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There was a run moon and now, as Dick and the boys approached t• house, tile shadow of a man was thrown upon it. "It is the masked spy!" gasped Dick. "Look out for him!" hissed Ben. "He is armed!"


The Liberty Boys of Weekly-Subscrlptlou price, $3 . 00 per year; Canada, $ 4 .00; Foreign, $4.50. Harry E. Woltr, Publisher, Inc., IGG West 2 3 d Street, N e w York, N . Y . Jlln tered a s Sec on d-Class M atter January 31, 1913, at the Post-Office at New York, N . Y., under the Act of March 3, 1879. No. 111 3 NEW YORK, APRIL 28, 1922 Price 7 cents The Liberty'. Boys and the Masked Spy OR, THE MAN OF MYSTERY By HARRY MOORE CHAPTER I.-A Strange Visitor. "Wh o goes there?" The summons came sharply on th!) night and the darkness. A boy in Continental uniform was on guard on the edge of a camp, near a bit of woods and a tumbling creek. The hour was late, and the young sentry had heard a stealthy step although he saw no one. The British were thought to be sonfe where in the neighborhood, mand caution had to be exercised, therefore. Ben Spurlock, the boy on guard, was a wide awake fellow, and a s s oon a s he heard the step, he challenged the pers on approaching. Ben was one of the Liberty Boys, a banq of one hundred brave lads, fighting for American independence, and this. was their camp. A s Ben's voice rang out sharply, the steps ceased. Ben was accustomed to meeting all sorts of foe s , and J:ie quickly got behind a tree as he s poke. Crack! There was a s udden report, quick and sharp, and in a mo ment a bullet was heard,to strike the tree behind which Ben had step ped. Then there came the hoot of an owl. This was a signal uttered by Ben himself. Instantly fires fla s hed up in several directions. Then a dark figure all in black, with a black mask u pon his face, was seen at a distance of about fifty feet. Crack-crack-crack l At once s e veral pistol and mu sket shots rang out. The figure in black was s een to fall, and at once a shout rang gut from some of the Liberty Boys. "That's the end of that prowler." "Had w e better go and get him, Dick?" a s ked Bob Estabrook, the fir s t lieutenant , of Dick Sl ater, the captain of the Liberty Boys. " Send s ome of the boy s out to bring him in, Bob , " Di c k replied, "but be careful and be sure to fire upon the least S\lS picious sign." Bob himself and a number of the Liberty Boys went o,ut to bring in the body of the mysterious man. The place where he h a d fallen was in plain sight, and the black figure could be distinctly seen on the ground where it had not moved all this time. The boys approached the dark object lying on th'e ground, their' mu skets still in readine ss. "Turn him over, Sam, and let u s have a look at his face," said Bob E s tabrook. Sam Sanders on and Harry Judson advanced to carry out Bob's instructions, the other boys following clo s ely. The two boy s s tooped to lift the suppos e d man a n d lifted only a black cloak! The masked man had disappeared as though he had been a mole, and had burrowed into the earth. " My word!" "Jovel ther e i s nothing here but a cloak!" The boys did not lose their caution, not knowing when a shot might be fired upon them from the wood, and at the same time examined the ground in the neighborhood. B q b and the rest returned, bringing with them the blac k cloak. There was nothing abou t this to identify the wearer, it being a simple affair of black cloth, unlined and with slits for the arms, being large e nough to en v elop a man of great size as well as a smaller one. "Put it aside, Bob,' ' said Dick, giving the thing a q ui c k look. "It may be that the fellow may come after it." Bob took the cloak to his tent, the fires died down, and soon all was dark.-and still again in the camp of the Liberty Boys. They were in the nei g h b orhood of the Brandywine creek, and it w a s r umored that the British had been seen at t h e Head of Elk preparing to march upon the Americans , and for that reason they were on the lookout for enemies of all sorts. An hour after t he fir s t appearance of the mysterious visitor, it be ing now quite late, the fires having died down so that not even the least glimmer could be seen and everything being still, Harry Judson, on pi cket at quite a different part of the camp from where the strange v isitor had been seen, heard a sound as if of some one coming along the path through the woo ds . He w a s preparing to chal lenge the stranger, when all at once a while light appeared in an open place in the woods; and in the m id dle of it a figure in black with a black mask on hi s face and pi s tol in his hand. Harry dropped to the ground in an in stant, without losing hi s wits , and at the s ame time fired a shot from hi s mu s ke t at the mysterious figure in the white light. At the same moment there was a report and a bulle t whizzed over the spot where Harry lay. Then the light went out a s s uddenly as it had appe a r ed , and e \ erything seemed darker by comparison . S ev eral of the Liberty Boys c a me running u p an d H arry s aid, with an express ion of di sgust: "That fellow came again with a lot of light to try and frighten me and to get a shot at me, but I got in o n e myself and his light s uddenly went out. "


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE MASKED SPY "Did you finish him, Harry?" asked Ezra Barbour. "I don't know. The light went out and I may have hit that, as it dazzled me a bit, instead of the fellow himself." The boys went baek to their tents, and all was quiet again in a short time, the fires dying down and all being dark. It was the darkest hour of the night, all the world seeming to be asleep, when Lishe Greene, pacing up and down at a different part of the camp than any yet visited by the stranger, suddenly heard a sound as of some one striking a blow with a hammer on a tree. "Who goes there?" he called sharply. Then a light suddenly flared up, and he saw something white sticking to a tree some fifty feet distant, whil e at the same time a da1k figure glided away and was lost in the deep shadow of the woods. The boy fired, but only a shrill laugh answered him, and in another moment the s ound of retreating footsteps ceasedto be heard. A number of the Liberty Boys came running up, and Lishe pointed to th,e white object on the tree, just as the light went out. Torches were procured, and the boys walked to the tree where the white object was seen to be a piece of heavy white paper pinned to the bark with a stout knife, and bearing in black letters the words: "Death to all rebels! Beware the Man of Mystery!" . Sam Sanders on tore the paper down and handed it to Dick, who came along at that moment. "Who put this up?" Dick asked. . "The masked spy," answered Lishe. "I saw him for a moment." "Then let him be.ware of the Liberty Boys!" CHAPTER l"l.-More About the Mysterious Spy. It was so,on dawn, and there were no more visits from the mysterious stranger, who had come to the camp three t i mes that night and each. time at a different point. While the boy s were getting ready for the day, they talked over the strange affair, all coming to the same conclusion, that the Man of Mystery, as he called himself, was a dangercus foe and must be gotten rid of as so on as possible. The boys had breakfast, pre bv Patsy Brannigan. the company cook and his assistants, Carl Gookenspieler and others, 2nd then Dick sent a number of them off in different directions to reconnoiter and to spy upon the enemy in case they were seen . Dick himself, mounted upon a splendid black Arabian, called Major, set off in the direction south of the Brandywine. where he supposed the enemy would appear if anywhere, riding at a good speed and keeping his eyes and ears open for any suspicious sights or sounds . He had riddtn a mile o r so and was nearly at the end of a stretch of road with woods on both sides , when he saw a dark shadow fall across the road just beyond. It was the shadow of a man with a pistol in his hand, and, by the shape of the head, a mask over his face. Urging Major forward, Dick fired at the point toward which the man should be. and in a moment the shadow dis-appeared. Dashing c.n into the sunlight, Dick saw a man in black just disappearing around a red barn at a little distance. The sun was in that direction, the side of the barn toward Dick being in shadow. He dashed across the road and over the field on the other side of the barn, but saw nothing when he reached the end. There was a small door, but this s eemed to be lockea on the inside. Wheeling, he dashed around the barn again to the front, and, as be rode along, saw a shadow at the farther end, the shadow of a man as before. He flew to the end, and around it, and saw the man apparently disappear through the side of the barn. Drawing rein quickly, he dismounted and ran forward, finding two or three loose boards, fastened only at the upp end. The man had pulled these toward him, and had then slipped through into the barn and let them fall back. thus closing the hole. Dick drew one of the boards toward him, reached in one hand, and said in a loud tone: "I am going to fire, so look out for yourself." There was a laugh, and then the sound of a door lieing opened. This door was at the front of the barn and let in light, but not the sun, when it was opened. Dick saw the light and also the outline of the man in black, and fired a shot with his pistol. He saw the light disappear, and then heard the s ound of a bullet strike the door. At once he let the board return to its place, ran to ward the front of the barn, calling to Major, and saw the man in black dart across the road toward the wooded stretch. As Major came up, Dick leaped upon his back and went flying after the stranger, firing a second shot. This carried away the man's hat, and in another moment he was in the wooded road. Dick lost sight of him for a moment, but as he reached that part of the road, saw nothing of him, altho1mh he could distinctly hear the sound of footsteps in the direction he had come and evidently on the road itself. Dick Slater was no believer in the supernatural, and he knew that if the man were on the l'Oad he should be in sight, there being a straight stretch for a quarter of a mile and light enough' to see him. Coming from the bright light s ud9,enly into shade would make a momentary difference, he knew, but his eyes were now accustomed to the change, and he. could still hear the footsteps and yet s ee no one. "Nonsense! There is a path at one side,'' he muttered, and., dismounting, took three or four stens into the woods, and, sure enough, found a well-defined path running alongside the road. At the same time, he saw a dark figure dart off into the woods and heard no n:iore footsteps. "There is one 'mystery settled which might have frightened some and made them believe in ghosts," he muttered. as he returned to the road. Then, mounting Major, he rode on out of the road and past the barn toward the little branch of the creek which he saw shimmering in the sunlight not far away. Coming out upon open road at s ome little distance from where he had left the creek, he saw a little. tavern standing among the trees a short di stance back of the road and the gleam of scarlet uniforms. "Hallo! that is a sight of more importance than a black-garbed man with a mask on hi s face," he said. "How am I going to get nearer and hear


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE MASKED SPY 3 trhat these redcoats are sayi11g without being discovered? My uniform and theirs do not har monize." . The redcoats, of whom there were three or four, had not seen him, being seated at a table llJlder the trees eating and drinking, and great IJ enjqying themselves laughing and talking. "They may npt bEl saying anything of importance,'' thought Dick, "and yet they might. It is something to know that they are here, and I must learn more." Leaving Major among the trees back of the road, he began to make his way toward the house, keeping the trees between him and the redcoats at the table. At a short'-4iistance he saw a boy in a smock working among the trees , pick ing up sticks and clearing the paths . Approaching him, Dick said, keeping himself hidden: "How many redcoats are there, boy?" "Just them," was the reply. "Are there any more near here?" "Donno as there is." "How far did these come?" "I donno." "Do you like the redcoats?" "Donno as I do. They never gave me nothing." "Will you let me wear your frock? You can work in your shirt sleeves, can't you?" "Guess I'd have to, 'cause I have to work any-how." ,. "I'll gi v e you sixpence to borrow it for a time." " All right," and the boy promptly took the frock off, over his head, and gave it to Dick, who paid him the sixpence. , The smock covered Dick's coat and b1eeches, and hi s boots did not matter, but there was his cocked hat with the tricolor cockade in it, which he could not s . how to the redcoats. He concealed this under his coat and went bareheaded, which wa s nothing uncommon, rumpling his hair some t so as to alter his appearance. give it back to you presently," he said to the boy. "Keep right on at work where you are." . Then Dick left the boy and made his way. to ward the group of redcoats, who were getting noisier than ever. "Hello , you boy in the smock! Are you a pQt boy?" a sked one, a second lieutenant. "Reckon I'm most anything," muttered Dick. "Could you take these pewters and have t11e.m filled? The potboy seems to have to sleep, and the boy yonder won't do anythmg ou t of his line." "It'll cost two shiUin' to fill them pots , an' the boy has to pay in the bar," Dick retorted. The lieutenant gave Dick a half. crown, and the young captain took the pots and went to the taproom with them. "Four pints o' old October," he said, "for.the redcoats. They say nobody won't wait on 'em . " He placed the money on the table, and the landlord filled the pewters, saying with a growl: "And you got the money, did you? That's more'n Barney could. Who wants to wait on redcoats, . anyhow, even when there is money in It?" "Then you don't fancy them?" with a look of intelligence. "No, I don't and if I knew where our general was, .I'd send w ord to him about these same fel lows." "Do you know where the rest -0f them are--the regiment to whi

4 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE MASKED SPY "There a n evil-looking fellow about who wears bla ck and goes mas ked," said Dick to the landlord. "If you see him, shoot him. He is a spy of the enemy." The .fandlord and the rest started the redcoats on their way, even if they did not go along, and Dick, riding behind, kept them at a gallop, and did not give them a single chance to halt, break away, or get out of his reach. On they went, p a s t the de s e rted house barn, when suddenly a shot rang out from the latter, and one of the redcoats narrowly escaped getting hit. Dick saw a black figure in the doorway for a moment, and knew that the masked spy had tried to finish him. He fired in retur n and saw the door close quickly, and then said: "Go right on, gentlemen. The shot was meant for me, but your friend is not a good marksman. By the w ay, I have two loaded pis tol s in my hands and two more in my holsters, so don't think that I have not the means of taking care of you." All at once, less than half a mile farther on, a number of Liberty Boys suddenly appeared in the road, Bob, who was with them, shouting in shrill tone : . •csurrender, you ras cally redcoats or we'll blow you out of the saddle!" "It's all right, Bob," cried_ Dick, whom Bob had not seen, "they can't do anything; they have no weapons." "What are you going to do with them, Dick?" asked Bob. "Turn them over to the nearest general. We have no use for them. It is likely that they may give us certain information." The whole party now rode back, the redcoats in the middle, and making up their minds now that there was no escape from the "saucy young rebels,'' as they called the Liberty Bo)fs. When they reached the camp; well guarded and orderly, they were still further surprised, for they had an idea that the camps of the patriots were disorderly, and that there was neither discipline nor neatness to be found in them. The prisoners were put under close guard, Dick _ intending to send them to the general in a short time, for .the . boys never kept prisoners any length of time, being often obliged to move rapidly and not caring to be troubled with them, the question of feeding' and caring for them being an item also. Dick . presently questioned them, but they would say nothing, and ne finally did not upon their speaking, as he really knew as much as he w i s hed to know at the time and could learn more th1ough his owrt effort s and those of the Liberty Boy s . "What I want to do,'' he said to Bob, upon leaving the redcoats , "is to hunt down this masked spy and p revent his doin g further mi s chief." "D o you think he has done any, Dick?" dryly. "Yes, for he mu s t have told the enemy that we are in the neighborhood, and thes e men we captured came to locate u s and perhaps driv e us out . " T he idea of driving a way t he redcoats was eagerl y c aught up by the Liberty Boys , and Dick had no t r ouble in picking out a party to undertake t he task. Mark went with Dick, Bob be ing left in cha r g e of the camp, s ome two s core b oy s fo1 m ing the attacking party . . The boys went at good speed, passing the barn where Dick had had his adventure with the spy, and then reaching the tavern Where he had captured the officers. The people at the tavern gave the boys a cheer. a s they passed, and the gallant fellows went on at a gallop, e xpecting shortly to come upon the redcoats. All at once, however, Dick and Mark, who were riding a little in advance of the rest, saw a rustling of the bushes not far ahead; of them, and Dick fir ed without saying a word. There was a greater rustling than be fore, and a man on hors eback suddenly dashed out and went flying down the road, di sappearing in an instant. "Hallo! that's the man of mystery!" cried Mark excitedly. "Yes, forward; he means to warn the red coats!" On went the boy s at a rus h, seeing nothing of the masked spy for a few minutes , but at last catching sight of him at the same time they saw the tents of the redcoats. "Forward I" shouted Dick. "They know w e are coming but we must not give. them time t o get ready for u s !" They heard the masked spy shouting a shrill warning to the redcoats , but dashed on jus t the same, hoping still to surpris e them. The spy di sappeared in a moment, the enemy making some attempt to rally, but having little time to do so with the boys coming down upon them so suddenly. "The main body may be ten miles away," said Dick, "and this is but a scouting party, and not a very large one. We can rout them, boys, s o on with you! Forward;Liberty Boys! Down with the redcoats!" "Liberty forever! Scatter the enemy!" shouted the b:cave fellow s , as they rode on at full speed. There were more of the redcoats than were of the boys, but they were taken by surprise, for all the warning the spy had given them, and they were thrown in confu s ion by the sudden whirlwind approach of the intrepid youths . The charge was too impetuous to be withs tood, and in a short time the redcoats were in full flight, running for thei r live s . Some dozen were captured, and the n the be s t s to1es in the camp were hastily pick e d up and carried off, the boys always wanting tents , blankets , arms , and ammunition. The boy s took what was useful, leaving all trifle s behind, and were quickly on the again, not knowing how soon those who had e s caped might return with reinforce-ments. There was no indication of this at tl}e time they started, but Dick sent Ma r k and a dozen of the boy s to the rear to act as a rearguard, and give warning in cas e the enemy appeared. Riding on at good s peed, the boys at length s a w a white p aper fastened to a tree at the side of the road, upon wh i ch D ick rea d the warning he had already s een. He put a bullet through the middle of it, and then added in bl a ck characters: "Let all British spie s be ware the Liberty Boysf "DICK SLATER." "There!" he said. "That is our warning."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE MASKED SPY 5 CHAPTER IV.-More Mysteries. By leaving the spy's warning on the tree, with a bullethole in it, and an addition of his own, Dick showed a plain defiance of the man of mystery and of the enemy a s well. They reached the camp at length, Bob and the rest of the Liberty Boys receiving them with great acclaim when they saw the prisoners and the spoils. The four officer s were more than ever chagrined when they found that the boys had routed the party, brought away the best there was in the camp and taken a dozen prisoners, and they had a much better opinion of the daring young fellows than before. "I guess those fellows thin' k we are some sort of soldiers now," chuckled Bob, seeing the expressions on the officers' faces. "Shouldn't wonder," added Harry. Dick concluded to send the pri.>oners to the main camp a few miles distant, and at the same time to communicate with the general, tell of the approach' of the enemy and receive instructions. Mark would attend to taking the prisoners, hav' ing a good escort, and, when he had given full instructions, Dick set out alone, being able to ride much faster than the boys. He set out ahead of the boys and went at a gallop, his horse being the fastest in the neighborhood or in the State either, and the miles were left rapidly be-hind. , He was within two or three miles of the camp, and was nearing the burying ground of the Quaker meeting house, enclosed by a stone wall, when he saw a tree near the wall on the other si de move slightly and not with the wind . He had had a similar experience that morning, and the moving of the tree was noticed in a moment. Then he saw that a stone in the wall had been . recently misplaced, probably owing to some one getting over it, and there was also a broken bush close to it. The first thing Dick thought of was ' that the masked spy was about: waiting to get a shot at him, and he determined to capture the fellow if possible . Dick raced to the tree, drew rein and jumped ofl' , He s aw a dark figure dart behind a gravestone, and drop behind another a little-distance from the tree, drawing a pistol and keeping a sharp lookout. In a few moments he saw a man's foot at the edge of a tomb s tone something farther on. "The fellow is trying to get away," murmured Dick. "Well, I must go after him." "H'm! he is making a circuit," he muttered. "He is trying to get back to the wall. Where is his horse?" ' The spy was working his 'Way around to the spot. where Major stood, and Dick saw him spring up from the ground, make a leap ani:l alight in the saddle. In moment he was out of it and flying over the wall, landing on his back in the road. Major would allow no stranger to touch him, and the spy now learned it to his discomfitu re. Dick sprang to the wall at the nearest point to him and looked over. The spy was nowhere in sight. In a moment Dick was over the wall, calling to Major. On the other 1ide of the road was a dry ditch bordered by bushes, and a movement in one of these had caus ed him to dodge behind the tree. In a sec ond Dick had solved , the mystery of the spy's sudden disappearance. The man was very agile, and, rolling over quickly when he had fallen, he had arisen in an instant, and had at a bound cleared the bushes and landed in the dry ditch. Two or three swift strides took him to the ditch1 but the spy had left his hiding place, having run rapidly along the ditch, the bushes screening him from sight. A hundred feet distant the ditch met a culvert running under the road, the bushes ceasing a few yards short of that; were footprints in the ditch, and these showed Dick which way the man of mystery had gone. He called to Major, sprang into the saddle as the intelligent creature came up at a gallop, and then dashed on up the road, over the culvert and around a bend, and then into a wooded stretch where there were trees on both sides . . "I am ahead of him," he laughed, "and now if he attempts to approach the camp, he will find his way blocked. Mark and his boy s will be quite able to manage him, I think." He went on now at good speed, knowing that the spy could not overtake him even with a horse, and in the course of ten minutes reached the American camp. He was known here and was admitted without question, asking to see some one in authority. He saw the officer of the day and reported the appearance of the enemy, the affair of the morning and the expected ar rival in a short time of Lieutenant Mark Morris on and a number of prisoners. He then told briefly of his adventures with the masked spy, and added shortly: "Look out for the man. I think he is heading toward this camp." "We will look out for him, captain. What sort of appearing man is he, by the way?" "Well built and muscular, and of good height. . I have not seen his face, so I cannot tell you any more." "You have seen his mask?" "Yes, and it covers his entire face. He is not bearded, as that would show under his mask, but whether he is dark or fair, fleshy or thin, I do not know." "The fellow is dangerous, for the air of mys tery which surrounds him will affect some and m a ke them fearful of trying to cl:.pture him. We must be on the lookout for him, as you say, Cau-tain." ' Before he left, Dick saw one of the generals who advised him to remain at. the camp he then occupied, but to keep a strict watch upon the enemy and to report any. sudden on their part without delay . He shortly afterward set out, and near the churchyard came upon M ark and his e scort. • "Have you see n the. masked spy?" Dick asked. "Well, only for a moment. He fired on u s and we returned it. We lost him in the woods below." "Was he on foot?" "No, he was mounted and fairly well. At any rate, he got away from u s but left his hat be hind." "Did you pick it up?" "Yes, and found a brtef note concealed under the band. It was signed hy Cornwallis, and bade him learn all that he could about the 'rebels ' and report to him as soon as '


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE MASKED SPY ' 1'If we had not known he was a spy of the enemy already, this would settle it. It is a mystery how he gets about so rapidly. I had an adventure with him myself, and supposed he would try to reach the camp, but he evidently gav e that up." The boys then went on, and Dick cut across country and got into another road, thus avoiding . a meeting with the masked spy in case the man were lying in wait for him anYWhere on tlfe road. . The boys in camp were greatly interested in his adventures, and Bob said excitedly: "We have got to catch that fellow, Dick. He is altogether too persistent." "He will overdo it some day, Bob," Dick re turned, 'and fall into his own trap. S till, we mu s t do all we can." CHAPTER V.-Sally Warren. The Liberty Boys were at their dinner, when a pleasant-faced girl rode into the camp on a stocky little horse, having neither saddle nor bi-idle, and said: "I reckon you boys would help folks in trouble if they was good patriots, 1wouldn't you?" "Yes, and sometimes if they were not, if they really needed it," replied Dick. "What is the trouble?" "There's somebody prowlin' about our house at night, sleepin' in the barn, stealin' chickens, .scarin' everybody, an' helpin' himself to anything he wants, but particularly frightenin' ev erybody around the place." "Sit down and have dinner with us," said Dick, rising. do not often have the company of young ladies at dinner.,, ./ The girl blushed, but sat down with the boys, and said, with a laugh: "Shucks! I ain't a young lady; I'm just Sally Warren, an' me an' ma runs the place now that dad an' the boys are off to the war." "Where do live, Sally?" asked Dick, beginning to be greatly interested. "Down the road a piece, near the crik. You may huve noticed it. The barn is a red one, and the house ain't fur away from it, an' ain't in the best o' order, though we would try an' fix it if it wasn't fur bein' pestered by this feller, what I dunno if he's a man or the evil one himself." "Have you seen him again toriay, Sally?" Dick asked, wondering if the fellow had returned. "Yes, in the barn, where he stole a hoxse yesterday. He fetched him back, but we don't want our horses an' critters used promiscuous like that, 'cause it makes 'em wild an' strange like." "He did bring' the horse back-:-then?" "Y e s , b ut we wanted it ours elves an' couldn't u s e it, an' he'd been rid dreadful." Sally enjoyed her dinnex greatly, and the company of the boys still more, and promised to let them know if anything happened. Dick promised to be on hand at the that night and keep a watch upon the mysterious spy. Two or three of the boys went sack with her, seeing nothing su s picious around the house or barn, and, after staying a short time, returned to the camp. Dick rode off during the afternoon, but saw no sign of redcoats nor of the spy, and at last he ieturned to the camp, where the boys were occupying themselves in various ways. " Did you see anything suspicious, Dick ?" asked Bob. "No , ai1d very little of anything, but we must keep watch just the same." "Yes, for the very moment that you relax your is the time that something happens." The capture of the redcoats has made the others cautious, I suppose," declared Mark, "and they won't come on till they come in great force, ready to annihilate us." "And perhaps get a setback themselves!" sput tered Bob. Shortly after dark Sally came to the camp on foot, and said : , "The fellow has been to the barn again and taken our hors e." "Did you see h im?" asked Dick. "No, nor I didn't see the hors e either wh en I went to fix him up for the night, and some one milked one of the cows. It's that fellow . He l ook a time when me an' ma drove an' couldn't go out there." "And y.ou saw nothing of him?" "Not a thing." "Well, go home and lock everything up. Did you know there were some loose boards on one sideof the barn?" "No, I didn't." "Well, there are, and he gets in and out that way . . Nail them up, and then when your man tries to get back, he will make a no i s e and you will know he is there." "What shall I do then?" "Fire upon him. Have you pistols?"' "No, but there's a rifle in the house." "Do you know how to use it?" "I reckon I do," with a laugh. • "Well, see that it is in order and take these pistols as well. How did you come here? Did you walk?" '' No, I in a boat most o' the way. The boat's down to the crik." "Leave the . boat here and take one of our horses. Get her one, Jim." "Are you going to use the boat, captain?" "Yes, some of us. It wl.11 attract less attention." Sally soon afterward left the camp, riding back on a . horse that Dick let her have. Then the boys waited till later before setting out in quest of the mysterious masked spy. CHAPTER VI.-A Lively Chase After a MYl terious Man. It was gr ing late, the moon was sh ining full and clear, the fires had nearly died out and all was silent in the camp. Ben Brand heard some one approaching the camp on horseback and listened attentively, at the same time keeping in the shade and looking out upon the moonlit road. "That may be Sally returning," he thought. Presently he heard a sound as of some OH jumping lightly to the ground, as the hoofbeatl ceased. "That is not Sally,''. he


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE MASKED SPY d make more noi se than that, and she alight till she w 'as in the camp." . Dick being very observant himself, had taught' all the boys to be 'the same, which ac CIOUnted for the vigilance which was a lways obaerved in camp. Listening more intently than before, Ben heard a stealthy tread, located it, bew that no one who had anhonest errand to the camp would approach in that way, and fhed in the direction where he knew the stianger was coming. "That's the only way to treat these spie s !" he muttered, "shoot them. without warning!" There was a sudden ,;tartled cry, and then rapid foot s tep s , and in a moment the clatter of hoofs. Dick called Ben Spurlock, Sam Sander son, Harry Judson, Will Freeman and Jim Ben nett, and made hi way to the creek where' Sally Warren had tied up her boat, sending Bob and a party on horseback .by way of the road. "The moon is full and there is really more light.than we want," Dick said, "and this fellow will not \ Vant to be seen." "We will keep in the shadow all we can, Dick," an swered Bob. • "Do s o and keep a sharp watch upon the hous e and the barn especially. The trees along the bank will shield u s, and it is a short cut to the house." Dick and his five boys hurried to the creek and stepped into the boat, Ben and Sam rowing, and Dick steering. The boys made very little noise at their rowing and saw nothing as they glided down the creek, most of the time in shadow. Now and then, they came out into an open space, where the moon cast its full light on -the water, but they cros s ed these spaces rapidly and watched and li stened for anything suspicio1.1s. They heard nothing, not even the sound of Bob and his boys on the road, and at length saw. the top of the house with the moonlight on it. Then they rowed into the shadow of the bank and presently landed at a point where tiiere a little pie' r formed by a fiat stone, the bushes being on all s ides with a path running through them. Jim remained in the -boat to watch it, Dick and the rest advancing cautiously arid with no noise. They had their pistols or muskets in readiness, and went on at a rapid pace toward the house, which they presently saw plainly, having left the woods and the bushes. There was a full moon and now, as Dick and the boys approached the hous e, the shadow of a man was thrown upon it. "It is the masked spy! " gasped Dick. "Look out for him!" hissed Ben. "He is armed!" . The arm of the shadow, big and black, was seen to come up, and in the hand was a pistol. The man was about to fire upon s ome one, as the motions of the shadow indicated. The man was somewhere in the moonlight behind Dick and the boys, and was about to fire upon them. At Ben's wanring cry they all dropped to the ground, and in another moment a bullet went whistling ove T their heads and then struck the house. Dick , rthrew himself half around and fired two shots in rapid order. "The shadow is gone!" exclaimed Sam, with a gasp. "But where is the man?" a s ked Harry, who was now looking toward the moon. "Gone!" echoed Will. "Did you hit him?" asked Ben anxiously. As if in reply to this question the s ound of a musket shot was now heard from the creek, and then Jim Bennet was heard calling: "Get out o' that, you skunk, or Jo'Jl put a hole in ye!" 1 Then two quick reports of pistol s were heard from the creek. "I guess Jim has s een him," laughed Ben. "Jim won't. stand any nonsense." "Hurry down there, boys," said Dick. "I will watch here." _ Ben and Sam hurried toward the creek, Will and Harry following in a moment. Iri a little while more shots were heard, and Diek knew that the boys were having an encounter with the spy. _ He hurried acros s the brightly lighted space to the shadow of the house and made the .sound of a nighthawk. Then he heard_ a sound at one of the upper windows, and Sally said, in a low tone: -"All right, captain. You're having lively times down there, seems to me. Any one "Not that I know, but I think there '1:nay be, and not our boy s . Shoot if you s ee the spy." "Shouldn't wonder if I did!" shortly. Dick then made hi s way toward the barn; keeping in the shadow, for the moonlight would have revealed him in a moment. Reaching the barn and keeping in its shadow, he made his way along to the corner, fisrt ascertaining that the front door was clo s ed and locked. At the corner he listened, and presently heard hurried steps as if on the side where the moon shone. "That's a dangerous place to be unless he has managed to elude the boys,'" he thought. Then he heard a muttered exclamation and a sound as if so me one were trying to tear off a board from the side of the barn. . "He has found his entrance barred," was Dick's thouglit, and then, pistol in hand, he looked cau tiously around the corner, the moon shining full in his face. The spy was at work tearing off a board, but the horse was in such a position that Dick could scarcely avoid hitting him if he fired at the man. "Come here, Bill," he said, holding out his hann with a tuft of grass whic h he haJ hast.ily pulled. At once the horse trotted toward hi:n, leaving the spy epxosed. "Surrender!" cried Dic k . "Surrender, or I will s hoot you dead!" ' In an instant the man se emed to d thrmrgh the side of the barn; and there \\TI'S the s ound of a board slipping back into place with a loud noise. Dick called to the boys, an

8 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE MASKED SPY "Get me a lantern, Sally. The spy is in the barn. Bring the key at the same time." "All right, captain," and Sally.ran away, shortly returning with a lantern and going with Dick to the barn. The young patriot unlocked the door and swung it open, fl.ashing the light inside. The horse had followed Dick and now made hia way within, and to his stall. Dick saw no sign of the spy. Then a shout was heard from Harry, who came in at the back and said: "I think he is gone, captain. I found this lit-( tle door unlocked. I would not have known it but it s uddenly flew open. It must have done so when you opened the front door." Dick walked across the barn and stepped outside, where he saw a number of footprints. He followed these, carrying the lantern, and soon came upon some in the wood, which he knew were not made by the boys. Then he. heard an other shot from the creek and said: "Hurry down there, Harry and Will!" Then the cratter of hoofs was heard on the road, and I3ob and some of his boys came up. Then more shots were heard. "Aren't you boys having all the fun?" Bob asked, with a laugh. "It seems so," Dick replied. "You have not' seen the fellow?" , "No; we have been watching the road but have seen no one, and, hearing so many shots, though t we were being cheated." "You left some in the road?" "Yes, enough to keep watch." Dick now sent Ben and Sam with torches to the creek to stir up the woods and try to l ocate the spv. Then the others said that they had seen the fellow, but that he had dashed away just before Ben arrived. "We saw him in the moonlight for a moment, " declared . Jim, "and then he took to the creek, jumped in an' swam away somewhere, but I couldn't see where." "We will make a thorough search, boys," said Dick, "and then, if we don't find him, we will return." They searched in the dark with the lantern and torches and in the moonlight, but found no trace of the man, excepting finding the place where he had jumped into the creek, the imprint of hi s heels on the bank being plainly seen. Then they returned to the house. It was evident that the man was nowhere about, and that he had landed downstream s omewhere below where Jim was watching the boat. "Well, I don't think you will see any more of him to-night," said Dick, as they were getting ready to leave, "so lock up the barn and nail the board in place so that no skunks or foxes can get in and go to bed." I Dick and his boys took the boat back to the camp, Bob and his party returning by way of the road. The moon shone on brightly tlfrough the night, the fires burned low and at last went out, the sentries were changed at regular inter val s, and all was quiet in camp, and at last morning dawned, and nothing further had been see n of the mysterious visitor. The day dawn ed, the sun rose, the boy s had their breakfasts, the camp was full of life and activity, and the boys were ready for any adventu r e and anxious to meet the foe, and especially to hunt down the man of mystery and prevent him from doing any more mischief. Half an hour after breakfast Dick Slater 'Set out on Major to see what the redcoats were doing, and if possible to run across the masked spy and make him a prisoner. CHAPTER VII . ....'....A Hot Skirmish. Upon reaching the house which had been the scene of such lively times the night before, Dick found it apparently shut up and deserted, but a short distance beyond he came upon Sally War ren riding bareback with a sack of corn in front of her. "Everything all right, Sally?" he asked. "I reckon it is, captain," the girl answered. "I've got old Bill back and there's the Liberty Boy's horse in the stable besides. I'll fetch him back directly, when I get back from the mill." "If he is any use to you and you can feed him, . you may as well keep him, Sally. You need an e:x,tra horse, don't you?" "Yes, I w e do, and you're mighty kind to think of us." "Not at all, Sally. You have helped the Lib erty Boys and will do so again when occasion offer s, and it is little enough return to give you a horse." Dick doffed his hat, rode on, and was soo n out of sight. He was not yet to the old camp of the redcoats, which the Liberty Boys had vis ited the day before, and was passing alon g a wooded stretch, when he suddenly heard a s u s picious sound ahead of him and halted, dismounting quickly . .He drew Major into the woods alongside the road, and stood listening, and then he distinguished the steady tramp , tramp of many feet. From the s ound he could tell that there were quite a number, and the only thing for him. to do was to try to evade them. By this time the gleam of their scarlet uniforms c ould be seen amid the trees down the road, and to mount Major and try to get away would o pen him to their fire, and p e1haps sacrifice the noble animal that seemed almost a part of himself. He decided, therefore, to remain where he was, drawing a little fa1ther within the woods, trust ing that they would pass him by. The redcoats . advanced steadily, and were nearly abreast, when suddenly Major gave a snort and began to prance and dance and t o behave himself in a very un usual manner. In vain Dick bent over and whis pered into his ear, smoothed his neck, and pat ted him, for the animal seemed totally unc on scious of his presence, rearing, and stamping, and switching his tail, turning hi s head, biting on one side, all the while tramping on the broken twigs and branches, that snapped and crackled under the weight of hi s hoofs. "Poor Major, something has bitten him," mur mured Dick, for the time forgetful of his own plight, and leaping from Major's back, he sei7.ed him by the mouth, and tried to discover the cause for his extraordinary behavior. He soon dis covered the to be not one horsefly, but two that had settled on his flanks. one on each side, which he could not dislodge. Di ck s oon dispatch• \


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE MASKED SPY 9 ed both predatory insects, but not before the at tention of the British officer in charge of the advancing redcoat s had been attl'acted to the •I* "Surrender! " came in quick, peremptory tones, and Dick looked up to see the redcoat 1ieutenant a few feet away, with a pistol pointed in his di rection. Dick could have shielded himself behind Major, but he would have no sooner thought of saving his life by that manner than by shielding himself behind one of his own Liberty Boys. He saw that he was fairly caught, for he was covered by the redcoat's pistol, while at his back were a!l many men as had passed by the road a few moments before. He released his hold on Major's bridle, spoke a \\ord to him, slapping him lightly on the flank, and then turned to the British officer, and said quietly: "I am your prisoner.", The redcoatss tried ta intercept Major, but they might as well have tried to intercept the wind, as with a snort and a t9ss of his head, he gave a flying leap, it seemed to the astonished soldiers straight over their heads and sped away. It was a well-known fact that a reward of five hundred pounds was offered for the capture of the young captain of the Libe 'rty Boys, dead or alive, and naturally the British lieutenant took no little satisfaction in the neat way he had captured Dick. A hollow square was formed, and Dick placed insid e, the march then being resumed. The redcoats advanced at double quick, and soon overtook the advance party, and then, with Dick still in their midst, continued on their line of march, whither, he had no means of even conjecturing. Meanwhile Major had dashed on, and nearly collided with Sally, who was still riding on with her sack of corn in front o! her. " Hallo, there's the captain's horse, I'd know .him anywhe1e!" exclaimed Sally. "I wonder what the captain's doing?" And then she caught sight of the redcoats, the first party having come just within her range of vi ion. "H'm, I just guess they ,got him!" she exclaim ed, and heedless of the s.ack of corn that bumped and heaved and swayed m front of her, she. turn.ed old Bill's head, and in a flash was down the side road that led in the direction of the camp of the Liberty Boys. It was the of not many minutes for her to reach the camp, but when she arrived-there, the sack of corn was somewhere on the road, just exactly where she did not know. "Hurry!" she shouted, when she came within bearing distance of the sentry, "the captain's been took by the redcoats. Get him, quick." Bob gave orders at once for the boys to get on their horses, while he waited a moment to question Sally. "How many were there?" he asked. "Most a thousand, I guess," she replied. "There was lots, and more coming." Bob gave orders .for all the Liberty Boys to arm themselves and mount their ho1ses, with the ception of the few who were to be left on guard at the camp, and in a few moments the whole troop of nearly one hundred young but determined boys were on the road to the rescue of theh beloved captain. Not a wo1 d was said, but all rode rapidly after Bob, who had already got all the info1mation regal'ding the road the l'edcoats had taken from Sally. Mounted as they were, it did not take long for the boys to ovei; take the redcoats. At first the redcoats tbought that it a company of hol'ses of their own side that was come up, and did not try to get out of the way, nor to form' for attack, but they soon found their mi stake; for with a shout that in no way l'esembled a cheer they dashed down the road and on to the redcoats, almost before they had a chance to tum about face. Dick found himself hemmed in on all sides by the redcoats, who for the moment seemed toforget his existence, and he hoped that he would be able to break through their ranks, but suddenly came the voice of the lieutenant, heard above the roar and crack of muskets and pistols: 1 "Guard the pl'isoner ! " " On came the boys, the horses charging down on the foot soldiers, who tried in vain to stop their course. More than once Dick narrowly escaped being struck by a bullet, for men were falling on all sides of him. Hand to hand they fought, no w using bayonets and pistols, Dick trying to make his way to the Liberty Boy$, but always held back, once by the himself, who had placed himself by his si de, believing in him he had the trump card. At length, when he found that his men were getting the. worst of it, he tied his handkerchief around the point of his sword and raised it aloft. Bob recognized the signal, and called a halt. The lieutenant advanced and said in a loud tone: "Unless you boys immediately retire, I will shoot your captain with my own hand." Bob hesitated a moment, for he read desperation in the lieutenant's face, but Dick's voice came out a s loud and determined: "Do your duty, lieutenant! I'll take of my self(" Quick as lightning, the British lieutenant tul'ned and fired point-blank, Bob giving a roar of rage as he beheld the action. Dick, howeve1-, quick as had been the lieutenant, had been quicker, fol' he had dodged the shot, and as the smoke clea1ed away, he suddenly was seen with his arms around the British lieutenant's neck . With a shout Bob bore down on them, the redcoats, un1nepared for so rapid action, had, not seemed to recover themselves in time to rush to their leader's assistance. By the time Bob had ad vanced Dick had the lieutenant on the ground, the other Liberty Boys, enraged by the sight of the unprovoked attack on him, seemingly defence less as he was, rodeat Bob's heels, and in a moment it was a scene of the wildest confu s ion , man and horse irextricably mixed, the wounded and dying beneath the horses , hoofs, one scarcely knowing foe from friend. Bob was by Dick's side, and in a moment Ben, Mark, the two Harrys, Patsy and Carl were there also, striking hip and thigh. It was no longer a fight with pistols and muskets, but with fists, bayonets, and pistol butts. As s oon as possible Dick and the others fought ' their way out, carrying the British lieutenant with them, while the enemy, glad to get out of the fray and finding themselves without a leader, ' took to their heels, leaving their dead and wound-


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE MASKED SPY ed in the r o ad. It was a sc ene that wrenched Dick's heart, for .not only were there a number of the enemy badly wounded, but s ome of his own brave boys had s uffered, while several hors es had to be shot to be put out of their misery. A s soon as the redcoats had decamped, the Liberty Boys set about examining the wounded, some of whom they found in bad shape. They attended to them as be s t they could with their limited resources, dxagging the enemy's wounded out of the road onto the grass, and putting their own boys on horseback, thus taking them back to camp. After getting their own wounded to camp, s ome of the boy s r ode back to ,,. where they had left the enemy's wounded lying by the roadside, but they did not find any there, the redcoats, evidently having returned as soon as they found the way clear, and carried them off, greatly to the relief of the-Liberty Boys, who had no means of caring for s o large a number. CHAPTER VIII.-A Slippery Fellow. Nothing had been seen of the maske d spy for a day or more, and Dick wondered if he had left the neighborhood or had been drowned on the night they had encountered him at Sally's house. The enemy were apparently coming on in greater numbers, there was every prospect of a battle shortly, the patriots getting ready for them and changing their position to one more advantageou s. The wounded Liberty Boy s were doing well and w ould shortly be in as good condition a s ever, and ready to take their part as usual if a battle were to be fought. Dick set out in the forenoon with four or five of the boy s and went off in the direction where he expected to find the enemy, resolving to have a look for the mysteriou s spy and capture him if he appeared. Ben, Sam, Harry and Li she were with him, and, as they were all well mounted, they rode at a good speed anc went over the ground at a rattling pace. They stopped at Sally's house, finding the girl hard at work currying old Bill, but having time for smile as they halted. "How do, captain, how do, boys!" she said. "Expect to have a row with the :z:edcoats this morning?" "I don't know whether to expect one or not," laughed Dick. "If the enemy are anywhere about, we generally manage to have something to say to them." "I suppose you sent that fellow away what you caught the other day, didn't you?" "Yes. Have you seen anything of your strange visitor since the other night, my girl?" "No, I ain't, an' I ain't hankerin' after it, either. Ma was took mighty weak tihe next day, an' there was r.hurnin' an' lots o' things t o do, an' we was just drove." "Well, take ca1e of yours elf, and if there is any trouble let us know. We are on the lookout for him nqw and hope that we will run him down and get rid of him. " . The boys rode on, leaving Sally singing at her work and as hapny as a b;rd, hard work having 110 depressing effect on the light-heartd girl. Tieaching the inn where Dick had captured the office rs, Dick halted and went in, the boys re maining outside. "You have seen nothing of the enemy to-day, Gilbert?" he asked. "No, and we are somewhat in doubt as to where they taken themselve s. There was a black-looking fellow hanging about this morning I did not fancy, and I make little doubt that he was seeking information for the enemy." "A man dress ed in black?" asked Dick, inter ested, for he suspected that this was the mysterious spy of whom they were in search. "Yes, and his face was as black as his garments. I took a powerful dislike to the fellow." "Was he mas ked, Gilbert?" "No, except by black whiskers, which covered three-quarters of his face, and by a black hat, which he drew well down to his eye s , besides keeping his head lowered. I could scarcely see his. eye s , which were black and piercing al}.d evil looking, and gave you a feeling as if the fellow were trying to bore you with them." "Did he ask many .questions?" "Quite a few, captain, and told nothing himself. I suspected him to be one of the enemy and told him little." "Did he give any name?" "No, and I would have been afraid to a'sk him, , for fear he would say he was Old Bogey, or the evil one, and I would have been taken away in a cloud of blue s moke." "When was this stranger here?" Dick asked, wishing to know how lately the spy had been seen. "About half an hour since. He came from the South and may have gone away in the same direction, but he went off so quick that I am not sure he did not fly up in the air on his black cloak like a witch." "Was he afoot or did he have a horse?" "I don't know how he came, but he went away on one of our horses , as the stable boy told me but a quarter hour since, a plague on the varlet I The fellow told him he had hired the beast and ' went off in haste, but he'll have time enough to repent if I set my hooks on him." "We are in search of just such a fellow, and I trmit that we may get track of him. I will see the boy and learn which way he "(ent." Dick went outs ide and, seeing the boy, asked him about the spy. "He took the road you came, captain,'' the boy answered, "and mayhap you passed him." "No, we did not, nor did we see him. Are you certain he went that way? There is no cross road whi c h he could have taken, and we should have seen had he passed that way within the half hour." "That is the way he went, captain, and I made the wish then that he might meet you, for he ordered me about like a scullion and never gave me s o much as a ha'penny." "Well, at any rate, he is somewhere in the neighbo1hood, and that i s something to know.' Coipe on, boys." Dick sprang into the .saddle, but at the next moment there came a clatter of hoofs from the way they had come, and the -young captain turned his head to see who the newcomer might be. In a few moments Bob and a r


THE LIBERTY B OYS AND THE MASKED SPY 11 of the Liberty Boys came in si ght, ridin g at good speed. "Hallo! have you seen him?" a s ked Bob . "Seen whom?" a s ked Dick. "That mysteriou fellow who ha be en bothe r ing us so in the la t few _day"s. He came thi s way and we were after him." "You followed h i m along this r oad, Bob?" i n great astonishment. "Yes, and lo s t him at the turn back here. We \vere pressing him hard, and we thought we might overtake him at the inn and get help. " "We have seen no thing of him, Bob, although we have heard of the fellow . Was there any lane along which he might have gone and so got away from you?" "We saw none . " "There might po ss ibly have been an inner path like the one he took the other day," .Dick murmured. "He would scarcely c ome here, having just gone away with a horse belonging to the place, and so I sca1 cely know where he can have gone. Suppo s e we go on." Bob rode with D ick, while Will, Paul, Arthur and Phil joined the others. The boy s went on at an easy gait for a mile or so, passing the place where they had had the encounter with the t ed coats, and then o n to the old camp without seeing either the s p y or any sign of the enemy in any direction. At length, they came in sight of a little old hou s e w ith a red barn behind it a little back from t h e road, there being a numper of trees in front of the house. There were fresh tracks near the hous e Dick noticed as he and Bob r-0de on, and h e halted in front of the place as he reached. i t, seeing an old w om a n washing clothes . through an open door. The tracks ended a s s uddenly a s they had b e gun, and Dick a ttributed this to the sandy soil , but they pas sed sandy stretches a s they came from the inn, and had seen no fres h tracks elsewhere. "Good morning, ma'am," said D i ck. "There h ave been othe r wayfarers by here r ecently, I see." "You are welco m e to meet such , captai n, " the o l d woman snapped , "but as for me, I w ould a s soon see Old Cloo t y, hoofs , horns , tail and all, as to meet another such stranger." "He was a man i n black , t hen , with an evil face?" . "No face at an; except a p a i r of black eyes that cut into one. I h a v e smelled brims t one i n my suds ever since. " "He was mas ke d ; then?" " I suppose s o , b u t he gave me s uch a turn that I could hardly s ee if he were or not. 'Say not that you hav e s een me, mother,' he said, as if I would be mothe r to such! A look at your honest face is w orth an hour gazing on suc h as he!" "Then he went on by this road?" "I suppose so , bu t he was gone i n a minu t e , and there are closed w i ndows at the side, and I could not see where h e went and care little, s o long as he went." " We are in search of the fellow and mu s t soon overtake him. Thi s is for your information,n and Dick put a shil ling on the wash bench , sprang into the s addle , and rode away with the others clo s e behind." , 'The fe llow cannot be far ahead of us, Dick," m u rmured Bob. "The horse he rode was fairly s peedy, but he was putting him to a good pace wh en we saw him, and I doubt if he can keep it u p long. " "He seems to make a practice of helping himself to horses wherever he can find them," dryly. " People have little respect for such, and he may find himself brought up sharply one of these days. " "It is what will happen to him in any event, . whether he be caught as a spy or as a horse thief!" muttered Bob. They s oon lo s t sight of the house around a turn in the road, the country being pretty well wooded here, and at length saw fresh tracks again and knew that they were on the trail of the spy. Once having seen the prints of the s t olen horse's shoe s , Dick knew them again, there being ' many differences in s uch, and he being used to taking notice of all little details. "He has gone this way, Bob," said Dick, "and is not far ahead of us, I should judge." "And going at a pace, too," was the reply. The boys increas ed their speed, and at length came to a tavern where they saw the tracks again . The landlord came out as the boys ap proached and said, as they drew rein: " Good morning, young gentlemen. I trust that you will stop for a time at my humble hostelry. We have everything of the best and at moderate cost." " You have had a caller recently?" returned Dick. "A man. in black with nodleasant face." ''.ome one rode by, ):mt di not stop; but whether he were in black or brown, I could not say." " We are in pursuit of a spy, . who dress es in black and has a habit of helping himself to a horse wherever he sees one. He is our enemy and t he enemy of every one, and we must catch him. On our way back we will stop and rest our se1ves." The boys then rode on at a rapid pace and befo r e long saw the horse the spy had ridden graz-ing _by the roadside. "That is strange!" exclaimed Bob. "There is t he fellow's horse, but where is he?" "He may have made an exchange," said Dick, and the boys rode on, coming at the end of a quarter of a mile to a lane, and here, coming to ward them, on a white horse, was the masked s py! CHAPTER IX.-A Strange Escape. ' "There is that fellow again, boy s !" cried Dick. "After him, and let us see that he does not escape!" . The spy wheeled his hors e quickly when h e saw the Liberty Boys, and dashed off up the Jan a at great has te, hoping to get away from hi s per si stent young foes. Dick shot ahead .and beg a n to gain upon the man, Major going like the wind, the spy's hors e puffing and blowing and making t h e greates t exerti on s to keep the lead, the sp y u sing w hip, spur and voice to urge him for ward. After Dick came the boy s , urging their hors e s forw a r d and tryi n g t o get a $hot at the spy with-


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE MASKED SPY out injuring their captain. Around a sharp bend in the road shot the spy, and Dick lost sight of him for a moment or so. A s he turned the bend hims elf, he saw the animal dashing on around another, but with no one on his back. Just ahead there was a tree who s e branches hung well over the road, one stout branch in particular hanging too low for a man to pass under it on horseback riding close to the edge of the road. Dick darted off upon one side and halted, then going close to the branch and examining it. "Yes, he has gotten up here," he said. "He caught it while going under and climbed up like a squirrel." The boys coming in sight, Dick halted them and said: "Bob, you take Ben and Sam and go ahead. Harry, you and Will go into the woods. Paul and Phil remain here. Surround this tree, boys!J! The boys s eemed to be greatly puzzled, and Dick explained. "If the rascal is not up the tree, he has es caped very strangely,"he added. .The tree having been surrounded, Dick called out: "Now, Mr. Spy, we know you are up there, s o come down before w e bring you down with bullets." There was no answer, and Dick continued: "If you are not down in ten sec ond s, or you do not show any signs of coming down, we shall fire." Dick counted off the seconds and then gave the word to fire. There was a rattling volley, and down came sticks and twigs and leaves, but no spy. The foliage was very thick and it was pos sible that the man had hidden himself in some crotch where the limbs protected him, and that he would not come down till the boys went to fetch him. "Fire again, boys ; " said Dick. "He has had warning enough, and if he does not come down, it is his own fault if we bring him down." Crack-cracklcrack ! There was a rattling pistol volley and more twigs, abandoned nests and leaves came fluttering down, but no sign of the spy. There was no answering rry, either, which would tell that the man had been hit, and Dick was greatly puzzled. had better let some of us go up there, captain," said Ben, pistol in hand. "Very well, but be careful, Ben," Dick replied. Ben, Sam, Harry and Lishe went up one side, climbing by the overhanging limb, Arthur and Phil going up on the other. The trunk of the tree was quite large and the foliage above was very thick, concealing the crotch s ome way above the branch near the road. Ben reached the crotch first and suddenly uttered a cry of astonishment. "Found him, Ben?" called out Bob. "No, but I've got his hat and I've found s ome-thing el s e." • "What is it?" "A hole that se ems to go below ground." "There's no one up here," cried Phil, who had climbed higher than Ben and could not be seen from the branches. "And there's nothing here, " echoed Arthur, who was still higher. ".I've got his cloak!" shouted Ben, his voice being muffled, as if he were talking from. a hole. "Hallo!" cried Sam. "What arll you doing down there, Ben?" "Pulling out the fellow's cloak," Ben answered, drawing hi s head and arm out of a hollow in the tree trunk. "How far does it go down, Ben?" asked Lishe. "To the center of the earth a s far as I can see," Ben laughed in reply. "It is big enough to let a man down, and has no bottom that I can make out. It may lead to the infernal regions, a fitting habitation for that slippery fellow." Dick now came up, it being settled beyond a doubt that the spy had gone down the hollow trunk, how far no one knew.Dick had cut a pine stic k near by, and this he now lighted and held it down the hole in the trunk. The boys had climbed to the top of the tree and found no trace of the spy, and now Dick wished to investigate the hollow and see how far it went. Cutting a good-sized sliver from the pine torch, Dick set it on fire and dropped it into the hollow, where it fell straight down for a considerable di stance, and then seerp.ed to lodge op a root where it continued to burn. "I don't se e anything of him," muttered Dick. "There mu s t be s ome sort of hole down there." "But how is he going to get out?" asked Bob. "I don't know:." . Dick lighted a second torch and dropped down the fir st, watching it fall till it finally reached the ground apparently, well below the point where the sliver had struck. . "There is a hole down there," he said, "per haps the lair of some wild animal, but whether there i s any way out or not I cannot tell." "The fellow has escaped tis, at any rate," declared Bob, "for we cannot get down there.". "It is possible that there is another way out," Dick ans wered. "I have no wish to go down the1e and so the fellow has e scaped u s, whether he can get out or not." "Hallo! Come down quick!" cried Paul, below. "There are redcoats coming along the lane!" 11Down with you, boy s !" cried Dick. "There are things of more interes t than this spy at this time." , The boys made all haste to get down, and were speedily in the saddle and dashing away, the redcoats having caught sight of them. The boys dashed along the lane to the road, and then to ward their camp, the redcoats pursuing them hotly, but losing ground every minute. There were a go od many of the redcoats.. and s o the boy s did not wait to have a skirmish, but pushed right on. .They went on at a gallop, leaving the enemy behmd, but suddenly; a s they neared the little house where they had talked to the old woman, they heard the clatter of hoofs, and in another moment a party of redcoats came in sight, headed by the mas ked s py. T]le redcoats in front gave a roar, which was echoed by those in the rear, and at once the y in creased their speed. "This way, boy s !" cried Dick. "These fellowa have not got us yet, and they won't!" Then he turned Major to a stone wall on the right and was pver it in an instant, Bob follow ing closely. horses of all the boy s had beeli trained to take all sorts of jumps and they


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE MASKED SPY . 13 refu s e the leap, every one of them clearing wall with ease. Through an open wood and 8s fields galloped the boy s, the redcoats de. g in follow ing them. . Some of the horses refused the leap, and s ome med it and threw their riders, there being con sid e rable confusion in consequence, all .of which was o f advantage to the boys. Finally the red; coats tore down s ome of l:he wall and set out in p u rsuit of the ' boys, who, however, had a good lead by this t i me and did not seem likely to lo se it . Looking back, Dick saw the redcoats coming on, and then looked ahead and saw a thicke1 wood than 'the one they had traversed. . "Come on, boy s," he s aid. "We will fool these fellow s yet." He was well acquainted with the country hereabout, and knew perfectly well where he was go i n g and how to deceive the enemy. The boys reached the thick wood and entered it, quickly dismounting at a word from Dick. Then they led their hors e s th:rough a corner of the wood a n d out into the open , being now hidden from the sight of the enemy by the trees. Then, re m o untfog, they skirted the wood, and at length took a little detour, and at last got into the road they had left. . . "While those fellow s are :floundermg through the woods we have been going on at a gallop," l aughed Bob. "And we are now a long way ahead of them," added Dick. The boys ro. de on for some time at a good spee d, and then le ss rapidly,, Dick look ing back and seeing nothing of the redcoats. "I'd like to know ho w that masked spy got out," muttered Bob. "While we were . looking for him in the tree, he probably found the other end of the hole and crawled out of it,'' Dick answered. "We lo s t some time firing into the tree and looking for him,'' suggested Ben, "and he was getting away all that time. " "Do you suppos e he knew of the place?" asked Sam. "Perhaps, but at any rate he made u se of it. He seems to have great luck, and then he takes advantage of every loophole." "We will get the best of him one of these days,'' sputtered Bob, "for all he i s such a slippery fellow and frightens old women and superstitiou s landlords." "Jove! we never stopp ed at the where we said we would!" exclaimed Phil. "Pressed for time,'' laughed Bob . "And Patsy will be waiting dinner for u s, s o it is all right,'' declared Ben Spurlock. When the boys reached Sally's hou s e, the girl said with a laugh: " I reckon you boy s have been riding s ome." " So we have,'' replied Dick . "We chase d that spy and were chas ed ours elves by a lot of red coats." " I want to know!" irf great surprise. "Yes, they are appearing in greater numbers now, and I think it very likely that there v ill be some lively times before long. Come on, boy s , we mul't not keep Pats y waiting." They went o n at a gallop, giving Sally Warren a cheer, and at las t reached the camp, receiving a hearty welcome from the rest of the boys. "Sure you must have known that dinner was ready for ye," declared Patsy. "Oi'll g o bail ye're ready for it an' have brought the foine appetites . with ye . " "Ya, und dot was ein pity dey don'd could had s ome bedder dinner already," said Carl. ' "Go o n with ye!" retorted the cook. CHAPTER X .-A Fight and a Surprise. I During the afternoon Dick Slater was out again with a party of the Liberty Boys and discovered that were rapidly advancing and were already advantageously posted. The patriots , by cro ssing the Brandywine, had secured abetter po sition than the one theyiad had, and were not iri such danger of being cut off from Philadelphia as they had been. It was very evident that night that something would be done before long, _and the Liberty Boys prepared thems elve s for some hard work, seeing that muskets , rifles, saddle s , harness and everything were in good condition. The next morning, which was foggy, the Liberty Boys were despatched toward the Kennet Square meeting house to reconnoiter, the errand putting them all in fine spirits, as they knew that they would probably all be doing something before long. The fog was very heavy, and as the boys were advancing toward the meeting hou se , they suddenly came upon s ome of Knyphausen's Hess ians. The boy s had no love for these foreigners, and at once Dick ordered the brave fellows to open fire upon them. "Let them have it, boy s !" cried Bob! "Give it to them!" A tremendous volley was the answer, and then, as the enemy fell back, Dick dismounted his boys and they took positions behind the wall and the gravestones and sent in a rattling fire upon the Hessians as they came on. The people fired from their house s and from trees , stone walls and any point of vantage they could find, pouring in a volley whenever the fog lifted enough for them to see the enemy. Knyphause n was determined to push on, and, at last, seeing s o great a ;number of the enemy pushing forward, D ic k fell back, mounted, his boy s and rode away, joining Maxwell and putting h i m self under the latter's orders. Knyphausen met Maxwell at an open space on the way to Chad's Ford at about ten o'clock, and at once a sharp fight ensued, the Liberty B oys taking a prominent part in it. The gallant fellows were determined to give the Hessians all the trouble they could, and they made repeated charges, but at length were ordered back, Maxwell retreating to the verge of the stream, where he received reinforcements. Then the order was given to charge upon the enemy, and once more the boys were called into action, rus hing forward with a will. "Down with them, boys!" shouted Dick, drawing his sword, and with a cheer the boys pushed on. Dick suddenly found himself cut off by a score of Hessians, who rushed at him determined t o kill him. Therer was just one place where Diel;: c ould get through, and toward this point he


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE MASKED SPY denly urged Major, going like the wind. Then a Hessian with a fixed bayonet ran up to close the gap. Dick drew his pistol, but at that moment there came a sudden report and the Hessian fell headlong. Dick leaped his gallant hors e over the dead Hessian, and then a detachment of the brave boys came up and charged the Hessians, driving them back in disorder. Maxwell ' s charge was so impetuous that tne Hessians were driven back upon the main column, and great confusion resulted. Knyphausen, seeing that he w ould be unable to cope with Maxwell unless he brought a large force into action, sent a detachment through the woods to turn his opponent's flank. . Maxwell perceived this move and retreated across the stream. Bringing forward his cannon, Knyphausen p1\inted them on the brow of a hill and kept up a strong fusilade upon the Americans, which was returned by Proctor's artillery with great spirit, the Americans later crossing the river again and driving back the Hessians. The latter, however, brought up an overwhelming force, and the patriots again ietreated, Corn wallis in the meantime having taken a 'circuitous route so as to turn the American flank. This was accomplished, and after a fierce fight the patriots were obliged to retreat, getting away in good order after a considerable loss, Greene covering the retreat of the main body in good style and with great ability. The aim of the Americans was now to reach Philadelphia ahead of the enemy, and every effort was made to keep between them and the city. The Liberty Boys were disappointed at not having achieved a victory, and were saddened at the loss of some of their boys, but they were not discouraged and were ready for another fight at any time. They made their camp that night at some little distance from the battle field , and prepared themselves for another meeting with the enemy within a short time. The dead boys were buried in a quiet place, Dick reading the service and making a brief but feeling prayer as they were laid to rest. That night the boys were disposed to be quiet, and there was non'e of the usual merriment found in the camp of an evening, the boys sitting about in groups, discussing the recent fight and telling stories of their lost comrades. It was after dark, the moon not having yet arisen, when Dick set out upon Major to reconnoiter, thinking that he might learn something. Nothing had been seen of the masked spy during the fight, and Dick did not know if he weuld encounter the fellow no w , but he thought it just as w e ll to go out and se e what there was to be seen . He rode for som.e little distance without seeing any one, and at last the moon al'Os e and sud den ly, as he reached a crossroad, he saw a man standing in front of him, ou tlined in the mo onlight. He knew the man in a moment, although his face was in shadow. I t was the masked spy, and as he s uddenly raised his hand and gave a low laugh, Dick saw the light gleam on the bar rel of a pistol. He lay along Major's neck and ahead, straight at the spy. Crack! There was a sudden sharp report, and the bullet tfew over Dick's head and struck a iree on the other s ide of the road at some distance. The man turned and fled, and Dick leaped from his horse . 1nd gave instant chase, the moonlight showing the man in full retreat. Over the fence leaped the spy, Dick following a moment later. The man was ahead of him, but Dick was fleet of foot and expected soon to catch up with him and so did not fire. He would rather catch the man than kill him, and h e never took a life withou( good reason. All at once the man disappeared as if he had melted into air, and Dick was greatly puzzled. The moon was shining brightly, and the man was in plain sight one moment and in another had' faded from sight. Dick though t of a ditch or a ' creek, and lo oked rapidly about him as he ran forward to see if there were either in front of him. He saw neither, a clump of bushes at some distance being the only thing which might conceal the fugitive. There was a slight des cen t just ahead of him as he ran on, and he fancied that the spy had suddenly dropped to the ground and had then wormed his way rapidly along, hid den by this till he ieach ed the bus h which would hide him. Drawing his pistol, he hurried on , but when he reached the bush he found no one behind it. If there had been any one within fifty feet of him, Dick c ould not have failed to see him, for the ground was open for that distance and ev erything was bathed in moonlight. Hurrying on toward a sharp rise, beyond which the fugitiv e m ight be hastening on out of sight, Dick reached the top of it and had a clear view for some distance. Not fa1 away was a creek, \vhich he had not before noticed, ahd he ran forward to the brink .and looked up and down, se eing no one. There was a clump of trees at some distance down, and another not far up stre_am, either of which might the fugitive. He dropped to the ground. reahzmg that he made too good a mark foi: the spy, and crept up stream through the grass till he reached the nearest clump of trees. This was on the opposite side of the creek, and there was light enough to show that the man was not con cealed there. Returning, Dick reached the lower clump, which was on his side of the creek, but found no one. "More mystery," he muttered. "Well, the man has escaped and I may as w ell return. He is certainly a man of mystery, and a slippery fellow as well." • Reaching the Cl'9ssroad, he was about to mount Major, when six or seven men suddenly sprang up from the wall opposite, and then two or three from a grove a little behind him, all having evidently hidden . themselves within a short time . Then he saw the gleam of scarlet uniforms and a number of redcoats came along the right-hand road. . Dick was quickly surrounded and made prisoner, there being no one to come to his aid on this occasion. The redcoats t ook charge of Dick, the others, who were Tories, making a protest, but in vain. , " Well, you may have him, " growled one, "but don't forget that I claim a share of the re-ward." . The redcoats were a scouting party stationed not far distant, an<;I now they t ook Dick to a h ouse down the roadwhich they made their quar ters, putting him in a room on the ground floor, with a sentry in the passage outside and a num-


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE MASKED SPY 15 of men quartered in the dooryard, with a to keep them warm and the moon to give m light. Major was put in the barn a?d "med by the leader of the .the Tories eomplaining that they had nothmg, not even the JD011ey in the prisoner's pocket. "This is a bad affair,'' muttered Dick, as he paced up and down the little room. "No one bows where I am, and enemies all around me. It will take some effort to escape .from this place. Well I have been in bad places before and gotten of , them, s o why not now?" There was a candle on the. table in the little room but Dick's back was to it as he approached the upon which his shadow fell. As he neared it, he saw something like a shadow fall on the floor in front of him, and then he saw the moon and a shadow at the window, this shadow in another moment taking the form _of the maske d spy. Then he saw the man plainly, standing close to the window and gazing in at him. He raised his hand, although his pistols . had been taken from him, and in a moment the spy went away andjoined the group of redcoats at the fire. , "A black shadow amid the flames,'' he mut-tered . . Then he tiirned and walked to the other end of the room looking about him as he walked. There was the hall door, beyond which walked the sentry, and a door on the left, leading to some other room. "If that happens to be unfastened,'' he muttered to hi m self, "I can walk out, providing the sentry's back is turned." Then he walked to the window and looked out. The redcoats were thel'e, making.merry around the fire but there was no sign of the masked spy. "If they took the trouble to come to the win dow they might see me," he thought, "but they are too busy t o do so just now." Then he walked over to the side door to s ee if it were locke d. "The redcoats are often careless," he muttered, "and do not look at these things. This may be just the lo opho le I am seeking." Reaching t he door, he was about to put hi s hand on the k nob, when it s ud denly opened outward and the sinister face of the masked spy appeared, the man coming forward into the room. "Good evening, captain," the spy said, in caustic tones. "\Ve have changed places, it seems, and you are the prisoner while I am the jailor. You did not catch me, did you?" "Perhaps we may change p aces again," said Dick to himse lf. "It would be a good thing to catch this fellow, but it may be better to change place s with him .for the present and accomplish the other task at a later day." "You may make it worth my while to release you, captain," the spy said, fixing a piercing glance on Dick. The young patriot knew what he meant, but he did not resent the implied in s ult. Instead a s ud den idea en"'tered his head, an idea which, if carried out, would mean his escape . " S-sh! Be cautious!" he whispered, making a motion with his head toward the door which the spy had just entered. The man turned his head quickly, thinking that s ome one was in the room he had just left. In an instant Dick was upon him and had s-eizerl him by the throat. CHAPTER XL-Watching and Hiding. Dick s eized the spy by the throat so fiercely that the fellow gasped for breath. In a moment Dick thrust his handkerchief in the man's mouth, effectually gagging him. Then he suddenly tripped him and put him on the floor, kneeling on his back with his face to the carpet. In a moment he had the man's arms behind him and stripped off his black cloak. With his belt he secured the fellow's ankles, and then secured his wrists with his neckcloth, tightly knotted. All this time there had been no s ound which would attract the attention of the sentry in the hall without, whose steady tread was heard plainly. Dick found pistol s on the spy and took his cloak and hat, these being quite sufficient. rolled the fellow into a dark corner and then went into the next ioom, closing and locking the door behind him. Listening a moment and hearing no sound, he crossed the room and passed out into thP. hall, giving a slight laugh as he went out by the rear door. With the black cloak around him and the broad-brimmed }mt drawn down to his eyes, he walked toward the group of soldiers around the fire ana sto od there for a moment. "Be off with you, spy!" muttered one . . "Yes, y ou give u s a chill, for all that the fire is warm,'' growled another. . "And your room is preferable to your com pany!" snapped a third. Dick gave a queer little laugh and walked away. Then he made his way to the stable where he saw no one and went in, finding a lantern hung on a nail and a boy asleep in a corner. Hfil saw Major in a moment and uttered a low signal, going at once toward him and slipping the tether. Then he led the noble animal outside, jumped upon his back and went flying toward the road. "By George! the black sp has gone off with the rebel's horse, as I live!" " Hallo, there! the lieu tenant wanted him and now the masked villain has run off with him!" Other cries were heard as the redcoats sprang to their feet and ran f •ard. Then there was a s udden alarm from the house. "An escape, the rebel spy has escaped!" came the cry as the door was thrown open. Then a window was opened and the sentry roared: "Dick Slater has escaped! Fifty pounds for the man wh o catches the runaway!" Then, a s Major reached the road, a black cloak was see n to flutter. in the air and a broad-brim med hat went sailing across the road. "Good night, redcoats!" shouted Dick. "Tell that spy that I will return for him s ome other day!" The light o f the moon, the. fire and the gleam from doors and window s, all s howed a boy in Continental uniform riding on a black horse go dashing up the road, and all knew that Dick Slater had escaped . The officer. who had been carousing in the living r oom of the old hou se ,


16 TlIE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE MASKED SPY and the men who had been at the fire in the dooryard all came rushing out into the road, but none could catch Dick. "Good night, redcoats!" he shouted, as he flew like a streak of black lightning, as Sally Warren had expressed it, up the road and then around a bend and out of sight. "I must catch that fellow, as I promised," said Dick, "and put him out of the way of doing any more mischief. It is not so mueh to know how he managed to elude me to-night, as it is to get rid of him and that we must do as soon as poss ible." He rode on a f a gallop, seeing nothing of any i edcoats or Tories, and a t length reached the camp, being challenged by Ben Brand as he went i n. He saw Bob and Mark at on c e and told them what had happened, all the boys being surprised to know that the masked spy was still about. "That fellow is making a regular nuisance of himself," sputtered Bob, "and something ou&ht to be done to get him out of the way of doing any more mischief." ''Quite right, Bob," echoed Dick, "and I don't t hik it is too late to try and catch him to n ight." "At the house where you were imprisoned, D ick?" asked Mark. "Wherever he may happen to be," was the reply. "He might be at the house, and in that case we could take the redcoats as well, although I don't care so much about them. This mysterious spy must be caught, however, as be is a constant menace to us." "Shall you take all the boys, Dick?" "No; that would be too many and would attract attention. Pick out half a dozen of them and we will set out shortly. l suppose we may a well strike for the house first, as he is as likely o be there as anywhere.'' , Mark at once called upon Ben, Harry, Sam, Arthur, and two other boys, and bade them be ready when Dick should start. Some time later Dick set out with •Mark and the boys, Bob be ing left in charge of the camp. The boys rode on at a rapid pace; seeing no sign of redcoats, and were at the crossroads , when they heard the sound of hoofs and halted under the trees near where Dick had started after the spy. -"They are coming along this road," said Dick, " so we will take the other. That is the direction the house is in, but we may run across some of them on the other roa . The boys took the second road, and went on quietly for a short distance when they entered a w ood and secreted themselves. They listened a t tentively, and presently heard the clatter of hoofs o n the road they had just come. ' "They mus t be redcoats, " remarked Dick, " a!i there are none' of our troops i n that direction. W e may go on, I think." "There may be redcoats o n thi s i oad a s well as on the other," declared Mark. ''They eem t o be everything." "There are scouting parties about," said Dick , "but no great fo1ce. The mai n body is at s ome distance." The boys were about to leave their.hiding md take to the road again, when the clatter of hoofs was heard on that road and not on the Dther. "There are not so many of us but that we-can. hide," said Dick dryly. "Keep still, boys, and keep your eyes and ears open." The sound of hoofs grew louder, and soon some of the boys, by 'peering through the branches into the moonlight, could see a party of Hessians come riding along at a gallop. There was not a large party of them, but there were more of them than there were of the Liberty Boys, and so Dick did not care to risk an encounter with them. He could have shot the leader, but this would only draw attention to himself, and there seemed to be no need for the act. At length the Hessians passed, and then the sound of hoofs grew fainter and fainter, and Dick said: " Well, we seem to have encountered more of the enemy than we anticipated, but we know that they are abroad and that is something." "Where do you suppose they are going, Dick?" asked Mark. "Scouting, I suppose,'' shortly. "Then they will not fall upon our camp?" "If they do, they will get more than they bargained for, I fancy, Mark," with a laugh. The boys went on in the moonlight over a road that was new to Dick, and he kept his eyes open for anything of importance or that would be dangerous to them, and at length saw a Hght ahead of them, which was not large enough to be a camp fire and tco large to be the light from a house by the roadside. "There is a light," said Dick , "but I don't know jus t it is yet. I hardly think it is a camp fire . " "Probably it is a house at the side of the road," suggested Mark. "It seems rather large for that," and the boys went on less rapidly, watching the light. "It is rather late for folks to be up," remarked Ben presently, "unless there are redcoats in the p lace." "And they remain up to all hours," muttered Sam. "Might it be the quarters of some .scouting. party?" "Poss ibly," assented Dick, a s the boys went on at the same eas y pace, the light showing plainly the while. "There are several lights there, but they looked like one at first," D i ck presently remarked. " l think the place is an inn. " "That would accoun t fo r its b e ing open at this declared Harry, " e s peci ally if there are redcoats in it. " "We must ascertai n if there a r e or not," echoed Dick, "and then see how ' many and if it is expe dient to capture them." T h e boys were all eager for a n a d venture and a t the same time did not wish to make too ::nuch noise for fear of attracting the attention of' other :redco ats who might be about. They had seen H essians , and the fir s t party they had heard might be redcoats , and both parties were as likely as not t o come this way, e specially.if theft' were any excitement. Goil;ig on less the boys saw fi:om the appearance of the buildiq that i t was i n d eed an inn. They could see per s on s moving abou ti and could hear the clang of pewters and the rattle of. dishes , and judged that the place was doing a pretty good business for that hour of the night.. , They c ou l d not see the gloom of scarlet uai-


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE MASKED SPY 17 forms and Dick judged that there were no red coats in the place unless possibly they had a private room. "It may be as well to investigate the place," said Dick. "One never knows what one may find and it is always well to look over the ground." Going on still farther, the people in-the inn could be s een very plainly, and at length Dick • "Dismo .unt, boys. We will have a better look at he place before we go in. It may not be necessary to do so, in fact. If there is only the ordinary inn crowd there, it will not." The boys dismounted, leaving their horses a little back from the road and went forward. T . he moon shone as brightly as ever, but there was no one else on the road, and the people of the inn were not looking out, and the stable boys and grooms were all at the back of the house. They kept in the shade as much as possible, for fear that some one might come out unexpectedly, and rapidly advanced. Through the lighted windows they could see a number of men drinking, ing and enjoying themselves, and could plainly hear the noise of laughter and loud talk. Not a sigii of a redcoat could be see n, and it was scarcel y likely that there were any in the place. Mark was clo se to Dick, the others being a little behind them in a group by themselves . As Dick and Mark went on, a man was seen to come from the back of the room and take a seat at the near-est window. :r't was the masked spy. / CHAPTER XII.-Another Escape. At sight of the spy sitting at the tavern window, Dick said in a low tone: "Be careful, boys, for the fellow is a regular eel and may slip between our fingers yet." " \Ve must sunound the plate,'' muttered Mark. "There are no redcoats in the place, are there?" asked Harry. " I don't know, but it is not likely he would be trusting himself where only patriots are." "You often trust yourself, Dick, where there are only redcoats and Tories," answered Mark. "That's so, and he is a pretty clever spy." " I think he must be, to elude us as adroitly as he has,'' returned Ben. "But it doesn't necessarily mean that he i s always going to do so,' ' eclaimed Sam. While they had been talking, they had drawn nearer the tavern. It was bright moonlight, and the boy s were obliged to be careful.I. for the cm: tains were not drawn, and should tne spy glance up at any moment they might be in full view. His face was not to be seen from outside, as he was sitting with his back to the window, but Dick had seen him so many times that he now recognized his back by the s lope of his shoulders .and the poise of his head. As Dick peered into tne room from behind the shelter of a friendly . pillar, he saw that it was pretty well and 'among those seated at the tables he recognized s ome of the Tories he had already seen that night. • There were seve n or eight of the Liberty Boys, but twenty or more men m the room, and Dick did not know how ma.ny were to be depended on, . ' ' ' or who of 'them might aid the spy. The boys were in uniform, so it would not be an easy thing for two of them to go inside and order something to eat and drink, while the rest remained on guard outside. He thought he might send in two and let them remain in the rear, however, and he spoke quickly to Ben and Sam, telling them what to do and adding: "We will be close at hand if you want us." The two boys entered careles sly and took seats in a dark corner, where they could see the spy plainly and yet pass almost unob served them s elves. Then they watched him, keeping perfectly quiet. Presently he turned his head a little, and then it was s een that he had a big black patch on one side of his face, while large horn spectacle s with colored glasses rested on his nose, s o that it was impossible to distinglish his features. The crowd rapidly thinned out, the hour being rather late, and the two boy? hoped that they would have it all their way, when the spy called for his sc ore, paid it, and arose to leave. boys had called for their score a l s o , althougn they had not eaten nor drunk the food and drink placed before them, and managed to place themselves near him. He glanced at them carelessly, and then suddenly placed his band to bis face, giving a cry as if in great pain . Instantly every eye in the room was directed to ward him, while he stood with his hand pressed against his cheek, his half-visible features being distorted as with pain. With his other hand he drew a black bottle from his pocket, attempted to remove the cork with his lips, gave another howl, dropping the bottle at the same time. As it fell on the bare boards, it broke, and as its contents escaped an unbearable' stench filled the ail'. Immediately there was a stampede for the doO-r, the two boys being carried along V{ith the rnsh. They did not draw breath till they reached the open air, and then both gave the screech of a night owl, and the six Liberty Boys, who had been on the watch outside, sprang to the door to intercept the spy as he emerged. The smell se em ed to envelop him, but the boys being in the open could endure it, and pressed forward to seize him when he suddenly swerved to the left, throwing two or three of the men who had rushed from the tavern with him in front of the b o ys, and with a tremendous leap cleaTed a hedge an'd w a s out of sight. Only for an instant, however, for Dic k and the other boys were after him, pushing aside . all those who got in their way, and taking the hedge also on the jump, were on the other siae just in time to see his flying form outlined against: the moo11. Over the fieia raced the spy, with Dick close be hind, the other boy s swiftly running after. He seemed like a deer, as with body bending forward, he dashed onward, disappearing amid the busheg. to reappear presently in the open, where his shadow looked like s ome huge monster that was seeking to capture him. On came the boys, Dick gaining on him at every step, though the man still ran like a hare. On came Dick close to his heels, a .nother supreme effort and he would be on him, when the spy su ddenly turned, butted headforemost into him, nearly knocking the wind out of him, and doubled on bis tracks. The other boys tri ed to clo s e in on him, and for a moment •


• 18 THE LIBER'.!'Y BOYS AND THE MASKED SPY it seemed as if he must be caught, but throwing open his arms with a swift movement, he struck the two nearest a powerful blow in their faces, and before they had recovered themselves, or the others had reached him, he had dashed over a stone fence into the road, up a steep ascent on the other side, and was in the woods, where no ray of the moonlight could penetrate. By this time the eight boy s had come together in a bunch, thoroughly disgusted with themse lves and one another that they had allowed the spy to elude them, w hen it see med as if they had him in their grasp. "We can't stop to talk, boy s !" exclaimed Dick. "We've got to get that spy," and with these words he was over the stone fence, and up the The boys followed , but the woods were thick, the way dark, and the ground broken and rocky, and the only means by which they could track him was by the sound of his fleeting footsteps, a s o ccasionally he stepped on a dead branch, and it cracked and snapped beneath hi s feet. " It's n o u se , boys!" at length called Dick . "He has got away from us again, but this thing can't last forever." At the same instant came the sound of a shot, and glancing upward, the boys saw the figure of the masked spy silhouetted against the bright sky on an em in ence a hundred feet away. The boys gave a shout of indignation, and sprang after him. He s t ood there for a few sec ond s, as if daring them to come on, and then with a derisive gesture, seemed to drop. from view. "Come on, boys!" cried Diel<. The n they all raced forward, Dick in the lead, and Mark just behind him, pushing on resolutely. "Look out, Mark," warned Dick. "There may be a drop of some sort ahead of us." / "Look out for snares, boys!" Mark called back to the others. On went the boy s and up the slope, and then Dick suddenly discovered the reas on of the spy's disappearance. He was on the edge of a bluff overlooking a creek, and the .man had dropped down this a distance of fifty feet. There was nothing to be see n of him, the moon shining on the water below and upon the bushes along the bank. -"He may have jumped into the water, o r po s sibly into the bushes," observed Dick, "and I don ' t see y use in following him." "He was fleeing for his life, " -said Mark, "and there is no necessity of our endangering ours." The other boys came up and looked over the bluff, Harry muttering: "Well, if he went over there, I don't believe we shall ever see him again." • "Maybe s o," replied Dick shortly. "I shou ld say he would be smashed to bits!" exclaimed Sam. "Not necessarily, but we don't want to go after him, s o we may as well return to the inn and get our horses. " "That's th' e last of him!" muttered Mark. "I am not s o sure of it," declared Dick. "We thought that we had seen the last of him once or twice before, but he always seemed to turn up again." . The boy s went back in the moonlight, finding the inn shut up when they reached it, everything being dark about the place. They found their horses without trouble and went on, Dick presently saying: "There is s ome one coming, boys . It may be these Hessians again or it may be redcoats." There were no redcoats near them, and they rode on at a good pace till they reached home, by that time being able to hear the clatter of hoofs very distinctly. They concealed themselves, s ome on one side and some on the other, and waited anxiously for the coming of the supposed enemy. At length they could see plainly by the light @f the moon the scarlet uniforms of the British, and the tall hats and glittering accouterments of the Hessians. The two bodie s had joined, evidently, as there was a considerable number of them, coming on at good speed. The moon shone full and clear, but the boy s were well hidden and then the enemy were not looking for them and passed them unobserved. When they had gone by and there was no s ound of others coming, Dick got his boys out upon the road, and said: "Well, I think we are safe enough now and we may as well go on. vVe have not captured that troublesome spy, but we have learned that the enemy are about and that is something." The boys went on at a rapid rate, and saw nothing of the enemy, reaching the camp at a late hour, but perfectly safe. The boy s in camp were eager to hear the news and greatly disappointed that the spy had not been caught. "That fellow will get to the end of his rope s ome day," sputtered Bob, "and will not be able to defy. the Liberty Boys as he has done." "Time will s how, Bob," replied Dick. The patriots t ook an early start and marched rapidly, wishing to keep ahead of Howe and vent hi s getting around them and reaching Phila delphia. During the day the two armies came in. sight of each other, and all preparations were made for a battle. When both armies were ready, however, and it seemed as if the fight mus t begin in another moment, a tremendous sto1m of wind and rain arose and put an end to the struggle. The heavens se emed fairly to have opened, and the rain fell in s heets, it being im possible to do anything in such a downpour. Both armies retired to shelter and waited. All day long and for twenty-four hours the rain continued, however, and nothing was done. When the _rain was over Howe had disappeared, and Wasnmgton went on , determined to reac h Phjladelphia fir st. The Britis h general went up the Schuylkill a considerable distance, and then having led the enemy away, suddenly cro ssed river, made a rapid retrograde movement and marched upon Philadelphia with all haste. Wash ington was in a hostile country, there being many Tories in the region, and was unable to ob tain information of use to him till too late. Howe on, the him in every way, while the troops m the city and the patriots re maining tnere grew daily more alarmed, and at last saw the enemy right uppn them. Congress fled to Lancaster, the people deserted the city, and the troops were obliged to draw oft', there soon being nothing to prevent.'the triumphant en trance of Howe and Cornwallis into the capital The Britis h had outwitted the patriots, and there was great sadness in camp and in the city. Washington now gathered0his forces beyond Ger-•


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE MASKED SPY lV mantown, which the enemy held, and made preparations for another upon the enemy at a convenient time. "We shall be busy again before long!" muttered Bob. CHAPTER XIII.-The Last Escape. The Liberty Boys were in camp waiting for orders from the commander-in-chief and keeping lln e ye on the enemy. Dick had seen nothing of the man of mystery . since his disappearance' over the bluff on that moonlight night when the boys had chased him from the tavern. He was quite prepared to see the man at any time, however, being ready for any surprise as far as the spy was concerned . Mark and the boys who had been with him were certain that the man was dead, however, and the majority of the boys agreed with them. "I said the fellow would get to. the end of his rope,'' declared Bob, "and I believe he has." "We' can only wait and see,'' replied Dick. One day Dick, Bob and three or four of the boys were out scouting, wishing to obtain an idea of the enemy's position and if they intended making any move. They were in uniforIDi and well mounted, Dick on Major and the rest riding the horses they usually rode, all being prepared for whatever might happen and eager for an adventure. They were at a little distance from Germantown on a bit of rising ground when, around a turn in the road where there were many trees to conceal his approach, they suddenly saw the masked spy coming on at a gallop. There was no doubt that it was the same man, his dress being black, a black cloak being over his shoulders and a black mask over his face. TMn, t oo, his height and build and the way he carried his head were well known to Dick, and he knew the fellow in an instant. "Well, I declare!" cried Bob. "There he is!" eclaimed Dick. "Yes, but I never would have believed it!" The spy showed that he knew the boys recognized him, for he wheeled his horse in a moment and dashed away at full speed. After the fel low went the boys determined t o catch him. "There will be no escape this time!" hissed Bob. Dick said nothing but urged his horse forward. The other boys followed at full speed, and all rapidly gained upon the spy. Then it was suddenly seen that his horse was going home and that they must soon overtake him. He turned into a little lane wher. e they could see an oHi barn at a short distance. Then he was suddenly throwri, his ho1se stumbling and breaking his front fore leg. He arose in a moment and ran toward the barn, limping as he ran, but making good speed for all that. '-"Put that poor creature out of his inisery,'' said Dick, hurrying forward, "and surround the place." Ben shot the horse which was now only in misery and could never be made useful, and then the boys on. Bob went to the rear with one of the boys, Dick remained in front, and the others went to one side or the other. The spy ran into the barn and closed the door after him, the sound of a heavy bar being put up inside being heard in another moment. There was alll upper window . open and in this seen hay, the barn being evidently quite full. Bob looked about him but could see no. way of escape at the back, as there was no door there. There was a small window on one side, quite high up, but no door except the one in front. "The fellow cannot get out,'' muttered Bob, "but who is going in after him?" Dick thought of that also and at last he said: "The fellow is there still, but now the question is how to get him out. I don't want to ask any one to go in after him." "If we send for more of the boys he will see that there is no hope and will come out," said Ben. ' , "Yes, that might do,'' quietly. There was no sign from the barn, but Dick was satisfied that the spy was there and did not see the necessity of calling to him to surrender. "I will go in and get him out,'' said Bob to Harry, who was with him. "You stay here and watch." "All right, but there is no way for him to get out." . "Unless he cuts a hole in the boards and gets away by it." Bob went around to the front of the barn and said to Dick: "We've got to get that fellow out, and I am willing to go in the barn and start him." "I am not willing to have you, B ob," replied Dick. "The fell o w is desperate, and we don't know what he might do. I shall not let you take the risk, for I do not see the need of it." Bob submitted to this decision and to the rear of the barn. "Seen anything of him, Harry?" "No, nothing." "And you have not .heard anything?" "No; not a sound." Dick was about to send Ben for more of the boys when he suddenly said in a low tone: "Don't you smell smoke, Ben?" "Yes, but there is some one burning brush over in the field yonder. I can see it." "Yes, so can I." Bob, at the back of the barn, where he could not see the field that Ben saw, suddenly said to Ha,ry: "Don't you smell smoke?" "Yes, I do and-Jove! I see it, too!" "Where?" cried Bob. "Up there, at the top of the barn! Don't yoti see it?" "Jove! yes, and out of the c1acks. Listen!" "What i s it, Bob?" "A crackling sound. Heavens, Harry, the fel low has set the hay on fire, as 1 live!" Smoke was now beginning to pour out through the chinks at the top o:( the barn and at the si de somewhat lower. Then the roaring of flames could be heard, and in a few moments tongues of fire shot out. "Was it an accident, Bob?" gasped Harry. "I don't know, I am afraid not!" in, a horrified tone. Then Bob dashed around to the front of the barn and cried in terrified accents :


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE MASKED . SPY "The fellow has set fire to the hay, Dick! He will be burned to death l " "Are you sure, Bob ?" excitedly, looking up at the window above, that being still open. "Y e s, we can see the flames. We must get him out, Dick. He will be burned to a cinder!" "Too late, Bob!" suddenly exclaimed Dick. .Just then a gust of smoke and flame busrt from the upper window. . "Get out of the way, boys!" he added quickly. The boys retreated none too soQn. Not only from above, but from the lowe r part of the barn flames and smoke no w shot out. The boys retreated and now Harry shouted that the entire upper part of the barn seemed to be a roaring furnace. Then one of the boys on the side said. that flames were c o m ing out of the little windo w. "Come away, boys!" shouted Dick. "You will only endanger yourse lves and can do no good." The b oys all went up the lane, and now flames bu rst from every part of the 'barn while clouds of thick white, stifling sm oke rolled away toward the town. " Well, the fellow has made his last escape from us,'' muttered Bob, drawing back as the heat grew more fierce. "The man was mad," said Dick. "Maybe s o," retorted Bob. "There was always a mystery about him, and I don't suppose we shall ver solve it now." The heat was so 1ierce that the boys were obliged to withdraw to the head of the lane where they watched the .flames rising higher and higher and the smoke getting every moment. Men came running from the field s and so on there was a go o dly number of them. "You s tole my horse, you rebels l" cried one. "And yo u set my barn on fire," growled another. "Give -it to the rebels l" snarled a third. The crowd of men, evidently all Tories, were about to rush upon the boys when Dick drew his pistols and said: . "The horse yonder was stolen by a Britis h s py. When the poor animal broke his leg by being driven too hard over rough ground and nothing c ould be done for him, we shot him to put him -out of his misery." "Where is the Britis h spy?" laughed another "Look in the barn ! " said Dick. "Huh! you set it on fire! Kill the .;ebels, menl" "The man set the place on fire himself," replied Dick. "H'm! he wouldn't be such a fooB" "0' course not! The rebels done it theirs elves. Catch 'em an' hang 'em, the hull lot!" "I tell you we had nothing to do with it," declared Dick, "and if you attempt to injure us you will regret it. Make ready, boys!" The boys threw their guns into position and the Tories hesitated about attacking them. "Charge!" cried Dick suddenly. ' !TJ a moment the boy s dashed at the Tories who scattered in a ll without firing a shot. The beys rode back to camp, turning now and then to look at the burning barn which nothing could save. Nothing was ever seen of the masked spy again and his fate was as much a mystery as his life had been. There was a po ssibility that he had set the barn on fire, retiring to the cellar below and getting out under cover of the smoke, but as he never was seen again and no trace of him was ever found, could be neither proved rior disproved. The Liberty Boys never saw him again, and he remained the man of mystery he had always been. A few days afterward the battle of Germanto.wn was fought, which in one way was a victory for the Americans, although they were obliged to fall back, owing to misunderstandings and a Sudden panic in s ome o f the divisions. They had shown their ability to stand before dis ciplined troops and a knowledge of strategic movements and but for the great extent of ground to be covered in the fight w ould undoubtedly have won ?it. The Liberty B oys remained in the region for a time and finally went into win ter quarters at Valley Fqrge where they now and then emerged to do battle with the prowling redcoats and Hessians that occasionally came out from Philadelphia. SallyWarren saw them from time to time, and at the end of the war left the home she had taken charge of s o well to become the wife of one of the Liberty Boys. Next week's issue will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS ON GALLOWS HILL; or: A DARING ATTEMPT AT RESCUE." Send us a one-cent stamp to cover postage, and we will mail you a copy of "Moving Picture Stories." LIGHT BURNS 60 YEARS FOR A BOY Down in Baltimore there stands an old Colonial house which never fails to rouse curiosity of visi tors. It i s not that it look s different from other houses on the same block, but it i s because it stands month in and month out with shades drawn, storm doors clo s ed, apparently tenantless, and yet with a that never goes out. " From the s ide of the portico there hangs a tar nished, weather-beaten lantern in which there is always burning the littl-e light. Ever since the civil war it has burned steadily and it was not until recently that the story connected with it came .to the notice of the general public. It appears that the only child, a boy of the owners of the house ran away when ab_ out 16 years old . to join the army. His mother ordered the light to be kept burning s o that if he should return he would find it to welcome him. Years passed and she never changed the order. Her husband died, but she lived on in the big house with two faithful negro servants, and never pe mitted the light to be put out. At her death, it developed, she left to her ol butler a certain amount of money with the i struction that he was to live in the basement the house until his death and keep the !ante replenished with oil. The old darky is getting more and more feebl the light burns steadily on, but the boy who away to the war has never come back.


THE. LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 21 CURREN T SOLD DEER Nine deer at the Northern Indian Hospital for the In sane near Logansport, Ind., have . been sold to the Park Board of South Dakota, it is an-" n ounced by Samuel Dodd s , superintendent of the ] deal in stitution. The contract for tbe deer calls f or the catching, crating and shipping of the a nimals at the expens e and risk of the buyers. It was decided several months ago by the mana gement of the hospital that the herd would be disposed of in order that the ground taken up by the park in which they were confined might be u sed to a more practical advantage. Chicken h atcheries and coops will be placed on the plot. Four animals were s old recently to a Cincin nati park commiss ion, dimii:iishing the herd to n ine. The deer have been at the State institut ion for many years. RESCUED CAT Perched in a hickory tree at No. 15000 Parkside Drive, Toledo, 0 . , for days, a yellow cat was brought to the ground one afternoon recently by a telephone company lineman. Mrs. Hazel Witchner of Parkside Drive notified the Toledo Humane Society after her husband had tried several times to induce the cat to come d own . H e climbed as high as he 'able but N E W S could not reach the cat o r persuade it to leave its perch. The telephone company was notified and Leon Hollenbeck, lineman, climb e d to the top of the tree and 'to the end of the limb, from which he brought the feline to the ground. It i s thought the cat became frightened by dogs and ran to the highest point in the tree an d either was unable to get down or was afraid to come down. CAT HAD GOOD MEAL A fire alarm interrupted the membe l's of the Columbus Fire Department, Columbu s , Ind., as they p1epared to eat a chicken dinner to them the other by the women of the United Brethren Crurch. Half an hour later they returned to the tempting victuals , but had hardly taken up their forks when a sec ond alarm s ounded. . Out they dashed for another round of appetizing exercis e . Returning, they approarhed the dinner table feeling sure of feast this time. But one member of the department, the pet cat, had b een unable to await their return. During the sec ond run the cat had climbed on the table and had eaten all the chicken . JUST WHAT YOU WANT A Copy of "MYSTERY MAGAZINE" The Ten-Cent Offer . On the Sta n ds It Contains SNAPPY DETECTIVE STORIES, STARTLING MYSTERY STORIES . -And . All Sort& of Queer Articles The authors are all top liners. The artwork is the best in the wor ld. The colored covers are worth framing . And the type Is big and very readable. Week after week we've been telling you what a good thing this magazine is, so why you read it and see for yourself, if you haven't got the habit yet? Gee whiz! Are you going to cheat yourself out of a treat by ignoring the smart est little trick in the magazine field? If you do, you deserve to miss all the good material we are dishing out in every number! • .Dir" GET A COPY NOW!


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 Bellville Academy Boys -ORVICTORIES OF TRACK AND FIELD By RALPH M ORTO N (A Serial Story) CHAPTER XXI-(Continued.) Dan followed up his advantage now, and for the first time during the mill he was the agg ressor. Biff ! The instant that Squibbs put up his hands, another blow landed on the same cheek. Dan 'was trying the trick of water dropping onthe rock; again and again he struck the other upon the same place, until the big fighter of Red mond wa s frantic. At last Squibb s gathered all his strength, and rushed Dan. The Bellville youth ,.t;epped sideways

THE . LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 ITEMS OF INTERtST 2 3 vALF ENDURES PRIVATION ..,, calf burie d under a haystack for sixteen days without water, not only alive when .but ab l e to get up and gambol away, i s report e d at Pierre, S. D., by H. C . Quackenb ush on the Riggs and Quackenbus h ranch. Over half a month ago a haystack s urrounded by a large number of cattle, mostly calves,_ tumble d over, burying s eve1al of the smaller am!llals . The accident was di s covered and the ammals were all dug out shortly afte;r, but the workn;en overl ooked one s mall calf, ev1dently, for haulmg the hay for feed sixteen days later they unc overed the calf, which got u_p and scampered away when relea s ed from its pris on. . PALATIAL BATH HOUSE FOR PET DOGS No longer will thos e pampered pets of Parisian women-the Pomeranian and the i:'ekinge s e-; be left to the unskilled care of the maid for their weekly baths. Elaborate baths, constructed and equipped exclusively for the ablutions of dog s have jus t been opened in the exclusive St. Honore quarter. The dog rides in a luxurious motor car to tJ:ie baths, where he has a private bathing compart-ment. . After the bath experienced masseurs pay their respects t o his canine highness , while a manicure s hapes hi s aristocratic the vete: inary determines that his health 1s all that his owner could de s ire, he re-enters the motor car with hi s mistress and r eturns home to a dainty meal or porterhouse steak. 46 AN HOUR WAS GERMAN DEATH TOLL DURING WAR Forty-six men were killed and 109 wounded on the German si de during every hour the World War was raging, accordfog to an estimate arrived at by General von Altrock, a statistician. This estimate was made from a study of official records: Germany's l osses totalled in dead 1,808,548 and in wounded 4 , 246 , 779. Men to the number of 13 000 000 were under .arms during the cours e of of whom about one in seven was killed in battle. The officers' corps fost 53,000 men kill e d and 9 . 6 000 wounded. German s oldier and civilian through death, caused directly or indirectly by the war, are estimated by General von Al-trock at 12,000.;000. DISCOURAGED ABOUT WILD TURKEYS Jack Winslow, Game Warder. for the Grays Harbor District, is discouraged over the prospect o f wild turkeys for tl1is State. • One small flock, released last summer, near Oakville during the pas t month has found a refuge a't the ranch of J. Bartell, and each night roost beside his domestic fowls. Three m e al s per day appeal to them more than the wild, free life of the upland and forests. Another large flock was liberated in the Northern part of the State during the early fall. There evid ently was a family row, for the h ens went . Southwest an d were recently loc:it erl nn a ranch near Sedro Woo1ey. The gobblers '"<""lt North and h ave been reported near city limits of Bellinghom, where they forage in the feed lots of a ho g raiser. Naturalists b e lieve the suita ble fo'lrl f n r which the wild turkeys seek not readily ff'lrr:d in the Northwest woods, and they h ave beeri forced by hunger to enter the domestic folds. The eggs from which thes e birds were hatched came from the mountains of Northern Mexico. Send us a one-cent stamp to cover postaii;e, and we will mail you a copy of "Moving Picture Stories." "Mystery M agazine" SEMI-MONTHLY , fo A COPY LATEST ISSUES 92 FRIDAY AT TWET,VFJ. by Katbnlne 1"1agg 93 BY THE LEFT HAND, b.V Hamilton Crnii;:ie. 94 THE MELODY OF DF:ATH, h.v R ech

• 24 THE. LIBERTY B O YS OF '76 C A N EX PLAIN IT ? By JOHN SHERMAN In accordance with that natural law which s ooner or later demands of us all that most terrible of tributes, old . Jabez Law passed away to that bou1-ne whence no travelers return. When I say old Jabez Law, I do not use the word "old''. in any disrespectful way, but simply as expressing that his age was greater than ordinary, for not for worlds would I be guilty of disrespect to one of the noble s t men I ever met. Another little explanation I would make that at the time this occurred I was quite a young m a n, barely known in my profession, something of a dandy in general style l(a dude, it would be called now) and that when off duty I was" something of a ladies' man. Well, Jabez Law was dead! I heard of it with regret, for the old gentleman had been kind to me on more than one occasion. / I wondered right away how Milly Vanaken would fa1e when the will was opened. Pretty, sweet-faced, sweet-voiced Milly! She was really no blood relation of his-a stepniece, if that term is permissible. Mr. Law had never married, and his elegant house was shared by him with Milly Vanaken and Hester Law, the daughter of a brother whose reputation htJ.d been none of the best. Mr. Law treated both of the young ladii!s with the same degree of respect; but I knew that, if he di d not favor Milly outwardly, she held the warmes t place in his heart. And s o I 1ather expected that when the will came to be opened Milly would be then favored in preference to Hester. The latter was a beautiful girl. and, so far as I had any reason to know, was as sweet and good as Milly herself. I called at once to see if I could do anything the situation naturally being a trying one for the ladies. Miss Milly came to the parlor to se e me. "I beg you will not think I am intruding," I . said. "I came to see if. I might be of assistance. If so, command me to the entent of my power." Sh looked quite grave. I waited patiently. At last she said: "I do not wish to borrow trouble, but uncle died very s uddenly, and--" "Well?" "I reached him first. He never spoke to anybody but me." I assisted him to a sofa, lying on which, he drew a deep breath or two and said, 'Look in the back of big clock-secret panel-full instructions-' He could not finish. Three minutes later he w a s dead." "Well?" "I was so sorrowstricken that it was several hours before I thought of what he had said." "vVell ?" "I went to the clock, found the secret panel, op ened it and d isclosed a cavity--" • "And?" "Found it empty." Empty! That was surprising. Here1 now, were grouped the elements of a fir s t-cla ss mystery. I questioned Milly clo se l y. She knew and had confidence in me, and an swered U:{treservedly. I said: "Mr. Lew's words make it clear that at the last time he visited-the clock the instructions he meant were there?" "Yes." , "Have you any idea as to what they were?" "No and yes." "Explain the yes." "Why, in talks with Uncle J abez I always advised him to leave the bulk of his fortune to some worthy institution Jor the relief .of his fel low-men. He always smiled in a knowing way, but would not say anything. I rather think he might have left instructions regarding such an institution there." "Hem! Has any will be discovered?" "No." "Has it been looked for?" "Yes." " "By whom?" "Uncle's lawyer came and searched for it; he said he'd drawn one." "Did he find it?" "No." "Did he give you an idea of what it con tained?" "No." . "Where is Miss Hester?" "In her room. She is quite prostrated by the blow of his death. " "She is like a sister to you?" "Of course. You should know that." "I am aware that outwardly your relations have always been affectionate. But things are not always what they seem." "They are with us." I hated to broach the idea then in my mind. It was this: In the absence of a will Hester Law would be so le heir to whatever property o r money was left behind by Jabez Law when he paid the common obligation of all animate creation . I had to do so, though. "Do not let me wound you unnecessarily," I said, "but I must ask this question: Would you consider Hester capable .of an evil action-of stealing a will, let u s say-if it would bene1i.t her greatly?" Milly indignantly rejoined: "Of course not. It is an insult to me to make such an insinuation. " "I do not make it!" I hastened to assure ,her. "But it was a n ec es sary question." After examining the secret cavity in the back of an old Dutch clock that occupied a corner of Mr. Law's personal apartment, I l eft the house in a bi own study. The case puzzled me as much as any I had ever met with up to that time. It appeared clear that, the clock being in Mr. Law's room, there _;vas no po ssibility of anybody


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 25 ving seen him visit it, granting, of course, that had exercised ordinary care. This my ac aintance with the man made me certain had been exercised. Now, in the house was no one but Milly, Hester and the servants. None of the latter would have any interest in subverting the wishes of Mr. Law in regard to the di stribution of his property. Milly was beyond suspicion, simply because she had everything to gain by the production rather than the secretion of the will. There remained only Hester to fasten the cal culating glance of suspicion upon. Bu,t boy; should she know of the sec1et p1ace at the back of the high Dutch clock? Ha1t Mr. Law told her of it at some previous period? Ha1 dly; it was altogether unlikely. Then a new idea occurred to me. Somebody might have heard the fall of Mr. Law, and hurrying thither, had reache d the door jus t a s he made the revelation to Milly I I retraced my steps at once. Near the doo r of the room where Mr. Law had been a ssi ted to the sofa, close against the footboard of the wall, I found a little bit of l a c e in process of manufacture. I recognized it at once as some that I had wit nessed grow under Hester's white finger s . It was not evidence of a character to condemn her upon. It might have accidentally dropped here at any time within a week past. Leaving the hou s e, I went home. The cas e was on my mind wlfen I that evening c alled upon a certain young who -was one day to become my wife, I hoped. , She noticed my abstraction and inquired the cause. I could not explain without saying of Hes ter what I did not wish to, s o I laughed, and said: "I was pondering over a p1 oblem, that is all." A few minutes later I received a terrible shock. Without an instant's warning, Ella suddenly d rew a deep breath, s ighed, uttered a low moan, and dropped heavily back on the sofa. M y alarm was so great that for a moment I c ould not find my voice. When I did, and was about to call her mother, Ella waved one hand in an impressive way and clearly, though lowly, exclaimed: " P eace-be still!" . I halted, iooted to the spot, and watched her wonderingly. . Her eyes were closed, her face wihite and mo bile, her breathing deep and i egular. It seemed to me as though she had fallen intb a strange and unreal slumber. "Listen I" She spoke again. "I see a mantel, elegantly carved and beauti fully convoluted. Above it is an oval mirror. The center-piece is a clock, supported by two recumbent bronze figures. On either end of the mantel is a delicate vase-look in the one to the right hand!" To my intense relief Ella opened her eyes quickly thereafter and sat up. ' "What is that non s ense about a vase?" I inire d. "What vase?" She was looking me fairly in the face. I knew then that she had no recoll e ction of the words uttered while recumbent on the sofa. The next morning I visited the Law res iden c e again. I passed down the hall into the bay-windowed reception-room. Milly was there with drawing materials in her lap, and a photograph of Mr. Law on the table before her. Going noiselessly ' forward, I saw that she was engaged in reproducing the photograph in crayon. "Come into the parlor," she said. "The sun comes in one window there." A s we stepped into the parlor I caught my breath. The mantel described by Eila was before me! Now, to my certain knowledge, Ella had never been in this house, and so had never se en the mantel she de s cribed. "That right-hand vase!" I hoarsely said. "Let me examine it?" Milly reached out and lifted it from the mantel. In my eagerness to get hold of it I clum s ily kn..ocked it from her hands. Crash! It lay in a hundred fragments on the floor. Both stooped down, she taking up the crushed artificial flower s , I seized a folded slip of paper. This I eagerly grasped, just as a step s ounded behind me. I turned quickly. Hester stood there . The expression of her face told me considerable-ar, examination of the paper told me the res t. It contained the missing instructions of Mr. Law. told where his will, bonds, jewels and ready money were secreted, in a safe built in the wall of his room, of the existence of which none but himself knew. The will was soon secured. As I expected, it left nearly everything to Milly. Hester was given an income only. Milly was given the privilege of donating all t h e bonds and ready money to some such charitab1e in sti tution as she had talked about. . I could fill the missing links. Hester had overheard Mr. Law's dying words , l1ad visited the clock and fou11d the paper. She was not wicked enough or bold enough to destroy it, and had slipped it into the vase, hoping it would never be discovered, and willing to profit by its loss if it flere not. ' But the singular part of the case was Ella' s description of a mantel she had never s e en, and the implied knowledge of the important paper in the vase. I had hea:r:d of such things, but had never be fore believed them. It was my intention to in vestigate the subject, but before I could do so my Ella sickened and died. It has always been a puzzle to me how she could, consciously or unconsciously, have known anything about that mantel and vase. It puzzles me to this day. Can you explain it? . '--------Send us a one-cent stamp to cover postage, and we will mail you a copy of "Mystery Magazine." I


26 THE LIBERTY THE BOYS OF '76. NEW YORK, APRIL 28, 1922 BOYS OF '76 cell to prepare him for the chair. meal Kubal asked for sauerkraut. ing at this meal. For his 1ast He ate noth-MINE OF JET IN VTAH TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS Single Postage ...........•••• Pootage Free 7 Cent. What is believed to be the first jet deposit to One Copy Three Months...... . .. " eo Vent. be developed in the United States is now being One Copy Six Month•......... ., •t.75 s uccessfully mined in Wayne County, Utah, One .. $4.110. 8 • 5 0 where mineralogists ?iscovered the largHOW TO SEND MONEY-At our risk send P. o. body of the mmeral known to exMoney Order, C h ec k or Registered Letter; remittances 1st m the world,. says Popular Mechanics. SinIn any other. way are at your risk. We accept Postage _ gularly discovei;y of the jet was accidentally Stamps the same as cash. When sending silver wrap the d b' . f Co ln In a separate piece ot paper to avoid cutting the ma e Y a party o mmers engaged m assessment ennlope. Write your name and address plainly. Ad w ork for a copper company. dress letters to For ages jet has been prized for use in ornaHarry E . wour, Pre•. } HARRY E. :WOLFF, ment'.1tion. The possibility of carving t.he min-e. w. Hastings, Treas. Publisher, Inc., eral mto ornaments of rare beauty and delicate '1harlee E. Nylander, Sec. 166 W. 23d St .. N. Y. workmanship and of giving the black mineral a ve lvety polish has made deposits of jet INTERESTING ARTICLES HEIR TO 200,000 KRO"NEN , LEARNS HE IS JUST $20 RICHER Peter Wadach, of Ludlow, Ma ss., received word that he has fallen heir of 200,000 kronen through the death of his father in Galicia, Aus tria. Peter, who is well known in this section, was almost overcome with joy until he learned that 200,000 kronen is equivalent to $20 in American money. Now he's wondering if he will have enough to pay the lawyer. widely sought for. l'roof of its age-long use is given by the discovery in barrows of the Bronze Age of bead s , buttons, rings and other personal ornaments made from the mineral. Its occurrence in Britain is mentioned by a Roman writer and it is certai11 that it was used in pre-Roman t'imes. Statement of the ownership, management, etc., re; 1.Jy t!'e, ,A_ct of Congre$S of August 24, Hll2, ot LIBEKI Y BOYS Oi.'. '76," published weekly at York, N. Y., for April l, U!:l2, State of New Y_ork, County ot New York: -Belore me a Notu1y l uullc lu aud tor tue nod county a!oresaiu per sonally appeared Luis Senarens. who, having l.Jeen duly sworn according to law, d eposes and says that he STOP AL LEAKS BY KILLING is the l!;clitor or "THE LIHERTY. BOYS 0.1!' '76" CAN and tbat tile following is, to the best of bis knowledge CRA WFISH and beiief, a true statement of the ownership, manage-Trouble is sometimes caused by the presence of ment, etc .. of the aforesaid pui.Jlication for tbe elat e crawfish holes under water in canal banks which shown in the above caption, require d by the Act o t Au. h . ilust 24., l!ll2, embodied iu section 443, Postal Laws and cause leakage, and to eliminate t ese an exper1to wit: ment has been made that s ucce ssfu)ly extermiThat the. names and adclnesses of tile pul.Jlisller, nated the crawfish in a canal embankment seven-editor and busrness mau:ger .are: l!J. ty-five years old. After unsuccessfully attemptPu.i.Jh sher, _lut., mu \\est 23cl Street, New York . . . 1 . . d City. Bcl1tor -Lms 'Seuarens, 106 \\est 23cl Street l\ew mg to stop the leakage with sheet p1 mg an con.___ Yo1k City. Mauaglug l!;clitoro u e . .Business Mauub-e r crete says Popular Mechanics, it was finally de--None. . cided' to try impregnating the soil with enough 2. 'l'llat the owners are: Haru E. wollf, Publisher chloride of lime to kill the crawfish. ]it was nece slnc ., West 23d Street, N e . w .York .City; Harry 1'J: . . f d Woltl', 166 West Street, New York (;ny; M. N . 11 ollf sary to get the hme down un er lll6 West 23d Street. New York City; J . l!' . Desbecker water and this was done by bormg with postlll6 West 2ad Street, New York City; R. W. Desbecker' hole a'ugers With these a barrage of holes filled 106 West 23cl Street, New York City; C. W. Hastings: h l" ' d tt d th gh th a th with lo6 West 23cl Street, New York City. wit 1?1e, an e r e rou e e r a. Tbat the known l.Joudllolclers, mortgagees auu .other dynamite, was laid across the paths of the crawsecurity holders owuiug er llolcling 1 per ceut or more fish. This stopped the leakage. of .oral amount of l.Jonds, mortgages or other securiASKS FOR SAUERKRAUT BEFORE DYING IN CHAIR Lawrehce Kubal, who was a machine gunner in the Polish forces in the war, was put to death in the electric chair at Sing Sing pris on recently for the of . Mrs. Minnie S. Bartlett in her home in West Hempstead, L. I., last June. Kubal went to the chair quietly. Almost the last thing he said was that he was sorry Wa1 ' den Laws had not let him have a harmonica, as he had requested in the afternoon. "I'd have liked a little music," he said. Kubal tried to commit su icide twice in the death house. His wife, who informed against him to the authorities and collecte d $1,000 in rewards, visited him fost before the keepers reached his ';ies are: None. 4. 'l'bat the two paragraphs next above gl vlng the uames of the owners, stockholders and security holders. If any, contain not only the. list of stockholders and se holders as they appear upon the books ot the company, b t also, lu cases wllere the stockholder or security holder appears upon the books ot the compan7 '1.S trustee or in any other fiduciary reiation, the name ot tne person or corporation for whom such trustee is act ing is given; also tllat the said two paragraphs contarn statements embracing affiant's full know4edge and belief as to the circumstances nnd conditions under wilich stockholders and security holders who do noc appear upon the books ot the company as trustees hold stock and securities in a capacity other that of a boua-ftde owner; and this atfiant has no reason to beileve that any other person, association or corporation bas any Interest. direct or Indirec t, in the said stoct. bonds or other securities than as so stated by him. ' LUIS SENARENS, Edttor. Sworn to anu subscribed before .me this 21lth dQ.v of March, 10 22. Seymour W. Steiner. (My Commia • siou' e:qiircs l\1al'ch 30, 1922.)


.. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 FROM ALL POINTS 27 DUCK CARRIES BIBLE MESSAGE Clyde Koonce, while gunning in the Cypress Creek section near Trenton, N. C., shot a malla1d duck which borii--a leg band with a Canada ad dress . The inscription read: "Have faith in God. (Mark 11-22). Write Box No. 48, Kings ville, Ont." The band bears the date or number 21. Birds similarly marked are reported to have been shot in other parts of the South. WILDCAT'S STRANGE LEAP A 55-pound wildcat leaped through a window into the 'hut of John l\fanning in the Ramapo Mountains, N. Y., early the 'other day and flew at his two boys asleep in a bed, tearing their nightclothes from their bodies. Mrs. Manning, hurled a lighted lamp into tbe animal's face , giving her husband time to get down his gun, with which he finished the beast, the largest ever killed in this section. The glass in the window had been broken and replaced by paper to keep out the cold. Manning believes the prowler was hungry. INVEST FOR YOUR CHILDREN What better incentive can be given a child to learn the alivantages of t:hrift than for the father or mother to start an account for the youngster in the Postal Savings? When the deposits to the child's credit have reached the sum of $20, the money can be made to earn more interest by investing this amount with few extra nickels added in one of the new $25 Treasury Savings Certiftcates bearing the portrait of Theodore Roosevelt, which will be issued by the Treasury Department toward the end of the year. Americli will no longer be conside1ed a nation of spendthrifts if parents of to-day use the neces sary precaution to see that their children-the citizens of to-morrow-are not allowed to grow wasteful and extravagant.• Teach them-the many advantages of thrift in their young and tender years. It will grow to be the best habit they have \vhen life's responsibilities come. Thrift will teach them the value t of every penny the wonderful growing powe1 of money. It wili teach your child self-reliance and b1'ing self-:Pespect. If you start a Postal Savings ac count to-day or invest in a $25 or $100 Treasury Savings Certificate, which yield interest at 4 per cent. quarterly, if held until maturi-ty, you will teach the child to assume his responsibility of cit izenship by helping to finance his Government. That small start may be the 'first rung in the ladder of success in your boy's business life. It will bring your daughter an understanding of money values that will her an economical housewife some day, a blessrng and help to her husband and family. RUBY MINING trict north of Mandalay, high up in the moun tains and 60 miles east of the I rrawaddy. Here in a vast fertile plaiH _ Mogok, a na tive town, built upon and surrounded by ruby bearing earth. The whole 'valley was on ce the bed of a great lake, and this wide extent of precious alluvial deposits is being systematically dug up and searched fur rubies. The first view of the mine i s disappointing. It resembles the excavation mad; for the foun dation of a house, except that it extends over many acres. Along the level bottom of the mine, some 30 or 40 feet below you, run trolleY) line s in all directions. Diggers with pick and shove l attack the sides of the mine and fill the trolleys with the fallen earth. This is then hauled up to the top and cast into revolving drums filled with water. By this means the earth is washed away, leaving only rocks and shingle, and, perhaps, rubies. This is next passed through a wire mesh to separate rock and rubble from the small shingle .among which 'the P,l'eci ou s stones will be found. So far not a single ruby has been seen. Theuncut ruby is not easily di stinguishable among the mass of shingle > which has to be carefully sorted. The sorters who carry aut this responsible duty are all Englishmen. Each sits at a table on whichis a small locked box with a hole in the top. Coolies carrying buckets of shingle pass down the line and pour some on to each table. The sorter, armed with a piece of tin with a straight edge, begins at once to scrape it off the table on to the floor. This is done little by little, quickfy yet carefully. Every now and then his trained eye discerns a glint of color in the mass of ahd a stone is_ picked up and dropped into the locked box. _ Every evening the contents of the boxes ar& locked up in a great afe, and on Saturday the week's haul is examined by the manage1. Seated before a big trap of polished brass the stones, which have already been roughly sorted, are poured oU't for inspection. First come rubies and spinels, so alike in color (though not in value) that only the practiced eye can diStinguish them. The 'Dox is turned unsi de down and a brilliant cascade of carmine gems, glinting and glistening in the sunshine, scatters over the polished brass. It is a sight to make a millionaire's mouth water. When . these have b een counted and put back in the O:afe, it is the turn of the sapphires to fall on the tray in a shower of blue--every shade of blue from pale ultramarine to dark indigo shimmering in the sunlight. Last of all come the odds and ends and freak ..stones, often beautiful in but of little value. From"'Burma come the fuiest rubies in the Send us a orie-cent stamp to .cover postage, and world, of that brilliant carmine colOr called we will mail you a copy of "Moving Pictur. a "pigeon-blood." They are found only in one disStories."


28 THELIBERTY BOYS OF '76 'A FEW GOOD ITEMS ESCAPE TAXATION The citizens in the town of Menasha, Winne' bago County, Wis., wil1 have no State, county, town or town highway taxes to pay for at least ten years, with the exception of the district school and income taxes, because a papermill is in that town which has an income tax of $50,130 for the year 1921. Out o f this tax the town receives 70 per cent., or $35,000, as its share. The total tax levied for the town of Mena sha for 1921 is $18,000. This will leave a balance of about $17,000 for the taxes of the following year. It is said another large pape'r company, the Valley Paper Mill s , will this year construct a papermill in the town of Menasha. SUES SPIRITUALIST FOR $500 Mrs. Anna Warwick, of No. 177 Miller street, Jamaica, head of the Mayflower Spiritualistic Church, No. 168 Jamaica avenue, Brooklyn, went on trial before County Judge Humphrey on an indictment charging grand larceny in the second degree. The complainant is Lena Dunkey, matron of the Brooklyn Truant School, who alleges that she gave Mrs. Warwick $500 in order to make a man love her. She said Mrs. Warwick gave her a picture and told her to concentrate on it and look back of the man' s neck. The "charm" fq.iled to work. Mrs. Warwick testified that there was no man mentioned in the transaction, that the $500 was simply a personal loan and she gave a note for the money. '!'.he case will go to the jury. CALIFORNIA CONDORS MAY !-{OT BE EXTINCT The belief that the West Coast of California condor, North America's largest bird, is practically extinct must b e revised, for several recent news stories from towns at the mouth of the Columbia River report two pairs of the big birds are frequently seen on the rockr bluffs there. They are evidently preparing to nest later on. The condors noticed soaring above the extensive stretch of bluffs and sandbars are ve1y large, with a wing spread of eight or nine feet. They .1re as black as the traditional German eagle. Since the West was settled the condor has grad ually decreased. The chief cause occurred when stock raising became common, and pasture lands being scarce the herds were moved into the moun tainous regions. Here coyotes, panthers and bears preyed upon .the calves and lambs. To rid the herds of the pests, dead animals were poisoned. The condors came to feed and numbers were killed this way each year. The .bird is very irregular in nesting and pro duce s but one egg, which does not always hatch. The condor is not an enemy to agriculturists, because its feet .are like those of a chicken and not made to grasp and carry prey. They live upon what other creatures kill and leave. PIED PIPER COMES BACK The Hungarian capital. has been overrun with rats during the past winter. The bathrooms of the most fashionable hotels have been set n he emp ties into the Danube. Send us a one-cent stamp to cover postage, and we will mail you a copy of "Moving Picture Stories." VENTRILOQUISM taught almost any une at home. Small cost. Send TODAY 2 cents tor particulars and proof. GEORGE W . S.\llTH, Room M-153, 125 N. Jett, Ave., Peoria, Ill. Get Rid FAT of That Free Trial Treatment Sent on request. Ask for my "pay-when-reduced" offer. My treatment has reduced at the rate ot a pound a day. No dieting, no exercise, absolutely safe and sure method. Let me send you proof at m y expense. DR. R. NEWMAN, Licensed Physician, State N. Y., 286 Fifth Ave., N. Y., Desk }J:-933 OLD COINS WANTED $ $2 to $:;()() EACH paid tor Hundrede of Coins dated before 1895. Keep ALL old Money. You may have Coins worth a Large Premium. Send lOc. tor new Illuetrated Coln Vaine Book. alze txll. Get Posted at Once. CLA.RKE COIN CO., Box Ill, Le Ro7, N. T,


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l)y Joseph Jlnderson 1 AM just the average. man-twenty-eight years old, with a wife and a three-year-old youngster. I left school when I was fourteen. My parents didn' t want me to do it, but I thought I knew more than they did. I can see my father now, standing before me, pleading, threatening, coaxing me to keep on with m y schooling. With tears in his eyes he told me how he had been a failure all his life because of Jack of education-that the untrained man is always forced to work for a small salary-that he had hoped, yes, and prayed, that I would be a more •uccessful man than he was. But no I My mind was made up. I had been offered a job at nine dollars a week and I was going to take it. That nine dollars looked awfully big to me. I didn' t realize then, nor for years afterward, that I was being paid only for the work of my bands. My brain didn't count. THEN one day, glancing through a magazine, I came across the story of a man just l ike myself. He, too, had left school when he was fourteen years •of age, and had worked for years at a small salary. But he was ambitious. He decided that he would get out of the rut b y training himself to become expert in some line of work. So . he got in touch with the International Corre1pondcncc Schools at Scranton and started to study in his spare time at home. It was the turn in the road for him-the beginning of his success. Most stories like that tell of the presidents of great institutions who arc earning $25,000 and $50,000 a year. Those stories frighten me. I don't think I could ever earn that much. But this story told of a man who, through spare time study, lifted himself from $25 to $75 a week. It made im pression on me because it talked in terms I could understand. It seemed reasonable to suppose that I could do as well. I tell you it didn't take me long that time to mark and send in that familiar coupon. Informatio[\ regarding the Course I had marked came back by return mail. I found it wasn't too late to make up the education I had denied myself as a boy. I was surprised to find out how fascinating a home-study course could be. The I. C. S. worked with me every hour I had to spare. I felt myself growing. I knew there was a bigger job waiting for me somewhere. Four months after I enrolled my employer came to me and told me that he always gave preference •• men who 1tudicd their joba-and that my next salary envelope would show how much he thought of the improvem ent in m y work. . Today, my salary is more than 300% greater than it was when I began my studies. That increase has meant a better home and all the luxuries that make life worth while. What I have you can do. For I am just an average man. I had no more education to begin with than you have-perhaps not as much. The only difference is a matter of training. To every man who is earning less , than $75 a week, I say simply this :-Find out what ti" I. C. S. can do_ for you! It will take only a minute of your time to-mark and mail the coupon. But that one . simple act may change your whole life. If I hadn't taken that first step four years ago I wouldn ' t be writing this message to you today l No, and I wouldn't be earning anywhere near $75 a week, either I -------TEAR OUT HERE--------lNTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENCE SCHOOL S BOX 4493 SCRANTON, PA. Without cost or obllcatlon please ei:pla i n I ean QuaUf7 for the positio n . or in the subject which I have marked an :X: ELEC. ENGINEER MANAOEM'T Electric Lighting & Rallway1 SALESMANSIDP Eieetric Wiring ADVER+ISING Tele&"raph Engineer Show Card & Sien Ptc. Telephone Work Railroad PosiUona MECHANICAL ENGINEER ILLUSTRATING Mechanical Draftsman Cartooning Machine Shop Practice Private Secreta17 Toolm aker Business Correspondent Gaa E ngine Ooeratlna BOOKKEEPER o; CIVIL ENGINEER Stenographer & Typili Survey:lne and Mappin1 Certlfted Public Accountna MINE • ' OREMAN or ENG'R TRAFFIC MANAGER STATIONARY ENGINEER Raihvay Accountant Marine Enalneer Commercial Law ARCHITECT . GOOD ENGLISH Contracto r and Builder Common School SubJto\I Architectural Drart1mao CIVIL SERVICE Concrete Builder Railway Mall Clert Structural Ellll:ineer AUTOMOBI LES '.l.' exti!e 01 • eraeer or Supl. AGRICULTURE8Spanl1h • CHEMIST Poultry B1nldn1 Pharmacy Alrplape En2ine1 Name ......... . .... . -: ................. . ......................................... . ........................ . Stree t 1-1 •-•• and No ... . .......... ... .... .. .. ... ..... .. ......... ..... ....................... .. . .... ..... . . . . . ......... . Clty , ••••• , ......... n••••••• ••""'"••••••••• • ••••• •••""SU.U. ••. •..• .,, • . .,;•••••••••"""••"'"•M OccuvaUon .... ............... __ , __ , ................ . !. ...... _ .. _______ _ Peraom redding in Canada 11'ould aend thi1 coupon to th JntnftC.• t-ional Correif)andence BohaoZ. Oonadion, L imited, Montreal, Cano4&


/ , THE LIBERTY QOYS OF '76 -L ATEST ISSt:ES -1068 'l'be Liberty Boys' Trumpet Blust; or 'l'ile Battle Cry of Freedom. 1069 " l-11U to .arms, or, Washingtou's Clever Ruse. 1070 " Whirlwind Attack; or. A 'l'errlllie Su1prise to Tarleton. i071 " Out With Brnve Barry; or, 'l'he Battle With the "Unicorn." 1072 " Lost Trail; 01" 'l'he 1"scape of t h e Traitor. 1073 " Beatiug tbtl tiklnn;:rs; or, Clearing Out a Bad Lot. 1074 • )flank Move; or, Coming Up Behind tile Brlti< h , 1075 " as ::>couts; or, Sklrmlshlng Around Valley Forge. 1076 " l ,'o r ce d March; or. Caught tu a Tert1ble 'l'rap. 1077 " Defending B ennington; or, Helping Ueut:. '" St11rk. 1078 " Young Messenger; or, Storming the Jersey Batteries. 1079 " and the Indian or,_ Saving the Soutll ern 8ettlers. 10 80 Hunning Fight; or. After the Redcoat Hangers. 1081 " Fighting Doxstader; or, The Destructlou of Curryte>wn . 1082 .. r.1HI the or, Routing t h e Tory Bandits. 1083 " Cha ing "\\'lld Bill"; o-" a Mysterious Troop. " Bidden Swamp; or, Hot Times Along the Snore. 1085 " and the Blac k Horseman; or, Defeating a Dan gerous Foe. 10SQ " After the Cherokees; or, Batt.Hug With Cruel Euemies. 1087 Hher Jon rney; or, Down the Ollio. 1088 " at East Rock; or, 'l'be Burning of New Ha,rn. 1089 " ln the Drowned Lands; or, Perilous 'l'imes Out West. 1090 " on the Commons; or, Defending Old New l:ork. 1091 " Sword Charge; or, '.rhe Fight nt Ston) Poiut. 1092 " Afte r Sir John; or, Dick Slater's Cle"er Rllse. 109a " D oing Guard Duty; or, 'l'he Loss ot Fort Washington 1094 " Cha ing a Renegade; or, The Worst Man on the Ohio. 1095 " and the Fortune Teller; or, The Gypsy Spy of Harlem. 1096 " Gual'<.ling Washington, or, Defeating a British Plot. J.0!!7 • and Mnjo1 Davie; or, Warm Work tu the l\I eck ! P D burg District. 1098 " F\prce Hunt; or, Capturing n Clever E n e my. 1099 " Betrayed; or. Dic k Slater' s False Friend. 1100 " on the llforcb; or, After a Slippery Foe. 1101 " Winter Camp; or, Lively Times in the North. 1102 " A.Yenged: e>r. 'l'he Traitor's Doom. 1103 " Pitche d Battle; or, The Escape of the Indian S p y. 1104 " Ligl1t ArtillHY; or, Good Work At the Gnus. 1105 " and "Whl•tling Will"; or, The Mnd Spy o f Paulus Hook. 1106 " t:ndergrouud Camp; or, In Strange Quarters. 1107 " DandySpy; or, Deceiving the Governor. 1108 " Gunpowder Plot; or, by an lncb. 1109 " Drummer Boy; or, Sounding the Call to Arms. 1110 " Running tl>e 0Blockacle: 01-. Getting Out of New York. 1111 " and Capt. Huck; or, Routin$' a Wicked Lender. JU2 " anil the Liberty Pole; or, Stirring Times ln the Old City. For sale by 1111 newsdealers, •Jr will be to any address on receipt of price, 7 c per copy, In money or postage •tamps, by 166 We•t 23<1 Street New York City HARBY E. WOLFF, Publisher, Inc. 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HOW TO DO TRICKS.-The great hook ot magic !!-ud card tricks, containing full instrnctlous 011 all c1t1 d tricks of the day, also the most popular ma!l'1 cal illusions as performed lly our lead.Jug ma gicians; e\•er y . boy should obtain a copy of this book No. 3. HOW TO FLIRT.-The arts and wiles or fllrtatior are fully explained by this little book. Be sides the yarlous methods of handkerchief, !an, glove, parasol. wrndow and ]Jat flirtation, It contains a full list or the language and sentiment of flowers. No. 5. HOW •ro MAKE LOVE.-A complete guide to love , courtsl!lp and mal'l'iage, giving seus!ble advice, rules and etiquette to be obse rved, with many curlouil and interesting things not generally knowu. No. 7. HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Haudsomely Illus trated ancl containing full iustructlous tor the manage ment and training of the canary, mockingbird, bollolink, blackbird, pnroquet, parrot, etc. No. 10. HOW TO BOX.-The art of self-defense made !):tsy. 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