The Liberty Boys at the great fire, or, Exciting times in old New York

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"No. 10 5 7 NEW YORK. APRIL I. 1921. 7 Cent& As Dick came out of the burning house with the unconscious g-irl in bis arms, the angry red coatran at him with his sword drawn. Bad not Harry seized him from behind, the furious Briton .would have run Dlcll: through.


The Liberty Boys of l•M4 Weekly-Subscription price, $3.50 per year: Canada, ••.OO; irorelgn, .llO. Frank Tousey, Publisher, Pl Weat 23d S treet. New York, N. Y. Entered as Second-Class Matter January 31, 1913, at the Poat-01ll c e at New York, N. Y., under the Act o! March 3, 18711. No. 1057 NEW YORK, APRIL 1, 1921. Price 7 Cents. !'fhe Liberty Boys At the Great Fire OR, EXCITING TIMF.S IN OLD NEW YORK By HARRY MOORE CHAPTER !.-The Enemy Threatens the City. Boom ! There was a sound of cannonading at tke upper part of the city of New York one sultry September morning, and at once great excitement followed. The sound continued, and seemed to come from both the Hudson and the East rivers, as well as from the shore itself. There was fighting going on somewhere in the upper part of New York island, and there was firing from the ships of the two rivers. The British held Long Island, had their ships fn the bay and up both rivers, and had for some ime occupied Staten Island. They were now menacing the city and island of New York, and the patriot army was in great danger. General Israel Putnam was in command of the five thous and troops in the city, and at once he look ed for orders from the commander-in-chief, who was at the upper end of the island. The excitement in the city grew apace, people hurrying from their• houses, many carrying valuables, while some simply ran about in terror; troops hastening to various points, messengers flying here and there, and everything noise, bustle and confusion. On lower Broadway, in the city, near the Bowling Green, were three or four handsome looking boys in Continental uniform, one of whom had a sword and wore the dress of a captain. Such was his rank, in fact, he being the captain of the Lib erty Boys, a band of one hundred sterling young patriots, organized by him to aid in the cause of American independence. His name was Dick Slater, and his companions were Ben Spurlock, Harry Judson and Sam Sanderson, all Liberty Boys. The troop was encamped at the upper part o f the Commons, above the city, the four boys having gone down to seek information regarding the intentions of the enemy, that very morning. There had been disturbing rumors that an at tack was shortly to be made on the city, and the b oys had gone to investigate them, and s ee how much truth there was in them. The sudden booming of cannon at the upper part of the island, at Kip's bay and other points, told them that the rumors had not b ee n exaggerated. The boys were excited, of course, but not incapacitated. "Quick, boys,'' said Dick . "We mus t go up to the camp at once and get ready to leave the city o r fight, as we are ordered." The boys had come down on horseback, but had left their animals at an inn, not far from the lower part of the Commons. They at once went hurrying up Broadway, so as to get the horses and get to the camp with all haste. At Trinity Church they became separated by the crowd of men running up from the river in great excitement. Dick, Harry and Ben were together, but Sam was by himself. Suddenly, to Dick's astonishment, he was attacked by three or four men, wh& tried to seize him. Ben and Harry went to Dick's assistance immediately, handling the men roughly. Sam also tried to help Dick, but could not reach him on account of the crowd, which increased every moment. Dick was seized and hurried down ,the street, Ben and Harry fighting bravely to release him. Then Harry was s eized and hurried away with Dick, Ben b eing knocked down and temporarily stunned by a blow on the head. Sam, seeing Dick captured, and realizing the futility of attempting to rescue h im at this time, hurried away to get some of the Liberty Boys to .go to Dick's assistance. Ben recovered himself and rose to his feet just in time to see Dick and Harry being hurried down Thames street toward the river. Ben saw the men take Dick and Harry down the street, but could not see where they stopped on account of the increased crowd. Then an evil-looking man step ped up to him and said, gruffly: "You want to get out of here just as soon as you know how, you young rebel, or you 'll find yourself in hot water. We don't want rebels in the city, so get out!" He attempted to push Ben aside, but the plucky fellow promptly struck him a stinging b low in the face, and answered: "Take that, you big brute! I have as much right in the city as yourself, and perhaps more, so mind what you are about." The fellow was highly astonished at Ben's acts and words and struck at him furiously. Ben was quite able to take care of himself, however, and not only parried the blow, but put in another on the man's jaw, which staggered him, Others were coming up, however, and Ben had to fall back. In the distance he saw Sam, and called to him. Sam heard him and waited for him to come up. Some of the newcomers seized Ben, however, and hurried him away. Although he had defended him self valiantly against the Tory, the blow on the head he had r ece ived now began to tell on him, and he 'felt weak and s ick, and al mo s t ready to drop. "Djck is down in Thames get the boys--"


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT THE GREAT FIRE Ben h4d no time to say more, the Tories hurrying him away. They ran down Thames street with him and then into Lumber street, to <'. foul smelling, tumbledown old rookery, opposite the sugar house, where he was taken into a rear l'OOm. is free, at any rate," Ben thought, "and will tell the boys of Dick's p'.ight, so that they cun rescue him. As soon as 1 get away from here, I'll try and h eip, myself." He fel t weak yet, huwe vcr, and knew that he wouid to feel bette:i: b efore he could do anything, even to,v ar d effectin g his own release. There was only one window in the room, and this was quite high, but there was a table. in the place, and he could climb on this, and see out. Pulling the table under the window, Ben stood on it, intending to look out and see where he was, but he had just reached the window, when down went the table with a crash, and he was thrown to the floor. "H'm. ! rotten, like these Tories' morals,'' he laughed, as he picke d himself up and brushed the dust from his clothes. There was a noise outside, and the turning of a key in the leek. Ben Spurlock was a resourceful boy, a s were many of the young patriots. The table was a wreck, but the r e were two or three good sized pieces left, and Ben picked up a leg. Standing upon one side, he waited the door to upen. "I'll settle you, con _found you for a young rebel!" someone growled. "I'll learn you to go smashing--" A s he came rushing angrily into the room, like a raging bull, Ben hit him a swinging blow on the head with the tabl e leg, which felled him in an instant. Pulling the man well ins i de , Ben now hurrie d out, locking the door and taking the xey. "By the time he comes to himself, I will be far enoug h away to be safe," he said, as he made his way toward the street. He heard s om eone coming, and then heard the man in the roo m shouting hoarsely. He had the table leg :;till in his hand, and now, as a heavily b1.1ilt man suddenly rushed out at him from one of the rooms in front, Ben sud denly used it with great force. The man got a blow on the arm which made him howl and jump aside at a lively iate. Then Ben ran out, dropping the table leg, for which he had no more use. The man raise d an alarm, but Ben wus no w out of the house and safe from cap ture. "Now to try and find Dick,'' he said, as he vvent out of the foul street into one only a little less so. He looked up and down, but did not see any of the men who had attacked them, although there were a number of men about. Hunying up Broadway, he saw Sam coming toward him with three or four of the Liberty Boys. CHAPTER II.-The Evac:rn. t ion of New York. Dick and Harry were h1,lrri e d down Thames street by the Tories, who kept on till they r-:!ached the river. "These fellows worth money , u s,'' said Bil} Puddles, "or one of them is, at any rate, I and maybe the other i s , for all we know. \Ve' take them over to the ships and collect it." 'l'here was a boat approaching from one o the ships in the river, and one of the men said "There are some redcoats now. We'll tell th captain who the rebe l is, and he'll take care him." "Not till he pays u s the reward, he y;on'tl growled another. Tne bun ;,;,. r . ed two or three redcoats and number of saiiors, and wr,s making for the nea. est point. The men hurr!<>d alongshore to mee it as it landed, taki1;g Dick and Harry wit them . There was n o for the boys to e cape, as the men kept too tight a hold upo them, besi des surrounding them . They reachc4 the boat as it touched the shore, and Bill one of Dick's captors, said: "This is Dick Slater, the rebel spy, and ther is a rew:lrd for him, and we want it." "Well, well, I have offered it, so get out d the way and put the rebel in jail or in Tophe( for all of me!" stormed a gouty, overbearinj redcoat, stepping out. The others foilowed, and the Tories were rude! pushed aside. Dick and Harry would have e cape d in the confusion, but now another par of redcoats appeared ::nd joined the first. B Pudd!es and the other Tories were bustled o of the way, and D i ck and Harry were taken a house on Pearl street, where they were lock up. "'Ne will attend to you young rebels at leisure," said one of the redcoats, "but just no we are too busy taking possession of your city "Take all the time you want, sir,'! replied Die "There is really no haste." "Silen c e!" thundered' the gouty redcoat, w was one 1'!::.tjo r liodJ, and a most irascible o party, with a temper of him own. "Rebels shou be seen, but not heard." "You will h ear from u s before the war is ove major," returned Dick. "V.!e do not intend remain silent, by any means." Major Dodd S:.1W that Dick h a d the best him, and his temper was not impro.,-ed by t knowledge. He scowle d at the young patriot a said, with a snarl: "Lock the two young rebels up, and if a cf you allows them to e scape , he will be cas!-lier Dick and Harry were left to themselves iu rear roem on the ground floor, the door bei locked on the outside. Later the boys heard t key turn in the lock, and supposed that so of the r e dcoats were coming in to see them, ascertain if they were still safe under lock a key. Very much to their surprise, therefore, saw, not a redcoat, but a very pretty young gi "Are ynu two boys rebels?" she asked in tone of great astonishment. "No, we are not," Dick returned, •'but the r coats call us that. They have not been prope educated, that is why." "But you are not redcoats?''. "No, indeed, we are not. 'Ve are patri fighting for American independence. The Bri would keep u s under the i:u l c of a tyrant, we are determined to resist it to the end." "I am Patience Golding, and this is our ho we are loyal subjects of the king, and have


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT THE GREAT FIRE 8 been so, but I think that we have some ts." At that moment one of the redcoats came hur •iw..•n. int o the room and said in a tried tone: • ou must not come in here, miss. These young s a re prisoners, and must not see company." "I shall go anywhere I choose, in my own )louse!" indignantly. "I like your impudence! How d are you tell me what I can or cannot do?" "I beg your pardon, miss, but those are our orders, and must be obeyed without question." "They are not my orders, then, and I shall do as I please in my own home , without orders from outsiders." "Then we shall have to put the rebels in another room, and you must not enter it," the redcoat said . He was evidently unused to have his orders disobeyed, and did not quite know what to make of it. "I will see if I cannot go into any room I c hoose," said the girl, as she went out. "And she said her name was Patience!" said Harry, when the redcoat had gone. "What's in a name?" returned D ick, smiling. "I wonder if we could depend on her to get away? She is out of patience with those red coats." "Yes, but she is a Tory, and might not help us, although she would resent being dictated to by the redcoats." "No, perhaps not, and these fellows will be -keeping a strict watch." : "Bob and the boys will be looking for us, Harry, but at the same time we must do some thing for ourselves." The Liberty Boys ware doing something for Dick and Harry, sure enough. Ben Spurlock, hurrying away from the Tories, met Sam and some of the boys hastening to his relief. "Dick and Harry have been captured," said Ben, "but I do not know where they have been taken. I had some trouble with the Tories my self, and when I got away, Dick had disappeared." "Where were you when you had the trouble?" asked Sam. "Down on Th;,mes street, just below where we were separated.' "Then we must go back there. Bob has orders to leave the city, bu,t he won't go without Dick. It won't be safe for all the boys to stay, though, and the biggest part are on their way :now." Ben led the way to the scene of the disturbance, but nothlng was seen of the two boys. "It will be too warm for us here, shortly, and I think we had better get away and put on disguises." "I guess Bob will do so, if he sees the red _coats," declared Sam. The redcoats caught sight of the boys and came o n at a rush, firing a volley. The boys returned this, and then fell back. The redcoats did not pursue them, thinking that they had dispersed the young patriots, and that they would not return. The boys themselves did not care to come back until .they had accomplished something, which they could not do without disguises. The redcoats had not spread as far as the Commons as yet, and the boy s were safe there. They found Bob, who had sent the main b o dy of the Liberty Boys up to the other end of the island under the direction of Mark Morrison, who was thoroughly trustworthy, and had a good knowledge of the interior of the island, an unknown country to many native New Yorkers. Bob himself would not leave until he had rescued Dick, the two boys being the closest of friends, like brothers, in fact. They expected to be such some day, indeed the sister of each being the sweetheart of the other. "Go up and change your clothes, and then meet me at the old church as soon as possible," said Bob to Ben and the others. "But what will you do, Bob?" asked Ben. "It is as dangerous .for you as it is for me, in uni form." "I suppose it is," with a laugh, "but I won't go too far. I want to get a look at the enemy and see how many there are, if possible, so as act accorqingly." "The Tories and Loyalist sympathizers are as troublesome, if not more so, than the redcoats" said Will Freeman, a Westchester boy. ' "The Tories are probably more troublesome than others," said Bob, "and we will avoid them. Hurry, however, and I will join you as soon as I can. If you anything of Dick, keep an eye . on him all you can, and let me know." Then the boys hurried away to one place and another, where they could procure a change of clothing, while Bob went on. He had not gone any farther than Trinity Church, however, before the redcoats got too thick for him, and he had to beat a hasty retreat. One pompous fel l ow, who was no other than Major Dodd, in fact, said to him, as the others began to appear: "Disperse, you young rebels! If I mistake not, ! have captured :fOUr captain, and I will have you m custody also, m a moment. Hello! arres t this young villain and--" "Villain yourself!" sputtered Bob. "Take that, you old powder puff and wool sack." With that the fiery young lieutenant seized the major's nose and gave it an unmerciful tweak, and then took to his heels, laughing heartily. CHAPTER !IL-Trying to Help Dick. There was a cozy little tavern, up near the Commons, where Bob was well known, having often visited it before the war, when on visits to the city, and here he procured a suit of ordinary clothin g , putting his uniform in a safe place till he should need it. "I must tell the boy s of that consequential old major and have them watch him," h e said to "If he has taken Dick, he has probably put him in a safe place of his own until he can collect the reward offered by General Howe. The old rascal is actuated more by love of gain than by love of country, I'll warrant." Having assumed his disguise, looking now like a boy of the city, Bob took his way down to the old church, as Trinity was called, St. Paul's, at the edge of the Commons, being the new church. At Maiden Lane he met a jolly looking Irish boy a nd a fat German, and said to them: "I see that you have changed your cloth es , boys, and in good time, too. Jove! I'm glad I met y o u (


THE LIBE.RTY BOYS AT THE GREA!l' FIRE l\Vhen I did. Do you see that important looking o fficer coming through Maiden Lane?" "Sure Oi do, sor," answered Patsy, with a grin. "Oi wondher does he own it, or is he only thinkin ' of buyin'?" "Quick, boys, follow the cld humbug, and see where he goes. He has captured Dick, and we must know where he has put him." Major Dodd had turned down Broadway by this time, and Pats y and Carl follow ed him at a safe distance. They were comical fellows, being the chief funmakers of the camp, and they were thoroughly trustworthy, and Bob could have got no for the job than they. No one would take them for soldiers, as they look e d just then, and they were not suspected as they followed the major leisurely down Broadway. The 1 n a.ivr had to stop at this tavern and that, however, Rnd it was almost noon when the two comic a l Liberty Boys saw him enter a hous e in P e a r l street, in sight of the Bowling Green. "So it's there ye live, ye cwld omadhaun, is it?" said Patsy to himself. "Oi'll bear it in moind. Kape the house in yer eye, Cookyspiller, so ye'll not forget it. " They waited in a shady place near the house till they saw Sam, and then told him of it. "If the old rascal lives there, we must watch it,'' Sam declared, "and we may get sight of Dick." Sam went away and the two funny f ellows found a cool place where they could wait without attracting attention, and yet k eep a watch upon the house. It was quite sultry now, and there were few pe0ple stirring, so that the boys could keep up their watch unmolested. An hour or more later they saw the pompous major come out in a very angry mood, muttering to himself, and shaking his fist at some imaginary foe. "The saucy young rebels," he sputtered. "I'll fix things for them or I am n•t Major Dodd, of the Royal Fusileers! Snub me, will they? Well, I think not." "Sur e the owld rascal is in a foine timper over something," muttered Patsy. "Oho! there's Ben himself. Stay there, me boy, till Oi run an' t ell him that this is the owld vilyan an' th:it he do have the captain himself in quod in the house . Patsy then went on, but in such haste, or perhaps purposely, that he ran against the irate major and upset him in the street. "Sure Oi beg yer pardon, sir, but if ye didn't take up the whole of the street, as if ye had all the roights, i nsoide an' out, it niver would have happened, bad cess to ye!" was Patsy's apology, as he hurried on. He left the fussy major to pick h imself up as bes t he might, and going up to Ben, said hastily to him, in a low tone: "Do ye moind the owld scaramouch that Oi did be upsettin'? Well, h e's Major Dodd , of the R'yal Fusileers, no less, an' he do have the captain a prisoner in the house beyant." "Thank you , Patsy,'' said "Go right on as if you were on your way somewhere, and I wilf keep watch on the house. I expect Sam and one o f the rest shortly." B en wat ched the h ouse and Patsy and Carl fol lowed the major at a distance till they could find some of the boys and point out the self-important officer to them. There was a small but shady garden back of the house where Dick and Harry were prisoners and after a time the lieutenant came in and said; "If you wish, you may go out for a time in the garden. That is all the freedom we can' allow you, however." The boys went out into the garden, where it was delightfully cool and shady, especially for the city. They had seated themselves when Patience came out, seeming very glad to s ee them. "It is very pleasant out here, don't you think?" she asked. "Yes, very," replied Dick. "And the company is much preferable to what we had inside," said Harry, with a smile. The girl sat down and they were all talking together as social as could be at once. Then Major Dodd came out, ogled Patrence, scowle d at the boys, and then snarled: "Be off with y ou, you young rebels! How dare you come out here where I am? Be off with you , I say!" "If you will think a moment, sir, you will re• coll ect that we were here first," answered Dick. "Don't you speak to your superior officer lik that," you puppy!" the major stormed, gettin reel in the face. "Be off, I say! I wish to be alon with the young woman." "But the young woman does not wish to b .alone with you," interposed Pati e nce. "I thin it very rude of you, to break up our conversation and you are a very old man!" The r edcoa t became furious and thundered: "Be off, I say! I am your superior officer and--" "You are a superior officer, sir, but not mine,' answ(!red D ick. "Vv e owe yo u no respect as Ion as you do nothing to deserve it, and I must as you n:>t to annoy the young lady by forcing you company upon her." "Never mind him, Captain," said Patience. "I we pay no attention to him, he may go away." The major, finding himself most decided! snubbed, made some angry remark and applied a offensive epithet to Dick. The young patrio arose, took the angry redcoat by the collar an led him out of t]l.e garden, saying: "No one shall u se such language in a lady' presence if I can prevent it, sir, and you will se that I can." The major went away in a rage, and it wa not long afterward that the jolly Irish boy, o guard outside, saw him come out in a most angr mood. The boys then went back to the heuse, bu the major did not visit them, although they hear him storming about the place. Before they e tered the house again Patience gave Dick a glanc whi ch s ho wed him that, Tory though she wa she would help them if she could. CHAPTER IV.-A Cheering Piece of Inform ti on. The Liberty Boys trying to help Dick di d n get a glimpse of him that day, but they kne that he was still in the house in Pearl street, a


"HE LIBE.RTY BOYS AT THE GREAT FIRE 6 at was something. By evening the city was full redcoats, and t he boys were obliged to exercise ution, for fear of being recognized. With Bo b stabrook, working for the release of Dick and arry were Sam, Ben and Will, Patsy an

6 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT THE GREAT FIRE "The major is keeping y-0u a prisoner here for a purpose of his own, I believe . Ordinarily you w-0uld have been turned over at once." "Yes, there has been a reword offered by General Howe for my capture, and I think that the major wants it. 1 ' he general is very busy now, I suppose, and the major would be unable to receive attention." "Yes, there is great bustle and confusion every where. We shall not stay here, it is likely, when matters get settled." The lieutenant then went away, and when they next saw him he simply nodded, but said nothing. "Why do they let us stay here so long, do you suppose, Captain?" asked Harry at length. "Perhaps for fear we may escape if we are at the front of the house, and very likely because the major does not want everyone to know that we are here, for fear that someone else may get ahead of him in claiming the reward." "The old fellow is a rascal himself, and thinks everybody else is," with a laugh. "That is about right, I am afraid. I am glad that we are here, however, for it gives the boys more chance to rescue us than if we were in one of the city prisons." "Can't we do something -0urselves ?" "I don't know, but if I see an opportunity, I will s eize it, y ou may be sure." "I kno w that," with a laugh. They were sent into the house at noon, but came out again in an hour, having had their dinner in the meantime. They were allowed to remain in the garden until sunset, just before which time Patience appeared and said: "There are two or three boys haunting the hou se , but I have not been able to get speech with any of them as yet." "Do so , if you can, for they are probably some of the Liberty Boys." CHAPTER V.-An Alarm In The Night. The next day Patsy learned from an Irish servant girl that the boys were still captives in the house, and Patsy communicated the fact to t he boys who were still watching the house. When he heard this Bob said: "Be at the tavern at the Commons at ten o 'clock. We must try and get and Harry out to-night." Bob and Mark remained near the house for a time, but were finally obliged to leave it, as there were a good many redcoats about, and some of these looked at them suspiciously. Then one of them, the major, in fact, threatened them with the B ride w ell if they did not go away. "You need not get into a fit over it," answered Bob. "We are not s o anxious for your company." Then they went away, anrl proceeded leisurely up Broad way and so on , to 'the tavern. At ten o ' clock all the boys were there in a priyate room, free from interruption. The landlord knew that Dick was a prisoner, and was ready to do all he could to assist the boys. _ "I don't know thal you can do anything, sir," replied Bob. "We are going to get into the house. somehow, and if you can supply us with housebreaking tools, that is probably all the help we shall want," with a smile. . atim1 i tt tiriJ o:l qlsd "I can give you a dark lantern and a smal crowbar," the host replied, "and both will be con venient, I do n-0t doubt." "They will, indeed," Bob an s ered. The boys were to go in three or four partie, and by different routes, so as to avoid suspicion the night watch having to be looked out for a well as the redcoats. Nothing could be done til the streets were quiet and everyone in the hous1 asleep. Dick had probably been warned, Bol reasoned, and w-0uld be awake late, the very tim1 when the boys w ould be likely to be at work. Bol was to lead one party, Mark another, and Be 1 another, each having his work laid out in advance Some of the boys were to keep watch above anc below the house for the patr-01 and for belatec redcoats, while others broke into the house. Som1 would have fleet horses to take the boys away and others would have horses with which to mis lead any possible pursuers. Bob was in charg1 of the entire expedition, Mark being second i1 command, with Ben, Sam, Patsy and Carl as hi : principal assistants. The boy s began setting ou soon before midnight, there being still a gooc deal of noise in the street. Nearing the house, Bob found it still lighted and therefore they were obliged to wait. Eve1 after the lights wen t out, the street was no quiet, and now and then a redcoat came into th1 house, making a goo d deal of noise. Then, whe1 the las t had evidently come in, the .night watcl came into the street and the boys had to hide ii dark doorways, or take themselves off until the: could return in safety. It was after one o'clocl before Bob could bring his band of housebreaker: to the scene and start them to work on the house All was still, the watch had gone by and woulc not return for half an hour at least, and i seemed as if at last the boys could carry ou their lon g cherished plans. They were at worl with bit and brace, and Bob expected to force the door in a short time, when a bright light sudden ly shot up into the sky and hoarse voices were heard shouting: "Fire! The rebels have fired the city! Fire Fire!" Then windows and doors were opened , men be gan to hurry down the street, and the boys were forc ed to fly to escape detection. "Was anything more unfortunate?" sputtered Bob. "A few minutes more and our task would have been accom p lished." T he boys sc attere d in different pirections, somi to see where the fire was, some up or down Broad. way, and a numbe r not too far away, hoping that they might help Dick after all in the confusion o' the fire. ; At eight o'clock, Dick and were sitting in the r ear room, engaged in quiet conversationj when a maid entered, bringing in a jug of ale, She placed this upon the table, and, looking around cauti ously, said in a low tone: "Miss Patience sent me out to enquire. Sht, cannot." "Yes?" said Dick. "Some of the Liberty Boys are without, ing watch." : "Very good! We shall keep watch ourselves.• The maid . could say no more, for one of the re 1 coats now came bustling into the ropm and s imt.t i ua ,ll9b"IB'g ; JU JJ!O :JD9 ' 1 'l"[SlllJ>


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT THE GREAT FIRE 7 "Here, here, this is not for rebels . Let them "nk water. It is good enough for them." "Yes I have ma

-... B THE LIBERTY BOYS AT THE GREAT FIRE "The rebels have done this I" cried a man near Bob. "We'll give it to 'em fo._.thisl" , The patriots had nothing t:o do with the fire, which had been purely accidental, but a speech such as this was calculated to d-0 a great deal of harm, nevertheless. The cry quickly spread that the Americans-had set the fire, and the angry crowd began looking for patriots to visit vengeance upon them for something they were entirely innocent of. One man, known to be a "rebel," whose dwelling• was in flames at the moment, was suddenly set up-0n as he was coming out with some of his valuables. "Hang the rebel!" shouted a number of angry men, seizing him. Bob and some of the boy.a sprang forward to the man's assistance. "Stop! The man had nothing t-0 do with it!" Bob cried excitedly. "What proof have you?" "He's a rebel!" answered one. "That's proof enough." . ''Nonsense! Isn't the man's own house on fire? He wouldn't set fire to hi& own dwelling, would he?" "You're a rebel yourself, and that's why you--" "I am not!" and Bob struck the fellow a blow that staggered him. "You had better be careful whom you insult, my man!" Bob knew well that a cry like that, repeated, might endanger his life. Then Carl suddenly sat on the man with all his weight and said: "More bedder you was g0t some senses youa, headt in, ain't it? Stop a leedle und I cutted it open already, und putted some .pigs' prains your headt in, und let you runned away." The man gasped and roared to be let go, the crowd laughed and what might have : been a very serious affair was turned to ridicule by the fat German boy's ready wit. Carl let the man get up at length, all out of breath, and he went away lookin g very sheepish. The boys helped the man accused to get much of his property out of the burning house, the crow; helping also, and nothin g more was said of his being a rebel. The fire was still spreading in spite of the efforts of the people to put it out, and it soon cro sse d Broadway and began making its way toward the Hudson river. Taking both sides of the street, as far as street, it crossed and destroyed nearly everythmg between Morris rand Partition streets, taking Trinity church in it way. • you repeat that insult, I'll throw you into th1 river with a stone tied about your neck." "Get out of here, Bill Puddles," said anothe1 "We know you, and we know what you're about.' Puddles picked himself up, but, still to do all the harm he could, snarled: "He's a rebel! He's one of the Liberty Boy1 and their captain is a prisoner now; somewhere i i the city, and this fellow set fire to it so h could get Dick Slater out." This was a pure invention, of course, but l might have done real harm if any one but Bil Puddles had started it. At that moment a came along with a heavy sack aver one shoulde1 turned : suddenly, collided with Bill, up,set him an cried: "Look out! There's a beam falling!" He spoke the truth, although the beam was i1 no danger of injuring any of the people there. .J great many fell back, and Bill Puddles fled faste than any. "Are you a patriot?" asked the man with tb sack on his shoulder of Bob in a low tone. l Bob recognized him as the man for whom b had interceded earlier in the night. "Yes," he answered. "I am the first lieutena of the Liberty Boys." 1 "I thought you were a patriot. So are all th boys, the fat one and all. You saved my life to night, for the people are greatly incensed agains us for no reason. Have you a place of shelter' If you have not, I can take care of you as lon1 as you wish to remain in the city." "Thank you, sir," am.:"ered Bob, "but I hav a safe hiding place. I am looking for our cap tain, as this fellow truthfully said, and if yo1 help us in that direction, we would appreciatl it highly." "If I can do anything for you, I will. Do yot know where he is?" "No for the house where he was put firs was Some of our boys were put to watcl the place, however, and they may have discov ered where he was taken." There was no further danger of the fire spread ing to the church, although the King's Colleg suffered, and Bob and the boys sought their bed , Bob would keep a watch for Mark, knowin that the brave young second lieutenant woul report to him just as soon as he had any in formation in to Dick and Harry. . ; The new, or St. Paul's church, was in danger at one time, but the fire was finally kept away from it. Bob and his boys were interested in Mark Morrison and a boy by the name of JOf preventing the fire from geing any further, as it Walker were watching the house in Pearl street was pretty near home by that time, and they did A number of redcoats came out, among ther not wish to be burned out. They were black with the peppery Major Dodd. Then some of th smoke and soot, their clothes were scorched in servants came out, assisting Patience and he places, they were streaked with perspiration, and mother. There was a great deal of confusio: were tired out, but they worked on, nevertheless, in the narrow street, as This was not the on!: thinking of everything but themselves. The house threatened, and Mark and Joel were pushe flames of the five hundred house s destroyed aside. Mark had heard of the girl, and he knet lighted up the city and rivers, and could be seen that if he could get to speak with her, he migl' for a long distance. The boys were still at work learn something of Dick. He could not giet bad1 near the new church when Bill Puddles put in an to the house at once, and was separated fr<>1 I appearance again, saw Bob, growled, and still his companion for a few minutes. Joel manage! thirsting for revenge, said angrily: to get near enough to see Dick come out und6 "You're a pesky rebel, and you helped to set the guard of two or three redcoats, one of theil fire to the city, and--" a lieutenant. Dick was hurried away towa I "You are a liar and a thief, Bill Puddles!" cried Broadway, and then into Pine street, but J Bob, knocki g the man down promptly; "and if did not see .him, taken int:<> a house. , .• , ' , ," .... f. 1 >e .'1


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT THE GREAT FIRE Soon afterward he came upon Mark, who asked him: "Did you see Dick?" "Yes, I saw him, and he was taken into 'Pine street, but whether into a house there, I could aot tell." "Dicl fou see Harry Judson," "No, saw nothing of him whatever. I just managed to catch sight of Dick, and followed him as far as I could," "He went Into Pine street?" "Yes, and he may be in some house there." "Very likely the fussy old major will keep hlm till he can turn him over to GeneAI Howe and get the reward." "He is certainly trying to feather his own nest, the sly old bird 1" laughed Joel. "We try and see if he is there, Joel. That will be something." The boys went up to Pine street and walked along it, one on each side of the way, looking foi; Dick. They saw nothing of him, but at length Mark saw a lieutenant coming along the street with another redcoat. "He is safe enough there, but I would just as lief he were not in the same hou se with old Dodd," the boy heard the lieutenant remark, as if to himself. "That must be the redcoat Joel saw Dick with," was Mark's thought. "We must try and see whi ch lfouse it js." "He gave a signal to Joel, imitating the crow in g of a cock, and the boy soon joined him. "Follow the redcoat, Joel," he said. "I will look th r ough the street and see what I can learn." "All right, Mark," and Joel went on. Mark hunted up and down the street, seemg few lights in the houses, and no sign of Dick. Then, when it was nearly daybreak, he saw the British lieutenant approaching, Joel Walker not far behind. The redcoat entered a house among spacious grounds, down toward the river, and in a short time there was a light in on e of the front w indow s. Then the boys saw two shadows on the white curtains, one of which they knew to be Dick Slater's. "There he isl" whispered Mark. "Now to tell Bob!" CHAPTER VII.-How Harry Fared. The boys went away, returning to the tavern near the Commons, where ti-ey found Bob Estabrook still up and waiting for news of Dick. "We have located him," said Mark, without any unnecessary prelude. "Where is he now, Mark?" Bob eagerly asked. "In a house in Pine street. The old major is there, and lieutenant. It is a fine large house, "with spacious grounds upon it." "Did you see anything of Harry?" "No, and he may have been taken elsewhere, There was a lot of bustle and confusion in the street at the time, and we couldn't follow both boys. We know where Dick is, and Harry may be with him." "Very true, •and now suppose we go to bed. lt is nearly daybreak, and we have been up a long time." The boys then retired, thoroughly worn out, but satisfied with what they had done so far. When Harry Judso n prevented the irascibl1t Major Dodd from doing Dick an injury, he would have received one himse lf, but for the timely arrival of the lieutenant and three or four red coats. "We are not going to stay here," said one of them, "but we don't know just where to put you yet. We don't know how far the fire will extend, and what we might think was a safe place might turn out to be the most unsafe." "I think I could find a safe place, if I had n chance," said Harry, with. a dry laugh. "Very likely, but it might not b e safe for us. I'm afraid there'd be too many rebels about. Why did you rebels set the city on fire ?" "How do you know we did that?" quietly. "Why, they say you did, to keep us from living in it." "But you don't really think you ate goin[C to do that, do you? You will never be able to drive us out, once we get ourselves well settled in the place." "Oh, yes, we will, and not only out of the city, but out of the whole country as well. You are only invaders, and have no right here, and will be driven out just as sure as you and I are here. You can't help yourselves, for it must come sooner or later." The house was already on fire in the rear and in the upper stories, and they were now driven out of it by a sudden burst of :flame. They were only waiting for dr iers, but were no w driven out by other orders far more. peremptory. The redcoats made a dash for the street, but Harry, lowering his head and keeping his hat over his face, darted out into the little garden, right through a wall of smoke and flame. The redcoats shouted, but they did not dare pursue him, and indeed their own chances of escape were slight as it was. Harry "remembered a well in one corner of the garden, and he determined to hide in it now, it being as safe a place as any he could find at the moment. He burst through the flames, his hair singed" and his clothes scorched, but reached the well, and hurriedly made his way down by the rope, which was secured to a windlass. The bucket was not in the water, and he sat in it, with one foot on a stone in the well and one hand holding the rope. "They won't come here for s ome time," he said," "and perhaps when it grows later I can steal away and .make my way up to the tavern." "Looking up, he could see the light in the sky, and see great clouds of smoke rolling away in the direction of the river. He could hear hoarse shouts and many confused sounds, but no hue and cry, and he knew that he was safe. "They will probably think that I have gone over the wall," was his thought, "but I could not have reached it, and I am safer here than anywhere else just now." The air was hot above him, but in the well it was cool, and not too much so, being quite comfortable, in fact. Now and then he heard the sound of walls falling, and occasionally felt the ground tremble above him. "The house may have burned down by this


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT THE GREAT FIRE ' :ime," he thought at length, "but I don't think ( will come out yet." Later he saw that the sky was not red over jiis head as it was, nor the air so hot, and he iec i ded that the fire had passed on, and that it Nas safer for him to come cut. He was about to make his way to the top, Nhen he heard voices in the little garden. "You won't find anything but a dead rebel," :said one. "He may have gotten over the wall," •said an"He couldn't reach it, and if he had, it was a.11 ablaze on the other side. No, there's no use looking." "Maybe there's a reward for him, too, and anyhow, I hate to have a young rebel get ahead of me like that." "Yes, he said we would be driven out of the country. M'ml that was a big bit of chaff!" "I don't think he meant it for chaff at all. He was thoroughly in earnes t. So was the other fellow, Dick Slater, as•they! call him. Jovel if e,ll our men were as much so as these rebels, we would carry all before us." "Which you will never do," thought the boy to himself. The men came out into the garden, but the ground was hot and strewn with rubbish, and it w a s no t rnsy for them to make their way. "Better look when it gets lighter," muttered one. "I don' t fancy coming suddenly upon a dead boy." "N<>, it isn't very pleasant. Do you know, though, I hope the little isn't dead? I took a fancy to him, and I admired his pluck." "I'm very much obliged to you, I'm sure," thought the boy. Tho two men went away and at length, when all was still, Harry made his way to the top and stepped over the well curb to the ground. Things were greatly changed since the day befo r e, and he could hardly recognize the place. The hou s e was in ruins, the trees which h a d given such a grateful shade were now gaunt skeletons, the vines were on the ground, withered and shriveled, the flowering plants were gone, the summer house was in ashes, and the shed over the well was burned and almost ready to fall, the rope holding. "I might get through the ruins of the hou s e to the sheet," he thought, "for the redcoats did ft. Over the wall will take me down into the ruined district, and I want to . get away from that." He lowered the basket, brought it up full of water, and dashed it over the ground. This cooled it somewhat, and he threw more water on the ground. Then he made his way to what had been the house, the first gray streaks of dawn beginning to show in the sky. As he reached the wall, two men came sud denly forward and rushed upon him, seizing him and preventing his escape. "Hello! It isn't a fellow ahead of us, it's a ,-oung rebel, Bill!" "So it is; and Dick Slater himself!" "Is it, Bill?" eagerly. I " "Yes, it is, or my name ain't Bill Puddles," with a snarl. "Maybe it isn't!" said Harry. "You look like one of thos e fellows who find it convenient to have several names." "It's certainly one of the young rebels what we captured and then had took away from us, the other day, Bill." "Of course . it is, and it's Dick Slater, too. Aren't you Dick Slater?" "No, I am n ot," said Harry, promptly. "H'm I what do you think of that, Bill?" _''He' s,.Jying. He thinks that if he says h e i sn't Slater, that we'll let him go, but I knGW a tnck worth two of th:it, and I'm going to keen him and get the reward. That rascally old redcoat thought h e'd get the best of, me, but it won't work, not by a jugful." "Where yo u going to keep him, Bill?" "Well, I this is as good a place a s any. W'! was lookm g for money and valuables in the we found ' c m!'.' with a hoarse laugh. s s o , so we we did. So you're going to keep him here, are you?" "Ce.rta in ! . Put him in the drawing room, laughmg boisterously. "Yes, or in the pantry. I think it's about tim to serve refreshments, don't you?" "I guess it is, Hank, so let's take him there." t':Vo ruffians took Harry into the ruins, , which still smoked, and, securir.g his hand s and feet with bits of rope, left him in a corner whil they regaled themselves in bread and an took frequent draughts out of a black b ott] o "This is not such an unfortunate affair all," thought Harry, "for if they stay he;e l on g th'! two redcoats who were so great! mterested m my fate will come back and Mr Bill Puddles and Mr. Hank will have' to evacu ate. " Bpl Hank eating and drinking an paymg hotle ntt e nt10n to Harry, who tried t loo se n the ropes about his ankles and wrists bu found it rather hard work. ' "If that bottle lasts long enough, those fello'.>. won't have much sense in a short time," thought the boy, "r.nd they won't notice what I am doing. It grew lighter and lighter, and at last Harry heard footsteps and then voices. The two ruffians aros e heavily to their feet and looked about them. "Hello!" shouted Harry. 1'Come in here and drive out these ruffians." "Jove! that's the boy!" someone said, hurrying forward. "He is not dead at all." Bill and Hank caught the gleam of scarlet uni forms and beat a hasty retreat over the wall, at the two redcoats came into the ruins. "Hello I You got into worse hands than ours did you?''. with a laugh. "Yes,. I thought I was all right, and was jus1 getting away, when these two scoundrels cut oft my-retreat." ", but where were you, my boy?" asked tht redcoat, cutting the ropes that bound Harry. "Down the well," with a laugh. "You neva thought to pull up the bucket, did you? I aa E obliged to you for the solicitude you showed." i "Down the well? Jove! b-t you're a plucky fel low. We were afraid you were burned to l crisp." t


THE LIBE.RTY BOYS AT THE GREAT FIRE 11 . . "H'm! don't thank us, thank yourself, for havso much pluck." "Well, as we've got you again, we shall have to keep you," said the other, "but if you want to be free and still be a soldier, there is a way." "And that is joining the enemy," Harr y an1werefi. "I can't do it. I have taken an oath to fight for my country, no matter what befalls, and 'Will not break it for my freedom, nor for my life." "I won't try and pe1suade you, my boy," earnestly, "for I see that you are determined, but at any rate, we will make you more comfortable." Harry was t ake n out of the ruins and up through Broad and N assall streets to Pine, where in a comfortable h o use, stu.nding in .:ipacicus grounds, he found Dick. "I was in hopes you had escaped, Harry," said the young captain. "I did, but was recaptured twice, Ca.ptai.n," laughed Harry. "I have been in great luck . " "Is the fire out?" "Some of the ruins are still smoking, but the worst of the fire is out." "It will be a great loss to the city, I am afraid." "Yes, and some of the redcoats accuse our side of starting it." "We would not do such a dastardly thing as th:?t." "f know we would not," firmly. The two boys hud thei r breakfasts and then at lib erty to go into the grounds, but only at the rear of the house. "The boys may have a search for us," observed Dick, "but at any rate, they will find us both in the same pla ce, which will save searching twice." "They will do all they can for us, and leave no move untried to find us," said Harry, hopefully. "Pe1haps this is why we cannot go in front of the hous e , the British evidently fearing that the boy s will be locking for u s all over the city." "They won't see us back here, and perhaps it wou ld be better to go into the house." "It wou ld be, if we could remain in the front, bu t I don't believe that they will allow us to do so." "We could try it," Harry suggested. They entered the hou se , after a time, and were met by one of the redcoats, who said: "Your quarters have been changed to the rear of the house, Captain, as Major Dodd wishes the front for himself." Dick said nothing but gave Harry a significant look. CHAPTER VIII.-The Major's Little Scheme. Having located Dick, Bob's next move was to get him out. After a refreshing s leep and breakfast he went with and Joel to the house in Pine street. They saw Major Dodd sitting under the trees smoking a long pipe and drinking punch, s eeming to be thoroughly enjoying himself, and ordering men about as if they were mere c attle. They saw nothing of Dick, either in front of the hou$e or at any of the windows, a . ml Ilob said: "They may be keeping him out of the way, and we shall have to get into the house in soma way." "I can go and ask for work," suggested Joel. "Even if it is only outside, I may get a glimpse of the captain, and let him know that we a,re on the lookout for him." "That is a go::>d idea," replied Ilob. "You might go around on the other street, Mark, and find out if you can see the house from it, and perhaps get a sight of Dick." They had been walking along all this time, so as not to attract attention, and Mark now went on toward the river, so as to make his way to the rear of the house. Bob remained where he was, and J o ' el walked back to the hou s e, to ask for work. He was coarsely dressed, and looked like a boy from the country, it being Dick's practice to have considerable difference in the boys' disguises , so that they might not attract attention b y present ing too great a similarity, one boy looking like a farmer, another like a city boy, another like a laborer, and so on. Bob now looked like a farmer's son, while Mark seemed like a boy of the town in dress , appear ance and manner. Joel walked back to the house, and was entering the gate when a redcoat came forward and said, rather sharply: "You can't come in here. Don't you see that these are the major's quarters? What do you want, anyhow? If you want to enlist, go down to the barracks at the Bowling Green." "Don't want to 'list," said the boy, in a heavy tone and m anner. "I want to work. What I want to 'li s t for, to be killed? Working is h'..lrd enough, without 'listing." "Go around to the tradesmen's and servants' gate, on the side street then. This is the gentlemen's gate." "How did you g:et in here, then?" the boy asked. "You aren't a gentleman; you're only a redcoat." "Go on with you!" sharply, "or I'll take a horsewhip to you." "Let's see you do it. Know what happened to the fellow what took a whip to me?" "No, and I don't care. Clear out of here!" . "Well, they buried him after they had picked him up, but they was all morning doing it," and Joel walked slowly away. He found a. side gate, and a s ked a sour-faced woman whom he saw in a doorway if there was anything he could do. "There's plenty to do," the woman snapped, "but if you expect any pay for it, you ' ll have to take it out in expecta tions, I guess ." "I don't mind waiting for my pay," Joel answered, "as long as they don't cheat me out of it. Got any horses to groom, any wood to cut, or anything else?" "Oh, there's plenty to do, more than ever gets done, in fact, and if you don't care when you get your pay, why, you can get to work now, cleaning up garden. " "That's just the sort of work I like be st," the boy answered. "'vVell, then, come in h e re, and you'll have plenty of it." He went in, and the woman set him to work at the back of the house.


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT THE GREAT FIRE He had not been long at it when he saw Harry Judson at a window on the floor above . H e made no sign of having seen the boy at first, but at length looked up, took off his hat, w1,ped his forehead, -and make a quick signal which no one not familiar with it would have noticed. Harry returned it and walked away, but in a moment appeared again with Dick. "That is all right," murmured Joel. "They know we are doing something for them. J wonder if Mark has seen them yet?" Mark had see n them, at that very moment, and he now signalled from the other street, having a go c d view of the window between the trees. "There is Mark," said D i c k. "I thought they wpuld locate us before lohg. J eel has got a place to work, and h e will do something as soon as he can." "Mark is signalling again," observed Harr y. "Yes , he is telling us that Bob is at the front of the house . " "And they. thought that if we were at the back, rwe would not s ee anyone ," with a laugh. "Tf>e y cannot reckon on the Liberty Boys," smil ing . Mark now went away to tell Bob that he had seen Dick and that Joel was at work in the garden. "Now that we know they here, we must get them out," declared Bob. "\Ve have boys enough, by dividing them about. Go and get Paul and Arthur and Will , and one or two others. Send Paul and Arthur round to the rear, and put Will at the side." l\fark went away quickly to get more of the bCJys , while Beb waited at a convenient place till h e should return. In half an hour Mark came back with five or six boys. Arthur and Paul had brought extra clothes with them, to give to Dick and Harry to put over their uniforms, as otherwise they would be de t ected in a if they got out on the street. Bob sent Mark to the rear with two boys to make their way over the back fence, while two others made their way to the side, the other two remainin g with him, and approaching the front. Bo b and his two boys went in at the front gate and got the attenti on of the radcoa.ts, while Paul and Arthur were at the side. Mark s ignall ed to Dick and Harry to come down into the garden, and then he and his boys got over the fence. The woman came out and made a great ado, l!ond while she was occupied with Mark, Paul and Arthur were admitted at the s ide gate by Joel. Paul gave Dick a coat to put on over his uni forn , which he quickly did. Then he slipped on a pair of coarse breeches, and put on a rough hat. Arthur was just about to fit out Harry when there was a great hue and cry and around the of the heuse came a dozen redcoats. Then the major was seen at an upper window shcuting and ge sticulating v ;iid ly. " Shoot the rascally young r ebels!" he shouted. "They are trying to me out of the re" Mark and his boys decamped over the fence, Joel knocked down two 'redcoats with his spade, and then 'tried to help Harry, who had falle in his haste to get away. Dick was already safe, and would now hav returned to save Harry had not the boy ca!le out: "Never mind, Captain, save yourseif. " To go back now would have bee n to invite re capture, for Harry h a d been seized and Joel nar rowly escaped. Out of the gate raced the four boys, the red coats firing a scattering volley at them, carryin off one or two hats and giving Paul a slig ' flesh wcund. The daring young fellows got into the stre and scattered in several directions, so as ta ma it harder for the redc;pats to follow . S ome of the British did rush out after the but they scattered this way and that, over fence down lanes, through gardens or barns, and we r quickly out of sight. They had rescued Dick Slater, at all events, an were overjoyed at their success . "I am sorry we could not have gotten Harr away," said Dick , w.hen he met the beys at t tavern. "The poor fellow has had a hard time o it. He made his escape twi ce, only to be reca tu red. " It was like Dick to think of others first, an Bob now said : "We will get him away next. He i s a pluck fellQw, and deserves to be rescued without delay. The gouty o ld major was greatly incensed ove the escape of Dick, and berated the redcoat. soundly for having permitted it. "You s h ould have kept watch," he stormed. " saw them, and only for me, you would have know nothing about it. I've a great mind to have yo all sent to the guard house, every mothe!"s son o you." He did not do this, but he went to his room and over a jug of strong punch, evolved a schem which he considered as a of cmrnin Judson was fitted out with a s..vord an a pair of epaulettes, and then taken to Genera Howe's quarters. "General," said the major, pompously, "I hav captured one of the mo s t rascally young rebel unhung , no less a pers0n than Captain Did Slater, for whom you have offered a standin reward of--" "Very good, Major Dodd," replied the general "and the reward will be paid to you-if your ps:is oner turns out to b e Dick Slater himself." "Oh, but it is, general, I assure you," said Dodd "I know tiie yot;ng rufrian well, and I him, I can assure you." The prisoner was sent for, and as soon ::>.s Howe saw Harry, he said: "That is not Captain Slater." "No, g eneral, it is not, it is just Harry Judson one of the Liberty Boys, but the major has had me fixed up with a sword and epaulettes, thinking to deceive you and get the reward," answered Harry, with a laugh. Dodd flushed crimson, but finally stormed: "That is an infamous lie, your excellency . Diel Slater was my prisoner, as sure as I stand here; and this fellow his changed uniforms with hi:llj in order to let the great ruffian escape." "Captain Slater is no ruffian, Major Dodd, I said Howe, coolly.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT THE GREAT FIRE 13 "No, he Is not," said Harry. "He was capd, very true, but not by the mendacious jor, and made his escape this morning, since "ch time I have been fixea up as his substitute. would gladly have taken Captain Slater's place, it would have saved him, but, fortunately, it not necessary." "You make a mistake trying to deceive me, jor," said. Howe, gravely. "I know Dick Slater well. You sh&uld have studied the d escription DlOre closely. This boy's eyes are Jnown. Take "m away. He is not Dick Slater, but he is a rebel and must not be allowed to escape." CHEPTER IX.-A Cleve1 Scheme Well Carried Out. Poor Harry was no 'better off than before, for he was still a prisoner, and, in fact, he might be in a worse predicament than he had b een in, for he might 'be sent to one of the city prisons, where his chances of escape would be much less than befsre. Dodd, having no hope of getting the reward, took no further interest in hiiri, and left him to be dispos e d of as the general or the redcoats saw fit. 1 Harry himself was greatly amused at the dis comfiture of the self-important m ajor, and saw also that it might be to his advantage. "If they take me for Dick, they will guard me somewhat more scrupulously than if I were merely Harry Jucl son ," he said to himself, "but at the same time, I will have more privileges, and may be able to take advantage of them." He immediately began taking notice of everything, therefore, so as to form his plan of escape. He made himself agreeable to the guards, and did not seem to mind being a prisoner, laughing and chatting with them, and quite entertaining them by his lively manner and cheerful way of looking at everything. "You ought to be with us," said one. "It seems to me as if I were very much with you, at present," the boy replied, with a laugh. "Why, yes, to be sure, but not as a prisoner I meant," smiling. "Oh, you mean to join you?" "Certainly." "But then I might be simply a private, for you have to buy your commi ss ion in the Britis h army, and I don't know that I have money enough, and, anyhow, .do you think that yeur uniform is as handsome as ours? You fellows 10ok like beiled crawfish, in your tightly-fitting scarlet coats. The men laughed, and one, thinking to flatter the boy, said: "Oh, you'll be a captain, just the same. Anyone can see that you were born t6 command, and, as fo;: tl1e uniform, y0u look much smarter in red than you do in that sober -"I don't believe it," retorted Harry. "I. would look as if I had been skinned,'s all." The men laughed again, and the leader said: "Try it, my boy. I'll lay you a sovereign that you'll a11ree that you look twice fine in a scarlet coat.' r "But I haven't a shilling to wager, so there can't be any bet." "I'll lend yeu one, then. Come, try it, at any rate, I'll get you a well-fitting uniform in a trice, and you shall see how fine you look." The soldiers thought that if they could get the boy in a British uniform they might induce him to enlist by flattering him into believing that he could be an officer. Once he was settled, they could do as they liked with him, and there would be no g etting away. If they had known it, Harry was fooling them, instead of 'being fooled. "Oh, I don't mind tr:yiHg, of course," he said. "I am not such an E>bstinate fellow, that I cannot be convinced of the truth, and it may be that your uniform is as fine as ours. I have never tried yours." The men, thinldng that they had the boy hal f convinced already, flattered him to the top of their bent, and he pretended to swallow it all. The y regarded the whole thing as a lark, and at th0 same time a chance to get a recruit, the an11y being in need of likely young fellows like the young patriot. Harry readily fathomed thei r purpose, but seemed to encoui:age them, seeing a n opportunity for himself, which they did not. Time hung heavily on their hands when they were off duty and yet not at leisure, and tbey entered fully into the thina-, Harry enceuraging them by seeming to be hard to please. One of them 'Breught out a smart uniform, and Harry looked at it critically. "I'll look as if I'd been boiled," he laughed. "Still , I don't mind humoring you a bit." He laid aside his uniform, folding it up neatly, and then began to put on the other. "If they gave me a general's tags, they couldn't make a redcoat of me," he said. to himself, it may turn out that I can make samething by this adventure, and, nothing venture, gain." H:e put on the uniform carefully, showing himself to be every inch a soldier, and looking a t himself with a certain air of admiration, wh1ch quite de ceived the r e dcoats. "We11, I must say, it deesn't look so bad," he said, surveying himself, the uniform being a fitting one, and quite setting off his trim, boyish figure. "Why you look a thousand times better, my boy!" declared one.. • "One would say that you had never worn another, my lad." "There's no comparison, old chap." in the mirror, and you'll quite fall in love with yourself, old man, blow me if you don't. " They all flattered and cajoled him, as they thought, but Harry had a qui e t laugh to himself, as he thought how he had humbugged them. "Oh, well, I'll keep it on fer a time," he said, as if unwilling to take it off, "till I see whether I can get u sed to it." Then there s uddenly h appe ned what Harry had not h ope for, and hardly even thought of, There was a sudden call to change the guard. A sergeant came suddenly bustling into the place and said, sharply: "Now, then, look alive! Fresh guard called for. Quick with y0u, now." Harry's uniform was hurried out of the way, for the sergeant was wt one to approve of such


14 THE LIBE.RTY BOYS AT THE GREAT FIRE larks, and no one cared to risk being put in the guardhouse by an explanation. A few quick, sharp orders, and the men were lined up, their hats on, their muskets in their han<;ls, the index finger on the seam of their breeche s , eyes right, shoulders squared, and at attention. Harry took his place in the line with a sly lo o k at the rest, and they greatly admired his ready wit. They did not know that the plucky fellow saw a chance of escape in this adventure, and was fully prepared to carry it out. The sergeant noticed him, and said sharply: "Who are you, sir?" "Judson, sir," returned Harry, promptly. "H'm! New recruit? Know anything of guard mounting?" "Yes, s ir. I am not a new recruit, sir. I have been transferred from another command." . "H'm! very good, if you are er1icient," with a snap. "If not, back you go. I'm not a man to have poor timber passe d off upon me." Then the men were marched out, the sergeant looking sharply at Harry. He saw nothing to take exception to in the boy, however, and simply grunte d, not approving, as that was bad for dis cipline, but not disapproving, which would have meant Harry's b eing put out of the line. The men greatly admired the boy's quick wit in saving them from a wigging by the p eppery sergeant, who was a regular martinet, and resolved to keep Harry with them if flattery and persuasion could do it. They marched out of the barracks, across the Bowlirtg Green, and up Broadway, signs of the ravishings of the great fire on every hand. At Trinity Church the guard was divided, part being sent down to the river, Harry being among these. As they turned into Thames street, Harry saw Dick and two or three of the Liberty Boys among the crowd looking at the changing of the guard. It was a trying ordeal to the boy, but he went through it without showing a sign. of recognition, and, of course, the boys did not make it too hard for him by observing him closely. Dick Slater had every in him, and, while he could not explain his being in a British uniform, was positive that he had not violated his oath, one of the most solemn that man or boy could take. The guard went on, and Harry was soon stationed on the river, to keep a watch 6n thieves and prowle11s, there being many of them after the greait fire, seeking plunder. The sergeant left them with orders to warn away any suspicious characters, and to shoot if there were any trou ble. W hen the sergeant had d eparte d, Harry's companions praised him highly for getting them out of a scrape as he had. "Jove! you're a trump, my lad!" said one. "That peppery fellow would have given us all extra duty j.f he had known the truth." "It was quickly thought and nobly carried out," declared another. "I never saw anything done so neatly." "I had myself to look out for, as well,'' Harry laughed. "I should have b een sent t o prison for putting on a uniform that did not belong to me, and that would have been worse than being in the guardhouse." "You won't get in the guardhouse, but there will be an inquiry when we get back, so you had better enlist before the sergeant has a chance to questi011s. State your preference for ou regiment, of course, and it will be all right." "I would as soo n be in this as any if I'm goin to }>e a redcoat," the boy answered.' And you are going to be, of course?" severa asked. Harry walked away without answering for h saw Dick, Mark, Ben Spurlock and Sam 'sa nd e son approaching. The boys had some sc h eme o hand, he knew, and it concerned his rescue. Die and the rest came on and began to jeer him, a unruly boys will do. "Move on, now, or I'll have you all put in th guardhouse," h e said in asharp tone. "H'm! guardhouse, eh!" roared Dick. "Com on, boys, into the river with him!" Harry was close to the edge of the water, an now the boys m a de a sudden rush and pushed h i in, musket and all. Some of the redco ats sa Harry's plight, and began hurrying to h is a s sis ance, firing shots in the air to frighten off th b?ys. The scattered , some going up th river, others racmg up the street, and still other hurrying into narrow alleys and other hidin places. Dick Slater went up the river a s soon a he saw Harry begin to rise. Harry knew very well that he had been throw into the iiver to get him away from the redcoat and he helped the boys carry out the plan. H came to the Rurface with his coat off to get ll breath of air and sank a gain as soon 'as he ha filled his lungs. He swam upstream, under wate as long as he could, and the redcoats, not seei n him, thought that he had been drowned. The went down the river, thinking that h e would b(j carried that way by the current and all the time Harry was swimming upstrear:i and Dick wa d? ing his bes t .to keep the plucky fellow out o sight at such times that he was obliged to com to the surface to breathe. CHAPTER,fC.-Dick Hears Bad News. Some of the boys had gone to the house in Pin street to look for Harry, and h ad s een hi marched off to Howe's quarters. They had fol lowed him, and had seen him taken to the bar racks, but were unable to communicate with him They reported to D ick , and the latter, with Mark Ben and Sam, set out to learn where the boy wa be To. surprise they sa\ him wearmg a British uruform and marching wit a number of redcoats. "Follow him, boys," said Dick. "I don't kno how Han-y com e s to be tricked out as a redcoa but you may be sure that he is true to his oath. "There isn't a truer boy in the whole troop " an swered Mark emphatically. ' When Harry turned down Thame s street to th river, Dick said: "We will follow him presently, jeer at him and if he answers, as he will, fall upon him and toss him into t he river. Then I will iook after him, :Ind I think he has sense enough to enter into the scheme with us." "Trust Harry Judson for that!" laughed Ben. Then the boys went down to the river, and thf plan was carried out, as we have seen. Di went upstream just behind Harry, while the r .... ;;!' V • .,. • • '' 1..'"'•


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT THE GREAT FIRE ats went down. At last, when Harry came up in t o get his breath, the r edcoats were well pwn th e river, and Dick said: ' "You needn't swim under water now, Harry. ey are looking for you the other way, and seem ery sorry to lose you." "So the y are, for they felt sure I would enlist." Harry swam on till he came t o a little wharf at e foot of Liberty street, and here he came shore. The effects of the great fire were seen ere, and Dick said: " Keep along through the ruins, Harry, and you ay get up unobserved. I will get you a pair of reeches and a coat, if you will hide in some of he burned buildings near here." • "Very well, Captain," answered Harry. "I have een thro ugh a lo t since the great fire started." Harry hid in a smoking ruin, although it was ow afternoon , Dick hurrying o!l' to get the boy me dry clothes, in place of his wet ones. f he had no coat, he would be take n for a British oldier, if he had been seen, and he could not very ell get to the tavern at this time of day withut it. While h e was hiding in the ruins, he eard voices, and at onc e r ecognized them as be on.e;ing to Bill Puddles and Hank. '"fhose fellows a?e prowling about still, trying o see what they can steal," murmured Harry. 'If the y see me, they may recognize me and start hue and cry after me." 1 The tw-0 sceundrels came into the ruins, and arry gave vent to a deep groan, and then a yell. he m e n were thoroughly startled a nd ran out in erro r . "That's a pretty good yell for a dying man," uttered Bill. "Well, he is, all the same. That's his dying asp. I wouldn't go in there . again for any oney." "It isn't, either, and I'm going in. Maybe he's ot some money." Bill started to return, but Harry pelted him 'ith &tones and rubbish, and forced him to beat hasty retreat. Then D ' ick cam e and drove the w o feilows away_ Harry p u t on the dry clothes ick had brought, leaving the others b ehind, and hen he and Dick made their way to the tavern. Some -0f the boys were here and were very glad to see Harry again, and we• e greatly interested n the story of his adventures during and after he great fire. ,, "-YF./e must try and get away as soon a s we can, s aid Dick. "It is dangerous to stay here now, for we may be recognized, and made prisoners, and then I am afraid we will have greate r trouble n making our escapes." The city was full of redcoats, there were two lines drawn right acr<>ss the island, and every avenue would be watched, as it was suspected that there were patriot spies in the city. "We must try and get all the information con cerning the enemy that he can," continued Dick, " so as to keep the general posted, but at the same time we mu s t g e t away without d elay." It was well on toward evening by this t i me, and the redocats would be on the lookout for any one trying to leave the city . Dick decid e d to wait till morning, so as to give the boys a good rest and start refreshed. B y dark all the Liberty Boys in the city knew that Harry had finally made his escape, and that they were to leave in the morning. There was a p;reat dral of talk about the fire, and many held that thP. patriots had set it, even in the face of evidence that it was purely accidental. On that account, therefore, it would be dangerous for the boys to be recognfaed as patriots, as a number of innocent persons had already suffered. The boys would stay at different lodgings, and would leave in the morning without coming together ag-ain, that being understood by all. Dick, Bob, Harry and Ben were at the tavern near the Oimmons, Mark was with Patsy and Carl on Partition -street, and the rest were s catte red about in parties of two or three in different parts of the city. None cf the boys had seen Patience since the great fire, and Dick felt considerable interest in her. "I would like to know whether she is all right before I leave the city," he said to Bob . "She helped us, and I wou ld like to tell her that we are all right, and that we are grateful to her for what she did for us." "And I would like to pull the no se of Major Do boys wt:?re sit ting, took a seat, and said to Dick in a quie t tone: "Th:s is a ifangerous place for to be. I must i:;ay that I am glad you escaped, but you are an ene:ny, and a dangerous one, a nd it i s my duty to a1!"est vou." "Wait a minute, .lieutenant," answered Dick.


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT THE GREAT FIRE "You were interested in the young girl at the house in Pearl street, were you not?" "Yes, I was greatly." "She is missing from her home, and I suspect that Major Dodd has carried her off." "The old scoundrel!" ejaculated the other. "We are looking for him now. I have some of the boys out upon his trail, and they are going to give me some information concerning him just as soon as they can." "I shall have to help you in this matter, Captain," said the other. CHAPTER XL-Bearding the Lion. The lieutenant said that he knew some of the :major's haunts and would show the way to the bo ys, adding: "I can understand why you wish to help the yo ung lady, and I am anxious to do so myse!f, for another reason. I have taken a great fancy to her, and then--" "You don't like Dodd!" laughed Bob. "You are right, I do not. Perhaps I should not say it of my superior officer, but I regard him as an old--" "Scoundrel," said Bob. "We have the same opinion." "Let us go," interrupted Dick. "It will seem strange for an officer to be seen conversing with two boys not in uniform." "I suppose it will," replied the "So we will go and I will try and find one of the major's haunts." . They left the tavern and set off toward the southeastern part of town. Here, however, there were ruins, and the officer said: "There is little use looking here. The place is nothing but a mass of ruins. It must have been the greatest fire that New York has ever seen." "No doubt," answered Dick. "They are beginning to make houses already," obse rved Bob. "So they are, if you can call them houses." In some places they had begun to make use of ithe chimneys and parts of walls, eking them out with spars and bits of old sails, constructing d well in g s which were half hovels and half tents. There were several of thes e strange houses already constructed, and more were being built. The people who were intending to live in them were of the lowest class, however, as could be seen by their faces. "This was an evil part of town, to begin with," ob serve d Dick, "and it will be worse when these people get settled." "I haven't seen an honest face since we came into t he district," declared Bob. "No, they are a forbidding lot," agreed the officer, "but they have a great respect for the military, and there will be no trouble. " "And did Dodd come into these places?" asked Bob. "Yes, to gamble." "But if he had taken the girl away would he Dring her here?" "He might, as a place not likely to be looked ,Into," the officer replied. . "There is something in that,' said Dick musingly. "We are only going on the suppo tion that he has run away with her, however, a we must be sure that he has before we can very much." r "It would be just like him to run away w! her," the officer rejoined. They were gointj;)on when a crowd of rough f ' lows suddenly came surging toward them, utte ing hoarse cries. "Down with the redcoats!" "Drive out the meddlers!" 1 "Away with all of 'em, this is our home, with 'em!" The men, an evil lot, seemed to resent the enee of strangers, as if the latter had come H spy upon the m, and they now attacked the boy and the lieutenant. D ick and Bob knocked doVU two of them a piece, and the officer drew his tols and threatened to shoot the first man advanced. "Don't threaten, do it, Lieutenant," said Bill Puddles came suddenly rushi11g at thf young patriot, yelling: 1 "That's a rebel, he's as bad as the thievin redcoats, down with--" Bob knocked Bill down and then he and right upon the crowd, pistol in hand, a sent three or four flying. Then there was a su den cry that the redcoats were coming, and t crowd b egan to scatter in many direction s. Th, nvo boys were separated from the officer, anl then Dick l ed the way between nvo rows blackened walls, saying to Bob in a low tone: I "It will be as well to get away from him, Bob.'6 "Yes, for we may meet fellows who will wan to ask awkward aucstions." . "Very true, andthat is just why I want to ge away." Coming out upon what had been a street, th boys suddenly encountered Major Dodd, V.'l'app e in a long cloak which concealed his uniform Some one had built a fire in front of one of th hastily constructed stone and canvas ho c";s , an the light of this shone full in the fac es o f th t w o boys. The major did not recognize Bob , bu he knew Dick in an instant and seemed about to give the alarm. Like a flash Dick darted for,. ward, caught him by the throat and hissed: "They are raising a hue and cry against red coats, just back of us. Do you want me to de nounce you ? They will tear you to pieces, if yo u are Major Dodd, of the Royal Fusileers." "Confound you, sir, take your fingers from m throat, or--" "What have you done with the young girl who m you took away from her home, after the fire?" This question, put with startling abruptness, caused the major to turn crimson, almost purple, in fact, and to tremble violently. Dick perceived the advantage he had gained at once. He had guesse d correctly, as he had hoped he would. "Tell me!" he hissed, drawing the redcoat away from the glare of the fire into a deep shadow cas t by a high wall still standing. "Release me, you--" "Tell me, I say, or I wiij drag you before Sir William and tell him of your villainy. There .will be little chance of your advancement after that.'' "I know nothing of the matter of which you speak." , "And I tell you to your face that you lie, Ma-


THE L IBER TY BOY S AT THE G REA T F IRE 17 You do kno w o f it, and if-you do not I me, I w ill drag y o u before General Howe, at th e r is k of being made a prisoner. and 'ienoun c e y o u. There are enough suspicion s a gainst y o u n o w t o ruin yo u when this matter i s adde d to the m , s o be w ise." T h e majo r f elt it a new experience to be d ic tated to in that fashion, but he was powerless. "Look for her!" h e snapped. "She is in some hovel about here. My man took her there. I don' t k n o w where-" "If y ou t ell me any more lies, I will chok e the truth out o f y our black heart!" hisse d Dick. Then he tightened h i s grip upon the major's th r o a t . "Over b y what w a s street!" the major rasped. "Lead the way!" and Dick released his. throat, but he ld his arm in a tight clasp. At the same tim e Bob rapidly removed the major's pistols and hid the m in his own pockets. The major was forced to show the way, although he was fairly fuming with rage. "If :vou give the alarm to any ohe, I will shoot you!" h isse d Bob . "Not a word till you reach the place !" said Dick . There was a reason for this sud den order . Dick 8a w the lieutenant coming. If the major ordered him to arrest them, he would be forc1>d to do so , Dodd being his superior -0fficer. Dodd must be ke p t quiet, therefore. Dirk held a pi3to l agninst his side as they went on. They met the lie utenant, and Bob gave him a warning l ook. T h e officer s aluted, as was his duty, and passed on. He knew that Dick was going to compe l the m ajor to show them where he' had put Patience, and would not interfere. He paid no mo r e atten t ion to the boys tha n if he had never met them, and went on . Dodd did not dare to speak to him, and did not even acknowledge his salute, Dick's pi stol being pressed against his side at the mo:ment. The lieutenant smiled when they had p assed, for it was a gratification to him to see an y one get the best of Dodd. " Don't you try to play us false, you old ras c al!" said Dick, "or I'll put a bulle t in you as soon as wink!" T hey went on, and at length the major said, w ith a grunt: " D o wn there you will find her." "Go with u s," said Dick. ''I wouldn't trust you o u t o f sight." "Nor as far as I could throw a bull by the tail," added Bob. " T his way, confo und y o u for a pestilent rebel!" s narled the angry old rascal, as he turned to one s i d e . "You may spare your compliments," said Dick dry l y . They turned into an alley and in a moment some one came forward out of the darkness and said: "Well, what do you want?" " Majo r Dod d has a message t o give y o u , " an swe r e d Di c k. "I have com e t o take the y oung w oman away! " growled D o d d . "You haven't paid for her lodging yet, you old reprobate?" the m a n made reply, in a surly tone! D ick gave a s u dden l o w whis tle . Bob a t once spran g upon the man, with a pistol at h is head, and hissed: "Produ<;e the girl at once , you r uffian, o r I'll put a hole in you big enough to run in my fist!" " Obey him!" said Dick. Dic k p u t a pistol to the head of Dodd . "Do as he says !" the r e dcoat snarled. The man growled, but was obliged to submit, and led the way between two houses to a rear court. "Produce the young lady at once!" comma n ded Bob. "I will go with you." Dick remaine d with D o dd while the man re m ained with the major. "If you try any act of treachery, I will s hoot you a s soon as I would shoot a mad dog!" Bo b declared. The man had no doubt of this and led the way into a house across the court. Then he said t o some one within: "Brin g the wenc h out. The old r ascal wants her." "She'll be in worse company than with us , then!" muttered a woman in the darkness. She went away and presently returned, with the young girl at her side . "\\!"here are you going to take me?" she asked. " Yo u wiil be all right, miss, " said Bob cheerily. "I have com e from the captain. He is not far from here." . "The old s c ound r e l has go t to pay me!" the man growlf!d, "or I w ill make it so hot that--" "Get out!" said Bob , suddenly tripping up the man's hee!s, catching the g irl b y the hand and hurrying away with her. Before the man could raise an outcry, Bob had reached Dick. "lt's all right, Dick, " he sai d . Then he suddenly wound the major's cloak about his head and tripped him up also . The angry redcoat fell on his face, tangled in hi s cloak, and b y t he time he got on his feet, the boys had disappear<>d. They made their way to Whitehall street as rapidly as possible and then into Broadway and uptow n, as fast as they c ould go. " Where is you r house now, Patience?" asked Dick . "In John street, near the river." "I did not know if you kn ew . When did the major run away with you?" "Late this afternoon. I did not know that i t was the major at first, but I learned it after ward." " Y ou saw him?" "Yes, he came to me and had the impudenc e . to propos e marriage." "Which you refused?" "Yes. The man is o l d enough to be my father and is an old rascal besides . I wouldn't think of such a thing." "Of course you wouldn't," laugh ed Bob , "and, besides, there is the lieutenan t , who is a very d ecent f ellow . " The girl b lushed and said: "The lieutenant i s a gentleman, but M ajor Doda--" "Is a n old rascal," put in B ob, "and i f he do e s not get into trouble throu g h one rascali t y or another, I will miss my guess. " T h e bo y s took Pat i ence to the h ouse in John •


/,"' 18 THE LIBE.RTY BOYS AT THE GREAT FIRE street, and after remaining a short time, took their back to the tavern. "1t is d angerous for us to stay in the city," observed Dick, "and we had already arranged to leave to-night Oi' in tne m orning." "And then yo u heard that I was missing and you l'an the risk of staying, so as to help me," added Patience. "Of course we did," smiling. "Why should we not'! You gave us a great deal of assistance whe n v:e were prisoners, and it is no more than right thnt we should retnrn it." I am a Tory." "You didn't think of tha t when you helped us, nnd why should \Ve think of it, in giving you help?" "If all the redcoats were like Dodd, I would not be a Tory, on e minute!" ck clani

THE LIBERTY BOYi AT THE GREAT FIRE 19 ed and rode back to the hous e . Dick, mean ie, WltS making h is way toward the Commons, ing a lookout for Bob. Btb would have waited for Di c k under most msta nces, presuming that he would get away m the crowd a nd go to the Commons. He h a d ely e scaped the crowd himself, and was makhis way to Broadway, when he saw the li euant and a party of redcoats coming up the ltreet. "I'll lead them away from Dick," he said to mself. The officer might have allowed Bob to pass unnoticed, but a sergeant, who had seen the boy, :recognized him and cried: "Lieutenant, there is a young rebel, one of the Liberty Boys, the lieutenant, in fact!" There was nothing for it but to pursue Bob, and the latter at once took •to his h ee ls, thu s in '!lliting pursuit. The lieutenant had to give just so many orders, however, before he could set out aft e r :Bob, and do everything strictly according to m ilitary rules, the consequence being that by the time the enem y ""ere ready to fire a volley, he was n early out of range. He got away, after a lively chase, anrl led the redcoats s o far out of the way that saw nothing of them when he finally reach e d the Commons. "I don' t think the lieutenant wanted to catch. m e at all," laughed the young patriot. He was now on he west s i de of the Commons and continu ed in that direction, seeing nothing of Dick . Befo1e he reached the lower lines, drawn acro ss the island, he came upon a teamster with a covered wagon, who had stopped at a tavern to refresh himself. He was now ready to go on again, and Bob said: "Going up through Greenwich Village, teamster ?" "I guess I am " the man replied. "Would you t aice up a pair of boots for me?" "I gues s I could. Hand 'em up here, and I'll take 'em" Bob p;omptly took a seat beside the driver and said: "Well they are on my legs, and I don't care to take the'm off, if it's all the same to y ou." The man laughed and said: "W ell, I guess you'll get on. You're a smart sort of chap." They passed the lines without <;lifficulty, the teamster having a pass, and Bob bemg taken for h is son. The man went beyond the and then tmned off, Bob gomg on afoot. "If :r' can get through the upper lines as well as I passed the lower ones," he thought, "I shall get on all right. " He trudged on a number of miles and at length got into Bloomingdale, and found a truck farmer about to set out for Harlem Heights with an empty cart, having disposed of his load. There was a lot of straw in the bottom of the wagon, and Bob crept under it when the man was occu other things and covered himself. The man dro ve off a l ength, never suspecting that he had a passenger, and Bob lay still until after they had pas sed the upper lines. T hen he came out, much to the farmer's astonishment, and said: "Much obliged for the lift, farmer. How far might you be going?" "Where in time did you come from?" the man asked, thoroughly astonished at the sudde n ap-. pearance of Bob. "From Bloomingdale," carelessly. "Why didn't you tell me you was there, 'stead of stealin' a ride like of that?" tlie man asked . "Well, I didn't know what you were," signifi cantly . "Well, I'm a Tory, of course. " "Then it was jus t as well that I did not tell you, for I am not, I'm a stanch patriot, and bound for the American lines." "H'm! You'll get. something from me then , if I don't get nothing from you!" and the fa:rmer raised his whip to catch Bob a stinging crack. Bob was out of the wagon in a hurry, however, and the farmer s imply made his whip-lash whistle through the air. B ob then wen t on , but v:as not yet out of danger, as the British had a camp at the edge of Harlem Plains, and he had to pass it. He went on, and at length came i n s ight of it and saw the sentrie s passing up and down before it. Going on, at one side of the camp , he was hailed by a sentry. "Halt! Where are you going? Don't you know you can't pass here?" "No, what's the matter of me?" with a stup id look. ;;You can't go by, that's what's the matter." Yes, I can. Just look at me. There isn't any thing the matter with m e , I tell you. " "Yes, I can, I'm a-

THE LIBERTY BOYS Ai THE GREAT FIRE tethered at the gate and these probably belonged to the redcoats. The next thing was to get a pass, but first there was the horse. The redcoats were !coking, but it would not take long to get the horse. Stepping up carelessly, as if simply looking at the horses, he sl ippe d the tethers of all, jumped upon the best of the lot, and was off in an in stant, b efore the redcoats realize d what had hap pen ed . T he y set up a $hont as they saw their hors0 s d:ishing-away, and then came running out in a body.


•. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" Tim Turpin of Temagam A TALE OF THE GREAT NORTH WOODS By Ralph Mc>rton (A Story) CHAPTER XI. Bob Refuses To Square Tim. "Well, I'm sure that you are a hero, too," said she. "I wish you would tell me all about your brave deeds. Won't you do so now?" Bob Gordon could hardly believe his good luck. But he quickly walked to the big wide bench by the open log fireplace, and there related the story of his life, putting on many frills and furbelows which had never existed before that night. "Well, even she believes the brui things about me. So it is all up now, surely enough,'' thought Tim. But Bob did not have such an easy conquest as he thought. For the girl was a shrewd one, and she had notic ed a suspicious manner about Bob. Deep in her heart she had begun to admire Tim more than any young man she had ever met, and she determined to bring out the trickery of the other, which she already suspected. And like a clever girl, she was doing it by the method which was the hardest to oppose-that of encouragement and cajolery. For more than an hour Bob talked with the owner's daughter, telling of his exploits and showing his vanity in a hundred ways by manner and words. The girl listened demurely, and led him on to thinking that he had made a tremendous impres-sion with her. . At last her father called to h e r, for he was starting to the cabin quarters which they were occupying during their stay at Henderson's lumber camp. That gentleman, Andy Henderson, was thinking deeply and long, and at last called over one of his men for a little conversation after May Lawrence had left. Buck had gone to sit before the log fire, to dream rosy dreams of his own big chances and the great .future which he was sure was now be fore him. "Say, Buck," remarked A.ndy Henderson to his assistant foreman, "I have an idea. Didn't you remember my sending Bob down the glen, and then i;ending Tim after him, to k ee p him from going to the road to the camp!" "Yes," responded Buck. "Well, sirree bob! I believe that the whole mystery is hanging right around those trails. It's moonlight in another hour or so, and let's you and me go and see if there was more than one trai'l down to that roadway. It jus t struck me." The assistant looked at him with a wink. "Say, that's pretty good. We'll just see how it is, and then can spring a surprise. How about it 7" "Correct. But say nothing. I have an idea that Tim is shielding the guilty party, but you and I are the only ones who know about this. So let's wait until a bit later." They sat and talked a while , and presently Bob retired to the bunk-room, for he wanted to gloat over Tim, because of his long talk with the girl outside. Bob was also curious to see how Tim would take the whole matter, for he was certain that his own case was covered up completely. Tim was lying quietly on his couch, although it is safe to say that he was not sleeping, with the theft of on e hundred dollars at hi s door. Going to the bunk side Bob gave him a shake of the shoulder. "Tim, Tim,'' h e said in a low voice. "I've got something important to . tell you. " Tim's spirits bounded upward. He felt that something would now be done to justify him. But he was doomed to a bitter disappointment, for the other had no such generous impulse in mind. Far from it! • • "I've done what I said I would, Tim; I've been talking with her all evening, and she t hiytks I'm the real thing. I 'll be heir to these forest lands before ano .ther month is up. You mark my words!" "Now, Bob, please k eep such matters to your s elf. I do not care to hear from your lips such words about a fine young lady who is far above each of us." "Oh, cut out that silly talk," snarled Bob impatiently. "The trouble with you is that you are too jealous and envious to be able to do anything." He gave a laugh of contempt then, and continued glibly: "Yes, and you are under suspicion. You had better wait until you clear your name, before yo u begin trying to cut me out, Tim Turpin. You are not in the running any more, and you are not good enough sport to admit it. I hate a bad los er." The other could .stand no more of this treatment, and he arose and sat on hi s bunk side, with flashing eyes. "How dare you talk fo me that way? Even if you are my friend, you must be square with me. I h ave endured enough for you r sake, and you had better not destroy my affection for you, Bob Gordon!" Gordon trembled, as he replied with a show of indifference and sneering scorn. "You make me smile. You are trying to the blame-why, I'll bet that you are so jealous that you wouldn't hesitate to accuse me of getting that money." Bob •thought that he had taken the wind out of Tim's sails by this speech. But he was wrong, for the fext answer floored him. "You are a silly fool,'' said Tim. "I have been trying not to betray your secret, but you ' apt to betray yourself 'by just such speeches as that, Bob. I followed your trail in the snowshoes down to the road trail, and I saw where you had walked up to the unconsciou s man. I saw your trail go back into the forest again, toward the spot where the men were working on the logs." (To be continued)


THE LIBERTY BOYS O F "7G" 23 1THE NEWS IN SHORT ARTICLES THE FIRST . STEEL PEN Some eighty years .ago Joseph Gillet was a jeweler in Birminghan, England. One day he accidentally split on e of his fin e steel tools and, being suddenly required to sign a receipt and, not finding a quill 'handy, he used the split to ol a s a substiti1te . This happy incident i3 said to have Je-1 to the idea of m aking pens of metal. KILLED BY BENZOIN FUl\IES Raymond Marquez of Brooklyn, employed at the factory o f Anthony Napolitan, manufacturer o f a roofing preparation at 454 Lorime r street, dropped a five pound can of b enzo i n whi ch he was carrying. He bent over to pi ck vn the can, and fell to the floor, apparently ovi:o: ' e b y fumes. An ambulance was called from Catherine's Hospital, and by the time it arrived Marquez was dead. Dr. D e Pedro, the ambulance surgeon, sa id he be lieved it, was possible for the benzoin fumes escaping from the can to have caused death. The medical examiner's office bega n an investigation. THAT CAPRON! GIANT For a long time back rumors have been coming to us of the remarkable giant machine b eing con structed b v the Caproni Brothers of Italy. Now we learn tha t this machine, a huge flying boat with i:. capacitv of 100 passengers, i s completed. It has cost $800,000 to construct, and over four years of constant labor. The machine is remark-. able for the absence of a tail. It is composed of three sets of three planes each, above a lon g shaped boat. The passengers are carried in the cabin which forms the boat bod y. The length of this machine is 75 feet, and the width 10 8 feet. It i s equipped with eight 12c ylinder motors. The total lifting capacity i s twenty-six tons. BANDITS LOOT CELLAR OF LIQUOR Eight unmasked boy bandits looted the wine cella r of W. H . Hoyt, wealthy capitalist; in the fashionab l e Mission Hills district, Kansas City, Mo., of $15,000 worth of wines and liquors . T h e robbery, kept secret for two weeks, .was commit ted b y daylight. The boys entered by the front door, bound a butler and took their pic k of the capitalist's liquors. They carried cases of wine and whis k y out to the driveway, piling the loot in an auto truck. During the robbery Mrs . C. S. Jones , mother-in law of Hoyt, descended from an upper floor . She was " covered" bv one of the robbers and comp ell e d to watch the depr edati on. After filling their machine the bandits fled. PIGS RUN WILD Severa l hundred pigs ran wild through the streets and yards in the East Buffalo section -Marc h 5, when 200 women, weary of waiting for city ordinances to regulate live stoc k driving in the streets , took the law into their own hands. The w omen first argued with the drovers and, finding them obdurate attacked them with sticks and a t o ml!s. The pigs scattered during t h e melee. A detail of policeme n quell e d the riot. Thct drovers were cut and bru i sed , bt1t :;eemed most over the lo ss of their char ges. The Departments of Health and Public Safety have had l!llCt!: ronside'ration for several weeks o:rdi:i a nces fotbiddingthe promiscuous driving of pig.s through the streets. TREE GR O WS ON TOWER . A tree growing on the courthouse tower has given Greensburg, Incl., t h e name of "Th e Lone Tree City." The tree first appeared in 1 8 71 and ?as :weat .hercd storms for nearly 49 years. It is.still alive and vigorous, leaflng out in the spring with other trees and waving its branches at a h eir?:ht of 110 fret from the g-rotrnd. This i s reall y one of the world's wonder:>. There is only one other place where there i s anything of the ki!:':d and that is o n an old mill in Scotland, near the birthplace cf Ro bert Burns. "Whenever a pas;;;er;ger train thrnup: h Greens burg the windo'.\ " S go u and heads are thrus t out. There is much cranine of necks to see the courthouse tree. 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24 T H E LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" THE SIX VICTIMS By JOHN SHERMAN One evening a man rod e into o n e of the mushroo m "cities" on our West e r n border, and drew r ein before the principal hotel. A motley crowd of lOungers, consisting in the main of gamblers, worthless miners and well known l aw-breakers, greeted his appearance, and from the appellation of "Stranger," which they applied to him, it was evident that he was not a frequenter of the place. While the horseman's clothes were genteel and unapproachable for that lawless portion o f our Union, his face was pale, haggard, and in every s ense of the word woe-begone . "Gentlemen,'' he said, addressing the crow d, " will one of you fetch me a glass of whisky?" "Certainly, pardner," said a tall, red-shirted miner. "D'ye want the best?" "If it is good-yes, " was the reply, and the sarcasm was received with a smile. Without noticing the q1ight silver dollar which the haggard-looking man displayed, the miner entered the hotel and soon reappeared with a glass of liquor, which he handed to its wisher. The next moment a single gulp caused it to disappear, and the horseman said, as he returned the glass: "Did you ever hear of Tom Bernard?" "Never!" was the answer from a doze n . "Well, that's who I am," the stranger continued. "I look pretty hard, eh? Been riding a Jong distance. See here!" With the last word the speaker unbuttoned the coat that cover ed his breast, and revealed a shirt stained with gore. Ejaculations of horror went up from the crowd. "Been shot? Yes, sir!" Bernard said, replying to the wild looks and w ilder exclamations of one at the same time. "It's the end of Tom Bernard. but I swol'e that I wouldn't die until I had emp tied my r evolver among the devils who did this, and I die right here-right here in Deadwood." Bernard tossed his reins carelessly upon t h e neck of his jaded steed, and drew a formidable Colt's revolver. At sight of the deadly weapon there was a movement of uneasiness in the crow d. "Hang 'im!" grated one . man. "The chap ma? be crazy. If he raises that thing, I'll drop 'iml But Bernard smiled at the fears of the crowd, and hastened to dissipate them. "No fears, gentlemen. We are all friends t o gether," h e said. "I .never s aw one of you before to-day, and before sundown we shall part forever. I know this, for they are coming, and I am going to die here. " . "Comin'! who are?" said a dark-faced desper ado, rising to his feet, and stalking towards the white-faced man. "If they're after you, an' are too many, I'll stand up an' help you through. M ike B lue never did go back on a fellow -man what was hard pressed. " T h e rough turned t o the crow d for a confirma tion of his boast, and rece i ve d it in flatt e r in g co i n . "Thar, stranger!" he said, turning upon Ber nard, and waving his revolver with pride towards his hardened associates, "thar -stands the b o y s what knows Mike Blue , an' knows him for a man what has a big heart. I f y o u want help it i s hyar! If thar's twent y u v u s , thar's at least thirty revolvers, an' we--" "No!" interrupted Bernard. "It is my fight. Y ou boys haven't anythin g at stake in it. I thank you all. I knew there were men in Deadwood." "If you are determined t o go i t alone, we will respect ye1 decision,'' Blue said. "You says they are after you?" "Yes." "How many?" "Twelve. " "An' you hev but one revolver?" "Yes." "Then take Mike Blue's an' hev another. It are a good un-killed three men on cinnamon Bar last winter. You look as if you kin use one." Bernard shook his head, and pushed the prof fered weapon aside. "Many thanks, Mike," he said. "If I took it I might kill somebody whom I would spare. Mr, own weapon is all I want. Six shots-six men!' "If you hit all the time," Blue said, doubtingly, "But it appears to me that thar's gallopin' down the road." Tom Bernard caught the import of the sentence before the desperado could finish it, and turned his head to listen. There were unmistakable sounds of a cavalcade approaching the dingy "square," and the crowd listened and watched the determined man. " 'Tis they!" Bernard said, closing his lip s firmly behind the monosyllable, and he d eliberate l y cocked his "Stand back, boys," Mike Blue said to hi s con freres. "There is goin' to be fun here, an' if Bernard thaidoesn't hev a fair showin' why we'll get 'im one." ' "I'll get that-never mind!" the horse man said. "I will show you a speciment of shooting that may amaze some of you, and, as it will be the last I shall ever give, you may, perhaps, remember it." . Then his eyes wandered down the narrow street of Deadwood, flanked on either side by saloons and other places of disreputable resort, and caught sight of the twelve horsemen who had entered the town. They came forward at a brisk gallop, each man grasping a revolver or carbine. Rough-looking fellows they were-red-shirted grizzly-bearded characters-men who did not value life save for the privilege of casting it away in a fierce, wild fight. They !ode straight for the "hotel,'' and a cry of astonishment, not unmingled with satisfaction, pealed from their throats when they beheld their man calmly a waiting them. "Gentlemen," said Bernard to Mike Blu e and his companions, "one of those men killed my I h>ok They shot me this morning-shot me cowardly from behind a cliff. Now we are g oing to settle our feud forever. Six shots-six men. Y o u shall see. "


.. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" 25 . Almost before the last word had lef'C the speaker's lips, the harsh voice of the leader of the self-made vigilantes was heard. "We have you now!" he cried. "Surrender at discretion, or we'll make a sieve of your carcass!" There was no reply, but Tom Bernard's eyes twinkled with a light that is indescribable, and a singular smile distorted his ashen lips. How the borderers before the hotel watched him! Not one looked to the rough men who demand ed the hunted brother's surrender. He was the center of attraction. A minute of inactivity was not permitted to follow the demand. Bernard was smiling still when he raised his revolver, and so quick we're six shots sent from its chambers, that not one of Mike's gang could c0unt them. It was a piece of rapid firing that astonished every one. . . Six saddles seemed to have been emptied s1m u!taneously, for six men were lying on the ground before the smoke left Bernard's weapon. After the last shot, Tom Bernard flung his re volver at Mike Blue's feet, saying: "Take it, Mike, and think of me," then before the astonished vigilantes could recover their equi librium, he tore o pen his coat and jerked every bandage from his breast. A gus h of long-imprisoned blood follo , wed this terrible action, and the next moment Bernard fell from his horse. He was d ead! When the " s oi disant" vigilantes discovered this they mingled with the crowd, and told the stoiv of Bernard's crime, which was the same as his hasty narration •• •• REINDEER MEAT FOR U. S. FOOD Santa Claus's reindeer h ave promise of b e com ing a factor in the meat supp ly of this country, as they are in Scandinav ia, wher e reindee r m eat last year sold at a higJ;ter price bee! mutt.on. A n d the Government i s gomg to aid m puttmg the i nfant industry of Alaska on its fee t by experiments in increasing the reindeer's wei ght to about double its present average, sci entifically breeding them, locating ranges and scientifically studying their diseases, parasites and grazing problems. Provision is made in the agricultural appropriation bill of this year for that purpose. Dr. E . W. Nelson, chi e f of the Biological Sur vey, in urging the appropriation, told Congres s there are about 200,000 reindeer in Alaska, of which about three-fourths belong to the natives and about one-fourth to the Government and to white owners who have started a comm ercial in dustry in reindeer grewing for meat. Thei!te reindeer multiplied from an original importation of 1,280 animals made 28 years ago for the benefit of the Eskimos. "People have asked me what the future of the industry is likely to be," said Dr. Nelson. "I have replied by asking them the question: 'If 1,280 reindeer in 28 years produced the present 200,000 animals, what is likely to be the increase from 200,000 animals in the next 28 years?' The in crease is almost unbelievable. In other words, the industry, properly handled, should have a great future. "The Alaskan firm which has started the in dustry exported 1,600 head to Seattle last year. They have established four small cold-storage plants at points on the Alaskan coast, where the reindeer can readily be driven down for slaughter to be refrigerated and loaded for shipment. I have recently been studying the possibilities of the Alaskan reindeer industry when well develop ed. I believe Alaska contains available range to maintain from four to five million reindeer. The estimate has been made that it would take care of 10,000,000, but I think that it too high. "Five million reindeer would give an output of about 1,250,000 reindeer a year. Dresse d for market, one now averages 150 pounds: Taking this weight and the present value of reindeer meat, the fully developed reindeer industry in Alaska should yield approximately $43,000,000 a year. Reindeer have been in Alaska 28 years and their increase under crude methods _of haJJ.dling has been almost Under proper scientific supervision and modern methods, the industry should develop very rapi dly. "There are big herds of wild caribou about the Mt. McKin!ey region, some bul!s which dress up to about 400 pounds. We plan to capture s ome bulls of this stock and use them with an experimental herd of reindeer cows for the purpose of building up a higher grade of reindeer, having greater weight and increased hardiness. I believe it will be practicable in les s than ten years to have the reindee r of Alaska running from 250 to 300 pounds to the carcas s, instead of 150 pounds as at present . The in c Teas e d weight. would increas e the value of the folly developed Alaska reindeer industry enough to b ring the potential output arouud $ 60.000 , 000 at present valties. Tfrnt is more than the fisheries of Alaska produce. FIRST RAILROAD OUT OF CHICAGO The first railroad to get charter out of Chicago was the Gal ena :.>.nd Chicago Union. It was char tered on Jan. 16, 1836, and work on it was at once begun. The object of this road was to increase the value of real estate at both points. Galena being then a leading village of the West, obtained precedence in the naming of the road. Just two days after the incorporation of the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad the Illinois Central Railroad was incorporated. The 58 incorporators failed to do anything, and the project collapsed. It was revived by its immense land grant in September, 1850. The Galena and Chi cago Union Railroad was revived in 1846, and by Nov. 21, 1848, the engine was running on the ten miles of completed road west of Chicago, con veying materials and laborers to carry on the work. On Nov. 20, 1848, Chicago received its first wheat transported by rail. In December, 1850, the Galena and Chicago Union was com pleted to Elgin, Ill., 42 miles, and was the first railroad out of Chicago. B Sept. 4, 1853, thls road was 121 miles long.


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 NEW YORK, APRIL 1, 1921. TERMS TO SU BSCRIBERS Slnt"le Cor•iee ..........•••••. Po.&e 1-reo One Copy ':l.1hree MoI?Uts. •• • • • " Or.e COJlY Six l'tl our sent.! P. 0. l!otIC' r Order. Check or L<:t'Cl'; ren..1;ttunces In RUY other way are ut your risk. We a<'cept Postnge Sb.r:r:ps tlle Rome ea cnsh. "'nen F1F-ntll11g wrap tlle Col 11 In 11 sepnrntc plece o! pnper to avoid cu tling envelope . Write your nume and ad, Treno. ' f Publisher, Ch;loo 1':. Sl!O l 68 'V. St., N . Y. ITEMS OF INT EREST CHINESE PIONEERS I N FISHERIES The Chinese have devoted themselves for nearly four thousand : : cars to t h e artificial propagation of fish, s hell fish, pearls an

27 THE LIB ERTY BOYS OF "76" I ITEMS OF GENERAL INTEREST CATERPILLARS AS FOOD At a recent meeting of the Entomological So ciety of America, Mr. J. M. Aldrich o f the Na tional Museum stated he found a small tri be of Mono Lake Indians which caught and dried a ton and a half of caterpillars iri a seaso n for food. THE PIGMENT DEPOSITS The discovery of an extensive deposit of ocher and sienna at no great distance from the surface and within 30 miles of Adelaide, South Austxalia, has attracted much local interest, particularly-in view of the abnormally high price of imported paint pigments. Though regarded primarily as a mining proposition, the discove r y is important in a manufacturing sense. During the years of wa r several new paint works were established in Australia, but the promoters were handicapped to some extent by the necessity of importing most of the requisite raw materials. This new find of o c h e r and sienna therefore extends the possibilities of the paint industry and should render it largely independent of overseas supplies of the basic pigments. CURRENTS IN THE MAINE GULF Some interesting explorations have recently be en made in the so-called Gulf of Maine. 330 drift bottles were set out in the bay and 16 of these bottles were picked up off the shorns of the Gulf of Maine. Each bottle contained a Canadian po s t card to b e sent to the Biological station with the offer of a reward to the finder who wrote the time and place of finding and posted the card. The larger bottles had a galvanized iron drag. which was attached so that the bottle was hung at a depth of three fathom_s. This was done to minimize the effect of the wind . Seven out of the 11 bottles which went to Cape Cod were found between seventy and eighty days ifte r being sent out. The distance from the Ba"J of Fundy is • about 300 nautical miles; therefore, the rate of drift was 4 nautical miles per day. The1e was a map of the course of the drift bottles published in a recent issue of "Science." A NEW USE FOR PIE TINS Death-dealing baits, violent destruction by use of gun and dog, traps and other ensnarements, and even the building of a coyote-proof fence, are among the methods of arresting the encroachments of coyotes in the West, a predatory animal so destructive to domestic livestock. It remains, however, for a ranger of the United States Forest Service operating in Utah to employ a simpl e but clever method of "shooing" away the sneaking thieves of the cattle and sheep ranges. Acting upon the theory that wild animals are su spicious of artificial , lighted lanterns are stationed near bed g n:mnds used by sheep in timber-line ranges of the National forests . These all-night beacons have their lightreflecting powers multiplied by suspending a new shining tin plate on each side of the lantern. This . " f;.,d .IWO"'. •.. d arrangement is effected by means of a rod tied to the handle of the lantern, made secure by insertion in the ring of the hood of the lighting fix tm:e, the tin plates being suspended by strings from the ends of the rod. The free swing of the coyote guard-lantern plates sends forth perit>dical flashes of illumina tion from the lantern which penetrate the dark ness, throwing fright into the camp of the marauding pest whose stealthy invasions of sheep herds may be of nightly frequency. Other than reflecting a weird flash of light, a strong wind may serve to create a jangling noi s e . The ingen ious forest official does not tell us how the guardlantern plates operate in the absence of a wind. It is to be assumed, however, that the range of its effectiveness is somewhat controlled by the power of wind currents to keep in constant motio u the light-reflecting plates. FRENCH GUN WITH 200-MILE RANGE Interesting tests of what i s claimed to be a gun which may have a range of 200 mile s , th e invention of Lieutenant Colonel Maze of the French army, were recently made on a model in miniature at the Belgian artillery range at Vi vegnis, near Liege, before a number of French and staff officers and artillery experts , says a dispatch from Paris to the Chicago Trib une. The inventor claims a 300 -kilometer range as against the 125-k ilometer range registered by the German "Big Bertha" in the bombardm ent of Paris from the St. Gobain forest in November, 1 918 . The first tests, which continued for s i x days, were held near the end of December . The small model u s ed as a testing gun was built along special lines, with the caliber o f the French 3inch piece . Colonel Maze has named the gun "Turbo," because , turbine like, the velocity of the projectile increases as the range grows g1eater. The remarkable range of the gun is claimed t o be due to three factors: the nature of the explosive used, the gun itself and the character of the pro jectile . One of the striking characteristics of the piece is its equal thickness from bree ch to muzzle. Improvements and refinements of th e s hell, it is claimed, reduce resistance, l?jiving increased range with the same initial velocity. This is made partly possible through a sharp-pointed nose and a flattened end, thus r e semblin g the shell used by the "Big Bertha." The special barrel used is capable of withstanding a pressure of 3,000 kilograms per square centimeter. The dis patch states that discovery of a certain e'l:plosive, which continued to exert its maximum pressure until the s hell left the gun, influenced the con of the "Big Bertha," which type of g un, it is added, has now been further developed in the "Turbo," after experiments with and close study of the German gun. French and Belgian authorities are represented as endeavoring to keep particulars of the new piece of ordnance secr et, despite Article VIII of the Covenant of the League of Nations, wherein the signatories are pledged to inform each other concerning their armaments. !.?' vsrH s -ia bcra lfsd9d ,lsd! m


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