The Liberty Boys' hot hunt, or, Running down a traitor

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A Weekly /t\agazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. HARRY E. WOLFF, rUBLISHER, INC., 166 WEST 23D STREET; NEW YORK No. 1146 NEW YORK, DECEMJJER 15. 1922 I' All Dick ran up, the traitor lea.peel out, Ben close behind, Sam, Phil and Paul coming .on. The fugitive leaped into the hay and aped across the road toward the fence and the river beyond. "After him!" cried Dick. 1 ' 1


The Libe rty Boys of I a•ed Weekly-Subscription price, fll .50 per year; Canada, '4.00; Foreign, $ 4.llO. Harry E. Woltr, Publisher, I n c., 166 West 2 3 d Street, N e w York, N . Y. E ntered as S econd-Clasa Matte r January 31, 1913, at the Post-011l.ce at New Y ork, N. Y., under t h e Act ot March 3 , 1879 . No. 1146 , NEW Y ORK, DECEMBER 15, 1922 Price 7 . centa THE LI B ERT Y BOYS' HOT HUNJ' OR, RUNNING DOWN A TRAITOR By HARRY MOORE CHA PTER I.-An Unexpecte'Cl Encounter. "Wha t do y ou think of t h e m , Dick? Do you think they a r e e nemies ? " " I can't t ell, B o b , as I do Jlot see their uni forms." "But the y must see ours, and if they w e r e not e nemies the y w ould come ou t and s how them selves." "They might. If the y a r e patriots, the y w ould h ave nothing to fear and s o m ight not t hink to -com e .out. " "Yes, and if the y are enemies they w ould w a n t to lure us on t ill t hey eo uld jump out and catch us. " "Vf'!ry t r ue, Bob, a lthough they w ould have some troubl e in d oing it, m ounted as w e are. " Two boys in Continental uniform and w ell mounted were riding along the road between Woodbridge and Amboy, in the Jer s e ys, one ple a sant day in March, when they saw what look e d like a number.of men just .over a h ill, w hich the y were nearing, be ing able to see onl y the i r muskets, however, and not the color o f thefr uniforms, s o that they could not tell if the men were A meri e ans o r British. The two boys were Dic k Slater and Bob Estabrook, captain and first lie utenant, respectively, of the Liberty B oys, a band o f one hundred sterling young patriots fighti n g for American indepe n dence, and at that time statiorred in the Jerseys, keeping a watch upon the British and esp e c i ally upon General Howe . Dick Slater rode a m agnificent coa l' black A r abial}.. which he had captured from the enemy a year before and which he ealled Majo:r, Bob being mounted on a fine bay, both boys making a good appearance as they rode along. . Going a short distance. farther, they could see over the top o f the hill and caught the gleam of scarlet uni fol'ms, knowing at once that the men 'belonged to the enemy. The men, a dozen or more of them, caught sight of the boys at the same moment, and, seeing that there were only two of them, set o u t in pursuit o f them, with wild shouts. "Stand firm, Bob," said Dick, quietly, as the redcoats came over the top .of the hill. "We will fool these fellows. " A short distance behind the two boys there was a turn of the road, with tall trees and bushes hiding what was beyond, and now Dick turned in his saddle and shouted, in a clear voice: "Come on, boys , here are some redcoats, a n d w e will catch the lot of them. Forward!" Now it happened, although Dick did not kno w it, that there were half a dozen Liberty Boys out getting supplies for t h e camp on that very road and hearing the c a ll of the young captain, these bo y s now dashed forward. The redcoats, seeing the half-dozen Li:berty B oys coming on at a gallop had no reas o n to dou b t that there might be m o r e of them, and they began to fall back in hast e . As a m atter of f a ct, ther e were mo r e of the boys unknown ei ther to D ick and Bob, or to Patsy and his p arty, t h e young s econd lieutenant of the troop come into the road from anotner, a little behmd P a tsy and h i s b o ys . "Hallo; there i s som et h i n g g<>Jng' on, bo ys!" exclaime d Mark M orrison, the second lieutenant, seeing Patsy and his b oy s g o d a shin g ahead. "It l ooks like it,'' d ec lared Ben Spurlock, one of the jolliest of the boys, mo unted on a sleek roa n. "Patsy Brannigan is a l w a ys g ettin g into trou ble, anyho w," laughe d Sam Sande r s on , w ho rode a chestnut, "so I thin k w e h a d b ette r go on and s ee what it i s. " "Here we are, ready fo r any fun or e xcite ment," added Harry Judso n , w h o was with Georg e Brewster and Will Freeman. Mark and his six boys w ere already on the run, dashing after Patsy a n d his bo y s, and D ick and Bob quickly saw them as they set out after the redcoats. "Jove! we'll have half the Liberty Boys joining us before we know it, D i ck," he laughed. "Good things never come singly, Bo b," returned Dick. "It s eem s a s if all I had to d o was to wish for the boys to come and they would jump up in all directions. " "So it seems, Dick," with a laugh. There were more than the number of redcoats now, and the enemy did not know how many more there might be coming boys seeming to spring up on all sides, and they dashed away at full speed, the boys pursuing them at a gallop and shouting and making noise enough for three times their number. "We must try and catch those fellows, Bob , " said Dick, "or the lieutenant, at any rate. T h e y may give us some information concerning Ho w e and the rest. The more we can find out, the better."' "Right you are, Dick," said Bob, urging his hors e :forward, alth ou g h Dick's black could outride anything in the troop. The rest o f the boys were in a bunch, n o t far b ehind, and now, seeing the redcoats and kn9w -


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' HOT HUNT ing that Dick had not called them out for nothing, they followed on at good speed and raised a tremendous cheer. ' "Hurroo, byes! now we'll have some foine fun, begorry!" roared Patsy, waving his hat. "Forward! Liberty. forever! Down with the redcoats!" shouted the boys, as they rode forward, eager to get into a brush with the redcoats, or to capture the lot of them. Down the hill went the redcoats at a run, the boys pursuing them hotly as soon as they got to the top of the hill and gai,ning rapidly upon them, -their horses being far superior to the others. On went the boy s , gaining on the redcoats at every. step, the enemy now becoming thoroughly alarmed and urging their horses on at full speed, the lieutenant in his saddle and firing at Dick, the others doing their best to get away. The lieu . tenant's shot flew wild, but now Dick returned it, carrying away the redcoat's hat and wig, the boys laughing heartily at the ridiculous appearance he made, for although not over thirty years of age he was quite bald. "Hurro! sure the captain did be scalpin' the vilyan entirely!" roared Patsy. "He didn't lave. a hair on hi s head, begorry!" "Haw! haw! that's ther funniest thing I ever see!" bawled Oddy, with a great guffaw. The shot urged the redcoat on faster, but the boy s were too wtll mounted for him to escape, and soon the gallant fellows, riding on each side of the redcoats, gathered in nearly all of them, a sergeant and a private leaping the hedge at the oadside and making their e sca pe. When the lieutenant saw that there were only about as many of the daring young patriots as there were of his own party, he was greatly chagrined, as many of the redcoats had an idea that one British s oldier was equal to a dozen "rebels," a s they slightingly called the patriots. "Good day, lieutenant{ said Dick, when the boys halted the redcoats. "Quite an exhilarating ride we had, eh? We will not go back as rapidly. Your horses might not be able .to stand going up hill at such a rate." "Why, you saucy young rebel," sputter ed the other, "if you don't make all the haste you can, our men will be certain to overtake you before you are half way." "They are near, then, are they?" asked Dick, looking back and seeing no sign of any one for miles. The lieutenant scowled, and Dick knew that he had been only indulging in a little bluster, a habit which many of the redcoats had. "Well, they will be after you in a short time, at any rate," the redcoat replied. "ls Howe coming out from Amboy, then?" Dick asked this lieing something he wanted to know particularly. The officer saw that he had made a mistake in giving information to a clever boy like Dic k Slater, and h e said no more. "He will tell General Maxwell,'' thought Dick to himself, the Liberty Boys acting under Maxwell's orders at that time, although Dick had his commission from Washington and usually worked with the commander-in-chief, whose full confi dence he enjoyed. The boys were greatly elated at having captured the l'edcoats, although there was not a very large force of them, arid they rode back in the highest spirits. Passing to one s ide of Woodbridge, not caring to go through the town with his prisoners, Dick s aw two young ladies coming toward them on horseback and said: "There are the girls, Bob. They will be su:rprised at our compa"'ny." . "Yes , but not so much as the company itself Dick," with a laug h. .' The boy s halted as to the two young ladies came up, and on e of the latter, a spirited-looking, very pretty girl, said, smiling: "I see you h ave been bu sy, Dick, but I did n1>t think there were any redcoats near us." "These came out to see what they could find and they found us, Alice,'' ch uckled Bob, the girl bein g his sister and Dick's sweetheart. "Are there many more of them, brother?" asked the other girl, who was Edith Slater, the sister of Dick and the sweetheart of Bob. "This redcoat gave me the idea that there might be," dryly, "but he w ould no t say very much." "You had better come with us, girls,'' observed Bob. "Not that there are any redcoats about but so that we can be in good company." ' "It i s a wonder that you did not say so that we could be in good company," returned Alice. "That would be just like you." "Well, but we would, Alice,'' replied Edith. "You think that brother is very good company, don't you?" "Well, ,}t not do to tell them so too often, my dear, with a laugh. "There would be no living with them if you did." The girls rode with Dick and Bob, Mark and the boys with him keeping a watch upon the prisoners. They reached the camp at length, and the prisoners were put under a strong guard to be turned over to the general later, Maxwell's camp being at a little distance. The Liberty Boys were greatly elated at the capture of the redcoats and wanted to know all about it, and while Dick, Bob and the two gir!S went to Dick's tent, and Sam related the story to the m, to their great delight and satisfaction. CHAPTER 11.-A Startling Revelation. e.. There was a boy who had lately joined the troop, having had good recommendations and the consent of his parents, who seemed greatly inte:rested in the capture of the British lieutenant and his men, asking many questions and looking at the prisoners as they sat in the tents to which they had been led. His name was Harold Ma bee, and his home was in the northwestern part of New York State, his parents being on a visit to the Jerseys at the time of his joining the Liberty Boy s and having s ince returned. The boys all liked him, and he seemed to be trying to win their regard always, being brave as well as pleasant-natured, and having s hown hi s courage on more than one occa si on during skirmishes with the enemy. No one in that part of the country knew anything about him, but Dick had see n his parents, and h e had been recomm e nded by his teacher$, hi s pastor and the family physician and by others , and Dick liked his appearance VerJ


J THE LIBERTY BOYS' HOT HUNT 3 much .and considered that he would be a great ac quisition to the Liberty Boys. The boys were all fond of him, and he made friends with every one, seeming to be d'esirous of pleasing all. Ben and Sam later saw him talking with the lieutenant, who se name was Welldori, and w;i.lked up to caution him not to -say too much, not knowing but that he might do so unwittingly. As the boys came up they h eard Harold say, with a laugh: " Yo u must think me a pretty raw recruit to tell you that. I should not talk to you at all, but I am not on guard and :E expect yo u want to talk to some one . " "What I asked you was nothing," the other said carelessly, "and you would be doing no harm in aI).swering it. You rebels are bound to b e beate n anyhow . " "\Ve are not rebels, :we are American patriots," the boy replied, with great dignity, "and you may not beat us so easily as you think, if at all." "If the boy is gracious enough to talk you, I think you might be equally so and not msult him Lieutenant Welldon," said Ben, coming up, and' Harold Mabee turned and looked surprised, having evidently had no notion that there was any one about. Then he wa_lked away, and Ben said to the officer: "I don't know what you were saying to the boy, but if you think any of us will tell you anything important, you are greatly mistaken. " "I was not a sking the boy anything of impor tance," the officer replied. "He may have thought it was, but it was not." "Well, see that you do not," Ben replied, and walke d away, telling .the boys to keep a strict watch upon the prisoners. Then h e reported the case to Dick, who sent for Harold and asked him what the officer said to him. . . "He asked me if I knew how many men Gen Maxwell had," the boy replied. "I was going by and he spoke to me'. Perhaps I shouldn't have paid any attention, but I wasn't on guard, and I dion't think it mattered till he began to ask me question s like that." "It did not," said Dick, "and even if he knew how many men the general has it is nothing, for he will not get away to u se his information." "Then I did not do anything so dreadful in talking to him?" the boy asked. " No, you did not," smiling, "but I would not talk to prisoners." "Very well, captain, I won't," said Harold shortly, and then he saluted and went away. Patsy and his boys shortly came in with a goodly quantity of stuff for the camp, and not long after that they had dinner, the girls remain ing a t Dick' s request. After dinner Dick and Bob set off with the girls to see them to the home of a friend with whom they were s _taying, their own home s being in We stchester, in New York, where the greater part of the Liberty Boys lived, some coming from the Jerse ys, some from New Eng land, and some from the South. After the boys had se eh the girls home they set out toward the camp, when Dick suddenly said: "You had better go to Maxwell' s camp, Bob, and tell him of the captu:re we made this morn ing, while I go off toward Punk Hill and Amboy to see if I can learn anything additional concerning the ene my." -"All right, Dick, but don't go to getting into trouble. You are as bad in that respect as Patsy Brannigan himself," with a laugh. "I'll do the best I can, Bob," smiling, "but you know the enemy have such a high regard for me that whenever they see me they want me to stay with them, and even offer a reward to induce others to get me to remain." "Yes, and Howe is somewhere around and he has offered the reward, so look out that you . don't give s ome of these Jersey Tories a chance to put in a claim for it." General Howe had a standing offer of five bun• dred pound s to any one w ho would catch Dick Slater,. dead or alive, the young patriot having made so much trouble for the redcoats as a spy as wefl as the captain of the Liberty Boys. Dick and Bo' b now set off in different directions, expecting to meet again at the camp at suppertime, the days being much longer now than they had been a month or two b efore . The Liberty Boys had been in the Jerseys since the first of the year, bothering Ho we, Cornwallis and all else whom they could, whether British, Hessians, Tories or whatever. Dick now set off at a rat -' tling pace and rode some little distance without seeing any sign of the enemy, coming at length to a neat-looking hou se at the side of the. road, where a woman came to door and halted him, saying: "I wish you would stop a minute, captain, I have something to tell you; somethfogt of impor tance. It concerns the enemy." Dick did not remember having seen the woman befo re, ancf had an idea that the house was occu pied by Tories, but he could not be sure about that, and the woman seemed honest. "You have news of the enemy, ma'am?" he asked. "Yes, come .in and I will show you. It is writ ten down. I cannot remember it all. I cannot understand it, but you will know. I saw you coming and knew that you were the one to te'll about it." The woman seemed very earnest a,bout it, and Dick dismounted and entered the door after the woman. "Go into the living-room, captain," she said. "I will shut the outside door . " Dick pushed open the door and saw two or three rough-looking men, who at once aros e and sprang at him . He started to leave, suspecting a trap, when the woman appeared at the door a . nd said, with a laugh: "These gentlemen will tell you all about it, captain. You fell into the trap very nicely. I was afraid you would not." Dick was quickl y seize d and

4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' HOT HUNT Watkins," added the woman. "You would not got him if it had not been for me." "That's right, Miss Jones, we wouldn't, and you'll get your share, but we haven't got it yet. Better take that hoss o' his.'n away, Missis, or s omebody might come along and see it;" "I'll look after the horse," said the woman, going out, and Dick heard her calling to some one. _ "All right!" he heard some one say, at a little distance, and was surprised, the voice sounding like that of the newe s t Liberty Boy, Harold Ma:bee. "It cannot be pos si ble," he said to himself. "Probably if I heard it nearer I would see th\) dif ference ." "What we want to know is writ on this here paper," said one of the men, whose name was Bill Watts, putting a paper on the table in front of Dick, "and arte'r you have told it's dark enough, we're going to take y ou the camp and hand you over to the general. It ain't safe to take you there now, and I don't suppose you're in any hun-y, anyhow," with a coarse' laugh. Dick did not say anything, 'but heard the s ound of Major being led awa y by some one. "It must be some one he knows," he thought, "or he would not Jet them come near him. It cannot be po ssi ble that Harold is here, unless he recognized Major and thinks I am in trouble, and is trying to get me out of it." "I guess we bettter put the rebel in another room, Perk," said Bill Jones . "It won't be so easy to get out of in case he should take a s udden notion to leave." "That's right, it wouldn't . . Put him in the room back o' this," and Dick was taken to a smaller room behind the one they were in, which was u se d as a bedchamber and had only one small window on one side and a door leading into the hall, be i;ides the one by which they had entered. Both of these doors were locked when the men went out, and in a few minutes Dick saw a boy pass the window without looking up. It was the new Liberty Boy, Harold Mabee, and in a few moments Dick heard a door open and shut, and then saw a man outs ide take a seat on a bench and light a pipe. "They are going to keep a watch uppn me, evi dently," he said to himself, '"but what is Harold doing here?" Just then he heard some one come into the other room, and then heard the woman say: "We've got him all right, Harold, and now to get him away. You say the redcoats know about the rebels?" "Yes, and there'll be an attack soon," Dick heard Harold answer. "I told the lieutenant. There was a great-to-do w hen they escaped, and no one know s how they got aw ay. We put after them1 and I got there first and set off down a road that they d id n'ot take, and the boys all came after me and, of course, we saw nothing of \'Veldon and the rest, but they. never suspected me of having had a share in it." "Very clever, my boy, but now we have the captain here and must get him out of the way. Will the lieutenants miss him at once?" "No, and I can take his horse and go back and say I found him astray, and then I can lead them AP.ywhere except the right place, and in the me antime the rebel can be hurried off in a cart to Amboy. I had no idea you would catch him so s oon." Dick heard the two leave the room and was glad they had, for he could not have held in longer if they had not gone out. The boy was a traitor and Dick knew that he would have given vent to his scorn if the two had remained in the room longer. He could scarcely credit it, but he knew from the boy's o'\vn lips that he was false to his oath and meant to •betray the patriots to the enemy. He looke d out of the window and saw the man on the bench motion to some one not to come near, and guessed that it was the boy whom the man was warning away. "I could not have believed it," he said to himself. "This, then, explains the inciden t this afternoon. The 'boy was giving the redcoats information and,_ seeing Ben and Sam approaching, pretended to be very indignant. He may even have known the men before. I would not have believed he could have been so false." The man outside still sat on the bench, smoking, and presently Dick heard the sound of a horse going down the road at a gallop, and knew that the traitor had g one back to the camp. "He will tell them any sort of a story," he said, "and lead them astray, and in the meantime these fellows will take me off to Amboy unless I can make my escape before then." He trieyi the doors and found them both locked and of good stout material, which he could not break down. He listened attentively for som e minutes and could hear nothing, coming to the conclusion that the man outside was the only person about the place. "If I had my pistols I would not be afraid t o smash the window and jump out," he thought, "but there may be men at the •barn and this fel low would alarm th.em. Perhaps I can get ou.t without smashing the window." . He tried it and found that jt was not locked, the main trouble being its s-ize, only just a little more than large enough to let him out. Looking at the ma,n outside, he saw that the fellow had dropped his pipe and seemed to b'e dozing. "So much the bettter," he .said. "If he will only go sound asleep I can get out without his being the wiser." Dick watched the man and saw that he was getting sounder a s leep every moment, and decided to make the attempt to e scape at once. CHAPTER !IL-More Evidence Against the Traitor. The window fastened with a button and, raising the lower sash, Dick fixed it in place and tried to get out, finding the space too small. He had his knife in his pocket, and he took off the moulding holding the sash in place and then removed both upper and lower parts, the space being then wide enough to admit of his getting out, although very little too big. He got out with something of a squeeze, dropped on the grass with very little noi se and looked about him. The man on the bench was beginning to snore, and Dick listened to hear if there were any one' else about. "I'd like to have a horse," he said, "and the1'9


" THE LIBERTY BOYS' HOT HUNT 5 may be some at the barn. There may be men, a s well, however." He heard no one and passed the man, hurrying . around the house and finding the barn door open. He heard voi,_ces and advanced cautiously, presently seeing two or three men in the rear, smoking and playing cards. Then he saw the woman at work in the kitchen, rbut she did not look up, and he went on, entering the barn cautiously and with little noise, seeing two horses in stalls near the door. He went in as if he had business there, and untethe'red one of the animals, one of the men happening t o look up and se e him. . "Got back, eh?" he asked, careless ly, evidently thinking that Dick was the traitor. "Yes, of course," Dick replied, in a muffled tone, leadin?, out both horses. beasts want ex e1 cise.' Leading the horses out, he jumped on the back of one of them, having neither saddle nor bridle, and set out .for the road, leading the othe'r. The woman in the kitchen looked up, recognized Dick, and set up a shout, throwing up the window and calling out, in a shrill tone: "Hallo, Bill, Perk, Harold, all of you! the rebel is escaping!" "Good'by !" cried Dick, making a dash for the road. The man on the bench awoke and sprang to his feet, as the men in the barn came running out. "Hallo! the rebels are escaping!" he yelled, getting conflised in his ideas. "Hi! hi! stop the rebel!" yelled the others. Crack! crack! crack! There was a rattling vol ley, but the men were excited and aimed wild, none of the bullets going anywhere near the young patriot. ['he men came dashing out of the door-yard and fired one or two more shots, but none of them hit Dick, and he rode away at good spe'ed, taking the second horse with l:im. "This hors e is nothing like the poorest horse ridden by the Liberty Boys," he murmured, "but it is 'better than none, and the Tories cannot fol . low me. Get up!" He went on at fairly good speed, but now, around a •bend in the road, he saw three or four men coming on and recognized some of them as Tories living near Amboy, having an acquaintance with some such from having been around the region so much. "Hallo! there is the rebel captain! Stop him!" yelled one. Then the men in pursuit saw the newcome'l's and set up a shout. "Get that feller! Don't let him escape!" they bawled. "That's Dick Slater, with a big reward onto him." The men in. front spread out so as to stop Dick, but they were not mounted, and the young captain therefore had the advantage. He lay along the animal's neck and then urged him on at full spee'd, Jetting go the halter of the led horse so that he might not be impeded. "They may not think to try and catch him," he said to himself, "and it may not be s o eas y a job, anyhow. Get up!" slapping the horse on the flank resoundingly. One of the Tories thought a shot had rbe'en fired, and turned and ran for the' fence, tumbling over It ln_his haste. That made a gap in the line, and Dick urged his horse forward. Then the otter _ ... animal ran alongs ide Dick's mount, trying to di s tance him and cau sing more confu si on among the Tories. There were two horses to avoid now instead of one, and they became panic-stricken and took to the'ir heels. One of them was knocked down and thrown into the ditch, uttering a howl, the rest taking the side of the road or to the• woods. It was a few moments before any of' them thought to . fire at Dick, and then their shots flew wide of the mark, and there was a turn in the road, around which the young patriot flew, like the wind. "Things are all right so far," said Dick, "and the farther I go the safer it will be." Then his horse suddenly stumbled and he narrowly escaped 'being thrown, getting off by the merest chance. The other horse had gone ahead and now Dick ran after him, calling to him to s top. The animal was not well trained, however, and was too fond of his freedom to care to stop, and da-shed off through a break in the fence and across a field. "There is no use trying to get him," Dick said, "and if the Tories come after me, they may think I have gone that way." He heard the men coming on at full speed, and got behind a clump of tall bushes at the side of the road. The horse he had ridden had stopped and was cropping what little grass there was by the roadside as the men came in sight. "Hallo! there he goes!" cried one, and Dick knew that they must have seen the other horse. He peered through the bushes and saw the other horse just disappearing in the woods on the other side of the field . "And this here hoss is lame," growled Bill. "That's a nice thing." "What you want to go to s leep for, then, and let the fellow get out of the window?" snarled Perk Watkins. "You was put there to watch, and you ought to done ' it, confound you!" -"You fe'llers are just as bad, yo u let him get the hosses out'n the barn right where y ou was settin'!" with a growl. "That's wuss. " "Well, we can't do nothin' now, anyhow," muttered another, " s o w had better go back, I reckon." "Well, anyhow, if we didn't get the rebel cap tain that there boy will do good work for us and fool the rebels. Why, they thought he was ri.,.ht in with 'em, and here he was working for u s "'all the time. He fixed it so's Howe would get the captain, and he'll--'' The men went on and Dick heard no more. "Harold Ma!bee is a traitor," he said to himse lf. "This woman i s his mother, and his supposed parents were in the scheme as much as the of them. I was deceived as well as the Liberty Bo ys , for I tho.ught he was an hone s t boy. We'll, the rest of them are, and they say there is one black sheep in every flock." out cautiousl y he saw that the ni'en had disappeared, and he came out and took his way along the road at good speed, having some distance yet to go. He felt more for the boy himself than for the Liberty Boys for the traitor had not done much harm as yet the harm to himse'lf being worse than any he inflict upon the troop. , "He will never have any peace," he murmured. "He will be always thinking of the wrong he has


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' HOT HUNT done and will fear punishment. He can neve'l' re spect himself, never have any peace of mind, and , that will be a worse punishment than any we can in flict upon him. It will be worse than de ath, for that will release him from his trou'bles." Dick went across country in order to save time and distance, having no horse now and being -valk, both animals having disappeared and there being no in sight. He thought deeply upon the s ubject of Harold Mabee's treach_, ery, and wondered what scheme the boy had in addition to betraying him into the hands of the rmemy. • . "If the Tories had said a little more I would have known," he concluded, "but they did not, and I can only guess at what it was." The afternoon was 'wearing on, but at length he came to a farmhouse, where he was a'ble to borrow a horse, and after that he made better time . Entering the camp, he met Mark, who said, in great astonishment: "Then you escaped before the boys got to you, ;li d you? Harold Mabe e took them to whe1e he 'ha d seen you made a prisoner. Bob headed the party. Did you kno w that the prisoners had es caped?" "I can imagine that they did. Mark, there is a traitor among us." "A traitor, Dick?" amazed. "Who i s it?" "Harold Mabee. How did the men escape?" "Some one neglected to disarm them, and they made a s udden dash, fired a volley and got away. " "They were given arms by one of the boys, and now 1 believe it was Harold. He has been a traitor from the start. His mother lives in this region and is a bitter Tory. He has some scheme on hand to do u s a mischief, but I don't know what it is." "You are sure of this, Dick?" earnestly. "The boy came in with your horse, which he said he had been able to get hold of, although he could not rescue you, and a party of the boys to the p lace where you had been captured." . "He led them in an entirely different direction, Mark. I heard t!ie affair talked over. They did not know that I was listening. He was to do that in order to give the men who had me a chance to get me away to the camp of the British at Amboy. The boy will prO'babl y learn that I have escaped and will not return. If he does, arrest him." "But, Dick, how did it happen?" asked Mark, greatly interested as well as troubl ed in his mind. "Why, then:, was sc a r cely a more' popular boy in all the company than Harold Mabee." "I know it, Mark, and this thing comes a s a dreadful shock to me. I am sorry/or the boy. If I had hail any notion of what he mtended I could have warned him." "Sorry for him, Dick?" gravely. "Yes, for he will never know peace of mind after this; he w ill be haunted by his conscience, by the fear of capture and punishment, and by the thought that he has broken a secret oath. He will be a hunted, haunted boy from this on, Mark, and I am'"truly sorry for him." "If you put it that way, Dick, so am I, but he must be punished." • "Assuredly, and yet I am sorry for him." It was nearly sunset by this time, but Dick took a party of the boys and set off toward the place where he had borrowed the horse, intending to return it and then push on to-ward the house where he had been a prisoner, and try to catch the Tories, so as to learn what scheme they had on hand and frustrate it. They saw nothing of Bob or his party and went on at a gallop after returning the horse, having to make a detour, as Dick had come across the country and they must take the road. They got into the road leading to the house where Dick had been a pris oner and rode on at a good gait, but when they came in sight of it they saw no light anywhere, the place seeming to be deserted. If the boy has been here he has heard of my escape and will have taken the alarm and fled," declared Dick, "as he will know by this time that I know of his treachery." . The boy with Dick knew that Harold was a traitor now, and while they shared Dick's feeling of sorrow to a certain degree, they were indignant at having discovered that one of their number should have wished to betray them. Reaching the house, Dick found it dark and de serted, the doors all locked and barred and the window he had taken out replaced. The barn was locked up as well and there was no one about the place, the occupants havin,g been informed of Dick's escape and having taken the alarm. "Well, there is no one here," observed Dick, "and the next thing is to find Bob and the boys. They have probably conie nowhere near this and the boy has left them, come down to see if I have been taken away and has taken fright up on learning of' my escape." The boys rode on, got into another road and at length heard the sound of horses approaching and knew that Bob and his party was coming knowing this by the sound of the horses' ing. Dick gave a shout, and it was presently answer by Bob and in a short time the 'two detachments met. , "Hallo, Bob! you did not find me, did you?" asked Dick. "Where has Harold gone?" "We don't know, we missed him some time ago but how did you know he had left us?" ' "Harold Mabee is a traitor, Bob,'' replied Dick, earnestly. "I will tell you all I know about it." The boys were as surpris ed and indignant as Mark and the rest had been and were loud in their denunciation of the traitor, demanding his in stant punishment. "We mus t take him .first, boys," replied Dick. CHAPTER IV.-The Enemy Appears. The boys now went ba'ck to the riding at. Bob having brought Major for Dick to ride, and at length they rode in, a ll the boys cheering them. The traitor had not return ed, and Dick knew that he must have discovered that it would not be safe fo r him to do so, and kept out of the way. All the boys were in dignant against him and his name was stricken from the list at once, the evidenc e against him being full enough to warrant doing so. They had all liked the boy, and this made them more indignant against as he had used their affection for him as a means to do them an in;ury, •


THE LIBERTY BOYS' HOT HUNT as a cur bites the h and of the one who caresses him. "Sure Oi loiked the bye! " muttered Patsy, "an' now look at the ingratichhood of um, turnin' ag'in the very byes that took care of um an' helped him to be a soger." "I was liked dot veller meinselluf," added Carl, "und dot makes me cry und dot makes me madt alszo to thought how he was went back mit der boys what was goot by him." Many of the boys h a d s ome thii:ig to say, and all felt that the traitor had shown the greates t fogratitude toward Dick, who had sought from the very first t o rriake a soldier of him and to be one of whom they might all feel proud. The fires were lighted and the boys occu pied thems el ves jn various ways after supper, but there was not the hilarity that there often was at that time, every one feeling toll serious to indul,ge in laughter or in the good-natured pranks in which they often indulged of an evening, thec;amp being a busy but quiet .place on tha t occas ion. If the boy was a traitor, he would probably make hi s way to the camp o f the enemy at once, a s he would not be safe anywhere el s e, and t)1e bo ys felt that they would have little chance of catching him. " H e will ve n t ure out after a while, " said Mark, "to see how we are getting on, and perhaps t o spy u pon u s and inform the enemy, and then we may have a chance to catch him. You may be sure y ou will se e him." "Perhaps," o b erved Ben, "but he must know that it will b e dangerous to let u s s ee him after what has happened. " " H e will no t b e able to h el.p himself," declared H arry Judson. "He will no t b e able t o resis t the temptation to have a look at u s after ha. v ing been with u s all these weeks . He w ill be lone s om e and will want to see u s a.gain." " H e ought to be lone s ome," sputtere d Sam Sanderson, "after giving up decent company for that of. the invaders of his country. " "I don't believe he will be, " spok e up Ge orge Brewster. "Fro m a ll I can learn he came into the Liberty Boys for lhe purpose of betraying us t o the enemy, and I don't believe he cares anything for any of us, or that he will be lones o me for ou r company." "Perhaps not, George, " answered Mark, "but he will be tempted t o come out and see what we are doing." "Very likely, but it will be to do u s a mi schief and not for any affection that he may feel for on e o f u s . " The camp grew quiet, little by little, and at last onl y the steady tramp o f the sentries co ul d be heard, with now and then a hail o r the sound o f the wind among the trees. In the morning, after an early breakfast, Dick set out with Bob and a dozen of the Liberty Boys in the direction of Amboy, the young patriot having an idea that there might be danger threatening, and wishing to find out for certain. Dick, Bob and all the b oys seemed to feel that the traitor was already at work and that s om e danger impended, and they werE> eager to know the worst. They went on at a .gallop, taking a road which led towaTd Punk Hill, a c onsiderabl e elevation to the south of them, which w oul d make a good position for the enemy, as it c omm andec: a good view o f the s.urrounding region and was difficult of approach. A s the boy rode on, Dick suddenly halted and said, earnestly: . "There are the enemy, boys, making for Punk Hill. This is a part of the traitor's work. He has informed them of the place and the number

8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' HOT HUNT at him, but he was out of the way by that time, and they had fired in haste and with poor aim and he was not injured. -"They w on't come on rapidly, for they are still afraid that there may be more of the Liberty Boys in hiding," he laughed, "and when they do we will be ready for them." He had little fear of the enemy coming on, for they wcruld know that their presence was now known to the patriot.a and they would want to make their position on Punk Hill stronger before advancing. Dick watched the enemy from a little rise and saw they •were going up the hill in goodly numbers, and that the party he had seen had returned. "That was onfy a little scouting party, any how," he said to himself, "and they would not advance far after seeing me." He rode less rapidly after this, knowing that Bob and the boys would go on at good speed and that there was no need o! any haste on his part1 especially if he could learn anything concernmg the enemy. "There will be enough for them to do to as sure their position without coming on for a time," he said, "and the more I can learn, the better.• After watching the enemy for a time, Dick rode on at good speed and at length arrived at the camp, where he found the boys all ,greatly excited over the news brought by Bob and the rest. The'y were all anxious to know more of the enemy, IJ.nd he told them of the chase and what he had seen, every one being greatly interested. "Sure there'll be foine fun befor long, captain, dear," said Patsy, with a grin. "I should not wonder if there would be, Patsy," smiling. "Hold yourself in readiness, all of you, to go out at short notice." "We was all ready now already gabdain," answered Carl, and the boys all laughed heartily. The boys were ready, in fact, as Bob had told them that it was very likely that they would be sent out by General Maxwell to keep the enemy amused while he made ready to advance. Bob had gone on to tell the but at length he returned and said to Dick: "There will be p\enty to do, Dick, just as you said." "Right over there, coming over the hill, in that field, yonder." "You are like Dick, with the eyes of a said Alice, laughing, "so I suppose you know what you are talking about, but I can't recognize him at this distance." "It's one of the new boys, Harold Mabee," continued Edith a moment later. "Don't you recognize him now?" "Oh, yes, now I do. I wonder what he is doing out alone and not in uniform. I don't believe Dick would trust him yet to do reconnoitering." They were rapidly approaching one another now, and presently Harold Mabee drew rein in front of the two girls saluting at the same time. "Oh., I am glad to meet you, young ladies!" he e:xcialmed, almost breathlessly. "Why?" asked the two girls at the same time. "The captain has met with an accident, and I am going to get somebody to go to him." "Where is he?" asked Alice, at once. "Is he badly hurt?" was Edith's first thought. "I will take you to him, it's not s o very' far from here, Miss Estabrook," said Harold, reply ing to Alice's question first, and then saying to Edith: "We hope not, but we can't yet tell just how badly he was injured." His manner was very much subdued, and both girls 'at once suspected that it was worse than he wished .it at first to be known. "Don't let us stop to talk, but take us to him immediately," demanded Alice. "You can tell us more later," added Edith. The three rode at a rapid pace in the direction taken by Harold, the girls never doubting his word , their only thought being to get to Dick as quickly as possible. He took a road presently that was apparently very little traveled, for it was decidedly rough, being washed away in places, so that nothing but rocks could be seen . The two girls did not observe how far they came, they only were conscious of the time, which s eem-: ed much longer to them in their anxi ou s state of mine than it really was. At length they came to a house that had been quite pretentious in its day, but which now seemed d eserted and going to ruin. "Ts he here?" a sked Alice. "There doe s not seem to be any one around." "No one is living here, we brought him here 1 • because it was the nearest shelter, and we wanted to make him as comfortable as possible." CHAPTER V .. 0-The Girls In Trouble. That same IMrning, Alice and Edith set out to go to the camp and visit the boy.s, having no idea of the exciting times that were going to take place shortly, nor that one of the Liberty Boys had proved a traitor and recreant to this trust. They thought the neighborhood comparatively safe, there being so many of the encamped about, and felt no tear in nding !11one, esp ecially as there seemed to be no particular reason why the British should interest themselves in them. The girls were riding along at. a brisk pace, enjoying their canter, when Edith said: "Look, Alice. There is one of the Liberty Boys." "I don't s ee h i m," returned Alice, looking in the direction in d icated by Edith. "Whom was h e wtth when he was hurt? Wasn't the lieutenant with him?" a sked Edith. But Harold made no reply, seeming not to hear, a s h e was tetheri n g h i s hors e at the time, the two girls jumping off of theirs without asslstance. He led them up to the door, opened it and showed them into a small room on one side o{ the big hall, the room being dark and musty, the heavy wooden shutters evidently not having been opened for some years, from the odor. "Wait here a moment till I see the cap.t ain," Harold said at the door, which he shut after him, and as he did so the girls heard the click of what seemed to be a spring lock. They could not see each other's faces on account of the darkness, but they both exclaimed: "What's that?" • Then they heard some one talking outside the


, THE LIBERTY BOYS' HOT HUNT 9 door, but could distinguish nothing that was said. "This is strange," murmured Alice. "If I did not know that he is one of the Liberty Boys, I should think we had been led into a trap." "We can only wait till he comes back," replied Edith. . But the moments pass ed, and there was not a sound to be heard anywhere around, neither could anything be seen. "This is dreadful," murmured Edith. "What are we going to do?" "Well, I know one thing I am not going to do," answered Ali ce, decidedly, "and that is wait any longer without trying to do something." A little thread light entered the room through a . chink in the shutter, that had been a little warped by wind and rain, and as time went on their eyes became more accustomed to the dim ness, and they could begin to distinguish objects in the room. There was some furniture, but not much, a table, a chair or two, and some broken .stuff, the girls could not at once tell jus t what it was. Alice began moving about touching things, but before long had been sneezing and coughing from the dust that she raised. "There hasn't been anybody here in ages," she .said, after a vigorous use of her handkerchief. "They have some reason for bringing us here . and leaving us, but I can't imagine what it may be, for I know Dick and Bob have a high idea of Harold, but if there is anything the matter with Dick, he wants us; why don't they take us to him?" "Hush, I hear voices," said Edith, who had been standing by. the window, trying to force open the shutters, as some of the window-glasses were out. Alice went over to her side and stood listen ing. "I trapped them nicely," they heard Harold say with a chuckle. "I was never so mad in my life as I was when I found that they had left Dick Slater escape after ma had got him so neatly, and when I happened to see those two girls riding along, I snapped at the chance to get even with that rebel captain, for when he finds we've got his sweetheart and sister in my power we will soon bring him to terms." The two girls look ed at each other, horrorstruck, the light glinting in through the chink on their faces. "Harold Mabee is a traitor!" breathed Alice, under her breath. "I wonder where Dick is? He ought to know this at once,'' replied Edith. "They'll try and frighten him into doing things he wouldn't do otherwise o n our account." "Well, in the ffrst place, Dick is not easily hoodwinked, and before he takes any steps he will try and find out where we are and rescue us; and in the second place, I don't inteljtd stay fog here to be made a catspaw of by any boy traitor." "But how will we get away, Alice?" questioned Edith. . "I don't know yet. Ask me that later." The n Alice went out to the pile of rubbish and began poking about in it, and raising more dust, till Edith protested. "If you want to get away from here in any aort of reasonable time, my dear, you may have to put up with worse things than a little dust,'' was Alice's philosophical , answer. "If it was only a little, I wouldn't complain,'' replied Edith, meekly, raising no more objec tions. "Those people have gone away, I should judge, for I don't hear their voices, Edith. P e ep out the best yqu can and try if you can see anything." Edith applied her eye to the chink, but could only see a small space which, however, was not occupied by any human b .eing . Then Alice went over to the window and with an iron rung, that she had fished out from.the pile of broken furniture, began trying to widen the crack in the wooden shutter. It was old and weather-worn, and chip by chip the crack soon became larger, and at length Ali,ce could see all in front of the window. Then she inserted the bit of iron under the lower edge and tried to pry it up, taking good care that no one was around, first. Just as she seemed about to suc-ceed, the shutter beginning to give at the hinges, s he heard a footfall and stopped at once. In a moment Harold came around in front of the window, and stretched himself full length on the ground, almost beneath it. He pulled his hat down over his eyes and prepared himself as if going to s leep. "He seems to be going to sleep, but I don't trust him. I wish he would take himself off." "By and by, Alice, you can make a ittle noise and find out if he is asleep," said Edith. Alice waited, impatiently enough, fully five minutes, and then gave the shutter a rap, saying at the same time: "Somebody come here and let us out." Harold sat up, pulled away the hat from his eyes and began to laugh. "You'll wait a long time for any one to come and take you out,'' he said, in a jeering tone. "Harold Mabee, what do you mean by trying to keep us there? Are you a Liberty Boy or a traitor?" a sked Alice, at the same time throwing open the shutter and pointing a pistol at the surprised boy, for in those uncertain times the two girls always went armed. Harold flushed as much from surprise as .from shame, and hastened to put a tree-trunk between himself and " the pistol aimed directly at him. "Now, Harold Mabee, Liberty Boy or not, I'll tell you just what I'm ,going to do. This young lady i s also armed with not only one pistol, but two, and we both are going to get away out of this window, and the person who interferes with. our going is going to get shot. Do you understand?" Harold wa alone at the moment, he having sent away his companion to announce the fact of the capture of the sister and sweetheart of the young rebel captain. He knew he could not keep the girls, single-handed, now that they had succeeded in breaking open the shutter, and both being armed, so deeming discretion the better part at that particula'r moment, he silently disappeared, leaving the field clear to the two girls. They, however, did not know that he was alo;ne, and supposed that he had gone to summon help, but not waiting for him to come back, and taking the chances of being recaptured or even shot, they both climbed down from the window, which was at no great height from the ground, and quickly made their way to where they had left


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS ' HOT HUNT their horses. The animals had disapp"eared, but Alice was not goin{(" to be discourag-ed so quickly, and telling Edith to remain behind the shelter cf a tree, made her way carefully over to the place where she saw the barn, and finding no one about, she slipped inside, found the horses tied in stalls, but not unharnessed, quickly untied the bridle-reins and came eut with the two horses, and calling Edith over, they both quickly mounted and rode oft'. "Well, that was the easiest getaway I ever saw,'' exclaimed Alice, when they had reached the road. "If the boy is not a traitor, he must be a fool, and Dick must know the fact as soon as possible." • "It is certainly very strange," mused Edith. They rode on rapidly toward the camp, when they were surprised by the sound of firing. "I wonder where that can be, Edith?" "I should say over by Punk Hill, by the sound." Then they saw the smoke and later, when it cleared away, the figure of redcoats in their gleaming uniforms. .''I suppos e the Liberty Boys are in the thickest of the fight," said Edith, with a sigh. "Where else would you have them?" asked Alice, with spirit. "Wha.t shall we do?" "Ride on to the camp and wait for their return, for it is evidently a skirmish." "Oh, I do wish this horrid war was over and the British and Hessians and all the others were over the ocean, and would leave us our land in peace," sighed Edith. "The only thing to do is to make them go home and stay there, and our Liberty Boys are going to help make them." They rode on toward the camp, the sound of firing continuing, much to Edith's distress. At length the camp was reached, and deserted it appeared with not a boy in sight, all of the troop having gone with Dick to dispute the pos session of Punk Hill. By and by the sound of firing diminished and Edith gave a sigh of relief, while Alice gave up her restless walking to and fro as if doing sentry duty. CHAPTER VI.-A Li\rely Brush With the Enemy. The Liberty Boys were not long in receiving their orders and there was going to be plenty to do, they quickly realized. They were ready for it, however, as they had not done much in some time and they were eager for a brush with the enemy. General Maxwell, with the troops under his command, took a position on a rising ground to the northward in plain view, although at a good distance, and prepared a plan of action. The redcoats were too well situated to be attacked, but the general hl!A a scheme in mind, just as Bob had said he had, and the Liberty Boys were ordered out to take .up a position on the enemy's left and keep them amused, while he sent" a strong party to the right on the heights toward Bonhamtown. Dick understood the general's purpose, but he meant to make the enemy all the trouble he could and to be ready to attack on the instant that he saw thern was anything to be ,gained. The boys set ou t in. full force, all well mounted and presenting a fine appearance, Dick on his black Arabian, Bob on his fine bay, and Mark on a big gray, many of the boys having fine horses. The Liberty Boys advanced on the left, and the enemy began peppering them, the boys returning the fire and holding their own, but riot advancing too rapidly. Meanwhile, Maxwell had sent a strong party, consisting of a party of Colonel Potter's battalion of Pennsylvania militia and a part of Colonel Thacher's New England troops, to examine the enemy's line and to fall in near the end of them in order that he might fall upon their flank. At the same time, Colonel Cook had been ordered down from Metuchen to c ome down on Carmen's Hill and to keep along the heights till he met the enemy. Dick advanced cautiously, so as to take the attention of the enemy, waiting to hear the sound of firing before making a rush, keepinR the boys well in hand and in a compact body, advancing steadily, but not rapidly, and keeping up a good fire in answer to that of the redcoats. The enemy sent down a body to drive back the gallant young fellows, who entrenched themselves behind stone walls and rail fences, and kept up a rattling fire, n o w with muskets and now with pistols, the expert marksmen among them having plenty to do and letting the enemy know what they were about. The redcoats were too well posted for the boys to attack them on the hill, and Dic k did not want to do so, waiting for the moment when Maxwell got upon their flank to push forward and cut off a detachment or s o of them. Patsy Brannigan, behind a stone wall, with his horse beside him, presently saw Carl, a s he suppo sed , get upon the wall, being made at once a target for any number of bullets. "Oh, my! oh, my! wud ye look at the folly of the felly!" he cried. "He'll be kilt entirely, so he will. Get down out o' that, Dootchy !" Crack I crack! crack! Then from behind the wall Carl, Jim Bennett, Lishe Green and a number of the boys fired upon the enemy, who had exposed theqiselves, and down fell Carl's coat and hat and the stick that had held them up. "Hurroo! sure the bye isn't the fool Oi thought he worl" roared Patsy, firing in the direction the others had, as did those with him. "More power to ye, my bye!" "Dot was all righd, Bats y,'' laughed Carl. "We was fooled dose vellers pooty ,goot, ain't it? Gife dem some more once, poys ! " Then all the boys poured in a v9lley upon the redcoats, who were not able to di slodge them, for all they had brought down a con siderable body from Punk Hill. There was a force of between two and three thousand on the hill, and they had evidently expected to do con siderable damag-e, :having no doubt been informed of the strength of the patriots by Lieutenant Weldon, who had gotten his information from the traitor. They did not know all the passes, however, and as a strong party was moving toward Woodbridge, where they had expected to forage, they met Cook, who had, meantime, joined with Potter and Thacher, and a smart skirmish ensued. When Dick heard the sound of firing, he knew that it was time for him to press forward, and, mounting hi s plucky boy s, he advanced steadily, push-


THE LIBERTY BOYS' HOT HUNT 11 iM the enemy befo1e him and threatening to cut diem off from the main body. The redcoats, hearing the sound of firing, knew that the others were in trouble and now sent out a reinforcement from the hill. Cook's party had meantime been rein.forced by a .strong party sent by Maxwell,

• 12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' HOT HU;NT find some traces of him. I think he will hang about the neighborhood, myself and we ought to learn something of him." ' "How many will you want, Dick?!I asked Bob. "A dozen, I guess. Mark had better send out a party another direction, so as to make a thorough search." "Shall you want me with you, Dick?" "Yes, for you may have to go off elsewhere ." Bob quickly picked ' out Ben Spurlock, Sam Sanders on, Phil Water, Paul Benson, Harry Will, Lishe and a number of the boy s : tellmg them to get ready at once to go with him and Dick . Then Mark picked out Patsy, Carl Jim_ Bennett, Ben Brand, Ezra Barbour, Frank Belden, Arthur Mackay and some others, to go in a different direction, but to look along the shores of the kill to see whether the traitor attempted to leave the meanland and go over to Staten as he might do. For all that Patsy and Carl and some other funmakers were in the sec ond party, there was no hilarity when they left the camp, all being in a serious frame of mind and having very little to say. "The boys are on a mission they would -gladly give u . p," remarked Bob to Dick, "but I have asked them to go and s o they will not refuse." "They know that the work must be performed," Dick replied, "and will not refuse to do their duty. I had rather not be on the errand my self, Bob, but it must be done." Dick's party set oft' in the of the house where the young captain had been a prisoner, having an idea that they might find Perk Watkins or some of the Tories, who might be made to tell where they had last seen the traitor and whither lie had gone. They found the house deserted, as before, and saw nothing of any of the men who had been there the day and went on toward the water, the Kill being like a river at this part of the shore , although it widened out considerably farther down. "I don't know that he will remain near the water," observed Dick, "although he might. It is more likely that he will be at Amboy with the enemy, and yet I seem to think that he wUl hang about the places where w e have been, -being fascinated, you might say." The boys rode on for some little distance, when . suddenly Bob said, in a low, tense tone1 "There he is now, Dick!" CHAPTER VII.-The Escape of the Fugitive. Bob had seen Harold Mabee, still wearing the Liberty Boys uniform, and riding the horse he had always ridden when in the troop, coming along the road and just turning the bend, two or three hundred yards ahead of them, . and had at once spoken." Dick saw. the boy also, those behind the two leaders not having yet caught 11ight of him. Harold Mabee rode a small dapple-gray horse, wiry and full of endurance, there being few horses in the troop besides Dick Slater's 'black Major that could outrun him. Bob's bay could Ben's roan, Sam's chestnut and Harry's sorrel being his equal in speed, although no better, while the others were no match for him, When Dick saw that the boy h a d hi s usual mount, he knew that there would be a lively chase, as Harold would urge his steed to his utmost, and the horse himself would go till he dropped. Wi!fiout a word he and Bob urged their horses ahead, Ben, Sam and Harry following in an instant and keeping close behind, the others stringing out after the leaders. Harold Mabee wheeled like a flash and fairly flew down the road, firing a shot as he dashed away, as much in defiance as with any ,thought of hitting any one. Neither Dick, Bob nor any of the boys answered the fire their desire being to catch the traitor rather to kill him; to run him down rathe r than to do him an injury; Away he went, the small wiry horse exerting himself to the utmost and' for a time holding his own eve _ n against Dick Slater's thoroughbred Arabian. Then he flew around a bend in the road where there were many. trees and the boys lost sight of him for some moments' although they could hear the clatter of his hoofs on the hard road. Dick, Bob, Ben, Sam and Harry kept together they caught sight of the fugitive again, when ' Dick and Bob shot ahead, the three Liberty Boys coming on not far behind. Harold was urging. his horse at full speed, and the leaders had not gained much on the fugitive, who, in a spirit of bravado, waved his hat as if to encourage the pursuers to renewed efforts. Neither Dick nor Bob said anything, but went on at a dash beginning to gain perceptibly upon the They lost sight of him for a few again, and then as they neared a little lane leading toward the water, Dick saw the horse's foot prints, being familiar with them, turning down this lane. "Drop your handkerchief a little way down Bob," said Dick, as he turned into the lane, Bob following. The handkerchief was meant as a guide to the boys behind, thes e being out of sight at this moment. When they came along and saw the hand kerchief, they would know which way the others had gone and would follow them. On went Dick and Bob, and at a bend in the lane saw the fugitive riding on, but not as far ahead of them as before. He increased his speed and was out of sight in a moment, but Dick flew on and saw him dash out of the lane into a better road where he would have more chance of escaping'. When Dick reached the road he saw that Harold Mabee had cast aside his hat, coat and waistcoat and that his horse was going at a le ss terrific rate, the boy evidently fearing that he would give out too s oon. After him went Dick, the boy dashing down another road a little ahead of him. When Dick ieached this road he saw Harold's hors e for an instant as he went on and saw that he was riderless . The traitor had hoped that Dick would hear but not see the horse, and w ould suppose, therefore, that the rider was still upon his back and would keep straight on. Dick presently halted, seeing footprints where the fugitive had made his way over the rough wall and into the woods. hurrying on to hide himself in the woods, and waited for Bob and the others to come up. "Some of you had better go on,'' he s aid, "and keep a lookout for the boy, while Bob and I will


THE LIBERTY BOYS' HOT HUNT 13 sear ch the woods. He has left his horse and ls hiding somewhere here in the wood s." Ben, Sam, Phil and Paul went on with their horses, the others following as they came up, Dick and Bob getting over the wall into the woods and following:the trail left by the runaway. The trail was easily followed, the boy having been in too great haste to cover his tracks, and not !mowing very much about it, either, as he was not long with the Liberty Boy s. He knew the ;;ignals in u se by the boy s, however, and so they not make u se of them now, as he would lmow them and take the alarm. He was now in his shirt, leggings and breeches, and would easily be seen, his white shirt being an aid to the boy s , but they did not see him, and went on rapidly, listening and watching, every sense on the alert and ready to spring forward at the fir s t sight of the fugitive. The way was rough, and the boy had taken pains to keep among the bushes as much as possible s o as not to be seen. Once he had stopped at a little spring, eyidently to wash his face and get a drink, as they could see his footprints and the impression of his knees in the soft earth, water being scattered on the grass about. "He has stopped to refres h himself," said Dick, "being hot and ti1ed, but we must do it, Bob. We can't let him go after he has proven a traitor to u s and himself and the cause. We mus t run him down." "There is nothing else to be done, Dick," mut tered Bob. They went on till the trail entered a thicket, where nothing could be seen more than a few feet ahead of them. "Better go ahead, Bob," suggested Dick. "I'll go in. We don't know how he might have changed his cours e after going in here, probably with the verv idea of throwing us off th:e track." ; { ."But he might have thought that you would ;fdll.ow the hors e, Dick." "Yes, but h e would be likely to adopt certain tricks also, in case I had seen the horse. He is desperate, you may be sure, and will do all lie can to deceive us and throw us off the scent." "Very true, Dick," and Bob started to go around the t hicket, while Dick went right through it. Meantime, Ben, S;i.m, Paul, Phil and Harry went on by the road, and at last came out in s ight of the river and a farmhouse with a barn and s ome outbuildings around it. "Hallo! there i s a house!" cried Ben. "And a road and the river beyond," added Sam. "There is another road here, " observed Phil. "That lead s to Amboy, I believe." ''You don't see any sign of a horse, do you?" a s ked Harry. "Here are tracks in the road," sp oke up Paul, "but there are a number of them." "Better get off your horses and look about, boys," suggested Ben, who generally t ook the lead when Dick, Bob, or Mark were not about. "Look around and don't ask too m any questions till you find out what sort the people of the farmhouse are." Sam, Phil and Paul W!'!nt on e way, Ben an other, and Harry and the rest s till another, some to the hou s e, some to the river, Ben goin ' g towa1d the barn, keeping his eyes about him. He looked aroun d as li e reached the barn, saw no traces of Harold's hors e, and at first no sign of the boy hims elf, but presently at the barn door saw a footprint, which he knew to be that of the hunted traitor. He imitated the crowing of a rooster to attract the attention of the others, knowing that it would not do out, and thinking that Harold, if he heard.the sound, might not take it to be a signal. . "Of course, heknows . all our signals," muttered Ben, "but at the same time he might not think this was one, for there are roosters all around the place." Sam and Phil went toward the hous e, Paul get ting over the fence and looking down the seeing a boat on the beach at. a little distance, there being two oars in it. "Well, he has not taken that,'' Paul muttered, "and I don't see any other boat out. He must be around somewhere, unless he has found hi.I! horse and gone on again." Sam and Phil saw a man coming out of the house and went toward him, not wanting to call out for fear that Harold Mabee, if he were around, would hear them. Dick, passing through the thicket, saw that the boy had changed his course and had come out at right angles to vyhere he had gone in, and had hurried toward a road which he could s e e ahead of him. This will make Bob take more steps,'' he said, as he hurried on, at length coming in s igh t of a barn, a house, a road and a river beyond. He heard the crowing of a cock, and then saw Ben Spurlock enter the barn and disappear. r "Ben has seen traces of. h . im, and he has signaled," he muttered. ."The other boys mus t be about, somewhere." Then he set off toward the barn, but in a course which would take him to the rear and not to the front of the building. Ben saw other footprints inside the barn and entered and looked all around, seing nothing of the boy, but pres ently discovering -footprints on s ome steps at vne side, leading to the loft overhead. The steps were du sty and the footprints plainly visible . Ben recognizing them in al). instant a s Harold Ma bee's. "He is hiding in the loft," hemuttered. "Well, it is dangerou s business, but I don't mind that." Ben went up the steps, pushed back a trap door at the top and entered the loft, hearing a rustling at the r ear. "Hallo!" he cried. "Co m e out, Harold. The place i s surround ed. You cannot get away from us." A door or window in the rear was suddenly thrown open and a flood of light entered, Ben being blinded for the moment. Then h e saw Harold Mabee throwing out a lot of hay and hur ried toward him, ca llin g out: "Stop that! I'll fire if you don't! Hallo, boy s ! here h e is!" Dick , hurrying toward the barn, saw a door in the loft suddenly thrown open and then a c onsiderable quantity of hay thrown out. The n he heard Ben shout, and saw some of the Liberty Boys hurrying toward him. "Hallo! Ben has discovered him,'' he muttered. "Vve mus t catch him now, he cannot e s cape ." As Dick ran up, the traitor leaped ou t, Ben clo s e be 1ind , Sam, Phil and Paul on.


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' HOT HUNT The fugitive leaped into the hay and s p ed acros s the r oa d t o ward the fence and the river beyond. "After him!" cried Dick. Ac r o ss the road, dodging the hurrying boys, o ver t h e fence and down the bank went the fug itive, the boys after him, just in time to s ee him shove out the boat, spring in and row r apidJ..y out upon the Kill. CHAPTER VIII.-Over to Staten Island. "We ,,.-ill have to go after him, boys," said Dick, "but not in our uniforms, nor We must find boats and go over to Staten Island. , It will have to be a hot hunt, for I don't want him to get away from u s, and yet we must be careful. Remain here, Ben, while we go an• d get disguises and proeure boa t s." Ben Spmlock remained on shore, but out o:f sight, watching the boat with the traitor in it, while Di c k and the rest went back to the road. Farther down the road there was a house where the owner rented boats to parties for pleasure or to fishermen, and thither the boys went. There was no d i fficulty in two boats, but there was trouble in procuring di s guises. Dick divided the boys into two p arties , he taking command of. one and Bob of the other, and he sent Bob off to farmhouse nearby for working clothes, h e in the meantime t aking what he could get from the fisherman and his sons, and with fish lines and nets in a short time looked like any other of the men who made a more or le s s precarious 1n the waters about New York and its vicinity. They did not go bac k for Ben, b1It pushed out into the water1 thinking that as had been gone 811Ch a short time the boy traitor would not have an opportunity to get out of sight, leaving it to Bob to get a disguise for Ben and pick him up. As soon as they had rounded the point that shut 1n one side of the little cove , Dick caught sight of a boat putting toward the opposite Bhore. "He mustn't see us, boys, for I dml't want him to suspect that he is being followed, and thus give h i m a chance to hide, for I hope to get him before he is able to reach the c amp." . In the meantime Bob and the other boys had procured rough-lookin g clothes from some of the farmers n e a r by, and had returned for their boat and fis hi n g tackle , an the horses being left at Q farmhouse not far from 11hore. He went after B en, w ' ho reported that he had lost sight of the boat con t aining Harold, for a sloop had passed in between, and after it ha4 ,gone by he had ntls i ed the rowboat, and did not know whether Harold h a d been picked up b y the l a r ger boat or not. Bo b , however, did not believe that the boy would want to go ahoard the sloop when so near Staten I sland and put out after D i ck, whose bo a t they c ould s ee well toward the other shore. Dick had. not wished Harold to suspect that he was being followed, and it was not likely that he would for he knew the boys had no boats, and he m{ght not think himself of sufficient consequence to be pursued farther. Ther. saw the boat approach the shore, the bor pull rt up onto the 1 beach, aI,ld then disa,ppear mto the woods. Dick the word to . p.ull _harde!t.. and in a few mo-ments they were at the spot where the other had landed, and the party set off to find him, leaving Harry with the boat and to tell Bob in whic)l. direction they had gone. Evidently h aving no thought. of being purs u e d, the boy had t a k e n no pains to hide his tracks, and his footpri nts could b e e asily di stinguished in the wet s o i l, the frost a l ready coming out of the g round and mak ing it ver y muddy going. Bob had soon disco vered the boat containing Dick and t h e othe r s , and put after it with such vigor that the s econd boat landed soon after the fir st. Harry gave Dick's mes sage to Bob, and then after h aving drawn the t w o boats under s ome overhanging bushes that concealed them from passers-by, Bob and the rest of the boys follo wed after Dick. They could keep together while they were in the unfrequented part of the island, but so -soon as they came in sight of a village or of the fort they would have to divide into couple s , or threes at most. Dick and his party ha

THE LIBERTY BOYS' HOT HUNT 15 then a horse was seen tearing down the road in the direction the boys were taking. There was a redcoat on his back, swaying from one side to the other as the horse dashed along, kee ping his seat, but liable to be dashed to the ground at any moment should the horse stumble. Dick waited till the animal was almost abreast, then sprang at his head, caught the bridle and hung . on till he s ucceeded in bringing the creature to a standstill, though then he began kicking violently. . "Get down, sir, while I hold him!" cried Dick. "I think there is s omething striking at him from behind." , The Briti sh captain quickly dismounted and found it was as Dic k h a d sai d, for there was a branch full of thorns that. stuck to the horse's tail and dug into hi s sensitive flesh at every stride. As s oon as the cause of the animal's fright was removed he quieted do w n and became doc il e, but extremely nerv ou s , starting at every s ound . " B y my word, that was very prettily done, " exc laimed the officer, after he had removed the thorns from his mount's tail. " You are accu s t omed to horses, my boy? " ' "Been 'round 'em eYery s ince I was born," wai;: Dick's reply, while he still s tood at the horse's he ad, stroking his neck and face. "What's your trade, my man?" "Fishing, jus t at present. " "What are you, a Loyalist or reb el?" "Nuther." "Why, you m ust be one or the other. It's just -the kind of fell ows like you that ought to be i n the army. Fishing is no o cc upatio n for a clever boy as you have show n yourself t o be." "Mought b e a Tory if it would show me how to catch more fish o r get more money for 'em," was Dick's tentative answer. r "Come to the fort at any time and ask for Captain Sinclair, and I'll. get you into the army at once." ''Don't know as I wanter g o into the army. Make 'em work too hard, cleanin' horses, doin' women's work, and what not." "vVell, if y ou don't want that, here's s omething perhaps you'd like better," and handed him a half-s ov ereign. "What's that for?" asked Dick. "vVhy, for stopping my horse." "That ain't w orth no money like that. If y ou want t o do something for me, let me g o into the fort with you and s e e what it looks like, so's I can tell the fo lks, and if I'm with y ou they won't try and keep me. You'd let me get away, wouldn't you?" "Certainly, if y ou want to, but after you s ee what fine quarters we have in the fort I don't believe you will want to leave; " "P'rhaps not, but I'd like to look around, just the same . . " ' The officer's companions had come up t o him by this time, and he told of Dick's quick action at stopping his runaway hors e, and then they all went to the fort, Dick taking particular no tice of the entrances and listening for the password. The officer t ook him to his own quarters and then turned him over to o ne of his orderlies directions to s how him around, and to let him out of the fort when he wished . Dick appeared to be a good-natured, quick -witted fisher -man, keeping the orderly amused at hi s apparent ignorance, and the fellow tried to impress him with the defences and number of the garrison. They had been walking along by the barracks when suddenly he heard, in a familiar voice: "Arrest that boy . . He's Dicle Slater, the rebel captain of the Liberty Boys!" . It was Harold Mabee who had given the order. There was a great commotion at once as the men around tried to crowd in about Dick, but quick as lightning he butted into the stomach of one, threw out his fis t at another's nose, took still another with his left hand and tripped up a fourth with his foot, jostling one man against another in a very disconcerting and lively fashion. Then while they were trying to understand the situation, for more came to the place to inquire the cause of the uproar, the real .cause of the uproar was quickly and quietly making his way in an opposite direction toward the nearest exit, and having the password was allowed to depart without demur. "How did Harold Mabee manage to get at the fort s o much ahead of me?" thought Dick, as he made his way out of the neighborhood of the fort. "He must have landed much farther down than I had suppo s ed, and taken a short cut across for we were not so long in going after him. W elli I learned something, though not as much as might have if he had not so inopportunely appeared." ... A short while later as Di ck was walking leisurely toward the shore, he saw Harold over on ano ther road going the same way as he was . " Dick soon came to a road crossing the one Harold was upon and he quickly took that m eans of getting closer to the traitor. CHAPTER IX.-In New York. Harold had not recognized Dick, and the latter presently turned and followed him, taking care not to be see n while watchin g the traitor's every move. There were too many enemies about for Dick to attempt the capture of the fugitive, and he determined to watch him closely and await an opportunity. Ha1old walked little di s tance, and then made his way to a place where there was a rather pretentious tavern, and this he entered, Dick s eeing him go into a curtained stall at one side of the tap-room. Dick follo wed, and to ok a seat neares t the curtained stall, hop ing to hear all that was said, in case anything of importance was to be talked o ver. He ' a s sitting there waiting t o be served, with a weekly newspaper in front of his face, when he J1eard steps approaching the place where Harold was sitting. Glancing around one corner of the s heet, he saw that the newcomer was a seafaring man, and from Harold's exclamation as he saw him knew that he had been expected . "Late, aren't you'?" asked Harold. "Not particularly. Didn't expect to get here till suppertime," was the reply. He called a pot-boy and told him to bring s ome ale while hi s supper was being served, and as he drank hi s a le and waited for his food to be brought, he to1d of his latest t r ip and his de s ire to ge t to N ew York as soon a s pos s ible so T •


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' HOT HUNT as to dispose of his carg'O at best advantage. "So don't keep the schooner waiting," he urged, '•for I can't be delayed to-night." "Oh, I won't keep you waiting, I am all ready to step aboard now," was Harold's reply. "So he's going to New York," said Dick to himse lf, as he continued his supper. "Well, my boy, that means that we are going al s o." He finished eatingas quickly as possibl e , for there se emed to be nothing more said that was of any interest to him, and, the score, started for the King's Arms, where he had told ' Bob to wait for him, with Ben, Sam, Harry, Phil and Paul and the rest of the boys. It was fast growing dark, and Dick was in somewhat of a hurry to get across the bay, for the wind had risen with the going down _of the sun, and it threatened to be a squally night. He found the boys on the for they expected that Dick would have some information that would give them something to do that night. It was some what of a disappointment to Patsy, Carl, Jim and the other boys when Dick picked out Ben, Sam, Harry, Phil and Paul to accompany him and Bob, while they were to return to camp and await further orders. The boys rapidly made their way down to the water's edge, jumped into the boats and pulled put into the stream, one boat going back to the Jersey ahore , while the one containing Dick and his party set out toward the bay. It was a clear night, the s ars shining brightly, and there be. )ng sufficient light for them to make their way easily, but the wind was now blowing hard, churn ing the water into white-capped waves and ren

THE LIBERTY BOYS' HOT HUNT 17 • Slater knew that there was a welcome for him at any hour of the night at the inn, and went en, keeping his eyes and ears open for signs ef danger. Keeping on up the street in the shadows, the boys presently heard the call of the night-watch and saw the gleam of his lan1ern. CHAPTER X.-Dick's Daring Move. "Twelve o'clock, a cloudy night, and all's well I" aounded out upon the night air, though by no means still, for the wind still blew, though the stars no longer shone, and the light of the lantern twinkled and danced as the watchman came on. ."Hide yourselves, boys," whispered Dick. "It will be awkward answering questions this time of night and accounting for our wet clothes." . There were trees, dee,P doorways and stone walls ."\Vhich afforded hidmg-places for the boys, ;11nd when. the night-watch came along that way not one of them was to be seen . . They went forward at a rapid rate, for all the boys wished to reach .the comfor of a warm fire as soon as pos sible, but as they neared Broadway they heard a pa.rty of roistering young blades coming along the street, and Dick said, quietly: "I will show you a way to ,get rid of them, boys." Then he imitl.rted the cry of the night-watch . in a loud, drawling tone, and at once the roysterers scattered in many directions, evidently fearing. to be apprehended if they were met by the watchman. . "T.hat set them to running," laughed Ben, as they heard the " sound of the retreating footsteps of the merrymakers, "and they will not trouble us .any further." The boys continued on , and at length reached the little inn where Dick had scarcely any trouble "in arousing some one and securing an entrance, late as it was. The boys had a light supper and then went td bed, Dick, D oh, B en and Sam being in one room and Phil, Paul and Harry in another, all in one bed. In the morning the boys procured disguises. and went out in different directions to look for the fugitive, D ick and Bob going together, as did Ben and Sam, the others setting out singly. It was likely that Harold had already arrived, the schooner probably ,getting in the night before, but Dick sent some of the boys along shore to watch for it, as it was possible that the captain had taken more time on his voyage. "If you see the traitor, boys," cautioned Dick, "be careful about his seeing you, as he might recognize you and denounce you." "We will be on our guard," the boys said. Dick and Bob were walking down Broadway and had reached John street when they saw coming along in a one-horse chaise a. man and llis eon, neighbors of theirs, in Westchester, rank Tories and the sworn enemies of all the Liberty Bo,r.s. 'There is old man Burgess," whispered Bob. "Yes, and Bill. Go the other way, Bob and turn Into Partition street. I will meet you on Nassau street. " Dick turned down John street without being aeen by the two Tories, Bob going up Broadway .at an easy gait. Half-way down "John street Dick suddenly saw the very boy of whom he was in searc)l come out of the little alley leading to the theater in that thoroughfare and walk toward Nassau street. "Our seeing those Tories was providential, after all," Dick thought, "for if I had not turned down here I would not have known that Harold was in the city." Harold did not look around, but presently crossed the street, diagonally, when not far from Nassau street and went down the latter at a quick walk. Dick looked up the street, saw nothing of Bob, and then stood where he could watch Harold Mabee and not be seen himself . . Harold went down as far as Liberty street, Dick keeping him in sight, turning then toward the East River and in the .direction of the sugar-house prison, a place which was the dread of every patriot in the city. As Harold disappeared, Bob came in sight and Dick beckoned to him, the youn,g lieutenant coming on at a rapid walk. "I have seen Harold, Bob," said Dick. "He has gone Nassau street and into Liberty. I was hopmg you would come sooner." "So I would," replied Bob, as the two walked on at a rapid pace, ''but I had to nearly run into Hank Jones, cross the street by the church and then wait till Bill Burgess and the a1d man went by. It seems as if all the Tories we know hanpen to be in the city at this time." Hank Jones was a Tory and half out-law, living near White Plains, who knew the boy s well and w ould neglect no opportunity to do them harm. The boys turned into Liberty street, walked past the old church and the sugar house and the river without seeing anything of the fugitive. "We know that he has come to the city, any how, Bob, " observed Dick, "and that is some thing. Now, if we meet any of the others we will tell them t o keep a watch for him." They went along shore down the river and made their way to Hanover Square, where -they found Paul Benson watching the door of a tavern a little way down the street. "I am glad you came," he said. "Harold went into that tavern, yonder, a few minutes ago and has not come out. I was a little afraid to stop him as there were sailors and others about and I feared that he might start a hue and cry !:!nd make trouble for me." "It was just as well you did not, Paul," Dick replied. "There are three of us now and we can do better." They walked to the tavern, and Dick said look-ing about him: ' "There are two entranc es to the place . Go .around the corner, Bob, and enter on the other street. " , Bob hurried off and Dick and Paul entered the tavern, seeing no one whom they knew, ho w ever. The boys did not remain Jong in the place, but took their way toward Fraunce s' tavern, a famous place in those days , thinking that perhaps they might run across the traitor the tavern being then a resort for Britis h officer s ' being almost at army headquarters , in fact'. Near the tavern, on Pearl street, they found Phil, who said, quietly: "Harold is in Fraunces' tavern, but the place


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS' HOT HUNT is full of redcoats and navy officers and I doubt if we could do anything." Dick looked toward Broadway and saw Sam and Ben coming along at an easy ,gait and at once said: " I think I can manage it if he does not see me flrst. near the door, but not too near and close up when you see me come out with him. " "Jove! al'e you going to undertake his capture with all those British officers in there, Dick?" gasped Bob, in a low tone. "Yes , provided h e does not recognize me," and Dick s o a lte1ed the expression of his face that B o b and. the others laughed. . B e n am! Sam now came up and Dick went in, there being now five of the boys ready to help their leader in his daring undertaking. Dick went into the tavern, casting a quick look around, trying to locate the boy and yet seeming to be lookin g at n othing. He saw him over in a corner near a group of redcoats, who were talking anim::itedly together, the boy watching them and pay-ing no attention to else . Dick made his way toward the bo:y, rapidly, keeping men between him and the fugitive so that he should not be s een if the other chanced to look up, and at las t reached hi s si de, unnoticed, and sat down. Harold Mabee looked at him, flushed deeply and then tumed sud denly pale, being unable to utter a s ound. '"Raise an alarm and I will shoot you!" hissed Tuck, in a low tone. "There is a pistol in my pocket, and I have my hand on the trigger. You are going away with me, and it will be better for you if you do s o quietly. There are five Liberty Boys outside waiting for me, and there may be more by the time we appear." The traitor stared at Dick with a frightened gaze, the young captain saying, carelessly: "You have had all fou want, Harold? Suppose w e go and find the others . You have paid yiiur s core?" "Yes, " the other a nswered, still staring at Dick. "Calm yourself," Dick said, in a low tone. "You might have known that this would happen. Have you not been with u s long enough to know that we do whatever weset out to do? Remember, not a word." Very few noticed the pale boy whose arm the other had taken as they walked toward the. door, and those who did paid them no further atten tion. Harold Mabee walked along like one in a dream, his face pale, his eyes fixed on the ground and seeming scarcely to breathe, walking mechanically and guided entirely by Dick. They reached the door at length and left the tavern, D ick holding the boy by the arm and glancing quickly about him as he started to descend the steps. There were six Liberty Boys in sight, Harold Judson having come along after Dick had entered the tavern. Seeing Dick, they be gan to close in so as to be close to him as he went through Pearl street with the prisoner. At that moment a lot of redcoats came marching along Pearl street from east, and another lot came down Broad street, marching rapidly. "Rebels!" cried Harold, in a shrill tone, pulling his arm away and dashing down the steps . "Here i s Dick Slater, the rebel spy, and . a lot of Liberty Boys. Arres t the--" IJ;arry Juds on kno c ke d the fellow do \vn and sent him rolling into the gutter, Ben and Sam darting down Broad street, Phil and Paul crossing Pearl street, hurriedly, and running into a nameless alley on the other side, Bob hurrying along Pearl street toward Broadway, and Dick re-entering the tavern. He made his way out of a side entrance on the other street and quickly joined Ben and Sam, Harry following him in a moment. The four boys quickly separated, and in a few minutes not, one of them was to be seen, the excitement dying out as quickly as it had arisen. The traitor had escaped, but none of the boys had been captured, each one . acting for himself as Dick had taught them to do under s uch circumstances . Dick made his way to the Bowling Green, where Sam shortly arrived and then the others, one or two at a time. at intervals of three or four minutes. "We have got to try again," said Dick : "Scat ter about the city, boy s, for I don't believe we will see Harold Mabee in this quarter again. He knows it is too dangerous ." Then the boys left, going each in a different direction. .... CH_APTER XL-Closing In On the Game. Dick had s ome Quaker friends in Maiden Lane, and there h e went at once and procured an entirely new outfit and one in which he was certain the traitor would not recognize him in. Bob knew _ some one in Rector street, who him out in a suit of black, with a broad-Jtimmed hat, and the others made one change and another in their appearance so that they would not be iec ognized by thos e who had see n them before. Sam met Ben in a tavern and the two made some exchanges which gave both an entirely different look, each then setting off in a different directfon, all to meet at the Commons during the early afternoon in case they did not meet before that time. Dick went to the upper part of the city to look for the fugitive, but saw nothing of him till about noon, when he observed him going into St. Paul's Church, and took up a position near it to see if he out, and to watch for some of the boys. Then he saw B o b, in about five minutes , coming through . Ann street, and beckoned to him. "I ani supposed to be a Quaker," he said, "and s o w ould hardly go into a church, but you, with your sombre garb, may easil y do so without sus picion. He is in the church, Bob. " "Ho w did he go in, by the front?" "Yes, about five minutes ago, and I have not seem him come out. I will watch that entrance while you can watch the side one. Hav e you see n any of the boys since we left the Bowling Green?" "No, I have not," and Bob went -around to watch the side entrance of the church on Partition street. -In ten minutes he saw Paul and Phil coming along, and beckoned to them, saying, as they came up: " Go into the church, boys, and see if y ou ca n see the traitor. We won't arrest him there, but • I'd like to know if he is in there or not." The two boys entered the church as a number of persons came ou t, the services having "On clud ed . The n Phil came around from the Mort-


THE LIBERTY BOYS' HOT HUNT 19 kile street si de, saw Di. ck,.looked at him a mo ment and gave a signal. "Yes, it's all right, Phil,'' Dick said, quietly. "Where have you been, in the church?" "Yes and there is no one there now. Bob said was there, but I did not see him and neither did Paul." "Then he must have gone out the other way and made his way through the churchyard before I got here. I don't think he would recognize me if he had seen me but he seems to be restless and stays but a sho'rt time anywhere." Paul presently came along and then Bob, the church being now closed and no one in it. The boys then separated, Dick and Ji(lb going over to the east and the others. taking different direc tions. The young captain and his first lieuten ant presently happened in at a coffee-hou s e on Chapel street, near the old an_d Harold Mabee in a corner, eatmg and drmkmg, the traitor failing to recognize either of them in their disguises . Indeed, Dkk, with Quaker 'garb and sober demeanor, and Bob, m sombre black hi s hair brushed forward and a solemn look hi s face, rpight well have deceived the boys who had been longest in the troop, while Harold had been with them only a few months. The boys took seats where Harold could not see them without turning, while they could see him plainly, although there were men and boys be tween him and them. -"Jove Dick" said Bob in a whisper, "there are Bill Bu;gess his father coming in now." Dick picked up a copy of Gaine's Mercury and h•d it in front of him while .Bob buried his face in'his cup. Now, there happened _to be a mirror behind Dick and Bill Burgess , takmg a seat, saw the back of' the young patriot's head and a part of his side face in it. "By jinks I dad, there's Dick Slater, the rebel spy'" he exclaimed, jumping up. "There he is, settin• there, and that's Bob Estabrook with him, I'll bet a-ouch ! " Bob hurled his coffee cup at Bill, taking off his hat and deluging him with hot coffee. Dick threw down his paper and made a sudden dash for the traitor who, at the first sound of the name of the young captain, had leaped to his feet. Bill Burgess fell or slid under the table, thinking that pistols would be fired and Harold Mabee sprang out of a rear window and then over a fence, Dick being prevented from by some of the Tories. The two young patriots darted out at the front door and took different direc tions so as to baffle pursuit, fqr no one knew which was Dick and which was Bob, Bill being now under the table. Dick quickly got around into Beekman street, while Bob went in another direction and made his way through one alley and another and finally made his way into Nassau street, hearing no sounds of pursuit. Then he went over to the little inn where he put on an ordinary suit of cloth es and a round, wool hat and sat down to wait for Dick. Harry Judson came in and, seeing Bob in different clothes, said, with a laugh: , "You are a regular Proteus, Bob . What is the cause of the latest change of clothes?" Bob related what had happened at the coffee house. In a few minutes Dick also came i n. The boys remained in till the others returned, none I • of them having seen anything of Harold. hey were all deeply interested in hearing_ of the ad venture of Dick and Bob, and agreed with' Bob that it would probably be mo1e difficult to get hold of the traitor after what had happened. At about four o'clock Dick and Bob went out, not going together, \but keeping each other in sight s o that each could warn the other in case of necessity. They walked down Broadway on opposite sides of. the street, Bob presently find ing himself behind a group of bluejackets, who were talking of an expedition to sail that night, but where it was to go Bob could not learn, there bein,g considerable noise and confusion. He fol lowed the jackies down to Whitehall wharf, where they turned off up the river, Bob shortly meet ing Dick and relating. what he had just heard. "If Harold hears of this he will leave the city," declared Dick, "and we must keep a closer watch upon him than ever." The boys went around among the taverns along shore and where there were ships, and learned that the expedition was to s ail that night with the outgoing tide, and that men were wanted. When it began to get toward dusk they set out for the inn, meeting two or three of the boys near John street. Phil and Paul had heard of the expedition, and then Harry came up, as it was ,getting darker and said, taking Dick a side: , "I heard Harold talking with an under-officer of the navy, down on Bowling Green. He is frightened and will go on the expedition that sails to-night. I heard . the officer tell him tp be at the Ship tavern near the ferry steps to night at nine and they will go on board." The other boys came up at this moment and all went into John street. Ben, who had been on the other side of the street, came over to Dick and whispered: • "He has gone into the theatre with some marines. I came very'near being seen, but for tunately I saw -him first." "We must go into the theater or watch for him when he comes out. Perhaps it will be bet ter to watch." "I think it will be better to wait," replied Bob. "Some of the boys can ,go and get the boat ready and wait there for the rest. If we can get hold of him we may be able to take him away in a hurry. It is a de sperate chance, but we have taken such before." CHAPTER XII.-=-The Traitor Run Down. Harold Mabee, knowing the danger that lie ran in remaining in the city while the Liberty Boys were upon his track, had evidently determin ed to leave it, but he must have a little recrea. tion before he left, and he was now in the :pit of the theater in John street; trying to quiet his conscience and to forget the dangers with which he was surrounded. Dick dispatched the boys on various errands so as to have ready for the de sperate move under contempla tion, waiting near the playhouse door while the others were absent. Ben and Sam wei:e in the boat, Phil and Paul were at the head of fie street leading to the old wharf, Harry was a1


2""0 THE LIBERTY BOYS' H O T HUNT the c orner and Dick and Bob were near the theater d oor, watching for the traito r to c o me out. B e t ween the different parts of the progra m the often walked out u p o n the street to get the an: or to frequent the neighborhood taverns , and Dick felt sure that Harold w o uld be out in good t;,ime to keep hi s appointment with the naval officer. At length a crowd of men began to out, and _Dick watc hed clo se ly, presently, g1vmg Bob a signal, not on e of those in use •among the Liberty Boys to warn him to be ready. Bob moved up close to Dick and presently he and the young captain got one upon each s ide of. the .and hurried him away in the dark, Dick s ayrng, m a wari:iing hiss: "Don't spe:r k till I tell you to!" "Hallo! Harold, where are you?" called one. "Tell him yo u are go ing to keep your appointment," whispered Dick. "Going to meet the ensign," said Harold as Dick and Bob hurried him on. ' At the corner they met Harry, who suddenly thrust a handkerchief into the prisoner's mouth and then went on to tell Phil and Paul that the others were coming. N o one paid any atten tion to them as they went on, and there were not very many persons on B roadway at that time and no one i n the street they turned down . Phil and Paul followed, Harry going ahead and in a few minutes they were at the wharf. was hurried into the boat, Dick took his place in the stern, Bob kept a loolfout ahead, four of the boy s ro\\ed and the others kept an eye on the pris one r , hands had been tied behind him. " Harold Mabee," said Dick, "you are a traitor to our cause , to the Liberty Boys and to yourse l f, and y c rn mus t be punished. You might have known that you would be followed and watched. We knew of your plan to leave the city to-night, and so you will, but not on one o f the e11emy's ves s els. We determined to take you,. and we have don e s o." "I never was a rebel," muttered the other, who was no longer gagged. "I never renounced any oath for I never took any. I entered your ranks as a spy and meant to ,give you into the hands of the king's officers. Yo u have been in their camps yours elf." "Very true, but I never took the oath of allegiance to the king. You took the most sacred oath that any one could take and proved false to it. You may have been a spy, but you are a traitor most of all and as such you will be pun ished." The traitor knew that this Was true and made no answer. Although it was dark and a storm threatening, Dick knew his way and the boys were all good oasmen so that they made good progress .and had no fear of anything going wrong now . Part of the way they allowed the current to carry them on ; Dick steering and keeping his eyes and ears open for any sign of uanger, and at length signalling the boys to be gin rowing again. Farther on some one lighted a fire on shore, for what purpose the b oys never knew, and men were see n walking abo u t. They went o n steadily, the light of the fire growing dimmer dimmer . and the danger of being s een becomrng less and less. Ther e was another post on where the b oys were obliged to keep rn toward shore on acc ount o f bars and a bad current and here Dick kept a shar p loo k ou t watching and li stening intently. As they wen t on. they heard some one say, in a t one o f in quiry: "There is a boat out there?" "No, I don't think so . What be doing out there at this time, "That's what I want to know. Who's that?" would a b oat anyhow?" Hallo, there! The boys rowed rapidly on and the man fired . There was a flash of light and the singing of a bullet, and theu a splash in the water at s ome distance. .The "' fla s h had revealed the b oat and the. man fil'ed again, but the boys had then course and the shot flew wide. They pulled steadily and well, never losfn,g their heads in time of ?anger and at length were safe, rowing on steadily as before. All this time the prisoner said nothing, but sat with bowed head and mo tionless form. He knew the Liberty Boys and knew their coolness in time o f peril havirig shared their danger, and he knew that 'the only chance of escape now was a bullet from shore striking him. On went the boat, farther and farther away was the danger, and dimmer and fainter grew the sound of voice s on shore. By daybreak they were at a point nearest to the camp and went ashore,. leaving their boat at a little landing. .\"iTaJter Jennings was on guard as they approached the camp and challenged them. I "vVho g oes there?" Captain S later and a guard, with a prisoner," . was the reply. "Pass Captain Slater and an e scort," said and the boys passe d oh into the camp the woid s being repeated. ' _ All the boys knew tha t the traitor had been run down in a short time, but there was no noise, no confusion, all being quiet and orderly, as o n a Sabbath. The capture of the traitor was reported to the general, and a trial was held, the sentence being death. None of the boys ever knew who fird the fatal shots , the twenty muskets being loaded by one set of boys, passed out by another and distributed by a third. The boys were chosen by lot and the muskets passed to them, no one knowing who had bullets or who had blanks. The sentence of the court was executed and the traitor was buried in a nameless graYe and forgotten. The Liberty Boys remained in the Jerseys for so me time longer, but not in the same region the. girls going back to New York. During sprmg and summer they wel'e actively engaged sometimes here, sometimes there, but always ing ,good work and earning the approbation of the commander and of a ll with whom they were associated . From the J el'seys they went into Pennsylvania, and in the campaign which fol lowed, the patriots being now s uccessful and now defeated, they acted with steady bravery doing their duty always . ' Next week's issue will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE 'OLD SOW'; or, THE SIGNAL GUN ON BOTTLE HILL."


• THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" 21 CURRENT NEW s HYDRANTS SPOUT FISH Hydrants along Palmer streetr Chicago,, eight hours the other day. A school of small perch had been taken in at a water Cl'ib four mile s out in the lake and had jammed up the plumbing in hundreds of homes. The Water Department opened all hydrants for a mile. Perch flopped everywhere. They came out faster than the water., Boys gathered them in baskets, some getting dozens of fat.perch from s ix to eight inches long. WIFE WINS BY KNOCKOUT Solomon's judgment in a ' new form was ren dered in the salon of a prominent business man in the fashionable Avenue de -Saxe, Par i s . His wife _ d iscovered that her husband was too friendly with a young seamstress who came to her home every week. She decided her husband s hould choose between them, but as the women were intellectually and sociallv on different planes she decided the test should be one of physical strength, with the husband as ieferee. In a wild bout lasting several rounds the wife won b-y a knockout, the interloper ignominiously di sappearing from the s cene. A IDENTIFYING CATTLE BY NOSEPRINTS A s y stem of animal identification, evolved at the University o f Minnesota under the direction cf \Villiam E_ Peterson, has s hown in actual practice that noseprints of cows, calve s , and bulls are as reliable for id entification purposes as fingerprints of human b eings. The ide:i was devised principally to safeguard valuable blooded cattle entered for exhibition at s hows. The method of taking the no seprints is extremely simple, a s described in Popular Science Monthl11. After the perspiration is wipe d off the animal's no se with a flannel cloth, ink i s applied to the nose with a stamping pad. The impress ion is made by rollillg a piece of newsprint or mimeograph paper backed by a small b oard over the nose of the animal, beginning at toe base of the upper lip. Careful comparison s how s that no two prints of diff e r ent animals were exactly alike . It i s also true that the markings on the no s e of an animal do not change in pattern, although they become large r with age. This method is believed to offer a po sitive means of identification, of particular importance in preventing substitution of pure bred stock Suggestion S END "MOVING PICTURE STORIES" to your friends as a Christmas &:ift. It is a present that w _ ill be appreciated each. week :in en tire year. Young or old, male or female, all are mterested m the movies. We will send a letter from this office to the one who gets the gift early enough to reach him the day before Xmas, telling him the present is from you. Fill in this blank and mail it to us with price in money or postage stamps: MOVING PICTURE STORIES 166 W. 23d St., New York Date ......................................... -................ -................... .. Send to ........ _________________________ ,, ________ , ..................... _ .. ____ ...... Stree t Address .. _______ ...................... ______ .:._ ____ ............ .. City ............... ---................. _.: .............. _ .................... _ ... Check Here What You Want: ( ) One Year .... ..... $3.50 ( ) Six Months ... _ 1.75 As a gift from ....... ...................................... ____ _ ( ) Three Months, 90c Address ........... -........................... ______ ,, __ __ _ J


22 THE . LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" HAKD TO BEAT -ORA BOY OF THE RIGHT KIND By RALPH MORTON (A SERIAL STORY) 'CHAPTER XVI.-(Continued.) "I don't know," he said slowly. "Maybe lie is right about the hardship and difficulty in getting • a start in cattle raising. Of course, neither of us have capital, and without it we might herd cattle all our lives for some one else and never get further." The subject was discussed pro and con by the boys for the rest of the day. When it came evening they still were at it and all that night they slept but little. In the morning, though, it was settled. They decided to pay their fare to Dug Hole and visit the Scott ranch. They looked about for the ranchman when they went downstairs, but he was not to be found. The clerk said that he had prob ably left for St. Louis. • "I gues s you don't know u s, " said Jack, eagerly. With sonie excitement the boys began to prepare "'We are not like them sort of kids. We are earn-for their trip to the cattle country. They di.s e s t and ready to s tick. We can show you if we cus s ed an outfit and went out and bought a mly had a little advice and a chance." couple of blue revolvers of the. best pattern. They "Well, it w oul dn't be of any use," said the tried to get a regular cowb oy outfit, too, but they rancher. "Better s tick to home with the folks . I learned that they could do better at Dug Hole. have no chance for mo:re boys on my ranch. We So when they boarded the train for Colorado have all the , cowb oy s _ we want. Mind you, it is they were in a highly excited state of mind. It necessary to know the business of herding cattle took quite a lot of their savings to pay their fare to get a job on a ranch, and you kids know noth-t o such a di stance, but they cared little for that. ing about it.'.' . The f ever was upon them and they were de"That is all right, mister,'' said Jack, earnestly. termined to take up the profession of the cowboy . "But those s a m e cowboys had to start in the first and cattle herding. place. They h a d to learn how to herd and drive It took several days to reach the last stop on cattle, did n't they?" • the railroad where they were to take a stage into Scott looked at the two boys closely. the far interior where the little town of Dug Hole "That i s about right,'' he said, "but they have was. the opportunity to g r ow up on the prairie. You . They saw in the distance the ntignty ranges of kids are soft, for you have lived all your liv es fu the Ro ckies and it impressed them with grandthe town. " eur. The boys already began to feel the western Jack tried his best and most persuas iv e argu, spirit, and their hopes were high. ments, but the ranchman was obdurate. He at . When they jumped onto the rickety old stage last said: that was to take them to Dug Hole they observed "See here, where are your folks? Where is your that a number of men of the cowboy typ e were . home? Better go back to the m and stay there." also aboard. They had none of them seemed to "We h aven't any,'' said Jack, calmly. notice the two lads . The driver had given them Scott gave a start. a careless glance and now cracked his whip, and "What?" he exclaimed. "You have no home the stage was off. or folks?" That ride of twenty miles to Dug Hole the two "That is dead right, mister. We are out on boys never forgot. They skirted high pre cipices our muscle and have got to make our way with-through the mountains and went plunging down out h e lp. We thought that maybe you would give at break-neck speed through canyons . It seemed us a little h e lp, as you look ed like a kind-hearte d every moment as if they would go to death in man." some abyss. This was the argument that opened the west-But the stage driver was as cool and non-erner's heart. He stopped and again looked close-chalant as if there was not the least bit of risk. ly at t h e two boys. At last, though, they broke through the moun"I started out that way myself," he said. "I tains and came into view of the open level plain had a hard time, too. I was without friends or a beyond. It was a wonderful sight. dollar. I fought my way up on the range with As far as the eye could reach was a splendid the roughest men on earth, but I managed to win rolling prairie, green and luxurious. There were out. See here, boys, here i s my card. I own the hundreds of cattle g razing there, and in the far Bar-X ranch at Dug Hole, Colorado. If you ever distance horsemen were 'to be seen riding about. get there in the cours e of your travels call for It was all that the boys had pictured, and they Steve Delaney and tell him that I want him to were fill ed with delight and eagerness. The town give you a chance. See? He will do it, too, when of Dug Hole was just at the base af the mounyou s how him this." tains and it was a sort of supply depot and resort v\1ith that he wrote a few words on the back for the men of the range. The stage roll e d up beof the card. Then giving it to Jack, he turned fore the tavern that was a structure of two abruptly away and was gone. Jack looked at the stories with long, wide verandas. card and at Tom. On thes e l ounged cowboys and catt lemen and They were silent for a moment. miners from the hill s . For there were !fOld placers "Well, kid,'' said Jack at last. "What do you in the hills, -as the boys learned. This added to think of that?" their interest. Tom was a bit dubious. (T-0 be continued.)


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" 23 ITEMS OF GENERAL INTEREST BEES BUILD HIVE AT TOP OF BIG HENRY CLAY STATUE Bees. have pree!Ilpted the top of the Henry Clay statue m the Lexmgton Cemetery, Lexington, Ky., and have turned the upper section of the memorial figu r e into a hive. This discovery was made by the Rev. Charles N. Henbest of Cassville, Mo., who was attending a revival meeting there. The clergyman is an expert on bees and when he visited the cemetery to view the statue he noticed a swarm of the industrious in sec t s buzzing around the head of the figure. The statue, which has been in place for many years, was by lightning fifteen years ago and the head dislodged. A new one was fas hioned by Charles J. Mulligan, a Chicago sculptor, and .it is now a beehive so lofty that it will b e difficult . to c;lislodge its owners . -----WEALTHY, WORKS AS WAITER If you want to understand folks , get a job as a waiter. . That is the advice of J. F. T. Mostert, son of a multj.-millionaire South African planter and man who i s a student of agriculture at Kan sas State Agricultural Colleg e . Last summer he decidEAf to get the point of view of the workingmen, so he got a job a s waiter at the college mess hall. -"Americans have a queer notion about class distinction," Mostert said after serving as a waiter. "While they are eating at your table they will make a pretense at considering you their equal and engage you in conversation, but when they meet you outside they pretend not to recognize you." MUST FLY OLD GLORY WITH FOREIGN FLAG New Yorkers who wish to indicate their wel come to Clemenceau to the city by displaying a Frencli :flag must not forget the law that prohibits the flying of a foreign fla g without the and Stripes beside it. Mrs. John D. Rushmore of 129 Montague street made the mistake the other day, and a policeman promptly informed her that she could not display the French flag alone. A s sl1e had only one flagpole, he told her that it would have to fly the American flag or none. • Mrs. Rushmore questioned the policeman's law, but complied with his inlStructions . Inquiry at Governor's Island elicited the information that the law is in effect and enforced in every case brought to the attention of the police or the Army authorities. BREAST PLATE SAVES LIFE OF DEER HUNTER A home-made, improvised breast plate worn by Col. J. B. Green, a resident of Chelan, Wash., on a recent hunting trip, was the means o f saving his life; the other day he exhibited a flattened, soft-nose d grizzly bear bullet to prove the story he relates of b eing struck directly over the heart by the stray shot of a careless deer-slayer. ' Green engaged a sheet .:netal worker to pattern so me on e -eighth inch s teel plates the exact size of an old ves t. Afte1 being shaped, filed s mooth a long the edges and bent to match the cu r ves of his body Green glued the piecP s to the wo olen vest. Although the plttte •eighed 18 pounds h e insisted on wearing t.he contraption' into the woods . The wis dom of the tnnch was prnvcd when three miles from camp and in the heart of deer and -bear country, the Colonel was nearly knocked over b y the imp:ict of a s pent bullet which flatten ed itself against hi s chest prote<'tor'. The bullet, from a heavy 30-30 rifle w ould easily have the thin metal at range. It still had enough spee d to smear out the size of a nickel. The cru<;Je device which the vetenin wore has got lo cal mmrods to-thinking and it i s lik elv that before another hunting season r olls around som e No rthwes t g enius will patent a well-designed plate stout .to res i s t bul_lets and light enoug-h to permit bemg worn without -exhausting the bearer. The chances of a hunter being struck in the toJ"s o are seven times that of the head and tliree times that of the leis or arms, an expert has figured. "Mystery Magazine" SEMI-MONTHLY 10 CENTS A COPY. LATl:!JT 1!11111 -112 . THE MIS!!!I NG EVIDENj::E. by B:irold IC. P orthnikl Jl3 A CLUE IlY RADIO, by Cn1 1t. Jack Statlc ' 1H TH!ll DISTRICT ATTOHNEY"S SJ•;c1nfr by Chu. F. Ouuler. ' 115 A MAN FROM HEADQUAHTElll!!. by Hnmllton Cralcle. 116 THE GIRL IN THE CASE, by Cal'! . Glick 117 DE'.rECTlVE, by Dounld .George 118 NUMBER NINE QUEER STREET, by Jnck Bechdolt. 119 TRAILED BY A PRIVATE DE'.l'ECTIVE by Gottlieb .Tncohs. ' l20 THE MOUSE '!'RAP . . by Edith Se••ion • '.l'npper. 121 A RADIO MYSTERY, by Capt. Jnck l"tntic. '.l 'he Famous DetectlYe Story Out Today In 122 h THE CLAWING DEATH By BEULAH POYNTER llAKRY JI:. WOLFF, Publloller, Inc., Ht Wed ISd ltru&, :Wew Tork CU)' "Moving Picture Storiea" A Weekly 1lradne D•Y•ted to Pheteplayo an

24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" FAITHFUL NERO By D. W. STEVENS and the schooner still kept struggling against the wind. Not far from where the two old salts were stumbling up and down, roundly cursing the stu pidity of the schooner's skipper, a young girl of a wonderful type of beauty stood, with pallid face and clenched, white hands, watching the struggle with starting eyes. The sky was gray and overcast. A dull, soughShe was not richly cl'ad, her dress proclaiming ing wind blew from the northeast, and the white her simply one of the maidens of the village, caps of Martin's Bay were fast merging into But her beauty of form and feature was some-tremendous waves of mountainous height. thing quite uncommon. Off the point of Rocky Cape a schooner was She see med obvious of all about her. Indeed, trying to beat into port. It was a hard battle she seemed unnoticed; but had those in the ex against the wind, which keeled her over almost pectant throng taken the pains to Qbserve more upon her beam ends at times. cl_osely, they would have been startled by the aw-But she appeared a staunch vessel and seemed ful terror and despair depicted upon her , lovely able to yet weather the gale. face. Upon the beach; just below the little fisher toW11 Now arid then a moan would escape her lips, 'of White Cliff, nigh the entire population had and she would murmur: • turned o-qt to watch the thrilling attempt of the "Oh, spare Neil Raymond. If harm comes to. schooner to get into port. my brave young lover, then my life is lost." Great excitement reigned-among the humble Again and again the faintly murmured words fisher folk, and all sorts of• fears and surmises of a prayer escaped her lips. were expressed. But there was one in the crowd who was watch-"! tell ye, Bill White, she'll never make it," ing her, and w ho well understood what was passcried Uncle Jim Dudley, as he stood anxiously ing through her mind. • . scanning the contest from beneath the brim of He was a tall, darkly handsome youth. There his wide tarpaulin. "It's an even shake that the was nothing especially evil or malicious in his wind will veer two points yet and give us a cast, yet the lines about his mouth and the light downright norther." in his dark eyes quite clearly bespoke selfishness. Bill White, an old sea dog and well versed in the He watched the girl hawk-like, and muttered: ways of the salty ocean, expectorated a huge quid "I pray that the' Nancy May goes down this of tobacco, and replied: day. If Neil Raymond fails to alive there "I'm bound to agree with ye, Uncle Jim. An' is hope that I may win the heart lll'if lovely Leda I'm right sorry, for the Nancy a good clean Lane." craft, and her skipper, though he is a young un, Once Leda Lane, the fisher girl, glanced in his is a bright, cheery lad. J sh'd hate almighty to direction. She caught his almost triumphant see . 'em go under." gaze, and the chances of Alfred Leigh were 1ost To emphasize this statement Uncle Bill walked forever. back and forth with the typical swing of the old She read his heart like a printed book, and salt, and added a few picturesque oaths from his scorn flashed from her eyes. choicest vocabulary. 1 He turned quickly and strode away, with seethThe othe.r residents of White Cliff all looked ing emotions. with respect and even awe upon the positive dee"It was an unlucky day when Neil Raymond laration of these two salt water oracles. crossed my path," he muttered vengefully. "He Again fearful eyes were turned to the sea and shall never claim her as his bride." the sch ooner , w'as seen to just show her bows be-He left the crowd and climbed a ways up the yond the headland. cliffs of Rocky Point. Here, in a secure place, he "Hurrah, she's coming in I" was the wild cry. watched the struggle between the schooner and "She has weathered the gale. She is safe!" the storm. But these assertions were premature. The next Quite a change had taken place in the last moment a groan of despair and agony s u cceede d. few minutes. The schooner at that critical moment was The skurrying clouds had massed themselves, struck by a flaw in the wind, heeled over, wal-and now, far beyond the harbor bar, a great white lo wed a moment in tbe trough of the sea, and line was seen rushing madly inland. then, by a tremendous effort righted herself and A great cry of terror went up from the lips of .fell far back of the headland. all. Great excitement ensued. "The tornado's coming. The Nancy May ia Uncle Bill White stormed up and down the lost. She shou ld have put to sea." sands like an old-time buccaneer chief. This was true. . "Condemn ther timbers!" he roared. "Why in There was no earthly show for the Nancy May thunder don't they put out to sea? They'd be now. safer out in the roUers, and the Nancy May is The blast struck her full abeam. The masts stanch; she'd ride the gale out if it lasted a one by one were carried by the board. With all week." this hamper she could not right herself and the Whether this ide a had occurred to those on seas swept over her. board the sc hooner . or not, it was quite impo ssi• The next moment a tremendous crash was 'ble to say. heard above the thunder of the storm. It was certain that they did not adopt the plan. "She has strusck the reef," was the dismal . Theil' purpose seemed certainly to make port, cry. •


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" 25 up on the cliff, vengeful Alfred Leigh chuc k led with glee. Down upon the shore below, Leda Lane faint and blind sank upon her knees clutching the wet sands . "Heaven, I pray thee, bring my boy lover safely b ack to me!" Was that prayer heard abov'e the howling of the blast? Was it not lost in the wilOsition. In a moment they descended upon him and dis armed him. He was dragged from the cliff down to the beach amid the maddened fisher folks. "He tried to shoot faithful Nero!" was the cry. "Lynch him! He is as bad as a murderer!" It was certain that harm would have been done him but for Leda Lane. With a quick step and a wonderful self-control ahe sprang between the maddened crowd and their would-be victim. "Nol" she cried. with white face and impressive manner. "Do not harm him! Let the law deal !With such as he!" .. Right! " was the cry raised. "Let the law deal with him. " Then Leda Lane turned to the guilt-stricken wretch, and with the attitude of a Diana, she said: "Alfred Leigh, I know your wicked heart. I know that you have tri e d to rob me of my life's: happine s s . I have saved your life. This is the way I repay yoti." Leigh hung his head in s h ame . A great silenco fell upon the crowd. All understood the situation no w. Two men only were struggling in the mad . waves. The res t of the schoo ner's crew had been downed. One of these was the mate of the schooner, Bill Foster, and the other was the handsome, brave., young master of the doomed Nancy May. Neil Raymond, the love1 of Leda Lane, and the. rival of Alfred Leigh, was one of the enterprising young men of White Cliff . From an humble beginning he had worked his way up until he had become owner of the handsome scho oner Nancy May. H:e was rapidly making his way to a ble competence, and the day h a d been sei for his, wedding with Leda Lane. The storm of to-day. ho w ever, had seemed likely to defeat his cher• ished plans, for he had not the faintest hope of. ever reaching the shore . "It's all up, Bill!" he cried, as h e and Foster for a moment rose on top of a huge wave. "The Nancy May i s gone and we wm never see shore. Oh, what will become of Leda!'" He struck out and b re.iste d a mighty wave.. What was that sound near him? Could it be!' It was the barking of a dog. Then for an instant Neil cleared the spra} from his eye s. H e saw faithful Nero not fivei feet distant coming through a great wave witL the life-buoy in his mouth. ' "Bill Foster!" he shouted, with all his might "Keep up! We are saved!" The next moment faithful Nero thrust the life buoy into his ve r y face. Neil grasped it. He turned, just in time to see Mate Foster go ing down for the last time. With a quick move he threw an arm about him. The next moment Foster recovered and sup ported himself on the buoy. Neil understood the , dog's errand, and knew the dog and his brave. owner well. He quickly disengaged the rope from the faith ful animal's collar. Then Nero swam away foo the shore. As soon as those on shore could do so, the tWI: castaways were drawn in on the life line, still clinging to the buoy. As they came staggering out of the surf, kinl hands were there to lead them to warm quartem On all the long coast there was no hero liklt faithful Nero. Even to this day, though the noblll animal is long dead, his name is perpetuated ilr all the fisher towns. Neil Raymond recovered insurance on the Nancy May, and soc;m built another schooner a:ol prospered. Leda Lane became his happy bride. But Alfred Leigh served a term in prison, aJd incurred the just contempt and hatred of everr body for his cowardly attempt to end the noblit. career of Faithful Nero, the Wrecker's Doir.


26 THE LI.BERTY , THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '16 NE vv ): Ol'ree One Copy Three l\loutbs..... .. Ono Copy Si.Jc ...•.•• One Uopy Ono \'.ear..... ..... '' Canada, $4.00; Foreign, $4 .50. 7 Cellh 80 Centi fl.71l 8.60 HOW '.l'O SENU JUO:NEl'-At our risk send l'. o. Mouey On.ler, Cllcc k or Registered Letter; rt!mlttuncea iu any other wuy are at your risk. We accept PosLag11 l:HDllllJB the same as' cash. \Yhen sending silver wrap the Cvin in a gcparute piec e of paper to avoid cutting the envelope. Write your name and address plainly. letters to . HARRY E. WOLFF, Harry E. Wollr, Pree. } . Cbarlee E. Nylander, See. Publisher, Inc., L. J !'. \Vllsln, '.l 'na•. 166 W. 23d St., N. Y. ITE M S O F INT ERE ST HORSE PUMPS FOR HIMSELF "You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink," is an old saying, but this old horse doe s n ' t wait to be led to water and doesn't refuse to drink after he gets it. He belongs to Luther Huitt and when he gets thirsty he simply ambles up to a pump in a s hallow spring, works the handle with his teeth until he has drawn en.ough in a trough to satisfy hi s thirst and goes on his way. He refuses to pump water for anybody but hims elf, however. NOVELTIES FROM POLISHED COAL That coal-plain ordinary coal-can be u se d for making ornamental novelties has been shown by an Eastern manufacturer. Match holders and ash trays have be e n machined from lumps of coal and, after having been polished and buffed, .h'.lve the appearance of glass . .Two surpnsmg features of the articl es, accordmg to Populwr M e chanics, are that they may be handled without soiling the hands, and that they will stand nearly as much rqugh handling as thougb made of solid glass. CLAIMS TO MAKE RATS THEMSELVES Director George Jennis on of the Manchester Zoological Gardens pronounces Great Britain's "rat week " when efforts were made to decimate the rats for the destruction of 000 000 worth of food annually, to bea great m1s The male rat, the bold i s the. one caught by poison , says the Scien_tifi c and the death of the males only improves condition s for the survivors. Four Tpale. and female rats will, under favorable conditions , m crease to large proportion s in a period of two years . Dr. Jennison's suggestion i s to upset the numerical proportions between the sexes and leave the males to destroy their own kind; he would forbid the poi soning of rats, but would take them alive i'n traps , kill the females and turn .the males loose. He claim s to have followed this m ethod for years with success. BOYS OF "76" COUNTERFEITER ASKS. FOR ATLANTA TERM IN Joseph Brill, of Chicago, 65 years old, who c onfessed he has passed half of his life in Federal penitentiaries for counterfeiting, came up before United States Judge Wilkerson, charged with making spurious silver dollars and five dollar gold piece s . "I'm guilty, Judge," he bega n. "But I have written a letter for you. That will tell you better than I can testify. You s ee, Judge, l'rri getting old, very old." "In my young days, Judge, I was something. of an artist," the letter read. " I got a hankenng for making counterfeit coin s . ' I can't keep away from them. Been in pris on off and on for some thirty-three years. I was never in Atlanta prison; s o if you are going to jail me, please send me there.'" Judge Wilkers on granted the gray-haired man's reques t and sentenced him to the Atlanta prison for six years . ..... -LAUGHS "Did your father-in-law settle anything on you when yoo manied h is daughter?" "Yes, the rest of the family." "What do you charge for your rooms?" dollars up." "But I'm a student--" it's five dollars down." "Five "Then "Can you support my daughter?" "Yes, and stand a n occasional 'touch' from her father." "Then take her, my boy-she's yours." "Popper, what is a ministering angel?" " A ministering angel? Well, it i s a wom a n who loves to run a lawn mower." . "Did you hear that a ll the tobacco sto1es in Scranton have gone out of business?" "No. Why?" "They can' t sell cigarettes t o miners." "We formed a club of girls sworn to marry no man commanding less than ten thousand dollars a year." "And what broke it up?" "A young fel low came along who was earning thirty dollarsa week.'' Father-How's this , Harold? I hear you have been as bad as you could be to-day. What have you got to say for yourself? Small HaroldPlease don't b elieve all you hear, papa. I could have been a whole lot worse. "It's surprising how unpractical some very learned men are." "Yes , there's Prof. Lingwist for example. He spent over h alf his life in ac quiring fluency in nine or t e n different languages, and then went and married a wife who never gives him a chance to get a word in edgeways." Blink (the wholesaler)-Well, how many orders did you get yesterday? G ink (the salesman)-I got two orders in one shop. Blink-What were they? Gink-One was to get out and the other was t o stay out. .. • .. ... . '


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" GOOD READING 27 AUTOMOBILE KILLS DEER The novel experience of killing a deer by auto mobile came to Charles A . MacHenry, lawyer farmer, of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania, Va., while en route on a northern business trip re cently. Accompanied by Josep}J H. Heishman of Wash ington , Mr. MacHenqr was travelling by automo bile. One evening in the Pennsylvania State for est, between Gettysburg and Chambersburg, a large doe traversing the highway, probably blinded by the headlights, jumped in front of the automobile, was struck and killed. The motorists backed their machine and found the skull of the deer had been crushed. The doe was loaded in the rear of the machine and was canied to Chambersburg, where it was delivered to the Game Warden and a report of its accidental killing made. The animal was dressed and approximately 150 pounds of fresh venison turned over to the Children's Home. MUSIC CHARMS MOOSE The tale of a strange friendship between a lonely trapper and a large bull moose through the common language of music has been brought back from the Stony River territory in Northern Min nesota by Thomas Denley, Chief Forest Ranger of that district. Thirty-five miles from the nearest human itation, in the heart of the remote Stony River district lives Charley Lanie in a trapper's cabin, D enle y relates. Besides being one of the most successful trappers in the Minnesota wilderness, Lanie has abiJ ity with a violin bow and spends. many of his evenings in the lonely woods old favorites of years ago. One of his most mter ested listeners is a large bull moose which comes to the river near the cabin and stands belly deep in the water, while it lifts its heavy antlered head toward the cabin and listens to the violin. When the concert is over he turns and disappears in the woods . Lanie has had numerous opportunities to shoot animal, but the kindred appreciation of music has stayed his hand. SOAP MADE IN POMPEII About 5 000 to 6,000 years ago there existed an ancient' and highly developed civilizati on in the I sland of Crete, whose chief city was called Cnossos. . Our knowledge of early Creto n life and cul ture is very limited, due chiefly t p the fact that the Creton language, as represented in the s culp tured writings left us, is on e of the lan guages scientists have beei; unable to d e_cipher. But in the ruins of this ve r y o!d city there has found a bathtub, much like the kind that is used to-day. . . . So the belief that "cleanlmess is next to godliness" has apparently an ancient and honored origin. Soap, too, is of ancient lineage, .but the very early civilized nations did not know it. They used instead the juices of certain trees and ful lers' earth -as cleaning agents. Fullers' earth is also calied infusorial earth and is the remains of minute diatomeceous animals. It is found in the earth at certain places. This substance was spread on the clothes and stamped in with the feet. Soap was undoubtedly made by the Romans in Pompeii, for in the ruins of the city there is found the remains of a soap-maker's shop. During the eighth century soap was made in Italy Spain. The fir st real soap works was estabhshed at Marseilles in France in the twelfth century, when olive oil was first. employed for the purpose of soap making. Soap was introduced into England in the fourteenth century. SIGNS 30,000 YEARS OLD . Symbols and signs, chiseled, it is believed, ages ago, were discovered recently on lava rocks in a remote secti on of Owyhee County, South western Idaho. Many of the inscriptions bear striking re semblance to Chinese alphabet characters of to day, it was said, although archeologi sts say they may be anywhere from 400 to 30,000 years old. Discovery of the inscriptions, which are said to be a mine of archeological treasure, was mads by Robert Limbert, a Boise taxidermist. Their exact location will not be made public until they are examined thoroughly this summer by a num ber of scientists who are coming here. The volcanic rock, on which the in scriptions are carved, is scattered over a 30-acre sage brush fiat. In the immediate vicinity are several large cave s , around the entrance of which the rocks als o were inscribed. It is believed these caves n ever have been explored.< Possibly, it is said, they contain many relics of scientific value. Two distinct types of carvings, ideographic and pictographic, have been noted. Archeolo,gist s be lieve the ideographic antedates by many years the pictographic. Both systems have been found together on one rock and near them can be dis cerned what appears to a third system, supposed to antedate both of the others, but which has weathered beyond possibility of deciphering. Clear bits of this prehistoric writing are found on one huge waterworn lava boulder 25 f ee t long, 14 feet wide and 5 feet high. Near the center is a series of triangles believed to indicate Indian tepee s, and next to them are rows of. dots and dashes, thought to be numerals. Resemblance of many of the inscriptions to the Chinese alphabet was taken by some to .stantiate the theory that the North American Indians descended from a race which came from Asia by way of Bering Straits. Indians now living in Idaho, when questioned regarding the carvings, say the .more modern or pictographic are the work of their forefathers1 but they assert the others to be the work o:r spirits.


• 28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" INTERESTING NEWS ARTICLES FOUND HUGE TOOTH George Pugh i1as . on exhibit at his home in Brnwnsv ille, Ore., three pieces o f a mammoth's t . ooth which he discovered while working on the highway at Shedd recently. The largest piece contains seven cups o f plates of the tooth, and one of the other pieces is an entire plate. This would indicate that the mammoth which on ce roamed the jungles of Linn County in a prehistoric age was at the time of shedding the tooth about six years of age. It is well known that the mammoth differed from the mastodon by the character of its teeth and by the fact that at cer tain pericds it shed its teeth. 'l'he dentine in Mr. Pugh's find is well pre served and the whole . specimen intact. It was found during the grading of the highway at Shedd. LUMINOUS WATCH DIALS How radium, costing $120,000 a thimbleful, can 1'e u sed on cheap clocks and watches is a puzzle to t.he average man. Properly understood, it is a demonstration of the remarkable powers o f this substance. The paint u sed is a combination of zinc sulfide with an infinitesimal quantity of radi um. Examine a luminous dial through a magni fying g lass after the eyes have b een in total dark nes s for a few -minutes and tiny flashes of light may be seen; these are caused by the explosion of hundreds of millions of radium atoms, and oc cur at the rate of about 200,000 a second; the more radium in the paint, the greater the num ber of fla shes per sec ond, and the more durable the lumino sity. Since every flash means a blow upon a crystal of zinc sulfide, the crystal s grad ually break under the strain; the zinc breaks down in about five years, but the one-millionth gram of radium on the average watch dial is practically as energetic as ever. A MONSTER BARBECUE Mayor J. C. Walton of Oklahoma City, Gov ernor-elec t of Oklahoma, announced plans for a monster inaugural party, the features of which will b e a barbecue and square dance at the State House. Mr. Walton said he would have twentyfive or chestras, expected 50,000 persons from over the State, and would erect tents on the State House grounds to acc ommodate the crowds. Three hun dred head of cattle will ,go to make up the barbe cue feast, he said. "There has never been anything done like it in the history of the United States," he said. "I'm not going to have a party for the '400.' I'm going to have one that every farmer, every laboring man and every one else in the State will enjoy . "The party will begin on the day before my inauguration, or on the day itself. It will be a two-day affair. The party will keep going day and night. There will be a number o f special stunts in addition to dancing and the barbecue. "Many o f the people over the State have never seen the Capitol. I am going to make them feel at home there. For on ce the Inaugural Ball will be the people's party." Walton announced that he had no intention of resigning as Mayo r of Oklahoma City until he takes office as Governor. AMBER IS BACK Ai:nber i s again on the market. For the firs t time s inc e the war, strings o f these golden beads , of which Europe has made choice necklaces al most as long as China has cherished jade, come to New in great quantity, and the quality i s high. Excepting pearls, amber is the finest ornament fished from the sea. The Baltic shallows are dredged for chunks of it, but the best pieces are generally washed up by the waves during a storm and c ollected from the shore. The peasants of Jutland call it the gift of the sea god, but the Mediterranean people credit it with a more romantic origin. They beli eved that the rays of the setting sun are conge aled as it sinks into the sea and that this "essence of sunshine" turns int

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ELECTRIC OU'l'FIT 8 col ored Tungsten lights-com-. pletely wired ready to burn -only $1.69; 16 Electric col ored Tungsten set, complete i3 35 s Lights fancy decorated figures, complete' $2.211; 16 Lights fancy decorated fig ures, complete $4.45. FREE-1 extra bulb lf you send cash or money order. RUSH Order,---State outfit wanted, include 10 cents for postage. K . ELECTRIC MFG. CO., • Cl..., '7 East 28th St.. :Now Yor.1< •• EXTENSIVE DRIVES AGAINST JACK RABBITS A total o f 683,800 jack ral-bits killed is reporteg by the Biological S u r v e y of the Unit1td States Department of Agriculture, as a re sult of j ack rabbit campaigns this spring in Utah,, Oregon and Washington. The are based on very c l o s e counts by farmers and interested persons and are consid ered con servative. Probably a great many more were killed than were actually reported. In the Goose Lake V a 11 e y, O reg., while the actual kills of 'rabbits were not large, the saving of future crops was v e r y important. This is an irriga ted district tha t i s c om i n g into heavy production, and the r abbits do a great de a l of damage. l\1 o r e than 278,300 rabbits have been destroyed d u r i n g the Oregon campaigns. In Box elder County, Utah, extensive opera_ tions were carried on in five communities, and practically every comm11.nity that undertook t h e work in a system-. at!c way obtained very satisfactory r esults . l\1 o r e than 250,000 rabbits were killed in this county alone. In checking up the central Wash ington district a total of 155,000 rabbits were reported i n s i x counties as killed.


• "The Best Hu . ch I Ever Had!" ••rt happ e ned just three years ago. I was feeling pretty blue. Pay day had come around again and the raise I'd hoped for wasn't there. It began to look: as though I was to spend my life check:ing orders at a small salary. "I picli::ed up a magazine to read. It fell open at a familiar advertisement, and a coupon stared me in the face. Month after month for y . ears I'd been seeing that coupon, but never until that moment had I thought of it as meaning anything to me. But this time I read the advertisement twice--yes, every word! ''.Two million men, it said, had made that coupon the first steppin' stone toward success. In every line of business, men were getting s p lendid salaries because they had torn out that coup o n. Mechanics had become foremen and superintendents-carpenters had become archi tects and contractors-clerk:s like me had be come sales, advertising and business managers b e cause they had used that coupon. "Suppose that I , , ? What if by studying at home nights I really could learn t o do something besides check orders? I had a hunch to find out-and then and there I to r e out that coupon, marked it, and mailed it. "That was the turn in the road for me. The Schools at Scranton suggested just the course of training I needed and they worked with me every hour I had to spare. "In six months I was in charge of my division. In a year my salary had been doubled. And I've l!_ccn advancing ever since. Today I was appointed manager o f our Western office at $5,000 a yiar, Tearing out th a t coupon three years ago was the best hunc h I e ver had." For thirty ye ars, the International Correspondence Schools have been helping men to win promo tion, to earn more money, to have happy, prospcrou" homes, to get ahead in business and in life . You, too, can have the position you want in the work you like best. Yes, you can I All we ask is 1 the cltance to prove it. Without cos t , w ithout o b li g ation , just mark and mail this coupon. Do it right now I -------TEAR OUT HERE-----INTERNATleNAL CORRESPONDENCE SCHOOLS Box ,.Scranton, Penn a. mle ;or th• BUSINESS TllAININO DEPARTlollNT PerMoul Oreaoizatlen Better Letters Tratlc Maoa1emeot For e l10 Tr'adt Buslnen Law 8teno1rapby and TJpln• . Banklnl and Bantln1 Law B uslneu Enal11h Accountancy (includin 1 C . P .A.) Civil Service Nlchol11n Coat Acwuntln& Rallwa:r Mall Clerk . Bookkeeping Common School SubJect1 Printe Secret&l'J' High School Subjects Busin e11 Spanish 0 Fre n ch lllustratln.1 D Cartoonlna TECHNICAL AND INDUSTRIAL DEl'ARTllENT R e a ding Me ch an ical Enal n eer C o ntrac t or and BuHi.J1r Mech an ical Drafts man Ar chite c tural Drafhman Ma c h i n e Shop Practice Con crete B u l1der • Civll Ena"lneer Che mfatry D P ha r ma c y Surve7ln1 and Mapplac A u tom o bile Work Metallur g y Nav11at1on S t e am Enetneerloc Asricullure and Poultry R a d i o D Airplane En1to11 Name .. ........... . ....... .. . . . ... .. . . .... . ... ....... .... .... . .... ... ............ ....... .. .............. _ St e.2s.2• Addre11 . . ............. .. . . . .. ...... ... . .. ... ... .... ... ........ .... .. ... ..... ..... .... . ..... . .... . . . . .... . CllJ' ..... . ... ... . ................ . ... . ...... .. . . ... . State. "-Occuti•tlon .... .. .... ... ............. ... ........ . .. .. ........... . ... . . . . .... . ....... . ... ............. .. Ptnon1 reddinq •n Oonodo 11'0Mkl tend tU1 coMpon tn fAe lnfernaUonol Correipon4tnoe 8chtl1 Oano4ion, Limfte d, Montrnl, Can-.


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