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THE LIBERTY A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. HARRY )';. WOLl ' F , l'UBLISllE U , INC., 166 W E S T 23 0 S THEE T , HEW YOHH. NEW 1922 P r ice 7 Cents "Dick and the Highlander wern struggling fie r cely !or supremacy , whe n others of the BlacK Watch came le.aping over the f ence. and down the bank. to go to the officers 2.SSistance . Then B o b and the boys r.a.n forwa rd. to aid Dick. l


The Liberty Boys of IH• ed Weekly-Subscription price, $3.50 per year; Canada, $4.00; Foreign, $4-.50. Harry E. Woltf, Pbulisher, Inc .. 100 West 23d Street, New York. N. Y. gnt red as Second-Class Matter January 31, 1913, at the Post-Office at New York, N. Y., unde r the Act or March :l, 1879. No. 1130 NEW YORK, AUGUST 25, 1922 Price 7 cents The Liberty Boys and the Black Watch OR, FIGHTING THE KING'S OWN B y HARRY M O ORE CHAPTER !.-Trouble With the Indians. Both boys paddled vig-orously, and in a few moments the boat grated <>n the sandy beach and "Better be careful, Dick, there may be trouble." the boys jumpejl out. The Indians had not no "I don't mind that, Bob, as Jong as we are ready ticed them, apparently, or if they had, had taken to meet it." them to be Canadians, the greater part of whom , were Joyal to the king. The girl ran swiftly, bu t "I think we will have a hot time down ther'e.' suddenly stumbled an

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE BLACK WATCH "Here! drop that stuff!" cried Bob. Then both he and: Di ck, and the girl as well, o pened fire upon the Indians , who dropped their loot and ran, the others dioing the sam. e. "Was there no one in the hous e with you?" asked Dick, as they entered the house, he _and Dick picking up the bundles which the Indians had dropped and carrying them inside. ' "No, mother is visiting, and father and my brother are at the fort, defending it from the rebels." "HeTe is a \\ ;oman," said Bob, looking out the window. "Perhaps it is your mother, my girl." A woman having con siderable resemblance to ther. Go back or I'll fire on y ou. I believe you're rebels!" "You are at liberty to believe what you;please," retorted Dick, "but that does not make it so. Do you own the river?" "I am put here to guard it,and you can' t go on, so turn about or I'll put a hole in the boat and another in each of your skins." "You are no so ldier," laughed Bob. "Where is your uniform?" ' CHAPTER IL-A Strange Girl. the girl entered the house at thi s moment, seem-The Highlanders came down the road on a ingly greatly surprised to see the bo ys there. smart run and! halted close to the bank. "Pierre Duplan hired some Indians to run away "Move on!" cried a sergeant. with me, mother," the girl explained, "and these "That's what we were thinking o f doing," re-two bo y s drove them away. There were eight or plied Dick, shortly. . • ten of the Indians, and only the two boys. " "No,. no, go back, I mean. You can't go on." "I am obliged to you," said the woman. "I The boys then turne d and went up stream, Bob should not have left Ruth alone. I knew of Du-muttering: plan's threat and should have thought of it. You "We did not see all we expected to with these are strangers in the neighborhood. I trust that fellow s interfering, but we know that they have you are not some of those dreadful rebels who are good troop.s at the fort, and that is something." trying to storm fort? They will never do it, The boys went on, and at length, before they for it is too strong, and well defended, besides." came to the stone house; they saw on the bank a "We a're glad to have been of aid to your man, who called to t hem: daughter, ma'am," replied Dick. "The boat is all "'Allo! You take a man hup the rivare, oui ?" right, Bob? The Indians have not tried to carry "There fa; no room in the boat," Dick ..replied it off, as they did other things." "Yas, I am ze Jeetle fell', ho take moche room. "No, the thieving rascals did not go near it." I give yo u 'alf crown, yas ?" . "Then we will go. Vie are glad to have been of "No, there i s no room in the boat." service, ma'am." "Oo you are, you are rebel, that y ou do not Then both boys went ot before the woman or know me? I am Pierre Du plan, reech man, I her daughter could ask any more question s . The give you 'alf a guinea, I buy you boat." two young patriots continued down the river, and Dick rowed close to the bank, and said: at the end of a mile or so.. heard the sound of bag"If you take my advice, Mr. Pierre Duplan, pipes, and then the sound of men marching. In a you will leave the country before a certain young short time they saw a company of Highlanders in lady's father or b'rot he1 puts an ounce or two of dark tartans marching along in fine order to the lead in you. We know of your hiring the Indians music of the pipes. to carry off the girl, and it will not be safe for "Hallo! that must be a .part of the garrison!" you to remain in the neighborhood. " exclaimed Bob. "You make ze mistak', dat ees m y 'alf broth"Those fe'11ows to the Black Watch," ob-aire, hees name ees Pierre also, but he ees not served Dick. "I knew that some of the Fortyme. By gar! I bre:i,k nees neck for make ze second were in Canada, but thought that they had peopl' sink bad of me." returned." "Well, we have no room in the boat, Pierre "The Black Watch?" echoed Bob. -Duplan, and I think yo u will be wise to take my "Yes, they call them that on account of the advice," and the boys went on. dark colored plaids they wear. There used to be Dick looked back in a moment and saw the man six or more companies of them set to watch the on shore take something from his pocket. There Scottish highlands and keep down the rebels." was a report and a bullet whistled over Bob's "Oh, that's how they got to be called the Black head. Dick fired at the next moment and carried Watch, is it?" away the fellow's hat. At once he turned and "Yes. That was some years ago. Later they ran, quickl y d'isappearing. When the boys were were all united under the Earl of Crawford, and in sight of the stone house again, they saw Ruth became the Forty-second, one of the finest regi-coming down to the shore, beckoning to them. ments in England." They put into the bank, and Dick said: "Well, they make a fine appearance," admir"We saw your man, Pierre Duplan. He is a ingly, for Bob could see the good points of an great s coundrel. He would have shot Bob, but I enemy and not let prejudice run away with his saw his move in time to give warning." judgment, as many did. "Do you know," said the girl, paying little at"Yes, they have been called the King's Own," tention to what Dick said, "that I think you are l"eplied Dick. • rebels? I am sorry you had anything to do with They went on, but at length, at a point ori the the trouble at the house. There is Dick Slater, river where there were rocks, they saw a man . who is in command of a band of young rebels, with a musket over his sboulder walking up and stationed near here, and I believe that you are down. he." "Go back!" he called. "You can't go any fur• "I am Dick Slater, but I am no rebel," Dick


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND .THE BLACK WATCH 8 replied. "I am an American patriot, fighting for my country agains t your tyrant king." "You are a rebel!" the girl replied, hotly, "and I want to have nothing whatever to do with you!" "If I see,, you in danger and can help you, you will have nothing to say about it," laughed Dick. "Take your rebel pistols, I don't want them!" and the girl threw the pistols into the boat. "Don't come along here again and don't have anything to say to me, for I won't li sten!" "Pull away, Bob , " said Dick, with a smil e, and the boys went on up stream, Bob muttering: "Well, if that is not the limit of prejudice! I thought the girl had more se;ise !" "Never mind, Bob , " with a laugh. "She may change her opinion of us one of these days." Nothing more was said about the matter, and the boys w ent on, at length going a shore, hiding their boat in some bushes and walking off toward a w ood at soine little distance. Here was the camp of the Liberty Boys, Dick and Bob being heart il y received by all the boys upon their en-trance. , "Any news?" a sked a hai:id s om e , dashy-looking boy, somewhat younger than Dick and Bob, wearing the uniform of a sec ond lieutenant. "You two could hardly have been g one .O long with-0ut meeting with an adventure or two. "So we did, Mark. We could not get near to the fort, but learned t) the Black-Watch are stationed there." ' "The Black Watch?" echoed Mark Morris on, who was of Scotch desce_ni. "Why, that is one of the most famous regiments in England." "Som e of them are there, at any rate, Mark. I have seen the Black Watch regiment, and so know them. They may not all be here, but the men who . m we saw belong to it." Every one was interested in the adventures of D ic k and Bob, and very indignant over the way that the girl had acted, Dick being the least di s turbed of any of them over it, however, and saying: "Never mind, boys, you will see that the girl will come around all right. Her pride was hurt, as she had always been taught to believe that 'rebels,' as she calls u s, weTe terrible creatures , and when she foiTd that there were exceptions, she was piqued." CHAPTER III.-A Brush With the Highlanders. Dick and Bob were sitting in front of the former's tent, looking over some plans of the river, when Har r y Judson, one of the boys, came up and .saluted, saying earnestly: . "There is a boy who wants to see y ou, captain. He says he wants to join the Liberty Boys and that his name is Wrayburn. He wants to see you very much." "Bring him here, Harry," replied Dick. Harry went away and s oon returned with a hands ome, earnest looking boy, well built and sturdy, strong and healthy, and with a look ' of deep determination in his face. "What is your name, m y boy?" asked Dick. "Armand vVrayburn . . I live . on the Sorel, a few mile s from here. M y siste i s Ruth Wrayburn, whom you rescu ed from Pierre Duplan, the Frenchman. She told me about it, and I heard it from others, who had heard the man say. he was going to our house because he knew that there would bll no one but sister there at the time." "Your sister said that you and her father were at the fort at St. Johns. Are you not one of the garrison?" "No, that is my brother Raym-0nd. He is older than I am." Dick thought a few moments and then said: "The Liberty Boy says that you expressed a desire to j:Oin our company. Is not that a singular request? You are all the most pronounced loyalists, your sister in particular, and your father and brother are at the fort: Why do you wish to join us?" "We are not all Loyalists, captain," returned the boy, quietly. "I am not one, nor is my mother. I know that sister Ruth is, and a pronounced one, as you say. Raymond is one be cause my father is. Mother and! I are not. We are on the side of the Americans. Mother was not born here, and ever since the war began she has been a patriot. I was one before'that. Ten years ago, when the question was first agitated, I took strong sides with the patriots." "And you wish to join the Liberty Boys?" "Yes, captain," earnestly. "Your case is without precedent. Both parents, where there were two, have always consented. Sometimes a boy had lost one of his parents. There have been cases where the guardian's consent was obtained. Your father is the head of the family, and it i s not likely that he will give his consent to your joining a band of 'rebels,' a s lre no doubt calls u s." The bo y said nothing, and Dick proceeded. "Supp-0se we considered: the consent o

4 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE BLACK WATCH "Very good, captain. I am obliged to you," and the boy saluted and withdrew. "Well, it is an odd case," muttered Bob, when the boy had gone. "Do you think the cotisent of the mother would be sufficient?" "If the father refused his, it might not, b!! cau s e the man's will is, in a legal sense, the only one that i s con sidered. A woman is not considered as possessing a will of he1 own in these matters. " "No, I suppose not, especially in Canada. Well, it is a queer case, but it may settle itself." There was no alarm from the enem y during the night, and in the forenoon, Dick set off with Bob and a number of th!! bo ys to see Armand's mother, as he had promised. The boys \vent on horseback, and made a good appearance a s they galloped along the road, and were generally well received, but, on coming in sight of the stone hou se , they saw Pierre Duplan and some roughlooking men, who . scowled at them. Duplan himself got out of the way in haste, but the others muttered and s cowled and seemed inclined to dispute the road! with the boys. "Forward!" said Dick, in a determined tone, and the boys da s hed on. The men quickly scattered to the right or to the left, and the boys went ahead, having no more trouble from them. They did not see w .here the Canadian had gone and did not worry ove'l' it, a s they regarded the Frenchman a s a good deal o f a braggart and not worth serious thought. Nearing the house, the boys dismounted and put their horses at the side of the road, Dick going forward to the house . As he walked up to the do or, Ruth appeared and said, in a haughty manner and a toss of her head: "I can hardly think this visit is intended for m e after hearing my opinion of rebels yesterday. " "No, it is not," carelessly. "I wish to s ee your mother and younge'r brother, Armand. " " You will fin d them somewhere ab"out, I pre sume," rudely. "You will pardon my not remaining in the house with rebels , " and the girl walked away, hoiding her skirts so as not to brush against Dick, going up the road. Dick said nothing, but as the girl disappeared a t the turn of the road, raised the knocker and was about to drop it, when the, boy came from the back of the house. "Good mo.ming, captain. My mother and I were at the barn looking after the stock. We share thls work now that my father is not at home. I would rather do it alone or hire a man, and perhaps we will. My nother will be here shortly ." "There i s no haste, Armand," said Dick . "I have been thinking over the we talked of yesterday. Have you?" "Yes, and I have talked with my mother about it. She thinks--" At that moment there were hurried footsteps, and s uddenly one of the Black W tch, a minor officer, came over a fence on a hill opposite. At the same moment Dick saw a number of the same regiment on the top of the bank oppo site the stone house at a little distance. , "Ge out of here, you rebel!" snarled the Highlander, drawing his sword and rushing at Dick. The latter had his sw ord d1awn in a moment and met the Highlander more than half way. Young Wrayburn hurried into the house as Dick and the officer rushed together. Swo r d s clashed and sparks flew, the Highlande r gaining no advantage, although he was much heavier and taller tha11 Dick . Then he attempted to close with the , young patriot, and both fell in the road at the foot of the bank. Di c k was his enemy's match in dexterity and the Highlander had fallen under him, which gave the advantage to the young patriot. The other tried to strike Dick and then to throw him off, and there was a fierc " e fight, in which Dick did not appear to. be getting the worst by any means. He disarmed the fellow, i n fact, and! now endeavored to seize hi s hands and turn him upon hi s face to overpower him. Then shouts were heard up on the hill. Others were hurrying to the spot to take part in the conflict. Dick and the Highlander were struggling fiercel y for supremacy when others of the Black Watch came leaping over the fence and down the bank to go to the officer's assistance. Then B o b and the boys ian forward to aid Dick. The first of the Black Watch down the bank, a gigantic, brawny Highlander, rushed at Bob, expecting t o annihilate him "Surrender, you arrogant rebel!" he cried with a strong burr in hi s spee c h. "Not to-day, bare legs!" '!aughed Bob , making a slash at the Highlander with his sword and taking off .his cap or "bonnet," as it was called. Others came running down the bank and found themselves in great danger of being impaled upon the bo ys' bayonets. Then Armand Wray burn came . running out of the stone hous e and cried, excitedly: "Make haste, captain! There are more of the Black Watch and a number of redcoats coming, more than you can manage!" Dick knew by the soun

THE LIBERTY B O YS AND THE BLACK WATCH 5 young soldier he was. Before reaching the stone h ouse, he saw sign:;; of Indians in the woods alongside the road, and presently heard a cry of alarm down a little Jane leading off into the woods. There were old cabins here, he knew, and hi s first thought was that one of these had been attacked b y Indians. Without a thought of danger he dashed down the J ane, and in a few moments heard wild shouts, and then came in sig4t of a cabin, in front of which were a number of Indians, two others coming out of the house -with a young girl between them. Dick darted forward, upset one of the redskins; and s eized the girl from the other, and lifted her into the saddle. Before he could get away, however, the other Indians 5'\lrrounded him and dragged him from his horse, some taking the girl and others keeping a firm hold upon the young captain ... Then a man came from th'e cabin, whom Dick at once recognized as Pierre Duplan, the French-Canadian. "Ha! -it ees you, Captain Slataire, ees it?" the man said, with a loud laugh. "You mak' ze troubl' for me, now I mak' it for you . You are ze grand rebel, ze redcoat at ze fort like to see . you ver' much, by gar, and I take you there. " The whole party hurried away into the wood.s, jipwever, taking Dick and the girl with them, but giving the two prisoner s no chance to speak to each other. The horse that Dick had ridden was taken al on g, but the path was too rough for any one to ride, and the animal was led by one of the Indians. They went on for half a mile and then halted in a rude encampment, where there were other Indians, there being a number of squaws among them. The girl was g iven in the care of two of these and taken to a birch tepee without Dick having had a chance to speak to her. must find out who she is," said Dick to himself. "I know where she lives, at any rate, and as soon as I can get away from here, I will go and find her people and tell them of her capture." Dick was then led to a stake, where the worn.: en began .jeering at him and throwing stones at him, while the Indians proceeded to tie him. All of a sudden a white boy dashed up, pu shed aside the Indians, cut Dick's bonds and said, quickly: "Run, captain, I will hold these rascals in check;' run!" The bo y was Armand Wrayburn, the brother of the contemptuous girl of the stone hous e. "No, we will fly together," said Dick , and, seizing the tomahawk from the belt of one of the Ind:ian s, he sent the fellow om his face and dashed away, Armand going with him. Quickly putting trees between themselves and the Indians, the two boys ran rapidly toward the path by which Dick had com e . Dick .had no pi s tols, but the other boy had, and he quickly fired a shot, which brought down one of their pursuers and caused c onfusion among the rest. "This way, captain," said the boy. "I ha"'1e friends near at hand. We will soon meet them," and the boy gave a loud hallo, which was answererl almost immediately, and in a few minutes two or three good-sized boys came up and joined Dick and his friend, all hastening toward the road. "They daren't touch me!" said Armand. "They a reafraid of my father at the fort. They would take you if they could, but they dare not hurt me, for the soldiers would punis h them." "Can't we g>et the girl f1:om them?" a s ked Dick. "I w ill get a party of the Liberty Boys and go there and demand her release. There are more of the boys than tliere are Indians . " "What girl is that?" asked the boy. "I did not see any girl. I saw you being carried away, and at once went to get the boys to help you . " "She live s in. a cabin tn a lane a mile or so from your house," Dick replied. "My word! that's my sister!" exclaimed one of the boys. "Was the place over this way?" asked Armand, pointing in the direction of the cabin. "Yes, I heard an alarm and dashed in, got the girl away from the red ras cals and then was caught myself, there being more than I thought there was. Then Duplan appeared. " "H'm! so he was in the plot, too, was he.?" "Yes, as he appears to be in every one that means mischief." "And the Liberty Bo y s will help me get my sister away from the Indians?" the boy asked, eagerly . "Of course they will. Let us go there now, so as to lo s e no time." All the boys agreed, and Dick noticed that Armand seemed as eager as any of the res t. They all hurried away and, although they were on foot, made good time, all being good runners. Reaching the camp of the Liberty Boys at length, Dick greatly surprised them all b y telling them to get ready to go again s t the Indians and rescue a young girl, who had been taken from her home by the red ruffians. While the boys were getting ready, Dick rapidly put on his uniform, giving directions to have horses made ready for Armand and the other boys. The Liberty Boy s were .accustomed to acting rapidly, and in a short time they were ready to set out. Away they went at a rattling pace, Armand showing them a way by which they could get to the 1-ndian encampment without going through the lane and into the woods, s o that they could ride the greater part of the distance and not have to g o so far through the woods. The boys went on rapidly but cautiously, so that the Indians might not. kno w of their coming until they were right upon the camp. At. length they espied it, and _pushed on till the began to bark, scenting Then Dick gave the signal, and the plucky fellows arose and rushed forward with a shout, the two ends of the line drawing together so as to enclose the camp. At fir s t the Indians resisted and there was a rattling of mu skets and pi stols, the whi s tling of tomahawks, the twanging of bowstrings and the thud of arrows, accompanied by the barki ng of dogs and the yelling of the redskins. One g ood volley from the boys , however, and then a determined rus h, convinced the Indians that the gallant fellows were tao many for them , and they broke a nd fled in great confusion. The birch iepee where the girl had ben placed was quickly located, and the girl hersel f rescued, the squaws seeming to be glad that she was no longer with them. The boys did not pursue the Indians and the camp not destroyed, the girl escorted home. Nothing had been seen of Duplan and it was likely that he would be dealt with summarily when next the boys met him. Not only the boys,


-..._______ --....._ 6 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE BLACK WATCH but also the people of the region would deal severely with him at the first opportunity, and if the man were wise he would probabfy leave the neighborhood without delay. Leaving the cabin in the la11e, Dick sent the greater part of the Liberty Boys back to and set off with a dozen of them to the stone house, Armand going along. They rode on till they were in sight of the stone house, when suddenly they heard a great noise 1n that direction andl then saw a number of bo ys rushing toward th e place, as if to attack it. "Forward, boys!" shouted Dick. "There will be trouble in a minute, and we must stop it!" CHAPTER V.-A Plucky Boy. anger of any man in a moment, but the mother answered, quietly: "You have been misinformed, my son is not unruly. We were attacked b y a lot of unmannerly boy s, who did the damage that you may see." "'Nonsense! The young rebels, your son among the number, did it and wm say that the law-abiding people of the neighborhoodl did it. Tut-tut, mistress, don't tell lies to me, for--" "I have nothing further to say to one who does not know what it is to b e a gentleman," interrupted the lady, and in a moment she had turned her back and went into the house. The Highlanders then went on. At that moment, having seen that the coast was cleiar and the enemy departed, Armand came into the house. "You will stay here and help mother," he said. "I am not going with the Liberty Boys. Mother With Dick, beside s Armand Wrayburn, were gave me her consent, but I am needed here. So Ben, Sam, Harry and three or four .other boys, are you, and you cannot go off to our cousin's all strong, sturdy fello ws, a rt d thoroughly trust-and r emain in idleness while mother does the worthy, and it needed but a word from Dick to work." start-them forward. "How dare you talk to me like that, Armand "Those are Tory boys, who don't like me," said Wrayburn ?" a sked the girl, angrily, and with a Armand, hurriedly, a s they dashed on. "I am toss of her head. afraid they .are making trouble for my mother." "Because you need it," the boy replied, in a As the boys came dashing up, they heard a rat-quiet but determined tone. "You are altogether tie of broken and saw stones flying. The too uppish. y OU insulted Captain Slater after he Tory boys were stoning the windows, and had had done you a service, and you insult your moth already broken a number of panes by the time er. You are going t a remain here andl do your the Liberty Boys came up. Dick was out of the share as you should." saddle in an instant and chasing after 'the boy, "I am not going to be dictated t o by a boy!" who, seeing himseli detected, took to his heels. in a haughty tone. Armand caught a boy and was proceeding to give "Your brother is right," said the mother. him a thrashing, the others having seized the "Oh, yes, you would take it up for him," an-fellows of whom they had been in chase and were grily. "You are both rebels, and I am not going giving them a livel y banging about. The others to remain in the same house with you." had escaped, knowing what was in store for them Then Ruth started to leave, but the boy took if they remained, and now the boy's mother came h e r quietly by the arm, using no force, and out. The boy he was thrashing got away, his in • a firm tone: mother calling to him: "You are going to stay here." "I don't like you to engage in this rough fight-The girl looked at him, saw hi s . determination, ing," phe said. took his hand from her arm and went into her "I :\\:now it, mother, but what could I do? Such room, removing her hat and peli ss e, and presently fellows have to be punished on the moment or it setting to work without a word. has no effect. To-night they would deny that "I must stay here, mother," the boy said. "I they had anything to do with the affair." will s ee about having the glass replaced. These The Liberty Boys now let the Tories go, the men know that they are liable andt I will complain latter losing no time in getting out of the way, of them. I know they don' t want to pay, but racing up the road as fast as they could . go. In they must be made to do so. I will speak-to a moment the tramp of many men coming down father about it. H e is not unreasonable, if he is the road was heardi; it was the Black Watch. in the king's service." "To horse, boys!" cried Dick. "You had better "No, he has never been unreasonable, my son," come with us, Armand. They will not molest the mother replied, "and we have been free to your mother, but they will seize you." think as we chose." There were a score or more of the Black Watch "Then say no more about it," saidl the bo y . "I in sight now, and the boys galloped/ away, there will remain with you, for the present, at any being too few orf them to cope with the enemy. rate." . Armand went with them, the boys regarding him The Liberty Boys meanwhile had gone on to a s one of the troop now, although he had not the day being well towards its end by the received his father's consent. The Highlanders time they reached it. came on at a run, but could not keep up with the "We have had a , chase," said Ben to Mark and boys, and presently returned, the leader stopping some of/ the others as they rode i.Il. "Those. at the house and saying to the mother: Highlanders are always a.round when they are "Your son is an unruly varlet, mistress, and not wanted, and seven or eight to thirty or' more there are orders now to put him in prison as soon are too big odds for us." as he is apprehended, so I warn you not to permit "Hallo, you've been having trouble, have you?" him to be at large." laughed Mark. All this was said in the aggres!!ive, burry style "No, we got out of it. We might have had it, of a Sco tchman, and would have aroused the but we ran away."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE BLACK WATCH I 7 CHAPTER VI.-A New Recruit. The next day Montgomery moved his position to the northwest sid'e of the fo1t, the ground being higher and better there, and began his plans for making an attack. There had been a good deal of insubordination among the tro ops, and the general now hoped to quell it by taking decid ed steps. Breastworks were thrown up and guns were trained upon the fort, but the artillery of the patriots was poor, and the bombarding had no effect upon the strong wall s and well-made breastworks. Then the Liberty Boys were sent to try and force their way in, or, at least, to d r a w the garrison out, when a g eneral attack would be made b y a strong force concealed among the trees. The gallant fellows dashed up and were attacked by a considerable number of the Black Watch, but when the troops came up the Highlanders retired and the garrison began s hellin g the patriots. These were recalled, although very little damage had been done, and Montgomery decided to try other measures. Sending for Dick, he said to young captain: "Captain, you are noted as a scout and spy, and I have decided to send you upon an impor tant mission and one which will involve great danger." "I want you to make your way to the fort at Chambl y, down the river, and a scertain its condition . It is impossible that it is not well defended, and, if it is not, I shall make my way secretly past the fort at St. J ohns and attacK: it. With Chambly reduced and communication be tween Montreal and St. Johns cut off, the subjec tion of the latter station will become an easier matter than at present." "I understand the situation perfectly, sir," Dick replied, earnestly, "and I will obtain the information that you re quire. I know that this mission is indeed a dangerous one, but it is on e that must be performed, and therefore the danger mu s t .not be considered except as another obstacle to be overcome." "Then you will undertake this mission, captain?" "Yes, and l:lt once. The sooner the better, I suppo se, general?" "Yes, captain. Whatever you niay need for your trip will be furnished you. I suppose that you will take trusted companions?" "One or two only, general, so that in case either of us is captured or injured, the other may may bring the information.''. "A good plan, captain, although too many in the expedition would be worse than too few." "I shall take my lieutenant, who has been with me b efore on dangerous missions and is thoroughl y trustworthy.. Whether one is taken with us will depend upon circumstances. I will let you know as soon as I am ready to start, which will not be long." "Very good, captain. I can trust to your judgment not to make any unnecessary delays.'' Dick then saluted and withdrew, going at once to the camp and sending for Bob. The latter shortly came into the young captain's tent and said in a tone of great earnestness: "Well, Dick, what i s it? The general sent for you, did be not? He has some important errand for you?" "Yes, Bob, one of the most important that 1 have ever undertaken and one of the most dangerous. I am to make l'l)y way to Chambly and ascertain the exact condition of the fort there. " "Jove! that is a dangerous mission, Dick, dan gerous from its very importance," said Bob . "Are you going alone?" "No, I want y ou to go with me, Bob." "Any one else , Dick?" asked Bob, greatly pleased to learn that he was to be Dick's companion on the journey . "I think we may want another, Bob, and I would like--" At that moment Mark Morrison entered the tent and said: "Armand Wrayburn is in the camp, Dick. He says that his father says he may join the Liberty Bo ys if he chooses, that it is likel y that he will do so whether consent i s given or not." " I don't think tha,t the man judges hi s son cor rectly," ob served Di ck. "I am sure that he would not join us unde'r any such condition s. In fact, he could not, for I would want to know all the circumstances." . "They have a man, an American, a distant relative of the boy's mother, and the boy i s ready to join now if you will take him. Hi s sister help!' her mother a great deal now, he says." "H'm! that's an improvement!" muttered Bob. "Wait a moment, Bo b," said Dick. "I am going to see him." Dick and Mark then left the tent, the young captain finding Armand talking with Ben, Sam and some more of the Liberty Boys. "I und$!rstand that your father Eas given hi s consent to your j oining the Liberty mys Armand?" Dick said . ' "Yes, captain," and the boy took a folded note from his pocket and handed it to Dick, who read: "My son Armand is free to join the Liberty Boys if he chooses. Jos. Wrayburn." •'That is your father's writing?" Dick asked. "Yes, captain." "And you are ready to join the company-?" "If you are willing to take me, captain," quietly. . "We are often sent on dangerous missions, Armand, where we take our lives in our hands." "I am ready to go wherever duty sends me, captain." . "You might be kill ed in the first engagement." "I do not feel that my life would have been given in vain, captain." . "We may leave here and not return again." "My mother could come to me. She is an American." "You are ready to do whatever you are told, to go wherever you are sent, and to g ive you r life, if need be, for the.cause of independence?" "I am ready, captain." "You will stand by the Liberty Boys in all that is right and give yourself wholiy to the cause?" "I will, captain,'' in a firm tone. "The Libertv Boys will get all the aid I can give them, and ' 1 will work with all my might for the cause." "If I should start you on a mission of life and death thi s very day?" asked Dick.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE BLACK WATCH ''This very hour, if you say so, captain." "You swear this?" "I do!" in a firm voice. "Armand Wray burn, you are one of us, and the Liberty Boys will protect and defend! you and aid you in everything that is right. We have all of us taken the same oath that you J:iave, and you will find that we will keep it." "Thank you, captain," said the boy, flushing with pride and pleasure. "I shall do my best to keep the oath I have taken, and when I break it, I shall not care to live a moment longer." The boys all cheered the new Liberty Boy, and many of them shook his hand warmly. "Come with me, Armand," said Dick. "I wish to see you on a mo,5t important matter." Dick led the way. to his tent, beckoning to Mark as he went on, the young second lieutenant joining him and Bob. As the boy came in after Dick, the latter said' to Bob: "This is our new recruit. I will finish what I was about to say a few minutes ago." The boys all sat down, and Dick, turning to the new recruit, s a i d in an .earnest tone: "I have been appointed to go on a most important mission, Armand, and one which entails , much danger. You are well acquainted with the region hereabout, are you not?" "Yes, captain, I know all the country from here to Montreal and beyond, and east and west of the Sorel for some "We shall be on the Sorel most of the way. You know the way to Chambly, do you?" "Yes, captain, both by the river and by the road." "There are dangers to be encountered which ever way you take?" "Yes, c•ptain, there must be, what witJI. the Indians, the enemy, wandering Canadians and lawless bands of Tories." "'I must go . to Chambly to ascertain the strength of the fort there. 'May I de'Pend upon you as a guide?" "Yes, captain," replied Armand, flushing. "You have given me an errand of the greatest trust at the very start, and you make me most proud. I shall not fail, believe me, captain." "You know both roads well?" "Yes, captain. I have been by the river and by the road, and know both very well." "Which would it be better for us to take? Lieutenant Estabrook will go with us." "Either is perilous at this time, with the enemy on all sides, but I think that. the river, perhaps, will be freer from observation. It would be pos sible to change from one to the other if we were sure of boats at all times. It might be best to start by way of the river." "I think so mysel f . We could hide our. boat when we took to the road. Later, if we took to the river again, I suppose it would be an easy matter to get another boat." "Yes, nearly every farmer along the river has one." "The w-0rst part of the way is the getting past the fort, and I think we will make that stage by boat. We will wait until evening or nearly then before setting out. I will get you a disguise and provide y ou with weapons. You are a good shot?" "A fairly good one, captain. All the boys about here can shoot some, but not many are ex perts. They u s e snares a good deal, as that is _easier. All the boys shoot some, however." "We can test you later," Dick replied, "but it is likely that you are an ordinarily good shot. Not all the LibCTty Boys are d-eadshots." . The new boy was provided with a uniform, to get him accustomed' to it, a,nd he wore it during the rest of the day, going around among the boys and appearing quite at his ease, although he felt proud and excited at being chosen by Dick so so soon to go upon such an im:Portant errand. Very little was said of the matter, although most of the boys knew that it was to be undertaken, and they were glad that Armand was going, as they all liked him and knew that he was to be trusted. The boy was sh-0rtly at his ease, the rest of them treating him as if he had always been with them and not as a raw recruit, Dfok doing the same, although he was the captain. The Liberty Boys seemed like a big family al ways, each treating the others as his equal, although some might have been in the company a much shorter time, and there was thus a friendly feeling between all the boys, and no one ielt himself the superior of"any -0ther. During the after• noon the boys amused themselves in many way s, running, wrestling, shooting at targets, riding and otherwise occupying themselves, the new re cruit taking part in all these sports and showing himself v:ery proficient in some, while in others he had something to learn. "The boy is all right, Dick," said Bob, at sup per time. "He is good natured, willing, quick to learn and obedient. You might have got a much worse recruit." "I think so myself," tersely. After supper Dick called Armand to his tent and gave him _ a well-worn suit of buckskin and a co-0nskln c ap, saying: "Put those on. I think they are a fair fit. The lieutenant and I will wear similar suits, but I will take a suit or two of rough homespun in the boat with u s, in case one of us wishes to niake a change." "Thes e things are common enough in this region not to attract attention, captain," the boy replied. "I have often worn one myself and am accustomed to them." "We will set out in a short time," returned Dick, "so get read• y and I will let you know when I want you. You speak French?" "The kind of French that is spoken around here," with a laugh. "I don't believe I could get on with the polite society tongue, however." "The other will be preferable," smiling. "I am not greatly up on the Canadian dialect myself, and your knowledge it will be of use to us." • The boy went away to put on his disguise, looking like a young Canadian boy when he next appeared and causing the others to laugh. "You will dlo, my boy," chuckled Ben. "Your name has a French sound and you 1ook like a iegular Canuck, so I don't think you will have any trouble." The new recruit replied in Canadian French, with a shrug and grimace and set the boys all to laughing again. "Sure Oi spake iligant Frinch meself," laua-hed Patsy.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE BLACK WATCH 9 "What you was knowed abouid dem French talk?" asked Carl. "Dey don'd was used it by Ireland, ain't it?" "Sure they don't, nor manny another quare thing, includin' Dootch or Rooshin, but Oi know about Frinch talk for all that, because Oi've thraveled, me bye." Dick shortly sent word that he was ready, and in a short time the three boy s made their way to the river, entered the boat which Dick had used on other occasions, and set out upon their perilous and what was to be a most eventful journey. CHAPI'ER VII.-On a Perilous Mission . The boys started down the river in the boat, the new recruit rowing at a moderate pace, Dick keeping a watch ahead, and Bob steering. Armand knew the bad places in the river even at night, and presently he steere d while Bob rowed. In this way they got over many difficulties which they would otherwise run into, and they made good progre s. Nearing the fort, Armand whispered: . "There is some one on the river in a boat." "Keep on," said Dick, in •a low tone. It may not b e any on e to be afraid of." Presently som e one called out from the river, in a strong French accent and in the patois of the region: "W. ho is that? Where are y ou g-oing?" "Just below here, to our homes," returned the new boy in the same tongue. "How are the fish? Do you catch anything?" "No, I have caught nothing yet. What fish do you catch? I am looking for rebels. Have you seen any?" "No, there are none on the river; they are safe in their beds. We are looking for blackfish. Good night, friend." "Good night, boy." . . "That was Duplan," said D ic k , m a low tone, w hen they had passed. "Yes, but what did he say?" a sked Bob. "It was utterly incomprehensible to me." The new boy told them what the fellow had said, and alided: "He is no • soldier. He must be keeping a watch on hi s own account." "He had better watch himself, then," Bob muttered. "He has not been around our neighborhood of late,' ' said Dick. "He knows the danger he runs. S s s h! There is some one els e." There was another boat on the river farther along, and now some one called out, sharply: "Who goes there? What are you doing on the river at this time?" Armand answered Something in French, but Dick could not make anything of it, nor could the man on _the river, apparently, for he said: "What is that?" The boy rattled on in the strange tongue, Bob pulling steadily the while, Armand steering. "Oh, well, go on with you, you stupid frogeater !" sputtered the other. "I don't suppose there is anything to be afraid of, anyhow. Yo u French are better to make a noise than to fight." Armand answered something which so unded like French, although rt was utte y meaningless to Dick, and the boat went on, the boy presently steering in a different direction. "It would have been hard for him to have fol lowed even if he had suspected anything, captain. We were right over a dangerous shallow.'' "But what d.'id you say t o him?" asked Dick. "I could not make head nor tail of it." "Nor any one else,"'with a low laugh. "It was not French, but merely a jargon with French tones and inflections . If he spoke the patois, . he would not understand that." ' "No, I could s ee that he did not." "Was the fellow a guard, do you ,think, Dick?" asked Bob. "Very l ikely, although I could not see him. The fort is over there, and very likeJ.y he came from it.'' There were men along shore, as Dick knew from the steady tramp, and probably they were sentries, and he spoke to the boy about them. "You do not need! to row here," the recruit answered. "Crouch low in the boat and let it ffoat down and they will not see it.'' They did as the boy suggested! and they went on, hearing the tiamp of. the men and then hear ing the bagpipes, but receiving no challenge from the shore. The sounds from the fort grew fainter and fainter, and at length they ceased to be heard, and t h e boys sat up. Farther down the river they saw the lights in a house on shore, ancf Dick suggested that as it was not late they might go ashore and perhaps learn something from the people of the house. "There i s a settlement there,'' said Armand. "The trees hide the other houses, but I know 'hat they are there. Some of the people are French and some are Scot c h. They are all Royalists, although the two sets don't mix very well.'' They put in toward shore and hid the boat in the bu shes in case they might want it again, and made their wa•y to the first house they had se en, Armand knocki-ng at the door. The people of the house were French, and very ho spitable, espe-ially as they took the boys to be of their own nation, Armand keeping up the greater part of the _ conversation. Dick understood the talk, whichAhe new boy led around to matters of interest to the people of the region, saying, at length: "There is the fort at Chambly. The rebel s can never subdue that.'' "I don't kn ow,'' repl i ed the Frenchman. "It is not so strong as one thinks, and the Governor would be afraid, but he knows that the Americans cannot break down fhe fort at St. Johns, or get by it.'' . "Oh, but Chambly i s Yer y strong and well gar risoned." "No, not so well, but it will do so long as the Amer ican s cannot get to i t. Carleton s hould make it strong, but then the season is and as long a s the Americans cannot get beyonJ St. Johns , it not matter so much." "Perhaps they will get past it sooner tl:an you think," was Dick's thought. "This is something to lcnow. I must satis fy myself i f it is the mm, however, a s that is the irain o bj!:!ct of mission." Having learned this nrnch , DiLk p,..,,,.._n.iy gav e


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE BLACK WATCH the boy a signal, and in a few moments they arose to go. ;_rhe Frenchman and his family urged them to remain, but 'Armand said that they must go and thanked tt1em all for having entertained them. The boys went on, therefore, Dick saying, when well away from the house: "I think we will go on by foot and approach the fort from the land side. That will give us a better idea of it." "But if it should not be as the Frenchman said?" rejoined Bob. "That is what I wish to find out. That is what we have come down here to find out, in fact. We must see others, we must see for ourselves." The boys went on at a good jog, and at length came to a tavern by the roadside, where there were lights and noise and sound of music. "Do you know this place, Armand?" Dick a s ked. "Yes, it is a tavern much frequented by the French Canadians, and especially by those who are opposed to British rule in Canada.1 We are likely to hear something here." The boys went in, carelessly, no one noticing them for a time, evei y body seeming to be talking at once , laughing, singing, eating a _nd drinking, and a few dancing. Presently the landlord came up to them and said, in French, naturally suppposing that they would understand him: "You are travelers, I suppose? Will you remain here for the night, or are you going on? You will have something to eat and drink?" "Yes, a bite of something," the new reCl'uit replied. "We are going to Chambly." . "Ah! to help the E .nglish take care of it, to tell them. how to defend it so that the Americans shall not get it?" "Why, yes, surely," with a laugh. "You think that good?" "Ah, for me, I do not care if the Americans would get it and drive the British out. Then perhaps we shall have the country for our own. Let me tell you, neighbor, that it is not such a difficult matter to take the fort, did the Americans but know it." "But if they do not know it then the fort is safe." "That is it. You are a wise lad. I will bring you something at once." "There is the same story, Dick," said Bob. "There must something in it." "Yes, Bob, but we must find out for ourse lv es." There was a clatter of hoofs and a rattle of wheels, some one calling to a horse in a loud voice, and then in a few moments two newcomers entered, one a carter and the other Duplan. "There is Duplan," said Armand. "He will scarcely know us, do you think?" "We must puzzle him. He knew me once be fore when I was in disguise, but I don't believe he will now, as long as I have been warned." Dick brushed his hair over his forehead, a!! sumed a tremendous squint and drew down his jaw in such a fashion that it quite altered the shape and express ion of his face. Duplan came toward them, looked at Dick and said, inquiringly: "By gar! do I know you, or ees it zat I am mistake? Oo you are, my friend?" Dick squinted worse than ever and replied, in good French: "Who are you, animal, that you should talk. to me? I do not speak to such beasts, pig!" The man laughed, shrugged his shoulders, and in very bad French mad-e reply: "Pardon me, I make a mistake. You are not the person I think you are. Will you ha-ve a glass of wine with me?" "Ah, I do not understand the horrible language you use!" said Dick, in a 'tone of disgust. Duplan did not pay any attention to either Bob or Armand, and now went away with a shrug and a laugh. "Do you think he followed us?" asked Bob. "No, it was me1el y accidental, his coming down here." Near the boys, the men shortly began talking of the very subject 'that they were interested in, the condition of the fort at Chambly and expressing the same opinion expressed by the landlord a few minutes before. Duplan joined this group and presentl ysaid: "But the American he do not know dis. Ah! if we shall tell him? We will be better off? Will he give ze fort to us? No, hy gar! he keep it for himself. If I see ze rebel come here I let ze redcoat know. I .sink I see him, but he is some othaire man." "Where you s ee him?" asked one . "Over there. No,. dat is not him, he is gone. " Dick had assumed an entirely different look now and the Frenchman did not recognize him. Then others came in, took seats between the boys and Duplan -and his view of them was shut off. They ate what had been brought them, and then Dick settled the score a.nd said: "I think we will leave. Even if we do not make the twelve miles to-night I think it will be best not to remain here." The boys went on until it began to g10w late and the people were shutting up their houses, when they found a tavern tw o or three miles from the one where they had been. "If we do not stop here we shall be obliged to sleep out of doors or in some one's barn," ob:.. served Dick, " s o I think we had better decide to remain here." They went in, accordingly, and applied for a night's lodging, and had just made terms with the landlord, the three of them to occupy one room, when in came several men of the Black Watch. "Hallo! what are these men doing down here?" thought Dick. The men looked sharply at the three boys, and one, a sergeant, said: The man spoke in broad Scotch, and Dick replied , in good French: "What do you say to me? I do not under stand." The man looked puzzled and answered, with a roar: . "Ooch! he's a Frenchy and I took him to be an American re bel, one of those villainous Liberty Boys that had the audacity to give us so much trouble." Then Armand spoke to him in Canadian patois, asking him what he had said: "My word, man, you're worse than the other!" the Highlander replied, and the boys were left alone, speed il y going to the room assigned to them. The landlord explained that a number of


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE BL ACK WATCH 11 the Highlanders had come to the house that night and that more were expected, which was why he had been obliged to put them in on e small room with only: one bed in it. "Where are they going, to the fort at Chambly?" a sked Dick. "Dear knows that it needs somebody to take care o f it," the man replied, with a laugh. "I think they are -going to Montreal, but I am not certain. They are an outlandish lot." "Let me sleep on the floor, captain," said the new recruit when the landlord had gone. "I do not mind it." "No, there is r oom enough for us all here," Dick replied. "We are u sed to sleeping anyway at times, and it will be cold for you on the floor. The bed is big, if the ioom is not, fortunately, and there will 1be room enough for the three of us in it." Bo b said the same as D i ck, and the boys went to bed, leaving the candle burning. Dick was not yet asleep, the others having dropped off , when he heard a low voice say, just outside: "'rhey're awake yet. Wait! I am satisfied that they are rebels, and when they are good and asleep , w e 'll arrest the lot o f them." The voice was that of the sergeant of the Black Watch . CHAPTER VIII.-Slipping Ou t of the Enemy' s Hands. Dic k Slater's hearing was particularly acute or he would not have heard the sergeant, who spoke in a low tone . "All right," whispered some one el s e. "I had my doubts of thf)m myself. It won't do to dis turb them now, for they are great fighters. " Then the tw.o men went away, Dick hearing their stealthy steps going do w n the hall for some moments. "Somebody has been talking to the sergeant or else he 'has been turning the matter over in his mind," t.hought Dick, "till he has come to the conclusion that he was fooled and is now going to get even with us. When a man like that makes up his mind there i s no ,changing it. I must wake up the boys. That candle won't burn so very much longer, and we must be away from here before it goes out." ) Dick then got up and dres&'ed himself and awaked Bob , who was not a heavy sleeper, say-ing, quietly: . "The sergeant has found out who we a1e in someway, Bob, and a s soon as we are all a sl eep he i s coming here to arrest us." . "He is, eh?" echoed Bob, getting up and begin ning to dress . "How did you find that out, "I was not asleep and I heard the sergeant and some one else talking the matter over out side the door. They thought we were all awake, s eeing the light of the candle under the door." "H'm! We'd better wake Armand. I wonder if he sleeps heavily? We cannot make too much noise." "No, we cannot. I vvill see what I can d o," and Dick began to shake the boy gently and to say, close to his ear: "Armand, wake up. It is time to stand guard. Armand, wake up, the enemy are coming!" "How w ould a drop of water on his face do, Dick?" asked Bob. "No , he might suddenly start ap.d make a noise that would arouse s u spicion. Wait a moment." The boys c ould hear distant noises in the house, and suddenly the sound of bagpipes was heard. At once the sleeping boy started up in bed, look ing around him, rubbed his eyes, Dick and Bob standing in the room, heard the sound of the pipes again and said, in an earnest tone: "The enemy, captain! What are we going to do?" "Are you awake, Armand?" asked Dick. "Here, rub yo u r face with this," and Dick handed the re cruit a wet towel. He passe d it. ove r his face and then asked: "You are both dres sed . Is it time to get up? It does not seem as if I had been to s leep long." "No, you have not. The sergeant suspects us, my boy. He is coming here with s ome others as s oon as he thinks we are fast asleep and is going to arrest u s. We must be away from here befo r e the candle burns out." The boy was wide awake now and got up and began to dress himself, asking earnestly: "How are we going to get away, captain? The house is full of those fellows; tlley will see us." "The window looks out upon a shed or exten sion with a sloping roof. I do not think it is very high, and I believe we can make our way to the edge and drop off." =--"We might :use the bedclothes for a rope, Dick , " suggested Bob. '.'Yes, but I hardly think we will need it." "All right, Dick, but where will we go when we leave here?" "I think we shall be able to find a place s ome where," with a smil e. Armand dressed himself rapidly, seeing that the candle was not likely to burn many minutea longer, and soon they were all ready, Dick open ing the window and looking out. "I will go first/to make sure that it is safe Bob," he said. "You ought t o let me do that, captain," urged the new recruit. "I am not o f as much import ance as you are, and it will not make s o much dif ference if I am hurt." "I fuust look after my boy s , Armand, and se e that they are not hurt," returned Dick, stepping out and lowering himself to the s hed roof, only a short distance. " You go next," said Bob, "as so on as the cap tain s ign als, and I will follow after I have cl o sed the window." _ In a few minutes the distant barking of a dog was heard, and Bob said: "It i s all right; you can slide down, but don't go too fast. " the captain signaled?" the boy asked in s urpris e . "Yes, by one of our signals. We will teach you them, as it is important that should know them." , Armand did not ask any questions, but got out of the window and followed Dick, who helped him when h e got to the edge of the roof, it being a drop of about four feet from there to the 2round.


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE BLACK WATCH Bob got out, closed the window, the candle not having more than two or three minutes more to burn, and came down the roof, joining the boys at the bottom. They could see the light in the window they had just left; and Dick said quietly: "We will make for the road. There is some noi se in the house yet, and I do not think the ser' geant will think to go up for some time, and the farther away we are the better." They could hear the sounds of hilarity in the house as they hurried toward the road, but no one came out, and there was no alarm given and up to the time that they lost sight of the lights, some distance on, they heard nothing to cause them uneas iness. "The sergeant and the resf are too busy with other things to think of us," said Dick, "and they may not go up to the room again till midnight. There was a chance that they might, however, and it was as well not to lose any time." "You would have had a harder time to wake me if you had waited another hou1 ," declared Armand. "I am hard to awaken when I get good and sound asleep." "I feared you might be," Dick returned, "and I was glad, therefore, that you had not been asleep very long. We are accustomed to sleeping lightly, and you will do the same after you get better used to it. It i s all a matter of habit." "Yes I believe it is." The '"boys walked for s ome little time longer, seeing no lights in any of the houses they passed and finding no inns open. At length they came to a haystack in a field, and Dick said: "There is no need of our walking all night, nor staying awake. There is a haystack, which will afford a good .bed for all of us, and the sooner we make use of it the better." The boys went over to the haystack, made three cosy nests in it and were soon sound asleep and as comfortable as they would have been in the bed at the tavern they had left. Dick awoke first in the morning, hearing the sound of bagfipes playing merrily at some little distance. He looked out cautiously and saw the Highlanders coming along the road at a quick march. He watched them come on and go by, disappearing around a turn of the road in the distance." "I'd like to know where they are going?" he asked himself. "We will have to go on and find out, but I think I will give them plenty of time, as the sergeant might be hanging about and know us." He took another nap, therefore, both Bob and the new recruit s le eping soundly and not awaking till h e called them. "We ought to have made bundles of our other suits and brought them with us," muttered Bob, as tl;i.ey walked along. "If Duplan or any one who has seen us should come along they. would know us." "There is one suit we can have, Bob," said Dick, with a !'liugh, as he pointed to an old scarecrow standing in a field a short distance on. "I doubt if it • is worth wearing after having been expo s ed t o the weather, for we don't know how long, Dick." "One of us might put it on over our other clothes," s uggested the new recruit. Then it will bs sure to hold together." • "Not a bad idea," laughed Bob. Reaching the scarecrow they found that its clothing consisted of an old pair of breeches and a torn coat; very much the worse for wear. These were too big for Armand, and Dick said: "I do not want to exchange with him, so I think I will take your suggestion, Armand, and put the things on over my own." r They found the scarecrow's hat lying on the ground, and Dick put it on, after donning the wretched clothes worn by the creature. They went on together for a time and then, seeing a house by the wayside, Bob and the new boy went in and asked for breakfast, offering to pay for the same. The people were French and would not take anything, the boys eating all they wanted and being given a bundle of food to take away with them. While they were in the house, Dick waiting at a little distance, saw a man approaching on horseback, whom he knew at once to be Pierre Duplan. A s he came up, Dick stepped out into the middl. e of the road, took off his battere d hat and said in a whining tone: "Giv.e me a pen;ny, sir, if you have any pity on a poor fellow." ' "No, by gar! I wee! not. Go to work, you beg gaire!" stormed the man, and he rode on at a gallop, never recognizing Dick. "It was just as well that he came by at thi! time," laughed Dick, when the man had gone on. "He would have known u s, seeing us together, but he did not know me, and the others were safe." . The two boys indoors heard s ome one go by on horseback, but did not see who it was and had no idea that it was Duplan. When they came out at length and joined Dick, the latter told them of hi s adventure with the Canadian. "The old clothes ca)lle in very convenient, then," laughed Bob. . "Yes, for if I had not had them and we had all stopped at the house of the Frenchman, this fel low would not doubt have gone there as well and would have known u s .'' "Jovel you're right, Dick. Your asking for alms frightened him off, and he would not go to the house for fear you would follow him there." "That was just why I did it. I was satisfied that he would not know me, but I did not want him to see you.'! "Yes, but if all" these fellows that we know are going ahead of us, Dick, we may have lots of trouble when we get to Chambly," declared Bob. "They may go on, Bob, or we may not run across them when we get there. We mus t not cross the bridge before we get to it.'' "Very true, but it is as well to be prepared.'' "Yes, but we u sually have our eye s open and our wits about'us, Bob," with a smile: Dick had his breakfast from the food which Bob had brought, and the boys went on, Dick go ing well ahead, on account oI his shabby clothing, and also to keep a watch upon the road and warn the others if any danger threatened. They proceeded thus for a mile or two, when Dick saw a number of in front of a tavern talking to Duplan. He broke a twig from a bush at the side of the road and, as the boys were not in sight, threw it in the middle of the road and went on. This was a signal to Bob to be cautious, as there were enemies ahead of him and he


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE BLACK WATCH 13 better wait for a signal m;fore going on. He went on carelessly, halting at the tavern and regarding the redcoats with great curiosity. "You say the rebels cannot get past St. John's?" asked one of the redcoats. "No, dey cannot, eet is -too strong for dem." "H'h ! Good thing for us it is, for we could not stand much of a siege. I don't know what Sir Guy is thinking of, not to put a stronger force here." _ "Ha I It is all right, he no mak' de mistak', de rebel no can to get here when dere i s de fort deer so strong." "They wont' even let us have the detachment of the Black Watch, but have sent them on to some other place." "That is well to know," thought Dick. "I thought we would have another brush with the fellows." "Ha! Zat ee s notting , de rebel no can coma here," said Duplan, "if ze fort is notting but papaire, ze 'ouse of de card." "Well, my shabby friend, what can I do for you?" asked the redcoat, suddenly catching sight of Dick. "Can I have a few moments of your time?" Dick replied, beckoning mysteriou sly to the redcoat as he stepped back. "Ah! He hask for ze penny," laughed Duplan. "What do you want, my ragged friend?" the redcoat asked, following Dick a few paces. "Don't trust the Frenchman nor tell him too much," said Dick. "He i s a spy, and will tell the . rebels all that he hears. Do not trus t him nor let him get out of your sight too long." "But who are you that you know all this?" in great surprise. "I am a spy myself, from St. Johns . What he has told you i ' s true, the rebels cannot get past, but do not let him go bm; k and tell them anything." '\.. Duplan had gone on while was talking to the redcoat, and now the latter suddenly went after him and Dick was left alone. CHAPTER IX.-More Danger by the Way. Dick hurried back and found .the boys waiting in the road where he had thrown the stick broken from the bush. Armand had wondered why Bob should suddenly stop and had asked him the reason . . "That is a signal that there are enemies ahead and that we had better wait. for a time," Bob replied. , "What i s a signal?" "Thi s bit of bush. That is one of our signals. We have many such and you w ill know them in time." The boys waited by the roadside, therefore, till Dick came alo n g and said: "l saw some redcoat s . Duplan was there also and I warned them against him. They will prevent hi s going back, and we shall be free to act as we rilea se . T h e fe llo w did not hear me tell the redcoats, and he wi11 wonde r how they found out about him. He would betiay them as readily as he would betray us, but now he will have no chance to do any mi schief." Dick then told the boys what had 'happened, both being greatly interested in the stow. "What will you do, Dick?" asked Bob. "All these stories seem to tell the same thing. The fort at Chambly 1s evidently very poorly defended, and once we can get by the fort at St. Johns we will have very little trouble in reducing it." "Yes, that is what we have heard from several sou rces, Bob, but I was sent down here to find it out for myself and we must go ahead and get the information first hand." " "I have not the slightest objection to that," laughed Bob. "I am ready for any adventure, in fact, and I don't think that Armand will draw back." "No,-not if the captain wi shes me to go ahead," replied the new recruit, "and I can show you a road which will take us away from the redcoats, if you do not want to meet them again just now." "It would be better not to do so," declared Dick briefly. "Very well. Come with me and I will show you a good road. It is a little longer, perhaps, but that does not matter." The boys went on, keepig together now, as there was no especial reason for their separating as there h a d been before. They went on for some time and at last got around into the other road and proceeded toward the fort . . Coming in sight of this, Dick said to Bob: • " .Go ahead, Bob, in as careless a manner a s you can and get into the fort upon some pretence or another. I think it is likely that people do come and go and you may have no trouble. I would be known if I and i:night be questioned, but y.ou will be safe from any such annoyance." "All right, Dick," Bob replied promptly, being glad of the chance to do something, and the n he set out alone, the others waiting. He saw som e men going into the fort and fol lowed the m, meeting with no opposition and getting into the place unquestioned. H e saw Duplan with a number of redcoats , but, as there were others dressed in a similar fashion to the young lieutenant, the Frenchman did not recognize him. The redcoats seemed to be keeping a careful watch upon the Canadian, and followed him about wherever he went, causing Bob to l!lugh quietly, as he knew the reason for this watchfulness. Duplan did not s uspect the of it apparently, and s eemed to b e very proud at 'having the constant company of the redcoat s . "He will be glad to get away from them after a time," chuckled Bob, ' !and then there will be trouble. I can imagine his disgust when he finds himself practically a prisoner." Bob had abundant opportunity to look about him, and he saw very soon that the fort was not at all adequately defended, and that it would not be able to stand a long siege f_rQm a determined lot of m en , such as Montgomery had with him. He kept with o.thers who were dressed as he was and seemed to b e one of the pa?ty and s o escaped suspicion. He waited until they were going out and went with them or rather followed them, they being French Canadians mostly and speaking a patois which he understood very little of. He


' 14 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE BLACK WATCH "\ got away from them without trouble and made his way back to Dick and the new recruit. "The stories are true, Dick," he said. "The fort, while strong in itself, is very poorly defend ed, and I do not believe we would have much trouble in reducing it in a short time." Dick knew that Bob was thoroughly trust worthy and he was as well satisfied, therefore, as if he had seen the fort for himself. "Verygood, Bob," he said, "and now, accomplished what we came here for, I thmk we had better get back as s oon as we can." They set•off together and went on for about five miles without trouble, meeting no one who had any suspicion that they were patriots. They ate the rest of the food that Bob had 'brought from the Frenchman's, and finally stopped at a wayside inn to rest. While they were here they . heard the tramp of men and, looking out, saw some of the Black Watch coming. ' "That is awkward," muttered Bob. "Perhaps they are going to remain at the fort to defend it." "Perhaps not," returned Dick. "What I am thinking of i s that they may come here and some of them may recognize us. Get ready to go in a hurry, boy s ." The Highlanders came on and in a very short time Dick realized that they were going to stop. Some went around to the rear and some came in at the front, a number remaining outside. _Dick remained in the tap-room, Bob and Armand mak ing their way q:uickly to the ba_wk of the house, secreting themselves in a cupboard which seemed to be little u sed . Several of the Highlanders come into the tap-room where Dick was sitting and at first paid no attention to the shabby-looking, fellow in the corner. Then some of the Tory boy s who had attacked Armand came in, and one of these, sharper than the rest, looked at Dick and whispered something to a group of the High landel'S. The carrying powe1 of a whisper is al ways greater than that of a low tone, and though the Tory boy did not know this, Dick heard what he said with perfect distinctness. "That ragged fellow over in the corner is Dick / Slater, the rebel spy," he whispered. "I know him first-rate. I seen him at St. Johns." "My word! I believe the cub is right," the man muttered. "There's no harm in arresting him, anyhow, for he's a vagabond if nothing else, and s hould be given in charge." Other Highlanders came in by the rear door at that moment and the first advanced upon Dick, one of them saying: "Arrest the rebel spy! There he is, that scare crow-looking fellow in the corner." Dick was quickly surrounded, the landlord saying: _' "Well, if he is not a spy he has no business here. Lock the varlet up in the cu.eboard-'.' Dick was hurried away by three or four of the so l di ers, a pot-boy going along to show them the way. The cupboard was the same in which Bob and the new recruit had taken refuge, Dick be ing bundled into it without ceremony, no one no ticing the two boys already there. "Hallo! Where is the key?" asked the boy. "Run and get it, sJtpid ! We will wait for you." The boy i;an off and the men stood around, having no idea that Dick would attempt to escape. "Hallo! Is that you, Dick?" asked Bob. "Yes, there are only four of the Highlanders out there. That is one apiece and one over. Come on, I think we can manage them." The four Highlanders were greatly surprised to see the door fly open and three boys instead of one suddenly rush out. Then, before they were aware of it, the boys hurried them inside and closed the door upon them. It was a tight fit and they were not able to do much for themselves, having so little room to work in. They tried to push open the door, but the boys held it and now the pot-boy came along with the key. Dick quiet ly took it away from him and locked the door, taking the key out. "Now get out of here!" he said, "and if you say a word as to where these fellows are we'll lock you in with them." The boys then hurried away, making the pot . boy go with them, Dick taking the key with him. The y went out by the rear door, sent the potboy running up the road, while they went down and were s oon out of sight of the inn. The Highland ers could make a noise if they could not get out, and in a few minutes they succeeded in attract ing the attention of the landlord, who came and let them out, the door having to be broken down, however, before this could be acc ompli shed. By this time Dick and the res t had disappeared, and the pot-boy had not returned to explain matters. The boys went on at a good rate until they reached the place where they had left the boat, and here they changed their clothes and set off down the river. "Well, I don't suppose we will have any more adventures now," observe'cl Bob, "and we should be back at the camp in a few hours." "We may hav to be careful in making our way past the fort," declared Dick, "for the garrison will be watching for spies f;rom down the iiver and will be likely to question us." . "Yes, that is so, but we need not go past the fort on the river. We can leave it before that and go around." "Which is what I think we will do." • They went on for some distance, and at last we1 e near a spot where Dick thought they had better go ashore, when he said to Bob: "Pull in closer. to the bank, Bob. The current is pretty strong against us here and we can make better progress nearer the bank." Bob pulled a little closer to the bank than Dick had intended, and all of a sudden half a dozen Indians leaped out, some -of them wading up to their knees in water, and the boys were dragged ashore. Amand klcked out vigorously and suc ceeded in getting away from his captors, but Dick and Bob were carried off by the Indians, who rec ognized the former, one of them saying with a grunt: "H'm! Paleface boy Chief Slater, make heap trouble for Injun, now Injun make plenty trouble for white boy." . Dick recognized the Indians as some of those who had carried off"Grace Wannott, and said to Bob: "These are the rascals that had me before. Theywill take care to keep me this


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE BLACK WATCH "Yes, but they did not get Armand, and if he cannot do any better he will go and get the Liberty. Boy s to come to the rescue." "Yes, but I think he will try to get us away himself. He i s a resourceful boy, and I do not doubt that he will find a means to get 'away from the red ruffians." The boys were hurried away, the boat being left t o go downstream, and at length the Indians halted a mile from the river and proceeded to discuss what was to be done with the prisoners . The b oys were ti!:!d to trees , but were not di sarmed, a s the Indians saw no weapons upon them and d id not suppose that they had any. Then they began talking about the boys, the latter understanding nothing of what was said, however. The Indians did not pay any attention to the boys, but talked away in short sentences with a g o od many grunts and shrugs, some o f them becoming greatly excited. "What do you supose they are going. to do, Dick?" asked Bob, in a low tone, although he could have u s ed a louder one and not have been not.iced. "I can't tell, I don't understand a word they say. " The y are all very earnest, and I guess they mean to do something extra by the way they talk. " . "Can you get your hands free, Bob?" a sked Dick. "No, they took pains to fas t e n them pretty tight , and I only hurt myself trying to g e t them loo se." "The same with m e," said D i ck. CHAPTER X .-The New Boy at Work. Armand Wrayburn, as both Dick and Bob supposed h e would, followed the India n s, t aking care not to be seen by them, howe v e r' . The boy was brave , but h e was cautious als o, and did not wi s h to take too many ris k s , knowing that if he w ere capt ured the Liberty Boys would not know_ wha t had b ec ome of the m and w oul d b e waiting while per h a p s the India n s mi ght be taking them mile s a w a y . When the redskins halte d a t length, the n e w recruit cre p t a s clo s e as he dared and watche d the m. "I wish I kne w ' some of their signals," he s 1d to himse lf. "Then I could let the m know tha t I am here. Perhaps they know it, how ever." Whe n the Indians squatte d a round on the ground and began to talk, the boy made hi s way cautiously around back of where Dick and Bob was tied and began creeping toward the m with great care. He kne w that the snapping of a twig, the flying back of a branch or the loo sening of a stone would-arous e the redskins in a moment, and he was extra cautious, therefore, in making his way toward the boys . He kept the trees b etween himself and the Indians and crouched clo s e to the ground, gradually getting. nearer and till at last he v enture d to run in suddenly and cut the thongs that fastene d Dick's wris t s . The Indians he ard the sound aild leaped to their feet in an instant. The boy at onc e slas hed the thong that bound Dick to the tree and hande d him a pistol. "Take this, captain," he gasped. "I have one, cut Bob l oose!" cried Dick, leveling both of his pistols at the Indians. They halted and Armand released Bob, who quickly drew his own pistols and said sharply: "Get out ofhere, you red ruffians, or I'll shoot your top-knots off!" They may not have understood what he said, but they understood his action and hesitater! about attacking three such determined boys. "Get away, boys!" said Dick in a low tone. "Thes e fellows are trying to steal around behind you. Hurry, I will hold them." "Come with me, Armand," said Bob. " I will l o o k out for these wily scamps. " The two boys hurried away, and Dick suddenly ran after them when they had gone a hundred feet. The Indians started after him, but he t urned quickly and fired, wounding one of them in the leg and causing three o r four to fall ovei him. Then he ran o n and quickly joined the b o y s . "Do you know your way to the camp?" Dick asked the recruit. "Very well, captain. I will show it t o you." "We know it, but I think it is best t o separate, taking a different direction. " "All right," said Bob. They were running on, the Indians coming after them, when Dick said to Armand: "Hurry on, my boy, we will cover your retreat. " The boy das hed ahead, having no thought but to obey. Dick and Bob fired a shot or two at the Indians and then hurrie d to a thicket, where they w ere out of sight. PaS'Sing through it, they set out in d i fferent directions , the new boy being no longer se e n. "They can't catch him now," said Dick. "Hm.: ry, Bob." The Indians did not see them at once, and the n Bob di s a p p eared behind a great bould er, and they were s om ewhat afraid to' follow for f ear that h e would fir e upon them. The y hunie d after Dick, but he shortly m anaged to elude them and hurried on at such a rate that when the Indians ne x t saw him he had gaine d con siderably upon the m . "They . will have to run pretty fast to ge t m e now," he muttered, k eeping on at the sam e swift pace. Meanwhile, Armand arrive d at the camp, taking a s ho rter route than either of the others . He at once found Mark and said excitedly: "The c aptain and Lieutenant E stabrook are chase d by Indians. The captain sent me ahead. He m a y need help, and I will lead you to where I think he i s. " A score of the boy s were shortly in the saddl e, Mark le ading the m, with the new iecruit a s a guide. They could not ride all the way, but Arm and finally led them throug h the woods toward where he thought Dick would be. As it har-,,cned he guessed very nearly the place, for, hearing firing, they found that Dick was two or three hundred feet to the south of them, being purs ued by Indians . They quickly cl}anged their cours e and greatly a stonis hed the Indians by suddenly opening fire upon them, whereat the reds reh'eat ed in has te. "Have you seen Bob?" a s k e d Dick of Mark. "No; A r m and "sp oke of you onl y . I guess he thought you were of more importance."


16 . THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE BLACK WATCH "I fancy he is safe enough, but would over in that direction." be lay down the 1iver. The .artillery was placed upon batteaux and, accompanied by a strong force, was floated past the fort at St. Johns, no on e knowing or even suspecting what was going on. The Liberty Boys rode their horses, made a detour, and went to the head of Chambly rapids, where the artillery was to be landed. They set off to find Bob, but missed him. See ing no Indians nor a'ny traces of them, however, they conc luded that Bob 'was safe and returned to the camp. Here they found Bob, who was glad to learn that the others were safe. Dick now told the new recruit to put on his uniform, and went off to put on his own, telling Bob, on the way, to do the same. "I am over to s ee the general," he said, "and I want you with me. I am going to take Armand with us, for he shared the dangers of the expedition with us and did much to insure its success . " "So he did," replied Bob, "and it will be no . more than right to let him tell his part. o f it." . The new recruit was very proud at being asked to go with Dick and Bob to see the general, and the boys cheered him when he came out all ready to join the young captain lieutenant, Bob having told Mark some of their adventures and giving Armand due credit for what he had done. The three rode away to General Montgomery's camp and were shortly admitted to the general's presence when he learned what their errand was. Dick related briefly what they had learned at Chambly, giving Bob and the new recruit due credit for what they had done. The general then questioned each of the boys in turn so as to get at all the facts , and said at length: "I am veatly pleased with the success of your mission, captain, and must compliment you upon the able assfatants you have had. As for Lieu tenant Estabrook, I have known his bravery and effectiveness before and I am not surprised that he should have done so well, but in Private Wray burn you have a valuable acquisition t o your com pany and I trust that he may remain with you as as there are any Liberty Boy." The new recruit blushed with pride and pleas ure and thanked the general in a few words for his good opinion. "As soon as there ii; anything to do, captain," added Montgome.ry, "you may be sure that the Liberty Boys will have a chance to take part in it, and I am satisfied that they will do their duty, as they have always when called upon." The three boys then saluted and returned to the camp, where they were received with the greatest heartiness by all the rest. After supper the boys occupied thems elves in various ways, the sentries being placed, as they always were, no matter if no enemy were expected, the Liberty Bo y s always exercising the greatest vigilance. ). CHAPTER XI.-The Fort Attacked. Having learned the condition of the .fort at Chambly, General Montgomery decided to take tqe fir s t opportunity and go down there and make ari attack, upon the success of which depended the subjection of St. Johns and the moving on to ,Montr eal. Meanwhile he kept up a belligerent at titude with regard to the fort at St. Johns so as t ) d ec eive the garrison c oncerning his intentions i n r elation to Chambly. At length there came a dark night and he decided to set off without de -Here the guns were placed upon carriages and taken to the point of attack, everything being done quietly and with the greatest expedition.. In the morning the garrison at the fort was greatly surprised to see guns directed against it and a con siderable force of patriots gathered outside, the whole being unde1 the command of Col onel Bedell, of New Hampshire, assisted by Major Brown, of Massachusetts, and Major Livingston, of New York. Dick Slater and all the Liberty Bqys were on hand and ready to do their duty, be ing proud of the trust reposed in them. It was th'rough the efforts of their brave captain that they were there, and they felt a great pride in him and in all who had assisted him in the ex pedition to Chambly. Bob Estabrook had always been hefd in the highest esteem, of coui;se, but Armand WraybJ!rn was the newest recruit, and yet he received great praise, the boys all feeling that they had acquired a noteworthy acquisition in him and his prajses were sounded on all sides. The attack was begun with great vigor, for every on e knew how much .depended upon it and all 'were determind to do their best. The garrison, utterly dumfounded at the appearance of the patriots, and seeing hpw strong a force there was, made but a feeble re sistance, and the fort soon s urrendered. The C!lP ture of Chambly was a most important victory, for it gave the patriots the means to prosecute' the siege of the fort at St. Johns with greater vigor. Their own artillery had not been sufficient, but in the capture of Chambly fort they secured a large quantity of ammunition and a number of mortars, besides a considerable amount of pro visions of which they were in need. A number of officers and nearly a hundred privates were taken, there being many women and children in the fort, thes e being allowed to accompany the prisoners, who were sent with their baggage to Connecticut. Meantime at St. Johns there was begun the erection of a strong battery within two hundred and fifty yards of the fort, a block-house being built in front of it on the opposite side of the river. Knowing the importance of getting early information of Carleton's intentions, Colonel Warner sent for Dick, whom he well knew by reputation, and said: "I would like you to go and reconnoiter, cap tain, and see what yo u can learn of the enemy. I know your reputation as a spy, and I am certain that if there is anything to be learned you will learn it." "I will do all I can, colonel," Dick replied, and at once he returned to the camp and sent for Bob. "Get Armand," he said, "and a number of the boys and .prepare to go on another expedition. We had better go disg'1J.ised and not have t oo large a ' force. Seven 01 "eigh t of us will be s uffi cient. I want Armand, as he is well acquai11ted with the country and will be an excellent guide.•


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE BLACK WATCH 17 "Beside's being brave and thoroughly capable," added Bob. "Yes, altbough he would be of service as a guide without that," smiling. "Being all three makes him more valuable." Bob went off and spoke to a number of the boys, including Ben Spurlock, Sam Sanderson and Harry Judson, and then told the new recruit that Dick wanted him as a guide. "I am ready to do anything that the captain wishes, lieutenant," the boy replied promptly. "Procure a disguise at once,'' Bob continued. "There will be seven or eight. of us .all told, and you will ' have company." "I -will be ready in ten minutes," said the boy, and then he ran off to make his preparations. The boys set out in half an 'hour, Dic}j:, Bob, Armand and Harry Judson going ahead. and Ben, Sam, Will and Ar:thur following at some little distance, being well able to pick up the trail of the rest. They went down the river, below the rapids for a distance and then Armand said to Dick: "The river here in not na,vigable, and if any force comes from Montreal it will be likely to come by the road, so I think we had better go that way, captain." "I s hould think so myself,'' Dick replied. "Make your way in the direction of the river something ,. abo.ut Montreal." , They had gone four or five miles and were on the road when they saw a stone house a short distance and noticed a man ride up and dismount. "There is Duplan !" exclaimed the new recruit. Tbe man evidently had not seen them, but they dodged back intc;i the bushes at the side of the road and watched him enter the house. "We must wait till the others come up,'' said Dick. "Run back, Armand, and hurry them." • The boy went off at a run and . Dick kept a watch upon the house so as to prevent the man's esc ape. He had not tethered his horse and might come out again at any moment, and Dick therefore decided to get n e a r er. He sent Harry across the road to make his way to the rear, while he and Bob crept clo ser. They were near 'the house when the man come out and, seeing them, attempted to reach his horse, evidently suspecting that they were enemies, although he had not yet rec o gnized them. "Get i:ip !" shouted Dick, and the horse started up the road. Duplan .ran in and to get out by the rear door, but Harry was there ahead of him and shouted: "Hallo! Captain, here he is!" The man hurried within, and jus t then there was a cry from the boys that the new recruit had brought up. There was a side door, and Duplan attempted to leave by this, but found Ben and Sam guarding it. The house was speedily surrounded and Dick, going to the front dopr, said, in a determined tone: "Pierre Duplan, you are a spy and a rogue. Come out here at once or we will break do.wn the door." "Look out, boys!" cried Ben, at the side of the house. "I can see the fellow stealing up to a win-. dow to fire upon you." The boys ran in close to the hous e, and at the next moment a bullet sped past the spot where they had been. Ben had see n the man through the side window, the fellow . supposing himself to be unobserved. In an instant Dick pushed his way in, putting the old woman aside and fol low ed immediately by Bob and Armand. Duplan tried to run out by the rear door, firing a shot at Harry, but the plucky fellow dodg e d, and Will and ,Arthur at once ran up and Duplan was seized. The other boys ran through the hou s e, the old woman screaming at the top of her lungs and threatening them with a ll sorts of punis hment. The Canadian was s eized and disarme d in a moment, and then Dick and the rest came out. "Ha! You have got me," muttered Duplan, "but, by gar! you have not got S i r Guy, and he come in ze boat from Montrea l and go to ze fort and crush you meezerabl' rebel s ! At Longueil he lan,d and come over ze countree and smash you all tQ ze piece ! " "Thank you, Duplan !" said Dick, laughing. "That i s just what we wanted to know." They hurried on, taking Duplan with the m, the man finally begging to be se t free and promising them a large sum of money as so on a s he reached Chambly. "We are not to be b r ibed, Duplan,'' said Dick . "so do not say any more about it. You are a spy, but whether of the British or not I cannot say. You may be working in French-Canadian inter ests. At all events, it is not safe to l e t you go, and you w ill go with u s." The boys then hurried on with all speed to the camp. CHAPTER XII.-Sir Guy Surprised. Reaching Warner, who had come on s ome little distance, thinking that the enemy might have made an advance and that the boys had missed them, Dick told him what he had learned. Duplan was greatly frightened, making 'sure that Warner would hang him, and. told all that he knew about the plans of the Governor, which he h a d learned in Montreal. The man was sent back to the fort, and Warner pro"ce ed e d with his Green Mountain boys, telling Dick to join him without delay. The young captain hastened back and got all the Liberty B oy s , the troop riding after War ner and reaching a point near Longueil on the oppo site side of the river from Montreal during the evening. ' Carleton had not yet appeared, and the boy s went into camp and waited for. him, b eing careful not to make any noise which would arouse suspicion. The enemy did not appear till the n ex t morning, coming across the river from Montrea l in batteaux and flatboats. Warner had b rought a fou r-pounder with him, and this was made ready as the boats came on. The Green Mountain boys and their young allies awaited the coming of the enemy, remaining in their covert till the boats were quite near the shore. Then Warner rushed his gallant fellows fo1ward, the Liberty Boys taking a stand on the bank near them. At . once the patriots open ed fire with tremendous effect, the four-pounder doing a good deal of damage. The attack was totally unexpec ted, and there was great confusion among the boats, many


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE BLACK WATCH __of which put out at once and made fo:i: the other "Yes, he has, and we are all very proud of him, side of the river. Steve. He is a good boy and a brave one as well. One of the boats made for the shore, the lead-In fact, I don't see very well how a bad boy can er thinking that others .would follow and that be brave. The two don't seem t9 go together." they would be able to beat back the-enemy. The "There's Ruth," said Steve hesitatingly, "she rest of the boats did not follow, however, but redidn't want Armand to join the 'rebels,' as she treated acr os s the river in great confusion. The called them first, and she said she'd have nothing one boat was captured and the men in i't taken to do with me if I did. I was thinking of asking prisoners, greatly to their chagrin, for they ha

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE BLACK WATCH 19 Preston asked for a delay of four days before he should make proposals for surrender. Montgomery refused to consider this request and renewed his demand for a surrender. There was no alternative, and the garrison surrendered prison ers of war, but as they had shown such perseverance and bravery, Montgomery gave them honor able terms and they were allowed to march out o f the fort with all the honors of war. The officers were allowed to keep their side-arms , their firearms being reserved for them. After the surrender, the Liberty Boys being drawn up on the plain near by, an officer approached and, saluting Dick, said courteously: "You boys have t aken a considerable part in this affair, captain. You havea son of mine in your company. May I speak with him?" "Yes , lieutenant, you may. Private Spurlock, ask P rivate Wrayburn to come forward." "The n you know me?" said the other. "Yes , from your resemblance to your s on . " Armand came forwar d, saluted Dick, and then his father, and a s k ed: "You wi s hed to s ee me, sir?' ' The father looked at the s on for a few moments, and then said: "After all, Armand, I think you have made a wise choice. If you live you will be a credit to your captain and the service. I always said y ou \v ere cut out for a s oldier." "Yes, sir, but I was not old enough for the regular servic e, and the boy he sitated. "And you did not think I was on the right side,'' dryly. "Well, it looks ' as if I were not. You and your mothe r were right, after. all, while the rest of u s were at fault. Keep on, Armand, and if you live--" "Yes, I understand," gravely, "but while I live I will do my best, you do not doubt that, sir?" "No, I do not, for a s id e from the difference o f opinion which we had you were always a dutiful s o n and I have no complaint to make. That is all." The boy saluted and went back to his place in the line, Dic k saying to the father: " You have a good :.on, sir, and a brave one. I have had occa s ion to see a good deal of him in the last few days, and he has shown his worth in. many ways. I sincerely. trust that nothing untoward will happen t o h i m for many yea r s . " "If there does, captain, it is no fault of yours, but the fortune of war. You are as likely to be killed as he is. " "Exactly, sir, but I feel as he doe s , that if this happens our lives will not have been given in vain. " "I don't believ e they will,'' shortly. "That is a good deal for me to say, perhaps, but I am convinced of it." The Liberty Boys shortly went back to their where Dick waited for further instructions . "I suppo se Montgomery will go to Montreal now?" said Bob . "There is nothing in the way of it. " " I suppo s e he will," replied Dick, "if he can get troops enongh. " "Do you think there is any doubt of it?" "There was i n subordina tion c efo re, Bob, and there w ill ce a g a in, no d oubt. The t r o ops are far from him, the winter is coming on, many of the troops are unused to the privations of war and are yearning for home, and I think that it will take a good deal of persuasion to get the most of them to g o farther." " Yes, I s uppose it will. We have made up our minds to go where we are sent, and I haven't thought of the other side." The Liberty Boys had no doubt that Montgomery would push on and capture the city, and the y were eager to be on the march again, al though they knew that"lhis could not be d one at o nce. "Get ready, anyhow, boys,'' said Mark, "for there i s little doubt that we will go to Montreal in a few days ," and all the boys cheered. CHAPTER XIII.-The Fate of Two Brave Boy.:. The d a y after the capitulation of the foci, Steven W annott came to the camp of the Liberty Boys and said: " You know I told you that I had seen Duplan hanging around, captain?" " Ye s , I know you did, and I wondered what he wanted in the neighborhood." " Well, he was up t o mischief. He came nosing around our hou s e last night and got caught in a trap that we had set for some foxes that have been carrying off our chicken s . r'd like to know what he was . doing?" "Trying to run off with Grace, as he did be fore, II suggested Bob. There were some f e llows with him and they ran and left him with his leg in the trap. He'll be likely to limp when he gets out of jail." "Oh, he's in jail, is he?" laughed Bob. "Yes, on a charge of chicken stealing. That was all w e could hold him on, though I don't believe he c ame there for that purpose." "Well, the fort has surrendered," remarked Dick, "and there i s nothing that he can do t o hurt u s , s o it really matters little whether he is in jail o r out, although it is a proper enough place fo r him. " _ Armand went home t o see his family, but said very little about it and the boys would hav11 known nothing about it had not Steve said to Dick. . / "'I thought tha t Ruth was getting over her di s like for 'rebe l s ,' a s s he used to call them, but now she says that she hates us; that her father is di sgraced becaus e of us; that Armand d oes not care for any one but himself, and that she is glad I cannot get into the Liberty Boy s . I don't kno w what to make of her. Armand e _ njoyed seeing hi s mother again, and his father and brother were all right, but Ruth jus t -spoiled the whole Vis it, and I don't believe he will go there again." "I am afraid s h e i s very s elfish," replied Dick. "Well, I wouldn't want any one else to say it, captain, but I gue s s it's so, all the same. Armand d i d make her sensible for a time, but she's gone back again and now she's as bad as ever." "Som e great sorrow may take her out of herself and make her think o f others, Steve," said Dick. "I cannot advise anything. I saw that Armand seemed to have been disagreeably affected by his visit, but he said nothing and I could not. I think we are likely to leave here shortly and I think he will be different then." . ..


'" . 20 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE BLACK WATCH "You are going t o Montreal?" "Yes, and once the city is in our p o ssession, Montgomery may endeavor to form a junction with Arnold at Quebec, but whether we will go there or not I cannot tell." "Well, I wish you go od luck, captain," and then Steve went away. There was some insubordination among the troops, as Dick had predicted, but the kind temper, patriotic zeal and winning eloquence of Montgomery prevailed, and the greater part of the troops went with him, after leaving a _small garrison in the fort. The Liberty Boys went with him as they had always intended, and the March to Montre al was begun. Carleton, knowing the weakness of the town and fearing the approach of the patriots , retreated to Ol}e of the small vessels lying in the river as s oon as he heard, through hi s spie s, that the enemy were coming. Montgomery entered the town. in triumJ>h the day after Carleton and the garrison had left it, and by t reating the people humanely soon won their. confidence and good-will. Finding a large quantity of wo olen goods in the town, he at once set about clothing his army so that those who accompanied him farther in his campaign might be able to endure the rigors of a northern winter. In order to prevent the escape of the garris on and the Britis h fleet in the river, Montgomery had already the Liberty Boys and a number of the troop with cannon and armed g ondolas to the mouth of the Sorel, so that the fleet could not pass. This was so advantageous ly po sted that the fleef was block aded and General Prescott, several officers, members of the Canadian Council, and many private s old iers, with all the ve ss els, surrendered by capitulation, but the greates t prize of all, Sir Guy Carleton, e s caped. At midnight of the day previous, Carleton was conveyed in a boat, with muffled oars , pas t the American post to Three Rivers and e scaped to Quebec. Montgomery w_ould have. liked to . secure him on account of hi s talents , Judgment and influenc e , but a dark night and a secret way proved too much for the watchful guards and the Governor escaped. Nothing was seen of the Highlanders, as some of the boys had hoped, and it was learned that they had proceeded to Quebec some t i me before the surrender of the fort at Chamtly, s o that the wish of the bo _ y s that they might again meet their old ememes was not gratified. As Quebec was now the only po s t of importance in Canada not conquere d by the Americans, Montgomery decided to to the capital and join Arnold, then JJlakmg his way thither. After s ome trouble with the troops , many of whom absolutely refused to go, and many whos e time had been served declining to re-enli st, Montgomery at lene:th secured a considerable force and, after garrisoning Montreal, set out for Quebec. Montgomery met Arnold and the ing of Quebec began. Mont,,.omery lo s t hi s life, and Arnold was badly wounded, the Boys suffering losses also. Armand was kill e d during that terrible charge where, Montgome'ry lo s t his life, living a short time, long enough to talk to Dick and a few of the boys. Then he composed himself to rest and pass ed away in s leep . sL1. ffr"' ing n o pain and dying with a smile upon his face. The distance back to his house was too i'reat for them to take back his body, and he was buried in a quiet spot, his grave being marked s o that they would know it, the two or three others who had lost their lives in the fight being buried alongs ide him. The Liberty Boys retreated with the rest of the army, but lost no more boys, reaching St. Johns at last after many thrilling experiences, which they endured bravely. Once more in their ol d camp, the boys were shortly visited by Steve Wannott and Grace. Steve looked around and then said to Dick: "You have not all of the boys that away with you, captain?" No, Steve, we*have not. It was a tefrible campaign." "Armand did his duty, though, captain?" "Yes, as he always had." "I knew he would. I never expected to see him again nor did he expect to se. e me. If join the boys will you l e t me have his horse and his musket and sword?" "Yes , Steve. Are you still de sirous of joining: "Yes , captain. He said I must, and I cannot break my promis e. I told him I would. I don't know how Ruth will take this . She has been very strange ever since you went away." "We must wait and s ee, Steve." Dick gave Grace a few little keepsakes which the dead boy had left with him, and she receiv e d them tearfully, but with a pleased express ion. Armand's si ster came to the camp later and a s ked to see Dick alone. She said nothing for s ome minutes , being evidently in deep thought, but at last her ace brightened and she said: "I have been cruel, s elfish and thoughtles s. I have thought only of myself and hav e regarded no one el se. That boy went to his death, bravely, ch eerfully, almost triumphantly. The shadow of death was unon him when he left home, he knew it, he felt it, but he was not afraid: he met it courageously and did his duty in all things . I shall be a d ifferent pe1 ' son after this , captain. " She was a different girl after that and greatly changed from what she had been, being helpful t o others, con siderate and kind and regarding. the c a u s e of independence a s her own. Steve Wannot went with the Liberty Boy s when they . left Canad a and all the boys like d him and felt that he was a great acquisition to the troop. Pierre Duplan came out of jail in a short time and went away, never r eturning to St. Johns, none of the Li berty Boys ev e r seeing him again. Steve went with the Liberty Boys and did "brave work with them, but not for -very long. He was kille d at the fall of Fort Washington, after fighting bravely, livinl!" only half an hour after receiving a mo.r-tal wound. Nex t week's issue will contain '.'THE LIBERTY BOYS ON PATROL; or, GUAR!1ING THE CITY." ==================================/ Redel -Did his a roplane cos t him much? weeks in the hospital,


• THE, LIBERT Y BOY S OF "76 " 21 CURRENT NEWS SAPPHIRES FROM MONTANA Fergus county has a sapphire lode 511:? miles in extent, now being worked by nitro-ex p l osive at a 2 50-fo o t level. F o r twenty years s ome of the fin e t sapphires in exi stence have be e n taken from these 1 55 0 acres, the property yielding in that period $2,000,000 worth of the gems . A 4-carat stone brings from $30 to $300 per carat; a 19 1 9 find weighed 10 carats, was cut d own to 5 carats, and sold in London for $2,000 . The sapphire is out-vying the ruby in pop ularity, and increased demand has resulted in the highest prices ever known . SQUIRRELS IN VANCOUVER Twenty years ago 11 gray squirrels were taken. from Kentucky and liberated in a park i n Van couver, Was h . Since then a thriving industry has been developed in filberts and Englis h walnuts; and the squirrels , now numbering thousands, have als o developed an astonishing industry with nuts as its basis. Instead of b urying the nuts in quantities, where the growers might recover them, the y bury each nut separately . • As this army is at work for long hours each day, t h e growers are in despair, and dep ortation o f the aliens is s u g gested. G H OS T IN HOUSE -. -inston Churchill, the half Ame:::ican Secre tary of the British Colonia l Office, aspires t o the ownership of a country man s i o n, bigeno u g h to house 500 people, which has not o n l y a ghost, but a chained treasure chest. This h ou s e is Little Grove, East Barnet, on which Miss Shirley Kellog is said t o have spent nearl y $50,000 since she b ought it two years ago. It stands in 200 acres of ground about a mile fro m Oakleigh Park station. Its nearest neigh b o r is Ossidge, Sir Thomas Lipton's place. The ghost which walks the estate is said t o be that of Geoffrey de Mandeville, Earl of E ss ex, a turbulent Norman Baro n who made war against Stephen and is supposed to have been drow n ed in the moat while being c onceal ed in the groun ds o f Little Grove. I n the deepest part o f the moat, accordi n g t o lege n d, is a great chest of go l d and c oins which no one can carry away because it is b ound t o the bottom by iro n chains. Quite recently a secret chamber was discovered, c ontaining valu a bl e w orks of art-a c onsideration which appeal s to Mr. Churchill. The present h o u s e was erected in 1 719, and its red brick has been c o v ered with stucco. Mysteries ! ! .. Mysteries!!! PLENTY GOOD ONES IN ''MYSTERY -MAGAZINE'' 64 PAGES PRICE 10 CTS. A CQPY FINE ILLUST.RA TIO NS COLORED COVERS The Best Authors in America Write for It The B est Artists Alive Draw the Pictures There is a great. v a riety o f good, snappy r ea d in g matter m every n u mber. Get a copy a n d you wi ll appreciate it. W e h a ve rece iv e d h undr e d s of letters from a ll ov e r the country tell ing us how m uc h our subsc r i be r s like t hi s magazine. Be a "Mystery Magaz i ne" Fa n It Will Surprise and Please You To get a sample copy send your name and address to HARRY E : WO L FF, Publisher, Inc., 166 W. 23d St., New York


... . , 22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" HARD TO BEAT -OR, A BOY OF THE RIGHT KIND By RALPH MORTON (A SERIAL STORY) CHAPTER VII.-( Continued.) "Oh, say," declared Jack Haley, "I guess I have muscle enough. I was the'champion kid boxer in my district in New York. Look here!" With that, he bared his arms and show ed great swelling knots of muscle asfiard as steel.. But the farmer winked at T om, and said dryly: "Them ain't the kind of muscles fer farm work, eh, lad? We know what they are. Jest. try it out!" . In a few moments Tom was making the bucksaw creak through the big logs, while Kid Haley swung the axe and tried to make a showing of muscle that should satisfy the doubts of his detractors. He maile the chips fly for a while, but Tom as well as Farmer Holton could see that he was expending too much_ energy to accomplish a given end . In other words, he was u sing up all his strength on the start becaus e he did not know how to work. However, he worked hard rigl\t alongside Tom for a couple of hours. At the expiration of that time Tom had an enormo u s pile of the wood sawed up and Jack had chopped quite a pile . But the pug was puffing and wiping perspiration from his brow. "Whew!" he . exclaimed, looking at Tom in amazement. "How in thunder do you do it, kid? You are as cool as ice and haven't turned a hair, while I am about all in. Let me tell you that this i s the hardest thing I ever did in my life. I would rather punch the bag for six hours steady or fight a ten-round bout: " Tom laughed, for he understood it all. "That is because you do not know about cutting wood, Jack,'' he said. "It is a trade by itself. You do not yet know how to swing an axe." "See here, suppose you and I swap jobs. I guess it is a little bit easier working that saw." "All right," agreed Tom, readily. "I will prove to ybu that sawing wood is harder than chopping any time." Jack was incredulou. s and went to work with the saw. In a while he stopped and mopped the sweat from his brow. "I guess you are tougher than I am," he said. "I am all in! I will have to have a rest." But .at that moment Farmer Holton came out and called in a loud voice for them to c-0me to the house and get something to eat. Jack at once put up the saw wittralacrity, saying: "That hits me . all right! I guess I ain't a farmer." . "You are all right, Jack,'' laughed Tom. "All you want is experience." At the farmhous e the farmer's daughter, Bessie Holton, who 'Was quite a pretty girl, had a steaming meal ready for them. The way the two boys partook of it was disgraceful. When it was over, Farmer Holton said: "I reckon you have more than paid for your keep, boys. I would have stopped you two hours ago, but I thought I would see how well you could do. I will give you regular jobs here if you want to stay." Jack made up a wry face, while Tom laughed and said: "That is very kind of you, sir, and we might entertain the idea, but we are making our way West. We hope to attain some more profitable calling than farming." "I hope it will be an .honest calling,'' sai, d Hol ton. "It will never be a dishonest one." "Good! Well, boys, I wish you luck. You seem • to be smart. Now, you have more than earned your keep a;i.d I am going to pay you .for the extra time." With that he pulled out his pocketbook and took out a dollar bill. Tom and Jack remonstrated, but the old farmer who was after all a man with a real heart, insisted, saying: "I know how it is, boys. I went out into the world just as you are going. You will need money by and by. Take this little offering, and I wis h you the bes t of luck." Tom and Jack now prepared to resume their tramp and it could be truly said that their feelings toward Farmer Holton were of the most grateful kind. -They walked out into the yard and were about to shake hands with the farmer and his daughter and wife when suddenly Jack gave a little exclamation of alarm. Two men were seen coming up the lane toward the farmhouse. "It's a couple of coppers from the Central Of fice,'' he whispered. "They are after me, I knov,,. Here's where I have t o do the disappearing act. kid. If I never see you ag'in, believe me that I won't fergit you, and I will make good some time." Before Tom could say a word in protest Jack was behind the farmhouse and was out of sight like a h. The farmer and his family were, o f . course, a s tonished, but Tom said in a low tone: "Those men are officers of the law and it is ly that they are after him. H e has led a bad. life, but he wants to reform' and do b.ette.r. I have felt sympathy with him, for I am sure that if he was given a chance he would make gopd." "Thunder!" gasped Farmer Holton, "that is a durned s hame! We will fool them officer s and Jet the boy git away. I believe m yself that he will never go wrong ag'in if he has-a chance." The two detectives came up rapidly and asked if there was a boy there answering the description of Jack Haley. Of course, neither the fal'mer nor Tom wanted to volunteer information. But one of the officer s looked sharply at Tom, and said: ,,-"This is the boy he was seen with. H e has been here or is here now, and we want him. There are sel'ious charges against him. It will go hard with you if you conceal him about this place. Bring him out!" (To be continued.)


THE L IBERTY BOY S O F "76" ITE M S OF INTEREST W OMAN RIDES TRACTO R AND BREAKS GROUND Tiring of her thirty-five years' residence i_n the city of Chicago, where s h e reared her family of five, Mrs . Dolly Perkett cast her lot Os ceola Township, Mich., and now she game l y sits aboard her tractor and watches the furrows roll over as she ploughs her 1 50 a cre farm. Her "new baby," a s she affectionately describes her tractor, i s her mainstay, and with it she easily i s able to handle h e r larges t Her specialties on her Burdell Township farm are beef and hay. Her s ide line i s with the pole and line, and her s u ccess as a n angler k ee p s pace with that as a farmer. She broke much of the land on her farm herse l f . Stump-blasting and hauling stones w_ere daily tasks in the days when the land was prim itive. FUSSY BIRDS The mos t exclusive catering company in the world was organized in Chicago, Ill., recently . It serves nothing but snakes and has only two epicurean patrons, both members of the Lincoln Park Zoo . The company was organized by several Chi cago boys who learned of the capricious apetites of the secretary" vultures which arrived recently from Africa and refused to partake of the plebeian offerings of _mice and rats, of which ordinary vultures are quite fond. Rather than lose the valuable birds , of which only four are sai. d •to be in Henry Hunteman their keeper, acceded to their requests. Finding however, is no easy tack in this day and age, Mr. Hunteman said. The k eeper, however, let the word pass around among the boys, and s oon he had an efficient corps of caterers for his particular guests. A GREAT FLYING BOAT A great flying boat, the largest air liner in the world, is unde r con struction at the Supermari!1e Aviation Works, Southampton, says The Daily Chronicle. It will be able to fly from an English port to New York in twenty-four hours, the paper says, and carry thirty or forty passengers_ in addition t o the crew. The greatest secrecy is being observed in its construction and only three or four people are acquainted with the details. Workmen employed in the manufacture of the various parts are sworn to' secrecy. Special attention has peen given to the h u ll , which involves certain new pri nciples and in ap pear anceis like that o f a large ship. The craft will b e fitted with two engines, each o f 650 horse pow er. Designs have been p r odu ced for both cargo a n d passe n ger car r y ingflyih g ships , and in eac h c a s11 the size i s far in excess of that of any flying boat that has ever before been built. If de scent at sea should be necessary, the ship will be able to land safely in the wors t weather, it is said, and ride at anchor o r proceed through the water under its own power. . If the normal freight were replaced by fuel, the vesse l would be able to stny at sea for very long periods, and this will likely give it considerable value a s a freighting craft. It will also be able to climb rapidly to considenbl e attitudes. Mr. Scott Payne lifted thPvei l of secrecy when interviewed by The Chronic l e ' s Southampton correspondent. "She i s being built," he said, "to go to sea and stop at sea even in very heavy weather. The primary object i s to con struct a hull that will b e perfectly seaworthy and yet can fly. There will be living q u arters on board for the crew. "The idea of this great ship was conceived at the Supermarine Aviation Works and we put it before the Air Mini stry about eighteen months ago. We are now developing the plan at these works for the Air Ministry. We have made good progress with the hull and it i s expected to be ready for launching by September. The completion of the flying boat, I ex pect, will take about twelve months." "Mystery Maga zine" SEMI-MONTHLY 10 CENTS A qopy LATJ!=ST ISSUES 10 3 A M USEUM MY S'J'ERY, by J"ack Bechdolt . . 104 THE RED BOOK, hy Alexander Young. 105 A MAN FROM SIAM, b y Charles Fulton Oursler. 106 THE CLUE OF THE EMERALD RI 'G, by Beulah Poynter. 107 HELL'S HINGES, h.v Hamilton Crnigle. 10 8 THE WOLF, h;v Katherine Stagg. 109 THE BRASS BUT'J'O , by J"ack Bechdolt. 110 A WHTSPF.RTNG M U MMY. by Charles F . Oursler. 111 .XRAl'PTNG THE SMUGGLERS, hy Beulah Poynter. 112-"THE MISSING EVIDENCE, hy Harold F. Podhnskl. 113 A CLUE BY RADIO, h:v Capt. J"ac k f

• THE LIBERTY BOYS O F "76" A Wonde r ful Island. By W. D . STEVENS In a book which I picked up the other day I saw a brief reference to the strange adventures of Captain Wheaton, of the ship Starlight. Among all the forecastle yarns I ever heard that story takes the medal, and when I am through relating it the reader will be as much mys tified as I always have b een regarding it. Inde ed, I never met a sailor who did not firmly believe in the truth of Captain Wheaton's every statement. I tell the story because an actor in the first and last chapters. It was in October, 1859, that I shipped as sec ond mate on the Starlight, which was then lying in the port of Honolulu. She was an old wha ler, and had been sold at aution and ch eaply refitted for a voyage to Lima and return, in the interests of some California shippers. We left port in ballast only, and were two men short of our complement. Captain Wheaton was a Barnegat man, and the crew all English-speaking people, and for the "first fortnight no ship ever had bette r weather. The captain, as I understood him, was an earnest, consci entious man, being above the average in point of intelligence, and of strictly temperate habits. At the end of the fortnight the fine we?.ther was l:lroken by a rouzing gale, which struck us during the night watch, and all hands had to be called. We had a hard time of it during the first hour, and were finally compelled to lie to, and it was while we were bringing the ship to the wind the captain was was hed overboard by a h eavy sea which boarded us. With him went one of the sailors, the hencoop s , several spars and booms, and a lot of deck stuff, and by the time the ship had shaken herself clear of the foam it was too late to render any ass i s tance. Indeed, it was a serious question just then wl;J.ether any of us would live another twenty hours, and the old ship was so strained and knocked about that the life was ended. The gale had scarcely abated when she began to leak faster than the pumps could throw the water out, and on the seventeenth day of the voyage we had to abandon her. When we had been afloat for four days in the open boats we were picked up by the American bark Yankee Boy, bound from Boston to San Francisco. We were then to the north of the equator, and fully one hundred miles from the Galapagos Islands. These islands lie good distance to the left of the true course from Honolulu to Lima, and at that date every one of them was well known, and all were inhabited by natives who could speak more or less English. N o w, a!! we got the gale dead from the north, and as the t r end of the sea was southward for several days, Captain Wheaton could not possibly have been floated toward the Galapagos: He must have been driven down toward the equator, or possibly toward the Marquesas group, although to reach any of those islands he would have had t o drive for hundreds of miles and for days and weeks. H ow was a man swept over board in a gale to sustain himself abo ve a few hours, even if not drowned at once? Ask self these questions and you will answer them as all others have done, and you will be as greatly mystified over the captain's story. On the 4th day of September, 1860, as the Englis h whaling ship Lady Bascombe was nearing the equator, being about midway between the Marquesas group and the Galapagos, and the time being 11 o'clo c k at night, s he was h'li'e l from out of the darkness, and five minutes later had Captain Wheaton aboard. He had be e n afloat for three days ano a half on a small but well-constructed raft, which was provided with a sail, and had carried him safely and buoyantly an e stimated distance of 120 miles . The captain was in gocrd health and spirits, but would answer no questions until he had seen the captain of the Bascombe. The sailors knew that he mus t have been wrecked, but that he s hould b e alon e and in such s eeming good health in that dreary spot was a great mystery to them. foaptain Moore of the Bas combe had heard of the h s s of the Starlight, and when Captain Wheaton introduced himself, he created a big s en sation. He was at first taken for an impo stor, but h e had letters and documents in his pocket to prove his identity at onc e . That being settled, he told his story. I have h eard him tell it four or fiv e times over, and can relate it almost word for word. When Capta in Wheaton was swept overboa r d he gave himself up for lost. He got one look at the ship, and r ealizing that she was driving away from him and he was beyond rescue, he ce .. sed swimming and hoped to drown at once. Just the n a hencoop float e d within reach, and in a s ec ond he changed his mind and fastene d to the float. He was clear on the point of floating all that day and far into the night. Then he lo s t con s ci o u s ness, but did not let go of his float. He remembered nothing of the nex t day until about a n h our before sundown, when h e opened his and came to his sense s to find himself lying on the • sands, his float near by, and the s to r m cle a r ed away. He was stiff and s oe and bewildered, and he crawled further up the shore and went to sleep again, and it was sunrise before he again opened his eyes. An hour later he knew that he was on an island about three miles long by one mile wide. It was well wooded, containing several springs of fres.h water, and there was an abundance of wild fruits to sustain life. There was not an inhabitant -0r sign of one, nor did he find any living thing except birds and monkeys. Wheaton was not only a good seaman, but a well-educated and well-posted man, and he had sailed on the P a cific for many years. There was hardly an island in that ocean which he had not set foot on and could recognize by sight again. After a bit he began to figure on his location, and he made out that he had been driven ashore on an unknown and uncharted island lying very close to the equator, and in longitude 120 d e -grees west. This put him midway, on a northeast and south west line, between the Marquesas group and the Galapagos Islands. When the castaway came to walk around his island, he found the wreck of the Scotch brig McNeil on the east shore, and the wreck of the


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" 25 California ship Golden Bar on the west coast. lish captain knew of the raft and its lone pasBoth craft had been reported lost with all on senger being picked up 700 miles from any known board two or three years before. The one was a land. whaler and the other a trader. The captain not We had a fine run to Honolulu, and remained only said he found them, but he had proofs again. there for a week to make some needed repairs He had the name board of the ship and some pa-and lay in more provisi on s and water. Captain pers belonging to the brig. He found and buried Wheaton there met a fellow captain named the skeletons of thirteen sailors, and among the Bridges, who cpmmanded a New Bedford whaler, debris of the wrecks he secured a large quantity and without a suspicion of what he was doing this of clothing, considerabe money, some bedding, a man greatly discouraged u s . 'lot Of tools, ropes, boards, and planks, and within • a week he began the work of a boat tio He had just come in from a long cruise, which enable him to escape. the chart showed mus t have taken him very near the unknown i s land. He had not sighted it, but He worked at it at odd houn; , being 111 and de-the log book reported that when in that neighspondent, for several months, and when it was borhood something like an earthquake had o c finished he hesitated a full month before making curred. Indeed, one did occur, and a new island a start; hoping every day to sight a sail. He was b,orn to the Galapagos group. The ship had a s i g n a l flying by day, and almost every night rocl5_ed violently in mid-ocean, and a sort of tidal h e kept a fire going, but rescue never came. wave came near being he1 destruction. Next day One day, two weeks before he set out on his the whaler encountered many green trees floatin g voyage, _the captain made a great discovery. In about, and he said to Captain Wheaton that he a rough, wild place in the center of the island, had no doubt some island had been overwhelmed. where a mass of rock was thrown up in great He had no s u s pi c ion s of our errand, and related confusi on, he found lumps of gold as big as his the above simply as an adventure. Ho wever, fist. from that hou r we all lost heart. There was enough to make a dozen men rich for After a long and tedious run from the Sand-life and more to b e had with picks and iron bars. wich I slands, we finally drew riear the location. the demon of a varice would not let him Then for days and days we s ailed to and fro, and wait any longer for resc ue. Indeed, h e diji not a t length realized that the island had gone. It want to be rescued. He made his raft ready, cut was not there to enrich u s, and to prove the cap branches and pulled grass to hide his nuggets, tain's story, but still we found proofs. We disand set sail with a fair wind to the northeast, c overed more tha n a hundred trees floating about hoping to get into the track of ship s bound fo r as we sail ed this way and that, and after we . the Sandwich Islands. h a d given up all ho pes we made a still greater He simply jumped to the conclusion that the find. The boat which Wheaton had built and lo s t castaway had suffered and endured until his mind turned up there on that vast expan s e of sea. It was off its balance. This was natura l enough in was sighted from the masthead one morning, and one sense, but when Wheaton came to show him t w o hours later we had it alongside. It was the relics from the .two wrecks, and when the two waterlogged, but floating well enou g h for all that, monkeys were skipping about on deck, anyone and its find was the stronges t link in the whole but an Englishman would have been convinced. chain. We hoi sted her on board and brought her He was taken to the Sandwich I slands as a to San Francisc o to exhib i t to the silent stockcastaway, and thence, with mon e y found on his holders in our enterprise, and that relic was the unknown island, h e paid his passage to San Fran-only .thing we could show them. The story has ci s co. It was at this latter por t he found me, been told and retold among sailors in various and within two hours after meeting him I had ' v ays, and portions of it have been published, but his story. I had no reason to doubt its entir e I have given it entire and correctly for the first truth. Three or four others were taken into the time. secret, and we formed a syndicate to go afte r the Officers in the survey service of both England g o ld. and America have denied that any such island I had had a legacy of $8,000 from an aunt, and existed even for a m onth; but I ask the reader, five of u s chipped in an equal amount and bought as I have often as-ked myself: "If. not, what a schooner and fitted her out and m anned her. land could Captain Wheaton have reached in so Something of Captain Wheaton's wonderful ad-short a time?" H e knew every foot of his island venture got into the papers, and there was great and drew a map of it. No other island would anxiety to 'find out where we were going. We answer the de scription. He built a boat and we had ten times as many men offer their servic'es as found it. He built a raft, and it bore him into we could accept, and when the story of the big the track of ships. He found gold, and he found lump of gold was whispered around two other and saved papers and relics which settled the craft fitted out to follow us. fate of two missing vess els. That island was As the captain had $9,000 in the enterprise, born in ten seconds when the bottom of the sea a n d had not even waited to visit his family, who Why shouldn't it have been destroyed were only 250 mile s from San Francisco, the jus t as quickly? It is not the only one which hiyi reader must credit him with honestly believing come and gone, and the fact of its remaining unall he asserted. As I had an equal amount in-til covered with timber and vegetation was no vested, the reader must believe that I am writing guarantee that it would always remain. That's of things as they honestly look e d to me. How my story, gentlemen, and if you are unsatisfied could I or anyone else disbelieve? There was the_ you are no worse off than your humble servant, nu1!"e:et, there the papers and relics, and the who lost his all in the venture.


26 THE, LIBERTY B O YS 'OF "76" THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. NEW YORK, AUGUST 25, 1922 TERMS T O S UBSC R IBERS Copie• ...•.•.......••••. Po•tage Free O n e Copy Month&... . . . , . . .. One Copy Six Moilths ....••.. Copy One Year ........•. Canada, $4.00; Foreign, ,4.50. 7 Cents to Cent• ,1.75 S.50 H o w TO SEND MONEY-At our risk send P. 0. Money Order, Check or Registered Letter; remittances In any other way are at your ris k . W e a ccept Postage &tamps the same as cash. When sending silver wrap the C llt n in a separate piece of paper to avoid cuttiug the envelope. Write your name and address plainly. Ad d reM letters to Harr7 E.. WoUr, Prea. C . W, H1U1tlngs, Trea s . E. N;r1.a11der, liec. } HARRY E. WOLFF , P u b lis her, Iiic., 166 W. 2 3 d St .. Y. INT E RESTING A R T ICLES LIGHTNING STRIKES CHURCH The huge bell of the Methodist Episcopa l Church of Hault, a village near Farrmont, W. Va., which has tolled dolefully for many funerals and pealed merrily for s core s of weddings, sound ed its own requiem when struck by a bolt of lightning. Re s id ents of Hault, wakeful during the storm, heard a mighty peal of a bell. All sorts of theories as to the origin were conjured but looking from their windows people saw the church in flames. A bucket brigade was formed, but a half hour later the church was in ashes. OLD WATCH STILL RUNNING "The oldest 'going' watch in Ohio" is what a Willoughby jeweller calls this product of Vene tian craftsmanship. It is the property of Charles M. Shipman of Willoughby, who says both watch and its fob have been in the Shipman family for nearly 200 years . The outside case is of gold, with two inner cases, eac h folding inside the other. According to Mr. Mosley, the watch is one of-few in existence which have a chain transmission of the main spring's power to the mechanism. This chain is nine inch es long, is built in the same way as a bicycle chain, but i s scarcely larger than a horse hair. $8,000,00 , 0 'INVESTED IN FOX FARMING , More fur farmers are engaged in raising foxes than any other fur-bearing animal, according to reports to the Biological Survey of the United States Department of Agriculture. Observations made in the :field by representatives of the Sur vey indicate that at least 500 ranchers are raising silver foxes and that there are between 12'-000 and 1 5 ,000 foxes in captivity. It is estimated that about $8,000,000 is invested in this industry. The industry of breeding fur-bearing animals has grown because of the rapid development of the modern fur trade in the last 25 years. The United States is the larges t fur market and furconsuming country in the world.r FISHERMAN FOUND GOLD The north fork o f Feather River, California, yieleed not only the trout limit one Saturday t o William P. Wobber, better known to trout fishermen as "Bill" Webster, but also presented the San Franciscan with $105 in gold dust: Wobber tells how it happened. • "Fishing near Rich Bar, I had a strike fro m what later proved to be a two -p ound trout, and, in regaining my balance, I dug my left heel sharply into the bank. "Glancing downward, I saw s ome yellow par ticles where my heel s had t orn up the bank, which had all the color o f the familiar old double eagle." After landing the fish, W obber said that he marked the spo t and went in search o f one o f the old-time miners that frequent the vicinity. The miner and his pan devel oped $105 in g o ld d ust, which Wobber is carrying round in his poc ket. LAUGHS "John, do you Jove me?" "Yes. " "Do you adore me?" "I s'pose . " "Will you always love me?" "Ye--here, woman, what have y o u o'rdered to be sent hom e now?" Mrs. Bacon-I see a fashion article on bridal veils relates that a recent bride wore her face covered on the way to the altar. Mr. Bacon-I suppose the bride didn't want the groom to see she was laughing at him. "I am glad to find you so much better, old man. Does the doctor expect you to be out soon?" "I think he expects me to be out the amount of his bill. He sent it in to-day." Judge--You have not yet established the prisoner's insanity. Attorney-But, your hono r we mean to i_ntroduce show that the pris oner habitually argues poht1cs with women. "I am convinced,'' said the man, "that we ought to rearrange our holidays." "In what way?" "So as to bring Thanksgiving' Day on the 5th of July. I always m?st devoutly grateful then to find all my family with me uninjured." "Your husband squanckrs lots of money doesn't he?" "Yes, lot s of it." "He squandered dollar on cigars yesterday, did he not?" "Yes." "And $110 the day before for a diamond?" "Oh, that wasn't squandered; that was for me." "How old would you say she was?" "Well, let's see . When we were in high school together she u s ed to snub me because I was a kid . . Now I'm thirty-seven, and-um-m-m-well, I should say she was about twenty-eight by this time." Owner of Car-Let me have my bill, please. I've had some cheese and biscuits and a glass of bitter. What has my chauffeur had? Waiter Salmon trout, half a bottle of Moselle, black cof fee and half a dozen cigars.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF . "76" '!.7 GOOD LUCKY PRISONERS Prison life in Switzerland is a luxury instead of a punishment. The comic opera jail at Thorburg, where the inmates did as they pleased , has only recently been suppressed by the Berne authorities, yet details are published of a similar institution at Sarnen in the canton of Oswald. Sarnen is apparently an ideal resort, for the happy criminals who are sentenced to terms of "detention" in that institution have a far better time than hundreds of "free" Swiss citizens who are forced to earn their bread. A correspondent of a Lausanne paper states that he was passing through Sarnen when he saw a number of men dressed in dark blue clothes with while stripes walking about the village smoking and joking. Others were seated in a cafe, and some were working in a leisurely manner carrying bricks for the construction of a new building. To his astonishment the correspondent found that the men were convicts from the cantonal pris on close by. These convicts are permitted to leave the priso n early in the morning and find work around Sar nen or walk about the country until nightfall, when they return of their own accord-to the prison. They are unaccompanied by wardens, and there is nothing to prevent their escaping, but they are far too comfortable to think of relinquishing their quarters, for they have as much liberty as other men, and are, moreover, fed and lodged for nothing. The money ear.u.ed by these convict s who choose to work can be spent as they like. One convict who is employed as a gardener by a lo ca l magistrate sends his monthly salary to his wife and children. Two or three convicts "escaped" s ome weeks ago, but they eventually returned to the prison in a half-famished condition, and after being severely reprimanded they were a llow ed to return/to their apartments. FOREST FIRES STOP LOGGING BUSINESS Score s of homes have been destroyed and their owners driven into wells, streams and the sea by fores t fire s which have swept the Pacific Coast of Canada and which have been so serious that all logging operations have been stopped by the British Columbia Government The Provincial Government's settlement of returned soldiers at Merville, Vancouver Island, was completely wiped out and the settlers were oblig ed to flee in automobiles and wagons before the flam es . Everything they owned e xcept the clothe s they wore, was charred to cinders. One boy of sixteen was overtaken by the fire as he rushed from his home and was burned to death. Another man, una ble to escape, jumped down a well and spent the night in the water while his home, barn and stock were burned above him. Three other men found themselves surrounded by fir e . They lay in a stream for a day and a night an'd, as the water gradually grew into scarcely more than a trickle, their clothes were burned r from their bodi e s by the flames that roared on all sides. They were found in the stream bed, unconscious and blind. READING Two unidentified bodie s were pulled out of the smoldering ruins of a logging camp in the north of Vancouver Island. It is not known yet whether there have been any furthe1 casualties. At -Lang Bay, a summer resort north of Van couver, about a hundred people were driven from their cottages into the s ea. Men, women and little children stood waist-deep in the icy water for twelve hours until a ship arrived and resc u e d them. Women's hair had been singed off and children's skin blistered by this time. All farm houses and summer cottages in the district were 'qestroyed. Many lo gging companies have lost all their equipment, and, even before the Government or dered logging to cease most operations had stopped, a s loggers were bus y fighting fire s . Op erations will not be resumed until rain falls to wet the woods, parched by an almo s t unprecedented drought. BEATING SLOT MACHINES "You would be surprised," said the te.lephone man, "to see the amount and variety of junk sorted from the nickel-in-the-slot machine telephones in New York city every month. "Las t monthwe had twopall barrels of assorted coins, slugs and other things . There are various foreign coins, such as German 27-2 pfennig pieces . They may be about the size of a nickel, but are of considerable less value. On the other hand, an occasional _ gold c oin glistens forth from the dingy pile of iron and copper. When one of these comes along it helps to make up the de fo;iency, but in the long run of course we lose. "Probably you know," continued the telephone man, "that s ome rural districts are equipped with what are known as farme1 lines, that is a local service. Farmers are not noted for the great amount of ready cash they carry about with them; furthermore, it is inconvenient for persons in i solated districts" to be always supplied with change. So arrangement is made with so me local merchant who acts as a banker. He se lls the farmer s lugs which are the size .and shape of a five-cent piece. Now it must be that a lot of men are drifting in from the towns every day and fetching along pocketfuls of these iron slugs, for we are constantly finding the m. "There is another interesting pha_ se about this petty form of di shonesty. Of course you know that New York is a gum-chewing town and probably the habit has its mental effect, especially on the young. It isn't at all likely that a boy could chew gum all the way from the Bronx to the Battery every day and even up to lunch time without thinking after a while of something else to do with the gum. We sometimes find two pennies stuck together with chewin g-gum and sometimes a wad of gum sandwiched between two pieces of tin. Then, of course, all the nickels in New York that have hole s in the m and those that have bew chipped eventually find their way into pay station phones." /


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" / FROM ALL POINTS EAR PHONES FOR CHURCH SO DEAF MAY HEAR SINGER The Board of Trustees of the Unitarian Church, one . of the _most fashionable in Lynn, Mass., announced recently they have been authorized to install ear phone s in several pews of the Contributions to pay for the instruments will be voluntary, although it is expected that those with defecteive hearing will bear the major portion of expense. The Rev. Dudley Ferrell is pastor of the church; his wife, Mme. Florence Ferrell, i s a soprano soloist and sings in the church choir. Some of the older people have complained that they could not clearly undel'Stand her, hence the install<'"' of the phone pews. HUGE HERD OF SEALS FOR PRIBILOF ISLANDS Led by a monster bull, a herd of several thousand seals from Ano Nuevo Isl_ands , off the California coat, passed Cape Flattery recently on their annual pilgrimage to Pri bilof Islands, Bering Sea, where the pups will be born. According to the l ighthouse keeper at Tatoosh Island, the seals when sighted were travelling rapidly in dense formation, now and then one leaping almost out of the water to regain lo s t positions. . Aftei: sojourning in the Bering Sea rookery for two months the herd will return to Ano Ni;evo Island for the entertainment of the ter tourists. This year the famous herd is from three to five weeks later than usual in beginning t ne run for the Arctic mecca, which gives rise to many prognostications regarding the weather for the late Summer. Some are led to remark that it wi11 be a warm late fall with much Indian haze other that the midsummer months arc to in a heated period of great intensity with many fores t fires. Indians declare, however, that late cold spells in the North instinctively warned the seals not L start North too early. CHINESE GIRLS EARN MONEY MAKING ' HAIR NETS Thousands of Chinese women and girls who live in con stant fear of starvation through famine are able to Jiluy their daily food by 111aking the .hair nets which gratify the whim and fancy of milady in America. Golden, raven, flaxen hair nets are anything but luxuries or fads of butterfly flappers in China. In China they stand for food and even shelter, and if the pretty American society girl could see the little Chinese girls who are making the nets she is wearing her heart would reach out in sym-pathy to them. . According to statistics China exported hair nets amounting to $ 10,000,000 last year. These nets were made by thousands of woman in their homes in the villages and cities, principally of northern China. ' Hair is very cheap in China. One dollar will buy enouirh hair to keen fifty irirls at work mak-ing hair nets for a month. At Anping, a village fifty miles south of Paoting, hair is one of features of market day, which is held in the_ city temple ever. y five days. Barber.,._who add a nice bit to their incomes by saving all combings of customers-sell the raw hair. In and out of the great throng of people from all the countr round who flock to the they wind their w.ay calling, "Strong long ha1rsold cheap to-day." Perhaps a representative of a hair net company will buy all they offer. This hair is distributed to the women who are working under contract for him. Often one man will have a terri tory covering several villages. The hair nets are not made in the factories, but fn the home, although the repairing and going over of the nets b efore shipping is u sually done in factories. Chines e girls, wearing faded blue cotton short coats and trousers , are seen sitting bn the doorsteps working away making net's. In tiny dark rooms where the family eats, s leep s and wor ships, wrinkled, bent grandmothers with bound feet are occupied making nets . In the sunny cou rtyard of a large Chinese home occupied by many families the women making nets sit around tables , rapidly tying the knots, while babies clutch at their trousers--0r sit in their laps . The w om en receive 2 cents a net and are able to make about ten nets a day if the worker is fast. A f e w years ago China sent all her hair to America .or Europe to be bleached or. dyed, but many hair net companies .have opened their own bleaching and dying works, with very satisfactory results. During the famine last year thousands of wome:i and were kept from starving to death or berng sold mto slavery by making hair nets. The Red Cross representatives, missionaries and other fainin' e relief workers opened many hair net fectories. 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A LONG FAST Major was an offic e r wh fought bravely in the Soudan war. One day, before battle of Atbaba, he found a spider in the ventilator of his helmet and watched it with s o m e interest. Major Lawrie allowed the spider to remain in its strange hidingplace, and even went into battle c a r r y i n g his friend in his helmet. Majo r Lawrie escaped without a scratch; and the same good fortune at tendefl him at Omdurman, where the spider a g a i n accomP a ni e d him. When the war was over, Major Lawrie packed up his things to be sent home, and among the m the helmet; and not till it wa by return m&U and you can DO.Y the above l ow x>rloe, plus vost .. to the Postman, on a.rrlval of your revolv e r. AMERICAN NOVELTY COMPANY •2455_57 Archer Avenue Chicairo, Ill. BOYS, YOU CAN MAKE BIG MONEY selling the BOYS' MAGAZINE each month. today for 5 copies. SEND NO Adclre.s• The F. R•dfleld Co., Inc. 7259 Main St., Smethport. Pa. AGENTS Laree Shirt Manufacturer Bnnd. Exclusive patterns. No capi .. ta.I o r experience required. Bia "Taluea. Entirely new propoaitton. Write for free sample• AfADTSON SHIRT CO. M:l8 Broadway • Y or k 1GOODYEAR RAINCOAT FREE We wm send a handsome Rainproofed, .All Weather Coat to one p e r so n in each locality who will !how and recommend It to frlend!j, WrUe today to Tl1e Goodyear Mtg. Co., 1 81()-RD Goodyear Bldg., Kansas City, M o . 1oon Silk Remnants for patchlng Craz:iQullts Sofa Cushlons H ead liesteh. -Pln P&do etc, iarge plece1, ail colors al41• ad es . !lure to delight :you . For lo Centsat amps,we eend a large peckage :t.!ll!..d:"1'fv':i rn • Pr1cef11e postpaid. Our silk JOHNSON SMITH a c:o. D•ot. 3224 N. Hallt•d Chlcaaa Outfit so Loo1 .. :..:..i:t:i.!: 11\ at tblae yet. Nine: ' teparat• 'article• '-in one. Everyb\J. dy de1Jabte4 with It. Odd. i .. t.: luL It i1 a double Microscope for examinina the . ' " wonden of nature. It ts alao an Opera Glau. • S tere oscope. a Burnlnsr Lens. a Readin&" Glau.• Tele1cope. a Compau. a Pocket Mirror, and a LarynaHcope-for exam.In Ina eye. ear, nose and throat. It f9 worth all the co11 to locate even one painful cinder i n the eye. Fold1 flat and fl tr the pocket. Somethin• rreat-you need one. Don' t mi• It. Seut bv mail, with 800 'PQ'e Nwelt7 Cataloc'.L ONLY soc or 3 tor $1.2S4. llllTB I 866 •ZH .......... st. . RIC .. .


I 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 l knew more than they did. I can see my father now, standing before me, pleading, threatening, coaxing me to keep on with my schooling. With tears in his eyes he told me how he had been a failure all his life because of lack 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 man than he was. But no! My mind was made up. I had beep 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 hands. My brain didn't count. THEN one day, glancing through a magazine, I came across the story of a man just like myself. He, too, batl 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 by training himself to become expert in some line of work. So he got in touch with the International Corre spondence 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 eucceso. Most stories like that tell of the presidents of institutions who are 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 an 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. Information regarding the Course I had marked came back by return mail. I found it wasn't too late to make up the I had denied as a boy. I was surprised to find out how 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 b)gger job waiting for me somewhere. l<'our months after I enrolled my employer came fO mt; and told me that be always gave preference •• men who 1tudied their joba--and that my next I salary envelope would show how much he thought of the improvem ent in my 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 that make life worth while. ' What I have done, 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 Jess than $75 a week, I say simply this :-Find out what th1 ]. 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! No, and I wouldn't be earning anywhere near $75 a week, either I -------TEAR OUT HERE-------INTERNATIONAL CORRBSPONDENCB SCHOOLS BOX 4493 . SCRANTON, PA . Without CO!t or ohll11tlon please erpJal n how I can QualitJ for the position. or in the 1 ubJect before which I have marked an X : ELEC. ENGINEER BUSINES S M ANAGEM''I! Eteccric Lighting & Ballwa11 SALESMANSHIP Electrio Wiring, Teleer aoh Engineer Show Ck.rd &: 8 1111 Pis. Telephone Work Railroa d Po1ition1 MECHANICAL ENGINED ILLUSTRATING Mechanical Draftsman Cartooning Machine Shop Practice Private SecretalJ Toolmaker Business Correspondent Gas Engine Operatinc BOOKKEEPER CIVIL ENGINEER Ste n ograp her & Tn>ilt ENGINEEB Railway Accountant Marine Eneineer C ommercial Law ARCfilTECT GOOD ENGLISH Contractor and Bullder Common School Subjeotl Arc h i tectural Drattiman CIVIL SERVICE Concrete Builder Railw a y Mall Clerk Structural Engineer AUTOMOBILES PLUllIBING & HEATING Mathem1tlca S h e et Metal Worker Nuieation T ext!l e Overseer or Supt. AGRIC ULTUREB Spanl a h CHEMIST Poultry Raisin g Banldnc Pharmacy Airplane E ngtne1 Name . .... ..... ........ ........ ., ............. A ..................................... . .... ..... ....... _ Street 1 -1 •-•• andNo . ......... ............. ......... .. .. ...... .... . .... ..... .................. . .... . .......... . ..... -Clt)' ................................................ ....... Statt ................................ ...... . OccupaUon .. ... ---.. --------------.. ---Peraona reridino ;n Canada 1hotdd 1e11d t.\W coaJ)On to t1le Jnter na-11"41 COTre1pondence BohooU qaMd\on, /Ji1nited., Mon ireuL .. O a nada.


GANT'S BLOODHOUNDS A writer i n Do g World has an interesting article about Bob Gant, the blood hound man of Crystal Springs, Miss. , .and his wonderful dogs that have aided him in tracking many criminals in •he last twcn ty years. One in cide 'lt rf lated bv the writer occurred several : year::: ;1gc when Gant was badly injured by an e.x plosion of dynamite. The man h a d strength enough to tie a note to the collar of one of his dogs and send for help. The dog met two men about three miles away, whereupon she seized the trousers of one of them between her teeth. and drag ged him in the direction that she wanted him to go. The men then discovered1 t h e note and after reading it, gladly accompanied the do g to Gant, much to the joy of the intelligent dog. Gant has a wonderful power ove.,. his dogs and; according to the writer, they "love him and .he loves them. There is no whin or m enace in Gant's handling of his doirc. He handles bv kindness. And rir:ht here, the o n 1 y fears ome t.hinl! about them is their name and their deadly unerringness. They are big, soft eyed, . generally sensitive animals with a wonderful sens e of smell." OLD GYP SEY r--ORTUN E .TELLE:R. G • t Removed at home; no knife. No pain. No cost If It tails 01 re Succuofull1 ""d fof 16 •••n Write for Free Rook o.n

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