The Liberty Boys' fire raft, or, Scorching the Redcoats


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I I A We_ekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. HARRY E . WOLFF, PVBLISHER, INC., 166 WES T 23 D STREET, NEW \ . O R K No.1179 NEW YORK, AUGUST 3, 192-3 Price 7 Cents

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Like Good Radio News? Turn to pages 24 and 25 The Liberty Boys of J111we d Weelt! y-Su b scrtp tton price, $8. 50 per year; Canad a , $4.00 ; F orelp, $4.50 . Harry E . Woll!, Publl11ller. lne1 166 West 23d Street, New York . N. Y . E ntered a s Second-Class Matter January 81 , 19 13 , at tha P o st-Ot!lce at N e w Yo r k , N. Y., under the Act o r March 3 , 1 879. No. 1179 NEW YORK, A UGUST 3, 1 923 Pri ce 7 Cents THE LIBERTY. BOYS' FIRE RAFT OR, SCORCHING THE REDCOATS By HARRY CHAPTER !.-Dick and the Plotters. be the person we want, P endleton?" a sked the other, who w a s a man of good proportion s and There was a boy in Continental uniform walk-soldi erly bearin g . "You mus t be the fox h ere, ing down Broadway, in the city of New York for I c annot show myself too clearly. F o r the one pleasant day in summer, the city being t h e n cunning work we require a man like yourself .. _ occupied by the Americans, although the Brit i s h "Thank you, c a ptain," with a dry laugh. "I'm were said to be coming with their ships to occupy glad that there i s some one who can appreciate the bay and make a n attack on it as soon a s they me. I will be on the lookout. Meanwhile, when had troops enough. The boy was Dic k Slater, are the ships expe cted?" captain of a troop of one hundred brave young This was a matter of as much importance t<> patriots, who were known as the Liberty Boys , Dick a s the other, or even more, and he listened and who were fighti n g i n the c a u s e of freedom, intently to h ear the answer, stepping forward a b eing at that time posted in New York and hav-little s o a s not to l os e a word. At that moment. ing their camp on the Commons at the upper end however, there was an interruption, which preof the city. Dick was in search of news o f the v:ent ed his hearin,g the captain's reply to Pendleenemy and was m a king h i s wa y toward the l ow e r ton's question. The r e was a sudden cry of "mad end of the town o n th-c water fron t , where he dog," and then a huge brute, foaming at the thought he migh t hear rnmethin,g of interest if he _ mouth and with bloodshot eyes, came tearing down d i d not see anything. A s h e near e d a tavern o n the street behind Dick, the young captain suddenWhitehall wharf , h e saw two men come out just ly hearing a cry of alarm, and then seeing a ahea d , not noti cin g him, one of them saying in young girl fall from the walk right in the path. a lo w tone : of the infuriated beas t. In a mom ent Dick \turn-"If w e could get some one in with u s w e might ed, whippe d out a pi s tol a n d dashe d fo rward, paycaptu r e him and then the rebels would b e with-ing no atten tion to the con spirators . ou t o n e of their most imp o rtant gene r a l s, and the Passing the girl on the walk, Dick placed him city woul d be thrown into such confusion that self in front of her as the furious brute dashecl Sir William and the admiral .could d o pretty much ahead. There was a s h arp report and a belching a s they like d . " flame, and t h e n the mad dog plunged forward "Yes, s o they coul d , but w ho m c a n we ,get, and rolle d over in the gutte1 d ead. Men and boys Pendle t o n ? Any one will not do, w e mus t have came running up, and a coarse-looking man said\ some one who is n ear to the genera l and upon to Dick a s the boy assi sted the girl td her feet, w hom w e can depend. We mus t have more than seeming to be still faint and liable to fall in a. one, a l so, in case of accidents. " -swoon at any moment: "Yes , of course, and we must g e t hold of them "Did you kill my dog, you young rebel?" soo n, fo r the soon e r we 11;et at this work the surer "I did not know that i t was your dog," Die l: are ou r c h ances of succes s. We must lo s e no time replie d, "and I would not advise you to say too a t i t . " much about rebels in a city that is full of pa< The two men did not appe a r to be the sort triots . The dog was mad, and the young lad)I: who would frequent the low kind of resort from was in great d a n,ge r . Therefore I shot him," whic h tl}e y had come , and Dick thought to him-Dick looked around and saw that the two m en. self that they had probably som e confederat e s in to whose talk he had bee n listening had disaJ> the place who were working wit h them and doing peared, and the chances of learning more at presthe rough work, while they performe d the mor e ent was gone. delicate part. That they were spies of the Brit"The dog was not mad, he was o n l y playful, " ish there could be no questi on, and Dick took growled the m a n. "That dog was worth :fifty m ental notes of their appeara n c e, noticing their pounds , and I'll thank you to pay me that sua voices, walk and gen eral l o ok , although he had or g o to j a il, my fine younig rebel." as yet been unable to get a glance at theil' faces. "The dog w a s mad," p ersisted Dick. "Any 0 116 "Do you k now a n y one who would b e likely t o can see that he was. Furthermore, i f calll

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2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' FIRE. RAFT me a rebel again I will have you arrested as an enemy of the gpvernment, and then we will see who will get in jail." "Of c ourse the dog was mad!" declared one of the men standing near. "Any one who ever saw a mad dog would tell you so in a moment. Look at hi s mouth and tell me he is not mad. Nonsense! The brute was nothinig but mad." Others voiced the same opinion, and the man who had a ccused Di ck of b eing a rebel was evidently not in good favor wi t h the crowd. "Where do you Jive, my gi rl?" a s ked Dick. "Had I not better see you home ? You are not yet in any condition to look after yours elf, and I am entirely at your service." "If you would be so Rind," the gfrl replied. "The thing has unsettled me, I will own, and I feel as if I might faint at any moment. " The girl led the way, Dick supportinig her now and then, as. she still seemed weak, the girl herself presently saying: • "You are a soldier? Why, you are only a boy." "That is all," with a smile, "but there are many of us who are fighting for freedom, and we hope to get it before many years. You are a patriot yourself?" "Yes, indeed," heartily. "We are all patriots at <>Jr ho-use, but we cannot do anything for the cause a s you can, or, at least, we cannot flight." "You may be able to do something for all that," smiling. "I know many young ladies who help on the cause in many ways. We can all do .l!!omething." "Yes , I suppose we can. There is more to do than jus t fight, or there are different ways of figh ting, I mi,ght say." "That i s it," with a laugh. "You have the right idea of it. Are they all girls in your hous e?" "There are my sister and myself, my mother and my grandfather, who is a very old man and has to b e taken care of. He is nearlv blind." "That is unfortunate, for he :nllght help him. self in a good many ways if he had his sight. He could read and employ himself in many ways even if he did not go out." "He makes baske t s , his fingers being nimble, and he carve s out different things , which he sells and s o b rings in a certain income, but he requires a g o od deal of care." They had reached a queer little old house on the wharf, and the 1girl now said: "This is where I live. Won't you come in? You are a captain?" "Yes , I am Captain Dick Slater, of the Liberty Boys. You have not told me your name as yet, and I am anxious to know the name of so good a patri ot." "My name is Charity Bright,H the girl replied. "They call me Cherry Bright a good deal of the tim_e. My sister's name is Mercy, but they call her Merry." The girl r a i sed a dingy b .rass knocker and knocked twice on the battered door of the old house, this bein,g speedily opened by a girl as pretty as herself, -who said: "You are late in returning, sister. Has any thing happened?" "Yes, Bull Derby's dog was mad, and I thought I should be bitten by him, but the captain here .dhot him. This is Captain Slater of the Liberty Boys. They are all boys, but they are soldiers and fightinig for independence." "Come in, captain; grandfather will be glad to talk to you, although he can s c arcely you, as he i s nearly blind." Dick entered and was take n to a room on the floor above the street, where he met the mother and grandfather, both greeting him cordially when they heard what h e had done. "I am afraid it will make trouble, though," said the mother. "Bull Derby owns the house, and we ai;e a little s l ack in the r ent. He valued that dog, although he is not very valuable , and he i s a man who is likely to make trouble if there is any excuse for it." "The dog was clearly mad, ma'am, " said Dick, "and the man had no business to have him out. Any one else might have shot him, and I do not see why he should vi sit hi s anger upon you when you did not shoot him." Dick stayed at the hou s e some little time and when he was making his way downstairs he heard some one say in a gruff voice: "If I get them out we will use the place for our m eeting. The brut e was worth nothing, but he will give me an excuse to turn them out. I don't want rebels in the house, anyhow, and I can m ake money without them." "Hallo, below there, are you coming up or going down?" call e d out Dick, in a gruff tone. "If you are coming up, k eep to your side of the wall. It's as dark as a pocket here. The miserly landlord should be sued for not having more light in his ramshackle barracks. " . Dick knew the voice of the man below to be that of Derby himself, and he therefore decided to give the fellow something to worry him for a time. "What's wrong with the landlord?" growled Derby. "Why, h e 's a miser and a ruffian and a Tory, and that's matter enoug h. Are you on the side clo s e to the wall? If not I'll throw you over the balusters." , "What gruff f e llow i s this?" Dick heard a man a s k, and in an in stant he had recognized the voice as tha t o f P endleton, whom he had followed along Whiteh a ll wharf. "So he i s conspiring with this rough fellow, is he?" he thought. "It will be easy to get at them then and prevent any rascality from getting a foothold." He w ent on ,downstairs, passed the two men in the dark, being unrec ognized by them, and then made his way to the street. CHAPTER II.-Followin,g the Soies. Who Pendleton was Dick did not know, but he was conspiring agains t the patriots, and s o could be r egarded as a British spy, and dealt with accordingly. The other man, whom h e had called captain, might not be a British captain, but he was an enemy just the same and must be watched. Reaching Broadway, he saw two fine-appearing men cominig toward him engaged so deeply in conversation that they did not notice Dick nor any one else . "It is certain to go through," Dick heard on•

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, THE LIBERT1; BOYS' FIRE. RAFT 3 of the men say, and he knew the voice to be that of the captain, Pendleton's companioh on the whfl.rf a short time before. "You have many engaged in it?" the other man asked. "Not as yet, but we expect to have. You ought t o come in with us. There will be a lo t of glory for us in it." "It does not strike me as strictl:v honorahl e, captain," the other replied. as Dick passed them : mvhoever it is we must preven t this j:>lot from being carried out. I shall le arn a ll I can about it." "That i s right, captain. These plots in the rity :ne as dangerous as those outside, and must be prevented from being executed." " I will do all I can. general, "and then Dick salut ed and left the tent, joining Bob outside, and savin2': "It is all Bob, we are going to do all we can do to unravel this olot, and I think that by the t ime we get through and bring these con spirator' s to book, and right the girl, we will have e nough t o do to satisfy us. " "Well, that is what the boys like, Dick," with a laugh. "I never heard them complain because thev had too much to do , Dick." The boy then went to the camp where they were heartily received by all the Liberty Boys, one jolly, red;headed, pug-nosed, freckled-faced Irish boy saying wit h a grin: "An' have ye had anny dinner at all Oi donno, captain d ear? If ye have not, it do be ready for ye, ;m' Oi suppose ye do be ready for it. Blow the bugle, Ccokspiller. an' we'll all sit down immajitely if n o t before." As Carl was blowing the bugle to summon the boys to dinner. 011e of them came running in and exclaimed, joyfully : "The young ladies are cominig in a chaise, captain, and they'll be here directly." "The girls, eh?" exclaimed Bob. "And just when we are going to have a lot to do." • The girls were the sweethearts already mentioned, Alice Estabrook and Edith Slater, and Dick and Bob :i;an forward to meet them. They lived in Westchester, half way between Tarry town and White Plains, and had com e to the city to visit some friends , stopping on the way to see the boys in camp. "You must have known that dinner was ready, girls," laughed Dob. "Such promptness the hearts of Patsy Brannigan and shuws that you know how to calculate ahead to a nicety. Everything is all right at home, I suppose?" "Yes, or we would not have come down. Wo are going to visit friends in the city, and thoua;ht we would stop here the way."

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4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' FIRE. RAFT "And iget a good dinner," with a grin. "Which was the first thing we thought of," retorted Alice, mischievously. "Why, Alice!" said Edith, who sometimes took her friend literally, much to Bob's delight, "you know it was an afterthought." _ "I will see you to the house of your friends after dinner," said Dick, as they t.ook their seats. "I have something to attend to which will occupy a little time, and to-night if nothing interferes we will run down there with so)11e of the boys and have a jolly good time, all of us." After dinner Dick mounted a maignificent coal black _Arabian, Bob riding a fine bay, and the two young patriots accompanied the girls to the city, afterward leaving their horses at a tavern where they were well k nown, and setting off in different directions to see what .they could le<.rn respecting the enemy. Bob went off toward the river on the west, while Dick took his way to whitehall wharf, thinking that he might see Bull Derby or some other of the conspirators, these not aware he knew anything of their plans and therefore not suspecting him. Near the tavern where he had seen the two men come out he saw Derby, the man advancing angrily towar d him, and saying: "You told them rebel tenants of mine not to go out, did you? Well, they're going. do you hear that? They're going!" Dick had already made with some of Putnam's officers to take all the baskets that the old man had, and he knew by this time they had been called for and the bill paid. "They are not going," he said, "and you cannot put them out. What did I tell you about not calling folks rebels in this town? You will get yourself in trouble if you keep on doing that, and I shall not warn you again." At that moment a man came up behind Derby, and, not, seeing Dick, . said: "Hallo, you old bull, what is going on in the way of getting that place for--" The man was Pendleton, and now Dick saw his face for the first time. It was the face of a crafty man, and just such as Dick would have supposed he had from what he knew of him. "Oh, excuse me, I did not know that you were engaged ," he said, with an odd laugh. "I will see you later. Didn't know you had friends in the army. I thought that all your friends were pirates." "' Dick took a good look at Pendleton and then said, dryly: "Mr. Derby is not a friend of mine, and 1: have finished my business with him, so if you have any to transact with him, you are at full liberty to do so ." Dick then turned away, saying to himself: "If I had seen that fellow first I might have learned something, and now they will be on the look-out, and I shall be unable to find out any thing." The two plotters went into the groiggery, and Dick said to himself: "No respectable boy could go into a place like that, or any decent man, either, for that matter, and I cannot follow them there nor even send any one in after them. I'll have to let them go this time, I am afraid." He turned into an alley alongside the groggery, thinkin.&' that perhaps be miight get to the rear of the place unnoticed, when, passing under a window near the end of the alley, he heard Pen dleton !:;ay: "Then you have not told him anythiTI(g'?" "No, of course not. Why should I? The young rebel puts me at defiance. He shot my dog this morning, and he's fixed the rent so I can't turn those people out. We'll have to arrange to meet here and work up the plot. When are tlnl ships coming?" "I don't know, and it does not make any difference. Could you catch the younig rebel himself, do you suppose? He might be made to tell us something. Can't you try it?" "I suppose I might, but they're in camp at night, and everybody in the city knows 'em. How would we do it?" "Send a note to him telling him that the general wants to see him on private business to-night. Do it to-night, and then when he sets out, waylay him on the road and brinig him here or to some other go od place where we c_an keep him. The captain will pay you well for the job, I'll warrant." "That will be all right. Will you write the note?" "Yes. It isn't likely that a boy like that knows what sort of handwriting Putnam makes , and he'll fall right into the trap." "At it happens I do know," thought Dick, "and it is not likely that the general would send any kind of messenger. Mr. Pendleton ought to give me credit for more sense." All of a sudden s ome one came down the alley and seized Dick, saying: "Aha, my young rebel, I have you, have I?" Then Pendleton and Derby looked out of the window abov:e , the former saying: "By Jove! that's just the fellow we want!" CHAPTER III.-On the Watch for the Enemy. Dick was hurried through the alley and into the grogigery by the back door, no one observing what went on, and being prevented from calling out by the captain clapping a hand over his mouth. He was taken into a stuffy, ill-smelling room at the rear, where there was no one except his captors, Derby saying: "That's the young rebel that shot my doig and interfered with my business. I'll learn him not to meddle with my affairs. I'll fix him s o that he won't shoot ng more--" "Never mind about that, Bull," interrupted Pendleton. "Your dog is of little con s equence, while this young gentleman is. You are in the army, are you, my young rebel?" "If you know anything about military matters you would not a s k such a question," ieturned Dick. "You are making the same mistake that Mr. Bull Derby makes, for I am not a rebel." "Not with that uniform?" echoed the captain. "Aren't you trying to overthrow the igovernment, aren't you taking up arms against your lawful King? If that is not being a rebel--" "We are resisting oppression," interrupted Dick "You British have done the same thing, but you did not call yourself rebels. However, this is no time to discuss that matter. Why am I

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' FIRE. RAFT 5 brought here? Don't you know that this is abduction and agains t the law? You are not in very good company, captain. I have called you captain, and I suppose that is your title . May I enquire to what command yo u are i;i.ttached? I should judge, from your manner of speaking, that you were Britis h. Your friend Pendleton is a spy, i s h e not? You are running a ris k remain' ing in the citv. Our men will be on your track and yo u will find--" ' "How do yo u know so much?" the other asked, in great astonishment. "I have heard you and Pendleton talking," bold l y . "You are enga.ged in a plot against on e o f our generals. I did not like to think that you were in our service, and now I am sure yo u are n ot." "How in thunder did the fellow know so much?" growled Derby. "Have you been talking too much?" "You have all been doinl! so," declared Dick with a smile. "I know this morning that there was some plot under way. You are going t o send me a letter from General Putnam, supposedl y, and then you are igoing to carry me off and make me tell all I know." Astonishment sat on the faces of all three men, and the captain asked, with the greatest amazement: "How did you learn all this?" "Then it is true?" with a lau;i:h. "Well, it might be, but how did yo u discover it?" coloring, and with s ome confusion. "Oh, well, if he knows it, then. he knows what we want of him," muttered Pendleton, "and we don't have to carry out all our plans. We must _ get him out of here, for. this is no place to---" Just then Dick heard some one at the door about to open it, and in a moment he was on his feet and flying toward it, the door opening from him and not into the room. He sent the door flying open and overtuxned the man on the other side with_ a cras h, as he happened to bear a tray containing pewters and a jug of hot water. Then he slammed the door, catching Derby's fingers and causing him to utter a yell of rage and pain. Unheeding this, he flew along the passage and outside, thence into the alley and out upon the wharf, where there were many persons . who would go to his aid. "There are spies in that igroggery," he said to a respectable looking man coming along the street, a number of men hearing him. These all wanted to know abbut the spies, and Dick led the way into the place at the head of a dozen stanch patriots. Pendleton and the others had fled, and Dick said: . "A man knovm as Bull Derby is one of them, but I do not see him-." "Bull Derby? Why, he is a regular sc oun drel. H e owns property hereabouts and charges extortionate rents. He is with them, is he?" "Yes, and there i s a British captain, rather a fin e looking man." There was considerable confusion in the grQP: gery, the landlord disclaiming any knowledge of the spies, although he admitted that he knew Derby, being his tenant, but never suspecting him to be a spy. The men had escaped at the rear and were not to be found, and now, being unable to learn any more about them, Dick took his way to Broadway. thinking that he might come across Bob. He met the latter near Trinity Church, and said: . "Well, I have see n your spies, but I could not get . hold of them. We must put the boys to looking for t hem." Dic"k then told Bob what had happe ned, the young lieut enant being greatly interested, and saying: " That fellow Derby will want to make more troubl e for those people in the house. Don't you think we might do something for them? It would be better for the old man in the country, and I g uess, the girls and the mother could get enough to do. Alice andEdith would help them." "To be sure, and. I think myself it w oul d be better for them alJ; I 'll speak to them as soo n as I can. \Ve might go down there now. in fact." "All iight, come ahead. I shall b e glad to see the girls. They must be very agreeable young women." "So thev are, Bob, but don •t let Mark hear yo u say so or he will be trying to tease. " "As if he could," Jau ighed Bob, Mark Morri son having a great reputation as a tease, but not always succeeding. The two young patriots tuined back and walked down to the wharf and to the queer little old house where Cherry Bright and her mother and sister lived, seeing Bull Derby just coming out o f the house as they reached the place . The man colored as he saw Dick, got out or the way and said, with a growl and a black look: ' "I've given them rebels notice to quit, and I'd like to see you keep 'em in. I know my rights, you rebel cub, and I'll--" "Spies! " shouted Dick, and Derby, with a frightened look and an angry growl, ran down a n ' alley and was out of sight by the time a number of men came running up. "Where are the s pies, captain?" asked one. "Bull Derby was one. He ran down this alley. You want to l ook out for h im. He is tiwing to work a plot to capture one of your generals. There are other spies in the city and we are after them." "Bull Derby had better look out for himself or he will get served as that brute of a dooof his was served this morning, and serve him right, too, the ruffian ." "If you arrest him it will be all right," said Dick. Then Dick knocked, and Cherry Bright herself came to the door, being very glad to see Dick, and saying: "I am glad you came, captain. Bull Derby was here just now and said that we had to get anyhow; that we couldn't stay on any condi tions. What are we going to do? I am afraid it will be a hard matter to get a place that we can ii.fl'ord to take on s uch short notice." "vVe were coming on just such an errand" Dick replied, "and we rnw Derby at the door. He said that he had 1gi-ven you notice to quit. That really simplifies matters, if he did but know it." "What do you mean, captain?" asked the girl, leading the way to the floor above. When they were in the living room, Dick duced Bob and said: "Our sisters a.re in the city, and we will speak to them at once. We li ve about twenty-miles up the river, and tJ;ie girls will find you a neat ..

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6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' FIRE. RAFT cottage at a small rent, and, in fact, I think I can get you one where you will be allowed the rent for taking acre of the place and s ome thing be s ides, and we will find you work as well, which will be better than livil'l(g down here, where you don't know what may happen and where the enemy may walk in at any momen t." The family were greatly pleased at the pros pect, and Dick continued: "You can go up there to-day if necessary. How lon g has he given you in which to get out?" "Only till to-night, and that is a very short time." "That is all right. You can stay at our camp. Have you much stuff to move? I will send s ome of the boys down with carts, and we can get everything out in a short time. Do not let that worry you." "You are very kind, captain," said Cherry. "We -0ught to be doing things for you instead of the contrary," added Merry. " You saw Bull Derby?" "Yes, but he had little to say to us. I happen to know things about him which would put him in jail if they were made known, and he has verv little love for me." ' "It w ill be better, anyhow, for you to leave here," declared Bob. "Perhaps I 11ad better go up and see about having the things removed now?" "Or go and see if you can find any of the boys. 'l'h're are likely to be some or them about. " BClb l'an down to the street and shortly ran across Ben Spurlock, Sam Sanderson and Harry Juds on, and sent the m up to the camp t o iget horses and carts and come back at once. It was not long before the horses and carts arrived, and in the interim the boys had been helping the girls get their few belongings together, so that no time need be lost in getting away. When everything was out of the house and packed on the carts , the boys all helping, Bull Derby suddenly appeared, seeming to be somewhat nettled that he had been unable to throw the furniture in the street, as he wquld have liked to do for very spite. "This place is going to be watched, Derby," said Dick. "It is already suspected, and it will be watched. If there are any meetings of conspira-tors here, they will be broken up and every one arrested" "Confound you, how do you know s o much?" to help them in every possible way, Dick suggesting that they come to supper so as to see the girls and their mother and get acquainted. "We were at dinner, Dick," laughed Alice, "and Patsy will think we are steady boarders." "That would suit him to the ground," chuckled Bob, "for he would be all the time getting up extra dishes to please you, and he likes nothing\ bette r ." However, the girls went and saw Cherry Bright and the others, the Bright girls taking a igreat fancy to Alice and Edith, and appreciating Dick's thoughtfulness in asking the girls, when all was s o strange to them and they were at yet without a home. The evening passed very pleasantly, and at length at nine o'eloc!t Dick and Bob started to se e the girls home, all walking, as it was a fine night and they would enjoy the stroll across the Commons and down Broadway much better than riding. Some of the boys, Ben Spurlock and a few others, had gone into the city to look about and see if there was anything to be learn ed, and Dick thought it possible that they would meet them as they started home, not that thev needed any company, but because it was always pleasant to have it of a nii_g-ht. They left the girls at the home of their friends and then set oft' toward Broadway at an easy gait, the moon being up and the air mild and pleasant. Nearing the main thoroughfare, they saw two men come along, one of them saying: "The room over the nastry cook's is a good place, and it will not be suspected. \Ve must get to.gethe r at once so as to form our plans. Something must be done, for all that this young rebel has interfered with our plans, in a meas ure."." Dick recognized the voice as that o f the captain, and held Bob back in the shadow till the man had passed, when he said in a low tone: "That is the captain I told you of. I think that is Pendleton with him. \ Ve must follow them, but not too close." The two boys followed behind the two men , but not so near as to excite suspicion, presently see ing them cross the street at J onn street and making their way toward the church. CHAPTER IV.-A Lively Chase . snarled the man. Dick had not heard the other man speak, and "Because your conspirators talk too much," so was not certain who he • was, for he had the laughed Dick. "Arrest this fellow, boys, he is appearance of Pendleton, and yet might not be a--" and Dick had no time to say more before the man at all. The men turned into Pa1tition the man was out of sight. street, and tlien Dick heard Ben Spurlock and Dfck reported the place to the authorities and the other boys coming up from the river, Iaugha watch was kept upon it, so that there was little ing and talking, and quite enjoying themselves . chance of any secret meetings being held in it as Dick imitated the crowing of a cock in a certain Derby had intended. Cherry Bright and her • manner as a signal to the boy to intercept the family left the place for the camp, whence they captain and his companion, the Liberty Boys havwo uld later go up into Westchester, all seeming ing many such signals. Then he and Bob closed to be glad to be away from their cramped, un-in upon the two men, the captain suddenly turnwholesome quarters. The boys left them ing as Dick was crossing a moonlit space between to the camp, while they went to call upon Alice the trees and recognizing him. and Edith, snd tell them of the plan they had for "Good-evening, captain," said Dick, giving anthe betterment of the family, knowing these other signal, B e n and the rest hurrying forward. would meet w.ith the igirls' approval as well as "By Jove! the young rebels are closing in on assistance in many ways. Alice and Edith were us; take to your heels, Paul," exclaimed the greatly interested i . n the Brights, and promised captain.

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' FIRE. RAFT 7 "Get them both if you can, boys, but don't let the big fellow go." The big fellow was the capta.in, and Dick especially anxious to capture him. The captam darted across the road, reached the fence sur rounding the churchy:ud, and made a quick leap, going over it in a moment. "After him, Ben!" hissed D ick. "Catch the other fellow, Bob. This way, Sam. That fellow is a captain, and we mus t get him." The boys had heard of Dick' s dur ing the day, and they knew who the ca'J)ta1i:i was, therefore and were a s eager to catch him as Dick Dick was over the fence in a moment, followed by Ben and Sam, the three sPr.ead ing out. The fugitive made for the trees, and a lot of gravestones where he might hid:; for a t!me or th:i:ow the b oys off the scent, Dick and the others trying to keep him in sight by taking different paths instead of all going the same way. Dick saw the man's shadow close to a tree, and rnade a dash for him, the captain realizing his danger and darting away just as the young patriot reache d the tree. He sped across a moon li t space in order to avoid Ben, who was coming_ up on the other side, and leaped over an open grave. Dick went to do the same, but the loose earth suddenl y gave way under him, and he _slipped into the grave, greatly t o his own astomshment and that of some one else, as it happened. He landed upon something in the grave which moved, and let out a grunt to his horror at first, but to his amusement in another minute. "Hallo!'' Can't you let a fellow rest quiet?" he heard in the well known voice of Bull Derby. "I ain't doing no harm here, am I? I'm not robbing a grave, but jus t occupying it a bit before the other fellow." "Don't Jet the fellow get away, Ben!" cried Dick, getting upon his feet, for he had fallen on top of Derby. ''Hallo! it's you, i s it, my young rebel?" ,growled the man, trying to seize Dick. "Then maybe this here hole was made for you." "And perhaps it was not, :Sull Derby!" cr.ied Dick, throwing the fellow aside and scramblmg out of the grave. Derby had evidently gone there to get a nap, being afraid to ,go home, whe1e he was known, and Dick had disturbed his rest. J ' ust now the cry o f the night watch was heard, and then the sharp sound of his rattle summoning aid. "Hallo! body snatchers, thieves, help!" the watch called, sounding his rattle shrilly and• awaking the echoes far and near. "H'm! here is a complication!" thought Dick . The night watch would listen to no explanation, he knew, and the only thin,g for him to do no w was to get out of the churchyard as soon as h e c o uld. "Hallo! this way, thieves, robbers!" he called out, in imitation of the cry of the watchman, Ben and Sam making for the wall on the other side at all speed. The captain had disappeared, but now Bull Derby, fearing arrest as a body snatcher if found there, scrambled ou t of the grave and ran right into th'e arms of a grave digger, who had igon e to get a mug of homebrew at the nearest pot-house and had overstayed his time. The nightwatch apprehended them both, and this gave the three boys time to get over the wall and into the d:irk and street. the call a deep shadow, which hid them. They listened for retreating foots'. eps, but heard none, and Dick jud<::eri that the plotter had either gone ever the wall a t another point or that he was fal' away by this time. "That fellow may tell which way we have gone and set the watch after u s, " muHe"<.'d Dick , "so I think we had better get W e can go to Bro,Ftdway, and so on up to the Ccrnmon s. " ' At Broadway they heard a signal from Bob and answered it, and the others shortly joining them, and all igoing on up t o the camp. "Well, they all got away from u s, " observed Dick, "but the captain must know by this time that his presence in the city brings danger, and that we are on the continual look ou t for .iust such men as be." The nightwatch did not trouble them again, and they all went up to the camp, which shortly quieted down, nothing being heard but the occasional tramp of the sentries and the murmur of the wind through the trees. In the mornin,g Dic k and a number of the boys went into the city to pick up what information they could, and to set the guards on the track of the spies, who had already given them so much trouble. _ "Perhaps if I were not in uniform I would stand a better chance of catching one of these fellows," said Dick, as he walked along. "They all know me now, and if they happen to see me first that takes away all chance of my getting them." He realized the truth of this when he reached Trinity Church and saw a man suddenly dart down a side street as if afraid that a hue and cry would be raised against him. The man was the captain, and he hd seen Dick first and had fled in .great haste. A little farther along Dick saw Bull Derby coming along, looking very. disreputable, the man turning away as soon as he saw the young patriot and making off without delay. "Bull ought to b e locked up," muttered Dick , "but he i s not as important as Pendleton or the captain. He i s simply a tool of theirs . I shall have to get a dislg-uise at once, for these fellows seem to be about and we must get them. " There was a house on Beaver street where Dick was known and where the people were all good patriots, and here he went at once, being well received. "Good -m<11rning, captain," said the lady of the house, a pleasant-faced woman of middle age. "We have not been favored by a visit from you in some time." "No, ma'am, and I want t o ask a favor of you now. We have been busy and probabl y will be more so, as there are spies in the city and the enemy's ships are expected." "'V'hat can I do for you, captain?" pleasantly. "We are always willing to aid y ou, knowing the help that you gave to the cause." "I wan t a suit of ordinary clothes to put on in place of my uniform. These spies know me and I stan d no chance of getting them as long as I am in uniform." "That is easily remedied," with a smile. "Step in and I will fit you out with a suit of my son's in a few minutes. You will leave your uniform here?"

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8 . T H E LIBERTY BOYS' FIRE. RAFT "Yes, and send for or come and get it later." Dick was soon furnished with a suit of ordinary clothes, and with his hair brushed in a little different fashion and his face whitened to take off the bronze, he looked like anothei person . Looking out cautiously to see that there was no one in the street who might know him, Dick left the house and made his way to White hall street, where he began to look carelessly abo u t him. He had retained a brace of pistols, which he kept concealed under his coat, not knowing when he mi,ght need them, but he looked like any city boy, and he was certain of passing undetected by either Pendleton or the captain, if he should chance to meet them. . Reaching Bowling Green, where the statue of the Kinghad lately been thrown from its pedestal by the indignant citizens, he saw Pendleton walking under the trees, looking out upon the river. He took his way toward the man, who shortly turned, came toward him, 1)!ave him a careless look and passed without recognizing him. Dick turned, came C1uickly up behind the man, took his arm and said, in a quiet tone: "You are going with me, Mr. Pendleton. Don't think of resisting. I have my hand on a pistol in my pocket, and I can fire very quickly." "What do you mean?" blustered Pendleton, assuming an indignant air. "My name is not Pendleton. Release my arm this moment or I will hand you over to the watch." "Do so and he will take you in charge," quietly. "You have given us a deal of trouble and I have determined to put you }Vhere you will not be a menace to us. Keep quiet. I tell you!" for Pendleton had attempted to throw off Dick's grasp. Then Dick imitated the cry of a gull, a number of these birds being seen flying about. There were some of the Liberty Boys not far away, and these were attracted by the signal and came forward, recognizing Dick at once. "Remain near but do not seem to know me, boys," he said. '1This is Mr. Pendleton, of whom you have heard. I am taking him up to call on the general. He is very anxious to see one of our commanders." ' 'By George, Slater, but you are a cool hand," ejaculated Pendleton. "I did not think you young rebels were so clever." "I told you I was not a rebel," quietly. "You seem to forget this, Another thing you forget is that not all the clever men and boys are in the British service . We have qui ea number of them with us. You make a great mistake in underrating the ability of your foes, and you will find it out to your cost one of these days." "What are you going to do with me?" uneasily. "I am simply a citizen of this town who has remained loyal to the King. You cannot arrest me for that." "Very true, but you have been conspiring against our .generals and against me. You had a scheme for making me a prisoner, which failed, and you have been seen talking with an officer of the enemy, and I have overheard some of your plans. Have you your instructions in your pocket, Pendleton? I would like to see them." The man flushed deeply, and Dick knew that 1•'! had made a clever and that Pendleton l.ad just f•uch things in his The spy tried to get a way, but Dick held hi\11 in a grip of iron and said in a low, stern voice: "If I should raise a cry of 'spy' in this neighborhood, you would be torn to pieces. Will you show • a little sense? I will denounce you if you make another such attempt." Pendleton caught the steely glitter of the boy's gray-blue eyes, and knew from his tone and manner that he was not to be trifled with. Dick turned up Broadway, the boys preceding and fol lowing him at a little distance, and Pendleton accepted the situation, and for some time made no attempt to escape. Then there was some excitement over a runaway horse, but Ben Spurlock was at Dick's side in a moment, saying dryly: "There's one runaway, but there is no need of there being another." Then Sam quickly came up behind and said: "I thought you might need me, captain." The excitement was soon over, the horse being caught, and Dick proceeded up Broadway with his hand on the spy's arm. "W4at would you consider a fair price, Slater, to allow me--" the spy began, when Dick suddenly cut him short. "There is another mistake you make, Pendle ton, in thinkinl!' that I. can be bought." "Well, some of you iebels have already been," snarled the other, angry at being interrupted. "Then they are only rebels, and not patriots," dryly. The man said no more, and Dick and the boys reached the j!,'eneral's quarters without further incident. "This is a spy," he said to a man on ,guard. "Do not let him escape. I wish to see the gen eral." Pendleton was taken to the guard-hou e, and in a few minu_tes Dick was told that the general would see lnm. "I have one of the men I spoke of, General Putnam," he said, when in the veteran's presence. "So I have been told, and the man has already been searched, very important papers being found upon him. He is a spy beyond a doubt, and a dangerous one. Did yo u know that some of our officers had been approached by these conspir ators?" "The man intimated to me that s ome of them had already be e n bought, general," quiet ly. "It is true, and exposures will follow rapidly. You have made a most important capture, ca') tain." "I .am aiways at the service of my country, general " said Dick. CHAPTER V.-Bull Derby in Trouble. The capture of Pendleton was, indeed, an im portant one, for the details of an extensive plot, in which some of the officers in the American army were concerned, were found in his posses sion, a number of arrests following in short order. The affair was kept as quiet as possible, and thus many arrests were made which othe1wise would not have been made, as the men would have taken the alarm. Pendleton was taken, but there was the captain yet to be captured, and Dick determined to do i t if thete was any chanc>! at al!.

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' FIRE. RAFT 9 :.t That afternoon, having returned the disguise and taken his uniform, Dick set out from camp in another disguise, watching carefully to see that no one observed him, and went down on the west side of the city, keeping near the river. The pastry cook's shop, spoken of by the captain, had been visited and a number of arrests made there, and now Dick knew he must look elsewhere for the captain, who might or might not know what had befallen Pendleton. Near Thames street Dick saw the captain talking with a number of s;is picious-looking person s, and passed the group without being recognized, being scarcely noticed, in fact. The men were talking in low tones, and Dick heard the captain say something, about Bull Derby, and the plot agamst the young rebels, which made him think that the man had not yet he.ard what had happene d. The whole affair had been conducted with the greatest expedition and secrecy, s o that the main conspfrators should not hear of it, and this for the captain's ignorance. "He doe s not know," thought Dick. "I f I can manaige to see him alone I might capture him the same as I did the other man." He watched the men at a distance, and presently saw a number of th.e mgo into a tavern near by, the captain turning up the street. Dick followed, and, there being n o on e about, stepped up quickly and said, one hand in his coat, in a significant attitude: "I will trouble you to g o with me, captain. Your friend Pendleton is already taken, and now it's your turn." "Why, you impudent young--" The captain was about to draw his pistol, but Dick was before him. "Draw out your hand!" with the pistol at the other's head. "Put them at your side! Now walk along quietly, for if you don't I'll put a bullet in you. Stop your abuse. You know me, and you ought to know that when I say a thing I mean it. \Valk on, now, and don't try .to escape." "Well, of all--" ' "Never mind your remarks. I am in haste," and Dick walked the man along the street at a good pace. "You say that Pendleton is--" "In a fair way to be hanged in a short time, yes. You need not ask any more questions. Walk on faster, I am in haste." Then Dick sudenly thrust his hand inside the captain's coat and brought out a pistol which he quickly put in his own pocket. He knew that this was the only one the captain had by the feel, and he said, dryly: "You should have more. One is not enough." On Broadway, Dick met Bob and Mark, and said: "Here is the captain. I had verv little trouble with him. He did not know what had happened, and so was not on his guard. Take him to ihe general." "You must have beel'J. doing things very rapidlv and with the utmost caution for me not to have known," muttered the captain, in a tone of deep chagrin. "So we have," shortly. "It was necessary to do so . I am croing to look for some more of these fellow s, Bob." The two lieutenants went up Broadway with the captain, looking very crestfall e n between them, while Dick went down and looked around the regions where Bull Derby had been wont to be seen. He saw Ben Spurlock near an old house and was about to speak to him, when he noticed Derby coming a lon g the street, and said to the boy: "There is Derby. Catch him, Ben. " Ben turned, but the moment that the man saw him he suspected that something was wrong and _ darted down an alley between two buildings. Ben was after him like a flash, and Dick , thinking the fellow might try to get out by another alley, hurride along and went down the next one . Reaching the rear of the house, he heard a shout of l augh ter, and was forced to join when he saw what had occasioned it. Derby had run throu,g;h the alley, not knowing that there was a stable in the rear of the house, and that the trap covering a pit where refuse of all sorts was thrown had been taken off. There were some men throwing in some more rubbish at the moment that Derby, coming on in a hurry, tumbled right into the pit. Then B e n came up, saw the man's plight, bi;eke into a laugh, and said: "Here, give me your fork. I want that fellow. He is Bull Derby, with a character a s unsavory as the place in which he has fallent" "Oh, he's Bull Derby, is he?" muttered one . "Then he ought to be left in there," said the other. Ben took the three-tined fork, reached down, caught Derby by the breeches and lifted him u p, looking very wretched. The men began to laugh and Dick, seeing the sight, beganto laugh with them. "You're a nice looking fellow, Bull," laughed Ben, holding. the man at the end of the fork. "Shall we drop you in again?" "Lemme go, you blame rebel!" growled the man. "I hain't done nothing to you." "How about the plot to catch Dick Slater, Bull?" asked B en, dropping the ,lillan to the ground. There was a pump in the stable yard, and now one of the men began to work it vtgorously, Derby havingtumbled right under the nozzle. The min was drenched in a moment, and Ben and the stable hands began to laugh again. "Well, you need a good wash, so you ought not to complain," laughed Ben. "It will take more than one full bucket to get you clean. " Out gushed the water as Bull Derby was getting up, and the force of the stream knocked him down again. "Hi there! yo u quit that!" he bawled, as the water went all over him. "You need it, Bull," roared Ben, "and it's not a cold day. What are you going to do with him, captain?" • "Lock him up when he is clean again," lau1ghed Dick. "He would scent up the guard-house worse than a skunk jf we put him in it now." "The captain says you've got to be washed. Bull," said the man at the pump, and he forthwith sent out another stream, which took the Tory's breath away and caused him to u se a lot of bad language when he recovered it. "!'. "Here, you mustn't talk like that or we'll have to wash out your mouth," said Ben. Bull Derby sputtered and swore, but the men

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'-10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' FIRE RAFT soused him well with cold water, and at last he began to whine and blubber, and said: "You'll give me my death of infiuenzy_ What have I done, anyway, to 1get served out like this?" "You are a bad man, Bull, and you need a t,g"ood cleaning before you'll be fit even for the jail." "You've been grinding poor folks down and charging high rent for the hovels you put them in, and you need soaking." "You're a rang Tory, Derby, and you smell to heaven, and the more water you get the cleaner you'll be . " "You have been conspfring against the government, Derby," said Dick, "and if justice were done you would he hanged, but we are not going as far as that. You'll get in the guard-house, at any rate." The man was allowed to wring out his clothes, and then, looking very wretched, he was marched off by Ben and Sam to the g11ard-house, where a complaint was entered agains t him, and he was made to tell all he knew about the plot, which happened to be considerable. Dick saw him on tpe way and then went off, quite satisfied with What had been done toward ferreting out the plot. Then he went to call on the girls and to ask them to come to supper so as to be company for the Bright ,girls, who would not leave the city before.the next day, at least. He found the girls at home and glad to see him, but Alice said, with a sly look: "You are not in uniform, Dick. I believe you have been going around in dangerous places and running all sorts of risks. Why should you do it, when you are captain?" "Because I will not a s k anything of the boys that I will not do myse lf," Dick replied. "Besides, there was not much dal1Jger connected with it. Ask Ben Spurlock. He rather enjoyed it." The girls were all greatly interested and laughed heartily at the story of Bull Derby's washing. "The Bright girls will enjoy that," laughed Alice, "for they know the man and are aware what a brute he is It is something to take down a man like that." "I should not call him a man at all, my dear," said Edit11. "He is nothil1Jg but a creature." "That is iather hard on the cattle," said Alice, "for they are called -creatures." "No, they are 'critters," my girl," laughed " Dick. "Didn't you know that? And you a farmer's daughter?" Dick went up .to the camp with the girl, Ben having already arrived, and told Cherry Bright and her sister of the misfortunes of Bull Derby, causing them to laugh m .ost heartily. CHAPTER !.-Dick Meets the Captain. Dick and Bob went home with the two ,girls somewhat later than. the night before, as it had grown late before they were aware, the evening passed so quickly. "Well, we are not looking for spies to-night," said Bob, "and we can remain out later without fear." "Except of the nightwatch," laughed Dick. "Those fellows do not regard any one, and ac cordin.g to them no one has a right to be out after nine o'clock , no matter who he is." "\Vell, they certainly would not have regarded us last night when we were prowling about St. Paul's churchyard," replied Bob. It was considerably later than their time of seeing the girls home the night before when the boys left the camp, and much later still when they left the house and started for the camp. "It i s not much out of our way to go by the river, Bob," said Dick, as they reached Broadway, "and we might see somethillJg of the ships of the enemy." "But, Dick, it is dark, there is no moon, and there is a storm threatening," d eclared Bob. "Last night we had a bright moon." "Yes, so we did, but we did not see any ships." "But there were none to see, Dick." "And to-night there may be just on account of its being dark." "You think they may run up the ;river on account of its being a dark night, Dick?" excitedly. "Exactly." "You have not seen any below, or h eard of any?" "No, but there mLght be s om e for all that. Come along up the river, Bob. I have an idea we may see something." "Why, to be sure, if you think that, Dick," and the two boys set out for the river, which they shortly reached, all being dark and quiet along the water front. They walked along at an easy gait, Dick lo o king and listening, and at last sayiP.igin a low tone: "There are ships coming up the river, B ob . " "Where are they going, Diel'? They won't land troops along here, do you think?" "No, it would be o f no advantage, but they might ,go farther on , in .lhe neighborhood o.f Bloomingdale or Fort Washington." "There are obstructions there, Dick." "Very true, but the enemy does not know this. I think we might as well 1go up the river our selves." "Now, Dick?" asked Bob, in some surprise. " No, not this moment," with a lip;ht laugh. "but before long, to-morrow or next day, perhaps. I have some ideas which I think we m1ght carry out." "But are the ships out there now, Dick?" Bob asked, greatly interested. "Yes. Listen attentively and look out ul)on the river in this direction, and I think you will both see and hear them. Look clo se , Bob, and not too near to the water." Dick Slater possessed a remarkable sense of hearing as well a s the keenest sight, and were often of great benefit to him as well as to the Liberty Boys. Bob looked and listened, and at last said, in a low tene: "Yes, Dick, I see them. They are over there. I can see their outlines plainly now, and hear the ripple of the water as it stirs along tlieir skies. They have no lights up, however." " No, although they may show these when they get farther up the river. They did not wish t o show these in passing our batteries below." "No, I should say not!" decidedly. There were not very many of the vessels, but they were large ones and might do considerable damage if allowed to remain in the river. The boys hurried <.;.way, after being well sati sfied that

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' FIRE. RAFT 11 the ships were there, and' went at once to Put nam's headquarters, where Dick stated to an officer what he had seen. The officer knew the young captain of the Liberty Boys well and was aware that he would not raise a false alarm, and he said, after a few questions: "Wait a moment, captain. This is important, and I would like you to tell this to the general himself." In a few minutes he returned and said: "The general will see you, captain, I thought he would. No one who brings such an important piece of news as this will be turned away by Israel Putnam." Dick saw the veteran general for a short time, Putnam-saying at length: "You say that you have ideas, captain. I think you ought to be allowed to put them in practice. You had better take the Liberty Boys up the river in the morning and put these ideas in working order upon the enemy's vessels." "I shall be glad to do so, general." said Dick, and then he saluted and left the place, quickly rejoining Bob, both hurrying at once to the camp, where all was dark and still. Mark aroused and Dick told of his plans, the young lieutenant being greatlv excited and glad that the Liberty Boys were going to be in active service s o soon. . "That will delight the boys," he exclaimed, "and I think it will make an impression on the enemy." "A burning one,'' chuckled Bob, for Dick's idea was to fight the ships with fire and make their anchorage too hot for them. In the early morning the ships were discovered at their moorings well up the river. and there was great excitement along shore. B y this time the Liberty Boys were preparing to move their camp, and after an early breakfast they were on the way. Mark was in charge of the boys, and Dick and Bob rode into the city to call upon the girls and tell them that they were ,going to take a stand farther up the river, and to suggest that they go up to Westchester with the Bright girls, their mother and the old man. On their return, Dick learned from an under officer on the general's staff that the British captain had escaped during the niight, after the young captain's visit to the quarters "Well, we shall have to look out for him," Dick rejoined. "The others are safe?" "Yes, and likely to be. The captain, being an officer, was given more privileges and took advantage of them." "Very naturally,'' d1:yly. The girls lost no time in getting away to ,go with the family whom Dick had befriended, and some of the boys were detailed to drive the carts containing the furniture, and also a big coach which had been hired to take the Brights. The Liberty Boys made a camp something back from the river, where they would not be observed, a little way above the ships, upon which they meant to keep a strict watch. Dick did not want the enemy to know that they were anywhere about, and the boys were always careful not to let themselves be see n when they approached the water. There were obstructions in the river be low Fort Washington, which had been placed there when it was rumored that the ships were comin,g, but whether these would be able to hold the vessels in check had yet to be seen. Dick was not going to wait till the attempt to go up the river was made, but was determined to put his ideas in practice without unnecessary delay, and to give the redcoats a scorching that they would not soon forp.;et . The boys remained quietly in camp, and Dick set off up the river to make arrangements for givin,g the redcoats a scorching. Some distance up he found an old raft of good size, which he determined to use against the vessels. This could be piled with combustibles, set on fire, and sent down among the ships, the boys abandoning it in time and making their way to shore in boats. The fire raft would be easier to mana.ge than a vessel, and Dick determined to use it as soon as he could get boats and collect the combustibles with which to load it. He was gone the greater part of the day after arriving at the camp, Bob being left in charge with instructions to watch the enemy. When Dick returned Bob reported that the ves sels had remained quietly .at their anchorage, without attempting to ,go ashore or to make an attack, and he did not know whether they ex pected any other vessel or not, everything being quiet. "We will make things lively enough for them by and by," said Dick, "but just now all that we can do is to keep' a watch on them and prevent them from doing any mi schief." _ "I'd like to know what became of our captain," observed Bob. "He will take good care not to fall into our hands again, I ,guess . " "Yes, and I do not think we shall see him in the city' after what has happened. He realizes the danger of it now, n o doubt. " Some little time after dark, the sky being overcast and a storm threatening, Dick set off d_own the river alone to see if there was any sign of any more of the enemy's ships. He walked along the river bank for some little distance, keeping a watch on the water, and lis tening attentively for any sounds that would tell him of the presence of the enemy. At length he found himself on a little bluff with the river below, and as he went on, thought he heard the sound of oars, and then he saw a glimmer as of a lantern. "There is some one on the river,'' he said, "but whether it is the enemy or not I cannot tell. " He walked along a little farther, and then heard voices below him and heard the sound of oars much plainer than before. "There is some one below in a boat," he muttered," and they have a light, but I don't know who they are." The sounds became more distinct, and the light of the lantern brighter, and Dick realized that the boat was approaching the bank. "If they come in I may be able to tell who they are," he thought. "They are not talking very loud, and I can't-tell if they are British or Americans. It may be a patrolling party of our own, for I am well below the ships now." The sounds became more and more distinct, and the ljght clearer, and soon Dick made out the tones of one of the men below, and then heard what he said. "If that is not our escaped captain I am very much mistaken," he murmured. "He must il.avtl

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.;> -12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' FIRE RAFT made his way to the ships after his escape from the guard-house." "We are nowhere near the city, and it may be safe to land," said the captain. "There is a house just below here." "Very good, Captain Fetherson, but we don't know whether there are rebels or Tories in it, and we must be cautious." "I am likely to be, lieutenant," with a short laugh. "I have been a prisoner to these rebels." "Then I don't wonder that you wish to be cautious. How did it happen, Captain Fethers ton?" "Most unexpectedly. One of these rebels, a mere boy, and yet he calls himself a captain, heard me talking to Pendleton, and followed me about until he was able to trap me. Very clever, upon my word! I would never have expected it of him." ' "Another of these selfsufficient iedcoats." "thought Dick. "I must find out who the people in the house are. Where is it, by the way?" He was endeavoring to find a path down to the shore, when all of a sudden the earth gave way under him and h e was sent sliding down the bank at the liv e liest rate. "By George! what's that?" Dick could not stop himself, but went down the bank rapidly, s lidin g on his back and bring inig up on a sandy beach not far from the water. "Hallo! who is that?" cried the captain. Then the boat grated on the sands and one or two redcoats got out. Then another followed, holding the lantern. "Guessthe bank must have given way," muttered Dick with a drawl. "Gosh! I come down pooty sudden." • He making his way off when the man with the lantern caught sight of his uniform. "Hallo! it's a rebel!" he exclaimed. "Catch him; don't let him iget away!" ex claimed the captain. There were seven or eight redcoats, and they all made a dash at Dick, who was unable to get away. He was surrounded and then the man -with the lantern held it so that the light would shine in his face. "By George! it's the young rebel captain, upon my word!" exclaimed Dick's former prisoner. "This is the biggest piece of luck I ever heard of by Jove!" CHAPTER VIL-Fire to the Rescue. "Well, Captain Slater, our positions are ed, it seems,:' said the redcoat, whose name Dick now learned was Fetherston. "For the present, at all events," said Dick, quietly. "Why, you really do not think we are going to Jet you go, do you?" in great amazement. "Well, you will endeavor to keep me, of course, but that is not a matter to be discussed at the moment." "Nor at any other!" was the captain's satisfied response. . . Dick made no reply, and submitted qmetly to being disarmed, that is, so far as the pistols he wore in his belt were concerned, but he had others • ..i. reserve that the redcoats overlooked, as in the darkness and haste the search was not thorough. Dick was le_ft in chariz:e _of two or three of the redcoats, while Captain Fetherston called to his lieutenant, and the two stepped aside and talked a few moments in low tones. "What were you doing down here all alone?" asked one of the redcoats. "Just looking around a bit," was Dick's careless reply. "What were you looking for?" the other con tinued to question . . "To see if your boats were arOUJ!d," replied Dick, with a laugh; "and my curiosity has been quite satisfied," he added. The others laughed with Dick. "You take things coolly," one of them said. "Oh, it will grow hotter by and by," was J)ick's rather ambiguous answer. "When?" "Perhaps when the sun is high above our heads. It usually hauoens__ that the heat i .ncreases as the day grows older, althou,gh sometimes we have hot nights also." "This is a queer time to discu s s temperature s, while you are in such a fix," said one of the r edcoats , a little sneeringly. "Might as well talk of the weather as anything else. Persons always do when they _have more interesting to talk about, especially with people they know nothing about. However, we will change the subject if you wish. How far have your "boats got up the iver? That is a subject that interests -us both jus t now." "By Jove, you're a cool one!" exclaimed Cap tain Fetherston, who had jus t joined the group around Dick. f "So it has been observed before," replied Dick quietly. "He says he is cool, but it is going to get hotter pretty soon," said one of the-redcoats, w ho had been left to guard Dick during the whispered between the captain and his lieutenant. "I agree with him," remarked the captain. "It's igoing to get a good deal hotter soon, not only for this young rebel, but for all of them." The captain was leading the way down to the boat, lighted by the lantern held by one of his men, ancf then motioned for Dick to step in, the others following closely after. The captain gave an order in a low tone, the words o;f which Dick did not catch, de spite his keen sense of hearing, the men took tne oars and pulled out into ,.the stream for a short distance, and then headed toward the city. They rowed for a short time, and then turned toward shore, at what seemed to. be a .high bluff, wit_h broken stone and gravel at its bas e. Four of the redcoats remained in the boat, while the others es corted Dick along shore, their only light being that afforded by the lantern. Captain Fethers--ton walked on with the assured step of one that is familiar with the way, and presently they came to a sei-ies of what seemed to be natural steps leading to the summit above. They ascenaed these, having to stop to rest several times, on account of the height of the bluff, and at length reached the top, on which stood a house. The captain Jed the ay to this, and, taking a key from his pocket, opened the door and went in, the others following .

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THE LIBERTY BOY'S' FIRE. RAFT u " Make a light! " he ordered, and o n e of the redcoats s oon had several candles lighted, using his as a torch. "Set them in the windows," instructed ;the captain, which was according l y don e, and t h e n Dick knew that this house was u sed probably ac a signal station, and that the lights w ere slvnali111g to some one on the shi p s . The house was scantily furni s hed, there being onlv chairs and tables , besides the cupboards. From one of these latter the captain produced so1!1e bottles and pewter cups, which he set on the t able, on which .were a l so several lighted can dles. The captain and lieutenant drew chairs to the table , and each took something from one of the bottles , after whkh the captain indicated by a carel
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14 THE L IBERTY BOYS' FIRE RAFT The captai n w a s m u ch larger and stronger than Dick, and w o u l d soon have had him in his power completely, b u t at that moment Dick's eyes fell o n a pail of water that stood outside the door , not specially clean water, but clean enou1gh to serve Dick's purpose. vVith a quick grab, he sflized the b ucket and dashed its contents over he captain, causing him to gasp and sputter and to relinquis h his hold on Dick's coat tails. Dick gave a leap and was soon lost in the darkness , although he could hear the captain's orders to search the vicinity for him. By this times the flames had gained ,great headway, and were bursting out of the windows, the heat having broken the glass. Dick kept out of its light, and started out in a different directio n , and he knew by cutting across country he could soon reach his own camp. After he had run for some little t ime , he turned and lo oked back. There was no s i,gn of any one following him, but he saw the li ght from the fire illumining the heavens, and presently saw the flames themselves leap upward. "That i s the last that the redcoats will use that hou s e for a signal tower!" he muttered. "I did not think of setting the place on fire, but thought I wo uld take advantage of the accidental overturnin,g of the candle and pewter, of spirits to effect my escape. Still, I am glad the place has been burned, for it will harbor no more of the enemy, at any rate." It took him some little time to find hi s way in the dark and through comparatively unknown country to his o:wn camp, but he steered his course by the stars, which fortunately :(or him were shinini;; by that time quite brightly. At length, he saw the fires of hi s camp, for they had not taken pains to conceal the situation of their camp a.t that time, it not being thought that there. were any enemies about. Ii1 the morning Dick went up the river to see what he cou ld do toward giving the redcoats another scorching. Well up toward Fort Washington, below the obstructions, he found an old schooner aground and went on board to have a look at her. While he was on deck, a rough-looking man cam e along the shore and hailed him with: "What you doin' there, captain?" "Having a look at the schooner. Does she belong to you?" "Reckon she does, but I'll let you have her if you take her away." "All said Dick. CHAPTER VIII.-Another Scoxching. then. Well, you can have her for nothing in that case." "I will be back presently with a number of the boys and we will set to work to get her off. I am obliged to you for the 1gift." "Oh, you're welcome, captain, an' I hope you won't have to put too much work onto her. Her seams are a bit open, but a splash o' tar will fix them all right an' make .her burn all the better." "\Ve'll have a general look over her shortly, sir, and see what can be done," returned Dick, and then he went on shore, mounted upon and set off for the camp. Bcib and the boys were greatly interested when Dick told them of the old schooner, and a considerable party of them went up there, taking ropes, and various tools, and stopping on the way to speak for some pitch and oakum to • uiie in patching the vessel up. Reaching the vessel, the boys went below, patched u p a few holes with old canvas and then set the pumps to work, the owner making a few suggestions, which Dick found valuable and adopted . There would be a high tide so on after dark, and this wo uld help to float her, and they could go down on the ebb, the safl.s, although old and being suf ficient for their purpose. The boys dug awav the sand to a considerable di .stance on the land side, and this would aid iJl getting her afloat when the tide came up, all these things being considered by the youn,g patriot captain. Bv the time the tide a rose, the old schooner was reasonably dry and certainly not leaking as bad as she had been, and at high tide she was afloat the boys then making haste to load her with' her cargo of combustibles. Hay, dry brush, pitch barrels, and whatever would burn the readiest, were put into her and her deck, her masts and shrouds being freshly tarred, and oil sea ttered about her decks , so that no time would be lost in getting her well alight when onc e the matches were appli'Td. "We have to be liyely in getting off when once she begins to burn," observed Dick. "for she will go like a tinder box, and delays will be dan gerous." There were boats provided for the b o ys, Dick not taking a larige number of the boys with him, thus reducing the danger. Wh e n the tide tuTned there was a favoring b r eeze with it, and down the river under full sail went the old schooner Dick at the wheel. D i ck s teered the vessel so that she would run upo)1 the ships, the moon coming out as they were running on, and revealing their presence to the en e my. The latter had no suspicion as yet of the true nature of the craft that was and hailed her, threatening to fire if she continued on the c ourse she was taking. On went the schooner and a hot from one of the The rough-looking man came on beoard and ships struck her deck and s e t it on fire. Dick at said to Dick: once had the matches applied and took to the "What mought you want of her, anyhow, cap-boats. Th!!flames began t o spread witl1 great tain? She leaks and her masts are kind o' rapidity and on went the schooner with her whef>l sprung. If I could get her off, I'd sell her for las hed, and the current setting h e r traight to old iron, but she's fast aground." ward the British fleet. The enemy now r e aliz e d "I think I could remedy that," replied Dic k. the damage they had done, and there the " I would not want to take her very far anyhow, greatest haste to sli p their cables and 1;:?;et away just down to where the enemy's ships are an-before an:; more harm was done. 'l'he owner of chored, and then set her on fire." the old schooner had spoken truly when he had "Huh! give 'em a roastin', eh? That's good. said that she w ould burn well, for in a few minShe'll be doin' the country a service in one way, ute.; s he was like a torch upon the water, being

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THE LIBERTY BOYS O F '76 15 one mass of flame. Her decks, sides, masts and shrouds were all ablaze, and to the water line there was nothing but fire to be seen, tongues o f flame shooting from every seam. Hull, masts and riggin1g were outlined in fire, the sight being a weirdly beautiful one, causing the boys to exclaim in wonder. "That's a fine torch," cried Bob, "and it will give the enemy one scorching, let me tell you. See them scurrying! I guess they know by this time that they are not welcome here. " "Well, we have given them a pretty good hint to that purpose," added Ben Spurlock. "A pTetty broad hint, I should laughed Sam. The boys felt the heat for some di stance, but at last they reached the shore and the burning schooner, scattering showers of sparks as she went on, swept down the river and suddenly fell a!J apart, and in a moment all was dark, the moon obscured by the smoke and by the clouds which had again ,gathered. "It seems darker than ever by contrast," said B ob, "and it is good that we are on shore, for we could easily get lost in that black darkness on the river." Then all the Liberty Boys set up a shout, when they knew that Dick'and the rest were safe, and the crews of the vessels must have heard it as they went down the river to a safer mooring place . The boys returned to the camp, and in a -snort time everything was quiet, the young patriots being ,glad to rest after their exciting day and evening. CHAPTER IX.-Looking for the Spy. The ships having gone down the river, there did not seem to be any further need of. the Lib erty Boys 'remaining where they were, although, as Dick said, it miight be as well for them to stay there for a time to keep a watch on tbe ,re d coats and see that they did not go any further up. "If we relax our vigilance they may steal up the river," he said, "and get beyond the obstructions. We don't know how strong they are, and it may be that they can get through. It will be wiser to stay where we are for the present, I think." , Captain T albot, who had already done good service for the cause on the sea, had an idea of sending down fire ships upon the enemy's flee t , and he was even at this moment makin g arrange ments for doing so. Dick went into the city 0:1 Major and saw the general, the latter giviw,. the young captain and the .Liberty Boys the hi ,ghest praise foJ. what had been done, and a c quainting him with the puroose of Captain Tal-bot. _ "Then we might have a chance to help the captain in this work,'' Dick suggested. " I think very likely. You might remain where you are for a time until we hear more of what the captain is doing." "Very well, General ,'' Dick replied, and then he 1eft the camo and went into the citv to look about him. On Broadway he met Alice and Edith, much t o his surprise. "I thought you were up in westchester," he exclaimed, halting at the side of the walk. "There were some purchases we wanted to make,'' replied Alic e , "and our friends said that we had not fini shed our visit. and so w e came down again. The Brights are established in a little cottage, which they are taking care of, and they are very comfortably situated, with plenty to do and among good friends." "I am glad of that,'' declared Dick. "They are worthy people and it i s better for them to be there than down here in the city, where there may be turmoil and confusion at any moment." Dick promised to come and see the ,gir l s and bring Bob with him, and then set off down the street, catching .a vie w of Bull Derby just gliding around a corner n ear by. "Hallo! Bull i s out of the guard house, is he?" he said to himself. "Maybe they did not think him of importance enough t o keep him, or he may have slipped out when n.o one was looking. He i s a slippery fellow and mi1ght do that." At the street corner Dick saw nothing o f the man, but there was a dingy drinking place a few doors down, and it was possible that the man might have slipped into this, being in the habit o f frequenti:irn such places. He thought no more of the matter but went on, finishin1g U!J what business he had, and then returning to the camp. "The girls are in the city again, Bob," he said, when he met the young lieutenant, "and I thought if we had nothing to do this evening we mi1ght run down and s ee them." "Certainly," replied Bob, heartily. "Back in the city, eh? They can't keep away from us, can they?" with a laugh. "Don't let Alice hear you say that. " smiling. • "No, and Edith would think I meant it. Well, I am glad they are in the citt, for it would be something of a run up into Westchester every time we took a no.tion to go and see them." The ships did not seem to be i ntendintg to leave their anchorage, and everything was quiet aboard them, although any one who attempted to go ou t to them would probably receive a warm reception. Everything was quiet, and along in the afternoon, there bein g nothinLg going on, Dick suggested that they leave Mark in charge of the camp a n d go down to see the girls. "If we are wanted, Mark can send for us," Dick added, "but I scarcely think we will be before night, and there would b e more likelih.Jod o f our havin,g to do something then than at this time." ''Yes, especially if Captain Talbot takes a notion to de scen d upon the enemy with his fire ships to-night, Dick," retorted Bob. "I think we arc safer in goirtg now than to-night." The boys quickly made readv their horses, 1 he1 efore, and set off to pay a visit to the girls. \\'hen they reached the house, however, the girls' .friend said to them in great astonishment: "Why, did you not meet the lt!'irls?" "No, we did not. \Vhere have they gone?" "Up to your camp," with a l augh. "They just could not wait until night to see you." "Not the old one?" asked Dick. "We have left that." "Yes, they knew that. They set out about half an hour ago, and you should have met them." "Well, we shall have to go back again, that'll all, Bob," laughe d Dick. "They m1ght have g1me across the Commons while we took the roud.

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16 THE LIB.ERTY BOYS' FIRE. RAFT Mark will keep them, of course, till we get back." "To be sure," and then the boys set out for the camp again. "We are a couple of funny fellows," chuckled Bob. "If we had stayed in camp, we would have seen them by this time." "Yes, but it cannot be helped now, and if we go at a gallop we will not lo se very much time." Then off they went at a lively pace. Riding alongside the Commons on the west, Dick suddenly noticed Bull Derby dart down a Jittle alley leading from one of the side streets as they went on. "There is that fellow again," he said to Bob. "What fellow is that, Dick?" "Derby. That is the second time I have seen him to-day." "I thought he was in jail or in the guard house." "So did I, but this i s twice I have seen him to-day, once in the city and now up here." "Well, I suppose he doesn't care to see you too close, and so ran away. I don't wonder at it." Riding on, the boys, at length reached the camp, but to their surprise found that the girls were not there. "Haven't ihey been here, Mark?" asked Dick. "No, they have not. Did they come here?" "That is what their friend in the city said. They cou ld not have stopped on the road anywhere, and they would not have gone by here • without droppin,g in for a few minutes." "It's queer, Dick," said Bob. "Where do you suppose they could have gone?" "I don't know. There is no other place that they would go that • I know of. We had better go back and l ook for them. " "By the other r oad, Dick?" "I 'suppose so, but--Jove! I've got it, Bob." "What is it, Dick?" asked Bob, excitedly. "I'll warrant that Bull Derby knows some thing aboet it. He was near when I saw the girls this morning, and now he runs away when I s e e h i m this afternoon. We must find him, Bob. I beli e ve the rascal knows something about this matter." "Then we must find him, Dick." The boys were not long before they were riding to the Commons on the we s t side, where they had seen Bull Derby disappear. On the Com mons they saw some children playing, and the two boys rode over t o them, but some ran away before they could speak to them, and the rest st.ood with their fingers in their mouths, not sure whether they might better not turn and run, too. Dick called after them, without approaching too closely, and trying to reassure them, but they had evidently been so often disturbed in their play that they had no confidence in fair words. CHAPTER X .-Finding the Girls. They rode around a little while, looking about to see if there should be two horses outside any of the shops, or if they could get a sight of two girls that looked anything like Edith and Alice. Learning nothing, they then rode down to the little queer house on the wharf, where Cherry and Merry Bright lived when Dick first saw them. The house s eemed all shut up, and looke d as if it had not been entered since the Brights had vacated, de spite Bu!! Derby's saying that they would use it for a meeting house. The two boys dismounted and tried all the doors and windows, but all seemed securely fastened, and there was no sign of any one having been about recently. "I don't believe they are here, Dick." "It certainly does nat look like it, Bob." "What could have become of them? It see ms strange that in a busy place like New York that two gi:t:ls could disappear and leave no trace behind them," exclaimed Bob, after a few moments spent in investigating the vicinity. "We don't know that they have disappeared without leaving a trace behind, Bob . I know the two girls too well not to know that if they have b ee n abducted they will manage to leave s ome trace behind them, for they know that we will be on the hunt for them as l';oon as we learn of their disappearance." "You're right, Dick. Of course they would!" exclaimed Bob, hopefully. "What we have to do, Bob, is to look for that trace, whatever it may be." "I don't believ we will find it here. They've b ee n taken to some other place, Dick." "We will hunt a little longer, Bob." Dick was examining the soil about the house for footprints, but there was such a clutter of leaves, shavings, and what not, that the earth was all covered. "There's some one coming, Bob, 'hide!" exclaim .,. ed Dick, darting into some bushes that grew behind the house, Boo quickly following . Their horses were standing a little distance away, so that any one entering the house would sca:i-cely notice them, and they were not afraid that they would betray them. '.Dhe figure of a man could be seen making his way toward the house f:fom the wharf, and when it came in full view proved to be that of Bull Derby. He came up to the house, inspected all the windows and doors, and then turned to leave without entering, when Dick hissed: "After him, Bob!" Both boys dashed out of their place of concealment, but the man saw them coming and darted quickly, for all his age and bulk, back again among the piles of lumber that lay about the wharf, and when the boys got to the place where they had seen him, there was no sign of his being about. The wharf seemed almost deserted, it being by this time the hour for quitting work for the day. "It is unfortunate that we can s ee no one around,;.' said Dick, "for we could ask a f e w questions, but there s eems absolutely no one to give us a bit of information. As he took a lingering look at the house, not thinking it worth while to force an entrance, so long as there seemed no sign of any recent occupancy of the place, t ogether with the fact that its owner came to se e if the fastenings were secure his eye fell on a small object lying under one of the windows. It was a small l ocket, such as used to be worn in those days, and usually containing a miniature of some lov ed person. He ran toward the spot and picked up the locket, and opening it, dis-

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' FIRE. RAFT 17 cloi;ed to his astonished gaze a likeness of him self. "See, Bob!" he exclaimed, holding out the locket for his inspection. "Why, Dick, that belongs to Alice!" cried Bob, as s oon a s his eyes fell on the likeness in the locket. 'But how did she get that, Bob?" aske d Dick in surprise. "Oh, I 1gave it to her on her last birthday. I had the one copied that you had made for your mother, when you raised the company of Liberty Boys ." "Doe s she always wear it, Bob?" Dick's t one s were a little eager. "I guess so, Dick, although you don't always see it, for she wears it under her bodice at times." Dick slipped the locket into his pocket, and then looked at Bob, his eyes a little briighter than u s ual. "The girls have been here, then, Bob." "Yes, and lately, for I saw that locket around her neck the last time I saw her." They looked up at the window under which the trinket had lain, but it was shut and no signs of life appeared ,within. Then they went to the tloor and knocked seveyal times, louder every time, but no respons e came. Again they examined the windows , but they were all closed and pxotected by wood e n shutters. "If they are in this house they have been shut in pretty effectually," exclaimed Dick. "And are either gagged alone, or bound and ga.gged, or else they would answer our knock." "Unless they were locked in one of the rooms, Bob?" "Then they would manage to make some sort of a distuxbanc e . At least, Alice would, fo r she has not the patience of a saint." As Alice was Bob's sister, Dick did not resent this bit of brotherly criticism. "I'm g o ing to get into this house some way!" cried 'Diel\, and soon, too!" It was useless to try to force the front door, as it was' a heavy one, thick and well made, and evidently with a strong bolt on the inside, so they went around to the back, and found they could force an entrance through the cellar. It was easy for them to get into the cellar, but when they were once in, it was not so easy for them to get out by the way of the house, for they found a door at the head of the cellar stairs that was strong anq als o bolted. They found a 'heavy iron bar, however, in the cellar, and with this forced the door, breaking it in with a loud crash. They waited and listened, . but no sound came, and they made their way into the kitchen into which the door opened. Tilat r o om was vacant, and dust lay on everything. They went out into the hall, and found that in the same condition. They threw open the shut ter from one of the windows and let in some light and air, and then saw some tracks in the dust o n the stairs. They examined them carefully, a n d found them too large to have been made by the girls. From cellar to garret they search ed the tumble-down little house without success. They tried all the doors they saw, which opened readily, with the exception of a corner cupboard that was locked. They looked about for the key, but did not s pend much time on it, fearing to lose precious moments, and as it was a small affair, they took it for granted that it contained shelves only. "I don't s ee how that locket got there, Dick," said Bob. "Nor I, Bob. We seem to be wasting time here," he added, reluctantly. Bob drew a deep sigh, and then a s a last bu t really hopeless effort, he , gave a loud hallo that resounded throughout the whole hou se . No answer coming he repeated the shout, and this time there was a click in that same corner cupboard, and a face peeped out, followed by a girlis h figure and then another. " Oh, boys, was it you all this time? And Edith and I thought it was that old Derby that had come for us!" "Have you been stuffed into that little cupboard all this time?" cr!ad Dick. " How did you mana.ge it?" "We were in rather cramped quarters, but we squeezed in, fortunately the shelves had all been removed." "Oh, that explains it, for we never thought you could be in there, or we would have broken open the door. Why didn't you let us in, when we tried the door?" "Because we didn't know it was you. Why didn't you speak or call?" "Didn't we?" asked both boys in surprise. "No, not until just a moment ago, when you shouted, and then we thought it was you, but were not quite sure until you called the second time. " "What were you afraid of?" "That ruffian, who said he would bring some one later, and would take us off somewhere. Edith and I tried to 1get out of the house, hat everything was barred and bolted, and there was nothing in the house for us to help ourselves with, but we would have managed it in time, only we thought he had come back, s o we locked ourselves in that closet, intending to shoot any one who broke open the door." "I'm glad I didn't break it open!" exclaimed Bob. "Why, Bob, you know we would never have shot you," said Edith, seriously. They all laughed, and then Bob said to Alice: "Have you lost anything?" "How did you know? Did you find it?" "We found the locket I gave you on your last birthday outside the window. How did it get there?" "Why we managed to get that side upper win dow open, and I looked out to s ee if we could let ourselves down, wh en I saw old Derby approaching, and I didn't wait to see who might be with him1 but just se ized hold of the shutter, and my chain caught and the locket fell to the ground. I'm so iglad you found it!" She held out her hand for it. "Give it to me. Where is it?" "Dick has it. He found, it and won't giv e it up." Alice looked toward him, the color deepeninl? in her cheeks. "Let me keep it for you until I can have the chain repaired," he said. Alice nodded, satisfied that it was in safe keeping.

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18 THE LIBERTY BOYS' FIRE R AFT "But how did you get here?" a s ked Dick. "We were riding over to your camp, when a boy stopped us, who sairi he had b een sent from the young captain to tell u s to meet him at the old Bright hou s e, and we, never suspecting anything wrong, came right here as fast as we could . The front door was ope n, s o we came in, and then that horrid man bounc ed out of the cupboard, and s lammed the door, and stood in front of u s , telling us that he was going to get ev e n with you throUigh u s, and that he and another man would come after us and take us where you would never see us again. Then he went out and locked the door, and we bolted it after him s o he couldn't get in without s om e trouble. When we heard you, we thought it was he, and we did stop to investigate, b u t just hid ." The scamp had taken off the horses that the girls had ridden, but Bob had a notion that they might be found in the vicinity to have handy later, and went searching about among the shant ie s , and was soon rewarded by findin,g them both tied in a shed. The four lost little time in get ting back to town, the boys not leaving the girls until they were safe in the house, with instruc tions to be careful about going out alone . CHAPTER XI.-In and Out o f Trouble. The two spies had been hanged, as had s ome of the Americans o fficers concerned in the p]ot, others w ere in jail and others fled , the affair having fallen to pieces, althoUigh the chief. plotter, Tyron, was safe, having don e his work at a distan ce . Captain Talbot was making ready to carry out his plans of giving the redcoats another sc orching, and the Liberty Boys weTe only waiting to be called u pon to h elp him. Bull Derby was nowhere to b e found, but Dick and the Libertv Boy s were on the watch for him and w ould sei ze him at sight, the man havilllg" escaped from jail, where he was servin);(' a sentence for hi s many misdeeds. Dick set off upon Major to see if the ships were still in the old place and i f any more had arrived. There were batteries at the mouth of the river and obstructions had bee n p l aced be tween that point and Governors Island, but the vessels might pass these, and Dick wishe d , o be sure if such were the case . Coming in sight of the vessels Dick saw a boat on the river con tainiilg some redcoats and bluejackets. Leaving Major standing behind some bushes, Dick de scended the path leading to the river s ome caution, for he di d not w i s h t o be discovere d. " I may learn somethin g from the3e men," h e said to himself, "for, if they are going away the n all our plans will have been made for nothing. I must hear what thev are talking about." The path was well protected by bushes, and I.lick was nearly to the bottom and was making for a rock behind which he c ould hide w hen he suddenly heard so m e one coming down the path. "I wonder who that can be?" h e said to himself, turning his head. Then he suddenl y discovered the man to be Bull Derby, the fellow catchu)lg sight o f him at the same moment. "Hallo! catch the rebel!" yelled Derby. "He is Dick Slater, with a price on his head. catch h ' As the boat was still on the river Dick thoug .. t it was safe enough to run down to the beach and along it and then up by anothex l)ath. There were two men behind Derby, he now saw, and it would not be safe to engage with them all. Dick, therefoi e, ran down the path, but t hen he discovered what he had not known before, that there was another boatload of redcoats and bluejackets, these having already landed, being out of s ight from above under the bank. Dick simply ran into the arms of these fellows, who, seei n g his uniform, seized him. Then Derby and the men ''liith him came hurryill! g down the path, Bull saying, triumphantly: "I saw the fellow fast! Remember, I get the biggest share of the reward. Don't that." "Who is the rebel?" asked the midshipman in charge of the boat. "That is Dick Slater, one of the smartest spies among the rebels," said Derby. "He was respon s ibl e for that fire raft the other night. " We neglected to state that the l iberty Boys had floated a fire r
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THE LIBE RTY BOYS ' FIRERAFT 19 s olence had never recei ved the check that it should had received. "This is a pretty howdy-do," thought Dick. "No one knows where I am and these ships may sail down the bay for all I know in short time and then there will b e trouble t o 11
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20 THE L I B E RT Y BOYS' FIRE R AFT D i c k , This if he " Go u p t o Exchange street, Ben," said q uickl y. "Go d own to Pearl street, Sam . way, Bob. We must head the fellow off t u r n s on e way or the oher. " Beaver street was narrow and crooked, and on e c oul d not see far in a n y direction The man m ight t urn u p o r down into some other stree t , a n d for that reason DJ.ck had scattered the boys s o as to head him off. The man made h i s wa:v as far as Broad street, and here Dick caugh t s i g h t of him running down toward the lower end of the island. "Keep on this side, Bob," he called back. "I will cro ss over. " Derby ran into a nameless alley, running in a crooked course from Broad into Pearl street. Bob had followed the ci:ooked alley and was now in the sq uare with Dick and Sam, Ben shortly appear inig in the rear, not having see anything of Derby the way h e had gone. The boys all raced across the square and down t o the river, where Derby was seen going on board a vessel lying alongside a wharf. Dick was after him as soon as any of the boys, and, running forward, greatly to the of the skipper of the vessel, saw Bull De1by drop into a boat and pull out upon the river. Bull Derby was now too far away to overtake, there being no boat at hand and now, as the other boys came on board Dick told the captains all about the Brights and the trouble they had had with Derby. "Waal, I want to know!" said the sea dog. "I'd just like to see 'em again and do what I can fo:r 'em. I got no family o' my own, and I always did like them gals and their mother. The old gentleman is all right too. Blind, is he?" "Yes, and works hard to keep things going." "Waal, he won't have to do that if I find 'em. Guess I better stop when I go up the river. Where did you say it was? You know my name is Bright and the widow is my sister-in-law." Dick gave the captain directions as to how to find the hous e, and then, Bull beinig well up the river by this time, went ashore with the boys. Later the boys found the stolen boat near the ferry steps and took it back to Captain Bright, seeing nothing of Bull Derby at the time, however. As the man was still in town and many of the boy s knew him by si,ght there was.a strong probability of their catching him in time, and they all kept a lookout for him in different parts of the city. . Dick was busy for a few days after the de parture of the Brights and thought little of Bull Derby, but at length one day he met the man over on the west side of the city up near Pa-iti tion street, coming out of a waterside groggery of evil repute. D i ck was alone now, but he meant to give the man a hot chase for all that, and he at once started in pursuit of him. The man turned and ran into the groggery, hopinig to escape, but the young captain was right after him, chasing hlm through the taproom, upsetting tables, throwing pewters upon the floor and overturning things generally. Bull Derby dashed out at a rear door and over a fence into a court, through. a dingy house and out into a narrow alley, foul smelling and inhabited by the worst class of people, some of whom hastened to the fugitive's assistance, only to be overturned in the gutter while Dick kept on after the ruffian. Derby made his way toward the riv er, dashed across the street at breakneck speed, and plulltl!:ed int o the water i n trying to get into a boat that was moored there. He tripped over the warp, made fast to a post, and at once plunged headlong into the river. Dick watched for him to come up but saw n othing of him, although he looked first u p and the n down the river. There were hole s in the wharf, and Dick thought that possibl y the man had crawl ed into one of these like a rat, and kept in hiding until his persistent pursuer should have igone away. Dick took the boat and went along shore for a time but saw nothing of the man, a n d finally gave up the chase, leaving the boat where he had found it and going up into the cipy. The next day, however, Dick, Bob and Ben walking along the river on the east side of town' well above the ferrv steps, saw the man out of a lo w tavern near an old sui.gar house , where there were only a few men at work hoisting up casks through a hoistway in the second story. The man saw the boys and turned to run. "After him, boys ," cried Dick. The boys were so close upo"n the fellow that the only way of escape appeared to be in the ugar house. Into this h e darted, evidently expecting to hide in some of the dingy recesse of the place. He darted up the steep stairs leading to the floor above, Dick and Bob right after him. Bob rematned below, th"nking that he might attempt to get down by the hoistway and s.o escape. On the floor above Dick did not see him, and he called to the men at work to know they .had done so. "No, have they answered. The boys began hunting for the man as they would for a rat, and in a few moments Dick routed him out from behind a cas k. The man suddenly darted out and ran toward thEl fro.nt of the building, where he saw a litght. In his haste to get away he had evidently forgotten about the open hoistway, or perhaps }mew nothing abo.ut it. There was a sudden frightened cry, and he was seen to pitch headlong to the floor beneath. Dick and Bob went forward and looked down, seeing the man lying limp and motionless below. Then they saw Ben walk forwa:rd and look at the man, presently looking up at them. "He won't trouble u s any more, captain," the boy said, with an expressive gesture'. The man had broken his neck by his fall and was dead when Ben had come up to him. The boys went below and fou;nd that Derby was quite dead. The body was removed and buried in Potter's field, the man having no relatives to claim it. His supposed property in the city was found. to be so covered with debt, that he really had nothing, and his creditors barely manage d to save anything out of it. The battle of Lonig Island, the evacuatioJ:l of the city, the defense and fall of Fo t> Wasbing ton, and the retreat through the Jerseys, fol lowed in rapid succession, the boys being with Washington and doing good work whenever called upon, which was almost constantly. Next week's issue will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS' CUNNING TRAP; or, THE TRAITOR'S SECRET."

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 21 CURRENT NEWS AN EXPENSIVE HOBBY A stamp exhibition in London has been insured for nearly $10,000,000 . One single collection was insured for $500,000 . One advantage of a stamp is its extreme portability. All the stamps in the world in albums would only fill a . small steamer trunk. OLD GLORY ON LOYAL ROBIN'S NEST Mr. and Mrs . .Tosep h Davies, No. 415 Buchanan street, K an., have a family of 100 per cent. Ame1 ican robins in a pear tree in their back yard. Either Mme. Robin or Friend Husband, in their search for building material for a nest, came across a small American flag and, wanting to b:cint; up their children as law-abiding citizens, wove the flag into their nest. Enough of the flag remained loo se to wave in the breeze and ]\a s attracted much attention. THE LARGEST GENERATOR The largest waterwheel generator vet made has bee n ordered by the Niagara Falls Power Company for its No. 3 power station and is the first of two units of the same si ze being built in the General Electric s hop s . Each generator will 'we igh 700 tons and will be 26 feet high and 35 feet in diameter. Both as to size and capacity they a r e the largest in the world. They will be driven by 70 000 horsepower hydraul ic turbi nes made by the I. P . Morris Department of :Will i a m Shipbuilding and Enl!ine Com p any of Philadelphia. Each generator will have a rat ing of 65,000 kilavolt-amperes. A BOW-FACING OAR An oar has been devised by Alton J. Wiltrout o f Warsaw, Ind., which permits the pers on who is rowing in a boat to sit facing the direction in which he is going. Such oars are particularly useful when the boat is used for fishing purposes, as it enables the person at the oars to steer with accuracy at a critical moment while the angler i s playing the fish. Each oar is made in two se c tions and these are operati"11ely connected by metal straps and a pivot bolt mounted in a roller bearing. Each section of the oar is operatively mounted on bars that are supported from the sides of the boat. The bai which supports the i n board part of the oar is in practically V-shaped form and is supported at both ends, while the bar on which the outboard section of the oar is mounted is supported on l y at its inner end, but is partially supported by extending across the sides of the boat on which it rests. When these oars a1:e not in use they may be fo l ded so as t o lie entirely within the boat and may also b e folded into a shorter length than the ordinary oar for the purpose of transportation. B OYS , D O YOU LIKE DETECTIVE STORIES? You Shoul d Read "MYSTE RY MAGAZINE " It contains the snappiest and liveliest stories you ever read. Each number begins wit'1 a rousing detective novelette, filled with pep from start •to fin ish. T hen therf' nrP f-rom four to six short stories of police adventure with good plots and interesting situations. All these stories are written by the same authors who write for t h e higher priced magazines. Don't miss the articles about crime detection, yarns of the under world and special items relating to ghostly happenings, peculiar events and current news of police cases. Co lored Covers, Fine Illustra t ions 64 Pagts Get a Copy, Read It and See How Interesting the Stories Are! PRICE 10 C ENT S If you cannot pJ:ocure a copy from your newsde' a l e r sen d us the price (ten c ents) and we wi ll mail yo u one postage free. Adtlress H A R R Y E. \VOL F F, Pu blish e r, I nc., 1 66 W. 23d St., New York City

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22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF ' 76 Against The Trust -OR-'l'HE YOUNG LUMBERMAN'S BATTLE By RALPH MORTON (A Serial Story.) CHAPTER XII. Big Ben Bates Hears l)f More Trouble Coming. Our hero was naturally vindictive, but he was such a fair and open fighter himself, that he could not tolerate any such bloody and underhand work as Rough Red had been sent upon by Tennyson and Jack Dubois. His blood was up, and at that moment he could have heard his fallen enemy shriek with pain and exulted over it. Theref9re he turned away with Norris and Casey, and walked tit where he had seen Rough Red put something under the bottom log of the shanty. He merely had to thrust in his hand for the distance of a foot or so, and it at once encountered the fuse of the stick of dynam}te . Following up the fuse with his fingers, he soon had hold of the explosive and drew it forth. He held it up to view. "About seven inches long and thicker than my thumb," gravely said Frank Norris, looking at it. "Well, I've u sed the stuff to blow up jams on the river, and as I'm sure that the stick you hold in your hand would break up a very large jam, I'm equally positive that it would have bl own our small house to atoms and that neither of us would have escaped with our lives." "Well, we all three are witnesses to the work of Rough Red," said Ben, "and I think our testimony should be enough to put him behind the bars for ten or fifteen years." He said this loudly enough for the injured man to hear, and the others at once spoke up in sup, port of the idea. "Yes, he couldn't escape conviction. " "And the men behind him would throw him over." Ben walked over to Rough Red, and held the stick of dynamite up so that the man could see it. "That's the kind of fighter you are eh?" he said. "When you're whipped in a fair battle with your fists, then you creep up to the door of the one who thrashes you, make sure that he is and then try to blow him into eternity, eh? Now, you villain, li sten to me. "Your talk with Tennyso n and Jack Dubois was overheard, as this ending of your plans must prove to you. "We know all about the job that you were hired to do, we know the amount that you were to be paid for your murderous work, and right here we have the evidence to follow up t._he other part of it. "If you've got a grain of sense in that head of yours, you can see that there is no chance for you to escape conviction for your crime if I send for the sheriff and hand you over t o him. , "I'm going to give you a chance to get off. If you'll agree to make a clean breast of the thing I'll agree not to prosecute you. In fact, nobody will be prosecuted, for I only want your confession to show to the Il}en who employed you, so that they will know what kind o f a weapon I hold agains t them, and then I will tell them tha t so lon g as they do not interfere with me I will not make a move against them. "What's your answer?" The moonlight streamed down on Rough Red's face, and showed that it was contracted with pain, but he made no response. j "Talk quick," said Ben. But the man made no answer, and then Ben began to understand that this man, in spite of his evil character, was pos essed of that trait so commonly found in woodsmen, hatred of a "squeelcr." "I guess it's no use," said Frank Norris. "Not a bit," added Phil Casey. "You could hack him apart with a crosscut saw and he wouldn't sq_ueal." Rough Red lay there in the moonlight with his face twisted up with the pain of his broken leg; and would say notning, and this trait in his char acter rather appealed to Ben, who, moreover, was getting over his anger and was beginning to pity the injured man. "Well, Ben, what are we going to do with him?" asked Norris. "He ought to have a doctor, I suppose," said Ben. "There's not one within fifty miles." "Well, what is u sually done with broken arms and legs?" "They are attended to by our own rough surgery. I 'Was once told by a surgeon that there were only two things to do with a broken limb, and that was to p it in place and keep it in place, and nature would do the )'est, and since then I've fixed up a dozeri or more." "Then you'll have to attend to this case, I suppose. Open the door and I'll carry him into our house." "Not into the bunk-house?" "No, that's no place for him." "But there is no bunk for him in our house." "He can have mine," said Ben, and then he heard a s ob .. behind him and saw Rough Red place his hands over his eyes. . Instructing Norris and Casey go in ;md light up and prepare a place for the rough-and-ready surgery that was to be practised, Ben stooped down over the injured man and passed his arms around under the big body and legs. "Now put your arms around my neck and I'll try to cany vou s o that you will hav very littls pain," said Ben, and as he bent close to the man he saw that ther were tears in his eyes. Our hero came to the conclusion that Rough Red not so hard-hearted after all, although his fiery temper and revengeful spirit made him ready to do desperate deeds. (To be continued)

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 2 3 GOOD READING WHAT DO CRIMINALS DREAM ABOUT? Dui:.ing the course of a rece,nt investigation it was discovered that the ordinary offender dreamed much more while in, , prison than during freedom , this being accounted for by the greater idleness of p r ison life. Those who never dreamed at all were found either among the. worst criminals or the mentally deficient while most of those who intimated th.at they nev'er dreamed were men who were in prison for life. . Of ninety-three criminals who did dream it was found that only twenty-two dreamed of their crimes. Seventyfive per cent. of the criminals who were questioned intimated that they had slept peacefully the night after they had committed their c :rimes. PETROLEUM AMONG THE ANCIENTS Tl\e oil industry had it birth in the United States about 1858, when crude oil was analyze d and a well was drilled at Titusville, Pa. Dut orrr Indians and the races before them, knew crude oil. 'Thousands of years Babylonian and mason:; u sed it ii: sem1 -liquid form for bric.ks. of their towering walls, aud it was used m bu1ldrng the Py::a mids. Herodotus mentions a well from which three substances a sphalt, salt and oil, were pumped. Oil natural springs _in Sicily was used in lamps in the temple of Jupiter at Rome, and the wealthy illuminate d their homes with it. The ancient Chinese and the Persians u sed it for light and heat, and it entered into the preservatives of the Egyptian embalmers. sel's owners received cable messages stating that the captain and sixteen of his crew had arrived at Mauritius Island, having landed first on the is land of Rodriguez. The survivors cove1ed the 1, 750 miles from the scene of the Trevessa's sinking to Rodriguez by rowing and sailing their open lifeboat under the blazing tropical sun with rations equal only to two tablespoonfuls of condensed milk and a single bi scuit daily for twenty-three days, and with no water except that which they were able to catch it rained. Two native firemen died from exposure during the trip and the rest were in the weakest possi ble condition when the landing was made. The boat was steered by the sun and stars, as the compass was useless, and, t o add to their dis comfort, heavy weather caused the craft to .ship much water requiring almost continuous bailing. Captain Foster reports that on June 9 they lost sight of the other lifeboat containing eigh teen men, but admiralty officia l s say this may still land on Mauritius I s land. It was Captain Foster's second diaster at sea. During the war, while a chief mate, his ship was torpedoed, and the liner that saved him was also sunk. Foster, with thirty-one others, drifted in an open }:>oat for ten days before being rescued. "Mystery Magazine" SEMI-MONTHLY 10 CENTS " A COPY -LATEST ISSUES --SIBERIA 128 THF: M.Yi'ITERY OF THE JJLUE C.AR, by Ham A traveler in Siberia says that few people rea)-ilton ize the immensity of that country. To think of 12\l AND THE LAW, by Frederic!• a siugle state stietching through 130 degrees of J30 '!'HF. nAN D IN TFm DARK. h:v Chn•. F. Onr•l•r. longitude and possessing on. e-ninth o_f all the i;;1 THE OF THE ROGUE, by George Bron-] t Tl $on-Howard. land surface of the g oue is s aggermg. 1e 132 Tmi: WOMAN FROM NOWHERE, by .Jack Bech United States and all its pos sessi ons, and all Eu-dolt. rope except Russia, could be put in Siberia, with -'!'HF. 'T'TMJll DF-'T'F.CTIVF,. by Frank Illlghton. ' h l f to k th" t fi St tes 1M THlll WHT!'IPF.RTNr.-n.ooM. B:v Bpnlah Poynter. land enouoe t over ma e Ir Y-ve a ONlll cr,nm MT. !'ITVG. hv <'hns. F. Onrsler. like had thought of it as a conTJTFJ DOOM OJl' 'T'R1'J l)AMNED. by .Joe nurk' e. vict settlement only, as most persons do, no doubt. 137 THFJ CONSU')TING DEATH, by Gilbert IIammond. He found it a country of nearly 9,000,000 peo ple , The Famous Detective Stor;i: Out 'l'oday in Is 97 per cent. of whom are either natives or volun-tary immigrants, and all and en-MRS. DEANE'S JEWELS joying more political an.d rehg1ou s liberty than By BEATRICE S. LUISI people in European Russia have. \Vhere h e travHARRY E. WOLFF, Publisher, Inc. eled it was like Minnesota, where wheat, rye and 166 West 23d street, City vegetables and strawberries, raspberries and cur-rents grow, and sheep and horses graze uns heltered the year round. CREW ROWED 1,75..0 MILES; KEPT ALIVE ON RAIN WATER Details 1eceived of the experience undergone by tlrn of the British ship Trevessa, which sank in the Indian Ocean, tell a tale of suffering which seems likely to be remembered in the annals of sea disasters. The Trevessa had been given up as lost for a month until recently when Captain Foster's wife and the ves -"Moving Pic!ure Stories" A Wee)
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24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 INTER.ESTING . R.ADIO NEWS AND HINTS SHORT WIRES AN ASSET All wires in a radio receiving circuit be short and turns made at right angles. Every wire carrying an electric current has a magnetic field. If two wires are run near to each other t hey will absorb current, but i f placed at right angles they oppose each other and there is no transfer of eneYgy from one to the other. A NEW TUBE ON THE MARKET The UV-199 tube, although forming a part of certain receiving sets for s ome time past, has now been placed on the market for general sale. It is a very small tube, as small, indeed, as the famous peanut tube of Western Electric make. It has a special base and cells for a s pecial socket. Both special socket and special adapter are now available. The UV-199 marks a most important advance in vacuum tub e design. It operates on dry cells and as a filament current of only 60 milli-amperes-or, in other words, 60-1000 of an ampere, as compared with 1.1 ampere for the UV-200 and UV-201 tubes. The filament of the UV-199 requires three volts, and the usual small flashlight battery, comprisin g three cells, works very nicely in. conjunction with a 30-ohm rheo Rtat . The chief value of the new tube is in circuits w here three or more tubes are required. The thoriated tungsten filament requires so little current fo r the emission of electrons that three or more tubes may be used at a time on a singl e set of three dry cells. In that event a 10-ohm rheo stat is employed. RADIO IN GREAT BRITAIN Recent de velopments indicate that a strong ef fort will be made to relieve Britain from having t'.l pay a proposed increased license fee, as well as from having to buy apparatus exclu sively from the British Broadcasting Company. It seems like ly that some steps will be taken to break the present monopoly, although such action will not necessarily mean the removal of the bar against foreign-made parts. As in the United States, a great many peop le want to build their own sets, utilizing a number of manufactured parts. At the present time these users can only be issued experimenter's licen ses, but after receiving such a permit they can utilize any kind or part of set they desire. Such a li cense takes them out of the control of the British Broadcasting Company, the assumption being that they are engaged in experimental work instead of listening in to the concerts. According to statements made in Parliament, 35,385 experimental licenses have been issued and almost that many new applications are awaiting action. In addition, it is conservatively estimated that there are 200,000 persons using sets without lic en ses . It is thought that the attitude of the Post Office Department will continue t o be that radio t elephone apparatus must be manufactured in the United Kingdom. ' OBSTACLES TO RADIO RECEPTION O wners of radio receiving sets have a ll experi enced &Orne form of interference with reception 0f radiophone programs, and the actual reasons for such interruptions are erroneous. in m any cases, according to the investigation of interfer ence conducted by the University of Minnesota in conjunction with the oj Standards. Obstacles to receiving, the report states , may be divided into two general groups, those derived from natural :conditions and from hum11here no two signs are alike, since they are compose d of dots and das hes in stead of only a com bination of dots. Some letter•

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 25 in the Morse alphabet, such as Y and P, because of the time required to transmit them, are known as "slow" letters. It is estimated that the loss of time caused by these slow letters during the past eighty years has cost the world hundreds of thousands of dollars in transmitting costs. Another advantage of General Squire's system is that it is applicable to code work by radio, tele g-raph and cable, eliminating the need of t)1.ree codes. At the present time telegraph operators use the Morse code, wireless operators the Con tinental Morse code, more suited for radio work, and cable operators employ a still different alphabet. HOW TO SELECT TUBES The selection of a vacuum tube becomes more puzzling as the variety contiuues to increase. Two gove1:ning factors in the purchase of a vacuum tube are the questions whether it is to be used as a detector or amplifier, and whether it is to be used with a storage battery or dry cell. Tests show that the UV-199, the lates t tube on the maTket can be depended upon as an excellent detector radio frequency amplifier. It also ranks high as an audio When this tube is used as an amphfier it 1s extremely important that the filament iheostat should be connected in the negative filament lead and that the reJ;urn lead from the grid circuit should be connected to the negative side of the "A" battery, and not to the negative side of the filament. Such connections place tbe necessary negative .bias on the grids. When the UV-199 is used as a detector it is generally preferable to connect the grid return to the positive terminal of the "A" battery. The UV-199, because of its efficiency as both detector and amplifier, .ranks as one of the finest tubes on the mar.ket at the present time. The WD-11 and WD-12 seem to perform more satisfactory are detectors than amplifiers. They are better audio amplifiers than radio frequency amplifiers. The UV-201-A is the latest to appear in the storage battery group. It is a much better audio frequency amplifier a detector. As a tor it can be classed with the UV-201, which 1s a far better amplifier than detector. 'Ihe UV-201 is a superior radio frequency ampUfier when compared with the UV201 -A. The UV-200 is a a fine detecto1 but poor amplifier. The VT-1 is a good amplifier but unsuited a s a detector. SEVERAL NEW TYPES OF VACUUM: TUBES Seve;ral new types of vacuum tubes have made their apJ?earance on the market during the past few ontns. One of these is the new DeForest t ube. It i s an exceedingly neat piece of work, with its compact horizontal plate and grid and filament enclosed in a straight-sided bulb which comes down flush with the u sual standard \Jase. The horizontal plate is made in the form of a cylinder:; in fact, the whole tube resemble very much the tubes mad by the Phillips firm in Holland. In practice the DeForest tube works very well, with a current consumption of about on e half ampere at 5 volts. The "B" .>oltage or plate can be anywhere from 22% volts when used as a detector, to 45 volts or more as an amplifier. The DeForest tube is also in a l1h volt model as a dry-cell tube. In this case the filament is of the oxide-coated variety to give the necessary electronic emission at low filament temperatures. Still another tube i s the UV-201 A, which has the same general shape and as the usual radiotrons. However, the glass 1 s silvered so as to distinguish this tube from the usual radiotrons. It operates on six volts but instead of requiring somewhat over an ampere for the filamen t current, it consumes about one-quarter ampere. Such a tube, despite its considerably higher cost, is most welcome at this time when five and six tube sets are by no means uncom mon. It now becomes possible to operate these multi-tube sets with no greater d1ain on the storage battery than would be the usual case with two tubes. AGAINST RADIO CONCERTS Paris musicians have taken up a firm attitude against the present system of wireless broadcasting music, which, they declare, is becoming a seri ous menace to their means of livelihood . The musicians' grievances were effectively ex pressed at the Salle Gaveau, on the occasion of a performance of Massenet's oratorio, "Marie Made leine," by the Paris Orchestra. Just before the performance was due to begin the conductor, Georges de Lausnay, protested against the arrangement made for transmitting the concert by wireless, and declal'ed that his musicians would only go on with it on condition that it shou ld not be bl'oadcast. The gl'ound of the musicians' objection to broadcasting is that as more and mol'e sets are installed in private houses the concert halls, once crowded, are being drained of their audiences, who naturally will no longer attend to hear a per formance which they can hear equally well in their own homes. The effect is, they say, that the musicians are working for nothing s o far as the great majority of their audience is concerned. This point can J;>robably be overcome by the broadcasting company paying speci:d fees to musicians whenever a public concert is to be broadcast, but there i s another aspect of the problem which presents a greater difficulty. The musicians point out that the broadcasting company, employ ing perhaps fifty performers for its own con ceits, satisfies the musical needs of so many people that thousands of musicians who might otherwise be giving public concerts find their services no longer needed . Some of the best known singers and instrumentalists also contend that broadcasting is consid erably reducing their income from royalties on gramaphone .records as well as keeping music lovers away from concerts. The broadcasting intei:ests, on the other band; maintain that the musicians have everything to gain by the growing popularity of wireless telephony, since this distribution of music to all parts of France is creating a taste for musi_(: among thousands of people who previously had no interest in it and who are now much more likely to wish to attend good concerts than they were before their artistic ap petite h::i.d been cultivatC'd .

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26 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 THE LIBE RTY BOY S OF '7b NEW YORK, AUGUST 3, 1923 TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS Single Coples ................. Postage Free One Copy Three .iUonths..... •• '• One Copy -stx Months ....... . One Copy One Year ......... . Canada, $4.00; l •'oreign, SJ.GO. . . 7 Cents 90 Cents $I.7o S.50 HOW To SEND ,\ JON.EY -At our risk send P. o. Money Order, Cbeck or Itegistered Letter; r emittauces in any other way are at your risk. We accept Postago Stamps tbe same ns cash. When sending silver wrap the Coin in a separate piece of paper to avoid cutting tbe envelope. Write your name and address plainly. Address letters to Harry E. 'Volff, Pres. Charles E. Nylander, Sec. L. F. Wllzln, Treas. }HARRY E. WOLFF, Publisher, Inc., 166 W. 23d St., N. Y. ITEMS OF INTEREST . WORLD'S RAINIEST .SPOT The rainiest place in the world, says Gas Logic, has long been suppos ed to be Cherrapunji, in the Himalayas, with a rainfall, based on a forty-year average, of 426 inches yearly. Waialeale, in the Hawaiian Islands , now claims to be an even wetter place. It has a rainfall of approximately 518 inches, and rain there is practically a continuous performance. TRIPLETS GRADUATE TOGETHER Triplets, sons of Dr. and Mrs . A. A. Gufl'.ey, have graduated from the McKeesport, Pa., High School. The_ boys, James , Lowery and William, we1:e born eighteen years ago. Since early child hood the parents said, they have be e n t1ying to get of each other, but it has been a neck and-neck race, especially in school. 7,539,568 NOW IN BELGIUM According to statistics just publi s hed by the Be lgian Journal Official, the t .otal population of Belff,um is 7;539,568 persons, of whom 3,713,756 are males and 3,835,812 females. The town with the largest population is Antwerp, which has 300,321 inhabitants; Brusse ls comes next with 215,504. KILLED 46 BIG RATS Althoug_h he h::.s slaughtered forty-six rats, from eight to ten inches long, in his kitchen and bedroom, within three weeks, Danie l Tobin of No. 266 Old Bergen Road, Jersey City, admitte4 he is still menaced every day by rats which infest his kitchen and bedroom at twilight and stay until dawn . For some time T!Jbil!'s wife, an elde1ly woman, cared for as many as seventy rats in her home, feeding them regularly until the Health Department ordered them s laughte1-oed. The rats are too cunning to eat poisoned food or to enter traps, Tobin said, and all casualties the rodent army has suffered so far have been irt fiicted with a club . A RIV AL FOR TEA A new drink called "cassina" may give tea a run, according to the Sci1Jntific American. It is brewed after the manner of tea, from the leaves of the cassina shl'ub, which grows abundantly along the South Atlantk and Gulf States. Its active principle is caffein. Cassina contains less tannin than tea, however, and i s less harmful to the system on this account. The of all analysis of cassina made by the bureau showed a content of 1 per cent. of caffein and so me samples ran as high as 1.65 per cent. The highest amount found in coffee is given at 1.80 per cent., •and for tea the percentage runs a s high of 3 . 50. About a year ago Congress appropriated $5,000 for the investigation of the pos sibilities of the cassina plant. The BuTeau of Chemist.ry, using this money and a lot of old tea manufacturing machinery which had b een used in the Government's long and futile attempts to grow tea _at a reasonable cost jn this country, set up an experimental station for the manufacture of cassina near Charleston, S. C. The shrub grew wild in the vicinity, and the bureau's experiments hinged largely about the manufacture from its leaves of a product from which the caffein-containing drink could be brewed economically and on a commercial scal e . _ ....... II LAUGHS •"•J. I ":;JI' ..... "Dearie, what is that ma.n runnino-for?" "He just hit ball." "I know, but is0 e Tequired to chase it, too?" P xivate Russo (reading the papel')-Say Red what's strategy? when ydu out of ammumtion and keep right on firing s o the enemy won't know it. "That man over there made five dollars on a si n g le pah: last evening." "He doesn't look like a poker player." "He's a clergyman." "Ca.n I have my arrow, please? It has gone over mto garden." "Certainly, my little man. Do you know where it is?" "Well !...:....! think it's ,sticking in your cat." ' M:rs. Ha_shmore (the landlady)-Well, I must do somethmg to keep the wolf f om the door. Boarder-I don't know that it is altogether necessary. Let him come in and tackle one of your and I don't think he'll ever trouble you agam. Teacher (in spelling class)-Johnny spell "fail." Johnny-I can't. can't spell that simple word? Why not? Johnny'Cause you told me there was no such word as fail. An old darky was convinced that a bill rendered him by his butcher was not correct. He conplained to the butcher, who said: "Sam, fig ures don't lie." "Ah knows dat," said Sam "but liars do figger." '

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 27 ITEMS OF GENERAL INTERES T ' AN EMBARGO ON FOSSILS American savants, who have been excavating prehistoric remains from the wonderful valley. of the Red Deer River in Alberta, Canada, which is held to be the Grand Canyon of Canada, may not be privileged -much longer to take away remains without let or hindrance. A very active campaign is under way in Alberta to have measures taken to place the removal of the fossils under restrictions to the end that the best of the remaining specimens may be kept for Canada. For the last twenty years scientists from the United States have been digging out the fossilized skeletons of the monsters of the bygone ages . They have not been interfered with in any way and have had the full privilege of $hipping o1:1t such specimens as appealed to them. Hence m Ne\v York, Washingto n and other places are to found amazin g skeletons built up from the fos silized bones gathered :n this province. On the other hand, the Dominion of Canada has no such s pecimen s and the complaint is made that the youth of this cou:.try are debarred from seein,.,. the rebuilt animals that once roamed the prairies . The defense of the government officials, who have J10t pre vi ously imposed any barriers to the expo r t f i11e s p e cimen s , i$ that there are enougb preb i t oric r emains, in the shape of fos silize d s k eletonB , in the Red Deer Valley, to supply the museums of the_ whol e world and leave countles s numbers over. ONE OF THE SEVEN WONDERS The Pyramid of Khufu, though tlie of the Sev e n Won de r s , is the only one now standmg. It i s a t G i zeh, on the western side of the Nile, a short t r oll e y ride from Cairo. Its builders was the Pharaoh Khufu, or Cheops, the date of whose reign is uncertain, some writers p utting it at from 3969 to 3908 C., others about ten centuries later. He erected 1t as a tomb for himself-a tomb that should surpas!! all others in magni ficenc e , that should defy the most skillful grave robbe,.r s and endure as long as Time. . To obtain workers for this monument Khufu closed the temples and added their tens of thousands of priests and attendants to the ranks of the workers. Thes e were divided into three gangs of 100 000 men each, one gang working for three month; while the other two supplied them with food. Their only pay was food and clothing, and taskmasters urged them on with whips. "It has been estimated,'' writes Dr. Banks, "that even with modern machinery a thousand men would be required to labor for a hundred years if they would duplicate the pyramid." It covered thirteen acres of ground, its base a perfect square measuring 756 feet on each side, and was 481 feet high. (The Metropolitan Tower in Ne'. " Y o rk, i s 700 feet, 3 inches high.) It was buil t ,..' 1' m estone covered with granite. About 2, 30'1 ' ;,Jocks of stone, averaging two and onehalf t on s in weight, were used in it. The mortar was scarcely thicker than a sheet of paper. The surface was polished till it lik&. a mirror. All the smooth surface stones have long since been removed, and it is believed that the mosque of Sultan Hassan, in Cairo, is largely built of them. Under the pyramid, carved deep in the rock, was a burial chamber, reached by a sloping passage 317 feet long. This was intende.d to fool grave robbers, for Khufu was not buried there. From this passage another led upwards, and then horizontally to the "queen's chamber," another trap for robbers. From the latter passage. a . third r(ln up to the exact centre of the pyramid, where was the royal chamber with walls of pol ished granite. Above this again were smaller chambers. A stone sarcophagus stands empty in the royal chamber to this day. King Khufu may have been buried here and his mummy sto len, but the place has been empty since it was first explored. HUNTING WILD BOAR IN HONOLULU Sportsmen who contemplate visiting Honolulu will find but very little use for a rifle, as the only big game found there are wild boars and goats. The rifle is not used in hunting wild boar because the brush is so dense that lt i s almost impossible to get action with a gun, consequently sportsmen hunt the wild boar with dogs and when the animal is cornered it is shot with a revolver. Whenever the natives get a wild boar they have what is called Uuau. They dig a hole in the ground about four feet square and four feet deep, at the bottom of which is placed several rocks heated to a very hot temperature, over which a1e placed banana leaves and palms. The boar i s carefully cleaned and then stuffed with bananas, sweet potatoes, nuts, and then filled up with small hot rocks. The pig is inclosed in a gunny sack or burlap and is lowered upon the bed of leaves and palms. A blanket is thrown over tl1e hog, and the hole is then filled with banana/ leaves and palms. It takes about three hours "to properly prepare a genuine Luau, but it is worth all the trouble required because it is a feast fit for the godL . r Goat hunting in the Hawaiian I slands is found around Mount Haleakala, which, by the way, is the largest extinct volcano in the world. A small one-room house made of stone has been erected there and the only water one can secure ' i s rainwater, which 'runs from the r;if ;he shack into a tank. The goats are quite plentiful down ii . the valley; in fact I counted twenty-seven in one herd and several small bands could plainly be seen grazing near by. While it only takes less than an hour to go dow n to the bottom of the canyon it takes six hours to climb out, which, no doubt, explains why so few hunters venture there. Another great drawback is that there is only one place in the valley where water can be found, and then one has to be thoroughly familia-r with the dim, narrow trail that leads to a natural h asin which is kept filled by the rainfall.

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28 THE LIBERT Y B O Y S OF '76 INT E R ESTING ART I CLES THE SMALLEST PRECISION WATCH The smallest precis ion watch in the world, striking the hours, has been made by a Swiss firm for a wealthy customer in this country. It i s inclo s ed in a platinum case measuring only fourteen millimeters, or slightly more than half an inch. WHEN DOES YOUR WATCH-SPRING BREAK? The spontaneous breaking of watch-springs is believed to occur chiefly in the summer months . From the repair re.cords of two firms for several years it is found that the breakages are mo s t numerous during the season of frequent stunderstorms. Further experiments indicate that it is m?isture instead of heat that plays the chief part. It is suggested that the springs may be weakened by rusting spots, and in fifty-six samples, sealed up in equal division in a jar containing moist ail', and on e containing dry air, seventeen springs broke, all in the jar of moist air. The liability to break was greatly re<;luced by the application of oil. TO SOW SEEDS FROM TUT'S TOMB Seeds from the tomb of King Tutankhamen will be planted at Yonkers in the greenhou ses of the new T . hompson Institute for Plant Research, it was learned when Dr. William Crocker, formerly head of the work in plant physiology at the University of Chicago, announced establishment of the institute. The cost of the institute, $500,000, was given by Col. William B. Thompson. The gardens, greenhouses and laboratories will be erected on a nine-acre plot on Col. Thompson's estate and the insti tute will beaT the same relation to plants as the Rockefeller Institute does to humanity. Dr. Crooker, Who is to be director, has gathered a corps of experts to work with him. Powerful electric lamps will supplement sunlight at night. FURS FOR THE LEV ANT More than 50 per cent. of the fur exports of Constantino ple, which is an important intermediate point of transshipment for many kinds of grades of Russian and Anatolian raw furs, now go to the United States. Before the war, France and Germany took about 80 per cent. of these exports, but recently, according to Consul General G. B. Rayndal, in a report to the Department of Commerce, the American demand has grown notably. Part of the English consignments also are re-exported to this c ountry from London. "The principal furs shipped tluough Constantinople," said the Consul General, "are fox (gray, reel, black and very rarely silver), wolf, jackal, skunk, stone-marten, baum-marten, squirrel, hare and wildcat. The American demand is principally for fox, marten and skunk. The raw furs .are usually shipped in bales bound by jute bags or coarse coverings, with from 12 to 18 pieces 'in a bale. For large consignments wooden cases are used, containing 250 piece s . All furs arrive and are shipped uncured in the raw, sun-dried state. They are kept in a dry place with napththalene and salt to prevent rotting and moth-eating, and are handled by specialists in Constanti nople. There is no export duty or any sanitary tax, because the furs are transferred or held in the original containers for export. It is estimated that 20,000 fox, 50.000 hare, 5,000 stone-marten, 2,000 jackal, and a mi scellaneous supply of wildcat, otter, wolf and squirrel skins are at present in the bonded warehouses or shops_ available for export." SMALL BOATS CROSS THE OCEAN The motor boat Detroit, thirty-five feet long, cros s ed from New York to Queens_towl). between July 16 and August 1, 1912, proceeding Jate1: from the Irish port to St. Petersburg, with Cap tain T. F . Day and three companion on board. Day and two companions sailed the twenty-five foot skipjack yawl Sea Bhd from Providence t<> the Azores in twenty days in 1811J reaching Gibraltar twelve days out from the Azores. In 1904 four Norwegians sai1ed an eighteel).foot lifeboat from Norway to Gloucester, Mass. , taking nearly se ven months for the passage. In 1902 the thhty-eig1i.t foot motorboatA. A. Low was worked actoss from New York to Falmouth in thirty-six days by W. C. Newman and his sixteen-year-old son, this being th, e first moto1boa t to cross the Atlantic. In 1877 Thomas Crapo and his wife sailed a twenty-foot decked whaleboat from New Bedford to Penzance in forty-nine days, and two Bo ston men, Andrews and Lawlor sailed a nineteen-foot dory from Boston to wall in nineteen day1;1. The westwai-d was made in 1870 by a small yawl from Liverpool called the City of Ragusa with two men and a dog aboard, her time bein,g ninety-eight days. And then there is the extraordinary effo1t of Harb'O and Samuelson, who actually rowed a light boat from New York to Havre, Ftance, between June 6 and August 7, making one stop, at the Scilly I sles. A ' When it come s to single-handed sailing, such as W. Starling Burgess i s to indulge in for five days at sea, mariti1'.ne records are i:ich with single-handed cruises that make such a brief voyage seem a veritable tri.fl.e. The late Captain Joshua Slicun1 was the daddy of all single-handers. On his first cruise aTound the w'orld alone in his thirty-seven-foot yawl Spray he 1eft Bo ston in April, 189 5, and arrived at Newport, R. 1., in June, 1 898 , having b ee n two year and three months on fas voyage alone around the world. Alfred Johnson sailed a twenty-ioo do1 .. y, s loop rigged, from Gloucester to Eng1and in hv9 months, single handed; J. W. Lawler sailed the fifteenfoot dory Sea Serpent froi:n Boston to Lands End in 1819 in forty-thre e days; Howard Blackburn sailed the Great Western from Gloucester to Eng land in sixty-two days in 1899 and in 1908 he crossed from the same port to Lisbon in thirty. nine days in the twenty-five-foot sloop Great Re public.

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"He's Already Patented Four InventioQs" "FUNNY thing, too . . . When he first me said, Send in that coupon. It was the best move came here h,e was just a n ordinary workei:. I ever made-I knew it the minute I started my For a time, when things were slack, I even first lesson. Before, I had been working In a sort' thought that we might have .J:o let him go. of mental fog-just an automatic part of the "Then, gradually, I noticed an improvement in machine in front of m e. But the I. C. S. taught his worl c He seemed to really me to really understand what I understand what he• was doing. was doing.' "One day h e came Into my office These inventors and many "Well, that was just a start. and said he had Worked out a new others once slrrdied with Three times since he has come to !ofitWee the I. c. s. whe n he started explainjng to me, JESSE G. VINCENT being adogted in other plants and I could see that he had really disVicepreaident of Packard on which e receives a royalty. He covered something. And when I Motor Car Co., inveator of the is certainly a splendid example of started hi,m, I was Packard Twia-Six and co-inthe practical value and thorough-amazed. ;He certainly did know ventor of the Liberty Motor. ness of I. C. S. training." what he waif talking about. JOHN c. WAHL Every mail brings l etters from "So we sat down and talked for First vice-pre1idnt of Tho students of the I. C. S. telling of over an hou;. Finally, I asked him Wabl Co., inventor of tbe advancements and larger salaries where he had learned so much Wahl Addin: Machiae, tho won through spare -time study. about his work. He smiled and Eveuharp Pencil and the There's still a chance for you, I! took a little book ;from his pocket. Walal fountain Pea. you will only make the start. "'Ther.e's no secret about it,' he W. J. LILLY .Just fill out and mall the coupon said. 'T[le answer's right here. Inventor of tho Lilly lliae printed below and, without cost or Four months ago one of Hoiat Contro!!er. obligation, get the full story of those advertisements of the Inter-H. E. DOERR what the I. C. S. can do for you. naUonal Correspondence Schools. Chief Mechanical En1ineor, To-day -not To-morrow Is the I had been seeing them :for years, Sca!!in Steel Co., St. Loaia. day to take that first definite step but this time something inside of toward Success. ------------------TEAR OUT HERE-----------------lNTERNATIQNAL CORRESPONDENCE SCHOOLS, BOX 4491-B, SCRANTON, PA. Without cost or obligation on my part, please tell me how I can qualify for the position or in the subject before which I have marked an X in the list below:Automobile Work Gas Engine Operating Airplane Ent:ines Radio Engineering Electric Lighting '9fochanlcal Engineer Mechanical Draftsman O .Machlne Shop Practice Raf lroad Positions Engineer S urv eying and Ma : pplng ?.fine Foreman or Engineer Marine Engineer 8Archltect Contractor and Butlder Architectural Draftsman Structural Engineer Chemistry 0Pha rmacy Oiluslness M'.anagcment 0 Salesmanship D Industrial Management O .Advertising OTramc Management 0 Stenography and Trotnr OBust.ness J_,nw .. DTeacher OBanklng and Banking Law • DCM! Service OAccountancy (including C . P .A... ) Mail Clerk D:Nlcholson Cost Accountin& Common Schoo l Subjecta DBookkeeplng • High Sublecta BBuslness English Illustrating Business Spanis h Name ................ .. . ...•.............. ... ............. .... .. ...... . ........ ....................... ..... Street Address ..... . .. ........... .... . .... .... ... ..... .... .... ... ...... ... .... . ...... -•. -City . . . . .................... ............... ......... ........ ....... State ........ . ................................... Occupation ......................................................................... Pera<>nB residing in Canada should send this coupon to the International Correspondence Sclwols Ctmadian. Limit.4, Montreal, Canada.

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LITTLE ADS W rit11 to Riker & K int, Adver t i s i ng Offi ce s , 11 33 flroadway, New York City, or 2 9 East Madison Stree t, C hicag o, for pa r t icu lar s about adverti sin g i n th is magazi ne. AGENTS WANTED AGENTS WANTED-BIO MONEY AND FA S T SALES. Every owner buys Oold Initiahl for his auto. You charQ'e $1.50, mali;e $1.35, Ten orders daily ea&7. W rite for partlculnn anrt free samples. American h1onogra.m Co .• Devt. 171, Oram:e. N. J . AG ENTS-900 an .hour to advertise and cltstrlbute sam ples to consumers. \Vrlte quick for territory and par-11culars. American Products Co .• 9700 Americ:i.n Bid&:., Clncinna.tl. 0. FOR S ALE LAND Ol"PORTU,llTY ! UO to $50 down otatts you on 2 0 , 40. • o ac. near thrlrlni' t•ity in lower M ich.; bal. l ong time-. Learn how we h elp you get a fa rm borne. Write today for big booklet free. Swiga.rt Land Co., M-12p8 F'lnortun!ty for men an < l women for invutig11.tion in your district• "'rlte C. T. J .... ullwl i:. 521 \\'estove r B1<1it., Kansas City, Mo. DETECTIVE S NEEDED EVE RYWHERE. Work home or trave l experience unnecesu.ry, " 'rite George \Va i:nt-r, ' forme':' nf'teoctive, 1 968 N. Y. EARN $20 we ek ly Ume. at home, add re! stna-. malling music. t' lrculars. Send lOc for mu sic , i nfo r m a tloo. .American Music to . • 1658 Broadway, Dept. 3T, N. Y. $100 TO $30 0 A WEEK. Men with slight knowledge or motors who can reoach car owners c1&.u earn $300 w11hout makin" ft. f;ing le sale. If they car1 l!lOR nron1hn1v. N e w Y nrk. MANUSCR I P T S W ANTE D S TO RIES, P OEl\:1S, PLAYS, etr., are wanted !or publi cation. Submit MSS. or write Literary Dureau. 515 Mo. PERSONAL A TT RACTIV E Y OUNG LAnY. worth f25,000 , wlJI marry. Club. Box 1022, WiC'hlta, Kansas. BACHELOR, 38, worth $100 ,000, an.xl ous to ma.rry. Y .. Rox 35, Le3.gUE", Tole.scrit:itlons free. "The Successful Club", Box 556, OaklaJHl, Call fomla. MARRY-r.tA R RIA GE DI R ECTORY with photos and tlescrl ntions free. Pay when married. ""he '.Exchange, D ept. 54!S. h .ausas Cit.J' , MARRY: Thousands p eop le , worth from $1,000 to $50 , 000 scekln' early de11crlption s. photos. introducttona free. Sealed. sex. Sencl no money. .Addres!' Standard Cor. CluiJ , Grayslake, IU. P R E TT Y MAIDEN, wealthy but. loneiy , will marry. ('Jul'>, Box M. Oxford, Fla. SIXTH A tl D SEVE NTH B OOKS O F MOSES. Egyptian secrets. Black art, other rare books. Cata.log free. Stu Book Co., 8 R23. 122 Federal St., Camden, N . J. PRETTY GIRLI E , wealthy, but oh, so l osascmc . will marry. C., Box 55. Oxford, Fla.. WHOM S HOUL D Y O U MAR RY? We'll tell you. Send 'SOo ancl btrth date to Character Studies , 1515 Masonto Temple, New York Clty. WEA LTHY, pretty, affectionate gh•J. wot,thl marry. '\\'rLLe, enclosi11' envelope. Doris Dawn, South Euclid, Onlo. SONGW R ITERS WRITE THE W O R DS FOR A SONG-We compose mudc. Submit youi: poems to us at once. New York Melody Corporittlon, 405 E. R oman R!dg-., New Yori :. TOBACCO HABI T TOBACCO or Snu!T Habit cured or no pay, $1.00 II eu red. Remedy sent on trial. Superba Co . . PC .• Bal t1more, Md. POWERFUL M E TAL MAGNETS S I F T SCRAPS The kettles in w hich "Big French" • J o h n b o iled h is beans, and the hob -nails fro m "Sandy" B owe r's brogues are a m ong the rel ics of the Com sto ck mine being gleaned daily by powerful magnets from ore that was once the shallow soil of the '59 camp of Slippery Gulch, Nev. Frcm the historic . spot on which these two a n d scores of other famous Nevad a characters rose from poverty to riches at the stroke of a pick or the roll of a miner's cradl e the huge stamp mill of the United Comstock Mines Company now grinds out the gold they daily trod upon. With the un d'ermining of the ground on which Mark Twain published his Vir ginia City Enter prise and Dan De Quille wrote his a n e c d o t e s of Western mining c a m p s , horseshoes, nails , tin cans, stove lids, anvils and the metal whatnots of the 60's fall into ore-cars and are carried to the mUI at American Flat. In order to pro tect the machinery p o w e r f u l magnets sift the metal from the ore. The gathering scrap heap looks old and rusty, but there is an air o f romance about it.

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PINK SAND AT CONEY !:ltf.• (bl.:J n•ok). lt chookAl tile H d d f Wt.11 a\ linoe, rednces tbe en.large. un re s o nt,ttope l>&lnAnd dllltuse and reh d f lleYeslnflltliewblle. h7wbon ...U. t ousan s o perTe11J>ootftlend8aboutpi11. Write n.;..,-:rFt . sons puzzle over DR. l>eJ>t. -911 Box 737 MllR!lllee. Wis. ... the pink sand Sell Madison ••aetter-Made .. Shirts, Paja mas, a.nd Nie-htshirts direct from our factory to wearer. Nationally Easy to sell. Exclusive patterns. Exceptional values. No experience or capital required. Large steaclr Income MADISON SHIRT co .• eoa B'way, N. y. City which has sup planted the pure white variety on the beaches in front of the T MA or HAY Pl!VSR Treatmetlt • As H 1" want. mailed on trial. State which G • D • d if not, don't. Wr1to today. .... 11r.w. ""STERLIN, 844 Ohio Ave.. SIDNEY. o. en u 1 n a 1 am on . b oar d w a 1 k at Coney' Island. The fact is that when the new beach was pump ed in from the ocean it was ear ly discovered that the white sand on the bed was merely a super ficial covering for a solid reddish floor. Huge areas of w h at formerl y had been white sand were discov ered by dive.rs to have tuTned to solid concrete be cause of the ad mixture of lime from millio h s of crushed c 1 a m shells. H is b;lieved by geologists that the reddish sand Glands Used 'fo Restore Hair Growth Science of Gland Therapy RelieTell Baldness New Treatment Restoreli Health and Growtk • • Baldnlll!ls In both men and women I.JI now generally ascribed by aclentlsts to defective Cunctlonlng of endocrine glands. Hair growth la dependent upon the secretions of these g\ands-the11e secretions making possible the llJ3Simllation of those elements in the blood which are Tital to a 111xnr1ous growth of hair. Now it ts poestble tor any bald person to have a full, luxuriant growth of hair through the dlscovery of E. R. Alexander, nationally known scientist. Dr . .Alexander, through the of glands, can supply the dellclency of gland secretion and produce a Cull growth of hair. will bleach white This discovery may be ea1 1ly _ 11sed In the within a few privacy of your own home. Within a few weeks you will notice new, vigorous hair be years action from the ginning to com.e in and with thla growth you Of th gradually restore yo•r. hair to its forD1er e bright, healthy color. . a -.d I So conftdent le Dr. Alexander that you can ' be relieved of the embarrassment of baldness 'lnd regain the normal hair growth by thts ll'lethod that he o!l'.ers to •end a regular $4.00 Meanwhile, the treatment for only to anyone who will sun's rays the tides. eyes of the bathwrite for It. Use It according to directions, and If at the end of a month yo• do not ftnd ers at Coney will your hair returning with all Its former vigor, not Suffer as ln the treatment does not cost a cent. SEND NO MONEY just your name and former y e a r s from the terrific glare, which up to this year has been the one dis advantage o f bathing at Coney Island. 'lddreas to Alexander Laboratories, 721 Gate way Station, Kansas City, Mo., or 721 Ter, mlnal, Toronto, Canada, and this treatment will be malled at once In plain wrapper. Try It according to directions and It at the end of a month you are not more tbRn satlsfted with r esults, your money wl!l be refunded at o nc e. A big Kansas City bank guarantees that Dr. Alexander ts reliable and holds $1,000 as a guarantee to ret11rn your money If you wish. Don't su!l'.er the embarrassment of baldness -lrlTe the treatment a trlaloo tlll.s liberal olrer. RING Marvelous Value You can complete llillllflilllill!blllllllill'.11 to OOW'Ha are dHor1bed in our l"ree Bullatlo0 Send for It AMERICAN SCHOOL Dept. H C84 DrH•I Ave. • S8tll St. @A S 1923 CHICA NO RED TAPE ladle• plat. 6nl1h and when YOU It depaslt $J.I5 with postman and the rin&' fe yours for keepe--no more to pay-•ati•laction 6Uar .. onfeeJ or money ab•olut•• ly relunJ•d wit/tout any r•tl t•pc, ii you don't lllte tAe rinc withinT clav•wear. AitTEX DIAMONDS have --almoet defyins life time ez .. perta. They atr.nd the dia m ond test.. to enda.roundyourfin&er Join\. FREE let or men' a cutf,inka (aolld agfd front) toallordereoftwoprmore ringa. J"ea.rs. , •

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• . THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 -LA.TES T ISStJElil -1135 The Libert y B<1ys and the Indian Queen; or, Dick Slater's Close Call. 1136 " Spying on Howe; or, In the Enemy's Strong. bold . 1137 " Dangerous Game; or, Tbe Plan to Steal a Prince. 1138 " At Fort No. S; or, War m Work On the Hudson. 1139 " or, The Disappearance of Dick 1140 " and "Dendshot Murphy"; or. Driving Back the Raiders. 1141 " Cournge: or. Baffling a British Spy. 1142 " Tn Olrl Vlrglnln; or, The Flgllt at Great Bridge. 1143 " A 'ccu•ed: or. DefPndlng Their Honor. 1144 " Be•t Battle; or, The SurrPnder ot Cornwallis. 1H5 " nnd Lightfoot; or, Dick Slater's Indian Friend. 1146 " Hot Hunt: or, Running Down a Traitor. 1147 " nnrl the "Old Sow"; -0r, The Signal Gun o n Bottle Hill." 1148 " Driving Out the Bandits; or, Warm Work In Monmouth. 1H9 " at Fraunces Tavern; or, F erreting Out a Wick ed Plot. 1150 " and the Backwoodsmen; or, Joined With Brave Allies. tlfil " Hiding-place; or, Baffling Rnrgorne. 1152 " With Morgan' s Rltlemen; or, Dick t:llater • s Hest Shot. 11?\a " ns Privateers: or, Tbp Taking of the "Reward." 1154 ' " Redco•t Enemy; or, Drlvinl? How? from Boston. 111515 " end Widow Moore; or, The Fight at Creek Bridge. 1166 " Saving tt1c Colors; or, Dick Slater's Bravest DePd. 1157 " Swnmp Angels; o r , Out With M arlon end His Men. 1158 " Young Spy; or, Learning the Enemy'• Plans. !Um " Runnway Rattle; or, Foiling n 'l'orv Plot . 1160 " Murcb to Dentb: or, Escnptng a Terrible Fate. 1161 ' In Boston Harbor: or, Attacking the Brit lsb Fl Pet. 11!12 " Little Recruit: or. Out Agaln•t the lndlnns. 1163 " Grentest Danger; or, Fighting the Rockland R •lders. 1164 " . Holeipt ot prlc,,, 7c per copy, In mone7 or voatage stamps, by HARRY E. WOLFF, Publisher. lne. 166 Weot 23d Streei S CENARI O S New York Clt7 HOW TO WRITE THEM Price Sii Cents Per Copy This book contains all the most recent changes In the method ot construction and su bmlssion of scenarios. Sixty Lessons, covering every phase of scenario writ llg . For sale by all Newsdealers and Bookstores. you cannot procure a copy, send us the price, cents, In money or postage stamps, and we will ma1I you one, postage free. Address L. SENARENS, 219 Seventh Ave., New York, N. Y . OUR TEN-CENT HAND BOOKS Useful, Instructive and Amusing. They Con tain Valuable I nformation on Almost E ve r y Subject No. 4.2. THE B O YS O F NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER. -Containing a varied assortment of stump speeches, Negro, Dulch and Irish. Also en d men's JokPs. Just the thing for home amusement and amateur sbo"s. No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE AND JOKE new and ver:r instructive. Ever:v boy should obtain this book, as it contains full ln strnctlons for organizing an amateur minstrel trou p<'. No. 46. HOW TO MAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY -A: description of the wonderful uses of electrlclty and electro magnetism; togE>ther with full IIrntrnctlons for making Electric Toys, Batteries. etc. By George '!.'reb el , A. M., M. D. Contnlninp; ov e r fifty Illustrations. No. 48. HOW TO BUILD AND SAIL CANOES . ...:_ A handy book tor boys, containing full directions for con structing canoes and the most popular manner ot sel!ing them. Fully lllustratecl. No. 49. HOW TO DEBATE. -Giving rules for con ducting debates, outlines tor debates, qupstions for dis cussion and the best sources for procuring information on the questions given. No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BUIDS ANO ANIMALS. A valuable book glvin15", Instructions in collf'rtlng, pre mounting and preserving birds, auimals end No. 51. now TO DO TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Con talnlng explanations ot the general principles of sleight of-hand applicable to card tricks: ot ca rel tricks with ordinary cards, and not requiring sleight-of-band ot tricks Involving sleight-of-band. or the use of specially prepared cards. Illustrated. No. 52. HOW TO PLAY CARDS. A ' complete and handy little book, giving the rules and full directions tor playing Euchre, Cribbage, Cassino, Rounce, Pedro Sancho, Draw Poker, Auction Pitch Ali Fours, and many other populRr games of pards. ' No. 54 . HO\V •ro KEEi' AND PETS Giving cornp)ete Information as t o the manner m ethod of raising, keeping. taming, breeding and man nil kinds o1 pets: also giving full instructions for etc. Full explaine d by twenty-eight No. 56. HOW TO BECOME AN ENGINEER Con talnlng full Instructions how to become a engineer; nlso directions for building n model locomo tive; togethn with a full description ot everything an engineer sho11lt af prtea , 10 cent• p.,.-••l'J', ht meaq er po•toi:e aitompa, by HARRY E . Publisher, Inc. 166 West 23d Stree&


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