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. . ' 'le FRANK TOUSEY, FUDLI8HEJI, 163 WEST STREET, NEW YORK, No. 993. NEW YORK, JANUARY 9, 1920. Pi:ice , Cents.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Magazine Contain ing Stories of the American Revolution. I ssued Weekly-Subscription price, $3.50 per year; Canada, $4.00; Foreign, $4.50. Fr<11nk Tous ey, Publishe,r, 168 West 23d Street, New York, N. Y. Entered as Second-Class Matter January 31, 1913, at the Post-Office at New York, N. Y., under the Act of March 3, 1879. No. 993. NEW YORK, JANUARY 9, 1920. Price 7 Cents The Lilierty Boys and the Press Gani -OR-THE RAID ON FRAUNCES' TA VERN By HARRY MOORE CHAPTER I. A HURRIED LEAVE. The British navy was in want of men. So l ong as it got likely young fellows it did not care how it got them. If they en 1' well and good; if not, then they must be picked UP .vherever i t happened. If they did not e nlist they mus t be impressed. Once in the navy, they might b e satisfied to stay. If they did not, well, they were there, and they could get out the b es t they could. Many would be wearied of trying in a few weeks, and then they might be ship ped off to some port where they wonJd farp better in the f;hips than out. Very arbitrary meaimres were u sed , and many suomltted b ecauf;e they could do n o better. The press gang was busy those day s , and it \\'as not safe for anyone with youth and a strong cons t itution, not in the aimy or navy, to venture out in the City of New York at night. By day it was not always wi s e, either, although there were more chances of esca pe then. The British at this time occupied New Yor k, and Long and Staten Jslandf;, and now and then ventured over into :;he Jerseys to Amboy or Elizabethtown, making forays int o the country. On a pleasant day in Dec ember, the winter threatening to set i n early, three boys were sittingin the coffee room of a little country tavern on Staten Island. Elizabethtown was just opposite, the boys hav:ng come oYcr in a boat. They were dressed in homespun and wore coarse greatcoats of heavy cloth and cocked hats, the latter having be e n laid aside. They were eatin g a modest repast of bread and cheese, -with a pot of coffee placed between them. They were talking in low ton es , and not even the person at the next table could hear them. "There is no danger of the press gang v siting Staten I s land, is there, Dick?" asked one of the party . The boy addressed was a boy with biown hair, gray-blue eyes, well built and hands ome, and with the air of one born to command. "They might do so, Bob," he answered, "but as yet I have not heard of their doing so." "Some of the i s sh ps are here," remarked the third boy, a handsome youth something younger than Dick and Bob. "Very true." "And they are as likely to send the press gang out here a s a n ywhere . " "That's just as I said, Mark," s aid Dick, "but I have not see n anything of it yet." "Then we'll have to be on the watch for them as well as to p ick up the information we are in search of." "We will, indeed." . The three boys, who seemed like farmers' sons from thetr dress, belonged to a band of on e hundred boys fighting for freedom. They were known as the Liberty Bo ys, and Dick Slater was their captain. D ick's companions, Bob Estabrook and Mark Morrison , were the first and second lieutenants, respectively. The Liberty Boys were at that time encamped in Jersey , not far from Elizabethtown. As they were upon a most dangerou s mission and right i n the q1emy's country, they were in disguise. They wished to a scertain if there were a n y incursions into the Jerseys to be made, and if it would be safe for the pa triots to make a descent upon Staten I s land. Such an affair was contemplate d. Dick Slater had been sent oYer' to ascertain as to its fea s ibility. Il e had brought Bob and Mark with him, all being clever liPiE's and used to this sort of work. It waf; now early evening. As yet they had learned but little, although that little \\as of some moment. They were drinking their coffee when half a dozen redcoats entered. Some were British and some Hessians, but all officers. There were other m en i n the room, but n one had noticed the three boys. The redcoats sat a t a round table near at hand. One of them, a lieutenant, cas t a sharp glance at Dick. They all ordered hot punches, a s it had turned qu ite cold. There had been some ice on the hill as the boys crossed oYer. There \\ere candles on the mantel over the fireplace where a fire of logs was merrily blazing. The boy s sat drinking, hoping to learn something from the 1 eclcoa t s . Presently one of them s aid, looking at Dick: "You boys are fine look ing young fellows. You ought to be in the army or navy." "We are i n the army," said Dirk. "Where are your uniforms?" su spicio usly . "Oh,, we don' t wear them all the time." "Why not? Are y ou ashamed of them?" "Certainly not." "Then you ought to wear them. \\hat regiment are you in?" "I don't see that it matters," quirtly. "You don't?" angrily. '"Why, cnnfound you for an impu dent young cub, how dare you talk to me lik e th a t 7 I am an officer." "So am I ," returned Dick, "and your superior. If I choo s e ' to go without my uniform, it is none of your bn s inrss. Corne , JiP.utenants." The three boys arose and left the tavern. Dick had just heard a suspici ous sound,


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE PRESS GANG. It was the tramp of street. m any feet, coming down the village "I was down b y the Kill," said a hands ome boy of Mark's age, "and the new i ce is forming fast." " The press gang is abroad," sai d Dick, as they reached the outside. "Quic k! " Then they hurried toward the shore, which was not far di stant. "Jove!" c rie d the officer who m Dick had snubbed, "I be" Yes, " sai d Dic k , "and i f i t ke eps on you'll be able to cross to Staten I sland in the morning. " " Do you think so, Dick?" a s ked the boy, whose name was Jack Warren, anp who w a . s a universal favorite, he and Mark being fas t friends. "Yes , and from e v ery s ign the w inter will be a severe one. li eve those y oung fell ows wer e spi es!" , The enemy h a d b ette r take the i r ships to warmer waters or That is Dick the y will be frozen up in the bay." "You do?" cried one of the rest. "Yes . I knew I had seen the blue-eyed one. Slater, or I a m greatly mistaken." "The y mus t not e s cape. QUick, after them!" All hands rushed outside. "The r e the y go now!" "Ha, here come s the press gang! Hallo, men, down that way, follow those three bo y s." There was light enou g h to see the boys as they hurried toward the Kill. After them hurried the bluejackets and redcoats. The three plucky f e llows were none too soon in reaching their boat. It had grown much colder and already new ice was form ing all along the shore . The boys w ere quickly in the boat, Dick shoving off an4 sitti n g i n the stern. B o b a:::d Mark pi c k e d up the oars and began to row. Do w n to the b ank r a n the bluejackets and redcoats. " H all o , there, co m e bac k here or we'll fire . " "Fire i f you lik e , but we are not coming back." "Hurr y u p, there, get a boat and after them." "We kno w you, Slater, a n d you can't escape." "I am not s o sure of that," with a chuckle. "Then we mus t look out for the press gang before they. leave," answered Mark, "or we may not far e as well as we did this evening." "Hallo, you fellows have been having an adventure after all," cried Jack. "Te ll us .all about it. " The fires were all burmng brightly in the camp, making it comfortable for the huts i n front o f them. The b oys sat by the largest of the fir e s while Dick re lated the adventures of himself and his companions, all be ing greatly inte rested. As Dick fini shed one of the boys named Harry Thurber, came up and said: "The young l a dies are here, D i ck." In a moment two very pretty girls, well wrapped up from the cold, came forward into the circle. The boys aros e and saluted, and Dick said: "Will you sit o u t h ere by the fire, or will you go inside?" The g irls were Edith Slater, Dick's .sister and Bob's sweet-heart, and Alice Estabrook, who was the sweetheart of Dick and B ob's siste r. Dick and Bob, as weU as many of the Liberty Boys, came from Westchester, in New York. The bo y s pull ed s t e adily and made good progress. The press gang fo und a eouple of boats alongshore qui ckly manned them. Alice and Edith had be e n visiting friends i n the Jerseys, and however, which accounted for their being so near to the camp. The b oys had a lead, however, and not only kept it, but in"It is very comfortable out here, brother," said Edith. "And you all seem to be thoroughly enjoying yourselves," British added Alice. c r ease d it. " Go o d-b y, " laughed Bob, "I never did like your navy stroke . It's too slow . " " F ire on the young ruffians," cried the redcoats. mus t not e s cape." "We will have to break up our visit here soon e r than we "They , expected," said Edith. The b oy s did e scape, however, gaining every instant. Onc e out upon the Kill, out of sight from the shore lights, and the sky growing darker every minute, they were soon lost in the gloom. Dick knew h i s direction and steered them straight across, while the air grew steadily colder. "Say you so, sister?" said Dick. "There is no bad news?" Not bad, exactly, but mother is not as well as she has been, and I must go home. Alice thinks she had better go also. We had letters late this afternoon." "When were you thinking of going?" aske d Bob. "The r e 'll be ice all the way across Di ck. "We l eft in good ,tit)'.ie.." "We had better go soon, for we shall have to go up the river to Kings' Ferry and cross, and that will take time." before morning," said "You had better let us go with you," said Dick. "We must go to New York, and we will accomp any you." . CHAPTER II. A TRIP TO THE CITY PLANNED . U po n reaching the Jerse y shore, the boys drew their boat upon the bank and secured it. Then they w ent to an inn at a little distance. Here they found three horses, which they mounted and ro<'.le awa y. Dick' s horse was a splendid black Arabian, which he called Major. He had captured the animal from the enemy some three y ears before , and was justly proud of him. There was not a hors e in all the country round that could exce l Major in spe ed and intellige nce. Bob rode a bay and Mark a big gray, both being good fl.orses. The boys went off at a gallop, and in half an hour reached the camp. They w ere m e t by a jolly looking boy called Ben Spur lock, who was one of the liveliest of the troop. "We ll, I don't suppose you three haye come back without something to tell?" he said. A jolly Irish boy, a fat German, and three or four others now came up. "You was knowed c ey was always doed someding-s," said the German boy, wh1 se name was Carl Gookenspieler. "Av course they do" sai d Patsy Brannigan, the Irish boy, but it do be gettin cowld, an' yez wud niver have thim shthandin' out here .;o freeze." "Isn't it dangerous, Dick?" asked Alice . "Of course it is, my girl, but we will take good care that we are not discovered." "And it will not b e such a roundabout way for you, either," added Dick. , "But if you should be d etected, Bob?" said Edith. "We will see to it that we are not, Edith. You leave it to Dick. H e would take all the Liberty Boys to New York, if necessary, and take them out again, with no one being the wiser." "Yes, to be sure, but I do not wish to give brother Dick any needless peril." "You need not be afraid of that, my girl. Dick does not run into danger unnecessarily." While yet the girls were in camp a messenger arrived with a note from Gen eral Washington, then at Morris town. The letter containe d instructions to Dick to proceed to New York with as many of the Liberty Boys as he saw fit to take, and learn all he could of the enemy's intentions. Dick had been called the champion spy of the revolution, and had often performed secret missions for General Wash ington. "This letter decides it," he said. "What is it?" "I am to go to New York with as many of the boys as I care to take, and spy upon the enemy." "The general must have known," laughed Bob. When the boys heard that D ick was going to New York they were all eager to accompany him. He could not take all of them, of course. He would probably take at least a dozen, for these, scat tered about the c ity, would not attract attention. "We will leave in the morning," he said. "I shall take a dozen or twenty of the boys."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE PRESS GANG. Everyone wa s now anxious to know if he were going. Just now she had had a relap,;e, and Edith felt that som e "! shall take Bob a nd Mark, of course," Dick added. "If one other than a servant or distant relatfre ought to be there any of you do not care to go, why--" to look after her. There was a genel'al outburst at this. At most times there were plenty 0f sailing craft that could "Sure there's not wan av us wud shtay behind unless yez be gotten to take one over to New York. towld us to," declared Patsy . Just now, however, the state of the weather was such as "Suppose you was drawed dose shtraws," suggested Carl. to deter captains from taking out the ir vessels. "Der long ones was went und der shol't ones don'd was There was a great deal of ice in the bay, and this went." might easily become packed bv "'md and tide and present an "That means that Oi shtay thin," said Patsy. "Oi wor niver obstacle not to be lightly consider e d. lucky that way." . Di ck and Bob were disgu ;se d as two middle-aged men, and "We will try it," agreed Dick. "It is as fair as any way of might easily have passe d for the fathers of the tw:o girls . choosing. Bob, you and Mark get the straws." They had inquired for sopieone with a boat, but the landThe two lieutenants picked out a number of long and short lord said that he did not kno w of anyone who was -oing out. straws. As they sat in the coffee room, the two g :rls being in the Then Mark went into Dick's hut and stuck straws out beparlor, a rough-looking man entered. tween the frame and the door, which was partly closed. Walkin g over to the fire,-he said: Then Bob marched the boys past without saying who they "Pooty brisk weather out, Posh. She's blowin' a gale were, and Mark had no means of knowing. acrosst ther bay." Four or five of the boys drew short straws, and then Jack "So she is, Eph. You'll be glad you're going in port, I Warren drew a long one and stepped inside. guess." Two short ones were pulled out and then Ben Spurlock took "Wu.a l , I've got a load in the schooner that I'd orter take a long one and stood beside Jack. out, 'cause there's a market for it, an' I want the money." Then the lon g and short ones alternated for a time and "Where are you thinking of going with it?" asked Dick. after that several short ones were drawn. "Oh, only to the city, but it might as w ell be to Chiny Harry Thurber, Sai:n Sanderson and Patsy joined the ranks now." of the fortunate ones. "Afraid to venture out on the bay in a storm?" Then Harry Judson got a long straw and a dozen boys drew "No, it ain't that, but I can't get a crew. One man's short ones. drunk, an' another's sjck, and t'other's afraid ter go." After that, alternating with the fortunate ones, Will Free"How many ci>uld you get along with?" w:th a look at man, George Brewster and Carl got lucky straws. Bob. Then all. the boys seemed to get short straws, although "Waal, I could handle her with two, if they was good, but Mark put out both kinds and finally Phil Waters, Ben Brand, I'd have to work myself." Arthur Mackay and Gerald Fleming were chosen. "We want to get over to the city with our dauirhte1..,, ;:.:;,:! There were now twelve boys besides Dick and his two lieuwe're looking fol' a ve sse l. been sailors ourse lves, and tenants to go to the city. . I guess we can h elp you out \if you'll take u s and the girls." "We'!J. take three more," said Dick, "so as to give all a "You've been sailors?" chance, or more if it so happens." "We can sail your schooner if you'll take the wheel." By the time all the boys had drawn, three were added to "Waal, it's takin' risks, but I guess I gotter take it. I've the fortunate list, Paul Benson, Ezra Barbour and Dave Dun, about given up trying to find anyone." ham, making eighteen in all. "Let's have a look at the schooner." The boys were not to go t?gether, but in parties of two "All iight. She's up not far off." . or three, and from different points, so as not to attract at-1 On the way to the little wharf where the schooner lay, tention. . they ran across Patsy and Carl, looking for a boat to get A meeting place was appointed in the city, the boys being them over to New York. cautioned not to recognize each other if any strangers were "Why, here's a couple of bo ys who work for me," said Dick. about. "They're strong fellows, and if I t e ll them, they' ll do any-Dick and Bob, with the two girls, were to cross at Eliza-thing I want, won't you, boys ?" bethtown; Mark, Jack, the two Harrys, the two Bens, Will "Av course we will, captai n. Phwat is it yez want av us?" and Phil to go to Amboy to cross. "Go and wait in the tavern till we come; Some would go over at Elizabeth, and some at other points "They look like strong fellow s, " said the captai n, "but do between that and Amboy, they know anything about a schooner?" In the when Dick and Bob went down to the Kill "They'll do what they're told. You leave 'em to me, and they found i..t was hard enough for them to cross we'll get your schooner across. Where is she?" over to the island by sleigh. . . "There she is yonder." They procured together with a trustworthy d_nver, and The boys look ed the ve sse l over, and Dick decidzd that shortly after sunnse began the first stage of their Journey. they could manage her, w ith the aid of the captain and the CHAPTER III. ON THE BAY, Bundled up in furs and well protected from the cold the girls felt no discomfort during the ride across the ice. Reaching Staten Island they took a post road across to the eastern s hore, making the journey very comfortably. It was still very cold,d and there was a good cfeal of ice in the bay, as Dick coul see from the window of the cozy little inn where they halte d. The ne;xt thing was to get a boat of some kind to take them across thP ten miles of water separating them from New York. Dick's mother was an invalid, having never wholly recovered from the shock of her husband's death at the beginning of the war. He had been shot dead by a treacherous Tory neighbor dur ing an argument upon the causes of the war. Dick had then shot the Tory, inflicting a mortal wound. It was but justice, and no one regretted the death of the Tory. Mrs. Slater never fully recovered from the shock, although at times she seemed much bettel' than at othel's. two Liberty Boys. "I'll agree to get her over for you, captain," he said. "All right. I'll go aboard and wait. How long ' ll yer be?" "Very good. Don't fail me." "We won't," and the boy s hurried back to the tavern. Finding his driver, told h i m he could return. having no longer any use for him. Then he found Patsy, and said: "We're going across to New York in a schooner. I'm Mr. Van Brunt, your employer." "Jn a schooner, is it, Dick?" asked Patsy. "Yes." "That's a boat, Oi'm thinkin' ?" "Certainly." "An' she do be sailing on the wather? Oh my, oh my!" "What's the matter?" laughed Dick. "Nothin' now, but Oi'm thinkin' that there'll be everything the matter wid me shtomach before Oi'm over to New York." "Don't think anything about it, Patsy," laughed Bob. "Begorrah, Oi wish Oi cudn't, Bob, but it won't let me forget it. Cudn't we walk?" "Hardly. You'll be all right. Y ou'Il be so anxious to get to the city that you'll forget all about being seasick." Just as the boys were leaving the tavern with the two girls, George Brewster and Arthur approached.


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE PRESS GANG. "Follow us, boy s," said Dick, '"and offer your services to The passenger iemained in his berth, sometimes attended the captai n of the schooner we board. He'll take you." . by Carl, but oftener not, feeling very wretched and far from 'Good!" said George. "We were looking for a vessel to the imperious fellow he had been when he had come on take us over." board. The boys found captain Eph getting ready, and the girls The captain ran his schooner up the North River, and tied wern quartered in the cabin, where Carl made a fire in the up at a pier near Thames street. stove. Dick, Bob and the girls went ashore at once, and found a Patsy went into the galley, which was more to his liking quiet inn where they could remain over night. than the deck. Patsy, Carl and the others 'yere to remain on board the He was the company cook of the Liberty Boys, and so he schooner till morning, felt at home. Dick cautioned them against going out, and the n, leav ing They were setting up the sail when George and A1thur the girls in the house, he and Bob set out shortly before came on board and took hold. dark to look about them. I '.'If V?,u :vant a couple of hands. we'll ship with you, They still looked like the middle-aged men, and there was skipped, said George. "We were looking for a berth." little danger of thei1 being caught by a press gang, if there seafarin' boy s , are ye?" should be any abroad. "Well, I s hould say. Give us a try?" At Whitehall wharf they saw Mark and Jack, and signalled The captain quickly found out that the boys had expel"ience to them without attracting attention. and took them. The boys walked past and Mark said as if to Jack: " 'Pears ter me I'm havin' hands throwed at me now " he "The two Harrys ought to be able to find a lodging place said to Dick. ' for us soon." "Well, they look like good boys, and you can't do better "Yes, and it's time they were back." than take them. It will make it eas:er for the rest of us." Dick knew by that that Harry Thurber and his chum were "So et will, but et beats all how things tum out. Half an in the city as well as Mark and Jack. hour ago I couldn't get nobody, an' now I've got all I want." The two boys went on, and Dick and Bob turned in the They were ready to cast off the lines when a pompous direction of Pearl street. looking British officer drove down the wharf in a sleigh It was growing dark when they reached Broad street, and alighted and came on board. ' already there were lights in some of the houses, and in the "Where are you going, captain?" he asked. "New I taverns and shops. suppose? I will go with you. I have business in the city. They were walking up Broad street, when they heard a You ne edn't delay further. I am quite ready," and he strode commotion behind them. toward the cabin. Then some young men darted past crying: "But s'pose we wah n't goin' ter New York, sir?" said the "The press gang, look out!" captain. In a moment Ben Spurlock and Sam Sanderson came hur"Oh, but you. are. I want you to go there. Wherever you rying along. go. after that 1s no concern of mine, but just now you are "Keep in front of us, boys," said Dick. "We'll find a way gomg to New York." of escape for you." "Yes, sir, but it'll put me about a bit to go with The boys kept hi front of Dick and Bob till they reached an apparent reluctance. Exchange Lane. "You aTe going th e re," with a snap. "Do you want your "Dart down there, boys, and get up to Broadway," said vessel se ized and you and your crew imprisoned? Then, Dick. don't say another word." The boys were in the lane in an instant. then s trode into the cabin, the lines were cast off, and TheJ?. came a body of men with lanterns and surrounded sails we r e . spread, the skipper took the wheel, and the Dick and Bob. schooner glided out upon the bay. "H'm! a couple of old bucks!" growled one. "They're no The four boys and the captain, with Carl, managed to timbe r for the l'oyal navy. " handle the schooner very well, although there were few idle "You're early out," said Dick i n a piping tone. "E:verymoments for anyone. one is sober yet. You should wait till the lads are in their "Dot British veller could owned de landt, maybe," sai d "Cups." Carl, with a laugh, "but he don't could do nodings mit der "Ha, ha! you're a wise old chap. Maybe you had experivater." ence in your younger days." "Sick?" asked Bob. "Ha! Maybe I did," with a dry laugh . . "Lige eferydings. He was in der bunk been, und I was "There were younger m.en than you that came by. Did him s ome soup what Batsy was mage, but he don'd could you see which way they went?" s1tted up." "Truly, it is dark now, and they might have gone in a1w "Then he won't trouble us," said Dick. "Everything hap-direction. We have not the eyes of hawks, with our years." pens for the best, it w ould seem." "No, that you haven't." "He was got does passes for to left dot city, und went anyThe boys had been walking on and were nearl y up to Wall wheres, only he don d was got dem, for 'cause I tooked dem street, having gone by the lane down which the others had for too king care off him alretty." darted. "Fair exchange i s no robbery," laughed Dick. "Yes, but they are evidently in great lack of men or they CHAPTER IV. IN THE CITY. Th. e weathe1: was all that the captain had feared, but his schooner was m no tlanger, being well handled by the boys. They were all abl e :;ailors , he could see, and he congra tulated himself upon hav:ng found them so fo1tunately. Close reefed and carrying no unnecessary sail, the schooner bowled down well to her work, now on this tack now on that. Clad in oilskins and s outhwesters, the boys' remained on deck, now busy as bees, and then resting while the schooner was on an easy tack. The ten miles to New York was more than doubled on ac count of wind, wave aud ice, and during the run Dick or Bob took the wheel to relieve the captain. Dinner was served in the cabin, the boys eating when they could so as always to leave sufficient hands on deck to man aa-e the schooner. would wait." "There' s two more of our boys whom we know to be in the city.'' "Yes, and there are doubtless more. We must see Mark and make inquiries." "Very true.'' Turning into Wall street they walked toward Broadway, and opposite the ruins of Trinity Church, met Ben and Sam. "How many of Mark's pa1ty are in the city?" asked Dick. "All of them. We got on a vessel bound up this way and shipped as a crew. Some of them are still on board.'' "They must be careful, for merchant \ esse l s will be watched." "To be sure," said Ben, with a laugh. "Our captain lost his crew that way the night before and was glad to get us.'' "You did not all ship together?" "No, for that would have . been suspicious.'' ''We must be cautious about going out at night, especially when it's late." "We will, for there seems to be great activity in gettinR' hold of men for the navy just now." "And you had better tell the boys not to stay on board the vessel."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE PHESS GANG. "They are all right," with a laugh. "The captain is going to hide them, for he is afraid he will lose them." "Very good, but tell them to be cautious." "We will." "We had better get the boys off the schooner," said Dick, as they went on. "The press gang might search it." "Yes, and we don't want to lose any of our boys." They went down to the river and had just reached it when they heard a woman standing in a doorway say to someone within: "You keep out of sight. Here they come now . I'll keep 'em out if I can." Down the street along the water front they heard the steady tramp of men. " Quick," said Dick. "We must warn the boys." They hurried clown and across the street, and to the schooner. In the cabin they found the skipper at his supper, being waited on by Carl. "Where are the boys'!" asked Dick. "In the forecastle." "Hide them quick, if you don't \>Yant to lo se them. There is a press gang about." "Who dot press gang was been?" a sked Carl. "Some fellow s that will take you and make y ou join the navy." " Ach, I don'd lige ein dot." "Here, clown here quick," said the skipper, raising a trap in the cabin d e ck. "Get i n." Bob went forward to warn the others. "I don'd was enough liddle to get in dere," said Carl. " Y es, you are, hurry," said Dick, and Carl descended and stowed himself away in a dark corner, the captain replacing the trap and putting a chest on it. "I'll put the rest in the hold," said the captain. "It was clever of ver to tell me, 'cause I don't want to lose no men." Patsy, George and Arthur were put in the hold by way of the forecastle, there being a loose board there which the captain removed. Then it was put back and nailed, and they went back to the cabin. Hardly had they seated themselves comfortably before the tramp o f feet was heard. Then a midshipman and a doz e n bluejackets came on board. "!fow are you, s kipp er?" said the middy, entering the cabm. "Tidy, thank you kindly." The midd y gave only a passing glance at the seeming old m e n with the capta:n. "I'll be obliged to take a man or two of vour crew cap-tain. The navy needs 'e m more than you do." ' "Help yourself, sir. Have a jorum o' hot punch?" "H'm! I don't mind. Look in the to the sail-ors outside. "Aye, aye, s ir." "Just come in, captain?" :'Aye, !in' hav:n• a bit o ' s upper. Cook was in a hurry." fhe middy sat dow n and helped himself to a mug of punch, though he was no older than Dick or Bob. The n Dick zavc Bob a wink which h e well unders tood. CHAPTER V. DODGING THE PRESS GANG. A sergeant or the sailors pTesently put his head in the cabin and sa!d: "There's not a man on board, sir, every one of 'em's take n shore l eave." "D:d you l ook in the fol'ecastle and well forward?" "Aye, all over." "Maybe they're in the hold." "Hatches frozen down, s ir, bottoms on tight, haven't been off all day, l fancy. " " '"l'hat',; right," said the captain, puffing at a long pipe. Have another toothful o' punch? It's chilly out." "Have another look, Harris, a nd shut the door." The man went away and the middy took soine more punch. It was hot and strong, and the cabin was warm, s o that the result would be that \\ : hen 'the you n g gentleman went out h.s head would be dizzy. Dick and Bob had mugs of punch before them, but did not drink. Now and then they continued to empty some of the contents into a convenient sand box without being obsen-ed. The sergeant presently returned and said: "They're gone, sir. There's not a place where they could hide." "Maybe someone else has picked them up," said the captai n. " I knowed some on 'em was goin' ashore, but it's not a fit night for anyone to be out i n." "No, it isn't. Well, I'm oblig ed to y ou, captain, and you, too, gentlemen. Good-night." He went out rather unsteadily, and the n they heard him scolding at the bluejacke t s for pushing him and threatened them with condign punishment. Dick looked out and saw him walking unsteadily across deck to the gangway. He would have fallen between the side of the vessel and the deck but for the sergeant. He got ashore without mishap, however, and went up the street. "It's a great shame for a boy like that to drink spirit s," said D ic k. "So it is, sir, but many on 'em does it, in the navy . Grog's given out reg'lar, and they get u se d to it, I 'soects." "Well, it's lucky for you he did, for if he'd kept his head, he m !ght have looked in the hold," said Bob. "So he might." Carl was now let out, much to his rel ief. "Mein gollies, I was squeezed to cleat' mit dot hole," he said. "Was dev went?" " Ye s," said Dick, "and you are safe. Hardly a chance of their coming again to-night, is there, captain?" "No, they've be e n 'long here onc e , an' they'll be goin' over east an' through the taverns near the Whitehall wharf. Sail ors go in them places." " Yes, it'll be safe enough. They can have their suppers in the galley." The others were released, and Dick had time to say to Patsy: " Better stay here to-n:gh t. It's safe enough now. In the morning go to the old place near the Common." .The Boys had been in the city before', and had cer tam meetmg places where they were known, and the proprietors of whom they could trust. Dick and Bob shortly leit the v e:>scl, and, putting up the collars of their greatcoats, set out in the cold to go to their lodg :ngs. Mark Morrison and Jack Warren, meanwhile, having left Dick, set out up Broadway :in search of more of the Liberty BeyL . Later they met Ben and Sam. who told of having e n countered bick and Bob. "We had to run for it from the pre s s gang," sai d Ben. "They came out earl y to-nig ht." "Then it's not J:k ely that we will encounter them" re plied Mark. "We'd bette1 go somewhere. It's bitterly cold." They went to a quiet tavern not far from Bowling Green. for their suppers. They had about finished when a pompous looking British officer entered and took a seat near them. " I don'.t l ike that fellow ," muttered Jack to Mark, "and I am afraid he may make trouble." " Yes, he looks to be that sort. Don't pay any attention to him." "Yes, he looks to be that sort. Don't pay any attention to him ." The officer ordered punch and a pi e and finally, address ing Mark, said: "Yo u boys are too sturdy look ;ng to be wearing citizen's clothes. You s hould go into the navy. The king is in n eed of young fellow s like you." Mark pretended not to have h eal'll, and lh c officer drew his chair nearer. "Yo u, I said, you boys. Why aren't you in th e navy?" "I prefer the army myself," said Mark. "Well,_ that's good, but there are more lik e ly fellows wanted m the navy. Why don' t you do your duty? You're loial subjects, aren't you? You're not r ebels?" No, we're not rebels,'' never using the won.I but calling themselYes patriots." ' "Very good. So you prefer the army, eh?"


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE PRESS GANG. -----------"V e 1y much." "Well, y ou c o m e with m e dire ctl y , and I'll se e that you get into a g oocl r e gimC>nt. " "Not if I know it , " though t the da shing young second lieutenant. ' We'll have to g et out o f here or there' ll be trouble," was Jack's tho u g ht. "You're a lik e l y fellow, too," sai d the officer, looking at Jack. "You'll go into the army, too, of course? Will you have s ome punch?" " No, I neve r drink it." "Some ale, the n, perhaps?" "No, not ale . I drink neither wine, malt nor spirits. Such things are not for boys / ' "Very good, rather straight talk, but very good. I want you." "You'll have to want then," thought Jack. A sergeant and half a dozen private s presently entered. "Ah, sergeant," said the consequential officer, who was none other than Dick Slater's fellow passenger across the bay, "take thes e young g entlemen to the barracks. They wish to join." "We must s ee our parents first," said Mark. arising. "Oh, tha t will be all right. Escort them, sergeant." The boys were all on their feet by that time. "D on't you have a pot of beer , sergeant?" a s ked Jack. "Not here," sai d the officer. "What are you thinking of. Go into the public bar, you noodle." "No more noodle than yourself, you poppinjay!" said Jack hotly. "I'll t e ach you to insult your betters. Take that!" In an instant J ac k had struck the consequential fellow acro ss the face w ith his glove. He sprang up, when Mark trippe d him and he fell across the table. Then Ben thr e w open a s i de door and the four boys dashed out of it a s the s ergeant and s oldi ers leaped forward. The y got into a side street and ran along back of a church yard. They k ept clo s e together, and walked into a street leading to the river. At that moment they heard the tramp of a body of men corntng up the street. "Jove ! the p r e s s gang!" cried Ben. "Scatter, boys," hi s sed Mark. Ben a nd Sam went up the church yard wall and over it, like cats, in a moment. They dropped on the other side and hid behind two gravestones. Mark and Jack were se e n as they hurried across, and the press gang afte r them with a hue and czy. To return w he n c e they had come meant meeting the red coats, and to go to Broadway might b e just as bad. "Straight for ' e m, Jack," hissed Bob. The two plucky f e llows then set their shoulde1s together and dashed straight at the bluejackets, led by a staggering midshipman. Jack upset the middy, threw one bluejacket against another, and forced his way through the line. Mark, dashin g the men aside in front of him, kept along side Jack, and in a moment both were clear of the blue jackets. It was dark here and boys hurried away, hand in hand, turning into the first cross street to throw off pursuit. "To the river, Jack," said Mark. "They've come from it and won't return." . Hurrying on, the boys would have collided with two muffled figures coming up the street had not one said: "Steady there , boys." "Why, it's Dick!" said Mark. CHAPTER VI. A CLQSE SHA VE. .Mark and Jack quickly explained matters, and Dick said: "We'll go back and find Ben and Sam. They will likely wait for you a reas onable" "Very true," said the boys. They returned to the graveyard, and Mark whistled in a 'leculiar manner. It was answered. The n hvo d ark figures appeare d on top of the wall. " All right?" a s ked Ben. "Ye s ." The two boy s dropp e d d o wn. "Seems to me I've been doing nothing but dodging press gangs to-night," said Ben with a chuckle. "We've done some of it ourselve s , haven't we, Jack?" said Mark. "I should say we had." "We have not dodged them very much," added Bob, "but we've seen them." "What are we go ing to do now?" queried Sam. "Go home and go to bed," said Ben, with a laugh. "A very wise plan, if you can get there," interposed Mark. They heard the night watch coming down the street and saw the gleam of their lanterns. It was not late, and the watch might not them. The:y might, however, and the boys were not taking any risks. "Go home," said Dick. "We will meet in the morning. The boys then separated, Dick and Bob going one way, Mark and Jack another, and Ben and Sam a third. Reaching their quarters, D ick and Bob removed their dis guises and went to see the girls, telling them of their many adventures. "It has been a lively day and evening," declared Bob. "If I had known how close you boys came to arrest, I could not have sat still," said Alice. "But that would not have done any good, dear," replied Edith. "Perhaps not, but I would have wanted to do something." "Of course, and so would I, but what could we do?" "Very little, perhaps, but I would have wanted to do it just the same." At that moment there was a knock at the door. "Come in," said Alice, without thinking. A maid entered with a tray in her hand. She placed it on the table and looked curiously at the two boys. She went out.without saying anything, but looked again at Dick and Bob. "She thinks it strange that two boys instead of two old men are here," said Dick. "Isn't she new to the place since we were here last?" asked Bob. ::Yes, she is." Can she be trusted?" "I don't know. The servants here can be, however, as a rule." "We'd better be sure, D i ck." . "Yes," and Dick put on his wig, which he had removed. Bob did the same, their appearance being now greatly changed. They had been talking for five minutes or more, when the landlady suddenly entered and said hastily: "Quick, conceal yourselves, young men. That foolish new maid of mine has brought the redcoats." Edith turned pale, but Alice, springing up, opened the closet door. "That is very deep," she said. "Yes, and there is a sliding panel in it," said the woman. The two boys entered it as footsteps were heard without. The girls sat down, Alice having closed the closet door. In a moment a sergeant and half a dozen redcoats entered, followed by the maid . "There they are," she said. "There are the rebels." Then a blank look came into her face, as she saw only the two girls and her..mistress. "Well, sir, may I ask the meaning o fthis intrusion?" asked the landlady. "I beg your pardon, madam, but we were told that there were two rebels in the house," said the sergeant. "Well, and could you not have asked me? Lisbeth, are you the mistress of this house, or am I?" "I don't think it's right, ma'am, for young ladies to receive young men alone in their sitting rooms, and I can't stay--" "Mr. Winslow will give you your wages, Lisbeth. I will look at your boxes." "Were you receiving young gentlemen, Miss?" asked the sergeant o! Alice. "Yes, our brothers," in a quiet tone. "They are rebel.a?."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND 'l'HE PRESS GANG. 7 "No, they are not," firmly. He and Bob, well muffled to keep qfl' the cold, set out early, "Are they not Dick Slater and Bob Estabrook, captain and l'ea dy for adventures, but not fearing them. first lieutenant of the Liberty Boys?" "They are, but they are not l'ebels." "'l'hey called upon you hel'e ?" ' "Yes, they did, and unbeknown to their fathers, and it's dreadful," said the maid. "Lisbeth, you have been listening at keyholes." CHAPTER VII. ELUDING THE ENEMY. "Well, I don't care if I have," snapped the maid. "It's dreadful for young ladies to have young gentlemen's com-The boys pa ssed the first picket line stret ching across the: pany alone. You never would let me have 'em." island, without difficulty. "Where are the young men now??" asked the sergeant. The passes obtained b y Carl Jll'O\'Nl of gr0at use. "Gone," said Alice. They mentioned n o names, but simply authorizer! the guard "They are not concealed in the room?" to g i ve safe conduct to bearer and friends at any time, night "You may examine it i f you like," quietly. or day. There was a bed in an alcove, a sofa, a chest of drawers At the end of a mile or so after pasf'ingthe guard, Dick, and other articles of furniture. looking back, saw a party of redcoats follow'ng in haste. The sergeant set the men to searching. "There's some one after us, Bob," he said. "I shall complain to the Governor," said the woman. "This "What are you going to do, Dick ." searching of my house is unwarranted." "Mi slead them." "But, ma'am, when a notorious rebel like Dick Slater "That girl has sent them after us, no doubt." is--" "So I suppose." "You should have come to me. You had no right to enter "They drove on at good speed till they came to a road my hou se. Your intrusion is utterly without authority. Becrossng the one they were on. cause a gossiping housemaid chooses to tell tales, that is no The pursuing redcoats were not in sight. reason why we should besubjected to such an indignity." Dick drove to the left toward the ifrer. "But, ma'am, the rebel is a spy, ' and we are allowed to Reaching this, he turned and drove rapidly back, the search-' -" place where they had turned, the l'cdcoats not being yet in "Not without permis sion. I shall not put up with such sight. high-handed proceedings . Lisbeth, pack your boxes and "The two tracks will puzzle them," he bring them to me. I will look through them to see that none Then he turne d into a narrow l ane, goingnorth. of my silver is in them." "Is this a road, Dick?" Bob asked. "I didn't know nothing about no rebels," sniffed the girl, "Not a regular one, but we can take it. It l eads through "but I don't think it's proper of by t he '''ay they had come . .. I don .t t h nk we need commg here agam, said Dick. "The redcoats wll be "atd1inl!' for us," saicl Dick. They will be more careful. "Let them look," laughed Bob. "The exercise will keep "They always have been befon." them warm." "Very trne." Reaching the other side of the i s land, they put their horses The landlady explained it by saying: and sleighs undel' a shed, and enterer! a tavern to get some "I took the girl in a hurry, very little about her. things to e::tt ;incl dril"k before on their way. Later, I suspected that she was not honest, and then that They noticed a horse and a box under the shed, and she was a spy, and I had mbant to give her her notice tonow, as they entered, saw a stout man wearing a big fur coat morrow. I shall be more in future." and cap, standing before the fire . "The enemy are i:nore .watchful than said D:ck, "be-i.vord!" he said, throwing open his coat and swinging they fear an mvas10n by patriots." . his arms. "but it's proper cold. I d unn o ez I kin 'member er . Yes, and men are not. safe m the at mght, what winter like o' this, an' et's goon• ter be wuss!" with press ,i;angs, and bemg forced to Jorn the patr ol or the He dropped a paper upon the floor in his vigor, and Dick army even . promptly brnshed it out of the way toward Dob. "It will be vVOl'Se if the winter is as severe as I fear' it will "Goin' down ter ther city an' thought I'd warm up fust, be." Jervis," the stranger continued. "Bette!' g:mme some hot "No doubt." mulled ale an' a bite o' suthin' to cat." "We must get the gil'ls away to-morrow," said Dick. "It ''Certainly, Mr. Tompkins, anyth:n.4 yer \Yish. Take a seat is too dangerous to keep them here, and then Edith is not and make yerself comfortable." satisfied away from mother at this time. " Bob picked up the paper and thrust it in his pocket. "No, she i s not, and I think that Alice a good deal They had one pass, but this one might be u seful. / like that herself." "Rebels making much fuss up your way?" asked the land-There were no further visits from the iedcoats that night, and in the momitig Dick procured an old family coach , put on runners, with which to take the girls as :far as Kingsbridl!:e. lord. "Waal, yus, they be, an' I thort I'd run c:uwn an' see ef ' suthin' couldn't be done ter s top 'em. The0y seem ter think they own Westchester." h


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE PRESS GANG. "They will, some day, at any rate," was Dick's thought. "Yes, and I guess something ought to be done to take them down a peg or two." "That's just what I'm thinkin' o' gettin' ther Gov'ment ter do." . .. Then I don't mind taking your pass and makmg trouble for you," thought Dick. . . The big man seemed inclined to have a Jeng stay of it, but Dick and Bob got away in a short time. "I don't mind detaining fellows like that," said Dick. "'! e had our pass but this man is going down to make mischief, and the obstacles we put in his way, the better." The boys had change d thei r appearance now , and looked like farmers' sons. They used the pass dropped by the farmer, and had no trouble in getting through the lines. They returned the sleigh and horses, and did not go back to the house they had left, resolving to change their quar ters for a time. "I've a notion that that girl Lisbeth may try to make trouble for us yet," sai d Bob. "Rebels! There's Dick Slater and--" At that moment Jack pushed against h er, saying: . '"Now then, Miss-well, it's your own fault for bemg so clumsy!" . A cup and saucer fell to the floor with a crash .. "Now, then, you Lsbeth, yo u'll pay for that," said a sharp voiced woman, running out. "Well, ma'am, I cal'late I upsot her," Jack, wore chin whiskers, a long coat and a broad-bnmmed hat, so I'll pay fer et." . , . , . , "It isn't necessary, sir, so long .as she d1dn t do but she s a careless minx for all that. Deliver the orders, Lisbeth, and then clean up that me ss .'' Meanwhile Dick and Bob had disappeared, and there was no further excitement. CHAPTER VIII. AN UNFORTUNATE SLIP. "I've not the slightest doubt that she will," posi tively. "Then it's all right to change our quarters." "That was very clever of Jack," muttered Bob, as the boys "Yes, and to watch her, if we.see her any time." . reached the street and hurried on. They went to a meeting place m the lower part of the city " Yes but Jack Warren is a very resourceful boy.'' and found Mark, Jack, the two Harrys and a number of the "So he is, and he'll get the best of that plotting boys. There was no pursuit, and the 1'oys made thei r way to They did not speak to all of them, but D ; ck took Mark Broadway, and down to Wall Street. . aside, and said: It was dark about that time, lights gleaming in foe wm"The boys are all in the city?" dows and on the street corners as the lamplighters went "Yes, they have all arrived. Some of them had trouble in their way. getting over. The bay seems to be freezing over. It is the It was about supper time now and they walked along Wall coldest winter they have known." Street and down Broad toward Fraunces' tavern on the "S o I believe. You have scattered the boys about the southeast corner of Pearl. c ity?" "I think we will be as safe in Fraunces' tavern as any"Yes. Patsy and Carl are on the schooner yet. The skipwhere," sa! d Dick, "as it is the headquarters of so many per is looking for more men, but I am afraid he will find British officers." +l"ouble in g etting them." "Yes," said Bob, "as long as we are not recognized." "Be cautious about going out at night." "There is little danger of that, our disguises being so "Yes, we will " good.'' "Have you anything?" "Yes, and the press gang will never think of com ing in "I heard something about an expedition over to Elizabeth, there.'' but could not learn just when it was planned for.'' "That is what I meant when I s aid it was safe," was Dick's "Learn all y ou can. Bob ;md I are going to Fraunces' tavreply. cm. It is likely that we can pick up some information. If Black Sam Fraunces, as he was called, kept one of the you are in the neighborhood, drop in at about supper time. " best known taverns in New York at that time. "All right.'' "It had been a great meeting place for American officers D i ck and Bob then went away and found lodgings in a quiet before the evacuation of the city, and became the same for hou s e in Stone street, convenient to British headquarters, the British afterward. the wharves and other centers. Dick had often gone there in disguise and , as he said, it Then they strolled up toward the Common, and on the was one of the safest plac es to go, as no on e would suspect way stopped in a coffee house to pick up what news they his be ing there. could. The boys entered and took seats at a rou nd table in a corA boy brought them newspapers and took orders for so mener. thing to drink. They hung their hats upon pegs on the wall, just under a "Put up your paper, Bob," " whispered Dick, when the boy pair of cutlasses put there for ornament. had gone. "There is Lisbeth.'' There were prints on the wall, and the place was comThe girl was now employed in the place. fortable, even if plainly furnished. Dick saw her coming out of another room with a tray in The sanded floor, the rush-bottomed chairs, the lieavy her hand. beams overhead, the heavy diamond-shaped panes, and the She passed them, but they were busy reading their papers, deal tables were all in simple taste, and add ed to the cos iand she did not recognize them. ness. "This place is a perfect hotbed of Tories and royalists," A waiter placed a couple of candles in brass sticks on the s aid Bob, when she had passed. table and took the boys' order. "Yes," and the girl would denounce us in a moment if she There were a number of persons already in the place eat-saw us." ing and drinking, and the boys attracted no great attention. "Very tiue.'' The waiter: presently returned and placed plates, kni ves Lisbeth was busy in another part of the room, but had to and forks before the boys. pas s the boys now and then. Then he put a tureen of soup in front of Dick, other dishes They kept their papers before their faces, and the girl had to follow as they were wanted. no idea that they were the boys who had so cleverly outwit-There were army and navy officers i n the place, citizens in ted them. various walks of life, and a scattering of soldiers. Then the room became more and more crowded, and the There was a low buzz of conversation, but no great amount girl did not pass their way, so that there was less danger of noise, and every one seemed to be taking his comfort. of being recognized. Outside it was cold and bleak, but within all was snug and They picked up a few minor bits of information, but found I cozy. that most of the talk was of a purely personal nature, and of It seemed really the most unlikely place to be visited b y no importance. the press gang, and Dick would have the risk of it at any Jack Warren happened into the place as they were about time. to leave, and they walked over to him. The boys were eating their supper and enjoying it when At that moment Lisbeth came from the direction of the something startling occurred. kitchen with a tray of cups and saucers in her hand. The outer door was suddenly thrown open and a party of , She s aw the boys, stopped short, and cried excitedly: British sailors ran in.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE PRESS GANG. 9 "The press gang!" gasped Bob, springing up and extinguishing the nearest candle. Dick jumped on h ; s chair and reached for one of the cut l asses. Then Bob seized the tureen and hurled it at the advancing sailors. The heavy bowl took one of the m e n alongside the head, emptying its contents ov e r him. Bob quickly followed it up with a plate which went crashing against another of the sailors. Dick seized one of the cutlasses hanging on the wall and tore it down. "'Quick, Bob!" he cried, passing the weapon to his com rade. He had the other in a moment, and then sprang to the floor. The other candle was out in an instant, throwing the corner in darkness. The safest move now was to make a bold dash for the door. There might be others outside, but there was a chance of escaping in the darkness. The gang was a large one, and the raid upon the tavern had evidently been prearranged. The sailors spread out rapidly, paying no attention to soldiers or naval officers, but cornering every one in plain clothes. "Por the door, Bob!" hissed Dick. "Cut your way out!" Slashing right and left, the plucky boys dashed for the door. More than one of the sailors received an ugly wound as the bo ys fought their way to the door. Then Bob unfortunately stepped on a wet board where the s pilled soup had run across the floor. In a moment his foot slipped and he fell heavily. "Go on, Dick, don't wait!" cried Bob. "'Save yourself!" Dick realized in an instant that he could do Bob a better service by making his escape than by trying to help him now. To return would simply mean his own capture. Two more blows of his cutlass and he reached the door. Out he dashed, upsetting half a dozen waiting near the door. They were there to prevent the e scape of those who re fused to be impressed. Dick's coming out so furiously was totally unexpected . Upsetting the six he dashed through a second line of m e n a little farther back, bowling them over as if he had been playing at skittles. In a moment he was hurrying along Pearl street in tbe darkness. The windings aided him for, the street lights shone but a short distance ahead, and he quickly clas h ed up a dark, nar r ow a lley, reaching Broad street at a point farther up from the i;ver. 'l'hen he slackene d his pace as he saw a figure approach-ing. "Mark?" he said softly. "Yes, Dick." "Were you going to Fraunces' tavern?" "Yes, yo u said yo u would be there." "It won't be safe to go there now, Ma1k. The press gang has made a raid on it." "The oress gang?" in great astonishment. "Yes." "But I would have thought that would have been the last for the press gang to make a raid on, Dick." So would I. In fact, both Bob and I thought it the safest place we could find." "Where is Bob?" "Caught. We were gett:ng out when he slipped and fell" ;7hat's too bad I You could not help him, of course?" Th e boys had been walking leisurel y up Broad street and Wall. "We must warn the other fellows, Dick." said Mark. " Yes, but I hardly think any of them will go to Fraunces' now, seeing the stir outside." "No, I suppose not." "Jack knew where we were going, but all the boys did not, and they would hardly go there." Reaching Trinity Church they came upon Ben, Sam and Harry Thurber. "Look out for the press gang, boys," said Dick. "They have just made a raid on Fraunces' tavern and got Bob." "Got Bob?" echoed the boys, greatly astonished. "Yes, but they won't keep him long after I find out where they put him." "No," said the others in a determined tone, and Bob was sure of helpers. CHAPTER IX. GETTING NEWS OF BOB. Taking Mark with him, Dick caut: ousl y returned to tne neighborhood of Fraunces' tave1n. There was no crowd around it, although there were plenty making merry within. Men seemed afraid to venture near it l e s t the press gang should get hold of them. There were a few m e n standing on the oppos ite corner on Broad street, looking over toward it. ' "They'll put 'em in the navy," said one, "and there's no getting out." "I guess they're in want of men pretty bad now." " Ye s, but if they haul up a doz e n or twenty every time they go there , Black Sam Fraunces won't have any custom. "Onl y officers and folks what are already in the navy will go into the place." "Some of the boys made a good fight of it, they say." "They did?" " Yes, and one got away. He slashed his way right through them." "Anybody know him?" ':No. He was near the door, they say, and jumped up quick, threw a soup turee n at the sailors, stole one of the cutlasses and cut down a dozen men and got out." "The tale loses nothing in the t e lling," whi spered Dick to Mark. "And he got away?" "Yes, but they got h is friend. They'll take ' e m aboard the ships in the bay to-morrow ." "If they can get to them. Some of them are already frozen up . They'll be old ships broken up for firewood before winter's over." "'I should say so, if it keeps up like this. Come across and have a mug of punch. There'll be no more press gang visits for the night." The speakers walked across the street, and Dick s a i d to Mark: "They have taken them away." "So it would seem." "I had hopes I would hear where Bob had gone to-night." '.'.There are ships at the Whitehall wharf, and up the river. Yes, and some not far from here, but come let us be moving. It is too cold to stan d still." ' The y walked over to Eas t River, where they kn ew there were s hip s of war. They met few on the way a s the night was too cold to tempt them out. There was the fear of the press gang bes:des, which was greater than that of the cold. N_o, it would have meant my own capture." "Were you recognized?" "No, but the press gang was after every on e in garb, and we were espied at once." Something north of the s t eps of the ferry going over to civilian Brooklyn they saw a small knot of men stamling in front . of a groggery. "There were others then?" "Yes, quite a number." "Did any escape?" "Not that I saw. We were nearer the door, fortunately." "Then they'll sim ply cast Bob in a ship without knowing who h e is?" "Yes, for no one is likel y to recognize him, and Bob will not make himself known, of course." Some of them were sailor s and s om e of them roustabouts. "We made a good haul at the tavern," said one. "They weren't expectin' of us." "And now the new ones is over yonder," pointing to a ship a little out from the shorf' . "Aye, that's where they are now , and where to stay if thi s ' e r e cold hup." "An' what s he be'?"


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE PRESS GANG. "Not she be, Hebe; she's a her, not a him." "The Hebe," muttered Dick. r know of her. She was nearly destroyed by Captain Talbot's fire sl:).ips." "An' there's where they be, eh?" "Yes, an' likely to stay there." "I hope they will until we can get Bob out,'' muttered Dick. Then they walked along quietly, Dick saying: "It's l ike l y that Bob is over there, but I don't see very well how we are going to get to him to-night." No, for they are all under guard somewhere, no doubt, and no one could go on board." "That would be dangerous, but if I could signal to him to let him know we w ere at work, it would be something." "Ve r y true, but he would not be looking for us, and we would not know where to find him." The boys were walking al ong briskly when suddenly as they were passing a narrow alley they heard a shrill cry for help. At once they ran up the alley, whence the cry had come. A door was thrown open and a flood of light poured into the alley. B y this light they saw a h eav ily-built , tough-looking man about to strike a young girl of less than eighteen years. Both boys sprang forward like tigers. Dick seized the man by the shoulders. In an instant the fellow went whirling across the alley against a doorstep. ' Mark caught the girl and prevented her from falling. Then a woman appeared in the doorway and said: "Well, you brute , are you satisfied?" The man picked himself up and now some one opened the door behind him. "In your cups, again, are you, Blifkins? You're an honor t o the n avy, you are." "Do you liv e here?" a sked Mark of the l!;irl. Yes, she does," the first woman said, "and that brute is her father." "Mind how you talk, missus, " said the man, who Dick could no w see was dressed as a sail or. "You've got no business to send the lass for rum. You've had enough as it is." "Go in and go to b ed,' ' said D ic k to the man. "You are not sober now." "What have yo u got to say to it, you young sparrow? I'll do as I like in my own h ouse ." "You will not', if abusing w om e n is doing what you like " "Who's going to stop me?" "I am,'' said Dick. Seizing the man by the collar he whisked him around and sent him flying into the house. "Serves you right if you've found your match, Tom,'' said the woman. "First time, then,'' g1• owled the man as he disappeared within. "He's not such a bad sort when he's sober,'' the woman ex cla imed, "but when he's drunk he's a brute." "Mo s t m en are," Dick replied . "I am greatly obliged to you," the girl said to Mark. "Will you come in. It is cold without." "For a few moments,'' answered Mark. The tipsy sailor had gone to an inner room and thrown h imse l f upon a lounge, where he now lay fast asleep "Has your husband got shorn leave?;' asked Dick. of the wom a n. "Yes, but he must go on board early in the morning. He's on the Hebe, out in the river." Mark gave Dick a quick lo'ok. "And if h e isn't there?" "He will be punished. He'll sleep now all night and never be ready.'' . "Suppo se I should put on some of his clothes and report in hi s name?" The woman looked at Dick and said: "You have another reason for wanting to go on board?" "Yes. A friend of mine was taken by the press gang and carried on board that very vessel. I wish to see him.'' "Well, you've clone me a service, and I'd like to return it. It's a dangerous busi n ess, going on board. You might be imprisoned yourself .'' Are you a rebel?" asked the girl in a low tone. We do not call ourselves such,'' quietly. There was a raid at Fraunces' tavern to-njght, and one young man, a rebel, the y said, fought his way out. My father was there.'' "Yes, I have heard the story, but why did they think he was a rebel?" "A middy in charge of the party recognized him as one Dick Slater, a rebel. Do you know him?" "Yes, very well.'' "And you wish to get your friend out of the ship?" "Yes. If I knew where he is kept, it would help me greatly." "I will get you a suit of my husband's clothes, but will they not be large for you?" the woman said. "I will see to that. Get me a reefer. That will fill the difference in size.'' "Very good. You will be careful ? " uYes." CHAPTER X. ON BOARD H. M. S. HEBE. Dick now turned to Mark and said: "Go and get three or four of the boys and find a boat somewhere." "All right.'' "Return here. I will wait." "Very good.'' Mark then went off, and Dick sat in the little sitting room with the girl, whose name was Susan. The woman went into the back room and at l ength returned with a suit of sailor's clothes, a reefer and a glazed hat. Dick removed his greatcoat, and put on the trousers and shirt over his own clothes, then putting on the reefer. "You look as big as Blifkins,'' said the woman, "but you have no whiskers.'' "Mark will get me a pair of false ones," said Dick. In half an hour Mark tapped at the door and was admitted. "I got Jack and the two Harrys,'' he said. "I brought a close cropped wig and false beard. You will want them." "I knew you would think of them,'' with a smile. It was not yet late, and there would be time for Dick to carry out the plan he had in mind. Putting on the wig and whiskers, and then the glazed hat, Dick looked the rough sailor to the life. "Remain up," he said to the woman. "We will return here." "Very good." The two boys then left the house and made their way to the river. Mark had secured a boat, and in it were Jack Warren and the two Harrys. Jack did not know much about boats, having come from the interior of New Jersey, but he could fend off the ice while the others rowed. The river was full of ice, and it was difficult to find a channel. Dick's eyes were sharp, and he could see a way where othern would not. He steered the boat, while the two Harrys rowed, and Mark and Harry fended off the ice. Dick knew the location of the vessel, and made his way stead ily toward it. "Drop almost astern on the port side,'' he said to Mark, "and wait. If I can get Bob, all right; if not, I will come alone.'' "Very good,'' said Mark. At length they reached the ship and drew alongs i de. "Boat ahoy!" shouted a middy at the rail. He was the same one who had gone aboard the schoon e r over on the North River. Dick recognized his voice in a moment. "That the Hebe?" he asked in a thick voice. "Yes." "Comin' aboard, sir.'' "Very good.'' There was a companion ladder hanging over the side and Dick made his way to the deck. "Who are you?" the middy asked. "Blifkins, sir," Dick said, thickly. "Is your leave up, Blifkins ?"


::.THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE PRESS GANG. "No, sir, but I thought I'd better come back while I was sober." "H'm!" said the middy. "Better go below, Blifkins. It's cold out here. Boat belong ashore?" "'Yes, sir." "'Find your way back there, men?" "Aye!" growled Jack, and the boat was swallowed up in the darkness. It did not leave the ship, however, although it was not to be seen. Dick was now on board, and the next thing to do was how to find Bob . "Did very well for the royal navy to-night, sir," he muttered, sliding up to the middy. "Yes, twenty from Fraunces' alone. They thought it was the safest place, but it wasn't." "Fine lot, too, sir, eh?" "Yes, mostly." "'Stowed away in the hold, I s'pose, sir?" "'Oh, they're around in different places. Better turn in, Blifkins." "Aye, aye, sir," and Dick made his way forward. He knew the general arrangement of a man-of-war, and so had no difficulty in finding the forecastle. Going below he visited that first and, to his delight, saw Bob sitting on a sea chest talking with some sailors. They were trying to persuade him that a sailor's life was the best he could follow, and that he ought to consider himself lucky in having been impressed. "But I don't know one rope from another," he said. "'Oh, you'll learn and then you'll travel and all sorts of strange places." "'But suppose I get sick and fall off the ship? There isn't much fun in that." "Oh, you won't always be sick, and you won't be in any more danger here tha;n anywhere else." "And I wouldn't like to be eaten up by sharks or croco diles," said Bob . The talk was going on merrily when Dick reached the fore castle. "Cap'n wants to see some o' the new hands on deck," he said thi ckly. "Here, you lively young top-sawyer, come along o' me." He caught Bob by the collar and had him on his feet in a twinkling. "Dick," he said, but it sounded like a hiccough, and the sailors all laughed. "'All right," said Bob , "'but I won't be a sailor, I tell you." "Come along o' me, an' keep quiet," said Dick. No one questioned the right of the supposed Blifkins to come in and take Bob away. It was all done in a matter of fact way, and the men had no reason to doubt that it was all right. The captain was looking over the men, they reasoned, and picking out the best. Bob >vas as fine a specimen -0f young manhood as any on board, and it would be natural for the captain to want him . The sailors had all taken a fancy to Bob. Even the man he had knocked down with the tureen had praise d him for his grit. They all tried to persuade him that he had just the build for a sailor. Leaving the forecastle, Dick and Bob were alone for a few moments. "I'm going to push you overboard, Bob," said Dick. "Don't be startled." "All r ight." "Keep close to me. We have a boat ready." "'Very good." Reaching the dock, Dick kept in the dark and made his way toward the stern on the port side. Looking over the rail he whistled softly. It was answered in an instant. The boat was there. The companion ladder was hung over the port side. "'Get ready," wh'.sperecl Dick. "All right." Then he made l\js way toward the waist. The gangway \Yas open, the middy walking up and down near it. "Aye, aye, sir." "Go below, as I told you." "Aye, aye, sir!" Dick was at the gangway at that moment . Suddenly pitching against Bob he sent him flying down the ladder. In a moment he had followed. Bob had not arisen to the surface before be was hauled into the boat and covered with greatcoats. Dick was served the same way, and then the boat dropped astern and in a m oment was swallowed up in the black darkness. CHAPTER XI. NIGHT ADVENTURES. "'Man overboard!" called out the middy. The captain of the watch echoed the call, word was passed to the boatswain, and he ordered up a crew to lower a boat. By the time this was done the boat was well away from the ve ss el. The middy, having done all that discipline required, looked over the side and sa;cl: "Now then, Blifkins, you besotted fool, where are you?" There was no answer. "Bring a light, someone, and lower it over the side." The command was r e peated, at length a sailor brought a lantern and lowered it to the water. There was no sign of Blifkins or of anyone else. "H'm! your under, I'm afrai d." The boat was lowered and went all around the ship, but not a sign of the missing Blifkins was seen. Mark and hi s crew were making their way steadily toward the ferry slips. Great masses of ice came drifting down upon them, which Jack f ende d off. Dick, wrapped to the eyes in greatcoats, gave Mark di r ec tions as to their course, and the boat went steadily on. In and out, the boys rowing steadi ly, dodging this way and that, they went on and at last reached the wharf. "V.'ith this wind and t ide the river will be packed with ice by morning," said Dick, "and one can walk from Red Hook to Whitehall wharf." They made their way rapidly to the house in the alley, and were speedi ly admitted by Mrs. Blifkins. "'We wish to dry our clothes by the fire," said Dick. "'Why, you must have falle n into the water." "We did , and there's one s ec! man the l ess on His Majesty's ship Hebe to-night." "You got your friend?" "Yes, the royal navy had no attractions for him," with a smile. Dick took off the sailor's clothes, and sat by the fire to dry his own, 'the others sitting around talking in low tones. "We must get away shortly," said Dick, "for they may take a notion to send word that your h usband is drowned." "'He would be very much surprised to of it, but he shows no sign of awaking yet." What Dick had feared shortly happened. Th ey were getting ready to l eave whe n there came a loud rap at the door. Susan a n swered the summons. "Blifk !ns ?" "Yes." ;;H e ain't in, I suppose?" Yes, he is, and fast asleep." The men had come to break the n ews and were greatly surprised. "What? Abed and asleep?. Why, girl, he's drowned, and I've come to tell it to your mother as gently as I could." "Nothing of the sort, and if you don't b e lieve it, you can come in and see." The spokesman and his mate s fi ed i n to the back room, and Dick, Bob, Mark and the rest quickly left the house unno ticed. "We ll, if I ever! There h e is, t hat's his soaked togs, an' him asleepin' after it like a baby," said the! astonished sailor. "He must ha' sw um ashore r:>.n' come home , didn't you, D'ck m::tcle h:s way to,:anl it, unsteadily, apparently, to hi s s id e . Bob Blifkins ?" •That you, Bl'fkins?" sharply, I "Aye, aye, yes!" said the m:m, sudden l y up, greatly to everyone's surprse. \


12 THE LIBERTY AND THE PR;ESS GANG. "Feel any the wuss fur fall in the water, Blifkins ?" "For my what?" said the man, rubbing his eyes. "For your fall in the water, off the shi p, you knew, an hour ago." "What are yer chaffin' about? I never fell off'n the ship. Ain't been in her since afore dark." "Why yes, you have. You come aboard an' went b elow, and got' a young feller, and then you fell overboard, yo u an' the young feller both, a n ' we've never picked him up." "That's the biggest yarn I ever heard of. His, miss us, tell 'em they're lying, wo n ' t ye?" "There are your clothes, Blifkins," said his w:fe. " You can believe them or not. They've been in the water, haven' t they?" Blifkins look ed at them, rubbed his eyes , looked again, and said: "An' I fell overboard?" "Aye, aye, sir!" "And came home in them wet togs?" "You see them, don't you? They are yours, aren't they?" "They surely are." "Well?" "Well, it's the most amazin' thing I ever heard of, for I don't remember a word of it." "Yo u was half seas over at the time, and I s'pose you wouldn't." "Well, I don't, matey, for a certainty, and I come straight home and went to bed . That's instinct, that i s." Blifkins was never the wiser, and believed as many more did, that he had b ee n wonderfull y rescued from the big river b y his love of home. Meanwhile the bo ys had hul'ried away toward Broadway, for it was now growing late. " If the press gang were not a,broad, night Wll;tch might b e , and they often asked very \3mban'assmg questions when they encountered boys out at n&ht. r They were going up Partition street at a brisk walk, the wind blowing keenly in their faces, 'when down the street came a party of roisterers, singing and shouting. "They are as bad as the press gang or the night watch," said Dick. ""If we get in with them we are lik e l y to be picked up by on e or the other," added Bob. They quickl y darted down Dutch street a nd got at length into Pearl street, then, as now, a w inding thoroughfare. "We'll see pretty nearly the whole of the lower part of the city before we get home to-night," chuckled Jack. Then they had to avoid the watch and at last got into Broadway, w here they separated. Dick and Bob made their way toward the Commons, Mark and Jack going toward Bowling Green, and the two Harrys toward the North River. It was cold and bleak, the street lamps seemed almost to go out at times, and the s now as it flew i n the boys' faces seemed to cut like knives. They were passing a coffee house when the door opened and a girl and a man came out. A flood of light s hone in the boys' faces and they recog nized Lisbeth. "Call the watch, those boys are rebels!" the girl cried ' shri ll y . • "Nonsen se! you are forever seeing rebels," said the man. The boys hurrie d on, but the cry had be e n caught by a man in the doorway near at hand. "Where?" he exclaimed. "There, those two boys. Stop them, they are rebels ." The man came rushing at Dick and Bob to apprehend them. Dick thrust out his foot and the man tripped and fell in the s now. By the time h e had recovered himself the boys had run away, and there was no one to whom he might call. "That girl is over officious," sputtered Bob . "She has some spite agains t u s, but seems never to know just when to call out 'rebels.' Twice to-night she has failed." Onc e more before they reached their lodgings they had to dodge the night watch, but at las t they were safely housed and toasting their shins before a warm fire. "It has been a busy day, Dick," said Bob, sipping a mug f hot coffee. "Yes, and a fortunate one, but it is dangerous to remai• in the city, and I think \Ye had best arrange to leave it shortly, to-morrow perhaps." "We have l earned something at any rate, and may learn more before we leave." "Very true, but there is too strict a watch kept on strangers, the press gang is too busy and private citizens are b eing forced into the army or to do patrol duty." "It is no place for us, in fact," said Bob, with a laugh. "No, and it will be a hard place to leave if everything free zes ." They went to bed at last and slept soundly after their many adventures o f the day and night. They were having breakfast in their r oom the next morning when Mark and Jack entered. From the look on the boys' faces Dick knew that some-thing had happened. "What's wrong, Mark?" he asked. "Patsy and Carl have disappeared." "Caught b y the press gang?" "No one knows, but they're gone, and .that's the mystery of it." CHAPTER XII. A STRANGE HAPPENING. Patsy and Carl had been on the schooner all day. The captain had disposed of hi s cargo and was thinking of going back. There was much more ice in the bay, however, and he did not have a full crew. "Don' t yer think the boys will come back?" he asked Patsy. sorra a know I know, " said Patsy, who knew that they wo uld not. well, 'spo s e yer go out and look for s omebody." "It's too cowld entoirely, an' Oi'm afeard av lo s in' me way." "Ya, we d . on 'd was cfer b y New Yorick been, und we was avraid of oursellufs getting !oozed," added Carl. "Why all yer gotter do is to walk erlong ther river till yer get ter the end an' then come back. " "May be we'll go out afther a little phwile. " . " Ya, when dot was some warmer got we was went ouid." Along in the afternoon while the skipper was in the cabin Patsy said: "C ome on, Cookyspiller, there's no harrum in goin' out an' havin' a look around." "Dose press gangs don'd was around, was dey"?"' "Not now, me bye. They don't come out be clay, but on'y be noight." "All righd, I was went mit you alretty." They walked up the river as far as Portkile street, and then to the Common, being well protected against the cold. It was growing dark when, after walking along the eastern side of the Common, on Chatham street, Patsy said:' "Oi think we'd betther be goin' back. It's cowld an' dark, an' there'll be the supper to git." "All righd, choost what you l :ge, onl y don'd went by dose press gangs alretty." "Have no fear. Oi know betther nor that." They were nearing the end of the Common, when they saw an old man crossing the street just as a sleigh drawn by two fast horses came dashing along. "Qi my, oh my, he'll be kilt!" cried Patsy. Then he rushed out, Carl at his s ide, and seized one of the horses. He w .as dragged a short d!stance, but by that time Carl had seized the horse also and his weight brought it to a stand. The old man, having escaped being knocked down, crossed to the walk and waited. The person driving the sleigh was a British officer, muffled to the eyes in furs. "How dare you stop my horses, you impudent fellows?" he said, softly. "Wud yez run down the poor owld man jist for the sake av goin' a little fasther, my foine gentlemon ?" a s ked Patsy. He had already recoimized the officer as the one who had come over with them in the schooner from Staten Island. "Let him keep out of the way, then. Let go of my horses," he cried


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE PRESS GANG. 13 "It's bad manners ycz do have, but Oi'll J e t go av 'em all right." "Impudent fellow!" stormed the officer, slashing at Patsy with his whip. The jolly fellow dodged, and the horse go t the blow. Patsy and Carl quickly sprang aside and the horses went dashing clown Broadway. Crossing to the walk they saw the old man standing there. "You are brave boys," he said. "I should have been run over. My sight is not very good." "Where do yez live, sor?" Patsy asked. "Maybe \ve had betther see yez home, it's that dark." "If you will, I will be greatly obliged. I live on John street near the riYer." "Sure that's not far an' we will go wid yez an' welkim." They were on John street when the tramp o f a body of men coming on at a good speed was heard. "Oh my, oh my, there's the press gang now, " cried Patsy. "This way,'' said the o l d man, the party being in front of a door in a wall at that moment. He quickly unlocked the door and they hurried within and closed it none too soo n. "This is my garden, and yo nder is my house,'' the old man said . They could see the lights in a fine large house, and now they walked along a path and entered at the front door, a negro servant admitting them. "O h , my, wud yez luck at the grandeur av iveryth:ng!" cried Patsy. "Sure it's too foine entoirely for the l oiks av us." The old ge11tleman led the way to the library, where he placed the two comical Liberty Bo ys on either side of a great fireplare where a firP of logs was burning. "You don't l"ve in the city?" h e said. "No, sor, we

14 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE PRESS GANG. "The weather is unprecedented," he l!laid, "but it cannot prevent your escape from the city. I think I can hel'p you, and will do so." The old gentleman knew the people at the house where Dick had first stopped, and agreed to see them at once. "I believe we can get sleighs enough to take your entire party across the Hudson," he said. "If they can be taken over in separate parties, that will do ," said Dick. "Exactly, but we may be able to send you all over at once." "This pompous officer will not be able to cross at once," observed Dick, "and the will benefit us if we can get over first." "Exactly, and you must. I will see about providinlf the means at once." Mr. Edgecombe was a man of means, although his manners and appearance were those of a man in straightened cir-cumstances. . . Had it been known that he was rich, he would have suffered being known to be a patriot. There was a stable on the John street property, but the horses were in the upper part of the island, where they would not attract attention. The boys would go up there in small parties, and set out from a point opposite Fort Lee. These were assumed in order not to excite the cupidity of the British. ' The ice was more solid here, and their departure would not excite as much attention. There was a horse and chaise f1 the stable at John street, and Dick and Bob would these to the upper of the island. The rest of the boys would make their way thither in various ways, and not more than two or three at a time. They all had full directions how to reach the place and some were given letters to the caretaker at the upper lishment. The old gentleman was personally acquainted with General Washington, and was heartily in sympathy with the cause of independence. He of the Liberty Boys,, a;id the good work they were domg, and was ready and willmg to aid them to the extent of his power. As soon as the Boys in the city could be communicated with they were despatched in parties of two, three and four to Mr. Edgecombe's place. Some had passes and some did not, but they were all resourceful boys, and Dick did not fear that any would fail to get through. Dick and Bob went to their lodgings to settle their score and then to the house in John street. On the way Dick saw Lisbeth talking to the man she had b ee n with the night before. "There is that spying girl again," he said. "Lisbeth?" "Yes." "Then that means more trouble." "Perhaps. Go around by the back way. I will take this. We will puzzle them a bit." The boys separated at the next corner. In leaving Mr. Edgecombe's they went out !lt the rear on a. lane and so around into another street and then to Parti t ion street. They had puzzled the girl indeed. It was not until they reached the Common that they saw a sl eigh following them. In it was the pompous officer, whose papers Dick had come so strangely in possession of. , He raised_ a hue and cry and before long some soldiers .came . gallopmg after them. had a . good lead, and presently struck down toward the nver, .makmg two or three turnings and misleading their pursuers. . They kept on at a good gait, and before long reached the Imes. passed without difficulty, Dick remarking on the seventy of the weather and adding: "There a pompous i!!dividual in uniform who calls him self a Bnt1sh officer, trymg to get through the lines. You had better watch 11;rn." "Very well, we will do so." Without saying that the officer was not what he pre-tended to be1 Dick was nevertheless throwing obstacles in his way, an

THE LIBERTY A N D T H E PRESS GANG. 15 " Dot was water been, ain't it, wedder it was frozen or it The Liberty Boys were comfortable in their winter quar40n' d was?" ters, living in huts well banked up with turf anq thickly " But Oi'm not goin' in a boat, an' that makes a differ." thatche d, the snow on the roofs serving to make them h"Vell, off you was took sick been, choost you got ein goot wanner. . piece off dot salt pork and tied ein piece off string--" The boys were all anxious to be doing something, and at '"G o'n wid yez," cried Patsy, making a pass at Carl's length word of the intended expedition to Staten Island was }lead. received. ,. They were at the river when a party of redcoats came in The Liberty Boys were to take part in it, as they had sight. .expected. , • . .. Off with you!" cried Dick. . Previous to the starting of the expeditions, Dick, Bob In a moment the sleighs were gliding over the ice. and one or two others ere to go over to reconnoiter. The horses were sharp shod, and there was no danger of "And dodge press gangs," laughed Bob. fallln'g. Here and there were beds of snow and the travelingwas l ess dangerous. The redcoats were afraid to follow and the sleighs con taining the l.iberty Boys sped on at a good rate. CHAPTER XV. The gallant fellows had spent an .exciting t i me in the city, . but were now clear of it, and in no danger of pursuit. DICK'-S MISFORTUNE. They had all had exciting adventures, and at one time t . . . it had seemed as if they would lose some of their number. Dick, Bob, Mark, Jack Warrim. and :Sen Spurlock went over Now they had all escaped. and were ready fol' more ex-to the island. . citement, more work for the cause. They took their horses an.d were disguised as farmers' The British on Staten Island were making trouble for the boys. . , . . patriots, and something would doubtless be done to keep it wasftold, but they ;were warmly .clothed, and their horses them in check. were well shod and . made good speda. The arrangements for their departure and the journey Reaching the island, they divided, Dick . and Bob going one . to the 'upper part of the island had all taken time, and the way and the rest"" another. .. short winter day was drawing to a close as they reached. the Putting up their horses ::i.t a tavern, Dick and Bob out Jersey side of the river: 1 to look for information. . . They put up at var10us places and a comfo .rtable . There was a fort and a R'jl.rrison here, and the boys wished n:ght, the weather had grown still colder, With no to learn something about them. s11ms of :abatmg. . They met Hessians in the street, the mercenaries The dnvers of the sleighs, who_ were to take back , at them suspiciously and making insulting remarks. agreed to take the boys some miles farther. on their way. These were in German, which the boys did not understand. whence. they could proceed the rest of the distance _lr send The tone and air were not to be mistaken, however. for theu h?rses. . The Hessians were ieady to make trouble, and they outSome. , out from Paulus Hook, Dick Bob sue -n umbered the boys. . '-' . m hmng two hors,es and we1:_1t on to camp, the boys They went on, therefo re, but in front of a t!lvern, waitmg . . , tliree 'big fellows barred the way. Returnmg with their own and the boys hori;es, the m en The boy s would either have to turn out into the deep snow with _the sleighs. havu1g ' returned, the boys were all in camp . or g o back. by mght. . . . They c ould ot enter the, tavern or go on. Those who \CJ11amed. behmd were to see their As, they stop ped, one of the Hessians made an insulting reco;;ira?es, and plied with. many mal'k in broken Eni:i-lish . An how ck' yez git on w1dout a cook? asked Bob at once s t epped u p and pulled the fellow's nose till he "OJ did be thinkin' av yez man:ya toime." howl ed. . well," was the reply. "We don't look starved, He drew a pistol , which Dick promptly sent flying with do" we;-'y1th a . , . . . . a blqw of his hand. . . Go n w1d yez, 0 1 yez :wor countm the till One of the others attempted to seize Dick and was knocked 01 wud be back an' give yez nhnty to ate." : down • "Oh, we got on all. said the other, teasingly. "There' . fight, you gife satisfaction?" ' demanded the first. are pl entv . of cooks m the country yet." " "0o is .your frien'? He bes your segond ?" ".Sure 01 kno.w that, thel'e do be cooks ;ind cooks, but ,'!NQ," said Bob, "and if 'yo u interfere with me I'll break mo1ghty few lo i k e mese lf. ' I your neck, you foreign pig." "For why you t'ought you was so goot been?" asked. Carl: ypu caU me peeg?" blustered the man. "I was lifted pefore I was saw you, I was choost sc !'Yes, and it's a compliment . Get out of the way!" fat lige I was now alretty." . .' '1'You will not fight? You are a coward." "Go'n wid yez. Yez moight be as fat but yez wor not as a:rp. I?" and Bob slapped the 'fellow's face. •healthy as yez are now." :M:,ore Hessian;; were coming, scnting a fight. ."D o t was what you t'ought, but oder yellers was t'ought "Come, Bob," said Dick. "We cannot stop to quarrel. t ifferen t. You clon'd was so much." There are to0...,many of them." "Go'n mit y ez, sure yez know that av jt weren't for me TJ\ey the tavern, passed through to the rear, Dick Slather wud n ever have found out about the inimy's crossed the yar!i', ; .got over a fence, and entered an inn on the plans. " . other side. "Dot was a acc ident, und you was ano-'had crossed with them m y ork, and if they had had all the J)1en they" w4;hed t h e s choQne r. ould not have got away. Ah, no, not at the m o ment," replie d th e other in his


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE PRESS GANG. pompous manner. "An' I thought that only officers frequented thi s inn?" glaring at the bo y s. " I presume they did not know the rule s, major, but they are not offen s ive." S ecreting himself i n the closet again he waited till the p e r s on goin g upstairs should come do wn. " Ah, you fellahs, you are loyal subje cts, of course?" s ai d the major, turning to Dick. And t he n of a sudde n the door was thrown open by a m i d d l e -aired woman in white cap and apron, and carrying a bag of key s on her wrist. "Ask the person to give his name," said Dick, turning to Bob, with an air quite as pompous as that of the major. "One cannot be too careful to whom he speaks nowadays." The major colored at the retort, while his friend s miled. Then he suddenly flushed deeper, glared fixe dly at the two boys and said: "Jove! I have met you two before. Once at Fraunces' tavern. and in other places. You stole my s leigh and horses." Others heard the charge and now se veral officers came forward. "Gentlemen!" cried Twaddlecombe, springing up, "these two boys are rebels, and dangerous ones . Don't l e t them escap e ." " To the door, Bob," hissed Dick. Both boys made a dash, and Bob upset two or three redcoats and escaped. Di c k was not so fortunate, one redcoat clo sing t h e door and standing in front of it while others s urrounded Dick. "That i s Dick Slater, the rebel s py," continued the major. "Say you so? Slater is a dangerous foe." " I know the scoundrel. I met him in New York. I did not at fir st, but I learned hi s identity later. " "Th ere i s a reward for this fellow." "Yes, and he is mo s t generous. Thi s is a luck y capture. " "Ah, landlord," said the major, Dick being now h eld b y several of the redcoats. "Yes, your honor?" replied the obsequious host, hustling forward. "Have you a convenient place to stow this rebel, till w e can send for a file of men to take h i m to the fort?" "Why, ye s , Major, I believ e I have. Is h e r e all y a r e b e l ? He doesn't look such a dreadful sort. " "He is a dangerous fellah. Lock him up in the cellar or in the garret or some secure place, and d o n ' t l e t him escape , as you value our patronage." "No, Major, I will not. Here, John, George, Michael, take away the rebel varlet and lock him i n the uppe r bac k room. Three or four lusty servants took D i ck away and lo c k e d h i m in an upper room. He had not b e en searched, nor was he bound. Having gotten rid of the p1isone r , the major and hi s friends now proceeded to enjoy themselves. They gave him no further thought, and no one sent for the s oldier s . The major could not di sturb him self ov e r a inere reb e l and it would be time enough to have h i m sent fo r wh e n returned to the fo rt. No thought was given to Bob, either, it being con s id ered enough that Dick Slater was captured. Bob, free, a t once set about pl anning Dic k's es cape. Hurrymg to the rear of the tavern he secreted himself in a dark hall closet. From there he pe ered out cautiously and saw the servants take Dick upstairs. When they came down he stole up cautiously and rapidly and began trying to locate Dick . He opened one or two doors cautiously where he heard no sounds beyond. Then he tried one and found it locked. The key was take n out and, l . ooking through the keyhol e , Bob saw Dick. "Hallo!" he whispered. "Is that you, Bob?" said Dick, crossing the room. "Yes. What are your chances?" "Windows frozen solid and opening on a paved court, chimney too small, door of connecting room locked on wrong side." "We will have to see to that. " Bob moved to the door of the next room and found it !Deked and the key gone. "It's locked, Dick," said Bob. "We'll have to try some way of getting it open." "All right." Bob crept away, hearing someone coming up the front stahway and descending by the back. "Boo!" said Bob. "Bl es s m y h eart!" s aid the woman, and then prom-ptly swoon e d. CHAPTER XVI. SNOWBALLING THE HESSIANS. W ithout waiting to bring the housekeeper out of her swoon, Bob took the bag of keys from her wrist. The n he hurried up stairs with them, two steps at a jump. " . R eaching the door of the room where Dick was a pnsoner, he t r i e d one k e y after another till he found one which fitted. The b olt shot back and Bob opened the door. "Qui c k! " h e cri ed. "There' ll be an alarm in a minute." 'l'h e hou se k e ep e r came out of her swoon and began to scream, attracting the attention of every one in the hou s e. S ervants , ho st, cads, potboys and stable hands came run ning in all directions. The Britis h officers continu e d thei r drinking and smoking undistu1bed. "Out the front way," said Bob. "They are in the r ear." Down the front stairs the boys hurried. At the foot they met the landlord. He s e e m e d greatly surprised to s e e Dick. " Bl e s s my h eart!" he exclaimed . "Very well, bles s your heart, " said Bob , w ith a laugh. "But I s a y , you are a pris on e r, you can't go away like that." " Oh , but I must," s aid Di'ck. "But I will lo se all the offic ers' patronage if you go away. I wa s told not to let you escape." "Te ll them y ou could not help yours elf," laughed Bob. Then they pushed the excited and greatly puzzled landlord out of the way . In anothe r m inute they were out on the street and making t h eir way along at not too rap'.d a pac e . The l a ndlord i s not going to say anything about this," chuckl e d Bob. "And I d on't think his guests a r e likely to, either, for s om e t ime ," answere d D i ck. " No, they seemed likel y to s pend the rest of the day in caro us ing, from what I saw of them." Then they turned their ste p s in the d i r ection of the fort. M ark and his two companion s had gon e in the same direc t : on. The fort was strong and well garris oned. The boys had no notion of being able to g e t in. T h e y m erely wi shed to get a good outside view of it. The fort itself and its surroundings might give them an i dea fo1 the leaders of the exp e dition. If they had no notion of getting in themselves, they could at least see how others might d o it. R eaching the entrance of the fort they stood opposite it, looking around as any boys m ight. Out of the fort came half a dozen Hessians. The boys were not in the way, but the H essians went out of their own way and came marching toward them. "Raus!" they said. "What' s the matter with thes e fellows?" said Jack. "We are not bothering them." "Raus!" said the Hessians again. The boys went off to one side. Again the Hes,;ians bothered them, and ordered them away. They stopped in front of a big snowdrift where they could not po s sibly do any harm, but the Hessians seemed determined to annGy them. Again they ordered the boys to move . "I'm iroing to take a hand in moving folks on this time," said Jack. Quickly making a snowball he hurled it !lt the Hessians. Then Mark and Ben followed it up, and ln a few moments t\ie three were bombarding the Hessians in lively st.Yle..


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE PRESS GANG . . . ................ ............... . The c : tizens laughed, and a party of British soldiers nearby thought it very funny. They evidently had little respect for their hired allies. The Hessians attempted to disperse the boys, but the lat te1 kept up the bombardment from behind the drift. Then a number of town boys joined the others. and there was a perfect storm of snowballs. ::'\hese are too officious, anyhow," said one. . I ve been wantmg to give them a goot! licking for a long time," declared another. "Let them have it, boys," said a third. "They need a lesson." . There were more than a dozen boy s snowballing the Hes si::ns now. No one seemed to know what had started it, but everyone laughed. The Hess:ans grew angry, and presently leveled their muskets. "Look out, boys!" cried Mark. "Down with you fall down!" ' The majority of the bo ys fell on their faces. . a!ld Jack pulled down some who had not done so, and Jus t m time. The Hes sians fired. Fortunately no one was hurt. "Shame!" cried a numb e r of citizens "Charge!" cried Mark. "Now, then,' Jet them have it!" Each of the boys quickly caught up an armful of snowballs already made and charged. The H essians were literally plastered with snow and forced to retreat. Thei1 mouths, nose s and ears were filled with snow. Some of them look ed like walking snow men, there was so much snow on them . would have drawn their pistols but n ow a British officer mterfered and ordered them back to the fort. . they had not retreated it was likely that many of the c1t1zens would have taken a hand. They were indignant at the manner in which the Hessians had acted, and resented it. It .wa s .clear that. many of them did not like having the Hessians m town, and were very ready to take sides against them. Even redcoats held no liking for them, for all that the foreigners were their allies. . Some of the town boys pursued the Hessians right to the fort, pelt'ng them with snow, ice and eve n stone s . The three Liberty Boys took no part in this last dem onstration . They went away, Mark saying with a laugh: "Well, J ack, old chap, you started a fine rumpus with that snowball of yours." "Yes, and got a lot to join me . It shows how little these foreigners a1e liked . " , "The redcoats have no respect for them " added Ben "They had n o business to fire at us,'; declared angr'ly, "and 1 have no doubt they will be punished for it.'; "It shows that there is a strong patriotic feeling in town" added Jack, "and no doubt a concerted movement w ould be s u ccessfu l." "Very l ikel y,'' said Mark." They saw some of the boy s who had taken part in the affair afterward. They were all laughing heartily over it and telling how they had made the Hessians run. "Who was that fine looking young fellow that told us to fall down?" asked one. '"I don't know. I never saw him before. He knew what he was about, though." and there was a boy with him who helped him. I beli eve some of us would have been hit if it had not been for those two." "We certainly would. It was cowardly for those to fire on us. It was only a lark in the first place." The bo ys walked away, and the town boys did not recognize them. Later Dick and Bob came along and heard men talking about how a lot of boys had driven in the Hessians with snowball s . They considered it a lark of the town bo ys and laughed at it. Then they met Mark and the others, and heard a true account of the affair, "'If we could only be here long enough," observed Dick, "we might create a popular demonstration against these invade rs." "Very true,'' said Bob, and then the boys went about till dark, when they returned to Elizabeth. CHAPTER XVII. THE RESULT OF THE EXPEDITION . The preparations for the expedition were all made. The mov ement was under the direction of Lord Stirling, who cro ssed over from De Hart's Point to the island with a force of twenty-five hundred m e n. Many went over in sleighs, the Liberty Boys taking th

......... -..... -',{ LIBERTY BOYS AND THE PRESS GANG. "And they will know the next time that we are not easily forgotten," lau ghed Mark. "The expedit :on accomplished something," said Dick, "but we must look out for the enemy after this." "You think that they may go on the expedition that we learned the details of?" said Bob . "Yes." Reaching the Presbyterian Church, whose pastor was the Rev. James Caldwell a staunch patriot, known as "the fighting pastor,'' they' saw a man running out with a firebrand in his hand. Some of the boys fired upon him, but he escaped. He was a Tory, who was heard to say when he saw the church in flames, that he regretted that the blackcoated rebel, Caldwell, was not in the pulpit. . . "They will want to r e taliate, any how." "Yes, and we must watch them." Many of the patriots were frostbitten tion , the cold being severe. "That is Mr. Caldwell's church, boys," cned Dick. . They all knew the clergyman, seen him many times, during the expediand knowing his sterling character. The Liberty Boys were well protected and were accustomed to the cold , being out so much. They did not suff e r any in c onvenience, b eing strong, rugged fellows to start with and accustomed to all sorts of weather. "Oi do be thinkin' it's the warrum hearts in us that kapes us from the cowld," said Patsy. "Ya, und dot red head off yours, alretty,'' laughed Carl. "Go on wid yez, it's yez fat stomick that kapes yez war-rum,'' retorted Patsy. "Humbug! dot stomach don'd was keeped me warm." "Phwat is it, thin?" "For cause I was so close to you been, dot was it". CHAPTER XVIII. THE EXPEDITION TO ELIZABETH. "We must save it," echoed Bob. Mark, Jack, the two Harrys, Ben, Sam and a dozen others leaped from their horses and followed Bob. . They ran into the church, but could not save it. The. incendiary had done his >vork only too well. There was no \vater to be had, everything being frozen, and the sacred edifice was already doomed. The boys saved a few things and the n were forced to re-treat. 1 The flames were spreading rapidly, and to remain onger would mean death. l The boys retreated, therefore, and, while the church was burning, set out after the H essians. They came upon a party setting fire to a dwelling house. At once they fired upon them by the light of the confiagra&a . The Hessians quickly beat a retreat, but the house could not be saved. The gallant boys pursued the enemy, w ho beat a hasty retreat, and got bac k to shore without sustaining any great loss. The da1ing bo ys pursued them to the shore, however, be-ing determined to punish them. . ::: The Liberty Boys remained in their camp keeping watch on The burning of private property was wanton destruction the enemy. . and without excuse. It was probable that the latter would try to retaliate on "These are the creatures the British bring over to fight account of the expedition to Staten Island. us," said Dick, ind ignantly. A watch was kept alongshore, therefore, at points where "It's a shame ," answered Bob, "and they will meet their re-the enemy were most likely to land. ward." . A week passed without any sign of the redcoats or Hes-1 "It was bad enough to burn the town house," declared sians. Mark angrily. The Liberty Boys did not rela.'C any of their vigilance, how"There was no excuse for destroying the dw e lling," said ever. Jack. The very moment they ceased to be watchful might be the "And the destiuction of the church was simply dastardly,'' time that the enemy would select. said Bob. At last one was made by Knyphausen and his Hessi:i-ns. "The Hessians may not have . done that,'' said Be!!. . Two detachments were sent out to harass the Amencan "No it was a Tory or at least he had a share m it, but outpo sts. he wa's only following' the example of the Hessian s ." One cro ssed to Paulus Hook, being joined by part of the "Well, we gave them some punishment at all events ." garrison there, and pushed on to Newark. It was not till the next day that the boy:s learned of the Here they captured a company and set fire to the academy, expedition to Newa1k returning without lo s s. For some time afteithat the Hessians left the J crseys The second detachment set out from Staten Island to alone. Tremble y's Point, and mar ch to Elizabethtown. They made the raids in lower Westchester, being generally Some of the Liberty Boys, out on a scouting expedition, successful. met the m on the way. Later the Liberty Boys met the "fighting parson" again They fired a shot or two and hunied back to give the near alarm. The s uppl y of wadding for the artillery and musketry havThe Liberty Boy s were soon under arms and in the saddle. ing given out, he ran into a neaiby church, and out Away they rode in full force toward Elizabeth, to try and with his arms full of hymn books. intercept the enemy. . These he quickly d is t ributed to the soldie1:s. . T)'le had the start, however, and surprised and "Now then, boys, give them Waits!" he cned, referrmg to captm-ed the pickets. . the hymn compo ser. Th

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 19 FROM ALL POINT S CONSCIE N C E DROV E HIM BACK TO P RISON. _Dnable l on g e r to res is t the gnawing s of con science, E lmer E . Barna rd, who e scape d from the State P e n i tentiary in company with Cecil Griffin and Ray Li ndse y on the night of Aug. 2, 1916, walke d into Gov. Olco tt's office on e day re cently and info r m e d the Executive that he had re turned to S a l e m v olun tarily to se r ve out his maximum term of ten years. PLAN DETR OIT RIVER SP AN. Und e r the l eade rship of G us tave Lind e n t hal, the eminent S w edish e n g inee r of New York, plans have been well ad v anced to organ ize a corporation under the charter of the American and Canadian Govern ments to con struc t a $ 2 8 , 000 , 000 suspension bridge across the Detroit River connecting Detroit and Windsor. It is p r opos e d to build a bridge supported from to wers on either side of the river with double de c k su spens i o n , the span to be capable of handling railroad, stree t car, auto mobile and p edestrian traffic. It i s understood there w ill be n ' o op position from the Lake Carri ers ' A ss oci a tion or from the Cana dian o r A merican authoriti e s a s long as the passage of boats i s n o t i m p e d ed. A TIRE CHAIN MAD E UP OF INTERCHANGE ABLE UNITS P a t ents have bee n secured by G eor ge R. B e lknap of Spok a n e , Was h. , on a " n o n sk id aut o chain" that is cre ating interest among Spok a ne motorists. The d e vice c a n hardl y be called a "chain." They are links, which have inter ch a ngeable running surface. The entire link is "U" s h ape, t he tire fitting into the pav em e nt, i s t w o inch es square and is corru gated. Extra links may be added in a twinkling to m a k e the chai n fit a tire of any size. When properl y appli e d the ch a in will be noiseless. It will act as a tire protecto r and it is claimed that when the tir e is r emo ve d afte r the chain has been used for a s e ason, the t i r e w ill be in the same condition as when the chai n w as appl i ed. In case of puncture it will not be n ece ssary to repair the t i re, the broad links of the chain make a smooth running surface and the c a r may be driven to the nearest garage without the s lighte s t injur y to the tire or rim. The rim or the tir e is not damaged. It is estimated that the ch a in fo r 30-inch tires will weigh approxi mately 14 pounds when manufactured from male able cast iron. It occupies but small space and will prove a boon to truck and motor owners. HOR S E C O L LARS OF STEEL A new kind o f ho r s e c olla r of steel instead of leath e r has come into use in F r anc e . The demand . . ..... for harnes s has been enormous during the past few mon t hs and i t continues to Le very heavy i n the No rthern D e partments of France. All the avai l a ble h arnes s has been sold at good prices, a n d t he re continue s to be a d _eart h, on accoun of the shortage of leathe r ; but alth ough several thousands of horse collars are still want ed, buyers refuse to pay the prices quoted, while the manufacturers say that so long as the price o f leather remains as it is t h ey cannot accept l e ss. Atte ntion is, therefore, be ing given to press e d s teel collars, which were impor t e d before the war in fairly large quantities, and as there appears to be c ons i derable ec-0nomy i n t h e i r use certain Paris firms are beginning to make t he article to meet the dem and in the liberated districts . The initial cost of manufacture is heavy, o,•,,-ing t o the need of expensi ve tools, but t his appears to be fully justified b y t he demand. Lightness and c h ea p ness are points in fav o r of the steel collar. DISABLED SOLDIER WITH A PENSION OF ONLY $2.25 A WEEK. In the arrest of Sidney Henry Dyer, twenty-two, by trade a riv,eter, a nd h is p lea of guilty to a char g e of breaking into a shop in Poltobello road, pu b lic attention has b een called afresh to the insuffic i e ncy of pen sions fo r d isabled men . Dyer was wholly in capacitated for hi s trade and the pens i on allowe d him is $2.75 a w eek. He was arra ign e d in th London Sessions Cour t on the shop breaking charge . Wh the pres i d in g Magistrate, Allan J ames Law-rie , l earne d the amount of Dyer's p e n sion, on which he was w h o lly dependent, he exp resse d surpri se. "How is he suppo sed to live?" the Mag istrate asked. "I don't know," D etective Sergeant Men der replied. "He has a very bad arm." "I am amazed at the ev id ence in regard to you, " the Magistrate said , addressing Dyer. " I understand you have b ee n s o severely wounde d that y ou are incapable of doing any work, and a grateful country gives you 11 sh illings a week to li v e upon. I do not know wha t o n earth you c ou ld do except to commit crime fo r the purpose of l iving . "I think this is a m a tter req uiring earnest atten tion at once--that there can be cases of wounded and disabled men left to live u pon 11 sp illings a week without any othe r assistance. I s hall take all steps in my power to se e tha t the matte r gets attention. "It is a perfect sc a nd al. The priso ns o f t he country will be fille d if that s ort o f pitt a nce i s t o be given to men rendere d totally i n c apa bl e in the service of the country from doing an y work." Dyer was released unde r the P r obation Act.


0 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A . D . T. No. 33 O R THE BOSS OF THE M E S S ENGER BOYS 1 "Certainly you must! " said Mrs. Carley, with vi sions of Harry gettin g the big reward. "I'll take you up there to-morrow, my dear. Meanwhile you stay right here with us. This i s but a poor place, but you are right welcome, I am sure." " Indeed, it is quite a s good as anything I have ever been used to," protested Lottie, "and I cannot be too grateful." B y RALPH MORT ON It was now up to Mrs. Carley to provide a bed (A S e r ial Story) for her unexpected guest. CHAPTER VII (Continued). The best she could do was to give her Harry's, and "Mother/' he a d ded, this poor girl is without he bunked on the l o unge in the back room, which friends or mon ey . I brou ght her here because it served a s dinin g -room, parlor, and kitchen, and thu s seem e d the only thing to do. When you have heard the remainder of the night was passed. the whole story I am sure y ou will say I did just Harry scarc ely sl e pt, s o much had his a dventure right. " got on his nerve s. Mrs. Carley was thoroughl y a shame d of herself, As soon as it was daylight h e a r o s e and hurried but s h e wa s not the sort to r etreat grace fully. around to Horati o street to see how much damage "Oh, w e ll, s h e can c om e in, and I'll hear what had been done by the fire. t h ere i s to b e s aid ," s h e r e p li e d in no very pleasant The wreck was about compl e t e . tone. All tha t was l eft o f the big fa cto r y building was ''No," said Lottie firml y . .. I s h all not intrude . o n e si d e w all and t he r ear wall. " Your s o n ha s certainl y s a ve

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 21 -----------------------------set the hour of their arrival at four o'clock, as A. D. T. 33 did at the old man, and he looked par that a man of Mr. Semple's kind would proticularly hard at Lottie Brown, too. be home at that time. ..Well, vYhat's wanted?" he demanded. "Haye first he thought of dressing up in his best, but you a message for anybody here?" second consideration he concluded that in case ''I want to see Mr. Semple," replied Harry. "ls did run into trouble his uniform would in a way he in?" I protection to him. Thus he decided to make He did not at all like the way the old man conel!ange. tinued to stare at Lottie. Poor Lottie was terribly nervous when they got It made the poor girl so nervous that she again er on to Fifth avenue opposite the park, and she clutched Harry's arm. wall the elegant mansions of the millionaires. 'Is he in?" repeated the man. "I-er-yes, cer"There must be some mistake, Harry," she extainlv. Of course he is in. " ed. "Surely if my grandfather is able to live A; he s a id it he gave a ghastly chuc . kle, displaying such a house as one of these he never would have I a double set of horrible false teeth. ft my mother to die in poverty. Besides, mother The upper set dropped out of place, and as the certainly would have told me if her father was such man gav e a queer sort of cluck up they flew into a very rich man." place again. "Oh, you can't tell about that," replied Harry. Then he closed his jaws with a snap, adding: "When it comes to a case of family quarrel there is "Of course he is in. He is not likely tt) go ou t no telling what may happen. All I know is what I again right away, either." have told yon. There isn't any sort of doubt that Mr. As he said this the old man with the wig opened Semple is your grandfather in my mind." his mouth again, and Harry looked for another den" And is his house as fine as these?" tal tumble, but it proved to be only to let out a short "Finer! It lays away over any we have seen yet." laugh. And Lottie thought so too when they came to it. "Can I se e him?" demanded A . D . . T. 33 . . The poor girl clung to Harry's arm nervously as ' 'What for?" demanded the man with the wig. they ascended the steps and the messenger boy "I can explain best to him, sir. I was told to see rang the electric bell. Mr. Semple himself." "Oh, very well," replied the man. 1 ' Perhaps you can see him. I don't know but he will want to know your business.'' CHAPTER VIII. A Si11gula r Reception At Mr. Senzple's . His very peculiar manner made Lottie s o nervous I that she lost her head, and instead of allowing Harry to do the talking, as had been agreed upon, burst . out with: "Oh, Harry, I am so dreadfully nervous," whis"He is my grandfather, sir. He sent for me to rered Lottie, as they stood there before the big glass come here." estibule doors waiting for an answer to their ring. The man with the wig winked violently. " Of course . you are, and no wonder," replied: "Yes, yes," he cried. " Oh, yes! Well, I daresay Harry, ' 'but don't be. Everything is going to turn Mr. Semple will see you. Come in. But is it neces fut all right." sary for this messenger boy to come, too? I suppose "But what am I going to say to my grandfather? he merely acted as your escort to this house." If he jumps on me the way he did ' on you I shall be ''It is very necessary," flashed A. D. T. 33. "So frightened to death, I am sure." necessary, mister, that she don't go into this house "He won't, of course. But it isn't your grand-without me-see?" father I'm worrying about. If we can only get word "Sassy!" said the man with the wig. "Well, that's to him-that's all. But that Jap butler was all right the way with boys nowadays. I don't know whether to me before, so I kind of think he will be the same I will let you in or not." ithis time. "I cannot go in without him," said Lottie. "He But they were not to run up against the Japanese is my friend, and I--" butler, it seemed. , Harry nudged her to keep silent. Harry had to ring three times before anyone an"Say/' he exclaimed. "If you don1t like my way swered. of talking don't talk to me. Tell Mr. Semple. We'll When at last the door was opened it was by an stand here you do:" . . elderly and very seedy looking man, who wore a The man with the wig gave another of his horribl e usty plug hat tipped well back on his head, with a laughs. . . wig underne ath. ' ;, find}t r3:ther difficult tell Mr. SemHarry mentally asked himself: "What's that old ple, he said. He is very deaf_ Just at present. guy doing servant's duty in this elegant house for?" both. of may come m, and I daresay as, indeed, anybody might. it will be all right. The old man looked as hard at the messenger boy (To be continued.)


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 . A FEW GOOD ITEMS $5,000 CAT BURIED WITH HONORS. All the employees of Wheatleig h, he summer h ome of Mrs. Carlo De Heredias of New York and L enox, Mass . , were in attendance recently when funeral rites were held for Hyacinth, a.' Persian cat, which died recently. The cat is said to have cost $5 , 000 . The remains were embalmed and brought here in a metal casket by automobile. $2,000. He sold eight-months-old pups this year a t public auction at $900 apiece. His breeding stoc k is valued at close to $100,000. POSTAGE STAMPS AS A SPY CODE Joseph Marks was deported to Germany after having saved his life by confession that he was a German spy and by turning State's evidence, thus FIND ANCIENT OATH clinching the Government's case against his asso -The Bucks County, Pa., Historical Society has ciates, Karl Lody and Lieut. Bushmann, both of come into the posses sio n of a well preserved manu-whom were executed in the Tower of London. A script copy of an oath of allegiance and renuncia-weeping woman was at the Charing Cross station tion taken by aliens in this country about 1730. The to see him off by the Continental express. allegiance is sworn to George II., acclaimed as ruler Marks had been in England since the early days of Great Britain. of the war. He landed at a southeastern port with The oath was administered about the time that an album of foreign stamps, constituting a code to many Germans and Swiss were emigrating to this which he was to keep the German Admiralty in country and an act was adopted in 1727 setting formed of the movements of the British fleets and forth that all aliens must take oath of allegiance to coast patrols. At no time did he make secret of his King George. The oath was administered to all identity or deny that was German-born. Scotland mal es over sixteen years as soon after their arrival Yard suspected him and kept him under close sur in this country as possib le. veillance, finally arresting him. Under searching The manuscript which the Historical Society has examination by Sir Easily Thomson, Director of the i s that of the oath taken by George Kinkner of ,British Secret Service, he broke down and confessed Sout hampton Township in 1730. his mission. .. EASY LIFE FOR SILVER FOXES He said it was the policy of the German Intelli gence Department to make use of any tool to further their plans. The departmen t had even sent advenSilver foxes on a .ranch near Regena, Canada, are turous wom en to the capitals of Europe in order to epicurians and live on the fat of the land. This lure men possessing official information and wheedle nee d not be wondered at for silver foxes literally are it from them. :Marks was tried by court martial worth their weight in gold. in Middlesex Guildhall. Owing to his confession he .The little aristocrats are fed as expensively as was sentenced to penal servitude for an indefinite guests in the best hote ls. The meat served them is term, rather than to execution. He had been ar , k ept i n a perfectly regulated and spotless refriger-rested in Tibury by Scotland Yard detectives. ator. It consists of the choicest cuts of tenderloin Speaking with a reporter at the railway station s t eaks and pork cl:ops with a little horse meat add-of his jail and other experiences, he said: ed by way of variety. The foxes have shredded "Bushmann and I were tried by the same court, wheat prepared as carefully as it might be for some and kept in Wandsworth jail, where we had long wea lthy and querulom:: invalid. Other breakfast talks together. The night before his execution we foods, cereal s and vegetables pamper the appetites had a farewell chat, in which he related to me the of t h e little beasts. romantic circumstances of his courtship and mar-The ranch is tightly fenced in with wire eight feet riage with the daughter of a Prussian millionaire. high and sunk in the ground several feet. The fox "The next morning he went to execution with a houses are constructed on hygienic plans. They are smile on his face, and came to salute as he stood be scrupulously clean . fore the firing squad that was to send him to his The s u ccess of this fox ranch and of several others doom. I talked with several of the German spie s n ear Winnipeg has demonstrated that the prairie who were shot. Every one of them met his death provinces are as well to breeding silver like a brave soldier." foxes as Prince Ed\Yard I sland, the world's centre / Illarks "-aid he came of a vell-lmown family :ln of the industry . In the ,-ery b "inning of the war O ne rancher started two years ago \.Vith hvo pairs ! Ccnnans s usp ectc 1 him of c'>pio:riagc and ar He now fifty-six ::mimals. He has s old ,vtr-1 hn three time:'>. Then tl:.': bccari1e con worth o f pelts. A silver fox pelt brings fr0r.:1 $200 vbccd tb.t he be usefrl to them as a spy, and to $2,500 . Two-year-old animals sell at $400 to the;> sent him to


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 2:! INTERESTING ART IGLES THE FIRST TYPE The first movabl e metal type, made and used in Korea in the year 1 403, are now on exhibition at the American Mus e um of Natural History, New York. The slugs are concave on the under side, in order to make them cling more firmly, to the beeswax bed which constituted the form. Printing was carried on by placing the paper lightly upon the type and then brushing the other side gently with a piece of felt. • DEFIES BLIZZARD Billy Roy, hunter and member of the Bad River tribe of Odanah, Wis., was lost during a blizzard while hunting ducks. Although he had hunted on the reservation all his life, the snowfall was so thick that he became unable to fix directions either by the stars or by the t rees . Instead of becoming panic stricken, as white hunters sometimes do, he scraped together a few dry l ea ves and twigs on the lee side of some trees, and built a fire, which he maintained all night and when day broke he was able to find his way. He had no food for twenty hours. LENGTH OF LINERS AND WARSHIPS The stay of the battle-cruiser "Renown" in our waters has raise d a discussion as to which are the longest ships afloat. Of course, among merchant ships, the "Leviathan," 950 feet long, is the longest, the "Imperator" and the "Aquitania," each 900 feet long, of the Cunard line, coming next. Among warships, the longest in commission today are the "Re nown," and her sister, the "Repulse, " each being 789 feet. But the longest warship constructed and soon to go into commission, is the British battle cruise r "Hood," which is 900 feet in length and about 42,000 tons full load displac ement. Our Navy Department has d esi gned six battle-cruisers 875 feet in length. DOG KILLING PAYS The high cost of living casts no shadow over the life of Const able Josiah Pearson of Portvue, so lon g as Portvue residents keep or try to keep dogs. A canvass of the borough by a man who wanted to borrow a hunting dog disclosed the fact that dogs still living there are b eing close ly guarded by their owners. The reason is that Co nstable Pearson has establi shed a record as a dog killer. Proceeding under the law which provides for the execution of all dogs found running loose, whether licensed or not, Portvue's energetic peace officer has sent 599 of the animals into the great b e yond thus far this year. The State authorizes the payment of $1 a head. . ' and Pearson, aside from his other sources of in come, has made an average of a month from his activity in this field of endeavor alone. Portvue has a population of 2,000 and practically every family used to keep a dog. FIREMEN IN 72 B. C. Many of the so-called "modern improvements" of civilization, which so largely contribute to the comfort of living , are by no means so recent in origin as we are disposed to imagine. As early as 72 B. C. a regular fire department served in Rome, ac cording to the Youth's Companion, and many other of our "modern" methods are ages old. We are accustomed to think of running water in houses as a modern luxury. New York City did not have it until 1776, when a reservoir was constructed east of Broadway, into which water was raised by pumping it from wells dug for the purpose. But that was a very primitive arrangement compared with the system of ancient Rome, by which wate1 was brought from great distances in aqueducts that were marvels of engineering and that emptied through lead pipes into thousands of tanks of hewn stone. Erected at intervals along the streets of Pompeii were pillars of masonry, up which ran lead pipes, and on top of each pillar was a tank, from which water was distributed by pipes to the houses. All dwellings, except those of the very poor, were thus supplied, and some had nearly a score of faucets, controlled by stopcocks that were much like those that are in use to-day. At many street corners there were fountains with stone basins, the edg e s of which even now show de pressions worn by the hands of the people who leaned over to drink. Those fountains were fed by the city water, which was brought by an aqueduct from a distant place so elevated that the "head" was very powerful. That kind of engineering was highly developed in those times. When Julius C;i.e sar first visited Alexandria in Egypt he found there so complete an underground water supply system that the city seemed "hollow underneath." In the year 72 B. C. Julius Caesar organized the fire d epartment of Rome. It had a force of 600 men. At that time a primitive fire engine had already come into use; it was a pair of pumps worked by a beam, and the two streams united in a com mon discharge pipe and passed out through a nozzle that could be turned in any direction. "Siphons" -emergency fire extinguishers-were commonly kept in houses. Frequent mention is made of them in ancient literature, but we do not know what they were like.


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. FAIR FLORINE LL. By Paul Braddon. a ll the countryside there was one haughty and stately girl who impressed me strangely at first sight. I was presented to this young lady, whose name was Florinell Fordyce-"Fair Florinell, the dashing huntress," she was called, for she was very fond of the chase, seldom missed a fox-hunt, and being the In 18-, Richard Mayworth, of Mayworth Grange, most dashing and daring horsewoman in the coun a country gentleman, residing not a hundred miles try, she was always in at the death. from Epsom Downs, died very suddenly, and his Toney Tavis, a good-natured young fellow, seeing onl y living h eirs, George Mayworth, inherited his .my interest in the dashing huntress, volunteered to fortune and estate. say, as we rode at r easy canter across the downs: George was a wild young fellow, and not by any "Yes; Miss Florin ell is a beauty and a riddle at means a favorite with Uncle Richard, who was a the same time. You see, she was a long time be miserly old party, with a predil ectio n for theology, fore his death old Richard Mayworth's secretary. and a confirmed atheist. Since old Richard Mayworth's death, although she The old gentleman had frequently avowed his decould not have had more than a couple of hundred termination to make a will, and cut the hopeful pounds a t the time h e died, supposing she had saved Georg e off with the traditional shilling, with which all she possibly cou ld from her salary, s h e has bought crotchety old uncl es are so often s uppos e d to and paid for a neat place worth eight thousand threaten their improvident heirs expectant. pounds, and she has a pair of fine horses in the But after old Richard Mayworth's death, no will stable besid e the hunter she rides to-day. could be found; a nd as a consequence George Maytimes, as we rode homeward, I detected worth came into possession of the old man's wealth. Miss Florinell regarding George Mayworth with a I knew George Mayworth as a jolly, sporting look full of menace but her glances were swift and young country gentleman, and after he had taken covert. possession o f Mayworth Grange-his uncle's counBefore the party separated I had come to the con try seat-I was invited down from London for the dusion that there was inde e d a mystery about Fair season's shoot in g . Florinell, and one which in some way concerned George kn ew that I was a detective, of course, my host, George Mayworth. and, indeed, it was in that capacity that I made his I reflected, and I thought perhaps she disliked acquaintance in London. George because h e inherited the old man's fortu:tte George Mayworth was at that time a clerk in the which it might be she had plotted to obtain possesimporting h ouse of Way, White & Wallis, and he sion of. assisted m e in detecting a dishonest clerk of theirs. It soon became evident to me that she regarded Our acquaintance continued after that, and I al-me with aversion, which, if I was not much mis ways liked young Mayworth as a jovial associate, take n, seemed very much lik e fear. although his habits were those of a fast Londone1 One mild October morning I started out in my who expen d s h is income before it is earned. hunting costume, and with my gun on my shoulder . There was a merry party at Mayworth Grance, I had gained the woods beside the road, and the for George Mayworth was the sort of a t,ost to bird dog was crouching at my feet, waiting for the gather a gay company around him; and as a certain word to start him on the hunt, when suddenly the Mrs. Petrnu, of uncertain age and longstanding wid-animal started and uttered a quick bark. At the owhood, did the honors as hou sekeeper, the fair same moment the sound of a pistol shot and a sex was well represented at the Grange by Miss woman's scream reached my ears. Mabel Mowry, a young heiress, Mrs. Matraw, her I heard the so und of horse's hoofs, and the next aunt, and the Berton sisters, a coupl e of charming moment a riderless steed dashed by me at head long girls from Kensington. speed, and evidently wild with fright. Dick Lamb, the artist, Frank Ryan, of the LonRounding a bend in the road I came in sight of don Scorch er, and several theatrical gentlemen, and Fair Florinell. The dashing huntress was reclinin a sensational novelist, with myself, formed the male upon a mos s -grown bank by the roadside. portion of the company. At that mom ent I was approac hing the youngMiss Mabel Mowry, the heiress, was the belle lady, I hea1d the sound of whee ls, and the village of the Grange, and although all the gentlemen ex surge on, Dr. Amboy, drove up. cept mys elf were more than half in lov e with her As the phy s i c ian reache d h e r, Florinell started dp George Mayworth seemed to have the inside track'. to a sitting position, but s h e uttered a stifled groa I had not be e n at the Grange many day s when it as she did so, and kept h e r right hand conceal was whispered about among th e guests that George in the folds of her dress . Mayworth was engaged . "What has occurre d'?" asked the doctor. One day we were all invited to a fox-hunt, and "I was thrown from my horse and injured among the gay party of ladies and gentlemen from 1 hand," s h e re lied.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. me see it," said I, and despite an evident to prevent its exposure, I impulsively caught righ t hand in both of my own, while the doctor e d d own upon it. "Good Heavens, what is the meaning of this?" e physician exclaimed, as he saw her hand. "You v e been shot. That wound in your hand, young y , was made by a pi stol ball!" "I think a chance of a c cidental shot from some u n ter in the woods struck me." W it h the explanation we were forced to be connt, although we knew very well she was keeping m et h ing back, and that sportsmen did not hunt with pistols as a general thing. When good Dr. Amboy had finished his ministrations, and, like a good Samaritan, had departed o n his way, I offe_red my own arm and begged leav e t o escort the dashing huntress to her home, which was in sight beyound the meadow below the wood. "Thank you . I will accept you1 arm, for I have something of the greatest importance to say to you. T his occurrence of this morning has decided me, and I will keep the s ecre t no lon g er. It is in your pro f essi o nal capacity as a detective that I now address you, and I have a strange story to tell-a startling re velation to make," said Mis s Florinell. "I am read y to hear it, and if I can serve you in any way I will do so," I said. " Thank you," sh e r e pli ed; and then, as we slowly crossed the meadow, arm in arm, she said: "Before I w a s e mplo ye d b y the late Rich ard Mayworth I re. s ided in London, where I met and f ell in lov e with G eorge M ayworth, w ho pro mised to make me his wi fe . It w a s a t hi s in s tigation that I ac cepted the situa ti o n of secretary to his uncle Richard. I did n o t kno w what his plot r ea lly was at that time , for h e said h e wante d me to win the good will of his uncle, s o that w h e n I became his wife, although I was a poo r girl, old Richard would not be angry at our union. This was not George Mayworth's real plan. That was not all the object he had in ind u cing me to became a member of his uncle's household. No-no, George Mayworth meant to tempt me to commit a d r eadful crime." She paused for a moment, and I waited in breath l ess interest to h ear more. "Time passed ori, and I learned that Richard May worth meant to di sinherit his nephew George, my affianced husband and then George cam e to me and sa i d : 'When m y uncl e is d e ad you s hall be my wife.' and he placed a package mar ked 'Arsenic ' in my h and. Yes, G eorge tempted m e to poison his uncle. He knew that I would make any sacrifce to become an honorable wi fe , fo r I had loved him better than all the world , and I had h eard that of late it was whi s p ered that M abe l Mowry, the h e iress, was to become his bride.'' "I t h rew the poison fro m m e , and I said I would ave no h and in a murder. "Then Geo rge flew into a t enible passion, and vowed I should never be his wife, and that h e \ V oul d do the work himself . He struck m e down at his fee t. His cruel blow depriv e d me of con sc iousness. "When I regain e d my senses he was gone, but the servants told me he h a d ente r ed the room in which his uncle, who was ailing then, wa s sleeping I rus h e d into Richard Mayworth's apartment, and I saw that a gla s s of wine which I had left stand ing besid e his b e d had been drained, and the old gentleman to ld m e he had drank it, that it had been plac e d to his lips by George. "George took his gun and left the house before I recovered from his blow, and when he returned his uncle was dead . "Now I wish you to disinter the body of Richard Mayworth and examine the stomach of the deceased for I believe that h e died of arsenic poisoning, and that you will find trace of the drug yet remaining. if you do, my evidence, coupled with that of the ser\;ants, should conv ict George Mayworth . H e h as betrayed me, and he m e ans to make Mabel Mowry his wife . "Yest erday J . threatened him with expos urethreatened to tell that I suspected he murdered h is uncle, and this morning he attempted to take my life; for he it was who fired the pistol shot which wounded me in the hand, although he intende d i t for my heart." Thus she conc l uded. I was more than surprised, but it was my duty to inv es ti gate this matter, and I promised to do so. Wh e n I left h e r at h e r own h o u se , Fair Florin ell said: "If m y ev id e nce ca n accompli s h it, Georg e May worth shall hang. He shall fe e l th e v en g eance of a wronged woman!'' I had the body of Richard Wa yworth di s interred , and an analysis of the stomach did rev eal a quantity of arsenic. George Mayworth was arrested by another de tective to whom I transferred t h e case, and broug h t to trial; but the jury failed to convict him, although there was at the time no doubt in my mind that he was guilty. Fair Florinell disappeared, and it was s aid sh e returned to London. Although his money cleared him, public sentiment wa s against George Mayworth, and Miss Mowry refused him. He was ostracised by the county people, and a miserabl e man, upon whom rested the dark cloud of a terrible suspicion, he fled from his native l and , only to die a miserabl e death a few years later in New Orlean s . On his death-bed he acknowledged his guilt, and left all his fortune to Fair Florinell, as all the repar ation he could make her. Fair Florinell became the wife of Dick Lamb, the artist, and they live happily in Mayfair Ter race, London .


%6 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 . THE LIBERTY BOY S OF ' 76 NE W Y ORK, JANUARY 9 , 1920. TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS Slni;-l e Coples ..•.... • • • • • .... • .. • .. • .... , One Copy Three Months . ......................... , One Co p y Six l\Ionths ............ , . . . ............. . One Copy One Year ...... .............•.•.•••.....• Canada, $4.00; Foreign, $4.50 . P OSTAGE FREE 7 Cents 90 Cents $1.7 5 S .50 HOW T O SEND l\IONEY-At our ris k send P . O . M o n e y Order, Check or R egistered Lette r ; r emitt a nce.a in any othe r way are nt your ris k. We a ccept Postage Stamps the same a s cash. When sending silver wrap the Coin In a separa t e piece of paper to avoid cutting the envelope. Write your name a n d address plainly. Address l etters to N. H;.stlngs TI' oUf, Pre s. TOUSEY, Publisher E . Byrn e , Treas. 1 6 8 West 23d St., N. Y. Char les E. Nylander , Sec. upon to deal with a new form• o f d rinking-the drinking of bay rum-which som e of the topers have adopted as a beverage t h rough thei r i n ability to secure intoxicating liquors . In these t owns the sa les of bay rum at the drug stores h ave recently shown large increase and the police departments n o w are maintaining a watch w i t h t h e ob j ec t of reducing such sales and preventing bay rum fall ing into the hands of drinking men in unus u a l q u an tities . The demand for bay rum became s o great that rather than be annoyed further t h e proprietor of one of the drug stores of Mitchell, Iowa, vol un tarily refused to sell any more of t he l iqu i d , al though there is no legal restriction agains t it. I I ---II GRINS AND C HUCK L E S Willie-Paw, what is the breath of suspicion?" Paw-The one that has gloves on, my son. GOOD CURRE N T J;'IEWS ARTICLES " Have a good time at the masquerade ban ?" "You bet. I was made up so my wife d idn't know m e." Fig u res just published by the Sanitary Bureau of the Depart me n t of Health of New York City show that for t he period from March, 1917, to the present time t h ere was a decrease of 2,664 occu pied horse stab l es i n the city, with a decrease of She-Soldiers must be fe a rfully dishonest . He Well, it s eems a nightly occurrence for a sentry t o be relieved of his watch. 32 000 in t h e n u mber of horses. The census taken She (after his propo sal)-Did you ever say anythis year s ho ws the n u mber o f horses now in the city thing like this to a girl b efor e? He-Heavens! You to be about 7 5 ,000. don't suppose it could be done like that the first time , . . . , do you? Vice Admiral V on Capelle, former Mm1st e r of the Nav y , r ece ntly tol d t h e Assembly committee that 810 su b marin es were b uil t by Germany before and during the war. O f cou rse, 45 were built before the war, 186 du r in g t h e administrati on of Von Tirpitz, and 579 were built under the Capelle administration of t w o a nd one -half yea r s . Asked what was the exact pur p ose of the submarine campaign against Eng l a nd, t h e Admiral said that he had believ e d that by unrestricted u se of these craft he could force Eng land to a " usab l e peace" within five months' time . It is a nno u n ced that a British concern which has acquired an extens i ve conces s ion in Spitsber ge n plans to es t ab li s h a large sanatorium in that Ultima Thule of Europe. It w ill be especially designed for con s umpti v es, as the air i s said to hav e a bracing quality , making it fav orabl e _fo r other clas s es of in valids. Pres um ab l y the sanatorium will be inhab ited onl y during the summer months . A warm ma"You make life a burden to me," said the bus y man to the persistent life insurance agent. "In that case you can't take out this policy any too soon." "Little girls s hould be seen and not heard, Ethel. " "I kn ow, mamma; but i f I'm g o ing to be a lady when I grow up, I've got to b eg in practising talking som e time, you know . " "Yes, I was a w fully fond of that g i rl, and I be lieved her to be perfect; but I s a w something abou t her last night tha t made me ill." "What was that?" "Another fellow's aim . " Mary wa s taking a ba t h i n the tub and little sis.ter w as helping her, w hen she exci t e dly called : "Ju mp out quick, Mary ! The s t o pper is out and you'll 'run down the pipe with the water. " rine current g i v e s to t h e west coast of Spitsbergen As the plea sant-faced woman passed the corne r a r emar k ab l y mild cli mate for its latitude . At Harris touched his hat to her and remarked to his Green H a r b o r , w h ere . a meteorolo g ical companion: "Ah, my boy, I o w e a great deal to that obser vatory has bee n m operat10n for some years, woman . " "You r mot her?" w as the query. " No my pro v idin g d a il y rep orts by wireless to the weather/ l andlady." ' services of Europe , the average maximum summer t e mperature i s 52 degrees Fahrenheit. The polic e d epartmen t of some of the "dry" towns of South Dakota h ave recen tl y been calle d Mrs . Stimson-Here, Will i e , while I am away I'm going to give you the ke y t o the pantry, just to s h o w you I can trust you . Willi e (proudly) ! don' t nee d it, mamma, I can p ick that l ock ____ __


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 27 01-; GENERAL INTEJ{EST MAN TOSSED BY BULL G ored, rolled and tossed over the fence by an en r aged bull was J. C. Stevenson's experience. The a nimal escap ed from the pasture, attacked Steven s on at his farm west of Newark, Ohio, rolled him t oward the fence, then picked the victim up with h is horns and pitched hi m over the fence. Steven s on's arm was broken and his body gashed but he will recover. TO MODERNIZE THE ESKIMO Eskimos of the Pribiloff Islands may soon discard their snow igl oos for concrete huts, according to H . D. Allen of the United States Bureau of Fish eries, who arrived at Seattle, recently from the Gov a chicken would be a fair average for the sand a nd grave11 or about twenty-five tons for the entire 50 ,000 . Paying for this sand and gravel at the rat e charged for chi c kens, it wou ld have cost the peop l e of New York $15 , 000. 'rhe chickens will not be permitted on the New York markets untilthey have reduced weight . Mr. O'Mal1ey said it was the custom among some to starve poultry until just before it reaches New York. The fowls are then fed bran mixed w i t h sand, grave l and red pepper. The red pepper them thirsty, and to the sand and gravel t h e c hi c kens add large quantities of water to the overwe i g h t . Mr. O'M alley says he will see that the practice ends . ernment sealing station on the islands. . . Mr. Alltn said the snow houses somet imes do notl NEW THINGS up under the bitin.g winds sweep off the To convert a dining table into one for billiards a Sea. .If the t'.1ke kmdly to the sug. sectional rim has been patented, to be put in p l ace g est10n regar?mg their n ew winter homes, fifty conover a table cloth and its padded lining. crete huts will be put up next year by the Gov-__ e rnment. " WASHING CARPETS ELECTRICALLY A newly-dev e loped electrical carpet washer makes A patent has been issu e d for a cigar with a ho l der included in its tip when made, of sufficiently i nex pensive material to be thrown away after use. p ossible the washing of carpets without taking them . . In the present century the value of natural g as off the floor. In fact, two hours after the machine used in the United States annually has risen from has passed over the carpet the latter is ready for $ 27 ,000,000 to $142,000,000 and still is risiI).g. u se. No water touches the rug or carpet. Instead a warm "sudsy" cleaning compound is scrubbed Archaeologists contend that drawings of h uman down to the bottom of the nap so to every I beings and animals in anc ient caves in France pro ve fibre thoroughly and o.ut all dirt or grit .. Two than man was right-handed as long ago as the brushes, made of soft, yieldmg rubber, are oscillated to 1 e by an e lPctric motor 500 times a minute, thus, the s 1 e ag maker dec lares, duplicating the scrubbing motion o f the human hand. The soap compound which is Numerous advantages are claimed for a rece ntl y u sed by the carpet washer is said to contain no patented watch that has a clamp to fasten it to a harmful chemicals or animal fats. telephone. GRAVEL FED TO CHICKENS New Yorkers pay millions a year for the sand a nd gravel that is fed to chickens to make them h eavier, according to Market Commissioner Edwin J . O 'Malley, who announced the other day that he h ad taken the first steps toward stopping it by having condemned 50,000 live chickens, eight car lo ads. T h ese chickens arrived in Jersey City for the market, and the extraordinary expansion of their chests gave them a fine appearance. Inspector John F. Doyle became suspicious and investigated. At the B oard of Health it was di scovere d that one of the chickens had a pound and a quarter of sand and gravel in its crop. Others had a pound and some a pound aI).d a half. Commissione r O 'Ma ll e y e stimated about a pound Injections of turpentine can be used to preserv e wood from insects. Alcohol is being made from calcium carbide at a rate of about 12,000,000 gallons a year a t a S w iss plant. A judges stand for race tracks that is revolved by an electric motor is the idea of a Kentuc ky in ventor . For use where current is not available a ceiling electric light operated by a dry battery has b ee n invented. A n electric solder ing d evi c e has been inve nted that can be operated automobile stora g e batter


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. GOOD READING HIS INTENTIONS ALL RIGHT. Thirty six years ago, Charles Mosby, now a looa1 jeweller in Batesville, Ark., extended credit to a negro, then in his employ, for a ring which the negro wisher to give to his bride. Soon afterward Mr. Mosby moved to one town and the negro to another, and the negro did not pay for the ring. Recently the negro came to Batesville, hunted up Mr. Mo,sby and offered to pay for the wedding ring which his wife had bee n wearing for thirty-six years. Mr. Mosby rnfuse d to accept the money, but instead gave the n egro another' ring as a reward for his good intentions. LITTLE GIRL'S DREAM ENDS WITH A • REWARD. Mary, eleven years of age, was tlre wealthiest little girl in Sharon, Pa., for just one week. H e . r dreams ended late one day when, questioned by po lice, s he admitted t hat on Nov. 14 she had found a package containing $4,270, the life savings of Mr. and Mrs. George Dzuruiak, which the woman lost , the money falling from a n apron pocket. The girl found the package a few minutes later, ran to her home, hid the bills in the cellar and placed thirty-fom gold pi ec e s in an e lectric flashlight. But a Sharnn business man, who saw the girl J pick up the package, told the po lic e . however, will rece ive a reward of $:200 . ''M YSTERY MAGAZINE" PUBLISHED SEMI-MONTHLY. 10 CENTS A COPY Handsome Colored Coyers-32 Pages of Reading-Great Authors-Famous Artists-Fine Presswork It contain' and mysterious l lPt e ctiYe stories. s k e t c h e s, 11ovelcttes. serials and a large amount ot othe r interesting matte r. UrdPr a copy from tbis lis t. LATEST ISS{;ES -No. No. 37 Lieut. 45 "'l'HE MAGIC OF DETEC-'l'l \ ' E WOO F.ANG," by 38 TH:h: TEN DOCTORS. It.' Frank Whitfield. .1.llan Arnold Fox. 4 " 'Tlil'' DEC(>'. by .'l'i'lllam 39 THl!l ST.AI:'.11' ON PAGE 61. v • .._ • by Cbarles '1.'. Jordan. H amilto n O shorne . 4 0 THE :V!ASKED MYSTERY. 47 'l'HE uonm ll'TTH 30 1'y Police Serireant Kelly. STEPS. I:a. !ph D. Porter. H THE BLACK SOUL. by 4 8 WFIE'.\ nu; c L 0 c K Beulah Poynter. 8'f.'l:UCK hy Dl'. Harry 42 SA :\('Tr.\ lt Y. uy William Enton. Hami• t o u O;;uorne. 49 .A l•!Ef'E Oh' Bl.OTTTXG 4 3 TJJF. OF THE PAPEP., by Dorothy Weuer. SE\'E:\ f;llADOWS. by w Tirn $ 2 00 . 000 hlYSTEnY. l>y Chnl"" r . Oursle r . Eibe l I H TIU: SI!i:"\' OP THE DHA CASE OI! ' DOt"rOR I no:\. iJy c. Manin Edu;-. HHlCE," I J y l\lUl'y H. P. Jr. Ha t ell. The Detective Story O .ut To-day in No. 52 i s "THE PHANTOM MOTOR," . by Laura Reid Montgomery i -RANKTOUSEY, l'ubllsbe;,-168 St., New York -City. LOSES BEAUTIFUL HAIR Manhattan, Kan., no longer believes that clothes make the man. It is a certainty that it is the hair that does it. At least it seems that when the hair disappears the man does likewise. A Manhattan cigar merchant, who drew both girls and boys into his cigar store by his attractive black hair, parted in the middle and combed back sleek, started a fight recently with a man who came into his store. In the fight the man grabbed the cigar merchant's hair. The wig lifted from the merchant's head and tlil.e merchant made a dash for the rear of his store. As a souvenir the man took the wig with him and now a boycott has been placed on the merchant. rite Them 60 LESSONS Price 35c Per Copy 60 LESSONS fhis handsome publication contains 64 pages of reading matter. It was written by one of the most ei.pert scenario writers in the world. Every known angle of scenario writing is explained. It teaches everything necessary to write salable scenarios. For Sale by All News-dealers and Booksellers If you cannot procure a copy, send us the price, 35 cents, in mon ey or postage stamps, and we will mail you one, postage free. Address: L. SENARENS, 219 Seventh Av., New York. N. Y. "Moving PictureStories " A Weekly Magazine Devoted lo Photoplays and Players PRICE SEVEN CENTS PER COPY THE BEST FILM MAGAZINE ON EART H 32 Pages of Reading. Magnificent Colored Cover Portraits of Prominent Performers. Out Every Friday Each numbe r contains Firn Stories of the Best Films on the Screons-Ele g :rnt Half-to11e fro m the PlaYs-luterestlag ArJicle s About P romine n t People i11 tile l<'ilui.,-Doings ot Actors and A ctre sses in tbe Stu OTHER SDJILAR l'CB-OX 'l'HE MARKET! . ft " nu.thol'o c.r e t h t ' Y('f'.V he,t t hat money. cn11 procure; Its illustrnt1011s :trr 1•:\.11111..;1tP. a11d s pe<:rnl s.rtlcles are by tl.Je greatest in t llt-i r parti,u l al' line. Duy u copy l'\uw f1 0 1 u , \ uur Hf'\\':-idt'Hle: , or seuJ us 'i cents iD money or po stage aud Wt: "ill n1ail You nuy number you desire. HARRY E. WOLFF, Pwb., 166, W. 23a St., New York,


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