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then, my boya," cried Diak. wa g is sword, "bring her up here. and we'll m !\ka her Speak to some purpose." The brave fellows tugged and pushed and the hea'Vlf gun moved slowly but steadily up the s teep ascent. -)


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution. I1sued Weekly-Subscription price, $3 .00 per year, Canada, $3.50; Foreign, $4.00. Frank Tousey, Publisher, 168 Wea• 23d Stree t, New York, N. Y. Entered as Second-Class Matter Janua1:1} 31, 1913, at the Post-Office at New York, N. Y., under the Act of March 3, 1879. No. 961. MAR 111936 NEW YORK, MAY 30, 1919. Price 6 Cents. :THE LIBERtY BOYS' GUN SQUAD } -OR-1 3 ? I HOT WORK ON THE HILLS By HARRY MOORE Stewart J(. Y. 9Jentle,. CHAPTE R J. Dick caught her, fortunately, and laid her on a slii"ping bank at the Toad s ide. A N ODD GIRL. "That's always the way," Bob declared, with a laugh. "Stop her, B ob! " "When the danger is over1 she promptly faint&-just like all "All righ t . " girls. " ' "Oan yo u d o i t?" "Well, if all girls do it, she can't break a universal rule, of "Well, I'll t ry." ' cour se ," with a smile. t Two boys were ridi n g a l ong a country road near New "But what are we going t do, Dick? There isn't a house Haven , i n Connectic ut' , o n e day in the year 1779 . in sight." They wore the C ontin enta l uniform,. and were mounted on "There's a brook at the fo t of the hill, Bob." fin e horses, o n e ri d i n g a magnificent black Arabian. "All right," and Bob sprang from his horse and ran down T h e a ttention o f the boys had been s uddenly attracted to a the hill. gid c om i n g toward the m on hors eback. The runaway was now standing quietly at the roadside, At first they thought s h e w a s simply exercising her horse with n o evident intention of running or doing anything out a n d pu ttin g him to h is p a ce s. , of the way. Then the b oy on t h e blac k saw that this was not so. Major, D ick's black, stood near, and the two presently The horse h a d got beyond the girl's control. • rubbe d no s e s and made each other's acquaintance. She was being n m a way with, in fact. Bob soon returned with .some water in his hat, and with • It was all s h e coul d do t o kee p h e r s addl e , and fear showed his h and sprinkled it upon the girl's face. i n every l i n e of h e r :face. Just be y ond whe r e the boys were In a f e w moments she opened her eyes, drew a deep breath posted there w a s a s t ee p, v e r y rough, hill. and sat up. If t h e run a way continue d at hi s then mad pace down that "Where are you? I suppose you would like to ask," said h ill , i t migh t b e fatal to both his rider and himse lf. Bob. "That i s the first thing a girl asks when she recovers '111e b oy call ed Bob sent his horse ahead at a gallop and after a swoon." then s u ddenly w h ee l ed and drew rein somewhat. "I shall do nothing of the sort," said the girl, with some O n came t.h e runawa y , never slackening his mad s p e ed . spirit. "And you are a saucy fellow!" As he passed B ob the b oy sudde nly snatched at the bridle, "That's all right," laugh.ed Bob, "as long as you don't call setting himself firmly i n the s addle. me a s aucy rebel, I don't mind; but that has grown very "Who a, bo y ! " he s aid, in a tone that meant to enforce obetires om e ." tlience. "W h y I call you a saucy rebel, a.ny more. than ask Keepi n g a fi11n hold on the rein and drawing back steadily, wh e r e I am? I know where I am, and it is very rude to h e rapi dl y s lack e n e d his own s peed. call any one r e b e l." H e had a good g r i p, and that s udden tug at rein, with "Don't m ind Bob, mi s s," said Dick, with a smile. "He likes t h e s t eady, b ac k ward pull afterward, had taken the bit out tio hav e his joke. You do not feel any the worse for your of the runaway's t eeth. adventure?" '"Whoa!" said Bob, firml y , but with no touch of anger in "Ye s, I do; v e r y much the worse, and that clumsy boy has h i s to n es. spilled water all over my frock." The other b oy now had his black a little to the othe r s id e " I don ' t think we'd better ask any more que s tion s , Dick," o f the chuckled Bob. "We don't either of us seem to hit the right If necessa1'y h e wou l d hold Bob . one." The latter se ttled b ac k in the s addle and brought his hors e "Shall we see you home, miss?" asked Dick. to a h a l t . "No; I am not a child. I know the way I am "Whoa!" h e said. not lost." The runaway was nearl y thrown upon hi s haunche s. The girl the n s t :)Od up, walke d over to her hors e, put one The b oy o n the black dash e d up and c:rnght the girl, who foot in the stirrup and got in the saddle. seemed abo u t t o s lid e off . The n she rode off down the hill at an easy canter. "Stead y!" h e s a i d. "I mus t iiay that she has grit, if not gratitude," laughed The runawa y, seei n g tha t he was mastered, now began to Bob. grow q uieter. "Sh e will be grateful enough when she comes to think of "Whoa ! " s aid Bob , soothingly . " All right, Dick?" the matter," quietly. "Yes." " T'hink so?" " I d id n ' t stop him any t o o s oon ." "Yes. She is proud, and thought that you were making "No. H e w a s a lmo s t o n the brow of the hill." game of her. She is sensitive, and felt a shamed of our see-" Y o u are n o t i n j u r ed, M iss?" a s ked Dick, setting the gir1 ng her swoon." upon the groun d and dismounti ng. " Y e s , but that was nothing." "No," s a id the g i rl; but then she went white all ' of a sud"I know; but s ome girls are queer." d e n a nd sw ooned. "Pretty nearly all, I guess," with a laugh. I


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' GUN SQUAD. The girl was now at the foot of the hill and a clump of trees soon hid her from sight. The boys now mounted their horses and rode on in the di rection they had been going when they met the runaway. As they came in sight of the town they saw two young ladies, accompanied by two boys in Continental uniform, all on horseback. One of the boys rode a big, gray horse, the other being mounted on a shapely bay mare. "Hello! There are Mark, Jack and the girls," said Dick. "Out for a ride," said Bob. "Well, it's a fair day for ib not too hot, and a fair road, except for some of the hills." The boys rode forward to meet the other party, and pres ently halted. "There was another in our party," said one of the girls. "Have you seen a young lady--" "In a green frock, riding a rather vicious sorrel horse, sister?" asked Bob. "Yes. Then you did meet her?" "She has a will of her own, I should say," added Bob. "Why, Bob!" said the other girl. "How did you discover that-simply by meeting her?" "Well, we more than met, sister," said Dick. "The young lady was run away with, and Bob stopped her horse." "And got scolded for my pains," chuckled Bob. "You are not the first," laughed the boy on the bay mare. "But Alice," said Dick, "did she leave you or was she run away with?" "She may have been run away with later, but not while she was with us," answered Alice, who was Bob's sister. "Why did she leave you?" "Well, if a boy had done it folks would call it tempet," the boy said. "Jack!" cried both girls. "She is all right," said Dick. "We saw no signs of the enemy, nor did we hear anything." "But it is just as well to be prepared,'' declared Bob. "And just tlien we thought we were going to be in a quiet place," said Edith, who was Dick's sister, "the . must appear." "But they haven't done so yet," answered the boy on the big gray. At that moment a man was seen coming toward them on horseback, riding like the wind. "Redcoats-New York-two ships-twenty-five hundred Trl,on!" they caught as he dashed past. The news must have come since we were at the shore, Bob," said Dick. "Very true." "Come, this must be attended to." CHAPTER II. THE NEWS CONFIRMED. Dick Slater and Bob Estabrook were the captain and first lieutenant, respectively, of a band of one hundred patriot youths known as the Liberty Boys. . Mark Morrison, the boy on the big gray, was the second lieutenant. His companion and chum, who rode the bay was one of the Liberty Boys. He was a jolly, dashing boy of the name of Jack Warren, and was universally liked. He lived near Allentown, in the Jerseys, and had been with the Libercy Boys for a year, the others having been with the company since its organization, three years before. Sir Henry Clinton was now the British commander at New York. 'l'he enemy, wearied by fruitless efforts to quell the re bellion, as they called it, had decided upon a predatory war along the coast. Rumors of an expedition directed against towns on Long Island Sound had reached the ears of the patriots, and the Liberty Boys were now at New Haven, awaiting the appear ance of the enemy. Just previous to meeting the runaway Dick and Bob had been to the shore, looking for news. It had evidently come after their departure, and the ma11 on horseback was now spreading it. Kissing the two girls, each of whom was the sister of one and the sweetheart of the other, Dick and Bob wheeled their horses and set off for the shore. Mark and Jack followed, being as much interested as Dick and Bob. • Riding as far as West Haven, they saw a good many ex cited persons, and heard the news repeated, with many varia tions. Finally, hearing the name of Captain Thomas repeated a number of times, Dick took his way to a little inlet, where a sizable schooner lay tied up to the bank. Dismounting, Dick called out: "Schooner, ahoy!" "On shore!" roared a man, with a voice like a foghorn, coming out of the little cabin. "Captai n Thomas?" "Aye, aye!" s-' ll-• " "You have just come down the Sound?" • "Aye, from Stamford." "And you saw the enemy?" "Not only saw 'em, but felt 'em, Cap'n. I had heerd as how they'd left Hurlgate, bound down this way with two frigates, a matter or two or three thousand men an' a lot o' cannon." "Yes?" '.'Waal, I was bound down this way, myself; but I come ahuuyin' when I see 'em, an' when they put a shot through my mainsail, pooty nigh hititin' the mast." "Fired on you, eh?" "Waal, some; I don't want to be any nearer to it." "But why should they?" "Waal, I had the Stars and Stripes flyin', in the fust place, an' I reckon they knowed I was a Yankee in the next." "And then you came on at a good speed?" "W aal, I guess I went as cluss to ten knots as ever I did, an' the wind ag'in me, too. The old hooker jes t hummed." "Do you think they are bound for this place, Captain?" "Dunno, but I think it's very like. Ennyhow, I guess it'll be ez well to purpare fur 'em." "That's what we shall do, Captain." "You're some o' the Liberty Boys, I take it?" "Yes." . "I've heerd on ye. Reckon ye've been in the old Nutmeg State afore?" "Yes, we have." "Do you see that horse yonder, Dick?" asked Bob, point-ing to a big sorrel, tethered to a stake at a little distance." "Yes, I see him." "Seen him before?" "Yes, of course." "I wonder what he is doing down here?" "Waiting for the girl, I suppose," with a laugh. . . "Come aboard, Cap'n?" asked the master of the schooner. "Got some fine old New England rum as ever you drunk, an'--" "Captain Jerry Thomas," said a voice from the cabin, "if you offer hliose boys liquor, I'll cut you off." "Aye, aye, m' hearty!" The voice was familiar and now a figure, also familiar, ap peared, coming from the cabin. It was the girl Bob had saved from accident and who had left them in the strangest fashion . The boys tipped their hats, and then Captain Jerry Thomas said: "My darter, young sirs. I'm the cap'n o' the schooner, but she's master o' me an' the schooner, an' all I got an' all I'm goin' to get, too, I guess." "Won't you come on board, Captain?" asked the girl. "I thank you and your lieutenant for the service you rendered me and think I may have been a bit short at the time." iJ have no recollection of anything of that sort," said Dick, gallantly. "Does the invitation extend to my companions?" "Why, surely, Cap'n. Anybody what wears that uniform is--" "Captain Jerry Thomas!" "Aye, aye, my hearty?" "Don't interrupt. I am giving the invitations. Certainly, Captain, but I must say that you have some of the sauciest fellows in your company that I ever met." "The more you see them, the bettl!r you will like them, Miss Thomas. They are a light-hearted, jolly lot of boys; but you won't find any braver or more trustworthy in the country." "If I said anything to offend you, Miss Thomas," said Jack, "believe me, it was not intende<;i." "So, our Jack s1Jarted it, did he?" thought Bob.


THE LIBE,RTY BOYS' GUN SQUAD. 8 "I can say the same," added Mark, "and would have said it "Yes" said Dick "we will have to celebrate it, of course. first if Jack Warren had only given me a chance." The must not be forgotten." "Mark, too, eh?" thought Bob. "The girl is a spoiled "It never will be," said Bob. child, I guess. The boys would not willingly offend any one." "Oi'll give yez a foine dinner," said Patsy, "an' that's a The boys tethered their horses to a clump of bushes and celebrashin to begin wid, for it's often enough dhai yez don't went aboard the schooner. get much av annything." Captain Thomas did not offer them any rum, but his black "We are going to have a cannon," said Dick, "to make cook did serve up a meal such .as they had seldom eatie n ) and things lively for the enemy, if they come." the skipper himself related quite an exciting story of his ex"Good!" cried the boys. perience with the enemy. "I have already picked out my gun squad. Thert are Bob, "I've got a sizable gun here, Cap'n," he said, "an' I reckon Mark and Jack to start with." if you you can have it." "Good, again!" said the boys. "I think we can use it," was Dick's reply, "for we are cav-"Then there's Ben Spurlock and Sam Sanderson." airy, infantry or artillery by turns." Ben Spurlock was one of the liveliest and jolliest of all the " I reckoned I'd like ter used her more on bhem fellers yesboys, and the choice was greatly approved. terday, but I run short o' powder an' I was in a hurry to git Sam Sanderson was also liked, and no one objected to his home, report to my owner, here, an' tell ther news." being taken. . "Captain Jerry Thomas," said the girl, "you're an old gos"Then there are Hany Thurber and Harry Judson," consip." tinued Dick. "Aye, aye, my hearty," bellowed the skipper. The two l!arrys were greachums, brave as lions, and uni• "We will shortly com"l after the gun, sir," said Dick. versally liked, and every one was glad that they were to be "We'll have to select a gun squad to look after it." in the Liberty Boys' gun squad. "There are three of us right here," said Bob. "Shure an' dhey ought to have taken yez, Cookyspiller," "And Ben, Sam and the two Harrys will make up the rest,'' laughed Patsy. added Dick. "We will get it without delay. And now we "For why dot was?" asked Carl, soberly.' must see to other matters. Good day, Captain; good day, "Becus yez cud sit on dhe goon an' howld it down better Miss Thomas. Come, boys!" and then they took their leave. nor annything." CHAPTER III. .. . A PROCLAMA(ION. "Ya, und dey was bedder toogked yoursellut', alzo." "Shure an' Oi know dhat." "Ya, to putted dot red headt off yours by dot vent alretty when dey was wanted to shoot it off, I bet me," laughed Carl. "Go'n out wid yez an' quit yer foolin' or Oi'll give yez a bat on dhe hid." . As the two comical Liberty Boys wl!re always quarreling, but never coming to blows, no one thought anything of this threat. That evening Dick and Bob went to call upon the girls, "You did not offer to see the young lady home, Dick," taking Mark and Jack with them, as there were other girls in chuckled Bob, when they we1e galloping toward the town. tihe house, and the boys would thus be company for them. "No,'' said Dick. "She did not accept before." They found Sybil Thomas there upon their arrival. "She was in a hurry. to see her father, I suppose. She The gid was not at all wilful or like a spoiled child, and must have expected him. But isn't she a spoiled child?" the boys were much pleased with the change in her, and en" She has some very good qualities, Bob,'' answered Dick. joyed her company exceedingly. "I don't doubt it," returned Bob. "But how did the trou"She may be just as queer to-morrow, however," said Jack. hie start, anyhow?" "You can never tell about these girls." "Why, she i s a friend of the folks where the girls are vis"Why don't you make up to her, Jack?" asked Mark, who iting-," said Mark. was a bit of a tease. Alice and Edith lived in Westchester County, in New Yw-k. "Why don't you?" quizzingly. "Well?" "Oh, but I've got a girl of my own, you know," said Mark. "She came to the house this morning, when Jack and I were "How do you know I haven't?" with a chuckle. there." "Have you, Jack?" eagerly, this being something that Yes." Mark was always trying to find out. 1 "\Ve were all going out, expecting to join you. Miss "Don't you wish you knew?" and Jack laughed. Thomas and the girls' friends' were with us. . Then Sallie had The next morning Dick, Bob, Mark and a number of the to return, and this spoiled child took offense at something Liberty Boys rode down to the little schooner IJo get the and dashed away like mad." gun which Captain Thomas had promised. "She takes offense easily,'' said Dick. "Both Bob and I The people of the countryside had already begun their had a taste of her temper. Still, she has many good points, celebration. I can see." When the boys were hauling the gun away some of them "A bit self-willed," added Bob. "Bullies her father and asked: still is v ery fond of him. " "What ye goin' ter do with ther cannon, boys?" "Only child, and mother dead, I suppose; used to ruling, "Celebrate," said Bob, dryly. and very tenacious of her rights,'' added Mark. "Won't be "Make a noise to please the redcoats," laughed Mark. criticized or questioned." "We'll find a use," chuckled Jack. "We're not making a toy of this thing, by any means." "And yet, for all that," declared Dick, "I believe she has "Do yer s'pect the redcoats are coming here?" asked plenty of good in her, which only needs to be brought out." others. _ The Liberty Boys were encamped near Milford Hill, where "We'll try and make things warm for them if they do," re-they could overlook the Sound and watch for the enemy. plied Ben. Riding on at good speed, Dick and his party at length They hauled the R"Un some little distance, left it under a reached the camp. h 1 d th t 1 th h f th b They were joyfully received by the Liberty Boys, who en set ou a ong e s ores o e ay to recon• were all light-hearted fellows, full of fun, and enjoying a Dick, Bob, Mark, and Jack were making their way on foot frolic, but manly and brave, and ready to give their lives for when they came upon some men distributing handbills. their country if need be. "Let's see what they are,'' said Dick, carelessly. "Shure, an' don't yez know dhat to-morry is dhe foorth av Bob got one of the handbills. July, an' dhat we must have a foine celebrashin ?" asked a He had scarcely glanced over it when he tore it in bits and jolly Irish lad. cried indignantly: his was Patsy Brannigan, the company cook and one of "Well, of all things! The impudence of then\! And on the chief funmakers of the camp. the Fourth of July, too!" "Ya, dot Fort' off Chooly was been to-morrow alretty," "Yes, but, Bob, what is it?" said Oar! Gookenspieler, the German Liberty Boy. Jack got a couple of the bills, and gave one to Dick. He was fat and jolly, weighing two hundred pounds, and "Well, I never!" cried Mark, looking over Jack's shoulder. made a lot of fun for the boys, although not always aware "Pfoclamation by Governor Tyron and Brigadier-General of it. 1 Garth, u1g:iW!: the inhabitants of Connecticut---"


' THE LIBE.RTY BOYS' GUN SQU A D . "To return to their all e gianc e ," sputte r e d Bob. "An d uh!s insult is distributed to-day , o f all day s !" "Insult?" said Jack. " I s hould say s o; it's wors e, it's a bit of tardly effrontery." "R rn to their allegiance , eh?" s b>rmed Bob. " And trust the promises of a maraude r like T ryon? The more fools they, then." "It is an insult!" mutter ed Dick. "Get the L iberty Bo y s together, Bob. Collect all these bill s that you can, and make a fire of them." "I'd like to use them for wadding and fire the m at the redcoats!" exploded Bob. "And put the distributors on the fire and warm the m up fo r once," added Jack. "And they promise prote ction oo the property and person s of the inhabitants." "That for their promises!" cried Mark, snapping hi s fingers. . The indignant Liberty Boys hurried this way and that, hunting up their comrades and sending for oth e rs. Bob and Jack came upon two men distributing the circular proclamations. "Hello, boys! Liberty forever! Down with the tyrants !" cried Bob. Then Jack raised a lus t y s hout, and h alf a d oze n Lib erty Boys came rushing to hi s s i de . Seize these treasonous hand-bills," cried Bob. "Don't l et one of them get out." "Thrash 'em!" yelled Jack. "Give it to them, boy s . Fair play, always, but give 'em a thrashing they will r e m e mb er! " Then the impetuous young Jerseyman tore t h e bundl e of from the hands of one of the d is tributors and attacked him willh his fists. CHAPTER IV. CELEBRATING THE FOURTH. The other di stributor was glad to escape without a coat to his back, leaving his bundle of insulting proclamations b e hind him. "Make a fire of them!" cried Bob, tearing open the bundle. One of the boys lighted a sulphur match and threw it in the middle of the bundle. The flame s soon caught and then !the other b u ndle was set on fire. The furious J a ck blackened the eye s of the di s ti;ibutor, and then gave him a contemptuous kick, crying: "Get oulJ of here, you cur, and don't y ou dare to scatte r any more such insulting stuff or you won't get off so eas y! " "Easy?" chuckled Mark. "He black s both of the fellow' s eyes and knocks two or three t eeth down hi s thr oat, and then call s that treating him e asy. " "He deserved a lot more, " s aid Bob, "and Jack Warren i s a 1.ood fellow." Of rourse, he is, and I like hi s grit," said Mark, between whom and Jack there exi sted a strong affection . The fire was burning merrily when Will Freeman, the two Harrys and Arthur Macka y came up with more bundles of proclamation s . "Hurrah!': cried Mark, s eizing the m, ripping the m open , and throwing them upon the fire . "Get all y ou can, bo ys. The more the merrier!" The man Jack Warren had puni s hed had fled i n hot haste, fearing a wors e treatment if he remained. The Liberty Boy s were thoroughly indignant at Tyron and Garth for is suing the proclamations , and se ized all they could get hold of. Tryon was a tyrant and a marauder, and his promises were an in s ult. "It i s an affront to tlhe good s e n s e of any thinking man to send out s uch a proclamation," declared Dick. "Does Tryon think we a r e fool s enough to believe him?" "I'd lik e to ram one of the insulting bill s down his throat and choke him with it!" sputtered the impetuou s Bob. Jus t then one o f the distributors came rushing along, pur sued by a .crowd of angry Liberty Boy s . Dick Slate r was fair, abo v e all things, and when half a dozen o f the boys caught the terrified man and began to han dle him roughly, he saip: "Fair play , boy s ! Give the fellow a fighting chance." The boys relea s ed the fellow at once. • "You shame less young rebels!" he panted. "You will pay for this insult with--• "Enoug h o f that!" interru pted Dick. " I t is we who a r e in sulted. A bu se won't h e l p you . If yo u t h ink you have a jus t cau se s t a nd up a n d defe n d y ou r sel:( . If n o t, take your se l f off, and don ' t r etum, a t yo u r peril!" The man s n eake d off and t he n took t o h i s hee l s, quick l y d isappearing. "Xhat's a g ood way to ce lebrate," said Bob . "And if it n eeds tbe rattle o f firearms to c omplete it, se n d on a few r e dcoats and we'll give the m all they want." " E ve n a l o t o f redc o ats w oul d not matter," added Marie " G iv e u s t h e D ec larat ion of I n depe n de n ce!" cried Jack. " 'Whe n, i n the course o f human events, it becomes n e ces s a r y for our p e op l e t o dissolve t he p olitical ties which h av e--'" "Hurrah!" s h outied all the bo ys . "G o on, Jac k! " said Mark. "Take it up, Mark, and g ive a ll t he bo ys a chance . " T here was not a bo y there who d i d not know the Dec lara t i on o f Indepe nd ence b y heart from beginning to end. Mark fin is h ed t h e opening paragraph, and we n t on, Bo b succ ee din g him when h e go t ou t of breath and Dick taking it up a s s oon a s Bob g o t tired. And so iti went, every one of them having a chance to re p eat a pa r t o f t h e famoU!'!( docu ment. Captain T h omas and h i s daughter S y bi l presently came a lon g, t h e old skipper saying: "Amusin' o f y oursel ves, boys? That's right." " Y es, b y burning the proclamations of Gov ernor Tryon and reciti n g the D ecl arat io n of Independence." said D ick. "W aal, I vow! That's the sort o' boys I like. You're out an' ou t p a t r iots, an' as lon g as the s t ock las t s the Britis h will n e v e r conqu e r the k entry." " Jerry T h om as, t h at's the mos t se n s ib l e thing you've s aid in a montih," said Sybil. "How far have you got? Here, Jet m e take i t up." Then s h e w ent on till out of breath, a n d Be n Spurlock re li e v e d h e r. " Sh e's a good pat r i ot, if s h e i s a little s poiled," muttered Jac k to Ma rk, "an d tnat atones for a . lot." The n Patsy came u p wit;h a n a . r mful of the proclamations and ca s t them u pon the fire. "Shure a n ' they d o b e fit for noth in' but b'ilin' a pot wid !" h e cri ed. "A n ' O i do nno d h a t O i'd want to clhrink me tay w id dh a t s o r t av a b'ilin', anny h ow." " You w ouldn ' t d r i nk tea with a on it, I'll go bail," lau g h e d J a ck. "Thr u e for yez, Jack, no more d h a n dhe min av Boston, but shure an' who i ve r t ' oug ht dhat Bosto n harbor wud be a tay pot ?" "Salt water a nd t e a never agree, " laughed Mark. Som e who we r e not Liberty Boys brought procla ; up and put the m on fire. A numb e r of them had bee n fo un d, abandoned by the dis tributors, and these were no w m ade fuel of. "If I was a boy f'd jo i n y ou r company," s aid a middle-aged g entle man. lookin g on at the b oys' ce lebration. " W e ll , if y ou have a bo y o f yo u r own, send him along," said Dick. "I haven't. I have only girls." "I'v e got two bo ys," s ai d ano ther m a n , "'and if they wan t to join h e llo! here they are n ow!" Two bo ys , abou t fiftee n ye ars o l d, a n d twins, apparently, now came fo1ward. "Mos e an' Aaron Terwilliger , d o y ou want to join the Lib erty Bo ys an' fight the r edcoats?" " Yes!" cried the bo ys . "Can w e ? " " Do you the D eclarati on of I ndepe n de nce?" asked Dick. "Not all of it." "But you believe i n it?" " Yes , siree-every bit! " " Can y ou shoot?" "I guess we can. " " Ride a horse?" . "Yes-bareback or any way." "Do as y ou are told ? " "Ye s , if we don'tl want a li c kin'. " "But not on that account alone? ' "No, but 'c a u se it's right." "That's b etter," laughed Dick. "Well, b o ys, I think you will do; but we will have to examin e you , first, for we want sound, hearty healthy boys. " "You' ll have. to label them," c huckl ed B o b . "I can't tell one from the other now. " " I can," said Dick . " I don ' t kno w w h ic h is M o s e s. bu t


., r ,• THE LIBERTY BOYS' GUN SQUAD. 5 one is a tr:fie taller than the other, and his eyes are tayed at home,'' answered D:ck. "Then you h: . iwt to call, simply?" "No.'' "And suppo s e I won't let the captain go out?" in a provoking tone. "We will find another ves s el, no doubt," said Dick. "There are many more, no doubt." The girl's manner changed in a moment. "Captain Jerry Thomas," she ::lid, "make ready. 'Ne are going out to look for the . y! " "Aye, aye, my hear t :,! away, there! Cast off! Take the wheel, Mr. Bob!" In a few moments the y were gliding down the bay under full sail. The boys were all well used to vessels of all sorts, and handled the schooner very well. Sybil remained on deck, seeming to the ti!p as a s the boys, and keeping an eye on the distant horizon, as 1f looking for the enemy. . Reaching the Sound, they headed westward, keeping well out from shore. Keeping up the Sound and maintaining a good lookout, Dick suddenly asked: . "What do you make that out to be, captain, on the starboard bow, close in to the point .yonder?" "You've got good eyes, cap'n,'' returned the skipper. "What would you call it?" "M7hat d'yer call it yerself ?" " 1A frigate's topmasts." "Reckon you're iight." "And the other is just behind her." "Right you are, cap'n, an' comin' on, too." "Heading this way?" "Shouldn't wonder. They's no other place 'tween here an' there 'at they'd be likely to put in at." "Had we better keep on, so as to get a better view of them?" "'Twouldn't do no harm, cap'n." They kept on and at length the enemy's ships showed much more They had rounded the point, and, being nearer also, their hulls could be seen. "I'd like to send a shot at them," muttered Bob. "Putty far ter carry, Mr. Bob, an' 'sides that, I hain't got no gun, seein' as I let you boys have it." "There's a squall coming, captain,'' said Dick, quietly, in a few moments. . "So there be. My lands, boy, your eyes is suthin' wuth hav\n'! It's a great. pity yer didn't foller ther sea!" "f can accompli s h more on land, captain," was the quick answer. "I reckon yer kin. Look smart there, boys! She's acomin' on putty lively. We'll go about, cap'n." "All 'right," said Dick. "Stand by for stays, boys! Bet ter go 'Je low, Miss Sybil." '.'I don't take orders from any one-not even the captain," said the girl, waywardly, and in something of a fret. "I am not giving orders," quietly; "but if you know as much of the water as I think you do, you know that the deck will be no safe place for you presently." The girl bit her lip and went forward. The squall was coming on rapidly, and it was quite time to put about. Captain Thomas had given Dick charge of this work and it was Dick who issued orders. ' The wheel was reversed, the jibs were loosened and the main boom swung over. They were going about when the squall struck them. Sybil was going when the boom swung across the deck. "Duck!" shouted Dick. The boom fortunately did not strike the girl. As the vessel keeled over, however, she slipped, slid to the rail and fell overboard. There was a coil of rope near Dick on the deck. Uncoiling several fathoms, he made fast to a pin, seized the end and sprang overboard. He reached the girl as she arose and caught her by the shoulders. Making fast the line under her arms, he shouted: "Haul away!" ' The skipper drew in on the rope, wltjle Bob and Mark put the vessel about. Then they scudded on as the squaJl struck them with full force. Sybil was taken in over the rail, Dick climbing in unas sisted. "That's what 'I call a piece of sheer wilfulness,'' muttered Bob to Mark. "There she goes, putting everybody in danger at a ticklish time, just for a bit of a sulk." "Won't take orders, won't she?" said Mark. "If ever there was a sp oiled child, she's one. Will she ever learn sense?" "It's hard telling,'' said Bob, with a shrug. Sybil went below without a word, and Deck kicked off his s hoe s and removed his coat, which he had not had time to take off when he leaped overboard. "I'm much erbleeged, cap'n," said the "Thet was a reg'lar mutiny, if ever they was one, but I guess the gal's been l'arned some sense by et." "About time she did,'' muttered Bob, under his breath. Dick said nothing, but hung his coat up on the rigging to dry. The squall passed, the sun shone out brightly and they skimmed on over the waves at a good gait. They saw the frigates again, but kept on, and at last ran up into the bay. Dick's clothes were fairly dried ihc san and wind by


6 THE LIBE-RTY BOYS' GUN SQUAD. the time they reached the little outlet where the schooner laid up. . Then Sybil came on deck, looking as fresh and dainty as one could desire . "I am thankful that no disaster followed my foolish fret, Captain Slater," she said . "And I quite deserved the good ducking I got." "Yes, you did," said Dick, quietly. "But why do you do such things? You are not a child." "Because I'm a woman, I suppose," with a toss of her head. "That is no reas9n. In fact it is a reason why you should not. My sister and Bob's don't do such things." "Oh, well, I'm not like most girls," with a pout. "That's a great pity, then, for most girls have common sense and plenty of it. Suppose I had been as foolish as yourself and had refused to go to your aid or suppose we had missed stays? What could have compensated your father for the loss?" "You have no iight to talk to me like that," pouting. "I have, because I ran a risk, as well as all of us. I have every right to talk that way." "I have told you I was sorry," muttered Sybil. "So you have; but that is not sufficient. Any one can say he is sorry and then go right on doing the same foolish things." The girl tossed her head and went below, and Dick and the boys left the schooner, it being well on toward evening. Mol.i_nting their horses, they rode off toward the camp at good "Sht! does not like being corrected," laughed Bob. "I know she does not, but if she isn't she will never be any thingmore than a spoiled child, and it will be a pity." "Quite true," said Bob. "And I believe with you that she has many good qualities." "And it is a pity that they are not brought out," answered Dick; and then they went on to the camp, where the boys were greatly excited over the prospect of an early meeting with the enemy. CHAPTER VI. ON MILFORD HILL. The British fleet, consisting of two frigates and a number of transports and tenders, had left New York on the third of July, and on the night of the fourth entered New Haven bay. The fleet was commanded by Sir . George Collier, and was in two divisions, one under Governor Tryon and the other headed by General Garth. That under Garth landed at West Haven at sunrise on the fifth, and prepared to march upon the town. New Haven had been selected as the object of the expedi tion, that being one of the most promising towns on the Sound. The inhabitants, having already been warned by Dick and others of the coming of the enemy, had made preparations to receive them. Early in the morning a party of Yale College students gathered on Milford Hill with a fieldpiece, ready to meet the invaders. Dick had already aroused the Liberty Boys, and took a party to bring up the cannon left at the footi of the hill. While the gun squad were thus occupied, another party skirted one side of the hill to ward off flanking parties and another kept watch on top with the college boys. At about the same time another party had gone to the west bridge on the Milford road with some fieldpieces. . This party, consisting of Liberty Boys and farmers' sons, got to work at once. Arthur Mackay, Will Freeman, Patsy and Carl were the leading spirits. "Down with the bridge, boys!" said Will. "Down wid it, dhin!" cried Patsy. "Come on, Dootchy." "Get up some breastworks," cried Arthur. "We'll pepper them if they get over!" Some had axes, some used shovels and picks and many simply had their hands. Patsy and Carl led the party attacking the bridge, and they did good work. Hasty breastworks were thrown up, and the fieldpieces planted behind them. On came the enemy, but the bridge was destroyed, and now the fteldpieces boomed and musketa rattled. "Shwim over, av yez loike," cried Patsy. "Shure an' we'll pepper yez, jusht dhe same." At other points the sound of firing was heard, and it was evident that the enemy was making desperate efforts all along the line. On top of the hill there was an old stone house, with a wall about it, and here Dick made his headquarters. The party skirting the hill had met a detachment of the enemy and had fired upon them. Being forced back, they had retreated to the top of the hill, where the college boys had made a stand. Cannon were booming, muskets were rattling, and pistols were cracking all along the line, and there was hot work among the hills. The enemy were pressing the Liberty Boys hard, and now Dick and the gun squad came hurrying on to get their piece in place. On top of the hill the college boys and Dick Slater's brave youths were pouring a hot fire upon the enemy. It was time that Dick joined them. The hill was steep at this point, but the crest was not far away, and then something would be done. Rattle-rattle-rattle! There was a scattering fire all along the hilltop. "Now, then, my boys!" cried Dick, waving his sword. "Bring her up here, and we'll make her speak to some pur pose!" The brave fellows tugged and pu shed, and the heavy gun moved slowly but steadily up the steep ascent. I With a last tug and a final push, they got the piece on the top of the hill. Then the Liberty Boys' gun squad got to work. Dick himself pomted the piece and fired it. Boom! A body of the enemy was coming along a pass leading to the top. Then the cannon blazed forth and a shower of grape shot tore in among the redcoats. Instant consternation ensued. . The college boys had not been able to manage their fieldpiece, and now Dick took charge of it. Boom! . . , The enemy had been badly demoralized by that first shot. This one ca1,1.sed them to break and flee in great confusion. They might return, however, and Dick meant to be ready for them. He put his gun squad to work, and, seeing another party of the enemy approaching up the steep side of the .hill, fired. At once there was a scattering of scarlet uniforms. Men went tumbling from rock to rock, or ran hither and thither like frightened sheep. Some in their fall sent others rolling from their places, and there was terrible confusion. "There will be hot work amol)g the hills," muttered Dick, as the reports echoed from point to point. Meanwhile Dick had instructed the college boys how to use their field-piece. The Liberty Boys' gun squad was hard at work again. "Now, boys," said Dick to the young collegians, "show the redcoats that Latin and Greek are not the only things taught at Yale college." The Yale boys gave a rousing cheer for the daring young patriot. Then their cannon roared, and to good purpose. An advancing party of the enemy, who had gained an im po-rtant position, was suddenly put to rout. "Good!" cried Dick. "Give 'em some of their proclamations," shouted Jack. "I've saved a bundle of them for that very purpose." "Good fello-w!" laughed Mark. "You're always thinking of something." "Ah, go on wjd yez, as Patsy says," answered Jack. The proclamations were used as wadding and rammed in good and tight. "That's as good as giving them hymnbooks, as Parson Caldwell did in Jersey," chuckled Mark. "And it's the only sort of gospel they can take, hot and strong and full of fire and brims tone," laughed Bob. Boom! Dick pointed the gun and clapped a blazing torch on the vent. The shot proved much more effectual than any that had been yet fired. "Hurrah!" roared Jack. "Givin&' them their own procla-


THE LIBERTY BOYS' GUN SQUAD. '1 mations wrapped about some cold shot has a good effect on Then they exposed themselves to the fire of the little batthem." tery on the hilltop, and the Liberty Boys' gun squad had "It's a wise doctor that can take his own medicine;" an-more work to do. swered Bob, with a hearty laugh. They were ready for it, and glad to get it, in fact. "They don't seem to relish having their own proclamations Boom! served up to them," declared Mark. Once more the cannon roared, mowing a swath through "Not with gunpowder sauce, at any rate," put in Ben Spur-the ranks of the British. lock, with a grin. The boys who had defended the pass fired a rattling, scat-The bridge party, having driven back the enemy, were now tering volley at the decamping redcoats and raised a tri-reinforcing the main detachment on Milford Hill. umphant cheer. Patsy Brannigan's wild Irish whoop was heard echoing "Come again!" roared Will. through the passes, and the Liberty Boys gave him a cheer. "Glad to see you any time," yelled Phil. Then Liberty Boys, collegians, farmers' sons and all "Come and take tea with us," shouted Arthur. formed in a solid body to dispute the passage of the hill with "Yes, and we'll make it hot for you," yelled Walter. the redcoats. The redcoats found that it was usel . ess to try and get for"More hot work, boys," cried Dick. "We've got to drive ward in that direction. I these invaders out, whether or no." They therefore fell back, but their retreat was as unlucky "So we will!" answered the boys with a roar. as their advance. Then the gun squad got .to work again changing•the posi-As long as they were in sight the Liberty Boys bombarded "Fi e!" cried Dick. Cannons roared, muskets rattled, and pistols cracked, and Boom! Captain purpose. CHAPTll::R VII. A VIGOROUS RESISTANCE. Jerry Thomas' gun was still speaking to good It dislodged a number of the enemy who had reached a commanding point, and sent them tumbling down into the . valley. . "That's a good Yankee gun, aimed by a thorough New Yorker, and the combination is too much for the red-coats," laughed Bob. "And it had Jack. some of their own proclamations in it," said "They make a dose," added Mark, dryly. "No wonder they made the redcoats sick." The college boys were now doing good work with their piece, helped by Dick. There was hot work among the hills yet, and it was having its effect. The marauders under Tryon and Garth found that they were not having things all their own way. Dick kept Captain Jerry's gun trained upon them, now at this point and now at that, the gun squad doing lively work. With the two pieces blazing away at them, now here, now there, the redcoats were given a great deal of trouble. It seemed to them as if there must be a well appointed battery on the hilltop, the guns played so rapidly them. Captain Jerry's gun did not do all the work either. A detachment of thirty or forty of the Liberty Boys, including Will Freeman, Arthur Mackay, Phil Waters and other brave fellows, took a position across the road somethinl? below the top of the hill. Here was a pass not covered by the gun. The redcoats seemed to know this and began coming up in force. "Down \vith the redcoats, boys," cried Will. "Make it hot for them, fellows," added Phil. "Don't let 'em come up," shouted Arthur. Then from many points of vantage the gallant lads poured a hot fire upon the advancing redcoats .. From behind rocks, trees and bushes they poured in a steady fusillade with musket and pistol, while not a shot could reach them. The road was narrow at this point, with a sharp bend in it. The plucky defenders of the pass were thus able to pour in a cross fire upon the enemy. Not many could approach at a time, and the daring fellows behind the rocks could thus ably defend the road . . More than once the enemy tried to carry it by storm, but the intrepid youths poured such a galling fire upon them that they were glad to retreat. . Then Dick, hearing the firing below, sent a party to reinforce the dauntless lads. These came just at a time when the others had no more shots without reloading. "Fire!" cried Walter Jennings, who led the reserves. While these held the British marauders-in check, the others reloaded and took a brief breathing spell. After two or three more attempts to carry the pass, the enemy fell back. .• _-i .!. whenever a redcoat appeared he became a mark for a bullet. Then tlie boys began to take stones from the wall around the house and hurl them down the sides of the hill. This was a new sort of boqi.bardment and a most effective one. Rolling, leaping and bounding from point to point went the stones, falling upon the retreating enemy and causing havoc among their ranks. Some were knocked flat, and some actually sent rolling down the hillside, many receiving painful bruises. Meanwhile the gun and the Liberty Boys' musket continued to play upon the redcoats as long as they remained within sight. "If they can't get to New Haven this way they may try another," said Dick. "Then we must head them off," declared Bob. "Yes, but let us be sure that they are going to try another way." "There'll be ,.more hot work among the hills," muttered. Mark. "And plenty for the Liberty Boys' gun squad to do," added Jack. "Scoot about, here and there, boys," said Dick, "and see if you can see where the redcoats have gone." The college boys and fal'mers' sons now hastened up toward New Haven, taking their field-piece with them. They had done good work, and the Liberty Boys cheered them as they took their leave. • "We may meet you again, boys," said Dick. "If we do, we'll all give a good account of ourselves." "Shure, an' av dhey l'arn yez nothin' betther nor foightin' iidcoats in dhe college, dhere's nobody can complain, begor rah," roared Patsy, and the collegians as well as the Liberty Boys all laughed heartily. The enemy had gone, but Dick, going to the top of the house, saw a party of them moving around at the base of the hill to get on the Ne\v Haven road. He instantly summoned all the Liberty Boys, and they too)' a short cut, dragging the cannon after them. It was easier going down shill than up, and they made good progress. Hurrying on, they reache the road and saw the college boys ahead of them. They at once raised a shout and brought back the Yale boys. "The enemy are coming this way," said Dick. "We must head them off." The Yale boys raised a shout, and others, attracted by the sound, came hurry:ing to the scene. Then Dick heard the tramp of the enemy. "Just in time," he said. The Liberty Boys and their allies, about two hundred, all told, drew up in a solid line across the road. In a short time the redcoats appeared. They were greatly astonished to find the Liberty Boys waiting for them, having supposed that they had eluded the young patriots. They had two fielii-pieces with them, and now brought them forward. "Oh, we have a gun or two ourselves," muttered Dick "Take your positions, boys. The gun squad has a duty b• tore it."


8 THE T;;IBE-RTY BOYS' GUN SQUAD. The boys answered with a cheer-, and Captain! Thomas's gUn was brought forward. The enemy, not knowing just how large a force of the patriots was opposed to them, now became more cautious. • Pulling off the stones from the walls on either side of the road, the Liberty Boys hurriedly constructed a breastwork. "Be careful that they don't outflank us, boys," said Dick. "Get up on the bank, Will, and keep watch." The redcoats fired their gold-pieces and made a hole in the hastily-constructed wall. Then the Liberty Boys answered, and one of the enemy's field pieces was broken from its carriage and exploded. "Hurrah, liberty forever!" roared the brave boys. Dick then ord ered them to fire, and they answered with a ringing volley. "Keep it up, boys," cried Dick. "It isn't going to be so easy to1 get to the town as these fdlows thought it would be." • CHAPTER VIII. THE BURNING OF FAIRFIELD. The Liberty Bo y s were eager to go after the r e dco a t s, a,n( l no time was lost. Mounting the i r hors es, the y set off toward the south and west. The en emy had s ailed up the Soun d t ow ard N ew Yo r k , and the b iberty Bo ys took the same d i r e ction. "There are other towns which they can reach easier than New Haven," said Dick, "and we must try and p rotec t them if we can. " They rode at goo<;! spe ed , and wh e n they r ested they h ad made many mil ei;. "If we had had boats we could not have gon e a n y faster," declared Bob. "Begorrah, dhin Oi'd n o t g o i n dhe boats," s ai d Patsy. "Why not?" a sked Mar k. "Becos Oi do alway. s be s a y sick in dh i m boats , dhat's phwy." "Why, it's never rough enough on the Sound to get si ck ," said Harry Thurber. "Maybe it's not for ye, b u t it don't n::-.::le to be rou g h , a t all at all, for me. Dhe very sight a v d h e wathe r i s eno ugh for me." "I knowed somedings what was mage you more bedder off dose seas ickne s s alretty," said Carl. The fight s oon became general, and the hottest kind of "Cookyspiller ?" rei;;is t ance was m a de b y the Lib erty Boys and their allies. "Yah, what it was?" Major Campb ell, the Britis h adjutant, was killed, and was "Av y e z minti on salt pork, Oi'll mur dher yez a n ' make borne from the fie ld to a neighbo ring house. yez ate it a fthe r, s o I will." The enem y trie d har d to g et by the patriots, first on one "How I was eate d someding off I w a s b ee n dead t ?" side, and then on the other, but were s o hotly opposed by "Shure, an' Oi dunno, but Oi'll make yez do it a ll d h e militiamen, farmers' sons and Liberty Boys that they were same." forced to give it up. "Humbug!" said Carl, not knowing what els e to say. It was the hottest sort of a skirmish, and upon the death The next day they reached Fairfield, and made thei r camp of their lead e r, the enemy drew off and scurried away in annear the Sound so that they could k ee p a watch for the other directi on. enemy. The small force at the we s t bridge was . unable to hold them The nex t morning the r e was a fog, but w h e n i t cl e a red the back, and assi stance sent to the patriots arrived too late. enemy' s ships w ere see n. . Other bodies of the enemy were coming up over the hill, that Boats were being lo we red , and a party w a s a bo u t to g o was also forced and presented a brilliant appearance, fairly ashore. glittering with scarlet uniforms. Dick immediately arous ed the L i b erty B oys, and,. mountThe Liberty Boys, seeing that the enemy were bound to ing their horses , they se t off alongs h o r e, kee pin g among enter the town, pushed on, determined to do all they could. the trees as much a s possible so a s not to b e discovere d . "The girls are there, " said Dick to Bob, "and must be reThe enem y lande d a little eas t w a r d of K e n si e's Point and moved to a place of safety." marched immediate l y to the village . Garth, having forded the stream and driven the defenders As soon as it was seen wh e r e they were going, Di ck dashed back, marched on, entere d the town between twelve and toward them and opened fire vigorou s l y one o'clock. A number of militia and many of the inhabitants j oin ed . Dick and the Liberty Boys, by a rapid march, hav-the Lib erty Boys and .gave battle to the . mg now their horses, got in ahead and carried the girls,. Tryon se t his Hessians to wo r k at fir m g the hou se s , and Sybil Thomas and several•of their friends to a place of safety obeyed with fury and a zeal w h i ch was po si t i v e l y fiendoutside. ish. They had abandoned the gun which had done such good Dick found a party of them setting fire to a fin e, large service, hoping to get hold of it again however. house while yet th'E! family w a s in it. Tryon's division, making the attack the east side of the "Down with the H essi ans. Lib e rty Bo ys ! " h e s houted. harbor, found the little fort on Black Rock feebly defended "Down with the in cendiar i es !" and soon drove out the garrison. "Liberty fore ver! Down with the H es si a n s c oundrels!" • At the bridge over N e ck Creek, the Americans made s ome yelled the angry youths. resistance with a field-piece, but were soon obliged to yield The gun was brou ght up , and Di ck qu ic kl y a i m ed and fir ed to superior numbers . it. Before. night the was in the po s session of the enemy, Boom! the soldiers committing many excesse s , rifling deserted There was a roar and a cloud of s mok e , a n d the n a great houses, murdering inoffen s i v e citizens and committing many scattering among the H essians . other crimes. . Other houses were set on fire, however , for Dick could not It was Garth's intention to burn the town, and he said as be everywhere , and the Hessians and r e dcoats were overrun-much to Tryon. ning the village. During the night, howev e r, he changed his mind, finding Many houses , two c hu rclhes, the courthouse, j ail, the that the militia were collecting in large numbers. school-hou s e s and many barn s , re c ently fill e d with produce , Dick Sl a ter was not idle during tb.e night. were destro.yed. Having t a k e n the girls to a plade of safety outside the In the of. the confla grati on a t r emendou s storm o f town, he d espatched a number of the boys on the swiftest thunder and hghtnmg came on . horses in many directions to arouse the neighboring country The Liberty Boys were fight ing . vigo r o u s l y, and h a d more and call upon the people to driv e out the invaders. than once scattere d detachments o f H e&sia n s greater in n u m -Mark, on h i s biggray, Jack, on his bay mare, DicK. on her than themselves. Major, and othe r Libe rty Boy s , well mounted, rode hither As often a s they could they d i scharged thei r gun, a n d aland thither. and b efore morning a large body of militia had ways with good effect, having no mercy upon the d e moniac collected , whil e more were coming. Hessians. By morning .there \ V a s a large force. collected, and Garth I These foreign hirelings spare d n either y oung no r ol d, weak retreated to hi s boats , put s ome of his men on board. his nor strong, man or wom a n, and the b rave young p a triots ship s , and sent s ome ov e r to East Haven to join Tryon. were especially furious against them. By the afternoon the marauders were so hard pressed that "I don't consider a Hessian any better than an Indian " they weighed anchor and went down: the bay into the declared Bob, furiously, "and I don't have any m e rcy d n Sound. them." "They will not s top, now they have begun their work of There was s carcel y a b"oy among them all who d id not feel destruction," s aid Dick, "and we must pursue and harass themj the same as Bob, and they fairly hurled thems elves UlJOn the all we can." Hessians every chance they got. . I ,.


THE LIBE-RTY BOYS' GUN SQUAD. 9 The light of the burning village illumined the earth, while overhead the sky was as black as ink. Every now an

10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' GUN SQUAD. Again the sentry called, g etting no reply. The n he sudd e nly saw s om ething wh i ch had before escitped his attention. The re was no grating to the po r t. "Jove! but that's funny. !" he mutte red. Then, instead of giving the alarm at once, he unlocked the door and entered the cell. The bars, bent and twis t e d out of shape, and Dick Slater's uniform coat and sho es were l ying in a dark corner of the cell, but the prison e r himself was nowhere to be s e en. CHAPTER X. WATCHING ALONGSHORE. Billy W;;Ltts dashed away at full speed upon Major, the Hessians being unable to catch him. Several of them fired at him, but their shots all went wild. "Get up!" the bo y sai d to the horse . The little fellow clung tightly to the saddle and dashed on like the wind. Passing the hou s e where Dick had found him and on through the smoking village, Billy at l ength reached the camp of the Liberty Boy s . Then Major stopped. At once Bob, Mark, Jack and came hurrying for-ward. , They heard Major's tramp and expected to see Dick. Instead the y found a bo y o f nine or ten sitting in the saddle. "Hallo, young f e llow, w ho are you?" asked Bob. "I'm Billy Watts." "Where's Dick Slater?" "Did he s e nd you ahead?" "Is he in trouble?" A perfect battery of que s tion s was fired at Billy. Slipping to the ground, h e a s k ed: "Is Dick Slate r the feller w h a t own s this horse?" "Yes." "Well, the Hessians have got him, an' he sent me on to tell you. They tried to get me, too, but they didn't." "No, I s ee that they did not. So the y have got Dick?" "Y es ." "Which way did they go?" "I donno; I di dn't look; I just s kinned out as fast as I could go." "Good boy," said Bob. "Will you show us where Dick Slater was captured?" "Yes; but that horse f s a big feller for me to ride alone. I 'most fell off haffer doz e n times ." "Come up with me, young fellow," said Jack, who was already in the s addl e, a stri d e his fine bay mare . right," and Billy got up with Jack's ass istance. "Come on, my little man, " said Bob, "and show us the way." Bob, M a rk, Jack, Ben and a dozen others now set off, Billy pointing out the way. They reached the house where Billy had first met Dick, the boy saying: "That's where I useter live, but the Hessians burned it down." . "The scoundrels!" cried Jack. "An' I donno where my folks is nor nothin'. Dick Slater said he'd find somebody to take care o' me if I didn't find 'em." "And so he will, Billy. If Dick Slater says he will do a thing, you can trust to h i s doing it." "He's a pretty good fell er, ain't he?" "The best that ever was , my boy!" heartily. "And you are the Liberty , Boys ? " "Yes." "Can I be one of 'em, too?" "When you are big enough, if the war lasts that long," laughe d Jack. At length they came to the place where Dick had been capttrred. \ There were no Hessians there now, however. "There are the boats and the enemy's ships," said Bob. •The y have beaten a retreat." There were many militiame n and citizens about now, and tlle r e dcoats and Hessians had di s appeared. Bob and his party hurrie d on toward the shore. could see several parties of redcoats and Hessians going off in boats, although there was not ye t any g e neral activity among the fleet. "Tryon is getting uneasy," said Bob, "and i s g etting r e ady to leave." "I wish we would give him a rattling good v olle y , " muttered Mark. They went quite to the shore, but a t a safe di stance from the enemy's boats. "They have probably taken Dick out to o n e o f the v esse l s," declared Jack. "If we only knew which one it was, w e might d o something," added Mark. "Hallo, there's a schooner out there that has a familiar look," said Bob. "I couldn't tell a schooner from a shi p, " l aughed J ac k. "An' Oi want nothin' to do wid a ither a v d h i m , except to get Dick Slather out 'av it," said Patsy. "That's Captain Jerry Thomas 's s choo ner, so it's no w on de r that she looks familiar," spoke up B e n. "Jovel I believe you're right, B e n, " cried Bob . "What i s he doing out there?" "He seems to be running off and on as if l o oking for something." "If he gets too near, some of those fellows will sen d a shot after him," muttered Mark. "Now he's tacked and is running i n t ow ard sh ore," e x claimed Ben. "There's some sort of exci t ement o n one of those ships." "They're beating the drums and y ou can see the marine s hurrying about," from Jack. "And old Jerry Thomas i s beari n g right down on her, too," laughed Mark. "He's the saucie s t kind o f a s kipper. " "He knows just how far he can go , of course," said B ob, thoughtfully, "but he does seem to be taking pretty big risks." "He's got somebody with him, " mutte r ed J ack. "Can i t be his daughter, do you think?" "Very likely," ' answered Mark. "She's the real captain o f the old hooker." "There's some one else," declare d B ob. "Jove! if it didn't seem entirely out of reason, I s hould say that it was the girls." "There are two or three pers ons on dec k ,'' added Ben . "And I don't see why the girls s hould not be there if the skipper's daughter is, " put in Mark. Just then the s chooner was hidd e n b ehind the Biitish ves s el, and the boys could not make out her m ovements for a time. The boys kept a sharp watch upon the shore lest the red coats or Hessians might steal up on t hem unawares. Before long another party fJf Li b e rty Boys came u p , twenty or thirty of them, led b y the two Harrys and Sam. "We thought you might need u s , " s a i d Harry Thurber, "and so we came on." "That is all right,'' said Bob . " D i d y ou have any trouble with the Hessians or British?" "Well, we didn't have any trouble with them," with a laugh, "although we did meet some of them. " "Scattered them, eh?" asked Mar k. "Yes, and without firing a shot. " ' "Oh, they have had some with u s and don't want any more," laughed !Jen. "But what are you doing here?" a s k ed Harry. "The fleet interests us," was Bob's "We are not sure of it," added Jack, 'but we think that Dick may be in one of those v essels ." "And old Jerry Thomas i s out there on the So u n d , and we want to know what he is doing," adde d Bob . Just then the boys heard the sound of a cannon . "Hallo! What's that?" "They are letting Captain Jerry know that he i s not wanted." At that moment the schooner came in sight again . She bore off toward open water, but presently ta<;k ed and came on toward shore. "He's coming in," sai d Bob. "Let's go and se e what he's • got to say." "They are signaling to us," cried Mark. The schooner was bearing down the Sound, but ev ide n t l y meant to land. • The enemy sent another shot at her, but missed . Then the Liberty Boys das hed off toward the east alon gshore to meet the skipper when he came in. Boom! Another shot went whistling through the air. It fell into the water ten yards astern of the schooner.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' GUN SQUAD. 11 ' On went the Liberty Boys, and on went the schooner, and soon Captain Jerry Thomas could be plainly seen at the wheel. The gallant boys dashed almost into the water as the schooner's mainsail and jib came down, and then Bob shouted: "Schooner ahoy!" "On shore!" roared Captain Jerry in his fog-horn voice. "Have you seen Di ck ? " "Aye, aye!" and then Dick Slater himself came out of the cabin, and the boys gave him a cheer that fairly startled the echoes. CHAPTER XI. STILL BOTHERING THE ENEMY. It was some minutes after Dick Slater had dropped out of the port into the Sound before his escape was known. Meantime he had come to the surface, and was swimming awa y from the vessel. Then he saw a familiar sail out on the water and signaled to it. It was Captain Thomas's scho oner, and Captain Jerry him self quickly bore clown toward Dick. The the alar m was given, and there was great excite ment the frigate. Dick swam steadily, and the schooner bore down upon him. Then he was discovered, and there was a great rattling of muskets. ' On came the schooner, and the frigate fired a shot at her. She ran up into the wind, picked up Dick and stood off again. To Dick's great surprise he found not only Sybil Thomas on board, but Alice and Edith as well. "I came dow n here with the captain to see how you boys were getting on," said the Yankee Skipper's daughter, "and I thought thttt the girls ought to come, too ." "An ' then whe n I was a-lookin' fur a place to land I see you drop out o' the port, suspected it was an escaped prisoner an' come to pick him up," said Captain Jerry. "There are some Liberty Boys on s hore, looking for you, I gue ss," added Sybil, "and I think they have recognized us." The little schooner stood in toward shore, the British vessel firing a t it but m is sing, fortunately. ' At last they ran in to s hore, and Dick showed himself and got a hearty welcome. "Is that Billy Watts 'whom you have with you, Jack?" asked Dick. "Yes, and only for him we would not have known that you were a prisoner," answered Bob. "Well, I tl;Iought he would let you know. Billy and I great friends, aren't we, Billy?" "I guess i;;o,' answered the boy, soberly. "Anyhow, you was pretty good to me." "Dick Slater is good to everybody, young fellow," laughed Jack. The girls were sent below, and Jack took charge of the Liberty Boys on shore. On came the British and Hessians, expecting to make short work of the Liberty Boys. Jack withdrew a little with the youths so as to give Dick plenty of room. The redcoats came on with a yell, shouting to the boys to surrender. Boom! The little cannon on the schooner suddenly belched forth fire and smoke. Horses and riders were overthrown, and there was great consternation among the enemy. Then they rushed down to the water, expecting to seize the schooner. "Forward!" shouted Jack Warren, for the time leading the Liberty Boys . "Charge! Fire!" Crash-roar! A well-directed volley was poured in upon the enemy, who outnumbered the gallant youths. They were thrown into and were at a great disadvantage. The brave boys now sent a hot pis tol volley at them, and then Dick gave Jack a signal. The Liberty Boys sudde nl y fell back, and all at once there came a puff of white smoke from the schooner. Boom! Then there was a roar, and a solid shot went crashing among the Hessians and British, scattering them in all direc tions. Jack and his boys raised a shout and, having reloaded, now fired again, adding to the enemy's confusion. Then a large detachment of militia. having heard the s0und of firin.g, came to help the Liberty Boys. With the militia were farmers, armed with flintlocks, mus-kets, rifles and pistols. They were as eager to engage the e nem y as were the mili-tia. All of them had suffered loss of home and property at the hands of the Hessians. They were burning to avenge the'.r wrongs, therefore, and came on with a shout. There was a perfect fusillade, and the Hessians found th::>.t they were having a harder time than they exp'ected. The farmers and militiamen rushed upon them with great fury , and a tremendous slaughter ensued. The Liberty Boys took no hand in this, but roady to give aid if it were n eeded . The Hessians seemed to be the object of the fury of the farmers and militiamen. They were cut down right and left, and few escaped who remained to fight. Many fled, throwing down their cumbersome arms anrl equipments. The ground was fairly strewn with heavy hats, sword3 and muskets. The farmers picked these up after the enemy had retired. The boys would not be encumbered with them, how ever, as "Where are you going, Captain Jerry?" asked Bob. they were much too heavy and clumsy to u se, greatly p:c "There's no place for you h e re. Tryon's brave Hessians have fcrring their own weapons. destro yed hundreds of homes, and there is nowhere for any The British and Hessians having been put to flight, Die'.{ one to go." and the others no w came ashore again. /'Waal, I guess I can go back to New Haven," said the cap"Waal, I'll put down shore a bit," de clared the skippei, tain. "The redcoats didn't find my boat, and so I picked up an' lie off an' on. I reckon the enemy won't stay the gals and come up here; but I guess I can go back." longer." "Your hou se is safe?" More boats were seen in the distance putting out to the but there's a. good many that ships, all crowded with men, and it was evident that Tryon Dick went ashore m t_he boat and said: had decided to depart before long. "Here's a l ittle fellow that's be en burned out of house and The schooner put off down the Sound, and the Libertv Boys home, and who doesn't know whe1e his people are." 1 set off toward the eastward eventually pickin"" up ail their "Poor little fellow," said Alice. "What shall you do with . number. ' " him, Dick?" . • Shortly after noon they ei{camped in a little scattered wood "Try and find his p e ople. If not, we shall have to look after not far from shore and had their dinners. him till we can find a home for him." Billy was still with them, and ate like one famished. "Here come some Hessians antl redcoats," announced Mark, "Pooi: little chap, I don't believe he has had a thbg to eat looking alongshore. "They seem to be looking for trouble." since yesterday," 15aid Jack. "Then let's give them all we can," muttered Bob . "Very likely not," answered Bob, "but we'll take care of "If we had that gun of youts, Captain Jerry," observed him." ._ Mark, "we could pepper them." "Shure, an' he won't shtarve a s long as I've annvthingto "Oh, I've got it," answered the skipper. "I thought you'd cook," said Patsy, "an' ;t's shmall favor Oi'll do dhim Hesgot through with it fur a time, an' so I picked it up an' sians av• Oi get afther dhim fur burnin' dhe poor gossoon fetched it along." out av house and home, bad 'ce ss to dhiY'1." "Hurrah!" cried the boys. Scouting alongshore an hour or so later, Dick saw th The gun was quickly made ready, and Dick, Bob and Mark enemy's ship set sail up the Sound, but what their destina went on board the schooner. 1 tion was he could not guess, of course . •


12 THE LIBE.RTY BOYS' GUN SQUAD. CHAPTER XII. LOOKING FOR BILLy's FAMILY. The enemy having departed, Dick now determined to look for Billy's people and restore their child to them, even if he could not replace their home. He took Bob, Mark and Jack with him, Billy riding on the front of Jack's saddle. Nearing the house where Dick had found Billy, they met five or six men. "Do you know any of these men, Billy?" asked Dick. "I donno; I guess not," the boy answered. "Do you know this boy ? " Dick , asked the man. "Looks like Watts' boy,'' one of the men answered. "Do you know where his people are?" "No, I hain't seen 'em since the redcoats came." "Who were they? Father a.nd mother?" "Yes." "Any one else?" "I guess so, but I didn't live very near Watts." "This was where he did live?" "Yes." "Did you have any brothers and sisters, Billy?" asked Dick. "Yes; I had Jimmy, and Johnny, a.nd Sally, and Susie, a.nd Jane and Molly.'' "Were they older than you ? " "Some of 'em was big. Jimmy and Johnny was big boys. There was the baby, and there was one or two little girls, and there was two or three big ones. Sally, she was awful big, and Susie, she was pretty big, I guess." "Watts had a pretty good family, and I guess the boy is right; but I donno how many there was," said the man. "Watts had elevent said one of the party. "All alive?" asked Dick. "Well, I don't know about that; but I heard that he had eleven." Some of the men had passed, and now Dick and his boys rode on. At the next house two men were digging in the ruins of a house. "Hallo, Mr. Brown!" said Billy. "Hallo, Billy Watts! Getting up in the world, riding your own horse, aren't you?" "Shucks! That ain't my horse. Say, have you seed dad and mam, an' the "No, I haven't," and 'I>ick noticed that the man looked un. ' "Go on a little way," he said to Jack. He and Bob remained behind, and then he said: "You know something of these people, which you did not want to tell the boy?" "Yes, I do. He might not understand it, and he has trouble enough, poor, little chap!" "They are dead?" "Some o' 'em. I tell you it makes my blood boil when I think of it! That boy's mother lies buried in the ruins yon der, murdered by a Hessian brute. Watts was killed defend ing' his home." "And the others?" "I don't know. The two big boys fought well. I saw them. I don't know wliat became of them." "And the girls?" "I don't know. Neighbor Jones says he thinks they_ were carried off, but I didn't see it." "Where does Jones live ? " "Next house, across the road. There he is, hunting in the rubbish." "How many children did Watts have?" "Seven living. There were more than that, but they died." "Was Billy the youngest?" "No; there was a baby a.nd a little girl, about six. There was twins between her and Billy, they died." "What became of Watts? You said he was killed?" "Yes, and the Hessians threw him into the ruins." "The monsters!" "You may well say that. He was dead, but they .needn't have done it. I tell you, I have seen things done that would make me a patriot, if I wasn't one already. Governor Tryon has got, lots to answer for, I can tell you." "Indeed he has," said Dick, "and he is u responsible as if he had done these thin2'S himself." "So he is." "There was no need to burn Fairfield. There were no stores here, and the whole business was an outrage ." "So it was, and the r e dcoats and the H essians will s uffer for it. There isn't an hone s t man living along the Sound that won't take all the revenge he can get out of them." "I believe you," said Dick. He and Bob then joined Mark and Jack at the Jones hou se. The two boys were qu estioning Jones, wh o kne w Bill y Watts, but he said he had not seen any of the bo y' s p e opl e. Dick then saw him by hims elf, and he sai d much the sam e that Brown had. "Watts and his wife and John are d e a d fo r certa in, " h e said. "And the girls?" "The two larger ones were carried off. I don ' t know wh a t . became of the others." . the baby?" "Killed in its mother's arms . Watts shot the Hessi a n brut e dead that did it, but lost hi s own life." "Then there may be some of the family w ho e s caped, the same as Billy?" "Yes. A lot of people went away, and s ome of the little ones may have gone with them." . "Families separated in this way may not come togethe r m years," said Dick. "No; particularly where there are little child r en and the father and mother are dead." "Well, I have promised Billy to find some one to take care of him, if I can't find his folks, and I will do it. " "That's good of you, I'm sure. I've got as many as I can look after handy, but if you don't find them--" "Thank you, but perhaps I'd better ask some on e who have fewer cares of his own. I don't want to take Bill y too far, for then it will be harder to find his people." "Very ti11e, " agreed Jones. . By late afternoon Dick had gained no more in formati on concerning Billy's family , and it look e d a s i f h e w ould n o t . They returned to the camp and themse lv es as comfortable as possible, Billy staying with Jack Warren, w ho had grown very fond of him. "lf I did not live s o far• off , " the boy s a id , "I'd s en d Bill y home for father and mother and Siste r Dolly to take care of." "We may find s ome one nearer than that, Jack," s a i d . D i ck , "and it will be better, especially if any of the other ch ildren are living." "Yes, so it would; but I know my folks would take care o f him." "No doubt, Jack, but I am su r e that we will find pl enty right around here who will do it in a moment." In the morning Dick saw Captain Jerry Thomas. He had left Alice and Edith in a safe place, but S y bil was with him now. Dick saw the girl and told her about Bill y . "Poor, little fellow!" she s aid. " Couldn ' t we t a k e care o f him, Captain Jerry? Why, of cours e, we can!" ' "! donno but we might," said the skipper. "You are very kind," said Dick ; "but it is likel y that so m e of the family are in the neighborhood, and it will be b etter not to take him too far off." "Yes, that's so." "You can run up and down the Sound and a s k ab out him," said Sybil. "You can take him on the s chooner. S cip i o wi ll look after him, and when he is at home, I can tak, e care o f him." "That's a very good plan," said Dick. "I must k e e p a watc h on Tryon, for I do not believe that he has fin ished his marauding expedition." "He went across the So-qnd, over toward Huntington," said Sybil. "And may cross again to Non\ralk or Stamford or some other towns in Connecticut," suggested Dick. "Shouldn't wonder," muttered the skipper. "I guess I better take a look." "I guess you had better stay at home," said S y bil, "and no t be running into any danger, Captain Jerry Thomas. W e 'll look after the boy,_ Captain Slater." Dick rode back to camp and asked for Billy, saying that, as he expected to go to Norwalk, he thought it best that Billy should go with the captain. They began a hunt for the boy, but could find nothing o f him. . . ... l •


THE LIBERTY BOYS' GUN SQUAD. 18 , CHAPTE R XIII. BILL Y REAPPEARS. "Yihcre is Billy, J ack?" a s k e d Dick. "Wasn't he with you ?" "I don't k n ow , " was Jack' s repl y. " H e " a s with me not s o lon g but I don' t kno w w heth e r h e was with any one e l s" si nce or n ot." T hey called a n d t hey hunte d, but could sec nothing of the boy . . Dic k fina ll y de termined to se t out, and to l e a ve word that if B illy were found h e was to go with the captain, of course, he had Jeen found b y on e o f h is brothe r s . Bag1--ge was packed , horses wer e s a d dl e d, and all prepar ations to start were made, but s till the r e was no Billy Watts. " H e may have g-o:ie off to hi s old h o m e , " said Bob, "and pC'rhaps he has found so m e o f hi s peop le . " "Maybe," said Dic k. " Bu t h e seem e d to b e so attached to us t hat I thought h e wo ul d want t o stay . " " I saw him only a l ittle w hil e b efore you a k e d for him," sai d one of the Terwilliger t w in s . "So did others," l aughe d J ac k. "But where i s he now? I t hought, same as Dick, that we would not be able to get rid of him. " "Maybe we can't," s a i d Mark, quietly. J ac k gave Mark a look. and said: "You do n't know. do you , old man?" "No; honest . l don ' t . " ;'The n , you think--" 'But we haven't b ee n a bl e to find him, Jack, so you see I may not be rig-ht , after a ll. " "You think the little chap may be hiding somewhere, so a s n ot to be se n t away? " "Yes." "It wot I d be Jus t l i k e h i m ," chu , ckl e d Jack. "However, we seem to have lool<:ed e verywhere, s o I d on't s ee what more we c a n d o ." . "No, t here d o esn't seem to be anything. " When they h a d gon e ,four or five mile s the Terwilliger t w in s sud d e nl y gave a sl\out. "Wh y, t he1e's Bill y now ! " they cried. And the r e w a s Bill y, sure enough, riding on one of the w a g on s . H e presently ran forward and climbed up behind Jack Warren o n h is mare. "Hello,. y o u ng-fello w ! " said Jack, looking around. "Where have yo u bee n?" "Oh, I've b ee n with the bo ys," said Bill y, careles sly. "Do yo u know that yo u have made us a gre!'-t deal of trouble?" "No; have I ? " "Yes; so m e of u s thoug-ht y ou were lo s t." "Di d y ou lo o k for me?" "Yes." "Well , I wante d t o go with y ou. There ain't nothin' back there n ow, with t h e folk s all d ead or g-one away." "But i t 's dangerou s bus'.n es s , being with us, Bill y . We might get into a fight any time, and y ou would be killed." "I was i nto a fight b efo r e with y ou, and I wasn't killed." "No, but you might be." "You've n eYer been k illed ? " "No, I have no t." "An d you' v e bee n i n a lot of fights, haven't v ou ?" "Yes: quite a g o od man y . " "Well. I'm littler'n y ou , a n d I wou l dn't b e s o easy to hit, a n d if you hav e n ' t b ee n kill ed, I guess I W on't be . " "Wel l. I h ope y ou won't; but s iz e has got nothing to do with i t. " Bill y rode on q ui t e contentedly behind Jack. and the boy was very g lad t o have him, having grow n fond of him. W h en they h alted Dick saw him, and s aid: "We've bee n look ing fo r y ou. I had a g-ood place for y ou. " "Wel l , I thought I'd like to stay with the Liberty Boy s a littl e lo nger," a nswere d .Bill y , care lessl y . "Yes, m y b oy, but it i s dangerous , being with us. You might get shot." "O h , I 've talk e d the matte r over with Jack," said the boy wisel y, "and we'v e come to the conclu s ion that it ain't any worser for m e than it i s fo r him." "We have n't do n e a n ythi n g of the s o r t , y ou little rascal," l aughe d J ac k. "That was your own conclusion." I .. "We ll, we can't send you away now," continued Dick; "but if we do have any fighting, keep out of the way." "All right ," s aid Billy. "But that tiine you was ketched I fired a pi s tol, all right." "Y es , s o y ou did; but it was dangerous, just the same." They w e r e not far from the Sound at this time, and while they halte d Patsy said to Carl: "Come on, Cookyspiller; let's see av we can foind some-thing to ate ." "All righcl; I went mit you. Where you was gone?" "Oh, annywhere . Shure down be dhe wather." " Don'd y ou was been avraid to went by dot water alretty?" laughed Carl. "For why?" innocently. "Fqr cause you was been seasigck, otr gourse." . "Shure an' av Oi don't go on dhe wather, it's all right." "Well, I w ent mit you." The y were walking alongshore, having seen no sign of a hous e , when Patsy s a id: "Shure an' Oi wor niver mint to walk entoirely. It's on horseback Oi s hud be." "Whe n y ou was ashleep, too, alretty?" "Yi s , a n ' all dh e toime. It's toired Oi do be gitt:tn' phwin Oi'm walkin'1." " F o r why y ou don'd was sitted down? Dere was ein fine stone." "Shure an' Oi t'ink Oi will." Now, what Carl took for a stone was not one at all. A big turtle , g etting into the Sound somehow, had come ashore, and was sunning himself on the sand, a little distance from the water. Pats y sat down and began to take his comfort on the turtle's back. The turtle persently grew tired of this, thrust out his head and feet and started for the water. "Be dhe powers! Dhe sthone is shlippin' from undher me!" c r i e d Patsy, try ing to get up. The n h e fell ov e r on his back, while away went the turtle for the water. "Hold ouid! Shtop him! Dot was ein turtle, and he was goot \for eat b een!" yelled Carl. . Patsy rolled over on the sand, within a foot or two of the water, whil e the turtle scurried away to safety. Carl tried to catch him and got hold of his tail. This slipped from his grasp, however, and he fell on top of Patsy, nearly knocking the breath out of the jolly Irish boy. "G e t off, Dootchy!" grunted Patsy. "Shure yez do be knockin' all dhe wind out av me intoirely!" Ca r l got up jus t in time to s ee the big turtle reach deep water and s ink. "Why y ou don'd was caughted him?" he asked. "Dot was fine soup mage, I bet me." "Shure an' how did Oi know it wor a turtle? Oi t'ought dhe shtone was shlippin' from undher me, so Oi did." "For why you don'd was knowed dot was ein turtle when you was sitted on him mit his back?" "Phwy didn't ye z know it yersilf, phwin yez p'inted it out to me, Oi dunno?" "You was more nearer been as me, und you s hould hafe saw dot." "Go'n out wid yez. Oi b elave ye z knowed it wor a turtle an' waI)ted me to b e ups ot. s o Oi do." "Humbug!" said Carl. "For wh y I wanted to \o sed dot turtle, w h e n h e was goot for eat b een?" "Shure a n ' Oi'll niver t ell yez, annymore dhan Oi ' ll tell y ez dh e ra'.son for dhe ma'1n y qu eer t'ings ye z do." "Go ' n ouid mit you! I don'd was more queer lige you was." "Shure an' av Oi was as queer as yersilf, do yer know phwat Oi'd do?" ' "What it was ?" "Shure Oi'd put mesilf on exhibition in a tint, an' charge a pinn y for p e ople to se e me." "You don'd was got nodings . Who was paid ein penny to saw you alretty ?" "Plenty av people." "Humbug! I was wante d to had ein shilling to loogh at you. Dot was a waste off mone y been to pay to loogh at you." "Shure an' dhere's manny dhat wud give it." " Do s e was foolish beoples what don ' d was knowed what to doed mit deir monies," lauhed Cad.


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' GUN SQUAD, CHAPTER XIV. were newly cleaned and oil e d and they were ready to the enemy and inflict as heavy a punishment upon them a s they could. The Terwilliger twins had had enough experience now l o make them reliable, and they were as eager as any of the The next day Dick and the Liberty Boys reached Norwalk. boys to me e t and punish the enemy. ON GRUMAN'S HILL. There had been no signs of the enemy as yet, and Dick They had plenty of ammunition, their muskets and pi s tol s hoped that Tryon had gone on to New York. \Yere newly clean e d and oiled and they were ready to meet He might come yet, however, and that evening Dick took the en emy and inflict as h eavy a punishment upon them a s a party of boYB and rode down to the Sound to look for him. they could. . There were some Continental soldiers in the town, and Dick The Terwilliger twins had had enough experience now to had made their acquaintance soon after his arrival. make themreliable, and they were as eager as any of the He made inquiries as to refugees from Fairfield, thinking boys to meet and punish the enemy. that perhaps Billy's sisters had come there. Dick hardly expected to drive back Tryon and his Hes No one had come in from Fairfield, however, and\ Dick si a ns, but he meant to show them that foey could not win knew that he must look elsewhere. ' ) without a struggle, at all events. Riding down to th,e harbor, Dick kept a sharp lookout for At dawn Tryon and his men marched toward the town. some time without seeing anything. They were met valiantly by the Liberty Boys and their He was about to go away when his sharp eye caught sight allies. of something out on the Sound. Dick pointed the guns, taking good aim. "Do you see anything, Bob, out there on the water?" he As the enemy came on, confident of success, he clapped a asked. brand upon the vent. Bob looked in the direction indicated by Dick. Boom! "No, I don't," he said. At once there was a roar, which echoed among the hills. "Look again. Follow the direction of my hand." A column of flame shot from the mouth of the gun and a Bob looked out upon the water, fixedly. puff of smoke floated above them. "No, I don't see anything," he said. The shot did some damage, and now the other cannon "I am sure that I cannot be mistaken," muttered Dick. roared. "What do you see?" asked Bob. On came the enemy. "Ships." Tha Liberty Boys met them resolutely. "Well, your eyes are sharper than mine, and if you think Muskets rattled and pistols cracked, and at every volley you see ships, you probably do." gaps were seen in the enemy's ranks. They waited for several minutes, and at last Bob said: Tryon' marauders pressed on in great numbers, but as yet "There! Now I see them!" the boys held their own. "Yes, and I have been sure of it for some timp. "Don t run till you are obliged to, boys!" said Dick. "Those are the enemy's ships, no doubt." Meanwhile the gun squad had reloaded the gun. "Yes," shortly. The Liberty Boys divided right and left at Dick's signal. They waited to see the 11bips come on and land the main I Boom! body of the troops at the "cow pasture," a peninsular on the Once more there was a tongue of flame, and a rolling, east side of the harbor within a mile and a half of the bridge. [ tumbling cloud of smoke. They were wating. for . a large body of Loyalists, whom ,Once more a shower of grape fell upon the redcoats and they expected, but Dick did not know this. laid many low. Having $een the troops land, he posted off at all speed to The brave boys were giving a good account of themselves. the town. They were avenging New Haven and Fairfield as best they The alarm was quickly spread. many of the townspeople might. . making their escape to Belden's HHI, five miles distant durOn came the enemy m great force. Ing the night. ' . They were swarming up the hill, sending in a rapid fire . Dick at once communicated with the captain of the ContiSome of the Continentals were killed, for they fought With nentals, and made arrangements to meet the enemy. utter recklessness. They might not keep them back, but they could at least As yet none of the brave boys had been lost, although many check them. had received slight wounds. Many a time had Dick Slater gone into battle expecting The enemy were coming on in overwhelming numbers , defeat, and yet d&ing his best. however, and Dick saw that he would be obliged soon to re"They may drive us out," he said to Bob and Mark "but treat. they won't get to town without resistance, an d we shali have The gun was loaded to the very muzzle and pointed at the the satisfaction of doing them some damage at all events." The. soldiers had two pieces of artillery, and Dick offered Dick left a s low match on the breech and fell back. to take charge of one of these. "That's the last time," he muttered; "but the gun will be The captain was very willing. of no use to them." "The Liberty Boys' gun squad will be busy again," Dick Firing a volley, the bmve lad retreated. said to Bob. On came the enemy with a shout, expecting to capture the "And I hope we'll make things lively for the redcoats and piece. Hessians." . The Continentals had already been driven off, and their gun "We must," added Mark. taken. Billy was in camp when Dick and his party came back. Then there was a puff of white smoke from the vent. He seemed to kno w that a battle was in prospect, even beBoom! fore anything was said. . There was a deafening roar, and then flying fragments of "Are you going to have a fight?" he asked Jack. iron fell among the redcoats. . "I think it is very likely," was the reply. gun had. exploded, killing. many, and, as Dick had "Then, just do 'YOUJ" . best to lick 'em, won't you?" said, it was of little use to the enemy. "We generally do," with a smile . . "Well, you want to be of it now. Them Hessians killed my mam and dad, and I want you to kill them." "You can hardly blame the little fellow for being so venge ful," said Jack to Mark, afterward. "No, and if he were older he would be merciless. Still, when you see such l:l'arbarity among the Hessians can you expect anything else?" ' "No,'' said Jack, "and if it were not for Dick Slater we might all be just such vengeful fellows as llilly." During the night the Liberty Boys moved back to Gruman's Hill, a little eminence to the east of the road. Here they planted their cannon, and, with the fifty Continental soldiers, prepare\ the enemy. The.v had plenty of &munition. their muskets and pistols I • J CHAPTER XV. MORE OF TRYON'S WORK. The Liberty Boys had retreated none too soon. '1 f Dick had suspected that his gun would burst at the next dischai:ge. He had, therefore, loaded it to the muzzle, so as to make that last shot all the more effective. The flying fragments fell far and wide, and much damage was done ' '


THE LIBE.RTY BOYS' GUN SQUAD. 15 Fortunately n o n e of the Liberty Boys was h urt. A fragment of the bursting gun fell on l y a few feet from D i ck , however. The Continentals were driven off and their gun was cap tured, an event of which Tryon made a g reat boast i n his report s later. The Liberty Boys kept up a rattlin g fire as they retreat ed. They had not expected to win, and they were well satisfie d with the .damage they had done . The skirmish had been a hot one, and t hey had not retreated until driven out by overwhelming numb ers. If it were any one's right to boast, they could do so in good part. And yet all that Dick Slater said was: "Well, boys, you did well, and I am prou d o f y ou." The gallant fellows answered with a ch1?.er a n d then f e ll b ack to harass detached parties of the enemy. Having driven back the Liberty Boys and a f e w scattered parties of the townspeople, Tryon ordered t h e w o r k of d e vastation to begin. While the village was burning the chief maraude r h imself sat in a rocking chair on Gruman's Hill a n d reviewed the scene with apparent pleasure. From a neighboring height Dick a n d a numb e r of the Liberty Boys witnessed the scene. "You'd think he was only sitting a t a p l ay, " sputtere d Bob, angrily. "I suppose he thinks he's another Nero ," gro w l e d Mark. "Without the fiddle," added Jack. "But with all the heartlessness and cruelty," d eclared Harry 'i'hurber. ' 'It was a cruel and wanton destruction o f propert y," say s Lossing, the historian, "and none but a s tnall min d and a spiteful heart could have conceived and con summated s o foul an act. "Two h ouses o f worship, e)ghty dwelling s, e i ghty-seve n barns, twenty-two stores, seventeen sho ps, fo u r mill s and five vessels were laid in ashes in the course of a hours, and hundreds of women and children were drive h to thP woods for shelter. Only six houses were spar ed . "When the British left, most of the resident T o r ies went with them. Among them was the Rev. Mr. Leamington , t he Episcopal minister. He had continued praying for the k i n g and all others in authority, according to the L i turgy of his church, until the people forbade hi m and threat ened him with violence." Tryon boasted in his l'eport to Sir Hemy Clinto n that, after the destruction of the town, his troops retired i n two columns to their place of debarkation , and retur n ed, unassaulted, to Huntington. The Libert y Boys did not assault them, in deed; but it was because they had a nobler work to do . They were succoring the distressed. a tten di n g t o t h e • wounded, caring for weeping women and children, a n d t ryin g to save property which the heartless marauders wou l d h ave ruthlessly destroyed. The Bibles in the churches, children's t o ys a n d w omen' s dresses were consigned to the flames witho u t pity. A number of whaleboats were carried away and p u t on board the ships, and thus the mean s of live lih o o d o f many were taken from them. "This is not war----'it is wanton des t ruc t ion," said D ic k. "And Tryon and his allies are murderers and i nce n diaries," growled Bob, angrily. "If-it is thus that the British hope t o su b d u e a free peopl e, t h ey will find to their cost that such meth ods wi ll not ava il them, for the entire civi . lized world will cry out in protes t. " "Hear, hear! " cried Mark, Jack and a score o f the boys. When night came the Liberty Boys formed a camp to the west of the town and rested after their ardu ou s day's task . . Tryon had set sail for Huntington, but whether h e would return to the mainland was a question . The majority of the people on Long Island were To ries, and those who ha,d left Norwalk would find plenty o f friends . There were other Tories in the neighborhood , ho w e ver. Many of these were lawless fell ows, a n d, findi n g the countryside unprot(li!ted, were beginning to commi t many exc e s ses . During the afternoon Dick heard of many such and made up his mind to punish the perpetrators. Although the Liberty Boys wete worn out with their day ' & work , they did not neglect to guard t hei r camp. Sentries were posted, as usual , and fires were li ghted, a s much for company as for anything, as the nights were not cold a t this time o f the year . Bill y W atts was s itting by a fire near to where Jack War ren was on post that night. S u ddenly he got up, went to Jack, and said, in a hoarse w hi sper: "Thera' s s omebody comin', Jack." " Y es , I know it; I hear thein." _"Who i s it, redcoats?" " No , I guess not." Jack had heard footsteps before Billy •had spoken to him, and no w they were much plainer. The fire blazed up, and Jack cried: " H alt! What is . your busines s , and who are you?" Two m e n halte d just within the circle of light cast by the fir e, and one said: "We've been burned out by the king's troops. We was r e b e l s and--" "You are Tories!" said Jack, levelil)g his piece. "Get away from h e r e as fas t as y ou know how! If I catch you at any m i s chief, I'll fire!" . " Won ' t you let us stay here and warm ourselves," whined one. "We hain't got any homes," muttered the other. " You are impostors , I tell you," answered Jack. " You are not patriots. No patriot calls himself a rebel and he speaks o f the e n em y as the enemy, and not as the king's troops. You are Torie s and 11ars, and the sooner you get out--" The two men made a sudden das h at Jack, hop ing to s urpris e him. On e got a bullet in the should e r and howled with pain . The other was struck in the face by a fireb r and, w hi c h B ill y had s uddenl y snatched up and flung, with unerring aim. Both m e n fle d in great has t e , as a number of Libert y Boys cam e dash ing up, alarmed by Jack's shot. There we r e no shots fired after them, for they w e r e now in f ull flight and there was no danger to be apprehended from them. "Thes e f e llows were Tory spies," said Jack, a s Dick came' • 1p , "and clums y one s at that. They wanted to icet into the camp and s p y upon us, s o as to tell their comrade s all about us." "Very true," said Dick . " I would not refuse shelter to any decent man, but I kne w, a lmo s t before they spoke, that they were sneaks a nd s pie s." "We hav e heard tha t there were To1ies about, " said D ick, "and now we know it. " "They won't catch us napping, t hough, I can tell them that." "Indeed , they won't, Jack, " with a laugh; "not while you are on guar d." The r e we r e no more alarms that night, althoull"h the boys d id not r elax their vigilance, and in the morning Dick moved h is ca m p a mile or so to the westward, keeping a lookout for the Tori es. CHAPTER XVI. AN INTERRUPTED SERMON. The n ex t day was Sunday, and in the morning after get t ing s ettle d in their camp, Dick and the 'treater part of the boys went to church. The m ajority o f the Liberty Boys were regular attendant8 u p on on e or another form of worship. S o m e w ere Epis copalians, some were Methodists, but the g-r eate 1 part were Congregationalists, the established church find ing litt le favor with the patriots .. There w a s a little meeting-house a mile or two from the camp, and thithe r went Dick, Bob, Mark, Jack and the greater part o f the bo y s that Sunday morning. • They l eft their horses tethered outside, but their arms in the entrance. Bill y went with Jack and took a seat beside him. W h e n t h e y were s inging, the bo y was interested, but when the minis ter began to talk he s eemed to grow tired. Instea d of listening, he let his eyes wandering all over the church. First he looked at the pulpit, then at the choir, at the ceil i ng, out of the windows, or at the doo r . Once as he looked out of one of the windows he seemed g r eatly interested. He stared for several second s , and then suddenly jumped up and shouted: " H a llo, Captain Slater, they're going for the horses." Jack s h o t a quick glance out oi the nearest window.


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' GUN SQUAD. "He's right, Dick!" he cried. "Tories!" In an instant every boy there was on his feet. In another they were running to tlie door. Billy had already reached it. In the lobby he snatched up the nearest musket and ran out. Bang! "Get away, you thieves!" they heard the boy ' cry, a s a stun-ning report rang out. Dick Slater was the first one out. A man washolding on to his arm and dancing with pain. Half a dozen others were about to untether the horses. There wete twenty or thirty evil-looking men rushing for-ward. Dick fired his pistols in quick succession as he ran. One man had a bad scalp wound, another was hit in the leg, and a third lost his hat. Out came Bob, Mark and Jack in a hurry. Bob and Mark blazed away with their pistols. Jack had his musket. One of the scoundrels was just slipping the tether of Jack's fine bay mare. Bang! Billy had run inside and got another pmsket. It was he who fired, taking the thief in the leg and bring ing him to his knees. Then Jack fired and took another of the scoundrels in the shoulder. The two Harrys, Ben, Sam, Arthur and Will were now pep-pering the Tories. In another instant a dozen more were outside. They ran towards the horses, firing as they ran. One fellow had mounted Harry Thurber's horse, but before he could get away with it, Harry Judson shot him in the leg, and he rolled otf. The Liberty Boys were still swarming out of the church. With them came the rest of the congregation. The Tories were quick O\}tnumbered, although others had come up. Unsuccessful in stealing the horses, they now entrenched themselves behind a stone wall and opened fire upon the gallant boys. "Down with them!" cried Dick. "Drive out the Tory marauders." The Terwilliger boys ran down the road to a corner of the wall. Then they began peppering the Tories in an exposed angle. "Good boys!" cried Will. "Come on, fellows!" Half a dozen joined Will, who quickly went to the aid of the twins. Then Dick led a score of the Liberty Boys to .the wall, l e?ned upon it and began a hot fire upon the Tories. Bob, with another party, followed up the Terwilligers, and the Tories were caught in the. two jaws of a trap. They broke for cover and fairly fled for 'their lives. Many of them received dangerous wounds, and there was scarcely one who did not receive some hurt or another. They in all directions, the majority making for the woods. Jn a few there was not one of them to be see n. The Liberty Boys did not pursue them. They were satisfied with having driven off the scoundrels. "They thought they would capture. our horses and then make us prisoners," said Dick. "With the ordinary congregation to deal with, there would have been enough of them to do it," observed Bob. "They didn't count on a restles s boy with eyes for everything," laughed Mark. "Where is Billy, anyhow?" asked Jack. "Here I am," said the boy. "That last gun I fired kicked." "Never mind, we'll fix you up all right. It's a good thing you were not interested in the sermon." "We might as well go back and hear the rest of it," said Dick. Two of the boys were left outside to guard the horses. As the windows were open, and the minister had a loud, ringing voice, they lost nothing of the service by being out1ide. "Those shameless villains have no respect for anything," muttered Mark. "Neither had Tryon," said Jack. "He attacked New Haven on the Sabbath." "They respect nothing," growled Bob. "They're worse than the Indiana," 1aid Harry. "The old settlers always used to take their rifles to church with them." "The Indians knew nothing of the white man's religion," added Bob, "but these fellows are supposed to respect the church." "Not when Tryon's minion s destroy them in very wantonsians," sputtered Ben. "These fellows are as bad as Hes sians." The boy returned to the church, and the interrupted sermon was resumed. r ' Billy sat with Jack Warren again, but, slipping into a corner of the pew, was soon s ound asleep. Not till they were singing the final hymn did he awake, saying to Jack: "I guess I'd have gone to sleep befo re if the Tories h ad been coming." "You didn't know it, you funny fellow," laughed Jack. "Well, I didn't go to sleep then, did I?" "No." "And I saw 'em?" "Yes." "And this time I did go to sleep." "Very much," with a laugh. "And there didn't nothing happen, did there?" "No, fortunately." Service being over, the Liberty Boys mounted their horses and returned to camp. The congregations of the churches thereabouts were not always as fortunate as the Liberty Boys had been. A church five miles from Norwalk was surrounded by Tories two weeks later and the minister and twenty-five men of the congregation taken across the Sound to Lloyd's N eek, carried to New York and put in the Provost jail, where some of them died, the ntinister being cruelly treated until his case attracted the attention of the mother of Washington Irving, who obtained permission to send him food and clothes and ultimately secured his release. No more was seen of the Tories that day, and the Liberty Boys, after doing what they could in Norwalk, determined to go elsewhere. "There are Billy's people to be found," said Dick, "and then it will be well to return to New Haven." "And see the girls,'' added Bob . "And Miss Sybil," put in Mark. "That girl is a puzzle. Do you think you could do anything with her, Jack?" "Why don't y ou try it yourself. Mark?" with a twinkle. "Oh, but my girl might not like it, you know." "You know what Carl says, I suppose.?" with a sly look. "What it was?" asked Carl himself, the jolly German happening to pass at that moment. "Nothing," laughed Jack. "We were only thinking how handsome you were." "Humbug!" said Carl. CHAPTER XVII. ' BILLY FINDS HIS BROTHER. • 1 The next day the Liberty Boys set out for Fairfield. At the end of two or three miles they came upon a party of Tories abusing an old man and a boy. At sight of the boys they fled in great haste. "Those are some of our of yesterday," said Dick. He never forgot a face or a voice. "I thh.nk you, young sirs," said the old man. "It is hard enough to lose my all, without being ill-treated by such scoundrels as these." "Very true," said Dick. "You are from Norwalk?" "Yes, and I wish I had been taken and the others spared." "The boy is your kin?" "No, but, like me, he has lost all, and we are keeping one another company." "It is very sad, but perhaps you will find friends." "The boy may, but, as for me, my days are nearly run. Still, I would die happier if I might find good friends for the boy." "We will take him with us," said Dick, "only then you be left alone." "It matters little, and it will be better." "We have another boy with us, a little younger, for whose family we are searching now. They will be companions for each other." "What's your name, bub?" asked Billy of the other boy . •


" J i mmy Green . " " D id you lose all your fol k s , too?" " I g u ess so . I can't find 'em . I've b ee n e v erywhere. " " Makes yon fee l pretty l oneso m e , don't it?" "Yes, it does." "I'm going to be one of the Liberty B oys . You'd better c o me along. I'l-1 take care of y o u." "Why, you're littler'n me," said J i mm y, more in wonder t han i n scorn . "That don't matter. I've took care o f the Liberty Boys a'ready. Haven't I, J ack Warren ?" "Indeed you have," with a laugh, "an d g o o d care, too." "You're a little feller, bu t you're good. What's your name?" "Billy Watts." "Where do you live?" "With the Liberty Boys. I u sed to li v e to Fairfield, but oul' house is burned down." " Well, I guess I'll go with y ou . D o y ou mind?" to the old m an. "No, my boy . It will be better for y ou." The old man and Jimmy were p l aced upon a spare horse, and the boys went on. A little beyond Norwalk they m e t s ome m e n, one of whom recognized the old man as a neighbor and promised to look out for him. "Do you know the boy's people?" a sked D i ck. "He's Green's son, I guess." "Yes." . "Green's been looking for him. He'll b e glad to find him. He's found some, but--" A warning look from Dick cau sed him to stop. J immy Green was listen i n g . "l)o you know where my p o p is?" he asked. "Waal, he ain't fur away. " "And Joe and Bill, are t h ey with him, too?" " I donno, but hets down the r o a d apiece, and I guess he'll b e proper glad to see y ou." . Jimmy wen t o n with the Li berty Bo ys , the old man re maining with the others. Half an hour later they came across Gree n and some of hi s neighbors. The man was almost frantic with jo y at seeing his bo y , and orie of the others told Dick tha t h e had lo s t his other two and feared that Jimmy, too, lhad d i ed. "I'm g lad you've found your dad, J i m," said Billy, k i ndly. "I would have took good care of y ou , bu t it's all right ... "Yes, I guess it is, Billy, a n d I hope y ou ' ll find y ou r folks. Where's ,Toe and Bill, pop?" . "By and bv, Jimmy," said the man. "Wai t a few minutes. I'm so flustered, I can't remember everything. " Billy said good-by to the other bo y, and they all rode on till nto the afternoon. They made a camp, and then Dic k r od e about g etting news of the enemy, mostly predatory Loyali s ts. Hearing of the depredation s of a ban d of Tories a few miles distant, Dick determined to move a g a i n s t the m at once. By morning they might be far away. He resolved to strike at o n ce. therefore . Taking the Libertv B'lvs, Billv ridi n g with Jack de s pite Dick' s warning, he set off at a g-allop . "I took care of you before at the meetin 'house ," .said the boy. "and you'll want me now." . "All right; but look out for yo ursel f , " s a i d Jack. "Oh, I'll keep a lookout and let y ou know when there's any trouble," a reply which caused J ac k t o s mile broadly . They rode on rapidly, and some mil es from Fairfield met a man on horseback, who said t h a t a party of Tories had been seen descending upon a little fis h ing s ettlement a mile or two away. The boys Ut asked so many questions about the rest that finally Jack took him aside and said: "You mustn't feel too bad, Billy, but you won't see your and mother again." "Are they dead?" asked the boy, gravely. "Yes." "And the baby ? " "Yes." "And all the rest except . "No, not all the rest. They haven't found them all yet." "Is John dead?" "Yes." "And Susie and Sallie and Molly ? " "They haven't been found yet." "Are they going to find them ? " . "We hope so, Billy." "And the Hessians and redcoats burned down our house and killed all the folks?" "Yes." "Then, when I get big like Jim, rm goin' to kill every Hessian and redcoat I get hold of and burn down all their houses," cried the boy fiercely. "You can't blame the little chap for feeling like that," said Jack to Mark . "No, indeed, when his elders feel the same. There will


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS' GUN SQUAD. be a fierce feud all along the Sound from Montauk to New "Where are they?" aked Dick. York for years on account of these atrocities." "Sitting by the window. One of them has a red beard." "Yes, and po doubt many innocent persons will suffer." "Yes, I see him." "For which Governor William Tryon will be wholly re"Better get the others up, hi\:ln•t we, Dick?" said Bob. spons: ble," said Mark, gravely. "Yes." "Yes, as he was for the extortion in the South, for the Jim kept out of sight while Bob hurried away to get r:ots in New York, and for the atrocities along the Sound. the rest of the boys. man is an infamous scoundrel!" Dick entered the tavern, took a seat in a corner and "There's isn't a p=-triot who does not share your opinion, called for a pewter mug of ale. & Jack, and yet I suppose Sir Henry regards him as a most He did not drink it, but wanted an excuse for staying. able commander." They were all Tories in the place, and were talking very "Sir Henry is an upstart and an invader, and will one loudly against the "rebels." day be driven from these shores, as Burgoyne has been, as Presently Jack, Mark and Ben entered. Howe has been, and as others will be." Then the two Harrys and Sam came in. The Liberty Boys returned to the vicinity of Fairfield, I At las t all the Liberty Boy who had come over were and here they again met Captain Jerry Thomas and his in the place scattered about. . sprightly daughter. TI;ten Captain Jerry, his black cook, his mate and Jim Alice and Edith had found an opportunity to return to Watts entered. . Westchester by coach and had taken it, without waiting to At once one of the Tories got up, pointed at Jrm and say good-by to the boys. said: . They knew Dick and Bob to be such lively fellows, flying "That feller's a rebel, and I ain't sure that there am't hither and thither at shEi,rt notice, that they knew it would more of 'em here. " be very unceitain when they would be in the neighborhood. "Quite right," aid Dick. "Capture them, boy!" Having an opportunity to return with friends,.and in com-At onc e every Tory in the place found himself covered by fort, they took advantage of it. a big pistol. "Where is that queer little fellow whom I was going tq "Harvey Cartwright and Peleg Peters," said Dick, "you look after?" asked Sybil. are coming with us. If anyone objects, he will be shot." "He has found his big brother and will stay with him." "Shan't do it," snarled the t\YO "That's good; but do you know it seemed just as if the Jim Watts caught one of the Tories by the throat and little fellow ran away so that he would not have to go with said: me." "Where is my sister Sally, you scoundrel? Tell me or I'll Bob laughed, but Dick said: choke it out of you!" "He was very proud of being with the Liberty Boys and "I donno where she is; I hain't seen--" fond of Jack Warren." "Tell us, you blame skunk," cried Captain Jerry, seizing "But Jack could not give him the care that I could," said Peters. Sybil, with her old haughty manner. When the man was black in the face he gasped: "Billy is very fond of him," said Bob. "And then, you "The gals is over in the salt ma'sh in a ole barn.". don't ride a horse and Jack does." "ls that right, Cartwright'!" a sked Dick. "But I do ride a horse, if you please," proudly. "Y-yes," gasped the Tory. "We hain't hmt 'em none." Sybil went away pouting, and then Dick saw the skipper "Show the way. Keep quiet, the rest of you. These are by himself and said: Liberty Boys, a nd they are all dead shots." . "Get your daughter out of the way, Captain Jerry, and The skipper and Jim and their party left the tavern, tak-take a party of us over to the island. We've business there." ing the frightened Tor!es with bhem. "Aye-aye, my heaity." The others begged to be allowed to leave. "We think that two Tories have kidnapped a couple of "You'll stay where you are," said Dick. "Jack, you and Fairfield g!rls, and we want to find them." the two Harrys look for pistols among these fellows." "The old hookei is yours, cap'n," said Jerry Thomas with Seven or eight weapons wei e found and taken charge of a smile. b y the boys. The Tories made no trouble after that. CHAPTER XIX. The determined attitude of the boys and the look of those big pistols were sufficient to show them that here would be A DARING UNDERTAKING. trouble if they did not. Sybil was sent off to visit a girl friend, and Captain Jerry Three or four men came in, but were promptly disarmed put h:s schooner at Dick Slater's disposal. , and made to keep qu iet with the others. • "I am afraid our young lady will have a when she Several others were warned away, and at last Dick got a finds that we are acting without consulting her," laughed signal from Jack, who had gone outside, that it was time Bob. to leave. "The mission is too dangerous for her to be with us," "If vou fellows leave here ins'de of ten minutes you will get said Dick, quietly. yourselves in trouble," said Dick. "It isn't that, altogether. She hit it when she said Billy Then he sent the boys out, following the last of all. did not want to go with her." The Tories were without weapons and were locked in, and "She is too imperious," said Mark. "Little boys don't like it." so they could do no mischief. "Nor big either,'.' chuckled Jack. "Do you notice that Thev could shout, however, and this they did in lusty none of the L iberty Boys care for her as they do for other fas hion. girls?" . Before thev succeeded in attracting 1 attention, however, an unfortunate dispositi?n," Dick and the boys were well on their way to . the sch?oner. Dick. Bemg left without a mother may have mcreased 1t. I The two Watts girls were found, close pnsoners m an old They ?et sail for Long Island in the Dick, Bob, out-of-the-way barn on a salt meado"." . . . Mark, Jim Watts and half a dozen others go:ng. They were released and the two Tones left m their places. Jack went along, for, although he was of little use on the Jus t as all hands got on board the schooner and were water, as he said, there would be plenty for him to do hoi sting sail a band of Tories appeared. on, land. . . . They opened fire upon the boys, but received such a volley fhey ran over to Hu!!-tington Ba.y and put m at a little in return that they fled in haste. cove where they could hide away among the salt grass, and The schooner reached the other shore in safety, and the then set out for the town in parties of two or three. two Watts girls were once more v.ith friends. They d i d not wear uniforms, as. such were not popula r I The Liberty Boys shortly left the neigbborho

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. : '.) .. INTERESTING ARTICLES BUNCH OF KEYS STOPS SHOT AND SAVES _ LIFE. Joy Holmes, Rock I sland agent at Goodland Kan., owes his life to a bunch of keys he carried ' in his vest pocket. As Holmes was reaching into a drawer for a pair of gloves, in some manner his revolver went off. The bullet struck the keys in his vest pocket and stopped. The only injury Holmes received was a slight bruise from one of the keys being pushed into the flesh. THE FIRST BICYCLE. From the best accou'nts, it appears that the first bicycle-meaning by the term a two-wheeled ma chine for human locomotion-was made in France about the year 1815. This pioneer machine was a very awkward affair, consisting of a couple of heavy wooden wheels of equal diameter, one behind the ot.her, and joined tog-ether by a longitudinal wooden bar, on which the rider's seat was fixed, the mode of propulsion being the pushing of the feet against the ground. Not for fifty years was any real prog ress made. In 1869 the machine with the big driving wheel with the little hind wheel was invented by Michaux, of Paris, and a few years later came the "safety,'' which, with many improvements, is the machine we have to-day. THREE YOLKS IN EGG. John H e n fr Dickson is the proudest negro in Uniontown, Pa. "Dixie,'' as he is known to hun dreds of persons here, i-s a chicken fancier extraordinary, and for three years has conducte d experiments in feeding his fowls that wou ld drive Luther Burbank crazy. His feed formulae are a carefully cherished secret, and are designed to produce mul tiple yolk eggs. Last summer his hens began to lay double yolkers fairly r'egularly, but recently the ambition of his life was realized. He found a triple-yolked egg in the nest of .his favorite hen. The egg weighs seve n and one-half ounces and is pure whi e in color. "Dixie" claims that by 1920 he will have four-yolked eggs regularly. ANOTHER GERMAN MONOPOL,_Y BROKEN. The return of Alsace and Lorraine to France renders it possible now: for the Allies to break up the world monopoly on potash, the essentia l ingre dient for agricultural fertilizers, which German y has enjoyed to date, .and which led severa l yearf before the war to a serious diplomatic incident be tween the United States and Germany. The existence in upper Alsace of vast deposits o potash has been known for years, but the Germans in order to further the development of their potash / fields along •the Rhine discouraged as much as pos sible the development of those in Alsace, in order to limit the world's production and keep up the price of the German product. The potash fields of Al sace and Lorraine, which under the control of the French Government will now enter into world-wide competition, are of an extent almost incalculable. The latest estimates made by competent engineers are that the mines, of which fifteen are already in operation, yielding .from thirty to forty carloads of potash a day, will pot be exhausted in less than 400 years. NEW THINGS. A new brush for automobiles can be attached to a vacuum cleaner to get dust its bristles will not ordinarily remove. • • • A novel beet harvesting machine loos ens the earth from around the roots 'as it is drawn over a field and sharp points carried on a wheel penetrate them and carry them to a conveyor. * • • An Australian inventors' windmill for generating electricity is featured by a specially designed Iow speed dynamo, while the mill has two wheels in tandem, the foremost being the smaller. * * * A process for the purification of waste water with colloidal clay and milk of lime has been de veloped by a French chemist: • * * An adjustable table enables a new tapping ma chine to tap holes in work at any angle. * * * The German village of Remborn has a tree which is said to be more than 1,200 years old. * * * Oil burning equipment has been invented for use with steam or hot water residence heating plants. * * * It has been discovered that bars of pure silver, heated and left in a magnetic field a few hours, be come permanently magnetized. . * * * An English inventor has designed a portable vac uum cleaner that also can be used as a seat, table, cabinet, music stool or pedestal. * * • An English scientist has developed a fuel made -l'rom household refuse, including ashes, paper and v egetable matter, ground into powder and com pres sed into briquets, which are impregnated with oil-tar and pitch.


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. ,, THE BOY SALESMAN. ( OR OUT FOR . BUSINE S S ON THE ROAD l l By RALPH MORTON (A SERIAL STORY) CHAPTER XX. and nose, and h e allowed it to run, then carrying her in to shore. I ATTACKED ON THE BRIDGE AND TH:!toWN OVERBOARD. A crowd had gathered, as is quite natmal, and 1 suggestions were offered for the resus citation Instantly the second girl leaped to her feet, of the girl, but Robert merely took his own wav and grabbed some stones, and started hurling them at held her so that the lungs would become empty of t he one on the end of the log. water. "Hyer! Hyer! Whatchall doin' ?" cried the first, jer-kingat her line, trying to disentangle it. Chafing her wrists, he brought her back to conBiff ! Another stone was thrown, this time with sciousness in a few moment, and after being thanked m ore accuracy. by her old mother, who had run to the scene on hearSplash ! The girl at the end of the log tried to ing the news, Robert calmly picked up his sample dodge, missed her footing, and with a loud cry case and hurried to the h?tel. . she went into the river, here quite deep. Here a bath and entir.e change of c lothmg Young Revell, sitting some distance away, saw it necessary'. after he dmed and went back to his all, and jumped to his feet. j room, taking particular to' firmly bar and lock It required but a moment to get to a place on the all the doors, even that which led to the small bathbank opposite the pJace where the girl had gone 1 room. d own. These precautions h e had learned now to take. She rose to the surface, and screamed loudly for The next morning found him up bright and early, help, sinking again. ready for another day's business There were two Bobby Revell, realizing that the girl could not dealers to whom he had failed to sell bills of goods swim, for she had shown that when she came to the in Lakeside on the day previous, so he spent the surface, stripped himself hastily of his coat and I morning.,calling,,on these two . men, with the result and ran to the end of the short" log. . that he landed them. Poising himself here just a second as she came ! "I guess that might be called going some!" he to the surface some distance farther he raised; muttered smilingly to himself as he sat down to his his hands for a dive and shot his strengih into his 1 mid-day meal at the h dtel. "Now, if I do as well legs . I with friei:d the, river at four this afterSplash ! Over he went, entering the water at her noon, I II begm to thmk I m somewhat of a sales side, and up with her hair caught tightly in man." his right hand. A half-hour before the time he started across the By this time every one of the fishermen and fisherbridge, arriving at the dealer's place of business pre women had run to the place, some of them trying to cisely on the dot of four o'clock. come out on the logs. "On time I see,'.' heartily called the man from the Robe r t dragged the girl through the water as he rear of the store as Robert walked in. "That look s stroked with one hand, and reached the end of the like business." long log, putting out his free left hand to grasp "Yes, sir. That's what I'm here for .. I want your at it. _ order." By this time one .of the younger men had run out, "All right, young fellow; wait just a minute and edging his way past the others, and he held out a I'll be with you," was the answer, and a few minhand to help Robert in. utes later the man came forward, waving a small The use of a little energy and he was up on the log, slip of yellow paper. still grasping the girl's hair. But he changed in a "Here's the list! Look it over and make your moment and took her by the arrris, lifting her out prices," he said . "I've just set down there what I of the water and laying her across the log, with'her want. Give me 'your best prices and we'll see if we h ead downward . can strike a bargain." Immediately the water poured out of lier mouth Bobby took the slip of paper and glanced over it11 -'I


I THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. t her e were s o me things the reon that he knew he 1 to th'e top, ran quickly out on the bridge , gras ped could sell l ower t h a n a n y other firm. the heavy sartiple case in his strong g r ip, and hurThe pric e was made, a nd the dealer opened his rf ed back again. ey e s i n aston i shment. This he deposited on the approach' y ; h ere the lad "Why, say! Be careful ab out that! Look it over could find it, and then slunk away into the a g a in. I don't want to have that order turned down, coming darkness. yo\}ng fellow," he said. Robert meanwhile cam.e to his s e n s e . s slowly , t r ied Bobby l ooked over it a sec ond time, went carefully to remember what had happe n ed, a nd w h e n a cold o ver h is figures, and repeate d his original bid. chill passed through him h e f elt of his clot hin g-he " T he order's yours," ca me the prompt reply of the was soaking. m an, and Robert Revell h a d made another new cusWith a sudden turn of rec olle c tion h e rec'111w l tomer for the Henders on Chemical Company. that had been struck by someon e on the Thanking the man for the order, he repacked his What, then, had happened? By s om e m ea ns h e must s a mple case, wal ked out of the doorway, and started have got into the river, but ho w ? b ack to Lakeside, knowing that he had but an hour He struggled to his feet , look e d up a t t h e b"Hrre, to go southward to t h e nl(,Xt stop. out into the river, but there was no one a r oun d w ho Hi s pace was a good o ne as he . swung out along could give him any information. th e bridge. T hen he remembere d that he had left His head was aching tre m e nd ously , but h e p1an h is order book behin d , and he had to run back for aged to recall that he had lost hi s s a mpl e ca se . Had it. When he again reac h e d the b r idge the gloaming that, too, gone jnto the river? o f evening was settling upon the e a r th. Staggering toward the b r i dge appro a ch. he Whistling blithely, for he was happy, he swung stumbled over something, and stoop e d to fin d the g ail y along the bridge, noting that ther e was no one very thing for which he had b een searching. else on the trestl e work but himself. "I wonder how this got here ? It wasn't here Just as he reache d t h e very cente r of the structure that the fellow hit me-it was out there, " pointing an d stopped for a mo m ent to change grips on his instinctively toward the center of the bridge. s ample case, it be ing quite heavy , he hea,rd footsteps But the whole thing was mysterious. at his side. Who was it that assailed him? How did he get Swinging quick l y t o see w h o it was , for the boy into the river? How did h e get out again? How was cautious these days, a m a n leaped at him and did his sample case get to this side of the d ealt him a blow on the fore h ead. bridge? The boy staggered bac k to ward the railing of the These questions beat bac k a nd fo rth thr ough his bridge. head, even though it ached awfully, and he braced Instantl y he was pic k e d u p b y two men from the up, as cold as he was, and walked to the hotel. b ridge, lifted to t h e rail , and thrown into the river "By George!" exclaimed the clerk, "you must be a b e l ow . water maniac! Coming in here twice all soaking Splash! The two me n o n t h e s t r u cture heard the wet-what's the matter?" body of the lad strike i n the water, and then, sep"Just. had a little trouble out there at the river, arating, they start e d for e ither s ide of the bridge. and I went overboard," smiled Bobby, knowing that Hardly had the bo d y Of the lad reached the water it would do no good to divulge anything that had b elow than a form leap e d out from behind 'One of the happened. pillars of the bridge, reac h e d the. rail, climbed up, Already he had missed his train, and there was no and made a plunge into the water. chance to get out of town until early morn-With strong, active strok es the man went toward ing. the body of the la d as i t c a me to the surface, and And very early morning it was when he was grabbed it i n his brawn y arms. rudely awakened by someone knocking on the door, T,he two men who h a d done 'the deed saw the and a voice called loudly to his answer: rescuer go overboard, r u s h e d t o the rail and saw him "Thirty minutes to catch the State Central saving the lad, and then each b rok e into a tun toward south!" the opposite sides of the brid ge . Bobby hurried his dressing,' threw things helterI n the meanwhile the r escuers was swimming skelter into the suitcase, even the wet clothes he had s traight t o t h e n eares t sho r e line, climbing out in a taken off the night before. few m i n u tes and d epositing the bo y on the ground. The suit that he was forced to wear was the one There was no one to a id in the resuscitation , and which had gotten wet the day before that, and he the man h a d all the wor k t o do alone, a fa"ct which knew that he would have to go to a tailor and have might have p l ease d him . it pressed when he reached Jackson, the next Gradu a ll y h e g o t the water, what little there was, stop. out of t h e l u n gs of R obe r t R eve ll, and brought him Throwing his grips aside, after them, he around. brushed his hair, got into his wrinkled coat and Then, seeing the la d open his ey e s , the rescuer did vest, and started downstairs. something quite o u t of the o rdinary-he sneaked 1 ' a way t o a pillar o f t h e ;:i.pproach ; climbed up (To be continued) "


.,., .... THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 . GOOD READING BURIED GOLD IN POLAND. A coloss al amount of gold and silver lies hidden in Polish soil, according to latest arrivals here from Warsaw. It was placed there by p easants and land owners w hen the German invasion began. Much of the buried treasure was lost when Ger'.;he r eq uired length s and send them to the .. umbrella m a ker, who varni shes them. If the shape desired is a ring o r o'i.hcr open form, a ring or oval or square is grafted to the natural stalk, bound closely, and left to grow into place. mans cleared Poland's woods. Marked trees used ROLLI NG BOILERS 21 MILES. to designate the location of the precious buried Over a year and a half ago, the passenger steamer were chopped down and taken to Germany to be used "Bear" was wrecked along the coast of northern making airplanes. Then they blew up the stumps. California, and six 45-ton boilers were salvaged The Poles obtained the gold when the R,ussians from the wreck. It was pi,nned to tow these boilers began their retreat before the German onslaught. to Eureka, Cal., b u t afte a number of attempts to As they left they paid the Poles in gold a11.d silver do this had failed, it was decided to roll the boilers for supplies. When the Germans came they proalong the peach for a distanc e of 21 miles to Hum ceeded to seize all the gold and silver, but they no boldt Bay. E ach boiler weighed 45 tons, and was more than got a start when it all seemed to miracu12 feet in length and 13.8 feet in diameter. The lously disappear. work involved clearing a road along the rocky beach. PIGS GOT DRUNK. In two places rivers had to be crossed. At the Bear Reports that a herd of pigs was acting in an unRiver crossing, the boilers were rolled through a seemly manner on a hog ranch near Auburn, Wash., ford, while at the Eel Rive . r crossing, they were led to an investigation by county authorities and on a barge towed for two miles. to a F e deral sleuths who are trailing liquor law viOpomt where rolling process could be contmued. lators. The porkers were found to be in an intoxiWhen the boilers reached Humboldt Bay they were cated condition, some of the herd being close to the 'loaded on a barge and towed to the wharf in Eureka. stage when cerise striped zebras, azure blue baboons and Nine-green ant-eaters might have caused unrest in the pens. The condition of the herd was found to have been due to the pigs having been fed vast quantities of rice and corn liquor mash, which had been dumped from vats when an adjoining farm had been raided, I when Japanese were found to be operating a whiskey still in a wholesale manner. A veterinary was summoned to assist the pigs through the hangover stage. CANE HANDLES. WHAT BECOMES OF THE l\IILK BOTTLES? The average milk bottle makes only seventeen trips before it i s broken or lost . For every consumer who has a quart of milk. de livered at the door each d ay, the dealer in the course of a year has to supply twenty new bottles. This is the report made by dairy experts of the Department o f Agriculture, who have just com pleted an investigation of the staggeTing waste of millions of milk bottles annually. The inv estigatio,n, conducted in eighty six cities, shows that the average milk dealer buys 17,649 new bottles a month and the large dealers buy more than 90,000 a month, which are l argely, though not en tirely, replacement stock. l\Iost of the handles of can , es, alpenstocks, para sols and umbrellas used in France are grown in nurseries. A s h, maple, oak, chestnut , and other woods are used. In the early part of the first year after planting the young trees are cut near the gTo\md to bring about the formation of numerous sprouts. The lower branche s arc remov e d and only a plume of leaves i s left. Early in the spring the sprouts are subjected to a surgical operation; their bark is cut and the wood is carved in different de signs , which are swollen by the sap and grow in high relief as the tree develops. Special instruments are used for the cutting and designing. Thus carved, the grow for three ye ars. At the en d of the third year the forest of umbrella handles is cut, and In sixteen of the cities i nvestigated, more than 8,000,000 sound milk bottl es are collected annually from the city du mps, the specialists report. In s ome cities the bu siness carried on by junk dealers is one of the most serious sources of milk bottle losses, they say. Not only do they sell the bottl es to deal ers in the city, but often ship them to other towns . , Mos t States have no laws restricting such traffic. 'the cuts am dried in the sun and then a vapor bath, after which they are put into the hands of skilled workm e n, v,rho peel them with one quick moYement. When skinned, the peelers cut them to Only thirty -three citi e s had milk bottle exchanges, :)l' places where 111ilk bottles from all sources are sorted out and returned to the owner, provided he is a member of the exchang e . Nin e t ee n States have regulations governing the use of milk bottles, the r eport concludes, and sev:mt y-two cities reported the use by of other bottles. -I 1


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 23 FROM ALL POINTS INDIANS DRINK "PEYOTE. " the button will be issued to all remaining in serv" Peyote"-no relation to coyote-is ca u sing State ice entitled to it. Those who have been discharged and Government officials in the Cass L a ke Indian before a supply of buttons was available for issue district of Minnesota a great dea l o f t r ou ble and may secure a button by mailing to the supply officer worry. The reservation is "bone -dry." Pey ote is of the nearest military post, camp or station, in a liquor officially listed as poisono u s . India n Agents . eluding a recruiting station, their original discharge C . E. Benson and W. J . Johnson say it i s the " hotcertificate or a true copy thereof prepared on the test, wildest booze that ever gurgl ed dow n the throat form provided for the purpose, or, in the case of of a human being." It has been barred from the officers to whom no discharge certificate was issued, mails. I their discharge order or a true copy thereof. The Despite secrecy in distilling the li quo r Gov ern-I true copy of a discharge certificate or of a discharge ment agents are said to have discovered that a Mexi-order must be executed by a civil officer empowered can plant is used in the manufacture. The plant to administer oaths and be a full, literal and com is believed to be brewed with grains o r dinarily used plete copy of the original and contain all written in making moonshine whiskey. Mrs. F rank Bobo-or printed matter appearing on both sides of the ling and Mrs. Joe Butterfly became seriousl y ill a fter disch_,arge certificate or discharge order." taking a swallow of the fiery stuff, acc o r ding to a reservation report. ONE THOUSAND BILLION LOCUSTS. One thousand billion of 'em will be here in a couple TIMBER WOLVES WORKING HAVOC AMONG of weeks. THE HERDS. Great swarms of 17-year locusts, released from Timber wolves are working havo c among the cari-nearly two decades of sound slumber, will swoop bou herds around Lake Athapapusk o w , 1.0Q through the air a month or so, infesting field, north of the Pas, the present north ern terminus of orchard and forest, and then will die. the Canadian National Railway . Trappers and Professor Raymond C. Osburn of the department hunters report that the caribo u a r e being slaugh-of entomology at Ohio State University. and governtered by the hundred. men scientists predict that the periodical visit of The caribou are accustomed t o swarm into the the locust swarm will be made some time in May. Lake Athapapuskow region every summer to pas"It depends a great deal on the temperature," ture on the rich grass that carpets t he forests andl Prof. Osburn said. "If it gets really warm the lo swamp lands. They usually withdraw at the ap-custs will appear sooner." proach of cold weather into the barrens of the Far The cicada septendecim is a wonderful creature. North, where they winter immune i n a country free For 17 long years it sleeps in dark holes in the earth from wolves. They delayed their no r thwa r d migra--then comes to life. Its visits are tabulated with tion this year because of the mil d t em p eratures that accuracy by entomologists, and farmers and hortihave prevailed on their southern feeding grounds, culturists have been warned of the onslaught. and, caught in the heavy recent snows, they have There should be no occasion for unusual alarm, fallen easy prey to the wolves . however, at the appearance of the locust swarms, Prof. Osburn declared. Little damage will result if VICTORY BUTTO N S . proper precautions are taken; The War Department announces, u nder date of The chief injury the insect is capable of is killing April 14, 1919, in Circular No . 1 87, the following young fruit trees. The locust chisels grooves in the information regarding the issue o f Vi ctory Buttons: branches of trees to deposit eggs. Young trees, the "A lapel button to be known as the Victory But-I Ohio State scientist warned, should be protected ton, for wear on civilian clothes, w ill be issued tol with screens and netting, and the visit of the cicada all officers, enlisted men (excluding m embers of the' will pass by almost unnoticed. Students' Army Training C orps) , field clerks, and The government map shows that the cicada will members of the Army Nurse C o rps, who served appear this year in the greatest numbers in the folh onorably on active duty in the Army of the United lowing States: States for a period of fifteen days at any time beOhio, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, District tween April 6, 1917, and Nov . 11 , 19 18 . The but-of Columbia, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Georgia, New to n will be of silver for those w ou n d e d in action, York, Illinois, Michigan, Virginia, West Virginia, and bronze for all others. For t h e pre sent, the VicTennessee, North Carolina and Vermont. tory Button will be issued at time of honorable During the last appearance of the cicada a number ischarge to those entitled to it and to those who of persons experimented with them as food, and it have already been honorably d i s charge d. Later, is said that palatable dishes .. ' .


.. 24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. BETRAYED BY A CONSCIENCE. that s h e h a d n o J ove for him, and had merely marrie d hi m for hi s money, and that Web sters would rue the day w h en he allowed himself to BY HORACE APPLETON. enter s uch a union. I this time I h a d removed. to Kew y ork, and The old adage that "a guilty conscience needs no I was o f h ad . save th:ough accuser" find& verification very often in a detective's l etters, whi c h I receive d from f:i ends i:i the v_illage. experience, and very often aids him in solving mysI gave the matte: on l y a. passmg .notice , bemg so teries that, from their nature, seem incapable of pl y engr o s s e d m my private that I had no solution. time for thought on matters outside them. The most notable illustration of this proposition occurred shortly after I began my detE;!ctive career, and my success in this case had great influence in determining me to follow the business as a prof es sion, having always had a predilection for a de tective's life. Among my acquaintances and schoolmates in my native village, in the western part of the State of New York, was a young lady named Lizzie Hunter. She was a veritable flirt by nature. Handsome, witty, and accomplished in all modern graces, it was little wonder that she succeeded in playing havoc with the h earts of the many susceptible swains in the village and roundabout, a number of whom she wheedled into the belief that she was favorable to their intentions to make her their wife; and then, when the consummation of their hopes were submitted to her decision, found themselves cast aside with as little unconcern as she would de cline an invitation to a party to which she was op posed to attending. Her many flirtations were the cause of a great many heartaches, and the observing gossips who noted her career predicted that in the end Lizzje Hunter would m eet with great misfortunes through her heartlessness. To all these conjectures Lizzie retorted that she would surprise them y et, that she understood her actions perfectl y , and was willing to accept the consequences. In r e ply to the assertion that she might declin e a good off er once too often, and find herself in that, to all women, most lamentable condition-an old maid-she replied that when the right man cast his hqok she would be caught very easily. The right man in due time presented himself in the person of a wealthy farmer named Webster, who had been a widower about six months when he began to bestow his attentions on the fickle Lizzie. Webster was old enough to be her father, and in personal graces was about as uncouth a personage as one would m eet in a day's joqrney. Their courtship was of very short duration, and one day the villagers were startled by the announcement that Webster and . Lizzie Hunter were to be married in the afternoon at one of the village churches. The ceremony was duly celebrated, and the gos sips and jealous swains were loud in their predic tions that such an ill-sorted union would soon end About six months -after I had received the in formation o f Lizzi e's marri age, I concluded to pay a visit to the vill a g e and spe n d a few weeks among the friends and scen es of m y yo uth. On my arr i v al there I went direct to the only hotel in the place. A f ter registering my name, and making oth e r n ecessary arrangements, I went into the sitting ro om , w h ere I found a n umber of old friends eng a g e d i n a very excited discussion. The first remark that cau ght my ears as I entered was: "It's a hard thing to say, neig hbor; but I believ e Webster' s y oung wife i s t h e cause of his sudd e n d e ath. I saw him day before yesterday out in the fields plo wing, and h e was as healthy and strong as an ox." "I believe y ou're r ig h t , J oe,'' spoke up another. There's som ething mi ghty mystPrious ab0ut it. The doctors who have exa min e d him say there was no indications of h e a r t di sease, apop l exy, or any of those sudden di se a ses t hat take a man off quick. That young flirt of a w i fe of his is the only one who is to be b e nefit e d b y hi s dea,_th, and from what I know of her charac t er, I don't think she is above doing a little c roo k e d b u si n ess to carry her points. I mentally put d own the latter s-peaker as one of the large number o f s ui t ors for Lizzie's hand wh o had met with di s ap p oin tment, and was prompte d i n his remark b y rev en g e . 1 So interested we r e a ll i n t h e room in the discus sion taking pl ace that my entrance was not noticed. Walking across t h e r o om, I took a seat by the side of the last speake r , who exc)aimed at once: "Hello , ! w h ere d i d you come from? You hav e got here jus t i n ti me . There's a case in town for you to work up , a very mysterious one, and I think you are just the b oy to clear the matter up." Hi s greeting a nd remark d irected the attention of the company to m e , an d I was at once surrounded by all h a nds , w ho p r essed me to investigate the matter, and find out whe ther t heir s u spicions were cor r ect or not. In reply to my in q ui r i es as to whether any p ost mortem or othe r i nves tiga t ion h ad been made of Webst er's r em a ins, a nd w hether his funeral h ad taken pl ace , I w a s i nformed that no one had taken sufficient interest in the matter to make or deman d an investigation , and that t h e funeral was to take place on the mo n o w . Inquiry as to t h e reaso n s upo n which they based their su s pi c ion s b rou ght o u t the fact that on the


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 25 evening of the night on which Webster had met his death h e was arou n d , apparently in as good health as h e ever was, and tha t shortly after he had re tire d at night he beca m e a cor pse. I n reply to my ques t i on whether any one resided w ith Webster besi de s hi s wife, I was informed that the o n ly person besides herself was a servant girl, w h o attend ed to all t h e c ulinary duties of the househ o ld. "Why," I asked. "do you n o t s u s p ect h e r as well as Mrs. Webster?" "Because," said the youn g man who sat beside me, " t he servant girl was n ot at h o m e the day he died, nor for a week before." Under the circumstances I could s ee no way to i n vestigate the matter u n l ess I could induce the coroner to make a post-m o r t e m in v e s tigation of the remains to d iscover t h e ca u se of Webster's death; a n d , having come to the v ill age i n an unofficial ca p acity to get rid of the cares of bu s in ess , I did not care to interest myself i n the matter sufficiently to l:iemand this of that official. The following day, in c ompan y with a great many others, I attended the funeral i n the s ame church [rom which a few months b efore Lizzie came forth a b l ushing bride. To a less experienced eye t han mine there was nothing i n her manner to. d e n o t e f he slightest pre-sumption of guilt. At every allusion to her d ea d hus band's good qual ities she gave way to t h e mos t p i tiful emotions of grief. In fact, so genuine did her o r row appear to me that I inwardly fel t that the s u s picions which h2d been expressed in the hote l were the promptings of jealousy and disappointment . Still, in my experience I had me t with many cases where appearances were as eq uall y dec e ptive as in this, and my professiona l in stinct made me resolve that before I left the v ill a g e I would find out whether the v i llagers' suspicions h a d an y foundation in fact. A few days passed by, and t he suspicions of the villagers seemed to have been buried in the same grave 'with Webster. T hey wer e not spoken of ex c:ept in the most g uarded manner, and then only by those who were supposed to hav e a pique against t he young widow . But the case had taken s u c h d eep r oot in m y mind that I could not shake it off, a nd a bout a week after the funeral I reso l ved u p on a plan whi c h I thought woul d solve the mystery. Presuming on my acq u a intan ce wi t h M r s. Web ster in her maiden days, I de termin e d to call upon her at her farm home, w h ich was onl y a bout a mile distant from the village. I was cordially receive d by Mrs. Webster, and found her, despite he r b ereavement, in a very pleas a n t frame of mind . She was aware of my professi o n , and to disarm any suspicion that s h e m i ght have concerning my visit, I indulged her in her d is p os i t ion fo r flirting. I Selecting a favorable opportunity, I invited her to take a . walk with me over the farm, an invitation which she readily accepted. Wandering along until we came to a sm a ll bank of earth under the spreading branches of a huge oak, I suggested that we sit down for a few mo ments' rest. She assented, and for the first time I spoke of her recent bereavement. "Poor Webster," she replied, "his death was very sudden and very sad. He had been so happy during our married life, and wa s looking forward to the future with so much pleasure;" and she heaved a deep sigh. "Yes, it. was very sad," I replied , looking her square in the face ; "and Lizzie," I continued, "you were the cause of his death!" "Great goodness! Mr. --," she exclaimed, starting to her feet and looking me in the face, her frame trembling like an aspen-l eaf with guilty emotion, "how did you find that out? Have they found poison in his body?" "Yes; his body was disinterred yesterday and subjected to a chemical examination, and a large quantity of arsenic was found in his stomach." "Heaven help me!" she exclaimed, "I am ruined! Oh, what shall I do? It was a foolish thing for me to do." Thinking that secrecy was of no further avail, between sobs she told me how from the first a uni0n with Webster was abho rrent to her, and that she only accepted him on condition that he would make a will giving her all his property ; that from the moment he put that document her hand.s a?d she became his wife, she determmed to cut. his hfe short how she admini stered the fatal dose m a cup of and how since his death her conscience had goaded her so keenly that she had yearned to im part her secret to somebody who would share her sorrow with her. After she had told me all I inform e d her that I had deceived her, that her crime was known to nobody but me. 1 "Well," she replied, "I am glad the secret is out. It has been a source of great agony to me, and know ing your profession I shall expect that you in form the authorities, so that I may be dealt with ac cording to my deserts." I laid the case before a magistrate, who imme diately issued a warrant for her arrest. She was indicted in due form, and when the evidence of her guilt was so conclusive that the formality of a trial was omitted. The visitor to Auburn State Prison, in wandering along through the corridors, will see in one of the cells a middle-aged woman, whose face, despite the trouble she has undergone, still bears traces of girl ish beauty. If curiosity prompfi; him to learn her crime, a glance at the card pinned on her door tells him that the inmate is Mrs. Lizzie Webster, sen tenced for life for poisoning her husband.


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 NEW YORK, MAY 30, 1919. TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS ll•w1e Ce11IM ................................. •••• .M tellt• One Cepy TbNe lfoatho : ••••••••••••••• ••.,..... .'fl Cp .. One Cop,-Sh: Jleat•• .••••• ••......... ... • • • • • .. l.M nne CopJ Oae Y•r ...•.•••••••••••••••••••••• • •• I.II POSTAGE FREE llOW TO szxn MONlCY-At our tell4 P. o, Money Or<'.er. Ch@clr or Reirlst11rd Lf!tter: rf!mltt1111ee1 In any other way are 11t yonr rl8k. W" acttpt Po•t•lffl 8tamn• the •ame u When ""nt'lln., .. 11 • .,r wrep tbe Coln In a wparate .,1ece nf papttr to a,.-otd <'att1ns th.-@nnlnpe. Wrtbl :rott name ud a4drH1 plainly. A.44r11 .. letten to x. But1as1 wour, rr... } FRANK TOUSEY, Pnblleher •• llJ'rae. Tren.o. . c1au1 .. lL N:rl&dN..... 168 Wut Ud St., N. Y. GOOD CURRENT NEWS ARTICLES While making an excavation on his farm in Bald Eagle Township, Pa., and after digging through hard, red clay to a depth of eight feet, Harry Eldred came upon two good-sized toads in a small pocket in the clay. On being exposed to the air, the "hop pers became quite lively. No one ever heard of toads wintering under the ground to such a depth, and Farmer Eldred is greatly puzzled to know how the toads got there and how they managed to live. The facts are vouched for by Farmer Eldred. Secretary of War Baker arrived in Paris on April 15 and gave to the Associated Press a statement as to the War Department's program for the return of the army from France. Troops to the number of 275,000 will return in April, 250,000 in May, and 300,000 in June, according to the present plans. This last-named monthly rate will be kept up until all of the 1,400,000 men now in France are back in the United States, which should be by September 1 if the above program is maintained. Mr. Baker also said that if any agreement should be reached by which American troops would participate in the de fense .of the Rhine indefinitely, undoubtedly the only soldiers used would be those who volunteered for such service. He expects to go to Coblenz and the former fighting front with General Pershing, and to return to the United States within ten days. He stated that large quantities of captured guns and other war material would be taken to the United States as trophies. GRINS AND CHUCKLES Guest-Are the mosquitoes very fierce around here this summer? Farmer-Naw. They'll come and eat out of your hand. The Vicar--Now, boys, what animal supplies you with boots and gives you meat to eat? First Boy (promptly )-Father. I The smallest republic is not San Marino, as usu. Caller-Why do you permit your office boy to ally supposed, but the diminutive island Tavolara, smoke cigarettes all the time? Lawyer-Oh, he can't about 7112 miles off the coast of Sardinia. This whistle when he is smoking. island is only 1 1-5 miles wide, and its whole population numbers but 55. In 1836 Tavolara was Mrs. Newed-Is your husband as affectionate now granted ii:tdependence by . Carl and a certain as when you were first married? Mrs. Oldun-Only Barteleom assumed the title of kmg under the name when he has been doing somethiri.g he's ashamed of. of Paul I. At his death in May, 1882, h expressed the wish that the people should become self-reignD th Wh t b f th t b hf l d ing. In 1886 the Tavolarians proclaimed the reb a ectfie 0 ab public, and according to their constitution, a presiudgirdytohu were de. mtghme a ouk th avi ' dent is elected every ten years. , m ro uce em; an m ree wee s ey were engaged. The first message to be carried by a length of "How did you like the new preacher, dear?" aske d wire, with the human voice as a medium, was in Mrs. Fijjit, when her husband returned from church. 1876. From his room in the upper story of a board"He's great," replied the husband. "He woke me up house at Boston, Alexander Graham Bell telephoned only once." , to his assistant, Thomas F. Watson, on the floor I _____ _ befow: "Mr . . Watson, come here; I want you." That first telephone was adapted only to sending from one end of the line, so Watson's reply was to rush up the stairs, shouting triu:rp.phantly: "I heard you." It was a moment of joy for the inventor and his co-worker, but they still had many_ obstacles to Doctor-Did you follow my advice and count until you fell asleep? Patient-I counted up to eighteen thousand. Doctor-And then you fell asleep? Pa tient-No; then it was time to get up. overcome. In the year Bell and Watson car-For Caller-For goodness sake, what's that noise? ried on a conversation over a two-mile wire between Hausekeep-Girl next door is having her voice culti Boston and Cambridge. At the Philadelphia Ex-vated. Caller-Huh! What are they doing, plough positiOJ?. that year Bell exhibited a crude model of ling it? Hauskeep-I don't know _ , but the sound of it his telephone, but it attracted little interest. is harrowing. •


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, 27 I A FEW GOOD ITEMS ; $54.56 EACH PERSON'S SHARE. Money circulating in the United States this month is sufficient to give every man, woman and child $54.56, an increase 'of 80 cents over the per capita circulation in March, and an increase -of $4.80 over a year ago. The total amount of money of all kinds available for paying bills is $5,847,641. The population is estimated to be 107,166,000, an increase of 44,000 since March. THE OCTOPUS. There have been made abroad •vith an octopus in a specially devised tank of sea water, in order to test the truth of the many stories told of monster cephalopods dragging human victims to the sea-bottom. In the tank with the octopus there was placed a "dummy" of the same specific gravity as a man, and this was baited with a crab. Attracted by this tempting morsel, the octopus made for the figurer seized it in its powerful arms, and tried to drag it under water, without success. It ANCIENT TANNERS. then urged its body toward the edge of ti

28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. ITEMS OF GENERAL INTEREST GRAPES KEPT ALL WINTER.• was owned by Abraham Lincoln One. of stra.ngest results of I and was lost by him. She has the mild wmter Just passed was refused $250 for it. Mrs. Un brought to light at Elizabeth, derwood found the coil while Pa., within the last few days, digging in a field near Lincoln when sever al bunches of grapes, City, Ind. She was informed by last summer and never Joseph Gentry, an old resident, pickled, were opened and found that the penny was one of four to be in perfect condition and or five that Lincoln carried on a ready to eat. Harvey Ream lo-string. Lincoln had told Gentry the bags hidden away in of losing one of the coins. There thick part of the grape arbor. is a hole in the penny through He declares that .the grapes were which the string was run. the finest he ever tasted. A BAFFLED PROFESSOR. Because a tribe of spiders de-Boys, Make Money Leaks. 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I Wonderful Victory Over Baldness HAIR G R O W N ON BY IN DIANS ' MR. BRITI AIN'S BALD HEAD MYSTERIOUS OINTMENT M y head at the top and back was abao l u tety bald. The acal p was sblny. AD ex p .,rt said tbat be tbougbt the hair root s Wt're extinct, and there was no hope of my ever having a new hair growth. Yet now, at the a1re o f 66 , I have a luxur l ant 1rrowth of soft. stron1r. luatrou• hair I !So trace of Imlians' S ecret o f Hair Growth A t a time when I bad become discouraged at tryin various hair l otion•, tonics, specialists treatments. etc. , I came acrosa, In my travels, a Cheroke e I ndian "medicine man" w h o had an elixir t hat be gwaran teed would grow my hair. Althowgh I had n o faith, I eave It a trial. T o my amue m ent a light fuzz soon appeared. It d enl oped, day by day, into a reir ular healthy growth and ere long m y hair wa• a1 proIUlc aa In my youthfu l days. That I waa amazed a n d happy 11 expreu-ln&' my at&.te of mind Ol1ldly. . Hair Grew Luxuriantly Obvlouly, tile hai r root1 b a d not been d e ad, but were dormant In the scalp, await Ing the fertlllzlnir potency of the my1ter1 oi.a pomade. It beca m e my ndden d etermination to pouesa the r ecipe or secret it l could. llav lug used m y modt p ersuasive argument• which ronvi n ce d the al'-'ed savant o f my sin e erlty aud that he had only falrneu t o ex p ec t fro m me, I •ucceeded I n 1ral u l n1r the •ecret r ecipe by elvlnir him a v a luable rule lo excban1r e. I P u t t h e S e cret Away My r egular business tciok all my time, however. and I was compelled to forego ay pinna t o the woutlerfu l ke tal-ko (wll lcb I ca 11 for abort ke talke) aad I •ut tbe secre t aside for some year1,' '.rhat my e-. hair 1rrowth wa1 p ermanent ha• been amply pro v ed. l\!v honest beli e f I • tllat hair r oot• rarely '1e even wlt.en the hair fall s oat Whf'ft I wa11 B a ld. drnlf . f P v e r . I thro uellt. da.a Learn to esca1>e from any handcul'fs. \V e tench you the secr e t . You can positivel y d o i t Give exh ibitions . l\!nke money. No co n tedera tes or fake bnudcutfs. 'l'he HANDe11ei.• KT:\G'S will be revpaled FREE if vou mall us onl y 30 ce nts, stamps, for 3 Meuders, useful at home, In kit. factory. cump -f'\'erywhere. ALBRO :sOCI E Tl', AD-103 , Station F , New Yori< • .J excessive d r y n e88 o r other I am convi n ced, a n a am sure man1 8Ci4'D tis t s w I I I agree, that the hai r roots be come imhedtle d within th.i acalp, covered by hard akin, so that they arfl 11 k e bulb• or 11eede i n a hottll\ which wtll when f ertilised. Ah•mpoo• lwhlcll. COD taln alka1 i •) a ad h11lr lotlon• which con-PU'Rt11 of Haw NO'lll. tain al co-ho] are enemies to the hair, H tlleJ drJ IL maktna It brittle. The Secret Now Revealed Recently I waa Induced. wb!le on a haal ness trip to i,ondon; to introduce K otalko, the Ina1an hair elixir, It m"t wltb an lm m ediate demand and h&1 •Ince been introduced throuirhout England and Franc11, I where, 4.eaplte the war, it l• havlns a areat I aale . It• popularity comea cblell1 from the voluntary endoraement• of usera. Many per •one-men, women and children-are report lua new hair growth. Some caae1 reall y more extraordinary than mY own. For iustauce , a Indy rep orted that K otal k o c rew a beautiful 1upply ot blond bai r (her natural shade) after bt'r bead bad be"n eom p l e tely b11.ld •Ince a fever nine y ean preYl o usly and •he had worn a will' ever 11lnce. A military olDcer had a bald apot which had been 1rrowlng larser for aome tlme. Within a few week1 It wa1 completely co'l'ered. I could mention numerou• examplea. Now. having ma4.e arransementll here, l lntead to supply Kotnlko, accordi n g t o the genuine Indians' formula to wl•h111 to obtain It. Recipe Given Free The recipe I s hall be please d to !Da ll , free . Address: John Hart B rlttaiu. BG-103, Station F, N e w York, N . Y. Whe n you have growu n e w h air ple ase send ID( a lette r giv ln g the facts for my Illes. P'!!U!!!f with Alrohlps, l Chen & C h •cker Board aod men. l Chlneae D lp-ae-lu-la , 1 •t Dom i n oes. 12 Other G amet, 19 Lesson:1 in M a stc. 1 2 Moner M ak.Ing Sec r e ta , Wlr eten Code , 18 Pictur es Mode A ctreuea, 8 P u zz l es & Ne w Ford Joke Boot. .All for 1 O c wllll larp CataloSUO. Dot. Ill , AmorloH Tey Ce., L1w1ll. •U. I. A. wloklla aw lllto die moath, will -w. yea to fool all y..r frlmde. 10 ef8 A•DF.E ...._ Co. Bo& L St:madWt 0.0. .fREE KHAKI UNIFORM Send for a t ree nm pie <'OPJ', S plen did 1tort ea; bf'au : lful Hlustr atlons: handsome co•en in c olon. Th e 3 rott F. Redfi eld Co .• 2141 Main S t ., SmeU1port. Pa.. GREENBACKS Pack of $1. 000 Stage 81111. IOc. : 3 ••cks, 25c . Send for a 'ack and a how the boys what a WA O you carry. C . A . NICHOLS. Jr., Box 90, Lincoln Park. N. Y. 158 Genuine For91&n Stllmps ... Mexica n Wu G 1 .. u•• Venesu.ia1 . a n d Indla IOC Guat.m• a. Chm• ( etc. , onlJ 1 so%. A GENTS WANT ED. B t a 72-pare Lists F R EEi We Buy Stam,.. Est. 25 y ears. c . E . Huumaa .. Stam• co. , Dot. 84, It. Louis, •• -.Y3Se -SAFETY HAIR CUTTER ..,._wl&•..,-. c-,b',iJ.... ........ .... . n'analr tbOaiela Jl ff'.r. 4 beaaedu .. M'dlaa17 naor to 1ba•• lb• face or ftnl:t. J: or ........... w:'.... 10-111111'116 oo..-2204 ,nu "-9'..Clo-SQ RE LEGS HEALED .


LIONEL STRONGFORT Physical and Health Sper:i•li.t 7 P a r k Buildinir N ewark, N. J. SHEW A SOBFSE At My House-To•nlght S0,000 Boys Made Happy Read These Letters From Happy Boys: I have been very slow tn eend few weeks ago and I think It I• would. I am very proud of It. I thank you very much for It and I am glad to have It. I .rl!r Lamontagne, 64 Summer Ave .. Central Falla, R: I. Sold HI• for .00 •nd Ord•-d Another Some time aeo I .rot one of your Machlnes and I am very much pleaaed with It. Arter working It tor about a month I IOld It for $10 . 00 to a friend of mine. Be baa It and entertain& his famlly nightly. I have now decided to another one of N. Better Th•n • .011 M•ohlne I am!lllow about turning In mf have bad 1t a long time and It bas not been broken yet. I have seen a $12 . 00 1'ifacblne but would not swap mine Jor Jt. Robert Lineberry, care ot Revolution Store, Greenboro, c.


Easily C nquered in 3 Days Ptchre lfo. 1-Sho w,, h o w tobacco has netirl11 toruked a man'1 career. He ha1 ne"'ou1;d111ptptic and 1rritf1bl1: he c a n n o t &lee UJell, has lose his tneru11 m i d ambition. No.2-The doctor &a11s: 0 l'm giving 11ou this medtctne but it will do Aa.r ordtrtd remed v whic h i1 tn box p os&an is n o w delivenng. No. 'l-Ha1 begun to overcome totacco crav111g. A1readt1 it lulln'} much b etter: vioo r and amtnt io n returning. No. 8-Survrisinu improt1ement; all craoin(1 qone,ftlltd uath ntw Would You Like to Quit Tobaooo Quickly and Easily and &Joy Yourselt a Thousand Times Better While In Robust Health? STOP RUIN.NC Why continue to commit Blow onlclde when you can JlYe a really contented lite It o u only &"et your bod)' and nerYe8 rlaht? 11 Is unsa.te and l0rlur1ng to t.ttempt to rid oneaelf of tobacco Yo UR LI FE hy sudde n l y 1toppin11: with "wUl-power"--don't do I • The correct way Is to eliminate nicotine poison from ie •Y•tem, &lld g e niline l y overcome the cravinc. Tobacco ls polsonon1 and s eriousl:y Injures health 1n several ways! canling mch dllordert u 'b.ervoua dyspe psia., s leeplessness, ga.a belchin g. gnawtni:, or other uncomforta.b e sensation in 1tomach; consttpatton, h eadache, weak eyes , Joss of red ep ots on akin, throat lrrttatlon, brone h itla , hear t m e l a ncholy_, lung troa.b e, Im.pure (poisoned) blood. he&rtburn. to id 11Ter, loss of appetite, b a.d teetb, foul b reatn, lall8itude. lack of am.• F R E for ct.carettes, ciJ:ars, pipe , che winst" tobacco, or snuff. H ere is a n o pp.ortunity t.o r e c e ive a. c a r efully compiled treatise on t h e sub ject , containing inter e•tln<( and v aluable lnform&tia n that you shou l d be gla d t o J,.a.1'Tl Ahou t . This b o o k tells a.ll a.bout the . tobacc o habit. in,..l urling t b e boo k o n t o bacco EDWARD J. WOODS, WH 103Station F, New York, N. Y. NOTE.-To t hn1e tDho are iniurin(J their liealtn , making th em&l'lve1 ner1u>tu, dtt&pep f t c , etc. , bv ezce11tve VH,f// . civar•tte1, ctoars, p ipe, 1nidf or c hewin g t o ba cco :-he re i s 11our opportunitv to quicklt1 ancl e.cuilt1 become t10Mr ........,,.,.. YOU DAVE "'1111111! \ ..... A BEAUTIFUL Pimples Vanish! Imitation Wrist Watch adjustable leather strap a n d buckle and these four l o ve ly Ringw . All R"i v e n Free to If you have plmplos whlch you h&vo tried In u!n to get rid ot. I just want l'OU to try something which 1 s likely to amaze and delight you. Io cases where p e rsons have b een disfigured by ugly •lmples for years . t his remedy, given me by an Indian from the North1 bu proved itself almost miraculous. It is eoourh for m e to say that 1! you me your name and ad dress, enclosini' four 3-cent st&mpa to pay for tbil notice and for malling expense, I will aend a proof t reatment. Al!!o as th1s Ind.Jan's r emed.J 1s wonderful tor curina: bolls, send me the addre88 of any 1u1'!'erer, pleue. Jamu W. Greely, 308-A, Portland, llal•t. 10( each. Fresh from factory. Be in fashio n . E. D.A.LE MF' G. CO . R. l-,. 100% American. from Colfer lo Colfer A liYe-wtre monthly mapzlnc, packed full of information and inspira tion for American cttizcns of the future. You 'fll'i.11 want to enjoy fts illustrated stories each rnootb-mJlita.ry and fratcmal insttUctioa P ictu r es, handicraft, athletJcs. The rnapzine for younr patrlott. lAarn how to become a member of The American Cadet& The only boys' nati•.aal military fraterafty. Scud for frH copy in col ors. UNCLE SAM'S BOY la1Nertptloa. •t.00 1'.,:it A . Y Statton N. - • Clndnnan, O. Shoots like a real one. Absolutely harmless. Send 15 cents In coins, and get the VICTORY CANNON. complete wi t h ammunition tor over 100 shot.a. Postaee 3 cents extra. This includes membership in C lub show .. l!Jr you how you can make easy money in your spare ume. KREW SUPPLY COMPANY De,t. A, 1335 N . Clark St. CHICAGO, ILL. DEALERS WRITE FOR PRICES. BIG PROFITS. B& WELL AND KEEP WEU. The ROCHE Electric Hygienic Machine 30 Daya' Trial. 0.n"t Be aO.atlO-otFlfr, Should be In EYerTHorne Jt l•CrtHn M ... ClrHl•UH,ltr ....... ••• u41 ...,hi IM ___ _.... .. n ... lrlllCl91.., .. ............. . TMVl .. reueM.. .. .._ ........... olAM Y•• C&9not realise the ...... At1 dwtnd frem thl1 machine Htept ,OU try It. O•e treat• ... t wlll C091'lace , .. •I it:I 1..:omotor ataala, •erttse, i...dacba, n91Ualat&, saer ••u.tneu, •• ..,.1 w M1N&l wuu .... apeplKJ, •ewttla, to i••eldpte tbla m&ehlDe. Tall" the •lace ol ex•l'dae. Gin your m•clet f!il'ut elu tfcitr; be aeither fat aor tlaia. llOJllM&LIZI: YOUR Wl:IQHT D• yeu uallae •Ut this machi•e •eaa• to OD• WUlt• las la Yitai SUHrth, ... au9erlal' from .. ,. .• eatl...toe•••••••' FREE SHORTHAND LESSON Thb i1 wonderful news. It I• absolutely true that you ca n learn the complete K . I. shorthand system in a few hours; then acquire sr.eed in taking down dictation, speeches. phone messages, etc., even when a person speaks rapidly. To prove it, send for hee lesson to King Institute, E.A.-103. Station: F, New York, N. Y. You'll astonish and delight yourself by improving your etftclency and earning power. L.,.rn ta •Pare moment• at home or While rtdl.q la car. TrUlin&' expense; nDtold bpdt.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 -LATEST ISSUES-938 The Llherty Boys' Silent March; or. The Retreat from 'l'kon deroga. 949 The Liberty Boys Arter Logan ; or, The Rai d of tbe Mingo I Indians. 950 Tbe Liberty Bors on Special Duty; or, Out with Marion's Swamp Foxes. • 939 The I l h erty Boys Fighting Ferguson; or. Leagued with Strange Allle1. 940 Th<> 1 ,1herty Boys and the S e v e n Scouts ; or. Driving Out the Skinners. 941 The Liberty Boys.' Winning Volley; or, Fighting Along the Mohawk. 942 The Liberty Boys and the H essian Giant; or, the Battle ot Lake Champlain. 943 The Liberty Boys' Midnight Sortie; or, Within an Inch of Capture. 944 The Liberty Boys on Long Island; or, R epulsing tbe Whale boa t Raiders. 945 TbA Liberty Boys' Sec r e t Enemy ; or, Exposing tbe Gun Po\\ der Plot. 946 Tbe Uberty Boys on t b e F iring Line ; o r. Chasing the Royal Greens. 947 The Liberty Boys and S e rgeant or, the Engagement at Charleston Harbor. 948 The Liberty Boys Wltlb M e r cer's R iftr m en; or, H olding the Redcoats at Bay. 951 The L iberty Boys and the French Spy; or, The Battle O• Hobklr k's Hill. 952 'l'}I(' Liberty Boys at Reedy Fork; or, Keeping the British Puzz l e d. 953 The L iberty Boys and "Captain Jack;" or, Learning the E nemy' s Plans. 91!4 Tbe Libert y Boys at Basking Ridge ; or. The Loss ot G eneral Lee. 955 Tbe L iberty Boys Holding Qulntan' s Bridge; or. Repulsing Ranger s and R egulars. 956 T ile Liberty Boys and Barre n Hill; or, Fighting with La 'fayette. 9 5 7 Th(' J.lherty Boys t:nder Fire ; or. The "Re b el" Girl o f Carolina. 958 The J.i11erty Boys' Hard Times; or, The i\Iassacr e o f Buford's Command. 9 5 9 The Liberty Boys and t h e Mad Provost; or. Caught In the Reilrn o f T error. 960 The J ,!herty Boy' s Crack Shots; or, The Capture of rhlla d el p h ia. P'nr s11le by all ne,.sdealers. or will be sent to any address on rettlpt of price, 6 c ents p e r copy, In money or poM nge •tamp•. h'< FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 168 West 23d 5t., Ne w Y o r k . IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of these weeklie s and cannot procure them from newsdealer s , they can b e obtai n ed from the publishers direct . Write ou t and fill in your Ord e r and send it with the price of the weeklies you want, a11d t h e week l ies \vill be sent to y ou by return mail-: POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN T H E SAME AS M ONEY.' OUR TEN-CENT HAND BOOKS Jfe, '8. BOW TO J\l.AKI: .A.ND Ull: l:Ll:C No. 80. HOW TO Bl:COHE .A. PHOTOGNo. 7 3. HOW T O DO TRICKS WITJI TIUOITY.-A •eecrlption of tbe wonderful BAPHEB.-Co.ntalnlng useful Info rmation many curious trick • u•ee of eltttrlelty aad eleetro maiinetlam; toreiiardlng the Camera and hew t o wBrk It; .,Ith figu res and the mail'iC of numbers. By getller with full Instruction• for maklnc alao bow to m11ke Photographic Magic Len -A . Anderson. Fully Illustrated. J'Jlectrlc Batteries, etc. By Georce tern Slides and other Transparencle1. H a n!l -l'•o . 74. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS Trebel, A . M., .M.D. Containing onr llfty ii-aomely lllustratecl. CORRECTLY.-Conta!ninil' full Instructions lu1tratlon1. :No. ci. HOW TO BECOME A WEi T tor wrltinil' letters on almost any subject; No. " ROW TO BRE.t.K, AND POINT MILITAKY CADET.-E xplalns b o w also rules tor punrtuatlon and composition, DIUTB A JIOBIE.-A eemplete tftatlH on to saln admittuce, couna of Study, 'Exam!with specimen letters. Ule Ilene. Deserllllns tile mo1t uHful horns natlen1.._Dut1e11 Stair of Olrleers. Poat Guard. No. 75. HOW TO BECOME A C O N JURER. fer ltuelD-. the !teat herM1 fer tbe road: Police Hagulat oa1, Fire Department, and all C ontalnlRA: tricks with Dominoes, Dice a110 T.tluallle reclpe1 for dlHUH peculiar t o a ltey 1lloult lcuow te be a cadet. By Lu CuPl! a n d ltalle; Hata, e(c. Embraclns tlle hone. Seaarea1. thi r t y-six lllu1tratlons. By A. Anderson . Ne. 41. BOW TO Bt11LD A.ND IA.IL Ne. 83. ROW TO BECO;\JE A NA.VAL N o . 78. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES BY CA.NOSl.-.A. banciy lteelc tor !toy•, containCA.DET . Complete IHtructlons .,f b o w t• T H E IIAN D . -Containlng rule. tor telling Ing full 41rectlena fer eeuatructlnf canoe• saln acimiHleR to tba .4anapolls Naval f ortu nes by the aid of lines of the hand. or ud tile me11t pepular manner o 1alllnlt emy. Alie coatalalnr the c ourse o t l nstruc-tbe of palmistry. .Also the secret o f them. Fully Illustrate•. tloa. description of cr•unds and buildings, t"llln g future events by aid of moles, m arks, Ne. 41. HOW TO DEBA.TJC.-011'llls rul111 bl1 1 aketcb, and enrythlng a bey •cars, "tc. Illustrated. tor cenducttas •ebatH, eut!IDH fer debat..1. 1h know te become an olrlc"r In tbe N o . 77. HOW T O D O F ORTY TRICKS •u•tlona for dllcusalou and the llest U Statee N•TJ' . •Y Lu Seaarens. W"ITH CARDS.-Contalning deceptive C ard aourcH tor procurlnc Information on tbe lfo. c.t. ROW TO HAB:E ELECTRICAY.. T ricks a s performed by lending conjurers ••••tlon riven. MACBINE!!.-Cotltalnlnc full directi o n s t o r and ma11;lclans. Arranged tor home amuse-Jf•. H. ROW TO l!ITUFF BIRDl!I AND making electrical m•chlnes, Induction rolls. ment. l li ully Illustrated . .ANIMALl.-A nlu11.ble book, irlVlnll" lnstruc-d:rnamo1. an• many nevel to: .. to b e worked N o . 78. H O W TO DO T H E BLACK A,RT. t1on1 in collectln&" , preparlnc, mounting and by JIJ R. A.. R . Bennet. Fully -Containing a complete description ot the prHernar blrd1, animal• and lnlli!cts. 1llu1trated. mysteries of Magic and Sleight-of-hand. gether with many " onderful experiment• No. 11. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH No. 15. MtJLDOON'S JOKES.-Tbe most B y A. .Anderson. lllnstrnted. CARDl.-Contalalnr explanations of tne original jolce boot ever published, and It Is N o . 7 9 . HOW TO AN ACTOR. general prlnclplas of 11etrht-ot-band appllbrimful ot wit and humor. It contains a cable to card trlck1; of card tricks with larire collect111n of sn•c•. joke11, conundrums, -Conta l nlnr complete Instruction• how to ordinary car•s. aad not rC41ulrlnir alelchtetc., of Terrence Mulcloon . the r:reat wit, :tiu make up tor rnrlous characters on t11e stage; of-band; ef trick• lnYe!Tlnr alelgbt-of-hanci, morlst, and practical jolcer of the day. torether with the duties of the Sta11:e Manor the UH of specially prepared cards. JI• No. ft8. HOW TO DO PUZZLEl!l. -Con-tfne;'. Prompter, Scenic .Artist and Property lu1trated. taln!ng tbrf!fl hundred lnterestlnil' puzN o . 80. GU8 WILLIA:\IS' JOKE BOOK. -Ne. Ill . ROW TO PLAY CA.KDl!l.-GiTWA' zle• noel conundrums . .,,.Ith t o same. A Co n t alnlnr the latest jokes. anecdotes and tbe rule9 and full dlrectlen1 for playinc complete book. Fully Illustrated. f unny stories of this world-renowned Gerllncllre, Crlbbase, Caslae, Forty-Five, No. 91. HOW TO DO ELECTRIC.AL man come d i a n. Sixty-tour P•il'e•; handsomv l'lounee, Pedro laacho, Draw Poker, Auction TJUCKS.-Containlnr a larce collection of colored co ver, conta ining a h alf-tone phot o Pitcb, .A.II Fonrs, ana many other popular Instructive and h ighly amuslnc electrical ct! the aut h o r . game• of card1. trlclc1 . together with lllustratloH. By .A. No. St. HOW TO MES"1ERIZE.-Contaln-Ne. U. JIOW TO WRITE LETTER8.-A .Anderson. Ing the most approved meth• d of mesmerwenderful little hook. telllnr you bow to N... ea. HOW TO DO CHEMICAL I s m ; animal magnetism. or, magaetlc healwrite t.o your sweetheart. y<111r father, motll-TRJCK!!.--Containlnc OYer one bundre d Ing. By Prof . Leo Hugo Koch. A . C.S., au er, elater. brother. empleyer; and, tn fact, blrhl;o amualns an• lnetrnrlhe trlclc• wit h tbor of "How to Hypnotize. " etc. eTerybe•y an• anylledy you wllb to write ch@mlca l s . By A . An•exwon. Handsomely N o . 82. HOW T O D O PAL!\USTRY.-Conto. Illustrate•. taln l n g the mMt approved rpethods of readNe. 114. ROW TO KEEP AND MANAGlt N'l. &9. TO DO SLEIGRT-OF-lnr the lines on tbt. band. tOi\'ether with a PETl!l.--Glvlnc cemplete lnformatien a• to 1 HANn.-Contalnlnc OTer tlft•. of the l•test full o f their meaning. Also ex the manuer and metheci of raising, keepin1< . "' plai n i n g phrenology. and the key of telll•&' tamlnr, ltreedlns. and man1clng all klnfls an• hf'•t trick• usecl lty magicians. Aleo character• hy the humps on the bead. By of pets; al10 giving tun lnstrurtlons tor cont1lnln g the secret of second ilgbt. Fully Leo Hugo Koch , A . C . S. Fully lllustrated. making cares, etc. Fully explained hY llluitrated. N o . 83. HOW TO HYPNOTIZE.-Contaln-twenty-elrht lllustrationR. No. 10. HO'V TO MAKE MAGIC TOYS. I n g v aluable and Instructive Information r e-Ne. 55. H9W TO COLLECT STAMPS Containing full clirectiona for making Magic gardi n g t h e science of hypnotism. Also exAND COINS.-Contalnlnr valualtle lnformaToys and devlcH of many klads. Fully 11-plaining tbe most approved methods which tlon reirardlnc the collecting and arranglnc luatrated. are em ployed by the leading hypnotists of of stam11• aDcl coins. Handsomely !llus-No. 't. HOW TO DO )ll!:CHANICAL the world . By Leo Hugo Koch. A.C . S . &nte4. TRICK8.-Ce>ntalniag ron1nlete Illustrations N o . 114. HOW TO BECOME AN AUTHOR. No. 5'. HOW TO BECOME AN ENtor performing over1lxty Mechanical Tricks. -Containing Information regardlnir choice GINEER.-Contalnlnr full ln1trnctlons hew Fully llluatrated. of subjects. the use nf words anrl the man-to become a locomotlTe enirtaeer; also direr-N<>. 'ft. HOW TO DO l!IXTY TRICKS nf'r of prPparlng and suhmlttlnl?" manu -tlons for bulldlnr a model lecomBtlve: te-WITJI CA1'Dl.-Emllraclng all o r t h e lntest •crlpt. •. .Al•o containing YRlnahle lnf orma&"etber with a full description of everytblnc and mnet deceptlYe eard tricks, with illus-tlon "" to the nentne ... le,,.lhllity and gen -an englnef' r should know. tratlons. eral compositi on of nrnn n • cripts. For 1ale by all nPwsdealers. or will lie 1ent to any aclcirea •• receipt et price, lOc . per copy, or 3 for 25c . , I n money or postage stamps, by J'BANK TOUSEY, Publisher, • _ , • 16 8 We s t 2 3d St .. N. Y. I I" ,. . ' 1 c , • ..... ._... ..... ....... .._ ..... .......... ...., ..... .... ..... N,o....JIM< ...


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