The Liberty Boys spying on Howe, or, In the enemy's stronghold

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As Howe and his secretaries were looking over. the despatches. the door suddenly Dew open and Dick bursJ; in, a masa of smoke and flame behind btm. "Dick Slater the rebel!" crled the general "RUD (or your llves!" cr1ed Dick. "


The L i berty Boys of '76 lined Weekl7-Subscr1ptton price, $3.50 per year; Canada, $4.00; Foreign, $4.50 . Harry E. Wolff, Publisher, Inc . . 166 West 23d Street, New York, N. Y. Entere,d as Second-Class Matter January 31, 1913, at the Poat-Office at New York, N. •• under the Act of March 3, 1879. N o . 1136 NEW YORK, OCTOBER 6, 1922 Price 7 cents The b iberty Boys Spying O n Howe OR, IN THE ENM'S STRO NGHOL D By HARRY MOORE • CHAPl'ER I.-On a Dangerous Errand. "I am going to Philadelphia, Bob, to do SOIJ!e spying on Howe . We want to know what he is doing and the best way to find out is to go into the stronghold and look around." "That is a good plan, Dick, but it is a dangerous undertaking. Suppose you were caught at it?" "We must not be caught, Bob." "We? Then you are not going alone?" "No, I intend to take you with me and probab!y some others. The Liberty Boys are not afraid of dangerous undertakings." "No, they are .not, Dick, one. be cautious in going mto an affair hke this. "Very true," with a smile, it sounds. queer to hear an impetuous fellow like you talkrng of caution." The Liberty Boys were a band of one hundred stanch young patriots engaged in the war of independence of which Dick Slater was the captain and Bob Estabi ook was the first lieutenant, the two boys being fast friends and like brothers, the sister of each being the sweetheart of the other. They had been in Valley Forge during previous winter, but were now not many miles from Philadelphia, then held by the British, watching the enemy and engaging marauding or foraging parties of the same whenever they appeared. Dick Slater held his captain's commission from General Washington himself, and was now acting under the commander-in-chief's direct orders, as he usually did whenever the latter was anywhere near. The intentions <>f General Howe were a matter of considerable mystery at that moment, and Dick had been instructed by the commander himself to learn more about them if possible, and, if necessary, to go to Philadelphia for that purpose. Dick was a famous scout spy a!ld had been entrusted with m?re .J?nvate sion by the general, havmg mvariably given satisfaction so that it was not strange that he should be 'sent on this particular nor that he should be willing to undertake it. "When are you as,ked Bo?, the two boys being at the time m nicks tent m the camp of the Liberty Boys. "To-day, Bob , " replied Dic k , promptly .. had better to get ready at on c e. Any disguise will do and you . can take your own horse. I will take Major. We w ill hide them som ewhere before w e get into the city so that we shall not be recognized." Dick Slater rode a magnificent coal-blac k Arabian, which was well known to the enem y, and which would have betrayed him had he b een seen riding the beautiful creature in the city. "Whom do you want to take with you, Dick ? " asked Bob. "You don't want me alone?" "No, we'll take Ben, and Sam, and Harry, a nd Will, and one or two others, but don't let t he!ll go at once. That might excite suspicion." Ben Spurlock was one of the liveliest and jo 11ies t of the Liberty Boys; Sam Sanderson was his chum; Harry Judson was a Mohawk Valle y boy, and Will Freeman came from WestchesteT, in New York, the home of Dick and Bob. Dob got Phil Waters , Arthur Mackay and Frank Belden in add ition to those already mentio ne d, the boy.s being all glad to go with Dick on <.ny expedition which he might get up. In a .cew minutes the boys were ready, Ben riding a ro a n; Sam, a chestnut, and Harry, a sorrel; the ot::'le r s being all well mounted. Some wore homespun of different colors, one or two wore broadclo t h, and one or two were in cotton breeches a n d smocks, looking like farmer boys, none of them seeming to be soldiers. Dick and Bob looked like a couple of country boys, and rode togethe1. Ben and Sam went in company, and the rest going in twos or threes, not all taking the same road nor setting out at the same time. As Dick and Bob rode on, being within a mile or two ci.f the city they came to a tavern at the where a number of redcoats were seen at the windows, drinking, smoking and making merry. It was now early spring and the air was mild and balmy, the win dows being open for fresh air, although a fire burned on the hearth in the tap-room, sgme of the redcoats si t t ing around it. "We may as well stop, Bob," observed Dick. "These fellows may tel! u s something." "Not if they, knew who we were," laughed Bob. "But they don't, Bob, nor need they," quietly. The boys left their horses behind bushes on the opposite side of the road and then walked and entered the tavern without attracting any a:ttention. A few looked at them carelessly, took them to be mere country boys, and thought no more of them. There were some redcoats sitting at a table near where the boys took their seats, these seeming to be talking over some important matters, as they spoke in low tones. "I'd like to hear what they are saying,"


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS SPYING ON HOWE thought -Dick. "It is some matter of import, I know." . The bovs could not change their seats now without attracting attention, however, and perhaps arousing suspicion, and Dick wondered how he voing to manage the affair. He ordered some bread and meat and cheese and kept an eye on the redcoats, trying at the same time to catch some of their conversation. A maid brought him what he h a d ordered, and as she went away he heard one of the redcoats say: "It ought to' be done before Clinton comes." "What is it that ought to be done?" he asked himself. "That is what I must find out." Getting up, he walke-d over to the other table and reached out for a pot of mustard in the center. "The Frenchman is in the hills; we must catch him," one of the redcoats was saying. "I want some mustard for my meat,'' said Dick. "She didn't give us any. " The redcoat looked up, angrily, and one of them said, with a snarl: .. "Take it, then, and be hanged to you! It may make you smart, and you need that." "What business have you to interrupt gentlemen in that rude fashion, y ou clown?" sputte,ed another. "Takeit and go!". "Wull, ye needn't be so peppery," drawled Dick. "Guess you must have took some o' this yourself." . The redcoat scowled, and Dick went away, with a careless walk and a look of surprise on his face. "Huh! you'd have thought I was takin' their purses," he said to Bob. "There wasn't no need for gettin' so huffy." "W'ell, them's redcoats, and they own the country and can do as they like, don't you know that?!' returne-d Bob, with a look of awe. "You'd orter axed their parding for talkin' to 'em, don't you know that?" "Huh! all I wanted was a pot o' mustard. I could've too-k it without saying nothing, but I told 'em, polite like, what I wanted and there wasn't no call to get riled up like that." The redcoats did not -talk over any more important matter, but drank and smoked, and talked loud and made jokes and laughed, making more noise than any one else in the room. "They had a plan to cat'ch Lafayette," said Dic k to Bob, being able to speak in an ordinary tone not bein g heard by the redcoats. "Is that so?" interested. "Did you hear that?" "Yes , but there is some.thing else that Howe is going to do before Sir Henry Clinton come s . We must learn what this is." "But Lafayette is safe, i sn't he, Dick? Shall we have to warn him?" "Perhaps not. It will be as well to go to the city first. There is a good deal going on there, I imagine, and we must find out about it by spying on Howe. Thes e fellows won't say anything more now . " "Do th e r suspect anything, Dick?" "No, I don't be'lieve so, but they have finished with their talk. I may have interrupted them, kut they may not have been intending to say much more, anyhow." Several of the redcoats presently arose and went out, and Dick said to Bob, as he looked out: "It was as well that we left our horses where they would not be seen. These men would have known them." "They certainly would, Dick. Hallo! who i s this?" A man of some evident importance had just entered the room, nodding to the landlord, w ho was just then busy with the redcoats near -Dick. The newcomer wore a Jong cloak which concealed his uniform, but he wore a gold-laced cocked hat,.. fineboats, with gold-mounted spur.s, and a finely mounted sword, being apparently a person of some po s ition. The landlord turned to him in a moment and said: "Yes, your excellency, directly. Here, Ralph; Wilfred, Reuben, see that the private parlor i s made ready at once . " Dick noticed that the redcoats all saluted, and that many arose as they beheld the newcomer. "That might be either Howe or Cornwallis, b y the airs he puts on," said Dick to Bob, "but it i'! neither. That is Sir William's secretary. I have seen him before." The important personage left the room with the landlord, and Dick heard one of 'the roustering redcoats say: "He had his eye on every one of us. You will have to think up an alibi and be prepared to prove it, or y ou'll get a wigging from Sir Will iam when you get back to the city . I am goin g now." The re-dcoats all arose and left the place, Dick saying to Bob: "The redcoats are all gone and we may as well follow. The secreta1y will not remain long , and there is nothing to be learned from him while his superior is not about." When the re-dcoats had all gone, the boys set out for the city, riding at good speed anjf stopping at a small inn just outside, where they might attract too much attention. Once within the city, they set off along one of the main thoroughfares, walking at a careless gait and sta1ing about them like a couple of green boys, but seeing more than one would have suposed. All of a sud den they came upon a very pretty girl, who looked at them with some surprise, and then seeing that there was no one within hearing, said, in a low tone-: "Aren't you in dangerous quarters, captain?" The g-h-1 was one whom they well knew in the i r own home, and Dick replied, with a pleasant smile : "Yes, but we want to learn things which w e cannot learn els.e-where but in dangerous places, Stella. How do you happen to be in the cit y yourself?" "I am visiting some Quaker friends. Perhaps you knew that--" and the girl stopped and laughed. "Knew what?" asked Dick. "You don't mean to say that the girls are here?" with a sudde n look of surJJrise. "Yes, but they did not know that you were anywhere near here." "Well, I declare!" said Bob. "Alice and Edith in the city? Well, those sisters o f ours are for ever giving me surprises.,.


THE LIBERTY BOYS SPYING ON HOWE 3 "You will give them a surprise also, Bob,'' laughed Stella Burgess, "for they had no idea that you were anywhere about." "Are you all at the same house?" asked Dick. "We will have to come and call on you this evening." "Then you intend to remain over night?" in surprse. "Yes, and maybe longer. We are bound to learn something and will remain till we do. There are a number of the boys i n the city, so don't be surprise if you see some of them." "There's a fellow across the street watching us closely, Dick,'' said Bob, in a low tone, "and it strikes me that I have seen him befo1e." Dick looked across the street without seeming. to do so, and said: "Yes, he was in the tavern with the redcoats. He is a spy, no doubt. I think we will have to teach him a lesson: First, however, don't appear to notice him. I will soori find out what he is." • CHAPTER II._,Dick Enters Service. "You think the man is a spy, Dick?" asked Stella,_ anxiously. "He may be,'' shortly. "Where do your friends live? We will want to call after we get through with this fellow." Stella gave the young captain the address of her friends, and then he and Bob set off down the street. At a crossing, Dick said, quietly: "You go one way and Pl! go the other. Call me Bob, and I'll call yo u Dick, and we'll see how it works." "Well, good-by, Bob,'' said Bob, in a loud tone, putting out his hand a!id taking Dick's. "Good-by, Dick, I'll meet you again,'' replied Dick, shaking Bob's hand, heartily. The two boys then went different ways, and in a few moments Dick, behind a tree, saw the man he had noticed following Bob, evidently taking him for himself. Dick shortly saw Bob turn into an alley, the man. following at once, and he quickened his own pace and soon came upon the spy, but saw nothing of Bob. With a few rapid touches, Dick had changed his round hat into a cocked one, had brushed his hair over his forehead, and had so altered his expression that the spy, suddenly turning, did not recognize him. There was nothing distinguishing about Dick's clo.thes. which were like those worn by d-0zens of young men and boys in the city, and the spy could not remember him by these, thereforQ Dick had a way of twisting his face at timea which so altered his looks that only those who knew him intimately would recognize him, and the spy now had no recollection of having seen him before. "What are you doing here?" asked Dick, giv• ing a terrible squint at the fellow and talking in a high key. "Rag and bone men come into al• leys, that's all. Are you a ragman ?" "What are you doing here yourself, then?" the man asked. "Looking for a rebel. Are you one?" and Dick gave a sharp whistle. At once a door in a wall flew open, and Bob darted out. "We've got him, Bob,'' said Dick, se1zmg the spy on one side, while Bob seized him on the other. All was quiet in the alley and the boys had things their own way, although there was no knowing how long this might last. The spy was helple ss iil the grasp of the two bo ys, and in a moment they had taken his pistols and so me papers from an inside pocket. D ick . then took his handkerchief, tore it i n half, lengthwise, and bound the man's hands tightly behind him. "Leave him in the court, Bob,'' he said, and the two young patriots took the spy through the door in the wall and left him behind a pil e of casks in the little rear court, then making their way out, rapidly, a,nd closing the door . behind them. "It will be some little time before he gets out, Bob,'' laughed Dick , as they hurried toward the street they had left, "and now suppose we go and surpiis e the girls." "Had you seen thfa fellow before, Dick?" asked Bob, as they made their way leisurely along the street. "No, except in the tavern. I noticed him again and I suspected him to be watching us. That was why I started him off after you so that I could watcp him. These papers will be of use to us." "There are Ben and Sam,'' exclaimed Boli. "They have arrived all right, it would seem." Meeting the two Liberty Boys who looked like farmer boys, Dick said: • "Keep on: the lookout for a man named Hawkins. He is a spy. You will not see him at once, but keep on the lookout." -"We just left him behind a lot of rubbish in an alley back here,'' added Bob, "with a gag in hh mouth and his hands tied. He won't get away immediately." "Meet us in the park at Independence Hall i l an hour or so," said Dick. "If you meet any ,.f the boys, tell them that w e are here safe." After walking about for some time and meeting with no adventure the boys walked on to the square, and here met Ben an d Sam as had been agreed upon, Frank and Arthur, and Harry and Will shortly joining them, although all did not keep together. After this Dick and Bob left and went to the littleinn wheTe they had left their horses and had something to eat, seeing that the horses were taken care of and then going into the city. Here they met Harry Judson , who said to Dick: "General Howe is at a house on High streciit. His secretaries are very busy, and I should not wonder if something were going on or will be in a short time. Will and I have engaged lodgings around the corner, not far away, and mean to watch the place." "Very good,'' said Dick. "I will go up there and see '>Vhat I can do. You had better keep your eye on Hawki11s, Bob. He is, no d

4 THE LIBERTY BOYS SPYING ON HOWE moment. Harry took Dick around to the hous e where he lodged, and then Dick rnturned to the hous e on High street. At the gateway he saw Hawkins talking to a housekeeper, and heard the woman say, impatiently: "The bOys of these days want too much. Here's Harry gone away with no notice at all because he says he doesn't get enough wages, and dear only knows where I'm going to get another to wait on the door, clean the silver, wash dishes, polish the gentlemen's boots, keep the floors tidy, scub the brnss, help the housemaid s, and do such light work as that, for love or money." "How would you like to take me on, Mrs . Bustle?" laughed the spy. "Is it a part of the duties to kiss the hou se maid s ? If it is, you may--" "My! Mr. Haw kins, you will have your joke!" laughed the woman. "No, you have other business more important, I dare say. From the traffic there is, in and out of the hou s e , this day , I fancy there will be something of great import done shortly. You know about it, I suppose? You spying gentlemen know so many things . . " "Clear the way for my lord's coach!" cried Dick, suddenly dashing from the tree where he had stood and upsetting Hawkins into a ro sebush, which had a plentiful supply of thorns. "Bless my heart! the boy is right," gasped the housekeeper, as a coach containing the secretary dashed up to the gates and into the grounds by the drive. Hawkins picked himself up and looked . around for the ooy who had upset him, not recognizing in Dick, who was at that moment opening the coach door, the saucy fellow who had " done that service for him. The secretary, whom Dick had already seen, entered the mansion by a side door, the spy following, and then Dick turned to the housekeeper and said, flatteringly: "Good day, ladyship! You would grace a coach like that yourself. Are you the lady of this fine mansion? Perchance you may have some service that a willing boy may do? I heard you just now finding fault with a lazy varlet who had left your worthy pres ence. If I could be of any use to you in an emergency, I should gladly undertake it." "Bless me, you look capable; lad, but, fo! dear sake don't talk 'so much when you are m the " ejaculed the woman. "Have you an ob to wearing livery?" "Not in the least, ma'am." "Well, then, come' in and I will see what you can do. There is not much to do, but it must be done in season and without complaining." Dick followed Mrs. Bustle into the house and to her office s on the first floor, where she a sked him a few questions and tried him at doing various duties, which he performed to her satisfaction. He was engaged forthwith, given a suit of_ livery to wear, and set to work answering the door and doing such other things as needed to he done from time to time between calls to the door. Once along toward sunset, he got into the garden at the rear, saw Harry at a window and gave him a signal, imitating the crowing of a C:<'<'k. The signal was one in common u se among the Liberty Boys, and Harry recognized it, but nut at first the boy in livery whom he saw in the garder: at a little distance. Dick then gave the bark of a dog and waved his handkerchief. Har ry thereupon knowing who he was. "The captain has secured an entrance into the general's quarters," he at once said to Will. "He said he would and when he says he will do a thing it i as good as done." Dick was kept busy waiting on this and that secretary, on the housekeeper, ana on various of importance who called, but did not come in ccntact with the general, for which he was thankful. General Howe knew him, and in Ne w Yorl: had offered a reward for his capture, dead or alive, of five hundred pounds, on account of the trouble he had made. The offer would prcil-:o;bly hold good in Philadelphia, and Dick was careful nc>t to be see n by the general, who would recognize him in a moment, haing seen him often. He had his supper with -the housekeeper and a number of the servants, keeping quie aud not being by any of them. Vicks duties grew lighter as the evening wore on, as there weTe few callers at night and none as it grew later, the general at last calling his secretaries into his office, where, at a table, lighted with a number of large wax candles, they set to work. "You can go to bed if you like, Henry," said the housekeeper at last, when it was quite late and all the other servants had retired. "'1'here will b e no one now . " "All right, Mrs. Bustle," said Dick. "Is there anything I can do for you, make you a cup of tea or some toast, or a jug of punch, perhaps?" "No, nothing at-bless my heart! there's that blessed knocker again! It must be a matter o f importance." "I'IJ go," said Dick, and went to the door, finding a 1r.essenger in uniform with some de spatches. ''Despatches for the general, very important," the messenger said, in crisp tones. "Down the hall, last door on the right," re plied Dick, glibly. He saw the messenger enter the roem where the general and secretaries were clo seted together, and in a few minutes let him out and clo se d the front door. Nearly all the lights were out in the hall and everything was quiet, the hou sekeeper dozing in her room below, and every one else havinlt apparently gone to bed. Dick went rnpidly and noiselessly down the hall .to the room where the general and his secretaries were sitting and li stened attentively. 'Thes e despatches are of great importance," Dick heard the general say. "They conce-rn that impudent young rebel, the Frenchman Lafayette, who is operating: in this vicinity . We must catch him without delay and without n:e>"Cy." "'Aha! this is ' indeed of importance," mur mured Dick. "I must not let a word escape 1ne." At that moment >Dick heard a fall on the stairs not far away. It was a subaltern who had drunk too heavily at dinner and afterward had been coming down to get a jug of water to cool his fevered head, having found no one to wait upon him. He carried a lighted candle, which he let drop as he lost his own balance at a


THE LIBERTY BOYS SPYING ON HOWE 5 turn of the stairway and fell. There was a win dow with a long, flimsy curtains to it at the foot of the stairs , the candle setting fire to these as it reached the bottom. The1e was a rush matting on the floor and this also caught fire, the hall heing at once filled with flame and smoke. Where the fire would end Dick could not tell but the whole rear of the mans ion was in grea'.t danger at the moment and something must be done. Dick himself was blinded by the smoke and flame, but it was his duty to warn the general, regardless of the danger to him self and he determined to do it, never hesitat ing' a moment in what was his clear co'!1rse f!f action. In an instant he set about domg his duty. CHAPI'ER III.-A Hasty Departure. was all out and the people in the street were beginning to go home, and then made their way to the lodgings occupied by Will and Harry. Dick went in with the two Liberty Boys, as it was too late to go anywhere else, and told them how the fire had started and what he had le arned . It was late and the boys went to bed, Harry and Will having remained awake, thinking that the young captain might want to communicate ' with them. All of the Liberty Boys in the enemy's stronghold knew that Dick was in General Howe's quarters, but all of them did not know of the fire, some of them being at a considerable distance. The boys w:ere up betimes in the morning, Harry going out to get some clothes for Dick, who could hardly go out in a pair of livery no coat. Ben and Sam were the nearest to the house, and Harry went to their lodgings and got some clothes for Dick, after telling what had happened the night before, and what Dick thought they might have to do. As Howe and his secretaries were looking over Reaching the lodgings, he gave Dick the the despatches, the door suddenly flew open clothes he had procured and told his news, being Dick burst in, a mass of smoke and flame behmd very proud at having something to tell. Dick him. dresse d hastily. The boys shortly left the house, "Dkk Slater, the rebel!" cried the general. going past the mansion on High street where "Run for your lives!" cried Dick. Howe had his quarters and noticing that even Then, having done his plain duty and given at this early hour there was much going on in warning of the danger, he sought the means of the place, and taking their way to where Ben his own escape. He darted past the tab\e at and Sam were stopping. Dick sent Be n out to which Howe and the others sat, as they sprang tell the boys to leave the city at once and make to their feet, blew out the candles, and made for their way to the camp and then went to look for the window in the rear, the location of which Bob. was well known to him. There was a rush-bot-• Dick soon found Bob and both boys set out for tomed chair under the w indow, and a heavy the camp which they soon reached. The rest of on e at that. Dick seize d this, dashed out the the boys had taken different routes, and Dick lower sash and in another moment leaped from did not see them, but they all came in at last, the window landing upon a flower-bed below. and the boys in camp were greatly. excited over The air f;om the window he had dashed open the news they brought. Mark Morrison, the would drive back the flame and smoke, and he second lieutenant, a handsome, dashing boy, was certain that on ce h aving been warned, the somewhat younger than Dick or Bob, who had .general and his' attendants were in no been left in charge of the camp during the He quick took off his livery coat and threw it boys' absence, advanced as >Dick rode in and over the gates , hurrying away, .but _not too far, said: and listening for the alarm to be given. There "You are back sooner than we expected, J)ut was an outcry made in . a few moments, and the I s uppose circumstances are accountable for quiet street was s oon full of excited pers ons, that." some rushing in to help put ou4'. the fire. and S?me "Yes, Mark, and there will be plenty for the .simply standing 'around, Dick Liberty Boys to do before long, " Dick returned. with the crowd and was not noticed, but he did "Howe is sending out a party to surpris e La not enter the house again, thinking it wiser to fayette, but I don't think the surprise will be remain outside. Prompt action on the part on that side." those in the house and the few who entered it "I don't think so, . either, for the young French prevented the fire from spreading, and it was general is very clever and is a thorough soldier." .shortly extinguished, but had it not. been for "We must find and warn him," added Dick, Dick's warning there was no knowing what "and then I think there will be something for mio-ht have happened. the boys to do. Saddle your gray, Mark, and ''i'Howe is won d eTing how I got into the house come with me: I am off to find Lafayette." and what has sinc e become of me, no doubt," "But you have already ridden some distance." thought Dick, and then he came upon Harry and "Yes, bu t Major is good for as much more, Will and said: and you have not had the fun we ha.-e had, as "I learned a good deal, but not all I wanted to-: Patsy would call it."' The fire was accidental and drove me out. I . can' t go back now. Howe saw me." The boys made their yvay out of the crowd, and Will asked : "You were not discovered?" "Yes, I was, by Howe himself. He knew me in a moment, as he always doe s , and I had to make my escape in a hurry." The boys waited till they saw that the fire CHAPTER IV.-Afte'1-the Spy. Mark was s oon ready, and he and Dick and half a dozen of the boys who h a d not been to Philadelphia, now se t out to find Lafayette, who was known to be somewhere in the neighborhood .


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS SPYING ON HOWE although just where, Dick di . d not know. With Dick and Mark were Erza Barbour, Joel Walker, Walter Jennings, Jim Bennett, Lishe Green and Rob Haviland, all trustworthy boys and all eager for adventures of any kind. "Look out for the camp," said Dick, as he rode out, "and send out a party or two to look for the marquis and to keep an eye on the British if they &}iould chance to have set out by this time." "All right, Dick," replied Bob, and then DiCk, Mark and others rode on at a good gait and were soon out of sight. Dick related some of his adventures as they rode along, Mark being greatly interested, and at length they came to the hills and the boys began to look about them. Reachin g a little cabin at the side of the road l\t the foot of a low range of hills, Dick saw a man sitting on the door-step, smoking a pipe, and said to him: "Good morning, neighbor. Can you tell me where the camp of General Lafayette is? Are th(.re any Continental troops in the neighbor hood?" "I reckon you've come to the wrong turnin', and orter went off to the west, back here a piece," the man replied. "They ain't no sogers around here nowheres." Something about the man made the young captain think that he was not telling the truth, and he replied: "No, I don't think I have come wrong. I will go.,on in this direction and look a little farther." "There's redcoats that way, cap'n," the man said. "Ef I was you I'd keep out'n that road." "But you just said that there were no soldiers about here," rejoined iDick, "and now y ou say that there are redcoats." "Wull, I meant rebel sogers, o' couse," "with a puff at his pipe. The Liberty Boys did not call themselves rebels, nor did the patriots generally, and if Dick had not already suspected the man to be lying, he w ould have been sure of it now. "You are trying to mislead me, my man," he sai'd . "You are a Tory and for some reason you do not want me to find the camp. Either you don't know where it is or you don't want me to find it and you would guide the enemy to it fast enough. Come on, boy s." The man growled and scowled and went on smoking his pipe, the boys continuing their way. "Do you think he knows anything, Dick?" asked Mark, when out of hearing of the man on the doorstep. "Well, not much, at any rate, but I think he is quite capable of deceiving us and giving the enemy all the information he could. There are plenty of Tories in this region and he is one of them. I knew by the way he looked at our uniforms that there was somethipg wrong about him in the beginning." Half a mile farther on, Dick saw smoke in the hills and also the tracks of horses in the road, as if some one had recently been that way. "I think we are near the camp, Mark," he said, "or a picket, at all events. We will go on a bit farther, and I think by that time we will • find out whether we are right or not.'' The boys went ahead three or four hundred yards end were suddenly hailed by a sentry, who stepped out into the road from behind a mass of rocks and bushes. "Captain Slater and Lieutenant Morrison, -of the Liberty Boys," said Dick. "We are in search of General Lafayette with important information. Will you show us the way to the camp, or send an officer here that we may communicate with him?" "It is all right, captain,'' said' the' sentry, who wo+e the blue and buff of the Continental army. "Keep along this road till you come to a cabin on the right and then turn in and ride a hundred yards or so. The word is 'Vigilance,' " "And a very good one it is,'' with a smile. "Do you know a rough-looking fellow who lives in a rough log cabin about half a mile below and who sits on his door-step smoking when he should be at work?" "That's Dolf Haysloop," with, a laugh. "He i s the rankest kind of a Tory. You met him, then?" "Yes, and he said there were no troops abou t here, except redcoats, although at first he said there were none. I knew he was lying and. told him O." "You' were right enough, captain," with a laugh, "for he's the biggest liar in the district and the rankest Tory, and the laziest, most shiftless fellow y ou can find in a day's march. If he knew where we were he would bring the redcoats here in a minute, but he does not, nor any of the Tories hereabouts." "But he knows that you are here, somewhere?" "Oh, yes, he knows that, but he does not know where our camp is..'' "That i s all right, then. I thought that perhaps I may have told him you were here when he had not known it, by simply asking him." "No, he knows that we are here and. calls us rebels \\hen he sees any of us and all that, but that does not matter." "No, of course not," and Dick rode on with the bo ys . • He met another sentry farther on, gave him the word a nd proceeded, a t length coming to the camp and be'ing directed to the general's quarters . The LibertY. Boys had fought with Lafayette befo1 e and Dick was well acquainted with the young French general, who received him most cordially and asked the cause of his visit. ) "Howe is sending out an expedition against you, general," Dick replied, "and I have come to warn you of it. Either-the troops left the city this morning or they w ill shortly do so. Howe expects to give up the command shortly and I think, perhaps, he wants to do something to in crease his popularity before he goes, and henc e he has organized this sortie to attract more attention to him." "I am very much obliged to you for giving me information, captain. They do not know where I am?" "Somewhere in the hills, they say. We met a spy in the city, and I am of the opinion that he may have told them something. I will keep a lookout for him, as I think he may be guiding them now to your camp or to this region, at any rate." Dick then left the camp and rode back toward


THE LIBERTY BOYS SPY ING ON HOWE 7 his o wn. Coming in sight of the cabin where they had talked with the Tory, the young captain said: "I. do not se e any one there, boys, but I h .ave an idea that the Tory is not far away. Come on cautiously, but look out for signals. " . Dick then went ahead, keeping an eye on the cabin and making very little noise as he ad v ance d . Presently he caught a glimpse through one of the windows of the To1 y and another man sding at a table in living-room of the cabi:1, d rinking cider and smoking long pipes . The Tory's guest was Hawkins, unless Dick was greatly mistaken, but he did not see the man's face clearly, getting only a view of his figure, which wm: certainly that of the spy. He wavej hi s hand t . o Mark and the rest and then went on at a gallop . Suddenly the Tory and the other man came running out and Dick recognized the spy in a m oment . . "Hallo, Hawkins! What are you doing in this country?" cried Dick. "Come on , boys!" waving l:is hat. The spy dashed to the farther side of the cabiu, untethered a horse, which Dick had not seen before, sprang into the saddle and rode away at full speed. After him rode Dick, and now Mark and the othe'rs followed at full speed, not knowin g the man, but satisfied that there was some thing_wrong about him if Dick Slater gave chase. The spy saw that he was sure to be overtaken and fired a shot at his pursuer in the hope of disabling him, the shot going wild, however, and merely serving to show Mark and his boys that they must make haste. Dick did not return the shot, but pushed the fugitive hard, Hawkins finally leaping from his horse when going up a little rise and plunging into the bushes. Dick halted at the spot, the horse going on, and in a few moments the boys came up. "He has taken to the woods," Dick said. "Wait here, Lishe and Jim, with the horses, while the rest of u s go on. The fellow is a spy and we must catch him if we can." Mark and four of his boys dismounted, and Dick led the way into the woods, the trail being easily followed. "The fellow is in blue homespun and wears a round hat and boots, " said Dick. "He is rather heavily built and has big eyes with droop ing lid s . You ought to know him at once. Spread out boys, so as not to let him double on us. " Mark remained with Dick, Ezra and Joel going to the right, and W--alter and Rob keeping to the left, there being seven or eight paces between one boy and another. On went the boys, Dick and Mark being kept in sight by the rest, Dick following the trail without difficu lty and presently catching sight of the man himself going up a rocky, path, where from time to time he was out of sight. "That is a wild place," muttered Dick. "Look out for him, Mark. Draw in a little, boys, and go ahead. There may be a way out that we do not s ee from here, so keep ahead lively, boys." The boys to the right and left went ahead of Dick and Mark and presentl y those in the right signaled to Dick that the fugitive was trying to get out b y a narrow path at the foot of the rocks. These signals weTe all natural sound!! and no one not understanding them would k_nown what they or even that they were signals, the probabihty being that they would take them for the calls of birds or of insects and had no meaningbeyond the k en of the creatures themselves. Dick and Bob reached the bot tom of the path Hawkins had taken Joel and Ezra signaling that Hawkins had back and was hiding somewhere among the rock s. "We must be cautious," said Dick. "The fello w is desperate and will fire upon . u s the first chance he gets. Keep a watch upon him Mark." "All right, Dick. Are you g oin g to 'close in upon him?" '.'I am going to keep him from backing out this way, at any rate, Mark. If we can catch him from telling what Haysloop has told him for I believe the Tory is as much a spy as is." CHAPTER V.-Dick in Duress. While Dick and Mark kept guard at the foot. of the winding path up the rocks, the other boys went ahead so as to prevent Hawkins from getting away by another entrance. Ezra and Joel had detected the man trying to do this and now Walter and Rob signaled that they had seen tire man and that he was making for a path on their s ide with the intention of getting away from his persistent young pursuers, There were other ways out of the hiding-place which Hawkins had discovered in the rock s , and he was now trying to make his way out by one of them and so cheat the boy s . Dick suspected that there were such outlets and had sent the others ahead to prevent the spy's e s cape, showing himself to be more clever than Hawkins . The boys had means of commun icating with• each othei without uttering a spoken word, which the sp-, knew nothing of, and he was hemmed in more than he had any idea of by the boys being able to tell each other jus t what they were doing without his knowing it. "Come up, Mark," said Dick, in a quiet tone, "but have your pistol s ready and be careful that this fellow does not get a shot at you." and. Mark crep t up the winding path, keepmg thell' eyes about them and being ready to rush in at any moment. Then they heard the call of a woodbird, which Dick knew to be a signal from Walter, meaning that Hawkins was trying to. get down the path on the left, where h . e and Rob were on guard. Dick immediately signaled to Ezra on the right to close in and take the fellow by surpris e . Then he mentioned to Mark to come on, an d advanced rapidly up the zig-zag path, toward the top. In a few moments he signaled to the boys on the right to close in, and all the boys advanced noiselessly, but with great rapidity, toward the point wl:ere Hawkins was trying to escape . Without the means of letting each other know just what was going on, the boys could not have closed in on the spy, but now there was only one chance of his getting away. This was b y leaping from tne rocks into the valley below, and the chance suddenly offered itself when the boys, without warning, ran in on him and leve l ed their pistols at him. He saw the


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS SPYING ON HOWE . chance of getting away and took a step forward, but Dick said, quickly: "If you jump, Hawkins, I will shoot you as you are in the air and it will be only a dead man that lands at the bottom." The spy hesitated and that hesitation cost him his liberty. Walter ran in on one si de a,nd Ezra on the other, while Mark dashed forward 11nd caught him by the collar, putting a pistol at his head. Then Joel ran up, quickly thrust his hands into the man's breast-pockets and took away his pistols. "Ha! you ought to catch me, five of you reb els!" snarled the spy. "Then why did you attempt to escape?" asked Dick, drily. "You should have known better. Take a good look at me, Hawkins, so that you will not fail to know me the next time you see me, whether I am in uniform or not. Did Haysloop tell you anything of importance?" "I don't know Haysloop," muttered the spy. "Who is he?" The man at the cabin where we saw you. He may have another name, of course, but that is the man I mean. He is a Tory. What did he tell you about the patriots?" "Nothing; he didn't know anything," returned the spy, but Dick knew that he was not telling the truth. "He did tell you something," he replied, "but it does not matter. We have you now and you are not going to get a..way from us, s o I really don't care what he told you." The boys then took the spy down to the woods below and then huried back with him to Lafayette's camp, where he was delivered to the general. "This fellow .is a British spy," said Dick. "His name is Hawkins. He had had information from a man Ifamed Haysloop living m the neighborhood, and he was to bring the British troops here. They have n6t yet started." Dick guessed at some of this, but from the expression on the spy's face he knew that hts guesses re very accurate. The spy put in a tent, under guard, and then Dick and the boys set out for their own camp, the day being how well . advanced. They found Haysloop's cabin locked and barred and no one in sight, the place being apparently abandoned, whicl: it. had not been entirely when they passed it with the prisoner in charge. "The fell9w has taken fright and gone aw:ay," laughed Dick, on their return. "Well, I don't know that we would have harmed him, unless we caught him up to mischief, but it is just as well that he has left these parts." Riding on at good speed, the boys at length reached the camp, and Dick gave ord,ers for the boys to go on the :march /immediately after dinner, at which they all set up a cheer, for they knew that they were going to join Lafayette and that there would probably be plenty to do after that. Shortly after dinner the boys went on the march, making their camp near to that of Lafayette, Dick sending out scounting parties to see if the redcoats were coming and setting out himself on the same errand. He put on the ordinary clothes of the region and rode a . horse which was not likely to l\ttract the attention that Major w ould, the black being ve1y weU known to the enemy. He went to an entirely dif ferent direction from that taken by the others. and after riding some little distance saw a small party of redcoats in front of a tavern, stand-ing at a cross-roads. "Hallo! there are some of them,'' he said catching sight of the redcoats. "I wonder if there are any behind them or if this is just a scouting party? They must miss Hawkins, but perhaps the Tory will help them, if he knows that they are about." redcoats .went into. the tavern, leaving their horse on the opposite side of the road. There were not more than a dozen of the red coats and they were now enjoying themselves in the tavern, the officers in

THE LIBERTY BOYS SPYING ON HOWE 9 himself and deserves a hanging. Don't let him get away." "I know the feller, he drove me out'n my cabin," snarled Haysloop. "He's a rebel, and' I'll tell ye where the other rebels be." "There is a price on his head!" cried Hawkins, as Dick was dragged to his feet. "General Howe has offered five hundred pounds for him, ana 1 claim it." "You don't git it any more'n me!" snarled the Tory. "I seen him first and I told the officers who he was, you just ask 'em if I didn't. If there's a reward, I get it!" "Is this Dick Slater, Hawkins?" asked the officer. "Yes, lieutenant. I will swear to it." "It is very easy to ascertain, sir," observed another. "I have a printed description of the fellow, and we can very soon compare it with his looks. I am of the opinion that Hawkins is right." "Lock him in the upper room,'.' suggested the landlord, who was a Tory. "He will be all right there, and you can keep a guard outsid e in case he tries to get away." "I can't spare any men to do guard duty," replied the officer. "Lock him up tight and there will be no getting away. Haven't you got a closet or a clothes-press where he will be safe?" "I reckon I have," returned the landlord, " so bring him along and I will take care of him, and you can enjoy yourselves in comfort," the man having more thought for doing a good trade with the redcoats than for attending to Dick's comfort. CHAPTER VI.-Attempting to E s cape. Dick was disarmed and taken to a front room on the upper floor of the tavern, where he was left to himself. There was no clothes-press in the room and only a small closet, which was so full of one thing and another that there was no room for anything else, much less to crowd Dick into. The landlord did not want to take the trouble to get the things out so as to put Dick in, and the redcoats did not. "Let him stay there," muttered the landlord. "I am wasting time now when I should be below serving custome r s . For all I know the pot-boys are helping themselves, and the cook is packing . up things to take to her sister's family when she has her holiday, and everything is at sixes and sevens, what with my not being on hand. The lock is stout and there are plenty of men below to watch the. fellow." The landlord and the redcoats went away, the door was stoutly locked, and Dick was left alone and at once began to plan for his escape. A ' brie:f examination of the door and of the lock showed him that it would be useless to try to force the door, and he turned his attention to other matters. The window was small, but was large enough to admit of his getting out, and there was a porch roof just under it from which he could make his way to. the ground with ease. There were two chairs in the room, and one of these was quite heavy, which would make it a very convenient implement for smashing the win4ow. Just now th.ei-e :were men on the road, and some of the redcoats were talking to them and pointing to the window where Dick stood . "They may be talking about me," he thought. "Perhaps they are making arrangements for tak ing me away. Well, when they come in I may go out." The men went on and the redcoats entered the house, butothers came along, and it as if Dick would not have a moment to himself. There was no connecting door to any other room on tliat floor, and no chimney up w hich hP might make his way, and the only means of escape was by the window, therefore. "I can't stay here and let thos e fellows take me away, " he muttered. "The boys don't know where I am and so cannot come to my relief. I must help myself ;.ind quickly, too. There are partie s of the boy s out, but none of them in this direction, so that the chances of their coming this way is slim indeed." They were m aking more noise than ever below now and, looking out, Dick saw that the road was clear for the moment. Picking up the chair, he dashed it at the window with such force as to carry away all the lower sash and send glass and woodwork rattling upon the porch roof and upon the ground below. There was no one in sight on the road, and the noise below continued unabated, so that there was every chance that the sound of the breaking of the wind ow had not been heard by the redcoats or by any one in the inn. Quickly clearing away the bits of broken glass around the edges of the sash, Dick speedily let himself out upon the porch roof, having no more than room enough to get through. Ho w ever, enough was as good as a feast in this case, and he got out upon the roof, measured the distance to the ground, went to the very edge, stooped and jumped. It is always a good plan to look before you leap, and Dick had done s o and had found the coas t cfe'ar, apparently. In another moment after he had made the leap, however, there was a startled cry, and Dick felt his feet strike some:. thing sooner than they should have done. Just after Dick's feet had left the porch roof and while the young patriot was in the air, one of the redcoats had come out to look after the horses, and neither he nor the boy could prevent what happened. Dick landed on the fellow's shoulders ap.d down he like a felled ox, his wig flying one way and his hat another, while he was flattened out on the gravel with as much force as Dick's weight could give . He gave a grunt, and Dick, as much startled a s he was, found himself on hi s back on the door-step just as another redcoat, hearing the first cry, came out to investigate. "Hallo! the rebel is escaping!" he shoute'd, and made a dash at Dick. . The latter had recovered his senses, and now sprang to his feet, shot out his fist and sent the redcoat flying through the door and into the hall on his back. There was a lull in the noise in the tap-room for the moment, and the sound of the man's fall was distinctly heard. The redcoats sprang to their feet and came running to the windows and doors to find out what had happened. The unfortunate redcoat, whom Dick had bowled over when he leaped from the porch roof, was now imfficiently recovei-ed to stagger to hia feet and try to prevent Dick's escape. ,


• 10 THE LIBERTY BOYS SPYING ON HOWE . "Not nol':, sergeant!" cried Dick, ducking under the fellow's arms and making for the other side of the road. The redcoat measured his length on the ground when he failed to catch Dick, and two or three hurrying redcoats fell over him as they came running out. Dick would have let loose the redcoats' horses, but there was no time to do this, and he therefore made a dash for his own. He was across the road in a moment, and in another had slipped the tether and was in the saddle. The first redcoat got upon his feet, drew his pistol and fired as Dick went flying up the road. The shot, aimed or not, striJck the horse in the hind leg, and in an instant he fell, throwing Dick over his head. Fortunately for the young patriot, he landeil. in a clump of bushes at the intersection of the two roads and was not hurt, although he was stunned for the moment. "Hallo! there he is, catch him!" roared the redcoat, pointing up the road to where Dick was picking himself out of the bushes. "Catch the rebel! Don't let him get away!" There were men on both roads at this moment, and redcoats came hurrying out of the inn as well , so that Dick was no better off than before . T he citizens and soldiers quickly surrounded him and he was taken back to the taveTn, the landlord saying, wrathfully: "Who is going t o pay for that broken sash and shattered glass? Take the villain away. I won't have him in my house, he has done damage enough already and has made no end of trouble, and I won't have him here. Take the rascal away!" "You can't expect that I am going to remain a prisoner any longer than I can help, do you, land lord?" laughed Dick. "I would have been far away from here if that redcoat had not come out just when he "Or if I had not shot your horse," added the redcoat. . "I am sorry for that," replied Dick. "You had . better put the poor creature out of his misery unless you can do something for him." "H'm! you think more of your horse than you do of yourself," muttered the lieutenant. "I can feel for the sufferings of animals at any tkne," Dick answered. "The horse was a good one and has done good service, and I will not see him suffer." "The horse is not badly hurt," declared one of the redcoats. "The shot grazed his leg and m a de him stumble without causing any serious injury. He will be all right, but he won't waht to be ridden for a time. " "Put the troublesome rebel somewhere till the troops come up," said the lieutenant. "You can k eep guard over him, Hawkins, you and your as s ociate here," indicating Dolph Haysloop. "Put him in the smoke-house," said the Tory. "He can't get out of that, I'll bet." "I won't have him there!" sputtered the landl ord. "I won't h ave him in the house or anywhere around. He has made trouble enough, and I won't be bothered with him." "Very well, we will g o to tlie next tavern," said the lieutenant. That. put a different aspect upon the affair, for th6 :.andlord saw that he would lose some very good customers, and his trade up to that time had not been over good. "Oh, well, put him in the barn loft," he said. "But if he goe s to setting fire to t h e hay or doing any damage, you will have to be responsible for it. There is a chamber over the barn where you can put him." "You bette1 tie him up," said Hay"sloop, "else he'll be g-etting away like he done before." "That i s a good idea," nodded the lieutenant. "Take him there, sergeant, and tie him up good and fast." "They are going to make every effort to kee p me this time," thought Dick , "but I must get away for all that." Dic k 'was taken to a loft over the barn, a chambe r running the entire length of the building, and having a window at each end. He was tied to an upright beam in the middle of the room with a stout rope, his arms tied behind him e.nd his ankle:s secured so that he was unable to move, the rope being fastened about his chest, waist and k nees , it being the evident desire of the redcoats that he should not escape them that time. "Had you not better get a ball and chain, and put bars to the windows as well?" asked Dick, with a touch of irony in his tones. "Are you quite sure that I will not get away as you have left things?" "I'll give you five pounds if you do, you saucy rebel," laughed the sergeant. "You gave me a fine upset, and I owe you something for it, but I'll stand treat for the whole party and give you five pounds if you get away this time." "All right, I'll remember that," gaily. "I do not drink what you fellows drin k, b u t the five pounds will come in handy, just the same." "You won't earn it," muttered the sergeant, and then the party went away, locking the trapdoor that led 'to the loft behind them. "The greatest trouble is in getting out of the barn without being seen, I think," thought Dic'k "for with all the kn'Ots that they have made I wili have little trouble in loosening my hands and there is a hay-knife over yonder on the bench which will be of u s e." ,, The bench was not far from the.beam, but the had not noticed the knife l ying in plai n sight, nor calculated that Dick, having his hands free, could reach it. He had swelled his wrists when the redcoats had bound them, and now there was considerable slack to the rope when he allowed them to resume their normal size. No . sooner had the men gone down when he began to work at his hands, and in five minutes he had succeeded in drawing one loose . Then he re-ached over and secured the knife. He could hear the men in the barn below, but there was dang-rr o{ their coming up again right away, and he cut the rope across his che s t with one or two moves of the knife. Then he reached behind him and cut the rope around his left wrist, freeing his hand. "I think they would laugh themselves if they knew how easily I had worked so far " he said to himself, cutting the rope about his Then he reached down and cut the rope from his knee:s and then severed that about his an k les. "So far, s o good," he said to himself. "I can patch up. this rope and lower myself from the window with it, but which one shall I t ake?"


THE LIBERTY BOYS SPY . ING ON HOWE 11 He went to the window nearest the road and looked out, seeing a cloud of dust in the distance. "Hallo! that loooks as if more troops were coming," be muttered. Then he went to the other and looked out, finding three or four redcoats, Hawkins and Haysloop sitting on the ground, playing cards. They did not see Dick, and he stepped to one side and looked at the window, finding that he could raise the lower sash without trouble. . "Those fellows won't stay there very long after they hear the soldiers coming, " he said, as he wal'ked to the other window. The men were much nearer by this time, and the noise of their coming had brought a number of the redcoats out of the house. Dick now knotted his ends of the rope together, and then :i:eturned. to the window where he had see n the men playing cards . The redcoats had gone, but . Hawkins and the Tory were still there playing together and betting on sums of money laid on the ground. , "I won't trouble them," he said. "The horses are on the other side, and I shall have less distance to walk to get to them. I wish these fel lows had remained away a little longer, though. " Going to the other window, he saw quite a number of redcoats rein up in front of the tavern, leave their horses at the fence and enter the inn, a few remaining outside in charge of the animals. Then he went to the first window and saw that Hawkins and the Tory had gone away. "Now or never!" he said to himself. CHAPTER VII.-Dick Gets Away From .His Captors. Dick fastened one end of his rope to the frame of the window there being no lath or plaster in the loft, and the sash, fastening it in place with a button, and then threw out the rope. Then he got out and be gan rapidly lowering himself to the ground. He had just reached this and had let go of the rope, when he heard footsteps, and a s he stepped to the corner of the barn, the sergeant, the spy and the Tory appeared. "You owe me five pounds, sergeant," he said, making a sudden dash at the three men. "By George, if he doesn't!" exclaimed the sergeant. "Hi! hi! stop him!" yelled the Tory, taking to his heels. "You won't get away from me!" hissed the spy, drawing his pistol. In another moment Dick was upon him and had thrown him down. The pistol flew out of his 'band, struck a stone wall and was discharged with a loud report. Dick was over the wall and crouching on the ground as the sergeant fired a shot which went o ver his head. The Tory was running toward the tavern, yelling at the top of his lungs: "Hallo! the tarnal rebel has got away again, hurry up and catch him, there's a reward for him!" Dick did not remain close to the' wall, but hurried along almost on hands and knees till he reached an angle, when he arose and jumped over it, hurrying toward the road. "If I can get one of those horses, so much the better," he muttered. . There was some excitement outside the tavern, and a number of the newcomers hurried out and followed Haysloop toward the barn. Dick heard them and hid behind a bush till he saw them reach the barn, when they were hidden from him. Then he arose and went i?traight to the tavern, walking carelessly along and not once arousing the suspicion of the men outSide. They h ad not seen him, the spy and the sergeant were not there to give the alarm, and to them he seemed nothing but an ordinary country boy, whose curiosity had been aroused by the sight of horses and men. There was little time to work in, as some one who knew him w ould be there, he knew not how soon, but he did not want much. He suddenly slipped the tether of the nearest horse, jumped into the saddle, wheeled the animal up the road and went flying away at full speed. The sergeant, who had been looking for him at the wall, now saw him and shouted as loud as he could shout: "Hi! hello! stop that boy on the brown horse. That's Dick Slater, the rebel! By George! but he does deserve credit!" There were seven or eight redcoats in the saddle, giving chase in a few moments, and in a few more there were a score of them racing after him at full speed. "W-ell, the sergeant shot my horse," he said, "and now I've taken his or one just as good, and fair exchange is no robbery. Mine was better than this, and he will be all right again in a short time." After him rode the redcoats, firing a volley, bullets flying about him, but none hitting him, fortunately. The wind carried away his hat, but he was not stopping for any trifling matter like that, urging his steed at full speed. "Some of th-em may be better than this," he said, as he raced on, "but the'Y've got to beat me in the management of a horse to come up with me and I'm going to get all the speed I can out of this one without killing him. Oh, if it were only Major now!" The horse was a fair one, and Dick knew how to get all that could be gotten out of him without injuring him, as was speedily seen, the animal not only holding his own but slowly . gaining. "I may come upon some of the boys if I go far enough," he said to himself as he rode on, "and get some help." As he turned a bend in the road, he noticed that the horse was beginning to go a little lame and might grow worse if urged too much. "It is too bad to make him do too much,'' he murmured. "He must have that fault aud per haps he has already gone as far as .he should for one while. I shall have to manage somehow." He was out of sight of the redcoats and n"enring a little bridge over a creek. "The very place," he said to himself, as he reined in and jumpd off at the edge of thl) stream. Then he sent the horse ahead and went down the bank to the water and then along under the bridge. He heard the animal go dashing on, and in a few moments heard the clatter of hoofs com inJi from the direction of the tavern. There they are," he muttered. "They will be.


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS SPYING ON HOWE here shortly and go on, never dreaming where I am." As he said, the redcoats were s oon dashing across the little bridge, scattering dust and peb ble s down upon him, but having no idea that he was just under them. In a short time they were gone, and soon the sound of their horses died out and the pursuit was ended. "That is all _right," he said, as he came out from his hiding-place and crossed the bridge, listening attentively, "but I have no horse now and shall have to walk unless I can pick up another somewhere." He walked on, listening attentively, but hearing nothing to alarm him, keeping hi s eye on the road ahead and across country where it happened to be open . At length he heard the sound of horses coming on, and then caught a glimpse of scarlet uniforms through the trees and knew that the redcoats were coming back. "They have had their trouble for their pains," he muttered, "but I would like to get one of those horses and play them another trick." He took to the woods and hid behind a tree, crouching low and watching the redcoats as they came on. They had the lame horse with them, leading him, the creature managing to get along very well as long as he had no one to carry. At length the redcoats were right abreast._ and ing no idea how near they were to him. Dick crept closer to the road, having formed .an idea as the redcoats were coming on. Tl).ey were not l'iding rapidly now, evidently thinking there was no need of any great haste. "It's queer how the rebel got away," said one. must have been hiding somewhere on the road as we passed." "Yes, and laughing at us all the time, the saucy fellow." "There'.s a reward for him, but I don't think any -0f us will get it if we let him fool us like . The redcoats went on, there being two or three in the rear, no precise line being maintain_ed. Dick suddenly slipped out into. the road the stragglers, and shouted out m a loud voice: "Hallo, you redcoats !" The men in the rear turned their heads, one of them reining in a littl e as Dick advanced . "Hallo! looking for the rebel, Dick Slater?" Dick a s ked. "Yes, we are, where is he?" a s ked the rear man, halting. "Here he is!" s houted Dick, with a leap forward, springing into the suddenly toppling the redcoat out of it with little ceremony. Then he wheeled hi s horse quickly and went dashing away at good speed, the redcoats being taken completely by surpris e . The unhorsed redcoat was shaken up a bit, but not hurt, ashe had fallenin a soft spot in the road, but he was angry enou g h to make up for a serious injury. "Take the lame horse, he's all right if you don't ride him too fast," laughed Dick, as he went on with a rush. The redcoats fired at him, and now, having pistols in his holsters, Dick snatched out one of these and returned the fire, carrying away the hat and wig of one of the redcoats and causing a cood deal of confusion in the line. Then he went on around a bend in the road, and when he next saw the enemy he was well ahead of them. They purs ued him for a short distance only, realizing at length that they could not overtake him and giving up the chase. , "Nothing ventured, nothing won," he laughed as he went on at a less rapid pace, "but it was a saucy thing to do, for all that. Well, it got me a horse, and so it was worth trying, and the redcoat doe s not have to walk either." He went on at a fair rate, and at length saw some of the boys on the road coming toward him. They were Ben Spurlock, Sam Sanderson and Harry Juds on. "Hallo! that is not the hors e you had when you went away," said Ben. "No, nor as good, but it is better than none," with a laugh. "Did y ou see some redcoats on this road not long ago?" "Yes, but they were too many of them for us, and we kept out of the way. Now we are going to see where they came from?" "Oh, I can tell you that," smiling, "so it won't be nece ssa1' y to follow them. The day is wearing on, so I think we had better return to the camp without delay." "But how did you happen to exchange horses, captain?" asked Sam. "I'll tell you all about it," replied Dick, and as the boys rode on together, he related his adventures, all of them being deeply interested. "And no one knew a thing about it or where you were," ob served Harry. "They might have taken you away, and we would not have known where to look for you." "I thought of that," smiling, "and so I made up my mind that I had to get away from them at any cost. They did not want to let me go a bit and did all they could to persuade me to remain with them." "But you would rather have our company, if we are only boys and a lot of saucy young rebels," laughed Ben. "Yes, I think I would," quietly. They came upon more of the Liberty Boys when nearer the camp, and Jim Bennett, who was ainong them, noticed Dick's change of mount and said: "I reckon the captain has had some lively times since he's b een gone. He's lost his hat and got another horse." "You're a pretty good guesser, Jim," said Sam. "We'll tell y ou all about it when we get to the camp. It will make a good story to tell after supper, around the campfire." "I want to know!" echoed Jim. "I had an idee that something had transpired when I seen the captain on another horse. That's a redcoat's animal, I know it by the saddle." , "Quite right, Jim," said Ben, "and the redcoat was mad enough when he lost it, although he didn't have to walk." "I want to know!" drawled Jim, and the boys all laughed. The boys l'Ode on and all reached the camp at length and were heartily received by the res t of the-Liberty Boys as they came in. The news rapidly spread that the redcoats were about, and Dick went over to the general's quarters to tell him what he had learned. "Are there many of them, captain?" asked


THE LIBERTY BOYS SPYING O N HOWE 13 Lafayette, interested in what Dick told him and a nxious to know more. "I did not lea1n just how many, general, but there is a considerable number, and the spy and his Tory friend know where the camp is." "Yes, it was unfortunate that the spy escaped after you had been at sut!h trouble to catchhim and bring him here, captain, but I cannot see that any one is to blame. He was in a desperate situation, and took the risk of trying to escape and succeeded. It might have cost him his life, for our men fired upon him, and he had a narrow escape. " ":Xes , I saw the bullet holes in his hat and coat. The man .was greatly excited, and I think he will ""'":take g oo d care not to be caught again, for he n wst kno w fthat he will not have another such chance." y ou r pickets set, captain, and maintain a strict watch,' the general continued. "They may not attac k us to-night, but it will be well to b e on the watch. " "Very well; general," Dick replied, and then h e saluted and left the camp, returning to his own shortly before supper. The pickets were already set, and >Dick sent word to them by Mark to be extra vigilant, as it was quite likely the enemy might try to occupy a more advantageous position so as to endeavor to surround the camp and prevent the general's escape. By dark videttes were sent out in different directions to post themselves well beyond the lines and give warning of any advance of the enemy, these being some of the best mounted and most skillful riders in the troop. "If the enemy ste aJs up now it won ' t be because we have not been on the watch," said Bob. CHAPTER VIII:-Surprising the Enemy. Having strengthened his picket lines and posted mounted videttes, Dick determined to find out mo1: e concerning the enemy .and not wait for them to come on. "They know where the camp is," he reasoned, "and may attempt to bottle us up and prevent our escape. Howe would like to accomplish just such a feat before leaving the country, but if we could not only prevent this but send the enemy packing as well, we would accompli s h much." He determined, to approach the British camp as near as possible and learn the plans of fqe e nemy, or at any rate to discover if they were on the march or not. If they were, then the Lil> erty Boys would meet them on one side, while Lafayette and his force made a flank movement and attacked them on the other. Mounted on 1\fr ... ( " " Dick rode out from the camp and made hi s ' ay toward the inn where he had seeil the enemy last, intending to pass the cabin of Haysloop , the Tory, on the way. Nearing the place he thought he saw a ray of light at one of the windows. although the place was supposed to be deserted; and had been at the time he had last been there. . '' "The fellow may have returned," he muttered, "and be keeping quiet for fear of arrest. I must investigate. I may learn more than I expected at this very spot. " Advancing with little or no nois e , Dick halted a short distance from the cabin and crept stealthily forward, keeping in the dark and having all his senses on the alert. He had not seen any light from that first time, but no one had left the cabin, and he was S u r e that there was some in it now. Creeping up cautiously, he saw just a tiny ray of light under the cabin door, and stooped so as to ascertain its source if possible . The door was closed and the shutters were barred and all seemed dark and deserted within, but he had seen the ray of light at the window and now under the door, and he was satisfied that the Tory had returned and might even have company. Crouching on the -lower stone of the door step, DiCk looked undeT the door and saw some thing pass between him and the lig,ht which shon e out again as before. Then he heard the Tory say: "Wull, they know that you know where they are and maybe they won't stay theTe . " "If they do, they will find themselves bottled up; and if they don't, they will find their way blocked,.for I will let the general know just whi c h way they are going. " The voice was that of Hawkins, the spy, an d Dick knew that he had returned to see what Lafayette intended doing, so as to notify the enemy in time and thus prevent the gallant young Frenchman from getting away. "He must have been back some little time," thought Dick, "and come very cautiously as w e ll. Our videttes are beyond this pdnt, and yet they did not kno w that the fellow had returned. He must have been very wary, and it was only ,by accident that I saw the light. " He could not see it now, in fact, and it was probably shaded, the men fearing to have a light even when they supposed no one was about. "I reckon the young rebels are here still," said the Tory, in a low tone, "and I shouldn't wonder if the Frenchman was, too . We'd have discov ered it if they'd went away." "You might not, Dolph," spo.Ke up another voice, that of a woman. "You are so thunderin' lazy that you might have been asleep when they went through, an' be si des, they• wouldn't go this here way. " "Shut up, Samanthy, or at any rate don't talk so loud . One o' them eternal young rebels rid down the road arter dark, an' y o u donno when he might be comin' back and hear you." "Videttes , eh?" muttered the spy. "Then they have not left their camp, for Slater is posting his boys all along the road to watch for our forces. H'm I must get away as soon as .pos sible . " "Then the British do intend to advance so as to get a better position?" thought Dick. "Per haps we can meet them on the way." "Well, I reckon yo better had," said Hays loop. "But you dassent go the front way. Samanthy thinks I donno nothin', but I SP,.en them rebels go by, just the same." "What other way can he get

14 THE LIBERTY . BOYS SPYING ON HOWE r oad, doubtless," he said to himself. "That is the way he will take, unless I stop him." He stole noiselessly away from the door and made his way to the corner of the cabin, hurrying along the side where all was dark, and reaching the end just in time to hear a horse go dashing along a little bridal path behind the cabin. Then the door was heard to shut, the sound of a bar being put up, following in a moment. "The fellow has escaped me," thought Dick, as he crept back to the road. "Well, we will let him go, but we will be on the lookout for the enemy and the surprise will be on the other side." Then he secured his horse, made his way past the cabin noiselessly, and rode on tin he came to where Ben Spurlock was posted in the road, watching to see if the enemy came that way. "Hawkins has gone to bring up the enemy, Ben," he said. "Which way did he go, captain? No one has passed this point in either direction since I have been here." Then Dick explained, and added: : "We may call you in, Ben, so be ready for the signal." "Very good, captain, I will be on the watch for it." Dick then rode away at a rapid gait toward the camp, passing the cabin at length and finding it all dark and still, being apparently deserted. "'l'he . Tory is keeping quiet," thought Dick, ' "so that no one can accuse him of having bought .the enemy. He will c laim that he was away : and know nothing about it if we happen to say 'anything." Reaching the camp, Dick went to Lafayette and told him what he had heard and what he believed. "We will be ready for them, captain," replied the general. "March your Liberty Boys along the road which the enemy will take and hold it. I will go another way and take them on the other side." "Very good, general," and Dick went back to his own camp and ordered the boys to go on the 'march at once, se11ding messengers to call in the ' -videttes. In an hour the Liberty Boys were waiting on the road which the. young captain was sure the . redcoats wpuld take, resting on their arms but ready to spring up at a moment's warning. An hour passed and there was no sign of the enemy, and Dick began to think that perhaps he had gone to the wrong place. Waiting ten minutes longer, he set off with some of the boys to see if there was any sign of the eneruy coming. Iri fifteen minutes he suddenly paused and listened, looking ahead 9f him along the road and across the country where it was open. "The enemy are there," he said to Mark, who had accompanied him) "but I cannot tell if they are coming on or not." "I hear a faint sound, as of drull)s," declared Mark, "but I don't see anything." "I can see the glint of arms in the rising moon, and hear a drum. The enemy are resting. Perhaps they do not intend to advance till the early morning. A short time will tell." Dick's sight and hearing were much more acute than those of the boys with him, and in a few minutes he said, quietly: "They are waiting. They are much plainer to be seen now, as the moon is and higher. Look yonder, Mark, where I pomt, and I think you will be able to see them. Between the two tall pines to your iight. Look steadily, and I think you will make them out." The young lieutenant looked in the direction and in a few moments said, excitedly: Yes, I can see them now, but I could not have seen them if you had not pointed them out. There seems to be a considerable party of them." "Yes, there is, but I do not think we need fear on that account if they do not take us by surprise. It is the not knowing what to expect that confusion. We may not wait for them. That will depend on what word we get froin tile general." Some little time passed, the enemy .evidently. having decided to wait till early morning before advancing when the patriots would 'he supposed to be asleep. At length a messenger arrived from Lafayette with instructions to Dick. Dick read these over and said to Bob: "The general has secured an advantageous positi.on without the knowledge of the enemy and 1s gomg to attack them and not wait for them. That will depend on what word we get from the general." Some little time passed, the enemy evidently having decided to wait till early morning before advancing when the patriots would be supposed to be asleep. At length a messenger arrived from Lafayette with instructions to Dick. Dick read these over and said to Bob: "The general has secured an advantageous position without the knowledeg of the enemy and is going to attack them and not wait for them to come on. We are to advance, and as soon as we hear the sound of firing, will rush in and surprise them." "That is a filie idea," replied Bob, heartily. "The young Frenchman is a good soldier, and the British will have a better opinion of him after this." "I think they will," smiling. "The trouble with most of them is that they undervalue the strength of their foes and are apt to be mistaken in many cases. It is better to think that the enemy is stronger than he is, for then you are prepared for a good fight." "That's just it," laughed Bob, "but the British and the Hessians think that they can sweep all our men away at a blow, and then often find themselves mistaken and are swept away them selves." The boys were all eager to advance, and the march was resumed in as quiet and stealthy a manner as possible, every one being on the. alert and ready for a rush at any moment. The boys waited in a wood from the edge of which the enemy could be plainly seen, having no idea of the presence of foes so near them. At last, when the boys were beginning to think that they would never hear the expected signal, there was the sound of rapid firing and of loud cheering. "Forward, Liberty Boys!". cried Dick. "On, at full speed. Don't wait for the enemy to fire1 but let them have i t as soon as you are in good 'range." "Out of the wood and down the road fairly flew the boys, and the enemy had hardly realized


THE LIBERTY BOYS SPYING O N HOWE 1 5 that the patriots were upon them in considerable forc e, when they heard the tramp of the Liberty Boys' horses and saw the gallant fellow s advancing at full speed. On they came like a whirlwind, and Dick gave the word to fire. Crash-roar! A tremen dou s volley peeled out, echoing from hill and wood, and down came the Liberty Boys with a r u s h. The coming of the gallant lads was entirely unexpected , and the redcoats we-re taken with a panic as the plucky fell o ws poured into their camp and began emptying their pistols with tremendous vim . Lafayette had taken them by surprise and now the attack o f the Liberty Boys added to the confusion, .and the enemy began to fear that the entire American army was upon them. The panic spread, and then all of a sudden the enemy bega n to fall back in great confusion and in a few minutes there was the worst kind of a route. Away they went t oward the city, finding an open road and dashing along it at the greatest speed . After them raced the Liberty Boy s, until at length recalled by the general, who feared that they might fall into a trap. By dawn there was not a sign of the enemy, who were well on their way to the city, bearing the tidings of defeat instead of boasting of a tremendous victory over the rebels, as they had ex pected. "Well , they were o n the run at full speed," laughed Bob, "but the general was right in calling u s back. It is too bad to strike a fallen foe, and they were fallen indeed." "Hawkins will not find very great favor among them after this," declared Mark, "for they will be sure to blame him for the affair instead of giving Lafayette the credit of being sharp enough t o get ahead of them. That's the way they always do." "And Howe won't have the credit of driving away the saucy French boy before he leaves the laughed Bob. . Shortly before sunrise, there being now no sign of the enemy anywhere in sight, the order to march was given, and returned to camp with the troops. After breakfast he was sent for by Lafayette, who said: "Return to your former camp, captain, and keep a watch upon the enemy, sending me word if you hear of any threatening move on their part. " "Very good, general," and long before noon the boys were in their old camp, and Dick was making ready to go to Philadelphia in a short time and continue his spying upon Ho we. CHAPTER IX.-Dick Again In the City. Along in the afternoon Dick, attired as an ordinary country boy and mounted on a com mon-l ooking horse, made his way toward Philadelphia with the intention of entering the enemy'.:; stronghold and learning all he could regarding the .intentions of General Howe. Dick wen t alone, but other Liberty Boy s went either before or after him, some by the same road and some by different ones, all intending to join him in the city and aid him in his plans. Dick now went on, meeting Bob later. The two boys then made their way to the house of Stella's friends, where 'they greatly s urprised the girls, neither of them having any idea that they were coming to the city . "I thought you had finished with your spying on How e, Dick," said Alice. "Y cu did not say you were coming back when you went away the other day." • "No, but there i s more to be done a 1.'f foolish risks. You don't find Dick doing that. " "Oh, yes, brother Bob is the fellow,"..-laugh]d Bob. "He hired out as a page boy in Howe's quarters; he hung around the Tory's hou se when detection might have meant death; he jumped up on a redcoat's horse and tumbled the fellow off, and he did a lot o f things just as risky." "Well, they are not foolish risks, Bob," said Dick . "Well , they turned out all right, and s o I sup pos e they were not." "I must take some risks, Edith," added Dick, smiling, "but I always depend upon some measure of success with them. Besides , if I never took any risks , I would never accomplish anything." "And the defeat of the party sent ou t by Howe to entrap was largely due to the risks he took," declared Bob. After supper Dick went ou t, located the variou s boys of his party, advised them to stay in during the evening, and then set out to see if. he could learn anything before r eturning to the house. There was a theater on one of the main streets, and Dick, noticing a number o f British officer s going to see the play, bought a ticket for the pit and entered carelessly with the rest. The play was one made famous by Garrick, but was indifferently acted and had little interest for Dick, who stood at the sid e of the pit jus t under the boxes where the ladies sat and next to a group of officer s , who were di tcussing affairs in the city.


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS SPYING ON HOWE "Sir Henry Clinton will be shortly to take Howe's place as commander-in-chief," said one. "I su.p p c se there will be done ill then. Are you a knight of the burnmg mountain or of the blended ro s e?" "I am a n esquire. T h e affair will be very magnifice nt, but I think you are in error about How e' s doing nothing till i hen." This was of great interes t to Dick, and he stood clo ser s o as not to lose any of the conversation. If Gene ral Howe had any other scheme s on hand, he wishe d to know of them so as to do what he could to fru strate them. ' "Wha t will there be doing b e si de s rehearsing for the p a g eant?" asked one of the g roup-, quite near to Dick. " I wish thes e player-folk would not talk s o loud. " " W hy, I w ill tell you,'' r e plied the other. "There i s going to b e a party sent out to--" There was a burs t of l aughter from pit, boxes and g a llery over something done on the stage, and Dick lo s t what the officer s a i d . At the same moment h e saw, sitting in the pit, not far a way, H awkins, t h e Britis h spy, and, n ext to h i m, Haysloop , the Tory. Then there joined the party nea r h i m ' the very li eutenan t w ho had c om mande d the party in the inn where h e had been a prisoner for a short t i me. The li ghts in the theaters of thos e t i me s were not regul ated s o n icely a s they are to-day, a n d there was a s much li g h t w hei-e Dick stood as upon t he s t age, and: he cou ld b e s een as plainly a s the actors . He coul d stand b e hind the officer s and s o k ee p out of si g h t o f t h e spy and h;s c ompanion , but the lieuten ant w ould join the others, a n d i f he c aught sight cif Di ck , the chance s were gre atly in f avor of h i s recogniz ing the yo un g pat riot in a mo ment. "Ah, lieutenant, ho w are y ou ? " a sked the officer who had sok e n o f t h e ' e x pe d i tion. "Rat h er an unfo1-tunate affa i r for yo u out in the hill s t h e other day . e h? . How did the r e be l s happen to g e t w i nd of your bei n g a b out?" " I d on't k n o w . unless t h a t fellow Hawkins s o ld u s ou t t o t h e rebels . Ther e he is now, w ith that Tory rascal. I don't like T ori e s . They w e r e the cau se o f t h e war. By the way, I a m to be t h e esq u i r e of o n e of the Knights of the Burning Mounta i n , Lord S tone b ro o k, d o y ou know him? Fine fellow ; drinks l i k e a fish; spen ds like a prince ; popular with the l e . di e s ; well liked at the club s ; he ' s a major or a l ie u tenant c o lonel or s omething of the s ort. Reall y , I'v e fo rgotten h i s t it le, but h e ' s a v ery clever ch a p." "But n o soldi:e r, " though t D ic k. One of the group happened to move asi

THE LIBERTY BOYS SPYING ON HOWE 17 "Yes, I met Hawkins and he recognized me. He knows this house now and he will be watch ing it. The people here may be able to secrete u s and give us disguises, but they wil be put to some annoyance, and I think that perhaps we had better leave at once." "Yes, it is not too late to go to the place where we stayed before, and we will be safe there, as we are not suspecte d." " I think it will be better, Bob. Come along. Our horses are cared for, so we need not bother about them." The girls were sorry to have the boys go, but they thought, as Dick did, that it was wiser, and the boys therefore took their leave in good time to get into the other place where they were the morning and went around to the other house to see if anything was going on . As he thought he might, he found Hawkins and a file of soldiers just arrived at the house and demanding the rebels. The soldiers did not seem to like the business, the same sergeant being in command who was there before, and expressing his re gard of the spy in no gentle terms. The lady of the house said that there was no one in the place but her .family and some lady visitors, that there were no rebels there and that if she were annoyed again she w ould protest to General Howe about it. Hawkins seemed greatly cha especially as the redcoats and the people m the street jeered him and he went away with a very poor grace. "I beg your pardon, ma'am," said the sergeant, "but we were ordered out and w e could only obey orders. This is the second time the fellow has got us out for nothing, but I promise you that it will be the last." . Dick waited till all had gone and then went around to the back way, so as not to be sus pected, following a tradesman's boys and appear ing. to be on e himself. The girls were glad to see him and asked for Bob, Dick saying: "Oh,' Bob is busy. I shall have to be s o my self s oon, for I want to find out what the red coats are going t o do. You will not be troubled again, but I think we had better stay where we are and come around now and then. If you miss us, don't be worried. We w ill have prob ably left the city in a hurry to go after the redc oats." Bob himself at this moment and said that Ben and s ome of the boys had reported that there was some excitement in the city, but that there did not appeared to be any signs of any troops going out. Then Will came up and said that Sir Henry Clinton was expected very soon and that the excitement was on that account. "Then it is hardly likely that Howe will senq any one out," observed Dick, "although he mig-ht . We had better keep a watch. I understand that the men were going and perhaps the orders h a ve not yet be en countermanded. We will wait and see . " Dick then went the house on High street where Howe had his quarters, the others going elsewhere, with instructions to find ou t what was going on and to meet Dick in the park in an hou r. Reaching the general's quarter's Dick found many persons going in and out and s ome excitement, but did not see Howe himself. He also s a w Hawkins and t he Tory, but took pains not to let them see him, as he was not sure that they would not know } "Haysloop is taking a holiday," he laughed, "while his wife does the worl<:, as usual. There will be pretty times when he.gets back." He waited about the place for some time and fi:nally left, having heard nothing about any in tended attack upon the patriots. had gone away and Dick had no further fear of him , but walked on carelessly, observing aH that was going on around him with considerable interes t . He was cutting through a narrow alley in orde r to shorten the distance, the appointed time being nearly at hand, when the lieutenant and three or four redcoats suddenly came out of a little tavern tucked away in a corner, as it were. A meeting was unavoidable, and at once a look o f intelligence came into the officer's face, and he sprang forward. . "This is Dick Slater, the rebel!" he hi ssed . "Quick, seize him and do not let him esc ape. In with him before any possible friends see him. " Dick was surrounded in a moment and hurried into the little tavern, no one having witnessed his capture. "And I should have met the boys in a few minutes," thought Dick, "and no one knows where I am." He was taken into the private bar and allo wed to sit down, his pistols being taken from him and his pockets searched for papers. These h e never carried, however, or only upon rMe occa sions, and none were found upon him . "It does not matter," said the officer. "I kno w him to be the rebel fast enough, and I promi s e you that he will not get away as he did last night. Why have you returned to the city , Slater?" "To take part in the farewell fete," replie d Dick. " I am one of the .. knights of the stars and stripes. Our emblem is an eagle." "Hal you will hardly be .aliv e t o see the fes tivities, even if you take no part in them," short ly. "You will not deny that y ou are a spy, ! suppose?" "I have never denied it; in fact, I am rather proud of it. How about the raid that was k be made to-day? Has it been put off on account of the arrival of Sir Henry?" The lieutenant flushed and said: "You heard that at the theater last night ." "Yes, although the actors did talk so loud ," with a smile . "The comedy seemed to amuse th<-' people, although you did not care for it. I did not hear where the attack was to be made . " "\Vell, you are a cool ' fellow, I must say, " laughed the other. "Well, it is to be m a d e somewhat nearer than where it was made before, bu t you will not be there." "Where our attack was m a de, you mean?" d ry ly. "When do you expect to se t out?" "Well, I declare , you are a saucy fellow." flr. sh ing. "However, if you w ant to kn"w I will tel' you, although by that time you will h ve turned ever to the gi ards to h e hariged a$ " spy. Still, if you would like to know, I will tell you . We start at hig-h noon." ., "Thank you," said Dick, hearing a s tep in the outer tap-room which he recognized a s Bob's. Then he coughed and said in a distinct. al though not loud tone:


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS SPYING ON HOWE "So you start at high noon to rout the 'rebels' do you? I shall try to be there." The redcoats laughed, the lieutenant saying in a tone of great amazement: "Well, of all the saucy fellow s , you bear off the palm for impudence! Call the landlord, Griffiths, and tell him to find a safe place in which to lodge this fellow until we are ready to .take him to the guard house." One of the redcoats left the place, the door being ajar for a few moment s , quit long enough for Bob Estabrook to see Dick and to give him a look of encouragement. Then the door was shut and Bob shortly left the tavern without having been suspected. "Dick is in danger," he muttered, "but not in s o much as if we did not Jmow where he was. He must be saved at all cost s." CHAPTER XI.-A Bold Rescue. The tavern did not cover much ground room, being stuck away in a corner as it was, and there were the bar, the tap-room, the kitchen, the supper-room, a private bar, the office and the scullery, all on the first floor, be sides the hall and entrance and the stairways, so that there was no place except upstairs for Dick to be put, unless he was taken to the cellar and that was as much crowded as the first floor. He was taken to the floor above and left in a back room overlooking a dingy little court to which there was an entrance from the tavern and by a hole in the wall through another building into a narrow street beyond : The court was irregular in shape, having five sides, no one of which was longer than twelve feet, one being only five and another se ven, and, sm 'all as it was, there were casks and boxes cluttering it up s o that the open space was not very large, the walls about it shutting out the sun for the most part except at midday. Dick looked down into it and from his point of view there was apparently no way out except into the tavern. "There will be little use of getting out of the window, even if I can do so," he thought, "for I shaU have to go through the tavern and wil, only be retaken. Perhaps I can get out by this door and so down to tlie hall below and out at the front door." Knowing that Bob had see n him, he had some hope of a rescue, for he knew that the young lieutenant would do all in his power to liberate him and get all the boys to help him. "Bob must have come into the place by the merest accident," he .said to himself, "but it was a fortunate one for me, for I beHeve he is at work even now and that he will make every effort to get me free." Bob in the meantime had hurri ed away to find some of the boys and tell them of Dick's plight so that they could help him. He knew that the most of them would be at the park by the court house in a short time, and he hurried thither, coming across Joel on the way. "There is a queer little tavern down that little street yonder,'' he said, pointing it out. It is called the Red Bull , but it i sn't any bigger than a calf. Go there and wait for me. Dick a prisoner in the place and I am going for m ore of the boy s." Joel said nothing but hurried away, and Bob went on, overtaking Walter in a short time and sending him to join Joel. In the park he found all but Ben, Sam and Will, and told .them of the misfer1 ul'le of Dick. "S e can iver let him stay there, liftinant, dear, ,Jared Patsy, warmly. "Show me the place an' Oi'll go there an' demand the rel'ase of the captain at wanst." "No, you can't do that, Patsy," laughed Bob, "but we will go there, just the same. We mu'st look about and see what is to be done. There are never very many in the place, I fancy, for it is in an out of the way sort of place and won't hold very many even after you find it." The boys then set off by twos and threes for the tavern, leaving one to wait for B en and the rest and take them to the place. Bob determined to have the boys enter the little tavern two or three at a time, and to keep their eyes open and try to locate Dick first, after which, if there were not too many strangers there to take pos sessi on and liberate the young captain. The boys went in without attracting attention, spread about, some in the tap-room and som e in the s upper-room, and looked about them. There were some men in the place and Bob saw the redcoats in the private bar where h e had seen Dick. All the boys were in the place at length and, with the me:n already there, it was pretty well filled . The landlord was not at all suspici<>us, although • the greater part of his customers were strangers, but congratulated himself on his increased trade, and bustled abc>ut to serve them and to induce them to order profusely. When Ben and Sam came in with the boy who had been left to wait for them, they went into the supper-room, the tap-room being crowded, Ben beginning a quiet investigation the place to find out where Dick was. In the hall he met a buxom-maid, who said to him: "Were you looking for any one, sir? What would you like? A private room or the taproom? You are a stranger here, I fancy, or you would know your way about." "You are a tidy-looking lass," said Ben, giv ing her a kiss. "Am I the only stranger in the hou se? This is for you if you tell me all I want to kno w," and he held out a gold pi_ ece. "Truly, the bar and the tap-room is full of strangers, young gentlemen like yourself," the girl said, blushing. "Where they all came from or how they managed to find this queer little place, stuck away in a corner, I don't know." "Isn't there another stranger that I have not seen?" asked Ben, giving the girl a hug and tapping her under the chin. "You have not earn ed this yet," and he held up the gold piece. "Can you mean the rebel they took to the room above and locked up?" the girl asked. "That's just the one I do mean," said Ben. "On the floor above? In front or in the rear?" "But he is a rebel and-" "And you don't want this," said Ben, showing the gold. "Come, where i s he? You won't earn as much a s this by a month of senrice. No one will tell on you, so where is he?" "Dick Slater, they called him, and he is a


THE LIBERTY BOYS SPYING ON HOWE 19 rebel, a terrible creature, they say, though I thought he was rather good looking myself." "Yes, so he is. Where have they put lum?" "Now, then, Charity, where are you?" cried a shrewish voice. "Here we are with a houseful of folk and you loitering in the passages." "In the rear, overlooking the cow:t, through that door," whispered the girl. "Yes, missus, comin g. I was showing the young gentleman to the supper-room. He had lost his way, and I don't wonder, with so many turns and twists and dark places and stairways and--" "Chatterbox! Go along about your business and don't stand there talking like a magpie!" cried the woman, and Ben slipped the gold piece into the girl's hand, gave her a sly kiss an4 stole away. He found the door the girl had spoken of and went out into the queer little court, whence he looked up at the windows and presently esp ied Dick standing at one of them. The door had proven too strong for Dick to get through, and he had waited• for s ome sign from Bob or the others, knowing that they w ould surely do something. Ben waved his hand, then went indoors, returning to the supper-room, where he found Bob. "I have found him, Bob," he said. "On the floor above, in the rear. If I can get the key from the maid I saw--" "There are not too many of the redcoats and citizens for us to manage,'' said Bob. "The landlord. has the key, no doubt. He is in the bar, the redcoats in the private bar off it. When I say 'ready,' some of you cover the citizens , some follow me into the private bar, and the rest go after the landlord. Come." They went into the tap-rom, which was well crowded now, there being not enough seats for them. Looking out from his bar the landlord said: "We are fairly well crowded, young gentlemen, but if you will go to the private parlor I will accommodate you without extra charge." The door of the private bar was opened , and the lieutenant, looking out, said, impatiently: "Who are all these boys? This is no place for youths. By Jovel I do believe that they are some of the--" "All right, landlord, as soon as you are ready!" said Bob. In a moment the men drinking in the place found ,themselves covered by six or eight big pistols, Ben and. Sam pushed their way into the bar and Bob and a number of the boys ran into the private room where the redcoats were sitting. "Up with your hands!" cried Bob. "Take their pistols, Will." "I want the key to the room upstairs, landlord,'' said Ben, putting his pistol to the fellow's head, "and, quick, too." "Why, you saucy--" began the lieutenant. "D-d-don't sh-sh-shoot!" stammered the terrified landlord. "It's in my p-p-pocket." Sam thrust his hand into the landlord's pocket and took out the key while the terr ifie d fellow was stiH stammering about it. "Keep quiet!" said Bob. "We have come here to rescue Dick Slater, and we are going to do it. Make a sound and you won't make another." "What's all this about?" demanded one of the men in the tap-room. "If you be you'll get little -from me ." "We are not going to harm you," said Harry. " Keep quiet and all. will be well . " Ben took the key and hurried out into the hall and upstairs with it. Everything had happened in a few minutes, and there was no alarm made, t w o of the boys being at the door to s ee that no one entered. In a short time Ben came downstairs with Dick. Then Bob lccked in the red coats, Sam shut up the landlord and the boys hurried away by one door and a nother, s ome through the court and others into the narrow street and then up or down into others. As soon as the boys were all out except and Garl, the jolly Irish lad said: "Now look out for yerselves, for phwin Oi do be countin' t'ree Oi'm goin' to sh oot an' if anny head is in soight, it'll get hurted. Wan-two_ took out!" . Every head went under the table and every one expected to hear the sound of firing. Instead of shooting, however, Patsy ran out, lot ked the door behind him and ran away. wh e n the men in the place went out there was not a dgn of any of the Liberty Boys. The landlord and the redcoats were liberated, but Dick Slater and his gallant boys were far away by that and no one knew where to look for them. . The boys went by various ways leaving the city without being detained or questioned, and then Dick and Bob, who knew that the city was no longer a safe place, went away without stopping to see the girls. At the outpost they saw a number of troops and more were coming .. "\Ve were away none too soon, Dick." "Well, as long as we got off, it is all right,'' with a smile . The boys rode on at good speed, overtaking the rest of the party and hurrying on with them by the shorter road. The boys went on at good speed and at last reached the camp where Mark and the res t were glad to ste them and eager to learn all tl;iat had taken place while they were a way. "We have had lively times," replied Bob, "but the enemy are coming, and there will be some more:" The boys were greatly excited when they heard tha t the redcoats were coming, and they made ready for them with a will, saddling their hor;ses, looking to their muskets and pi stols and getting everything in trim. "We will go and meet them," said Dick, "and not wait for them. We will give them a good reception to pay them for coming s o far to Us." "We'll give them a hote one, if that is what you mean," laughed Mark. The boys were s oon ready and set out on the road to meet the redcoats, knowing by which road t.b.ey would come . Some of the neighbors were despatched to Lafayette's camp, for Dick thought that the general would be glad to meet the enemy, although his aid might not be needed. Then the boys :i;ode on and at last heard the s ounds of the redcoats approaching at a gallop and shortly afterward saw them coming on in large numbers. "There are more of them than. there are of us,


T • 20 THE . LIBERTY BOYS SPYING ON HOWE boys," said Dick, "but I think we can hold them in check,. and we must do it." . CHAPTER XII.-The Spy Taken Again. Dick went cm till he reached a narrow part of the road where there was a thick wood on one side and a swamp with a creek running through it on the other and halted, spreading his boys out to make as fine an appearance as possible and give the idea that there were many more of them than was the case. The Liberty Boys had an advantageous position but the redcoats did not know this, and when they saw the plucky fellows halting in the road they came on with a rush and a shout. Suddenly, however, they be held the thick wood, through which they could not .).lrge their horses, nor even get through well on foot, on one side and the swamp on the other, and they began to think that perhaps the boys were wiser than they thought. They massed their best boys in the narrowest part of the road and sen t a number through the w oods wiUhout being seen by. the redcoats so as to give th.em the idea that there was a flanking party of infantry coming through the woods. A score or more of the boys were sent through the wood, making their way rapidly_ and. without being noticed, being well used to gettrng through woods, no matter how thick they were. At a convenient place they were to suddenly rush out, make a lot of noi se to confuse the enemy, firing a number of shots which would be a signal to the rest. Dick waited for the sound of firing and at las t he heard it and began to make a move as if to -press forward. All of a sudden the rear guard of the enemy found itself attacked, as they thought, by a company of American infantry and there was considerable excitement. The van now pressed forward to assist the rearguard and Dick attacked them vigorously. The rear, being supported by the main body, pushed o il' and the plucky fellO'Ws under Bob had to fall back, firing a rattling volley, however, which had consider able effect. The boy s plunged into the wood again and, being well used to this s o r t of thing, made their way rapidly back to where they had entered. The enemy did not follow and now the rear guard had to rally to the support of the van which the gallant fellows were attacking with great spirit and determination. Dick fell back, but the enemy could not force him from his original position without considerable loss. The redcoats now tried cutting down the trees and laying them in the swamp, making a causeway of them on which to advance. Dick was willing to let them advance a certain distance as all this meant delay and gave Lafayette more time to reach the s pot, the young captain never doubt ing that he would come. Bob had all the best shots of the Liberty Boys with him and approaching the enemy, the boys posted themselves behind trees and opened fire upon them. This put an effectual stop to t!ee cutting and now the enemy set to work bu1ldrng their causeway, Dick all<>wing thj.s to go on for a time with the same reason as before. At length, l10wever, he hea !d a clatter of hoofs and a mes-senger arrived with the news that Lafayette's advance guard was not far behind. The brave boys now opened fire on -the enemy again and again and charged, being flanked by Bob and his sharpshooters and then supported by the newcomers. Back fell the redcoats and at last retreated in hot haste, the gallant lads and their allies . purs uing them in full force. The chase was kept up for some time, and at last the enemy were allowed to make their way without molestation. The boys returned to their camp, but were not again troubled by the enemy. One afternoon, Dick on Major, Mark on his big gray, Ben on a roan, Harry on a fine sorrel and two or three other boys, all well mounted, were riding along at an easy gait when they saw two men coming along on hors eback. Dick recognized one of these as Haysloop in an instant and guesse d the other was Hawkins, although he was well dis guised. Hawkins knew that he was discovered and wheeled his horse rapidly, riding away at a gallop and speedily da shing downo a narrow lane where he hQped to throw the boys off the scent. "Never mind the other fellow, catch Hawkins!" . cried Dick, and after the spy went all the boys. At a sudden turn in the road Hawkins leaped from his horse and took to the woods, thinking that Dick and the boys would follow the horse w)lile he made hi s way off. Dick did not see him leap from the horse, but he did see where he had landed in the bushes, and ihe halted at once, di smounted most of the party and set off in pursuit of the fugitive. Dick presently caught sight of the man running across an open space, and the chase went on with renewed vigor. "You might as well surrender, Hawkins," said Dick, "for we are bound to get you." "You won't get me alive then!" snarled the man, drawing a pistol from his belt. He aimed it at his head and pulled the trigger, but the weapon had touched the water and the powder was damp and would not ignite. The boys presse d forward quickly, and the man was seized as he was about -to put s econd pistol to his head. Mark threw up his hands and tJhe pistol was discharged in the air, doing no damage. He was taken tQ the camp of the Liberty Boys and then turned over to the general. Some very important papers were found upon him which related to an intended attack by Sir Henry Clinton, who was now in command of the army. Hawkins was hanged and Lafayette, by getting possession of the papers was able to frustrate the designs of the Britis h. Haysloop escaped, but Dick saw him a few days later and warned him to leave the district upon pain of receiving the same punishment as the spy and he Olbeyed, being never again seen in the neighborhood. Later came the evacuation of the city by Clinton and hi s forced marches toward New York in his endeavor to evade Washington's forces. At length he was forced to fight, and the battle of Monmouth followed, the Liberty Boys taking an active part in this with the greatest c redi t to themselves and to the-cause of freedom. Net week's issue will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANGEROUS GAME; . or, THE PLAN TO STEAL A PRINCE."


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF 2 1 CURRENT W OMAN AT 97 HAS HAIR BOBBED LIKE A FLAPPER' S Mrs. C; B. Snow of We s ton, Vt., motored twen miles B e llows Falls recently, and on entermg a Bridge s t reet b arber s hop ask e d for the mo s t expert "bobb er" in the pla ce and r e quested him to bob her hair in t h e mo s t approve d flapper style. Mrs . Snow con fess ed that s he w a s only 97. She said she had decided to wear her hair bobbed for the res t of her life. PIANO IS USED TO TEST LOC OMOTIVE FOR DEFECTS A piano seems to b e out of plac e in a locomotive wo,ks hop, yet it has been found to play a very u seful part. There i s better way of_ discovering cracks and d efects m the different p arts of the machinery than by striking the metal with a ham mer and then c omparing the noi s e of the vibra-. tions with the piano notes, says the Scientific American. The man operating the piano mus t have a trained ear for m u s ic, seeing that it is his bus iness t o listen for the slightes t discords. If the metal rings harmoniously with the piano note a ll is well; the leas t flaw will r esult in a di s cord. Defects that are hardly to be noticed by the ordinary method of hammering are at on c e evi dent when the piano tes t is employ e d. A locomoNEWS tive tha t r ings true all o ve r eac h note with ft yield s synchr oniz ing p r operly with the same note as given by the piano, i s certainly fit to t a ke its place in servic e on the railway. SWAM 17 5 MILES IN THREE MONTHS At Lo w e s toff, o n the Suffold c o a s t ne a r Yarmouth, Engla nd, e x p e r im ents a r e being c a r r ied out to di s cover how far and in wh a t di rec tion fish travel, times or migration and s peed of g r o wth. Spe cimen fis h are c aught and measured . W e e d y and s ickly fis h a r e thrown out. The be s t s pecimens are set free and a rec ord i s kept of the place s wh ere they are rele a s ed . The fis h are marked with two ebonii e di s c s joine d by a short silver wire. Fla t fish a r e marked near the side ffn and round fis h, like cod, on the back fin or in a flap of loo s e skin at the gill s . Much valuable informa tion is obtained when these "buttoned" fis h a r e recaught. It was found that a 15-in c h plaic e tra v e lled 17 5 mile s-from the ea s t coa s t to the Eng li s h Ch annel-in thre e months. Another liberat e d at Mabletho rpe, Lincolnshire , mad e a journey of 210 mil es to St. Andrew's Bay in ei ght Small plaice taken from the Danis h and Dutch banks were liberated on the Dogger and it was found that they grew more than three times as fast as thos e on the inshore grounds . T a ke Notice MAGAZINE;" No. 119, out Oct. 15th, will be Nov . 1st. There will be no is s u e marked Oct. 1 5th. The magazine w.ill, however, be i ssued on the 1st and 15th of every month the same as us u al. N o. 119 is gojng to have a handsome new col. ored cover of beautiful design . It will be side-stitched, and will contain more and better stories than we have ever published. .Get a copy from your newsdealer of the Oct. 15th edition and see for yourself what splendid v alue we are:_. giving for Ten Cents, HARRY E. WOLFF, P ublisher, Inc., 166 West 23d Street New York City .


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" HARD TO BEAl: -ORA BOY OF THE RIGHT KIND By RALPH MORTON (A SERIAL STORY) CHAPTER X . ...:_(Continued.) "I say, kid," said Jack, winking at Tom, "show them your tricks. I guess you know a few." Now it happened that Tom was really adept at the art of ground and lofty tumbling. In a few moments he was doing some wonderful stunts which even Jack stared at. "Well, that is some, kid," said Jack in delight, when Tom had finished. "We have fooled this liW.e bunch of greenhorns. I guess we kin get a job with that show over there-maybe." • The same thought had struck Tom forcibly. Was there ever a real boy who did not long to be come a circus star? But, now, to the surprise of both Tom and Jack and the edification of the crowd, Boze gave a lit tle yelp and began to throw funny little flip-flaps and make all sorts of grotesque antics, showing that he was trained in dog tricks. The boys had never suspected this before, but it was patent now. They stared at the wonderful little dog, who finished his antics and barked with apparent gratification at the feet of Jack. "Well, I will be hanged," gasped the pug, "I never suspected that. We got some dog when we got him, kit!.. Eh? What do you say? I guess he is trained, all right. Maybe he belongs to that show. Some one lost a fine dog." "Perhaps he does, Jack," said Tom, with sud den conviction; "we had better ascertain. When we get over to Pleasant Valley it will be easy." The boys were followed down the village street by a crowd of eager natives. Several of them asked if they were going to perform in the cir cus the next day and declared that they were all going over to Russett Mills to the the show. "I am afraid you will not see us," said Tom. "We do not belong to that show. However, we may see you over there." The natives would not believe that Tom and Jack and their dog did not belong the the circus, however. The boys passed through the town and were soon far out on the highway walking down the road toward Russett Mills. For they were impelled by a common thought, though neither bet'l'ayed it to the other. They wanted to see the show. The day was warm and the road was .dusty. They met few people, but after they had tramped half the distance to Pleasant Valley they heard and honk iof an automobile horn, and a car came rushing along. Suddenly the engine stopped, however, and the single occupant of the car got out impatiently and began to examine Tom and Jack were interested and Boze suddenly bounded up and ran straight to the man who was at work on the car. The man turned as the dog ran toward him, and instantly g11ve a shout: _ "Hello, Bosco I Good old dogl I thought I had lost you. Well, where on earth have you been?" The dog leaped on the man and began to fawn at his feet. Jack stared with amazement and dis appointment at the scene. "Thunder!" he exclaimed, "we have lost our dog, Tom. That is his owner." This was plainly a fact. CHAPTER XI. Adventur_ es By the Way. It was plain that the dog had found his lost master. The boys were bound to admit that they were bitterly disappointea, though they knew that they had no right to claim the wonderful dog. But now the man turned and stared at them. "Say, what do you mean by stealing this dog?" he asked angrily. "You will be liable to arrest now." Tom at once answered in astonishment: "You are mistaken, sir! We did not steal your dog." "How did he come to be with you, then?" asked the man, coming up. "That is a pretty thin story. He would never have left me of his own accord." "l don't know nor care,'' said Tom, with dignity, "The fact remains that we did not steal him." "How did you come to have possession of him, then?" demanded the man, who was well dressed and wore a big diamond on his shirt front. "I want to know. I have had a big reward offered for him. I suppo s e that you want to claim that now. But you will have to explain how he came to be in your pos s ession." This angered Jack, who said in a low tone: "Tom, that fellow is a chump I He is not go ing to be the least bit fair or decent with us." _ "Leave it to me," said Tom, with flashing eyes. Then to the man: "Sir, I don't know who you are and care less. But I do not want you to accuse us of such a thing. The dog , came to us and if we had known who he belonged to we certainly would not have kept him." "That is too thin," snapped the man. "I shall see the constable as soon .as I get to the Mills and have you arrested. You are a couple of thieves. You thought you would get a reward, no doubt." Tom was so angry that he trembled. "You are mistaken, sir," he said. "We did not know there was a offered for him and we do not want it. I will say, though, that you are not very grateful for his return. It seems to me the dog is to be pitied for having such a master. " "Do you mean to insule me?" snarled the man. "I guess you don't know who I am. This dog is worth thousands of dollars. He belongs to my show and he does wonderful tricks. I am John Sterling, the owner of the Sterling Circus." (To be continued.)


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" 23 ITEMS OF INTEREST RIVERS OF BRINE A thousand feet beneath the town of Midland Mich., notes the Scientific American, run of brine charged with calcium, sodium, magnesium, strontium, bromine and chlorine. Forty pumping wells raise the brine, .and separating processes release from it the basis of photo materials , perfumes, preservatives and cold storage solutions. The magnesium was used for war fl.ares, and now, combined in a secret alloy, furnishes metal one-third the weight of aluminum, sustaining a pr.essure of 24,000 pounds per square inch. In the from of gas engine pistons, after a test equivalent to that of a motor car running 30 mHes an hour continuously for 35,000 miles, scarcely a sign of wear was discernible. SAILOR'S WILL, ENGRAVED ON DISK Strange as the story of any document told in fiction is that of a will which has just been ad mitted to probate• and is now filed in Somerset House, London. It is the "last will and testament" of a sailor, William Skinner, who lost his life when his ship, the Ind2fatiga. ble, was sunk in the battle of Jutland. It is in the form of the ordinary identification disk. On one side, in the u sual deeply pun,ched letters, appears the name, number, rating and religion of the man to whom it had been issued. On the other side the di s k appears at first sight to be just a circular piece of smooth, polished brass. But when viewed at a certain angle, there can be seen about seventy-five minutely engraved words. With a microsc ope they can be plainly read. They con stitute Skinner's will by which he bequeaths everything to his wife. The disk had: been recovered from the sea with Skinner's body and on being cleaned revealed its secret. "PUNCTURE VINE" -TERROR OF MOTORISTS Calif_ornia motorists and bicycli s t s have a new anxiety, according to a report in The India Rub bM World. On many suburban roads, especially in the southern part of the State, air leaks and blowouts caused by the burrs of the puncture vine (Tribulus terrestris) are now quite com mon. Coming pTob ably in ships' ballast from its habitat on the northern border of the Sahara Desert, Africa, the seeds finally found suitable soil and climate in California, being fir s t recognized there in 19. 03 . Now that the weed is causing trouble to tire users the State Horticultural Commi ss ion is considering means to exterminat-ing it. The vine has many prostrate stems filled with multiple-thorned burrs, often one-half inch long, and in falling the needle-pointed spikes always turn upward. The spike of the burr loses its head as it enters a weakened casing and soon works its way to the tube and damages the latter without warning. 500 NEGROES HUNT GOLD . AND A GHOST If. the police reserves of the Atlantic Avenue Station,. B1:ooklyn, N. Y., had not arrived shortly after m1dmght the other day in front of 1587 At lantic avenue, a search by a crowd of 500 awestricken negro men and women for a pot of gold and the ghost of Diederick Reineke, who conducted a roadhouse at that address more than ago, might have continued all night. Mrs. Ahce Allen, a negress, who Jives at Broadway and Varet street, Brooklyn, says the ghost of Reineke appeared to her and told her that he had buried a pot of gold, worth about $22 000 in , his building. He promised to meet Mrs. Ailen 'the following night at the corner of Atlantic and Troy avenues and lead her to the hidden wealth. Mrs. Allen showed up, but the ghost didn't. Unable to keep her secret, Mrs. Allen imparted it . to fi;iends in the neighborhood. The news qmckly spread. Every night Mrs. Allen showed up the crowd of treasure seekers grew. They came with lanterns, flashlights and sticks, the letter to guard against any possible attack by an unfriendly ghost. 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24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" Betrayed By Justic;e By KIT CLYDE The Placerville Bank had just been iobbed. This was the news brought to me as I sat in my office in the Western city where I had located the year before. I had several men in my employ-had, in fact, established quite an extensive detective agency, and more than one desperado had me to thank for the sudden shortening of his career of crime. Placerville was sixty miles away, and I hast ened thither by the :first stage. It was a private bank-Minn & Robbins proprietors-that the W estun town boasted. I was not long in :finding myself in the presence of Mr. Minn, the senior partner, and president of the bank. "My messenger made a mistake when he in formed you that our bank had been robbed," ex plained Mr. Minn. "A strongbox, containing ten thousand dollars in banknotes, and some valuable papers, was shipped to us from the East. The box arrived ,at Denver safely, and it was be tween here a'nd there that it disappeared." "It was taken from the stage?" "Yes. Several masked men halted the stage ten miles from the place secured the . box and dis appeared. That was a week ago yesterday." "Doubtless, the money has been scattered be fore this," I said. "It requires time and force to break up these desperado gangs. I am not sure that it is the office of a detective to do so." "Do you refuse to take the job, Mr. Flint?" "No; on the contrary, I know I shall like the work. I haven't been out of the narrow con fines of the city for some time. I suppose the region hereabouts in infested with outlaws?" "On the contrary, we have been remarkably free from them,'' returned Mr. Minn. "Exactly. Now, who knew about this box of money? A number of people, I presume?" "No. But two persons besides myself could have known that a box of money was on its way here, for everything was done to keep the matter secret. The box containly the money was packed s:qugly in the bottom of a trunk, and from Denver I, myself, was a passenger, and, of course, the trunk wa. s my baggage." . "Exactly. Now who are the persons men tioned?" "Mr. Robbins and my confidential clerk, Orson Sprague." "These men were all, besides yourself, who knew a bout the bo x of money?" "I believe suc h to be the case." "Neither of these would perpetrate the robbery, in your estimation?" A cloud suddenly swept the face of the old banker, and he bit his bearded lip, and looked out of the window. I could see that he was troubled. I waited some minutes for an answer to my ques tion. I was not disappointed in its import when it c a me. "I hav e a suspicion, Mr. Flint. " "vVell ? " "Orson Sqrague has been with me over a yeal', and I have learned to like him very much, but since losing that ten thousand dollars I have noticed a change in Orson. He has grown pale and starts at the least sound. Something is preying on the young man's mind. It may be that he is the robber. If he is, I have no doubt he has repented of the act ere this. If he would only return the money and make free confes s ion, I should feel like granting him pardon." "Have you broached it to him?'; "No." "Why not? Did you fear he would flee, or--" "No, no, not. that," cried the old banker, quickly, "out-" • He hesitated and stared out of the window, and gnawed his lip fiercely. I could see that he was troubled. I was determined to know everything now that I had undertaken the case. "Mr. Minn, if you expect he to proceed with this case you must make a clean breast of everything; othewise, I may as well r urn to Denver at once." "I suppose so," wa. s his answer. "I will tell you all that I know about it, my suspicions and all. I have one child, a daughter of eighteen, who is the idol of my heart. I have had great expectations of her. My highest ambition has been to see Edith the wife of a wealthy ma:, one whom I know and honor. I have such a man in my mind, but will not speak his name here. Or son Sprague has had free access to my house, and, to make a long story short, he loves my daughter, and had the audacity to ask me for her hand-he, a poor bank clerk I I was astounded, . and told him that I had higher notions than that for Edith. He asked me if it was his poverty that stood in the way, and I frankly admitted that it was. He said that this should not be a barrier. This was a month ago. I am of. the opinion that my clerk is richer by ten thousand dollars than he was ten days ago." "You saw the man who , robbed you?" "Not plainly. It was night. There were three of them, all masked and armed. I could not swear to the identity of any of them." The trail was not a plain one, but I promised to look into the matter and do the best I could. The banker gave me free access to his house introduced me to his wife and daughter as a friend of his from Denver. I did not•wonder that the banker's clerk lost his heart, for Edith was an engaging girl, pretty and lovable. I liked Or.son too, but I could not di sguise the fact that he deeply troubled on some account. He was rather gloomy and morose, evidently deeply depressed. Was he the guilty party? . I was not yet ready to believe it. One other was an almost constant visitorMr. Robbins, Minn' s partner in the bank. He was a tall, dark man, with a handsome, be a 1 ded face, and not yet forty. He, of course, knew my mission to Placerville, and lent me all the aid in his power, which, by the way, was but little. I noticed that Mr. Robbins was quite attentive to Edith, and monopolized her whenever possible. As Mr. Robbins was a handsome bachelor, it was not unlikely that he would like to win his partner's child for a wife. Edith did not seem to appreciate the man at his full value, however, and I could readily see that Ol'Son was the favored


THE LIBERTY BOYS oF "76" 25 one with the girl, while Robbin s was the old banker's ideal of a son-in-law. It was more 'than likely that no one had yet come under my eye who was guily of the robbery. I did watch the young clerk pretty closely, how ever, and once d etected him in conversation with a rough-looking man from the tavern over the way. The two walked away out of the town, under the shadow of a rock, and here held a low conversation together. I had dogged their steps and was secreted near, but was unable to hear all their conversation. Some of it reached me, and gave me a clue <1n which to base suspicion and work. "It's an ugly case, pard, but I'll do what I can for ye. I'm to be :i;>aid for it?" ' "Of course. I must not lose now. The old man is suspicious-" The rest of the young clerk's speech was lost to me. Soon after the two men separated, Orson Sprague walking over to the tavern, while I turned and crept after therough mountaineer. The night was deepening in gloom, and I soon lost sight of my man. Then I turned my steps toward the tavern. Before reaching it, a man brushed against me. I looked up to catch sight of a masked countenance in the gloom. One of the mountain robbers! I felt that this was true, and after the man with the mask h a d passed on, I followed,. and to my surprise saw him approach the rather pretentious dwelling of Mr. Minn. At once I hurried to a side entrance and pass ed into the hou s e . Although after nightfall, Mr. M inn had not yet come in. I passed _down a hall to where a light shone through a door that was slightly ajar. Here I heard voices, and peering in, saw mother and d aughte r engage d in earnest conversation. They were di s cu ssing the late rob bery. Edith 'was defending Orson Sprague from the uttered suspicions of her mother. "I'd sooner think Earl Robbins had a hand' in the vile work," uttered E dith, in a loud, earnest voice. Something like an exclamation e scaped them both. Off from the room they occupied was a little alcove and window. As the two women looked about, the form of a man was seen to glide away into the s h a dows. Doth women hurried forward, but the man had disappeared. I quickly left the hall, and pass ed outs ide to intercept the eavesdropper, and r a n into the arms of Ors on Spra gue. But he s ucceed e d in shaking off my hold of him and glided away. Half an hour passed, and then some one hurried up and confronted me-a man in mask! "All is well. Follow me." It was Orson Sprague. I followed until the town was left behind and we s tood high up among the gloomy hills of Colorado. "We may as well understand each other," s a id Orson. "I have brought this along to di sguis e you. For the present, we are two of the masked men who robbed the stage of old Minn's ten thousand dollars." He handed m e a black domino as he spoke. I adjusteci it, s till s uspicious that all was not a s it should be, and said: "We are two-where is the third?" "In Placerville. Never fear, the third man will come, and he is the man we want." I began to see through the fellow's plans, and, but ills atisfied, followed him into the mountains. In the course of an hour wecame to a halt inside a small cavern. My guide ignited. a match, and lit a tin lamp that sat on a rude stone shelf. The cave was small, but dry and not uncomfortable. No one was in sight but Orson Sprague and myself. "You seemed surprised," he said, "but :fbr the present I am one of the mountain outlaws. Ha! here they come now." Even as Sprague spoke, two men came upon the scene, both masked, and roughly clad. One was an outlaw called Mountain Bill. Bill's companion halted and drew back. "Bob's a pard; he shares wi' us," asserted the tough. "You are to have a third of the plunder, jest the same." . The man seemed satisfied, and Bill left him, and went to the end of the cave. A minute later he returned, bearing a small oak box, which .he placed on the ground, op e ned, and drew forth several packages of bill s . "I've couhted 'em. There's thirty-three hundred, pard," and Bill laid a package of banknotes in the hand of the man. who kept him company to the cave. "All very w e ll," r eturned the receiver of illgotten spoils. "I will be s atisfied when we have fixed the other m atter, Bill, and sent Orson Sprague out of the State or to prison. The latter plan would suit me b est." "What makes you s o bitter agains t Orson Sprague?" suddenly c r ied the disguised clerk. "Is it because he stands between you and Edith Minn? I know it is, so you need not trouble yourself about answering. This money aB be long s to Minn, and by this robbery you enrich yourself over three thousand/ and at the same time rid yourself of a rival. I s ee throug h your plot, my man. Once I s aved the life of Mountain• Bill, and he has repaid the debt to-night." On the ins t ant of u t t erin g these words , Ors on Sprague bent forward and tore the mas k from the face' of the stranger. It was Earl Robbin s , Minn's bank partner. R o bbin s started b a ck a n d s n a t ched a pistol from h is belt, and thrus t it int o the face of his clerk. The w e apo n e xplo d ed, but not until I had s t r u ck i t a s msill blo w that sent the bullet agains t the rocky si de of the c a ve, a fo o t a bo v e the head of Ors on Sprague . The n ex t instant I sprang upon the villain, and pinioned .his arms. With the assistance of Sprague and Mountain Bill, we bound Robbin s ' s arms , and took from him all weapons. Mr. Minn was thunderstruck when his partner was led to his pres ence a confesse d robber. Rob bins afterward admitted that he was one of the masked men w ho appropriated the box of m one y . He h a d hoped to con v i c t Orson Sprague o f the crime, and thus remove a rival from his path. In Mountain Bill h e had picked upon the wrong man, and it was through him that he was brought to justice .


:!.6 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 NEW .YORK, OCTOBER 6, 1922 TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS t-ingle Coples .••••••.•...•••••• Poatase 1'""ree Copy Three Months .. :... •• •• One Copy Six Month8 •.•.•••• une Uoi>y One Year ..... .... . Canada, $4.00; Foreign, $4.50. 7 Centa 90 Centa fl.75 8.50 HOW .ro S1':ND 1110N1':l'.-At our risk send P. 0. Order, Check or Registered Letter; iemittances iu any other way are at your risk. 'Ve accept Postage bta1.,1rn•lhe same as cash. When sending silver wrap the in a separate piece of paper to avoid cutting the envelope. Write your narue and address plainly. Ad u ress letters to H.uny E. Wolft', Pres. ...... I " . \\'ilzin, Treas. \ ;ourles E. Nylander, Sec. { HARRY E. WOLFF, Publisher, Inc., 166 W. ' 23d St., N. Y. 1NTERE STING ARTICLES NETS TO FOOL FISH Because fishes are "wise" enough to clear 0f white nets, says the l'opular 0cience Monthly, Hshermen of Dalmatia color their nets with brown .. nd bright green dyes, extracted from the bark ot plants. lnto these nets the fishes swim un po.ssibly because the green and orown nets 1esemble seaweed . . GRANITE QUARRIED BY PRIMITIVE . METHODS At Nanking, in Kiangsi Province, China, a very beautiful granite is still quarried in large quan tities by the ancient methods. As this particular kind of rock i s found only in patches among the hill s , batches of workmen are seen here and there quarrying out immense slabs and blocks <::Li, 30 and 40 feet in length. This work goes on witho.ut the aid of any steam appliances . Huge blocks of granite are brought down the face of the hill and deposited at the edge of the lake; this i s done simply by the scientific distribution ef labor-twenty or thirty workmen slowly carry huge slabs round dangerous corners and down very steep grades. COUGHS UP BULLET Sei z ed with a coughing spell while he was in at Coney Island the other day, Benedict f'riedman, 66 years old, of 82 Market street, New ark, N. J., got rid of a bullet which he had fired i nto his head more. than a month ago in an effort to end his life. On June 19 Friedman, who keeps a candy store, shot himself four times in the head. Three of the bullets were extracted by City Hospital phy sicians and the fourth could not be loc a ted. Friedman's explanation of his attempt at sui s ide is that he became temporarily insane as a . result of continually bumping his head on the rafters of his cellar as he bailed out water from an icebox drain. STREETS OF GOLD Dwellers in the Australian cities seldom are surprised when gold is discovered in the streets of prominent country towns. At Gympie, Queenland, the local council for years permitted a large boulder to remain in the principal thoroughfare. It was a relic of the early pioneering days. Timber getters and teamsters used it as a resting place. Children scrambled and played around it. One day a tipsy blacksmith dealt it a blow with a sledge hammer. As a result the boulder split in places, revealing rich veins of gold in the seams and crannies. Many j\ustralian mining towns were built in a hurry. Expensive structures were e.rected on centrally situated sites, while the attention of miners and others was concentrated on the fortunes of outlying reefs and claims. The haphazard treatment of mine tailings was shown in the case of the immigrant who made bricks for his house from the red clay thrown from a nearby working. About a year after he had built his house the imigrant discovered that the bricks were being surreptitiously taken from his outside walls. Hiding on e night in his garden, he caught a Chinese in the act of pulling bricks from the growing gap in the wall. The Celestial confessed that each brick taken from the house had yielded several pennyweights of gold. LAUGHS "Women as a . rule are more temperate than men. " "Yes, but they are also more fond of their glass." . Blobbs-:-W_ell, poor old Byones has joined the silent maJonty. Slobbs-Gracious! When did he die? Blobbs-he isn't dead. He's married. Johnny-Mamma, will you wash my face? Mamma-Why, Johnny, can't you do that? Johnny-Yes, but I'll have to wet my hands and they don't need it. ' ' "I have decided," said young Sapleigh seri ously, "to begin shaving." "In that case'" she a . dvised, "you should follow that old rule." "And what is?" "First catch your hare!" Mrs . Bingo-I think, if you are looking for a good servant, the one I have at present would like the place. Mrs. Von Blumer-Won' t she . stay with you? Mrs. Binjo-:.-No; she complains that she has too much silver to clean. "How many servants have you at your subur ban/ home?" "Three. " "You surprise me. I should think that one would be enough. How can you find employment for three servants?" "We always have one coming, one going and one there." Mother-Now, Willie, you know I told yo\l not to go in swimming, and yet you have been in the water. Willie-I know it, ma, but Satan tempted me. Mother-And why did you not tell Satan to get behind you 1 . Willie-I did, and he kicked me in.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" 27 GOOD READING A LAKE COUNTRY King County, Wash., claims the distinction of possessing within its four boundaries more lakes than any other similar political division in the United States. It bases its claim on 133 separate and distinct lakes. Besides the numerous mirrorlike bodies of water, the county boasts just four times the number of rivers, creeks and streams. It also known as an angler's paradise because 108 of the lakes are stocked with fish and the various members of the finny tribe may be taken from all the streams. Eighty-one lakes are larger than one mile in diameter, the rest mere dots on the country's landscape. .The largest is Lake Washingtou, twenty-eight miles long. The largest river in the country is the Duwam-ish. ' EXTRACTING MILK FROM OIL SEEDS • It has been found possible to extract a nutritious milk product from certain oil seeds, which contain the greatest possible portion of the nitro genous substances that are originally present in the seed itself. This product is secured by adding quartz and emery to the oil seeds and extracting the milk by passing the mixture through a centrifugal machine. From 100 grams of seeds there is obtained one litre of the milk, which is abou t two-fifths as cheap .as common cow's milk. Certain ferments, the nature of which is not dis closed, when added to the milk give it a taste which resembles that of the cow's milk very closely. This artificial product is easily digested and possesses likewise t.he coagulating prol?erties cow's milk. Hence it can be converted mto vari ous sorts of curdler and fermante milk products. LIVED OVER 100 YEARS John B. Murrey of Franklin, Tenn., a farmer, was told at the age of ninetee n years he would die within two years of tuberculosis. But he has celebrated his one-hundredth . birthday. His erand-children and great-grandchildren, together with a great part of the population of Williamson County, joine d in honoring the centenarian at a mon ster birthday picnic. Murrey declares he has never gambled, danced or attended a theatre. He never drinks intoxicating liquors except for medicinal purposes, and says that altogether he has never drunk mo1e than half a galion. He s moked cigars for a while to cure neuralgia, he says, but they made him s o nervous he had to quit. Murrey was a kinsman of President Jam es Buchanan, and was acquainted with Jam es K. Polk, Andrew Jackson, Grover Cleveland and Andrew Johnson. SILVER FOX FARMING PAYS IN THE CORN BELT Silver fox farming promises to attain propor tions in the upper Mississippi valley equalling of the livestock industry, judging by the ever-increasing number of farmers who are acquiring the animals. Within the last year at le{lst a dozen Wiscon sin, Iowa and Minnesota fa1'mers liave &cquired breeding stock and are devoting niuch time to fostering the industry. Until recent years there were no fox farms in the United States. Canada, especially Prince Edward Islands, had a. monopoly on the industry, largely through the w .idespread belief that the fox would thrive only in extremely cold climates. This fallacy has been exploded by farmers fo the corn belt, where a temperature of 15 degrees below zero is rare, says a dispatch to the Kansas City Star. The fact that the industry is in its infancy in this country is demonstrated by N. A. Knippen of Independe nc e, near Dubuque, who is considered a pioneer fox farmer, although he acquired his first pair in 1917. In five years he has enlarged his holdings to a point where they supersede all other farming activities. He has received from $300 to $500 for pelts and his registered breeding stock range in value from $ 1,200 to $2,000 a pair. For farming, while interesting, is ap11t'to prove burdensome to the inexperienced breeder. Farmers who have raise d families consisting of a dozen children, can duplicate their troubles by acquiring a like number of silver fox cub s . Most of the raiser's troubles come when the young are a few weeks old, however, and they require onl:i; minimum attention when they mature. !JIG SKELETONS FOUND In a valley of the far northern part of British Columbia border, which it i s believed was never ".isit e d by a white man, Frank Perry, minmg engmeer of Vancouver, has discovered the re mai:ris of mastodons that once roamed Northern Canada. The location of the valley is not marked on maps, but it is north and west of the headwaters of the Findlay River. Indians will not travel throug h the valley, believing it to be haunted by the ,giant animals whose bones they have seen. . In addition to the bones there are footprints m the sandstone a nd s h ale of some other prehistoric monster. These are clearly defined marks showing the maker of the tracks was a three-toed animal. The bones are of great size, are not fossilized and are in a of excellent _Preservation . Hip bones and sect10ns of the were found by Perry, who believes by excavation spe cim ens of much historic value can be unearthed. Perry, a recent visitor here, spen t fourteen in the far northern tei:ritorr in the quest of mmerals, two pack dog s bemg his companions. Neither canoes nor pack horses can be used to gain acce ss to the di strict where these remains were found, and so far the only manner of traveling has been to live on the game, using dogs t o pack the camp equipment on their backs . It re quires a year to make the journey in this way, but an airplane could cover the distance in a few days.


28 'rHE LI.BERTY BOYS OF "76" BRIEF BUT POINTED BIG RA',l'TLER KILLED Charles E. Carte, ji farmer who lives two miles west of W estpoint, Ind., killed a Tattlesnake four feet lon g and with twelve rattles; on the doorstep of hi s home here recently. The snake lay coil e d directly in front of tlJ,e door, and Carte killed it, with a club. It was the larges t i attle snake killed in this in the last twenty years . SEEING SNAKE MADE HER ILL Mrs. William Chappell of Berwick, Pa., is ill at her home as a result of a n .unusual experience the other evening. She was seated at dinner with her husband, and heard a tapping on the window abngs ide the Looking up they were surprised to see the head of a big blacksnake, which Chappell killed with a shotgun. The reptile me:;is ured 6 feet 9 %, inches in length. The s hock of s eeing the reptile only a few fee't from where she was sitting caused Mrs. Chappell's illness, physicians say. YOSEMITE FALLS ARE HIGHEST IN THE WORLD Dr. F. E . Matthis of the United States Geologi cal Sutyey, whose long studies in the Yosemite recrion of California l e d him to collect statistics waterfalls the world over, writes to Science that there is no question the Yo semite Falls are the highest known. "The Kaieteur Falls , ih Britis h Guiana, whic h are reported to be 804 feet high, are pfobably the hi"'hest of their peculiar class-the class of broad, voluminou s cataracts to which the Niagara Falls, the Victoria Falls and several others belong. The Wooloomumbi, on a branch of the Macleay River, Australia i s about 900 feet high, but its volume is so much smaller that it scarcely b e longs to this class,'' he writes. "The highest waterfalls in the world are of the slender "bridal vail" type, Among them the Y?s emite Falls appear to stand foremost. The ent1re chain of falls and cascades which the waters of Yosemite Creek make in their descent from the upland to the floor of the Yosemite Valley is 2,565 feet high. The individual measurements are: Upper fall, 1,430 feet; intermediate cascade, 218 feet; lower fall, 320 feet. "It is to be noted that, even if the cascade s be ruled out, the Upper Yosemite Fall, takei:i _by itself, still rerpains far in the le!ld as the highe?t single unbroken leap of water rn the wo r ld. This leap 1,360 feet in height. . "There is, s o far as I can ascertam, only one waterfall that exceeds the Upper Yo semite in height-the Sutherland Fall in New Zealand. It measures 1,904 feet in height, but it is broken about midway by projecting ledges, and makes no clear leap of more than 900 feet. T_he falls of Gavarnie in the Pyrenees, are, accordmg to some 1,385 feet high, but they consist of braided streamlets that slide down the seams of an irregularly sculptured ieliff and do not fall clear through any notable ht •\iht." HUGE LIFT BRIDGE USED TO CATCH A SHARK Catching an eight-foot shark is in itself some thing of a novelty, but when the aquatic monster is caught with the aid of a gigantic steel lift bridge weighing several hundred tons more or le s s, the feat is eveR more unus ual. Such was the catch made at the drawbridge on the Galves ton Causeway by Dewey Isenhour and Carl Gen ter, workmen engaged in painting the bridge. T he shark measured eight feet three inches from tip to tip and weighed 265 pounds. It was caught on a regulation shark hook with a half inch line, but being so large it was feared that the line would break, so a large rope with a slipnoose was slipped over its head when it appeared above the water. The tackle was drawn taut and tied to the liftbridge, which when raised lifted the monster clear of the water and its convulsive flappings virtually caused it to hang itself, says the Galveston News. The two workmen had noticed sharks swim ming about the drawbridge for several days and decided to put out a line for one. The hook wws b .aited with a large stingray and had not been out more than a few minutes when the large shark struck. The shark put up . a hard fight, but after being exhausted to some extent was pulled in un til its head was above the water. Then the slip noo se o f heavy rope, attached to a block and tackle, was put over its head. With this tackle attached to the drawbridge the bridge was lifted and Mr. Shark spent his last moments convul sively flapping thin air. The shark was cut into pieces and sold to fish ermen on the causeway for crab bait. It was at fir s t intended to have him stuffed, but this was later vetoed. The two men recently caught a huge stingray measuring four feet six inches across. 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