving the knife on the table, had crawled out of the window. Dick arrived at the house at dusk and went up to the gar ret to leave the prisoner a light. As he entered the room a gust of air nearly extinguished the 'fhe prisoner had scarcely effected his escape a s Dick en tered. He set down the lamp, and made a dash for the window. Thrusting his head oi:t he saw the officer making his way along the leads at the edge of the roof.


I THE LIBE.RTY BOYS WITH PUTNAM , 17 He was jast turning the corner of the gable when saw sim. Dick I The Liberty Boys gave chase, picking off oue and another as they charged. Every now and ihen a redcoat would be seen to fall from his saddle, and a riderless horse would go dashing away. "Stop!" he cried, follo , ;ving. Then he saw the man leap to a tree, the nearest branch of which was six feet away. He caught it, swung in toward t h e trunk, caught another branch, and in a few moments was on the ground , and speed ing down the street like the wind. CHAPTER XVIII. ROUTING THE REDCOATS. Dic k was gl'eatly rpon; ified at the captain's escape. He could not blan:e himself nor those in the house for it, how eve r. Investigation revealed ho w the prisoner had set to work. is a clever fell'.lw," Dick said to Bob, "and I do not suppose we will ever see him again no w." "Pe1haps,'' said Bob. next day word came that the redcoats had appeared agam . 'l'hey were burning and d estroying and creating general havoc. Whether they had been lande d from a vessel or not was not "It matters little how they came," said Dick. "No; but they must gotten rid of," said Bob. The Liberty Boys at once set out to pursue the redcoats. They heard of them at the next town, and set off in pursuit. AL last they came in sight of them. The party was partly mounted, and partly on foot. They could not make the speed that Dick and the Liberty Boys could make, therefore. Dick b e h eld them from the top of a hill, burning hay-ricks and rifting barns. A small pa rty of farmers was endeavoring to hold them in check . There were not e nough of them, how e ver, and the redcoats were doing pretty much as they pleased . "There they are!" shouted Dick. Down the hill they raced. A turn in the road concealed them for a time. When they were at last seen they were almost upon the redcoats. The youths gave a ch eer. Then they sounded their battle-cry. The marauders were quite taken by surprise. They made a stand, however. Leading them was the very captain wh o had so many times escaped from Dick. N ow he d etermined that the officer shou ld not escape. "Charge!" he cried . Then he dashed forY

18 THE LIBERTY BOYS WITH PUTNAM. The old wartjor had heard good reports of Dick and the Liberty Boys, and was greatly pleased. "Well, Dick," he said, "I am ordered to be ready to march 10 the Highland region at any moment." "So I hear, sir." "You will be glad to accompany me?" "Yes, general." "Then be prepared to go with me shortly." ' "I will do so, sir." Before leaving Connecticut, Dick and Bob had an opportunity to go and see the family of James Doggett. To their surprise they found that the second daughter, Martha, had returned. They did not see h e r, however, Mrs. Doggett telling them the story. "Yes, Martha came home," she said, "and asked her father's forgiveness, and although he was sore angry he could not refuse. "She had her marriage certificate and her wedding-ring, and was Mrs. Captain Murgatroyd, of the British army, but she was glad to be home again. "His friends had treated her fine, but she didn't see very much of him, and was homesick, and then I guess she did not care as much for him as she had at first." "Well, they say you must speak no ill of the dead," said Dick, "and so--" "Why, Captain Slater, what can you mean?" "That Captain Murgatroyd is no more." "Dead? You can't mean it!" "Yes." "How did it happen?" Dick related all that he knew of the matter. "Well, I suppose she will mourn him, and--Could you find his grave?" "'Yes." "Could you tell me how to find it?" "Yes." "I shall have to tell her, of course. She must be told. She may want to go there. We can't keep it from her." "No, I suppose not." Dick told the good woman how to find the captain's grave, and he and Bob left a short time afterward. The farmer's three sons remained in the army till the end of the war, and took part in no more mutinies. The}' all served faithfully, and two were made captains and one a lieutenant later on. Doggett put on mourning for the captain, and had his remains brought home and placed in the family burying ground. She never married again, and did not seem to envy her sis ters, who both found good husbands in the neighb orhood . She always wore widow ' s weeds, and yet never heard from or saw her husband's relatives. She called herse!f Mrs. Captain Murgatioyd, and seemed to take pride in it, living to be an old woman, but always dwelling on the past. "I am afraid that she would not have had a happy life with the captain," said Dick to Bob. "From what I saw of him, I am sure she wou ld not," was Bob's reply, "and I think she is happier without him than she ever would have been with him." "I am afraid that such i s the case," said Dick. "But the lli:ln is dead, and so no more need be said." "Very true," agreed Bob. Word came at last that Putnam was to march to the Hudson. Dick and the Liberty Boys would go with him, and all the youths were in high spirits. They had done gallant deeds in Connecticut, and now in their own state, the greater part of them coming from New York, they were ready to do still more . Next week's issue will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS' REVENGE; OR, PUNISHING THE TORIES.'' Send Postal For Our Free Catalogue. A NEW SEMI-MONTHLY . THE TITLE IS "MYSTERY MAGAZI E'' PRICE 10 CENTS A COPY HANDSOME COLORED COVERS. 48 P.AGES OF READING. LOOK FOR IT The greatest magazine published, for old and young. IT CONTAINS Rousing feature stories, detective stories, based on deep mysteries, short stories, novelettes, serial stories, and a vast quantity of miscellaneous reading matter. GREAT AUTHORS. FAMOUS ARTISTS. FINE PRESSWORK This magazine contains more reading matter for the price than any similar publication on the news-stands. The title of the feature story in No. 10 is • THE INNER WHEEL By OCTAVUS ROY COHEN Watch this ad for the titles, which will follow from week to week. I BUY A COPY NOW! BUY A COPY NOW! fRANK TOUSEY, Publiaher, 168 Weat 23d Street, New York Cit:>


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20 THE LIBERTY BUYS OF '76. MAKING HIS FORTUNE O R THE SMARTEST BOY IN NEW YORK By RALP H MORTON (A SERIAL STORY) CHAPTER XXII (Continued). Jones now demanded scornfully: "Where could a kid like you dig up a large sum of m o ney?" "I have $85,000 in a safe-deposit vault at this moment--money which I made by careful speculatio ns. I am willing to invest $75,000 of it in the c orner in cotton you are getting up just to save my life. But I want to tell you, that if any money is made out of the deal, I want my share in pro tection to the amount I invest." The brokers , were staggered at the boy's boldness and as the force of his remarks struck them, they began to realize that they were dealing with a remarkably game and intelligent fellow. Finally one of the men remarked : "Hanged if the boy's off er isn't a good one, Jones!" "Are you willing to produce this money at once?" demanded Jones, bending a keen, searching glance upon the boy. "To show you that I am not fooling," replied Jack with an exasperating smile of careless uncon cern, "I am willing to go to the safe-deposit vault with you at this moment, and fetch the money here, if you will make out the necessary legal documents which will make me a partner in this deal. I must have some security for my money, you know." The 1nen held a whispered conference. At the end of it, Jones said to the boy: "We have decided to adopt your suggestion . I shall f!:O to the vault with you, and you must get the money and turn it over to me. I shall give you a recdpt for it, and stipulate what it is to be used for. This deal is going to more than double your money, boy, but to save , ourselves we have got to kc you in on it. There is no other way, for you ;rould not be crazy enough to go back on us when you are in the syndicate and thus actually cause the loss of your money." "Very well," assented Jack. "Come on. I am ready. You will find out that there is no humbug about what I tell you, Mr. Jones." Then the brokers imposed a fearful oath on him to silent about their business, and Jones went with him. Tte clerks in the outer oillce were all back in their pla ces as the drunken broker had gone away, and they stared at Jack in no little amazement, as they had not seen him go into the private office. A clerk was sent ahead to summon a cab, and Jack and r ones found it in front of the door when they reacll.ed the street. Jones kept close beside the boy and he had his pistol in his outside pocket of his overcoat, and he let Jack know it. They entered the cab, and were driven to the safe deposit vaults, where Jack got the money he had deposited there. Then they were driven back to Jones' office. When they reached the room where the other three men were, they found that during their ab sence one of men had the papers drawn up, whereby Jack was made a member Qf the secret syndicate. CHAPTER XXIII. THE PANIC IN THE COTTON EXCHANGE. When the document s were signed, and Jack hand ed over his hoard, he got back the papers, and was then told he could go. "But remember," warned Jones, as Jack put on his hat, "do not utter a word about what you have passed through, and you will be safe. If you be tray us, heaven h e lp you , for each and every one of us will hunt you down, and you will. be pickerl up dead with a bullet in your brain." "Oh, don't you worry about me," coolly retorted the boy. "When this deal is fini s h e d we w ill give you a fair show. Your name will appear as one of this syndicate, and you will reap a rich harvest for the money you have invested." Then Jack went back to the office. A few weeks later there was a tremendou s furor of excitement in the custom exchange. A powerful syndicate was cornering the market for February deliveries, and only Jack Hooper knew who they were. One morning, while the boy was discussing the situation with Daisy, Mr. Fish came hurrying in1 looking careworn and dejected


•, THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 21 "You don't look well this morning, sir," Jack re-l brokers' entrance, and dashed inside past the door as him to off his overcoat. keeper, who yelled at him to come back, but he paid Are you mixed up m the excitement?" no heed to the command. "l\'Iy dear boy," answered Mr. Fish, touched by Straight up to the old broker rushed Jack b?,y's evident sympathy, "I am on the verge of Jones was still confronting him, a sneering smile rum ! on his face. "What!" gasped Jack, turning pale. "How is "I've driven you to the wall!" he was shouting that?" at the old man. "You are done for now, and you "It is easy to understand. I have accepted orders can thank me for it!" at the ruling price of 10 1-2 cents a pound which Mr. Fish was as pale as death. I have got to fill in February. If I have not got Just then Jack interfered. the cotton, I shall nave to buy it at the price which "Mr. Fish!" he exclaimed. asked at the time of delivery. Should the price "Oh, Jack," cried the old broker, and all his cour-mcrease to 15 cents by that time I will lose 4 1-2 age seemed to suddenly forsake him, for tears ran cents a pound, for I understand that a rich syndidown his cheeks. "I am ruined!" cate has practically cornered the market and will "Not yet, sir!" ringjngly answered the boy as he keep up the price. As I am involved to the extent pulled a paper out of his pocket. "You are in need of a million or more , it may wipe me out:" of cotton to fill your orders, ain't you?" A cold sweat burst out on Jack's forehead as he "Yes. But I cannot get it. Jones has me by the thought: throat. He has demanded cotton, and I cannot fur"I owe this old man all my success in business, nish it in the quantity he requires." and yet at this moment I am one of the syndicate "How much?" is working out his ruination!" , "An option on 15,000 bales. will save me." It was a horrible thought, but it was true. "Then here!" cried the boy, thrusting1 the paper In a little while Mr. Fish rushed out of the office, into his hand. "I hold an option on 18,750 bales, shouting to Jack: brought at 8 cents, which cost me 75,000 dollars. ''I'm going over to the exchange. If anything In other words, I am in the bull pool with Jones & turns up you will find me in the pit. There is going Co., and I now turn my holdings over to you at the to be the deuce to pay to-day." present market price, to do with them as you see . Jack was half frantic to aid him, but he dared not fit. Go in and save yourself!" say a wo1d, or he wou ld have the deadly Mr. Fish was as he enmity of Jones & Co. glared at the paper m his tremblmg hand, and he "I have got holdings enough to prevent hiin from gave Jack a look that the boy never forgot. g etting squeezed," he reflected, "but Jones hates He could not speak, but his eyes were eloquent. Fish, and is eager to ruin him. If he can down the Such gratitude the boy never saw before. The old man, and make a beggar of him, he will do it." broker grabbed Jack, but the boy tore himself free, The pit was jammed with anxious brokers as it and ran. had never been in months, the bulls and bears pac"Come, Mr. Fish!" he roared, and the old mar ing up and down nervously. followed him. Jack recognized his boss among them, while off There was an attorney in the building, and tlH in one corner stood Jones and the three friends pair went into his office and swiftly made the tra.ns watching the brokers like four beasts of prey, for fer of the stock. ihe:v were the men who controlled ihe situation. Armed with the cotton options l\fr. Fish rnshed At 1 :35 o'clock, Superintendent Kingsley mounted into the pit again, and in five minutes he had cov the rostrum. and holding up his hand for attention, ered all his shorts. he read the Government estimate, amid a. breathless In the meantime Jack had gone out of the exsilence. change with his brain in a whirl over what he had "I have .i u s t ieceived this i:eport from the tary or Agri c.:ulture. The Government crop estimate is that there will be a total yield of 10,167,818 bales, of 500 pounds gross weight of cotton." Instantly ihe brokers rushed into the pit and began to buy and sell excited ly. Jack had been watching l\'Ir. Fish intently. The old broker was the center of a wildly shouting crowd and he seeme d to be intensely excited. All at once Jack saw him fight his way out of the bunch, and come face to face with Jones, who shook his fist in the old man's face. Mr. Fish looked as if he was half dead. ,Tack rose to his feet, pale and trembling. He sud denly ran downstairs, made his way io ihe done to save his boss. That he had lost thousands of dollars by disposing of his holdings before the price of cotton had gone to the top notch he felt sure, but he did not regret it when he thought of the good he had done. Jones followed the boy after he left the Exchange, and, meeting Tony Degano, he entered into arrange ments with the villain to shadow Jack and, at th( first opportunity, do him up; and Tony, who disguised, followed on after the boy . With his head in a whirl over all the excitement he had been through, Jack crossed over Hanover Square, and walked down Pearl street. (To be continued.) ,


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. CURRENT NEWS rt is amazing how quickly a man can learn to use a further growth to 3,000. This increase is to be his toes as he does his fingers, says the Popular effected by the erection of two-story to the Science Monthly. If you don't believe this, just try wings on each side of the present hospital area. to write with your toes. At first the letters will be The Iaew buildings will be u s ed for convalescents, very large and awkward. But with a little practice giving all the present one-story buildings for gen you will find that you can write with your foot more era! and special wards. easily than with your left hand jf you are naturally right-handed. Nine hundred and ninety-seven cutting tools alone are required in manufacturing a modern rifle, says the Popular Science Monthly. The twist drill is one of the busiest of these. To supply 1,000,000 rifles, 94,000,000 holes must be drilled. Shrapnel, torpe does, machine guns, biplanes, motor trucks and anti-aircraft guns required from 70 to 5,000 holes each. Soap-saving suggestions ' have been adopted by the Hotel Association of Chicago as a body. The amount of soap supplied to guests is to be limited by supplying fresh cakes only when a room is occupied by a new guest, or when soap has diminished to a thickness which warrants a maid putting in a new cake. Only one cake of soap is to be put in each room without bath, and two cakes in rooms with bath. A pig-raising class will be organized in every school throughout New York State in communities of 1,000 population or less, under the direction of the New York Sta'te Food Control Commission. Each class will raise 50 pigs, and as there are 1,000 vil lages of that size in the State, 50,000 pigs will be added to the food supply. As a preliminary it was necessary to ask the officials of such villages to sus pend during the war local ordinances against raising pigs. All but three have replied to date conforming to the war necessity. The State Educa tional Department will aid in this work. Butchers are gradually abolishing the custom of giving fat and suet free to purchasers of meat, taking the stand that when customers pay for fat they will use it sparingly, thus conserving fats as a food saving measure, whereas free fat notoriously leads to carelessness and waste. The difficulty of corBaby carriages and boys' bicyclei:; are now selling recting this loose trade custom of giving away fat second-handed at nearly double the price of a new is very great, however, and the Butchers' Advocate article before the war. While the average price suggests that it be done co-opera t ively, butchers in of a second-hand man's bicycle is $30 to $40, an old each community organizing and adopting an official boy's bicycle easily brings $50, and at that few are resolution against the practise. The butchers of offered for sale. that .before the war I Chicago, through their association, have already turned out baby carriages and bicycles are now adopted such a rule. . working day and night on war materials. . ' The extensive use of triplex glass in aviation is responsible for a low casualty list. Time and again triplex goggles have saved the eyes of aviators and windows or shields have prevented the fliers from sustaining injuries. Recently an airplane fit ted with a triplex window struck a tree at 30 feet from the ground, at a ' speed of 90 miles an hour. It is reported that not a particle of glass was separated from the window by the impact, and the value of this protection to the crew can well be imagined. Plans have been completed by the War Department for increasing the size of the base hospital at Camp Dix, already one of the largest in the world, to nearly double its present size. The early wounded from European battlefields is the reason for increasing the beds to 1,800, with prospects of use of the institution for the care of American War conditions have had a peculiar effect upon the market for guinea fowls. Just at present, in several large cities, particularly storage centers, the demand for these birds is not so great as the sup ply, and they are sold at prices that make them as economical a food as poultry. Usually guineas are in demand at ccrmparatively high prices for banquets, high-class hotel trade, and for use on tables where their dark flesh and slight gamey flavor make them acceptable substitutes fo r wild birds du-ring the closed season for game. Banquets are now less numerdus, consequently guineas are not finding their usual ready sale. As the stored stocks must be moved soon, the owners are offering these fowls at relatively low pric;es. The Food Administration considers that they may well be used where they are on the ma;rket at present quotations to take the place of red meats. They are at least equal in food value to common poultry and will give variety to tables where they have not been used.


. ' THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 23 STEEPLE JACK, THE BOY oF NERVE OR THE 'MYSTERY OF THE OLD BELL TOWER By CAPTAIN GEORGE W. GRANVILLE (A SERIAL STORY) CHAPTER V. ON TOP OF THE BRIDGE. The poor little widow looked pale and careworn in the extreme. "Oh, Jack!" she cried gladly. "At last! I thought we would never get you back to your senses. My poor boy! Oh, my poor boy!" Tears of sympathy rolled down her cheeks, and she tenderly stroked his throbbing brow, as she bent over and kissed his parched lips. "Why, mother, how in the world did I get home?" he asked in surprise. "Doctor," appealed the little woman to a physi cian who stood near the bedside, "can we talk?" "Certainly, madam; he is in no danger, although )ie was ,pretty badly cut and bruised. There isn't a bone broken, I am glad to say, but he will be pretty stiff and sore for some time." "Then I will tell you all about it, Jack," said Mrs. Ranger. "About twelve o'clock a cab drove up to the door. The driver summoned me, a-p.d said you were inside of the vehicle, badly injured. He wanted to know if I wanted you taken to the hospital, but I said no, and we got you up here and sum moned the doctor. You were senseless, your clothing was torn, and you were badly injured. The physician dressed your wounds and tried to revive you. It took all night to do it, and you were a little delirious. But thank heaven you are not fatally hurt." "Probably Mr. Money sent me home in the cab." "How did you get this way?" "I was climbing down in the steeple of St. Paul's church and fell." "Is that all you know about it, my son ?'.J "Yes; I must have struck my head, for my senses left me." "Then perhaps this letter may throw some light on what happened to you after you became uncon scious. I found it pinned to your jacket." She handed the boy an envelope, and he opened it and drew out a sheet of paper, on which was written with pencil: "MY DEAR JACK-I found you lying unconscious in the bell tower and sent you home. In your pants pocket you will find one hundred dollars for the work you did for me to-night. It is part payment of the thousand I promised if you found the iron box. I shall call on you again some other time to resume this job. While I stood on the corner of Fulton street looking up at the steeple I saw the old bell-ringer come out of the slatted window, which stood open. He got down on the little plat form just below the window, and swiftly made his way around the steeple to the Vesey street. side, where he disappeared from my vi7w. You must have gone on up the steeple and tfrns passed him. That was what I was yelling up when you looked out, but you did not seem to hear what I said. I ran around into Vesey street to try to get a look at the !)ld scoundrel again, but if he was there, I failed to see him. He may have noticed me, and kept the steeple between me and himself. I was brought back into the church by hearing that awful yell, and it was then that I found you lying bruised, bleeding and senseless on the platform of the belfry. Do not be discouraged. We will catch the ihost, and get the box yet, if you are not afraid to repeat your climb later on. MR. MONEY." Jack handed the letter to his m9ther, whose curi osity was aroused, and when she read it, she gave him his trdusers, and he took out of the pocket five twenty-dollar bills and a ten. "Here's the money, sure enough,'t said Jack with a smile. "Also the ten I earned by gilding the ball on the flagpole on the skyscraper. It's for you,'' and he gave her the money. "A very goodr day's work, my son, but had I known the danger you were in, I would not have had you do it for a million times as much." The doctor now took his departure, and Mrs. Ranger got the boy some breakfast, after which he fell into a sound, refreshing sleep. Over t'lfo weeks passed before Steeple Jack had entirely1 recovered from that fall, and he never told his mother that the alleged ghost of the old bellringer had hit him on the head, causing him to pitch down into the gloom of the steeple's interior. In the meantime several people had called at the flat to give him orders, and a few letters brought him in other work. They were all trifling jobs, and he attended to


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 . . them as soon as he was able, thereby earning a 1 where you can fasten the fly by m ea ns of these few dollars, for the pay of a Steeple Jack is very strong snaffle-hooks." poor in proportion to the amount of risk he has Jack nodded, and as a big T-beat:.1 had been seto assume. cured on the end of the fall , he ste pped on the t e nMeantime he heard nothing more from Mr. Money, ton marn of i r on, the foreman ' gave the engine e r or from the handsome girl who had brought him th e signal, and the boy was hoisted up into the air. to the mansion on Fifth avenue . As the boom swung around and hung suspend e d But he was destined to hear more of these mysover the river with two guy-ropes trailing down in terious people later on, as events subsequently the hands of a couple of men, the y kept the b eam proved. from bumping against the side of the bridge. At the time of which we are writing the steel There stood the solitary boy on the beam , holding towers of the new Wiliamsburg Bridge had been on to the chain with one hand and calmly looking almost entirely erected. down into the awful de pth yawning far below him , It was on the 3d of July, and as J a ck w as just only a mere wire cable s u s pending him betwe e n leaving the house, a rough-looking man, clad in a heaven and the rippling waters of the fast-rushing pair of overalls and a cap came up to him with an Eas t River. old clay pipe in his mouth, and asked the boy: Up, up, up he was drawn until the span was "Isn't there a Steeple Jack a-livin' in this house?" r e ached , and here the beam swung in, and he alight "Yes, and I am the f e llow," answered the boy. ed. "What do you want?" Above him there were then seven stagings with t'I've got a job fer yer down at the r new bridge girders, great open cross frames between each one. tower. Ther boss wants ter put up a flag on ther The small braces were zigzagged. He began to tower ter-night fer ther Fourth ter-morrer, an' he'll climb up the first one, and by the time he reac h e d give yer five dollars fer doin' it. Are yer on?" the top he was used to it. "Why" r etorted Jack "ain't the iron-workers There was a gale of wind blowing at the time capable 1of doing it?" ' made very dang:rous, but the boy yaid "Oh, no; not fer this job," chuckled the man. little heed to it as he contmued to and h e "Yer see, ther top struts ain't in persition yet where finally reached the top of the seventh tier. ther cable saddles goes on, 'cause ther upper derThere was nothing to stand on except the top of rick is broke an' ther lower derrick-arm is on a the girder, which was only a f e w inches wide, and stagin' below it. There ain't no way of hoistin' a the insecure footing, coupled with th e dizz y h eight, lad up now. That means as we've got ter have a would have appalled a person less accu s tomed to it. good climber to shin up one o' them twenty-ton col"I've got a tough job now," mutter ed Jack, as umns ter plant ther flag at ther top. yer do it?" he eyed the column he had to climb, for it w as at "I don't know until I see the situation," answered least two feet square, and there w a s absolut e ly no Jack thoughtfully. way in which he could g e t his arms all the w a y "Well, come on with me an' I'll interdooce yer ter around it. ther boss, an' yer kin look over ther situation fer It was bolted together, however , and as his glan ce yerself," said the bridge builder. 1 fell on the big bOltheads sticking out of the i r on he They soon reached the yafd near the New York thought he could manage it . ., tower, and the man led Jack into the superintend-Taking hold of two corner s of the column, a nd ent's little shanty where the office was. getting the toes of his sho e s on the bolth ea d s in eac h Here the nature of the work was mapped out to channel, he began to wor k hi s way up o n this pre the boy, and as he decided to try to do it, he was carious hand and foot hold. taken out into the yard with the flag tied to his It was the most dangerou s climb h e h a d ever atback in a bulky roll. tempted. . There was an army of men wor.king on the mighty A distance of about twenty feet had 'to be climbed structure, and a big boom at the side of the tower in this way, and the people watching him belo w behad a pendant cable hanging from its elevated end, came greatly interested in his work. the huge hook and chain coming down into the yard Slowly and laboriously the boy continu e d upward, beside a niggerhead engine to which the other end his fingers gripping the edges of the iron tenac iou s of the cable was fastened. ly, and his toes press e d strongly again s t the boltThis immense fall was used for hoisting up the heads until he reached the top. iron, the topmost of which had reached the 325-Here he got hold of the opening in the top of the foot level where the flag was to go. column, and pulling himself up, h e got astride o f it, "You can go up with the next load," said the suloosened the flag and fastened it to the thick pole perintendent to the boy, "and it will land you at he found lashed there. the traveler where the span begins. After that you As the wind whipped out its fold s , the big flag will have to climb up the slanting side support gird-struck the boy, and a yell of horror e s c a p e d his ers until you reach the last platform for forgemen lips as he felt it knocking him from his p erc h down and riveters From that p oint it will have to be a toward the river. case of shinning up the colwnn to the pole on top, (To be continued . )


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF 1 '76. 25 INTERESTING TOPIC S BURIED IN COFFIN HE MADE. Walter Bushnell of Whitehall, Ill., who was eighty-four years old,' died here recently. on the farm where he was born, was buried in a casket made by himself from a walnut tree planted by him when a boy. His instructions that his funeral be without ostentation and that the coffin should be carried to the cemetery on a lumber wagon were observed. PAINTED FISH SOLD IN BOSTON. Painted salmon have been sold in large quantities throughout Boston, according to inspectors of the city Health Department. Dr. P. H. Mullowney, Deputy Commiss ioner in charge of food said recently that his men discovered employees m a packing house painting the fish, which were then smoked, causing the color to be absorbed and giving the fish a pleasing to the eye. A paint brush and bucket were seized as exhibits. ROCKEFELLER COAL PRICE CUT. Federal fuel officials in Westchester county, in fixinO' the price limit for the coal John D. Rockefeller released from his Pocantico Hills homestead to keep Ossining families from freezing, have re duced Mr. Rockefeller's demand by $1.32 a ton. Mr. Rockef e ller had asked that $8.75 a ton be paid for the fifty tons he gave up. J. H. Buckhout, official distributer for Ossining, notified Walter Law, Jr., Fuel Administrator of Briarcliff, t_hat the price of coal taken from the Rockefeller brns had been a!!'reed up at $7.43 a ton at the bins, he would settle with Mr. Rockefeller at this pnce. a few postage stamps, which they found in it and some workmen's tools used in making chairs. Burglars entered the place about a year ago, and for some reason took only $10 out of $16 they found there. Why they left the $6, which it was apparent they had handled, is not known. It was since that burglary that the company's of ficials had left the key of the safe in the office, where it could easily be found by any burglars who wished to inspect the contents of the safe. The key was evidently overlooked. QUEST ENDS AT POOR FARM. An aged woman's qu.est for her husband ended at the county poor farm at La Crosse, Wis., only be cause Mrs. Hicks Bishop forgot she had a bank roll sewed in her skirt and was thus forced to accept charity. She had been living with a daughter in Sand Point, Idaho, and decided to come to La Crosse to find her husband, from whom she had been es tranged. Her daughter sewed money in her skirt, but she forgot about it and was taken to the poor farm when her funds gave out. The first man she saw at the farm was her husband. Ill at a local hospital, Mrs. Bishop is still happy because of the presence at her bedside of her husband. LOSING A DAY. The system of agreeing on fixed places where the hour changes, so that clocks can be set in accord ance with the earth's revolutions, made it necesary to also fix a point where for the purposes of the ARMY OF WORKERS RAID VIRGIN SPRUCE calendar the day also changes. This imaginary north and south line is fixed upon at 180 degrees FORESTS. west longitude, which would cut the Pacific Ocean A raid on the hitherto inaccesible virgin spruce in two. This line make:; it possible for a person forests of the Grays Harbor country of Washingto travel all day before approaching this line and ton is to be made at once by an army of to then find himself after crossing it traveling all the 5 , 000 men in the employ of the recently next day with the same name for the day of Aircraft Spruce and To secure . week. Thus he could spend all of Sunday travelmg the fulfilment of its contract with Uncle Sam the toward the International Day Line, as this is called, company has furnished a bond of $200,0?0. and after crossing it spend another Sunday, which In getting out the timbei:, loggmg, steam would be the next day, going a way from it. This logging, driving, power sphttmg and even small Would give him the novel experience of having two portable sawm ills will be used. Great motor t . rucks Sundays 011 successive days, says the Book of Won also will be used in large numbers to get the timber ders. The same thing would happen if he were trav to the mills. elinO' to the Day Line on Monday, Tuesday, Wedncs Friday, or Saturday . He would through two succeeding days of the name i.n the same week, one right after the other. This would be in going westward. CRACKSMEN OVERLOOKED KEY, BLEW SAFE,. GOT $20. Overlooking, or disdaining to use, the key to the safe in the offices of the New York Chair Company, at 164 Mulberry street, left in plain sight so burglars would not blow , the safe, cracksmen the other night blew ooen the safe and took $20 in cash and If you were traveling eastward and crossed the International Line on Sunday at midnight you would lose a day completely out of the week , for when yol woke up the next morning it would be Tuesday.


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 Some interesting figures about the rat population of Kansas have been compiled by Dr. S. J. Crum-NEW YORK, APRIL 5, 1918. bine, secretary of the Kansas Boa r d of Health, for --------------------the Federal food a dministrator of that State. Work TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS !llngle Coples .•••••••••.••.•..••..•..••••.....••• One Cop7 Three :&Ion tho ............. , , •••••.•.•• One Copy !llx !llonth• ...• : .•.••...•••..•.....••• One Cop7 One Year ............................. . POSTAGE FREE .08 Cenh .75 Cents 1.lill 8.00 HOW TO SEND MOXEY-At our rlllk send P. 0. Money Order. Chc :' k or Reglster<'d T ... etter; remittances in any other war are at your risk. '' e accept Postage the same as cub. When sending •ilver wrap the Coln In a separate piece ot paper to avoid cutting the envelope. Write your name and addrese plnlnly A

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 27 A GENTEEL TRAIN WRECKER. By Alexander A11nstrong I was running on the Gulfport arid Bilford road. A portion of the line extended through a rather wild region, and the State was noted from its early history for the number of desperadoes within its borders. Bilford was a large town, and had a bank. One morning Mr. Belcher, the cashier, came to my house while I was eating my breakfast. We both came from the same town in the north, and it was through his influence that I obtained my situation in that distant State. Ire looked anxious and troubled when he came into the house. He slept in the bank, with a whole arsenal of weapons in the bed with him. When I looked at him I suspected that the insti tution had ben robbed in the night; but I was mis taken. "Baisley, I have to send twenty thousand dollars in gold to the bank in Fishville," said he in a low torie, after he had looked about to assure himself that no one but myself was withing hearing distance. We made the arrangements for the transporta-tion of the gold before I left the house. . I intended to place the boxes on my seat, removing the spring cushion to make room for them. When everything was arranged, Mr. Belcher rose to leave the house. The dwelling contained but two rooms, and the front door opened into the room in which I lived. As the cashier walked to the door thE>.re was a very decided knock on the outside. Mr. Belcher stopped, and I went to answer the summons. I found that the door was ajar when I went to open it. A well-dre s sed man stood on the step. He bow e d very politely. As I had not heard him come up the steps I won dered how long he had been at the door. But I did not think he could have heard what passed betw een the cashier and me, even if he had been there. "I am getting up a dancing schoc.1," said he, in the politest manner possible, "and I shall be glad to have your children attend." "My children!" I exclaimed, laughing, for the idea amused me very much. "I have no children." "Isn't this Mr. Baisley?" he inquired, taking a paper which appeared to be a list of names from his pocket. "That's my name; but I have no chick or child in the world." He apologized very handsomely for his blunder and then departed. The cashier went to the bank. An hour later, on my way from the round-house to the station, I stopped the machine where the line crossed the common road in an unfrequented place, and the three tobacco boxes containing the gold were transferred from a wagon to the cab. I covered them with an overcoat, and placed a cushion on them. Each box weighed about twenty-five pounds. The train started on time, and all went well till it arrived at Buckvale, fifteen miles from Bilford, wh(,)re we made our first stop. I had hardly brought the machine to a stand when a very genteel man, apparently about forty years of age, stepped up to the cab with a letter in his hand. "Mr. Baisley?" he inquired. • That was my name, and he gave me the letter. I saw that it was directed to me, and I opened it. It read like this : I "Mr. John Baisley: "Dear Sir .-This letter will be handed to you by Richard Ganwood, Esq., the president of the Gun Hill Bank. He came up by the night train with an order from the Fishville bank for the twenty thousand dollars in gold on your engine. You will deliver the boxes to him at Gun Hill, taking his re ceipt _for the money, and he will pay you the one huncked dollars agreed upon. I have written my name five times on the photograph of Mr. Ganwood, which he will give you, to make sure that you de liver the gold to the right person. "Yours truly, "Amos Belcher." This letter was written on the sheet with an engraved heading used by the bank. It appeared to be all right. The photograph was produced. It was a good picture of the genteel person with the letter, and the cashier had written his name upon it as stated in the letter. I was afraid something might be wrong, though I col}.ld not see how it was possible. Why had not Mr. Belcher come to me, if Mr. Ganwood was in season to take the train? I asked the president of the Gun Hill Bank about this. "I did not find Mr. Belcher till five minutes before the train started, and I jumped on the car after it had started," he explained. I talked with him till the order came to start the train. I told him I would make up my mind what to do by the time the train reached Gun Hill. I thought of the matter all the way; and I decided not to give up the boxes to the genteel person. He was a stranger to me, and it was just pos sible something was wrong, though I could not put my finger on anything about the matter that looked irregular. Mr. Ganwood was very polite when I informed him that I intended to deliver the boxes according to my or ders from the cashier.


28 THI'.; LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. He argued the case like a lawyer. I When he had got so far he dropped, and never "You are a stranger to me, sir; and for that reaI moved again. son I can't let you have the boxer.," I replied to all I did not wait to hear his last argument. I put he said. my own in before he had time to say any more. He told me how much damage would be done to The dancing master :fired next; but he was comhis bank by my refusal to obey the written orders pletely demoralized by the fall of his principal. He of Mr. Belcher; but I stuck to my text, and started fired one shot from his revolver, and then ran, for the machine with the "golden weed" still under me. the passengers were rushing forward to :find out The next station was Rabbit Plain, ten miles from what the matter was. Fishville. He was pursued and captured. At this point l saw the genteel bank president The passenger car thrown off the track was badjump into a carriage with another man, and they ly smashed, and those behind it were injured. were driven rapidly away. We had but few passengers; and putting them I ran down to the tank to :fill the tender. into the forward car, I proceeded to Fishville. There was no water in it. Some rogue or villain A hand was sent back to Rabbit Plain Station to had let •it all out within a few minutes . procure a gang to remove the shattered cars from The W'ater had to be pumped up by horse power; the track. and I was detained for over half an hour. The dead body of the robber and train wrecker When the tender was :filled I started again, and was conveyed to Fishville where it was identified hurried the machine as much as possible in order as that of a noted who had fled from the ' to make up my time in part. North to escape the penalty of his crimes. When I rounded the hill on the edge of Rabbit I delivered the gold "in good order and condition" Plain I was going over twenty miles an hour. to the Fish ville bank; but I had no time to tell the Suddenly I discovered that the track was obstruct-story connected with it. ed. When I returned to Bilford in the evening I found Half a cord of sleepers and other timbers had Mr. Belcher at the station, intensely anxious about been placed on the roadbed. the safety of the treasure. I saw that they were ingemously arranged to "I got your letter at Buckvale, " I said to him, wreck the train. willi"Qg to let the story come out in anatural way. I saw at once that I had not distance enough to "What letter?" he demanded, opening his eyes stop the train. very wide. As there appeared to be nothing but wood in the "The one you sent by Mr. Ganwood, the president pile, I thought it would be better to hit it hard, of the Gun Hill Bank." and I pulled out the throttle. "I don't know Mr. Gan wood; and there is no bank I struck the heap of rubbish, and the air was at Gun Hill." :filled with flying sleepers and splinters. "I did not know that," I added, handing him the My plan proved to be a good one, for the machine letter. did not leave the track. He read it, and then indulged in a howl of anI shut off the steam, as soon as the engine hit guish. the pile, and reversed the motion, whistling the "You needn't cry, Mr. Belcher; I didn't let him brakes on at the same tirne. have the gold; and later in the day I s hot him dead Unfortunately, the second passenger car was with my revolver," I continued . thrown off by a log under the wheels. He was greatly relieved, and then I told him the Before the train stopped I saw two men rushing whole story. towards the engine. He almost hugged me, and paid me the hundred They came out from a clump of bushes. dollars on the spot. The one at the head was the genteel president of 'l'he bank directors voted m e five hundred more. the Gun Hill Bank; the other was the dan cing masI used the money in leaving the State. ter who had called upon me in the morning. If I had not fired quick while the gentlemanly vilI deemed it advisable to pull out my revolver and lain was talking to me, I and not he would have cock it. been the dead man. The two men continued to approach the engine. It was a narrow escape, and I do not care to mee t I saw that I had done the right thing in refusing another Genteel Train Wrecker. to give up the gold to the genteel applicant for it. _,,, .. ,. .. _ .. These two men had attempted to wreck the train in order to obtain the money under me. "Now I will take those three boxes, Mr. Baisley, if y::>u please," said Mr. Ganwood. "But I don't please," I replied. "Then I shall be obliged politely to persuade you to do so," he added, pointing a pistol at my head. "This is my last argument; and you--'' GOAT IMMUNE TO DYNAMITE. A Western household was terrified recently by the discovery that their pet goat had eaten two sticks of dynamite. The animal was carefully driven to a safe distance and tethered to a stake . But days andweeks elapsed and the goat did not explode.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 29 FROM ALL POINTS WHERE HARD BEDS ARE EASIER. When in a South China hospital all the beds were provided with springs and mattresses supplied by a philanthropic American all the patients were found next morning sleeping on the tioor. After being used to boards covered with a mat they could not sleep properly on a soft bed. This fact will not surprise our soldiers, many of whom, returning from "tenting on the old camp ground," have abandoned the downy couch prepared by mother in favo1 of the more natural floor. GETS FATHER'S PARDON. A single word, "PaPdoned,'' was cabled to a boy with the American expedit10nary forces in France by Gov. Cox the other day. It is in answer to a letter received from the Ohio soldier, who asked that his father be pardoned from the penitentiary. "I am willing to die for my country, and I could die happy if I could but know he (s free to care for my mother," wrote tlie boy. . The man was freed with five other prisoners re cently. He was convicted of stealing and had almost a year more to serve. At the request both of the father and the son Gov. Cox did not make known the pardoned man's name. . FOUR SONS FOR SERVICE. Mrs. Nora Gearin, of No. 3919 Fair Avenue, St. Louis, Mo., appeare d before the District Draft Board the other day and a s k e d for exemption for a son who had been placed in class No. 1. "My darling Jimmy is in France with Pershing. Danny and George are at Camp Funston, and now they've put Leo and Dennis, the only two I have l e ft, in the firs t clas s . I am willing to let one of them go, but can't you fix it so one of the lads can stay home':'" The boarc.1 took the case under advisement, but Judge Spencer, the Chairman, remarked informally that one of Mrs. Gearin' s lads would stay home if he had to break every draft regulation on the book to arrange it. RATS TO HELP WIN WAR. The common gray rat-the self-same rat in the face of which the most dignified woman makes a squirrel look lik e a cripple when it comes to climbing stunts-is helping to win the war. P.r obably few know that many an airplane soaring high in the sky carries a rat as part of the crew; that rats played and are now playing an important part in the evolution d the submarine, because rats are living barometers. The Government u s es rats and mice chiefly in air pressure tests. The rodents are unusually sen sitive to changes in atmospheric conditions, and at altitudes exhibit unfailing symptoms which md1cate certain conditions of the air pressure. In submarine depth tests and in the experiments to learn the correct pressure of the artificial air rats play an important part m estabhslung facts in relation to human life and the efficiency of under-water craft. NEWEST THINGS. A duster made -of cheesecloth soaked in turpentine and then dried will accumulate dust instead of scat tering it. An Italian scientist has developed a method of identification of individuals by means of the veins in their hands. A partitioned gravy dish has been invented that permits fat gravy to be poured from one side and lean from the other. . Australia seems to have an inexhaustible supply of marble that is found there in many colors in ad dition to pure white. An electrical machine has been invented for sur geons to use in cutting a way plaster casts without discomfort to patients. , The amount of land above sea level in the world would make a crust 600 feet thick if evenly distrib uted all over the globe. Spain will establish in Barcelona a permanent exposition, international in characte, of the textile industry and its branches. CHARGED BARBED WIRE ENTANGLEMENTS. Recent despatches from our fighting front in France convey the interesting information that the Hun has resorted to the old stunt of passing a pow erful electric current through his barbed-wire belts. During a night raid not so long ago, our boys, after penetrating the enemy's first barrier and when near the second, were startled by a soft, cracking sound coming from the belt back of them. They turned in time to see the wires illuminating with a faint purplish glow, with here and there a vicious spark leaping into the air. The wires were charged. We are told that after a while the electrical demonstra tion ceased, and our boys returned to their trenches. Fortunately, the current was sufficiently powerful to cause a corona discharge, or purplish glow, oth erwise, and without warning, our soldiers might have come in contact with the charged wires with perhaps fatal results. Inasmuch as this ruse is for ever appearing }\ere and there on all battlefronts, it might be well for raiders to carry some simple form of instrument which would indicate charged wires. As a general thing, of course, the current flowing through barbed wire betrays itself through arcs or sparks. But again, it may not!


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 . A FEW GOOD ITEMS GERMANS USE WOODEN COMBS. Hair comb s in Germany are now made almost ex clu s ively of wood, instead of the ivory, tortoise shell and celluloid formerly emplqyed. Fine birch and beechwood are used for the best combs, which a r e ornam ente d with fretword or painted in bril li ant colors. McGOVERN LEFT $10,000. Although Terry McGovern won more than $200,000 with his fists in the ring and through stage work, he left only $10,000 to his widow. This amount w as the r e sidue of $18,000 deri v ed from an entertainment for the benefit of the fighter some . years ago. It is s aid t he w idow t will receive the house at 205 Eighteenth str eet, Brookl y n, N . Y., and $5,000, and that the remaining $5, 000 will be held in trust for McGovern's son Joseph. BURGLAR ALARM TRAPS WOMAN. . A burglar alarm trapped a woman in the act of robbing a chicken coop, according to the police of Lake Huntington village. The owner of the coop had been bothered by re peated thefts of chickens from his coop, so he rigged up a burgla r alarm. When the gong sounded in his room at a n early hour he hurried to the coop with a rev olver. He found a woman taking the hens off their roosts . She gave her name as Mrs. Rose Breck and said the high cost of food s tuffs had p r ompted her to take the hens. ACCIDENT GA VE US BLOTTERS . Carelessne s s on t he part of a workman and the quick wit of his e mplo yer gave us blotting paper. The w orkm a n forgot to put in the sizing one day i n a Berkshire, E n gland, paper mill and the whole lot was rejec ted. The anger of the owner was increased when he tried to use one of the sheets, for his pen made only a smear. It occurred to him, however, that the paper might be used instead of sand for absorbing s urplus ink. It proved successful and the damaged lot w as sold under the name of blotting paper. It s oon ca m e into general use. As red rags are hard to bleach and not of much t ise in making writing paper, they were utilized in the m a nu fact u r e of blotters, which for years were alwa ys pink. "" BOY LEAPS FROM SHIP INTO BAY. A Briton of s ixteen who arrived at an Atlantic port the other day was tormented on the trip by j es t ers in the s teerage, who told him that he would no t be permitted to land in America because he would be suspec\ed o f having fled England to es cape military servi ce. He did not seem to compre hend that he was muc h below the conscript age and was greatly perturbed by his tormentors. When the ship arriv ed and anch ored for the night lad stole out on d e ck and jumpe d o verboard, hopmg to get into t he country undiscovered. He was seen by s e veral m en o n watch and a flashlight was turned on him and the eme r g e n cy boat was sw ung out. The boy was fou n d swimming in the icy water not to his liking a n d s h o uted for he l p, which came from the boat o f a d estr oyer that went over her sicl.e. in a jiffy, pick e d him up and restored him to the steamship. He w as sent to an immigration station and a special board o f inquiry may decide whether he should be permitted to land . NEW YORK C I TY IS FENCED IN, GERMANS ARE TOLD. German n ewspa pers have informed their readers that New York City for its protection has girded its elf with a bar b e d wire fence 625 miles in length . The Germ ans a l s o h ave been tol d that 50,000 sol di ers are guarding the port of New York, that rig o r ou s m e as ures h ave been taken in Chicago and e l s e w h ere and tha t H oboken is deserted. Under the caption "America n War Fever" the Cologne Ga z ette of January 16th, a copy of which has be e n re cei v ed here , pub li shed the following d e spatch under an Am sterdam date: "It is repo rted fro m New York that a barbed wire fence of o v e r 1,0p O ki l ometers in length has been drawn a r ou n d the docks and piers of New York. This giganti c f ence e ncircl es the whole of New York and also the adj oining cities of Brooklyn, Hoboken and Jersey City. No one is allowed to pas s through the fen ce without permission, especially enemy aliens. "Fif t y thousand soldiers have been detailed to guard the p ort terminals. Any person found loitering i n t h e v i cin ity o f the barbed wire fence i shot immediately. All Germans who either reside or work within t h e barbed wire zone must vacate the district imm e diat e l y . "In Ch ic ago a lone 23, 0 00 Germans have b e en forced to move out o f t he harbor district . rhe se rigorous r e g ul ations h ave caused great excitement among the bu s i ness men of the country because they are com pe ll e d to do without their German employees if thei r pl a ces o f business are near the docks. A delegation of butchers has vainly pleaded for an alle v i a t i on of these regulations. "The Germans who i n H oboken had built up a colon y r e s embling a little piece of Germany have all been fo r ced to lea ve and t hat port which already had s u ffered he a vi l y from the war, is now abso lutely deserted."


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 . TWO-CARD l\IONTE. This famous trick gets them all. You pi<'k up a card and when rou look at it you find .. A if::'J. the card Y:l!.. Pric e 10c. by mail, p ostpaid. WOLl'I•' Novelty Co., 168 W. 23<1 St .. N. l', PHANTO, \ I CARD S . ' •""' . From fiv e cardil thr"• , , ' are mentally sel ected by ' ""' o.n:r one , placed u ndP r • n o rdinar y handke r chie f , performer w ithdraws t w o . rnrds. I h e ones not se • . lected; the performer Invites any o n e to r emov e t he other two, and to the g r.,at astonl s1ime n t u t a ll t hey have actually d isappea r e d . No sleight-of h a n d . Recommended a s the most lnge n l o!ls car dtrlck ever In vented. Price h:v mall. 0. BEHB, 1110 W. 1 2 d St., New York City. AUTO!IIOBILE ruzZLE . 'l'bls llttle s t eel puzzle ls o n p 6t the most perplexing o n tbe market. and yet w.)len yon mnster It a <'hild couhl i!o l t. rt m easure s 1%. by 4 Inches. Tire trick l s to spell out words a s iuuicated on the cut. Pri ce 1 5 cents ea c h, h, mail, p ontpald. \l'olt'I' N o ve lty Co . • 168 ". 2Sd St., N . Y. BUmu:a 8 U C.ti. EB. • Rub ber Vacuum S uckers The novelty out I Dishes and n lll stlC'k to the tabl e , c u p s to the sau ce r s Jlke glue. Put one unde r a glass and t h e n t r y to lift it. You can ' t . Lots of fun. Always put I t on n smooth surface and w e t '.he rnhbcr . Manv other tri c k s can be ac t'Ompllshed with tllls novelty, Price, 1 2 cts. each by mail. postpaid. C . BEHR, 15 0 W . 8 2 d Street, N . Y. O F GOLD H UNTERS. 'l'HE AMUSEHJ!:NT WB!!:EL 1.'bls h n n d so m e wheel. 7%. inches In circumference, e<1D taln11 concealed numbers from 0 to 100 . By spinning t h e wheel from the cen terpost the numbeu revolve rapidly, but only one appears at the circular )jlen Ing w h e n w b e e l stops spinning. I t can be made to sto p fnstsntly lJy pre99fng the regulator at aide. Y o u can guess or bet on the number that ... 111 appear, tbe one gettlnc the highes t n umber wi nnin g. Yon might get 0, 5 or 100 P ric e , 15 cents; S for •o cents, malled. o oatpal d . C . B EHR, 1 5 0 W . 62d St .. New Tork City. Hold discs In each hand and twist the strings by-, swinging the toy around and a round nlJout 30 times. Then move the hands apart, pulling on the discs and c ausing t h e strlnJ.":s to untwis t. This wlll rotate the w h ee l and c ause the sparks to ll v T'h e c ontinued rotation of the wh e el wlil again t wist the strings. When thl8 com m ence s s l a c k e n the strings sll. irb tJy until they are full t w l,te1l . then. pull. P r i cf' 21\ cts. each hy mall. ,postpaid. C. BEHR, 150 W. 6Zd St •• New York City, GOOD LU.Cl{ GUN FOB. The game consists o r mat ching cards. There ls au odd car d. The unl ucky o n e holding It must ride the rest o f the p lay ers on his back a r o und the room or s i d e walk. Very funn y. Pri ce, five cents a pack by mnil, postp a i d. H. F . LANG. 181 5 C e n tre St •. B 'klyn, N. Y. The r eal western article carried by the cowboys. It is made of fine leather. with a highly nickeled buckle. The holster contains a metal gun, of the pattern as those b y all the most famous scouts . Any boy we::iring one of these fobs will at trac t attention. It will give him an air of western roma nce. The prettiest !'In d most servi ceable watch fob ever made. Send for one t o day. Price 20 cents !':>rh b y mail !)ostpaid. B. F. LA.NG, 1115 Centre St •• B'kb'a, .N, Y. POCKET SIGNAL CHART With Booklet of Instructions in accordance with U.S. ARMY AND NAVY SYSTEMS, 1918 Wi t h t his ch art the authorized codes are quickly learned. Signals are read and veri fied immedi a tely. Can be operated with one hand while the other writes. For use by Boys' and Girls' Clubs, Boy . Sc o uts, Girl Scouts , Lone Scouts, Red Cross Soci e ties, Schools, Y. M. C. A .s--besides Military, Naval and Patriotic Orgartiza t ions, E n listed Men , Camps, etc. We can make you very low rates in quantity. Write To-day! The Booklet which goes with the Chart is endorsed b y authorities as being the simpl est, clearest treatise on signaling. Price, 15 cts. each by mail postpaid. WOLFF NOVELTY CO. 16'6 West Twenty-third St •• New York City St OLD MONEY WANTED $ S2 to $600 JllACH paid for Hundreds of Coins dated before 18911. Keep ALL old Money. You may ban Colna worth a Large Premium. Send lOc. tor New Illustrated Coln Value Book, 1l11e 'i:6. Get Posted at Once. CLARKE COIN CO., Box alJ, Le :Ro:r , N. Y. GREENBACKS Pack of $1, 000 Stage Bills, lOc; 3 packs, 21!e. Send tor a pack and show the bo71 what a W A.D you carry. C. A. Nichols Jr., Box 90. Lincoln Park, N. Y. WIZARD REPEATING Guaranteed will stop the most vicious dog (or man) without per ruanent Injury. Per fectly safe to carry without danger of leakage. Fires and recharire1 b:r pulling trigger. Loads from any liquid. No cartridges required. Over six shota In one loading. All dealers, or by mall, 50c. Pl• to! with rubber-covered holster, Holster lOc. Money order or U. 8. atampL PARKER, STEARNS .t 00., 278 Geora;la Avenue, Brookl:rn, N. Y. THREE-CARD Exceedingly mystifying. Al t h ough the ace. d euce and trey are show n plainly, It Is utterly Impossib le for any one to pick out the ace. Price. IOc, by mall, postpaid, with directions. C. BEHR, 150 W. 62d St., New York City. CIGAR CASE. Tbi s handsome dgar c a 1 e ap pears to be 11 lle

GOLD PLATED SET. Gold plated combination set, with turquoise stone. l'rlce lOc . each by mall, post paid. H. F. LANG, 18111 Centre St .. B 'kl" n . N . Y. DIITATION CVT flNGEK. .A cardboard llni:er. carefully bandaged wltb linen, and the aide and e n d a r • l ; lood-stnlne rl. W hen you slip It on your linger and show It to you r friends, just &!Ye a sroan or two, nurse It up. and pull a look et pa.In. , Yon wm set n othing but •:rm pathy unUI 7oa give the m tl1 e lnngh. 'l'bc n 411ck I Price 10e. each, postpaid. W ,our Nonlb' Clo., 181 w. 2Sd St .• N . Y. BLACl.KEYE JO.K!I. New a.nd IMJllJSlnc j o ker. The Tlctlm lo to\C. te hol d the tube close to h .. .,.. ,. a.e t o exclude &II llcht fr•m the h&ok , a n d then to remoY r e than four inche s .ro m lip to tip o t w ings, aud will b a lan.:e per fectly on the tip ot your finger n ail, on the point of a lead pencil, o r o n a n y p o I n t e d Instrument. only the tip of the bill on the nail or pencil point, the whol e blldJ of the bird being 1uapended I n the air with nothlnr to rest on. lt will not tall orr unless shaken olT. A g reat noTelty. wond erful, amusing and In structive. P rice 10 cents. malled p ostpaid. WOLF.I' NoTeltY Co .. I6S W. ! 3 d St., N. Y . Kilbd:i!:B TACKS. 'l' h c y cuwe sl:l lo a box. A w o n derful Imitat i o n o! tbe real tack. Mada o t rubber. The box In w hlch they come Is the ordlna r y tack box. 'l'hls Is a great p arlor ent e rtnlner and you can play a lot of tricks "ith t a c ks. Plac e them tn the p alm ot your band, polqt upward. The n slap the other .band over the tac k • and it will aeem as It you are committing suicide . Or fiou can •how the tacks and then put them ll'IJJ think you are a magician, '.l'heu , again, :rou can exhibit tbe tacks and the n quickly P\l&h one In your chee k or else' s rheek and the y will shriek with tear. A b 'olutely harmless and a very practica l anti funny foke. Price, by mall. Jl}c. a box ot •Ix tacka; 8 for tile. , postpaid. WOLFF NoHlU Co., 111 W . ISd St., N . 1' . READ THIS ONE! SHERIFF n , Pr: v W Ith this lrndge attachell t o your coat or vest you earn •how th• boys tha t y o u a r e a s berll\'., sud I t tbe1 don' t bellave them s elvew y o u might Jock the m up. ltlsu beauti ful lla d ge, 2 v.. b y 2'Ai Inche s ID size , with the w orda ' 'She rill'. 2 3 . By B e('k' ln nickel letter• on the face of I t . witb 11 p i n OD the back for attac h i n g I t to your cloth Ing. Sen d tor une a n d have som e tuu w q h t h e boya. Price 11 cents, or a for 40 c ents; seut bJ mall, postpaid. H. F . 18111 C entre S t . , B'kly n , X. Y . AUTOHATIC COPYING PEN CIL. The lmportanee ot c arrying a r e liable pencll n•ed not i b e dwelt here . ,,.:="'$" It ti a n ab11olute no-The hofder or this '!li c keled with grooved b ox-wood hand le, glv• tng & fl.rm grip in writing; the pencil auto ... suppUes the l e a d a s needed whtl• a box o r these long Jead1 are given with eac h penc il . The writing ot thlo pen c ll 11 Indelible the a a a I n k.. 11.nd t hua can be used tn wrlttnc l etter s, e n v e lopes. etc . JIUJ• ot accou n t or Invoices made o c t with tht1 pencil can be copJed the a a m e as it copy ... In g Ink wu u sed, It I• the handle•! p e ncll on the market; y o u do not r e .iuir e :.... k nife to l

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 -LATEST ISSUES879 Tbe Libert y Boys Arter the " Plne Robber s " ; o r._ The Mon mouth County Marauders. I 894 'l'he Lihert.r Iloys' Dead Shot Band; or, G eneral Wa.fne :inti the M u t ineers. 880 The J,!berty Boys and Gene r a l Picken s ; or, C hastising the Cherokees. S!l5 'l'bp L iberty Boys at Fort Schuyler; or, The Idiot of G<'rmnn F lats. 881 Boy s at Blac kstock's; o r , The B attle of T y g e r J;.Q2 T h P Liberty Boys and the " Busy Bees"; or, Live l y Work All Around, 8"3 TllP Liberty Boys a n d Emily Gelger; o r , After the T o r y A84 The Liberty Bo:n<' 200 0 Mlle R ctr<'at; o r , C hased fro m C a tnwba to Vlr)?tn!R. 885 'fhe Liberty Boys' Secr e t Orde rs; or, The Tre ason of Lee. 886 T h P Libe rty B o y s and t h e Hid d e n A ' ' c nger ; o r . Tlw M :on o f Kipp's Bay. R'<7 ThP Llherty B o . 1s a t S p r i n g Hill; or. Afte r Cl11111 thP Traitor. 888 'l"h e Liberty Boys and RebE>ccn o r . Fightin g with Fir<' Arrows . 889 The f , lhcrty Boys' Gallant C b argE'; or, T l1t' H a )onct Fight at Old Tappe n , 890 The Liberty Boys' D a ring H a l d ; or. Hot Titn('s a t V e r planck's P oint. 891 The Liberty Bo.v $ and Simo n K ento n ; or. Flglll i n!? tlw On the Ohio. 892 '!'be Liberty Boys Beat Pn : or. T h e Fh:ht nt "C'o• k H ill Fo• t." 8!13 'l'be Llbertv B o y s and M a jor or. T h P RrnY P R r i or Oriskany. 8!17 'l'h" Liberty Boys G unne r . and Pitcher; or, The Rm 1•c \ Y om:i 11 R!l8 Th<> Lihcrtv Boys' Bold Dash; or. The Skirmish nt Pi't'kskill Hay. . Tl'" Lll>Prt v Boys a n d Rocbnmhpan; or, Fighting witb Frt'n<-h All! t's. . \'00 L lh<'rt)' Ro:vs at f;taten Island: o r . f;p ying Upon the B rit!R h . ! ' 04 'l'he Lihnty Boys With Putnam: or, Good ...\Y o r k J n tlw Nntnwg Stnte. Th<> Uhcrty Boys RE'Y t'n gp; or. Punishinl? the ToriE>s. 'l'be Llhe r t ) • Roys a t Dunderl w rg; or, T h e Fall ot tbe HiJ?h land l •'orts. The LihP r t) Boys W it h \Yarne; or. Daring De.,ds At S tony Point For snle hy nll """q"pnlerA. nr wt11 f;ent to 11ny c.n rPrPtot nf or1 rP. fl r Pnts. orr rop"t" t n m n n ,.v o r post1u zp by FRANK TOUSEY. Pub lish e r , 16 8 West 23d St., New Yorli . IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of these weeklies and cannot procure the m from r s, they can b e obtained from the publishers direct. Write ou t anif fill in y our Order and send i t with the price of th" weeklies you want, and the weeklies will be sent to y ou by rC'turrt mail. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE RAME l\R M ONEY. OUR TEN-CENT HAND BOOKS No. I . ;".APOLEON'S ORACl:Ll"lll A?>D IUIOK. -l"Ollt ui ninK t be f'l"en t ... nwle or h umnn rlc•o containing from all the popuiar auth o r s of prose und poetry. No. 32. HOW TO RIDE A BIC"\' C LE. Containing inst ructlo n s !or hegi n ners. chol<'e o l a ma<.lline, hints on trainin g, etc. A comple t e hook . Full or practical illustration•. No. 35. HOW TO Pl, A Y G A !\lES.-A C'Om p lete nurl useful little bo(lk, <'Ontalning tbe J"UlP• anl!. H O W T O hECO)fF. YOl:R OWN llO('TO U. -.\ wonderful b<1ok. containin g ns<'fnl an


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