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THE LIBERTY ,,_ A Weekly /t\agazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. FRANK TOUllE Y . PUBLISBBB, UIS WEST UD 8TBBBT, NEW YOBK. No. 1041 NEW YORK. DECEMBER Hl. 1 9 20 . . Price 1 Cents


The Liberty Boys of W eek ly-Subscription price, $3.50 per year; Canada, $4.00; Foreign, $4.M. Frank Tousey, Publisher, fa W est 23d Street, New York, N. Y . Entered as Second-Class Matter Januar y 31. 1913, at the P oa t Otllce at New York, N. Y .• under the Act of March 3 , 1879. • 104 1 NEW YORK, DECEMBER 10, 1920 . Price 7 Ce nts. The Liberty Boys' Prisoner of War Or, ACTING AS AIDS TO WASHINGTON B y HARRY M O O R E CHAPTER !.-Denounced. The re were three men sitting in a tlittle stall in a roomy, Jowceiled, smoky old tavern one day )ate in Se.{Jtember of the year 1777. It was toward eyemng, t.he air had grown suddenly. cold for that time oi the year, and a boy came m to ligh t a log fire on the hearth in the taproom. The three men sitting in the stall, the red curtains of which were drawn aside, were aJ. J of s terling appearance. This was not so much on account of their good looks or their dignified bearing, either. In :act, one of the three was de cidedly ill-looking. He had a hook nose, deep set eyes, over one of which he wore a green p atch, a square chin with a scar across it, a big mouth, high cheek bones, and a low forehead. T he second of the group was a wiry littJ!e man with a big nose and ferret eyes, who wore a suit of black and a large wig, and kept poking about a s if he expected some unwelcome visitor. The third man was pompous-looking, with an air of self-importance, and would have been fairly good looking if it had not be<:?n for an evil loo\t whicih constantly played about his mouth. He w ore a military greatcoat, a cocked hait bound with gold lace, and boots, and seemed to be a person of rank. He sat on one side of the square table in the alcove, the two others sitting opposite. "Well, Dollard," he said, laying down the long clay pipe he had been smoking, "have wou got the girl safe?" "Safe as lock and key can ma.Ire it," replied the IDall with the green patch. . The boy was busy with the fire, and made conriderable noise. . . "Stop that noise, you clown!" snapped the htle man. "We can scarcely hear ourselves speak." "Yes, sir," said the boy; but the noise continied. 1 The filre, freshly lighted, roared and snapped md cracked, and conversation was out of the u estion. It threw out considerable heat, and the pmpous-looking man threw back his greatcoat. e act revealed the scarlet coat of an officer in e British army. At that instant a boy in home n entered and took a seat at a table not far m the fire. ' "A British officer, eh?" he said to himself. "I h the boys were at hand." Well, my lad?" said the landlord, coming up. 'Some bread and cheese, if you please," the answered. Anything to .drink?" A mug of b uttermilk, if you have it." -"Ale, that we have. You do not live her&abouts?" "No. I am going into Gernumtown, but it is a good walk." "Yes, it is," and the landlord bustled away. The potboer, having finished with the fire, came up to the table. "Any orders?" he asked. "No." The boy went away, and quiet being restored, the officer said in a low tone: "She does not susi}ect?" "No," from the man with the patch. "Then we must get her married and get ih"l.1{ of the settlement." There were only the three men and the boT• in the room. Although the men spoke low, the boy who appaTently paid no attention to them, heard eV'ery word. "What is a British o fficer doing in the com pany of a rascallylooking lawyer and a man who looks like a ihangman ?" he said to himself. "That will be easy," said the little man. "Any one will do so Jong as the ceremony is properly performed. " ' "But the b ridegroom will claim the money, Lawyer Frilchett," said the man with the patch. -"He will sign a paper appointing me as his guardian with full power to dispose of the dowry as I see fit," retun1ed the little man. The landJ.ord put down the boy's bread and cheese. and buttermilk, gave the fire a poke, and walked aWa. "What villainy are these three up to?" the b oy asked himself, as he began to eat his bread and cheese. "Then we must look for some one who will not suspect, and whom we can manage," said Dol . "Yes, and if he suspects afterward it will not matter," answered the officer . "Well, he'll have a pretty girl as his wife, even if she brings him no marriage portion," chuckled Filchett. "Where will we find one to be the girl's iband?" asked Dollard. The boy in homespun ate his bread and cheese and drank his buttermilk, paying as little atten tion, apparently, to the group as if they had not been present. "Yonder youth at the table, eating bread and will serve," said the little man, in a lower tone. The boy heard him, nevertheless, p o ssessin g very keen hearing.


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' PRISONER OF WAR "He is old enough?" "Yes ." "Yes, quite," said the officer. "Can it be done to-night?" "With a special license," said Filchett. "There will be no banns cried." "Very good. Approach him, Filchett, but be cautious." "We could run off with him," whispered Dollard, "and threaten to kill him unless he does as we say." "It may not be needful. . He looks a simple sort." It was growing dark, and the boy wias placing lights on the tables, over the fireplace and in sconces on the wall. '.l'here was a great ing of feet outside, and then half a dozen redcoats entered. The British held Germantown and Philadelphia beyond, there were no patriot forces in the neighlborhood, and so it was safe for the redcoats to venture froin town. "Good evening, Major," said one of the newcomers. "Ha! you seem in strange company." "What is it to you what company I keep?" demanded the officer hotly. "I_Jwill thank you to mind your own business." ' The other did not hear all of his answer for, glancing at the boy at the table, he cried ex citedly: "Jove! here is more good company for you. Do you know this boy ? " The boy himself seemed the coolest of any one in the place. "No, and care less. I do not note every bumpkin I see!" snarlingly. "Bumpkin? Fiddlesticks! Your bumpkin is Captain Dick Slater, one of the cleverest young rebels unhung. Seize him!" to the rest. The redcoats leaped forward to obey the officer's summons. The. boy suddenly sprang to his feet, darted to the farther side of the table, whipped out a biiace of pistols and said, quietly: "Well, gentlemen, why don't you come and take me?" CHAPTER IL-A Close Shave. There were six redcoats facing Dick Slater, but none of them seemed disposed to accept his invitation. There was no one behind him, but the outer door was at some little distance. There. was a low window, hung about with red curtains a.ud having a ibroad seat, much nearer, but there was a redcoa t between him and it. Every one of 1Jhe six redcoats imagined himself covered by one or both of the boy's pistols, and no one stirred. They had suddenly become as motionless as so many stone images. The officer at the table arose and said fiercely: "Well. whv do you all s •tand there like a lot of junk bottles? Has all your courage oozed -out at your finger ends? Seize the young rebel spy!" "Stand aside, gentlemen," said Dick quietly. "I thinli I could take off the fellow's wig without harming a hair 0 f his head." "Don't you dare move!" cried the other, pulling one of the redcoats between himself and Dick. It did not seem likely that any one of .them would disobey his orders. "Hello, landlord! Come in here iJ.lld seize this young villain!" he shouted. _ 1 _ _ _ _ The landlord, the potboy and a groom entered. Dick put a pistol over one shoulder. He could see the newcomers in a mirror over the fireplace, without turning his head. "Don't move, any of you," he said. "I can se e well enough to hit any of you." '.l'he landlord and his assistants were like stone . Dick Slater knew that there must shortly be. an end to this suspense. He could not hold all these people at bay for long. There were two quick shots, fired almost at the same instant. Then the two candlesticks over the fireplace fell to the floor, and the lights were extinguished. The room was thrown into comparative darkness. Dick sprang toward the window. He upset a redcoat1 leaped upon tilie seat, threw open the sash ano dashed out. There was great confusion in th1 taproom while this was transpiring. "Hello, there! Bring lights!" "After the young scoundrel!" "Don't let the daring young spy escape!" Everybody was shouting and there was grea noise. One redcoat jumped out of the windot in time to see Dick jump on one of the standing at the roads ide and dash away. The. other redcoats came running out in great excitE ment. There was a brigiht moon, and the fleein l>oy could be distinctly seen. . "After him!" shouted the redcoats, springinSI into the saddle and giving chas e. <> In a short time Dick gave a peculiar call, . a beautiful black hors e of pure Arabian blot ei came out from among the trees at the s ide l the road. Both horses paused, and Dick mount 1 his own horse and clashed ahead. The chanV<>: was rapidly made and Dick now galloped awia1 faster on the black horse. The redcoats ve1n quickly saw that they could not catch rni;a Thel'e was not a horse in all the troop that co come anywhere n ear the black Arabian's spei u,; l Dick meed away like the wind, and was out of sight behind a bend in the road. A li .k farther on he s lackened his speed and listen 1e The redcoats had turned and were riding b; Ih to the tavern. Dick had already abandoned other horse, having no use for him. r "There is some wicked plot going on," he to himself, "but I don't know how I am go "It to stop it." lark Then he halted and listened attentively a I "Tt moments. lick "They would know me now, and I should ta{ J to change m,,y disguise. If I could learn ing this girl is, whom 1Jhey are going to rob, I Diel rescue her." d He presently heard some one coming, and th the side of the road under the trees, whe "Wh moon did not shine upon him. At l ength he 'It i two men coming on horseback. He quickly offi ognized them as Filchett, the little lawyer, an Dollard, whose occupation he did not know. w,, were riding at an easy pace, and he could It their talk without difficulty. irk "The trou:l>le is to get some one whom manage," declared Filchett. , an "That's easy. I'll take a boy out of the I ha There's one or two there who think a And Mary." Bo "That might do," answered the lawyer, though there should be as much secrecy c sible, and there might not be in your ins


THE LIBERTY BOYS' PRISONER OF WAR 3 two men were alongside Dick now, but did aee him. will be secret enough,,-No one ever bothers head over what goes on there." 'And they can live together right in the house Wore," with ia chuckle, "and never ask for a ement." How much do I get for my share?" asked slipped out of the saddle and crept along t.he shadow. ' you will ha've enough to keep you quiet. have been paid well these years, haven't !" es, but I want to know, or I'll tell these er people that there is an heiress in--" Pre was a sudden clatter of hoofs, and Dick the resit of the scoundrel's sp!'lech. A lot of countryside people with carts and on horses along. bound for the marke t place at Gertown. Dick went back to his horse, and by time the p e ople had passed the two plotters well on their way. Then they Presently ed into another road, and by the time Dick hed it they were out of sight. What sort of institution does this man preover ?"thought Dick. "He looks like a thorbrute, while this lawyer is a crafty fox." He rode on farther, turned into a scarcely pertible side path running into the hills, and at gth came to a camp. Here were gathered the rty Boys, a band of one hundred sterling g patriots, of whom Dick Slater was the cap-. . Bob E stabrook and Mark Morrison, first second lieutenants, respectively, came for' followed by others of the Liberty Boys. were Ben Spurlock, Sam Sanders on, Harry dson, Will Freeman and George Brewster. "Did you learn anything important, Dick?" ked Bob, who was the young captain's closest end. 2 Indeed they were like brothers; the sister of was the sweetheart of the other. "I did not get into the town," Dick replied. "l at 11 tavern this side of it when some red ts entered, and one of them recognized me." "It was lucky you were not captured," said rk. 'It wa s only by a slip that I was not, " laughed 'k. "At the same time I missed hearing full 'Is of a plot which I would like to prevent "ng carried out." Dick proceeded to his tent, accompanied by Bob d Mark , while one of the Liberty Boys went off th Major. "What was the plot, Dick?" Bob asked. "It is some private matter, but there is a Brit-officer in it, assisted by a rascally little lawr and a brutal-looking fellow whom I don't ow." "It has nothing to do with the war?" asked rk. 'No; but we pievent rascality whenever we , and this is a qit of it. I must learn more, I have no doubt I shall, and put a stop to it." 'And all the Liberty Boys will help you, Dick," d Bob heartily. CHAPTER III.-A Strange Meeting. e Libe:rjy Boys had their cainp in a seclud spot, and were acting as aids to Washington, then in the Metuchen Hills. Dick Slater was a famous spy, and the boys often acted as scouts. The main division of the army, under General Howe himself, was at Germantown, Cornwallis being in Philadelphia. Dick had been on his way to Germantown to obtain information of the enemy when he wias recognired in the tavern. He did not intend to give up his visit, but determined to take greater precautions against being iecognized. He now got out a suit of ordinary clothes, brown on o;ne side and gray on the other. The coat could be quickly turned, the breeclles having flaps which, upon being turned back, changed the color of the garment. His hat wias of felt and round in shape,. but could be made three-cornered and of a different color by turning it inside out. Dick had a wig in his pocket, but this he might not wear, as he could very quickly change his ap pearance by brushing his hair in a different f.ashion. Taking an ordinary horse, for Major was too well known to the enemy, Dick set out again for Germantown. "We will learn more about this other matter later, Bob," he said, as he was starting, "but just now we must find out what the enemy are doing." "Yes, if we are going to act as aids to Washington," Bob replied. . Dick then started off at a good speed, looking hke a Quaker in his gray suit and broad-brimmed hat. There were many Friends in the neighborhood, so it was all right for him to pass as one. It was still early, although the sun had gone down, and the moon was shining, and he would have plenty of time to reach the town and remain an hour or longer. He passed the tavern where he had made his escape at a gallop and went on into the town. His somber garb and solemn appearance were as good a pass as he , could have had, and the guards allowed him to enter \vithout much questioning. Taverns, Dick found, were the best places at which to gain information. Many redcoats frequented them, and when their tongues were loosened by home-brew ed ale or punch, they were likely to say more . than they meant to. Dick entered a rather pretentious-looking tavern, leaving his horse outside, and called for a mug of ale. He not intend to drink it, but having it before him would be a good excuse for i•emain ing. To his s.urprisc, he saw some of the very men he met at tavern on the road. They look ed his way, but did not recogfiize him. . "Then. the general did not send you down the nver with the rest?" s aid one redcoat to another. "No,'.' the man, who had formerly Dick; but a good many others went." }t ma.y be our. fortune yet to go there." Yes, 1t may, mdeed. The rebels are making trouble do\"lll there." "They may do the same up here, if many troops are sent down the river." "Oh, no! Howe is too strong for them, and, besides this Mr. Washington," contemptuously "is not within twenty miles of us." ' "He mav be nearer than you think," was Dick's th.ought. "And then he could not get anywhere near us without our knowing it," the redcoat we:nt on boastingly.


THE. LIBERTY BOYS' PRISONER OF WAR "Perhaps he could," said Dick to himself. The men talked on other subjects after that, 'fmt Dick had h eard enough to know that Howe's force was not a s great as it had b e en. "It will be eas i e r for the general to advance," Dick thought. "He must be told this without de lay." As he was leaving the tavern the pompous major entered, but failed to recognize him. "I would like to know the rest of your plot, my man," he said to himself. . . In the street outside, a s he was makimg way toward his hors e, he came face to face with Filchett the little lawyer. The man s tood under >t l"tieet' lamn, the light of which shone full upon Dick. His sharp eyes were at once fixed on the boy, and he snap1 , ed : "Ha! you rebel; you w-:::n't this time!" Dick looked at the 1awyer and said: "You don't know what you are talking about.'' Then he walked straight on. "Where's the rebel?" asked two or three men, who had heard the lawyer. "There, the youth in gray; he is Dick Slater, the rebel spy. After him!" . _ Dick turned into an alley on which there was a side entrance of the tavern he had just left. He entered this, halting in the passage long enough to turn his_ coat . out, change the shape of his hat, put on his wig, and turn the flaps on hi s waistcoat and breeches: The whole operation had not taken half a mmute. When the change had been made he pushed into the taproom, and took a seat at a. table with a !ot of roystering young blades, makmg as much noise as these. They did not notice that he had jus t joined them, having already drank too much for clear heads. In a moment Fitchett and half a dozen excited men entered the room. The sharp eyes of the little lawye! him on this occasion, for he passed Dick and srud : "He is in the yard without, he did not come here, as we thought." . . Then they all hurriea out agam, and Dick, leaving by the front mounted his horse and rode away. As the might not recognize man in brown as having passed them, Dick changed his appearance again as he approached the guardhouse, riding slowly. "Vvell, young Broadbrim," s.aid the as Dick approached, "you are gomg home betimes, I see." "Thee sees v&ry well, friend," said Dick, "and thee sho uld be praised for thy vigilance." Then he rode on, laughing to himself at having so well deceived the facetious guard. He rqde on past the tavern, and had nearly reached the lane down which he meant to turn to reach the camp when he suddenly saw a white figure glide into the middle of the road. Dick was not in the hrnst superstitious, nor a oeliever in ghosts. He halted, and said to the figure standing in the moonlight: "Where are you going? Have you lost your way?" , "I don't know which way to turn," replied the young girl, as Dick now saw she was. am runnin g away from a prison, but do not know where to find a friend. " "From a prison?" repeated Dick. "It has 'been one to me," the girl replied. " I t is the almshouse, but why they keep me there I cannot guess." "Who keeps you there?" "Jeremiah Dollard, he and Filchett, the lawyer, and now they wish to marry me off to a poor half imbecile in the same place.'.' . "What i s your name?" asked Dick, satisfied that he had foLtnd the girl of whom the three scoundrels had been speaking of in the cabin. "Mary Bond," the girl replied. "She must be the person," thought Dick. I CHAPTER IV.-Mary Finds Friends. "I have heard of you," the young captain con tinued. "You are to be made the victim of i conspiracy which I do not fully understand a yet." "You have heara of me?" Mary echoed. "Yes, and I have seen Dollard and Filchett to night. I heard some of their talk you." "Who are you?" the girl asked. "Will you iev my friend ? " fr "Yes, I will. I can give you a shelter and in the morning will take you to a house there are young women who will protect "I think I can trust you: You look like rI< hones t boy. Are you a Quaker? You do talk like one." l "No, I am not. Hark! Come with me, Some one is coming. It may be an enemy." ei Dick had dismounted and now, taking the g hand, he led the way into the little lane, horse following. He had heard the soun d wheels, and suspected that some one might ka pursuit of Mary. e "Wait a moment" he whispered when as}, were well concealed' from the road. ' "D, Then lie crept back quickly and peered out. fok. one-hors e chaise was now in sight, and in it "Ye recognized Dollard. The man looked from to side as he drove on, and muttered some which Dick did not catch. The man drove on soon di sappeared. Dick returned to Marv leading her along the path, said: "That was Dollard in a chaise. ing for. you, no doubt." "Make haste!" cried the girl excitedly. will not let him take me back?" "No, I will not." "He is a cruel, wicked man. I have tri before, but have always been taken "You shall escape this time, I promise said Dick heartily. "You are the first friend I have met in. the girl replied gratefully. As they came out into more open ground, said: "I am Dick Slater, captain of the Liberty a band of young patriots fighting for independence." • "Are you a soldier?" the girl asked, su "Why, you are but a boy!" "There are many who are younger t the troop," with a smile. "If you are a patriot, 1 can trust you, I "I am goin,g to our camp now . You there to-night, as it is growing late, b


THE. LIBERTY BOYS' PRISONER OF WAR 5 I will take you to my s ister and to my and they will care for you." are v ery kind, and I will trust you, for tha t I can." of u s have sisters and sweethearts, and I all be ready to protect you when they r s t ory," Dick replied. h they saw the light of the fires gleamong the "trees, and Dick said: i s our camp. You will be as safe there your own home." g the camp, Dick said to Ben Spurlock, he m et: ) P atsy to get up a warm supper for the lady . She will be our guest to-night." was made thoroughly comfortabl e, but in a camp was a decided novelty to her. Jared that she felt saier with the boys, camp in the woods, however, than she elt in years. ou are all good and kind and brave, I know," said to Dick , "and I feel safer here than I felt with that cruel Jeremiah Dollard." gir l had a s pecial guard, but knew nothing t, and slept soundly all night: The senti:ies not h ing to alarm them, and m the mornmg hin g went on as usual. Dick and Bob were W estchester County, in New York. It had ed that their sisters were visiting friends iladelphia at the time the city was threatb y Howe. Upon its evacuation by the pa' the two girls, Edith Slater and Alice Es-rook, were taken to a place of safety by They had not yet gone back to their es in New York State, but were still with ir frie n ds. Dick resolved to take Mary to knowing that the girl would receive the t 1of c are. The girls and their frienf! s were g a f ew mi les away, and imme?iately aiter akfast Dick mean t to go there with Bob, and e M ary, first de spatching a messenger to ashin gton's camp. "Do you ride a horse, Miss Mary?" asked ick. • Yes," answered the girl, "although I am not expert horsewoman." " I will get you a horse that you need not be raid of, and there is an old side saddle which have used now and then for the girls, so you JI be thoroughly comfortabl e." ark was left in chai:ge of the camp, being proughly trustworthy, and the two boys and set out. . ('How did you happen to be an inmate of the asked Dick. AJbout two years ago when my father and her died I was told that they had left noth1., and that I was a public charge." Who told you this?" Mr. Filohett and Dollard." id any one else appear?" [ No." Had your father no relations?" He had a cousin who was an officer in the tish army-a major, I believe, but I did not him then. His name is Blodgett." Have you seen him since ? " R ecently I have, and he told me that he could n othing for me, having only his pay and a e family to keep, and that I had .better get 'ed." "I see," said Dick. "Now I understand. You were not penniless, but you must be married to get your money." "Then father did not lose all before he died?" "No, and these s coundrels knew it. By your marriage, this cousin of your father's hopes to profit. I will explain." At that moment Bob said: "Look, Dick; there is the very man you described to me." "It is Dollard!" gasped Mary. "Don't l e t him see me." "You are saie with us,'' Dick. CHAPTER V.-A Scoundrel Defi ed . It was not difficult to recognize Dollard even at a Hi s hulking build, his ho')k n ose , and the green patch on his eye were all unm is takable. A s he rode up, he first re:ognized Mary 11nd then Dick, although he had not seen the latter in uniform. J "You were going home, my dear girl?" he said with an evil s mile . "You do not know what iety youl' absence has caused u s ." "Ye s , she is going home,'' replied Dick, "but not to the place over which vo u preside." "What right have you to take her away from me, you confounded young rebel?" snarled Do l lard. "The right that any honest man has to protect a girl in distress," answered Dick. . "And the right that any one ha3 to thwart villains l ike you," added Bob . "I am the girl's guardian,'' hissed Dollard, "an d I demand that she be g iven up to me." "You are not her guardian, and, even if yo u were, an improper guardian may a l w _ays be re moved." Dollard scowled and fixed hi s one eye with a baleful glare upon Dick . . "We will see," he said . "I know the law and shall invoke its aid." "So do we," returned Dick. "Possession is nine points. You know that much, I suppose? Rid e o n , Bob." Dick then put him self in the middle of the road, and Bob rode on, escorting Mary. Dollard could not get at the girl, Dick blocking his w ay. The man scow l ed and blustered and tried to draw his but Dick struck down his hand. "Do you remember a little conversation which you had in the tavern between here and German town early last evening?" Dick asked. The man reddened. "With one Filchett and an officer in the British army," Dick continued. "You had some idea of bringing me into the matter." "You!" with a snarl. "I have never seen you before." "Oh, yes, you have. I am Dick Slater. I was not in unifonn then. I escaped by the window. You must remember it." "I don't, then," growling. "I was not in a tavern last night at all." "I could recall the affair, but it is not neces s ary," carelessly. "Your little conspiracy will not succee d . When Mary Bond marri es , i t will /


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' PRISONER OF WAR be to some hones t fellow, not to a fool or a . glare d savagely _at Dick and ans w ered: "You won't get the bette r of me, you young rebel.. I know the law, and you will find that I have a good deal more than nine points. " "Wait till I do," laughed Dick. Then he gave Dollard's horse a sudden sharp slap on the flank which sent him flying down the ' road. At the same moment he shot off in the <>ther direction at a gallop. By the time Dollard gained control of the horse -and looked back, Dick was out of sight. He quickly caught up_ with Bob and Mary and then all three went on, shortly turning down a side road. They did not see any more of Dollard at that time, and Mary was greatly relieved when at last they reached the comfortable, roomy, old-fashioned Dutch house where the girls were staying. As the boys halted at the gate, Alice and Edith came out and greeted them warmly. Dick assisted Mary to dismount, kissed .both girls, and said: "Sister Alice, this is Mary Bond. She needs good friends, and so I brought her here." "I am glad to see you, Mary dear," said Alice, kissing the girl, and taking her hand. "Think of me as a friend from this moment." "We are always glad to do as brother Dick says, my dear,'' added Edith, "but I know I shall like you on your own account." They all went into the house, and the girls introduced Mary to their friends. Then Dick took ,Alice aside and told her Mary's story, greatly interesting her. "The poor girl!" she s!l-id sympathetically. "It is a shame that she should be so treated." "So it is," answered Dick, "but she has escaped them, and they shall never get hold of her again." "Can they get hold of her moneyl do you think, Dick?" asked "That is wnat they care most for." "Yes, I know they do, but I must see that they don't get it. I shall have to find who has charge of it, and see that they don't." Both Edith and Alice and their friends were greatly taken with Mary, on her own account as well a s because distress, and she was sure of firm friends. Dick and Bob at length left the house to return to the camp. "The girl is among friends now," said Bo b, as they rode away. "Yes, and' safe from these scoundrels, but I may have to go to Philadelphia to find out about her affairs," Dick replied. "Yes, if you not get hold of that rascally little lawye r and make him tell you," with a grunt. "He would not. I should have to get the information elsewhere." "Perhaps , but I'll wager that if they can get hold of the money without the girl's marrying, they will do s o." "No doubt, and I must learn more about it." "'I1hey were riding on at a good s peed, Dick being on Major, and Bob well mounted w hen, as they turned a b e nd in the road, they saw Dollard and half a dozen rough-looking fellows with him. "Hello, there's that one-ey e d s coundrel again," said Bob. "Yes, and ready to make trouble," added Dick. "He :may find it!" impetuous ly. "You won't stand any nonsense, will you, Dick?" "No more than usual, Bob," with a laugh. The men with Dollard, some of whom were on horseback, stretched themselves acro s s the road so as to prevent the boys from passing. "Come on, Bob," said Dick, "They will quick ly get out of the way when they see us coming on at a gallop." Then the two young patriots suddenly dashed forward at full speed. Dick was right. The men on foot had no de sire to be run down, and they quickly got out of the way. This left two or three gaps in the line. Before tili.os e on hors e back could fil.l these the two boys came thundering down upon them. The horses became excited and began to rear and prance. Then the boys fired a shot or tw<> over the men's heads and dashed on. The shots started the horses, and they dasih.ed off in different directions. Dollard, findinghis efforts to check the boys unavailable, quickly got out of the way. Dick and Bob then rode on at good speed, and were soon out of sight of their enemies. "Those fellows are Tories, you may be sure," said Bob. • "There are many of them in the neighborhood," Dick replied. "And if they found our camp, they would try to make trouble for us." "They must not find it," tersely. "They will be watching us to see which way , we turn." >1 "Yes, but even then they cannot find the camp1E if we observe ordinary caution." Nearing the lane, Dick turned in at one point, and made his way through the woods, while Bob'e went beyond and entered it at another. "They will have some trouble in finding us, 'lei guess," he laughed, as he joined Dick. ' ig " CHAPTER VI.-An Unfortunate R ecogn ition. "' roi The boys reached the camp, certain o f not hav c ing been followed, and Dick said to Mark: id "Tell the boys to be cautious in leaving th!gH camp, and to see that the y are not followe" when returning." . ye "Were you follo w ed ? " a s ked M a rk. "'\-\ "No, but I am sure that this m a n D ollar d aJJs a his ras cally lawyer will try to locate the cam!Th, He will want to learn where Ma1 y i s , and he wies e try to serve papers on u s , t o frighten u s ." t la "We are not so easily alarmed,'' with a lauglc'Th . "That will be a prete nce to find our camp, a!'"WJ tell the Tories, and perhaps the enemy as well"Sh, Dick had despatched a man whom h e COUend) trust to the of the commander-in-chief, ll.bert1 now, r es olved to learn more of Mary's affaitfHa he determine d to go to Philadelphia, if nece'Yes sary." 1 to "Filchett was in Germantown," he said to Bt1." "and so is the major, as they call him. " 'The "The proofs may be there," Bob answered. 0 ca "Yes, but it is only two or thre e mil es fartll'No to the city." 'The "You did not learn this major's n a m e, did yo sign "No, and I think he is more than that, 0 . though he is called that." t to ell


THE LIBERTY BOYS' PRISONER OF WAR 7 ' tish a s a rule want all the titles that be"But she is not in the camp. Two of the young to them," with a laugh. rebels took her away this morning." ery true, but I think he is concealing his for "Where?" e reason. However, tlhat is not the question. not learn. One kept him from t to learn other secrets of hi s . He is the follQIWlng, wlule the other rode off with her." ' n Mary spoke of, beyond a doubt, and I wish "She must be found . Capture this young rebel know just what he knows of Mary. The man and make him tell where she has been taken. " spoke of is called Blodgett." " H ' m! that is very good, but how are we going " Then you want to learn if this fellow is callto find him?-" the same." At that moment Dollard came in, took a seat " Exa ctly, and other matters. " and said: ' Dick now procured a disgui se other than that "Have you told him?" 'ch h e had already used, got a still different "Yes, ihe has, " answered the redcoat, "and we an d set out for the town. On the way he have got to catch this young rebel and make him ok a party of men and women going to tell where she is." et , and joined them. He had no trouble in Dollard glanced at Dick, but failed to recog111terin g the town, as no one was asked for nize him, saying in a low tone, ho;yever: s, and Dick was not recognized. He went "There are strangers about. We don't want the tavern where he had met Filc.hett the them to hear our business." ht before, leaving horse at a stable a . The other redcoats had already left, but there "ttle d ista nce away. There was no one in the were men sitting near Dick. lace whom he knew, but he thought that he "Can't we get hold of the money without proof ' ght pick up some information, nevertheless. of the marriage?" asked Blodgett in a l ow ton e e looked like a well-to-do farmer, having lined wlhich Dick heard, however. ' 's face, put on a grayish wig, and padded hi s "No," answered Filchett. oat to make him look stout. He ordered some"Can't we furnish what purports to be a r e c-ing to eat and drink, and sat not far from the ore! of the marriage, then?" . It had turned a bit chilly without, and he The lawyer smiled, and answered: ew that tihe redcoats would take to the fire "Ha, that would be dishonest, and might subh e n they came in. It was not Jong before the ject us to severe puni shment." ajor entered and took a seat near him. The laughed uproariously and retorted: fficer sat alone for a time, but at length another Thats the first time that I ever knew you to fficer enter ed, sat beside him, and said : make that Olbjection, you little fox! The ques"What n ews of affairs down the river, Blod-tion is, can it be clone?" e tt ?" o, the certificate must be signed by a known " T hat's my man, then," was Dick' s thought. • magistrate, and presented in Philadelphia wlhere "Very little, Colonel, and very little of the the money is held in trust." ' bels hereabouts." " "That is what I wished to know," thought Dick. "You've got your promotion?" in a whisper. They may suspect me if I stay longer." "Yes, but don't say anything. I can get still Then he settled his score, arose and started to gher, when my fortune comes." leave . Neither of the three conspirators had "You are looking for a ship to come in, eh?" recognized him. At that moment, however, the and then I'll be general, and in my potboy employed at the tavern out of town came oper rank," pompously. in. l ookingsharpl v at him. and said: Commission s were often at that time, "That is Dick Slater, the iebel. I know his d so it frequently happened that a man held a eyes. Stop him!" h position to which he was b y no means fitted. There was instant confusion, and Dick's esWell, I wish you luck, Blodgett. Let u s drink cape was blocked. your success." "What do you know of me, boy?" Dick asked. 'Which would never come if it depended upon "Who is this Dick Slater you speak of?" ability," said Dick to himself. "He is a rebel," the boy answered. "You pass-The redcoat saw ihim but did not recognize him. ed our house a while ago . I know you. I hav e esently the little lawyer came in; but he did seen you man y times. " know Dick, who was sitting not far from him. "But I am not a rebel." 'The girl has escaped!" he said. "That is Dick Slater, the rebel. I know his I "What carelessness is this?" growled Blodgett. fellow now. Arrest him!" , She has run away ibefore . This time she found Dick was seized and searched, his bel nds in those confounded young rebels, the ing quickly penetrated. l erty Boys." "Jove! but he is jus t the fellow we wanted," Ha! Slater's company of young rascals?" said Blodgett. "Now we will learn where the Yes. They have a camp somewhere beyond girl is." J town, but n o one has been able to find it "I don't believe you 1will," said Dic k t o him \" self. r They must b e drive n ou t. Is there no one o can find their hidi n g place?" No o n e has d on e so yet." They must be found a n d scattered. There is . sign o f o t h e r reb e ls?" N o ; but I am n o t talkin g about them. We t to find the girl." ell , if she is in the camp , we will do s o. " CHAPTER VIL-Taking Leave of the E nemy. The fac t of Dic k's face bei n g li n ed, h is c o a t p'Added and p istols bei n g fou n d o n hi m w a s s u f • ficient . He had no papers, bu t all three c onspirators r ecogn ize d him, a n d his d e scriotion


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' PRISONER OF WAR compared witJh that p1inted of him in the public notices offering a reward for his capture, and was seen to agree. " him up, " said the officer, "and we will question him." Dick was taken to a room on the floor above and locked in, a guard outside not b eing con sid• ered necessary . Dick looked out and saw that his r oo m faced the alle y on which the side door of the tavern opened. "That will b e v e r y convenient,'' he said to himsEM. There was no bed in the room, s o that h e could take tJhe blankets for a rope . The window was too high from the courtyard for him to drop safely upon the stones below. "I can't stay here, that is certa in,'' he s aid. General Ho w e's camp was at the farther e n d -of the village, and it would take but a s hort time to con vey him thither. Blodgett did not wis h ihim taken there, h owever, until he had given in formation which they wante d. There was no bed in the room, but there were heavy curtains to the two windows. "Thos e are as good as blankets,'' said Dick, looking at them. He went to the door and li stened, hearing only confused sounds below. Then he took a chair to one of the windows, stood on it, and took down the hangings. They were over three yards in length, and quite wide. "Four of them knotted together ought to be enough,'' he said. Then he quickly took down the other pair. "Where shall I fasten the end?" he said to himself. There was a s olid mahogany table in the room. The rope could be fastened to one leg of this . It was -too big to pass out of the window and was just the thing. Dick quickly knotted the four heavy hangings togethert ripped one for two or three feet, and knottea the ends about the table leg. Then he pushed the ta:ble to the window and rais ed the sash. Looking out, he saw that there was no one below. The door leading into the alley was just under the window. "Well, I must be careful," he said. He threw out his improvised rope and began to lower himself rapidly. Just as his feet reach ed the top of .the door, some one came o'ut. Dick was astride the fellow's shoulders and upsetting him the next moment. Down went the man, and let you a startled cry. Dick quickly seized him, rolled him up in the hangings, and hurried out of the alley. By the time the man could release himself, Dick was out of the alley . He lo s t no time in getting to the place where he had l eft his hors e, and rode away. He heard no sound of pur suit, but he did not delay, not knowing at what moment his escape might be discovered. "There's many a slip," he said to hims elf, "ant:!. next time thes e fellows will take more pains to secure me." He lost no time in getting to the guardhouse, where he saw a covered wagon standing in the road. '.Ilhe owner was showing his pass, and satisfying the guard that he was merely a farm er who had been dispo sing of his produce at .the market place and was now going home. Dick looked arour1 d, saw no one about, dismounted and slipped under the flap of'the cover at the back of the cart. It was half full of straw, :ind Di et quickly got under this at one side and curled himself up. It was r easonably dark in there, with the cover dra wn, and when the farmer res umed his seat he did not observe that he had a pas senger. Off he drove , and was soon out of th e toW1ll, and Dick was safe. His hors e had follow ed, the guard supposing him to belong to the farmer, and making no comment. When well clea r of the town, Dic k slipped out at the bac k of the c art, and got into the saddle. L oo king b a ck, he s a w a numbe r of red coats leaving th e town at a gallop. "They a r e afte r m e ," h e said t o himsel f , " but I have lead e n o u gh, eve n with this h o rse, to es cape ." He pass e _ d the farmer and went on at a lively rate , turning off while still hidden by the cart, and m aking his way b y a back road to the camp. He saw theredcoats go b y , looking thr o ugh t trees, but was not observed. "If I had Major, I would not have to do this,' he s aid, "but circumstances alter cases." He had e scaped by a narrow margin, but a long as there was any, he was satis fie d . H e ha gain e d consid erable information concerning th conspiratora, and that was another point in hi favor. Reaching the cail'llp, he saw Patsy stand ing guard at the entrance . Dick w a s r iding whe n Patsy cried: " H e r e , here , howld on there, an' t e ll me wha ye want. Wtho are ye, annyhow?" "Is this the camp of the Liberty Boys?" drawl ed Dick. "What do ye want to know for?" a sked Patsy. "Well, i f it 'is, maybe you'd like to know that lhe captain was caught and locked up this after noon." "Oh, my; oh, my! Ye don't say so? Sure that's terri bl e . Where wor it, me man?" "Down to Germantown." "Boys, come here!" cried Patsy. "Sure captain himself is locked up in the town beyant an' there', s no _knowin' av he'll iver get out." "Why , that's the captain himself, you funn fellow," laughed Ben Spurlock. "Ya, dot was lhim selluf,'' added Carl. you vas knowed him?" "It is all right now, though, Patsy," laugh Dick. "An' wor ye capthured an' locked up, dear?" asked Patsy. "For a time, Pats y, but I could not keep awa from you all." I "Sure that's right, nor wud we want ye to, so l but ye gave me a turrible froight whin Oi h'a ye wor taken an' locked up." "How did it happen, Dick?" a sked Bob. did not think any one would recognize you." "And severa l impo-rtant men did not, w h an ordinary potboy did." "And they locked you up?" "Yes, ibut it is hard to keep me lock e d up, you know,'' smiling. • "Yes, fortunate l y ; but tell us all about i t ." Bob and Mark w ent to his tent with Dick, w related his adventure. "Then we know a little more of this aff air we did,'' said Bob. "I would not trust that little lawyer not steal the money if he could get hold of it,'' ;id Mark.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' PRIS O NER O F WAR 9 •Nor I ," declared Dick, "and if I can find those who h ave it in charge, I will warn them against Jiim." "They're a pack of wolves, the lot of them, and Jt is a good thing for Mary that you g<>t her away from t'hem," said Bob emphatically. "They will be making a search .for our ca:riip," Dick added, "and we may have to change its position. Let all of us be cautious in going or eoming, and keep a watch on the enemy." "We'll do that,'' laughed Bob, "and they'll think they're watching us. People get fooled some times." CHAPTER VIII.-Plotting Mischief. Toward evening some of the boys were out on the road and saw a number of redcoats in the distance. The boys were Ben, Sam and Will, and they had gone out to reconnoiter. They were un tler the trees, so it was likely that the redcoats Bd not seen them. "Keep out of sight, boys," said Ben. "Those fellows are looking for our camp, no doubt." "There are only a dozen of them," observed Sam. "If we sent back for some of the boys we might capture the lot." "What would we do with them if we got them?" laughed Will. "It is a long way to the general's eamp, and we don't want them." "No pri 1 soners of war are a good deal of trou ble sometimes," added Ben. "Those are not all redcoats," declared Sam presently. "There are some Tories with them." "You are right, Sam," said Ben shortly. The redcoats were coming on smartly, and now i t was seen that there were two or three men in o rdinary clothes among them. The boys kept out o f sight among the trees, and were not seen by the enemy. . "Better dismount and hide, boys," muttered Ben , at length. "They are coming right along." "Do you know any of the Tories with them, Ben?" asked Sam presently. "I don't know that I do. They are not near enough to recognize any of them yet." "There's a little fellow in black with a big '!rig,'' observed Will . "That might be that little lawyer that Dick spoke about," answered Ben. "Tihen the fellow with the hook nose and the pa tch over one eye ought to be with him," remarked Sam. t "Yes, they are i'enerally together, Dick says," en agreed. The boys were off their horses now, and, rouching in the bushes out of sight, could see he party very well as it came on. "The fellow with the patch on his eye is with hem," whispered Ben, at length. _. "Yes, I see him,'' answered Sam. "I guess he guiding the redcoats." "It looks like it," Ben muttered. "Get the o rses farther back, boys." T he horses were taken some little way back om the road, Ben remaining on watch. On e the redcoats, and at length drew rein not yards from where Ben was in hiding. "It is somewhere aboull here that they turn ," said Dollard. "But there is n o r o ad," said the leader o f the redcoats, who was Blodgett himself. The little lawyer rode ahead till Ben could have almost reached out and touched his horse. "Here is a path," he said, "and it has lately been used. You may be sure that this is the way to uhe young rebel's camp . " "Trust a lawyer for finding out things," said Dollard, with a coarse laugh. B1odgett rode up and said with some satisfac-tion: "Yes, this is the place. We will smoke out the yolJllg villains to-night." "Perhaps not,'' thought Ben . "We will have something to say about it ourselves . " "You mus t catch the principal rebel," said Filchett. "We must learn where he has taken the girl." "We will capture all of them," answe1ed Blodgett. "What are a hundred young rebels against a score of British soldiers?" "Five to one, and much more than ab'le to hold their own against them," was the boy's thought. "This is the place," said the officer . "We will ' return this evening." "Why don't you come nowf if you are so brave?" chuckled Ben to hirnse f. The redcoats now rode away toward the town. "If we could get the wedding portion without sharing with him, why shouldn't we?" asked Dollard. "Truly there is no reason," With a chuckle. "You are a clever penman, no doubt?" contin ued the other. "Yes; as a scrivener I have won renown,'' replied Filchett self-satisfiedly. "You can imitate the handwriting of others, no doubt?" slyly. "That is a penal offense, an--" and Filchett paused. "Well?" "I should expect more than a mere share. My conscience would have to be satisfied." "Ha-ha, that's a rare joke-a lawyer with a conscience!" roared Dollard. "I should have to be paid for the risk I take,'' replied Filchett. "Well, that's more to the point," and then, lowering his voice ahd speaking with fierce intenseness: "Will you do it?" "Yes," said Filohett; "or at least there will be a paper prepared which shall quite satisfy the Doctors' Commons." "Good! Come on; time presses." The two rasca1s rode away, and Ben crept out of his hiding place and went back to the others. "There go two as big rascals as you will ever find,'' he said, pointing to the road. "Up to mischief, are they?" asked Sam, with a chuckle. "Well, I suppose so, from a look at their faces." "Yes, they are not only against us, but against another rascal as big as themselves:" "How did they find the place?" a s ked Sam, when Ben had explained. "I don't know. The man with the patch on his eye sus_pected it, and the little fox of a lawyer helped "him out in his s u s picions." "And the two are going to cheat the other out of his share," laughed Will. "And it will take two good eyes . to keep a proper watch upon Master Filchett," added Sam.


10 THE. LIBERTY . BOYS' PRISONER OF WAR "That's what I think," repli e d B e n. "You have " Tho se lying scoundre l s don't know any more heal'd of the monkey and the che stnuts?" about the place than I do," grow led Blo dgett. " Ye s , and Mr. Dollard i s to be made a cat' s -paw " C ertainly we have not seen any signs of a of," laug h e d Sam. camp," a n s w ered an aide, "and w e have come far Going back to the camp, Ben told Dick what enou g h." he had h e ard. It was not far from du s k now, "And here we are in a regular wild erness witili Patsy being jus t ready with supper. not ti sign of a way out." "They won't come till well after dark," said Owl s hooted, bitterns uttered their shrill c r ies, Dick, " s o tihere will be pl enty of time to change a n d frogs croaked sonorou s ly. The Liberty Boys o u r quarters . " made these sounds, but the redcoats could not "You won' t stay and fight them, Dick? , " a sked tell the difference. B ob, who was present. " The lying sneaks have either made a fool of "No, for we don't want the m to k now where me, or they have bee n decei v ed thems elve s ," sput we are. Let them think that we have gone away tred the officer. entii'e l y." " There is no sign of a camp here, nor have w e "But it would be the best kind of joke to cap7 seen any," the a i de answere d, "not even an abanture that boasting Blodgett and make him a pris do1.J.ed one." o ner of war. " "There hasn't been a camp here at any time," "We may do so on some later occa s io n , Bo b , " said B lodgett. "There are no tenn i s courts , n o qu ietly. skittles grou nds, no race track-nothing." "Yes, I s uppo s e s o . " B e n Spurloc k had all he could do t o kee p trom "If they think we have d eparte d, they will be laughin g at thi s . taken a ll the more by surpris e when the gen eral " That's the British idea of a camp," h e chuckadvanc es upon them," Dick continued. , l ed . "I wonder he did not mention a theater or "Very true ." a ballroom." _ "We w ill change our positio n and make it still "But these unculture d rebel s may not have such more difficult for any on e t o find , u s . " things, s i r , " s aid the aide. "That will be better , no doubt , " a n s werecl Bob, "There i s no sign of any sort of camp, " s narl who always r e lied upon Dick' s judg m ent. e d tih e othe r. " W e have been d e ceived, l e d on a The b o ys had their suppers , and the n rapidly. , wild-goose chas e . " and wi t h a s little noi se as possibl e , b rok e camp The frog s cro a k e d and the owl s ho oted wors e and w en t to a s till more hidden nook in the hill s . tha n eve r, and the m oon s hone down u pon what Then D i c k , Bob a nd a score mo r e se t to wo r k looked l ike a n impe n etra bl e w ilderness . The and r emove d ever y t r ace of a camp , s o that when r edcoats ret r aced their s t eps in great disgust and the r e d coats arri v e d the y could not t 11 it from l o n g b e fore they r e a che d the t o wn , the b oys the o r i g in a l wilderness . back i n camp, laughing o v e r the discomfiture o f CHAPTER IX,-The Enemy Outwitted. D i ck and a few of the boys s t a y e d b e h ind at the old camp to watch for the r edcoats. All m arks of fir e s had b e en covere d, all tramping of hoofs wh ere the hor. ses h ad b e en t ethered, all marks of tent pol e s a nd al! the other i ndic ations of a camp were remo v ed or cov e r e d o v e r, a nd the place looked a s wild a s before the boys h a d occupied it. The moon s hone down upo n what seemed to be tilie virgin forest untouch e d by the han d of man, so well had the boy s covered their tracks. "Somebody will be greatly surpris ed," laughed Bob, "when they find no sign of a camp." And Dollard and Filchett will have a greater reputation for lying than ever before," chuc k led B e n. Dick and Bob made their way to the road, while Ben a n d the res t remain ed near the site of t hei r former camp. At le ngth, when it was quite lat e , the moon shining brightly overhead, the bo ys heard the tramp of t h e approaching e n -,. emy. They came o n , man y more than a score o f them, and i t was evident that the boastful redooat was not keep ing to h i s word. They halted at the hidden path, and then en proceedi n g a s rapidly a s they co!J.ld. They passed througih the old camp, and at l ength camo t o a point where all roads s eemed to end, there being a perfect tangle before t hem. They coul d have fou n d a way through this, had they been versed in wnnn r :raJt. . hut. thev were n ot. the e n em y . "There are more ways than on e of getting the bes t o f your foes , " said D ic k . "This has b ee n a v ictory w i thout a shot b eing fired . " "Or a drop of blood being shed," add e d Bob. "Yes , but the enemy don't kno w it," ob serve d Mark. "The y think they w e r e mi s l e d b y the Tory and t h e little lawyer. " "It i s n ' t neces s a r y for them to know it," laug h ed Bob. "But i f they did, they would have more respec t for u s . " • "That w ill come, too, all in good time" s aid Dick, s miling. ' The boy s generally were satis fied with thei r • victo ry, although there were some lik e Mar t who wanted the enemy to know all about it. The boys were not di sturbed that night, a nd :r. the morning Dick and Bob set out to go and s the girls . On the road they met Dollard a Filchett. "One moment," said Dick, halting. "Were y intending to call upo n Brigadier Blodgett?" "What is it to you whom I call upon!" snarl Dollard . ..._. " b 1 fJl< I eg eave to serve. you with a summons tq " produce the person of one Mary Bond," said thtep l a wyer. f'ou "Where is your summons ? " a sked Dick. "W hat I wi s hed to say was that the brigadier regari you a s a couple of unmitigated liars." Both men seemed greatly surpris ed at see' the boy s , having supposed that the British either captured them or driven them out of neighborhood. s :


THE LIBERTY BOYS' PRISONER OF WAR 11 -You were supposed to have .shown him tihe ay to our vc.l:l know." two scouhd;els looked a s tounded. •How did he know anything about it?" they ftought. "It is always well, when talking maitters over a the public road," Dick went on, "to see thait no one is listening." . "I don't know what are talking about!" llllll'led the man with the patch on his eye. "Oh yes you do," laug1hed Bob. "You were flllking with Blodgett back here a bit last eve lling, and :Plotting about surprising us in our eamp. The brigadier said that a score of men would 1be enough to drive out the hundred of us." Both men looked blank. "There were o ther things overheard," said Dick lignificantly . "The enemy did not find us, and JOU two are regarded as bars." "And not without reason," laughed Bo.b. The boys then rode on, leaving the tw-0 men looking bhoroughly astonished. "That will give them something to think about," cllvckled Bob. "And perhaps urge them to greater efforts," ldded Dick. "I shall have to go to Philadelphia tllortly." "I suspect the scamp of a lawyer will try to get a'head of you, knowing that you know his plans," said Bob . "Forewarned is forearmed, of course, but I think that honesty is a stronger weapon than duplicity, and s o I am not afraid of the result." They rode on at a smart pace, and at length reached the house where the girls were staying. Alice and Edith were very gladcto see them, and so was Mary , with whom a day seemed to have made a vast difference. She seemed younger and brighter, as well as happier, and welcomed the boys most cordially. While Bob was talking with Mary and the girls of the hou s e, Dick took Alice a si de and told her what he had learned. "We will outwit the se plotters y et," he added. "They thought the y had to deal with only a simple girl, but they will shortly discover their mis take." "I think the y have al ready learned it, Dick," said Alic e, s miling. "It takes s ome p e r s ons a long time to learn :mythin g, my girl," l aughed Dick, "and I find that the British are that sort." "Mary i s very grateful for what you have al ready done, and I know that she will be for any other kindne s s you may do her." "It is a satisfaction to know that we will get he better of these villains," said Dick. Then he and Alice went back to the others, d at "length the two boys took their leave. "I think I will go on to the city to-day," said ick, as they rode on. "I think myself it is as well to be prompt," eplied Bdb . "These rascals won't lose ahy time, ou may _ be sure." CHAPTER X .-A Dell:t'y by the Way. The boys were riding on at a fair speed, con sing plea santly and at the same time keeptheir eyes about them. There were Tories the neighborhood, and then Dollard and Fil would try to get revenge. It was as well to be on the lookout, therefore. The boys were watchful but, for a:ll their care, they suddenly rode right into a dozen Tories who were waiting for them at a shai-p turn where the road was lined on both sides by trees. The Tories leaped out upon them, and they were at once surrounded. They were speedily dragged from their ho11ses, despite their resistance, and held firmly. Then Dollard and Filchett came up, the man with the patch saying: "Take them to the house down the road. Take the horses' along. They must not be seen yet. Everyibody knows them." The boy' s were led away, four to each, for fear they might escape. Major and Bob's bay fol lowed, Dick having said nothing as yet. As they reached a farm hous e at the side of the ioad Dick suddenly turned and said sharply: "Back to the camp, Major!" The inte1ligent animal at once shot ahead, upsetting the man who was 1leading him and knocking down another. Bob's bay followed on the instant, fairly flying down the road. The Tories tried to catch them, but they might as well ihave tried to stop the wind. A way they went, and Dollard snarled: "Why didn't you stop 'em? I wanted that black hovse myself." "Follow them and you will learn where the young rebels have their camp," said the little lawyer. Tw-0 or three of the Tories set out on their horses to follow the two animals. "There's very little use of that," laughed Dick. , "Those fellows will never catch our horses, nor I ever trail them." . "Maybe they won't," growled Dollard, "but you 1 will tell us where the camp is, and where you have put the girl." 1 "We will do n either," said Dick determinedly . "W e'il'l see," with a growl and a savage look. The two boy s were taken into the house, dis-armed and bound, and put in a room on the ground floor. DoHard went in and said: "Make up your minds to one thing." "We have," answered Bob. "We are certain that you will' one day be hanged." . Dollard shot a fierce look at Bob, and replied: "That' s what we're going to do to you if you don't tell us what we want to know. Look out of that window." "They are not getting the rope ready for you. so soon, are they?" Bob asked. "Not for us, but for you two," savagely. "Unde11stand that if you don't tell me what I want to know, you will be hanged. I'll give you a. quarter of an hour to think of it." Then the man arose angrily and left the room, slamming the door after him, but not locking iL "Will it take you fifteen minutes to get your hands loose, Dick?" asked Bob. . "No, nor five. In fact, I have been working at them already. These fellows don't understand their business very well." In fact, it was not more than a minute or two before Dick had his hands free. Then he untied his ankles and went over and released Bob. "Are they all at the front of the house, Dil:k!• aske'd Bob. "Where are the ho:rses ?" "They are probably in the rear. I don't see them."


12 THE. LIBERTY BOYS' PRISONER OF WAR "Are all the men in front?" "Very nearly, I think. We will go out at the back." . "It's a pity we have no pistols to give these fellows a scare." '"Yes, but perhaps we can do it, anyhow. Come along." They opened the door a'.1d Dick took out the key lock e d it on the outside and took the key They did no t meet any one in the and saw no one at the rear. The men were all in front, fixing the nooses on the limb of an old tree. The barn was not far away, and the boy s hurried to it. Here they found a dozen horses. "We will take them all," said Dick. "We don't need them, but--" . "But we don't want them to have any with which to pursue us," finished Bob. "Exactly. " The boys quickly brought out the horses, unseen by the Tories in front. Then they mounted the bes t two each taking the tethers of five others. All r{f a sudde n the men in front heard the tramp of horses. "Jerushv, what's that?" "Them blam ed horses have stampeded." "How could they, whe n they were in the barn?" "I don't know, but--" "By George, look at that, will you?''. A dozen horses came suddenly dashmg across the green toward the road: . The. two suppose d perso n s were in the lead, ndmg like the ,vmd. "Hi, stop 'em!" , ,, "Stop nothing! How can you stop em! T he Tories hustened to get out of the way, for the most part. Two or three did try to catch some of the horses . They were only thrown down and badly bruised for their pains. Dollard sent a shot or two flying after the horses as the boys reached the road. He one of the led horses in the leg and lamed it B-ob quickly saw which one it was and s hpp.ed the tether. Then he and Dick galloped on w.ith the rest. The Tories had ng means of fol!owmg the pluck y boys, and they did not attempt it. One of Dick' s horses soon went lame, and he loosed the tether and left the animal behind. "There will be a lot of bad language used," laughed BO'b. "'rhere will certainly be a lot of disappointed Torres," echoed Dick. "Those fello"l'l"S were too confident by half." yet it seeme d as if we would have a close shave at one time." "There's no telling what may happen, and we never give up . " "That's always the best way, Bob." On they rode as fast as they could, safely, and at length Bob said: "There's some one coming, Dick, quite a number." "It sounds like the Liberty Boys, B ob." "So it was, for upon rounding a bend in the road, they saw Mark and a score of the boys coming. The boy s halted as Dick and Bob came up, and Mark said: . "We were coming to find you, but it seems 1'hat y o u did not need us, after all." "Vve arn glad to see you, just the same, Mark," replied Dick. "Weren't two horses enough for you?" with a: smile. "As long a3 we had them, the enemy couldn't use them," said Bob dryly. "The very best of reasons for taking them," said 1\lark. CHAPTER XL-Blocking a Scoundrel's Game. Dick now mounted Major, and Bob got upon his bay, Mark having brought both. "Do we want these other horses now?" asked Bob. "They will do for carts," replied Mark, "but otherwise we would not want them." "Keep Dollard's at all events," said Dick. " I sha11l want him. He is a very noticeable ani n1al." "Yes; almost as much so as Dollard himself," laughed Bob. The boy s now rode on toward the camp. Upon the return of Major and Bob's bay, without their riders, Mark at once feared that something had happened. to the two boys. "They have been captured by some one," he said "and have sent their horses ahead." lost no time, therefore, in going in search of the boys, taking the horses with him. They met Dick and Bob soo ner than they expected, a nd were greatly interested in the story of their adventures. There was still enough time for Dick to reach Philadelphia, and he immediately se t aibout disguising .. ahimsel f when he reached the camp. By building out his n ose with putty, which he stained red, putting a .patch over one eye, brushing his hair down l ow en his forehead and lining his chin, Dick made himself look so much like Dollard that the boys were startled. He put on a big coat ancloboots, mounted Dol lard's horse, and set off toward the city. He di not need to go through Germantown, taking road which led to one side of it, and so on Philadelphia. He was riding on at a good spe when he met two men on horseback. "Mornin', neighbor Dollard," said one. "W h about---" "No time to talk to you now," growled Di in an excellent imitation of the man's gruff ton "Come and see me to-morrow." Then he rode on without once looking bac He met others who took him for the poorh o keeper, and s ome were not at all complim tary. H e s narled at those, after the man's m nei-, and went on. "Mr. Jeremiah Dollard does not to the best of. reputations," he laughetr', as he on. At length he reached the city, having no t hie in passi n g the outposts. He went at once the department where funds •ar-e held in trust asked about the affairs of one Mary Bouci. "What do you of the matter, Mr. lard?" asked o n e of the official s, who evid knew the man. Dick looked at him and said: "There i s money to her crediiT, I unders "You will have to give me a reason f o r ing to know, Mr. Dollard. Your repu


THE LIBERTY BOYS' not-well, I will not say anything libellous, of course-" "Then I'll send Mr. Filchett here and let him ask ! " snarled Dick. "H'm! I'm afraid that Mr. Filchett has no better standing than yourself,'' with a snort. Dick suddenly took the patch from his eye, pulled off his false nose, and said : "My d ea r sir, I am no more Jeremiah Dollard th an you are. In fact, I have come to warn you against him and this rascally little lawyer, Fil chett." "Dear me, I never would have k nown but that y o u were the man himself. \Vho are you then, pr ay?" " Just a moment. Filchett will bring p apers here, pretending that Mary Bond is married. She i s not, and not likel y to be for some time." . "Where is she? We have been unable to locate her for some time." Dick then told of his meeting with Mary, and also with the. three scoundrels who coveted her money. " T his is really very interesting," said the old g entleman; but who are you, may I ask?" "Witl you promi se not to mention to any one until to-morrow, that I have been in the city?" Dick asked. "Wihy, that is a singular request. Still I see n o great objection to making such a prom i s e." "And you promise?" . • "Yes." " I am Dick Slater, captain of the Liberty Boys, a b and of patriot boys fighting for Ame1ican indepen dence." "The noblest cause in the world," the other said . "Here, on e is supposed to have no politics, with all these dry records, but for all that, I am in hearty symipathy with the cause.'' " T hen I am more than ever certain that you will not let this poor girl be robb e d." " I certainly shall not, be assured." "The girl i s in safe hands, and these scoun dr els shall not get ho l d of her." " I am very glad of that, and I trust that they will n ot. Mr. Filchett's reputation is very bad, and we would thoroughly investigate any papers which he might present here." "I am glad to know that, but I meant to warn you of his intentions." "'I1hat is very proper, and shows me that you ar e a boy of good principles." "I have destroyed my disguise,'' with a laugh. "Perhaps you can supply me with another?" "I shall be glad to do so . " "I will mark Dollard's horse so that he will n ot be known, and then, with another di s guise, I think I shall pass muster." "I shal l be glad to be of any assistance to you, C aptain. My hom e is close at hand, and if you will come with me I will fix you up so that the e nemy will never know you." Dick then accompanied the old gentleman home and was provided with a suit of black and a cock e d hat. With a little lampblack-he s o altered the app earance of Do!larcl's horse that the man himself would not have known him. Time was pressing, and the old gentleman asked Dick to re main as his guest all night, b t h e declined with y tha n ks . I P RIS ONER OF . WAR 13 "No, thank you,'' said Dick, "I shall have n o trouble i n leaving the city, and I think I had better go . I shall be at the camp in an hour or two, and it wi11 be better." "Just as you think be s t , Captain. I a m glad to have met you, and glad to know that this po o r girl has found such good friends. " . "No better than you would be, I know, sir," Dick returned. Then he mounted h is horse and set out to leave the city. He was riding along at :rn easy gait, as befitted his sedate appearance, and \va.;; nearly to the outposts, when he saw Filchett coming toward him. "The little rascal has made good time,'' he thought. "I wonder if h e will know me?" The little lawye r shot a quick glance at Dick from his beady eyes, and at once cried: "Rebe l s, rebels! turn out the guard stop--" But at that instant Dick da rted caught the little fellow's foot a nd pitched him out of his saddl e. CHAPTER XII.-Message from the ' Commander. The little lawyer's fall from th<' sadrl!e d'.d not result in any serious injury, but his was seriously interfered with. His big wiP," came off, showing a very bald and shhy pate. arid his b1ack coat was split up the back. revea1ing a not over-dean red flannel shirt. Hi s lawvcr's blue bag, which gave him a very clerical look, spilled out its conte nts, and hi s dignity received another shock. Instead of legal documents, bristling with seals and tied up with reel tape, the bag contain ed only bread and cheese and a bottle. The crnwd around him burst into a roar of laughter, and a guard, stepping up, said: "If yo u are a rebel, little man, I wou l d advis e you to have very little to say about it." "No, we do n't have much regard fo r such gen try," muttered another. "Put him in the stocks," suggested a citize n. "Hol d him under the pump," advised a sec ond. "Make him say 'God save the king,' and then horsewhip him," said a third. The little lawyer put on hi s wig, gathered u p the contents of hi s bag, got up, mounted his horse and sputtered: "If you had followed my advice, this not have happened. You have perrnitted one of the cleverest rebel spies in the country to es• cape." "Why, you little whiff et, you are a rebel 'yourself, and we were told to stop you," laughed the redcoat. "Me?" snapped Filchett. "Do you know who I am, sir? I am the honorable Eze kiel Filchett_ Esquire, barrister, counsellor and attorney-at law, and you have allowed Dick Slater, the rebel, to escape." Others came up who knew Filchett, and he es caped arrest, but no t the laughter of the crowd. Dick, meanwhile, had passed the guardhoui:;e, and was safely on his way, .laughing .at the di sco m • fiture of the peppery little lawyer. "He will have cati se to remember me with nq pleasant sensations." Dick said to himself, "and Dollard will share them." 1


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' PRISONER OF w AR He did not takethe ris k of going throug h G ermantown, but went by the other road, and put Dollard's horse to his best paces s o a s to gain as much time asihe could. He reached the camp at last, s ome time after dark. It w a s quite late whe n Ben Spurlock, on picket, heard some one approaching. "Who goes tlhere?" he demanded. "A friend, with a message from the command. er-in-chief." "Advance, friend, and give the countersign." "Germantown is ours," said the messenge r. Ben gave the fire a stir and saw that the messenger wore the uniform of a lieutenant. He quickly signalled to Sam, who came up. "You have a letter to the captain?" Ben asked. "Yes, " and the messenger showed B e n a packet. " Conduct the lieutenant to Captain Slater's tent," said Ben to Sam. "This way, sir," said Sam. Will Freeman, hearing the signal, had already run forward to arouse Dick. "A messenger from the commander-in-chief, Captain," he said, putting his face close to the tent. Dick was awake in a moment. "Bid him wait a moment, Will," s aid Dick, getting up. When Sam came 'up with the messenger, Will, who had stirred up the fire clo s e by, said: "The captain will see you in a moment, sir." "Thank you," said tihe other. "It is important that no time Should be lost. " In a few moments Dick came out of his tent. A number of Lilberty Boys were gathered near, knowing that it mus t be something of importance to bring a messenger to the camp at this hour. The lieutenant handed Dick a letter, saying: "You are to act as aids to General Washing ton." "Yes, we have been doing so. His excellency received my las t message?" "He did." Dick broke the seal and read the message att entiv el y . "Call Lreutenants E s taibrook and Morrison," he s aid. Will ran off to call Bob, while Phil went for Mark. In a short time the boys came up. "The general is on his way now from M etu chen," said Dick. "The enemy are to be attacke d in the morning. Give orders to marc h at o nce and await his e x cellency 9n the main r o ad." In a few moments all was bustle and activity in the camp. . ---CHAPTER XIII.-Victory Turned to Defeat. G eneral Washington had started the evening befor e from his encampment on Skippack Creek toward G ermantown. Small parties wer e sent out to secure every m a n w ho might give the enemy notice of the approach of the patriots, and every precaution was taken to en sure a compl ete surprise. Wihen Washington approac!hed, accompanying the columns of.,.Wayne and Sullivan, the Liberty Boys joined him. It was the general's intention to reach the British picke t s on Che stnut Hill before daylight, and the boys pressed forward. They wished to a id the general all they could, and now acte d as an advance guard. The roads were rough, howe v er, and the progress of the boys was not a s r a pi d a s they had hope d. It was almost sunris e whe n the gallant Liberty Boys , a little in advance of the gen eral, emerg e d from the woods on Ch estnut Hill. The approach of the patriots had bee n di s c o v ered at early dawn by the British patrol. There w a s a fog forming, but there was s till light enough to see clearly . The British troops were quickly called to arms and forme d in battle order on Mount Airy. This elevation was about a mile north of Judge Chew's large stone hous e at the horthern end of the straggling village of Germantown. At ALien's hous e, on Mount Airy, the Britis h picket had two six-pounders, and were supposed to be strongly entrenched. The Liberty Boys and a part of Sullivan's column now advanced to attack the picloot. The plucky boys dashed forward and poured in a hot volley. Conway, leading a part of his brigade, attacked the enemy on one side, while the Liberty Boys a ssaned them on another. The six-pounders were silenced, and the enemy began to fall back upon 'the main body. Dick suddenly saw the leader of the picket and an aide trying to escape. He recognized the man at once as Blodgett. Word was quickly sent around to capture him. Dick, Bob and a dozen of the Liberty Boys began quickly closing in upQn him. Washington him s elf had dismounted and s tood with a party of his men on a bit of rising ground clo s e at hand. The brigadier was evidently somewhat perplexed, and did not know just which way to turn. Muskets were rattling, and pistols w ere cracking in all directions . Smoke and fog filled the air, and one mig,ht easily become confus ed. It was evident that Blodgett was, for he "Qegan making his way s traigiht toward where General Wash ington stood among his aide s. The Liberty Boys quickly clo s ed in upon him, tesolved to make him a prisoner of war. Dick, Bob, Ben, Sam and a dozen more rapi dl y pressed forward upon the confused Brigadier. All of a sudden he realized his danger and attempt ed to e s cape. Bob ran up and seized the redcoat's ibridle rein. The angry Briton aimed a b low at him wi his s word. Dick at once raised his own swo and sent tihe weapon flying. The aide threw u his hands in astonishment. Ben press ed fo ward on the redco at's right, and threatened hi with the bayonet. Sam and Will advanced on ti left, equally determined. George, Phil and o ers came rapidly up in the rear. The two r coats were now surrounded. "You are our prisoner, sir," said Dick . Without a sword, threatened on all sides , c fuse d , and in the greatest alarm, the pomp r e dco a t could not but submit. He was quic surrounded, hurried away to the rear, the bo feeling very proud over the captuTe. Washi ton himself had wit n essed it, and said to Di "Very cleverly done, Captain. Take good c of your prisoner of war. He may prove mo important." "He i s, y our exce llency," replied Dick, " b ut cannot e x pl ain at this moment." The captured l'edcoat and his aide were h ried to the rear, and then Dkk and the mounted and rode forward. It seemed that gett was in command of the picket, as Dick


THE, LIBERTY BOYS' PRISONER OF WAR 15 sup posed, and had just sent for reinforcements , hoping to keep back the patiiots and distinguish himself. His sudden •surprise and capture, and the retreat of the picket prevented him from do ing so, and he was greatly chagrined. He had just assumed his advanced position, and now his hopes of rising any higher we1 i e clashed to the ground. Dick was not so much elated at having the man as a prisoner of war as he was at capturing a scoundrel whose evil schemes he meant to thwart. To force a confession from the conspirator and defeat his wicked plans was of more importanc e to Dick than to capture a brigadier. The prisO'Iler having been sent to the rear where he would be safe, Dick now advanced with his brave boys to once .more act as aids to Washington . The picket, having been driven back to the main body, Sullivan now moved through the fields and formed in a lane leading from Allen's house towa rd the Schuylkill. He now joined in the attack with great vigor, and quickly showed the effect of his energy. The Liberty Boys moved forward from another point, and fairly hurled the mselves upon •the redcoats. Word had gone rapidly through the troop that Blodgett had been cap tured, and the boys were greatly elated. Nothing was needed, really, to give them courage, but it seemed as if the news gave them added vigor and made them fight with 1extra zeal. After a sharp fight of about twenty minutes, the enemy gave way and fell back to the village, "Forward, Liberty Boys!" cried Dick. "Down with the redcoats!" "Liberty forever!" shouted the gallant fellows. "Scatter the enemy!" Then they rushed forward swiftly, determined to punish the enemy all they could. Colonel Musgrave , commanding the Britis h center, finding himself furiously attacked, quickly occupied Ju dge Chew's house, with five companies of the Fortieth Regiment. Woodford's brigade, pursuing the enemy, was met with a tremendous fire fro m the house, and their progress was checked. The Liberty Boys fired a volley at the house, but with little effect, as it was of stone. General Reed wished to pursue the remainder of the enemy, now in great confu s ion, and leave the house, but General Knox, . of the artillery, on the ground that it was against all military rules to leave an enemy in a fort in the rear. His opinion prevailed, and the pursuit was aba ndon ed. A young man was now sent with a flag to demand the immediate surrender of the house. He was s, l ain by a bullet when within gunshot of the place. Maxwell's brigade now brought cannon to bear upon it in the rear, but its walls were too strong. Those within fought vigorou sly, and it was found impossible to dislodge them. Attempts were al so made to fire the house, but without succe ss, and much valuable time was los t , many of the troops having halted, and Wayn e's division, which had 'Nell advanced, being broug-ht back. This uncovered Sullivan's left flank and disconcerted his plans, an advance upon the enemy being about to be attempted. The fog had increased, and now so bewildered both ies of contestants that the greatest confu sion prevailed, and some of the divisions of pa'ots actually mistook friends for enemies and fired. The British, on the very point of retreating, having chosen a l)lan to fall back too, in fact, quickly rallied, and, fighting with renewed vigor, gained the day. CHAPTER XIV.-Recaptured. After the battle Washington fell back towara his former camp in the Metuchen Hills. In the confusion the prisoner had been retaken, and the Liberty Boys' prisoner of war went with them. "It is not so impo1'tant in one way, after all," said Dick, "for we know the man's plans now, and have thwarted them. " "As long as they don't get hold of Mary," adtl ed Bob. "Yes; but they are ha1dly likely to do that." "If they did, and forced her to marry some one, then your friend in the city could not help you." "No, he could not; but there is very little chance of any of the scoundrels getting hold of her, Bob." "Very true, with the watch we keep on her." The .boys fell back to a safe distance, not as far as their former camp, but one which would be hard to find. Dick still had Dollard's horse, but had little use for it, as the animal was not as good as any of their ordinary horses. "If the fellow comes after his horse, he may . have it," said Dick. "He is hardly likely to do that," laughed Bob. "He would be afraid we would make a p risoner of him." The Liberty :Soys would still act as aids to Washing-ton, and while they remained in camp would a watch on the enemy and give timel y warmngof any threatened move against the patriots. There was no sign of any move that night, and the boys were undisturbed in their camp. In the morning Dick sent out a number of _scouting parties to get what news they could, wl11le he and Bob rode off to see the girls. They saw nothing of Dollard on the road, as they had done before, and rode on undisturbed. "The fellow's house is somewhere hereahouts " said Bob, "so if he should g-et hold of Mary, vJe would know where to look." "I don't believe he would take her there," Dick retorted. "If he did, .he would have to act quickly before we got around." ::well, he hasn't got her yet, Bob," shortly. No, and I guess after all that he won't get her. Even if he knew where she were, the girls would not let her go." Reaching the hou se, the boys were heartily welcomed by the girls and Mary Bond. "There was a battle yesterday,'' said Alice . "We heard the firing distinctly. " "Yes, and we should have won it, but didn't" replie d Dick. "However, it does not settle the war." "No, indeed," replied Alice hastily, Dick told of having had Blodgett as a prisoner, and added: " I have learned much si nc . e I was here, and Mary need have no fear of lo sing either her property pr her freedom." . Dick then told of his visit, to Philadelphia, the


16 THE, L IBE R TY BOY S ' PRIS O NE R OF W AR girls being v ery m u ch interested. The boys at length left the house, promising to come again the next day or to send word i f t hey cou l d not. They were riding on at a fair speed , and were about two-thirds of the way to the camp, when Dick suddenly halted. "What i s it, Dick?" Bob a sked. " There is som e one coming. Don't you hear them.?" Dick's hearing was much better t h a n Bob' s , but in a few mom ents the young lieutenant said: "Yes, I hear s ome one on hors eback coming along the road." "It can't be the boys, Bob . They i;:ide too heavy. " "No, but who could it be, Dick? There are n one of our men hereabouts." "No, and I think it is a scouting party of the enemy." "They mus t riot se e u s, then." "Take to the woods, Bob . We can hide till they go past." The boys quickly turned their horses into the wood s , and made them lay down. The clatter of hoofs was now quite loud and, creeping nearer to the road, the boys looked out cautiou s ly. The hors eme n presently came in sight, and proved to be a party of redc oats , as Dick had suspected. There were fully two s core of them, and they were led by Blodgett himself. When they went b y Dick said to Bob: "Quick, Bob ; let us hurry to the camp. Thes e fellow s are sure to go back the way they came." "Jove! you are going to try and capture them, Dick?" "One of them, at least, Bob.". "Good ! That fellow was our pris oner, and we hated to lose him." The boy s quickly mounte d and rode s peedily away. If they could reach the camp in time to get the Liberty Boys out before the return of the redcoats, i t would be a triumph. The enemy probably had no idea that they were anywhere a bout, and this would be a genuine surprise. "It will make them keep a sharper watch after this, Dick," chuckled Bob . "Yes, if we can surprise them, Bob . " "And show them that we are a lways on the watch. " "Yes, indeed." The boys rode o n at good speed, hearing nothi n g of the enemy on the way. Some of the boys were out when they reached the camp. Still there were enough left to giv e the redcoats plenty to do. They were all greatly excited when they learned that they were to attack the redcoats . They made all haste to get in the saddle, and go to meet the e n emy. When they reached the r oad they heard sharp firing. "Some of the boy s have met the enemy and are tryin g conclu s ion s wi t h them," said Bob. The boys rode on, a n d soo n came across Ben, Sam a n d a dozen others hurrying to get away from a party o f redcoats more than three times their number. They quic kly j oined the main party, and all rode forward. I n a short time they came u po n the redcoats led by Blodgett. The l atte r were greatly s u rprised, having an idea that they w o u ld dri ve a ll the before them. They saw that they were in great d anger of being scattered themsel ves, and began t o mti.k e a bold sta nd. Dick had o r d e r s to c a p t ure' Bl odgett, and not to pay any attention t o the rest. The boy s charged fu1iously, and at the same time a number di smounted and made their way t hrough the woods on both sides of the road. ?'he e nemy, finding thems elves in danger of be mg captured, began to scatter in all direction s . B.Jodgett tried t o hold them together, but could not. Then, '.l'bandoned by his men, and seeing that h e was m dan ger of capture, he tried to escape. B e n ! S am, W ill and G eorge sud denl y ran m upon him. Harry and Will seized his b r i dl e r e i n s . Ben and Sam presented their mus k e t s at hi s breast. George ran up and caught him around the wais t. "Surr en d e r !" cri e d the boys. Som e of the redcoats t ried to rescue him but other Lib erty Boys prevented. The w ere driven back, and made goo d their escape . Blodgett blustered and tried to draw his pistols but Ben cried sharply: ' "If you make a we will riddle you with bullets. We are not to be trifled with and it is time that you kne w it. " ' The l!lan scowled and muttered something u nder h is breath, and jus t then Dick Slater came up and said: "I ' w ill t rouble yo!l for your sword, sir." The angry redcoat unbuckled his weapon and threw it in the r oad, saying insultingly: "'1:'here it is . If you want it, pick it up. " Dick made a quick gesture to Ben. The latter and Sam had the 'redcoat out of his saddle i n an instant. ) ."Pick your s wo r d a nd give it to the captam, you impud ent up s t art!" hissed Ben giving him a cuff over the ear. ' Blodgett saw that the boy was determined and pick e d up his s word from the road. he handed it to Dick , hi s face scarlet, and said "It i s not customary for one to s u rrender a s word except to on e's equal or superior. " "Take hi s sword, Ben," said Dick "If you knew how to wear a " to Blo d gett, "you would not be thus put to Ben took the officer's weapon, and the boys then set out for the camp. CHAPTER XV.-Bad News . The captured r e dcoat, angry and chagrin rode among an e scort of Liberty Boys back the camp. He had insulted Dick, and had b e shamed for it, and h!s ange r scarcely knew an bounds. He was obliged to control it, howev e for the 1boys would not brook any insult to the' captain. and he 'reali z ed it. When he reach the camp, Dick said to him: "Your cousin, whom you sought to rob is good hands. The authorities have been warn agains t your three conspirators , and your pl will not succeed . " Blodgett g-lar e d at Dick, but said nothing. "Your rank makes you of sufficient imp o to be delivered up to our general, and you will taken away at once," Dick conti n ued . Blodgett made no reply, but it could eas ily seen that his false pride had been greatly t down. Mark and a dozen of the Liberty were then di spatched with the prisoner to g e neral's c-a m p, a n d bid de n to make all h


THELIBERTY BOYS' PRISONER OF W Al .. 17 "We have no use for a fellow like that," sputtered Bob, >vhen the prisoner had gone. "No, and I am glad to get him out of the camp," Dick answered. ' Mark could go and come that day, by riding fast, and Dick urged upon him to do so. "Tl;tere is no danger of him being waylaid by any of thos e scattere d redcoats, is there, Dick?" asked Bob. "No, I don't think so. They will hardly have gathered in s ufficient force yet, and I think it more than likely that the y will make all haste to reach Germantov1111, and not delay on the road." "I guess you're right,'' laughe d Bob. Mark returned some time after dark, having delivered his prisoner safely and meeting with no adventures . "The man was the most crestfallen pers on I ever saw," the young second lieutenant said to . Dick. "All the pride s eemed to Ii.ave been taken out of him." "It will do him good," sputtered Bob. "He had altogethe r too much of it, and it wasn't a good sort, either." T he boys kept a sharp lookout that night, as it was likely that the redcoats might try and dis cover their camp. Some of them were s een on the road, in fact, by boys stationed there, but they did not get anywhere near the camp. The next morning Dick and Bob went off to vi sit the "rls . Arriving at the hou s e, they found that the tter had jus t come in from visiting a sick neighr. Mary Bond was out, and the mother of the girls' friends said that she had gone to the camp with a messenger Dick had sent. "But I have sent none," the boy said. "He brought a note, which I had no reas on to "nk was not genuine," the woman said. . "Where is it?" and Dick was give n the note. "I never wrote it," he said. "It is a pity Alice d Edith were not here. Still I do not blame ou." "It is the work of that rascally lawyer,'' said b. "Mary has been stolen away!" "And we must find her!" said Dick. CHAPTER XVI.-Finding Clue s . Dick, Bob and the two girls began to di scuss w best to get Mary away from her abductors. ere was no doubt in the minds of any of them at Dollard was at the bottom of the affair. e first thing to do was to ascertain where ary had been taken. The alms house was the st likely place, and they did not give that a ond thought. The messenge r had come in a -horse chaise, and Mary had gone off in it n th him. No one had noticed which way it had e, and the boys w ere not able to tell. There re so many confu sed tracks and hoofmarks on roa d that it was impossible to pick up a . e "The only thing we know is that she was taken e ay in a chaise," said Bob. "And Filchett sometimes rides in one," added :chett himself had not come after Mary. The who did was described like so many others it would be a hard matter to find him. He simply a red-faced man in a suit of home-spun. They might find dozens of men like that, and none of them would be the right one. "We mus t try and pick up a trail s omewhere, Bob," said Dick. . "There's one thing about it, Dick,'' answered Bob . "If they had come one way, we w ould have seen them." "Yes, but they could have turned off at sev-eral places." "So they could." "Then we mu s t go back and see if they h a ve." The boys mounted their horse s and rod e back toward the c a mp. At the fir s t crossroad the tracks were very much confused. They turned into it, however, and b efore long saw the tracks of wheels and of a single horse. "The man has come this way and then gone back," declared Bob. "Yes, that is quite plain, but we do not know if it is the one we want." However, they rode on at a good pace s omething farther, when Dick suddenly drew rein. "What is it, Dick?" a s ked Bob. "A bit. of cloth torn from a dress,'' ;;aid Dick, getting down and picking it up. "That's a piece of Mary's dress," exclaim e d Bob. "Yes , it has caught on the wheel, been whirl ed about a number of times and has then drop ped on the road." "Then we are on the r ight track, Dick?" "We must be." The y rode on and c ame to a house setting well back from the road. A lane ran up to it, and here they saw the tra cks coming out and going in. Beyond the house there were nothing but old tracks. "The house looks de serted, Dick," observed Bob. They rode into the lane as far as the house. The tracks went still farther, and did not go up to the house. The boys dismounted and went forward. There was no one about the house, and they pushed open the door and looked in, finding it empty and deserted. . "They have gone on," said Bob. "There must be another place ah e ad, s omewhere." "So it would se em,'' shortly. They remounted their horses and rode on . At length they came to a wagon path turning from the Jane and losing itself in the woods. Bob would have turned into this, as the chaise tracks were seen going in that direction . Dick halted, however. "Whatls the matter, Dick?" asked Bob. "The girl has gotten out here, and has gone on with some one." Bob jumped to the ground. "Jove! you are right. Here are footprints-a girl's and a man's." . "They are Mary's, no doubt. Wait a few minutes, Bob." Dick then dismounted and followed the foot prints. They led along the lane, and the girl's disappeared, only those of the man being seen. "The fellow, whoever he is, carried her fram this point,'' said Dick. Crossing it on horseback, the boys soon picked up the trail. Then on the ground, scarcely dis cernible, Dick saw something. Jumping down, he picked it up and showed it to Bob.


I 18 THELIBERTY BOYS' PRISONER OF WAR "Jove! I would not have noticed that, Dick." What Dick had picked up was a green cloth patch with a black cord on it. "I would have taken it for a leaf, even if I had seen it," continued Bob. It was a patch such as Dollard wore over his eye. Beyond a doubt it belonged to the man himself, and had been flipped off as he passed under a branch. "That is an important clue, Dick," said Bob. "Yes, and we said this man was no doubt at the bottom of the affair." Having no u se for the patch, Dick threw it down and the boys went on. They had to dismount shortly, however, and lead their horses, the woods weve so thick. They had no trouble in following the trail, however, and went on rapidly. At length Dick said to Bob, as he stopped for a moment: "Wait here, Bob. I think I hear water run ning." Then Dick hurried on and presently heard the sound of running water muc h plainer. Then he made out a rough caibin a little ahead of him. In a short time he came _ to a deep gully into which plunged a stream. Opposite to him was the cabin he had seen. There was a rude bridge over the gully, but it was hauled up, on the other side, and held in place by a thick rope. This was made fast to a tree growing on the bank. There was no way of cro ssing here, and above the falls the s;;ream was rapid and too wide to leap over. As Dick s tood looking at the cabin a man came out of it. It was Dollard, without the patch over his eye. "Hello!" cried Dick. "Let down the bridge." "I won't do it!" growled Dollard. "This is my house, and I don't let in rebel s ." "You have got that poor girl over there, and you must give her up." "I haven't got anybody; I live here alone." "There is no us.e of your lying. We have been following your trail and know that you have the girl there." "I haven't, and you may as well go away, for I will never let you come over." Dollard suddenly drew a pistol and fired. Dick had see n the motion, and in a moment was behind a tree. The bullet whizzed past him, and struck a tree at a little distance. Attracted by the sound, Bob came hurrying forward. "Look out, Bob," said Dick, "here is Dollard with a pistol." Bob quickly got, behind a tree near the brink and drew his own weapons. "If you say so, Dick, I will pop him," he said. "No; for then we might not be able to get to Mary," replied Dick. "You never will!" snarled Dollard. CHAPTER XVII.-Mary Found. If Dick had not already been satisfied that Mary was in the cabin across the gully, he would have been now. How to get over was the ques tion. T he gully was too wide ' and too deep, and the stream above too swift. Farther up it might be crossed easier, and Dick sent B"':> up to look. In a few minutes Bob came back with the report that there were two streams, joining, and that both were too swift and too wide to be crossed. Dollard kept behind a tree, and presently entered the Jog cabin. ' "There are only two of us, and we can' t build a bridge over the gully," said Bob. "No, we must get the bridge clown," replied Dick quietly. • "Get the bridge clown, Dick?" in surprise . "Yes." "How are we going to do that, I'd like to know?" "You see how it i s held up, don't you?" "Yes; by a thick rope made fast to a tree." "How many shots would it take to cut through the rope, Bob?" "H'm! the bridge is fairly heavy, Dick." "Yes, it is, and that will be an advantage." "We've got to hit the rope squarely every time, Dick." "We can do that, Bob." "And in the same place." "There will be no trouble about that, either. "Well, we must," with a laugh. "Look where I hit it, Bob." Dick then fired two shots in quick s uccessio at the rope at a point where the tension on it w greatest. Both shots hit, and they could see bi of the rope loo sened. Bob fired two shots, hit ting the rope just where Dick had hit it. The Dick fired three shots, every one in the sam place, and stopped to reload . Bob fired two mo and the rope was seen to be thinner at a certa point, as if it were stretched. Dollard earn out cautious ly, looked a:bout, pistols in hand, an growled: "Oh, you can pepper away, but you won't g over." He did not notice how the rope had been we ening, and evidently had no idea why the bo had been firing. "You can keep on firing signal shots," he sna ed, "bu t if you fetch all your blamed young r els here, they couldn'l get over." The boys had reloaded, and now began fi o again, first one and then the other. The To thinking the boys were trying to hit him,, into the house. The boys fired four or five shots apiece, sho ing their skill by hitting the rope at every s It was more difficult than at first, for the r was thinniir from lo sing strands and be' stretched. At last it parted with a loud s Down crashed the bridge , its support gone, severed rope cracking like a whip as it flew a The boys dashed across the bridge as Do alarmed at the sound, came hurrying out. S them, he turned and dashed into the woods. ran into the cabin, while Bob remained outsid guard against misc hief. Dick found Mary in cabin, bound hand and foot. He quickly cut ropes that secured h er. and hurried outs ide her. "The bridge got a pretty severe strain, that fall, Dick," said Bob, "and I hear it er as if it might go to pieces at any minute." The bridge was made of limbs bound tog with withes, and was a very rude affair. "Hurry over, Bob," said Dick. "Take with you." "Yes, but, Dick, you are of more impo than I am."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' PRISONER OF WAR 1 9 "Go ahead, Bob." Bob then took Mary's hand and hurried with her o ver the bridge, which creaked and groaned and seemed about to fall. They r eached the oth e r side safely, and Bob called ove r : "Hurry, Dick; it can't hold togethe r much longer! " Di ck ran lightly acros s the bridge, throwing hims elf forward into Bob's arms as he neared the edge. Bob caught him, and in another moment the bridge, weakened and strained b eyond its stren gth, went crashing into the gully . "H e'll have to make his way home in a roundabout fashion," declared Bob . " T he place did not seem like a regular habi ta.tion," said Dick, "what little I saw of it." "T he man said he would keep me there till I promised to do a s he said," said Mary. "I think ie h as used it a s a prison before. " "Were you ever here?" " No. It i sn't a house; it is a prison, and a ter• le p lace." "We ll , never mind; you are safely out of it, d ne ed think:mo more about it.'" The boys went on, with Mary between t hem, d a t length reached the horses. ,"Who brought the message to you?" a sked "[don't know. Some one I had never s een." "And you suspected nothin g till yo u met Dol ? " "No; nothing.'' " Don't trust to strangers after this. If I sent messenger, it would be one o f the Liberty Boys , me one whom you knew. " "Yes, I understand, but I thought you needed , and you had done so much for me that I nt without question.'' "Thos e s coundrel s knew that, no doubt, and it as therefore easier for them to carry out their s, but you must be careful in the f uture. " " I will,'' said Mary. Dick put the girl on Major and walked along e till they reached the lane. Then he took 's bay, the young lieutenant going ahead on t to keep a lookout. Shortly before getting the road, Dick signalle d to Bob to stop. The n q uickl y jumpe d down and halted both horses . "What is it, Dick?" whispered Bob . "There i s s om e one in the road. Go ahead tiou sly and take a look," D ick answered. Bob made his way carefully to the bushes at sid e o f the road. Peering out cautio u s ly, he that a con s iderable party of redcoats and sians had jus t halted a little way off. Some di smounted, and were standing by their r s e s , others were sitting in the saddle at the e of the road. A were riding up and , evidently reconnoitering or delivering m e sof s o m e sort. There was much blus t e r and 'se, and there seemed to be a great deal of 'tement over .something. r . There c a n ' t be any of the L iberty Boys about,'' ught B o b. "Perhaps the people are aroused, vi the s e invaders fear trouble.' n a moment Dick was at Bob's side, peering t u pon the enemy. " W e shall have to go below, Bob,'' he whised. "We can't get .through here. " e n both boys went back. and set off through woods so as to reach the road below where enemy were halted . They had not b7en long on way w h e n the y h eard redco a t s ip. the lane. Pushmg on, they struck into the road where there were no r edcoats in sight. Then they both mounted, Dick in front of Mary, and set off at a canter In a short time they heard a s hout. Some of redcoats r eturning had c aught sight of the m . . "Go ahead, Bob, a s fast a s you can," said Dick. "You h a d better put me down," said Mary. "! only hinder you, and I can find my way hack." "No, it is all right," said Dick. "I can keep ahead of these fellows. Major can carry both of us, and make good speed. " Then he flew ahead, with the l'edcoa t s comi,ng after at full s p eed. CHAPTER XVIII.-The Enemy P u t to Rout. The boys were tbelow the h ou s e, and would have to take Mary to the camp. She could be sent back by some of the boys, or Dick a n d Bob could accompan y her. The thin g to do n o w was to get away from the redcoat s. The latter may not have recog&ized Dick but they did know that there were two young •1rebel s " o n the road, and were anxious to capture them. O n they came, putting their horses to t heir f u lle s t speed. The boys dashed ahead, Bob i n the lead for Dick always looked out for others first. could have escaped, ev.en with Major carrying doub l e, but he wi shed to see that Bob was safe firs t . o n , Bob," he s aid. "They haven't caught u p with me yet, and I won't let them in a h ur ry." All of a sudden two Liberty Boys appeared at a bend in the road. They were Patsy and Carl out on a foraging expedition. / "Hello! " laughed BOlb. "There are two of our boys, at any rate." ?ats y and Carl saw Dick and Bob and the pursumg redcoats : Then Patsy waved his hat, sent his hors e ahead at a gallop, and shouted: "Come on, boys, the whole of y e , an' we'll scatter the t'undherin' redcoats an' Hessians, begor ry." The n Carl let out a roar and followed Patsy. Dick looked back and saw that the redcoats were halting, evidently supposing that there were many more of the Liberty Boy s. Then, as Patsy and Carl went by with a rush, the enemy turned and fled . "Come b a ck, Patsy!" Dick shouted. . He and Bob flew on, and in a moment the two comical Liberty Boys came flying after them. It was s ome little time before the enemy discov ered that they had fled before two of the boys. Bf that time the boys were well on their way. Dick waited for Pats y and Car l to come up, and then sent them ahead. "Very well done, boys,'' he said encouragingly. "But now get on with y ou, and strike for the c amp a s quick as you can. " T h e funny fellows made good speed and even passed Bob, who was waiting for Dick. At a point where the trees and a bend in the road hid the m from sight of the redcoats, they left the road and hurried on toward the camp. Dick hoped that he might rouse the Liberty Boys in time to fall upon the e n emy and scatter them. Patsy and Carl had the same idea. Gettin g te the camp firs't, Patsy said t o Mark :


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS' PRISONER OF WAR "Hurry up, Liftinant, an' get the boys out. There do be a lot av redcoats afther the cap tain." Mark quickly rallied a score or two of the Liberty Boys and hurried toward the road with them. Dick met them and, sending Mary on to the camp, returned with the boys. The redcoats had passed the road leading to the camp, and Dick hurried on after them; More Liberty Boys soon joined him, and before !orig the entire band were in full pursuit. They .came upon the rearguard of the enemy at length and set up a shout. They fired a volley and charged, shouting their battle cry. The redcoats attempted to rally, but the boys made such a din and came on with s uch a rush that they seemed like the whole of Washington's army returning. The enemy fled in hot haste, and Dick soon abandoned the purs uit, knowing that they would not return. Then he wheeled and rode off to the camp, well satisfied witlh his morning's work. "I think those follows were looking for our camp," observed Bo1', as they rode back. "Perhaps," Dick answered, "but they did not find it." "That lying little lawyer would be glad to show them where it is." "No doubt; but he does not know the way:" "He will be looking for it, you may be sure," returned Bolb. "He hates us, and would do us any injury he could." "Now that Blodgett is out of the way, he and Dollard could share the money if they could get Mary married," observed Mark. "I believe that those having it in charge would refuse to pay it over to any one but Mary now," replied Dick. _ "And she knows about it, which she did not before," added Bob, "so that they are not likely to fool her." "No; but I agree with you that both Dollard and Filchett would do us an injury, if they could, and we must be on the watch for them,'' declared Dick. When they reached the camp they found Mary safe and sound and glad to see them again. After dinner they provided the girl with a horse, and Dick and Bob set off with her to return to the house. The girls were glad to see Dick and Bob again, and were greatly interested in hearing pf Mary's adventures. When the boys returned to the camp, Patsy told Dick how he and Carl had met the little lawyer. "The little scaramouch thried to get me to tell him where the camp wor sor,'' Patsy said. "Ya, und Patsy toldt him ein story what he t'ought was funny,'' added Carl. "An' so it wor, sor," laughed Patsy, "but neith er the l'yer nor Cookyspiller cud see the p'int av it." There were sen.tries posted on the road as well as at the camp that night. Quite late those at the road heard the tramp of a large body of men approaching. They at once sent wo1d back to Dick. "They have discovered where our camp i s," de clal'ed Dick, "and we must move it." No time -was lost in getting to a mo re secure place. The fires were left burning, and were even replenished, to deceive the enemy. The horses were led away, and the the tents were ta ken down with all haste. Not a moment was lost, and there was no time to spare. The boys were only well out of the camp when the en emy en tered the road leading to it. Filohett had evi dently discovered the camp in spite of Patsy's refusing to tell him about it. The redcoats, angry at having been routed that morning, and knowing that Washington was miles away, were resolved to punish the "saucy young rebels,'' as they styled the boys. The pickets had been withdrawn none too soon, and were now with the main body. Dick pushed on into the hills, where he would be safe from attack. See ing the fires still burning, the enemy advanced cautiou s ly, so as not to fall into a trap . • There were shacks up, and here and there figures were see n under the trees and by the fires. These figures were only dummies dressed up in cast-off uniforms. They deceived the enemy, however, and they advanced with great caution. Meanwhile, the Liberty Boys were making thei way as rapidly and as quietly as :1iossible to thei new quarters. At length the redcoats and Hes sians, having surrounded the camp, made a s ud den dash upon it. The Hessians shot down th dummies, and tore the uniforms from them, onl to discover how they had been deceived. Shacks were overturned upon the fires and d stroyed, but there was little for the enemy wreak their spite upon, and they were great! chagrined. Much valuable time had been lost, for the' leaders now saw that the boys could not have be long out of the camp when they reached it. Th they looked for the road by which the boys h left, with the intention of following and puni ing them. It was not so easy to follow the ro after it had been found, however. There was moon, and the stars gave little light, and farther they went, the thicker and darker the woods. They gave up the pursuit at len and made their way back to the road, greatly appointed. The Liberty Boys kept on till t found a suitable camp, and fortified it agai the enemy. The latter did not appear1 hewe and the night passed without further mciden Not long after that the Liberty Boys were down upon the Delaware to help defend forts on that river. A!t the same time, the had an opportunity to go to Westchester wit proper escort, and they departed, taking M with them. Dick saw no more of either Doi or Filchett, and no further attempt was mad secure Mary's fortune by fraud and deceit. Blodgett was exchanged not long after but it was two or three years before Dick him again, meeting him in the South. Mary married a very estimable young man shortly ter the war, one who married her for he alone, and not for a11y money that she bring. Her cousin made no further attemp secure the money after his last failure, and never saw him after that. Next week'• s issue will contain "THE ERTY BOYS AND CRAZY JANE; or, GIRL SPY OF THE JAMES RIVER."


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 21 CURRENT NEWS CAT KNOWS ITS OWNER "Baby , " a small black and \\Thite cat, tJ:ie case in which it was the bone of contention m Central Station, Philade lphi a , Pa., the other day. M i ss Katie Jones , of No. 422 South 12th. street, swore out a warra n t for Abraham Wemer, a gr cer on the charge of s t ealing "Baby." The ice 'of the Nineteenth District had "Baby" at e hearing before Magistrate Carson. After much argument on both sides, Carson ered the cat taken . from its box. Without sitation, "Baby" singled out Mi s s Jones , and ' t h loud meows, ran to her. M i ss Jones said she often spent her last quarr for liver for "Baby,'' so no wonder it knew b est friend. SQUIRREL PLAYS WITH CATS Not all .the tame squirrels are on Bo ston Com on The Misse s B es sie and Eva Eastman of 0622 Tremont stree t have trained one which res very little for outdoor life. The Misses Eastman's squirrel, whose name is aibe" has for her playmates two great big ck dats . The cats are "Gyp" and "Prince. " yp" brought "Maibe" into the Eastman home day last April. H e thought he had a baby u se but ev entually found that "Maibe" was variety. Now. the two cats and the irrel are inseparable friends. O ne day the squirre l got winand was di s cover e d by Miss Bess ie high up a tree . A little coaxing s oon brought "Maibe" the arms of Mis s Eastman. HY CAN YOU BLOW OUT A CANDLE? 1 When you light a candle it burns becaus e the ted heats sufficiently to t _urn it gases , which mix with the oxygen m the and produce fir e ii: the form of l_ight. You wit is not easy to light a candle quickly . You st hold the lighted m atch to. the wick until the be gins to m elt and change to gases. A s long t h e wax continues hot enough to melt and to gas the cai;dle will bur!l until all but if there . i s a break m the contrnuou s ' e ss bf ch anging the w a x to gas , the li ght will o ut. Now, whe n you b l ow ,at the lighted l e you blow the gas e s which feed the flame y from the lighte d wi ck, and this makes a k in the continuous flow of gas from the t o taper, and the light goes out.-Book of ders. EX-SLAVES REUNITED t a l e of the Civil War came t o light when Ed Simmons, o f Milford Ce ntre, 0., arrived in ncastl e, P a ., a few days ago , went t o the of his brother, Georg e Simm on s , took h is and looked i nto his fac e fo r the fi t time the Civil War, w h e n the y wer e the property slave owner in Virginia. left the homA nf their master during the war, Edward, the elder, going into the army, and George doing whatever he could. He remembers seeing his brother at the Battle of Bull Run, but his brother did not see him. Their coming together was brought about b y Mrs. Sadie Rankin of Greencastle, who was living with a family in Cleveland, 0 ., and while there met a young negress by the name of Sim mons and asked her if she was related to George Simmons in Greencastl e, Pa. She communicated with her father, which led to the meeting of the long separated brothers. STEAMBOAT S M O V E BY A C HAIN I n Germany, on the R iver Elbe, great steamboats move up and down the river for 290 miles from Magdeburg in Germ a n y to Melnic k in Bo hemia without paddle wheel s or propellers. They have their own machinery in them, to be sure; but that machinery has hol d of a chain that is stretched -along the river bottom from one city to another, and the boat moves by pulling itself along o n the chain. At first sight this seems like go ing back to primitive tim es . But while apparentl y this way of going is jus t the bes t that could be imagined for ships on the Rive r E l be, because the stream goes through so m u ch mo untain country, that it is very narrow and very swift, and steamers going with their own motive power have to u s e almost all their e ngine power in eff orts t o hold the'r own . But with tbe chain, a steamer can tow fo u r or s i x barges holding from 1,200 to 1,500 tons , at a speed that powerful tugboats cannot attain, and at an expens e of only about one-third of the fuel required by free running ves s els. WATER F OWL A PEST IN TEXAS Wild ducks, brant and gee s e w ere a pes t upon some of the farms of the South Plains region of We s t Texas last fall and winter. They swarmed into the maize fields literallv by the million s and destroyed a big part of the crop. This vi sitation promises to be repeated this y e ar, and s o the are arranging to harves t their grain and get 1t stored early. So well pleas ed were many of the wild ducks with this part of the country that thousands of the m remaine d o'"er and n es t e d in the tall grass and sage wee d s that borde r the pond s and l a ke s and brought forth large broo d s. Many of the m were captured and dome sticated. I n other in stances . s ettings of wild due!<: eggs were place d under chicken h e n s and hatche d. But most of the d ucklings hear the "call of the wild" and flew It is regarded as somewhat remarkable that wild d u c k s shou l d have adopte4this far in land region as breeding grounds. I t is nearly 600 miles from the G ulf, where the wild water fow l have her eto:Core b een making their annual migration . It w a s onl y a few years ago that wi l d d u cks began com i n g to t h e ponds a n d laKes o f this section in large num b e r s . During the last two y ears they have arrived in such number s tha t in the late fall the sky was at times darkened by them.


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 .-Tim Turpin of Temagam A TALE OF THE GREAT NORTH WOODS By , .Ralph Morton (A Serial Story ) CHAPTER I. Tim's Friend Need. "I'll get y ou, partner," cried a cheering voice, "now, 'just hold there a minute longer. I'm coming down with the rope." "I-ean't hold-much longer," came the weak reply. "You won't have to.". And just then, a well-knit young fellow, clad in the rough garb of a northern woodsman, swung himself over a high embankment covered with snow . It was a perilous act, for he had tied a long rope to a tree high above, and was lowering himself hand ever hand, down over the side of the precipice. Far beneath him-at least eighty feet downwas a stream covered with ic e , and it was half immersed in this body of liquor that another young lumberman was imprisoned. "Steady, Tim, I ' ll be with you,'' called the rescuer, who came on down. He was too cautious to ris k a long slide. He went hand over hand in his de scent, and at last he reached the lower bank of the deep gully and hurried toward the ice. The other fellow was half in the stream, for needless to say, he had broken through, and was almos t frozen stiff. "Oh, Bob, you are good to me," cried til e poor f ellow in the water, as he clutched the ice cakes about him. It was hard w.ork, keeping u p , for h e had tumbled into a fearfully swift stream, which accord ingly was not as thickly iced as would have been the case with a lake or sluggis h body of water. The current was tugging away at his legs, but he held on gamely despite the crumbling of the ice. "Now," sung out the other fellow, "I've got y ou where I can help." He reached the ground at the bottom of the high declivity, and then sprang toward s ome branches that had fallen from the high trees above. "Here, this will pull you out," c alled the r e scuer cheerily, and he stuck forth a long branch at the nearly succumbed youth. "My legs are about frozen stiff,"Bob," said the one addressed as Tim, "but my arms are still strong." He clutched the. branch, and held on with the great strength that had been acquired 'after s everal years of hard working with the ax and hauler up in those tim00r regions. The other fellow, bracing his moccasined feet against the rough i c e on the edge, tugged pulled with all his might and main, until the other bega n to Nme tow a r d him! The ieecrunched and crackled, as if it would go in every instant. But the lad persevered, and pulled away , with clenched jaw and firm hands. The other held on like a bulldog. "Now ," grunted Bob, and he gave a final tug which brought the other fellow with a rush out of the water over the edge of breaking ice and up on the ground with a bang. "Oh, but that was a clo s e call," sighed'the rescued one, with a weak gasp. He lay still on the ground, for he was stiff with cold and exhaustion. The other acted quickly now, for he realized that every second in the bitter cold of the Maine winter would mean one more chance for freezing to death, or pneumonia. "Here, let me unlace your leggings," he cried, and he whipped out a knife. In a jiffy the dripping moccasins and l eggin were undone, and the lad's bare feet and 1 were exposed to the cold air. Tim sank back in pain from the terrible biti of the frost on his limbs. "Another three minutes :ind you w ould be frozen as a snow man." His friend acted quicJdy, and began to exer the legs, for Tim Turpin was helples s . He was as silent as a corpse , as the other f low shoved the legs up and down and bent ankles to and fro. "Steady, old friend,'' said Bob, "I'll have . safe in a minute, and the n it will be a case racing for dry clothes. " But as he spoke the other youth's eyes shut he sank back in a swoon. "Good lands, I am afraid it is too late, poor boy will freeze to death unless I do thing de sperate." Bob remembered a trick which he had bean! as being used in the cold northern lands. He rapidly undid his own coat, rough fl outer shirt, and finall y put his dry unde warm from the h eat of his own body, against lad' s freezing feet. He worked with them, wrapped in this and the n h e began his movements to increase culation onc e more. "Now ..for the s now treatment," he mu and he rapidly b egan to bank the snow the young fellow's feet. It seeme d as thoug!J would free ze them in r eal earnest, but Bob otherw ise. It was the only way to save them, for rubbed briskly until the snow began to the s kin, and to trickle down. Somehow, entific reas on, the melting of the snow the skin will take out the cold from tlie skin and will save from frost bite as no can do. (To be continued)


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 2 3 THE NE WS IN S HO RT ARTICLES. HELD IN JAWS OF ALASKA BEAR The l a t est repo r t sent from Alas k a to c ombat ithe sentim ent in favor of preserva t ion of the askan bear, whic h has b ee n arouse d in the East by D r . Will iam T. Hornaday of the N ew Y o rk Zoologi cal P ark, i s the story of an attack two exp ert nativ e hunters by a large f em a le r own bear in the Hoon a g Sound region. Charlie James, 19 years old, a Thlingit, and his der clan relative, Harold Bailey, wer& hunting r rec ently i n the nei ghborhood of Hoonag u nd , which i s noted for viciou s bears of large e . The men had separate d to r ound up a "cularl y large buck, when Charlie came upon large brown b ear wi t h two good s ized cubs . B efore he could rais e hi s rifl e the b ear was on hi m, kno c k e d him down, pic k e d h i m up by b ack and was carrying him away in her jaws e n B a il e y, w ho h a d heard his screams , c a m e th e r es cu e . According to the story Bailey told D r . Pig g en h e arrived at Sitka on hi s gasol e n e l aunch hi s wounded pa,rt ner, the bear drop ped C har James w h e n her attention w a s a r r ested b y iley. H e s hot and wounded her, but did n o t sue when she mad e off into t h e wootl::; with cub s . H e said he had great diffic ul t y in get g h is friend down the mountain to t h e shore, d t h e n from t h e rowboat to the motorboat, ich was a n chored i n deep water. Jam es was badl y injured a n d was t o t h e vern ment Hospital fo r nati ves in Juneau , ska , for extensive treatment. T his i s one of many vici ou s att acks b y wn bears i n this dis t ric t whic h h ave b ee n re ed in the last few years. MINI A TURE OR C HARDS certai n b o y with a famou s appetite for fruit o vered early i n his career that the trees w i t h best fruit were t o b e fou nd in w hat w a s ca ll ed 0 "hospital" of his grandfather's fruit nursery, iece o f ground dev o t e d to r efuse tree s , which e t o o small for cus tomers, and w hich were n t a k e n up and r ep l ante d . Many a fin e f e a s t r boy enjoyed i n t h e ho spita l, but it was' not h 1 h e came t o a thinking age tha t h e r e a liz e d these p articular trees bore fin e c r op s , a l gh they never m a d e a strong g r o wth. e reason was simply that the y were ofte n ed a n d that the ground round them w a s ofte n e o ver. Unde r s t anding thii::, h e began to inn uce a new system of frui t cultivati on, that h akin g the trees fruitful a n d heal thy by k ee p e thei r r o o t s near the surface, p runing the trees u entl y and mo ving them if n ecessary once in ut two years . In this way the t r ee s are kept f e d a n d g reat c r op s are produced. 0 old fas hi o n e d o rchards t r ee s are allo w ed to to whatever s iz e and in whatever shape they an d the gras s i s p ermitte d to grow ben eath, food, it may be, for cattle. . But now the r ds are orchards in miniature, c o nd e nsed orchards, with trees only a f e w f eet in hei ght and g e n erally either p y r a mid a l in shape o r like little bushes , and the ground beneath them is carefully cultivated. An apple orch ard of on e acre planted with dwarf trees will contain mor-e than 500 t rees shaped either a s broad little bus hes or as regular pyramids ; and there will be s pace for s ome 700 small e r bush fruits between the trees. The effect on the fruit trade that has been wrought by such revolutionizing ideas cannot be calculated. The little bus h o r pyramidal trees make very fine ornaments for lawns or gardens . Still more interesting is the metho d of gro wing fruit trees in pots a s ornaments for con servatorie s. The trees, with their beautifu l foliage and fruit, are a s decorative as any exotic flower and would b e w e ll wo rth growing for their beauty alo ne, ev e n if the i r fruit were uneatable. I n certain gardens s m a ll orchards are grown under glass-orchards o f peaches, n ectarines , ch erries and plums, while p ears are grown in pot s in s impl e orchard hou ses without a r tificial he a t. "I "THE WAY TO BECOME A MOVING PIC-TURE ACT RESS" is i n "Moving Picture Stories,• No. 326. Get a copy. Price 7 c ents; postage free . H A RRY E. WOLFF, 166 W. 23rd St. , N. Y. 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24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 NUMBER SEVENTEEN. By Col. Ralph Fenton. I am sitting here at my de s k, gazing upon the beautiful moonlit landscape, throug h which the rive r winds like a silver thread; and over all, the distant mountains, standing like silent tell me how weak is man, and how wonderful is the universe; how like a beautiful machine, perfect in all its parts, and set in motion by a master hand and mind that can control all things . I have come across the history of a singular being , while just now searching among my uncle's papers for the materials with which to frame a sketch, and as it is interesting, I will give it in brief for the benefit of my many readers. I know they will not blame me for making this wandering introduction, a s it is a h abit acquired from r eading so much of my good old uncle's notes, and, with this brief apology, I will proceed. Raymond Allie was a fine-looking, noble young fellow of about twenty-five, and was engaged to marry a beautiful young creature named Esther Beaumont, rumored to b e wealthy. It was not generally known that Raymond's mother was insane, incurably so, in fact. and that many physicians had pronounced him to be tainted with the same dreadful malady. He was said to have come from New York, but beyond that nothing was known of him, but as he was universally liked, that did not make much difference. . Hi s mother had "!:leen an actress, and had become insane from study and excitement, although insanity had long been inherite d in her family. She was kept closely confined in an asylum, and Raymond occa s ionally received reports of her con dition, keeping the affair a profound secret, from motive s of pride. Esther knew nothing about it, and Raymond did not have the heart to tell her, as he knew it would pain her, and could do no good . She learned the terrrible seaet, however, in a sudden and most unexpected manner. Raymond and she were vi siting a country fair one day, and were walking through the grounds, mixing with the gay throng and seeing the many interesting sights when the event which I am about to relate happened. As the two were walking slowly along, arm-inarm, Esther suddenly heard a shrill laugh close behind her, and turning around, beheld a most pitiable object. A woman, unmistakably insane, and very shabbil y dressed, came shuffling up, and extended one skinny hand. "Ha-ha-ha! you are in fine company, are you not!" giggled the poor creature; "you will marry the son of a mad woman, and come and live with me. Ha-ha! 'twill be merry sport. Give your mother-in-law a trifle to buy a new bonnet."' Esther clung tremblingly to Raymond's arm, and with a frightened look drew away from the poor lunatic, who held out her hand again most. pitifully. "Raymond," said the young lady, in great terror, 'who is this woman who stares at me so?" Raymond turned around, and his face. became ashy pale, though he endeavored to conceal his emotions, and to appear calm. "My goodness! How did she come here?" he gasped. "Let me ki ss you, my sweet," said the woman , "and then you will be lik e me, and we will all live together-yo u and I, and my darling Raymond. Ha-ha-ha!" and her laugh was enough to chill one's blood. "You and I, and my little Raymond, my pet, m y angel." ''Raymond, for mercy's sake, take me away!" said the poor young lady, trembling with fear. The woman darted forward. and s eized Esther's hand in her own emaciated one, and attempted to kiss her; but Esther screamed, and Raymond interposed himself between the two women. "Ha-haf you will learn to love me,'' said the insane woman, with a shrill laugh. "Raymond, tell her she must do so, and come to live with me. I am so lonely there in my prison." "For the love of heaven, leave us," said Ray. mond. A crowd was collecting, and Esther was be coming more and more nervous and excited, and Raymond felt tliat he must get her away fro m this woman as soo n a s possible. "You shall not leave me!" shrieked the lunatic. "You cannot escape me! I will follow you, and live with yo u, and love you as in the old days." "Raymond, my beloved, tell me, in pity tell me, who is this woman?" Raymond smothered his feeling by a stro effort of the will, and said, cal111ly: "She is my mother!" Poor Esther fainted dead away at these word and when she recovered, was lyin g upon a sofa on e of the exhibition buildings. "Where i s she?" she gasped. "Gone away,., said Raymond. He did not say that two policemen had put unfortunate mother into a carriage, and driv her at hi s request to the insane asylum where uncle presided, but such was the case. "And this poor insane creature is mother?" "Yes," answered Raymond, with a great eff at appearing calm. "And you never told me?" "I could not bear to do so, my love." "But I might have visited her, and her i n her loneliness." "It would have been useless. She is incura and dangerous to approach. She will be ra before morning. I cannot imagine how she trived to escape." "Poor thing! she said she was lonely, wanted you." "So she has said before, and has twice atte ed to take my life. I dare not trus t myself her." 1 The poor woman soon relapsed into a most lent and dangerous state, as Raymond had she would, and after one visit, Esther saw could p. onothing for her. She pitied Raymond from the bottom of heart, but it would have been well if she taken the advice of her friends, and gone


T H E LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 25 from him, a s h e hi msel f began to show sign s of a wandering mind. She imagined that she would have a soothing i nfluence upon his character, and for a time she d id, but at last he began to be more violent, and seemed to resent her being kind and considerate t o him. He would not go to see his mother, and once when she gently remonstrated with him for his neglect he turned upon her with the fury of a wild beast, and threw her upon the floor . Then he seized a bronze vase, and was about to strike her on the head, when her brother, alarmed b y the noise, rushed into the room just in season t o prevent the catastrophe. He received the blow intended for his sister, and fell unconsciou s upon the lounge. ' Vith a wild laugh, the maniac, for such he now was in Yery truth, clashed from the room. was founcl in the woods, nearly nude, an,] raving in the most terrible manner, and it required the combined efforts of several strong men to secure him. He was taken to the asylum, pronounced dangerously insane, and put in a cell No. 17, in the violent ward, and a careful watch placed upon him. One day he reached his han d through the barred rdoor of his cell, and took down a thermometer hanging near, the back of which was of metal. This he contrived to make into a saw, and cut his way out one night, entering the cell occupied by his mother in the same way. He attackecl the poor woman furiously, and her screams attracted the attention of the keepers, wl10 ran at once to the spot. When they reached it they discovered that No. 1 7, as the man was invariabl y called, had suc ceeded in inflicting such serious injuries that the woman's life was despaired of. The man was overpowered and locked in his c ell; but in the course of the next day h i s poor mother died, and was buried the day afterwards. No. 17 seemed to be aware of his mother's death, and hughed and chuckled in the most idi otic manner, dancing and singing, and making the most frightful noises. that his violent spells came on at inter vals: but there was. now not the least chance of h is ever being cured, a n d he was sent to a public "nstitution where such cases were received. n strange coincidence, his cell there was a l so eNo. 17, and it was not long before he disc overed and insisted upon bei n g called by the name of n"No. 17, and nothing e lse. Tv:o years passed away, and i n all this time h e nf'l.adc many attempts to escape, but was always '.oiled and seized before_ he co u ld leave the bui l d ' itj _He was merel y b iding his t i m e, a n d o n e day in ,nnter that time came. i < With a saw made fro m a watch spring, stol e n a lro m another patient, he l e t his way out o f the s bell, and then started for the outer doors. A rubber mat was placed i n front of h i s c e ll , d this he cut into strips a n d b ound a bout his o es , so as to deaden the sound of his foo tstep s . W i t h h is feet shod i n rubber, h e made his way pidly through the corridors without arousing a n y of the attendant s , ' and a t last rea c h e d the office . He knew every passage in the building, and therefore experienced no trouble in finding his way, but there was still a guard to be passed when he reached the office. With a frenzied scream No . 17 sprang toward the door, the man jumping to his feet i n order t o stop him. He was too late, however, and the maniac rushed out into the bitter cold. He had not had time to close and lock the doo r after him, and the guard pursued him hotly. With the speed of the wind they flew along, No. 17 keeping just far enough ahead to be ou t of reach. the guard running with .all his might, and resolving to capture the rur.away at all hazards. He was an "Xcelle n t runner, and seemed never to tire out, although the maniac was beginning t o pant from exhaustion. The two came suddenly upon a river, whose swolle n and turbid waters, thick with large cakes of floating ice, stood on the sound part of the bridge, he had the chagrin of witnessing the terrrible fligh t of No. 17, his safe across ice-covere d beams, and hi s ultimate He was not to be done out of his prisoner, how ever, and going to a place further up the river, crossed over in safety, and at once began t o hunt for the maniac. At last. the party of searche1s, fo r man y had j o in ed in the hunt, came across him u po n the rail roa

26 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 THE LIBERTY BOY S OF '76 NEW YORK, DECEMBER 10, 1920 . TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS Single Coples .............••• Poauage 1''ree One Co1>y Three :lUonths...... " One Copy Six Months . ....... . One Copy One Year . ........ . Canada, $ 1.00: Foreign, M.56. 7 Cents 90 Cent• Sl.75 3.50 HOW TO S.ENV MONEY-At our risk send P. 0. Money Order, Check or Hegistered Letter; remittances In nuy other way are at your risk. We a .ccept Postage Stamps tbe same as casb. V\ nen sending silver wrap tbe Coln in a sepnrate piece of pape r to avoid cutting tbe envelope. Write your name and address plainly. Ad dress letters to N. Hastings Woll!', Pres.} FRANK TOUSEY, E. Byrn,., Treas. . Publisher, Charles. Nylander, S..:> 168 W. 23d St., N. Y. ITEMS OF INTEREST FOUND OLD COIN George Bunnell, while hoeing in his tobacco patch in back of the resi.dence of Mr. Clell Cole man on College street, Harrisburg, Ky., found a very old coin. It is of copper, about the s ize of a quarter. On one side is the harp of Erin with a crown of England above it and "Hibernia, !)." On the other side is the head of George III. of England, and "Georgius II.I. Rex" around the edge. The date of the coin makes it 151 vears old. PARTRIDGE HUNT COSTLY Partridge are plentiful in Rush County, Wis., this season, in fact, more plentiful than they have b ee n for several years. It remained for Archie Haynes to furnish concrete evidence of just how plentiful these birds are. Haynes bagged, ten recently a few miles north of Ladysmith. The only "fly" in the ointment was the appearance of Deputy Game Warden Soule, who brought Haynes and a companion, Osbar Burns, before Judge Williams. The latter fined them $50 and costs each, plus $5 for each bird shot. This brought the amount which Haynes paid up to $101.82. The game warden confiscated their game g-uns and an automobile. HUSKY DRIVER REVEALED AS A GIRL Several months ago "Jack McConnell,') driver a dump wagon in Philadelphia, was arrested with two other youths on a charge of attacking a young woman. The three were held unJer bail for trial and the case was to have come up in a few days, but McConnell was again ar r es 1 ed for beating one of his companions. It was not the fir s t time McConnell had been haled be fore the bar of justice for b eing too rollicksom e and ne had gained the reputation of being a devil may care sort o f a fellow. The first case followed the assault and battery charge and then came a big surprise. McConnell'0s grandfaJ;hcr, John Gray, seventy years old, stepped to the side of the Judge and said: "That's impossibltl, Judge; he did not commit the crime." "Why," asked the Judge. It developed that "Jack McConnell" is a girl masquerading in men's clothes. TIOB SIX WOMEN IN CAB Two men who watched the guests depart from a whist party at the residence of Mrs. Israel Riseman, at 1,902 South Troy street, ?arl y the other morning, overtook six women rid m g in a taxicab and robbed them of jewelry valued at nearly $5,000. While the bandit s were robbing one woman, however, the others had the opportunity to conceal jewels they valued at $30,000 under the cushions in the cab. The robbers boarded the cab, with a show of revolvers, while it still was in sight of the Riseman home, and Mrs. Riseman called the police. One man put his ievolver against the head of the chauffeur and the other held up the women. The men ordered the chauffeur to dri_ve t.o the Albany Avenue entrance of Douglas Park, where they snatched the jewelry in sight and fled through the shrubbery. LAUGHS Mamma-Edith, can you tell me what "faith" is? Edith (aged six)-Oh, yes; it1s believing what you know isn't true. Husband-Everything in this house is ou place. Been having an earthquake? been putting things in order. "If madame will pardon me, this suit d es not match her complexion as well as the other. ' "The suit is all right. I want it to match a bull up." A little girl went with her aunt to see a rand new baby, and when she came home she ex claimed: "Oh, mamma, the baby cried until it Ben t its face all over!" Pittsburg Man-What would folks do if a mob of rioters should come charging down Broad way? New Yorker (busily)--Start a policeman to shooting at a dog. "Why , is it," the fair widow, "that they always say a man 'pmes' for a woman?" "I suppose," growled the fussy bachelor, "it's because pine is about the softest wood there is." " I suppose you wouldn't believe," said the man ' ager, "that it cost me $25,000 io raise the curtain on this show?" "I do," replied the critic. "I'm surprised that they let you do it even for that price." He-Do you still feel angry with me? She-I despise you! I abhor y ou! I hate you! H Then perhaps you'd better break your engag ment to accompany me to the opera. She-Oh, don't hate you so much as that. "Wl)y, Willie, what k ept you so late? Did yo have to stay after school? I'm you ha been n aughty." "No, ma'am, I ain't ne inaughty, an' I stayed after school to hear yell."


.. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 27 ITEMS OF GENERAL INTEREST MOUND DISCOVERE D The S eneca C ounty Historica l So c i ety has dis cover e d a prehistoric .mound along the Sandusky River south of Tiffin, 0. Geologi sts c a ll jt a s acrificial mound. It i s sixty f eet s qu are and s even feet high, and erected in a deep depression. The surrounding banks , nearly 100 fee t high, form a huge amphitheatre. -----WOMAN' S BIG WAGES CUTTING FEACHES Mrs. Margaret Onyett, wife of Ch arles On yett of Oroville, Cal., received a check for $71.76 for h e r week's work cutting peaches at the Libby, McNeil & Libby cannery in Girdley, an average of $11.96 a day . This is about regula1: earnin.g s . Mrs. Onyett says she is an expert m cuttmg peaches, preparing about a ton a day for the cannery; she says other cutters are earning $300 a month. HEARSE USED TO SUPPLY LIQUOR IN PHILADELPHIA Undertaking ostablishments have been u s ed to camouflage a variety of .other businesses. in city, but use of a hearse to transport liquor 1s Federal agents raided thyee saloon s recently, nd included the undertakmg e stablishment of o r don H. D e ll. Two and one-half barrels of were seized on the premises. According the Federal agents, who were aided by the 'raiding parson," the Rev. Dr. R. E. Johns on, !Peter McMakinus, proprietor of a saloon at Sixteenth and Wood streets, rented a room in the Dell under takinrr e stablishment for storing liquor. ! A hearse was u se d at night to transport the iquor from the undertaking e stablishment to the aloon and had been in operation for a long time efore the Federal a g ents became sus piciou s . The inside the vehicle were draped down ov e r e contraband bev erage; but the raiders , d e t e rinzcl to learn where McMakinus was obtaining Iris whisky, watched the mortu .. ry conv eyance drive up and unload. The raid followed. NEWFOUNDLAND SHORT OF POSTAGE STAMPS Stamp collectors have a rare .opportunity to en ich their albums. Since early in September the 'ost Office at St. John's , N. F., has b ee n suffering rom a dearth of stamps, particularly those of rw value , 1, 2 and 3 cents, which are in mo s t d emand. Local letters had to b e hande d t at the General Post Office, where the y w ere JStmarked "postage paid," all adhes ive stamps tlng r eserved for foreign correspondence . But l a few days the whole supply reserv ed for this rpose was exhausted. e-So it became neces sary to provide provis ional lamps of the face value of 3 cents to d efray the 'ersea po s tage . On September 10, therefore, the lnaining stoc k of the obsolete 15 c ent stamp of jubilee series of the colony, originally is s ued 897, in a pictorial d esign r epresenting seals an ice-floe, was pressed into the service and ed, after having b ee n reduced to the uni-form value of "3 cents" by means of a surcha1ge in two lines of black Roman capitals . Althoug h thes e emerge n c y stamps were not s aid to the public, but w ere fixed by po s t a l officia l s to hande d in the counter, the fir s t printIJ1g was used up by the Outport Post Office in about twenty-four hours. A s econd provi s ional 3 cent stamp had therefo r e to be improvi se d , and for this purpose the g5 cen t value of the s:mi e out-of-date series was utilize d, surcharged in like manner and issued to the public on September 14. A new issue of po stage stamps is in preparation for Newfoundland to replace the p1esent caribou head type. It commemorates the exploits of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment in the great war. Delivery of the new i ssue will be exp e dited, in view of the p!e sent stamp famine. Meanwhile further printings of the current 1, 2 and 3-cent stamps have been ordered from England by THE CHARLESTON CHIMES While the old world boasts of many famous bells and chimes, to which clings the association of romance and poetry, the r e are no bell s in the world that have haci a more adveJ.Jturou s career than those of St. Michael's, at Charleston, S . C. The bells composing it have cl'o s sed the ocean no less than five times-once a s a h eap of t w i s t e d metal. The St. Michael bell s were cast in England som e time before the Revolutiona r y War and brought to this country, an exchange states . When the war against the old country began the Charles ton peal was sent back to England so that it might not be injured. Upon the conclusion of the war the Charlestonians clamored for their bell s and it became the duty of our first minister Great Britain to see that they were r eturned His neg?tiations were succes sful and the wer e, with much ceremony, reinstated in the chur ch. . Their next adventure came with the Civil War whe n the steeple. of St. Mich ael's was made a g e t for the guns of the be s ieg e rs. The bells w e l'e r e moved for safety to Columbi a , but when the army of Sherman o c cupied that town the s h e ds of the yard of the Statehous e wherein the bells h a d been stored were broken into and the bells smas h e d into frag m ents, the s h e d s b eing fired. bells '".ere not, ho w ever, completely "done for. At the clo s e of the war the piec es were carefully gathe r e d and shippe d to Liverpool t o g ethe r with directions a s to how they s h

\ HAIR O N MR. BRIITAIN'fs M Y S TERIOUS HAIR CROWN INDIANS' B A LD HEA Q GRO WER J!1 head at the t o p &nd b aclc was a b solutel y bald, The scal p was llhln7 . A n expert u i d that h e thought the hair roo t1 were e xtinct, and •II.ere was n o hope o f my e 'f'0r h avini: a 11ew hair i: rowth . Yet now, at an ai:e onr 66, I hne a l uxuriant gro w t h o f a oft, atronr, h.atrous hai r I N o trace of baldneas, The pictures 1h ow n here are from m.,photographs. SECRE T O F H AIR GROWTH Photo wh1n bald . At a time when t had b ec ome d i s c ouraged ai tr,.ing T&rioua hai r lotion.a , 1oni ca , apecialiats • t r e atment•, etc., I came a c r osa, in m.,travels, a Cherokee I n dian '"medicine m a n " wbo h a d an elixir that he asaenrated would crow m.,hai r. Althouch I had but little faith, I c•v• i t a trial. To my amazement a light f u zz 1oon Fr•m rurnt photo. I appeared. I t developed, day b7 day, into & healthy growth , and ere l ong m7 hair was as p r olifi c as in m7 youthful day s . Tlsat I w a s ast o ni shed pntl lso;py u uprtssing my s t a t t of mind m i l d ly . Obviousl7, t h e hai r roots llad no* been dead, but were dormant i n the scalp, awaitinc th<> fertilizing r,•tenc y of the mysterious pomade. . I negott. a.ted for. and came n t o poue s sion of t h e princi p l e for prepari ni: t his mysterious ehx1 r , now calle d Kotalko, a n d late r had the r ecipe put in\p prac t ical form b y a chemist. That my own hai r i:rowth was permanent h as bee n amply prove d . Many men and womon, abo children, ha Ta reported aati afacto r y reaulta from Kotalko. How YOU May Grow YOUR Hair My honast belief is that hai r roots rarely die even when th hai r f&lll out throur;h dandruft', fever, excessive dryness or o ther disorders. I haTe been told by expert• that when hair taJ.l.B out the roots become imbedded within the acalp, covered by iu>Td akin, so that the7 remain for a time like 1>ulba or seeda In ••••••• a bottle which Will iirow whon fertilised. Shampoo• (which contain alkalis) and hair lotions which contain alcohol are e nemies to the h .air, u they dry it, makinc it brittle. Xotalko contains those elements of nature which give new vitality to the acalp and hair. To prove the GENUINENESS of Xotalko, I will s end the r ecipe FREE on request. Or I PKEE "'.ill mail a testinF. box of Kotalko with the recipe for 10 c ants, Stiver or atamps, If ' ' ou fflt1'tion this publicat ioft . Satiafy y o unel f . You want to •top. fallini: hair, eliminate dandruff or cover that bald _ BJ)Ot with healthy hair. Get the d ime teating box NOW, apply Fol' wometJ's '/iair. once or twice daily-watch in 7onr mirror! 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Experiments recently conducted in Manchester, England, demonstrated the possibility of mak ing a usable grade of newsprint from b leached peat pulp, and the inventor displayed samples of other papers of various tints, suitable for wall papers, wallboard, wrapping paper, etc. For better grades of stock, it i s p r o posed to m i x the peat pulp with wood pulp. "FLU" EXPERI MENTS ON MONKEYS Devotees of tha theory that m a n is a remote de scendant of the ape family will . seize with a v id i t y upon the scientific conclu sions of medical authorities th at monkeys, • 1 i k e folks, are susceptible to the at tacks of influen za. U uder the direction of Major F. G. Blake and Major R. L. Cecil, the Army M e d i c al School of Wash ington, D . C., re cently completed tests y;ith 2 2 monkeys to deter mine the eff e cts of infl uenz a on the ape family. T h e mo nkeys were ino cula ted with B . influ eI!7.ll b y swabbing the uppe r respirato.ry tract with a cul ture o f the dis ease germ i s olat ed from a c ase ol i n fluenz a ! pneu monia w h i ch had d eveloped in a man. The viru l ence of t h e dis ease was subse q u ently r a i s ed. 1 The period of in-! c ubati o n embracIJ ed from t h ree t.. ' tl six ho u rs. 'W The experi• ments indic a d e that infl u enz a u ercised the sa influence on m keys as o n human fa with respec t its be ha vi o u1 symptoms, c om n plications and thology . The m ical directors scribed the tion as "an a self limite d spiratory di identica l with flu e n i a in


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