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The Liberty Boys of Issued Weekly-Subscription price, $3 . 50 per year; Canada, $4.00; Foreign, $4.50. Frank Tousey, Publisher , l68 West 23d Street. New York, N. Y. Entered a s Second-Class Matter January 31, 1913, at t h e P o s t Office at New York, ..llY., under tbe Act ot March 3, 1879. No. . NEW YORK, OCTOBER 8, 1920. Price 7 Cents. T h e Lib e rty Boys and the Tory , _Girl I Or, THE SCHEME T O DESTR OY NE W . YORK ' By HARRY MOORE CHAPTER !.-An Adventure on Broadway. Two boys in Continental uniform were walking down Broadway, in the city of New York, one pleasant afternoon in ;summe r. At that time the Americans held N e w York, but the British were not far away, and there was the greates t anxiety in the city. The two boys were Dick Slater and Bob Estabrook, captain and first lieutenant, res pectively, of. a band of sterling young patriots,•known as the Lib erty Boys. They had already s een s ome service, and w ere ready for more. As the boy s were nearing the old, or Trinity Church, a military band suddenly started up with a loud burst of music. A young girl in a one-horse chais e was driving lei surely down Broadway a t the moment. The hors e at once took fright and started down the street at a gallop. The chai s e rocked from side to side, the girl screamed, and lost hold of the reins, and therre was every prospect of a serious accident. Dick heard the clatter of hoofs, and quickly turned his head. In a moment he saw the girl's peril. As the horse passed him at a terrific rate, he cried: "' "Quick, Bob, or the girl will be killed!" Then he dashed into the roadway after the frightened horse. Bob was after him in an in stant. Dick Slater was remarkably fleet of foot, and just now there was every need of speed. Swiftly as the horse was going, Dick quickly caught up with him. He could not keep up with that terrific speed for long, but he trusted that it would not be necessary. Bob seized the top of the chaise and held on. Dick caught the reins and threw himself back on his heels. , -"Whoa!" :he cried firmly, but with no harshness in his tones. A man in a bottle-green suit and a sugar-loaf hat came hun-ying toward him on the walk. "Whoa!" he yelled sharply, in a strident voice. "Whoa, you vicious brute!" Bob, pulling back on the chaise, and Dick, hauling in on the reins, soon checked the ani mal's mad speed. Then the man rushed up and seized the bridle, giving it a sharp jerk. "Whoa, you brute!" he snapped. If Dick Slater had not thrown all his weight o n the reins, as he pulled back, the man would have been knocked down. As it was, he narrow ly escaped a severe kick, as the still frightened animal lurched forward. "Whoa, boy, whoa, easy now, easy," said Dick, firmly but soothingly. "Stand aside, sir. Y o u ar e doing more harm than good." Bob pulled back with all his might, and Dick, taking a turn about his wrist with the stout ieins, drew in firmly. The man in the bottle green suit sprang aside, 'but, giving Dick a sour look, said in an angry tone: "How dare you speak to me in that fashion, you impudent young--" Dick thought he said "rebel," but could not be certain. "Whoa I" cried Bob at that moment, settling ihimself on his knees and pulling back. "Whoa!" echoed Dick, and by his tone as well as by his strength he now succeeded in halting. the horse. Others quickl y approache d from various direc tions. Dick ' stroked the horse's foam-flecked neck, and spoke g ently , paying no attention what ever to the arrogant man in bottle-green. Bob then ran forward, and it was fortunate that he did. The young girl suddenly swoon e d , and would have pitched from the chaise if Bob had not caught her. ' "Here, you must not do that, now that the danger is all over," he said, slapping her hands vigorously, and chafing iher wrists. "Release that young woman," said the man who had addressed Dick so imperiously. ' "I shall be glad to do so, as soon as she recovers," said Bob , trying to get the g'.irl on her feet. "Now then, miss, it is all right; calm yourse lf." The girl partly recovered, but began to laugh and cry hysterically. "Has any one any smelling salts?" asked Bob. "I don't want any!" the girl herself suddenly announced. "Do you think I am a hysterical booby?" "Well, not a booby, perhaps, but hysterical, truly," with a laugh. "How dare you hold me? Release me this in stant. I won't permit a rebel to touch me." "Oh, very well," said Bob . He took away the support of his strong young arms, and-the angry girl promptly sank in a :heap in the road. Fortunately Dic k held the horse, so there was no danger of an accident. "Permit me," said the man in green, stepping forward and to lift the girl to her feet. "Go away!" she said sharpl y, _ struggling to a standing position, assisted by Bob . "I'd rather. be held by a rebel than by you. " " I t woul d be as well that you did not have s o much to say about rebels," said an elderly gentleman standing near. "We rebels still ho l d the city."


\ 2 THE. LIBERTY BOYS AND THE TORY GIRL There were angry glances cast at the man in gree n, and it was evident m?re than ?ne had heard him use the offensiv e epithet to Dick. He stepped back and entered Trinity churchyard, as the girl said to Bob: "If you will Jet me get into the chaise and stop your rebel music, I will go home myself." "You ought to be ashamed of yourself," the old gentleman said sharply. "You ou.ght to be that two such sterlingi young patnots. as Capt3.1;n Slater and Lieutenant Estabrook nsked their bones , not to say their lives, in--" "Make the Tory girl beg all our pardons," growled a fat, red-faced. man in the crowd. The jiirl evidently realized that she had been too o utspoken. "Never mind," said Dick, "the youn,g lady is nervous and excited, you must not annoy her." Then, with the reins in his hands, he entered the chaise. Bob -.assisted the girl to enter, and Dir.k said: "Fraunces tavern in an hour, Bob." "All right." "If you will tell me where yo u wish to go, miss," said Dick, as he drove on, "I will take you there." . "Well, I never supposed that I would be indebted to a rebel," the girl replied, "but it seems that I cannot help myself. What do you mean by putting me under an obligation, sir?" "You need not con sider it one, miss . You would not accept the aid offered you. " "From Gilbert Fenton?" coloring. "No, indeed, if he is not a reb eJ. Yours i s preferable. You are at leas t a gentleman." "Thank you; but if you will tell me--" "Oh, drive through Pearl street," said the girl impatiently. "I am not goin,gi home. I expect to meet my unde." "Very well," said Dick, and he obeyed instructions. In Pearl street, near Broad, the_ girl said: "Stop J1ere; there he is," as a stout man in brown came up. Dick stopped and got out, the man looking fix edly at him. "There was a runaway," said the girl. "This young gentleman prevented a serious accident." "H'm! All rebels are good for, to do for loyal subjects," with a grunt. "I a m glad to have been of assistance to you, miss," said Dick, doffing his hat. Then, without a word, or even a look to the surly fellow in brown, he turned and walked toward Broadway. CHAPTER IL-Watching a Suspicious P erson. "That's a very pretty girl,'' said Dick to him scel:f, "and it's a pity she has allowed her mind to become so warped by prejudice. " .At tlhe Bowling Green he took a seat on a b9nch under the trees , looking out upon the river. 4\. t tlte same moment, two boys in Continental uniform approached and saluted. One was a rosvcheeke d, pug-r>ose d, frer.kle-faced. j ollylooking Irish boy. The other was a fat Geiman, weighmg al! of two hundred pounds. "Good afternoon, sor,'' said the Irish boy. "ls it lookin' out on the bay ye are?" ' "Yes, Patsy," smiling. "lts a purty sight,'' said Patsy Brannigan, who was one of the Liberty Boys. "Yes, s o it is." "But it's a pity that it do be spoiled entoirely be the ships av the inimy, beyant." . "More bedde r dose ships was keeped away und not bodcler dose goot Americans like oursellufs,'' retorted thP. fat. German hav, who was also a Liberty Boy, and Patsy's friend. . his name wr1s Carl Gooken spieler, and he and Patsy were insepar abl e companions . "Sure an' ye don' t call yerself an American?" laughed Pats y. "What el s e was I off I don'd was dot?" Carl aske d. " I don'd was ei n Hessian, I bet me. " "Ye're a quare fish, Cookyspiller, that's what ye :oire!" roared Patsy. "Keep your, boys,'' said Dick, "and i f you see any s u spic, ou s moves on the part of the enemy, let me know." The two comical Liberty Boys went away, and in a few moments a handsome, dashy-looking boy, so m ething younger than Dick, came up. He was Mark Morrison, second lieutenant of the Liberty Boys , thoroughly trusted by D,ick, and one of the bravest of the. troop. "You haven't learned anything, Mark?" Dick asked. "No more than what every one knows, Dick." "The British are likely to have spies in the city. Have you seen any one s u spicious?" "I have seen a few Tories, but I not call them spies, although I suppose they would help the enemy a ll they cou l d." "There is a man i n a suit of bottle-green, and a sugar-loaf hat approaching, Mark. Don't l oo k around. Go on; out look for him again, and watch 11im a ll you can." "Very good," said Mark, walking away without looking back. The man in gre en, or Gilbert Fenton as the girl "had called hi'm, stopped in front of Dick and said, superciliously: "Even ad_mitting that you did a certain young lady a service not long a go, I will permit no pre suming upon it. The lady is my affi anced bride and--" "You are p 1'esuming, yourself, sir," interrupted Dick. "You don't know that I mean ever to speak to the lady again." "Take care that you don't, then, for I--" "I shall do as I n lease," coolly . "I cannot recommend the lady for her manners , but you-H....._ a1e simply unbearable." G i lbert Fenton flu s h e d deeply, and said: "Yfhy, you impertinent young rebel, I have a mind--" "And I would caution you about using the word 'rebel' too freely in town. You are a Tory, of course, but if I were to denounce yo u as a Britis h spy, I would not be--" The mai: turned as white as he had lately flushed crimson . muttered some unintelligib le words, and hurri e d on across the green toward be ,;!rt< c \:here <'d 1 ateJ " stood the gjlde d e ques trian statue of George III. '"l'he man i s a spy," said Dick. "It was a shrewd guess. When I see Mark again I must give him instructions to watch the man more closely."


THE LIBERTY BOY S AND THE TORY GI R L s A t that m oment three or four of the Liberty B oys came up, saluted and stopped. They were B en Spurlock, one of the jolliest of the boys; Sam Sande}i,'>on, Ben's chum; Will Freeman, a n eighbor o:i'Dick's, and Harry Judson, an upstate boy. The ,greater part of the Liberty Boys came from Westchester county, Dick and Bob living midw,ay between White Plains and Tarrytown. "Anything new, boy s ?" a sked Dick. "No, Captain,'' said B e n. "The enemy are still out there," pointing across. the harbor, "and it is t o be hoped that they will stay there . " "Very true, Ben," smiling, "but they may not. L ook out for British spies, and keep a close watch upon any one whom you suspect." "Ve r y good, Captain," and the boys saluted and went on. Dick sat under the trees until nearly time to keep his appointment with Bob, watching those who passed, and noting nothing of importance. Then he arose and took his way to Fraunces tavern, on the southeast co;rner of Pearl an

TI-IE LIBERTY BOYS AND TI-IE TORY GIRL lessly down the aisle and took the seat next to Dick, which the latter had kept for him. The auditorium was not large, the whole space occupied by stage and audience being only fifty by seventy-five feet, and Mark had not far to go to reach his seat. Fenton walked swiftly down the aisle, taking no pains to go quietly, and took a seat near the two ladies and the pompous 1 gientleman. • Then the curtain rose, and the comedy of "The Jealous Lovers" began. The theater was lighted with train oil lamps, which smoked continually, a row of candles on the stage serving as footlights. When one of these needed snuffing, one or another of the fiddlers in front attended to it. Mark was provided with a bill of the play, which he had purchased for twopence, and as he sat down he wrote on the margin: "An abduction planned. Fenton and two others. Cannot tell who is to be abducted." Then presently turning to Dick, he said: "Would you like to look at the ):>ill of the play? You may not be familiar with the personages or the actors." "Thank you," said Dick, taking the bill. He read what was written on it, and showed it to Bob. "It is not a plot against the patriots, then, but some love intrigue that he is engaged in," was his thought. Bob smile d and nodded in the direction of the Tory girl. "If you wish to keep on your hat, you must stop bobbiIJigi your head," said a short and very fat woman just behind Bob. All the men in this part of the house kept on their hats, so that Bob was in the fashion. "I will take it off, ma'am," said Bob. "Far be jt from me to interfere with the enjoyment of l!IO charming a person as yourself." "Law, you can keep it on if you wish, young gentleman, only don't bob s o much." "I can't help bobbing, ma'am, so long as the gallery folk will throw down nutshells and biscuit ends." The fat woman laughed outright, which se t others to doing the same. As it happened that a comic scene was played on the stage at the moment, the actors naturally thought that their efforts were being .appreciated. The laughter went all around the house, and Dick had a chance to say to Bob: "It is the Tory girl who is concerned. She scorns him, and he means to run off with her." "And, of course, Mark would not know this?" "No; he would suspect it was some political plot," "Just the same, I believe him to be a spy, Dick, as you do." "Y es, and he needs watching." "\Vhat shall we do in this case?" "Keep close to the man. He will try to create a disturbance, and in the confu s ion will hurry out with the lady." "There's a carriag• e outside, and the man has another accomplice in the theater," said Mark to Dkk. , "I see. A young woman is to be abducted, Mark." "Ah!" "The one I told you of." "I see." "This fellow is in love with her, but she will have none of him." "It is a very pretty play, i sn't it?" said the fat woman to Dick, there being laughter now. "Yes, very; but I can see through it." "Law, you young gentlemen know nothing of love. Would you like a sweet cake?" "Don't we, though?" said Bob, with a chuckle. "No, thank you," answered Dick. "Oh, I know enougb of it to fathom the gentleman's plot." The scene on the stage grew more li vely, and there was a great deal of laughter among the audience. The candles were smoking, and one of the fiddlers aros• e to snuff one of them which had a gireat red coal. on top of the wick. In trying to get this off 'he overturned the candle and its sconce . One of the actresses, who wore a long train of light material, chanced to come down to the front at that instant and turn. The candle fell upon her dress and the light stuff of which it was compo sed began to up. The fiddler at once reached over and slapped out the flames with his bare lrnnd s . The lady turned and pulled away her skirts. The Tory girl had seen the accident and screamed. Up sprang Fenton in a moment, and criea: "There is a fire; get the lady out at once, she has s wooned." T.hen he caught up the girl and began to hurry her up the aisle. Her aunt and uncle quickly fol lowed. The girl ,)lerself became hysterical, and cried to Fenton to release her. There was great confusion, and men and women began rising in different parts of the house. Mark sprang up iand pushed aside the rough-looking man who was hurrying fo,rward. Dick quickly followed and intercepted Fenton. "There is no danger!" Dick cried loudly. "Keep your seats!" "Stand aside!" hissed Fenton. "How dare you, you impertinent youn,g--" "Be careful," said Dick, in a low tone. Bob tore the man's a1m away from the Tory girl, Mark kept back the rough-looking fellow, and Dick said: "Will some one keep order? This person is disturbing the play." A tipstaff !hurried fonYard and said to Fenton: "Si'r, -ihis is not a cockpit. You must keep order or retire." Bob quickl y handed the excited girl to uncle and aunt, and Fenton, who was being hi ssed roundly on all sides. quickly made his exit. There was plenty of time. hov;ever, as he and his accomplice hurried out, for Mark to say: "Not this time, my arrogant gentJeman. The Liberty Boys are watchingvou, so have :oi care." The Tory gii'I, still hysterical, went back to her seat, and the play proceeded. In the inte1mis sion which followed shortly, however, her party left the theater. A s they passed, Dick stepped up quickly and whispered: "Beware of that man Fenton. He had a plot to abduct you, but fortunately we got an inkiing of it." The girl flushed and answered impatiently: "I wish you would not be forever putting m& under obligations! I don't like rebels!"


IBERTY BOYS A N D T H E T O R Y GIR L "The more pity for you, my girl," said Dick quietly. As there was no longer any need of the boys remaining, they left the theater. They saw the Tory girl drive away in the coach with her uncle and aunt, but Dick had no further conversation with her. It was growing dark now, and as the boys reached Broadway, Dick said: "The rascal's plot was not such a s I suspected it might be, but we frustrated it, neve1theless." "And got little thanks for it," laughed Bob. "That does not matter," dryly. "We do such things without regard to the thanks we may re c eive . " "Girls are queer creatures," with a chuckle. "Some are not, Bob. We at least know two who are not." "Yes, so we do; but those two are exceptions, and prove the rule." Dick Slater and Bob Estabrook were fast friends and like brothers. They would be such, in fact some day for Dick's sister, Edith, was Bob's 'while Alice Estabrook, Bob ' s sister, was beloved by Dick. "We expected to see the girls to-night, befoxe we learned of this plot," said Dick. "It is not too late to see them now," answered Bob. So they set out for the place the girls were stopping. They found the :g11rls at home and very glad to see them, as well as greatly interested in their adventures. "It's a pity that as clever a girl as she seems to be should be a Tory," observed Alice. "So it does; but I suppose she has never been with any one else, and her mind has not had a chance to broaden." "Girls are queer creatures, anyhow," said Bob . "And some boys are queerer still, Brother Bob," said Alice. "Yes, we met two of them just now," with a laugh. "Well, you don't mean us, of course,'' laughed Alice. "No; and I was saying to Dick just now that you--. " and then Bob stopped. "Well, what did you say?" "Oh, it would only make you vain, so I don't think I will." "You might have known that Bob would try to tease you, Alice, after what you said,'' laughed Edith. "I don't think that boys are so queer." "Neither does sis,'' said Bob, "but she likes to sav smart things." The boys remained about an hour longer and then set out for the camp. They meant to fol low the street for some little distance, and then cut acro s s. As they were walking along at a brisk pace Dick presently stopped short and said softly: "Take tJ1e middle of the road, Bob . " "All right, but why?" "There is some one under the trees a little wav ahe ad, waiting to waylay us." ''You can't see any one, Dick?" "No; but I heard some one whisper, 'Here tney come; get ready.' A whisper carries farthe r than a low tone, you know." "Yes, so it does." The boys went on in the middle of the road, and at a rapid pace. All of a sudden four men sprang> out from the trees at the s i d e of the road and tried to seize them. Dick's fis t out right and left_ with lightninglike rapid ity. Two _ men fell heavily to the ground, uttering sharp cnes. Bob knocked one down, and the other fled, crying angrily: J .3 J./ v "You wait, you rebels, ana' you'll see what we'll l do!" . I Then the two whom Dick had knocked down crawled away rapidly and, reaching the trees took to their heels . ' "You'-ll catch it yet, you blamed young rebels! " they shouted. "I don't think we need to worry on their ac count," laughed Bob. "Maybe not on their account,'' said Dick, "but there will be trouble. before very many days, and we must keep our eyes open to avert it, if pos sible." "Oh, I know that things are in a serious con . dition,'' answered Bob, "with a powerful enemy at our very doors and secret enemies within, ready to fall upon us at the first alarm.'' "Yes ," said D,ick, "Tories and lukewarm patriots, spies from without, lack of men and mo n ey-all these conspire against us.'' "But our cause is a good one, Dick.'' "The noblest for which man ever fought," proudly, "and it will prevail; but there will b e dark days, and men's so u ls will be tried as they seldom have been." "But you think we will succeed, Dick?" anx iously, for Bob relied great)y on Dick's judgment. "There isn't a doubt of it, Bob,'' earnestly. Seeingi or hearing n-0thing more of the men who had tried to waylay them, the boys returned to camp. Mark had just come in with two or three others, and reported that they had seen or heard nothing more of the man in green n o r any of his companions . "They may be at work plotting eve n now," said Dic k earnestly, "but we do not know where to look for them, and it might be a mere waste of time. To -monow we will continue our search , and. do all we can to run these villains down . " "An d there isn't one of the Liberty Boys w h o is not ready to take a hand in the work,'' said Bob . "I know it,'' answered Dick. CHAPTER IV.-A Scoundrel Again Foiled. The next morning Dick and Bob set out on ihor seback for the city. Dick rode a beautiful coal-black Arabian, which he called l \'Iajor and of which he was justly proud. Bob rode a bay, and both made a fine appearance as they can ter ed on. They were near the place where the m e n had atta ck e d them the night before. Sud denly a scream was . hea1d. "I kno" t hat voice," said Dick. "To the rescue, Bob!" . Then both boy s dashed forward. At a sudden bend in the road they came upon the Tory girl in the chai se. Four or five rough men had stop ped her. Two held the horse, another was cutting the traces, and two more were trying t o drag the girl out of tilie chaise. The boys had the odds against them, but they never stopped to think of that. 77 5"


'\ 6 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE TORY GIRL "Stop that, you villains!" cried Dick, firing a shot at the man who was cutting the traces. It barely i\l'azed his cheek, and struck the tire of the wheel, where it was flattened out. The man uttered a yell, and fled in great ihaste. Dick had not meant to seriously injure him, but only to give him a this he. succeeded. A 13econd sho t toolf off the hat of one of the men holding the horse. He turned as white as a sheet, let out a yell, and l 'Q.11. Bob had not been idle in the meantime. Leapin2' from his horse, he dash ed upon the men trying to drag the Tory girl fr-0m the chaise. He gave one a blow alongside the jaw which stunned him. Then he seized the other by the collar and pulled him over on his back on the ground. The second man at the horse's head took himself off and the animal set out to tbolt. Dick leaped from Major's back and held the restive animal. Bob's other man fled, evidently thinking that matters were growing too hot for him. The tramp of horses was heard at that moment and Ben Spurlock, Sam Sander son, Harry Judson and Will Freeman came dash ing up. "A highwayman, are you?" cried Bob, dr3" ging his man away from the wheels. "You leggo me; I ain't doin' nothin'I Leggo!" bawled the man. . Bob pulled him to his feet, and holding him by the collar with one hand, back the other and said: "What were you doing here?" "Nothin'I" with a growl. "Who sent you here?" "Nobody!" snarling. "Tell me or I'll crack your head," said Bob • angrily. "What were you about?" "Carryin' off ther girl," doggedly. "Who sent you?" "Won't tell yerl" Bob caught the fellow a .blow on the jaw. "Tell me!" he said sternly. "Ther igent what wears a green coat-Muster Gilbert," the man howled. "Gilbert Fenton?" "Yus." Two of the. boys were holding the horse now, and Dick helped the Tory girl out of the chaise. "I wish you would stop doing things :(or me," she said. "I can't help it, if you put yourself in the way of it so constantly," answered Dick, smiling. "This fellow says that Fenton sent him to carry off the Dick," said Bob. Dick shot a glance at the man and answered: "Yes, he was one of those we saw at the theater in John street. He is the fellow whom Mark held back." "Yes, that's so." "You were sent to carry off the young woman, 'Were you?" Di c k a s ked. "Yus, by Muster Gilbert. He's goin' ter,marry her." "Indee d he is not!" said the girl her self promptly. "Where were you going to take her?" "Up ter Bloomin'dale, an' there they was goin' ter get a parson." "Do you know that you were committing a Cl'ime in doing what you did?" sternly. "We was only me of the boys and asked: ''Are the traces cut, boys?" "One of them is,'' said Harry, "Hide back to the camp and get s<>methlng to mend it." Hany l'Ode off, and Dlck; -said to the g1rl: "Where were you l{Olng "l We can provide you with a horse, if you wish." "You are always do ing me some favor, and I don't like it a bit," the girl answered, "Yes, but we can' t h e1p i.t, Would you want us to let those men carry you off?" "No, of course not. I was going to y our camp to tha.nk you for rescuing me last night." "You are very welco 1 n " ," with a "I did not want to, but uncle insisted on it," coloring. "Here are the young ladies," said Ben. Alice and Edith rode up, and Sam and Ben took the prisoner aside. "This is the girl I told you of, said Dick. "I do not know her name." "I am Lucy Ashton," the •girl said simply. "I am Alice Estabrook, and this is Edith Slater. Have you been .having another adventure? Captain Slater told us of the one last night." "Yes, but' you won't want to talk to me; I am not a rebel.'' "Neither are we, my dear; we are patriots," said Alice. "Won't you go to the camp with us while they are repairing the chaise?" asked Edith. "It is not far.'' The Tory girl seemed very glad of the com pany of the two girls, and walked to the camp with them. Then Dick turned to the prisoner and said: "Is this man Fenton a spy of the British?" "I dunno. He is down on the rebels, and in love with the gal. She's a Tory, and so are her foiks." "The man is almost old enough to be the girl's father." "I suspect he is, but he is bound to have her, an' he got us to carry her off.'' ) "You tried it last night." "Yes, but you Y Oung rebels interfered .'' "As we always will in any piece of villainy like this." "Well, we didn't get it up, an' you can't hold us responsible.'' "Y-0u knew what you were about. Of cours e you are responsible. Where does Fenton live?" "Somewhere in. the city; I dunno where.'' "Does the girl's uncle know him?" "I donno. The gal does, and don't like him; but she'll learn to, he says.'' "I doubt it. Is your name Bigigs?" "Yes, but you can't--" "Yes we can, so don't say that again. You are going to jail now." Ben and Sam then went off with the fellow, who now thoroughly reali zed that he was ln _ serious trouble. The harness was mended, and then the chaise was taken to the camp. By this


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE TORY GIRL 7 time L ucy Ashton had struck up a great friend ship with the two girls, whom she found mo s t charming. "I never supposed that rebels could be so pleas ant," she said. "I always thought they were coarse and ill-mannered." "You haye been misinfo1med," laughed Bob, who heard the remark. "You wiH have to unIea m all that. " Then he winked at Dick, who said quietly: "She may turn out to be a staunch friend yet, Bob. " "Perhaps," with a laugh, "but the age of miracl es is passed." " Thi s will be no miracle, Bob; just an ordinary event. " CHAPTER V .-The Spy at Work. From Lucy Ashton the girl,; learned that Fenton was a friend of her uncle's, that he was a spy in the pay of the British, and that i;)Ome plot was on foot in wJ1ich both he and her uncle were concerned. What it was she did not know, as the men did not talk of it before her. Fenton wanted her to marry him, a.1ld her uncle was in favor of it. She disliked the man very much, however, and did not think him honest. Her father anrl mother '.lyere alive, but tl1ey wei-e old and feeble. and in straightened circumstances, a nd iier aunt and uncle w re very fond of doing for hf'r, so that s h e was oftener with them than with he1 parents. "She i D.'flpoiled child, that's the trouble wjth her," said ..Bob. "I am afraid it is," laughed Dick, "although $he ha been influenced by her uncle to .come and us." "Yes, that is so." As Dick wanted to go to the city to continue his investigation s, he 'presently set out with Bob, as he had originally done when interrupted by the attempted abduction of Lucy Ashton. Alice and Edith returned part of the way with Lucy, who drove the chaise. Dick cautioned her to keep a lookout for Fenton and his hirelings, and she promised that she would. "He won't go to un'Cle' s house after what has happened, I am certain," she said. "I would hardly think so. " "He and uncle have been friends, and uncle fa ' 11red my marrying him, but he will do so no longer." "I should hope not," laughed Bob. "If I were he, I would kick the fellow out of the house." Mark, Ben, Sam, Harry and others of the Lib erty Boys were to go into the city, the camp bejng left to look after itself, as it might easily do at this time. TheTe were enough of the boys left in it. and, as the enemy were not yet in the city, ii was safe enough for Dick and the rest to leave. The boys left their horses at a tavern near tlie Bowling Green, and then walked down to Pearl street. Here they suddenly saw Fenton walking ahead of them. "The man mus t have been warned of the failure of his schemes," said Dick, "but I wonder at his assurance at venturing so near to A shton's ." "Lucy has not come here yet," observed Bob, "and he may be' going to forestall any stories she may tell by another." "Very true. We m ust watch him." Fento n chanced to turn at that moment, saw the boys, and walked rapidly on. He turned into the first cross street and then he must have run, for when the boys reached it, going at a good pace, they saw nothing of him. "One of u s has got to be in a good disguise if we want to follow this fellow and learn a n y thing," sai d Dick. "To be sure, the minute he sees a Continental uniform he will take the alarm." "Now that we know him to be a spy, we must meet him on his own ground and become spies ourselves." "Very true." "I will go and get a disguise now," said Dick. "Fortunately I have friends in the city, and do not have to return to camp." ''Shall I do so als o, Dick?" asked Bob. "I have a friend on John street, who can supply ine." "Yes, it will be as well." The boys then separated, Dick going to the house of an old gentleman on Exchange street, where he was well known. He went in a dashy young captain, but he came out a middle-aged man in black, with a powdered wig. "Now to find this fellow," he said to him elf. Going into Pearl street, he saw Lucy just alighting at the door of her uncle's house. She had stopped for a time at the house where the girls were staying. "It is well to know the house," said Dick. Lucy did not know him, and he passed without making any sign. He took a careful note of the house, so as to know it again, and went on. At Broadway he saw Fenton, talking with two men, one a person of severe aspect, the other much . younger. "This is no place to talk of such serious mat ters," the first said, as Dick came. up, walking \ Yith a staff. "No, it is not," said Fenton, giving Dick a critical look. He did not recognize the boy, and Dick went on. The three men went up the street and entered a tavern facing Bowling Green. Tliis was a quiet, rather select place, which only men of wealth or of respectability frequented. As he entered he saw that the heavy curtains in front of on e oJ the stalls at one side were closely drawn. They were pushed back at all of the others. "A pewter of home brew and a bit of cold beef in Number Six," said Dick to an attendant. Then he entered the little compartment n ext to where the curtains were drawn. "Have you heard from the governor?" Dick heard Fenton ask. "Not this morning, but his orders are explicit enough. What are you doing?" "Looking for men who can be trusted." "Is Ashton one?" "Yes ; but I am not in favor at that house." "Why not? I thought you were friends." "Well, it is a woman's whim. The young lady does not favor my suit, and it would be made unpleasant for me if I called there."


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE TORY GIRL "That is one way to put it," said Dick to himself. "But Ashton himself is still firm in his alle giance?" "Entirely so." "Have you chosen places for the distribution of the material ? " "Some." "And got men to take charge of it ? " "Not enough. I want men who can be thoroughly relied on." "Select them as rapidly as possible. No time is to be lost." "I will do so. Unfortunately, one of my men is in jail, and two others have fled, fearing, a similar fate." "How did this happen?" "These saucy young rebels, the Liberty Boys, suspected them of being spies, and arrested them." "Will they talk?" "They cannot tell anything if they do." "Good. I will send you some. If any one ap• proaches you and says, 'Is it a day for work?' you are to answer, 'Who is your mas ter?"' "And then?" "He will whisper 'Tryon,' and you may put him to work." "Very good!" ' ! You must hun-y on this part of the work, and T. wil.l attend to the other. The general is not in the city?" "No." "Acquaint my secretary with the news as soon as he arrives. You will find him near the old theater in Chapel street." "Very well, your excellency." "Sh! No titles here. Get at the work and pus h it forward rapidly, and the rebel cause must fail." "Perhaps not," thought Dick. CHAPTER VL-A Very C1ever Game. Gilbert Fenton and his two companions left the tavern in a few minutes, nothing else being said which could enlighten Dick, however. He followed at once, keeping the three men in sight. The two strangers walked up Broadway, Fenton turning down toward Whitehall Wharf. "Fenton can be left to himself for a time," said Dick. "These men are of more importance at present." A little above Trinity Church he saw Bob on the other side of the street, knowing him from his :general build. He at once crossed and said: "You will find Fenton down on the rive1 front. Find him and learn all you can." "Very good, and you?" "The m e n going up the street are two plotters. I must learn more about them." Bob then continued down Broadway, while Dick crossed again and followed the two That they had some deep scheme against the patriots he was certain. If he caused their arrest now, they would tell nothing and others would carry on the work. Governor Tryon was at the bottom of it, but there was no reaching him, of course. Dick had no idea of the identity of the man of severe aspect whom Fenton had addressed as "your excellerrey." He was a man of importance, no doubt, and Dick meant to learn who he was, if possible. Following the two men as far as the new church, he heard the elder man say: "Arrange a meeting at A shton' s for to-night. We must work rapi dly." "Very good, sir." The two men then separated, the elder going into the church and the younger crossing the street. "At Ashton's, eh?" said Dick to himself. "It is well that I discovered the house." He entered the church, which was open to vis itors at all times, and saw the elderly man talk in;gi to some one connected with the place. Be fore he could reach him, however, the other man had gone. "What did he wish?" asked ..Dick of the man to whom the stranger had talked. "He wished to know if his excellency the gen-eral ever came here." "General W ashin.gton?" "Yes." "And does he?" "Sometimes, but more often he goes to the old church." "The gentleman was interested to know?" "Yes, very much." Dick left the church and walked up to Broad way. "The plot concerns the general as well," he said to himself. "They may wish to seize him, or perhaps assassinate him while in church." That an agent of the British should inquire concerning the general's habits was suspicious in itself. "I must warn General Putna_m ," said Dick. "He wil . J speak to General Washington and cau tion him." , The spy was nowhere in sight when Dick reached Broadw:ay, and he turned doWI_l. and went to the place where he had left Major. Mounting, he rode off to the general's quarters, and nsked to see him. Dick was well known to all the generals, and upon telling who he was, he secured a heariI11g1. "Why are you not in uniform, Captain \Slater?" a sked the veteran Indian fighter. "I have been on a secret mission, General, and shall return at once. There are British spies in the city, who would take alann if they met m-e in uniform." "British spies, say you?" "Yes, General. There is some scheme on foot against his excellency General Washington, and against the city also, I think." Dick then briefly related what he had learned. "This is most important, Captain. Do you know this Ashton?" ' "I have seen him." "Is he a Tory?" "Yes." "And is his house a meeting place for the en emy?" "I don't know if it has been. The meeting to night may be the first." "Very true. You J,Vill ascertain if it is to take place?" "Yes, General."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE TORY GIRL 9 General Putnam thought a few moments , and then said: "Watch the house carefully, but be sure not to attract attention. If there is a meeting, seize thes e conspirators." "We will do so, Gene::al." "You can oontrive to have a number of Lib erty Boy s within call?" "I can , sir." "Very good. It will be better to conduct this affair quietly. If too much fuss is made, thes, e fellow s will take the alarm." "Very true." "I will leave the m a nagement of the affair to you , Captain, and will rely upon your "Thank you General." "I will ca u1tion his excellency not to go to church without an escort." Dick saluted and withdrew. The ne,xt thing was to ascertain if the conspirato;s would hold a meeting at Ashton's. If did, then Dick would to it that they were _captur ed. He and see Lucy and prevail upon her to g1ve him the information he wanted. Returninig: to the tavern, he set out down to the wharves, after leavin g Major. He met Bob near Bowling Green, and asked: "Did you learn anything?" "The fellow has been picking up ev il-looking men around the wharves and in the taverns, and bidding them g o to different parts of the city and secure lodgings." " With what intention, Bob?" "I c ou ld not learn. Fenton told them that they would shortl y be s UJ2p1ied with material, but what this material was I could not learn." _ "I heard the man's superior u se the same word, and it puzzled :me." "Some of the meJJ. seeme d to know, and said that they would see that it was well distributed." "We must learn what it is. Meanwhile , Bob, go to Pearl street and see if you can obtain lodgings not far fro Broad street. We must keep watch on a certain house there." "Very good. Either side?" "The north side is preferable, Bob." "Very well." Dick went on, and near the wharves he met Gilbert Fenton. A sudden idea took hold of him, and he stepped up to the spy and said : . "Good-day, sir. It is a good day for work, is it not?" Fenton looked sharply at Dick, without recog-nizing him, and replied: "Yes, so it is, sir. Who is your master?" "Tryon!" whisuered Dick, "and yours?" "Sh! be caref{il," gilancing around. "What is your wish?" "We may be ob served here. Will you have a pinch of snuff?" He had a box of it, to carry out his assumed character, but he neveJ!""us e d it. F ,enton took a pinch of snuff, and Dick pretended to do so. "There is a very select tavern not far distant where we can talk undisturbed," he said. "Yes; his excellency and I were there but lately." "Yes, I would have gone there, had I not met you on the street. " They went to the tavern where Dick had been before, and entered a cushioned stall. "What would you like, some punch or a pewter mug of excellent home-hrewed, such as they provide here?" Dick never touched. anything intoxicating, but he sometimes ordered such, to give him an ex cellent excuse for remaining. "If it is the same to you, I will take punch, and let it be cold and strong. The day is full warm, and I have not been idle." "As you will," said Dick, and to a potboy ha said: " Two jorums of punch, strong and of a proper coldnes s, a pipe and tobacco, and some white' pa per, a quill pen and ink, and some sand. " "Aye, sir," sai d the boy, and the s ixpence which Dick gave him in advance greatly quickened his movements. He shortly returned with all that D ic k had asked for, an

., ' THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE TORY GIRL res t of the punch. Then Dick folded the paper and put it in his pocket, narrowly watching Fenton. As he finished his pipe, he let hi s feet slide under the table and crossed his arms on his chest. Little by little his eyes closed, hi s head dropped on his chest, and a sonorous snore escaped him. Dick said nothing, and at J.ength, satisfier! that the was asleep, arose softly and left the place. Settling the score, he said: "Let the gentleman sleep as long a s he will. It would be a pity to disturb him." "Very gcocl, sir," said the host. Then Dick went out, greatly pleased at what he had accomplished. "Fenton i s good for three or four hours," he said, "and can do no mi schief in the meantime." to Pearl street, he met Bob, who said: "I have se.::ured a very good front room on the second floor of a very respectable house not far from here." "Show it to me, Bob." They walked down the street and Bob pointed out the house. It was di1iectly opposite Ashton's, as it happened, and could not have been better situated for the purpose. "Do you know what house that is, Bob?" a sked Dick, nodding toward it. "No, of course not." "That is where the uncle of our Tory girl lives." "Is it, indeed?" "Yes ; and there may be a meeting of the conspirators there this very night." "Jove ! that's why yo u wanted u s to pick out a lodging in this street, is it?" "Yes and we must ha've Mark and B e n and more of the boy s on hand." "At what hour is the meeting?" "I do not know for certain jf there i s one, but there may be." "I see ." "And if there is, we must get in by hook or by crook, and find out what goes on." They had reached Broad s treet and were walk ing up toward Wall street, when heard .a sudde n commotion. Men were running m all ch rections , and s uddenly a startled cry was heard. "'Mad dog!" "Jove! Look there!" cried Bob. A hundred feet distant, in the middle of the walk, stood a young girl, s peechless with fear. She seemed unable to speak or move, and her white face, turned partly towar d the boys, showed !her utter terror. Racing tow ard her, with froth dropping from his jaws and with blood shot eyes, was a huge dog . That he was mad, there was no doubt. He was coming acros' s the street, heading directly t oward the girl. Dick her in an instant as Lucy A s hton.Quick as a fla s h forgetting his assumed character, Dick forward. With his heavy walking staff he struck t'he dog a terrific blow which stunned it. Before the ugly brute could recover, he struck it another blow which laid its head open and splintered the stick. Bob caught the girl, who would have swoo n ed, and Dick kicked the dog into the gutter. Then many who had fled in terror returned, and the dog was s hot. "I thank you very much, sir," said Lucy, trem blingi, not r ecognizing Bob. "Thank the old gentleman, too." Dick himself came up at that moment, took the girl's arm, and said: "We will see you to your uncle's, Miss Ashton. Sh! Don't r ecognize me yet." "Why, Captain--" "Wait a moment, till we are away from the crowd." Lucy said no more, but, in Pearl street, )!he said: "I won't have you always putting me under an obligation, Captain Slater. Why are you and the lieutenant in dis.guise?" "Well, we' ll put you under one," laughed Dick. "We are disguised becaus e we are watching Gilbert Fenton and other enemies of our country." "If Gilb ert Fenton coR'les to my uncle's house again he will be refused admittance, if not ar rested," said Lucy energetically. Her ange r seemed to restore the strength of which fear had so lately deprived her. "Fenton won't trouble you," said Dick , "but wait a moment. There i s so m e scheme worked up by Fenton and others, and we think there will be a meeting of the conspirators at your uncle's to-night." "A scheme?" . "Ye$, a plot against General Washington and the city. The British have theii: $pies here." "And you have disguised yourself in order n o t to be known?" "Yes. Your uncle is a Tory, and the con 'spirators are to meet at his house, we think." "Well?" "Ge t your uncle out of the way a n d, if the conspirator m eet, show a light in the front room on the second floor for a few moments." "But I will be betraying--" "A lot o f m e n who mistake assassination and ars on for war. No harm will come to your uncl e , or to yourself. We will be watching, anyhow, so if you don't want to help u s--" "Oh, but I do," said Lucy. "I h a v e b ee n mi s informed about yo u rebels-I be_g pardon, patriots . I have be e n told you were rough, unlettered, uncouth people, who wished to kill the king, overthrow the government and ruin the coun try." "We want to govern ourselves," said Dick. "However, we wi.Jl not argue the case. You have been talking to the girls, I guess. I tho-ught -your mind would open when you heard thEf othe r side." Bob s mil e d, and Dick continued: "If you want to help us, show a light when the con spirator s come. It will make no difference how late i t is. We will be watching1." "And this meeting i s to form a plot against General Washington and the city?" "Yes. We don't know jus t what, but the scheme i s a daring one, and we wish to prevent its being carried out." "You will not injure uncle?" "No, and you had best get him out of the way." "I will do s o, and if the plotters come, I will <;how a light." I


/ THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE TORY GIRL ll CHAPTER Vlll.-Getting More Information. The two boys saw Lucy enter her uncle's house, and then went on. "I will tell you some more of this plot," said D ick. "We will go to Fraunces tavern, where we can talk undisturbed." The two Q)d gentlemen, as they seemed, were never recognized for the two boys who had been in the place the day before. While they were eating their dinner, Dick told Bob what he had l earned, greatly to the latter's astonishment. "So Governor Tryon is working the scheme?" said Bob. "Yes, and can do so safely." "Have you any idea what its scope i s ?" "No. I think they mean to capture the general in the first place, and perhaps others as well." "Yes?" "But why these men are spread about the city, I don't know, nor what the material is that they are goill{gl to distribute." "If we are at this meeting, we will learn more." "Yes, if it is held at Ashton's. If it is not, then 'we must try and discover where it is to be held." "There will be plenty of work to be done, Dick.'' "Yes; but there are plenty of us to do it." When they had finished their dinner, Dick said: "Get Mark and Ben and Sam and some more of the boys and smuggle them into the house after dark, or have them in the street at convenient points . " "And what will you do, Dick?" "See this secretary and see if I can learn about thi meeting. If I don't learn anything, we will watch th e house jus t the same." "Suppose it i;; elsewhere?" "If I can find out where it is, we will go there. In that ca e, we will not have Lucy's help, but we will have to do without it, and get on the best we can." "Yes, and I guess we will manage as well as any one," laughing. "I thi,nk so myself." The boys then separated, Dick going up to Wall street, and then up Nassau street, while 'Bob made his way through Pearl• street. In the !le ighborhood of the theater in Chapel street, which the one in John street had superse

12 THE. LIBERTY BOYS AND THE TORY GIRL "Well, sor, what can Qi do for ye at all? It's not thinkin' av jo inin' the byes, i s it, ye are?" "Wh y, no, my facetious young friend, I was no t thinking of that. I s Captain Dick Slater in camp?" "Sure he's not, yer honor." "Nor Lieutenant Bob Estabrook, either, my jovi al young friend?" "No, sor, he's not." "Perhaps Lieutenant Mark Morrison is here, then " "It's there ye're wrong e ntoirel y, for he's not." "Then where is Corporal Patsy Brannigan?" "It's here pi am, yer honor. What can Qi do {or ve? It's not Dick Slather Qi am, but av it's annything that ' ll benefit the cause, Oi' m ready to d o it, begorrah. " "You was foolish, Batsy," laughed Carl. "Dot was der gaptain himselluf already, don'd you was knowed dot?" "Go on wid ye, Cookyspiller; don't ye suppose Qi know the captain?" "You did not, this time, Patsy," laughed Dick, in his n atural tone . "Sure, ye're roigltt, Captain dear, Oi didn't," with a roar, "an' that's no li e. either!" Dick selected a number of the Liberty Boys to help that night when they desce n ded o n the con s pirators, and at length went back to whe:re he had obtained bis disguise and once more donned his uniform. Then he saw Bob and told him that it was a l mos t certain that the meeting would be held at Ashton's, and to watch the house." "In case the secretary Rees this other plotte r and tell s him of my com inil?,', U\ey may suspect something, and change the place," he added, "but it is rather late to do so, and there may be n one." "I s uppo se we wi ll have to take that risk ," a nswered Bob. "but if we found it out once, we can do so ai;ain: " Bob got Mark and Ben and Sam into the house after d::i.rk. other boys were posted at different points , and all was ready for the s mpdse. CHAPTER IX.-A Surprise. It was well on toward midnight and all was sil en t in the deserted street. The night watch had gone past some time before, and not a sound was to be heard. Then two figures stol e no ise l es s ly down the street, stopped in front of a certain door, and knocked softly twice. The door o p e n ed without a sound and the men glided with in. Not a light was seen, and unless one had been watching, the two stragglers would not have been 1>bserved. In a short t i me another man appeared, and entered the house quietly, as had the others . The men had been see n, although they knew it not. Bob, keeping a strict watch at the window of the house opposite, had seen them enter, although everythiDJgi had been clone so quietly and rapidly. . Two or three boys, hidden in dark doorways down the street, had• seen them pass, although they made little so und. Then Dick came along, as quietly, keeping in the shadows , and paused in front of the house where A shton lived. Suddenly a light appeared i n the window on the second gll<>r for a moment. Then it went out, and all was dark and still. It seemed as if the li ght had hardly disappeared before the door of the other house ope n ed and three boy s came out. "They are there," said Dick. "Where is Bob?" "Here, Dick." "Watch the street and see that we are not surprised . " Dick, Mark, Ben and Sam crossed the street si.lently and rapidly. Dick tapped on the door and it was opened in an instant. All was dark im; id e, but in a moment a light was shown, the Tory girl throwing aside a heavy cloak which concealed a lantern she carried. "They are h ere, " she whispered. "Who is that?" asked some one, and two redcoats came out of a room opening upon the hall. "Seize them!" hissed Dick. Mark and Ben were upon the men in a n instant. "Not a word, or I'll crack your skull!" hissed Mark. He and Ben bound the redcoats' arms behind them and made them sit on the stairs. "Keep still as you valu, e yo u r li fe," said Mark. The n he went to the door, which was slightly ajar. Ben ascended a step or two, pistol in hand. Then a heavy tread was h ea.rd and a third redcoat came out of the room in front. "'why, what doe s this mean?" he exclaimed. "Rebels? Hello, we are--" "Quick!" hissed Dick. Lucy fla shed the light for a moment a s the boys l eaped forward. Dick and Sam threw the redcoat down and quickly bound and gagged him. The girl held the Ji.ght. while Mark watched the door, and Ben covered the men on the stairs with his pistol. "Not a woTd!" he said. The redcoat on the floor was speedily and then put upon his feet. "Some o n e is corning," said Mark. "Hide the light," hissed Dick The girl drew her heavy cloak over the lantern and not a glimmer was visible. "Two ! " whispered Mark. He c1osecl but did not latch the door, holding the knob . Then there came a soft double knock. Mark opened the door, and at once Dick and Sam seized two stTangexs and clapped pistols to thei'l' heads. The n Dick whistled softly. A once Bob, Harry and Will fie\v across the street and up the s teps. One of the men tried to escape, but was quickly seized by Harry and Wil l. "Bring them in, boys, and secure them," Dick. The two men wore long cloaks, under which were their British uniforms. "It is a dangerous business wearing a scarlet coat in New York at this time," said Dick. "There will be little else seen here before long," said one of the redcoats. "How many of you were expected?" a sked Dick. "I wo n ' t tell you!" doggedly. "Who has be trayed us? Was it the Tory?" " No, it was not, it was some of your own men, by thinking that 'rebels,' as they call u s , have no brains." The prisoners were taken into the front room, where there was no light, the blind s being tightly drawn as well.


THE. LIBERTY BOYS AND THE TORY GIRL 13 "Where are your uncle and aunt?" asked Dick of Lucy. "Called out of town on a false alarm." "And the servants ? " "Locked in their rooms and fast asleep." "Then your uncle told you that there would be some one here?" "He told the butler, and I bribed him to let me admit the strangers. I said I would take care of them." "So you have," with a laugh. Bob and the others watched the door outside, Sam being stationed within. Dick recognized the man whom he and Sam had thrown down as the imperious fellow who lrnd talked >'vith Fenton. "So youl' plot has not succeeded , " said Dick. "Tell me, why are men placed at different points about the city ? " "Has that rascal Fenton betra yed us?" demanded the other, or was it Ashton?" "Mr. Ashton has b ee n spirited away, Fenton may still be a s le e p, ai:id s ecretary, if he was expected, has not yet come to tell you how cleverly he was humbugged into giving u s important information." "The scoundrel! If he has betrayed--" "He has not. Let me tell you that we have clever spie s in New York. Fenton was.suspect ed, so were you. You were both watched and followed, and your talk taken down." "But I never talked in the $treet." "No, but you did in taverns, and did not know that some one was in the next stall U;>tening. Then you did talk in the street. You told your secretary to arrange a meeting at Ashton's for to-night." The officer _flushed as red as his_ scarlet coat, and Dick went on: "I heard you give instructions to Fenton, give him a password, and tell him to post his men. Do you remember his saying that one of his men was in jail? I put him there." "Why, you infernal yoUJ'ligi rebel, wh_o told you all this ? Who are you ? " "I am Dick Slater, captain of the Liberty Boy s . I am no rebel, but a patriot. You have a scheme to capture General Wasliington, and--" "How do you know we have?" ''Becaus e you have been trying to learn his habits. You made inquiries at St. Paul's." ".:i:-Io! you are a clever young scoundre l, but you do not know everything." "Scoui:idrel, am I, you arrogant tool of a ty rant!" hissed Dick, seizing the redcoat by the throat. "Tell me your scheme or I'll scatter your brains over the wall!" The pompous redcoat turned pale and trem-bled. "It is to destroy the city," he gasped. "In what manner?" "By starting fires in many places simultane ously." "Ah, then the 'material' you spoke of is combustibles-gunpowder, perhaps?" "How did you get hold of so much information, you rebel ? " "See here," said Dick sternly, "if you can't talk more respectfully, you will be gagged again. I am not an infernal young scoundre l , nor a rebel, and if I chose to answe1 you in your own fash ion, I would call you no gentleman, a pompous,, obstinate, pigl:teaded imbecile, and many more things which would not sound pleas ant." The other flu s hed and said, more mildly: "Well, I would like to know how you got hold of so much, unless we were betrayed." "By watcliing and l istening and putting this and that together, by a bit of strategy now and then, and by u sing our brains, and by not imagining that our enemie s were fools, but giving them credit for knowing things, and by working all the harder to get the best of them." "H'm! yo u are cleverer than I thouigili.t," with a grunt. "Yes, and that is where you B1itish always err, in your adversaries, and let me tell you it will one clay prove to be your undoin g." The man paled and then flushed, and Dick, going outside, said: "We must get these men out before daylight, or their Jives will not be worth a rush." CHAPTER X.-Fenton Escapes. No more persons came to the meeting, but whether all had come who were expected or others had taken the alarm and fled, Dic k could not tell. He felt that the redcoats must be gotten out of th: e way at once, for several reasons. If the neighbors knew they were there, they would not be safe for a moment. If others came to the house, those already in it might give the alarm. The n it was as well that Ashton shouJd not Jmow what had happened in case any more plots were intended. The redcoatE>, well wrapped in their cloak s , were taken out in pairs, guarded by two or three of the Liberty Boy s, and hurri: ed to the camp. In the morning they were turned to General Putnam. Some orthem knew very little of the affair, as was soon showu. The leader knew the most, and was subjected to a rigorous question. General Tryon, the former governor, was at the bottom of the plot, and, safe on one of the war vessels, could not be reached. The cnpture, perhaps even the murder of General Washirngton, had been contemplated, as well as the destruction of the city. The l atter might even now be compassed, if care w ere not taken. Dick went early to the city with a score or mo :re of the Liberty Boys. These were s ent to all the places on the list Dick 11ad obtained fr<>m Fenton, with orders to anest all suspicious persons found therein. Bob '\\ent to the tavern at Bow ling Green to look for Fenton. Dick went to the scrivener's shop, near the theater in Chapel street, to look for the so -called secretary. The place was closed and the blinds drawn, while a notice on the door stated that the premh:es were for rent. Upon making inquiries, Di c k learned that the scrivener was in arrears of rent and that 'he had been evicted the evening before. "After all, the man may not have known very much," declared Dick. -Fenton had not been to the tavern since late on the afternoon before, and it was not known when he would be in again. He had not been in his regular attendance at the place, sometimes


' 14 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE TORY GIRL coming in two or three times in one day and then not at all. "He may have gotten some inkling of what happened," said Dick to Bob, "and be in hiding." "Yes, and it is not likely that he would go to Ashton's after trying to run off with Lucy." "Of course not." . In some of the places visited by the Liberty Boys one or two suspicious persons were arrested. In others none were found, the men having either been warned or having kept away altogether. Some of them arrested simply knew that they had been sent to the places by Fenton and told to await instructions. Others oonfessed that they were to leave combustibles in the house and make their escape . Some evidently knew nothing whatever, havill!g\ been in the places by chance, and these were given their freedom. The others were quickly lodged in jail with no loss of time, and with very little being said. Later in the day Dick met Lucy driving out to see the girls. "Does your uncle suspect ,jlnything?" asked Dick. "No; and it happened that he and my aunt met 'Several old friends quite unexpectedly, and so he is glad he went. " "No mc:ire conspirators came to the house?" "No." "You have not seen Fenton?" "No, indeed, and I do not want to." "What does your uncJ.e say?" "That he will have the man lodged in jail if :he meets him." "We would very much like to see him, as he might be able to furnish much valuable informa tion. " "Then I hope you wrn catch him," and Lucy 1n the watch for him, and if he remained in New York, his capture was certain. "The fellow knows too much," said Dick to Bob and Mark, as the three were taking their supper in a quiet tavern near Bowling Gree n, and we must put him out of the way of doing more mis-' chief." "You would think that he1 would be afraid to stay in the city after what has happened," ob served Mark. Having finished their supper, the three Liberty Boys set off down Broadway for a walk in the cool of the evening. They were nearing Whitehall Wharf when Dick said suddenly: "There's that fellow now. Quick, boys, but don't sta1-tle him." Gilbert Fenton was walking down the street with his back to the b-Oys. They walked on rap-idly, but not too fast to attract the man's attention: Fortunately for him, however, he chanced to turn his head, when they were within a few paces of him. He paled instantly, and set off on a sharp run toward the wharf. _ "Stop, thief!" cried Dick loudly, knowing that this would attract instant attention. It certainly quickened the man's pace, and men came running from various quarters. "Where?" cried one. "There! The men in green!" "Stop, thief!" cried several, joining in the chase. Down to the wharf and along it to the end Fenton swiftly ran. Dick was in the lead, being most keen of foot, and Bob and Mark close be hind. "Stop, thief! Stop the man in green!" yelled the crowd. Fenton sprang over the end of the wharf into a wherry lying alongside: There were several there, and he quickly cut his loose, picked up the oars -and began rowing viigiorously . A boatman came running along the wharf toward Dick. "I'll catch the rascal for you," he said. "What has he stolen?" "He tried t o abduct a young woman, and he is a British spy. Where is your boat?" "This one, with the green lap streak. I'll take---'' "I'll hire it," and Dick tossed the man a silve r coin. Then he quickly entered the boat, followed by Bob and Mark. Dick steered, the others rowing and making good progress. The boat that Fenton was in was speedier, ordinarily, than that occupied by the three boys. It was lighter, too, but there were two boys rowing the other, and the advantage should be to them when they got well out on the river. Bob and Mark were both good oarsmen, and they had thrown aside their coats as soon as they took their seats in the boat. The fugitive was pullingi a very rapid stroke, but it was doubtful if he could keep it up for any, time. Bob and Mark pulled less rap idly, but more steadily, wasting no muscular effort, and making every stroke telh Fenton could see them as they came on, but the boys never turned their heads, relying entirely upon Dick. Trained sailors on a man-o'-war could not have pulled more steadily and scientifically than Bob and Mark, and their oars rose and fell with perfect precision. Mark pulled stroke, and Bob followed him with exa.ctness, the two boys dipping their c;>ars at the same instant. Fenton's stroke was not as clear cut as that of the two boys, and he wasted effort constantly in his excitement. He did not cramp his oars or catch crabs, but he did not get the speed out of the boat that he should have done for the effort expended. Out upon the river, past Governor's I s land. toward Thed Book Point went Fenton, the boy s following steadily. "If he means to go to Staten Island to board one of the British ships, he'll never get there," said Bob. "No, he will go to the Brooklyn side now," observ ed Mark. It was getting on toward dusk now, the sun being down, lld theve was a storm threatening. Fenton pulled rapidly in toward Red Hook Point,


THE. LIBERTY BOYS AND THE TORY G I RL 15 the boys following and k ee p i n g him in sight. The man landed, left his boa t o n . the beach , and. hurried u p the bank. There was a fort o n Red H ook, and here the b oys h o p ed t o get help to catch the man. They l a n ded, pu lled their boat u p, a n d hurried o n. Presently some m e n cam e towar d them, a n d one of them said: "Halt, you Tory ruffians! What do yo u want?" "We want a British spy who lately came ashore. H e was dressed in a bottle-green suit a n d wore a sugar-loaf hat. I am Captain Slater, of the Liberty Boys, and these are my two lie utenants." "Yes, we know that. You have secured these uniforms and are passing yourselves off for pa triots, but you are Tories." "You are making a great mistake. The man has told you this, but he is a British spy, and has been concerned in a scheme to destrny New York. His name is Gj]bert Fenton, and he is in the emplo9' of General Tryo n." "If you let this man es-cape," added Bob, "you will be helping the enemy." . , "Dut he told me you were Tories, and asked for protection. " , "Then he would go to the fort," replied Dick. "Is he there? Take us there ii.nd confront us "'ith this fellow, and see how he acts." The earnestness of the three boys greatly impressed the men, and they took them to the fort. Fenton was not there, having hurried, saying that he had busines s of importance in Brooklyn. "I am sorry you let him go," said Dick, "but o f course you could not know that he was a spy." The men were at last convinced that foe boys were what they claimed to be. "His business of importance was to escape as soon as he could," declared Bob. "If he had been a patriot, he would have remained here and caused our arrest," added Mark. "He did not dare/' sputtered Bob, "knowing that we >Yould denounce him." "The fellow is a clever rascal, " Dick, "but he will not always escape U!l.'' As they had the boat and it woul broken by a sharp crash of thunder, whi ch followe d a bd:ian t flas h of ligh tninig' "Di d you see anything, Bo b?" asked Dick. "I could see Governor's Islan d as plain as day, if that's what you mean," answered Bob . "You did not sQe Staten Island?" "No, I did not happen to be looking that way. " The rain b gan to beat quite sharply npo n them now. "Pull in to shore, boys," said Dick. Reaching the shore, the boys hauled up the boat, and turned it over o a c to aiioi.:d them a shelter. They put it well on its s id e , banking it up with sand, and in this made a shelter from the rain, while still able to look out U]JOn the bay. ''There is some move going on among the ene my's ships of war over at Staten Island," said Dick. "Jove! that is your reason for not going back at oncP. then, is it?" exclaimed Bob . "Yes.11 "I knew you had some good reason .'' "It seemed to me when that particularly brirrh t fla s h came, that the vessels were weighing an cho1'." "Well, we have been afraid for some tim e t',at the enemy would try to land on Long Is!and." "Yes. There is a long stretch of slro. e to be protected, and it would be impossible for t h e patriots to cover i t.'' The rain lasted for some little time, but there was little thunder and lightning, the sky being as black as .ink. "It would be just the sort of a night for the to land troops on Long Island," said Dic k at length. "So it would," said Bob. "Tryon's scheme t o desti oy the city having failed, tlus would be the next move.'' "There may be danger from the otlier quai-te r yd. Bob," quietly. "Yes , so there may, but Putman is aLarme d now, and the city is being pretty well "To b e sure, and yet this fellow Fc:iton and others may have clone a great deal that we do not know of.'' "To be sure, but this new move, if it takes place, will demand all the attention of the en emy." The skv remained overcast. but as it no longer rained, Dick walked alongshore, scanning t h e bay intent! y and listening for the s!ighte.4 sound. After a considerable time he said to Bob, who was a t his side: "They are comin 1g', Bob." "Are you sure, Dick?" in an earnest tone. "Yes; look there, Bob!" pointing. "All I can see is a star, Dick," after a pau se. "That is not a star, Bob. You do n't see more, do you?" "No, I think not. Y es, I do . I see t wo, and now another. " "The clouds are too thic k for yo u to see stars. Bob . L oo k agta i n , s traigh t ahea d, a s I a m pointing."


lt THE. LIB ERTY BOY S A N D THE T ORY G I R L "Yes, I am looking--.J ove ! They are the ligh{s on the enemy's vessels, Dick!" "Exactly, and I can see a number of them." Before Jong Bob and Mark could see the lights plainly, although they were still at some dis itance. Dick ar'oused the people at the fort, and ;told them what he had seen. Then he and the lboys put the boat into the water and set out for the city. The lights here and there along the shore guided them, and they made go'od progress. "That rascal did us a good . turn, after all," declared Bob . "Yes; the delay he caused us enabled Dick to see the enemy's ships," adlfed Mark. Reaching the city, Dick put the boat where he had found it, and the three boys set off up the street at a good pace . They met the night watch, lbut as they were in uniform, were allowed to pass. Hunying on, they at length reached General Putnam's quarters. Although it was late, Dick readily secured admission upon stating his ibusiness . The general saw him at length, and was greatly interested in what he had to tell. "This is most important, Captain," declared the veteran. "You are sure you have made no mistake?" / "No, General, I am sure I .have not." Putnam sent messengers to General Washington and elsewhere, and the three boys made their way to the camp. The Liberty Boys were greatly excited upon hearing the new s , and asked Bob and Mark a great number of questions. In the morning, Dick, Bob and a number of the boys set out for the city. They were passing Murray !Street when Alice suddenly came running up, crying: "Dick-Bob-eV,erybody, come quick! There are two or three evil-looking: men setting fire to .a barn doWn the street.'' " Quick, boys!" sai d Dick, and in a moment t ey were all running at full speed . Then a boy came running out of a dooryard, crying shrilly: "Hurry up, there's somebody setting fire to our barn!" The boy s clashed into the yard and saw smoke pouring from the upper window of the barn. They rushed in and saw a man running out of the rear door . Dick fired a shot at him and wounded him in the arm. Then Bob found a man hiding in the haymow, and dragged him out. T110 neighbors were quickly summoned and the fire was put out before it had done much damage. Dick recognized the man as one he had seen with Fenton. "You were sent by Fenton to start fires in various parts of the city, were you?" asked Dick. "Yes; but some of the fellows were nabbed, and some got scared and run away." "You would have done if you had done the same," said Dick, and the fellow was locked up to await a hearing. CHAPTER XIIJ.'.---The Secretary in the Toils. Near to St. Paul's Dick met Lucy. "My uncle has left town," she said. "I think he fears arrest. " "Why?" asked Dick. "He had no hand in Jhe a ffair of the other night. "No, but the servants were not as fast asleep as we thought. " "I see." "Stories have igone abroad that he harbored enemies in the house , and much indignation is expressed." . "Naturally," with a smile. "At all events, he thinks it the wisest plan to keep out of the \Vay until the redcoats enter the city." "Does he think they will do so shortly?" 'Tes, and I must say he is very jubilant, but then he is a Tory." "And aren't you?" smiling. , "No, I don't think I am. I have been thinking things over." "We came near catching Gilbert Fenton last night," said Dick, laughing. "I wish you had." "Perhaps we will yet. Do you know the news?" "Yes, that the British have landed on Long Island. Many of the people down our way have closed their houses and gone away." "Yes, there is considerable excitement, and a great deal of foar. Much of this is wan-anted, and yet I think it would be better to stay and fight as long as one can." "Yes, I think so, too, and I know that you Liberty Boys will do it." "Yes," said Dick. "Are you going to see the girls?" "Yes. I think your sister Edith is' one of the sweetest . g:irls I ever met." "Thank you . Edith is a dear, good girl, and a thorough patriot." "And Alice is so lively and self-reliant. She says just what she means." "Yes, she and Bob are a goqd deal abke, but they are both thoroughly honest, and tbe truest of friends . " "You are very fond of them both, aren't you?" mischievou s ly. "Yes," said Dick frankly. Just then he caught ight of the scrivener at whose shop he had gained some valuable information. The man was going jnto the churchyard. "Excuse me," said Dick. "There is a man whom f very much want to see," and away he went at a bris k walk. He saw the secretary going into the church, and followed him. A church was no 1Jlace to make an arrest, but Dick meant to kee.P the fel low in sight and arrest him quietly. The m:m had not seen Dick apparently; for he acted in a perfectly natural manner, and showed no signs of alarm. He walked about, looking at this and that, and at length started to g,o out. Dick was at his side in an instant. The man showed no alarm, probably thinking that he ,was not known. Dick took his arm quietly and said: "You arranged the meeting at Ashton's very adroitly. " The secretary flushed and said: _ "A. meeting at Ashton's? I do not understand. Is that a coffee house?" "And yet some of the neighbors were awake and saw your friends enter, and were suspicious.'! "I am afraid you are laboring under a misapprehension, my young friend," said the man. " I do not know you. I never met you i n all my life before.'' "Oh, yes, you h ave, but I was not in uniform.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE TORY GIRL 17 You have left the little shop in Chapel street, I see." "The little shop in Chapel street?" with well assumed surprise. "I have had no shop in Chapel street. What sort of shop was it?" "A scrivener's, where plots against the patriots were made up. You are a scrivener." "No, indeed, I am a draper's clerk, and the only writing I do is making out accounts." "Where did you get that cut on your left thumb?" asked Dick s uddenly. "Oh, I cut it with a scissors." "It is not a cut such as is made by a scissors' blade. You cut it with a knife while trimming a quill." The man flushed, and Dick continued, walking along Partition street the while: , "I never forget a voice nor a face. Your superior is under arrest. Fenton is in hidilll&1, and we are closing in on others 'who were in this scheme." "Tell you I don't know what you are talking about," impatiently. , "Oh, yes, you do. Was any more material distributed about the city? We caught one man over in Murray street this morning." The secretary did not make any answer. They had reached Broadway, and Dick saw Ben and Sam approaching. He signalled to them, and they stopped. "II'his is one of the conspirators," he said. "Take him to the general's qua.rters." The secretary tried to escape by making a sudden dash. Ben and Sam were on the watch ' for just such a move, however. ".rhey seized him before he could pull his arm away from Dick's. "You will do well to give what information you have of this affair without being compelled to," said Dick quietly. "Come," said Ben, "we will introduce you to some very pleasant company." "You will find Geperal Putnam a most genial old gentleman, if 'ou treat him right," added Sam. "But the very old mischief if you don't," said Ben. "Yes, he has been known to hang a spy within an hour of his capture, when the fellow proved obdurate." Tli.e secretary turned pale and trembling, and then went off with the two Liberty Boys without any resistance. "You will attract less attention if you do not us to hold your arms," said Ben. "Which will be much safer for you, also," added -Sam, ''as. the people in no gentle temper, and if they thought you were a prisoner--" "Keep up a lively talk, they will think we are all friends, and suspect nothing ." "I don't see how I am going to be lively under the circumstances," snapped the other. "One can assume any mood, if need be," laughed Ben. The two boys did not hold the prisoner, but kept up a lively crossfire of talk, and those they met pupposed the three to be fast friends. This was done for the man's protection for, had the people known him to be an enemy, Ben and Sam could not have saved him. The boys themselves received every mark of consideration and respect. Their very presence showed the people that there were soldiers about, and that some thing was to be done to check the advance of the enemy. The secretary was delivered to the general and, knowing that his case was a desperate one, gave a good deal of valuable information. Bob was supplied with a list of places where fire s were to be started that very day. These were not on the list that Dick had obtained, and he at once despatched boys to all of them to seize any combustibles found, and arrest any suspicious persons . There were few arrests made, but considerable inflammable stuff was seized, the people in most cases knowing nothing' of its being in their barns or outhouses. "That was a very clever aiTest of Dick' s," said Ben to Sam. "Yes, indeed, but everything he does is clever. The man tried to hoodwink Dick into letting him gio, but he couldn't." "We had to let Fenton go," said Bob , "but he can't do any harm in the city, whatever he may do elsewhere." "He has more impudence than the secretary.' decla1ied Ben, "and caiTie s things with a higher hand." "Yes, but we will catch him yet, never fear." ' The boys were pretty busy all the morning, and . were likely to continue so. Dick came in shortly after noon , and said to Bob: . "Break camp at once. We are ordered to Brooklyn to join Colonel Hand." CHAPTER XIV.-An Old Acqtlaintance. By late afternoon the Liberty Boys were witn Hand -and his riflemen, near Gravesend. Already a l'arge number of the enemy, British and Hes sians, had landed at Gravesend, and were preparing to advance. When it grew dark, the fires were lighted more for company than for comfort, and pickets were posted to give warning of the approach. of the enemy. It was not yet late, when Ben Spurlock, on guard, heard some one approaching. "Halt!" he cried sharply. "Wh!) goes there?" A man dressed as a farmer came forward and said: "Is Hand's camp?" "Who are you?" asked Ben, who thought there was something familiar in the man's voice. He could not see the stranger's face on account of its beingi shaded by a broad-brinuned hat. "Oh, I live about here, and I'd like to know. I've a cousin with the--r:ifiemen." / To Ben it seemed as if the stranger had been about to say 'rebels' and had cherj{ed himself. The boy imitated the sound of a katydid, to attract attention. The Liberty Boy s had a code of signals made up of natural sounds, which they used in signalling to each other. One boy could thus communicate with another without exciting. suspicion. This signal meant that Ben suspected the stranger, and it was quickly re peated. It was nothing unusual to hear katydids chirping at this sea.son, and the man did not seem to notice it. "Who is your. cous in?" Ben aske d, suddenly stirring the fire ne;i.r by with his foot. It flared up, and Ben got a sudden look at the man's face.


fit' I 1g THE. LIBERT Y BOY S AND THE TOR Y G IRL "Surren der, you spy!" he cried, throwing his musket to his sho ulder. A number of the Liberty Boys were seen hurrying to the spot. The man was Fenton and Ben now recognized him. "Jove! the Liberty Boys!" the fellow gas ped, as he dashed away. Ben fired and carried away his hat, the sh<>t was so clo se . Other shots were fired, but struck the trees , and the spy escaped. "Wasn't it Fenton, Ben?" asked Dick, as he came up. "Ye s, Captain. His vo ice s ounded familiar, but when I caught of hi s face, I knew him in a moment." "His dress was different, then?" "Yes . I am not a s quick in remembering voices as yo u, or I would have known him s ooner." " The fellow i s at work again," said Dick. "He will try to make trouble, and we shall have to watch him." "Now that he knows where our camp i s," added Bo b, "he may bring some of the redcoats down on u s . " "Yes, but we're not a l one ," d eclared Mark, "and they'll find Colonel Hand and his rifleme n ready for them if they do come on." "Very true," said Dick. " I think the fellow will try to make mischief, but we don't know yet just what foun it will take." "We've got to be ready for anything;'' answer ed Bob . "It is likely that he was looking for Han d, and cam e uPQn our camp, seeing the fires." "Yes, and wanted to get all the information he could." "And Hand's men are as careful as we are." "Of cours e; especially with the e nemy so close." In about half an hour there was a su dden Alarm from Hand's camp. A strong party of .. the enemy advanced, trying to dislodge the riflemen. The pickets gave a timely alarm, howev er. The Liberty Boys were mounted, and Dick had them in the saddle in a sho r t time....and dashing down upon the enemy. . "Charge, Liberty Boy1>!" cried Dick, and the boys swep t down upon the enemy with a rush. They proved formidable allies, and the riflemen welcomed them heartily. The Britis h were not expecting them, and were taken by surprise. They were not expectilJigi cavalry, and were not pre1iared to meet the boys; who bore down upon them with a rus h. An attempt was made to meet the boys with bayonets, but Dick l ed the charge so impetuously that the redcoats were thrown into confusion. With Hand's men attacking them at one quarter, and the Liberty Boys at another, they became confused, orders were mis understood, and they were. soon in full fli ght. They were not pursued, as there were too many behind them. The boys returned t o tJ-)eir own camp and there was n o furthe r alarm that night, the e nemy evi dently decidi n g that it was better to wait till morning before advancing i n a country that was unknown to the m. In the morning, however, they came on in great numbers, British and Hessians, and the little band was forced to fall back. The enemy went as far as Flatbush, which they occupied, and then halted. The patriots fortified the pass leading to Bedford, and were here able to make a stand. The whole countryside was n ow alarmed, and Washington sent over fresh troops, and put General Putnam in command, Green, who had held the po s ition, being ill. Lord Sterling was po s t e d on Gowanus Creek, there was a strong detachment at Flatbush and another in Bedford. The forts at Red Hook and elsewhere were well manned and the patriots were determined to make as strong a stand as poss ible . More troops were landed , however, and matters looked serious, when one con sidered what a multitude could be brought aigainst the raw troops under command of Washington. "We've go t to do our best, boy s , that's all," said Dick. CHAPTER The Britis h and Hessians were at Flatbush, N e w Utrecht and Gravesend, waiting. The Bedford pass was well guarded; and as yet the enemy had not tried t o force it. Dick Slater was considered a champion spy, and he had already done good work in that capacity. He now de termined to see if he could l eaTn a nything of the enemy's intentions , and obtained permission to vi sit the hostile camp. Di sguising himself as a country boy, and taking an ordinary horse, he set out. MajoT was too st,r ikin g in appearance for his purpo e, and so Dick took one more i n keepi n g with his assumed character. He made his way toward Elatbush village, and, on nearing it, was accosted by three or four J :ough-looking men. He two of them as having b een with Gilbert Fenton in N ew York, but saw nothing of the man himself. The men did ot see m to recognize Dick, but they were of a n y one, not being above suspici on then'lselves . "Whe:i;e are you going, boy?" asked one. "Oh, just along here a piece," answered Dick carelessly. "There are are soldiers farther on, and they'll steal your horse. Better l eav' e him with us." "H'm! How do I know you wo n't steal it, too?" simply. "Well, we don1t know as we ought to let you go. Aren ' t you a rebel?" "'I dunno ; I hain't been to church much." "What's being a rebel got to do with going to church?" snarled one of the group. "I do1mo, do you ? I thought mebby you might. vVJ1at is it, anyhow?" "Huh! You're a natural-born fool!" with a snarl. "Guess I must be. Anyhow, I've been told s o often enough. Get up, Jim!" . One of the men snatched at Dick's bridle and was upset, the others jumping out of the way. "New York was too warm for those fellows, and so they came over to Long Island," thought Dick. "There are already a good man y such here." Going on, h e entered the village, seeing many redcoats and Hessians but beirn; unmol ested. Sudde nly, very much to his astonishment, he saw Lucy Asht on come o u t of a large, comfortablelooking hous e, standing a little back from 'the road, and come clown to the gate. Dick got off his horse and went forward. "Could I have a drink of water from the well if I drawed it myself?"h e asked simply.


'I'HE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE TORY GIRL 19 "To be sure you can,'' and then the Tory girl looked closely at Dick. "Thank you. I s ' pose I can drink out'n the bucket?" "Oh, I'll get you a cup,'' hastily. . "Yer needn't, if yer don't wanter. Been bothered by ther redcoats? Mebby ye're Tories?" Thegirl looked still more sharpl y at Dick, and then glanced around to see if any one were /within heariJlig>. "You are no country boy,'' she said, lowering ber voice. "Waal, who said I was? You ain't a country gal yerself." "How do you know I am not?" "Is that your aunt in the doorway? Has she' changed her views any?" "No, she has not, and you mus t be careful,'' said Lucy, now recognizing Dick . "What does the boy want, Lucy?" asked a woman in the doorway, stepping out. "A drink of water, Aunt Jane." "Well, can't you get it for him or let him get it himself? It does not look well for a young girl to stand the gate talking to strangers. ' ' 'l.'hey went to the well together, and Dick let down the bucket. "Is it not dangerous to venture so near to the enemy's lines?" asked Lucy. "Yes, but r must learn something. Have you seen Fenton?" "No. Is he here?" "He is on Longi I sland. We saw him las t night. When did you come?" "I came Father and mother were afraid to stay in the city." "And got right into the thick of the fight." "Yes, and there may be more." "You could not tell me the number of troops here?" "No." "Well, I will have to learn it myself," and Dick walked toward the road. He had just passed out at the gate when alQllg came. a party' of a dozen mounted redcoat:;. With them was Gilbert FentOJl in a sergeant's uniform. Dick was getting on his horse when Fenton saw him, and cried out excitedly: "There's Dick Slater, the rebel spy! Catch him!" Dick would probably have allowed the redcoats to get nearer, if Fenton had not called out s o sudde nly. Now, however, he leaped on his horse and dashed away. After him flew the redcoats, resolved upon his capture. Fenton fired two or three shots at close1 range, one of which struck the horse in the leg. He stumbled, and Dick was nearly thrown. Saving him.self, Dick leaped to the ground, fired a shot which took off Fenton's hat, and dashed down the road. He le.aped a fence, but the Tories headed him off, and then the redcoats came up, and he was cap tured. "Take the fellow back to the house we just passed," snarled Fenton, coloring, "and put him under a strong igtUard. We will dispose of him later. " Fenton evidently did not know that the Ashtons lived in the house, or Dick would not have been left there. Four of the men went back to the house with Dick, th"e rest keeping on. Lucy saw them as they entered the gate, but did not recog nize Dick. Mrs. Ashton came out and said: "What do you wish?" "Vi e have a -prisoner here, ma'am," said one. "We wish to lock him up till the rest of our men return. He is a rebel spy-one Dick Slater, I believe." "Dick Slater!" repeated the woman, with a strange expression . "Bring him in. There is a room o n the floor above where he can be k e pt." Dick knew by the woman's voice that she was friendly, although a Tory. Lucy had no doubt t old her how Dick had helped her more than on c e . n nd she felt grateful to him for it. Notwithsta'1ding . that she was a Tory, Dick knew that she would help him. "You are not a rebel, are you, ma'am?" a s ked the redcoat. "I, a r ebel? No, indeed, I am a lo yal subject of the king. " "Then , of course, you will not assist the rebel to escape?" "If he gets a\vay without my assistance. he will have to be a very clever fellow,'' the lady answered. Then sl1e showed the two xedcoats up stairs to a rear room on the floor above . "Tha t is my mother's room,'' she said pointing to one whicl1 adjoined it. "If the old comes out, you ne ed not be frightened." At the same moment she gave Dick a peculiar look. "Very well, ma'am, " and the redcoats took Dick into the room which the lady opened. They left him in it, c lo sed and iocked the door, and remained on guard outside. " I must. f;ee ho"". the old lady i s feeling," Mrs . Ashton said, entermg the other room and closing the door behind her at once. There was a connecting door between the two Dick presently heard a key turned gently m the lock. Then the door opened s oftly, without a creak. Mrs. Ashton beckoned to Dick, and he crossed the room . "You will find a disguise in the clothe spress ,'' she whispered. Dick smiled his thanks, and Mrs. Ashton closed the door again, making no sound . CHAPTER XVI.-Lucy Returns a Favor. "The woman is f1iendly, Tory or n0 Tory,'' Dick to himself, "and I am grateful." Looking out of the window, he saw a iedcoat pacing up and down in the garden. Listening at the door, he heard the two redcoats talking. "I must get to work at once,'' he sai d, "or Fenton will xeturn with the rest of the redcoats." Opening the connecting door noiselessly, he passed into the other room. Keeping away from the window, he '\vent at once to the clothespreS'S. There was no woman in the room, and he knew that there was not from the first . The lady's story about the old woman had been told to pave the way for his escape. In the clothespress he found a silk igiown, a shawl and a voluminou s cap: He at once drew on the govvn over the clothes he wore, put the black shawl over his shoulders, and adjusted the cap. There was a cheval glass in the room, and he surveyed himself in this, ad justing his disguise to his entire. satisfaction, '


20 THE. LIBERTY BOYS AND THE TORY GIRL There was a staff in a corner, which had been used by some old person, apparently, and this Dick took. Opening the door, he hobbled out into the hall, leaning on the staff. He had al.ready closed and locked the connecting do.or, and he now did the same to the other, holding the key in his hand. "Good morning, ma'am," one of the redcoats said. Dick put his hand to his ear, mumbled something, and went on. He had to use caution in_going down the stairs, being unaccustomed to skirts. Lucy came running up, 'however, saying: "Be careful, grandma, or you will fall. Let me help you." "Thank you, I can get down very well myself, child," said Dick, in a high key and a very gJJerulou s tone. The redcoats s uspected nothing, and Dick and Lucy went on downstairs to the livingi room on the floor below. As they reached it Fenton and the other redcoats came up. Fenton dismounted and started to enter the house. He was met by Mrs. Ashton, who said sharply: "Gilbert Fenton, yo u are unwelcome here. I shall n o t permit you to enter." Fenton bit his lip and turned to one of the redcoats near. "Where is the prisoner?" he asked. "On the floor above, I believe, Sergeant." "Go up and tell them to bring him clown." Lucy, meanwhile, had gone to the garden w ith Dick. "They want you in front," she said to the soldier posted there. "Yes, miss but I must wait for official orders. Jove! but yoi'.i're a pretty girl!" . Dick' s fist flew out in a second, and took him in the jaw, staggering him. "Take that for your impudence, and get out!" said Dick, with a well-aimed kick. It sent the man measuring his length on the gravel walk. Dick at once ran into the barn, tore off his disguise, threw it in a corner, and got out by rear window. There was a sudden alarm from the house. Dick's escape had been discovered. Fenton accused Mrs . Ashton of aiding Dick in his escape, and threatened to arrest her. Then A shton drove up, havingi been to the British camp. "We' ll see whether you will arrest any one or not," he said, springing out of the chaise. Then h e began to lay about him with the whip, and Fenton caught two or three sharp cuts. He quickly fled, jumped upon his horse and rode away. Dick meanwhile had reached the road, and took himself off to the camp. When he reached the camp, on foot, without a hat, and with his clothes soiled and dusty, Ben said to him: :'It looks as if you had had a lively time, Cap-tain." "So I have had, Ben,'' laughed Dick. "You have lost your horse, I see." "Yes and was deprived of my liberty for a ti:me, but, thanks to a clever Tory girl and her mother, I was not long a prisoner." CHAPTER XVII.-The Battle. After dark Dick left the camp in disguise to see if he could learn anything of the enemy, Coming to a tavern, which seemed well patronized, Dick entered. The taproom, bar and private rooms were all well filled, and Dick had some difficulty in finding a seat. He took one at a table near a door, and ordered a mugi of home-brewed ale and a plate of bread and cheese. At the table with him were three or four farmers, pronounced Tories, and two or three underofficer s . The table next to Dick was occupied by redcoats entirely, while at the one on the other side were Hessians and redcoats. Dick was thinking of leaving when he saw Fenton pm;;hing his way toward the table next to him. The man had been drinking heavily, his eyes were bloodshot, and he walked unsteadily. "Go easy, sergeant," said a second lieutena..'1.t, agains t whom he reeled. "Better sit down and steady yourself." "I tell you I am not a sergeant. I am a secret agent of G eneral Howe, and this is a--" man suddenly caught sight of Dick. \ vh o had arisen quietly. Even in his intoxicated dition, Fenton recognized Dick, and his eyes suddenly lighted up. "Stop that fellow!" he cried, staggering to his feet. "He is---" In trying to draw a pistol from hi belt, he it, the bullet penetrating. his side. At once he fell across the table, and there was great confusion. Dick did not wait to see what became of the s py, but made his way outside. Then looking in at a window, he saw three redcoats bearing Fenton between the m to the air. "The fellow. may have given himself a mortal wound by accident, or he may simply be badly hurt," thought Dick. Then some one came between him and the men bearing Fenton, and he could see nothing. Then he heard Fenton say hoarsely: "I guess I've done for myself, but don't let that boy escape. He is Dick Slater, the rebel spy!" Dick made his .way from the place, and I-Ost himself in the crowd on the walk. Altering his appearance by turning his coat and changing the shape of. his hat, Dick went back to the tavern. He did not enter, but listened to the talk of those outside. "Will he get over it?" asked one. "It's hardly likely. He plowed a hole in his side, and his lungs are badly hurt." "Who i s he?" "A spy, I think. He is only a sergeant, but I believe he is a good spy." Dick then went away. He never saw Fenton aigiain, and whether he recovered or not he never knew. That night the enemy sent a large force into Brooklyn by a pass that had been neglected, and while a feigned attack was being made at Flatbush and upon Lord Sterling, Clinton made his way unopposed . The patriots fought bravely, but were outflanked, and lost the battle. The next clay, under cover of a heavy fog, they made thei'r way back to New York. Next week's issue will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS SURROUNDED; or, A DARING DASH FOR FREEDOM."


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 2l CURRENT NEWS RIVAL PASTOR PAINTS STEEPLE The pastor of the Baptist Church painting the steeple of the M:ethodist Church was a unique scen e in Brownsville recently. Residents of that city say that the Methodist Church steeple needed a coat of paint, and of the church were having difficulty m findmg any one todo the work so the Rev. M . S . Woodworth, pastor of the B;ownsville Baptist Church, who has had som e experience as a painter,. volunteei;ed to paint it. It is reported that he did a good Job. 3 MEALS DAILY FOR $18 A YEAR At Tengschow, in the Province of Shantung, China , in the miss ion schoo l, a girl may have three meals a day for $18 . a year. Steam e d corn bread and iaw turnips that have been kept in brine and then chopped quite fine compose the regulation breakfast all the year. 1'.'or dinner there is u sually millet cooked dry like iice and some hot vegetable. Twice a week the i s cooked with fat pork instead of in bean oil as u s ual. Supper i s the same bi;eak fas t. To the Chinese student the menu is said to be highly satisfactory. ITALY'S FLOATING SAMPLE FAIR The success of the sample fair held both at Milan and a t Padua seems to have been sufficient to stimulate fuithei; in this plan of . de veloping sales. It 1s clau?ed that at the fair actual orders amount}ng to 500,000,00 0 lire were taken. Figures for th e Padua fair are not yet available. Tl;J.e lates t project of this kind is that of a floating fair on board the s t eamship "Trinacria" which will cover the principal cities of the M editerranean in the interests of Italian illanufactmers. The l ength of the stay in each port will vary n accordance with its importanc e, from four to se:ve n _days . . The cost to exhibitors will be 5,000 lire, m which all ex p e nses are included. -------STREET AFIRE FOR THREE BLOCKS which extends n ort11ward from street to the southwe:;;t corne1 of Van Cort Park, New York, i s ail.Te for thre e underneath the surface. The contractor who built the street last year is said to have used unsifted ashes to fill a hollow over which the street was run and recent rains and heat have caused spon combustion in the unburned coal among the cinders. ' Coal gas has been forming for weeks and contaminating the atmosphere, and several clays ago the s ub-surface dump caught fire. Smoke is now curling out of the centre of the street and the pavement is too hot to walk upon. The only remedy s o far offered is to let the fire burn itself out. FISH HELP POTATOES S uckers are the raison d 'etre as it were, of the wonderful potato crop grown around Dryden in O ntario. Sounds weird? It's ghastly. Back of that simple statement lies a pi scatorial tragedy. "Suckers by the million infes t Lake Wabigoon," said John Brandon of Dryden, a farming centre along the Canadian National Railways. "These fis h, weighing two and three pounds, and not good to eat, go up the creeks t

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 New York to Frisco On a Motorcycle --OR-' AFTER THE $10,000 PRIZE By RALPH MORTON When lle awakened there was a terrible odor in his nostrils, and his head ached horribly. All was dark about him, and now he recognized the smell of chloroform. • "Great Scott I've been drugged!" he muttered. Feeling about him, he became aware that he was on a hard wood floor. "This i:;; not my hotel room," muttered the man in surprise and alarm. "Where's my private m edicine?" H e felt inside his jersey pocket, and drew forth a little vial of some terrific stimulant. It was a:-i Oriental mixture of a curious make which was (A Serial Story) strong enough to drive the fumes of the sickening c h loroform from his head. CHAPTER XX.-(Continued ) He stood up, and taking a deep breath, softly "You seem to forget that I have you dead to advanced in the absolute dark. rights, Worthington. I know that several times He felt a rough board wall. you have taken lifts from your father's"This is some sort of a shed, if I'm not wrong," bile, that you and I have hopped on behind freight thought Hook. "What's that?" trains while you bribed the train m en to let us He stumbled against something and putting his stow the machines in the caboose. Don't forget hands down found that it was his own motorcycle. that I'm ju s t as sure of you as yo u r conscience The rubber tire was slashed in a hundred places is!" on each wheel! If Hook had see n the expressio n on Nat's face, -"Stung!" murmured Hook, in horror. "I must Jiowever, he would 0no t have been so confident. get out of here. That fellow .has stolen a march The l ook was one of triumph, for Nat suddenly on me, and there is no telling what sort of train remembered a. name his father had given him, in he has taken on this trip. I must .get supplies case of need. s om ewhere, although I don't even know where I "I'll wire ahead to Bill Sikens, in Rock Springs, am." Wyomin g . that's what my next trick will be," Just then he heard voices, on the other side thought Bob' s rival, v:ith a gleeful mind. "He'll of the plank wall. attend to t w o birds with one stone, all right." Th t t l l'sts kepton thei"v way g01ng "Let's have a look at him, and if he's all right e wo mo o eye 1 : r ' , h along the railroad track, which was decidedly the we'll go and fix the game for these ot er two best trail through this part of the country. tenderfeet that are coming through. It means ' There was a strained feeling between the two quick work, Jake." when they reached Rawlins, after long and di s Hook recognized the voice. It was that of the agreeable traveling. At this place Nat managed man who greeted him before the hotel-Bill to slip away from Hook long . enough to send -a S ike ns. . teleg-ram to Bill Sikens, of Rick Springs. It did not take Hook long to get back into This man was a friend, by s ome curious man-his original po sition on the floor, to throw over ner, of his father, and Nat had be'en tipped off his face the drug-soaked handkerchief which had that he would s top at nothing in h is aid of the covered it, and to pretend that he was unconscious. Worthington cause . The speakers entered the 1oom, swinging a When, muc h later, the hard distance between lantern, and each armed with a big revolver, Rawfin s and Rock Springs had been covered, with which Hook could see under a corner of his hand Hook maintaining his sharp lookout for Nat, the kerchief. estimable Bill met them at the hotel. "He's easy and go od for another four hours"There's a bad actor, all right," th-ought Hook. it's b ee n four since we doped him," said Jake. And Nat was of the same mind, when he espied "Now, let's get to the boys and fix up that little the villainous face of this notoriou s character, ambuscade." who had com e to the West when it be ::ame too They turned and left the place in darkness. dangerous for him to remain within reach of the Hook sprang up, and slipped to the doorway Eastern police . by which they had left. They swung some sort "Is this young Worthington?" asked Sik-ens of of bolt and padlock on it, but he forced it ope n Hook, as the two dismounted before the hotel. •long enough to hear their parting words as they "No, you've got the wrong is walked to their hors e s. your man," said Hook, unable to restrain a smile . "Well,I if that young Worthington did as he It was getting late in the afternoon, and Hook said, he's on the road, behind the Western middi vine d that some crooked work was apt to ensue. night express. That will . give him a lift clear Yet he had confidence in hi s own hold over Nat into Nevada." Worthington to maintain his safety. "Yes, and this rascal here will be penned up for Tlj.e two went upstairs, Nat and Sikens, talking the next month, so that he'll get nary a cent of in a l ow voice, and Hook tipped off the solitary that graft. You and I will get it instead. Say, bell-hop in the crude hotel to let him know when J ake, this is better than our old crook game in the other made a start. the East, isn't it?" Then Hook trundled hi s machine up to his room and Ja y clown for a rest. {To be continued)


THE LIBERTY B O YS OF ' 7 6 2 3 THE NEWS IN SHORT ARTICLES. A WHISTLING TREE Amon g the curiosities of _tree life is the so:i_ar, or whistling tree, of Nubia. When the wmd blow s over this tree it gives out flute-like sounds, playing away to. the hours . a time strange, weird melod1es . It i s tbe spirit of the dead singing among tl'le branches , the nati ves say, but the sc ientific white man says _ that sounds are due to a myriad of small whic h an msect bore in the spines of the branches . The weeping tree of he I slan?s i s anotber a_r boreal freak. This tree m the driest weather will rain down showers from its leave s, and the natives gather up the water from the pool formed at the foot o the trunk, and, find it I?ure and fresh. The tree exudes the water from mnumel' able pores at the of the leaves. ALL p ARTS OF PEANUT VINES USED A peanut mill which will utilize eyery pa_rt . of the vine i s to b e installed by the NiJ.tional M1lhng Company of M_acon, G _ a. between. now. and Nov. 1. The mechamcal which w1ll be modern in every way and cos t m exce:;s of. $300,000, has alreaoy b ee n ordered. The mill will have a capacity of sixty tons of p eanuts .a dar. The machinery includes a the peanuts from the vmes, grmdmg and shelling the nuts , baling the stalks and le av:es as hay, and crushing the smaller nuts for 011 and. peanut meal and the h ull;; for meal to be u se d in The process wi!J eliminate labox pick ing the peanuts, . heretofore a hrndrance rn the commercial handJrng of the product. GAS "MASKS FOR FOREST FIRES Necessity taught the English and Amerkll;n s the u s e of i:ras masks. Now these same accesones of war hav'e been put to u se in fighting attacks of the destroyeT in nature. A severe forest fire in Aberdeenshire, England, fed by a high for days. On the fourth day a veering wmd gravely endangered the mansion house of Lord \i',lentanar and the village of A1?oyne. . . Lord a1entanar, who had kept an all-mght vigil following his hurried from Londo!l, was called upon to decide quickly whether, m the hope of checking the spread of the fire . to the woods of Craigendinnie, densely planted with old Scots pines , he would sacrifice . of valuable wood at the edge of Knosik1e Hill by burning it in advance of the col':'mn of flame. He immediately gave orders to withdraw those battling against the advancing fire and to burn the wood uphill. Thus the advance of danger toward the township of Abo:Vne was stayed, but further oft' in the depths of the main forest a fierce blaze still roared and crackled. Subdued at one point, the fire broke out in a nother, a n d mobile parties were sent speeding hither a n d thither to ce nters which sentries posted on a tall watch tower signaled as bei n g alight. Thus the day was one of alternatin g hopes and fears. Once came a shout of victory, as over a stretch of three miles a wall of fire was beaten down. But later this temporary success was nullified by a more vicious outbreak further south. GREATEST OF V OLCANOES I n the island of Savaii, in the Samoan grou p, during an August night in the year 1905, there arose from the midst of a peaceful cocoa plan tation a vslcano that in four years o f its still ceaseless activity has sent forth more m olten lava than has any volcano of which there is record. To-day this flo w of lava, in some places 700 feet in depth, is filling up the sea along a front age of more than seven miles, has destroyed about fifty villages and as many square miles of what was once the most productive area in all Samoa. From Apia, abo u t fifty miles away on the islan d of Upolo, it is sometimes possible t o read at night by the glare of the Savaiian volcano, whose twin pillars of vapor by day become columns o f red. Above the ever-seetliing lake of fire within the crater . hangs a great crimson cloud, while eight mile s di stant from the volcanic cone appears a lesser cloud, sometimes divid e d into many columns of apparent fire. It is but the steam arising from the sea, color ed by the red glowing lava that pours a Niagara of fire over the cliffs that the ceaseless torrent of molte n rock builds higher and hi gher every day. The oce a n steamers touching at Apia pass within clo s e hailing di s tance of this dramatic s p ec tacle. Scientists who have see n the mo s t recent flow say that every minute 300,000 tons of lava flow over the lower rim of the crater; and this not resembling in any way the other lava, but like molten iron spreads over the old field and beyond, until at the sea there i s a Niagara of fire fll ten miles in width. A s this molten lava falls into the o cean, says Harper's Weekly, it turns to fine black sand and sinks , and s o a new coast line is being built up in water 300 to 400 feet deep. This moving molten lake advances at the rate of four miles an hour. As it pours itself into the sea column s of water are raised in steam to incalculable h eights , and this , descending in a fine rain of brine, destroys vegetation and corrodes the galvanized iron roofings of churches and trading station s for miles around. As the torrents of boiling lava break against t h e basalt cliffs or hummocks left by the old flow cliffs are melted by the heat, hummocks disintegrated and carried forward by the flow to be hurl ed into the sea, where they explode like titanic bombs, and this is taking place every mo ment along an ever-widening sea front of ten miles at least. F o r more than a mile out in thP. ocean the water bo ils, and from the creater s t ill flows a steady s tream o f lava greater, it is said, tban many has ever seen in the past i ss u e from any volcano of w h ic h there is record .


24 , THE SELF C ONFESSED By PAUL BRADDON \ LIBERTY A foggy night in November. The time-fifteen tninutes to six. Within the great galvanizing works of Gurton Brothers the yellow gas jets were casting a feeble. light through the dense smoke -laden atmosphere on to the workers and their near surroundings. Outside the immediate vicinity of these lights the place was grim and strange indeed. The rafters, gray with the smoke of twenty years, loomed out of the darkness overhead like twining ghostly arms, and in the black obscurity ahead piles of sheets assumed a thousand fanciful shapes, conveying the impression, in that uncertain light, of an army of great black ghosts that stretched up, up, up into the gloom until they were lost to sight as they blended with it. By six o'clock the various noises that made up the one unceasing din had subsided altogether for the night. The workers finished their tasks and then instead of departing homeward they gath ered together into a compact crowd to discuss a subject uppermost in the minds of all. Reginald Carrington, the manager of the works, had mysteriously disappeared. He had been missing since ' the preceding night, and left no trace behind-had vanished as completely in fact, as though swallowed up in an Here was a man, in the very prime of man hood, blessed with all that makes life most enjoyab!e, supposed to have left his native affectionate mother, and, above all-at least in the opinion of the majority-his money, deposited in the largest local bank, where it still remained unclaimed by him or any one else, and his remunerative situation. It was absurd, totally ridiculous, to imagine tl}at any man in his sane senses would leave his inoney, above all, behind him, they argued and the conclusion they arrived at was ominous-there had been murder done, and the manager had been the victiml And there, with bated breath, each man gazed into his fel low's eyes and seemed to read therein an answering reflection of his own unuttered thoughts. * "' * "' * * Two months later than the opening date of this story the assize court at B--was thronged with a motley crowd, each individual of which hag gathered there to hear the sensational trial of a townsman for the murder of Reginald Carrington, formerly manager at Gurton Brothers' galvanizing works. After a few minor cases had been tried, the prosecuting counsel in the murder case was ob served to whisper in the ear of his clerk, and simultaneously the prisoner against whom so vile a crime was brought appeared in the dock. His appearance elicited an almost universal expression of detestation, in the shape of a low, hissing groan. Few were there a:mong the audience who showed one atom of pity for the miserable being as he stood before them, pale and hollowed-eyed, the living, breathing picture of a guilt-haunted, remorse-stricken man. He had been arrested on circumstantial evi dence, it is true, but it was like the links in a chain, and every link was sound. The case went BOY S O F '76 on. Witness followed' witness and gave evidence of the clearest kind; and as the trial proceeded and the guilt of the accused became more parent, an expression of abhorrence grew and strengthened on the faces of the audience until they seemed on the point of bursting forth' in an audible outburst of virtuous indignation. After the last witness had left the box, the prosecuting counsel arose to address the court. "My lord and gentlemen of the jury," he began, in clear, distinct tones, "the evidence that has been submitted to your notice is of such a clear and unmistakable nature, that comment upon it would seem utterly superfluous. Nevertheless I will give it to you, as briefly as in' a more concise form; for, in an affair o:fl'such awful magnitude as this, it & wise to merely dwe ll "lightly upon it. "It makes one shudder to know that such a wretch existed in our midst, and yet he was on t erms of 1:he greatest apparent friendship with murdered man, Mi:. Reginald Carrington, until the entrance of Miss Nellie Dangerfield into the galvanizing works of Me ss r s . Gurton Brothers. It was th.M; young lady's personal attractions that sowed the seeds of dissens ion between them and from friends they changed to rivals . ' "Each strove to possess her affections, but of the two sh_e favored Reginald Carrington alone, thus arousing all the male volen c e of the prison er's nature . He b ecame sull n, nursed h i s anger until it overpowered his reas on, and eventually resorted to drink as the only fitting m ethod of drowning unrequited love-if you can style his brutish passion by,that sacred name. Inflamed ii; mi_nd and body, he uttered s peech e s against his rival and Miss Dangerfield that I r efrain from mentioning, for obvious reas ons. This resulted in a quarrel between the prisoner and the murdered man, in which, as two witnesses have testified, the prisoner was heard to threaten his rival's life should he attempt to marry Miss Dangerfield; and that he did contemplate such a ceremony Miss Dangerfield has admitted, the day fixed upon being. Christmas Day. "When he knew ..this, the prisoner acted like a maniac. He openly avowed his determination to prevent the marriage at any cost, as several wit nesses have proved. This was on October 12th. A, month later Reginald Carrington mysteriously disappeared. He was s een last in the prisoner's company by the two night watchmen of the works, and from that moment all trace of him seemed lost. Suspicion pointed to the prisoner as the author of Carrington's absence. It was surmised that he had fulfilled his threat and murdered his rival; but how and where no one could tell. At last palpable evidence of the prisoner's, guilt was discovered . This evidence was supplied after Mr. Carrington had been missing a week. • "On November 20th a large 'pot' was being 'dressed' at Messrs. Gurton's and as the gigantic 'spoon' brought the refuse metal from the bottom of the 'pot,' there was seen topping it ihe works of a watch, a steel chain (immediately reco gnized as Mr. Carrington's), and a two-bladed pocket-knife, with a halft of steel, on which was engraved the prisoner's name, Henry Johnson. These articles, with the silvery dross clinging which you have seen, were taken to where


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 25 prisoner was at work, and s o great was his emo tion at sight of them, that h e turned white as snow and swooned. ''I have nearly done. Before you, my lord and gentlemen of the jur,, stands the guilty wretch, who has committe d a crime only paralleled in the history of bygone ages. Think of the murdered man's agony, plunged into a molten mass of metal. What death could fiendis h malignance devise worse than this? It must have been ter rible. It is horrifying enough to think of; but to undergo such pain-to walk through the Dark Valley in such a way-to endure the concen trated anguish of a life-time in one brief mo ment-all the glories of the land above can hard ly make it fade from the ;>urifi e d soul." The prosecuting ccunsel sat down amid sub dued applause. "Prisoner at the bar," said the judge, "what defense have you to offer?" "None, your lordship," was the mournful re sponse. "It is u se less for me to continue the ple_a of 'not guilty' in the face of the accumulated e"v1dence all have heard. I confess to the crime!" The prisoner cast a pitiful, agonized glance toward her, and, with half s ob, resumed : "As has been tes tified by the night watchman of the place where I last worked, 1 was the last person seen with the manager on the day he was last see n alive. Half intoxicated, I had paid a visit to his office, and, on finding him engaged in gazing with loving eyes at a photograph of her I loved so madly, I heaped all the insults upon him my reeling brain could conceive. He retorted and a stormy scene ensued, the result bein'g I found myself discharged. "About twenty minutes to nine he emerged :(rom hi s office and advanced to where I stood, near the huge 'dipping-pot,' concealed. in the shadow of a pile of s h eets. When opposite to me I clenched my fis t and struck him half-sense less to the ground. I the n carried his limp form and laid it on the side of the 'dip-pot,' and then, with the calmness of a red Indian, I tested the heat of the metal with a 'skimmer,' and found the 'pot' was all but boiling. Then, turning to my rival, whose eyes had opened in the meantime, I hissed : "Look well at my face, old friend! It's the last you'll see in this world! Nellie--' "I had scarcely uttered the name ere he seize_d a. handful of di r t that rested near, and flung it in my eyes. "Binded for a moment, and doubly enraged, I sprang madly fo:r;ward and pushed him into the 'pot.' The next mstant the metal exploded and dropped around me like hail. "I stayed no longer. I knew m-y' dreadful work was firiished; and, as best I could I made my way home, eluting in the thought that I had slain my rival and pre:,,erved my situation, b:t never thinking of the remorse that was to make my existence unbearable when my senses should become cool and collected. "You can see me now a wreck of what I used to be-unfit to live, unfit to die! I am in your • hands; do with me as you will." He ceased abruptly, just as a disturbance oc curred in the crowded ranks of the audience; and from their midst a man was ushered by a con stable into the witness-box. Like the prisoner, he was of massivr, propor tions, but his features were hidden under a tangled mass of beard, etc. "What is the meanin?, of this?" the judge de manded of the constable, as the man was placed in the box. "It means , my lord, ,that I desire to give evi dence in favor of the prisoner,'' was the startling r eply of the witness . "What evidence can you adduce in favor of the pris on e r now when he himself has confessed his guilt?" d emanded the astonished judge. "The strongest proof of his innocence,'' the man replied, gravely, but with scarce-perceptibl e tremor in his voice . "Reginald Carrington was never murdered. He lives-unknown to all save me. I alone know where to find him. To me has been vouchsafed a greater knowledge of this affair than even the prisoner can com)l'land. The particulars you h a ve heard are true in all but one point, and that is the manner in which the prisoner dealt with his rival after the dirt had been flung in his (the prisoner's) face. Instead of pushing him into the 'pot,' he knocked him over the side in an awkward position. Simul taneous ly, a damp cake of metal was displaced on the 'pot's' side , and fell in, creating an ex plosion, during which Carrington made his es cape unheard. In a somewhat dazed condition he made all ha'.ste in a homeward direction, only to b e knocked down by a horse driven by a hawker. He was picked up and taken by the hawker to his home in a neighboring town. A doctor was summoned, and he declared that Carrington's skull was fractured. Brain fever ensued , and the kind-hearted hawker and hi s wife tended the s ick man with as muc h care as though h e had been their son. Nothing was found on hl:c' body to lead to his identity-nor did his feverish ravings afford any clew-so that he remained for a time :; unknown even in name . At last the patient was convalescent; and then, when the recollection of the cruelty of his one-time friend, dawned upon him, and he learned that this friend was to be tried for murdering him, he determined to be present at the trial to prevent a judicial murdE:r taking place, and so he came disguised as ybu see him now. "Behold me! I am the missing man, Reginald Carrington!" As he spoke the preceding sentence, the witness plucked from his face its hairy disguise, anl!, amid a scene of thrilling excitement, disclosed to view the well-known features of the manager of Gurton Brothers' galvanizing works. . * * * * * * On the deck of the good ship Ormuz stood a stalwart man, and by hi s side an aged woman, gazing at the fast-receding shores of their na tive land. They were Henry Johns on and his mother, who were bound to Australia's distant clime. "Thank heaven, dear mother, that all has turned out so well," Johnson whispered. "May the good and great Ruler grant dear Reginald and his sweet bride Nellie long life and happiness!" "Amen, my dear boy,'' the mother replied; "for they are angels on earth-generous, merciful, • kind." '


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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 27 INTERESTING NEWS ARTICLES MOVIE THEATRE CHECKS CIGARS A moving picture theatre in Bardwell, Ky., adopted a fil'st aid to economy. On the right of the entrance to the theatre is a check stand for cigars. As men go into the place, ins tead of littering up the front of the show with their cigar butts, they put them in little jars on the wall and take a check out showing the number of the jar. When the show is over the butts are lighted up again and a dime or a quarter is saved, and the owner of the theatre is saved the expense of hiring a negro boy to sweep up the butts the following moming. THE FASTEST AMERICAN DESTROYERS. All American records for speed were broken by the torpedo boat destroyer "Satterlee" during her standardization firing over the measured mile off Rockland, Me., when she made a mile at the rate of 38.26 knots. The best previous record of 37.04 knots was held by the American destroyers "Dent" and "vVickes." The boat als o e stablished a new record in her class for horsepower, developing a maximum of 31.223 . The "Satterlee," which has been in commission six months, was built by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company. KILLED A LYNX. The first lynx pelt that has been seen at Ashland, Wis., fot many years was to tn ' county clerk's office by E. J. lighthouse keeper on Michigan The ammal !!ad prowling about the lighthouse for some tune, a• 1 n one day became so bold as to come right up to the back door. Lane picked up a club to attack the animal but before he could strike the lynx had sprung' at him. A fight followed, in which Lane had not by any means the best of it, but he finally managed to reach the house .and the animal off for a moment rushed m, slamming the door after him. Then, seizing his gun, he hut ried to .the window and shot the lynx through the head. The killing of the lynx brought Lane a boen1v of $6. PARIS YOUTHS GO RAT S .HOOTING Every way of hunting rats is permitted in Paris except with a gun. That discove r y was made b:v t;v..o French youths at the end. of a happy evening shooting rodents with a small shotgun along the boulevards. When they read that the great rat hunt season had opened in •the city and that twenty-five centimes reward was offered for every .... dead rat, they got themselves rigged up in corn plete hunting costume, game bags, guns anrl knives complete, and started out where they thought they would pick up the biggest bar.-s . The fir s t battle was at a railway station. Their beater rounded out the corner while they s tood on guard. Two fell to their guns, and with them stuffed in their bags they went on their way along the streets. Wherever a rat dared show his nose up through the grills around the sidewalk trees , he was with a fusillade of the tiny shot. It was dark when this adventure happe ned, but the heroes of it u se d their weapons well. When they had been shooting for an hour their bag:o were well filled. The elated hunters made their way ta the Place de Clichy, hoping to repeat their success. "There was a noise behind. \Vere the rats massing for an attack on our rear to avenge their dead? All we could see was two dim figures of men. They were cycli s t policen1en. As our guns were apparent we could not d env the chac.')2'" when they asked, 'Have you been shooting?' 'To-day the rat-hunting seasons opens,' we explained, ':ind we are making a beginning.' All the polic emen answered was 'Come to the police station.' There the sergeant' ' in charge was business like. 'Your names and profession,' he demanded. "Rut hunters, beginning the season,' was the answer. "By even ranks the policemen broke into laugh ter and triumphantly I held up one of our victims by the tail. The proof was irrefutable, but our arms had to be surrendered. All ways , it appears, of killing rats are permitted except th'lt of treating them as rabbits and making a jolly shooting party along the boulevards.'' "THE WAY TO BECOME A MOVING PICTURE ACTRESS" is in "Moving Pieture No. 326. Get a copy. Price 7 cents; po,:;tage free. HARRY E. WOLFF, 166 W. 23rd St., N. Y. "MYSTERY MAGAZINE" SEMI-MONTHLY 10 CENTS A COPY LATEST ISSUES 60 CAUGHT WITH 'HE EVIDENCE, by Ethel Ilosemon. 61 A LITTLE GOLD SPIDER, by Cec!l Burleigh 62 THE VELVE'l' TOUCH, by J"ullali Darrow . 63 THE CLUE OF THE RED LAMP, by Char0les Fu! Qursler. 64 THE SCHEME OF SOLOMON SN.ARE, by William Hamilton Osborne. 65 QUICKEll THAN 'l.'1-11!: EYE, by Ralph Curi;imlns 6G THE .c.LUE IN THE DARK ROOM. by Cra1g1e. 67 'HE '1.'0NGUE OF OSIRIS, by Marc Edmund J"onea 68 DE'l.'ECTIVE WADE'S BIG CASE, by Ethel Rose: mon. 69 THE SPIRIT BELL, by Charles Fulton Oursler. 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?.8 THE LIBERTY BOYS O F ' 7 6 Gooo READING LONDON'S MONOLITH CONTAINS COINS Yv ill the workme n 1vho are busy repairing the of \.Jeopatra s N e edle disturb the ja1s which were place d in the pedestal when the monolith was erected? The jars contain Britis h coin s , a translation of the m eaning of the hieroglyphics inscribed on the monum ent, a railway guide, a number of children ' s toys, copies of newspapers, a map of Lond o n, a h'anslation into s eve r al languages of St. John iii., 16, a history of the monument and it s journey to London, and many other things. This was a fter the custom of the ancient Egyptians. FIRST RADIOGRAM HEARD 'ROUND WORLD RECEIVED The fir s t wire less message "to be heard around the world" was r e ceived Augus t 21s t by Secre tary Daniels from the Lafayette Radio Station at Bordeaux, France. The message was the first to be sent from the Lafayette station, the largest in the world, which has just been completed by the U. S . Navy and is undergoing official test before being t urned over to the French Government for operation. The message receiv e d by Secretary Daniels fol lows: "This is the first wireless message to be hea1 d around the world and marks a milestone on the road of scientific achievement." In a radio message of reply, the Secretary said: "Congratulations upon the succe ssful completion of the gigantic radio Etat fon named for that distinguished Fre11chma11 whom all Americans honor. to serve a military purpose, it will not serve to bind clo ser the cordial relations which have always existed between France and the United States. "On behalf of the United States Navy, I desire to express my pleasure upon the achievement of the Lafayette 11adio station in transmitting the first message to b e heard around the world. We are happy to recognize in this powerful signal a symbol of that force and sympathetic understanding with which the voice of France shall be heard by its sister republic.'' MUTTON CHOP COSTS 12 CENTS A BITE IN ZURICH The following l etter, written from Lugano, Switzerland, by Indiana travelers, has been rec e ived in Indianapolis : "We have b ee n ov e r the top of the Alp s and are on our way to Italy. W e are h e id up by the railroad strike , but it i s in such a be autiful r e gi o n that we are rather glad. All the Swi s s cities are lov e ly and cl ean, inside and out. We are now down where ihe Italian-Swiss are. We like the Fre nch-Swiss b es t. The Swiss go to France and Italy, a s their mon e y i s better over there and but few come h e re, a s prices are frightful. Regarding prices sky high: Paris in its palmies t days neve r had a nything on Switzerland. In Zurich one mutton chop co s t $1. We hoped by being very careful and being dainty to get at least ten bites out of it. That wo u ld be 12 cents a bite. But we could not do it. The be s t we c ould uo eacn u.te cos t us 12 1-2 cents. "Five dollars a day for a room no bath or run ning _water. '!'he pnces am iixed by the hotel assoc1at1on and many hotels are closed . So they ke e p the prices up, waiting for the Americans. Every one seem s waiting to snatch our money away. One man said: 'You have all made so muc h mon e y out of the war, come over here and let us g e t some of it.' 'Some of it' i s good. You won't have any l eft. But it is a b eautiful country, and you can forgive, e specially as every othe r country is trying to do the same. You never hear how muc.h the American people are domg! only how much they are making. I hope we will n ever hate and envy a s some of the people do on this side of the world. "We met a party of young girls from Alabama traveling with their teacher. You cannot imagine how refreshing it was to see them-a bunch of AI?erican beauties, clear-eyed, clear-skinned, bnght and alert. Just to see them was a treat. We meet many Americans and all are of the same opinion: 'We always did love -our country, but now we worship it.' "-Indianapolis News. A PEST OF APES Gibraltar is having its deportation difficulti e s. The "Rock" has twent)'. undesirables which it is anxious to get rid of. The subjects of deportation or extermination are monkeys. How they fo und their way to Gibraltar is not known but the supposition is that they originally came 'over from the opposite African coast, where they exis t in a wild state in large numbers. Formerly they were much more numerous on the "Rock" than at present, though at one time they were reduced to twelve. Now there are twenty, mostly females and young males. O f the latter, the oldest, known as "Samson,'' is four years old. The two oldest died recently--.a male, first known as "Ferguson" and lately as "Hinden burg,'' but generally as "the old man,'' and a female known as "Old Jenny." The members of the present troop are very often seen on the western side of the "Rock," to which they are driven by the strong wind from the east. They live mostly on swee t roots and on what they can steal from gardens and houses. Encouraged by fruit and nuts give n them by passersby, very frequently they vi sit the town, though people are prohibited from feeding them under p enalty. Lately numerous c omplaints have b ee n made in the interes t of satation, concerning the nuisance caused by apes, who befoul roofs and terraces from which rain wate r is collected fo r drinking purposes and stored in tanks. So far nothing has b een decid ed. Though extermination or d e po rtation has b ee n contemplated, public feeling i s strongly against either measur e, and the better fe eding of the apes on the "Rock" to discourage their vi sits to the town in ques t of food, and their being con fined to certain numerical limits. At present Gibraltar contributes $105. a year for the care and feeding o f the apes.


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REMEMBERED A VOICE AFTER FORTY YEARS Former Mayo1 Thurston of Cambridge, Mass., attracted by a belllike voice, stopped a minute to listen to the c-0nversa tion of an aged man and a Harvard student of nineteen. "Isn't your name Lyon?" he asked the old gentleman. "It surely is," a n s w e r e d the party addres sed. "I heard you read forty year s ago, and although I have never heard your voice since, I recognized it immedi ately," v o 1 u n -teered the former Mayor. "Yes, I am Col. George A. Lyon, whom the papers call the seventyyear-old Harvard student. I did quite a bit of reading when I was in college . You know I had to work my way through. C o m e up to my rooms in Stoughton somo time. You will always find the latch up, a good crowd there, cup of tea or ooffee and a good sized b o w 1 of crackers," replied Lyon. "I surely wi ll ," de.clared former Mayor Thurston as he w a 1 k e d away busy with memories, for the time he s poke of was hi s courting days, and she was at his side when Col. Lyon recited a rather appealing poem of love and romance. . ] l2c.aocvs•o•LY-81G FOl't . . aovs 11..ia; ll -iri• trielt ....;eltr ll'aaa wnh -X Kay. MARVEL MFG. CO.. D111t. 13. NlW HAVEN. COIM. A BIG SAMPLE BOOK of the very finest patterns and woolens from which to order your new suit or over coat will be sent to you a t once, prepaid. Do not send ns a sine-le penny. Just give us yournameand address and the catalo1r will be mailed immediately I "Agents Wanted You will be able to make $60 a week and more in your spare time by just taking orders from your friends and acquaintances from the catalor that you will order from. Give us your n ame NOW I Everything is FREE 1 REPUBLIC WOOLEN CO. Dept. 446 CHICAGO OLD COINS WANTED $ $2 to $;;00 EACH paid for Hundreds o! Coins uated before 1895. Keep ALL old Money. You may have Col11s , , orth a Large Preruium. Send lOc. for new Illustrated Coin Value Book, size 4x6. Get Posted at Once. CLARKE COIN CO., Box 35, Le Roy, N. Y. BIG VALUE for I 0 Cts. 6 words and music; 25 Pic tures Pretty Girls ;40 Ways to Make ' " Money; l Joke Book; I Book on Love; l Magic Book; 1 Book Letter Writing; 1 Dream Book and Fortune Teller; 1 Cook Book; 1 Base Jlall Iluuk, gives rules for games; 1 Toy Maker Book; Language of Flowers l Morse Telegraph Alpha bet 12' Chemical Experiments; .. illl•l'ilJl'Mag;c .l'.ge Table; Great North Pole Game 100 Conundrums: 3J;>uzzles; 12 Games; 30 for Autogra,,h Albums. All I the above by mail for 10 ,.ta. and 2 eta. postage. 1 BOlAL SALES CO., Box IO, South Norwalk, Con•. \ REAL PHONOGRAP.H Beautifully•h•d1 nickel windins cran!,, 1prlnr mo'r, tpHd reguldor. l\o p l ever. Ne" impr oved 1ound box wiih mica diaphragm, makfll rerfecireproducdenaof all kind• of muolc. A MARVELOUS Machine tn every wft.y. Daiichi ed ihouundt ot homH, Send NO MONEY Just.your name,and we will aend }'OU of our Art. PiciurH \o di1po H of on special offer at. 2So each. Send UI \he as you collect and we will eend ihie new im .. proved E . D. L. Phonogra ph and a tel•cllon of G records free. E, D. LIFE,Depl, 9146 Chloago A SIX MONTHS' SUBSCRIPTION TO THE BOYS' MAGAZINE FOR ONLY 50 CENTS! By accepting this r emarkable low price otter you save 70 cents over the newsstand ririce as our piice PER COPY ls 20 cents. THE BOYS' MAGAZINE ls the finest bois perlOhysical Training, Editorials, Stamp and Coin ing, R e view ct !\cw Boys' Hooks, MO\•ing-Plct:urc 1'1Srw and ]'layers. S tories by lloys, Debating, Outdoor S port.-,... this we nre now oubllshing, in each i ss u e . a large nura. ber o! illust.ra t ed jok e s drawn by the b e st. comic artists in Am e r ic a. Send only GO cent-s tol.lay (s end stamt>S if more convenient) and we'll en te r your subscrivtio n at onre. You are not taking the slightest chance AS wro WILL REFUl\D YOIJR nfMEDIATELY shou1a you not be more than pleased wltdt THE BOYS' MAGAZINE. Our firm is Incorporated ror under tl!le laws o f the State ot Pennsylvania. Eve . q banker and pubHsher in America will tell you we a.rt ABSOLUTELY RELIABLE. 8a send along your subscription and If THE MAGAZINE doesn't far exceed your expeci.ations we'll refund your money promptly and wlLbout question. Address: T ho Scott F . Redfleld Co .• Inc. 5040 Main St., Smethport. Pa. TIE BOYS' MAGAZINE 1 ' CET ON THE STACE VAUDEVILLE


A NEGRO UTOPIA The "promise d land" for the Southern negro is in a 35,000 acre tract in Lon oke County, Arkansas, where a riew idea negro community is bein g built and for which a set of laws has bee n paid dow n that forbid s almost kind amusem,ent save "hunt ln' 'possum" and whose code i s "work," on the theoi y that idl e ness i s the worst enemy of the negro, the old saying about "all work and no play " to the c ontrary notwithstanding. There w ill be no dancing, n o shoot ing "craps," no card playing, no loafing, no fighting. About the only thing that this n ew and fast growing community will be permitt ed to do is hunt. Not even baseball is admitted within the limits of lawful amuse ment. And the chief aim is the establish ment of a big factory to turn out high quality and artistic coffins. The "promised land" surrounds the community cente r that has been named Allport and to which 568 f::unili es have gone , each to take up <1nd improve forty acres of land. Next year all business , most o f which i s now conducted by , will b e taken over by negroes, and one year from now the whole community's law and order, religion, administration and any other work that may fall under these general headings will be in the hands exclusively of negroes who li ve in the community. The "bad nigger" is barred. It takes a first rate "character" to gain a place in the community. The moving spirit for this Utopia for ncgroes and the one who is respons ible for most of the ideas that are being worked out, for the enforcement of its laws and for mo s t o . f the other things that pertain to living and learning and prospering, is the R ev. R. Amos, negro "elder," as he calls himself, who has been a leader of his race in Arkansas for a good many years. At this particular time, ho w ever, he is going through the State conducting meetings for the particular purpose of striking down what he terms "vicious propaganda" aimed to create di s cord between negroe and whites. He has held sixty-four meetings to teach contentment to his race. His work has been indorsed by Governor C. H. Brough, of Arkansas, and by a good many other white people, , THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 -LATEST ISSUES -101.7 Boys and the Gipsy Spy; or. L earning the Enelny's 1018 '.l.'lle Liberty Iloys and the "Wicked Six"; or, The Plan to Kid-nap Washington. 1010 'liJfuJ'iberty Boys and "Mad Mary"; or, Fighting Among the 1020 Boys' India n Runner; or, Thrashing the Red 1021 The Liberty Boys in Cnnvas Town; o r The Worst Place in Old New York. 1 022 'l'he Liberty Boys on tl1e D!'luwar e ; or, Holding Fort M i ffl in. 10 23 'l'be Liberty Boys in Wyoming Valley; or, D ick Slater' s Nar-rowest Escape. 102-1 The Liberty Boys and the Fighting Parson; or, The Brave Rall y at Rahway. 1025 Boys a t Four-Ilole Swamp; or, Cornered by a Regi1 1026 Boys and "Lnme .Joe"; or, The Best Spy of the 1027 Th0 Liherty Boys on Pine 'l'ree Hill; or, The Cbarge of the \I b ite llors0 l'roop. 1028 '!'Ile LI her Lr Boys' Thr0at; or, Doing as ThC'y Said. 1 020 'l'hc Liberty Boys After pelancey; or, '.l.'he Boldest Sweep of All. 'l'he Liberty Bors on a 1' ura)': or. Hot \York With the Haiders. 1031 'l'h<• LthPrty lloys and the l\lohr.rnk Chief; or, After SL. Leger's 1ndians . For sale by all newsdealers, or nill be sent to any address on recei p t of price, 7 cents per copy, in m-oney or stainps, b;,:FRANK TOUSEY, Pub., 168 "'est 23d St., New York. OUR TEN -CEN T HAND BOOKS No. 56. HOW TO AN ENGINEER.-Contaiu;u., full i strutlions liow lo hecowc n locou1otive engh1eer; also;.<';tions fn buildin(: a 1ii sbed, and i t iR brimful of wit nncl humor. It contains ll c(\llection of songs, jokes, eonundrums, etc., of-'l'errence MuJd Jll'e the great wit, humorist, and practical joker of the dal' oon, No. 66. JiOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Contalning over three hundr d inte resting puzz les and conundrums, with key to sam e . A corupJ et book. Fully illustrated. e e No. 67. HOW T . 0 DO TRI.CKS.-Containin large collection of rnstructive and highly amusrng electrical trfck a togeth e r with 1llustrations. By A. Anderson:-9 • For sale by all newsdealers, o r will be sent to any addreu •• receipt of price, lOc. per copy, o r 8 for 25c., In money or p ostaire atamp s , b y FRANK TOUSEY, 188 Weat 2Sd St., New Yerll. SC E N ARIOS HOW TO WRITE THEM B y J A.MES P. COGAN P r ice 35 Cente Per Cop7 This book contains all the most recent change s In the metlled ' o f construction and submission of acenarios. Sixty Lessons, covering every phase of scenari o writing, from the most ele mental to the most advanced principles. This treatise covers everything a person must know In o rder to make money all a successful sce nario writer. For sale by an News-deniers and Book-Stores . If you cannot procure a copy, ae11d us the price. 35 cents, in money or postage stamps, and w e will mail you one, postage free. Address L . SENADENS, 210 Seventh Ave., New, N. Y.


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