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FBANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 168"WEST Z3D -sTR'EET, "NEW YORK. No. 967. NEW YORK, JULY 11, 1919. Price 6 Centa The Liberty.:Boyswent running down the street, Dick in the rear covering th_!3ir . retrea:t. The redcoats pursued them hotly, while the Tory residents discharged pistols and hurled bricks and other missiles at.them from the windows.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '7.6 A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution. Issued Weekly-Subscription price, $3.00 per yea,r; Canada, $3.50; Foreign, $4.00. Frank Tousey, P 0uf]iblisher, J68 Wed 23d Street, New York, N. Y. Entered as Second-Class Matter January 31, 1913, at the Postce at ew York, N. Y., under the Act of March 3, 1879. No. 967. NEW YORK, JULY 11, 1919. Price 6 Cents. The Liberty Boys' Fierce I Retreat -OBDRIVEN OUT OF MANHATTAN By HARRY MOORE CHAPTER L THE YOUNG PATRIOT AND THE TORY F.AltMER. It was the month of August, 1776 . The British fleet were at Staten Island. Long Island was threatened, and New York itself was not out of danger. The British were momentarily expected to land troops at Gravesend, on the south shore of the island. The American troops under General Greene occupied that part of the island where Brooklyn now lies. General Washington was greatly alarmed over the situation of affairs, and was in constant communicatiou with one or another of the leaders. General Greene was suddenly taken violently ill and con fin ed to his bed. The command then devolved upon General Sullivan. General Mifflin, Lord Stirling, Colonels Cadwallader, Small wood, Haslet and Hand and other patriot leaders were on the island, the main encampment being about a mile beyond the village of Brooklyn. The village stood on a peninsula formed by the inlets of W allabout Bay on the north and Gowan us Cove on the south. A line of intrenchments and strong redoubts extended across the neck of the peninsula from the bay to a swamp and creek emptying into the cove. To protect the rear of the works from the enemy's ships, a battery h11d been erected at Red Hook, the southwest corner of the peninsula, and also a fort on Governor's Island, nearly opposite. Owing to the extent of Long Island it was well nigh impossible to prevent the landing of the enemy. A watch could be l\ept, however, and warning given, and the shore Gowanus Cove all along beyond Jamaica was patroled by tne patriots. There were Tories on the island, and as these were known to bave given information to the enemy, those who were sus pected were carefully watched. One hot afternoon, at this time, two boys attired in the ordinary clothes of farmers' sons were walking near the mouth of Gowanus Creek. They seemed to have no particular business on hand, stopping now and then to pick field daisies or early goldenrods, or to snap off the heads of thistles with their light switches. A few fishing smacks lay at anchor in the cove, and there were boats run up on the bank of the creek or moored to stakes on sl;i.ore. Not far away was a low, rambling house which showed evidences of thrift on the part of its owner, and in the field adjoiI}i'ng it men were at work. A little child of four or five years was at play near the creek, and a woman in the doorway of the house was presumably keeping watch that no harm came to it. The air was hot and still, and a Sabbath day calm seemed to rest over all, the water having scarce l y a ripple, and the aaila of the amack.s hanging limp and motionless. "There does not seem to be any sign of them yet, Dick," said one of the boys, dressed in gray homespun, coarse woollen hose and a cocked hat. "No, there does not, Bob, although they would scarcely land here." "But if they had started, we would see them from this point." "Surely; and it may be that they will land at night, as lookouts will be posted from Red Hook to Jamaica and beyond." At this moment a shrill scream arose from the bank of the creek. . The child at play there had ventured too near and slipped or rolled down the banl!: into the deep water. The boy called Dick ran down at once and sprang into one of the boats moored there. In a moment the child came to the surface and began to scream lustily. Reaching far over, at the risk of upsetting the boat, Dick caught the short skirts of the child and drew it toward him. • Then he lifted it out of the water and, stepping from the rocking boat, walked up the bank. The woman in the doorway and two of the men at work came hurrying to the spot. The woman arrived first and, snatching the child from Dick's arms, proceetled to administer a hearty spanking. "You naughty girl, I told you to be careful," she said, ex citedly, "and now you've got your clothes all wet and muddy in the creek, you naughty child." Alternately spanking and scolding, but saying nothing to Dick, the woman made her way toward the house. One of the men met her and stopped to talk to her. "I just won't let her play near the creek again," the woman said. "First thing we know she'll be drowned." "But you her in time to pull her out." "There! I never thanked the boy who did it; but it's all your fault, you naughty child," and the excited woman there upon administered another spanking. "Who was it, one of those boys going along the creek?" "Yes, one of them, but I don't know which. Give him a dollar and tell him--And all that expense for you, you naughty girl!" with a vigorous slap. The woman went on, while tbe man hurried after Dick and Bob. Dick's wet clothes showed him to be the rescuer, and the farmer said to him: "I thank your promptness, young sir. You saved my baby's life. The tide is setting out, there is no one about, and she would have been lost only for you." "I am thankful to have been in the neighborhood," said Dick, simply. "You don't live hereabouts? I don't remember your face." "No; I am visiting in the neighborhood. I live in Westchester." "Any kin to the Suydams, Lotts, Leffertses or Rapeljes ?" "No, to none of them." "Visiting the. Luquers or Bergene, perhaps 'l"


' 2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' FIERCE RETREAT. "No. I trust that the child is not injured beyond a wetting? There i s no danger of fever or chill, I suppose ?" "No, I gue s s not. Of course you are not one of those youn g r e bels enc amped farther up the creekT You do not wear the rebel uniform." Dick had b ee n c a utious about giving his name, for he was a stanch patriot and d i d not know what the farmer might be. He was, in fact, the captain of that very band of young "rebels" of whom the farmer had spoken so disrespectfully. "I have taken measures to oust the impudent young ruf fians," the farmer continued, "and when our troops land, as I trust they will shortly--" "The king's troops are expected to land here 7" asked Dick, without undu e excitement. "Well, no, not I suppose, but they will land somewhere h e reabo uts, and then these saucy young varlets calling themselves the Liberty Boys, will have to decamp, as well as the other rebels." "When do _you expect the king's troops to land?" asked Dick. "I am greatly interested." H e was indeed, for not only was he the captain of the Liberty Boys, but he had been charged by General Washington to k e ep a watch on the bay and report the first appearance of the enemy at once . O ther Liberty Boys , in disguise , like himself and Bob Estabrook, his first lieutenant, were stationed alongshore, some as far as Jamaica Bay. "That I do not rightly know," the farmer answered. "The rebels would like to know, no doubt, so that they can escape in good season." "Yes, no doubt," and Dick turned to go, seeing that there was nothing more to be learned. Bob had gone on, and was now out of sight behind a cluste1 of trees. "You are a .loyal subject, of course," the farmer said. "I should hate to think I was indebted to a rebel." "And ye t :you would rather a rebel should have saved your child than slie would drown ? " "I suppose so; but it would be a great mortification to know that I was under obligations--" "Good day, and I trust that your baby will suffer no incon venience from her wetting." Then Dick walked on, joining Bob presently and saying: "The fellow is a rank Tory, Bob, and we must change our quarters." CHAPTER II. AN IMPORTANT DISCOVERY. "Change our quarters, say you, Dick?" echoed Bob. "Yes; the Tory has already sent information to the enemy of our presence on the creek and expects to have us ousted." "The position is a good one." "Yes; but it is not the only one, Bob." "Very true. The farmer does not know that you are Dick Slater, then?" "No; and I was very cautious not to tell him." "Still, he thanked you for saving the little girl?" "Yes, but said that he would hate to be under obligations to a r e bel." "The narrow-minded fool!" sputtered Bob, who was a very outspok e n boy. "That's nothing less than bigotry." "V ery true, Bob." . "Did you learn anything else, Dick?" Bob asked. "Only that the British troops are going to land on the island; but we already suspected that." "So we did. It was just as well that we were in disguise, then." "Yes, for there are many Tories about." The two bo y s walked for some little distance rlo:ng the shores of the cove. At length they saw a boy on horseback coming toward them. He rode a big gray horse and was dressed much the same as were the others. Reaching them, he dismounted and said: "There are no signs of the enemy as far as I have been, Dick." "D i d you h ear anything, Mark?" asked Dick. The boy on t h e gra y horse was Mark Morrison, second lieu-tenant of the Liberty Boys. • "Yes; the p e ople expect the troops to land shoi$ly." "'They are mostly Tories 'l" • "Yes." "They don't know just where the ships will put in, I suppose?" "No; and I don't believe they. know." "Very likely not. Were you going to the camp?"_ "Yes." "Tell the boys to get ready to go to other quarters." "Very good." Mark then rode on, and Dick and Bob proceeded. They had gone some distance farther when they saw two boys come running out of a little house not far from the road. They were pursued by an angry woman with a broom in her hands who was belaboring one of them, a fat German boy, with the handy weapon. Then the other, who seeme4 to be Irish, took it away from her, saying: "Shure an' dhat's too harud woruk entoirely for yez, ma'am, an,' it do shpoil yer foine compliction altogether." "Don't you dare to talk to me, you rebel!" the woman panted. "Just you wait till my husband--" "An' have yez a husband, ma'am? Shure an' Oi'd not tink dhat anny man wor good enough for yez." "You just wait till he come s . He'll be good enough for you, you rebel I idea of two rebels daring to come into my house! I'll fix you, though. Hallo, young sirs!" The woman now hailed Dick and Bob, who had approached. "What is it, ma'am?" asked Dick. . "I want you to thrash these two rebels. They had the im-pudence to enter my house." . Dick gave. the Irish boy a peculiar look and asked: "Did they create a disturbance?" "No, but they're rebels, and--" "Did they insult you?" "No, but they're rebels-" "They are already out of your house and not likely to enter it again, so I really don't see why I should interfere." "Yes, but they're rebels; they told me so, and--Hal here he comes! Now we'll see!" An undersized, meek little man now appeared coming down the road. He was much smaller than the woman, and not as big as any of the four boys, in fact. "Come here, Thomas Henry Tilyou," said the woman. "I've been ins ulted in my own house." "Now see here," said the little man mildly to Dick, "you mustn't do that, you know. I really shan't allow it." "Not him, the Irishman," said the woman. "Now see here, my lad--" "Patsy Brannigan is me name. Phwat can Oi do for yez? Yer mother is a foine luckin' woman, but Oi'd niver--" "Mother, sir? The lady is my wife! Now don't you know that you must not insult ladies?" said the little man. "I shall have to chastise you if you do." "Y oil two fellows had better go on," said Dick, giving Patsy a peculiar look. "You have created disturbance enough." "All right, sor. A nod is as good as a wink to a bloind horse. Come on, Dootchy." -Patsy and Carl returned to Gowanus Creek, and Dick and Bob continued on their way. . They presently came across two of the Liberty Boys rest mg under a tree. ::Have you heard anything, boys?" askeCl Dick. From what I can gather," answered one of the boys, whose name was Harry Thurber, his companion being called Harry Judson, and a great chum of his, "the enemy may be ex pected to-night." "But there is nothing positive?" "Well, these Torie s seem to think there is," answered the other Harry, "but that may be because they wiih it." "Remain here till after dark," said Dick, "and then come in. Your horses are handy?" "Yes, quite." "You are not suspected?" "No." "Very good." \ Dick and Bob then returned to the camp on Gowanus Creek, which they reached shortly before sunset. Soon after dark the camp was dismantled without noise or bustle, and the Liberty Boys went on rapid but silent march to the neighborhood of Gravesend. Thi;y were well mounted made rapid progress, so that m somethmg over an hour after their departure from one camp they were installed in another.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' FIERCE RETREAT. Later that night, when everything was dark and still, Dick Slater, mounted on a splendid black Arabian whom he called Major, rode along the shores of Gravesend Bay. Listening intently for any sound, no matter how slight, he rode up and down, lookin g out across the water and noting everything. It was quite late when, peering sharply across the bay and listening intently, Dick soon heard the sound of ap proaching s hips, and then mude them out dimly in the gloom of the night. "The British are coming!" he said. CHAPTER III. A PLUCKY DEFENSE. It did not take Dick Slater long to satisfy himself that the British ships were actually coming up the bay. He set off at once on his black horse, whose match for speed he had never seen, and made his way post-haste to General Sullivan's quarters. He fairly flew along the deserted road, for he knew that eveFy moment was precious. Colonel Hand ith his Pennsylvania riflemen was stationed at Gravesend, but word must be got to the general at once. / Down the deserted roads and through lonely lanes he rode at top speed, taking short cuts where he could and making every moment of account. Reaching the general's quarters after a hard rid_e, he asked to see the commander at once. "Tell him that the enemy are making ready to land at Gravesend," he said to the orderly. In a short time he was admitted to the general's ence. "I am Dick Slater, of the Liberty Boys, general," he said. Britis h ships are now making ready to land troops at Gravesend." "Colonel Hand and his riftemen are posted there?" "Yes." "Tell Hand to make as brave a defense as they can and to hold the passes." . "I will do so. general." "Give him ali the assistance you can with your Liberty Boys." "We will, general." After receiving a few general directions, Dick set out upon his return. ,,, He met with no adventure on the way back, and delivered his message to Colonel Hand as soon as he arrived. The colonel knew of the coming of the enemy by this time and gave Dick high praise for his promptness. The Lib erty Boys joined Colonel Hand in the early morning, prepared to resist the advance of the enemy. The Br'.tish were landing, but Dick dashed forward at the head of hi s brave boys, fired a volley or two and then retreated to the lines. The enemy hfl

' THE LIBERTY BOYS' FIERCE RETREAT. the lull in hostilities, the village folk were discussing the situation over their pipes and pots. Dick entered the place quietly and, having the appearance of a simple country boy only, attracted no attention. He sat i,n a corner near a convenient door and called for bread and cheese and a mug of buttermilk, the latter being con sidered most refreshing of a hot day. They were all Tories in the place, or, if there were those who were not, they took no part in the discussion. The talk was all in favor of the king, the and the British generals. Everything American and patriotic was condemned, and in no measured terms. Dick paid no attention to the talk, taking 110 part in it nor even seeming to b e interested. At last a boy of about his own age, who had been quaffing ale without stint and talking very freely, came over to where Dick sat and said thickly: "Now, my lad, let's hear what you have to say. You're a loyal subject, of course. Have a mug of old ale at my expense. Hi, landlord, two pewters." "I don't drink malt liquor," said Dick, "nor would I 011 a hot day were I in your place." The pewters were brought. "You'll drink with me, and you'll drink to the king. Now then"! The half drunken fellow put the pewter to Dick's lips as he spoke. In an instant Dick seized it and threw the contents in the toper's face. CHAPTER IV. A FRIEND AlMONG ENEMIES. I There was instant confusion iia the taproom. Dick sprang to his feet. "I told you I would not drink with you, you sot!" he said. The tipsy fellow sat on the floor with great force. "But you'll drink with us, buttermilk, water or whatever you like?" asked one of the Tories. ::Not that toast in anything!" said Dick firmly. What?" with a roar. . "I should expect to choke if I did. I do not drink to kings, and above all, to such tyrant kings as George Third!" "Seize the rebel youth!" "Make him drink it!" "Aye, and make him eat his words, the rebel!" The roomful surged toward Dick . The tipsy fellow got on his feet albeit somewhat un-steadily, and said1 ' "Let me at the rebel hound first of all. I owe him one for the insult he has put upon me.• Dick Slater did not lack in bravery, but he realized that just at this moment discretion was the better part of valor. He would stand no chance with so many, for they had no idea of fair play, and would have set upon him in a body. He had taken note of the door when he had sat down, and he now made use of it. "One at a time, you bullies, or even two, or three, if I can have my pick, but not all together." "Seize the rebel! Make him drink to the ki11.g and then duck him in the pond!" Then the whole riotous company made a rush. Qut at the door 1lew Dick, closing it and turning the key m the lock. Out by a rear door, while the angry Tories were making their way to the front, he ran, and was soon co:acealed by the pump and water trough. "Quite a lively time," he laughed. "Truly they were a brave lot, a dozen or twenty to one boy!" Secreting himself behind a bush in the tavern garden he watched the discomfited Tories rush hither thither 'and at length give up the chase. Then, watching his opportunity, he. came out of his place of con cealmen t and walked leisureJy on. "There's little to be learned there," he said to himself. "I must get into the camp." This was a daring thing to do, but Dick was a daring fellow and took little thought of risk where gettin2' information of the' enemy was concerned. There were pickets to be passed, but Dick had an idea la.w this was to be accompliahed,, ud it did not trouble him. Strolling along quietly, he took note of different roads and got a good general idea of the place and of nooks wherein to hide in case he had to get away in a hurry. At length he reached the camp of the redcoats, if camp it could be called. They had taken possession . of a number of houses, made themselves comfortable in a shady grove and put up a number of tents. Approaching that part of the village which could be called the British camp, Dick was stopped by a sentry. Assuming a simple look, Dick said: "How do? What you puttin' that thing in front o' me fur? I don't want it." "You can't pass," growled the soldier, who had put hia musket across Dick's breast. "How's a feller goin' ter git home then, I'd like ter know?" "Go around. You can't pass here," with a growl. "Huh! S'pose they's sogers everywberes I want ter go? How'm I goin' ter get home?" "Get a pass." "That's what I want ter do, but yer won't lemme get a past." "Well, go on, but if you're going to be dodging back and forth all the time you'll have to get permission. That's a pass." "Ain't ergoin' ter keep dodgin' back an' forth. Yer hai.'t seed me erfore, have yer?" "Go on!" growled the sentry, who did not think the seemingly stupid fellow before him capable of doing any harm. Dick slouched on and at length found himself right among the troops. He could learn nothing from the talk of many, which was only personal and did not interest him. There was a group of o:lficers in the front dooryard of a roomy old house built in the Dutch style. They were sitting on benches under the trees or on the doorstep. They were smoking long pipes and eating and drinking, but they were talking also. Their talk was not of their various escapades, but bad to do with the present situation, and Dick desired to hear it. How to do so without attracting suspicion was a question. Entering at the gate under an arch of flowering vines, he passed up the walk toward the front door in the most unconcerned manner. 1 "Well, my boy?" said an officer on the doorstep. "I want a drink o' water. I'm thet dry . I donno how ter stand it. It's tarnation hot out in ther sun, I tell yer that!" "Well, go in and ask for it," with a smile. "Wasn't the rear door good enough?" "I ain't a beggar. On'y beggars go ter back doors . " "Very good," and the officer laughed. "I shouldn't have thought you would have made such a nice distinction." "Huh? Yas, 'tis a pooty nice position. 'Bout as good as any in Flatbush, I guess." The officer laughed and Dick entered the house. He met a young girl in the hall who looked at him in quiringly and asked: "Were you looking for any one, boy?" "I would like a glass of water, if you please," said Dick simply. "Oh, that is easily done. You look warm. Won't you take a seat?" "Thank you," and Dick seated himself on a little hassock near the door. The officers paid no attention to him and went on with their talk. In a short time the girl returned. with a glass of water just from the well. Dick arose and took it from her hand. "Thank you," he said simply. "Got company?" "Yes, and company I have little regard for." Dick shot a quick glance at the girl. "You are not a Tory?" he asked in a low tone. "No, though some of us are." "You are a patriot?" leading her a little way from the door. "Yes; but you?" "Am one also. Sh I We must be careful. These men are my coU11.try's enemies. I wish to hear what they are talk inlf, about." 'Come into the front room. The blinds are drawn, but the willdows are opa. •


THE LIBERTY BOYS' FIERCE RETREAT. 5 The girl led the way, and Dick sat close to the window where he could hear everything. "You are a spy?" the girl a sked in a whi s p e r. "Yes. I can trust you, I know. I am the captain of the Liberty Boys." "Your gallant boys made a brave defense of the pass yonder ea1Iier in the day." "We did our duty ," proudly. "I wish my brother were like you, but he is a rank Tory, and worse." "I am sorry for that." "It is a hous e divided against itself. My father and I and a younger brother are patriots, while my mother, an elder brother and a sister a re rank Tories." "That is strange, and ye t not without precedent." The conversation of the offic ers was rambling enough for Dick to follow and yet pay attention to his young hostess. Every now and then the r e dcoats would say something which interested him, and at such times he would give the girl a warning look and pay all attention to the officers. They were both so interested that they did not notice the entrance of some one into the front yard. The blinds were drawn, Dick could not see out. He heard some one push open the gate, but concluded it was another redcoat. Then he heard a step on the stair outside and in the hall, and in another moment the door was pushed open. Dick's eyes had become accustomed to the subdued light, and he saw the newcomer before the latter saw him. • To his consternation he recognized the tipsy fellow he had met in the tavern. "Hallo, sis, why aren't you making yourself agreeable toOh, I beg pardon; I did not see you had company. Excuse me." The young fellow made his way. unsteadily out of the room, and the girl said: "That is my brother, I am sorry to say. He is one of the Tories. I wish that were all!" "I know," said Dick. "I have met him. He must not see me, for he knows me for a patriot." "Then he shall not." CHAPTER V. A LUCKY ESCAPE. The girl aros e and turned the k e y in the lock. There was another door to the room, however. As she glided toward this to secure it her brpther entered. In his half tipsy condition he seemed to forget that he had already been in the room. "Hallo,'' he said. "What you got it so dark for?" He walked unsteadily toward the front of the room with the evid ent intention of opening the blinds. "Hallo, what's this?" he muttered, catching sight of Dick. "Why, y ou saw him b efore . That's my company, don't you know?" "Certainly. Excuse me. Introduce me. How do, captain? Tell you what, we're going to lick the r e bels, aren't we? We'll drive 'em off the i sland and out of the country. Don't you think so?" He sat heavily in a chair and began to talk confidentially to Dick, whom he took for one of the British officers. By degrees his eyes became accustomed to the subdued light of the room. Then, tiP$Y though he was, he began to realize that he had seen Dick before and that he was not a redcoat. "I know you," he muttered. "You're the boy who wouldn't drink with me in the tavern and threw\ the liquor in my face. You're a sneaking rebel spy, that's what you are!" He essayed to rise, and would undoubtedly have given the alarm. Dick sprang upon him, pushed him back into his seat and hissed: "Not a word if you are wise. I've a knife here and can thrust it into you and make no noise as a pistol would." The young Tory struggled to gbt up and opened his mouth to shoqt. Dick I clapped his hand over the fellow's mouth, turned him over upon his face on the little sofa where he sat and buried his nose in the cushions. "Stay there, you fool, and behave yours elf," said Dick,. The young fellow kicked and struggled for a few moments, when Dick sat on him and said: "Keep still or you'll be sorry." The other ceased to struggle simply because he could not, and presently began to breathe deeply and then to snore. Meanwhile the officers had risen, some of them had left and others simply s trolled about the grounds. "You may unlock the door," said Dick quietly. "Your brother is asleep. I can learn no more, anyhow." / Then he got up, turned the tips y fellow on his back and left him asleep. " I am obliged to you, miss,'' he said. "You have done me a great service. Some day I trus t that we may meet again." " I am very glad to have be e n of a s s istance to the cause of independence,'' the girl ans wered, "and I hope that we shall meet at some future time when our pro s pects are brighter than they are at pres ent." Dick then took his leav e, passing through the dooryard without interruption. He had learned much and had found a friend. "If we ever do meet again,'' he thought, "I can be sure of her assistance." He was passing the tavern where he had had his adventure when several men came out. Some of them had been there at the time he hl:J.d made his escape. The s e at once recognized him. "Hallo, there's the young rebel! Stop him!" they cried. There was a horse tethered to a hitching-post in front of a residence a short distance away. There were redcoats on the village street and in the tavern. "Rebel, rebel, seize the rebel!" y e ll e d the Tories. The redcoats in the tavern came r unning out. Those on the streets came hurrying forward. "He's a spy!" yelled the Tories. Some of the redcoats had been in the dooryard of the house Dick had ente1 ed: \ They now recognized the suppo s ed stupi d boy they had seen there. ' ' A spy, a spy!" echoed up and down the street. Dick's position was most critical. It was a time for instant action. Making a sudden dash, he reached the hitching-post, jumped upon the animal's back, s!il).pe d the tether and sped away like the wind. Bull ets flew after him like hail, bu.t he lay along the horse's neck and escaped injury. The horse was not as fleet as Major, but none of his pursuers were mounted, and he got away safely. When near the patriot lines he dismounted, turned the horse's head toward home, slapped him on the flank and started him off in the direction of the village. "If that had been a redcoat's horse, I might have kept him,'' he laughed, "but he was not, and he might belong to a good patriot." The n he made his way to his own camp, where the boys all w e lcomed him, feeling sure that he had met with an adventure. . He s eldom went out that he did not, and so the boys were always prepared to hear something interesting when he returned. "Well, Dick, did anything happen when you were out?" Bob asked. "Several things," with a laugh. "I was sure of it," said Mark. "Let us hear about them." Dick related his adventures, the boys showing great in-terest. "That was a plucky girl," said Harry Thurber. "I should like to meet her." It was not long to sunset now, and Patsy was busy getting supper for the boys, for he was the compan,Y cook, and an excellent one at that. CHAPTER VI. DICK'S CLEVER RUSE. The Liberty Boys spent the night in camp and were undisturbed by the enemy. Dick set his pickets as usual, thi s being a precaution which he never neglected.


, THE LIBERTY BOYS' FIERCE RETREAT. Whether they expected an enemy or not, the Liberty Boys were always vigilant, for, as Dick said, it was always wise to be .Prepared. 1 There was Iio alarm during the night, however. The next day Dick put on a suit of gray with a round gray hat and went into Flatbush. He was not recognized, although a number of men, seeing that he was a strange1, look e d at him closely. He was neither questiOned nor detained, however, and walked carelessly on. Reaching the old Dutch house where he had been the day before, he saw the girl cutting flowers in the front door yard. One or two officers stood near watching her, and Dick could see two or three more iii. the front room where he had been. The girl looked up as he passed, but if she recognized him did not appear to do so. , In a few minutes Dick met the girl's coming along the street. He was sober now, but his eyes looked dar)' : and sunken, and his /face had heavy lines on it, though be was but a boy, like Dick himself. He looked keenly at the young patriot and walked on. "He suspects nothing," was Dick's thought. Presently, however, he met a group of men whom he had seen in the tavern. One of these looked sharply at him and said: "Well, young Broadbrim, what brings you here so early in the morning 1• , "My feet, the same as thine have bl'Ought thee,'1 an swered Dick. 1 Some of the JX\an's companions laughed, but he said sharply: "One has got to be known to go about among loyal sub jects these days. You don't belong in Flatbush." "Is it not permitted, then, for one to walk except where he is known to all 7" asked Dick qipetly. "No, it is not, when there are so many suspicious characters abroad." "I wonder thee has not been stopped then. I like not thy face, neighbor." The others laughed again, and the man said sharply: "My face is known here and yours is not. I've a mind to arrest you as-a suspicious person." "I have an equal right to apprehend thee for the same reason," quietly. The man put his hand upon Dick to detain him. Dick brushed it off and said: :'.Take off thy hand, fellow. Thy touch is contamination." By George, I'll arrest you whether you will or aot," the man snarled, attempting to seize the boy. Dick's fist shot out, took the man on the comer of the jaw and staggered him. "Verily, thee does not speak the truth," he said. '.rhen he went on and passed between two houses standing close together. The man raised a howl as he recovered himself aiad called on the others to follow. . They darted down the lane between the two houses and came upon a young man in black sitting on a garden bench at the back of the house. It was Dick, but the men did •ot bow him. Having a few moments to spare, he had turned his coat, which was black on the other side. The loosening of a buttoa here and there and the turJ1ing of a fly made his breeches black. He had a black cocked hat in an inller pocket of his coat, and his appearance was changed in a few moments. With his hair brushed forward, and a studious look upon his face. he was not to be recognized as the same person who had darted down the lane. With his eyes bent upon a book in his hands, he looked ten years older than the boy in gray for whom the Tories were looking, ' "Pardon us, young sir," the leader said, '"but has a boy in gray passed this way within a few moments?" "There are side doors to both houses. Perhaps he has gone into one or the other. No such person as you have described has passed here." "You take the house on the right, Gilbert; I'll take the left," said the Tory hurriedly. The party divided and in a few moments Dick was alone. Then he quickly arose, passed through the garden, lightly leaped a hedge at the rear and passed through a lane to another street of the village. "There are some times when it is of advantage to turn one's coat," he said to himself. He met redcoats and Tories, but heard nothing of importance, and gradually worked his way around to the old Dutch house again. The officers were not in the dooryard, and the girl had gone also. She presently appeared in the. doorway, however, and Dick made her a swift &,ignal. She came forward, 1looking somewhat puzzled and Dick said: "You do not know me." "Why, yes, now I do, but I did not at first. Is it not hazardous for you to be here ? " "Not if no one knows me," with a smile. "I met your brother just now, and he did not recognize me. I passed here not long since, when you were cutting blossoms, and you did not know me." "I saw no one but a Quaker lad." "That was I," and Dick Sll\iled. "But now you are in black." was obliged to tum my c ,oat hastily." "There are no further movements of the enemyi that you know of." ,.-"No; they seem to l>e waiting." "I am obliged to you for your assistance yesterday. I do not know your name, however." "I am Charity Wright, captain." "Sh!" cautioned Dick, seeing the girl's brother in the doorway. "Yes, this is a most desirable neighborhood to prosecute my labors, miss, and I trust that I shall make many converts." The brother came forward as Dick walked away. "Sniffling parson, eh?" the young Tory snarled. "I thought he might be a spy. There are many about, that young rebel Slater among them." "You are too suspicyms, brother Tom," said Cha1ity. '"One cannot be too cautious these days, when one's own relations take sides with the enemy." "Yes, and I wish you were a patriot like the rest of us:" "The rest of you are rebels, or some of you, at any rate," with a snarl. "You are the enemy, not I. Who was the parson in black?" "You heard what he said," quietly. "H'm! He mij!.'ht be a spy, too, for all I know. I would not trust a , parson any more than I would a rebel." Charity went back to the house, and Tom strolled ofl' toward the tavern where Dick had seen him the previous day. Dick did not stop there, but went at once to the camp, put on his uniform, jumped upon Major and rode off toward Brooklyn at a gallop, He what he had learned to the general and then set off along shore to learn more. / 1 The enemy had sent over more ships during the night. Dick could not learn just how many troops had been landed, however. Looking across the bay toward f3taten Island, he could see more ships ready to set sail. . -"The enemy are evidently determined to get possession of the island," he thought. Leaming all he could, for the time, he returned to the camp. The next da.y Washington came from New York to look over the ground. He appointed General Putnam to the command, sent Lord Stirling with a large force to Gowanus Creek and sent over more troops. ' "Not that I have seen," , said Dick ill a solemn tone. "I have little time to give to others." "He was a Quaker lad, but makes scandalous use of his fists." "I have nothi11g to do with such. They are not of established church." Lord Stirling had mostly Southern troops under his command all being good fighters. Dick Slater and his Liberty Bor,s were sent to join Lord Stirling outside the lines, a position which was quite to the their liking. "Bui he came down the lane; we saw 111m.• l "There's be plenty to do, Dick," said Bob, . "besides fi.shlng babies out of the a.reek."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' FIERCE RETREAT. 7 CHAPTER VII. DICK IS ACCUSED. The Liberty Boys were in their old camp on Gowanus Creek. Shortly after they were settled Dick and Bob set out on horseback along the creek. Passing the house where the Tory farmer lived, they saw him standing at the gate. , "You rebels saved yourselves from a surprise the other day," he said, "but you won't stay here long." "How do you know?" asked Bob. "By the way, your little girl did take a chill from her ducking the other day?" "What do you know about that?" coloring. "Oh, we were there, that's all," carelessly. "Why, I believe that is the boy who--" "Yes, and you said you'd be sorry to have a 'rebel' save your child. Aren't you ashamed of yourself?" The farmer flushed, scowled and said: "You rebels will be driven out of here before many days, let me tell you that." "I'm ashamed of you," said Bob. "You are an American born, making your living out of the land, and yet you turn against your own country. You are worse than a Hessian." The farmtp"'s wife came to the door with her little girl by the hand. "Why do you talk to the rebels, Henry?" she asked. "How is the little girl, ma'am?" asked Bob. The woman looked from Bob to) Dick, flushed and then stammered: "I'm much obliged to you, but I'm sorry you're rebets. I didn't know it before." "Oh, there's nothing tq be sorry for," laughed Bob. "You're a little bett-er than your husband, though, and L'm sorry for you." ' "You're an impudent rebel,'' said the farmer, "and if you don't get away from here I'll prosecute you for trespass." "On the public highway," said Dick. "Come, Bob, we must The boys then proceeded as far as the mouth of the creek and kept alongshore for some little distance. They presently saw a man hauling a little boat on shore. In the cove was a little sloop which he had evidently just moored. "Have you good eyes, young sirs?" he asked. "Yes,'' said Dick. "Then, if you'll take this 5pyglass and look over to Staten Island, you may see what I am not sure I do see.'' The man handed Dick a small telescope. Dick put it to his eyes, adjusted it and said : "They are dismantling tents on the island." "You 're sure ? " "Certainly." "Then that means sending over more of the enemy, don't it?" "T'nat's what it looks like. You're not a Tory, I'm glad to see.'' "No, I'm not, but I've got neighbors enough who are." "Yes, the fanber back there is one." "And more shame to him, born and brought up on Long Island, him and his father and his grandfather and his father before that. They're old Dutch stock, too, that ought to hate the English." "I think just as you do, sir," was Dick's reply, "No born American has any rig-ht to be a Tory and turn against h1s country.'' "No, sir, they hadn't; but there's a lot o' that sort Otl the island.'' Returning the man's telescope, Dick rode on, with Bob at his side . They saw no great movement of troops, but were satisfied that more had come over Qllietly during the night be fo re, and it was likely that more would cotp.e, That night Dick rode alongshore and saw British ships stealing in under cover of the darkness. No one who did not possess Dick Slater's keen sight and hearing would have d etected them, however. All of Dick's senses were remarkably acute, however, and they had been and were trained all time. . . After satisfying himself that the ships were commg, Dick rode off to headquarters and reported what he had "Seen. The enemy were evidently making preparations for a wellorganized attack. The American works were strengthened, and presumably all the passes leading to Brooklyn were guarded. The lack of definite knowledge as to the amount of the enemy upon the island and the extent of the territory to be guarded worked against the patriots, however. The next morning Dick set off in disguise, and on an ordinary horse, to try and learn something more definite con• cerning the enemy's numbers and position. . . Major was too well known to the enemy to nsk takmg him, and Dick wore a different disguise than any he had theretofore appeared in. Unknown to him, however, the Tory farmer whose child he had saved was hiding near the camp and/saw Dick set out. He did not recognize the boy, but shrewdly guessed that he was a spy. Waiting till D ick was well on his way, he crept out of his hiding-place and, securing one of the fastest horses to be had, started in pursuit. • He possessed a good deal of natural shrewdness, and he had no difficulty following Dick, his tracks being fresh. He reasoned that Dick would make his way toward the British lines and took that direction himself. Catching sight of Dick at length, he saw that he had not reasoned incorrectly. Taking care not to be seen, therefore, he followed at a swift pace and saw the young patriot enter the lines. Then, throyving caution to the winds, he rode on at full speed and was soon at the lines. "There's a rebel spy in here," he said to sentry who stopped him. Then he described Dick's appearance thoroughly and said: 'I saw him leave the rebel camp already, and I know he's a spy." "Why do you know this?" "Because a man in everyday clothes wouldn't be in a camp. They're all soldiers. He's a spy, Qf course. If he weren-,t, why would he come straight here from the rebel camp?" The reasoning was logical, and the sentry, who remem bered the bov who had entered a short time before, called another guard, and the farmer was allowed to pass. Meanwhile D"ck, having pretended to be a simple fellow and making foolish answers to the questions put to him, had been allowed to enter. In a short time the farmer and three or four redcoats came up. "There he is! citedly. There's the spy!" cried the farmer ex-Dick was in a fix. The redcpats quickly surrounded him, -0thers coming up hastily. ''What's the matter with yer?" he said to the farmer. "How do we know yer ain't er spy yerself?" "I saw him come out of the rebel camp over by Gowanus Creek,'' the farmer said. "I followed him, and he came right here. Search him. I know he's a spy.'' There was nofhance for Dick to make a sudden dash. If he had ha Major he might do so, but the horse he had was only an ordinary one. He had dismounted, too, and the very act of springing into the saddle would have brought the redcoats closer around him. He might brazen the thing out by accusing the farmer, however. "S'pose I did come out er ther rebel camp?" he snorted. "Couldn't I b'n spyin' on them, too.'' This rather staggered the farmer, who was not so quick witted as Dick. "Er cour se I come over here," he continued. "I'm ergoin' ter Flatbush, where Cornwallis is. Yer think ye'te dretful, don't yer ?" .. , .. "Search him" said the farmer. If hes a British spy, he'll have pape1rs on him showing it." "Huh! Er fat lot yer know about spies!" snorted Dick. "S'pose ther rebels had se,arched me? Wouldn't they've found ther papers?" "Then you are a spy?" asked one of the redcoats. "Course I be, but I ain't er rebel. Thet feller dunno nuthin' ertall.'' "And you have no papers?" "Er course not. Yer think I'm er fool?" "I know he's a rebel! " said the farmer, who did not like to own up beaten.


R THE LIBERTY BOYS' FIERCE RETREAT. "An' I tell yer I ain't er rebel," said Dick, who never recognized the word as applied to patriots. "I don't think either of you can lay claim to being a spy," laughed the officer. "No, thev're a couple of fools," said another, "and it's hard to tell which is the biggest." At that moment a new actor appeared on the scene. CHAPTER vm. IN A FIX. The newcomer was Tom Wright, the y oung Tory of. Flatbush. He pushed forward, shot a sharp glance at Dick and said: "That is Dick Slater, the rebel, captain of the Liberty Boys and one of the . cleverest in their camp." "There!" cried the farmer. 'Didn't I tell you so? Now who's the fool?" "That's Dick Slater, I tell you!" hissed Tom. "I know him. Search the young rebel." There was no escape for Dick. He was quickly searched. , There were no papers upon him, for he never carried them. He had pistols, which was in itself suspicious. A mere farmer's boy, as he seemed, would never carry weapons. "That's Dick Slater," continued Tom. "He was stationed over at the pa1s. He got into our house and learned a lot. I'm Tom Wright. My father's one of the richest men in Flatbush. Here's my pass." "Are you Dick Slater?" asked the officer. "This here feller sez I be, but how's he goin' ter prove it?" drawled Dick. He still assumed the uncultivated manners of a farmer's box, still hoping to escape for lack of evidence. ' 'Why do you carry pistols?" demanded the officer. "Ter kill i:attlesnakes. Don't yer know thet rattlers allus comes out in August?" If the redcoats did not know this, young Tom Wright did, and so did the farmer: "There ain't no rattlesnakes on the creek," he said. "Waal, ain't they rocks in Gowanus, and ain't they plenty of 'em in Flatbush? Er course they's snakes, er ail kinds an' I ain't rmmin' no risks." ' "Why didn't you say so when we found the pistols?" asked the officer. "Cause yer didn't ask me, thet's why." "He's Dick Slater," persisted Tom. "He's no more farmer than I am. Look at his hands and neck and head. He takes as much care of himself as I do. Look at his fingernails, look at his ears and then look at this other fellow." The difference could be seen at a glance . "I'm no maccarone," muttered the farmer. "I have to work for my living; I'm no dandy." "S'pose yer do? Et don't cost nuthin' ter keep clean does it?" ask!!d Dick. "They's water 'nuff on ther island an' all 'round it, ain't ther, fur er feller ter keep clean?" "Are you positive that this is Slater, Mr. Wright?" asked the leading redcoat. ' "Yes, I am. He's only pretending. He speaks better than I do. Don't I know those gray-blue eyes and that wellbuilt figure? Does he look like a bumpkin? No, sir, he's Dick Slater and no one else." "If you are not Dick Slater, who are you, fellow?" asked the redcoat. "Pete Tilyou, over ter the Neck. Yer go over there an' ask any er ther Neckers." "He doesn't belong on the Neck," snapped Tom. "He's a rebel, I tell yo u, and he sneaked into my house to make love to my sister, who has money in her own--" Dick's fist suddenly shot out and took Tom in the jaw. "How dare you?" he cried. "Your sister is a lady, but you are only a cur!" Young Tom fell over on the grass and for a few moments lay stunned. "Ha! What did I tell you?" '.he cried, getting on his feet. "Now is he a common bumpkin? He is Dick Slater, I tell you." "Are you?" the redcoat asked. . "You have to find that out for yourselves," shortly. "But you are a r ebel?" "I am not; I am a patriot." "And a spy? You admitted it, only you said you were in the employ of the British." "I did not. I said I was going to Flatbush. So I am." "You're going to be hanged, that's where you're going-," snarled Tom Wright, who had a red mark on the point o.f his jaw where Dick had struck hjm. "Take him away," said the officer. "Put him under a strict guard. Better take him to the house. He can be kept more securely there than in a tent." There was a low, rambling farmhouse not far away which was ' used as quarters for the officers. Thither Dick was taken. He was put in a little bedroom on the lower floor, with a guard at the door and another just outside the window. His po sition was a serious one, and it would take all his keen wit to extricate him from it. That he would remain here and be delivered over to the British general never entered his mind. From the very first he meant to escape. He now set himself to work to devise how this was to be done. There was but one window in the room where he was a prisoner. There were two doors, and just on the other side of one of them he could hear the sentry pacing up and down. The guard outside the house had a longer beat, and did not appear oftener than once every two minutes. It would be fol1y to endeavor to escape by the window. The guard would see him and fire upon him in an instant. Much depended upon that other door. If it led to another room, there was a chance of escape. When the guard went away, Dick walked over to it and tried the knob. He li stened attentively and then turned it cautiously. Opening the door swiftly but noiselessly, he looked out. There was a bare, unfurnished room used for a kitchen in the winter, being too low for summer. At the farther end was a door leading outside. There was a window close to It, and through it Dick could see a barn. Having seen all this, he shut the door and walked to the window. The guard was coming. Dick nodded to him as he passed, going in the direction of the barn. When ' he passed by, the other way, Dick left the room, crossed the other, opened the outer door and slipped out. Keeping the house between himself and the barn, he ran swiftly to it. There were horses in it, and a back door led to the barnyard and the fields. There were swampy stretches here and there, but Dick knew how to avoid them. Picking out the best horse in the lot, he left the barn by the rear door. Then, taking down a rail or two in the fence, he led the horse through, replaced the rails and jumped upon the animal's back. Scarcely had he done so when someone came running out of the barn. "Stop him, stop the rebel!" he yelled. Dick was off across the field like a shot. A ditch presently crossed his road, but he was over it in a flash. , Then a great outcry arose from the farmhouse and from the camp. Dick's escape had been discovered. Redcoats and Hessians, farmhands, black and white, and village idlers came surging after him, some on foot, some mounted. One man's horse refused to take the ditch and threw him into it with a great splash. Another took it, but slipped on the farther side and went in with his rider. Others took the road, pushing their horses to their utmost. Dick had a good lead, and had selected a better horse than the one he had ridden. Shots were fired at him, but at too long range to be effective. Dick had no pistols of his own, but his aim was now to escape more than to fire upon his pursuerA:


THE LIBERTY BOYS' FIERCE RETREAT. A way he sped, therefore, reached the road and flew on like the wind. "Hallo," said Bob, when Dick came in. "That isn't the same horse you took out. Where is your saddle?" "On the horse I took out," with a smile. Dick then told of his adventure with the :farmer and Tom Wright and of his subsequent escape from the house. "You had a lively time of it altogether," laughed Mark, several of the boys having come up during the recital. "Shure an' it's-very fond av yez dhey do be," roared Patsy. "Dhey want to kape yez all dhe toime, so dhey do." "Dose redcoats don'd was keeped you, I bet me," said Carl. "For phwy wouldn't dhey ?" "For caus e you don'd was goot-looking been alretty." "Go'n wid yez. Oi'm a foine-lookin' felly intoirely." "Yah, you was choost so goot-looking like me und Tick." "Yis, Oi know it." "In der dark," the fat German boy chuckled. "Go'n out wi d yez or Oi' ll give yez a bat on dhe ear." "Humbug!" laughed Carl. "You don'd could hit somedhings, for cause you was cross-e"yed been . " "Shure an' dhat's all roight, Cook ys piller. Oi can luck two ways at wanst an' see all dhe more ." "Humbug!" snorted Carl, as he walked away, and there was a general laugh. CHAPTER IX. THE BATTLE AND RBTREAT. Dick set off again that afternoon and in a diff e r ent di r e ction, making sure that no one was watching him that time. R eaching Fla.tbush, he found that De Heister and his Hessians were there, while Sir H enry Clinton had drawn off to Flatlands and General Grant's force extended to G r av e send Bay. It w a s evident that the enemy was getting ready to make a push for the pos session of Brooklyn H eights. Washington had come over again from New York and remained all day, aiding General Putnam w ith his counsels. In the evening he returned to the city, full of anxiety, knowing that a battle was at hand and yet not knoWing where the first attack would be made or how his troops would stand the encounter. During the night the British carried out a plan which could mean only disaster to the patriots. . Henry Clinton's removal to Flatlands was but prehmmary to a :gocturnal march by the Jamaica road to a pass through the Bedford hills. To divert the attention of the Americans, De Heister was to menace their center and Grant the right flank neither to make an attack till Clinton's guns showed that he had turned the left flank. Clinton made a swift and silent march, reached the pass before daybreak and found that it was unoccupi e d. It may have been in General Greene's original plans to have this pass ana the road leading to it guarded, but they were not, and the neglect proved fatal. Clinton immediately secured the pass and the heights and then halted his soldiers to await the beginning of hostilities. At midnight Grant moved from Gravesend and proceeded along the road leading past the Narrows and Gowanus Cove toward the right of the American works. In the early morning the Liberty Boys, who were with Stirling, were ordered to . hold the enemy in check. They turned out at once and were soon joined by the Delaware and Maryland regiments, learning that the enemy were near by the time they had passed Gowanus Cove. When the enemy came on, the gallant boys gave them two or three volleys and then retreated and formed in a wood on Stirling's left. From daylight the firing began again' and lasted for two hours. Stirling was reinforced and held Grant in check, not knowing of the plan of the British nor that Grant was not to press the attack till he heard from Clinton. De Heister was meanwhile carrying out his part of the plan, and kept up a cannonading on the redoubt in front of the pass. At the same time a brisk firing was kept up on the Red Hook battery by a British ship to take off the attention of the Americans. Washington hastily crossed over, and was in time to witness the catastrophe for which all the movements of the enemy had been converted. The sound of artillery in the direction of Bedford was heard. Clinton had turned the left of the Americans. De Heister immediately ordered Count Donop to advance and storm the redoubt. Sullivan did not remain to defend it, knowing now that his flank had been turned and that he was in danger of being surrounded. He ordered a retreat, but was too late. Scarcely had he descended the heights and come out into the plain when he met the light infantry of the enemy and fell back to the woods. Stirling, meantime, knowing by the thun,der of Clinton's c;annon that the enemy was between him and the lines, thought to effect a retreat by a circuitous route, crosslnit the cre ek near Yellow Mills. Here there was a bridge and a mill dam, 8Jld the creek might be forded at low water. There was no time to be lost, however, for the tide was rising. They were suddenly checked, however, by the appearance of Cornwallis and his grenadiers. They at once attacked the redcoats, Dick Slater aw.d his brave Liberty Boys being in the van. Then Smallwood's Marylanders came up and attacked the redcoats with great vigor. They seemed upon the point of driving Cornwallis from his position when reinforcements arrived. Lord Stirling then ordered Dick to retreat with his Liberty Boys and force his way to the lines. Dick at once gave the order, and the brave boys dashed away. In a short time they came upon a body of the enemy who opened a hot fire upon them. "Charge!" cried Dick, waving his sword. The gallant youths made a fierce retreat, fairly hurling themselves upon the redcoats. "Down with the redcoats--down with the Hessians!" they shouted. "Liberty forever!" cried Dick, and the plucky boys echoed his cry with a yell. • Putting spurs to their horses, they broke through the lines and escaped. . It was a fierce retreat, but they accomplished it and were safe. . Many brave young patriots met their death that day after fighting valiantly. Some were lost in the swamp, and maw.y were mercilessly bayoneted by the fierce Hessians. The British commander at length drew off his men, and the battle, a most disastrous one to the Americans, was at an end. It had been lost by the fatal error of leaving the passes through the hills too weakly guarded, but it was top late now for vain regrets. The night after the battle was a weary one and a sleepless one for many a patriot. Early in the morning General Mifflin arrived and took up his position at Red Hook. The Liberty Boys being refreshed after a night's rest, went with him. They had great recuperative force, being young and vig orous, and in the morning were as fresh as ever. During the day they had two or three skirmishes with the Britisli regulars, but drove them back on every occasion. ' "We've got to keep doing something," said Bob to Mark, "to prevent our growing rusty." "We're likely to have to do it, whether we like it or not, I guess," returned Mark. "There'll be another fierce retreat, I fancy, before we get out of this." On the next day there was a heavy fog over the island. During the morning Dick and some of his boys rode alongIn a short time they discovered General Mifflin and some other officers high in rank near them. They saluted, and just at that moment a light breeze lifted the fog. Some of the British ships at Staten Island, opposite. were revealed.


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' FIERCE RETREAT. There seemed to be a deal of bustle among them, boats passing to and fro as if carrying orders. There was evidently some movement in contemplation, possibly the coming up to the island of the fleet in the case of the lifting of the fog. A council of war was held, and it was resolved to undertake a retreat under cover of the fog and of the night. Late in the evening the retreat began, being carried on secretly and with all possible rapidity. One regiment after another was sent over the ferry, and all with the greatest silence. All the water craft that could be secured had been gath ered during the day and at night were made use of. General Mifflin was to remain at the lines until the main body should have embarked, but by a mistake of an aide-de camp, Mifflin received orders to move with the rest. With him were the Liberty Boys. They arrived at the ferry at the turn of the tide, when there was great confusion. Mifflin led his men back when the error was discovered, the lines having been deserted for nearly an hour. I Fortunately, however, the fog prevented the enemy from learning this. At last, however, the gallant boys embarked with some of the last troops to leave the island. The whole embarkation of troops, horses, provisions, artillery and cattle was accomplished by daybreak. T'ne fog cleared away, and the enemy, being apprised of the retreat, hurried to the ferry in time to see the last boats of the retreating army halfway across the river. Only one boat was forced to return, being within musket shot, but this contained three ruffians who had remained behind to rob and plunder. "Served them right," said Bob. CHAPTER X. IN MANHATTAN. The Liberty Boys were now in Manhattan. The greater part of them lived in Westchester County, and they had a camp in the woods between White Plains and Tarrytown. They would remain in the city for a time, however. They at once began to find quarters in different parts. There was a great deal of confusion in the city and much lawlessness, which had to be put down. There were thieves who took advantage of the confusion to ply their lawless trade, and these must be held in check. There were other evildoers who preyed upon the misfortunes of others, and these must be watched also. The Liberty Boys patrolled certain districts of the city where crime was most rampant, having instructions to arrest any one caught breaking the law and to watch suspicious characters, waming them that upon their first of fence they would be arrested. This was not fighting, but it was for the good of the cause of independence, and the boys entered into it with as much vi'm as if they were cha1ging the redcoats. The enemy now had possession of Long Island, British or Hessian troops garrisoning the works at Brooklyn or being distributed at Bushwick, Newtown, Hell Gate and Flushing. Admiral Howe came up with the main body of the fleet and anchored close to Governor's Island, within cannon shot of the city, which was further menaced. A heavy gun ship also passed between Governor's Island and Long Island at night and, taking advantage of a favorable wind and tide, went as far as Turtle Bay and anchored. Other ships passed around Long Island and made their appearance in the upper part of the Sound. The sick and wounded were conveyed across the Hudson to and such military stores as were not immediately needed were sent to Dobbs' Ferry, twenty-two miles above the city. There were many desertions, especially among the militia, these faint-h.earted soldiers carrying away am.munition which at this time was a serious loss. The question of keeping or evacuating the city was dis cussed, and it was finally decided to abandon it. Meantime, however, General Putnam had command of the forces on Manhattan, and the Liberty Boys were acting un der bis instructions. Early in the month of September Dick, Bob, Mark aml a few more of the Liberty Boys were walking down Broad way one pleasant afternoon. As it was probable that the city might be attacked at any time, the Liberty Boys had sent their horses to Westchester, where they would be safer and could be better cared for than in New York. Dick, Bob and Mark were walking together, the others following not far behind. A young lady in a light gig drawn by a single horse was app1oaching. • Suddenly a runaway horse turned from Maiden Lane into Broadway and went clattering down the street. The young lady's horse became frightened and bolted. The girl was in great peril, the gig rocking from side to side and threatening to be overturned at any moment. Then, too, a collision was imminent, as there were many vehicles on the street. Seeii:ig the young lady's danger, D ic k leaped forward. Bob and Mark were at his side in an instant. Seizing the horse's bridle, Dick quickly brought hlm to a standstill, Bob and Ma14!: assisting him, one on each side. Then, turning to the young lady in the carriage, Dick recognized her as Charity Wright, whom he had met on Long Island. "I am pleased to meet you again, Miss Wright," he said, "and glad to be of assistance." "Why, it is Captain Slater!" the girl exclaimed. "This is indeed a very pleasant surprise." Dick presented Bob and Mark and continued: "You are in the city?" "Yes; we have a house here and I came over to look after it. Affairs here are in great confusion, are they not?" "Not as much so as they were, but it is a very anxious time, and no one knows what may happen." "I am sorry that our troops were defeated at Long Island." "Yes, so am I, but the war is not yet over, and we are as determined as ever to fight it out and gain our inde pendence." "I think we will do it, but I am afraid that it will take a long time." "If it lasts my lifetime and we succeed, then I shall not regard the time as ill-spent." "No, indeed." "Shall I or one of the boys accompany you 1" asked Dick. "Do you think it is safe?" Before the girl could answer a boy of Dick's age came up. Dick recognized him at once as Tom Wright. He knew Dick also, for he said with a snarl: "I'll tha you not to address my sister, you impudent rebel! I am particular with regard to her acquaintances, and rebels are not included in the list." "You had better pe careful how you talk of 'rebels', sir," was Dick's reply. The British are not yet in possession of the city," added Bob. "You have insulted us all, as well as your sister," said Mark, "and I demand an apology." "Who are you ? " snarled Tom. "One of the Liberty Boys, one of the patriots whom you call 'rebels,' a boy who won't stand insults, and your supe-rior.'' • "I won't apologize to a rebel," Tom snarled, applying an insulting epithet to the boy. The young second lieutenant's fist shot out like lightning and took him between the eyes. "Now will you apologize?" asked Mark, seizing him by the throat. The young Tory gasped, struggled and finally muttered: "Yes, I take it back!" "Then get out," said Mark. Tom hurried away, and Mark said: "I beg your pardon, Miss Wright, but I could not allow your brother to make use of such language in your pres ence." "Mark is impulsive," said Dick, "but his principles are sound." "Yes," said Charity, "but you must be careful. for Tom is vengeful, and if be can do you an injury he will." "Thank you for the caution, Miss Wright. We will be on our guard." The girl then drove on, and the boys went on their way. In the Jleig;hborhood of Whitehall wharf they saw a crowd


THE LIBERTY BOYS' FIERCE RETREAT. 11 of rough-looking men and boys collected, shouting and hootinll. and creating a great disturbance. 'Come," said Dick, "let us see what the trouble is." Hurrying on, they saw a big ruffianly-looking man beat ing a quiet, inoffensive man much smaller th'an himself and shouting: "Down with the rebels. Now say long live the king, you rebel, or I'll give you worse yet." Dick at once broke through the crowd, followed by the boys. 8eizing the big he said sharply: "Release that man, you coward. Aren't you ashamed of yourself?" "Who are you?" demanded the ruffian, releasing his vic tim. "One who will not see the strong• oppose the weak." "You're a rebel," roated the man. ''Come on, mates, let's thrash the rebels." At once the crowd surged forward. They found the task of thrashing the half dozen Liberty Boys a more difficult one than they had anticipated. "Down with them, boys!" cried Dick. At once he attacked the big bully who had incited the riot. In a few moments he was taking to his heels. Bob, 'Mark, Ben, the two Hari:ys and Dick were now ad ministering stunning blows to others of the rioters. Black eyes, bleeding noses and. bruised faces were seen on all sides. Patriots not in uniform soon joined the brave fellows, and the Tories, for suyh they were; we1e put to flight. "Going to drive us out, were they?" sputtered Bob. "Well, I don't think they'll do it." "It takes more than talk to drive us out," declared Mark. "I'm much obliged to you," said the little man whom Dick had defended. "This is a hard neighborhood, and I wish I could live elsewhere." "We will see that you are not again molested," said Dick. The Tories were now all fled, and the street was quiet and orderly. "They wHl come back," the little man said. "If they create a disturbance they will be arrested," said Dick. "We are here to enforce order, and we mean to do it." "But if the British should attack the city in great num bers, as I hear they intend?" "When they do so, we will do the best we can." CHAPTER XI. MARK A PRISONER. "Hurry up; there's er man ldllha' his wife down the lane." "Come!" said Mark. Both boys ran down the alley quickly, the boy ruma1ng ahead of Mark. "There it is I" he exclaimed, pointing to a hole ill the wall between two houses. Mark ran into the passage, the screams still sounding. . At once he was pounced upon by three or four meu, while Just beyond he saw Tom Wright. "Look out, Ben, it's a trap!" he cried. . Ben was just about to follow when he heard Mark's warning . . He sprang back as two evil-looking men attempted to seize h11n. "Stand back!" he cried, whipping out a pistol. The men came on, and Ben fired, putting a bullet through the ear of one . . Then he other a stunning blow on the shoulder with. the pistol ';lnd beat a hasty retreat as others came rushmg toward him. Hurriedly making his way back to Broadway, Bell .set off up that thoroughfare at a good pace. Dick might be in any one of a half dozell plaees, and Ben now set out to find him. At the .Bowling Green he met Harry Thurber. He quickly told what had happened ud described the place where Mark had been captured "Go down there and keep a watch "on the place" he said. "I am going to find Dick." ' Then hurried on his way and Harry went down. ft Trm1.ty Church Ben came upon Bob. Where is Dick?" he asked. "Gone up to the Common " "Mark has been captured. There was a trap laid for u11 both by that young Tory scoundrel " "Tom Wright, you mean?" ;7es. I escaped, but very narrowly." Well, we must get him. Where is the place T" Ben hurriedly described the place. "Harry Thurber has gone, there," he said. "11 I meet any more of the boys I'll sena them there." "Do so," said Bob, and then they separated. At the New or St. Paul's Church Ben met Patsy Carl, Harry Judson, Will Freeman artd Arthur Mackay ' He told them what had happened, and away they went to do what they could for Dick. "1:here'll pe plenty of the Liberty Boys at work," he said to himself, and they ought to do something between them." Th!Jn he went on to the Common, meeting four or of the boys on the way. These he dispatched to the aid of Mark and then continued his search for Dick. The disturbance being now over, and the neighborhood He. could see for some distance, but there was not a sip being once more orderly, Dick said to Mark: of Dick. "You had better keep a watch on the p1ace for a time, He walked this way and that till at last, seeing nothing Mark, in case these ruffians attempt to create another riot." of the young captain, he hun-ied to one of the places where "Very well. Will you stay With me, Ben?" he was liable to be found. "Certainly." 1 was not there, however, and Ben hurried to another The rest now •went off in an easterly direction, while of his resorts. Mark and Ben walked toward Bowling Green. He found Paul Benson, Joel Barbour: Phil Waters and Presently Ben said to Mark: others, but not Dick. "There's that young braggart whom you thrashed watching Then he went to two or three other places where Dick was us from across the street." wont to go, but found him in none of them. "Let him," said Mark, carelessly. "A cat may look at a He ran across Sam Sanderson and a number of other king." Liberty Boys, but Dick was not to be found. "He's the sort of fellow to make trouble if he can," added "If I were not looking for him particularly" he thought Ben. • "I might have run across him a dozen times." ' ' "Yes, but we boys never run away from it eveh if we Not knowing just where to look now, Ben determined to don't make it." ' go down to where he had left Mark and see what the boys "Very true." had done. Reaching the Bowlihg Gr!!eh, the boya tutl\ed llrttl walked He overtook or came across several more, and they all down again. went down Broadway. When near the wharf, they tutnetl abd walked back to-Meantime Mark had been hurried into a hou s e in a small ward the Bowling Green. rear court and placed in an upper room almost b;;re of furniOn their way Bert said: ture. "'I'here he is again, on the other side of the street." His pistols were taken from him, and he was bound to "Yes , I see him," carelessly. one of the posts of a bed. "I think he means to make trouble." Then Tom Wright came in and with a snarl: "Very likely." . "Well, you rebel, we've got you now." Tom Wright continued on his way tlo\lin the street, while "You had nothing to do with it except stand and look on," the two boys went up. said Mark. At the end of the beat they had laid out they turned. Young Wright flushed. Walking down again, they were at a narrow street, scarce-1 "Well, we've got you, he muttered. "Do you ly more than an alley, when they heard screams. know what we are going to do wit.II. you?" •


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' FIERCE RETREAT. "Anything that is mean or contemptible would be quite in your line," ans w e red Mark. "Oh, you can sneer , but we'll get the best of you." "The n you count y ours elf in with the ruffians who snared me, sev e n or ei ght to on e ." . "Well, I will, then. I haven't forgotten that blow you gave me." "Yes, I see the marks of it. They are likely to stay there for some time." "I'll leave mar k s on you which will remain a good deal longer, I promise y ou that." "What do you pur pose doing, may I ask?" coolly. "You'll find out all in good season. Meantime I'll keep you guessing." "I s uppo s e you are trying to think of something con temptibl e ? That ought not to be difficult, with one of your mean nature." Tom fh.i.she d and said angrily: "You'll settle for all you've said to me, as well as for the bl o w you gave me. I don't take insults for nothing." "Insults?" said Mark, with scorn. "Its an honor for such as you to be noticed at all." "You wait!" with a fierce look. "You'll beg for mercy before I get through with you, my fine fellow." "Never!" Mark wi s hed to d etain the Tory as long as he could so as to give Ben time to work. He wondered why the ruffians had not removed him to some oth e r pla c e instead of keeping him so near where he had been taken. Th e y might have the place so well guarded that they did not fear being disturbed , or they might not suspect that so thorough a search would be made for him as for Dick him self. The Liberty Bo y s werethoroughly. devoted to each Qther, and i f one were in trouble, no matter how humble he might be, the rest all went to his assistance. Th ey all stood by Dick , of course. So they did for Bob or Mark or Ben Spurlock or Patsy or for any of their number. Ma r k knew, therefore, that Ben was at work, and that he would g e t together as many of the Liberty Boys as he could and come to his assistance. Tom Wright left him and came back in about ten minutes with a whip in his hand. He was accompanied by two evil-looking men, to whom he said: "I'm g-oing to flog this rebel till he begs for mercy. Strip him to the waist. I'll show him that he can't insult me for nothing!" The men were about to carry out his instructions when a great crash was heard on the floor below. CHAPTER XII. THE SEARCH FOR DICK. Harry Thurber, hurrying down to find Mark, was soon joined by B.ob and in a short time by other Liberty Boys. "We'll wait for Dick," said Bob. "Mark is safe for the present, I guess." "Perhaps not if that fellow Tom Wright had anything to do with it, as Ben says,'' replied Harry. "No, perhaps not, but we mus t have a few more before we can attack those fellows. That's a regular spider's web in there, and we may not find him easily." In a short time more Liberty Boys joined them, and at last they had more than a dozen. Then they went down the alley and into the rear. court, as described by Ben. Here they met several ill-looking men who tried to stop them. "Down with the Tories!" cried Bob . The boys made a dash, and the Tories retreated into a house at the \-ear of the court. They closed and barred the door, but the boys fairly hurled themselve s agains t it. Crash! Down it went, and the men scattered as three or four shots were fired at them. Then they heard Mark shout from somewhere above: "Hallo, boys? Liberty forever!" "There he is!" roared Bob. "Forward, boys! DoWll with the Torie s !" Up the stairs they swarmed, hearing rapid footsteps overhead. "Hurry, boys!" cried Mark. "Don't let the young Tory escape! " Up they went, reaching the top of the house in time to s e e Tom Wright scramble out of a window in the hall and go s liding down the waste water pipe leading from the sloping roof. Then, attracted by Mark's voice, the y entered a room, where the y found him tied to a bed-post with his coat partly torn off. "You came none too soon," he said. "Did you catch the Tory?" "No, none of them,'' and Bob hurriedly cut the cords which bound Mark. "They heard you break the. door down and scattered in all directions." "We saw the young Tory go out of the window," said Bob. They now made their way downstairs and. were joined in the court by more Liberty Boys. "Here we are," laughed Bob. "We've got him, and now to clear out these ruffians if they meddle with us." There was no one to be seen, however, and they hurriedly made their way to the street. Proceeding up Broadway, they met other Liberty Boys, who were all glad to see that Mark had been rescued. At last they met Ben Spurlock, who said: "I can't find Dick anywhere." "Did you go to the Common?" asked Bob. "Yes, and to all the places where he goes, and I . did not find him in any one of them." "Where can he be?" muttered Bob. "That's what I'd like to know," Ben answered. "It looks as if we'd have to search for Dick now,'' declared Mark. "So it doe s ," said Bob. "No one you met had seen him?" "No, not for some time." "The Tories in town are very bitter against him," ob served Mark. "B e cause he has done his duty in keeping them quiet and rooting out the evildoers,'' declared Bob. "We must look for him,'' said Ben. "Off you wa.s toldt us where he was been, we was go found him," said Carl, soberly. "Shure an' av we knowed dhat we'd not have to look, Dootchy,' ' said Patsy. "It's a woise felly yez are." "Yah, I

THE LIBERTY BOYS' FIERCE RETREAT. lS "Shure an' Oi don't. Don't yez know dhat it always makes one saysick to go on dhe wather?" "Dot don'd was der ocean." "Dhat makes no difference. It's dhe wather, isn't it?" "Well, anyhow, let us went down by dot boat." "All roight; but be careful av dhe ridcoats." "Dere don'd was any." "No, dhere's none in soight, but dhere's a public house just beyant, an' dhere may be some av dhim dhere." "Yah, dose public houses was headk:varters been for der redcoats." "Thrue for yez, me bhy." The two jolly companions then walked down to the shore toward the boat moored there. The others were moored well out from shore, some to stakes, while one or two drifted astern of the ships. There was a tavern not far distant, and Patsy kept an eye on it, as it was likely that there were redcoats in it. Carl took a seat in the stern of the boat, which had two pairs of oars, and was ready to be used at any time. Patsy kept a wateh on the shore while Carl looked out over the water. Suddenly there was a splash out on the water near one of the ships. Then Patsy cried: "Oh, my, here dhey come now!" "Mein gollies, dere was Tick1" exclaimed Carl at the same moment. ' "Phwere is he?" ouid dere mit der water in. He was choost chumped ofer der ship." There was a figure swimming toward shore, sure enough. Four or five redcoats were also hurrying toward the boat. "Dot's Dick, sure enough,'' roared Patsy. "Hurry up wid yez, Cookyspiller." Patsy loosened the warp, shoved off, jumped in and took up a pair of oars. Carl did ,the same, arid in a moment they were gliding out on the river, Patsy's dread of the water being forgotten. A boat was being lowered from the ship. The. redcoats on shore were firing at the two Liberty Boys. "Don't yez moind dhim, but pull shtrong an shtiddy," cried Patsy. Straight out they went, and straight toward them swam Dick, for it was he and no other. He was in his shirt and breeches only and was not en cumbered by his clothes. The boat reached him, and Carl pulled him in. "Pull avay, Batsy!" he shouted, "und I was shooted em redcoat." "Pull yourself," said Dick, "and I'll steer and shoot as well." Then they shot down the river, the redcoats in pursuit. CHAPTER XIII. A LIVELY CHASE. Dick sat in the stern and steered while Patsy and Carl rowed. Taking a pistol from Carl's belt, Dick turned and :fired. The shot was effective. The stroke oarsman of the leading boat received a flesh wound in the arm. He dropped his oar and caused instant confusion. Then Dick took another pistol from Carl and fired another shot. . He struck the midshipman steering the boat in the shoul der. The officer fell forward, and there was more confusion. Then, although it was a long shot for a pistol, he fired at the second boat which had been lowered. He wounded the bow oarsman and caused him to fall among his mates. Meanwhile the two Liberty Boys were pulling a good, strong, even stroke which sent the boat ahead rapidly. "That will do for the present," said Dick. "Shure, an' dhere's no call to hurt dhim widout reason," laughed Patsy. "No, and there's no need of .it at present." Then a shot came from one of the ship's guns. "Mein gollies, dey was meanted to doed somedings!" cried Carl. The shot had been aimed too high and flew well above their heads. "Pull ahead," said Dick. "There's a point beyond which we can get around." Then the ship fired another shot. This had been aimed too low and splashed up the water several lengths behind the boat. No more shots were fired, and the boys were soon around the point out of harm's way. The two boats kept on, but the boys had a good lead, and were not afraid of being overhauled, even if the other boats were stronger manned. They passed Kip's Bay and kept on down the river to the Bull's Head market. Here they landed, leaving the boat on shore. It was well along in the afternoon now, but the air was still warm and Dick did not suffer from being in wet clothes. They had already partially dried upon him, and probably would do so entirely before they reached the city. "An' howiver did yez get on board dhe man-av-war?" asked Patsy. "Well, I went up there and was surprised by the redcoats." "An' dhin dhey put yez in dhe cellar av dhe ship?" "Yes," witJt a laugh, "and then brought me up to talk to me, when I jumped overboard." "An' yez had no idee dhat mesilf an' dhe Dootchman were around?" "No, not till I was in the water." "Shure an' Mark did be gettin' into throuble himsilf, an' we "wor luckin' for yez to get him out, an' dhin we wor afeared yez wor in throuble yersilf." "And Mark?" "Oh, he got out all roight, wid Bob an' Bin an' Harry an' dhe other Harry an' a lot more to help him." "And how did you two funny fellows happen to come up to Turtle Bay?" "Shure an' it wor Cookyspiller dhat proposed it, an' Oi cud see no harrum in it mesilf, so Oi come up wid um." "Dose poys was eferyvhere else been midout finding you,'' said Carl, "und so I was t'ought dot you might hafe went dH&" I "An' a very good guess it wor," laughed Patsy, "but it wor more be good luck dhfl.11 be wisdom dhat we found yez." "What we cared?" said Carl. "We was got him ouid, ain't it? Dat was enuff, I bet me." "Quite right," laughed Dick, "and I am very fuch obliged for the help you gave me. It was a close shave, and I might not have escaped by myself." "Shure an' it's proud Oi am to be av help to yez, captain dear, an' av Dootchy niver does annything ilse, dhe bhys will ahyays remimber him koindly for dhis, begorrah." "Humbug!" said Carl. "Any off doseLiberty Boys was doed dot off dey was had der shance." "Thrue for yez; but dhey'll remimber it all dhe same." Reaching the tavern near the Common toward sunset, they found the two Hartys and Ben, tired out after a long search. "Hallo! Our wild Irishman has brought home Dick!" cried Ben, with a laugh. "Good for him!" cried both Harrys in a breath. Then Sam came in, and at once hurried out to bring in more of the Liberty Boys and tell them that Dick had returned. Bob was among the last to come in, and fairly hugged Dick when he saw him sitting by a wood fire in his shirt and breeches. One after another the boys arrived and were overjoyed to see Dick. When they heard that Patsy and Carl had rescued him, they first laughed and then praised the two comical fellows. "Well," declared Mark, "those two fellows make a lot of fun for us, but when it comes to doing things they do them." "So they do," laughed Dick. "We sent some of the boys out to watch them," chuckled Bob, "but they so o n gave. it up and let them go their own gait." "Whe n I saw that they seemed bound to fake the circuit of M:mh atta n," d eclare d Sam, "I thou ght we might as well quit." " And going at a good four m iles an hour rate, that fat Carl in the l e ad, too," ad de d Harry Thurbe r. "Shure a n ' Oi h a d to call to um t o shtop mefilf," laughed Patsy. " (Ji do b elav e he knowed we musht hurry, for we didn ' t get dhere much too soon intoirely.''


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' FIERCE RETREAT. "Dot was more easier to I'llll. as to go shlow, ain't it?" re plied Carl. "You don'd was went any furder, und you was got d ere more quicker alretty. " "From what I heard on the ship," !laid Dick; "it seems to be the intention of the enemy to attack the city soon." "Say you so?" exclaimed Bob. "Yes, and at several poin t s at once . " "Then we may have beat as fierce a retreat as when we got out of Long Island." "Very true." "It will be a difficult matter to hold Manhattan agains\ them," said Mark. "Yes," declared Dick, "when they have two rivers, the bay and Spuyten Duivel Creek to work from." "I shall hate to be driven out of M anhattan," said Bob, "but I am afrai d w e shall have to look forward to it." "And prepare ourselves," observed Dick. "Exactly, " sai d Mark. "We don't want to be caught in a trap." By the next day the regulars under General Putnam were the only troops in the city. They might recei v e orders to leave at any time, for the situation had been daily growing more critical. The Liberty Boys remained, but they could always move rapidly and were expected to get out in a hurry when they did so. Having sent their horses away, they would 'have to go on foot, of course. • Being accustomed to marching as well as to riding, however, thi s would be no hardship. , The next afternoon, as Dick, Bob and Mark were out walk ing, they met Charity Wright near the Common. They tipped their hats and stopped for a brief conversa tion. "I had a little adventure on your brother's account yester day, Miss Wright," said Mark. "Another?" queried Charity. "Yes, and I don't think the feeling between us has been im-proved by it." . "Tom is very bitter against you, lieutenantf He says that you insulted him." "That's his po int of view," Bob retorted with a chuckle . "I should say that Mark was the one who was insulted." "You may not see us again i n a long time," remarked Dick, "as I am afraid we will have to leave the city." "I am sorry for that, captain, but I am afraid it is true, from what I hear. You see, I hear both sides." "Well, if we do, you must think of us often," said Dick. "Perhaps we shall meet again, however . " "I hope so , " said Charity, and then, Seeing a look of dis tr8Ss on her face, Dick turned and saw her brother Totn ap proachin g. CHAPTER XIV. • LEAVING THE CITY. Tom Wright had been drinking, and his walk was very unsteady as he came along. He was s ufficiently in pos se::;sion of his mental faculties, howe ver, to r e c o gnize the three boys. "I should thin k you had a better opinion of yourself than to stop and talk with rebels!" he snarled, as he came up. "I am sorry to see that you have such a poor opinion of yoursel f. brother, as to appear in that condition at all, much les s b efore me , " said Charity. "That's all right; all gentlemen drink." "Many do, I know, but no gentleman will appear on the !!treet in a state of intoxication." "Do y mean to say I'm no gentleman?" sputtered the 1 young Tory. "You are ce1t a inl y not acting like one now, and you mor tify me exc ee din gly. " "You're too s queamish. All gentlemen get drunk at times. Don't you say 'as drunk a s a lord?' Certainly you do. Come along ho me . I d on't w ant you to be seen talking with rebels. It's a d isgrace." "You disgrace yo u r sister and yourself, Tom Wright," said Dick. "Go home. I will see that your sister has an escort." "You'll do nothing of the sort, y ou rebel," snarled Tom . Then he struck s avagely at Dick. The young patriot ste pped aside, and the Tory boy sat on the pavement with a good deal of force. Dick gave Charity his arm, and they walked away. Tom picked himself up and attempted to follow them. Bob caught him by the shoulder and said: "Stay where you are, Tom Wright. If you want to go home, and it's the best place for you, do so, but not irt your sister's company." "Let go of me, you rebel," snarled Tom, trying to shake Bob off. Bob Estabro'ok, while not as strong 1lS Dick, had, neverthe less, a grip of iron. He closed his fingers upon Tom's wrist and said: "You stay here till I see fit to let you go, so make the be::.t of it." Tom snarled, suddenly drew a dagger from in s ide his coat and struck at Bob with it. Mark saw the motion, and as {luick as a flash seized the fel low's Theh he gave it such a grip that the knife fell ollt of Tom's hand to the ground. "None of that, you cur!" hissed Mark. "You ate ho r eal gentl eman, as you boast, or you would :qever do a thing like that." "I'll g e t the be s t of you rebels yet," snarled. Tom. "Let me go, you fool." "Come, Mark," said Bob. "We will see him home for his sister' s sake." "He is likely to get in the brJdewell if we don't," answered Mark. "I see a tipstaff coming now." The two lieutenants then walked off, Tom betwee n them. The young Tory evid ently had no desire to be arres ted for drunkenness, and now walked on unresistingly, al though he kept up a running fire of abuse. ' Mark had picked up the knife, but retained it in his own pos session. The constable watched them until satisfied that the two boys in uniform were taking the othe r home. Then he went on his way, and in time Tom reached his home under the escort of two Liberty Boys. "Your sister is a very nice girl," said Bob, "and I would hate to have her shamed by knowing that you were locked up for intoxication." "You'll get worse than that!" snarled Tom. "Wait till the king's troops get in the city. You'll be hanged, every one of you." The two boys took Tom home, meeting Dick when near the house. "It i sn't safe for the fellow to be out," said Bob, "and so we are bringing him home." "Very good," said Dick. Leaving the tipsy young Tory at the door, Bob and Mark went away, presently rejoining Dick. "It's a shame that he should disgrace his family like that," said Bob. "It is indeed," rejoined Dick, "and Charity feel s it deenly." "! felt like thrashing him/' muttered Mark, "and I believe I would have done so if it had not been for his sister." "She is a charming girl," added Bob, "and it is a shame that he behaves as he does." That night three frigates and a forty-gun ship went up the East river and opened fire. The batteries around the city returned the fire, but bevond the killing of three men, who were mere spectators, no dam-age was done. The next day there were all sorts of rumors afloat, and at stmset six more vessels passed up the E ast river. Later word came that three or four thousand of the enemy were crossing :;it Hell Gate to the islands at the mouth of the Harlem river. In the morning the enemy began operations. Three ships of war stood up the Hudson, keeping tip a tre mendous firing, assisted by the fleet at Governor's Island. The three ships went as far as Bluomingdale and came to anchor. This put a stop to the removal of stores by \\rater from the city to Dobbs' Ferry. Next the ships in the East river commenced a heavy can nonading upon the breastworks between Turtle Bay and the city. • At the same time two divisions of troops, one tinder Sir Henry Clinton and the other under Colonel Dortop, crossed over from Long Island. Under cover of the fire from the ships the tneh landed be tween Turtle Bay and Kip's Bay.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' FIERCE RETREAT. 15 Then other ships came up the Hudson and landed a number of troops, leaving their boats on shore fo charge of a small detachment of sailors. Dick had gathered the Liberty Boys together as soon as the first ships went up the river. That it was time for them to leave the city was apparent to every one. When the troops landed at the lower end of the city, Dick marched his brave boys down Broadway as far as Partition street. It was below this point that the enemy had left their boats. "We must get away at once, Bob," said Dick, "and I have thought of a way of escape. It is a desperate one, but desperate cases require the same remedies." The troops were at that moment seen coming up Broadway. The Tory inhabitant were cheering the British and hissing the patriots. Suddenly Tom Wright was seen gesticulating to the sol diers. "Catch the rebels! Don't let them escape!" he yelled. "Forward!" cried Dick, heading the boys down Partition street. "Quick-march!" The British, seeing them retreating, came hurrying on, hoping to overtake them. Down the street went the boys, the people of the section, being mostly Tories, hissing them. When they realized that the "saucy young rebels" were running off with their boats, their chagrin knew no bounds. One after another of the boats was filled and sent up stream. Everything was done in an orderly manner, but in great haste. There was no hurry, no confusion, however. The boats were filled rapidly as the boys arrived and then sent up stream. Mal'k went with the first division, Bob remaining to superintend the embarking. Nearly all the boats had been pushed out before those on board the ships realized what had happened. The redcoats in pursuit of Dick did not know it till the last boat had cast off. . Then they came running down to the landing place fairly boiling over with indignation. "Come back with those boats, you rebels!" "Fire-don't spare the young thieves!" "It's very funny to hear a lot of invaders calling us thieves," laughed Mark. The redcoats opened fire upon the boats from shore. The Liberty Boys returned the fire with terrible effect. "Pull over to the Jersey shore," said Dick. "They won't follow us there." The ships now opened fire upon the boys and also lowered a few boats and went after them. The British followed, a crowd of Tories joining them. Dick told Bob his plan of escape and sel1t him ahead. There was really no time to lose. The Liberty Boys went running down the street, Dick the l'ear, covering their retreat. The gunners could not seem to get the range, and either sent the shot flying too high and too far. or simply stirred in up the bottom without doing any damali(fl. The redcoats pursued them hotly, while the Tory residents discharged pistols and hurled bricks and other mis::;iles at them from the windows. Dick turned and fired, bringing a redcoat low. Bullets flew about him, and a brick narrowly missed his head. OJ'\ the run went the boys till they reat:hed the river. "To the boats!" cried Dick. "To the enemy's boats!" CHAPTER XV. A DASHING RETREAT. There was a chance, however, that they might hit some thing, and so Dick ordered the boats not to keep too close together, but to spread out. If they were massed, the likelihood of their being hit was much greater than if they covered a wider space. The wisdom of this move was soon shown. There had been a dozen boats in close order working acl'oss the l'ivel'. They pl'esently spread out, and a shell struck the water between two of them and splashed the watel' over the boys. 'Had they ietamed their old formation, one of the boats must have been sunk. On they went across the river, stretching out like a great f a n and lessening at every moment the chances of being struck. The redcoats on shore could do no hurt, and the sailors Dick Slater's plan of getting out of the city was a most in were quickly left behind. ' daring one. There was danger from the guns on the ships, however, and It was no less than the seizing of the enemy's boats left in there were many narrow escapes. charge of some sailors and escaping in them. Dick did not mean to remain on the Jersey shore any longer The Liberty Boys soon caught the idea when Bob told Mark than necessary. and a few others. It was bettel' to go over there at this time, however, owing In a short time all the boys knew it. to the presence of ships farther up the river. When Dick cried out, "To the boats!" therefore, they all "Well, we've been driven out of Manhattan," said Dick, "but undel'stood. we haven't given up farhting, by any means." Those who arrived at the river first were the first to entez: "No, sir," deClared Bob, emphatically. "What do you say the boats, by Dick's orders. to attackinl' the ships under cover of the darkness, Dick?" The sailors guard'.ng the bo ats were most unceremoniously "I think i t may b e a good plan, Bob," was D ick's reply. ousted. The ships at length ceased trying to damage the stolen Where they would do so without resistance, they were perboats, and the boys reached the Jersey shore in safety. mitted to land. It was now a httle past noon, and Dick determined to let When they would not they were thrown into' the river the boys take a needed rest before proceeding. without the least hesitation. They were in a friendly country, and Patsy and Carl, with "Help! I can't swim!" cried one, as he went down . the help of half a dozen other Liberty Boys, soon got pro-Ben Spurlock pulled him out, gave him a kiCk and said: visions enough to make a dinner. "A man who can't swim has no business to be a sailor. Go The Liberty "Bo ys remained quiet that afternoon, hauling to planting tumips and mind your own business." the boats up among the bushes and coarse grass on the bank There were too few of the sailors to resist the Liberty Boys. \ so that they might not be seen. Some of them did not attempt it, but fled in haste. At intervals they could hear firing, and knew that someOne t? drive a bolt through the bottom of a boat so thing was going on. as to disable it. They had been driven out of Manhattan, but they were not Tl;le two Harrys caught him at it and promptly threw him to be id!e for all that. overboard. "We will be of more use up at Fort Washington than over To seize the boats almost under the guns of the ships was here, " said Dick. a piece of daring seldom equalled. "Very true," said Bob. The Liberty Boys accomplished i t, however. "I thipk we will go up the river to-night, therefore." While the boys v:ere embarking, Dick and a rearguard held "And capture some redcoats on the way," chuckled Bob. the enemy in check. "A very good idea, if there are any to be captured." Muskets rattled and pistols crackled in the liveliest fashion. "They might be patroling the river in their boats." The redcoats saw that the boys were not to be trifled with. "Yes, they might, but we are not sure of that." Many a gap was made in their ranks, and they hesitated "We are sure of very little, " put in Mark, "but we might! about pressing the young patriots too closely. have just such a chance as Bob st1gges!.s." They thought that the capture of the boys was certain and "If we do, you may b e sure that we will make the most or so came on less fiercely. it," with a smile.


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' FIERCE RETREAT. As it began to grow dark, the bo a t s were h a uled out and the Libert y Boys e m b a r k ed. . . The boats mo ve d quie t ly and s t eadily up t he n v e r m the darknes s, the bo ys k ee p i n g u p a sharp looko u t f1S the y went on. Wh e n it w a s quite dark , the b oys h avi n g b ee n fo r s ome time on the riv e r, Dick said to B o b, w ho was i n the boat next to his: "I s e e l ights up the ri v e r . W e are approaching Blooming dal e . I think the Britis h s h i p s mus t b e anchore d there ." "Then we mus t get by the m and capture som e r edcoats if we can." "If there are any about." The boats we n t on a s s il ently a s pos s i bl e , the bo ys t aking care not to make any m ore noi s e in r owing than was ab s o lute l y n e c e s sary . At l ength Dick said: "Bob?" "Yes?" "I s ee lights on the water. There are boats out. " "Good!" . CHAPTER XVI. AN ADVENTURE ON THE RIVER. The n the w hole fleet proceeded up the river, and the blue jackets found thems elve s p r i s oners. There was some struggling, but the Liberty Boys knew j us t w here every on e was and there was no confusion on their part . T h e r e were confu s ed sounds from the ships, and lights fla shed along the rail. 1 The n shouts were heard, and the middy who had been thr own into the rive r shouted in reply. S ome of the bluejackets made so much disturbance that they wer e thrown into the river without ceremony. The n the L iberty Boys, having no longer any cause for s il e nc e , uttered a tremendous cheer and rowed lustily. "You sailors will not be made prisoners of nor mjured " s aid D i ck, "but if you make trouble you will be treated with s c ant c e r e mony." . The s ailors w ere quiet after this. The boys proceeded a mile or two farther up the river, and then the crews of the captured boats were put on shore to make their way back as best they might. There was a good deal of grumbling, but Dick did not want prisoners, and he could make use of the boats. Then tpe boys went on and went ashore just below Fort Washington . Soon after daybreak they hauled the boats on shore and went up to the fort. They were joyfully received and asked many questions. Dick called all the boats together by signa ls . Dick told how he had escaped and related his adventure Then he said to those neares t him, they passing the word of the night. on: The boats were of use, and the soldiers thought all the more " We must try and captur e one or more of those boats and of them because they had been captured from the enemy. their crews." The Liberty Boys were glad to be among friends and made "It will be a fin e thing to do , " said Mark. them rapidly. The boats then moved on s wi f tly and sil ently, the shi ps' There w a s plenty of work to be done also. lights and the lights on the boats being now seen more disThe enemy had thrown two lines across the island from tinctly. river to river, the Americans being encamped on Harlem Sil ently and s wiftly the boats moved on close to the s hore. plains. The y were in deep shadow and could not be di stingui s h ed. To prevent the British and Hessians from advancing vigiDick knew jus t where they were and could call up one or lance must be exercised. more in a moment. As soon as the Liberty Boys could get their horses from The cry o f a night bird, the chirp of a cricket, the croak W they could be made most effective. of a frog or other natural sounds w ould do this. Mean.time, however, they could do good work. These were all signals, and the bo ys h a d a perfect code of General Washington placed perfect confidence in Dick them which was well understood b'y all. Slater and his Liberty Boys. On went the boats, and s oon two of the enem y's boats were Upon hearing that Dick had arrived from the city, he sent seen h eading toward the ships. for the young captain. Each carried a lantern swung from an oar held upright. "Good morning , Dick," he said, when the boy was admitted They were both long boats, each capable of holding from a to h i s presence. dozen to twenty men. "Good morning, your excellency. You sent for me?" The capture of of them, or even of only OJl.e, under "Yes. You escaped from the city in good order?" the guns of the warships would be a great accomplishment. "We did, your excellency, but it was a fierce retreat. We At a signal from Dick, four of the boats moved out from got away in the enemy's boats." the res t. "Very good, Dick." The t w o lon g boats had not y e t gone far from the shore. " And captured two more on the river, with their crews." D i ck signale d to the other bo a t s to g e t between the enemy's " W e ll d o ne, Dick. Now there is more work for your Lib-boats and their s hips. erty Boys." The n the four boats selected moved forward rapidly toward " We are r e ad y to do whatever we are• called upon to do, the lon g boats. your excellency." Their l anterns w ould 11.ot cas t a light very far upon the "I want you to watch the southern edge of Harlem plains w a t er, and they served as guides to the bo y s. and keep the enemy in check in case they attempt to ad-The greater par t of the boats got betwe e n the ships and v ance." the s ho re. "We will do so, your excellency," and, saluting, Dick with-The n Dick's flotilla shot suddenly forward. drew . Two of his boats were to run alongs ide one of the others. Whe n he told Bob, Mark and some others of their new mis-All at once there was a swift rush through the water. sion, they were g reatly delighted . "Hello, ahoy! Who is that?" "Now we will have something to do," said Bob. Each long boat sudde•ly had two others alongs ide, OlJ.e on "I don't think we have been idle since the battle of Long each bow. I s land, Bob," said Mark with a smile. The n the lanterns were suddenl y thrown into the water. "We ll, the n, w e 'll have more to do." They float e d for a moment and then sank with a hiss. They took up their position on the plains that day, put up "Mak e a sound and you are dead men," said Dick . their tents and made thems elv e s comfortable. "Kee p quiet or it will be the worse for you!" hissed Bob. The boys y.rere all ple a s ed at the prospect of having active Mark and Ben, heading the other two boats, hi s sed similar w ork, and they all employed thems elves in getting ready fo1 injunctions to the crew of the othe r long boat. it. Then both were h e aded up stream. Dick k ept a clo s e watch upon the enemy, and his vigilance The rowers suddenly found pistols placed to their heads m et with its reward. and were told to keep rowing. Early the next morning he detected a large detachment of A midshipman in one of •the boats suddenly shouted: the trying to make an advance. "Asia, ahoy! We are beset by rebels!" He at once aroused the brave :youths, alld they rushed furi-Dick's boat suddenly shot forward. ously to the attack. In a moment the middy was hauled from his place and They met the enemy at the mouth of a deep and narrow thrown oveboard. gorge at the southern end of the plains. Then Dick' s reserve boats which had cut the long boats They at once pressed forward and attacked the redcoats came up, and the two were surrounded. vi.irorously.


"' THE LIBERTY BOYS' FIERCE RETREAT. 17 I "Charge, Liberty Boy s !" cried Dick. coats! Fire!" "D own with the red-'and at length eve n hear the cry of a watc h man a s he went At once there was a roar, and enem y fell back at the shock inflicted by the gallant young patriots . Then the boys followed up their advantag e and the enemy were routed. CHAPTER XVII. DICK GOES TO THE CITY. s lowly o n hi s way, The ships had l eft their anchorage i n t he lo wer r i ver, and had e ithe r g o n e bac k to Governor's I s land or proce ed ed farther up stre am. It was now quite late, for h e h a d b ee n in no hurry to reach the city. Dropping dovm to the neighborhood of Trinity Church, the lines of whi c h he could see from the river, he at length made a landing. There had b een a great fire in the city since he had left it, and much of the river front b e low the new church was a There were several skirmishes within the the patriots being generally successful. next few days, mass o:f ruins. I Then the Britis h lines were firmly establis hed, the Americans fortified the Heights strongly, and the plains became the debatable ground between the two camps. The Liberty Boys had their horses again and could move about with great rapidity. It was undoubtedly the aim of the British to possess themselves not only of the city, but of the whole of Manhattan. The American strongholds at the northern end must, therefore, be subjected. Against these their next move would undoubtedly be made. To ascertain just what the enemy intended doing, the commander-in-chief determi:ra.ed to send spies to the city. Dick Slater had already given entiire satisfaction in this ca pacity. The general-in-chief therefore decided to employ him again. Dick had his ins tructions to proceed to New York, learn all he could within a reasonable time and then return. His stay was n o t limited, but the sooner he got through and made his report the better. He was going alone, as he could work more rapidly that way and there would not be the same danger of discovery as if more of the boys were at work. The lines were drawn tightly across the island, but Dick had no fear of getting through them. There were the boats they had captured, to begin with. By dropping down the :dver at night he could slip ashore unobserved in the morning, abandon his boat or hide it and then proceed. Thinking over the different means of entering, he at last concluded to adopt this method. Disguising himself in ordinary clothes, he entered the boat some time after dark and glided down the river. The enemy's ships were still anchored off Bloomingdale and were probably keeping a watlch on river and shore. 'l"he middy he had thrown overboard would, no doubt, be glad to catch him, but Dick had other plans. He rowed at a moderate speed for some time, being ha no great hurry. This section afforded a good hid ing plac e , for there would be no n e ed of watching it. S e curin g his boat, Dick made his way pas t the ruins toward Broaaway. P r e sently he h eard footsteps, and the n a dark form loomed up a few y a r ds distant and a husky voice asked: "ls that y ou, Jim? No watchme n about, are they?" Dick at once knew the man to .be either a night prowler or a fugitive from justice, making this region hi s hiding place. "No, it ain't, Jim, it's somebody else," h e answiered in the same tone. "I don't want to see a watchman no more'n you do." "H'm! What's yer lay?" . "Findin' a place to sleep . What with sogers an' c o n s tables, a cove can't get no rest of a night." "Huh! Yer don't know the hol e s." "Mebby I don't." "Then ye' re not in the priggin' lin e ?" "No, there's nothing ter prig in here." " 'Cept when a cove with his pock e t s full an' h is h e u d empty comes through, an' then there's fat pic ki n's s om etimes." "Yes, mebby there is. Shi There's a watchman." The .-ream of a lantern could b e see n and a h ea.vy footstep heard l!'oming down the d e s erte d stree t. / • "So they is; this way, ole pal; I'll find yer a snug J:>unk neither sogers nor con stables can find yer. Yer've a few ha'pence fur a pot o' old ale , I r eckon?" "Ha'pense? Where'd I get ha'pence? Kicks, more like." "Well, come on or the cove wi' the lantern'll flash us." The thief then led the way into a nook among blackened walls where Dick found two or three evil-looking men sitting Tom came along, caught sight of D i ck and said: fo od. "A dangerous company," he thought, "but no more so than watchme n, and, at any rate, I'm in the c ity." CHAPTER XVIII. Nearing Bloomindale, he saw the lights on the ships and a number almo s t on the water. These belonged to boats and moved about, the others beAN UNFORTUNATE INTERRUPTION. ing fixed. \ The men about the fire were footpads, tramps and crim-The enemy's boats were watching the river, and he must inals of the lowest grade. be cautious. The men, after finishing their pipe s , curled themselves up Rowing slowly and steadily and making no noise with his in corners and went to slee11. 1 oars, he kept close in toward shore where the shadows were One or two newcomers arrived, but the se paid no attention deepest. to Dick and were soon asle e p like the rest. Nearer and nearer he came to the boats which seemed to At daybreak Dick arose and left the place, easily finding be coming together. his way out and to the street. • The current was strong, and presently he drew in his oars Finding a quiet tavern near the Bowling Green, he engaged with no noise and lay in the bottom of the boat. a room, went to bed and slept till noon. On it went past one of the enemy's boats and betwee:a. two Going out upon the street, he walked up Broadway, meetothers. ing Tom Wright near John street. "Hello, there's a boat adrift," he heard some one say. Dick's appearance was so altered that Tom did not know "Bettier 'go after it." him. "Go after it yourself; you're neare r than we are." "If he fails to recognize me, I think I am safe enough," M eanwhile Dick's boat was drifting s t eadily down the river. was his thought. By the time one of the middies conclud e d to go after it, and I At Ube new church he saw Charity in a carriage, but, alhe was Dick's old acquaintance, the boat was out of reach. though she looked straight at him, did not know him. "Let it go,'' he muttered, after pulilng a few strokes. "It's At the Common he saw a group of British officers engaged probably nothing but an old tub. " in conversation, and stood near enough to them without at-The other middie s were as indifferent as he was. tractiiig attention. ThP boat with Dick in it floated on, the refore, and in five or Their talk had no interest for him, however, being entirely six minutes Dick sat UJ? and continued his rowing. on personal matters. Gliding farther and farther away from the ships, he con-After waiting some little time, and seeing that it was not tinued on his way down the river, now rowing and now drift-likely to tura into other channels, he went away. ing with the stream. He was more likely to obtain information in some of the Past field and farm, past little villages and along wooded j taverns in the lower part of the c ity, and thither he took hia heights he drifted, getiting nearer and nearer the city as the way. time went on. At Fraunces' tavern, on Pearl street, he saw a number of At last he could see the lights of the city in the distance, British and Hessian officers at the winciowa.


, 18 THE LIBERTY 130YS' FIERCE RETREAT. He entered and took a seat in a corner near a group of officers who were discussing the of affairs . The se were talking of a rumored expedition to Westchester, and Dick was greatly interested. While he was listening attentively, without appearing to do so, Tom Wright entered and took a seat near him. He seemed to know some of the officers, and spoke to them in the impud ent manner which characterized him. "Well, gentlemen, are there any new movements against the rebels?" he askep. "Nothing that we care to discuss, my boy," said one, carele ssly. "Oh, you needn't be afraid of me. I'm a loyal subject." "That may be, and yet one would not want to trust you with important matters." "Oh, I can keep my mouth shut," flippantly. "It must be a new acquirement, then," said one. "Boys are not usually admitted to the councils of men," added another. "Some folks never know when they are in the way.'' "And hints are quite lost upon them.'' "Quite so; what they need is a kick." "I don't think you are very courteous ," snarled Tom in a huff. "You visit our house, you make love to my sister, and now you won't answer a civil question." "I told you there was nothing which we cared to discuss," said senior of the party. "That should be sufficient." Tom glanced over at Dick, but still failed to recognize him. Two or three of the party arose and moved toward the door. The rest began to smoke long clay pipes and ignored the young royalist. At last, seeing that he was snubbed, he called for a mug of punch and a pipe and gave himself up to the. occupation of enjoying himself, if it could be called enjoyment for one of his age. Seeing that there was nothing more to be learned in that qua1ter, Dick arose and left the place. "Impudent young m edd ler!" he muttered. "I might have l earned more if he had not came in. However, what I have learned importance." On the corner of Beaver and Broad streets he saw the three officers who had recently left the tavern. Standing close to them without attracting notice, he heard enough to satisfy him that some important movement against th.a patriots was on foot. While he was listening attentively he heard a footstep be-hind him. Tom Wright was coming. "I wish that boy would stay in one place for half an hour," thought . Dick. Whether Tom had been put out of the tavern or had left of his own will, he could not tell, of course, but here the fel low was, at all eve nts. Tom came along, caught sight of Dick; and said: "It's a funny thing that I always find you listening. By George, I believe you're a spy!" At this moment the three officers turned. Dick at once slipped away. "Who's that?" asked the officers. "That young fellow is homespun. Hallo there, stop that fellow! He's a spy!" There were some soldiers coming along the .street. These seized -upon an entirely innoc ent person, while Dick went on quietly, but rapidly turned into an alley and was lost to sight. "That Jsn't the fellow," said Tom, coming up. "You've let him go, and he i s one of the cleverest spies the rebels have." "Dick Slater, do you mean?" a sked one. "Yes, Dick Slater. I recognized him and tried to stop him, but you let him go. This fellow is nobody.'' Tom had not recognized Dick, but a lie of greater or less size was n othi n g to him. "Oh, am I?" snorted the man who had been seized. "And who are you, pray? The son of a rich man and a rebel if is to be believed. A nobody, eh? Why, you little whippersnapper, I could buy you and your father and not feel it no more than l osing a ha'penny. A nobody indeed!" "You got in the way and let Dick Slater, the rebel spy escape, you old fool, and you ought--" ' A stunning box on the ear and then a slap on the cheek brought Tom's uncomplimentary remarks to a sudden ter-mination. . Then he beat a hasty retreat, fer the angry citizen sec .. 1ed disposed to continue hostilities. Meanwhile Dick had disappeared and pursuit was vain. / "He didn't know me, but it spoiled my plan just the same," said Dick. However, he had learned more and could give important fidvice to the patriots from what he had learned. "I m ight not learn any more if I remained here 2 . week," he thought, "and that ninny might get in my way again if I remained." He resolved to leave the city at once. therefore. The expedition was to be made very shortly, if at all, and it was necessary that he should get away without delay. He had paid his score at the tavern and did not need to go there again. Making his way to where he had left the boat, he found that it had been taken. "I might have known it," he said. '1Vlell, there are more ways than one of• getting away, and I am not to be stopped.'' As he had no boat and no horse there was nothing for it for Dick except to walk. That was no hardship, however, for he was young and strong and could walk a dozen miles at a streti;h and scarcely feel it. He thereuoon made his way to Broadway and set out toward the dommon, turning off toward the west when he reached Murray street. At dusk he reached a tavern not far from the lower lines. Here he heard loud laughter and entered. There was a drunken soldier in the taproom amusing the company by his maudlin ways. He made witty speeches, and he sang snatches of songs, greatly to the delight of the company. . "I'm a king's officer," he said, "a corporal of the guard. I know the countersign, and I'm not afraid of any man. I fought at Fontenoy, and I was at the siege of 'Cairo. I'm an old soldier, and I fear no man.'' "Attention!" said Dick, going over to where the man sat. "Corporal of the guard, give the countersign!" The drunken corporal saluted and i:;aid: "Manhattan, captain. It's a barbarous word, but we're a civilized people and we'll make it our own." "Corporal, you've been drinking. Stop it or I'll have you put in the guardhouse." "Yes, sir!" and the corporal saluted and sat bolt upright. "Come with me. You should be in better companv. The general himself is none too goo'd for you." The befuddled corporal followed Dick to a private room, evidently taking him for some one in authority. Dick got him to the private room, and here the corporal became qiuet and fell asleep in five minutes. "I'll make use of you. corporal," said Dick. "You are likely to get into the guardhouse, anyhow, so the loss of your uniform doesn't matter." • He got off the fellow's coat, put it over his own, took the corporal's hat and then left. . Having the countersign, he passed the lines without diffi-culty. . Having passed the lower lines, Dick went on at a good swinging gait. It was a good walk to Harlem plains, but Dick did not mind that. In good time he reached the upper lines, gave the countersign and was passed. "Where are you going, corporal?" asked the sentry. "I'm going to see the prettiest girl you ever saw, and if the enemy doesn't catch me, I'll be back to-morrow morning. Keep mum.'' When well beyond the lines he took off the corporal's coat and hat, made them into a compact bundle and hid them in the bushes. Then he went on and finally reached his own lines. The inforn1ation he had obtained was most important. It refened to a meditated attack uppn White Plains. Acting upon it, the commander-in-chief sent a force up to the village and the Liberty Boys formed a part of it. In the engagement that followed they did good work and rece ive d prai se from every one . In the subsequent skirmishes and at last, at the battle of Fort Washington, when the Americans were finally driven out of Manhattan, they also distinguished themse lves. Dick saw Charity Wri,ght many times after that, and at the conclu si on of the war she married one of the Liberty Boys, having remained a patriot in spite of everything. Next week's issue will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS WITH HAND'S RIFLEMEN; OR, THE FLIGHT OF THE HESSIANS." ,_


-. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 19 FROM ALL POINTS HOW ANCIENT C OI N S WERE MADE there must be a powerful press to make the impresThe ancients had many d iff e rent methods oi maksion, to say nothing at all of the expens e of running ing coins, so I am therefore only going to describe a chemical laboratory and keeping it secret. the most widely used way of the many. There are two principal ways of making counter-Aftcr a rough ske t ch of the coin was made it was feit coins, with endless va 1 'iations of each. One is given to a sculptor or a wood ca r ver. If the sculpcasting, the other stamping the cold m e tal. The tor was given the sket c h he would p r oceed to chisel a latter always produces better results, as the coi n is "model" coin out of a piec e of marble and if the wood more accurate and more clearly cut. In the casting carver was the sk e t c h he would carve a process a mold is generally made from a fresh and "model" coin out of a pi e ce of wood. genuine coin. In stamping a die is either cast or After the "model" coin was made a substance cut by hand. Both operations requi r e hours of similar to pfast e r-of-paris, was put around it. It careful work and then the counterfeit metal is put was next laid out to dry in the sun. in this die and struck with one sharp blow of a Next the mold was taken off the "model" coin and heavy press. it was put together. Molt e n gold, silver or bronze, Expert counterfeiters do the work so well that the whatever the coin was to b e made of, was poured average person is easily fooled. In making silver into this mold and after it coole d another coin was coins they use a certain amount of sil\ler and adjust made in the same way, and s till another, until the the alloy of the other metal so that the finished required number were made.-Lone Scout Sidney product rings true, or very nearly so. Keeman. Gold coins, being worth more, are often more MAKING COUNTERFElT MONEY carefully worked over. One method Js to cut about The kind of mone y a counterfeiter makes depends $4 worth of gold metal out of a ge uine $10 gold mostly on what part of the country he lives in. In piece, generally from the centre, in O!lll or two borthe East, where the paper errculation is greatest, ings. The is filled in a base alloy that is bank notes are most commonly counte r feited, with a treated so +t every appearance little silver on the side. In the South and Middle of the gold itself. Rmg or the West the n atural d emand is for silver dollars and and it seems good. Detection m W?rk like this .1s half dollars. Out in the Far West the business is made a hundredfold harder _than m mainly gold, with v ery few bills of any sort. where none of pure gold is This the It is always easi est for the counterfeiter i n ,sort of work which the Secret Service a gent with a one reofon to circulate the sort of mon ha .Y pride in his job delights to follow up, and there are 0 ey W ic lS • t h h h d most abundant in that region. He gets rid of it many ms ances m w ic e succee s. more quickly, since there is a great-er use for it. And it is safer. It is 'just like watching the market. Once in a while, of cour se, a particularly nervy gang or individual tries gold in the East or bills on the P ac ific coast, but comparatively s e ldo m . It is puzzling to try to figure out how the proposition can pdssibly pay. The larger the c o in or bill to be counterfeited t h e great e r the danger of detection, and h e nce the need of a more expensive plant. The commonest form of making spurious money is the turning out of base metal coins-even copper centsbut the operation is always an ex pensive one. Silver, for instance, cannot be suc cessfully cast. Base coins with silver in them must therefore be struck off with a steel die, a die representing days of work on the part of an expert engraver. 'Then L 0 0 K ! H ere Is a Chance for Anybody to Make Money G e t a Copy of the New Book Just Issued, Entitled SCENARIOS How To Write Them 60 LESSONS Price 35 Cents Per Copy 60 LESSONS hand80me .. ublle&tion co...tahl1 M of ,._cl.lair matter. It was .... 1tten by one of the moat expert scenario wrlt..:a ill Uae woi-ld. Every knoWJl anir!e of scenario wrlti.air lo explained. There IH no n.,......slt,for you to apply to •o-called corTMpond T rick 'Vork How to Become a lllovie Aotoa--How te Become a lll&vlng Picture Actress. It ,..u ba ... e an lm"'Cln&tt ... e mhul to bov-t 1tlets, 7011 clli;t l e a r n the entire technique of pkoteplay eoastructlou from thlo b..,k at the lew price of 85 cent s . For Sale by All News-dealers and Book se ll ers It yo•" e&Jlllot prOCtlJ"e a eop7, send na the price. 35 cents . in m o ney or postage staDlP8, and we will mail you one, p1>Sta1re free. Addreos L . SENARENS. No. 219 8Ment.h A•enae. New Yerk, N . Y.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. The Travels of Tom Train OR HUNTING DOWN HIS ACCUSER ' By RALPH MORTON (A SERIAL STORY) CHAPTER I. THE ACCUSATION AND THE ARREST. "How is that, Tom?" "A little too high, Mr. Williams. Your guard should be lower, and your right arm shold be constantly playing over your chest and your abdomen. A stiff guard makes an awkward boxer. When your guard is easy and constantly on the move, you are rea'dy to defend yourself from a blow coming from any angle. Then, too, your right foot is too straight to support if you wish to make either a rapid advance or retreat. Remember to keep your right foot at right angles with your left one, and in that manner you will always have a firm support behind you to offset a blow or to give proper power to a short-arm jolt." It was early evening in the month of November, and the gymnasium of the Bon Ton Athletic Club, one of the swell organizations of that kind, and one of the larges t in the city of New York, was filled with youthful members, who were practising all sorts of exercises under the eyes of several instruc tors, and receiving lessons in boxing and wrestling. Tom Train, seventeen years old, not above the middle height, but remarkably broad shouldered and very deep chested, was an assistant instructor in the big gymnasium, and the youngest one employed there in that capacity. As he stood there in the blaze of the electric light, his big chest swelling out grandly, his thick neck sioping into his shoulders, his legs planted with the solidity of stone columns, and the muscles playing up and down his arms with each movement, he looked more like a wrestler than a boxer in build, but that he could with astonishing skill more than one too eager member could testify. He was a manly looking boy, and with his blue eyes, fair skin and light hair, he was fit to stand as a model of a young American athlete. He had gone in for athletics as a profession, and the salary he from the Bon Ton Athletic Club sufficed to support both himself and his wid owed mother. The boxing lesson went on, many members looking on with interest, and commenting on the soundness of the suggestions that Tom threw out from time to time, as taught the wealthy young clubman. At length Mr. Williams declared that he was, and at once departed for his bath and his rub down at the hands of an attenda t. Tom reported to the manager, and th t person at once set him to work giving lessons in wrestling, in which he was just as proficient as he was in the art of So a half hour or more slipped by, and then Mr. Williams came out of his dressing-room with an anxious sxpression on his face, crossed the big gym nasium floo1 to where the manager was standing, and said: aMr. Hyde, I regret to say that I've met with a loss."1 Manager Hyde looked up. "What kind of a loss, Mr. Williams?" "I've been robbed!" "Here?" "Yes." Manager Hyde looked grave, for he was respon sible for all that took place in the gymnasium. "Speak low, Mr. Williams," he said, drawing him to one side, "and please tell me all about it." "I am as much to blame as anyone," said the young clubman. "This noon, when I was about to leave home, my mothel' gave me a packet containing jewelry and also her bankbook with a deposit of a thousand dollars in it, and asked me to attend to the matter for her. I promised to do so, but on the way down town I met some fellows I know, and they made me go into their club with them to talk over certain matters, and before I had noticed how the time was flying it was past the hours for banking. Now, when I found that out, I should have put the whole business, money and jewelry, in the safe in the name of one of my friends, but I was careless enough to keep everything in my pocket and come here with them. "Even that would not have been so bad if I had been thoughtful enough to put the things away in my locker when I changed my clothes, but what I did do, foolishly enough, was to throw my overcoat over the back of a chair, and in the inner right-hand pocket of the garment was the money and the jewels . I deserve to lose them for my


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 21 "That is true," admitted the manager; "but the whole matter may be a mistake, after all. . Let us see what can be done." He stepped forward and touched a button that rang a loud gong. This was the signal that summoned all the instructors and the attendants or rubbers, as they were called, to the center of the floor. In response to the well-known signal, they all dropped whatever they happened to be doing at the time, and walked to the middle of the big room. Tom Train suspended his wrestling lesson, and walked to the middle of the floor with the rest. The club members, wondering what was the matter, crowded up on all sides, and Manager Hyde had a considerable audience when he said: "I have called all of you employcl!s here because something has happened that reflects on the good name of the Bon Ton Athletic Club in general, and on the reputation of the gymnasium in particular. Mr. Williams left his coat over the back of a chair in the dressing-room instead of putting it away, as he should have done, and money and jewelry to a large amount have disappeared from the inside pockets. I want you all to have a hunt for it, and I trust that you will find it. Now, stand still, all of you, while I ask Mr. Williams some questions in regard to the matter." Then he turned to the young clubman: "You threw the coat over a chair when you were dressing?" "Yes." "And then came in here at once?" "I did." "Were all of the attendants and instructors here then who are present now?" Mr. Williams looked carefully over the group. "Yes." "Positive?" "Sure." The manager turned to the employees. "You all understand what that implies," he sternly said. "You were all in the rooms at the time, and you are all here now. I ain not disposed to be hard with a man who may have yielded to sudden tion, but I would have no mercy on any of you who would keep your mouth closed after you had been given a chance to speak." The attendants and instructors all looked at one another and the assembled club members began to ' murmur among themselves. "This sort of thing never happened before." "No, there never was a theft in the club before." "I hope they'll find the thief." "They've got to, or the security of the club is gone." Manager Hyde ran his eyes over the assembled employees, and there was an expression on his face. Suddenly one of the attendants spoke up: "Mr. Hyde, I can't say that I know the thief, but I want to protect the good name of the gymnasium, and I'm going to tell what I saw. I was passing through the dressing-room sho r tl y a:(ter Mr. Wil liams came in, and saw one of the instructors standing near where the coat lay over the back of a chair, and a minute later, when I was coming back through the room, I saw this same party put something in his locker." "Who was the instructor?" There was a moment of intense silence, and then the young man who had given the information said: "I'd rather not say, if it can be helped. Perhaps he will be sensible enough to put the stuff back when he hears this." "This is all very creditable to you, Harvey D".le," said the manager, "but I can take no chances in a case like this. Who was it?" "It was Tom Train." The blood rushed to the head and face of the aston ished young instructor, and for a moment he stood like a boy in a dream, scarcely comprehending the full significance of the words uttered by Harvey Dale. He was an honest and upright youth, who had led an absolutely blameless life, and the accusa tion fairly stunned him. A mist seemed to swim before his eyes, and for a moment he could not see or hear, and then he became conscious of the assembled ring of clubmen, and also heard their expressions of surprise that he should turn out to be the thief, and then, carried with a sudden and uncontrollabJe passion of rage and re sentment he leaped forward toward his accuser and with a straight left that was backed with all his weight, he knocked him down. OUR HERO A FRIEND IN THE PRECINT STATION HOUSE-THE ESCAPE. In an instant the room was in an uproar. Twenty different people spoke at once, and the excitement ran high as Tom Train stood over his prostrate accuser, his fists clenched and his blue eyes fairly blazing with wrath. . ThP manager, a powerful man, sprang forward and caught the boy by the arm, at the same time saying: "This is no way to clear yourself, if you are not guilty." The words brought Tom to his senses, and he stood back and allowed Harvey Dale to get upon his feet, which the latter did, rubbing his head :where the blow had landed. "I beg your pardon, Mr. Hyde," he said, "and also the pardon of aH these gentlemen, but if you were accused of such a thing you might act rashly, too. It is hardly necessary for me to say that there is no truth in all this." "I hope not," gravely said the manager. "Will you come with me at once and open ,your locker?" (To be continued.)


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. GOOD READI1VG TO MELT SOUVENIR' COINS As the result of government officials confiscating stocks of souveiir gold coins held by jewellers throughout the country, one New England manufacturer of these tokens has announced that he will melt up his stock to avoid difficulties with the gov ernment. Recently several Chicago establishments were raided by Federal officials, who removed all stocks of gold coins imitating the eurrency of Cali fornia in 1849, before that State entered the Union. Under a decision in a test case on the Pacific Coast it was held illegal to manufacture these coins in less than 24 carat weight, which was the weight of. the originals. ISSUED 6,000,000 BIBLES The annual report of the American Bible Society, just issued, shows that the last has been a record breaking year for the society. More than 6,000,000 volumes of the Bible were issued. These have been distributed not only in this country but in many foreign lands. $7.50 for grown wolves and $3 for cubs. This is paid in addition to the county bounty of $7 .50 for grown wolves and $1 for cubs. FORTUNE LAY IN ROAD Owen K. Schultz, accompanied by his son, Ches ter, while traveling between their home at Niantic, Pa., and the batik, lost an old satchel containing thousands of dollars in cash and securities which he was conveying to the institution for patrons along the line. , When they alighted from their buggy to attend directors' weekly session the satchel was missing and a searching party retraced the road traveled in vain. Until 6 :30 o'clock in the evening the satchel was lying along the side of the main highway between Bechtelsville and Boyertown. Then Dr. M. B. Oberholtzer, of Boyertown, who was returning from a call, hotked it and brought it to his office, where it again laid for three hours more until he overheard a conversation about a loss. This caused him to investigate and he found he had thrown nearly $2,000 in currency and several times more than that amount in checks and other securities loosely al;iout his office. Officers of the bank were notified and the satchel returned. The society is the largest Bible publishing agency in this country. It alone has distributed more than 7,000,000 copies of the Bible to soldiers and sailors of the Allies. The society has just celebrated its 103d anniversary, and during the cen-tury has published more than 134,000,000 copies of THINGS " . the Bible in 150 languages. Its budget, including A rubber bulb to rnc:ease the suction features a cost of translations, is approximately $1,000,000 new siphon for removrng cream from bottles of annually. milk. . MONEY FOR WOLF BOUNTIES. than $17,000 in back bounties on wolves is now being distribute d by the County Auditor, in Duluth, Minn. In addition, St. Louis County is soon to receive $2,596.50 owed it on bounties paid for by the State. An appropriation of $200,000 made by the State Legi slature at its last session makes possible the reimbursement of trappers for back bounties to the extent of $17,371.50. This money will be paid in lieu of bounties which the State was unable to pay because of 1ack of funds since 1915. The State appropriation for wolf bounties ran out in 1915. In 1917 rio further appropriation was made. Since the County Law has been continu ously in effect, it is now necessary to pay trappers' bounties that have been due since 1915. During ,Part of 1915 and 1916 the county paid claimants the State bounty in addition to the county bounty. The county will now receive $2,596.50 on this account. The State appropriation of $200,000 "'provides for the payment of State bounties during 1919 and 1920. Many trappers will realize a considerable sum. in the payment of back bounties. The State bounty is .. Portugal has more than 4,000,000 acres of for ests and is increasing them by systematic free planting. A simple wire frame has been patented for supporting idle paint brushes to prevent their bristles curling. Seventy-five per cent of the land under cultiva tion in Egypt is held by persons owning less than two acres. Leather; both imitation and genuine, has been adapted as a substitute for varnish in covering automobile bodies . Trinidad, which is steadily increasing its petro leum production, exported more than 41,000,000 gallons last year. New in the agricultural implement line is a ma chine to cover a field of growing grain with straw to protect it in winter. Geologists have estimated that Spain has about 700,000,000 tons of iron ore, capable of yielding about 50 per cent. of metal. An Oregon inventor has patented a folding match scratcher which can be pinned to any con venient place on a smoker's clothing. Driven by an aerial propeller, a French auto mobile has made a speed of more tha:Q 50 miles an hour over the Sahara Desert sands


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 23 I INTERESTING ARTICLES FISH MOST PROLIFIC are narrow strips, the amount is difficult to read and The cod is estimated to yield 45,000,000 eggs each is often an inconvenient sum, such as 1 ruble 37 1-2 season. As many as 8,000,000, 9,000,000 and even kopecks. 9,500,000 eggs have been found in the roe of a single cod. An eel was caught in Scotland some years ago which contained upward of/ 10,000,000 ARCTIC SEEN AS LAND OF PLENTY eggs. This, however, would appear to have been No need to worry about the price of beef or its an exceptional find, and it is generally admitted scarcity, is the message Vilhjalmur Stefansson, exthat the cod is more prolific than any other fish. plorer, bringsfrom the Arctic regions. He proposes Though not equaling the cod, many kinds of fish to feed the world on venison from the reindeer and are exceedingly prolific. More than 36,000 eggs musk ox. have been counted in a herring, 38,000 in a smelt, After a stay of five and a half years in the Arctic 1,000,000 in a sole, 1,120,000 in a roach, 3,000,000 Circle, a longer time than any other explorer has in a sturgeon, 342,000 in a 383,000 in a tench, spent in that latitude, Stefansson will place before 546,000 in a mackerel, 992,000 in a perch, and 1,-the Governments of the United States and Canada 257,000 in a flounder. a plan for the development of new resources. The oyster is also very prolific. It has been asTo a company of prominent San Franciscans, who certained by recent observation that in the liquor welcomed him at luncheon in the St. Francis Hotel, of their shells small oysters can be seen by aid of he outlined his plans. He said: the microscope-120 in the space of an inch, covered "The great pasture lands of 'the world will be with shells, and swimming actively about. A her-found, not many years hence, in the far north. Alring weighing six or seven ounces is provided with ready the industry of grazing is beyond the experi about 30,000 e?'gs. It_ has beell: estimated that in mental stage and reindeer steaks are being sold in three years a smgle pair of w?uld London in competition with beef, and at a good 154,000,000. Buffon calculated that, 1f a pair of fit herrings could be left to breed and multiply undispr?, . . . . . 1 t turbed for a period of twenty years they would r.emdeer herd.s are mcreasmg y, bu yield an amount of fish equal in bulk to the globe. there 1s mom for a bemendou_s of the industry. The musk qx also will become a big asset RUSSIAN MONEY, BOLSHEVIK STYLE. The money now circulating in Russia consists largely of "Kerenki," or notes in the denomination of 20 and 40 rubles. (A ruble is nominally worth about 50 cents.) These, as described in a bulletin of the United States Bureau of Foreign and Domes tic Commerce, are smaller than our ancient "shin p!asters," bear neither number nor signature, are printed in sheets like postage stamps, but their thin edges are not perforated, so they are cut up with shears and sometimes with penknives. The Soviet Government has issued between fifty billion and sixty billion of these, although the. exact amount is not known to the Soviet Government itself. Besides the Kerenki there exists a great quantity of counterfeit, which it is impossible to distinguish. There are also banknotes of 250, 500 and 1,000 rubles, signed and numbered. The Liberty Loan Bonds in denominations of 20, 40 and 100 rubles are legal currency, but the people accept them unwill ingly. The coupons of many loans and issues of banks also circulate, and there is an index showing which are legal and which not, but there is such a multiplicity of them and it is scarcely practicable to consult the index every time one has to pay for a cab or a cigar. The people don't like these, as they if propagated. "Few people can tell the meat from beef. They produce a valuable wool as well as milk which does not differ much from that of the cow. "The musk ox is so tame in the wild state that it is easily shot with a revolver and would be easily domesticated. It is a grass eating animal and the big plains of the north will support millions of these animals. "Jafet Lindeberg, of San Francisco, is already engaged in the shipment of reindeer meat to Eng land. It would probably have been on the San Francisco market by this time but for the lack of refrigerator ships to bring it here. "Those who regard the far north as a place of desolation do not understand its possibilities. "People who live where the temperature goes to 50 below zero get the same beneficial and pleasant effects from it that you get from a cold shower. ":Puring my last expedition we demonstrated that there is no food problem ifi the Arctic regions. All we had to do was to learn how to live off the country. "The last of the stories about the suffering and starvation of exploring parties has probably been written. That is generally regarded as one of the important results of Illf last expedition."


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. swered, as she cast another glance at me. "lt may THE MYSTERY OF THE LIGHTHOUSE. be so." "That be Mistress Maud of the light-house. Ben't By Col. Ralph Fenton she a stunner?" "I'm blest if she ain't. What sort of a chap might The smugglers of the English coast ' were a bad lot, her husband be?" and those on the coast of Cornwall were the worst of "She ain't got no mate now. He went adrift them all. years agone." The coast-guards couldn't make any haul of them, I did not ask any more questions about the woman as the smugglers humbugged them, or beat them off, after that hint; and I was soon . pitching into the just as they pleased. bread and cheese and ale. In one of the fights between the crew of a revenue The liquor did not appear to have any effect on cutter and the Cornwall smugglers on a dark night, old Peter, while I seemed to feel it in the usual the captain of the vessel was shot down, together manner. with several of his men. I played drunk, and I was soQn snoring away on a Captain Williams, whether dead or alive, had bench . , been borne off by the smugglers. While playing the fox at first, r was soon actually The young sailor's father, who was a very wealthy in the land of dreams, and very much against my L iverpool merchant, offered a large reward for the will at that. rescue of his son, or for the recovery of his body, if I slept the sleep of the weary, and it was some he were dead. hours before I awoke. On a fine evening, in the fall of the year, I jogged And that awakening was caused by the rattle of into the fishing village within a mile of the spot firearms, the clashing of steel weapons, and the where the fight had taken place. shouts of men engaged in a deadly struggle. It was a ' wild spot, indeed, with rock-bound coast, Springing to the door, I rushed out into the darktall cliffs, and dangerous-looking reefi:\ jutting out ness, and ran along toward the spot from whence into the sea. the sounds of strife proceeded. Before entering village, I perceived a The smugglers were engaged in a fearful strug-house some two !mles to the west, a weird, 1 ith the coast-uards and the crew of a revenue ghastly structure it appeared to be, loommg up from g g the rocks on the margin of a little bay. cu er. . On entering the tavern I encountered a tall mus-Taking me for one of the smugglers, an active cular woman, who was enveloped from head to feet young sailor sprung out to meet me, and, before I in a loose waterproof cloak or wrapper. could ward off the he dealt me a s_evere blow One glance alone at the woman was sufficient to across the forehead with the flat end of his c\ltlass. tell that she wa.s not one of the "common lot" in the The blow on the forehead had cut the skii;i, neighborhood. the blood down into my eyes, nearly blmdmg The woman was about to pass out as I entered the me for trme. . . tavern but she turned on the instant and addressed Struggling to my feet, and still graspmg the cut me in yet somewhat musicai tones, saying: lass, I slashe.d away at those around me as if I were "Where are you bound for, old sailor?" possessed with the fury of flght. "I'm bound for Liverpool, but I'm almost When I opened my eyes again, I found myself in stranded," I replied. a dimly lighted cha:mber, or rather cavern, and sev-The woman put her hand in,to her pocket, drew eral other wounded men were lying stretched around forth a half crown, and handed it to me as she said: me on cots. "That will help you a little. I can't afford any My companions in misfortune were smugglers. more." The first person my eyes rested on on awaking I thanked her, sailor-fashion, and I accepted the was the leader of the smugglers, who was standing gift. over my cot. "Have you no relatives to go to?" "How do you feel now, old mate?" he asked, as "I haven't a relative in the world that I knows on." he gave me a cooling drink. "Rest here for a day or two, and I will see you I felt my face and head before I answered, as if I again. Peter, I will settle for the old sailor." was suffering from pain. The last words were addressed to the man of the I soon fell into a sound slumber, and when I house, who was a rough-looking old fellow, rigged awoke again, where should I find myself, but re up in half-sailor, half-fisherman costume. dining on two stools in the barroom of the village "Very right, Mistress Maud," was the old man's tavern? reply. "He's a welcome here as long as you say so, The old landlord was standing behind the little but--" bar, and he hailed me with a pleasant smile, saying: The uncouth landlord went to the door and whis"You've had a long sleep, mate. What will you pered some words to the woman. take now?" "Then you ne . ed not shut your eyes," she anBefore I could reply or get over my surprise, the


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 25 door was burst in, and a naval officer rushed in, fol lowed by half a dozen sailors, with drawn cutlasses. "Here's one of them," cried one of the sailors, as he sprung at me and seized me by the collar. "This is the old rascal who knocked me down last night." They hurried me down to the beach, flung me head foremost into their boat, and they pulled off to the revenue cutter. How could I obtain a brief with the captain of the cutter without betraying myself to his officers and crew? Pretending to be dreadfully frightened, I fell upon my knees before the captain, and cried: "Oh, captain, captain, if you'll spare my life, I'll give you information about my mates. Let me have a private . confab with you, I implore you." The shrewd revenue officer interpreted my mean ing, and we were soon in secret consultation, as I found it an easy matter to prove to him that I was cruising in the same channel. Half an hour after our consultation, the cutter's anchor was weighed, and I was swimming toward the beach, in the direction of the light-house. As I neared the sh9re, I saw a figure walking along the beach toward the light-house, and I in stantly recognized it as that of the strange-looking woman who had befriended be at the inn. With only a portion of my head above the surface, I could see her watching the cutter with in tense interest, and I could hear her mutter aloud: "The old Philistine is sheering off now, but he is up to some new trick. Ah! what is that?" It was an alarm-gun fired from the cutter to give warning that I had escaped. The strange-looking woman then darted up a ladder placed against the side of the light-house, while I crawled out of the rocks without being per ceived by her. From the muttered words that the woman had d r opped, a suspicion flashed on my mind that she was connected ith the smugglers in some way. Darting out from the rocks, I sprang up the ladder like a hunted being, and I soon found myself in a small apartment at the top of the light-house, and confronting the strange-looking woman. "What brings you here? Ah! I see you are the old sailor I saw in the tavern last night." "Yes-yes, good woman," I replied. "I have just escape from death." "Come with me," she said, "and I will put you where they will never find you, even though they search this light-house." "Follow me," she continued, "and look well to your steps." Descending by an iron ladder, the woman kept on her course, and I followed after, the trap-door closing above us, as if worked by a secret spring. The bottom of the ladder was reached at length, and then the woman stood in a narrow passage that seemed to be cut out of the solid rock. Opening another secret door, Maud Jones led me into an inn e r or smaller chamber or cavern, saying: "You will remain here for the present." Before I had time to look around me, a pale-faced young woman flung herself before the woman, and cried: . "For mercy sake, mother, release him-release him! He is dying! he is dying!" "Let him die," hissed the elder woman. "He will never leave this place, except as your husband." Maud Jones then walked over to a rude bed in a corner of the apartment, and addressed a pale-faced young man lying there, crying in fierce tones : "Scoundrel, will you marry my daughter?" "Never, as I have told you before," replied a faint voice. The prisoner was young Captain Williams, of the revenue cutter, and the. very man whom I was risking my , life to rescue. Springing on the woman, I seized her hands, and attempted to force her back on the bed, as I cried: "Get up, Captain Williams, and help me to subdue this virago. I am your friend." Even though I knew that my life was in deadly peril, I hesitated to strike at the woman who had twice befriended me in my disguised character; but I soon found that it was impossible to overpower her except by putting forth all my strength and skill. She then sprung at me like a tigress, and clutched me by the throat, as she cried: "Now, I will strangle the life out of you, you old pirate! Help, out there-help!" The words were scarcely uttered, when half a dozen smugglers, as I took them to be, sprung in through the open door. 1 The smugglers , to my great surprise, sprung at the woman, and made her prisoner, while the leader cried: "Captain Black, we've caught you at last." My heart bounded with joy as I recognized the voice, as it was the stern old captain of the cutter who spoke. Maud Jones, of the light-house, was no other than the brave and skillful leader of the smugglers, and she had been holding that position for more than ten years, while she had charge of the government light-house for fifteen years at least. One year before my adventure her daughter had encountered young Captain Williams in a neighbor ing seaport town, and the young girl soon learned to love the gay sailor , "not too wisely, but too well." Maud Jones and her daughter were placed in jail in the neighboring town; but the brave woman escaped on the following night, and she was never afterward seen on that coast. . Young Captain Williams recovered from his wounds, and he then made amends to the faithful girl who had sought in vain to rescue him, by making her his lawful wife. On searching the light-house, several thousand pounds of smuggled goods were found therein.


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 NEW YORK, JULY 11, 1919. TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS Slngh1 Coples . .................................. , • • .. .06 Centi One Copy Three llonth1 ....................... ,.... .75 Cents One Co11y Six Months .....................••.•••.••• 1.50 One Cpp;r One YeRr.. ... • . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . .. .. .. .. S.00 POSTAGE FREE HOW TQ SEND JIIONEY-At our risk send P. 0 . Mone7 Orde r, Check or R e gl&t el'e d Lette r ; r emittances In any other way are at your risk. We accept P ostage Stamps t be same aij cas h. When sending sll•e r \'l'l'ap the C oin in a s eparate pl ec e of paper to avoid cutting tbe envel o pe. Write your name and address plainly. Address l etters to N. Hastings Woll!', Pres. t FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher E. Byrne, Treas. Charleo E. Nylander, sec. 168 West 23d St., N. Y. GOOD CURRENT NEWS ARTICLES Miss Rosa May Bowers, sixteen years old, of Richmond, Mo., recently earned $18 in a way that was unusual but will probably set no fashion for other sixteen-year-old girls to follow. While out walking she sq.w a young wolf at the entrance of a den, and after going for her grandfather's help, crawled into the den, capturing single-handed the mother wolf and five little ones. Upon request of Eastern relatives of Fred Fisher, an old man who was found dead in his shack in Colfax, Wash., recently, the place was visited with a view of disposing of his few household belongings. In taking the blankets from his bed an old tobacco bag was found, which contained deposit slips for $1,500 and $155 in cash. Both slips were on a bank in Delta County, one being for $1,000 and the other for $500, and bearing date of May 6, 1908. that are being used by all the large companies have here extended to the animals, and the tired mules or horses that have worked all day in the tunnels of a mine are refreshed by a bath that leaves them relaxed and ready to rest. It has been found that the animals that are t a ken care of, given a good place to sleep and otherwise treated kindly last much longer on the job and do better work. The framework of the shower bath apparatus is like a stall into which the mule is driven. From a water pipe on top of the structure three sprays are placed at equal distances, so that when the water is turned on the animal's back is covered with spray. All the dust from the coal is washed away, leaving the beast fresh. At first the mules were somewhat suspicious and fearful of this contriv:ance, but in a very short time they needed no persuasion to enter the stall for a shower. GRINS AND CHUCKLES He-Which do you prefer this weather-lemonade or champagne? She-It all depends. He-On what? She-On who pays for it. "How's things in Lonelyville ?" asked the fast farmer. "Everybody's on the jump," replied the sec ond farmer, proudly. "Then the automobiles have struck your town, too, have they?" Afixious Mother-Are you better this morning, darling? Small Invalid-I don't know. Is there any more jelly? Anxious Mother-No, dear; you ate the last of it yesterday. Small Invalid-Then I guess I am well enough to get up. Magistrate (to prisoner)-Miserable being, not only have you robbed your employer of long years of labor, but you have dissipated it in the wildest ex travagance. Prisoner-That is true, but I couldn't keep the stolen money; it weighed too heavily on my conscience. John Lamun, aged ninety-six, of Springfield, Ill., is an eccentric. F{ere's what he will and will not The secretary of New York's Fire Department redo. Has never voted and says he never will. Will lated at a dinner a fire story. "At the end of the eat nothing that ever breathed life. E:eeps his first act of a drama," he said, "a man lea p ed hurriedclock three hours ahead of standard time. Will ly to his feet. 'I heard an alarm of fire,' he said. 'I make no statement under oatii. Ins i st s the correct must go and see where it is.' His w ife, whose hearway to spell his name is " Lamun," instead ol ing was less acute, made way for him in silence, and "Lemon," as relatives claim is proper. And bedisappeared. 'It wasn't fire,' he said on his return. cause of his eccentricities relatives attempted to 'Nor water, either,' said his wife coldly.'' have a conservator appointed for him. But County Probate Judge Jenkins ruled it unnecessary. A A tourist coach was traveling in the West High son of Lamun's said his father has been doing 1 lands, and it was observed among the p as s e ngers things according to customs of 1868, when a great that first, second and third-class ticket-holders were change in his life began. In that year, the son sharing alike, and there was a feeling of discontent said, a group of religious fanatics converted his growing among them, and complaints were being father. made to the man in attendance. But a steep hill to climb was reached, and things were put to rights One of the mining companies has insta lled again when the driver cried out: "First-class pas seri shower baths for its mules that work in the mines. gers keep your seats, second-class passengers get out The ideas of hu. mane treatment for the laborer and walk, third-class passengers get out and shove.''


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 2 7 A FEW GOOD ITEMS T ISSUED 6,000,000 . ling, and a short time developed a full, prolonged . annual report of the American Bible Society, cr ow which she used regularly every morning for Just shows that last has been a recordan hour or so before daybreak. When given grain breakmg year for the society. More than 6,000,000 she called the other hens with the clatter character V?lm:ies of the Bible These been istic of a rooster summoning his harem to eat not only m this country but m many with him. lands. The society is the largest Bible P'.lbh.shmg agency in this country. . It alone has distributed more than 7,000,000 copies of the Bible to and sailors of the Allies. Tne society Just celebrated its 103d anniversary, and durmg the century has published more than 134 000 00 0 copies of the Bible in 150 languages. Its' bud get, including cost of translations, is approximately $1,000,000 annually. DAINTY SOAP In the harems of Turkey a fine soap is used for toilet purposes, a soap that is made at Teropoli, near Jerusalem. It comes in small cakes shaped like fancy biscuits, each stamped with an ornamental design. ' This soap contains no animal grease, but is made from oil. It is pale greenish gray in color and usually unscented, though some of the cakes are faintly perfumed with oil of cedar. ' Cleanliness is a part of the religion of all Moham meda ns, who must wash at least three times a day, consequently soap is an important object among them. At Teropoli some of the makers are running small factories that have been in operation for sev eral hundred years, and the older of them ornament their product with a legend in Arabic that gives the name of the firm and the date of its foundation. Cakes of this soap may occasionally be found in some of the Turkish shops in lower Washington street, New York, the centre of a neighborhood in which live several thousands of Mohammedan fam ilies. PEAT BOG IN NEW YORK CITY Although most New Yorkers are ignorant of the fact, there is a large deposit of good peat within the city limits which might be used locally as fuel. This bog-probably the world's most accessible peat sup ply, since there are several million people within twenty-five miles of it-is known as Juniper. Swamp, and is located in the western part of Long Island, in the Borough of Queens, between Maspeth and Middle Village. The bog covers an area of about one hundred acres and the peat bed is from ten to fifteen feet thick. The peat is reddish-brown , pretty thoroughly decomposed a few feet below the surface, and seems to be of excellent quality. It constitutes 42,000,000 cubic feet of easily accessible material, which merely needs cutting out and drying to provide good fuel for thousands of families, ac cording to authorities of the Museum of Natural History. The bog lay unnoticed for nearly three-quarters of a century, until in 1916 contractors building a freight connection between the New Haven and Long Island Railroads located their lines across the middle of it, and have since completed a cut through t he bog in such a way that the bog-water is being rapidly drained off. The peat which remains will therefore soon dry out, and will then be in danger of catching fire from an engine spark and being en tirely wasted. Peat is disintegrated and partially decompose d vegetable matter-vegetable-mud. It collects in and fills up swamps under favorable conditions. A CROWING HEN Vast deposits of it are known in temperate and cold William H. Gates, Professor of Zoology in the climates. It is not found in warm localities, for Louisiana State University, sends to the Journal of there the decay of vegetable matter is too r-apid. Heredity an account of a hen that seemed to be The formation 'of peat illustrates the condition un turning into a rooster. She was a white Wyan-der which coal originates. The rate of growth of dotte, hatched on March 24, 1913, of good stock. She peat bog is often from one . to four inches a year, proved to be an good layer. Twice in the the depth varying from ten to twenty feet. season of 1914 and three times in 1915 she went to When dried in the open air peat forms a valuable setting. domestic fuel, and its value is greatly enhanced by In all ways she was a nice, ladylike, motherly hen, compression into small blocks or briquettes, whether never guilty of the slightest impropriety. The alone or in mixture with coal dust. In times and moult of 1915 came, and the whole character of the countries where the forests could not supply suffi hen changed with it. She lost all her feminine cient fuel men have turned to peat to take the place characteristics and assumed those of the opposite of wood for burning. Its greatest importance sex. Her comb and wattles grew to size of those seems to have been in the eighteenth century, when of average fancy stock roosters; both the hackle and the forests of Northern Europe had been to a great saddle feathers took on the narrow pointed style extent cleared away and the use of coal had not yet 'affected by Wyandotte roosters. She started crowbecome gene:ral,


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. ITEMS OF GENERAL INTEREST OLD COINS WANTED NOT ON THE PROGRAM Spectators at the Victory LibGREEN BLACKBOARDS STRAIN EYES $ $2 to $000 EACH paid tor Hundreds er Coins dated before 18!J5. Keep ALL old Money. You m.!ly have Coins worth i Large Premium. Send lOc. tor Illustrated Coin Value Book, size oix6. Get Posted at Once. COllN 00., 8-IL Ml Be7, X. 'L erty Loan flying circus at Hel-Green "blackboards" in 3eatena, Mont., were treated to a tle schools must go. They cause number not on the program. eyestrain, according to W. J. While two of the airmen were Santmyer, member of the city performing a gigantic eagle ap-school board. "The so-called peared above them and circled 'blackboards' are the wrong about, apparently puzzled and in-color,'' says Santmyer. "They terested by these invaders of his should be black instead of domain. The airmen passed green." The combination of a close to the bird several times blackboard with yellow chalk is and say it was a monster. It declared to be the best and the finally flew back to its nest in tJ:ie next best is blackboard with THE TAl:'(TALIZER Ptle;ZLE. Consists of one hori zontal and one perpendlc vlar piece ot highly-pol lshed metal bent in such a manner that when as sembleu It seems utterly impossible to get them apart, but oy following the directions it is very easily accomplished. This is a brain twister. Price lOc by mail, post paid, with directions. FRANK SllllTH, l!IS Lenox An., N. Y. BLACK-EYE JOKE. New and amusinu; Joker. The victim is told to hold the tuba close to his eye so as to exclude all light from the back, an

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[111d1Cf:'tem A prominent Philadelphian, George ReynoWs, Watton Av enue, Jost 20 lbs. the first month and continued using Oil of Korein, massaging himself daily, until he reduced 64 lbs. Mrs. J. B. Plattsville, reduced 20 lbs. in less than 2 months. Mrs. L. v. Patrick, Niland, wanted to reduce 8 lbs. and did 110 in two Mills Ray lost 69 lbs. An Albany business man, F. G. Drew, lost 56 lbs. in 3 months. Many say "fat seems to melt away;'' or "measurements decrease like magic," etc. Legions of voluntary testimonials. Don't carry the tedious burden of unhealthy fat. Become slender and attractive by this superior easy method. Amaze yourself and friends. Increase your efficiency! Oil of Korein comes in capsules, easy to take. Buy a small box at any busy pharmacy; or the druggist will get it for you. Or, write us and we will mail you . a box in plain wrapper, which you may pay for when it comes to you. Begin reducing now I Become thin and stay BO ! New Book "Reduce Weicht HapJ>ily.'' cives helpful informa tion. Will be mailed free on request. Cut this advertisement out and keep It. Show fa,C fri•nda. Do not loae thi1 ebo11aee ef a IUetlme to improve youraelf marveloualy. Address: Sta. F., :New York Personal To Rheumatics l want a letter from every man and woman In America aftlicted with Bbeumatistn, l..iumbaco or Neuralgia. me t.belr name and address, so I can send each one ,,., •• A On• Oollar /!lottl• of my Rheumatic \. Remedy. I w"nt to convince eTecy Rheumatic eutrerer at my enense tba.t , :\ ' my Rheumatic Remedy does what thousands of •P.called remooles have \ {t' 1; knowicndbesureoflt. before eivinir me a pennyprollt. You cannot coaJJt Bbeumatism ant through tbe feet or skin with J>lasters or cunning meta.I contrivances . You cannot t•••• it out with ts. electricity . orma.enet!sm. You ca.nnot lmaclne 1t ou.twith mental science. You Muat Orlv• It Out. It Is In the blood and you must Go Aftor It and Get It. This ls just what Kuhn's Rheum&tlo Remedy does and that's why It cures Rheumatism. Rheumatism Is Urlo Acid and .Urio Acid and Kuhn's Rheumatic Remedy cannot live to11;ether 1n the same blood. Th• lllh•um•tlsm h•• to 60 and It: tfo•• 60 )/.7 Remedy the sl!e.rp, shoot!nr ll&lns, the dull, acbinir muscles. the hot, tbrobblni. sw'!lleil limbs, and cramDed, stiffened , uselesa joints, and f/:ur•• them .,ulfl:hly. I CAN PROVE IT ALL TO YOU .. .... form ot Rheumatism you han or how lonryou have had It. I don't care what other remedies you have u1ed. It you b&ve not used mine 7ou don't know what a r••I Rheuma.tlo . • Remedy will do. R••ll •tr•r b•low •nd writ• t•ll•Y ' • A FUl.,LSIZED $1.00 BOTTLE FREE! We want you to try Kuhn's Rheumatic Remedy, to learn tor yourself that Rheumatism c,.n be cured &nd we want no proftton the trial. A fa,!r test ls all we a,sk . If you find it ls curtnir your Rheumatism or Neuraljrla, order mora to complete your cure &nd thUS ei'fe us a ll?Oflt. If it does not help you. that ends It. We do not send a small SllJllPIO 'fl,.l, contalnlni' only e. thimbleful and ot no practical value, but• full•l1t•ll bot:tlo, sellln&' rell'Uh.r!y e.t druii-stores for Dollar 1 f!aclll. -This bottle is and we must pay Uncle Sam to carry It to your door. You must sond ua 2• o•nt:s to pay posta110, m&ilini: case and P""'klnl" and this full-•lzed $1.00 Bottle 1 will be promptly sent to you free. with ever,ythlnll' prepaid. There wlll be net:hl1t6 to pay qn roceipt or l&ter. Don't wait untU your Ho11rtV•lt1os are lnlurcd by Rheuruat!c Poison, but send today and 11et a Dollar Bottle free. Only one bottle frea to a family and only to those who send the 20 conts for char••• Adllr.1111• ua •• 'ollow•: KUHN REMEDY CO., Dept. D, 1855 Milwaukee Ave., CHICAGO. B.11 "1118 fiffl. UDfEI FREE • . Pimples Vanish! If you have pimples which you have tried in vai n to get rid or, I just want you to try something which ts likely to amaze and deUght you. Ia cases where persons have been disfigured by ualy plm pies for years. rue to say that U )'OU .e:lve"' me your name and dress, enclosini; four fitamps to pay for this p.otlce and for mailing expense. I will send a proof treauneut. Also &9 this Indian's. remedy 1s wonderful foi: curing bolls, send me the address ot any sufferer, pleaae. James W. Greely, Portland, M a i n e . -fIE:LMET-tHE-KAISER Send one to rour boy ln camp ; all the boys will want them. Anyone aaaJnst the Kaber or Germany should wear this pin. Sam e size as victure. Handso m e, black letters. Will wea. r for ye ars. Men a.nd W-Omen we a r them cau1es 11.ui[htor wherHBl seen .. Pr I co I 0 C1nta Lea.m to throw Your Toice into a TnONK. under the bed, out in the hall or IUlY'Where Lot.a or FUN fooling tha Teacher, .Tanlto r : Policeman, Par811U!, Net11hbors, o r Fr!e.nd1. THE VENTRIL O II & little Instrument that tlta into the mouth ou t at 1tght. BOYS or GIRLS can uso it . .NE VER . .. nt to the Kai s e r Everyone who ren.da th11 book Is wi l d D't!er H. ContaiUJ the following:The Kl.i.ser•a Dream, A Letter from the Devil to the Kaiser, K;alser' s Prayer, How Sa.tan Resisns to the King ot Del'ils, The Kaiser, etc. 'Iany other r:tories, jokes, eto. , a.bout tne German Emperor. Book IC.ailed I 0 cen!i, 2 cents extra . Price 10 Cent s JIJURE, BOYS, 11 just what you ::1 b oLes 1n your fingers. Think of the fun you c&ll h"ve wl.111 itl Sample, by wa.U, TEN CENTS. SKULL RING Here ii a handsome, .up-to date Rina', representing a Skull and Has stones in the Jyes and Jooks somethin&' frl&'hl Cul. 'Vomeu won't like it1 but for men. or boys i t is a neat novelty. Samplt, by m all , 160. Gee! What a W ad! This is ST AGE MONEY T,ooks Jlke the Gl!lNUINll STUFF. Somo Green backs &nd some Yellow b acks. Create & BIG sensLtion amon.; y o u r friends. The alrl1 will &11 be after you when they B8e the wa.d.. 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• TI-IE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 -LATEST ISSUES-944 The Liberty Boys on Long Island; or, Repulsing the Whaleboat Halders. 955 The Llbe?ty Boys Holding Qulntan's Bridge; or, Repulsing Rangers and Regulars. 956 The Liberty Boys and Barren or. Fighting with Lafayette. 945 Thi• Li rty Boys' Secret Enemy; or, Exposing the Gun Pow der Plot. 946 The Liberty Boys on the Firing Line; or, Chasing the Royal Gr,.ens. 957 The Liberty Boys Under Fire; or, The "Rebel" Girl of Carolina. 947 The J ,lherty Boys and Sergeant Jasper: or, the Engagement nt Charleston Harbor. 958 The Liberty Boys' Hard T imes; or, The Massacre of Buford's Command. 'Q48 The Liherty Boys Wltlh Mercer's Rltlemen; or, H olding the Tlerlcoats at Bay. 959 The Liberty Boys and the Mad Provost; or. Caught In the Reign ot Terror . 940 Tl>e LihPrty Boys After Logan; or, The Raid of the Mingo 960 ThP Liberty Roy's Crack Shots; or, The Capture of Phlla delpbla. T nd lans. !l:iO T h o J,lherty Boys Fo.,.'"{es. 9:Jl T1'0 f ,iherty Boys Hlll. on Spe,ctal Duty; or, Out with Marlon's fl61. The Liberty Boys' Gun Squad i' or. Hot Work on the Hills. 062. The Liberty Boys' War Trail; or, Hunting Down the Redskin s. and the French Spy; or, The Battle of at Reedy Fork; or, Keep ing the British 963. The Liberty Boys and Captain Talbot; or, The Fire Brig ot the Hudson. D!i2 Tl1"' Lilt,,rtv Bovs J'uzzlPr conducting debates. outlines tor debates, should know to become an otl'.lcer In the 'I ue"tions for discussion, and the best United States Navy. By Lu Senarens. • C)ll rces for procuring Information on the No. 6.f. HOW TO J\lAKE ELECTRICAL < i uesti•rn given. JllACHINES.-Coutalning full directions tor No. 50. now TO STUFF BIRDS AND making electrical machines, Induction coils. AXDl.\f.S.A va19able book, giving lnstruc-dynamos, and many novel toys to he worked tlon• in collediu!f, preparing, mounting and by electricity. By R. A • .R. Bennet. Fully preserYing birds, animals and Insects. illustrated. No. 51. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH No. 65. J\IULDOON'S JOKES.-Tbe most C'ARDS. Cont.ltlning explanations of the original joke book ever published, and It ls general principles of sleight-of-band appllbrimful of wit and humor. It contains a


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