The Liberty Boys on patrol, or, Guarding the city
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UAR.KV E. WOLl' I'â€¢ PUBLISHER, INC.,, 166_, WEST ... 23 D _ STREET,-::SEW' YORK No. 1131 NEW YORK; SEPTEMBER l, 1922 Price 7 Cents "This aray. boys flâ€¢hl D 1 r l! '"'"'"' , J .. wn u,., alle y Theo lle ... aught .sight of the two Tol'le s ee.rryin8 the u11ro11sâ€¢'Jnus LJi..,rty B o y iut..o a lloase. At. once be gave the 1.11.rrn a11d ran sword \11 hand:
of llHed Weekly-Subscription price, $3.50 per year; Canada, $HJO; li'oreign. M.50 Ji!a'f y E. Woltr, PulJ!lsher, Inc., 161:i West 211d Street, York, N. Y. Entered Seconcl-Class .January 311 1913, at the Post-Office a t New York, N. Y .. under the Act of March a. 1879 . No. 1131 NEW YORK, SEPI'EMBER 1, 1922 Price 7 cents THE LIBERTY BOYS ON PATROL OR, GUARDING THE CITY. By HARRY MOORE CHAPTER !.-The.Man With the Wooden Leg. "I don't like the look of that fellow, Ben." "What is the matter with him, Sam? His wooden leg?" "No, fo , r I don't suppose he could help that, but I don't like his face." "Well, he can't help that either, Sam," with a laugh. "No, but he can help what is behind it." "And what do you see behind it, Sam?" "Treachery and deceit. If we are guarding the city we want to keep a sharp lookout for fellow s like that, Ben," declared Sam Sanderson, of the Liberty Boys. The British was at their very doors, their ships being at Staten Island, their troops holding Long Island, aiM the city and island of New York . being threatened by them. The Liberty Boys, a band of one hundred brave young patriots under the command of Dick Slater, a Westchester boy, had been placed on patrol duty by General W.ash ington, from whom Captain Dick Slater held his commission, and they were at this time guarding the city and keeping a watchful eye upon all suspiciou s persons. Ben Spurlock and Sam Sanderson, two of the Liberty Boys, were walking down Broadway in the City of New York, one pleasant afternon in September, when they saw a man with a woode n leg standing in front of Trinity Ch u rch, soliciting alms. The boys stopped for a moment to look about them, and then Sam delivered his opinion of the man y;ith the wooden leg. "The man is nothing but a beggar, Sam," said Ben, after a few moments. "He is more than that,'' Sam replied. "I even doubt if he is a beggar at all or, at least, that he has any need to beg, for I see that he is doing it. I think we had better watch him, Ben." "All right, my boy; and here comes Harry< and Will, which will give u s an excuse for stopping, as we can speak to them." Two boys in Continental uniform had just turned into Broadway from Rector street and were coming along at that moment. They were Harry Judson and Will Freeman, and belonged to the Liberty Boys, Harry belonging in the upper part of the State, and Will in Westchester. Ben gave the two boys . a peculiar look and then said: "Let's go and have a jug of buttermilk to-gether. It's rather warm,' and I think it will be refreshing." The boys all set off together, and Harry asked: "Why did you give us that odd look, Ben? Had you anything you did not want to talk about?" "Did you see the man with the wooden leg?" Ben asked. "Yes , poor fellow, he was asking alms. It must be a sad thing not to be able to earn your living except by charity." am not sure that the leg is genuwine" de clared Sam, "and I am certain that the ia not." "Is that so?" exclaimed Harry and Will in sur. "Yes, we were talking about him when you came up," said Ben. '"Sam told me he thought there was something wrong about the man and we meant to study him." "I think I will do so yet,'' Sam put in, "if I can get a disguise and get back there before he goes away." "Jove! here comes the captain now, without his uniform," exclaimed Will. "Tell him about it, Sam. He will find out better than any one if .the man is. s u spicious." Dick Slater, the cap tain of the Liberty Boys , was s o on approaching at that very moment and in ordinary dress, which at once gave all the boys an idea. "Well, boys, you seem excited over something," he said, as he came up. "What is it? Have you seen any suspicio u s characters?" "I shouldn't wonder," returned Ben. "There is a man with a wooden leg in front of Trinity Church, begging, and Sam does not like his face. He has s een us, but we thought that if you, not being in uniform and not likely to put him on his guard, were to go there you might find out something about him." "Well, I will go and have a look at him," Dic k rejoined. "I think I shall be able to determine whether he is a humbug in a very short time." Dick went away, the boys following at a little distance so as not to arou se the suspicion of the wooden legged man in case he was an enemy, as Sam thought. He saw the man with the wooden leg in front of the church, holding out his hat to the passersby, sometimes small coins and sometimes nothing, while occasionally he got a gruff word and a command to go and find work, as even a man._ with a wooden leg ought to find something. A couple of officers came out of the
,. THE LIBERTY BOYS ON PATROL church and stopped at the curb to talk, Dick noticing that the wooden-legged man came toward them slyly, not to beg, but to listen. One of the officer s happened to turn, and at once the man held out his hat to him and said: "Kindly give a poor old soldier something, lieutenant? I lost my leg in the service and can do nothing." "What regiU'ent were you in?" the officer a s ked. "I was with Lord Stirling, sir, at the battle of Long Island, when Cornwallis penned us in at the yellow mill. I got across the S\qamp, but a spent ball struck my leg and I had a11 I could do to get over. Afterward it h a d t o come off. Ah! that was a terrible disaster! What shall we do now, do you th;nk?" _ " I don't know," shortly, and the officer dropped a penny in the fellow's hat and walked away with hi11 comp a nion ; Dick saw a c onstable coming, and said to him: "Do you see the man with the wooden leg? B:e is as well able to work as you or !." "H'm! so he is!" and the con1Stable went for ward and said, sharply: "Come now, Timbertoes, you have been here Jong enough s o you will to go to s ome other field. Why don't you get broom or basket making work to be had and that you could do? A lusty fellow like you should not beg. Come, be off, or--" The man was alreadv moving away and the rest of the constable's speec h was lost upon him. He went north and turned into Thames street, going down to Lumber street, to the wes t of the churchyard, and entering a low groggery opposite the sugar house. Walking along on the opposite side of the street Dick saw a little alley alongside the groggery and saw the man with the wooden leg come out at a side door and sit on a bench. Then he proceeded to unstrap his wooden leg and stretch out a good one with a sigh of ielier. "H'm! as I thought!" he muttered. "The fel low is an impo stor, if no more. I must learn further concerning him, if I can." A boy came out of the side door, took the wooden leg, with a laugh, and said something, Dick being unable to hear what it was, however. The impostor stretched his legs , got up and walk. ed up and down for. a few minutes , and then took off his longskirted coat, showing a shorter one beneath it, and placed it on the ben ch. Thc>n he came out of the aney, Dick stepping a si de s o as not to be observed, and walked down to the river, where he looked around for a few muâ€¢utes as if expecting s ome one, and then entered a tavern of somewhat better reputation than the place he had left, but none too respectable at that. Dick had fonowed him, and in a few moments he went into the tavern, careless ly, hearing the man a sk: "Has Roger come in yet?" "No, sir, he has not. Will you wait for him? Any news from--" and the rest of the question was lost, the man dropping his voice and the two moving forward toward the door of the bar, which could be seen beyond, shining pewters and polished brass showing through the door. Dick took a seat in the corner, near three or four curtained stalls, and caned for something to eat and being served by the landlord himself, the impo stor having gone into the bar, where he could be s een sitting in a rush-bottomed chair with his The door was presently clos ed,, but m a few mmutes a rough-looking ma:r;i came m, the landlord saying to him, in an impatient tone: '.'You s hould not keep your betters waiting like this, Roger. The gentleman has been here quite ten minutes." "Wen, what if he has?" with a snarl. "My errand i s quite as important as his own and as dangerous. I serve the kind as well as he and deserve as much consideration." "A spy, eh?" said Dic k, who was bus y eating an.d drinking, and _ seemed not to have heard anythmg that was said. "He serves the king, does he? Then s o does my. gentleman with the false "".ooden leg : I think I have made an important discovery and I must learn all I can about this pair of precious gentlemen." â€¢ The man he had first see n presently came out with the landlord, who served Roger in the stall the other taking a .seat opposite, and drew heavy red curtain. These did not shut out an the sound, howev.er, and Dick heard the s uppo sed wooden-legged man say: "I hope you have been more succe ssful than myse lf, Roger, in learning the strength of these rebels. There are a lot of impudent boys about posing as soldiers, who have made me trouble' and then a meddling constable interfered with me as I was about to learn something. I thinK you ha
THE LIBERTY BOYS ON PATROL 8 "Show them in," said the other shortly. "Tories," said Dick to himself. Then he Jiea1' note of all the men whom they proposed robbing, and meaning to warn them. He made his way out of the tavern quietly and unobserved, the place being nearly deserted at the time and the candles not yet lighted, the landlord being busy in the bar and not noticing him. It was dusk when he left the tavern and hurried up to Broadway and so to the camp, which was on the Commons at the upper end of the city. Dick then told what he had learned, the boys being greatly interested in the recital. "We are on patrol duty, boys," said the young captain, "guarding the city against enemies within as well as without. These good citizens, whose names I will give you, must be warned of their danger and protected from thieves and evildoers. Those of you who have them on your rounds will go to the houses and warn the citizens. At the same time, keep a sharp lookout for the thieves in other qual'ters and fol' the enemy's spies . There were a number of the Liberty Boys on duty in various parts of the city at the time, and these would be speediJ . y relieved by others, who were so on to have their supper and set out. Patsy Brannigan, the Irish Liberty Boy, cor poral and company cook, was about to blow the bugle to announce supper, when Phil Watel's, one of the boys, came running in and said: "The young ladies are here, captain, and I think they have come to supper." The two girls we1e Alice Estabrok and Edith Slater, Alice being Bob's sister and the sweetheart of Dick, while Edith reversed these relations. Dick and Bob came forward to help the girls from their horses, and Dick said: "Blo w your bugle, Patsy. You have co)l1e just in time, girls, but I do not know that you will see much of us to-night, as we are on patrol and I have an errand in the city. However, stay to supper anyhow and then we will se e how much longer it will be." l The girls enjoyed the supper very much, even if Patsy had not known they were coming and had not prepared anything extra in their honor. Immediately after supper the boys detailed on patrol in the city went away, and Dick said to theâ€¢ girls: â€¢ "I shall have to go to the city to get the reports of the boys on duty and to look about for myself. There are spies of the enemy lurking about, and there are lawless men at work and these must be watched. The times are very trying, for we do not know how soon the enemy may advance and endeavor to take the city. Having Long Island and Staten Island, with their ships in the bay, we do not know when they may come on." "And we expected .t o have such a pleasant visit," replied Edith. "Well, the city will be a great acquisition to the British," observed Dick, "and they will make every effort to get it. Here are two rivel' s, there are their ships; they can land men from .Long Island and send vessels up both riveTs, and even with our force of five thousand men under Put nam, we are in no position to resist them." "It is not a very promising prospect, 1 s it, girls?" asked Bob. "But, brother, you d o not think that we shall fail?" asked Edith, in an anxious tone. "No, I do not, but it may be a long fight. We are determined; we are in the right and our cause mu s t prevail. That is all there is about it, my dea.r, and we are not discouraged and mean to fight it out no matter how long it takes." Then Dick said that they would have to leave, but that they would see the girls to the home of their friends in the city where they were staying, and perhaps even remain a short time. They went with the girls to the house where they re mained for. some time. CHAPTER III.-The Man With One Eye. Dick and Bob shortly afterward left the house and walked up to Broadway, where they stopped for a moment and looked about them. over to the river, Bob," said Dick, "and I will go as far as Whitehall wharf and meet you at Trinity Church in an hour. We rriay have something to tell each other by that time." "All right," said Bob, starting across the street. Dick was about to follow when a man came along at an unsteady gait, muttering to . himself and evidently in an angTy mood. He nearly ran into Dick and then s topped, balancing him self unsteadily, and said: "Please have the kindness to give me a few pennies to get something t o eat 'and a night's lodging, young sir? I have been turned out of house and home and have not eaten anything since yesterday." Dick never refused charity to any one when he sa' w it was a . de serving case, but he knew in a moment that this was not one. "You have drank more than enough, if you have not he said. "If you had money, why did you not buy food . insfuad of drink?" The man glare(! at Dick ' and then muttered, angrily: "What's that to you, you Tebel? I can do with my money as I" choose." The n he wen t on, staggering from side to side, and muttering to himself, Dick cro ssing over to the other side of Broadway s o as avoid him. In front Of Trinity Church, as he approached, he saw a man with only one eye, or at all events it se emed as if he had only one, as he wore a black patch and had a stick to walk with. A man just ahead of Dick gave the fellow a coin and went on, the l'ecipient mumbling something, and then turning to hold out his hand to s o me one coming in the other direction. At the Bowl ing Green Dick met Paul Bens on and Ned Knov.;lton, and said: "Well, boys, you have warned the people living in the neighborhood of the intended robberies to-night, have you?" "Yes, captain,'' returned Ned, "and they will be on the lookout. They were very grateful for the warning." ''.If you se e a man with a patch over one eye, soliciting alms, watch him. I have a notion ...
4 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON PATROL that he is an impostor, but he may not be an enemy, for all that. Such people are not to be tolerated, however, and if you discover that he i s an impostor, warn him that if he continues his swindling operations he will find himself in the jail o r the workhouse. " "Very well, captain. If we see him we will find out whether be is a cheat or not," answered Paul, and Dick went on toward the lower end of the city. He met a number of the boys and spoke to them, getting no great amount of information, but giving them the same instructions he had given the others. It was not quite time for "him to meet Bob when he reached the church, but as he neared it, upon crossing the street,. he heard a man say, with a sn'a.rl : "So mebody must have found out the plan, for I've been about, looking at s ome of the places we were going to call at to-night, and they've every one of 'em got on extra bars or a dog or watchman, just as if they knew we was coming." Dick had paused in the shadow when he heard the man's v o ice, and now from his place of concealment he could see that the other man was the man with one eye. "Yes," the first went on, "and there's blamed young rebels all over town, wherever you go. Roger tells the same story, and so do Minton and Wendell. Do you suppose anybody s uspects anything?" The man with one eye s hook his head, and just than another man came along and said: "There's the mischief to pay, and we're cheated out of a lot o f money by those conf ounded young rebels, who are keeping a closer watch than the night. w.atch themselves, and there's no chance of getting down an alley or around to the back door of a house without their asking you your business, and we won't be able to do a thing. Some one has be en telling them things. for it's ve1y funny that they should be keeping this extra watch just the time that we were 15oint:(' to--" There was a quick step heard a11d. turning, the three men saw a boy in Continental uniform approaching. and scattered in different direction s . The bov was Bob, and now Dick came f orward and said: "You came ii little ton soon, Bob, but, of cou rse, yon conld not he'n that as you could not know that three preci ou s rascals were hold inl! a crm Pre nce here." Diel<: then told what he had learned, and continued: "I want to find out more ahout this one-eyed man. I suspect from the little I have see n of him that his eyes are as good as the other fel low 's l eP's, and that this patch is assumed chiefly for purposes of disguise. I must find out more about him." "I ill keep a watch on him myse lf, Dick." The boys took their way down Thames street, and then into the narrower street, past the sur,:ar house . 'Thi s is not a very sweet-smelling place, fer all that the sugar h ou se is s o close," muttered Bob. "Keep quiet, Bob, those fellows may be around now," said Dick . "Follow me, but not too close . " Dick then went across the street, keeping in the shadow, and made his way into the alley, hearing low voices: There were three men sitting at the side door of the groggery, the light from which shone upon two of them, one being the man with one eye, and the other the fellow whom Dick had see n in the street. ''The wife's cutting up r ough again," this man said. "I tried to get some money out o f her, and two young rebels, an Irishman and a Dutchman, interfered." -"Hallo ! Pats y and Carl must have had an adventure on the way home," thought Dick. "This is the same drunken fellow I met." "Was there any suspiciou slooking fellows around when y ou was talking things over?" asked the s ot. "Donno as there was," returned Roger. "Not that I know o f, Drake." "Yes, there was," said the oneeyed man, taking off the patch. "There was?" in great astonishment from both. "Yes. Do you remember somebody saying that it was a pity about such gentlemen as me, in the tavern?" "Why, yes, and we saw him going out when you o pened the curtains." "And when he spoke out like that he got away as quick as he could." "To be sure!" grunted Drake. "And he didn't go out," snarled the spy. "He slid into one of the stalls next t o ours and heard every word that we said. " "Huh! Who was he?" asked Roger. "I don't know. It was not on e of the young rebels, for we'd have see n his uniform." "No, that's s o ." "H'm! I remember. The plate and cup were on the table when we looked out. That was the fellow. I'll bet it was Slater himself. They say he can disguise himself s o that the Liberty Boys d on' t know him. That's the fellow that Howe has offered five hundred pounds for, dead or alive. Pll wager a hundred th.at it was he who heard us. No wondei:. w e can't do anything! We should have been more watchful. I ought to be s u sp iciou s of strangers in the places where we go." "'ille1 1 , the fat's in the fire now, anyhow," growled Roger, we mav as well go home. " Then he suddenly started up the alley so unexpectedly that Dic k had no time to get away before being seen . "By George! a rebel, listening to u s !" exclaim-ed Roger. ' Gillingwater and the toper hurried forward, the former recognizing Dick in a moment, the light at the head of the alley falling upon his face as he hurried out. He gave a whistle to Bob, who came quickly across the street. The three m . en rushed at Dick, but suddenly found two young patriots confronting them instead of one. Then Dick upset Drake, and Bob gave Roger a blow that staggered him as he was run ning at Dick with a knife in hi s hand. The spy shouted a quick alarm and hurried footsteps were heard coming from the groggery and along the street. "Quick, Bob I" hissed Dick. "This is a perfect nest of thieves and murderers! We must away at once!" The boY:s retreated to Thames street and then
THE LIBERTY BOYS ON PATROL 5 up to Broadway, where they were not followed. The boys now made their way around among the Liberty Boys on patrol, warning them against the miscreants, and fi.nally returned to "the camp. Here they learned nothing new, and later other boys were sent out to take the places of those on duty. When these came in they reported that seemed to be quiet and that they had seen nothmg s u spici ous. CHAPTER IV.-The Spy Escapes. The next morning the constables visited the groggery i n the little street back of the church and also the tavern on the river, to look for the members of the gang of thieves that Dick and the Liberty Boys , had discovered. None of the suspected men were found in the groggery, but the place was ordered to be clo se d, a s its reputa tion was bad. Dick was walking past Partition street during the forenoon, when a young woman came up to him and said: "You are the captain of the Liberty Boys, the young patriots who have been watching the city and trying to get rid of the evil characters who infest certain parts of it?" "Yes, I am Captain Slater, of the Liberty Bo ys." "My name is Mary Drake, and I live down by the river. "My husband takes the money I earn and spends it in drink. I will not give it to him, but he sometimes finds it. He is worse than that, however, for I" believe he is one of a gang o f thieves, and I know he furnishes information to the enemy." "To a spy named Gillingwater, a man in the employ of the British?" "I don't know, but I heard him yesterday talking to a wooden-legged man and telling him something about the batteries here and the number of troops in the city." "Then h e may know something. Does he visit the barracks?" "Yes, now and then, as he has a good many acquaintances there." "Then we will havf) to keep him out of them. I am ll.fraid your husband is getting into bad ways, Mrs. Drake. They may result seriously to him, if he is not careful." "I wish he would be warned, but I can do nothing with him when once he gets to drinking. There is a man named Roger he goes with, who plies him with liquor when he cannot get it himself." , "He will never change as long as he associates with such men," Dick replied. "We will have to get him away from them before there can be any hope of that, and the n take him out of the city." "I will do all I can," said the young woman. At that moment Alice and Edith came along on their way to the camp. Dick stopped them and said: "This is Mrs. Drake. Her husband has gotten into bad habits, but I believe that if we could take him away from the city we w ould do better. Is there any work that you can do, ma'am?" "Yes, I am a go o d needlewoman and there are other things I can do." "We can get you w ork out. o f the city at my home in Westchester. If you will leave the city, the young ladres can get you all the work you can do, and then we will se e abou t getting your husband w ork, if he really wishes to do better. What does he do?" "He i s a carpenter and he understands the care of horses and can do farm work." "There will be plenty for him to do. Will you be willing to leave the city at once?" "Yes, I would go to-day if I thought it would be the means of making James a better man." "Very g ood. Do you want to take anything with you?" "There is very little that I can take," sadly. "My hus b and has sold everything of value that I had to buy drink." "We will supply you with better clothes at once," replied Alice, "and in the chaise those you have will not be noticed." There were two men approaching whom neither Dick nor the girls noticed , nor did. the men no tice them till they were right upon the boy . "Something has got to be done, Minton," d e clared one. "Yes, I know, Wendell, but what-" "I beg your pardon," said Dick. "I did n9t notice that I was obstructing the way." The men pass ed on and went down Broadway, muttering something, and Mrs. Drake said, when they were out of hearing: "Those men are Tories. One is named Minton and the other Wendell." "I h ave heard of them," said Dick. "I shall know them again if I see them. I don't believe they have very good reputations." "No, they have not. They are shrewd, grasp ing men, both of them." "Well, if you will go with the young ladies, Mrs. Drake, I will try to do something with your husband, and will let you know as s oon as I have accomplished anything. " "Thank you, Captain Slater," the woman re plied. "We had better go back to the house, Dick," said Alice, "and tell the girls that we are going away. You may come with u s , Mrs. Drake. Our friends :will be glad to help you all they can." and Mrs. Drake then went off to gether, going down the street after the two Tories. "Those two men were mentioned in connection with the robb eries to be committed," Dick sai d to himself. "I must learn more about them." Walking at a rapid pace, he saw the two men ahead of him as he neared Trinity Churc.h, but before he cou ld catch up with them they turned into Rector street, and when he reached, the cor ner they had disappeared. "Well, I shall know them when I see them again," he murmured, and then he went on, see ing the man Drake sitting on a b ench at the Bowling Green. He went up to the man before the latter no ticed him and took a seat a longside him. Drake was not in li quor at the time, although he showed the effects of it, and started to get up, unsteadily, glaring at Dick as he did so. He sat down again and Dick s aid, putting a hand on .. :s shoulder:
6 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON PATROL "Wait a few moments, I want to talk to you; James Drake." "I don't talk to rebels!" the other. "It may be better for you if you do," said Dick, quietly. "Aren't you ashamed to treat your wife as you do?" "What do you know about that?" with a snarl. "I will send you to a place where they will not call you 'Drunken Jim Drake,' and where you can get honest work and plenty of it. I be lieve you would be a decent man if you let strong drink alone . You have not a bad f.ace. Will you go if I give you a chance? You will see your wife again if you stick to work and don't drink." The man looked at Dick and muttered: "How do I know I can trust you? You may want to send me away and I may never see Mary aga.in." "Are you afraid of Roger or Gillingwater or Minton and Windrell?" Dick asked. "Well, we will take you away from all of them." At that moment Dick saw a man walking across the green whom he recognized as the British spy. He was dressed as a well-to-do farmer, but Dick knew him at once, having a remarkable memory for faces and voices. "There's you man Gillingwater," he said quick ly. "If you are afraid of him I will soon rid you of him." He started at once toward the spy, who saw him coming, and suddenly changed pis course and hurried toward the lower end of Broadway, where there were some very fine houses with extensive grounds about them. Dick increased his pace and, seeing a number of soldiers approaching, c.ried out in a clear voice: "Catch that fellow! He is a spy of the British I" Then he ran on, the fugitive suddenly darting through the gate of one of the fine houses and running through the grounds. Dick and the sol diers were after him in a moment, the young captain in the lead and gaining on the spy. The lat ter ran toward the river, reached the palings at the iear, tore away two or three and made his escape through the breach. Dick was after him without delay, but upon reaching the river saw the man push out in a boat. Determined not to let the fellow escape, Dick whipped out a pistol and fired, the bullet carrying off the man's hat. Then a boat containing some men got between Dick and the other boat and prevented his firing. "Catch the man in the boat, the_:(armer!" Dick shouted, but the men did not understand at once, and t!ie spy made his way up the river and was too far l!l:t'l' by the time the others knew what was wanted. / Dick n1ade his way alongshore to one of the side streets, t
THE LIBERTY BOYS ON PATROL I wrong side and would have to cross over. The boy s were on both sides of the street and Dick ran ahead on the s ide where the other street turned orf s o as to get ahead of the spy. Seeing himself intercepted, Roger ran on toward the river, Dick getting ahead and calling to Ben and Sam to foll ow him. In a short time the three boys were ahead of the man, and then, at a signal from Dick, they stopped and came toward Roger, one on each side and Dick in the middle. Mark and the rest of the boys came on raJ?idly, and the spy saw that he was cornered. He would have run into a tavern, but Ben got to the door first and prevented his escape. Then he drew an ugly-looking knife and would have run at Ben with it had not Harry Judson, who saw the move, suddenly run in upon him from behina and, reaching ove r his shoulder, seized the weapon. Roger turned and tried to clinch with Harry, but now Ben and Sam ran in and he was a prisoner. "We want you, Mr. Roger," said Dick quietly. "Make no disturbance and come along without trouble, or I will tell every one that you are a spy. You well know what that means." "I ain't a spy, captain," growled Roger. "I'm a good citizen and as much a rebel as you are yourself." "Perhaps you ar.e," dryly, "for I do not call myself a rebel at all. Good citizens do not frequent low groggeries, plan robberies and induce others to d rink and abuse their wives. Where i s Jim Drake?" "I donno, and I don't careJ" snarlingly. "How much has Gillingwater learned from you since he has b ee n here? By the way, I heard you tell him yesterday that you were in the king's service as muc h as he was. That was at the tavern on the river." "Huh! You was the fellow who was in the stall listenin' to u s , hey?" muttered the man. "We orter knowed better'n to talk before folks what we didn't know." The man thefl walked along doggedly, knowing that there was no chance of his getting away, and not caring to have a hue and cry raised in a city where the bulk of the people were patriots. Dick did not question him further, but took him to a barracks, where he was put under guard to be questioned later. "There . i s that fellow disposed of," he said, "and Gillingwater will miss one of his strongest allies when he returns to the city. I would like to catch the chief spy, and I hope to do so yet." Dick and Mark then made their way over toward the East River, Ben and the others working along the Hudson. Near the ferry steps Dick saw Jim Drake standing in front of a tavern, but looking more sober than when last seen. Stepping up to the man, Dick said in a quiet tone: "You were not thinking or going in there, were you, Drake?" "I want something to eat," the man muttered. â€¢ "Mary has gone away and there's nothing in the house . She said she would leave me before, but she never did." â€¢ . "If you want something to eat we will go in here, but I will not pay for any liquor, Drake. I wanted to talk" to you, but could not find you when I got back." "Did you catch him, captain?" asked Drake, as Dick led the way into the tavern, going into the coffee-room. "No, he got away, but we caught Roger a short time ago." "H'm! You get him, did you?" and the man seemed to be greatly relieved to hear the n ews. "Yes, and he is locked up. We hope to get Gillingwater when next he comes to thecity." The man said nothing, but seemed to be think-ing, and Dick said: . "You will be better off out of the city, Drake. I can get your work at your trade s ome miles from here." Drake seeme d to be thinking, and Dick, finding out what there was to eat that day, ordered so me for the man as well as_for himself and Mark. "I thought maybe you wouldn't think I was good enough to eat with you and the lieutenant, captain," Drake presen"tly muttered. "\Vhen you are yourself I have no objection at all," Dick replied. The man began to eat the food . placed before him with considerable relish, and presently said, with some hesitation: "You sent Mary away .somewhere, didn't you, cal!_tain ?" "Yes , but you will see her again as soon as you are yourself. She has gone where she can get work and be among friends, but there is no reason why you should not be with her as long as you are hones t and sober and take care of yourself. That i s not a hard bargain, i s it?" "No, it is not, and it i s all right to make it. It was all my fault, but--" and the man hesi -tated. â€¢ "Never mind," said Dick. "You were tempted, no doubt. Howev er, the temptation will b e r e moved now, and if you try you will get on all right. You will have help, but much depends on yourself." Drake did not say anything for s ofue time, b eing evidently absorbed in thought, but at length he said hesitatingly: "I was on Y,OUr s ide, the same as Mary, but when I left the army the taste for drink was on me and I didn't care which side I was on so long as I could get it. Will Mary want me to go back?" "To the army? You would better g e t your strength back first. Then, if you want to go back and will keep sober, it may be as well. First, however, you had better s how that you can be sober and hones t. I think you can, with your own efforts and s ome help from others. There will be many to help you if you s how a disposition to do right." "I suppose I can try," muttered Drake. The food seemed to do him good, and the confi dence that Dick put in him also had its effect, and he arose, looking stronger in will than when h e had sat down. "I'll try, captain," he s aid. "You might have had me locked up, but you didn't. That was for Mary, of course, I understand that, but at the same time you showed that you were ready to trust me and give me a chance, and I'll take it and do the best I can. When shall I go? Pretty soon?" The man seemed anxious to l!ef. away from the ... â€¢
â€¢ 8 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON PATROL city where he knew there was temptation, and Dick answered : "You can go at once if you will. There will be some one going up that way, or I can send two of the boys with you. You will meet friends , who will s ee that you get work at on c e, s o that you will not be idle." "If people were going up with hors e s or a coach I could take care of them," said Drake. "I understand that." "Yes, so I have_ heard. Well, come with u s and will see what can be done about it. It may be that we can make arrangements. immediately." They went up to a quiet little inn near the Common s , where Dick was w e ll known, and here, as it happened, there was a party going up into Westchester in a short time and Drake's services were gladly accepted. Not being in drink and be ing trusted, the man seemed much more of a man than he had been since Dick had made his acquaintance, and the young captain had hopes of him. He spoke to the people in the coach about him, and they promise d to keep a watch upon him as well as to help him keep his good r e solutions and also to introduce him to the pers ons whom Dick had in mind and who would giv e him work. They all set off .at length, Dick taking the man's hand and saying: "You will be a man for Mary's sake, will you, Drake?" "Yes, captain," returned Drake, evieen 1 will do better, captain, you can trust me for that." "Very good, that is all I want to know," and Dick pres sed the man's hand warmly and the party left the inn. â€¢ "I think he will be bett e r now,'' said Dick to Mark when the coach had gon e . "The man is not so bad, but he has not a strong nature and yield s easily to temptation. With that removed he w ill probably do better." "It is not everybody who would take the trouble with him that you did, Dick," r eturned Mark. "It was not for him so much a s it was for his wife, Mark," said Dick shortly. "No, I s uppo se not, but not m any would even have con s id ered the w ife. Many would have said that she had no bus ine s s to marry a man like tha t, a nd that as s h e had made her bed she could lie in it." "A practical but not very charitable way of looking at it, Mark." The boy s returned to the camp at length and something later, well on toward evening, Dick went to the city with a number of the boys on patrol, thes e being in uniform, with their muskets on their shoulder s . Bob had gone off in disguise some time before this, intending to s ee what he could learn of the two Tories, Minton and Wend ell. He around in several place s wher e he thought h e might find the men, and finally se t off down Rector street, where he and Dick had s een the fellow s . At the opening of an alley h e saw one of them1 but did not know which it was . "There's one of thos e fellow s now," he muttered. "He mus t live about here somewhere." The man suddenly turned and saw Bob, seeming to r e cognize him despite his disguise. "You m iserable rebel!" he snarled. "You are spying on me. What do you mean by it?" "If you did not have a guilty conscience you would never think of such a thing, Bob returned. "How do you know I am spying on you? How do you know that I am a rebel, as you say?" "Becaus e I saw you with Slater, the rebe, abd I remember you. You cannot deny that you are a rebel." Then the man retreated into the alle y and made a motion a s if to draw a pistol. Bob leaped after him, without thinking, and in a moment a man sprang ou t from s ome hiding-place and struck him upon the head. The young lieutenant was stunned and fell in a limp mass to the ground. "Quick, get rid of him!" said the man. The two picked Bob up and between them carried him to a hous e clo s e by, the door of which was op e n. Now it so happened that Dick and the Liberty Boys wer e clo s e at hand when this occurred. Dick saw Bob g o into the alley and the n heard the sound of a fall. "Th" o s e fello ws have done something to Bob,'' he said excitedl y. "Quick, boys, befo r e any more mischi e f is don e!" ' The boys were all e x citem ent in a moment. "This way, ooy s!" c ried Dick, running down the alley. Then he caught sight of the two Tories carrying the uncon s cious Libe rty Boy into a hou se. At once he gave the alarm and ran forward, sword in hand. After him ran the boys, muskets in hand an\} ready for action. The Tories saw Dick and the boys, and dFopped Bob, who was a pretty good load ;for them to carry, being a dead weight in his uncon s ciou s condition. They dropped him â€¢ on the walk and hurried away, some one in the house whom D ick could not see closing and lock-ing the door in a moment. "Catch those f e llows, some of you!" cried Dick. Ben, S a m, Harry and Will gav e chas e to the Tories at once. Dick, with the rest, hurried forward and picked up Bob, who was beginning to rega in c onsciousness. Then Diclv pounde d on the door with his s word, but got no answer. "I know the hous e," he muttered, "and I will shortly see whether they will r efus e to open to the law or not." CHAPTER :VI.-Overhearing a Plot . . The four Liberty Boys gave chase to the two To:rie s , who quickly separated, going in di fferen t directions, one running down a narrow, winding alley, and the other diving into a sort of hole i n the wall, an arched passage leading to some in ner court. It was now evening and beginning to grow dark, and the chances were that the men, knowing the location well, would escape. Ben and Sam dove, into
THE LIBERTY BOYS ON PATROL 9 now conscious and standing on his feet. Meanwhile Ben and Sam had run into the hole in the wall, but upon reaching the e-0urt beyond, saw nothing of the man for whom they were in search. There were a number of houses whose doors opened upon the court, but it would have been useless to ask in any of them whether the Tory had entered, there being no -0ne in sight, and the boys went back to the other house. It was getting dark now, but Dick had sent for the constables, and in a short time three of them came u p . "The people in this house were going to kidnap the lieutenant," explained Dick, "but fortunately I saw them in time. They were going to carry him in here, but ran away. The people of the house will not answer me and the door is locked." The constables pounded lustily upon the door, but received no reply from within. Then a woman put her head out of a window of a house opposite and said sharply: "There's no one living in that house. There's only an old caretaker, who is as deaf as a hoe and as blind as a and if you can get anything out of her you are lucky." Other people came out and told the same story, and at length the door opened and a queer old woman, bent nearly double, appeared, carrying a lighted candle in her hand. . "Were you thinking of taking the place, gen tlemen?" she asked, in a high, cracked voice. "It is late to .show it to tenants. Come in the morning, when I shall be glad to show you over the place." The look Dick got of the house thl'Ough the door showed him that as far as he could see it was bare and unfurnished. "Where are Minton and Wendell?" asked Dick. "Hunter and Wardlaw?" echoed the crone. "I don't know any s uch gentlemen." "Minton and Wendell!" shouted Dick in the crone's ear. "Water and fuel? Yes, there's a pump, but you'll have to furnish your own fires." Dick repeated the names in a louder voice. ''Minton and Wendell? I don't know any such persons. Mr. Isaac Clapham, on Wall street, will tell you all about the hous e. I am only the caretaker, gentlemen." "Well, we must look about us," said the foremost constable, and the whole party entered the house. There were two rooms on the lower floor, furnis hed scantily for the use of the caretaker, but all the others were bare, cold and unfurnis hed, and Dick saw that he w ould learn nothing from the old woman, who seemed honest enough, as far as he could judge, but whose sight was bad and her hearing worse. Whether s h e knew anything of the two Tories or not they could not determine, but, anyhow, they were not there, and the1e was nothing to be done but to leave the house as they found it. "At any rate, we will have the place watched," declared Dick, "and if these men return they will be arrested." Bob suffered no ill effects from the blow he had received, and now Dick went to the camp with him, the boys going on patrol as they had intended. "The spy is sure to come back,'' said.Dick, "<1nd these m e n we saw to-night must be searched for. The boys know them by .sight now and will do all they can to apprehend them. There are other plots, no doubt, and we mus t endeavor to get at the bottom of them." Bob remained to look after the camp, and Dick Mark returned to the city to watch for the spy and at the same time keep a watch on the enemy, who were likely to make a move at any time now. Dick left Mark at T rinity Church and walked through Wall Street to Pearl a'nd down into Hanover square, with no special object, and yet having an idea that he might run across some of the plotters or learn something about them. He was in the square, walking along quietly, when he heard s ome one say, in a low voice: "There'll be a lot of. confusion and we can ply a good trade." "Yes, and the rebels will be accused of it so that the redcoats can't enjoy the city when they get it." "We don't mind tbat, but how about the plot to get hold of the rebel general that Tryon i s at the bottom of?" Dick had stopped when he heard the voices, and he now observed that the sound proceeded from a partly open window close by, the two speakers sitting in the dark. . "They may not know that the window is open," thought Dick, . "being in the dark. What plot is this that Tryon is at the bottom of? Being de posed as Governor, he would naturally wish to do all the harm he could, as that is his nature." "That will be attended to when Gillingw .ater comes back," was the answer to the que stion last heard. "Well, but we can go on with ours?" "Of course, and there won't be any meddlesome young rebels to interfere with us, either." "Perhaps they will," muttered Dick. "What's that?" asked one of the men. .Jus t then Dick heard a footstep, and then the man whom he knew as Minton was heard to say: "H'm! What are you sitting in the dark for? You've got a window open, too. Want fresh air, do you?" "Well, it's not cold, Minton." "No, but any one might get in or hear all you said." "There's no one in the _treet,'' and the man opened the window farther and looked out. Dick had stepped into a d eep doorway just before and was not seen . "There's no one in the square, and it's hot with the window shut and the blinds drawn," the man muttered, as he put in his head and dl;ew the sash down to within a few inches. "Well, keep a look out. We can't go back to the house. The rebels are keeping a watch upon it. We nearly had one of them, but that meddling Slater had to be around with so me of his young rebels at the moment and interfered with u s." "H'm! They got Roger and drove Gillingwater away in a hurry, and now they've made you change your residence, and just when things were working all right for the success of our plots." "They'll work all right yet," growled Minton, and just then some one else whom Dick knew to be Wen dell as soo n ag he spoke . "Those young rebels have sen t Drake out of the â€¢.
lO THE LIBERTY BOYS ON PATROL . city and captured Roger,'' he sputtered.. "What about distributing the combustibles and setting fire to houses in twenty different parts of the city at the same time? Drake would have helped in it if we could have kept him filled with liquor." "So that's the plot, is it?" was Dick's thought. "We can do it yet, but we must find the men. Some scare must be invented so as to get the rebel general down to the city, and then we'll run off with him. The Governor will pay well for this work." "It will be the first time Tryon ever did pay well, then," muttered Dick. "He was always nig gardly." "Hey; what's that?" exclaimed Wendell. "Well, maybe he was, but we will make him pay well this time." 1 "Who said he was niggardly?" asked Minton. "That was none of u s." "Of co\.ll'se not,'' declared the two who had been in the room at first when Dick came along. "Some one is listening," sputtered Wendell. "Snut that window!" Dick crept -back into the doorway, hearing some one open the window and then close it tight and draw the blind s . He came out of his hiding-place and walked away, hearing the door open and Min ton say impatiently: "There is no one in sight. He may not have heard much." --Dick was in another doorway, and as soon as he heard the first door shut he walked away, saying to himself: "These fellows are e .ngaged in a wicked plot and we must foil it. It was fortunate that I heard as much as I did." He ha5i noted the house, and now he meant to warn the authorities and have them visit the place and arrest the inmates without delay. He meant to go over to the general's headquarters ii.t once and report the case, but as he reached a tavern at a turn of the street a few rods ahead, a man came out so suddenly JlS to nearly upset him. The light shone in Dick's face, and at once the man., who was heavily built, seized him and gave a sharp wh'istle. Dick recognized him at once, the fellow being no other than Gillingwater, the spy. At once two or three men came out of the tavern, and the spy hi ssed: "Quick, in with him, it is Slater, the rebel !0 Before Dick could get away he was seized by three of the men and hurried within, along a dark hall and then up a winding stairway to a room on the floor above . Here one of the men lighted a candle and placed it on the mantel over a small fir eplace, while the other two took a cloth from the table fastened his arms behind his back and tied him. to a chair with it. Then Gillingwater came into the room, looked at Dick with a sneering laugh and said: "Well, I was lucky in coming out when I did, my young rebel. Who is in the lead now, I'd like to know?" . "No one,'' replied Dick. "You are even with me, in a way, but that is all. Do you know that when I do not return the whole city will be searched for me? The Liberty Boy s are in all quarters, looking for just such men as you and Minton and Wendell. Roger is caught and will be made to tell all he knows." "Ha! And you think that your young rebels will find you, eh?" , "To be sure, unle ss I escape first," he added. "You have been making altogether too much trouble for me lately, Slater," the spy muttered, "and now that I have got you I do not intend to let go of you. Our ships are at Governor's Island now, and it is an easy run across from Whitehall wharf. I think we will take you over there with as little delay as possible and turn you over to the authorities. There has been a reward offered for your apprehension, you must know." "Yes , General Howe would greatly like to see me, I know," Dick returned quietly. "Yes, and I would very much like to handle those five hundred pounds which he offers as soon as possible. I think we will take you over there to-night." "There's some o' them shiners coming to us, remember, governor," one of the men muttered. "We don't work for nothing." course not," replied the spy, who had forgotten about the men, his back being toward them. "I expected to give you ten guineas apiece . " "He had not intended to do anything of the sort, men," said " Dick, who saw his advantage. "Get your money before I leave here or you never will." The spy glared at Dick and then said: "Do not notice the rebel. 'You will get your money as soon as the prisoner is delivered on board the ship. You can't expect me to pay you before I am paid myself, do you?" "Then we'll go with you," the man answered, "and it's a shiner extra to each of us for rowing you across. There's a big risk in that." "All right, my man, you shall have it, but no one pays his boatman in advance unless he's a fool, and I am not in that category. Come be low and we'll talk it over." The men then left the room, locking the door behind them and leaving Dick alone, but with lit-tle chance of escaping. "It is hardly likely that they will find this place,'' the young pat_riot said to himself, "so I must s ee what I can do for myself. I must never go over to the ships, for once there I will stand little chance of escaping. I must make my escape somehow, but how, is the question. I can manage this tablecloth well enough, but there is the house to get out of. How will I manage that?" CHAPTER VIL-Dick's Plucky Escape. Dick had little trouble in freeing his hands, and then untied the knots in the tablecloth and set himself free. The next thing to think of was how to get out of the room, but here difficulties began to present themselves at once. The chimney was too small to climb up and the window was nailed up, be si de s being quite small and high up on the wall. The door was locked and there was a bar on the outside, Dick having noticed this when the men closed it. "The door open s outward ' so that even if I managed to unlock it there would be the bar," he mul' mured. "The only possible way of escape that iI
THE LIBERTY BOYS ON PATROL 11 can see is to put out the light and when the men come in knock them down with the chair and then make a dash for it." Dick's weapons had been taken from him and all he had to defend himself with, therefore, was the chair to which he had been bound. "They won't think of my having gotten rid of the tablecloth rope," he said, "and they will ex pect to find me sitting in the chair as I was when they went' out. If I stand ready I ought to be able to make a sudden rush and get out." There was nothing with which he could pick the lock and the door was too s.trong to break down with the weapons at hand, and there seemed nothin$ for it, therefore, but to wait till some one came to see him and then knock the fello w down and escape. He waited patiently for half an hour, and then, blowing out the candle, picked up the chair and stood :pear the door, ready to make a dash the instant it was opened. He had heard steps in the hall outside and knew that some one was coming to see him, perhaps to take him away. As the steps halted outside the door, he picked up the chair s o as to have it ready the instant any one came in. He heard the key turn in the lock, and then heard the bar taken down, and in an other mome .nt the door was opened outward and two men were srnn, one with a lantern in his hand, the other holding a pistol. The man "l.ith the pistol was the spy, who said with a laugh: "Ha! We knew what a slippery fellow you are, Slater, and so came prepared. You may as well put down the chair. You can't do anything with it. We are going over to the ships, so you may as well come along." Then another man threw the door open, and Dick saw that there were too many for him to contend with, a fourth man being seen coming up. the winding stairs at that moment. Dick put down the ctiair, knowing that he woulq have to defer h,is escape to another time. He went out, therefore, and walked along the hall and down the stairs, with the spy at his s ide, one man ahead and two behind. In the hall below one of the men threw a black cloak over his shoulders, the spy saying: "Your uniform is a little too conspicuous, Slater, and might atti;act niore attention than we care to get. It will be well for you to keep quiet, also, as I have a pistol here which I shall not hesi tate' to discharge if you call out to any one . " "You need not be afraid of my calling out, Mr. Gillingwater," Dick replied shortly. "I know bet ter than that." "I am glad of it, for I want to deliver you alive to the general, and it would be awkward carrying a dead boy through the streets and over to the ships." Dick said nothing, and they left the heuse , tak ing care that no light shone upon them, and made their way at once through the darkest streets to the river, coming out a little to the eastward of Whitehall wharf. Here they found a good-sized boat with a man waiting in it and saying in a low tone: "Make haste, the young rebels on patrol are coming, and they are worse than the night watch/' . Dick was hurried into the b'oat, sitting in the middle with the spy beside him' and an oarsman in front and behind him, respectively, another steering. They glided out 'Upo n the water, and in a moment were swallowed up in the darkness. Then Dick heard the familiar tramp of the Lib erty Boys and at the same time felt the cold muz zle of a pis tol pressed against his temples. In an instant, as the back of the oarsman in front of him was bent toward him, he suddenly threw out his arms with a tremendous sweep and sent the spy tumbling backward upon the man behind. Then he planted both feet in the small of the back of the man n front and sent him headlong upon the next one. The boat began to rock and took in water a stern, but in a moment Dick was on his feet, and in another there was a splash. Coming up in a short time at some little distance from the boat, Dick called out: "Hallo! Liberty Boys! Get a boat and go after the spy. He has escaped in a boat!" There was a shout from shore, and Mark was heard calling: "Hallo! Is that you, captain?" "Yes, get a . boat and go after the spy." Lights flashed alongshore, and Dick was guided by them, shortly reaching the place where he had left it in the boat. Mark call ed to him and met him as he came out wringing wet, but suffering no particular discomfort. "Where were you, Dick?" Mark asked in some surprise. "On my way to the enemy's ships at Governor's Island, but I thought I wouldn't go there." "Spying on the enemy, Dick?" "No, but taken there by one of their spies, the man with the wooden leg and one eye." Lights were flashing on the water now, as boats were sent out to look for the fugitives, but these had made their way as rapidly as they could and were now lost in the darkness. Whether any of them had fallen overboard no one could tell, no one being found, and the boat not being seen. Mark was greatly interested in learning how Dick had happened to be a pris oner, but the young cap tain despatched some of the boys to the house where he had heard Minton and Wendell talking, and others to the tavern where he had been a prisoner. He described the two places so that the boys could not mi stake them, and then hur ried off to the nearest place where he was known to change his wet clothes for dry ones and then join the boys . Mark, with half a dozen of the Liberty Bo ys, made his way to the tavern, but could get no satisfaction out of the landlord. The man said that he did not know any one of the name of Gillingwater , that he had lodgers nearly all the time, that thes e &.id not often stay long, generally not more than a night, that they were often noi s y, to which he paid little attention, anr! that he never asked their names, being satisfied if they paid in advance and did not set fire to his house. There had been some one on the floor above that evening, he added, there being three or four rooms there, but how they looked or what their names were he could not tell. He claimed to b e a Whig, but said that he never enquired into the politics of his lodgers or c'Ustomers, keeping a public house and taking in all who compli< ! d with the rules and paid for what they got they
THE LIBERTY BOYS ON PATROL , . had it. He said that he knew of Dick Slater, although he did not know the young captain by sight, and had seen no one in the Continental uniform come into the tavern that night. The housekeeper had told him that s ome of his lodgers had given up a room earlier in the evening, he adde d , and that it had been let to another party, who had applied soon afterward and was then occupied. There was clearly nothing upon which they could hold the man, and with a warning to him to be more careful in regard to his lodg e r s thereafter, Mark left the tavern and went around to the other place. Another party had already been here, but in s ome manner the Tories had taken the alarm, for there was no one answering to their d escription in the house . Dick himself arrived after they had questioned the housekeeper and been through the house, and so knew that they had gone to the right place. Neither Minton nor Wendell nor any of the other merr were found, and the woman said that she knew no such persons, that she occa s ionally let out lodgings, and that the parlor floor had been taken up to that evening by some gentlemen who had gone out an hour before, leaving the city she had understood. She expressed herself as greatly astonis hed that her guests were open to suspici on, and declare d that she had never guessed it, as they paid well and were most quiet and orderly persons. Dick could not dis prove the woman's story, and as she appeared to be a mQst respectable 'Old lady and herself as being a good patriot, he was obliged to accept what she told him and let it go at that. "It may all be true, boys," -he said when they were out of hearing, "and she may know n.othing of the men, but we cannot prove that it is not, and that is all there is about it." "But the house can be watched," said Mark. "Yes, and it will be. These Tories are clever scoundrels, but I am determined to hunt them down if it is a possible thing, and not only thwar t their plots, but send them all to jail as well." "As long as we know as much as we do about them, it will hardly be possible for the plots to be carried out now," Mark replied. "I wish we had caught Gillingwater, but he is the slipperiest eel of the lot and seems to defy capture." Dick and Mark then returned to the camp, the young captain detailing his adventures on the way, Mark being greatly interested. They found Patsy on guard when they entered the camp, the young Irish lad being much surprised at seeing Dick without his uniform. "An' phwat happened ye, captain dear," he asked . "Sure ye wint out all in yere uniforrum, lookin' as foine as a gineral, an' ye do be comin' back looking loike a farmer. Sure Oi do be thinkin' something happened to ye." "Yes, there did, Patsy," Dick replied, "and something more might have happened if I had not been on the watch." "More rascality on the part of thos e Tory spies, Dick?" a sked Bob, who came forward at this moment. . "Yes, and more will happen if we are not on the alert. However, we know of their scheme s , and I think will be able to prevent their being carried out." Bob much interested as Mark Morrison had been, and declared that it was a shame that Gillingwater had escaped. . "Still, I don't suppos e you could h el p it, Dick,'' he added . ''You had to get away yourself, and so you had to let him go." CHAPTER VIII.-Punishing the Enemy. The Liberty Boys on patrol that night saw nothing of any of the suspicious characters of whom they were in search, and Dick knew that they must be keeping " close, having taken alarm, no doubt, from the thorough search that was being kept up, and also on account of the arres t of s om e of their companions. The nex t day Roger was questioned clo se ly, and, being alarmed concerning his own fate, told many of the secrets of the band of lawless men who' had been plotting agains t the safety of the city. He. confessed that Drake had simply b een a tool and had no real knowledge of what was going on, but that Gillingwater, who was a secret agent of Governor Tryon's , was at the head of the band of whom Minton, Wendell and three or four others, whose names Dick had not learne d, 'were prominent members . The keeper of the tavern where Dick had been a prisoner for a short time was als o implicated, but the old lady at the house in Hanover Square knew nothing of the band, her rooms being used simply as meeting places of the conspirators. The tavern over on the west side of the city was a regular rendezvous of the band, Roger said, the landlord having combustibles stored in his cellar ready for distribution as soon as the plot was in good working order. "We will get after these ruffian s at once," declared Dick. "I suspected that some of these men who told such plaus ible stories were implicated, but we had no evidence and SQ had to take their stories as true. We will see what they will say now when confronted with the truth." Dick went with a party of the Liberty Boys over to the tavern on the Hudson, sending Bob with another detachment to the place near Corlear's hook. The landlord of the place that Dick visited had not taken the alarm or had not been warned, for he was found doing business as before, and, in the cellar, under or behind casks and barrels, the boy s came upon a lot of inflam mable matter, w.hich needed but the touch of' a match to make it burst into fierce flame. The man pretended not to know of the presence of the stuff there, saying that he had taken on the place from . some one else who had said nothing about it. The fellow's name was on the list furnished by Roger, however, and when this was shown him he. turned livid, called the man a traitor, and vowed that he would have his revenge sooner or later. The combustibles were thrown into the river, and the man was sent to jail, his place being closed up. Bob did not have the success thai; Dick did, for the man in the other place had evidently taken warning from the visit of the boys the night before, and had fled, the tavern being closed. Upon searching the cellar more combustibles were found, however, and these were thrown into the river. "Well, we have thus far prevented the carry-
THE LIBERTY BOYS ON PATROL 0 ing out of this heinous plot, at any rate,'' declared Dick, when he saw Bob, "and now we must find out the other places the. fires were to be started and prevent mischief being done." "The chief spy has escaped,'' replied Bob, "and we aTe not sure that he will return to the city, but there are others who are here, and we ought to search them out and punish them." "We intend to do so if possible," declared Dick, "but they know us and that we are on their track, and they will be wary. It will be some trouble to get them now, but even if we can drive them out snmething will have been accomplished." "Put the boys to work,'' said Bob, "and we may get the fellows yet." "We will try, at any rate," rejoined Dick. Dick shortly returned to the camp, leaving Bob in the city to set the boys to work and keep an eye on the enemy, who seemed to be making some sort of move at Staten Island. CHAPTER IX.-Weeding Out the Enemy. After dark Dick and Bob and some of the boys disguised themselves and went into the city by different routes and at various times, going bytwos and threes, and in one or two cases singly. Dick and Bob went together, Ben and Sam going in company, as did Harry and Will, and Arthur and Phil, Paul Benson and Walter .Tennings going alone. The boys were to look al
14 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON PATROL any noise, I will tell all here who you are, and it will go hard with you, I promise." "Why, what joke is this?" muttered the man in the blue coat. "You said that you were-------" "No, I asked you if you had heard of him. I told you that there were some of the Liberty Boys here. I am one of them. My name is Dick Slater." The men both turned pale, and one of them dropped his pipe on the floor, where it was broken in several pieces. . "Watch these fellows, Bob, that they do not signal to any of their friends," said Dick. "If Minton and Wendell are coming we want to get haJ.d of them!' The boys sat down, facing the two men, arid with their backs to the door, but there was a mirror not far away in which the latter was reflected, and before long Dick saw Minton come in, knowing him in an instant, although he was well dis guised. "Beckon to Minton to come over here," said the young patriot. "Give him warning, and I have a pistol in my pocket and my hand is on the trig ger." The man in blue waved his hand to Minton, who came over to the table. "Watch these fellows, Bob," said Dick. Then he arose as the Tory came forward. The latter suddenly recognized him and turned a sickly white. "Keep quiet, Mr. Minton," said Dick. "You know the lieutenant? You were expecting Gillingwater to-night? Your men here are not as clever as they might be. They betrayed themselves. I had been watching them, and I saw that they were not used to the place, nor to acting as spies, either." . Minton drew a long breath, looked at Dick, who, he could see, had a }\i.nd in his pocket, and then at Bob, who held a jfistol under the table, and said: "Well, you can't prove anything against me, Slater." "Oh, yes, I can. You attempted to abduct the lieutenant here last evening over on the west side of the city." "I did not. A ruffian struck him down, and my self and a ' friend of mine were carrying him into the house to revive him." "Then why did you drop him and run when we came up? However, we will take your version. There is another matter to be decided." The Tory looked puzzled, and DiCk resumed: "Last night in a house over on Hanover Square you and Wendell and two others talked over a plot to burn the city and rob certain rich persons in the confusio!h) There was also a plan to kidnap General Washington talked over. The window was open and--" The Tory's face grew livid and he seemed about to sink to the floor. "The window was closed later and I did not hear all conversation," Dick went on, "but I think I have told you enough to let you know that I heard some of tt. There is a serious charge against you, "What do you think it is wortli to let--" "You miserable scoundrel, don't you dare to offer me a ..bribe!" furiously. "Come, Bob, let us take these fellows away. We are attracting attention. Follow the lieutenant, Minton." The Tory was sure if Dick told what he knew they would be roughly handled, and he and the rest left the tavern with the boys. Outside Dick gave a peculiar call, and in a short time two or th1ee of the Liberty Boys -0n duty near by came up. "This is Minto .n," said Dick. "These others are accomplices of his. Take them an to the general's quarters. Disarm them, Ben Brand." The prisoners were surrounded, and Ben.-Brand quickly disarmed them, Dick then saying: -"Take them away, boys. Get more boys if you need them. We want to catch the main member of this lawless band." The boys marched the prisoners through Pearl street, a signal from one of them presently telling Dick that more of the boys had been met and were going with them. "If we can catch the other fellows and Gillingwater as easily as we caught these fellows, Bob," said Dick, "we shall be fortunate." "Yes, we made a good haul, but it is hardly likely that we will do as well again," Bob rejoined. The boy's did not go back to the tavern, but waited near it to watch for Gillingwater and Wendell, . who were expected to come to the place. They s tood in the shadow where they could see any one who went in, but could not be seen themselves, keeping a sharp lookout for the men they wished to catch. Some of the Liberty Boys came along from time to time and reported quietly without attracting any attention. It was getting late and nothing had been seen of Gillingwater, when Mark came up and said: "Two or three ships have gone up the East River, Dick, and there is some move going on at the island. The enemy may be going to send a ship up the Hudson. It looks serious." "Yes, so it does, Mark. You have seen nothing of the spy?" "No, nothing." "We have caught Minton and two others, and . Gillingwater is expected here, but we have not seen him yet." "He may have taken the alarm." "Possibly, but we will keep a lookout for him, and he will hardly escape if he comes." Mark went away and later Ben and some of the others who had accompanied Dick came up and reported that they had seen nothing of the spy or any of the suspected Tories. "Two ships have gone up the Hudson," Ben re ported. "There is some move on the part of the enemy, and I should not be surprised if they intended to make an attack on the city before long." "It looks like it, Ben," Dick replied, "but we cannot tell yet. We must remain on patrol till we get other orders." "Very well," and Ben went away, Dick telling him to remain near at hand so as to help take the spy if he should appear. It was close on to the hour of closing the tavern when Dick and Bob heard a signal from .one of the boys which told them that one of the suspected men was coming. They kept in the shadow, but advanced rapidly, presently seeing Wendell
THE LIBERTY , BOYS ON PATROL J fl by the light from the windows. The man stopped a moment and looked around, Dick imitating the barking of a dog. At once he and Bob and the others closed in upon Wendell, who suddenly found himself surrounded_ by boys. Some of were in uniform, and he at once knew what the presence of the others meant. He attempted to break through the line, but was stopped, Dick saying: "Not yet, Mr. Wendell. You are going with us." "This is an outrage, you have no right to stop me," blustered the angry Tory. "Oh, yes, we have," quietly. "We have the right to stop any one who is known to be an enemy and is plotting against the safety of the city. We have already arrested Minton and two others to-night, and expect to get Gillingwater as well." The Tory's face fell and he made no further resistance, but went with the boys, Dick and Bob remaining to watch for the spy. CHAPTER _X.-Dick and Bob in Difficulties. ' It was late and there seemed little chance of the spy's coming to the tavern, although he had been expected by Minton and Wendell. For all that Dick and Bob knew he may havedi s covered the arrest of the others and would avoid the place. "We may not get him, Dick," muttered Bob. "No, that is true, but we will wait something longer. It was late when Wendell came." At last they heard s ome one coming along Pearl street from the east with a quick step, which Dick knew to be the spy's. "Here he i s now, Bob," he whispered. "Yes, that i s the fellow; I see him." There was light enough to recognize the man by, and the boy s weht forward, keeping in the shadow. Gillingwater was within a few paces of them when the tavern door opened wide and a flood of light fell upon Dick and Bob. In a moment a number of men came noiselessly down the steps. The spy saw the two boys, recog nized Dick, and at once turned and fled up Pearl street. 'fhe men coming out got in the way of the boys, and it was a few mom ents before they could get out of the crowd. Then Gillingwl!,.ter was seen running into a little alley without any name a little opposite. "Run around on Broad street quick, Bob," 4isse d Dick. The alley turned and ended at Broad street a short distance up, and that was why Dick spoke as fie did. He ran after the spy, darting into the alley, pistol in hand, while Bob hurried into Broad street to head the man off. The alley was short, but winding, there :were no houses facing on it, and there was no refuge for any one in it, and the spy could not escape in that way, therefore. He had gone into it so as to make a short cut into B r oad street, and Dick, by sending Bob the other way, hoped to intercept him. He fairly flew afier the fellow himself and would have fired but for the turns in the alley, which ren dered a shot futile. He did not see the man, but heard his footsteps and knew that he had not stopped at any of the turns so as to double when his pursuer came on. At the last turn he saw Gillingwater fly out into Broad street, and in another moment he had turned and was out of sight. Boli got to thf! alley a little too late, and he and Dick joined each other, seeing the spy running up Broad street. There was a night watch coming down the street, and Dick shouted to him to stop the spy. The latter darted into a narrow street leading toward the Bowling Green before the watch reached it, and Dick and Bob, seeeing him, ran over and fol lowed him. They went through to the green without seeing the fellow, however, Bob saying in a tone of disappointment: . "We have lost him, Dick, and it is getting on toward Sunday morning, when all good citizen s are supposed to be in bed and asleep." "It look s that way, Bob." "The watch will be "after us pretty soon, wanting to know what we are doing out at this time of night." could explain that easily enough, Bob, but what I want to know is how the fellow got away from us." "Dove into a dark doorway, perhaps, or maybe he had friends at hand. There are all sorts of conjectures." "Yes , and none of them will do us any good as long as the man has escaped. We may a s well g o to the camp, Bob." "Yes, I suppose we might." They went back through the little street to Broad street, however, making a thorough search, but finding no trace of the man for whom . the y were in search. Then they went up to Wall street, turned toward Broadway and went on up that thoroughfare to the Commons. Some of the boy s sho11tly came in, having been relieved by others, but they had nothing else to report. They were disappointed to learn that Gillingwater had es caped, but took it philosophically, Ben Spurlock saying: "Well, he always was slippery and he has s int ply proved the fact once more. He , i s a regular eel, and we'll have to put sand on our hands to hold him." "Mayb e the sight of a big pistol would do as well," rejoined Sam. "So it would if he were near enough," declared Harry, "but the rascal always seems to scent trouble ahead and. get away." "vYe may get him yet," declared Dick quietly, "but I think we will have other matters to think of shortly,_ which will keep u s from thinking too much about .him." All the boys knew that Dick feared an attack and they said nothing, the gravity of the occa .. s ion k eeping them s ilent. The next morning, the day promising to be warm and sultry, Dick and Bob se t out to " go to early s ervices at old Trinity, Dick saying to Mark, who was lt?ft in charge of the camp: "I don't know what may happen, lieutenant, b e fore we return, but u se your judgment. It may be necessary to leave the city, so do as you thit1k best." They were nearly at the church when -. ... ..
l6 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" heard the sound of cannonading somewhere in the upper part of the island, this being continued as if there were a steady bombardment. Then the sound of tiring was heard from the Hudson side, but at some <11stance, the first firing, which was on the E;ast ltiver side, keeping up .continuously. "The enemy have landed troops somewhere up on the island,'I said Dick, "and are covering them with the guns from the ships." "That must be it," muttered Bob. "We must get back to the camp, Dick, without delay. " "Yes, we must." The boy s began to their steps, the sound of the firing at the upper part of the i sland being continuous. Men and women came hurrying from their houses or from the church, every one was asking questions or crying out in alarm, and there was the greatest confusion everywhere. The boy s hurrie
THE LIBERTY BOYS ON PATROL 17 in quiet places when they heard or saw any confusion ahead of them, and waited till it was safe to go on. Once or twice they made a which they had not intended to make on account of the disorder in town, but at length they reached the little inn, where they were safe at last, as Bob had said. They were well known in the place, all of the people in which were stanch patriots and ready to help them in any way they could. _ "These are bad times for the patriots, captain,'' maid the landlord. "Yes, i _ ndeed,'' Dick rejoined, "but I feared something of this sort was soon to occur.!' Dick then told how they had hapened to be left behind and of their escape from the spy. "We must get disguises and leave the city as moon as we can/' he continued. "Are there any American troops still in the city?" "No, it has been evacuated and there is great confusion. I fear that it would not be safe for you to attempt to leave now, even in disguise. This man you speak of will be on the watch for you and will let no opportunity pass of capturilfg you." "He will want to get revenge for the chases we have given him,'' muttered Bob. "We have made him .a good deal of trouble, and he will want to get even with us for it." "No doubt,'' murmured Dick. "Do you know if the Liberty Boys have left their camp?" "Yes, they went some time ago." Later one of the servants with the inn came in and said: _ "The city is full of redcoats. It is very difficult for any one tcf leave, passes hard to get and are frequently refused, and every one not known to be in sympathy with the British cause is regarded with s uspicion and in many cases e ven threatened with imprisonment." Still later some one came in and said that the British had drawn their lines right across the island, and np one was allowed to get through without a pass issued by the general in command in the city. "Well, we wo,H't try to get away now,'' ob served Dick. "T)le Liberty Boys are safe, no doubt, and will bd looking for us after a reasonable time, so we may as well make our minds easy, Bob, and wait for a good chance to get away." , The boys had aheady laid aside their uniforms and now looked like two ordinary boys, not venturing out of doors that day, however. The landlord and the people in the house made them com fortable and would do so inde finitely, although Dick did not mean to stay any longer than neces sary. When it was dark Dick determined to go out and see what chance there might be for leaving the city. He was in ordinary attire and not likely to attract attention, but he was on the alert just the same, not knowing when he might run across an enemy. Although it was Sunday evening there was none of the Sabbath quiet in the city that was ordinarily noticed, the streets being thronged and every one being full of excitement. Dick kept out of the crowd as much as he could, although at times he was unable to avoid it. At Partition street the people coming out of early church service were jostled by laughing, tipsy, excited men and boy s, and for a moment there seemed as if there might be trouble. Dick, caught in the crowd, was trying to get out of it when he heard some oni say: . "A sq'Uad of soldiers would soon teach these rebels manner::. It is a great pity that they are not called out." Dick recognized the voice as that o ' f Gilling water in a moment, and, lowering his h ead sud denly, pushetl forwlj-rd and sen t the man into the gutter, where he was laughed at by the crowd. "What' rebel did that?" he cried angrily. "The rebel that you put in your stomach at the tavern below," laughed one. "It's been fighting your legs and your head ever since and setting one against the other." Dick got away without being seen by the spy, and kept a sharp lookout for any one else who might know him. There was considerable disor der, although it was Sunday night, and at length Dick thought it better to return to the inn and not go out again that night. He was returning along Broadway when a house do.or was opened and a 'flood of light fell upon him, just as he no ticed the familiar figure of the spy coming to ward him. saw him and started in surprise. "Catch the spy, the man in the bottle-green coat!" cried Dick, in an instant, before Gilling, water could open his mouth. The spy was in the light as well as Dick, and several men near him noticed him and heard what the yaung patriot said. Three or four men sprang at and seized him, while Dick slipped away and was speedily lost in the crowd. There was some excitement for a short time, but the spy managed to satisfy the crowd that he was not an enemy, a number of redcoats coming along who were able to vouch for him. By this time, however, Dick was out of danger and con gratulating himself on his fortunate esc8.!l.e. His ready wit had saved him and Gillingwater was , forced to admit that it had been a very clever move on the young patriot's part. Dick reached the inn without further incident and told Bob what had happened. The boys did not go out again that night, but remained indoors, going to bed early and getting a good rest after the exciting events of the day. The next day Dick decided not to go out until he had heard of the condition of affairs in the city and had learned whether it was safe or not. Some of the people reported that it was quieter, but that there were redcoats everywhere and that some of them might know Dick. Dick disguised himself after a while and went out, looking like an ordinary city boy, with his hair brushed over his forehead and stooping as he walked, which was quite unlike him. He found the streets gene;rally quiet, there being few citizens about, the military largely predominating. He carried a basket on his arm as if going on an errand, and few noticed him, no one speaking to him, as he seemed of . too little impor tance. He walked as far as Trinity Church, see ing nothing of Gillingwater, who was probably at the barracks, having little to do. As he was about to turn to go back he saw Minton in shab by clothes and looking as if he suspected every one he met coming toward him.
18 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON PATROL "Hallo! How d . d that fellow get out?" he thought. "Escaped in the confusion, I suppose." He turned at once and went into the church, presently noticing that the Tory had followed him. It was somewhat dark in the chJrch, and Minton; who did not seem to have followed Dick intentionally, did not see the boy. Dick slipped into a pew and lowered his head, keeping a watch upon the Tory, however, to see if the latter had noticed him. The man walked forward several pews, and in a short time Dick slipped out quietly, attracting no attention. Then he left the church and started up Broadway, keeping a lookout for enemies. He saw none who knew him, and reached the house without incident, finding Bob anxiously awaiting his return and glad to see him again,. having had a fear that something might happen to him. "Things are getting quieter, Bob," Dick said, as he told of his aderrtur e, "and I think that we might shortly take the ris k of going out again and looking about u s . We mus t try to get away tG-day, for Mark and the boys wiil be worrying about u s and sending some o ne down to look for us." "You will have to get passes," declared the landlord, "but I think I can manage that. There is a friend of mine who arranges it, knowing some one in the war offic e , and for a slight sum any sort of pass may be procured." "We will go and s ee him shortly,'' replied Dick. After a time the boys w ent out, t aking care that there was no one in t h e s t reet who might see them come out and perhaps s u spect them. They got away without trouble and reache d Broadway, going across and down to John street, where the landlord's friend liv e d. He was not at home at the time and the boys w ent away, promising to call later for the passes, Dick h aving told what he wanted. They set off down Broadway, carelessly going down on the East Side a s far a s Wall Street, and then crossing over and going up on the Wes t Eide. They attracted no attention, being jus t two ordinary boys , apparently, and very. few whom they met gave them a secona glance. They were about opposite Maiden lane , when Dick saw s ome one in front of him who attracted his immediate attention, Bob being abstracted and noticing little or nothing. The man wore an undress uniform and was none other than Gillingwa ter. CHAPTER XII.-A Bold Capture. "There he is now, Bob!" said Dick suddenly, in a whisper. "Wtto? Where?" asked Bob, his thoughts for the moment being elsewhere. "Gillingwater. Just there ahead! Don't you see him?" Gillingwater was walking' along leisurely, thoroughly at home and at eas e in the city, now that the British were in possession, and there being no longer any need of caution, as he supposed. "We must get him before he knows we are anywhere around," said Dick in a low tone. "You walk up quietly on one side, and I will go on the other, Bob. Have your pistol ready." It was but an instant late when Gillingwater heard his name pronounced in a low tone, and he turned to find the captain of the Liberty Boys at his side, and felt a pistol pressed against his ribs. At the same instant he became conscious of the fact that some one was on his left also, and one look showed him that the first lieutenant of the Liberty Boys had him covered with a pistol. "Moake a move or call for help and you are a dead man!" warned Dick, and there was that in the tone and manner of the young captain that convinced Gillingwater that the words were no idle threat. ' The two boys carried their pistols in their sleeves after having shown the British spy that they had them, but reminded him constantly of their presence by a pressure against his side, . so there was nothing in the appearance of the three walking along Broadway to attract attention. Dick directed their steps toward the inn near the Commons, though there were redcoats here and there on the thoroughfare. Gillingwater went along quietly, his eyes on his compatriots, whom he had no idea of passing without signaling in a quiet manner far assistance. Dick divined his intention, however, though he kept silence, even when the prisoner attempted to start a conversation in order to divert his captor's attention. "How was it that you two remained in the city? I should think you would be afraid of being captured. It will go hard with you both," he said, "for you are both well known as rebel spies , and you will be shown no quarter." "You need not remind u s of thait," replied Bob, who was more impuls ive tha11 Dick. "We know your methods too well to expect even simple jus-tice at your h ands." "Then why didn' t you get away while you had a chance?" "We had some things to attend to first, and this was one of them," replied Bob, grimly, at the same time slipping his hand through ftie other':; arm and Jetting h i m feel the pistol ban e!. They had not gone far before Dick saw a big, pompous-looking redcoat approaching, taking up a large portion of the walk, and, from his uniform, knew him to be an officer. Gillingwater als o recognize d him, and Dick could tell frum the brighte p.ing of his countenance that he expected to get help. "Do you know that officer?" he asked. "What is that to you?" the other answered, insolently. will find out what it is to you if you don't answer, and not only that, if you do not carry out my instructions implicitly,'' replied Dick, with deci s ion. "What do you want me to do?" he asked, in a surly manner. "Tell the gentleman that you are required to go to the other end of the island with two attendants,'' was the answer. As they approached the British officer, Gillingwater saluted, the two boys following his example, but in an ,awkward manner, which salutes the officer barely acknowledged, and would have passed on if his way had not been blocked. "Will you kindly give me a pass, sir?" began Gillingwater, but in a maimer that caused the redcoat to look at him rather suspiciously.
THE LIBERTY BOYS ON PATROL 19 " -Pass?" repeate d the officer, in a supercilious tone. "And for whom, if I may ask." "For myself and two companions," was the reply. "And do I know you?" and the officer raised his monocle to his eye. "Have you fotgotten Gillingwater?" exclaimed the man, reddening at the snub before the 'two boys. "Gillingwater? Ah, yes, to be sure? I think I remember. you now." "You were once pleas ed to consider that I had rendered important s ervice in the matter of--" "Ah, ye s , to be sure! I do remei:p.ber you now, but, you know , there are s o many, and a busy man like me, with so many matters of importance cannot be expecte d to recollect everything on the instant. And how can I serve you?" Gillingwater repeated h i s request, and the pompou s redcoat took out a notebook, wrote something on a leaf, which he tore out and handed to Gillingwater and then passed on, with a patronizing wavE! of the hand. Dick waited for the redcoat to pass on, and then held out his hand for the slip of paper. "What will it be worth to me to give up this pass ?" the spy asked. "My freedom?" "That slip of paper is worth a;bsolutely nothing to you, either in your hands or mine, but tf you don't immediately give it up you will have little time to regret it." Gillingwater put it into D ick's hand without further protest, a:rfd they continued on their way, Dick slipping the pape r into h i s pocket after a quick glance at its contents . They continued on their way to the tavern, where the sight of a man in British uniform created some little consternation till Dick gave the l andlord a quick look of intelligence. "Give us a private room," he said, "and dinne r for the three of us. We will leave the city shortly." The landlord led the way to a private room and Dick explained, briefly, who Gillingwater was , and his 'intention of taking him through the lin es . While waiting for the meal to be served, he took out the pas s and read it again. _It was simply an order to pass Gillingwater and hi s 'two companions through the lower and upper lines , and was signed " Ho ws on," the letter being scrawled acros s the slip. Their bread h a d already been placed on th table, and Dick, breaking off a piece, carefully eras ed with it the letters "son" and wrote in the place the single letter "e, " and then pass ed it ove r to Bob to read. While they wer e eating Dick ordered hors es for their departure from the city, as they would lea ve immediately after dinner. Gillingwater's appetite did not appear to be very hearty, but this fact did not disturb the two boy s who, howeve r , kept a strict watch that h..e did not use his hands for any other purpose than eating and drinking, every motion of his toward his pistol belt being instantly arres ted. Dinner eaten, Dick paid the score and then with Bob on one side of Gillingwater and Dick on the o ther they left the room, going out t o where horse s awaited them. Dick and B o b then relie v e d Gillingw ater of his pis tol s , but performing the action so quietly that it passe d unob served by the stable boys who were holding the horses. To ssing them a coin each. Dick led the way to the street, and then with Gillingwater in the middle the three trotted up the road in the direc tion of the upper part of the island. Dick kept a sharl! lookout that Gilling water did not signal to ariy 'friend whom they might meet, and was glad to think that so far as he knew there w ere no pers ons in the city likely to recognize hims elf. They went more quickly as they proceeded farther away from the lower part of the city, and were not long before they reached the lo wer lines . Here Dick showed his pass and it se em e d a s . if the single word "Howe" had a magic e f fect, for they were iat once allowed to procee d. The lo w e r li;ie s been passed without any diffi culty, but Dick was not so sure of getting thr ough the upper ones so easily. They were now in the of their enemie s , and a single word from Gillmgwater.' were allowed to utter it, might le1td to their undomg, but Dick resolved that h e s hould not have the opportunity to utter that single W6fd. Gillingwater had not considered the desperate _until . now, when they were nearmg the upper Imes, iand he knew if he were to escape at least for a time the con s e quences of his many misdeeds it must be before they passed the lines; besides, if he were able to effect the arrest of the captain and first lieutenant of the L Lberty Boys, he knew his reward would be grea t. . At length he espied some redcoats appr oachmg them on horseback, and he felt that his last chance had come. Every nerve on the alert, he watched till they came within hailing distance, but a look on either s ide convinced him tha t t o cry out would be his death s ignal. He continued to. ride on apathetically as he had been doing, with d r ooping head and slack rein, until almo s t abreas t of the redcoats , who would pass on without a s econd glance at the three riders were not their attention attrac ted. When abreas t of the fo r emo s t riders , Gillingwater s uddenly tightened his reins , dug spurs into his horse and opened his mouth to cry out. â€¢ CHAPTER XIII.4 he Las t of In an instant, ho w ever, Bob h a d s e i zed h i s horse by the bridle, and Dick's pi s tol w a s at his temple. "It will not be safe for you to try tha t again, Gillingwater," said D i ck, quietly. Gillingwater did not attemp t to shout. â€¢ "All right, captain, which road sha ll it b e? " was his response. "We be detained if we continue on thi s road, and I think it would b e more prudent fo cross the i sland by one of our old routes ." "Afraid, eh?" sneered Gillingwa t e r , who tried to keep up his air of bravado in spite of the fact that he felt himself change color. Dick made no answer, but turning his hors e' s head, with his hand on the bridle rein of the hors e their prisoner w a s riding, he entered the woods, through which their road was now leading. They made their way through the woods for some distance without speaking, and then Gillingwater said, with an attempt at a sneer: "If I may be permitted to ask, may I inquire whither our way is taking us'l"
2C THE LIBERTY BOYS ON PATROL "There is no reason why you should not ask," replied Dick, coolly, "nor is there any reason now why I should not give you the information desired. The lines cannot be extended across the island at its upper end quite so s oon, and I can take you by means of a way unknown to all but a very few where we can get beyond the lines without passing through them." Gillingwater's countenance fell, .for he had been counting on a last chance when they reached the lines to make a dash for liberty . . The way was growing more and more difficult, for more than once one or another of the horses floundered in the morass and had to be helped onto firmer soil, and then suddenly Gillingwater fell forward on his horse's neck so heavily as to make his animal almost fa.11, and before Dick or Bob could prevent, for he was a large man, he rolled off the horse to the ground, where he lay a s though dead. A quick examinati on soon convinced Dick that the man was shamming, so he said quietly to BJb: "Gillingwater evidently has made his choice and would rather die here than take further chances. As we cannot now afford to waste any more time, we will grant him his wish. But in order to make sure, we will both fire a shot into him. When I count three and say fire, shoot!" But before Dick had a chance to utter the word "one," as he knew would be the case, Gillingwater made a move, and then gave a sigh and opened his eyes, looking about him with a feigned air of bewilderment, murmuring at the same time: "Where am I? What has happened?" "Nothing particular has happened, except that you have been acting like a fool, thinking to de: ceive us," was Dick's cheerful reply. "Come, get up on your horse again and give us credit for a little more sense." Gillingwater obeyed, and gave up further at tempt to escape. The path presently became better after they had started . on again, the boys watching
THE LIB ERTY BOYS OF "76" 2 1 CURRENT NEWS FOUND $70,000 IN DEAD MAN' S HOUSE Search of the home of Wenzelus Ko e hl er, a re tired farmer, of Northampton, Pa., who died recently revealed nearly $2 5 ,000 in securities con cealed under carpets, in clo sets and in other places. The e xecutors of the e state had pre vi ou sly found $35, 000 in s ecu rities in the cellar. The estate is value d at mo r e than $100,000 . The will i s being contes t e d by Mrs. Mary Laros h of this city, a daughte r who alleged that her father was incompetent to m a k e a will and tha t undue in fluen ce was u s ed . GOLD-BEARING WHISKERS Years ago a n Illinois b arber t rade d his razo r for a pick and p a n, and started for t h e Klondike. Unsuccessful in mining, he opene d a shampoo parlor whose e q u ipment included a cyanide ta11k. The cuttings from the hair and beard of the miners, h e says , " a s sayed $ 100 the ton in the cyanide t ank." The dollar apiece charg ed for shampoos and massages provided him with pock e t money, but the suitcas e full of g old which he brought back with h i m is all from the wealth laden clippings that w ent through his cyanide bath, and he claims that this source nas provided him with a fortune o f a half million d o lla1 s . UNDERGROUND RIVERS OF BRINE A thousand feet beneath the town of Midland, Mich., run rivers of brine charged with calcium, sodium, magnesium, strontium, bromine and chlo rine. Forty pumping wells raise the b r ine, and separati ve processes release from it the basis of photographic emul sion s , medicines , cement, tan ning materials , perfumes, pi:eservatives a n d c ol d s t orage solutions . The magnesium was u s ed f o r war flares, and now, combin e d in a secret alloy, furnishes m etal one-thir d the 'weight of alumi num, s ustaining a pressure. of 24,0 0 0 pounds per square inch. In the form of gas-engine pi s tons, after a test e quivalent t'l that of a motor car running 3 0 miles an h our continuous ly for 35,000 miles, scarcel y a sign o f wear was di s c ernibl e. A DOG. SNATCIUNG BAND Wealthy p atrons of the Bid ea-Wee Home for Animals , No . 410 Eas t 38th street New York City, hav e hire d a private d e t ective and have b egun a n exposure of a dog snatchers' organization whic h the d e t e ctive, Geo r g e G. Wilson, says has the completeness of any international band o f g e m smugglers . "Althoug h the search has jus t been started," said Mr. Wil s on," "we have found a ring , rman hi g he r u y , with agents all over the co untry, and the other features of a regular criminal o rgani z ation. This gang handles dogs worth $ 1 ,000 or more a pi e c e and has created, in my o pinion, a di s tinct department of crime abo u t which the p o lice are jus t beginning t o l earn. " I have traced five 'fe nce s ,' ostens ible dog and bird stor e s , on Third avenue in the forties , and three farms on bong I sland and in Westchester County, where the dogs are hidden as l ong as their owners keep up a vig orou s s earch for the m . " T h e dogs are almost invariab ly taken by chauffeurs employed by w ealthy persons a n d s ol d directly to the 'fence,' w ho ships the anima ls to a farm for thre e to six month s . T he n the d o g i s offer e d fo r sale, either in New York, A lb any o r Boston." For Your Convenie-nce We will mail it weekly to your address, postage paid. LIBERl;Y BOYS ' OF "76" 3 Months 90 Cents / FILL IN AND JILUL US THE F ORJ\l BELOW -(Tear at This Line ) SUBSCRIPT ION BLANK HARRY E . WOLFF, P u b lisher, Inc., 16 6 W . 23d St., New Yo r k City Here's m y 90 cts. E n teT my s-ub s crip tion fo r thre e arwnt h s f o r "Liberty B oys of '76'." . Name Addr ess ............... -------------
22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" HARD TO BEAT ORA B O Y O F THE RIGHT KIND By RALPH MORTON (A SERIAL S'I'ORY) CHAPTER VII (Continued). "See here," said Farmer Holton, candidly. "Thar ain't no use in lying. The boy was here, but he has gone. I ain't obliged to tell you where he has gone, but it seems to me it would be a good thing to give him a chance. He wants to do better." "That's nothing to us," said the officer, sternly. "We are sent here to do our duty and we mus t arrest him. We will have to search your place." Farmer Holton made no objection, and the officers searched the house and the barn and went all over the farm. Of course, they found no trace of the fugitive. Jack had made good his escape. They were obliged to leave, discomfited, but they took a cours e up the highway, believing he had . gone in 'that direction. After they had gone, Tom again thanked the Holtons and took his leave himself. He went over as far as the railroad and took to the tracks. They led along the river bank here, and as he walked on he enjoyed the fine scenery and the sight of the most beautiful river fl.owing below. Tom was worried greatly about his late companion, for he had learned to really like the city boy in spite of his rough marmers and the fact that he had be e n more or les s qf a crook. Tom was a devout. b e liev e r in fair play, and he was sure that if he had a c;b.ance he would depart from the old life never to return. Tom walked on and began to build hi s plans for the future as he did so. He had learned much since leaving Wellair. His experiences had opened his eyes to the ways of the world more than anything that had ever happened to him. He saw what was best to do. CHAPTER VIII. Seeking a Chanc e. Tom Otis had seemed to have made a poor start in life, but he now began to see that, after all, things had shaped for the best. This discovery that Mr. Josephus Jones.was a fraud and an impostor had done him more good than harm. What was all in Tom's favor was the fact that he was young and strong and c ould work early and late. He had courage and ambition, and how could any young man be held down with these attributes ? He was resolved to go a long ways from the big city. He might retm:n some time, for he realized that there were gfeat opportunities there for an experienced man of business. But at the present it was no place for him. He knew that if he secured a po sition there such as a clerkship, he might get into a treadmill and remain there all the best days of his life. It was better to merge into the unknown world and accept chances, be they what they .might. So he tramped on for hours, feeling hopeful and lo oking forward with eager promise. He passed little way-stations and sometimes walked through large towns, but always kept going north. He knew that it would u ltimately bring him t o Albany, the capital city, and from there he knew that he might work his way West. For he was sure that in the new country beyond he would be more apt to find chances. Hour after hour he walked and at last when night began to come on he began to think of a place to spend the night. He had food with him which the kind-hearted farmer had given him and he decided to select a spot in a little hollow on the river bank and make a little camp. He selected a spot and then gathered some fagots and soon had a little, cheery fire going. The air was dry and the night was pleasant and it would be no hardship to sleep on the ground. He ate sparingly of his food and basked in the glow of the fire, looking out over the great river and enjoying peace and rest. It was all verwonderful and the world looked highly possible to him now . . At last he began to wax sleepy and was lost to all about him. All might have been well if there had been no other persons about that vicinity. For it was not an haur later that up from the railroad track below there crept a couple of figures . The y were silent and shadowy and approached the little camp warily. "I say, Jake," said one of the hobos; "wot is all di s , anyway? Some guy has a campfire. Say, .l':e's dead a s leep, too . A greeny, I reckon. Pooty soft thing, eh?" The other chuckled, and replied: "Dead open and shet, Tim! I reckon we kin pull it off all right. Let's see what it is, anyway." The two obos crept to the sleeping figure. They â€¢ peered into the face of the lad and started. They looked at each other. Then one of them inserted his hand into Tom's pocket and was going to relieve him of what little money he had, when there was a bark, a snapping of jaws, and a dog bounded at the throat of the would-be thief. With a yell of alarm the two hobos beat it dow n the descent to the track with hot haste. The dog went plunging after them, barking loudly. Tom was on his feet in a moment, rubbing his drows y eyes in perplexity and wonder. The dog had saved him from being robbed and perhaps murdered, for the hobo s were desperate characters. But out of the gloom now sprung a form, and a voice rang out: "Hully gee! I've found ye, pal. Say, this is all right! I I got here at the right. time, too . Did ye see how that dog got after them mean sneaks? I guess he will eat 'em up." (To be continued . )
THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" ITEMS OF INTEREST BUYERS CAN'T INSPECT GOODS SENT BY MAIL The Postoffice Department July 29 put an end to the practice of certain firms in advertising that their merchandise might be sent through the mailssubject to inspection by purchasers before acceptance and payment of charges. All postmasters were instructed to advise the department of such firms or individuals giving this guarantee and to refuse to accept merchandise mailed under . such conditions. BANDITS STAB U. S. CONSUL Eugene Jova, Acting American Consular Agent, Sagua La Grande, Cuba, captured by bandits and held for $20,000 ransom, escaped the other day, but was badly wounded in his break ,for liberty. There were five dagger wouns:ls in the young man's body' when he was found in a ranch house. J ova told the police of his capture by four bandits, one of whom had stopped him earlier oh the road and asked for a ride in his car. They bound him and marched him into the hills. He was kept under close guard while a messenger went to Sagua to demand the ransom. Fearing rural guards, the bandits marched further into the bill country. As they started J ova his bonds seizin()' a stone, felled the bandit ahead of him. The ;thers attacked him with daggers. They left him for dead, but he crawled to the ranch house. INDIAN SQUAWS TO VOTE Full blood Comanche and Kiowa Indian squaws, who do not speak English and who yet prefer meat to cooked, will be fpund for the first time this year in the election booths of Southwestern Oklahoma. It is estimated that 6,000 men and women of these tribes will have registered before the end of July and that virtually a ll of them will vote the Republican ticket. These Indians live in several counties of South western Oklahoma that are in the district formerly represented by Scott Ferris and i:iow represented by Nicholas Gensman, a Republican. Gensman is said to b e directing the registration from his headquarters in Lawton. Democrats are fearful that the district which, until Gensman was elected in the 1920 landslide, has since Statehood been Democratic by a safe majority, may again be swung into the Repuolican ranks by the Indian vote. Chief Quassapaw, the successor ofthe late Quanah Parker as le:l:der of the and Sunrise, a representative man among the Kiowas, are traveling over the former reservation and assisting the redskins in registering as voters. Ques sapaw asserts that Representative Gensman is the best friend the Indians have had in Congress, and the Indians believe they should retain a Republican intermediary between them and the President and departments in Washington.. LITTLE GIRL A RESCUER One of the most modest little heroines in the Monongahela Valley is Miss Ceneth Geddis, aged 14, who saved from drowning her sister, Agnes, aged 7 and a playmate, Thelma Smitley, aged 9, near their home at Alicia, Ffa. All three had gone swimming in the river. Ceneth had tired of the water, and was taking a skiff ride when she noticed that Agnes and Thelma were in'-distress in water that was over their heads. The two little girls were making frantic efforts to stay afloat, and were being swept down stream and under the surface of the water by a current in the swollen river. Ceneth dived and quickly swam. to her com panions, who were going down for the first time. She grabbed the girls, one in each hand, and started for shallow water. Several times , she says, she' feared that she would have to give u p the struggle or go down herself, as she was pulled down twice, but she swam on and on until she gave a sigh of real relief as s h e "let down" and found her feet on the s olid bottom of the river. By that time persons who had gathered on the river bank came to her assistance, and the two little ones were revived -without much difficulty. 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' . ' . THE ..LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" A Telegrapher's Narrow Escape By JOHN SHERMAN It was a lov ely day in May; the sun was shining brightly, and the air was laden with that balmy fragrance that lends the special charm to spring days. I was standing upon the roof o f one of the leading hotels in the city. I had been examining the telephone wires on the roof, on which we had lately placed a new patent arrangement for the purpose o f induction from the neighboring t elegraph wires. I s tood h olding on with one hand to a standard for telephone wires for several minutes, lost in thought. I had s tood thus for perhaps five min utes, when I was brought back to the realization of my senses by a s ound which, coming upon me so see med to freeze the blo od in my veins, send a chill down my back, and a nervous tremor through my entire system; it was the unmistakable cry of a maniac! Turning quickly towards the direction from which the s ound came I saw the author of it with his head just above the opening of the trap-door, through which I had gained access to the roof, and the door which I had left swung back upon its hinges. I recognized at orice t hat the man was mad. His wild expression showed it quite plainly. For an instant I stood motion l ess, not knowing what to do, when again that laugh rang out upon the air and I noticed that he was ascending tc, the roof. Quick as lightning m y mind took in the situation, and I rushed desperately towards the man, intending. to strike him with a ll my force and knock him backward down the flight of stairs t o the floor below. He saw my intention, and ried to gain the roof before I could reach him; but the -distance between u s was only a few feet, and he had not risen above the roo f higher than his waist when I forced him back. I stood upo n the door a short time, expecting every minute that he would .the attack, when suddenly I heard the report of a pistol from bel ow, and was con sci ou s of a whizzing noi s e in the air. Looking down, I noticed a small ho le in the trap-door, and that the bullet had passed uncomfortably near my leg in its upward flight . I did not relish the idea of being shot at in this manner, and stepped immediatel y . off the door. I had scarcely
THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" again. I could not hope to hold it, however, and I felt it gradually rise, and I was pushed up bodily, while the madman got his head and shoulders above the aperture. His face was flushed, and he looked wilder than ever. With an exultant cry he cleared the stairs and I felt I was no match for my antagonist. Would help never come? I heard shouts from below, and the next instant several men came quickly up the stail"way and gained the roof. Taking in the situation they quickly seized my assailant, who, though making a de sperate resistance, was overcome and held down by superior numbers. I almost fell into the arms of one of my delivers, and for a snort time seemed to have entirely lost my strength, while great cold beads of perspiration appeared on .my face. I was besieged with que stions for several minutes, but as soon as I could make myself heard I told them briefly all that had happened. In a short time I felt as vigorous as ever with the exception that I could not taste anything, the electrical shock having for a time interfered with that sense. After several days, however, it began to come gradually back, and in a few weeks I was "'as well as ever and none the worse for having called the lightning to aid in saving my. life. Caught In His Own Trap Blufftoon, or De Land Wharf, as it is now called, the St. John's River landing for De Land, Fla., U!>ed to be a famous place for 'gators. The river there is narrow and deep, but wide and shallow bayous stretch out on every ::,ide, full of fish, and before the advent of the murderously inclined Northern sportsmen it was a paradise for saurians. Any warm day a person standing on the wharf could easily count them by " scores, lazily resting out on the sand-spits, enjoying the hot rays of the sun. But a few J7!!ars of the irnmens e travel on the St. John's in the yea r s 1881 to 1884, before the railroads entered into the competition as they do now, kilYed out the 'gator family there or else dispersed them to other fields where the shotgun and Remington are unknown. One of the mo s t famous characters of that time was an old colored man known as "Fisher Jim." His real name was probably never thought of, and from his living on the water, almost, and hunting fish, 'gators and birds, he became known as "Fisher Jim,'' and he would have hardly answered to any other call. 'Gators are great travelers and nightly wander from one pond to another, making regular beaten tracks or paths. Jim would skirmish around till he found such a path leading from one lake or bayou to another, then he would make preparations to have that path work for his profit. Se lecting a large overhanging limb of some big oak that hung over the path he carefully scraped the upper surface or edge smooth. Getting a long rope he made a strong slip-noose at one end. Throwing the rope over the limb he drew the end down to the path, and opening the slip-noose he arranged it so that a 'gator walking the path must pass through it. But it was carefully hid with leaves and brush, so that the most rus picious saurian would not e aware of the deadly trap awaiting him. The other end of the rope was held by Jim a rod or so off behind some safe screen. An old alligator would come shambling along unconscious of danger, and pass into the folds of the fatal s lip-noose . Jim would be watching and at the right moment he would pull the rope w ith all his might, closing the noose tight around the saurian's body or neck and lifting the astonished and bewildered reptile clear off the ground. Old Jim would say that after he had raised and fas tened the animal above the ground he would come and lie down near the struggling "prisoner and well-nigh laugh himself to death at the comical appearance the big fellow made swinging in the air, bellowing and thrashing vainly in his frantic efforts to get loose. When it was thoroughly tir ed out by its useless struggles, Jim would end its e x istence by a blow with an axe. One Monday night, in company with his little boy, he started out to set his trap, as he had se sured an order to..capture a 'gator alive . The boy told the tale afterward about as follows: Crossing the river, they went off about half a mile through the dense hummocks till they came to a smoothly .worn path leading between two small lakes. As he hadn't been there before for some time, Jim felt his way carefully, but soon struck a spot he was familiar with. He fastened a rope around his body and threw out the bait on the other end. It was not long before there was a big 'gator fastened on it. As soon as Jim got him he gave a tug and the alligator began to thras h around in a very lively manner and to bellow loudly. Jim instantly pulled the rope taut and began to haul away. But this old 'gator 1 3 sented, and he began pulling violently in the opposite direction. He was such a big one that Jim could not hoist him clear of the ground, and there was nothing near by around which a turn could be taken to secure the rope. Soon Jim began to perceive that the 'gator had the best of the fight. Slowly, but surely, he was hauled along till finally he stood right undtq the limb over which the rope was The 'gator had passed on down the path, and was pulling like a steam engine to get away. Jim began to f e el frightened now, and e ndeavored to unloo s e the rope around his bod y, bu _ t the strain on the rope prevented his securing any s lack to accompli s h it. To his horror and fright he found that the 'gator was slowly pulling h i m off the ground. This didn't suit him at all, and he yelled for help. The boy came up and clung to his heels, but that h e lped him but little. Soon the little chap had to . drop off, and hi s release sent Jim up a foot or so higher. There he hung up some six or seven feet above the ground, swinging around and around, the tight noo s e around his body choking him. His face was blanched to a dirty gray and his eyeballs seeme d starting from his head. He called to the boy to run home for help, and he at once started. But being frightened he lost the way, and it was morning before he arrived where help could be h a d. Alarmed at the lad's story, several negroes started out at once to Jim's aid. Arriving there, a horrible picture burst upon their startled gaze. Hanging by the neck was poor Jim, dead.
26 THE LIBERTY ' THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 1, 1922 TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS Bin.rte Coples ...â€¢â€¢........â€¢â€¢... POfltaae ... '1 Clenta One Copy Three l\Jonths...... " 90 Centi One Copy Six Monthâ€¢ . . . â€¢ â€¢ â€¢ â€¢ â€¢ " â€¢t.76 One Copy One Year.......... 3.50 Canada, $4.00; Foreign, $4.50. . HOW TO SEND l\IONEY-At our risk send P. 0. Mone y Order, Check or Registered Letter; remittances In any other wny are nt your risk. We accept Postage Stamps t.he same as cash. When sending silver wrap the Coln In a separate piece of paper to 11vold cutting the envelope. Write your name and address plainly. Ad-' dreas l etters to -Han.-y E. Wollr, Pree. } HARRY E. WOLFF, c. w. Hastings, Treas. Publisher, Inc., ")harles E. Nylander, Seo. 169 W. 23d St., N. Y. INTERESTING ARTICLES ASKED TO KILL CHICKENS, GIRL POISONS HERSELF Edna Fansheld, of Flint, Mich., has a tender heart. Her mother asked her to kill some baby chickens that had bee injured in a storm. "I would rather take my own life than kill lit tle baby chicken s," she cried. Her nine-year-old sister ran after her to the bathroom and managed to knock a bottle of poison from her hand after Edna had swallowed half of it. INFLUENZA KILLING INDIANS Trappers from the trading posts on Lake Atha basc a report that the Indians ai:e dying in large numbers, due to the influenza scourge, which has played havoc with the aborigines s ince las t winter. The present population of Fond du Lac i s said to be about 400, with many bands still in the lfunting grounds. The recent death of 74 natives there, with losses from influt!nza a t other posts, indicate , said the trappers , that the Indians in that section rapidly are being wiped out. MAN AND WIFE CROSS U. S. FOR LESS THAN $35 CASH ' Mr. and Mrs. Walter Walters of Long Beach, Cal., started from that place for Manchester, N. H., carrying sleeping tents and cooking equip ment, with the intention of walking the entire dis tance. After 22 days on the road they have reached Manchester, and they had to walk only 200 mile s during the whole trip. Automibile parties carried them nearly the en-ire di stance. Almost all of their 200 miles of walking they had to do in Indiana. They did not once ask, b e g or steal a ride, and their expenses. for the journey were under $35. WASHERWOMAN MADE RICH Mrs. Mary Ann Wiggins Schultz, 68, a washer woman, was identified in Toledo, Ohio, through an item in a . local newspaper as heiress to a $375,000 estate left by two of her bachelor uncles-James Chamberlain of Philadelphia, and John E. Chamberlain of Baltimore-own ers of the Cham-berlain hotels of those cities. ...... Mrs. Schultz was the youngest of eleven chil dren, all of whom, excepting her, are dead. She was born near Philadelphia, and when she was 2 years old per parents brought ner and nine other ch'ildren to a point near Sylvania, a Tol e do sub urb. Her first husband was William Wiggins of Toledo. Afte r his death s he was married to Henry Schultz of Bowling Green. They a're di vorced. From the time she left home as' a bride she was in such financial straits, she explained, that s he was compelled to work practically all of the time. LAUGHS ';l'hr.t umpire manages to keep cool." "He ought to, surrounded by a tho!lsand :noving fans." "My hair is my pride," she murmured. "I no tice that you are all puffed up with pride," said the cynical on e . Stude--Can you give m e an example of the unproductive spending of wealth? Queener Surel A gent taking his own s i ster to the show. "Pop, what's the millennium?" "It's a time coming, my s on, when there will be jobs enough in every administration to go around among those who want 'em." Wife--Everything is getting higher, Husband -Oh, I don't know. There' s your opinion of me and my opinion of you, and the neighbor's of both of u s . Caretaker-There's a gentleman bin about the 'ou s e this morning, sir. Agent-Ah! is he go ing to take it? Caretaker-Well, I don't know, s i r ; but 'e's take n the e lectric light fittings . Uncle--My dear boy, it's a fact that the mi c robes on paper money have caused many a death before now. Nephew-Well, uncle, you m ight let me have a hundred or so , I'm very tired of life. "Henry," said Mrs . Spender, "I dreamed last night that you bought me a new hat." "Well" replied her husband, "that's the fir s t dream of 'a hat you ever had that didn't cost m e money." "Of course you have a grudge agains t the octo pus; I mean the railroads." "Yes," replied Fa:r:in er Corntossel; "my principal grievance is that there ain't any of 'em runnin' within a mile or two of my place." "What i s this Civil Service bu s ine ss that they are always talking . about?" asked the Boob. "What good doe s it do?'' "It is like this," re, plied the Cheerful Idiot. "If you have a job and you are not under Civil Service, they can fire you any time they want to. But if you have a job under Civil Service they can't fire you un less they want to."
THE LIBERTY B O Y S OE 1'76 " ?.7 GOOD READING BIG FREAK HAILSTORM On Aug. 5 Atlant ic City was visite d !.y the g:reat est frea k stor m in its history, hailstones the size of marbles falling almost continuously for half an hour. They covere d the ground with a white blanket, giving Abs econ Island a mid-winter appearance. Whe n the storm subs ided, residents s hoveled several inches of hailstones from in front of their home s . A violent electric storm a ccompanied the hailstones and wind ows in many parts of the city were shattered by the storm. DEVILFISH INVADE WATERS OF FRANCE Devilfi s h, appearing in immense scho9l s at the F r encli seasid e resorts in Normandy and B rittan y, have caused pl e a sure seekers there to stick cl ose to the shore and sent cold shivers up and down the back of such fair frequenters of the fashionable w atering places a s dared to go into the water. The octopus tl.eet is said to have been driven landward by the unusually low temperature of the water. H e r etofore, they have been rarely se e n near the sand b eaches , assembling mostly at the fishing banks , where they devoured the fis h and destroyed the nets. The knowledge of their prese nce in bathing localities has given little rest to the bathers' immagination. Swimmers of both sexes have been frequently seen making a e xit from the :water, se_ized by the idea that a slimy tentacle _tried to grip a leg or an arm. Hotel proprietors have been alar m e d to the extent of seeking s cientific advice. They have b een informed by the director of the Bureau of Scien tific R esearch that the devilfish i s not dangerous , to life and limb and that the famous fight with the octopus in Victor Hugo's "The Toilers of the Sea" e x i sited only in the author's imagination. THREE RATTLESNAKES ATTACK GIRL IN SWAMP Trap p ed on a point of land in a swamp near Brow n s Mill s , N. J., by three huge rattlesnake s, Mi s s -Carrie Pittman saved h e r life by her coolness and the aid of her two dog s until a res cu e r came in response to her ca,ll s and shot two of the reptiles, the third and largest\ escaping. Mi s s Pittman had wandered into the swamp in search of huckleberries to a section where the larges t rattler ever found in New Jerse y r ecently was captured. "I was picking berries whe n I heard a -snake rattle," said Mi s s Pittman in telling of her ex perience. "I looked around and s a w a large r attle r coiling to spring. I started to b ack away, whe n I heard another reptile and I saw a snake on the other side and a third unde r a log back of me. "I began to throw huckleb errie s at the snakes to attract their attention away from me. My two dog s , T e d and Mutt, b egan barking at the ' snakes . 'lhe do g s knew how to take care of the m se lves , but the snakes kept g etting mo r e e xc i te d. Twice two of the snakes wer e coiled ready to spring, but the berr ies and the dog s stoppe d them, but I thought they would g e t me before J:ielp came . " James Gibberson, Jr., heard Mi s s Pittma n's calls and r a n to her a"id. The smaller snake had thirtee n rattles . The ratt le s had been torn from the tail of the other. G i bb e r s on found twelve young rattlesnakes in the stomach of eac h, s ome dead from the shot and the others he ]>ille d w ith a club, thus di spatching twenty-six rattlers in le s s than five minutes . INDIAN SIGN LANGUAGE A white m a n who visits a foreign nation finds it hard, and sometimes impossible, to m a k e his mo s t ordi nary wants k nown. The red man has no such difficulty; the proble m of a universal language was solv e d centuries ago by the s a vage in h abitants of the western world. Should an Indian from no rthern Alaska go to Patagonia he could by means of this universal language speak with his southern b rethren almos t as easily as he could with neighbors at home. That would al s o be the cas e if he visited Central America or met the t r ibe s men of our own Western prairies a.pd mountains . When this language was invented no one know s says the Youth' s Coonpanio n , but ev ery learns it in addition to his own. Recently two chiefs of different tribes met in the Geographical Society rooms in Washington and held a conver sation that lasted nearly three hours, and yet neither one knew a word of the other's language. This universal language i s oi course made up of signs . For example , if an Indian is passing . throug h a s t range country and s ees other Indians at a d i stanc e he makes the "pea c e sign"; that is, he hold s up his bl anke t by two corn e r s s o that it co vers hi s whol e figure. The same thought i s expre s se d by e xtending the h ands , palms outward, sli ghtly incl ined from the face. Any Indian would unde r stand eithe r one of these signs . Then there are the signjl by which these " savages " can expres s their t .houghts with r egard to the Great Spirit, hea ven, good, evil, life and death, sickne s s, .l!.ealth, riches and pov erty. Life i s expres sed by drawing an imagin ary thread from the mouth, and d eath by choppin g this thread off. Anothe r sign for death i s to hold the tips of the fingers of one hand agains t t h e palm of the other, and let them gradually s lip down wa1d, and at las t drop b eneath the p a lm. Most white people think that the India n word of greeting , "How," i s merely the abbreviation of the que s tion, "How are you?" But that is not so. The word i s really "aou," w hich means "brother" or "friend." So whe n he c o m es up and growls out his seemingly inquis iti ve "How," he is not a sking after your health, but telling v o u that he i s a friend.
--... 28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" FROM . ALL PO . INTS FLATIRONS DEADLY WEAPONS Flatirons are deadly weapons capable Qf pro-ducing death. Judge E.T. Shurley so held in Fulton Supreme Court, Atlanta, Ga., when he told Lon Kinneybrew, a negro, that he could serve five years in the penitentiary for hitting his wife on the head with one. When Kinneybrew stepped up to plead guilty to assault with intent to murder, pis w;ife was by his side. "I guess you want this man to be let off, don't you?" Judge Shurley asked. the woman. "I don't know, judge; he said he was going to kill me if he got out!" she replied. "Then I'll separate you for a while. You can go to the penitentiary for a minimum of five years," the court told Kinneybrew. The negro had expected to get off with a year and refused aid of counsel. VETERAN'S LONG TRIP Benjamin Range, a ninety-six-year-old veteran of the Civil War, arrived at Middletown, Conn., the other day from Wayland, N. Y., after a journey of 500 miles, to visit his daughter, Mrs. Emma Norton, Superintendent of the Middle sex County Temporary Home. When he arrived at the station no one was there to meet him, so he walked a mile to the home of Mrs. Norton. Range in spite of years made the 500-mile journey alone. Two months ago he bought an automobile an!! learned to drive it. When he went to Bath, N. Y., to be examine)!. for a driver's license he was inrormed , wjien he was granted the license, that he was the oldest man in this county to take out a license. He wanted to drive his new car from Wayland unaccompanied, but his son would not let him, saying it was too great a risk for a man of his age. A LACE TREE The lace bark tree grows in Jamaica. it is rather a small tree and has thick glossy leaves. It stands about 20 feet high and i s six inches in diameter. Its bark looks something like the bark of a birch tree. When the natives want a necktie or a dress or curtains or various other things for which a thin, lacy material is needed they cut down one of these trees. Having cut down their tree, three strips of bark about six inches wide and eight feet long are taken from the trunk and thrown into the water. Then a ' man takes a strip while it is still in the water and with the point of his knife separates a thin layer of the inner bark from the end of the strip. He then takes the end and pulls it gently. It comes off in an even sheet of the entire size of the strip of bark.. Twelve sheets are taken from each strip of bark and thrown into the water. Next the man takes '\Ile of these i;;heets and slowly and care fully stretches it sidewise. The sheet widens gradually. From a piece of material cfosefy woven about six inches wide it becomesa cloud , of lace over three feet wide, snow white and deli ' 'l':ate as a cloud. It wears well and stands repeated washing. The tree belongs to the natural order Thymelaeaceae, and it is grown -in hothouses in England and the United States. SCIENTISTS IN HAW All FIND ANCIENT SKULLS Information may throw valuable light on the which s urro':1nds the origin of the Hawwanan race was obtamed in explorations on the Na Pali s id e of the island Kauai by a party of scientists unc!;::direction of Dr. H. E. Gregory of the Bishop Museum it was revealed when the party returned to Honolulu. The finest type of terracing for agriculture in the :was found in the valley on Kauai and the irrigation system displayed great . skill on the part of the early Haw anans lived Dr. Gregory said. A prow of an ancient outrigger canoe was found in one of. the caves high up a cliff. The prow contamed three skulls, which, on fir s t examination appeared to belong to some race other than Hawaiian, probably to a race originally more to the south. The skulls may hold the secret of the origin of the Hawaiians, Dr. Gregory said. According to ancient Hawaiian legends, the p eople of the Nualolo and Kalalati valleys-the scene of the recent explorations-were the only ones in the islands who were not mastered by Kamehameha the Great when he united the archipelago into a kingdom. The only entrances to the.isolated valleys are up ladders or no narrow trails , and it was easy for the inhabitants to repel attempted invasions. Musical Handsaw Greatest Novelty of the Age ' c If you can carry a tune in your bead, you can learn to play this instrument, and secure a job on the stage at a good salary. No musical education necessary l:;truck with a specially made mallet the perfectly tern: pere d saw produces loud, clear, ric h tones like a ' cello. 'l' h e same eft'ect may u e bad by using a violiu bow on the edge. Any tune can be played by the wonderful viurat!ons of the saw. It requires two weeks' practice to make you an expert. When not playiqg you can work with the saw. It is a useful tool as well as a fine instrument. , Price of Saw, l\J:tllet and Instructions ........ $3 HARRY E. WOLFF. 16fi W . 2'.lil RtNew York
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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 -LATEST ISSUES -1086 The Liberty Hoys After the Cherokees; or, Battling With Cruel Enemies. Jii rnr J our11ey; or, Down the Ohl<>. 1 08 7 1088 1089 " at East Rock; or, The Burning of New Haven. in the Drowned Lands; or. Perilous Times Out 1090 JOUl 1092 .. 10D3 West. on rhe Commons; or, Defending Old Ne'" York. S\\'oru Charge; or, The ]'ight at Stony Point. Afte r Sa John; or, Dick Slater' s Clever Ruse. Doing Guard Duty; or, 'l'be Loss ot Fort Washington. 1094 " Chasing a Heuegade; or,. The Worst Man on the Ohio. 1095 1096 1007 and the Portune Teller; or, The Gypsy Spy of Ha1lem. Guarding 'Vas1'1ngton, or, Defeating a Ilrltlsh Plot. . and Major Davie; or, Warm Work In tlte Meck I P n burg District. " FIPrCe '"Hunt or. Capturing n Clever Enemy. Betrayed: e>r'. Dick Slater's False on the March; or, After a Slippery l â€¢ oe . 1098 1099 1100 1101 1102 " 1103 .. 1104 l.105 1106 1107 1108 .. 1109 1110 W!nth Camp; or, LiYl'!ly TlmPs in the North. Avenged: or, The Traitor's Doom. Pitche d Battle; or, The !<:scape pt the Indian Spy. Light Artillery; or, Good Work At the Guns. nnd "Whistling Will": or, The Mad Spy ot Paulns Hook. Underground Camp: or, In Strange Qnarters. Dandy Spy; or, D eceiving the Governor. Gunpowder Plot: or, Failing l>.v an Ine ll. Drummer Boy or Sounding the Call to Arms. Hunni11g the H1loekacle: or. Getting Out of New York. 1111 " and Capt. Huck; or, Routing a Wicked Leader. lll2 ann on Almost ii:very Subject No. 36. ROW '1 ' 0 SOLVE CONUNDitUM:S. -Coutaiu ing all the. 1e>uliug conundrum.s of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches and witty sayings. No. 40. _HOW TO lllAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Includ lng hints on how to catch moles, weasels, otter rats squirrels and birds. Also to cure skins. Copiously illustrate d. No. 41. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE BOOK.-Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the most famous end men. No amateur minstrels is complete without this wonderful little book. No. 42. TUE BOYS OF NEW l'ORK STUlllP SPEAKER-Containing a varied assortment of stump speeches, Negro, Dutch and Irish. Also encl men's jokes. Just the tbing f o r home amusement and amateur shows. No. 45. 'l'HE BOYS OF. NEW YORK llllNSTREL GUIDE AND JOKE BOOK.-Sometlling n e w and verv instructive. Every boy should obtain this book as it contains full instructions for organizing an ai'nlf'teu r minstrel troupe. No. 46. HOW T.,. l\IAK . E AND USE ELEC'l'RICI'l'Y. -A description of tbe wonderful uses of e lectricity and electro m agnetism; togeth e r with full instructions for making Electric .Batteries, etc. By George '!.'r e bel , A. M . , M . D. over fifty illustrations. No. 48. HOW TO BUILD AND S.!UL CANOES. -A. handy book for boys, containing fuli directions for ron structing canoes aud the most popular manner of â€¢ailinic: them. l!'ully illustrnted. No. 49. HOW '.l' O DEBATE.-Giving rules for con dueting clel.Jates, outlines for debates, questior.s for discussiou and the best sources for procuring information on tbe questions given. 1'\o. 50. .HOW '1'0 STUFI? BIRDS AND ANllllALS. -A vnlual>le book. giving instructions in colleNing preparing, ruount.ing and preserving birds, animals and insPcts. No. 51. . HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH CAUDS. Con talning explanation.,:; of the principles of sleightof-hand applicable to card tricks; of card tricks with ordinary cards, and not requiring sleigbt-of-hnncl ot tricks involving s leight-of-hand, or the use of specially prepared cllrds. Illustrate d. No, 52. HOW TO l'LAY CARDS.-A' complete and bandy littl e book, giving the rules and full dire0tions for playing Euchre, Cr.ibbage, Cassino; FortJ-Five Rounce, Pedr o Sancho, Draw Poker, Auction Pitcb Al i li'ours, and many other popular games of cards. ' No. 56. HOW '.l'O BECOl\IE AN ENGINEER.-Con taitring full instruct.ion s how to b ecome a locomotive engineer; a lso directions for building a model locomotive; togetber with n tun description of everything an engineer should know No. 58. HOW '.l'O BE A DETECTIVE.-By Old Brady, the w ell-known detective. In wbicb be lays down some vn.lualJle rules for beginne rs, and also relates some adventures of well-known detectives. No. 60. HOW 'l' O BECOl\IE A PHOTOGRAPHER. Containing useful information regarding the Camera and how to work it; a lso bow to make Photographic Magic Lantern Slides and other Transparencies. Handsomely illustr.ated. No. 6". HOW TO l\IAKE ELECTRICAL MACHINES. -Containing full directions for making electrical machines, induction coils, dynamos and many novel toys to be worked by electricity. By B. A. R. Bennett. l!'ully Ulustrated. 1' o. 65. l\IULDOON'S JOKEi:>. -The most original joke book ever published, and it is brimful o! wit â€¢nd humor. It contains a large collection of songs, jokes, conundrums, etc., of Terrence Muldoon, the great wit, humorist and practical joker of the day. No. 66. HOW '.1'0 DO PUZZLES. -Containing over three hundred interesting puzzles and conundrums, with key to same. A complete book. Fully illustrate d. No. 67. HOW TO DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Con!aining a large collection of instructive and highly amusing electrical tricks, together with illustrations. llv A. Anderson. No. 68. HOW TO DO CHEHICAL TRICKS. -Containing over one llundrr d highly amusing and instructive tricks witll chemical s. By A . Anderson. Hand somely illustrated. For sale by all newsdealers, or will be sent s-ay acldress on receipt of price, lOc . l)er copy, in money or by HARRY E. WOLFF, Publisher, Inc., 166 West 23d Street, New York
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