The Liberty Boys outflanked, or, The battle of Fort Mifflin


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The Liberty Boys thi'ew oft' their coats and began putting up earthworks. s uddenly Mark came dashing up, in the greatest excitement. " ,The enemy are trying to outflank us, Dick!" he cried breathlessly.

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HE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Ma g azine Containing Stories of the Amer ican Revolution. I luued Weekly-By S u bs cription $3.00 p er yea r . E n tered at the New York, N. Y., Poat Offic e as Matter bu Frank T ouse y, P ublisher, 168 West 23d ,Street , New Y or k. NEW Y O RK, MAY 24, 1918. Pric e 6 Cent s. THE LIBERTY BOYS . OUTFLANKED . OBTHE\ BATTLE. OF FORT MIFFLIN By HARRY MOORE CHAPTER I. . . AN OVERZE A LOUS GIRL. Fort M iffl i n , bu ilt on an i sland in the Delaware river s ome few mile s b e lo w Philade l,-h ia, had long been a menace to the Brit i sh. They occup i e d Philadelphia but, ow0ing to Fort Mifflin and to Fort l\Ie rccr on the Jerse y s hore, they did n o t hav e a clea r passag e of the river. . An a t tempt to carry Fort M ercer had failed signally, and nllw atte}1tion was being turned to Fort M i fflin. Early in the month of November, in the year 1 777, Gen eral Howe began his preparations for the reduction of the f o r t. The British in the possession of Province Island, near the Penn sylvania shore, and not more than five hundred yards from Fort Mifflin. ' Here they now began putting up redoubts and batteries a n d mounting them with heavv cannon. ' Had the Americans been able to g e t the reinforcements they expected they could have dislodge d the enemy from Province Island. . Not being able to do so, however, it was nece ssary to make the fort as strong as possible, so a s to res i s t t he B 1 itish attack. . The Liberty Boys, a band of patriot youths organized to aid the cause of independence, formed part of the garrison o f Fort Mifflin. They were all under age, and we:Pe cornn : anded by Dick Slater, a handsome, manly youth of good pres ence, with b rown hair and gray-blue eyes . His first lieutenant was Bob Estabrook, an impetuous young fellow of about the same age, he and Dick being the closest friends. Dick Slater was famous as a spy, enjoyed the confiden c e General Was h ingto n himself, and had b ee n employed by him on more than one delicate mi ss i on . One afternoon, early in Nov e mb e r, 1777, Di c k, in the garb of a country boy, was making his way a long a quiet country road on the Pennsylvania side of the r iver, not far from Province I s land. He wished to know jus t what the enemy, were doing, s o as to be able to report to the command a n t . If possible, he meant to cross the Schu y lkill r iver, get upon Province Island itself, and obtain information. He had a boat hidden in the bushes on the banks of the D elaware, having crossed in it from the fort on Mud Island to the Pennsylvania shore. As Dick was walking along with apparently no dm he saw a young gi'rl standing at the gate of i little house just back from the road. . The girl beckoned to him, and he a.pproached. "Aren't you Diel$: Slater, rebel?" she asked. Dick knew at once that the girl was an enemy. If she had been a friend\ she w ou ld have said "patriot," in1tead of "rebel." He was therefore prepare d, as he might not have b ee n if she had u se d the other word. "What d.'d you say?" he as1ced, pretending to be deaf and a little foolish as well. "Oh, you ne edn't be afraid," the girl said, vivaciously . "I'm a r e bel myse lf. What are you doing over h e re, so near to the king's soldiers?" ".ijey, what say-what's the matter with my shoulders? There ain't n othin' the mat t er." "Oh, you need nQt p reten d," said the girl, pouting. "I know who you are. You look tired. Won't you come in and have something to eat ? " The girl put her hand on Dicli:' s shoulder , but he brushed , it off. . "Stop that; you'll soil my coa t, " he said. "What you say, you ain't had nothin' to e at? W ell, why don't y ou go get something ? " Now, an invitation from a pretty young girl would not generally have been r e fused b y Dick Slater. He was c o u r teous at ' all times, and was a great favorite with the f emale sex. In. this case, how e ver, h e s uspected that the girl was en deavoring to trap him. She migh t know him or sh3 might merely s u spect that he was Dick Slater, and be tryi n g to force an admission from him . When he shook off the girl's hand he darted a swift glance at the house. Unless he \\'ere grea tly mi s t a k e n he had seen some . one in a Britis h uniform for just a n in stant. The man had crosse d the l ittle h a ll, the front door being open . lt was dar k at the farthe r end of the hall, and yet was sure that the man he ' saw w o 1 e a red coat. . "I did not say I \vas hungry," said the girl pettishly. "What's the good of p r etendin g ? Why d on't you say you a r e Dic k Slater and don e with it? You needn't be afraid of me. Won't you come in? " "Well, I gue s s I'll g o now , " said Dick carele ss ly. ''Sorry you're so har d o' hearin'. It's too bad. " The girl rea ched ou t and tried to s eize D i ck . "I told you to stop t hat," he said. "You'll tear my coat." He had quickly elude d her, and now he set off down the road at the same c a reles s gait as befo re. The girl hurr i e d back to the house and said to s ome one inside : "I couldn't coax him in, but I am sure he i s Dick Slater." Di ck's hearing was most acute, and he heard what the girl s a id . : She said it aloud, and the s ound carried farther than she imagined. "You we r e not clever enough," said Dick t o him self. "You w ill have to learn that patriots do not call the mselves 'rebels' before you can humbug one o f t h e m . " . When out of sight of the house Dick changed his pace t o a ,o.uick walk, which was almo .:t a ru.n.. '

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2 THE LIBERTY BOYS OUTFLANKED. That this .move was a wise one was soon shown. Dick heard the sound of horses' hoofs behind i1ini, sprang into the bushes, and climbed a tree, whose thick foliage com pletely concealed him. • . It was a pine, the branches of which hung nearly to the ground. • In a few moments three or four redcoats on horses came galloping up. There was a long stretch of straight'. road ahead of them. There was no one m sightt however. "Where has the rebel gone'!" cried one. "I don't see a sign of him,'' answered another. "It's most extraordinary.'' "Could he be hiding somewhere'?" "Where could he hide? Besides, he never suspected u s.'' .. Do:a't be so sure of that," said Dick to himself. The ;redcoats began beating up the bushes, but stirred up nothing except a rabbit or two, some field mice, and a ground sparrow. .. "He isn't anywhere about," said one. "It's really very singular.'' Dick could have dropped a pine cone on 'the man's head as he spoke. "I}:e couldn't have run so fast as to get out of sight so soon," declared another. , "I hardly think so, but where is he?" . "I really can't tell you, my dear fellow.'' "Do you suppose it was this Dick Slater?" "I did not see him, but I' would know him if I had." ."Then I will take care tl:iat you don't see me," thought Dick. The redcoats pretty soon gave up the pursuit, after what they considered a thorough search, and rodJ back whence they had come. When Dick no longer heard the sound of their horses' hoofs he came down from the tree. Then he walked back to the little house by the roadside opened the gate, ascended the steps, and raised the "knocker' the door being still open. ' ' CHAPTER II. DICK . MEETS THE GffiL AGAIN. "They they didn't catch you?" stammered the girl, who seemed not t0 know what else to say. "No, thanks to you, they did not.'' "Thanks to me?" echoed the gi.rl. . "Ye&, for you warned me. I should be greatly obliged I suppose, only you did not intend to warn me.'' ' ' "How did I w!rn you, Mr. Dick Slater?" saucily. , "In the first place, you called me a rebel, and said that you were one yourself.'' The gi:rl looked puzzled. • you spoke of the king's soldiers, instead of the enemy.'' "And. did that warn you?" ". Yes, because I ki:iew you were not what you pretended to be. Then you tried to see if I had any papers in my pocket, and that you tried to hold me till your friends the redcoats could come out." The girl blushed furiously and looked most crestfallen. Dick had divined her every thought. "And t.hen I saw a redcoat in the hall," he added. , "How do you know that there are not some in the house now?" she snapped. "I know there are not.'' "And why, pray?" saucily. I c!!-n't be all these simple things," said Dick impatiently. You ought to know why I know it.'' "You are very :t:1:1de," pouting. "And you are very silly: If there had been. redcoaits in the house when you saw me come bac!{ you would have screamed an alarm on the instant.'' The girl color ed. . "Besides, I would not have been foolish enough to return, having once escaped, without satisfying myself that the enemy had gone.'' The gh:l was very angry .at b .eing told the truth in this plain fashion. "When next you undertake to trap me or any other patriot," said Dick, "don't be so clumsy about it. I don't know how you .knew me, but it does not matter." Then Dick went down the steps. "I hear your r.edcoat friends returning," he said, "so I will take my leave. . Tell with my compliments, that I could have dropped cones upon their heads when they were looking .for i'he." ' Then he hurried clown the walk, slammed the gate be-hind him, and dashed across the road. "I'll catch you yet, you s:o:ucy rebel!" Dick heard called after him as he dove into the thicket. "I don't think so," he "or, at any rate, not till you employ better methods." . Dick kep t straight oti at a sharp angle through woods, across fields, and over a brook till he reached the river. He had an excellent sense of direction, and when he started had taken his bearings and come out almost at the spo . t where he had left his boat. ' Casting off the warp, which he had put around a sapling-, Dick pushed the boat out, sprang in, and took up the light oars. The boat would riot accommodate more than two with safety, was of very light draught, and easily upset. . Dick managed it with great skill, however, and was soon upon the river, making for Province Island. He had approachied near enough to see men working on the redoubts when 'an officer shouted to him: "Hello, there! Keep off! What do you want?" Dick said nothing, but dre ;y closer. "Keep off, I say!" shouted the redcoat. "If you come any closer I'll fire!" "What say?". asked Dick provokingly, seeing that the redcoat had neither pistol nor musket. Then he drew near enough to make out the form of the redoubt. The officer shoute d, and three or four soldiers came run-ning up with muskets in their hands. "Put about or I'll fire!" "Want any one to work?" asked Dick simply. "No!" with a snap. "O h, I thought you might. I can dig." "No; get out!" "Well, you needn't be so snappy about it." Then Dick pull e d away, having learned pretty much all he wanted to know. Then the officer seemed to repent of having sent pick away so hastily. • "Here, come back!" he shouted. ,'All right!" anB Dick pulled away still farther. "Come back here. I say, or I'll. fire on you." "All right!" and Dick sent the boat flying. The m e n ran down to the water's edge and hastily fired. . One bullet flew high over Dick's head, another fell short, and one struck the boat. "Pretty close!" he said, "but pretty nearly is not enough. Those shots never hurt." . Then, before the redfoats could fire again he was out of range. Retuning to Mud Island, he pulled up his boat and went to the fort. ' ' Here, after making his report, he found Bob Estabr ook, his lieutenant, and said: "I've had sqme adventures1 Bob. A Tory girl tried to cap,ture me." ' She did not i;;ucceed, evidently." "Rather pretty, too, and quite vivacious. It's a pity." "That she's a pretty girl?" asked Bob, with a laugh. "No, but that she is a Tory. With some study she might make a good spy. She makes too many mistakes now, though." "How so?" Dick related how the girl had tried to trap him. "Yes, she is clever, but not clever enough. Where do you she has seen you?" "I have no idea.'' "But why should she want to capture you?." n "I don' t _ know, unless for the glory of it, and to get the reward.'' "Yes, but you don't expect a girl to do :;i. thing like that, DicR." . "No, not usually; but there are some queer girls as well as boys in this world, Bob.'' "Yes, and it's a waste of time trying to find out why they are so.'' •

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OUTFLANKED. 3 The next day Dick took a larger boat, and went with Bob and two of the Liberty Boys, Mark Morrison and George Brewster by name, to spy on the enemy. The placing of obstructions in the river to keep the Briti sh fleet from coming up had altered the channel, and there was now a passage between Ho g Island and the islands to 'the west. Dick directed his c.ourse tbward Hog Island, sitting in the stern, with Bob in the bow and Mark and George at the oars. The British occupied Billings Island, l:)elow Ho g I s land, but Dick did not care to go so far, the islands on the west tak-ing up his attention. . They had reaehed Hog Island, and were skirting its western sh ore when Dick heard the sound of oars. Just then a boat came around a P'lint of land about a hundred feet ahead of them. A young-girlsat in the stern with a handsome young British officer. . • The boat was rowed by two sailors and a soldier. • "Redcoats!" said Bob. At the s 1e moment the girl cried excitedly: "Rebels! And Dick Slater is steering." "After them!" cried the office r. c1That's our pretty .Tory," said Dick. "Pull ahead, boys!" The n h.e quickly steered the boat around, as the boys bent. upon their oars. • . "Surrender, yo u rebels!" shouted the officer, springing up .in his excitement, and aiming a pistol at Either he was not accustomed to boats, or this . one was unsteady, for all of a sucllie11 he fell into the water with a splash, hi s pistol being di scharged as he fell. The girl screamed, and then laughed, while the rowers ceased rowing. Bob lmlgherl hea1tily at the redcoat's mishap, while Dick smiled and said: "We will wa'.t for you to pick up your man, if you like, so as to give you a more even chance with us.•• . The officer now r.ame up near the boat, swam to it, and clu tched the g unwale. In his efforts to climb into the boat without waiting to be taken in he unset it. ' The girl and the rowers were at once thrown into the water. "Stern all !" cried Dick. The gfrl came up and be?an .to scream, and Dick saw at once that she could not swim. "Look out for her, Bob," he said, quickly turning the boat. "Pull ahead easy, boys, not too fast, or you'll run her dqwn." The girl was about -to sink exhausting her stren.gth by her screams and her frantic struggles to save herself. The hoat t throw it off, she abused him roundly. "I think you rebels are too mean for utteranfe!" she sputtered. "What right have you to put me under obliga tion s by saving my life and looking after m y corn:J;ort? It's mean of you, but it's all I might expect of a rebel!" Bob only smiled. "Yo u know very well that I hate all rebels," 'she snapped. "Didn't I try to catch Dick Slater yesterday? I very nearly did it, too. We'll you off the Delaware-you see if we don't." .Thev were now the is)and, and in a short time they landed . The girl opened her eyes as she looked a t the substantial breastworks, and when she saw the redoubtr, her wonde r in creased. a lthough she said nothing. She declperl that she would not be kept a prisoner, how ever, put down a11 patriots as rebelf' and ingrates, and threatened them with everl disaster if she were not re leaeed at once. "My father is a loyal subject of the king," she said .

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4 THE LIBERTY BOYS OUTF ' LANKED. "Every one respe,ct s Josiah H a rdenbergh, a n d if people knew that his daughter Mary was a pri s on e r o f the rebe ls he could ,soon g e t a n a r m y among his frie nd s to com e and set me f r e e " "Don't b e alarmed, M i ss Mary, " said Dick. "I will see you safe ly home" withi n an hour." Mal'y Hardenbergh did not abuse Dick, but she s till railed aga in s t the patriots, even after she was m a d e comfortable. The r e was a negro s lave wo man who li ve d on the Jersey shore, who .often came to the fort with var ious articles to s e ll , and as she was . on the i s l and at the time she looked afte r the girl's comfort. In s omething mo r e than the time that Dick had named Aunt Chlo e h a d dri ed and smooth e d out the girl's clothes, given her some warm broth and medicin e , and got her read y to go home with Dick. Find in g that she was ready, Dick call e d an Irish boy nam e d Patsy Brannigan and a G erman youth of nearly two hund r ed pound s in weight to g o with him. " The German boy wa s called Carl Gookenspieler, and he and P a t(>y were great friends , although they were forever quarre l ing in a good-nature(! way. Dick a nd Mary sat in the stern, Carl had the next seat, and Pats y sat n earer the bow. " Now, dhin , Cookyspiller," said Patsy, when they were on the riv e r , "don't y ez be makin' oyes at dhe young !eddy, 'or y e z ' ll b e upsettin' dhe boat an' shpillin' uz out intil dhe wathe r." . , "I was somedings more had to dooded besides maging . eyes at d e r gals,'' i::aid Carl. " You was dooded dot yours elluf und you was in mein pack bunked me mit dose oars a gouple off dime s alretty." Mary tmne d up h e r pretty n o s e, and would not even laugh, nQr did she have anything to say to Dick on the way over. . They reached the :-hore at las t , and Dick helped Mary out of the boat, and offered to escort her knowing the way very well, from former visits. The .girl agreed, ungraciously, and Dick took her as far as the hou s e, when, as, he came in sight of it, a party of redcoats was seen in the dooryard. Mary at once seized Dick with both hands, and cried out: "Hurry, hur.ry! I've caught Dick siater , the rebel spy!". CHAPTER IV. A DARING RESCUE. " No w, phwat sort av a g irrul do yez c a ll d h a t ?" a s k e d Patsy disgustedly1 " A very queer sort,. I mus t s ay, " s aid Di c k. "Qi should t'ink so, be g o r r a . Y e z pick h e r out a v dh e wather an' dhin she wants to bring dh e redcoats down upo n yez." "Well, she did not,'' said Dick, "and your coming was, . most providential." "Shure, an' Oi wor afeard somet'ing moight h appe n . Oi never loike d dhe look av her an' Oi t ' ou g h t s h e w u d b e up to some av her thricks." "Yah, I don'd was lige dot gal mein selluf,' ' said Cail. ' "She was turned her nose oop and I don ' d lige do t . Eatsy don'd could h e llup ii, so dot was d eef'rent alretty ." • "Go on now an' don ' t be talkin' about me n ose . It's good enuff for me, annyhow." "YahJ I subbo;:;es dot it was der only vun d e y was got left, und so you was toogked it. Off I w a s you b een, I woulJ:i toldt dem to shange it." "Go on wid yez, Cookyspiller . Shure, an' m e n o s e do n ' t look like a sausage, annyhow, an' av it do tur n up phw a t ' s dhe differ?" "Well, off you was lige it, dat's all ri g h d,'' bug-lied Carl; "but I wouldn't had it meinselluf." . "Shure, an' no 'wan wants yez to h a v e it, C o ok yspi ller, s o yez needn't worry." "Annyhows, dot was ein funny girl bee n,'' said Carl. " You was safed her life und den she was want to shoote d y ou . " When they returned to the island Di c k told Bob w hat had happened. "She's either the most ungrateful minx t h a t eve r Jiv e d,' ' declared Bob, "or else she is so blinded with ,pre j ud i ce that all the finer feelings are lo s t s i ght of. " "She is certainlY, a strang e mixt ure,' ' was Di ck ' s repl y . "However, are not likely t o see her again, s o i t d oes not matter.11 He was mistaken about not s ee in g Mary Harde nbergh . The next day he was over at R e d . Bank, on the New Jersey shore, with Joe .Danvers, one o f the Lib e r t y Boys . ' He had been to Fort Mercer and was r eturning wi t h J oe when they h eard a startled cry behind them. Dick and Joe were on hors eback, Dick on a spl e n d i d black steed called Major and J oe on a bay mar e . Turning their heads, they saw a horse comin g towar d them at full speed. . On the horse, clinging to the saddle and h o lding des perately to the reins, was a young girl. The horse had taken the bit b etween his t eeth and the girl had no control over him. It th,e overzealous Tory girl actually thought she had Dick recognized her at once as Mary Hardenbergh and caught Dick Slate1 she was greatly mistaken. wondered what she was doing on the Jersey shore, b e in g Dick was not prepared for such ingratitude, but he was such a pronounced Tory. not m11de a prisoner by any means. On came the horse like the wind, and Dick had j u s t He threw off the girl's grasp with apparently little ef-time to turn Major aside as the girl flew p ast with a fort, and, springing back as the redcoats came dashing up, frightened look on her face. drew his pistols and cried: d fte th t h "Stand b a ck! U'his girl, who boasts so of having caught Joe spurred on his bay mare and, race a r e o er me, is guilty of \he basest ingratitude. If you want to horse, having the advantage of Di c k for the moment. . The n Dick sent Major flyin g ahead, kno w in g tha t he know w hy, ask her." could e asily overtake the other hors e i f Joe ' s bay mare D i ck back, still the redcoats. could not. "Why don't you catch him?" cned Mary . "He has only The bay mare was a speedy animal, ho wever, a nd Joe two of his men with him, and they are down at the river." -had h e r well in hand. "No, dh e y are not; dhey' re he re, qegorra!" cried . Patsy, appearing at that moment, "an' dhere do b e more b e hoind. All of the Liberty Boys were good 'riders a nd J oe . D anCome on, me bh ys, an' d own wid dh e r e dcoats." . ve r s was one of the best. Patsy l1.ad sus pected some t r e ac hery on the girl's part and The other horse was going at a tear in g pac e , but 1was had hurried up the path after Dick , so as to be of a ssist-growing exhauste d , while Joe's horse w a s s till fres h. anc e in case h e w ere ne e d e d . On darte. d Joe , Dick being clo se behind . a nd g ainin g rap -'rhe redcoats, thinking there was an a mbu s h, f e ll back, idly. ' and t he n Di ck and Patsy we n t tearing down tbe p ath. to-At last Joe drew up on the other horse, a nd, reac hing ward the b a nk. out, graspe d the bridl e . "The r e a r-e' onl y t w o of the m , I t e ll you , . b eside s Dick "Whoa!" he c ri e d. "Steady, now; whoa , bo y ." Slater,'' c r i e d Mary. "Why d on't you catch th em?" Joe had a ste ady hand and a good grip a nd s o o n su c"If the r e be l says y ou h a ve s h own "ingratitude to him, ceeded in getting the hi;irs e unde r contr ol. h o w do w e k now that you won't play us a trick . too?" -:l\fary still clung to the saddle, bu t had l et t h e rei ns ask " d the office r . ".Thi s looks lik e a trap, M iss drop when Joe had seiz ed the m. b e rrrh ." Sh e paid little to him, although sh,e s e e med to Mary a n d protested, bu t t h e redc oa ts w o u ld not kno w that some one had come to h e r r esc ue. purs ue Dic;c a nd Pat s y, a nd t h e y r e :ich c d 'the boa\ in safety. Dick was now alongsid e and Joe w a s gradually r ed ucin g They v;ere w e ll out up o n the river whe n t h e ' g i r l a!!d the speed of the runaway and b r ingin g him to his s en ses . the red coats appeared. "Whoa!" cried Dick , closing in on his side to r etard the "I told y ou t h e y wou ld g e t away, " Dick hear d Mary say other's speed , and in a few moments he was g oi n g at a "Why didn't you go sooner?" gentle canter.

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OUTFLANKED. 5 Then Joe reined him uo and lifted Mary from the saddle just as she was ready to fall out of it. 1'hen she swoon e d and Dick leaped to the ground and took her from Joe. "If she treats you as she treated Bob the other day," said Dick, with a laugh, "you'll get your ears boxed. The young lady seems to have no sense of gratitude." "Is this the Tory girl that Bob pulled out of the river?" "Yes, and who afterward tried to give me 'up to the reacoats." Dick laid the girl on the grass by the roadside, with her head slightly elevated. She quickly reviv e d, sat up, looked around her, saw Dick and J in uniform, and at last said; . . "Have you been putting me under obligations again, Dick Slater? Didn't I tell you I wouldn't h ' ave it?" "Well, I am not entirely r e sponsible," said Dick, "but if you want to ' show your gratitude by boxing his ears, there is the one who did the most of it, Joe Danvers, one of the Liberty Boys." "What are you doing here?" asked Mary. "I thought you were at the fort." "I might better ask what a Tory .girl is doing in a patriot region?" asked Dick pointedly. "Are you trying to spy upon us?" colored deeply and Dick knew that he had guessed correctly. CHAPTER V. AN OBSTINATE PRfSONER'. " What bu sine ss is it of yours if I want to come over here? " as'ked Mary in her old imperious manner. "I do not have to ask rebels wh e rn ' l shall or shall not go ." "Miss Hardenbergh," sai d Dick, . "you are a spy; you have plans of the works at Fo1t Mercer h i dden in your dress. Do you wish me to place you under arrest?" Joe said nothing, but stood looking at Mary, who looked prettier than e v er. that the w ay of your rebels, to make war upon women?" she demanded with a snap. ' "When women plot against my country, when women set out a s s pi e s to get inform,ation to give to the enemy," an swere d Dick, "I trea t them the same as I would treat men. You are an en emy and a dangerous one. I see no reason why I should not arrest you and take you, to the fort. Give me those plans." "How do you know they are. plans?" flashed Mary, suddenly putting her hands to her breast. . There were papers concealed there, but they had been jolted out of place and the ends of them now showed. Dick did not know that they were plans, but he had a shrewd notion that they were. "If the y w ere not, you would not be at s uch pains to hide them, " he s aid. "You should never have papers with you. They might betray you. You should train your memory and trust to it. You have much to learn before you can b e a successful spy.'.' "And if they plans?" the girl snapped. "I sha ll have to put you under arrest." " Mary. s udd enly dre w out the papers, tore them to .shreds and s c attered the piec e s bro adcast. " Thei e !" she cried. "Of what use are they to you now?" "None, nor to you," said Dick sternly. "Now put me under arres t, .if you dare!" she retorted shrewishly. "I would not dare him, Miss Mary," said Joe. "Dick Slater has as much p ower to arrest any one as any officer in the army. Gen eral Washing ton himself him and will stand by what he does." • Mary looked up and was about to gjve Joe a spirited an swer, when she caught the look in his face. The boy was perfectly serious and seemed to pity her rathe r than gloat over her misfortune. Sh-e said nothing to Joe , but turned to Dick and said: "And if you do not put me under arrest?" . "You mus t leave foi s place. Your presence is a menace." "What would y ou do if Dick Slater ordered you to arrest me?" Mary asked Joe, with a flash of her eloquent eyes. "Do it," said Joe prompt1v. "He is my superior officer." "But you are not soldiers." "I beg your pardon, we are. We. have all taken the oath and are regularly organized. We are not an irresponsib le band of irregulars. We are as much soldiers as any of the regulars, more so than the militia, for we. are in constant service." "You are not under pay?" "No, but we have taken the oath, and are bound by it. The general can call upon us at any time. We are ready to go to any point where we are needed and we are under as strict discipline as any regiment of the kind." Mary seemed to be thinking. "I am visiting friends at Red Bank," she said at last. "I cann ot run away at a moment's' notice. They will think it strange." "You must go," said Dick. "I cannot trust you." "I won't go!" cried Mary angrily. "You have no .right to--I am not a spy, as you--I am just on a visit to--I won't go, nd you cannot make me!" "Do you want me to put you under arrest and have you taken before the commandant of the post?" ask-ed Dick. Marv look ed at Joe. ' He had not changed his expression. There was something in his face that struck her, and she ask e d again: , "Would obey Dick Slater's order?" "Yes, without question ." "Even if you did not think it a just one?" "It is not for me to question, only to obey; Captain Slater never acts without reason. The girl said nothing for several moments. "Will you let me go and say good-by to my friends?" she asked. "No,'' said Dick. "Why not?" "Because you will tell them what you have learned.ft Mary Hardenbergh frowned. "You are very suspicious," she said . "I have reason to be," said Dick. "But the horse belongs to m:v friends." "I will return the horse. Who are your friends?" "The Mortons." "H'm, Tories. I might have known it." "How am I to get over to the other sho:r,;e ?" a s ked Mary. "In a boat. just as you came; Joe?" "Yes,'' said Joe. "Take the young lady over to the other side of the river. She will tell you where she lives. It is above Prov ince Island." "Very well," said Joe. "But you don't ask me very ungallant." "Come, Miss Mary, I am ready." if I am," pouted Mary. "You are "I have no time to think of that when I am under orders," said Joe. "I must go now," The girl pouted. She was evidently a spoiled child, as Bob had said. "Suppose I say I won't go?" she snaoped . "Then I shall have to take . wiu,'' said Joe . • He spoke in a perfect matter-of-fact tone, and seemed not to notice the girl's petulency. . He did not make sport of h e r, as Bob had done, but simply obeyed orders. , "But if I asked you not to take me, wh ether I wanted to go or not?" Mary said, smiling. She had begun to like Joe Danvers, even if he was one of the enemy. She could not explain it, but it was none the less true that she did. "Being under orders, I must obey them," said Joe. "I think you are both very rude, " pouted Mary. have a chance to say good -by or explain or do anyt'hing ." . "You can write a letter,'' said Dick. "It is dangerous to permit you to stay here and you must depart at once." "I think you are verv rude ." "Dick Slater could hive you detained if he wished,'' said Joe. "You are lucky to get off so easy. Come, I have b " en . ordered to take you to th'e other side. I have a boat. \Ve must go at once." "I will get the best of you yet, you r e bel!" said Mary to Dick. She dlct not abuse Joe, ho we ver. "I coul
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6 .THE LIBERTY BOYS OU'I'FLANKED . A thrill seemed to go all through her as s he felt Joe's touch. She. obeyed in an instant and without a protest. She had to abuse Dick, . h owever, seeming unable to help it. "You're an impudent, domineering young rebel, Dick Slater," she sputtered, "and I hope to see you all driven off of the river." • "Well, we won't be, without a fight for it," said Dick, words proved prophetic. "Come," said Joe. The n they went off down the road together, and Dick took the borrowed horse back to the owners. "Miss Hardenbergh has " gone. home," he said. "She will. not return." The Mortons understood, recognizing Dick in his uniform. Then Dick to the river bank, whe1'e he easily found some one to take him over to Fort Mifflin. In due time Joe Danvers returned in the boat alone. "Well," said Dick, "you found the place all right?" "Yes." ' "And she did not try to turn you over to the redcoats?" "No, I did not see any." "You were roundly abused as a rebel, of course?" "No," said Joe. "She s3i d she was much obliged and asked me to call again when it was safe." . Dick laughed. "And what did you say, Joe, if it is not betraying contide'nces ? " "I said I would have to ask you about it." ""Well, do you want to go over?" "If it is safe," said J'oe, coloring. "Very well,'' said Dick. Then he laughed and said to himself: "It looks as if our arrant Tory had surrendered to a patriot, after all." CHAPTER VI. PATSY AND THE CRAB. After Dick had gone over to the Jersey shore Patsy said to Carl, as .they sat on the shore looking out upon the water: "Suppose we go somewheres; Cocikyspiller. Oi'm toired av doin' nothin', so Oi am." "Where you was went?" asked Carl. "Somewheres in der boat, was it?" "Shure, an' Oi'll have nothin' to do wid boats," said Pats y. "Ivery toime Oi do be in a boat Oi get saysick." "How you got seasigk on der rifer alretty ? " asked Carl. "Sb.ure, an' Oi don't know how Oi do it, but Oi do, jusht dhe same, an' Oi'm not goin'." • "How you was went somewheres off you didn't gone in der boat? Was you shwim ?" . "No, Oi'll not, but can't we walk, faith?" "Where you was walked? Ofer der water alretty?" "Av coarse not. Do yez t'ink Oi'm a fish." "Well, dere was no oder blaces been, only der island what der fort was on been, und you was. soon walgked on dot :!round." "Well, an' dhat's betther dhan sittin' here ori a shtone, watchin' dhe wathe10. It makes sick to luck at it." "All righ!. "Shure, an' yez do have an idee wanst in a phwile, av wan do only have patience to wait for it, Cookyspiller." "Yah, I
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• THE LIBERTY BOYS OUTFLANKED. 7 "It mages you der oder side off your mout' laff vhen I 04id gomes alretty," sputtered Carl. "Shure, an' Oi don't see how yez can, for Oi'm1 laffin' all over now," cri e d Patsy, laughing again. "I proke your headt for dot, dot's what I dooded. Off you was meanted to push me in der wader, why you didn't told t m e ? Den I don'd was on your pack got alretty." T hen Carl came out. "Shure, an' Oi niver meant to t'row yez in dhe wather at all, at all, Cookyspiller, but a big .crab got howld av me toe an' Oi cudn't help it, so Oi cudn't." "Was dot so ? " asked Carl. Shure jt was, and yez can see tJie claw now phl.vat Oi bruk off.' The n Carl him self began to laugb. "M e in gollies , dot was fery vunny been," he roared. "Mein gootn e ss, I nefer 1was seen som e ding so vunny lige dot." ThP n he roared and shook until Patsy said: ' "Luck out for yerse lf, Dootchy, or yez'll rowl inter dhe creek, an' dhat'll be fuRnier ' Carl recove red himseif, as well as his good nature, and said: • . "Well, I got der laff on you, annyhows, Batsy." "How was dhat, Cookyspiller?'• ' "Vor gause I don'd was tooked you on mein pac.k der rife:it ofer. I was wept back by der fort." "Shure, an' av yez can laff at dhat, yez are welkim," chuckl e d Patsy; "but Oi'm tbinkin' dhat dhe bhys will say '-Oi had dhe b esht av it, afther all.'' • Then they. to the fort. , CHAPTER VII. AN UNSUCCESSFUL E:tPEDITI\)N. The British were making great preparations to storm Fort Mifflin, it was very obvious. The . close proximity of Province Isl&nd made it easy to see much that was going on there. Then Dick had already spied upon them once from a boat and was now going to do more of the same work. He desired to find out, if possiblE:, just when the attack was to take place, so as to inform the commandant. Disguising himself, Dick took a boat and worked his way, slowly and cautiously, down somewhat below Billings' Island, where the British had works, and near where some of their ships were stationed. If he could get on board one of the vessels he might obtain the information he sought. In his boat he had a number of fish which he had caught. The redcoats were fond of good living, he knew, and if he could get on board to sell his fish it might be just the opportunity he wanted. He had made his way down the river by the shallower channels, the mai n one being obstructed, and now came up to the island. . Pulling in toward shore near the works, he was chal lenged by a seritry. " 'Allo, 'ere, what do you want?" • "Wanter buy some fish up ter ther fort?" drawled Dick. "What sort o' fish 'ave you got?" "Fine one s, all sorts; jest ther kind ther great folks likes. These here hain•t no common fish fur sogers." "Oh, you want to sell 'em to the big folks, do you?" "Shore I do, 'cos they pays big prices." H e had stepped out of'ther boat with a basket on his arm. "Lemme see the fish, me boy," said the sentry. "l'V>; tbem ain't common fish, I told you. Them's fur folks what knows something." The sentry lifted the cover of the basket. Then a crab caught hold of finger. H e shoo k it off and yelled: " get out o' 'ere. Why didn't you tell me there was a crab in the basket?" "Folks what meddles with what don't concern 'em allers gits inter trouble," said Dkk. "Well, take your fish and get out o' 'ere." "Shan't do et; you don't own t he r place, do yer?" Then another sentry came up. "Who's this, Jenkins?" he asked. "A boy with fish what 'e wants to sell to the big folks. l ain't got no right to let go up there." " 'Course you 'aven't. Lemme see yer fish, boy." "I ain't se llin' 'em to ornary folks, I tell yer," said Dick. "Yer donno good fish from bad." Then an under officer came along. "Whom have you here?" he asked. "Why did you let him land ? Don't you know that the rebels have spies about all the time ? " "'E came up the river, :sir; 'e don't belong to the rebels." "You don't know whether he does or not. You W no business to let him land. Clear out of here, boy!" sternly. "Don't you want some fine fish, Gin'ral Howe?" asked Dick. "How do you knq , w I am General Howe?" asked the redcoat. " 'Cause you put on such grand airs. I won't sell fisli ter sogers, only ter gin'rals. Don't you want ter buy some?" "You're a -saucy fellow. I am not General Howe, nor do I want any fish." '-'Oh, meboy ye're Lord Cornwallis? 'Scuse me fur makin' er mistake." The sentries were grinning behind the officer's back. "Clear out!" he said, taking Dick by the shoulder and attempting to him into the boat. Just how it hapl;Jeried, he never knew, but he suddenly found himself tripped up and tumbling head-first into the water. The sentries both roared . with laughter and Dick got into his boat and pushed off. "That's a spy!" roared the officer, scrambling out of the water. "Fire upon him!" When the sentries tried to level their pieces they were suddenly bombarded with live fish. Their aim was disconcerted, and one fired in the air, while the other blazed away at the rocks. Then they both f e ll on the ground as more fish struck them. The officer4ew his pistol, but it had been in the water and was useless. Dick quickly pulled out of range of the muskets and made his way to the ships. He succeeded in getting on board one and selling the remainder of his stock, but heard nothing. He talked with midshipmen and under officers and even heard some of the superior officers talking, but learned noth-ing. Then he got into his boat and pull ed down-stream to Billings' Point and Redoubt Island, but.in neither place could he land or hear anything of importance. "They may be growing cautious," he•said to himself, "or enough is not known :yet to inake it common talk." He had enough experience to know that important matters often lereke<;I out among soldiers and sailors, and by listening to their conversation he had. more than once learned just what he had wished to know. Returning to the fort cautiously, so as not to be detected as having come from it, he found Bob. The young lieutenant laughed at the story he told and said: . "Well, it may be that they are not ready yet, and perhaps you can learn just what you want to know some other day." "Very said Dick, "and I am not so greatly disap pointed. One does not always do what he sets out to do." "No, for the n everything wou ld be sure, and there would be no fun in rife," retorted .Bob . "It's the very uncertainty of things that gives a zest to existence." The next day Joe Danvers asked permission to go over and see Mary Ha:rdenbergh. "Yes, Joe," said Dick, " ,but be cautious. Everything seems quiet now, but it may be only the calm before the storm." • "I will be careful, Dick," said JQe, "and not run into dan ger." "Very well, and don't stay too late." "No," saitj .i: oe, and then he off to get a boat irt which to cross the river. Bob h ad been present, and after Joe had gone he said: "So our sprightlJ young Tory to have surrendered to the enemy, after all?" "Yes," said Dick. "Well, Jo e is a good boy, and any girl might fall in love with him." . , ".Such things have been kno w n b efore," said Bob, "as ene mies falling in love. I don't think Joe will dese1t to the other side, though." "No, I don't think so, either, but Mary might; she is such a creature of impul se ." "Yes. she is one of 'the emotional ,girls. I f sh e had as much

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8 THE LIBERTY . BOYS OUTFLANKED. gooa sense as she has. good looks there would be no fault to find with her. She won't try to get any news out of Joe?" "No; and I think in this affair they may both be trusted," and I>ick was right. CHAPTER VIII. china closet? There is a panel in the rear that opens into your library, you know, and you sometimes creep in when you think there is company here." Hardenbergh flushed at this betrayal of family secrets, meant for Joe's benefit, and said: "Don't be saucy, minx! Is there any other rebel in the house? It may not have been Dick Slater that Percy saw. " WHAT A CLEVER GIRL . DID. "If there is," said Mary in a loud tone, "he has probably Joe made his way over to the Pennsylvania side and to escaped to the library by this time. Shall I open the door?" Mary Hardenbergh's house without any trouble. Mary heard the closing of the panel at this mom ent. Mary met him at the door and invited hiJil ii;ito the "Bring in your.men, Percy," said the old man. . room, there being no one about as far as he could see. The captain stepped to the door and summoned the soldiers. The' y were talking very pleasantly together when Mary They came in at on ' ce, all of them. " suddenly sprang up. and said: '. ' "l will not be put under suspicion by my daughter," said "Qoodness me, Joe, here's Captain Percy and father and a Hardenbergh. "Open the closet door." dozen redcoats coming." . One of the soldiers obey e d. ' Joe sprang to his feet. There was no one there. "Let me get out the back way," he said. "I'll get around "-Open the panel," said the Tory. "It cannot be opened to the river all right." ., from the other side." • "No, you will be seen. Our man is working around there. "Unless you know the secret," laughed Macy. Quick; get irt thi.s closet." . "Come this way," said the old man. "If a rebel is concealed She opened the door of a china closet and Joe stepped in-in this house, I will soon him out." side. Hardenbergh and two soldiers left the room. Hardly had the door been closed when" Hardenbergh, CapTwQ more opened the pant! and entered the librar beyond. tain Percy and a dozen British soldiers entered. . . Mary looked out .of the window and saw Joe stealmg do>Yjn ' I Where is that rebel, Mary?" asked the old man angnly. the garden path toward the _ road. _. "What rebel, father?'; the girl asked simply. . She waved her hand at hun, and said: "Dick Slater, the rebel spy. He was seen entenng the door"You are too late Captain Percy. Your rebel has escaped. yard." He was not Dick as you thought." Mary felt greatly . ,, . "Then you did have a rebel concea1ed in the house? I "Dick Slater may have been seen entenng the yard, she knew it." said "but he has not come into the house nor is he here now." "Yes, but you got his name wrong and gave me a chance "Post your men about the place, Percy," said Hardenbergh, t th" k " M ,, 0 In. . . . ,, "'to prevent his escape. I want to talk to you, ary. "I will inform your father that you are a traitor, miss, The captain sent his men out to surround the house and blustered the redcoat. prevent the escape of any one concealed in it. "I am not. I have betrayed no If I choos,; to have "Sit down, Captain Percy," said the old mltn . . "Mary, be a gentleman come to see me m _my J:i.ou_se. seated." "He 1s a rebel 1" stormed the captam. "Quick, to the river Mary sat near the window, where she could look out. with you!" to th.e soldiers. "Capture him and I'll give you "Daughter" said the Tory "Captain Percy has done us t}le ten pounds." honor to ask' for your hand in I-.-" The redcoats rushed out in a great hurry. "Honor!" snapped Mary. "I don t consider it an honor. "Too late!" laughed M;ary. I don't want to marry a coward!" . . Then Hardenbergh .came into the room. . The redcoat flushed deeply and Hardenbergh said angrily, "The scoundrel has escaped!" he cried. "There was a wm-bat.ging his fist on the table: dow left open and I saw his footprints in the flower-beds. "Captain Percy is not a coward. Moreover, he expects ?e Daughter, you' had a rebel concealed in the house." promoted a'S soon as we drive the rebels out of Fort Miffim. "I know it," said Mary, "but it was not Dick Slater.. He we'll get at them on the tenth of the month, and--." saved my life. I don't care if he is a rebel! . I aske1, hm1 to "I would not marty him if he were Lord Howe himself," come here and r was not going to let him be take n. cried Mary. "You tried to capture Dick Slater when he brought you Joe was greatly interested. home the other day." ' ,, . He was glad to know that Mary was faithfu\. "That was because I was an ungrateful fool! cne d Mary. He had also learned the day of the expected attack. "Anyhow Dick Slater has not promised to marry m e ." . "But I insist,'' said the Tory, banging. the table again. . "Arn;l do you mean to say that has?" the "You can insist all you like," snapped Mary. "I won't old Tory in a rage. "I won't have it." marry a man who thinks more of himself than he does of "You can't help yourself," cried Mary, with her old wilful me. The other day when the boat upset he looked after him-self ftrst he and his men, and left me to be rescued by rebels, is a traitoi, Mr. Hardenbergh," said Percy, by Dick 'slater and that saucy lieutenant of his." "and 1 could order her arrest for having ,betrayed the secrets Old Hardenbergh looked at the captain. • of--" , "How is this?" he asked. "You told me you her." Mary promptly boxed the captain'.s ea,7s. . "Then he lies, for he did not. I was taken to the fort "You are an intruder here," she said. You have no the Liberty Boys," said Mary, "and afterward brought home.' in this house. You are a and a knavi;! . . Father, ,I am "The rebe l has turned your daughter',s head," said :Percy. astonished that you allow him here. If he stays here Ill go "He did indeed take her to tP,e fort, but not until I had res-over to the rebels." cued her." "You will pay dearly for this, miss," blustered Percy, as he "It is not so," said1 Mary. "I did swoon, but not before I left the room. knew what had happened. It was the lieutenant who pulled A moment later he strode angrily down the walk to the me out of the water. Neither Captain Percy nor his men d , d 1 th t t th roa M " "d ._,_ Id tried to res cue me, an it was his c umsmess a upse e "You hid a rebel in this house, . ary, ,;i1e o man. boat.'' "That is better than having a coward m it, and I love the "Far be it from me to contradict a lady, Mr. Hardenbergh," rebel and despise Captain Percy. Joe Danvers has escaped, . • said the captain; "but your paughter is She is and now I am as big a To-y as any one,'' and Mary laughed. a rebel sympathizer, I fear, also, and Dick Slater, the rebel, • Is concealed in the house at this moment.II "Dick Slater is not in the house," cried Mary, leaping to her feet," nor has he Qeen in it:" "I saw him enter the door-yard," said Percy. "Mr. Harden ber.;h as you are a loyal subject, I ask you to have the searched.'' "Mary, is that rebel, Dick Slater, concealed anywhere about the house?" "No," said Mary; "he is not. Do you. want to look in the CHAPTER IX. THE ATTACK BEGINS. Joe Danvers returned to the fort much earlier than Dick had expected. "What was the trouble, Joe?" h e asked. "Mary has not changed her mind, has she?"" "No; but I had to get out in a hurry. She helped me. I

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OUTFLANKED. 9 don't know wh!!ther I ough t to t e ll you, Didk, but I learned when the fort 1s to be attacked." "Did Mary tell you?" "No, I overheard it when I v;as in the closet where she put me." "How }\'as it, Joe?" asked Dick. "Did you overhear a seciet conference?" "No, the old man blurted it out as a threat illld I over heard it." "Then it was nothing that Mftry knew anyth_ing about, or had any part in ? " "No; it was the old man's bluster." "And he mentioned the day that the fort was to be .attacked?" "Yes." . "I don't think you '.vould be betrayin"' a confidence in telling m e,_ Joe," s a i d Dick; "but you ca; do as you like. Of course, it was. meant for you to hear. You did not go there as a spy, eithe r. We also know that the fort is going to be attacked before long. l have found out that much myself." • Joe U :ought a moment and then said: "Hearing it as I did, I don't want to make any trouble jor by telling it, s o all I will" say is to be ready at any tim e for an attack" .is enough," said Dick with a smile, "and you are not comm1ttmg any breach of confidence. We are ready for an attack nQw, in fact, for we know it is to be made.'' The attack on the fort was made the next morning Novem-ber 10th, at an early hour. ' The British had erected five batteries urney wa he..,.un. It was a perilous trip, as the cannon w c "e still booming and they might be struck at any moment by flying fiagments. • I •

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• 10 THE LIBERTY BOYS OUTFLANKED. :r.lark, B e n, George, Will , Harry and Joe pulled, while Dick 'The weapon 'had missed fire, a thing almo s t unknown to directe d their cour!;e. Dick. • "Pull s teady, b oys , " said D i ck, who h a d laid his course and He quickly dre w another pi s tol and fired . kne w wh ere to go, despite the smoke . Crack! Sh e ll s s creamed ov e r their head s , but the y k ept straight on, There was no hanging fire this time , but the bullet f e ll the boy s pulling a g ood steady stro ke . jus t short. . Onc e a sh struc k the wat e r jus t astern of boat and B y the time Dick could fire again the man h a d0e scaped . a s ho we r of spray f e ll u p on Di c k. Dick reported the affair to Majo r H enry, d esc rib i n g the H e s impl y turne d his head , look e d at the surging waters man, ' who was easily recogniz e d. . behind • h i nr, and said: He was a deserter and had b ee n s u spected, but h a d b ee:i "Pull steady , boys; there i s no harm done." able to get away unnoticed by any o ne until Dick S later The b oys k ept up. a g o od , e ve n stroke, and at last reached had seen him. Red Bank1 where the c9lonel was taken c are of. That he meant to convey information to the en emy of The n Dick and the boy s i eturne d to the fort, having many the smallness of the garrison there was no doubt. narrow e scape s, but r e achin g the i s land in safety. . With the knowl e dge that one of their numbe t m eant to The firing c ontinu e d until midnight, m'any of the garrison betray them, the brave garris on ren e w e d the struggle. b e in g kill e d and wound e d , but the s u rvivors nghting as reso-The Libe rty B oys w ere s till undi s mayed and r eso lv e d to lute l y as ever. . hold out as long as any one remained to d e f end the fort. Major Henry, who took the con!mand upon departure That information been gi".en to the enemy was of Colonel Smith, was wound e d , but continued in 'command, proven on the, mornmg of the s1.xth. day of the b a t tle , s ending daily reports to General Washington. wh e n a mpst and . a ssault was begn n . R e inforc ements w ere expec t ed from G ates and otbers, ht . At daylight the enem y s ent . two s hi p s of \yar up the. G a t es delayed s ending m e n until fairly obliged to do so. east. channel to a t t ac k the remams th.e fort m front ... The third day's jight opene d as vi.,.orously as those of the Dick shortly before sent Ma r K off to the other FlOe di d 1 h th "' h d h d b 1 . 1 to reconnoiter t w o prece ng ays, a t ough e gan1son a a ut itt e Th . h k t b d .c D' k d r es _, was muc wor o e one , .i:or ic was sci eSome troops had come over• from Red Bank during the termme d .t? hold as lon g as any night to take the place of the wound e d, and the fight. was . The J3ritish meno -war began to pour m a fir e on the fort renewed. m front. . Dick had had but little res t although he had insisted that Then several frigates were br9ught to pear on For t M er-b ld 11 th h' uld cer to the eastward. the o ys _ shou get a at t e-;r co . "We don't know what may happen next," s a id Dick, t h e The Liberty Boys seemed as tire less as thei r gallant leader, L " b t B b 0 t 'd th fo t "W mus t pre and were to begin worl\ again .when the word fu ;::;t e:e:y :ide.'; e . • was To do this breastwo.rks must be thown up, b ehmd which A two-gun battery was destr?yed, the northwest bloc!
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THE LIBERTY D8YS OUTFLANKED .. 11 Once when Dick asked him if he had not better fall back, Mary looked at Mark and made a sign that. h'e be sent h e looked so pitifully at the gallant leader that the quesaway, but Dick smiled and said: tion was not repeat<'d. "Never mind Mark Morrison, Miss Mary. He can Joe remained with the rest, for Dick could not bear to derstand, and he does not mind, even if you did box his f hitil ?" she asked. "I abo11t forty of the i;a:nso n, were wa1tmg. can get littl e dainties for him which these people probably "Well, vou said th e y might drive us out, Dick, but that. could not. May I stay?" • tl.10v wou ld have to fight for it,'' said Bob, "and you \'l(ere "I don't 'se e any harm in it. He is not dangerously nght." wounded, and no doubt will be glad to have company." "'J' hev out_flanked us,'' said Mark, "but if we had .had a "I almost wish that I h ad b een hurt myself," laughed prop e r i:rnri:;s on at start. they would never have got Mark. their batt'!nes on Province Island." "You w ill be if you make fun of me" said Mary smiling"".ery Dick; "but there i s little use now in and blushing. ' ' ' of w,iw. t have . . , ,, "You mean you will box my ears? Never mind. It might . Shure. an" we mo1ght have .licked b;it di?n t, make Joe jealous. Go in and box his instead." <::ud P_atsy ; rut we gave dh1m a ' fome fo1d;t mtmrely, "Indeed I won't,'' and Mary ran into the house without n eed-b e ashamed av phwat dhe Liberty Bhys asking permission. a'rl, aliher. . . Then Bob Estabrook came out. "I am not," laup.+ e d Dick. "On the contrary, I am prouder "They don't need me •in there," e said. "Two is comof you than ever." . pany and three is not. Our saucy or,y is improving, isn't Joe Danvers <1nn-acks and what rema.med of the fort and it did not sound like a box." , then left Jn boats. . . "And then you were diecreet and came out,'' said Dick. It h a d b e en a most gallant defense, lastmg ;for six days, "Well Miss Mary may be as great a r!)bel as Joe himself and the British hacl not yet accomplished what they had some 'day" ou t to do, Fort Mercei: being. still .b Y the 9onvictory for the patriots!" laughed Bob. tmenta.ls :m
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. 12 THE LIBERTY BOYS OUTFLANKED. shooked down der nuts, and den I was pick dem oop . und put dem der bag in." Then Patsy climbed the tree. . When he got to a limb that had plenty of nuts on it he "I bet me dose nuts was heafy, Batsy," he said at length. "Shure, an' 9i don't fale dhim at all, at all," said Patsy. And not until they got back to the camp did Carl know began tio shake it. ' why he did not. Carl was standing directly under .the tree looking up at Patsy and watching him at work. ' . CHAPTER XIII. • Down came a shower of nuts right on top of him. THE JOLLY LIEUTENA.N'T. his . nose, on his forehead, in !1is mouth Fort l\Iercer was still occupied by the Continentals. They upon head, filled his hat br:im and It was likely, howev er, that General Howe wou ld make an-ran off his shoulders. other effort to take it. Carl beat a hasty retreat. As lon g as it remained in possession of . the Americans "Shtop a liddle!" he l?awled. "I didn't toldt you dot the obstructions in the river could not b e removed nor a free you shoul<;l drow dose nuts on mein nose und alt ofer me . " passage up the river be made for the British ships. Then Patsy began to laugh. As it was very evident that Howe would make every "Shure, an' yez have shtood roight ml.
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THE LIBERTY BOYS OUTFLANKED. "Shorely I am, a:Q.' wear fine clothes an' ride a hoss. Ain't thi s here a fine hoss ?" "Why, he's a perfect Bucephalus, a Pegasus without wings!" "No, that ain't his name. He's Jake, jest plain Jake." "But he's a magnificent animal, for all that," laughed the officer. "Yaas, I think he's quite some m'self. He c'n go, too. Shucks ! you'd outer see him go!" The officers thought this was the best joke of all and fairly roared. "And what sort of.a soldier .do you expect to make?" they asked . "Oh, I'm ergoin' ter be a gin1ral, jest like you fellers. Have a chunk er bread an' cheese? I like ye fellers; 'cause ye're so funny." This set the officers to laughing again. "Vvharabouts is yer camp ennyhow?" asked Dick. "I want ter go there ther wust way an' be a soger right now." "This fellow will make .great sport to the boyS' at the fort," said one officer to another, drawing him aside. "Yes, indeed." "We s hould be there ourselves to see it, though," said a third. "Oh, they'll Jteep him," laughed the first. "He'll be too good to lose." Then turning to Dick, he said: "And you want to be a general, like us?" "Yes. sirree; ,thet's ther tork. Don't yer think I'd make. er good on'?" . "Certainly, you'd make as fine a general as any of us. Do. you k"OW where our. camp is?" "Huh?" "Do you know where Billingsport is, where the British camp is located?" "Whose breeches 'l I don't want no breeches. These isn't wore out yet." . "The place where the generals live, I Do you know where it is?" "No, I hain't be'n there yit. I wuz erlookin' fur it." . The officer tore a leaf out of a despatch book which he to ok from his pocket. Then he took a pencil and wrote. , . "If yo u will give this to the general," he said, "he will make you one just like us. Keep right along this road and turp off near the •river." Then he gave the paper to Dick, who looked at it in a stupid fashion. "What does it say?" he asked. "Thet's writin', ain't it?" Dick had read the paper, while not appearing to do so. It read as follows: "Lieutenant Brown's compliments. and please .admit the h,,arer to the fort. He is a merry fool and will amuse you all." "O h, it says that you are to be made a general," laughed the lieutenant. "An' I'm ter give it ter ther gin'ral'?" "Yes, any of them." "Thet's all right. Have er hunk er bread an' cheese?" "No, I thank you. Don't forget to give the paper to the general," "Mnch erbleE'g e d. When yer git back yer'll be s'prised ter know how well I'm ergittin' on." At this the officers roared again, slapped Dick on the back, call e d him a jolly good fellow and rode on. "It's a good joke," s
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14. THE LIBERTY BOYS OUTFLANKED. The muskets rang out and Dick's horse under him. , He quickly leaped to the ground as the fell dead and dove into the bushes. was 13hot from faithful animal A volley followed him, and a bullet carried away his bat. He was not injured, however, and dove further into the thicket. • . He was as familiar >yith the woods as an Indian and could make his way as straight as in the' open, having an acute sense of direction. . • The soldiers followed him only a short distance, and then lost him, while he kept straight on in spite of all obstacles. "That was a close call," he muttered, "but I've got the information I set aut get, and it was worth taking chances for." • • He made a detour through the woods and at last came out into the road again, well above Billingsport. He was. near a little country tavern, and by the door he saw five horses, which he at once knew to be those of the joking lieutenants. "I think I'll have to borrow Lieutenant Ilrown's horse to pay for the one I lost," said Dick. He could hear the laughter of the joking within, but could not see tjiem. . As he reached the horses, . however, he saw them at a win dow, smoking long pipes and drinking ale from pewter pots. He quickly untethered the horses and jumped upon the back of one .• A great outcry was raised and the officers came running to the door. "Dick Slater's compliments, lieutenant!" cried Dick. "I have been to Billingsport. Good.-day!" Then he dashed off up the road, taking the five horses with him. A shower of bullets flew after him and one of. the horses was disabled. Quickly releasing the tether, Dick raced on with the othe1"S and was soon out of range. The officers shouted all sorts of threats at him, but he only laughed, and he was soon out of sight and well on his way to Red Bank. . . Reaching Fort Mercer, he reported what he had learned to Colonel Greene, who at once dispatched a messenger to General Washington with the news. Mary laughed and b'lushed, and then said: "I should not be surprised if he were to make a patriot of me one of these days, he is so in earnes t himself." "I sincerely hope that he will," said D'ck. "We always thought it a great pity that you were not one." Then Dick went on and soon afterward he met Joe, who a s ked permission .to leave the fort for a short time. Washington had dispatched several brigade s to the relief of Fort Mercer and Colonel Greene was daily expecting aid. Dick made his way again to Billingsport, after the arrivftl of Cornwallis, and ascertained the number of troops in the British camp. It. was a large one, , and unless the. expecte d aid arrive d , Fort Mercer would have to be abandoned. Major-Gen!!ral Greene, accompanied by Lafayette, was on hi s w a y to oppose Cornwallis, expecting to be joined by Glover's Brigade, but was disappointed. He then abandoned his idea of meeting Corn w allis, know ing that the enemy's force was' vastly superior to his own, and marched off in another direction. The fo r ces of Cornwallis were on the march toward Fort M e rcer, and Colonel Greene had not receiv e d r e inforc ements . Dick brought the news, having barely e scaped di scovery by the enemy. • It was useless to remain in the fort, and Colonel . Green e at once abandoned . it, leaving quite an amount of stores be hind him: "It is too bad to have to leave it," said Dick to Bob, " laut we can't defend it." t "Yes," said Bob, "but the enemy seems d etermined to t ake it, as they have been all along, and now there s e ems to be no help for it." . '!'he garrison left the fort and Dick and the Liberty Boys went with it, remaining as near as possible, however, in o rder to harass the enemy all they could. Cornwallis at last entered the fort, which he at onc e dis mounted, demo!i(i.hh1g the works, and thus what h a d so long been a menace to the British no longer existed. "!11 is too bad," said Dick, • who had witnessed the de struc tion of the fort from a distance, "but I suppose there is no use in lamenting what could not be helped." "No , " said Bob, "for if we could have done so , we would, and that is all we can say." The Liberty Boys formed their camp at a safe distance from the en e my, but near enough to wat
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THE LIBERTY BOYS OUTFLANKED. 15. " Well, we are rea d y for it," s aid Di c k. are not' The redcoats made all haste, and hardly stopped to fire a very many of us, but W R have b othered the e nemy b e fore shot. . and we mus t do it V o ll ey after volleY' was poure d upon them by the Liberty Di ck d i d not intend to a c t ind epende ntl y . altogeth e r , and s o B oy s. • he at once out himself i n c on w•ction wit h the near est bod y A t e yery volley a saddle was emptied or the ranks wavered. of Contin ental troops and appri se d the m of the latei>t mov e Di ck , L afayette and the boys dashed on like a cyclone. of Cornw a lli s . After them came the riflemen and militia, all doing most At H a ddonfi e ld he c ommunicate d with General Greene and eff ectiv e wo r k. Lafayette. Not until they had driven the pickets quite into the town The young Frenchman was enthusias tic, nnd, although and fol1owed them there with a rush and a shout, did Dick still suffering f ro m a w ound rec e ived at Brandywine, was pause. eager to attack the Britis h. The n the retreat was sounded. "We are not strong enough to meet Cornwallis in a direct " Shure an' we are roight in dhe lion's din nrw an' it's attii ck," said General Greene. hoi g h toime to get out, begorrah," sai(l Patsy. . '"l'hen we will attack li.im. s ome other way," said the mar"Yah , we was had to run away so dot we cotild some ode quis , and DicK: smiled , for this was his own plan. da y fig hd , off w e didn't wanted to got caughted," said Carl. Then the Liberty Boys heeled and dashed _ away. CHAPTER XVI. , The attack had not only been a most daring one; but was entirely successful. A DASHIN G C HARGE. 0Th e British had sent. out a . picket o f llln Glou c e ster to scour the countl'Y. Not a man had been lost from either of the bodies engage three hundred men in it. IDick Sl ater, out on a hunt for information c o nc erning the elf em y , had seen the se. ' He at once posted off to Lafayette with the Liberty Boys. The y w ere u s ed to making rapid moves. Lieutenant-Colon e l Butler had a forc e of one hundre d and rifl e m e n a t hi s di s posal, and Lafayette had a small ro rc e of militia. W ith these two forces and the Lib erty B o ys , they now had a number equ a l to that of the enem y ' s pi ck et. Dick h a d located the m and 1...-new pretty well where to find On the otlier hand, the lo s s of the enemywas considerable. B etwee n twenty and thirty had been killed, and they had b ee n driven ri ght info their own camp by a party one-ha! 'Of which were boys. As they r eached a place of safety there was great jubila tion among the Liberty Boys. Th e y had borne the brunt of the fight. Even with Lafayette's aid, Pick himself deserved a great de a l of crfdit. . . . fl'he m arq uis acknowledg e d this and p ersonally complimente d Di ck on the bravery of the boys under his command. them now. T h e combi ne d forc e s under Lafayette , Butler and S l a t e r set out a t 1Jnc e . All h ad ac te d well, but it was generally conc e ded that the D ick Libert y • B oys had won tlie fight. "Tha t's the way to show them that we are awake," said were Bob. "Fly at. them every time they appear and do all the we can." The Liberty B oys, headed by Dick and the marquis, ;n a dvanc e . . D ick had met L a fayette many times before, the two being up0 n th e most intimate terms. S traif\ht toward the point where Dick expe cted to the c:>:i.emy tney went, without unnec essal' Y nelay , • D ick, Bob, Mark and Joe, with the marquis, were a little rUd ance ahead of the main party. The Liberty Boys were not far behind, and then came the 1 ifiemen and militi a. . As soqn as the word was passe d they would clo s e up . . Pretty soon Dick heard the sound of advancing troops. In a few moments the advance gua , l'd wa s seen. . Then the bugles sounded. The word was passed quickly down the line. The advance guard of the picket fell back. Up swarmed 'the Liberty Boys. 1 'hey were quickly followed by the other divi sisns . "Clrnrge!" cried Dick. 1 "Liberty forever!" shouted the gallant youths. Then they dashed forward with a rush and a roar. They reached the picket, which stood firm at first. "Fire!" shouted Dick. Crash-roar! There was a tremendous din as the muskets rang out. On rus hed the Liberty Boys, d elivering a pistol volley. "'!,,iberty forever!" they sho uted in ringing tones. The charge was a most impetuous one . . Lafayette shouted with Dick, having all the impetuosity of y outh. Crack-crack-crack! " T h e y know that we are around, but they get an idea that w e \ Von't do very much , " laughed Mark, "and we want to take that notion out of their heads." "Cons tant annoyance is what we must give them," said Dick. "Don't l e t them settle down at all, but jump in on .the m wh enever we have a chance." "Shure an' we're ready enough to do dhat same," roared Patsy . "A s1rall body like ours can move rapidly and be at thlf and away again before they suspect we are coming." "Jusht loik e the flea, begorra," roared Patsy. "When r have h i m , y ez don't have him." • "Dot's choo)lt der same Jige dot musketer," said c'( "Vhen you sh1ap him you only hits your own face s und l he gomes oob anoder dime und bited you alretty." il After the rewrn the different parties separate d, bidding the ma:i;quis a cordial good-by and then taking Liberty Boys back to their own camp. 1. They could make maRy such movements like this, cau vi the enemy much annoyance. Dick was on the watch, therefore, for just such ties. . S cout and picket guards wQu!d probably be going out fron. Glouce ster from time to time. Dick meant to keep a watch for just such parties and at-tack them whenever they appeared. 'rhe pistols cracked sharply, and i n the ranks. There wer e a l s o smaller pa1'ti e s b e tween Gloucester and R e d Bank, and thes e must be attacked, or cut off, even, if oppo rtunity offe:red. there were many gaps The L i b erty Bp y s were never idle, in iact. . The day after the route of t he picket from Gloucester Dick took a party of twenty Lib erty Boy s and set out toward Red Right on raced the Liberty Boys. Then the enemy turned and .fled. Up came the rear guard. The Liberty Boys gave chase, firing as they rode. Although equal in number to the Continentals, the enemy did not make a stand. - • Nothing could withstand that impetuou:;i On dashed the Liberty Boys like a tornado, carrying every-thing before them. • Muskets rang otJ, pistols cracked and shouts . . There was no checking the brave boys. Dick :.;ee med utterly reckless. He inspired the boys with the same spirit. On they swept. The enemy scattered like so much chaff. Dick might have had a thousand with him, judging from the haste to get away. B;ink on a s c outing expedition. If any large p a rty of the enemy were seen he could very qu; c kl y s end back word for the r est of the boys. They were not far from R e d Bank when Dick heard s tartl e d and dashed forward. CHAPTER XVII. A LIV E LY BRUSH. In a mom en t Dick came in si ght of a house. Mounte d on horses at the gate w ere thr e e 01 four men in Britis h uniform. On e of them had just thrown a y oung girl into his saddle and w a s spring i n g upon hi s horse at that moment. Sev eral p e r s ons came running out of the house shouting an alarm.

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• '16 THE LIBERTY BOYS OUTFLANKED. The young lady was M'ary Hard1mbergh. The officer who had put her in tlie saddle was Percy. . : I The redcoats, . now seeing that Dick's party was much Captain smaller than their own, gave chase. Dick sent Bob ahead in' hot haste to bring up the rest of Not being satisfied with Mary's refusal of determined to abduct her. him, he had the Liberty Boys. . Then he halted, sending Joe ahead, however, to make a "Stop!" cried Dick. Percy jumped in front of Mary, thus ' exposing her to the danger of bemg shot if the Liberty Boys fire. . Then the cowardly captain dashed off, the others covering his retreat. ' feint of a resistance . . This was done to give Bob more time. A volley was fired at the redcoats. They halted, thinking that Dick had obtained reinforcements. After them rode Dick and the Liberty Boys at full speed. When they saw that he had not, they came dashing up again. Joe was in the party. . He had recognized Mary in an instant. Dick was afraid to fire for fear of hitting Mary'. If he struck the horse the danger would be as great. Away flew the redcoats. "After them," cried Dick. "Do not let them escape." Bob, Mark and Joe were close to Dick. Dick retreated. In a few minutes he halted again at a bend in the road. Then, as the redcoats came up, the boys shoute d and charged, firing a volley. The redcoats fell back, and in a short time Dick once more retreated. ' The house was reached and Joe and Mary took to her . Some distance beyond it Dick charged the redcoats ag;a in. The rest were not far behind. They all rode as g\)od horses as the redcoats rode, Dick's was better. They were not going to be caught napping this time, howeven , . They were sure that Dick was only at his old tricks again. • Instead of falling back, as before, they came rushing up, so exnecting to catch Dick for certain. The redcoats had only a short lead and Dick knew that he could speedily overcome this. "Stop!" he cried, "or I will fire!" He wanted to get Percy's companions out of the way, that !.; could reach the principal scoundrel. . . It was not the old trick, but Dick was !>laying them one, for all that. Pretty soon they came to a fork in the road. Two of the redcoats dashed to the right. Percy and the other redcoat took the road to the left. After them fled Dick. Then he fired. He disabled the horse on which Percy's companion rode and caused him to stumble. .. T}ie redcoat was thrown into the bushes. Percy was now alone, with Dick and the Liberty Boys in hot chase after him. Dick urged Major forward. Bob followed on the same side. Mark and Joe took the other. In a few moments they were racing alongside Percy. "Stop!" cried Dick. "Keep off or I'll kill the girl!" hissed Percy. Ji'ick reached out and seized the redcoat's bridle. Joe and Mark dashed up on their side. Joe reached out and caught Mary around the waist. was_ dragged from the saddle and then Mark seized the die of Joe's horse and brought lJ,im to a halt. .fary was f3et upon tM ground aud Joe jumped ofl' his F('se. BOick and the redcoat were now alone 'ercy drew a pistol and leveled it at Dick. Dire dashed it out of the redcoat's hand. ie had released the bridle to do so, however. po ercy dashed ahead with a laugh, '\ck sent a . shot flying after him. w.h. took off the captain's hat. Then of a sudden a large party of redcoats . appeared. Percy called to them. They came dashing up, expecting to capture Dick. He quickly wheele
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THE LIBERTY BOYS OUTFLANKED. 17 That nigh.t Dick and half a dozen of the L iberty Boys stole down to the river. It was dark and a storm threatened. Suddenly Dick whispered: "Hli!rk! I hear something on the water." "What can it be?" "It sounds like a vessel making her way down the" river." "Perhaps the American galleys are trying to make their escape." "Yes, for there is no use for them now , with the forts gone and the enemy in possession." Some of them did get away, as Dick afterward learned. Pretty soon the sound of heavy firing was heard. Then there was a bright li ght in the sky in the direction of Gloucester. pick and his party quickly made their way as close to the point as they could venture safely. A number of vessels were being burned. Thei r crews escaped, but the vessels wer.e destroyed. The y presel'l.ted a beautiful spectacle as the flames mounted h i.gher and highe r and at last extended from the water to the top of the highest mast: There were several of them, and for a long distance the river was lighted up by the conflagration. "There will be other fires," said Dick . "They may burn Q_Ur ships, but they will lose their own some day-if not by fire, by some way. These fires will bum out, but the fires in our hearts never will." . . There were now no forts on the Delaware to threaten the British, and soon the obstructions in the river were removed, leaving it free to the enemy's ships. The British were now on both sides of the river, Corn wallis had r(\turned to Philadelphia, the country between the Schuylkill and the Delaware was intrenched and the enemy in po ssessio n, and the prospects of the Continentals seemed most unpromising. 1 "Never Iind," said Dick to Bob, .Mark and a few of the Liberty Boys, "it is always darkest just before dawn, and I kno w there are better times coming." "We all feel the same, Dick," said Bob, "and we will ,stick to you 'and fight our country's battles as long as there -.js a gleam of hope-yes, and afterward." ' "I kno w it!" said Dick, proudly. Cornwallis had gone back to Philadelphia, but the enemy were still at Gloucester, which was made a basis of observation for the low Jerseys. . Dick was expecting to receive instructions shortly, and in the meantime resolved to keep an eye upon the enemy.' The weather was growing colder, the winter was almost at hand, and the Liberty Boys would have to go into camp very shortly. There might be something to do in the meantime, however, and so Dick was on the alert. On e day along toward the end of the month, Pats)r, sitting by the campfire, said to Carl, who sat opposite: "Oi do be t'inking, Cookyspiller, dhat av we had a foine fat pig for supper, it wimld warrm us up famous." "Yah, I dinks so meinselluf." 1'Dhey do say d,hat pork is foih;, und I don'd gould got oob." . Then Mark discovered the reason of Carl's not being able to get up anq told the rest. "The tar has run out, and Carl, being so heavy, has just stuck fast," he sho1tted. ' "Come on wid yez!"'said Patsy, giving Carl a tug. "Well, Carl went with him," said Mark, telling the story to Dick afterward, "but he had to get a new pair of breeches first." CHAPTER XIX. AN UNPLEASANT SURPRISE. Dick Slater was determined to give the enemy all the annoyance he could. . The day after the occurrences just r elated he took Bob, Mark, Joe, George Bre\vster, Harry Judson and enough more of the Liberty Boys to make up a score in all, and set out below Red Bank to look for parties of the enemy. They could be found in many places now, but not always in large parties. Dick was looking for a party about the :;ize of his own, or even larger, with which to have a brush and perhaps capture. Every blow that he struck at the enemy in this way counted for the cause, and Dick was striking all that h.d could. . . ,,_ They proceeded without any special caution at first, but )r length Dick espied the little old tavern from which he hF" run away with the horses of the joking li eutenants. \Y It seemed fo be a favorite resort for redcoats, and whlh-Dic1c saw it he said: . 1 "Creep up quickly, boys, and remain within call. It a quite likely that there are some of the enemy in the tavel).d now, and I would like to have a talk with them." h Then he went ahead, leaving Major in Bob's care. • Reaching the tavern, he made a few investigations entering. . • . ' There was a party of about a dozen redooats in the place. Among them were Lieutenant Brown and his facetious friends of a few days before. Their horses were under the care of a sergeant, who was drinking ale in the company of a stable boy at the back of the ta'llern. Having ascertained this much, Dick boldly entered the tap room where the company of redcoats was assembled. Lieutenant Brown started to his feet as he caught sight of Dick, . "A rebel, as I live!" he cried. "Put up your pistols, Brown," said Dick, quietly. . "Lieutenant Brown, if you please. How did you get in here? I thought we had a guard outside." "When the o fficers neglect their duty is hardly likely that the men will be found doing it, Brown," said Dick. "Lieutenant Brown, I told you ." "Excu.se me, I am your superior officer and may call you Brown if I choose. By the way, li'eutenant, you understood tne other dav that I thanked you for your pass to the fort, did you not?" "You got the note from the boy, stole it, I suppose?" snee'red the lieutenant. "Oh, no, I got it from you. 'Don't you know better than to give impo:rtal'lt papers like that to strangers ?" "Well, we drove you out, at any rate,''• said the officer. "Sit still, gentlemen," said Dick, "Really you are very uneasy to-day. Perhaps you are wonying because we have not

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13 THE LIBERTY BOYS OUTFLANKED. g;ven in yet. In that case you w ill have a g9od deal more of it." "Who are you, captain?" asked Lieutenant Brown . "You are a saucy fellow, whoever you: are." "Oh, I am Dick Slater, captain of the Liberty Boys. You may have heard of us?" "I think you have a great deal of assurance to venture among a party of the King's soldiers in this manner." "Oh, no; I have often gone into larger parties than this. What is your next move, lieutenant?" "To take you!" cried the other. then, boys, seize the rebel. Never mind if you shoot him. He is worth just as much dead as alive." The redcoats s;:irang up and swarmed toward Dick. Then they pausep. . • He stood with a pistol in each hand, and no one knew which one of them might get the first shot. "Wait a moment," said Dick. "Not one of . you is worth as much as I am, dead or alive, and so there is not much use shooting you." Then Dick uttered a shrill whistle. Almost instantly Bob. Mark and Joe appeared at one door and i n another moment Ben, Harry and George were seen at another. • . Then, before the redcoats could get over their surprise, ;t ill m ore Liberty Boys put in an appearance ta doors and windows. . "You give me a great deal of trouble," said Dick. "I should have taken the whole of you myself, but the trouble is :-1o u are so obstinate." Until'1low the Liberty Bo ys had not shown their weapons. In an instant, however, forty pis tols were pointed at the party of redcoats. "This is not going to be a slaughter," said Dick. "Have you no sense? Don't yo u know that butting your head against a stone wall does not hurt the wall in the least? Mark, take three or four of the boys and relieve these obstinate persons of their nic;tols and other articles." Mark, J oe, Hany, G eorge and B e n quickly accomplished this. "Now,". said Dick, "we don't want you for prisoners. as you are only m the way. so back to ynur posts as quickly as you can. On of course," he add e d .. The disarmed redcoats were hurried out of the tavern and off down the road at a quick march, "Of comsject. I have hea;i:ou t t i is elegant galaxy of talent. If you want good detective and mystery stories, be s:_;:-,; t o read MYSTERY MAGAZINE.

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. . 19 HELP YOUR COUNTRY! REAL WHEATLESS DISHES IN HOTELS.. It has been found that palatable substitutes for wheat c;an be worked out for practically every dish on the menu of a big hotel, not only breads and cakes but pies and pastries, a s developed unde1 Tracy C. Drake, Chicago hotel district chairman for the Mid dle Western States. French 'pastries can be made of rice, coin, barley, and other flours, and patrons are unable to tell the difft3rence from wheat. In Mr. Drake's hotel, the BJackstone, with each white roll or slice of white bread,' waiters are instructed to serve a war roll or . slice of war bread. . -. I ARMY AND NAVY NEEDS 20 . 000 HIGHLY . TRAINED WORKERS. The Civil Service Commission authorizes the following: . How many Of us realize what would become of our forces in France if the orgamzation at home for prqducing the material of. war should fail? Charging arn.1ies and thundering battleships are ea&y to visualize, but not so easy to accomplish. There can be "110 going .. over the top," no paralyz ing broadsides, unless, to sustain the. blow, there is material in abundance to back up the human effort. ' Right now the civilian branches O'f Army and WAR SAVINGS SOCIETY. Na-yy are in urgent need of t?ousands of highly 0 . . d , h b . t d t "b k ,, r .tramed workers, and before this yea1 passes these rea ers ave een. e 0 up ou branches must be increased by at least 20,000. The sold:ers at t.he front or a Ordnance Department of the. Army great Savmgs Full mfo1m8;t10n will. be supplied numbers of men who are trained as mechanical en upon addressmg the War Savmgs Bureau, gineers, mechanical and other kinds cf draftsmen. 5.1 Chambers York the Nachemists, metallurgists and the like. Literally thou honal War Savmgs D. '? sands of inspectors are also wanted for the work Men_ibers of w.ar Savmgs Societies promise of passing upon the quality of everything conce1v to avo!d competmg w1t . h for labor, able in the way of ordnance, and other and transp0Itat10n by bu!mg only what munitions. For office work the Ordnance Depart need '.'lnd oi::ly when they need it, and. agree _to ment wants a great many statisticians, accountants, mvest their. savrngs weekly _or f!10nthly m T?nft experts, and assistants in busihess administration, or War Savn1:gs or m Liberty and clerks trained in special lines, such as clerks War Savmgs Society i:nay be formed w1thm a qualified in business administration, index and cat society, class or club, or m any group of people I alogue clerks, and clerks qualified in statistics or who work. together or eat together, who play toaccounting. The Quartermaster Corps of the Army gether or otherwise frequently "get together." The j is in need of several .thousand examiners and in Societ:y all of the group spectors of everything that enters into the personal are w1llmg to sign the patnotic agreement to m-and camp equipment of the soldier. Passenger and dividually Go_vernment .in two ways: freight rate clerks also wanted in this branch. (1) by each domg his buymg thoughtfully and (2) The Signal Corps of the Army is short of aeronaut by loaning his savings to the Government. ical mechanical draftsmen. The Navy has an unThere will be a and secretary. whose limited number of . places for draftsmen of various first effort will be to secure as members of the War kinds and for a long listof technical workers. Prac Savings Society all members of the group, each . one tically ' all branches of the service are in need of signing the applie:ation blank and promising to pur-stenographers,. typists, bookkeepers, statistical chase a ce rtain number of Thrift or War Savings clerks, multigraph operators, and calculaqng-ma Stamps week or every month. F..rom time to chine operat9rs. The United States Civil Service time, the secretary will check up the stamp pur-Commission, whose duty it is to fill these civilian chases of the members so none may neglect positions, urges, as a patriotic duty, that qualified their promises. Weekly or monthly reports of the persons offer their for this work, . work vital total purchases and total number of members will. to pushing tfie war. Good salaries are offered, and be sent to the National War Savings Committee. the work is all in the United States. With the ex-At such times as the members may determine ten ception of a few of the clerical positions, applicants minutes or more ' will be given to the War Savings will not be assembled for written examinations, but Society of tha t . group for war sa_vings and other will be up?n and ex war-time discu s sions. In some offices or factories perience, as shown m their applications, supple occasional brief, informal talks may be practicable. mented by corroborative evidence. Representatives For these talks and the more formal meetings, of the Civil Service Commission the P<;>St-<;>ffices speakers will be suggested and material will be in a.11 cities are to furmsh defimte mfor supplied from time to time. mat10n and application blanks. ' I

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20 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. STEEPLE JACK, THE BOY OF NERVE OR THE MYSTERY OF THE OLD BELL TOWER s ; CAPTAIN GEORGE W. GRANVILLE (A SERIAL STORY) CHAPTER XII (Continued). None of the men pretended to know each other. Two of them went down FultO'll street, mid the When the boat reached midstream he saw the man b?y followed at a safe distance 011 the opposite with the package walk over to the ladies' side of side, and they 1ed him to the East River. the boat, and lean on the heavy rail. . . "Fulton Ferry!" he' thol.lght triumphantly. "He's going to chuck it overboard!" flashed But he was mistaken, for they turned down South through Jack's mind. street, and he managed to follow them as far as The decisive mom en t for quick 'and accurate ac-the foot of Whitehall street. tion had come! they passed.into the Hamilton ferry house. With several rapid stti 3es he reach ed t , he rail, a Luckily . for Jack, a boat was in the slip, and as few feet away from the man, and leaped on top of the men were the last of the gang to arrive, and one it, and.thence down on the bumper on the other side, of the rest was waiting for them, they rewhich ran all. the way around the out s ide of the ceived a secret signal to board the boat. boqt. . Jack followed them, and noticed that all ten staSure of foot, he darted toward the mau, and while tioned themselves on the and he soon he grabbed the bundle with one hand, he suddenly located one of them carrying a square parcel wrap-dealt the fellow a staggering blow in the face with ped in an old newspaper. his left fist, causing him to utter an exclamation It made the boy's heart beat faster for he had 2.nd recoil a few paces, with his hands thrown up. a . ferling that it was the old iron box: . But the boy had given the box a jerk, and with Then he began to wonder how he was going to it tucked u . nder , his left arm he proceeded to run get it away from the man, for he knew very weh I along the the part of the that the moment he attacked .the the other I ferryboat, steadymg him self with his right hand. nine would instantly fall upon and perhaps kill him! There was a han.d rope fastened to the.outer shell It was a desperate situatiop, for Jack was deter-of the boat to which he clung as he glrded along, mined to get the box, even at the risk of his life! and as he passed the first window he shot a quick glance through, and saw that all ten of the inen I were in motion, some rushing to reach the rail, two . hurrying through the cabin to head him off when • CHAPTER XIII. j' he reached the forward deck, and another going to . the fellow he had struck that stunning blow. . HOT WORK ON Tiv; FERRYBOAT. . "If this old newspap,er was not wrapped around The ferryboat glided out of its slip upon the river, I box I. am they1;,vold have shown any and started to cross over toward Governor's Island. mterest m catchmg me. he reflected. On the ladies' side there were no passengers on But he did not propose to get caught. the after-declc, but there were several on the men's When he reached the paddle-wheel box he saw side, standing near Jack and the ten men. several projecting ir@ bars leading upward, and The boy now had a good look at the faces of each he sped aloft with th,e activity of a monkey. of the crooks, and studied each one so intently that I In a moment more he was1on the deck over the their features were stamped his mind so inI )adies' cabin, and casting a glance around he failed delibly that he was sure he could identify any of to see any place to hide except the two pilot-houses, them at any time in the future. and a companionway leading down into the engine "What did they all have their faces shaved for?" room. h 0 wondered. , !' They look like just ordinary busi1 The boy realized that the crooks would be up men:. Nobody would take them for a gang of after him in a few minutes, so he chose the compan clr sperate crooks. I hope those who met me in the ionway, and darted down into .the space behind the bell-tower will not get a good look at me and :recengineer's grating, and descended another flight of ognize me. If they do they may suspect danger to I spiral iron stairs into the hold, among the machin-their plan, and be on the alert to baffle me." ; ery. • •

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 21 A man in greasy blue jeans confronted him with "Sure!. Are they some of that gang?" a wrench in his big, grimy fist, and roared in deep, "That's who t}\ey are. They stole . this package angry tones: from a friend of mine, ap.d I snatched it away from "'Say, kid, nobody is allowed down here!" ; the one who held it. They are armed,.and.reaqy to "I know it, sir, but I am in trouble." . shoot. If it wasn't for that I would have called on "What sort of trouble?" i s9me of the passengers to aid me in holding them "A gang of crooks are after me for revenge. " for the police." "And you want to hide in here, eh?" ''Many in ther bunch?" 1 "With 'your permission I will." "There are ten on board this boat." "What's it worth" ?" "Odds are too big, else l'd help you myself." "Here's I've got," said Jack, ham:ing him a , . "Can I stay here a five -dollar bill. . "All night if yer wa:o.t to. What's in the pack'' That'll do," said the man, with a grin, as he age?" . . pocketed the bill. " I s'pose you're a young crook. 1 " Some old leO'al documents." 1:here's plent y s uch as travels on this f .erry. D e tec"Oh, I see. 0Them is no good 'cept ter lawyers hves after yer, of course. fer hookin' somethin'. an' sich like." Well, that's none of my busine ss. Here-crawl in-/ Jack remained down in the hold until the boat ter this locker, an' if any galoot comes down here had made several trips, a.nd finally went upstai1•s lookin' fer yer I'll give him ther steer that I ain't when it arrived in New York, and he hurried ashore seen nuthin' of yer-see ?" . looking right. and left for his encnues . He held open a big box: lid, and Jack eagerly As he was heading for the elevated railroad stairs hopp ed insid e upon a mass of oily cottonwaste and a man who was going up ahead of hiin looked down cast-off working clothes. . . and saw him ascending. Just then footsteps were heard on the grating It was Mr. Money . o verhead, and Jack heard a man's voice saying ex-He gave a start, turned up his coat collar, pulled citedly: his hat brim over his eyes, and 'hurried ahead, mut" He must have gone down into the hold. He did tering: not pass otit into the horse gangway, for one of •By thunder, it's that -boy,! I must have failed the boys was. on each one for him." . to drown him. But he won't get away from me this "Didn't he go through either of the cabins? " time so easily!"' "No. We found the way he got on the upper Unsuspicious of danger, Jack went up on the platdeck. The captain said he sa1V a boy with a bundle form, and boarded a train bound uptown. gO' racing down the companionway." I . ' "Then let's search the hold!" I Down went the. lid of the big box, arid the man in blue jeans sat on it, toying with his greasy . , w1ench, and fastening his eyes on the spiral stair, CHAPTER XIV. . . case down which several men were coming. . I They were three of the Black Circle, a'Ild the elec-FIRE! tric lights showed them the solitary assistant en. , . . . . gineer perched on the box. I I_t was Jack s to carry the n;.YB They told him they were in search of a boy who box.n.ght _up to Mr. Grays house anddehver had stolen a parcel from them, al).d gave I;i.im five it to the milhona1re. . dollars for the privilege of searching the place: . Whe.n he reached the stat10n to the street They tlren went through the hold, poking around on which the old gentleman hved, he desc e nded to the machinery,' looking into closets, prodding the the street. coal, and, in fact, leaving nothing unexamined, much Mr. Money was close behind him. to the amusement of the assistant engineer. He Down lfhird avenue hurried the boy with the box yelled at them a couple of times to . be careful not tucked under his arm, and when he finally turned get caught in the mo vin g machinery, in the meaninto East 72nd street his enemy was 'at his heels, time remaining sitting op the box where Jack was like a shadow, watching for a chance to attack him. lying half smothered and sweating with dread lest A brisk walk brought the boy over to Fifth ave the man might be tempted by the offer of a big rebut just as he reached the corner, the lawyer ward to g_ive him away. leaped forward and struck him a stunning blow on Finally the search was finished, and the men went the back of the head, causing him to pitch forward up out of the hold. • on the ground. When they were gone the man opened the box The box flew out of his hand, and assailant and let Jack out. 1 , leaped over his prostrate body, snatched the box . ''Where are they?" he asked anxiou s ly. 1 up from the payement, and ran acro3s the street "Went upstairs," was the careless . reply. "Who with it, at the top of his speed. are they?" l "Ever hear of 1'he Black Circle?" (To be continued.)

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• 22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. CURRENT 1YEWS "MARSH RABBITS" PALATABLE. Muskrats are being sold in the Washington, D. C., markets under the name of "marsh rabbits." Dr. David of the Biologic a l Surve y has ooen trying to popularize eating the meat of the muskrat for years. There is a fair demand for the animals now. Those who have tried tne flesh say it is palatable . Farmers in certain ser.tions of the country previ ous to this have be e n the only ones to eat the "marsh rabbit." The animal up to now has been trapped merely for its fur, its flesh going to waste. rive its ongm from the fact that in the reign of Edward VI. the lands o'f St. Pete r at We stminster were appropriated to rais e money for the r e p air of St. Paul's. " Those who live in glass houses should n o t throw stones" is based on the fact that a party o f incen s e d Scotchmen once smashed the windows of the DuRe of Buckingham's mansion, which stood in St. l\'Iar tin's Fie lds and had so m a n y window s that it went by the name of the "glass hou s e,' ' a n d that ' vbc n the court favoritecompl a ined to hi s King the mm1arch replied, "Steenie, Ste enie, those who live in glass houses should careful how they ft.in:;; PUTTING ANTS THROUGH DRILLS. stones." . John W. Coghlin of Ellsworth, Me., known as Proverbs undoubt e dly h a ve a t e nd e n c y to tra1.'C I. Hancock County's naturalist, has demoJ1strated They are carried from one l a nd to a n ot h e r b y e rniwhat patience and perseverance will accomplish, and grants, tdurists, missionarie s , trad esme n and sea has also e4ploded the old-time theory that it was men; but marty which are closely similar doubtl e s s impossible to teach insects to understand the human owe their origin to no common sto ck, but to t he voice and action. common experience of mankind. Some time since he had the good fortune to ais. . cover a hill of Madagascar Neuroptera, or marchROOSTER FASTS FORTY DAYS. ing ants, says the Pittsburg Press. They were about Ed Stribling, a farmer of the Waring commu -the size "of the common June bug and of a dirty nity, California, possesses a rooster which rcc0: 1tly brown color, and he says that they are numerous had an experience that entitl e s him to n o t o r iety . in India and South Africa-that he can account for He is of the Plyniouth Rock varie ty, of un'usuall y finding a hill of them in Maine by being brought large size, and had not been own ed by Mr. Stribling here on some vessels. Mr. Coghlin invited some of very long when he disappeared from the b arnyard his friends the other afternoon to his ca:ip at Patof the Stribling place on January 8, last. As this ten's Pond, w.here he amused them by putting the bird was an expensive one, a thorough search wa;, neuroptereans (as he called them) through a course made for him, but nu trace could be found, a nd M : r. of sprouts. The way he caused the little army to Stribling conclutled that coyotes must have eaten. go through their evolutions was a marvel to all him. present. . During the next few days following the roosit e r's Marching by twos and fours, over inclines and disappearance, Mrs. Stribling remarked that she bridges made ' of toothpicks, with the regularity of heard this particular rooster crowing, the sound betrained troops, he finally caused them to break ranks ing muffled as though coming from within the barn._ by lighting a match before the leaders. He says This inspired another search. of the barn, but withthat artificial light will confuse them; therefore, out result. they can be made to perform only in dai'light. On Feliruary 18, Mr. Stribling was engaged in -----movi:i;ig some empty barre ls from beside the barn, SOME OLD PROVERBS. and when he lifted one which was standing on the Every nation has many intere sting pro.verbs. ground with the open end down, he found his missH ere are a few classified as English: ing rooster-oi rather what was left of 'that once He feeds like a boar in a frank. proud bird. The ape claspeth her. young so long that at last It was still alive, but too weak to walk, and so she killeth them, . reduced in weight as to be" practically only a bunch A hog that's bemired endeavors to bemire others. of feathers. Yet when given water and food it be The robin and the wren are God's cock and hen; gan to recover, and is now as good as new, in spite the martin and the swallow are God's meat and mar-of its forty days of confinement beneath the barrel row. without food or drink. English they may be, but they are certainly rare-The barrel beneath \.vhich the rooster . was found ly quoted, and to most people wil'.J be entirely un-had been resting on its eJge arid leaning agaihst familiar. the barn, and was doubtless poised .so delicately that One obtains historical glimpses in proverbs. The the. rooster jarred it down while moving about befamiliar "robbing Peter to pay Paul" is said to de:neath it, and thus trapped

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• • THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 23 ITE1VIS OF GENERAL INTEREST N,gw YORK HAD FIRST STREET CARS. SHARK TWELVE CENTS A POUND. New Yor k h a d fae first street car line 011 Fourth For some months H. L. Kelly, an assist •ant of the AYenue, op ene d in 1832. Twenty-five years later a United States Bureau of Flshel'ies, has been urging road also ope r ated by horses was buift between Bosupo;1 the fishermen and dealers of southern Califor ton and CambridJe. . • . nia the importance of utilizing the meat of sharks The line from Croydon to Wandsworth, England, and rays for foods, the hides for manufacture into completed in 1 801, was the first iron tramway in leatlier and extraction and marketing of the the world, but"it Wl}S not until 1870 that a liver oil. railway system was established ip London. Mr. Kelly reports that several of the sharks are Ralls were Ia.id there in 1861, butthe House of Comnow sold in some markets at lQ to 12 cents a pound mon s refused to authorize the operation of the line, and the liver oil is quoted at 90 cents a gallon. As so the tracks had to be removed. shown by experiments conducted by the bureau dur POISON LARKSPUR. ing the last year shark meat, salted and smoked, ls an excellent food, especially when mild cured and light smoked. According to the _Department of Agric ulture, upwards of 5,500 head of cattle have been killed by poisonous plants w:ith.in the past three years on ranges in the Nat10nal and about 90 per RAILROADS REQUIRE 1 ,000,000 WORKERS. cent. of the mortality was due to larkspur. As this If the war lasts for another two years, 500,000 plant g rows mostly in isolated patches it is found men will be required to operate American Anny feasible to dig it Otlt, and this method of eradication railroads in France, while twic e that number will is -recommend ed . The subject is fully discussed in be ne e ded to serve the combined Allied forces. To Far m ers' Bull etin 826, which describes the methods exert their full strength, the Allies must have transof grubbing and the t o ols. used. The work is best portation facilities ten times greater than the lardone early in the sea so n, when the larkspur plants gest railway system in the United States. .Realiz-show up most conspicuously. inli . this, almost the first American units sent abroad . included . railroad executives, and builders, MUSTARD GAS BOMBS. . whil!=l manufacturers all over the countrS-are now It is reported that a German airplane recently fly-busy en standardized equipment for our lines in ing over the American sector northwest of " Toul, France, writes William Fleming .French in the Il dropp e d rubber balls 18 inches in diameter, filled! World, Chicago. Uncle Sam will shoulder with li q uid mustard gas, on our positions , This is n1s full share of the burden. the first t!me, as far as is known, that airplanes On British military railroads behind the western have been employed in stlch an operation. front may be seen cars and eugines once operated those dropp ed in our sector so far have not had on roads in England, Canada, Australia and South any resuit worthy of being so called, but every Africa, for, to meet the emergency, rails and equipman there was ma.de furious by wnat is termed ment were picked up bodily, loaded on ships and from one end of the sector to the other "dirty war-sent to the war zone. One hundred thousand Chifare." A sample of one of the rubber containers nese were aiso imported. has been secured. Standari:l gauge lines run from the norts to the TWO 1,000-FOOT DOCKS FOR N , ORFOLK. The original plan of the Navy1 Department for the construction of ne w docks of the largest capac ity called for two imch docks at Philadelphia and one at Norfolk. This plan has been changed and one is to b e built at Ph'.ila.delphia and two at Nor folk. to Rear-Admiral McLean, commanding the Fifth Nava1 District, one of the docks now under constr uction will be ready next fall. Their l ength will be such that any ship which can pass through the Panama Canal, where the locks have a limiting len gth of LOOO feet, can enter either of the two docks whic h are to be built at Norfolk. . This new work i s of the most urgent character and it s hould be rus h ed io completion with all po!".s";le speed. • . • • ... .! # great base depots and from these to within perhaps ten miles of the front. Here they connect with narrow gauge roads, similar to those used in construc tion WOrl}, over which donkey engines haul the sup plies five miles closer to the fighting line. From thi s point branch out a network of lighter tracks, thirty inches wide, 'w hich wind through the communication trenches and as near the first trenches as the enemy's artillery will permit. Over these tiny push cars carry ammunition and food, bringing back the wounded on their return trips. Services on these miniature railroads is perilous. The artillery preparation for a great attack aims not only to destroy the trenches but th'e transport lines behind them. Som e times as m:my men are employe,d in operating and repairing these man power railroads as are to hold the line.

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24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. • FROM ALL POINTS GIRL A GREAT TRAPPER. . Mi s s Patsy Reec e , o f Sierra County California's only girl trapper, walked n early 200 to r egi s ter for the second semester at the State University at Berkeley . . B e fore she left the summit of the hig h Sierras; where she make s her home, she shippe d h e r exp e n se money for the h a l f year on ahead. It consisted of p elts of 2 lynx, 25 coons, 18 skunks, 15 foxes and 5 coyotes. From the proc ee d s of their s ale Miss Re e se will b e able to pay h e r expens es in the College of J our-n a lism. . CAUGHT BIG PELICAN. A large s ized p e lican was captured by two Po mona bo ys the othe r day after a struggle which lasted n early a n hou r . One of the bo ys , Kenneth Andr ou s1 sixteen, was wounded in the face by the bird's bill. Young Andr o u s and Gilbert Heffner, fif teen, found the bird in a wash n ear Pomona,. Cal. They knocked it to the ground, and when Androus tried to take it in his a rms the bird p e cked him in the face. F:or . n early a n hour the bird str uggl e d with the bo ys, p e ckin g and s crat ching. It was finally o yer p.ower e d and t aken to Pomona, where it was plac e d on exhibition: ,.. WOMEN ON PRISON FARMS. Delin q u en t w o m e n from Topeka, Leavemvorth, M anhatta n and Junction City, under m e di c al treatment at the State Industrial Farm for Women at Lansing, Kans., are kept busy working around the prison poultr y plant. They are looking after 500 h ens and are raisin_ g young chicken s . The wom e n came to the "farm" dres sed in flashy cloth es a s a rule and while working around the poul t r y plant they are attired in overa lls. In adaition • to looking ;ifter the chicken s they are given poultry books to read and receive ins truction twice a week in a school cond,ucted by Prof. Charle s S wann, poultry expert. At present there are 65 woinen inmates at the "farm. " n e y i s lined and has a t w o-inch dea d air s pac e b e t w een the lining and w alls . The c oncret e base is thirty-one thick, and 2,400 , 000 br, i cks w e r e used in constructing the chimne y. The 0rigina l c ontract called for 571 feet, but it was built on e foo t ten inch e s higher." LEPER COLONY BUYS $3,000 WORTH OF THRIFT STAMPS. The National War-Sav ings Committee h a s the foll owing: The lepers of Molok a i, o n e o f the Hawaiian I s l a nds, have bou ght $3, 000 worth of thrift and war savings stamps a s their c ontri b u t i on toward the . c o s t of winning the war. This 'inspiring example of patriot ism from .such an unex pected source, thous;mds of m il es fro m t h e battle front, and from p eople seemingl y so fa. r re mo v e d by the v ery n ature of their unfortunate c on dition from all of its influ e nc es , h a s b e en brou ght to the attention of t h e N a tio n a l WarSavi m:s Com mittee by a letter w r itten to a fri end i n M emphi s, Terin. , by Brothe r J o s epl'l Dutton, n ow i n charge of the island colony. Brother Dutton has d evote d the past 3 7 years of his life to the l e per col on y , :yike h is charge s , Brothe r Dutton may not le;:tv e t h e . i s l a n d, but h e flie s th Stars and Stripes above the leper camp and ommunic a t e s regula rl y with friends in M e m p h i s . JUST ONE READER FOR THIS P A P E R. ;His Imperial H ighnc s'l' the Crown Prin ce of Japan, Hiroh i to, born Apr i l 29, 1 901, celebra t ed t h e n e w year by be g i nning the reading of ne"wspapers. It h a s been an i,nflex i b l e c u stom iTI the imperi a l family of Japan to wi thh6l d all ne\vspapers and magazin e s fro111 its members until they have attaine d their e i ghteenth year; but this rule has . been waiv ed in the present instan ce, beca u se His Impe ria l Highness w ill not enter u p on his eightee n t h year until the end o f A pril. The journa l to be submitted for the yo ung prince' s b r oader education on world affairs will not be brought , in from the highways, b u t w ill be s p ecia ll y THE WORLD'S'TALLEST STACK. edite d b y a n official o f the i m p e r ial h o u seho l d and A chimney that is nearly a s tall as the Woolworth printed in the imperi a l p rinting offic e . O n l y s u c h Building, and probably the tallest in the w orl d , is n ew s matter as i s thor ou g hl y authenticated and pictured in "P<;>wer." It was recently completed by proper for His Highness's readin g w ill b e "passed " the Tacoma Smelting Company to a height of 572 b y this offic ial c e n s o r . feet 10 inch es from the top of its concrete base.1 The newspap e r will b e setin spec i a l t ype and It is fifty fee t in 'diameter o ve r all at the bottom, 1 printed on thic k Japanese pape r. The r eading of where the. walls are four and one-half feet thick. this official journal is not lik e l y to require a grea t The account in "Power" further states: , deal of time,. because it will b e of small s i ze and on "It-tapers to twenty-five feet outside diameter at a single sheet. The first numl!l e r appeared on New top, with walls seventeen inches thick. The chim-Year's Day, 1918. . .

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' THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 25 INTERESTING. TOPICS P.RIESTS W I L L WORK FARMS. Owing to the high c.:0.,,t of Jiving 111 Italy due tO the• war, la wy e rs' fees h a v e be en inc r eased between 2 ? and 30 p e r c e nt. by spe cial decre e . . The Pope has withdraw n the _ prohibition preventing clergymen from agricultural employmillt. In fact, Ita lian 'nis hops hav e now authorize d country pari s h and the rural clergy in general to c u l t i va t e the l a nd they own and to assist in the cultiv atio n o f land owned by peasants in the district wh e r e the y r es id e . P.c s s ibly no bette r inducement toward intens ified cultivation could be afforded than the removal of such prohibition. . . . built at l\'.l:auch Chunk, Pa., fo1 hauling coal , the empty cars being returned by ho rses . The first experiment with locomotives was ;:ude on the Bal timore & Ohio Railroad, fourteen i..Ile s 6f which was opened in 1830. The first Am e i'ican railway constructed for the use of steam power was the Charles.ton & Hamburg, afterward the South Car ?lina, which was commenced in 1830 and completed 111 extending from Charl e ston to Hambur , g, oppo s ite Augusta, Ga., a distance of . 137 miles. CUTS WOOD. . : Ways and means of earning mo!1ey on a Vermont NURSE WAS SCHOOLMATE. I farm in winter are not plentiful, and $i?O does not To be nursed back to health in. faraway England grow on every bush, as a ny native son w ill testify, by a former schoolmate is the happy. fortune of but a high school girl who wished to earn that Perry How:;i.rd, s on of Mr. and Mrs. A. Howard, of. aniount for the Red .Cross accompli s hed the tas.k Puyallup, Wash. within three days. Miss Catherine C. Dow, fifteen Mr. Howard is confined in an E;nglish hospital, years of age, 'decided on }}er way . home from school sufferin g from expo kure following the sinking of the I the other Friday night tha t saving pennies was too Tuscania. ) I slow a way; of doing something substantial for the At the hospita l he was assigned to the care of Ada J Red Cross, so determined to c!ut a cord of wood. Allan, d augh ter of Mr. and Mrs. James Allan, of In a .short time she had her wood cut and split Puyallup. Mr. Howard writes his parents that his and ready to haul out of the woods and Monday sufferings and disappointment in the delay in reachnoon she brought the load to town. Dressed in her ing the front w e r e to a measure assuaged by meetwood cutting suit, rough tweed knickerbockers, ing with o ne with whom he could talk over old times. woollen svreater and red tobog'gan cap, the girl took Jrer stand besid e the wood pile in the public square PREFERRED TO WALK. " I'll walk; it's only ninety-four miles." Tha t is the way A. C. Bonnifet, of Shasta County, Cal., replied to an offer of transportation made by Capt. H. C. Bo y den whe n Bonnifet agreed to enlist in the 20th Engineers. ,, Bonnifet Jive d twelve miles from the nearest settlement. He first wrote to Capt. Boyden to find out if his p ay allowances and Government allotments would furnish enough for his wife and family to live on. Capt. Bo y den answered that $47.50 a month could go to his family, he could s pend $7.50 a month for $10, . 000 life insurance and have $8 a month left. Then he was offer e d trans[)O r tatiop. "I'll walk, " Donnifet r e plied. and proce e ded to hold an informal auction; Her pluck aroused the admiration of the villagers and the bids mounted to proportions e v en in these times of high fuel prices. By the encl of the afternoon the load had been sold for $51.25. • GIRL HAS COUSIN INTERNED. • There is one enemy alien less at large in the coun tiy as the result of the patriotism of a Bismarck, N. D., girL Frank Peters, alias Peter Hansen, has gone to Fort Ga., for internment in a Federal prison camp instead of doing his _ bit for the Kaiser as a member of a U-boat crew, because Miss Mary Burkman was courageous enough to repor t him, even though he was her own c . ousin. '.Peters was as he w .as about to board a Northern P'acific train he r e on the first lap of his FIRST U NITED STA'PES RAILROAD. journey to Germany. He had boasted to his cousin The first r a ilro a d ii1 America was commenced that he would soon be . back in the Fatherland serv ninety-two years ago and was c:9mpleted in one year. ing on one of the Kaiser's submarines. The lin e extended from Quincy, Mass., to the NeWhen Miss Burkman him she would not pons e t Riv e r, a di stance of three miles , and it was; permit' him to leave A _ !llerica fo.r such a purpose , intend e d to s uppl y Quincy granite for the erection he reminded he;. of their blood bes, threatened h e r of the B unker Hill Monument. This road was so con-and declared she dare not report him. There was structe d as to b e partially worked . by gravity. a brief struggle in Miss Burkman's heart, but it was A similar gravity railroad was soon afterward very brief and her country won.

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. TI-iE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 NEW YORK, MAY 24, 1918. TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS Single Copleo .. . .. . • • . . .. .. • • .. .. • • • • .. .. .. • . .. .. .06 Cents One Copy Three lllonths • . .. .. • . .. • • • . . . .. • • • • .. • . 7 5 Ct>nt• One Copy Six lllonths .. .... ... .. .. . .. . ... .... . .. 1.50 One Copy One .......... : . . . .. • .. • .. . . • . .. .. 8.00 POSTAGE FREE HOW TO SEND MONEY-At our risk send P. 0. Monev Order. Check or Registered Letter; remittances In any other way are at your risk. '\\e accept Postage Stamps the ;;ame as cash. When sending silver wrap the Co ln In a separate piece of papP,r to avoid cutting the euvelope. \Yrite yol'tr uame and nddress plainly. Address letters to N. Hastings Pres. } FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher E. Byrne. Treas. Charles E. Nylander, Sec. 168 West 23d St., N. Y. GOOD CURRENT NEWS ARTICLES A P.apier machs figure of an American soldier, at fifty yards or more could not be distjp gmshed from a flesh-and-blood fighter, has been in vented by J. Burgess, a student orticer at Fort Sher idan, Ill., says Popular Science Monthly. It could be used .as a decoy to draw the fire of the Germans and them expose themselves to the aim of our sharpshooters, or migJ-it be employed to deceive them as. to the number of soldiers holding a particular trench. a range of fifty yards, it is figured out would be more deadly than a ' . 30 ca liber bullet. It. would be a case of nine shots to one and with a better chance of. hitting the Gern'lans. The gun is a short .auto matic single-barrel shotgup. of the "pump'' variety, which holds six paper shell cartridges in the magazine. The gun has a long bayonet; the muz zle of the barrel being provided with a second of steel wl h, being perforated and not quite touching the barrel proper, acts as a brace for the bay onet and owing to the free passage of air does not cause the barrel to get too hot. . The shotgun is equipped with a leather sling so that it may be slung over the shoulder when de s ireg. Shotgun and bayonet complete weigh only eight and threequarter PQUnds. At fo rty yards the buckshot will go completely through a twa-incli pine board. -GRINS AND CHUCKLES is the subject of your picture, i:naster ?" "I don't know myself. But wait till the art critics write it up-they will tell us." Cora-Have y.ou seen my new photogrnphs, dear? Everyone says they look exactly like me. DoraWhat a shame! Can't you get another sitting? Jack-The fortune-teller said I would marry a blonde. Belle-Did she say how soon? Jack-In The statement has been made by a representa-six months. Belle (coyly)-I can easily be a blonde tive of' the Government that 5,000,000 tons of by that time, Jack. coarse and grassy hay will be required this year in . . . ------. the production of a filler in the manufacture of high" A little girl Joyfully assured her mother the other explo s ives. This hay is thoroughly macerated-and day that she had found out where they made • 20 . per cent. of the bulk of the explosive is said to she had seen a man finishing one. "He was nailing be made of the resultant fiber, replacing the cotton on his last foot." formerly used. There are many places where such coarse, mixed hay can be grown, but where hay suitable for feed is difficult to produce. ,., Given their choice of swearing allegiance to the American flag or receiving a ducking in the cana , Elizabeth and Margaret Paine, sisters chose the for. mer and kissed the colors at 'a local potters, in Trenton, N. J., where they are employed. The disciplinary action was e nforced by their fellow workers, mostly women, after the sisters had been heard to make disparaging remarks about a group of Na tional Army .men who yesterday marched away to camp. The sisters are American, born. o:i' German parents. A new trench shotgun, to fire a charge 0: .00 buckshot, which has a diameter about .32 of an inch, ha\> been perfected by the Winchester Repeat ing Arms Company. Under certain conditions of trench warfare it is believed it would be extremely valuable. Against an attempt to rush a trench a cartridge of buckshot of nine pellets; fired within • A young man, searching for his father's• pig, ac costed an Irishman as follows: "Have yo u seen a stray pig about here?"' "Faitlr, how co.111ld I tell a stray 'pig from any other?" • ' 1Why, Tommy," exclaimed the Sunday-school teacher, "don't you say your prayers every night before you go to bed?' "Not any more," replied Tommy. "I uster when I slept in a folding though." "What does your father do when you him questions?" asked one small boy. '"He generally says, 'I'm busy now; don't bother me,' " replied the other. "The: when I go out of the room he looks in the encyclopedia." "Oh, what a shame!. I am shoc ked to hear it. And how soon after your marriage did he begin to display the cloven hoof?" "Why, just about the same time he began to cultivate the cloven breath." "

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 27 B3TRA. YED BY A LETT.ER. --. By Paul, Braddon It was a beautiful moonlit night, a soft, fragrant breeze stirring the trees and rustling the madoorkati jungle, along the edge of which Barry Knox was riding . on a ma?'nificent horse. The young man stroked his dark mustache thoughtfully as he pressed on, and a f:rowi1 settled upon his brow, as he muttered: ''Viscqunt Canning must be blind if he believes this revolt was wholly started by Tantia Topee, for the Maharajah Scindia, of Gwa li or, is sure he saw a white man among the Sepoys in the city of now. Hence; if India is' swept from the hands of the British, and returns to the power of the Great Mogul, it will be owing to the cunning of a rene gade white man. But then I don't realfy care, for Britain has nothing to do with me. All I desire to do is to get the true facts of the war for the New Y 01• k Daily --, for which I was sent here, as correspondent." • And having come to this conclusion the young war correspondent touched his horse's flanks with his sp urs, and guided the noble beast upon its course, wondering how soon he would reach Lucknow, to where he was going from Benares. He had been j ourneying from Calcutta . . Within half an hour the road led him to the shore of the Goomtee river, where the jungle was thick est, and he had scarcely turned a sharp bend in the ro:id' when he came upon a chaityas (temple) lying in . a mass of ruins, only a stupa, or single piUar, uprising like a gaunt .sentinel in the yellow light. . . I ' The native arose and regarded Barry intently a moment. / "Whar yo' go?" he asked at length. "To Lucknow, for news of the revolt you fellows• are making." "No, no! Yo' not go dere ! It is de burra choop now. Soon Nana S
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• 28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. it with a string, h e went to the door, and called out 3d _ of March has the city bee n under.siege; ' o n the in his heavy bass voice: 17th they mean . to con c lud e t he engage m en t . My "Nana Sahib! Nana Sahib!" advice to you is to l e a v e Tantia Topee to C:!l'e for A lithe-looking young S e poy, wearing a turban Lucknow, 'while yo u es c a pe t o D e l hi, as Hods on , of arid loin-girt and carrying an asseghai, hurried up Hod s on ,Horse Guards , h a s s worn t o ex t erminate to the tent in answer to the .man's call. you and your s ons. The mutineers m ea n to march The :native bent himself . double, placed one hand from Meerut to the capital , a nd it is t he in _ t e ntion to his fo r ehead, and extended the other to take the of Willoughby to explo de the p owder m a g a zip e and letter from the man, who said to him: d evastate the city. I am, in the care o f Vi s hnu, "Nana Sahib, you must deliver this before sunyour sert>-ant, D a n b u r y. " • down." Barry started when his glance fell upon the Se-He had no sooner fini s h e d wh e n a m a n s prang poy's face, for he recognized him to be the same into the tent. black calling himself Holkar, whose life he hat! saved . It was Charles Danbury, the tra itor. from tiger. "By the powers of d arkne s s, this man has pl aye d The young black arose, and his glance rested upon me false! " he cried. Barry. Danbur.y flashed out his gl e amin g sword , and He did not evince by . the slightest token that he raised it to strike the bla c k t o d eath, Dt b efore _ ' recognized the journalist. he could strike, Nana drew back hi s spear, and t a k"For whom is the letter?" he asked. " I cannot 1 ing rapid aim, he let it fly lik e a s treak of li ghtning. read the Feringhee writing." It pierc e d Danbury's bo s om and h e f ell to the ground "The letter is de s tined for Tantia Top ee. Guard at Barry's fe e t. _Its ti.P was p o i so n ed , and J?an b u r y it as you would the Rig-Veda, for upon its delivery never arose agam. expec t e d n othmg but depends the fate of Lucknow, to where you will death. 1 carry it." , "You have ruined u s ! " he gas p e d , as h e recoil e d Making a • low obei s ance, the black walk e d away. a step. That afternoon the ras cal left tent, saying he "Nay-I have only rid this fair earth of a ven woulct be back by nightfall to order a march toward omous reptile." the besieged city, ::md commence op e rations. But these natives--" Barry lay . down, fell into a doze, and suddenly ' Will not harm us. They a r e all m y faithful s u bawoke. jects." Before him stood Nana Sahib. "Your subj ectl$ ! What m ean y o u ?" '"I have come, oh, sahib, to talk with you." "I am Nana Sahib. I de c e i v ed t h a t m2 n , a s "And the white rogu e who occupies this tef).t?" did' my people." "He went away to a distant vill a g e." "Then who are you? " "I suppose you have delivered his letter'? " "I am Holkar, the Maharaja h o f Indore ! " "On the contrary, I have }/rought it t6 you to Barry was astounded. As w ell h e mi ght be. H o lread." kar was one of the mo s t loyal I n dia p r inces to the The black handed him the missive. British crown. " Then you did not . go to Barry then learned tl:mt when Charl es D : :mb ury "No. I remained in the jungle until Sahib was recruiting the y had joine d h i m in 0 1 der to l earn Danbury passed--" his motives, and. wh 'ile apparentl y joining in the re" Danbury!" exclaimed Barry in astonishment. bellious issue .. w e r e to turn on hi m i n t he e n d . Da r r y "Can )t bp POSible that he is . the rascal who having saved Holkar's life from the tiger which he drummed out of the 6th Dragoon Gua r ds, and the and his men had been h unting , m a de h im grat e ful first battalion of Her Maj esty's 60th Rifles,' sta-to the journalist.. tioned at Mee'rut, last February, for having been The next da y they w en t to L u cknow , and j oining proven a common thief?" Sir Colin Campbell's fo rce s, the city was t a ken. Barry tore open the seal and withdrew the mis-Tantia Topee was caught, tried by court-martial, sive. 1 and hanged. Holding it up to the light, he read the following I The letter Danbury had w ritte n . b r and e d him in lines: I the Englis h a rmy as a more rascall y fellow than they at fir s t d e emed him, and the King of D e lhi, "To His Majesty, the -King of Delhi: . deprived of his council, was captured and banished "Knowing, sire, that you understand English perto Tongu, in Pegu, where he d ied. fectly, I in s crib'e this in the F e ringhee language, to Barry gleaned all the true inwardn ess of the r e guard againsy any of the unfaithful reading it. Afvolt, and, thanks to the runne r s w hich H olkar proter leaving tucknow I entered the ranks of the vided for him, sent his m essages t o C alcutta ahea d infidel dog who leads the English, and learned that I of the less fo:i;:tunate corres pond ents o f ot h e r papers they purpose to take the garrison by assault, on whom he met, which enhanced his value to his ri.ewsthe last day of the week, after nightfall. Since the paper considerab)y.

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• GAINED 25 POUNDS N MONTHS •I . SINCE QUITTING TOBACCO HABIT SUCCESSFUL CONQUEROR ATTAINED AT LAST! -HJ ALM AR NELSON, (address on application,) whose photo appe ars at. the l e ft, learned of a book and other inforrru:ition b eing given FREE, expl a i nfo,g how Tobacco Habit can be conquered by oneself, safely, speed i ly and compl e te l y. H e obtained the in forrru:ition and is now able to report a gain of 25 pounds in weight (fr om 163 to 188 pounds), as well as A THREE D AYS' VICTORY OVER SLAVERY TO TOBACCO HABIT HERE are more letters-voluntary testimonials. Though they are a small fraction of the thousands and thousands that can be produced, they are sufficient 'to show you what may be expected after the Tobacco Habit is over come '".ithin 72 hours, by the simple Woods Method: "'Vhlle addicted to the tobacco habit, every muscle and joint ached, and I had almost give n up I was poor l n ht'alth, weighing 180 pounds. !\o w I am well, wehl"h 165 pounds, and cnn work ever.v day. 1 have ne..,r wanted to chew or sn1oke since following the \\; oollM met11od.''-A. F. Shelton. (No. 199600), Pittsylvania Co .. Va. (Full addrPss on application. ) "I have no craving for tobacco; this I c onside r woi;;derful after havin;.; used a pipe for 85 years. I llnve gained L .. pound& in two months, which is very goou at the age or 53 years. 'l'o sn.v that the benefits far exceed my expectations, Is puttin5 it mildly. Anyone in doul>t refer to me."-John Brorlle . (No. Wapello Co .. Iowa. (Full address on application.) ,.I had welll'hed as low as 128 pound•, never got over 135 Wl\lle I used tol>a cco. Now I weiJ:'h i6ti pounds. I>veryone wants to know wh.y J got so fleshy; I tell them to follow Edward J. Woods' method for o"ercoml11K tobacco anu find out.''W . 8. ( l\o. llb 1 5 K). Cooke co.. 'l'ex. 1 Full aduress on appl!cutlou.) . . • "I smoked for more than 20 lrnt now I am proud to suy that for tile pus l uiue months l btn' e no cra\'e for MmoklnJr; l feel better and am gaining in Wf"ight every nionth since I stopped."-Wi!Jlam Cruwford. (No. W t i737), Co .. Penua. ( l"ull address o n application.) "lllay God bless you. I am feel!ng finer every day of my Utenot like the same person. appetite ls b ettor, and my stomach ls all right. I ean bold out in walking better. my voice is bette r and my heart Is stronger."-Mrs. Mattie E . Stevenson, (No. 230738). St. John Co., Fla. (Full address on appllcatlon.l "Hl\Ve u•ed tobacco In all f orms (mostly c h ewing) for 15 years, using about a plug of t ol>acco a day : I b6'{an following your J\Iethod on a Fl"lday noon and afte r that dav the craving for tobacco n:a• gone. I am alwa y s ready t o p i : a lse you and the good work you are doing. I can also s a y that I h a v e gained nine pounds In seven weeks, and tee! like a new man."-Rohert S. Brown, (No. 229852), Worcester Co., Mass. (Full address on application.) "lily husband smoked a single cigarette, and has no desire to smoke since following meth o d ot quitting. He looks like .. new man-the b est I e v e r saw him. H e gained eY enteen pounds, and Is t"'ellng fln e. " -Mrs. Carl C. H ogers, (No. Iredell Co .. North Carolina . (Full add ress on application.) 01 w a s uslns about one pound and a baJf of chewing tobacco a week, but since q ulttlng through your sys t em, I have gained about 13 pounds, and have better health by fur, than betore."W, S. Powell, (No. 13914 9), Hurper Co., Okla. (Full address on ap'pllcatlon.) W O UL DN'T Y O U LII{E TO QUIT TO B A C C O QUICKLY AND EA.SIL Y AND ENJOY YOURSELF A T HOUS AN D TIMES BE TTER WHILE I N ROB U ST HEALTH? STOP R U I NING Y O U R LIFE . . Why continue to commit slow suicide, when yo u can live a .really comented life, If you only get your body and nerves right? lt is unsafe and torturing ,to attempt to rid oneself of tuuacco by suddenly stopping with "will power"-don't do it. ' The correct way is to eliminate nicotine poison from the system, and genuinely overcome the craving. Tobacco is poisonous and seriously injures the health in several ways, causing such disorders as nervous dyspepsia, sleeplessness, gas belching, gnawing or other uncomfortabl e s e nsati011 rn s comach, cons1.ipaL10n, neaaache, wea . K eyes, loss of vigor, red spots on skin, throat irritation, catarrh, asthma, bronchitis, heart failure, melan choly, lung trouble, impure {poisoned) blood, heartburn, torpid liver, loss of appetite, l iad teeth, foul breath, lassitude, lack of ambition, weakening and falling out of hair and many other disorders. . FREE Overcome that peculia r nervousness and craving for cigarettes, cigars, pipe, chewing tobacco or snuff. . H;ere is an opportunity to receive FREE a carefully compiled treatise on the subject, containing interesting and valuable information that you should be to learn about. This book tells all about the' renowned Three D ays' Method by which Mr. Nelsqn, and and thousands of others saved themselves from the habit. Full particulars,_ jncluding the book on tobacco and habit, will be mailed FREE TO YOU in plam wrapper, postpaid. All you , "I sleep well end have no more restless o r n ervous feeling. I am past . s e v e ntyeight of sge, a:id feel fin e s i n c e adopting the W oo
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