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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution Jss11ed Wcrkly-Subscription pric8, $3.00 per yPar: Ca narla . * :L)O; Pm .. 'iy11, $4.00. Copyrigkl, 1919, by Pra '1'011 y, P 3-19 .Hain Stred,_ B11ffalo, A . . Y.: O_f!icl' ltit• \\ '.20d Street, ,.\' ev } ' ork, N. Y . . . ;! ued a t the Post () fj i re nt n 11j/"a1 (J , .V. 1. .• . ' , , . i.JI . t:i...:., mail ti l cti-•er Octooet 15, 191.9. • ----------No. 9 .. 5. BUFFALO, N. Y., NOVEMBER 14, 1919. Price 6 Cents. ====-TAKE NOTICE ! On account of the nressmen's strike in New York, we compelled to issue this num ber in its present form. As soon as the difficulty is adjusted, the norm.a.I appearance of this weekly will be resumed.-The Publisher. W.E .\B.1: BE ON 'J'HE NEWSSTANDS, BUT WJiJ WILi, Bl<:! OUT. "Look out, Dick, there's that gang of 'l'-0ry ruffians again." "l see theui, Bob, but 1 don't think it is necessary to Lurn back." , "i'o , lm t I'll wager they are up to s ome mischie f or other." "That's chronic with them, Bob." "Yes, so it i1>." Two boys 'in Conti11enlal uniform, one m-0unted on a black horse, were ridi!lg along the road leading to White Plains. in Westchester county, Xew York, one pleasant day . in late October. 'I'he British army at that time -Occupied the cily of X ew ork and all of the island exce-pt the extreme northern part. Here the Americans were still in possessl-0n. Howe had been sending British and Hessian troops along the Sound int-0 Westchester with ihe hope of getting in the rear of the patriots. Engaged in the struggle against the. ip.vaders and for American fnd ependence was a band of stanch young patriots known as the Libert: Boys. 'Dick Slater, the boy on the black horse. was their captain. Bob Estabrook, his companion, was the first lientenanl. The crowd or bOYR ahead of them in the rou.d. to 1 vhon.1 Bob had t•alled Dich 'R atteni.ion, were 'l'ories and cowards and bullies of the worst type. They n.ever anad:ed anyone except with the odds greatly in tbeir own favor. Bob apptel.Jende d some sucb move on their part now. Th e n ' were more than a dozen of the boy s agalnst Dick and himself. • .\.s the tw-0 boys rode on they saw that the Tory boys were bothering a girl of about ft!teen . poorly dresf'-ed and not very good looking. They--were p ulling off her hood, stepping on her feet, pull ing her hair and otherwise annoying her. "That's old Spndgeon•s niece whom they are bothering.'' said Bob. "So I see, and it's a shame, if the old fellow is a miserly old Tory." "Shall we scatter them, Dick?" asked Bob. '"Yes." Tlte two dashed ahead and leaped !rom the fr bo rigll t in frvnt of the crowd oi Tory bullies. Dick two of the bullies and banged their beads gether with a crack. Bol1 seized h>o more by the collars and hurled th n .galnst the fence. Then l>iC'k caught hold ol' two more and f'ent them sp ning. Bob shoved a couple more aside. By that tiome the two young patriots bad reached the gi side. "For shame!" cried Dick. • "You're a lot. or bullies!" said Doh. "HaYen't you anything better to do than torment a girl like that'?" "Why don't you bother boys, you big sneaks?" The bullies, retiring a little distance, now saw that t were only nm boys ol!J)-0sed to them. "Let's lick the rebels; snarled sorue of them. "Guess. we can have fun with iher gal ef we like." grow othe rs. 'l'he girl herself. now that she was free of her tormen went on without a word. She did not seem altogether full-witted, alth

LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. deserved what you got, and It wasn't very much," ob. were annoying that poor girl and we stopped." t listen to 'em," snarled young Scroggs. "I owe that later er grudge, ennyhow. He killed my dad." beginning of the war Dick's father had been killed blood by a Tory named Scroggs. had then shot him mortally, as but justce, but young Scroggs had sworn vengeance !ck and was always bringing up the matter. paled and said: as if he had beep. a kitten and him into the killed my dad, yer ole rebel, an•--•• was upon him jn a moment. discolored both his eyes, made his nose bleed, and then, g him by the collar and the waistband, picked him up ily as if he had een a kitten and threw him into the was full of dirty water, and young Scroggs was by no improved in appearance when he came out. ough they were a ' dozen or two, the bullying Tories did m disposed to require this summary treatment of one r number. evidently seemed to fear that they would receive a punishment and they fell back. then half a dozen more Liberty Boys came suddenly g along the road and the bullies took to tl.!ght. llo, Dick, been having more trouble with these sneaks?" the leader of the party. was a handsome, dashy boy, something younger than rode a big gray and was k>nown as Mark Morrison. was the second lieutenant of the Liberty Boys, was ughly trusted by Dick Slater and was a universal faey were insulting Tillie Spudgeon, the old Tory's niece, we interfered,'• said Dick. d then they wanted to thrash us," laughed Bob. ' yez licked wan av thlm an' that wor all they wanted," ed a jolly-looking Irish boy. s was Patsy Brannigan, the company cook and one of principal funmakers of the camp. h, I bet me dey don'd was like dot," put in Carl Goo ieler, the German Liberty Boy, Patsy's fast friend. ou have not heard any news, I suppose, Mark?" asked o, the British and Hessians are very cautious in their ce and are doing very little as yet.'' ey have not been materially strengthened, then?" o, not that I could learn." y good. We must try and bother them some more.'' k and Bob then mounted and rode on at the head of the party. ere are more of the Tories," presently declared one of party, a jolly fellow caled Ben Spurlock. ey've brought their fathers," said another boy named Thurber. d it looks as it we would have a fight," added Harry n, his chum, who rode alongside. ep cool, boys," said Dick, "and avoid a disturbance If , CHAPTER II MANY SORTS Oi' L"<.EMIES e bullies whom Dick Slater and Bob Estabrook had lately to rout were now gathered in the road ahead. ith them were a number of men, some parents of the ies and some strangers. at there would be trouble unless the boys remained firm obvious. e boys rode on as if there were no obstructions. yer, Slater," said one of the men, "what yer mean I"! am Captain Slater to you, Hank Jones,'' said Dick, mly. "Get out of our way. I know what you going to y and it is useless." "Yer've been thumpin• our boys, ergin an'--' ' "All that got thumped was Scroggs, and he deserved it. ese young ru:tfia.ns were tormenting Spudgeon's niece and interfered." • "She's er sassy thfug, an• makes faces 'at •eni, an• puts out her tongue, an•--• • "And so a dozen big boys, men in size, set upon her, eh? Your boys have been lying to you as usual. Get out of the way!" This plain way of speaking rather staggered Jones. There might been trouble still, however, had not a dozen Liberty Boys just then come out of a side road and galloped forward. "Huh! Yer had ter git er lot er fellers ter help yer," snarled Jones, as he drew to one side. The boys fled in great haste, the men dispersing more quietly. As it was, there were more of the Tories than there were of the Liberty Boys, but Hank Jones had to have his sneer. The boys rode on without any demonstration and before long reached the camp, which was in some woods on the river outside the town. "Those fellows were ready to make trouble, but backed right down," said Bob. "There were more of them than there were of us, too," added Mark, "but they know that we won't take any non sense.'' "I just as well satisfied that there was not a fight," said Dick. "These affairs are a little better than brawls, and we are soldiers, not broilers. " "Very true," said Bob; but these fel\ows need a lesson. " "I think they got it, Bob. We showed them that we were not to be bullied and went on about our business." After reaching the camp Dick and Bob set of!'. on their horses to visit their sisters. Dick and Bob lived about hal!way between Tarrytown and White Plains, the houses not being very far apart .. Bob's sister Alice was Dick's sweetheart and Dick's sister Edith was Bob's, so that the boys were like brothers, and would be some day. The boys went to see the girls often whenever they were encamped near borne. Dick's motl\er was an invalid, and the young captain saw ber as often as he could. "Don't say anything to mother about the trouble we had this afternoon," said Dick, as they rode on. "No, I won, for it might worry her, I know." They reached Bob's ho'use first and found Editb there, the two girls being often together at one house or the other. "Well, have you boys learned anything new of the e;nemy•s intentions?" asked Alice. "They seem to be advancing cautiously," said Dick. "Howe seems to consider every step.'' "Then there may be fighting near bomP, broth.::r?'• a1;ked Edith. . "I fear so. It all depends upon how great a show of force we make." "Why, we had a little of if this very day,'• said Bob. '"Where?" cried both girls in surprise. "Down near White Plains. He licked some Tory bullies. .. "Ob!" said both girls. "They were annoying that niece of old Spudgeon's," added Dick. "They say he's very rich," said Alice, "but the poor girl goes about looking really shabby." "He dresses fairly well himself," observed Bob, .. and yet he complains that the girl ls a great upon b:im. " ''She certainly does not look it," rejoinad Alice. "But, brother, aren' t you afraid that there will be trouble?" asked Edith. "These boys will bring their fathers ana---"Oh, we met them, my dear girl,'' laughed Bob, "and settled them as easily as we did the younger bullies." "But these men are crafty and will attack you l:l the dark." "No fear no:w, my girl. He let them know tllat we would stand no nonsense, and I rather fancy they understood it." . "I hope they did, for I have more fear of these men than I have of the redcoats." "They are not so open, of course, but we are no, t afraid of them,'' answered Bob. The boys presently went over to Dick's house, nothing be ing said of the trouble with the bullies and their fathers: At length the two boys got on their horses and set off for the camp. On the road they met an old man in a shabby wagon drawn by a decrepit old horse.


XIIE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. "There's old Spudgeon now,'• muttered Bob, as the old man In a few moments they saw a number of Hessians "1th his queer rig approached. out of the barn. The <>ld Tory, for such he was, reined in as the boys came on and held up his hand. The boys halted, and the old Tory said in a. shaky voice: "I s'pose I orter thank ye young rebels fur what ye done for ther gal today when them graceless young scamps was erpesterin' o! her." "It is n<>t necessary, Mr. Spudgeon," was Dick's reply. "It was a shame the way the young reprobatea were treating her, and we protect anyone who was so treated." "Waal, ef yer think. ye're goin' ter get any money fur et ye might's well give up the idee, fur I'm er poor man an' have all I c'n do to get erlong." "We do not expect any money, nor would we take it. We did what we did because it was right.'' "I hain't got no love fur sech cattie as Scroggs an' Jones an' Burgess an' Mills an• the Arrersmiths an' Jinkinses, an• I hain't got no more fur rebels, but I'm willin' ter thank ye. Thet gal ls er heap o' trouble, anyhow." "She ought to be a comfort, l)elng your only niece, as I understand." "Waal, she ain't!" with a snap. "She's just a expense con tinnerly, an' I jest wish my brother hacl t!>Ok care on her h.isself, 'stead of maJdn' me poor look;in' arter her. Get up!" Then he drove on, while the boys went ahead. "Queer old curmudgeon," routtered Bob. "His clothes are of excellent material, and he has a heavy gold watch-fob, be sides gold knee and shoe buckles." "It always struck me that the man was richer than he pre tended to be , " said Dick. "Ancl as for the girl's being an expense to hirn, they say that she works like a regular drudge and saves the }lire of two servants. " "Well, that's his own affair. We clo not want his money, although it would be good to have some to help carry Oll this war against oppression.'' "So it would," agreed Bob. The boys rode on beyond the camp a few miles till, wben in sight of the house where the old Torr lived, Dick sud denly rein eel in and said: "W'hat do you see over there, Bob? Back to old Spud.geon's barn, I m ean? " "Jove! it can't be redcoats, Dick?" "That's what it seems to be. Hessians, I should say. Not Tery many of them, 'Qut Hessians, nevertheless." "What they doing around the olcl fellow's place?" "Reconnoitering, I suppose. There are Hessians ill the neighborhood . " "Yes, but none so near as this." , "The old man is a 'rq.ry and hate_. us, and he may have asked them to come." "Very true." "It needs investigating, .Bob." CHAPTER III DISCOVEIU.ES There was still an hour or two befo:.-e sunset, and Dick de termined to make his investigations at once. Old Spudgeon•s place ran down to the river, but next to it there was a strip of land to which no one laid claim. . At one time there was to have been a road cut through, 1t, but the work was never done and the land ::>imi>lr lay waste. dld not own it, and no one seemed to know who cltd. It was full of sandhills, coarse grass and bowlders, and at times the river overtl.owed upon parts of it, making it very undesirable. . . plan was to work along the river through this strip and get a better view of the rear of the old Tory's place trom it. "They are ::i.11 quartered there, I do believe," said Bob. "It looks like it." "The Liberty Boys ought to come down and dispe them." , "We would be seen on the road, Bob, and they would: camp. "Even so, we would drive them off." "It would be better to capture them, Bob." "So it would . Could we not drop down upon the night?" • "It ought to be done quietly, Bob. If we were to down the river in boats now we could do it." "A good idea, Dick. We can get the boats.'' "Jn time, I think. " "I like that old rascal's impudence, quartering Hessian his barn so near the town!" sputtered Bob. "We must rout them out before any more come." "So we must, Dick. You don ' t know how many there I suppose?" "No, but the barn ls a large one." "And that old curmudgeon talks of being poor! Why, Hessians will eat enough to make him so if he keeps t long enough." ti "I don't suppose he furnishes their rations, Bob," wit i;imile. "Well, it's a good thing we discovered them, at any r "Yes, and we don't want any more coming." "I suppose those fellows d i d not count upon two s eyed fellows like us coming along . " "No, but it was careless of them to expose themselves e for a moment." "True, Dick, but they may not have known that they ''Very likely not." • They now crept back till below the sandhill and so ou sight of the Hessians. Passing through a little grove ot almost useless dwarf pilles and other growthi>, Bob suddenly stirred up a rabb Not wishing to fire at it, he gave chase, drawing his P with which to hit it. The rabbit darted into a hole which recent rains seem have gullied out instead of Its having been burrowed by animal itself. "That isn't a rabbit hole," eaid Bob. "No, it does not look like one." "Perhaps I can poke him out. See if there is a way Dick." Bob cut a long, stout branch, trimmed the twigs and it into the hole. The rabbit suddenly darted out at the farther end then Bob's stick snapped. "Hallo, what's that?" he cried. ''What is it, Bob?" asked Dick. "There's something in there that snapped my stick short." "Perhaps it's a stone, Bob." "I'll try it again," and Bob thrust the stick into the ing again. . It struck something hard and snapped again. Bob cut a stouter stick and began to dig away the sand and gravel. Some of this fell away, making an opening a foot deep two or three long. . . Bob scooped up the sand with his hands, throwmg 1 rapidly, and 1-t length said in low, excited tones: "Look, Dick." The rays of the declining sun shone into the hole Boll made. . Looking ill, Dick saw the top of a chest studded with nails. . If there were Hessians there, he wished to know it, and the unclaime

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 5 "Jove! I don't believe it is locked, Dick," he said. "Cover it, Bob," said Diel!:. "We cannot take it away now. It Is too heavy. "Very good . " Bob pulleQ. out his knife and with his feet quickly cov ered the chest. Then he marked the spot so that he would know it. Dick was meanwbUe keeping watch that no intruders should espy them. "Who _put it there, Dick?" "I really can't tell." "Who owns the land?" "No one, I believe." "Then to whom does this chest belong?'• "To the one who finds it. " "Then it is ours?" "Yes, without a doubt. " "Who used to own the land?" "I don•t know that anyone did. It is almost worthless." "But who buried the chest?" "You aske d me that before, Bob," with a SUllle , "But it is ours now?" "Yes." "Then if it is gold we will make good use ot it." "Yes, Bob, but we can leave it now. It Is hardly likely anyone will discover it before we return." "No, I supriose not." The boys got their horses and rode away in the gathering darkness. "The rains and the overftow -Of the river would have un-covered it in time, Dick," said Bob. "Yes, and it was fortunate that we dlscoverell it." "How shall we come after it?" "In a boat, I think." "Yes, we shall want three or four boys to help us carry it." "We'll get them, Bob." "And to think of that gold chest lying buried there and old Spudgeon not knowing a thing about it." "But, Bob. we don't know that there is gold in it,'' said Dick. "Don•t be too sure, old man." "Well, l won't," with a laugh, "but if there Isn't gold in that chest--" "Well?" "What was the of burying it?" "There is something in that, Bob," shortly. Reaching the camp, they were met by Mark, who follc)wed thern into Dick's tent and said: "I'll warrant you two boys have had adventures enough while you've been gone.'' "So we have,'' quietly. "Several," chuckled Bob. "We rnet old Spudgeon, who thanked us but said he could not pay us." "H'm! as if you'd let him," "And then we saw some Hessians back of the old fellow's place." "Hessians! The old rascal!" "And we found a chest which Bol:> insists is filled with gold." "Not on tbat old Tor:y's place?" "No, .on that bit of nobody's land next to it." "Well, I declare." "Keep It quiet, Mark, and we'll get some of the boys and do down the river in a boat and get it." "Now?" cried Mark, eagerly. "No, not now. It will be too dark." "But will it i;tay there?" "Riches have wings, to be sure,'• laughed Bob, "but I don't think our gold chest will fty away before morning." "And then we'll get it," said Dick. The Liberty BoYs always went provided for emergency and hence the extra muskets. They rode steadily and at an easy gait, and the sun was yet up when they reached the spot where they had discovered the chest. Stepping out, tbey hauled the boat upon shore and placed the muskets against the banli; . It was cool and crisp at this hour, and the boys did not re move their coats. Bob took one shovel and Sam another and s e t to work. Knowing where the chest was, Bob started to uncover it. Seeing where he was working, Sam helped him. Both boys worked rapidly and the dirt fairly fte w .... Presently Ben took Sam's place , while Dick reHeved B-Ob. The Liberty Boys always helped each other, and Dick w a s never ashamed to work with the rest. At length the earth and sand gravel w ere all clear of the top of the chest. Then Bob raised the lid with the blade of his shove). It was nearly filled to the brim with gold coin . All the boys uttered involuntary expressions of surprise and delight at the sight. "I said it was a gold chest!" he muttered. "So you did," wa1> Dick's reply. The clouds were beginning to be streaked with gold by th!! rays of the rising sun, not Yet visible. Bob and Sam now threw out the ..sand at the sides of the chest. Ben also 'worked now, while Dick kept an e y e on the bank and along shore. It was i;carcely possible that anyone sbould come along So early and yet they might. The boys soon cleared away t.he earth and sand from one side and an end of the chest. Then Bob put his shovel under one end and bore down on it while Sam and Ben got the rope under It. Diclr helped Bob and the chest came up. Then Ben and Sam gQt the r<>pe under the chest and knotted it tightly. It was a good strong rope, and now all four of the boys took hold and the chest was hauled out upon the bank. The sun was just coming up at this moment. "Now then, let us get it to the boat.'' said Dick. "Suppose it is too heayy to life in? " suggested Bob . "Tben we'll empty it f.nt-0 the }>oat and refill it afterward.'' "Tha,t•s all riiht.'• . With two pushing and two pulling they began to get the chest over the grqund. Then tli.ey tried\ lifting it, Bob and Sam on one end and Dick on the other. In getting the chest to the boat the boys upse t it. Tb,e rays of the rising sun gilded the waves as the old Tory sudde)lly appeared with a party of Hessians. Dick sprang for the muskets in an instant. :S<>"b and Sam rignted tbe chest and tl1rew in some of the g-0ld which had been spilled. "Look out!" cried Ben. \ The Hessians, o! whom there seemed to be tlhree or f<>ur, were taking 11-im at Dick. Ben whipped out a brace of pistols and covered the old Tory. Sam threw the rest of the gold into the chest and slammed down the lid. Dick quickly secured the muskets and tossed one to each of the boys. "Leave that chest here," snapped the old Tory. "It is mine. This Is my land. You are trespassers. I will have you prosecuted." He spoke in short, snappy se'l'!nces and seemed greatly excited. Hessians had hesitated to fire wheo they waw t.11.a.t. CHAPTER IV was a1mmg at tne111. Now they were all covered )Jy the boys and waited orders Tlm CUP AND l>IP from Spudgeon. "This is not your land," said Dick. "It is public land. We Just before daybreak the nen morning Dick, :Sob, . Ben , found the chest buried here, and by the law it b elongs to us.'' Spurlock and Sarn Sanderson set oft'. down the river m a\ The old Tory ftUl>hed all.d then, with a crafty look on his had shovels and a . stout rope with them, and they face, said: earried an extra musket or two besides. "Now. let's argllfy an• perhapii we can come ter It was probable that there might be prowlers about even some friendly conclw11ons. at that early hour. He took a step forward, when Dick said sharply: .


• LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. "'Stop! Remain where you are. Tell, thpe, sprang into the boat and shoved off. Then the old Tory suddenly discovered the other Hessians. "Fire!" he shouted. Sam and Ben were rowing, Dick and Bob, with muskets in their bands, watching the Hessians. Bang-bang-bang! The Hessians began firing, but hardly had they raised their pieces before Dick and Bob fired. Crack---<:rack--crack! 'l'hrowing aside the mUBkets, the boys opened a regular fusilade upon the Hessians with their pistols. At the first fire one of the Hessians was hit in the knee and tumbled down the bank. 'l'he old Tory dove into the bushes the instant the boys began to fire. They did not wish to hit him, the Hessians being the ob ject of their particular attention. Their hats and wigs were sent ftying, they received sev era! more or less painful wounds, and it seemed as if they were exposed to the fire of a whole company, the bullets fiew so fast. 'Ben and Sam rowed rapidly, and the boat shot around a bend in the river just as the second party of Hessians came out upon the bank. They fired at the retreating boat but without efrecl The boys kept on and now, as the enemy did not appear again, Dick and Bob reloaded their pistols and the mus kets. "Well, we got it and we didn't get it," said Bob, looking very glum. "We know where it is, at any rate," replied Ben. "Yes, so does that old Tory, so do those rascally Hessians. "1'he old Tory will not try to get it up while the Hessians are about," d eclared Dick, "nor do I think that he will be able to do so.'' "He could get help." "And would have to pay for it, which would go against the grain." "Then you think our. gold chest is safe, Dick?" Bob asked. "Yes, or for the present, at all events. If left there too long it will become buried by the sand. " "'l'hen we will go after it? " Dick'S discovery of the Hessians the evening before had been most timely . It was probable that they had not been there long and more had evidently arrived during the night or in the eaxly morning. . 'fbey roust be driven out at once before any more arrived. Dick had authority to act in such an emergency, having a sort of roving commission as it were. He was under Washington's orders at the time, but had power to act when such cases as this one came up. Spudgeon had proved himself an enemy, first by harboring the Hessians and then on ordering them to fire upon Dick, who was a regular commissioned officer and wore the regulation uniform. It was as much an act of war to fire upon Dick as upon any of the generals, and he could regard Spudgeon as much an enemy as though he had been in command of a regiment. The Liberty Bo y s lost no time in getting into the saddle and dashing off toward the Tory's place. It was early yet and there were few stirring, Dick's camp b eing outside the town . Those who were abroad were somewhat astonished at see ing the youths go riding by and knew that it must mean something. . Dick Slater did not take out his whole company merely for dress parade, and word rapidly went around that there was going to be a fight. On they went with a rush and at length halted in front of the old Tory's house. Tilly came out, walked down to the gate and said to Dick: ""What do you want? What are you stopping here for?•' "Tell Mr. Spudgeon," said Dick, "that I want to see him." "He's to his breakfast and won't be disturbed," Tilly answered. "Tell him I must see him. He knows why." Tilly was returning when the old Tory came out himself. What ye stoppin' here fur?" he demanded sullenly. "This ain't no public road. Move on or I'll sue ye fur trespass." Mr. Spudgeon," said Dick, "you have Hessians quartered on your place. I shall consider it a hostile camp and attack it at once if the enemy are not sent away." "Suppose I have got Hessians?" with a snap. "Bain't I got a right to ask anyone I wanter ter visit me? I could have ther king if I choose. Ther men are my company, an' yer can' t say nothin' ergin it." "They are our country's foes, they are not here on a peace ful mission, they fired upon me, a commissioned officer. You are an enemy and your place is, for the time, a hostile fort. and I am going to attack: it unless these Hessians sutTender or retreat. " "The old Tory looked uneasy. An attack might mean the destruction of his buildings and of his crops. Dick's determined manner had an effect upon him, evi dently. "Ef they come an• quarter theirselves onto me, how'm I goin' ter help it?" he snarled. "I didn't ax 'em till they come , an' then I see I had ter make ther best of it an• 1nv1te 'em. " Dick knew then that the old Tory was lying by his very expression. "Don' t ye dast ter hurt ennything on my place or I'll have yer prosecuted," the old man snapped. "I'll hold ye pussonly responsible fur et." Dick had his scouts out all this time. He expected that the Hessians might try a flank movement on him and he was ready for it. "Yes, as soon as we can." Arrived at the camp, Dick ordered out the Liberty to go after the Hessians. Boys At moment Harry Thurber rode up quickly, saluted l.'D'!l CHAPTER V OUT AG.lll{ST TH.IC HESSIANS I "The Hessians are coming down the lane, to surprise us." "Take fifty of the boys and meet them, Bob," .said Dick. At once Bob dashed off with half the company. The Hessians might sally from the house or barn and Dick was waiting for them. ' The Hessians on old Spudgeon'S place were a menace to As Bob reached the end of the lane the Hessians came da.shthe patriots. ! ing out and fired. More might come and establish a stron"' position there l "Charge!" yelled Bob in a moment. "Fire! Down with which the American troops might not be to overcome. the Hessians!" ' Something must qe done, therefore, before the interlopers "Liberty forever! Down with the foreign hireliJlgsJ•• could strengthen their position. roared the plucky lads.


'THE LrBERTY BOYS OF '76. , , Then lhey 2rnt in a thunderlng \"Ollt:) and charged i m Th<.> bullies continued their conrsr play, how over, till all r>etuomly, of a sudrten the girl rtarted inn1y irom them. 'l'h.:> Hes.>ian s tried lo rail)' anti t.u Lhe bayonet. but th<' •'!ill lo the fence. tore off a long spllnlt'I' from a rail brave fi!llows simply rode them down and sE>nl thPm nin11in!; a11iJ,, of whom EOc purEt:e rl far, :''' H.owt:!'.-.. lines w ere < them. there some11ere, and it "..ts nor wi,;t Lu lflke too great a Sile seemed lo have put a.side hP1 non-resistant spirit o! risk. llH' day bef()re and now as combative a;; one could wish. The} 1;011t a po .sltion a t lh" old Tory's if I know She seemed au adept at throwing slones, Loo. for every one it," laughed Uob. she threw hit the mark. "No. and the old rascal bad better be careful what he does Bill Burgess was hit in the neck. young Hank Jones re or he will ilnrl hous e in rnins and ilim ne-lf driven out." rei1•t>d a conil:sion on Lhe head, Scroggs was In the retmn<'d D!ck. bac:k , and 1:veryone of Lhe k>) s who 1emaihed within range \Vhen ih,y I.hp 1.taC'i! lhe 0111 Tory was nou;here to \\'as hit $OlllPwh ere. be seen. 'I'h furtht>r attention w:is paid to him, for he had probably ey all qulckly goL out o f reach of the missiles and then had a lesson which h1' \1 ou!d remember unrt heed. 'l'illy. with a boastfulness for whith she might be excused • 1 1 l t t under the circumstances. began to sl1out: "" waLC' 1 was ,eL on the roat s o • 1a no 1.;ure essrnns or "Y. 1 any of the ., ,:.ho11ld slip iu ns they haci dot;t>. . . , , , 1 .• got licked by a gal! Ha, ha! The L!b,,rty liact performed " grt>at f'<'l"lie 1n You ':'ot licked. . Tid of the nnd now be take11 tu pre -I Lo,> laughed lill he shook and said: .o vent anr more ,!?;etl! n;,: in. "f th!nh: the banging about we gave those fellows yester When tht:v bad' Lo the c:<.1mp, Di.-lc UolJ an,t dis rla) must have s!H)\\11 ber Lhat , t!Jey not to be feared alJ cussed the r;n,:•Liou ot' t10\1 to r 0 cov e r tlie t:f,c:;L. as thought." . "!l's a pi!, w<.> had to let iL go.'' oiJ,;Nvt>d Dkk. "allbmigh "1e .. she :ieem.:; to have altPred eutir<.>ly." 1 don'L concli-tl• ,. it los:." now rode on and '!'illy. Feeing them. :;aid: ''ll-:Jb l.!an ,.;tay unci<'" w;;ter longe r Lhar? nny oC u,;," anr Jt1st fonnd that 1 could lick. those fellers, an• so l S\\ered _\lark. hr<'mlld go c; so that we lla •:I il up.'' Qu .le ng-ht. and lf they bother you agam, serve them th& ".-'i.ncl ha,c >111 t.he gold spill uut"" "That lid >"HlIH ' \\aid Bob. "we all hi>' e lo go hParing and said, lowering her Yoice: down, cmpty lhe ?Did inrn bai:s ancl then pull il up.'' "The olP man. my Uncle Rugg, ye know, he's g-0ing ter "\\le may have 10 tl.o tllal," Diel; "\Jul \\'e can f.'.'tch ther redeoats 'r-:> by another way an' try ter bust tn the plan of gp[lfi!l!W. the up as i 1 is fi 1st: up yer camp." "spudgcon will make a Eus" if h e 'eeR n s at it," "I am airaid he will have a good deal of trouble." said Mark. "Well, he's erf.','oin' ter try. Yer 1iclrnd them Hessians, but "Yes. h e regmcb it as his," adcled Bob. "Do .:on suppose he's sent fur this time." b e lrnried it:" "I am much obliged to yon, Tilly," i:;:iid Dick. "Your uncl e "He may l1:1ve done so ." Dick answe 'but it w:'ls not on can do t\s little hal'm, 1 think." bi,; Janet. rr lhe ow ners are unknow11. the chest belongs to "Well, youn look out for them, all tltc same'.' " us." "Yes. and thank you for your good intentions." "Then Spndgeo11 would have Lo prove that it was his and The boys then rode on. Bob saying: that he bnrietl it "here we found it'?" asked Bo:). "It is nol likely that Howe will send troo1Js because "Precisely.'' this fellow asks for them." "And from what I know of the old rascal, he would never "No, iudeed; bnt there are many 'rories in the region, and bl'I)' money like that. He would pm it out at nsury. He i s the old Tory might get a lot of them together to take us by not the miser that many people wh:e him to be." surprise." "No, althoue:ll he is 1 • oi 1 he Rhr e1> d money-lender that old "Very true: but it will be another thii::.t, U> do it." man Bul'geFs it." ubsen •l \lrP 1'. Seacbing Dick's house. the boys foun& 6oth girls there; "We ll , we found tbt" ( h 1 T i . " Dirk in conclusion. Alice having rep:iid Edith's yisit. "and unle! 3 lhe oid m'rn can prove 1'c•JH:l1a;ively that it is "Our Tory girl has ooen quite distinguished hersel!.," Jli s wP wi!l it ior t:.c bu1e11L o'l onr cause," and to this laughed nob, as they entered. thoy all :J''l'led. "Jn wllal way'?" asked both CH,.\ PTETI \'1 T i1T.Y l:ET'dl.\'J'ES • .\!'tt>r dinna Dick ai;cl Bob seL OU{ on their horses to v isll the .\ l-1 ery nearly the f. Lhe' '"!'!'' 1•>rmcntinr; the old Tory':; mecP "You stop o • thaL," Lhe boys heard her ;;ay, as they reine d i:u. l/ ln!'teact of answering. Bob laug h e1JI again, as the recollection cf the way in which Tilly had served the bullies came U!J. "You ridiculous feHow, why dont you tell us?" asked Alice . "It was 011e of the funniest things I ever saw," roared Bo4 shaking with . "Yes. of course; but how do we know that'!" said Alice. "Can't you i e ll us, Bob?" asked Edith, beginning to laugh from seeing Bob. "Yes. of conrse; but it was the funniest thin1 )'OU ever --" and Bob stoppeq to laugh again.


".Stop it . .Rob," crlNl :\!tee, Ix-ginning to laugh in spite of Di.1i'er4'nt signals were now J:ieard from variou;, pnrts r..t herself 'You'll get us all to laugblng without knowing the camp. hy." They v. ere all natural sounds i;:uch a;; might be heard at Dick's mother, .\lice and Edilh, as \'\"ell as Bob himself, any time in the woods at night. were all laughing now and ye Bob had not told a word ot The Tories were s1>nding a detachment along the road, just the story. as Dick had thought they might. Finally Dkk tol.l it. Patsy had discovered them, for he was a boy "'Well, it wa;.; f'lnny, or ooursc," said Alice, '"but nothing i! he was fond of. fun. for you to go into over." On came the boats, a dozen or them, with irom four to six "The girl had probably taken all the tormenting she was men In each of them. going to," !'ald Edith. They suddenly began firing and making a lot of noise to "And took example by the Llberty boys and thrashed those take the attention o! the boys. bullies.'' laughed Bob. In a moment tires fiared up along the bank. and the num-"Which shows that the boys do not possess all the bravery her of boats and the men in them could'be plainly seen. there is," observed Alice, mischievously. A lot o! the boys rushed to the bank, attacked the men who "Well, it d,d me good to see it," said Bob, "and I shouldn't had landed and forced them into the water. wonder if we would make a patriot of her before we finish." All at once there was a. rush upon the camp on the other The boys remained till eYening and then set ofI for the side. camp. The boys at the rher seized four or fiYe of the boats, While . passing along a woodbordered road Dick heard smashed t\rn or three more and forced those in the others voices and said in a whisper: to push olY. "Get into the shadow, Bob. I think this interests us.'' Some o! the men were thrown into tho riYer, where they .The boys !!at on their horses close in at t.b.e side of the were obliged to swim, while others were driYen into the :road. woods below the camp. Two or three men were coming along talking animatedly. Then, having disposed of these inYaders, the greater part "'We'll get boats an' go 'long ther river an' s•prlse 'em." of the boys went to the aid of the others. "'There'll be ernutt on us ter bust up their camp an• drive Enough were left to guard the river bank in case tbe 'em of!'. if we take •em by surprise.• I Tories returned. 'l'he boys heard enough to know that a surprise upon the It was not thought likely that they would, nor did they. camp was intended and that the men were Tories. 1 The Tories at the other side of the camp met with as warm They could not tell if old Spudgeon was engaged in it or a reception as their allles. 11.ot, but he was not present. 1 They had supposed that all the boys would rU'sh to thv "That may be Tilly was talking about," observed I river. Dick, as thry rode on. Instead of this, however, they found a goodly number or "Very llkelY, and, especially, as WP routt>d the Hessians determinl.'d boys w:iitlng to receive them. from the old Tory's, he may ha1e somPthlng to do with ii.. They expected to sweep right into the camp, seize the .. Perhaps, and Tl!Jy bas not told the story straight." horses and drive the boys away. ::Ye'll be rflady f.o: them.".. Instead of doing so, they found the boys l"('ady to dispute and the bo)s l'illl 11!;:, noth!ng thn.n routing their entrance and quite able to rout thf'm. these I Their scattering fire was answered by a solid voile) and "Unless it is rfdcoats and fip,ssians," laughed Bob. soon more; or the boys came up and the 'l'oriE'S were put. to When the rearhed t!w camp Dick told them of the extllght. of . , . , .• . I Dick did not recognize n::mk Jones or any of the. worst o t olll rn .. ,al h-s mc1trd the ror1cs to do UtL, s;ih! the Tories among their assailants. course h(' has," rei•liecl De s made a dash, but not _to great dis-.. They may possibly attack us both by the road and by the tance, as the rorles in all directions, fearing that river," contluued Dkk, "so kePp an eye on both." they would be cut to pieces. ' "They may try to draw us all to the river by the feint of Dick soon )mt the Tories w.:>re so wldelr scattered an attack and lhen all rush into the camp through the that they were not likely to soon come toget.her again and woods," sugg<'btcd Bob. they did not return. "That is wti"'t I think, but we can be ready for them on They did not ag3:1n disturb the boys, and in a short t ime both sides." the camp resumed lts former quiet. 'l'be pickets v;e:o Het as us1w.l, and nt length everything "They v.•ill be puzzling themselyes to think how their well-was quiet, th<> fires burned low und th1: only s.onndH heard laid plans went wrong," laughed Bob, as he and a few or the were the ripple of thA wdPr and the sighing of t!._, wind boys sat by the fire. through the trees. "They will all be blaming each other for betraying them to us," Raid Mark, "and there will be many bitter feuds spring ing out ot this atrair." C'H.\PTER Yll .A. SCl!PRlSE A ';D A. I"'\'TERP.l..'T'flOX Quite late that night Ben Spurlock and sam Sanderson mFt ' they paceu their beats along the rlver bank. .. Do you hear anything, Sam?" asked Beu in a low ton!\. '"l. es. the S(1t.nd of boats coming up the river." "That won•t bother us," laughed Den. "Let them fight it out among themselves and get rid of ouch other." "\\"e haYe some E'xtra boatn now for our expedition down the river." Bob. "Y.PW, :iml Jt was very kind of the Tories to lea>e them." ''"We'll make use or them at the flrst opportunity;• re marked Dick. In the early mornJng, just about daybreak, a number ot tho> boys went down the riYer. us, hears it There were Dick, Dob, Ben and Sam of the original party, bt>sldes a number or others. '"l'hat's what I tnougllt.'• "Yes, and l suppose Harry Thurber, below too." Just then an owl was bl.'ard to hool "'fhere's Harry slgnallillg now," said Ben. "Yea, he h:ts heard the boats. " 'l'he Lil:!e:-ty Bo). bad a "ay of signalling to each other by using natural sounds. The two Harrys, Will f.'ref>man, Arthur . !ackay and Phil "'ate1;o; werP in onP boat, while llen Brand, •rom Efunter, .Jim 'i'urner and Walt.:r Jennings 'lerP in another. There .,.ere lnPnty in all, In four boats, b lt tlley mo; •I swiftly and down the rher. Others hear;n:; thrm would not know that ali these meant soruelhing io the boys. When they reac:bt'CI the pl:we where th' chest had been dropped Into the t.he sun "a

THE LIBERTY BOYS OP '76. 'Dick's boat stopped as nearly over the spot where the chest Herc tbere was a regiment or milli.ia . but the izoeneral now bad gone down as they could judge, and then a rope with a strengthened the position by sending Colonel Haslet with heavy stone on the end was lowered to keep tliem from Delaware regiment, Smallwood's :Marylanders, and one or drifting. . two other detachments, including the Liberty B o ye, One of the boats went a little wa:r down tho river and :ran The hill had caught Howe's eyes as ]\e came on. across and bo.rk slow1'. He determined to possess it, and at once threw his greatest The others landed their cre'l\s. and while some went up force against it. tlrn. bank to keep a watch upon the old 'T'ory, the others re1 General JfcDougall had command or the hill. and a lthough mamed on shore to help Dick. his entire force did not 1iU"teen hundred, he d eter They bad ropes and and a. crowbar wfth them and I mined to make a stubborn resistance. 'llrcre going to try to get a rope about the sunken chest so as The enemy bad come on in two colump.:;. the right com-1 o bring it up. 1 manded by Sir Henry Clinton, while the left was led b y the Bob remo>ed 11is outer clothing, keepin,; on something on I Hess1an, De Meister. account of the chill in the air and in the water. They made a brilliant show as tlley c.amc on, their anmll Bob could stay longer under water than any or the Liberty in the sunlight., and it seemed to! i;om e o r the in:Boys, and so he bad chosen to do this part of work. experienced patriots that nothinl\' could h::i more formid able. Taking a deep breath, he went to the bottom, holding on 'I Theio. halted for a time in a whtc'at field. whilf' the gen eral by the anchor rope to keep himself dov.n . officers rode up in the center to hold a consultation. They were not directly above the chest, but he quickly It had evidently been their intention to attack i n gto!! found it and shifted the stone alongside it. In front first. Then he had to ascend, take a ing his al'Bob now took a crowbar down with hlk. tillery on the hill. Reaching the bottom he used the anchor stonfl as a tu!Colonel Rahl was despatched with n brigade of Hessians crum and drove the bar into sand alongside the chest. to make a circuit around a piece of woods to the :;;outh. Exerting all his strength, he bore down upon th& bar and iie was then to cross the B ronx a. quarter o( a mile belGW felt the chest mov-e slightly. and ascended the south side of the hill. He drove the l>ar in deeper and bore d own upon it as beGeneral Leslie meanwhile was to take a large body or fore. but finally bad to leave it and returned to the top. British and Hessians, advance di'rectly in front, thro w & "T'vc got the bar under one end of it," he said, briefly. bridge over the Bronx and then charge up the hill. "Perhaps it would be better to enmpty it down there," The British immediately began a furlou.; cannonade upon suggested. Dic k. the hill, under coYer or v;hich Lci:;l!e wa:; to construct his "There has some sand already washed in on top," said Bob. bridge. "-\nd it is heavy!"' There were two field pieres on a ledge of rock on the hill, "Yes.'' and theier. thundering volley. Bob waited longer this ancl then took down a rope. . Then they bla7,ed away with their hea\y pistols till they H e manageer came suddenly rowing toward up the work. thrm. I There were man. y sharpshooters among thorn, and their Then tbc boy:s on the h!ll be&an to run do;i;n at a , e;ail I tire was most i;allmg. "Hessians! crierl the bo:n: tn the boaL Exposed to this constant and scathing fire. Leslie'!! men ''Redcoats!,, cried the boys on tbc hilL had no easy task in throwing the bridge over tirn str" "It's too bad'." sputtered Ben "just as we got en 0 ; At length is was and U1e Britisb and 'Well.' ' . ' l charge? up the h11.1;, _ "Cut both ropes. Bob," said Dick, giv!n/i; Bob a sharp knife., Now then,. Liberty Boys: cried Dick, when be c;aw t h & Bob sank, cut both ropes and then came to the slll"face enemy advancmg. 7 . d none too soon. That was all the bor a"'am, an Wilen the enemy were '\Olthm good r ange they fi:O!l I Crash-roar! CHAM'ER YIII The muskets fairly thundered, the i,ound echoing fro m hill to hill and along the river. A STC'BBOll...'1' FIGH'.I' Many a redcoat or Hesian was seen to fall when tha t fierce the river and the red co ats v o lley rang out. • The Hessians wer e c oming up ;.;ere marching along the road. Howe had finally resolved to White Flains. His object, no doubt, '\'fas to reach the Hudson so 3.8 to form a cordon all about the patriots at Fort Washington. There was no time to be lost, and Bob fairly tumbled into the boat after cutting the r o pes. The other boats were quickly shoved off, and all went up the river as fast as possible. By the time they reached the camps they began to hear tiring. No Ume was lost in gettinr; in the saddle, and tnen the gallant lads set out to meet the enemy. There had been someone to meet them, and already there Tas skirmishing all along the line. Lee had arrived tha.t morning with trcah troop:s and those C annon roare-y shot from the cannon fairly plowed their Wl!J" through the ranks of tho enemy f rom the top o f the hlll to the river. Thr ee times they belched forth death and destruction, mowing the enemy down like ripened grain. The Liberty Boys and Smallwood's Marylander s kep.t u p a tremendous fire at the same time and great damage w all d o ne. In the meantime Colonel Rahl and his Hessians h a d pushed up the s outh side o f the hill. and endeavo red to turn Mo Dougall's flank. "Gere n o w engaged. C ommanding Washington' s called Chatterton•:s llill. The militia gave the general but little gu pport, a.nd it was with grea t dlfllculty that he could keep them i n ilrm. right flank was an eminence At length a troop of British cavalry gained the crest f!I the hlll and came on. brandishing their saber&.


'HE LIBERTY B OYS OF '76 . At the ftrst charge the militia gayc a scattering fire and Tlwr located the po sition of the r.h('st by objects on the iben broke and fled /n great co.nfusion. bank ancl then moored 011c of the Smallwood, Haslet and Ritzema and their troops mad e a 'fhc others went a>t be0n ;:ince the boys had driren "Down with them, boys," he the Hessiam; (rom his house. Charging at the Hessians t h e,-actuallv force d them back Whethe r he w0rc at home or n o t . thry did not k n ow. with great loss. • The bonse was closed. and no one \"a:; seen in or about it. All abGUt the hiUtcp the fighting was goin g on spiritedly. "Spudgeon is keeptng quiet." obscncd Thur be r, h orse and foot being repulsed twice by the patriots. from the top of the h ank. Dick found himself snddenly oppo:>e d to a giant I "He arraid we ma:v make a descrnt upon llim;• replied who dashed at him as if he m eant to cut him from I Harn .Jndson. t o hlp. "He will br wary for n time." remark.rd \Yill. "He ku0\\:5 With a swift motion of his sword. Dick :•ent ; 1\E' H er;s i<\n s that he made himself liable to arrest an d he will be cauweapon whirling out of bis hand. tious." The Hessia n drew n. pistol, but Dick sent thl f!;"ing a s "The old rascal had no idea but t 11 " t thr enemy w o u l d well. carry the day," added Ben Brand. 'an l s o forgot his usual The Hessian drew a second pistol, but this wen t tlle way ('.'lilt ion ." of the first. . . " T baven't Tilly or of t he m since tbat time." 'fben, dashing on. the angry Hessian tri e d to smze Diel, 'I f.airl 'Waite:-. '"tnd t h e place looks th,,roughly and. drag him fr_om th<, .'addle. . . ''There i s someone i;1 it. no t1011b1:• H arry, "but D1ck caught h1m by!:',' collar anti DY .'"bar f,e'med to :Jc tbcr an' keepin<: quiet. .. a mere turn of the wrir--1 i'cnt the a.;ton Hcndan ml! ing under the hoofs of his owll' horse. "So n:nch tlrn \Jetter for ns. " acld('d hii; cbnm. "It will be He scrambled t o his fe e t in a hurry and mad'. o ff. looking a8 well for 118 to lrne p out oC sigbl. too. I think ... u.tterly shame-fa c e d. :\Ten tndtilf' .Cob had gone dow11 nndcr llw waler with a "Away with them!'' crie d Dick, and the brave boy s s tot1t rope to knot lo tl1 e one he had be e n obliged to cut. vigorously. He fonnc.l it aud bent on til e other firmly . .At length, boweye' r , a retreat was ordered, Smallwood ,.e-Hr S lll'Ceec!e d in tipping t be chest at a sharper angle maining on the hill to cover the escape of the rest. and in r emo\'ing the sand from the top . Down the north side of the bill they macle their way. crossTbeu the r op e was carried ashore. ing the bridge -0ver tbe Bronx. and meeting General Put-!\ turn was taken with it about a stont tree a little way nam, who bad been coming to their assistance. back from lbe water, RO as lo 3 iv e them greater leverage. 'l'he British army now rested, with the Jei't wing on the 'l'hen a cloz0.n of the boy>" took hold oC tbe rope and began hlll it had just taken, and began intn, nching it. 1 to pull anti ste:idiJy. 'l'bey then began extending their right wingto the left by The ropf' at first. but the bo.-s pulled slo11ly a n d the' American lines, so that the two wings > tUtl ci>nter forml'ci gr;id1;a]I) npo l it. so ;;s not to break it. nearly a balf circle. ,\Jl at on ee it gaye way half of the boys were t!Jr ow u It was their evident design to o utfla n h. I.lie J\ mer icans and down. to get .in the rear of their camp. ""hat' s th<' nrn.ttrr, hrokcn?" a1'kcd )len. 'l'he day wa:; now far a dvanced, hol\ ' CH;-, ani r camp near('r to lhP. ma;n •rt han• silifted, as I said, " d eclare d B(lb . body, for there was much to be done, a n d Dick wished to "Pull away, I.Joys," said Dick. take his sbarr of it. all pulled with a w i ll. and it seemed as if the cilcsl The commanderin-<:bief wished t.o pr0LCnt "t ill mnst tonw OBI. front to the enemy In the mornin1', a n d "iiPi rPst was bad was taken b y sniitr:hc-.:i. ll1c men almost s l ceniu;2: on their shovels, as it might b<'. "If we wish for yicto r . 1. we JllPSI. worJ.; for it: • sa id Dick. and his t;:tllaul J :1di; u i d their f'h.!i'C. C'lfAPTER IX. "'.During tile thr ratrlots thre" ur a 'Jinc of intrcnchment>", Washiu;.::to u throwing back bi8 ri;;ht wing To stronger round. The intrenchmc111.!' were thrown up '' ith rapidity, and Howe was tlrnnderstruc:k whPu be i;aw them. To him they appeared to be solidly constructed works. bnt they were not. They were made of the stalks of Indian corn, taken from a field close by. 'i'Jno sbtlks were pull e d up with the earth still clinging to meru and their tops placed inwards. Barth was then put upon them and another layer put in place, the works going up rapidly a n d a s if by magic. To Howe, hQwever, it seemed as if they would withstantl anything, and he ostpoued his. intended attack. Withdrawing t(\ cannon. range, he waited and ordered up from Harlem -with bis brigade. s there seemed little chance o f a renewal of hostilities for that clay at least, Dick concluded to make another at tempt to recover the Liberty B o ys• gold chest. Taking the b oats and a party of a dozen or twenty Liberty Boys, he went down the river. Then all at once Lile ropn s lackPll('d. Do\.YIJ \Ven1 c"very on LhP. line. "\\.h:tt's Ll1c maltf un,1 • a:1k e d nob , nF tile hoy3 pick e d up, laH;:h.i.11mid r; r n . I i t. Dick :-:aid . . boys pulled on the rope and found that il ;:.a>. 1 no re I Thry soon pulled it out o r the water. whe n it was foun d tn h<1Xf' partecl nea; rhc e:tcl. "T.i:1t meao':' doubling the ropr: dcl'!ared B'Jil . "Have we .. "\\'c c;.,1 tn it," flick ans11Pred. Bob 1ren t into the water. laking lh<' rope '" it.b him. He Jor1

"""nat nO'W'?"' sputtered Bob . "'I thought we had It that time." "There's the sling, Bob," said Dick. 'The line did not part this time." "Come out, eh?" with a grunt. Sitting in a curtained stan w!th two or three olc! men was Spudgeon. He was not looking Dick

"Do you still deny that you are Dick Slater, the rebel?• the officer asked. "I am not a rebel, I am a patriot. Yes, I am Dick Slater." "Have you a convenient place to put him, Jandiord, where he will be perfectly safe?" the officer asked. "Why, yes, gentlemen, there is a room on the upper tloor overlooking the road. He cannot escape there, as he will be seen." "Good! We will place a guard outside as well." "Very good ,gentlemen." "We will leave him here for a time ttnd then take him to the guardhouse. " Dick was taken to a front room on the floor above and a soldier was put in the road outside to keep watch upon him. The door was double-locked and barred and Dick was left to himself. The redcoats did not think it necessary to. place a sentry in the hall, the door being so well secured. "Make yourself comfortable while you may, my young rebel," laughe d the officer, "for you will not find such pleasant quarters in the guardhouse." "Ye ought to hang him now, the villain!" snarled the old Tory. Then they all went below and Dkk was left alone. XI. TILLY RETURNS .A FAVOR. Left to himself, Dick began to cifo.sider a plan of escape. It would b e much easier to do so now than after he was taken to the enemy's camp. "I ought to have kept quiet, I suppose," was his thought., "but I could not let such an insult pass." There were two windows to the room , one of them opening upon the front porch. There was no use of thinking of that, however. The sentry paced to and fro below and kept a constant watch upon the windows. • There were two doors, also, one leading to tbe hall anJi the other communicating with another room . If this were unlocked he might slip into the other room, get into the hall, go downstairs by thi! back way and so make his escape. • He listened a few moments and then tried the door. It was locked. In the hurry of putting him where he oould not escape, the redcoats had neither searched nor disarmed Dick. He had his pistols and a heayY jackknife, and with the latter he might do something. He now produced this and began to cut the wood around the lock. The door was of hard wood, however, and Dick made but little impression upon i e Then he heard someone quietly come into the room and stopped his cutting. In a moment he heard someone say: "Hallo, is thet you, captain?" The voice was that of Tilly Spudgeon, the Tory girl. "Yes, it ls I," he said. "They made a pris'ner o' ye, didn't they?" "Yes, they did." "Don't ye wanter get out?"• "Certainly." "I'm workin• in the tavern while our hottse is shut up an' 'I!. C::'t.11 •em take yer." "You did?" "Yus, an' Uncle 'Rugg was an ole scoundrel fur tellin• on ;ve." "'" .mppo:Mi he was angry. " 'l'I'hat don't make no ditt'rence. " "He probably thinks it . does , " shortly. "Wull, captain?" "Yes?" "I'm goin' ter let ye out." "Have you a key?" "No, an' they' ve took t'other one erway, but I guess I cal cet •em." "I will be greatly obliged to you if you do . " "That's all right. Didn't ye lick young Scroggs an' them tellers what was tormentin• me?" "They deserved it." I "Waal. ye just wait er few minutes an' "Tilly!" called a voice from below. The girl ran to the door and calied out: "All right, I'm makin• the beds. They scand•lous." "Never you mind about the beds. Yon come dowa here an' 'tend to the dishes." "All right," and Dick heard the girl clattering downstairs With her heavy shoes. "They may not let her up here again," said Dick to him self, "and time is precious. I must see what I can do my self." There was the chimney, a generous one, too, and this might afford a means of escape. He kneeled before the fireplace and looked up. Yes, it was wide enough for him to pass, and, being built of stone, had plenty of places where he could put his hands and feet. .He was stepping in when he heard Tilly say: "I got some keys, but I ain't sure which is the right one." "Try one after another," said Dick. "All right." Dick then heard her fumbling at the lock. She tried one key after another anil at length found one that fitted. Just as she turned the bolt Dick heard someone say in a sharp voice: "Now, then, you Tilly, where are you?'• Dick heard the key hastily withdrawn from the lock. "Didn't I tell ye I had to make them beds?" Tilly retorted. "Dear me, how long you •spect they're goin' without befb.' made up?" "Well, you just get down to the kitchen an' don't meddle with what don't concern you." Then there was a resounding slap. "Here, don't 'ye do that!" and the slap had an echo "Then two pairs of heavy shoes went clattering across the floor . The outer door was slammed heavily and Tilly laughed. "H'm, didn't ketch me, did Then Tilly hurried downstairs, and a few moments later the woman who had upbraided her followed. Dick went to the door and tried the latch. It opened readily, and he stepped into the other room. "Good!" he muttered. "The girl has some .sense, for all that they say she has not." He closed the door, walked across the room and Iistened. There was a good deal of noise below, but nothing of a suspicious nature. Opening the door, he stepped into the passage and listened. There was nothing te alarm him. Quickly locating the bacK stairs, he hurried down, noise lessly and went out at a rear door. Then he slipped, around to the side of the house, loosened the tether of his horse and sprang into the saddle. As he turned into the road someone shouted: "Hallo! There goes the rebel now!" At once the cry was repeated. "Hallo, stop him, there's Dick Slater, the rebel!" Redcoats and 'J.'ories and Hessians came surging out. At once there was a great hue and cry. Dick dashed along the road and after him came half a dozen redcoats. They a.11 had fleeter horses than his, as he speedily realized. "If I only had Major now, " he muttered. However, he must do the best he could. If speed could not aid him to escape, strategy might. On he went at full speed, presently rounding a sharp turn in the road. As soon as he was out ot sight of the redcoats he took a flying leap from the horse. "Get up!" he .cried, as he touched the ground. On went the horse at full speed. Dick had alighted in a clumt> of bushes. He quickly secreted himself and in a mo:r:ient heard the redcoats go thundering by. "There he goes!" shouted one. "We'll have him soon!" Dick peerd out and saw the redcoats disappear around the next turn. Then he made his way across country, along the river -bank and so on to the camp.


THE I;IBERTY BOYS OF '76. "Hallo, Dick, didn't you have a horse?" asked Bob, as he met the young captain. we can take the chest up the gully and not haTe a steep bank to draw it up." "Yes, but I had to let him go." "Captured?" "I suppose so." "That will be better," muttered, "but 1t looks now as if tt would never go down.'' They were about to go away 'when they heard a tramt>IDI in the bushes above them. "He hasn't come in.'' "Then I suppose they overtook him. They could go faster than he could." Then the old Tory came out at the top of the bank. Shaking his fist at the boys in the boats, he said: "You are trespassing, you confounded young rebels. Go "\.Vho were they, Dick?" "Redcoats," tersely. "Jove! I believe you've had an adventure, Dick." "Yes," with a laugh, away or I 'II have ye prosecuted." Mark and several of the Liberty Boys now came up. They all wanted to hear all about what had happened to "Do you own the right of way on the river, Mr. Spudgeon?" Bob asked, indignantly. Dick in his absence. "That rascally old Tory wanted to drink an objectionable toast in my presence," said Dick. "Well?" "I upset his pewter and so betrayed myself." "And then?" "Ye were on my land and I warned ye otr before. If ye come again ye'll find traps and spring guns. I won't hue ye here, I tell ye." ''The ground is not ours, and we have as much right here as anyone,!' said Dick. ''Did ye. get the chest up?'' asked Spudgeon. ''I '11 pay ye ten pounds ' apiece, Slater, an' the rebels in his boat, I mean, fur gettin' of It." "Then there were too many of them for me and I was cap "How can you pay for what is not yours!" asked Bob. "It is mine; I put it there; it was my land then; ye can •t camp, Dick?" asked dig up my property like that. It'jj mine, I tell ye, and it tured.'' "You were not taken to the British Bob, excitedly. "No, but to an upstairs room in the tavern." ye--" "And then you got out?" "With the help of Tilly Spudgeon. half-witted after this, boys.'' He was stamping and gesticulating furiously, quite unmind ful of the undermined condition of the bank. Don't say that girl 13 All of a sudden it caved in beneath him and a carload of Mark aud Ben laughed hilariously. "Tilly, eh?" said Mark. "What has come over her?" ''She wanted to repay the good turn that Bob and I did her'' •;That's very good of her: but just imagine that plain-looking, awkward girl helping Dick.'' laughed Mark. , "Tilly is a goodhearted girl, Mark, and you mustn t say a word against her.'' '•I wouldn't not for the world, '' tnore seriously, ''but you must admit It's funny, Dick?" with another laugh. "Well, perhaps it is,'' smiling. "Oh, she rhay come around and be a good patriot before we know it,'' said Bob. "If all Tories were like that uncle o! hers she'd do it in a moment,'' added Mark. , "We'll go tomorrow and try and recover our g-0ld chest,' remarked Dick. In the, twenty-four hours. however, it was raining and rained for /CHAPTER XII. TRYING AGAI!C General Howe had been going to attack the American camp, but the rain prevented. . By the time the rain had ceased ".rashington had .shifted his entire position to North Castle, a distance of five miles .. Here there was a rock height which formed an almost im pregnable fortress and which Howe would have great difficulty in storming. . _ Meantime the Liberty Boys remained in camp durmg tne storm, keeping a watch on the enemy and waiting for :pleasaut weather. After the rain was nver Dick took a party of the boys and went down tbe riYer in boat'l. .!\rriving at the place where the had been sunk, they found the river greatly swollen and rapid. . The water was over the banks and everythmg was wet and soggy. i t d " id ''There ls no use in attempting to get t up o ay, sa Dick. "If you say so, I wti1 try,'' Bob. . . "No the water is cold and runs hke ' a millrace, and it will be' difficult to get a purchase on the wet ground.'' . ••As long as it does not iet washed away I suppose it ls all right," returned Bol:l. ••Oh, it will stay there, no doubt,'' laughed Ben. , , "But we don't want it to stay there,'' declared Sam. We want to get it ou.'' Where the chest had been found there was now a deep gully which extended to the river and was full of muddy .water. "By the time that water goes down," said Dick, "I think earth slid down toward the river, carrying him with it. He fell on his back and went sliding down the bank, kick ing and ye lling. The absurdity of the sight made nearly all the boys laugh heartily. The old Tory was not hurt, but he was decidedly muddy when he picked himself up, angrier than before. "Ye done that, ye rebels!" he stormed. '.rhis made Bob and Ben laugh heartier than ever. "Ye digged erway the bank, ye labels-, to make me fall," the o1d Tory expostulated. ''I '11 sue ye for damages. I •ve fractured-'• "Your temper,'' laughed Bob. "Never mind, a good big bowl of hot punch will mend it.'' Spudgeon spu.ttered and fumed and threatened and at last, finding his anger of no avail, stum1,>ed along shore lo find a. more conveni<>nt place to up Lhe bank. The boys now went up the river, resolving to wa.1t till lbe next day before resuming work on the recovery of the gold chest. It was safe enough where it lay now on the flat rock at the bottom of the river, although there would be some trouble in getting it up. It would not sink, at all events, and right in the channel, as it was, the sand would not collect upon it as radily as it would elsewhere. The boys were going up the river, when Tilly rnddenly appeared -0n the bank and beckoned. "Put in, boys,'' mid Dick. "Go ahead, the rest." Ben and Sam, who were rowing, guided the boat in toward the bank and held water as they neared it. "Did ye get the chest up?" the girl asked. "What do you know about it, Tilly?" asked Dick. ''Uncle Rugg has been goin' on about it, and says y 're rob. bin' of him an' he's goin ' to have the law on ye." ''Does he say he buried it?' Dick asked. "He don't say, but he says it's his 'n an that ye shan •t have it." ''How is it his unless he buried it?'' ''I dunno, but he says it is, a n ' when ye get it out he's goin' to have a lot o' men there to take !t away from ye, If\ ye 'd l;>etter look out.'' "He br-0ught a lot of men against us before," laughet\ "but they didn't do anything." "Yus, an' he said that Hank Jones an' some other fellern told ye erbout et an' he's goin' ter persecute 'em, so • says.'' '•Jones was not We overheard some of the men ing over their plans.'' "Waal, some on' 'em's mean enuff ter tell on ther rest flf they thought they could make a dollar.'' "Very trne," laughed Bob, "but nobody told us. It was simply their own carelessness in talking over their plaDs oa the public road that betrayed them."


LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. '' Wull, ye better keep a lookout on the . ole rascal, 'cause be '!I try ter hurt ye all be kl.n." . "Thank you, TUly," said Dick, and then the boys went up the river. Reaching the camp, Mark met Dick and said: .. "The redcoats are getting restless, they say, ar some of t.hem, at any rate.'', . ''Then we will have to quft>t them,'' said Dick, curtly. Dick at once ordered the boys to get ready for a move against the redcoats. They were all in the saddle in a short time and dashing along the road. 'Thev shortlv espied a detachment of the enemy who had come on a0forag!ng expedition. "There they are, boys!" cried Dick. "After them!" The intrepid lads at once increased their speed and rode> forward. The enemy saw them coming and began to form In line of battle. "Forward!" shouted Dick. The gallant fellows fairly flew. Nothing c<>uld withstand the ferocity of that impetuous charge. ''Fire! '' now cried Dick, as the boys came within easy range. , Tjle boys whipped out their pistols and began firing a rattling volley while coming on at a dead run. The boy s could fire just as well riding like the wind as standing still. The enemy quickly felt the. effects of that rattling volley. It was as deadly as a discharge of grape and cannister. Many a saddle was emptied, and there were numerous gaps in the ranks of the infantry, The Liberty Boys were coming on like a tornado. The enemy knew that they could not stop that terrific rush. Many of them fell back in alarm, and then the feeling spread and in a few minutes they were all running like a tl.ock of sheep. They had fired a volle l as the came on, but It seemed to have no effect. . A feyr of the boys had :r:eceived slight wounds, but they never thought of that in the fierce charge .they were making. Away ll.ew the enemy, some this way and some that, the dashing boys pursuing the main body to the very lines. Then they rode away with a cheer and in a short time were out. of the reach of pursuit. ''It's doing things like this that makes them call us saucy r ebels,'' laughed Bob. ''Impudence carried to sublime heights becomes bravery when it succeeds,'' added Mark. ''And Dick would not do a thing like that if he didn't thi:ik he could carry it through, so, after all. it's only daring.'' CHAPTER XIII. TBX CHEST IS BECOVZBXD. The next day, the river having greatly subsided, Dick took a party of the boys to recover the gold chest. There was a deep gully right down to the river, and it was now nearly dry, with rough stones at the bottom. Bob went down and soon located the chest, which lay upside down on the fiat rock where they had left it. Then a boat was moored directly over it, and Bob and Dick went down. to try and get a rope around it. The weight of the chest being less in the water than out of It, the boys had Uttle trouble in raising it. They both raised it with crowbars and then, holding the bars with one hand apiece, put the rope under it with the other hand. Then both let go the bars and shot U P to the surface. , "Well?" asked Ben, as they rested their hands on the rail 81. the boat. ,,.We raised one end of It," said Bob. .... &llY of the gold spill out?" asked Sam. we put the bars close against the top.' : b a few minutes the boys went down again and got another -e under the chest. This was put at right angles to the first. The b<>ys were obliged to work rapidly, but, knowing just what they were to do, there-was no confusion and no work ing a.t cross purposes. The chest was at last in a stout sling <>f rope, wen knotted and secure. The ropes were then carried ashore and all the boys laid hold upon them, They were strong, new ropes, and there was no danger of their breaking. The chest could not slip out of the sling either, as the ropes went around all four sides and the top and bottom. The boys began pulling steadily, and it could be seen that the chest was slowly but surely coming out. Foot by foot the boys took in the slack and at last, taking a good hold, they went straight up the bank, and the chest followed them out of the water. . They would have cheered, but D1ck had cautioned them against making any noise. They hauled the chest up the gully and then pulled it out upon the bank. At that moment the old Tory and half a dozen rough-look ing men appeared. ''That's my property they 're stealin '; don't let 'em haYe it,'' said Spudgeon. The men immediately . made a rush. "Stand back! " cried Dick, snatching a pistol from his belt, which lay not far away. All the boys had discarded their coats, but they lay in a line within easy reach. The men were disposed to fall back when the boys made such a show of resistance. The quickly rallied around Dick and presented a formidable front. ''Don't be afraid of 'em,'' roared the old Tory, greatly excited. "They dassent shoot; they 're trespassers an' rob bers an' they know it.'' "Be careful, Mr. Spudgeon," said Dick. "This is our prop. erty, and we intend to take it away, You have no right on this land than we have. It ls public ground." "Don't listen to 'eru," cried the old Tory. "Take. it '.I.Way fr<>m 'em. It's mine. I '11 give you a pound apiece if you get it away." Just then there was a shout and more men appeared . "Get the chest to the boat," said Dick, quietly. Ben, Sam and the two Ha.rrys picked the chest up and carried it to the nearest boa. Dick and he rest of the Liberty Boys were between them and the Tories and so they were not nQticed. The newcomers came on with a lot of noise. They were deterred from attacking the boys by the deter mined appearance of the latter, however. The four boys got the chest to the boat and put it in before they were discovered. Then the Tory saw the and shouted: "There they go! Stop 'em! Don't let 'em get away! Stop 'em!" "Pull away, boys," said Dick. The boys took the oars and rowed steadily up the river. The Tories rushed down to the bank and tried to seize some of the boats. The boys were there ahead of them, however. ''Get in, boys,'' said Dick. ''These ruffians are not going to stop us.'' Half of theremaining boys entered the boats and pushed off. "'Fire if they bother us, boys!" said Dick. "Make ready. aim!,. The Tories fell back In great haste. Then Dick hurried the rest of the boys into the boats, get ting in last of alL He did not wish to fire upon these men, but would have done so if he had been in danger. There was more bluster than bravery among the Tories, however, and Dick ' i ruse of pretending to fire had had its effect. It gave the boys time to get away and that vras all they wanted. The boys with the chest had obtained a good' lead, and the old Tory did not care so much for punishing Dick as he did for getting hold of the chest. "St.op 'em!" he cried. "Run ahead an' stop 'em. It's shaller ahead, an' ye can wade right in an' stop 'em.' The Tories ran along the bank, but the boys kept abreast of them, and they could not reach 1.he boat with the gold chest in il


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 15 Ben kept his oys pulling a good, steady stroke, and they "I see no reason for doing so,,, quietly. made excellent progre&. ''But pudgeon mar get him first and his seniees are very The boys passed the shallows, and then the trees and bushe s valuable. I do not kno-w of any lawyer in the section who--" s o close to the bank that the Tories could not run along ' ' Mr. Spudgeon is welcome to the person's s'1n ices," was it but had t o make a detour . answer. This gave the boy s in tbe boats the advantage, and they "You had bette r reconsider it. captain. S;mdgeon will win took it. his case if he employs :Mr. Sharpe. He all the law They pulled more rapidly now. and when the Tories again of treasure trove and can defend your case only. but on the came om upon the bank there was no chance whatever o[ o i h"r hand" catching tl1P boat. 'H e will put bis kn<>wledge a side and make out a case tot "Neve; ye m lnd, y e pesky rebels . " bellowed the old Tory . laughed Ebo. '' J '11 ha1'" the law on ye y et. I know my rights , a n ' l 'm J won ' t say that Spndgeon not a cas e, but if he bas goin' ter tight for 'em." o : H ' . Mr. Sharpe wiJI certainly make all there b e f it. and you The boy> continued -Oil their wa :: without furthe r molesta-will lear n too late-'' tion and a l length reached the camp . ''Jn c ase there i s any suit, I will haYe no difficulty in prO' The ches t was taken out of the boat and carried to Dic k's rnring the legal assistanc e. " tent. ' But, my dear captain, there is no on e bettrr calculated Here ir. would be safe, the young captain not thinking 1 : to" necei'', .. H e ancl the lawyer would probably 1',ant half there is and all that may no t he entirely blu s ter.' ' 1 i n 1 i1c ch es t. "lf he had bad a right to it. lte would have s top pe d onr ! Tha t would be a very small percenhl g c fol' men of that trying to get it out and would uot ham waited until w e h ad n a m p." with u laugh. it safe out of the riY e r. '' 'Oh , they '11 take all they can get, n r con r;-;i::. '' ''Very true.'' ftiding on. t hey met a number of the bullies, Bill Burgess "The old rascal wanted you to get i t out anri t h e n tak e it among them. away from you.' d eclared Mark. ' ' H e would n e ve r take the Young Scroggs was not with them, but young Jones said trouble that v ou boYs did.'' scornfully: "He could get.anyoue to work for bim, ' ' added Sam. "Huh! Yer got licked. didn't yer, rebels'?" ''If he offered them too little they wouldo ' t work.'' said Neither Dick nor Bob thought It n ecessary to make any Ben, "and if he offer e d them a fair price the y would think and rode on. there was something in it and would want more." "'Vait till we catch yer an' we'll lick yer, too," shouted "Yes, and try to rob him. p erhaps , .. adde d ::\!lark. "'I'hey Jone!\. are a.s big rascals a s he is .. , '''!'hey could catch us uow, '' laughed Bob. ''but I sup-" It is possible that be may h a ve known of the chest." con-pose two to seven -0r eight is too big odds for t.heru." tinued Dick, ''but I do not b e ll eve he has any real right to Reaching Bob's house, the boys found that Alice had gone it." to Dick's, and so they rode on. "And p-0ss e ssion i s ni n e l aughe d R o b . 'We have "'Ve ' ve got the chest at last, my girl,' said Dick, when it now, and I t will take a good d eal to g e t i t (rom u s.' he met Alice. "If Spudgeon had t b c l a1 1 ou bi s s id e h e would have In "What are you going to do with it. Dick?" Toked it before now.,. s a i d Dick , in conclu:;ion, 'but he did " Count the money and turn it over to the gPueral." not , and I don't think ltc w ill. ' ' '' U old man Burgess will let us,'' l.lughed Bob. "What bas he to do with it?'' Bob related what the money-lender had said. "He ' II help you against Spudgeon or be '11 help Spudgeon 1 'JL\PTER X.1\'. '• Tliat ' s jus t what I think." I against y ou , according to which brings in tb

16 "" " 'Pears ter me et orter belong to tber feller what found "Yes, and anyhow It I s our duty to help the man In it.'' tress, er he may do a t o iher times.'' 'It \\ uuld it no known rJwner s are found." Dy the time Dick and llob w en• in tbe saddle the score o! '' \\'aal, anybotly could say it was his 'n, I s 'pose." boys were ready. but he wuultl have to provP it.11 Dick ordered them to u, could see ::;;.:uuko coming "He's go in' tcr try ter get thrt tnon<'r. an' ho won't take I from the dire1tion of the old Tory'. v1<1ce, and a:; tilcy sighted no help from ule man Burgess cause he don't want to give I the house itself could see 1lamei:. him half, nor anything. " 1 Tho flames seemed to be comin;; 'rom the barn, b;n 1';(' "Burge:Or alone. but he o; In bad The old Tory wanted to go in to 5aye something, but the tor all that .• \v 01 wor a scbonndrel 101ke that an had to• meu would not let blm. , kape mrsllf company, Oi 'd ;;o dhrown . rucsilf, au' it's bad 1 . The. had a good deal of difficulty in prevenUn,,. him howenough 01 hato the v . athm, dear knowe. " J -0 • "Wau he a little, i.mooth-faced, oily-toni;ued man, alway$ I evHrirl d d fO ht nd at om* • the men were his hands?" . ti snare an . ug •. a .,,., E o CJ• "H ' th • th t l ht! th t ,,, h 11 I ob!Ige li to carrv hun forcibly into the house. 0 wor, an s eppm a oig Y a yez " t ink _e Wh n the bo."5 saw that they were no longer needed and wor walk in' on eggs, begorrah. '' I e ' "And he did not get the chest?" that the meii could confine the tire to the barn. they with "He did not, nor enough knowledge to pit in bis eye an•! drew. blo!nd um.'' Tilly happened to be busy carrying things back to the h ouse "Sharpe seems to be working own account" said at that moment and did not see them leave. Dick. ' It was growing dark at the time, although the ftre liglited "They all want that chest, don't they, Dick?" up the v icinity of the house for some distance. . "Yes and only the rightful owner shall have it." The boys rode back to camp, and Bob said to Dick: ' ''I suppose that old Tory will be as bitter as ever after CHAPTER XV. ..l GUILTY CO:'iSCIENCE.. It was nearly sunset when one of the Liberty Iloys came to Dick and said: "There 's smoke over by the old Tory's house, and I think the place ls on fire.'' "Cail out a score of the Liberty Boys,'' said Dick, hurrying out. Then he called Bob and said: "There seems to be a fire at the old Tory '11 ,house. we must try and put it out." "It might spread to others with this wind." this.'' 1 "Per ;,;,ps," ;;hortly. I '' SomP men have no gratitude. and. after all. we worked r as much to save other property as we did to save this. " "Yer, but it was right to try and save his, oven if nothing eise were in danger. 11 Reaching the camp, the boys found supper ready and quite enjoyed it after their hard work. The next morning Tilly rode over to the camp .and asked to see Dick. "What is it, Tilly?" he asked, when the girl came to his tent. "Uncle has went off somewheres an• we donno where he ts. He was sort of out'n his head 1 night." "He waEn't hurt?"


t 1 "No, I guess not, but ya could see yerselves he acted kind 1 queer.'' "He was greatly excited, and very naturally " said Dick "He was took worse arter you went away, we had a lot er trouble with him.'' •!J'he baru was not saved, was it7" "Xo. it burned down, an' when the roof fell in he took on tremenjous. '' "How did it take fire 1" ''Dunno. Some says it was sot a-purpose, an' the ole woman says it \\as jest ca 'lessness. '' "When did Mr. Spudgeon go away?'' "Some timo early morniu' 'tween daybreak an' sunup, l guess." " \.nd you do not kuow where he went?" ''No, we 13eeu his tracks, but we couldn't foller 'em further 'n the woods.'' ''Was he out of his head all night?" ''Mostly he was, an' went on talkin' all sorts o' queer stuff what we couldn't make nothin' out on. 11 "Was he violent?" "Some o' the time he was, an 1 then he'd cry an' say what a bad feller he was, but the ole woman tole him not to mind." ''He was not locked in his room?'' "No, but we kept a sort of a watch like." \vti wlll see if we can find him." "The ole woman she says she's erbleeged ter yer fur yer done, an' she hopes yer won't charge too much fur et." "Charge her !or it?" said Dick, in surprise. •' Yus; the other fellers did.'' "Tell her we will charge her nothing. We do not expect pay for such work.'' "Wull, ef Y<:l find him ye '11 fetch him home, will ye?" "Yes," said Dick, and then Tilly rode away. and Bob took their horses and rode off to look for the m issing Tory. They left word for Ben, Sam and a few others to follow them in a short time. They rode to the woods and followed the man's tracks for some little distance, when they doubled and then went toward the marsh. They got back to the road again and then saw Ben and Sam coming. 'We saw Spudgeou just now," said Sam, "but he went into the woods when he saw us. The two Han-ys are watch in,g the place.' ' The boys went back. and Dick and Doh dismounted and followed the man' s trail. At length they heard the sound of talking and advanced more cautiously. They presently came to a little opening among the trees. Here they saw the old Tory walking up and down, talking to himself. Approaching to within a few yards without being seen, they heard him say: . "It's a judgment ou me for uot doin' right Now I '11 lose a.11 I got. I order done right by her an' then this thing wouldn't have happened.'' Die.II: signalled to Bob to advance cautiously. ''I thought nobody would never find out that I was u5in' of her money, an' now this here is a judgment." The boys advanced ca.utiously, but the old Tory heard them, turned suddenly and shot off deeper into the w oods. "The man has something on his mind," said Dick. ''Whom did he mean?'' "T!lly, no doubt, but we must find him before we can learn." "Then he has been defrauding her, you think?" "Very likely. 'fhe man has a guilty conscience and it ls no doubt Tilly to whom he refers. 1 ' ' ., J•. ''What shall we

18 "Yes." "'fhe portrait is that of a Iitle girl. isn't it?" "Yes. Have you seen a girl like that?" 'l don't kno11' . '' "It looks like Tilly. Bob.' "But. Dick. is not a pretty girl." '':'.'liot now, Bob, because she is generally llnkempt and not overclean and shows the effl'cts or hard work.'' "Very true. I suppose she might look bette1 if she " ere fi:i:ed up." "J believe that i-: the portrait of Tilly when she -.rn: ' a child. Bob." thoug' 1 lo.• declared Bob. ''I dont believe be buried it to keep _ ?. oo -_ing O"l"er tue corns agarn. out of temptation." ' J c a r c corns here that are not ten years old. Dick.' , , It does not look Uk? it.: l!.e , said. ,. . . 'And if ""c had not found the chest Tilly would never have '.,And 1 1l!y s father has been dead longer than that." 1 seen its contents.' And here are some only five years old; yes, and here are "Ven• likelv not . ., th;;e or four ?nly ears old." . "He had to 0put in a good claim and so told what he" That decides it. th_eu. or. perhaps the , , And described many of the contents of th<' chest.'' chest and has been addrng to 1!.s contents. , '.And now if be o-ets bold of it, the girl will never handle ''Perhaps " " " . . any of that money." Spudgeon buried 1t, beond a doubt . . , Dick said. "and "I don't intend to Jet anyone but Tilly have it, Bob.'" ls why h1c has be:n so anxious to get it. " _ . "That's right. and I think she's clever enough not to let T!1en you 11 see th.Lt [ am right alvmt his going to make 1 the old man "et hold of it:" a. claim for It " j "' . '' l think so. t.oo, Bob.1 ' Late that afternoon Harry Thurber c:tme t o Dick and s::i1e 'n tryin ter cheat ther gal.' ' there is something that hail been kept back .. , ' And w e mn:;t find out what it is." '' T'erbapi; we shall.' ;o;or.d!:eon did not return that eYening. -f,; t h'C morning he came with It ii; 1\'ifc. . H e greiLtly perturbed. but Dick saw th<) ::ild cr;1ftY The \\ was greatly put out. evidentl . . "r 1 hink it's a shame.'' s})e began. "Here i am up 'er my eyes in work. an' you boys run erway with I)'?ar kuowi;. ef yc'd wanted to keep comp'nr witl\ -,e could ha,e come to the house. though I never did take tcr butter g o an' run off with tbe gal-'' "'1 f :u; Tilly disapprnred?" asked Dick Bob tu rn<'d his bead to bide an expreRsin wink. ' ' Yus. she has. an' l liaiu 't slep a wink,'' said Spudgeon. "An

-T lrBE l LIBERTY BOYS OF -'76. "Why, er colll'Se. Ef I'd lookea in the right place 1 '4 have Dick nothing, and Bob smiled beh1nft tbe olft Tory's found her, but I dunno where it is." back. "I believe you do," thought Bob. Spudgeon went away, sputtering, and after he bad g111111 "She hain't run away," said the woman . "She didn't Bobby asked: have no call to. been took, an' it's one o' ye boys "Doyouthinkhewillbringanypaper,Dick?" what's don e et.'' ''He might, but as we never saw Tilly's writing, we ca.JJlllt "I wouldn't say that , " said the Tory. "She was :ftighty tell whether it will be genuine or not." b y spells, an' I think she had one on 'em an' went off . " "Of course nol 11 "She's here i n this c amp, or ef she aln 't, one of you boys "I think we had better go and make sure 1f Tilly ia. a.t f!be knows where she i's a n'-'' house or not. ' ' "Wh y didn't y ou come and tell us last night?" asked The boys then set off on their way. Dick. Dick left instructions with Mark before he left. "I was er buntin ' for her," said the Tory, "an' I was Coming in sight of the old Tory's house, they sa.w-1dmoe r bopin '. she'd c ome b ack. I don't think none o' you boys setting out in the chaise. r u n ne d off with her.'' They kept out of his sight and at length he passed...an4 "I d o then!" sputtered the woman. "Tilly had no call went on toward the . t e r run erway from a home where she was as happy as a Then Dick rode up to the Tory's house. lamb . " He saw a slatternly-looking girl at the back. .. "She '11 come b ack, I guess , when th er fit leaves her," "Has Tilly come back?" he asked. said the Tory, "so I '11 just take the ches t, so's to have it "No, she 't, an' I'm put on, havtn • ter do an tM h ome when she doe s. " work." • "I thought we ' d b e c om i n g t o that soon," chuckled Bob Dick now went away and rejoined Bob. to himself. "She • s not there, just a.s I supposed, " he tohl Bob. 6''.l"b.-9 "I cannot gi v e the chest to anyone but Tilly herself, " hired girl thinks she ha.s run away, but I don't. n said Dic k , q u ietly. "Where are we going to look , Dick?" ''Yes, but she '11 b e home when we get back, most likely, ••I hardly know.'' an' then she '11 h ave it a n ' it '11 be a surpris e to her.'' ' 'Do you think she is hidden in the 1iouse anywher8if "You say y ou think she will come back. When she does Dick? " she can come here a nd ge t ' the chest. " " . Yus, bu t mebb y she ' ll be ter hum when. we get there.,, "That ts a good suggestion, Bob . HOWeTer, I don-'t W'D:lll ''Then yo u can send he r h ere. She can drive a horse or she is. ' ' ride one as well a s anybody." "She would make too much noise and'try to get out.n "Very go o d . C o me, mot h e r , t h e capting is all right. He , "Yes, and her aunt would not be willing to do k nows ther law an' he wo n't g o e r g i n i t. That '11 be all help so long. ' ' right. If Tilly can ' t c ome her self s he'll send a rter it." " Very true.'' 'Then Spud ge o n and h is w ife w ent away, the woman still ''I think that the Tory bas taken ber awitY., and I don.1 protesting that the Liberty Boys bad run away w ith Tilly. think his wife knows anything about it. " "What d o y ou think, Dick?" asked Bob , w hen their visitori! "Then we've got to hunt for her. Do you know .if had gone. man bas any other house in town? " "That S p udgeon know s where Tilly is." "I don't know that he has." "But-the old wom a n does not. " "He might take her somewhere and pay someone to keep "No, I think not." her h idden." "And the o ld rascal wi ll be here again in an hour or so "Very true, Bob." with a suppose d messag e from Tilly.'' " Can y ou think of any such place T" "No doubt, Bob . He won't bring the girl herself." "There are severaL Hank Jones would hide her for pay• "No, for she w o u ld not trust him w ith the chest." and so would Jenkins and Harris and some others. " "But, I say, Di ck , if we won' t g i ve it up, what will Spud "Hank Jones's place would be the best, Dick, for no deeent geo n do with the g irl?" fellow would want t o go there. Jt ' s dang erons, too." "Se n d ner away s om ewhere and then .try and get the chest "Very true, Bob; but we will g o there, nevertheless, if W3 from us.'' don •t find the girl anywhere else.'' ' ''He can •t. '' ''Old Spudgeon thinks himself a bit better than Hank Jones. "No, o f cou r se not. We must tind the girl, Bob." but I it.h.l.nk be would make use of the man, just the same. " " Y ou are right." "He would, and Hank Jones would betray him if he thought "There i s no use in waiting for him to return. We can he could get more money out of . us." . send som e o f the boys to look for her at once." The boys were riding along when, passing a point where B en, Sam, t h e t w o Harrys, Will Freeman and Phil Waters there were woods on both sides of the Dick heard voices. were i;;en t off in o n e party , while a half dozen others went "Hide, Bob , " be said. in another d irec t i o n . The boys quickly rode into the woods and made theit horses Half an h ou r later mare boys went out with instructions to lie down. conduct the search q uietly so as not to arouse the old Tory's One was Bill Burgess, one was young Scroggs, and onewas suspici ons. young Hank Jones. An hour after Spu d g eon ' s v i sit be returned alone. "Tber ga l bas c ome back," he said, "but she's done out "What's ther use o' goin' ter ole Spudgeon' s fur?" with bein' ou t a ll night an' s ay s fur y e ter send ther chest." young .lones . "Ob, I ' ll wait t ill she can come after it, or at least write "Ter tell him that ef he don't give yer some money yer 'D h e r meiosage . " go ter ther Liberty Boys an' tell,'' said Bill Burges.s. "Ye'r e ertryin' t o cheat her out'n it," snarled the old Tory. "Yer c ' n pu t it in t her shay just as well as not." ''And a ll chance s of the girl's ever getting it,'' thoug h t Dic k . CHAPTER XVIII. LOOKING FOR TILLY. The old Tory saw that his craft was no match for Dick Slater's sterling h onesty a n d snarled: "Wull , I 'll fetch ther paper, but ye're ermakl.n ' me er wt er trooble jest fur spite I ain' t er relleL"' "I wouldn't be seen goin' ter no r ebel camp , " snortea Scroggs, with his nose in the a i r . "Yer dassenter 'cause ye're erfraid Dick Slater'll llielt yer, " sneered Bill. • 'Shut up, ' ' said Jones. ' ' Do we have ter go ter ther camp?" The boys had paused and were italking animat edly. "No, er course not, but can' t yer tell Spudgeon that yer""ll t ell Dick Slater ther gal' s ter your house et he ' oon-'t p;q, yer?" "But be's paying pap ter keep her out'n ther way . " "Er course ; but what' s ter hinder our makin' some . mooeyT Yer needn' t ter say nothin' ter Slater, er course, but yer kiD purtend y e 're ergoin' ter. " '-'Yas, ' B so. How


''Four shlllin 's erpiece.'' "Gosh! Thet 's er lot er money! He '11 never do et." he will; he's got lots o' money. That ain't nothin' to him." Dick gave Bob a sudden signal. Then both boys sprang out upon the surprised Tories Dick seized Bill Burgess and Hank Jones, while Bob ea:ught Scroggs and the other boy. '' Leggo o' me,'' said Jones. ''I hain 't done nothin' '' Bill Burgess also protested, but Dick held him fast. "I am not going to hurt you this time, Jones," said Dick, .''but I want you to tell the truth.'' "What yer wanter know?" with a snarl. "When was T!lly Spudgeon brought to your house?" "Last night," he answered. "Who brought her?" ''The ole man.'' "She didn't come willingly!" ''No, she was tied up an' er rag in her mouth.'' '' Spudgeon made an agreement with your father to keep Tilly, did he!" '' Yus, till he could take her down ter ther city.'' ''And you thought you could make money out of Spudgeon by threatening to tell on him?" " 'Twasn 't me, it was Bill Burgess," whined young Jones. "Very good. I wan, t you to keep away from your house t!ll I've been there." ''Here come some of the boys,'' said Bob. Ben, Sam, the two Harrys and some others now hove in sight. Dick called to them and they rode up rapidly. ''Take care of these fellows,'' said Dick, ' 'till we come back.'' Dick then left the four bullies in charge of the boys, wbile he and Bob r . ode off to Hank Jones 's. On the way thither the boys encountered another party of the Liberty Boys. Dick asked them to go with him, as there was safety in ing to have been signed by Tilly and requesting Dick to de liver the chest to her uncle. l\1ark said that he had no authority to receive the order or to deliver the chest. Then Spudgeon said he would wait for Dick. When he saw Tilly with Dick and Bob he put the whip to his horse and drove off at full speed. "He brought a note signed by Tilly," said Mark, "but I suspected that she had not written it.'' "Me?" said Tilly. "I can't write, nor read neither. time have I had to go ter school! " • "We will have you taught to read and write and many other things," said Dick. "That's good. I ' d like ter, but, as for the chest o' gold, I don't want more 'n enough to live on decent an not have to work so awful hard. Ther Liberty Boys kin have ther rest of it." Tilly would not go back to her uncle's, but went to Dick Slater's, insteatl. Here she helped Edith and Dick's mother and was of great use. Dick consulted some good lawyers and learned that Tllly could not dispose of all of her property while under age. She could donate a certain percentage of it, however, and this she did. A new guardian was appointed, and the old Tory did not file any objection. • Tilly improved in appearance and manners, and in a year from her leaving her uncle's would not have been recognized' for the same girl. A few years after the end or the war she married one ot tbe Liberty Boys, thus proving herself to be a thorough patriot and entirely devoted to the cause. After the girl had gone to Dick Slater's to live, the Lib erty Boys went down to New York to aid in the defense of Fort Washington. numbers. They took an active part in trying to save the fort and Away they rode and at length came in sight of Hank quite distinguishe d themselves. Jones's house. Dick halted in front of Jones 's house and the man himself came oul "What you rebels do in' here?" he demanded. "We have come for Tilly Spudgeon," said Dick . Jones scowled at Dick and then asked: "What yer come here fur? I donno nothht' about ther gal. Whyn't yer go ter her house?'' ''Because she is here,'' said Dick. '' Spudgeon brought her here last night. He is going to take her to the city . He wants to cheat her. You may not know about this, but-'' ''An' the old skinflint on 'y gimme ten shill in 's ! '' snarled Jones. "I orter knowed there was something in it." "We want the girl. If you keep her you will be kidnap ping. Give her to us now and no more will be said.'' In less than half of two minutes Tilly came suddenly fty!ng out of the house, propelled by Mrs. Jones 's broom. "Come with us, Tilly," said Dick. "We've got news for you.'' Next week's i ss ue will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS HELPING HARDEN; or, SPY AGAINST SPY." CARPET IN HOUSE IS FIELD OF CORN. Last fall Solon Mutsey, of Butler, N. Y., purchased a bshel of popcorn in the ear, took it home and spread it out upon a carpet in a vacant room on the second :floor of his house to dry. One night heccntly 1\Irs. 1futsey told her husband she had popped the last of the popcom she had in the pantry, and if he wanted any more he would have to go upstairs and shell some. Mr. lVIutsey went to the upper room for the first time ''All right.'' Two of the Liberty Boys doubled up so that Tilly could since he placed the corn in it last fall. Hhen he opened have a horse to herself. the door he was surprised to see numerous stalks of She rode beside Dick, who questionea her. I corn some two feet high standing around the room. "Do you remember your father and mother, Tilly." investigating the strai1"'e phenomenon he found ''I don't roam, but 'pears ter me I 'member pop 0 er little. He was better lookin 'n Uncle Rugg." I that the roots of the corn had sprouted and grown "You've heard about that chest we found?'' through the carpet. "Yes." According to Mr. Mntsey the carpet has been on the i

\. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 21 INTERE STING ARTICLES ' FACTORY GIRLS PAID $4.67 A MONTH. The average pay of factory girls of Japan is $4.67 a month, according to statistics obtained for use in the nation-wide campaign of the Episcopal Church of Am erica. . The_ of a _Jiving wag e is a changeable quantity; it varies W1th nations and localities. In America, the of the comparatively high wage, a person who receives $4.67 a month-not a day, or a week, but a month-is most surely to be pitied. She is just as much to be pitied h e re in Japan. CHILD ESCAPES COYOTE. Attracted to the dooryard by an unusual noise being by her flock of turkeys, l\Irs. Thomas Merchant, livmg east of Bend., Ore., foui!d a coyote running to ward her little girl, who was playing in the yard. The animal was frothing at the mouth and is believed to have been rabid. Mrs. Merchant had just time to snatch her daughter up and return to the house before the coyote reached the spot where the little girl was at play. The coyote afterward attacked a dog near by and was :fighting with it when a neighbor, summoned by tele phone, arrived and killed it. MANY GERMAN GIRLS ARE BRITISH BRIDES. Americans are not the only soldiers who are keen for foreign brides, according to a report brought here by a Leeds soldier, just arrived from the Army of Occupa tion in Cologne. He says that in the Cathedral of that city be saw twenty-three British soldiers married to German girls in one day. The Cathedral was filled with people watching the fun. ''One man who came home with me,'' the Leeds . troop er reports, "said he had notified his Colonel that he '\yOUld forfeit his gratuity and all his pay if he were permitted to remain in Cologne and marry a Germau girl. The Colonel replied that he could not help him, but that after the man bad been discharged from the service at home he might get a passport and go back to the Rhineland and marry the girl. ''That man is returning to Germany. When I said to him what I thought about it, he replied that he had taken a fancy to a girl with plfmty of money and thought he might as well marry her, as he had no ties in England. ''Any night in Cologne you may see our men with their arms around German girls. Young officers are as keen for the girls as the men. Dozens of them go to the dances and enjoy thoroughly the company they meet.'' STRUGGLE AGAINST THE SANDS. It is calculated that nine-tenths of the coasts of the world are covered with sand. What is the origin of this sand and to what circumstances is its abundance due T Men of science have explained this in part by saying that it is due to the erosive effect of the waves upon the rocks, but it is generally admitted that this is not sufficient to account for the vast quantity of sancl that borders our beaches. Undoubtedly a very consid erable portion representss the m:tterial carried to and toward the ocean by the storms •and glaciers of Ice Age. The distribution of sand on the coast depends, in the first place, on marine currents and the topographical aspects of the coasts themselves. Where there is no protection in the shape of cliffs the coasts are covered with enormous :p.iantities of sand, but its advance is checked by plants and vegetable growths. Sprouts, trailing vines, or dragging roots serve the purpose of keeping the sand in place and iving consistency to the appearance of the average beach. Of these vegetable growths, those are calculated to serve the purpose best which are most abundant and whose resisting power is strongest. In the time of Elizabeth a law was passed prohibiting the destruction of such beach plants as they tended to keep back the sand otherwise carried by wind and rain to the detriment of crops. It was thus early recognized that plant life had an influence not to be despised in the formation of sand hills such as one sees in such plenty on the coasts of England ai)d Flanders. These banks, called "dunes," are either stationary or moving, as the case may be. When the sand deposited on the coast by the waves is not rxcessive and the wind blows intermittently one may s e c behind the sand hill the vegetable growth that is giving solidity to the mass from its roots up. In this way are formed the stationary dunes. When the vege tation is extended as far as the sea the dune grows in this direction and the curious spectacle is presented of the ocean reciding before the advance of the coast. A well known building in Southport, England, was built on a beach formed in just this way. The moving dune, although the same in origin as the stationary ones, owe their special characteristic to their great mass and the direction and constancy of the wind, which pre vents their finding a base strong enough to constitute a hold on the earth. These dunes are tossed about, often advancing into the interior over cultivated ground to the despair of the farmers. On the coasts of Gascony there are points where the dunes push forward more than four yards annually. In 1780 the advance of sand upon the land of Bordeaux was the occasion of despair to horticulturists and crop growers, and the engineer, Bremontier, made himself famous by converting movable dunes into stationary ones. The task was undertaken to form a wall against the sand invasion by making a palisade of the dunes a little more than a meter high and putting planks be tween each pair. When the sand swept over the boards it had to break up its volume in the effort, and little by little a stationary dune would form with an inclination of from to twelve degrees in the direction of the sea. Behind this palisade was conveniently disposed a wide zone of the hardier shrubs. France is by no means the only country that has un dertaken to contest the advance of sand. -In Holland and also in Denmark the problem has been studied for centuries.


22 . FACTS OF INTEREST GOES 4,500 MILES FOR INDIAN RELICS. in there "er e holes and in these long strap$ and Donald Cadv:_iw, Arctic explorer, has just returp.ed threw it up into the air till it went out of sight while the from a 4,500-mile trip through the Far North where straps remained in his hand. He then one he has been collecting specimens for the Mus'enm of of his t.o take hold of and to aseend by this the American Indian, Hoye Foundation, New York. strap, which he did, until he al s o went out of sight. His l\Ir. Cadzow, whose home is in Summit, N. J., left the master then called him three times, but no answer United States April, after having been discharged then took a knife in his hand, apparently in anger, from the navy. He outfitted his expedition in Edmonlaid hold of the strap and also 'vent quite out of sight. ton, Alberta. He threw the hand of the boy upon the ground, Relating the details of his journey to a reporter for then 11;1s foot, then his other hand, then his other foot, The World, Mr. Cadzow stated that he reached Great his body, then his head. He then came down, pant. Slave Lake in June and found the lake covered with mg for breath and his clothes stained with blood .... foe, which finally broke up in a mind.storm early in July. The juggler then took the limbs of the boy and applied He continued with his expedition across Great Slave them and it stood up compl e te and erect. I was aston Lak.e and entered the mouth of the Mackenzie River. At isbed and was seized in consequence by a palpitation of the J\Iackenzie River they met two Eskimos who bad the heart, but they gave me some drink and I recovered. killed two Jesuit priests but who had been freed by the The judge of the Mohammedans was sitting by my side, Canadian courts . The Eskimos were on their way home who swore that there was neither ascent descent nor to Coronation Gulf, in the Arctic . away of limbs, but the whol e was juggling.'' At another point in the journey, Mr. Cadzow met two Obv10usly, Mr. Clarke added the writer bad mixed geologists s ent by the Imperial Oil Company of Canada. up the rope trick and the de capitation trick which was 'l'here was every indication, they said , that in the regions being performed when the great Pyramids were being near the Hay River there were the greatest oil fields yet built. discovered in the world. At a point sixty miles from Another aooount of the tric k from a German source in Port Norman , on the Mackenzie River, oil was oozing out 1550 said: ''At Madgeburg a c ertain magical juggler of the gro und . In a djacent territory Mr. Cadzow saw declared that he could get but little money among men miles of pure tar sands. Lignite in the oil and tar deand would the refore go up t o heaven . Whereupon be posits had b e en burning for many years. would throw a cord up in the a i r, and his little horse Proc eeding along the Mackenzie to Bear River, Mr. would rro up it, himself taking hold of the horse's tail C adzow cam e in contact with the so-called blond Eskiwould follow him ; his wife, taking hold of him would mos, from whom he obtained an enormous collection of follow also, and a maid s e r vant would follow her' and so specim e ns for the museum. He got a collection mount up in air, as i t link e d together, the from the Sl a v e Indians. spectators stan mg i n great admiration. ' ' Unfortunate. While in the Far North Cadzow was joined by Storker ly an unbeliev e r d e clar e d that be had just seen the jugStorkerson and Lorn Knight, two members of Stefansgler go into an inn in the st reet. ''Therefore, :finding son's Canadian e x pedition . Storkerson and Knight told themselves deluded , t he s p ect ators w ent away." of being marooned for months on a great ice-cake in the The rec ord quot e d b y l\Ir. Clarke was from the Arctic . The y ac c ompanied Cadzow from Fort Norman memones of the Emperor Jahangier: to Edmonton. . ''They produced a chain fift y cubits in length and Asked regarding to possibilities of development of the my t_hrew one end of it toward the sky, where oil fields he saw, Mr. Cadzow said that there is no transit remamed as if fastened to something in the air. A portation available . now, but that as soon as positive tests dog was then fo_tward and , being placed at the have proven its presence in commercial quantities, a railend of the charn, immediat e ly ran up and, reach way will be built from Edmonton. mg the other end, disappear e d in the air. In the same MYSTERY OF THE INDIAN ROPE TRICK. The history of the rope trick was traced in a most entertaining manner by S. W. Clarke, the editor of the Magic Circular, who described it as the most illusive trick in the world , with the peculiarity that nobody who wanted to see it had ever seen it, though this peculiarity w.:is discounted by the fa.ct that at least two of t h e sp e aker s had seen a version of the rope trick performed . Mr. Clarke had traced a referenee to it as f.a.r back as 1355 , when Ibu Batata, an Arab from Tangi e r , wrote that he had seen the tric k performed at Hang C hau. Mr. Batuta wrote : ''I was entertained by the Emir in his own house in a most splendid manner. At the banquet were present the Khan's jugglers, the chief of whom took a wooden spear manner a hog, a panther, a lion and a tiger were suc cessfully sent up the ch ain and all disappeared at the end. At last they took down the and put it _mto a bag, no one discerned in what way the arumals were made to vanish into the air in the myster ious manner described." Mr. Van Bern narrated some extraordinary ':b1ch. had perf orm e d b y a Yogi in Liverpool, his ability to throw a rope into t he air, where it rigid only as long as the Yogi held lus . breath, C a ptain Leon B erre ley gave l4.l1 of the trick, w hi c h h e b e li e v e d to be abso: lutely f e asible . B.ut even this . assembl y of m agic ians was unable to conJure up carpets to c onv e y the m homeward and the. strike rs , and so the gathering w as forced to disperse m s e a r c h of tramcars and omnibuses before the vexed question of the rope trick c ould be settled.


'fHE fJTB:E:RTY• BOYS OF '76. 23 The Travels of Tom Train -OR-ff UNJfNG DOWN HIS ACCUSER By RALPH MORTON . "l \HIS 1rn;; :\Tr. Dale's room," said Torn. ,. ... • ''/-;o it is,'' was the rrply. "\\'ill h e lw in :o;oon ? ' I "'!'hat's more than _[ t;J 11 saY. Howen'1'. J am a frirnd of liis, aud I will rn1ertarn until you ,,;ee ltin1. 13y th<' \\"H.1, if I am uot mistaken, your name is 'J', 11n Train," '"'I'h11t is right.' ' . ' 80 l 1 hr mg-ht. AllCl ; f l am also correct i11 1 be matter of memor5, ,-,-e1'<' Olle of the irn;tr11cto r s m the Bon Ton .Athletic Club of Xe" (_}, :-;gfUAL :-;TOH,Y.) "That is 1n1c . .. 'Aud it is also true that rnu wcrr anestcd for robXXI (Continued. l bing one of the mernbcrn nf the elub. a :Jlr ... Williams'!" 'l'he lio1<>1 cic'rk poi 111, ,d 10 <'itl1cr r.11d of llH! long '"l'hat is also true .. , l'OlTihe s at 1 hr door;:. he :;aid, "\Yho and ;bat are vou ' demanded Tom. "and gi ,-r lllf' \mm ing if Ha rn•y n a le enter s . Remem-"J am a Xr\\ York detective, and in company with her 1ltat 111e numbrr of his inom i s tw('nty-one, and two more of the Xew York force I am here o n the trail tha1 it i s ou thr fir,.;t flurlr . 1 'm goingup there, and if of some l'Ounterfeiters who have skipped their.bail and -h• i s llOt ill his morn ! will wait in the .. for him.'' run awa\ . I t will add somewhat to the nlory of the ",\nd "hat \1 ili .':on do if ,nrn find Jti. rn there?'' asked trip if 1'1akr von bark to York in addition to the Phil. eounterfeitrrs,' who will bl' haggetl in l ess 1han twenty-' 'You lf';l ,.,, 1 Ira i t n lll<'." grimly ToJtt Tru in. four hours.' and his hll!r <',1•:; bla:r.rrJ ns hr ;,poke the \\nrds. "l Sllpposr it is 1o protest to you that I am ""1?111. ;,('\' ltxits from "I <:oolness, my boy, and I hope that 1 Jir C'url'irior, Tum \l'Pll I np 0 l li< flo o r 11 boYe, allrl aee as rnno('ei1t as_ you say. but .have walked walked ulmw llw hallw

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. wo_uld be thnm.ands .of miles away, and a term in I j o ltiyc a. ny alarm un_til I safeJr a way forom here •• , prison would be the only result of the capture. "I m brat," gloormly f'a1 d the bi g d etedwe . "and I And yet what could he do 1 Even if the clete,cth-e had giYe you my word that I will not call for h e lp for lrnif an riot faced him with a pistol in his ha11d, and "ith the I hour." ••vident. determination t0 use it if it became necessary,! ''You may mean what ynu i;ay, but T'm n n t going the man was to obig and powrrful for him to tacklr. 'tn tah anv rhanrrs with &aid 'fom. " I \e • ,\ftrnti on '." strrnly said the d!'tertivc. ''I'ut YOUl" nofhin$! against ou. and f <:Upposc though t hands nboYn rour h rad and bold thrm. there unlil r I \H'l"C doing 'your dut:. • but. I am innocent of the pnt hra1•rlrts on ;-our wnr-:ts. I don t want to hnrt ••rimf' for which y011 wrrr going to arrest me, a nd { : nu, a nd on_l; int end to ::-.hoot you rn the leg if ncr. essaQ. mr:in to get awa;.. Open ;nur month." to r .ripplc yon, b111 _onr way Ol" anether you arc "Open your mouth and lt't rue put this gag in, or I'll out of here my pris oner. Hold your hand.b on "I to you-" ' . knock YOU "ith the butt of this pistol." .rom and, D thrill of hope ran through him: .. And. as llc spoke .. Tom r.aught up the heavy weapon. :--.t enougn. the very order that the and raised it high abow his Jiead, his blue eyes blaz ing' hn1l g1:rn to a ssure cap.ture, to Tom Trim with determination. ;i po::;s1bel chance of escapmg it. . d hi t}l With pistol nnd handeuffs the detectfre walked toThe man on the floor groa1.1ed, _opene s .m? u . • j J and the bov forred the paper-weight m between h1s Jaws, 11 a "' our 1Pro. . d ' and then tied the napkm srrurely around the etectlYe s lips, knotting it at the back of his head. XXII. "Good "!\Ir. Dctectin:-," said the victorious b oy, "and ten the rascal that set this trap 1 hat I wi l l' not r&t llO\\. Tr auJ. make him confess his DBTECTJYE-TIIE ::\1ED84\GE PlWM lIO::\IB. I guilt .. , • • . • 1 'fhrn hf' walked out <>r the room, turnrd the kev m l p to 1he rnstant that the Jetc ctn-e gaxc the orclcr for 1 . 1 , . t f tl 1 k d ti hall 1 he bo, to put his hands up higlt above liiio head, 'l'om I c oor, wit lnrcw 1_. rom ie toe t .J an ras enldf' of t\h c ,.or:1.s • dPs'-rtcd thre"\' it far awa'o ie Ye y " . had fel t that was agamst lum, aud that nothmg I 'c ' • " \\a,; m o r e stm' than that he was bound to go back to dor. . . . . 1 • _ cy; York a prisoner. Downstairs I_1e went, beckoned to Phil and A r .'1tu', lh•. 'n had mau not held a. pistol in his Jianrl and walked sw1ftly out of the hotel. _ . 1ril h whid1 he rlel'lar1•.t: D" :,y from IH'J e < s '"'I. i t h the f•f t Ji." order, howc,cr, th(' fast as th" Xortlwm can eairy m;,'' said Phi1. of for the better. fn fu<'t, tlw com -"Of c.oul."se i1 docs." put in Arthur. ''That dcteqjve nia . nd r e al!.' put the ddcr>th at the mrry ol" the will be within a short time. "ithin ten r-lrY"r .' rmn:; minuh::;., if Han<':' Dafo returns to his room, a n d 1: rr: \\'ith lu;, ry ;, fi :Ii>d npou th• achancing man, 'furn, he will be afte1 U5 with all the police force of at hi::-. mc:i::-.1 _ 1red t!1 c them: and when j back. .. lrn thought i t JU!.t right, he put his defense mto exccu-,.. They tumbhd into boat, and sc-an:uous 'l:'"as Phil lion . I that he even signaled to tho;,e on deck of the yacht to 'irith J-us lland6 down he have bee11 at the I get up steam, His order was understood, a11d t hey of hi:; opponent, but with his hands up he w1u in not reached the '\'essel when the firemen were busy. the _roper to out knowledge of Fn-nch j Captain Forsyth met them on the deck, and Phil b?:xmg. Over he went with qmckness of and 1 asked him to come down into the cabin. Seated t h ere, hi!> heels were full ag_a1nst the detective s face. I Tom once more told the story of hie. ""rro-w P'"'"TIP from . Down went the big wit!1 a crash t.-0 the floor, and i capture at the hands of the New York detec t i v e . here dazed and hal:r I As usual, it was the captain who deci d e d wnat the . ,:1 au instant Tom wa.<: on lus feet, and had thrown next moye should be and ho thoun-ht out a lau of action lumself upon the form of the prostrate man. ra i,.iiv ' 0 p He y•renched the pistol from the detectiYe 's band and f, lJ..lJ. • • 1Tlrcw it away, and then seizeu the handcuffs and suap11:.i1 It 15 t:;;ie we. must get from as hvd7 them on the man 8 wrists. we can, he said, lus bead bent m reflection, ... and tlns , is what we can do: Then he stood up and looked for somethmg that would , , , . . , . serni him to gag the man with, and a small, round paper town of Mocha is only fift:; -five nules froru weight on the table caught his eye. : a stra. 1ght run. down the Sea, and we m a k e i.t m A napkin also lay there, and Tom seized that likea few hours. 'YJien we there we will pay a little "'-i e money to the right parties, and secure a berth between . " 'd h . . . some of the big trading vssels that are alwavs to be found Hold on! Sal t e detective, recovering his senses in that port, and in that way we will be sc r e e ned from at. t.hat moment. b. ti h ld th '0 L' ht' h 1 "0 . th 1,, tier d T I o serva on s on . e ceau lg come to t at p ace, pen :; our mou . mu e om. or even pass bv it . . ' ''\Vnat are you go mg to do 1 '' • ''I'm going to gag you, so that you will not be able (To Bo Continued) J


THE LIBERTY BOY:: OF FROJV/ ALL POI N T S llITTE::-.; DY IL\. TTLRR. lL C. Wallace wa..c; bitten b11 a rattlc:;nakc while gathering eggs in the bani at her farm home, two miles north of Lincoln, Kan. She had reached into a nest when the snake struck at her hand, bitting her between the fingers. Her hand swelled to an enormous size at once, but she is recovering. The snake wa.'l killed. OPERA'rION STOPS CROWING. People of Lakewood, 0., some time ago started raising chickens to help beat the high cost of living. 'l'he roosters crowed so loudly, however, that neighbors complained because their sleep was disturbed. Dr. Robin son, one of the chicken raisers, solved the difficulty. Ile discovered that by a simple surgical operation the rooster's crow could be reduced to a mere squeak. Yocal organs of all roosters now are being submitted to the knife and chicken raising has resumed. BOY'S SHA:\rn ::\IAICES nnr lnstantaneous blindness due to !1ysteria, brought on l;>y the shame of his conviction and terror at incarcera-1ion in a penal institution, won a pa1•ole for Emery Billstone of Dunh.irk, Y., sixteen-year-old victim of an umntting transgression or the postal luws. . One of the unusual ca.lies of medical history was re vealed bv the annuuncement that the Parole "Board of the ;. 'ational Training School for 13oys had, Attorney General Palmer approving; given the lad his freedom. With .the knowledgt> that he can b 1 gin lifo anew and the ehance of a 11ardon before he comes of age to Yote young Billstone is e!.pectcd to reeover entirely from the blindness. The lad had taken up chicken farming as a relirf from his studies and was so that h1 attempted to broaden his business by taking mail orders, and came in collision with the postal authorities. lle was gi \ 'Cn a maximum sentenc:e of a year and a day after trial at .lamestown. Less than ten day after his arri\•al at the reform sc:hool the youth wa.-s stricken with Lilintlness. A spe cialist proved his affliction to be a genuine ease of amau rosis, or absolute blindness, ari'>ing from hysteria, someh . \ t mg very rare. On the diagnosis that remoYal of the cause was neces :;ar.r to efl'rct a cure, the boy's father and ReprC-.<;c!lta t . ive Lewi'! of :\rw York, undrrtook to obtain hi:; parole. ln the disabilitv ot Pre<>idrnt Wilson to aet becauso of his illness, Parole .Board an1.l Attorney General Palmer restored the buy to his fumily. he haYl the gems cut and in Denver, 8t. and Cincinnati. Tho man who rut thP last batch thought one of the stones so beautiful he 'bought it f01 himself. Moutata sapphire.'> after being cut mak,, brilliant jew els. The demand for them hag greatly increased since the war. They command good prices, and if Dickin son's mine turns out as iich as he describPi, he has a for tune in sight. "It is easy to tell rough sapphires when you find them," said Dickinson. "rrhey are white, COYcred with a thin coating of a substance that looks like lime. \Vhcn you look through them sunlight, you catch blue flashes and something seems to move insidP them. You are apt to find them on high land or in the bottom of little coulees.'' SEA NEW LEATHER. :.\Iany business enterprises iQ new fields will date from the war. It has the nations invohed, vital suppliei> were shut off, into an energetic s<.'arch for EJubstitutes and new souI'<'es of raw material. For many of these, :::orne heretofore considered worthless, perma ent markets have been established. To meer the !eathet shortage in the l:nited Stat•:s tht> 'lkins of many animal'I which never before found thrir wav to the tannerie;; UH being u.seiding a leather rivalling kid in softness, 11 hile its meat is rapidly be<'omin.g poptdar. One lirm solcl pounds or whale steak in an1.l las-i; year. 'I'he walrus was by the thousauJ solely for its tasks; the hide of this ungainly animal makes the finest of tra\'eling hags, and its uil sells for 7fi cents a gallon, writes Phil ?\ orton io Popu lar :Mechanics. The thinning of the walrus herds threatenerl starva tion for the natives of Alaska, so the Government intro dured reindeer. There arc now 102,000 of the.<:c ani mals, which produce an excellent leather, and they are rapidly in<'reasing. A Seattle man found himself un able to secure leather to fill a contract of $750.000. T3/ experiments \Yith many sea anJ land animals of the Pacific .:-.lorthwest, he was able to meet his obligation and to rreate a ne\\' market for thesr hides. The hair seal WM once destroyed by the thonsanJ because of its Yoraciuus appetite for salmon. Dywuuile was planted in thP bars at the mouths of salmon ri' rrs to blow up the grpat. herds of fisf1 raters us the; iu from the Sf'a. 80 plentl fnl are these marine pests of the hair seal will be solu this yenr. Tiie i lion and the l'lhark arc also being hunted tor thl!'t-: FL\.PPITITIE DED. skins; China, Japan and Siberia :m• us new n . ' l'. Di1kinson Jeclare-. that lre fonnd a happhire hides. are i.'lkOUrnged by the nu, erubL d near Billings, }1ont. He is kei>piHg th1' .lueation a ment. , si>eret. Be snys it i'l within half n wili:> Of the . Billings These ri;,w lPathers are not .n•t l'henp bee:tu-;<• a lil1-1'ourt House. Ht • f'xhibits a li:mdi'ul of gems 10 prove eral p1'kc musi be paid to eni>ourage hunters and ttap the trL! c h of his statement. i pers; but .so many nel.'essary and beautiful e:rn sa: s h.: found the sapphires whil e prospe

'76. THE L I BER T Y BO Y S OF ' 76 I 'l'ITlXC:S. --------1 C1arhonator, slorage rank. eoo!,•r, disprnsing fnuret!'I NOVEMBER 1, 1919. and ra. v Sh \font!,. ... , ......... , .............. , 1.50 One C ops i n .. Y-r ...••..... , •............. , •.. , 3.00 POST.\GE J:J:r:r, now T O SEND )(0:-.'J']l: -Al OlJ r risk RPncl P. 0. l\{,rney Order, f'heck or Lt'ttt'r: in any <>ther way nre flt '"ou r risk. 'Ye P1>Rflll?l' the as cnsh. silver wr:ip the ('he wai; in a illlrr.1 w gl't a fire going to ..;ral't her buki11g. :-::lw thrust a roll of pnpers into 1lte grates. pi!Nl on ,.;omr kiud1inr,; ;111d 11.i11herl a mat<;h. 'l'he fire S1al'11•d we]], but :\J !'M.. \\'HS a lmost prostral1'cl. 8h0 fo11ncl lhp r11ll of whaL had believed old papers waR a paclrn!.!"e in ... bills and all had heen hu incd 11 p. ITOW EIDF.R-DO\V: r If.: OR'l' .\.Hmn. Eiaer dncks hteecl in thousand,.; on SOILI(' or the small er islands off the roast of Jirlanil. The hircls arP so that they will allow anyone lo sl1oke thei1 FP:1the r.;; o r lif1 tlrrm from their 11e::;t-:. '!'his is hec.1u'e they are protected for the down, whifh i-. a larw item of export f!'om freland. 'l'he birds plmk the down from their l)l'easts to J ine their nrsts. \Vlwn these ar<' well lined. thP owner of l'hl' land the down fronr I ii<> nrsts. The dnc:ks takr more d01Yn from tlH•ir hrens: ' 1111d again it is remoyec'l from 1 he ne::;ts. l<'or thr thi I'll time thp ducks pluck down from their breasts, and this time they arc not di.;;turbed till the eg-g's ar1• hatrhed; t hen the remaining down is takPn. '['Ji,. stand I'm a llCll' ,,lretrie fl al iro11 a11toma1 itallv dis1 .. 11rnNls thP N:rr<'ni wlwn tl1r i1on is pla1'e foret' of or t lw .iv; '•IJ"l;, _'.;_ Y . . 101 Oc\1ohf>r 1. 1 n1 :':-:talc of New York. o:' :..;,,"" York:-HefocP me n • oi" DPccl.-o; in and for 1 hc> t•ity and eount; afort1 . ...:ai<1. p0rsonally lJCc>n dul y sworn ncco1rrn."" n11,1 h.i he is lhe Business llla n 1cger r1f 'Tl I 1: I ,11n; r:•n BOYS Of-' '76." and that the follfiWing-to th(' IJ1"-ction 43 an< and oi th'" pubJi,,11_,,. e t1ito1 managing editor antl'): PuhU:d1 "';' I•'rank 'l.'ousey, PubliRher. liiS \\"est :!3t1 St.. Xc>I\ ' X. Y .. Editor-Lui>• 168 \\'est :-:t. -"" w Yorl;. X . Y.; l i;\'">'t 23Ll St .. XE-\V York. X. Y. ) 'l'hot dh art': l i'r'1Ttk Tousey. Publh.:.her l GS >'.'<:t R1.. >:t w Yotk. x . Y.: 1111•') )" wolff. \\"'"t St., :-< n<>xl ,,hove giving thf' n:,rn,>s BEES HORNETS RPOTT1ED THRJR PJC.N"1C. of th<' owners. stockholclt'l'S :rnrl Fecurity ho!dt'rs. if contain nol only the list ot stockholdr>rs :1J1cl ;;C'l'Urity hoiil of'J' ra> or holtl0r :1ppr>:trs 11pcln and prohahl,v no St'tood attrmpt will hr made 1_11 hold i!. the' or tlH c<'mpany :1s tru:'ltee or '11 any 01l1e•: fi<.l.i• T h e girls motored out to :\Irs. Hurk: ',; 1'<11'111 at Hon•::n 1•lat!f)n. the : wm<> .llt Pf'l'•nn ,,,. •'•-.rpnrall.•n '"" ... . . . \vhun1 irt1:-:te1 is :-t(•t1ng 1s gn•"': : d...:n fhat 1\\'P eoye ;•'a lis and prepal'Ptl fot the pHl1Il'. .\11 of thr I paragraph" r .. ntain t'111lr.-:t<;n!< at'P:-c1t,, full h!1mJ .)ers. a 1\ondrrfnl lnnch 11rt> cnr-, a11,1 lwlit>f a:• to 1hP :1w1 conditi r1ed to a n1l'C Jook1ng g1r. 01w of tltr g1!']-; d inp ped undc'r 1Ynl•'h Rloekl1o!dn:; :rnd ,,,{urn_,. holcHs w'11. rto not .. ,1 Jlornet:'l' . . . \II the : •PP<':u upo:i ll'." nf tit<> 11 .. 1<1 '" . I c.;1ocJ;: and IP . , 1 Prt• \ n )101 !ha11 ' ( 1,,,,, 1 others. fled, but n_one iv as ns spi•N Y ;i-; the bee,; h_ot-' llcle owner: <1 this :iffiant has no r1''.l.son to believe that :llly nets. ior nests of both had br1>11 st1•pprd 011. :-ihout1rH! oth,•r pr. :idsoc:"'in1 • ,. nr;••r.1.111111 ha8 an' i111,.,. •r of the girls aroused a nPighbot', who 1;tlled a dir"l'l 01r indir<'ct. in Lh< ""i'' oclc '""Hl;i or oth.< r .'P""1l'iWith ten deputies Shrritl' Ralph Bnrton hurrird to lif'R 1lian as >'0 staled ....... , l. ' • the ,;ee n e in an automoi:ilr. 'l'h,• partv was I .. 1 l Ll 18 1:-;l. '-' •• i-.:-.i :-;, busme.-" :uunag('J' . . . . : . >'\Yorn lO :inc Y-cr P, ,. .. ,. : 1 • th,, ciay nf OrtnhPl"', chased away , wh i l e :\lrs . .Gurke aided m the applicat10n [ l!ll!1. -C'. l'\":•rren Ha:;Lin;;.-;. t.:\lr con1mi""ion expires Fel,ruof lotiou. ary is, 1921)


_ ,THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. ROBBING A TRAIN. By Kit Clyde. The times were not particularly hard, and if they had been that would have been no excuse for stopping a and r-0bbing the passengers. It was on the Bamby and Planet City lwad. Snyder was firing with me at the time, and he was as brave and good a fellow as ever opened and shut a furnace door. He is gone now, poor fellow-killed in a collision a year after the incident I am about to describe. was not anxious to drive my machine into a ug We were going over the plain between Clyde and Land berg. It was darker than seven stacks of black cats. I was :running the night express, and making my best time, when I discovered a red light ahead, and in the middle of the track on which the train was moving. There had been a heavy rain early in the evening, and I concluded that the roadmen had found a washout. I was not anxious t-0 drive my machine into a gully, and thus wreck my train, and I crowded in the throttle and whistled to put on the brakes. The engine came to a full stop only a few feet from the red lantern, which had been vigorously swung as I came nearer to it. I ts motion assured me it was in the hands of• a man, and that I should be informed at once of the reason for stopping the train. As soon as the man saw that the train was breaking up, he began to move toward the engine; and by the time it stopped he was abreast of the cab. "What's the trouble?" I called to the man. The headlight of the locomotive had shone full upon hi mas he came to the spot, but I failed to recognize him. I had no more than called to him when I saw another man come out from behind a clump of bushes. "Wbat's the matted" I called again. "Matter enough,'' replied the one with the red lantern, as he leaped upon the footboard, followed by the other. "You are right," I answered. "There is no getting ahead against the argument yon bold in your hand." "You are a sensible fellow, engineer. Now, fireman, I want you to unshackle the tender from the cars,'' he added, turning to Snyder. He directed his companion to go with Snyder, and to put a bullet through his head if he attempted to escape or to disobey the order. The :fireman passed over tha wood, closely followed by the second robber, to the rear of the tender, where a chain reached do\vn to the shackle pin. "I don't believe you can get that pin out, Snyder," I interposed. \ "Wbat 's the reason he can't?" demanded the first robber, who still pointed l1is pistol at me. "'l'en men couldn't pull it out. The engine is pulling on the train." I did not know how this was, but I wanted to get an anchor out to windward. I was not pleased with tlrn idea of having a plundered while I was on the engine, if there was any way to avoid it-. I could not see why the rascals wished to detach the engine from cars, and I hoped my objection would assist in develop ing the plans of the robbers. ''Can't you ease it off 1 '' asked the gentl e manly ruffian, who saw the point of my objection. "I can't with that pistol at my head. You were kinli enough to say that if I stirred I should be a dead man, and I am not anxious to change my condition at pres ent,'' I replied. It seemed to me that the time for action had come. Snyder was by this time at the rear of the tender with the second robber, and I felt that I could handle the one on the footboard. All I wante


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