The Liberty Boys on the Delaware, or, Holding Fort Mifflin

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The Liberty Boys on the Delaware, or, Holding Fort Mifflin
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. The ' Liberty Boys Weekly-Subscription price, $3.00 per year; Canada, Foreign, $4.00. Frank Tonsey, Publlsher, f6t West 28d Street, New York, 'N. Y. Entered as SecondClass Matter January 81, 1918, at ibe Post-Oftlce at New York, N. Y., under tbe Act of Marcll 8, 1879. 1022. NEW YORK, JULY 30, 1920. Price 7 Cents. Liberty on the Del a ware Or, HOLDING FORT MIFfLIN By HARRY MOORE .. HAPTER !.-Two Girls and Some Boys . siry, Dick , those fellows will upset that " o they will, if we don't stop them, Bob." Ee girl s are thoroughly frightened now." d tho s e boys are nothing but brutes. Pull , Bob." -fwo boys in Continental uniform were out on ' D elaware river in a light boat. One wore a pn's uniform and and said: here, there, girls; don't yep and don't flounabout. Keep still." "Keep quiet, young ladies,'' said Dick. "We will get you out, but you must keep quiet." He caught one under the arms and drew heI close to the boat. Then she tried to climb into it, but Bob, putting out an oar for the other girl to grasp, said impatiently: "Here, here, don't do that; let Dick get you in. He knows how to do it." The second girlseized the oar frantically, and tried to climb on it. "Stop that!" cried Bob. "Hold on all you like. I can support you." Dick spoke quietly to the other girl and said1 "If you will do as I tell you, we will get you into the boat without any trouble, but you mus1 not struggle." His quiet tone reassured the girl, and she did precisely as she was told. In a short time Dick had her in the boat, and then he and Bob turned their attention to the other girl. She was lifted into the boat, also, and then another boat con• taining four Liberty Boy s appeared around a bend, comlng up the river. "Hel l o , there are Mark and some of the Lib erty Boys," cried Bob . Mark Morrison, a fine-looking boy, something younger than Dick and Bob, was the second'lieutenant of the Liberty Boys. He was steering, two boys , Harry Thu:;:ber and Harry Judson, were r owing , another, a jolly fellow named Ben Spur lock , keEping a lookout. The two boys .who had been upset were swimming toward the Pennsyl vania shore, and had almost reached it by thia time. "Hello , been ha,ving trouble, Captain?" asked Mark, as he came up. "No, we have not, but others have,'' dryly. "See 'if you can right that boat, Mark." "Very good, Captain," and Mark at once steer ed toward the overturned bl1'at. "Who were those boys, and why were they try ing to annoy you?" asked Dick. '],'hen he took off his coat and put it around one of the girls. Bob did a similar kindness for the other, it being now early November, and the air cool at times, especially on the water. "They are a couple of sneaking Tories,'' said the girl nearest to Dick, "and they call us 'reb els,' and try to do every mean thing they can." "Vo you live on the Pennsylvania side? I think we had better get you ashore as soon as we can." "Yes. we do; we'll show you where." Bob then began to row, Dick steering the boa' "Did they mean to upiet the b o a t?"


.. 2 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE DELAWARE "I don't know if they did or not. They said they would if we did not say we wished the redcoats would take the fort." "And of course you would not say it?" "No, and they began rocking our boat and shoving theirs against it until the fir s t thing we knew th_ ey did upset us." "And got an upset for their trouble," sput, tered Bob. "They had to swim all the way to land, too." "It served Pug Dobbs and Bud Hicks just right," said the ot.her girl, "and I just hope they'll have to walk three mile s in their wet clothes." "But, Marian, they don't live even half a mile from the river; scarcely a quartei.:, in fact." "Well, Julia, you may know just how far it is, but I wish it were ten miles." "Have these bullies annoyed you before?" asked D i ck. "Yes, and Pug Dobbs had the effrontery to want to come and sit up with me. The idea!" "And s o he rocked your boat because you re fused'?" chuckled Bob. "Yes, and called me a rebel, and did lots of hateful things. He know s I've got no brothers to take mY part, but I know a boy who will." " I can show you a hundred," with a laugh. "They're always ready to aid a good patriot." "Oh, you mean the Liberty Boys?" smiling. "Just so ." "Well, I just hope that every one of them will thrash those Tory bullies." "Steer over this way," said the other girl. "That white house with the tower on it is ours, and Marian lives jus t be yond." "Are there many Tories in the neighborhood?" Dick asked. "There's quite a few, and the boys are just unbearable, particularly sinc e Fort Mifflin has been threatened." "That is just the time they would be," mut tered Bob. The two boys had r eached the bank before this, and had disappeared. Dick shortly sent the boat into a little cove which Julia pointed out, and he and Bob helped them ashore . "Look after the boat, Bob," said Dick. "Those bullie s may try to make trouble." They were going to do so, in fact, as the boys were soon to learn. CHAPTER II.-More Trouble with the Tories. Dick walked up the bank to the road, and to 'the white house with the tower, and here he left the two girls. "We are very grateful to yo u, Captain," said Julia. "I don't know what we would have done without you." "We couldn't have done anything," declared Marian spiritedly. "Those two sneaks would not have helped u s ." "We were fortunate in being near," said Dick. •And we are always ready to help those in distress." Taking the two coats, he put on his own, threw Bob's his arm, and started for the boat. He was on the path leading to the river when h e heard a shout from Bob. "Keep off, you sneaks, or I'll smash your sides in with an oar!" he heard Bob s ay. Then he dashed down the path to the river bank. On the shore he saw half a dozen big . hulking boys advancing threateningly toward Bob. Among them were the two whom he had caused to fall overboard. " . Give it to the rebels; chuck 'em i n the river!" cried one of these. "Let 'em have a good' fust, the blame rebels!" growled the other. "Rebels, rebels!" yelled the res t, who were a little shy at coming on, as long as Bob was swing-ing the oar. . Then Dick appeared, and hi s determined atti tude caused the Tory boys to f nll back. They kept up their yelling, as if tha were anything the Liberty Boys cared for. "Come on, lick 'eml" growled Pug Dobbs, one of the two drenched bullies. " I ain't a-goin' to get chucked into the water for nothin'l" "No, nor me, neither!" snarled Bud Hicks, the other bully. " Wull, you go ahead an' we'll foller. Go on , we'll back yer up." "Get into the boat, Bob," said Dick . "These bulli es won't do anything." Just then, however , there was a shout, and half iidozen more big, hulking fellows came up. "Where are the rebels-have yer licked 'em yet?" "Come on, fellers , let's give it to 'em good a n ' slick." "Here we are, boys; let's throw the rebe l s into the river!" On came the bullies, a doze n of them, confident of thrashing the two young patriots. Bob swung his oar around, bowled over two of the bullies and sent one rolling down the bank into the river. Before Bob could swing his oar again, however, the bullies came on. "Keep off!" cried Dick, putting himself on guard. The bullies were very confident, however. On they came, and Dick knocked down two of them and sent another into the river before the rest realized that they had met their match. Then Bob sailed into them again, using his oar with telling effect. "Hi, that ain't fair, why don't you use yer ' fists?" snarled one. "I will, if y ou 'll come on two at a time," laughed Bob. Mark, Ben and the two Harrys, towing the re covered boat, were coming on. The bullies, seeing four more Liberty Boys coming, begun to have , doubts as to their b eing able to conquer the young "rebels." "Pull ahead, boy s!" shouted Mark. "We want to take a hand in this fight." The two Harrys pulled vigorously, and the boat shot up the bank. The bullies who had been tumbled into the river were scrambling out. Mark and hi s boys quickly leaped ashore and dashed at the bullie s. The latter found the odds decid edly against them, and scattered in many direc tions. "Never mi11d pursuing them, boys," said Dick.


( THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE DELAWARE "I don't believe you could catch one of them," laughed. Ben Spurloc k, who was one of the jolliest and liveliest of the Liberty Boys. "They have gone to do something for the sore heads 1 gave them," chuckled Bob. "Or to put on dry clothes," added Mark. "Some of them may catch a cold if they are not carefu1." "Not at the rate they were running," said Harry Thurber. "That would make them warm enough." ' u y ou reco vered t h e boat, I see ," said Dick. " Yes , , a.P,d the oars," answered Mark. "They were floating, but we picked them up." Just then a pleasant-looking gentleman of middle age, dressed in formal styie, wearing a wig, ruffled shirt, cocked hat, silver knee and shoe buckl es, and carrying a stout cane, came down the path. "I have to thank you very much , young sirs ," •he said. "You rendered my daughter a great My name is T,owne. That is my hom i e yonder.'1 "I trus t that the young ladi e s w ill n either of them s uffer fro m thei r plunge in the river, sir," was Dick's teply. " No, t h ey w ill :QOt. Some of thos e young ruffians will E'Uffer from it, howe v er. " "Som e hav e , sir," chuckled Bob. "I b eli eve y ou thrashed a few of them." said Squ ire T o wn e . " I warmed up two o f them myself, whom I met hurrying along the path." "They deserved it, no doubt," said Dick. "Yes , they are a scurvy lot of young ruffians , and a good thrashing is what they mo s t n e e d . I know the young miscreants." "The y liv e i n the neighbo1hood ? " "Yes a n d a r e a di sgrace to it. I am certain that m'y h e n r oost s and pig p ens have s uffered from their depredati ons." "If they t r ouble yo u , we will settle with them." "Thank y ou , Captain, but I have two dogs and a powerf ul neg ro servant, and t hey will not trou-ble the house . " / "But they meet your daughter and annoy her, ail t h e y did t hi s m o rnin g . If I hear of anything of the so r t , I will pun i sh the m. " "I d o it on general p r i nciple s," ::;aid the old g entleman. "If they don ' t deserve it now , they will before l o ng." . "They are the sort that always deserve a thrashing" sputtered Bob . " I'd whack ' em every• time I ' em , and be sure tha t I wasn't giv1n2 'em any m ore tha n they de s erved." "I don ' t luiow but that you are right, sir," sai<} M r . Towne. "The lieutenant i s very outspoken always, Mr. Towne, " sald D ic k. "Well, there is neve1 any doubting his meaning, t h en, " d :fyly. "You roung gentlemen are at our fort yon der, iii the river?" "Yes , we are at Fort Mifflin, and we are go irig t9 try to k eep hold of lt.'' "Veiy good. The enemy are gradually en ' eroaching, 'but they will find it a hard matter to .capture the place, I think." "It will not be such an easy matter as was the storming" Of Fort Mercer, opposite.'' "No jt will .not. that was not complete when the' en'eni.y attacked it. n "We were there," s aid Dick tersely. "And did your duty, no doubt," replied the old gentleman. '.'We always try to do that, and now I think we will return. We were reconnoit ering to see .if we could see any change in the position of the enemy. " "That niight prove a dangerous undertaking." ' ; Yes, but we are accustomed to that." The boys now returned to the boats and pushed , off , the old gentleman again expressin g his thanks for what they had done: They pulled out upon the river and set off toward the fort, which was island lying somewhat out from the main, there being other is land s between it and the shore. Provfoce Island was one o f thes e , which the enemy had taken po,.ses s i o n of and be guJJ the erection of batte ries. The boy s had been out trying to see if any progres s had been made on these when they had :rriet with the adv enture already described. The morning b eing now well advanced, Dick decided to return to the fort w ithout delay. CHAPTER IIL-An Accident on the R iver. w h e n the bey s rea:::h e d the fort they w e r e hca1fly welc o metl by al l th':! Li b e ;t y Boys. Som e l ittl e time dter d i n:ier Dick took :Sen Spu r lock t o r o w h i m , a n d went out in a _boat to r e con no iter the enem y ' s po s i t ion. "I know w h y you a r e going out, Ben, " said Mark, who was a bi t of a t ease and liked to poke good-natured fun at the boy s . "So do I, Lieutenant," laug hed Ben. "Bec;rnse the Captain asked me." "You want to get a look at the pretty girls that the captain p i ck e d up this morning. " "You know what Carl says , don't you?". chuck led Bob. "He says a good many. funny things," s aid Mark, "but what has he got to do \ v i th it?" "O h, nothing, onl y there' s one thing he say s th a t applies to thi s case." Mark laugh e d, and gay e up trying. to tease Ben . Dick steered th e bo a t toward the Pennsyl-. vania s h ore, intending to run between the main and Provinc e "There's a high bank yonder, " he said to Ben, "and from that, w ith a good telescope, we might be abl e t o see something." "Y es , for it is doubt fu l if the enemy will let us get too close to the is la nd , especially as we have on our uniforms,'' s aid Ben. "There's som e one on s hore watchinv: u s s aid Dick, as they drew nearer, being still In plain sight of the fort. " Yes, and it looks to me like those two Tories w e met on the river thi s morning." "Ye s , it is they," repl ied Dick. "Pug Dobbs and Bud Hicks." "Fine names they have," 'vith a laugh. ''I P,on't wonder that i+either of the young ladies wanted to change her name for such as those." The two Tories soon disappeared, and Dick steered. the bo3t toward the bank. Bev. rowing. At one .point it was quite high,_ and Dick thought that be might perhaps get a l>etter view of the


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE DELAWARE w orks on Province I sland fro m this than from the water or from Fort M i fflin. "We'll get around to the farther e nd of that bank, Ben," he said, "and m aybe we'll find a point where we can climb up." "Very good, " said Ben, pullin g sturdily, while Dick steered t o run by the b a nk. Nothing was to be s e e n o f t h e t w o Tory bul lie s, and Dick had no sus picion o f a n y dange r in tha t quarte r. As the boy s w e r e pas sing the bank, a rock came sudd e nl y crash ing down . It struck betw e en them with great force , smas hing: the rail and throwing -them in t o t h e wate r. Then the t w o T ori e s appeare d on the bank and laughed glee fully. "Ha-ha, ye will sink our boat, w ill ye?" cried one. -"Serve s y e right, ye blame r e b e ls!" laughe d the o t h e r. "I wisht it had hit ye an' sent ye to the bottom, confound ye!" "G i t ano ther rock, Pug, an' roll it down onter 'ein. " Dick and Ben were in the wate r, and now the bo?Jt,, b adl y damaged, filled and sank. The rock which hoi.d been thrown upon it had probably 'been nicel y poi s ed on the edge of the bank and had been pushed over by the Tories . Neither Dic k nor Ben had suspected anything of this kind, although they had seen the bullies. The latter had probably sneaked along through the bushes to this point, and had there lain in wait for them. Dick and Ben quickly swam around the beach 1;(} a point where they cou ld make a land; ing. Pug and Bud pushed over a number of "' 11m.all stone s, but they did no damage. "We can borrow Mr. Towne's boat till we can get another from the fort," said Dick. .''That' s all right, Captain," said Ben, "but it piakes me mad to think that thos e toads got the bes t of it." " We ll, we are no t hurt, Ben," said Di c k, "as 01;1.e migh t have bee n if we.had bee n nearer, and, after all , it was only by chance that our boat was hit at all, as they did not see us whe n they pushed the rock over." !'Veiy true, but that was no fault of theirs . They meant to smas h us up just the same." There were on l y two of the Tory bullie s at this poin t, and they fled in g reat haste a s s oon as they saw the two Liberty Boys . " T he odds are too big for them," laughed Ben. "Yes; fellow s like that never fight even. They want a dozen to one." It was somewhat of a walk to Mr. Towne's , and the boys were not very comfortable in their wet c l othes, but they had to make the best of ft. They d i d not see a nything of t h e Tory bullies, and took a short cut to Mr. Towne's. They saw him on the law n in :front of his hou s e as they came up. "Well, well, young g e ntlemen ," he said. "Yo u seem to hav e be en i n tro uble." "Som e o f those scoundre l s pushed a ro c k o ff t he bank and sank our boat, a n d w e want t o borro w "Why : . to be sur e , and y ou must h a ve s ome tti clotlies as well . " '-. Oh, we. could get those at the fort," said Dick . -Yes, but you will be and y ou had better change no w. I c a n supply you eas ily." "After all, it may be as well," s a i d D ic k , "for then we can get nearer to the ene my's lines . " Just then Julia came out and began to laugh at Dick' s forlorn appearance. " I don't wonder that you laugh, Mi ss Julia," he s a id. " Tho s e two bullie s hav e had their revenge , partly through our ow n .careless n ess." . "They did it in a sneaking sort o f w ay, just as one might expect," remarke d Ben. "If we had suspected anything, this n e ed not have hap pen e d . " "They were very gleefu1 over it," s a id D ic k , "but it will be our turn another time.'' The boy s then went into the hou s e a n d left their wet clothes to be dried, being provid e d with two ordinary suits. In these they look e d li k e boy s of the region, and were sure to disarm suspicion. Then, taking Mr. Towne's boa t , they set out to learn a ll that they could of the e nemy. "Our accident may prove to our a dvantage, after all ," said Dick . CHAPTER IV.-Getting Square with the T o r ies. Dick and Ben were provided with fishing tackle, bait and a basket, as well as wi t h guns , t o make it appear as if they were off on a hunting expe dition. The many islands in the Delaware abound ed with fish and game, and it was the mo s t natural thing in the world , therefore, that the boys should be off upon such a trip. Happening to run acro ss a school of fish , the boys quickly 'got out their line s and caught a number of them. Then, as they went on, a flock of wi1d duck s s ud denly rose from the tall gras s on the shore o f a little nameless island. Being provid e d with d ou ble-barreled guns, both boys got two s hots apie c e, and s ecure d three birds. They fell in the water, but were easily r e covered. Then, with something to _ s how for thei r being out, the boys went on. B e n row ed and Dick sat with his gun acr o s s his knees , r e a d y to get a shot at any time. They d id no t hurry, and skirted the shores of the s maller islan ds a s if simply in search of sport. The y rais ed s ome s nipe, and Dick shot into a bunch of them, k illi n g several with two shots . Then they caugh t mo r e fish, and manage d to surprise a turtle a s leep on the sandy b each in the suns hine. They cut off hi s head before he could g-et away, and with their fine fis h and game, had a good haul. "We've enough to k e ep Patsy busy for a t i m e , at any rate," sai d Dick. "That will delight hi s heart," laughed B en, "for he is never better satis fied than when he can get us up a good dinn er." "Even if we don't l earn anything, the n, we will have accompli s hed s om ething, " with a s m i le. The boys presently approached the l o w e r end of Provin ce i s land, having been abl e with their light boat to avoid the ob struction placed in the river by the p atriots to prevent the enemy going up. D ic k steered the boat i n t o w ard shore, B en r o wi n g s lo w l y, and as if on the lookout for wild :l'o w l o r s n i p es. Sudd e nl y a redcoat stepp ed out f r om b e h i n d s o m e bushes and leveled his musk et.


TH E LIBERTY BOY S ON THE DELAWARE "What do you want?" he d eman ded, sharp ly. "Stop whe r e y ou are. " "Drop t he anchor, Be n ," said Dick, care lessly. " H e re, get away or I'll fire ," said the s e ntry. "Why, yo u 're a funny f e ll ow," said D i ck. "First y ou tell us to stop w here we are, and the n to get away. " " Well, y ou can' t com e ashore, any ho w," i n a surly tone. " Ho w d o y ou kno w we wan t to ? There are no fish i n t h e bus h e s." " Been fishing, eh?" "Ye s, s ome . " " G o t s ome b irds, too, I see?" "Yes, a few," carel es sly, but k e ep ing his eyes about h im. " Th e n t hose were you r shots I • heard a while ago;" l owering hi s m u sket. "S h ouldn' t wo n d e r . " "But there i s n't any game on t hi s island. " "Isn't there?" i n diff eren tly. "No, ther e isn ' t , and you can' t l a n d." "Well, I don't know as I want to . I reckon you m i ght ask a felle r fir s t , b e fo r e y ou get so huff y . " "I'm p u t here to keep peop l e off . How do I know that y ou are not a couple of spying rebels?" " I don ' t know . What d o they look like? Are they a s .go o d as teal or snipe?" "Why, y ou young donk ey, reb e l s aren't birds, " in a to n e of di sgus t. " Oh , a r e n ' t they?" " No. R ebe l s are the e nemy. " "You don ' t s a y ! " a s if he did not quite understand even t he ex .planation. " R eb el s are people, y ou fo e ! Amer icans. Don't you know anything? You know the fort, don't you?" , "You mean that thing over on Mud island?" "Yes ." " Oh, I thought that was a circus. What do they do in a fort?" Ben bad work to keep his face straight, with Dick' s foolish que stions and answers. As for the sentry, he came to the conclusion that Dick was not more than half-witted . "Oh, they drill, and m arch up and down, and shoot off cannon, and try to keep qs out, but they won't do it a s s oon as w e get our works finished. " "Oh, y ou have to work, do you? I thought you had nothing to do but w alk u p and down and show your pretty clothe s." "H'm! " muttered the s en t r y . "Say, does that gun shoot off, or i s it only for s h ow ? " "It shoots off , of course!" disgust ed l y . "What good would a m u s k e t b e t o a so ldier if he c ould n ' t shoot?" "I dunno," carelessl y . "Well, yo u can't stay h e r e, s o get a w a y . Aren' t you reb els ? " . " No, I ' m Presbyterian," said D i ck , i n a tone o f great simplicity . "You're a thundering fool, that' s what y ou are." Ben heard a boat coming around a wooded point and began to r ow away carelessly. Dick turned his head, and In a moment both he and Ben saw the other boat. It contained Pug Dobbs, B u d Hi ck s , a n d two other boys, equally ill favored. Di ck qui ckly sent the boat along, and said: "Ram t h em , Ben, hard a s y ou can." " H i -hi, stop t he m f ellers , they're rebels!• ye lled D o b bs. " On e on 'em's Dick Slater, the-l o ok out!" T h e l a s t was utt e re d in a tone of great alarm. Ben was pull ing vigorou s l y at the oars, and there was eve1y danger of a collisi on. The Tory boys had jus t com e to a realizing .sense of thei r peril. They tried t o get out of t he w ay, but it was now too late . They b e clime confused, did jus t what they s h o uld not have done , a n d in a mome n t were all floundering in the wate r a s their boat was struck and upset. Ben bac)c e d water in a ment, and got away, and then Dick stee r ed for mid stream and said: "Pull ahea d , Ben. " The bo a t glid e d swiftly out up o n the s tream, while Pug and Bud and t h e res t were floundering in the water. The s en t r y laughed boisterously, and said: "Well, you 're a nice lot of fellow s to let two fellows upse t you lik e that." "Why didn ' t y e shoot 'em?" growled Pug , as he pulled himself out of the water. "I d o n e told you they w a s rebels , d idn't I?" "You might be rebels y ourselves, for all I know," retorted the redcoat. " Well, we ain't, but them two fellers is. One on 'em's Dick Slater, the capting o' the Liberty . Boys, what's over to the fort. " "Well , why didn't you catch him then? were nearer than I was." The boys were now all ashore, the boat ... righted and the oars recovered. "Me?" snorted Pug, in disgust. "How in could I , when he banged inter our. boat an' u, sot us?" "You cannot stay here, anyhow," and jus t then two or three guards came up. "Won't yer let us dry our clothe s ?" whined Bud. "No, 'we won ' t, so get out or we'll put you in the guardhouse." The four Tory bullies qu i ckly got into the boat and went away, each accu sing the other of being the cause of the upse t. Dick and B e n, out on the Deleware , s aw them, and had a go od laugh over their forlorn appe a r ance . "Well. Ben , w e go t even fo r the upse t they" gave u s ," laug h e d D ic k. "Y es, and tha t puts you on e ahead of them." " I m a naged t o s e e c on s iderabl e , B e n ," a dded Dic k. "They are going right ahead with the works." "That w ill mak e it harder to h o l d Fort Mi fflin , wo n ' t it?" an xio u s l y . "We'll hold it as l o n g as w e can, at a n y rate," d etermi n ed l y. CHAPTER V.-An Interrupted Ab ductio n . It w a s we ll o n toward su nset o f a very busy day when Dick a n d B e n got b ack t o the fort. After supper, wh e n it was q uite da r k , D i c k took Bob, Mark, B e n, S a m Sanders on, the two H arrys, and three or four more in two or three boats, to


> -6 THE LIBERTY ON THE DELAWARE go to the '];'ownes. He wished to return the boat with me, indeed! The id e a I He oug-lit to be and get his uniform, and m:lke . a call, and then, thrashed for even thinking of it." if there were time, do a little spying on the "I'll tell you how we can play .a good joke enemy. Although it was dark, Dick would have on the upstart," chuckled Ben. no trouble in finding his way, and the other "What is it T" asked the girls and several of boats would follow his. Dick made the landing the boys. all right, but, as he was stepping ashore, he sud"Anything that Ben Spurlock gets up is bound de nl y heard voices i n the bushes ahead of him. to be funny," declared Harry Thurber. "There ain't no use tryin' to git anything out'n "Of course it is," .agreed Sam, who .was a great old , Towne," said Pug Dobbs. , chum of Ben's. "No, sir-ee, 'cause he keep s two dogs an a "What is it, Ben?" the boys al! asked. nigger." "Let Pug try to abduct me. He will find a very " Old man Brook s don't, an'• he's got just as fat muscular yoil'l'!f(' lady to deal with, I fancy." chickens an' turkeys a s Towne has." "You must be careful, Ben," said Dick, smiling . . "An' it's comin' on ter Thanksgivin' an' they'.re "There may be more than you can manage handi.-fattenin' 'em up good." ly." "I'd like to run off with that Mary Ann "Some of us can be on hand to help him if he Brooks," muttered Pug. "She's just my sort." nee ds us," suggested_ Bob, who readily entered "Well, mebby yer kin, but yer gotter be keer-into the spirit of the thing. ful. " "Yes, to be sure." Just before it was time for Marian to return, "Ef yer gimme er dollar, I'll do et fur ye," said Ben was fitted out with a frock; cloak and bon-a third. ' Th f h T '"-B 1 "Huh! I kin do it m'self, but ef yer help me, net. ree or our of t e oys sto e out by the back door and got around into the road, I'll give yer ninepence." l' h 1 b hi d h "Huh! I wouldn't take less'n fwo shillin', an' concea mg t emse ves e n bus es . "She'll be goin' home s oon," Bob heard Pug that's dirt cheap." Dobbs say, "an' then we'll catch her." The boys went on, Dick having signalled to his "All right. S " pose we watch ther house." party to remain silent and not to move. When he Before long the front door of the squire's houset no ionger heard the oound of the Tory boys' "oices, he signalled for the others to come on. opened and Julia s aid: "Good-night, dear. You are no t afraid to go "They are going to rob Mr. Brooks' hen home alorre ?" roosts," he said. "That is Marian's father, but " Oh, no, dear," said Marian, who was out o f Pug c alls her .Mary Ann." sight. "It's only a step, you know." "She'll thank him for that," Bob 1aughed. Then Ben ran down the steps lightly, made his lllehe boys now went on a nd quite surprised the way to the gate, and then into the road. . All of a sudde n, at a lonely part of the road, e right in," he said. "We are glad to see three figures sprang out upon him from the Your uniform is dry and well pressed, Capbushes. and you can have it at any time. " "Ye're agoin' with me, Mary An'.n," said Pug. returned boat, sir," Dick replied, "and 1 "I think a heap o' you, and--" have some informati on for you." "Well, I think not, Pug Dobbs!" cried Ben. The boys all went into the large drawing room Then his fist suddenlv shot out and took thl\I of Squire Towne's house, and here both the young bully on the jaw. The other fellows received ladies they had seen that day entered with Mrs. equally energetic blows, greatly t;., their aston'rowne. The girls were glad to see the boys ishment. again, and in a short time there was a lively con"Great snakes, how that gal can hit!" stam-versation going on. Then Dick took Mr. Towne mered Pug. aside and told what he had heard the Tory bullies,). "That ain't no gal, that's a ox!n gasped Bud talking about in the bushes. Hicks. "Brooks has not taken the precautions I have," "Catch him. It's one . o' them Liberty Boys," said the old gentleman. "We must caution him." cried the third. "Do you suppose the bullies would dare abduct Then two or three more joined tlfe bullies, and Marian Brooks?" asked Dick. Ben would have had a time of it, encum"It is a serious offense, and I do not think that bered as he was with his skirts, if Bob, Sam and they realize it." . the two Harrys had not su<;l.denly run up. "Perhaps not, but we are not going to allow Then a dog was heard barking, and .a man came any such thing to take place," with emphasis. up with a lantern. Pug and his cronies had be-"No, of cour not. I will send word to Brooks g-un to get a prettv rough handling by this time. to keep a watch on his henroosts. I can lend Then they beat a hasty retreat. while the laugh-. him one of .my dog s, in fact." ter of the jolly Liberty Boys followed them down Calling one of the servants, the old gentleman the road as far as they could hear it. gave her certain instructions, and then joined the others, with Dick. Dick and Ben went to the spare bedroom to put on their uniforms, and when they cam . e back, found Squire Towne jok insr Marian about her admirer, Pug Dobbs. ''He must think a lot of you to want to run ofl' with yo u, my dear," laughed the old gentleman. "T like his assurance!'' c:r:ied Marian. "Run off CHAPTER VI.-A Night Alarm. "I think there is any of those !el. lows disturbing Mr. Brooks or his henroosts t

THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE DELAWARE '1 "No, they have had all the experience they want from Mary Ann," chuckled Ben. The boys then returned to Mr. Towne's, and went home with Marian. The latter was highly amused at hearing Ben's experience with the bullies, and laughed heartily. When they were walking down to the river, Ben, having taken off his frock, . Mark said to him: "That's a nice girl, Ben. Don't you let anyone cut you out." "Which one?" asked Ben, knowing Mark's fondness for teasing. "Why, the one you saw home, of course." "The one I saw home?" repeated Ben. "Why, there were half a dozen of us." "Yes, but" you walked n:ext to her, as far as that goes,' ' with a chuckle, "for she went ahead with the negro to show us the way, and we all followed. " "Humbug!" laughed Mark, but he did not try to tease Ben any more that night. Reaching the shore, Dick said to Bob: "I am going to investigate Province Island. I want you and Ben and Sam. That will be enough ." "All right. We can take one of the smaller boats. " "You've got a lantein ?" "Yes." "Let the boys leave their muskets, as th.ey will only be in the way." "Very good." Dick and Bob and the two privates entered the smallest o1 the boats and pull ed out upon the Delaware. The iest followed , but made their way toward Fort Mifflin, while Dick went down the river. It had been a lively day for them, and they had not finished their work. Ke eping close to the shore in the s hadows where large vessels could not pass, and where there were consequently no obstructio ns , Dick made his way down to a point opposite the upper end of Province islaJ!d. The stars were out, and they had light enough to see their way. Rowing slowly, and with scarcely any 11oise, the boys struck across 'the river toward the island. Their oars were muffled to "prevent their making any noise in the oarlocks, and they pulled i n perfect stroke so as not to foul each other's oars. Dick sat in the stern and steered, Bob being up at the bow ke epi ng_ a lookout. All communication between the boys would be made by signal, and not a word would be spoken while they were approaching the island. The boys had a code made up of natural sounds, like the cry of birds, the chirp of. insects or the croaking of frogs . All the boys understood this thoroughly, and it was often used when it would have bee n dangerous to speak. As the boat neared the is land, Dick steered for a point a little above where he had met the sentry, earlier in the day. , Listening attentively he heard the tramp of a picket, and then, peering through the darkness, made out the dim outlines of a man. He imitated the sound of a fish jumping out of water, and Ben and Sam ceased rowing. Guiding the boat to a point farther up, Dick signalled to the boys to row ahead slowly. Then Ben presently signalled that the sentry had joined another, farther un thA p.linTe. In a few moments their voices could be heard distinctly as they greeted each other. Tl:ie boat glided in toward the bank under the shadow of some bushes, and Bob held it. "I don't s ee much use of tramping up and down he1e, Jenkins." "No more do I, Asquith," with a grunt. "There ain't no rebels coming along this way . .,, "Of course not. Their galleys can't get down no more'n our ships can go up." "No, 'cause they can't pass them chevaux de frise in the river no more'n we can. "To be sure not, but when we get these works done, we'll pepper 'em well." "Yes, and then we'll tear up the things, under cover of our guns." .. "So we will, but I guess we better be moving, before the captain o' the guard comes along." "Oh, he's in the guardhouse enjoyin' himselt, an' won't be out for an hour yet." "Well, you can't tell." Then the tramp of the men was heard again. Before long the sentry passed the point where the boat was resting on the sand, Bob holding to the bush. The sentry could not see it, and there was no sound to arouse his suspicions. The lap of the water agains t the boat was no more than the swash on the sands to him. He could not distinguish between the sounds and did not seem to hear either of them. He tramped steadily on past the bushes, and presently turned and passed the same point, humming to himself. He passed twice more, and then they heard him talk ing to the other man again. "I don't see any use in tramping up and down here, anyhow." "Nor I, for if the rebels did land, they couldn't get anywhere. ''Of course not, with our works so strong, but them's orders." "Yes, and without any regard_ to our feelings." The part of the bu s h to which Bob was clinging suddenly b roke with a snap. D ick at once imitated the startled cry of a frog. "What's that?" "Notbin' but a frog jumpin' in the water. May• be a muskrat got him." "Muskrats don't eat 'em." "Well, he could scare him, couldn't he?" The sand, giving way under the boat , caused it to glide out into deep water. The shadow of the bushes concealed it, and Dick signalled to Ben to back water. The boat glided noi selessly out, and Dick deftly turned it. Then a falling star shed a ligh t over the river, and the sentry sud denly exclaimed: "Hello! what's that?" "A star fallin', that's all." "No, I don't mean that. It's somethin' out on the water. By George, it's a boat!" "Well, what if it is?" asked Dick, with a drawl. "Can't a feller fish your makin' a lot of noise?" "Huh! what you doing out there?" "Looking for game, o' course." The boys were now rowing steadily but quietly. " You can't fish at night." "H'm! that's all you know about it! There's lots o' things to be caught at night."


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE DF;U ARE • Then there came the hurried tramp of feet. "Hello, there, the guard! There's suspicious persons about." Men came hurry,ing to the shore, torches were lighted and fires flared up. Then the boat with the four boys in it was seen. "By George! rebels, hello, rebels! Call out the guard." -"That's the kind of fishermen you are, is it?" Shots rang out, but the boys were pulling strong and steady, and the boat was not hit. The light was a bit uncertain, and the boat was mov all the time, the result being that the boys escaped injury, although well within range. "Pull ahead, boys," said Dick, quietly. "There's nothing to be alarmed about." Shots rattled and cracked, shouts rang out, and men hurried hither an

THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE DELAWARE seen about as much as he could, and put away little they met the two Tory bullies who had from the island. pushed the rock off the bank upon Dick's boat. "We have seen enough, boys," he said, "so we The fellows did not recognize them, although might as well leave." they gave them a sharp look, and the boys went "They gave us a pretty strong hint to get away, on. anyhow," laughed Bob. . "There are those two bullies now," muttered Just then another boat appeareo, containing Bob. some of the Tories. "Yes, but we have no time to bother with "Hi, hello, that's Dick Slater an' a lot o' rebels them." , in that boat," yelled Pug. "Put a shot into it." "You don't think they recognized us, "All right," cried a man on shore. "No, and if they did, it wouldn't matter." Then they began to get readr to :fire the gun. "Unless they suspected our errand, and went " Hi-hi, hold up, ye're a-pintm' at us!" back and told the redcoats to look out for us." Pug. "Ver;y true, but I hardly think they will, Bob." There was great confusion in the bt>at and it" "No, perhaps not." was nearly upset. The Tory bullies tried to get Going on at a good pace the boys at length out of the way, but there was a sudden boom, reached the enemy's lines. Here they looked and a solid shot went screaming through the air.. about cautiously, and at length approached in a It struck the water just astern of the boat, and careless manner, as if merely attracted by curithrew up a column of water. This drenched the osity. Tories, whereupon the boys in Dick's boat laugh"What do you want?" demanded an officer, ed heartily. coming out of the guardhouse. "That's the best thing that could have hap"Don't want nothin' fur's I know," drawled pened," Bob roared. Dick. "Those fellows need a good shower bath," "Then why are vou loitering about?'} angrily. chuckled Harry Thurber. "Didn't know as we was. We've been goin' Then the boys rowed on, and reached the fort right along, an' you can't call that loiterin', can fn safety. yer?" CHAPTER VIII.-Dick in Peril. Something later that forenoon Dick and Bob, still in disguise, rowed ashore and then set off down the road toward Billings Point, where the redcoats had constructed works. They stopped fir s t at the houses of the two girls, where they were made most welcome. "That impudent Tory did not return to carry me off," said Marian. "I did not suppose he would after his interview with Ben last night," laughed Bob. "I would be careful, though," said Dick. "Then you think he may attempt it?" asked the girl, somewhat troubled. "He may do so, having once got the idea." "Then what would you do, Captain?" "Be careful how you venture from the house alone or only with Miss Julia." "We often go off on lbng rides together." "I would take someone along." "We were planning to go out this afternoon. It is beautiful among the hills at this time." "You would best take someone with 1ou." "But we have no brothers and-, "I will send two of the Liberty Boys to go with 'JOU." "Oh!" said Marian. "We have our own horses, as you may not know. I will send Harry Thurber and Harry • Judson." "Oh, we saw them yesterday." "Yes. They ride a pair of finely matched sorrels, and they are jolly boys." "You are very kind." "Not at all, so keep a lookout for them." Marian replied that she would do so, and then Dick and Bob left her and went carelessly down the road toward the enemy's works. After a "Do you live about here?" "Reckon we do." "What are your names?" "What yer want ter know fur?" "I have lists of all the rebels in the neighbo 1 hood, and--" "What's them?" "What are what?" angrily. "Them things yer said." "I don't know what you mean. Are you a fool?" "Waal, I never knowed et if I was. Do yer wear them clothes every day? I should think you'd get 'em s'iled." Another officer now came out, looked at Dick sharply, and said: "Didn't I see you yesterday in a boat on the river?" Dick recognized the man in a moment, but -said with a drawl: "Waal, I reckon yer seen me on the river ef I was in er boat, 'cau s e boats don't go on land." "I believe you were spying," sharply. "Wasn't, nuther, I was fishin'. I hain't got no spyglass ter spy with." "Yu're a fool!" sharply. "Keep away from here." "W aal, yer stopped us ter ax questions. I reckon ye're more foolish 'n me." "Go on about your business or we'll--" The two bullies suddenly dashed out from some bushes at the roadside, and Pug Dobbs yelled: "That's Dick Slater, ther spy, an' t'other feller's er rebel, too!" "Ketch 'em, don't let 'em get away!" shoute

.i(O THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE DELAWARE • 1 "Rllll, Bob, get away while you can!" hissed. J)ick. He knocked down two or three men, but was lfllddenly seized and two pistols placed to his 'llead. . "Surrender or we'll blow your brains out!" 1111arled one of the officers. Bob gave each of the bullies a black eye and pipped up a couple of the Tedcoats. Then he iashed into the bushes and es c aped, several bul lets t\ying over his head. "I'll blacken the other eyes of those scoundrels , I see them again," he sputtered. Then he made his way rapidly alongshore, while Dick was taken away, disarmed, and locked bl an upper room ef the guardhouse. OHAPTER IX.-A Hard Prisoner to Keep. . The guardhouse was an old family residence which the redcoats had taken possession of. It jras like many more houses which Dick had seen, ,nth the arrangement of which .he w:is qu.ite . familiar. The door of the room m which Dick 'tlras a prisoner had been locked. Whether the pther ones were or not was a question which he inust shortly decide. If the connecting doors were not locked, the •uter ones might not be . Dick tried the one on the right, as he faced the window. It was not locked, and he entered the ot.her room. The outer door of this, the one opening on the hall, was fast. ;.:..r "Perhaps the next is not," he said to himself. The connecting door was locked, howevet, and Dick returned to the room he had left. He now hied the other connecting door, finding it unlocked. The hall door was fastened, but he was able to get into the next room . Here the hall door was fastened, but he was able to get into the )I.ext room. Here the hall door was fastened on the outs ide, and also the connecting door. "I am not going to ' Stop here," said Dick to hims elf. "For all I know the outer door to that ls unfastened." He had passed half way around the hou s e, the window facing the road. He looked out, saw no one, pu s hed up the sash, and stepped out. There was a wate r pipe right alongside. H e took hold of the water pipe, and rapidly rnatle his way down, hand by hand. The pipe ran Into a water butt, which had a cover over it. Jumping from this to the ground, he ran toward the road. Just then three or four redcoats came around a corner of the house. "Stop the rebel!" one cried, in a loud voice. "After him, he must not escape!" shouted another. Crack--crack-crack! Three or four shots rang out, one away Dick's hat. He made a dash for a clump qf bushes, rounded them, reached a high bank, dashed down it and hurried along the road. There was a great hue flnd cry by this time, and soon the tramp of horses could be heard in the road behind. Dick ,_. at once took to the woods, and was safely hidden 'When he heard the horses go galloping by. "Th:ey won't find me," he said, "but I shall have to be careful or I may meet them when they come '-ck this way." . Knowing the direction of the river, and of Mr. Towne's house, he took a short cut, cros sed the road, and struck off through wood s and over fields. Once he saw the redcoats on the road, back, but they did not s ee him, and he hurried on, and at las t reached the house of Mr. Brooks. "Why, Lieutenant Estabrook said that you had been taken prisoner, Captain," said Marian, "and he has gone to the fort to get some Liberty Boys _to try and rescue you." "Then I must hurry over and stop them," said Dick. "They may go farther down the river before landing." He hurried down to the river, got the boat and pulled out, presently catching sight of the other boat containing Bob and three or four of the boys. He quickly hailed them, and, recognizing him, their delight knew no bounds . CHAPTER X.-Some Surprised Bullies. The boys joined Dick, who returned the boat to the landing, and then all went back to the fo-rt. "I thought we would have to sneak in upon the guardhouse and g e t you out in some way," said Bob. "Well, I knew you w ould try, but there was a danger of my being taken on board one of the ships, and I did not c a r e to run the risk,'' replied Dick. "Qujte right, Captain,'' said Harry Thurber, who was in the boat. "By the way, Private Thurber,'' said Dic k, "I have an engagem ent for you to go riding with a very pretty young lad y, this afternoon." "I shall not d e cl i ne it, Captain, " repl ied H a r r y . "You and Private Juds on have b ee n appo inte d to escort Miss M arian Brook s and Miss Julia Towne this afterno o n, on hors eback," s a i d Dick. "We will be ready a t the appointe d hour , sir,'' answere d Harry, smiling and blushing. The boy s returne d to the fort, and the two Harrys made ready t o go riding with the girls after dinner. When dinner was over the two Harrys took their horses a shore and set out to take the two &iris for a ride. They rode to Marion's hou se where they found both girls ready to start. Off they w ent at a gallop , greatly enjoying the ride in the clear, cris p air of the hills. "We'll beat you to the turn of the road,'' said Marian, at length. Then the two girls ' set off at a rapid pace. "I suppose we could beat them if we tried," laughed Harry Thurber. "Yes, but if they knew we let them beat, they might not like it." "Very true." The girls went ahead with a dash, and disappeared around the bend, several lengths ahead of the. boys. Then the latter heard a sudden scream. "Hello, there's trouble ahead," said one Harry. "We'll have to find out what it is," said the other. They quickly found out when they turned the bend of the road. . Then they saw half a dozen of the Tory bullies trying to pull the girl11 frOlD. their horses, They


, / THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE DELA WARE 1 1, jumped. off their own, and dashed right among the bullies. Whack-whack! Spat-spat! Right and left they dealt out sledge-hammer blows among the bullies. Pug had his other eye, Bud got a nose, and the others all had severe bruises. The two Harrys were hard-fisted young fellows, not at all quarrelsome, but always ready to aid those in distress. The girls now helped the two boys by using their riding whips most energetically. Everyone. of the bullie s got one cut of the whip, and some of them r e ceived two or three. "Ouchi yew quit that!" yelled Pug, getting a sh a r p cut between the shoulders. " Hi-hi, you stop!" roared Bud, catching the s t inging lash on his neck. "Ouch!". " G e t out o' that!" bawled another, as the whip came down upon h1s arm. Between the two boys and their saucy allies, t h e bullies were receiving some pretty hard treatmen t . They found the odds too great for them, and q uickly beat an undignified retreat. "They thought we were alone, and that they cou1d carry us off without any trouble,'' said Marian. -"You can see why the captain di d not want y ou t o go out by yourselves," said Harry Thl,lr b e r. "Yes , but you boys won't be here all the time," said J uli a . "Neithe r may the bullies," laughed Harry Juds o n . "In fact, I think they will be very apt to mak e t h e m s elve s scarcer after this." H e was right, for they saw nothing of the bullieil duri n g .their ride. CHAPTER XI.-A Plucky Escape. The enemy had been pushing on rapidly with the wo r k s on Province Island, till at last it was s een that Fort Mifflin's peril was s o serious .that u nles s r einforcements arrived shortly, it must fall. The garrison determined to hold it as long as pos si bl e , and the Liberty Boys were ready to help them to the best of their ability. Until ac tual ho stilities began Dick was bound to go about and l e t the boys do the same, either on pleasure or duty. Every day, therefore, the two Harrys went a shore and took long rides with Julia Marian. This gave Mark, who was a. bit of a tease, an opportunity to poke some good-natured fun at the two boys. " You fellow s are getting on finely," he said. _ " I suppos e you'll ask me to the wedding?" "How do you know there's going to be one?" replie d Harry Thurber. "Oh, there will be, of course," with a grin. "Somewhere , y es . Harry's got a girl up in the M ohawk Valley." "But you haven't, have you?" "How do you know I h a v en't?" provokingly. "Why, have you?" "Oh, you'll have to find that out for yours elf, Lieutenant," chuckled Harry. The Qullies did not bother the girls as long as the boys were with them, nor did they trouble the boys. Once or twice thet met then:i in the roa,d when out riding,_but Pug and his cronies always . made haste to. get out of the way. "One experience of the kind we gave thos-e fel lows is enough to satisfy them," laughed Harry Thurber. "Still, we could accommodate them if they are . not satisfied," the other chuckled. One day Dick went off on a splendid black horse of pure Arabian blood, which he called Major, He had captured the animal from the en emy, had taught him many things, and was very proud of him. lte was now going to spy upon the enemy at Billinir!! Point. He wore ordinary clothes, and did not expect to be recognized, the redcoats not havin seen Major.The latter wa13 very speedy but Dick rode on &t an easy gait, not letting bim out. Since Dick's last visit; the enemy had put a gate across the road above the guardhouse. This was open as he rode by, and none of the redcoats paid him any attention. He rode by the guardhouse and kept his eyes open, keeping alongthe main road. He did not think it necessary to go on to the pOint, expectinir to see all he wished from the road. Suddenly, however, he saw three or four meunted redcoats coming toward him. With them were the two Tory bullies, Pug and Bud. They rode scrubby little horses , as uncouth as themselves. The redcoats would have passed Diel< without noticing him. Pug, however, instead of waiting till Dick drew nearer, suddenly yelled: ' "Hi I there's Dick Slater, the rebel. Ketch the • "That's. right, that's him!" eclioed Bud. the rebel." . • Dick at once wheeled and dashed away like the wind. After him flew the redcoats, firing s everal rapid shots. The two bullie s rode a s fast as the redcoats, shouting out orders as if they were in command. "Hi-hi-hi, ketch ther rebel. That's Dick Slater, ther rebel spy!" "Turn out ther guard! Shut ther gate! Ketch him!" The clatter of Roofs, the shouts , and the rattle of mus k etry made a terrific din. Dick pas s ed the guardhouse in safety although a number of redcoats came dashing out. Mu s kets banged and pistols cracked and bullets flew like hail. On w ent the noble black, gai ning on hi s purs u e r s at eve r y s tep . There were r e d coats in the road ahead. Thes e saw Dick come flying along, with red coats in t h e r ear. They kne w that it was a chase, but n o n e dare d to tiy and stop that flying Arabian. -. the g a t e!" they heard the pursuers yell. This they could do, and they has t e ned to do it. The six-barr ed gate closed with a snap. The. redcoats made ready to spring upon Dick when he s hould be force d to h a lt. On h e came, how ever, e vidently with no inte {ltion of doing so. "B y George! the fello w mus t be mad!" "He' ll break his neck to a dead certainty!" "The fellow can't stop, the horse has the bi't in his teeth. "Oh , well, one dead r e bel more or less doesn't matter," scornfully. . On rushed Dick, straight at the gate. It was no obstacle to Major, who was a ' fine jum:per. The moment he saw the. gate, he knewwhat ,\.as ' expected of, him; ' At it he fiew, ait 'if it were not there. The rerlcoats had not the slightes•


... _ 12 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE DELAWARE doubt of catching Dick. None of them could go over that gate, and they knew he could not. They rushed on, expecting to take Dick as soon as the others should stop him. Dick did not stop. The redcoats at the gate got out of the way, expecting to see the boy dashed to pieces. On flew Major and, as he reached the gate, arose like a bird, Dick seeming to fairly lift him. Over the pte he went with r o om to spare. The redcoats fairly gasped to see him. He landed lightly on his feet on the other side and skimmed over the road like a feather blown by the wind. "By George! What a leap!" "That isn't a horse, It's a bird!" "Jove! but the boy has pluck." "That's the same lad that made that daring escape from the guardhouse the other day." "There's no keeping a chap like that!" 1n their surprise they forgot all about opening the gate again. "Hello! open the gate!" yelled the redcoats. B ud and Pug were thrown from their stubby horses in stopping sho rt. The red coats were not thrown, but they had to dra w rein. The delay bl getting past the w a s of great advantage . Dick. He was gamin g a s it was, and the delay c abled him to gain still more. When the gate -,va s at last opened he was out of sight, having fairly flown around a turn in the road. The red coats flew after thim, but did not again catch sight of him, and presently gave u p the chase. CHAPTER XIl.-The Girls Kidnapped D ick d i d n o t keep up that t remendous pace fo't lon g. As s oon as h e f ailed to hear the clatter of ho o f s behind him h e s lack ened his speed . He w as golnjr on at a fai r rate, toward the house of t h e girls, when he suddenly saw a break in .th e f e n ce and a number of hoofprints. "Somebody's bee n breaking down the fence and ridin g t hrough the woods," he m uttered. Then h e heard the tramp o f horses, and pres ently the two Harrys came in sight. "Hello, Captain," said Harry Thurber, "have the girls come this way?" "No," said Dick. "Have they run away from you again?" "No, no t from us, but they did go off by themsel ves . " " "How long sin ce?" "A):> out five minutes." "Then they could not have met me, for there is no other r o ad but this. Do y ou see that h ole in the fen ce?" "Yes, someone has broken it down," said one Harry. "And there are hoof marks leading to the w o ods,'' added the othe r . " T he girls came this way?" ask ed Dick. " Y es, Captain." . "Then some of t h ose Tory bullies h a ve run away with them. " . ""We'll give it t o Pug and B u d w h e n w e catch the1XJ.. " "They c ould have had no thing to do with i t ,' ' 1aid Dick. "I saw them not ago . " "'Then it's some of thei r crom es . " "'Yea, and we must foHow them up." The three boys then went through the break in the fence and followed the trail. "There have been three or four hors e s along here," said Dick. "I know that the girls' horses have,' ' said Harry Judson. "I know the hoof "And there are two more," said Harry Juds on. "Anything else?" asked Dick "Jove! ye s . Two fellows on foot. " "They have been leading the gir l s ' horses," said Dick. " Then there are four of the rascals?" "Yes." "There are Sim Perkins, Bill Phillips and Dunk Muggs, all cronies of those two bulli es ," said Harry Thurber. "And they were around the other time whe n they tried to carry tne girls off." The boys went on rapidly, following the trail without difficulty, till it led into the woods. The rode on for a time, when Dick said: "The horses have bee n sent off to the right, while the two girls and three of the boys have go n e on." "Is that so, Captain?" "Yes, you will see the footprints of the girls, as well as those of the bullies, if you look carefully." . "I see them," said Harry Thurber. "The drels are wearing boots." "Leave the horses here," said Dick. "No one will .take them." "No stranger will dare to take Major," laughed Harry Thurber. "Nor your sorrels while he is around," said Dick. Then they hurried on, leaving their horses in the woods, Dick followed the trail readfly, the two boys relying on him, and coming on rapidly behind. The woods -grew more and more tangled, the trail leading up a steep slope among great boulders , huge masses of ledge rock and thickets of scrub pines, briars and wild grape vines. It grew darker, too, but Dick followed the trail easily, finding it quite fresh. "It has not been long since those fellows passed," he said at length. "Where are they going, sir?" asked Harry Thurber. "I don't know. There might be a cave or an old hunter's cabin hereabouts." "But I don't s ee the girls' footprints any more," said Harry Juds on. "No, the ruffians are carrying them to save time. Look at the bushes." A bit of a dress here, a torn handkerchief there, showed Dick the trail, and the absence of the drls ' footprints did not disturb him. On and on they w ent till at last, at the top of the slope, in a perfect tangle of un

THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE DELA WARE 1S Still there was no answer except the echoes. "See if there is a door, and break it open, boys," said Dick. "All right!" shouted the two Harrys. At that moment an old woman pushed open the front door and said sharply: "Well, well, you needn't shout so loud, young sirs, nor use violence. I'm not hard of hearing, but I'm a bit slow on my feet. What is it you wish?" "Keep watch, boys," said Dick, but not in so many words. Instead of that he used signals, well known to the boys. "Where are the two young women who were lately brought to this place?" asked Dick. "Bless my heart, I am the youngest thing in the place," said the old crone, with a laugh. "If you do not tell me, we will come in and look," said Dick. "I know that two young girls were brought here a short time ago." "And I tell you they were not. No one has come here but yourself." "Why, there are the marks of muddy feet right on the doorstep," said Dick, "and the trail leads straight to the cabin." "Well, well, 'pears to me I did hear someone prowling about not long ago," the crone replied. "And there are the same footmarks now on the floor of the cabin," said Dick. "I made those myself!" snapped the old woman. "I must go in and look," said Dick, pushing hb1 way into the cabin. The crone sputtered and scolded, but Dick pushed his way in, threw open a window and looked about. "Open that back door," he said. "I have friends outside." The crone opened the door, and Dick said: "You have seen no one, boys?" "No not o:ne." was a loft overhead, and Dick now said: "Go up there, one, and look about. If those Tory bullies interfere, shoot them. Keep a lookout in the rear, Harry." Harry Thurber ascended the ladder to the loft, wlien suddenly someone came leaping out of the low window to the ground and dashed away. CHAPTER XIII.-The Girls Found. Harry Judson fired a shot at the fugitive, whom he recognized as one of Pug's cronies. "There goes one!" cried Harry Thurber. "Any more?" asked Dick. "I don't see any, but Harry will pop 'em oif if there are." "Don't shoot," came a whine from a far corner. "Here's another( cried Harry. "Fetch him out,' said Dick. Come out!" commanded Harry. A hulking boy whose clothes were scratched and torn and covered with spider webs and dust, crawled out of a corner. "Any more back there?" asked Harry. "No, Dunk out o' ther winder." "There were three of you," said Harry. "Where .is. the other?" ' "I dunno, he went away somewheres." "Go down Dick Slater wants to see you." "I hain't been doin' nothin'!" howled the lout. "What does he want to see me for?" "Go down or I'll throw you down!" said Harry, sternly. • The fellow obeyed, but trembled so violently that he fell from the ladder when part .of the wax down. . ' Who are you?" asked Dick. "Tod Harker." "Where are the two young girls, whom you helped to bring here?" "Dunk Bilks took 'em away some'eres in ther woods, I reckon. They're rebels, anyhow, an' I don't see what Pug Dobbs and Bud Hinks wants on 'em.!' "Why were you hidin!f up in the loft?" "Wasn't hidin'. This is where I live, an' I was lookin' fur er rabbit trap or suthin'." "Is this fellow you:r son?" asked Dick of the old woman. ' "Yes, and those ruffians are always leadin' him astray." ...._ "Why do you let them in, then?" asked Dick, convinced that the old crone was lying. "I couldn't see 'em; I was 'busy out to the woodshed." "Were you at the woodshed when I called you?" "Yes." "Getting wood?" "Of course," with a snap. "And there isn't a stick in the cabin," dryly. "That's cause I come in quick to see what you wanted." "Why, you were not there at all," laughed Harry. "You can lie as fast as a horse can trot." "Where are the girl11 ?" asked Dick of Tod Harker. "The other feller took 'em away, I told yer, • growled Tod. "You know better than that. Your tracks lead right up to this .cabin and stop here.". "You can't fool Dick Slater," declared Harry, "so you had better tell him before we take switches to you." . "Don't you dare to tell any lies to the rebel, Tod Harker," snapped the old woman. "I am not going to leave this cabin till I find out" where those girls are hidden," said Dick. "Search the place, Harry." The boys went through the two or three rooms in the wretched cabin, but found no t1ace of the girls. "Come in, Harry," he called to the boy outside. Then Dic)c looked around and said: "There is a cellar under the cabin. Lift the trap, boys." The boys could not locate the trap at first, but Dick pointed it out, over in on.e , corner. Thee they pried it open with their knives, ievealing a short flight of rough steps leading down iDtb the darkness. "They ain't nuthin' there," said the old woman. but Tod said: ' "Ef. yer'lJ lemme go, I'll tell yer all abo..._ ouch!" The old woman suddenly fetched him a stun ningo blow on the ear which made.him howl. Then


.J THE LIBERTY BOYS ON -THE DELAWARE he s uddenly flew out of the cabin, and Dick did n o t trouble to go after him. "Go down there, boys " he said. ",Be careful." .The two boys went d-0wn steps, pistols in hand. The old womankept up a continual grumbling, protesting that they were robbing her, and that there were no girls in the cellar. The boys lighted sulphur matches and suddenly heard a scrambling over in one corner. Then a little light e.l!.tered the place, and a boy was seen mak his way out through a small window, closed with a wooden shutter. Hurrying over to the corner, the two Harrys found the girls, lying bound and . gagged on the rough floor. They quickly cut the leather thongs which bound them, removed the gags, and took them out of tll.e cellar. "Was the old woman here when you were brought to this place?" asked Dick. "We don't know," answered Marian. "We were blindfolded." "You did not hear her speak?" "We heard someone, but we could not tell if it 'vere she or not." "I believe you to be a lying, wicked old wo man," said Dick 1lo the crone, "but you are a woman, and hence will escape the punishment you would have rece ived had you been a man." The old crone glared at Dick and muttered something between her teeth. "Come, boys," he said, "we have no further business here/' Then they all left the cabin, and in a moment all the doors and windows were slammed tight. "X ou should not have gone off alone, girls," Dick said. "You know I warned you against it." . "Of course you did," said Marian, "but we hadn't seen anything of those Tories in days." , "And we did so want to run off by ourselve s, as we have been used to doing," added Julia. "I don't blame vou mueh," said Dick, "but it is dangerous just now when there are so many enemi es about." "Yes," said Marian, "and my father wants me to go over'to Jted Bank, where we have friends." "That may not be much better, if we cannot hold Fort Mifflin," said Dick. "Still, it will be a chance. " They made their way down the hill, the boys helping the two girls, till they reached the horses. As the girls' horses had been run off, the two Harry$ put Ma1ian and Julia on the two sorrels and walked alongside. The girls were very penitent, and also exceedingly grateful to the boy s for having rescued them. . "Those fools will get into trouble if they _go to doing things like this," said Harry Thurber. "A good term in prison will put s6m e sense into their heads, I think," added Harry Judson. "Not so much as a goods ound thrashing," with 'grunt. "We don't b{ow what we would have done without you," said Marian.' "But we could have done very little without the captain," said Harry. "He found the trail and :followed it." I had just had an adventure of my own," laughed Dick. "That is how I know that Pug aIUI -Bnd had had no hand in this affair." ".An adventure 7" cried both boys in a b1-eath. "Tell us all about it, Captai n, " echoed t he two girls. By the time the story was finished they had reached Marian's house. The two horses had come back by a roundabout route, and there was great apprehension about the girls until they reappeared in the company. of the three Liberty Boys. The next day they went over to Red Bank to make a visit, and Mark tried to tease the two Harrys over it, but with little success. "Oh, I've got another girl up in the Mohawk Valley, you know," laughed Harry Judson, "so...! don't mind." "Yes, but Harry Thurber has not= said Mark. "No, not there, to be sure," said Harry, with a grin. "Where is she, Harry?" asked the dashy second lieutenant, but Harry would say no morer and it 'was not till a long time that Ma r k learne

THE LIBERT DELAWARE 17 Bricks flew in all directions, and the plac filled with dust, smoke and soot. Colonel Smith was struck by the flying bricks and knocked down. Dick ran at once to the commandant's side and called for help. The colonel was senseless, but was still alive, and there might be some hope of his recovery. Dick made a hasty examination1 and quickly decided that the commandant woul

14 perceived that it was of se to try and stop Dick, and they shortly gave it up. The Liberty Boys got over to Red Bank in safety, and made a camp close to Fort Mercer. Thayer waited till night, ai;id then, destroying what was left of the fort, crossed over to Red Bank. For six days the fort had held out, and now that the British had subdued it, there was little for them to boast about. The removal of the obstructions in the river was still to be accomplished, so as to leave the rlver free, .and the destruction of the fort had cost the enemy dear. The Liberty Boys made themselves as comfortable as possible, this being the first night for nearly a week that they did not .hear the sound of cannon. "I don't know that I can sleep, it is so quiet," Bob, dryly. "There's nothing lik e getting used to a thing," said Mark. Dick set his pickets as usual, for he always exercised vigilance, whether he expected an enemy or not. Ben Spurlock was pacing his beat, it being only moderately late, when he heard footsteps coming along tha road. The camp was near the road, and Ben was just outside. There were two persons coming: along, and soon Ben heard voices. "The rebels got licked," said the familiar voice of Pug Dobbs, "an' now I reckon they'll be COl\lin' over here." "They're all over here a'ready," answered Bud Hicks. "Ain't they in the fort?" "I mean them pesky Liberty Boys. 'Course I know ther .other rebels is here." "Well, s'pose they is?" "We gotter get back across the river." "How are we goin' ter get back? Ther British '11 take us fer rebels, an' blow ill! inter the river." . "H'm I What's them fires fur?" "Rebels, I reckon," and the two Tory bullies walked on without suspecting that the dreaded Liberty Boys were so close. "Those fellows must have come over before the attack on the fort," thought Ben, "and have been here ever since." When he saw Dick, he reported the fact, the young captain saying: "It is as well to know that they are about, I suppose, but I don't think we need to worry over it." In the morning Dick and Bob set off on their horses for a ride, and almost the first persons they met were the two girls. CHAPTER XVI.-After the Battle. "Hello, you are ove-r here still, are you, young ladies?" was Bob's greeting, as he and Dick came to a stop. "We are glad to see you both," said Harian, "but sorry for the reason. n DELAWARE ' you seen Pug Dobbs and Bud Hicks?" ea Dick. "No1 indeed, and we do not want to see them," replieel Marian. "Why do you ask us that, Captain?" asked Julia. -"Because they are over on this side of . the river." Both girls were greatly astonis hed at this piece of information. "Well, I never!" said Julia. "Why, couldn't they stay at home?" asked Marian. "I think they were a little afraid to do so , after the failure of their plan to run off with you two "We will have to detail two of the boys as a escort," laughed Bob. "Are there any particular boys whom you would lik e ?" The girls both laughed and blushed and Marian answered: ' "I think that you and the Captain would sui t us very nicely. "The young lady is a match for you Bob " laughed Dick. "Slie can tease as well one else." "How did you know those horrid boys were here?" asked Julia, while Marian laughed at Bob. "The boys heard them going by the camp last night." "But if they know you are here, they will be cautious." "They do not, or at least they did not know it last night." "I don't think we need fear them. As soo n as they know you are here they will go across the river again, as fast as they can." "Still," said Marian, with a little twinkle, "it would be very pleasant to have an escort and if--" ' ' "I will assign the two Harrys to that duty at once," Dick. Both girls laughed and blushed, and Dick added: "You were going that way, so suppose you go to the camp with us." The girls did not make any objection and Diek and Bob wheeled their horses and back Nearing the camp, two boys came out of a road, and suddenly came in sight of the party. They were the very two bullies of whom the others had been recently talking. Pug ran on e way and Bud the other, making the best possible use of two. girls and Bob laughed heartily, while Dick smiled and said "They don't se;m to be very just at present." "Not at all," laughed Bob, "but they are treach erous scoundrels, and if they saw a good chance to hurt us or the girls, in some sneaky way they: would grasp it in a moment." ' '* Reaching the camp, the girls were heartily wel comed1 and had enough paying them attention to satisfy anyone. Dick and Bob left them and went to Dick's tent. ; "If those two bullies are here," said Dick. "they may try to do us an injury, especially if the redeoats remain in the neighborhood." "Very true," said Bob, "and it is likely that


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE DELAWARE 17 Howe will make another attempt to take Fort M ercer, now that he has reduced Mifflin." ''Yes," said Dick, "and we must keep a watch on these spies." "They would guide the no doubt, if a land attack wern made." "Exactly," replied Dick. Calling the two Harrys, he said: "If the young ladies desire your company, I suppose you will have no objection to accompany ing them in their rides about the neighborhood?" "Not at all," replied both, with a grin. Dick then set off for Fort Mercer, leaving MarK: in charge of the camp. After reporting to the commandant at the fort, the boys rode down the river as far as Billingsport. Here they saw one or two British war vessels, there a breach made through the stockades at that pomt. The enemy had formerly occupied Billingsport, and there was a small detachment there at this time. . "Howe may send over a force from Chester," said Dick, "and also send vessels up the river, and remove the obstructions. "Hello!" said Bob, suddenly. The boys had dismounted, and wer'e looking out over the river. On the road leading from Billingsport, Bob suddenly discovered a party of mounted redcoats. They were evidently out reconnoitering. They caught sight of the two boys and halted. "We II\ust give them a fight," said Dick, who had turned as Bob spoke and had seen the redcoats. Then springing into the saddle, he waved his sword as if to a. party behind him, and shouted: "Now then, Liberty Boys, down with the red coats!" Then he dashed toward the enemy, Bob galloping at his side. The redcoats, never doubting that there was a large detaclnent of Liberty Boys behind, turned and rode ofl' at breakneck speed. "After them, boys," shouted Dick, in tones that the redcoats could not but hear. Then he and Bob raced after the enemy, but presently drew rein as the surprised British rounded a bend tn the road. "Not too far, Bob," said Dick with a smile. "Those fellows will never stop till they get to the redoubt," laughed Bob. "They must have thought there were a hundred of us." They were satisfied that there was no considerable force at Billingsport just then, but they knew that one might come at any time, and so it was best to be prepared. Returning to camp, they found that t_he two had gone off for a ride with the girls, Mark havmg told them not to go too far. They were not afraid being troubled by the bullies, but there was some danger that the redcoats might come, and it was welt to be prepared. After a short time Dick and Bob set out again, taking Ben and Sam with thei:n, and going in the other direction. Riding on at a good pace, they suddenly heard the clatter of hoofs coming toward them. In a moment the two girls ap• peared. / "Quick!" cried Marian. "Some To1ies are rob bing an old man." "Forward!" cried Dick. He and the rest dashed ahead, and soon came upon the two Harrys struggling with half a dozen Tories. Among them were the two bullies, Pug and Bud. There was a little house by the roadside, and, as the boys came up two men cut of it, carrying a bag. An old man, leaning against a tree, shouted: "My money, my money, don't let him take my money!" At the sight of the Liberty Boys, the two bullies set off at a run. The two men jumped on horses, one carrying the bag, and dashed away up the road. "After them!" shouted Dick. The men attacking the two Harrys dove into the woods. The two boys sprang into the sadd le and set out with Dick. After the. two men rode the boys at full s pe ed . There was no time for explanation just then. The mi screants had been caught a t their evil work, and that was all that need be known. The two chief robbers were the only ones of the malefactors who were mounted. ter these rode Dick and the rest at 'fulL speed. The girls had hurried to get help, and had found it sooner than they thought. The principal thieves were those on horseback, and these must be caught. They knew that they were in danger, and rode as fast as they cou ld, using the spurs freely. And ;fter them raced the boys, determined t o catch them. CHAPTER XVIL-A Perilous Quest. There was a rolling country on this side of tha river, the road winding in and out and making frequent turns. Owing to this fact the boys oc casionally lost sight of the two thieves. After one of these times they came to a fork of tha road. The men had separated, there being fresh tracks on both roads. There was no telling which one of these had been taken by the man with the bag. That it had not been thrown away, Dick was certain. Even riding as fast as he did, he would have noticed a break in the bushes if the bag had been thrown down. Then, too, thieves hate to lose their plunder if there is any of keeping it. The two ruffians had separat. ed so as to puzzle the boys or perhaps thinking that they would-"not notice, but keep on the main road. "Take the left road, Bob," cried Dick. "Come with me, _Harry." Bob, Ben and Sam dashed off-to the left. Dick and the two Harrys took the road to ths right, which was not the main road. It was Dick's idea that the man with the 1-g would take this, as it was less frequented than the other. There would be fewer pei:sons to say they had seen him. There were fewer houses also, and these were far apart. "We'll catch him yet!" said Dick. "Come on, boys!" Before long Dick caught sight of a man ahead of them. He had a sack thrown across his saddle.


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE DELAWARE "That's the fellow!" cried Dick. "We'll him. " The man, hearing the clatter of horses behind him, turned a startled look over his shoulder, and dashed on all the faster. They lost sight of him around a turn in the road, where the woods were thick. Dashing on, Dick presently drew rein. They could hear the hors e go galloping on as before, but Dick said: "The fellow has sent his horse ahead. Here i s where he entered the woods." • The man's footsteps were plainly visible to Dick. Dismounting, he hurried on, and soo n saw that the fugitive was dragging the bag after him instead of carrying it on hi s back. "Come on, boys!" he called. Tlie two Harrys quickly dismounted and hurried on. Dick heard s ome one crashing through the underbrush, and presently caught sight of the man. "Come on, boys, there he is!" he shouted. The man dashed on, and presently paused on the banks of a cree k running into the Delaware something above Red Bank. The banks were steep and high, and closely lined with trees. "There's your gold bag!" the man shouted. "Go get it!" Then he dropped the bag over the bank and ran on. He could not keep it himself, and so was determined that no one else should have it. Dick did not pursue him, but stopped at the bank. The man ran on, and shortly disappeared behind a great mass of bushes. "This way, boy s !" cried Dick. Harry Thurber quickly came up, being shortly joined by his chum. "The bag is down here," said Dick, looking ove r the brink. "Can you see it?" the boys asked. "No, but I can see where it crashed through a bush." The boys could now see this very plainly. "He did not throw it out, then?" said Harry Judson. "No, it was too heavy." "Perhaps he thought he could get it himself late1'." "Perhaps." "Or he may have meant to throw it in the creek and could not," suggested Harry Thurber. "I think that was more likely," replied Dick. "It was just a bit of spite," muttered Harry Juds on. "Yes; he couldn't hold on to it himself, and was resolved that we should not have it," de clared the other Harry. "That was it," said Dick. "Do you think we can get it?" both Harrys a sked. "Yes," and Dick began to take off his coat. "What are you going to do?" the boys cried. "Go down after it." "Let us do it." "You can help me, perhaps," said Dick. Then he began making his way down the bank. lt was quite steep, but there were rocks and ;bushes and little trees to aid him in his descent. He went down s lowly and cautiously till he reached the bush broken by the bag in its descent. Then he saw where it had rolled down the bank, scraping grass, earth and gravel in its course. "Do you want us?" asked Harry Thurber. "You might coone down. Let Harry Judson stay up for the present." Harry descended at a different point till he was on a level with Dick. "Do you see it?" asked Dick. "No, but I see a broken bush twelve feet be low. I can reach it easier from this point than you can." "All right, go ahead. I will go around and join you." Harry scrambled down as far as the broken bush, and then halted. "It s lid down the bank, jumped and broke another bush," he said. "You don't see it?" ''No." "Can you get down to the next bush with-out going around?" "No, not very well. "I think I can. Work your way around." Dick then made his way down by saplings and springing from one rock to the other till he came to the broken bush. Harry made his way around and reached the ledge where Dick stood. "Do you see it, Dick?" he asked. "No, but I think it took a jump here." "Yes, the bank' is almost straight up and down here." "Yes, but yonder is. a good landing place. I think I can reach it with your help. " "All right." "Lie down here and give me your hands." Dick let himself over the and Harry to.ok his hands , enabling him to reach the ledge below. Then Harry lowered himself, Dick catching him by the legs and helping him to reach a place alongside himself. "There is its track," said Dick, pointing below. "Yes, I see it, but it is steeper yet here, and still farther to the next ledge." "I see it is." "What are you going to do?" "Go around. You go one way and I'll go the other." Making their way down by zig-zag courses, onP to the right and the other to the left, they reached the lower ledge. Here the heavy sack had dropped over and gone crashing through bushes twenty feet. Then it had lodged in the crotch of a half dead, dwarfed and gnarled oak growing out of the rock on the very edge of the ledge. -"There it is!" said Dick. "Yes, but how are we going to get it?" "Climb down, I suppose," in a quiet tone. "It's twenty feet to the ledge, and straight down." "Yes, but we got around before and ought to do so now." , "This ledge goes only a few feet farther on mt side, and there's a sheer descent of thirty feet. "We can work around on my side, I think. The Sl!k is there, and we ought to get it." "Of course we ought, and I'll do anything you say." Dick then began the descent, going out of his way, but gaining time by it. G1asping the rootll


THE LIBER'fY BOYS ON THE DELA WARE 19 of trees, helping ' by bushes, and jumping lrom rock to rock, he got down to the ledge where the gnarled oak grew. Hastening along the ledge, he had just reached the tree when one half of it split off. CHAPTER XVIII.-The Money Recovered. The weight of the sack had been too great for the half dead branch of the oak. Now the latter had broken off short with a loud snap. Down went the heavy bag crashing through bushe:J, ro1ling down stones and earth and plunging into the creek thirty feet below. "Well, it can't go any farther," muttered Harzy, who had seen it fall. "No," said Dick, "but it will be some trouble to get down there, I am afraid." "And it's going to be some trouble to get up again, too," said Harry. "We must not be discouraged, my boy," with a Ui,ugh. "Oh, I'm not giving up, as long as you think we can do it," laughed Harry. Then he made his way down to where Dick stood. "It's very provoking," he said. "Just when we thought we had it, the tree had to go and break."' "Well, there's many a slip, they say," replied Dick . "But we don't want to make many in a place like this." They had to make their way along the ledge for a short distance before they found another near enough to reach. Zigzagging down, they at last reached the bottom of the bank. Here there was just room enough to walk. Making their way along close to the water, they at length reached the point where the bag had fallen in. They could see it lying on the bottom in six feet of water. "I'll go in after it," said Harry. "That's pretty deep for 130 near to the bank." _ "Yes, and it's pretty cold, too, I guess." Harry quickly removed his clothes and slipped into the_ water. It wa11 cold, but he did •not mean to stay there Plunging his head underJie reached down, seized the bag, and lifted it. Tne water made the weight seem much less than it was. Holding it at arms' length above his head, he held it above water, and founq the weight greatly increai;e. Dick cau_g_ht it with both hands and put it on bank. Then Harry scrambled about, assisted by Dick. his teeth chattering. "We've got it, Harry!" Dick shouted to Harry Jud.son. "Good!" the latter replied. Harry Thurber ran rapidly along the bank a few yards and back, to get his blood in circula tion. Then he hurried on his clothes, feeling much more comfortable. "Now we've got to get that thing up, and ourselv es as well," he said. "We may find a better place farther down the creek," said Dick. "Perhaps so, or it may be worse," laughed Harry; "but at any rate, we've got the bag." Then Dick cut the rope around the mouth of the sack and unwound it. "We want to be ' sure of what we hav got," he said tersely. Putting his hand into the sack, he drew it out full of gold and silver and a few copper coins. "That's money, fast enough," said Harry. "Yes," said Dick. "It may not be as valuable as it seemed." "No, but no doubt the old man would feel its loss greatly." "He probably would, and I am glad that we got it away from the thief." . Dick took out another handful of coin, finding it of various metals, like the other. "There is not so much gold as silver, nor so much silver as copper," he said. "And .the copper does not count up as fast as either of the others," said Harry. -Dic k replaced the coins in the sack, tied the latter securely, and said: "Now to get up to the top with this troublesome luggage." ' He threw it over his shoulder, walked on a few rods, and then s uddenly paused. "There is some one coming," he said. "Along the bank?" asked , Harry. "No, on the creek, in a boat." In a few moments Harry lieard the sound of oars and of voices. Then a rude boat containing a single occupant, came in sight. 'This was a man of middle age, coarsely dressed, and with a straggling beard. "Hello!" said Dick. . "Hello yerself," rlrturned the man. "Who were you talkingto ? " asked Dick. "Oh, just m'self," with a dry laugh. "I git lonesome at spells an' talk ter m'self fur cot pany." "Where are you going?" "Down ther creek to ther river." "Will you take a passenger or two?" ;;Don't mind ef I do. Where was yer goin' ?"' We want to get up to ,the top of the bank, but we've got a heavy load." "Yus, it's ez much ez a feller wants ter do ter kerry hisself up ther bank. Hop in an' I'll take yer. It ain't so high, further on." The boys the boat, which the solitary boatman rowed to the bank. "What yer got in ther bag?" he asked, as Dick put it down. "Fish?" "No "Huh! Did yer fish it out'n ther creek?" "Yes." I didn't know money growed in ther creek." "This was thrown in by a scoundrel who stole it from an old man living near the river." "Shucks, that muf?t be ole man Gripps. They say he's pow'ful rich." "An old man with long white hair and rather feeble?" "Yus, that's him. He's been savin' up to get his gran'daughter married, they say. She's a .. clever gal." "We did not see her, but we saw the old man, and we chased the thieves." "Huh, they's a passel o' Tory skunks Uvln' hereabouts what makes trouble every time they git a chanst, an' now that Fort Mif11in.'s took,


I' 20 THE LIBERTY BOY S O N THE D . ELA WAR E t hey're erpesterin ' ho n e s t folks somethin' scan d ' lou s . " "We'll g e t after them," said Dick , "and mak e them behave the m s elves . " T he n he s h ou t e d t o Harry Judso n, up on t h e bank. "Hello, " Hello! " r e turned the boy . "Take the hors e s dow n the creek a p iece." " All right." The settle r rowed a long till he reached a point where the bank was not very many feet higher than the creek. "We can get o u t here," said D ick. "We're very m uch oblig e d to you for saving us a t ramp up tha t steep ban k. " Then h e and Harry T h u r ber gut out of the boat a nd carried the bag o f mon e y with them. They met Harry Judso n at the top of the bank , and went back to the r o ad. They went b a ck over the roa d they had ct>me t ill they r eached the fork o f the road. Here they fo u n d Bob and h i s party. CHAPTE R XIX.-Leaving t h e D elaware. R iding back to the hbu s e where t he old patr iot lived, Dick res t ored t o him the bag o f money which the To r ie s had s to l e n . H e was ve r y gra t e ful to Dick and the Liberty Boy s , a n d s how ered thanks upon them. . Then the boy s iode o n t owar d the cam p . N e a r ing the hou se where the t wo. gi r l s were staying, they saw the two Tory bullie s sneakin g about. " A fter them!" said Dick a t o nce. Ben, Sam, and the t wo Har rys d a s hed afte r the two young ras c a l s . T h e y t r ied t o escape by taking to the wood s . B e n and Sam leaped from their horses, and fo llo we d them. They were quickly brought back , and Dick said: " No w we'll give the m what they deserve." The n he signalled to the others. The two Tory bullies were seized and take n into the woods. Then they were stripped t o the waist. While som e of the boy s cut and trimmed some switches, Pug Dobbs was tied t o a tree, with his face to it. "Now, Master Bud H i ck s, we want you to give this fellow a good thrashing," said Dick. "If you do, I'll g i v e you the wust hidin ' you ev e r had, Bud Hicks !" cried Pug. " You can do that when he gets through with you, Pug," laughed Bob . The switche s were g ive n to Bud, and he w a s bid de n to lay it on g ood and h a rd. Evidently b e li eving that Pug told the truth, he gave the f e ll ow s om ething to be punis h ed for. Pug ho wl ed a n d kic k ed and threatened, but Bud nev e r stopped till the s witch was worn t o shre d s. "I'll giv e i t t o , y e w fur that, Bud H ic k s,'' snapp ed Pug when he w a s se t free. B ud now took hi s c ompani o n's p l ac e, being tied up b y the wrists. The n Pug took the switc h and k ept his prom i se. Bud y elled and dance d and threatened, but Pug, remembering his own punishment, repaid it with interest. Pug, thirsting for revenge, and not realizing that he was being made the instrument of jus-t ice, put i n s ome more so li d licks, and o n ly stoppecl whe n the sw i t c h was w o r n to a frazzle. .. I'll pay yew up for this, Pug D o bb s , " y e lled B u d, as he got a las t stinging blow on the bar e bac k . " " Give him a noth e r for t hat, Pug," laughed B e n. "Do n ' t le t him threate n you, Pug;" chuc k led Sam. " l t hi n k both of vou fellow s will remember t h i s , and k e ep out of J e r s ey ,'' s a i d Harry Thurber . " And not try . t o run off with young girls whether they li k e i t or n ot,' ' adde d Harry Judson . " Yo u've had enough fo r this time ,' ' said Bob, "but if we catch y o u at y our dirty tricks again, yo u 'll get i t worse. " "Let them go, " said D ic k. Pugwas then allowed to put on h is clothe s, a n d B u d was release d . Then, n o t wantin g t o fin is h dres s ing, Pug went north and Bud we n t s outh, a s fas t as they could run. N either wanted to carr y out hi s threat; but both ran a s fas t as t hey c oul d go . " Well , if that i s n ' t funny ," laughed Ben. "Each of 'e m we n t off a s tight as he c ould put, and there's a cou ple of awf ul threats left unfulfilled." The boY,S a ll l a ughed , and then, mounting-their horses, r o de bac k to camp. Both of those bullies mus t hav e m ade all haste to leave the Jerseys, fo r t h e y w ere not seen again. Over o n their own side of the rive r they k ept remarkably quiet, for the girls , w hen they returned, s eldom saw t h e m. When they did , Pug and B ud got out of the way s o quick that it w a s ludicrou s to see them. General Howe sent Cornwallis with a thousand men to fall upon Fort Mercer in the rear. Crossing from Chester to Billingsport, Cornwallis advanced, while Howe was beating down Fort Mif-flin and removing the obstrui:tions in river. The patriots , finding the enemy too for them, evacuated Fort Mercer, abandoninga on sidera.ble amount of stores . The Liberty BoyS' did not leave the De .laware just then, however. Cornwallis encamped at Glouce ster, farther up the r _iver, fortifying it and expecting to make it a point where he might have supervision of the lower Jerseys. The Liberty Bo ys, with a fore• from Llj.fayette's and Grant's divi s ions, attacked a picket of the enemy numbering three hundred killed -between twenty and thirty of them, and drove the rest right into Gloucest e r , without los ing one of thei r number. Soon after the L i b erty Boys left the Delaware, finding much to d o in othe r fie l d s and winnin1r fres h laurel s . The t wo girl s , Mari a n and Julia1 m a r r ied good patriots in the e n d, but they dla not marry L iberty Boy s , a s M ark h a d predicted. Harry Juds on had a g irl in the Mohawk Valley, and Harr y T hurber found on e i n South Carolina a f ew years later . The girls s a w the boys on -sev e ral occa s ions a f terward, however, and alwaya s p o k e of the exciting time s they had see n when the Liberty Boys were on the D e laware. ' Next week's issue will contain: "THE LIBERTY BOYS IN WYOMING VALLEY; or, DICK. SLATER'S NARROWEST ESCAPE."


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 21 CURRENT NEWS BROTHER'S TOMBSTONE FALLS, INJURES HIM Louis Roth, fifty-one, of Brooklyn, N. Y., was the victim of a peculiar acc id ent while visiting his brother's giave in the United Hebrew Cemetery on Arthur Kill Road, Richmond, S. I., the afternoon. when Roth knelt on the mound the tombstone, weighing about 300 pounds, fell upon his left leg and fractured it. . His wife sc1eamed and other women m the cemetery joined her cries. The stone was lifted from Roth's leg by four men and a call was sent for Dr. A. S. Gibson of Richmond. The physician found him suffering from shock in addition to the fractured limb. He was removed to the Staten Island Hospital. JACK JOHNSON IN U. S. FOR A MINUTE Jack Johnson, ex-champion heavyweight of the world who is a fugitive from the United States, spent' about a minute on the s oil of his native country on June 30. Johnson is doing considerable road work in connection with hi s forthcoming fight at Tia and this ran across the bridge which separates old Tia Juana from the United States. As he reached the international line he noticed that none of the American customs officers was in sight. He placed one foot on this side of the line then the other. He stood this way a minute 'or two, looking longingly toward the 1htg dying from the customs house. An afarm clock went off in the custom house and scared the negro. He jumped quickly into Mexico and ran to his saloon. PLATINUM VALUABLE The rise of the value of this much sought metal has been rapid and notably so since the war, for platinum was used in making 'Of munitions and it is also introduced mto the settings of stones in times of peace. Several years. ago platinum took rank with the most precious stones and jewels in the world, and according to an estimate given, then by George Frederick Kunz, author of "The Book of Pearls," and who is widely known as a connoisseur of rare gems, the largest platinum nugget was discovered in Nizhni-Taglisk in the Ural Mountains, Russia, and weighed 9,622.88 grains, "r about twenty-five pounds, and was valued at $33,672. Doubtless this nugget to-day is worth at least double if not far more than the figures quoted by Mr. Kunz. Most authorities agree that the principal source of supply of platinum i s Russia, but as the value of the metal has increased particularly since the war, the s earch has engaged many explorers and new fields are reported from various quarters of the globe. In the United States, the principal supply of platinum has been yielded in California, and _ during the present year the production of this valuable metal is likely to exceed ali records of previous avhievements, for its increase in value has placed it among the newer treasures of the land. It is recovered by dredging and separated by gravity methods. The principal source of the world's plat!num was, prior to the war, the placer deposits of the Ural Mountains in Russia. In addition to the Russian and California de posits, smaller quantities of platinum come from sirnalar deposits i n New South Wales. The platinum production of the United States in 1918 amounted to 59,753 troy ounces valued at $6,417 ,980. ' It i s known that traces of platinum have been locate d in Australia and South Africa and near-er to the United States in Mexico. ' BUTCHER PURCHASES GOLD BRICK . Beware of a rugged miner arrayed in a wide sombrero, red flai;me! corduroy breeches, heavy boots and with a pick slung over his shoul der. That was the warning sent out by the Philadelphia Detective Bureau afteJ:" Eugene Sabo, a butcher, of Manayunk, unfolded his tale of woe. Sabo reported that as a result of his encounter with the moving picture miner and several of his friends the profits of his butcher shop have been curtailed to the tune of $2,400. Two weeks he told the sleuths, a man who announced himself as a Mr. Barlock and a vender of re entered his shop and attempted to mfan:e a s o le. Although the butcher stoutly maintained he was well supplied with refrigerators, the salesman continued to make ' 'ly calls. The other Friday, after another reb rom the meat cutter, .Barlock cas.ually m!!ntioned something about a friend, an Arizona mmer, who was in the city unrefined g?ld. An investment of $2,400 m the raw matenal would bring $5,000 after the stuff was refined, Barlock related. This seemed to interest Sabo, and he expressed a desire to meet the miner. Barlock and the miner then reported at the butcher shop. From a suitcase the miner extracted a handful of "ore" and threw it on the meat block. "The real stuff, fresh from the Arizona moun tains," he rematked as he pointed out the shining particles of "gold." Sabo expressed his doubts, but Barlock was on the job with a "jeweller," who just happened to be around the corner. And to the delight of the butcher the jeweller said the stuff was genuine. Whereupon Sabo handed over $2 400 and received in return a suitcase filled with' clay bespeckle with brass fillings. Not until later in the day when he carted the suitcase to the central city to have its contents examined did he discover he bought a nice array of -brass particles and clay that was no better than the stuff in his own back yard. Then he rmherl 1.n the police. According to the butcher he bore no resem blaJJce to Grover Cleveland Bergdoll, hero of the melodrama "Hunting Gold in the Maryland Hills."


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 New . York to Frisco On a Motorcycle ORAFTER THE $10 , 000 PRIZE By RALPH MORTON ( A Serial Story) CHAPTER XII. The Fooling of Nat. "I'll git ye fer that blow!" hissed Alkali, as he suddenly got his thumbs over Bob's eyes, and started the cowardly and cruel trick of gouging." This would have ruined the youth's sight if it bad kept on much longer, but Bob managed to the rlW!cal by his shaggy hair at the back of his head, afld gave it such a I yank that a handful seemed to come out. • The scalp at this part is the tenderest, and the man released his hold. Bob leaped to his fe&t, as he heard a gurgling sound come from the direction of Keene. Alkali was after Bob in an instant, but the youth was nbw ready for a swift and desperate measure. His right arm swung out and caught the fellow in the pit of the stomach. -The tramp's hands went dow.n over the injured place, as he gasped for breath. Swifter than the blow of a trip-hammer, as it seemed to the stricken hobo, Bob's left circled up and caught the man full on the sjde of the neck. The blow was a knockout, and the fellow toppled over like a l og. "Here, Keene, I'll help you!" cried Bob, as he sprang toward the other p!_lir. Keene was underneath, and his opponent had a deadly strangle hold upon his windpipe. Bob made quick work of and a sidelong blow sent that rogue over the track to a cindery bump on the si de. "Up, quick! The others may be us," cried Bob, giving the weakened •Keene a hft. Even as he spoke there arose a chorus of shouts down the road . "We're coming , Dusty!" Bob helped Keene raise his motorcycle, . and he sparked the machine swiftly. Poor Keene was barely able to straddle hiR cycle. • "All aboard!" ye lled Bob, cheerily, and the other's cycle sped down the track. Bob was on his own in a jiffy, and they were hitting it at a rapid clip in a twinkling. while a volley of revolver shots rang out behind them. "That wa s just in time," said Bob. ''There will be some sore , heads tQ-morrow morning, s o I w , o n't mind my own so much,'' said Keene as he reco vered ll-om . his terrific pummelli n g ,,and. the. unpleasant choking. J They soon left all sound of their late antagon-ists behind them, a s they kept on their way be-. tween the tracks. It was a Jong ride, and tiresome to the weary, bedraggled chaps. But they had come forth from their bitter experience very fortunately, and had every bit of their bit and machines intact. . "I'll bet Nat and his compani o n are hitting 'it u,p for Buffalo along that country road, and think they have left us far behind," said Keene. This was indeed true. Nat and Hook left the hotel about an hour after Bob did, and the crafty Worthington was sure that he was stealing a great march on his opponent. The watchman reported that Keene had left, but said that Wendell wai; still inside. So, when several hours later, after an all night ride, Nat Worthington whizzed into Buffalo , tired but happy with the s uccess of his scheming, he was met at the hotel by his father. The old man, who had come up on the night train from New Ycnk, was fuming and swearing violently to himself. "What did you let tthat rascal head you off for?" he cried, in a towering rage. ."What? Why you're out of your head, pop!" Nat replied, as he handed his motorcycle over to the auspices of his father's mechanic for ing. "Well, you are not as bright a s you think," responded old Worthington. "That fellow arrived here three hours ago, and he left about ten minutes ago for a fast daylight run to Cleveland. Y ou have been hoodwinked." Nat could not believe his words. Hook, standing nearby, regarded the father and son with twinkling eyes. but he said not a word. Nat was the expressive one of the occa sion, and the remarks which he launched forth were remarkable for their force, and clearness, despite the lack of elegance. Bob had turned the trick in beautiful style. CHAPTER XIII. Nip and Tuck for the Lead. Bob Wendell was having no easy time of it for hi s lead. The young racer knew that Worthington would be on his trail like a bloodhound pursuing a victim, for the other chap had the ability to stick to his purpose, and B ob gave him full credit for it. "Say, Keene, unless we get to Chicago a day ahead of Nat worthington we will be hopelessly !'tung; he'll swing the lead his way. I have a peculiar hunch," sai d Bob to his companion. The other looked at him in surprise. "What do you mean?" he inquired, as they ]!"aped off their motorcycles to take a little lunch . at a roadside restaurant, in one of the small Ohio towns. . .. "We have come all tl;iis way, passin_ g Clevel .and,, and are gettingdown the lake country. -It's . eaS!; sailing, along this flat district," said Bob. . "lJut, afte1 Chicago _ the longest and most terrjble. part of the trip begins." . . , " (To be continued)


. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 BRIEF BUT POINTED 1,350,000 GERMANS WERE KILLED IN WAR. Recent statistics published in Germany on that country's war losses, state that 1,350,000 men were killed . There are to-day 520,000 war widows; according to the statistics, 1,130,000 war orphanl;j, and 500,000 maimed or consumptives supported most ly by charity. BOY HERO DIES WITH CHUM. William Riddell, seventeen, of No. 35 Wool street, Elmhurst, L. I., lost his life in trying to save that of his chum, Walter V. Schempp, also seventeen, of Thomas avenue, Baldwin, L. I. This was surmised when the bodies of both youths, drowned in a pond at Baldwin were recov ered the following day. Schempp's body . was clothed in a bathing su it, while young Riddell was fully dressed. The double drowning was not 11een by any o ne, for the pond is in a lonely sec_ tion. Young Riddell was spending the week-end at his friend's home. They went out on Sunday, and when they failed to reappear a search was instituted, and Captain Frand Carman found Schempp's clothes on the bank of the pond. The bottom dragged with n ets. FOWLS GOT DRUNK Corn whiskey captured in an automobile, saicf to have been driven by two Chattanoogans and poured into the gutters at D::i.lton, Ga., the other day has created havoc among chickens, geese and' members of the bird family which imbibed !'he concoction and went on a drunken carousal. According to the story, some of the fowls butted out their brains against walls and trees and hitherto cowardly roosters were turned into game cocks and fought everything that came in their way. The car of liquor was captured in an unusual manner. Officers were patrolling the streets looking for two negroes who committed a minor offense and when the drivers of the car were stopped they jumped out and ran away, leaving the liquor laden machine standing on the street. BAG LOST IN FRANCE RETURNED TO OWNER Joseph E. Cushman of Stonington, Conn., will tell you that his confidence in humanity is re stor.ed . There has just come back to him one of his mos t treasured po ss essions, lo s t in April, 1918. When the Germans broke through the British &th Army at Chemin des Dames, Cushman was among the Yankee troops rushed forward to stem the tide. The 26th Division , of which he was a 111ember, was billeted in the vicinity of Grande, France, which was the headquarters of the 51st Brigade of that division. The men lost all their in their advance, and Cushman had many things which he held dear in his barrack N.g, left at headquarters. As his company did not return to Grande, he gave them up as lost. His eyes opened when after two years the long lost bag trailed him to hi s home in the borough, and not a single article which it contained ii missing. TOOK TOE FOR TARANTULA. The mos t lurid of the Mexican war correspond ents cannot hold a searchlight to the man who tells this one in the Potter Kansan: "Some one had told him about the tarantulas and centipedes, and ever thereafte1 he was great ly worried. Awakening one bright moonlight night and noticing what he s upposed was a bunch of terrib le tarantulas perched on the footboard of hi s bed, he grabbed hi s gun, took deliberate aim, and fired . . "A shriek, a leap from the bed, and blood trick. ling from hi s foot told what had happened. He had mistaken his own toes for a tarantula family and had blown one of them to atoms. "The worst part of it was, it did not happen to be the one that had the corn on it." HARD TO TAME. A spider is one of the hardest creatures i n the world to tame, according to scientists who have made the attempt. They say the in sect hasn't any idea of time, and to seek its confidence one mus t have unlimited patience. One scjentist, after gaining the confidence of a spider by feeding it flie s , sought to test its se n ses by fooling it with a piece of meat the size of a fly rigged up with a fly's head and wings. The spider stopped in its web, about an inch from the camouflage and later couldn't be got from its nest to even look at the thing. Other: spiders evinced the same wariness, although it is not known whether it was their sense of sight or s mell that was keenest. One scientist destroyed a spider's web and stayed up all night to watch it make another, believing it worked at night. At 6 A. it ran out of a window without attempting to work be fore his gaze. Spinning webs is second nature with spide rs. After they are hatched from the eggs in a co coon they cling together for about a week. Then they separate, but their legs do not carry them very far. Facing the wind, and standing on the tips of their legs, the baby spiders raise their abdomens and emit a silken thread. The faintest current wafts the gossamer in the air, and when enough is let out to permit of aerial flight, the insect drifts away. When it wishes to land it '1auls in the thread. Wherever it lands it can spin webs without the slightest instructions from older spiders. Older male spiders seem to lose this gift. There are about 550 species of spiders in America, but only . two, the house and gdrden spiders, are well known.


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A MOTIVE)ESS CRIME. By Horace Appleton. .. Living with -me in the small village of Templeton, Ohio, where I first began my career as a detective, was a wealthy family named Forrest. My first acquaintance with Mr. Forrest was made shortly after the announcement of the sudden death of his wife, a lady widely known and esteemed all over that section of country. Her death, which -0ccurred very suddenly, and under peculiar circumstances, created a great deal of gossip, and gave rise to many conjectures which reflected very seriously on her husband's character. / So pointed were some of the opinions regard-t ing the cause of her death, that Mr. Forrest was obliged for his own vindication to institute an investigation, which he did by employing a couple of well-known detectives from Chicago, who, after a short time on the case gave it up, assuring Mr. Forrest that they believed all suspicions of foul -play were groundless. Mr. Forrest was forced to be content with their conclusions, his own con science being cle;lr of any guilt in connection with the matter. I • "Well, to tell you the truth," J..,. answered, "I , don't like to tell you upon who m my suspicions rest, for in so doing I may be wronging a person for whom I have always had the greatest re spect." Assuring him that all confidence reposed in me would be as inviolable as the grave, he at length decided to tell me his suspicions. "I have had," he said, "in my employ for the pasl{ six years a governess, the daughter of a dead brother of whom I was very fond. She has always been looked upon as one of the famil y , not, a s a menial; of late she has appeared sulle n and morose, and occasionally a little eccentric. Now," he continued, "I have thought it just possible that .she may have had something to do with the death of the members of my family, that she may have poisoned them." "What motive do you imagine she could have for s o doing?" I asked . . "That's what baffles me," he answered. "I can't for the life of me devise any reason to account for her crimes, if she is guilty. She has always professed the greatest love for my wife and chil dren, and they the same for her, and why

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 25 Mr. Forrest reesived me cordially, and bring .Ing me in, introduced me to his niece, Miss Jfan ny W cntworth, I found to be a very; modest and withal exceedingly prepossessing young lady. When in the course of my conversation with her I referred to the sad bereavements Mr. Forrest had recently undergone, she appeared deeply affected, and expresse d her sorrow in the most pathetic manner. • However, these manifestations of grief had no effect on me in altering my b elie f as to her guilt, for I had learned how true was the saying that "appea,rances are very deceptive," and, accordingly did not relax for one moment my watch upon all her actions while in the house. She went about the house in the discharge of her duties' as cheerily as if the shadow of death had not s o recently fallen upon it, and in every way comported herself like one who was incapable of domg a wrong action. On the second day of my stay at the Forrest mansio n I noticed that she appeared less vivacious in her manner than was her wont. She seemed gloomy and depressed in spirits, and anxious to avoid conversation with her uncle or myse lf. "She's got one of her fits on now," said the latter to me, as he was showing me to my bed room on the night of the day in question. I bade him good-night, and sat down in the room to m editate. . "So fa1'," I thought, "I have discovered nothing which warrants me in beli eving Fanny Went-worth guilty of any crime." . I sat there for a long time pondertng over the mysterious affair, and was at last aroused from my reflections by hearing Mr. Forrest at the foot of the stairs which led down from my room to the sitting-room bidding Fanny "good-night," with the remark that s h e had better not stay up much longer. I waited until I heard Mr. Forrest enter his room-next to mine-and retire, and then stole quietly out of my room down the stairs, with the faint hope that I might discover Fanny Wentworth in some action that would justify my belief in her guilt. I had almost reached the bottom of the stairs, when my attention was arrested by a voice as if earnestly engaged in prayer or some sort of de votion. Unwilling to rudely disturb the one thus engaged , I stopped still and listened attentively. I recognized the voice as that of Fanny Went-worth. By inclining my head forward beyond the partition which shut out the stairs from the sittingroom I could see that she was standing leaning on a stand before the window. Her attitude was anything but devotional, and in inclining my head further forward to see if I could catch something of what she was saying, I observed a piece of white paper on the stand before her, on which was a little pile of white powder. As I stood looking intently at this preparation, ahe gave one look at it, and then she burst forth into the following sentence: "Oh, thou mysterious power, I bless thee for the strengh that thou givest to a poor, weak little woman like me. With thee I have humbled the haughty Mrs. Forrest, and br.u shed her daughter from my 'path, and with thy aid," and -. she looked at the mysterious powder rapturously, "I will send Mr. Forrest, strong and healthy as he is, to his last account." My first impulse was to bound into the room and confront her with her guilt, but on a second thought I determined to wait until morning, and see what would transpire then. I had heard enough to convince me that she meditated foul play with Mr. Forrest, and I determined to balk her in her plans, and at the same time obtain proof of her guilt. In a few moments she started back to the kitchen, and taking advantage of her absence I made my way back to my room. The following morning I awoke, and shortly afterward, in company with Mr. Forrest, sat down to breakfast. Fanny presided at the table, and appeared ta be in excellent spirits. She poured out Mr. Forrest and myself each a cup of coffee. As the former raised the CU.{> to his lips to drink I sprang to my feet, and m the most peremptory manner forbade him to do so. ' And why not, pray?" he asked, in astonishment. "Because," I said, looking Fanny Wentworth sq1:1are _in _the face, ."that woman there has put poison m it! And 1f you drink, like your wife and children, you die!" As finished spi;aking Fanny Wentworth sank back mto her chair, the coffee-pot falling from her nerveless grasp to the floor. " "Is it, uncle," s}e replied, with trembling voice. Haye mercy on me!" she pleaded piteously. "God forgive me! I know not what I do!" . Mr. arose ca lmly from his chair and picked up the coffee-pot. ."Come , M;r. --," he said, addressing me. "I will take. this do:wn to Dr. Winters, and have him analyze it, and 1f he finds poison in it that wo man will be in prison before night." ' In answer she only returned a scornful laugh and defied him to do his worst. ' Dr. Win.ters analyzed the contents of the coffee P?t, and found arsenic in sufficient quantity to kill a _regiment; .and Mr. made his word good 111 having his niece at once arrested and lodged in jail. . When brought to trial she was pronounced msane by the court physicians. The only plausible theory ever offered in extenuation of her crimes was that they were influe nc ed by a brute love of power. l earned the power of arsenic-the little wluti; powders that could buy for a few pen mes. \\.ith t h em she could throw people into torments, and send them to their last account--she the poor, weak, littl_ e governess. ' It was a gyeat and its use fascinated her weak brain until u se d it, alas! too often and too fatally. In cons.iderati?n of her insanity, on being found of che murder of Mrs. Forrest and hr::r t)Vo children, Fanny \Ventworth was sent to an in3ane asylum for life. And there she is up to the present tlme shorn of _all opportunity to i nvoke the fatal by which she wrought so lll. 'l(,h unhappiness.


2G THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 NEW Y O RK, JULY 30, 1920. TERMS TO SUBSCRIBER S fllngJ., Copies . . .............. Postage J , i;ee One C Ol) Y T h ree l\f onths...... " One Copy Six )fon t h s .....•.•. O n e Copy O n e Yea r ......... . Cana cl a, $LOO; Foreign, $Vi0. 7 90 c.,nts $1.75 3".50 HO'V TO SEND ou r ris k sentl P . o. ]\lone,, Oro have Jain uncult'vated for years at Pitt Meadow on the Canadian National Railway, in the h e a1:t of one of the. richest. fruit and orchard regions of the Fraser Valley, B. C. Many a former looking" across the marshy desolation has U:ought what wealth would be his if only its ran]; ieeds and rushes were replaced with apple and plum trees and ficl

I THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '16 A FEW GOOD ITEMS FINDS RING LOST YEARS AGO John Hunter the other day excavated from the soil in the rear of his Holland street home, near Eddys t o n e , Pa. , a diamond ring, which he had lo s t the r e more than twelve years ago. It w a s while s pading that Hunter lo s t the ring from a h ole in hi s po c k et. He had no id e a h e had dro p p e d it, and in time forgot all about it. H e was turning over the s oil again with a spad e a n d to his surprise the long-lost ring cam!'! up o-d a s p::i. d eful of dirt. A little washing and poli shing restor e d it to its original beauty. The rin" : i s value d a t $200. A CACTUS WHITEWASH At some of our Western Army posts where the common cactus in abundant it may be worth while to try a use for it described by U. S. Consul Frederic W. Goding, of Montevideo. In the Con sular and Trade Reports he says: "When traveling through the rural districts of Uruguay, one's attention is attracted to the fine white color of the farm buildings, even during the wet season. To obtain this neat effect a whitewash is used which i s made with the sliced leaves of the common cactus macerated in water for twenty-four hours, a solution of cre8:my consistency; . to this lime i s added and well mixed. When applied to any surface, be it of wood, brick, iron, or other material. a beautiful pearly white appearance is produced whicli will endure through storms :ind frosts for many years. In sections of the Umted States where the cactus is a nuisance, the plant might be utilized in the manner sugge sted." CUPID AIDED BY INDIAN RUNNERS U n u sual romance i s not confin e d to fiction and the movies. Here is the story of how swift Indi a n runners acted as Cupid's aids to bring l m Indian maiden to the b edside of her betrothed. A s t h e y padded over the prairie trails of the Keshena R eservation for the Indian girl, the m a n , l eadi n g manufacturer of Wi s consin, lay seriously ill. And w h e n the runne r s found t h e girl and hurried her t o her sweetheart's b eds i de the r e was the announ ce m ent of a n e ngagement, p l a n s for t heir marriag e a n d a wai ting b u ngalow. The enga g e m e n t of Miss Agnes G a u t hier a n d Paul Rogers, manufactur e r of Milwaukee, was revealed when new s reach ed here o f the arrival i n Sheboyga n of Miss G authier, 1 at the bedside o f Mr. Rogers. ! '.Lr. R og-cr s ill i n a hospital in tha t city with p i t1aly si.-;, aml Miss (, authie r r eac h e d him < nly after I n dian runners had bee n sent out on the Keshena Indian rese rvatio n to l o cate h e r at the h ome of her parent s . I•lr . R o gers, who is 34 years o ld , is president a nri general manager of the W estmore .Reame r Company, and has been engage.ii to Miss Gauthier for about a year. The engagement was not to have been given out until a month before their marriage, which was to have taken place next January, . Gauthier, a dark eyed, slender slip of a girl, is 23. Her father is a full blooded Keshena Indian. Her mother is Irish. She came to the home of Mr. and Mrs. William J. Kershaw in Milwaukee about eight years ago and was brought up and e duca:ted as their daughter, attending Holy Angels Academy. "I was to spend my vacation with my real father and mother on Menominees reservation and Mr. Rogers was to drive me up there," said Mi s s Gauthier, while carpenters were busily working on the bungalow which she is to enter , as a bride. "When we left Milwaukee he was slightly ill, . so I drove for a while. By the time. we arrived in Sheboygan Mr. Rogers believed he had influenza and went to the hospital." .Miss Gauthier left Sheb?ygan, continuing her trip north to the reservation and reaching her father's home. Then Mr. Rogers became worse, and were by runners to three parts of the Indian reservation to find Miss Gauthier. She drove nine miles in a motor car and then proceeded by train to Sheboygan. Mr. Rogers's chances for recovery are good according to his physicians, two of whom went to Sheboygan from Milwaukee. "THE WAY TO BECOME A MOVING PICTURE ACTRESS" is in "Moving Picture Stories," No. 326. Get a copy. Price 7 cents; po,..tae;e free. HARRY E. WOLFF, 166 W. 23rd St., N. Y. "MYSTERY MAGAZINE" SEMI-MONTHLY 10 CENTS A COPY J,ATEST ISSUES 116 THE THE SEALED BOOK, b y I!Jthol f'i7 THE CLUE OF STEEI,, by Willis L atbrop . 58 ALIAS LOUIS VARDON. by Wlll!Rm Hamilton Osborne. 59 MYSTERY OF 'J'HE OLD TIME C L UB, bv Car oline Blugold. 60 C ArGII'l' WIT H 'l' H E EVIDENCE. b.v Eth e l mon. . 61 A LITTLE GOLD SPIDER, b:v Hurleigh 62 THE YELVE' J' 'J'OUC H . by Julfa n D nrrow. . 6 3 'l'HE C LUE o t r THE RED LAMP, b.v C hai-J e s Fn'64 T H E SCHEMFJ OF 80T.OMON SNAlrn, b y Wililnm H amilton Osborne. '.rh e 'l:' u t u o u s D e tective S tory Out 'l'o-day I n No. tlG f1: "QUICKER THAN T H E EYE, " By Ralph Cumm ins. FRANK T OUSEY, Pub., 168 W . 23d St., N. y "MOV(NG P I CTURE STORIES" A Weekly M ai:;azine De>'ot c d to P h oto1>iuy s ;.n

28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 .. GOOD READING FISH CAUGHT BY HAND. John Ridelbach pleaded gui1ty before Judge Di1dine and paid a fine of $25 and costs for violating the State law by catching fis h . with hi s hands in the Sandusky River, Tiffin, Ohio. He said he didn't know he had to use a hook. He thought he wouldn ' t hurt the fish so much if he used h is fingers to catch them, he said. LEADS JAIL ORCHESTRA. An orchestra has been formed by p r ison e r s in the County Jail, Oregon City, Ore. The o r ch es tra con sists of three piece s-a violin, g uit a r, and mandoliv., and i s led by Gl av i c h , bootlegge r o f Portland. Although thes e y oung m e n a re con fined in the County Jail, they are a happy b un c h a11d have made many friends who c all e d on them and donated magazine s and mu s ic . The boy s are practising diligently and will so o n be ready :(.or "outside" engagements . $100 A MONTH ON FARM Demand for farm laborers is heavy throughout western Canada. Wages of $75 and $100 are now being offered in the mixed farming country :ilong the Canadian National Railways in Mamtoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. These are the highest wages ever offered for farm help in the history' of the Canadian West. Thousands of soldiers, who formerly were farm hands have taken land under the soldier settlement 'act and have become farmers on their own account. When harvest begins in the latter part of July, it is believed. demand for farm laborers will be more ms1stent and wages even higher than at present. -------HE KEPT A RECORD. A peculiar old man has died at Vienna in his 73rd year, says the London Express. He died with the reputation of being the most exact man on record From his 27th year he kept accurate account of all he bought and what he paid for it. In the J.7 years of his convivial life he 28,786 glasses of beer. He _gave up drmkmg m his 54th year, but he contmued to smoke constantly, even during his last sickness, raising the number of hi s cigars to 628,713, or an average of 13,667 a year. Of the whole number some 43,500 were given to him; he bought the rest for $12 ,. 500, or about two cents each. STATUS OF ARMY PERSONNEL. Strength of the Army.-The estimated strength of the Anny on June 17 was 213,135 , not. including nurs e s and Army field cle .rks . Of this number 15 , 689 were officers. Enlistments.-Enlistment papers received to June 12 show 210,446 enlistments s ince recruiting was com men c e d Feb. 28, 1919. Of thi s number, 172,301 are still in service. Furloug h s to Reserve.-Between Jan. 1, 1919 , and May 31, 1920, a total of 41,062 enlisted men t)f the Regular Army were furloughed to the Reserve. The greatest number furloughed during one month wa s 9,339 during March, 1920. Resignations of Regular Army Officers.-From Nov. 11, 1918, to June 1, 1920, there were 2,549 tticers who resigned their commissions in the Regular Army. RELIC OF AZTEC DAYS. After lying undistUl'bed for hundreds a nd perhaps thousands of years, the grave of some old Indian chieftain was rudely disturbed by city workmen e mployed in digging a sanitary sewer lying in Brownsville, Tex. 'l he burial place o:l the old Aztec warrior was locate d in what i s no w one of the mo s t popular s ections .of the city, but what was formerly the banks of an old r esaca and at one t i m e probably the bank of the Rio G r ande, at the nortneastern city limits. The bon es were preserved in almo s t their natural sh a pe through petrification and their size indicate d tha t b efore his death, perhaps long before the white man ever heard of the R i o Grande, the warrior h a d b ee n an enormously bi g man. That hi s wife wa s an active one was dem onstrat e d by the fact that one of his arms had been fractured and the arm failed to knit smoothly. The most perfectly preserved portions of the body were the teeth, which are worn smooth, and indicated that the man was not young. They bore no signs of decay or break. COFFEE CAME FIRST FROM ABYSSINIA. Abyssinia is the original home of the coffeetree, and in the southern and western highlands of that country there are still immense forests of it that have never been touched. In a report to the Department of Commerce, Addison E. Southard, United States Consul at Aden, says: "It is from the name 'Kaffa' that the word 'coffee' is said to have come. All accounts as to the introduction of coffee to the world do not agree, but the weight of the evidence is to the effect that the .A,.rabs in about the eleventh century brought coff ee from Abyssinia, calling it the fruit of t h e tre e of Kaffa, from the Abyssinian province in wh i ch they got it. Seeds were planted in Arabia and yeveloped the fine coffee known to -day a s Mocha. Due to cultivation and the change of soil and climate, the . Mocha coffee is a very great improvement over the Kaffa stock from which it originated. "When, according to history, the Arabs over ran Abyssinia in the fifteenth century and occu pied the great agricultural province of Harrar, they brought Mocha coffee seeds, which were planted, and this coffee is to-day the principal agricultural crop in that province . Thus we have the two kind s of Ab yssinian-grown coffee: the i nd i genou s and uncultivated plant in southern and western Abyssinia, and the cultivated Harrar plant, which originated from the same indigenous stock, but which is very much superior, owing, presumably, to cultivation and to its having come mto the eastern part of the country via Arabia, instead of direct, as might well have been the case."


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A CROWING HEN William H. Gates Professor of in the Louisiana State University, sends to the Journal of Heredity an account' of a hen that seemed to be turning into a rooster. She was a white Wyan dotte, hatched on March 24, 1913, o f good stock. She .Proved to b e an . extra g o o d layer. Twice in t h e seas on o f 1914 . and three times in 1915 sht:: went to setting. In all ways she was a nice, lady-1 i k e , motht::rly h e n never guilty 0 f ' the slighest impropriety. The moult of 1915 came, a n d the whole character of the hen changed with it. She lost all her feminine characteristics and assumed those of the oppo site sex. Her comb and wattles grew to the size of those of average fancy s t o c k roosters ; both the hackle and saddled fea thers . took on the narrow pointed style affected by Wyandotte roosters. She started crowing, and in a short time de veloped a full, prolonged crow which she used regularly every morning for an hour or so before daybreak. 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Helped Out by Gi rl 000 f t 1 Patriots. ing $35,000, a year or aces; 101 2 '.rbe Liberty Boys Fighting Prevost; 'Or, Warm Work In Georgie . but as nearly one-half of cigar pro1013 Tbe Liberty Boys Barricade; or, Holding Orr the Hessians. duction goes into fortieths, or in boxes 1014 The Liberty Boys On the Watch; or, The Plot to Invnde New of twenty-five, the cigl!r manufac101 5 Boys at Fairfield; or, A Bold Dash Across the tmers are spending a great deal more sound. th'ln $35,000,000 j a CQnservative es1016 The Liberty Boys' Sag Harbor Sortie; or, Marvelous Work WIO timate is $55,000,000. Th.irteen years lOJ.7 Boys and the Gipsy Spy; or, Learning tbe Enemy' ago cedar cigar boxes cost from ten Secrets. to eleven and a half cents. 1018 The J,ibetty Boys and the "Wicked Six"; or, The Plan to Kid Every ciO'ar box which has con-nap Washington. cigai':'s is !rnmediately 1019 Boys and "Mnd Mary"; or, Fighting Among aher being emptied by the retailer to 1020 Tbe Lillerty Boys' Indian Runner; or, Thrashing the R cvmply with L he rules and regulations, Raiders. oI the Department of Internal Rev1021 Boys in C11nvas Town; or Tbe Worst Place In o enue of the Umted States. Mean time, millio11s upon millions of cigars a1e lying loo se on the shelves of man ufacturers of them because of an acute scarcity of cigar boxes . For & 11.le by all newsdealers. o r will be sent to any address receipt of price, 7 cents per copy, in money or postage sta1nps, b J F.RA:N K TOUS,EY, Pub., 168 West 2Sd St., New York, If only half of the total amount .of i OUR T EN-CENT HAND BOO K S could be used agam, \ ::-io. 4r.. HOW TO :\lAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY.A de•r not mc;lefimtely, but onl". fo1 the sec-tion of tbe wonderful uses of electricity and electro .magnetism ond packing, the innovation en-gether \Yith . ful,1, iustructions for r?akin.g. l<:lectri c To.YR, Batt' t' ely correct the shortage m cigar etc. _By George Irellel, A.M., M.D. Contarnrng over fifty lllustra 11 , l f No. 47. HOW TO BREAK, RIDE AND DRIVE A. HORS boxe s and tnus an actua saving 0 complete treatise on tbe' horse. Describing the most useful b $ 17,000,000 per annum would accr\le business. uest 11orses for the road; also valuable retipe1 to the cigar manufacturers, who cou1d cbs eases pecuhar to the borse. d tl . f th .. c'gars some-No. 48. HOW TO BUILD AND SAIL CANOES.-A haudi r e uce 1e price 0 en I I for boys, containing full directions for eonstructlrig canoes a n what. most popular manner ot sailing them. Fnllv illustrated. l\fany more thlaying Euchre, Cribbage, Casino, Forty-Five quiring that 140,000,000 cigar boxes Peclro Snncho, Draw Poker, Auction Pitch, All Fours, and b k d t of other popular games of cards. e JUTI e every year IS 1:1. one No. 5S. HOW' TO WRITE LETTERS.-A wonderful Ii wanton waste. In prescribing that telling you bow to write to your: sweetheart, your father . dgars shall be packed in boxes neve1 sister, brother, employer; and, In fnct. everybody and anyb ha vi n"' been used before for tJiat pur-wis h to write to. pose, "'the Government's object is to I •or sale by all newsdeaiero, o r wlll be sent t o any ad min i mize the temptation to reuse the rectlpt of prke, IOc. per co11y, or S for 25c., In money or b1an1p8, by internal revenue stamp. In oth e r words, the Government, af-* ter exacting a tribute of ' $50,000,000 a. ve'lr from the 1iobacco trade, in the foi m of internal revenue taxation, compels the cigar manufacturers to duniu more than $35,000,000 of .their personu l property into the junk pile, fo r the sole purpose of .making it for the Government to collect lti:: $50,000,000 in taxes. J3ut the solution o f the box supply question may b e no t far o ff. Recent perfected mechanical de vices will d oubtless make it possib l e for every cigar manufacturer to b e his own bo x m a k er. FRANK TOUSEY, Pub .. 168 West 23d St., Ne\v Y or SCE N ARIOS HOW TO WRITE By JAMES P. COGAN Price 88 Cents Per Thia hook contains all the most recent changes Jn the of constrnctlon and eubmleston ot scenarios. Sixty coverlb&' eTery pbaso of scenario wrltlng, trom the mr mental to the mr1st advanced principles. This treatl0 " everything a p e r go n know In order to make , , •• sncce&Rful scenario writer. For sale by all News-c . Book-Stores. I! you cannot procure a copy, send us r 35 cents, In money or posta&'e stamps, and we "'fll m a ll < postage tree. Address L. 8ENAREN8, 219 Seventh An., N"w Yori< N .


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