YB.Uni TOUSEY, PUBLISH.EB, 16 Wll:8T 2SD S'rBll:ET, NEW 1r0BK No. 1099 N E W YORK. JANUARY 20, 1922 Price 7 Cents
The Liberty Boys of X.1ued Weekly-Su,.hscrlptlon price, $3.50 per year; Canada, $4.00; F.oreicn. $4.ISO. Frank Tousey, Publisher mi West 23d "'treet, New York, N . Y. Entered H Second -Class Matter January 31, 1913 , at the Po1t ' Offic e at New York, N. Y .. under the Act of March 3. 1879. No. 1099 NEW YORK, JANUARY 20, 1922. Price 7 cents The Liberty Boys Betrayed OR, DICK SLATER'S FALSE FRIEND By HARRY MOORE CHAPTER !.-The Boy In Brown. "I think we will find redcoats in the tavern, Dick," said Bob Estabrook, the first lieutenant of the Liberty Boys, to Dick Slater, the captain of that troop of daring young patriots. The boys were riding along on the east shore of the Hudson, near the fort at Verplanck's Point, one pleasant day in summer. The British held both this fort and the one at Stony Point, opposite, at this time, the Liberty Boys being in camp at a safe distance, but constantly on the lookO'Ut for the enemy and for Tories, cowboys and other foes of their country. Dick and Bob were not in uniform at the time, but Dick rode Major, his black Arabian, known to every redcoat on both sides of the river, and it was necessary to exercise caution. Bob saw horses outside the tavern, and from their trappings he concluded that they belonged to some redcoats, as he knew the difference between the accouterments of the enemy and thos e of the patriots. "I think likely, Bob," Dick ieturned, "but they may not 1.-now us, and if we go in quietly we may be able to learn something about their intentions." we want to learn all we can, Dick, so I think we may as well try it. There is nqthing like taking chances." '-Di('k Slater was a famous patriot spy, and Bob was excellent at that sort of work also, both having had a great deal of experience during the war for independence. "We had better put our horses where they will not attract attention, Bob," observed Dick, as they rode forward. "Major is too well known to the and your bay is alm'Ost as familiar to them." J The boys put their horses behind some bushes on the other side of the road out of sight of one passing and entered the tavern, which had been known originally as the Royal George, had been changed to the George Washington Inn, and had then gone back to its original appellation, and been furnished with a new sign, which swung from a post in front. The boys entered the Royal and took seats at a table in a quiet corner close to a convenient door and near a window, whence they could see the road. There were several redcoats in the main taproom, as they had supposed, but these had no more than a glance fo1 two country boys, as they seemed in their suits of homespun, woolen hose and round hats. Near the boys, at a table by himself, sat a bo y in brown, eating some bread and cheese and drinking milk. He glanced carelessly at the boys as they sat down, and then did not seem to notice them. Dick and Bob hailed from Westchester, their being not many miles from this ve1y spot, and they were, therefore, well acquainted with the people of the neighborhood, and they both pronounced the boy in brown a stranger a s soon as they him. They ordered something to eat and drmk, and then, while seeming to be carrying on a conversation between themselves, listened to the talk going on around them and especially to that of the redcoats. At first this seemed to be purely personal and of no interest to J?ick or Bob, and they began to de spall' of learmng anything, for all that there were so many redcoats in the place. Presently, however, a person of some importance entered and took a seat at a table quite near to that of the two boys, and ordere,rl. a pint of homebrewed, a plate of beef, and a pipe. The newcomer was a major in the British servi
2 THE LIBERT Y BOYS B E TRA YE D sneak , and had no friends e x cept boys a s m e a n as hi m sel f . 1 "By J ove! reb el s , w h ei e? " c r ied t h e major, startin g to his f e et. . T h e two boys and the b o y in brown w ere on t h ei r feet in a n instant. A s Dick and B o b started for the c onvenient door, t h e boy in brown got be tween t hem a n d the redcoats, put out his foot as Bill Burgess cam e forward and tri pped him, cau sing him to fall against the consequential maj or, and then hurrie d ou t at t he same door and held it tight. "Hurry, boys ! " he e r ied. "Un less you have horses, y o u won't get far before these fellows are after you. " "We have," said Dick, "but look out for yourself or you may get in trouble for helping us." Then the boys hurried along a passage and <1>ut at a side door, the boy in brown quickly fol } , ?wing . "We are obliged to you, my friend," said Dick, '''and some day we may d o as much for you. Mak;i haste, the redcoats are coming . " Dick and Bob ran across the road, got their 'horses, mounted and rode away, the boy in brown darting down a lane and quickly di sappearing. "Who is he, Dick?" asked Bob, as the two boys rode rapidly away in the direction of their camp. "I don't know, Bob. I do not know that I ever saw him before. " "Well, as you never forget a face or a voice, it is not likely that yo u ever did. He did us a good turn, at any rate. " "Yes, but we lost what the major was about to say. Bill came in so unexpectedly, that he was close to us before I saw the scamp. " " B ill is a precious n u isance. He always knows u s and he is a lways ready to do us an evil turn. He wo ul d be delighted if he could have caused <>ur arrest." "Well, he d id not, Bob, and we don't have to think o f him. The enemy are up to some mischief and we m ust fin d out what it is, Bill Burgess or no Bill B urgess! " T h e enemy did not pursu e them to any distance, but ieturned to the tavern, the two boys s lackening their speed when t h ey noticed that the r edcoats had gone bac k. 'We want to get hol d of Bill Burgess," ob served Bob, "and keep him out of the â€¢way while we go to the tavern and find out about the redcoats. I had no idea that he was around. He lives some way from here." "It is a queer thing, Bob," with a smile, "but nearly every time when we have anything on hand of importance, either Bill Burgess or some other Tory comes sneaking around to interfere with us. " "Quite often, at any rate, Dick." "There is one place where he is not likely to be, and I think I will go there and look for information. That is the fort itself." "But, Dick, that will be very dangerous!" muttered Bob. "You won't go alone, will you?" "Why not? I need not go right into the fort. There are always a lot of redcoats around it, without going in. They won't expect the 'rebel,' as they call me, to venture so near, and will not suspect me. " "Very true, Dick, and it may be the ;:afest p l ace afte r all , a s t h ey would never think of l o okin g for y ou there." " Well, Bob, you go back to calnp, a n d I will go ahea d and see how I make out." "Very g ood, D i ck, " and Bob went on, while D ic k whee l ed and rode back . H e had nearl y reached the o t h e r road, when he heard a g reat sho uting, and d ashed ahead to see what it meant. S tanding with his b ack to the fenee and defendin g h imsel f w ith a stout sti ck, was the boy in brown, while, o ppose d t o him were B ill Burgess and four or five boys as big, some with sticks and some with stones in their hands ready to throw at the single boy. Dick dashed forward, leaped from Major, sprang right into the midst of the group, and began banging them about, right and left. Seizing Bill Burgess by the waistband and collar, he lifted the bully off his feet and hurl ed him over the fence into a nest of nettles on the other side. Next he caught another of the boys and threw him into a half dry ditch at one s ide. and then knocked down another of the bullie s , giving him a black eye at the same time. By this time the boy in brown was taking a hand, and in so energetic a fashion that the bullies retreated, leaving him and Dick masters of the field. "I am very much obliged to you capbin " said the boy in brown, with a smile. '"These fellows took me at a disadvantage, and things were going hard with me when you came up. One of them was the boy who denounced you in the tavern just now. " ' "They are all a lot of sneaks and bullies " sp?ttered Dick._ "I know _ all. They neighbors of mme, and this 1s not the first time I have had an encounter with them. They are Bill Burgess, Bill Arrowsmith, Hank j ones Hank Scroggs, Jim Lane and Pete Warfield'. There are a dozen or twenty of them in the gang and there isn't one but ought to be in jail i did not have time to thank you for what you . did for me at the tavern, so I will do so now." "Why, yes, you thanked me, captain " said the other, smiling. ' "Did I? Well, then I'll do so again " with a laugh. "You do not live about here?' I know about everybody in the district." "No, I do not. We are going to move upnere, however, I hope I s hall see more of you and of the Liberty Boys. My name is Jefferso n Peters . I was named for Thomas Jefferson. We have taken a house near Tarrytown, and I hope to see you often when we move in. J .ust now I am at a tavern, not the one where we ?net how ever. I would be afraid to go there what happened. " "I hope we may meet often. Come to the camp aoo see us. I am on business just now or I would go back with you." ' Dick sh!Jok hands with the boy, and then mounted _ his set off. down the road, the other gomg m a different directi_on across the fields and through the woods. -.--CHAPTER 11.-The Girl In Red. Dick proceeded through the woods for a ways and then returned to the road a.ga i n. Then he saw ahead of him two people on a hol' s e . One
â€¢ THE LIBERTY BOYS BETRAYED was a girl dressed in and Peters her. Coming up, Peters mtroduced the girl as his sister and stated they were on their way to the Liberty Boys encampment. They all went on to the cai:np therefore, and found Alice, Edith and Stella center of an admiring group of boys, who welcomed them in the heartiest fashion. "This is Miss Rosa Peters and her brother Jef ferson," said Dick. "I don't need to introduce the boy in brown to you, Bob." "I am glad to see you again," returned Bob. "You did u s a good turn at the tavern." The o-irls seemed quite pleased with Rosa, and the Boys thought her brother a very good sort of a fellow, and an hour or so passed very pleasantly. Then the boy said to Diek: m"ust go back to the tavern, captain, but I hope we will see Y?U v.:hen we are in our house. I will not mv1te you to the mn, but when we are settled you must come often, and bring the young ladies. My sister likes them ex ceedingly." , "I trust' that we shall see each other often,' replied Dick, and then the boy in brown and the girl in red went away. "We must be at the Royal George at ten o'clock to-night, Bob," said Dick. "If we can capture the captain and his party, it will teach the redcoats greater respect, and also make them more careful how they venture into our district." "I would like to drive them away from the Highland region altogether,'' sputtered Bob, who was of an impetuous nature, but very brave. "We don't want them here." "Vve may do so, Bob. The general does not want them there any more than you do, and it is likelv that an expedition will be sen t against theni: in the near future." "Well I hope it will, for the Liberty Boys will want to' take part in it, and it is likely that they will if we are still in this section at the time." "Yes, but in the meantime here is this matter of capturing the major and his redcoats, for it is likely that he will let the captain command the expedition where there is any glory to be gotten." "No, that is very true. Ten o'clock to-night, yo"ir-say ?" \ "Yes. At nine have a strong party of the Liberty Boys ready, and we will set out for the tavern so as to be there ahead of the redcoats." "Very good." Dick entered his tent and Bob sought out Mark Morrison, the second lieutenant of the Liberty Boys, to tell him of the intended surprise of the enemy . Mark was somewhat younger than Dick and Bob, but was one of the bravest of the troop, and was thoroughly trusted. Mark was sitting before his tent with Jack Warren, his chum, Ben Spurlock, one of the jolliest of the boys, Sam Sanderson, Harry Judson, Phil Waters, Paul Benson, Will Freeman and others. Chief among these were a jolly looking Irish boy and a fat German. Mark and his boys were greatly interested in what Bob told them, for this was the first they had heard of it, and they were all eager to be of the party who were to surprise the red coats. At nine o'clock that night, Dick, Bob and two score of the Liberty Boys set out in the direction of the Royal George for the purpose of surprising the redcoats and capturing the major. The boys proceeded cautiously, and, as there was no moon, were able to go on without attracting any attention. They did not all go at once, but in parties Of half a dozen or so, halting not far from the tavern and secreting at the side of the road, or behind trees and bus hes. Before ten o'clock they were an assembled, and then began to wait for the enemy to appear. Minutes passed, and half an hour had gone, and there was no sig)l of the redcoats, and at the end of an hour there was still nothing to be seen of them. "I don't believe they are coming," declared Di<:k. "The captain did not think I would be here, I suppose." "Didn't you think he would, Dick?" asked Bob. "Yes, I did, and I must say that I -am disappointed." ) "Do you think he will come later Dick?" "No, he will not be here. The have been warned or suspect that they will fall into an ambush if they come and we won.'t see them." It was a disappointment to many of the Libe:rjy Boys, who had expected to surprise and capture redcoats, but Dick took it philosophically and said: "Well, better luck next time, boys. I don't un. derstand it, but I am satisfie d that the suspicions of the enemy have been aroused in some manner and they have kept away." The boys then returned to the camp, and, as there was no alarm during the night, Dick knew the redcoats had not come to keep the appomtment. During the forenoon Dick 's new ' friend came to the camp, and said: "So you did not surprise the redcoats last night, did you? That was too b a d, but I'll tell you the reason." "I did not know that you knew anything about it, Jefferson," replied Dick quietly. "I did not till this morning,'' returned the other who was now dressed in gray and looked much different. "I went to the tavern, changing my appearance so that I would not be known, when, very much to my surprise, I heard the redcoats talking about a surprise, which you were to have sprung uupon them last night. By listening I learned all about it." " "It was a disappointment to us," declared Dick, for we expected to catch the captain at least and perhaps the major." "They were laughing at it, and saying how nicely they had fooled the rebels, as they called you. It seems that a Tory boy sneaked into the camp during the evening and heard your plans. Then he went to the redcoats and told them." "He could not have gotten into the camp, for we know all the Tory boys, and no strangers are allowed to enter." "Well, he may have hung about outside, but at any rate that is what the redcoats said . They may not have told it right. That I cannot tell. " "However, it happened,'' rejoined D i ck "we know that 'the redcoats did not appear, we were disappo inted. Still,.. we are used to that,. and we will try to do better next time." / "Whom did you see in the ?" asked Bob. "The major, the captain, and a number of othe rs. There were none of the Tory boy s about and I was not suspected." "You do not loo k at all as y o\i did yesterday,"
4 THE LIBERTY BOYS BETRAYED declared :;..1ark, "and I do not wonder that you were not l'et:ognized. Then I suppose the redcoats were drinking strong ale and smoking pipes and the haze in their minds as well as 'that in the room prevented their seeing clear." "Something of that sort," with a laugh. "At any rate I was not disturbed and I learned considerable." "Being a stranger in the neighborhood, the Tory bullies would not know you," added Bob, "which would be in your favor." "Yes, although I had trouble with them yester day and they might remember that," the boy replied. "Yes , they might, but they are a stupid lot, and they are obliged to have an idea drummed into their heads before they can retain it." "They haven't got it into their heads yet that they cannot thrash our boys," laughed Ben Spur lock, "and I'm sure we've proven it to them often enough." J)ick was determined to find out when the intended attack was to be made, the new boy having no information on the subject, and he now went off to procure a disguise, leaving _Jeff_erson Peters with the rest of the boys, all talkmg mterestedly, and now and then laughing at some remark by Ben or Sam or some other Liberty Boy. The boys were all pleased with th_ e newcomer, but they said nothing to him of join!ng the. troop, that being always left to the applicant himself, no one ever being persuaded to join, but being left to _make the suggestion on his own account. "When do you expect to settle in the neighborhood, Jeff?" asked Sam Sanderson, during a pause in the conversa,tion. "It will be a matter of about a week now, I think, although there may be some delays that we cannot see at this moment. " After a time the boy left the camp, saying that he expected to go riding with his sister, and that he must not keep her waiting. "Come again," said a number of the boys, and Jefferson said that he would ana rode out of the camp smiling and waving his hat. It was not many minutes before Dick left, disguised as an ordinary country boy and riding a horse not likely to attract attention. CHAPTER 111.-In the Enemy's Camp. Leaving the camp at the side, he went first through a wood whence_ he struck into the road in order to avoid any chance enemy seeing him leave. As he cantered along, he heard the sound of some one coming behind him on horseback at a qui c k gait. He did not look back, but continued jogging along in the middle of the road, and soon found that there were two persons on horseback that were rapidly gaining on him. In a moment or two a figure in red dashed by him, while on the other side passed a form in gray. "H'm, they are the Peters, brother and sister," he murmured. "Jeff said he was going to ride with her. They did not recognize me, but I don't wonder, they were going too quickl:> to recognize Dick hastened his gait, imd roae on more rapidly, though not nearly so fast as Jefferson and Rosa Peters, whom he had no de sire of overtaking. He wanted to get into the camp at Ve1 planck's Point, but he did not yet see how he was to accomplish it. Still, he seldom had prear ranged plans, trusting to circumstances , making it a point to take advantage of whatever opportunity offered. He had not gone far when h e heard voices ahead, and drew rein to listen b e fore proceeding. The voices were growing more distinct, the persons evidently com ing towanl him. He went on deliberately, and presently saw some men in the road, who looked lik e camp fol lowers from their general disreputable appea1 ance. As they saw the boy come along, the;: gave a shout, and bade him halt. Di c k stopped, and after waiting a second for the m to speak, asked what they wanted. "We want that horse," said one o f them. "What'll yer give?" asked Dick, with all t h e readiness of a countryman to swap hors e s . "A good cuff on the ear," was the res pon s e. "Come, get down, and be quick about it, or you" l l get wors e than a swat alongside the head." "But that boss's wuth somethin'," remonstrated Dick. "Well, you'll soon find he's worth more to us than he is to you," growled the man who hac: first spoken. "But if you take my hoss how'm I goin' to ge1 back? I come from a right smart piece back, " pointing indefinitely with his hand. "It doesn't concern us how you get back," replied the man. "We want that horse, and we 're going to have it." "Say, are you going to get clown, or do you want us to pull you off?" exclaimed the other man, angrily. "No, I don't want nobody to pull me down. I c'n get off if I wanter. Seems to me you got no right to take away my boss. How'm I goin' t o get back home? Say, be you so jers ? I heard tell that there's a lot of sojers 'round here, an' as I wanted to see sojers, I thought l',d leave home for a spell an' come an' see 'um." _ "Ye.s, there are a lot of soldiers around and if you don't get off that horse mighty quick , you'll be taken where you can see them, and fee l them, too." "I wanter know! C'n you take me to t h e sojers? You must be quite sum yerselves," and Dick gazed at the man admiringly. Somewhat mollified bv Dick's attit ude. the m a n said, thinking that he could make some,thing o u t of the boy later: "Such a big fellow as you ought to be a soldier yourself, and not go loafing around t h e country." "Ain't no loafer. Loafer vourself. I work a farm a bit back, an' thought I'd come an' f..ee what's goin' on here. Heard tell that there was a war, an' I wanted to see some of it. Say, where's the fightin'? I haven't seen none." "Are you a rebel or a king's man?" a sked one of the men. Dick looked as if r e didn't understa nd. "What ' s fightin' for, anyhow? Who's got licked? I ' d think they' d settle it up, an' go home."
' I THE LIBERTY BOYS BETRAYED 5 "Why, the rebel>: here want to get this land away from the king." "What king?" "Oh, the fellow's a fool!" exclaimed one of the men, in disgust. "Come, let us take hi s horoP." There was a whispering apart, and Dick did not catch all that was said, but he got the dnit of it, and found out that it was proposed to take him to camp, make him enlist, for which they might get s ome bounty money, and then take his h orse. This was apparently agreed upon , for he was told to come on, the men ranging them .selve s on either side of Dick. They led the back to the camp, from whieh they had evidently just come. Dick was satisfied, as it would be a good way for him to get into the enemy's camp. How he was to get out was another mattter, but he trusted to circumstances for that. They told him to dismount just outside the camp, as 1io one was allowed to ride inside except the officers, and Dick obeyed, all the while looking around him in open-mouthed and open-eyed curiosity. All of the men did not go with Dick, only two, the rest remaining outside, and thes e two got past the by stating that they had brought a re cruit. A s the men were known, having often s old garden stuff to the army, they were allowed to pass, and were taken up to one of the officer's tents . As that gentleman was engaged at the time playing cards, Dick was told to wait, which he did very willingly, for it would give him time to look about and get some idea of things. For a time he sat patiently outside the open tent flap, and to the talk within, which chiefly concerned the game they were playing. Presently he pretended to fall asleep. As soon as the game was finished,. the officer to whom Dick had been sent said reluctantly: "Well, I suppo se I must see to that fellow who is waiting outs ide." "Oh, well, a half hour's wait won't hurt him. I suppose it's pretty well settled about this prop osed attack?" Dick was interested at once. "Oh, yes; it's pretty well ]mown that it is to take place, but when, of course, only the commander knows. " B*.c_ k knew he had heard all that there was to be known at that time, and began looking ah.'md to see how he could get away. 'l'he game had commenced, the officer evidently a.greeing with his companions that half an hour did not make any difference to them. But it d i d make a decided difference to Dick. He began wandering about the camp, and every time he was challenged, he replied that he had been brought there as a recruit, and was waiting for Lieutenant Wells to examine him. The two men who had taken him into the camp had disappeared, and Dick shrewdly conjectured that they had also departed with his hors e, hoping to get the reward for bringing him in later. It w:;.s an easier thing for him to get into camp than out, as he well knew it would be, and he was looking around for a chance to escape, when very much to his smpris e he saw Jefferson Peters strolling through one of the lines between the tent rows. It gave him quite a shock to see him there. He made up his mind that he would avoid Jefferson, for he did not know what com-plications might arise , should he know of his prese nce in the Britis h camp. Dick therefore turned a s ide before Jeffers on Peters had time to see him, though it was not likely that he would be recognized in his present make-up;' still he \\ould r is k nothing. Jeffers on Peters walked on, entered the tent of Lieutenant Wells, remaine d there a few moments, and then came out and looked up and dowp., as if seeking some one. Dick was watching him from behind a large tree, when he saw Jeffers on leisurely leave the tent and walk carelessly toward the spot where I>ick was standing. Dick drew away, hoping to escape ob servation, but as Jefferson passed quite close, he said distinctly, but without turning his head: "Look out, captain, you are in great danger here." CHAPTER IV.-Dick Puzzled. Dick was puzzled. What was Jefferson Pe ter;; doing here, and how had he penetrated his disguise so quickly, without apparently having seen him? If he could make a break for the open while the sentry's back was turned, he might get away; he saw no other means. He did not attract attention to himself by changing his posi tion, lest he be put under surveillance, and yet he did not know how soon the game within the tent would be finished, and then his opportunity to escape would be minimized. No one seemed to take any notice of the country boy, who had been brought in as a recruit, but should he make an attempt to run away and fail, his escape would be entirely cut off. Just then, however, the officer appeared, and calling to Dick, began to question him. Dick answered very stupidly and when asked if he did not want to become. s oldier, he replied that s ome men had met him in the road and brought him there, and he \rnnt ed to get home, but they wouldn't let him. "Well, now you're here, we'll make a soldier of you, if we have to break every bone in your body to do it," said the lieutenant sternly. Dick began to whimper. "Please let me go, mister. My folks is expectin' me, an' they won't know what's become of ine." "01:, you can tell them after you have h een li c ked into shape," remarked the lieutenant cale le ssi y. He called to an orderly, and told him to take Dick and put him with the rest of the R\\kwar
6 THE LIBERTY BOYS BETRAYED as that, but came here in case anything should happen, while I might be of use." "But who are you?" said Dick. "How is it that you can come and go as you will, and called one of the British officer s 'cousin'?" "My mother's family are Britis h, but my father's relations are patriots. I come here to see my mother's oldest brother) son, who has no idea that I am at a ll in sympathy with the patriot cause," replied Jefferson. "But how will you get me away?" " I have a pass for myself and friend," was the reply. "I saw to that this morning." While they had been talking they had been approaching the lines, but Jefferson Peters' pass got them out without any trouble, much to Dick's relief. "I'll have to leave you here,'' said Jefferson, when they got outside. "Here's where I left my horse. How will you get back? You have no horse. " "Oh, I'll make out," replied Dick. "You certainly have done me a good turn in getting me out s o quickly." "Oh, that's nothing. Turn about is fair play,'' and with a laugh and a nod, Jefferson went off toward the place where his horse awaited him. Dick lost no time in putting as much distance be tween him and the enemy's camp as he could. On his way back whom should he come across but the very man who had stopped him in the road and demanded his horse, which he was now riding. Dick recognized both hors e and rider at once, and before the man saw him he had sprung up behind him, grabbed him around the waist and hurled him to the ground, then galloping on, leaving the discomfited man lying in the road. Dick cantered on rapidly, for he was in great haste to get back to camp, and supper, for he had had nothing to eat since breakfast. In a few moments he saw some redcoats approaching, and nqt wishing to be seen, he rode into the woods, arid taking the direction toward the camp, was as well sadsfied, for that way would cut off considerable distance, though he could not go so rapid ly. The party of redcoats proved to be a small one, and on foot, on their way to the fort. Dick kept on his way till he came to another road, which he took, again putting his horse to a can-. ter. Once more he heard sound s of some one approaching. This time they were horsemen, for he could hear the steady thud of hoofs long before he saw any one. He pulled up again, but something made him think trr,,t they were Liberty Boys coming to look for him, and his conjecture proved correct, for in a few moments he saw the blue and buff of the Continental uniform, and a moment or two later recognized Bob and Mark in the lead. He gave a shout, and the with an answering cheer, rode briskly forward. "Well, captain, we thought it was time you were back. In fact, we were growing a little anxious,'' said Bob. "I was a little anxious myself at one time, lieutenant,'' said Dick, with a little laugh. "It looked for a little while as if it might be some time before I saw any of you again." "How was that?" asked Bob and Mark almost at the same instant. Then Dick gave the history of his day's happenings, they having already resumed their way back to the camp of the Liberty Bays. As they came to an intersecting road, they caught a glimpse of something red in the distance. "Redcoats!" exclaimed Mark. "Perhaps it is Rosa Peters,'' remarked Dick . . "I saw her this morning. She was riding with Jefferson, and he must have gone on to the camp outside the fort. Though I did see a company of redcoats,'' he added, after an instant's pause. "Where?" asked ]3ob. "On the road from the fort. I struck across country, and ths evaded them." "\Ve might, go on and make sure," suggested Mark, who was always ready for an adventure. " All right,'' said Dick, and he himself led the way after the swiftly moving object in red. All the horses were fresh, with the exception of Dick's, and his was comparatively so, and they s oon gained on tha red-coated person, which they soon saw was a girl, not only with a red coat, but a red dress as well. As they gained on her, s he touched her horse with her riding crop, and faster she flew, leading the boys a pretty chase. On they galloped after her, then suddenly she turned, waved her -hand toward them, as if she were trying to warn them or lead them in another directi.on, the boys could not tell which, and disappeared down a by-path. The boys kept on, and then suddenly saw, in a turn of the road, a company of redcoats. She had evidently caught sight of them, and had tried to warn them when it was too late. It was fortunate, indeed, for Dick and Bob that there were a number of the Liberty Boys in the rear, w hich neither the girl in red nor the redcoats themselves had see n. Dick paused a moment till they came within sight, and then, waving his hand, which now held a pistol, shouted for them to charge. On they came thundering down the road, with muskets leveled on the enemy, who at first had been waiting for Dick and Bob to approach. As they saw the number of the Liberty Boys at Dick's heels, they attempted to get away, but the boys were on them in a moment, and in the surprise they became completely demoralized, nQt__ attempting to stand their gTound, but each his own safety in flight. "After them, boys!" shouted Dick, and the boys gave chase, rapidly gaining on the discomfited and thoroughly alarmed redcoats. "Surrender!" cried Dick. A few obeyed, but the rest took to the woods, whither the boys did not follow, for they were satisfied with taking a few prisoners, as they hai;l , no guardhouse in which to put them, having to take all prisoners to the camp of the regular army. When the redcoats realized the comparatively small number of the Liberty Boys, and their youth, their chagrin at having been thus caught amused the boys mightily. They rode leisurely back to camp, though Dick was glad enough to get there and find a good supper await ing him. Later the prisoners were sent under a guard to the regular camp, and Patsy's feelings w ere relieved by the thought that he no longer had to deplete his commissary stores on their ac count. Dick and Bob talked over the events of the day, and neither could quite understand Jd-
TH E L I BERTY BOY S BET R AYED 7 fers o n Peters' appearance at the B r i t ish camp just at that time , unless, as h e had said, that he h a d gone there especially t o b e of aid t o D i c k s houl d he get int o trouble. " H e certai n l y has proved himself a good friend to m e," said D i c k , " and if circums t a n ces see m t o be p e culiar, w e c a n only wait till we know m o r e before w e can rightly judg e." C H APTER V.-Preventin g Misc hief. For a ll t hat i t h a d b ee n an eventful day with Dick, he dec id ed t o g o and pay a vi sit to the girls that e veni n g after supper, taking Bob with him, of course. The girls wer e at Stella Bur gess' house visiting her. "The r e ' s a lway s time to g o and se e the girls , " laughed Jack Warren, Mar k Morrison's partic ular chum, when DiCk and Bob l eft the c amp. "Why d o n ' t you g o out and see your own, Jack?" ask e d Mark, w ho was a bit o f a teas e in a goodnatured way. "She is t o o far o ff," Jack r eturned. "Didn't yo u tell m e t h a t y ou were q uite fo n d of the new boy's sister, Jack ?" w i t h a q uiet chuc kle. "I don't remember that I di d , " with pro voking coolness. "Then who was it t ol d me?" persisted Mark, trying to get an admission from Jack. "I . couldn't tell you. The boys say a lot of f unny things at times, " as quietly as before. "But you are, aren't you, Jack?" "Oh, a m I? Who t o ld yo u ?" "Didn' t you?" "I don't remember it. I may have done it in my sleep." "Oho! So you dream about her, do yo u ?" with a chuckle . "There's an admission for you. I belieye you are fond of her, Jack. Come, own up. " "No I don't care for her particularly Mark but I'll tell you who does," seriously. ' ' _ "'Vho i s it, Jack?" asked Mark, falling into ffie .. t,rap \Yhich Jack had set for him. "Who is it, boys?" asked Jack, giving a wink t o a number of the boys sitting about the fire. "PatFy Brannigan!" they all shouted in choru s, knowing what the j o ll y fell ow wanted them to say. ""What do ye want, byes?" cried Patsy, from his place on post. "Sure Oi'm busy at the mo ment, but Oi'll be free in tin minyutes, an' thin O i'll be with ye." "Humbug! " said Mark, while all the boys l a ughed at the easy manner i n which he l1ad been caught. Meantime Dick a n d B o b wer e o n t heir way to Stella's house, and were soo n t o t urn into the road upon which it was sitUated, when they heard the scund o f v o ices , the w ind bei n g in their direction, and blowing at a good velo city. "Wait a minute, Bob, " said Dick q uietl y, and the boys h alted a t t h e side the road where there was a deep shade, t here being many trees at that p oint. There were two or three men coming on in the dark o n horseback, and not going as fast a s the b o ys had bee n , and n o w D i ck heard on e say, very d istinctly: " Where i s the bl essed r o a d , anyhow? Do you see it, sergeant?" " That i s Captain Gooding, the redc o at," s aid Di ck, in a low tone. "It ought to be here, c aptain, but it i s s o dark that one c annot--ah ! here it i s ." "Did the boy say which hous e it was? " "The thir d one dow n, on the right, a s we turn. We can tell it by the lights. " "That i s S tella's hous e, " said Dick. "What can the redcoats w ant? They are on no hones t mission, I'll be b ound. " The two r edcoats had turned into the road by this time, and now Dick said quietly: "Some of thos e T ory sco undrels have told them that the girls are at the hous e, B o b , and they are going there to abduct them, or I am v e r y much mis t a k e n. " "Then i t was lucky that we concluded to go there, Di c k. " "Yes , but i t won' t be lucky for thos e fellows. Jove! w e may captur e the redcoat to-night ii w e didn't do it last ni ght, Bob! " " So we w ill , Dic k. " The bo ys turned into t h e road and wen t on at a moderate gai t, listen i ng, and p eering through the d a rkness to see what t h e redcoats were going t o d o . They saw the two officers h a l t i n front of the h ouse where Stell a l ived, the light from the front windows shining upon o ne of them for a m oment. Then they drew aside, into the shadow, the boys advancing cautiou s l y and shortly dismounting. "Hallo, the house!" shouted one of the officers , while the other, who was wrapped i n a cloak, advanced rapidly to _the door, having jumped to the ground. An elderly woman came to the door, anrl a s ked in rather a shrill voice, and with some impatience: "Well, what i s it? Couldn't you com e up? There is a knocker on the door. Why d'.> you shout in thi!" rude fas hion, when you might come up like gentlemen?" "That. i s the hou sekeeper," said Dick. Then he and Bob crept stealthily forward, \Yhile the sergeant, who had shouted, answered: "Are there two young ladies here who are in terested in Captain Slater, the reb-of the Lib-erty Boys?" "\\-ell, what of it?" snapped the woman, while the b oys stole nearer. "I have a message for them. The captain is badl y h urt, and--" "Forward, Bob!'" hissed Dick, as h e saw Alice and Edith in the hall. " J oye! the rebels themsel ves ! " gasped the captain. The two boys darted forward and seized the sergeant, but "the captain escaped, leaping u p o n his horse, and puttingspurs to the a nimal i n a m oment. T h e sergeant was not s o fo r tunate, and the b oys seized him and took him into the light, Dick saying: "This fell o w a , r l the other, w i10 has un:fortu nately ei'caped . had some p 1nt on hand, a n d I n o w think tbat it wqs t0 '"''1 off with you t\\'.O girls. Is th'\t riqht. >-erg'!::int'?" "Hew c1 "} yo.i know that I am a ser-
... i 8 THE LIBERTY BOYS BETRAYED geant?" was the rude reply. "What do. you know about military ranks, a lot of undisciplined boors?" "If you are not more respectful, you will find that we know how to punish insolence," sputtered Bob. "Why don't you answer the captain? You called him one yourself, so you must know that we know as much about rank as you do yourself." "I have nothing to say to rebels!" "Stella," said Dick, "will you call a couple of stable boys or the hired man, and have him put this rude fellow in the smokehouse or the stable till we are ready to take him to the camp?" "Why, to be sure," laughed the girl, but the housekeeper volunteered to attend to the matter. She was a perfect Amazon of a woman, and, seizing the unmannerly sergeant by the collar, she marched him off, whether or no, disarmed him, and then locked him up in the smokehouse, where she left him to reflect upon the mutability of human affairs. "That's the right way to treat fellows like that," laughed Bob. "He will feel a sight more taken down by having been made prisoner by a woman than if we had taken him in charge." "Yes, but how did you know there was a plot against us, Bob?" asked Edith, when they all went in, the boys' horses being now in the barn as well as that of the captured sergeant. "We learned it simply because these two redcoats thought they were the only persons abroad, and talked of their affairs as openly as if they were in the wilderness." "Some one, probably Bill Burgess or one of those boys, told the redcoats that you were here," added Dick, "and from their actions we came to the conclusion that there was a plot to abduct y ou both." "Perhaps the sergeant 'vill tell all about it," suggested Stella. "It makes little difference if he does or not," replied Dick. "He is a redcoat and was caught within our lines, and is a prisoner of war. We can settle his case very soon. I am sorry that we Jost the captain, as he is a person of more importance." "Perhap11 the sergeant knows something about the attack to be made on us, Dick," said Bob. " I doubt if he does, although he may. We can que s tion him, and if he refuses to answi:r, 'o/e will turn him over to the general. He is only a sergea,i:it, bu,t we may be able to exchange him for one of our. fellows or for some soldier." The girla were greatly interested in hearing how the boy s had discovered the plot, but were not greatly alarmed. "It is not li)atiently. "We are often about when we are not wanted," laughed Bob. The sergeant did not say any more, and the boys took him to the camp, where he was put under a strong guard. "What do you know about the intended attack on the patriots?" Dick asked him. "Nothing," was the reply, and Dick saw that it was the truth. "Well, there is going to be one, and I thought you might know. We s hould have gotten the captain. You are of no particular importance, but as long as we have you we will keep you :(or the presel\t, to prevent you doing any mischief," and Dick went away, leaving the redcoat in no very pleasant humor. CHAPTER VI.-A Change of Quarters:-_,.....----The next morning Dick sent the sergeant oft' with two or three of the Liberty Boys to the general's camp, while he and Bob made their way to the river above the fort, and got a boat which they had hidden there. They were in disguise, for there might be redcoats on the river, and their uniforms would betray them, and they would not be able to make any di sc overi es. Dress ed in ordinary homespun and wearing round hats, they looked like two boys of the neighborhood out fishing, and would attract no particular notice from any one. Pulling leisurely down the river, they were at a short distance from the fort when they heard voices on the bank a little ahead of them, and Dick signale
THE LIBERTY BOYS BETRAYED 9 "You do i1ot give the young rebel credit enogh, major," said the captain. "He is a very clever young scoundrel, and if you capture him you pre vent him from warning the rest of the rebels, which he can do now every time we make a sortie." Dick signaled to Bob to shove in closer to the bank and make the boat fast, which was speedily done. There were only these two officers in the woods, and Dick conceived the plan of capturing them, and-showing the pompous major that the Liberty Boys were not to be despised. The boat being made fast, the two boys landed cautiously, and made their way, pistol in hand, to ward the spot where the two redcoats were discussing ways and means, and holding the young patriot and his boys up to ridicule. The captain, while admitting that Dick was clever, called him a rascal, a ruffian, and many other things , while the major did not think he could be considered clever for a moment. The boys crept forward noiselessly, and saw the two officers sitting, one on a stump and the other on a stone, there being a boat tied to a tree at the bank not far away. Dick gave a sudden sharp whistle, and both boys sprang forward, pistol in hand. "Surrender!" cried Bob. The doughty major was the first to leap to his feet and make a dash for the boat, tripping over the warp and plunging headfirst into the river. Bob let out a roar of laughter as he saw the redcoat disappear and another as he came up without hat or wi g and gasping for breath. The captain got away, and at once raised a tremendous hullaballo, bringing a number of redcoats hurrying to the spot. These the boys had not perceived nor even suspected, and they were now in danger of being captured themselves. "That is Dick Slater, the rebel. Capture him! Make him a p risoner-there is a reward for him, dead or alive!" shouted the captain exc itedly. "Don't let him e s cape. The impudence of him, to dare approach so near our lines!" "What do you think of Dick Slater now, major?" roared Bob. "Don't you think he deserves credit for frightening such a noble warrior as -The redcoats were com ing on with a rush, how ever, and there was no time for further wittici sms on Bob's part. Dick and he fired three or four shots to hold back the redcoats, and then made a dash through the woods for their boat, which they secured in good time, and pulled out upon the r i ver. Other redcoats appeared, and the major was taken ashore, looking very ridiculous, and causing Bob to laugh harder than be fore. There were redcoats on the river now, and Dick realized that he could not have gone much farther in the boat without being hailed and perhaps fired upon. "We might have learned something if we had not been so anxious to capture the two redcoats, Bob," laughed Dick, as the boys made their way upstreaI!!., "but we had no idea that there were any more of the enemy about." "It was worth it to the absurd figure the major cut," chuckled Bob. "He was the first to run, and after he had been abusing us sheep stealers, too." Just then there came a hail from the bank, and Jefferson Peters appeared, calling out: "Don't land above here, captain! There are redcoats there. I saw them. They saw y o u go down and are waiting for you." "How are you going to avoid them y ourself?" asked Bob . "They did not see me, and then they may think I am a Tory boy, as they do not know me." "Won't you get in?" Dick asked. "There is plenty of room in the boat for all of us." "Why, yes, if you don't mind." The boys were 'far enough away from the red coats now not to run any and they therefore put in to shore and took the boy in, h offering to row in Bob's place. "How many redcoats were there up the river, Jefferson?" asked Dick. "Twenty, at least, captain. They know the locati o n of your camp, one o f the Tory boys having told them, but I did not hear whether they had any present idea of attacking it or n ot. Then I saw you on the river, and thought I had better warn you, not knowing where you intended to go ashore." As they went on they saw the redcoats, the latter firing upon them, but doing no damage except to the boat, which had one or two holes. "Keep off the river, you impertinent young rebels, or we will sink you!" shouted the leader of the party. "Who told you we were rebels?" returned Dick. "I will report you fellows to the commander at the fort, and we will see if you can go firing on every one who comes along. " "Well, if you are not rebels you should have a flag up, and then one would know." "Yes, and then be fired on by the rebels them selves! You're a smar t sort of chap, aren't you?" "That's Dick Slater, one of the rankes t rebels in the country," said the newcommer. "He and the other attacked the major and captain just now, down the river, and came very nearly taking them prisoners." "Only the major ran too fast!" roared Bob. "He made the funniest sight I ever saw. Give him our compliments, corporal." The boat was,beginning to leak badly, and Bob took his round hat and set to bailing it out, taking up a half-gallon of water at a scoop. "Pull ahead, Jeffers on," said Dick. "They made two or three pretty bad holes in the side under the water line, and we are leaking like a sieve. may have to swim for it." The b'oy rowed and Bob bailed, and the water did not rise higher, although it was not possible to reduce the height very much. They passed the redcoats, and at length saw a party of the Liberty Boys on the bank and made for the shore rapidly. There were Jack, Ben, Sam, Patsy, and a dozen other Liberty Boys on the sh ' ore, and Jack said, as they' came up: "There are orders, captain, that came while you were absent, and the lieutenant sent me to find you." "Did you encounter any redcoats, Jack?" asked Dick, as they landed, and then pulled the boat up the bank to get the water out and then repair it. ! .....
10 THE LIBERTY BOYS BETRAYED "No, we did not, but we heard the sound of firing. \What was that about?" "That's the cause of our boat being half full of water Jack," Bob returned with a laugh. "The fired upon you, did they? I wish we had been there." "That was in revenge for our having frightened the major and caused him to fall into the river making himself ridiculous. I'd have been to Jose the boat for that sight." "Then you have been having adventures, as u sual, eh?" for it was a common saying among the Liberty Boys that Dick never left the. camp that he did not have an adventure, and it was more than half true. "Yes, we had a number of them," laughed Bob. The boat was left bottom up on the bank, and Dick Bob and the rest of the boys went off to the Jefferson Peters going w!th them. Jack followed Dick to his tent and said: "Lieutenant Morrison has the orders, captain." "Do you know what they are, Jack?" "Yes, captain," briefly. "Why did you not tell me, then?" "Well, you did not ask I?e, and then-.--" and Jack began whistling to himself, a habit he had of times. "And then what, Jack?" with a smile, for Dick knew Jack's habit. "There were strangers about, captain." "Only Jefferson, Jack, and he is a friend of ours." "Well it was no harm not to teJI you?" "No 'of course not. But you don't s uspect the bo'y, do you, Jack?" "I have no proof that he is an enemy, cap tain," quietly. "But you think he is? Why, Jack, he has done me a number of good turns, and just now he warned us against the redcoats. " "I said I had no proof, captain. I do not ac cuse him. I _would not have spoken, only that you asked me." "No, I know you would not, Jack, for you are one of the fairest-minded boys in the troop. That i s all." Jack went away, and Mark presently came forward and said: "We are ordered to the other side of the river, captain, above the point, and to go without delay and at the same time with as little bustle as po ssib le. . . . . "There is some exped1t1on agamst Stony Potnt in contemplation, no doubt, Mark. Otherwise we would remain on this side." "Yes, there must be, and the Liberty Boys will take part in it, no doubt, or they would not want us on that s ide." Preparation s were at once made for going up the river, as the boys were to cross farther up so as not to create any excitement among the enemy. "Are you going to change cam)'.1?" asked Jefferson of Jack Warren. "Yes , we are going up the river," Jack replied. "Well, I think that i s a good idea, for the redcoats are rather near you, and in case of an attack you would have things pretty lively . " "Oh, we don't mind that," carelessly. "In fact, we rather like it at times , for it relieves the monotony." The boys left the camp soon afterward, and at length the Liberty Boys went on the march. "Why didn't you tell Jeff where we were going, Jack?" asked Mark, but Jack only wh1stled. CHAPTER VIL-A Leap for Liberty. The Liberty Boys went up the river a few miles , and halted at a point where there were boats to take them and their horses and camp equipage over the river. Here they made a temporary camp, not intending to cross till dark, when they were not likely to be observed, the point on the other side where they intended to encamp b eing in one of the lower passes of the Dunderberg mountain. The boys remained in the temporary camp till dark, by which time everything was on board the boats, and then crossed over to the other side, making their camp in a secure place where no one was likely to find them. Fires were lighted, pickets set, and the camp was soon quiet, there being nothing to alarm them during the night. In the morning Dick set out with Bob, .Tack, Sam and Harry to reconnoiter, and see what sort of people their neighbors were, and whether they were to be trusted. They were well north of Stony Point, and they did not apprehend having any trouble with the redcoats, but there might be Tories about, and this they wished to determine. The boys rode out of camp, aJI being well mounted, and for some distance met no one1 the country being wild and most picturesque. At length they came upon a little settlement where there was a tavern and a number of houses, there being a swinging sign in front of the inn, and a number of tables under the trees for the accommodation of those who preferred to be out of doors. A s the boys r od e up they saw a number of men at the tables, and some on the steps of the inn. Dick did not like the appearance of any of them, and he saw by their looks that the uniform of his boys did not meet with favor from -The boys halted, and Dick dismounted, walking forward, and saying to the landlord: "You have not been troubl ed by the enemy, I suppose, at this distance from their works?" "If you mean the king's troops by the enemy, I can say that they're not likely to trouble us, as we are all loyal subjects here, and know our duty," replied the landlord. "And we have no wish to talk to rebels, and the sooner you go your way the better it will be for you," growled another, a man who wore a cocked -hat and a suit of coarse homespun. "And why will it b e the better for us?" asked Dick, perceiving the man to be a braggart and no doubt a bully. "Because we shoot rebels at sight around here, and we never miss, no matter how long the shot." "I should judge by that that you are something of a marksman," in a careless tone, ""'eJI, I am something of a shot myse lf. Has any one a nail, a good ten-penny nail?" The men allowed their couriosity to get the
I THE LIBERTY BOYS BETRAYED 11 better of their dislike for patriots, and one of them produced what Dick required. "Let m e have your musket, Jack," said Dick, and Jack sprang from h is speedy bay mare and handed his musket to the young captain. Taking the weapon, Dick sudd!jily snatched off the hat of the bully, and tossed it in the air toward the sign and above it. Then h e dropped in the nail, took aim, and fired as the hat began to descend. To the amazement of all the hat was pinned to the sign, the nail plainly showing. "I think I may as well drive the nail a bit tighter," said Dick in a careless tone, handing Jack his musket. In a moment he had whipped out his pistol and fired. When the smoke cleared all could see that the nail had been driven in much farther than at first. "Perhaps you can drive the nail still farther?" said Dick to the braggart, carelessly. The looks of amazement on the faces of the landlord and all his customers showed them that they had never see n such marksmanship as that. "Show the gentleman how it is done, Ben,'' said Dick. Ben Spurlock di s mounted, unslung his musket, Jack meanwhile reloading his, took careful aim, and fired, making as good a shot as Dick, but taking more time to it, and using a heavier weapon. "That' s all very fine," growled the owner of the hat, "but who's going to pay me for my beaver?" "Oh, I will see to that," replied Dick, giving Sam a qu ick look. Sam unslung his musket, and Dick made a peculiar motion, and then took a silver shilling from his pocket. "Here is your money, a bright shilling, you will see, without a mark upon it. Are you. good at catching?" With that Dick threw the shilling into the air, and in an instant Sam fired and brought it down with a dent in tlhe middle of the face of King George on the obverse. '<.'f.bere's your s hilling, sir," Sam said, as he pickedltup and tossed it to the braggart. "You will find that it will pass , even with the dent in it." The men around the inn were greatly impressed by what they had seen , and realiz ed that it would not be safe to meddle with the boys or attempt to oppose them, and many of them retired. "That's pretty good shootin', young feller,'' said one. "Guess you must have had quite some practice." "Yes , we have," declared Dick, "and there are more of us that can do jus t as well as we can. In -fact, there are twenty or thirty deadshots in our company." "Was you thinking of stopping at the inn for any time , young sir?" asked t h e landlord, who had much more respect for Dick now that he had seen what the boy and his companions could do. You might be thinking of staying for dinner on your way back. If so, I can get up any particular dish you may like and think it no trouble." "If we should stop we would take whatever might be ready," Dick replied. "There are no redcoats nearer than Stony Point, I suppose?" "No, I guess not," was the reply, but Dick was not quite sure if the man were telling the truth. "Well, boys, we will go down that way a bit," he said, getting into the saddle, and in a moment the boys were all mounted and following the young captain down the road. "That. was a regular nest of Tories," declared Jack, "and if we had shown any fear of them they would have routed the lot of us, but we did not, and now they have a great respect for "Qs.'' The boys rode some little distance farther, when the road turned in considerably from the bluffs up which they had been gradually ascending, leaving the river on the left. "I think I will go this way for a time," said Dick. "You boys had better ride on and see what there is that way, while I go this." There was not a very good path along the edge of the bluff, and Dick sent with Jack and the rest. "I will cut through later and join you," he said, "or give you a hail, and you can turn back and join me." The boys followed the road, therefore, while Dick went along the path on top of the bluffs, now seeing the boys, and now being hidden from them by the trees and bushes . At times the path was easy to follow, and then it became tangled, and Dick was obliged to leave it for a short time, later returning to it. Now and then h e could see the river stretching out before him in a broad sweep, and the n a sudden turn gave him only a narrow view of it, a sudden turn of thE! path then enabling him to see a long stretch on one side, and very little on the other. Presently he saw the gleam of scarlet uniforms at a little di s t ance on his side of the river, and advanced cautiously, not knowing how many of the redcoats there might be, and not wishing to run into any trap. "These fellows are away from their works," he said to himse lf. "They must be either a scouting or a foraging party, and I must be cautiou s . " Coming out into a little opening where there was a narrow gully running down to the river at a decided angle, he suddenly beheld a party of seven or eight redcoats approaching. Upon seeing his uniform, they set up ' a shout and began running toward him. The gully was narrow at the upper end, and the redcoats could easily jump across it, and this seemed to be their in tention as they ran toward it, shouting loudly. Then there was a-n answering shout, and, turning his head, Dick saw other redcoats on hi s side of the g ull y, running toward him. They had been concealed by the bushes, but had heard the shouts of the others, and had run forward to see what they meant. Dick s uddenly found him self caught in the jaws of a trap, which were rapidly closing in upon him. "Surrender, you miserable rebel!" yelled the leader of the first party of redcoats. "Close in upon him, sergeant!" cried the leader of the second party, as he rushed his men forward. There was only one chance of escape for Dick, and this was a desperate one, and one a t
12 THE LIBERTY BOYS BETRAYED which many would have balked. The little gully was directly in front of him, and at this point it was not deep, although of some width. To hei tate would mean his capture, for the redcoats had Je:ipeJ over and "the other division was rapidly approaching. It was too wide for Dick to leap at this point, and h e therefore took the only chance open to him and leaped into it, sitting down as he did so. In a moment he went sliding down the gully, half-sitting and half on his back. Here it was nearly all smooth rock, and Dick slid rapidly toward the river, now gliding over the .grass and now upon sand and loose pebbles, but never stopping in his course. The redcoats were amazed, but none of them dared to follow. At length Dick reached a little ledge, from which he shot with the force of an arrow sent from a bow, and then began to descend rapidly, feet first. In a moment, so swift was his flight, he the water and disappeared. CHAPTER VIII.-Jack Troubled. Dick presently came to the surface, having entered the wa.ter where it was quite deep, and l o oked about him. There was a white level beach not far distant, and toward this he s\\am, reaching shallow water, a n d making his way to shore. He could not see the top of the gull y from here, but could hear the redcoats calling to each other and discussin g his probable fate. "The saucy young rebel e scaped us that time!" "Yes , but he has not got away for a ll that." "That's the end of bim, I f ancy." "Yes, but I'd like to have caught him." , "You can't tell anything about him, for they 1;ay he has as many lives a s a cat." "You know him?" "Yes , it was Slater himself, one of the most daring young rebels I ever saw or heard of." "Well, I don't believe h e will trouble u s again after that leap." "You don't know anything about it!" decided ly. "I wo-qld not be sur-prised if w e were to meet him to-morrow or even to-day, and as saucy a s ever." "I would not be surprised if I did, " laughed Dick, "but I do not want to have to take s u ch a chance every time I meet the redcoats." He walked along the foot of the bluff for some distance, but at last it made a sheer descent into the river, extending for s om e distance. There was a winding path leadin g up toward the top, and Dick determined to take this, not knowing if it reached to the top or not, but trusting to find some other way if it did not. He set out, therefore, to ascend, s ometimes to climb, and theil finding the path At one point he found that it was impossible to get up, a ,cheer wall o f rock extending far above his head, but he could walk along the foot of and he did so for a considerable distance. Then the path i;uddenly ended , but he saw that by climbing a few feet he could get upon another path even better than the one he was leaving. It was some thing of a cl imb, but Dick was sure-footed and co ol-headed, and he it without accident, fo ll owin g the path he had found till it reached the top of the bluff. It was not far to the road here, and he stopped and listened, pres ently hearing the sound of hoofs . "That sounds like the boys," he thought, "but I cannot be too sure, and I don't want to take another leap." He secreted himself in the bushes, therefore, the clatter of hoofs growing louder every instant. At length he peerEd out cautious and saw Jack "-arren on bay mare, leading Major. In a moment Ben, Sam and Harry came i n sight, and Di c k stepped out into the road. "Jump up, captain," said Jack, a look of pleasure on his face. "The redcoats are after u s." "Many of them, Jack?" asked Dick, as he leaped into the saddl e, and -..vent on with the boy s . "A couple of dozen at least, a.."'1d maybe more. \\" e saw that there were too many for us, and cut and ran." "The wisest plan when there are too many,'' laughed Dick. They heard the redcoats coming on at a tremendous behind them, and presently they came in sight, urging their horses like mad. "Follow me, boys," said Dick, quietl y. "I will soon get rid of the persistent fellows." I n a short time he struck into a pass which seemed to lead nowhere, but which went on and on by one turn and another till the b oy s were in the midst of rocks , trees and giant bowlders, and then on a narrow path that had as many turns a s a ram's horn. They heard n othing of the redcoats , however, and Dick halted for a few minutes to i; iv e the boys a chance to res t. "How did you get s o wet, captain?" asked Ben Spurlock. "Have you l 1 e e n in the river?" "Yes, and I think my clothes must be worn threadbare as well as wet," with a laugh. "I took a great sli de, Ben, and then a plunge into the Hudson." "By accident?" laughing. "No, but to get away from the redcoats. They had m e cornered, and it was my only chance." The boys were all eager to know what had happened, and Dick told them, after which he Jed the way through the woods and into the .reati.to the camp, where all the boys welcomed-them heartily. Dick changed his clothes , which were well worn as well a s wet, and had to tell the story of his adventure again for the benefit of Bob, Mark, and the rest of the Liberty Boys. "You don't think tlrnt the redcoats are posted nearer than Stony Point, do you, Dick?" asked Bob. "No, I think it was merely a scouting or foraging party. There was not a large detachment of them, but too many for u s . If we had had a score more of the Liberty Boys with u s we could have no t only held our own, but caused them to fall back. "Then I wish you had had them," declared Bob impulsively. In the afternoon another party of the Liberty Boys, led by Dick, went out to reconnoiter, going farther than the others had gone, bgt seeing nothing of the redcoats, and being treated with great respect by the Tories at the inn. There was more than one way from the camp, and Dick ;;uggestcd to the boys that they did not always'
THE LIBERTY BOYS BETRAYED 13 . go the same way, as, in the event of their being followed by the Tories, they couid throw the latter off the track, and prevent their finding the camp. "Those fellows treat u s all right now," he said, "having seen what we can do, but I would not trust them, and if they had a chance to betray us to the redcoats I think they would take it." The rest of the day and the next was spent quietly, Dick having instructions to fox orders from General Wayne before making any demonstration against the redcoats, and to remain quietly in came as a rule , although it would be well enough to reconnoiter once in a while. On the following morning, therefore, Dick se t out with Bob and two of the Liberty Boys , to see if there was any further sign of the redcoats, and if they had advanced beyond the works to any extent. Nearing the tavern where Dick and the boys had given their little exhibition of sharpshooting for the benefit of the Tories , they heard the sound of hoofs, a single horseman coming along the road. The boys halted, and in a few moments Jefferson Peters appeared on horseback, reining in as he caught sight of the little party. "Hallo, captain, so you came over to this s ide of the river, did you?" he said. "You did not say anything about" it." "How did you happen to be here yourself?" asked Dick, smiling. "Our folks do not like it on the other s id e." "And s o you have come to look for a place on this side, is that it?" and I like it myself better. Shall you stay here Jong? I hope so, for then we shall have company, and that will be better than being among strangers." ' The bo y had an unmistakably pleasant man ner, and Dick found it hard to b e lieve that he could act the part of a traitor, and indeed did not, thinking that Jack had made a mistake. "vVe never know where we are going to be very long at a time, .Jefferson,'' he replied. "\\'e are out looking for redcoats. Have you seen any <.1:}gns of them in your tr::ivels this. morning?" short of the Pomt, captain. I am at the ta':'<>rn just beyond, but I rode down to the Point a little time ago. There some very plearnnt houses between this and there, and I think we can get one that is not o ccupied just now." The boys went on beyond the tavPrn, the other boy goi ngwith them, chatting with Ben and Sam, Dick and Bob going a little ahead. "Alice daes not trust the boy, Dick," 'aid Bob, "but I cr.n't see that tr.ere is any harm in him." "Ycu rather like him, cion't you, Bob? " "Ye:<, but Alice is a quePr girl." "Still, I think that her jut;gment is grner:illy to be relied upon, Bob. I like the hoJ and she may be mistaken. I won't ::::' y that i s, but that she may be." "You'll be sure to give your sweetheart the benefit of th-e doubt,'' laughed Bob. "Edith does not say anything, s o I don't know hew she thinks." "I li.!re the boy,'' Dick added. "I think Jack Warren suspects that he is not true, but, co11-sidering m e, and with his natural generosity, he will my nothing until he is sure." ''No, that i s like Jack. You found Jeff in the redcoat camp, to be sure, but he explained that." "Yes, and it seemed feasible enough." The boys were far enough ahead of the rest for J not to hear anything that was about him, and he and the others were talking s o animatedly the m selves that they would not have done so even if they had been nearer. They went on for some distance without seeing any sign of the redcoats, and at length they returned, Dick inviting the boy to go with them to the camp. "Is your sister over here with you, Jeff?" asked Ben. "No, she is on the other s ide. She will come with the others when I have arranged about the house. I think likely that I shall go to-monow or the next day. I don't like staying at an inn. It isn't like your own home." He went with the boys and expressed great delight at the situation of the camp, declaring that it could not have been in a better place. . "Even if the redcoats do come looking for you, they won't find you here,'' he said. "No, they will have so me trouble, I think," Dick retmned. "We always have pickets set, and they will be sure to give warning in time, even if the redcoats should find u s , which is not probable." "No, I don't see how it i s . I could never have found it if I had not been shown the way." ''ls your cousin, the British officer, still on the other s ide of the river?" asked Dick. " I suppo"e so,'' carelessly. "I have not see n him since that day. I only went there that once, as I had a message to deliver. I have little to do with redcoats." The boy wandered about the camp, talking to this one and treat, and seeming greatly interested in all that he saw. He remained to dinne r with the Liberty Boys, talking and laughing, and keeping those around him in constant goodnature, amusing them by his clever salli es, and pleasing t h em by his frankness and open "He ought to be one of u s,'' said Mark to J acK, â€¢ but the latter only whi stled. "\\"hat are you whistling about, Jack?" Mark asked, half impatientlv. "Force of habit, I suppose,., said .Tack. "Have you got anything against the boy?" "No, I have not, Mark, or I would not whistle," earnestly. "But you are not sure is that it, Jack?" in a low ' "Y 0s. You know I would not sav a â€¢-,ord any one that I did not feel ce1:tain of." ''I know you wonld not, Jack, but wha't is the matter with Jeff?" "I don't know, Mark, but I have di :ftr usted him from the first, and I don't know why. I wish I diJ. Then I could tell whether I was right or not. Now I don't know whether I am or not." "What do you suspect? â€¢His having a cousin in the Briti.;;h . camp?" "No, that i s nothing. He acknowledges that
I 14 THE LIBERTY BOYS BETRAYED himself. Besides, I had this feeling before 'l knew that." "He seems perfectly open-hearted, Jack." "Yes, he does, and all the boys like him. I do myself, but there is this feeling that I cannot explain or get rid of." "You have told Dick?" "When he asked me, yes. I couldn't do it be fore." "No, of course not," and then, as the boy under discussion came toward them, they were obliged to change the subject. Jefferson went away during the afternoon, promising to come the next day unless he should have to go across the river, and the boys took leave of him with the grea1:est friendliness. "He does not look like a boy that would prove false, J acJ<," said Mark, the two being a little away from the rest. "No, he does not, and I wish I really knew why I have this strange feeling against him." When next he saw the boy, Jack know the reason. CHAPTER IX.-The Matter Explained. The next morning Jack Warren, Harry Judson, Will Freeman, and Lishe Green were off on their horses reconnoitering, Dick being in camp, as he expected news from General Wayne, and wished to be on hand when it came. They knew that they could learn nothing at the inn, as the landlord and tpe greater part of the frequenters were Tories, and they did not intend to stop at the place at all. They had passed it, and were at a point in the road where there were trees on either side of the road, when they heard some one coming toward them. "Get into the bushes, boys," said Jack. "This may be some redcoats coming to the inn, and if so we may learn something." The boys quickly secreted themselves, and had hardly done so before J acR, peering out cautiously, saw half a dozen redcoats approaching, and with them Jefferson Peters. "I will go ahead," the latter said, "and warn the rebels that you arc coming by the southern pass, and that they may escape by the river Toad. You will make your way to that pass, and there you will catch the young rebel captain and all his crowd." "That was well done, Petrie," laughed the redcoat captain. "You have wound the rebels around your finger." , "Yes, I it was rather cleverly done, captain, but I must go on, so as to get them around to the right place in time for you to get them in the net:" "Yes, do, for our men are right behind, and we must not get there too soon." The boy whom Jack now knew to be a traitor as well as the falsest of friends, rode away at a gallop, and Jack signaled to the boys to get on the road as soon as possible. They had to do this with expedition as well as caution, but they did it, and then Jack said, hurriedly: "Come on as fast as you can, boys. r can make bet1:er time than any of you, and I will go ahead and warn Dick against that scoundrel. Oh, the villain! If I had only been sure of this before!" Jack leaped upon the back of his bay mare, second only in speed to Dick Slater's Major, and fairly flew down the road. He hoped that he might overtake the false friend, but when he reached the inn he saw nothing of him, and went on like the wind. On the way he saw the horse which young Peters had ridden, grazing at the side of the road near a steep path which was a short-cut to the camp of the Liberty Boys. "He knows all the paths," he groaned. "He may get there now ahead of me, even on foot. Get on, Dolly!" The intelligent creature seemed to understand that much was expected of her, for she fairly flew. â€¢ * * * * * Dick was in his tent talking with Bob and Ben Spurlock when Jefferson Peters came suddenly running into from one of the passes supposed to be known to only a few. "Captain!" he cried excitedly, "the redcoats are coming! Some one has told them of a way in, how I do not know, and they are coming on now at full speed toward the southern pass. ls there any Other way out?" "Yes, by the river road. But how did you learn this?" "At the inn. The leaders of the expedition stopped there, and I heard them talking it over while they were waiting for the main body to come up. I slipped out, unperceived, and made my way here as rapidly as I was able, having no chance to my horse. I stumbled on a short-cut by accident, and so saved time, but there is little to spare." Dick at once gave orders for the boys to get upon the river road, whence they could make' their way to where the boats were stored, and so escape. Dick llimself, Bob, Ben, and some others hurried to the pass near the river road, and the boys were set to work getting ready without de lay. Young Peters was with them, and got into a boat tied tb a stake at the beach, saying that he would row up the river and see that thing was clear. Then there came pounding of hoofs along the pass that 'the boys were to take, and Jack Warren came dashing in on his bay mare reeking with foam and covered with dust. "Captain, stop that traitor, don't let him es cape!" Jack cried breathlessly, as he dismounted. "He has betrayed us I The redcoats are coming by this very road!" "Oh, the villain!" gasped Bob, running to the very edge of the water, in the hope of seizing the boat. The fals e friend was rowing away rapidly, as there came a clatter of hoofs, and the redcoats appeared. "We are betrayed!" cried Dick. Bob was already in the water, and Ben seized a stone to hurl at the traitor. "Quick, to the other passes!" shouted Dick. "Make your escape, all who can I Make haste, there is no time to lose!" Ben hurled the stone with all his might, and struck the false friend on the shoulder. causing him to drop one of his oars.
THE LIBERTY BOYS BETRAYED 15 "Aha, you rebels, I've got the best of Y01;l for all your smartness!" he shouted back, densively. Jack Warren swung hi s musket to hi s shoulder and cried out savagely: "Maybe you haven't, you base-hearted ingrate!" . . . , Then he fired, the bullet clipping the traitors ear and cutting off a lock of his h a ir. U sing his remaining oar with all the vigor he could master, the boy went down stream with the current and quickly p::u::sed out of range, half a of the be s t shots of the Liberty Boys sending a volley after him, feeling as angry as Jae!< did . On came the redcoats , and now Dick, Bob, Ben, Jack, and a score more were surrounded, the others making their escape, although they had to leave much of their camp equipage behind J>am. They escaped with horses,. however, and s ome of the camp equipage, gallopmg away into the hills where they could not be found. Mark was in charge of the troop, and got away with all the horses, including Maj or, Jack War11en's bay mare and other fine animal s . Dick, Bob , and the were hurried away by the redcoats toward the Point, where they we1e put under .a strong guard in the fort. see med a day fo r the Liberty Boys, but Dick was not discouraged, knowing that Mark and the greater part of the troop were free, and that they would do all they could to liberate the others. "I am confident that \Vayne is contemplating an attack on the fort," Dick declared confidentially to Bob, when none of the redcoats happened to be around, "and the threatened attack 'of the enemy on our men across the river will be more than offset by it-." "They talked a good deal about it," l aughed Bob, "but they had not done anything about it up to the time of our going away, and I don't belieYe they have done anything yet." "No, and if Washington plans and Wayne carries out an expedition agains t Stony Point, something will be done." Along in the afternoon Jefferson Peters, as he was known fo the Liberty Boys, came into the , guard-house, wearfog a British uniform and look smart. He came accompanied by three or four and a sergeant, and went up to where DicK \vas sitting at a table, playing a game of chess with Jack, Bob being much too impetuou s for such a studious game. "So I got the better of you rebe ls, Slater," he said, with a tritm1phant look and a snee1ing laugh. "Check, Jack," said Dick. Jack stu died a few moments and made a move. "I would have liked to catch the whole of you;:party, captain. "I was working for that. but--" Dick made a move which would l ead to an at tack on Jack's king. "Castle," said Jack, making a move. "But you didn't think you had me to deal with." "You fell nicely into the trap,_ Slater,'' laughed -the other. "Jefferson Peters , named for a rebel. My name is Geoffrey Petrie, and I am a midshipman in the royal--" "Your king is in danger,'' said Dick, address ing Jack, who interposed a piece. Petrie colored, and replied: "He isn't in as g"eat a dange1 as you are, captain. You are to be sent to New York, and I suppose you--" "You count yourself a gentleman, I suppose?" interrupted Jack, addressing the false friend. "To be sure I do, you young rebel, and--" "One rule of a gentleman is never to force his conversation where it is not wanted.-. Do they teach that in the navy?" " I was n o t addressing you at all, Master Jack Warren," flushing. "I got the best of yo u , and y o u feel sore over it." "And y o u feel proud of it, do you, Judas?" scornfully. "I sho u ld think you would be ashamed to show your face among decent boy s . Y ou are a sneak, a snake i n the grass, a contemptible scoundrel , who in the name o f friendship, something too sacred for y ou to understand, betrays the best friend yo u could have had. Get out of here, or--" "It's your move, Jack," said Dick, quietly. Midshipman Geoffrey Petrie gave a scornful laugh and curled his lip. "Then I'll make it!" cried Jack, and suddenly sweeping every piece from the heavy chessb oard, he snatched it up and banged Petrie over the head with it, knocking-him down. The redcoats interposed, and Petrie slunk away, while the boys near laughed, and Ben Spurlock said with a roar: "Jove, that was a checkmate, Jack. I have heard of a defeated player doing that, but you won that game all right." "I won't count that game against you, Jack,'' laughed Dick. "You made a brave defense, but it is not nece ssary to kick every dog wh o barks at you, my boy." "That's what h e is, a dog!" sputtered Jack, picking up the chessmen and setting the board. "I beg your pardon, captain, but I couldn't sit still and hear that fellow taunt us and you in particular, the way he did, although I know it was a breach af discipline." â€¢ "Which I shall say nothing about, Jack, so start your game," with a laugh. "If I had been there and heard it I would have done mo1e than bang the traitor over 'the head with a chessboard,'' laughed Bob, coming up. "So he came here to gloat over u s, did he? Well, he didn't get half what he deserved." The redcoats did not show any sympathy for the false friend, especially when they heard how he had betrayed the Liberty Boys, and one of them was heard to say that it had served him right, and that he would not be allowed in the place again. "Cheer up, boys," said Dick, quietly, when none of the guards were about. "Mark and the Liberty Boys are free, and they will be sure to do something." The boys were allowed to talk among themse lve s , for they were considered to be under too strong a guard and in too well defended a fort to make their escape, no matter how much they might plot together. Night came on, and the boys occupied themselves in various ways, showing no faint-heartedness, but talking and laughing as cheerily as if they had been in their own camp. _ "That fellow must have told a 1ot of iies," said Bob. "I can h.trd ly think of a fellow going to
16 THE LIBERTY BOYS BETRAYED work so deliberately to get one's confidence just to beb:ay him. Why, he helped Dick out a number of times , and worked right against the red coats!" "He was working for higher g ame," declared Ben. "He wanted to capture the troop at once." "And he might have d one it but for Jack. Well, Jack can whistle all he likes now, whenever the traitor i s mentioned, and nobody will say a word," with a l augh. "I am sorry for a fellow that can lower himself like that," remarked Jack. "If a spy gets into your c amp and finds out things he deserves a certain amount of credit, for he takes a big ris k, but you wouldn't find Dick worming himself into a man's confidence, pretending to be a great friend, and a n that just to betray him. Friendship i s s ome thing too sacred to be abused in that way. I don't know why I distrusted him, for I mus t say that I liked him in many ways, but I did have a di strust of him, and yet I could not find a thing against him." â€¢ "It was the same with Alice," said Bob. "Well, you were both right, and the mischief is done, but we need not be down in the mouth for all that, for we're bound to get out of this." CHAE'PTER X.-The Attack on Stony Point. Mark and the main body of the Liberty Boys having made their way to a P.lace of safety, began to pla n for the rescue of Dick, Bob and the r est. The fort at Stony Point was strong and well protected, its approaches being few and well guar d e d, s o that the brave young second lieutenant h a d no easy tas k before him. The boys were a ll very bitter against the false friend, and many were the denunciations put upon his head by the brave fellows, but Mark said philosophically: "It's all very well to denounce the rascal, boys, but w hat we want to think of now is how to get the captain and the rest of the boys out of the fort, and to give all our time and thought to it." "We all h a d an idea that Wayne meant to attack the place, li eutenant," declared Phil Wa ters, " s o why could w e not send some o:qe to him, tell him of our misfortune , an
-THE LIBERTY BOYS BETRAYE D 17 sent ahead t o reconnoiter. Not a bark was heard, for the boys had dispos e d of all the dogs and the advance was made in the utmost silenc e . Mark and a dozen of the mo s t trusted of the Liberty Boys went ahead to look over the ground and dec i de upon the best time to make the attack. Dick, Bqb, Jack, Ben and the res t of the Liberty B oys had no notion of the nearness of the boy s , but they were all in good spirits , and h o p e d for the best. Mark Morris on and his p i ck ed L i b erty Boy s , advancing with the utmos t c a u t ion, reache d the causeway over the moras s l eading to the fort without being di s covered, and crept back stealthily a s the y had advanced. Midnight h a d be e n recommended by the c ommanderin-ch ief a s the b e s t time to make the attack, and Mark, upon his return, reported that that time would b e favora ble, as the causeway would be flood e d b e fore the n, and advance would be impossi ble. Shortly b efore midnight the advance guard went a h e ad, guided by an old negro whom Mark had gotten h o ld o f in t h e afternoon. The old darky h a d been in the habit of selling fruit and vegetables to the garris on and, a s he often had to go at night, being obliged to work by day, he had been given the countersign to facilitate matters . Guided by the old negro, the advance guard, con s i sting o f Mark and some of the Liberty Boy s and a number of 'Vayne's men, went ahead cautiousl y, all but the old negro keeping ' well in the s hadows. The firs t sentinel, posted on hi g h ground to the west of the morass , chal l enged the old man who gave the countersign, and then stopped to talk with him. While he was doing s o the Liberty Boy s s t ole rapidly up and seized the man, gagging him and putting him upon one side out of the way. The sentinel po ste d at the he a d of the causeway was served in the same way, and so far no alarm had been given. The causeway was still flooded, however, and it was some time afte r midnight before the troops could cross , three hundred men under Genera l Muhlenbe r g being left on the we s t ern s ide o f the morass a s a r es erve. At the foot of the p romontory on the farther side of "the morass , the advance force was divided into two de t a chments , for simultaneous attacks on op p o s ite sid es of the works. One-half, including M ark and the L iberty Boy s , and headed by Lieutenant-Colone l Fleury and Major Posey, formed the vanguar d of the right column, the rest under M ajor Stewart forming the left. In advanc e of each divi s ion was a forlorn hope of twenty m e n, â€¢it be ing the duty o f these to remove the abatis. Both parties advan c e d with the utmos t rapidity and i n perfect s il e nc e , a nd s o secretly was everything condu cted that they were clo s e u p on the outworks before the y were di s cover e d. Then the h o ttest kind of skirmishing ensued, muskets rattling and cracking o n on e s ide, the patriots advancing in utter s ilence, and with the deadly bayone t on the oth er. Not a s ound was uttered by the patriots, but swiftly and steadily they pushed on, neve r halting till the two divisions met in the center of ..the works and the fort was taken. Amid shot and she ll and rattle of mus k etry , the gallant Liberty Boys and their allies had advanced, Colonel Fleury being the first to " enter the fort and strike the British flag. Major Posey spra n g to the ramparts and s h outed "The fort i s our own," whi ch had be e n the cd u nter s ign given to every man in the expedition. Wayne, who led t he right c olum n , was struck by a musket ball a t the in n e r a batis, and at first thought that he had received a mortal wou n d. "Carry me into the fort," h e said "and let me die at the head of my c olumn." ' He was taken in, but sh ortl y recovered and lived to perform many brave deeds, but few a s daring as the assault upon Sandy Point. The garris on were forced to surrender, and then Dick Slater, Bob Estabrook and the rest of the Liberty Boys were freed, and a t remendou s shout went up, the happy boys never seeming to tire of cheering. "I knew you wou l d d o Mark," said Dick, shaking hands with the delighted young second lieutenant. " Oh, but it was General Wayne, Mad Anthony, who did it, Dick," said Mark modestl y . "Well, you were with him and yo u d i d yo u r share, I'll go bail, as Patsy says, " with a laugh. "Did any of you boys see Petrie, o r Jeff Peters , as you know him?" asked Bob. None of the boys had seen him, and a thorough search failed to reveal any trace of him. Then one of the garrison said that h e h ad se e n the fellow take fligh t at the first a l a1m, and that n othing was see n of hi m afterward. . "He did not want to see the Liberty B o ys his betrayal of them, and if he had any shame i n h i m I don't wo nder," sputtered Bob. "I wo 1ld not want to l ook a decent boy i n the face if I had done w hat he did." There was great rejoicing amo n g the Liberty B oys over the release o f Dic k S later and the res t, and it was well on toward morning before they settled down to rest. The storming of Stony Point was o ne of the mo s t brilliant achievement s of the war, having been accomplished without firing a shot, the l oss of the enemy being much greater than that of the patriots, even de spite the fierce opposition which the former show e d from the very outset. The next morning the Lib erty Boys returned to their camp, which they would occupy only as long as Wayne retained pos s ession of Stony Point. It was doubtful if he w ould do so long, as it would require more men to maintain it than could be spared from the land s ide, the Americans having no ship s to protect it o n the river as the enemy had had. "I would like to know what has become of P etrie, " muttered Bob, as the boys were arranging their camp after their return. "It won't be safe for him to remain about here as long as we are in the neighborhood." "He can do us no harm n o w, Bob," said Di ck, "and we may as well forge t all about him." Many o f the boys were of the same opiJiion as Bob E stabrook, and t hey e nvied Jack Warre n in having taken a certain revenge upon the trai tor by banging him over the head with the chess board. "If there are any of the ene m y a b o ut, and we know that they are at Verplanck's P oint," d e clared Bob, "and this fello w can l ead them t o our camp, he will do it, and I think w e ought to
18 THE LIBERTY BOYS BETRAYED see that he docs not remain at large, if only for our own protection." ,, . . . "Yes, you are right there! reJomed Dick, "and it may be as well to mst1tute a search for him. He would probably make his way to the ,:;hips hav.ing been a midshipman." you think he was, Dick? Couldn't that be another of his lie s? He was full of them. _I don't b elieve that yarn of his about some of people b eii1g Britis h and s ome patri?ts. I thmk that he and hi s s i ster were both spies , and tha. t she meant to lead the redcoats agains t us that day, thinking there were only_ a few, rival of Mark and the boys foiled her "But Petrie secured my escape from the Brit i s h camp, Bob." "Yes, s o that he might make a sc oop of the whole company. He had the freedom of the camp, and your confidence . " "Yes and he made himself acquainted with all the' in s and outs of this one, and I never suspected it, thinking he knew only one way in and out. He was a dangerous foe, Bob." "Yes, becau se we trusted him. H e will be dangerous still, Dick, and vYe must either change our camp or make sure that he is out of the way of doing u s any mischief'." "We will do both, Bob," said Dick. CHAPTER XL-A Daring Attempt at Escape. The Liberty Boys having settled themselves in the1 r camp, l!ick took a party of a dozen of the boy s, and set off in one direction to look for any sign of the enemy, Bob going in another and Mark in still another, the greater part of the boys re111â€¢1ining in camp. Dick and his party, which included D en, Sam and J ack, set out back o f the w0rks at the Point, whither they thought the folse friend might take his way, going on foot. They were going on through the woods at a fair rate of speed when Jack suddenly said, in a tone of caution: "Look the re, captain! Redcoats?" "No, but a girl in a red c loak, probably the sister of the traitor," replied Dick. "\Vait a mo m ent." The girl in the red cloak was coming through the wood s at a little di stance, and Dick hurried toward her alone. "You are seeking my brother to kill him!" s he said. "Brave fellows you are, aren't you? A dozen to one! You should be proud of your noble achievement, hounding down one poor unfortunate mortal." Dick waited till the girl had concluded her tirade, and then said, in a quiet tone and dignified manner: "You are mistaken; we have no desire to kil 1 your brother. He is a treacherous, dangerous foe, and should be kept away from our camp, apd we mean to keep him away." "You won't find my brother," the girl snapped, "so you nee d not look. I mean to drive you away, so--" "Keep qui d , you silly fool!" said some one from the rocks close at hand. "You talk like a fishwife!" Dick turned quickly, and saw young Peters fo1 an instant only in an aperture of the ledge which probably contained a cave of small proportions, where he was in hiding. He disappeared in a moment, and Dick said: "Tell your brother that if he is in that hole in the rocks or within five miles of this place within an hour, he will be taken and put under guard and k ept a prisoner as long as we are at Stony Point." Then the boys, with Dick at their head, returned to the camp, intending to return in an hour or thereabouts. Bob and Mark came in and reported that they had seen nothing of a s uspicious character, and were greatly surprised when they heard that Dick had seen the traitor. It was more than past the time allowed by Dick for the false fdend to leave the neighborhood, when some of the boys who had gone out not to look for him, but on other business, saw him coming through a wood, and were fired upon by him. They returned the fire, but the fellow escaped on account of the thickness of the tiees. "Did you se e the girl in ied ?" a s ked Bob. "No, we saw no sign of her, but only of Petrie. It was not near the rocks wheTe the boys were this morning." "The fellow had no intention of leaving the neighborhood, and won't, if he can h elp it. He wishes to show hi s defiance. Likel y if we were called away he wou ld not care to remain here a single hout , but just now he wishes to s how u s that he has no regard for our warnings . " In the afternoon Dick and some of the boys were out near Stony Point when a bullet came whistling dangerously close to Dick's 11ead, and in another moment Petne was see n hurrying into the woods with a smokin g pic;tol in his hand. "Afte1 him, boys!" cried Dick. "He is too' dangerous a fellow to have at lal'ge.'' The bo ys at once dashed into the "oods in pursuit of the traitor, the young captain i n the lead, Ben, Sam, Jack, Harry and "\\'ill close behind. They lost sight of him in a fe\, . mom.en.ts, but the trail was plain to see and easy te> follow, and they hurried on, determined to capture the evil-minded fellow and lock him up. Away went the boy s iri clo se pursuit of the traitor, who presently turned and went toward the river, as clo se ly followed by the determined boys. They came out into the open near the edge of a bluff des cending almost perpendicularly to theâ€¢ river. Petrie ran rapidly toward this, paused for an in stant on the brink, and then leaped off. The boy s were not far behind, and Dick, without the slightest hesitation, followed, shooting straight do'':n to"ard the water. "Stay behind, boys!" he shouted, but already Ben and S<' m were running to make the leap and could not The rest remained on the bluff, but hastened to the edg , and looked over to watch Dick and the others come up. Dick arose to the surface after going nearly to the bottom, a s it seemed, and saw Petrie just appearing not far off, p anting for l;reath. He swam to the fellow, and as he ieached him Ben and Sam came up.
THE LIBERTY BOYS BETRAYED 19 "You are my prisoner, Mr. Petrie," said Dick. The false friend tried to seize the young pa triot to draw him under, but Dick avoided him, and the two Liberty, Boys swam toward him. Then Petrie tried to dive s o . as to swim under water and escape, but Ben Spurlock, coming up behind him, seized him by the collar and prevented this move. "We want you, Jeff Peters," said Ben, "so there is no use in acting ugly." It was some little distance to a landing place, and Petrie pretended to have a cramp and to be unable to swim so far. "Come on, Sam," said Een, " let's give the poor fellow a lift." In a moment the two Liberty Boys had the pretender on his back, and, one taking his head and the other his heels, floated him downstream toward the landing, so that the boys had no trouble in reaching shore. They all came out, and then Petrie sank, apparently exhausted, on the ground, and refused to budge. The boys on the ledge above, seeing Dick and the rest making for the shore. hurried down, Jack in the lead, and were soon with them. "Pick him up, boys, head and heels," laughed Jack. "It is too bad he had to give out, but we always like to help good fellows." Then Harry and Will picked up Petrie by his knees and shoulders, and carried him whether he would or not. "I can walk; put me down," he sputtered. "That is no way to treat a prisoner of wa1." "Haidly so dignified as that," retorted Jack. "I should call you a captured spy myself." "Set him down, boys," said Dick, and they did so, Petrie trying to make a sudden dash and escape, but being prevented by Harry. "Oh, we couldn't part with you yet, my boy," said Jack. There was no doubt that Petrie was a prisoner, whether he had the honor of being a prisoner of war or not, and he seemed to realize that he was in a very serious predicament, for he lowered his head, said nothing, and walked with anything but a light and springing step. Jack Warren ceased his badinage when Petrie lost his defiant manner, a:nd said nothing, for Jack was not the boy to gloat over another, wherein he was very different from the prisoner. The boys talked quietly among' themselves, but there was n6' hilarity, as there had been, for they all felt now that it was a serious occasion and that it would be out of place to indulge in any light talk. Petrie was really a captured spy, and if Dick chose, he could be hanged as such, there being every authority for such a proceeding. Some of the boys doubted if Petrie had ever been a midshipman, but this was immaterial, the boy being a dangerous enemy in any event, and one whom it was not wise to be left at large as long as there were British in the vicinity. The boys reached the camp, and the prisoner was put under strict guard, and the boys warned not to let him escape. The fort at Stony Point was abandoned by the Americans, and the works destroyed on the second day following, the cannon and stores being removed, and Washington gathering his forces at West Point, in anticipation of that most important post being next attacked by Clinton. The British at once reoccupied the fort, and garri-s oned it more strongly than before, the Liberty Boys remaining near in order to keep a watch upon the enemy, and give warning of any expe dition against Ute Highlands. The false friend ,,.as still a pris0ner in the camp, being unde1 strong guard, and never allowed to leave his tent alone. As soon , a.; the Lil;erty Boys left the neighborhood of Stony Point, which they exJJected to shortly do, the prisoner would be released: but in the meantime a careful watch was kept upon him. CHAPTER XII.-The End of An Evil Pair. It was a bright, pleasant day in the middle of July, not too warm for comfort, and all was calm and still, the Liberty Boys being in camp occupying themselves in various ways, Dick and Bob and one or two of the boys haYing gone out to reconnoiter. _"l\'Iark had been left in charge of the camp, and exercised his usual vigilance, the gua1d being still maintained over the prisoner 2.nd pickets posted aboat the camp. Mark himself was in his t.em. writing letter:;, and Petrie was taking a walk through the camp for exercise, attended by Harry Judson and. Harry Thurber, his chum, the two boys being generally together and being called the two Harrys on that account. Jack "' arren was on guarr l at the nearest point to the road, Ben Spurlock being nearest to him on the right, and Sa.'Il San derson on the left. There was a drowsy hum in the camp, the boys being mostly busy, but there was no excitement, when presently an old woman with a basket on her arm approached Jack. 'Needles and pins, scissors and knives, young sir?" the old crone piped, in a high key, takirg a cloth from her basket and displaying its contents. "Buy from a poor old woman to help keep the wolf from the door, young gentleman." .Jack gave a whistle, and some of the Liberty Boys came up. "Here is an old woman who has things to sell," said Jack. "See if you can have her in or not." "What have you for sale, Granny?" asked Will Freeman, while Phil Waters and Paul Benson ran off to ask Mark if the old woman could enter. "Buy something from a poor old woman, young gentlemen?" piped up the crone. "Needles and pins, knives and scissors, bodkins, darners, fine thread, everything to mend your clothes?" She was pushing her way forward toward the prisoner, when Joel Walker and Arthur Mackay interposed, saying: "Wait a bit, old woman. Fall back, Harry; one never knows wha1r-" The crone suddenly threw something from her basket toward Petrie, at the same time pushing Arthur asici.i and banging Joel over the head with her basket. The boys closed in upon her to get her out of the way, and at that moment Petrie suddenly shot from between the two Har rys and fired a rapid shot with a pi:stol toward Ben Spurlock. It struck Ben's musket, and knocked it out crl his hand, and at the next mo ment the prisoner dashed past him, Ben firing a shot from his pistol as the fellow ran into the woods. Then the drums began to roll and the bugles to blow, and half a dozen boys set out quickl:v.
20 THE LIDERTY BOYS BETRAYED after the escaped spy. The old crone was seized, and in a moment she was seen not to be an old woman at all, but the girl in red, Petrie's s i ster, ery cleverly disguised. She was taken before Mark, w ho said sternly: 'You are a spy; you have secured the escape of a spy, and you have made yourself liabl e to the severe!'t penalty. Put her -under guard, boys, t ill the captain returns." "Ha! You have let a woman get the best of you!" sneered the girl. "Fine s oldiers you are to---" 'Spare your sarcasm, miss," said Mark. "You don't know that the fello w has e scaped yet. Put her under guard, boys, and shoot her if she at! e mpts to escape." She continued to abuse them in a hysterical fashion, but at length, as the sound of firing ce a sed, she gave herself up to a violent fit of weeping, which was s ucceeded by a fit of the deepest rnel;:incholy, during which she neither Rpoke nor raised her head. Meantime D i ck, Bob r.nd the two boys with them were returning, and were not far from the camp when they heard the ,ound of shots, and then shouts in the direction of the camp. "The prisoner has escaped!" cried Dick. "For1\ard ! " In a few moments Petrie came dashing out into the road only a s ho1t distance from the boys. At once three or four shots were fired at him, one of which he returned, s hootingoff Dick's hat. Then he dove into the bushes, and they could hear him running towa,-d the river. Up came a nurnf er of the Liberty Boys and fired into the thicket. Then more came up. and they surrounded the bushes, gradually advancing upon the where lhe spy was supposed t o be concealed. They met a nd found that t.he fellow h a d escaped. Then a number of them pushed on toward the river, whel'e they p resentl y saw the fal se friend hurrying toward the bank at full speed. They went after him, but he reached the river first, g o t into a boat which was moored there, and r o wed away in the direction o f the fort. "Let him go . " said Dick . "We will change our ramp and defy the enemy to find u s. Let us return. " Going back to the <'amp, they heard what had happened, Dick attaching no blame to Mar.k or any of the Liberty Boys for the spy's escape. Dick presently saw Rosa, who began heaping abuse upon him, accusing him of the mu1-der of her brother, of being a rebel, and of seeking io overthrow the best government anvas a sccld," laughed Ben, "and I think he wa"' about right. I pity her husband if she ever gets one." Seeing that none paid her any attentio n and that her tirade was utterly without effect, the impulsive, emotional girl burst into a flood of tears and went away, angrier than ever. The boys removed their camp, and shortly after this went away from that part of the country entirely, the redcoats making no attempt to go up the river, and doing very little to keep up Stony Point as a military post. The Liberty Boys
THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 21 C URRENT NEW S TEN BASS FROM ONE HOLE Jacob Loes , seventy-six years old an(i Civil War veteran of Cascade, La. , holds the record for the bass season. On Nov. 1 Loes caught ten black bass that averaged over two pounds each. The bass were all taken from the same hole and bigmouthed chubs were used for bait. Loes walked five miles to make the catch. SHOT PIERCES BUCK AND KILLS DOE E. J. "Williams, a Huntington, Pa., veterinarian, killed a large buck and doe with one shot in the Diamond V alley, twenty miles from here, the other day. Williams and A . Myers, Blair County Game Warden, were hunting side by side when Williams sighted the buck, twenty yards away. The Huntington man's first shot struck the buck and passed through its body, striking a doe i n the neck, severing -vein. Williams has forwarded $100 fine to the Game Commiss ion at Harrisburg. LAMPS THAT SING The standard type of miner's lamp has been improved by an ."..ustl'ian mining engineer so that it acts as an infallible detector of the presen ce of inflammable gases in the atmosphere and gives warning by emitting a lo u d oingi n g note. The action of the deYicc is dependent upon the fact that a gas flame, indosed within a tube, both ends of which are open, will "fl.utter" and emit a high-pitched note if the gas i s fed in too great The feed in the new lamp is regulatiod that the suppiy of gas i s held just below the point at which singing would Should the atmosphere suddenly become cha1ged with inflammable gases, these will enter the tube of the lamp, and, burning, cause the flames to flutter and s ing. BIG IRRIGATION The Greater Wenatchee Irrigation Association is planning to spend c l o s e to $5,000,000 in irrigating a tract of 46,000 acres in the neighborhood of Lake Wenatch ee. It is expected that work on the canals and ditches will be started next year. The land that is to be irrigated is now worth from $10 to $50 per acre, while adjoining property that is irrigated and under cultivation is worth $2,000 . The cost of irrigation is e stimated at $100 per acre. Much of the land will be planted in apple orchards but large sections will be used for general agriculture. ;..AT LAST! -a; After all ou r adveitising, peo pl e h ave fo u nd o u t that t h e very bes t p ublicati o n on the market is MYSTERY MAGAZINE We h ave received hundred s of l ette r s t elling u s h o w please d they a r e with the baf flin g mysteries i n the d etec t ive stor ie s it c ontains , a nd the y a r e tremendou s l y p l e a s ed . .;;-Jth the spooky o ccult materia l they g e t for TEN CENTS A COPY Just imagine 6 4 p ages o f fiction and facts . Why, you h a ve to pay 25 cents for the same amount we a r e g i ving y ou , in s om e of the other m a gazine s . And the funny p art i s that our stories and art ic l es are written by the same peo p le w ho w r ite for public a t ions that cost more than t w i ce the p r ic e o f M ystery . Fine Inside Illustrations Beau t i ful Co l or e d Cov ers Very Hand y In Si z e G ood Big R ead ab l e Type If you are not yet ieading this magazine get a copy from your n ews deal e r a nd s e e what good val u e it is, or send us a postal with yom name and ad d ress and we will mail you a free sample copy. FRANK TOUSEY, Pub l isher, 168 We st T wenty-third St r eet, N e w York City
22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF Bellville Academy Boys --OR-VICTORIES OF TRACK AND FIELD By RALPH MORTON (A Serial Story) CHAPTER XIII.-(Continued.) He slipped his body up closer upon t?e cook's rhest, holding down each arm above tne elbow by s killfui u se of pressing knees. . "Now will you be good?" laughed Dan, with. a !>mile on h is face that betokened honest satis faction. The other was completely at his mercy. "Bang him a few for luck, Dan!" "Wallop him!" "Teach him now what you know about fighting!" . . This was some of the sage advice winch reached Dan's ears, but our hero s hook his head as he looked down at his prisoner. "No boy s , I don't fight that way. I've won, and if this fellow will cut out his rough treatment of any of his assistants there in the kitchen, I'll call it off. How about it'?" The cook groaned. "Yassir I'll ston ! l'se had enough." Dan his hold, and to his feet, w hile the other lumberingly clambered up from the ground. He l ooked a great deal the worse for wear. But as he started toward the kitchen leaving the laughing Academy youths, he turned to :o:hake his fist at Dan, and then called out: "Dere's goin' ter be some one around hyah wid a spoiled face some of de se days , an' he'll be lucky ef his face is all that is spoiled!" Dan look ed after the man, and smiled quietly. "You've made a deadly enemt there, Dan," said Sammy. "I am sorry this all happened. He is right here in the school and you can never tell what sort of trickery he will practice. There is some ill boding for you. I know that." "Sammy, "there is ill boding for every one is this world," retorted Barnett. "If it were not fo:r that it would be so peaceful that nothing good would ever be accomplished. A fellow can't right a wrong without making an enemy to some extent, at least. That is what I expect always." "But watch out, that's all," cautioned Sam. "We will both look â€¢ out together." It was good that Dan had such a faithful mate, for a time was to come when the watchmg would be needed. Just now, however, he was surprised by a touch on his arm from behind. It was the little dishwasher, the hunchback, w ho had never been credited with having more than enough brains to eat, sleep and work a little. Just now he seeme d mentally strong enough, despite the fact that he was crying. He began to ldss Dan's hand, but the embar rassed lad jumped away. "Oh, young man, you saved my life," said the little man in thick accents, for there was some sort of twist to his voice, as though his back had affected it as well. "That's all right. I am glad you were not hurt any worse, my poor friend," said Dan. "Oh, I'd be hurt again," said the hunchback, ('to see a real man beat that big cook; he has struck me so 'often." "Then I'm going to get him ousted s o quickly that he will never do it again," responded young Barnett. "Dr. Macdouald does not believe in. such things, either with students or servants." "Then he would kill me," whined the really cowed little man. "I'll tell you if he does anything again, and I will prove to you that I am your although they don't think I am any better than a crazy man. I just have funny spell s, and so the y think I haven't any sense. But they' ll see ." He went off muttering to himself, and rubbing his hands to his shoulders in an odd, absentminded way. "He's crazy as a loon,'' said Sammy. "Poor little chap, life hasn't been very good to him." "Well, I'd rather have his friendship, and to have him happy, than to be safe from all the help around the Academy,'' said Dan. "I'll not report that cook, but ju$ t wait developments. I am not afraid of them, either." Then they went in with the noisy, chattering crowd to the dining-room, where they attacked a good meal as though it were some new enemy to defeat. "Now, Dan,'' said Bob "Whitacre, the senior who had been elected to the captaincy of'the football eleven that fall, "we are late in getting ready for our big games to come this fall. Are you going to get into the game once more, as you have always done in the past when it came time to support Bellville Academy?" Den shook his head. -"I really ought not to do it this year, Bob," he replied. "That is why you have not seen me out for practice .earlier this season." "What do you mean? You are one of the best runners, and as good a tackle as ever tossed the pigskin," said the captain of the team. "Here we n eed our best material. You helped us defeat Exover Academy for that track and field championship. But there is a football field championship which we want to win." "I know it,'' said Barnett. "But there are some medals and prizes for class work which I promised my mother I would try to win here in school. I am taking extra work so that I may gain a year in college by taking what they call advanced standing, through s pecial examinations . . You know that I am no 'grind,' and that I don't spend all my t.ime at books; but a fellow must work, too. 1 want to put in some hard licks a\ study." The captain shook his head mournfully. (To be continued.):
THE LTBERTY DOYS OF '76 FROM ALL POINTS OLD TURKISH STAMPS A great discovery of Turkish stamps is report ed from Constantinopfe, while a packet numbering l:''i,000 examples of the earliest issues has been found in the archives of the Finance Ministry. These early Turkish stamps are said to be 1a re and much so ught after by and it is believed a quantity at one time will affect the stamp market. SNAKE QUITS HIBERNATING Twelve-year-old Norman Kungst of Enhaut, Pa., captured a huge black. snake last summer and made a pet of it. Durmg the cold wave he buried it in a-nice warm bed in th.e garden. The snake decided it was too warm to hibernate and crawled out and made its way downtown, coiling up in front of the Postoffice . The Postmaster had no mail seekers while the snake was on the job. HUNTERS DOUBLED IN STATE An unusual abundance of game in New York State this year caused an exceptionally heavy de mand for hunting l icenses, the Conservation Com mission made known recently. Revenues from licenses were nearly 100 per cent. greater than durin" a corresponding period last year and J argei'? than any .P1:eceding year >:ince organization of the For the five months ending No'.'ember 30, Con servation Commissioner Ellis J. Staley turned into the State Trea,:ury $175,962 as the receipts from Ticenses, sal e of trees, 'fines and penalties. This was an increase of $59,630 over the receipts for the corresponding months la s t year. SAVING MONEY NATION'S STRENGTH, SAYS SECRETARY MELLON In a letter to Stewart W: Wells, president 01' Minneapolis, Minn . , bank, who had 1equested an expression on 1;hc subject of thrift and systematic saving of money, the Hon. Andrew w. Mellon Secretary of the Treasury, said: "It has always been a firm conviction with me that ability to save money is one of the essel'ltial elements in individual s uccess. The economic habits of the people are a fair index to the eco nomic strength of the nation. I know, therefore, of no more infli.iential effect that could be made upon American society than that the practice of saving money should become universal. "In continuing the Treasury savings movement after the close of the recent war it was the object of the Treasury Department that the eco nomic habits deYeloped in America during the war might be made permanent and that the saving and safe investment of money might become a universal practice. Let me assure you that any effort on the part of the banking institution s to improve the financial condition of t he people through the saving of moriey has the hearty indorse ment of the Treasury Department." FINE COLLECTION Many years ago S. M. Swenson, former Texas ranchman and later banker of New York, and father of E. P. Swanson, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National City Bank of that city, donated to the University of Texas one of the mo s t complete and rarest collections of ancient coins and medals to b e found in this country. In it are 3,476 pieces of mon ey, of which 2,217 are bronze . Many of these coins date back to several centuries before the beginning of the Christian Era, and very few of them are of more recent date than the sixth century. They belong to the times when Egypt and Rome ruled the earth. Desid e s the large collection of coins there arc 1 ,846 1ned als in the lot. All of these belorg to ancient times. Of the medals, 607 are silver and the remainder bronze. The nominal value placed upon this collection at t he time it was donated to the unive1sity was $ 145 ,000. It is stated that it is recnson spent many years collecting these and medals. From remote parts of Egypt, India, Tul'key, the Holy Land and even from the countries of the Far East were obtain ed the relics of civilizations lon g past and gone. "Mystery Magazine" SEMI-MONTHLY 10 CENTS A COPY LATEST ISSUES 84 THE "CZAlt'' AND '!.'HE HJJ\G bv Ed1uu11t1 Elliot. 85 A CLl'E OF L>y Juck 86 THE l!'ACl<: IN CHOWD, by Marc !â€¢:. Jones SI THE IN ;\o, 7, by Chas. F. Oursler 88 FOCH ,li11 1 1:S, L>,v H enry 1;. 89 A OWEH, hy Dr. JJarry Euton. !JO THE HOCSE N;.,,XlDOOR. by Poke Cat. Howard. Ill TH1" DE'l.' Iâ€¢;CTIVF) , hy Chuâ€¢. F. Oursler 92 FRIDAY AT 'l'WELVE, by Katherine Sta"g â€¢ BY THE LEFT HAND. h.v Ha1niltou Crai;;ic'. THl!; OF DEATH. hy J11ek 95 THE TRICK OF THE GREA'l' YE:\ HOW, by W. H. Osborne. n
24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 The Mutiny By PAUL BRAD DON I was as careless and scapegrace a lad in my youth as ever stepped in shoe-leather, although I might have b een otherwise had I been blesse d with a kind father and mother, but death had deprive d me of these , and an uncle , who had taken care of me as a sort of duty, unactuated by any feelings of love, made a home for me far from c ongenial, and to escape it I lighted out at the age of fourteen and trudged on foot to New York. The sea had always been my hobby, and I forthwith began lookin g for a berth, and finally found one on board of the Lapwing, Captain Burke, and shipped in her for a voyage to the Eas t Indies . The captain had worked his way up from before the mast, and was a thorough sailer in every :.espect. This was against him in some respects, for it Jed him to demand too much from his men. He was also a strict disciplinarian, and would bl"ook no breaking the-discipline of the ship. Let a man attend to his duty faithfully, and no better m a n could be found for sailing with than Captain Burke, but let him "kick over the traces," as the saying goes, and the devil would be to pay. In those days the cat's-end was frequently resorted to, and several unruly seamen had it ap plied severely before we had b ee n out a week. They were evil, hard-dog looking fellows, love of rum being a bad fault with them; and they ,. ,ere insolent and turbulent; and soon had several of the petty officers under their thumbs, and by using their power managed to shirk duty. The captain got an inkling of this, and ordered them on duty, with a severe reprimand, b esides . which, as a punishment, he cut off their grog, the hardest thing for them he could have done. They openly rebelle d several days after, and, it being reported, they were strung up by the thumbs, and, under the captain's s upervision , received the severest cat'sending I have Ver known. They returned to duty then, but with the worst possible grace, and more than one of u s heard them swear vengeance against the captain. Several other unfortunate3 were flogged for misdemeanors of various kinds, and these joined with Stopple and Brace in their denunciation of the captain. Certainly Captain Burke carried his discipline too far; so far, in fact, as to be almost cruel, but withal I had always thought him hone s t and sincere in what he did. I had boarded the ship, intending to do what was right, and I endeavored to make myself an able seaman. Captain Burke had only taken me because he could not get an able seaman, and so mehow he always appeared to have a n idea that I was an usurper; he was not an open enemy, although I could plainly see he did not like me very well. In the forecastle, one day, I heard that which led me to believe that the consp,irators meditated taking forcible possession of the ship, ar.d were only waiting until their number was augmented by a couple more members. Getting a chance I hinted this to the s econd of ficer, and he in turn told the captain, intimating, however, that he was indebted to his own observation for the knowledge. The captain pooh poohed the idea. The second officer, however, insisted that there was danger, and intrusted me with the delicate tas k of learning more. In endeavoring to do this I for the first time neglected a part of my duty. Captain Burke's eagle eye detected this and I was summoned. "You failed to attend to your duty,'' he said. "Yes, sir," I replied. "Why?" I glanced at the second officer, but he remained silent, knowing that an explanation would show that he had prevaricated to the captain as to his source of information concerning the malcontents. "Why?" thundered the captain. I could not explain, for numbers of the conspirators were close at hand, and taking my silence for sullen refusal, the captain gave the order to string me up and give me twenty stroke s of the cat. I accepted the punishment without a murmur, though I could not h e lp thinking how unjust it all was. They released me at last, my back all cut and bleeding. "Now go below," said the captain grimly. "And be the first man on d eck v:hen your watch is called . " It was almost dark then, and I did not see the nods and motions of the conspirators as I passed them. I had not been below more than fifteen minutes ;-vhen the bell struck, and I tumbled up on deck; 1t was dark now, and the later night promised to be darker still, as the horizon was covered with black clouds. . An hour later I looke_d up to see Stopple by my side . It rather surpnsed me, as this was his eff watch, I him closely. ,Laying his finger on his li ps, to rnd1cate q uiet, he whispered: "Come forward." .----"! can't leave my post." "That's all right; it will be filled," and he whispered the name of a co-conspirator who was in rpy watch. "It's a bloody s hame the way the captain treated you," said Stopple, when we had reached the catheads. I could not but assent. "Do you want to get square on him?" "How?" "I'll tell you. We're goin' to rise on him, an' this very night at that. Of course you'll jine?" "What, then, after you get the ship in your hands?" " I don't know exactly,'' he said. "Maybe we'll carry the black flag. I'll be blamed if it wouldn't ,he b etter nor standin' such things as we do." "But.---" "Hold on!" he interpos ed. "One of our fellows takes a trick at tf1e wheel afore Jong, an' the captain an' first officer is asleep, an' the third officer has charge of the deck. All of our crowd
THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 25 will be upon an' whe n the wo1d c omes we batten down the fo'castle hatch an' lock the captain in his room, an' starve him to terms . That's the plan. We want you to be one of the on es to go into the cabin, an' I'll give you a pistol to .s;hoot the captain if he makes any res i s t a n ce." "I won't do it!" said I bluntly. "Won't?" gasped Stopple, who had t aken it for granted that I would join them. "No." "Well, se e here," he said fierce l y , " y ou rlon't mean for to give us away?" â€¢ "I do," said I boldl y . "I'll not b e a party to b loodshed and piracy." With an o ath, a n d b e fore I could d iv ine h is intention, Stopp le had m e by the throat and cC1m menced choking me. "You s on of a sea-cook!" he hisse d. "You'll never live to do it," and he b eg a n forcing m e back to the rail. _ I struggled as hard as I c ould, but I wa s only a child in strength to him, and he picked me up; I trie d to scream, but I could n ot, and the n ext instant he gave me a toss, and I plung ed into the sea. I came to the s u rface and saw the blac k hull of the vessel gliding past, and I attempted to u t ter a cry, whic h was choked bac k by the salt spray that flew into my mouth. I gave myself up for lost, when, jus t a s I was being left astern, something struck me. I grasped and my hand encountered a rope, which I at first thought had been thrown overboard to m e . The salt water soon brought on an agonizing pain, having soaked through my clothing and into t h e fresh cuts on my back. I attempted again to cry for help, but was nearly strangled and washed from the line, fo r the wind had freshened and a choppy sea was running. I had hung on thus more than h alf an hour, and my situation b egan to grow desperate , and I was on the point of screaming w hen I heard that which kept m e still. It was Stop ple i n lo w conversatio n with the wheelman on d eck, who was --o-..$0Ilspirator . I kne w I mus t g e t on board without being see n by them, and a l s o kne w that the time w a s n ow hard at }}and whe n the mutinous bl o w was to be struck. I hear d Stopple go, and then s u mmoning t o m y a i d all the s t r ength I had, I cli m b e d up t h e rope h and ove r h a nd. My upward progress was very s low, a n d o f t e n I s lipped backward, e ach new s lip plunging me de eper into de s p air, and y e t arous in g in me renewed determinativn t o suc c eed. At last I was in front of the rear cabin windows, and to my joy one of them was op en, but it was six or eight feet from me. H o w to reach it was the que stion. I solved it by getting a swinging motion back and f orth, and each time I de s c r ibed the segment of a circle I came nearer the window, and then I prepared for the fearful spring. I mus t let go of the rope and catch s om ething insid e the window. Suppose the r e s hould be nothing there to hook my fingers on? I shuddered at the bare prospect, nut my courage never fail d. My determinatio n was unaltered. I took the las t s wing, let go o f the rope, and--clutched the sill, and in two s ec ond s hau led myself inside of the cabin. Trembling more now that the danger was over than I had when face oo face with it, I tottered to the captain's stateroom, and, arousipg him, I hurriedly and nervously told him my story. He seized his pis tols, and, backed by the first office r and mys elf, hurried on deck, and dashing forward, found the m utineers gathered, arming themselve s with belaying-pins, handspike s and other weapons. E x c ept Stopple and a couple of others, the y cave d at once. Stopple and thos e who s how e d fight received s om e v ery rough treatment, and in addition some pistol wound s , and were then impris one d in the h old. The y afterward received proper punishment. During the rest of the voyage the captain gave up the u se of the "cat," and the con spirators proved a most docile set of men, for which go o d behavio r they were not included in the report of the mutiny. A s to myself, Captain Burke was profuse in hi s apologie s , and repented having whipped me very muc h, and taking me under his protection, h e advanced me rapidly, and, in fact, all I h ave in the world came indirectly through him. .. -.. ANIMALS LIKE CANDY Human b eings are not the only inhabitants of the earth who relis h candy. There are f ew duml7 animals that do not appreciate candy, and many o f them fairly crave it, s a y s the Cleveland Plain D e aler . Furthermore, mo s t a uthorities agree that it i s good for them. "Man o' War," the race horse, has a particular hankering after s w ee t things.I Practically a ll the motion pictures of him s how him eating a small tidbit from the h and o f a prominent s oci ety woman. It's g etting to l5e quite the thi n g for a p o li ce man to pull up his hors e to the s ide walk whil e s ome perso n off e r s the animal a p i ece o f candy. There aren't any bette r n atured or more intelli gent horses than those ridde n by t h e moun ted police of Cle v el and and the y a lw a y s se em p r o p erly gratifie d whe n offere d sweets . One policeman was telling his e xperie nc e w i t h a fluffy little girl who always in s i s t e d upon f eedi n g c ho c olates to h o r se. ' "I'd s ee h e r e very w eek or s o , " h e said, "and s h e'd a lways op e n a box o f wonderful choc o lates and giv e half of the m to the hor s e . Then sh e'd clos e the bo x and go away. S h e nev e r on ce offered me a ny. It mus t be gre a t to be a horse." One Clev eland w om a n who own s s everal bloo d e d dogs says her animals h ave dev eloped a d is criminating taste for candy. She says they i n variably exhibit more pleasure when fed a goo d brand of chocolates than whe n they are fed cheaper brand. Practically all animal trainers will agree that better results can be obtained by rewarding a n animal when it performs than by punishing i t when it fails to perfcum. One of the mos t s uc c e ssful d o g trainers in vaudeville says that by keeping a pocketful of chocolate drops on hand he. can get better results than by using a whip.
. . 2G THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 TH E LIB ERT Y BO't S Of '76 NEW YORK, JANUARY 20, 1 922 . TERMS 10 SUBSCRIBERS Slugle Cop iet-.â€¢.....â€¢.â€¢â€¢â€¢ â€¢â€¢â€¢ â€¢ roe-iace 1'!" vn. Copy Thre e llonths...... " One Cop y Six Months .â€¢...â€¢.. â€¢ 0110 Cop y O n e Year â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢ C':rnnrla. $!.llO: Foreign, $ 4.50 . 1 C eatâ€¢ 90 C eate tUI a .IO H O W T O si:; NJ) l)Uf riak send 1'. 0 . Ornder, 5.,..,. 1 68 W . 23d St., N. Y. INTERESTING ARTICLES GOSHEN MAN FINDS HONEY Grant Hugh B r own e, proprietor of Brownlei g h Park, at Go s hen, N. Y., where he live s, having been annoyed by bees about his house, t ook down one of the porch pillars and discovered a large quantity of fine honey and a bi g swarm of b ees . It i s believed the bees have made their there for several years. ONLY A TALKING DOLL The holiday rusa was on in the Sandusky postoffice and Postmaster James A . Ryan was helping out. He hustled a good s iz e d box to a carriers' bench anrl was placing it for delivery when he heard a "mah-mah," and then a prolonged "wah-h-h-h" that came from the ins ide. "What's this-some one shipping a kid by parcel post?" asked Ryan. An investigation followed. The box was opened . Inside was found a life-sized doll. WEIGHTED \YITH GOLD, BIG TRUCK COLLAPSES The wheel of a big truck that was passing down Broadway the other afternoon at 3 o'clock collapsed at Murray street and the splintering of the wooden spokes and the jolt of the heavy weight hitting these pavements caused the usual gaping crowd to gather. It i s perfectly safe now to announce that the splinterin g of the wheel was caused by the weigth of $2,00 0 ,000 worth of gold ingots . Ajax Whitman, the Police Department's strongest truck lifting impresario, was on duty at the Murray street corner, luckily. H e managi:d to hold the disabled truck steady until al'lother was sent to replace it. The transfer of the gold was made under the protection of rifle s and s hot guns. WOMAN PLANS LONG WALK At a stage in life where most peo p le become helpless, Mrs. Margaret Joy of No. 2010 Curtis Street, Denver, Col., is planning to walk to New York in the spring. Mrs. Joy , who is eighty years old , has already made two transcontinental tnps and expected to make one to the East this fall, but circumstance s arose which prevented her from starting before cold weather set in. Mrs. Joy i s a quaint little old lady who looks her age and yet seems in the best of health. She unconcernedl y declared her intention of taking a walking tour that other women of her age would not attempt. Most people would find it hard to conceive of a woman of eighty years travelling 3,000 miles on foot, but as both of Mrs. Joy's cross-country excursio n s have been taken in the last seven years , the thing can b e don e. Mrs. J oy was born in Troy, N. Y., in 1841, before the Mexican War, her family name being Streeter. Thirty years ago she married Andrew Joy of Albany, N. Y., a boot turner, who has b ee n dead several years . ___.,., __ ..... ., .. ____ ,_ LAUGHS Mother-Lucy, did you tell God how naughty you were last night? Lucy-No, ma; for I was shamed t o let it out of the family. Bill Coons-Here's a footprint. It is a man' s . Goldie-But the culprit is a woman. Bill Coons -The n it must be a miss-print. Anxiou s Passenger-Do you have many wrecks on this line? Conductor (reassuringly) Oh, no; you're the fir s t one I've seen for f'ome time . "I seen der funeral of Goldberg, der millionaire, yesterday, und I cried like a baby!" 'Vy? H e vasn't a relative to you, vas he?" "No, dot vas vy. I cried." "I should not think such a prominent man would care to have a cheap cigar named after him." "Why not? He like s to have his name in everybody's mouth." Patient-I wish to consult you with regard to my utter loss of memory. Doctor-Ah, yes! " 'hy -er-in cases of this nature, I always require my fee in advance. Guest-Have you a fire-escape in this house? Landlord-Two of 'cm, sir. Guest-I thought s o. The fir e a ll e scaped from my room last night, and I came near freezing. "Ven Ro se nstein failed he made me a preferred creditor." "Vat yo u mean?" "All der res t of his creditors had to vait thirty days to find out dey vouldn't get a cent. I knew it immediately." Cholly-Yaas; he called me a bare-faced liah, bah jove . Gussie-Weally? And what did you do, deah boy? Cholly-I told him if I wanted to I could waise just as big a mustache as his; s o theah !
THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A FEW GOOD ITEM S ANCIENT COFFIN John Sobisz of the Town of Sharon, attended the f?Jleral of a sister at Stevens Point, Wis., and to f":ends he let it be known that twenty years ago he had conshâ€¢ucted his own coffin when he thought he was about to die. He has the coffin yet, though he says he recently had to repair it becaus e of damage done by worms, rats and mice. Sobisz is ninety-eight years old, and said he does not now expect to use the coffin until he has his century mark. DUCKS FAIL TO LEAVE DAKOTAS FOR SOUTHLAND. A few weeks ago a report was sent out by the of _ Biological Survey from Wash mgton statmg that the southern migration of waterfowl was taking place about two weeks earlier this year than usual. This is not the case, as thousands of ducks still remain in this section and, for that matter, throughout the eastern and southern lake â€¢ section of the State. Even the groonwing teal, which is one of the 'first birds to leave for the South, still remains along the lakes and sloughs near here. Mallards, blue bills, spoonbills and redheads are also here in great numbers. WEALTH IN ONE ACRE Revenue on eggs and honey from a one-acre "farm" on the outskirts of Omaha, Neb., culti vated for twenty years by Anthony Johnson, has solved the question of the minimum amount of land on which a farmer can rear a family and maintain an average standard of living. Econ omists and e xperts argue five to forty acres. Johnson says jus t one. . When he started Johnson knew little of farm ing and less of the culture of chickens and bees. "Becaus e of this I passed through the period bee di seases and other devastations during my experiences," he said . "Finally I was s uc cessful and after ten years a d de d chickens. Pains taking expe riments in b ee cult u r e aided in the development of my chicken s , a l though the two methods are widely se p a r ated." Knowledge, s y stem and persistent exactnes s in all detail s , Johnson regard s a s the essentials of succes s . SNAKE GUAR:JS LITTLE FISH. Students of natura l history would find inter e sting stu d y in a fis h pond a t t h e country hom e of D r. John W. Few k es , Hot Springs , Ark. In the fis h pond ther e is, according to the last cen sus, one large black bass, a school of small fish and one mo ccasin snake, the latter being, ac cording to those who have viewed the reptile, abefut four and one-half feet long. According to the very best and most authentic information the snake has adopted the fish and stands guardian over them, protecting them against the big bass that h a s sought to dev our the smaller finny tribe. "I have watched the moccasin," said D r . Fewkes, "and have seen the snake repel many an attack of the bass, when the bass sought t o eat the little fish. The little 'fish have taken up an aquatic residence in a series of marine bun galows near one bank, with the moccasin as 'lookout.' Across the pond, directly opposite from where the fish can be foun d, there are some water lilie s . The smaller fis h l ike to go over there and feed. They mus t make their desires known to the moccasin, for the snake can be seen across the pond and driving out the b i g , bass has taken up his residence ampng the water lilies. Then back come s the snake for bis small ch a rges. He convoys them across the p ond and waits until they have fed and then convo y s them back again. The smaller fis h and the moc casin appear to thoroughly ll.nder stand eac h other and the little fis h seem to rely entirely u po n snake for protection. The big bass has trie d time and agam to attack the s m aller fish. but the moc c a sin has been victo r io u s in every battle." CAVES IN EUROPE The larg es t cave in Irela n d is Fingal's Cav e , situated o n the Island' of Staffa, off the coa st, and originally formed by the con stant washing o f the waves . There is very little room to hik e around in this cave, for mo s t of the floor is of water, but when the sea i s c alm a nice boat ride can be taken into its depths . Fingal's Cave i s 42 feet wide at the entrance, 22 feet wide at t h e end and 66 feet high, which, of c ourse, makes i t se em quite aft.er s peak ing of our big in land cave s , but it must be r e membered that this c avern was foTmed by the w aves of the sea alo n so this fac t makes it very remarkabl e . Eng l and and Scotland have many c aves, thoug h most o f them are s m a ll. A lon g t h e r ocky coast o f Scotl a n d can be found c a v erns forme d by the w aves, but in the P eak Cave, Derbyshire, Eng lan d , t here i s muc h 'of i nteres t . One peculiar thing a b o u t the Englis h cave.s i s the marve lous r e lics found there, Peak C ave h a v i:tig furnis h e d the greater n umber. When first explored it co n tain ed fo s s il remains o f r hinocerose s , lions, h y enas and o t her wild beasts no w found only i n part s o f A sia and Africa. This s e e m s to indic ate tha t E ngland was on c e a tropical c ountry. Ston e axes , hammers and other i mple ments al s o were found, showi n g tha t the peopl e o f that day li ve d in caves. Peak C ave i s no t a v ery large one , as it is onl y about a mile in length a n d 600 fee t be low the surfac e . The peepest cave known in the world is one found near Fred erickshall, Norway, it being 11,000 feet. Think of it, almos t two miles deep. But it i s worth t h e long trip down into its depths, for man y of the wonders of naturn are to seen there. Howeve r , when it come s to real beauty and interest there are no ooves that can excel our own. /
28 THE LTRER'l ROYS OF '7fi THE NEW S IN LOG RAFT ON THE PACIFIC A Japanese firm will make an attempt to raft timbe1 from British Columbia to Japan, says the Scientific American. Tfie raft will be of the Davis s tyle with a superstructure of piled logs laced. Twenty years ago a raft made the Journey from San Franciscoto China, favored by exceptiona l weather. TAILOR GETS $50,000 FOR MENDING TROUSERS Fifty thousand dollars was the sum Archibald Birse , a tailor, received recently for sewing a rent in a pair of torn trousers for a penniless man. The money represents a part of the estate of Ernes t De St. Giles, author and insurance ex pert, who died in Chicago recently. Birse said that when St. Giles came to Chicago thirty-four years ago he was without funds and one daycame into the tailor's little shop with his trousers torn and asked Birse to mend them on credit. Birse did it and a few days later St. Giles returned with 50 cents and paid him. This was the beginning of a friendsliip that only ended in death and resulted in the beque s t. ABOUT THE BANANA The hom e of the banana is probably some whe1e in Asia, perhaps the Indo-Malayan region, but its origin is shrouded in mystery. Its history is interlocl,ed with the history of man, and it probably has been under cultivation by him as long as he has existed. There is little doubt that it was one of his 'first foods. In the process of t hi s long cultivation the original forms seem to have died out and for this reason, too, we now YE! the seedless fruit (although species "'rith seed exist), propagation being by suckers which appeur at the base of the stem. One of these suck!1rs already a good sized plant may be seen :aear its parent in the Gedran greenhouse. The Ir.aves of the banana are enormous-7 to 8 feet long and about 1 .! feet wide. ORIGIN OF SUCCESSFUL MEN I have on my desk a list of one thousand suc cessful men of this nation. By "successful" I do not mean mere money-makers, but men who have given us new conceptions of steam, electricity, con struction work, education, art, etc. These are the men who influence our moral a s well as physical lives. They construct for better things . How these men started. in work is interesting. Their first f o othold in work is a fine study. Three bu.wired started as farmers' sons; two hundred stlirted as messenger boys; two hundred were oewsboys; o n e hundred were printers' ap ?rentices; o n e hundred were apprenticed in man ll!\Ctories; fifty began at the bottom of rail way work; fiity--<> n l y fifty -had wealthy par mts to give them a start. S H O R T ARTICLES WINS FIGHT WITH BEAR Daniel Sherwin, an oil worker in the wilderne ss south of Olean, N. Y . , will hang a p i ece of iron pipe among the orname'1.ts of the family Christmas tree, he said, in relation to how the metal had helped him beat off an attack by a black bear in Tram Hollow, near the P e nn syl vania State line recently. Sherwin, on the way to his pumping station, came face to face with bruin on the trail. The bear opened the attack with a stroke of its fon:paw which tore away the cloth of Sherwin's coat sleeve and scratched the flesh of hi s arm. Sher win brought the piece of iron pipe down on the bear's no s e and turned and ran toward a boilet house, some hundred feet away. Once during the race the bear got close enough to Sherwin to bring its claws down his back, but another blow from the-iron pipe s aved him, the bear running for the bus h as Sherwin fell exhausted at the boiler house door. 'BOYS! BOYS! BOYS! YOUR "VOICE Into a trunk, uz1der the bed or anywhe re . Lots of Fun fOOlir;lg the Teacher, Policeman or FrieDds. THE VENTRILO, of sight. can I\. NEVER FAILS. AIH a 32 PAGE BOOK NOVELTY X-RAY WONDER ' de. Lota of fon wit h ihis ont.ftt. All tbeabove sent bf msll tor only 15c. VENTRILO COMP A NY i' Dept. 3461 !South Norwalk, Conn, LARGF..ST and OLDEST Mall Orller H ouse tu Connecticut.. REWARD ATSONLCD XOICME FR CENA RISSUA YALIT IREDNLA NALGNE D DAACNA K RAM DEN FOR YOU What are the 9 names of countries? The letters are mixed, yet you can make out every name by studying. The first is ScoTLAND. Now trv for all. Send your list in a letter or on a posta I card with your name and address. A REWARD will be mailed you FREE with other prises, Really a WONDER FUL OPPORTUNITY whatever your age. Enjoy this pleasure. Address: ALBRO COMPANY AA1 ll6, Station F, New York
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