The Liberty Boys' clean sweep, or, Dick Slater's defiance


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The Liberty Boys' clean sweep, or, Dick Slater's defiance

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The Liberty Boys' clean sweep, or, Dick Slater's defiance
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'As.the_ Liberty Bo.vs marched the six -Hessians over til e little bridg e , Di c k r ollo . up. o n Major and_fa stened a placard to the effigy of the redc oat banging from 'J.he_tr_ e _ e . . Bob, all_ the_ boys cheering. lustily, • •

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The LibertY Boys of '76 Jund Weekly-Subscription price, $3 .00 per year; Canada, $4.00; Foreign, $4.50 Harry E. Woltr, Publisher, Inc., 1 66 West 23d Stre2t. New York . N. Y. Entered a s Second-Class Mntter .Tnn1111r.'' 31, 1913, at the Post-OtHce at New York, N. Y., under the Act ot March 3. 1 879. No. 11 . 66 NEW YORK, MAY 4, 1923 Price 7 Cents The Liberty Boys' Clean Sweep OR, DICK SLATER'S DEFIANCE By HARRY MOORE CHAPTER 1.-Dick Slater and the Blind Spy. "Please help the blind!" A man wearing a green shade over hi s eyes, carrying a stout stick in one hand, and a short rope, at the end of which was a shaggy dog, stood in front of the ruin s of Trinity Church, in the city of New York, one pleasant afternoon in October. A boy in ordinary attire stopped and dropped a few pennies into the cup, the dog wagginghi s tail and giving a short bark. " Bless you, sir, " the man said. "May you never know what it is to be blind and dependent upon charity." "I trust that I ' never may," the boy replied. -"You have no one to look out for you?" "No, only my little dog, Snap. Isn't that so, Snap?" The dog gave a short bark, and the boy noticed a man approaching and went o n. "I don ' t like that fellow's looks/' he said to himself, as he turned into Thames street. When he had gone a hundred feet down the street he cast a swift glance over his shoulder and saw that the man was following. "I wonder if he suspects me?" he thought. "His following me may be accidental." He turned up Broadway and walked a few hundred feet when he suddenly turned and walked the other way, almost running into the man he had already seen. "Get out of the way!" he said rudely, and then went on, crossing the street, going u p and turning into Maiden Lane, which he followed for a short distance, and then darted down a little alley between two houses. From the alley he watched the street, and in a short time saw the 'man who had followed him come along, looking up and down. "Confound the young rebel, where can he have got to?" he heard the man say to himself in an important tone. The boy was in the shadow, and the man passed on without lookin g into the little alley. "The fellow i s a British spy," he said to himself, "but how he managed to get u pon my track so soon I cannot understand." . The boy was Dick Slater, captain of the Liberty Boys, a band of brave young patriots, fighting In the cause of American independence, and at that -time was in the city of New York, try ing to learn something of the intentiens of the enemy. Washington had sent Dick Slater into the city to learn the intentions of the enemy, i\ s uspected that Hewe had some deep designs upon the pati-iots, which it was very important that•the commander should know without delay. The fact_ a spy of the enemy had penetrated hi s disguise did not disturb him for now he knew that it would he a battle of' wits and, that he must prove himself to be the cleverer. D1cK w..ore a brown coat with a blue lining the s leeve{ and a ll of the same color, and' this h.e turned qmckly, bending his round hat 1t a three-cornered s!rnpe, and brushhis .hair well on his forehead, thus g1vmg h1;m a very d1ffe1ent expressi on. Looking out, cautio_usly, he saw that the man had passed and had hi s back turned, and he thereupon camei out and walked carelessly in behind. The man walked a then stopped and looked .a?out seemg Dick, but evidently not recogmzmg him. • The young patriot captain's appearance was sc unlike what it had been that a cleverer man "'.'ould been and the one in questlon failed to reco gnize him, allowed him to pas;;i turned and walked toward Broadway. Dick waited a. few moments and followed, noting that spy, 1f he were one, turned up Broadway. Dick did the same and saw the man agai n going John street, there being a little pot-hous e down the street al1?ost opposite the theater, which was. by redcoats. The man entered this, 1!-nd Dick followed, seeing him go into a littl0i stall at one side. The young spy went. mto the next stall and drew the curtain, hearingsome one say: 1 "!.don't know where the rebel went, but I am P.os1t1ve that he was Slater, and if he is in thtt city we mus t certainly catch him. " "How did you happen to suspect him?" som& one asked. "B!ind Billy gave 1)1C the wink, s o to speak. He listens to every one who sa':s anything to him, and if he know s they are stiangers he sus pects them and tells me. The d"g is trained, too,. and he gave a bark which b ought me to the spot." "But why did you think it might be Slater? He is a very clever spy." ' 'He has brown hair and gray-blue eyes, and m had this one. He is well built and looks as if he were afraid of nothing. That is the very descriJ.1:-

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2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' CLEAN SWEEP tion of the boy I saw. If I knew Slater, I could scarcely be more certain that this was he." "But you lost him?" "Yes , and I don't know how. I fear that he suspected me, for he turned several times and once quite ran into me." "If we could catch him it would mean a matter of five hundred pounds between us, and that is worth con sidering." , . Yes , an
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THE LIBERTY BOYS' CLEAN SWEEP 3 o f society. Patronized by the nobility and gentry and officers of the army and navy." There was much more, but Dick did not wait to read it all, having gained the main facts, and made his way out of the crowd and Up Broadway to the Commons. "If Howe i s is going to be at the theatre, he is not going to send out his expedition at once," he thought, "and I may learn something more about it. There will be plenty of redcoats present, and they are sure to talk as they always do . I am ;;ure to learn something if I keep my ears open. I shall have to secure a seat in the pit s ome where. " If the spy were going to be present at the performance of thit evening, Dick would have to watch the man so as not to be recognized, but this was nothing unusual for him, as he was constantly on his guard against detection. "There are Bridger and Blind Billy and the captain and the general to guard aP."ainst," he laughed, as he sat under the trees to rest and look about him, "although it i s hardly likely that the blind man will be at the playhouse. Still, he is to be guarded against, for, blind though he is, he is dangerous." As he was sitting there thinking, he presently heard a child crying, and, looking up, saw a little girl of about seven years in a tattei-ed frock and broken shoes, with bare arms and legs, and her hair tangled about her head, standing before him. ' 'What is the matter, little girl?" he asked, beckoning the child to him. "Are you hurt or have you lost your way?" "No, Tillie not lost; gr an pa lost; can't find Tillie. Me isn't lost; me here. Grandpa Jost; can't find me." "Where does your grandfather Jive, little girl?" "Home," said the child . "Home lost; Tillie can't find ." "Did you go out with your grandfather and get lost?" "No, me no lost!" persisted the child. "Home lost; grandpa lost; Snap lost." "Snap?" repeated Dick, a s 'udden thought striking him. " Who is he? That is a queer name." "Don't you know Snap?" in astonishment. "Everybody knows Snap. He is grandpa's dog. Grandpa is blind, don't you know that? He takes Snap along to bark and tell him if people will give him pennies. Don't you know that? You don't know much!" with childish scorn. "Where does your grandfather Jive? Down near the church where he stands and asks for pennies? I know that much, at any rate." "Then go and find him and bring him to Tillie. He is lost and wants Tillie. Go and get him." "I think Tillie wants to find him," laughed Dick. "Come with me, and I will take you to him. Have you walked all this way, you poor child?" taking her hand. "Tillie isn't poor," the child contradicted. "Til lie gets all the white pennies; me is rich, f{randpa is rich; grandpa makes plenty of money telling about rebels . Is you a rebel? Tillie never saw a rebel. What is it like? Will rebel s eat up ,Tillie?" "No, indeed," and Dick put the child on his shoulder and set off toward Broadway. "That is only an idle tale. There are no rebels.". Dick called him self a patriot, refusing to recog nize the other term. "Qh, that's a story!" exclaimed the child. "I know there are rebels, and they're bad people and run away with little girls what don't say their prayers and do what they're told, and if they're very bad they eat 'em up. I know there are rebels, 'cau se grandpa points them out, and they get Jocked up and he makes money. You mustn't say there ain't any rebels, 'cause I know, but I never seed any. You ain't a rebel?" " No, indeed," with a s mile. "No, I guess not. You're a good boy, 'cause you're gain' to find g randpa and Snap and home, and bring 'em all to Tillie. You know where we live?" "No, but l will find your grandfather first, and be and Snap will take you home." "We live in a funny hou s e,'' the child chattered on. "Some of it is stone and wood, and s ome 0 it is cloth. I sn't that funny?" "They live in Canvas Town," thought Dick. "That is a strange home for an innocent child." Canvas Town was in the burned district, the wall s of the houses having been eked out with canvas stretched upon old spars or beams, thus forming a half tent, half hovel, in which lived the very outcasts of the city, deserters from the army and navy, thieves, murderers and outlaws. "Either the blind man is very poor or he i s a wicked old rascal," said Dick to himself. "No person w ould live in such a place unless he were too poor to Jive elsewhere." He had passed the new church and Partition street, and was at Maiden Lane, when he saw B r idger the spy coming toward him. "Hallo, you little runaway," the man said, coming forward. "Where have you been? Your granddaddy has been looking for you." "Do you know this child?" a ske d Dick, se eming not to kno w the man. "I found her on the Commons, lost and crying. Will you take her home?" "Wasn't lost!" protested Tillie. "Grandpa lost; Snap lo st; me not lost a bit!" Dick set the child down, Bridger looking at him closely, but failing to r ecognize him. Just then Dick heard a tap-tap-tap on the stones, and then the bark of a dog, and Tillie gave a glad cry and ran toward the blind man, who was coming on rapidly. "Here is your grandchild,'' said Dick. The blind man's face began to work and he suddenly exclaimed: "Aha! I know you now; you The boy wh o found your grandchild," interrupted Dick. "Go to your hovel with the other vile creatures of the city, you ungrateful old rascal, and be thankful that you are not locked up." "By George!" exclaimed Bridger, "I believe the fellow is the rebel, after all!" " You are entitled to your belief if you choose," laughed Dick, and then he walked away, turning swiftly into a side street and quickly disappeare d, Blind Billy meanwhtle shouting that there was a rebel in the crowd and calling upon some one to arrest him. Dick heard the cries for a time, but at last failed to do so , as he made his way from one

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4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' CLEAN SWEEP crooked street co another at a gait not likely to attract attention to him. "The old rascal!" he muttered. "He would have me arrested as quick as any one, after my bringing the child back. The old villam ha3 not a particle of gratitude." At length, confident that l;e ,ha? thrown o.ff pursuit Dick returned to the 11tt.e mn, had h1.s supper,' changed his disguise again, and took his way to the theatre in John street, where was. almost certain that he would learn somethmg of imvortance. The fame of the burlesqu_e of f•T.om Thumb," which had b.ee n written by Field ing, who had but recent,ly dwl, had spread the colonies. Already the p1ay, that ha.d been wntten to satirize the pathos of the sentimental drama of that particular period, had filled both the London theaters, consequently the gentry that sympathized with the British desire to the colonies for the \mother country patromzed the show. The little theater was filled with b.rilliantly dressed ladies and gentlemen by the time Dick arrived at the place, and all the best seats tal{en . This did not disturb. hi!fi, however, for it gave him an excuse to remain m the rear, where he could watch all who came in or went out, as well as giving him a "'.iew of the house. He Bridger among those the _rear of the and during one of the 1nterm1ss1ons Captam Darring came up the aisle, and as he .saw spy, stopped and spoke a few words with !um. He did not remain to the end of the play, m1_lch as he would have liked to see the whole of 1t, but went outside and waited in the shadow of . a neighboring house till the audience should d1s perf?e, or at least till he saw the exit of the captain or the spy. To his satisfaction he saw them come out together, or rathergo away together, for. the captain gallantly escorted a .handsomely attired lady, sparkling with jewels, to her coach, saw depart, the way lighted before her by her lmk boys, and then turned where the spy was awaiting him. They walked away to Dick's surprise, for he ;vould . have considered it beneath his digmty, and m t.he darkness of the streets he managed to keep quite close without attracting their attention. At a place where the streets crossed the two paused a moment and the drew something out of his .pocket and handed it to Bridger, it into hi s own pocket without even lookmg at As Captain Darring drew the package out sf h1.s breast pocket, something fell to the ground, i:e1ther of the two men noticing the fact, each bemg eo engrossed in what the captain was saying. Dick's heart was in his mouth more than once before they separated, lest either .one or the other should discover the packet at their feet, but they presently walked on without having seen _it, and no sooner were their backs turned than Dick was on his hands and knees groping for the packet. He soon lound it, but not stopping to examine its contents, sprang to his feet and darted again after the captain and the spy. }Jut by the time he had reached them they parted, the captain one way and the spy the 1 oti,er . Dick followed the spy. CHAPTER III.-An Adventure in Canvas Town. Bridger took his way toward the burned part of the city, where beggars, thieves and outlaws of all descriptions found a convenient abiding place, for there. was no charge for occupancy, and was a. most secure place of concealment. The spy went on swiftly and surely, showin g that he had some definite destination, and that he was trying to reach it as s oon as pos s ible., Dick kept close behind him, but with his left hand in his coat pocket and clasping a pistol, for he did not know at what time he might have dire need for its s ervice. They had come to a particularly dark place, the building looming up in the black shadows on both sides, when Dick was conscious that some one was close by him. Then he saw shadows leap out from behind s ome darker shelter, and in an instant !le was surrounded. With his right hand he knocked one of the shapes down, that proved no longer a -shadow when his fist came in contact with it, and then he backed against a heap of half-burned debris, and waited for what might be coming. There was a shrill whistle, which Dick recognized at once to be a signal, and h e knew if many more came to the aid o f his assailants he would have difficulty in saving himself. Evidently their one thought was robbery, for he was not likely to be recog-nized in the dark by any denizen of Canvas Town, es pecially in his civilian's dress . Still keeping his right arm in po sition to defend himself, he drew his pistol with his left and fired, taking aim at the lower part of the body of one of the robbers. A howl of pain let him know that his aim had been a good one, for the young captain could shoot almost as well with his left hand as with his right, and in the moment of confusion that fol lowed, Dick snatched a cloak that one of the men wore, and darted past them into dense darkness, hiding amid a pile of burned timber until as they had supposed he had gone on-ahead. The pause had been long enough for Bridger to get out of Dick's sight, much to his regret, and if would be impossible for him to continue after him in the darkness. He wrapped himself in the shabby cloak he had snatched from one of his assailants, and looked about him. Ahead he saw a dim light, and he made his way toward that to see if he could tell just where he was, for in the obscurity, and owing to the turns Bridger had .made while going along, Dick did not know just ,, where he was. It was no easy matter to reach the light, for the way was strewn with fireblackened ruins, and orice Dick came near breaking a leg by a bad fall, catching his feet in the clutter, and being thrown headlong. He picked him self up, and, finding no bones broken, went on in spite of bruises that pained hiJ!}'l for a while, and which he then forgot, for when he reached the light he found it to be a candle in one of those queer dwellings in Canvas Town, consisting of four upstanding walls, with a roof of canvas stretched across, fastened at the four corners, and in the room, which the candle but faintly lighted, he saw the spy. He approached the door, which was open, as noise lessly as possible, and, standing in the shadow, tried to listen to what was said inside, for •

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' CLEAN SWEEP 5 there was another man in the room whom Dick ciid not know. He soon found, however, that they were talking on subjects that had no interes t for him, and he wondered if he Jrnd been brought hither on a fool' s errand, when he heard a shuffling step and a short, quick bark. "Snap!" he exclaimed, but before he had a chance to move0 away the dog was at his feet, smelling and barking. "What are you doing here?" asked a thin voice, which Dick knew to be that of the blind man. . "Please help a man w ho has lo s t his way and hasn't eaten anything since---" "Get out of here. Don't you know this is no place for beggars?" "I was told it was ," answered Dick, in a dejected tone. "A place where beggars live, perhaps, but where they don't ply their calling! Anyhow, you're a stranger about here, and the s oo)1er you . get a way t he better!" Dick would have gladly obey ed the order, but his way was blocked by Snap, who disp uted his passage, and whom Dick did not wish to hu:t by kicking away out of his path. Then at his back came Bridger who demanded to kno w what was going on there. "Only a competitor," answered the blind man, "and I want him to understand we don't allow any s uch around 11ere that interferes with our trade!" "Well come on in here r I've been waiting half the night. Why weren't you on time?" "People were late coming out of the theater, and business was good," was the reply, as the old man felt his way within the house. "Whe1e's my baby?" "Why, abed and asleep, I s uppose, where all children of her age ought to be," was the reply. The old man, taking it for granted that Bridger was speaking from personal knowledge, did not say -anything more about the child, but put his staff in one corner, got out some food for Snap, and some tobacco for himself, a:(ld then sat down, Bridger dismissing the other occupant of the room with a curt good night, which hint the man took without any delay. . "Well, wliat did you find out?" he asked eagerly. "That young rebel Dick Slater has been seen and _ recognized in town, just as I said he was." "Well that's bad, for he may hear something oi the move, for it has been talked about already altogether too much. Captain Darring said he was sure he had seen him, but I was not so sure, for there are a lot of boys with brown hair and gray blue eyes, and of good build and bearing. We must see that he does not get out of the city, now that he has got. in." "It would be a fine thing if the Loyalists manage to get around into lower Westchester, take posses s ion of Kihg's Bridge, and thus cut off the rebel s af Fort Washington." "Well, you needn't tell all Camas Town of the general's intention," growled Bridger. But Dick had le arned what he had come after, and now all he had to do was to get out of the city as soon as pos s ible and repol't to the comm a nder-in-chief. He got back to the inn without further adventure, and going to his room, looked at the packet of papers the captain had dropped1 and concluded from a hasty perusal t,hat it would be as well to get them to the commander-in-chief a s speedily as possible, so he went to bed for a few hours' l'est before trying to get out of the city. In a few moments he was sound asleep, none the worse for his adventure in Canvas Town , and having something to the good. CHAPTER IV.-On the Way to the Camp. In the morning, having learned all that he thought he could at that time, and fearing to remain longer, Dick Slater determined, to leave the city and return to the camp of the Liberty Boys. He had obtained some valuable information and the commander-in-chief would want to act upon it at once, so that it was necessary that he should no longer delay his departure. There were double line s drawn across the island, and he would have to pass through these before reaching the camp at the upper end, the enemy ing strict scrutiny to all who passed. Even with a pass , which he might obtain without difficulty, he was liable to be stopped if any of the guards suspected him, all of these things having to be considered in getting away. He had gotten through the lines and into the city without much difficulty, but it would not be so eas y in getting out, as the redcoats were aus picious of any one who desired to leave, and questioned them closely. Men desirous of avoiding military duty, returning spies, such as he was, persons smuggling goods to the enemy, and many others were watched by the guards, and a clo se inspection of every one passing 0\1.t was maintained, which made it more than doubly difficult to go out than to go in. Dick knew all this and laid his plans accordingly, the same being subjected to change at a moment's notice, however. He had no horse, and he was UI).able to obtain one at the inn at the moment, and he therefore determined to go afoot until such time as he was able to pick up an animal. Setting out across the Commons toward the fresh water pond and the Bowery Lane, he had been only a short time on the way when he saw a ,man on horseback galloping toward him at a brisk rate. The man came on at a gallop, but Dick did not glance back until he was almost up to him, when he turned and gave a careless look to see if there were any danger of his being ridden down. Then he recognized Bridger on the horse, the spy failing to recognize him, however, and going on with a laugh, as he said: , "You must be used to horses, Bumpkin, and are not afraid of them, but y ou ran a close chance." The spy rode on, and Dick saw him enter the Bowery Lane, the way being in sight for some distance. In front of the King's Arms, near the present Canal street, Dick saw the spy's horse tethered to a hitching post, the .spy himself being in the tavern, quaffing homebrew from a quart pot and smoking a long steinmed clay pipe. Without fm:.ther ado, Dick slipped the tether, spra11g

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6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' CLE:AN SWEEP into the saddle, and was away in a flash. Taking the horse of an enemy was not regarded as stealing, and Dick went on with a clear con science, making good time on hi s road. There were saddle bogs, and before he reached the lower Jines, Dick examined therrt and found pa pers of some importance, probably those given him by Captain Darring the night before. "These will carry me through," he laughed. Reaching the guard house, he was stopped by a sentry, who said, in a surly tone: • "Well, boy, who are you and what do you want? Don't you know that no one is allowed to pass here unless we know him to be a goo d and loyal subject with a sufficient reas on for passing the-" Dick was laughing heartily by this time, and now said: "Well, I fancy my disguise i s a good one if one >f the guards cannot fathom it. You never heard of Bridger, did you?" "I can't say that I have," the sentry replied. "Then I pity your ignorance. Why, man, I am one of the bes t spies in the service. The only one that is better than I am i s Dick Slater. Have you heard of him?" "Dick Slater? Why, that is the young rascal for whom General Sir William Howe has offered a reward of five hundred pounds, dead or alive." "Exactly, and Dick Slater is Jim Bridger's superior. Oh, I am willing to acknowledge it." The officer of the guard came out and said, shortly: ''"Well, if ycu have any suspicions, why don't you arrest the fellow?" "How are you, lieutenant?" said Dick. "You don't know me either' ! Then my disguise in in deed a good one." Then the young patriot spy handed over Bridger's papers with a laugh, the lieutenant examining them with some impatience. "Why didn't you say who you were?" he sput tered, "instead of calling me out on a warm day like this? Go on!" "Oh, just to see if you would know me," with . a laugh. "A little patience doesn't hurt." "Where are you bound?" something less im patiently. "To the camp of Liberty Boys to see what they are up to." "Ha! see that Dick Slater doesn't catch you, since you are willing to acknowledge yourself inferior to a rebel!" sputtered the officer, and Dick rode on, still laughing, although for a dif ferent reas on than the redcoat supposed. Dick kept on at a fair rate for sonie distance, noticing that the spy's horse was going lame, but hoping that he could get through before the animal gave out. He grew worse and worse, however, and about half a mile from the upper lines, he grew so b a d that Dick knew he would have to be given up. There was an old fellow with' a wooden leg sit ting on the steps of the tavern, and as Dick got off he began to laugh and said: "Ha! you're no better off'n I am now. I'd sooner have a timber toe than a horse I couldn't trust to." "You might lo se your leg," said Dick, "and then where would you be, my fine fellow?" Then'I was s'Ome one in the tavern, but they we.re paying no attention to either Dick or the wooden legged man. "The fellow is a rank Tory and I am all right in getting the best of him," he thought. "The thing can be done with a little care." A daring scheme had entered his head, and he determined to put it into execution without delay. "I am not afrai of being drafted," he said, "but the horse is not so bad as you think. I'll beat you l'lmning even now." "Huh! I'll get to the line s and meet you half way coming back," sputtered the wooden legged man. "You'll do nothing of the sort, and I'll lay you a pot of beer on it. Come ahead, old Timbertoes." The man got up and started down the road. Dick suddenly tripped him up, stuffed his necker• chief into the fellow's mouth, and unstrapped his wood e n leg in a trice. Then off he went down the road at full speed and was soon out of sight around a bend in the road. "That will get me through better than Bridger's papers," he said to himself, with a laugh, as he ran on, the wooden leg under his arm. . In sight of the guard house he stopped, went mto a clump of bushes and strapped on the wooden leg to his knee, the skirts of his long coat concealing. his foot and lower leg. To help out the deception, he bound his ankle to his waist band so that he might not let down his leg too soon . '");'hat will pass," he said, "and I shall not have to stand it very long." Then he stumped on till he reached the guard and was passing it, when the sentry said: Here, here, where is your pass?" "Here it is," laughed Dick, pointing to the wooden leg. You won't impress any such as me I fancy." ' "No, that we :won't," with a \laugh, "but you're no rebel, are you?" "Indeed I am not," and Dick AVent trudding on, although it pained him some to have hi leg doubled up that way. I ought to see your pass, I suppose, but even if you were a rebel, you couldn't do us any harm, with only one leg." "Indeed I am not," and Dick went trudging on. As soon as he was well out of sight 'Of the guard house, he stopped and unstrapped his wooden leg, finding considerable relief in being able to put down his foot again. "Well, I don't want the rascally old Tory's leg any longer," he said, "but I'll leave it where he can get it," and he hung it to a fence rail by its straps and went on. "Well, I am beyond the lines," he said to him self, "but there is danger to be feared yet if I should happen to run across a lot of redcoats There is as likely as not to be a lot of prowling about." He hurried on, listening and keeping a lookout, and at last heard a body of men coming along on horseback, and at once took to the thicket and hurried on out of sight. He peered through the bushes at length and saw a considerable detach ment of Hessians and redcoats on the road. Then he saw the snowy tents of the camp of the Lib-

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' CLEAN 7 erty Boys and went forward, it being now about noon, the boys waiting for dinner. A number of the boys now came forward and welcomed Dic k, among them being a handsome, dashy something younger than young capta1:i, m the uniform of a sec ond lieutenant, who said: "Well, you are back safe and from city, Captain. Did you learn anythmg of im-portance?" "Yes, indeed, Mark, and I will t ell you all about it after dinner. I think it •likely that we shall change our camp and have plenty of lively work w do." "That will be good, the boys will be glad o f that," returned Mark Morrison, with an animated look. Patsy shortly blew the bugle to sumn:ion the boys to dinner, and they all came trooping up, knowing that Dick had plenty to tell them, and that there was work for them to do. "Howe is going to send a lot of Hessians redcoats into lower Westchester to get behmd us at King's Bridge," Dick said, "and I am going to report this to the general." "Then if he send s us after them," replie(] Bob, "we mu;t make a clean sw eep of them." "So we will!" shouted all the boys. CHAPTER V.-A Warning to Trespassers. After dinner Dick Slater put on his uniform and rode to the commande1 ,-in-chief's quarters on a magnificent coal black Arabian; that he called Major and which he had recently captured from 1he enemy. With him, were Bob and a number of the Liberty Boys, including Ben . Spurlock, Sam Sanderson Phil Waters and Paul Ben s on, Mark being left' in charge of the camp. As hau been sent to the city by the commander himself, he sent for the young captain as so on a s he knew of his return. Dick related brie.fly what had happened and what he had learned, producing spy's papers, and those he had found of Captain Darring. The general looked them all over and said after a few moments deliberation: "Would you like to take the Liberty Boy s, Captain, and hang upon the van of these Hessians and Britis h, giving them all the trouble you could, preventing their advance in every way?" "I shoula like nothing better, your excellency," D i ck returned, with a pleased expressi on . . "Very well. I shall send Hand and his riflemen and others to oppo s e them all they can, and the Liberty Boys will act under their orders, working independently upon occasion." ' "I thank your excellency for the opportunity to do some good work for the cause of independ ence," Dick answered, saluting. "Be prepared to march at any time, then," sai!l the general, and Dick saluted and withdrew. Returning to Bob and the boys, Dick told them what the general had said, all being greatly }'leased at the prospect of being in active serv i,_c again. .The Liberty Boys prepared to go on foe march at short notice, and that evening, s oon after supper, they received word to start as soon as possible, but to leav.e their fires burning as if they were still in camp, "That i s a good idea," said Bob, "for the redcoats on the watch will think that we are still here and will not take the alarm." "That is probably why we have received st.ch an order," rejoined Dick. "If the enemy knew that we were movinyr they would probably suspect that we meant to get ahead of them and would hasten their own march." The fires were left burning, therefore, and enough tents or parts of them were left standing to give the idea that the camp was as it had been the day before, the boys moving away noiselessly, so much s o in fact, that many of thos e in the fort did not know that they had gone until the next morning. The boy s cros s ed ovel' to the main by the bridge over Spuyten Duivel creek, and took the King's Bridge road toward lower Westchester, halting toward morning and making their camp near the Bronx. In the morning, soon after breakfast, Dick, Bob and a number of the Liberty Boys set ou t tQ see if there was any sign of the enemy. They had not gone very far before they saw two young ladies on horseback coming towal'cl them. "Well, I declare, if there aren't the girls!" exclaimed Bob. . "Sure en ough, " echoed Dick. "I wonder what they are doing here?" ''Coming around to have s ome of the fun, I suppose ," with a grin. "It is just lik e t hem. They always do turn up just at a time when we expect to have a brus h with the enemy." ''Or frequently, at any rate." A s the Liberty Boy s rode on and the two girls did not s l acke n their pace, it happened in the natural course of events that they shortly met. "What are you boy s doing here?" asked one, who bore a strong resemblance to Bob, being his sister, 1n fact, and Dick's sweetheart. "I suppose they might a s k the same of us, Alice," replied the other, who was Edith Slater, Bob's sweetheart. "We thought you were at Fort Washington,'' continued Alice. . "And we supposed you were at Tarrytown," declared Dick. "Oh, well, we came down here to visit friends." "And we came to watch the Hessians and prevent them from visiting our friends," chuckled Bob . They rode on for s ome little distance together, the girls finally stopping at the house of a friend, who was as much annoyed as they to find that the enemy •were coming. Leaving the girls at their friend's house, Dick and Bob rode on with the res t of the boys, a dozen in all, to look for the enemy. They crossed a little bridge over a brook and suddenly came upon a number of Hessians at a house at .roads ide. There were six of them, led by a British officer, and they were demanding money of the people in the house, beginning to take out the furniture with the intention of destroying if. "Forward, boy s, capture these fellow s and make an example of them!" cried Dick. The boys made a dash and caught ev::r: y one of the Hessians. The leader made a savage rush at Dick, drawing a pi s tol and tryina to shoot h.Jm .lfon Spurlock and Will Freeman seized the

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8 THE IBERTY BOYS' CLEAN SWEEP fellow and literally tore his uniform from him before he gave up. In his fury he discharged his pbtols, but hrt himself instead of Dick, and had to be left behind, he was so badly wounded. "If the fellow had had any sense he would not have been hurt," mutteredBob, ''but that's the way with these fellows." "Take this fellow's uniform,'' said Dick. "I have a u se for it. March those Hessians over the brirlge . I am going to defy the enemy to cross it. We have got to make a stand some where, and this is as good a place as any." Dick sent two of the boys to get some hay and a rope and al s o a board, saying to Bob, with a laugh: "I am going to hang an effigy to the tree by the bridge as a warning to all enemies of freedom not to cross." "Very good," laughed Bob. "Hello! here are more of the boys with Mark. They must have come by another road." -Just then Mark and four or five of the boys rode up, Mark having a British officer's cocked hat in his hand. "We saw some redcoats, two or three only," he said, "but this is all we got of them,'' holding up the hat. "Harry Juds on shot this off." "Let me have it,'' said Dick. "I want it for the figure I am going to make." The boys now returned "vith the straw and rope and some sticks, and with these and the uniform of the wounded redcoat, they made up a figure, which some of them carried to the little bridge and hung to the overhanging li mb of the tree close to the brook. Dick then got to work with the board and a large sheet of paper and made out a placard, while the boys went ahead. The six Hessians were with them, and, seeing the figure hanging to the tree, seemed to think that such was to be their fate, for they made wry faces anJ muttered to each other in German. As the Liberty Boys marched the six Hessians over the little bridge, Dick rode up on Major and fastened a placard to the effigy of the redcoat hanging from the tree, Bob, Mark and all the boys cheering lustily. "There's a defiance for you!" laughed Bob. "\Ve'll make a clean sweep of all who try to pass,'' declared Mark. "That's a warning to trespassers,'' said Ben . "I guess they will heed it after they firid out that we mean what we say." On the placard, which Dick had fastened to the figure of the redcoat, was the in big black letter, which every one could read: "Warning! To Foes of Liberty. No trespassing North of this Brook!" The boys cheered and marched the Hessians, looking very crestfallen over the bridge and on toward the camp. "Take them to our camp," said Dick, "unless you find Hand or some of the regulars, in which case you may deliver them to him. We don't want to be bothered with prisoners.f' Mark rode off with the boys on his big gray, Bob and a few of the boys remaining with Dick. "If Mark saw some redcoats there may be more about,'' said Dick, "and we must keep a l ookout for them." "Vve have made a beginning,'' muttered Bob, "and now, we must show the enemy that we mean to keep it up." "That is just what we will do, Bob, " Dick returned. "We will move our camp nearer to the bridge and prevent all enemies from crossing it. This will be the dead l ine, and I defy all redcoats, Hessians o r other foes of liberty to cro ss it." CHAPTER VI,__The Capture of Dick. Dick, Bob and the boys with them rode. on for a little distance, but saw nothing of either redcoats or Hessians, and at length halted. "The redcoats that Mark saw have probably warned others that there are enemies about," remarked Dick. "It is not likely that there was a large force of them in the neighborhood and they will not advance until more of them c ome . up." "Well, then we may have time enough to move the camp nearer,'' replied Bob. "I think I will go on a bit," said Dick, presently. "Better go back and see that the camp is moved and the prisoners taken care of, Bob. I want to see _if there are any more of these redcoats or Hessians. We will make a clean sweep of the Hessians for, if there is any one I de spise more than a Tory, it's a Hessian." Dick rode on , therefore, Bob and the rest going back to look after the camp. He was going on at a gallop, hearing or seeing nothing suspicious, when, all of a sudden, as he swept around a turn in the road where there were many trees, he suddenly dashed into a lot of redcoats halted in the road, of whom he had not had the slightest suspicion. He was at once surrounded and dragged from his horse, 'recognizing among the redcoats Captain Darring, whom he had last seen in New York. "Aha, my bold rebel, s o you made your escape from the city, did you?" the officer said, with a light laugh. "You will not do so now, however." Dick did not say anything but he made up his mind that he would escape, for all the other's saying_the contrary. "I am glad you think so much of me, Captain,'' replied Dick, lightly. Captain Darring looked at the boy in surprise, for he was not accustomed to such coolness in prisoners, especially a boy. Dick was put in the middle of the redcoats, Major being tethered to a tree, and then things seemed to come to a halt, and Dick conjectured that the captain had been detailed to hold the road for some purpose. Dick looked up at the trees beside the road and wondered if he would have a chance to climb up into one of them, but they were all too far away. He would have to devise some means to create a diversion, but how to do it was taxing his brains to their uttermost. While he was considering one expedient after another, and discarding them all as being impracticable, he heard a familiar sound. "Please spare a blind man a There was no mistaking that voice and whine, ii was that of the gran,dfather of his friend Tillie. Dick sm iled at the recollection of her valiant

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' CLEAN SWEEP 9 defence of him the night he had penetrated Canvas and then the thought came to him that pe1hap s she might be of use to him again. The whine came nearer, and the next thing Dick saw Tillie dancing along at the side of her grandfather, Snap trotting sedately before, leading the sightless old man. Some of the soldiers gave him something, although most of them had little to spare, and he made his way through unchallenged till he came to the captain himself, when after receiving a silver coin from him. he sunk down to the grass to rest, as he s ho wed he was very tired. Being in tl1e middle of the day, it was warm, and J:e loosened the old faded cloak that hung about his shrunkcP shoulders, and leaning his head the trunk of a tree, dozed off. Tillie made friends with the soldiers, who spoke to her, and there was no very strict di sc ipline preserved jus t then, as they see med ofily to be waiting for s ome one or something, and tossed her about, much to her delight. When she tired of this, and seeing her old grandfather asleep, she tiptoed over him softly, took the old cloak, which she draped about her shoulders grabbed u:i:: hi s cane, took hold of the string by which Snap was held, and started out, extending her hand, and imitating the old man's whine so amusingly that she had all thos e around her laughing at her antics. It was not till she came upon Dick with her extended little hand and he dropped a penny in it, that she saw and reeog11ized him. She clapped her hands, exclaiming: "Tillie's boy. Grandpa not losted now!" "But who is this?" asked Dick, as if not recognizing her, and addressing her as if she were her grandfather, making her shriek with delight. Presently she grew tired of her masquerade, threw off the cloak, dropped the cane, tied Snap to a tree, and then curled herself up in lap and demanded that he tell her a fairy tale. Dick was nonplussed, for he did not remember except "J11ck the Giant Killer," and when he tned to tell her that, she boxed his ears, and told him he didn't ,know the story at all, and to tell her something that he knew and she didn't. That was a pretty big order for Dick, still he was equal to the emergency in his own way, for instead of tell1ng her a fairy story, he told her true ones of what he had seen during hi s service for his country. She was as well pleased, for all children like "really truly" stories, but she and her grandfather had walked far that day, and soon the lashes rested on the fat rosy cheeks and the breath came through moist red lips deeply and regularly. Dick held her some little while as she slept, and as he looked down into the childish face, he wondered what sort of a future the little girl would have, knowing, as he did, that her grandfather was no kind of a guardian for a little child. His arms ached after a while, and he was about to lay her down on the old cloak she had discarded, when an idea came to him, of which he made use. He laid the child down on the grass without her, and quietly picking up the coat, he threw 1t about his shoulders, and taking the cane, begl;\n hobbling off. He did not dare take Snap, for he knew the dog make a de ci ded protest, but as he, too, was asleep in the sun, some little distance off, Dick managed to walk away without arousing him. The soldiers saw the supposed old man in the long cloak and leaning heavily on hi s cane, but had seen the old blind man, and knowing that the child had run off with hi s cloak, had taken it for granted that she had taken it back, and that it was the old man himself, for Dick had moved around behind a tree when he had taken Tillie in his arms. He did n J t try to pass the captain, for he was afraid he wouJ
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<.. , 10 THE LIBERTY B O YS' CLEAN SWEEP It was not often the boys got such a chance and they made the most of it, Ben telling the girl.g how he \\"aS going to excite the jealous y of the othe r boy s by an account of his good time. Soon after the boys took their leave and started back for camp in the highes t of spirits. They had not ridden far, when Dick suddenly pulled up Major, the two others following his example. They could hear the s ound of voices back of the road. "There i s something going on over in that direction," whi s pered Dick, "and I mean to find out what it is." CHAPTER VIL-A Midnight Encounter. It very evident that so mething was going o n ai the s ide of the road, and the three boys determined to find out what it was. They left their horses in the shelter of a clump of trees where they would not be seen in the darkness, and cYcpt along on foot until they approached quite near to a house, and then on their hands and feet. It was so dark that they could distinguish !ittle, nor was there much to hear, for the were very Ftealthy. The house was dark, net a light show in g at any of the windows, the occupants probably bein g in bed and asleep, and the s'."'11nc\s seemed t o proceed from s ome little distance away. "They may be robbers, there have been many around in vicinity lately," wh ispered Jack. "They may be redcoats," returned Bob, in a low tone. Dick said nothing, but was straining his eyes and ears for indications of what the true cause of the sounds were. The redcoats were all around, but had been kept to the south of the bridge by the boys, and Dick did not see how any of them could have cro ssed without a skir mish with the boys at the camp, and if there had be en any firing, they certainly would have heard it. Still, there were ways by which jhe enemy could reach the place, for the whole neighborhood was not as strictly guarded as was the where the Liberty Boys had taken their ;:ta ti on. Whi!e they were yet uncertain as to what the meaning of the sounds were, a winr1ow opened cautiously in the upper floors, and soon saw a head, partly covered by a nightcap, lean out. "The people in the hou se are not asleep, after all." said D>k, softly. "They may need our aid." "The trouble is to let them know we are here, without letting the other fellow s know it, too," returned Bob, in a whisper. "Remain where you are, and I will get a little nearer to the interlopers ," whispered Dick. "If you hear the cry of a night hawk, come to my help." "All right, Dick." . Dick advanced with all the art of a redskin toward whence the sound inoceeded, and saw a number of forms moving stealthily in the darkness. He watched them from his sheltering tree tl'-.mk, trying to see \Yhich way they were taking, but could not dete1mine, when he heard a shot fired from the direction of the house. "I wonder if they are attacking the house," was his first thought. There were so few there, and he alone as he was, Dick concluded that it would be the best thing for him to get back to the two b oys as quickly a$ possible, for he was afraid they might be in need of his help. He felt his way back to the place where he had left the boys, but they were no longer there. He heard the subdued murmur of voices, and advanced n oiselessly to them, and found that the b oys were talking to the man at the window overhead. "How do I know that you are not some o f the rascals?" he asked testily. "Do you know the Roberts?" asked B o b. -"Which Roberts?" asked the old man, s u s pici ously. "The Roberts who live near the mill." "Oh, John Roberts! " "Yes, we have just returned fro m v isiting them." It was B o b who was speaking. "A pretty time for visiting! why, if y ou were visiting, didn't you stay the rest of the night or leave at som e decent hour?" "We are some of the Liberty Boys, and had to i eturn to camp." "Where's your captain to let you out s o late?" The old man was certainly very suspicious. "Here he is," said Dick, coming out from the trees. "The sister of the lieutenant, who is with me as well as my own sister are visiting Mar.)' Roberts, and we don't often get a chance o'.f seeing them, we stayed longer than we intended. But it is a good thing for you perhaps that we did, for I think there are redcoats around, and you are here alone, are you not, Mr. Stephens?" Dick had recognized the p lace as belonging to a rich old man, w ho was reported to be a miser, and who kept large sums of money in his house. "How do you know my name i s Stephens?" growled the possessor of the name, ungraciously. "Every one knows the name . of Stephens around here," replied Dick, with the utmost good temper. "If you don't need us, you have but t o say so, and we will start back for camp, where it is time we should be." "And leave me at the mercy of th9se r obbers?" cried the old man. . "It is for you t o say," replied Dick, patiently. "We might better look after our horses," suggested Bob . "Wait a little, Bob . I think they are safe for the present. "Just as you say, Dick." "Well, what do you pro pose t o do? Stay there talking all night and let an old man be r obbed?" snarled the old man. "I'll tell you presently," was Dick's reply. "vVe will see that no one enters the h ouse without giving you s u fficient warning." "What's the goocf of warning? I want yo u t o keep all the robbers out. I'm going back t o my bed, for I will take my death from c o ld talk ing to you boys out of the window this chill y night." "Cranky old duffer!" sputtered Bob. "He does n't deserve to be protected from the robbers . H e harn't even invited u s into the hou se , but expect..

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THE BOYS' CLEAN SWEEP 11 three o f us t o fight for him outside and without thanks either." "vVe don't work for thanks, Bob." "I know, Dick, but we d on't usually work for old curmudgeons like that one upstairs either!" Bob spoke louder than he intended, and there was a movement down among the shadows. "Sh-sh, Bob!" warned Dick. "All right!" The boys waited in silence f o r an attack on the house, their pistols in hand and ready cocked. The woods seemed to be full of mysterious sounds, and kept the boys on the alert, peering on all sides for the expected assault. The situation was tense, and the boys felt the strain, for it would have been much easier to be doing something even in the face of danger, than that breathless waiting, they knew not for what. The window opened again above, and a voice hi ss ed down: "Why aren't you doing something?" "Oh, go t o bed!" muttered Bob under his breath, while Dick replied, in a whisper: "If you are not careful, sir, you will bring about that which we are all trying to avoid." 'The night-capped head was withdrawn, while they heard mutterings t o which they paid no attentio n. The waiting grew tedious, and Dick said to the other two boys : "I'm going back again and see if they are s till there and what they are doing." "All right, Dick . " Dick crept away again, and this time managed to get near enough to the intruders to s e e that there were quite a number of them, and that they had effected an entrance into one of the outho uses. He crept as near as possible and not take too great a risk of being seen, and found that the building seemed full of redcoats, who were groping around, and then there appeared the gleam o f a dark lantern. Dick was nonplu ss ed. What were they trying to do? Then he heard muttered abjurations, and in the light of the lantern that shone only in a straight line he saw a figure rise and flash the light around the building. In an instant Dick was up from his crouching position, and was running back to where he left the boys as swiftly and noiselessly as 'an Indian. "What is it, Dick?" they both asked together. He whispered a few hurried words. The boys scurried in the -darkness for the horses, which they quickly mounted, and rode down toward the shadowy figures beyond . "Hey.J.'' cried a thin, querulous voice, trembling with fear. "What are you going off for and leaving me all alone?" But the boys did not stop to answer. When they neared the building that held the intruders, there was a wild cheering, as if proceeding from a dozen throats, a cracking of pistols, of which each boy had at least three in his belt. Down raced the boys, their horses crashing through trees, sounding as if there were a score of them in the stillness of the dark night. There was a c o mmotion in the outhouse, forms scrambling over o ne another in their effort to get out. The boys did not attempt to go too near the door of the building, but circled around it, sh outing, their weapons, and acting like a typical bad man of the We s t of more recent times when shooting up a town. There came shrieks from the house in high thin, penetrating tones, but the boys were t oo busy to heed them, and the intruder' s were als o too bus y even to hear them. When there was n o rider in front of the door to the outhouse a form would steal out into the open, and the boys took good care that there should be given all of them opportunity to disappear, for there we re altogether too many of them for the boys to tackle, while the intruding redcoats thought that the building was surrounded. After the last one had been given a.n opportunity to depart without taking heed of the order oi his going so long as he got out with a whole skin, the boys met at the door. The laNtern was still there burning dimly on the floor d where it had been dropped, and picking it up, with the aid of its feeble light, Dick took a s urviey of the scene. The place was strewn with bulging bags, chickens with their necks wrung, and forage of various description. "Wouldn't that make Patsy'& eyes open!" ex claimed Jack. "I think we will have to take as mut.h as p o s sible of this track to camp," said Dick. "We can load the hors es with it. and what we i:an't take we 'll leave for the old man." "He'll be sure to send u s a bill, Dick," chuckled Bob. "But thes e a r e not his things , even though they were on his property. " While they were speaking, they heard a wheezy cough, and presently saw the bent form of old Stephens hobbling along by the aid of a cane and a lantern. "Hey, what are you boy s doing with my things? Put everything back." "But these things are not yours. You could not possibly make any use o f them, if they were1 while they will be of great use to our boys,' protested Dick, mildly. "They're mine, for they were found on my property, and if you take anything off I'll have the law on you!" screamed the old man, shaking his stick at the boys. "These things are not yours and never were. They were brought here by some of the enemy out on a foraging expedition, who were about to rob your hen house and corncrib. We prevented that by friglitening them away, and I intend taking as much of the stuff as OUT three horses can carry. You can appeal to the la\v, but I take it in the name of the cause, ,and we'll see who'll come out on top in the fight!'" The three boys did not wait to listen to any more abuse of the old miser, but loaded their hors es with as much as they could take away, and there was still some left behind for the old man. "I wonder how the ras cals managed to cross the bridge," said Ben, "without the boys hearing them." "They did not cross the bridge, but came around, o r rather took a chort cut, visiting all the farm houses on the way, and levying toll. But I am glad to say they didn't get off with their bo oty, and had their night's work for n othing." '

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12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' CLEAN SWEEP " Oh, no, they didn't, Dick," laughed Bob. "They had their work and pains for us, and we are certainly going to get the benefit of it. Patsy will be feeding us like lords for the rest of the w eek." Patsy indeed was delighted when he found the forage in the cooking tent1 but he wondered how it got there, he and Ca..r1 holding an animated d i scussion a s to the manner of its coming, till Ben appeared on the scene, and stopped the a rgument by telling them how they had outwitted the enemy the night before. CHAPTER VIII.-A Wholesale Capture. There '.vere redcoats and Hessians in the neighborhood, and the Liberty Boys were determined to carry out Dick Slater's defiance and k eep them from advancing. That morning, later, the camp being now located not far north of the little bridge, where the figure of the redcoat still swung in the breeze, Dick, Mark and a strong party of the boys rode toward the bridge, and, a s they approached it, saw a considerable party of Hessian on the farther side . "You will have to get that placard done into German, Dick," laug hed Mark, "for the benefit o f the Hessians. They don't seem to understand it." "They when we go on," laughed Dick, the bo ys advancing as far as the bridge. The Hessians saw them and did not attempt t o come on, regarding the suspended effigy with amusemerlt on account of its being in British uniform. At once the brave boys dashed across the little bridge, firing a volley at the Hessians. The latter attempted to form a hollow square and repel the attack of the boys with -the bayonet, but they were too slow about it, and the gallant lads came on before they could get their baynots ready. There was just so much form to be gone through with, and nothing could be done without orde1s, so that by the time half of these had been executed, the boys were upon their foe s. "Sweep away the Hessians!" shouted Dick; "down with them; drive the rascals out; into the brook with them!" "Liberty forever; make a clean sweep!" echoed the plucky youths, as J;hey dashed forward. Some of the Hessians were tumbled into the brook, others taking to the woods, the greater part of them retreating in the greatest haste. Seven or eight of them were captured besides those who had fallen into the brook, these being so encumbered with their heavy trappings and weapons that they had to be fished out or they would have been all drowned. "What about their boast that they would cross the brook in spite of us?" laughed Mark. "Some o f them will cross it, but as our prisoners." "We do not have to take all the y say seriously, Mark," retorted the young captain. "There will b e little trespassing as long as we are in this neighborhood." The sound of firing had brought out a number o f L iberty Boys from the camp, but there was nothing for them t o do, as the enemy had been routed by the time they i-eached the bi-ook. T h e captive Hessians were marched off, looking greatly depressed, and were taken fro m the camp of the Liberty Boys to that of Hand's rifle men, which was not far distant. The b oys marched away and across the bridge, Ben and Sam being left to keep a watch upon the Hessians, with a line of Liberty Boys at short dis tances reaching to the camp, so that the signal s could be carried on. In half an hour the boys at the bridge saw a number of the enemy ct>ming on and signaled t o the nearest boys . Ben took a good l ook at them, and estimated that there were not more than a hundred Hessians approaching, and signaled the same to the camp. Then the Liberty Boys came on cautiously and took up positions on either side of the road, hiding in the thick bushes, having come without their horses, but well armed. The Hessians came on afoot, marching boldly and with a defiant attitude as though having no fear of the dspised "rebels," as they impudently called the Liberty Boys. Everything was q uiet at the bridge, and there were evidently no enemies anywhere about. The Hessians had no knowledge of ambushes such as the Liberty Boys were u sed to, and they did not suspect that every bush on the farther side of the bridge concealed a brave boy ready to s pring up at a given signal. They crosse d the bridge with a heavy tread, and as they reached the farther bank o f the brook appeared to think that they had already and would return -in triumph after sweeping the boys before them. Suddenly there was the shrill cry of a hawk, which attracted no attention from the Hessians, as they thought it but a natural sound which meant nothing to them. On the armed boys sprang up from each side of the road, in front and behind the Hessians every man fancying himself covered by the rels of half a dozen muskets. "Surrender!" cried Dick, "or we will cut you to pieces!" If the Hessian s did not understand the words of the young patriot captain, they could not but understand his tone and gestures, and they halt ed, amazed. Where the boys had suddenly come from they had no idea, but that a terrible danger threatened them they could not doubt. While they stood thus spellbound, the boys, at a quick s ignal from Dick, pressed in upon them on both s ide s , and from the rear, and disarmed many of them. "Forward!" cried Dick. which was near enough like the.. German word to be understood. With armed boys on all s ide s of them, there was nothing to be done but obey orders, and the entire company 'Of Hessians was marched off by the resolute boys. It was a clean sweep, indeed, and the boys were in high spirits over the daring capture, giving Mark Morrison full credit for the idea. The drums beat and the bugles as the gallant boys marched the dismayed Hessians along the road and to the camp of Major Hand where the prisoners were turned over in a body'. Hand himself wasJn the camp when the Hessians were marched in, and he said to Dick, with a laugh: . '"Well, captain, you are making a clean swe ep, m dee d. Were t here any more o f the m1 "

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' CLEAN SWEEP 13 "No, major, these are a ll there was. \Ve bagged them like a lot of rabbits, and they bad boasted that they would cross the bridge and do what they chose with the 'rebels.' It does not always do t o boast." " I don't thrnk that it ever do es ,,,. dryly. There were more of the Hessians than there were of the Liberty Boys, but the latter had acted so promptly and with such resolution that the Hessians had had no alternative except to surrende1; . The Hessians were left with Hand to dispose of, and the boys returned to their camp in high feather, every one praising them for their daring capture. "Those will be irissed and more sent to look for them," observed Bob, when they were back in camp. "We must keep a watch upon the bridge," Dick replied, "and not let the enemy approach." A detachment of the Liberty Boys was sent to watch the place and to report in case any con siderable body of the enemy was seen approach ing, the rest busying themse lve s in different ways in the camp. The girls rode in from where they were staying, having changed their quarters, and Dick invited them to dinner, an invitation which they were very glad to accept. After dinner Dick and Bob set out to reconnoiter, it being thought quite likely that some of the enemy might advance, it being Howe's desire to work up to Kfog's Bridge. Dick was mounted on Major, Bob riding a fine bay, and they rode at good speed , seeing nothing for . some little time. Then, as they turned a bend m the road, Dick saw a man on horseback coming toward them, and said in a low tone: "That is Bridger, the spy, Bob. Don't make any sign of surprise till we get to him, and then we'll catch him. He thinks I do not know him. CHAPTER IX.-After the British Spy. As the boys drew neareT the spy he began to sho w signs of uneasiness, which increased every instant, till at last he quickly wheeled his hors e and dashed away at full speed. "We know you, Bridger!" cried Dick, firing a shot which took off the fellow's hat, " and we are going to catch you if we can." The horse the spy rode was a good one, but was no match for Dick's Major, nor even for Bob' s bay, and the chances of his being overtaken were therefore very great. The man pres ently a startled glance over his shoulder and realized this in an instant, urging his horse on with sp u r and .whip, and doing his utmost to escape, turning and firing a shot at Dick, which went wild in his anxiety. The boy s dashed after him, gaining every moment, and the prospect was that he would be taken if he kept to the road unless some unforeseen event occurred. What Di<;k thought of was that there might be redcoats. on the road, and, as Bob were almo s t upon the spy, suddenly appeared in front of them and not far distant. "Rebels, Dick the spy, catch him I" yelled the spy at the top of his voice, urging his horse forward beyond his powers . . In fact, the animal stumbled at the next mo ment, throwing the spy over his head into the bushes , and then dropping upon all fours in the road, causing the boys to rein in quickly in order to avoid an accident. The redcoats set up a shout as they saw the boy s, and started lh em at a gallop , evidentl y regarding them as already captured. Dick fired a defiant shot a t them, wheeled in an in stant, and sped away like the wind, Bob at his s ide. "If we can lead thes e fellows over the bridge and into the camp o f the Liberty Boy s , it would be something worth while, Bob," Dick-murmured as they flew on. They were too far from the bridge to slow up, s o as to let the redcoats seemin,gly gain upon them, and they went on ;;it good speed. Some thing might happen, and Dick did not want to take too great a risk while they were still at s ome ditsance from the bridge. The redcoats seemed sure of taking them, and they rode on at full speed, Dick at length saying to Bob: "Slow up a bit, Bob. We are not s o far from the bride now, and I can signal the boys . " The boys slackened their spe ed as if they were unable to go any faster, and the redcoats gave a shout and came on at a iush, surer than eve r that they would catch the daring young patriots. They soon came in sight of the bridge, and Dic k gave a signal which he knew that the boys on guard there would hear and understand. The redcoats gained upon them, and they s lackened their speed still more so a s to lead the enemy on. As they reached the bridge the leader of the redcoats dashed ahead and snatched at Ma jor's bride rein. "Surrende1., you rebel!" he hissed. Then half a dozen Liberty Boys sprang up, and the officer saw that he had been led into a trap. Other Liberty Boys suddenly appeared being mounted, and gave chase to the red: coats, who had wheeled as they saw the danger their leader was in. The officer was taken and one or two of the men, the rest succeeding in making their escape. "\.Veil, we have enough of them," laughed Dick as the boys returned. "Didn't you read the sigr; at the bridge?" to the officer . . "You are a saucy young rebel!" the officer snapped. "Take that insulting thing down this instant!" "I could not think of it," with a laugh. "That is your notice to quit, and you must obey it. We allow no trespassers on the north s ide of this brook, and you redcoats will learn it very quil!kly." The officer said nothing and was taken to the camp of the Liberty Boys, where he was greatly astonished at everything he saw. He had a no tion, common to many of the redcoats, that the Liberty Boys were an undiscip lined lot of young fellows, without any military knowledge and liv ing in any fashion, hi s eyes being opened, how ever, at sight of the tidy camp, the neat uniforms of the boys, and the thorough discipline which prevailed. He and the rest of the redcoats were. sent off to Hand's camp, one of the riflemen say• ing, with a laugh: you keep on catching redcoats. and He.i-

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• 14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' CLEAN SWEEP sians, yciu boys won't leave any of us to fight, I guess." "Well, the captain wanted to m ake a clean sweep," replied Ben, who led the party, "and we are trying to do it. We prefer Hessians, but we had to take these fellows, since they could not read the sign we put up and came across the bridge." Many of Hand's men knew of the effigy and the placard upon it, and they laughed heartily, one saying: "Wen, that's the coolest kind of a defiance, and I guess the enemy will have to s end a big force up if they want to take down that sign and carry the bridge." The boys returned to camp, others keeping a watch on bridge, no redcoats nor Hessians appearing during the' afternoon, however, as they seemed to fear that there was a large force stationed there and that it would be dangerous to attempt to advance. "\Ve seem to be making them pay attention," said Ben to some of the boy s . ":Yes, they will think we amount to something after we have run off with a few more of their men," l aughed Sam. "It takes a lot to make some people take no tice,'' added Will. There was no sign of the enemy by nightfall, and after supper the fires were lighted, and the boy s were busying themselves in various ways. There was no alarm during the night, and in the rrnorning there was no sign of the Hessians or redcoats. Dick .and Bob and a number of the boys rode off to the south, looking for the enemy but seeing none for some time. "We have made a clean sweep, after all, Dick," laughed Bob. ''We cannot hold back his entire army, of course, but if we can check his advance and haras s him a ll we can, that will be something." "To be sure it will, and the Liberty Boys always do what they can. We are ready to do anything you want, Dick." ' ' Yes, I know that, Bob, and they always do it." The boys wen: on for some distance without seeing any sign of redcoats, Hessions or other enemie s, and Dick began to think that perhaps they had all gone, as Bob had suggested. At Jength they saw a house where a man had just come out and was about to mount his horse and ride away. "There is Bridger, Bob,'' said Dick. '.'We must catch him this time if we can." The spy, seei n g the boys coming on and not caring to take the risk of being recognized, leaped into the saddle and was off in a moment. "Come on, boy s !" cried Dick. "There is that spy, and we want to get him. Be careful not to run into a lot of redcoats, however." The boys all followed Dick, the spy riding at full speed, for he knew how fast Major could go, anal that there was danger of his being overtaken. "We must get the fellow, boys," muttered Dick. "If he is about, there must be redcoats s omewhere around, and we will make him tell us where they are and how .many." After the spy rode the boys at a rapid gait, quickly gaining upon him. The spy was urging his hor"t on at a breakneck speed, when he met two redcoats riding along the road The men, seeing the Liberty Boys pursuing the spy, quickly wheeled, and all three rode off at high speed. Dick did not care about taking the redcoats, but he did want the spy, and they all flew after him. There was a bend in the road which hid the fugitives from sight for a few moments, and when Dick and the boys rounded it they saw the two roads where Patsy had fired at the guide post. The redcoats had taken one road and the spy the other, and although Dick could not s ee either, he knew which way the spy had gone. He had observed the peculiar print that the shoes of the spy's horse had made, and he recognized thes e at once on the right hand road, the redcoats having taken that to the left. "This way, boys," he said. "We must catch him s oon." On raced the boys , and soon Dick saw the man's horse grazing on the side of the road a little ahead of them. A quick glance showed Dick a break in the bushes on the other side of the fence running along the side of the road, and he quickly jumped out of his saddle going at good speed. "The spy has taken to the woods, Bob," whispered Dick, as Bob halted. "His horse is used up. I guess he thought we would not notice him, going s o fast." "But you see everything," said Bob, with a light laugh. Getting over the fence, Dick easily found the spy's trail, and said to Bob: • "Three or four of us will be enough, I think. Come a long, Ben, Sam, Harry and Will, and we will follow this fellow up. Look after the horses, boys, .and let us know if the enemy come this way." Bob and the four boys quickly followed Dick, the boys leaving their muskets behind as being cumbersome, and just taking their pistols, which would be quite sufficient . The trail was. easy to find, as it was evident the spy had not tried to cover it, either not knowing how or not supposing the boys would follow, and they went on at a rapid rate. Suddenly in a little open space they saw the man sitting on a log resting himself, being greatly surprised when he suddenly heard the boys coming on, and then saw them. He sprang to his feet and darted across the opening, drawing his pistol as he ran. ' ' Hold on, Bridger,'' cried Dck. "We are bound to catch you, and if we shoot you it will only save us hanging you." "You will never catch me, you rebel!" shouted Bridger, as he ran on, disappearing behind a great clump of bushes, where there was a bit of wet ground. . The boys spl'ead out so as to surround the place, Ben and Sam going to the right with Dick, while Harry and Will took to the left with Bob. They presently heard a startled cry, and then there was the report of a pistol. "Do you think he has shot himself?" asked Ben of Dick. "No, I think not. There is a bit of swampy ground theret and he has probably got stu c k in a hole and hls pistol has been discharged." The boy s entered the thicket from both sides, hearing a crashing among the bushes, Dick pres-J

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' CLEAN SWEEP 15 ently catching sight of the spy, his clothes tom and muddy, dashing through mud and water in a vain attecl't>t to escape. As he ran on he suddenly found himself face to face with Bob, and suddenly stumbled and fell forward. "You might have known you could not get away from us," Bridger," said Bob, as Will and Harry seized the man and put him on hi s feet. "There were enough of you!'" sneeringly. "Why didn't you get the whole troop to chase me?" B o b simply laughed, and then Dick aI)d the others came up. "Where have the enemy gone, B r idger?" asked Dick. "I won't tell you!" in ' a surly tone. "Oh, well, it does not matter much," carelessly. "The general does not intend to let Howe get to Kmg's Bri dge, s o i t does not make any diffe1 ence whether you tell us or not. You will go to camp with u s, Bridger. h The boys had already disarmed the man, and now they set off with him between them for the road. . "What are you going to do with i:ne, Slater?" asked the spy; evidently greatly disturbed in his mind. "Yo u know the fate of a spy when he is caught, don't you?" Dick replied. "I shall turn you over to Major Hand." "I will make it worth your while if you will let me go. I can send you a large--" "That will do, Bridger," said Dick, quietly. "I thought you had a better opinion o f me, and of yourself as well, than to make me such an offer. Do you think that I can be bought?" The spy turned pale and made no reply, look ing about him furtively from time to time a s they went on. "Your horse will be all right now, I think," said Dick, as they got back where the boys were waiting. "You will not need to go s o fast." The spy's horse was still grazing at the roa.d' side , having no desire apparently to leave the place, so that the boys had not ];>een obliged to tether him. The man got in the saddle with the rest and rode between two of the boys, listening now and then, and looking about as if in of some friends who would help him escape. He did not say anything, and generally held his head down as if engaged in thought, the boys letting him alone and saying nothing to him. They went on, seeing nothing of the redcoats, and at las t come to the little bridge over the brook. Dick and Bob were ahead, and three or four more had passed Qver, when the spy, riding between Ben and Sam, suddenly leaped over his horse's head and sprang over the bridge rail into the' water, disappearing in an instant. "Hallo I" shouted Ben, "the fellow has e s . caped!" The boys quickly halted, those coming behind leaping to the ground and running along the brook above and below the bridge. Dick and Bob halted, and Dick sent the !oys with him along the bank going upstream, calling for others to take the downstream side. "He'll have to come up soon," said Bob. '"rhe brook is not very deep, but it winds, anti he. may get out of sight by the time he has to come up." "The fellow has taken a dangerous chance," said Dick, "but I suppo_se that the sight of the bridge reminded him that our camp was just on the other side, and that once he reached that there was little hope for him." The spy had jumped off the bridge on the 'Ip stream s ide, and it was more than like ly that he would swim up instead of down, and the boy on both s ide upstream looked for him to come up in a minute or two. They did not se e him, spreading out so as to intercept him, and signaling to JJick that they had not s een him. The boys downstream had not seen him by that time, and Dick signaled to s ome of the boys neaTest the bridge to look under it. Two or three descended the bank, and looking under, saw the man hiding the:re, close to the bank. He had ev idently thought that the boys wou ld a ll l eave the bridge, and that he could then come out and get away. "There you are, my man," said Phil 'Vaters. "You'll have to come out. You will find that it i s not s o easy to get away from us." "You miserable rebels , why didn't you look s ornewhe1 e else?" snarled the spy. "'\Ve did," laughed Phil, "and v;e looke d here as well. In fact we l ooked everywhere." Then Phil gave one o f the Liberty Boy signals, the spy simply hearing a frog croak, and thinking nothing of it. In a few moments two or three of the boy s appeared at each s ide of the bridge, and Arthur Mackay said: "Come out of there, Mr. Bridger. That must be a rather uncomfortable place there. Rather damp and muddy, i sn't it?" "Come and fetch me, yo u miserable young rebel!" snarled the spy. Dick called three or four of the boys, and, before the spy was aware of what was being done, the .planks jus t above where he lay were taken up and three pairs of strong hands seized him and lifted him out. "You would hound a man to death, you rebels!" he growled, as he was put upon his feet on the bridge. I "Would you not have d on e the same to me?" asked Dick. "Your blind man, one whom one would scarcely suspect to be a spy, put you on my track, and y ou yourself tried your best to taka me in New York, so as to earn the blood money offered my capture by General Howe. Here i s your refined, titled general, offering a reward as if I were a thief. And you are all willing to accept this reward! What do you call that but hounding one to death? You call us rustics and barbarians and iebels, but do we do things like this? Take him to Hand's camp, boys." The spy had nothing to say, and went with a :number of the boys, Dick and the Test return• ing to their own camp. "That is the last we shall see of him," said Bob. "I suppo se so," replied Dick, thoughtfully. The redcoats had evidently gone away, and there were no Hessians s een, but Dick decided to keep up his vigilance and not be lured into fancied security because the enemy seemed to have fled. ' "They may simply be watching for us to relax our watchfulness and grow careless," he said, "and then make a sudden dash and advance' a considerable distance." Dick did not go out again until after dinner,

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16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' CLEAN SWEEP when he set off in the direction of the place where he had met the spy and the redcoats, riding on Major, and going at a. rapid rate. He was riding on, being near a tavern on the road, when he heard a child cry out, and then the sound of blows. "Hallo! what is that?" he said to himself. Riding on, he came to the tavern and saw the spy, Blind Billy, beating the little girl Tillie with his stick. "You are a miserable little rebel!" he cried. "I could have made a hundred pounds, and you helped the rebel to escape." "Don't grandpa, don't!" cried the child, trying to shield herself, .the blind man holding her by the arm and striking her more than once in spite of his being blind. "Stop that, you old rascal!" cried Dick, leaping to the ground and running forward. "You ought to be ashamed of yourself!" Dick took the stick from the blind's man's hand and, as Snap, the shaggy dog, sprang at him, sent the creature flying with a well -directed kick. "You keep still!" he said. "You should have protected the child instead of that old rascal.'' The blind man had released the child, who now ran to Dick and got behind him. "I don't believe you are a rebel at all!" she de clared. "You would not let any one hurt me, and they tell me that rebels are bad. You are not bad, you are good." "You wicked old rascal," said Dick, "you ought ashamed of yourself. . Men afflicted as you are deserve our pity, but you do not; you trade on your blindness and tell lies to this innocent child. You ought to be hanged as that fellow Bridger will be, and if you do not leave this neighborhood, I will have you arrested and locked up, at any rate." "The ungrateful brat let you escape," muttered the man, "and she deserves to be beaten." "She did not let me escape, I got away myself, and you had no right to beat her .jf she did. What sort of a grandfather are you to beat an innocent child like that?" "She is a rebel, and I will beat her again if I catch her at any such tricks. She cheated me out of a hundred pounds,'' with a whine. "And you would take that money fo1 delivering me up?" asked Dick. "There is no reward offered for you, and if there was I would not take it. You are a spy yourself. What prevents me from calling some of the boys and having you taken off and hanged, as you deserve?" "Take him, Snap!" snarled the blind man, but Snap had had one \ experience with Dick, and did not want another, and he hung back. "I don't believe you are the child's grandfather at all," Dick continued, angrily. "If you were you would not treat her so. Tell me, Tillie, is he your real grandfather?" Dick noticed an expression on the face of the blind man, which he endeavored to conceal by turning away, which convinced him that he had stumbled upon the truth. . "I gueSs so, I don't know," said Tillie. "He beats me. Do real grandpas do that?" "If they do they ought to be ashamed of tnemselves," angrily. "I don't believe he is. In fact, I am sure of it." "I have taken care of her,'' snarled the other. "She owes everything to me. " "I do not believe it,'' said Die.It. "You have made money on account of her bemg a child and helple ss , the same as you have made money out of your blindness. You are an old rascal, and if the child will go with me, I will take her and find good friends and a home for her." CHAPTER X.-The Blind Spy Disposed Of. Blind Billy, who, Dick now realized, was not old enough to be the child's grandfather, began to whine and cry and say that it was cruel to take an old man's only comfort a way from him, but Dick quickly cut him short and said, sharply: "Stop your whining! You are not an old man. Your blindness makes you appear so at first sight, but I see now that you are not. You are not fifty years old. You are an old humbug, a professional beggar and charlatan. The child is no relation of yours. You simply use her as a part of your stock in trade, as you use your dog and your stick to excite sympathy." The man glared at Dick and his fingers worked convulsively as if he would have liked to strangle the young patriot. Some men now came out of the tavern, and the blind man, hearing them, began to whine and to hold out his hand and say: "Please help the blind!" "I don't believe you're any blinder than I am," declared one. I saw you beat the child, and if . you were blind you cou ld not see to do that." "Go back to the city," said Dick, giving the beggar spy his stick. "I will not tell what I know about you . Come with me, Tillie. I will find you a good home." "Let him have Snap," said the child, and one of the men from the tavern put the dog's rope in the beggar's hand. "Go back to the city and ply your trade," said Dick. "There are credulous people enough, and enough sympathetic ones to enable you to make a good livi11g, if not an honest 011e. If I catch you at any other trade it will go hard with you." The man went off snarling and grumbling, but refrained from calling Dick a rebel, realizing that it would not be wise in the presentce of s o many of the young captain's friends. "The redcoats and Hessians have gone away, have they, captain?" asked one. "They are not around here, at any rate," D ick ieplied. "They may try to get through else where, and we intend to watch them." "That's right, do so,'' and the man went on. "Will you go with me, Tillie?" Dick asked, when the men had gone. "I will find good friends for you and a pleasant home. You will not be beaten nor allowed to go dirty and ragged and hungry, as I know you are now. Do you want to go back to Blind Billy?" "No!" said the chtld, promptly. "He beats me. Tillie don't want to be beaten. Tillie sees other girl's with clean clothes, and she wants them. Tillie doesn't always have enough to eat. Tillie is hungry now." "All right; you shall have something to eat," said Dick, and he at once took the little girl over to the tavern, Major following, and went into

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' CLEAN SWEE P 17 the coffee-room, where he ordered a luncheon to be served, sitting and watching the child eat with evident enjoyment and a keen appetite. When the child had eaten all she wanted, Dick took her out, put her on Major in front of him, and rode off at good speed toward the camp, Tillie greatly enjoying the exhilaration of the ride in the crisp October air, with the trees gay with their autumnal foliage, and the distant hills softened by a purple h aze. When Dick arrived at the camp he found that Alice and Edith had arrived during his absence, having been out for a ride. Bob and others knew Tillie, but the girls had not seen her and were greatly interested in her, Dick having told them about the child. They talked with her and were interested in her pertness, her intelligence and her forlorn state, Tillie showing the loss of a woman's care in many things . For the present Dick decided to keep the little girl at his mother's house, and Tillie herself was delighted with the prospect having a great fancy to Edith, although she liked Alice. The girls were going home the next day, but for that night Tillie would remain with them at the house of their friends, whither she went after supper, which was taken at the camp. Tillie was greatly interested in all she saw in the camp, and was highly amused at Patsy and the other funny fellows among the Liberty Boys, laughing. heartily at their amusing ways. She made friends with a number of the boys , and was sorry to leave them, although glad t o go with the girls. There was a sound of firing heard in the night in the direction of the camp of the riflemen, and Dick sent s ome of the boys over to enquire the cause of it. "The spy escaped," reported Ben, who had gone over. "They fired upon him, but he was not found and probably got away. He was to be hanged in the morning. " "Well, we must keep a lookout for him," replied Dick. "He is a very clever fellow in many ways, and i s not an enemy to be de spised. The fellow's ways are not my ways, but he is shrewd and might do us a deal of mischief. We must keep a lookout for him." In the morning Dick took a number of the boys and set out to reconnoitec-, thinking that perhaps the enemy might be returning. The boys seemed to have made a clean sweep as far as the Hessians were concerned, for not one of them was to be seen, although they rode for miles. .The boys were riding at an easy gait through a wooded country, when Dick heard the sound of voices, one of thes e being familiar to him. He held up his hand and the boys halted, Dick dis mounting and motioning to Bob and two or three others . They quickly followed him toward a little grove whence had come the sound of voice s , Dick saying in a lo w tone: "The blind man is there, but I don't know whom he is with. I should judge that they were redcoats by the sound of their voices. They are not Hessians , at any rate." ' The boys advanced cautiously, dropping on their hands and knees as they neared the grove, and proceeding with the utmos t caution. "For all that I am blind I know the roads hereabouts," Dick.. heard Blind Billy say as-he crept forward, "and I can lead the troops by one that will bring them around to the rear of the young rebels." "Then if we bring up a party by the road over the brook we can surround them," Dick heard the captain say, and in another moment he saw the man sitting on a log, with two or three redcoats standing near. "That is what we want to do," said the blind beggar. "There i s a reward offered for the capture of Dick Slater, and we must have it." " I don't care so much for that as to get the bes t of the saucy young rebel," returned the captain. At that moment Snap, the shaggy dog belonging to the blind man, began to bark furiously, having scented Dick. The young captain gave a shrill w histle and plunged into the little grove, follow ed by Bob and the boys. "Surrender!" cried Dick, leveling hi s pistols at Captain Darring and the redcoats. The captain sprang to his feet, fired a hurried shot at Dick, and dashed away into the woods. Ben seized the blind man, the dog snapping at his heels and receiving a kick which sent him rolling over on his back, while Paul, Harry and Sam held the redcoats at bay, and Bob sent a shot whistling after the captain. The latter made his escape, the boys hearing his hurried footsteps in the woods for some moments. The boys took the prisoners back to the road anrl joined the res t of the party. "What are you going to do with me, captain?" whined' the bliRd beggar. "You stole my dear child, and now I suppose you will hound me to my death." " I have heard enough about hounding, you old hypocrite!" l'eplied D ic k. "You deserve hanging if any one ever did. So y ou were going, to guide the redcoats to our camp, were you? We will show them the way ours elves," dryly. " You s tole my child," whined Blind Billy, "and it was natura l for me to seek1 revenge." "See here, Billy," said Dick, "such talk is all nonsense . The child is not your kin at all. Who i s she, and where and when did you steal her? I will hang you as a spy this minute if you don't tell me!" " I did not steal her; she is my son's--" "Get a iope, Boy s ! " said Dick. The man shrieked and trembled, and finally c r ied in a fit of fear: ' 'My son s tole her in revenge , and when he died I took her to use in my business." "Your son was as big a ras c a l as you, was he not? Was he hanged for theft?" " No, they shot him when he was breaking into a house in Peeks kill. He was with the troops when they raided the place. " "A camiJ follower, e h ? Served him right. Who was th child's mother, and why did this villain seek revenge?" • "l3crl.luse she would not marry him. Then he stole the ch ild. She was two years old. You can't s:< "' that I did it." ''But ne ver tried to restore her, so you are as b ad as if yo u had stolen her yourself. Is the woman f-till alive?" "YeB; but t he father is dead. He tried to find the child . You will let me go if I t e ll you all?" "I won't hang you now, at all events," Dick re-

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18 THE LIBERTY BOYS' CLEAN SWEEP plied, "but I won't make any promi s e s . I want to know the whole truth. Is the child's name really Tillie, or did you give it to her?" "Yes, it is her name. She always called herself that, and we could not make her forget it. The mother's name was the s ame." "And the father, who was he? " "He was an officer and a rebel." "You need say no more about rebel s, you old scoundrel. We are not rebels and you know it. He was an officer in the Continental army, was he? What was his name?" "Captain William Miller. He has been dead three years." "And the mother still lives at Peek s kill?" "She did to within a yea1. I don't know where s he lives now." " We will probably be able to find her. Take him along, boys. H e is a spy and dangerous. They may not hang him, but, at any rate, he will not be given his liberty." The boy s rode awa y, taking the redcoat and the blind spy with them, the dog racing after them and barking furiously. Reaching the camp, Dick sent some of the boys on with the prisoners to Rand's camp, while he and Bob rode off to see the girls and tell them what they had learned regarding Tillie. "I think we will find out that s he i s somebody yet," said Dick. "The Millers are good people, and if Tillie is the child of one of them, she is better than the blind i ascal and his son." CHAPTER XL-Tillie In Good Hands. The girls went home that day, taking Tillie with them and promising to make a search for her and in the meantime to tak!'l good care of her. It was likely that Howe would try t o advance in another direction, the Liberty Boys and their allies making such a strong defense where they were, and Dick determined to find out if such a move was intended. The blind man, being questioned closely, said that he had not told . the redcoats of the road when they mus t take to get to the rear of the 'Liberty Boy s , but he de scribed it and Dick and a good party of the boys set out upon it the next morning to look for the enemy, thinking that perha1J s the road was known to them. "Bridger may know the road," suggested Bob, "and you are wise to have a look along it. We may see the fellow himself, although he will be careful not to run across us." "We have got the blind man out of the way at all events," replied Dick, "and so we have one less w ily enemy to fear." The boys rode for a considerable distance without di s covering any signs of the enemy, and some of them express ed the opinion that they not likely to see them, but it was not long after this before Dick halted his detachment and said: "There is some one coming, Bob, quite a large party on horseback. Do you hear them yet?" Bob listened intently for a few moments, and then muttered: "Yes, I hear them. They are coming on at a g o od gait, and ther: is a large party of them." "Yes, I should judge that there were three or four hundred of them, probably redcoats, as they do not ride with the heavy tread of the Hessians. They may be some of Emmerick's light horse, quite a superior body of men, and good fighters." In a short time the boys were all able to hear the men coming on quite plainly, and Dick sent back the greater part of them, so that in case of having to make a sudden retreat there would b e less confusion. D i ck and Bob remained in the middle of the road watching for the newcomers to appear , not b eing yet sure who they were, al.though it was mo s t probable that they were s ome of the enemy. At length the advance guard came in sight, and Dick caught a gl eam of scarlet uniforms unde r the trees and s a . id to Bob: "There they are, they are s ome of Emmerick's men, a s I suppos ed. They will s ee us shortly." In a few m oments the r e d c oats saw the two boy s sitting upon their hors e s in the middle o!. the road apparently unconcerned, and there was s ome confus ion among them. The redco ats suddenly c a me dashing on, and the boy s whe eled and rode away with the s peed of the wind, waving their hat and giving a loud cheer. On came the redco ats, but there was no chanee of their catching the plu cky boy s , who were s oon out of sight. They caught up w ith the res t of the party at last, and all rode on at a gallop, s o as to spread the alarm and get ready to meet the foe. They reached the camp well in advance of the redcoats, and Dick advanced with the gr'eater part of his force, some of the boys being sent to acquaint the riflemen and others of the coming of the enemy. "There are enough of us to hold them in check till the others come up,'' observed Dick, "and after that things will be more lively." The redcoats were received with a rattling volley, and quickly saw that the boys were a determined lot of young patriots and foe not to be despised. They held their ground firmly, and sent in volley after volley with a steadiness and a certainty of aim that could not but win the approbation of the e nemy. When they were finally forced to fall back they did so without the least disorder, and the enemy were cautious about about following, fearing a trap of some sort. There was no trap, but there were patriots in plenty coming up, and the redcoats quickly i;aw that they were not going to be allowed to go on without a struggle. The Liberty Boys gave way for the newcomer s , but continued to fight as before, more and more of the Continentals coming up and joining in the fight. The rattle of musketry and pi s tol s , the shouting of the brave boy s , the neighing of horses, the whistle of bullets, and the roar of battle all made up a din that was tremendous. The redcoats were driven back, and by the afternoon were nowhere in sight, having fallen back somewhere near the Sound to wait for some troops from the i s land. In a few days . it was learned that Howe was sending a large force along the Bronx toward White Plains , where the Americans had works, with the intention of taking them and scattering the defenders. The commander-inchief had his near there, but was contemplating going to North Castle, where there was a good natural defense.• '

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' CLEAN SWEEP 19 Meantime, however, he determined to make as firm a stand as possible at White Plains, and the force there was greatly increased, the Liberty Boys taking up a position a little south of the town to keep a watch upon the enemy. Howe's advance had been slow and deliberate on account of the opposition he had met with, the frequent changing of position of various bodies of patriots giving him the impression that there was a much larger force than was the fact. His caution had given the Americans more time to prepare for him, and there was already a considerable force at White Plains when he determined to advance. The boys were much nearer home than before, and one afternoon Dick and Bob set off to visit the girls and to learn if anything had been discovered concerning Tillie's family. "If we can find the child's mother we will have accomplished considerable," declared Dick, as they rode on at a gallop. Blind Billy had been sent to the poorhouse, where it was not likely that he could do any harm to the cause of indepeRdence, and where he would be obliged to work, being able t-0 do many things , even if he was blind. The boys rode out to Bob's house, where they found the two girls and Bob's parents, all being glad to see them. "Have you learned anything about the little girl's mother?" asked Dick, after greeting the girls and the rest. "We have not only learned about her, but she has her child with her at this moment," replied Bob's fatheF. "That is good, and I am glad to hear of it,'' declared Dick. "The affair has turned out better than I thought." • . The boys rem':nned for tea at Dick's house, where they had gone later, and shortly after dark set out for the camp. There were many Tories i n the neighborh-0od who were the sworn enemies of the Liberty Boys, and especially of Dick and Bob, and the boys were on the look-out for them as they rode along in the gathering darkness. They had seen some of the To1ies on their way to Bob' s, and the men knew that they were around, therefore, and might attempt to cio t.liem s om e harm on their way to the camp. Just before a dark place on the road where there were trees on both sides , Dick said to Bob, in a low tone: ...., "This is a bad place, Bob, so keep y ou r eyes and ears open. Some of these ruffian s may try to waylay us here." "Keeping my eyes open can't do much good," retorted Bob, "because you can't see a t:hing, but you can hear, and I guess that will help u s a:'! much as anything." The boys rode on at a moderate gait, and were half way through the dark stretch, when Dick felt a rope suddenly drop over his shoulders . "Fire, Bob!" he said, "and go at full speed ! " Then he suddenly drew rein, fearing to be dragged out of his saddle if he went on, and reached up, finding that the rope was suspended from the limb of a t ee . He snatched a pistol out of the holsters as Bob fired two or three shots and dashed ahead. Then he fired into the tree, at random, at the same time throwing off the rope and dashing ahead. There was a startled cry, a crashing through the branches, and then a heavy fall in the road. Some one had in the tree holding the rope, and Dick had hit him by the merest chance. "Catch the rebel!" shouted one of the Tories, Dick recognizing his voice. "Don't let him get away!" . There was a rush of feet, and Dick turned in the saddle and fired at a venture. "Drat the fellow, he's hit me!" yelled one. Then the footsteps went the other way, and Dick rode on and joined Bob farther on, where there was plenty of light. "It's all right, Bob," he said. "They had a noose hanging from the trees, and I might have been dragged from my horse if we had been go ing at any speed. Fortunately I was able to stop at once as soon as I felt the rope on my shoulders." "I might have got it as well as you," muttered Bob. "Yes, but neither of us is hurt, and the Tories cannot say the same." "No, but I hit two or three, and I knew who they were from their voices. They will makt! themselvess care after this." . It will be the best thing for them!" sputtered Bob, and then the boys rode on to the eamp. CHAPTER XII.-The End of A Troublesome Foe. Dick was right, for not one of the Tories whio had attacked them at the dark place in the road was seen around the neighborhood the next day. The British and Hessians were advancing, but not too rapidly, Howe evidently wishing to get a larger force before he made an attack, s uppo sing the number of patriots to be much larger than his own. Taking s ome of the boys with him, Dick set out in the m<>rning to learn what he could of the enemy. They rode s ome little di-s tance, and then grew more cautious as Howe was reported to be advancing along that road. Dick presently heard so me on e coming along on horseback, and told the boys to halt and take t he side of the road, s o as not to be seen too soon in case there was an enemy coming. In a short time the horseman appeared, and Dick recog nized him as Bridger, the British spy. He was disguised as an 01dina1 y farmer, but Dick knew him for all that, and advanced, saying: "You have come from below; did you see any of the enemy down there?" Bridger was di sarmed by Dick's manner, and said: "No, I have not seen any. Have you a camp near here?" " No t very far away. There were no redcoats or Hessians belo\ V , then?" "I did not see any. Are there many of you reb-patriots , I mean?" "Enough to catch you, Bridger!" said Dick , sudd' enly dashing forward and seizing the man's bridle rein. At the same time he gave a quick signal, and the boys darted out from among the bushes and under the trees, a nd the spy was sunounded. He tried to draw a pistol and shoot Dick, but the young patriots struck the weapon ou t of his hand and put another to his heati in an instant.

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20 THE LIBERTY BOYS' CLEAN "Surrender, Bridger!" he hissed . "This is the time that you don't escape!" The boy s were all around him and the man could not escape. Soni.e of them disarmed him and others quickly thrust their hands in his pockets and brought out papers, Ben ripping the lining of his coat and finding a most important one. The spy turned pale as he saw the Liberty Boy possess himself of this, and tried to snatch it so as to it. "Not this time, Bridger!" laughed Ben, as he pushed the man's hand aside. "We want this. It may prove important." "I'll give you a hundred pounds for it." "You couldn't get it for a thousand, nor for any money. We are not to be bought, Bridger." "You boys are not regular soldiers, you have no right to arrest me; you are only highway men." " You will find out that we are soldiers fast enough, Bridger," said Dick, quietly. "Take him along, boys. This i s on e of the most important captures we have made in some time." The spy s uddenly pretended to be taken with a fit, and tried to fall off his hwse, when Dick said, sternly: "Sit up, Bridger. You are only playing pos sum. You have no fit, no more than I have." The pressure of the cold muzzle of a pistol to the man's forehead brought him out of his fits in quick time, and the boys rode off with him be tween them, Dick following. The paper which Ben had taken from the lining of the spy's coat was a letter of instruction from General Howe, telling him to learn the location and strength of the Americans works, and the number of troops and more matters of importance. If the man had been able to obtain this information it would have given the British general a great advantage, but fortunately the boys had captured the spy, and a strict watch would be kept on all other spie s after that. The man was well guarded and made no ftttempt to escape, knowing that it might cost him his life. He was taken to the camp ;;ind turned over to the commander with the papers found upon him, Dick also telling what he knew of the man and of his former capture and escape. He had been a very troubles ome foe, but would be so no longer, the strictest watch being kept upon him. He was a given a fair trial, convicted of being a spy, and sentenced to be hanged, the sentence being executed the next day. Bridger having been disposed of, the Liberty Boys felt that a very troubles ome foe was out of the way, although they did not relax their vigilance, keeping a sharp look-out for all spies and doing all they could to find out as much as possible about the enemy. With the departure of Howe from Westchester, the Liberty Boys returned to Fort Washington, where they took part in the defense of this important post, which Howe so greatly desired to subdue . The boys were encamped outside the fort, which could not hold all the troops gathered about, having occa sional skirmishes with the enemy, in which they showed the utmost gallantry. One day Dick and a score o r more of the Liberty Boys surprised a detachment of the enemy trying to make their way along the creek to the foot of a hill forming part. of the works. and captured the entire uartv. They were led by Captain Darring, whom Dick had seen in New York, and later in Westchester. The captain was greatly chagrined at finding himself the prisoner of the intrepid young patriot, and offered him money to be released. "Others have done this," said Dick, scornfully. "Bridger did it and he has been hanged. Do you want to be treated as a spy and not as a prisoner of war?" The B1itish captain colored deeply at this, and then turned pale and trembled. " You would not dare," he muttered. "Why would I not?" asked Dick. "You and your men were caught trying to learn all you could about our works and the outposts. What else are you but spies? We could hang the lot of you, and if you repeat the insult you have already offered me I will do it, or in your case, at any rate. Your m en had more decency than to attempt a thing of this sort." "Make an apology for what you have done or I will report you as a spy and you will be hanged. If I am only a boy I am an officer in the Continental service, holding my commission from General Washington himself, and I will not sub mit to such an insult as you have put upon me." "I beg your pardon, captain," muttered the other. "I thought you were only irregulars and not a commissioned officer." "You knew very well that I was," shortly. "However, I accept your apology, but be careful how you repeat it to me or any s oldieT in the patriot army. You might not have a chance to apologize the next time." Daning colored deeply, and was led away, be ing treated as a prisoner of war and not as a spy. At length came a general attack on the fort, which was assailed at four different points, and was finally forced to yield, a large number of prisoners being taken. The Liberty Boys fortunately escaped, making a tremendous dash on horseback do>vn a hill where they had been posted, and going away safely without losing one of their number. Darring escaped, being released at the capture of the fort, but Dick did not see him again. Blind Billy remained in the poorhouse, but died during the winter, the necessity of having to work after so many years of idleness, living on the work of,. others , being too much for him. Tillie grew up to womanhood and inherited a considerable for whicli. happy circumstance she always thanked the Liberty Boys. The boy s thems elves, after the fall of Fort Wash ington, went with the commander-in-chief into the Jerseys, and took an active part in the campaign which followe d and in succeeding ones. Next week's issue will contain "THE LIB ERTY BOYS' BUGLER; or, ROUSING THE MINUTE MEN." BOYS, TAKE NOTICE! A NEW RADIO Begins In the Next of This Weekly DON'T MISS IT!

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" 21 CURRENT NEWS GETS $1,000 TO REPAY $51 LOAN Eward Congdon, Erie tiain despatcher, has re ceived a draft for $1,000 in payment of a loan of $51 in 1912 . Congdon and Jake Griffin of Omaha had been friends in Japan. They met later in San Francisco, where Griffin was b roke. Congdon bought him a ticket to Omaha and gave him money besides, Griffin promised to repay. Congdo n got a letter from an Omaha lawyer saying $1,000 had bee n deposited to his credit by Griffin. HALTS FUNERAL TO MARRY A iuneral process ion, wending its way north on Charles street, Wellsburg, W . Va., was halted while the Rev. A. T. Shaw, pastor of the First Christian Church, performed a marriage ceremony at the parsonage. Mr. Shaw conducted funeral services at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Clemons, then asked the undertaker to take the Charles street route to the cemetery. When the procession passed the parsonage the pastor was engaged in tying the nuptial knot. A REMARKABLE ISLAND The island of Patmos , historic and of worldwide fame, is noted for its churches, as well as for the fact that St. John wrote the book of Revelation there. Patmos is in the Aegean Sea, off the coast of Anatolia, s o often spoke n of in connection with the terribl e di sasters of the Near East. From north to south it is about ten mile s and contains about fifteen square miles of infertile, r o cky s oil. A monastery in memo r y of St. John was built on the i sland at the close of the Eleventh Cen tury, which contained a valuable co ll ection of ecclesiastical manuscripts. In 1912 Italy s eized Patmos. The population is about 4,000, and there :ire only 700 houses on the island, while the ruins of churches number 300. Since the earliest days pilgrims have flocked there, as they are doing yet. In the old days, if a rich man wanted to expiate his sins, he built a church, until it became the fashion to do so, hence the number of ruins . The Greeks who live on the island are sponge fishers, but at one time there was quite a trade from the manufacture of stockings. YOU SEEN. "MSTER ( '' \; IT CONTAINS: GREAT DETECTIVE STORIES WEIRD MYSTERY NOVELETTES GRIPPING SHORT STORIES ••• -AND -Articles on all sorts of subjects relating tD the police and detective departments, odd . incidents, sc ientific matters and every bright, snappy feature that would interest you. HANDSOME C 0 L 0 R E D COVERS SPLENDID INSIDE ILLUSTRATIONS GET A COPY! Price Ten Cents OUT TODAY! For sale by all newsdealers, or will be sent to any add1ess postage free on receipt of price 10 cents in money or postage stamps. HARRY E. WOLFF, Publis her, Inc., 166 W . 23d Street, New York

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.... 22 THE I.JBERTY BOYS OF "76" Against The Trust t neering sort of man of middle age came i'llnning up, before whose advance the crowd parted. -ORTHE YOUNG LUMBERMAN'S BATI'LE By RALPH MORTON (A Serial Story.) CHAPTER III.-(continued) Again and again they cheered, both the drunk en and the sober one s , and when Ben Bates arose to hls feet, his clothing covered with the sawdust that clung to it, nearly the entire crowd made a rush for him with outstretched hands, all eager to grasp the powerful fingers that had slung their fallow workman out of the way of the team and l'he load. "Great!" "Plucky boy!" "What do you think of that?" "He's a corker!" "He's a whole team and a hoss to let." "Give us your mit, my lad," earnestly said one big, hulking woodchopper, extending his hand; and seeing that the man meant well, Ben gave his hand in such a hearty grip that the woodchop per, tough as he was, winced when the iron fin gers closed down on him. The team and the load passed out of sight around another turn in the road, the driver still tugging at the reins, and the man Ben had res cued gave one look after it and then walked up to Ben, covered with sawdust, and held out his hand. "Shake!" he said, and our hero smilingly gave him his hand. "My name is Phil Casey," said the woodc hop per, now considerably sobered by the peril he had passed through. "What's yours?" "Ben Bates." "Well, Ben, you look like a dude, and I thought you was one, but the way you saved me from be ing ground to pulp shows that.. you're not. You saved my l ife, and I'm not the man to forget it." "Oh, it don't amount to anything," modestly said Ben. "It amounts to so much that I hope I'll have the chance to show you what I think of it," earnestly said Phil Casey, who had been mo!e sobered by the affair than one would have thought possible in such a short time. "Say, I'm sorry the bot tle's empty, but if you'll wait till I run across to the tavern and get it filled--" "Oh, he needn't wait; here's mine." "And here's mine." "Take a swig from mine." And a dozen men crowded forward with flasks in their hands, which they held out eagerly to Ben, all anxious to have the honor of giving the hero of the occasion a drink. "Much obliged to you, gentlemen, but I am on the water wagon." That settled the matter then and there without offense, and at that moment a blustering, domi-But Ben smilingly declined. He recognized them as rough-and-ready fel lows who might be as honest and as good-hearted as the most aristocratic persons he had ever met, and he did not want to offend them, so he said: "What's all this about?" he demanded, in an authoritative tone. "Oh, not much, Mr. Tennyson," said Phil Casey, "except that I fell down in the path of that team that went flying past here a moment ago with two tons of lumber pounding behind them and a broken brake on the wagon, and this young man picke d me up almost under their hoofs and saved me from turning into pulp." "That would have been a small loss, you whis ky puzzler," growled the other. "Oh, I said it wasn't much," grinned Casey. The man called Tennyson turned to Ben and looked him over from head to foot with an ap preciative glance. "Commercial traveler?" he asked, looking at the big satchel tha t Ben brought along. "No, I've come down here with the idea of learning something about the lumber business " said Ben. ' At that minute a locomotive whistle was heard. "Come into the car with me and I'll have a talk with you," said Tennyson, and led the way towards the approaching train. CHAPTER IV. Big Ben Bates Meets The Boss Bully. A moment later the train of dingy cars, cast off from other roads, and with the paint peeling from their sides, rattled up to the platform and came to a stop, and then the crowd of woodchop pers, singing and shouting, all made a rush for the forward car, where smoking was allowed and piled in with a roaring chorus to mark for them. "They'Fe a great lot," said Ben's companion who was dressed in a neat but serviceable suit of clothing, and looked prosperous. "My name is Tennyson, and they're my men, and the folks for hundreds of mile s call them Tennyson's tigers but as long as they do their work and obey or: del'S I don't care what they call 'em. When it comes to that I want to claim that I've got the hitting foreman in the. business." Ben smiled. "ls that a prime qualification for the position of foreman ove r a gang of woodchoppers, Mr. Tennyson?" he asyked. . Tennyson look ed him over as they entered the car. "I can see no w that you were telling me the truth when you said that you had come here to learn something about the lumber business " he said, "for if you don't know that you don't know anything." "I confess my ignorance," said Ben as he sat down by the side of the lumberman, it sounds strange to me to hear that it takes hard knocks to make men do good work." (To be 'continued.)

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. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" 23 ITEMS OF GENERAL INTER EST PULLED ROOSTERS' TAILS Morris Cohen, 41, of 34 Scammel street, was fined $10 by Magistrate McKiniry in Jefferson Market Court, New York, for pulling feathers from the tails of live roosters that were being unloaded from a truck at the store of Franko Brothers poultry deaJers in Washington Market. Jacob Jacobs, an agent of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, told the court that hatmakers pay as high as $ 1 5 a pound for such feathers as Cohen was pulling. Cohen, however disclaims any de sire for gain, saying he was "puliing them .for fun." -----SINGERS FACE RUIN IF RADIO KEEPS UP Radio broadcasting i s proving disastrous-financially-for many composers and singers, J. G. Rosenshal counsel for the American Society of Authors ::ind Pub!i shers, said in Washington at the Radio C.o1:1ferei:ice. Reproduction of musica l compo sitions m the radio stations constituted public performances , Mr. Rosenthal contended. He added that the large commercial station s would be asked to make payment. . , . . . "This radio use of our members co mpositions is already making great inroads upon the sale .of phonographs and records," Mr. Rosenthal smd, "and reducing the royalties our members are entitled to receive. We anticipate the of the radio upon the phonograph field will go further since it i s now announced that new apartments going up in New York have radio installations and people are dancin:g to the music trans mitted." A SCHOOLBOY STOPPED A WAR A correspondent in Adelaide, South Australia, writes that Governor Bridges of that colony told recently an audience of scho olboy s how an English schoolboy stopped a war in Armenia. The Governor was at Tifle s in 1919 when he learned that war had broken out between Georgia and Armenia for po ssession of a large tract of coun try that belonged to neither. Learning that the control officer was only a s choolboy who had been on the cricket teams of Eton and Sandhurst and bad iecently come from England, .he. sent him a telegram to stop the war and dehm1t a neutral wn& . "He was alone there, with hi s servant and an interpreter," said the Governor. "I after.wards learned that, riding a mule and .by an interpreter and his sei:vant be:;irmg a pmon Jack he visited the opposmg armies and m the of the British Empire ordered them to cease firing. He then or.dere<;I both arm!es. back ten miles summoned then chiefs, and delumted a zone about the size of Yorkshire, over which he made himself Governor. "He enlisted police, appointed official s and ran a first-class state for about six months, and only 'when we found he was getting too much into the life of the people did we send an officer of mo1c mature experience." FOUR AMERICAN BOYS .fO CLIMB MT. ROBSON Four American boys are about to attempt to climb Mount Robson, on e of the highest peaks in the Rockies, which so far has defied all climbers except two who scaled it in summer. Jean Landry, Jacques Bergues, Lambert Sternbergh and Charles R. Perryman are the daring youth who will ris k thefr lives in attempting to ieach the summit. They will take with them a heavy motion picture outfit so as to preserve a complete record of the expedition. Robson on the northeast boundary o f Britis h Columbia and has lon g been considered one of the most di fficult peaks in the Canadian Rockies, from the climber's point of vi ew. Many have tried to scale its icy sides and all failed but two, who reached the summit in the middle of summer. Experienced Alpinists have attempted to s cale the peak and given it up as hopeless. Bergnes, Landry and Perryman asscended Mount Rainier, Wash., last winter. This was the first time the American peak was climbe d except in summer. "Mystery Magazine" SEMI-MONTHLY 10 CENTS A COPY 119 120 121 123 )24 125 126 J27 l'.!8 12!) 130 LA.TEl!IT IS!JUES -TRAILED BY A PRIVATE fiETECTIVEl lty Gottlieb Jacobs. THE MOUSE '.rRAP, by Edith Sessions '.l'npper .... RADIO MYSTERY, b.f Cnpt. Jack Stntic. . THE CL.l WING DEA'l'II. by Beulllh Poynter A MASTF.R OF MILLIONS. by Chas. F. THE SECRET OF ROOM 13, by Hamilton Craigle STX MONTHS TO LIVE, by Ge'o. Bronson-Hownnl. SEALS Oli' WAX, b:V Jock Rechdolt. . CROOKS CONSPrRE, by HnrctiJ F. Pod THE MYSTF.RY OF THE RLUE CAR, hy Hnmllton Critlp:IP. THE DF.1'EC T1VF. AND THE LAW, h) Ji'rcclerlck F Sbne:v. THE HAND JN TUE DARK. by Chns. F. 01ir•lcr. The Famous Detective !i_tor:v Out Today In 131 r. THE TRAIL OF THE ROGUE B y GEORGE BRONSON-HOWARD HARRY E. 'VOLFF, Publisher, Inc. JOG 'Vest 23d Street, New York CitT "Moving Picture Stories" A Magazine De•oted to Photo11ln):s and Plny"ro PRICE SEVEN CENTS PER COPY Each nnmher contains Four Stories of the .l"ilm• nJ1 the Screen -F.legnnt HaH-tone Scenes f rom the Plnvs lntcre•ting-Articks About Promilwnt Peopl9 tn the J.'lln1' of Actors nnd Actresses in the 8tud io aud T.e"m" in Scpnarlo " 'ritlng. HARRY E. WOLFF, Publisher, Inc. 166 West 23d St., New York

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24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" The Post-Boy's Luck By ALEXANDER ARMSTRONG The mail for the little hamlet of Clarksville, s o called in honor of one of the oldest and most wealthy inhabitants, Judge Clark, was daily brought from the railroad station known as Braxton, some eight miles distant. 'The post-boy left Braxton every eYe;iing at six o'clock, after the arrival of the last city mail. It was not a particular profitable position, s till, Charlie Williams thankfully accepted it, and three hundred dollars a year it brought in, when Judge Clark, as a vacancy occurred, had him appointed to fill the position. / Charlie Williams was the son of a poor widow, who had been left with a large family to support, and, so, although she much disliked Charlie's tpking the position, for a previous rider had been murdered for the sake of some money which the undetected murderers must have known was in . the mail b ag, she gave her consent, for three hundred dollars a year would go a great way in her econsmizing hands, and she knew that her son could not expect to make that much at any other occupation to be found in the neighborhood. The shadows of a night early in the fall had begun mantling the earth, when Charlie entered the Braxton office for the mail bag. "Is my mail ready?" Charlie asked the postmaster. "Yes," replied that individual, picking up a brown leather bag and handing it to Charlie. "And, my boy, you must be very careful of that bag, for it contains a great amount of bonds and money for Judge Clark." "All right," responded Charlie; "I'm always careful." "Yes-I know; but to-night you much be partic-ularly careful." "I'll be so . Anything else to go?" "Yes." "Well, all right. I only asked because it's going to be a dark, lone some night, just' s uch a one as highwaymen would select to rob you should they learn what the bag contains, and you have r d eserted, lonely road to traverse . " "There'll be no danger, I guess . Good-night." "Good-night," replied tht postmaster, and stepping outside Charlie hooked the bag on the pom mel of his saddle, vaulted on his horse's back and started on hi s long ride hoIT)e. Night had already fallen and, as the postmaster had said, it wo uld be a dark one, for there was no moon at all, and dark, heavy clouds, portending a storm, were hanging low. Charlie had frequently ridden post with large sums in his possession without a thought of fear, but to-night whether induced by the postmaster's words, or by some occult reason in the shape of presentiment, he seemed to feel that an impending danger was hanging over him and when he struck a woods, through which t'wo miles of his route lay, he instinctively placed his revolver in a position which would enable him to get it at an instant's warning, while the valuable mail bag he fixed more safely in its position, and then clasped his hands on top of the pemmel. Inside the woods it was as dark as Erebus. He touched his horse's flanks with his heels, and urged him onward. In about the center of the woods was a narrow ravine through which flowed a good-sized brook. This was the mo s t lonely part of the whole route. There was not a house within two miles on either side, and even on a clear moonlight night the overhanging tree.oi made it a place of almost Egyptian darkness. As he nea1ed this spot he took the mail bag in his hand, while his right loosely held the bridle, Charlie a llowing the staid old horse to follow his own road. Down the declivity rattled the nag, his feet struck the narrow bridge, and then up the acclivity on the opposite side. Charlie had begun to breathe easier, and they had almost reached the top, when the sharp crack of a revolver rang out, the faithful old horse gave out what was nearly a human groan of anguish and pain, stumbled, fell violently and quickly to his knees, the mail bag was wrested from his hand a s he sought to save himself, and Charlie went flying over the horse's. head, and landed forcibly against a huge rock be side the road. Con sci ou sness for a time deserted him. "A good shot, Bill," said a gruff voice, as two men rose up from be side the road and approached the spot where the old horse was floundering about, bellowing with pain. "Aye, it was," returned his companion, in an equally gruff tone. "Turn on the light, and let's see how matters stand. Wonder where that boy is?" "He's all right," the speaker pulled the slide of a bull seye lamp, and directed its rays in the middle of the road. There lay the horse , and b esid e him the coveted bag. "There's the bag,, Bill, take hold of it, and I'll put the horse out of his misery." Whatever else they were-caring little for the sufferings of the human being-they could appreciate the sufferings of a horse, and a shot from the ievolver he held in his hand proved the quietus of the animal. Bill by this time had secured the mail bag. "And now let's see where the rider is," he said, who had been called BiIJ. The light was flashed about and Charlie was di sc overed. "He won't know nothing for a while." I "I'm thinkin' he'll have a black eye. Look at that bruise." "Yes, and a scar on his cheek that'll last him for life; guess he won't forget this night in a hurry." "Guess not, ha! ha! ha!" and laughing in gleeful chorus the brutal ruffians "doused the glim," and trudged back towards Braxton, intending, as their conversation showed, to take the earliest train away from the place. Charlie remained unconscious but a few miDr

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" 25 utes, and had seen the fir s t fl.ash of the light as it had fallen upon his faithful horse. He felt for his pistol-it was gone. He had kept it too handy, and in his flight over his horse's head had lost it. 1 . He shut his eyes just as they turned the dark lantern on him, and by a supreme effort managed to retain the appearance of unconsciou sness as they gazed at him. vVhen they had departed, he arose and commenced crawling about on hands and knees in search of his revolver. At last his search was rewarded. He knew that they must be by this time a mile or more ahead of him. About a half mile outside the woods a road crossed the Braxton road. The robbers had passed this when they heard the clatter of a,pproaching horses' feet. They lay down the .road and the horsemen 'passed without d1scovermg them. They were in a quandary. Should the men pursue the straight road the chances were that they would discover the mail rider and the de .ad and being on horseback they could easily mter-cept them at Braxton. If they pursued the cross road the robbers were safe. In this predicament they determined to cut across country to a station several miles below Braxton, and to do so they had to return to the cross road and pursue that. The horsemen had taken the cross road, but of this the robbers were not sure. They were hardly off the main road whe n B_ill who was carrying the bag, growled about its weight, and proposed cutting it open and ransacking it then and there. After some argument they sat down o:r:i a pile of stones , taken from a field under c:ult1vat10n; the light was on the _bag-rt was cut and the contents emptied at then feet. Evidently well aware of they pulle d the mail matter over until with a dehghted cry, Bill held up a large sealed enve!Ope, addressed to Judge Clark. "I've got it!" he c1'ied. "Good! Now we'll be o ff." Charlie meanwhile had hastened on toward Braxton. As he neared the cross road he heard the tramriing of feet, and finally saw the two men turn into it. The fact of their coming from the direction of Braxton puzzled him, but a conviction that they were the robbers flashed itself upon his mind, and he followed them. His heart beat high when he saw them climb ( over the fence and his convictions were affirmed, when, crawling cautiously fo!wa1:d until he occupied a po sition on the opposite side of the stone pile, he heard conversation, and saw the reflection of the hght. A s the words-"now we'll be off"-were uttered he sprang to hi s feet and cried: "Never-while you retain that letter of Judge Clark's." "The rider,'' said both in amazement, and they flashe d the light ,upon him. • Crack! crack! went the revolvers of the robbers, but Charlie had dropped to the ground and the bullets whistled harmlessly over his h ead. "Guess that fixed him,'' growled Bill . "Come on, now, this place 'll be too hot to hold us in a little while. They turned to go, but they counted without their host, for two sharp reports rang out in rapid succession and both fell, one with a broken leg, and the other wounded mortally. Charlie darted across and seized the dark lantern, turned the slide and placed it on the stone heap s o that its rays exposed the robbers, and then sunk back in the darkness. "Surrender!" cried Charlie. "We will," said one of them, gloomily. "Throw your revolvers over by the stones," commanded the boy. They did so. Taking off his suspenders, Charlie tied Bill's hands behind him. His companion needed no tying-he was dying. "I'm done for, Bill," said the fellow. The only reply which Bill vouched was a grunt and a string of curses on the head of the postboy. Several hours later a farmer, who had been to the city and returned by a late train, came along, and to him Charlie related the circumstancts of the affair. A wagon was procured and the robbers were taken to a hou s e some distance away. Jim Wilson, Bill's companion, before ]le died, made a confession which involved a post-office of ficial in New York, he having furnished the information which l ed to the attacking Charlie. Bill Jackson was sent to prison for twenty years. _ Of course Judge Clark was highly grateful to Charlie for having captured the robbers and thus saved his bonds, and made the lad a present which placed him far above the nece ssity of riding post, and which enabled the fearless lad to make a nice home for his mother, and to educate and send forth into the world his brothers and sisters, w ho, as J1e himself also did, became shin ing lights in the circle in which they moved. GIVES GOLD IN HIS TEETH TO THE POOR Michael Cahill, a San Francisco Civil War Yet eran, who died recently, wrote his last will and testament in a spirit of repentance and charity. In concluding his wi ll Cahill said: "Obedience to the divine law in death may in part compensate for disobedience in life." Although his fortune was small, he overlooked nothing in its distribution. "To the poor,'' he said, "I wish to give the gold in my teeth." For himself he made but one request, and that was that no embalming fluid be used on his body. As authority for this he referred to Ecclesiastes 12:7: "Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was and the spirit shall return to God who gave it." After making small bequests to relatives, Ca hill gave $200 to the Red Cross and $100 to the Heorew Orphanage.

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26 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76 " LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 NEW YORK, MAY 4, 1923 TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS etnsl• Coplee ...........•••••• Poat.ac e One C opy Tbr .. Month•..... " One Copy Slx Month.o ...••••• Oue Oop:y One Year .....•..•• Canada, $4.00; Foreign, f4.00. :i'ree .. 7 Oente 90 CeJ>t• .1.76 B.60 HOW T O SEND lllONEY At our risk 1end P. 0, .Money Order, Check or Registere d Letter; remittance& ln any other way are at your risk. We accept P v st11ge lltarnps the same as cash. Whe n eendluir sliver wrap the Coln In a separate piece o f p aper to avoid cuttlna the envelope. Write your name and addreSll plainly. Address letters to BIU't"y JI:. W oUI', Pree. c;lbarlea E. Nyl&nder, L. ... Wll.81n, Treao. }HARRY E. WOLFF, Publisher, Inc., 166 W. 23d St., :N'. Y. IT EMS OF INTEREST WORLD'S BIGGEST. GEM What is held to be the larges t uncut precious sto ne in the world is a flawle s s black op a l di::; covered .in this country and now said to b e in the office o f a . Government official in Washington. The gem e:ontains approximately twenty-one cubic inches, weighs 2,572.332 carats, and is valued by the owners at $2 5 0,000. The colors are translucent blues and greens with a little red. The fa mous Viennese opal, which was without equal until the American specimen was found, -weighs 1,658,927 carats, but has a number of flaw s . MUSKRAT DRAINS BIG POND A million gallons of water intend ed for u s e rushed into Chester Creek at Milltown, Pa. , when a bank gave way on the eas t side of a big impounding pond. One muskrat is charged with causing the break. An investigation by borough men di s clo s ed the fact that the animal had dug a trenc h bes ide a 24-inch pipe intended for draining the pond. The water, rushing at high pressu r e through this, soon enlarged the opening until a big section of the embankment gave way and the pool was drained. Repairs were started at once. Thousands of bass, catfis h, suckers and other fish went do\ v n Che ster Creek, but many more are imprisoned beneath a foot of ic e , which covers the bottom of the pond. DRUM WIRELESS IN ,AFRICA The natives of Darkest Africa-from the Cape to Cairo and the Niger to the Nile-have had an efficient wireles s system their own for centuries. It is quite a s effective as that which spans the Atlantic and has an additional acjvantage of not being bothered by the weather. A bark drum is the sending instrument, and the .African's acutely attuned ear, the receiver. From village to village by a series of drum beats , n o t unlike the dots and of a code, the natives convey current news, announcement o f battles, warnings of approaching enemies o r e pidemics and other subjects of interest to jungle d e nize n s. "Kaffir clrum wireless," as it is popularly known, is operated almost exclusively in the stillness of the night when a tap on a tightly drawn skin i s heard for many miles. The most detailed code has been worked out, and the speed with which the native wireless works has often a.mazed Europeans. At night villages talk with each other, exchange gossip, make inquirie s and get replies -all through the drum wireless . The native wireles s is als o the daily newspaper of the Africans-circulating home and foreign news, crop reports, in fac t giving its users a full r e po r t of the things which are vital and inter e sting to thos e who inhabit that part of the wo r ld. •• L AU G HS man should marry . Every thing I have m the world I owe to my wife. Wig wag-Don' t forget tha t ten-spot you owe me. "Lots of girls say they would rather dance than cat." "But they d on't mean that. You gotta buy supper for 'em." Frenchmen have a strong sens e of what is funny. We English-speaking people find it out when we try to talk to. them in French. "Why were you e x ce eding the speed limit?" "Judge, I was taking a visiting friend to the station." "Guess I can't fine you them. vVe are told to speed the parting guest." Happy Bridegroom-Waiter, I want dinner for two. '"'aiter-Vill ze haf table d'hote or a la carte? Happy Bridegroom (gen e r o u s to a fault but weak in French)-Bring u s some of both' with lots of gravy." ' "I don't like these photos at all,'' he said "I look like an ape." The photographer favored him with a glance of lofty disdain. "You should have thought of that b efore you had them taken," was hi s reply a s he turned back to work. "Late for reveille again, I see, O'Malley " snorted the irate captain. "How do you for this persistent tardiness?" "'Tis inherited. sir," answered Private O'Malley. "Me father was the late Michael O'Malley." A settlement worker was speaking of the relaxed moral standards that she found among the people in her di strict in New York-owing, she thought, to the upsetting conditions of the war period. "One boy I know," she said, "was recently sent to the r eform s chool, and a neighbo r was trying to console the lad's mother. "'Yes,' said the m other, 'it i s a shame. He was s uch a good boy, too. Everythini' h e stole he u s e d to bring right home to me.' "

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( THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" INTERESTING NEWS ARTICLES HIS ACRE OAT CROP WON FARM AS PRIZE The death of Theodore Ha1 'ms of Salkum, Wash., recalls the fact that twelve years ago this Lewis county farmer grew what is probably the greatest crop of oats ever produced on a single acre of land in the United States. The seed was furnished by a middle western see d company and as a prize for having produced the record crop Harms received a deed to an eighty-acre farm near Marinette, Wis. Harms grew ten acres of oats that season, but only one was in the contest which was in accordance to certam rules. The yielded 224 bushels to the acre, machine measurement, a bushel weighing 38 pounds. So far as is known this reord has not yet been equalled. PUSH BAB'X BUGGIES 52 MILES FOR CUP Wheeling a perambulator in which her baby, Mrs. Lily Groom, of Eastbourne, fimshed first in the fifty-two-mile perambulator race froll} London, covering the distance in twelve hours and twenty minutes. Mrs. Groom was loudly cheered by crowds of spectators who gathered to see the finish of the novel race. She was still going at a good pace when she crossed the "finish line," followed fourteen and twenty-three minutes later by two others of the five who started out from London at dawn. The mothers who finished second and third, likewise, showed but little exhaustion, while all three babies appeared happy _and contented. r:i:wo of the mothers were left restmg by the roadside. The winner will receive a silver "shoving''. cup and about enough money to buy a new pair of shoe s . The contest was the outgrowth of a controversy between the mothers of the north and the south of England as to which section had the hardiest and speediest baby carriage chauffeurs. Three. of the babies who were in the race are under a year old, the youngest only five months. The remaining two are both two years old. LIGHTHOUSES ON HIGHWAYS OF STATE . OF WAS:f!INGTON No more will the lighthouse .service be con fined to rocky promontories or isolated coast-lines. Modern automatic acetylene lights guaranteed to run and bu-rn six months with no recharging are being installed at all dangerous curves, trestles, bridges and cross-roads on the several highways crossing the State of Washington. Each lighthouse is six feet high, about twenty inches across the base, built of concrete and steel and surmounted by a bullseye light eighteen inches in diameter. Illumination will be red to indicate danger and of the flash type to dis ttiuroish it from any other in the vicinity. The flashes are to be timed• at the rate of fifty a minute. An appropriation of $25,0_00 was made by the recent Legislature to provide for beacon lights. A corps of lighthouse will be added to the State Highway Commission. . The i,;pectacl e of the paved highway of tlus State at night with the flashing red gleaming over hill and down in the valleys mark one of the most unusual innovations yet mtalled by the Northwestern group of States. Nothing has been attempted heretofore to make night driving s o safe as the placing of danger lights. They will also prove useful m foggy and stormy days when obser.vation ahead is lim ited. LOUISIANA TREE 2,500 YEARS OLD The fifth oldest known living thing on earth, and the third oldest in North America, is a giant cypress tree in what is known as the Edenborn Brake, in Winn parish, Louisiana; according to Carleton F. Poole, of the Louisiana State Con-servation Department. . The age of the tree has been placed at 2,5ob years by Prof. Herman Schrenk, of St. Louis, and other scientists wh o have examined it. According to records, it is exceeded in longevity only by the Santa Maria del Tule cypress, near Oaxaca, Mex ico, 5,000 to 6,000 years old, the Dragon tree at Orotava, Island of Teneriffe, 4,000 years old, the Redwood tree, California, 4,000 years, and the Baoal:i tree, Senegal, 4,000 years old. The Edenborn cypress was budding into life when Jerusalem was taken by Nebuchadnezzar. The tree was one of a number of its kj,nd in a tract of pine timber purchas ed by William Edenborn some years ago, and when logging be gan he refused to permit it and three others almost as large to be felled, although the giant contains approximately 23,000 feet of lumber. It is peculiarly situated for one of its species, for while the cypress usually grows in swamps the Edenborn specimen stands in a hollow between hills. _ One of the three cypresses left standing with it was felled by a storm some ago. Mr. Edenborn has offered the aged giant and its two companions to the Conservation Department to do with them as it sees fit, so long as none is injured. The department plans construction of a highway to them so that the spot may be visited more easily by tourists and home folk.

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GLANDS MADE ACTIVE BY A NEW DISCOVERY chemists Find a Substance Which Re news Vigor by Effect on Nerves and Secretions. A discovery made recently by medi cal chemists will be hailed with delight by millions. It is a substance which quickly renews youthful vigor by in creasing the activity of the nerves and glands on which vital force depends. Its effect is so prompt that a few grains of it produce a visible improvement. Thousands who have tl:ied it tell of de lightful results in 24 to 48 hours, many reporting a full restoration of physical powers within a week. The discovery has what scientists call a "selective" effect, concentrated directly on important nerve centers, glands and blood vessels. Thus the circulation improves, a new sense of warmth is felt and the increased glandular activ ity soon brings a restoration of youth ful power and animation, manifested in sparkling eyes, buoyant step and an eagerness and increased capacity for the duties of life. The effects are vir tually the same in both old and young. Men past 60 say the discovery has given them the vigor of the prime of life. In the research department of the Melton laboratories, the substance has been made available for home treat ment by combining it, in tablet form, with other invigorating ingredients. The result, known as korex compound, is a double-strength product, containing no harmful drugs, which users pro nounce the most powerful and delight ful vitalizer known. In fact, its success has been so great that the distributors invite any person needing it to take a double-strength treatment with the un derstanding that it costs nothing if it fails . If you wish to try this amazing in vigorator, write confidentially to the Melton Laboratories, 361 Massachusetts Bldg., Kansas City, Mo., and the treat ment will be mailed to you in a plain, sealed package. You may enclose $2, 01 s imply send your name, without nioney, and pay $2 and postage on de livery. In either case, if you report "no results" after one week, the labora tories will refund your money. These laboratories are thoroughly reliable, so nobody need hesitate to ar.c1rnt their cuoaranteed offer. , Pimples Your akin can be quickly cleared of Pimpleo._Black heada, Acne Eruption• on the face or body, tiarbera Itch, Eczema, FREE t.EARTONB S1<1N, " telllnir bow J cared myself after bein.r aftUcted for 16 years. 1 OLD MONEY WANTED $2 to $500 EACH paid for hundreds ot Old Coins dated before 1895. Keep ALL old or odd money. Send 10 cts. for New Ill's Coln Value Book, •x6. Y o u may hnve valuable coins. Get Posted. We pay cash. CLARKE COIN CJO. Ave. 18, Le Roy, N. Y. Ford Given UNLUCKY") Then you need this • Mystic Serpent, Hindu charm against evil spirits, slclmess. spe l ls, and sym bol o! aood luck in love , business, games. Heavy, w eird and startling Genuine 14-Karat gold she ll , 5 year guarantee. Men and \Vomen Secret 1'!ormula tor luck" free with ring, Send menqure (st.ring tledaroundnneer) Ahli F.Baba. Box 55, 116 Sir. , Sta. New York. Poy $2.2 7 to DOstman. ASTHMA TBllATD!IT malled ea I'll.BB TRU.L. J t ft CQUI, HDd$1 u aot. ft'• FR.SS Write i"or J"oar trHtuHni &o
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