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THE LIBERTY A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 168 WEST 23D STREET, NEW YORK, No. 948. NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 28, 1919 .. Price 6 Cen t s The fight on as fiercely as before. Two officers placed the wounded Mercer against. a ban.It! trust you are not badly hurt, General," said Dick, advancing. "I fear 'it is my last fight, Dick.'' Mercer .answered faintly.


""'" THE LIBERTY BOYS O Fi' '76 • A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the A m eri c a n Revolution. Issued Weekly-Subscription price, $3 .00 per year; Canada, $3.50; Foreign, $4.00. Frank Tous ey, Publi'sher, 168 Wesi 23d Street, New York, N . Y. Entered as Second-Class Matter January 31, 1913, at the Post-Office at New York, N. Y., under the Act of March 3, 1879. No. 9 4 8 . NEW Y O RK, FEBRUARY 28, 1919. Price 6 Cents. The Liberty Boys With Mercer ' s R iflemen OBHOLDING THE REDCOATS AT BAY By HARRY MOORE CHAPTER I. "Delays are often dangerous, your excellency,'' was the answer. A DARJNG CAPTURE . "Very true, Dick. I want you to go to Princeton at once ." "Very good, sir." On Christmas night, 1776, General Washington cro ss ed "You m1g11t take one or two of the Liberty Boys with you. " the Delaware river near Trenton, in the Jerseys, with 'Lieutenants Estabrook and Morrison are just without, twenty-four hundred men, and twenty pieces of i,trtillery . your excelle ncy . " On the morning of the 26th, after a march through a .. Good! 1 want you to see what the e nemy are doing , and storm of snow and hail, with many of his troops badly shod, a scertain their force if possible." he attacked the town, drove ou t the Hessians, and took one I "l will learn all that I can, your excellency. You wish me thousand prisoners. to start at once?" C olonel Rahl, tne Hessian commander, was killed during "Yes, Dick." the e ngagement, and man y officers of distinction were made Dick then saluted and withdrew. prison ers. "We must get our horses immediately, boys,'' said, Ge neral Howe was takin g his ease in winter quarters in when he rejoined Bob and Mark. New Y ork, waiting for the Delaware to freeze, so that he "Business on hand, eh?" might co ntinue his triumphant march to Philadelphia. "Yes; we are going to Princeton to spy upon the e n emy." The n cam e t h e n ews o f the surprise and capture of the Both Bob and Mark were delighted at the prospect of Hessian s at Tren t o n. having something to do. L ord Cornwallis was on the point of embarking for E'ngThis promise d excitement .and might mean some stirrin g lan d a t the time. adventure. General Howe stopped him, and sent him back The Liberty Boys were all mounted, and Dick and the posthaste to resume the command in the Jerseys. rest now hurried away to procure their horses. Crossing the Delaware into Pennsylvania after foe battle, Dick rode a splendid coal-black horse of pure Arabian fearing that he c o uld not hold Tren ton, the general-in-chief blood, whom he called . Major, Bob and Mark being well cro ssed it o n ce more on the 29th, the delay in getting all of mounted, also. his troops over giving the enemy time to draw in their scat-1 As the boy s were riding out of the camp they were ac . tered cantonments and assemble their whole force at Prince-costed bY a . pug-nosed, freckle-faced, jolly-looking young . t o n, about twelve miles to the northeast. Irishman, who said: It was near the close of the year whe n a boy, in Conti"An' s o yez do b e goin' out to seek yer forchins, are yez ?' nental uniform, made his way along the snowy streets of ""Yes, Patsy,'' laughed Dick, the boy's name being Patsy ,Trenton and paused before the headquarters of General Brannigan. W a s hingto n. "Dhin dhere'll be plenty av fun, Oi'll go bail, phwin t'ree A t that mome n t two other boys in Conti n e ntal uniform, s uch loively bhys as yersilves go out togither." and wearing greatcoats, came in sight around a corner. "I bet me dere don ' d was some grass growed deir feets "Hello, Dick!" said one . "Going to see the general?" under," s aid a fat German boy, who now approached. "Yes; he has just se n t for me, Bob." "Shure, an Oi don't think dhere will, Cooky sp iller,'' "Then there is somethi n g for us to do," said the third boy. laughed the Iris h boy, "seem' dhat it's dhe dead av dh;, "That is what I think, Mark, s o Jet us go in and see what winther." it .is. " The fat German boy was called Carl Gookenspieler, but . The b oys were D ick S later, Bo b Estabrook, and Mark Patsy could never get it straight. M orrison . "Yah, dot was what I was said, dot der grass don'd was Dick Slater was the captain of a band of o-ve hundred unter deir feets growed alretty." y oung patriots known as the Liberty Boys, fighting for "Don't you two funny fellows go to getting into trouble American indepe n dence . while we are gone," laughed Mark. B ob and Mark were the "first and second lieutenants, re"Shure, an' we'll git inti! no more dhan yersilves, be dhe . spectively. same token,'' replied Patsy, with grin. E ntering the headqua1ters, B o b a n d Mark waited in an It was generally acknowledged among the Liberty Boys antero om, while Dick was sh o w n into the presen ce of the that Dick Slater never went out without meeting with an general. adventure, more or Jess exciting. D ick SlatP1" had been employed upon secret missions by When he and his two lieutenants, the three bravest boys Washington upon several occasi on s. in the c;ompany, went off together, therefore , the proba-He had given satisfaction, a n d enjoyed the combilities were that a more than usually exciting adventure mander's full confidence. would follow. A s D ick entered a n d saluted, the general said cordially: The air was crisp, the roads were hard, and the boys " Good -mornin g , D ic k . You are prompt. " made g o od speed as they galloped on.


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS WI TH MERCER'S RIFLEMEN. Emerging from a wood almost within sight of the town, Dick suddenly paused. "Wait a moment, boys," he said. They were on a bit ttf rising ground, and in plain sight of a dwelling house and a barn opposite. . As Dick spoke he saw two British soldiers pass from the house to the barn. In a few minutes they returned to the house / Shortly after this two or three more redcoats passed be-tween the aqd the barn and back again. "This must be ail outpost," declared Dick. "Very likely," said Bob. "There are more redcoats," muttered Bob in a few minutes. lfPerhaps we can capture them by a bold dash," observed Dick quietl.y. It was a daring deed, but these boys never stopped at anything. "There's no harm in trying,'' Bob answered. The boys advanced rapidly, keeping the barn in a line with the house so as to cover their approach. Reaching the house without being discovered, they dashed up, leaped from their horses, and rushed in. In the main room were a round dozen of British dragoons enjoying themselves. "Surrender!" cried Dick, drawing his pistols. Bob and Ma1 k at once covered the redcoats with their pistols. The dragoons were well armed, but were so taken by surprise that they were panic stricken. "Forward-march!" cried Dick. "Away with you now. Make the first sign of resistance and you are dead men." The dragoons were speedily disarmed and hurried out of the house, Mark bringing the horses from the barn. Then the redcoats were mounted, and hurried off toward Trenton, one recovering himself sufficiently to dasl). away and escape. Bullets flew after him, and then the three daring youths, seizing the bridles of some of the horses, rushed away with them, the others being forced to go with them. Riding at breakneck speed, they galloped on, scarcely giving the redcoats time to breathe or to make the first attempt at an escape. CHAPTER II. A HASTY RETREAT. At the end Of a mile or two Dick and his two comrades met a detachment of Continentals. He turned the dragoons over to them at once, saying: "I am Dick Slater, of the Boys. We were bound to Princeton on special business for the general, when we saw a chance to make this capture." "Three of you take a dozen?" said the officer of the party. "That was the sauciest thing I ever heard of." "It was the suddenness of the thing that assured its suc cess," with a smile. "The redcoats thought we had a regiment be:Aind us." The dragoons were greatly chagrined that they had been taken prisoner by so few, and by boys at that. As Dick had explained, however, it was the swiftness of the attack that had made for its success. "We just surrounded them, as Patsy would say,'' laughed Mark, "and they had no chance to think before they were captured." "It was a daring deed, but I have heard that you boys stop at nothing." "Not when the good of our noble cause is concerned,'' was Dick's prompt reply. "I can readily believe you. captain. A few thousand more such brave spirits among us, and the success of our cause is assured." "It will succeed, never fear,'' said Dick. "By Jove, there would be no doubt of it, if you were all like that!" declare"d c;me of the captured dragoons. The three boys now left' the party, and dashed off toward Princeton. The adventure they had just passed through seemed but an ordinary affair to them, and they scarcely mentioned it as they rode on. They were accustomed to taking just such risks for their country's sake, and thought nothing of them. War was not boys' play, and they knew that they. took their live s and lib ertty in their hands every time they went out against the enemy. It was all done in one of the noblest causes that man was ever engaged in. If they lost their live s they lost them for their country, and that was s ufficient. No wonder, then, that they were without fear, and that the commander-in-chief himself reposed the utmost confi dence in them. There was not one of those one hundred boys who would not cheerfully have given his life fo1 his country, and this made them the band of brave fellows that they were. The three boys were riding past a hou se setting among well back from the road, when a young girl came runnmg out and beckoned to them. They at once drew rein and Dick asked: "Did you want us, miss ? " "I want help,'' the girl said. "You are patriots and I can trust you." "What can we do for you ? " Dick a s ked. "My aunt wishes me to sign a paper without knowing what is in it, but I mistrust her, and will not do it." "That is right. One should never sign papers without knowing jus t what is in them ." "She says it is all right, but I do not b elieve it. I would not trust her." "I will look the papers over, a nd see if you ought to sign them,'' said Dick. The boys then dismounted, tethered their horses to the trees, and went up to the hou se with the girl. Entering the front door, they saw a sour-face d woman and an evil-looking man seated at a table. "What are the papers that you wi s h this young lady to sign?" asked Dick. "The matter is not one which concerns you,'' replied the man. The woman simply looked black, and said nothing. "I beg your pardon, it do es concern me. This young lady has asked me to help h er, and I mean to do so." "It is only a matter of form, and it does not signify if it is done now or any time. In fact, it does not matter if it is never done." "You said the papers had to be signed,'' said the girl, "but you would not show me them." "Young girls don't understand legal matters,'' shortly. "Of course they don't, and it isn't proper that they s hould,'' said the woman. "Then let me see them, and I will tell her if she ought to sign them,'' said Dick. "This is no business of yours, you young rebel,'' snapped the virago, for such she undoubtedly was. "Oho, so that is your tone, is it?" replied Dick. "You are Tories, and this young girl is a patriot. Who are these pee ple ? " to the girl herself. "This is MI'S. Crabbley. The man is her husband. She is my father's sister, but he is a patriot, fighting for freedom, while she is a rank Tory." "And these papers?" ,-"I don't know. She says that they secure the property to me in case my father is killed in battle." "Are you not his heir, in any event? Have you any brothers or sisters?" "No, and my mother is dead." "What is your name?" "Sue Morgan. My father is one of General--" "Hello, hello, come here!" cried the woman, running to one of the front V.'indows and throwing up the sash. "Rebels, rebels, hurry up!" Dick ran to the door, threw it open, and -looked out. A party of a dozen or twenty redcoats was coming down the hill, in plain sight of the house. "Quick, boys!" cried Dick. "Don't sign anything without seeing me, my girl." Then he flew out of the house, clo sely. followed byBob and Mark. The evil-looking man attempted to stop 1.fark, and .Dnly got an upsetting for his pains. Slipping the tethers, the boys hastily mounted and dashed into the road as the redcoats came flying up. "Rebels, rebels, catch the rebels!" screamed the woman at the window. The boys were not two lengths ahead of the redcoats as they reached the road and thundered down it toward Trenton.


THE LIBERTY BOYS WITH MERCER'S . RIFLEMEN. 8 They lay along the necks of their horses, and it was well that they did so. Crack! Crack! Crack! A dozen pistols rang out and a shower of bullets flew about the boys. One of them carried away the cockade on Mark's hat. Another passed through the skirt of Dick's greatcoat. The gallant youth turned in his saddle and fired. The leading redcoat was struck in the leg, and rolled out of his saddle into the s now. This threw the line into confusion, and the boys forged rapidly ahead. They were soon well beyond pursuit, but in a short time Dick paused and looked back. The redcoats were some distance behind, and seemed to have stopped. "There is some sort of rascality going on in that house," said Dick, "and I would like to know just it is." "They evidently want the girl to sign away her rights," suggested Bob . "They may expect that her father will be killed in battle." "They might like to get rid of him, also," added Mark. "There is some such scheme going on, I have no doubt," remarked Dick. "Can we get into PrincMon by any other road?" asked Bob. "Yes, and I think we had better take it. We may not be able to enter the town, of course, but we may get near enough to it to determine the strength of the enemy." "That is all we want," answered Bob and Mark, in a breath. A short distance behind them there was another road which would take them into Princeton. They rode back, therefore, turned into this road, and dashed along at a good pace. Riding to within a .short distance of the town, they paused and rode ahead more cautiously. They soon saw qmte a large body of the enemy approaching, and, looking in another direction, saw as many more entering the to . "They seem to• be making it their headquarters," observed Dick, "and it may be well for me to enter it in disguise, so as to ascertain definitely just how many troops there are." The redcoats were rapidly approaching, and they now caught sick of the three Liberty Boys. "Come," said Dick. "It is high time we left here." They wheeled their horses and set off upon the return. And then, out of a side road, hidden by trees until it struck the turnpike, dasl}ed another party of redcoats, who caught sight of them. ' They were between two fires. CHAPTER III. CHEATING THE REDCOATS. On came both parties of redcoats at full speed. For a moment it looked as if the three young patriots would be caught. . Dick Slater was a boy to take every chance which offered. Bob and Mark were always ready to follow his lead, also. "This way, boys," he said. 'It's across country or nothing." Then he headed Major at a high rail fence, and urged him forward. The noble animal took the leap in fine style, and went racing across the fields. Bob and Mark followed, taking the leap safely but with little room to spare. The ground was hard and the three boys sped on side by side toward a stretch of woods at some little distance. The redcoats, not to be baffled, tore down a section of the fence, and a dozen of them set out in pursuit of the three Liberty Boys. "They must consider us persons of some importance to take all this trouble on our account," laughed Bob. "They're so fond of us that they want to keep us with them all the time," added Mark: "This way, boys," said Dick. They dashed off at a sharp angle toward the stretch of 'VOOds. Reaching the trees, they plunged in among them till they came to a little stream, frozen over. . Breaking a stout stick from a tree, Dick cracked the ice in several p1aces right across the brook . Then he led Major along the edge of the brooks for some little distance, Bob and Mark following. Coming to a thick clump of bushes, Dick made Major lie down behind it. Bob and Mark did the same with their horses. Peering through the bushes , the boy s crouching behind him, Dick pi;esently said: . "There they go; they think we have crossed the brook, and they are going over." "They won't break through, will they?" asked Bob. "I don't know. Yes, there goes one, up to the girths in icy water. I don't believe any more will try it. Two or three have crossed safely, and are looking for our tracks." "Then they may see them on thi>;ide." ' "Possibly, and I think we had better leave." Leading their horses along the brook a sh.ort distance, the boys came to more . open woods. presently, where they mounted their horses and cut off toward the road they had left. They reached it at a point a mile 'Or so nearer Trenton, and then continued on their way to that towu. . They had learned something, and there seemed to be no advantage in going back to Princeton at that time, with the roads full of redcoats. • "I shall go again," said Dick, "and try and see this young girl as well." "If her father is in the Continental army we may meet him," said Bob. "Very l ikely, and I will ask her with what company he is. Then I may be able to find him and tell him of his sis,ter's rascality." "Does it not seem strange that the brother should be a stanch patriot, while the sister is a iank Tory?" asked Mark. "There are many such instances," was Dick's reply. "This woman is influenced by her husband, perhaps?" "No, I think hers is the stronger nature, and I think that if we got at the root of this affair we would find that the idea is hers." "Very likely, but I don't think there is much choice between them. He looks like a scoundrel, and I would not trust her out of my sight." Reaching Trenton, Dick rode at once to the commander's quarters, while Bob and Mark sought the camp of t}\e Liberty Boys. Dick reported what he had learned to the general, and suggested that it might be well for him to go in disguise to Princeton. "It might be as well to do so, Dick," was the general's reply, "although have already learned a good deal." Dick then briefly outlined the affair in which Sue Morgan's aunt and her husband were concerned. "As you say, Dick, there is some rascality going on, and if you can thwart it, do so." Dick then saluted, and took his leave, going straightway to the camp of the Liberty Boys. Patsy was on picket duty, and said: "Shure, I knowed phwin yez wint out dhat yez wud not all come back at dhe same toime." "But I : .topped to talk to the general," with a smile. "Well, yez did not come back wid dhe resht, an' so I'm roight." "How do you know I did not?" "Shure an' wudn't Oi have knowed yez, av ye" laughed Patsy. "Perhaps not," quietly. "Shure, an' Oi know Oi wud," positively. Dick smiled and went on. Disg-uising himself in the ordinary clothes of the region, and taking another horse, Dick left the camp, passing Patsy. "Here, here, phwere are yez goin'," me bhy ?'' asked Patsy. "I'm ergoin' out, er course," drawled Dick, putting on a stupid look. "An' how did yez get in at all, at all?" "Why, yer let me in, er course." "Go'n wid yez, Oi did not." . "Waal, I say yer did, an' I'm ergoin' out, too." "Yez aren't, not till Oi found out more about yez," cried Patsy, seizing the bridle. "Why, yer old caow, yer let me in just now."


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS WI TH MERCER'S RIFLEMEN. "Qi did not, Qi till yez. Hallo, Bin, Sam, Mark, anny body . " Two of the Liberty Boys approached, one a liv ely fellow by the name of Ben Spurlock. "What is it, Patsy?" Ben asked. "Shure an' he do be a s uspicious felly phwat Qi found thryin' to lave the camp, an' he won't tell me nothin' about himself." Sam Sanderson, the other Liberty Boy, laughed heartily, and said: "Why, you donkey, that's Dick!" "I thought you said you'd know me anywhere, Patsy,'' sairl Dick in his natural tone. "Shure an' so Qi did,'' answered Patsy, unblushingly, "but Oi tought Oi'd have a bit av a lark wid yez, dhat's all. " "Do you know what Carl says when he doesn't believe you?" asked Ben Spurlock, with a laugh. "Shure, an' it's nothin' to me phwat Cookyspiller do be sayin', me bhy." "Humbug!" laughed Bi!n. Then Dick went on, the two boys returned to the camp, and Patsy resumed his beat. "Shure, an' yez d

'THE LIBERTY BOYS WITH MERCER'S RIFLEMEN. 5 sand light t r oop s at Amboy, a n d w a s advancing toward Neverthelqss, this redcoat might want an explanation of T r e nton, that Cornw alli s a n d Gran t were g etting ready with his presence on the road at this time. a forc e o f eight thou sand men , a n d tha t other bodie s were It would suit Dick's purpose all the better if he did, in b eing pu s h e d forward, a ll h avi n g Tren t on a s their objective fact. point. A s he rode on, at a somewhat reduced pace, after seeing the The comm a nder-in-c hief kn ew a t on ce that hi s position redcoat, the other suddenly said: was hou rly g rnwing more critic al. "Halt! What are you doing here? Don't you know that Everything indicate d a n a ppro a ch i n g attack which his there are enemies about?" fo r c e w a s too s mall to meet. "Waal, I reckon there be,'' said Dick, with a drawl, coming H e de t ermi n e d to l e av e Trenton , therefore, and sent word on more slowly. at o nc e to G e neral Cadwalader at Cro sswic k s , and G eneral "Where are you going?" Mifflin a t Bo rde nto w n to come "to his a ssistance. "I was reckonin' on goin' inter Princeton, mister.n The L i bert y B oys w ere all anxio u s to g i ve battle to the "Have you a pass?" e n e m y, and a s k ed D i ck a great many question s . "Waal, yaas, I reckon I got suthin' thet's jes t as good. Ho we an d Cornwa lli s w e r e old enemies of the irs, and they I've allus contrived ter get through with et so fur, ennyhow." were anxio u s t o fight a gains t them once more. "Let me see it. If it i s a properly made out pass, you may D ick told Bob and Mark how he had outwitte d Crabbl ey go on." and adde d: "Waal, it's allus kerried me through so fur, mister." " We mu s t try and fin d Sue's father, and t e ll him of the "Well, well, let me see it,'' impatiently, "and don't spend girl's dan ger. H e, no doubt, k nows t hi s old s coundr e l well, so much time in talk." and might advise u s how to go to work t o outwit him." Dick was now right alongside the officer. "It i s a m oney que s tion , I have n o doubt,' ' said Mar k, Fumbling in hi s pockets, as if to get his pass and "and if the g i r l ' s fathe r i s not killed i n battle the y might thereby di stracting the redcoat's attention, Dick suddenly try and ac c omp l i s h hi s d eath. Some person s will do anyse ized him by the throat. thing for money." At the same moment hE#clapped a big pi s tol to the oll"icer's "They are a p re c i ou s pair of scoundrel s ," d eclared Bob , head. "and I wo uld t a k e g r eat d elight i n gettin g the be s t of them. " "Put up your hands!" h e commanded. "This is my pass, T h e next da y Washingto n left Trenton a nd encampe d on ' and it always carries me through." the south s i de o f t h e A ss unpi n k creek , w here h e e xp ecte d to " Why, you infernal rebel, you are--n b e jo i n e d b y Cad w alader, Mifflin a n d others. " No compliment s ! Up with your hands!" The time of the greate r part of t he militi a was up on The redcoat began to turn blue in the face. the first o f the year, but by a pro mise o f a bounty of ten He put up his hands and Dick promptly relieved him of his doll a r s , m a n y o f the m had been indu ced to remain for s i x pi s tols . and sword. week s longer. Then he un seated him by a quick movement, and jumped The Lib erty Boy s accompa n ied the main army, and formed off of his own horse. , their camp not far away: "Take off your coat and hat," said Dick, leading the man Dick Slate r d et ermined to do more w o r k a s a spy before into the wood s . the e x p ecte d battl e took p l ace, a n d a cco r d ingly set off for "Why, you miserable rebel, I have a great mind to-" . Trenton to a s c ertain how n ear G e neral Ho we might be, and " Keep quiet!" and the pistol s ecured instant silence. to p ick up any other information t h a t h e "Take off your greatcoat and then the other. I have use M o unted on M ajor and di s gui s ed as a farm er's boy, he for them both. Your hat and peruke, also." left the camp, followed the creek for s om e distance. and, "But I will freeze to-" cro ssing i t at a ford, ad v anc e d toward Trenton. ' " Off with them! You won't free ze. I will see to that. The weathe r wa s s till cold, a lthough t here were signs of a Quick , off with them!" cha nge, and h e made g o " d progr ess. The offic e r got out of both of hi s coats without delay. With g ood roads Ho we's progress w oul d b e ia pid, but if Dick took the reins of the r e dcoat's hors e and tied him to the weather s h ould grnw niild the roads wou l d b e bad and the a tree. enemy would b e d elay ed . F ' h h h' R e a ching Trenton h e f ound that t h e e n em y had not yet irs t , owever, e put i s own rough coat and round hat arr iv e d, and h e d et ermine d to p ,ush o n toward P ri nceton and upon the man. H e had removed his pistols, of course. l earn what h e could . "That you may not take a chill in your throat from using .The e n e m y ' s outpo sts had bee n adv a n ce d nearer to Trenton, you r voice too much, I will put this over your mouth," he and. h e could not g e t as far even as S u e's hou s e without bes aid. ing subjecte d to s u s piciort . "Nothi n g venture nothing win," h e sai d to himself, a s he The reupon he gagged the officer to prevent his calling to , any chance passer-by. pu s h e d o n . He was far enough from the road to pre v ent his being CHAPTER V. A BUSY MORNING . Pus hin g o n with a d e teunination to see S ue Morgan again, and to g e t into P r in ceton at a n y risk , D i c k r o de ahead. At l ength h e s aw a Britis h officer sitting o n his horse i n the middl e of the r oad. There were no hou s e s very n ear, b u t there were wood s all around. ' , The r e w e r e no othe r redcoats in sight, a n d Dick judge d ' tbat t he offUier w a s alon e . " ' "He has probably ridde n o u t from some outpost to look over the g round , and kee p a watch for the e n e m y , " thought Dick. se en. . He might b e heard, how ev e r, without this precaution. Dick then donned the officer' s coat and hat, buckled on his s w ord, a s sumed his greatcoat, and got upon Major. The officer' s horse was left tethere d to a tree out of sight from the road. "I trust that y ou will be quite comfortable until I return," h e s aid. " I shall not be long. A pl e a sant morning to you." The officer was unable to s a y anything, but if hi s black looks counted he did not wish Dick a pleasant journey by any means. So far the captain of the Liberty Boy s had been ve;y s uc ce s sful. An examination of the officer' s papers >;howed him to be an aide of Lord Cornwalli s , and a pers on of some importance. With his gold-laced hat and wig, hi s s word, and his sca ... let coat, Dick might easily pass for a British officer. Then a daring project entered his b usy brain. . Hi s coming upop this solitary r.edcoat ,wa. s mo s t p r oVIden-His breeches were not of the regulation color or cut, but he kept them covered with the skirts o f his gre atcoat. b ei n g . well s upplied "It does not do to be too particular/' h e laughed, "and a tial: I , Dick n eve r went anywhere without little car e will prevent the omission from b eing notic e d." with pistol s. ' ' It w a s seldom th'at he did . not have . oc c a s ion to use them, and h e invariably we n t prepared. In the ins id e • poc-lcets of • hi s ro u g h grea.tcoat he had three oi; four of them at t his m oment. , The r e was n othing i n hi s appearanc e that . would indicate to be a . sus i"Ciou s person. The n he dashed on , passing a numbe r of redcoats who saluted him, and finally coming in sight of the Morgan house. Smoke was rising from the chimney, and , through one of the window s Mrs . Mirella Crabbl&y could b e s een bustling about. "Getting ready to entertain company, no doubt." was


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS WI TH MERCER'S RIFLEMEN, Dick's . thought. "And in the house of a good patriot! There'll be redocats feasting and drinking, I am certain." Drawing nearer Dick saw Sue Morgan at one of the front windows. He beckoned to her, dashed up, sprang from his horse, ran forward and ascended the steps as she came to the door. "It is I, Dick; be cautious," he said in a low tone. "Where is Crabbley ?" "In this study, busy over some papers." "Good!" Dick entered the house and ,went into a small room in the rear which Sue hurriedly pointed out to him. Crabbley was seated at a desk upon which were spread a number of papers. A strong-box, open, rested upon a chair beside his own. "I have come at a good time," thought Dick. Crabbley turned quickly, saw a British officer, as he supposed, and arose. "Good-morning, captain," he said, coming forward. "Let me extend to you the hospitality of this humble abode. Will you be pleased to dine with us? How many are there with you?" "Busy, are you?" said Dick in a gruff tone, pushing the man aside. "I will have to look wto this." Then he advanced straight to the desk. Directly in front of him, and on top of everything, was the very paper he wished to see. A rapid glance showed him that whoever signed it would give up all right and title in a goodly property, in favor of Mirella Crabbley and her husband. This, then, was the paper which Sue was a sked to sign as a mere matter of form. There could be no doubt of it. Dick quickly seized, folded, and thrust it in his pocket. "I beg your pardon, that is a private document, captain," said Crabbley, turning purple. "You rebels can have no secrets from the king!" growled Dick gruffly. "Nothing is private where the king is con cerned." "But I am not a rebel. I am a loyal subject, and this house and everything in it is at your disposal." "Why, you scurvy varlet, this house belongs to Captain John Morgan, as arrant a rebel as ever drew breath. Why, he is an officer in the corps of the rebel general, Mercer." "Yes, I know, but we are loyal subjects, my wife and myself, and beg you to partake of om hospitality." Mirella Crabbley herself entered at this moment, and courtesied. "Have the others arrived, colonel?" she asked. "Dinner is not yet served, but Crabbley will set out wine and pipes in the library." "And, captain, that paper, if you please," said Crabbley, with a whine. "It has nothing to do with the rebel captain's affairs, I assure you, so if you--" "Tut, tut, you old crab," chuckled Dick, poking the man in the ribs, "you are as one-sided in your heart as in your walk. I shall have to look into this affair, you old scoundrel." Then Dick gave the old villain a slap on the back which nearly took his breath away, and, glancing out at a side window, saw a dozen redcoats approaching. CHAPTER VI. { TPIE STRUGGLE BEGINS. "Aha, there are the colonel and his staff," said Dick. "I will attend them. I am Captain Gilmartin-Sir Geoffrey Gilmartin, at your service." Dick then hurried away, seeing Sue at the door. "I've got the paper!" he whispered, "so take courage." Then he flew out of the house and sprang upon Major's back as the redcoats came up. "Pardon me, colonel," he said, saluting, "but I had business with the old box. He is not a rebel. and so is less to be h'usted. Enjoy yom:selves while you may." "Yes, but captain--" . "Yes, I know, upset a bottle of wme, had to put on these; hardly the regulation, eh?" and Dick laughed, and then dashed away, without waiting to answer any. more questions. ,. "He saw my breeches," laughed Dick, as he rode off, "and I don't know if he suspected anything or not. I am afraid that Captain Sir Geoffrey Gilmartin will be ce nsured for not taking proper care of his attire when next h e appears." '!'hen Dick went on and s ho1tly afterward entered the town unchalleng ed . It was a daring thing to do, but Dick Slater took a great many risks for the sake of the cause, and thought nothing of them. He went into taverns, entertained British officers, and gaining information, he noticed the number of troops, and even went into headquarters, taking care to keep his greatcoat close around his legs, and learn ed much of importance. Then he rode out, greatly satisfied with what he had done, and took the road to Trenton. As .he neared the Morgan hou se the redcoats came swarming out, calling to him to stop. Among them he noticed the very captain, Sir Geoffrey Gilmartin, whose uniform he was now wearing. The captain had evidently b een released before Dick had expected. There was nothing for it but to make a bold dash, therefore. Putting Major to his paces, Dick flew past the hou se like the wind. Bullets whistled around him, and one carried away his gold-laced hat. He did not stop to return the redcoats' fire, but sped on at a terrible pace, passing the outposts, and finally taking to the fields, when the chase got too hot for him, and there were redcoats in front and in the rear. Then he took a detour so as to avoid Trenton altogether, and at last made his own camp, where he was recognized, despite his red coat. "Hallo! turned redcoat, have you, Dick?" laughed Bob. "No, I simply borrowed one and had not time t


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS WITH MERCER''.3 RIFLEMEN . boy s , and have s een s ome examples o f it mys elf. You are a "Yah, corn ed der rifer ofer alretty, off you so prave was," credit to the country and its cause. " s aid Carl. " You w a s a s heared, I bet me. " "Thank you, general," said Dick, bowing mod estly . "Shure an' Oi'll m ee t yez half-way, av yez are afeared," "When Gen eral Washington himself reposes confidence in add e d Patsy, w a lkin g a lo n g the bank. you, Dick," continued the general, "there mus t be s ome Then both h e a n d Carl heaped more abuse upon him, and ground for it. " . s t e pped into the creek . "We try to deserve the confidence and the respect of every The sentry c o u ld see them, but he could not see the three one, sir," was Dick's reply. c rouching figures tha t rapidly a n d n oiselessly drew closer to "And y ou do, Dick." , him. The general then pass ed on, and Dick r eturned to his own " I ' ll l i ck all the Irish and Dutch you've got over there," camp. . the r e do c a t s aid a ngril y . "You're nothing but a pack o' Passing along the bank of the cree k , Dick noticed a rebel s, and r a w recrui t s a n y h ow." on the opposite bank, walking up down, and appearing " Com e on w id yez, a n ' we'll show yez av we're raw or not," to be very vigilant. .• cried P a t sy, advan ci n g. Getting behind a tree, Dick glanced along the creek, up The sentry l eve l e d hi s musket to fire, not daring to leave and down and across , and muttered: his po st. "If it could be done it would be something to talk about, In an instant D i c k , Bob, and Mark sprang upon him. and I really do not see why it could not." Mar k seize d his musk et, Bob pinned his arms behind him, Then he made his way to where Bob, Mark, and a few and Dick cla p p ed a gag in his mouth. others were sitting by the fire. . The n the three bo r e the fellow away between them as the The air seemed to have grown somewhat colder than it two Harrys signa l e d that some one was c6ming. had been, and the wind had change d , or was then changing, , They rus h e d t h e sentry across the ford, Patsy and Carl apparently. . having suddenly ce a sed t heir abuse. Dick was thinking of other things at the moment, however, Patsy saw the boys leap u po n the man, and knew that he and, having reached the fire without being observed, he said: had nothing more to do . -1 "Come with me a moment, Bob. You , too, Mark, and Sam "Shure, an' dhe r e ' s no wan l oike dhe Oirish for wit," he and the two Harrys." chuckled . There were two boy s , Harry Thurber and Harry Judson, "Yah, und I toug h t dose Chermans was pooty goot vellers, among the Liberty Boy s , who were great chum s . . alzo, ain't it?" added Carl. They now joined the others , and fo . llowed Dic1!: cautiously. "Shure , yez wu d b e a ll roigh t av dhere wor on'y yer>, Dick pointed out the sentry opposite, and said: . s ilve s ," laughe d Patsy. "But phwi n yez do compare yer-There is a ford just below here. If we could get over withs ilve s wid dh e Oi r i s h yez aren't worth mintionin', begorrah." out attracting that fellow's attention, I tl;iink we might cap"Humbug!" s a id Carl. "Tic k don'd was a Irishmans, und ture him." he was all righd b ee n , ain't i t?" "An excellent idea," said Harry Thurber, "but how are we. "Shure an' yez know h e is." going to keep the fellow's attention while y ou are cross "Well , what you was t a lk ed abouid, den?" ing." "Whist! h e r e d hey do be comin' now, wid dhe senthry we "Whisper," said Patsy, coming up. "Shure, an' it's a foine do be afthe r captherin'. m e bh y . " idee Oi have." " \ Vha t y ou was h a d to d ooed mit it?" snorted Carl. "You "What is it, Patsy?" asked Dick. . don'd w a s took ed h i m. All dot you was dooed was to mage "Lave it to me an' Cooky s piller. We'll take his attinshin, ein noi se alretty ." begorrah, phwile yerself an' dhe resht do be cro ssin' till "Go'n wid yez. M e n'ise wor a foine bit av sthrateg: him. " ')i'm t ellin' yez, an' a v it hadn' t bee n for dhat dhere wuc\ "All right." . have been no senthry capth ered, me bowld American." Carl presently came up, the two funny fellows bemg never "That's partly true, " laughed Dick, who now approached. far apart. "An' phwat's lacki n ' intoirel y ?" asked Patsy, with a grin. Dick and the res t moved cautiou s l y down stream, and. "Why , y o u could have made all the n oise you wanted to a n d Patsy, stepping to the bank, called out: it would have amounte d to nothing if we had not bee n over "Hallo, me bowld Johnny Bull across dhe wather, how are there." . yez, annyhow?" "Shur e , an' yez d on't t h i n k Oi'd be makin' ni'ise for nothin,' "Oh, I'm pretty well, Paddy," the sentry an' swered. " How do ye z ? " laughed the goo d natured fellow. are you?" '' Well, you don ' t see m to have any very good reason for it "Shure, an' Oi do be foine. Can't y ez come over an' be sometimes," r eturne d Bob, with a chuckle . sociable?" . . . "Shure, dhin , it's n o fault av moine dhat yez can't see "Oh, we'll be over there m the mo1nmg , fas t enough, and dh e rais on , " r oared Patsy. " Oi'm not to blame for yer ig-give you rebels a fipe c ,hasing." I norance ." "Go on wid yez for a Sassenach. Come over now, baQ , c ess The pris oner was tak e n away a n d put under guard and it to yez, an' Oi'll bate dhe hid off yez . " ' . was s om e time before h is absence was noticed. ' "Yah, I b e t me off yo;i was corned of e r alretty_I s1tte?, T h e wi nd h ad no w chan ged to a stiff northwest breeze, on you so dot you don d was got s ome vmd l eafed m you, and alread y it h a d grown much colder . roared Carl. The coun c il was in session at the time, and the change in "Hallo, Dutcpy, what are you doing with the rebel s ? " the w eather d e cid e d the point upon which they were in doubt. "Gone ouid mit you, I was e in g o o t Am e rican, I bet me. " In t wo hours the roads would be as hard. as a pavement "Yez have Dootchmin y e r s il f ," s aid Pats y, "an' dh ey do be and c a p abl e of bearin g the heaviest l oads. ' betther foighters dhan ye, wid ye r pinn y a day , m e bowld Cornwalli s , t aking hi s comfort i n his quarters at Trenton, Johnny Bull." was satisfie d to wait. "Yah, . I bet me do s e Hessians was more bedde r a s do s e Sir W illi a m Ersk i n e had advised him to attack Washington Chonny Pulls." in his c amp that night . . "Come over, y e shmoked-out vil yan, till .Oi bate dhe hi,!f " W e 'll bag the fox i n the mo;rni ng," Cornwallis. had anoff yez." s wered, and s o the Briti1:1h waited and let the opportunity .go Then Pats y b egan hurling one taunt after another at the by. redcoat, till he was besid e himself with rag-e. A s s oon as the change in ,the. weather was assured all was "You rebels'll c atch it in the morning wh e n we--" I bu stle and a ctiv ity in the American camp. "Go'n wid yez, it'll not be u s at all at a ll, ye ' robber. Y e z ' ll Fires wer e repl enished, men werl:! set to work throwing be sorry yez are not wid us in dh e mornin'. me bby." , I up e a r thwo r k s, se ntries marched to, and fro and exchanged Then Pats y and Carl both abu se d the fellow, t ill p e '.forvociferous greet i n gs, and every one s eemed to be getting got all caution, and was ready to fall into the trap ;;et for ready for a :(ight on the morrow. him. 1 I n the de a d of the night t h e march was begun silently and rapidl y . ' CHAPTER VIII. Orders ca m e to t h e Liberty Boys to remain for a time to STEALING A MARCH ON THE BRITISH. keep up the d ece p t i o n a n d then to follow and 'join General "Come over to us now, av yez dare," cried Patsy. "Shure Me r cer. an' dhere do be a ford forninst yez. Come over, av ye.z are. "Good," s aid Di c k , whe n the order was given. "Be ready so brave." to leave at a moment's notice . boYs."


THE LIBERTY BOYS WITH MERCER'S RIFLEMEN. 9 ' General Mercer on his favorit e gray horse was in the J Washington followi n g with the main army. 1 The Liberty Boys remained for a time to keep up the fires, CHAPTJ<:R IX. .J trol the camp, and keep up the semblance of activity. THE FALL OF A BRAVE MAN. Tents , baggage, wagon s, horses, and men had gon e , however, swiftly and silentl y, and a l t h oug h the pick ets of the " Now, boys," said Dick, "be ready to do your best. We two armies were within speak i n g distance o f e ach other, the will have plenty of fighting in a short time." c:nemy had not the slightest kno wl edge of the important The gallant boys answered with a cheer, and Dick knew mo ve that was being made just across the c r ee k. that he could depend upon them. The Liberty Boys at length left in sile n ce , and, being Captain Morgan was close to Dick, and right around the z.ble to move w ith great rapidity, were n o t long in catching brave young captain were Bob, Mark, and a score more all up with the advance under General Mercer: the mo s t tried and trus t e d members of his troop. ' The general himself welcomed Dick , a nd s aid : Mercer smiled at the enthusiasm of the Liberty Boys and "All quiet back there, I s uppo se , Dick?" was by no m eans displeased. ' "Yes, general." There were many young men with him, the greater part "No alarm, as yet?" of them belonging to the first families of Philadelphia, and "There had been non e when we go t away , sir." they were not much older than Dick Slater's Liberty Boys. "Good! There'll be some greatly surpris ed redcoats in Hoth parties by rapid evolutions now endeavored to get the mornin g." . possession of the high ground on the right, toward Princeton. The fox, instead of being bagged, as Cornw alli s had fondly Here were the house and orchards of William Clark, a s u pposed , was like l y t o t urn u p on his hunters and put them Quaker. to fligh t . Mercer reached Clark's house, pushed through the orchard, Enough men to keep.... the fires go ing and patrol the camp reached a hedge fence and posted his riflemen and the Libwere left behind, but these were to get away at dawn and erty Boys behind it, reatly to pour in a volley as soon as the hurry on with all speed after t h e main army. enemy appeared. The fires b urned brightly, pic k e t s were relieved at the Dick dismounted the Liberty Boys, sending the horses to bridge and fords, a n d there was no s u s picion in the British the rear. camp t hat everythin g was not a s u sual in the other. "Now, then, Liberty Boys, fire when I give the word," he Day dawned c lear, cold, and i n viirnrating, and all was quiet said. "We are in good company, and must do our best." on the other side of t h e Assunpi nk. Captain Morgan and another officer were close to Dick The fires were sti!J burni n g, but not a man, horse, tent, .nd both smiled at the young captain's words. cannon or wagon was to be seen. "No wonder your brave boys do so well, when they have The camp was utterl y silen t a n d deserte d. such good examples constantly before them," said Captain Not a man in all the Briti sh camp could tell whither the Morgan. Americans had fled, and a!J was con s tern a t i on. "It would be contrary to nature if it were otherwise," ob-The moveme n t had been made with the greatest skill, and served his companion. the res p ect for Washi ngto n ' s general ship was greatly inOn came the enemy, and the word to fire was given. crease d . Crash-roar! Not until the booming of canno n i n the direction of PrinceThe fire of Mercer's riflemen thundered and rattled at the ton was heard did any one dream w h ither the Americans had word : gone. "N w, then, Liberty Boys!" cried Dick, in clear, ringing Cornwalli s thought t h e sound was the rumbling of distant tones, heard above the din. "Fire!" thunder, not knowing that the weathe r had chan g ed. "Liberty_ forever!" shouted the brave boys, as they sent in It was Erskine who undeceived the e a r l. a telling volley upon the enemy. His quick ear to l d him what t h e sounds m eant. There were many gaps in the ranks of the redcoats after Rushing i nto Cornwall is' q uarters, h e ex claimed : this volley. "To arms, general! Washington has outgeneral e d u s . Let The en emy now charged, after returning the fire of the u s fly to the rescue at Princeton." patriots. Tt must have been a bitter !Jill for Cornwalli s, after his The latte r had no bayonets, and could not withstand the calm assurance that he would bag t h e fo x to find that the fierce charge of the redcoats . e n emy had n o t only slipped away, but that t h e Britis h w e r e Afte r the third fire they abandoned the hedge and fell now put upon the defensive. back. At the brow of the slope, near Clark's house, the H e at once made all has t e to reach Princ eton and t a k e enemy s aw Washington himself coming to the relief of Mer part in the b attle which he now k n ew was goi n g on with cer. g reat spirit, from the incessant c annonadin g. Moulder's battery now for med on the right of Thomas It w3:s an cold , and brilliant Clark's, a quarter of a mile south of the scene of the first everythmg bemg J ewe led with the frost, a n d the ai r fresh conflict. and inv igorating , Here the patiiots dre w up in good order, Dick forming The roads were hard and firm, a n d fit fo r the passage of '.1 i s Libe1t y Boy s in s olid column clo s e to Mercer's riflemen. th0 heavie s t troops . • Mawhood , seeing the commanding figure of Washington Proceeding by the way of Washington r e ached bringing order out of con f u s ion, now gathered his forces to ' J , c hnd,\,;e over Stony Brook, n ear Princeton, a litt l e b e fore gether, drew up his artillery , and prepared to charge and sunrise . take Mould er's battery. Then h e arranged hi s c olumn near the Qu a k e r meeting-Th e fight was at once renewed with great ferocity. hou s e a n d waited. Mawhood vainly trie d to take the battery, which was ably H e had m ade hi s way a long a n ew road i n order to avoid defended. a detachment of the enemy on the direc t road. Dick and his L i b erty Boy s gave gallant aid to Mercer's A brig ad e o f redcoats under the command o f ' Li eutenant-r ifle men, and Maw h o o d was driven back. f'o l o n e l Mawhood had quartere d i n Princeton the previou s The galling fir e of the patriots was too hot for him, and night. now he pe r ceived two regiments advancing from behind the At tle moment of Washington's arrival t wo o f the regi-American column s and r e treate d. 'nts had begun their march to T renton to rei nforc e CornHe was obliged to leav e hi s artillery behind him, the Amerwallis. ican s pursuing him hotly. • The main body, crossing Stony Brook, w h ee l e d to the right At a b1idge near the hou s e of a patriot the redcoats paus ed a nd advanced cautiously toward Prin ce ton. and tried to rally. General M ercer's riflem e n and the Liberty Boys were d e 11'1->en a musket ball di s abled General Mercer's gray hors e, tached to take posse ss ion of the lower b ridge at Worth's and he was obliged to di s mount. l\Iill on the old road to Trenton. Presently a musket ball struck him, and he fell to the This maneuver was to secure the bridge , inte 1cept fugi-ground. t i ves from Princeton, a n d chec k a n y ret r ograde movement of The enemy, mistaking him for General Washington, raised the rear of Cornwallis' army. a shout. Mercer, espying Mawh o o d , reach ed the bridge just as the "The rebel general has fallen!" cried several, rushing for-e nemy had recrossed it, a n d n ow Washington having been ward. both commanders prepared for bat:_t :l.--.e .


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS WITH MERCER'S RIFLEMEN, The Liberty Boys and Mercer's riflemen were valiantly opposing the redcoats at the b1idge. "Surrender, you infernal rebels!" cried the enemy. Dick and Mercer's two officers dashed forward to drive back the enemy. A dozen bayonets were at the general's breast. ''Call for quarter, you rebel!" cri e d the i edcoats. "Forward!" cried Dick. , Then he fired point-blank at the brutal redcoats, and brought down two of them: • Captain Morgan and the other officer sprang up and shot two or three more. Bob, Mark, and Ben sp1ang to Dick's side, and attacked the redcoats with the greatest ferocity. They were driven back and the two officers lifted the gen-eral and bore him away. The fight went on as fiercely as before. Two officers placed the wounded Mercer against a bank. "I tl'ust you are not badly hurt, general," said Dick, advancing. "I fear that it is my last fight, Dick," Mercer answered feebly. The fierce charge of the Liberty Boys and the riflemen now had its effect, and the enemy fell back. The wounded ge"!leral was taken at once to the house of Thomas Clark, and put under the care of Miss Clark and a negro woman belonging to the family. The Liberty Boys mounted and set out in pursuit of Maw hood. The loss of General Mercer, for Dick had no thought that he could recover, was a great blow to him, and he determined to avenge it. "Forward, Liberty Boys!" he shouted, mounting Major and waving his sword. "Down with the redcoats. After them!" "Down with the redcoats; liberty forever!" shouted the boys in reply, as they dashed after the retreating Mawhood. As they were flying on a messenger came from General Washington himself. "One moment, captain," cried the messenger. Dick halted. "His excellency wishes you to destroy the bridge over Stony Brook, at Worth's Mill, to prevent the advance of Gen eral Leslie.n "It shall be done!" cried Dick. Then he dashed ahead, took his place at the fro11t of the column, and cheered on his gallant lads. "Forward, Liberty Boys!" he shouted. "If we can punish Mawhood, so much the better, but there is work for us at any rate.n . The brave boys cheered and followed him at full speed. hoping to overtake Mawhood and inflict further punishment upon him. Meantime Washington pushed on to Princeton, and in a ravine near the college encountered a sharp resistancP. from a regiment posted there. It was routed, however, and the patriots pushed on, finding a portion of a regiment using the college buildings as a llarracks. The patriots at ortce drew up in front of the buildings, and began to fire upon them. The first ball entered the chapel, and passed through the head of a portrait of the second King George. After a few more discharges the buildings were forced, and the surrender of the troops was demanded. Dick Slater and his brave Liberty Boys made all haste to reach the bridge over Stony Brook. They were unable to catch Mawhood, the redcoats having already crossed. They did not pursue him farther, as they had orders to destroy the bridge. This was of wood, and crossed the brook where the banks were high and the stream turbulent and swollen. Reaching the bridge, Dick at once procured axes, and, stripping to his shirt, himself seized an axe and set to work. A dozen of the boys quickly followed his example. Soon the sound of the axes resounded along the banks. Chips flew like sparks from a fire, and it would not be long before the bridge would go down. During the fight around Princeton, Cornwallis, who had been so cleverly outgeneraled, made a rapid march for Princeton, fearing for the safety of his magazines and military stores at New Brunswick. Dick Slater and his bra e bo s were hard at ork demol-ishing the br:Jge when one of the b oys who had been posted as a lookout cam e flying up in great haste. "The redcoats are coming!" he sh outed. "Cornwallis and his army are coming." "Keep hard at wo rk, boys," cried Dick . "Take places and hold the enemy a t bay. Mark, will will you look after that? l.h18 bridge has got to come down ." Ma r k at once po:ited a score of the mo s t expert marksmen of the company along the bank above and b e low the bridge. Then another score guarded the end of the bridge, ready to pour a hot fire upon the r edcoats as s oon as they should advance. Meanwhile the axes we1e being plied a s v igorou s l y as before, and with good effect, fo1', as Dick s aid, the bridge must go down. CHAPTER X . THE DEFENSE OF THE BRIDGE. Dick and his axemen were busy at work demolishing the bridge. Ma1k and his sharpshooters lin ed the bank, waiting to pick off the redcoats. Bob and a score of fellow s were at the head of the b ridge. Then the redcoats suddenly appeared, coming on with all speed. "Pepper them, Liberty Boy s !" Dick said, plying his axe. "Hold them back. Keep at work, boys!" Every one of the young axemen worked with The chips fairly flew and the supports of the bridge were being rapidly cut through. The redcoats came swarming upon the b ridge, hoping to carry it. "Fire!" cried Bob at the end of the bridge. "Fire!" cried Mark to the boys scattered along the bank. A tremendous volley rang out at the word. Crash! roar! The muskets fairly blazed as the gallant boys sent in a telling volley. Mark's boys delivered a cross-fire. In a moment another squad came up to take the place of tho se who had already fired. Many of the •redcoats had fallen at that first fire. 'l'he others pushed on, however, hoping to carry the bridge. by force of numbers. The axes flew and chips jumped from the keen blades as they bit into the timbers. "Fire!" cried Bob again. A 'roaring volley followed, and more redcoats fell. "Fire!" shouted Mark. All along the liank, above and below the bridge, blazed the muskets of the plucky fellows. Redcoats on the banks and on the bridge fell before that steady fire. And still the axes rang as Dick Slater and his hardy fel lows kept steadily at work. Another file came up to help Bob. . Those who had been there at first were nearly ready to come up again. ....., "Fire!" cried Bob. The redcoats fell back, the fire being too hot for them. Some of those on the bank tried to pick off Dick 'and his hardy young woodmen. Mark and his sha1pshooters attended to them. The two Harrys, Ben, Sam, Arthur Mackay and a dozen others picked off the redcoats. One or two of the boys slight hu1ts. j Others quickly took their place s . Some of the supports were cut through and the bridge was beginning to tremble. ''Keep it up, boys!" cried Dick. The axes were plied more fiercely and chips flew on all sides. The redcoats on the banks sent in a volley at the brave boys. Then a heavy detachment tried to force its way over in spite of the plucky boys. A vplley swept the length of the bridge and many fell. The bridge was giving way at one . corner and the other would soon go. Up came another file of Liberty Boys and fairly raked the redcoats. Then the bridge began to tremble.


I • THE LIBERTY BOYS WI TH MERCER'S RIFLEMEN. 11 "Back with you!" cried the redcoat leaders. There was a frantic rush to get off the bridge. Crash! 1t gave way on Dick's side and began to fall. Crash! Then its weight caused it to give way at the farthe1 side. Lrreat splinters flew in the air, the severed end struck the r:zter with a splas h and then the entire structure fell. ' l ' h e icy waters were dashed in spray high in the air. Then the bridge was carried down stream between the : tc,2p banks, dashed against the rocks and broken all in 1;ic ces . Dick had accomplished the task he had set out to. do. The bridge was down and the way of the redcoats was cut off . The Liberty Boys set up a hearty cheer as the bridge fell. "Shtay w here yez are, me bowld Johnny Bulls, or swim over!" cried Patsy. "Li berty forever!" echoed the boys. Some o f the wounded and many of the dead redcoats had be e n carried clown with the demolishing of the bridge. The Britis h wer e greatly chagrined, but they did not give up the struggl e yet. Some of the m tried to forae their way through the turbul ent, ice-cold stream. It was brnast high to the horses and half filled with ice, the banks being steep and s.lippery. The gallant lads poured a steady fire upon them from the othe r s ide, and they were forced to find a ford elsewhere. Dashin g down stream, found a s1!1ail advantageous crossing and got over, thell' clothes freezing upon them as they rode on. There were too many of them for the brave lads to hold back but they had to lea!'Ve their a't:tillery behind for a time. seeing that the enemy would cross in spite of him, his daring boys and hurried away toward Princeton. He was wel! satisfied with what he had done, for no one would have done more. Dashing off toward Princeton, he found at a temporary breastwork at the west end of the village an iron thirty-two pounder abandoned by the Americans on account of its weight. , It was loaded, and Dick, seeing the advance guard of the e nemy approaching, pointed it and applied a match. He was an expert gunner, having often served guns against the enemy. Boom! The cannop fairly roared. The advance guard halted. Supposing the Americans to be in foi;-ce at the breastwork, Cornwallis sent out a party to reconnoiter. They approached the place cautiously, intending to take it by storm. When they finally came up in great numbers there was no on e in sight. . . . . . Washington was by this time far on his way m pursmt of s ome of the e n e m y's regiments, and Dick Slater and his brave boys were in a of . Washington p ursued the fugitive regiments a s far as Kingston, beyond the Milestone Riv'er, three miles northeast o f P r inc e ton. H ere a council of war was held. , . The stores at New Brunswick were a great temptation for them to continue their march. • 1 Cornwalli s with fresh troops and superior in numbers, was i n pursu'it and m any of the American s had not slept for thirty-six hours and were in sufficiently clad and shod. ManY. of them had not eaten for hours, and in every way were un• able to contend with any enemy. To save his atmy, he filed off to the left, at Kingston, along a narrow road running to Rocky Hill, destroying the bridge and furthe r checking the advance of Cornwallis. Washington then pushed on to Morristown and established .his winter quarters. Cornwallis s ucc eede d in reaching New Brunswick at last, fi rli n g his J?rized stores and magazines safe. Here he remained, calling in troops distributed about the country and posting them at New Bruns'.'lick and Amboy. Dick Slater, having escaped the enemy, now made his way to within a few miles of New Brunswick and formed a camp in the woods, making himself as comfortable as possible. "We must hold the redcoats at bay," said Dick, "and I am v,oin g to Morristown to consult with the general-in-chief. Look after things until my return, Bob." ' • "All right, Dick. I wish you luck," said Bob. It was a good ride to Morristown, and Dick set off in the early morning so as to have plenty of time for the journey. Arriving at the general's quarters during the forenoon, Dick was shortly admitted. "I am glad to see you, Dick," said the general. "Where are your Liberty Boys?" "Not far from New Brunswick, your excellency. "Good! Remain there, Dick, and hold the redcoats at bay. Intercept all parties going into or leaving the town, cut off all supplies whenever possible, send your boys about in the garb of the country to keep a watch on the enemy and keep them from communicating with the surrounding country all you can." "It shall be done, your excellency," said Dick. Then having received a few general instructions, Dick took his leave and set out upon his return. He arrived at the camp at dusk and told Bob and Mark of his orders. "Hold the redcoats at bay, eh?" said Bob. "That's just the sort of .work the Liberty Boys like best." CHAPTER XI. BOTHERING THE BRITISH. The next day Dick took a party of about thirty of the Liberty Boys and set off toward New Brunswick, on the lookout for parties coming out of the town. Among them were Bob, the two Harrys, Patsy and Carl, and Ben Spurlock. Reaching a belt of woods, Dick halted the boys and rode ahead a short distance. The boys were all in uniform and so did not want to be seen until ready to make an attack. If they had been in disguise it would not have made so much difference. Riding on till just at the edge of the woods, Dick paused. He presently heard the tramp of a troop of horsemen com-ing along the road. In a few minutes he caught sight of them. They were British and Hessians, about fifty altogether. They were evidently out upon a foraging expedition. Dick waited until they were within a hundred yards, and then suddenly dashed out as if he had not known anything about them. Then he seemed to catch sight of them. Wheeling his hore quickly he flew off in the opposite di rection. At once the Britis h and Hessians raised a shout and flew\ after him. "Catch the rebel!" shouted one. "Don't let him get away." They supposed that Dick was alone and that they would have an easy time catching him. Dick did not put Major to his best speed. He wished to lead the redcoats on and so kept only a little way ahead of them. On they came, gaining rapidly upon him. Dick had set a trap for them, but they had not the least idea of it. 1 They could have fired at him, but they seemed to be more anxious to catch him. His captain's uniform no doubt tempted them. Some of them may have known him, for that black horse of his was famous throughout the Jerseys. On they sped , gaining steadily upon the bo y . Dick dashed on till he came in sight of the Liberty Bors waiting in the road. Then he wheeled his horse, waved his sword and shouted: "Now, then, Libe1ty Boys, down with the redcoats and Hessians!" At once the gallant boys knew that Dick had led the enemy into a trap. "Liberty forever, down with the redcoats!" they answered, as they sped after Instead of one patriot the redcoats now found themselves facing a host. From the noise the boys made there might be a much larger company than their own . At once they knew that they had been led into a trap. They wheeled their horses in great haste, for the pluck-9 boys were rhrht unon them .


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS WITH M ERCER ' S RIFLEMEN, "Charge!" cried Dick. / Some of the redcoats were thrown, the horses dashing off into the woods and some of the s t e ed s becoming unruly . ' The horses of the Liberty Bo ys were all well trained and beha.ved splendidly. The main body of the enem y wh e eled and beat a hasty retreat, but many were thrown int o confusion and das hed off in all directions. "After them, Liberty Bo ys !" shouted Dick. The Britis h and Hessians fled as if a whole regiment were after them. Patsy seized the bridle of a runaw ay horse and led him along, shouting: "Howld on an' get yer horse, y e redcoated vil y ans! It's hardly worth feedin', begorrah!" Then Carl seized another hors e, and the two Harrys and 1en also got one apiece. Some of the riders of these horses were thrown most un ce r emoniously into the bushe s and l eft to s crambl e out a s well they might. The boys cared more for the hors e s than they d i d fo r the riders. Dick Slater rarely took any prisoners, and only when he could turn them over at once to the general. At this time he had no use for them. The dismounted redcoats made their way out o f the brus h in great haste. The others, fearing capture, put off for N e w Bruns wick a s fas t as they could go. Dick finally called a halt as a large body of the enemy came out from the town. "Hurry back and get the rest of the Liberty Boy s , B e n ," said Dick. Ben was off like a streak in an in stant. Dick was po sitiv e that with the whole force of Liberty Boys he could put thes e redcoats to flight as eas ily a s he had scattered the first party. He therefore drew the boys up in a solid body across the road and w.aited for the enemy to come up. The fugitives joined the newcomer s and came back with them, eager for vengeance. They were greatly chagrined at having b e en put to flight by a smaller compan y than their own. Now they would pursue these impudent rebels and capture their daring young leader. On they came, and Dick bade the boys make ready. The determined stand of the boys puzzled the r edcoats . There wasn't half thei r number, and they expected to s ee them retreat. Then they would pursue them relentles.sly and capture their captain. The bold stand of the daring bo ys made them wary, how ever. The y feared a trap and came on more cautiously. "Surrender, y ou impudent young r ebel s !" shouted the leader, when within two hundred yards . "Com,e on and take us!" said Dick. The redcoat s came on less rapidly and halted when within a hundred yards. They were not quite certain whether it were safe to go any nearer. At last Dick heard the tramp of the others coming up be hind and gave the order to charge. "Now, then, Lib erty Boys, down with them!" he cried. "FireP' 'fhe muskets rang out as the boy s dashed ahead. Then the others set up a loud shout and joined Dick. The entire company hurled themselves upon the enemy, who broke and fled in great confu s ion. They more than 'equalled the Liberty Boys in number, but were afraid of falling into a trap and made haste to get away. ' Dick and the L iberty Boys pursued them to within a short distance of the town and then s uddenly wheeled and rode away. On the return they picked up a number of stray h?rses abandoned b y the first party. They had now something more than a dozen captured horses all told, . with all their equipments. This was quite a capture, for horses were always of use and the more they took from the enemy the IM!tter. CHAPTE'R XII. OUTWITTIN G A R A S CA L . The next d a y Dick took Bob , l e a ving M ark i n command o f the Lib erty B oys, and set off for Prince ton. H e wi s h ed t o s ee Sue Morgan a nd l earn if Cra bbl e y had b ee n up to a n y misch ief. The boy s di s gui s ed thems elv es , a s they di d not care to go in unifo r m wh e n there were onl y t w o o:( the m. There were many Tories about and they might als o m ee t r e dcoats. B eing in disguise , they were safe r from captu re. They coul d a l so act a s spie s and see i f a n y supp li es we re b eing sent to the e n emy a n d learn if any informati on w el"e being furni shed. D ic k rode o n Major, his coal-black A r ab ian, and Bob w a s al s o w e ll moun ted . S etting off i n t h e early morning, they rode at g ood s p ee d , stopping no w and then to look about them. Comin g to a roadside i n n, wh i ch Di ck s u specte d o f bein g a reso r t fo r To r i es and redcoats, t h ey entered . They look e d l i k e farmers' boy s , although Dick' s horse was not the sort o f a nimal u sually ridden b y s uch . Dick put t h e horse in the stable before very many could see h im, ho wever, a n d t hen he and Bob went w ithin . Sitting b y a cheery fire i n the main room, smoking a long, cla y pipe , and having a g lass of p unch on the table alongsid e , was Crabble y . I He was far fro m hom e, a n d Dick wondered what had brought him here. "The ras cal i s o n n o g o od erran d, Jill wager," he said quietl y . "He may b e tak i n g supplies to the e n e m y," suggested Bob. "W e ll, there is n othi n g evil about that, althoug h w e would have to s top it, but I don't believe h e i s on any s uch hone s t errand. " "He s eem s to b e a lon e . No o n e has said anything to him." The r e were se veral perso n s in the plac e and the greater par t o f them were talki n g among the m s elv es . None o f them seemed to speak to Crabble y or to noti c e h i m , a s Bob r emarked. The two boys sat i n a corner where they could see and h ear e verything, but were scarce l y notice d the m se l ves . "He s eem s to b e waiting for s omebody," said Bob. "Very lik e l y ," q u ietly . "We m ust find out hi s errand, for it may conc ern u s, on e way or another. " The boys o r d ered something to eat and s e emed to b e in different to all about t h em . The T o ries we r e t a lk i n g about thi n g s in g e n eral, howeve1, and had not said a nyth i n g as y e t to attract the i r attenti on. Presently a stout man, wearing a military greatcoat, which covered hi s unifo r m , i f h e wore on e , entere d the r oom . ' He looked abou t him and then went o ver to the Tory. " Do you came from town ?" h e a s k e d . " On bu siness for t h e army ,'' was the answe r. " Good, " said the s t ranger, taking a seat oppo sitE! the Tory. " We can talk s afel y here?" " Yes , but not too l o u d . " "These men are not reb e ls?" " No, but they'd lik e to do some business thems elves and might interfere with ours." " I s ee. We are h avi n g some trouble in getting supplies into town. Bands of reb e l s, organized and unorganize d , are inter cepting our wago n train s i n all directio ns." " You ought to shoot a f ew of them a n d teach 'em their place," growling. . . "As a rule, they c om e u p so sudde nly and so quietly that they are upon u s before we k n ow it. " "I'll travel at night a n d k eep out of way . . " . "There i s a band o f persistent young. :i;ebels calling them-s elves the L iberty Bo ys, w ho--" ' . "That's D i ck Slater's band. I know him, the young s coundre l." ' Bob was about t o s a y .something, but Dick caught his eye and r estrained h im. . . • "They are very persi s t e nt, a d if they h!\d wi nd Qf your coming would try a n d intercept you." . ":Not only try, but d o it," muttere d Bob, unde r his breath. "lf the y oun g villai n s c ome . m y way I will shoot them like dogs , " snarle d the Tory. , , "You can s uppl y u s with w h a t we want?" ,


THE LIBERTY BOYS WI TH MERCER'S RIFLEMEN. 13 "Yes , at a fair price. We had better arrange that first," l was the wary an s wer. I " You w ill b e paid when the s upplie s are delivered." 1' 1 must have something for the ris k. Suppo s e Slater's I SURPRISING THE TORIES. band s h oul d intercept u s?" I . . "But y ou say y ou are not in fear of him and that you will . By sunris e Dick had taken the wagons back to Prmcetoa s hoot him. " I and to the Morgan house. . . " I w o n ' t undertake i t unless I am paid half in advance." !.fe. arous ed Sue, who to see him. "But how do we know that we can trust you? You may let .. Did Crabbley this he asked: Slater carry off the s upplie s after you have been well paid." Yes; but he sa111t w_a.s lfomg to the Contmental army, and " I am a Joyal subject," snarled Crabbley, "but I am not rich I would be for it. . . and I mus t b e pai d for my wo r k." he was gomg to dehver 1t to the enemy, the scoun" b " d d " drel. 11D ehver s upplies and YOl_l w1 e. pa1 a goo "I suspected him," said Sue, "but I could do nothing. He .. They a r e m the barn if you to take ,, took it and I could not prevent him. He said that he was I have no m e n . You w i ll have to deliver them yourself. guardian or agent or something." :;can't y ou the m at. night?" ,, "But your father is not dead, and Crabbley can do nothing. No , yo u w ill have to d ehve r them. He can be ejected.for trespass. Where is his wife?" ::Not. till I get half ." . . . . . ,, "Gone to visit her son till her husband gets home." } will J?aY y ou nothmg y ou reach New Brunswick. "He won't be here in a hurry, and I shall take good care .. Y ou dnve a hard bargam. . . . that he keeps away." No harder than y ou have . You a s k now thiee times the Dick had come with Bob and twenty of the boys as an esv al ue o f the s u p pli es, but we must have them." cort. "It i s a s har d for me to get the m for any one else." ,, Mark and the rest had returned to the camp. " I ' ll wager the s coundrel help s hims elf from the barn, The forage was put back in the barns and then Dick rode thou ght B o b . . on to Princeton Th e man i n the military greatcoat arose and said: Here he got 0'an order from the court restraining Craven " To-n ight, the n. " Crabbley or his wife Mirella from interfering with Sue in the ::ver;v go o d . " . . ,, management of the farm during her father's absence. } \y1ll be there w it h the com. . . ?" Next he found a worthy woman and her husband who would Will you have a mug of hot punch to s eal the baigam . stay with Sue at a nominal wage, take care of the house and "No t Y.-ith y ou, " was the ans w e r, and the speaker withfarm and protect it against trespassers. d rew. "Now you're all right Miss -Sue" he said when the man D ic k a n d Bob presently aros e and l eft the tavern. and his wife were in house if the Crab' 'Crabbl ey ' s reputation i s bad, " remarked Bob. "No one bleys come back you can then turn them and the law will w ill drink with him and none will s p eak with him who can uphold you." . avo i d it." . Crabbley did not come back, but his wife did, about noon, ''.Very t r u e, " said D ic k . "We mus t have tho se s upplie s , Bob. driving up in a one-horse chaise belonging to Captain Morgan. It is fora ge, n o doubt." As she drove into the yard she saw Dick and Bob and some The;y w ent to the barn and saw a number of covered wagons of the Liberty Boys. s t andmg there. "Clear out, you pesky rebels!" she cried. "You hain't got " H e mu s t ,hav e s ome on e to go with him," said Bob. "He no business here. This is my property." can' t g o with them alon e ." . . "Since when?" asked Dick. " N?, s om e o f the ;ne n m the hou s e or m the "Well, it's my brother's, and I'm not going to have any b e with h l m , a nd . that 1.s. they do not s p eak with him. fortune-hunters coming around here, not if I knew it!" They want t o avoid s u sp1c1on. "Then drive Crabbley out and keep out yourself," laughed "It w oul d b e s u s piciou s enough to be s een talking to a felBob. CHAPTER XIII. lo w like that," with a laugh. "Don't you talk to me, you impudent rebel,'' and the old T h e bo ys t h e n hurrie d back to the camp without waiting woman got out. to g o t h rou g h P ri nc eton. "Take the horse and chaise around to the barn, Sam," said M ark was no t ex p ecting to se e them, and said: Dick, "and tell Mr. Quick to put them up." "Yo u must h a v e gon e v ery fas t to be back s o soon." Sue jumped into the chaise and picked up the reins. "The r e i s bu siness on hand fo r u s ," said Dick. "Here, that's my carpet-bag in there!" cried the woman. T h e n h e told what h e had learned on the road. "You can't have that. I'm just goin' into the house and " I b e li eve that Crabbley has b ee n helping himself to forage see--" from the Morgan far m ,' ' said Bob. "You can't enter unless Miss Morgan wishes you to db so." " I susp ec t s o myself, " said Dick, "and if so, I will take it "But my clothes--" b ac k. " . "They will be sent to you." T h e boys remaine d qui e t until s ome t i me after dark. "What business have you got to turn me out of my own T h e n t h ey took u p a po siti on on the road which Crabbley house likEr that?" w o u l d have to pass a n d wai ted for his coming. "It is not your house." It was l o n g after midnight when the creaking of heavy "But it will be, some day." wagons was h eard on the road. "It never will be yours. Captain Morgan's heir is his daugh-W hips were snapp ing a nd d ri vers w e r e shouting a s the ter, and you have no right here whatever if she does not want wa"ons came lu m b eri n g *f>n . you." They were harnessed to ox t eams, which went much s lower "I'll have the law on you. I'll--" tha n horses would h a ve done. "Do .\othing!" laughed Bob. "So the sooner you go the T hey cam e o n s t e adil y , how e ver, the men shouting and better." . crac kin g their l ong whips and urging them over the frozen The angry woman took her portmanteau and trudged down gi; ound . the road with it. . The n , a ll of a sudde n, t h e L i bert y Boy s closed in on them, "I will have you driven to your son's house, or--" in front, b e hin d and on both s ide s . "I ain't askin' no favors from no rebels!" snor.ted the irate "Su r r e nd e r, you miserable To r ie s !" cried Bob. woman, as she went on. . "Surrender! " s houted Mark. "No, but you would take them without asking if no one was The n , some on e d a s h ed away on a fle e t hors e and . escaped around," said Bob, with a chuckle. i n t h e darkness . Sam presently 'came back and said: T o r c h es we r e li g hted and the drivers made pri s oners. "Quic_k says he'll look out that the old. woman does not get " Who J ed this t r a in?" a s k e d Dick . the chaise or any of the horses after this." " Crabbl ey," sai d on e . "Very good. Come, boys, it is time we were going." "Where d i d h e get hi s forage?" Dick then said good-by to Sue. promised to see her fathe: " Off'n h is farm at Princeton." 'as soon as he could and then rode off with the Liberty Boys. "Then h e s tol e it, for h e has no farm. Unhitch these oxen, "Those two lazy old rats thought they had found a fin, bo y s, and put in hors es. I'm going to tak<; all this stuff back." big cheese that they were going to live in for the rest of their


THE LIBERTY BOYS WI TH MERCER'S RIFLEMEN. , lives," muttered Bob, "but we've got a good cat to keep one of them away, and the other will be caught in a trap if he is not careful." "If they could not get the property in one way, they were going to get it in another," added Sam. "Yes, but selling off the stuff. Crabbley would have got a good price :(or that forage if he could have got it into New Brunswick." "The wily old rascal may try to waylay us," observed Dick. "He will get around to New Brunswick in some manner and bring the redcoats out against us." "If he passes Mark he will get into trouble," said Bob. "Very true, and Mark will be on the watch for him. It will be just as well for us to keep a lookout ourselve s, however." They rode on for some time, when Dick took Bob and went ahead, the others following at an easy pace. Coming to a stretch of woods on either side of the road, Dick halted and said: "This would be a good place for the enemy to dash out upon us if they were waiting for us." "Do you think they are going to?" asked Bob. "They might, and it is always well to be prepared." "Very true," agreed Bob. "Wait a moment," and Dick rode forward, cautiously. Just as he reached a turn in the road he heard some one say: , "They'll be along in a shoi:t time now." "They ought to be," answered another, "an' then we'll jump out on 'em, ketch Slater, get that hoss er hisn' an' scatter ther rest on 'em." Dick slipped off of his horse with very little noise and went ahead, stealthily. Dropping upon his hands and knees, he peered through the bushes as he went forward. Half a dozen evil-looking men sat in their saddles in the middle of the road, and as many more were in the bushes. "There are about as many as there are .of us," thought Dick, "unless there are more behind. A sudden dash would rout them." Then he hurried back, led Major to where Bob was waiting, and said: "There are a dozen Tories waiting for us, perhaps more, not far ahead. Crabbley is with 'em." "They're lying in ambush for us, are they?" "Well, they expect to surprise us," and Dick jumped into the saddle. In a short time the rest of the Liberty Boys came up. "Ride like the wind when I say the word," said Dick, "and shoot at any Tory you see. Hit 'em to hurt, but don't kill 'em." Then the boys rode on at the same speed. The Tories could hear them coming, no doubt, and were ready for them. It would not be a surprise for the Liberty Boys, however, on account of Dick's precaution. "Now!" said Dick, just before they came to the turn in the road. In an instant the boys went flying ahead, like the wind. "Fire!" cried Dick. • With a rush and a roar the plucky boys took quick aim and fired, letting out a cheer. The Tories were taken completely by surprise by the sud denness of the charge. Some of the horses ridden by them took fright, wheeled quickly and bolted. Some of the riders were thrown and some dashed/into the woods in their haste. Many of the enemy were hit, receiving painful but not serious wounds. Then a pistol volley rang out and the Tories scattered in all dii'ections. Some fired, but in such haste that their shots either flew Wide Or hit some Of their own party. With a shout and a cheer the plucky fellows rode right through the Tories, who were soon left far behind. Sam unseated one of them as they went galloping on, and ran away with his hprse. "Not a bad draught horse," he laughed, "but very little use to ride." On they wE!ht over the frozen ground, the tramp of'their horses echoing among the hills. They met with no further opposition and reached camp at last, where Mark had news for them CHAPTER XIV. A SURPRISE FOR THE ENEMY. "There's a wagon train of supplies coming for the enemy," sai d Mark, "and we are going to intercept it." "Can it be the one that we captured?" muttered Dick. "No, it's coming from between here and Amboy, i n quite a different direction. "Oh, then you have been reconnoitering?" "Yes, and Will Freeman and George Brewster heard about it." "When is it coming?" "To-night." "With a military escort?" "No; with a lot of Tori es ." "Then we want it and must have it." After a rest of a few hours the greater part of the Liberty Boys set out to meet the wagon train meant for New Brunswick. Some of the boys riding about the country disguised as farmer boy s had heard of it and had informed Mark. The dashing second li eutenant of the Liberty Boys had made up his mind to capture it, even if Dick did not return in time. Hurrying on, knowing the road by which the train would approach, they waited. The men accompanying the wagons, evidently fearing that some attempt might b e made to capture it, came on cau tiously. They made a s little noise as po ssible and sent an advance guard ahead to k eep a lookout. They did not come on snapping their whips and shouting, as the others had done. Dick had an advance guard also, and as soon as he heard them coming he hurried his boys back. Reaching the main body, he said: "They are coming on with a large advance gua.rd. I am going to make a detour and take them in the rear. They won't be lookin g for u s in that direction." This was a move which the Tories would not be expecting, of course. They had gone on thus far in safety and would not, therefore, be looking for an attack from the direction they had just come. . Dick lost no time and hurried his boys through the woods on either side of the road, dividing them into two equal parties. He l ed one divi sio n and Bob led the other, both proceeding rnpidly but with no noi se . Meeting in the rear of the train but we1! behind it, they went ahead rapidly but cautiou s ly. At last Dick knew from the sounds ahead of him that the train was not far in advance. Then he dashed on an

LIBERTY BOYS WI TH MERCER'S RIFLEMEN. 15 In the morning they went al'ound amo n g the needy patriots They were holding the redcoats at bay, but there was much of the section, there fore, distributin g supplies. to be learned, Dick felt, and he d etermined to learn it. "Well, that's a good joke on the redcoats ," laughed onP., "but He l'esolved to go into the town, therefoTe, visit the head-nothing comes amiss to u s these days, and as long as 'it was quarters of Cornwall . is himself, if po ssi ble, and at any rate fahly gotten it's welcome . " learn all that he could l ea rn. " A ll is fair in war," replied another. This was a daring undertaking, but Dick Slater never he s i"Not always," said Dick, but these supplies were intended tated on account of the danger of any tas k he set himse lf. fot the e nemy and so we took them." If it we1e something that mu s t be done, the danger wa s a It was very cel'tain that whenever the Lib erty Boys n eeded s eco ndary consideration. . provisions after that the good patriots would not let them go Having made up his mind to go into the town, he said to without. Bob: The capture of the s upplies had be e n cleverly ac c omplished , "I am going into New Brunswick to learn the actual condi-and now the boys set about holding the redcoats a t bay in 1 tion of affairs." othe r ways. • I "It's a risky thing Dick more so than going into N ew One the y set off in three divi s ions, going towards 1 York, in fact." ' ' New Bruns wick. "Yes because there are fewer people and you will attract led the fir s t divis!on, Bob headed the s econd and Mark more a'tte ntion." ' was m charge of the third. , "D t D ' k ?" Dick went ahead, the others following at intervals of five " 0 you wan me, ic ;, minutes. each It may be. a s well, Bob. A d h d D' k d "All 1ight. Any more?" way a s e ic , seemg. a party of re coats commg out "No, I think not. Every additional one doubles the danger." of the town when he neared 1t. "Sfll I d 't th' k th b h "tat t th t" 'th He at once charged a n d ordered the brave fellows to fire . 1 ' . on m e oys Wl esi e a a , wi a a volley. sm ile. The r e dcoats came on,. expecting to drive back the saucy "I am sure they will not, but we two will be enough." young r e bels, as they called them. Leaving Mark in charge of the Liberty Boys, Dick and Bob Dick held his hors e for a few minutes a nd then dashed set out for New Brunswick. They wore ordinary clothe s, and Dick left Major behind, the enemy knowing him too well to risk taking him. away. The Britis h followed, thinking that the boys were in retreat. Then Bob , hearing the sound of the firing, came flying up with his division. The redcoats halted. When seeing that they still outnumbered the young patriots they came dashing up again. The boy s made a gallant stand, holding the redcoats at bay. Then up came Mark and now the entire company of brave youths hurled themselves upon the redcoats. "Down with the redcoats !" cried Dick. "Liberty forever! " answered tbe boys. "Drive 'em back!" Then w ith a rush and a sweep they bore down upon the redcoats, who were forced to retreat. The foot soldier s took to their heels in the greatest haste, fearing to be overtaken. The horsemen rode furiously, but lo s t several of their horses, the boys dismounting them cleverly. Among the redcoats was Captain Gilmartin , whom D ick had met at the Morgan house when Crabbley had been entertaining the redcoats. He recognized Dick and tried to capture the brave y oung captain. A score of the boys flew to Dick's side in a moment, and the redcoat captain was obliged to fly to save himself. He wou l d have lost his horse had he not ridden off at breakneck s peed, the boys all laughing heartily to see him take to flight. The y purs ued the redcoats almo s t into the town and then turned and da shed off like a whirlwind as the drums beat and the bugles sounded and a large force of redcoats came flying out. The boys soon left them far behind, however, and the redcoats finally paus ed, fearing to be led into a trap. "No wonder they call us s aucy," laughed Mark. "That was the biggest piece of impudence I ever saw, chasing those fel lows right into town." A party of the Liberty Boys gave chase to Dick and Bob and did not l eave them until they were almost in town. Then a party of British rushed out and pursued the daring boys, not knowing that the whole arrangement was a clever trick. "Gosh! them fellers just made me run an' no mistake," drawled Dick, meeting some redcoats. "So the rebels chased you, did they?" asked one. "They sure did, the pesky fellers." "An' I busted my galuses tryin' ter git away from 'em," panted Bob. "I just like ter know if we've gotter put up with sech treatment every time we come to town?" "You're not the only ones who have been driven in," laughed the other. "The young rebels will chase some one too far before they know it," sputtered another. "I'd jest like ter see yer ketch 'em!" muttered Dick, but he meant it in a different sense from the one in which it was taken. "You'll see them, some day," the redcoat said. The boys quickly made their-way into the town, no one suspecting them to be the captain and first lieutenant of the famous Liberty Boys. "We had better separate, Bob," said Dick. "You go that way and I'll go this." "Where will I meet you?" "At the 'Red Bull' at noon." "Very good." The n the bo ys went their different ways. The "Red Bull" was a noted tavern, much frequented by officers, and Dick had no doubt that he would be able to learn a good deal there. He saw s oldiers everywhere, privates, captains, colonels and generals. ' "We'll worry 'em more boys agreed with him. There were British and Hessi an s, militia and regulars, and it was the exception to see private citizens. yet," muttered Dick, and all the Some of these seemed to be inc ensed against the soldiers, CHAPTER XV. UNDER ARREST. some were indifferent and others appeared to be on good terms with theJII. ' "The people will feel the burden of having the soldiers quartered upon them, whether they are patriots or Tories," thought Di\!k, "and would b e glad to have them leave town." He observed many things during h is walk, and a.t length made his way to the "Red Bull" to meet Bob and talk over affairs. He reached the tavern ahead of the appointed hour, wishing General Mercer was dead, having succumbed at last to the to learn still more, if possible. w ounds receiv e d at the battle of Princeton. There were officers in the place, British and HesDick and the Liberty Boys felt that they had lost a friend sian, all enjoying themselves. for they had been greatly attached t o the brave general. ' Some were smoking and drinking, some playing cards, somt They mourned his l oss sincerely, but there was work still to eating and some merely sitting s till and looking on. b e done and they must not neglect it. ! Dick took a seat in a far corner to escape observation and Dic k felt that some one ought to get into New Brunswick listen to the talk. \ n order t o determine the actual position of affairs. "lt is a shame to keep us cooped up in this miserable little


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS WITH MERCER'S RIFLEMEN town," said one, "where there are no theate r s , no tenni s I This could have had but on e result-Bob's own arrest. courts and no bowling alleys." He realized this in a mom e nt. "Cornwallis ought to make a bold das h and dri ve thes e beg-Had h e not caught D i ck' s eye, h owe v er, he wou l d have garly rebels into the river," growled another. made 'the attempt. "I have no doubt he would do so in a moment if he could Now h e r e ali zed tha t h e mus t e m p l oy other method s . get out," said one, more moderate than the others . Dick was at once take n a w a y an d put i n a room on t he floor "Why can't he do it?" above, undE:r guard. "Simply because the rebels won't let him. No one can get There was not only a sentry outsid e hi s d oor, but on e under in or out, we can get no information, supplies are cut off, the window and another at the fo o t 0f the stairs leadi n g reinforcements are an unknown quantity and we can get noto the floor where h e wa s a p r i s oner. where." I Bob contrive d to pos sess himse l f o f these facts, f oll owi n g "Do you mean to tell me, major, that a beggarly lot of the men who took Dick a way. rebels can coop up the flower of the British army in this hole "I've got to get him out, " h e muttered. " He'll b e tak e n and that there is no relief?" to the jail or to the guar d-hou se , .;m d t h e n i t w ill b e a difDick looked up, interested. ficult matter to get at him." The speaker was his old acquaintance, Captain Gilmartin. How to accompli s h it w a s a q u estion, however. The other was an officer, whom he had met more than once H e could do v e r y lit tl e alon e, a nd i t w oul d t a k e t im e to in New York. obtain help. "They seem to be doing it, captain. Can we get informa-He tried going up the bac k s t a i rs, but t here was a so ldier tion? Have we supplies enough? Can we . get out even for at the top and he could not pass. a short distance without having a lot of persistent rebe ls It was not lik e ly t hat D i ck w oul d be k ep t i n the t a v ern, driving us back?" and h e mus t a scertai n wh e r e n e was tak en. "If we all went out they could not do it." There was no time los t in getting Dic k out of the ho use. "If we all went out they would probably see that we did not In t e n minutes from the t im e of hi s bein g seized a fil e of get back, and that we reached Amboy and Staten Island in r edcoats arrive d and t o ok him off t o jail. . Bob watched the m and got n e a r e nou g h t o Dick t o m ake a But we have the ablest generals m the world. Do you motion with h is hand in which h e h e l d h is han d kerchief. mean to tell me-" This was to t ell Dick to put a h a n d kerchief i n the wi n d o w " "You. can see !?r yourself is going on," with a. smile . o f his cell at the jail. I admit the abihty of <:ornwalhs, but Y?U must admit that Dick made a s i g n that he un ders too d, and was then tak en the rebel general, Washington, possesses it also. Why, even away the boys of the country are imbued--" B f 11 d d D. k t k t th l d f e "Those confounded Liberty Boys, as they call themselves, . . o owe an s a w i c . a e n o e Ja l • a n tam ought to be hanged, the lot of them!" sputtered the irate capo111ldmg, surrounded b y a b1:1ck w a ll. _ tain. "They are nothing but a lot of young marauders He watched place f?i some time. a n d a t last saw a who--" h.1te handkerchi e f wave from a ce ll w m dow o n the sec on d Dick had meant to slip away quietly, for both the angry 1,, .. • • t captain and the self-contained major knew him well. . Go?d . he ,, I know w h e 1 e h e 1 s, a nd the n ex At that moment the captain's glance lighted upon Dick. thmg is to g e t him out. . He had been drinking, and was excited, but lie had his Leaving the jail, he w ent to the pl ace where h e had left hi s senses suffic iently about him to know the young captain of the horse. . Liberty Boys in an instant, despite his disguise. Jumping on hi s back, he r o d e out o f to w n . "By Jovel there's the young rebel now!" he cried. "Seize "Look out for the i eb e l s," said the sentry. " I don't b elieve him, that boy in homespun in the corner. He is Dick Slater, you'1l g e t very far." the rebel!" Bob had no trouble, of course. "Do you mean me?" asked Dick, coolly. "I see yer pointin' After getting w e ll away from town , h e r o de a t full speed at me. Hain't yer been takin' too much punch?" to the camp . "That is Dick Slater," said the major. "I have seen him Mark looked anxiou s wh e n h e c a m e in a l o n e, a n d ask ed: too often not to know." "Has anythinp; happe n e d t o l)i c k , Bo b ?" It was impossible for Dick to escape. "Yes" was the answer. " H e i s i n j ail, but we mus t g et Redcoats hemmed him in on all sides, and the only thing him out. " to 11do was to remain c?ol. , . ,,, "How did it happen?" What makes yer thmk Im er rebel, mister. he asked. "Some on e recogniz e d him I thi nk, a nd h e w a s arr es t e d " 'Cause I hain't. got on a soger coat? They's others what and taken to jail ,, ' hain't got 'em. Why can't yer 'rest them, too?" " . ? ,, "I know you, Slater," said the major, "and I know that it .. How can we ge_ t him out is like your daring nature to venture into. the very stronghold From the outs1de . !, have locate d hi s ce ll. S o m e of us of the enemy. You have done it more than once." mu s t go there at once. "That's the young scoundrel who made me a prisoner and "Whom do you want?" left me in the woods to freeze,'' sputtered the captain. "The " You .and Ben and Sam. and t w o Harrys and I ra-'.' young villain stole my--" Ira Little was an und e r s i ze d Li bert y B oy, ca ll ed t h e midget. "Dick Slate1 is no thief, captain. You can't say that." "Good!" "He did he stole my papers and he stole my jewelry the "Then we mu s t have a rop e and s om e files a n d s ome o i l." scoundrel!;, ' " To file away the bars ?" "I guess ye're gittin' 'cited," said Dick, with a drawl. "Ef "Yes," unless we can pull them out, but I fear that w e I look him him, that ain't no fault o' mine, but yer gotter can't." prove it." "Don't you want more boy s , Bob?" a s k e d Ma r k . "If any mistake has been made,'' said the major, "you will "It may be as well , but they mus t not a ll enter the t o wn be released and ample amends made, but there is no mi.stake. on horse back nor at the same p oint." I will swear that .are Dick Lock him. up, "No, for that would excite s u s p ici on ." lf!rd, till I can send for a of I have his •Jescr1pA dozen Liberty Boy s w ent into N e w Brunsw i ck at d ift1on, and you can see that fits him. . . ferent point s . Then he read from. a prmted handbill a comI?lete descnp-N t more than two or three went t ogether, so m e o n horse-tion of the youth, which every one saw fitted D1<'k perfectly. b ko d foot "L k h. " h d d ff k as taken into custody ac an s ome on oc 1m up, e sai • an IC w They all wore different disguises and did not a ll go to the At that moment Bob Estabrook entered the TJlace. 1 . t same p ace a once. Bob, Mark and Ira Little -.!rent t o the j ail, and Bob pointed to the window. CHAPTER XVI. • The boys were acro s s the street, the b ric)!: v:all which was only about ten f eet from the Jail w all on this si d e . PLANNING A RESCUE. . l On the farther side there was m ore s pace b e t wee n the wall Had not Bob suddenly caught Dick's eye there 1s little and the building. . doubt that the impetuous young patriot would have attempted Only one corner of the handkerch1e f was to b e se e n , but 'l rescue, then and there. ;t was enough.


LIBERTY BOYS WI TH MERCER'S RIFLEMEN. "Count the number of the win d ows from the corner to that Sam and Ben joined them in a moment. 'le," said Bob, "and remember it. " Ov e r the wall they went, like cats, one helping another and "It is t e n on that story,'' said Ira. "There i s no window making no sound. 'il'ectly under it." Down the street came a midnight roisterer, going home, "There are n o guards on the wall ," s aid Mark, "but there singing and shouting. is a se ntry-b ox at the corner. " Two bqys glided up to him and one said, gruffly: "We mu s t watch when he i s out," muttered Bob. "It ought "Less neighbor Bowles, or yon frowning building :o t to b e a hard tas k to get over the wa ll and cros s the space will shelter you for the night." it and the building." . "I cry ye mercy, I didn't know I was annoying any one." "No, but the street must be patrolled and warning given if The fellow was guided swiftly down another street, scarcely any one approaches. " knowing whither he was going. 'fhe strong rope, of as small a size as could b e procured, Then an honest householder, making his way home late at had b ee n brought in l e n gths, each being sec ured upon the night, with a lantern, came by. pe r so n of one of the Liberty Boys. A sudden gust of wind, as it seemed, blew out his light. One boy could not have brought the whole of i t without He went on in the dark, without noticing the shadowy forms exciting s uspicion. against the wall. It had therefore been divided into four or five lengths, and Then the sentry on the corner of the wall came out of his distributed to as many of the boys. box and was driven back into it by a shower of sharp par-Ira had the files and a bottle of oil made up into a small ticles thrown by unseen hands. package in a n inner poc k et. "My word! what a night! I'll stay inside, I'm thinking!" The b oys' plan was firs t to scal e the outer brick wall at a Bob bent his back, put his hands on his knees and leaned favorable moment. hi s head against the wall . Then two or three of the strongest were to stand against Mark sprang upon his shoulders and reached out his hands the building, one on the sho ulders of another, a nd pass the sma!J boy up to the window of Dick's ce ll. . to Sam. b d h' lf He was then to put in the files a nd the sections of rope Sam went up to Mark's shoulders and race 1mse to Dick. . against the side of the building. After that Dick was to file the bars , secure an end of the Like a kitten, Ira made his way to Sam's shoulder s . rope inside and come down upon it w h e n . the boy s would be He was now on a level with the cell window. watching for him. He rapped upon a pane. Fortunately for the boys' project, it was a dark, bluste r y The sash was lifted. night and there would be few persons abroad. "Here are what you will n ' eed." The street at the point where the boy s were to scale the A bundle was thrown into the cell. wall was mostly give n to s hop s, c heap lodging hou ses and "Is that you, midget?" grogger:es, a nd was not . too well lighted nor patrolle' d at "Yes, a dozen more are at hand. When ready to come out, night. show a gleam of light. Here are matches and tinder." All th e details of the rescue must be carried out rapidly "Good! There .are file s ?" and in sil ence . "Yes, and a rope." There must be patrol s a t each e nd of the wall and signals "And the bars are half eaten through with rust.". must be give n upon t h e 'approach of any one in either direc"Good!" tion. A low whistle was heard. A failure of any part of the plan w ould mean the failure of Ira slid swiftly down to the ground. the wno l e, and therefore the utmost care must be taken to The human ladder rapidly went to pieces. insure s uccess at every poi n t. Some one went through the yard but saw nothing. The darker and s tormier the night, the greater was the In a few moments four or five shadowy forms ran swift!:; chance 9f success . across to the wall. "We must s ucce e d," said Bob, " no matter what happens ." Up they went upon each other's shoulders , willing hanrls Not all of the boys concern ed in the plan had se t out at were extended and all were over in the b r iefe s t time . . the same time . Some one was coming out of a tavern up the street. They therefore did not all arrive at once, and s ome did not Another late hou se was being clo sed. come i n until after dark. Some noisy soldiers were winding thei , r way back to the Meeting places had b ee n appointed, ho wever, and when barracks. a!J had arrived, Bob, Mark a n d Ben Spurlock wen t about, saw Doors opened softly, stealthy forms glided into dark corall the boys and took them to another m eeting place, near ners, and no one saw aught that s avored of suspicion. the jail. . Gusts of wind, carrying snow with them, wellt sweeping Mark and Ira had secured a room in a l odging house almo s t down the street. opno site the poi n t where the wall was to be s caled. Lights went out and f?otsteps away, voices became Bob and Sam h ad another farther down the street, and the fainter and only the howhng of the wmd wa? heard. . others in parties of two or three were lodg ed in various tav-Then a twinkling light appeared in the distance, growmg erns not far distant. brighter and brighter. Midnigpt, or as s oon after !t as the .watchman had pas?ed I A heavy tread echoed upon the s now-covered pavements through the street, was the time appomted for the carrymg and a wavering voice cri ed: out of the plot. . "One o'clock of a stormy night, and all' s well!" Some of the taverns or grogger1es would be open as late "All's well!" echoed through the dark and deserted street as that, but a :vatch m ust> be kept upon them to see that no a few minutes later. late roys.terer disturbed the Again it was heard, farther on, and then dying out. The mght wore on, growmg blacke! and more tempestu-Time passed and then four or five anxious boys, muffled ous, s n ow squall s no w and then sweepmg alo n g the deserted to their eyes in greatcoats, saw a .s udden fla s h of light at one street. . . , of the jail windows . A. watchman , with hi!> l antern a)'ld horn, passed Marks It was s een for an instant only and then went out. lodgmg. . The sentry in his box at the corner of the wall heard a "Twelve of a stormy night a n d all's well!" h e called. shower of s now and hail b eat against it and drew himself A few !ater the ca!! was .heard farther down the into a warm and sheltered corner. street, g.rowmg famter and fa1.nter. Then half a dozen dark forms glided across the street and The Liberty Boy s gettmg t p work. along the outs ide of the wall. • CHAPTER A PLAN WELL EXECUTED. Bob , Mark and Ira mov e d . noi se l ess l y to t h e point se l e cted to sca l e the wall. ' A low whistle was heard from the top , almo s t drowned in the howling of the wind. It was answered as a li,;ht, swift step was heard. "This way," in a low tone. Then some one hung over the wall, held by anothe1 . Dick seized his feet. "Haul away!" Willing hands drew both boys to the top of the wall. In a moment they were on the other side.


13 THE LinERTY BOYS WITH MERCER'S RIFLEMEN. Then low whistles were heard here and there and one dark folm after another glided up. ' "Harry, Harry, Arthur, Ned, Will?" "Here." More dark forms answered to their names until all were known to }>e present. "Had we better get away to-night?" asked Bob. "Yes, if it is safe," said Dick. "It is, with caution." One after another, singly and in couples, a dozen boys left the town at various points within the hour. Some were challenged and, making a . sudden l'ush, got safely away. Some iode double and some went on foot, but all got away. The last had left whe;n through the da1k and lonely streets sounded the call : "Three o'clock, a stormy night, and all's well!" Later one of the pickets pacing hi s beat outside the camp of the Liberty Boys called: "Who goes there?" "Dick'" . ?" "No; Bob and Mark." Later all the boy s came in and by dawn all the Liberty Boys were safe in camp. Everything was s till now, although not long before there had been g1eat rejoicing over Dick Slater's safe return. The boys were all glad see Dick Slater back in camp, for they had been most anxious all the time that he had been away. In the morning Dick jumped upon Major, took Bob with him and set off for Morristown to report to General Wash ington. Ma1k was left in charge of the camp. Dick trusted him to Bob, -and had no fear that things would go wrong in his absence. They kept away from New Brunswick, but on passing a tavern ssme little distance out from the town, Dick sud denly said: "The1e . are two or three redcoats enjoying themselves. Suppose we give them a fight?" "Just the thing!" said Bob. CHAPTER XVIII. A JOKE OR TWO ON THE CAPTAIN. Dick had seen the redcoats through the windows of the inn. There was nothing to show that he and Bob had been dis cove red, however. Jumping down and leading their horses to one side, the I boys left them under a shed and entered the tavern. "Let us see just how many there are," whispered Dick. "It be a surp_rise for us if there were too many." Dick looked m cautiously and saw four British officers sitting around a table, smoking and drinking. Among them he recognized Captain Gilmartin. "Our friend, the captain, is in there," chuckled Dick. "This will be a good joke on him." Then Dick gave the word, and he and Bob suddenly entered with pistols in their hands. "Sit still, gentlemen," said Dick. "Sit still eYerybody . Any attempt to make trouble will cause these pistols to go off as they are very sensitive." ' "Dick Slater. as I live?" gaspi\d the captain. "The same," quietly from Dick. . "Why, you saitCY rebel, the last time I saw you it was in the Brunswick jail." "Very undesirable quarters," was Dick's answer. "I could not think of remaining." "Dick Slater is rather particular about such matters " laughed Bob. "The jail was old and musty and smelled bad. No gentleman could think of staying there." "You're a cool lot of rascals," muttered the captain. "Leave off the ras cals," said Dick. "You British have a way of using extravagant expressions which is very an noying." The four redcoats having been disarmed, Dick said, in a provokingly quiet tone: . "Don't disturb yourselves, gentlemen. There are not likel y to be any more Liberty Boys in the neighborhooc\ for some time, and I know of n o other patriot soldiers being "Take your comfort," added Bob. "We have not your horses and vou are at liberty to go as soon as you like. The boy s then "left the tavern, and rode away in haste. . They went on at a good, rattling pace and reached Morris town by noon. Dick saw the genetal in a short time and told what he had learned at New Brunswick. After receiving a few general instl'Uctions from the com mander-in-chief, Dick took his leave. They left up a number of huts. kept the fires burning and placed dummy figure s among the trees to 1:epresE'.nt pickets. Dick, Bob, Mark and a core more lay m the bushes not far distant, while the rest of the Liberty Boys were within easy call. At about midnight there was a sudden alarm. . A party of British and Hessians suddenly came swoopmg down upon the camp. Then they di scovere d that the clever boys had s tol e n a march upon them. They started to return when all of a sudden the one hun dred Liberty Boys suddenly fell upon them. The b1 ave bovs a rattling volley and then charged, driving the British and Hessians before them like sheep. Captain Gilmartin had l ed the foray and he was the first to retreat. The redcoats made all haste to get away, and fled in every direction. . The next day, Crabbley and his amiable wifE'. left the neigh borhood so that it was no doubt the Tory himself who had informed the enemy of the location of the camp. The Libe1ty Boys continued to hold the at bay and before the first of March there was not a or a Hessian soldier in the Jerseys except at New Brunswic k and Amboy. . . Early in March, the Liberty Boys crossed the nver and went into the Highlands region of the Hudson, where there was plenty for them to do. Captain Morgan lived until after the end of the war and took care of his farm, which ultimately went to Sue, and was taken care of by her husband, one of the Liberty Boys. Leaving the Jerseys, the brave boys soon :i;il enty to do elsewhere, and continued to do good work m a glonous cause. Our next issue will contain "THE LIBE'RTY BOYS AFTER LOGAN; OR, THE RAID ON THE MINGO INDIANS." BJF9 SPECIAL NOTICE Please give your newsdealer a standing order for your weekly copy of "THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76." The War Industries Board has asked all pub lishers to save waste. Newsdealers must, therefore, be infornted if you intend to get a copy of this weekly every week, so they will know how many copies to order from us. Two Victory girls, seven and ten years old, residing at Manzanola, in Otero County, 9,olorado, earned $50 for the Red Cross recently by trapping prairie dogs and m::\,king soap of their fats. Mrs. John Howbert, chairman of the Home Conservation Committee of the Food Administration in Otero County, was in Denver and told of the success of the Victory girls in helping the Red Cross by this method • • I


THE. LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, 19 A FEW GOOD ITEMS WAR AGAINST WILD ANIMALS IN INDIA bite caused the death of 23,918. persons in British India in 1917, an increase of nearly 300 over the figures for1916. However, the number of snakes increased from 65,765 to 73,968, for the killmg of which boun_ties to the value of $1 045 were paid. ' Further evidence showed that about thirty barrels which had been filled with crude alcohol had been sent from the Department of Inland Revenue. with open bungs. Arthur McMull:en, of Toronto, inspector of the Railway Bureau of Explosives, pointed out that this was in contravention of a regu lation of the bureau. . There were 2,176 persons killed by wild an. imals Ii:t 1917, 102 less than in 1916. Tigers were respon-HAIR FROM CHINA sible for 1,009 deaths, l eopards for 339, wolves and bears for 280, and elephants and hyenas for 89 . Of The exports of human hair from China have av-the 459 deaths caused by "other animals,, 89 are eraged about 3,000,000 pounds a year for the last assigned to pigs and 199 to crocodiles or ten years. With the revolution in 1911 the cutting During the year 19,476 wild animals were destroyed, of queues was very general throughout the south for which rewards amounting to $54,16l were paid and many ii:the north parted theirs, al by the Government. Among the 19,4 7 6 wild animals though the of male population of destroyed 1,295 were tigers, 6,037 leopards, 2 , 784 . Yangtze still wear their queues .. The supplies of bears and 2 147 wolves . hair are augmented from the combmgs of women, ' who in times of stress dispose of their hair. It is ATTACKED BY 'COON exported under three grades: (1) Solid dre . ssed A M K f M't h 11 S clubbed lengths (2) stumps, and (3) combings. The enzie, 0 1 c e ' D., s _ eventy-four first grade is dressed in solid lengths of from eight years of age, o?t to look at his traps recently, to thirty-six inches, with two inches difference beand at a certam m bluff observed a freshlytween each length. The second consists of short ?ug h?le. Droppmg on his knees, he to hair under fifteen inches, also in small bundles. mvestigate: whereup?n 3: large ra.ccoon The third takes short, tangled hair and combings. attacked him, its teeth m Kenzie s hand. Before being shipped to the United States all hair He the .amm_al as _best he and finally sue-must be officially disinfected. Consul General ceeded rn gettmg his kmfe out of his pocket. OpenK th bl d "th h" t th h d ff t t t derson reports that the Hong ong exporters rerng e a e w1 is ee e ma e an e or o cu h t th h b ld t t d t) ' ' th t b t th b t h d b dl 1 qmre t a e air e so m assor men s an care-1e coons roa , u e eas a so a y acerf II t db f b h" d t d h . d h d th t •t I t 'bl u Y s en ize e ore emg s ippe . a e is arm an an a I was a mos 1mposs1 e for the old man to subdue it. Finally he succeeded in cutting the 'coon's windpipe, but not until the animal had torn the flesh from his hand and a.rm and completely threaded his coat sleeve up to the shoulder. CURIOSITY CAUSES FIRE Inquisitiveness on the part of an employe of the Grand Trunk Railway Company at Ottawa, Canada, who applied a match to a pool of coal oil "to see if it would burn," was responsible for the conflagra tkn which wjped out the freight sheds, offices and twenty-eight loaded and unloaded cars of the com pany, with a total loss of $112,000. Henry Daoust, a freight handler, who appeared at the investigation proceedings with his face badly burned and one of his hands swathed in bandages, frankly told how he had come to start the blaze. He said he had noticed a pool of liquid on the floor of the freight shed close to a number of barrels which had been shipped in from the Inland Revenue Department. He did not know what the liquid was, but was curious to see whether it would burn. He applied a match, with the result that the liquid burst into a blue flame. Almost immediately an explosion occurred which hurled him backward. GOOSE DIGESTS GOLD A few days ago the family of C. C. Taylor, of Bellefonte, Pa., decided to feast upon a goose that they had purchased from a farmer. The goose was killed and in preparing it for the oven Mrs. Taylor felt sofe very hard substance in the fowl's gizzard, Now this aroused her curiosity and when she cleaned the gizzard she made a close examination and found a piece of yellow metal about the size of a nickel. Curious to know what it was, she took it to the Bellefonte Trust Company, where it was decided that it was what remained of a $5 gold piece. It was worn entirely smooth on both sides and all the milling was gone from the edges, inasmuch as the goose was only about sixteen months old and it could not have swallowed the money before it was almost full grown, it is evidence that the constant grind in a goose's gizzard will reduce almost jlnything in due time. As a matter of dollars and cents the coin will be sent to the Philadelphia mint for appraisal to find out just how much of its valuation remains, and then it will be up to mathematicians to calculate just how much gold that goose used in its digestive functions daily.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. The Boy S alesman -OR OUT FOR BlJSINE S S O N THE ROAD By RALPH MORTON (A SERIAL STOE. Yj CHAPTER VI (Continued). He grabbed the girl's arm and tried to make her u nderstand. The flames in the center of the floor leaped a little higher. Those which were at the transom in the hallway now burst the glass with their heat, and long, orarigecolored tongues came leaping through the opening w h ich they had made . TheJ girl, a l most too hysterical now to understand what Robert was trying to do, excitedly took the improvised rope in her hand and climbed to the win dow sill with Robert's aiding arm. "Now, let yourself out of that window! Don't be afraid! I'm going to let you down! Just hold on-hold on tight!" The girl slid out of the window as the boy direct ed, and all his strength was put to it to hold her from going sharply down to the ground. Below him the firemen were waving their hands and yelling madly for him not to pass her through t hose flame1> The spectators cried in their anguish and their fear, trying to make him understand that he should not try such a daring trick. One of th,e firemen directed who had a nozzle to send the stream to that window beneath the couple above. Sizz-z-z-z z ! The stream struck at the window, and Robert was paying out the rope immediat e ly. His arms were straining and str ug-gling to keep her from going down, for she was quite heavy and he feared every moment that the knots which he had made would not hold tightly enough. His sharp eyes, almost blinded, though, by the h eavy clo u ds of smoke which rolled upward from that wood-burning flame, were watching the tongues. Just as he saw that she was dangling above them he let the rope go down a little more rapidly, and he knew that she had passed the flames at the win dow-though he did not know how safely. A yell and a hue and cry went up from the popu lace beneath him. on the streets, and the boy's heart fell to his feet. Had he held her directly in the maw o f tho se flames? Suddenly he heard a yell of victory go up from t he crowd as he reached the end of the rope and l eaned as far out as he could, his eyes now closed to ' protect the m from t h e b li nding smoke, the heat o f the flames rus hin g u p and scorching his face. The firem e n had flicked the fire from the skirts of the girl by s hoot i n g thei r stream at her. A moment passed, during which Robert agoniz ingly hung on, wonderin g why those fellows did not claim h er, did not take her from the rope . Then the r o pe suddenly grew l ighter, and beca u se he was strainin g so hard to ho l d her weight, t h e sudd e nn ess o f t he release of the strain ca u sed him to topple b ac k into the room , falli n g pron e o n his back. Sizz-z-z-z ! The flames w hi ch had eate n throu g h that floo r s cor ch ed t h e l a d' s hair and the heat b urned him. With a b o un d h e was on his feet. He r u shed t o the w indo w to grasp that rope, determi n e d to g e t out of h e r e . In that s hort space of time, though it seemed an eternity to the boy, the flames from the h all and from b e low had swept through, into the room, and were darting h ere a n d t here. The r op e , whic h hung p endant from the window, had caught from the fire of the wi n dow below h im and was bu r n e d aw a y . How s hould h e get out of here? What could be don e? The firemen coulO not send up their ladd er, for fear of the flames, and the stream of water was not direct e d toward this room. Robert was on t he window sill, waving his arms to the p e opl e be l ow, trying to let them k now that someon e mu s t act q ui ck l y . . The flam es at hi s back were crack ling and roar. ing, growing i n their intens ity. Sudd e nl y h e fel t a q u ' ake beneath him. He stag g e red and c a u ght a t t he casing of the w i ndow. The r e cam e another quake, accompanied by a groan of timbe r s ' b e low him, and he fel t a gen t l e swaying, as if h e w ere s taggering into i n se n s i bility. He had felt that b efore, w h e n p laying footb all , and he had r e c e i v ed a severe jol t on the back of t h e head. Was h e growi11g s enseless? His quick brain aske d the question, and fo r answer he knew that he h eard the yells o f the peop le, could see the m trying t o direct what he s h o uld do, cou ld see the fireme n working to s e nd a lon ger l a dder t o him. S'Yish ! The str eam hit h im squarely as so m e fool


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 . 21 firemen shot it up t h a t way, a nd the l a d was tossed back into the flames ! Crash! Boo-om! Crashsh-sh! The front wall of the bui ld i n g g ave way as he toppled backward, and Robert wen t dow n i nto that awful mass of flames and smo ke. CHAPTER V II. • HELPING A STRANGER ATT ACKE D B Y TOU G H S A concerted groan of fear a nd ago n y w ent up from the crow d . The front of the hotel, betwee n t h e seco nd a nd fourth floors, had caved i n, carr ying with i t the brave lad who had fought so va li antly to save his own l ife, an d then had cha n ge d h i s cour se to s ave the life of the young lady . The firemen saw t heir l on g ladd e r, whic h they had tried to stretch to t h e l ad, topple into the r ush of flames . Now they turned t h e i r h os e straight on the debris which fell to the first floo r, flooding the place with four streams. The young lady resc u e d by the b oy had b e en hurried immediate l y to a nearby doctor's office . Bobby, as the hose's stream struck him i n the face and he felt h imse l f to ppling backwa r d , tried to grasp something to whic h to hold. But a yawning, gaping maw was op e n fo r him , and he went into it. Bump! His body s t ruck something soft, and around and abo u t h i m t h e ye llo w tongues of flame leaped on every side . . For a seco nd o nl y did h e li e there where he had fallen . The instan t that he realiz e d h e w a s not hurt, that he was in a small oas i s w h ic h h a d not yet be e n c l a i me d by t he flames, h e stood on what he had stru ck and looke d around , hi s eye s almost closed by the heat. • There was a place! H e could es cape! With a bound R o bert went off the bed, for that was what he had struck. H is lithe form, lively 1 t o the chance s for e scape somewhere, went through t h e wall o f flam e that leaped up abo u t him fro m the floor of that bed r oom. The door was open. Throu g h h e went, hurling himself flat into a mass of debris w hich had come down durin g the collapse. But he was n o t deterred. Wi tP, his hand s scrat ching at the pile of debris, seeking a hold by which he could go forward, he managed to p uJI himse l f to t h e t o p of the heap. He was looking directly pown o n the fir st-floor fo yer, the office o f the ho t e l ! Firemen were standing i n t here , hurling their streams of water upward at the balconies and the parlors of the secon d floor . I n a trice ou r l a d had r'each e d one of the balus trades, climbed to the top of it, and one of the fire men saw him. " Hi, there! Hold . up your stream! Hi, there, mister!" he yelled at our lad. But Robert was too busy to heed any of the calls, howe ver suggestive they might . be of rescue. Throwing his legs over the balustrade, he twined the m around one of the stone pillars, and a second later he had released his hand-hold on the :railing and had shot toward the floor beneath. Bump! In sliding down he had struck with his weight squarely on the shoulders of one of the firemen in the office of the hotel. Both went to the floor, and Robert's head went directly in front of the nozzle, which fell out of the hands of the fireman. Swish-sh-sh! The lad gurgled the water as the stream s t r u c k him full in the face, and two firemen rushed a c ross to grasp up the nozzle . Two others lifted the lad in their arms and carried him out of the hotel, badly done up, but thor oughly alive. Laying him on a stretcher without the building, he was soon surrounded by a crowd of the curious. " Why, that's the boy that was up there when the wall went in! " "It looks lik e the same kid! " "That's the boy that s a ved that girl!" some of the spectators announced , wildly. ' A doctor on the sc e n e got to the side of the lad and resuscitat e d him in a very few minutes, and Robe r t Revell, traveling salesman for the Hender son Chemical Company, looking like . a poor poodle dog just out of the bath of a dirty river, sat up and looked around. "Did that young lady get down s afely?" was the first question. " Sure! She's over in the doctor's office right now. She's all right, " answered one of the bystanders. The physician gave the lad treatment for the few cuts and burns he had suffered, and then Robert bethought himself of his cases. , Asking the chief of the department which was fighting the fire, he learned that his two cases had been carried to a drug store on the other side of the square. Ten minutes later, bedraggled and soaking wet, Robert Revell walked into the Cosmopolitan and registered. " Where's the manager of this hotel?" asked Robert. He was told that the manager was out watching the other fire, and he took a seat to await the corr. ing of the man. After a half hour the manager entered foe Cos mopolitan, and Robert introduced himself at once. " I am representing the Henderson Chemical Com pany, makers of the Henderson Chemical Fire Ex tinguisher!" the boy began his talk. (To be continued.)


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. FROM POINTS TIME BOMBS MAKE GERMAN PLANES SELF DESTRUCTIVE To enable airmen to destroy their machines after making forced landings within the Allied lines nearly all German biplanes for more than a year pas t have been equipped with time bombs. One of these is installed near an aeroplane's fuel tank. A handle at the top of the device, when raised, starts the clockwork, which explodes the charge in ten minute s. DEATH IN HIS CORNCOB PIPE Thomas Whittaker's fondness for his old corncob pipe was responsibl e for his death recently in Trenton, N. J. Whittaker, who was eighty-four, doz e d with his pipe in his mouth. His daughter, Mrs. John Zimmermann, smelled smoke and found her father in flames when she entere d his room. B efore the flames could be extinguished he was fatally burned. HEAVY DEATH LIST OF CIVIL WAR VETERANS In reporting a bill to Congress on January 25, which carries an appropriation of $215,030,000 for paying pensions during the fiscal year beginning July, 1919, the House Appropriations Committee stated that during the last fiscal year 30,000 Ci v il War veterans, or practically one-tenth of the s u r . vivors, died. ORIGIN OF THE ALMANAC The first written almanacs were probably com piled by the Greeks of Alexandria between 100 and 150 A. D. Calendars are much older, the ancient Romans having proclaimed the first of the month and posted a notice of its occurrence in a public place. The first of the month thus came to be called "the Kalends," from "I call" or "I proclaim, " and thus the word calendar was derived. Probably. the oldest calendar in existence was found in the ruins of Pompeii. It was cut upon a square block of marble, upon each side of which three months are registered. FARMER USED CAR TO MAKE DRINK Alvin E. Grimm, a farmer of Beloit, Kans., has pleaded guilty to having a whiskey still set up in his motor car. Grimm admitted to having distilled five gallons of sour winEl into a stronger alcoholic drink. ,Judge John C. Pollock inquired of the attorneys if they knew whether the liquor was fit to drink. Hefined Grimm $100 and sentenced him to one month in jail. The defendant said he did not know it was against the law to make liquor for his own u se, and said he drove his Ford about the country and city o f Beloit with the whiskey still in it. It was di s covered when he overturned his car on a r o a d a mile east of Beloit. The car was smashed up and the c urious copper still exposed . BIRD ON SHIP Weary o f wing and starved, a tiny linnet alighted a board the fou::.-masted sch ooner Sophie Christen s o n, 1 ,000 miles from San Francisco, according to Cap t . Bob M cCarron. A tramp steamer was hull do w n on the horizon when the linnet reached the sc h o oner a n d one of the theories as t o its long flight was tha t t h e bird had been a pet on the vessel and, yearning fo r land, had sought to fly to the far-away shore . Aboard the schooner is a cahary and, as though by instinct, the linnet flew tothe cage of the canary, p e r ching precariously while the schooner h eaved and tossed. Captain McCarron opened th.e door o f t h e cage and the linnet soon recovered. The canary w e lc o m ed the linnet and they are now c;rn:,1s . THE CLIFF-DWELLERS On e o f the most interesting historical wonders in this country i s the ruins of the abodes of the cliff d w e lle r s in so uthern Colorado and Utah. Whe n the Europeans were still barbarians these cliff-dw e ll ers of the Southwest were a semi-civilized r a c e. They had d eveloped ,arts, had built churches, templ es and council halls One of their buildings i n Ari zona was l al"ge enough to seat 10,000 persons. A great deal of mystery surrounds the cliff-dwell e r s. They flo urished i n a very ancient time; in fact, s ome of thei r caves are thought to date from the Stone Age . W hen the Spaniards came to the country they ft>und the c li ff dwellings long,.since abandoned. The m o s t pl a u sible explanation of the disappearance of this race is that they were driven off by maraud in g h a n ds . The cliff nouses were usually built near some stream o f running water, which was kept replen i s h e d b y the everlasting snows on the mountains. The p e ople irrigated ground in the valleys and on the mountains-above the cloud-line-raised corn. Som e o f thei r buildings were community houses w ith hundreds of rooms. One populous city was several m iles in length, with one long street. The caves w e r e b urrowed in the mountain l'Ock, which i s of a kind that is easily chiseled. The rooms w ere u s ually abo u t ten feet across just h igh enoug h to permit one t o stand ut>right. Each_ house had a large cave where the dwellers worshiped a sacred serpent and fire. It is suppo,sed that tli.e Pueb l 6 Ind i ans a r e d escended from these anci ep.t cave-dwell ers.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 , 23 JNEERESTING ARTICLES t FORTUNE IN COCOANU'l' OIL Three million dollars' worth of cocoanut o il came i nto the port of San Francisco on the great S tandard Oil tank steamer Astral. The shipment i nclude d 10,800 tons and comes direct from Manil a . Cocoa nu t oil is rapidly taking the place of other materi a l s in the manufacture of substitutes for b u t ter, lar d and other foods. Among the principal import ers to America are'Proctor & Gamble, the P h i l ippine Oil Company, and firms of similar lines . The oil is brought in from the Orient in tank steam e rs, which carry mineral oil on the outgoing trip s . The A s t ral s hipment is the second great cargo of the oil to reac h t h is port in recent days, the Acme having r ecently iu 12,000 tons. BUFFALO STOPS TRAIN The ferry train between Pierre and For t Pierre, S . D., was compelled to stop when a yo u n g buffalo b u ll, wli.ich had been running ahead of the train, turned about and planted itself on the b r i d g e • cross ing the Missouri River. Efforts t o di s lodge the animal for a time were fruitless, but fin all y c ertain in trepid members of the c:tew attacked and caused the bull to leap from the embankment. a t t h e approach, rolling to the base of the steep incline . Owners' of herds north of Fort P ierre hav e b e en experiencing difficulty in keeping the anima l s within bo unds and it has been necessary to kill s om e of the s traying animals that have menaced r e sidents of this region. ELEPHANTS ESCAPE Four elephants, brought t o Win n ip e g, C anada, to perform in a vaudeville theater,. broke a way from their keepers recently and made W innipeg their p layground for hours. One o f t h e animals became wedged between two houses and p ulled part of the walls away with her. She then paid a formal to the General Hospital power h ou s e , broke in the door with a gentle rap and advanced in a friendly fashion to meet Engineer J. Kral, w ho w a s in charge. Kral rubbed his eyes and d isappeared . The animal scratched her back on the switchboard , reducing it to twisted metal. The four truants were fin a lly captured. C . Lehmann's leg was broken when three of the elephants entered the bui l ding h e was in and rushed him to the other side . U-BOATS CAPTURE LAUNCH FULL OF MOONSHINE Submarine chaser 114 arrived a t M obile, Ala., from a five-day trip on the Mississipp i Sound, having i n tow the launch Tim w ith 20 0 case s of whiskey o n board. The cargo at the prevailing price of $96 a case is w orth $19,200. T h e launch was seized off Gulfpo r t, Miss., after listening devices and other apparatus aboard the submarine chaser used in detecting und e r sea craft were employed in locating her. Three shots we r e fired before the craft was s t o p p ed. Wilfred H. Meriford and Louis J. Lallamente, in charge o f the launch, were taken to New Orleans by D e p artment of Justice officials on the chaser and charged with violating the bone dry act. The launch and whiskey a r e tied up at Mobile at a Government dock. The chaser will be used generally, it is stated, to capture whiske y blockade runners. MAKING NEW FACE Winnipeg hospital physicians are making a new face for nine-year-old Edgar Forbes, of Rathwell, Man. The boy's face was reduced to pulp when he was run over by a sleigh. Every bone was broken. The experiment will be a success, according to• the physicians. The bones were reset and will mould, they say. Four dentists, after days of experimenting in the hospital laboratory, completed an artificial palate for his mouth. When the boy was brought to the h,ospital his face was unrecognizable. Every bone was sunk in. Both eyes were sunken. The bridge bones of his nose were smashed in many pieces and after an X-ray examination were found lodged in his throat. The boy will be able to see again, although at present he is blind in one eye and scarcely able to distinguish objects with the other . The eyeballs were not injured. PARROT TALKED TOO MUCH Pluto, a much-traveled parrot, belonging to Mrs. J. H. Rathbone, Tunnel road, Oakland, Cal., has changed his vocabulary. He landed two men in jail and lost his tail feathers, all because he insisted on speaking German. Dominico Gererane, Italian, and Mathew Grasse ponie, French, were hunting near the Rathbone residence. Sudden!y they heard a stream of disloyal German, such as "Hoch!" (Ra us! " and "Gott rnit uns ! " issuing from a bus h. G e r erane and Grasse pon i e looked at each other. Then by a common im pulse they clutched their shotguns and advanced on Pluto. There was a roar of artillery. Pluto and his tail feathers parted company. A game warden, J. L. Bundock, who was in the vicinity, rushe The hunters said they were after Plut.>, but the warden looked askance at the pheasants and brought the men to the city. The parrot, according to Mrs. Rathbone, was the gift of a German seh captain and learned the language while on a sailing vessel.


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF ' 76. filled the girl's bre a s t at this declaration, but not A TERRIBLE EXPERIENCE allowing it to b e see n , s h e answered: "Pra y do not spea k in that way, Mr. Le Clair. 1 B y Colonel Ralph Fenton have al r ead y told y ou t hat y our s ui t is hopeless . l can never be more than I a m n o w, and any f u rther "I will have your life for this!" . reference to the subj ect c a n onl y g ive us both pain. " The speaker was a man with a dark and e v il face, "But you mus t listen t o me," h e cri ed vehemently. now , rendered almost demoniac in its e x pression " I love you and I cannot li v e witho u t y o u . " from the rage that burned within his breas t. Her terror inc r easing, A gnes sought to hide i t The person addressed was a young man o f slight under a n appearance o f haughtiness. yet powerful build, who a sho r t a w ay, " You have no right t o s peak to me in t ,hat way,'' hi s arm thrown protectmgly around the wai s t of a s h e s aid. " I c omm a nd y ou to let me pass." yound girl, who clung to him with eve r y ev id e nce "Not un t il y ou h ave prom ise d to be mine," was of terror. the reply. . " I care nothing for your threats, Lou Le Clair, " " I will c all fo r assis t ance . " r the young man said. "It is only your prese nc e tha t L e Clai r g a ve a n evil l augh . annoys me. Begone at once, or I shall have to re"The r e i s no one to hear yo u," h e sa i d . " B e fo r e peat the punishment I have already g i v e n you! " I allow you to p ass you m ust p romise to be mine." The above scene took place in a sort of woodland He made a s t e p n earer to her as he spoke, and grove, and the man named Lou Le Clair, with, if now , thorou g h ly terrified , Agnes raised her voice • possible, a more malignant expression upon his face, in an appeal for h e lp. turned and, walking rapidly away, was soon lost to In an instant t he v ill ain h a d sprung forward and sight among the surrounding trees. clasped her in h is a r ms. The grove was situated a short distance from a " No, my b eauty," he cried , " that will not do. Y.ou small town on the Hudson, and in the summer time are in my power and I mus t h ave your promlSe was a favorite resort . of the inhabitants. be fore I con se n t t o rel ea s e y ou ." This evening, however, on account of the boat race H ; attempted t o press his lips upon her chee k s a few miles further down the river, it was de serted, a s h e finished speaki ng, but b efore he cou l d accomwith the exception of Lou Le Clair and Agnes Aylpl is h hi s p u rpose the girl h a d wrested from his grasp ward. and h e receive d a b l ow b ehind the ear that felled him For such was the name of the young girl; she was to the ground. an orphan and lived with her uncle, a miserl y old The person who h a d arr ive d so opportu nely was a man, who refused to allow her to partici p ate in e ven y oung m a n n amed Harry Staffor d . He was the the simplest pleasures u s ual to her age. s on o f a g entle man who owned considerable prop-Thus it came that walks and medit a tions in the erty in the n e ighbo r h ood, and he also loved the girl, woodland were her only happiness. not with the fie r ce anim al passion cf Le C lair, but This face Lou Le Clair well knew, and being also with a strong, true love . aware that her uncle would not allo w her to attend It was several momerits before the d iscomfited the boat race had come here for the expres s pur-v illain r ecovere d from t he stunning b l ow he had re pose of her. c e i ved, and though h is first impulse had been to Lou Le Clair was the only son of a man who had rush upo n hi s assai l artt and grapple with him, he amassed a considerable fortune by dealing in wild r efraine d , not k n o w ing Harry's fame as an amateu r animals. Most of the menageries in the country a thl ete, a nd instead uttered the threat: w ere supplied from his s tock. He was po ss es se d .. I w ill h ave your l ife for this!" of a great command over a nimals of all so r t s , and "Calm y oursel f, Miss Aylward," Harry said, as this power Loll had inherited. I t h e v ill a in disappeared among the trees. "Sit down For the past year or more he had be e n t r avel !or a fe w m oments and rest. When you are s uffiing with a menagerie as a "Jungle Kin g , " and hi s cien t l y r e covered, if yo u w ill . allow me, I will esc o r t performances with lions and tigers were such a s y ou ho m e ." to cause much alarm to n e rvous people. H e l e d tlre girl to a mossy stone a few yards He had known Agnes alil).os t from childhood , and away a nd , sea ting herself upon it, in a few minutes conceived a strong ' passion for her, but the girl s h e w a s s u fficiently recovered to offer her thanks had always felt an instinctive repugnance to ward to the youn g m an who h a d so opportu ne l y come to him. h e r assis t a n ce . He had on this occasion visited the' g r ove to again " Do not mention i t , I beg," he answered. "I only declare his ' passion for her; he was determined to b e . did wha t a n y gentle m a n w o uld h ave done under heard, and when : the girl, after coldly acknowledg-the circum s t a n ces . H ow cou ld I d o l ess when the ing his salutation, turned away, he placed himself lady was my friend?" in her path. H e pause d a moment o r t w o , and tllen a dd e d : ":Agnes," he said, "you must hear me. I have "I may call you s o , may I not?" worshiped you for years." " Oh, y es, " Agnes answered, and from t h e look Surprise, with which not a little fear was mingled, upon her face and the tone o f her v o ice Harry's


THE. LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. hop es that he might some day call her by a dearer 1 . Still he kept on. Suddenly an idea struck him. name were raised cons iderably. A distance, a quarter of a mile or so, ahead When he parted with her at the door of her uncle's i of him was a narrow lane branching from the high house , had it not been for the thought that it might,. way and running direct to a precipitous bluff overlook like trading on the service h e had rendere d her, looking the river. he would have asked the momentous question then The lane was seldom used except by visitors, for and there, but on that account h e refrained. I the bluff commanded a beautiful view and it was Harry was not given to. melancholy broo d ing, and j comparatively smooth and level. L e Clair's threat after a da y or two pass e d from 1 On he went until the lane was reached; then he his mind, but he was destined to have it recalled I s uddenly turned into it. to his memory in a t errible manner. ! The action gave him a momentary. advantage over As has already been stated, he had won a con! the tiger, who had not been prepared for it, but siderable reputation as an amateur athlete. As a i only momentary, for the lane was more uneven than bicyclist, also, he had carried off the prize in several i the highway had been a nd , exert himself as he would, competitions, and he was at present practicing f.or j he could not ke e p u p his original speed. another race soon to come off. . 1 Slo w l y but steadily the tiger g:ained upon him, His usual practicing place was a stretch of lngh11 until the bicyclist was within half a dozen feet of way but little frequented, and leading along the the e dg e of the bluff. bank of the river. . The n with a terrific roar the fierce brute sprang It ran past the farm on w hich the elder Le Clair 1 upon him. kept his zoological collection, and if ever a thought Harry heard his heavy body come bounding of Lou's threat crossed Harry's mind it was when h e through the air, and then he swung the bicycle was passing it. around and ran it along within a foot or two of the On the third evening after he had saved Agnes brink. from the villain's insults, as Harry was passing the As he did so he felt one of the tiger's paws strike farm he heard a fierce growl, and at the same time him on the shoulder and his claws enter his flesh: the sound of some heavy body breaking through the then its huge body flew past him, headlong over the bushes that skirted the road. edge of the cliff. The next moment a huge specimen of, a Bengal His desperate idea had proved successful, but only tiger sprang into the highway, not a dozen yards by a second; another, and he must have been carIJehind where the young man was procee ding ried with the tiger over the cliff and been dashed l e isurely along on the bicycle. into a shapeless mass upon the roc!rn below. Almost at the same instant came a peal of mockThe reaction of his feelings was such that he aljng laughter. . most fainted, but after a few moments the dizziness As he heard it a cold thrill ran through Harry's passed away and he examined his wounded arm. frame. It was but a mere scratch, after all, and binding In an instant he understood its meaning. it up as well as po ss ible, he again mounted the bicycle Lou Le Clair was putting his threat into execu-and rode slowly homeward. , tion, and in a way fiendish in conception as it was But the experiences of the day were not yet ended. ingenious. I As he reached the Le Clair farm, almost . at the 'Jlhe villain had released the. tiger and, _utilizing his very spot fr?m which the tiger sprung forth, wonderful power over the brute creat10n, had led , he heard a stifled cry for help. . him to the side of the highway just at the time he 1 It was a woman's voice, but sounded feebly as knew Harry would be passing. . if she were being strangled. Of course he would make it appear that the fierce In an instant he had jeaped from the bicycle brute had broken out of its cage, and no blame and plunged into the bushes. could be attached to anyone . . Then he saw that his surmise had been correct, Like a living thing the bicycle sprang ahead, and and the cry for help had been uttered by a woman not for several secon ds did the y oung man dare to who was struggling in the grasp of a man. look behind him. He recognized them both-the one was the girl Then he saw tl).e tiger still was following. ! he loved, and the other the villain Lou Le Clair. He had gained a few yards upon the fie rce brute, In an instant he had sprung fotward and, heed however, and the fact made him redouble his exerless of his wound, seized the miscreant by the throat. tions to stiil further distance him. A short struggle ensued and then Le Clair atAgain, after a few moments, Harry looked around, I tempted to draw a revolver. His finger was on the and he saw that the ,tiger_ still was followjng; and trigger, then Harry seized his wrist and back the distance between them had not increased. his arm. As he did so the weapon was discharged, His strength, strained as he was now stra.ining it, and with a single cry o.f mortal agop.y Le . Clair fe}J could not hold out long, while a stone or rut in the back a corpse, the bullet having entered his road might throw the bicycle off the track and leave and pierced his brain. , him wholly at the mercy of the fierce brute that was When the facts of the case became known _nom following hjm. could think of attachinS?: any blame to Harry, , . . . , -,. " I \ -1 -:'...


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF ' 76. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 28, 1919. TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS !• Cop!" ................................... . One Cepy Three Month• ........................ . One Copy Six Month• ........................ .' •• One Copy One T•r ...•.•.......••...•.. .••••••• POSTAGE FREE .M Cent• .,5 Centa 1 .50 S.00 ROW TO BEND onr rl•ll: Rend P. 0. Money Order. Cbecll: or LettPr: remlttllnces In any otber wu are at your rl11k. We 1cct>pt ::ltamps the ume 11a cub. When 1endlnir oliver wrap tbe Coln In a separate piec e ot paper to ll1'old rnttlns th& en1'e1ope . Write you-r name and addrH• plainly. AddreH letters to •• 87ra1, r...... . cisco, "and it i s the first time I ever heard of t w o herb ivorou s animal s so widely different in species findi n g commo n ground for a quarrel. "As a matter of fac t it was the axis deer that started the trou ble. H e was try ing to show off before the does and started butting at poor old Ned Kelly, who was peace fully loll oping about with no thought of trouble. The butt of the deer set Ned thinking, the second s e t him m a d , t h e t h ird-well, Ned Kelly just turned a bout and gave the axis deer one wallop under the stomac h wi t h his tail. You could hear the smack five blocks away, and it simply knocked the deer flat . It dropped as if it had been shot, while Ned Kelly j.ust hopp e d a w a y as h appy as a bird." ... GRINS AN D CHUCKI.ES N. RMtl•s• Wour. Pree. } FRANK TOUSEY, / Publisher Cllarl•• •• Nyl.aader, .... 168 West 23d sr .. N. Y. "Do you o w e yo u r downfall t o dem on r um?" ask ed ________________ ....,. ____ . , the p r ison vi s i t or. "I n e ver heard o f the brand, " reGOOD CURRENT NEWS ARTICLES plied the convict. A bald eagle, three feet from the beak to the tip of his tail and weighing nine and one-half pounds, was killed by a farm laborer near Mo. The bird measured seven feet from tip to tip of the wings and has been mounted by a taxidermist. A bulldog seized the p r opeller of one of a fleet of five airplanes from Fort Sill, Okla., just as they were leaving. The machine was wrecked and the dog killed. The fleet had to delay their trip back to the fort untfl a new blade had been installed. A huge gun costing $125,000 and having a range of thirty miles was shrunk at the Watervliet (N. Y.) Arsenal recently. The process of shrinking was w i t nessed by the mayors of Troy, Watervliet and nearby cities and many other officials and invited guests. Isaac Staley, eighty-three years of age, claims to be the champion strong man of his age in the State of Ohio. Every day at his home in l\farysville he chops twelve crossties-a hard day's work for a man fifty years younger. "Hard outdoor work is the secret of long life, " he says. Tke time-worn box trick cost Tony Maccki of St. Louis, Mo., $2,000 in Liberty bonds. Maccki, who runs a lunch stand, said he became acquainted with a young man named "Hugo," and the two had pfanned to buy aBd operate a chain of cand y stores. Maccki was introduced to an older man, an alleged gold mine operator, who asked Maccki to take care of $8,000 for him. Maccki, to show his good faith, drew his money from the bank. All the money was supposed to have been put in a black box and given to Maccki to keep until the men returned. Schoolmistress-Maste r Isaac, what wrong d i d the bro thers of Jos e p h commit when they s old t h e i r brother? Isaac-T h e y s old him to o chea p. Mrs. Crawford-I w a s so g lad to fin d her out when I called. Mrs. Crab s h aw-I knew y o u didn' t like each other, so I told her wh en y o u were going to call. Gus-The idea of his saying I had more money than brains! Quite ridiculous! Jack-That's so. Gus-Of course. Why, I h aven't got a cen t. JackWell? Master-How d are you whistle l ike that in the offic e , Smith? Clerk-Well, sir, I thou ght y ou ' d like to k n o w I wa s be aring up c heerfully in spite o f my miserable salary. , "So you were a shoemaker, eh? Well, why on earth did the y put you i n prison?" "Well, onc e a fellow brought me a p air o f shoes t o have heels put on 'em and I sold 'em." "M a d a m," s aid P lodding P ete, " I on c e h a d a w ife and famil y, but I c o uldn't b e contented , s o I left home." " W ell, here's a turkey sandw ich fo r you. Very fe w hus b a nd s are s o c ons iderate." "Did you n o tice ho w heartily Briggs s hook hands with me?" " Yes ." He wasn ' t satisfie d with shaking one; he gra bbed the t wo." "Yes, I s u p po s e he thought his watch .would be safer tha t way. " They'rtl six fine so n s yo u have, C asey, " sai d D e n nis Flaherty to h i s fri end . "They are," sai d Cas ey. "Ned Kelley, the old buck kangaroo, has been hav"Do ye have any tro u b le w i t h them?" Trou ble ?" ing a fight with the boss stag of the axis deer herd,'' said Casey. "I've neve r h ad t o xaise my h an d to said Sergeant McGee, of the Park police, San FranI one of them, except in self-d e fe ns e."


THE. LIBERTY BOYS OF. '76. 27 GOOD READING MAKING HOLLOW CONCRETE ARTICLES According to the Bruckenbau, the p rod uction of hollow concrete bodies completely enclosed, which has hitherto only been possible within certain limits, is made easier by the new patent system of Stefan Rohm of Munich, who proposes to enclo se a block of ice of the required shape in concre te. Of course, smal} openings or channels would be left, b y means of which the thaw water could escape. In this way it is possible to produc e not only small concrete bodies with hollow ce n t e rs, but lmge ones as well. The process can be applied to artificia l stone . sent a letter, with a considerable sum of money, to the boy who gave him the Bible, " as a reward for _ the noble boy who, seven years ago, gave his dearest possession as a ransom for his mother, and thereby saved the life of his grate ful friend, Edelrich Krause." LEFT $30,000 TO WOMAN WHO HAD HELPED HIM, Charles Montgomery, who some time ago died in Cananea, Mex., after years spent in mining, mainly in Me xico, left his estate, including $30,000 in cash, deposited in the bank of Bisbee, Arizona, to a beneGERMANS FORCED TO MAKE PARTS FOR factress who l ent him $100 years ago, according to CANNON a will recently discovered. The will bequeathed such h e Krupp plant at Essen began working for the property and money as he would leave at his death United States Government the other day . The task to Florence Renshaw, now Mrs. Bowden, of Pied undertaken is making parts for seventy -two incommont, W. Va., granddaughte r of a w oman with plete cannon rejected by American authorities as whom Montgomery lodged when a boy. He went part of the war material offeTed by the Germans to Mexico, where he made enough mon ey to return under the terms of the armistice. to the Chicago exposition in 1893. Losing his money, The German commission whic h h as been consid-he returned to his old home in West Virginia almost ering the question of heavy guns turned down by penniless. There he found his old friend dead, but the American authorities has arrived a t Coblenz I from her granddaughter accepted the loan of about and reported that eighty cannon h ave been shipped $100 money she had saved from teaching school. to the headquarters of the American Army of Octhree years came a card from Guadalaja:a, cupation to replace big guns whieh failed to meet Mex., that told the debt would be paid soon. But requirements. With the delivery of parts for the it was seven years before the wanderer again was seventy -two cannon and the arrival of these eighty heard from. This news came in a registered letter cr.nnon the delivery of heavy artillery to the Amer-from Denver, containing three $100 bills and the icans will have been completed . will now in ev'dence. A BIBLE'S SERVICE When Napoleon Bonaparte took a certain German fortress which had resisted a siege of half a year his soldiers rushed into the town and commenced looting it. In the French army was a German named Krause, and he, like the rest, so ught out a house which appeared worth looting. When he entered he found a lad of six years, who, holding up a Bible -his most treasured possession-offered it to the soldier if he would not harm his mother. The soldier took the Bible and, opening it, was arrested by the words he read, and to the relief of the mother -a widow with four small children-said: "I will take nothing if you will let me have this Bible. " He placed the Bible in the breast of his tunic and, leaving the house, kept guard outside until the other soldiers had been called to their barracks. Mean while a body of Germans attacked the F renc h and during the fight Krause was struck ,in the breast and fell to the ground. On regaining consciousness he was surprised to find that the bullet had lodged in the Bible and he was unwounded. So the Book which softened his heart and saved the widow from danger protected that same heart. Seven years later Krause became an officer and SAY GIRL DRESS IMMODESTLY The alleged improper dress of some of the girl students, the playing of craps for money by the boys, also the method of discipline adopted by some tea

• 28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF ' 76. CURRENT RECLUSE LEAVES $4,000 Several shot sacks filled with coins of v ariou s denominations and a bundle o f ye llo w -b ac k $ 2 0 b ill s , totalling $4,000, was found in the trunk of a rec lu s e , William J . Tinsley, o f AmeI:icus, Ga . , w ho h as jus t died of tuberculosis . The dis c ove r y w a s m a d e by his only brother and h e ir, J a ck Tin s ley. A t the p u b li c sale of A . T. Fent, a Matfield, K a n sas, farmer, t he much-used and old-fashioned cradle, whic h had done service for the Crocker b rothers, was o ffered for sale . It was bid in many tim es a nd was finally sol d and r etained b y N. Gos ier, cas hie r of t h e Matfield Green State Bank, after it h a d b ro u gh t in receipts totaling $100. • A WORK OF ART FOUND . S C OFFS A T SNAKE BITES. A life-size marble statue of Venu s upon a p e d esta l A. R a dcl yffe Du gmore, who has a large experience hewn from a single block of maT ble h as b ee n disw i t h w ild li fe in Africa, Canada, Newfoundland, covered under the floor of a hou se in the s lum s of Flo r id a , a nd e l sew h ere, scoffs at the idea of danger Rome, where the pavem ent c ollap s ed. The s t a t ue from snak e bi t es. " S n akes! How many authentic was evidentl y carefully hidd e n , a s it is intact. It/ case s o f d eaths from snake bites do we h e a r of?" has been as ?:1e o f the s p e ciI h e a s k s . "As c ompared with the. deaths trol mens of Gre e k art and is p r obably a m asterpie ce . l eys o r fro m fire t h ey are as o ne is to a m1lhon , yet people wa lk boldl y in fron t o f a trolley and light BULLET DIDN'T KILL fires dail y w ith n o i d ea of the awful risk they must The head of a bull moose, whi c h li v ed fo r d a ys su r ely be running. But to camp in Florida, the land and perhaps for weeks with a bull e t in its h e a r t , of snakes. No! n ever . I have spent many months now graces the west door of the South Dakota capI camp ing in this terrib ly dangerous country, so:r:ie itol. It has an antler sp r ead of six fe et. The ani. t i me s with a nd s o metimes without a tent, sle epmg mal was killed by B. A. Cummin s , of Pierr e , while I in a ll s o r t s o f pl aces, shooting in swamps and in the hunting in Canada, and the mounting w a s done at /p i ne l a nd s, and two rattl esnakes only hav e I seen Winnipeg. When the moose was dis secte d the bullet (both in s id e a ci t y limit). " No d oubt a majority of was found in its heart, c overed with rust, and hunt [the 1 , 600 s p e ci es o f snak e are harmless, yet Sir J. ters believe that the animal had carr i e d t h e bull e t Fryrer has d e monstrated that in India alone some for a considerable length of time. The m oose see m2 0 , 000 p ers on s are kill e d annually by venomous ingly was in the best of health when kill ed. snakes. ' TWO EAGLES CAPTURED. A pair of immense gray e agles, the large st bi r ds which have been s e en in that par t of the country for many years, were captured alive rec e ntl y by J. H. Simpson and F. M. Butler on their place n e a r Saltfork, Okla. The male, it is estimated , will me a sure nearly eight feet from tip to tip. Its huge talons are as sharp as an arrow and its strong, hook-lik e bill would make short work of a y oung calf, colt, pig or lamb. It is said that this species o f eagle is almost extinct, and the breed has been known to attack children and even to offer battle to men when thoroughly aroused. Mr. Butler will endeavor to keep the eagles alive. FOUND A N UNKNOWN TRIBE. The exi s t e nc:e i n Africa of a hitherto unknown t r ib e , t h e members of which paint their bodies in such a manne r as to make themselves practically inv isible to the animal s they hunt, is vouched . for b y D r . Cuthbert Chris ty, a well known English travele r, w ho has returned after spending three y ea r s in th e Con go on a scientific expedition for the B e lgi a n Government. D r. Christy spent eighteen month s in a part of t he Ituri forest, previously al most unkn ow n . H e s u ccee d ed in shooting an okapi and in collecting fo u r o f these strange animals. The Bambuti dwarfs, a m ong w h om he lived, enabled h i m to p e n e trate t o the okapi's haunts. But it is his disco ve r y o f t h e " i nv i sible people " that has atGOOD PRf CE FOR CRADLE. tracte d the m o st no tice. He found them in the Ituri It is not every man who has the satisfacti on of forest. They are very shy and quite naked . By seeing the old-fashioned cradle in which he was means o f dull r ed lin es p a in,ted in various directions lulled to sleep more than forty years ago sell at across thei r bodie s they make themselves invisible. an auction sale for the Red Cross for $100 cash They organize great d rives in the forest, using nets by way of its days of usefulness. with which t o catc h t h e a n ima l s. Dr. Christy be g a n This, however, was the experience of E. G. and 1 his expedition at Bom a i n 1 9 1 2. H is European as A. T. Crocker, of this county, extensive cattlemen I sistants fell sick and onl y natives accompanied him. and large land owners, the latter State Senator of When h e learned of the wai:: h e d ecide d to return this district. home by way of the Nile. •


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THE LmERTY BOYS '76 -LATEST ISSUES916 The Liberty Boye Disappointed; or, Routed by the Redcoata. 917 The Liberty Boys' Narrow Escape; or Gettinit, Out of New York. 918 ThP Liberty Boys at Sag Harbor; or, The Liveliest Day On Record. 919 ThP Lioorty Boys In Danger; or, Warned In the Nick of Time. 920 The Liberty Boys' Failure; or, Trying To Catch a Traitor. '.l'lw Liberty Boys at Fort Herkimer: or, Out the Red skins. 922 The Liberty Boys' Dark Day; or, In the Face of Defeat. 923 Th<' Lihert:v Boys al Quaker Hill; or, Lively Times In Little Rhode Island. !124 The Libertv Boys' FlerPe Chinge; or, Driving Out the Tories. 925 The Liberty Boys' Hidden Foe; or, Working In the Dark. 926 ThP Llh<'rtv Boys' Run of Luck; or, Making the Best of Everything. 927 The UbPrty Boys' Combination; or, Out With Three Great Generals. 928 The Liberty Boys at Sunburyc or, A Hard Blow to Bear. 929 The Liberty Boys In Manhattan; or. 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Tricks as performed by leading conjurers question given. lllACHINES.-Contalnlng !ull directions tor and maglclana. Arranged !er home amuae-'!No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND making electrlcal machlnea, Induction coils, ment. Fully Illustrated. ANilllALS.-A nJu11.ble boek, giving tnstruc-dynamos, and many noTel toys to be worked No. '18. HOW TO DO THE BLACK ART. tlona In cellectlng, preparing, mounting and by electricity. By R. A, R . Bennet. Fully -Containing a complete description o! the preserving lllrd1, anl111als and Insects. lllustrated. mysteries ot Magic and Slela-ht-ot-hand, to-gether with many wonderful experiments. No. n. DOW TO DO TRICKS WITH No. 15. JllULDOON'S JOKES.-Tlae moat By .A., Anderson. Illuatrated. CARD8.-C1tainlngt explahntattlohns dot thlle 1: No. 79 . 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HOW TO DO ELECTRICAL man comedian. Sl:rty-faur page1; llandsom" Bounce, Pe4ro Saacllo, Draw Poker, Auction TRICKS.-Contalnlng a larc-e collectl•n ef colared coTer, containing a halt-tane photo Pitch, All J'aal"I', an4 many other popular tnstructlTe and highly aa1H1lncelectrical et tile autloar. same• •f card•. trick•, together with 1Jlu1tratlan1. Jily A. No. 81. HOW TO JllJCSMElLIZE.-ContalnNo. 51. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS.-A .Anderson. Ing the mHt appraTe4l method of mesmer-wonderful little book, telling you how to Na. es. HOW TO DO CllJCMICAL l1m; animal magaetiaa, •lj_ aagnetlc healwrite to yevr 1weetheart, your father, mothTIUCKl!l.-Containlng OTer ene lluadre4 lag. J5y Prat. Leo Hugo J>.acll, A .C. S ., auer, slater, brother, employer; and, In fact, hlgllly amusing aad !astructlTe trick• wltll. thar ef "How to HypaaUH," otc. nerybody and anybody you w!Bh to write chemleali. By .A . ..l:nderaea. Handsomely Na. H. Hew TO DO PALHIST&Y.-Conto. Illustrated, talnlng the 111ost ap,.raTed metllad1 of read-No. u. HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE Incthe lines on the hand, tosetller with a PJCTS.-Gh1ag complete Information as to No, 111• HOW TO DO SLEIGHT-OFfull explanation of their meaning. .Also ex-the manner and method of raising, keeping, I HAND.-Contalnlng onr fifty of tile lateet plainlag phreaalagy, and the key of telling taming, breeding. and mH.naglng all kinds and best tricks used by magicians. .Ala• charac:tera "!?1 the buraps 011 tlle head. By ot pets; aho &'!Ting full tutructlons for contalnlag the secret of second ale-ht. Fully Leo Hugo .A.C . S . Fully Illustrated. making cagu, Ptc . Fully explained by lllustrated. No. 11. HOW TO HTPNOTIZJC.-Contaln twenty-eight lllu1tratlona. No. 70. ROW TO MAKE MAGIC TOYS.-Ing Taluable and lnstructlTe lafarmation re-No. 55. HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS Contalnla&' !ull directions for making Magic &'ardi.l!g the science of hypnetlsm. Also ex AND COIN8.-Contalnlng valuable tnforma-Toys and device1 of many kinds. Fully 11 plaining the most approved methods which tlon r .. gardlng the callectlng and arranging lustrated. are e111pl•yed b'l the leading hypnotists of of stamps and coins. Handsomely lllUINo. 71 . ROW TO DO MECHANICAL the world. By eo Hugo Koch, A .C.S . trated. TRICKS.-Contalning complete Illustrations Na. M. HOW TO BECOME AN A UTHOR. No. 56. HOW TO BECOME AN EN-!or performing over• sl..:rty MecbaD.ical Tricks. -Cantainlng Information regarding choice full lnatructiona bow Fully Illustrated. of aubjecta, the use of words and the man to become a locomotlTe engineer; alao dlrec-No. 12. HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS ner ot preparing and submitting manu tlon1 for building a model locomotive; to-WITH CARDS.-Embraclng all ef the latest scripts. Allo containing Taluable lnformagetber with a !ull descrlgtion of everything and most deceptive card tricks, with !11U1tlon as to ithe neatneaa, Jelrlblllty and gen-an engineer should know. tratlons. era! composition of manuscripts. For sale by all uw1dealers. or will be Hilt to any addreas on rece!pt of price, lOc . per copy, or 3 for 25c., In money or postage stamps, by FRANK TOUSEY. Publisher. .. 168 West 23d St., N. Y.


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