The Liberty Boys at Dunderberg, or, The fall of the Highland forts

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• THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revo]ution. Issued Weekl11-B11 Subscription $3.00 per year. Entered at the New York, N. Y., Post Office as SeconcJ.,..Clasa Matter b11 Frank Touse11, Publisher, 168 West 23d Street, New York. No. 903. NEW YORK, APRIL 19, 1918. Price 6 Cents. The Liberty Boys at Dunderberg 01' THE FALL OF THE HIGHLAND FORTS By HARRY MOORE CHAPTER I. Patsy's foot had suddenly been stepped upon with a good deal of force by Carl. GETTING READY FOR A FIGHT. -"Oxcoose me, I don'd was loogked where I was went. Do t was der way we was gone." It was a pleasant day in the latter part of the month of Then Carl steered Patsy across the street to the Bo wling September, in the year 1777. Green, where it was more open, and there were not so many Two youths were walking along the lower part of Broadpeople. the city of New York. "Didn't y ou was knowed where you was, Batsy?" he asked. There was a good deal of bustle in the city at that time. "Shure an' Oi do, as well as yel'Silf , Cookyspiller." The streets were full of soldiers ,and out in the bay were "Maybe you was tought you was in der gamp mit dos e seen many ships. Liberty Poys, ui1d gould shpoke choost vat you lige, but you Boats of alt sorts were plying about the river and harbor, didn't was." and everyone seemed excited. "Yis, an' Oi wish Oi was, but Oi furgot mesilf, Cookyspiller, Something was about to happen if all this bustle and activ-an' yez wor all roight to bring nie to me sinses." . ity meant anything. "You don'd musht shpoke eferydings what you d :nks by der "Shure, an' dhe city do be as loively as Oi iver saw it, city," said Carl. "Somepody might heerd you what didn't Cookyspiller,'' said one of the youths to his companion. like dot." He was a rosy-cheeked, pug-nosed Irishman, and was known "Shure, an' yez are roight, me bhy, an' Oi'II be more careas Patsy Brannigan. ful afther dhis." "Yah, dot was so lifely been lige I didn't saw it before," At that moment the man who had asked Patsy if he were said the other youth. • a rebel stepped up in front of him. He weighed two hundred pounds, was German beyond all "What did you mean by saying bad luck to the redcoats dispute, and bore the name of Carl Gookenspieler. just now?" he asked. "Yis, me bhy, an' dhere's somethin' goin' on," said Patsy. "Me, is it? Shure, an' yez musht be mishtaken. Phwin "Yah, und dere was such a big lot off peoples dot we gould was dhis ?" go on oursellufs not off dere was any more been." "Just now, up the street. I heard you very distinctly, :i.nd "Take it aisy, Cookyspiller, an' av yez can't take it aisy, I asked you about it, but you would not answer." take it as aisy as yez can. We want to see phwat do be goin' "Shure, it wor not me dhat yez shpoke to, me man. Oi don't on." know yez from Adam's grandmother, an' Oi niver saw yez "How gould we saw' dot off so many peoples get in our way, in all me loife." Batsy?" "You did, and you ran away. Your remark demands an "Kape a movin', an' kape yer oiyes an 'ears open, me bhy." explanation, and--" "Mein gollies, I vould lige to keeped mein eyes shut und "Oho, now Oi come to think av it, Oi see how it is. It wor glose mein ears also , I bet you." ' me twin brother yez wor talkin' to. Shure we do look so "An' phwy, me bhy?" much aloike dhat sometimes we can't tell ourselves apart, "Vor gause a oldt vomans tooked some shnuff alretty, und begorrah." was shagke some mit mein eyes und noses." "H'm! and ha'3 your German friend got a twin, too?" strs-"Your noses, Cookys piller? Shure, an' yez have got only piciously. wan nose, me bhy." \ "Yah, dere was two off us, choost Iige Batsy und his "No, sir; I was got two off dose noses, und dot shnuff was bruder, und somedimes I don'd know off I was Shaky bei:n went oob bote off dem, und m! me sh nooze, I bet you." or off I was meinselluf." Patsy laughed. "I think you are both a couple of humbugs,'' said the other "Und den a mans was pointed out somedings to anoder in an entirely different voice, "and you want to be more ca.1111veller mit his walking stick, und shofes der end off it mit ful." mein ear alretty." • I "What! Is dhat ye, Dick?" "Shure an' yez do have a bad toime av it intoirely, Cooky"Yes." spiller." ''Mein gollies, I would not pelief me dot. I tought you was "Yah, I bet you . What dot was all abouid. Batsy?" some oder veller, alretty." The two youths were now in full sight of the harbor. "Be careful how you talk, boys. The city is full of soldicn, "Dhe ships do be comin' in, full av sogers." and a careless word might make trouble for you." "Dose was redgoats, ain't it?" "Shure, an' O i know it, and Oi'll luk out phwat Oi say. "Shure an' dhey was, bad luck till dhim." Shurn an' dhe Liberty Bhys wud loike to be in the city, Someone in front of the young Irishman suddenly turned hough." around. "Yes," said Dick Slater, the captain of that famous b ani! "Why do you wish bad luck to the soldiers?" he asked. >atriot youths. "I must leave you now, bo ys ." "Are you a rebel to talk like that?" "Phwere are yez goin'?" "Shure an' Oi'm--Oh, glory, kape yez big fut off me I "To look about. Remain near at hand, for I may need yon toes, yez clums:v .l.Jootchmau. at anv time."


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT DUNDERBERG. Then Dick hurried off in the direction of the river. Fresh troops had arrived, and some movement was being prepared against Washington. General Putnam was in command of the Highland region at Peekskill, Governor Clinton was absent, and the forts were but feebly garrisoned. lt was given out in the city that the troops were to be sent south, but Dick had reason to believe that this was not so. He had been picking up information here and there, and h ad decided that there was to be an expedition sent up the Hudson. W ash!ngton had sent him to get all the news he could, this being only one of the secret missions he had been on for the commander-in-chief. • He had taken Patsy and Carl with him, for they could be useful to him in many ways. Having learned as much as he could, although it was not as satisfactory as. could be desired, Dick was now thinking of ho w he could best leave the city without arousing suspicion . It was a fifty-mile journey to Peekskill, but the most difficult part of it was the getting out of New York. Packet boats sometimes went up the river a short distance and Dirjl: thought he might find one that was going that day'. Reaching the river he began walking along the wharves and examining the various crafts there or on the river. At last he saw a twenty-ton sloop lying alongside a little dock, while on her deck a man was pacing n ervously up and down. The sloop had the appearance of one of the little traders that plied up and down the river and along the Sound. Approaching, Dick said: "Going up the river to-day, captain?" "Waal, I was calc'latin' on goin', but I don't see haow I kin." drawled the man on deck. "What's the trouble?" , "Why , my h; all gone off lookin' fur better jobs lonp;i:hore, an I cant get man nor boy nor nothin', an' I was calc'latin ' to get up this arternoon." "Would you go if you had a couple of men?" "I reckon I would, an' I'd be glad tu. I kin handle her all right wit h thet many." "I'll getthem for you, and give you a hand besides. I know two men '\Yho are looking for a job, and they can be relied on." "Waal, you fetch 'em here an' I'll get aout just as soon as T r . ee 'em." "I'll have them here inside half an hour, so go ri..,.ht on n'•king ready." . "' D'rk hurried away, and within the time prescribed returned with Patsy and Carl. CHAPTER II. BUNNING OFF WITH A CAPTAIN. "Do your two men know anything about a sloop?" asked the captain o f the boat. "They don't know much, I admit, but they will do dl I tell them, and they are both strong and willing." "That'll do then, an' I'm glad tu git anybody." "How far are you going?" "Up to Yonkers. Did yu calc'late to go fmther'n that?" "Yes, but I may arrange it." "Here, beys, help haul on thes e ropes. You'll go out now, I suppose?" "Yes, there's a good w i nd an' th' title's settin' our way tew, an' I shouldn't wonder ef I'd get there on one leg." ' "Get dhere on wan is it?" said Patsy. "Yez are not goin' on a crutch, are yez ?• "He means he will make it in one reach. Fall to now, and get up the sail and jib, and we'll be away in a few min utes." The work went on rapidly, and with the captain at the wheel, and Dick directing his two youths, they were soon out on the river. There were other craft to be avoided at first, but little b.v little they left the city behind, and sped on toward the upper end of the island. "How far was y'u calc'latin' tu go?" asked the captain, as tlwv passed old Greenwich village, and began to work up oast. the farms beyond . "I'd like to go to Peekskill if I could . Your sloop goes well, and we could do it by some time to-night." "What you want tu go tu feekskill fur?" asked the skipper suspiciously. "Oh, I have business there." "Fur th' gov'ment ?" "Yes." "Then mebby you're a spy?" "Yes, I am." "There's nothin' but rebels up by Tarrytown an' Croton an' Peekskill, an' I calc'late they'd take my sloop if I got up there." "Oh, no, I would look out for that. I can go up there in perfect safety." "But if they ketched ye it wouldn't be safe fur ye, nor fur me, nuthe1 . I'm a king's man, I am, an' I hain't got no use fur rebels, nor them fur me." "I will see that you get away safely," sai.(i Dick, "and will pay you fnr your time besides." The wind was getting pretty fresh just now, and the little sloop was having a time of it. Patsy, who was never at home on the water, now began to grumble. "Begorra, Dick," he wailed, "dhis is no place for me at all, at all. It's saysick Oi'm goin' ter be. If Oi don't get off dhe boat. shure, Oi'll doi, Oi know Oi will." "You're all right, Patsy; it'll be over in a minute." "It'll be all over wid me, yez mane, Dick. Shure, Oi'm sorry Oi iver left dhe camp to come--" " Shud oob!" said Carl. "I believe yu fellers are rebels," said the skipper. "If yu ain "t Dick Slater, then I'm as much--" "I am Dick Slater, and I'm going up to Peekskill in this sloop," said Dick. "Not if I know it, yu ain't." "Then if you don't ln1ow it you'll be thrown overboard. Make no fuss and I will see that you get back safe and sound." "I'm not goin', I tell yu." "Carl," said Dick, "go and stand alongside that obstinate fellow." Carl obeyed. "Throw him overboard if I give the word." "All righd, Tick. I was dooded dot choost lige anydings ." "Now, listen to me," said Dick. "You the river, and so do I. If you try to run inshore or to foul us, over you go. I can handle the sheets all right." "But plague take it, man, if I get up among them 'ere rebe l s I'll neve1•git back." .-"Yes, you will. I will give you a letter which will insure your afety. All you have to do if you are stopped is to show it, and you will be given a safe conduct till you reach Fort Washington." / "Waal, ef I'd knowed thet yu was Dick SlateJ.l yu'd never ha' gotten inter th' sloop, nor left New York, even." "No, but you did not know it. How an1 you now, Patsy?" "Shure an' Oi'!'1 betther, thank yez koindly, but Oi'm not mesilf at all at all." "You'll be better in a short time. You must not go to getting sick now, for I need you." "All roight, me bhy, Oi'll shtand by yez av it kills me." Patsy took Carl's place by the side of the skipper, while the fat German trimmed the sails according to Dic'k's direc tions, obeying orders without knowing why. When they came opposite Tarrytown in the. Tappan Zee, where they had more space, they caught the wind at a lively rate. D i ck took the helm himself, his course so that he would take it on the counter and make the best of it. The sail and jib drew well, and the little vessel behaved like a lady, being staunch and well built. Patsy was of no earthly use to Dick, however, until they were in the narrower part of the river, and the sloop rode on a more even keel. . "How'm I goin' tu get back alone?" asked the skipper. " I kin run her part o' th' way, o' course, but ef I ketch a squall on th' Tappan Zee, I'd go over, 'less I had some one to help." ''I'll send a couple of hands with you to get you over the worst places . " "I calc'late you kin handle a sloop well's anybody kin." "Yes," said Dick. " I never undertake anything that I know I can't carry out." "An' I s'pose I hed got rusty back there, an' yu hed throwed me over?" "I would have got along all 1ight, with the help of the .Dutchman." •


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT DUN DERBERG. "Yah , I bet yo u do t me u n d Tic k was dooded anydings w hat we sayed we was d ooded , ain' t it a lretty," Carl said. When i t grew dark Patsy hoisted the li ghts, b e ing then i n much b e tter shape than before, althou g h not ye t really h im s e l f . "It's a di fferent man Oi a m on dhe wathe r ," he said, "an' Oi ' ll niver g o back to O irland unt il O i c a n g o in m e ow n car r'ge. Phwin Oi k e m ov e r Oi thought Oi'd do i fort y toimes. " " Ho w you g ould die more as onc e?" a s k ed Carl. " O ff you deadt was y ou w a s d eadt, u n d y ou gould n o t d i e ofer again, ain't it?" "We ll , dhin, 1for t y toimes Oi thought O i was goin' to doi , an 'aich t oime Oi wor sorry Oi h adn't d o n e it. Oi'll have no mor e a v d h e s a y ." "Well , I don'd care d fo r d o t meinsell u f , o nl y I d on'd was got sigk lige y ou w a s g o t . I go ul d not s htood o n mein legs. " " W e ll , I c an't shta n d o n m e fat e nor m e hid aither, but jus t have t o li e d own till it's over." They had left the city in the aft ernoon, and reach ed Peekskill at a b out ten o'clock . They ran into L ent's Cov e o n the s outh s id e, and the n Dic k hunte d up a cou p le o f m e n who were to t a k e t h e k idnappe d s k ip p e r back as f a r as Tarrytown. " You w ill prob ably pick up some one .else to go the rest of the way , " said Dick. The n he paid h i m for the u s e of h i s boat, and set ou t for General Putnam's headquart e r s . "Goo dby, captain. " h e said a t p arting . "Yo u w ill e xcuse m y runni n g away with y ou , but when one is on as important an errand as I w a s h e does n o t stand on ceremony. " " No r on hi s fate in m y ca se , " said Patsy. CHAPTER III. WHAT BOB FOUND ON THE RIVER. Taking P atsy and Carl with him, Dick went at once to Putnam's quarte r s . Late as it was, the general had not retired. Dick was admi tted i n a short tim,e. " Good -e v en ing, D ick, " s aid Putnam, who was well acquainted with the captain of the Liberty Bo y s. " Good-e v e ning , general. I have just returned from N e w York. " "Any news, Dick?" ) "Ye s, sir. The enemy has received reinforcements of about three thousand British and foreign troops, and preparations are b eing m a d e for a movement against either the Higl;iland forts o r against some point in West chester or Dutchess coun ties." " You a r e sur e that they are getting ready for some such movement, Dick?" "Yes , general." "How far have they gone with their preparations, my bo ? " i.'Th ey are v e r y nearly compl eted. The city is all bustle, and the greatest activity prevails." "Are the troops un de r marching orders as yet?" "They will be s ho rtly. Those at outlying points have bee n called, and great preparations are being made. lt is given out that a southern e:l'1Jedition is planned, but that is not so." 'That is simply a subterfuge?" "That is all." The general pondered a few moments, and then he said: "Bring the Liberty Boys here, Dick. We do not know when they may be needed. They are now in Westchester?" "Yes, general." "Start the first thing in the morning, and get to your camp as soon as possible." " I will do so , general." The next morning at daybreak Dick mounted a fine black horse called Major, which he always rode when with the Liberty Boys un d started on his way . He reach e d t h e camp of the Liberty Boys near White Plains early in the aft ernoon. Going at once to the tent of a handsome, manly youth by the name of Bob Estabrook, he said: "Well, Bob , there is work for the Liberty Boys to do." "I am gla d to hear it, Dick," was the reply of Bob, who w the fir s t li eutenant of the company of patriot youths. "Yes, and we will march to Peeks kill as soon as we can get ready." "Wha t is the work, Di ck?" "The British are p l anning an expedition against s om e po int up the river, bu t j ust what one it i s I h a v e b een unable to learn." "Ge neral P u t nam and G overnor Clinton will be prepared for them, no doubt?" "Yes, but these H i ghland forts are not as strongly fo r tifi e d as th.ey should b e . " "But won't they b e reinfor ced?" "I don ' t know. A great many o f the troops are away, and cannot be easily' r e c a ll e d . " "Well, at any rat e," said B ob , " l e t u s hope for the best." They t ook the river road a p art of the way, in order to be abl e to see the enemy's v ess el s in cas e they had left the city. They we r e c on sideni,b l y past Croton on the river road, and were thinking of taking a by-road over to Peekskill t o s horten the d istanc e . Sudden l y D ic k saw a n em pty boat drifting down the river with the current. It had set i n we ll toward s hore, but might be caught by an eddy and b e carrie d out in midstream. Di ck wou l d hav e paid little attention to the boat after the first g l ance, but in a moment he was attracted by the sound o f a c hild c i:yi n g. The w ind was setting directly his way, and he heard the cry mos t distinctly. "Do you h ear anything?" he asked of Bob, who was rid-ing a l o ngside . "Yes , I h ear a child crying somewhere." "Lis t e n a g ain, Bob." " J o v e ! it s eems to come from the river, Dick." "I b e liev e it come s from the boat, Bob." "Do y ou mean it, Dick?" "Yes. Some one has left it in the boat, and it has gone adrift." "We can't leave it there, Dick." "No, of course not. Go in after it, Bob, and bring it a sho r e ." Bob d i smounted, and hurri ed to the bank, where he di v es t e d himself of all his cl othing and plunged into the river. The cu rrent was beginning to take the boat out into the middle of the river again. A f ew lusty strokes brought Bob alongside. R esting his hands on the gunw ale, he looked into the boat. Lying on one of the thwarts, wrapped up in an old coa t , was a baby boy of about two years old . He was rosy and chubby , and seemed to be in the best of health. How he came to have been left in the boat Bob could not guess, of course. As h e took hold of the bow to head it in toward shore, he noticed that there was a good d eal of water in the bottom. Not onl y that, but it se emed to be still coming. in, as thoug h there were a leak. "I am afraid he would not have gone very far, unles s he had chance d to ground somewhe re, " thought Bob. B y the way the boat w a s leaking it would have filled and gone down in anothe r hour. Bob p ushed i t toward shore, and in a short time drew it up on the beach . "What did you find, Bob?" asked Dick, coming down to the water. "A boy about two yea r s old. The boat leaks very badly, and would fill up b efore v ery long." "Then it was a good thing that w e saw it. Put on your clothe s and we will s ee if we can find where the little chap liv es?" "He's hungry," s aid Bob. "I think we ought to find some milk or foqd for him first. " Having resumed his clothing, Bob took the child, leaving the boat on the shore , and got up on his hors e. . The child was hands om e l y dressed , but wore no gold chains or lockets or other things b y which he might be identified. "Go ahead, boys , " said Dick to the youths. "We will soon catch up with you." Then Dick and Bob rode to the n e arest h ouse to procure food for the child and m ake in quiries about it. "I have jus t found a baby in a b oa t on the river," sa'.d Bob to a wom a n who answ ered his k n ock. "Have you any milk to give i t?" "Why, y es; certainly. Whose baby is it?" "l don't know, I'm sure." "How did it come to be on the river, do you suppose?"


4 LIBERTY DOYS AT DUNDERBERG. "I don\J.!.mov that either. thing to eat?" But suppose we give it some1 At that moment a middle-aged woman cam1l from the I gue11s that's the most sensible thing after all." . The woman warmed s0me milk and gave it to the child, who drank it with the greatest avidity. •More," he sa:d, when it was gone and more was provided. "'"ore,'' he sa: d again. house and advanced rapidly toward the g rou:i.•. "Come, Margaret," she said. "These g:entlemen have not seen the baby. Let us look elsewhere." Then she Jed the younger woman toward the house, mak ing a gesture to Dick to remain until she returned. In a few minutes she came out again ante! said: "My poor daughter is out of hc;r mind, I am sorry to say. "Why, youlre a little glutton," laughed Bob. "We'll have to hire a cow to go along if we take yo'.! with us." Her malady takes the form of imagining herself to be married end losing her baby. She is quite harmless, but someparts. times it is very annoying to strangers." "Have you any idea whose haby it is?" aske

THE LIBERTY BOYS AT DUNDEUBERG. 5 "I am ready to go wherever I am ordered," said Dick. "You can patrol the river and ao give information of any movement the enemy may make." "Very good," said Dick. T .hat day, therefore, the Liberty Boys crossed the river on flatboats to Fort Montgomery, just below the chain which had been stretched across to keep the enemy from advai1cing. The governor had his headquarters here, but Fort Clinton on the other side of Peplocp's Kill was complete, while Fort Montgomery was not. Crossing the bridge over the Kill Dick took up his quar ters at Fort Clinton, from which he wa s to make expedi tions down the river and notice 0 the enemy's ap proach, a duty which he gladly accepted. CHAPTER V. THE HERMIT OF DUNDI:RBERG. A day or two after Dick's arrival at Fort Clinton he went with Bob and two o r thr ee more of the youths through the defile between the Dunderberg mountain and Bear Hill, a conical hill to the north of the mountain. They were riding along at a l e i surely. gait when an old man, leaning on a stout s tick, came out of a path leading to the hills. He was dress ed in rags, his hair was white, and hung upon his shoulders, while his snow-white b eard reached nearly to his waist. " Wud yez luk at dhat, begorrah!" c r ied Patsy. "Shure an' he must be as owld as Methuselum b e dhe luk av him." "Yah," said Carl; "he was oldt as nefer was." "Are you soldiers?" a s ked the s trangP. looking old man, coming forward. "Yes,'' s a id Dick. ",Have you se e n anything of the enemy?" "All men my enemies," was the ans wer. "You will not find us so," said Dick. "We have no wish to injure you." "Do you live hereabouts?" Bob, greatly interested in the strange old man. "Yes, I live on the D u n derberg. Wh e n the black cloud s hover over its p eak and tl : e thunder roll s , then I love it the best, for th e n i t i s t h e thun( ! e r mountain, inde ed." "Do e s your family Jive with you?" a s k e d Mark. "I live alon e . The moun tain is all the company I seek, and it is e nou g h." "Shure, an' y e z don't live all alone on dhe mountain?" said Patsy, in astonishment. "Yes , I liv e alon e , a nd I h a ve the best of company. The birds, the squirre l s , the rabbits , and the bears which men d o not drive away a r e my com panion s ." "Shure an' ho w do y ez get e nuff to ate on dhe mountain?" "E'at ?" e ch oe d the o ld m a n . "The woods give me all I want to eat. Nuts and a nd grains provide me with ali I c a n d e sire. " "He i s a regular h ermit, i sn't he?" said Bob to Dick. "Y es , a n d a lonel y li.fe he must l ean of your own mon ey?" as:rnc' Dick. "Yes, for I made it so 'chat my daughte r wou ld inherit. If she died it was to go to her child. The little boy's father was not to 11:et a farthing. " "'What are you saying?" asked Dick. "ls you11 daughter's name Margaret :" "Yes." "Where does she live?" "Down there in that sordid, selfish world l have lefc " pointing. "I shall never return to it, and they will not the money, becau.'le I have buried it, here on the berg." lJ1ck was . certain that he had come upon a clue wlic!-1 would explam tl : e mystery of the child found in the boat and of the woman who wished to find her baby boy. ' " she rs not so crazy, after all," was his thought. It is smgular that she should bear the same name." The old man started up the path, muttering to himself. "Stop a moment," said Dick . "Won't you tell me more about the child?" A black cloud was settling upon the top of the Dund 'rberg. , " '.'There will _ be a storm. I must go to the top of the moun ta!n. I love it most when the thunder rolls around its summit. " . Then he started off at a quick pace, and was soon lost to sight. , "It is very thought Dick. "Bob believes the baby was set :::dnft on purpose, and now here is this strange man who. leav e s his wealth to a baby so that its father w1ll not get it. " He po_ndered a moment as he started ahead to join the others. "I if _he can in _his right mind altogether? J do not be!Jeve 1t. He 1s rational on some things, but far astray on others." f:each!ng Bob, he related. the conver sation with the hennit. I. believe he has somethmg to do with the baby and with the crazy woman," said Bob. "Do you think she is crazy?" "On the subject cf losing her child, yes; though she may be sound on other matters." "She is a monomaniac, in other words. Did you discover any resemblance b e tween her and this old hermit?" "I did not see him long enough." '.'.His eyes were peculiar, .and so were hers." You had more opportumty to observe him than I did " "Very true." . "We ml!st and see him again," said Bob, "and learn more of his h1stor_Y. I think mind is affected." "True, 1f he had alJ his faculties he would remain an?. hi s daughter's and her son's interests, instead of e xiling lmnself from the world in this fashion." "It a selfish way, of doing things," said Bob. "A man complams of the woi:ld s selfishness and then goes off by him self brood on his own wrongs, the very sum of selfiil h ness . "Very true," agreed Dick. "We must try and see him again." "Yes, and if we remain on or about the Dunderberg it i! very likely that we will." "Av.we do be goin' to have a shtorm," said Patsy, "don' t thm!< we had betther get undher cover somewhere?" It storms on the. top of the Dunderberg when it i a m the valleys a:1d on the river," said Dick. Shure. ai:' dhere do be tundher dhere dhis very minyut'." "Yes, it is the thunder mountain, and it oft en i s stormy '1.P there when the sun is shining on the river." "Shure, it do be a quare place, an' dhat wor a quare ow l d n:an we met. He look e d as if he moight be ow l d Methuse lu n1 come back to have a luk at things, begorrah. " He 1s probably not as old as he seems " said Dick '.'I bet me he was more as ein hundert 1yea1 s olJt sa:J Carl. . "Oh, no, n9t so much." "Vell, he has been sefenty-fife, I bet me." " No, he can't be." "Veil, I bet you he was dirty years oldt, anyhow and mage him a younger as dot for anybod . ys." ' Yes, I should thmk he was all of that ,'' iaughed Dick. " Vor why he lifes all by himselluf alo:1e alretty ?" "Oi can tell yez," said Patsy. "Why dot was'!" " B e cos he have nobody wid him." "Is dot so? Me ! n gollies, I nefer was tought off dot. • They traversed the hills for some time longer, and t h en returned to Fort Clinton, where they were s t ill entirely in doubt as to the enemy's intentiona.


6 THE LI BERTY BOYS AT DUNDERBERG. CHAPTER VI. CARL WANTS TO BE A S COUT. Patsy and Carl were off by themselves on the mountainside the next day. There had been no rumors of the enemy's approach, but they thought that they might do a little scouting on their own account. "I

THE LIBERTY BOYS AT DUNDERBERG. 7 No men could be spared, as the entiw force in both forts CHAPTER VII. was inadequate for their proper defence. In case of a movement against the forts, which was what THE ADVANCE OF THE ENEMY. was actually intended, although neither General Putnam the governor knew it at the time, they would need all the The two youths found their way to the fort without fur-men they had, and more. ther trouble. Early in the morning Dick and the Liberty Boys set out Patsy related the story of their adventures on the mouna1ound the Dunderberg to see what they could learn. tain, and produced roars of laughter from his listeners. As they were riding along the strange old man they had Bob Oddy, the Liberty Boy who saw fun in everything, I met before suddenly appeared, coming around a bend in made the walls fairly ring with his laughter, while others the road. h e ld their sides from exhaustion. "The enemy have landed a large force at Stony Point," "It's all right," said Dick, with a laugh, "but the Dunder-he said, "and are no doubt now advancing upon the forts." berg mountain is not like New York, and you rriight easily "How did you learn this?" asked Dick. be lost." "I have been watching,'' was the hermit's answer. Patsy and Carl did not go out alone after that, and had "And this infonnation is absolutely correct?" no more adventures of a similar kind. "E you do not beli1we so, wait until the British appear. The Liberty Boys scoured the mountain, but Dig!c saw no Thf'n you will believe it." more of the. strange person calling himself the of Then he retreated, and when they went to look for him he Dunderberg for some time. could not be found. He was anxious to see the man again, for he felt with "Do you believe him, Dick?" asked Bob. Bob that he had some connection with the ba!>y in the boat, "I must. I don't think he would misinform us. He hai. and the woman whose mind was clouded. retired from the world, but at the same time he is a patriot They saw no more of him for a number of days, and then and cannot forget it." events happened which drove him out of their minds. Dick at once rode back with all haste to the fort, bidding It was early in October, and one night after Dick had the others follow. be e n out looking for the enemy he returned to Fort Clinton. He reported what he had heard to James Clinton, who at Several artillerymen had come over from Fort Montonce sent a messenger over to his brother at Fort Montgomery, and talking to one was a pleasant-faced Irish-gomery. woman in a red petticoat. Dick saw Moll Pitcher standing near a gun carriage, and It was the gunner's wife, he learned, and was known as wished her a good-morning. Moll Pitcher. "Good-morning, Captain Slater," she said. "So you think "This is Captain Molly, Caotain Slater," said one of the it i s likely that she will have something to .say to:day ?" officers. "She's a famous soldier, Molly is." A t the same time the gunner's wife patted the gun affec"I am glad to hear it,'' said Dick, with a smile. tionately. , "That's only the joke," said the woman, "be-"I think so,'' was Dick's reply. ca!-1se I all). always. with my How can I know what "Well, she will speak to some purpose, I promise you,'' said might happen to hnn at any time? Moll, her words being p r ophetic, as Dick learned later in the "Very true," agreed Dick. day. "And so I never leave him, and it's many the little thing Governor Clinton now in his own turn apprehended an I can do for him. It would not be strange if I should like attack. the army life, seeing so much of it." He at once de:::patched a messenger to General Putnam "Indeed it would not, Captain Molly." asking for reinforcements. "You have more the look of one who is famous than myThe messenger proved recreant to his trust, turned traitor, self, Captain Slater,'' said the woman. and d esertf'd to the enemy. "I am not seeking fame so much as the good of my coun -In the meantime the governor prepared to make as good try;" was Dick's reply. a defence as his scanty means afford e d, trusting to receiv"I am looking for it myself, and every time I hear the ing reinforcements in du e time. cannon roar I think it's one more blow struck for freeDick Slater and the Liberty Boys were on hand, and in a dom." short time the governor's brother said: "So it is. And so you are not terrified, as many women "Captain Slater, the Governor wants that you shall take would be?" your Liberty Boys to the Dunderberg and defend the pai1se11." "Not a bit of it, sir, and every time she speaks I do give "It shall be done , sir," said Dick, promptly. her a good cleaning out so that she can speak again, and to He set off upon Major without d e lay, and soon came upon as good purpose." the youths returning. . "l trust that you may live to see the country f ee from "We are to remain at Dunderberg, Bob,'' he said, "and keep the tyrant's yoke, Molly,'' said Dick. . . the enemy in check.'.' . , " "I'm wishing the same for yourself, sir, and 1f I hear "Good!" was the 1mpetuouR youths reply. In these nar-right and I don't doubt it. you are striking some good stout. row defiles we shall be able to do good work." for freedom yourself, sir." "Shure, an' if dhe ricl coats do get losht on dhe moun .tain "I hope to strike many more, Molly," said proudly. dhe same as dhe Dootch1!1an an.' mesilf," said ,,Patsy, "it's Late that night a barge came across the river from no chance we'll have to fo1ght dh1m at all at all. Peekskill with a letter from General Putnam to Governor "Dot was all righd, I bet you," said Carl. "Off dfly wa;, Clinton. _ losdt got we don'd was dri ed to found dem, ain't it?" The governor's brother James was in command at Fort "Forward!" cried Dick, and off set the Liberty Boys for Clinton, and was soon in receipt of the news from General the Dunderberg. Putnam. Riding at full speed through the d e files they at last drew It was most important. up in a solid body at signal. The enemy was on the move at last. Te enemy wa;s . .. After being delayed for want of a good wind the ships Sir Henry was in charge of one d1vis1on, and had at last.left New York and had started up the river. Colonel in charge of another. . There were two ships .of war, three tenders, and a large The. combined force was a large one, and a simultaneous number of fiat-bottomed boat!? in all. attack was to be made upon both . They had proceeded as far as Tarrytown, where they had As the enemy was seen approaching Dick gave the word landed their men. to fire. Later they were followed by one large man-of-war, five In an instant the muskets rang out. . . top-sail vessels, and a large number of small craft. The enemy had not exp ected to meet with resistance so Putnam's information from various quarters was that the soon. . enemy intended to move at once upon Peekskill. . On they came, and Dick ordered the youths to fire anotbet He therefore asked the governor to send him all the volley. troops that could be spared. and drew back in the hills to Again the muskets i:ang out, and once more the re are for the expected attack. youths held the enemy m check for a moment. p There was great excitement in the forts when Putnam's The. B ritish force too. great to be held back, howe.'&r, letter was received. and Dick beat a hurned retreat. , r


THE LIBERTY IlOYS AT DUNDERBERG. c _ _ .u'TER VIII. I A GALLANT DEFENSE. was no disgrace in falling back before a vastly superior force. Back to the fort they went, therefore, determined to aid in its defence till the end. The ships in t he rivar were now coming up and stationAlthough Dick Slater had retreated, he had not given up ing themselves so as to pour a fire upon the forts, and upon the fight. the vessels stationed above the boom and chain across the There was much that he could do still to harass the adriver. vancing redcoats. The troops had been driven to the forts, which were both The passes of the Dunderberg with which he was familiar assailed at once, and made a most desperate defence. afforded him many chances of retreating, and of appearing The cannons roared, the muskets rattled, and the smaller again at unexpected times. arms cracked, the echoes repeating themselves among the He could not expect to hold back for any great length of hills and along the river. time so large a force as that under Sir Henry Clinton. At last Sir Henry sent in a summons to surrender within He could annoy the enemy, however, and delay their five minutes to prevent the further loss of life. march, and this he determined to do. The governor refused. He could not prevent the British general from dividing his The ships were now within range, and began to fire upon but he could check either division for a time. the forts. Volley after volley was poured upon the enemy, and the Dick and the Liberty Boys were in Fort Clinton, b .ravely echoes went roaring through the mountain passes. defending it with the scanty garrison. "They'll think that old Dunderberg is getting up an esMoll Pitcher was near her husband, who now trained a pecial storm for their benefit, down on the river," said Bob, gun at the ships. as the echoes went thundering among the passes. The British troops were trying to force their way in at "It's a foine shtorm we do be makin' annyhow," said the point of the bayonet. Patsy, "wid der tundher an' loightnin' ov our mushkets." The ships above the chain returned the fire of the British, "Yah, und dot lightning was shtruck somedings efery and the guns in the fort thundered, the gathering darkness time, I bet you," said Carl. "Dose redgoats was not lige it adding new terrors to the strife. ein liddle bit, I toldt you." The British had forced one redoubt after the other, and Along the defiles of the Dunderberg advanced the British, now but one or two means of escape were lef t. but at every turn where they could fire a shot the gallant The air was full of smoke, the sound of the cannon went Liberty Boys stood ready. echoing among the hills , the shouts of the advancing sol-Reaching the ravine between Dunderberg and Bear Hill, diers were answered by the defiant yells of the Americans, Sir Henry divided his force, leading one division himself and everywhere there was noise, bustle and confusion. toward Fort Clinton. A gun had been pointed at one of the British war vessels The other, under Colonel Campbell, took the route toward below. Fort Montgomery, which was to be entered in the rear. To disable one of them was to strike a blow for freedom. Governor Clinton had 'not relied upon . the Liberty Boys Dick was gathering the Liberty Boys together to make a alone to check the enemy's advance. last brave stand before leaving the fort. A force of sixty men, afterward increased to one bun-The instant the redcoats gained the last redoubt it would dred, took post with a brass field-piece in the Bear Hill de-mean every one for himself. file, and checked Campbell's advance. The governor was determined not to surrender, and there-It was a narrow pass, bordered by woods, and the cannon fore it meant that they must fight their way out, as many and small arms could easily sweep it. of them as possible, the best way they could. Here they held their position until forced to abandon it There was no question that the situation of the garrisons by very force of numbers. was a desperate one, nor was there a doubt as to their Being unable to take away their field-piece, they spiked bravery. it and retreated toward the fort. Foot by foot many of them fought their way out and Colonel Lamb had planted a twelve_pounder on the crest escaped. of a hill, and under cover of this the men gained the fort. Dick was bound . to remain till the last. Meanwhile Dick and his Liberty Boys, with the aid of men The gun was ready to be fired. from Fort Clinton, were doing their best to check the ad-There was a puff of smoke, and then a solid shot came vance of Sir Henry. flying from one of the British war ships in the river. To the southeast of the fort there was a pond, and be"Run for your lives!" cried Dick. tween this and the river was a narrow strip of land, the only The struck the cannon squarely, and overturned it. means of approach on that side. Then it exploded, but not before Dick and the others had Being driven back by overwhelming numbers, the Liberty reached a of safet;v.. . Boys fell back to this strip of land between Sinipink pond Then Moll Pitcher, se1zmg a torch, clapped it on the went and the Hudson. of a gun just ready to be fired. They fortified this with an, abattis, hastily chopping down Boom! . . . trees and placing them with their branches sticking toward It was last gun filed at Fort Chnton, and Moll Pitcher the enemy to impede their progress. had fired it. . . . Behind this primitive breastwork the Liberty Boys held Before another shot could be fired, the Bntish were m their position for some time. the fort. . . . . . . At every approach of the enemy they would pour in a Braye Moll Pitcher escap e d, and hved to d1stmgmsh her-volley self nme months later, at the battle of Monmouth. They could not hold the place indefinitely, but they could "Forward, Liberty cried Dick. "The fort has fallen, do a good deal. and we must escape. . Governor Clinton was still expecting reinforcements, not Then they upon _the n ho:r:ses . and made knowing that his messenger had deserted. a dash, the very 1mpetuos1ty of which pronnsed to give it On the other side of the river General Putnam heard the success. cannonading, and was alarmed b ' y it, not knowing what it meant. He had dimly seen the landing of troops at Stony Point but supposed that it was only a small detachment of main body on a marauding expedition. It was not till afternoon that he became aware of the actual state of affairs. Then he despatched a force of five hundred men to go to the aid of the j?'overnor, but it was then too late. The plucky Liberty Boys continued to hold their own against the enemy foi-' some time. • . Then they were forced to retreat, which they did in good order. They had shown their quality to the redcoats, and there CHAPTER IX. A RE'.\IARKABLE ESCAPE. There We.(e many instances of personal courage and of wonderful escap e s at the Highland forts. James Clinton, governor's brother, was saved from a deadly thrust of a bayonet in th e hands of a British soldier by a despatch book in his pocket. He received a flesh wound in. the thigh, however, and Uren slid down a precipice one hundred feet in height into the ravine between the two forts. Thence he made his to the woods.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT DUNDERBERG. 9 governor lea;:iecl down to the river ::;ide, where a boat was putting off with a numbe r of the fugitives. "Wait .a moment, sir, and we will take you in," cried ah officer in the boat. Then they started to return for the governor. "No, no," he said. "It w ill endanger your own safety. Your boat is already loa d ed to the gunwales. If you take me in it will surely sink." "No," sai d the officer, "it i s pe r fectly safe." It wa s only u p on r e c e iv i n g r e p eated assurances that he was not endangering the safety of the others that he con sente d to ente r the bo a t. They the n cro s s e d the river safely, and at midnight the Governor was with G eneral Putnam at Continental Village, conc erting furt h e r rne a s m es. Putnam had b ee n compl etely outmaneuvered by Sir Henry Clinton, b e lieving until late in the morning that Peekskill and For t Independence were to be the objects of attack. Whe n he discovered his mistake it was too late to send help to the governor, and the forts were taken. M e anwhil e Di c k, at the head of the Liberty Boys, made a gallant dash for freedom. . Every on e of them understcod the need of prompt, decisive action. He wh o h esitated at that moment would be lost indeed. "Forward!" shouted Dick to his followers. "On with you!" yelled Bob. "Down wid 'em!" roared Patsy. The n Ca r l fairly bellowed. B o b Oddy let out a huge laugh. Th e y all understood that noise was wanted now. Shouting at the top of their voices they dashed forward. On e hundred youths yelling as loud as they could yell were bound to make a tremendous noise. Some of the horses seemed to catch the infection, and neighed loudly. It was as i f a whole brigade were coming, and not merely a company. The advancing redcoats and in an the Liberty Bo y s had passed through the line, firing t heir pistols right and left. On and on they dashed, with loud whoops, till they were out of the fort. The n they went thundering over the causeway between Sinipink pond and the river like a troop of wild Indians. It was one of the most daring escapes that was ever planned. It was due to the perfected confidence that all the Liberty Boys had in Dic , k Slater that it had succeeded. They relied upon him to the very last of them, and obeyed his orders implicitly. Not one of them questioned the advisability of the mea11use fo r one m oment. . Dick ord e red it, and that was quite enough. The very audacity of the move favored its successful issue. Not till the youths were clear of the fort and dashing toward the Dunderherg did the enemy realize )'•hat a small body t hey were. Had they realized this in time the youths could easily have been surrounded. It was in the performing of just such deeds as this that Dick Slater exc elled . . With a rus h and a roar .the gallant youths swept on out of sight. The victorious redcoats could not forbear to cheer them, the escape h a d been so bold. Over the g r ound that they had so bravely contested earlier in the day rode the daring youths. They did not slacken their pace one whit till they were hidden in the fastnesses of the Dunderberg mountain. By this time it was nearly dark, and storms were threatening. . The terrible cannonading that had been going on during the day had caused the clouds to gather thickly on the crest of Dunderberg. Thunder was rolling through the hills, and flashes of lightning were frequent. J It was necessary to find a shelter as soon as possible. At that moment a light appeared. It was a pine torch borne in the hand of a singular looking creature. It was the Hermit of Dunderberg, but for an instant the boys could scarcely realize that he was a human being. Even at that day there were many legends told of these mountain regions, and the Liberty had often heard them. With the torchlight falling on his 1011g white hair a nJ beard, the hermit looked like one of the strange creatures of these legends. He came forward rapidly, till he reached Dick's side, and then said: "You have escaped from the redcoats. It was a daring ride, and one that only a master mind could have planned." "Yes, we have escaped," said Dick. "You saw it, then?" "And now the night is coming on, and storms threaten. You must ,seek shelter at once." "Yes," was Dick's reply. "That was my intention." "I know these mountains 'better than you do. Let me lead you to a shelter where you will not only be safe from the storm, but where your enemies can never find you at all." "I shall be glad, to find such a place," answered the youth . "Then follow me. You need not dismount yet, but be cautious." "Follow me, Bob," said Dick. "Pass the word along. Be careful." The hermit then turned aside into a path which was not more than wide enough for three, and rapid1y narrowed down until the youths had to go in single tile. Dick followed the light, Bob followed him, and Mark Sam, Harry, wm, Jim and the others of the band followed Bob. "Shure, an' it do be a funny place we do be goin' to, Oi'm thinkin' Cookyspiller," said Patsy, to Carl, who was close 1 behind. "Yah, dot was fery vunny, I bet you. I gould not was saw ne>dings." "Shure, an' Oi dunno av it's a hole in dhe ground or dhe woods or phwere it is we do be goin', it's dhat dark, Cooky spiller." "Nein, dot was so dark been dot I could saw nodings not on'y ein liddle light. Maybe dot was your red head been, Batsy." "Go _ on, Dootchy, an' don't yez be makin' remarks. Me hid wor dhat rid dhat it do luk loike a torch, begorrah." "Vhell, dot was all righd. Maybe dot was anoder lighd, but dot was choost so goot." Pretty soon the hermit paused, and said: "You are in a thick grove sheltered by overhanging cliffs. You are in no danger from the storm, nor from the enemy." "ls it safe to light fires?" asked Dick. "Yes, if you build stone fire-places. You w.ill find stoneo in plenty." Then the youths dismounted and tethered their horses, and while some gathered stones, others built the fires. The hermit directed some where they could find water, and others where there was good bedding for the horses, and in a short time every one was busy. Before long the campfires were blazing merrily, and the youths sitting around them in groups listened to the-mutter ings of the storm, and felt perfectly secure. "Av dhe ridcoats cud on'y see us now," said Patsy. "Shure, an' we gave dhim dhe shlip foine." "I didn't wanted dot dey should saw us," said Carl. "We was all righd been, und I don'd want no redgoats to been here." "Make yourself comfortable, boys," said Dick. "We a r e safe for the present, and in the morning we can look about us and . see what is to be done." Pretty soon, beckoning Bob and aside, Dick walked to the edge of the strange camp, where there was a great ledge of rock, with a shelf that overhung their heads for many yards. In the ledge was a narrow opening something higher than one's head. Stepping up to this, Dick said: "Shall we be intruding if we enter? We would be glad to talk to you, for there are many things we wish to know." "Come in," said the voice of the hermit, somewhere in the darkness beyond, and Dick then stepped into the opening, followed by his comrades. CHAPTER X. IN A HIDDEN CAMP. r

10 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT DUNDERBERG. The hermit was half reclining upon a stone covered thickly with moss and dry leaves. A pine torch stu.:k in a crevice in the wall afforded light en,ough, and there were seats for all, the floor itself being dry and comfortable. "Sit down," said the hermit. The youths obeyed. "You wished to talk to rne?" "Yes," said Dfok. "Upon what subject?" ""Xour strange life." I" "I would not interest you." "I think it would," said Dick. "I have lately come across a strange story, and I fancy that you are connected with it." "My life is uneventful, and there is nothing strange about it." "Will you hear what I have to say?" asked Dick. "Yes." . Then Dick related briefly the finding by himself and Bob of the baby in the boat, and of their subsequent meeting with the supposed crazy woma.n and her mother. The hermit listened Dick could see that he was visibly affected. At last he spoke. "You are right," he said. "My life is connected with these EYenh:. Perhaps it is wrong for me to remain in seclusion, but I thought it better to renounce the world and its evils." "Would it not be better," asked Dick, "to remain in it and try to reform them?" ''Perhaps it would." "A great wrong is being done, and your return will put a stop to it." "They believe me dead, and will deny that I am myself." "This woman I spoke of is your daughter, is she not? Margaret, I mean." ''Yes." "And the other?" "Is her husband's mother .. " "S!fe and her son are conspiring to get your daughter's pro11e1rty?" "Yes." "l did not trust her, for all her appa1ent refinement, the very first time I saw her." "No; she is a plotter. When sh1! secures the money for her son she will want it for herself." "Is there much of it' ?" "More than they know, but what they know of is a large amount." "And if your daughter dies he1 son will get it?" "Yes." "Then if the baby dies the father will get it?" "Yes." "That\ was unwise. Don't you see how it puts temptation in the man's way?" The ltermit thought a moment. "Yes, I see," he said. "Then you are supposed to be dead?" "Yes. I made my will, and then disappeared. A body was found in the river and identified as mine. I kept away purposely." "And now they have taken the child from your daughter. They would have killed it, but we found him." "Yes, and Marga1et has lost her mind." "Then don't you think you ought to go back and pl'Otect her? This woman and her son will kill her to get her money. They would destroy the boy if they could find him." "Yes, they would. They have evil minds." . "Then if you return you will prevent their schemes from being carried out." The old man thought for a few moments. "I am sick of the world," he said at length. "Besides, I have not long to live. Better die here in peace than to go back." "But you owe a duty to your daughter and to your grand son." "Yes, you are right; but I must think it over." . Then the old man remained silent for so long that Dick was sure he v ) ould say no more at that time. "Come," said Dick quietly. "He will not decide to-night.>1 Then the youths made their way out of the cavern and 1eturned to the camp. They could hear the roll of the thunder in the distance, and with it the patter of the rain, but none came upon them in their snug retreat. "I would haYe liked to settle it to-night," said Dick, "but I see that it is useless. Perhaps to-morrow will be as good." "It is a strange story," said Bob. "I wonder if we will ever know the whole of it?" "Perhaps not." The youths then sought a much-needed rest, most of their comrades being asleep by this time. There was no need of posting pickets, for the hermit had assured them that the enemy could not find them there, and Dick was certain of it. "I am not sure if I could find my way out myself, accus tomed as I am to these regions," said Dick. "I am sure that I could not," said Bob. "And I am positive that I would be utterly lost in five minutes," said Mark, "if I made the attempt to leave." Dick lay do\'m, and was soon asleep, and did not awaken till morning. The storm had passed away. Them was a semi-twilight in the place even by daylight. He quickly aroused the youths, and bade them prepare for a march. In a few minutes all was bustle and activity. When everything was ready the hermit appeared. "Are you going?" he asked. "Yes; there is work to be done. As soon as possible I will cross the river and rejoin General Putnam." "Where will you cross?" "Somewhere above the forts. The British are occupying them at present, and I do not care to meet them." "You . can make your way around Fort Mon tgomery and get across farther up the river." "Yes, and in the meantime there may be enemies to be met." The hermit offered to guide the youths to a safe road which would lead them far enough away from Fort Montgomery to prevent their meeting the enemy. "I do not wish to avoid him/' said Dick, "and if you will lead us out of this strange place, that will be sufficient." Everything being ready, the hermit led the way, and in ten minutes came out upon a road which was known to Dick. Then, as he turned away, he handed Dick a small sealed packet, and said: "It is not likely that I shall live very long. When you hear that I am dead, op_en this." "How will I know it?" "You will hear of it." Then, before Dick could ask the strange m a n more, he had hurried away, and in a moment was lo s t to sight. "Where shall you go now, Dick?" asked Bob. "Around the forts. I can reconnoiter. and see what chances there are for crossing the river." "Arn;i in the meantime, if we encounter any of the enemy?" "Give them all the trouble we can." During the day, leaving the Liberty Boys at some distance from the forts, Dick made his way alone to the river. The chains and other obstructions above the forts had been cleared away, and there was now a free passage up the Hudson for the British ships. The Ame1:ican vessels above the obstructions had been set on fire the previous night, and made a most brilliant spectacle, being pyramids of fire, and at last exploding with reports that set all the echoes vibrating in a place famous for them. Making his way back on foot along the ravine between the two forts to where he had tethered Major, Dick suddenly came without warning upon a party of redcoats. "Aha; let's catch the rebel!" they cried in chorus. CHAPTER XI. IN TROUBLE WITH THE REDCOATS. As the redcoats made a sudden dash for Dick, the daring youth threw himself upon the ground. Then he dove right between the legs of one of them, and upset him. He was on his feet in a moment again, and dashing along the edge of the ravine. "That is Dick Slater, the rebel," cl'ied one. "Do not let him escape." The redcoats gave chase at once. Dick was fleet of foot, but the soldiers were closing in on him.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT DUNDERBERG. 1t Unless he could manage to slip between the line he would be captured. Suddenly darting off at a right angle he ran to the very edge of the ravine. Then he threw himself upon the ground, and slid a few feet, when he arose to his knees and sprang over the brink. There was a stout bush not far below which he knew would break his fall. He landed in the middle of it and reached a ledge at its foot with a few slight scratches. The bush was thick and broke his fall without injuring him. Then crawling along the ground under the bush, he came to a shelf of moss-covered rock, above which jutted another l edge, screening him from observation. Loosening a good-sized stone near him, he sent this roll-ing down into the ravine. There were redcoats not ten feet above his head, but from whom he was hidden. "There he goes!" cried one. "It's a hundred feet to the bottom." "Yes, that's the last of him." "But some of these rebels are lucky fellows." "There is no luck for him." "No, he must be smashed to pieces by this time." "I am sorry he escaped. There is a reward for him." "Well, he's just as good dead as alive. Go down and get him." "And risk my own life? I don't want the money so much as all that." Dick could hear the redcoats talking for some little time. Finally they returned to the forts and he was safe to make his way up to the level again. "I suppose there will be other parties prowling ab&ut,'' he thouirht. "I wonder how long they will remain at the forts?" Making his way along the ledge to a point where he could shnd upright, he rose to his feet. Then he look ed about him. He had jumped at a very good place, for in almost every other he would have go n e clear to the bottom. Not far away, ho wever, the rocks sloped back to the upper level, and by the use of both harietter as to our future conduct." ' "Now that the river is open," said Bob, "it is likely that the British will go on, committing depredations and perhaps forming a junction with Burgoyne at Saratoga." "That we must learn," was Dick's re'ply, "and act accort:l ingly." Their camp was a safe one, their presence being unsus pected, and they proceeded to make the most of it, awaitiu.c for the morrow to decide thefr course thereafter. CHAPTER XII. DICK VISITS FORT CLINTON. The next day disguised himself as a huntGr and guid• in a suit of buckskm and moccasins, and made his way t,, the forts. Upon nearing Fort Clinton he was chalienged by a sentry. "Who are you, and what do you wal'.t ?" Ulit soldier. "Huh?" said Dick. "What do you want?" "Nothin' much. I'm a guide." "What's your business?" "I hain't got none." "Well. then, what are you doing here?" gruffly. "Bein' a guide, I told yer." "You said you had no business." "Thd ain't a business, it's a pur:fession," soberly. The sentry laughed. "Oh, it's a profession, is it?" he asked, with a broad grta. He thought he might have some. sport with this fellew, and thus vary the monotony of garrison life. "Suttinly. Business is making clothes, and sellin' cot ton, and making clocks, and-bein' a soldier." "Oh, so you think that a soldier is in business. do von T"


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT DUNDERBERG , "Suttinly." "How is that? What is a soldier's bus'.ness ?" quizzically. "Killin' folks," said the supposed guide, promptly. A number of men had approached by this time. "Wl>at have you got there, Jones?" they asked. "An original. He says a soldier is a business man be-cause makes a business of killing." "Ho, ho, ho! that's one way of putting. it!" laughed one. "He is an original, indeed," roared another. "What is he doing around here, and what does he want?" asked a third. "He is a guide, he says." "Are you a guide, fellow?" "I ain't a feller. A feller steals sheep. I'm a guide. Soldiers steal sheep. I don't." "Then soldiers are fellows, as well as men of business?" "Suttinly," soberly. There was another roar at this, the redcoats being greatly amused. They consid ered the guide as lacking in wit, and decided to have some sport with him. "Then you have not a very high opinion of soldiers?" asked the sentry. "I haven't any opinion of some of 'em," frankly. "What ones, for instance?" "Redcoats." "Here, here, my man, you must not talk like that," said one, angrily. "That's rebel talk, that is." "When I'm shootin' birds," said the supposed guide, "I looks out fur the ones with the shiniest feathers, 'calise I can see 'em best. Red coats make the best mark." "Oh, that's it, eh?" said the soldier, less angrily. "Suttinly. If soldi ers wore green coats or brown ones, the other fellows wouldn't see 'em so easy." "Well, you are not quite a fool, I see," laughed the soldier. "Did you think I was? You must be a fool yourself." The others laughed at the soldier's expense, and the sentry said: "What do you want, anyhow?" "This here is a fort, ain't it ? " "Yes." "What does it look like?" "Why, it looks like a fort." "Oh, I thought it might look like a cage with all these here redbreasts in it." "\Ve'll make it a cage for you if you are not careful," said the soldier whv had been laughed at. "Do you know what you gotter do fust of all when you cook a rabbit?" asked Dick. "What's thut got to do with this case, you thickhead?" "It's got everything to do with it," said Dick, drawlingly. "What has it, then?" "Waal, you gotter ketch yer rabbit fust." "Oh, I see. And WP. must catch you to put you in a cage?" "Suttinly." "Well, here goes!" The soldier made a sudden rush at Dick. H e promptly stepped aside. The soldier tripped and measured his length on the ground. This caused the others to laugh, for they had little sym-pathy with him. "Any one e lse want to try it?" asked Dick, without a smile. Two others ran at him in opposite directions. One was behind him, too, and did not suppose the youth could see him. If he could not he got out of the way for all that, and the two soldiers came together with great violence. They rubbed the'r heads as the first man picked himself up and walked away. . . He did not care to be the butt of his comrades any longer, and gave Dick up as hopeless. "Why, you are as slippery as an eel," laughed the sentry. "Gotter be, livin' in the woods with bears and wildcats and things ready ter jump on yer at any minnit," soberly. "Well, you're a character, and no mistake." "Yaas, I guess I be. Any objection to my lookin' around ther fort an' seein' y;hat it's like." "No, go ahead," said the sentry, who con s idered the guide perfectly harmless. Then Dick went within and amused more of the men by his queer answers. They all took him to he s'mnle-minded , and more a pe rso!l to poke fun at than to be feared. He went around pretty much as he liked, therefore, and was not interfered with. He finally made his way into the private quarters of Sir Henry Clinton himself. Here he found the commander and a number of his officers in council. Before he was discovered he had learned many of the plans of the enemy, which were being discussed at that moment. Suddenly one of the officers exclaimed in surprise: "Who is this fellow, and what is he doing here?" Then an aide hurried forward. "What do you want?" he demanded sternly. "What are you doing here? Who are you?" "Huh?" "What is your business?" "Hain't got none. I'm a guide by purfession. The sol diers said I could look around ther fort and see what it looked like. Is this here your settin'-room ?" "Well, look somewhere else. This is a private apart ment," and the officer led Dick to the door and pushed him out. "Keep that fool out of here," he said to a sentry who came in sight at that moment. "How did you come to let him in? He might be a spy for all we know." "I saw him wandering ab.out, and took him for a fool. I did not suppose he would enter the general's private cabinet." "You had no business to suppose anything. Put him out. Search him first." Dick had passed out of sight by this time. He knew that he was running a great risk, but his object was worth it. Besides, he had taken as great a risk before and had escaped. He heard the officer's instructions, and hurried away and out into the open. Being' well acquainted with the fort, he could make his way about without the slightest difficulty. The sentry was unable to find him until he was passing out at the sally port. "Stop that man and search him; he is a spy!" the man cried. Several soldiers sprang at Dick to stop him. Two seized his coat, which he promptly slipped out of and took to his . heels. Then he paused for an instant, turned, and fired a shot. It took e ffect in the shoulder of one of his pursuers. He at once stumbled, and half a dozen of his comrades fell over him. Dick w:::s very fleet of foot, and in a few minutes he had cro ssed the causeway between Sinipink pond and the river, and plunged into the thicket. The redcoatf': came racing after him, but h e soon distanced them, and they were compelled to return without him. "I must gE:t across the river and communicate with General Putnam as soon as I can," was his thouirht. "In the meantime the Liberty Boys must harass the redcoats all they can. Going to where he had left his horse, and finding him safe and sound, Dick jumped upon his back, and rode with all haste to the camll on Dunderberg. "This will be news for the boys," he said, as he hurried on. CHAPTER XIII. ON THE M,ARCH AGAIN. After Dick had left the camp a little while Patsy said to Carl: "Shure, an' Oi want something ilse to ate besoides rabbits an' bears an' parthridges an' dhim t'ings." "What you was want, Batsy?" asked Carl. "Don'd you was g9t enuff vor eading ?" "Well, Oi'm not shtarved, Cooky s piller. but Oi do be wantin' something different, don't yez know." "What it was?" "Well, Oi'd loike some crackers an' cheese, an' a s up av milk, an' some butther an' eggs, an' a bit o' fresh food. Oi'd loike some pitaties foine, Cookyspiller." "Where you dose dings? Dere was no farms mit der mountain alretty." "Shure. an' d';ere musht be a c b'"l somephweres abou:, .:m' Oi t'ink Oi'll a look for it, Cookyspiller."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT DUNDERBERG. 13 "You 'want dot I i!hould went mit you?" "Shure, an' Oi've no objection at all, at all. Two is com-pany always, me bhy." "Where you was went?" "Anny place. Oi'm not particular." "You don'd was got losed ?" "Shure, an' Oi won't, av yez don't. It wor yez dhat got Iosht dhe odher day, an' in foindin' yez Oi got losht mesilf." "Off I got losed don't you was come afder me alretty ?" "Shure, an' yer mushtn't get losht, Dootchy. Oi have no toime to washte foindin' yez." "All righd, I loogk ouid vor meinselluf. I dinks you was got losed choost lige I did und one was as badder as der oder been." "Go on wid yez, Oi niver was losht; it was dhe camp dhat was losht." "You was got Josed not?" "No, sor; Oi was roight dhere all dhe toime. Oi knowed phwere Oi was, but dhe bhys did not. . It was dhim phwat was losht intoirely, an' not me at all, at all." This view of the case was rather puzzling to Carl, and he did not attempt to discuss it. Then they set off to find a settler's cabin, and get something to eat. All they could expect to find without going a long way was the hut of a hunte r, for the region was wild and lonely, and few persons lived on Dunderberg. Patsy see med to have an idea that houses were as frequent as in a village, however, and he set off in high hopes. The two foragers took their horses, as they thought they were less likely to get lost with them than if they had gone on foot. They set off down the path, and rode for some distance without seeing any sign of a house. "Shure, an' it's a funny t'ing dhat no wan lives around here at z.ll, Cookyspiller," said Patsy at length. "Maybe you ..:idn't was went far enough, Batsy," said Carl. "Maybe Oi didn't. Well, we'll go on a bit farther, an' maybe we'll foind wan." They rode on for some time, but still ttiey saw no sign of a human habitation. "Shure, an' Oi begin to think that dhe people have all been put out for not payin' rint, an' dhat dhere's no wan here at all, at all," said Patsy. "Did dey tooked der house s mit dem ?" asked Carl. "Shure, an' how cud dhey?" "Dey didn't leaf dem behind, vor gause I don'd saw nodings off dem." "Shure, an' yez are roight, me bhy. Dhat's phwat dhey musht have begorra." "Maybe dere did been no houses here alretty, Batsy?" "Shure, an' how cud dhe people live widout houses?" "Maybe dere don't nefer was been any beoples here al-retty." "Shure, an' Oi think yez are roight, Cookyspiller, but we'll roide on a bit farther, an' see av we can't foind something." In a few minutes they heard the sound of a horse's hoofs behind them. "Shure, an' dhere's some wan comin', me bhy. We'd betther get out av dhis imma,iitely." Hardly had they started their horses, however, when Dick appeared. He soon came up with them and said: "Where have you two fellows been?" "Lukin' for a house phwere we cud get something to ate." "And you gave it up and turned back?" "Shure, an' we didn't. We've been roidin' wan way all dhe toime. We niver turned back at all, at all." "Nein, we was der same way went all der dime," said Carl. Then Dick laugh1ed as he realized what the two youths had been doing. "Then you've been riding in a circle," he said, "and were on your way back to the camp. The horses knew it if you did not." "Do yez mane to say dhat we've been roidin' around an' around, an' thinkin' we was goin' shtraight ahid all dhe toime ?" asked Patsy. "That's what you must have been doing?" laughed Dick. "Well, av dhat ain't comical," said Patsy. "l don'd undershtood me dot," said Carl. l!"l'eatly puzzled. "It's the easiest thing in the world to get Jost in a place like this," said Dick, "and to keep going around and around." "I toldt you dot you shouldn't got me losed," said Carl. "Vor why you dooded dot?" "Shure, an' Oi think Oi got meself losht an' didn't know annyting about it," said Patsy. "Av Dick hadn't come a long we'd have gone home widout knowin' it, me bhy." "That's about what you would have done," with a laugh. In a short time they arrived at the camp. Then Dick told what he had learned, much to the surprise of all. "That means that we will have plenty to do," said Bob. "I shall not be sorry to leave old Dunderberg," said Mark. "By the way, I don't suppose any one has seen the hermit," said Bob. "No," said Sam. "I haven't seen him since we camped in that strange place," said Harry Judson. "I don't think we will see him," said Dick, "unless we happen to be in danger near here." "When is the BritiSh expedition going to set out?" asked Bob. . "Very shortly. I think we had better get on the move ourselves and follow them up." They were all eager to start, and the next morning, taking a road that would carry them quite around the forts, they set out. When they came to the river again they heard reports of the British. A large number of troops under command of Sir Jam es Wallace and General Vaughan had started up the river, with a flying squadron of eight frigates and many flatboats. They had already begun to make depredations, and manv of the inhabitants were leaving their homes and taking their personal property with them. . "We must hang upon their rear," said Dick to Bob, "and annoy them all we can." The Liberty Boys stopped at night for a .few hours tc obtain a needed rest, and then pushed on shortly before day. break. The British were ahead of them, they learned, proceeding up the river, and preparing to land and continue their depre dations. "Forward,' then!" said Dick. "There is work to be done. We cannot drive them away, but we can at least make trouble for them and we will." CHAPTER XIV. THE CAPTURE OF THE FLATBOATI In the early forenoon the Liberty Boys came within sight of the British. They had landed a number of troops in flatboats, thf. frigates proceeding up the river. The redcoats were already burning and destroying, &."Id the inhabitants were fleeing for safety. Going ahead a short distance to reconnoiter, leaing thf. larger part of his force behind, Dick espied a number of flatboats left in charge of a small guard. The soldiers were at a small town not far away, carrying on their work of destruction. "The very thing," said Dick to Bob, who was with him. "Ride back at full speed and bring up the others at once. Keep them as close to the river as possible." Then Bob dashed away, while Dick went on cautiously, a • ! companied by half a dozen of the youths. "Keep out of sight," he said, "and don't go ahead tcio fast. Mark, come with me. Harry, you and Sam fall behfud a few rods." Dick and Mark rode ahead for a short distance, keeplli'g their eyes on the river the while. There were several of the flatboats, more than enough f:o accommodate the Liberty Boys, in fact. They were tied to the bank, and a guard of perhai; • ! thirty men left to take care of them. They had evidently not expected that any force woul1l attack the boats, presuming that all the resistance mad•l would be in the town itself. Only a small force had been left to guard the boats, .. fore. Dick smiled when he saw how few there wer


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT DUNDERBERG. "Give us a few minutes," he said to Mark, "and we will ve r y soon dispose of them." "Yes," said Mark, "and I almost wish there was as large 9. force as our own. There would be more excitement." They could not advance nearer than within ti. couple of hundred yards without being seen, there being no trees be yond that point which would hide them. The boats were all drawn up side by side, with their ends against the bank. . They were provided with four or five large sweeps each, and a steering oar as well. Each was capable of accommodating at least twenty of the Liberty Boys with their horses. At that rate Dick \would want five of the boats, but there were many more than that. It was his intention to capture all of them if he could, but if not to take more than enough for his own use, and set as many more adrift as possible. Of the men left to guard the boats, some sat in them, some were standing on the bank, and others were running along shore amusing themselves at various kinds of horse play. They were running, jumping, playing leap-frog, riding on each other's shoulders, and wrestling. They seemed to be more occupied in amusing themselves, in fact, than in keeping a lookout for the approach of . a possible enemy. "The trouble with these fellows," said Dick to Mark, "is that they are so conceited, and imagine that twenty or thirty of them can hold a brigade of Americans at bay." "Here comes Sam,'' said Mark. -At that moment Sam Sanderson came riding up and said: "I see Bob coming along the river road with the Liberty Boys." "Ride back and hurry him,'' said Dick. "We do not know how soon the maraudin,g redcoats may return." Sam dashed away at full speed. In a few minutes the Liberty Boys were seji)n coming around a bend in the river, dashing along the road at a rapid pace. It was possible that some. of the guard left with the boats might see thei:n, and Dick watched carefully for any signs of an alarm bemg taken. He saw none, however, and as the Liberty Boys came :lashing up he took his place in front and darted ahead. "Down with the redcoats!" he cried. "Seize the boats!" Not until the gallant youths came suddenly dashing along road and over the strip of beach did the redcoats realize their danger. . They had imagined that all the Contmental troops were Oil the other side of the river. They had seen bodies of militia, but the force now a.Pproaching seemed like veterans. As a matter of fact, they might be considered so, having seen so much service. The guards attempted to make a stand, but soon saw the uselessness of it. They would have been simply swept aside. Then a few of them, seeing the object of the Liberty Boys, uts, firing as they ran. Then the loaded boats were pushed out into the stream. There were nearly a dozen of them, and several more were set adrift or had their sides stove in. Out upon the river swept the boats, well managed by the gallant youths. They were forty yards out from shore when the redcoats arrived at the bank. They fired a volley at the British, who ran up and down shouting and gesticulating, but doing very little to prevent the escape of their saucy young enemies. CHAPTER XV. THE E$CAPE ACROSS THE RIVER. It was some time before anything like order could be secured among the redcoats. Every one seemed to be acting under his own responsi bility, and there was no discipline whatever. Some ran to secure the boats, some jumped into them, and some fired at the retreating Liberty Boys, but missed them. Not all of the boats had been taken or set adrift, but there was no order maintained in securing what remained. The redcoats seemed to be in a panic, although there were many times more of them than of the American youths. At last, when order was brought out of chaos, the boats were well out in the riyer, and being managed with perfect adroitness. With the Liberty Boys everything worked with the utmost harmony. Those handling the sweeps kept stroke with each other, while those at the steering oars followed the lead of the boat in front. The horses were kept quiet, and everything was done in the most orderly manner. The liberated boats went downstream, and were not recovered. The others were manned at last, but a great deal of time had been lost. When they were finally headed for the other side there was confusion among those at the sweeps, and the steersmen seemed to know little how to meet the current. Men from the frigates generally managed the boats, but many of these had fled, and had not returned. The redcoats gave up the chase when they saw the Liberty Boys heading up the river at an angle that allowed them to meet the current and not be swept by it. The Liberty Boys were then far in the lead. The redcoats were not so far away, however, that they could not hear the . triumphant cheers of the victorious youths. It had been a daring move, well planned, and successfully carried out. Dick deserved great credit for its inception and execution. . He was most modest, however, and gave all the credit to the Liberty Boys for the assistance they had given him. "Well, Bob," he said, "we got away with them, didn't we?" . "Yes and it was a splendid move. I can imagine the of the redcoats at being outgeneraled by a lot of boys." "Yes, and it will not be the last time that we will bother them, either." Patsy and Carl in one of the forward boats were at the sweeps. . t . . . , , "Shure an' Oi'm glad dhe awther is no Joompm up an down day loike it was phwin we came up. dhe river in dhe sloop,'' he said. "Nein dis was fery goot vedder, I bet you," said Carl. "You didn't had to been seasigk to-day, Batsy." "Don't mintion it, me bhy,'' said Patsy. "Shure, an' it wud take very little to make me saysick now." "How you was got seasigk on der rifer, anyhows? Dot was vor der ocean, und for der rifer not." "Shure, an' Oi wud get it annywhete, me bhy, av dhere was wather. Av Oi wor on a duck pond an' yez wor to blow on dhe wather, Oi belave Oi'd be saysick, Cookyspil ler."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT DUNDERBERG. "Nefer mind, Batsy, we was agrosst been in ein liddl• vhile und den you was all righd been alretty." "Don't say too much, Cookyspiller," said Patsy dolefully. "Oi can niver tell phwat is goin' to happen, be gorra." However, they made a landing without any disasters to Patsy's stomach, whereat he was greatly relieved. The Libertr, Boys disembarked and led their horses to the road, while the boats were hauled up and secured, to prevent their getting adrift. . . . Dick pretty soon met a number of people hvmg m the neighborhood who were loyal to the country's They informed him that General Putnam was at Fishkill, while Governor Clinton was at New Windsor, trying to form the militia so that they would act in con junction with the regular troops. . Dick decided to report to General Putnam at once and ask for instructions. . • He the villagers to look after the boats till his return. They very readily promised to do so, and then he set off for Fishkill at the head of the Liberty Boys. " Old Put," as he was familiarly known, was pleased as well as surprised to see the youths. l "So you had some rather hot work at Fort Clinton, I hear, Dick," he said. "Yes, general." . "I was afraid you had been captured wh\ m you did not return." "No, we escaped, but we had to make a dash for it." "Well, you are used to such things, Dick,'' said the old general in his well-known. kindly manner. "Then we remained at Dunderberg for a time to reconnoiter and bother the British when we could." "How did you get away?" "By bo1rowing som e transports from the enemy which I am afraid we will not return, general." "How was that, Dick?" laughed the general. "Explain yourself." Dick then related the story of the capture of the flatboats. "Why you are a perfect general, Dick," said Putnam. "That a move worthy of any one." "At any rate, it succeeded, sir? and now the boats and the Liberty Boys are at your service." The general pondered for few moments. "It is our intention," he siid, "to keep along this shore and follow up the enemy, keeping even with them when we can." I Dick nodded. "You have the captured flatboats and your horses and can cross or keep on this side, as occasion "Yes " said Dick. "Yoil had better follow the main division, acting in concert . with it and, if need be, use the boats for crossing." "Some of us can up the river in them, while the lest proceed with the mam body." . "That is a very good plan, Dick, and you had better carry it out." . "I will do so, sir,'' said Dick. Then he returned to the Liberty Boys and told them what had been decided upon. CUAPTER XVI. THE SILVER BULLET." After several hours' rest Liberty Boys started up the river. d Bob was ma

16 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT DUNDERBERG. It was a brave attempt, but a hopeless one. The enemy greatly outnumbered the combined force of Liberty Boys and militia. Neve1theless, Dick resolved to make as bold a stand as he "Down with the redcoats!" he cried. "Long live Liberty!" Then the brave youths poured in a volley. Crash-roar! Ma;iy rerlcoats fell and once more the Liberty Boys poured a deadly fire upon them. It was hopeless, however. The redcoats were already swarming through the town. It was set on fire in many different places at once, and the storehouses were threatened. The Liberty Boys were helpless to prevent the destruc tion. A tremendous force was thrown against them, and to hold their ground meant annihilation. . Dick ordered a retreat at once. The brave youths fell back to a place of safety, and watched the burning town. It was impossible to save it or to drive the enemy back. Having done all the mischief they could, the enemy retreated k their ships. Defiant to the last, Dick rushed to the shore with lris Liberty Boys as the boats were putting out, and fired a parting. volley. "There's some av dhim dhat won't go aboard, dhe robbers!" said Patsy significantly. \ Two hours too late to do any .good, Governor Clinton arrived at the town. He had brought with him the convicted spy, the bearer of the silver bullet. The governor at once ordered him hanged to an apple tree in sight of the burning village. The enemy wo _ uld doubtless do more mischief, and now Dick and the Liberty Boys rode forward to prevent it if pos sible. ' CHAPTER XVII. GIVING THE REDCOATS A SCARE. Dick struck the man who was trying to kiss the girl such a tremendous box on the ear that it caused him to measure his length on the ground. Then Mark seized the torch from the other, dashed it on the ground, and trampled out the flames. In another instant he had drawn his pistols. "Clear out!" he said fiercely. Dick, at the same moment, after disposing of one red coat, sprang upon the man with the bundle. Seizing the fellow by the throat, he forced him to drop his plunder upon the ground. Then he hurled the redcoat from him with such force that he fell. The old woman hurriedly picked up the extinguished torch, and used it most effectively upon two of the redcoats. The girl, released from the redcoat, ran to the well hard by, got a bucket Qf water, and dashed it over two others who tried to seize her. Everything seemed to have happened in an instant. The two redcoats picked themselves up and glared stupidly at Dick and Mark. Dick now had his pistols in his hands. It took the astonished redcoats a few moments to recover their senses. Then the first, rubbing his very red and swollen face, de manded insolently: "What do you mean, r,ou insolent rebel, by striking a soldier of the king? I will have your life for that." "I may be an insolent rebel," said Dick firmly, "but I am not a coward and a sneak,. and I do not attack or insult defenseless women. Be gone, and be tha.n.kful that you save your own worthless life without threateninff. mine." "Clear out of here, all of you," said Mark. You ought to be ashamed of yourselves." The old woman and the young girl now reinforcing the two youths, the two parties were more nearly even. "Hello!" yelled the first redcoat. "Hello, there! Rebels!" "Here come a lot of the redcoats, Dick," said Mark, in a low tone. "Hold your ground," said Dick. "Into the house with you, miss. We will look out for you. Help is coming." The girl and the old woman hurried inside and closed the door. Then a party of at least twenty redcoats came running The British were continuing their maraudings and strik-up at full speed. ing terror to the defenseless inhabitants of the smaller towns. fired one of his pistols and wounded one of the redN ot content with seizing or destroying stores, they fired coacs m the leg. . . . private dwellings, and destroyed much valuable property . Mark fired at another, and gave him a flesh wound m the in mere wantonness. arm. . The day after the burning of Esopus, Dick Slater, after Dick to attract attention. a long march, halted to give the youths a rest. Hardly had the shots ceased to echo .before there was a In a short time, however, he set out, accompanied by shout. . . Mark Morrison and Harry Judson to do a little reconnoiter. Tp.en I:Iarry Judson, .with a dozen of the Liberty Boys ing. ' behmd him, sweepmg around the turn of the r?ad .. . Corning to a hill where there was a good view, he saw The redcoats not know how large a force the1e might one of the enemy's vessels in the distance. be1 , a;nd)her quickly turned and fled. She seemed to be anchored as her sails were furled. Fire. cried Dick. The nearest town of any' size was at some distance, he CAradckl C!atckl! t d th d t k d th knew. ozen pis o s rang ou , an e re coa s qu1c ene e1r There were detached houses here and there, however, some pace. . of them being very spacious and handsomely furnished. They re!lllY outnumbered the Liberty Boys two to one, "There may be mischief going on," said Dick, "and it may but they did not know it. . be as well to go on. Run back, Harry, and bring up a The of the plucky youths was so impetuous that dozen or more 9f the Liberty Boys. Tell Bob to send the there might have been fifty of them. rest if he hears firing." .They pursued the redcoats a short distance only when Harry wheeled his horse and dashed away while Dick Dick recalled them. and Mark rode forward cautiously. ' "There may be more of the enemy than we can handle," They presently heard excited voices, and then a scream he said, "so until Bob comes up with the rest of the troop in a feminine voice. it is as well to be cautious." Leaping from their horses, the two youths sprang forward. . Then they returned to the house, where the young girl Around a bend in the road was a little old-fashioned thanked Dick heartily for what he had done. house surrounded by trees. "Mother and I were all alone," she said, "when these men In the dooryard were half a dozen redcoats, surrounding surprised us. The made up a bundle of our silver and two women. other valuables, and were preparing to fire the house when One was old, but the other was young and pretty. you arrived." One of the redcoats was trying to kiss her. "They may yet return," said Dick, ''.but I expect m?re Of the others one had a lighted torch in his hand, an-of my Libe.rty Boys, and unless ,,there is an overwhelmmg )ther was about to strike the old woman, and another was force we will keep . them at . . . just coming out of the house with a large bundle over his "Are these the Liberty Boys? asked the girl m surpnse. shoulder. Some of them,'' said Dick, with a smile. "There are a From its appearance it seemed to contain silver, probably hundred of us in all_.'' . ,, the family heirlooms. "And you are their captam? Without the slightest hesitation Dick and Mark leaped "Yes, i am Dick Slater." forward. "Here comes Bob!" shouted Mark at that moment


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT DUNDERBERG . 17 "Forward!" shouted Dick, leaping to the head of the line. Then all dashed down the road, and soon left the house b ehind them. "We will give the redcoats a scare if nothing else," thought Dick. He had really done so, although he had not known it at first. When he came in sight of the river again he noticed signs of great activity upon the vessel he had seen. Her sails were now up, her anchor was being weighed, and several boats, loaded with redcoats, were putting out from shore. They rode on till they reached the landing, and then gave a lusty cheer the ship, the men scrambling on board and the boats being hauled up, set sail up the river as if all the American army were after them. ( CHAPTER XVIII. THE SHIPS GO DOWN THE RIVER. "Shure, an' we gave dhim a foine froight dhat toime," roared Patsy, as the Liberty Boys halted. "Wud yez luk at dhim gittin' away as if dhere wor tin thousand min afther dhim ?" "Yah, dey was runned lige der doost, ain't it?" said Carl. "You would tought dere was ein million off us." "Scaring them off is as good as beating them," said Mark, "so long as they ke<'lp away." They watched fhe British ship out of sight, and then continued on their march. They were on the wrong side of the river for safety, but they did not consicler that point very deeply. The very fact that the enemy did not know their real force was in their favor. For all that the British knew, they might be a part of the army beleaguering Burgoyne at Saratoga. If Dick could only continue them in this belie f he might hold them in check for some time. He rested his youths for a time, and then kept cin his way. At night they rested again, but very early in the morning they were up and away. The wisdom of the move soon became apparent. , Shortly after daybreak Dick descried the British ships 'about to land men not far distant. "Now to give them another scare, boys," he cried. "For ward, and make all the noise you can." With a rush and a roar and a shout, the daring youths went dashing along the shore, and soon came in sight of the British. The boats were at that time within a few lengths of the shore. The L i be1ty Boys fired a musket volley at them. Cras\1-roar! Some of the boats were -riddled, and many of the occupants fell into the water. Then another volley was fired, only half of the youths having fired at the first volley. By that time the first half had reloaded their pieces, and were ready to use them again. The ship prepared to send a shot among the daring youths. Meantime the boats were recalled. Then the Liberty Boys scattered alongshore, among the trees, and b ehin d various obstructions. One shot was fired from the ship, but it did no harm, and then the vessel proceeded to join those farther up the river. The Liberty Boys had prevented a landing, and had thus accomplished a good deal. There were troops on the other side of the river, and Dick concluded to remain on the west shore for a while longer, so as to continue his harassing maneuvers. Later in the day he again came up in time to prevent a landing. At this time there were several of the enemy's ships in Lack of knowledge as to the actual numbers of the force on sho1e1 however, deterred the British from landing. "Av dhey only knowed how manny av us dhere was,' said Patsy, "dhey wud land in wan minyute." "Yes but they don't" said Harry "and that's why we can them." ' ' "And if we can only keep on bothering them," said Bob , "we will accomplish a good deal." The commander being unaware of the force opposed to him, withdrew , and thus by Dick's clever ruse was another scene of ruthless depredation prevented. Dick continued those tactics for several days with greater or less success. One morning Dick left the camp of the Liberty Boys just before sunrise, and started off to reconnofter on his own account. Mounted on Major, he was riding along the river bank, when as the sun arose from the other side and sent its beams over the water, he beheld a strange sight. The British ships in full sail were approaching. They were going down the river, howev er, instead of up, as before. As they swept past, one after another, he realized the truth. For some reason the expedition was being abandoned, and the ves sels were returning to New York. There had evidently been a good deal between Sir Henry Clinton and General Gates, enough, in fact, to warrant the giving up of his plans. "Someth:ng has happened," thought Dick. "Perhaps Burgoyne has been beaten." He rode on, and pretty soon came to a house by the roadside. The familr was sitting down to breakfast. The man of the house saw him through the window, and coming to the door invited him in. "There's a welcome for an American soldier always at my house," he said. "To what command do you belong, may I ask?" "I am Dick Slater, captain of the Liberty Boys," was the reply. "Come and sit down. We are just at breakfast. Where are the Liberty Boys ? " "Not far away. I left them a while ago to reconnoiter Just now I saw the enemy's ships going down th• river." "Yes, that is very tr'ue." "Then they failed to make a juncture Burgoyne?' "Yes; haven't you heard?" "What?" "Burgoyne has surrendered with ltis whole army." "T'ha t is good news." "Yes, there was a bloody battle a week or so ago, and now the redcoat has surrendered, and is going back to England , and won't fight us any more." "When did you hear this?" "Late n ight a message came from my son, who is with General Gates, and he told us all about it." "That accounts for the return of the ships. Well, they have done a lot of mischief withou . t accomplishing very much. The British will not be able to maintain the Highland forts." "And so you saw the ships going down the river?" "Yes and I must say that it wasa fine sight. Much better than seeing them come up, I must admit." . "Yes, and I am glad they have gone. The redcoats did not trouble me, but I hear that they burned Esopus to the ground." "Yes a pi e ce of the most wanton destruction. There was ab1solutely no need for "Well war i!:l a terrible thing," said the wife. "True'" said Dick. "But there is no excuse for such acts as this 'and they will so arouse the country that the British can hope to succeed." "I s incerely trust that they will not," said the farmer. Dick remained to breakfast, and then returned to the camp, where he related the good news. "And now?" asked Bob. "We will cross the river, and see what next is to be done. Burgoyne has surrendered. but the war is not yet over, and there will be work for us, I do not doubt."


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT DUNDERBERG. In a short time the youths broke camp and not long after they had crnssed the river on their way to join the mam army. CHAPTER XIX. THE LAST OF THE HERMIT. "Well, annyway, we dhruv dhe ridcoats out," exclaimed Patsy Brannigan, as the Liberty Boys were 1iding along. "Yah, und dot was a goot t'ing been alretty," said Carl, "but maybe dey was went by some oder blaces alretty, und we was had to drove dem ouid again." , "Well, an' we can do it,'' said Patsy proudly. "We're ready to do it as many toimes as dhey want, begorra." The day after they had joined the main army a corporal came to Dick's tent and said: "A man wishes to see you, captain. He looks like a backwoodsman." "An old man?" "No, young, but he has not cut his hair in years, and his beard is like a brier brush." "Did he say what he wanted to see me for?" "He said that the hermit of Dunderberg sent him." "Very good. Let him come in, corporal." In a few moments a young man entered the tent. He was dressed in l'USset cloth, and his hair and beard were pretty much as the corporal had described them. "Be you Captain Slater?" he asked, removing a coonskin cap. "I am." "Of ther Liberty Boys?" "Yes." "You knowed ther Hermit o' ther Dunderberg ?" "Yes." "Waal, he's dead." "Say you so?" in a tone of surprise. "Yaas, he's dead." "I am really sorry to hear that," feelingly. "Waal, I guess yer needn't ter be, cos he was glad ter go hisself." "Yes, I suppose so, but I had hoped that he would go back to the world." "No, an' I guess he . was tired on it, fur's I could find out." "Did he send any message?" asked Dick. "Yaas, he told me a day or so afore he died that he was ergoin' ter die, an' thet ez soon ez I missed him any mornin' on ther mountain ter go ter his cabin an' make sure." "Yes?" "An' then arter I knowed he was dead fur sure, ter bury him an' then come an' tell yer, an' say that he said yer could open ther packet." "Well?" "YVaal, I missed him one mornin' off ther mountain." ."Yes?" "And went to his cabin." "He was dead?" "Yes." "You buried him?" "Yes, an' I said a prayer over him, an' covered him over with stones, so's ther bears an' wolves can't get at him." "Well, I am glad you \ took such pains. Now you will go back to Dunderberg?" "Yaas. Ther forts is all busted up, an' burned down. Ther British has left 'em." "Yes, I suppose they woul!l. What do you,. do on the Dun derberg?" "Hunt mostly. I didn't see so very much of the old man, but I guess I shell miss him now he's went away." "Would you like a new rifle and some powder and ball?" asked Dick. The young man's eyes fairly glistened. "I guess I would," he said. "Well, I will give them to you. But why do you stay on Dunderberg ? " "Ain't got no other place ter live, thet's why. I hain't been off'n it before fur ten yeara." "Oh, well, if you are satisfied," said Dick, "I don't sup pose I need complain." Dick gave the young man what he had promised, and he went back to the mountain. Then Dick opened the packet given him by the hermit, in the presence of Bob, Mark and one or two others. It related to the incidents of the man's life pretty much as Dick knew them. It went more into details, however, giving the hermit's real name, and that of hi s daughter's husba1'9 . Then it told where, under a tree in front of the house where he had lived so long, was buried a sum of m oney sufficient for his daughter's needs as long as she liv e d. He had buried it there because he had thought it to be the safest place, as every one would suppose he had taken it a long distance. "We will go there and0 get it, give it to the daughter, get the baby, and protect him and his mother against these schemers," said Dick. Shortly after this Dick set out to return to Westchester to await orders. On the way thither he stopped at the house where he had left the baby boy. He found him safe and sound, and in good health. "I'm glad you came," said the woman . "There was a woman come here axin' fur the baby, an' wantin' ter take him, but ther minute he seen her he let out a scree ch, an' yelled 'Go away, bad, bad; go away,' an' I jist made up my mind I wouldn't let her have him, an' I didn't." "What sort of woman was she?" a sked Dick. The farmer's wife describ ed the woman whom Dick and Mark had seen with Margaret. Dick then took the boy and went back to Peekskill. Finding the house, he demanded to s ee the boy's mother. The old lady wanted to take the boy, but he screamed and told her to go away. "You and your son have conspired to kill this boy and rob his mother," said Dick, "and you will rob your son if you get a chance." The woman turned pale, muttered something under her breath, and hurried away. Dick and Bob got into the house, found the unfortunate woman locked up, her, and put the boy in her arms. "Here I are, mother," he said. "Where did you been so long ago?" "My boy, my baby, my Uttle John!" cried the fond mother. Her reason soon returned with the possession of her child. Her hufiband fled the country, joined the British armv, and was killed early the next year. The mother went away, and was never seen again. Dick and Bob found the mone y buried under the tree, and gave it to the mother for herself and child. She mourned her father's death, a nd in a short time had his body brought back to her old home and buried in the family graveyard. . The boy showed great fondness for his mother in spite of his absence, and on several occasions afterward Dick saw him and made him little presents. Having satisfactorily s ettled the affairs of Margaret and her young son, and leaving them quite happy and contented Dick and the Liberty Boys left for White Plains. ' They had not been there long before they r eceived orders to go to the front, where they were so on to add new fame to their credit, and to gain fresh laurels in the service of the country. I Next week's issue will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS WITH WAYNE; OR, DARING DEEDS AT STONY POINT." Send Postal For Our Free Cata log ue.


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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. • A FEW GOOD ITEMS MOTOR MAIL ROUTE COVERS 88 MILES. r languages, and are divided up into forty-three disA moto1 mail route will be established between tinct nationalities. The r e are 2,378 main castes, Cave City, Ky., and Louisville. It previously has besides a large number of sub-castes. There are been announced fro ' m Indianapolis that a similar 200,000,000 Hindus, from which, fortunately, we route from Louisville to Indianapolis would be escan draw fighting men; 50,000,000 Mohammedans, tablished. This plan is being tried out by the Gov-while among the Hindus there are 50,000,000 of deernment to enable farmers to market their perishgraded people of no caste, whose touch, or even able and other products. If these routes prove sueshadow, is supposed to cause pollution. cessful the system probably will become universal The girls are of all sorts, bright little things with throughout the country. From Louisville to Cave pounds worth of gold ornaments 'round their necks City is a distance of 88.8 miles. Cars will leave and arms and in their ears and noses. These are Louisville and Cave City at five o'clock each morn-Brahman children, who mus t be married before they ing except Sunday and will reach the other city by are ten, and are then kept secluded in their mothers' two o'clock in the afternoon. The Dixie highway homes till the final marriage ceremonies are com will be followed. plete, when they are passed on to the houses of their SAFETY PIN IS ANCIENT. The safety pin and the hook and eye are generally supposed to be modern inventions. The former, in fact, has been credited to Queen Victoria. She may have improved upon it, but certainly she is not en titled to the distinction of having invented it. Numerous specimens of the useful contrivance mothers-in-law. A Brahman or Hindu girl ha:; refined features, and in figure is what the French call petite. Their carriage is erect, their limbs are beautifully molded, and their every action is graceful. With regard to families, twenty people will frequentl y live in the same house dependent on a solitary wage earner. have been found in the ruins of Crete. Some of them HORSE MEAT A FRENCH DISH. in the museum of the University of Pennsylva-1 England is beginning to talk about eating horse ma, and the museum has also a hook and eye from flesh as an unpleasant but possible eventuality of the same place. the future. In France there has never been the Both the safecy pins and the hook and eye now same prejudice against horse meat, and the horse fo the museum were made at least nine hundred has been a recognized and much-used article of diet years before Christ. Some are made of bronze, but among the less wealthy. Horse steak, finely minced, amber or some othel' material was often used on the is widely prescribed by French physicians to be more elaborate pins. Some were even made of fine1 eaten raw' as a tonic by weak persons and sickly ly wrought gold. children. In Paris and its suburbs there are about 1,000 BUTTONS. butchers' shops where only horse meat is sold, and Buttons are one of the many things that the Govtheir average trade is four or five horses each week. ernment has to concern itself about in times of war. They sell nothing but horse meat, because the law It is reported that the stock of buttons in this counforbids the sale except in special shops. But they try, that is to say, the stock suitable for military pur-do not hide shamefacedly up back streets. There poses, is. to be taken over by the Government. are several within a stone's throw of the Madeleine Manufacturers of buttons to all appearances fall and a half dozen within easy shopping distance of far short in their . production, and the shortage is the American EmbaSSJ'. intensified by the fact that England als01seems short The Paris horse butcher is so little a s hamed of his of. buttons and has been in the past importing from calling that he paints his shop a brilliant red and the United States. puts a gilded horse's head outside a s a sign. All Buttons are needed in enormous quantities for the his meat comes from a special horse slaughter house clothing of the fighting men and the Government, it at Vaugirard, where the butchering is conducted is reported, is taking an inventory of the country's under rigid municipal supervi s ion. stock of buttons of metal, horn and vegetable ivory It is a mistake, according to Paris e x perts, to sup and may save the manufacturers the trouble of lookpose that the younger the horse the better the meat. ing for customers. Good prices will be paid by the The reverse is said to be true-at least horses eight Government. years old and upward are preferred, and below that INDIA'S VARIED PEOPLES. The population of India is far more diverse than is generally thought. They talk about 150 different age the meat is said to be tough and unflavored. The priCe of the best cuts of horse meat in Paris is at present from 18 cents to 5-0 cents a pound, having doubled since the war.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 . . FROM ALL .POINTS WOODEN CLOTHES IN SIGHT. While the clothing manufacturers have not yet announced their intention to place on the \narket clothes made of wood, they may eventually do so, if the experiments of cotton spinners should prove successful. Bleached cotton is almost pure cellulose, and pro ceeding on that basis the investigators have dis covered a method whereby thread may be manufac tured from cellulose extracted from spruce. The sued the animal through the business district and finally Jones, who is very heavy, fell on it in an alley and the animal expired, possibly from fright. The policemen sold the hide for $7.50, which sum they put in the Police Department charity fund. Where the animal came from could not be explained. There are no wild badgers in the woods about the city, so far as known. MUSKRAT FARMING. cotton spinners say that in time they expect to pro duce with this material clothing at extremely low prices. . 1 If the supply of muskrat fur is to be maintained The finest product, it is averred, will be cheaper many of the swamp and marsh lands now oc than cotton in bale, and there is no reason, they I cup1ed by the animals are reclaimed for agricul contend, why the material should not take a fast tural purposes "muskrat farming" will have to be dye. The wood-cloth would of course wear well, and come more general. it could be made non-inflammable. For the present, however, a sufficient number of muskrats to meet demands for their fur are trapped from marshes and swamps that are for the most PUPILS IN MONTCLAIR GAMBLE. part unprotected, millions of skins being taken each Five Montclair, N. J., school girls matched 25year. So long as the natural breeding places re cent pieces and one of them won $6. A school boy main undisturbed and reasonable closed seasons are gambled and won a pipe. Scout Commissioner maintained there is little likelihood of the numbers Frank F. Gray says so in the Scout Gazette, the of the animals being depleted. This is because these paper through which he appeals to the boy and girl animals multiply much more rapidly than most ether scouts and their parents. bearers. With adequate protection i_n the breedGambling and thievery are prevalent among the mg season and with the present habitat school children of the town, Mr. Gray asserts. He from to pelts can b_e taken m say s h e has a list of the boy and girl gamblers and North America annually without deplet1011 of the thie ves. 1'hr names of the qmi.rter matchers and/ s upply. youngster who won a pipe are in this list. The The muskrat is found throughout wide areas in children habitually "roll the bones" and. "cut the North America, the habitat extending from the cards" for money, he says. Locks in the school northern limit of trees to near the Mexican border. buildings hav e been tampered with and valuables The practicability of muskrat farming already has stolen from lockers, he charges. been demonstrated. The animals a're easily kept, Blame for these conditions is placed by the Scout become very tame and breed well il'l nhrrow quar Commissioner upon the artificial "so-called social ters. Under present economic conditions, however, life' ' w herein " children are mannikins surfeited with keeping muskrats on preserves is more practicable up.healthy pleasures" and the "too liberal allowance than keepinJ" them in restricted quarters. The for of spending money." mer plan is in remunerative operation in the Ches-BADGgR VISITS POLICE. Tho Muncie, Ind., Police Department, three mem ' bers of which dfritinguished themselves recently by stal'ting a real bear hunt in McCulloch Park-per haps the first bear hunt here in a hundred yearsnow has brought to a successful conclusion a badger hunt-and it was a real badger, too, not the kind that usually is seen at the well-known badger and dog fights native to Indiana. This badger wished to be hunted so badly ap parently that it came to the door of Central . Po lice Station in the small hours of the morning and was s een by William Rutherford, a policeman. Ruth E!rford and A rthur Jones , anot:1cr policor.1an, pur-apeake Bay region. In Dorchester County, Mary land, marshland formerly considered almost u s eless and now used as muskrat preserves is worth more, measured by actual income, than cultivated lands in the same vicinity. The owner of one 1,300-acre tract of marsh took in two seasons-1909 and 1910 -more than 12,000 pelts, which sold for more thal1 $9,000. The maintaining of muskrat preserves should be an attractive business where condition s are favorable. The animals require no feeding, since the plant life of ponds and marshes furnishes abun dance of food. It may even be possible to "plant" the industry in sections from wh i ch muskrats are now absent. As trapping is done in winter the busi ness of muskrat farming is especially adapted to farmers and farme1 ; s' boys.


....... THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 . CURRENT NEWS For the theft of cloth used in making United of the land which would be aff ecte d b y the overflow States A rmy uni forms eight men were indicted in of the dam. Announcement that the Govern ment New York City b y t he F e d eral Grand Jury on Febwould spend approximately $60 , 0 00, 000 at Musse l ruury 21st, on e b eing a c ivilian cl erk who had charge Shoals, which is on the 'Tenn e s see River , was made of the clo t h records of the Quartermaster Corps, on February 23d, but details o f the project were Army Building, in that city. The local polfoe offi-withheld. cials say the frauds may rea ch a valu e of $5,000,00. Frank Stev en s , a railr oad labor e r of Living s ton, Mont., has inherite d $60 , 000, the estate of a . rich uncle, John Stev en s of Long B ea ch, Cal., a ccording to word recei v ed in Livingston rec e ntly. Stevens is fifty years old and has worked hard all his life. The uncle, who was practically unknown to him, was interested in mining. Steven s has postponed his wedding to Mrs. Alice Hattan of Butte from February 17th until May, and will leav e i m mediately for California to secure his l e g a c y . It has be e n brought to the atten tion o f t h e War Department that on a r ecen t trip o f on e of the sh ip s being used to transport troop s for ove r sea duty , considerable. damage w a s don e to t h e fitting s of the boat, and s ome of the li ne n and be ddin g either taken from the boat or d amaged, d u e a pparently to a desire on the part of o fficers a n d m e n to sec ure souve nirs of the trip. The Secre tary of War direct s tha t commanding o fficers of t r oop s w ill in the future take steps to prevent s u c h action on t h e part o f t roops . in their comman ds . An European i nv e nto r p roposes to make a paper horseshoe that shall, fo r g ene r a l p u rposes , be the equal of the ste e l hors es ho e , in the followi n g way. Parchment paper i s c u t o u t in horseshoe form and built up to a suita ble thick n ess b y the u se of a mixture of turpentine , Sp an ish white s h ella c and linseed oil treated wi t h litharge, a n d the w ho le is placed under the hydrauli c press . This p roduces very light and unifo r m pi eces , and it i s an easy mat ter to stamp out the nail hole s and grooves . Instead of nailing to the horse's h o o f, they can be ap plied with an adhes ive com positi on whose principal part is a solution of rubber bi sulphide of carbon . Pape r paste could also be m o l de d into the sh p of a hors esho e by use o f the press , but the r esult is not as g ood a s with the a b ove . Among object i ons to it are these: the surfac e i s too even and slippery and the shoe w ould not h o l d well o n the ground. The introduction o f e lectric rail ways into Alpine di stricts has b e en t h e m eans of estab lishing a new and some what s t r a n ge in d ustry-namely, the quar rying of glacier ice fo r distribution i n large cities . Certain of the Swiss commu nes have granted con c essions of their gla ciers for this purpose, and ice s lides or V-shap e d t ro ug h s h ave bee n constru cted i n Our Navy is m aking use o f a tag w hi c h i s uniqu e among all identification tags fo r the r eas on that it which blocks of i c e b las t e d out of the glacier ' are th th b t f th b th S transported to the vicinity of the stations for con-carnes e um prm o e earer , says e c1-. f 1 d I t•fi A Th t d f 1 t 1 veyance, m care u l y re1rigerate vans, to arge en 1 .c merican. e ag :i;na e 0 . mone me a cities remote from the Alp s . The method of blast-and is by the actio n of sea w a 1 in g with black po wder so as to avoid the discolor ter. It qmte smal.l, measurmg m oval sha p e a:tion and s oiling of the i ce, a n d the engineering . by 11-2 mches . . It is perforate d a t on e e n d so thaib 'l't d ' 1 d t' th I' d d d d f h 1 b b d a l l y l S P aye m erec mg e s l es a n m prol t c_an suspe!1 e rom .t e nee { y a Wl:e ral ' viding sufficient frictio n by means of curves to avoid m turn lS encased m a cov ering. On e xc essive speed in the downward journey of the ice one s ide appear the name and of the wearer, blo c ks are sp ok e n of b y the London Times as ex the month, day a_nd of and month, a mpl e s o f conside r a b l e i ngenuity and skill. G l a c ; ay and Y.ear of bi:th: _u.S.N; l s add ed, and ci e r ic e , w hj c h is p e r fectly pure and transparent, Lie o w ner lS an ofhce1, h1. s ra_nk and date of and which has m a n y q ualiti es which are greatl y rnent. On the ruverse side is the fing e r prmt. appre ciated by con s umers, comman ds a h igher value Pres id ent Wilson signe-d an orde r on February aut ho r i zing the c onstruction o f a water p o w e r clam at Mussel Shoals, Alt., a s part of the $60 , 000,000 prnject fo r a Governme n t p lant there for t h e fix ation of atmosp h eric nitrogen for u se in t h e man u l'::tctur e of m uni t i ons a nd .fer til izer . The dam site ha s hee n offe r e d io the G o vern ment without cos t by Lhe Atl anta Powe l ' C ompany , which al s o has agree d to transfer options on about seventy-five per cenL. tha n that of the u s u a l k in d obtained from the s u r face of froz e n pond s or l akes . A singular feature in c onn ect ion w i L h t h e preparation of the ice fo1 the ma r k e t i s t hat it has bee n found necessary to s t o r e it for so m e d ays in special warehouses, formed of a d ou bl e t hi ckness of b oarding with a stratum of s awdu s t interposed, in order t o remove a coating o f froste d or no ntransparen t ice which tends to form on the surface o f e a c h block as it l eaves the gla c i er.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 23 S EEPLE JACK, THE BOY, OF NERVE OR THE MYSTERY OF THE OLD BELL TOWER By CAPTAIN GEORGE W. GRANVILLE . CHAPTER VII. (A SERIAL STORY) He now began to understand what had always seemed a deep mystery. A COOL VILLAIN. "Was your father the president of a big church corporation?" he asked eagerly. "Don't be afraid to A gasp of astonishment escaped Jack as he stared admit the facts to me, Miss Gray. " at the peculiar scene presented to his gaze in the "Yes, and that lawyer represented a lot of peo little library. Then his eyes fell on the costume worn ple who were trying to wrest that property away by the prisoner, and he turned to the girl and asked: from him and his associates," she replied. "Who is this man?" "Then both your father and Mr. Money were anx "I do not know," she answered. "Isn't his ap-ious to get a little old iron box which was hidden pearance familiar to you?" in the belfry 1 of St. Paul's church." "That is what startled me. He is an exact copy "Exactly so. It was to get you to do that very of the man I chased on the night your father was work that father sent me after you in such a pecu shot. Is he one of them?" liar manner, and it was to keep his identity a secre t "I believe he is, for at the time of the shooting from you that he wore a mask that night." I ran upstairs to use the telephone, as you know, "Another mystery solved. You know, of course, and glancing out'"the window, I saw the men you that I was also in the employ of Lawyer Money, were chasing down Fifth avenue. They all looked for it was qnly a few hours later that I was given exactly like this man. I wanted to see what you a great shock of surprise to meet you inside of the thought about it." : church in the company of a little old man who was "Miss Gray, how came this fellow to be your pris-looked upon as a ghost. Would you mind cxplain-oner ?" ing to me why you were there and who the gho s t "The negro butler who admitted you captured him really is'?" _ in this room this very night, and with the aid of ''I went down there to obey a sacred promise I other servants he was tied up as you see him now. had previously made to m)f father. But I cannot I then sent that letter to your house by a messentell you now why it was done or ai1ything aoout ger." what afterwards happened in the old c:hmch tower." "To have me identify this fellow?" "Very well. Then I suppose my curiosity on that "Yes, and then to see if you could make him coi1-point will have to remain unsatisfied. Now then, fess what he and his friends did with the body of what shall I do with your prisoner?" my father after he was shot. I am convinced that "Make him tell where my father is.'' there were more of the gang here that night, and ''I'll do the best I can," said Jack, and he walk ,' d that some of them were actually within this house. over to the man who had been intently listening to After you were gone, and I ran upstairs, it is my all they said and pulled off his mask. belief that they came from their places of conceal-He had a bony, smooth-shaven face, a long no se ment and spirited my father out of the house." and keen blue eyes. "Why do you think so?" '' I don't him,'' muttered the girl, staring "Simply because when I returned to the parlor, hard at his features. I found a side window raised leading out into East Next Jack took the gag from his mouth and askc:d 7-street, and peering out, I saw a cab driven away the man: rapidly. My father might have been lifted out of "Who are you, sir?" the open window; put in the, ca b and could thus have 'No. 3, of th e Black Circle;" replied the fellow, been abducted." coolly. "I see. Has Mr. Gray any enemies?" "A gang of thieves? I have read. accounts of yoln " One man that I know of. A lawyer who consecret organization and the crimes you have eomrnit ceals his identity behind the queer name of Mr. ted. And I rlave heard that you fellows have Money." habit of disappearing among the graves in SL , Ja ck gave a violent start. churchyard."


• 24 l'rHE LlBERTY BOYS OF '76. "Well?" demanded the mah, with a scowl. j inten d to go with you right to the place where you •You heard what this yottng lady wants to have got lVIr. Gray concealed. I mean it, too!'' Answer her." "lVIy dear fellow, I ha\'en't the faintest idea of "I admit that he:: father was carried away by our' treachery, and I hav en ' t the slighte s t objection to gang, but I am nQt quite fool enough to tell you taking you with me to the pla c 2 wh e r e we have got what we did with him." the old man hidd en , pi-ovided you don't call the po. What brought you here to-night'?" 1 lice into th:s caSe. Isn't that a fair proposition?" ''l came to demand a heavy ransom from the g irl ,,rrhe rol ice have nothing to do with this matter. for the safe return of the old man. If I am arrest-I think I can handle you alone,'' s aid Jack, signifi ed, or the money is not paid, Robert Gray will tocantly. .. Which way are you going?" morrow be found dead floating in the East River. " "Down to St. c!rnrch . " ".:Just what I ex pected to hear you say/' "Do you m ean to t ell me you have go t Mr. "Well," sneered the fellow, "what are you going Gray in the church?" to do about it?" ''Up in the steeple!" Jack looked questioningly at Daisy, and he now "By Jove!" exclaimed the astonished boy. >aw that she was as pale as death and trembled He was wishing he could have this cool villain ;vith alarm for her father's safety. arrested by the first policeman he met, but argued Knowing now what a bitter enemy Mr. Money that it might be fatal for Mr. Gray if he did so. ' was to Robert Gray, he began to wonder if the old Consequently he went along with the fellow in si man had been abducted at the lawyer's order. Jenee, and they rode downtown in the Third avenue At this juncture Daisy asked the man tremuelevated cars to City Hall station. lously: A brisk walk along Park Row brought them to "Whatransom do you want for my father's safe the old church, and as the gate was unfastened, they return?" went into the yard. "He admitted to us that he had five thousand The man had a key which admitted him into the dollars in a small safe in this house, and that you sacred edifice, but as he passed into the vestibule, knew the combination of the lock. It is up to you Jack suddenly exclaimed: to get this money, hand it over to me, and I will " Hold on there!" guarantee that Mr. Gray will be home within an ''Well? " dem{lnded the other, pausing. hour or two." '' I am not going up the belfry stairs in the dark "What shall I do, Jack?" asked the alarmed girl, with you. It would give you too much of an oppiteously. po rtunity to get away from me. I mean to1 hang "Give him the money/' replied the boy, after a on to you until I have lVIr. Gray in my possession, moment's thought. . sir!" ( He walked out of the room with her, and when A low, jeering laugh escaped the man, but he an-they were alone he whispered in her ear: swered readily: "He will probably go right to the place where they " l don't expect you to go up in the gloom. Nor have got your father concealed, and I will follow did I expect you to trust me. Strike a match, and him and see that he does return." we will have a light." "Oh, you are so good!" she breathed gladly, and _ Jack lit a lucifer, and saw the man p ick up a lanthen she hurried upstairs and in a few minutes re-tern from a corner and fix it so he could light it. turned with the money. " You walk ahead with the lantern, " said Jack, They went back to the prisoner, and Jack searched when they were ready. his pockets and took a big revolver away from him; ''Don't shoot me in the back!" then he set the man free. 'I don't intend to injure you unless you turn on "We are going to trust you to keep your part of me." the bargain," said Daisy, as she handed him the The fellow glared at the boy in a sinister man-money. "Jack will go with you." ner, and started up the stairs ahead of him, carry" Very well," coolly assented the rascal, pocketing ing the lantern. the bills. Jack pulled the revolver out of his pocket and And he . and the boy then left the mansion toheld it in readiness to shoot if it becam e necessary gether. as he followed the man. CHAPTER VIII. SAVING A MLLLIONAIRE. When Jack reached the sidewalk, he put the re volver he took from his companion in the side pock e t of his jacket, and said to the fellow: • lf you attempt any tzeachery I will shoot you . The stranger made no noise as he walked, and Jack now noticed for the first time that he had felt slippers drawn over his shoes. He had probably put them on to move about Mr. Gray's house silently: • They soon reached the belfry, and as the man brushed by the huge clapper of the great bell it struck a dismal clang. (To be cont inued. )


I ' THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. . INTERESTING TOPICS CADETS THRIVE ON WAR DIET. I The seaplanes were on patrol duty over the ChanFood conservation measures at West Point have nel when they discovered the submarlne on the sure:ffected great saving in grain, fats and sugar, while face. They attacked it, after manoeuvering so that the health of the cadet corps is better than ever, the sun was at their backs, and the suhmari11e according to a report made to the Food Adminisplunged, but it did not disappear before the aviato r s tration from . Capt. B. A. Dixon, treasurer of the had s ucceeded in dropping several bombs on or ne2..r United States Military Academy. the periscope. All bread is made of 45 per cent. wheat flour, 45 per cent. rye and 10 per cent. white bolted grain flour. The of lard and butterine has been dis continued in favor of drippings from the fatty por tions of meat carcasses. Cane syrup has reduced the consumption of sugar. TOO FAMILIAR WITH HIS. FATHER. In the Province of Loraine, Germany, a boy twel v e years old and his father went to the deepot to mak e a journey by rail. They were looking about and talking to each other when the boy called his father " pop" instead of fatlwr. The station master overSHOES HIS BANK. heard it, and asked of the father: " Do you allow One thousand hidden dollars, which Postmaster your son to be so familiar with you as that'? If Purdy, of Minneapolis, Minn.,. incidentally believed so, then we must see about it." He had father and were not originally supposed to be recovered until son taken into court, and the father was fined sixty spring, went into the Treasury of the United States. cents and the son sent to jail for three days for This amount was investea in war savings stamps being too familiar with each other. Had the boy by a Polish workman at the Post Office. called his father " governor," or "old man," as some The man approached the Thrift Stamp window I American boys do,1 perhaps he. would have been and P Y • pointing to a large pile of stamps he indihanged. . . cate d he wanted to buy a large amount. 1 "Where's your mqney?" asked the clerk. 1 MAGNETS FOR RECOVERY SUNKEN CARGO. He squatted do:""n and took , off two Some time ago a barge loaded with about 420 tons shoes. socks and the soles. of his shoes of sand-cast pig iron was lost in the Tennessee were $1,000. m bills. Clerks. who the River near Paducah, Ky. The iron was strewn alo :1g procedure said there was certam conclusive evidence the r iver bottom for a distance of 100 feet or more that the money was stowed away many months ago. free of the barge. The insurance compan y paid He got the stamps. some $10,000 to the shippers of the iron, and in CHOPPED 6,027 CORDS WOOD. A record in wood chopping is claimed by L. J. Haugen, fifty years old, who lives near Clinton, Wis. Up to the opening of the present lumbering season he chopped 6,207 cords. He is • a Norwegian. During the summer he works for farmers about the county, but as St,.)TI as the first signs of winter are apparent he shoul ders his ax and starts for the timber land. He figures his chopping career from the time he was t w enty, since which he has averaged two cords a day during the chopping season. The following statis tic s inevitably follow: If 6,207 cords were placed end to end they would extend nearly nine and one-haif miles. If piled one on top of another they would be more. than four miles high. At present price s that wood is worth $40,000. AIRPLANES SINK SUBMARINE. An encounter between two French hydro-air planes and a German submarine in the English Channel recently probably resulted in the sinking of the U-boat after it had been bombed by the planes, according to an official announcement by the French admiralty. order to recover some of this it began i:.c+lvage ations. For thi's purpose a barge carry in g a

26 THE LIBEUTY BOYS OF '76. THE LIBERTY . BOYS OF '76 NEW YORK, APRIL 19, 1918. TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS Slnsle Cople• .•..•.. , ...••.••••. , , . . . • • • • . • • • • • •• .06 Cento One Cop:r Three Month• •.•......... , , . . .. • • . . . .. .73 Cent• One Co11y Six Months .. . • • . • .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . .. • • • l . 30 One Cop;, One Y•ar .. .. .. .. .. .. .. • .. . • .. . .. •. •• .• 8 . 00 POST AGE FREE HOW TO SENll 1110:\"EY -At o u r ris k senO P . 0 . Money Order . Chec k or Registe r e d Lett er: i' emlttRnces In any othe r way are at your ris k. 'Ye accept P ostnge fltamps t h e same as cash. When sending silver wrap the Coln I n a sepnrute piece of paper to nvolO l'Uttlng the envelo!'e. Write yonr n ame nnd addres• plnlnly. Address letters to N. Hasting• WoUJ', Pre•. i\l, N. Woll!', Vice-Pres, } FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher Chu.a. W. HastlnifA, Treas. C arlea E. Nyl,.oder, S ec. 168 Welit 23cl St., N. Y. GOOD CURRENT NEWS ART ICLES A common yellow cur owned by Hugh McQuain o f Indian Fork, near Sutton, W. Va., a soldier sta tioned at Camp Lee, refuse d to permit distance to bar his presence beside his young master. The dog mysteriously dis appeare d from home and three weeks later a let ter from young McQuain that the dog hacl turned up at Camp Lee. The distance is nearly 400 mile s . Work was starte d by the For d Motor Company on February 23d on a plant at River Rouge, a suburb of Detroit, Mich., to cos t $ 2 ,000,000, which will be devoted exclusively to the manufacture of the 200-foot vess e ls designed to chas e and destroy U boats. It is said that the plant will employ 10,0 00 to 15,000 men, will covel' an area of five acres end be com p leted by May 10th. A club hoq_se for enlisted men will be established in Washington by the National Congress of Mothers and Parent Teachers' Associations. According to the Committee on Public Information, the house will be located in Jackson place, nearly opposite the White House. Reading and recitation rooms a s well as s le eping accommodations and a cafeteria will be provided for the men. A Navy base hospital of 500 beds, mad e up princi pally of physicians, nurse s and en listed p e rsonnel 0nrolled in the Naval Reserv e Force from Lel a nd Stanford Unversity, San Fra11c i sc o , Ceil., has reached the war zone. Thi s ho spita l will take care nf Navy personnel, both ashor e a nd a float. and will a lso) be available, if accommod ations e x i s t, for Anny and Allied sick and wounded. -----1\Iusic will be u s ed in Army ho s pitals in treating c nval escent American soldiers returned from Europe suffering from shell shock, gas effec t s ahd other \ var maladies, if an experiment being conduct ed at the Fort McHenry Ho s pi tal :iear Baltimore by the Commis s ion on Training Camp Activities of the War and Navy Der-artment s prove s successful. The valu e of music in the hospit a l is to be demon strated by Mrs. Isa Maud Ilsen, for mer superi nten dent of the Military Infirmary at Hamilton, Onta rio, whose appointment with the status of song l e ad er was announced on March 9 by Raymond B. Fos dick, chairman of the commi s sion. Mrs. Il s en has been administering 11'\e lody with medicin e to wound ed Canadian soldiers at the Hamilton Infirmary sinc e the outbreak of the war, and h e r pla n is said to have resulted effectively in a great many cases. She will a s sume her dutie s at onc e . .. -.. ,_ . GRINS AND CHUCKL ES The Man With an Only Son-"What kind of scholars do you . turn ou t at this institution? Principal Those who won't study. Tom-There goes Miss Peachly. I don't consider her a beauty, do you? Dick-I should say not. But when did she refuse y ou? Father-Politeness costs nothi n g, sir. Son-I don't know, dad. Try putting "Your obedient servant" on the bottom of a telegram. • Nervous Employer-I don't pay y o u for wh i stling. Office Boy-That's all right, sir. I can ' t whis tle well enough yet to charge extra for it. Mother-You are at the foot of the s p elling cla s s again, are you? Boy-Yes'm. Mother-How did that happen? Boy-Got too many z's in s ci ssors. "That's abou t as crooked a piece o f w o r k as I ever saw," m u sed Allen Sparks, l o oki n g at the track the lightning had made on the body o f t he big tree. .f Wife (sudd enly awakening)-Hark ! Horrors! What' s the matter? Fido is 'way downstairs, yelp ing as if he were hurt. What's ha

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. " ... ..... LOCOMOTIVES IN A SQUALL When he returned, I spoke to him about the mart •, gage. By Kit Clyde I n e ver was a drinking man, even when off duty, and you ca n know we lose our places if we drink when we are on duty. Whe n the super or the master machinist smells rum in an engineer's breath, he looks out for him. I u se d to save m y money, even when I had only • very small wages. For thi s reason I was always a 11ttle ahead, and i t makes a fellow fe e l good when he happens to be out of a job , as the b e s t of us are liable to be at times. All o f ou r craf t do not act on this principle, t hou g h I t h ink m os t of the m do. On e who d i d not was B e n Croops. On e day he came to me wi t h the saddest and so be r es t face I ever be h e l d 011 a human being. He wante d t o t a lk with me alone, and on the footboar d o f m y jus t as I was starting on m y t r i p, he t o l d me tha t his father, who was a farmer u p in t h e S t a t e of Vermont, was in trouble. If the old man fail e d to raise four hundred dol lars before a certain d ay, clo s e at hand, his fine farm would have t o b e s o ld for l ess than half of its r ea l va l ue . I I fel t very sorry fo r C r oop s, and very sorry for his father. It was in t h e m idst of a s ea s on of very hard times, when all sorts of propert y was s e lling at an immense :::acrifice . The story was a s real to m e as it se emed to be to my friend . I wanted t o do something for him, but it did not o ccu r t o me tha t I w as abl e to a fford a remedy for so desperate a case . • I h ad about s ix hundre d dollars in the savings ba nk , b u t I regarded this as a so r t of sacred deposit, w hich was p l edge d to save my young wife and in fant chi l d fro m \ '\'ant in cas e I should happen to d rop out of the roll of the living. T h e n h e to l d m e about his uncl e, who was a rich man in the Wes t, and w ould gladly furnish the . m o n:::!y to save the farm, only he had gone to New Orl eans, and would not return for another month. M ore than this , I knew that Croops had a house and so m e land, w orth a thousand dollars, at least, on w hi c h h e promi s ed to give rne a mortgage. I l en t h im the money, though I had the feeling that I was ris king what religiously belonged to my w ife and child w hen I did so. I drew the mon e y at Bankville that day, and gave it t o Croop s the n ex t morning . " N e ith e r of us had the time to attend to the mortgag e , a nd h e gav e me his note on demand, in which nothing was said about inte r est, and of course it d r ew none . I did not s ee Croops again for a month, for he had l eave o f abs e nce to visit his father. He thought there was no need of any mortgage; it would be a useless expense to pass any papers, for he had a letter from his uncle, who had returned to Cincinnati, and would send on the money in a few days. I was satisfied with this explanation, and did not wish to put my friend to any needless expense. A month passed, and no money came from the West; or if it did it did npt come to me; and I be gan to be very much worried about my money. Four hundred doll a rs' was a large sum fo me at that time-twice as big as it is to-day, though I haven't a very big pile now. I talked very plainly to Croops, and the result was that he got mad with me. Boys, if you have any friends that you want to keep, don't lend your money to them. That's the best way in the world to get rid of them. When I came to look into the affair s of Croops, I was perfectly satisfied that he was able to pay me if he only had tlie will. By accident I ascertained that Croops was the owner of a building which was us e d as a rum-shop and gambling-hou se . I got a lawyer to look the case up for me. The rascal had bought the place on the very day I had let him have the money I loaned him. The building was let for an extravagant rent, on account of the risky business for which 1t was used: My lawyer was a shrewd and ac ti v e man, and cut through all the devices C r oops had u s ed to cover up his ownership o f the premises. He attached the property one morning, and when the owner heard what he had done, he s the maddest man in the State. He swore at me like a pirate, and said he have his revenge if it cost him all he had in the world. I was not much alarmed, and beli eve d he wouU think better of the matter when he had cooled of.'. I had already noticed that Ben h a d b egun to fall into bad ways. It was well known that he patronized the bar of his profitable tenant, and it was believed that h2 was also a customer at the gambling-table. At any rate, I had seen the super shake his head when Croops' name was mentioned to him. Croops ran his trip after the building was attached, and he had expressed his mind to me. He was to return to Bankville the next day . When I started out on the following morning I was to meet and pass his engine at the Spike Pbin siding. This was in the early day s of railroads in th0. United States, and the running arrangements w e re not as perfect as they are at the present day. I waited over my time at Spike Plain, and ing was heard of Croops' train. , •. /


::?S THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. At i:-;.at time w e u s ed to "run for luck, " as we are i:ot allow e d to do in more recent years. T he road was almost a straight line across Spike Plai!1 fo r ap out six mile s . Wh e n my time was five minutes over at the Spike Plai n s i d in g , the condu c to r gave the order for me to g o e:.11 ead , a s I had done fifty time s before, for the down t r ain was ofte n l a t e , v ; hil e min e , only a dozen mil e s from the e nd of t :1e ro ad, was almost always on time. The morning had be e n unusu a lly dark, warm and muggy. Just as my train darted out on the plain, I noticed that the sky :ras covered with the d e 1 : s est and black est v olume of clo:.ids in the • w es t that I had ev e r seen. . It was so dark on the footboard thr. t I could hardly see the figu r e on the gt'..uge. I was confid ent w e were to hav e a t e mpest of unusual severity. I pulled out the throttle, and l e t the mach i n e do its best, fo r I w a s anxious to pass a c ertain bridge on pl a in, h a l f way acro ss it, befo r e Croo ps ' tra in reached this point. The one that fir s t passe d the bridge had the right of way to the n ex t s idi!l,'.r, and the other had to back before it. Of course, it was a bad rule; but thi s was in the early days of railroadin g . ' The grade was a slight d e s cent to the creek from the Spike Plain station, and I had no difficulty in g etting all the s peed I wanted. I reached the bridge and crossed it. I had har dly cro s sed the creek wh e n the t e mpest bms t upon t h e train. It c a m e square from the northwest, striking with its full fone upon the sides of the cars and ' engine. Whether 1 was right or not, I don't know; but I had an idea that if the machine stopped the whole train would b e hurled from the track. As it was , I expected every instant to have my progres s stopped bY the upsetting of some of the pas s enger c a r s, as they pres ented the broadest sur fac e to the action of the tempest. Even on the slight upgrade I drove the engine at a fearful speed. It s e emed to me that the judgment da y had come, and bursting the boiler or running off the track se emed like small matters in the mid s t of that sav war of the elements. But I did not forget that 'there was a possibility of me eting the up train. 111 the fury of the storm I could not have heard t:.e rumbling of the approaching tra in. I was staring through the dens e atmosphere at the t r ack ahead of me with an intensity t hat s e e med to load m y brain with l e ad, when s udd e nl y I saw the up train shoot, as it w e r e , out of t h e darkne ss , a nd das h o ver the road lik e a m eteor from the infernal regions. I jammed in the throttle, and whi stle d for • down brake s.' ' Then I reversed the lever, and sprang to the b r ake on the tender. Not twenty rods from the lone tree I brought my train to a dead halt. It seemed to me that the tempe s t increased in violence as soon as the train stopped , and I exp ecte d the cars behind me would be blown from the track. But I did not take my eye from the approaching train; it showed ho signs of che c king its speed; on the contrary, I thought Croops h a d jus t pull e d out his throttle, for his machine appeared to l eap through the air, hardly touching the rails. I saw that a collision was ine v itable in a noth e r second. I could do nothing to warn those in the tra in b e hind me to flee from the scene of d e struction. I told my fireman to save himsel f , and p r epared to leap from the footboard. The s a v age threat of Croops cam e to m y m ind, and I shud dered, for it seemed to m e that h e was putting it into execution. • He could not help seeing my train , and h e had don e nothing to check the sre ed of hi s own. I was ready to leap from the engin e a nd to run for li fe , but I gave a last look at the approaching train. It w z s just coming under the lon e tree. At tha t instant I felt a bla s t m ore fu riou 3 than any b e fore it. The lone tree toppled and f ell across the track. The ne x t instant the m a d train s truck the trunk of the great tree. I heard the crash above the roar of the tempes t. In a mom ent the a f t e r part of the mach i ne r o se in the air; the tender, bagga g e and passenger cars were pil e d up in a h e ap. I had seen Croop s r e ady to le a p from his engi ne , but it was a wreck befor e he could d o so . The cars of the wre ck e d train were fortunately nea r ly empty, while my t r a i n was full of pa s sen gers. l has t e ned to t he sce n e o f the ac cident-if i t was an accid e nt. • There was not a whol e b on e in t he body o f Croops, and h e was d ea d when h e was t a k e n from the ruins o f hi s m achine . The fireman saved him s elf b y jumping of1:'. Three p assengers were kill ed an-! se'vera l wo und ed. I returne d to D a nk v ill e with the de:.i.d and wounded. That gamblin g hou s e closed, the place was sold , and m y d eb t p a id. ... .. Mrs. Cassie Denny, o f On e ida , \ V i s., a full-Ll o oded Indian, h a s giv e n three o f her s o ns t o .the service o f Uncle S a m in the present w a r , a n d says that a fo uith w ill go a s s oon a s h e i s old e nou gh . In the wi nd o w of her home s he di s pla y s a three-star service fla g prese nted to her b y the chairman of the B r o w n C ounty L e gal Adv i s ory Rnard.


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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 -LATEST ISSUES879 Tbe Liberty Boys After tbe "Pine Robbers"; or, The Mon mouth County 880 rhe f,ibert.v Boys and General Pickens; or, Chastising the 881 Boys at Blackstock's; or, The Battle of Tyger 882 Tbe Liberty Boys and the "Busy Bees": or, Lively Work A.11 Aronnd. 883 Thr Liberty Boys and Emily Geiger: or, After tbe Tory Scouts. 884 The J,lberty Roy•' 2000-M!le Retreat; or, Chased from C a tawba to Vlrginl.a. 885 The Liberty Boys' 8ecret Orders;. or, The Treason of Lee. 886 TbP Liberty Boys and tbe Hidden Avenger; or. The Masket o f prt...;., fl ""nt•. l><'r copy In monPV or po.to1B EAM BOOK.-Containing the great oracle p!ete hn.nd-!Jook for making all kinds of ER.-Contalnlng fourteen glv of human destiny; also the true meaning. ot candy, Ice -cream, syrups, es-sences. etc .. etc. ing the dtll'erent positions requisite to he almost any kind of dreams, together with No. 18. HOW TO BECO)IE BEAUTH'UL. c•ome a good speaker. reader and elocutionist. charmil, ceremonies, and curious games of -One of the brightest and most valua!Jle Also containing gems from all the popular cards little books ever given to the world. Every-authors of prose and poetry. No . . 2. H O W T O DO TRICKS.-The fireat !Jody wishes to know how to become beaut!! I b tb I d t I 'I'h t No. 32. HOW TO BIDE A ot magic and card tricks, conta nlng u • 0 ma e an emn e. e secret 8 Containing instructions tor be. glnners, choice full instruction on all the leading car\! tricks simple, and almos t costless. of the day, also tbe most popular magical No. 20. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN E\'Eor n machine, hints on training, etc. A mu.stone as performed by our leading magi-NING PARTY.A couiplete compendium of book. Full ot practical lllustra clans; every boy should obtain a copy of games, sports, card di.versions, comie recltuthls book. tions, etc., suitable for parlor or drawingNo. 35. JIOW TO PLAY GAMES.-A comNo a HOW TO FLIBT.-The arts and room entertainment. ltj contains more for piete nnd useful little book, containing the wiles' oi fi!rtatlon are fully explained by this the money than any book published. rules and regulations of billiards, bagatelle, little book. Besides the various methods ot No. 21. HOW TO HUNT AND FISJl.-Tbe backgammon, croquet, dominoes, etc. bandkerchlef, fan, glove, pare.soi, window most complete bunting and fishing guide and bat fiirtatlon, it contains a full list of ever published. It contnins full instructions lfo. 36. HO'V TO SOLVE CONUNDRUMS b t h tin d t t -Contniuiug all the lending conundrums of tbe lanl!'uage and sentiment of !lowers. a ou guns, un g ogs, raps, rapping tlle da.v. amnslng riddles, rurlous catches No. 4 , . HOW TO DANCE Is the of and llshlng, together with description of and witt.r 83,.10gs. . thlll little book. It contains full Instructions game and fish. • in the art of dancing, etiquette in the ball-No. 22. HOW TO DO SECOND SIGHT.-No HOW TO YOUR OWN r oo m and at parties, bow to dress, and full Heller's second sight explained !Jy bis tor DOCTO,,..-A wonderful book, containing directions !or calling off. in all popular mer assistant, Fred Hunt. Jr. Esp)atning useful ond practical" informg;tlon In the square dances. how the secret dialogues were carried ou tJp. meut of ordinary diseases and ailments comNo. IS. HOW TO l\IAKE LOVE.-A com-tween the magician and the boy on. t be rnon to every family. Abounding in use!nl Plete guide to love, courtship and marriage, stage; also giving all the codes auri signals. aner with lucky and und instructive book. Handsomely !llustrat-N o . 6. HOW TO BECOME AN ATHLETE. unNuc 2.Y, aHys0, v • I ed. --Oiving full instruction for the use of o. Tu WRITE ,ETTERS TO dumbbells, Indian clubs, parallel bars, borl-GENTLEMEN.-Coutalning full instruc1ions No. 40, HOW TO MAKE AND SET t:ontal -bars and various otber methods of for writing to gentlemen on all snhji>cts. TBAPS.-Iucluding bluts on how to catch d I 1 d h Ith le. contain No. 25. JIOW TO BECOi\fE A GYMNAST. moles, wensels. otter. rats, squirrels and eve op ng a goo • ea Y muse • • -Containinu full lnstrw•tions for all kinde 1n er Sixt illustrations • ' ' hlrds. Also how to cure skins. CoplousJw g ov Y . of gymnastic sports and athletic exercises. Illustrated. ' No. 7. HOW TO KEEP BffiDS.-HandEmbracing thirty-five illushatlons. By Pro eomely 1Uustrated and containing full Infessor W. Macdonald. No. 41. THE BOYS OF NEW YOBK ;END atructlons for tbe management and training No. 26. HOW TO ROW, SAIL AND MEN'S JOKE HOOK.-Contalning a great o t the canary, "mockingbird, bobolink, black-BUILD A DOAT.-Ful!y illustrated. Full variety of the latest jokes used by the most bird, paroquet, parrot, etc. instructions are given in this little book, tofamous eud meu. No amat'lur minstrels le No. 9.• HOW TO BECOME A VENTBILO-gether with instructions on s"l\imm!ng and complete without this wonderful little book. QUIST.-BY Harry Kennedy. Every intelll-riding, companion sports to !Joating. No. 42. THE BOYS OF. NEW YOBK gent bov reading this book of Instructions No. 27. HOW TO RECITE AND BOOK STUMP SPEAKEB.-Contalnln a varied a• c a n master tbe art, and create any amount OF RECITATIONS.-Contalning the most 0 of tun tor himself and friends., It Ls the popular selections in u•e. C<:lmprising Dutc h soitment of stump speeches, egro, Dutch greatest book ever pubUshed, dialect. French dialect, Yankee and Iris11 din and Irish. Also end men's jokes. J'ust tbe No 10 . HOW TO B OX.-The art of self leet. pieces, together with many standard thing for home amusement and amateur d e fense made easy. Containing over thirty readings. shows, Illustrations ot guards, blows, and the 28. HOW 'l'O TELL FORTUNES. No. 48. H O W TO BECOME A MAGICIAN. e n t position o t a good boxer. Every boy Everyone ts desirous of knowing what hi• -Containing the grandest assortment or should obtain o n e of these useful and in-future life wlli bring fortb, whether bappf. magical illnslons ever placed before the structlve books, as it will teach you bow to n<'ss or m.isery , wealth or poverty. You cail public. Also tricks with cards, Incantation..;, box without an instructor. tell by a glance at tbls little book. Buy one etc. N o. 11. HOW T O W R ITE L OVE-LET.and be convinced. No. 44. HOW TO WRITE IN AN ALr E BS.-A most complete little book, containNo. 29. HOW TO BECOME A N INVENBUM.-A grand collection of Album Ing full directions for writing love-letters, TOB.-Every boy should know bow invenI 1 I f ti d sJ and when to use them. giving specimen Jet-!ions orlginat<;!d . Tbts book explains them su tale or any me an occa on, em brae ters for youn g 1111d old. all, giving examples In electricity, hydraulics. Ing Lines of Love, All'ectlon, Sentiment. HuN o . 12, HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO magnetism, optics, pneumatics, mechanics, mor, Respect, and Condolence, .also Verses LADIES.-Glvlng complete Instructions for etc. • Suitable for Valentines and Weddings. w riting letter s to ladles on all subjects; also No. SO. HOW T O COOK.-One of the most No. 45. THE B OYS OF NEW Y ORK l\fiN-letter.e o f Introduction, notes and requests. instructive books on cooking ever published. STBJ<:L GUIDE AND JOKE BOO K.--Some. N o . 18 . HOW TO DO IT; OB, B OO K O F It contains recipes for cooking meats. fish, thing new and very instructive. Every boy E TIQlJETTE.-It ls a great life secret. and game, and oysters; also pies. puddings, should obtain this book, as it contains full one that ever:v young man desires to know cakes and all kinds of paatry, and a grand instructions for organizing an amateur mina n about. There's happiness In It. collection of redoes. strel troune. •Ille by all newsdealers, or wlll be sent to any addrel\S on receipt of 1Jrlce, toe. per copy, or 3 tor 25c., in money or postage stamps, bJ T OUSEY, Publi s h e r, -e 1 6 8 West 2 3d S t., New Y ork


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