The Liberty Boys' desperate fight, or, The retreat from Hackensack


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. . All the Britlah turned their gun upon the boys, the brave fellows dashed the bushes. Here Dick saw Ben lying in the sand, reaching out a hand for aid. Dick ran forward and raised the boy to his feet.

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Like Good Radio News? Turn to pages 24 and 25 The Liberty Boys of '76 Ianed Weekly-Sub1criptton price, $8.50 per year; Canada, $4 .00; Forelp, Harry E. Woltr, Publlaber, In ... 166 Weat 23d New York. N . Y . Entered as SecondClass Matter January 31 , 1913, at the Poat-Office at New York, N. Y., under the Act ot March s. 1879. No. 1183 NEW YORK, AUGUST &l, 1923 Price 7 Cents The Liberty Boys' Desperate FiUht OR, THE RETREAT FROM HACKENSACK By HARRY MOORE CHAPTER 1.-At the H ouse Under the Hill. "Does any one happen to be go in g over the river?" A young girl, wearing a long blue cloak and a hood to protect her from the win\} and t h e c ol d, asked this question of a number of men in front of a little house under the hill on the Hudson river. Fort Washington was on the top of the hill, and opposite this, on the Jersey side, was Fort Lee. This was occupied by the Americans , Washington's main camp being at Hackensack, five miles away. He had a force of about four tho usand troops at Fort Lee and Hackensack, and was awaiting with apprehension the next move of the enemy, it being undoubtedly the p urpose of the Howes and Cornwallis to cross the river and move on to Philadelphia, then the next place in impor tance to N ew York, already in the hands of the British. But to return to the girl at the house under the hill. This was tavern, ferry house, store and many other things, and at this time, a threatening afternoon in November, it was occupied within and without by men, a scattering of boys and a woman or two, these latter belonging to thE! house hold . As the girl in the blue cloak paaused after asking her question, one of the men, smoking a short black pipe, turned to her and said: "You would be going over the river, miss?" "Yes, if I can get any one to take me over," the girl replied. "Pretty risky business going over the river now," the man muttered, looking around him. "To say nothing of the state of the river, one is apt to be asked what he's doing over there among rebels and such." Two or three redcoats came out of the house under the hill at this moment, one of them saying, fn a boastful tone: "Well we have this fort and it will not be long before have thc,one on the heights opposite. We'll be croossing over before long." A boy in brown homespun, with a muffler about his neck and a cocked hat on his head, moved carelessly toward the redcoats and listened to their t a l k without appearing to do so. "Do you have to go over, Miss7" resumed the man with the pipe. "Yes, my mother is ill and I must be there to look after her." "HOV
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2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DESPERATEi FIGHT Dick Slater was the captain of a band of sterling young patriots fighting for freedom known 11s the Liberty Boys, and he was here in disguise trying to learn something concerning the next 1XlOVe of the enemy. Dick was taken inside the house and placed in a rear room with one little 'Window not facing the river, and two doors, one leading into the hall and the other to a bedroom. The one window in the room was small and quite itlgh from the floor, he thought he could out if he once reads:ed 1t. There was a table in the room, and this he carried into the other one and placed under the window. Stepping from a chair to the table, he drew the chair aiongside and stood on it, opening the window and looking out. There was some one under the window, anti in a moment Dick recognized the girl in the doak whom he protected from the redcoats. "Hallo!" he said, softly. The girl looked around in a startled fashion and then glanced up and saw him. "Oh, it is you, captain," s he said. "I am sorry that I got you in trouble. I was looking around to see if you were here." "Is there any .one about?" "No, they are mostly in the. house." "Very good. Keep watch till I get out. Then we will go across the river. I have a boat in a safe place." He took off his thick coat and waistcoat and made a bundle of them, dropping them on the ground under the window. Then he found it easier getting out, although he had no room to sr.are, and at l ength, going feet first, held to the Blll by his hands and then dropped. He hear men inside talking in loud tones, laughmg and making merry, a n d the girl went to the corner of the house and looked out. cautiously to see if there was any one about. "There is no one very near," she said. "Very good," whispered Dick, as he put on his ..outer clothing. Then he and the girl walked away unconcernedly and were not noticed. "You live on the other side of the river?" Dick asked. "Yes, a little b ac k of Fort Lee. I was over here visiting a s:ck s ister, and now I must go and take care of my mother. She was very well whe n I went away." "And the young man who came over to tell you about ii, h e was made a prisoner?" "Yes, but it is likely that they will let him go soon. They do not want any one to go ov e r now, for they fea r that they will tell the patriots that they are going to cross to attack For t Lee." "You know that?" "Yes, I heard it." "That is what 1 came over to find out. Do you Jmow when they expect to cross?" ' "To-morrow, I heard them say." "Then we must be on the look-out for them. What is your name?" "Doroth)I' Dorma n. We are good patriots. My father is in the army, and James wants to go, but he has an invalid mother to look after. He may get a nurse for her, however." "James is not your brother'?" "No," blushing. "He came over to deliver the mes sage." Hurrying on in the gathering darkness, the wind blowing keen and cold and stirring up the waves on the river, they presently met a man coming along the road, having come down from the fort. "Hallo I who are you?" he asked. "Jim Hitchens and Polly," said Dick. "I donno you from a side o' sole leather. Gettin' dark, ain't it?" "I don't know about you. I have my suspicions of people I don't know. You might be a rebel going over to warn the other rebel s." The man now attempted to seize Dick, but in a moment found himself in deep water, the river being close alongside the road at this point. "Let him get out the best he can," said Dick, taking the girl's arm. "Come on, there is no time to lose!" / CHAPTER 11.-The Perils of the River. Dick and the girl hurried along the bank, the man in the river yelling and making a Jot of noise. Dick quickly found hi s boat, hidden away behind some bushes, drew it into the water, helped the girl in, and then got in himse lf, picking up the oars and pushing out. The man Dick h ad thrown into the river was out by this time and was shouting for help at the top of his voice. "Hallo! who is that; what do you want?" came from the direction of the house under the hill. "There's some rebels getting away in a yelled the man. "Hurry up or they will get away." "Where are they?" and now a man could be heard running in that direction and shouting: "Out on ihe river! Hurry up! They've got a boat!" "Hallo! that mus t be Slater, he has got away," shouted the redcoats, the gl eam of whose uniforms could now be s een. Then some on e came with a torch, and then another, a nd then man with lanterns. "Dick Slater, the rebe l spy!" cried the man from the river. "Yes, it's him, all right. Hurry up!" There were more lights and more men running along shore, and now the redcoals saw Dick out on the river, and the leader shouted in a loud voice, heard above thf' noi se of the wind: "There is the fellow. Fire! He must not e scape!" Dick pulle d steadily on out upon the river, the boat now b eginning to toss upon the waves. Crack-crack-crack! The redcoats fired, Dick eas ily seeing the fla s h of their guns as they rang out. Some of the shots hit the waves, and a few went beyond the boat. None struck it, and D;ck pulled steadily on, being at home on the water in all sorts of weather, and not fearing it. The perils of the river were not over yet, however, even if the redcoats had ceased firing upon the boat, for there were Britis h ships in the river, and Dick now heard some men in a boat. The y had heard the firing and. the shouts from shore and suspected that there was a "rebel" sp y making his e sc ape. Two boats were lowered from them, Dick hearing one very phi.inly and not knowing but that there might be more. He pulled sturdily

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THE LIBER'D-Y BOYS' DESPERATE FIGHT 8 and steadily on, as before, u sing his eyes as well as his ears, and presently made out one of the boats not far away. "Hallo!" h e called in a rough voice. "Seen anything of the rebels?" "No, sir, we have not. \Vhat boat is that?" "From the Invincible," roared Dick, in a still gruffer tone, pulling ahead as before. "The Invincible? Where is she?" "You can't see her," and Dick went on. The boat was tossed about, but Dick rowed well and kept straight on , knowing where he was going and not fearing the waves. "You are not afraid of being upset, captain?" asked Dorothy, as they went down in a hollow where all was black around them. "No, the boat is a sound one and I am u sed to the water. Do not be afraid. I do not want a ducking any more than you do, and that i s the most that we need fear." Then a black cloud overspread the s ky, the wind roared louder than before, and in a few m inutes it began to rain. The rain came in tremendous gusts, however, and it was hard rowing, Dick's hands being >vet and the shafts of the oars slippery. The rain took down the waves considerably, and he rode on a more even keel, finally getting under the shelter of the cliffs at Fort Lee and being able to make better progress. As they went on, however, they were suddenly hailed out of the daTkness that hung all around them: "Bo:it ahoy! Who is that? Who are you and where are you going?" "Dick Slater, of the Liberty Boys," replied Dick. "I have just come over from the fort. " Then a lantern was seen, and presently a boat came alongside, and the light was flashed in Dick's face. There were Continental soldiers in the boat, and the 9fficer who headed it, looking at Dick, said: . "Ah, glad to see you, captain. Who is your passenger?" "A young lady living at Fort Lee. She was in .rew York visiting a sick sister, and now her mother i s ill and she has come over to lo ok after her. Her name i s Dorothy Dorm:rn." "Why, I know her," spoke up one of the men in the boat. "She i s .Jim Brady's sweethea1t. It's all right, lieutenant.'' "V/hat were you doing over at the fort, cap tain?" asked the officer. "I should think you had had enough of it." "Spying," returned Dick, shortly. Dick then went on and landed at the foot of the bluff, going up by a roundabout route to the top, giving Dorothy considerable help. The girl thanked him very much and said that she could go on alone the rest of the way, but the night was dark, and Dick feared that there would be evil m en about, and so he insisted on going home with her. They were walking along the rough mad, when some one approached and said, in a gruff v-0ice: "What are you doing out at this time o' night? Give me some money or I'll throw you into the bushes. " "You will do nothing of the sort," said Dick. "Go away, Bill Buffins," said the girl. "You '. are a bad man and you should be in jail, where you have been before. " "Ha! a boy an' a gal," laughed the man, "an' the boy says I shan't do as I please. Hoh o ! that's a good joke. " "You may think it one, Bill Buffins," replied Dick, "but if you are pleased to do evil, you shall not do it. " "'We'll see if I won't!" growled the footpad, for such he was, running at Dick with a heavy club in his hand. Dick felt the wind of the club rather than saw it, and, throwing up his hand quickly, caught the. bludgeon as it desc en ded . He twisted it out of the man's hand in a moment, and then used it on his head with such effectiveness that it brought out a yell. The man attempted to run in upon Dick, but got another crack over the skull that made him howl and caused him to stagger back out of the road. Then Dick and the girl went on and, at length, the girl, seeing a light ahead of them, said: "That is our house. You are not afraid to go back alone?" "No, indeed," with a laugh. Dick saw the girl to the door and s11fe inside, and then, wishing her good-night, started back to the fort. As he was walking on rapidly, being about a quarte1 of a mile from the fort, he suddenly saw the door of a house open and saw a bright light within. Then he heard a cry for help and saw a woman rush toward the door, pursued by a man with a club. The man c aught the woman by the hair and drew her backward, raising the club to strike. With a hoarse cry rising to his lips, Dick sprang forward, dashed into the house and aimed a blow at the man, whom he at once knew to be Bii! Buffins, although it had been too dark to see the man's face when they had met before. So sudden and impetuous was his assault that he knocked the man down, the worr:an being dragged to the floor at the same moment. "Grab the young rebel!" screamed the woman, with a how l of pain. Then, before Dick could get out, two men came running from another room and one from outside, and in a moment he was seized and overpowered. "Confound you, Bill," growled the woman, "you didn't have to be so real about it. You've pulled out a lot of my hair." "Blame the young rebel, he was as real as I was," snarl e d the man. "Look at the lump on the head he gave me." "'Nhat'll you do with him?" asked one of the men. "Lock him up,' said the woman, giving her loosened hair a twist and fastening it in an untidy knot behind. "We'll fix you," muttered .Buffins. "We set a fine trap for you, and you walked right into it." "You come pretty quick," laughed the woman, "but Bi'll gave my hair a right good pull and gave me a crack on the head besides. Here's to pay for that, Bill." 1 In another moment the woman, who was a per fect Amazon for s ize, drew back her arm and gave Bill Buffins a blow that floored him,

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4 T H E LIBERTY B O YS' FIGHT CHAPTER III.-In the H ome of Bill B u ffins . D ick realiz ed that a trap had bee n set fo r h i m, and t h a t Buffin s was the woman's husband, and that instead o f h is beating her, she was more li k e l y to beat him o n this occasion. The woman said: "And y o u t h o ught I needed yollr help? Well , you're a good fello w if you are a rebel. Don't be afraid abou t my not giving Bill all he deserves, m y boy. Never mind about putting him in the cellar, Bill. T he bedchamber will do . It's warmer and there's a light. It would be a sin to put the b o y in the col d, dark cellar." "He might be a-scared, hey?" sneered Buffins. "Not he!" with a laugh. "More likely you, thinking of the men you've buried there." He was put into a little room with a small bed and a chair in it and left to himself, the men and the women making themse lves merry in the room beyond, the sound of their mirth being easily heard where he was. There was a window in the roo m, but it was nailed fast, and there was no other door except that leading into the living room. "I am not goingto stay here, and that is all there is about it," muttered Dick. There was a lighted candle on the little mantel over the small fireplace, and he therefor.e had all the light he wanted. Lifting the bed upon end, he placed it against the door, and then, taking the candle, set it on the floor, where it soon -set the bed in flames. Picking u p the chair, which was a heavy one, he raised it in bOth hands and dashed it with all his might against the window. There was a tremendous crash and the whole sash was sent flying in an instant. "Hallo! what's the matter there?" Dick heard the woman cry out. Throwing down the chair, he got out of the window and ran away. Buffins opened the door and was at once met by a cloud of smoke and a burst of flame, which drove him from it in a moment. The air from the broken window fanned the flames and the fire grew hotter every moment. "What has the fool done, set the bed on fire?" demanded the woman. It was some time before they realized what had happene d, and then Dick was too far away to bring back. Then they had to put out the fire, and by that time there was still less chance of c11tching Dick. The. latter went on and entered the fort, going to the quarters of the Liberty Boys, where he was heartily welcomed. "vVell, you are back safe, Dick,'' said Bob Estabrook, the first lieutenant of the Liberty Boys, and Dick's closest friend. "Did yo u learn any-thing new there?" -"Yes, and had plenty of excitement besides." The boys were greatly interested in what Dick t o ld them, but they felt anxious, nevertheless. Fort Lee cou l d never stand an attack by the e n emy, and they wou l d have to fall back to the main force at Hackensack, and it was doubtful if the A'merican troops there would be able to meet t h e trained forces of Howe and Cornwallis, more in n'1mber than their own t o be g in w ith, and better tra;n: !d in the art of war. " I am afraid it will be a desperate fight," de clared Bo b. "We must do o u r best," replied Dick. . Dick went off witn Patsy to get his supper, having had nothing to eat for some hours. "We must keep a sharp look-out, boys," declared B o b Estabrook when Dick had gone. "This is most important news that Dick brings, an
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THE LIBERTY BOYS' DESPERA '!'E FIGHT 5 no one. A thorough search revealed no one, and it was evident that the people had left the house, but had left a light to make the neighbor::; think that they were still there. The boy;; hunted all over, in the cellar, in the attic, and on the floor above and in the outhouses, but found no one. • believe they left immediately after my escape, " said Dick. "I suppose I should have re turned at once without waiting." well, they have gone at any rate, and that is ail there is about it,'' muttered Bob. "They must have known that you would come back with some of the boys." Some of the neighbors came up, and one asked: "Lookin' for Bill?" "vVe were," said Dick, "but I think he mus t have taken the alarm." 'They do say that Bill is a pretty tough sort o' feller. an' there's been hints o' murders being d o ne in this house." • 1 have no doubt of it. Is Billy a Tory?" "No one rightly knows what he is, an' I guess it's accordin' to convenience. Some have sai d he was a Tory, and some have declared that he \:asn't, but I don't believe you could tell just what he was. Mebbe he was nothin' or everythin', 'cordin' to who was around." "He i s a thief :rnd a rascal, at any rate," de clared Dick, "and if we get hold of him he will go to jail. He may have known that we were after him, and so went away." "Well, if he stays away, nob ody will find any fault." "l guess they won't," said another, "and I guess he thought we was gettin' after him. Some of u s had made up our minds that we would tar and feather him without delay, and it's a pity we didn't do it before." "Well, if the man stays away we will have done something,'' said Dick. "I suppose he must have suspected that we would come." They left the house as they had found it, leav hig the candle burning, but keeping watch upon it at a little distance, so that if Bill Buffins did return they could seize him. The light went out at length, and all was dark about the place. No one was seen about the house all night, and Dick concluded that the man had gone very soon after he had been there, and that he never meant to come back. Early in the morning Dick and some of the boys set out to reconnoiter, when they suddenly came upon a number of men riding at breakneck speed. "Cornwallis has landed at Closter," they cried. "He's got thousands of men and is making his way to Fort Lee as fast as he can." Others came riding up, giving the same news. "vVe must give the alarm at once!" said Dick. CHAPTER IV.-On the Meadows. The rumors of the landing of Cornwallis on the Jersey side of the river were quickly verified, and the greatest alarm arose among the garr ison at the fort. Cornwallis had set sai l from Dobbs Ferry and had landed at Closter, about a mile and a half from English Neighborhood, and at once set out for the fort with the intention of attacking it. Dick had srnt word to Washington, at Hackensack, the night before, of the probable crossing of the river by Cornwaallis, b u t the Bnt1sh hau come over sooner than was thought, so that no preparations had been made for getting the garrison and stores out of the forest. At the news of the approach of Cornwallis with six tl'oops, the garrison retreated, leaving behind them all the baggage and military stores, including three hundred tents, all the mounted cannon except two twelve-pounders, a thousand barrels of flour and other stores, and all the baggage, saving only the ammunition. The Liberty Boys were forced to retire with the othei-s, saving their horses and some of their baggage, never having very much. The boys rode on to Hackensack and joined the main body of the army, while Cornwallis remained at Fort Lee in stead of following up his advantage and proc'eeding at once in pursuit of Washington. After the arrival-of the Liberty Boys at Hackensack Dick disguised himself as a Quaker boy, and set 'off on Major, his black Arabian, for Fort Lee, in order to learn what the next move of the enemy might be. He had gone a mile or two, when he came upon a young man riding on the road, who said to him: "Do you know where I can find the Liberty Boys and Captain Slater?" Dick looked at the young man, concluded that he was honest, ancl said : • "I can tell thee, but first I would like to know what thee wants to see them for." "I think Captain Slater may be able to help me. A young lady he has Sf'en has disappeared, and I fear that some evil men are concerned in it. My name is James Brady, and--" "You don't mean to tell me that Dorothy has disappeared?" cried Dick, dropping his (,!uaker talk. "I am Dick Slater myself." "Why, I thought you were a Quaker," said th& young man, in great astonishment. "You looked and talked just like one." "I was going to the fort to see what the redcoats were doing, but, tell me, what is this about Dorothy?" "She has disappeared, and I am fraid that Bill Buffin s or some of his men have run away with . "When did she disappear?" asked Dick, greatly interested in the matter, having taken a great liking to the girl. "This mornin. ) went there, and her mother said she had gone to the doctor's. Then the doctor came himself and said that he had not seen her, and I got worried." "Let u s go that way," said Dick, "and you can tell me all about it. How did you know about me"! I thought that you were over at the fort." "They let me out last night because they thought I couldn't do any harm. I went to see if Dorothy had come over and found that she had. Then she told me how you had helped her, and about Bill Buffins stopping you in the road. "Yes, and h e stopped me afterward, but I got away. Buffins went away last night, and I don't know where he i s . We shall have to look for him. Have you any particular reason for believing that he has carried Dorothy away, except that he might?"

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6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DESPERATE FIGHT "One of his gang has a son that has always wanted to marry Dorothy, and I thought that Buffins might have helped him to do it." "I see. Well, we will go there, and at the same time I may be able to learn something. You will have"to be careful about going too near the redcoats, however, for they will know you, even if they d o not know and that will cause them to suspect us both. " • "But they know you, don't they?" "Not in this disguise, and I think they will be puzzled to make me out. Do you know where any more of the gang of Bill Buffins live?" "Some of them live on the meadows, in the swamps and among the grass where you can hardly see their houses. 'l'hey're more huts than houses, and they're partly under ground. Tht: high meadow grass covers the top of them." "Well, then we had better look for some of them before going farther. Bill Buffins went away last night, and I do not believe he has come back yet. He will be afraid to." "He is a terrible villain, and they say that he has murdered more than one man. There have been some very strange disappearances around here in the last year or two, and men have been seen to go to Bill's house and never been seen to come out." They were riding along where. thete was a stretch of meadows on one side, the coarse grass being above their heads, when Dick suddenly halted and said: "Here is a path through the grass. Perhaps there are some of these houses in here. " "I don't see any path," said Jim Brady. "There is one here, nevertheless, and you can take your horse through it. Follow me and you will see." Dick's quick eyes had seen the path where another would have taken it for merely a bit of trampled grass, extending a yard or so only. As they proceeded, however, hidden from the road by the tall, rank grass, the young man saw that they were indeed on a regular path. It wound about so as to avoid the wet places , and these very windings caused them to be lost sight of from the road in a short time. "We had better di smount," remarked Dick, presently. My horse will stand, and I can tie your hoorse's bridle to Major's, and then he will not go away. Major will not let him." "He must be a very intelligent horse, and he is certainly a beautiful one . You must be very proud of him." "" "So I am," and having fastened the bridles to gethei", Dick went ahead for some little distance, the young man following. "These men know you?" Dick presently asked. "Yes, most of them. I know Bill Buffins and some others, most of the gang, I think, by sight." "Then I think I had b etter go ahead alone. I believe we are coming to some of their hovels." "I can't see any," replied the young man, in great a stonishmEnt. "How do you know?" "Oh, there are certai n signs that I cannot explain to you V.'ithlu' taking some t i me, but I am satisfied that we are." "\Vell, I will leave it all to you, captain," shortly. "I guess you know mo r e about such things than I do, anyhow." "Wait here," answered Dick, smiling, and then he went ahead, rapidly and cautiously, and shortly came out in sight of a low house not more than h a l f a story high, apparently, fro m which a ma11 was j ust emerging. "Hallo! what do you want; who are you; what are yo u doing here?" the man growled, evidently greatly surprised at seeing any one strange to the place. "an thee dire.ct me out of this strange place?" Dick asked. "I seem to have lost my way." "Huh! go out the way you came in," snarled the man. "That is very easy to say, but all ways see m alike in this maze. Verily, it is most confusing." "How did you get in here in the first place? This isn't the highway. No one comes this way." "I considered that I may make a short cut io the other road, being in some haste, and s o I cam e this way, but now I can neither see the road I left nor the other, and I am bewildered. Does thee live in this strange place? Verily, I should think thee would be lost every time thee left the house unless thee carried a ball of twin with thee and unwound it a s thee walked." "Oh, I don't have to do that, Broadbrim," laughed the man. "I keep pigs and they haYe learned me all the paths in the place from having to go after them so much." "Thy pigs must have gone far astray then, for I neither see , hear nor smell a single swine." "Oh, I've just sold them off to the market. I haven't any now, but I do have a lot of the m usually." "Thy wife helps thee to tend the swine? That is her cloak lying on the bench within?" The cloak Dick saw was the blue one, which he had see n Dorothy Dorman wear the day before. "No, that is my own," growled the man. "It grows cold here on the meadows at times , and I need some protection. No, I have no wife. Women don't come into this place. It i s too lone some for them." At this moment the wife of Bill Buffins came out of the tall grass a few yards distant, paused, and then said, with a laugh: "Hallo, Pete, turned Quaker, have you'? What are you and the young broadbrim talking about?" "Thee does not tell the truth, friend Peter," said Dick. "Thee says no woman comes into tbis place, and there is one, while in thy hovel i s the cloak of another." "He meant that no woman bes ide s his wife comes here," said the Amazon, with a hoarse laugh. "That is my cloak." "Thee tells lies as easily as Peter," said Dick, keeping his eyes about him. Thee is not hi s wife. Thee is Mistress Buffins, and thy husband is a footpad and in hiding from the officcrn of the law at this moment. Hallo, officers!" "Confound you for a meddling young hypocrite; I'll ring your neck for that!" stormed the Ama zon, at 11ic . In a moment saw the muzzle cf a big pistol pointed toward her eyes, and paused. "Come out, Dorothy," sa'd D ick. "Hallo, Jim! here she is!" Theer was a sound of a sc uffle within, and then suddenly Dorothy came running up the steps by

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' DESPERATE FIGHT 7 .which one entered the hovel, throwing aside a woman who sought to detain her. "Captain Slater!" she crie d. "Have you indeed brought J ames'I" The young man came running into the opening at this moment, and Dick quickly him a pistol, saying: "You know how to use it? Then don't hesitate to do so." Dorothy ran to James Brady, who quickly put her behind him and said, in a determined voice: "Quick! Hurry along the path. You will find horses there. The captain and I will take care of these people." The Amazon glared at Dick and then said, with a mocking laugh: "You have found your way in here, but it won't be so easy to find your way out." "I never found myself in any place yet that I could not get out of, Mistress Buffins," said Dick. "Your house was one and this meadow is another. Get into that house, all of you, and in a hurry!" P te and his wife hastily obeye d, but the Amazon seemed trying to see how she could get the best of Dick. ''in with you!" said Dick. "You know how I can use a pistol, mistress. If you are not in the hut with the door shut in three.. seconds--" The woman glared at Dick, but obeyed, closing the door. "Come!" hissed Dick, taking Brady's arm. Both of them hurried out of the open place and along the path taken by Do11othy . Crack! There was the report of a musket, but the bullet whistled well to one side of Dick. "She thought we were still in front of the hovel," said Dick. "Hurry! The shot may arouse others." They quickly came upon Dorothy, the young man lifting her in his arms and hurrying on with her. They found the horses and rode away at a gallop, the young man's animal bearing a double burden. They heard the sound of footsteps behind them, but there was no hope of the outlaws catching them, and, at length, the sounds of the pursuit were no longer heard, and they reached the main road safely. "How did you know I was in that place, cap tain?" asked Dorothy. " I did no t , I only thought that you might be af.er what James Brady told me of the meadows," ..wit h a smile. "I think I will go on to the fort. These ruffians will keep quiet after this , and if they don't, it will be a good idea to burn over tho meadows and burn them out like s o many rats. They are as great pests and should be gotten rid of." The young man now went on with Dorothy, while Dick, taking a different road, made his way toward the fort, so as to find out more about the redcoats if possible. "We may have to burn the meadows for other reasons," he said to hims elf. "It may help us to fight the redcoats. It i s worth thinking of, at any rate." CHAPTER V.-Fooling the Redcoats. No one seeing Dick riding along the road would have taken him for anything but a Quaker youth, his sober manner well comporting with his quiet garb. The horse he i ode, however, was not such as usually afiec ed, and 1Jick sh"rtly said to himself: "Some of these redcoats may know Major, and in any event they will think he is rather a dashy animal for a stair Quaker to be riding. I must be careful and not go too far with hi!n:' Riding on some distance farther, Dick saw a tavern not very far from the fort wheie he thought it likely that he might find some of the redcoats, these places being often the headqua:r tel'S for the enemy, as IJick and the boys expressed it. There was an old barn near it, and Dick left Major behind this and went on, presently entering the tavern and finding a number of redcoats there, as he had supposed he would. Indeed, he had seen their scarlet uniforms through the window as he approached, and knew that he had not guessed incorrectly about there being a number . of them in the place. As he entered he observed the very lieutenant whom he had seen the evening before at the house under the hill on the New York side of the river, and said to himself: "If the lieutenant talks as much as he did yesterday, I shall probably learn something. These fellows have a habit of talking over affairs in public places, which is very inconvenient for us." He took a seat at a table not far from where the lieutenant sat, the man's name being Walkover, as he shortly learned. He was convenient to a door in case he had to make a hasty retreat, although he d id not seem to have noticed this. He ordered a modest repast of bread and cheese, and apparently paid no attention whatever to the redcoats, hearing all that was said, however, although as yet this was unimportant, being of a purely personal nature and not interesting him in the least. The lieutenant began to talk of other matters, what Cornwallis would most likely do, how large a force he had, and other things of interest to Dick. The young patriot did not seem to know what the redcoat was talking about, but went 01' . eating as if that were the only thing he knew anything of or cared for. Presently he heard the lieutenant say, thinking that no one could hear him because he spoke )n whispers: "I s uspect that young Quaker over there in the corne1., and I believ e him to be a spy." "Why so , Lieutenant Walkover?" asked one ef the redcoats, s lyly look ing around at Dick and thinking that he had not been noticed. • "I don't know but I do. Some of these Quakers are sl y, and I believe he is one of that sort. H e nnght be SJater for all I know. It beat everything ho w that young rebel got away yesterday." "Suppose the broadbrim should be a spy, and f.later, 01 all men? How are we going to get hoh.J of h im'? If we make a dash for him he will takl.! the alarm and get away." "\Ve wi ti fool him," replied the lieutenant. "We "i; J p1etend not to know him, but make believ e thaL we think he is a Quaker, and want to chaff h m, and then we can surround him and suddenly se ize him." "Jov<.! that's a good idea!" laughed the redcoat not one that Dick knew what he talking about.

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s THE LIBERTY BOYS' DESPERATE FIGHT Lieutenant Walkover arose, came across to Dick's table, and said, with a loud laugh: "Well, young Broadbrim, where is your com pany?" "My company is very bad company at present, Lieutenant Walkover,'' said Dick, "although thine is very good." , "Your company of stable boys and housemaids , psalm singers and counter jumpers, armed with besoms and mops, marching on to glory," roared the lieutenant. "Art thou the captain of the noble crew, or a general?" "Oh, he is .the American king,'' laughed another i-edcoat, approaching. "Do you not see what a r oyal air he possesses?" All the redcoats had something to say, and they considered it a rare joke to chaff the Quaker boy, Dick watching them clo se ly, although not appearing to do so. There was a c,.ross-bar a"t the bottom of the table on each side, and Dick, putting his feet Oll the one convenient to himself and his hands on the top, sudd enly gave the table a violent s hove, sending it two or three feet in front of him. The result of this sudden move was that Walkover got a crack on the shins and sat down with great violence, upsetting two other redcoats and causing con siderable confusion. Then Dick suddenly arose and overturned the table upon the redcoats, say ing, with a solemn face and a s low drawl: "That is what thee calls turning the tables. men of war and bluster. What does thee think of it?" Those who had not s uspected the Quaker lad of being a spy roared at his quick act and ready wit, and laughed heartily at the discomfiture of the lieutenant and the redcoats. Dick moved toward the door, when Walkover, getting partly from under the table, shouted: "Arrest that Quaker lad, he is a rebel spy; he i s Dick Slater himself; do not let him e scape!" "Stay where thee is, friend!" said Dick to a man who rushe d toward him, expecting to make him a prisoner. The man came on, and Dick suddenly picked up a full pewter from the neares t table and threw it straight at his head. It struck him on the forehead, causing him to si t down in haste, and del uging him with strong punch besides. Three or four other pewters followed, and then Dick made a dive for the door and quickly got on the safe si de of it with the key turned in the lock. "They will be coming after me by other doors," he said to himself. "I must make haste." He was out by the rear door and running toward the barn as some of the redcoats came out at the front. They set up a shout, and others came out by the doors, and even the windows, in their haste catch him. "There he goes into the barn; we've got him cried one. "He won't get away from us as easily a s he did i n New York," declared another. "Watch the front and don't let him get out. , ; e 'll have the rebel rascal before long." The redcoats felt very sore at Dick's rou g h treatment of them and chagrin at his escape, res olving now to catch him and punish him for his temerity in daring to make fun of so dignified a person as an officer in the royal service. They began to surround the barn, making sure of catching him , but by the time they got all around it they saw Dick riding away in the distance, having mounted and ridden away while they were yet talking of how they meant to catch him. Dick laughed heartily and waved his hat, the redcoats firing a volley at him but doi:1g no damage. "They will think I am saucier than ever," he laughed, as he rode on. He did not take the road to Hackensack, but that leading to the fort, hoping to learn still more before he went back to the Liberty Boys. In returning he would have to avoid the tavern, but he could easily do that, having studied the roads thoroughly and knowing just what ones he could take. There was a house quite near the fort which some of the British officers had taken for their quarters, and here Dick went, leaving his horse behind some bushes in the road. As the day was cold, the redcoats were not sitting on the broad verandas as was their custom, but were walking about the lawn or sitting inside taking their comfort. Dick walked up to the house, hav ing escaped notice before, and some of the redcoats began to laugh. "Here is young Amiuadab, come to j-oin the army," said one. "Note the martial air of the broad brim." "Well, friend, what does thou want?" asked another, supposing he was using the ''plain talk." "Verily, I believe that friend Simpson has taken his abode elsewhere, for he would never dwell with the men of sin and deceit," said Dick. "You were looking for some one?" asked another. "Some rebel, I doubt not. Are you a rebel yourself?" "Truly, I am not," for 'Dick never called himself a rebel, "but I am of opinion that thee is." "I? Why, you sniveling broadbrim, don't yo u know one uniform from another? I am a king's officer, I'd have you know." "Yet is thee a rebeJ," said Dick. "How am I, you fool?" angrily. "Thee is a rebel against go od manners, agains t sobriety and against many other good habits. Thee is profane and conceited and thinks that being an officer entitles thee to insult all passers. Therefore, thee is a rebel against what constitutes a gentleman." "Why, you whining h ypocrite, I believe you are a rebel yourself," sputtered the officer, much nettled at this plain talk. "Jove! now I come to l o ok at you-brown hair, gray-blue eyes, well builtJ ove l yes, that is the description of Slater himself, for whom a reward of five hundred pounds is offered. Seize the rebel!" He made a rush at Dick, who quickly stepped aside. Then the irate redcoats' sword got between his legs a s he tried to catch Dick, tripping him and throwing him on his face in the walk. Dick tripped another redcoats and darted behind a tree. While the redcoats were surrounding him, as they thought, he dodged to another tree and then to another, so that by the time they found that he was not at the first one he had reached the fence and was taking it at a leap. They came rushing out, some on horseback, and the road was sou.1 red with them, but they had not reckoned on his having ahorse, and presently they saw the wel'known black charger bearing him swiftly a\\'ay, and they knew that they could never catch rJrn . They contented themselves by firing a volley after

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' DES?Fl1!.TE FIGHT 9 him. but Dick was around a turn in the road in an instant, and their bullets did no harm. "Well, they are not likely to leave at once, and they have learned about us, while I have picked up considerable information concerning them," he said to himself, "and the commander-in-chief v:m be away by the time they leave here." Then he went on, avoiding the tavern, but presently seeing Walkover and his party coming toward him. "I shaH have to take to the meadows," he said to himself, as he turned aside. The redcoats saw him and set up a shout, following him into the meadows. "Well, these meadows have got to be burned over some time," he said to himself, "and they may as well be bun:ied over now as any other time." He halted, lighted two or three sulphur matches, and threw them into the dry grass. The wind was blowing in the direction of the redcoats, and soon a great cloud of smoke began to arise, and then tongues of fire were seen licking at the rank meadow grass. Dick went on, the fire going the other way and chasing the redcoats back to the road. Dick had studied out a short cut in case he should have to take it, and now he saw that he would. The wind shortly changed and sent the fire racing after him. Then he cut off to one side as the flames swept past him, and in a short time he heard a loud alarm from the quarter where he had been earlier in the morning. Bill Buffins and the other outlaws suddenly discovered that their homes were in danger, and began rushing out in the greatest fright. Dick rode on at a gallop, the flames well to one side of him, and soon reached a road he wanted to take, the outlaws hurrying out of the meadows and leaving their belongings behind them, as there was no time to save anything. "Well, burning the meadows will do them no harm," Dick said as he rode on, "while it will do the neighborhood a decided good by burning out these rats and vipers. The sooner they are driven away the better." The fire did not spread far, the wind changing again and sending it to the road and over the district already burned, but it spread enough to drive out Bill Buffins and others, and Dick considered that a blessing. He had learned all he could at this time, and now he went on at goo d speed, and at length reached the camp where the boys were all glad to see him and eager to know what he had learned. "We are safe for the present at all events," said Dick , "but I don't know just how long this will last." "Well, thin, the besht thing ye can do is to have dinner, captain, " said Patsy, "for it do be ready, an' it's always wo ise to take phwat ye can get an' hope for betther." Thereupon .all the boys laughed, and Dick dismounted and ran off to get ready. CHAPTER VI.-The Boys In Retreat. While the boys were eating their dinner, Dick related his adventures, everybody being greatly interested, and at times amused, the alarm of Bill l3uffins and his cronies causing considerable mer-riment. Along in the aft<'rnon James Brady and Dorothy rode into the camp, being well rec eived by Dick and heartily cheered by the boys as soon as the brave fellows knew who were their guests. "Considerable of the meadows has been burned over, captain," reported the young man, "and Buffins and those fellows have gone away. I wonder how it happened?" "I think I can tell,'' said Dick, with a smile, whereupon he related briefly how the fire had started. "The redcoats are taking things easy at the fort," young Brady continued, "and I think you are safe here for the present. Why have you not gone on with the rest?" "Because we are staying here to watch the enemy,'' Dick rejoined, glad to know that there was no immediate danger of the enemy following them up. "But you will retreat as soon as they advance?" asked Dorothy. "Yes, and send word ahead to the commander in-chief. Is your mother better, Dorothy?" "Yes, and there is a very good woman with her now. James thought I ought to take the air and so we came out here, although we hardly expected to find you." "I am very glad you came, and I wish we could remain longer and become better acquainted, but it is only a question of time when we shall have to leave here." Dorothy and the young man remained for an hour or so, being ,greatly interested in visiting the camp and talking with the boys, and at last took their departure, the boys giving them a hearty cheer as they went away, Dick saying: "I thank you both for the help you gave me when I needed it, and I hope that some day we will be able to aid you in some manner." "Why, you did," replied young Brady. "You helped me find Dorothy, for I . don't know what I should have done without you." The afternoon was well on by this time, and the boys shortly afterward lighted the fires, taking care to keep them shaded so as not to attract too much attention, and at the same time kept a watch upon the ioad in order that the enemy might no surprise them. When it grew dark the mad was patrolled, Dick and Bob riding over it for a certain distance every now and then, and later Mark Morrison taking a number of the boys and going some little distance. "There i s nothing like being wide awake," said Bob, as Mark set off on his rounds. "No, and Mark is just that sort,'' returned Dick, "but the fact is I have a lot of wide-awake boys altogether." "That is because they have a wide-awake leader,'' laughed Bob. When Mark Morrison back, Dick shortly set out alone to keep a watch upon the road, there being enough of the boys near at hand to help him in case he signaled to them. He was coming along at a quick walk, being some little distance from the town and the camp, when, cominoto a place in the road where there was a stretch of meadow on either side, covered with dry, rank grass, he heard some one coming toward him. There were bushes at the side of the road here, and he quickly put his horse behind them, dismounted and listened.

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10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DESPERATE FIGHT "Any one who comes along at this time is an object of suspicion," he said to himself, as he crept along, close to the bushes, listening intently and trying to pierce the darkness . "Where are the blame rebels, anyhow?" he shortly heard Buffins say. "They've got a camp somewhere hereabouts, but we-ought to see the fires, and I don't see anything." Dick went ahead rapidly, lighted a match and threw it in the dry grass at one side. The flames illumined the road, and Dick was seen, being now beyond the line of bushes. He quickly turned and went the other way, firing two or three rapid shots at the outlaws, whom he could see as well as they could see him, Buffins set up a howl, having received an ugly scalp wound, and t hen another of the gang echoed it, having been hit in the leg. Then Ben and a numher of the Liberty Boys came up , having seen the fire as well a s having heard the signal which Dick f"ave them. All that the ruffians heard was the frightened cry of a hawk, but to the boys it was a signal that they were needed. They came flying along the r oad and opened fire upon the footpads, sending them hurrying away in a moment. Bill and his gang did not dare take to the meadows now, the fires having extended. and they ran up the road at full speed, pursue<.1 b\' the plucky boy s . Some ran this way and sc;we that, till at last finding a place where there were no fires, they dove into the meadows and fled at full speed. "Who set the fires, captain?" asked Ben, when the boy paused at last and let the outlaws escape. "I d id , and gave them a great surprise," laughed Dick. "They were looking for our camp, no doubt, with the intention of telling the enemy where it was." "And they don't know now any better than they did befo!e?" "No, they do not, and it is not likely that they will , " dryly. The fires presently burned themselves out, and all was dark again, the boy s keeping as careful watch as before. Dick went a considerable distance on horseback, but saw nothing of the redcoats or Tories, and concluded that the enemy wou ld not leave the fort that night. The boys kept a sharp look-out, however, as they did not know what might happen, it being possible that the redcoats might change their minds and march in the night instead of waiting till morning. There was no alarm, however, from any source, and the nigh passed quietly. In the morning after break fast Dick set out to look for the enemy, but had not gone far before he heard the sound of a large body of men coming on. "They are on the march," he said to himse lf. "We must retreat." In a few minutes he saw the g leam of scarlet uniforms in the distance, and knew that he had been correct in his surmises . He hurried back to the camp and said to the boys, who were evidently expecting some important news: "We must retreat, boys, the enemy are coming. We may harass them a bit, but we must get away at once." On came the redcoats with a rush, and the boys saw that they would be obliged to run for it. The enemy saw them and trained their gun upon them, meaning to scatter them like chaff. The gun was primed and aimed. a"rl now the gunner clapped a lil!'hted match up on the vent. "Scatter, boy:d" nied Dick. "Make for the road." The bo)s los t no time in getting the enemy fll'ing a volley at them which returned. Then they saw that they had run into another danger. There were other redcoats in the way and had a field piece ready to open upon t hem. "Run, bo1s, run!" cried Dick . "We'll get at them airnin before long." As the British turned their gun upon the boys the brave fellows dashed through the bushes. Here Dick saw Ben lying in the sand, reaching out a hand for aid. Dick ran forward and raised the boy to his feet. "Come on, Ben," he s aid, "I'll help you get away from these fellows." Boom! The gun roared, but the boys were not in the way of it now, and it only set the grnss on fire. The boys reached the road, while the redcoats could not follow, the wind sending the flames toward them. They had to go back and reach the road at another point, by which time the boys were gathered behind a stone wall at a sharp turn where they could send in a fire upon the foe . Dick knew that they could not hold back the enemy for any great time, but that they could make a desperate fight and bother them not a little. Their muskets an
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THE LIBERTY BOYS' DESP ERATE FIGHT 11 These fellows have not had a touch of our quality as yet, and it would be too bad to leave them out. Let them have it." The boys obeyed, giving a ringing cheer and making considerable trouble for the enemy. They dashed ahead at length, keeping up the attacks upon the enemy from time to time, and always managing to get away safely, although more than one of the boys received wounds. "You cannot expect to escape that sort of thing if you want to do any execution," muttered Bob, "but, at any rate, we have not lost any of our fellows as yet, and the redcoats and Hessians can't say the same." "Keep it up, boys," said Dick, and they did keep it up for hours, at last riding ahead at good speed and turning into an unfrequented road where there was no danger of their being discovered. CHAPTER VIL-A Pair .of Ungrateful Tories . Dick Slater knew the general direction taken by Washington and the main body of the army, and knew that he could find them at any time, his aim being to cause as much annoyan<:e as possible to the enemy before joining the commander-inchief. At noon the boys halted for a rest and to have dinner. The jolly Irish boy served up a dinner. which all the boys enjoyed, and afterward Di ck set out upon Major to reconnoiter and see if the redcoats were advancing. He made hi s way toward the main road, and was going on at an easy gait, when he heard voices ahead of him an
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r 12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DESPERATE-FIGHT It's only men that rob. Go away. Cynthia, shut the door." The other old lady obeyed and Dick was left standing outside, the old lady in the wmdow clo s ing it and disappearing from sight. "Well, that is not a very cordial reception, " he laug h e d, as he went back to the boys, "but we must do our duty jus t the same ." The boys had heard the conversation with the two maiden ladies and so knew what the trouble was, but that did not worry them. They knew that Dick would do what was right and they were ready to help them, no matter how they might be abu sed by the old ladies. "Get behind the trees and the bushes, boys ," said Dick. "These ruffians will be a long before a great while and we must surprise them. Let them begin their work, s o that the old ladies will see what they are u p to, and then we will jump out upon them. Catch them if you can, but give them a good thrashing if you cannot." The boys hid themselves in different places n o t far from the house, puting their horses out of sight as well, and waited for Buffins and the others to come up. It was not long before they appeared, coming along on horseback, havin,g st olen their mounts on the way, no doubt, as Dick had not seen them with any when they were on the road. Buffins hailed at the gate, and two or three dogs came flying out at him, barking furious ly. Buffin s was about to throw a piece of meat for the dogs to fight over, when there was a sudden shrill whistle. Then Dick, Bob, B e n and the other boys apueared from different points and ch:rng ed upon the ruffians. Mrs. Buffins held her ground, bu t Buffin s tumbled into the saddle in hot haste and rode away as fast as he could go. The two men with them were taken, but the Amazon stood in the road with a club in her hand and said, definantly: "Let any one try to take me if h e dares !" "We could easily do it, ma'am," replied Dick, "but you are a woman and we have a respect for the sex if not for you. I warn vou that if you do not leave here at onc e you will be taken and p u t in the locku p with thes e other r uffians." "How do yo u young rebels happen t o be al ways about when anything i s going on?" asked the Amazon. "Well, we always are," returned Dick, quietly. "That is how we happen to do thing. Are you goi:n,g away or shall we take you along with us and put you in the lockup?" "I'd like t o see you do it!" growl e d the woman, in a deep voice. Dick said nothing, but gave a signal, imitating the call of a bird. In a moment Ben rush ed in on on e side and Sam on another, while Will made a sudden dive and seized both her feet. Sam caught the club, and Ben grabbed her arms, wJ.iile Bob and the rest ran in and s oon had her helpless. Bob tied her arms behind her with a rope, while Will secured her feet s o that she could walk but not run, and then Dick said: "Well, you have see n u s do it. Now do you want u s to take you to the lockup?" The Amazon Jost her defiant manner and said nothing, whereupon the boys lifted her upon her horse and went away. Not a sign had been see n or heard of the maiden ladies in the hous e, and Bob muttered : "Well, those old ladies are either the mo!;t ungrateful creatures I ever heard or or else s o extremely modest that they stand in their own light. Come along, boys. " CHAPTER VIII.-A Call Upon the Maiden Ladies. There was a jail some miles away, and here the prisoners were taken, it being dusk by the time the boys left to return to the halting place of the Liberty Boys. The enemy had halted before this, and Dick and the boys hurried on, so as to get well ahead o f them and watch them. After dark Dick set out with Bob and a dozen of t h e boys to see what the enemy might be doing. After riding some little distance, they saw light ahead of them, and Dick said, halting: "There are camp fires ahead and a number of them. There are lights i n a house nearer than that also. It strikes me that it's the very house w e saw earlier." "Perhaps the maiden ladies are afraid of hav ing company and s o have lighted up," chuckled Bob. "Perhaps," shortly. "Come on and we'll find out." The redcoats were in camp, but there was some one in the house also, as Dick saw as he neared it, someone besides the two old ladies. Dick and Bob dismounte d and walked uo to the igate, the other boys halting near the trees where some of them had been that afternoon, waiting for a signal. Dick jumped over the fence and walked over to one of the windows, stopping under it and peering in, the bottom of the blind not being even with the sash, a,nd giving him an inch or so to spare. "Redcoats, Bob," he whispered. "And wine and cakes, and-there's an old acquaintance of ours." "Who is it, Dick?" "Lieutenant Walkover and some others. Tbe oldest old lady, the one who came to the window, is ,going to p lay the spinnet. I wonder if she will si ng?" "The two old maids are tickled to death," laughed Bob. "Yes, she is going t o sing. We o ught to go in there and join them, Dick." "Yes, I thinl we ought," and Dick ,gave a sig nal which brc .:i t the boys to the spot in a few moments. "Ben and Sam, you can come with us," said Dick . "We are g oing to call on the two maiden ladies who live here." "Redcoats, eh?" said Ben, seeing into the room. "And having a fine time, too. They'd like to wheedle the ol d ladies ou t of some of their money." "All of it, I guess," laughed Bob . Dick, Bob and the two Liberty Boys ascended the steps, and Dick tried the do o r , finding it locke d. "Well, if w e break it down, it will make too much noi se," h e said. " I shall have to knock. That will be the best plan." The n he raised the old brass knocke r and knock. ed loudly two or three times. 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THE LIBERTY BOYS' DESPERATE FIGHT 18 the door, wiping his mouth, the smell of hot punch being quite perceptible. "The Jeftenant cahn't be disturbed, he is--" "Oh, I think he can," said Dick, quietly. "Ben look after the sergeant while we attend to the lieutenant." Ben made a dash at the sergeant, caught him by the arm, clapped a pistol to his head. and said, quickly: "Keep quiet, Sergeant. How many of you are there in the kitchen?" "Four or five, but you're an impertinent rebel, and--" Dick signaled for more of the boys, and said: NGo into the kitchen boys, and look after the sergeant's friends. The rest of u s will look after the lieutenant and the ladies. They are singing, and later we will make them dance." The sounds from the drawing-room drowned those in the hall, and now Dick, Ben and Sam op ened. the door and entered as Miss Cynthia was warbling a love ditty in a rather cracked voice, while the lieutenant was saying flattering things to Miss The old ladies suddenly let out a scream in chorus, and then the redcoats saw the reason and spran,g to their feet. "Sit down, gentlemen," said Dick, quietly. "We will trouble you to go with us, lieutenant. So this is the place where a man has not entered for forty years, is it? You seem to be making up for lost time, _ ladies," with a quiet laugh. "There are others besides Bill Buffins who are looking after your money, ladies," said Bob. "These redcoats are as fond of spending other people's money as are those outlaws." "How dare you enter our presence without being sent for, you impertinent rebels?" demanded Walkover, in a lofty tone. "Oh, because we have a habit of coming in upon you redcoats when you don't want u s," laughed Dick. "We like to do that. We have done it several times to-day. Sorry to break up a pleasant party, but you must go with us, gentlemen. We will leave a gua'rd at the house to keep off intruders, if you like, Miss Cynthia." "Dear, dear, and to think that rebels s hould have come into our house after all these years!" cried the lady. "A guard? No, indeed, we do not want any guards, thank you." "Take the gentlemen's swords, Ben," said Dick. "They might hurt themselve s with them." Ben and Sam relieved the officers of their weapons, and they were all marched out of the house. Then the boys outside went in and brought out the sergeant and his friends from the kitchen, another party going for the horses at the same time, so as to guard against a surprise. The lieutenant was greatly chagrined that Dick and the boys should have surprised him so cleverly, having no idea that any of the boys were within a mile of them, and thinking that the sergeant and the men would keep watch outside . The1e were two maids in the kitchen, considerably younger than the maiden ladies who kept the house, however, and the sergeant and the rest soon discovered this. They had rather stay in the kitchen and enjoy themselves in the company of the housemaids than remain outsidt in the cold, and then they had the same idea that the lieutenant had, that there was not a "rebel" within five miles, and that there was noth-ing to be feared from them ev<'n if they were rearer. "The camp was too dull for you, wasn't it, lieutenant?" laughed Dick, pointing toward the glowing fires of the distant camp. "It is not safe to v enture too far from home. You don't know what may happen." The lieutenant said nothing, for he realized that Dick had gotten the better of him very cleverly and he hated to acknowledge it. "The dogs will be let loose after this." lau. ghed Bob. "You won't see a man in the place now for another forty years, if the old ladies live as long as that." The prisoners got u po n their horses and went away with Dick and the boys, the young commander not intending to keep them long but to turn them over to the commander-in"chief. "They will be mi ssed ," he said to Bob, "and the redcoats may come on sooner than we ex pect, so I think it will be as well to go ahead and acquaint the general with the condition of af fairs." The Liberty Boys were on the march a.gain before midnight and were with the main body before daybreak. Dick saw the general by dawn and told him how far off the advance guard of Cornwallis' army was, and also told him of having captured the lieutenant and his nartv. The prisoners were questioned and offered their parole, none of them accepting it, however. "Very well, then, you will remain our prison ers," said an officer, w ho had given them their choice, "but you will have to take the same fare that we do There will be no roast beef and plum pudding for you while you are with The march was resumed after sunrise, the Liberty Boys remaining behind to take a needed rest and to keep a watch upon the enemy. "We may have a chance to fiight with the advance guard and show them what we can do," muttered B ob . "The lieutenant could tell them if he were with them a little while." "Well, we have disposed of some of our ene mies," remarked Dick, "and we may dispose of more of them before long. There are more of those outlaws that were with Buffins and we may meet them. They are the sort of men that camp followers are made of and they will be sure to be around." "There is not so much glory in fighting them as there is in worrying redcoats," declared Bob, "but we must not let them make nuisances of 'themselves, so if •we see any of them we shall have to drive them off." An hour or so after the main body had advanced, Dick, Mark and a strong party of the Liberty Boys set out to look for the E-nemy. The trees kept them hidden, and they had gone some distance, when, cominig out into an open space, they saw what might be call ed the advance guard of the van of the army at work. These were a lawless band of Tories and a little of everything else, who were going ahead of the army and doing all the mischief they could, robbing and burning and even killinig if the fancy took them. They had stopped at a farm house on the way and were beginning to run off cattle, burn the barns, in su l t the people and destroy what thev could not carry awav. The boys heard the sound of shots and sa\Y a haystack in flames

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,, 14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DESPERATE FIGHT the ruffians having begun their work a short time pected. A foraging paity of the enemy wa5 before the boys came in sight of them. seen advancing shortly after this, and Dick held "Forward!" shouted Dick. "These are the vu!-the boys in readiness to attack them at th0 right tures that scent the battle and go ahead to do time. all the evil they can. Give it to the rascals!" "There are as many of them as there are of The brave boys answered with a shout and us," he said to Bob, "but if we make a sudden uriged their horses forward, Dick on his black and attack they will probably think that there are Mark on his big gray having already gone ahead. many more of u s." The people of the farm house were already doing "There is nothing like a s urprise," observed what they could to keep off the intruders, but Bob. "If they saw us coming, we could do noththere were forty of the latter and the odds were ing with them, but by taking them unawares we against the patriots. Dick and his brave boys may do a lot." dashed ahead at full speed, the camp ruffians On came the foraging party, expectin,.g to pick not seeing the gallant fellows until they were up a large quantity of supplies for the men at almost upon them. Dick recognized some of the the farm house and never reckoning on any opassailants as having been with Buffins, and knew position. the rest to be the same kind, and he had no "Don't say anything," said Dick to the farmer, hesitation, therefore, in attacking them with the "but just let them start in to help themselves . utmost vigor. Then we will have something to say about it." "Down with them, Liberty Boys!" he cried, in The foraging party came up w,ith a rush and ringing tones. "Give it to the vile ruffians. Fire!" halted in front of the house, the leader sayinig A ringing volley answered the command,. and in a pompous manner: the camp ruffians suddenly realized that they "Now then, you rebel, turn out your cattle, had an enemy to deal with that they had not open your barns, empty your smoke house and reckoned upon. A number fell at the first volley hennery, and give us all you have." and now the boys changed, firing a rattling pistol "But suppose I am not a rebel?" asked the volley and wounding several of the miscreants. fa1 mer. The men of the farm house, and even the women, The redcoat was somewhat taken aback at this, seeing that help was at hand, sallied out and but said: began firing rapidly at the p!arauders , the boys "I thought you were all rebels here. Well, if charging them and scattering them. Then some you are not, you ought to be glad to help the of the came over the field s nnd throUigh king's soldiers to thrash these .rascally r ebelcs." the woods and gave chase to the ruffi n no, catching "Yes, but how am I going to live if I l!ive you a number of them and hanging the m without all I have? And then the rebels will come and ceremony to the nearest trees. Some of the take what you have not because I let you have wounded men crawled away into the bushes and something." hid themselves, fearing that they would receive "Well, but you should be willing to give us a similar fate, but others were too badly wound-something, and we will protect you against the ed to escape. These were taken care of and put rebels." in ,.a Dick saying: . . "But if you go on you cannot, and they will You see what you are likely to iget if you keep come and take all I have. There isn't much proup .sort of work, so I warn you to leave this tection in that." regwn .iust as as you are able and not to "Well, we can't staf here arguing with you," return. The Hessians and Yagers employed by sputtered the officer. "I believe y_pu are a rebel the enemy are bad but you fellows are anyhow. They are all rebels here. Say long live worse. . You are not soldiers, you are only the the king and down with all r ebels." worst kmd of ruffians." . "I won't do anything of the kind and I will shoot marauders had been scattered, and it the first man who touches anything on the place,'' likely .that they would do any more of their replied the farmer. work In part .oft.he country, after ha':'-"Seize all you can lay hands on!" cried the of-mg seen the swift retribution that followed thell' ficer evil acts. The dead were hurriedly buried in a The men at once began to help themselves . As field, and the "'.ound.ed were .made he had promised the farmer fired at a man who none of them ben:ig likely dii,:, but all knowin:g broke into the smoke house and gave him a bad fate waited them if they kept up then wound in the shoulder. Then there was a sudden evil. practices. A number of thep slunk away clattei; of hoofs and then a shout, as the Libeny durmg the some _fearmg that Boys came dashing_ out of the wood and toward would be hanged if they remained, Dick the house. The redcoats were dismounted and would not have allowed any such thmg as that. scattered about the place, in the house, at the CHAPTER IX.-Attacking the Foragers. Dick and his party remained around the farm house for some little time, and, at length, seeing a con siderable number of redcoats advancing, Dick sent some of the bovs back to bring up the remainder of the troo" It was about noon when the Liberty Boys came uo, Dick keeping them hidden in the woods at one side of the farm house. rn that their nresence should n o t be sus-barn, in the s moke hou s e and hennery and else where, and so \\lere at a disadvantage. "Down wi t h the foragers, sscatter the redcoats, seize their horses, capture the officers!" shouted Dick. The farmer and his family now began firing upon the redcoats, and more than one fell. The Liberty Boys, being in a body, seemed to be many more th: m they were, and the redcoats were quickly se i zed with a panic. They had lest some of their hors()s, a number of their men had fallen, and thev were so scattered about as to bP. at tne

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THE LIBERTY BOYS ' DESPERATE FIGHT 15 . m ercy of the g a ll a n t bo ys, who charged vigorously. The officer s sprang into their saddles in hast e , tryinl! to rally their men, but many of thes e w ere separate d, some were captured, and the .gre a t est confus ion p r e v a iled among them. They had come up expecting t o carry .all before them, and the sudde n surpr i s e confuse d as well as di s couraged the m . The b o y s s e iz e d a number of horses and captured s e vera l stacks of guns , by which time m a n y of the enmy h a d fled and now all who c ould made off in hot hast e . None of the officer s was capt ured, but several m e n w e r e made prisoners a nd wer e take n off b y t h e victorious Liberty Boys. The e n e m y were pr<'sc n tly s e e n advancin g , but t hev did not Rtoo at the farm hous e, e v i dently thinking t hat the patriot army was not far a way a nd anx io u s t o overtak e the m. The boy s ro de o n at a gall o p, ])i ck prcs'.!ntly t ak ing a road which was used and l e d to nowhe r e in particul a '. H e did t hi s t o lea d on the enemy, leaving it at l e ngth and g oin g o ve r cou n try to anothe r roa d , the redcoats getting confus ed and havi n g to go back, therebv l e t t ing the b oys gain on t h e m , darkness coming on rapidly and still more confusing them . The b o ys p u shed ahead, reached a goo d road and t h e n went on till after d a r k wlw n t l 1ey Tested, seeing t h e camp fire s of the A m e ricans in t h e distan ce . "We are safe enough now," dec l a r ed Tlick, "for the ene m y w ill not come on in the d ark thro uigh a country that they knew no thing o f , a n d there are few w ho wo uld guide t h e m in these p a r t s . " "\V e!J, we s_ecure d a number of horses, some mus k e t s and a lot of p r i so ners," retu r n ed Bob, "besides letting t h e m know that thei r d es pi s ed 'rebels ' were not s o easily beaten . " "And it's a good deal to be a bl e to tak e down the conceit o f a lo t of r edc oats," laughed M ark. "But wha t are w e go in g to d o wjth t h e pris oners?" a s k e d B o b. " vVe do not w a n t t o f e ed a lo t of the e n emy whe n w e have none too much for ourse l ves , a nd the y may b e too stu bborn to give the i r p a rol e . " As i t happened , howev e r , the pris oners were all private s and w ere igl a d enough to give their word to not engage furt h e r in the war, s om e of them being v ery tired o f being dragged through a strange country and expo se d to all sorts of hardshi p s to which they wer e unuse d. The likelihood was that many o f t h e m w o u l d desert and g o off into the interior w h e r e they c ould liv e qui etly, get ting rjd of their uniforms a s s oon as pos s ible, so as not to be r e cognized. They were allowed to go during the night, the Liberty B o y s ch anging their camp half an hour later and getting n earer the main body. "If thos e fellow s do go back, the redcoats won't find us," declared Bob, "but I don't believe they will. The y didn't look to be that sort." "A good many of the privates are ready to desert," added Mark, "for often they are forced into the army and have no interest in it. These men did not look as if they would be glad to get back." There was no alarm during the night, and it was evident that even if the paroled prisoners had gone back, the enemy were not able t o find the boys. In the early morning they went on again, so as not to be separated by too great a distance from the main body. Already many men had dropped out, either from getting dis couraged or because their time of service was up, and the a rmy already much 1>maller than whe n it had left H ackensack. "It i s a pity that men have to give up . " said Dick. "Our cause in a noble one and they should stand by it once t h e y have gone into it. There may be reas on s , bu t I hope that none of us will give it up." "The y have hom es and families , and the sacrific e se e ms to b e m o r e tha n the y can make, I sup)Jose," r e plied Bob. " No doub t thPre are trials," observ ed Dick, "but we have entered this contes t to gain our indepen de nc e and men s hould not b e di scouraged. \ V e hav e suffered defeat after defeat, but our arms mus t be v i c tori ou s in the e n d , fo r our caus e i s a just on e . I kn o w it will p revai l, and if I live I shall fight until w e gain the vic t o r y ." "If a ll were like y o u , Dick, " de cl a r ed B J b , "there w o u l d be no de sertions , no falling by the way. " " You f ee l the sam e a s I do, B o b," said Dic k. "Of course I do , a nd I f eel that there are enough like you to c arry u s through." They pus hed on un t il they saw the reargua r d of the army not v e r y far ahead of them, a n d then halted to k eep a watch upon the enem y a nd go on again if the latt e r a pproached too close . _ The retrea: from Hackensack h a d b een a l i v e l y one, but t hey h a d acc o mpli s h e d some t hi n g a n d expecte d t o do still more, b eing thorou,g hly imbued the spirit of p atrio t i s m a nd eage r to give t h e cau se all the a i d t h e y could. The y w a i t e d un til some scouts coming in told them tha t t h e ene my was advancing, and then Dick took t h e boys and w ent bac k , going along a by-la n e where they were s creened from the enemy and approaching their flank. Dick intended to attack the advance guard as h e had done before, do a ll the damage h e could, and then get away. The head of the enem y's column was coming on, suspecting nothing, w h e n all at once there was a rus h and a roar , and the brave boys came suddenly dashing out of a lane and fell upon the r e d coats. The enem y op ened fire upon them, but the boy s returned i t vigorou sly and charig e d upon a division of the B r itish somewhat separated from the res t. They were fighting vigorously when suddenly Di c k s a w an other detachment approaching from behi nd, hav ing been sent around while the figh t w a s going on. There was ,great danger of t h e boys being caught in a trap, and but for Dick's quick sight they might have been. He quickly ordered the retreat to be sounded, and the boy s whe el e d in an instant and rode away, scarcely knowin g why, but obeying orders wit h out ques tion. Then they suddenly saw themse lv e s charging upon another body of the enemy and understood. "Liberty forever, down with the H essians!" they shouted, for the flank ing party was com po s ed of these hirelings . The y fairly hurled themselves upon the newcomers and beat them back, but now the other detachment was pressing them close, and Dick was in the greatest danger of btiing captured. The brave young pa triot captain was aware that if the boy s knew this they w ould turn and come to his assistance, and he ordered them to charge still more vigorously. The gallant fellows dashed into the Hessians and broke their line, and then, sweepinig off to one side at Dick's orders, they dashed away and into the lane. So close behind were the redcoats, how-

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16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DESPERATE FIGHT ever, that they fell upon the Hessians before they were aware of the difference, and attacked their own allies. The smoke of the battle and the tre mendous din confused them for a time, and wh e n the y saw their mi stake the boys were away, Dick escaping by a hair's breath. Indeed some of the enemy were close upon him, when Bob and a dozen of the boys saw his peril and in a moment they turned and fired. The British leade r fell from hi s horse, throwing the line into confusion, and Dick and the boys dashed away. "Why didn't you tell u s, Dick?" asked Bob. "We might all have been caught, Bob," shortly. "Anyhow, I got away." CHAPTER X.-Thrashing the Ruffian s . Mark and the rest of the Liberty Boys were greatly astonished when they heard how narrow had been Dick's escape, for, if they had known of his peril, they would have gone to his assistance. "It was all right, as it happene d, Mark," said Bob , "and Dick was thinking more of u s than he was of himself, which is generally the way with him." "It would be better for me to be taken than that the whole of you shou ld have been caught," Dick replied, "but we were not, and s o it is all right, as Bob says." . The boys p u s hed on at full speed, for the ene m y wer e coming on in great numbers now, and it was necessary to join the main body without de lay. The general had hoped to make a stand before this , but the terms of many of the men had expired and they would not again enlist, so that hy the end of November there were scarcely three thousand troops, and this number threatened to b e ,greatly diminished as time went on. On e town after another was evacuated, the victorious enemy taking posses si on and often immediately after the patriots had fh ; d. Lawlessness was seen on all sides, and, at length, Dick said to the boys, as they were in camp doing their best to keep comfortable, the cold having greatly increased and many of them being insufficiently clad: "We must put a stop to the marauding of the Tories and of some who are worse. There are men like Buffins a ll around us, and I think that some of the man's gang have followed us to see y;hat evil they can commit." " I saw some men loiterinig about this after noon," remarked Bob, "and I think I recognized ;, nne o f them as having been with Buffins and the rest." '' We will do it," said Dick. "These men are noi soldiers , they are ruffians of the worst sort, and they are as likely to prey upon the redcoats as upon any one else." The success of the Britis h had made many who haJ bee n undecided as to what stand to take turn Tories, and the boys could expect no assistance from these, and it had also emboldened a number of lawless men to commit all sorts of excess upo11 1.he patriots, confidents of receiving the protection of the invaders. Soon after the talk of the boys D ic k, Bob and a dozen or more of the strongest set ou t on horseback to see what they could procure in the way of supplies and to keep a lookou t for IDPn >t<: Wl'lJ. 'J'bA PTIPIDV mPrp not. f n r away and they must be guarded against as wen, the boys keepinig watch upon the road as t11ey went on. Reaching a bi t of rising ground, the boys halted and looked about them, suddenly seeing something which aroused their highest anger. There was a house at the roadside not far away, and here a you11g girl was going to the well t o get water, :When a number of rough looking men rushed out from the bushes and seized her. Some ran to the house, entered it, threw out an old man and a woman and began to plunder it. The girl cried for help, and a British officer and three or four men appeared and ran to assist her. Then the ruffians attacked them, and they were faring badly when Dick called upon the boys and they all dashed forward with a shout. Some of them knocked down the men who were holding the girl, while others attacked those who were assailing the redcoats. Another party ran into the little house and threw out the plunderers with the greatest voilence, while others sent one man tumbling down the well and threw another over the fence. Dick, Bob and Ben fell upon the men attacking the redcoats, and with the assistance of the latter sent the ruffians flying. "We are obliged t o you, sir," said the officer, "but i s it not odd for rebels to assist the royal troops?" "These men are nothing but ruffians," replied Dick. "We w ould have been neglectful of our duty if we had not come to your aid, especially as you were helping the young woman." " Very true , but is it not uncommon? How many men would assist an enemy even under such circumstances?" " I think a great many would do so," quietly "These men are vultures who prey upon every one. They are your enemies as well as mine, and so we should m ake common caus e against them." "I beli e ve you are right. I never saw such hangdog looking villains in my life." " I have seen some of them before, and I know that they are evil fellows and we have be e n trying to root them out. We have gotten rid of a number of them, I am glad t o say, and we mean to weed out the rest jus t as soon as we can." "You have don e us a service,'' said the redeoat "and I must do you another. There are many of our men not far distant, and I would advise you to retreat as soon as possible. I suppose we shall have to con s ider ourselves your prisoners, as you outnumber us?" "You may consider yourselves nothing of the sort, captain,'' with a smile. "I s ee the redcoats coming and we will take ourselves away. You went to the defense of this young girl and the old folks and were set upon by ruffian s. I shall certainly not take yo u prisoners. Besides you woul d fare We are not overstocked with either food or raiment or the means of keeping warm and I am afraid you would suffer." ' "And you remain rebels in the face of all these privations?" "We are not rebels, we are patriots fighting for a principle. There i s where you British make a mistake. Have you never fought for your own. rights'! Were you rebels? No, you were not, you were patriots , warring against despotism, and tha t is what we are doi n g. Your weak king, led on by his advisers, wished to crush u s and we revolted."

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' DESPERATE FIGHT 17 "H'm! I never looked at it in that way," mur mured the officer. . "Of course you didn't, and you none of you.look 'at it that way. That is where you make a mis take." At that moment there was a sudden rush and a lot of redcoats dashed up from around a corner of the house. "Surrender, you miserable rebels!" cried a sergeant. "We've got 'em, cap'.:ain. The rebels can't get away from us. " "They are not rebels, sergeant," said the other. "They are American soldiers and they are going to get away. I'd be the worst kind of an ingrate if I did not let them." The sergeant and the men with him looked greatly puzzled, evidently not understanding way Dick and the boys should be allowed to escape. "The captain did me a great favor, sergeant," said the captain. "He could have taken me a prisoner, but he did not, and now I am not going to have him taken. About face! Quick-march!" The sergeant and the men with him obeyed promptly from force of habit and were out of sight in a short time. "Now you had better go while you have time, captain," laughed the British officer. "Thank you, I think we will. Come ahead, boys . We will find the ruffians s ome other time." Then the boys rode away at a gallop, b eing well out of the way when the rest of the redcoats came up. "\Veil, he was a decent sort of chap," saidBob . . "There must be plenty more of them, Bob," laughed Dick. "but we do not see them all. We are more apt to meet the kind that are not so decent." When Dick, Bob and the rest back to the camp and told the others the redcoats were coming, Mark said, with a grin: "\Veil, we cannot keep warm here and perhaps it is as well that we took a bit of exercise." "We were going to pull down some fences to make a fire with," declared Harry Judson, "but it belonged to a patriot farmer and a ll his cows would have gotten away if we had, so we let it alone." "But cleaned all the brush off his meadow and used that instead," added Phil Water. "It made a hot fire, but it burned up too quick." "We $aw some of those ruffianly camp follow ers," Dick continued, "and scattered them, and, by the way, that led to another adventure." 'And that to still another," chuckled Bob. "It's astonishi;1g how one thing leads to anothei;." "Just like a strilllg of sausages," said Ben, dryly. The boys quickly broke camp and went on the march, not caring to wait for the redcoats to come up. They were on the way, Dick, Bob, Mark and a dozen of the boys in the lead, when Dick heard some sort of disturbance ahead of them and urged the boys forward. At a bend in the road was a small log cabin, and here a numbe r of the very men Dick had just driven away were seen in the act of rifling the cabin, s ome getting ready to set it on fire . "Charge!" cried Dick, and in a moment the boys bore clown upon the surprised ruffians, who had no id e:.! that they were anywhere about. "Didn't expect to see us so soon ,
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18 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DESPERATE FIGHT and I wish I could do s omething for you, but provisions are scarce and we've none too much for ourselve s." "Never mind, ma'am," said Dick, smi ling. It was worth something just to see those ruffians dance. They have not worked so hard in a twelvemonth, I'll warrant." "That boy looks c old," sai d the woman, pointing to Ben. My word! his shoes are all broken. No wonder he's cold. Wait a moment." The woman ran into the cabin and presently came out with a pair of good serviceable shoes and some heavy shirts. "These were my man's," she said. "He hasn't any use for them now, s o if they are any service to you--" "Thank you, ma'am," said Dick. "They will be of the greatest service in the world." When the boys rode away, Ben had a good pair of shoes and three or four of the boys were a good deal warmer than when they had come up to the cabin. CHAPTER XL-Two Clever Women. All of. the Liberty Boys had witnessed the thrashing of the three ruffians, and now as they rode on at good speed, they laughed at the comical si de of it, Ben presently saying: " 'Veil, it was funny, but there is a serious side t o it as well. It seems astonishing that men s hould be s o evil, but we know they are for we have seen them, and that's the best proof." "There are decent men, however," returned Sam. Look at that redcoat the other day who would not let the men make prisoners of u s because Dick had done him a favor." "The fact of the matter i s that i t takes all sorts of men to make up the world," observed Phil. "And war brings them all before you," remarked Dick . " I believe that we see all kinds." "We have certainly seen our share of the bad ones," muttered Bob. "Yes, and we have seen plenty of the good." The boys kept on at a good rate, and, at length, caught up with the main body and kept with them for a time. A few days later they were in the rear, keeping a watch on the enemy, who had not troubled them of late. It was in the morning, and Dick set out on Major to reconnoiter, having an idea that the redcoats would be along before a great time, and wishing to see how near they might be. He went some little distance without seeing any signs of them, and. at last, seeing a house not far distant, left Major in the bushes out of sight from the road, and went forward. Reaching the hou se , he went to the door and rapped, a pleasant-faced woman appearing in answer to his knock. "Good mornin," he said. "l am looking for redcoats. You have not seen any?" "No, I have not and I don't want to. They b.other one too much. Are there any on this road?" "That I don't know. I am looking for them, as I am afraid they are somewhere about." "Are you a soldier, or just a boy?" the woman asked, in astonishment, while just then then a young girl appeared and smiled at Dick, the sight of a handsome boy being an unusual one to her. "I am -0ne of the Libe1ty Boy s," replied Dick. "We are all boy s , but we have done ;t good deal for the cause so far, and we expect to do more b efore we get through." "'Von't you come in, captain?" a s ked the girl. "If the redcoats come we can see them for some di s tance and will let you know . You are at some little distanc e." "Co m e in," said the woman. "I should really like to talk to you. It seems strant!l;e to see a boy in uniform, but I s u ppose the boy s and the old men too will be serving before the war is over. Do you think that we w ill win it?" "We must," Dick said, with an air of convic tion. "A cause lik e ours cannot but win." Thev had gone in, and now they sat down in the living room, the lady .offering Dic k some sweet cider and a plate of crullers in the way of refreshments. They were all sitting talking and en• joying themselves, when Dick heard a clatter of hoofs and look e d out of the window. "Redcoats !" he said. "If they stop they will see me." "They may not," said the young lady. "There i s a pretty good party of them ;rnd they may go on." r "They have no idea that the captam is here, Dorcas, and s o they will not stop. Keep out of sight, captain, and it wilf be all right, no doubt." The redcoats came on and seemed about t o pass the house, when a man stepped out into the road and shouted: "Hi, hi! come here, there's a rebel in the house, he's Dick Slater, captain o f the Liberty Boys; I seen him go in just now." "What do you say?" asked the redcoat leader, as the troop halted. "A rebel in the house?" "Yus, Dick Slater, the captain of the Liberty Boys." "There i s that sneaking Tory, Peleg Galpin, who has the impuden(:e to want to maTry me," muttered Dorcas. "How did he see the captain? I did not know he was anywhere around." "He evidently was, Dorcas, for he knows that the captain is here. You must hjde and that quickly." "Ther i s no chance to get away now," mur mured Dick. "The redcoats are surrounding the house. I will try to fool them." There was a tall clock in one corner of the room that reached quite to the ceilinig, being a family heirloom and having been brought from England some generations before. Dick opened the door of the clock and stepped inside, having plenty of room to bestow himself without inter fering with its working-, and was not seen on ac count of the stained -glass and the clock being in a corner where there was not much light. The redcoats dismounted and no w the lieutenant, a sergeant and several privates came to the door and demanded admittance. The informer, Peleg Galpin, for whom the girl had little respect, now pushed himself forward and said: "I know the folks, they're rebels; you better let me question them, I can get more out'n them'n you can." The officer rappjed on the door, which Dorcas suddenly opened, throwing out a pail of water and drenching the Tory, the redcoats beihig uninjured. "Oh, was there sQmebody the1e?" Dorcas asked,

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' DESPERATE FIGHT 19 in an innocent tone. "Excuse me, corporal, what did you want?" "Corporal, indeed l" exclaimed the lieutenant. "I am a leftenant, I'll have yo u know. There is a rebel in this house , and we--" "What is a lieutenant?" asked Dorcas. "I am afraid I don't understood. You English speak such bad English that it is extremely difficult to make out what you mean at times. Do you mean that the tenants have left? We are the only tenants that have ever been here." "Fancy!" exclaimed the redcoat. "A leftenant i s an officer, don't you know. Where is the rebel? He must be given up." "Oh, you mean a lieutenant?" exclaimed Dorcas. "No, there are no rebels here. We do not know of any rebels. There have been none here." Neither the girl nor her mother called themselves rebels, and from her point of view there were none in the house. "Oh, say! that's a story!" shouted Peleg Galpin. "Don't you believe her, I seen him go in and he ain't come out yet. That's my sweetheart, but she ain't tellin'--" There was some water still in the pail, and this Dorcas threw at the Tory spy, giving him another drenching. "Take that, you impudent fellow!" the girl said, angrily, and then she slammed the door in the faces of the redcoats. The rear door was 1)0t locked, and now another officer and a number of men made their way in and entered the living room. "I understand that there i s a rebel in the house, ma'am," said the officer, "and if you do not produce him, I shall be compelled to search the place." "There are no rebels here;'' said the woman. "We are not rebels and we do not know any." "Is not Dick Slater in the house, ma'am? He is a noted rebel, and our informant tells us that he was seen to ente r the place. " "Didn't my mother tell you that there were no rebels in the house?" asked Dorcas, who had '' come in. "Do you think she would tell an untruth? How many times do you want to be told a thing to believe it?" "Yes, he did, I seen him!" ejaculated Peleg, anxious to be heard. "He come to the door and rapped, and they let him in. He stood on the steps a little while, and when Dorcas came up the rebel went in. I've been watchin' the house ever since, and he ain't went out and he must be here." "What do you say to that, ma'am?" asked the other officer. "I say that Peleig Galpin is a sneaking "Tory," said Dorcas. "I tell you that no rebels have some here. We are not rebels, we do not know any." "Then who was the bov who came here a short while ago? Do you deny that any one has been here?" "No, I do not, but Captain Slater is not a rebel, he is an officer in the Continental unny and no rebel. He is a patriot, not a rebel. " "Ah, then you admit that he here?" with a note of triumph in his voice. "Yes. he came here?" is he now?" "If yo u wish to search you are at libertv to do so." said t he woman. "If vou arc so posilive he is here, perhaps you had better. Persons of your stubborn nature can never be convinced except through their material se n ses." "He's here, I tell yo u, " roared the Tory. "Lem m e seach. l can tell you just how--" "Put that obstreperous person out," said the superior officer. "He i s a nuisance." Peleg Galpin was removed in no gentle fashion, being thrown out at the door in fact, still protesting that Dick was there and that if left to himself he could find the rebel. The redcoat outside drove him away, and now the officer said: "Will you tell plainly, ma'am, whether or not the rebel is still in the house?" " I tell you nothing," quietly. "You say that he is. Well and good. You have my permission to look for him. " T h e sagacious woman knew that a hiding place in plain sight, such as Dick had chosen, was -ihe safest one in the world, because no one would think of the clock as a place to hide. The redcoats looked at the clock a lmost from the moment that they enered the room, and yet not one of them thought of looking in it for the missing rebel. They opened the closet doors, they lifted the top of the chest u sed as a sofa, they looked under the bed, up stairs, down stairs, all over, everywhere but in the right place , and never found Dick. "ls the rebel still in the house, ma'am?" asked the officer, out of a ll patience. "I told you that I would not tell you. You say that he is a nd now it is your business to prove it. If I told you he had gone, you would not believe it, s o what is the use?" "Jove! do you know I believe the rebel left before we came in here?" sputtered the impatient officer. "That fool Tory did not have eyes in the back of his head. The rebel could have left by the back door when he heard us coming and this idiot would not know anything about it. He is not here, he can't me!" positively. Then the exasperated officer and all the other redcoats left the house, mounted their horses and rode away. "Be careful, captain," said Dorcas. "If you come out don't ,go near the window. That sneaking Tory i s in front of the house ." CHAPTER XIII.-Crossing the Delaware. Dick stepped out of the clock case and said, with a laugh: "One might think that the clock wou ld be the first place where one in search of another would look but, as a matter of fact, it is the last place one would think of." "And the redcoats never did think of it," said Dorcas. Dick stepped to the door, opened it softly and look ed out, seeing Peleg standing on tiptoe and looking in at the window of the livinLI(" room . In a moment the young pat:riot flew down the stGp, rushed upon the Tory, seized him by the colla . r and the waistband, carried him swiftly to the well, raised him t o the l evel of the curb and dropped him in. Splash! "Ouch! Oo-oo l Gosh, but that's cold!" Peleg climb e d out of the well by tlw aid cf foe rope and ! :mcket, but never k new w ho haJ throwa

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' DESPERATE FIGHT him in and did not again visit the house, his reception there being both too hot and too cold to !'.uit him. Dick after dropping the sneaking fel low into the well to cool off, made his way to where he had left Major, and, mounting, rode on till he espied the redcoats, when he took a detour rode at a gallop and got ahead of them, send0ing the boys on in haste and waiting behind with a few others to see which road tlie enemy would take. The British army were well informed by men along the way as to which road Washington had taken, for they took the same one and Dick and his boys, seeing them coming, on at a gallop . . Washington, with his army reduced to twenty-two hundred men, crossed the Delaware at Trenton at a little before midnight on the 8th of December, one divi s ion of Cornwallis' army entered the town with all the pomp of victors; the retreating patriots hearing the bands playing as they marched into the place. The commander-in-chief had taken the precaution to secure every boat! so Cornwallis had no means of makmg an immediate pursuit. Two days after Americans had crossed over, Washington's army was reduced to seventeen hundred, and there was not more than one thousand upon whom he could rely. General Charles Lee, with a force of three thousand men, had been left at White Plains, and the cammander had written him from Hackensack, urging him to cross into the Jerseys and join him so as to swell the fast melting army. Lee marched in a very dilatory manner, seeming to be in no haste join his chief and was severely censured for 1t, being so slow, !n that at last he W3;S sur prised at Baskmg Ridge and made a prisoner, the command devolving upon General Sullivan, who at once marched rapidly and joined Washington on the other side of the Delaware. The Liberty Boys were now with_ the body again and anxious to do somethmg, settmg a good example to the weak-hearted men who had either refused to enlist or who were ready to drop out at the first sign of trouble. General Putnam and Mifflin were despatched to Philadelphia to look after the defenses of the city, while Washington made ready to attack the enemy at .Trei:ton as f:oon as possible. General Howe remained 1!1 N e_w York the operations on the Delaware bemg m charge of Cornwallis, who regarded the weak and scattered forces of Washington with such contempt that he loo ked upon vigilance as quite unnecessary. Washington went on with his preparations and before long had a force of six thou sand troops under his command, plans for the attack of the enemy at Trenton, Bordentown and e lsewhere being rapidly perfected. There was a force of Hessians under Colonel Rahl at Trenton and another at Bordentown under Count !lonop, and these were to be attacked at the same time, the Americans to cross the at various points. The river was free from ice, and there seemed to be nothing to interfere with t hi s plan, in which all entered with _the z eal. Christmas night was selected t>Y Washmglon as the time to make the attack, as he well knew the German habit of celebratin,g the day with feasting and drinking, and he reasoned w isely that half of the force of Hessians would le weakened by extreme indulgence on that oc c<1.sio n. The Libe1ty Boys were with Washington's divi sion, which consisted of twenty-four hundred men, with twenty pieces of artillery, and they were most eager for the attack to be maae. During the twenty-four hours precedin.g the tiI}!e set for crossing the river, however, the cold was inte nse and the river was choked with ice when the boats set out. Ewing and Cadwalader were to cross below Trenton and \Va shington above, but Washington was the only one to cross, and h e was so delayed on the river and on the marc!'t to Trenton that he did not reach the town until morning. The alarm was given, but nevertheless the commander -pressed on and attacked the pl_ace, seizing it, and takinig over a thousand Hessians prisoners. Colonel Rahl died of his wounds that day, _and in the evening washington crossed _the . river again as he deemed it unwise to remain with so small' a force. Cornwallis was recalled, and the troops were thrown forward toward Trenton. Mifflin and Cadwalader having now crossed into Jersey and scattering the Hessians about Bordentown and e lsewhere, Washington decided to cross again and occupy Tren'ton, wnich he did on the 30th. On the second day of the new year, the weather havinig tulned u!1usually Corn wallis maae the attack, Washml!'ton havmg placed a creek between himself and the enemy for the sake of safety. The enemy were repulsed several times, and Cornwallis, believing the Americans to be stronger than they were, at last withdrew, lighting his camp deciding to wait until morning before contmumg the fight. Washington and his army were now in a most critical situation, being separated fro_m the ene my by a mere creek, with the cer:tamty of battle being renewed on the following day, with the chances strongly in favor of the enemy. Washington proposed a and a circuitous march to Prmceton to get m the enemy's rear, and then march to Brunswick and capture the stores. The plan was but the mildness of the weather was aigatn its ac complishment, as the ground was so soft it would be impossible to move the cannon. Durmg the night the weather suddenly ch:;i.nged and be came bitterly cold, the ground bemg frozen as hard as a pavement and able to sustain anything. The retreat was made in the utmost silence, the fires being kept up, and the men at >vork strength ening their as if expected fight to be renewed m the mornmg. Cornwallis, who had expected to "bag the fox in the morning," as he had said was greatly surprised to find that the patriots' had outgeneralled him, and that he was in danger of losing not only Trenton but other places as well. Princeton was attacked and abandoned, but the commander did not get to Brunswick Cornwallis reaching it first. Then followed a' singular state of affairs, Cornwallis being shut up in town and _unable to get supplies or le ave, wl11le the despised patriots,. fed, illy clad, and often without. ammun1t10n, kept him in a constant state of anxiety. Next week's issue will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE WITCH OF HARLEM; or, BEATING THE HESSIANS."

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THE LIBERTY B O YS O F ' 7 6 21 CURRENT BISCUIT 100 YEARS OLD . An Indian bi>:cuit, believed to be more than 100 years old, has been plowed up by Frank H . Hanks o f Peru, Ind. The biscuit is a deer paunch stuffed with a mixture of meats . Indian lore tells of the burying of stuffed deer in days of plenty, t o be dug up in lean days. MINISTER GETS A BIG TIP It pays to be a head waij;er, the Rev. Fred F . Brown: pastor of the Firs t Baptist Church, Knoxvi lle, Tenn., and one of the most prominent Bapti>:t ministers in the South, believes. When 6ood Fellowship Cluh of the church gave a dmner to the Woman's Missionary Society, Dr. Brown served aiS head waiter. At the conclusion of the dinner he was handed a "tip" from the women, a check for $1,500. Dr. Brown was told to u se it in defraying the expenses of his trip to the Baptis t Alliance gathering at Stockholm, Sweden. SNAP PHOTO IN A TEN-MILLIONTH Through an apparatus operated by rapidly revolving mirrors, Dr. J. A. Anderson, a member of the staff of Mount Wilson Obs ervatory, can take a photograph with an exposure of one tenmillionth of a seco nd. Dr. Anderso n disclosed his discovery before members of the American Physical Society at a session held at the Califor nia Institute of Technology. NEWS The instrument which was buil t at the observatory and is in s uccessful operation, i s u sually set at one ten-millionth of a second. but by arl justments the speed can be increased to one-one hundred-millionth of a second in rare instances. "JAPANESE" REGIMENT IS LOYAL TO THE UNITED STATES It may be "the largest Japanes e regiment out s ide of Tokyo," but in spite of the fact that it is composed almost entirely of young men of Japanese ancestry, every cadet i s a loyal citizen of the United States. The reference i s to the R. 0. T. C. unit at the McKinley High School, Honolulu, which has more than 700 cadets, the foi>bears of a majority of whom were born in the Japanese Empire. It i s , erhaps, one of the finest illustrations of the method by which the territory of Hawaii i s carrying out an exhaustive program of Americanization. By virture of having been born within the territory, every cadet of Japanese encestry is a citizen of the United States , and they were among the first to bring about the e stablishment of an R. 0. T. C. unit at the school when it was sugg;ested. The McKinley unit excells in drilling. It has its own band, organized under army direction. and a splendid drum and bu gl e corps. During the recent session of the Legislature it was reviewed by the lawmakers. BOYS, DO YOU LIK E DETECTI V E STORIES? Y o u Sho u ld Read "MYSTER Y MAGA ZINE" It contains the snappiest and liveliest stories y o u ever read. Each number be gins witl> a rousing detective novelette, filled with pep from start to finish. Then then• arl" fro ' m . four to six short stories of police adventure with good plots and situations. All these stories are written by the same authors who write for tl\e higher priced magazines. Don't miss the articles about crime detection, yams of the under world and special items relating to ghostly happenings, peculiar events and cu rrent news of police cases. Co lore d C over s , Fine Illust rati ons -6 4 P agt::s Get a Copy, Read It a nd See H o w Interesting the Stories Are! PRICE 10 CENTS Ir you cannot procure a copy from your newsdealer sen d u s t h e price (ten ce nts) and we will mai l yo u o n e postage free . Address HARRY E. WOLFF , Pub lish er, Inc., 166 W. 23d St., New York City

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22 THE LIBERT Y BOY S OF ' 7 6 Against The Trust -ORTHE YOUNG LUMBERMAN'S B A'ITLE By RALPH MORT O N (A Serial Story.) CHAPTER XIV.-(Continued.) "Oh, I don't go around advertising myself," said Ben, "and I'm not looking for fights; but when you or any other man comes along with the idea that you can break up my business, I want i t to be understood that I'm right on the job, so let it be known .by you and everybody else." "Oh, I understand it all right," said Jim Carson, ruefully. "You needn't worry about any more trouble at my hands." Then he turned to his companion. "Turn her around, Bill," he said, and R amus at once turned the horse and cutter around and Carson climbed unsteadily into the vehicle. "Good-by, young feller," he said, turning towards Ben. "You certainly have the proper equipment for a wood boss, and I wis h you luck." With a final wave of his hand Carson settled do w n in hi s seat, still rubbing his chin, and he and hi s companion drove away. "That settles that part of the business," said Ben, when the cutter went out of view around a bend in the road. "Yes, and you can be sure that nobody w ill try to work that kind of a game on this camp," said Phil. "Maybe yo u wouldn't believe it, but by night-time there will not be a camp for a hun dred miles around that will not have the news of this affair." "How will they get it?" "By telephone and h e liograph. " Ben could not help smiling as he and Phil Casey took the back track, the odor of the spilled whisky still lingering around them. He was a gentlemanly young fello w , who believed in the American boy knowing ho w to u se his fists in self-defence when necessary, but fighting was distasteful to him, and he felt sorry that he was comp e lled to protect hi s interests in s u ch a brutal and, to him, degrading way. "But it seems t o be the way of the w oods," he thought to himself as he walked along by the side of };is faithful friend, "and as there i s a chance of retrieving our fortunes, I'm going to do the best I can for mother and myself, and if it can only be accomplished by fists, then fists it must and shall be, and from this time on I'll be pre parpd to hit harder than ever." CHAPTER XV. Big Ben Bates Meets His Old College Chum. When Ben got back to the place in the woods where the men were at work, Frank Norris came forward and gave him a letter. "A trapper friend of mine came through from Spruceville this morning and seeing the letter there at the post-office and hearing that you were in partnership with me, he brought it along." Before glancing at the letter B e n quietly to l d his partner what had taken place with Jim Carson, and the old woodsman grinned appreciatively. "We've saved that trouble, anyhow," he said; "but Phil Casey is right when he say s that we mus t be more watchful than ever. I wouldn't be surprised to see some of Tennyson's men come over here within forty-eight hours and ask if we wanted any more men on the operation." "Well, we've got all we can pay now," said Ben, "but still it would be something of a sati s faction to see them came." Then h e looked at the envelope, fully expecting to see the familiar handwriting of his mother, to whom he wrote twice a week, but h e smiled when he saw the well-known scrawl of Tom West, his dearest college friend, the very one from whom he was about to buy a second-hand car for fifteen hundred dollars when hi s mother's peremptory telegram called him home to learn that their fortune had vanislied. "Dear old Tom," he said, looking fondly at the superscription. "How did he learn that I was out in this place?" He tore open the envelope, and read these lines, hastily s crawled in 'Tom's careless handwriting: "DEAR BEN: I don't Know whether this wm get to you first, or whether the route I will take will !beat it to you, but anyhow you will se either this letter or me within a dozen hours of the same time. I've got the biggest kind of news for you, and when we meet you must be ready to give m e your time for a big talk. "Yours faithfully, "TOM." Naturally enough, Ben could not h elp wonder ing what the news was that his former college chum was bringing him, and he was eager for the time to pass and bring him a sight of Tom's welcome face. • However, his curio sity did not cause him to neglect any of the wm:k that he had to do, and he directed operations s o well that a splendid day's cutting a nd sawing resulted. Just as they were going home. they heard the jingle of bells , and in sight over the tote road came a handsome cutter and a smart team driven by an expert driver from Spruceville, and at the driver's side sat Tom \Vest. The team was halted at Ben's shout, and Tum threw off the heavy robe and r ushed at Ben. "You old villain," cried T om, and they grasped hands. "You old skeesicks," yelled Ben, and then he pounded Tom on the back, and Tom pounded him on the back, and then they stood off at arm's length and took a look at one another, and then they danced around each other, and there was more complimentar y allusions and more poundings on each other's backs , until they had finally exhausted the extra joy of their meeting, and then they were abl e to talk more sanely. (To be continued.)

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THE. LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 23 GOOD TANNING VATS 100 YEARS OLD 'illorkm en excavating a sewer on Plum street, Portland, Me., have unearthed tanning vats that are at least 100 years old. Pine planks of which the vats are constructed are as sound as the day they were laid, apparently. A small piece of leather was found in one of the vats. SERVTCE RECORD BROKEN All records for length of service in the same job have been broken in France by Alexis Fauchon, a farm-hand of Glo s , in Normandy, who has completed seventy-six years in the same Fauchon, who is eighty-five, entered the Mouton Farm when he was nine as a herder. He is now serving the great grandson of his original employer. FINDS RING IN GIZZARD \\Then Henry \V agaaner of Peoria, 111., lost a $250 diamond iing iecently, lie reported the los s to the police , who learned the Ting had b ee n missed s oon a:(ter h e .fed his chicken . They advised him to search hi s chicken s . Wagaan e r did. AfteT killing eightee n he found the missing g e m in the gizzard of one. He has invited hi s n eigh bors to a chicken dinner. HISTORY OF GOLD LEA • The procesR., of maki g; gold leaf has b een kno\\'n since the eighth century B. C. It i s found in connection wHh the mo s t anci en known mummies, having been u s ed forcovering teeth, tongue, skin, etc. Sometimes it i s als o found on the cof fin s . Gold lea f was a l s o used on the tomb and monuments of ancjent Egypt. In the eleventh century it seem to h a ve attained as high a de gree o I!.e:r:fection a s to-day. POSTAL IMPROVEMENT Another time and l abor-saving device for u . e fn expediting the m ai l s has passed the experimental stage and i s bei11ig t e>;ted by the Post Of five Department. The d evi c e will pre-cancel stamps put up in coils for u s e o n other than fil st class mail by large b efore the stamps have been affixed, and will the n recoil them in the original sized coil. Heretofore many large use1 s of such mail have purchas ed uncancelled stamps in coils which were then placed on out iroin g mail by stamp-affixing machines already in general u s e, necessitating the running of such mail through the cancelling machines at the postoffic e. wit h the new device in opera tion, however, the stamps would be purchased already canceled. The mail with the canceled stamps afl'txed would then b e sorted and tied in bundles by the mailer according to de stinations and sent to the post-office where it would go to the trains , leaving the canceling machines at the post-off.ce free for other work. The new devi ce is called the pre READING canceling m::ic hine. Vari ous types have be!'n de by a number of ma!'lufacturers to a point which the Department believe s warrants giving them a try-out. THE SCOTLAND YARD SYSTEM "That lost and found property department at i.s one of the bes t things they have l!J L dr1ve1 who finrl s anything in hi s veh1c!e 1 s required to turn it in, and he knows that 1f the owner claims it he will be rewarded." "Mystery SEMI-MONTHLY Magazine" 10 CENTS A COPY 128 12V mo 131 1 33 134 l3rl 136 137 138 --L .\1'EST l SATTES --'.l'IJP. :IIYA!'MHY OF CAR by Hamilton ('rn1glo. ' THE Dl•:TECT!Vlll AND THE LAW, by Frederick ShuP.V . 1:rm TN 'l'IlFl DARK. h:v Chas. F'. Onrsler 'IITFJ 1HATL OF THE ROGUFl,by G eorae Bro_ son-Hownrd. e n ! "ROM NOWilERFJ, lly Jnek Bech -'l'TI]l) 1'I:\'IE DF.'l'F.CTIVE. hy Frnnk Rlii:htnn THFJ WHJAPERTNGROOM, hy RP11lnh Poynt ONJ, D ;"-\l:\'F.ri. hy Jop n'urko. rHFJ C'ONAT. DJ• ,A1 II. hy Gilhnt H11mmon<1 MRS. DE..\:'\f" A JEWELA, RpatricP, S. Luis i. • The J1amou• Story Out 1'osscs i11 the Studio und in Scenario \Vritlng. HARRY E. WOLFF, Publisher, Inc. 166 Wes t 23d St., New York

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, 24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 INTER.ESTING R.ADIO NEWS AND HIN TS The Reinartz Receiver and Amplifier No circuit has aroused more interest among amateurs than the Reinartz radio receiver. It is s mall, compact, simple to con struct, and not cost ly, as it requires only very few parts. This re ceiver will do almost everything that the more ex pensive sets will do, if constructed and tuned cor rectly. Any boy could make one , as all the in struments are bought ready made. You only have to put them in their proper places and wire them together. It does not require much skill to do that, as everything is laid out on the diagram in its best position. If you fold the plan length wi se, just over the lamps, and bend upward the part c ontaining the jacks, rheostats and con densers, y ou can see how it looks when finished . The Reinartz coil, at one side in the drawing, really sets on the baseboard behind the 23-plate condenser, but the taps from it go up over the . . I A close study of the h ook-up printed below will show two separate instruments separated by an upright dotted line. You can make one or both instruments, as you please, but with the amplifier you get much louder signals. The diagram shows you the receiver and the amplifier wiring just as it would look if you were viewing it laid flat on a table. For each one you will, however, need a bas e board and a drilled panel to hold the various instruments. Let us examine the receiver first. To build it you will need : 1 Panel 6 x 10 inches, rubber or Bakerlite. 1 baseboard 6 x 9 inches 1/2 inch thick. 1 UV-200 or 201 lamp and socket. 1 23-plate variable condenser (vernier). 111-plate variable condenser. 1 vernier rheostat, 6 to 8 ohms. 1 variable gridleak. 1 001 mica cendenser. 1 switch. 18 switch points . "' ,._......._ __ __.._. p • I The R einartz Receiver and condenser and are attached to the back of the switch points , as indicated. Before boring your panel make an angle of panel and baseboard, and set up the various instruments to see they had best be placed, in order to keep the leads as short as po ss ible. Then they can be assembled where they belong. The shorter your wiring is from one instrument to another, the better your set will work. The lamp sockets can be set about a n inch away from the panel to best advantage, and this helps to shorten the wiring. Where pos sible bend your busbar first, with slightly rounded angles, and force it into the spaghetti afterward, as the spaghetti is liable to break at the angle if bent with the wire between the jaws of a pair of pliers. Try to do a ll your work neatly, so you can take pride in showing it to your relations and friends when it is finished. 7 binding posts. 1 Reinartz spiderweb coil. Som e busbar and spaghetti. The lamu socket, gridleak and coil are fastened to the baseboard, also the battery ground and aerial bin.din g -posts. The panel carries the two condensers and rheostat, the switch points and the switches. The 001 condenser is joined between the wires endin. g behind the phone posts, the rheostat is below it, and the lamp stands behind the rheostat. Be s ure to join the igridleak close to the grid ter minal of the lamp socket. The spiderweb coil is fastened behind the 23plate condenser (as stated before) above which the switches are placed as shown . When every thing is assembled the spiderweb coil leads are the las t to go on. Four go to one of switch

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 25 points , four to the other, and ten to the middle set. The coil was drawn at one side to show you how it was connected, but a bracket hol ds it to the baseboard. You will notice a wire end is soldered to switch point No. 4 on one side , and another to No. 10 of the mi dd le set of switch points . The inside of the panel should be shielded with copper tissue stuck on with shellac, but the copper must be cut away from around-all the instruments, leaving at least 14 inch clearance. Y o u m ust s older a piece of copper wire t o the shielding and fasten the other end to the ground binding-post. The connecting wires must be insulated by encasing them in spaghetti, and they must be bent at various a n g l es to avoid running any two parallel with each other, excepting where they run to the battery, aerial and ground po s ts. Keep them as far apart as you can. If you wish to build the amplifier, too, you will require the follo>;ing ar!tcles: 1 panel 6 x 1 0 mche . 1 baseboard 6 x 9 • 2 2 0 1 or 201A lamps and sockets. 2 audio transformers 5 to 1. 1 choke coil. 2 double circuit jacks . 2 rheostats. 7 bindilllg-posts. Busbar and spaghetti. The two rheostats and three jacks are mounted on the panel and the choke coil on the back of the panel. The lamps and transformers are secured to the baseboard a coup le of inches apart. It i s safer to have the primary of one transformer pointed one way and that of the next transformer at an angle it. The choke coil can be made by winding 30 turns of No. 26 doub l e silk covered copper wire on a pasteboard tube 1 x 11,4 inches . If the reception is not clear or add a few turns of wire to the coil until it is corrected. These choke coils, like the spi,""derweb coils, can be bought of dealers in radio supplies if you do not wish to make one. When soldering this set, use as little flux as pos s ible , and be sure to avoid acids, as they cor rode the wires. Solderall is a flux. It is cheaper and better to buy ready-made coils and flux than to try to make them. When using the amplifier with t h e receiver you must join the two with two pieces of copper wire from the phone posts on the receiver to the input posts on the amplifier, and use the posts at the extreme right-hand side for your horn. If a plug iS' used, the rLght-hand plug hole or the posts are for a horn connection, as the noise would be too loud for phones, but the phones can be plugged into either of the other two jacks. The tunning operation of this set requires fine a,:5ustment. The condense r dials must be turned ci1i all the plates are out, and the plate switch lh;) one at the right, s hould be on the middle con tact point. The tuning switch in the center m ust be nlaced on the center point, and the grid (left ha.id) switch should b e on the center contact. 'i ' h s n turn your rfieostat until a hissing sound is reached. }.J ex t vary the center and left switches u nti l you get the strongest signals . After that vary the right inductance switch and the left con den se r unt il there is no distortion of the signals. Never burn your tube filament too brilliantly. You w ill n eed a 100-foot aerial for this s e t, and if used in cool weather, late at night, very distant stati o n s may be tuned in. The writer had no difficulty in picking up Miami, Florido, from New York, with a home-made se t built from the plan given above. You can u se t h e same "A" or fila m ent battery for both' receiver and amplifier, but require two 45-volt "B" batteries, one for the receiver and the other for the amplifier to be attached where specified. This se t has bee n arranged so that the battery, ground and aerial lead s go to the rear, in order to keep cumbersome wires away from the panel. In ou r next number we will have a diagram and directions to build a Co ckaday receiver and am. p lifier. ANTENNA CANNOT SERVE TWO One antenna w ill not serve two receiving sets, owing to the different characteristics of the receiving circuits and the differen ce in the wave lengths to which they are tuned. Two or more antennae can b e erected on the same roof, but in. such a case the wires should extend at right an gles and about twenty fee t away from each othel.'. The characteristics of s ome circuits make them act as small transmitting se t s as well as receiving, and the result i s that the nearby antenna picks up interference radiated from the other wire. SUPPLEMENTARY RESISTANCE New tubes which have recently appeared on the market seem to have created considerable 1;onu s ion in the mind of the average 1:adio li steniar iel ative to the use of rheostats for proper control. There are four tubes which require speci.a l con sideration . They are the UV-201-A , UV-199, Cunningham 301-A and Cunningham 299. The UV-201-A and Cunningham 301 -A are ' designed to operate with a six-volt storage batter.I' in con nection with a 4to 6-ohm rhP-ostat. H1Jwever, a nigher resistance rheostat will ::;erve more ef ficiently to keep the filament voltage a:; low as is consistent. The UV-19!) and the Cunningham 299 operate on three dry cells in series and require a 30ohm rheostat. Practically all of the other tubes function with a standard 4 to 6-ohm rheo stat and for that reason the majority of "A" bat tery rheostats on the market have a resistance of 4 to 6 ohms . If the operator desires to u se of the three volt tubes in connection with a 4 Lo 6-ohm rheostat he can do so by adding a sm2,ll variable 25ohm resistance unit to the already on the set. This supplementary rnsistance transforms the 4 -to 6-ohm rheostat to a 30-ohm rheostat. The supplementary unit can be connected between the negative terminal o f lhe "A" battery and the rheostat. Resistance units of this type are now on the market. ,\ BIT OF ADVICE When hooking up a set kee1p the grid leads as short as possible, and do not use acid to solder joints, as it sl owly corrodes a11d ruins your wires.

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26 THE LIBERTY .l.tlE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 NEW YORK, AUGUST 31, 1923 TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS Brni:lo (;opleo .••......•.•••... l'oatair., 1''ree C..:opy 1-'hree .l\lonthl!J..... .. • Out'l Uopy 8ix .Months .......• One Uo1>y One \ ' •ur ......... . Canada, $4.00; Foreign, 7 Cents 110 Ucnu s1.;11 :l.50 now '.l'O SE.ND MO.NI!:}' -At our risk send r. O. Money Order, Cileck or Hegi•t1ered Letter; rernittances 1!1 any otiler way are at your ri•k. W c accept .Postage !>tamps the same as casil. When sending suver wrap the Coin in n separate piece of paper to avoid cuttiug the envelope. Write your name and address plainly. Address letters to Harry E. \Vo11f, Pres. Charles E . .Nylander, Sec. L. i,. Wilzln, 'l'reas. }HARRY E. WOLFF, Publisher, Inc., 166 W. 23d St., N. Y. ITEMS OF INTEREST IT'S A BIG JOB FOR A BEE TO MAKE A POUND OF HONEY A Washington figure shark has estimated that to turn out one pound of honey, bees must have taken the nectar from more than 62,000 clover blos s om s and that to accomplish this , there would be required same 2,750,000 visits to the blossoms by the bees. In other words, to collect sufficient nectar to make up one pound of honey a bee must proceed to hive, to flower and back again 2,750,000 times. JAPANESE PEARLS INFERIOR Something approaching consternation swept the L ondon market when it became known that the Japanese wel'e producing what were declared to be real pearls by introducing into one oyster a particle of mother-of-pearl sewn up in shell-pro ducing tissue taken from another oyster. New York jewelers were not so readily driven into panic, and they now state that the unnatural stimulation induced by the method results in a pearl of distinctly inferior quality; held to the light, the difference i s readily seen. The surface lacks the lustre and pinkish glow of the natural pearl; it has a dead, waxy and the texture is not so fine. A s an add1t1onal precau tion the X-ray i s used; this never fails to differ entiate the natural from the forced variety, and shows the nucleus of the l atter to be large and solid instead of small and often hollow, as are the cores of natural pearls. SWIMS LAKE ERIE IN 20 HOURS 15 MINUTES Carbis A. Walker of Cleveland swam across Lake Erie, arriving at Lorain, Ohio, Aug. 2, at 6 :30 A. M., from Point Pelee, on the Canadian shore, which he lef.t at 9 :15 A M . Aug. 1. He roused himself from his exhaustion long enough to say say: "Never again I" Walker, who represents the Cleveland Y. M. C. A., landed at Lorain just 20 hours and 15 minutes after he started. He had traveled thirty-three BOYS OF '76 miles in the water. A skiff manned by four watchers accompanied him. The powerboat ADgus, which also traveled part way with Walke1-, lost the swimmer when it left him to take a sick newspaper man to shore. The fresh water swim sapped Walker's strength. His legs were partially and tempora rily paralyzed. He slept exhausted on a cot in the United States Coast Guard Station here. "\Ve were without a compass," he said when aroused, "and during the day followed a course directed by the sun and depended upon the moon and la s t night. "Once in the night I was on the verge of giving up. It was when we hit a heavy fog and lost track of the moon. "But I was nearing my goal and, tired as I had grown, something within me spurred me on and we sighted Lorain lighthouse at 9 :30. The battle was the toughes t from there in. I had to fight !>. choppy sea and there seemed to be a strong cur rent that wanted to pull me to the west. "At daylight we were about three mile s out of Lorain and a new determination to 1each the goal arose. I seemed to get renewed strength and made good time from there on." _ ....... --II LAUGHS "That's what I call a Judas kiss." "What's that?" "One from my wife, to see if I have been drinking." Browne-Why did you refuse to shake hands with Smith? Towne-He's a g1eat secret societ y man, and I was afraid I'd get ihe grip. Customer-I paid fifteen .cents for that last cigar you sold me, didn't I? Clerk-Yes, sir. Cu stomer-Let me have one for about one thous and dollars. "Men's promises," the young wife &aid, between sobs, "are like pie crust--" "That's tou,gh" said the young husband, and then she got angi:y enough to cry. MinnieWhat frauds these beggars are! I met a "blind" man, who said "Please give me a penny, beautiful lady." Mamie-Yes, he said that to make you think he really was blind. '.'That new manager to be a big gun," said the stenographer. Yes; and he is quick firing, too," said the cashier. "I have already re ceived notice that my services are not wanteJ." First robber (who formerly lived in a boarding hou se)-Sh ! These people must be rich. Sec ond Robber-Why? Firs t Robber-I went into the pantry and found a strawberry shortcake with strawberries in it I Claude-I thought you were not going to pay more than $50 for a wheel. Maud-I didn't mean "to when I went into the store, but he said if I'd take the $60 wheel he would let me have a dollar p ump for 89 cents

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THE LIBERTY BOYS O F '76 27 INTE R ESTING NEWS ART I CLES HELP TO REFOREST EUROPE Seeds from American trees are being sent to Europe to renew forests destroyed during the war. The American Forest Association has supplied 25,000,000 seeds from Pacifit Coast trees to England alone. These include Douglas fir, Sitka spruce, and Western larch, which seem especially suited to climatic conditions there. PALE STINE CENSUS A recent cen sus of Palestine shows that 10 per cent. of the population is Christian. The total population, 7 57 ,182 approximately, equals that of Boston. Seventy-nine per cent. if Mahometan and 11 per cent. Jews . Jerusalem and Tiberius have more Jews than other cities. In the former, out of 62,000, 34,000 are H ebrews. Nazareth has 7 ,525 inhabitants, nemly two-thicds of whom are Christians, and in Bethlehem Christians predominate, there being 5,83 0, with only 818 of Jews and Mahometans. The principal seaport, Jaffa, has about 47,000 people, of whom there are 20,000 each of Jews and Mahometans and about 7,000 Christians . The other large centers of population are very largely Mahometan. The I'alesiine Weekly, a Zionist organ, d eclares that accor.ding to Roman figures this country has supported a population of 7,000,000, which is legend and nr>t fact. When one considers that the area of Palestine i s about equal to that of Ver mont and that it has about an equal amount of arable land, one questions seriously whether, with the highes t development of her natural resources, it will be possible for Palestine ever to support a greatly augmented population. Vermont in 1920 counted 352,428 people within the State. NEW 10,400-ACRE N. J. PARK New Jersey's new 10,400-acre park at High Point N. J., the gift or Colonel Anthony R. Kuse; was opened recently. The reservation is at the' highest point of Sussex County, and is 1,806 feet above sea level, at the north end of Kittaninny range. The park affords a splendid view over three state.5-New J ersey, Pennsylvania and New York. The park land includes Marcia Lake, the state's highest body of water. It also includes the res i dence b ui l t hy Colonel and Mrs . Anthony R. Kuser of Bernardsville, a number of years ago. The Kusers have d eeded this tract with the building to th:; state for recreation purposes. UnJer an act of the legislature Governor Silzer appointed a High Point Park Commission, with Wayne Dumont of Paterson as chairman, and John J. Stanton as secretary, and this commissio n has taken ove1 the property for the state, and had chargr; of the formal opening. There was a luncheo n at 1 P. l\I., in charge of the Highway Point Paik Commission. The Kuser residence, which is turned over to the state with the tract, was built in 1911, and i:;tand s in the center of High Point Park. It con-tains several large room , s and many small ones. There are other buildings on the estate, all of which will fit into the scheme of reneation development. The residence stands at an elevation of over 1,600 feet, the highest site of residential oc cupation in New Jersey. High Point Park i s easily reached by motor or by rail over the Erie to Port Jervis, or over the Susquehanna and Western Railroad to S.us sex. Another way is by the Lackawanna Railroad to Newton or Branchville, and by motor from these points to Sussex and from there to the park. The park is six miles by motor from Port Jervis. A SALT INDUSTRY IN THE BAHAMAS Salt City, one of the Bahamas, like Lot's wife, was turned into a pillar of salt. This little group of islands known as the British Weet Indies stretch lazily out on the blue waters I I u

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28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "l6 HERE . AND THERE CANNON-BALL IN TREE While cutting d o wn a tree on a farm near Blue Springs, Mo., Noah Russell and William Brown found a cannon-ball embedded in the trunk. It had apparently penetrated the trunk o f the tree during the Civil War battle near Blue Springs and had whitened with age. The tree which died about two years ago had completely covered the cannon-ball and all evidence of its entrance. FIRELESS RAILWAY LOCOMOTIVE It was in Ge1many that the fireless cook stove was perfected, and there i s now, it is reported, on foot in France a plan to develop an efficient fire le ss railway locomotiv e . It i s equipped with a boile r after the manner of other lacomotives, but the water in it is heated to the necessary temperature from a stationary plant. Enough power can be stored in it to operate it four hours for switch ing purposes in a railway yard, and it does not, it is contended, take more than fifteen minutes to charge it. A BED OF GIANT SCALLOPS The discovery by the United States Bureau of Fisheries of an inexhaustibl e bed of giant scallops off the Atlantic coast was reported by Commissioner Hugh M. Smith to Secretary Redfield recently. It is said to extend a ll the way from Block I sland to the Virginia Capes and appears to be thirty mile s or more in width. William M. Wel s h and Dr. Henry B. Bigelow, two of the bureau's scientists, who have just completed a trip from the New England coas t to Norfolk in the Fish Commi ssioner's vessel, the Grampus, said that at each haul the dredge brought up from one to three bushels of scallops. Another trip i s to be made at onc e to map out the bed, but from the information already secured the officers fee l confident that a virtually inexhaustible supply of edible bivalves has been found. Heretofore the giant scallop had been found only in spots along the Maine coast, although the small variety is common. 8lh-POUND BOTTLE RAISES 15 TONS I n a steel bottle thirteen inches long and weighing three and a half pounds , there is s tored enough power to lift 30,000 pounds at one opera tion. Walter S. Josephso n, a consulting engineer, has perfected this portable device which makes use of a highly expansibl e fluid. A demonstration was given recently in Long Island City when a ten-year-old girl turned a small screw on the bottle and let loo se enough pressure to raise a truck weighing 11,500 pounds. Many u ses have been suggested for the power bottle. For emergency purposes it could be ap plied to a piston jack for lifting a street car off a victim several seconds after an accident. It will facilitate operations around terminals, wharves and freight yards when other and morn expens ive stationary are not at hand. An attachment is supplied to enable the inflation of tires. "Our appliances expound no new principle in nature . 'l'hey simple take advantage of an old <;>ne and auapt it to new u ses. \Ve propose to establish stations where our containers can be inexpen s ively charged and to sell them at popular With one of these steel bottles a man could .::limb to the top of a mountain or carry to any of the world in his pocket a power capable of hft:ng fifteen tons at one operation. He may, if he de sires, hold the power for ten years before he draws any of it off, and he will find there has been no change in its efficiency all that time." BENDS TACKS WITH TE.ETH . The average man thrown out of work when he was forty would probabl y twiddle his thumbs and sit on the veranda. But Peter Gluntz of Antwerp, Minn., was not an average man. He sat in the kitchen looking for opportunities. One day he noticed his wife having great a ifficulty hammering a tack straight. Tack after tack was inserte d in the oilcloth only to be knocked awry by his pretty young wife. Gluntz plucked out a number of these and examined them. Save for a slight bend in the middle the tacks were perfectly good. Gluntz went back to his chair, but an idea began to work in hi s busy brain. There must b e millions of spoiled tacks like that that could be reused if properly straightened out. Why not ? But how? Other men would have stopped right there, but not Peter Gluntz. To think with him was to act. Gluntz had a wonderful set of plates made for him by a Kansas City dentist whom he had once saved from a bad scrape. Gluntz could crack nuts with his teeth. They never came out. That night he departed for Kansas City and had his friend cover the molal'S with steel. And thus was born a great new industry-tack straightening. Gluntz had his den fitted out with a Morris chair and tack chute. At first only one tack could be straightened out at a time, but Gluntz was not di scouraged. He set his teeth, resolved to succeed. Within a week he was gulping up mouthfuls of tacks at a time and discharging them straightened and ready for reuse into a crude, homemade tack carrier on the right. Glunzt advertised for u s eless tacks all over the coumry. People were interested in the "Tackhead"-his trade name-and soon Gluntz had a big hill of tacks in hi s back yard. He converted his parlor into a shipping station for the straightened lacks and soon had salesmen on the road everywhere distributing his unusual product. The straightened tack, bearing the mark8 of Gluntz's teeth, was a self-seller. There were obstacles, of course, such a s fatigue of the jaws , blood poisoning and so on, but grad ually he could afford to take months off at a time , leaving the in the care of hi s wife , who b y this time had also made a visit to the Kansas City dentist. Glunzt has no children, so his only regret is that the bus ine s s will have to pass into i;trange mouths.

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FINGER PRINT OUTFIT To those who enroll right now I will give this co mplete Fin ge r Prin t Outfit absolutely free. I t Is a regular expert's working outfit--the same kind that I use myself-the same kind that you w!ll use when you are ready to accept a position as a Finger Print Expe rt. This otre r l s fo r a limited tim e o n ly, 110 you must hurry if you want to take a d vant age of It. Send In the co upon today for full I n f o r mation . a Finger Print Expert "'Learn at Home-30 Minutes a Day Only thirty minutes a day for a short time. That ls all thnt ls necessary. I am a Finger Print E xpert and I know just what Is r equired. I give you just the kin d of training that prepare s you to be a Finger Print Expert-that assures you o f a position just as soo n as you have finished my course. The Finger Prin t Expert Is always In d emand. You need not g ive u p your present occup ation while studying t his fascinating profession. Get Into this big paying profession right now. More Men Needed Right Now The professional Finger Print Expert Is always I n demand. I have so many positions waiting to be tilled right now that I am guaranteeing to place every man as soon as h e fin !shes my course and I am backing up this remarkable olier with a $1000 b a n k guarantee d e po sited with the Phillips State Bank of Chicago . Let me make you a Finger Prin t Expert and start you in a big paying po sition. Sen d Coupon Toda y The big opportunity you hnve been waiting f o r ls here. R eme mber you have a position waiting for you as soon as you have finished this course. Also to every student that I accept now I will Iv e abso lute ly free a complete Finge r Print Outfit as illus trated above . B esi d e s a valuable cou r se for S ecret S ervice In t ell!gence is a l so given free to all my students . 'l'h i s Information itself Is worth many times the cost of the complete course. S end coupon today aml learia all about it. U. S. School of Finger Prints 7oua N. Clarll St., RoomC-1 f !:l, Chicago, Ill. I Guarantee You a Position -as soon as you have finished this course. Write today for full information. ;;I;T;;::m c.::-I 7 00 3 N. Clark St., C bi caio, Ill. Without any obligations whatsoeve r pl e a se s e ntl I m e full information about your Posi -1 tlon Off er-Free Finge r Print Ou t fit." Also t e ll me how I can become a Pinge r Print Expert. I j Name .•••••••..•••••.•••... Age .•. •..•••••••••• I ( Address ••••••••••••• • • ••.••••••.•....•• . •••••• , I City •••••••••• ••••••••••• • •••. S t a t e . •••••••.•• ••

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"He's Already P a tent e d Four Invent ions" "FUNNY thing, too . . . When he first came here he was just an ordinary worker. For a time, when things were slack, I even thought that we might have to let him go. " Then, gradually, I noticed an Improvement In his work. He seemed to really me said, Send in t/ial coup o n . It was the best move I ever made-I knew It the minute I startetl my first lesson. Before, I had been working in a sor t of mental fog-jus t an automatic part of the machine in front of m e. But the I. C. S . taught understand what he was doing. "One day he came into my office and said he had worked out a new arm for the automatic feeder. I was a little skeptical at first, but when he started explaining to me, I could see that he had really discovered something. And when I started questioning him, I was amazed. He certainly did know what he was talking about. "So we sat down and talked for over an hour. Finally, I asked him where he had learned so much about his work. He smiled and took a little book from his pocket. •'There's no secret about It,' he said. 'Ttie answer's right here. Four months ago I saw one of those advertisements of the International Correspondence Schools. I had been seeing them for years. but this time something Inside of Th ese inventors and ma n y o the r s o nce s tudie d with thel. c . s. J ESSE G . VINCENT Vice-presid e a t o f Packar d Motor Car Co., in vntor of the Packard Twin-Six and coin veuto r of the Liber t y M o t or. J OHN C . WAHL First Yice p r c sideat of n. Wahl Co., inventor of t h e Wahl Addiae Machi .. , tho EveuLarp Peacil a n d til e Wahl Fouataiu Pen. W. J . LILLY laveator of the Lilly lfi•o Hoi1t Controller. H. E. DOERR Cbief Mechanical Enrine er , Scolliu Steel Co. , St. LouU. me to really understand what I was doing.' "vVell, that was just a start. Three times since J, e has come to m e with improvements on our machi n es-improvcm en ts that are b eing adopted in othe r plants and on which h e receives a royalty. He is certainly a splendid example ot the practical value and thoroughness of I. C. S. training." Every mail brings l etters from students of the I. C. S. telling of advancements and large r salaries won through spare-time study. There's still a chance for you, if you will only make the start. Just fill out and mail the coupon printed below and, without cost or obligation, get the full story of what the I. C. S. can do for you. To-day -not To-morrow -is the day to take that first definite step toward Success. ------------------TE AR OUT H ERE ----------INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENCE SCHOOLS, B O X 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:-D Au tomoU11e Work BGn.s Enilne Operatine A.irplnne Engines Electrical Engineer1n& Elrctric LtQ:hting M:('chanlcal Engineer 0Mechanlca1 Dnftsman B 8 C'i•ll Engineer 8 urvcyini:' and Mntiplng 0 Mine Foreman or Engineer 0 Marine Engineer OArchltect BContractor and lJuJlder Architectural Dra!t.siuan 0 Structural En&lneer DChemlstry DPharmacy O Business Management Salesma.nshJD Qlndustria.I Management Aclvert1 slnl:' O 'J.'ramc Mana1cment Stcnograohy and Typing BBusiness Law OTcacher Banking anrl Banking Law D Chn Service (Including C.P.A..) DRailway Mall Clnk Nicholson Cost Accounting D Common School Subject• Bookkeeping BlKh School Subjecta Business Eni:Ush Jllustratln&' Business Spanish French Name .... . ....... .. .. . ...................................... . ............................ . ............... Street Address .................................................. . ....... . ............ . ••.. _ ..... City .......................... . .... ....... ......................... State ..... . .......... .... ....... . ...... . ....... . . Occupation ............ . ..... . ...............•......... . .... . ......... . ..........•• ••. ,.-l'•r•ona residing i " C anada ehould send this coupo" to the Tnternati<>nal Corresp<>ndence Schools Ca nadian, Limit ed,,_ Montreal, Ca>
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WHAT BEC OMES OF PINS? It has been stated on what i s suppose d t o b e go o d a u thority tha t the worl d ' s tota l output of pins is a t t h e rate of 2 00 ,0 00,000 a day. If s o, it m a y seem that surpris ing t he w orld i s n 't b ecoming carpeted w it.h pins. \Ve k n ow how e a s i l y t h e y are lost -wher e do the y go to? Most of them I decay into noth ingl)es s , for act ually the pin i s not s u ch a timedefying article a s it seems . Every pin dropped in a d a m p place s o on turns into a few grains of r u s t. With new pins turned out by m a chinery in s u c h imme n s e num b e r s in thi s century they a r e not co n sidered very val uable, but in the fourteenth c e n tury, \ h e n p ins were first introduce d they w e r e valuabl e a rticles not t o b e lightl y lo s t , recalls Everyday Scienc e . An o ld law pei: mitted the s a l e of }>ins o n only two days i n the year, the fir s t and s econd -0f Janu a r y. l a d iea plat . fio l e h lilnd whea you re ceive it $3. 15 with po&tman and the rina: ia you n for more to pay-•ati•l•c tlon 6uaranh1e cl or money a b•oiut• • ly nlunJed U1ithout any red t•P. ii y o u don' t lik • t herin6 within7Joy•w•ar. ARTEX D IAMON D S h a v e the &am• •P•r k)e and •litter, and l o..:>k: the a-eoulne diawon d -alwoat de/yins life time esp erta. They •.a.o d the cliaw o n d ie.t. to end around y our joint.. FREE let o r men' • cuiVfinkB (solkl aokl front) to all ord.,._ of two ormor. rinp. All Artex Dlamood rtnrt' are aondlUoaw.117 SUILl 'anteed for ZO peua. M. P . CUR"Elt . P i t s the h a nu. ca. nno t see n . with it v o u c1tn tlirn,.. Wide curv"'t . j:?"t"'t thi'\ B a s e Ball ) Fin ' E m tUI 'a. stastheyc:ometoRi:t.t . Bymfti1 J.Oc, 3 f o r wit h catalog of Jlu \ C1llCS. UNMRSAL DISTRIBIITO!!S, 1039 Slamflrd fAlaa. 25c Brings Big 3 FL Telesco e Yi=: Moon and Stars aa y o u never did before. . : Wonder TeleseopeopeM o v e r 8 ft. in6 . sections . c l osed meuures 1 2inc hea. Brass bo und. You've alw a yawantcdonelikethis, geti t now. Ueeful •nd E"t•rt•lnln1 ''Could tel I co l o r of aero p lan e • miles awa . " Mu. L. M. Yarb r ouc um on can ' ... th• m oon, " A. C. Strln .. e r , llfH.-'"Gui ':tc:!'f.tll Palmer, Ind•aoapoli• Special Oller Hon , MaumH.0. c.a fortunate purchnse from a e European msllofacturer w eca.n give you a bargai n. Sup ply limited. Send -::>nly 26c 'Wit h orde r ao d o n arrl••I d e po111\t. tcr ._.tth tman. It 1'0U p rder etrn d 1 8 6 wtth orf::in full payment . Sentpel'lt -pa d. Satfa. factfo a s""1aotead o r money returned la fu?I. ' E H.R Y & CO., 75 \V. \ 'an Bu.ren, llevt. 24 62, C bica&o It was then the custom of all the ti ,. ...., womenfol k to buy I their pins for the I ; ' f o 11 owing 1 2 Brand n e w bloe steel , , . doable safety automatics months. A s i s boaght before recent tar1tr raise st i 11 c u s tomar y I they went to their o u r No. 748110, e p e husbands 01' fa-, .Oneguho;$25.00h eavyservfceS2-cnlibre ,IO-shotnutomat h e r S fo .1 , the l tic, 6m.lo11g,ourHo. 74B120,specialatS9 •75• E.X1'RA MAGAZINE with eacb gun. Both sizes ahoot all wherewithal , and DELIVERY plus postag e . hence the term Money back promptly If Not Satlsfi•d-"pin mo ne y. " CONSUMERS CO., Dept. 748 1265 DrHdwa11,N.Y. Sell Ma d laon .. Better-Made .. Shi rts, Pajamu. and N i !Z'htsbi r te direct fro m o u r ceptton a l values. No or capital requiN"d. Large ete&d.7 i n c o m e aasu red. E nt1rely n e w propo11l t l o n. WltITE FOR FREE SAM PLES. MADISON SHIRT CO., 1503 B'way, N. Y. City GOITRE '\:8' eJ: I I llll..QUAVU. SAN.'TAAIUM. 971 MADISON.OHIO VENTRILOQUISM 1-auit
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