The Liberty Boys and the liberty pole, or, Stirring times in the old city

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FRANK TOUSEV, PUDLISllER, 1 68 WJ':ST 2SD STREET, NEW YOB&. No. 1112 S'O S' NEW YORK. APRIL 21. 1922 Price 7 Cents ' . ...... _, .. ,-_ _._, .. ... _ ..... ''Forward and save the Liberty Pole!" shouted Dick. Led by Dick and Bob the brave lads charged upon the redcoats. Cunningham's man was chopping vigo):oUJ t.he pole meanwhile. At once a furious fight followed. "Away with t m.'' roared Bo


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THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE LIBERTY POLE came in the night, cut it down, sawed it in pieces and piled these up in front of Montagne's h ouse, where the Sons of Liberty met." "Then there was more trouble, I'll warrant," laughed Mark. "I've heard about that." "There was great excitement for three days," Dick went on, "the people appealing for their 1 rights and denouncing the soldiers. There were many fights, in which the soldiers usually had the worst of it, and then land was purchased for a new pole, and there it is, but without the British flag." The Commons were the meeting ground of the people, a breathing place for the dweller s in the dly, the camp of the Liberty Boys , the parade ground for the troops, and the trysting place for roma.ntic lovers, many of whom could be seen under the trees at almost any time. Near the Liberty Pole, on the edge of the Commons, at Warren street, Dick and Bob met a singularlooking person who at once attracted the attention of both. He wore a long, dusty-!ooking coat, rough woolen hose, patched breeche s, and a high-crowned beaver hat, and carried a long sack over his shoulder. "Any rags, bones or bottles to sell, young gentlemen?" he asked, approaching the boys and looking at them sharply. "No, Ragman, noth ing," replied Dick. "Any old uniforms yonder?" the ragman asked, pointing toward the camp with his free hand, which held a big brass bell. "No, we wear our uniforms; we do not s ell them." "There'll be little use for them shortly," the ragman said, with a short laugh, "so you had better dispose of them while you can get even the price of rags for the lot." "Be careful that your own skin sells for le ss , you Tory vagabond!" cried Bob hotly. "If so me • were to hear you, they'q hand you a:s high as this Liberty Pole, under which you utter your scandalous sentiments." "I say but what I have heard, as you would have known, young gentleman," replied the ragman, "had you waited till I had finished." Then he went on along the edge of the Com mons, ringing his big bell and calling ou t in a high voice: "Any rags, any bottle s, any bone s , any old iron of pewter, good people? Rags, bottle s , o r bones!" impudent varlet!" sputtered Bob. "A rag man wanting to buy our uniforms ! I should have horsewhipped the sc oundrel! " "I am suspici ou s of our ragman, B ob," said Dick, "and I am going to follow him up. I shall know him again. Return to the camp. I am going to get a disgui se." "Can't you get it in camp, Dick?" Bob asked. "Yes, and then perhaps the fellow see me come out. I s uspect him, Bob, but he must not know it." "Do you think he may be a s py, Dick?" "He may be, but I do not know. That is what I am going to find out. There are Britis h spies in the city, no doubt, and this ragman may be one . That is what I am going to discover if pos s ible." Bob retu'l-ne d to the camp, and Dick took his way tnward the lowe1 end of the Commons, pres;ntly coming out on Broadway near the new or St. Paul's Church, Trinity being called the old church. Not far away there was a quiet inn where Dick had often stopped when in the city, his home being in Westchester, halfway between White Plains and Tarrytown. The people of the inn were all good patriots, and Dick therefore knew that they could . be trusted. He had done good work a s a spy before now, and hi s present mission was to act as such and learn the true character of the iagman, who, he distrusted, might be seeking information for the British, his suspicions being onl y half formed as yet, but worthy of attention. Entering the inn with out attracting any great attention, he was cordially received by the lanalord, to whom he said: "I wish to change my appearance entirely, as there is a man in the city whom I wish to watch, and I carinot do so in uniform." "A spy, captain?" the landlord asked, deeply interested. "I am not sure of that yet, and I want to watch him. If you will let me have a suit of ordinary clothe s, I think that I can meet him without being s uspected." "You can have whatever you want, captain," and the landlord led the way to a bedroom, where the choice of several suits was offered to the young patriot. He picked out an incon spicuous suit of brown homespun, blue wool hose, low sho es and a round hat, and by brushing hif> hair in a tlifferent fashion, and making his cheeks slightly pale, looked as much unlike himself as could be imagined, when finally arrayed for his meeting with the ragman. Then he left the. inn by another entrance and set out carelessly for the Commons, having no doubt that he would meet the man in that neighborhood. Passing the Liberty Pole and going on by the west road, he at las t th': man he was in quest of going down a httle side street weH above the King's College, and shortly saw him enter a little tavern of rather unsavory reputation, frequented mostly by tories. "That is against the fellow, to start with," he said to himself. CHAPTER IL-More About the Ragman. Dick entered the tavern a few minutes after the ragman, whom he saw sitting at a table in a corner with a pint pot of strong ale and a. plate of bread and cheese in front of him, and evidently waiting for some one. He glanced carelessly at Dick and then paid no further attention to him, the young captain calling for _bread and honey and a mug of milk, stretchmg his arms and yawning at the same time. "When does the stage pass here for Bloom in?,dale ?" he asked the m,1id. who served him 'Not for two hours yet," she answered. "Huh! I could 'most walk it in that time " he said sleepily. ' The ragman quaffed his ale and munched his bread and chee se, now and then looking toward the door as if expecting some one, but saying nothing to the few persons in the place. At length a step was heard outside, and the ragman looked up expectantly and beckoned slightly to a rough-looking man who entered.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE LIBERTY POLE 3 "The two have something to say to each other," thought Dick, "and I must hear what it is." He had been yawning before this, and now he began to nod and to drop his head lowei ana lower on his chest. The newcomer took a seat in front of the ragman, and two men sitting neat got up and went out, leaving an open space between Dick and the others. There was no one -else as near as he was; and the ragman, after giving him a passing glance, said to the other: "Well, what have you learned?" "The rebe11J are beginning to grow alarmed, Hillyer, and I shouldn't be surprised if some importap.t move were made so on." "Well, well, can't you tell what it is, Gibbs?" impatiently. "Of course; something will be done. Can't you get near the rebel general's and find out what it is?" "Putnam, you mean?" . . "No, of course not. He i s only m command m the city. Washington, I mean. He is the rebel chief. Can't you get near him?" "I haven't been able to yet." "You must. Howe is most anious to lea:rn the rebel's plans. Well, I'll try it myself. Do , you know the Liberty Boys?" "Those young rebels that are playing at sol dier s , you mean, and who have their camp on the Commons?" Ju t then Dic"k gave a loud snore. "Playing at soldiers, you idiot?" stormed the ragman, whom Dick now lrnew to be a spy. "They are soldiers! Were you at the battle of Long Island? Have you heard what they done elsewhere? Don't you flatter yourself that they are not the smartest lot of boys y pu ever came across. Get into their camp and see what Y.OU can learn. I cannot, for I had a little argument with som e of them this morning, and they will be likely to look at me with suspicion." "Very good, I will see what I can learn from them. By George I how that young cub does sno re!" "Yes, he is waiting for the stage, but if he sleep s on like that he will be apt to miss it." "What will you do, Hillyer?" asked the other. "See if I can get near this fellow, Washington. Meet me at the chop house in Thames street this evening'. If I am not there I will send som e one. That will depend on my getting near the rebel general or not. Do not fail to pick u p something." "Very good," and the two spies arose and left the place. Presently Dick kicked out wildly and knocked a chair over with a great clatter, starting up in surprise, lookin g around and saying with a great yawn: "All right, I hear you t" Then he started to h is feet and ran out of the tavern in great haste, while every one laughed heartily. He saw the two men at a little distance, one going toward the Liberty Boys' camp, and the other, the ragman, making his way up the road toward the old Greenwich village. "I think I may trust the boys to take care of l\ir. Gibbs, " he said to "while I will take care of the ragman. " The spy was now going his way, ringing his bell and calling out as before. He stopped to with a woman who had some rags t o sell , and Dick caught up with him as he had finished the bargain and was going on. The spy looked at him and said, with a laugh: "Hallo, my lad, I thought you were waiting for the stage." "So I was, an' I thought I heard it coming, but it wasn't, and now I'm afraid I'll get to sleep and miss it altogether. Was you going this way? I don't mind walking with you, for if I fall asleep you can ;ring your bell and shout and I'll wake up.'' "H'm I y<>u ought to pay me something for the service," with a laugh. "But it's worth something to travel with me," Dick rejoined. "I can tell you the dames who put old iron among -:.heir rags to maJ:ie them weigh more, and those who have had smallpox and other ailments, and sell you infected stuff. Oh, you will find me of great use." "Well, then, perhaps we can strike a bargain, my lad," with a chuckle . "Do you happen to know any of the young rebels whose tents we see yonder on the Oommons ?11 "Yes, I know many of them." "Then you must be a rebel yourself?" "No, I am not,'' promptly, this being the truth, as the Liberty Boys would never acknowledge themselves rebels. "Do you know Dick Slater, the captain of the young rebels?" "ll'm ! as wen as I know myself." "Do you want to earn a golden guinea, my lad?" asked the ragman earnestly, looking Dick squarely in the face. "Does a duck care for water?" asked Dick, a laugh. "And can I trust you to carry out my instructions?" ) "I don't know what they are yet," simply. "If I undertake to do anything, I'll do it." "Could you manage to get Dick Slater down to Big Jim's chophouse, in Thames street, this e v e ning?" At that moment Dick heard the sound of wheels, and then a chaise containing two young and very pretty girls came around a turn, one of the girls exclaiming: "Why! there is Captain Slater, but how strange that--". "By George! I was nearly tricked!" cried the spy, suddenly darting away. "So you were, Mr. Hillyer!" cried Dick, whipping out his pistol and firing a quick shot at the ragman, which struck the latter's bag as he hur-riedly cast it aside. . Dick fired another shot, which struck the sup posed ragman's bell, rang it sharply and lrnock ed it _out of hi s hand. In another instant the man was out of sight, the two girls, who had halted, a sking in chorus: "Why, captain, what is the matter?" "I am always glad t o see you, Stella, and you too, Mary, but I wish you had been anywhere eise at this moment except here," laughed Dick. "That fellow was a British spy whom I expected to learn something from." The girls were Stella Burgess and Mary Amesworth, who lived not far from Dick and Bob at White Plains, and were great friends ot theirs of their sisters. I


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE LIBE-RTY POLE "Keep a lookout for the ragman, Bob,'' said Dick. CHAPTER III.-The Row in the Bake Shop. "Weill, the mischief is done now," laughed Dick, "and there is no use in crying over spilled milk. Were you going to stop at the camp? The boys will be very glad to see you. .ti will go back, as I expect to find another spy there, and I hope I can catch him." The girls then droe on and Dick set off on At the general's quarters Dick heard that there foot, going at a good pace. had been a conference, and that all but about "I may catch Gibbs, at any rate,'' he muttered, four thousand of the troops were to leave on "although he is not of as much importance and the next day for the upper part of the island, the does not know as much as the ragman. He is sick to be taken to Jersey and the public stores a very clever fellow, even if he did not know me to Dobbs Ferry. in this disguise." General Putnam was to remain in charge of Dick reloaded his pistols, not knQwing when he the troops in New York, and the Liberty Boys might want them, and went on entering the camp were to be under his command. Dick was quite at the upper end, saying t o the first boy he met: satisfied to remain, as that would give the boys "Is there a rough-looking man in camp, a fel-plenty to do, something which they liked, being low in coarse garments and a cocked hat?" all active, vigorous boys and ready for anything. "He came to it,'' replied the boy, whose name The young captain told the general about the was Lishe Green, "but he couldn't satisfy the two spies, adding that there were probably othboys that he had any right to come in, and he ers, as the ragman had mentioned at least one. went away." "Your ragman is one of the cleverest spies of "In which direction?" the enemy, captain,'' the general said. "His name "Toward the city." is not Hillyer, by the way, and he has as many Dick then hurried on and found Bob, to whom disguise s as he has names. He is generally he said: known as Hillyer, but his real name is Miggle"There was another spy here, Bob," describing stone. Sullivan had him once, but he escaped in the man he had seen with Hillyer. some unaccountable w.ay. You had better keep "I didn't like his looks Dick " Bob replied "but .."'.'a sharp watch upon him." I didn't think he was 'enough for spy, "I wpl, general," answere? Dick, and then he and told him that we did not allow visitors in took his leave and made his way down to the the camp unless we kllew them. He said he did lower part of the city to see if he could learn not mean any harm and went away and that's anything new concerning the enemy. He was in the last I saw of him." ' uniform, but .he did not expect to either the Dick then told his adventures at the tavern ragman or his confederate at that time, and so and with the girls, who came in as he was thought of it. He was nearing a grog ishing. The boys all knew them and were very gery on Whitehall near when glad to see them, and Dick said cordially: two men. came out without seemg him, one of "Make yourselves at home, girls. You will stay to dinner, won't you?" . See a.s soon as you c .an and get The girls said they would, and Dick put on a mstructions. There is something gomg .to. spare uniform he had in camp so as to do them pen, I am sure, and we must learn what it is. more honor. "All . right, I will look fo:r: him at the. chop "Alice and Edith are coming down this after-house ,m Thames street to-mght. That is one noon" said Stella "and may be here before we of his haunts." ' "Do not wait till then. Go to the bake shop Alice Estabrook was Bob's sister and Dick's in Chapa! street, opposite the old theater, at sweetheart while Edith Slater reversed these four o'clock. You will see him there." relations. 'The boys were about to sit down to Dick held now, so that the two men dinner when there was a noise outsi de and then should not see him, and they went on toward two ydung girls came riding in. !he wharf, where he presently lost sight of them "You are iust in time for dinner girls-" cried m the crowd gathered there. Bob, as he "and Dick arose and "It is very fortunate that the general told me "We have company in plenty to-day, it seems. the spy's ieal name, for I should never have asIt never rains but it pours." sociated him with Migglestone if he had not,'' he "Do you compare us to a thunderstorm, brother said. "At the bake shop opposite the old theBob?"' laughed Alice_. ater, eh? I must look out for him, and probably "Well, you are as welcome as one after a hot he will be in some other disguise." spell,'' replied Bob. Dick Slater was a most observant boy, and "Sit down, girls,'' said Dick. "There are trou-there were certain peculiarities about the rag blous times in the city, . but nothing is going to man which he had noticed and which would not happen at once, so you may as well enjoy your-escape his attention the next time he saw the selves. It will be time enough to worry when man. trouble comes." "I must be at the bake sh op," he said, "and, if Then they sat down to dinner and enjoyed po s sible, catch the fellow, who is a dangerous thems elves thoroughly, the girls being general spy, one of the best, I should imagine, employed favorites and known to all the Liberty Boys. by the British." Some time after dinner the girls all went into the He did not see the two men again, but he knew city, accompanied by Dick; and Bob, the former their voices and general appearance, although he having business at Putnam's quarters after seehad not seen the face of either, so that he would ing the girls to their ftiends' house. know them when he saw them again. He re-


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE LIBE.RTY POLE 5 turned to the camp, stopping at the inn for another disguise, having sent the other down by one of the boys, who took his uniform away with him. He was walking up Broadway, when he saw two men standing on a corner, and at the same time saw Ben Spurlock and Sam San derson approaching, and likely to meet him as he came up with the two men. He walked on quick-ly with Ben, and said sharply: . "Get out of the way, you rebel I Do you want all the walk to yourself? Step a s ide, or I'll throw you in the street!" Ben was quick witted and knew tha t Dick talked thus for s ome purpos e, something conne cted, no doubt, with the two men. "I'll teach you to use better talk, you city cub!" he said, dragging Dick away from Sam and the two men. The two boys seemed to be struggling, but Dick said quickly: "Tell Bob to be with some of the boys at the theater in Chapel street at four o'clock." Then Sam came running up, and Dick gave him a quick. look. "Never mind, Ben, "Sa m said, separating them. "We cannot b e squabbling with every one that comes along. The captain doe s not like it." The boys then went off together down Broadway, . Dick started toward the l ower end of the Commons, and the men separated, one going toard the church and the other going acros s and do v n Partition s t r eet. " 'l'hat is the. fello w w ho is going to meet Hill yer," Dick said to Hims elf. "There is time enou g h for Bob to get ther e, but I can look about a bit myself." The boys did not go straight to the camp, fearing to arouse but kept on as far as Maiden lane, when they entered a shop, made a little purchase and then returned. "The captain wants you to be at the theater in Chapel street with s ome of the boys at four o'clock," said Ben. "There i s s ome bus iness which I don't understand, but there was little time for him to tell me everything." Then the boys told what had happened, and Bob said: "It has something to do with s pie s , I am sure. Those two men had something to do with it, I guess." He went by a some what roundabout route to the bakeshop in Chapel street and saw a man sitting at a table, eating a b a k e d meat pie, whom he decided at once to be Hillyer. He wore a dark suit of clothes, black ho s e and a low crowned black hat, and s eemed much shorter and smaller than when D i ck h a d seen him before, bu t for all that the young captain knew him by his eyes, and by a certain shrug of his shoulders a s he talked with the waiting girl in the place. He spoke with a decided French accent, and the majority of ob s e 'rvers would have said that he was a foreigner, but Dick knew otherwi se. Presently Dick noticed a newcomer enter, and recognized him as one of the men he had s e e n on Broadway at the time of the pretended quarrel. At the same time he saw Bob and some of the Liberty Boys coming along carelessly, in groups of two and three, some stopping to look at the shop windows, some to watch two dogs who likely to have an encounter in a short time, and others walking on careless ly. Dick wiped his mouth with his napkin and gave it a peculiar flirt, which called the. attention of Bob. The newcomer walked over. to where the spy sat, gave the girl a look, and sat down. "Spikes told me to see you," he said, in a low tone, which Dick heard, however, "and get in structions ." "If Washington is in the city, get as near him as you can and try to discover the plans of the rebels," said Miggle s tone. "Something is up and Howe must learn what it is." \ There were two or three of the Liberty Boys taking seats outside, near Dick, who looked very scornfully at them, and now two entered the place at a certain signal from the young captain, others being s een on the other side of the street. "I don't like the look of thes e rebels," muttered the s econd s py. "The boy yonder had a quarrel with two of them, and I think they will renew it here." "We have nothing to do with that," in an impatient tone. "No, but I don't like to see them so close. If we were suspected--" dropping his voice . "Nonsense! No one knows either of us!" Ben and Sam now came toward Dick, sitting outs ide, and Ben said in a threatening tone: "You de serve a thrashing, and if you will step out into the street I will give it to you." "The Frenchman." said Dick, in a tone heard only by Ben, and then, getting upon his feet, he retreated to the shop, as if wishing to avoid a fight with tM boys. Others ran in, and Dick made straight for the table where the two spies sat. In a moment the table was surrounded, and as the spies sprang up, Migglestone was suddenly seized by Dick. "You are my prisoner, Mr. Migglestone!" he said quietly. The other man aimed a blow at Dick, which Sam turned aside, and at the same moment Migglestone snatched a knife from the table and Struck at Dick with it. "Slater again, by Jove!" he hi ss ed. "This time I will do for you, confound you!" The waiting girl s creamed, the proprietres s shrieked for the poli c e , and the spy suddenly broke away and pus hed the table so as to preven t the boys fro m advancin g . Then some men in a corner began throwing p l a t es at the b oy s , and t he second s p y , away from Sam, upset t h r ee or four chai r s t o bl o c k the way of the boys . Harry Juds o n a n d Will Freeman caug h t him by the arm s a n d dragg ed hi m away, a nd then )fub r a n to D i ck's side, a plate h a v in g jus t m issed the young captain's head . Dic k h a d bf\en forced to let go of the spy in dodg in g the m i s s il e , and t he man had sud d enly made a dash fo r t he kitchen bac k of the bake s hop. The s econd spy was tak en outs ide , Be n and Sam put the man under arrest, and Dic k a n d Bob pursued the chief spy into the k i tche n and through it. Miggl es to ne fired a pisto l at Dick; taking off t he latter ' s hat, a n d, reaching a n en / clo sed c ourt in t he rear, wen t over the f ence at a boun d . Then a dog i n t he court flew at Bob, w hile Dic k went o ve r the f enc e after the spy. There was a n other court o n the farthe r s i de of


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE LIBE-RTY POLE the fence and a coffee house beyond, the spy making for this in a moment. There was a great deal of confusion, in the midst of which three or four Liberty Boys led by Bob came running in;the spy escaping by jumping out of a window into an alley and running along this at full speed. Matters were quickly explained) and the boys hurried out, some by J:he alley and some by the street, but nothing was seen of Migglestone, and the boys went back to Broadway, disappointed,. but laughing over the excitement they had caused in the bake shop. The other spy, who gave his name as Hicks, was marched ofl' to the general's quarters, Dick following as soon as he could put on his uniform. The man was questioned, but would say nothing, neither denying nor admitting that he was a spy. He was searched and incriminating papers found upon him, but still :tie said nothing. Then Dick arrived and charged him with being a spy, saying: "I heard you given directions to go to the bake shop and ask Migglestone for instructions, as might obtain. Migglestone is known to be a spy for the British. The name is not a common one, so there can be no doubt that he was the man meant.". . "I.. don't know any Migglestone, spy or no spy, and--" "Then why did you sit opposite him in the hake shop? Do you remember the boy on Broadway who had the quarrel with the two Liberty Boys? It was renewed in the cook shop. am the boy, and I can tell you everything you said t o Migglestone. First you said, 'Spikes told me t o see you and get instructions.'. Later you called attention to me, and said you did not like the look of the Liberty Boys. Migglestone was indifferent, but you said: 'If we were suspected-,' and stopped, Migglestone saying: 'Nonsense ! No one knows either of us,' and the pretended fight was renewed.'' The spy turned pale as all this was rehearsed to him, and refused to say another word. Then he was put under a stroni guard, and Dick returned to camp. CHAPTER IV.-Keeping An Appointment. It was well on toward evening when Dick got back to camp, where the boys were still laughing at the fracas in the cook shop and the strange escape of the spy. "The fellow is cleve1, no doubt,'' declared Dick, "and I think he has friends in the city as well. The girl in the cook shop and the proprietress as well may have helped him get awaY., and I be lieve they did." "Some one in the alley did, at any rate," ob served Bob. "I looked up and down and am certain that some one helped him get away, for -he could not have done so "The landlady set the dog on you, at any rate," laughed Will Freeman, "and that was a help to him." "Yes, but the dog is sorry for it now," kled Bob; "that i s, if dogs have a hereafter.',. "We will not be welc ome in .the place after this ," laughed Harry. "The fellow has escaped us this time," con-tinued Dick, "but we must not let him get away the next time." "I imagine he will steer clear of us when h e sees us after-this," laughed Bob. "The appearance of more than two Liberty Boys will excite his suspicions and you will see him making off." "There is that meeting at the chop house in Thames street to-night, unless it has been post poned," continued Dick. "I think I would like to be there." . "They don't know that you know of it, of course, but they may have a notion that you are afraid to go there for fear of being recogniz ed," answered Bob. "Perhaps, but I think we may as well try it. We will call on the girls fir s t and go there after ward. I think we will all of us go in ordinary clothes. Ben and Sam can go with us, and then at the right time we will all go to the place, in different parties, and watch for the fellow s. " "Hillyer, or whatever his name is, will dis. guise himself differently, perhaps." "Very likely, but I shall know him for a11 that. Perhaps Spikes or our other man will be with him. Then we must try to get both of the f el lows." "It will be a fine thing if we can do it, for it is a nuisance to have these British spie in the city." "Yes, and one of them impudent enough to ut ter his Tory sentiments under our Liberty Pole." "Yes, the ragman," with a laugh. " I suppose he thought we would not take it up, l;ut he was greatly mistaken." After supper Dick and Bob set out to see the girls, taking Ben and Sam with them as company for Stella and Mary, ancr for help afterward in capturing the spy. 'he boys were all in ordinary clothes, and walked to the house in Maid,en lane instead of taking their horses. "There is the Liberty Pole, all right,'' observed Bob, as they passed Warren street. "I wonder how long it will stay there?" "There is no telling," said Ben. "Not long, I fancy, after the redcoats get here." "At any rate, there will be stirring times in the old city when it comes down,'' remarked Dick. "The Lilierty Boys will not see it removed without making a decided protest." The girls were all very glad to see the boys, but Alice said at once, as she noticed that they were not in uniform: . "You boys have some dangerous mission in view, or you would not be di

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE LIBERTY POLE 7 "Yes. He is a dangerous fellow to be at large, same age as Dick, and he was a .sneak as well, and we are going to catch him if we can." for he would not let his father know of his evil "You are always going into dangerous places, habits, pretending to be at meeting or studying brother," declared Edith, worried. "You will not when he was carousing. take too great a risk, will you?" _ "By George! Slater again!" crierl the spy. "Oh I will be with him," lirughed Bob, "and "That rebel haunts me. Down with him!" you k::iow that I am very careful." The big owner of the chop house 11dvanced on "To get into trouble, brother Bob?" asked Alice one side, half a dozen ugly-looking fello'll'S on an dryly. "You are a good deal worse than Dick." other, Bill Burgess and the spy from di "l?" cried Bob. rection, and a crafty-looking man barred the "Yes because you haven't the sense he has!" door on another. Dick was about to give Bob a with a 'laugh. signal, when the smaller man suddenly "Why, Alice, I think Bob shows a great' deal of his hand against a panel of the wall, and at it " replied Edith, who was very practical. once a trap door opened just beneath the boy's '"Perhaps he does, to you, but he does not keep feet, and down he went into darkness and the any for home consumption." trap was closed above him. "Well, the two boys are going with us," chuc-He fell some six feet or more and struck on kled Bob, "so we will be all right." soft ground, being somewhat shaken up, never"H'm ! Ben and Sam will take as many risks tl:eless, by the suddenness of his fall, being dazed as you two, if you give them orders," rejoined for a few moments and not knowing which way Alice. "I would not trust any of you to keep out to turn in the black darkness which surround ed of mischief if there was any point to be gained." him. "Then we may as well carry out our original "Who w ould ever have thought of meeting Bill plans, eh, Dick?" laughed Bob. Burgess here?" he muttered. "The fellow must "I think we may as well," shortly. have known that Stella was in the city and s o "But yciu won't take too great a risk, Dick?" come down to annoy her with his attentions. And asked Alice, who, for all her vivacity, was, nevBob is looking for me out there in the street ertheless , a girl of deep feeling. . with no idea of what has happened." "We will take no more than necessary, Alice," Then he began to get his wits abouthim and simply. "This man must be caught, as he is a to try to locate himself, and in a moment he heard ' 'ery dangerous foe . However, we are not at all s ome one coming stealthily toward him in the rertain that we shall find him." darkness, and at on ce the feeling came across him The boys left the house in good time to reach that some one was seeking his life. In an instant the place where they hoped to find Migglestone, he was on the alert. Dick and Bob going together, and Ben and Sam following at a little distance. Nearing the chop heuse , from the windows of which lights still gleamed, and from the main room of which came the s ounds of merriment, Dick said to Bob, pausing: "I will go on and see if the fellow is there. If you see me at the window , you will know that he is; if not, wait for me." Then he went on, leaving B ob in the street, and entered the chop house. He entered a room where see n through the clouds of tobacco smoke, were men eating and drinking, some l aughing and talking, others singing, and one playing the fiddle . Dick saw his man without appearing to look at. him, and knew him to be Hillyer at once although he wore a wig, a patch over one and a black one on his nose, and talked like a Scotchman. He was about to go to the window, as if to look for a seat, when an over grown boy in a corner suddenly sprang up and said hoarsely: "That there is Dick Slater, the rebel, captain of the Liberty Boys; he's come here to spy on us; don't let him get away!" Dick knew the boy well, living in the same neighborhood, and knowing him for a Tory, and a sneaking, vicious, cowardly, bullying fellow, the sworn enemy of all the Liberty Boys, and the son of one of the rankest Tories in the county. His name was Bill Burgess, and he was filst cousin to Stella, but as unlike her as chalk dif fers from cheese, and yet he had an idea that he could get the girl to like him, simply becau s e he would one day be worth a lot of money, acquired by very questionable means. Bill was intem perate and smoked and gambled, although of the CHAPTER V.-A Fortunate Escape. Dick Slater never went without his pistols, and he now drew them and said quietly: "Stay where you are! I am armed and will defend myself to the end. I will fire if you come on another step!" The steps stopped abruptly, and Dick could hear the breathing of so me animal and n ot of a man, as he at first supposed it-to be. "It is a dog, perhaps," he thought. "I was still somewhat confu sed, or I would have known better than to. take it for a man. It is a dog or s ome _ sort of animal kept he1e to watch the place. I have attracted hi s attention, and he will not advance at once, and now to get a light." Dick always had a tinder box and sulphur matches with him, and now he proceeded to ob tain a light so as to examine his strange sur roundings and see what his chances of escape might be. He heard a low growl, and then stealthy steps again, and now knew that there was a man as we.11 as an animal in the cellar, although he could see nothing. Then he took his tinder box and got a light, hearing a sudden low growl and then retreating foot s teps. The match flarea up, and Dick ,saw that he was in a cellar of not very great extent, there being a door at the other end. He walked over to this, but found it shut and fastened on the outside. He could hear noth ing overhead, but could s ee heavy beams wet with moi sture and blue mold, and hung here Rnd there with spider webs thick and heavy "'l"lt h


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE LIBERTY POLE dust. Then the match went out and he was left in darkness . . . "Not a very pleasant place to be in," he murmured. "There must be some way out, however, and I must try to find it. Bob and the boys will be missing me before long and wanting to know something. If Bill goes out there he will be caught and made to tell something. He can know nothing about the boys being there, and may leave for fear of getting into trouble." He could hear nothing on the other side of the door, and presently he lighted another match Jo see if there were any way of opening it. There was a knothole near the edge where the bar entered the socket on the other s ide, and through this he looked but could see nothing. The door was quite heavy, and he knew that he would not be able to batter it down, but he thought that po ssibly he could put his fingers through the hole and ril'ise the bar. He tiied this, and found that he could touch the bar on the under s i de, and then pushing upon it, felt it move a little. He thrust the barrel of his pistol through the knothole, which was large enough to admit it, and gave it an upward motion, causing the bar to fall to the ground with a clatter. In another moment he pushed the door open, and then heard some one approaching, and then saw two men coming forward, one of whom carried a lantern. Crack I In an instant Dick fired, knocking the " lantern out of the man's hand and extinguishing the light. "Confound the rebel! I thought he would have been stunned by the fall," he heard Migglestone snarl, as he suddenly dashed forward. Dick ran into both men. and upset them and then i;an for a flight of steps which he had seen for a:ri instant by the light of the lantern. The men fell with a clatter, and there was the report of a pistol, probably discharged as the men f ell. Then a door at the top of the steps was opened, letting in a stream of light, and some body said: "Hallo! Want any help down . there? Can't you manage th&-" Up the steps, head down, went Dick, and .in a moment he struck some one in the stomach and knocked him over with a crash. He found himself in a passage, V\'hich he quickly followed, com ing in a {ew moments to the bar of the place and h e aring Bob say in a determined tone: " Dick Slater came into this place, and if he is not produced at once, we will-" "It is all right, Bob, here I aml" cried Dick, p u s h ing through into the main room, and see in g Bob and the two boys, pistols in hand, facing a number of rough-looking men. Bill Burgess was not with the o thers, and Dick made sure that he had fled as s oon as there was any sign of trouble. "All rig ht, Dick!" cried Bob. "You got out yourself, did you?" " Yes, but Migglestone is in the cellar. We m u s t find him and give him up to the general." "All right, Dick. "There are four of us." "There is a British spy in the place," added Di ck, addressing the landlord, whom he saw in a corner, "and if he is not delivered up we will send a squad of soldiers here, and a search will b e made for him, and if he is not found, your establi shment will be closed." "There are no spies here," the man answered. "The fiddler was one,'' replied Dick, "and 1 am not sure that there were not others." " Well, I never thought of the fiddler. I won't say he was not a spy, but I didn't know it." Dick was sure that the landlord was l ying, but he could not well prove it, and so he said: "Your place is under suspicion and will be thoroughly investigated. Come; .boys." The boys now went out, and before they reached the corner of Broadway, the place t hey had jus t left was closed tight and a s dark a s a p ocket, not a sound being beard from it. "Migglestone is a clever spy, " declared Dick, "but we will catch him one of thes e days . He would nev e r have known me but for Bill Bur gress, and I never to meet fellow down here." "He followed Stella," laughed Bob. "We m ight have expected it. " "Perhaps s o, but you would have supposed he w ould call on her instead of going to places of. questionable reputation like this. " "Bill is a bad sort," replied Ben, "and you may e xpect to find him anywhere. H i s father does not know it, but he goes into all sorts of evi l places, cock fights, rat baitings, dog fights, and so on. Bill plays, too , and there is no telling where he will end. " . "Bill wants a t\lrashing,'' observed S am, "an d the Liberty Boys will have to look after him. A -good licking will put a lot of sens e into his l'fead. " "It may take out the nonsens e ," laughed Ben "but I doubt if anything will put sense i n t o it.'1 "You di d not s e e him after the first?" asked Bob. "No; he di sappeared immediately." "When you did not come, we suspected that something was wrong and went into the place. Then w e heard shots, and I t old the fellow s plainly that if you we1e not freed w e would clea'r out the lot of them. Then you cam e and i t was all right." "There are some mysteries about the plac e which I do not understand,'' continued Dick, "but I don't know thatit is worth trying to find them out. I have an idea that w e shall find it closed up to-morrow, and then w e shall have t o l ook elsewhere for Mr. Hillyer, o r Migglestone, or whatever his name may be.'' "He is a slippery sort of chap," muttered Bob, "and I am afraid w e shall not catch him without some trouble." ";N'othing i s done without more o r less of. that,'' dryly. The boys w alked along the silent and deserted streets, now and then hearing the cry of a night watchma n or seeing the gleam of his lantern, but meeting no one on their way. Harry Judson challenged them a s they neared the camp, and they entered and made their way to thei r tents. Mark.met Dick and Bob on the way, and a sked: "Any succes s with the fellow, captain?" "No, Mark. Bill Burgess interfered, and 1 was in a bad way for a time till Bob and the boys came to the rescue." "Bill Burgess, eh? We will have to look out for Bill." "Yes, Ben and Sam have both promised him a thrashing,'' 11milinr.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE LIBERTY POLE 9 "Then I shall have to give him another, as there's luck in odd numbers," with a dry laugh. "I am rather inclined to think that three will not be all that he will get," remamrked Dick; as he went into his tent. . The next day there was considerable activity In the city, man-y of the troops going to Fort Washington, and the public stores being moved to Dobbs Ferry, the sick going over to Jersey. Putnam was in command of the four thousand troops that remained in the city, the Liberty Boys being under his orders. The situation seemed more and more threatening as the day passed;and during the night .some of the enemy's ships went up the East River as far as Kip's Bay, where the patriots had some slight defenses . On the next day, which was the fourteenth of September, Dick received word from the comm ander-in-chief to be at the house of Mr. Robert Murray, on Mur-ray Hill, that evening. Dick knew that there was something important to be communicated to him1 perhaps some secret mission to be undertaken, and he was eager for the night to come in order that he might learn what it was. There was other work to be done in the meantime, and Dick was not one to be idle. To the girls, who came to pay a visit to the camp, he said that he would be called away that night, but would not say on what errand. They did not worry, however, not knowing anything, and Dick promised to see them the next day and tell them what they had better do. "The commander-in-chief has sent for me to meet him to-night at Mr. Munay's hou se, Bob," he said to the young lieutenant. "There is som e business of importance on.hand, no doubt, and by to-morrow we shall probably know just what is to be done." "It is very clear to be seen that something is going to happen very shortly," replied Bob . "It seems to be in the air." "We have not seen Mi gglestone for nearly two days," added Dick, "and either he has left the city or he is keeping himself hidden for fear of being captured." " I would like to catch the clever rascal," muttered Bob. "Yes, it would be quite an accomplishment if we could," shortly. "But one never knows where to look for him. He will keep away from the haunts which we know of, and unless we happen t o run across him by accident, we may not see him, for it is certain that he will avoid us." As Dick had said, the iesort in Thames street was closed and the p1oprietor gone out of bus i ness, so far as he could see, the frequenters of the place being evidently afraid to be seen openly after what had happened so lately. "The fellow will probably not go there any more," observed Dick to Bob, as they passed the deserted place, on the second day, "and we shall have to look elsewhere for him." . "And we don't know where to look," laughed Bob. It was in the afternoon, and Dick and Bob were going through Pearl street, toward Frau.nces' tavern, which was a great resort for officers at that time, when Dick said in a low tone: "There is that fellow now, Bob, coming to Fraunces' tavern, where heno doubt expects to pick up some information." 'l\vhat fellow, Dick?" "The spy that has slipped away from us so often. " "Where is he, Dick?" in a puzzled tone. "Nearly in front of the tavern. The man with the wooden leg1 holding his hat for alms." "The man with the wooden leg, Dick? Impos sible!" "Not at all, Bob. He hasn't a wooden leg any more than you have. Do you see his long .coat? That conceals his real leg, and the wooden one is a deception. I knew the fellow in a moment. Come, there are some officers coming out, and if they say anything of importance he will hear it, which is just. what he is there for." "Men should not tall< of important matters in the street where they are likely to have listen ers," sputtered Bob. "Of course they should not, but they often do it," dryly. "If they did not I should lose a lot of information myself." The supposed wooden-legged man was holding out his hat for alms as three or four officers were coming down the steps of the tavern. "The business will no doubt be settled tonight," said one, "as the CQmmander has ar ranged a meeting for this evening at--" Dic k hurried forward, sent the beggar's hat flying, and said sharply: "You are an impostor. You are no more crippled than I am, and, what is. more, you are a spy, and your name is Migglestone!" "Migglestone!" cried the officers. "Jove! he is one of 'the cleverest spies the enemy have!" . Dick seized the fellow, when, on the instant, he slipped out of his long coat, kicked away his wooden leg and went flying down the street and up a little alley like the wind. CHAPTER Vl.-A Puzzling Affair. Dick threw aside the long croat which the spy had discarded and put after the inan, saying quickly: "To the other end of the alley) Bob! He must not escape!" Dick knew that the nameless alley into which tl1e spy ended at Broad street, just a little way up from the corner, and he therefore sent Bob to intercept him. It was a short, wind ing. alley with no house s fronting on i t and no name that any one remembered, being simply a short cut from Pearl to Broad street. After the fleeting spy ran Dick, lo sing sight of him for a moment a s _he turned a sharp angle. He ran on rapidly, and then heard s ome one coming toward him. In a few moments Bob appeared. "Caught him, Dick?" asked the young lieuten ant. "No, have you?" "But you must have seen him, Bob ?" in surprise. "Not a sign of him, Dick." "He not come out .of the alley before you reached it?" "No, and I was around the corner ljke a flash


10 THE L IBERTY BOY S AND TH E LIB ERTY POLE and u p Broad stre et, where I could see the end of the alley every mo ment." . "Then he is in it yet, Bo b, for I l ost sight o f him for a moment only as he turned the angle be l ow here." "Bu t there are n o houses here, Dick; nothing but walls, and m ost o f them to o high to think of climb ing. " The b oys went b ack, very much puzzled at the mysterious disappearance of the spy, who se capture had seemed s o certain. Near the angle there was a wall of a garden or court of a house on the street to the eas t of Broad. It was about twelve feet high and of stone, and it seemed im possible that any one could climb it without as sii:;ta nce. Dick saw certain fresh scratches on the stones that convinced him that som e one had recently made his way up it from the alley . There were soldiers as well as officers coming into the alley now, and one of the latter said to Dick: "Well, captain, did you catch the slippery fel low?" "f regret to say that I did not, major," Dick replied. "I sent the lieutenant t o the other end to intercept the man, but he did not run out there. He went over the wall at this point." "But, captain, the wall i s sheer, and no one could climb it without ass i stance." "He may have had it, but i t is certain that he went u p it, for you may see the marks here." "H'm! the fellow must have had claw s like a wildcat to go up the wall )ike that!" " I don't know what he had," with a l augh, "and it is very likely that some one helped him; but, at any rate, he did not go out at the other end, and he has escaped.. I would give a good deal to catch him, for it nettles me to have the fellow slip away from me s o often." "Yes, it mus t be very annoying. Has he es caped y ou before, then?" "Three or four times, and always in the mo s t provoking fashion. The man has as many forms as a magician, and one can never tell in what one he will next appear. " "Yes, I have heard that he rs very clever at disguises . " "And you had no idea that he was thecri pled beggar?" " No, indeed, I scarcely saw him, in fact." Dick said nothing about the danger of speaking of important matters in public places, but saluted and went on, it being u s eless to attempt to follow the man now. Returning t o the street, Bob saw the fellow's wooden leg lying on the walk and kicked it contemptuously into the gutter. "You are as big a cheat a s the spy," he sputt e red. "Where i s the coat, Dick?" "Picked up b y some one, I suppose. ' I don't se e it. There i s no u s e crying o ver s pilled milk, Bob, so s uppo se we go o:ri".'" They looked through the lower part of the city to the east of Broag street, as far as the river, but saw nothing of the spy. He might be in hiding or he might have hurried from the di s trict a s soon as possible, knowing that the boys would be looking for him. "It's no use, Dick," muttered Bob, at length. "'Ve will see the man when we are not lookingfor him, but it seems as if the harder w e search fo r him the less chance there is of finding him." "That is often the case, Bob," with a laugh, "but we are really l ooking for him all the time, although we may s ee him unexpected ly. It is having our eyes c o n stantly open that makes us see him instead of passing him by when we are not thinking of him." "That is so, Dick, but we cannot all tell him as quickly as you can. I suppose I will be suspecting every one who looks a little queer after this. " "The man has adopted strange disgui ses , to be sure," observed Dick, "but he may not do so always, and you must look out for any one who may be a s uspicious character, or whom you may see acting i n a suspicio u s manner." " But I never w ou ld have s uspectea t he w ood en-legged man to be the spy," laughed B J b . "You must have see n his face ." "I did, and I noticed hi s manner, a s well . Then I saw him before h e no ticed me, as he was intent on hearing what the officer s had to say ." "Yes, there is a good deal in that." Dick wen t to the cook shop in Chape l street, and the t avern on the west side, but saw nothing of the man or of any of his associates , and conclud ed that it was almost useless to eek for him now, and that they mus t trus t to seeing him unexpectedly at some other time. Ncthing had been seen of Bill Burgess since the he had denounced Dick to the people in the ch o p house. and it was more than likely that he had r-et11rned to hi s home at White Plains. After making a thorough search in all the places where ]}ick thought the man might be , Dick returned to camp with Boh, meeting some of the boy s on the way, and telling them to keep a watch for him or for any on e who looked suspicious. The boy s found the four girls in camp, and Dick quite thrilled them by telling of the....escape of Migglestone and the search they had made for him si nce. The boy s -and girls went to supper, hich Patsy served up in his best being never happier than when he could give them plenty to eat, and after dark Bob took the girls home, while Dick mounted Major, hi s black Arabian, and set. out for Murray Hill , where he was destined to have one of the most thrilling adventures of his life. I CHAPTER VIL-Capture and E scape of the Spy. Reaching the house of Mr. Murray, Dick learned that General Washington was holding a con ference with some of his o fficers in order to know the exact condition and intentions of the British on Long I s l a nd. While they were considering various matters, _ Dick met a number of minor officers, among tjie number being Captain Nathan Hale, of Coventry, Connecticut, who be longed to Colonel Knowlton's iegiment. Dick ' was very much taken with the young captain, and talked to him upon various matters. Nathan Hale was a thorough patriot and very enthusiastic for the cause of independence, Dick having seldom seen one who was so eager to do something for his


• I' THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE LIBERTY POLE 11 "You and youi: Liberty Boys are doing a great 'V'.9'.Qrk, Captain Slater, and you are sure to be lrnown ," said Hale. "It is a glorious thing' to for one's country, captain." "Yes. and my boys all think the same, and are ready to die for it if need be, knowing that they will not have died in vain." "Yes, our cause is sure to prevail, and even if many of us die it wilJ be in one as sacred as any for which men can fight, and it is certain to suc ceed." "I believe it, captain," said Dick, noting the intense interest and deep feeling. "I can not help believe it. It is a deep conviction which nothing can shake." A t length Colonel Knowlton came out and said.: "It has been decided to 'Send a spy to Long Island to learn the enemy's plans and position. I am authorized t o choose a man from my regi-ment to perform this dangerous task." . "I will volunteer to undertake it, colonel," said Captain Hale without the slightest hesitation. "I would have done s o myself, colonel," added Dick, "but there were limij;ations. I congratulate Captain Hale on being permitted to carry out the generals wishes.'' "Thank you, captain," said Hale, with a smile, but with deep feeling as well. "The general will give you your instructions at once, Captain Hale," replied the colonel. "No time is to be lost." Captain Hale sh ook hands with Dick and retired, the captain of the Liberty Boys having reas on to remember the parting at a later day. He did not see Hale again that night, and in a short time he was sent for to meet the general. "I understand that you have been maJOng great efforts t-0 captu1e a certain spy of the British of the name of Migglestone, captain?" the com mander-in-chief said, when Dick saluted. "Yes. our excellency, we have, and I mst iive the fellow credit for great cleverness.'' "I understand that. This makes him all the more dangerous.'' ."It does,

12 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE LIBERTY POLE "Come he1e, Major!" he called. "'Ve are going to ride double for a time." The magnificent animal trotted up, and Dick suddenly th1ust his hands into the breast of the spy's coat and t o ok out two pistols. "Get up there!" he ordered. The spy was in the saddle at a bound, and struck the horse on the flank to send him ahead, thus hoping to escape from Dick and get the splendid anim"al at the same time. Major took no orders from any one e xcept Dick when the latter was present, however, and refused to budge. The attempt to escape was futile, in' any event, for Dick was on the steed's back almost as s oon as the spy. "Get up!" he cried, and away went Major like the wind. The spy, thinking that he was doomed in any event, tried to leap off as they were going at full speed, but Dick anticipated the move and prevented it. "None of that!" he said sternly. "You are going with me!" Then the men whom Major had routed tried to stop him, getting in the road and shouting. Dick knew them and fired a shot at random, so alarming them that they at once made tracks, and there was no more trouble from them. Dick held the man firmly and said in a determined tone: "You are a clever fellow, Migglestone, but you will -make a great mistake if you attempt to get away from me again to-night. I had especial orders this very night to capture you, and I mean to carry them out." "You are themost determined rebel I ever met, Slater," muttered the man, "but you ought to be satisfied with catching me. Can't you say I got away? There is nothing strange in that." "I told you that I was under orders to take you and deliver you to one of our gene:cals. I am obeying orders. Keep still, or you will get into trouble." Dick soon took a short cut which led him acro ss "the fields," as they were known, a hazardous undertaking, but one which he. was not afraid to attempt, knowing the way well. There were ponds, swamps, sandbanks and mires, but he went safely between them all, and at length saw the lights of the camp and rode on, being finally challenged by Sam Sanderson. "Captain Slater and a prisoner. Send some one to take care of the fellow . " In a moment lights flared up, and several of the boys came running forward, Bob following a -short way behind. Dick got down and the spy was lifted from the horse, seeming to have sud denly lost his strength utterly. "Put him under strict guard," said Bob. "He has given us trouble enough, and now we have got him we must keep him." "How did it happen?" asked Mark, as the spy was taken away, and Bob followed to see that the orders were carried out. "I will tell you all about it, Mark," Dick rep lied. "It was an unexpected affai1; and an ex :iting one at the same time." Dick went to his tent with Mark, Bob shortly joining them, and the story of the night's adventure was told. "Well, he has been a slippery fellow,'' observed Mark, "but I don't see but that he is safe enough now. There does not seem a possibility of his getting away now." There was a strong guard put upon the spy, and things were quiet for the rest of the night. Then in the early morning there was the sudden sound of loud and continuous firing from the up-per end of the island. At once there was great excitement, the boys running from their tents, some of them partly dressed; inquiring the cause of the firing. The boys on guard at the spy's tent kept their posi tions, but of a sudden the man dashed out, aiming a quick blow at Harry and upsetting him. The boys on guard at the edge of the camp, seeing the man running, fired, and he fell. The fall was only a ruse, however, for he slid along the ground, arose qu i ckly, darted swiftly down another street, upset two boys, and then dove between two tents and was out of sight in a mo ment. The alarm was sounded by this time, but the spy was desperate and took the narrowest chances. Phil Waters saw a boy in uniform running, and for a moment thought it was one of the Liberty Boys, but in an instant Paul Benson shouted: "Fire, Phil, fire! That's the spy; he's stolen my coat!" The spy was out of the lines by the time Phil fired, and escaped by a narrow margin. The boys saw him running with all haste toward the Liberty Pole, . and fired, but he fell, and then arose again, running rapidly and getting behind the pole, whence he hurried toward the river, going down a side street, when the boys next saw him. Meantime the firing at the upper part of the island or from the neighborhood of Kip's Bay, as Dick judged it to be, had continued with lit tle or no cessation, and there was the greatest excitement in the city, many of the people preparing to leave, while others departed at once, leaving their household goods behind them. Dick blamed no one for the escape of the spy, as that something which no one qmld have been prepared for, and was entirely unforeseen by all. The enemy had evidently landed troops at some distance above the city, and the patriots were no doubt trying to hold them back, the heavy cannonading on both sides of the island showing that the ships were in both rivers, and adding to the peril of the Americans by shelling them. The spy had escaped and there was little chance of capturing him at this time when there was so much excitement, and Dick called the boys back, knowing that there would be other things of more importance for them to do. It was probable that orders would soon come for the evacuation of the city, and Dick therefore the boys to work breaking camp and getting i'eady to go on the march. Leaving Mark Morrison to superintend this work, Dick took Bob and a few of the boys and set off toward the end of the Commons, meaning to hurry down to the house where the girls were staying, and warn them to leave the city at once. Cannon were booming, and there were the sounds of continued firing in the region of Turtle Bay, men and women were hurrying toward the upper part of the island, then some firing was hearq in the lower part of the city, and there was noise and confusion all around. The boys hurried


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE LIBERTY POLE 13 down Broadway, the noise increasing every minute, and the frightened citizen s hurrying by them in great numbers. . They saw no redcoats, although from the noise below and the remarks of those who passed, they might easily have judged -that the city was full of them. Just then a shout was heard, and Dick recognized the voice of the spy, and in another moment saw him running forward, crying loudly: "There is Slater, the rebel, with a price upon his head! Catch him! Don't let the rebel es cape!" "Quick, Bob, we must make a dash for it. Over toward Nassau street, the redcoats are out of it now." The boys fell back, running between the two bodies of redcoats, but in such a manner that it was doubtful if the two could come together soon enough to catch them. Then a division of the lower part shot off toward the east and north in order to intercept them, at the same time, however, leaving a gap in the line. "This way, Bob!" hissed Dick. "Quick, and we shall get through!" The boys suddenly changed their course, and before their intention could be guessed it was too late to close the gap, and in a few moments they dashed through it and made for the head of Nassau street at a lively rate. Reaching Nassau street, they saw some redcoats at the tavern and hurried on, not being seen at once. "Hurry, Bob, they d on' t se e us yet," said Dick. "If we can reach Maiden lane we are safe." On went the boys and were nearly to Maiden lane before the redcoats discovered them. The enemy set up a shout and came on at a run, the boys making a sudden das h and getting around the corner and out of sight in a few moments. They could hear the sound of hurrying feet behind them, and were fearful of be in g seen before they could get to the hou se , but just as it seemed that the redcoats would be upon them, the door of a little house just back from the street open ed, and a pleasant:faced wom a n said in a quick tone: "Come in here, boy s , and you will be safe." The boys obeyed without question, there being something about the face and voice of the woman which invited confidence, and in another instant they were within and the door closed behind tkem. As the woman led the way to the rooms at the iear, they heard the redcoats go rushing past the house in great haste, and then in a few moments the street was quiet again. CHAPTER VIII.-In Safe Quarters. It was lighter in the sitting room to which the lady led the boys, and thE,m they noticed that she wore the Quaker dress, and had a very pleasant face, her white hair and fair face being set off by the dainty white kerchief which she wore around her neck. "We are greatly obliged to you for your care of us, ma'am,'' said Dick, removing his hat and sword belt. "We were trying to reach another house down the street, but I am sure now that we could not have done so, and your assistance most timely." "Thee is welcome to any help I can give thee, -captain,'' the lady answered. "We are of the Society of Friends , a s thee may know, but while we take no active part in the contest now going on between the king and the colonists, there is no question as to which side our sympathies are with." "Yes, I have seen few Friends who were not thorough patriots," Dick replied, with a smile. "But thee is young to be a soldier, captain." "I am the captain of the Liberty .Boys, who are all boys. I am Dick Slater; this is Bob Estabrook, my first lieutenant. We were separated from the boys and had a narrow escape from capture." "Thee is safe here, captain, and word may be carried to thy friends if thee wishes. Thee was going to house for shelter?" "Yes, farther on in this street on the other side. Our sisters are staying there for a short time. The attack on the city took us all by sur prise." "I have seen some young girls stopping there of late. It is the Dana house, i s it not?" "Yes, ma'am, that is the place,'' Dick answered. "But I fear that neither thee nor thy officer hl:\S breakfasted, captain." "No; but it does not matter. We will not trouble you." The redcoats were heard going by the house again, and the said quietly: is no trouble for us. Thee will not be go ing out at once, as the enemy will see thee. Rachel, will thee bring breakfast :(or the young gen tlemen?" "Yes, friend Cynthia," said a demure-looking girl, who appeared at the door, and then the Quakeress went to the front room and looked out under the drawn blinds. Dick followed her, and 8aw redcoats on either s i d e of the street, evidently keeping a lookout tor them. "Vvell, we are in safe quarters, at all events,'' he said to himse lf, "and the girls, knowing nothing of u s , will take it for granted that we are out of danger." Then he turned to Bob and said: "There are redcoats in the street, but they. are not making any searc h, and they probably wiH not, as they have no warrant for doing s o at this time." "They do not always wait for authority t o do what they take a n otion to do," sputtered Bob . "They would do it without warrant if they took a notion." "Yes, I know, but I do not think they will search the houses. They would have to go to them all, and they are not strong enough in authority here yet to d o that. Later they might do it." "Then you think we are in safe quarters here'?" "Yes, thoroughly so, and in time we can go and_ see the girls." 1n a short time a mcst appetizing breakfast was served to the boy s , w hich they greatly enjoyed after the stirring times of the morning. At length all seemed q u iet in the street, and Dick, l o oking out cauti ously, could see nothing of the redcoats. The firing at the upper end of the island had cea se d, and no one would have known from the appearance of the street that


• 14 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE LIBERTY POLE the enemy were in the city and that there had been fights all about. . ,, "It looks safe enough to go out, Dick, muttered Bob, "and I think we might venture to call u p on the gins." . . ,, . "Not without some disguises, Bob, Dick returned. "We do not know at what moment the redcoats may appear, and as long as we safe here it is better not to take too g reat -a risk. By waiting a short time we shall be able to make our way out with no . trouble." . . ,, " I shouldn't wonde1 if you wer e right, Dick, with a laugh "but I am an impatient fellow, you , •t ,, know, and do not like to wa1 . . "Here are redcoats no w,' ' said Dick. "They are inquiring at various houses. We don ' t know that they won't come here." The. Quakeress, who s e name was Miller! J.lOW came into the room where the boys were s1t'tmg, and said: 1 "Thee need have no fear. The redcoats wi 1 not find thee here. Come with me ,and thee will find a safe hiding place." The lady then led the way to the hall, and here under the main stairway leading to the floor' above, she disclosed a small roo1!1, big enough to hide the boys. They entered this, and the lady closed the door, which she had hardly done when there came a loud knock at the outer door. The maid answered the summons and found some soldiers outside. "Have any rebels lately sought refuge in this house?" asked the sergeant in command' of the men. _ "No, there have not," the girl answered, and it was true enough that the boys had not sought shelter, being offered it. "Then there are no rebels here?" "No we know no rebels." are a very pretty girl," said the serg'eant, putting his arm about the girl's waist. "And thee is a very saucy fellow," the girl replied, removing the sergeant's arm. "None, but the brave deserve fair," the man s aid, attempting to kiss the girl. "Then take thy fare to another place," we.s the answ er, as the maid suddenly gave the saucy f e llow a resounding box on the ear. "Jove! and I thought you were a Quaker!" the man exclaimed. The maid shut the door in his face and went a w a y , while Bob was ready to declare that he heard the demure creature actually laugh. "They said it was a safe place,'' said Dick, "and I have no reason to doubt it." In a short t i me there came another knock, and the lady herself answered it, findin g a lieutenant at the door. "I beg your p ardon, ma'am,' ' he s a id, "but we think that an e scap ed rebel may h a ve made his w a y in here, and w e wish to a s k p ermission to sear ch the house . " "This is the only door, and there has no rebel entered here, I c a n . a ssure thee. Why should thee wis h to search my house?" "Then you are a loyal subject, ma'am?" "I am loyal, yes. There i s no rebel in my h o u s e. We do not know rebel s here." "But possibly the maid may have admitted some one without your knowing it?" "My maid is a proper person and has n o se crets from me." "You may think so, ma'am, but--" ' /Thee is mo s t persistent, but to satis f y thy curios ity thee may enter and look abou t thee. , Everything has been put in order for first d ay, and s o thee will be careful no t to s oil the floors with thy boots." . The lieutenant entered and looked about h im, but saw nothing to e x c ite his suspicion . The boys' hats and swo1ds had been remov e d and there was no sign of the-presence of a n y but the regular• inmates of the house anjwhere. "If thee wi shes to go upstairs thee may do the lady said. . The officer saw little need of it, but he went up nevertheless, find ing nothing to strengthen his belief that the boy s had enter ed. Then he went away, apologizing for having disturbed the lady, who replied: "Thee has been very courteous, and I w ould recommend thy under officer to imitate thy con duct, and not go making eye s at and t r yin g to kiss every young p e r s o n he meet s ." "I will see that he doe s not, ma'am," and then the lieutenant left the little hou s e, and in a short time the lady released the boy s and said: "Thee can come out now. The men o f \var have gone." The boy s came out, and Dick said: ' "You have been very kind to us, but there is no reason vhy we should tax you furth er. We have friends down the strete, and we will go to them if you will lend u s something to put over our uniforms." "Rachel ill give thee some long coats, w h i ch will serve very well and, if it be not far, thee will be safe." "They will do nicely, thank you, and we are very grateful to you. Our sister s will want to know what has become of us, and. later we shall be better able to leave town." The demure-lo(lking maid brought the coats for the boys, and they shortly left the house , again thanking the good Quakeress for the s h e lter she had given them. Alice and Edith were greatly surprised to see the two boys, having an idea that they had already left the city and w e r e w ell on their way to the upper part of the island. "Why, I declare, where did you boy s c ome from?" a s ked Alice, in t he greatest surpr i se. "Where are the Liberty Boys?" "Gone, I trust," replied D i ck. " I left directions for Max k to get a way as soon a s p o ssi ble." "And you are le f t b eh in d?" gas ped Edith, as the boys threw off their long coats. . "You are in uniform, too," with a gasp. , "And the s t r eets full of redcoats," added Alice, "and sergeants and corporals and every one coming to the door and a sking if there are any rebels in the house." . "Yes, they asked that at Mrs. Miller's , " said Dick. "She put us in a place where even a weas el could not have found us." "Oh, I know that dear old Quaker lady u p tha street," said Stella. "But, girls, now t hat the boys are here, we must try and get you away at once. Mary and I can stay longer, but Dick and. Bob are in danger every minute they re main." "Very true," said Dick. "We have seen that,"


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE LIBERTY POLE 15 and he thereupon briefly related his own and bob' s adventures. . "I will speak about the coach." declared Mary, "and see about disguises. You can never go as you are." "No it would never do at all," laughed Stella. "I wili go and help Mary. Come in about five minutes. We will arrange for the coach everything." Then she and Mary went out, leaving Dick and Bob with their two sweethearts. "Stella i s a very clever girl,'' said Dick. "We will take the family coach, I siwpose. The old Quaker lady would have given us disguises to get out of the city, no doubt, if we had asked for them." "Well why didn't you, Dick?" asked Alice. "You have run a good deal less risk if you and Bob had gone alone." "Of course," added Edith. -"Did you suppose we would go away and leave you to get out of the city alone?" _asked Dick. "Oh we would have managed m s ome way, Dick,,' replied Alice. " Beside s , we are not of any importance and really stand in no danger." "Perhaps not, but we would ra.tHer sure of it. 'Ve must make our arrangements imme diately. Prepare for the trip at once so as to be ready by the time Bob and I return." With these words Dick left the room, Bob ac companying him. The two girls hastily packed their bags with. the aid of Stella Mary, and put on their bonnets and cloaks, haVlng completed their arrangements just as there came a knock on the door of their bed chamber. Edith opened the door,. an1 an lady standing without, hastily mv1ted her w1thm the room, at the same time telling Alice to bring forward a chair. Alice placed the chair and then went toward the door to assist the old lady, who seemed scarcely ab le to stand. Her form was bent, while a black l ace scarf was draped over her white hair and stooping . shoulders, the face being thrown forward, and therefore not plainly seen at fir s t sight. The ol d lady leaned heavily on the arms of the two girls, and at first made no attempt to answer their friendly and respectful inquiri es as to what they could do for her. Edith was all solicitude for her comfort, and after carefully seating her in a big easy-chair, drew forward a hassock and carefully placed it beneath her feet, but gasped a little at the si ze of them. In the meantime a peculiar expression stole over Alice' s bright, merry face, while a smile lurked in one corner of her mouth, as she watched Edith's care ful and gentle ministrations. A hand fumbled under the lace shawl into the pocket of the gown, and brought out a handkerchief, which the old lady put to her nose, coughing a little all the while. "Thank you, my children," she said, in a high, quavering voice, between intervals of coughing. "It i s always seemly for youth to tenderly care for the aged and feeble." Edith glanced up as she knelt on the floor with her hands still on the hassock, and answered in her gentle way, her fair, sweet face beaming with sympathy: "It is not only our duty, but our privilege," and was not a little horrified to hear Alice exclaim with her merry laugh: "Of course Edith thinks it's a duty as well as a privilege wait and tend on you like a b_aby, Bob Estabrook, but it's more than your sister Alice things !" "Alice! Bob!" exclaimed Edith, in astonishment. "At your service," replied Bob, risi ng. "Where's l)ick?" asked Alice, when she had recovered her composure. "Oh he's getting ready, and will be here in a There he is now!" he added, as a sec ond knock at the door was heard. Alice ran and opened the door to admit an apparently old man, with flowing silver locks, a long cloak, and walking painfully with. the aid . "Are you ready, my children?" he "Yes, grandfather,'' replied Alice, with becoming deference and re pect. "Stella Burgess, you are a wonder!" "Then we will proceed at once to leave this wicked and heathenish city," said Dick, laughing. "All i s ready for our departure." CHAPTER IX.-An Adventurous Ride. A coach was awaiting them at the door, and down the steps t o this the two girls led the seemingly tottering and d ecrepit pair, assisting them into the coach before they themselves entered, and then seating themse lves oppo;;ite to them, with their backs to the horses. "Are you sure you are quite comfortahle, grandfather?" asked Alice, with mock solici tude. "Quite so, h1y dear." "And you, grandm

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE LIBERTY POLE over the rough pavement prevented the coachman from overhearing the rather strange re mark to proceed from a feeble old lady ingly with one foot in the grave and dragging the other fast after it. "I must get a pass to get out of the ctiyt " sai d Dick. "How can you do it, brother?" asked Edith, a little anxiously. "I don'\; think we will have any difficulty about that. We are a very harmless-looking party, and at our age it would be very natural that we would want to avoid any commotion and excite ment." By this time they had approached the quarters of . one of General Robinson's aides, and halting in front of the house, Dick sent the driver to the door to ask for a pass for his fares, whom he had no reason to believe were other than they ' represented thems elves to be. There was some colloquy at the door, and then an orderly came out with the driver and advanced to the steps of the carriage. Immediately his eyes were fastened on the faces of the two girls, who were, by the way, remarkably pretty ones, and his observation of the supposedly octogenarian and his supposed consort was the most cursory. "Did you wish to pass the lines?" he inquired, pretending to. address Dick, while his eyes were on Alice. "Yes, indeed young man, and as quickly as rossible!" shrilled up a cracked, quavering voice. Judgment is overtaking this degenerate city, and we wish to get a.way from it while it is yet day, for the night cometh when the lions roar and the beasts of prey--" "And then there are the rebels, my dear," piped up another cracker; quavering voice on the other side. "Aren't they just as bad?" The young orderly laughed. "If you will give me your names, I will see that the pass is made ready," he said. "Oh, I didn't leave anything to chance, young sir; I got it writ right down here. All your captain has got to do is to put his i;iame to it, and ask him to do it immediately, and to be ll.S quick as possibl e, for there's no telling when them pe s ky rebels--" "Oh, you needn't fear the rebels, sir," the orderly hastened to assure the apparently terrorstricken old gentleman, "for we are in possession no w." "Well, I'd rather be out o' it than in it just now," was the perfectly truthful reply. They had but a few minutes to wait before the paper was brought back, duly signed, by the orderly himself, who wished for another look at the two girls' pretty faces. !Je got very little re ward for his trouble, however, for as soon as Dick saw the pass was in correct form and duly signeQ, he ordered the coachman to drive on as iapidly as possible. They were therefore allowed to go on at length, and made their way to a tavern half a mile farther on, where they stopped for dinner and to rest and feed the horses. The driver was a man t o be trusted, and Dick said to him as they halted: "Make your way as cautiously as you can when w e go on, and avoid the more traveled roads. Get up to Fort Washington and avoid meeting the enemy, although I have seen none so far as thil!I, but there are more enemies than one, and the redcoats may not be the only ones to be feared." ))ick and Bob and the two girls had dinner in a room by themselves, and we1e therefore safe from interruption and in no danger of spies. At length they set out again and went on for s ome little time without interruption. Then, in a shad ed road, where there was little travel and where the road was not seen for more than a short stretch, a number of rough-looking men sprang out and seized the horses. "Here, old daddy, give us all your money!" cried one evil-looking fellow, coming to the side of the coach, while another seized the driver, "and get out. Coaches are not for old folks no.w adays, but for them what can enjoy them." "Mercy!" screamed Bob, in a high key. "Giv e 'em all you've got, father, and let them go! " "Keep quiet!" snarled one. "Do you want to rouse everybody within forty miles?" Bob did not expect that 'his voice would carry that far, but he did think that he might attract some one's attention, and he continued to scream as before. "Shut up!" snarled one of the men, attempting to sei ze supposed old woman by the throat. In a moment Bob's fist shot out and took the fellow on the point of the jaw, felling him in an instant. Then two big pisotls were suddenly seen and at the same time Dick snatched the pistol1 from the hand of the robber at his side and put it to the man's head. The fellow tumbled backward in alarm, and Dick, springing to his feet seized the man beside the driver by the leg and pulled him down with no gentle hand. The driver, being now able to heip himself, jumped down, drew a brace of pistols, and .began firing right and left at. the robbers. "Highwaymen, are you?" he cried. "Well, I've got the sort of medicine for you fellows I" . Bob quickly got out of his long skirts and leaped from the coach, joining Dick, who had already done so, and now both boys pitched into the robbers and put them out of-the fight in a few minutes. "These fellows are no credit to either side " sputtered Bob, "and would rob both if they a chance. They ought to be hanged, the lot of .them!" The robbers having been disposed of, 'the boys now resumed their uniforms, reloading their pistols and went on. Su ddenly, peering out of the coach, Dick said: "There is some one ahead of us, and I am not certain whether they are friends or foes. I will get out and ascertain." Then the young captain ran ahead lightly, and at length saw through the trees a number of redcoats halted in the road. They were evi dently at s ome little loss where to go, being unacquainted with the roads in this part of the island, and were deliberating which direction they ought to take. Dick hurried back and said to the driver: "Go back a little and you will find an almost blind lane which will bring you well to oneside of this road, where there are redcoats at '-the present moment. :Make as little noise as po .. slble."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE LIBERTY POLE 17 The man obeyed, and .they were soon

18 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE LIBE.RTY POLE without their company, and yet glad for their sakes that they had gone. CHAPTER XL-Terrible News. Several days passed, and at length Washington sent for Dick and said: "Captain, I wish ycu to go to the city and obtain certain information for me. I wish to know what Howe intends doing, and also to sen d a communication to a friend of the cause in the city, and I know of no one better qualified to do the errand than yours elf. " "I will do my best, Y .our excellency," replied Dick ' . The commander-in-chief then gave Dick his instructions, and the young captain at once se t about procuring a disguise and preparing for the expedition . It was late afternoon when he ,;et out, but he thought that he ought to reach the city that evening unless serio u s delays should interfere. He had the pass which he had obtained in leaving the citv, and he dressed himself i n the same disguis e, rid:ng a good but not strik ing-looking horse, and lookin g like an old gentleman traveling to see h is family. His appearance and his pass insured him respectful treatment on the way, and he got through the lines without difficulty. He reached the city in the early evening and went at once to the quiet little inn where he had procured his disguise last in the city, the landlord knowing him when he entered. "Why, captain, I would never have supposed that you could so alter your appearance,'' he said, when Dick made himself known. "It was quite necessary," Dick made reply, as he removed his wig. "l see that the Liberty Pole is still standing. I would have thought that the enemy would have taken it down by this time." "Captain Cunningham has been too busy persecuting patriots and putting people in pris on,'' was the reply. "Captain Cunningham? He is the man whom the Liberty Boys fought?" \. "Yes, and a brutal, ignorant fellow. He is provost marshal, keeper of the p rovost prison, and a thorough scoundrel. Heaven pity the poor fellows who fall into h is hands!" "So he is a captain and a jailer? And this is the man who was publicly whipped at the foot of the Liberty Pole not so long ago? Truly our enemies make strange choice of the men they put in high positions!" "The man is a brutal, unprincipled, cruel, scoundrelly fellow, captain, and you must take every precaution not to fall into his power, for your doom would be certain if you did." "Yes, for no doubt he will remember the argument we had under the Liberty Pole and would never forgive my part in it. " Dick had his supper, changed his disguise and went out for a short time to call upon the general's correspondent. He saw the latter, delivered his letters, and promised to come again the 11ext day for an answer. He was on John street when some one came up with a to:t:ch to light an <>fficer and h is lady to their carriage, which blocked the way. The light fell on the face of a man stan

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND -THE LIBERTY POLE 19 had been wamed away from it as yet. Dick was watching it at a safe distance, knowing which way it would fall, and thinking little of anything else, when he saw a man approaching and at once recognized Migglestone. The man did not recognize him at first, but suddenly a gleam came into his face, and he darted forward, ex-claiming: "Hallo I Here is Dick-" "Stand from under!" came a shout at that moment, and men began running in all directions as the pole was seen to fall. The pole fell with a crash, but even if the Liberty Pole were down, the reign of liberty was by no means over, and was destined to be resumed day, when the brutal Cunningham and men like him would be swept from power. "Migglestone seems determined to capture me," muttered Dick, "but perhaps I may. capture him and carry him out of the city to meet the sen tence which was so nearly being passed upon h . " ' im. He made his way to the inn, where he remained till evening to see and to make the walk less gruesome, his heart being heavy with grief at the thought if the impending fate of the brave young captain. In something less than an hour he anived in the vicinity of the mansion, where he could see lights in many rooms, and at times hear the sounl!I. of laughter and of merriment. "And just beyond lies that poor fellow con ilemned to death!" he murmured sadly. The house and grounds were guarded, but he managed to get over a wall undetected, and approached the greenhouse, where he saw a light. He changed hfa position at length with the utmost caution when was at the end of his beat, and was thus able to see into the greenh ouse, where he saw, the prisoner sitting at a t able writing. He recognized Nathan Hale in a moment, and felt an almost uncontrollable de sire to dash forward, strike down the guard and effect the unhappy n1an's escape. He knew that his was impossible, and he controlled himself hen the sentry came closer and was joined by others. He saw Hale's face for a moment as it was turned toward him, and marveled at the lo ok of calm resignation upon it, the man's brave soul seeming t o shine out from his eyes as the c oncealed patriot saw them for an instant. The c ondemned man went on with his writing, and Dick did not see his face again, and, after a considerable wait, during which it seemed more than once as if he must be discovered, he crept away, reached the wall and y!ade his way out of the giounds. He could do 1lothing, and he felt a terrible sadness seize him as he made his way toward the road and away from the place. "This might have been my own fate!" he murmured as he went on. "I can do nothing for him, but he is i esigned and he will die a hero's death and live forever in the hearts of all true patriots." There were soldiers on the road and Dick had 0 avoid them, there were evil-minded men laughing and singing in drunken glee as he went on, and there were night watchmen still farther, all cf whom must be kept out of the way, so that it was late when he at last reached the inn and made his way to bed. In the morning he made .his way toward the provost jail where the monste1• Cunningham now held sway, and, mingling with the crowd about the forbidding place, listened to the talk going on all about him. The prisoner had been delivered to Cunningham, he learned, and was to be hanged that morning. What he did not learn then was that the brutal keeper had refused the condemned man the use of a Bible or the offices of a clergyman, and had even destroyed the letters which Howe had permitted him to write ft)his mofher and sisters. At length the1e was a great stir about the jail, and the crowd was driven back by the guards as the gates op_ened and the death procession issued. The unforunate man was taken to Rutger's orchard and hanged upon an apple tiee, a strong guard being placed about him. Dick did not witness the final hagedy, his heart being too full, but he did hear Hale say in a clear, firm voi ce: "I only regret .that I have but one life to gi v e to my country," and then his arms were pinioned to his side and the fatal noose placed about his neck. Then Dick turned away and slipped unobserv ed through the crowd. Sometime later he met Mig glestone coming out of a tavern not far from the provost jail, the man coloring crimson as he recognized him. "They have just hanged a rebel spy," he laugh-ed uneasily. "Take good care that you do not meet the same fate!" said Dick angrily, and with one bl<>w he felled the man to the ground and made his es cape. He went to the inn, changed his diSguise, and then went to see the correspondent, finding that the latter had secured all the information he could, and that there was no need of his remaining longer in the city, where there were so many perils to be encountered. He therefore went to the inn and prepared to take his departure without delay. He assumed the disguise of the old man, concealing his papers and dispatches partly in his hat and partly in his long coat, taking care to have them well stitched into the lining. He rarely carried papers, knowing the danger of doing so, butin this instance he could not avoid it, and so took every precaution against discovery. He had his pass, and his disguise was one of the best he had ever had, and he doubted that even Migglestone would recognize him should they chance to meet. He set out shortly after noon, going to the west of the Commons and possing the place where the Liberty Pole had stood, Cunningham having had it cut up and carted off to use as firewood, continued toward village, going at an easy jog, which suited his appearance. At a tavern in the old village, where he stopped for a few minutes, he saw the spy regaling himself with a number of companions, one or two of whom were ied coats. Migglestone saw him, but had J!O idea he was, and Dick heard him say .as he was gomg away: "These rebels aie giving us a lot of trouble and I think I shall have to go up to the othe; end of the island and find out a few things about th.em." "You did not catch the king spy of the Lib erty Boys, did you, Hillyer?" laughed one of the redcoats. "No, he did not," said another, "and but f<11


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE LIBE . RTY POLE the confusion the day the rebels got away, he wo u ld not be sitting here now." "They gave me one or two nasty scratches," snarled t'he spy, "and I owe Dick Slater a grudge for that." "You met him ';his morning al so , 1 understand, and he floored you finely," laughed one of the men in ordinary clothes. "I'll get the fellow yet!" hissed the spy. "He has not left the city 'yet, and I am sure to catch him." JJick went for his hors e, mounted, wrote a line or two on a bit of paper, folded it, and handed it to a groom as he rode out of the yard. "Gi\e that to Mr. Migglestone," he said, and then h e rod e on . 'What he had written on the paper which the spy read abo u t ten minutes l ate)> was : "Yo u r boa s t is an idle bne. I have left the city. The old daddy at the tavern sends you his compliments. DICK SLATER." Dick passe d the fir s t line s without trouble, and went on le isurely till he reached the upper line s . Here his pass was scrutinized, but the guards could find nothing in the appearance o f the old pass to cause s u spici on , and he was finally allo wed to pass. , "I have got to get around the troops farther on," he said to himself. "Some of the boy s may b e f:couting about, and in that ease I can make myself known and get to a place of safety." He passe d the las t guards, but on the end of the plain met a number of redcoats, who stopped him and began asking him q uestion s. "How do we know that y ou not a rebel?" asked one. "Wull, I don't really see how you know anything," Dick retorted, in a high, cracked voic e . "Fur's appearanc e s go I should say you didn't know nothin'." The other redcoats laughed, and Dick con tinued: "I 'spect you think I'm a spy, don't you?" The idea s eemed s o absurd to all the redcoats that they laughed uproariou sly, and while the y were full of their merrim ent Dick rode on . . Then it suddenly occurred to on e that the idea was not so absurd after a ll, and he muttered ex citedly: "By George I I d on't know that the old daddy wasn't right!" "What do you mean?" the rest asked. "Why, they say that Dick Slater c a n ll;Ssume any disgui se, and h e i s as likely to l o ok hke an old man as a young one. I am not so sure that we should not have searched the old daddy after all." "After him, then!" cried the leader, and in a moment the l'ed co ats were all in hot cJ:iase . Dick saw the move and went on at a gallop, de termined that th.ey should not ove rtake him. He rode as no old man of his appearance would ever ride, and the redcoats' suspicions were 11.roused in a moment On he went at ' a dash, and shortly discovered some of the Liberty Boys at a little d istance. Dashing on at a still 'faster pace, he presently waved hi s hat, and Bob, who was with the boys, excitedly "Jove! there is Dick, boys, with the redcoats in full chase. We must rescue him!" In a moment the plucky fellow s were racing toward Dick and now the young ceptain turned in his and fired .at the enemy, hitting the foremost redcoat in the shoulder, giving him an ugly wound and him out of the thus throwing the rest mto great confusion. On he dashed, and the Liberty Boys drawing nearer and nearer every mo ment. "Liberty forever, Bob!" he shouted, waving his hat again a n d going on at a rush. The boys cheered, and the seeing that there was very little chance of their catching Dick and that it must come to a fight between them' and the Liberty Boys, halted and then fell back the young captain shortly joining the boy s . "If I had not seen you in that very rig I would never have known you, Dick," laughed Bob, as they went on. "You had a lively run for it, didn't you?" "Yes, B o b, and I have more than one such since I saw you last. Captam Hale has been cap tured and was hanged as a spy to-day. It might have been myself, Bob," impressively. "That is a sad blo w to our cause, Dick." "Yes but there are othe r lives to be given up if need' be, and he has not died in vain." The boys m a de their way to the camp, where Dick put on his uniform and went without delay to report, delivering his and and relating the sad event which he had wit ness e d. , Washington was greatly affected, and Dick re mained in silence . and with hi s head bowed un til the general at last said: "You have done well, Captain Slater, and I thank you." Dick then saluted and withdrew. A few days later a British spy was caught try ing to make drawings of the American works and was promptly taken into custody. Upon being searched, the most incriminating evidence was found upon him and he was taken before the gene1al. He was trie d, found guilty and sentenced to be hanged as a spy within twenty-four hours . Dick hear d -of it, went to see the man, and recogn.ized Migglestone. "It was ou r old enemy, Bob. He has made one venture too many, and i s in the toils at last." Some days later the Liberty Boys were ordered to go to lower Westchester to check the move of Howe, who had sent a number of regulars and Hessians to t r y to get b ehind the patriots a t King's B r idge , and so menace Fort Washington. There was plenty of fighting for the brave fel lows after that, and in every encounter with the enemy they s howed the same courage and de termination which had so far characterized them and which they never put a s ide. Next week's issue will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE MASKED SPY; OR, THE MAN OF MYSTERY." Send us a one-ce n t stamp to cover postage, and ,,,e will mail you a copy of "Moving Picture Stories."


THE LIBERTY B OYS OF "76" 21 C U R RENT PINEAPPLE FOR' 40,000 KRONE?-[ A man walked into the bar of one of the big hotels in Vienna and placed a pineapple on the table. "One pound sterling or 40,000 kronen," h e said .. There was no sale, but the incident serve s to illustrate the chaotic idea of values prevalent there. An Austrian . sme ll e d it gratefully, remarking: the first one I have seen s ince 1914." BURIED TREASURE The police and the s heriff's office are trying to solve the problem of how bar silver worth between $3,500 and $4,000 came to be buried on the farm of L ewis Salmon, on the eas t bank of the Niagara River, near Lasalle, N. Y. Salmon called on a Buffalo jeweler one day with a sample of the metal, which he had turne d up with a spade. Learning that it was real bul lion, Salmon reported bis find to the police, and accompanied by an officer, returned to the farm. They dug up 44 bars, each six inches long, three inches wide and half an inch thick. The soil NEW S !;bow e d no signs that the bu llion hac! l;!' 1e bnried. The bars were fou11d at varyi n g dep t h s fro m one to four feet below the surfac e of the g ro und. ' KILLS BIG BEA R Mor timer Durst, near Bittinger, Ganett Coun ty, Md., a black b ear that d ressed 300 poun d s . The animal was fat and apparently about three years old. Durst, accompanied by hi s n ephew , Kenneth D urst, h a d followed the trail of the animal all day and came upon it on the east s l ope of Mea dow Mountain as the anim a l was sunning himself, and with one shot from hi s r ifle despatched him. This was at a rugged spo t near Dunlap's Camp, not far from Bi g Run. Thetwo men dragged the body to the foot of the hill to a sle d and hauled it to the Durst farm, where it was d r e ssed . This i s thought to have be en the same bear that one night last Nov ember vi sited the Durst farm and carried away a 100 pound hog. It is thought he had returned for a second feast of p ork when D urst got on his trail. LOOk! "Mystery No. 107, Out April 15th , Contains: A FEATURE STORY: . "HELL'S HINGES." . By Hamilton Craigie. . A SERIAL: . ''THE VOICE OF HORROR." IN T W O PARTS . By Ger a r d and Beatrice Luisi. FOUR SHORT STORIES: . . "HAUNTING EYES, " b y Jack J. Gottlieb; "THE HOUSE-BREAKER,'' by W ill A. W ilkinson; " THE MOUSE ," by M e rritt L. All en; "TW O BURNS A N D A SHORT-CIRCUIT," by Ear l No rto:a. AND A S CI ENTIF IC ARTICLE: "PHRENOL OGY." B y R u ss ell Raym on d Voorhees . THE M I S C ELLANEO US M ATTER CONSISTS O F : THE S IAMESE A P ECULIAR PEOPLE -THE WE IGHT OF SPECIE EMERGENCIES FOR LAWYERS BABY IN WELL SAVE D BY V O ICE OF M OTHER CURIO SITIES O F NATURE-A M O NKEY PIC K PO CKET -A CURIOUS S ALT WELL "GHOST" IS J UST RA D IO MESMER IZED BY LION FLO ATING FISH POND-LATHES 210 FEET LONG PREHISTORIC FREIGHT " GHOST" IN CALIFORNIA COLOR OF GR O UND AFFECTS PLANTS A WIL D WOMAN A J ERSEY GHOST MYSTERY CHEST OPEN ELE.PHANT S RA ID A S T A TIO N-GOLD BEARING SAN DS. AN D ALL THIS FOR . TEN CENTS GET A COPY F ROM :YOUR NEWSDEALER


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" Bellville Academy Boys -OR-VICTQRIE.5 OF TRACK AND FIELD By RALPH .MORTON (A Serial Story) CHAPTER XX.-(Continued.) This time he brought do\vn a hammer blow, w ith his left which would have . broken Dan's collar bone had i t landed w here mtended. But the l a d stepped to one side, and Squibb s to hi knee s with the momentum of his own swing. 1 d t 'bl Here had b een Dan's chance to an a erri e c r ack. . But our her o was not s o mmded. He had a different idea of-boxing matches , and he waited until the other was up. Then with' a shout, which rang the s tilled gymnasium in a manner which alarmed tl}e s p ectators, he the v isitoi: once more, with hi s two hands straight b e fo r e him . . That is a tactic which generally carne s all be fo r e it if the a ssailant be h eavy and strong enough' to force his char ge or overcome the resi stance of the other de spite his punishment. But with Dan it did not work. . The lad simply droJ>ped to one knee and sent a ri p pin()' upper-cut, straight from his shoulder, under other's arms, and straight into the pit of hi s o p p onen t ' s stomach. Squibb s a cry, and back! then he clinched wi t h Dan, and was Jabbmg him repeatedly on the back belo w the belt, regardless of all boxi n g rules . "Stop this!" cried the referee , rushing up s ep arating them, "you are ordere d off the rmg. I award this to Bellville on your fouls I" "You lie!" cried the Squibbs , as he turned s uddenly and sent a brutal blow straight into t he face of the unsuspecting referee. The man sank back over theropes unconscious. Ther e went up a great outcry from the entire audience at this , and the gymnasium re-echoed with hisses and groans for .the Redmond boxer who bad disgra ced his own school. "Put him out of the ring!" "Shame on Squibbs I" Several fellows started over the rope s as Squibbs glared defiantly around, puffing and panting, with red face, . as his s till in. flamed him to a passion which was almo s t mur-derous. "You curs ; any one t ouch me and I'll kill them!" cried Squibbs. "I'm going to figh t this match out if I die doing it!" . Dan laughed, but not with mirth. His own battling blood was up. "Come out of the ring, Dan," cried Sammie. "Don't mix it .UP wi t h a c rook e d boxer." "Not yet," s a id Dan. "I'm going t o g iv e t his 'fellow a les s on no w . He may be s t me on points, but when he s tart s in for rough-and-tumble fis t work, I'll give him a few ABCs. C om e o n , you big bully!" The entire audie nce yelled with e x citement, as the big bully took the invitation. It w a a t hrilling on s et1 CHAPTER XXI. Dan D e li ve r s a Lesson In Boxi n g. "Now it i s nip and tuck between them," said Sammie, eage rly, a s be w a tched his r oomm a t sail belligerently to w a r d the b i g fig hter, w h o had expected such an eas y victory. The crowd of Redmond Academy students a n d the throng of visitors in the gymnasium held their. tongues now; every one watche d this cu r iou s bat-tle with bated breath. The superintendent of the A cademy had sta t-ted to intercede, but one of the instructors had stop him, with the suggestion that inasmuch the contest had been allowed to g o s o far i t w ou l d be wise to let it 'fini s h, fo r the s ake of justice . Squibb s , the Redmond bully, made ano t her s a v age rush at Dan Barnett. Our h ero merely laughed with h is g r im h umor, as he duck e d his head, and in the clinch which follo wed , h e m anage d to send his head with such telling force a gains t the charging op ponent that Squibbs gas ped fo r b reath. He drew back, with his arms up for defen s e . But Dan suddenly sho.t out a straight-arm jab from the shoulder which made the big fell o w wince, a s it grazed his high c h e e k-bone w i t h sting-ing force. "You've got him scared!" cried Sammie. The Redmond fighter heard thes e wo r d s, and they drove him to still greater fury. "You've got me scared nothing!" snarled he . Raising bo t h arms straight befo r e h im h e mad a bull-like charge at Dan. His grea t strength, a r m length and superior weight would c arry all befo r e him, he calc ulated. He would crus h down oppo s i t io n a t the r isk of on hard blow, and then beat the Bellvill e l a d int

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" IT EMS OF INTER EST 23 -'DEPOSITORS TO BE FINGER-PRINTED All postal savings depositors must now be fin ger-printed; this supplements the p1'esent method of identification and safeguards both the paying postmaster and the depositors. The system was inaugurated on December 15th, and the prints are taken whenever an account is opened or interest or principal paid. Care is taken to disabuse the minds of depositors of any connection between this procedure and criminology; those who al ready have accounts will register their finger prints in the first transaction following the in stallatio n of the system. SENT HIM A MULE'S HEAD On his summer trip Frank Brown of Independ ence, Mo., got an elk and ordered the head mounted. He was expecting it one day last week, and when a big box arrived by express he procured a hatchet, nail puller and derrick and hastened to open it up. The boys gathered around to watch, and when the box was carefully open e d the ex celsior and straw removed, there wa s the head of a grinning mule with dead jumpson weeds for branching antlers . Thof;e who saw it pronounce.rl Abbott of St. Lawrence, while he was out hunting. Returning to town with his find he showed the pennies to friends, and a. partv returned to the spot where the coins were picked np and made a thorough search which resulted in the finding of more coppers bearing the date 1800. These coins were found near a large .. rock and investigation revealed what was. thought to have been the remains of a small leather pouch, prob ably of buckskin. It is known that s.ums were lost near where Miller now is located during the early days of stage lines express. THE BITE OF THE GILA MONSTER Natural Historyhas an instructive litt1e al'ticle , on the Gila Monster. Authorities differ as to the deadliness of its bite; but no really authentic case of human death from this source has been forth coming. The poison is fatal, but it s eems that the animal i s unprovided with means for ejecting it; the glands are in the under side of the mouth, imperfectly connected with the teeth, as Dr. Leo Loeb points out, liquids won't flow uphill. One . Gila monster was adopted as a playfellow by a five-year-old girl, and never offere d to bite her; another, after being safely handled by a museum attendant for a year, inflict.ed the worst bite on record, but the man reeovered . The poison seems generally to be wiped off before it can enter the wound. JEWELS WORTH $1.000 RESCUED FROM SEWER Diamonds worth $1,000 belonging to Mrs. Ed wal'd Van Riper were recovered the other day by the street cleaning force of Paterson, N. J., an hour after Eddie Van Riper dropped his mother's chamois jewel case down a pipe in the bathroom. Mrs. Van Riper was so relieved when. one of Paterson's veteran street cleaners emerged from a muddy manhole canying the stained jewel case that s he fainted. When Mrs. Van RiJ>e r telephoned to her hus band that Eddie, their 6-year-old son had found the jewel case on the top of the refrigerator and pl.ayfully slipped it down the drainpipe, Mr. Van Riper. telephoned to I;awrence T. Street Supermtendent, who dispatched a crew in a fast automobil e to the Van Ripe home . A manhole was opened, a fin e screen placed across the sewer and the main flushed with a fire :1ose. "Mystery Magazine" _ SE1\p-MONT1ILY 10 CENTS A COPY LATEST ISSUE.,; 92 FRIDAY A'r TWELVE. by Stagg 93-., BY THE LEFT HAND. by Hamilton Crnlgle. 94 THE MELODY OF Dll:ATH. by .lack Recbrlolt 95 THE 'rRICK OF THE GREAT YEN HOW by W H. O•horne. ' • 96 AT MORIARTTY'S. hv Fred E. Shuey. 97 S'l'AR OF THE FILMS, by Jack Bech-98 COPNTERFEIT CLUES, by Chas. F. Oursler. 99 THE CROSS, by W . S . Ingram. 100 A SECRET SERVICE MYSTERY, by Hamilton . Crnlgi<' anrt Elliot 101 A CRIMSON PRICE, hy Elllott Lester. 102 THE INSPECTOR'S STRANGE CASE, by Gottlieb Jacobs. 103 A MPSF.l'M MYSTJDRY. hy .lack Bechdolt. 10-l 'I'HF, LTT'l'T.R RP.D ROOK. by Alexander Yonng. 10!\ A MAN FROM ST AM. hy C'hnrleR Fulton Oursler. 106 The Clue of tbe Emerald Ring, by Beulah Poynter. The FamooM Detective Story Out To-day In No. 107 le_,..., HELL'S HINGES By HAMILTON CRAIGIE • HARRY E . WOLFF, Publisher, Inc.; 166 West 23<1 Street, New York City "Moving Picture Stories" A lllagBzine Devoted to Photoplnys and Playen PRICE SEVEN CENTS PER COPY Each number contains Four Stories of the Best Films on tbe Screens Elegant Half-tone Sc<'nes from the PIPys Interestln-Articles About Prominent People In Films Doings 'of Actors nnd Actresses In the Studios anrl Lessons In 8cenarlo Writing. HAltltY E. \VOLFF, Pnhlisht'r, Inc., H6 West 2Sd Street, New York ()lty


24 THE L'IBERTY BOYS • OF "76" Hearts and Diamonds By KIT CLYDE Carter, Blake & Co., dealers and importers of diamonds and other precious stones, w.ere unusually busy at Christmas times. They decided to e mploy some more men. Cyril Chester saw in this his opportunity to obtain a position. His uncle, Abner Blake. junior member of the firm , had promised him the first vacancy. Cyril at once applied to Mr. Blake, and was made a salesman in the store. Cyril was twenty-two, quite poor, and in love; so he determined to devote himself very earnestly to his busi ness. hoping that application lead to hls promotion, and ultimately enable him to marry Florence Titus, to whom he had been serectly engaged for almost a ye ar; in fact ever since he was graduated from college. . As their engagement had never been announced Florence still had several suitors for her hand. Among others a certain Wilson Clide, who de spised Cyril because he saw Florence preferred him beyond all her other lovers. Clyde was also employed by Carter, Blake & Co. He was superintendent of e repairing depart-ment. , One early in the new year, Mr. Blake sent for Cyril to some to his private office. When the latter entered he said: "Cyril, we have just finished the resetting of Mrs. Candor's very valuable diamonds, and we dare not trust them to the mail o r express company, so we want you t o start to-night for Pitts burg and carry them to her. It will be better to let no one know of your departure or errand, a . the are valued at "ixty thousand dollars. You can take them in a little valise and--" Here Mr. Blake stooped and whispered something into Cyril' s ear, for at that moment Wilson Clide had entered to ask some question about an order he had just received. Aftel' Cyril left the office in the afternoon he had only time to bid Florence a hasty good-by and hurry for the evening train to Pittsburg. Just as the train was starting a young boy D<>arded it and took a seat almost opposite Cyril in the drawing-room car. For a while Cyril read, looking up every now and then t o watch the young boy who sat opposite aBd wh ose face seemed to him to be somewhat familiar; then, too, the boy acted so strangely -he seemed to be suffering from some great and suppresse d excitement, which, though he did his best to hide it, exhibited itself in the anxious glances he ca8t about the car and his restless manner. Finally th_e boy arose and went to the end of the car where the smoking compartment was. Cyril, growing tired of his book, decided to have a cigar, and suiting his action to his wish, also went to the smoking compartment, again sitting opp osite the young boy . He looked in vain for a match. Finally the boy whom he had before noticed came to his rescue and offered him a light. After this they began a conversation which lasted until Cyril became so sleepy he decided to g o to his berth. The young man remained in the smoker, saying that he was not a bit sleepy. "But you are yawning dreadfully, sir," said Cyril, smiling. The boy seemed embarrassed by this goodnatured speech, but answered: "That is merely a habit I have. I often yawn, but I never go to bed before two o'clock, and that is two hours yet. However, don't let me detain you. Good-night." "Good-night,'' said Cyril, departing. When he awakened in the morning, the sun was shining brightly, and the t rain was just entering Pittsburg. Cyril took a cab, and directing the coachman to drive to Mrs. Candor's, who lived .in Oakland, he proceeded to open his valise and look at the diamonds, to assure himself of their safety. He gave a cry or horror as he perceived that they were gone. Hastily springing from the cab he returned to the station. He asked the conductor about the young man who had talked with him in the smoking compartment the night before. The conductor said that that passenger had gotten out at a little town about thirty miles be low Pittsburg with another man. Cyril then told the conductor o f the robbery and sent telegrams all around to stop the thief. All day he waited in the Pittsburg depot. Gradually the answers to the telegrams came back to him, but they contained po clue of the young man. No one had seen any such person at any time. Crestfallen and unhappy, Cyril returned to New York. He arrived there about nine o'clock, and going at once to Carter, Blake & Co., sought out Mr. Blake in his private office and told him the whole story-his suspicions of the young man and his fruitless search for him. While they were talking Wilson Clide entered. His gray hair and pale face s eemed to Cyril to be whiter even and paler than before he left. Cyril's mental comment was: "He has proposed to Florence and been rejected. Tha t is why he looks so badly." "I have just received a telegram from Mrs. Candor saying the diamonds were not d elivere d yesterday as promised. Have they been sent?" asked Wilson Clide, looking from one to the other. Then Mr. Blake toid him the entire story, first taking care to send Cyril from the room. For though he doubted him, he felt sorry for him. . Mr. Carter was called in, a hurried council was held, an officer summoned, and Cyril arrested and borne off to a prison cell. He begged to be allowed to call and say a few words to Florence. The request was denied.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" 25 "She would not wish to see you-a thief,'' said WilsonClide, with ill-concealea malice. "How dare you--" cried Cyril, raising his cane. • He would have struck Clide had not Mr. Car-ter interf erred. The officer led him down the steps. "You have forgotten your hat, Mr. Chester," a id Clide, following him to the door. "No matter," said Cyril, "passing down the street. Just as he turned the corner he looked back and saw Clide kick the offending hat into the stxee t with great vehemence. "He don't seem to like you,'' said the officer. "Hardly,'' replied Cyril, sadly. The trial was almost over. Cyril found his chances for acquittal less and Jes s. Clide h a d sworn falsely, but so well that Cyril sa w the e stablishment of his innocence further and furt her away. Cyril buri ed bis face in his hands, and thought bitterly of his ruined life and Florence. " The1e is one moi e witness," said the law)rer f o r the defense. Cyril looked up. Wilson Clide turned deadly pale, and seemed a s if he would faint as Florence stepped upon the tand. She was duly sworn in. "Y-0ur name , miss?" "Florence Titus ." "Your age?" "Nineteen. " "Your residence?" "N ci. 135 West ---street." "Will you kindly tell u ' s all you know about this diamond robbery?" " Mr. Clide and Mr. Chester are both friends of mine. Last week Mr. Clide-" "I object!" cried the opposing lawyer, rising. "You r honor, I object." " O mit that part,'' then said the judge, turning to F lorence and speaking gently to her. "But I can' t tell my story otherwise," the witne;;s answered , turning suddenly pale. There was some little confusion here caused by the attempt of Mr. Clide to leave the court and make his way through the crowd. T h e witness continued her story. . "About a week ago Mr. Clide proposed to me. 1ejected him upon the ground that I was alrea engage d to M r . Chester. l\fr. Clide grew angry, and vowed to be revenged on Mr. Chester." Again the objection was raised to her testimony, again the objection was removed, and she was perm itted to tell her story in her own way. " Mr. Clide, after he left me, wrote two letters, e.i dently. One was for me, and the other for a per s on called Jock. Mr. Clide evidently sent my le t ter to Jock, and Jock's to me. It is here, and I tllink will materially aid in clearing Mr. Chester." The letter was produced. It read thus: "DEAR J ocx.-Your scheme is good. Besides :making us rich, it will aid me in a little personal revenge. Take them and get Chester accused. He goes to Pittsburg on Thursday. They are in a valise, small, black, marked H. H. C. You1s, "WILSON. C." "Arrest that man," cried the judge, pointing to Wilson Clide, who sat shivering in a corner. "But he is innocent; he did not commit the r obbery-the thief was another man-the jewel s-" cried Florence, 'very much agitated. But the judge interrupted her, saying: "\here are they?" "In my pos s ess ion,'' was her answer, and then in the m9st unexpected manner she fainted away and had to be removed from the courtroom. A recess waB announced. Cyril, more dead than alive, and completely astounded by what he had 11eard, was borne back to his cell. Florence was placed under arrest-as an ac complice. The court reassembled . Florence, having recovered fr. om his faintness, continued her testimony-it was as follow s : "Having received that I decided .to save the diamonds, so I dressed in boy's clothe s." , Here she paused and blushed furiously, then continued: ' "I succeeded in getting the train just as it left the station. My plan was to keep Mr. Chester awake all night by talking to him, for this purpo se. I succeeded in getting him in conversation. I took all the matches from the match-box in the smoking car, and Mr. Chester had to apply to me for a light for lus cigar. After that we talked, but about twelve o'clock Mr. Chester got sleepy and went to bed. I was in despair. I retired to my berth, which was just opposite hi s , and watched. Finally I saw someone moving in the berth above Mr. Chester's. I knew it was Jock, so, anticipating him, I stole out and, drawing the little vali'se from under Mr. Chester's head, retired to my own berth. I took out the jewels and returned the valise. I decided that I would restore them to Mr. Chester in the morning. Just then the train stopped at some little sta tion. I saw the man Jock leave the car. I followed. He disappeared into the darkness. I followed him for a few steps and then, deciding that it was useless, I started to return to the train. It was too late-the train was gone. I had been so interested in Jock I had forgotten all else. There was nothing for me to do but wait until morning, as the station. was closed for the night, of course. The diamonds w,ere in my pocket. About sir o'clock the stationmaster came. I was then in my woman's clothes, as I had a dress and a waist in the valise which hung from a strap over my shoulder. He took me home, and his wife gave me some breakfast. The next day I returned to New ork. I was too tired to come before, and too weak. And-anp that is all." "You are a brave girl," said the judge; Cyril and Florence are to be married in the spring. For though Clide's game was clever and his diamonds well played, still Florence played her hearts better. Send us a one-cent stamp to cover postage, and w:e will mail you a copy of "Moving Picture Stories."


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Its upper com partment exhausts itself of sand in just three minutes; with one eye on the glass, the telephone user sells when the time is almost up, and can speed up his business accordingly, so that the talk may be finished within the specified three minutes of the long-distance call: A DRIVE ON THE PRAIRIE DOG In Niobrarn County, Wyoming, prairie dogs infest 200,000 acres of farm land; each dog means a Joss of more than $1 a year. The Biological Survey is cooperating with landowners to clean up these colonies of pests; in one such clean-up 99 per cent. of the animals were destroyed. F.ree bait is furnished for government land, and county commissioners give financial help in the smaller sections. AXE FOR FOREST GIANTS Three oak trees, estimated to be more than 200 y ears old, have been cut down in the business district of Valparaiso, Ind., to make way for a n e w business building. The three trees are fully seventy-five feet tall and three feet through at the base. It is estimated the trees contain eighteen cords of wo o d and fence p osts. Many years ago hundreds of these giants of the f orest steod on the present site of the city, but they have given way to the progress of civiliza t ion. At the Court House Square, in the center of the business district, four of the tref!s remain. WONDERS OF THE MIDNIGHT SUN There is always mystery and witchery to the pe o ple of temperate climes i n thinking of the Land of the Midnight Sun, and acco ul\ts b y trave lers who have witnessed its rare beauties are welcome as a page from s ome romance . F r o m the end of May to the last days of July \n Norway and S weden the sun shines day and BOYS O F "76 " night without g1vmg place to darknes s. The stars are never seen during this time of continuous daylight, and the moon shines pale and cold . Summer is so short that the wild flowers have _ just enough time to grow, to bloom and t o fade, and the fatmer is barely able to gather in his harvest, which, h owever, is s ometimes nipped by a s ummer frost . The midnight s u n passes, and a few weeks later the hours of s unshine shorte n rapidly, the air bec o mes chilly and the nights col der, although the sun is warm during the day. All this happens by the middle of August, and then the grass t u r n s yellow, the leaves change their color, wither and fall; the swallows and other migrating birds fly southward; twilight comes again, bringing stars, one b y one , w h ich n o w shine brightly m the pal e blue sky; the moon appears again. as q ueen o f the night, lighting and cheering the long, dark days of the Scandinavian winter. LAUGHS K nicker-What is a swimming hole? BockerA body of water entirely surrounded by boys. "That's a terrible noise in the nursery Mol lie," said her mistress. "What is the U:atter? Can't you keep baby quiet?" "Sure mum" replied Mollie . "I can't keep him quiet ' le s s 'I let him make a noi se." were son:e .que stions ii:i geography required m the prehmmary exammations for law students who aspired to admission to the bar. Among them was: "Name ten animals that live in the Arctic zone." One young man wrote "Five polar bears and five seals." Mrs. Aid Society is going t o g ive a church social at the church. Lansing'An other.? Why, you just had one las t week. Mrs. Lansmg-I know. It did not pay expe n s e s s o we're giving another to make up the deficit of the last one. "Colonel Brown seems to be very literary " re marli:ed a visitor to the Brown household to the negro maid, glancing at a pile of magazines lying o n the floor. "Yes, ma'am," replied the ebgi,rl, ma'am! he sholey am literary. He Jes nat ally httahs thmgs all ovah dis yere house." He was a simple looking lad and he annoyed the busy by standing inquisitively near he forge, where he was very much in the way. Finally the blacksmith held a red hot iron suddenly under the boy's nose, h oping to frighten him away. ''Say, mister," said the boy, unabashed, "if you'll give me a dime I'll lick it." The smith took a dime from his pocket and held it out. Whereupon the simple looking lad took the coin, licked it and walked away whistling. Sen d u s a one-ce n t stamp to cover postage;. and we will mail y ou a co p y of "Myster y Magazine."


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" FROM ALL POINTS 27 DEATH IN DRINK "The 'face on the barroom floor' should be a skull with crossbones under it these days," de clares George H. Blincoe, Federal Prohibition agent. "Death lurks in white corn liquor," he says. "It all contains fusel' oil, one of the most deadly poisons. First-run moonshine i s 'rank poison,' yet the moonshiner who makes the stuff-'first shots' it is called by the legitimate disti!l erdoesn't trouble himself to di still it again, but sell s it a s it is for drinking pur pose s." Doul)l e distilled . and agei n g in charred barrels for at l e a s t four years i s necessary to remove the fus el oil, Mr. Blincoe says. "No moonshine I have e v e r seen in my e x perience as a Prohibition enforcement officer has been age d. The bootl eggers ' motto seems to be 'full speed ahead' and n ever safety first." POLLYWOGS "Have you a little poll ywog in your borne?" reads a sign in a bird and fis h store in the lower downtown section of N e w York The pollywogs swim contentedly around in a glass 'fish aquarium, and if you buy you are supposed to watch them deve!

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" A FEW GOOD ITEMS LOST VOICE RETURNS Frederick Holman, of London, England, who his speech in the war, sat 1eading. He was irritated by his pet dog, which wished1 to play, and, .:forgetting his affliction, shouted: "Lie down!" Then he leaped up in astonishment at the sound of his own voice . Since then he has been able to speak in a perfectly normal way. His wife, whom he married two ago, had never heard him speak before. THIEF OVERLOOKED SOME . Herman Fischer of Anaconda, Mont., before he left hi s bachelor home in the morning, placed s even $100 bills in an old tomato can, set the can o n a kitchen shelf, placed an old hat over it, and went to work. When he returned in the evening t he hat was over the can, the can on the shelf, .but empty. And still Fischer felt he had caus e for congratulations, becau.;e .r.e had left in a vest hanging in his cabin $1,800 in uncashed county warrants, $15 in cas h and a gold watch, which the thief had o verloo ked. ORDERS DRESS FOR GIRL EMPLOYEES Women's skirts sho uld not be shorter than an inch above the shoes is the decision of girls be longing to the American Rescue Workers, an organization somewhat similar to the Salvation Army, the other day. The national council, held in Philadelphia recently, and compo sed entirely of men, hesitated to take action on such a delicate subject and referred it to the girls themselves. Their decision 1 1a s been announced at Day:ton, 0., by Major D. Hainley. PUPILS HURT BY CARTRIDGE An investigation by the County Board of Freeholders is expected. to be made of an accident the 0ther afternoon in a public school at Ford's, near Perth Amboy, N . J., when a cartridge exploded in the hands of Robert Kovacs, thirteen, injuring him and four othe r children. The cartridge was presumably foi;; an army rifle. Kovacs l o s t a thumb and two 'fingers. Bess ie Wilson of Ford's was bruise d about the head. Mary Zick of Ford's bruised and cut' on the legs, Marguerite Qu ish of Keasbey, arms bruised; and Louis Tofrovii!h of Keasbey, lags cut and bruised. The boy is said to have found the cartridge in a field near a Government arsenal. He began t o pick it with a pin and it exploded. NEARLY A CENTURY OLD' "Grandpa" Joseph Adams , IJ:on Mountain's oldest citizen, celebrated his ninety-eighth birthday the other day at the l1ome of his granddaughter, Miss Ora Pelham. Adams is a native of New York State, having been born at Fort Ann. He came to Iron Mountain, . Mich., seventeen years ago. Despite the fact that he has Jived almost a century, "Grandpa" Adams still reads without classes. His hear-ing is good. lie does considerable work about the home and has a garden in the summer. Adams was prominent in business affairs and at one time operated a number of canal boats. He says his boats carried the first cargo of ha:rd coal from this country to a Canadian port. He also freighted from the United States the stone and marble that was used in the construction of the first capitol building at Ottawa, Canada. DREAM SAVES WOMAN'S MONE Police search was made one night for tw9 highwaymen who held up Mrs. Frank Halversen, of Minneapolis , Minn., and then knocked her senseless when they failed to find any valuables in her purse late at night. The hold-up was said to bear out a dream she had recently that she would be accoste d by footpads . On ber way to her home, near the east end of the Franklin Avenue bridge, Mrs. Halversen became so frightened at recollections of her dream that she stepped into the Bridal Veil chicken shack and hid her money in her shoe. Then she continued on her way home. A short distance from tlre :11esidence she was stopped by two men. When they found her purse empty of valuables one of them' struck her a blow over the hea d which knocked her senseless. She lay unconscious in the street for several minutes. When she recovered the men were gone. WALRUS HUNTERS SAW AN OLD RUSSIAN SHIP A historic Russian side-wheel steamer, the Pol otofski, built seventy years ago, is the latest addition to the phantom fleet reported by B'ehring Sea Eskimos, as seen this winter in the vast area of ice that surrounds the Polar regions. . A gigantic movement of the ice field southward in January brought it nearest to Northern Alaska for many years and members of several tribes walrus hunting were startled one night to see the old steamer riding in the ice pack. An investigation discl ose d the identity of the oldtime ship. That night the ice pack moved beyond the horizon. The Polotofski was caught i . n ice floes at St. Michael in December, 1915, aid disappeared the following spring during a great storm. It was believed she had been ground to kindling and sunk. The ship was built in 1856 , the hull and ribs of Alaska yellow cedar and spruce. 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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 -LATEST 188t1Ell -1066 The Liberty Boye' Secret Cave; or, Hiding From Tryon. 1067 .. ttnc.I lbe Jailer; or, Digging Out or Captivity. 1068 • Trumpet Blast; or, The Battle Cry of Freedom. 1069 •• C ttll to arms; or, ""asbington's Clever Ruse. 1070 • Whirlwind Attack; or. A 'l'errible Survrise to Tarleton. l071 •• Out With l3rave l3arry: or, The Battle Wlth the "Lnicorn." 1072 " Lost 'l'rall; o.-, The or the Traitor. 1073 " Beating 8kinners; or, Clearing Out a Bad Lot. 1074 " Flank Move; or, Coming Up Beind the 1070 • os Scouts; or, Skirmishing Around Volley Forge. 1076 " Forced March: or. Caught tu a Teriillle Trap. 1077. " Defending Benuingtou; or, Helping Geueia. Stark. 1078 " Young l\lessenger; or, Storming the Jersey Batteries. 1079 • and the Indian Fighter; or, Savlng the South ern Settlers. J080 " lluuning Fight; or. Afte r the Redcoat Rangers. 1081 " Fighting Doxstader: or, The Destruction or Currytown. 1082 " 11nd the Miller: or. Routing the Tory Bandits. 1083 " Chasing "Wild Bill": or, Pighting a Mysterious 'l'roop. 1084 " Hidden 8wump: or, Hot Times Along the Shore. 1085 " and the Blne k Horseman; or, Defeating a Dan gerous F oe. 1086 • • A.tie r the Cherokees; or, Battling With Cruel Enemies. 10 87 " Hiver J bnrney ; or, Down th.e Ohio. 1088 " at East Rock: or, '.l'he Burmng of New Haven. ).089 " in the Drowned Lands: or, Perilous 'l'imes Ont West. 1oao " on the Commons; or. Defending Old New York. 1091 " Sword Charge; or, 'J'he Fight at Stony Point. 1092 " After Sir John; or, Dick Slater's Clever Ruse. 1093 " Doing Guard Duty; or, 'l'be Loss ot Fort Washington \ 1094 " Cbasing a Henegade; or, The Worst Man on the Ohio. 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