The Liberty Boys' forlorn hope, or, In the time of the "hard winter"

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FRJll'IK TOUSEY, PUDLISllER. 1&11 Wt:ST UD ST"Et:T, NEW TORK. No. 1o:l6 'rhe swif;t cui:rent was carrying the boat dangerously near the bridge. 'rhe prisoner au leaped up, and Dick saw that he had freed his hands. Be sprang upon the bridge, and gave a backward kick that sent the boat out again.


• The Liberty Boys of I11ued Weekly-Subscription price, $3.50 per year; Canada, $4.00; Foreign, Frank Tousey, Publisher, !68 West 23d Street, New York, N. Y. Entered as Second-Class Matter January 31, 1913, at the Post Office at New York, N. Y .. under the Act of March 3, 1879. No. 1036. NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 5, 1920 . Price 7 Cents. The Liberty Boys' Forlorn Hope Or, IN THE TIME OF THE "tf.ARD WINTER" By HARRY MOORE CHAPTER I.-A Bit of Self-Possession. The winter of 1870 was one of the severest ever known. Four generations afterwards it was known as the "hard winter," and men remembered it when they forgot things more 111\po:rtant. Washington was quite aware of the opportunity which offered itself for a sudden stroke, but was not able to profit by it. His troops, hutted among the heights o;f Morristown, were only half fed and half clothed, and inferior in number to the garrison of New York. Owing to the frozen con dition of the bay and rivers, some minor blow might-be attempted, however, which would arouse the of the people. An attack upon Staten Island, then held by the British, would be one such blow, and it was now being considered. At this time two boys, closely muffled in heavy coats, with thick glov e s on their hands, and their hats drawn well down upon their foreheads , were walking down Broadway, New York. Sleighs passed them at a rapid gait in, the roadway, and such persons who were on foot walked rapidly. At the corner of John street, an apparently old man accosted them, and said: "In pity's name, spare me a few pennies, young gentlemen, that I may buy food. Fortunately I have a shelter for the night, but I have no money to buy food . " Under ordinary circumstances this appeal would not have been made in vain. One of the boys, putting his hand in the pocket of his breeches, first rei;noving his glove, looked fixedly at the supplicant. "Is your story as false as the wig you wear, or as the lines on your face?" he asked. "You are disguised. :Perhaps you are an actor, from the Theatre Royal, down the street, and are practising your art for want of a better audience." The man colored, beckoned the boys down the street, where the wind was not so biting, and continued: "No, I am no actor, hilt I am disguised, as you say. I am no beggar, but-" and the man looked at him cautiously. "Well " said the boy, buttoning his coat and drawing on his glove, "what is it? This is no time to stand idly talking." "Can I trust you?" in a low tone. "I am in the city on a s ecret mi s sion. Perhaps you can guess it. Pe1haps you are on a similar errand." "You must really come to the pomt," said the boy, impatiently. "This is not weather to stand in the street. You are not in want, and so you are an impostor." "I am a rebel spy, and you, if I mistake not, are one also. Are you not, Dick--" "I am no rebel, and you had best be careful how you declare yourself one where there are so many of his majesty's soldiers about. Come, Brown, we waste time talking to this fellow." The two boys then turned quickly into Broadway and walked down . "Who i s he, Dick?" asked_ the QOY who had been called Brown, although that was not his name. "I do not iemember to have met him, but he is a spy of the enemy and suspects me." "We shall have to avoid him, for if he lets it be known that Dick Slater is in New York, it-" "Yes, but be careful, Bob . " Dick Slater, who was captain of the Liberty Boys, turned into Maiden Lane, went as far as Nassau street, went up to John, walked through an alley leadi11g through to Liberty, pass ed the old Sugar House Prison, went down William street to Wall, and then made his way by many turns to the corner of Broad and Pearl streets. Here he paused, and there being no suspicious person in sight, said: .;, "Come, Bob, we have thrown him off and now we will get something to eat." ' The boys entered Fraunces tavern, found seats in a quiet corner, and, removing their great coats, hats and gloves, sat down . if he wore a wig, Dick, how could you tell the color of his hair?" asked Bob Estabrook, who was the first lieutenant of the Liberty Boys, and Dick Slater's closest friend. The Liberty Boys were young patriots, and were then in huts near Elizabethtown, in the Jerseys. Dick and Bob were now in New York. spying upon the enemy, having made their way to Staten Island, thence crossing on the ice to New York. The boys were soon served, and, while eating thefr dinners ll:ept an eye upon the occupants of the place. There were more redcoats there than ,anything else in the room, and Dick hoped to learn something of importance from them. "The fellow has come in, Bob," said Dick, at length, "but I do not think he has followed us. He probably wishes to see someone here. " Dick saw the man in a large mirror which hung near, but Bob was not sitting in such a position as to enable him to do so. Dick quickl y


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' FORLORN HOPE1 brus h e d the hair down upon his forehead and assumed an expression that completely disguised him. The man he had noticed came and took a seat at the next table, w.ith some redcoats, glancing at Dick, but failing to recognize him. "Ah, Bullings, back from the Jerseys, are you?" asked one of the officers. "Did you learn anything of the rebels' plans?" "No, they were very wary, and I learned noth ing," said the man, taking a seat. "I thought I saw one of their spies in the city ju::;t now." "You did?" in surprise. "I was not certain. I pretended to be a rebel myself, but he bridled at once. I made a mistake, but the boy. looked much like Dick Slater." "If he is really in the city, we mus t look out for him, for if he should learn that thue i s an expedition going out from Staten I sland to the Jerse y s , he would do all he could to prevent it." "Very true, I certainly should, " thought Dick. Neither h e nor Bob appeared to notice what was being said, however, conversing animatedly themselves. "If I see him again I shall cause his arrest," said Bullings. "Of course I can apologize if I am mistaken." He glanced again at Dick, but failed to recognize him. Dick 's greatcoat, which hung near, was no guide, for it was like many others worn in the city, and had no thing characteristic about it. The spy and the officel'S continued to talk, but there was nothing more to be learned, and, as Dick had fini shed his dinner, he now settled his score, arose and l eft the tavern, Bob going out by another door, a s if he had simply met Dick there , and was not with him. CHAPTER IL-A Clever E s cape. The two boyshncl met street, near the wharf. again on Whitehall after all, Bob," said "WP learned something, Dick. • "Yes, this fellow's name is Bullings, he is a British spy, and the enemy are contemplating sending an expedition into Jersey." 'Near the Bowling Green, Dick espied a sergeant of marinrn and a company of men proaching at a brisk walk. "They are impressing everyone they can get hold of for the service," said Dick. "Quick, sli p into the n earest inn or tavern, Bob." There were two or three men between the party of marines and the boys. The latter were not noticed, therefore. They quickly slipped in at the door of a convenient tavern and entered the taproom. There was a drowsy looking sergeant sittirtg in a low chair by the fire, and the few others who were in the place paid little attention to the boys. The sergeant's greatcoat was thrown over the chair next to him. Bob picked it up in passing, and both boys entered a curtained stall at one side. A ;;tupid looking potboy came to take their orders , and Bob said: "Two jorums of hot punch, Ganymede, and a couple of pipes, and stir your stumps lively or I'll box your ears." "Very good, sir," and the boy went away as Bob drew the curtains. Slipping off his own greatcoat, Bob slipped on the sergeant's, and put his hat on a chair. The boy presently brought pipes and tobacco, and two mugs of steaming punch. The Liberty Boys never drank anything of the sort, Bob having ordered it simply as an exc u se for staying. The_ boy brought a litle brazier filled with live coals, and Bob filled and lighted the two pipes by putting a coal on the bowl of each. There was a stir outs ide, presently, and the s ergeant and marines entered. "Now then, let us see who is here who deserves to serve the king," said the sergeant, b r iskly. The sleepy sergeant was passed by, and so were two old men taking snuff in a corner. "Ah, here is someone," the officiou s sergeant remarked, as he drew aside the curtains of the stall. "Well, my sailor's whipping post, what is your business here?" stormed Bob. "I must say your manners need mending." "H'm, I didn't know you were here, Sergeant, but-who is this other?" "Your better, you clumsy nondescript, you're neither sailor nor soldier." "Hey?" said Dick, in a high key, and putting his hand to his ear. "I want you for the king's service," said the sergeant. "Stewed tripe and onions? Yes, that's very good. Are you the cook? Try a mug of punch?" It was cold without, and the sergeant felt the need of something to warm him up. He drank liberally from the pewter, which Dick had push ed toward him, and said to Bob: "The deaf party has, better manners than yourself, sergeant." "Now, if you were worth the while, I'd call you out for that, but you're neither a so ldie1 nor a sailor, noT even a "'Ood honest citizen, s o there you a i e. You're next to nothing. Still, I don't bear off e nce, so drink deep." The sergeant drained both pewters dry, which ne considered a good joke at Bob's expense. Bob had the bes t of it, however, for when the ;;erge3nt got outside, what between the hot punch and tho cold air, he was speedily in a position to rerognize no one, not even his best friend. A little late1 the boys went out, Bob wearing his own coat. They passed the sergeant of the marines as he stood in front of Trinity Church palings, but he recognized neither. "Where to now, Dick?" asked Bob, as they passed on. "Over to Staten Island," was Dick's reply. The two boys made their way to the river, and presentlv saw a sleigh drawn by two horses come up to the shore. The two officers covered the horses, and, with many apologies, took their way to the tavern on the shore. "Get in, Bob," said Dick. "The robes will do no harm. It is a good drive across there." "Well, of all the pieces of impudence!" laughed Bob. "First we are Sir Henry Clinton's sons, and then--" "I did not say we were," with a smile. "No, but you mad. e him think so-'"


THE LIBERTY BOYS' FORLORN HOPE 3 Bob slipped the horses' tethers, Dick picked up the reins, and then, well bundled up in furs, they set off down the river on the ice. In a moment the two officers came flying out of the tavern, setting up a hue and cry. It was some time before they could make anyone understand what the matter was, and by that time the boys were well on their way. Dick knew the course to take, and could manage any horse, and they fairly flew over the ice. They kept on over the ice, meeting and overtaking many who were enjoying the exhilarating spo1t, and attracting no special attention. They were not pursued, apparently, and few could have overtaken them. They reached the island and drove Dick putting the horses and sleigh in an inn stable, and saying that.they would be called for. "They are sure to be found, Bob," he said, "and will be cared for, and our martinet colonel will be taught better manners." "Which he seems sadly in need of," laughed Bob. UL-Found in the Storm. The boys had come over from the Jersey shore on horseback, leaving the animals at a tavern to be kept tnI called for. This was a different place from the one where they had left the sleigh and horses, and they now proceeded thither. The short day was drawing to a close, with signs of a threatening storm. It was as well, therefore, that they s hould start soon, so as not to be caught out in it. Going to the inn where they had left their horses, they had a hot supper, and then, with the horses well blanketed, set out across the Kill to Elizabethtown. The ice was firm all the way across, and Dick knew the road, so that there was no danger to be apprehended. It grew dark soon after they started, and before long it began to snow. "Is this the way to Elizabethtown, gentlemen?" they suddenly heard someone ask. They both reined"'in their horses suddenly, and the n Dick could just make out the figure of a woman in front of him. H e had recognized the voice as that of a young woman at the start. "No, ma'am, it is not," he said. "You are tu!"ning your back on Elizabethtown." "I have lo . s t my way in the storm, and I must have got turned about." "And you are on foot?" in surprise. "Yes, they told me it was not far, and I was so anxious to get there." "Take the lady up, Bob. It is not far now, but you must not walk in the snow, ma'am." Bob jumped down, lifted the young woman into the saddle, jumped up behind and then rode on. It was not long before they saw the lights of Elizabethtown gleaming through the darkness, and before many minutes they went ashore at the Point. "Where do you wish to go, ma'am?" asked Dick. "We will take you there." "I don't know. I am looking for my husband." "Don't you know where he is?" "No, I do not. They told me he was at Eliza bethtown." "Come into this inn, ma'am, and we will make enquiries." They put up their horses temporarily, and led the woman to the cosy parlor of the inn. A great log fire blazed cheerfully upon the hearth, and gave out a most welcome heat. The young wo man was none too warmly clad, to begin with, and the shawl she wore over her s1',,oulders was wet and uncomfortable. The landlady brought a cup of hot tea at Dick's request, and the young woman sat close by the genial fire and sipped it. "Have you eaten anything, ma'am?" Dick pres ently asked. "No, but it does not matter, I could not-" "Some hot toast and an egg would not go amiss, I am sure. Bring ,them, Mrs. Jobson, and then we will make enquiries." "Yes, Captain, directly," said the good woman, bustling out of the room. "Are you a captain?" asked the poor creature at the fire. "Why, you seem only a boy." "I am the captain of the Liberty Boys. Dick Slater is my name, the landlady knows me well." "Then you are a soldier?" "Yes; we are an independent body , but I have my commission from General Washington himself." "My husband is in the army. They told me he was over here, at Elizabethtown, but you are rebels, are you not?" "No, we are patriots, we do not call ourselves rebels, although the British do." "But my husband is not with General Washington. He is a British soldier, a lieutenant or a sergeant or something, I don't know what." The landlady now _came with a tempting supper on a tray, and set it before the poor ate and drank wit,1 great apparent relish, and it was very evident that she was in sad need of nourishing food. ."If your husband is in the British army," said Dick, presently, "you are not likely to find him here, as this is an American post. Are you sure he is with the British?" "Yes, he has told me again andthat he was fighting against the rebels, and that they meant to hang General Washington, and drive out all the rebels." "There is some mistake here," thoughtfully "When did you see your husband last?" "Three months ago. Our baby was a year old." "Where was this?" "On Long Island. I had seen him from time to time, four or five months apart, since we were married." "He was a soldier then?" "Yes. At last my mother died six months ago, and I went to New York, as there was no one to keep me." "You found your husband there?" "Yes, and then he went away, and I have not seen him for three months. I had no money at last, and I tried to find him. They told me he was at Staten Island." / "And you went there?" "Yes. The bay was not all frozen over, and I went in a vessel." "And you have been searching for him all this time?"


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' FORLORN HOPE "For a month. They sent me from place to Boys, and as they rode in and dismounted, a place, and at last I heard that he was in Eliza-number of the boys came forward to greet them .. bethtown, and I set out to find him." "We're glad to see you back again, Captain," "'I am very sorry, ma'am, but unless he i s pos-said a handsome, dashy boy, somewhat younger sibly a prisoner here, I am afraid you will not than Dick. find him. What is his name? I can make enHe was Mark Morrison, the second lieutenant 'quiries." of the Liberty Boys, one of the bravest of the "His name is Ralph Bullings, and he says h_e troop, and thoroughly trusted by Dick. is the son of Sir Christopher Bullings, of Stone-"It is good to be back, Lieutenant,'' Dick anton, England." swered. "They are feeling this severe weather Dick and Bob changed glances. in the city." "That is not a common name," said Dick, "al-"It will long be known as the year of the hard though I have heard it. What sort of looking winter, I am sure." man is your husband?" "Yes, for no such weather has ever been known "He is a large man, with big hands and feet, here." his hair is light, and he has brown eyes. He has "You met with no accidents in your trip?" a very commanding way with him, and I am sure . "No, and we picked up s ome valuable informa that he will be a general some day." bon. It may mean an expedition against the "And you love him?" asked Dick, with an ex-enemy very shortly." press ive look at Bob. "That is good news , Captain," said Ben Spur"Why, yes,'' simply. "He is my husband, and lock, on e of the liveliept and jolliest of the Lib-my baby's father. Of I love erty Boys. "But you have seen very little of him, and he "It will keep u s warm these cold days to have a has not seen to it that you had the means of fight with the enemy now and then," laughed support." Sam Sa!!derson, Ben's chum. "But he is a s oldier, and has to be "Then that will save firewood," observed Hany "You had best stay here till we can make en-Thurber, with a grin. quiries. Your child is in good hands?" Dick and Bob went to the farmer's hut. Mark "Yes. " accompanying them, while the boy s gathered "Then do not worry. I see you have a wedding about the fires and talked about the good new s ring. Have you your marriage certificate'!" which Dick Slater had brought. "Yes, I al".l'ays keep but do you--" "I'll wager that they had plenty of adven"It is a wise precaution, that is all, but now tures in the city. even if they did a:et out safe," we must go on to the camp. yourself com. declared Harry Judson, the other Harry's chum. fortable h.ere, and do not worry. . "You can be sure that they did," s poke up a Then Dick saw the landlady, and said: dashy looking boy who was cunying a handsome "Make the poor creature comfortable, and keep mare. "Those two never go anywhere that tl1ey her here till you hear from me again, Mrs. Job-don't have adventures." son." "You're right,'' laughed Sam, "and you have "Very good, Captain,'' and then the boys left had your share of them with Dick." the room. "H'm! so have all of us," laughed hands ome CHAPTER IV.-What the Girls Said. "What do you think, Dick?" asked Bob, as the two young patriots rode on in the storm, which had in no wise abated. "! don't want to judge him too harshly without knowing more of the circumstances,'' replied Dick. "But doesn't it look as if this f e llow Bullings had deserted his wife and child?" "I shou ld have to know more about it before I de<"i1ir•d that, Bob." "Yon are always ready to give everyone the benr>fit of the doubt, Dick. but to me it look s as if the man were a heartless scoundrel . " "Wait and see , Bob. There may be s ome mis takP somewhere. " "Yes, of course , but what i s the poor girl to do in the meantime? She i s hardly more than a girl, Dick." "No, she is scarcely twenty. We will look af• ter her, Bob. Perhaps the girls will help us." "Yes, I have no doubt they will. Jove! but this is a storm! " "Yes, but there are the campfires, and we are almost at the end of our journey." They we1e soon at the camp of the Liberty Jack vVarren, "and were likely to have more of them." It was not late, although it was quite dark, and, after changing their ordinary clothes for their uniforms, Dick and Bob set out again. Dick now rode a handsome black which he had captured from the enemy some four years before, while Bob was mounted on a fine bay. The boys first went to headquarters, where Dick reported what he had learned in New York. Leaving headquarters, they rode into town and halted at a fine hou se, where a negro servant took charge of their horses. Entering-, they were greeted by three or four young ladies , two of whom were their s isters, and also their s weethearts. Dick's sister, Edith, was Bob's s weetheart, while Bob's sister, Alice, was Dick's. "So you two boys have got back safe from the city without having bee n in prison or had any stirring adventures, have you?" asked Alice. "vVhy they don't get into p1i son every time they go to New York, my dear," said Edith. "Well, not every one, nerhaps," laughed Alice, "but often enough to make me worry until I see them back again, safe and sound." The two girls lived in Westchester, in New York, but were at the time on a V'isit to friends in Elizabethtown.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' FORLORN HOPE 6 "We did not get into prison this time, my g i1l," said Dick, smiling, "but we did have adventures, some . of them in the city, and some elsewhere." He thereupon related how they had met the young woman on the ice, all the girls being greatJy interested. "If we were going home we could take the poor thing with us," said Edith, who was a most sym-pathetic girl. "Yes, but our two .brothers won't think of going home In this weather, to say nothmg of these girls," declared Alice. "Mrs. Slater is in much better health than usual, and is in good hands," said one of the other girls, "and so there is no need of your go ing now." "And as for the poor young thing, we can take care of her here as well as not," said the other. "She certainly needs care," replied Dick, "and if the girls were going home, I should certainly send her with them." "She must miss her little boy greatly," said Katie Cutter, the eldest of the girls' friends. "He is in good hands at present," answered Dick, "and it would be dangerous to move him." "And risky for you to go to Staten I s land as well." added Hetty, Katie's sister. "As for that part of it," laughed Bob, "we may be goingto Staten I sland again in a short time. although not as far as wl1ere the child is staying, perhaps." "Bring her here, Captain," said Katie. "Do you think that this man has deserted her?" "If he is a spy in the British service operating around New York, it seems very strang11 that he could not see her more frequently, or at least provide s uffici ent means for her mainte nance," answered Dick. "I think the fellow has simply abandoned her," l'puttl'ed Bob, who was of an impetuous nature. "He has the look of a man who would do a thing like that." "At any rate the poor woman needs care," Dick continued, "whether h e has actually deserted her er not. It may have been mere carelessness, and then he may have been looking for her in one place while she was searching for her in an other." "Somebody seems to have known where he was, at any rate." "Yes fox we know from what he said that he has only lately been in Elizabethtown," said Dick. The two girls renewed their requests that the poor young woman be brought there, their moth er seconding them when she heard of the case. The boys spent a very pleasant hour with the girls, and then set out for the camp. Although the greater part of the people of the neighborhood were patriots, there were sonie very bitter Tories living thereabout. The boys never dis cussed important matters in public, therefore, not knowing who might overhear them. They were riding along when. in front o f a tavern where . there was a bright light, they saw a group of :four or five rough looking men. "Miserable young-rebels!" snarled one. "They won't put on so many airs'when the redcoats come over," growled another. "You are right, Jim BuHings, they won't." . Dick was out of the saddl e in a moment. "Which of you is named Bullings?" he asked. "That's my name, if you want to know," growled the second man who had spoken. "You are a Tory, but you may be worse. Where is your wife?" "What do you want of me?" demandect a shrewish looking woman at the tavern door. "Here, you" Jim, come in here and 'tend to busi ness, 'stead o' standin' out there, wastin' time. " The man bore a slight resemblance to the spy, but this , as well as his bearing the same name, might be merely an accident. "All right, missus," he said, going in. "It may be as well for you men not to express your opinions too openly in a . town where there are so many patriots," said Dick. The men muttered something and then went away in different directions, while Dick mounted and rode on. CHAPTER V.-The Expedition. "Who i s Jim Bullings, Dick?" Bob asked, as he and Dick rode on to the camp. "A Tory, but whether he is any kin to the other one, I do11't know." "His being here may have been the cause of the mistake." "Yes , but the other does _ not seem to have been very careful about his wife and child." "I s hould say it was more than that," emphatically. "It looks to me like actual neglect." Dick rode over to the tavern in the morning and saw the poor woman. "What i s your husband's name?" he asked. "Ned," the woman answered. "Did you ever hear him speak of Jim Bullings ?" "No, he said he was the s on of a baronet in England, and that there was no one of the name in this country. " "There is a Jim Bullings in this town, and he keeps a tavern, and is a Tory. " "I never heard of him." "He may be no relation, of course, and your husband may not have known ot him. Ned Bullings has been here recently, however. I heard him say so . " " . You have seen him?" excitedly. "Yes, yesterday in New York. I had not mentioned it before, but I can tell you now." Dick then told of his meeting with Bulling5 in the city. "Perhaps he is looking for me," the poor woman said. "Do you think I ou ght to go back?" in an anxious tone. • "No, you had better stay here till I can see him again. I am going to take you to some friends of mine." He did this, and then went to the tavern in town. H e saw Jim Bullings in the taproom, and asked: "What relation is N ed Bullings to you?" The tavernkeepe r colored, and the n answered shortly: "He ain't none. I clon't know no such person. There ain't any more Bullings in Jersey." "Are you related to Sir Christopher Bullings, of Stoneton, England."


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' FORLORN HOPE "No, 1 ain't. I don't know of any such person. We are Americans." "Well, Ned Bullings has deserted his wife, and she is in the town. You may be called upon to contribute to her support." "l dunno Ned Bullings, I t ell you," with a snarl. "What's his wife and child to me?" "I said nothing about a child," said Dick , quietly, and the colored. "Yes, you did. Well, anyliow, I donno 'em, an' you can't call .on me fur a .penny." . . "Did you give N e d Bullmgs any mforrnat1on when he was in Elizabethtown?" Dick continued. "I tell you I dunno any N ed Bullings," roared the man. "What do you keep talking about him to me for?" "He is a British spy, and you are a Tory, s o I thought you w9uld have feelings in common. Tell him, if you see him again, that--" "But I donno him, I tell yerl" with a shout. "And I tell you that you do," in a quiet tone. ''You have been lying, Jim Bullings. Do you suppose I don't know?" The tavernkeeper's face grew scarlet as he heard this plain talk. "You co lored when I spoke of him," continueJ Dick. "You mentioned his child when.I spoke only of his wife. You are both liars , and so I think YO\l mmt be related." "I donno nothin' about him," said the other, nut not s o loud'. "I ai11't got no relations about here, an' I never heard o' Ned Bullings." "You won't forget what I .said?" said Dick, carelessly, as he turned to go. Bullings snarled something in reply, and Dick went ou t. "The fellow won't admit it, but he does know something about Ned Bulijngs," he said to him self. "Perhaps I may make him admit it, s ome day." Riding to the cqmp, h e saw Bob, and related what had taken place at the tavern. "The s e two men know each other," said Bob. "Jim Bullings will bear watc'hing." "Yes, but we do not want any help from him for that poor woman. He must be watched to s ee that he gives no information to the enemy con cerning 1.he operations of the patriots." "Very true. The other fellow was over there to see what he could learn." "And saw me, without my knowing it. That i s how he recogniz e d me, in New York." "Yes, but he was not sure of it." "No, I puzzled him." "You are always on your guard, Dick." "It is the only safe plan. If I had betrayed myself, ex.en for an instant, we would both have been an-ested." "Very true, and you got the best of the fellow," Later in the day Dick received a messag e from Lord Stirling, bidding him b e prepared with the Liberty Boys, to cross over to Staten I sland that evening. Dick had expected that this ex pedition would be sent out, and after what he had heard in New York, he was not surprised. He told Bob and Mark, but the Liberty Boys them selves would know nothing of it until the time came to get out. The whole affair was to be kept so that the Tories in town should not give warning to the Hessian s on Staten Island. The boys were generally prepared to start for any point at a moment's notice, and so Dick did not have to give them explicit directions. CHAPTER VI.-An Important Capture. Lord Stirling set out from De Ha1t's Point that night with a force of twt::nty-five hundred men. The British and Hessian force numbered only about twe l ve hundred, and the American commander hoped to capture them. The ice was solid enough to hold an army, and the night was very cold, the storm of the night before having 1 ceased soon after the boys had returned to camp. The Liberty. Boys were all mounted, and made good progress , forming a part of the ad vance guard. On they swept, and_ it seemed as if they ought to carry everything before them. As Dick was riding at the head of his company of brave boys he heard the sharp cl ick of a horse's hoofs in advance. H e rode on faster, and could just make out the outlines of a man riding at full speed. "Someone has learned of the expedition and is going to give the alarm," he said to himself. On went the patriots but, as they neared the fort, out swarmed a force of British and H es sians and opened fire upon them . The alarm was given, and a boat was sent through the channel to New York to summon reinforcements. The patriots charged vigorously, and the enemy were d1iven back to the fort. Dick made a bold dash with his Liberty Boys, cornered a detach ment of the enemy, and captured a number or them. n!ght was bitterly cold, and many of Lord St1rlmg s men were severely frostbitten on _of being insufficiently clad. His position was critical, there was nothing to do but retreat. Away the;,r went, therefore, with their prison ers, the Liberty Boys keeping theirs separate. A deta?hment of cavalry set out in pursuit of the patriots, but Lord Stirling rallied and attacked them. "Charge, Liberty Boys!" shouted Dick. "Down with the Hessians. Drive back the redcoats." The plucky fellows fired a ringing volley and charged. The enemy were repulsed, and then the patriots went on, and soon reached the Jersey shore. Dick then l ooked over his prisoners pre paratory to giving them in charge of Lord' Stir ling. Th' e Liberty Boys never kept prisoners and rarely to?k them. This time they had had a 'good opportumty, however, and had accepted it. Great ly to Dick's surprise, upon looking over the pris oners, he saw Bullings, the spy he had met in New York. "I am not a so ldier at all , I am a private citi zen, and I demand that I be released immediately," said Bullings to some of the boys. , "You may not be a soldier, Ned Bullings" said Dick, "but you are a spy of the enemy, 'and I cannot let you go." The man turned the color of ashes, and retort ed, stammeringly: "My name is not Ned Bullings, it is Jeremiah Bywater, and I am the son of a Welsh baron. You have no right--"


THE LIBERTY B OYS' FORLORN H OPE 7 "You recognized me so well in New York, it is strang-e that you do not know me now," said Dick. . "I never saw you before in all my life," said Bullings, but a telltale flu s h came into his face. "You are a pastmaster of lying," said Bob , with a laugh. "I think he i s the veriest bungler myself," add ed Dick. "His l ies won't stand the test, for no on e believes them." "I demand my instant release," sputtered Bull ings. "I am no sold ier, and--" "But you are a spy," said .Dick. "Why did you desert your wife and son?" "I have no wife, and never had one. You mistake me for someone else." "No, there is no mistake," said Dick. "Vle will keel? you, Mr. Dullings. Lieutenant, have the others turned over to Lord Stil'iing." Bu!Jings was taken to the camp of the Liberty Boy s and put in a hut under a strong guard. Theie wa no chance of his escaping, as the boys were most watc11ful. Dick did not s ee him again that night, but in the morning he said to Bob: " Ve will take our prisoner to the house and sec if the pOOl' woman recognizes him." "And if she does?" asked Bob, with a serious lo ok. "He will have to explain matters, that i s all." "It is a s e :l'ious affair for him, anyhow, Dick, whether he l i e s out of this or not." "Yes, for he i s an avowerl spy, even if we did not c2.tch hin:i in our c amp." "It will be imprisonment fo:r: him, if nothing \vors.e.'' "Vei:y true.I' The camp was at once side of tbe town on a cree ls: whic h emptied into the Kill. On account of t}J.e tide running up into this and the fresh water running down , it was not alway!" :frozen over. It was often filled with ice, and at the turn cf the tide was g e n erally Yerv s, ;ift and dangerous . It 'vas a shorter way hy the creek than by the road, however1 and thP boys often we11t tha w:w. Afte1 breakfast, Dick and Bob being ready . Dick said to Ben Spurlock: " T 11 S::lm to get the boat ready, Ben, and we will bke the prisoner to the town." "Vei.:y good, Captain. SI1all I get the priso n er ? " "Yes, bring him hero." Ben went away and shortly returned with Bulling s . "Do you still deny that you are Ned Bullings?" Dick asked. "Yes, I am not Ned Bullings, and I never saw you in my life before yesterday." "There is a young woman in town who call s herself M1F. Bullings. She may have a different story to tell." colored, and answered doggedly: "J: can't h e lp it, if women tell li es . She is married to some man of that name, no doubt, but it is not mine." "You are a spy, at any rate, even if you are not the poor woman's husband." "I am not. I was out taking a walk when I was carried on by the troops. You did not take me in your camp." "Very t r u e, but you are a spy, neverthel ess. " Ben now came up and said that the boat was ready. "I deman d to be r e leased," said Bullings . "You rebels are committing a great outrage. I won't go w ith you." "I think you will," said Dick, quietly. "Tie his hands, Ben." The man's hands were tide behind him, and he was taken to the boat. Bob and Ben sat amidships and rowed, while Sam was in the bow to guard agains t their being struck by cakes of ice. Dick sat in the stern with the pi.:isoner alongsi de. The boat was a clumsy, fl'.lt-bottomed affair, rather unwieldly to handl e. It was the best the boys could get, however, and had to be satisfi ed . When they pushed off Dick fonnd that the tide was setting strona: upstream instead of down. "We will have some trouble,'' he thought, "but perhaps we can manage." Then• was a low bridge over the creek not far above them, and some houses near them. When they got out into the stream the cunent began to take them toward the bridge. "Pull strong, boys." said Dick. "You may have tp fake an oar, Sam." "All right, Captain." CHAPTER VIL-A Hot Chase. The cunent was very swift. a!ld the creek was full of floating cakes of ice. Thes e were big and jagged, and there wa$ dam("er rf some o.f them colliding with the boat and either cansizing or crushing it. The bridge wf?s not very high above the water, and the boat would nc>t n .. 'lFS under it unless the lay flat on the hottom. There was scarcely time to do this now, however. Great cakt>s of were bearing down upon them, borne by the rapid current, and they were in great danger. Bob and Ben were bending lu stily upon the oars,_ but could not make any headway against the tide. "Qnick, Sam, get an oar, " cried Dick. ''.All rig;ht, Captain," and Sam sprang to obey . The swift current was carrying the boat dan-gerously near the bridge. The prisoner s udd enly leaped up, and Dick saw tlu•t lie had freed his hands. . H e sprang upon the bridge, gave a backward kick, anrl sent the boat out again. Dick made a g1:ab for him with both hands, but failed to 111m. Ben leaped .t o hi s feet. whipped out a pistol and fired. In spite of Bob's tugging at the oars the boat swung broadside to the bridge. Ben's $hot struck the rail, leaving the escaped spy unhanped. "Quick. boys," cried Dick. "Gft rn the bridge. Neve>r mind the boat. We mustn't let this fellow escape." He on_ to one of the uprights supporting the bridge rail and kept the boat steady '.'Make haste, boy s . Drop your oars Bob " he said. ' ' The boys a ll scrambl ed out of the beat drawing themselves upon the bridge. Down a great • jagged cal

8 THE L IB ERTY B O YS' FORLORN HOPE crushed the timbers and carried the rail of the boat under water, which quickly poured in. Dick was out in good time, however, and now went racing over the bridge after the boys. The prisoner was fleet of foot, and there was every incentive for him to escape besides. He dashed across the bridge at full speed, and made way toward the house just on the other side. This was occupied by a rank Tory, as Dick knew. He would give the man a safe shelter, once he knew that the fugitive was fleeing from the Liberty Boys. Bullings Il'.).USt not reach house, therefore, if the boys could prevent him. Sam fired a shot which carried off his hat, and Ben sent another through the skirts of his coat. They did not wish to kill him, or even to injure him seriou s ly. If they could disable him sufficiently to prevent his getting away, that would be enough. Leaving the bridge, the man ran up the road at a terrific pace. Even Dick Slater, fleet of foot as he was, could not run much faster. He quickly passed the others, and said: "Go past the house, Bob, he may not go inside." , . . Bullings was at that moment leaping the fence at the side of the road. Dick flew after him, Ben following, and Sam and Bob keeping togethe r. The man darted around a corner of the hou se, Dick pursuing and gaining on him. As Dick tur ned the corner he saw Bullings dart around a corn crib. Then a rough looking man came around it and said, sharply: "Here, you rebel, what are you doing, trespassing on--" Dick upset him in his haste, and flew after the fugitive. The latter had just run into a barn at a little distance. "Hurry, boys, this way!" Dick cried. The man Dick had upset, who. was the owner of the house, got up in great dudgeon . He sta1-t ed to argue the case with Ben, as well as to stop him. "I'll talk about it next week," laughed Ben, dodging the irate Tory and hurrying on. He saw Dick go into the barn and followed. "Here, come out of that, you thundering reb el s, " stormed the angry hou seholder. Bob and Sam dashed around the house on the farther side, and raced toward the barn. A big dog came bounding toward them, when Bob put him on his back with an adroit kick "Lie there and behave yourself, you u gly brute !" cried the young lieuten ant. Dick ran into the barn, Ben f,pllowing not far behind. He heard a door in the rear slam, and hurried on. Throwing open the door, he saw the fugitiv e leaping the barnyard fence. Not far away was a patch of thick woods. "This way, boys!" he shouted. "Around the barn, Bob!" yelled B en. The dog did not molest boys further, having eTidently learned a l esson . The spy was making for the woods at a hot pace , as Bob and Sam rounded the barn and came in sight of Dick and Ben. "After him, boys!" cried Dick. "\Ve must have him at all hazards." Bullings dashed into the woods, Dick and B e n not far behind. Ben was keeping up bravely, he wa!l breathing heavily. The four boys were soon in the woods, hurrying on after the fugitive. They saw him from time to timet although the woods were thick. The chase was too hot for the fellow to attempt to hide, and he was obliged to k eep right on. On the other side of the woods was a road leading into town, Dickf_ knew. Through the woods he dashed, the others coming out at different points soon afterward. Coming in sight of the roaq, Dick saw Bullings stop a wagon driven by a stoutly built man. It was Jim Bullings, the tavern keeper. He had been going out of town, but, as N ed Bullings scrambl ed in at the tail of the cart, Jim quic kly turned and went the other way. If he had kept on as he was going, he might have been stopped by Bob and Sam. Now he rattled off toward town, and N ed Bullings waved his hand as he got upon the seat with the tavern keeper. Dick beckon ed to the others, and they quickly came up. "It was a hot chase," he said, "and he would have been caught, only for this unfortunate event." "He was determined to get away," said Bob "but this fellow coming along t this time the onl y thing that saved him." "It's too bad," sputtered Ben. "Now he'll get away and do more mischief." The cart and the two Tories quickly disappeared from sight, and Dick remarked sagel y : "There i s little u se of crying over spilled milk. We gave the fellow a hot chase, and we might have ' caught him, but we didn't." "No, and that's the worst of it," declared Bob. "Jim Bullings is known to be a Tory, and now he has aided a nJan known to be a British spy" Dick ' "And he is likely to get himself in trouble," added Bob. "We could arrest the fellow if we cho se." "But meantime the spy has es caped, and that would not do us much good, " said Ben. "No, it would not," agreed Dick. "Suppose w e go into the town, Bob. Ben, you and Sam keep an eye on this Tory. I doubt if he will harbor this fellow in his tavern, but you had better watch it." " will," said Ben, "and if the fellow is there. we will have him out." Dick and Bob took a road which would lead them to the house of the Cutters, while Ben and Sam took another. The poor woman will be made comfortable, even if we have not proved anything as yet," declared Dick. "Yes, but we may get the best of the slippery fellow yet," muttered Bq_b. "I trust that we may." CHAPTER VIIL-Another Trip to the Island. Ben and Sam met Jim Bullings between his tavern and the shore, driving his cart at a leis urely gait. "So you got your namesake to a safe place, did you, Jim?" asked Ben. "I don't know what you're talking about," growled the tavern keeper. "And you haven't seen us before, to-day, I sup. pose?" continued Sam.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' FORLORN HOPE 9 "No, I haven't, and I don't know you from a side o' sole leather.' "How do you know you have not met us, then?" " 'Cause you 're rebels, an' I haint met no rebels to-day." • "Lying comes as easy to you as giving short measure in your ale, doesn't it, Jim?" cihuckled Ben. He only guessed at the latter, but it seemed as if he had hit the by the way that Bullings colored. "I'll tan your hide for you, confound you!" he snarled, a s he reached for his whip. "Come on," laughed Ben. "You have been helping a spy escape, and you m a y get in trouble for it.'' "Get up," growled the tavern keeper, snapping hi s whip, and t]1e horse went ahead a; a gallop. "That is som ething he doe s not care to dis cu s " laughed Sam. "Evidently not," agreed Ben. "I gues s we hit the mar k t w o or three times , and he didn't like it." "\V eil, w e are not setting out to pleas e Torie s, a n y howf' with a grin, "and if h e doesn ' t like it, h e 'll have to put up with it somehow.'' Further on the boys met Jack vVarren, mounted e n a fine b a y mare. "Did that spy get away, Ben?" h e a s ked. " Yes , but we gave him a hot chase . Jim Bull in g s h e lp e d him, or he would not." "H'lJ1 ! I met Jim Bullings with a fellow who I tho ug11t was the s py, but I wasn't sure, for I supn9se d that he was safe with you.'' ". Ji m sent him over to Staten I sland, I guess," r e m arked Sam. "I houldn't wonder, but how did he g e t away, Sq11 ? " / v Th. e boys told the story, Jack being greatly in t e 1 e sted. "WP ll. it's too bad," he said, "but it couldn't be helper!, and we may nab the fellow yet." "Yes " r ejoined B e n. "If you mee t the captain, tell him that we met Jim Bullings and that the o t h e r fellow got away.'' Jack then rode on , while Ben and Sam went throug-h the town and so on around to the camp. Meantime Dick and Bob had gone to the Cutter house, where the girls were greatly smprised to see them on foot. "We set out in a boat," said Dick, "but that got crushed by the ice, and then we had a chase after a spy, and finally lost him, and so here we are.'' Then, as Mrs. Bulling;; was not in the room, Dic k related the story of his adventures . . "The man denied that he was married," he "and p::;otested that his name was not Bullings , as he did when we captured him.'' "He was simply lying, not to put too fine a point upon it," l aughed Bob. The man has d eserted his wife, I believe,'' said Dick, "or he would not have denied it when he saw that we knew about him, a s he did.' ' "He is a scoundrel," declared Bob, impulsively, "as are all Tories.'' "I wouldn't say that,'' said Dick, smiling, "but this man is one, certainly." "The poor woman wants to see her boy," said Alice. "She has told us just where he i s . I tol d her that it would be rather dangerous to bring the little fellow over, in such weather." "I think, perhaps, # I could manage that part of it," said Dick,_ quietly. "But, Dick, think of the danger of going over to Staten Island, where the enemy are in &11ch force." "I think I could manage that part of it, too," replied Dick. "It would delight the poor woman very much, but think of the danger.'' "Dick never does when he has to do anything," laughed Bob. "You don't think of it yourself, Bob," answered Edith. "Well, I've caught that from Dick,'' chuckling. "He has taught me a lot of things." "Except not to be saucy, brother Bob," said Alice, pertly. "Well, I take my sauciness from-someone else," said Bob. "From me, I suppose?" "Well, I didn't say so, but since you have guessed it--" Bob dodged to escape a playful box on the ear. "Don't say anything about our having seen the man," s aid Dick. "I will get his child. The poor girl wants him, and she ought to have him." "I'll go with you, Diek," said Bob. "Perhaps we will pick up some more information, as we did before.'' "Very well, but I must see Lord stf rling and get h i s permission." "You won't have any trouble on that score, old man. Lord Stirling wants all the information he can get, and you are one of the champion spie s of our'' "You will be careful, won't you, Dick?" said Alice, eagerly. "Yes, my girl, I will, but I never run foolish risks.'' Dick sho1tly left the house with Bob,. after seeing the unfortunate woman for a few mmutes, and went first to the camp to get his horse, and then to Lord Stirlinrr's ouarters. He readily obtained permission to go to Staten Island, and then set about forming a plan of operations. Both shores were well guarded, he knew, and the enemy's spies would be more than usually vigi lant after the events of the previous night. If Bull ings had escaped to Staten Island, as was like ly, he would be on the watch for any ch'.lnce to be revenged upon Dick. As he had to brmg back a young child, 9e would not go on horseback, but would fake a sleigh and one or two horses. He aot a note from tlfo poor woman to her friend, telling the latter to let Dick take the little boy . Then he secured a comfortable sleigh and a pair of strong horses , for they wou l d have to make irood time. For himself he provided a suit of black and a cocked hat of beaver, a greatcoat with a fur collar and a pair of heavy gloves . There were plenty of robes in the sleigh, as the child would have to be kept warm. Then, t o carry out his disguise, he had a medicine case and a pas s made out to Dr. Bolus, permitting the said doctor to go and come freely, as he waa on important busines s. Bob was dressed as


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' FORLORN HOPE coachman of the aforesaid, and quite look ed the character. He wore a suit of livery, a beaver hat with a smart cockade in it, a greatcoat with a wide collar, and a pair of top boots, and handled the reins with the air of a profess ional jarvey. As the y were about to leave the Point a soldier stepped up and demanded Dick's pass. "This is Dr. Bolus, the great physician,'' said Bob. "We are on an important. case. " "Show the gentleman my pass, and give him a shilling, James,'' said Dick in a gruff voice, peering over his big horn-bowed spectacles from out his high fur collar. The sentry was greatly impressed, both with Dlck's importance and the shilling, and the sleigh was allowed to go on. Bob had no trouble with the horses, being an excellent whip, and they fairly flew over the ice. He landed some miles below where they had been the night b efore, and here had no difficulty in passing the guards. Bob knew the roads on Staten I sland, and had no difficulty in finding his way t o the farther side of the island. "If we get back as easily as we have come, we will have great cause for congratulation," he said. "Yes, but the journey will not be finished till we are back in Elizabethtown, Bob,'' said Dick, "and many things can happen before that time." "Very true, but we are not likely to meet our late prisoner." "We are as likely to meet him as anyone, Bob," said Dick. "It is only the unexpected that happens, s o we must be prepared for anything." CHAPTER IX.-A Slight Interruption. Dick had b ee n expeditious, and it was only the middle of the afternoon when he reached the house of 'the poor woman's friend. Leaving the sleigh and horses at an inn, and assuming a l ess con seq uential garb and air, he went to the hou se and inquired for Mrs. Bolton. He was met by a kindly, middle-aged woman, to whom he delivered the note. "The little fellow has been asking to see his mother,'' the lady said. "Did she reach Elizabethtown safely? Did she find her husband?" .. It was a perilous undertaking, ma'am, for one so young and inexperienced, and I fear that she would have peris hed, had we not most for tunately come upon her." "I was opposed to her going, but she seemed so anxious to go that I could not prevent her setting out. Did she find her husband?" "D'o you know anything about the man, ma'am?" asked Dick, cautiously. "I hear from Molly that he is a man of great importance, but I think that he might spare more of his time for his wife and child." "You have not seen him?" "I saw him at the wedding. We came over here shortly after that." "How were you impressed? You may speak frankly, ma'am, for I am no friend of hii:;." "Then if I may say so, I did not lik e him. If he were the son of a b'lronct, why should he want to marry a farmer's daughter?" "Was her father well-to-do?" "He was considered so, but thei:e was little left when he died." "Did Bullings have means?" "I never saw any evidence of it, but then I saw but little of him. My impression was that he was an adventurer, and a fortune hunter." "And I believe you are right,'' said Dick. "Did he ever look you squarely in the face?" "No, and I do not think he was truthful." "He is not. I have met him. You are a loyalist, but I think I can trust you. I am a patriot, but I do not fear that you will betray me. I will tell you what I know of the man." Dick then related his meeting with the men and his capture and escape. ' "You think he was the same?" the woman asked. "Yes, I will' describe him." And he did so . "That i s his appearance, exactly. That i s poor Mollie' s husband." "The marriage was a genuine one?" "Yes, and I signed the certificate as a wit ness." . disappointed at fintj,ing that his wife 1s not a rich woman, and has 'deserted her. H e will try to deny the marriage, as he has alreadv denied it. She is better off without a man of that sort." "Yes, but what will the poor child do?" "She will find friends who will see that she has s uch work that she can do, to support hcrhelf and boy. May I take him now?" "Yes, I will bring him." _Mrs . Bolton went away, presently returning with a pretty go ld e n haired boy, the living image of the unfortunate woman. H e looked at Dick and then ran to him, and said: ' "I like 'oo. Has 'oo come to take me to iny muvver?" "Yes, my bey," said Dick. "\Vi> are going in a big s leigh, with lots of warm robes and with two fine horses." "Goody!" cried the boy. "We will see my muvver soon?" "It is a long ride, but you will be warm. Do you want to see your father, too?" The child . ' s brow clouded, and he clenched his chubby fists angrily, shook his go ld en curls vigor •ms ly, and replied: "No! My favver bad man, make muvver c'y. No want to see he; won't!" and the little fellow struggled to get out of Dick's arms, where he had nestled. "I am not going to take you to him, I am going to take you to your mother,'' soothingly. "Is 'oo?" and the boy looked up eagerly into Dick's fac e. "Yes." "Den I go wiz 'oo. Yu got horse, sleigh?" "Yes, and you will be warm and safe.' "Dat all yite. Me dwive . Neddy make horse go gitty yup?" "Perhaps," laughed Dick, "but it is pretty cold, and the frost would bite Neddy's nose and cheeks." "Me no f'aid, me yike dwive horse, -say gitty yup!" and the boy drove an imaginary pair of horses with great gusto.


... THE LIBERTY BOYS' FORLORN HOPE ( 11 "Then we will go now. We will dress him warmly, Mrs. Bolton? It is not far to where I have my horses, but it i s cold." ''I can wrap him in a blanket, but I have no warmer for him." "I wjll wrap him in my great coat then, till I get to the tavern. It is quite big enough for both o us." "You arc on a dangerous mission, Captain. If you were discovered, you would be arrested." "Yes, I know the ris k I run," Dick answered, "but I am willing to take it for the mother's sake, and for the boy's.'.' Mrs. Bolton got the child's hat and coat, and Dick, putting OJ1 ,his own greatcoat, buttoned the boy inside with his pretty face jus t peeping out at the collar . He then took leave of the kindhearted woman, and hastened to the inn, where Bob was waiting for him. The boy1 felt the co ld, and snuggled down close to Di c k, who held him firmly, burying his face in the fur collar. Bob came out of the i1'.ln yard as he saw Dick, and said, in a low tone: "The fellow is here, Dick. He wanted my team ,... to take him to New York. He is anxious to get there." "He did not recognize you?" "No. You've got the little fellow, I see?" "Yes. We mu t make haste. If there were more of us we might capture him and take him back with us.;' "Yes , but he might make trouble." Bob jumped down, opened a warm fur robe on the big rear seat, and the n took the little fellow from Dick and put him in it, wrapping him up snug and 'warm. "There you are, my little man," he laughe d. "If you are cold, you can pull in your head like a turtle, and never feel the frosty air. " "Is 'oo the coachman?" asked the child. "Yes, I am James, the coachman," with a laugh. "Will 'oo let me dwive ze horses an' say gitty yup?" "Well, not just now," with a laugh. "Some time." Dick go t in and sat next to the boy, and Bob was about to take his own seat 'Vhen Bullings came alo_ng. He saw the child, who uttered a sudde n e,ry of alarm, and said sharply: "What are you doing with that child?" "Taking him to his mother," said Dick. "You shall not. Neddy, come to father." "No!" and the child cowered under the robe, hiding his head and snuggling close . to Dick. "Jove ! I know you now. You are the rebel, Slater. Ha! this i s a daring scheme, but you s h a ll not carry it out. Hello, rebels, reb--" He a,ttempted to seize Dick and dra:z him from the sleigh, when Bob promptly trippecl him up, cansing him to fall headfirs t in a snowdrift. ThJm Bob quickly sprang upon hi s seat, caught up the reins , and drove away with the speed of the wind. CHAPTER X.-A Dangerous Trip. It was a few moments before Bullings could scramble out of the snowdrift and get his breath. Quickly clearing his no s e, mouth and eye s of the snow w hich tilled them, he shouted: "Rebels, rebels, i;to p the rebels, there they go in tha t s l eigh, top the rebels!" Some few men came running up, and one said: "If they're rebels, so m ebody' ll stop 'em, but you don't expect us to catch wild do you?" "They have stolen my child, tl1ey are kidnapers, child stealers," cried Bullings, hurryi1 : g after the swiftly glicling sleigh. . The cry of "child stealers" had a greater e ffect than thut, of "rebels," and a crowd quickly gathered. It imped ed the man's progress, however, and while Bullings was explaining tho sleigh turned a corner and disappeared. Boo took the most direct road across the island now, and made the horses fairly fly. The child drew dose to Dick, who held him firmly, and drew up the robe so that the cutting wind should not strike his t ender face. "We are in a hurry now, 1-.reddy," he m id, putting hi s face close to the boy's. "We are hurrying to get away from the bad man." "Hurwy up!" said the child. Bob needed no admonition to make haste and he quickly left the town and went speeding on the open road. There was no sound of pur".'.. suit, but it was fast approaching sunset, an1 ! after that it would soon be dark. Dick kept the boy well covered and thoroughly warm for the air was biting, and he could not have' exposed his face a moment without feeling it inte n s e ly. It was nearly dark when they reached the other side of the island, aid snowflakes were b eginning to fall. "You had better let me drive, Bob,",said Dick. "It will be dark, al}d there will be snow." The horses were well blanketed, but they felt the cold nevertheless, and were eager to b e off. A sentry approached and said: "You m ust have important business to take you over t o Jersey in the face of a storm, and with the night coming down." ' "We have," said Dick, "a case of life and death." Bob showed the pass and gave the guard half a crown. ., "Take that to warm yourself, my man," he said. "It is cruel weather for anyone to be out in, and were it not that we are ne eded, we would n ever be out in it." Dick was already on the seat, and now the horses dashed out upon the smooth white road, knowing that they were going home. The snow began to fall heavily before they cease d to see the lights on shore, and these were soon blotted out. Neddy fell asleep in his warm nest, but it was not the drowsiness caused by intense cold, for he was as comfortable as could be, and Beb let him s leep. The snow whistled all about them, but Dick knew his way thoroughly, and held the horses well in hand. He could not see ahead of him, but he had the direction fully fixed in his mind, and he did not vary from it. At length he made out the town lights, although it was still snowing heavily. It was not long before he drove into the yard of the inn where he had first left the poor woman. The horses were put un-


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' FORLORN HOPE der cover, fed and looked after, while Dick and Bob made their way into th:! cosy parlor, Dick carrying the sleeping child in his arms. "Bless my heart, Captain," said the bustling landlady, "you have never brought that baby across the Kill in all this storm?" "Yes, but you can see that he is thoroughly warm and comfortable, and has not suffered from the cold." The boy presently awoke, in fact, and said: "'Oo aren't my rnuvver. Neddy wants muv. ver." "In a little while, my little man," said Bob. "The horses need a rest and something to eat." "Neddy wants some supper," said the child, promptly. "What do you think, Dick?" asked Bob, taking Dick aside. "Had we better take him there to-night?" "We will wait and see. He may go to sleep again." The boys got their supper in the parlor, the little boy sitting up to the table with them and eating some bread and milk, and then falling asleep. Dick left him in charge of Mrs. Jobson, and then, as it was growing late, they took back the horses and sleigh, and returned to camp. Dick went around to the Cutter house the next morning, taking the little boy with him. The poor woman was overjoyed to see her child again, and thanked Dick heartily for what he had done. Dick saw Alice and Edith alone, while Mrs. Bullings was fondling the child, and said: "Bullings saw me taking the child away. He knows that I will bring him here, and may try to get him back." "He does not know of this house, surely, brother?" said Edith. "No, but he may try to find out where I have taken the boy, so you must be careful." "We will do so," said Alice. "No stranger will be allowed to enter, and, if Mollie goes out with the boy, we will see that she is well protected." . "That is right, for I think that this man will try to pos session of the child, if only for spite." "No doubt, and we w?.l do all we can to see that he does not." "I know you will, my girl. I intend to keep a watch upon him, also, and if any of the boys should see him, he will be seized." All of the Liberty Boys knew Bullings now, anrl Dick had no need to tell the boys to keep a lookout for him. CHAPTER XL-An Unsuccessful Search. That afternoon Dick called Bob and Mark, and said: "Patsy just told me he saw that fellow Bullings and drove him into an alley. He escaped, but h e i 8 somewhere in town, and we must find him." "He i s a persistent rascal,'' declared Bob. "I believe he means to get hold of the child, just as you feared." "Get a dozen or more of the boys, Bob, and scatter them through the edge of the town. I will take another dozen and go farther in." The parties were quickly made up, and then Dick showed Bob where Bullings had e scaped, and directed him to look in that section. Then with hi s own narty, consisting of Ben, Sam, Jack, the two Harrys, Will Freeman, George Brewster, Arthur Mackay, Phil Waters, and others, he went oil some little distance above, sending the boys out in various directions. Ben Spurlock and Sam Sanderson went together. As they had so recently seen the spy they not likely to fail to recognize him if they met him. The other boys all had a good recollection of the man also, and would kriow him jf they came across him. The two Harrys went together, while Jack Warren had for a companion Will Freeman, who would be his brother-in-law some day, according to the then appearances . Bob's party made a thorough search of the outlying section of the town, but saw nothing of Hullings . If he were there, he kept well hidden, for the boys saw no sign of.him. Dick's party searche d in taverns, shops and along the streets where any number of persons were collected. They were no more successfnl than Bob, however, for up to noon not the slip-htes t trace of the man had l:>een discovered. Dick met Jim Bullings nea1 his tavern, and said: "Have vou chanced to see Ned Bullings today, Landlord?" "No. I hain't," growled the Tory. -"! t o ld ye. I didn't know any such pusson." "You have told me other things which I did not believe," quietly. "Well, I hain't seen him, if ye want to know." "Did you ride of us, and give'the alarm the othe1 night, when we went over to State n Islancl .?" • "Huh! ye got drove back, didn't ye?" laug h e d Jim Bullings. "It served ye just right, too." "It was one of you Tories, at any rate, and we are watching you to see that you do no more mischief." "Wull, I didn't say it was me, did I? Y o u can't arres t a man jus t simply because h e ' s a Tory." "No, but w e can watch any suspicious per son," dryly. "You fellers may be watched with a snarl. "Is Ned Hullings a brother of yours, or only a cousin? You look something alike, but hardly enough so to be taken for brothers." "We're eousins, but ye can't bother me fur what he does," snarling. ' "Oh, you are remembering things , aren't you?" with a laugh. "You did not know him at all at first." "I hain't got time to talk to ye,'' growled Bullings, and, turning, he walked toward the tavern. "He has not seen the man this morning," s:1id Dick to hims elf. "I can tell when he i s lying." He wel}t hack to the camp at noon, stopping on the way at the house near the creek, where Bullings had escaped. He saw the Tory owner near gate, and said: "We had a hot chase after a man near 111::1e the


THE LIBERTY BOYS ' FORLORN HOPE other day. Have ycu LJ1.,;!1cell L0 :>te J11m today?" 'No, I hain't, an' I'm going to sue you rebels for trespass an' o.' clestruy1n crops what I had plante d an' expected ter have cume up in ther spring.'' . . . . "I warn you against harbormg or a1dmg him, for he i s an avowed enemy of the country, and a British spy to boot." , , . . . "I donno the man, an wouldn t recogmze him if I saw him again, s o yer needn'ter threaten me, y e r blame rebel." "Spare your compliments," laughed Dick. "The m a n was making for this place, to demand a shelter, no doubt, but we w.ere too hot his trail and he didn't have time to s top. "We ll if he wanted shelter, I'd give it to him, fur all rebels, an' if yer dared ter break inter my hous e , I'd--" "Wait till the occasion arises before you say what you would do," interrupted Dick. You might change your mind." Then he went on to the camp, and, as some of the Liberty Boys bad already had their din ners h.e sent another narty out to look for Bull ing s: The. e boys sent the others in as fast as the y met them, and Dick went out again after dinner and stopped at the Cutter hou se. The "hai:d winter" was doing its best to prove its title to the name , for the cold was intense, and none o f the boys cared to be out for too long a time. In fact, Dick urge d upon the m all the necessity of seeking shelte r f r om time time, s o as to run the risk of being frostbitten. The parties searching for Bullings were r e lieved every hour or so, and different parts of the town and the shore were visited. Dick learned that nothing had been s een of Bullings near the house, but warned Alice and Edith, and the Cutter girls to b e extra cautious, on account of Mrs. Bullings and the child . By sunset none of the Liberty Boys had seen the spv, and Dick did not continue the search at night. "The fellow either hid himself mo s t carefully," he said to Bob, "or took himself out of town as soon a s the hue and cry began." "If he had been here, som eone of us would cer tainly have seen him. " answered Bob, "for all the boys know him." "Yes, and that is why I think that he left the town, for we certainly made a most thorough search of it.'' Afte1 supper the fires were lighted, and the boys gathered around them, themselves in various ways. . S entries w ere posted, and everyone was on the watch; not danger, but being prepared for 1t. Then-v1g1!::tnce was r ewarded, for at a not late hour they heard a l anre b o dy of troops coming, and at once raise d an alarm. CHAPTER XII.-Bullings at Work. The call to arms was quickly sounded, and the brave boys came rushing out of their huts in all directions . The hors e s >vere soon saddled, and the Liberty Boys das h e d out of camp to meet the enemy. 'Knyphausen has sent over some of his H es sians, as we feared," said Dick. res, but where were the guards to see them before they could eJiect a landing!" sputtered Bob. He was an impetuous boy, and always spoke hii; mind freely. "They could not be everywhere Bob" said Dick. ' ' The sound of firi11g was now heard, and the gallant Jads dashed towards the spot. "It is a forlorn hope," said Dick, "but we must do our best.' The picket had been surprised, and a number of officers and men captured by the time the brave boys arrived. It was a forlorn hope, but the gallant lads meant to do something. They rushed. upon the enemy with the greatest im petuosity and delivered a telling volley . The muskets ,crashed and roared, and the cracking of the boy!' Jlls tols echoed the sound. "Down with the Hessians!" shouted Dick. "Liberty forever, scatter the Hessian hire lings," fairly yelled the daring boys. Muskets rattled and banged and pistols crack ed, and not all the Hessians who came over from Staten falan ' d that night returned to it. It was a forlorn hope, but the plucky boys were always ready to takr! desperate chances, and they fought manfully. The town was aroused and the militia turned out to aid the gaI!ant lads. The i;et fire to the town house, some private res idence s and a church, and then fled. The flames were in that part of the town where the Cutters lived, and, full of apprehension, Dick t onk a det<.;chment of the Liberty Boys and hur r i ed thither. The Cutter house was not among t h ose set fire to, but was very near to one o f them. Dick fnund the inmates i n a state of great con sternation. "Oh, Dick," said Alice, "that 1nan has been here and stolen the child.'' "Bullings ?" cried Dick, in great "Yes. We were greatly alarmed, and ran out, fearing the house would be destroyed. "Yes, and then?" "In the confusion this man rus hed in, seized the boy, blankets and all, and rushed out. I saw him, but was too late to stop him." "You saw him plainl y, then; yo u recognized him?" asked Dick. "Yes, and the poor woman saw him and tried to stop him, and, oh, Dick, he struck at her and would have knocked her down, only--" "Ye s, what happened?' "I was afraid to harm the boy, but I seized a chair and, how I ev e r did it I don't know, hit him on the head with it.'' "Brave girl! But he got away?" "Yes , the poor little fellow screamed with ter ror, but the man carried him utf. " "Then the poor woman recognized the man?" "Yes , and could not un,derstand why he should be so cruel." "It is either spite or he has some deep ,purpose in it." "What can it be, Dick?" "I don't know, but you may be sure that he will not keep the child long. I will follow h illl


• 14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' FORLORN HOPE and get the boy back, if I have to go right among t h e enemy." "I u m afraid it is a forlo1n hope, Dick,'' Alice said. "\V el!, I h a ve led a forlorn hope before , my girl, and have s ucceeded, .and I ..:an do so a gain." "lt will kill the poor girl if her child i s not to her,'' declared Alice. " P erha p s the other man, the tavern k eeper, told He may have follow e d you. The n the Cutters are well known, and if it w ere know n t lul w e were h ere, it would b e easy to find it." " Y cs , and he may have told him, or Bullings m a y have di scovered it by acci dent." "What shall you d o, Dick?" eagerly. "Go after the fellow. H e m a y be at Jim Bull ings' tavern now. I will see." There was no further dange r of trouble from the Hessians , and Dick took a party and went to the tavern kept by Bullings . The place was dark awl seem e d to have b een clo sed foT s ome time. Th!re were men about the streets, and some of th8s c said that Bullings had close d the tavern a1! d gone out as s oon a s the alarm was sounded. "It was Torie s that burne d the Presbyterian Church, not the Hessians," said one. "That' s so," declared another, "but they set fire to the Town Hall, an' to s ome houses." "Bullings may have been a mong the Tories who set fire to the church," sai d Dick. "Yes , h e may have been, but I didn't s e e him there." Dick set a number of the boy s to watching the tavern to s ee if Ned Bullings came to it. They did not see him, and the tavern. keepe r himself did not r eturn till nearly moining. Then he came alone , and in no pl e a sant humor, apparently, for he was t alking to himself angrily and finding fault with everything. The boys said n_ot.hing to him, and allowed him to go in, then ndmg back to the camp. At breakfas t Dick said to Bob: " W e have got to get the little boy b a ck, but the question is how to g o to work about it." " \Ve c an't work the doc tor game again, I don't suppose?" rnplic d Bob. " N o , I s c a r cely think so. The y will s u spect. L 1 fact, I don't think we can go together." "But y o u will want me, won't you, Dick?" " Y es , and p e rhap s others . " \ "There i s Mark. You can trust h im, Dick." "Yes , and there are Ilen and Jack, and a numbc1 of othe r s , but w e d on't want too big a p arty." "Do you think you will be obliged to go to Staten I sland?" " I don ' t know. The man may b e in town." "We all hunte d for him in town y e s terday and could not find him." ' "V1' e w ere in uniform, Bob," was the quiet answer. "The n you think--" . "T.h a t . if I send out h alf a doz e n cl e v e r boys m d1sgmse I may locate him. There are sev eral reas or. s why he may b e here." "Yes . He would not w ant to ris k taking a young child across the Kill w ithout s uffici ent pro tection for one." "Very tr'ije. And he will expect us to go over there in search of him." "No douLt." "Do you know that a criminal ofte n remains clo s e to the s cene of his crime, as the l ast place to be searched?" "Yes , but mo s t m e n wi s h to get as far a way a s poss ible." ''But this man i s clever. We mus t give him credit for that." " So I do. Then you mean to search for him in town or around it first?" "I think that is the best plan. Tell Mark to get a di sguis e, and pick out three or four good boys to go on the s earch." "All right. Shall I get a disguise?" "Yes, but not here. The camp may be watched, and if too many boys not in uniform le a ve it, we may be sus p ected." "Very good." CHAPTER XIIl.-Tne Liberty Boys on the •Watch. Dick and Bob rode into the town in uniform and \ vith no evident intention of keeping thei r actions secret. Bob went to the tavern n ear the Point, while Dick rode to the Cutter house. There was a young man in the family whom Dick had seen a number of times. He was olde r than Dick, but was of the same height and build and had brown h air. Dick found him at home he had suppos ed he would. ' '_'Tom," he "I want you to put on my umform and nde back to camp on Major and remain till I come. I will wear your clothes." "Anything to oblige you, captain. But what is the idea?" "I think that Bullings is in town. If I go back to camp I will not be suppos ed to be looking for him." ;;rhen you expect that I will be taken for you? " Yes , and I will be left fre e to p r osecute my s earch." . "Exactly." The y w ent i nto the living-room, which was unoccupied at the n;iom ent. They were standing by the fir e whe n Dick heard some one c oming . "' ait a mom ent," he said. "Don't turn around." Alice ente-Ped and w ent str a i ght to y oung Cutt e r and put h e r arms about his shoulde r s . ."I gue s s . the disguise is go od e n o u gh," l a u g h e d Dick, turnmg. ; "Why, 1 decl are!" crie d Alice, blushing. "Wha t does this change mean?" ' "A part of my plan to get N eddy back" said Dick. ' A f e w minutes later young Cutter rode away from the hous e on Major, muffle d in Dick's greatcoat, and with Dick's cocked h a t drawn we ll do w n upon his fore h ead. Alice waved h e r h and to him as he rode away, and he turne d and wave d his own. "Do you E ee the two men on the corne r?" a sked Dick. "Yes, but if I did not know that you were h e r e , I would think that you had jus t ridden away." "That is what those men think. They are


THE LIBERTY BOYS' FORLORN HOPE 15 watcHing Tom, and now they follow him. They take him for me." "I don't wonder. I could do it myself, very easily." Dick shortly left the house in Tom Cutter's greatcoat and hat, and took his way toward the Point. It was not long before he knew that he was being followed. "They think that Tom Cutter may be taking up the search too," he thought. "Very good . Now to throw them off the scent." J::teaching the tavern, he found Bob there in disguise . "Were you fol!owed here, Bob?" he asked. "Ye , I think I \'ias, or a part of the way at all events." "Then you m ust be supposed to leave and go back to the camp." "Yes, but how?" Dick found the landlady who had given Bob his disguise. "Have you a boy who i s about the lieutenant's bu'ild , Mrs. Jobson," he asked, "who will put on his uniform and ride to our camp?" "Yes, m.y oldest son will do it in a minute." "Very g('()d. Tell :Pim to put it on and ride Bob's bay to camp.. I will take his clothes." Bob had already told the go od woman of the business on hand. . In a short time Bob Esta brook, apparently, rode away in haste toward Elizabethtown, the real Bob watching him from the window. Dick had meanwhile put on the boy's rough clothes, and now asked: "Is there any one whom you can send to Cutter's in Tom Cutter's clothes?" "Yes, there is.'1 , '"I'he n send him, let him leave the clothes there and return. He can put on Tom's things over his-own." A little later Dick saw the watchers follow what they supposed to be Tom Cutter, hurrying toward town. "Very good," he said. "You and I have gone back to camp, and Tom has gone home. The spies have left, and we are free to work without molestation." "Those fellows are clever," laughed Bob, "but they forget that they have Liberty Boys to con tend with." "Don't you see now why it would not have clone for all of us to have left the camp in disguise?" Di c k asked. "Yes, of course, and you can trust Mark to be equally cautious." In a few minutes Dick left the tavern, Bob following five minutes later, and taking a different direction. Mark, in the meantime, rode away from camp in uniform, and on a big gray -horse, which was his regular mount. Under his uniform he wore a suit of ordinary clothes, and there was a round hat rolled up and stuck in his pocket. He made his way to a house where he was known, put his big gray in the barn, took off his uniform, borrowed a greatcoat and left the place unnoticed. Jack Warren, Ben Spurlock and Har ry Thurber left the camp at different points and at various times, and were not followecl There were in a short time six of the cleverest of the Liberty Boy s in town looking for Ned Bullings, and between them all they ought to accomplish something. Jack looked like a stupid country boy, walking with a heavy gait and staring about him as if everything he saw was new and strange. He strnlled into the tavern where Patsy and Carl had had their comical adventure, took a seat in a corner near the fire, and said, with a loud laugh: "I've got a shilli n ' . Gimme some bread an' cheese an' a mug o' mulled ale. I'm goin' ter have a good time, I be." Some of the men in the place laughed, while others merely gave the suwosed loutish boy a look, and then paid no mo-re attention to him. Jack ate his bread and cheese, talked and laughed loud, and at las t raised the mug of ale to his lips . None of the Liberty Boys ever drank anything of the sort, and Jack did not even taste it. He seemed to do so, but suddenly coughed and blew a spray of the hot ale which showered every one within five or six feet. -"Here, you clumsy lout, look out what you're doing I" cried out. "Jerushy, but that's good!" said Jack, blowing another shower over the tables. The men near him got up and moved their seats, and Jack half emptied his mug in a box of sand at his feet. Then Jim Bullings came in, not noticing Jack, and sat dovm . The boy began to noel, and presently had his head on the table. "Seen any one from there?" asked Jim, motioning with his thumb toward the camp. "'T'he cap'n came out, but he's went back again.'' "Any one else?" "The leftenaint went back not long ago," an-swered another man. "H'h!" muttered Jim. Jac k was apparently fast asleep by this time. "There hain't none of 'em been in here?" asked Jim, at length. "No; they don't come here." "Seem to be pretty busy out there?" "Not any more'n usual. In fact, I hain't seen as many of 'em go by a s there generally does." "Vilell, they' ll bear watchin', the young rebels, and Jim Bullings got up and went out. "And so will you, my man," thought ..Jack. CHAPTER XIV.-Gettin1< More Information. Dick, making his way into town, came upon two legal gentlemen talking animatedly. "Certainly, the child would inherit, and the father be declared gua1dian," said one . "Why would not the husband have hjs \\Oife's estate?" "Because the property cleseends in a direct l:n e . The lady's issue receives it, failing issue, it goes to the next of kin, and the husband, not be ing--" Dick would have passed on, not being espe cially interested. "And that won't suit Bullings at al l ," the other lawyer interrupted. "No; but here i s the child, and if anything should happen to the mother, why, he is the guardian, and I rather think--" "Yes, I think so, too," Vvith a chuckl e . "Unless the lady appointed an administrator and guardian for her child in case of her death.'' "Bullings would oppose it," emphatically,


-1 6 THE , LIBERT Y BOYS' FORL ORN HOPE "Bullings need not i?rrow of it. He only wants 11is child now because of the money." "Yes, l\Iaster Ned thought there was a lot of moi ;ey there, while no one eYcr d1eame d of this." The two lawyers met another and stopped to talk, and Dick went on. "That is odd, " he thought. "They were suppo sed to be without means. I wonder what inheritance this i s ? It throws light on the man's sudden desire to get pos sess ion of his child, at any rate." Walking on at a brisk pace, he made his way to Jim Bullings ' tavern. Bvllings was not about, and his wife, not recognizing Dick, bustled up and said: "Well, master, what can I serve you with?" A red-faced man, at another table, reading a New York paper, said: "So you've fallen into property, :have you , missis ?" "i did not know I had, neighbor Grubb," retorted the woman. "Why, here it is in print in the Mercury, that the wife of James Edward Bullings, has by the will of the l:ite--" "That don't mean Jim. He's John James. This is Neel's wife, but I guess that Ned will--" Some one came in, stamping the snow from his boot s, and m aking a great deal of noise. "It is singular that I should hear twice of this matter in so short a time,'' thought Dick. The innkeeper's wife attended to the newcomer, the man in the corner then went on with his smoking and reading, and Dick was left alone. "Where's Jim, missus?" asked the newcomer. "Up in town somewhere,'' shortly. "I don't know all his business." "Well, give me some hot apple toddy and a pipe, missus. It's powerful cold out o' doors. This is a hard winter if ever w e had one." Dick was sure that Ned Eu!liEg s was not in the hou se , and he presen.tly arose and went out. Meantime Jack Warren, after Jim Bullings had gone out, managed to upse t his pewter mug on the floor with a crash , and sat up. "Huh, I hain't spencled my shillin' yet," he with a loud laugh. "Guess I'll go somewhere e l se. It's too plaguey hot in here." Then he went out, and saw Bullings turning into the alley where Patsy had pursued Ned Bullings on a previous ('ccasion. "Hello! maybe the other fellow is up there,'' th:mght Jack. Following the Tory, Jack saw him enter a litt le tavern at the farther end of the alley which had no outlet. "There's where Patsy went and lo s t the spy,'' thought Jack. He waited a few minutes and entered the tavern, which was very small. Jim Bullings was seated at a table with a man whose back was turned to Jack. The boy !mew him, however, ev e n if he could not see his face. "I don't care so much to catch him as to recover the child," he thought. It was Ned Bullings . The two men were talking in low tones, but Jack could not hear what they said. He moved closer, therefore and heard Jim say: "Is he safe?" "Yes," nodded Ned. "Not here?" Ned shook his head. "Hadn't you better get him. over to New York?" "Yes, but I want to .her to go with me, tell her I want her to live with me again, that I never meant to desert her, that I was in pris on, and a lot more stuff. " "Lies," muutered Jack. "She won't go with you after your stealing the boy." , "I'll tell her I thought she deserted me, that I was mad and meant to get the boy, but now I know that I love her and want her to go home with me. " "More lies," muttered Jack. . "She won't go. You ' ll have to cany her off." "She'll believe me; she always was soft." "Burt them boys have been telling her things, and you knocked her down." "I'll tell her you did that. You don't care?" "She won't believe you. No, you'll have to carry her off. It's a pity you couldn't have done it last night." "I couldn't with that rebel girl smashing me on the head. You woula not have thought she could pick up a heavy chair like that." "Well, you'll have to carry her off now." "She'll go with me for the sake of the child. Go and see her and tell her I want her." "I'll get arrested. They suspect me now of info1111ing on them to the British." "They can't prove it. " "No, but I'll be locked up. We know where the house is, and we'll watch it and cany her off. 'Jlhen you must be ready to leave at once." "Are they still looking for me?" "I saw Dick Slater and the lieutenant come to town, but they went back again." "They'll never find me here,'' said Ned Bull ings boastfully. "I would not risk it too long. They nearly had you yesterday." "Nearly don't count for anything." "No, but they may do something better than that. You'd better ready to leave to-night." "All right." "Wl1ere is the boy?" "He's s afe. They won't find him. Once I can get Mollie to go with me, I'll fix it so she won't live long and then the money will be mine. " Jack knew nothing of this part, but he could not repress a start at what he heard. He had to give a loud snore and a cough to cover it, for he had attracted the men's attention. "Who's that?" asked Ned, turning. "Oh, jusrt a fool of a boy who has a shilling to spend. Hello, I thought I left you in the other place?" to Jack. "Waal, I didn't have to stay there, did I?" drawled the Liberty Boy. "They made too much noise. This is quieter." Ned Bullmgs looked sharply at Jac k, but failed to recognize him. The two men would not talk any more, however, and Jack presentl y got up and walked clumsily out of the place. He made his way to the street, after taking a goo

.. THE LIBERTY BOYS' FORL ORN HOPE 1 7 T he two boys walked back t o the alley, a n d met Harry Thurber on the way. "I saw Jim Hullings go toward' the creek j us t n ow," Harry said. "Ben saw him, too, and is fo llowing him. " "He has just left Ned," said J ack. "Ned is in the tavern up the alley." "Hang around the place,'' said Dic k , "and be r eady to come if I signal." Then he entered the alley, the two boys fol l owing him a little later. He went into the little tavern, but saw nothing of Ned Hullings . "There is some other way out of here, " h e thought, "and I must find out where it is. W e can never corner the fellow till we do." CHAPTEft XV.-The Captured Messe nger. Bob, walking carelessly along the street not far from the Cutter house, was surprised to see Ned Hullings turn a corner, in company with a ' who had followed him. on of 'em came here and then went away,'' ed wil1;;11 said. "So did the young felle r o ' the the cl<> . .uob passed the two men, but neither of them showed any sign of recognition. "You haven't seen any of the rebels looking for me?" he heard Bullings ask, as he stopped and gazed around as if looking for some one . "No, I guess they got tired of i t yesterday." Bob turned and followed the two men as if he knew he had gone too far. ' Slater can disguise himself very cleverly. Are you sure he has not returned?" "No; he' s in the camp. " "Do you zee that house, next to the burned one?" "Yes; that's where Slater went." "I want you to watch it." "To see if he comes there again?" Just then Hullings turned and saw Bob. "What do you want?" he growled. "I want to find the Reverend John Dean; do you chance to know where he lives? It is near here, I was told." "Yes, he lives on the next street, on the' right, halfoav clown the row on the farther side. It is a laige white house . You can't fail to find i t . " " I don't think he knew m e ," he said to him self, "but he wished to send me away." After turning the corner, he got behind a tree and waited to see if the two men passed. l\fore than s ufficient time had elapsed and, not seeing them, he went back. They were nowhere in sight. "\Yell, wl(ether they suspected me or not, I have lost them," he said, "and there i sn't a boy anywhere to be seen." At that mom en t he saw Mark turn the next corner, and hunied toward him. . 'Have you see n N ed Hullings, Mark?" he asked, a s he joine d his fellow lieutenant. "No, I have not." "I have, and lost him in the mo s t foolish fashion. I wish I had seen you a few minutes s oon er." "I wish you had," declared Mark. "Couldn't you capture him?" "He "as not alone, and then, you know that we want to locate the boy fir s t .... '.'.Y es, and, i f n e cessary, to le t •this f e ll ow go." Exactly. W e ll , there is the Cutter hous e d own the street, a n d they may'b e watching that for some purpose." "Then perhaps I had better watch it myself?" "Yes, but it is no sort of weather to stand sicle dofog nothing. " " No, it is not, acc u stomed a}, we are to a ll sorts of weather." "You had bette r go in, Mark. Watch t o see if is any on e spying on yo u, and then go up as If you we r e inquiri n g for som e one " "All right." . A few minutes later Bob saw him e nter the h o u se . I can't see that any o n e saw him," he said, and n ow I must see i f I can find this cle v e r scound11eJ again. " " I will _ keep watch at the ho u se, and Lieutena n t Morrison can watch the alley. " " Very good," said Dick, and getting Mark h e the yo ung l ie1:1ten a n t to the upper alley mg to the queer !Ittle tavern. "The attempt to carry off the woman w ill b e made .to n ight , n o doubt,'' he t hought . . Durm g the afternoon nothin g was seen o f either of the men. When it grew dark, Dick went to the. Cutter ho u se , posting boys outside to watch it. A t last a sleigh drove up to the hous e a;id a man sprang o ut, ran u p and so u nded the big brass 'knoc ker. The negro serm:tv.t ar. ::.we::red the summo n s . "Is l\'Iistree H u llings within?" ask ed the man. "What do yo u wish?" "I have a note for her; it's particular. I am to take h& somewhere." yhen Dick stepped forward and asked: Who sent the note?" "The doctor. The lady's littl e son is sick and is a::oking for her." ' ''.Very well, she will go . Please inside and wait." "My horse is restive. I had better go out and watch him. " Dick coughed, and in a moment-Tom Cutter glided out on one side and Bob on the other. The neg-ro servant suddenly ::otepped behind the m:m aml pu s hed him inside. Then he "1-tae seized by Bob Estabrook and Tom Cutter. "Look out!" he cried. In a moment the sleigh was driven ofl' rapidly by a second n:ian ' Yhom Dick had not seen. The first was a prisoner, how ever, and was taken into a room at the front of the ho use. Dick Reco"" nized him as one of those who had followed hi':n in the morning. "You were sent by Ned Bullings ?" he asked. "No, I wasn't; the doctor sent me." "Where is the note you were to deliver?" The man produced a folded note, which Dick gave to Mrs. Bullings. It purported to •come from a physician, and stated that the boy Neddy was very ill, and that if his mother wished to see him alive she would go at once with the messenge1' . "Are you in the doctor's employ?" asked Dick . "Yes, I am his coachman." "Why did he not come himself?" "He had to stay with the boy ; he could not leave him." The man said nothing.


13 THE LIBERTY BOYS' FORLORN HOPE • "You are not employed by this pretended doc-tor ut all?" "No ," doggedly. "Ned Bullings sent you?" "Ntl; J im," shortly. "'v'.I'.ere is the boy?" "I d o n ' t know." "Where were you to take the lady?" "To a house out of town, near the creek.'" "Is the boy there?" ''No." ' "Where i s he?" "I don't know," and Di ck saw that the man was telling the, truth. CHAPTER XVI.-The Pursuit I s Kept Up. There were other Liberty Boy s on hand when the s leigh drove up to the Cutter lvrnse. Ben Spurlock and Jack warren were watching in the house of a neighbor, o p po si te. Wh e n the sleigh stopped they slipped out noi se l ess ly aJ:ld unob served. T hey crept clo se to it in the darkness , anrl when the man o n the s t e p s s uddenl y shoute d, they clas h ed forward. Jack made a flying leap and sprang in as it clashed away. Ben c aught at the back, and drew himself in OYer the rear seat. The horses fairly flew, and it was some moments b efore Jac k could se ize the reins. "Stop!" he said . Then Ben seize d the d river by the throat, and chipped a pisto l to his head. "Yo u had better stop!" he shouted in the man's ear. The n went on some little distance farther be-fore Jack could stop the horses. "Where did you come from?" asked Ben. "I won't tell you!" growled the driver. Ben pressed the cold barre l of the pistol against his temple. "You had better spe:ik," h e said. "From Mr. Johnson." "Where does he live?" "Near the creek." "He i s a Tory?" "Yes." "You were to take the lady there?" "Yes," doggedly. "Is Neel Bullings at the house?"_ "Yes." "ls the little boy there?" "I don't know." "We had better take this fellow back and turn him over to the captain, J ack," said Ben. "Alt right. Keep hold on him. H e's a slippery fellow." Then Jack turned the horses, having to make a wide s weep. A s he was doing so, the prisoner sudde11ly rolled out, then picked himself up and sped away. Jack tried to follow him, but the f ellow flew up the street, dashed into an alley, and disappeared while the boy was turning the horses. "Well, we've got the horses and sleigh,'' Jack said, "and we know whose they are." Then the boys returned to the Cutter house, and Ben went in, Jack remaining outside in the sleigh. Ben told Dick about the capture of the sleigh, and the young captain said to the man: "You two were concerned in an abduction. Don't you know that you can be punished for t ha t?" "We are only going to take the lady to her husband, and that isn't abduction," the man growled. "If h e abducted her afterward, we have nothing to do with that.". " T hen Ned Bullings is at the house on the creek?" "Ye s." "But not the boy?" "I don't know." "Well, we will go there. You will here for the present." The man said nothing, and was put under guard in the hou se. Dick and Bob then entered the s leigh, and Jack d rove . They , ,ent at once to the house near the creek, which they all well knew bv this time. As they dashed up to the door the ToTy came out and said: •1,. "So you have brought b ac k my ;irnperty, have you, you confounded rebels?" Dick sprang out of the s leigh as Jack checked the horses, and seized the Tory . "Where i s Ned Bullings ?" asked Dick. "I don't know any s uch person," with a snarl "He was here; where i s he now?" "I don't know. He has not beLn here." .!ld "He was , s o there is no use f rou x f) ,.'b Both the men say he was here. They were not as cl.over as they thought, for we captured them. " "You didn't get both, then," snapped the Tory, "for one came here and gave Ilullings the ala1111." "Oh, your memory is returning, is it?" laughed Bob. "It cuts up great capers with you, doesn't it?" "Yo u won't get Ned Bullings," the Tory snarled. "He's gone, and i s probably halfway to--" and then he paused. "Staten Island?" asked Dick. "No; New Brunswic k. He tock the boy with him." "You aTe not telling the truth," said Dick. "Yes, I am," with a snarl. "He c!id take the boy with him. I saw him sta1"t, and yo u won't catch him." "I meant in regard to his going to New Bruns wick. He did not go there." "Huh! yo u won't catch him, wher.;ver he went." "Perhaps we will. We may also hold you re s ponsible for allowing an enemy to escape." "And I will prosecute you for stealing my property," the Tory growled. The boys returned to the camp, and then go t three good horses and set out for the shore. Dick sent two or three boys into town to recafl the others, and to tell Tom Cutter to let the prisoners go. Nearing the shore, Dick saw a tavern door open, a few steps away, and two m e n come out. "He's well on his way to the island now," said one. "Yes, with the boy safe, and now to get hold o' the woman." Dick sprang off his horse and caught one of the men by the collar. "Do you mean Ned Bullin gs ? " he demanded. The sec ond man escaped, although Bob and Jack tried to catch him. The light from within fell on Dick's face, and the man recognized him. "Yes, ye blame rebel!" he snarled, trying to get away, "an' ye hain't ketched him." "No, but we've got you, and you'll go t-0 jail for--"


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 19 The man suddenly squirmed out of his coat and shot away. "Well, we don't want him," said Dick. "We know that Hullings has crossed to Staten Island, and that is enough." The young captain then mounted his horse, and the three set off for the spore, and were shortly on their way across to the Kill. • "He will probably stop on this side first," said Dick. "Too long a journey in this bitter cold would never do for the boy." "Where shall we look?" Bob asked. "In the nearest place after reaching the island." They were halfway over when it began to snow. "Faster, boys," said Dick. "This snow may last all night, and he won't set--out again until it stops." Thesnow flew in their faces, and in a short time they were white from head to foot. Bob and Jack kept close to Dick, trusting to him to find the road. The horses' hoofs gave out little <;ound on accoun t of the snow, which gathered fast, and they dashed on. There were no •sentries on shoi:e on account of the storm, and they passed without hindrance. They made their way up the deserted street toward a light they -.saw gleaming ahead of them. It was an inn, and they went at once to the barn in the rear, where Dick had to call before a groom came out. They drs mounted and led their horses inside. A stable man held a lantern while a boy began folding the rol:les that were thrown loosely about in a sleigh standin$< in the middle of the floor. There was snow on them, and it looked as if the sleigh had but just been brought in. Dick advanced and saw on o ne of the fur sleigh robes three or four 'iong golden hairs. CHAPTER XVII.-Nine Points of the Law. "Any room in the inn, groom?" asked Dick. "I shouldn't wonder, sir. We had a party just come in, but this snow 'll k eep many away." "Take good care of the horses. We'll go in, at any rate, and see if we can get accommodations." "Come any distance, sir?" "Yes, some." "Th,is party came from Jersey, nearly lost his way in the storm. Foolish to go out, I should say with a--" ' "The gentleman said as how you was to 'tend to his horses, Pidgeon, in case he might have to go out again," said the other groom. "All right, I'm going to, but he's foolish to do it, in the face of a sto1m like this, that'll last all nigh.t." Dick started for the door, beckoning to the boys. "He is here," he said, as he went out. "This was the place to come to, of all places." "Are you sure?" asked Bob. "Yes, I saw some of Neddy's hair on the fur i-obe." "He is not so far ahead of us, then," said Jack. "The storm puzzled him, and he probably went somewhat astray." "Then for all the lead he had on us he did not get here much ahead of us." "No, he did not." By the veriest chance, it would seem, they had come to the same inn where Hullings had only lately arrived. It was not altogether chance, either, for they had taken. the most direct route, and so had Hullings, no doubt. His horses had probably been here before, and so the storm, while it had delayed them, had not prevented their finding a shelter. As they ared the house, Dick said: "Go in at different doors, bo and do not recognize me. Keep ;your eyes open, and soo if you can locate the boy. ' Dick went in at the front door, Bob at the i-ear, and Jack at the side. Dick went to the supper room, Bob to the bar, and Jack to the parlor. Neither of the three saw any sign of the man or of the child. Dick called for supper, and the maid wfio came in said: "This room is engaged. Would it oo just the same if the young gentleman had his supper in the private bar?" "Not at all," said Dick. He left the room, and seeing Bob, beckoned, to him. "I want supper," said Bob to the potboy. "I have just ordered supper," said Dick. "Il you do not object, we will have it together." "I should be glad of a comvanion," answered Bob. "It is dull, eating alone . " "Very good, sir," and the potboy went away. "He is going to have his supper in a private room," said Dick. "You have not seen him?" "No, but I guessed it. I was turned out of the room." "I wonder what Jack is doing?" "Using his eyes and ears, no doubt." Jack took his seat in a big armchair, which quite concealed him, before the fire. In a few minutes some one entered. Jack kept his seat and listened. "Is muvver here?" he heard a child's voice say. "She will be here soon, but we will have our supper first." The speaker was Ned Hullings, as Jack suspected it would be, from hearing the boy. He sat still and made no sign to betray his presence. "Don't want any supper; want . muvver," the child sai d. "But it's snowing now; mother can't come yet." "I want muvver. 'Oo's a bad man; I want muvver. I's cold an' hung'y. I want muvver!" He ran to the fire, and then saw Jack. "Hello, boy!" he said . "'Oo know where my muvver is?" "Come here, little man," said Jack. "Let's sit by the fire and look at the pretty flames." Hullings now came forward, saw the child in J'' s lap and said: "I won't !_et him trouble you . Neddy, get down!" "No!" said the boy, shaking his head. "Go a'ay; you bad man." "He is no trouble at all, sir," s aid Jack. "I'm very fond of curly-headed tots like him." "His nurse will be looking for him to put him to bed, and I really can' t Jet him trouble you," impatiently. "He's not the slightest trouble . Fact is, I rather like to have him cuddling in my lap like this." Neddy see 'oo before, boy?" asked the child. "I don't know. Give a guess." I


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS' FORLORN HOPE "I donno. Is 'oo soger, i s 'oo cap'n ?" "Com e here, N eddy," said Hullings. "You are troubiing the boy." He put his hand on the child, who drew back and snuggled clo s11ir to Jack. "Come here, I say!" said the man gruffly, at tempting to take the boy forcioly from Jack. Tne Liberty Boy threw up his arm, pushed the man bac k, and s aid : "You ought to be ashamed of yourself to treat a child like that." Then he sou nded a shrill whistle. "What business is it of yours?" snarled Hull ings, starting. "Who are you? What right have you to--" Jac k got up, holding the little boy in his arms. At that moment Dick Slater and Bob E stabrook entered the parlor. Hullings turned and saw them. "Ned Bullings," said Dick, "yo u are not a fit person to have charge of that child." "H'm! you are D ick Slater. You are in a ho s tile camp. I will denounc e you, and--" "Gual'd the door, Bob," said Dick. "Lucky as ever, eh. Jack? You found him, I see." "Don't think you can e s cape," said Ilullings, "for I will--" "Keep guiet," said Dick. "If you say a word, I will say that you stole the chilcl. You know the temper of the people toward child-stealers." "I know 'oo!" cri ed the child. "'Ooo i s Cap'n Dick, 'oo i s a good boy, 'oo will take me to my muvver." "Bullii;gs," said Dick, "it is a stormy night, there are few persons here, and none are likely to come . It will be some trouble to take you with u s, but if you remain quiet we will leave you behind." "You rnrely would not take that tender child out in s u c h a night!" snarled Hullings . "Yo u did it yourself. Besides, we shall have your s l eigh and horses , and will be well provided with rugs and blankets." "You shall not take him, I will not let you--" He was about to shout. when Dick sprang for ward and clapped a pistol to hi s nose. "Not a word! Bob, take hi s pistols. Then open the cupboard door. I think it will hold him." "Don't be afraid, Neddy," said Jack. "We are all good friends of yours." Bob di sarmed Bullings, and opened the cupboard door. It was a small clothes press, but was empty at the moment. They. forced Bullin gs into it, and Bob then gagged him. It was so tight a fit for the man that he would be unab:le to kick or pound on the door. Shutting the door, Dick locked it and took away the key. "Quick!" he said. "Come with me, Neddy. You are going back to mother." The child ran to Dick and sprang into his arms. "Hurry out to the barn, Jack, and get the sleigh ready," said Dick. "Get my greatcoat and hat, Bob. There's no time to lo se." In another moment the parlor was de serted. CHAPTER XVITI .-Released. Jack hurried to the barn and said: "The gentleman wishes his horse and sleigh made at once . " "In all this storm?" g asped the groom. "Yes; we will accompany him, and \\e know the road well. Besides, we \'.'ill take lanterns." "Very good, sir." It was not Dick's intention to take the boy back to Elizabethtown in the storm. He meant t o 1eave the inn, however, and see k other ;;:h elter. When they were all 1eady, Dick drove the s l eigh, while Jack sat behind him with the child snuggled close and warn. Bob, who rod e one horse and led the others, said: "l3y the way, you wiH find a very angry man lock ed up in the parlor cupboanl." Dick drove along the s-hore for a mile or two in the storm, and then found an inn, where he put up for the night. There was little chance of Dick ' s b eing found, but in the early morning, finding that the storm had ceased, he out. They were just leaving the island when a of Hessians came running clown the road leacbng to the Kill. They were quickly joinecl by Bullings, who cried excitedly: "Hel'e they are, there are the rebels! Fire!" The Hessians threw their muskets to their s houlcl e1s. Bu11ings, in his excitemen t, forget he had already given the order to fire , ran ahead. "Confound you, yo u won't get away easy as--" Crash! There was a sudden tremendous ,-o!ley, and the spy fell forward on his face. Ilullets fle w over the boys' heads and about their ears, and two struck the back of the sleigh and were buried in the cu s hion s . Away they went O\'er the smooth surface, Jack looking back once and seeing the Hessians pick up a man who lay motionless on the ground, and who did not move as they bore him away. "He will make no more trouble for hi s poor wife aud child," muttered Jack. The Hessians did n o t fire another volley, and Dick was soon too far away to be brought back. Dick drove at once to tl1.e Cutter house when he reached the Jersey shore, and Jack carried the boy into the hou se , looking for all the world like a bear, in his many wrappings. Dick took the horses and sleigh back to the Tory on the creek, and said: "I don't s uppose you expected to get these back so soon, but Ned Hullings has no further use for them. " "What do . you mean?" asked the Tory. "That he is dead." "Then you rebels killed him!" angrily. "No, we did not; he was killed by your Hes sians by mistake. He got in front of them after having givel'I. an order to fire." "H'm!" the Tory, and Dick saw that the man did not believe him. However, h e did not care for that, and he went on to the camp. He had told Alice and Edith of the man's death, but told them to say nothing to his wife for the time. Later she learned of her good fortune, how an uncle had left a con siderable sum of money, enough to keep her from want for the rest of her life . Next week's issu e will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS AND CAPTAIN l\IIDNIGHT; or, THE PATRIOT SPY OF SLEEPY HOLLOW. "


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 CURRENT NEWS UMPIRED POLO GAME FROM AIRPLANE Kelly Field Texas, has produced the last word in umpires. In a recent game of polo between a team from Kelly and one from Camp T1avis a DH-4B machine, piloted by Lieut. Harry L. Spec, U. S. A., with Lieut. Benton A. Doyle, U. S. A., as observer, took off and after circling the grounds a few times sent a radio message to the ground asking: "Is the Camp Travis team wear ing purple?" The answer was, "Yes," and with this information the observer was able to follow the game from an altitude of 7,500 feet. The entire game was reported by Lieut. Doyle by radio to the ground. Such team play errors as "bashing" and "failure to cover man," together with other features of the play apparently undetected by the authorities on the ground were reported by the air umpire, says the Army Recruiting News. This i s probably the first time in the history of sports that a polo match has been umpired from an ai-rplane. WONDERFUL STRENGTH In pl'Oportion to size, man i s one of the weakest animal s on the earth. The muse.Jes of a large sized oyster will support a weight of thirty-seven pounds. There is a crab that will lift 492 times its own weight. This is equivalent of an average size man raising 7 3,800 pounds. Felix Flateao, a Belgian scientist, who made many experiments , found that the strength of a fly which was able to lift a match-stick compared with a man's supporting with his feet a beam 14 feet long and 2 feet 6 inches square. There i s a little bug that can drag six matches, equivalent to a man's pulling 330 beams as big as himself. To measure the strength of insects Flateau constructed delicate harness to a weighing machine. By prodding the insects he :rni:tde them move. The n he piled on weights until they stopped. By this means he found that a bee, weight for weight, was thirty times as strong as a horse. BOXED LUNCHEONS BEAT RESTAURANTS The "Luncheonette,'' a combined home-made, store-made lunch box for the use-of office workers who are joining in the "Carry-Your-Ovm-Lunch" fight against prevailing restaurant prices, has appeared. In a downtown store where office supplies are sold part of one window has been given over to the use of an enterprising organization which prepares and boxes thirty cent lunches. In the midst of a display of fountain pens and note books a neat, white coated and capped maiden daily prepares the sandwiches which, with other eatables, go into a box and form a thirty cent "luncheonette." Different lunches are prepared daily, but always they includ e two sandwiches, a cookie, pie or pastry, and some fruit. Here i s the menu for the fir s t day of this week: One chicken salad sandwich, one ham sandwich, one sugar cookie, one large chocolate eclair and one peach. Judging by the steady rush of customers, a lot of office workers prefer to pay a small sum for a boxed luncheon rather than go to the trouble of bringing one from home. HIGH MOUNTAIN PEAKS Colorado easily holds the record as the banner State in the country for the largest number of high mountain peaks. Accordin g to statistics recently issued by the Colorado Mountain Club that State has forty-two of the fifty-five highest named peaks in the United States. The minimum height of mountains included in the list is 14,000 feet. The highes t peak in Colorado is Mount Elbert, which is credited by the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey with a height of 14,419 feet. It is only exceeded by Mount Whitney in California, the highes t peak in the country, having an altitude of 14,501 feet . . Afte r Mount Elbert comes Mount Rainier in the State of Washington, 14,408 feet. Mount Massive. in Colorado, ranks fourth, 14,404 feet, and Blanco Peak in the same State is fifth, 14,390 feet. Recent measurements, says the Coiorado Mountain Club, have reduced the elevations of Mount of the Holy Cross and Buck s kin Mountain, piacing them below the 14,000 foot class. The name of Crestone has been given to the peak formerly known as Three Tetons , and Glacier Mountain has be e n named Mount Wilson. these two peaks being respectively sevemcenth and thirty-sixth in the Colorado list. THE WARNING WHISTLF. The latest instance of ingenuity as applied ti'.> automobile accessories consists of a casing connecting the pump connection with the tire valve and having a sounding chamber communicating with the main air passage by a small opening which is closed b y a valve. This valve i s held upon its seat by a graduated spring,. mounted in the sounding chamber, and the cover of the sounding chamber has an opening covered by a harmonic vibrating reed. In u si n g this device it is fir s t set to the required pressure by removing the cover of the sounding chamber and shifting the graduated spring around its center until the section adjusted for the pressure desired covers the valve and holds it to its seat. After replacing the cover, the indicator is screwed on the valve of the tire and the air supply hose attached. The pump is then started and kept going until the reed in the cover of the indicator sounds the warning that the proper pressure has been reached in the tire. The action is simple. The spring having been set for a certain pressure, the valve c onnecting with the main passage will be held upon its seat by the spring as long as the pressure in the tire is less than the predetermined amount. But as soon as the desired pressure is exceeded, the pressure in the main passage will overcome the pressure of the spring, the valve will be lifted from its seat, and air will pass into the sounding chamber and will set the reed into vibration, thereby giving the warning whistle to the person at the pump.


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 New York to Frisco On a Motorcycle -OR--AFTER THE $10,000 PRIZE By RALPH MORTON (A Serial Stot'Y) CHAPTER XXII. (continued) "By Jove, I'm nearly all in!" said he weak ly, as he opened his eyes at last. "But I hope Bob Wendell isn't hurt!" That young man was there to prove that he had not been injured in the least. "You'd better get into the car here and ride on into the town on the train," said the president of the road. Bob Wen :iell shook his head with a grim smile. "No, thank you, sir. I am in this race a s a racer, and I am going to go over every inch of the trip if it takes me from now to the day after Doomsday." • Ezra Perkins patted him proudly on the shoulder. "There's fighting spirit for you, gentlemen!" cried the millionaire backer of the young rarer. "I guess I picked a winner all right!" Here Hook interfered. "Well, I'll tell you right now, your winner has got to get a series of wiggles on, or he'll be hopelessly left at the post. Nat Worthington has taken a train way into Nevada, and young Wendell had better lose no time." Bob looked at him sharply, and started in sur-prise. ' "You're the man who started out with him, aren't you? What are you doing so far back now?" Hook laughed quietly. He thought that he left me languishing ii\, a horse shed, back on a ranch near here. But he made the mistake of his life, for I am not one of those flowers born to blush unseen and waste my beauty on the desert air." He was looking at a memorandum book. "This train will do the work-and I'm going t<> stay right on here until we get to Virginia City. There I'll put a crimp into two very sleek gentlemen. But how about you?" He turned toward Wendell. "I'm going to follow you right on my motorcycle. I'm sorry that Keene is left out, for his machine has been hopelessly wrecked," said Bob, ever thoughtful of another's bad fortune in war. Keene looked at him gratefully. "Well, I'll have to give up; I'm sorry, for I wanted to finish it otlt with you. Maybe I can get a motorcycle later on and finish up any way." Here Perkins interfered with a twinkling eye. "Say, young fellow," said he, fixing his gaze on KeeRe, "I know exactly who you are . .Out that doe sn't make any difference with m e . I ' ve got some spare supplies on this train, for I came here to foFCe my lad to victory. I'll lend you a motorcycle, even though I do know who you are." Keene looked him squarely back. "Well, you're a game sport," said he. "And take it, with thanks. I'll finish up ev ery mch of the way with Bob Wendell, if I have a busted head!" Bob looked frcm one to the other at the significant glances which pas sed the speakers. He was mystified, but he did not have time to waste over the matter; instead he ran back lifted up Keene's damaged motorcycle and ed it onto the platform. ' In surprising quick time Perkins had a brand new, machine out for Keene, and the two mounted. "All aboard," said the president. "A;nd, conductor, you run slow into town, for we don't want to leave these two young men behind to be trapped again." The train started off, but this time Bob and Keene played a trick on the others. Instead of being left behind, they turned on full speed, and whizzed along the side of the track, past the train, with deri s ive toots on their horns to the impatient engine e r. They beat the train into town, and were waiting at the d epot as the delayed special came up. CHAPTER XXIII.-The Tortoise and the Hare. It was a long ride, and a heartbreaking one for Bob and Keene. 1'.fore than once did Bob thank his lucky stars that the other chap was along. no matter what _secret motive were the cause of the company. The race became more a n d more one of endurance and clever meeting of supplies, from Utah on west. Over the sand and the barren lands they went. Many a time they had to walk knee-deep in sand\ and at other times they were forced to walk on tne ties and balance their whee l s , as they shoved therri along the rails, to aid them in passing over the rough parts. Bob and Keene helped each other through many a distressing difficulty. Each fellow proved his bravery to the other a hundred times over, and had it not. been for this double help, the race would never have reached its ending. Far ahead, Nat Worthington, with his repeated cheatings, was pushing ever onward with a determination worthy of a better cause. He had passed the mining country around Ren o and Virginia City, at which latter place the esti mable Bill Sikens and his co-worker Jake gave him the glad hand. Within, a few hours after dojng so, they wer e nabbed by a United States marshal, and hale d eastward on the first express train, to answer several charges in Chicago and New York. Hook was getting in his work in fine credit to his name. (To be continued.)


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 T H E NEWS IN SHORT ARTICLES . • DRUNKEN SWINE GIVE CLUE A drove of intoxicated hogs gave Prohibition officer s the clue that led to seizure of a g iant still and arrest of two men in Letcher County, Ky. Returning frc m an expedition through the Cum berland Rive r h eadwaters , Officers James Toliver, Felix G. Fields and John G. W . Collin s reportett destruction of six stills. The larges t was found in a dark raYine near the mountain top. Officers ran acros s a bunc h of hogs cutting weird capers. A search revealed a modern outfit near by. Joseph Riggs was arrested at the still. Henry Sutgrill als o was taken into custody. The hogs had been drinking beer and refuse from the still. BOY HANGS HIMSELF WHILE EXERCISING Henry C. Ware, Jr., 16 years old, son of H.:!nry C . Ware secretary of the Murphy Varnis h Com pany, accidentally hanged an exercising apparatus the other mirht m his home at 5 Gl Pnwood avenue, Orange, N. J .. while his familv chatted with visitors downstairs . . His body was found by his mother. The apparatus consi s t e d of a strap whi c h went around his neck, attached to a rope which led through a pulley attached to the ceiling. The rope was long enou g h to permit the other end of the rope to dangle within reach of Ware's hands. By pulling on the end of the rope with his hands the strap around his neck would lift him from the floor. The rope got caught at the pulley and left him dang lin g four feet from the floor , where.. he strangled to death. OUR LATEST BATTLESHIPS AND. BATTLE CRUISERS Our lates t battleships of the "Indiana" class, of 43 200 tons displacement and 23 knots speed, carrylng twelve 16-inch guns, will be electrically driven. The turbines of 60,000 combined horsepower will develop their full rated load at 265 pounds pressure, 50 degrees superheat, and 28 1-2 incl1es vacuum. The six new battle cruisers of 43 500 horse-power anq 35 knots speed carrying eight 16-inch guns, will als o be driven electrically. Two of them, the "Ranger" and the "Constellation" will carry four Westinghouse turbine, of 49,'i50 brake horse-power, the current from which will be developed on eight Westinghouse motors, each of 22,500 horse-power. CAUSE OF EARTHQUAKE A N D V OLCANO Great earthquakes, says the Scientific American, are mostly from one of two causes-the shrinking of the earth due largely to cooling, or the effe cts of volcanic action. Both of these effects must persist so long as the causes are active. I n the long future both causes will cease to be active, and earthquakes must cease. But no sci entist would say in years when t hat time will come. Certainly not in our time. Geology reck ons time in thousands and in millions of years, and earthquakes now occur by the thousand each year. It is estimated that there are 30,000 earthquakes a year w11ich are large enough to be perceived by the s en s es, and an almos t innumernble number of lesser tremors which are too small to be perceived. Most of our earthquakes are due to the cooling of the earth and the shrinka g e of its strata from cooling. The result is the breaking, folding and slipping of the strata upo n each other. A slip of but a short d istance will produce a large effect upon buildings and the earth's surface. A mo tion of a fifth of an inch, it is said, will throw chimneys down. The greate r part of the United States seems to be free from violent earthquakes, but in the past there have been great earthquakes in several regions. In 1811-1812 a serie s was felt in the Lower Mississippi Valley which has been characterized as "of world-shaking order." The last considerable earthquake in the East was the Charleston earthquake in 1886. These facts seem to indicate that severe shocks are not as common as a century and more ago. The great earthquake regions of the earth lie in two circles , one surrounding the Pacific Ocean and the other lying nearlv eas t and west around the earth through the Mediterranean, Southern Asia, the East and the West Indies . HIS BEST RELATION By Mary Leon I've got lots of relatives , Uncles, aunts, and such, Brothers , s i sters, cousin s , too And like them very much. ' But the one I like the bes t of all Is one I never saw; I know it's funny, but it's 'cause He' s so good to my paw. My paw, he calls him Uncle Sam; Says he's my uncle, too; That's queer; but right I know, because My paw says always true. Paw he gets letters from this man Most every once in a while; And when he sees the envelope It always makes him smile. For he sees straight through the letter, And says: "Well, I expec' That this here letter now contain s Your Uncle Samuel's chec k . For interest qn my Vict'ry Bond s ; And now, small son of mine Put on your cap and come I'll get you somethin g fine." I don't know what a coupon is. Nor c h ec k s nor interest. But I know of all my relatives My Uncle Sam is best. Buy \V. S. S . --


--24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A SLIPPERY SCOUNDREL By JOHN A few days ago I chanced to read a paragraph in a paper concerning a certain New York politician who was once a prominent offic;ial here and who has since been compelled to seek a home in a foreign land. The man referred to was Slippery Dick. I once knew another customer who was called Slippery Dick, but he was famed as one of the ablest burglars in the country. And wasn't Dick Duncan a slippery scoundrel-in more ways than one? He was an ugly fooking rascal. Had he lived in the present day he would be called a dude, as he generally aped the Cockney style of dress. And wasn't he a great favorite with the silly girls? When I first met Dick Duncan he was a bookkeeper in a hardware store in New York and he was rega1ded as a respectable young man. The firm deemed it wise to investigate his ac r,ounts and Dick became so indignant that he left the city in disgust, taking some thousands of dollars and a trusting young girl named Jane Morton along with him. Ten years after his a care-worn looking lady called on me. The lady was poor Jane Morton of other days. "You recognize me, Mr. Fox?" she said, and her voice shook. the master of the house brought an officer, Captain Cameron, down from Lo11don, who stated that he was formerly in the United States Army. Jane met him out on the lawn on the first evening of his visit and she at once recognized him as her convict husband. And 'the recognition was mutual. "I have been looking for you ever since I returned here, my dear wife," he said, "and I now want you to go off to the Continent with me, where we can live in luxury." "I will never live with you again," she replied. "Then you will die with me!" cried the villain as he struck her on the temple and hurled her into the deep river. Though half stunned by the cruel blow, Jane recovered her senses soon after touching the water. Realizing that if she made an outcry her villainous' husband would spring in after her and finish the work, she kept herself afloat and looked up. The cowardly wretch fled from the spot immediately. Swimming along with the current, she managed to crawl out at length. Having regain ed her breath she walk ed on until she rearhed a farmhouse some miles from t he villa. She fell fainting at the door of the farm house, and the woman of the house placed h<'r in bed. .Jane did not awake until next morning and then she heard startling news. The villa had been robbed again and the master himself had been murdered in hi s bed. "Just think of it," said the farmer's wife, "that the leader of the burglars should come down there pretending to be a real captain, and who do you think was his companion in crime?" "Yes, 1fiss-Mrs. Duncan, but I heard that you were dead." "And I am dead to the world-to every one "I'm I can't say," said Jane, trembling_ .. save yourself. Oh, sir, will you not help ine to with apprehension. be avenged on one of the most infamous scoun"His own wife, who was the trusted comnanion drels that ever lived?" of the lady of the house. It all came from one "To whom

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 25 "Did the young lady or her friends ever sus p ect that you were the wife of a convict?" "Oh, no. I told the m that I was the widow of an American mate , and that I had run away with him from home here." "I see. Is Dick Duncan much changed in ap pearance?" "He is, and he i s very clever at disguises a l so . I would hardly have known him but for hi s no se and his viHainous eyes. Oh, that 1 should ever 1:are for such a wretch!" "I will undertake the job." "When?" "This very instant. Draw down your veil and come along." Proc eeding to a livery stable I e ngaged a carr iage driven by a cunning fellow name d Jake P o well, w ho had ofte n assisted m e in tracking down evil-doers. J a ke drove up Broadway to the neighborhood where the eager woman had last seen h e r wick ed nusband. vVe drove up and down for over a n hour but we did not ge t a glimpse of Slippery Dick Duncan. Jane put o n male attire, as well as a pair of whi skers. On e evening , as w e were nassing along Ble ecker street. w hi:.-h was then inhabited by some of ou r old wealthy families, we heard a l oud voice raised in a nger issuing front a basement. I stopped to listen, as did Jane. It was a woman's voic e and she was crying out in a harsh, shrill tone: "Do you imagine I do not know you, you scoundr el?" "Indeed you are very much mistaken, my good wom'ln," ;.eplied a man's voice in milder strains . "The impudence of you to tell me th:oi.t to my face!" cried the old woman as s he shook her c l e nched hand in the fellow's face; "you are a robber and you are sneaking about here after Mary so as to get a chance to rob the hou se. But I will denounce you; I will have you arrested. Police-police!" The old woman was about to spring to the door, when the smiling ras cal let flv with his left hand, struck her a hard blo w on the temple and knocked her on the floor. I sprang to the door on the instant and I had my hand on hi s shoulder before he could turn around to retreat as I cried: "You are my prisoner, Dick Duncan!" "This is too much! " cried Dick. "Are you an officer?" "I am, and my name is Fox. You may remem ber that I boarded in a house on Hudso n street ten vears Rgo, and--" Before I could utter another word the f e llow let fly at me with fearful force and I was sent sprawling over the woman. He then rushed for the door. Hi s disgui sed wife stood there before him, pistol in hand, as she cried: "Surrender, yon scoundrel, or I will kill you, as you killed Mr. Marlow and tried to kill me! I am your wife, Jane Morton!" The fellow shnt ed back for an instant, uttered a cry of surprise. then darted over me to the inner door and dashed out into the entry l eading upstairs, "By George, but this is a surprise.! I must give them th e slip." Dick Duncan escaped me that evening and I \ didn't see anything of him for a year after, a lthough he was in the city <.!ming the time and working at his busine:ss lik e a beaver. fris wife never grew tired of hunt ing him down. One day s he ran into my office, fearfully agitated a s s he "I have him again!" "Where is he?" "He i s clown in a v esse l at the foot of Burling Slip, and h e's disgui se d as a sailor. 'The ves 8ei is about to sail for Liverpool. Hasten and disguise yoursel f or h e will give u s the s lip again." Hiring a small bo at, we p u shed out and I addresse d the captain at once, saying: "You have a sailor' on board here who i s wanted on shore." "Which one'l" asked the captain as I showed him my badge. "The man came on board s ob e r an hour ago. " I as I took a rapid glance at the bu s y sailors. "Still the man we want i s not on deck . " At that moment a cry rang out: "Man overboard! man overboard!" I sprang to the s ide of the v esse l and my companion sprang with me. V.le could see a man in the water, swimming along with the tide about twenty yards below the ves se l. 1 ' " 'Tis th9 slippery scoundrel!" cried the dis guised woman; "and he is trying escape us." "Get into the boat and we'll go after tl{e ras cal!" I cried. vVe were in the boat as soon as po ss ible. W e were gaining on him as he neared the dock , when the woman cried: "He'll escape again, the slippery scoundrel! I'll shoot him!" Drawing a pistol as she spoke, Jane took aim and fired at her husband. The rascal flung up his hands, uttered a cry of agony and disappeare d b eneath the water. We watched around for two hours, but he did not appear again. Still, the vengeful wife would not make up her mind that h e was dead. As she became very crazy from h e r troubles I had her consigned t o an insane asylum n ea r the ci ty . One morning as I approached the asylum I noticed a crowd of people gathered around some objects in the outside the wall. "What's the matter over there?" I asked a man hastening t oward m e. "Two of t he inmates of the asylum, " he replied, " a man and a woman, have jus t been found dead over there. They must have murdered each other, as they were locked together in n deadly embrace." I looked at the woman and I reco g nized I11Y old girl friend at once. I then turned to look at the dead man and I exclaimed: "Good heavens ! but this i s strange. It is her rascally It was Slippery Dick Duncan, without a doubt, and he had b een choke d to death by his much-injured wife, who had also perished in the fatal struggle. I could never make out how they had both left the building on the previous night, but I was informe d by an old burglar acquaintance that Dick had never been in his right mind after escaping from the water with bullet in his head. He was sent to the asylum by some of his burglar friends.


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 : LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 NEW YORK, I' 168 \V. 23tl St., N. Y. ITFMS OF INTEREST FAMOUS VETERAN A FARMER Sergeant-Major J. Kell y, V. C. Veteran of the Afghan, Egyptian, Boer and great wars, ap:ed 65 years, has taken a homestead o n Cortez Island, B. C. He won his Victoria Cross in 1879 in Afghanistan .• He came to Canada in 1900, and went to Europe in the last war with the First Divi sio n. BIG WAGES FOR CORN CUTTERS Corn cutters in Waynesboro, Pa., are being paid from 15 to 18 cents a shock. With corn standing straight and unmarred by damaging storms, a laborer can and does cut anywhere from forty to sixty shocks of corn a day, netting a daily wage of from $6 to $9. Some make as higb as $12 a day. USED COWS TO CUT GRASS Residents of Bellefonte, Pa., have been greatly shocked to learn that cows have been pastured in the beautiful Union Cemetery, where lie the remains of three Governors of the State, Senators, Congressmen, Judges and many others of prominence. An investigation revealed that the caretaker, who is paid for keeping the grass cut in the cemetery, has been pasturing his cow s in the home of the dead. ENORMOUS QUANTITIES OF RED BOOTY TAKEN BY POLES President Pilsudski i s at the northern front personally commanding the drive which it is announced has resulted in the complete defeat of sixteen Russian Bolshevik divisions. The staffs of the 3d and 4th Bolshevik Armies have been captured, and the staffs of the 21st, 41st, 55th and 57 Divi sio n s and of several brigades and regiments al so have be e n taken prisoners. The total number of prisoners is given at 42.000. Guns to the number of 166 have been captured, and in addition 900 machine guns, 1,800 armored cars, seven armored trains , three airplanes, twenty-one locomotives, 2 , 500 wagons, ten motor. cars and great stores of ammu ni t ion and other materials which the J3cls h cvi k had assembled for a fall drive agains t the Poles have been OKLAHOMA , CLAIMS OLDEST WOMAN VOTER Woman suffrage was received with no more d elight by any woman in the State than by Mrs. Elizabeth Daviso n, Lake township, Comanche county, who is probably the olde s t vote r in the State of Oklahoma and probably in the United States. Mrs. Davison, who i s 110 years old, registered for the first time at the re:;i stration preceding the recent primary. "Grandma" Davis on, as she is better known, is taking an active interest in politics , especially in the candidacy of Elmer Thomas, candidat e for Congress from the Sixth District, with whom she has b ee n clo se friends for many years. "Grandma" Davison live s in the \ V ichita Mountains, a s ho r t distance above Medicine Park. She was born in Scotland in 1 810. She came with her parents to the United States and located in Tennessee. Later she moved to Texas and at the opening in l!lOl, came to Oklahoma to take up a homestead. Mrs. Davison is remarkably active for her age. She registered as a Democrat at the recent registrati on. LAUGHS lV.frs. Benton Holme-vVhy, T ommy, you're a perfect little pig. N ow, aren't you solTy you ate so much roast beef? Tommy-Yes'm; cause I ain't go t any room left for another plate of ice cream. "So they threw cabbav,es and other vegetabl es at you in all the towns the company played. The tour must have b een a "No, a profitabl e success . The manager converted u s into vege tarians , and we didn't have a single Testaurnnt bill." 'A West Vir2'ini a darky, a blacksmith, recently announced a change in his business as follows: "Notice-De copardnership heretofore resisting between me and Mo$e Skinner is h e r eby resolved. Dem what owe de firm will settl e wid me, and elem what de firm owes will settle wid Mose." More than five thousand elephants a year go to make your piano keys," remarked the student boarde r who had been reading the scientific note s in a patent medicine almanac. "Ain't it wonder ful," exclaimed the landlady, "what some animals can be trained to do?" "Ha, my dear," advised the old country woman, "don't you marry rashly. You keep your weather eye open, like I did when I was a g i rl." "But I lov e him," said the simple village maid. "Pooh!" sniffed the adviser. "Now, you take example of m e . You see this cottage of mine? W e ll, I got it fix ed up for practically nothing." 'Oh," said the village maid, without enthusiasm. She was thinking of Jeames. "And how did you manage it?" "vVhy, dearie," responded the good woman, "I was e ngaged to the carpenter till all the woodwork was fini s h e d, and then I broke it off and married the plumber.''


/ THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 '" I .. INTERESTING NEWS ARTICLES CAVERNS REVEALED BY BLAST Caverns which may exceed in extent those of Luray were discovered on the farm of Edward Hutzell, ten miles from Waynesboro, Pa. , by workmen blasting for st0ne to repair the Keedysville road. One courageous laborer entered about twenty-five feet, and came back with the report that he looked down into "a room approximately fifty feet in height." RAISING TWO MILLION BABY TREES From the mom ent the tiny seeds are placed in bed s until the bedraggled "monarch" of t he forest yie lds to the storm and stress of years, trees are not impervious to the undermining depredations of insects and rodents. Mindful of this fact, Uncl e Sam establishes safeguards around the seed bed as well as jealously guards the grown-up trees in the National forest s. Acreage devoted to sprouting young trees for transplanting 7,000 acres of land annually is cov ered' with fine screening as a protecting influence against insects and rodents that would uproot the otherwise promising crop. A type of screen recently devised for this purpose is so construct ed that the sides as well' as the top are detachable, thus permitting of storage in compact space when the screening is not in use. Seeds selected for perpetuating the National forests are assembled by the U. S. Forest Service the previous fall for planting the follo')Oing spring. Germination tests are first made to determine the vitality of the seed, after which they are sown in beds at a rate sufficient to . yield about 1 50 trees to the square foot. Ordinarily, Uncle Sam replenishes his diminishing stock of trees in the National forests at a rate of 1.000 young trees to the acre. Couple this fact with the production of 150 trees to the square foot in the seed bed and you _can calculate the mileage of screenings u sed in safeguarding the plant life from its enemies. The seeds are brought to fruition in l a rge nurseries, with a capacity for producing about 2,000,000 plants. FIRST BATHTUB IN AMERICA Like other great reforms, physical and intellectual, the bathtub had to fight its way onward and upward in spite of the habits of mankind. Deths flourished in the ancient Roman civilization, but cleanlines s lost out in the Dark Ages. There has ever been a natural aversion to soap and water in combination in the human family, stronger the further north peoples have lived. The first bathtub in the United States, an exchange says, was built in Cincinnati and inst: :dlC'd in a home there in 1842 . It was made of mahogany lined with lead and was proudl:1 exhibited by its owner at a Christmas 11arty. Next day it was denounced in the Cinc;nnati as a luxurious , undemocratic vanity. The n came the medical men and d eclared it a menace to health. In 1843 Philadelphia tried to prohibit bathing between November 1 and March 15 by ordinance. Virginia taxed bathtubs $30 a year. In 1845 Boston made bathing unlawful except when prescribed by a physician, and President Fillmore installed the first one ever in the White House. things see m incredible in an age whe:i tra11s1ent hotel accommodations include a bathroom, but sanitation is a r ecent d eve lopment. A southern Ohio lawyer went to Columbus a few years ago, and when he registered at the hotel the clerk asked him if he wanted a room witl. bath. The guest thoughtfull y rubbed the on his chin and replied: "No; I'll be home by Saturday." The other is that of a newly ri ch lady who was showing a friend of her clays of poverty the very e laborate bathroom in her new home. It was a sizzling hot August night. "La, how you must enjoy that tub!" she exclaimed. "Indeed I do," was the res ponse. " I can hardly wait for Saturday night to come!'' We are sufficiently civiliz e d to be for the bathtub-with reservations; the chief ane being an instinctive sympathy with the Frenchman who than.ked Goel he had never insulted his skin by puttmg cold water on it. '"THE W AY TO BECOME A MOVING PICTURE ACTRESS" is in "Moving .Picture Stories" No. 326. Get a copy. Price 7 c ents; postage H A RRY E. WOLFF, 166 W. 23rd St., N. Y. "MYSTERY MAClAZINE" SEMI-MONTHLY 10 CE1'\TS A COPY LATEST lSSt;ES -62 THE VELVE.r TOUCH. l.Jy Julia11 Darrow b3 '1'H1' CLUJ,; 01'' 'l'li.I!: HElJ LAMl' )Jy Lu'll'0les L' I Oursler. 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.... _ 28 THE LIBERT Y BOYS OF '76 GOOD READING • " o:.IAN \ VITH 1 4 D O G S TO FEED ASKS REDUCTION IN TAXES :viay c 1 F rank Fei s t, o f Steubenvill e , Oh io , has h : td ii pathetic appeal from a woman who say s has tc work hard t o s upport fou r t ee n dogs, for nine of which s h e pays l ice n s e fees , and s h e f eels fin a n c i a ll y unable to p a y a tax on the oth e r five, whi c h are menna ced by t h e dog catch er. She a s k s i.hat the y may be exempte d . RAILWAY ACCIDENT' S HAPPY END Quite a numbe r of folk s i n Ma n ninl?, _ I a . , who ordinarily could no t have a s upply of liquor on hand b e c a u s e of the Vo l s tead E nforce m e n t Act, now 'are w ell suppl ied as a r esul t of a w r e ck ne a r here several nights a g o, says a d1a patch fro m that c ity. Wine flowed free ly from a tank car t h a t sprang a leak, and news of the s uppl y sprea d quickly. Pot s , pans , b u c kets and other recepta c l es , hastily c ommandeered by Man ning resi dent s , we r e brought into play t o catch t h e liquor as it r a n from the car. In a fig h t followe d one man armed wi t h an axe was s eri o u s l y c u t by another w h o used a knife as his weapon. COFFIN P AC KED W I T H B OTTLES OF WHISKY Feder a l Prohibitio n enforcement agents were repo r t e d r e c ently to haY e sent out a n . a l arm to try t o cat c h t h e driver of a n automob i l e hearse which accordi n g t o railroad empl oyee s in H ar mo n , 1N. Y . , has bee n carryin g li q u o r throug h that s e c tion . For several wee k s t roopers of t h e State C on fta bulary have beem sear ch ing auto m o biles in Harmo n , C ro t on and n e a r b y pla ce s . !he result i s that s everal loads of booze wer e seized . The t raffi c k ers have resort e d to all sorts of trick s t o mov e the liqu o r up-S t a t e. Railroad employees rep o rted that they ins pec t e d a motor hearse and fou n d a cas k e t in s ide w ith a wreath of flowe r s o n top. Whe n t h e chauffeur lifted the l i d t h e cask e t proved t o b e p ac k e d with bottles of whis1cy. Railroa d m e n no tifie d Con ductor William Gal e tha t the authorities had s eized the hears e Harmon a n d Pee k s kill, but L i e u t . Charl es Broadfie l d of the Sta t e Con stabulary declared he had received no n otice o f this so far. Whe t h e r F e d eral authoriti e s se i ze d a h ears e could not be learned. WHAT ARE THE SOUNDS WE HEAR IN A SHELL ? T h e sounds we h e a r in the sea s h e ll are reall y a i r waves or s ound s m ade by a i r wav e s, b ecause all s ound s are produced b y air waves . • The reason y o u can hear thes e sounds in a sea shell is be cause the shell is so con structe d that i t forms a natural s o u n di n g b ox . The woode n part of a guitar, zither or v io l i n i s a s oundi n g bo x . They have the faculty o f p ic k i n g u p t h e sounds and m aking . them stro nger. We c a ll them " r e s onators, " b e c a u s e they m ake sounds r esound. The of a s e a shell m a kes a n a l m o s t periect r e sonator . A perfec t resonator w i ll pick up so u nd s 1-1-hi ch t he human ear cannot hear at al l a nd magnify them so that i f yo u ho l d a resona tor to the ear you can hear sounds vo u could not o t herwise hea1-. Ear trumpets for" the deaf are built u pon this princip l e . Somet i m e s when you, with your ear a l o n e think something i s abs o lutel y quiet, yo u can p i c k up a sea s hell and heaT s o u nd s in it. But t h e sea sh e ll will m agnify any sound that reache s it. It would be possible ; of co u r s e, to take a sea shell to a pl a ce where it woul d be absolutel y quiet a n d the n the r e wou l d be n o sou n d s . T h e r e are s u c h p lace s , but very few of them A room can b e built which i s abs o lutely proof.-Book of Wonders . 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HAWAIIAN NATIVES BECOMING EXTINCT . 30 Days' Trial BE WELL AND KEEP W ELL 3 0 Days' T rial I The Roche Hygienic Machine HELPS NATURE IN H E R FIGHT AGAINST DISEASES AND PAIN It increases blood c:!rcu lation, strengthens and soothe& the nerves, brings sleep to the sleepl e ss. T h e Vigorous Man or Woman i s Leader of All Don't b e a Dead O n e at 5 0 H a w ai i's n ative rac e will b e ex tin c t in seve nty-fi S i f the Y ou can n o t r enlize the h eneft t s de riv e d V e year . f ro m t h is machin e except yo11 try It. One ratio of b i r t h s '\ treatment Will convince YOU Of its eOU are sulTenng from the official figul'eS ' iiJ./) 11 o f fo l • the fisca l ye _a1 I _ the arterlca or hlgh blood p rc&>ure be sure to In• vesUgale this machine. For it \Vanis olT and over-1919-2 0 is n1a 1ntaine d . Thi S i s I e lastl cit.y. Be n eithe r rat no r thin. d b the NORMALI Z E YOUR W E I GHT indicate Y I D o you reallze w hat this marhlne mrans t o one repo r t of D r . ! w an:tt ng in \ 'ita. 1 strengu1. or s utr er1ng rrom e<>nera l E. Trotter, pres1I .. k d ent of t h e Ter-1' vrostatic g1anu trouble. ritorial Board of Remem b e r o u r machines are not vib r ators. but a H ealth, W hi C h s hows tha t durt;f 1I1J/ f l;ll ing the year the In c l ud in g our n ew combinatio n machine , death s of pure or. i n o t h e r w ords. ••n o l e t blood e d H awaii, ans tota !l ed 1 ,000 Inven te d a nd P a t ented while there w e r e Your Sanitarium at Home, Posslblllty o r a cc i de n ts through sho r t ri r cu i t by P rof. J . B . R o c h e . 6 7 6 birt h s. ' O u r mac hin e should b• In men and The r e are ap-1 wom e n who want to b ecome hea.lth y, vigo r ous a nd eillclcnt. Ad d ress: proximately 2 5, ROCHE ELECTRIC MACHINE CO., Departm e nt R . K . , GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN, U. S . A. 000 pure blood ed H awaiians living o n the H a w a ii a n I slands, accord i n g to estimates. Rep o r t s f0r past years s how d ecreases i n their numbe r s. In marked c on trast with t h e evidence t h a t the Hawa i ians are members o f a "dying race" a r e the vit::i l stati s tics dealing with those who represent mixtures of Hawaiian w i th Caucasian a n d Asiatic b l ood . Of the Caucasian -Hawaii a n s 2 4 9 died d urin g the 1 a s t fiscal year, whil e there w ere 699 births i n tha t secti o n of t h e TeHitory's population. The A s i atic -Hawaiia n s train-principally ChineseHawaiia n -recorde d 103 deaths and 491 births . The n atural increase in the Japan ese popula tion of the T erritory during the year was 3 , 366. The lett e r s o f the nun.bered: A la 1 : B 2: C 8 ; D 4 , .... ,...."'"-'"-tlr,. a nd so o n . The figures in t be litt le to t he l eft repres ent f our w o r ds . (20 l e the l ette r '"T"'). Whnt are the f our w ords? Ca n y o u w ork lt o u t? 1 t so , send your a nswe r quick. Sure ly you want this line. n e w F o r d au to. Seud n o money wl t h soluti on . SEND ANSWER TO-DAY We not o n ! y ehe a w a y thi s Ford 3.u t o, hut hund r eds o f do'lar::: In cash and scores of other valuable p rizes. Bicycles, Guns, Watches, Ta1:..tnv. Machines, .. oae l'•ll this new 1 9 19 Ford Auto free. Why oot y o u ? AdUren 141 Weat Ohio Street. D ept. 96, Chicago , Ill. > .,._..,...""",,...,,,. ..... ....... '-v m 1.tnrs' Secrets o r Wooing, Winning a n d Thill book tell• ho"' to begin cour ti nir and how to S"&t over bHhf u l n esa. The "'ay t o writ e l etter11 a n d hn"' to wir. a eirl"• favor. The w a y t o put Ute que etlon t o her and h o " t o mak e )'o uraelfasrreeable. Y o u fllhouldread thl• boo.II: whe n commlttinc matrimony , 25c Poat paid W ard Pub. Co. , Tllton, N. H . CARTBIDGE $1 PISTOL Oaly 7 l nebH l o n.r , ml revolver style. l'er pr .. tection a.nd •Port, e v ery man, womaa and bo 7 ahould h a v e ooe. Onler at once... Geii n AmKicaa a..c FREE. MoneJ" refuoded it d eelt'ed . , L.E. LWIS C0 • • 1402 BROADWAY. NEWYOllll c;an Rheumatis m A Remarkable Home Treatment G i ven lty One Who Had It I n the o f 1893 I was attacked by l a r and Sub-acute R hcumaUsm. I suf'Tered as o n ly those who have It lrnow, for Ol'er yeari:;. I tried remedy alter remedy. and doctor nftcr ctocto r , but suc r 1 relief as l reec!l'ed was only tem porary. Finally, I fou n d a treatment that cured mo comolete l y, and 1t has never ieturn c d. l havo give n i t t o a number who wero terribly aITTictell and oven bedridden with rheumatism, some or them 7 0 to 80 years old, and re:mlts were the s a me a s 1n my own ca s e . I w ant e v e r y sutTere r tro m such f orms of t h c u matic trou b l e to uy this marvelous he a ling PO\\cr. Don't sen d a CC'nt; simply mail your nanw :rn.! address and I will send i t fr ee to tr:v. A fte r nn1 h ave u sed it a n d it h as prov.en-ilsett to be 1hat. long-looked-for me a ns of getting rid \lf rht>umaU s m . yo u may send the price o r it, one

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• STAMMERING BTSTU T T TE R I N G and stammering cure d at home. Instru cti n bookl e t tree . Walter McDonnell, 1 5 P otoma c Bank Bid& . • Washington . D . C. TOBACCO HABIT TOBAC C O or SnufT ll&bit cu r ed o r no fll7. $1 U cured. R e medy aent o n trial. Suoerba Co., PC, B a l timo r e. Md. TOBACCO KILLS MANLY VIGOR . Quit habit e asily. .J.ny t orm , c hewlug, smoking or snufr, cu r e d or no c harge . It c u r e d, Stops c rav ing, harmless. Full r f'medy on trial. Perkins Co . . H11"ri111?11. Nf'hr . H e Quit C igarettes CAINED OVER 30 POUNDS • ' I smoked cigarettes ever since a boy. From six to eight sacks of tobacco I weekl y , ' ' states Mr. S. H . Ferguson. Cigarettes were d oing me great h:i.rm. I became so nervous that I couldn't sleep until I smoked. Each morning I had an awful taste in my mouth. "Several times I t ried to quit by will power, but it just seemed that I would c o wild if I couldn't have cigarettes. " I h a d ulmc-st given up h o p e of ever quit ting until one day I sent f o r a free b ook by Mr. Woods that told me what to do . After the way, I q uit easily in S days and haven't touched a cigarette in years. I have gaine d over 30 pounds and canno• praise the method too hir;hly. I say to every c igarette smoker-if you can't quit without help get this book," so says Mr. Ferguson. of On1mps Park. The foregoin g remarks -are like those o t many other men who have bee n freed from the habit of smokinr; cigarettes, pipe or or who have been cbew-inj: tobacco o r diooi11.2 snuff excessively. Get this book. I t Is free; postpaid to you Cut this out and show others. • 'Vrite at once to Edward J, l Voodo, TC-103, f'tatiou F, New York, N . Y. _ S _ O _ R _ E _ N _ E S LED Sore o r o pen legs, ulcers, enlarged veins, eczema h eale d while you work. Write t or tree book and dpscrlbe your own case. c ii redl45ff Glsn R ii'iif I was badly ruptured while lifting a trunk several years ago. 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Ewald watched the fight and for a time felt so r"y for the but when the Lird whistle d angrilv and bit two or three inches o E fur out of tho cat's hide sympathy we 11 t out to the cat. The battle continued for about nin e minutes , with the cat los ing on e of its lives every minute. At t he beginning of the tenth minute the cat grunted hoarsely and roll ed o v e r dead, while the roo ster p r eened himsel f, neighed in tr1u mph two or three times and then s t r o 11 e d prideful!y a w a y surrounded b w o r s h i p p ing chicken s .


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