The Liberty Boys holding the pass, or, The escape of General Putnam


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"You can escape from the pass by i;oing that way, General Putnam," :iaid Dick: , pointing west ward. The officer nodded and mounted his horse. The Liberty Boys f i red at the enemy down tho ravine. Putnam rode away. Dick returned to bis comra.dss •

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The Liberty Boys of '76 l11•ed Weekly-Subscriptio n price, $3 .50 per year; Canad n, $4. 00 ; Foreign, $4.50 . Hnrry E. Wolff, Publisher, Inc. , 166 West 23d Street, New York. N. Y. Entered as Second-Clnss Matter January 31, 1913, at the Post-Office at New York, N. Y., under the Act ot March 3, 1879 . No. 1164 NEW YORK, APRIL 20, 1923 Price 7 Cents Liberty Boys Holding the Pass Or, THE ESCAPE OF GENERAL PUTNAM By HARRY .MOORE CHAPTER I.-The Man on the Donkey. "That's a queer-looking fellow, Dick." "Yes, he is rather odd, Bob." "Belong around here, does he?" "I cannot tell. I don't remember him." "Better watch him, had we, Dick?" "Yes, o n the plan that it is better to watch all strangers, I suppose," laughingly replied the other. Dick Slater, the captain, and Bob Estabrook, the first lieutenant, of a band o f young patriots known as the Liberty Boys, were at that time in the district between the head of the Ramapo valley and West Point, operating against the British and keeping a lookout for all suspicious persons. General Israel Putnam was in command near Smith's Clove, while Washington had his quarters at New Windsor, some miles to the north, in the Highlands, the Liberty Boys just n o w acting under Putnam's orders. The British had shortly before this taken the two forts at Stony Point and Verplanck's Point on opposite sides of the Hudson, and the patriots were guarding the region between these forts and West Point in order to prevent the advance of the enemy. The Liberty Boys were with the veteran general near Smith's Clove, occasionally changing their position so as to learn all they could, and also to deceive the enemy in regard to the number and position of the patriots. Dick and Bob were sitting under the trees in front of the wayside inn, when they saw a man come riding on a donkey, their attention being at once attracted to him, :first because-of his singular appearance, and next because he was a stranger; and all strangers were objects of suspicion more or less. The stranger's donkey was gray with a black streak across on his back, was of pure blood and very intelligent, and would have attracted attention on his own account, being a very remarka ble animal. His rider wore a suit of gray with a broad-brimmed hat, had long white hair and a very benevolent appearance, but, on account of hisl saddle-bags, was obliged to spread his legs to a considerable extent, which a dded a whimsical look to "this appearance. "I don't know what he is," said Dick, taking a bite of bread and cheese and a swallow of buttermilk. "Quaker, do you think?" queried Bob , glancing askance at the stranger, who was much nearer now. "I cannot tell. I shall have to hear him talk. All wh0 wear broad-brims and drab clothes are not Quakers, Bob." The stranger now rode hi s donkey under the trees and toward the carriage block at one side o f the steps, calling out, as he dismounted somewhat awkwardly: "Hallo! some one, come and take my beast. I am going to stop here for a time." J "He is no Quaker, certainly," muttered BOb. "No, I think not," rejoinea Dick. "Does thee wish for entertainment for thyself and beast, friend?" asked the landlord, bustling down the steps, while a stable boy took hold of the donkey's bridle to lead him away. "What sort of gibberi s h are you land lord?" the stranger asked. "Here, give me the saddle-bags. I want them under my eye. A man who will talk like him is not to be trusted." "What would you like?" asked the landlord. "Something to eat and drink, a room and a stall for the beast?" "A stall for him wi11 do, but I would not put him in a room. I am not going to stay long , so I shall not need a room. Give me some dinner and a pint of homebrew, and give the beast something to eat." A waiting maid shortly came up and placed a plate of meat and vegetables and a half-loat of bread and a pat of butter on the ta'Qle, a boy bringing a foaming pewter of homebrew , which the stranger at once attacked with evident relish. The two boys paid no attention to him apparently, and he seemed to take no note of them, although Dick, who observed everything, presently said to Bob in low tone: "The man is watching us and I have been watching him. He is not as old as he looks. I doubt if he is over thirty. His eyebrow s are put on, and he' wears a wig, although he is a. bit bald." Having finished their repast, the boys now arose, Dick calling for his score and settling it, their horses being brought to them by a boy from the stable behind the inn. Dick rode a magnificent black Arabian and Bob a fine bay , both animals attracting a good deal of attention wherever they went, Dick Slater's black e s peci ally. As the boys were mounting their horses, being too far off to hear what he said, apparent ly, Dick did hear the stranger say to the lancf lord in an ordinary tone:

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THE LIBERTY BOYS HOLDING THE PASS ""\Vho are those two boys in Continental uni form?" "The one on the black is Dick Slater, the other is his lieutenant." "Ha! very celebrated rebel s , I believe?" "Yes, but they don't call themselves rebels. They say they are patriots. I guess you are not on our side or you wouldn't say rebels." "The landlord will say too much if I am not careful," muttered Dick. "\Vhy, can you hear what he says?" asked Bob, in surprise. "To be sure, I can," and Dick suddenly das hed toward the house, making every one jump. "I forgot something, Giles," he said, as he reached the house. Then; taking a leaf from a despatch book in hi3 pocket, he wrote something on it and handed it to the landlord, saying: "Give that to the person addressed when he calls ." Then he rode away, and the publican read: "Man in gray a spy. Detain him till I come back.-Dick Slater." "All right, I will give it to him," and the man put the paper in hi s pocket, while Dick rode back to Bob, and both were soon out of sight. Riding on, they saw a farmhouse in the di s -tance, Dick saying: "There is Sloan's. They are good patriots. I can get what I want at that house. Wait for me till I come out, Bob. I am going to ge t a disguise." Then Dick rode ahead at a gallop, hi s black Major being much faster than Bob's gray. Reaching the house, he saw a young man standing at the barn door sharpening a scythe. "Come here a moment, Hiram," he called, getting out of the saddle. "Certainly, Captain, what do you want?" a s ked the young man, coming forward. "I want a suit of clothes and a horse. There is a man at the tavern yonder whom I suspect to be a spy, and I want to hear what he has to say. He has seen me in uniform, but I think I can manage to deceive him if I have a change of <'.:lo th es and another hors e." The young farmer and Dick entered the housel when Hiram took down a worn and faded suit or homespun, Dick looking at the clothes and saying, with an air of satisfaction: "They are an right, Hiram. I can turn up the breeches and draw my hose over them." Dick quickly put on the old clothes, brushing his hair down upon his forehead, and rubbing earth on his neck and cheeks to give them a dirty look, and mounting the horse which the young farmer gave him. "Wait here, Bob," he said, as he rode away, the young lieutenant having come up meantime. When he reached the inn, he saw the man in gray sitting at the table with a big foaming pewter in front of him and looking rather sleepy. "I rather fancy that Giles has been plying him with some of his strongest brew," laughed the young captain. "He looks as if he would not want to go on again for an hour." Leaving his horse at the road, Dick went forward under the trees and took a seat near the man who had come on the donkey, and said iw a loud voice: "Gimmee some homebrew, the best you got, landlord. We've goin' to lick the rebels an' it's wuth celebratin', I guess." Dick then gave the landlord a significant look which the man understood, although he said, half angrily: "You wantto be careful how you talk about rebels here, my boy. You don't know how many of them there might be about, and you might be the one to get licked." Then he went away, and the man in gray beckoned to Dick, who went over and sat op posite. "Are there many rebels about, my boy?" he asked. "Why yes, quite some." "Do you know where the Liberty Boys are camped?" _ "To be sure I do, I know all about 'em. You don't want to go there, do you? You ain't a rebel?" "No, but I'd like to go there and see the camp. Are there other rebels about here? Do you know if Putnam or Wayne or any of the rebel generals are near at hand?" Gile s came up with a pewter of ale, which Dick paid for, at the same time giving the man a knowing wink, which the suspected spy did not see. "I'll take you to the Liberty "Boys," said Dick, in a low tone, "an' you kin find out all you wanter know." CHAP'f.ER II.-Dick Caught By Tories. The man in gray drank a deep draught from his pewter, Dick emptying the same amount from his on the grass, at the same time giving his companion a sharp look. "When will we go to the camp of the Liberty Boys?" asked the other, as he put down his pewter. "I'll g o with you now, if you like," Dick replied. "I guess you'll find out more than you think." The man called for his donkey, paid hi score1 and mounted, Dick getting on his horse ana. jogging alongside. They were on the road and near an intersecting one, the farmhouse being in plain sight, when suddenly along the other there appeared two young girls on horseback, pursued by a lot of rough-looking men. "Dick l" cried one of the girls, as she raced on, "hurry up!" "Dick, brother!" cried the other girl, "help!" "Dick, eh?" muttered the man on the donkey. "By Jove! you are the young rebel yourself!" Dick made a snatch at the man, who quickly turned his donkey and rode away in haste. Dick let him go and sped down the intersecting road, giving a shrill whistle, whkh Bob heard at the farmhouse, afld came dashing on in haste. Dick knew the two girls, one of whom was his own sister and the other his sweetheart, and reached

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THE LIBERTY BOYS HOLDING THE PASS 3 toward them, firing a shot to one side of them which wounded one of the men. "Get out of there, you ruffians!" he shouted, and the men, seeing Dick and Bob both coming on at a gallop, wheeled their horses quickly and rode away. "Who are these ruffians, Edith?" asked Dick of his sister, as he halted in front of the two girls, who quickly reined in. "Tories," said the other girl, who was Alice Estabrook. "They found us alone, knew us and tried to run away with us, but we urged our horses on and gave them a race. Then we saw you and, of course, had to call for help, just like any foolish girls." "And frighten away a fellow whom I had hoped to make a prisoner of," laughed Dick. "but that doesn't matter. You did not know anything about that." "Was that the man on the donkey?" asked Alice. "vVas he a prisoner?" "He would have been in a little while," dryly. "However, you knew nothing of my intention, and so I don't blame you." "Who was he, brother?" asked Edith. "I think he was a spy, but at any rate I know him now, and the next time I meet him he will not get away so easily." They were all in the road now, and Bob shortly came up, being very glad to see both girls. "I may as well change my clothes," observed Dick, as they rode on, "so if you will take the girls to the camp, Bob, I will follow in a few They went on to the farmhouse, where Dick stopped, the others proceeding at a leisurely gait. Dick saw Hiram Sloan, told him of the escape of the man on the donkey, cautioned him to be on the watch for the Tories, who would steal all they could lay their hands upon, and then, having put on his uniform, took Major, and set off after Bob and the two girls. He had gone a few hundred yards and had just turned a bend in the road where there were trees on both sides, a little stream with a bridge over it being just ahead of him, when a number of men sprang out from either side, while others came running up behind. Dick attempted to dash ahead, when two or three planks of the little bridge were suddenly thrown up and to one side by some men under it, who appeared at the next instant. The bridge was t d o Jong for him to leap across, and the men had rifles in their hands and cried out that theY. would sho o t if he came on. Dick did not wish to lame hi s horse and he therefore stopped, firing one shot to attract the attention of Bob, who he did no t think was far off. "Here, you stop that, you rebel!" cried the men at the bridge. . "Come off o' that hoss!" cried another, and three or four of the men laid violent hands upon him and dragged him from the saddle. The Tories, for such they were, no doubt, hurried Dick through the woods out of sight of the road in a moment, and then plunged deEl,Per and deeper into the thicket, presently taking to the stream which crossed their path, and hurrying on till the water deepened, two or three hundred yards ahead. "It'll puzzle 'em t o know which way we've went," muttered the leader of the Tories, whose name Dick discovered to be Bill Hopper, as he stepped out upon a flat rock upon which the sun shone brightly. The men followed at the same spot and walked over the rocks for a dozen yards, striking a gravelly stretch after that. They hurried into the woods again in a few moments, and at length struck in to a rocky pass, where there were thick trees overhead, t ill they reached a little cave, not much more than a hole in the rocks, where they paused. "They won't find ye here, rebel!" muttered Hopper, "an' p ooty soon we'll take ye to tho r edcoats. There's a reward for ye, and we guess we will git it. You're better'n the gals, 'cause ye'll fetch more." Dick was allowed to sit on a rock in the cave, which was not dark, some of the Ton(;s sitting near him, the greater part being outside. D ick sat on the rock in a mu sing attitude, apparently paying no attention to the Tories, but "'.:ltching them closely nevertheless, resolved to take the first chance of escape without wa1trn.; fur the return of Bob and the Liberty Boys, who he knew would be looking for him by thi.; time. CHAPTER III.-Bob and the Boys t.J the Resc ue. Bob Establ'ook heard a shot not far behind him as he rode on with Alice and Edith, and suddently drew rein. "Hallo! what's that?" he cried. "That sounds like a shot from Dick. I wonder' if anything has happened." The Tories did not come this way, did they, Bob?" a s ked Al ice. "No, but they may have come around. vVait a moment. I am going back to see what the trouble is." Then Bob roqe back cautiously, not knowing how many of the enemy there might be about. Presently he heard the clatter of hoofs and recognized Major's tread. "Hallo! there is Dick now," he said to himself. Then Major came in sight but without Dick. "Hallo! then something has happened," said Bob. He went on , Major following, and at length reached the little bridge, where there were signs of a struggle. Then Bob heard the tramp of horses and listened attentively. , "That sounds like some of the boys," he said. "If it is, all right. I'll wait a few minutes." In a short time a number of the Liberty Boys came in sight, Jed by a fine-looking boy on a big gray and in the uniform of sec ond-lieutenant with him being •a boy on a bay mare, two boys on a pair of matched sorrels, another on a roan, and several more, all well mounted. "Hallo, Mark, did you meet the girls?" asked Bob. "Yes, and they said that they were afraid that something had happened to Dick," returned Mark Morrison, the second-lieutenant.

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T H E LIB E RT Y BOY S HOLDING THE PASS "I'm afraid there has," Bob rejoined. "Send the two Harrys back to take them to the camp, ank that way. Take some of the boys to the other side, Mark, a n d I will remain on thi s side . " J ack, George, Phil and Paul went with Mark, the others keeping with Bob, all of them looking for the trail. At length Bob came to where the brook was much deeper, and where rocks ran d o wn into it on both sides. "Do you se e any signs of a trail on your side, Ma1k?" Bob asked. "No, and the rocks are steep. The water is quite deep, also. It look s to me as if there were niore likely t o have come out on your side . " "Yes , it seems so to me, but I can see no tracks." "They m a y have dried, Bob. The sun shines pretty bright here." "Yes, so it does. Go down stream to where it is shallow, Mark, and come over." Bob then the rocks and a gravel path for some little distance, finally striking a trail again and signaling to Mark that he had done so.,. as \\"ell as sending one of the boys back to tell him. Bob followed the trail cautiously waiting for the rest of the boys to come up, when he said to Mark: "We're on the right track. There are Dick's footprints fast enough. These fellows probably thought that they would fool u s by taking to the brook, but there are certain to be considered in following a trail, and we have thought of them." B ob, Mark, Jack and Ge orge went ahead, treatli n g lightl y and listening attentively, the others following at a little distance, all exercising the greatest caution. The boys at length heard the so und gf v oi c e s ahead o f them and Bo b , Mink and Jack went along cautiously, c reepin g on thel r h a n ds a n d knees and keepin g every sense on the a lert, the rest fol lowing at a little distance and not s o rapidly. At length B ob saw an opening in the woods before a ledge of r o ck , where there were several rough-looking men sitting or standing about, one marching u p and down before what seemed to be a sort of cave. "Bill Hopper needn'ter be so sot about it," muttered a tall, lanky fellow with faded hair and a washed-out complexion. "He ain't the captain no more'n me or you or any on us." "Waal, that don't signify, Spilsbury," replied another, "so long as we've got the rebel an' kin git the money." "Yuss, that's the main thing, an' we want ter see that we do get it, an' not let Bill Hopper run away with it." There_ was a buzzing of a bee heard, and one of the Tories made a slap with his hand at the supposed insect which he did not see . Bob had made the sound and a number of the boys stole up. "Drat ye, git out!" sputtered the Tory, as the sound was repeated. "I hain't got no use fur stingin' bees nor ho'nets nor any o' them pesky critters." Then there came the cry of a hawk, and in a moment nearly a dozen sturdy boys suddenly arose and made a dash upon the Tories. There was a yell, and some of the men made a rush for the cave, the greater part o f them dashing o ff into the woods. Bob and Mark ran i nto the cave and saw Dick knock down a couple o f evil looking fellows, while others darted off farther into the cave. . "Come on, boys," he said. " I don ' t kno w where these fellows have gone b u t we cannot foll ow them now. There may be others co ming. T h e man on the donkey was there just n o w, Bob." "Was he? Then he is a Tory like these other fellows?" "No, he is a British spy, as I thought, but h e knows these ruffians and was going to take them to the camp of the redcoats to-night. Now I don't think he will." "No, I fancy not," with a laugh. The boys hurried outside and along the path to the brook, and so on to the road, where the horses were waiting for them. .. Did the man on the donkey know that the Tories had you, Dick?" asked Bob, as they hurried on. "No, he came upon them unexpectedly. He has a hiding place somewhere near there, just where, I do not know. " "But he knew the rascals?" "Oh, yes, but was surprised at seeing me with them. He was rather delighted as well, and I imagine that Spilsbury Potter and Bill Hopper and the rest woufd not have received as much of the reward as .they expected if they had managed to meet me to the camp. " "We heard them talking about it, and they had their doubts abou Bill. What is the spy's mtme?" . " I don't know. They all called him Captain, b u t I d o not think he i s an o fficer. The y probably call him that from courtesy. Tl)ey seem t o lo o k up t o him, and he is of a superior in telligence ."

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THE LIBERTY BOYS HOLDING THE PASS 5 "Well, I w ould have liked to him. When did he leave?" ' "Shortly before you came in. He went somewhere into the cave, so it probably runs back farther than I thought. The fellow is a spy and trying to find out about Putnam and the others. We shall have to keep a lookout for him." Reaching the road, the boys went on at a gallop toward the camp, it being now well along in the afternoon. CHAPTER IV.-Lively Times at the Inn. After supper Dick and Bob took the girls • home, and then Dick said to Bob, when they were setting out for the camp: "I think we might as well investigate these redcoats now as any time, Bob . It is a pleasant evenin g with not too much moonlight to bother us, and we ought to find out something." "I am ready, Dick," replied Bob. "How will you go, in disguise or in our uniforms?" "I don't think we n eed to di sguise ourselves, Bob. We wilJ not go too near these fellows, and then, we don't know just where they are." "But suppose we should stumble upon them in the dark'! That would be awkward in our uni forms." "Then we can stumble out again," said Dick, and the boys .rode on past the camp, where they , left word with the sentry that they were going on a little expedition of their own, and then on toward the tavern where they had seen the man on the donkey. Coming in sight of the tavern, they saw a number of men sitting under the trees enjoying the cool evening air instead of going within where it was warm, and Dick said quietly: "It is,my opinion that we may learn something here, Bob. If I mistake not, there are some of the redcoats sitting-under the trees now." "Why, how do you know, Dick?" in surprise. "I do not .see any British uniforms among them." "They are careful not to show them, Bob, but they cannot disguise their manner of speaking, and if there are not several Englishmen in the party I am greatly mistaken." At Dick's suggestion they left their horses on the other side of the road .and walked forward, taking their seats at a table under the trees and at the outside where it was quite shady, the light from the lanterns hung in the trees scarcely reaching them. There were some men not far away, who Were talking animatedly together and who had evidently not noticed them, as one of them said presently, in a low tone, which, how-ever, Dick heard plainly: _ "Jones got away very cleverly from the young rebel s , but he learned little or nothing. Thatwas too ' bad." "He will have to try it again," replied anothe!'. "He saw young Slater himself, then?" "Yes, the young rebel being disguised and very cleverly, too. In fact Jones was stumped that he had not known the fellow. It was a very clever disguise, actually." "For a i'ebel ?" "For anybody, and that was what stumped Jones. for he didn't look for such cleveTness from a rebel bumpkin, Lieutenant. There were some girls being pursued by s ome rascally Tories, and it appears that one of these was the rebel cap tain's sweetheart, and she called him by name. Upon my word, thes e rebel s are wonderful shots. Ho\\ever did they learn it?" "Did you ever hear such impudence?" mutte)\ed Bob, angrily. "These fellows won't give us credit for ordinary common sense." "Well, then, we have something to thank the Tories for," laughed one of the m e n. "These scurvy scoundrels are respons ible for this war that has brought u s across the water to fight the rebel s, and if they can do us any favors it is onl y what they should do." It was qu ite to blame the Tories for the war at that time, and Dick and Bob laughed quietly, a boy coming up at that moment and asking them what they w i shed, being quite able to see them although the others had not. One of the redcoats, for Dick knew they were such, turned and look ed at them, but in the obscurity he could not distinguish their uniforms, and took ihe::n to be merely of the young men of the region. When the boy had gone a'.vay this man said quietly, not supposing Dick could hear: "Jones must go again and try to get hold of the young rebel. He must not ride on a donkey, however." "Thus proving himself to be one," l aughed the man who had expressed s uch surprise that the "rebels" s hould be clever. "By Jove! there he i s now," said another, as a passed a lighted part and came toward. them. "\Veil, \Villiam Jones, what luck?" asked another. "Have you learned anything of the rebels?" The man was now dressed in brown homespun, but Dick knew him on the instant and nudged Bob, as the boy came up with their orders. "Nothing new," said the spy. "You have been making a mistake not to credit the rebels with cleverness, however, and I shall have to be more careful in going among them. Before you know it, Dick Slater will be in your camp two miles below and learnin. g all our plans." "We will look out for that, Jones," returned the lieutenant. "You want to make it your busi ness to see that he does not." "I wish we had more of the boys with us," said Dick . "We would get hold of these fellows." "Do you suppose we could depend upon the landlord and the m e n sitting about to help us?" asked Bob. "If we could get word of them soon enough we might." "It would have to be done quietly and might take too much time,'' returned Dick. At that moment the landlord and some of the servants came with extra lanterns to hang among the trees, seeing that the place seemed to be so popula: with his guesLs . App_roaching Dick, h& recogmzed the two young patnots and said, in a hearty tone: "Ah, Captain Slater, I did not know that yo11 were here. And the lieutenant, too? What brings you out at this time?" Some of the redcoats now rose to their feet, and they had reason, as the lanterns tha.t were being brou.i
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6 THE LIBERTY BOYS HOLDING THE PASS the loo s e cloaks which they h,ad partly thrown aside. I "'Ve came out to learn what we could of the redcoats," said Dick. "You1 have a number of them here at this very moment. Hallo! who are good patriots here? Seize these intruders I Yonder fellow in brown is a British spy. Do not let him escape." A number of men sitting near Dick sprang to their feet and rushed the redcoats, who were now plainly revealed as they sprang toward the road where they had left their hors e s . Dick called Major, and he and Bob were quickly in the saddle in chas e of the redcoats. The spy disappeared somewhere, and Dick would rather have taken him than one of the officers. There was great excitement, the redcoats clashing down the road, men trying to intercept them, shots ringing out and shouts echoing shouts . Dick and Bob flew after the redcoats, and Dick reached for an of ficer o n a white horse, who was making his utmost effort to escape. The young patriot captain snatched at his bridle rein and managed j;,p catch it, the officer striking viciously at him. 'bick hauled in tightly on the rein, and the officer drew his J?istol and tried to shoot the daring young captain. Dick struck it out of his hand as he was about to pull the trigger, it was discharged, the ball grazing the horse's flank and causing him to start violently and break the saddle girth, the officer being thrown in the road. Dick release d the bridle, the horse dashing ahead in a fright, and quickly dish1ounted, clapping a pistol to the redcoat's herd. "Quick, Bob!" he said. "I have one of them!" Bob dismounted, firing a shot at the fleeing redcoats , now in plain sight, and ran to Dick':1 assistance. "Confound you for a meddling rebel!" sputtered the man. "If I could have a moment's time you would nqt have gotten hold of me." "There is much virtue in 'if," lieutenant," laughed Dick, who recognized the boasting officer who had been warned not to give too little credit to the patriots. The others were going down the road at a gallop, having fortunately secuted a lead upon their pursuers, and were in a fair way to escape. The boys helped the officer on his feet, and he tried to make a dash and get away. Bob was too quick for him, however, and clapped a pistol to his ear, saying sharply: "I wouldn't try it, Lieutenant." "Leftenant Griggs, if you please, you rebel!" sputtered the other. "vVe say 'lieutenant,' my dear sir," laughed Bob. "Fancy! an officer not knowing how to call his own title." A number of the men now came up, and the indignant officer was promptly marched off and locked up, to be delivered to the general in the morning. "We may be able to learn something, Bob," said Dick. "They say that the camp is two miles below. Suppose we investigate." "Very good!" said Bob, promptly, and in a few minutes the two daring young patriots were dashing down the road. After a time they heard some one ahead of them riding along the road at a fair rate, it being too dark to see who he was. "Is that you, Lieutenant?" asked some one, as they went on. "Yes, and very fortunately," returned Bob, in a gruff voice. "Then the rebels did not catch you?" "No, they did not," and Dick and Bob rode on, getting nearer to the rider, who was evidently one of the redcoats. If they could catch him, so much the better, and there seemed to be every chance of it, as he was alone and they could see no one near. They went on and presently came out into more open country where the moon shone, revealing the' scarlet uniform of the officer very plainly. Nearer and nearer the boys came to the redcoat, when suddenly he looked around and recognized a pair of "young rebels" coming on at full speed and close upon him. / "By George! you are rebels!". he gasped .. "No, we are not, we are patriot soldiers m the Continental army!" said Dick. "Forward, Bob, we must catch the fellow!" ./ The officer, who was a second-lieutenant, muttered something under his breath, drew his pistol, and fii;:ed, the bullet whistling over Dick"s head and clipping a twig. "Do that again and you will regret it!" hissed Dick as he sped on. He dashed up on one side of the officer, Bob taking the other, and in a few moments both were alongside. There was some one not very far ahead, and Dick did not care to go too far for fear of getting into the enemy's clutches. Time was short, therefore, but the two plucky young patriots improved every instant of it. The boys seized one hi s bridle rein and the other his coat collar and brought him to a sudden halt. Then Dick lifted the man bodily out of his saddle, and Bob sent hi s horse dashing ahead with a smart blow on his flank. Dick quickly halted and Bob helped him put the red coat on the saddle in front of him, when both boys wheeled and rode away. There was an outcry from the men in front, who could .be plainly seen by this time, and one of them ca1led out: "Hallo, Lieutenant, what is the matter?" "Captured by Dick Slater!" laughed Dick, and then he and Bob went on, Major making good time, although carrying a double burder. There was a shout of rage from the redcoats, and they presently set out after the boys, not keeping up the chase long, however, as o ,thers were heard coming toward them. These were some of the men from the inn who set out after the redcoats, and Dick quickly told them of the men behind him. "I have captured one of the redcoats,'' he added, "and I shall find out more about the rest. I don't think we will be troubled with them much longer." "I don't think we will if we get after them," said the others, riding on at a gallop. "It has been a lively evening, Bob," laughed Dick, "and these redcoats came to find out some thing." "Well, s o they did," with a chuckle. "They found out that we were smarter than they were

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THE LIBERTY B O YS HOLDING THE PASS 7 willing to admit, and that we were on the look out for them." "And they will be wiser next time." Then the boys rode on toward the camp. CHAPTER V.-Mysterious Visitors. The boys stopped at the inn and took their_ prisoner inside and questioned him, wishing to know more about the redcoats than they had already discovered. 'I.'he officer was greatly chagrined at having been caught by the boys and at first refused to have a word to say to Dick. "You are a spy," said the young captain,. you met a spy at the inn. You were there m umf orm but on a secret errand and took good care that you were not seen. You a spy and could be treated as such. Now 1f you prefer that well and good, but if you choose to be con side;ed as an ordinary soldier, you will answer my questions." . .,, "You have no authority to question me, returned the other, uppishly. "You are only an irresponsible rebel, you have no command." "I happen to be the captain of the Liberty Boys, holding my commission from General Wash ington himself," Dick returned. "You knew this, but you are obstinate. Furthermore, I am acting under the orders of General Putnam and have In structions to learn all I can of the enemy and to capture all their spies that I can, as well as many of their men as possible. I can promise you that if you force me to turn you over to the eral, he will give you scant ceremony submit to no impudence. You may not know his rugged nature, but I do." "A man who at nearly sixty years of age will leave the plow and go into active service for his country is not to be bullied by a mere second lieutenant," growled Bob . The officer colored, and then Dick said, quietly: "There are certain things that I wish to know, and you will oblige me by giving me the information without further trouble." The redcoat was more tractable after that. He realized that Dick was a person of some importance and would stand no nonsense , and he answered the young captain's questions more respectfully than at first. Dick learned the strength and position of the enemy, and knew that there was nothing t o be feared from them at that time as there was a small force only. More probably expected, but the officer did not know this, nor when they might be expected nor who would be in command. There were conjectures, o f course, but these counted for n othing. They had been ordered to learn as much about the "rebels" as possible and to report to the general after which' something might be done, but of this the officer knew nothing. Dick questioned him about J o nes, and learned that the latter was considered to be a very able spy and was intrusted with the mos t important missions, the general having the utmost confidence in him. "I shall have to meet this man Jones again," Dick said. "I am considered something o f a &py myself, and I canno t afford t o let one o f the _ enemy' a &'et the best o f m e. " • The boys then set off for the camp, taking the two prisoners with them, t o be turned over to General Putnam in the morning. The Liberty Boys were greatly astonis hed when the boys r o d e into camp with the two redcoats, horses having been obtained for both the prisoners, and Mark at once begun asking questions. The redcoats themselves were simply amazed at the .neatness of the camp, the s oldiery appearance and strict di s cipline of the boys, and the great regard in which Dick was held by all, and their respect for Dick in particular and for "rebels " in general was greatly increased . They were put in separate tents unde r strict guard, and then Bob told the story of his and Dick's night adventures, the boys being highly interested as well as greatly amused. "We must get after that fellow Jones ,'' de clared Mark. "We can't have spies hanging around our camp and picking up bits of information. It was a d aring thing for those redcoats to go to the inn in uniform and sit around, but I don't suppose they learned so much." "It was daring for them,'' laughed Bob, "but it would not have been for us. I would think nothing of going to a place where I was not suspected, and where I did not suppose any one would know me." The daring would be in going to a place where every one was an enemy and where you were watched and suspected at every turn," replied Mark. "Yes, I see the difference, and we have often done that." "However, it was pretty go o d for redcoats, t o imitate their manner of speaking," laughed B o b . "Of c ourse, you would not expect them to be as cleve as trained soldiers like the Liberty Boys, you know." Bob' s imitation o f the manner of the s elf-important Briton was so perfect, that Dick fairly roared and all the boys were highly amused. "We must look after Jones,'' declared Dick. "He has a better opinion of us now him self and will be more wary." The boys occupied themselves in various ways for a time, but at last the camp grew dark and still and few sounds were heard. There were no alarms during the night, and in the morning Dick went to Putnam's camp with a number of the boy s , the two prisoners being taken along. Dick saw the veteran general anti told him how the officers had been captured, and also of Jones , the spy. "I don't know that fellow, Captain," said the general, ''but if he is as clever as they say he is1 y'ou must get hold of him. Such men do a lot o t mischief." "I shall certainly try to get him, General," Dick replied. "He may not be as clever as they say, but at any rate, he is a spy and might learn something important. We will do our best t o catch him." Dick told what he 'had learned fro m the pris oners, and they were questioned f urther, saying no more, however, than they had already told. "Break up this Tory gang, Captain," said Putnam, as Dick was about to leave. "Catch this spy and find out all you can c oncerning the enemy. " " U nle ss s ome unforeseen circumst a nces t ake

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8 THE LIBERTY BOYS HOLDING THE PASS place, we will do all this, general!" Dick returned, and then he and Bob rode away, the rest of the boys following not far behind. Dick and Bob were riding along at an easy pace when they heard some on e coming toward them on horseback, and-presently a young girl appeared riding bareback and coming on at a gallop. Her hair was loose on her shoulders and fell around them in a golden mass, she had nothing on her head, and was barefoot, and looked altogether like the gyps y as she came dashing on. "That's Doris," laughed Bob. "I wonder if Hiram Slo a n thinks she w ill ever settle down and make a good wife for a farmer?" "There i s ' no telling," said Dick. "Whoa, Kit!" said the girl, bringing her horse to a halt in front of the boys, and then wheeling hi m and r i d ing by the side of Dick. "Good morning, Doris,'' said the young captain. "Any news?" "Yes , C aptain. The redcoats a mile or so beyond the inn hav e g one. I thought you might l i ke to know it." The girl Doris was employed around the inn, all sort s of odd jobs , even grooming, harnessmg, and dri ving h o r s e s at times, besides being in the kit chen and at times in the taproom. Hiram Sl oan, the y oung farmer, had taken a great fancy to her, but many said, as did Bob, t h a t it s eeme d t o be a hopeless tas k to try and bring t h e wild crea t u r e down to acting like a r ational bei n g . Sli e rod e horseba ck, she climbed trees, jumpe d ever hedges and ditche s , fished and rowe d, shot rabb i t s and squirrels , trapp e d woo d chucks and m u s krats , a n d coul d d o anything tha t a boy could , and at the s ame time was e fficient in the tavern, and d i d a ll kind s of wo r k that wo!T!en d i d , and did it w e ll , b e si d es. S h e w a s Do r i s a n d nothing el s e , no one know ing w h a t her f u ll name was, and very few knew who she was o r w h ere she came from, and the majori t y of the people in the neighborhood reg arde d her a s a g y psy, of whom no one knew nothing and w h o m nothing could be made. " Yo u d0n' t lrnO\\" where they have gone, do you, Doris' ! " a s k e d Di ck. "No, they w en t off i n a hurry and no one knows where they went. . Maybe they got scared and nm away for f ear yo u'd catch 'em." "Perhaps they did," with a s mile. "At any rate, we were g oing down there to find out more u bout them." "When did they go, Doris?" a sked Bob. "Some t ime between dark and daylight," the girl repl i e d. "They made no noise, and no one knew anything about it till this morning, when t h e y ween ' t there." "We may have frightened them off," said Dick, "or they may not have intended to go . T hi s may be a part of their plan, to leave app arently, lull u s into fancied security, and then suddenly return, take us by surpris e, and march o n to West Point." "They'll have some trouble doing it,'' laughed Bob. "To be sure," smiling, "but this may be their plans just the same. We mus t find out all we can, Bob." "I'll keep a watch, too, Captain," said Doris. "Good-by, I must go back to work." Then the girl suddenly dashed ahead and ov e r a fence and '1Cross a field into a wood, where she quickly di sappeared. "Imagine that wild creature a plodding farmer's wife," laughed Bob, "up at dawn, to b ed with the chickens , milking, churning, brewing and baking, spinning, weaving, raising a big family of children, and going to church fdur times on Sun day and twice during the week." "She may do all this," said Dick. "You don't know how soon she may settle down. Besides, on_ e does not need to be a drudge to be happy i!\ this world, and perhaps if many farmer's wives had a little of her light spirit and good nature it would be better for them." "Tha t is true enough," laughed Bob, "but I doubt if Hiram will make her steady and settled." "Time will show," said Dick. CHAPTER VI.-Two Tory Prisoners. Dick, Bob and a score of the Liberty Boys set o ff for the cave where the Tories had been, but took a path longer than the one they had taken before, where they coul\i u s e their horses, making their way to within a short distance of the place much sooner that if they had gone by the other path on foot. The boys m ade their way to the cave and then entered, finding traces of men having b e e n there, but nothing of the men themselv es. Thinking that parts of the cave might be dark, Dick got the boys to cut a number of pine sticks to be u s ed a s torches, and set out to explore t)te place, three or four boys being left on the outside to give warning in case any of the Tories should appear. , They went as far as Dick had been, and t h e n continued finding the pass age wind through the rocks, and finally out into the open, being nothing more than a narrow pass and not a cave at all. The b oys went back through the cave and then took their way toward the late camp of the redcoats , Dick thinking that he might learn something as to where they had gone. They passed the inn and s o on toward where the redcoats had been, but seeing no sign of tents till they had gone nearly two miles and were in a rough country, with winding roa d s and hills and plenty of trees. As Dick and Bob rode on, somewhat ahead of the rest, t h e y s a w t wo me n come out of a tumbledow n house a littl e back from the road and go on toward the late c:i.mp. "There are Pot t e r and t w o o f t ho s e ruffianly Tories," said D ick quickly. "Come after them, Bob." At once Dick shot ahead, l3::;b b e ing a t h is side in a moment more. Po'ter and Sol Stokes, turning their he:.:.ds at the S !llmd of hoofs , saw the t w o L i bert y comi n g and started off on a dead run , eY. d cn u: fc.u.;1g that the boys were after them. "Come on, B o b, we ' ve got t o catch them!" hiss ed Dick, dashing on . The two Tories, fearing to b e captured, left the road and darted off into the wood s , having very little start o f the plucky young patriots coming after them. The other boys, seeing Dick aTid Bob shoot ahead, knew that somethirur was. thA "(YU>tt.er

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THE LIBE BOYS HOLDING THE PASS 9 and darted after them, Jock • Warren on his speedy bay mare quickly taking the lead. When Dick and Bob dismounted and set off after the two Tories, Jack was not far behind, and on he came at full speed, leaped from the saddle and followed the leaders. As the others came on , they saw the three chasing two Tories and quickly followed . Dick caught Potter, and Jack headed off as he was trying to double on his tracks, so that he ;ran right into Bob's arms. "I thought we'd get you," said Dick. "What you goin' to do with us?" whined Potter. "We hain't done nothin' to you, we h ain't." "What about yesterday?" asked Dick, taking me to that cave to turn me over to he redcoats?" "Waal, that wasn't me, that was Bill Hopper." "Well, never mind that," said Dick. "Where have the redcoats gone that were down this way?" "How kin I tell?" replied Spilsbury, promptly. "I ain't the gen'ral o' the redcoats. I don't tell 'em where to go." "0' course we ain't," added Stoke s . "We donno nothin' about it, an' that's the truth." "Sure it is," said Potter in a moment. The very positivenes s of the men convinced Dick that they were not telling the truth and he said: "You fellows are Tories, you are in with the redcoats and with the spy we saw over at the cave, and so you are spies yourselves. Do you know what they do to spies? Now tell me where the redcoats went or we will hang you to this tree." Potter's watery eyes grew more watery and he trembled violently, seeming about to fall. "Don't hang me, Captain, an' I'll tell you all about it," he said, his teeth fa,irly chattering. "They've went off to the south. Bill Jones he told me about it." Stokes did not say anything, and Dick said to him: ' "Has Jones got a hiding place over in the rocks near the cave?" "Yes, but I donno where it is," answered Stokes, quickly, and Dick knew that he told the truth this time. "Why don't you know?" "He never told u s where it is, he said he couldn't trust us," replied the man promptly, and Bob laughed. "I guess you are all that way," he said. "I wouldn't trust any of you, and I wouldn' be lieve you unless you were scared Into telling the truth. What shall we do with these fellows, Dick?" . "What two of you fellows were round our ,camp last might?" asked Dick, suddenly, turning to Potter. "I donno, I didn't know any on 'em was," returned the man, greatly puzzled and evidently telling the truth. "You had not heard of two men who came along that way late last night, then?" Dick continued. "No, I hain't heard. I don't guess none on 'em was. We didn't dast ter gOI near the cave, an' I was back yonder in the hou s e till jest afore the redcoats went." ""What was that?" "Just afore Bill Jones told me they was goin', but that he was goin' ter stay 'round an' find out something about you rebels, an' he ast me to do the same." "Then I think I will take you to the general," said Dick, quickly. "Oh, no, I forgot, it was Bill Hopper he told, him an' S i m Mills,'' spoke up S:ilsbury, quickly. "It wa'n't me at all, I made a mistake." "Yuss, it was. Bill an' Sim what he told," declared Stoke s . "Don't ye 'member, me an' you said we wouldn't undertake no sech dangerous business, Spilsbury?" "Why, to be sure it was. That's right, but the captain got me skeered an' I forgot." "I gue ss that you'll have to go with us, both of you fellows," laughed Dick. "Take them along , btiys. We won't hang them, but they will be better out of the way of doing any mis chief for a time." The two men were greatly frightened, feeling sure that if General Putnam saw them he would hang them, as his prompt and decisive treatment of all suspected persons was well known. The two Tories were put up in front of Ben Spur lock and Sam Sanders on, and the boys rode on at a good gait. When within half a mile of the inn, Doris came suddenly dashing out of a little J a ne, riding bareback as before, halted quickly , and said to Dick: ' "You've got two of the biggest rascals in the. country, Captain. What are you going to da with them? Hang 'em? That's what they de serve, both of 'em." "No, I &"uess not, or not this time, at any rate," leplied Dick. "We are going to keep them out of the way of doing mi schief for a time." The boys rode on to the camp, and Dick turned the two Tories over to General Putnam, who gave them a warning and told them that they did not leave the district and that if they were ever caught at any mischief again, he would hang the m upon sight. The two men were greatly. frightened and promi<>ed that they would g-o away at once, Dick and some of the boys seeing them off in great haste in different directions. CHAPTER VIl.-Who the Visitors Were. After dinner Di ck and Bob set out to recon noiter and Patsy, Carl and a number of boys of the. s_ame sort li;ft the camp on a foraging ex ped1t1on, being m n _ eed of s upplies. The two boy s stopped at the young farmer's, seeing him at work in the field near the road, Hiram coming forward upon seeing them and saying, pleas antly: " Good day, Captain. Been busy?" "Yes, somewhat," smiling. "We caught Spilsbury Potter and Sol Stokes and took them before the general. He gave them a warning and let them go." "He might do the same to a lot more fellows around here," returned Hiram, with a grin. "Were you troubled last night?" "Not exactly troubled," with a smil e, ''but there were two men who will probably answer the sentry the next time they pass a camp."

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10 THE LIBERTY BOYS H O LDING THE P A SS "I saw two men this-morning," laughed Hiram, "and I guess they are the oneS-. One was a lawyer and the other his clerk. They are lo oking for s o meone. They said they were going along the road late las t night, and that some one hailed them and then a light flared up, and they ran and were fireci upon." "Was either of them injured?" asked Dick. "No, but they were greatly alarmed. They did not understand why they s hould either be s t opped or fired upon. However, they did not seem to know that there were soldiers in the neighborhood or that this was a disputed region." "Did you tell them that it was, and that all strangers are apt to be que stioned even if they are not arrested?" " I did, and they appeared to be greatly a s tonished. They are looking for s ome one, a mii; s ing heir, I believe, or something of that sort. They have traced the perso n t o this neighborhood, I believe . " "You have not see n any other strangers?" " N o , I have not." "You don't s uppo s e that could have been the s p y and some companion, do you, Dick?" asked 'B ob. "I had thought of that, as we saw the fellow this morning and s o know that he i s about, but I am not certain that he was one of them." "He must know where our camp is, however." "Yes, although I offered to show it to him yesterday," with a smile. "Yes, and you might have done so, had it not been ;or the gul.>." "Some of our boys . are out looking for supplies, Hiram," added Dick: you have an}; thing that you can spare, 1t will delight Patsy s heart greatly." "Why, yes, I believe I have a quantity of stuff that they can have, and I shall be glad to give i t to them. All patriots should be willing to help you boys i n that way, fighting as you do without pay and with no regular rations." "They are very good in that regard," Dick replied , "and s ometime s the Tories g-ive u s some thing. " ""When they can't help Bob said. The b0ys went on and shortly stopped at inn to res t their animals a bit and to learn 1f was anything new concerning the enemy. They sat uuder the trees talking to the landlord, Dick n oticing two men in bl ack seated at a table not far away, whose appearance attracted his attention. Walking over to the table where the t wo men in black sat, Dick touched his hat politely, and said: "I am Dick Slater, captain of the Liberty Boys, a n d this i s my lieutenant, Bob Estabrook. I am I afraid that som e of my boys alarmed you las t night, but you should answer a passing a camp or you may get mto trouble. "We did not know that there was a camp any where near". said one of the strangers. "Wa were hailed 1by an Iris h boy and did not think it a t all necessary to reply to him, not being soldiers and having nothing to do with military matters." "Perhaps not," Dick returned, "but it would have been an easy matter to answer him." "We did not think so, simply supposing the boy to be a farmer's lad, and we went on . Then the light flared u p and, seeing tents , and persons in uniform, we became alarmed to fled." • "Anci were fired upon. I am glad that you were not hurt, but you have really no one to blame in the matter but yourself." "\,Ye do not meddle in the quarrel between rebels and the king," the other answered, "and have no interes t in it. We are here o n legal business connected with the heir to a fortune, and rare not whether the rebels win r lose . " " \Ve are not rebels, we are pati->iot s,'' said Dick, "and I would advise you that if you are passin5 a camp hereafter and a1e challenged to answer. The redcoats are as likely to fire upon you as we are." "But we have nothing t o d o with the fight, my aear young sir; and why sho u ld we be anno ye d by your.rules and regulations?" "Simpl y because there ar!! spies about and all strangers are s uspected. You will find that the redcoats will treat you the same, and it will save you a good deal of troubl e to answer questions put to y o u and to reply when y o u are c hallenged by sentrie, especially at night." "We were on a strange road and we r e n o t sure if it were a road at all and were somewhat confus ed, therefore," said the lawyer, and then he and hi s clerk began to looK over s ome pa_pers together, paying no further attention to Dick and Bob. The latter returned to the road, getting their horses , Bob sputtering, as he got in the saddle: "Well, I declare, of that wasn't a dismissal! They paid 110 more atteJJtion to us than if we had not been there. " "Never mind, Bob," laughing. "We explained matters and cautioned them, and if there i s any more trouble will not be our fault." "You have not seen Doris, have you?" asked the landlord, as t h e boys were about to ride away. "We saw her this morning,'' Dick returned. "Sh e has not been around s'inc e, and I wonder ed 'what had become of the girl. She is usually here oftener than that. If you should see her tell her she's wanted." "Very well,'' said Dick. "Who i s this Doris you speak off?" asked the lawyer, becoming suddenly interested in Dic k and hi s affairs. "A wild sort of a girl who lives about here , w orks at the inn at times, and is here, there and everywhere," Dick replied. "Ah," said the lawyer, and he and his clerk turned to their papers and evinced n o more in terest in the young patriot. "Come on, Bob," muttered Dick. "We have nothing to do with them." The b oys rode away, taking a direction which w ould lead them somewhere near the cave they had visited in the morning. They had ridden some 1ittle di stance on a road that was not very familiar to them, when, fro m a bit of rising ground looking across the bends of the winding way under the trees, Dick distinguished scarlet uniforms in the distance. "Hallo! there our redcoats, or some, a t any rate," said the young captain. "Where, Dick?" asked Bob, suddenly reining in as if the redcoats were u pon them ..

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THE LIBERTY BOYS HOLDING THE PASS 11 "Over there," laughed Dick, pointing. "Did you think they were coming down upon us?" "Well, hardly that, and yet your sudden an nouncement rather startled me, I must admit. Ah, yes, I see them. Coming this way, are they?" "They seem to have halted, for I do not see them moving. There is not a large party of them. but there may be others not far off. We can go ahead and take a look at them. I don't think they will see us if we are cautious, Bob." "Well, no, our unifroms do not show up in the light as theirs do, and if they are not looking for us, they are not likely to notice two of us on the road." The Q9ys went on at a good gait, keeping hidden as much as possible, seeing the redcoats from time to time, and seeing that they were still halted, perhaps waiting for some one or possibly undecided about going on. The boys were within a short distance of the redcoats and were deliberating whether it were better to go on or not, being in great danger of being seen if they continued, when there was a sudden clatter of hoofs and the redcoats appeared greatly excited. "I wonder if this is more of them?" muttered Bob. "I think not," said Dick, "judging from the attitude of the redcoats, but I can't see who thes e -well, I declare!" Then both Dick and Bob caught sight of the newcomers and gave a hearty laugh. All of a sudden Patsy, Carl, and a dozen funny fellows known as the awkward squad, appeared in view and seeing the redcoats, charged upon them with a yell. On came Patsy and his merry band, nearer to the enemy than Dick and Bob, and Jones quickened his pace, darting off into the woods on his own account. The redcoats fired a volley, which was returned by the boys with interest, as they galloped on. The two divi sions met at the lane, for Patsy would not go on without orders, and Dick said: "Let them go on, boys. There may be more of them down there, and we do not care to get into any trap. How have you managed, Patsy?" "Sure we've done foine, Captain dear," laughed Patsey. "We had a foine lot given us, an' thin we met' some Tories, who wor disposed to be impident an' swore they'd massacree u s if we touched so much as a pin-feather on a hin, an' so, bein' curious to know phwat massacreein' wor loike, Oi grabbed a hull handful of feathers an' the hin wid it, an' sure ivery bye in the parthy done the same." ".And you were not massacred?" with a laugh. "Sure we wor not, but the hins wor, they med that much n'ise, an' we have thim with us, an' more besoides to pay for thim Tories foirin' on u s . Troth if they'd lift us alone, we'd have done nothin' till thim, but bein' invoited loike, cud ye blame us for takin' our fill from the vilyans? An Bill Hopper an' Mills an' more of thim rapscallions among thim, do ye moind." The next day the redcoats were reported a s working farther up toward the Highlands by another route, and Putnam moved his camp through a in the and nearer the threatened district and the mam army, the Liberty Boys going with him. They were not many miles from their old positions, but they ' were much more strongly situated, the Liberty Boys being set to keeping watch upon the pass. On the morning after their arrival in their new quarters Dick set out from the pass to recon noiter, having an idea that there were redcoats about, and wishing to satisfy h imself on that point without delay. "The sooner I know, the better," he said io himself. CHAPTER VIII.-Dori;; Does Something. Dick rode along cautiously, no t knowing whether there were enemies about no r how soon he might encounter them, being in a new region and unaware what the redcoats may have been doing. He saw no sign of redcoats, but one thing impressed him as being a little sinisular, and that was in a very little while he woulrl meet a horse man, who would regard him ke e nly, but riding on without even passing the time of day. "It's strange that there seem to be s o many on the road to-day," Dick thought, "and they all seem to be going the same way." And then he laughed to himself, for if they were going his way, he w ould not meet them, although he might overtake them and pass them on the road, which he did not. "I have seen at least a doz en," he mused. "There is something going on, and I have got to see what it is. There may be some sort of a meeting in the neighborhood , and if there is, I want to know what it i s all about." When he had not met any one for quite a l ittle distance, he pulled Major u p and turned around. "I'm going back and follow those men," he de clared to h i m self, so giving iein to his spirited horse, he was s oon speeding over the ground at a rate that ate up the distance very rapidly. He had not gone far, however, so he put Major down to a walk, and watched to see who the newcomer might chance to be. To his surpris e, he saw it was a girl, and, in a moment, that the girl was Dori's. He drew up quickly, exclaiming: "Why, Doris, what brings you so far away from home?" "I was on my way to vi sit a friend quite a piece from home, and just a bit back I saw a man lying on the ground, groaning. I was frightened at first, and was going to ride on without appearing to see him, when the man called out to me, and said if he did not have help soon he would die." "Were you able to help him?" "No, I couldn't do anything, for every ttme I touched him he groaned louder, and said I hurt him, that he mus t have some one bigger and stronger than me, and that he had passed a young officer a bit up the road, and to ride as fast as I could after him, and to hurry or he'd be dead before I got back. So hurry, Captain. I am so glad I met you." "But, Doris, are you sure this is not a trick?" "A trick? Why, Captain, what do you mean? The poor man seemed in dreadful agony, and how could 'he play any trick, weak and suffering as he is?" "There may be more about." "But if there were, why did he call to me, and send for you, when he might have got help

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12 .THE LIBERTY BOYS H O LDING THE PAS S nearer?" and Doris looked very much surprised at Dick for his s u spicions of the man, and his lack of sympathy with his suffering. Dick saw her distress, for such it amounted to, and said quickly: "Well, never mind, I'll chance it, and go back with you as quickly as we can." "Chance what, Captain? If you're afraid, of course," and she paused, as if fear and Dick Slater could possibly have no connection in her mind. Dick laughed, and answered, quickly: "It would take more than that to make me afraid." It was but a short way to the place where the man l a y by the side of the road, apparently in great distress. "That's just the way I left him!" exclaimed Doris, as Dick sprang from his horse. As Dick stooped over the prostrate man, he gave a shrill whistle, and in an instant, before Doris had leaped from her horse, men were to be seen riding toward the two from every direction, having been hidden in the woods. "Get away, Doris!" hissed Dick, while he tried to leap into his saddle , but the man who had pretended to be suffering so acutely had him by the leg, and was holding on with both hands. Before Dick could wrench himself free, he found pistols leveled a t his head on all sides. Doris gave one look, and a single cry, and then sped on, digging her heels into her horse's flanks and dodging the man who was coming toward her, who, however, was too much taken up with cap turing Dick to pay much attention to the girl who ,had already served their purpose. "I've done it, I've done it!" cried Doris, wringing her hands, and Jetting the hors e go on as he would. "I jus t put him in the enemy's power, and made him go, although he suspected it was a ruse . The only thing for me to do now, is to get him out. But how shall I do it?" While the men were crowding around him, Dick whistled to Major, who jumped to one s ide out of the reach of any detaining hand, and galloped down the road, much to the amazement and disgust of Dick's captors, who had recognized the horse, but who had expected to secure him after they had made sure of his master. They took Dick into the woods, about half a dozen of them, the rest remaining with the horses, and there they told him to strip off his uniform and to put on a suit of clothes like their own, which they handed him. Dick had observed a boy about his own size among the men, and now he did not see him, and he wondered if it were his clothing that they had given him. They took his uniform away, and Dick never saw it again, which was a decided hardship, as it was a new one, and in those days, when every cent was needed for the ammunitions of war, new uniforms were not of frequent appearance. He made no objection to the exchange, thinking that perhaps later he might find the clothing useful, and, besides, he often learned things of cons iderable importance when held a prisoner by the enemy, as he so often had been. After he had changed hi s suit, a horse was provided him, and he was led away between them in the direc-tion of the place where Dick had been held a prisoner before. He soon saw the object of depriving him of his uniform, for they took good care that he should attract the attention of no chance wayfarer, for a pistol was pointed in his direction on each side, and he was warned in a low tone to speak to no one. Dick had no desire to do so, for he knew that Doris had escaped, and that she would in some way manage to l e t the boys know of his predicament, and that either Bob or Mark would have little difficulty in finding his trail. He felt no regret at t)le s uccess of the enemy's attempt to trap him, hoping, as he did, that he would learn why these men had planned to meet at that particular spot and at that narticular time, for they had no reason for believing he would be in the neighborhood, as his decision to reconnoiter that particular place had been arrived at just before he ha
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THE LIB ERTY BOYS HOLDING TH E P ASS 13 they were saying would be of interes t to him, but how was he going to hear it? He looked about him and saw the opening overhead to Jet out the smoke, and determined that it should Jet out something els . e than smoke. He pulled the table over to the fireplace, put one of the wooden chairs on top, and then climbed on t.op of the chair, with the result that he could reach the hole with his hands, but there was nothing for him to take hold of, as the rocks that surrounded the opening were smooth and quite high. He looked around for something to put under the table, but the bed was the only thing left, and that was too narrow to hold the table, and too unwieldy for him to put on top of the table. There was .the hole above jus t out of reach, and by that very hole he determined to get his liberty for he was quite certain that it was considered inaccessible, and therefore had been left unguarded. Then he concelved the idea of putting the bed QP on end, and on doing this, found that it brought his head even with the rocks above, where he could get a place to put his arms, and thus lift himself out. It did not take him long to accomplish this, and before Jones had finished his conversation with two of the men who had been of the party that had captured Dick, that enterprising young gentleman was behind a big boulder close at hand, listening to what they were saying comfortably in the belief that they had their prisoner safe within. When Dick had settled himself behind the rock, it was Jones who was talking. "Then according to what you have discovered, it will be perfectly feasible to trap Putnam with such a force as will be easy for you to bling him to time," Jones was saying. . "Yes, there. is no doubt of it. From your reports it was considered safe to attempt the move, but there were some particulars that the commandant first wished definitely settled, and that is why I was sent with as small a party as was considered safe under the circumstances, and in order to avert suspicion I had them come on here singly. It was just a matter of luck that I saw the boy who plays the captain of the young rebels, but as there is a price set on his head, I thought it just as well to secure it. That young woman who came along at that moment proved most efficient, and in a moment or two after I had conceived the plan of capturing him, he was in our hands." "You cerainly acted with a great deal of promptitude and cleverness, Lieutenant, but the thing now is to keep him until you can deliver him to the general for he's a slippery fellow." "Oh, ther<.> ''ill be no diffic ulty about that. I have laid my pl:1!1s, and there can be no failure now." "I am g!l!d to hear it," said Jones. "So am I," was Dick's unspoken thought, "but it is never well to be too sure. Now that I know what has brought these British soldiers here I must get away and report to the general at once, so tha1/ he may foil their attempt at trapping him and hi,; forces. I have learned 1omething worth while, just as I thought I might, but the thing to be done now is to make Use of my knowledge." He cautiously raised his head above J;he boulder and saw an open space behind him that seemed to be concea l ed from view of the men who had taken him prisoner, and he darted across this and was in the woods before one of the guards looked into the hole in the rocks and found that he was no lon ge r there. The alarm was raised at once, and in a moment all was commo tion on the mountain-top. CHAPTER IX.-Doris Doe s Something More . As Dick made his way back toward the direc tion of the place where he was captured, he. wished he had Major, for he was some miles a\\'ay from his own camp, and from the head quarters of General Putnam, to whom he was anxious to report what he had overheard concern ing the plan to surprise him. Dick could run as swiftly and as tirelessly as a redskin, but for all that he would have been glad to feel Major's back under him. He ran along easily for some distance till he had gone over quite a bit of the road, when he wagon wheel s ahead, and he quickened his pace unti l he saw in the road ahead a farmer's wagon loaded with garden truck. Running up to the side of the wagon, he asked for a lift, and was much surprised, but still greater pleased , to find that the man driving the wagon was his old friend Hiram Sloan. "Hallo, Hiram! I didn't expect to meet you here!" Hiram looked down on Dick, but there was n o recognition in his eyes . "HaIJo, but who might you be who seem to know me so well?" Dick laughed. "\Yell, I'll be jiggered, if it isn' t the captain!" And Hiram gave a long whistle. "Who'd a-ex pected to meet the captain of the Liberty Boys a-walking along the road jus t li'ke a country bumpkin T" and Hiram threw back hi s head and gave a hearty laugh. Dick echoed his laugh, and jumped up on his seat beside the young farmer. "Have you met Doris?" he asked. "Doris? What'n thunder would Doris be doing around here?" "Getting me into difficulty. But I won't say that, f?r it was owing to her that I got s ome in formation that I want to take to General Putnam as quickly as I can." "Do tell! How could Doris do all that with her light ways?" Then Dick told of his adventure of the morn ing, and while they were talking, they heard the clatter of hoofs pounding along the road. "Hallo, a .runaway!" exclaimed Hiram, pulling up to one side of the road so as to give plenty of room to pass. A horse was seen coming tearing down toward them, a girl clinging to his back. Dick was in the middle of the road before the horse got to them. To his surprise, ho wever, the girl brought him up herself to a standstill within a few feet of Dick, who then saw that the rider was Doris, of whom they had just been talkin.ir.

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14 TH E LIBERT Y BOY S HOLDI N G THE PASS "Well, I'll be jigge1ed, if it isn't D oris! " ex-claim e d Hiram. I D oris l ooked up at him for the first time. " Hiram Sloan, what are y o u doing s o far away f r o m home?" "Attending to business, which is m ore than somebody I know is d oing," was the reply. "I guess I'm attending t o business as well as you, Hiram Sloan, and much more important than the selling of your old potatoes and t u r nips!" was the indi gnant response. . "Gettin_g the c .aptain into trouble?" flung back H!l'am with a wrnk at Dick. Doris tossed her head and glared at him, then turned her back and devotee! her whole atten tion to Dick. "I was sorry, Captain, that I insisted on your going back to that sc ound rel, but I thought he was really hurt-" "Don't think anything more about that, Doris. I am safe and so und, and have learned something of importance that I want to get to the general as quickly as po ssib le, and if you will lend me your horse you will do me a better favor than you did an injury earlier in the day." Doris jumped to t h e ground at once, and Dick sprang on the horse's back, saying, as he waved his hand in parting: "You t wo go on together to the general's camp with your truck, Hiram, and I will be there to meet you!" Hiram put out his hand to Doris, who turned up her no se and wouldn't look at it. "I should think you might be afraid of my getting you into trouble as I did the captain," s he snapped. Hiram laughed, as he replied, good-naturedly: "I wouldn't care how much trouble you got me mto as long as you got in, too!" But Doris was not to be propitiated with soft • words. "You can go your own way, and I'll go .mine," was her uncompromising reply, and she walked away in the opposite direction from that taken by Hiram. He said nothing moxe, but clicked to his horses and drove on, while Doris tramped along the dusty road, her head high in the air. Presently she saw some one in the uniform of the Liberty Boys approaching OT). horseback, and stopped, waiting for him to come up. When he was within hailing distance, she called out: "There's no u se in going after the captain, for he got away and is pretty well to the camp by this time!" When the youth drew rein and stopped before Doris, she saw a face that she did not recognize, still she thought nothing of that, f o r she did not know every one of the hundred Liberty Boys, and she did not in her excitement notice the fact that he was wearing the uniform of a captain. "What is that?" he asked. "I say the captain is safe, and the Liberty Boys whom I told of his capture may rest easy." "You told of the capture of that rebel captain! " exclaimed the boy, angrily, and he made a dash at her o n h orseback. D oris drew back, frightened, and then saw the epaulets on the uniform, and remembering that Dick wore an ordinary the truth flashed o n her understandin g that this was no Liberty Boy afte: all, b u t an enemy. She gave a cry, and fled mto the wo o ds whither the horse could not .follow, and the boy did not dism o unt, but puttrng spurs to his horse, gall oped on. Doris listened to the diminishing s ounds o f the hoofbeats, and then was about to g o o n, when she heard footsteps close at hand, a n d waiting a . moment t o see who might be c oming, she found herself surrounded by a number of men who had been walking in the w o ods . • "Hallo, if I mistake not this is the maid who did us 'such excellent service i n getting that young rebel!" exclaimed one of the men comin.,. toward Doris. ' "' She retreated till she stood with her back against a tree, and then waited for what was coming. "I believe you are right, and a right prettv lass she is, too, and deserves something for he r pains." "Perhaps she knows where that fellow has gone," suggested an older man. "That's so. Say, my pretty maid, do you know where that rebel captain is n o w that you helped us to capture?" "If a maid like me helped you to capture s o brave a soldier as Captain Slater, surely you ought to have men enough to keep him boy that he !" she retorted, scornfully, her blue eyes fl.ashing, and her cheeks glowing with anger. "Bah Jove, but she is a beauty!" exclaimed one of Y?,ung men . "I believe she is pretty enough to kiss! and he advanced toward her with the evident intention of giving her what he con sid ered her just deserts, thinking that she would regard it a compliment to be saluted bv a hand-some British officer . "Stand back!" she cried, in a low,' tense tone, "or you '11 be sorry ! " Her bonnet had fallen back from her face revealing the mass of curling golden hair that framed the swee t face, than which few ladies could boast of a fairer. "Oh, she's a little coy, that's all," laughed another. "After you, Lieutenant!" The officer took a step forward, the others following suit, when Doris hearingthe sound of :vagon wheels, gave a loud, piercing scream, and m I!-seco?d tall, figure brandishing a big whip, JUmped mto the midst of the men and began laying the lash about hi:i lustily' soon having a bare space about him the width of the lash added to the length of a long right arm. "Here, none of your nonsense!" exclaimed the newcomer. • "Hiram!" cried Doris, bounding toJard him. He caught her in his arms and leaped out into the road, put her into the wagon, sprang up onto the seat, lashed his horses into a run and was out of reach of the British almost before they knew what was taking place. After they had ridden a little distance, Hiram felt a little form nestling close to his, and he put hi_s arm around it and held it tenderly, but without saying a word. ' . "However did you come just at the right m o ment, Hiram?" she asked, after a moment o r s o. "As soon as y o l were out o f sight I turned

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16 THE LIBERTY BOYS HOLDING THE PASS " I s she dark or light?" "She is fair, with a mass of gold hair reaching below her waist. Her eyes are blue but very dark, s o that many think they are black or a deep brown." "And her age?" "About twenty, I should say." "Where is she at this time?" "I do not know. I saw her yesterday, but have not seen her since, and she may have gone back to the inn. She flies about, here, there and everywhere, as I may have told you, and I seldom know where to find her. There is a young farmer in the neighborhood where I first met you, you may know. He is greatly interested in her." "What you say interests me and I may tell you that I have learned since seeing you that the young lady does not know that she belongs to an old family, does not know her name, in lact. Why I was not interested the other day was because I had been misinformed and thought to find a lady, one who knew her rank and station, and occupied a simi lar one here, although she did not know-that she was now in the direct line of descent, the elder sons and their issue, as well as the daughters, who never married, being all dead. Your speaking of her hair and eyes and age me that I am on the right track. She is the image of her mother, who came to this country twenty years ago, having just married the viscount, or, at least, he was not a viscount then, being the youngest son. There was nothing for him, the eldest son being in the army, the sec ond in the navy, and the third in the church, and he immigrated after marr.ying, greatly to the chagrin of the family." "Why should he not marry? The lady was worthy?" "Thoroughly so, but you do not understand. These younger s on s are supposed to have their wives chosen for them." "For financial reas ons, I suppose?" with a l augh. "Never mind that, however. You have traced him!" "Yes, and his wife. They are both dead some years. There was but one child, the L;i.dy Doris -or, that is, she will be when this affair is settled. You do not know where she is?" "No, unless you will find her in the neighborhood where I met you." "Ah, yes, and there are troops between this and that, and some of them are very rude, if they do serve the king. I would rather avoid ti1cm. There are so many, though, that.:--" "Troops between this and that?" interrupted Dick. "Are there many?" "I 'hould say there were hundreds, perhaps and marching on rapidly. Why, this :n::rn:ng as we came along, we saw behind us-" There was a rapid clatter of hoofs outs ide the "indG\\". Jack Warren came riding up at a gal . lop . "Redcoats, Captain, hundreds of them, coming "P ::it full tilt, headed for the pass!" shouted ,r ::ick. "The boy s are coming on rapidly. Shall try to check the enemy or keep on?" "Tell them to keep on, Jack," answered Dick Lem the window . "No, you have the fastest hcrse of any except my own, iide on to the camp and tell Lieutenant Morrison to occupy the pass. I will see the Liberty Boys myself." "Very good, Captain," and Jack went on like the wind. "Go after him, Bob," said Dick. "Tell Mark to occupy the pass as s oon as pos sib le and to let Putnam know that the enemy are coming." Then both boys -flew out of the room Jack having disappeared, and in a few Dick' was flying down the road to meet the boys while Bob was flying up it after Jack, whom had very little chance of overtaking, however. Dick fairly flew on Major, met the boys coming on, and said: "Forward, boys, as fast as you can go we must hold the pass against these redcoats. That i s more important than trying to check theni here." The boys gave a cheer and rode on at a gallop past the inn and on to the camp. When they reached this, they found that Jack on his fleet mare had already spread the news of the com ing of the redcoats, and that the boys were already about to start. Putnam had been informed of the enemy' s approach by Jack, being in the pass when the young Liberty Boy entered it a t a .galloJ.?. He there when the Liberty Boys with Dick at their head came on, and he said at once to the young captain: "The enemy are approaching then, and soone r than we expected?" "Yes, General, but the Liberty Boys will hold the pass and keep them from advancing." " I rely upon you to do it, Captain,'' said Put nam, gravely. "There is but a small portion of my force here, and the enemy must not ad vance till there are more of us here." "They shall not, General!" said Dick with the utmost decision. ' at once r!aced his boys in advantageous pos1t10ns, the rnam body in the pass but many in elevated positions, where they pour a terrible fire upon the enemy and be safe behind breastworks of solid rock. By the time the redcoats arrived at the pass, the Liberty Boys were well placed and ready for them. ob directed the boy s on one side and Mark on the other the brave fellows having placed themselves in' the most advantageous po si tion. There was soon a rattle of musketry, the gallant boys pom:mg m volley after volley with telling effect, rnakmg every shot count for something. Putnam's horse was ready, and he now said to Dick: "I must leave the pass, Captain, but do you and your brave boys hold it to the last." Dick took up a position on the rocks where he could overlook the fight, and gave directions to the boys below and about him, his orders being quickly carried and rapidly executed. There was a steady fire whenever the redcoats sought to advance, and another from the rocks on either side whenever those in the rear exposed them as pressed on to help the van, there at times a constant rattle of musketry, while cloud s of smoke filled the air. The boys on the rocks were well protected, and although Il'.any shots were at them, they rarely did more than to strike the rocks, the boys being seldom and then mostly by spent balls their hurts amounting to little or nothing. '

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THE LIBERTY BOYS HOLDING THE PASS 17 The enemy had no artillery with him, and it would have been difficult to operate it if they had had, the way through the pass being narrow and rough and bad for guns or any heavy loads. CHAPTER XI.-What Doris Told the Boys. Hour after hour the enemy tried to force the pass, and hour after hour the brave Liberty Boys held it, fighting resolutely and with the utmost determination.1 At length, along in the afternoon, a strong force entered by the pass in the rear and pressed forward to dispute the place with the enemy and to take the places of the boys who had been fighting so long and so steadily. They were fresh, and the redcoats felt the difference when they opened fire upon them. The redcoats fell back, feeling that it was of little use to dispute the pass with the patriots if they received reinforcements. Later Putnam returned with a strong force by the way he had gone and fell upon the enemy with the greatest of vigor. The enemy fell back before the fresh troops, and the pass was occupied. by the patriots, quite a strong force of whom made their camp outside, in order to defend it in case the redcoats returned. The Liberty Bo ys now withdrew from the pass to rest and to get ready for another fight in case there should be one, cleaning and reloading muskets and pistols, looking after the wounded, and doing whatever else was required, the brave fellows having few idle moments. "\Vell, that was a tough fight," declared Bob, as the boys, sat at dinne1 ," but we were advan tageously placed, and it would have taken a much larger force to dislodge us." "Very true, Bob," returned Dick, "but the boys showed the utmost determination, and that was what won the fight. One might easily have gotten into a panic at any time and fled from the pass, leaving it to the enemy." "The having something new to do every now and then gave the boys something to think about," laughed Mark, "and they never get tired of doing the same thing." "Well, we have shown some of these redcoats who expressed such surprise that we knew any thing at all that we know how to fight," laughed Dick, "and I think they will be a bit slow about attacking us again and trying to force their way th1ough the Highlands." The enemy fell back again at night, and in the morning they were not in sight, although it was not known whether they had returned to their former position or were resting at a convenient distance ready to advance again at the first op portunity. The iegulars fell back to the far ther side o;f. the pass, while the Libel'ty Boys took up a position in the pass and close to it, some where near their quarters. "We will be holding the pass still," declared Dick, "and will probably have plenty to do, al though we may not have any more such hot fighting as we haJ yesterday for so me little time." "Holding the pass i s something in itself," re turned Bob, "and it f-hO\\'S the confide nce that the general has in us." During the morning Dick set out with Bob and some of the boys to see if there were any signs of the enemy, and also to look for lawyer Black and his clerk. Reaching the inn where they had had the interview with the lawyer, Dick dismounted, sending the boys ahead slowly, while he and Bob remained behind. Entering the tavern, leaving Bob on horseback outs ide, Dick saw the landlord and asked if the lawyer was there. "No, he left after the redcoats came on Captain," the host replied. "I guess they thought W
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18 THE LIB ERTY B OYS H OLD ING THE PASS like one. I am going t o be a farmer's wife, and that is good enough for me. Hiram and l are g oing to get ma'.rried. He says that will make me settle down, and he has gone home to get things ready for the wedding. I'll go back as s o on as those men stop looking for me." "I don't think he w o uld," smiling. ''Then he does n o t know a .nything about it?" "No, he doesn't." "Those men are looking for the missing heir to an estate in England, and I believe that you are the one. I am talking with the chief lawyer yesterday, and I am positive that you are the one he wants. He said that her name was Doris , and that she had golden hair and da1k blue eyes . We were interupted .by the coming of the redcoats, and since then the lawyer has gone. We will prove you to b e a lady, Dori s , and--" "I don't want to be a lady. I don't want to go t o England; I am going to stay h ere and m arry Hiram Sloan a nd be Mrs . Sloan, the farmer ' s wife," broke in Doris, impuls ively. " I don't want t o be a lady1 and I won't!" and Do r i s suddenly flew up the road and was out of sight in a few moments. "She is a queer creature," laughed Dick. "So that is what Hiram has gone home for, is it? Well, I am glad of it." "She is afraid she will lose Hira m if s he i s a said Bob. "We may have s ome trouble in convincing her that she will not." "I shall have to get Alice and Edith to talk to her," ob,served Dick, smiling. "However, as she said, there is that spy and we must not lo s e him." They rode on, and at length came upon Ben and Sam, Ben saying: "Jack has located the fellow, Captain, and he and the two Harrys are watching the house. George, Phil and Paul have gone around one way to get to the back of the house, and Will and Ezra have gone another. Jack thinks we will catch him." "All right, we will go and see if we can," Dick returned, and then they all went on cautiously, at length coming in sight of an old house, where Ben said the spy had been seen. "Jack i s hiding by the side of the road in front," said Ben, "and is waiting till we can come up and surround it." Dick sent Ben and Sam ahead and in a short time they ,signaled back that the boys we r e on all sides of the hou s e and tha t the spy had not left it. "Then we will catch him," said Dick . "Come on, Bob." CHAPTER XIl.-The Spy's Escape. The boys das hed ahead, Jack and the others coming out as Dick rode up, and then all made a rush for the houses. Jones came iunning out at a side door a s the boy s advanced, seeming t o be greatly alarmed. Seeing the boys, he darted to a well at the side of the house and went d own in a hurry a s the boys ran forward. The b oys dismounted and s urrounded the well, mus k ets in hand. Then Dick approached the well, look e d down, and said in a loud voice: "Come out, Jones, or we will fire." There was no answer, and Dick looked o v er, suddenly muttering: "Jove I I believe the well is dry. I can't s e e a bit of water, Get a torch, boys." Ben quickly brought a pine torch; and Dick threw it down the well. It blazed up brightly at the bottom, and Dick could see that there was no water there. "Hallo, here is a fellow that we know!" c:ried Harry Judson, from the back of the house. "Who i s it?" a s ked Dick. "Bring him for" ard." Then the two Harrys came up with Spilsbury Potter between them, the man trembling vio l ently. "T hain' t done nothin', Captain," the man pro tested. ,;hat do you know about this well, Spilsbury ?" a sked Dick. "It's dry, an' there's an old dry spring at the bott om that runs up back o' the house quite a ways." "Hurry into the wood s , boys," said Dick, quick ly , "and see if you can find the fellow." The two Harrys , Ben and Sam hastened off in the direction pointed out by Spilsbury Potter, and Dick sent Will down the well to look for the old spring bed. Will found it and called up: "There i s a good-sized hole here, Captain, big enough for a man to crawl through without trouble, and I can see the prints of his hands and knees in the soft earth." "All right, Will, come up. Which way does it lead?" "To the west, about, Captain." In a few moments there was a shout fro m the woods back of the house, and then the s ound of rapid shots. "The boys have come upon the fellow," said Dick. "Hurry up, Bob, and s ee if you can catch him. I will stay here in case he tries to d ouble on his tracks." There were more shots and shouts, and then a regular fusillade, and in a few moments the boy s came
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THE LIBERTY BOYS HOLDING THE PASS 19 not think of the well being dry any mo.re than you did." Dick now halted, and sent Jack Warren on to the camp to bring up a large party of the Liberty Boys to go after the redcoats. The boys waited, keeping a watch upon the road, and in half an hour, Jack returned with a goodly party of the boys headed by Mark. Then they all rode back to the house where they 11ad see n the spy and found 'it deserted, Potter evidently not caring to wait for the boys to return lest they might reconsider their determination and make a pris oner of him. They saw nothing of the redcoats, and Dick took a good-sized party of the boys and went into the woods, following the bed of the old water-course till they came to a large circular opening in th.e. ground, whence William Jones had emerged. Reaching the top of the hill, Dick looked down and saw a number of tents and many redcoats walking about. "That is only a small camp,'' Dick said, "but the fact of there being any redcoats at all is not a comforting one., and we must drive them out." He then sent Bob back to take the rest of the Liberty Boys around by the nearest road, while he and his detachment made their way down the hill to attack the enemy as soon as' Bob should arrive. The boys tock the greatest pains not to be seen, and advanced rapidly till within a few rods of the redcoats, where they crouched in the bushes, awaiting the coming of Bob and the other Liberty Boys. Before long Dick saw that the enemy were preparing to leave, beginning to dismantle their camp and pack their baggage. Listening attentively, the young captain heard Bob coming on and ordered the boys to charge. "Bob will hear us and come on all the faster,'' he said. The redcoats were greatly surprised at seeing a strong party of "young rebels" sudden.ly dash toward their camp, firing a volley and coming on with loud shouts. They quickly rallied and returned the fire of the plucky boys, who then took positions behind trees and rocks, and poured in a steady fire, every shot telling. Then there was a loud cheer and a great tramping of hoofs, and from another point came a second detachment of Liberty Boys led by Bob. Dick divided his forces, took command of one half, and gave the other to Mark, and suddenly charged u pon the camp, the redcoats being now attacked on three sides. Muskets rattled and pistols cracked, and there was a tremendous din, the redcoats fancying that the.re was a brigade coming down upon them, and doing their best to get away. The enemy, fearing that there were many more behind the Liberty BGys, made their escape in great haste, leaving much of their camp equipage behind them in their haste to get away. Dick saw Jones mount a horse and ride away at breakneck sp_ eed, but did not follow, wishing to scatter the redcoats and get all he could out of the camp. They captured some horses, a considerable number of muskets, and a good supply of ammunition, besides the greater part of the tents and a lot of clothing and provisions, all of which would be most useful to them. The redcoats went off in the greatest haste, and Dick did not pursue them, being satisfied at driven them away. Collecting the spoils, the boys returned t o the camp, after being satisfied that the redcoats were in full retreat and not likely to return, those who had remained behind receiving them with hearty cheers. The 'bpys scouted about the neighborhood dur ing the ifuy and found that the redcoats had re tired toward Stony Point and that there were none of them within miles. The next day there were none to be seen, and the boys had orders to return to their former position and watch the enemy, it being rumored that Wayne had an expedition against Stony Point in view, the com mander having planned it. Only a few scattered rumors were heard, and the boys were told to keep quiet about these even, as it was desired that nothing should come out. The day after their arrival, Dick and Bob set out on a scouting expedition and stopped at the inn where they had been before, seeing the chaise of the lawyer standing outside. The boys entered and found the lawyer enjoying a frugal break fast, being very glad to see the young patriots. "Have you seen the young woman?" he asked Dick. " I have been making more inquiries and I am nearly satisfied that she is the person." "I have se en her," Dick replied, "but for some reason she is staying away, having heard that someone was looking for her. She is singularly shy for such a wild creature, but I think she will be different when she is married." "Married?" repeated the lawyer. "Is she con templating such a step?" "Yes, she is going to be married to the young farmer I spoke of, and that very shortly." "She is not twenty-one, you think?" "No, I do not believe she is." "She i s not, and by the conditi on s which govern the inheritance, she can receive nothing if she marries before that age." "Then we must forbid the banns, Bob, for she must have this money, and, of course, she must marry Hiram, bmr. she can wait for that." CHAPTER XIII.-Doris Becomes A Lady. Dick and Bob went over the papers tooether with the lawyer, and then called on v 1 ho was hard at work in the fields, but was ready to li sten to what they had to say. The young/ captain told him what the lawyer had said and added: "Were you thinking of getting married short ly, Hiram?" "Why, yes, within a few days. Doris agreed that she would never settle down until \\'e were married, and s o we thought it best to do it as soon as the banns could be published." "What day would you set for the girl's corning of age?" asked Dick of the lawyer. "Next October, according to all that I can learn." ."Very. good. -Xou will have to postpone it, Hiram, 1f you wish . to secure this money for Dons. If she is the real heir, I do not see wP.y she should not have it. As to her objections t o bein g a lady," laughing, "I think she will get over them." "I think that if the lawyer goes away, presumably for good," suggested Bob, "Horis will

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20 THE LIBERTY BOYS HOLDING THE PASS come back, so I would suggest that he takes his departure. We can communicate with him Doris is over her queer notions and everythmg can be arranged. " "The idea is a very good one," said the lawyer, "and we will depart at once . " The lawyer went away that day, and in the evening Doris appeared again and was evidently very glad to get back. . Then, in scouting about the region, Dick and Bob caught a _nd t ook him to camp on a charge of bemg m with spies. Bill was greatly frightened and said to Dick: " I can tell you something, Captain, about that wild gal that Hiram Sloan thinks so much on. I know who she is and all about her." "What do you know, Hopper?" asked Dick. "I know her name and when she was born and when her father and mother died, and I have some of her things. I knowed her mother, and when she died my woman k ep' all the things . She thought she might make something ou t'n them but nobody never come to a s k about the gal, she ne':'er did, we'':'e got 'em yet.". "I will promise you this, Bill Hopper," sa1d Dick. "You will not be hanged if you furnis h me with this /roof, but you will h a ve to leav e the region an stay away." "All right)' muttered the man. Dick sent to the man's house and got the proofs which were jus t what he cl a imed them to be and would prove the cl aims of Doris beyond a doubt. The boy found the lawyer and submitted them to him, and in the meantime Alice and Edith saw Doris ;md talked to her in a s ensibl e fas hion , quite winning her o ver to her side. "You would call me a lady, wouldn't you?" asked Alice. "Of course, and Miss Edith are l a d ie s and very fine young women, but that 1sn t the kind of a l a dy they want 4!"' make of T h e y went to d r ess me up in silks and satms, and not let me do any work nor have any good t i me s and make me live in England, and never Hiram again an-and I jus t won't do it!" "They don't mean to do anything of the )
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.. THE L IBERTY BOYS OF "76" 21 CURRENT NEWS 8 -CENT MEALS SUCCESSFUL Prisoners i n the Washtenaw County jail, in Ann Arbor, Mich., gained weight during the last year on meals that cost 8 cents each. Several cases were cited by the sheriff where long-term prisoners had gained as much as thirty pounds. LEECHES AGAIN USED BY MODERN DOCTORS After many years of comparative neglect, the humble leech is said to be coming-into its old popularity. But the old leech farms have long disappeared. Some modern doctors claim there are few better methods of relieving inflamma . tory areas than by the application of thes e bloodsucking creatures. The "animated mustard plas ters" are exported in baskets from Turkey, and Paris is reported to have one leech farm selling 130,000 a mon;h. ENCOUNTER GIANT WHALES H a n s Jensen and Charles Johnson, two Swedish fishermen who put into Cape May harbor in a thirty-foot fishing boat recently, told a tale of t hree whales. OUT TODAY! tensen said that when they were one hundred miles east-southeast of Cape May they sighted three large whales, one of which came so clo:;e to the little craft that the fishermen were afraid of being capsized. Jensen said the whales were more than one hundred feet long and that the one that came so near to the boat was the largest. he had ever seen in his twenty years at sea. Fis he rmen here say that the whales have come out of the north with the big ice floes that are reported off the northern coast. TRACTORS DISPLACE DOGS Dog-sledge trains, t_he "indispens:i-ble" of the North, are bemg replaced m the Spnng rush to the Yukon this year by caterpillar tractors . The first tractor train, a ten-ton hauler with three trailers, each of five tons burden, is being made up at White Horse for the 300-mile trip to Mayo. . The north trails are l ined with hikers and small dog teams. All sorts of conveyances, principally caterpillar tractors, are being pressed into service to carry ore fro mthe Keep Hill silver mines to Mayo Landing before the thraw. OUT TODAY! Buy a copy of "Happy Days , " No. 1 489, and read the i nterest ing story Billy, the Messenger Boy -Or,WORKING FOR THE A. D . T . By C . LITTLE which begins in that number. "HAPPY DAYS" also contains short sketches that hold you interesting articles, funniest of funny stories, and --THE LATEST RADIO NEWS Price 8 C e n ts a Copy Out Tod a y On All Newsstands

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22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" Against The Trust -ORTHE YOUNG LUMBERMAN'S BAITLE By RALPH MORTON (A Serial Story.) CH APTER II.-( Continued.) He found that he had just fair time in which to do his packing and send for a hack to take him and his baggage to the train for home; so he at once set about his task, wondering what had caused his mother to command him to leave the Brookdale institution just after the season had b egun. He sent a line to Torn Wes t with a servant, ordered the hack, and in les s than half an hour was out of the college and in the train and speed ing at express speed to the city. Two hours later he walked into the elegant mansion he called home, and ran up to his mother's room. He found her sitting at a de s k, looking over some papers that she had taken from a small safe. She kissed him fondly and looked admiringly at the outlines of his powerful frame. "Sit down, Ben," she said, "and let me tell you what caus ed me to summon you in such a preemptory manner." "Ben, we are in the position of people who have been living over a volcano and the eruption has t aken place. When your father died three months ago, you and I thought that we had over two hundred thousand to look to for support, but an investigation of your father's affairs shows that he was not satisfied with the fortune he had, but t r ied to make millions. He invested to almost his entire possessions in real e state, and the worst of it is that he did not buy it outright, but held it o n a margin of ten per cent., thinking that a boom would com e long before this that would enable him to quadruple his money. "The boom turned another w a y , and his hold i n g shrank more than twenty per cent., and, of c ourse, he ' was wiped out. I h a ve just learned this to-day from the lawyers w ho have been trying to straighte n out his a ccounts . "Ben, ther e i s this hou s e, which belongs to me, and there is about a thousand a year to run it on, w hi c h mea n s ec onomy on my part, and I thought t h a t it was not only folly to keep you at college in t he face of all this , but that it was proper to re : a 11 you before you spent any more mon e y." "It's a good thing you did, mother. I was go ing to pay fifteen hundred for an automobile." His mother smiled. "There is one more little property left," she 1aid. "Many years ago your father took the deed 1f a property in Maine for a debt, and made me t present of it. It i s a thousand acres of wood and, on which I have paid taxes ever since, and '.01 which l have the receipts . :Here is the deed for the property, the tax receipts, and here is also a power of attorney made out to you which authorizes you to act for me, and I thought that it might be a good idea for you to go out there, have a look at the property, question persons who know about such matters, and try to sell it. Then, Ben, we can take that money and start you in some genteel busines s." And with that she handed over the various papers she had spoken of, and Ben laid them out on the table and inspected them. A map -fell out from the folded deed, and his mother pointed to it. "You will see that the property, which i s marked by a cross, is away up in the northern part of Maine, many miles from any railroad, and that is why it would be a disagreeable task for me to travel there." Ben nodde . d, and continued to inspect the papers . "Mother," he said, after a moment, "yo u know that from choice I have made a study of forestry, the branch of education that the Government at Washington i s now doing so much to encourage, and from wha t little I know of the matter I am inclined to think that you have a valuable tract of land, tha t is, valuable for the timber on it." "I hope so , " said his mother, "and als o hope that you will be able to get a good price for it." "But, mother, suppose I am not able to get a satisfactory price for it, and find out that the demand for such lumber as it will produce will make us rich, why shouldn't I try to work it?" "Be a lumberman?" cried his mother. "Yes, mother." "And live in the woods among those rough woodchopper s ?" . "That would not hurt me, mother." "But it's a life that only the most hardy can stand," cried the loving mother, gazing anxiously at her son. Big Ben Bates l aughed outright in spite of the seriousnes s of the situation, picked his mother up from the chair in which she was sitting, and toss ed her in the air as though she had been a feather. "Mother," he said, "I have been in training six months, and I'm as hard as nails. I can stand anything, I tell you, as well as any lumberman that was born in the woods, and if that property can be worked and the lumber sold, and we can make a small fortune out of it instead of sacrificing it and starting in some business in which I might fail, I'm going to do it. I'm young, big, strong, and healthy, and there is no iea s on why I should not succeed. Why, mother, if we made any sort of a go with the first year, the second year would see us on easy street, and I could continue in the business, which would be much more congenial to me than engaging in any occupation here in the city." Mrs. Bates urged that there was not enough money to develop the property, but Ben answered that he could easily raise money to add to the little they possessed, by giving a mortgage, if necessary, on the wooded tract, and so, after a long argument the widow finally gave in to the boy and consented that he should do as he thought best. (To be continued.)

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" ITEMS OF G ENERAL INTER EST PIKE LIVES 2G7 YEARS The pike, though greedy and fond of heavy meals, is slow growing, and i s believed to live l onger than any other species of fish. A Swiss naturalist his recorded the history of one that was 267 years old. It had spent its entire exis tence as a prisoner in a fis h pond. BURIED SHELLS Shells buried in northern France during the war continue to explode occasionally when struck by peasants' plows, adding to the war casualties four years after the cessation of ho stilities. The question is often a>:ked whether an unexploded shell ever becomes harmless. Som e experts say never, unless expoged to the air, while others con tend that live shells become "duds" after many years. The theory that the latter are dead is hardly borne out by an incident w"hich recently occurred in a Paris hotel. A projectile of the time of Na poleon III had long been used by the hotel em ployees as a pestle and had several times been fitted with new handles to replace those pounded off. Recently it was left in close proximity to the hotel furnace, with the result that the hotel en gineer had gone into the class of casualties of the war of 1870 and the hotel is undergoing import ant repairs. EAGLE CAUGHT IN COYOTE TRAP Making the rounds of ti: .q:is set for coyotes in the lonely. fastness es of a forest near Raton, Colo. , a New Mexican trapper came upon an odd sight. An eagle was caught in one of the traps. Its great wings were beating in a futile effort to tear loose from the cruel fangs of the contraption and it was givin g vent to its anger in rasping screams. One foot had hit the mouth of the trap as the eagle had alighted on the ground and the king of the air was caught. The trapper secured the bird by lassoing it and choking it into temporary helplessness. He started for Raton, but on the way met T. P. Hammond, a Steamboat Springs man, en route to Denver. Hammond purchased the bird and brought it to Denver for the purpose of mounting. The eagle weighed about ten pounds and had a wing spread of about seven and one-half feet. It was of the customary brownish gray color, with indefinite markings. FORTUNE MAY BE MADE FROM AIR At request intervals, the newspapers are aglow with the exploits of some get-rich-quick schemer who has hit upon a novel idea to feed to a gulli ble public. All this makes interesting reading, provided, of course, that the rnader doesn't hap pen to be one 'of the .fleeced. Now comes $Cience with a scheme that has all the earmarks of legit imacy because it is designed to render service to civilization and at the time a fortune to iwhoever puts the scheme into operation. The scheme consists of extracting useful ele-ments from the air. As most people know the air c onsists of nitrogen and oxygen with small proportions of the gases neon and argon. Each of these gases i s now being "fixed" and marketed. Vas t quantities of nitrogen are being taken from the air and u sed for agricultural pur-. poses. A ton of wheat takes a\\'ay fifty pounds of nitrogen from the soi l in which it is grown and a similar q u antity must be replace d by farmer to keep the soil good. And the fertilizer he now use8 to do this is in many ca$es made from the air. ma1'.ufactme of atmospheric fertilizer carl'led on m Norway, and thousands of tons are being produced each year. Norway is pa-rticular ly suita?le fo, r work of this kind which can only be on s uccessfully where thCl'e are good sup11hes of c heap water power. Henry Ford evolved the idea of u sing the power of Shoals for making fertilizer from the air as a means of competing with nit rates are at present received from Chile. His contention that the "air" fertilizer could be P!'Oduced at a cost for below that of "mined" mt rate. "Mystery Magazine" SEMI-MONTHLY 10 CENTS A COPY 119 122 12:{ 124 12!1 126 J27 128 12!! 1 J 0 I.A.TEST IS8UES PRIVAT[!; VWl'ECTIVE, b1 THF. '!'HAP. hy F.. v (:npt. TJ-H: WTNG DF:A'.l'H .. hy Benfah A '!AS1 l .R f)p l'llILLTONS, hv Chns p n , THE SF.ClrnT OF 13, hv Ifa11;i110 r 'rO LTYR. hy 0<'.0. SJo.A!.S OF WAX, l'-V .Tnrk Rechdolt ,ii IT ilton Crnf,e:I" ' Y ''"' AND TrT[• ; LA\Y, "" l"ref'tive stor., Out Toda.v in l3t Is THE TRAIL OF THE ROGUE By GEORGE BRONSON-HOW ARD HARRY F.. \\'Oi,..FV, Jnc. IGG West St New 1ork Cit)" "Moving Picture Stories" A '''eekly Mng-111;i11e l>e,oted to and T1'Jayer• CENTS PER COPY Bar-h Four of the Bt"'.it FilmJ on the 8<'rN:'ll Hnlf-tone from th• --:. .\rtirlf's .Ahont Pr• 1lllin<'nt l'f'opls t:i tI!e -1 1lm:-: of A ctors :ind Art 1't.'SSl ' S in th• St11d10 nnd Ln:o:son'i 1r1 S erna1io "'ritiug. HARRY K WOLFF, Publisher, Inc. , l l.GG }\' e;;t 23d St., f\ cw., Y

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24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" The Mystery Of The Iron Coffin By P AUL BRADDON. ) --I t matters not h o w long it may be given me to Yive , I shall never fo rget the expe riences which form the foundation of t h is story. D uring the forty y ears o f active duty as a de tective, I may naturally be s uppo sed t o have met with some remarkable adventu res, and pecu liar experience s . Such is the fact. But the experience I shall now relate is the mos t remarkable o f al l. As I recall it to mind I a m , as ever, impressed with the truth of the old adage that "truth i s s tranger than faction." • That my story is an ill ustratio n o f this I am sure you will concede. But enough of prelu de . Now to my narrative. O ne night of storm, when the elements were waging a wild warfare; when the winds howled like demons at strife; when the lightning flashed; when the rain descended in torrents, and every living creature had fled to shelter, it was my fate t o be exposed . I was riding along a country road in the State of New York, urging my tired horse to frantic exertion . . In the distance I discovered the glimmer of a l ight. A moment later a v o ice came to me out of the s t orm, and I encountered a countryman g oing in the opposite directi o n. "What light is that I see in the distance, my friend?" I a"sked. "I don't know. I should say it was a light in Harksley Hall, if I dirln't know the place had not been inhabited for years," said the man. Then he rode on . "Some wayfarer caught in the storm like my self may have sought shelter there and produced a light," I thought Then I urged my horse forward again. In a few moments I an old ruin. The light was gone. Yet I was certain I had seen one there. "No doubt I shall find someone within. The closing of a blind, or the like, may have served to hide the li gh t for the moment," I reflected. I leaped from my horse. Then, leading my weary steed, I made my way ove r the thick turf to the rear of the house. The many sounds of the storm made a pende monium of noi se. It would render any sound occasioned by the footfall of my horse inaudible within the hou s e. Reaching "the rear of the dilapidated old bu ilding, I found a tumbled-down shed. Into this I walked the horse. Having secured him, I started for the ruin. An occas ional flash of lightning guided me. I reached the hou se. At. the rear door I pausej:l. My hand was on the kn-Ob. I listened. I opened the door, for it was not secured in any way, and grop, ed my way alo ng. I was in a narrow hall. Presently I came t o a door. I o pened it. Then I sudden l y paused. To my ears came the sound of human voices. I listened intently. I soon convinced myself that I heard two men talking. But, as their v o ices were muffled, I knew that they were in the room beyond the o ne I had entered. I crossed the apartment. Then I saw a ray of light. It came from beneath a d oor. To the door I crept. Something warned me to proceed with caution. I dropped my hand upon the butt of my pistol. I c ould draw it instantly, should occasion re9uire its use. I cautiously pus hed the door ajar. Only an inch did I o pen it. This enabl ed me to command an excellent view o f the room within. What I saw surprised me . Moreover, it startled me. In the corner of the room stood a coffin. It was a meta!Hc burial casket. Be s ide the iron coffin stood two men. A lantern on the table in one corner of the room illuminated it. To my surprise I saw that the room was magnificently furnished. More, the furniture was new. At a glance I realized that I had accidentally met the perpetrators of a dark crime. Both men were masked. Suddenly a door in the wall opened, and a third masked man appeared. In hi s arms he carried a white-robed form. It was a female form. The lady was young. She was also l ove ly. I obtained a good view of her face. It was pale. As white as death she looked, but the heaving of her bosom assured me she was not dead. I suspected she had been drugged. My suspicion was almost instantly confirmed. "The choloform has rendered her helpless. Now place her in the coffin, and we will consign her to the tomb," said one of the masks. "Good heavens!" I excl aime d, mentally. "The wretches mean to bury that fair young girl alive." The wretches placed the gM in the coffin . Then they secured the lid. This done, they passed through a side door. As they went, one of them said: "We'll go and take a drink to steady our nerves, and then we'll get the job over as soon as we can." In a moment they were gone. "If I could only get the girl out of the coffiJl before the assassins return, I'll mount my and, with her in my arms, away to s ome place o:t safety." Stealthily I enternd the room. I crept to the c o ffin.

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" 25 Suddenly I heard a sound from the room into which the masked men had gone. I started, and at the some moment, through the door on the other side of the mom, rushed a beautiful woman, with a candle in her hand. At the sight of me she was startled. I heard the masked men coming_ back. I rushed for the door throug'l'i which I had com e. I had a lmost reached it when the masked men dashed into view. At the same moment I sprang through the door I had entered by. I did not see the man behin d it. The next instant I received from his hand a terrible blow on the head. The blow rendered me uncon scio us. When I returned to my senses, as I did pres -ently, I found myself in darkness. The place was cold 1lnd damp. I carefully examined the wall. I worked at the wall until I had made an opening sufficiently large enough to admit of the passage of my body. Through the opening I crawled. I found myself in the cellar, under the old mansion called Harks ley Hall. A light came through a window. I crept out of the cellar, and, under cover of the shrubbery, made my way to the. shed in which I had left m y horse. The animal was gone. "The assassins think me dead; they have removed my horse," I thought. But the mystery of the iron coffin I meant to solve. I stole to the house. Noiselessly I entered the same doo r through which I passed before. All was s ilence. I made my way to where I expected to find the door of the room in which I had seen the iron coffin. There was no door there. The truth flashed across my mind. The door had been walled up. I drew a knife which was concealed on my person. I was about to attack the wall, when I heard a heavy step on the w::ilk outside the house. Hastily I conceale d myself in a closet. Presently an old woman came in. She passed me. I followed her. She led me to the sec ond story of the hou se . Then she paused, and passed upon a panel of the oaken wainscoting. It flew open. The old woman disappeared. I waited half an hour. Then the old woman came out. She passed by the closet in which I was concealed. From a window I saw her leave the house. Then I tried the panel, and opened it. I found a narrow passage and a flight of stairs, not more than two and a half or three feet wide, that passed downward between two partitions. The stairs ended at a panel. I opened it. The next moment I founa myself in the room in which I had see n the coffin of iron. The beautiful girl I saw placed in the coffin was there. She was chained to the wall. I set to work to liberate h e r. Then we fled from the hou se . As we were leaving it, the old woman appeared on the threshold and threw herself before us. I hurled the woman aside, and we passed the door and gained the highway. Over a hill, jus t beyond, was a village, which we reached in safety, and there the girl told me her story. Her name was Ethel Leville, and she witnessed the assassination of an old man-a miser-who was murdered in his cottage beyond the village three days before. For fear her evidence would betray them, the masked men who were the assassins of the miser had abducted Ethel from the h9use of her mother, a poor widow, and taken her to the old ruin, intending to murder her. After she was placed in the coffin, with the intention of burying her alive, and after I was knocked s enseless, an influential member of the gang of outlaws, who professed to love Ethel, arrived, and prevailed upon the others to spare her life. . So they agree to k eep her a captive for the present, and the doors of what was intended to be her prison were walled up by a skillful mas on who was a member of the band, so as the better to guard against discovery . . The old woman was a half-demented creature who had secretly made Harksley Hall her home for some time. Now it chanced, as luck would have it, that I was in pursuit of the band who murdered the old miser. I had been engaged by his relatives to hunt down his assassins. Ethel gave me muc h valuable information regarding them, and that very night, accompanie d by the village constable and a posse of law abiding citizens, I set out for one of the secret rendezvous of the band, the location of which Ethel had learned from hearing them talk while they supposed she was unconscious . The band was assembled there, and so without inuch of a fight, we captured them all. The ringleader made a confession, and the a s sassins were convicted. As for Ethel, she became the wife of an hon est. merchant in the village, and live s happily. FIND $16,000 IN HERMIT'S BED Carl Jenson, 64, who lived as a hermit on his 80-acre farm near Clay Center, ten miles east of Toledo, 0., was found dead in his bed, in which he had concealed $ 16,000 in currency, recently. Near the b ed were several clubs which Jens on had fitted up with spikes and loaded with l ead, and a gun was at hand, apparently for use in cas e of attempted robbery. Neighbors found him with his boot s on and fully clothed. George Burman, undertaker, found an old grain sack in the bed which had the $16, 000 in $20, $50 and $ 1 00 bills. ;

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26 THE' LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" THE LIBE R TY BO Y S O F '7 6 NEW YORK, APRIL 20, 192 3 TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS a a nirle Copleo ................• Poot.ire Free One Copy Three Hontha... .. " 4 ' One Copy Sh: Jllont.hs .....••• One Coy One Year.......... " Canada, $4.00; Foreign, $Ui0. 7 Centa 90 Cent• .l..76 S.60 HOW TO SEND MONEY -At our risk send P. o. Money Order, Check or Registered Letter; remittances ln any other way are at your risk. We accept Postage Stamps the same as casb. When s_fndlng silver wrap the Coln in a separate pi-ece of pape-r to avoid cutting the envelope. Write your name and address plainly, Address letters to Barry E. \Volll', Pre1. Cluulee E. Nyla.ndor, Sec. L. F. \Vll1ln, Treao. }HARRY E. WOLFF, Publisher, Inc., 166 W. 23d St., N. Y. ITEMS OF INTEREST GETS $10,000 FOR CHILD'S LEG The Yonkers Railroad Company settled $10,000 on Rita Coyne, 7 years old, of Yonkers, N. Y., for the loss of her right leg. The settlement was arranged by former Assemblyman William S. Cof fey, who appeared for Michael Coyne, the father of the child. The little girl was on a sled riding down Yonkers avenue, Sherwood Park, when a trolley car ran into her. Her leg was cut off . Mr. Coyne was about to sue for $25,000 when the settlement was made. MUMMIFIED INDIAN UNEARTHED The di scovery of a partly mummified body of a prehistoric Indian, an "lzark Bluff at the base of the bluffs on the Cow Skm River, near Noel, Mo., March 13, added zest to the work of archeologists, who have unea)'thed here many souvenirs of a race long dead. The party conducting the excavation represents the Museum of the American Indian,. Heye Foundation, New York City. The skeleton was wrapped in ragged deer ski.n robes and covered with grass matting. The dee1 skins were belted with a fur girdle. A grass basket, believ ed once to have contained food, was found puried nearby. BANDIT LOCKS DELIVERY MAN IN BATHROOM A man called at a clothing store in Buffalo, N. Y., March 13 and ordered a complete spring outfit sent to his room at a pr_ominent hotel. When the deliverymen arrived with the packages he held them u_p with a revolver, locked them in the bathroom and fled with the clothing, valued at about $300. The deliverymen were ieleased when a note tied to a cap thrown out of the bathroom window landed at the feet of a policeman. The bandit, who had registered as B. L. Hardy, Lynn, Ma ss., left three notes. One apologized. to the store, saying he would pay for the clothmg he had appropriated; another purporting t o be addressed to his mother, asking her forgiveness for his wayward career, and a third to the newspapers said the hold-up was his first crime and would be 11is las t . WILLS SON $5 FOR A NOOSE "I give and bequeath to my son, William P. Paulich, $5 with which to buy a rope to hang himself." This statement in the will of Joseph Raulich has caused the son to contest probate on the ground that it was made under undue influence of his stepmother, Mrs. Magdalena Paulich of New York, who inherits the bulk 6f the $16,000 estate. The will continues: "I only make this provision for reasons well known to myself and to all my family and friends, and for the further season that during his whole life time he has been disobedient and ungrateful." The father made the will following a bitter 9uarrel his son on Labor Day, 1920, accord mg to testimony of a witness in Surrogate's Court, Rochester, N. Y.,. recently. Subsequently father and son were reconciled, but the father neglected to have the will changed before he died Dec. 15, last. l'tntement of the ownership, ruanagement, etc.. re q_uind uy the Act of Congl'ess of .August 24 11112 ot LIBlJ:J:'l'Y BOY::> Oi rn.:: published .;.,.eekly at l\ew York, :-I. L, for .April J, lll23. State or New York, County o! .New York: -Before me a Notary l'ul>lic in aud fur the State and county aforesaid per •onalJy appeared Luis Senarens, who, having been dul;r sworn accoruiug t o Juw, deposes and says that he is the Editor o! ,.TH1" LIJJEUTY BOYS OF '76" and that the followiug is, to the best of his knowledi-e u 11d beli .. f, a true statement of the ownership. manageweut, ".tc., uf tile pub.lication for the date s 11uwu rn the above capl ion. r c11ulred IJy tile Act ot August 24,_ ltll:l, elllt>udied Ju section 443, Postal Laws and 11egulnt1ons to wit: l. 'l'hat tile nnmes and addresses of 'the publisher editor and business lllanager are: l'ul>lisher-Harry a Wolff, l'ublisller, In<:., llio \\'est 23d ::>trect, l\'ew York N. Y. 1:ditor-Luis 8cnarens, 166 West :!3d Street New Yo1;k, N. Y. 1:ditor-None. Business Manager -None. 2. 'l'hat tile owners are: Harry E. Woltr Publish Inc ., 166 West :!3d :Street, J\"ew York, N. Y. '. Harr %• \\"olff, Hi6 West 23d Street, l\ew York, N. Y.; M. N .Joui West 2.3d N. Y.; J. F. Desbecker: West 23d 1.ork, N. Y.; R. W. Desbecker, lU6 West 23d 8treet, New lork, N. Y.; C. W. Hustings, • ltlu West 23d Street , New York, N. Y. a. ' l'hat the knuwn _uondllolllers, mortgagees uuu qther holders ownrng or holdrng 1 vc1 cent or fnore of total amount ot IJonds, mortgages or otlier securi-. '.il'S "1 e: None. 4. 'l'hat the two paragraphs next above gl\'ing the ua wes of the owners, stockholders and security holder .. if any. contain not only the list of stockholdel'S and ae holders as they appear upon the books ot the but also, in cases where the stockholder or security holder appears upon the books ot the compan;r • s trustee or ln any other fiduciary re1ation. the name ot tne person or corporation for whom snch trustee is acting is given; also that the said two paragraphs con tam statements embracing afliant's tun knowledge and belief as to the circumstances and conditions under wlllch stockholders and security holders who do not appear upon the books ot the company as trustees hold stock and securities ln a capacity other than that of a bona-fide owner; and this afliant has no reason to beiitVc that any other person, association or corporation bas any interest, direct or Indirect, in ttw said stock, bonds or other securities than ns •o •tnte
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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76'' '1.7 I NT E R EST ING NEWS ARTICLES HOGS CLOSE DOORS B . A. Park, a farmer living near Mis souri Val ley, Iowa, who is also a successful stock raiser, has interested a lot of farmers in his unique and successful way of training his hogs to pass through a swinging door in his hog house. Desiring as nearly an airtight hog house as possible, Mr. Park placed a door in the house which swings both ways. He was puzzled when the door was first put in place to know how it was going to operate, and hit upon an ingenious plan. Knowing the inquisitive nature of hogs he first placed a cleat in such a position that it held the door open slightly, just enough for the pigs to insert their snouts and pus h their way into or out of the house. After a few days' use of the door in this way he took away the cleat; allowing the door to close tightly. By this time, however, the hogs had learned that all they had to do was to pus h slightly against the door, pass in or out and the door would swing back into place. WOMAN LANDS BURGLAR BEHIND BARS Mrs. Charles Carroll of 100 West Eighty-sixth street, New York, noticed that the froilt door of her apartment on the fifth floor of that address had been jimmied when she got hotne from shopping the other afternoon at 1 o'clock. She did not give the alarm, but went downstairs and watched, and when she saw two young men, strangers, leave the ho_use she followed them. At Broadway and Eighty-seventh street Patrolman M. J . Kelly captured one of them, a seventeen-year-old boy who gave his name as John McNeeley of 117 East Carroll said she saw him throw somethmg mto the cellar of 203 West Eighty-seventh street. De went there later and found several pieces of which she identified as hers. When she got home she found that her apartment had been ransacked. The other man v amshe_d . After talking to McNeeley the detectives went to the home of Mrs. Catherine Correale in 128 East Eighty-sixth street, where _they found $5,000 worth of jewelry which said had stolen from various apartments m the last six n11'.Jnths . Mrs. Correale was arrested, charged with receiving stolen goods. FIND MAN'S SKELETON The well-preserved skeleton of a man who lived in the stone age, 5,000 years ago, has just been found on the west coast of Sweden by a commission of archeologists which has been combing the countryside for ancient relics to be placed on exhibition at the exposition in this summer. The Swedish experts, 15 in number, have been at work for about seven years and have succeeded in collecting 20,000 relics of antiquity. The results of their labor have been an accumulation of proofs that the North Sea coast of Sweden was inhabited as early as 3,000 B. C. The stone age skeleton, which i s now being mounted in was fouduring excavations at Kungsbacka, a few ... , ies south of Stockholm. The ancient site of Kungsbacka been chosen by some critics as the se'.'-t of Beowulf, the hero of the oldest epic poem 111 English literature; but Beowulf was a newcomer compared with the stone age man, who lived about 4,000 years before him. . The relics now brought to light include flint tools and weapons, ornaments, etc. In one of the graves about 2,000 years old were found the remains of a woman and her equipment, consisting of an amber necklace, weaver's reeds and distaff. WEALTHY BACHELOR ENDS LIFE IN LAKE The body of W. Lyle Swett, wealthy bachelor farmer and recluse residing about two miles be. low Hightstown, N. J., was discovered in a small lake on his property recently by a friend, Dr. George A. Silver, of Hightstown. Swett is believed to have been a suicide. Swett's father committed suicide about fifteen years ago, as did an uncle. His brother, C. Forrest Swett, a local newspaper man, ended his li fe by inhaling illuminating gas a few years ago. His brother's wife also was a suicide. A cousin ended his life some years ago. W. Lyle Swett is the sixth of the Swett family to commit suicide. Swett had been acting strangely and had suffered from melancholy since the death several weeks ago of his aunt, Miss H e len Stults, who had kept house for him for a number of years. Since her death he had been living alone in the house which although located hardly more than a mil e from Hightstown, is somewhat isolated. According to the authorities, Swett had at tempted to slay himself with a revolver which was found near the body. A bullet wound was discovered in his lip but it was slight. Failing to kill himself with the weapon Swett is beli eved to have thrown himself face downward into the lake . He was found in that position. A pet horse of the farmer's was found slain near its stable. An axe had been Dr. Silver is of the opinion that Swett singled the horse out from among his other animals be cause he had been devoted to the animal and rlid not want it to be subject to harsh treatment after he died. Swett wrote a letter to Dr. Silver. In this letter he asked the physician to take care of his property in the event of anything happening to him. The Jette)' left Dr. Silver uneasy. He said he thought its contents over and then decided to investigate. He went to the Swett farm with another man and, finding the doors locked, gained access through a window. Failing to find any trace of the farmer, they roamed 11bout the grounds and finally di scovered the slain horse. Footprints led from the horse to the lake, and there Swett's back was seen above the water, face x. , j "'

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" GOOD READING MAINE'S LARGEST TREE \Yhat is believed to be the largest tree in Mame is being cut down in the city of Augusta. The. tree grew in two sei;_tions, one of them with a circumference of 24 feet and a diameter of 7 feet, three inches, the other with a circumference of 18 feet and a diameter of 5 feet 9 inches. PUPILS PLAY WITH BOMBS Two steel bombs about the size of baseballs were picked up by the police in West Forty-eighth street New York, after school children had played with them for hours. They were sent to the po lice bureau of combustib1es for analysis. Detective Patrick Murphy of the West Fortyseventh street station, learned that boys had picked the bombs
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Stamp appre-"lated GIRL, 20, worth $100,000, wants 1ren tlem11.n <.-orre s pondent. 'rJ:ox 35, League, 'l'oledo, O h io. HUNOR_ EOS mar riage. Jf sincer e encl o se stamp. Mrs. F' . \\'illard. 292& llroo.dw a y , Chicago , Jlltnols. I F LONESOME exc hange Jolly l etters with beautltul J&die1 a n d weal t h y gen tleme n. Eva M oo re. Box 908, .lack1 onv1Jle , Fla. (Stamp}. I F YOU WANT A WEALTHY, LOVI N G WIFE, wrltt Viole t R a y a , D en nJso n, Ohio. Enclose tttampcd e n v el ope. G • t Removed at home; no knife. N o pain. N o cost If It falls • 0 I re Succ.,•full7 u .. d for 16 years• Write for Frett Roo k and le.ti monl ala. GOITRENE COMPANY• 488 Weat 63rd St.. Chlca10 \... •R.S}:TlUAL.Jtit.cnr u MndSl lfnot, it'•FRRE' . 'Write f o r 7 our treatmeni ASTHMA !'Rl!ATllU' T malledo11 Ylrisf W&tc" Guaranteed Time Keep e r . Given tor s elling only 3 0 card s ot Dress Snap-Fas t e n ers at I O c per card. Easlly Sold. EARN BIG MONEY OR PREMIUMS. Order your cards TO-DAY. Bend no money. We trust you till goods are eold. AMERIOAN 6l'ECJALTY CO. lJqx 127 z l<&Dciu;ter, r .. PERSONAL-Continued LADY FARMER. S5, WO$ $60,000, wanta husband . N -Bo x 263 . Club. Zanenille, Ohio. LONELY LITTLE FLAPPER. ll•lng a lone . vory wealth:v. wanta marriage. I are you write! B-166, Mission Unity Club, S a n Francitco, Calif. (Stamp p l ease). LONESOME WIDOWs-Get busy, write me. m1i.rr1 wealthy. Mr. H y d o , B o x 8 05, (106). San LOOK WHOSE HERE I Prl ncoss OKIE world famous h o roscov e s . O c t 7 our' s today. Don't d elay. S end ful1 b lrthdate and lOc, K . Okie, 209 West l39th St., New Y o rk. N . Y . WINTER In Florid a . Mam pretty maide n worth S30,000. B o x 5 5 , Oxf ord, Fla. MARRIAGE PAPER-20th year. Bli: i saue with d e s crl1>-tlons, pho to• . names and addr ess es . 2 5 cen ts . N o other fee. Sent seal e d. Box 2265 I\, Boston, MILM. MARRY-F r e e p h o t ographs, directory a n d d escriptions of w ealthy m e mbera. Pay whe n married. N e w Plan C o .. Dept. S6. Kan s as City, Mo. MARRY IF LONELY; "Ho me M a ker"; hundred s rlch, c onlidenttal ; reliable; Years experience; free. " 'h e S u cce a stul Club", Box 5 56, Oakla.nd, C a.Jiforuia. lltARRY: MANY WORTH $1,0 0 0 to $ 2 0 0 ,000. W AITING Lists, IJa.rUcula.ra, sealed. free . Write SMITH, Box 3125K, P o rtla.nd. Ore e on. MARRY-MARRIAGE DIRECTORY with photos and dosc rf ptlon• free. Pay wh e n married. Tbt Exc halUle. D ep t . 545, Kansu City. M.o. MARRY RICH-World'• lcadln1t oorr e a pon den oe Club tor lonely people. Many worth to $400,000. Quick reaults guaranteed. ConftUentlal list FREE . lionorablt R a l p h Hyde, 166 , San F r a n c isco. MARRY: Thousands coneenial pec>ple. worth from $1,000 to $50,000 seeklna: early marrial:'e, descr l pU ons, photos, introduc tions free. Sealed. Elt.h e 'r sex . S end no m o n ey. Ad d re s s Standard Cor. Club, Grayslak e, Jll. WINTER In Florida, marry pretty little maiden, wealthy. B o x 56, Oxf o r d , F lit. SIXTH AND SEVENTH BOOKS OF MOSES. E im>Uao s ec rets. Black art, oUler ra.r e books. Co.Woe free. S t n r Ilo ok Co . • 4B2 3 . 1 2 2 Federal S t .. Camden . N . J . WHOM SHOULD YOU MARRY? We'll tell you. Send SOo and b irth date to CilaracLer Stud ies. 1515 lfasouio Tem p lo, New York City . WI 0 OW, 6 5 , worth $ 5 0 , 000 , wants co nsc ientious husband. S-Bo x 3 5, League, Toledo, Ohio. -WINTER In Florida. Ma.rry charmin& widow worth $40 ,000 . Rox 65, Oxford. F l a. WOULD JOU write a wealthy. vretty ctr!! (•ta.ml)). L o is Sproul, Sta. H., Cleveland, Ohto . YOUNG AND PRETTY GIRL. worth $ 2 5,000, will marry. (E-Il.). B-1022, Wich1 t a . Kansas. YOUNG LAOY , wortb vrett.Y. will marry. G -Box 850, Club, Ci m arron, K a ns. SONGWRITERS WRITE THE WORDS FOR A SONG-We c ompo se muslo. Submit your poems to us at once . N e w Yo r k Melod 7 OorooraUon . 400: Fitzgerald Bldg., N e w Y o rk. TOBACCO HABIT TOBACCO or Snuff Habit cured or DO pay. $1 II oured . l\emedy sent on trial. Buv erba Co., PC., Baltimo re, Md. How and Where to Find Them Model Publishln1: Co.. 21 Como Bui Id Ina. Chioaao MUSIC TAUGHT fREE ijl!J JI 2J. J J IJ tjJl d . _. In Your Home. Write today for our hook.Jet. Jt tellt how to learn to play Piano. Orun. Violi n , Goiter, Banjo, etc. B e a-inners or advanced pupi l s . American School of . Music, 17 Laknide Bid&., Chica&11 VESSELS GONE OVER. NIAGARA There have been three instances of send ing vessels over Niagara F a 11 s . The first was in 1827. Some men got on an old ship -the Michigan which had been used on Lake Erie, and which had been pronounced unseaworthy. F o r mere wantonness thev put aboard a bear, a fox, a buff a lo, a dog and some geese, and then s ent it over the cataract. The bear jumped from the ve s sel beforn it reached the rapids, swam toward the shore and was rescued by some humane p e r s o n s . The geese went over t h e F a l l s and came to the shore below alive. The dog, fox and buffalo w ere n o t heard of or seen a g a i n . Another condemned vessel -the Detroit -that had belonged to Commodore Perry's victorious fleet, was started over the cataract in the winter of 1841, but grounded about midway in the rapids, and lay there until knocked to pieces by the ice. A somewhat more picturesque instance was the sending over the Canada side of a ship on fire. All in flames it went glaring and hiss ing down the rapids and over the p r e c i p i c e , and smothered its ruddy blaze in the boiling chasm below. Of course, there was no one aboard the vessel.

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A MONSTER BARBECUE May or J. C. Walton of Okla homa City, Governor-elect of Ok lahoma, announced plans for a monster inaugural party, the features of which will be a barbecue and square dance at the State House. Mr. Walton said he w o u I d have twenty five orchestras, expected 60,000 persons from over the State, and would erect tents on the State House grounds to accommodate t h e crowds. 'IThere has never been any thing 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 go ing to have one that every farmer, every laboring man and every one else in the State will enjoy. They can wear what they please. "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. "Many of the people over the State have never i;een the Capitol. I am going to make them feel at home there. For once the inaugural ball will be the people's party." Walton announced that he had no intention of resigning as Mayor of Okl a homa City until he tlikes office as Governor, Larire ehlrt manufacturer to 1ell complete ltne of 1 and nl1rbtsblrta dtreot to Tartt1ed brand-exolutlTe to eelL No expertence quired. Ent'TelY new pro M••Heon COL, 2Cl l N -OLD J\IONt:Y WAN'.r ' ,.. . $2 to $500 EACU paid for hund Umber 7 ; . Colus dated before 1895. Keep . odd money; Send 10 cts. for Ne\. • • Value Book, 4x6. You may ha Vl Sl on'""' coins. Get Posted. We pay cas CLARKE COIN co. Ave. ts. Le f

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'OUR TEN-CENT HAND B09 Useful, Ittstructive and Amusing • . They Contain Valuable Information on Almost Every Subject LITTLE • • • • No. J. NAPOLEON'8 ORACULUJll AND OREA.l"'tt Write to Riker & King, Advertm ng Offices, 1133 B BOOK. -Containing the great oracle of bumn n des29 East Madison Street, Chicago, for (Jnrtirtr l r r ' nhott tiny; also the true m eaning of almost an.v kind of dreams, togetbP.r with charms, c eremonies, and curious games of cards. I AGENTS WANTED AGENTS WANTED-BIB llONEY AND FAST SALES. E very owner buys Go l d Initials for hla auto. You c h ara:e $1.50. make $1.S?S. Ten order• dally eaay . Write for parUculo.i;s and free 1&mple s. Amerioan Monocram Co., De p t . 171, East Orange, N . J. AGENTS-900 an hour w &dverUse and dlatrlbute s a mples to cons umer. Write quick for territory and part1 c ula.rs. American .Products Co., 8460 American B l d g . . Cinc innati, Ohio. LADIES, do your own b e mst1t o h1nc and picoting; attachm ent ft.ts any mach ine aent collect $2.50 . Arent& wanted. Colorado Atta.c h me n t Co., B o x 2210, Denver, CoJo. FOR SALE ' LAND OPPORTUNITY! $1 O t o $ 5 0 down at am you on 20, 40, 80 ao . near thrl•ln g city In l o w e r Mich. ; b a l. Jone time . Learn h o w w e help you c e t a fa r m home . Write today f o r b t e bo okle t free. SwJi&rt Land M 1268 Flrt\t Nat'l Ban k B l rtg. , Chicago. Co .• HELP WANTED BE A DETECTIVE. Oppartunity for men and women for eec r e t 1nvesti2at1o n in 1 our d 1slr1cL Write C . T . 521 Westove r B ldg. , Kansas C lt.y, M o. DETECTIVES NEEDED EVERYWHERE-Work home or traveL Experience u n n eces sary, P a r Ucul&u free. Write C a ptain \Vag n er, 1 9 6 8 Bro&dway, New York . LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS eam blr talarlea; needed eve r y wher.e I Parttcula.ra free. Landocape O&rdener, 423 Union League Butldtng, Lo s Angele1, C 11l1fornia .. SILVER MIRRORS , HEADLIGHTS. TABLEWARE. REPLATE sto v es . jewelry , braaa bedo. Dependable plans f ree. C larence Spri nk le , Dep t. 73, Mu1on , Indiana. MANUSCRIPTS WANTED STORIES, POEMS, PLAYS, etc., are wanted for publl cati o n . Submit J4SS. <>< write Literary Bureau, 111'.nntba.J , Mo . PATENTS INVENTIONS comme rcialize d. Patented or unvatented. Write Ad a m F 'ishc r Mfg. C o . , 229 , St. Loul1. Mo. PERSONAL ASTROLOGY-STARS TELL LIFE'S STORY. Send blrthd ate and dime for trial readln&. Eddy, Westpor t R t .. 392 7 KftnWoe r copy, In money or postage ston1ps , b y htvou• HARRY E. WOLFF, Publisher, Jnc. 1a".'n'icl66 We s t 23d Street New York American s,h

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