The Liberty Boys' greatest battle, or, Foiling the Redcoats

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I J SOYS, READ THE RADIO A RTICLES_ IN THIS NUMBER HARRY E. WOLFF, PUBLISHER. 166 WEST 230 STREET, NEW YORK .&. &be brave bo711 drew the gun forward Dick sprang up and shouted: ";Now then, this must be OW' greatest battle. Pire, and sweep them from the field!" "We must foll the .redcoats. bo711 '" cried Bob, tugging at the gun. /


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2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' GREATEST BATTLE She gave a gesture of d isgus t. The boy s laugh-ed, while Dick said, with a s low

THE LIBERTY BOYS' GREATEST BATTLE 8 "I wonder if we are in a nest of redcoats?" said Mark. Dick did not reply, but stood with his eyes fixed on the spot where he had seen the movement amid the bushes. In a moment he whispered: "It's a girl and a redcoat coming down the embankment; but I can't see their faces yet." Mark watched the place where the two were walking, and said, presently: "One of them certainly is a girl, I can see by the slender form, the other is that of a burly man." In a moment Dick saw the girl's face, and whispered: . !" "It's that girl we saw in the boat on the river CHAPTER II.-The otherin' y ou r bc't-ters !" . Dick and Mark were more than willing to fol low his advice, for it was not the first time they had been in the water that day. They we_re about t o brush past the redcoats, when the girl came down and cried out: "What's the fuss?" " Oh, these boys are trying to make _out that. we set their boat adrift," one of the soldiers replied. " 'Vho are they?" the sergeant asked, sharply. "I don't know. Som e country bumpkins," iepliC;:u the private, indifferently. Dick turned hi s back on the sergeant, which did not please the self esteem of the gentleman, and he called out: "Here, give an account of yourself!" "Ain't gotter," replied Dick. "Haven'.t got to?" asked the sergeant in sur-prise, thinking that Dick had misunderstood him. "No, I ain't." "The boy's a fool!" sputtered the sergeant. "Humph! I don't think I am!" "I saw those two boys not long ago!" declared the girl. "They met me on the river not long s ince. I fell into the water and my oars floated away." Mark gave Dick a look. . "Huh!" and Dick turned toward the gul. "vYe met a fool boy on the river. Leastwise, he said he was a boy." "What! A fool boy?" laughed the sergeant, turning toward the girl. "I believe they are rebel spies!" she declare d, more from a desire to .get even than from real belief. Dick had turned his back on the two. and was divesting himself of hi s s hoes and hose before wading out after his boat. Stooping over a s he was, and with his back to the sergeant, the latter got no opporunity to get a view of hi s face, which just then was very much flu s hed from leaning over and very dirty, as he had managed to smear it with mud. Mark was on the bank still scolding Dick for letting the boat get away, but also kept his back toward the girl and thJ sergeant. They had arous ed no s uspicion in the redcoats so far. They were taken to be what they seemed, two country lads out fishi ng, for the redcoats who had taken their boat had seen the fishing poles that the boys had cut lying in the bottom. The girl, however, still felt sore at her dis comfiture of a short time before, and although she did not yet suspect that the boys recognized her sex, she wanted to ,,.et even. She therefor' left the sergeant, who appea,red to be trying t o make up to her, and went around to the two boys. "I think you're rebels!" she declared again. "And there's no use in saying you ain't." "I don't care whether you believe me or not, we're no more rebels than you be!" said Dick, stoutly. " Rebels are bad people who go agains t people what's good to them, an' we're no sech sort, I can tell yer I" ""' ell, then, say 'God save the King!" ordereJ the girl. ' "Huh! What do I wanter say that for? Ain't the King big 'nough an' powerful 'nough to get took care of without my helpin'?" asked Dick. "Never mind what the King is or isn't!" De clare yourself his loyal subject!" Before Dick could frame an evasion, the sergeant pushed the girl to one side, and said: . " I believe you are right, Grace, and that thi s fellow is the famous rebel boy spy, Dick Slater! I've seen Slater, and he looks like him." "There, I told you so !" cried the girl, clapping; her hands in delight, "but you wouldn't belie v e me!" '''Yho calls me a rebel spv?" shouted standinig up, and drawing uu his sleeves .


4 ... LIBERTY BOYS' GREATEST BATTLE "I do!" retorted the girl, but he paid no at trntion to her. "I denounce you as a spy and take you pris cner !" said the sergeant, putting out his hand toward Dick . , "Oh, you do!" and Dick' s arm shot out, took the sergeant under the jaw and sent him sprawl ing backward; and being quite near the bank, he rolled over into the water with a splash. Before the redcoats could intervene, Dick and Mark had l eaped into the water, got the boat, and the y rowed off. They had taken only a few strokes when the redcoats recovered sufficiently from their surpris e to call after them to come bac k . As they were off duty they did not have thei r muske t s with them and could not shoot, while the sergeant's mu s k e t had fallen into the water with him. The redcoats began throwing stones , while one of them gave the alarm to the outpos t on the heights. All this time the boy s wPre getting away; and, going down stream with the tide, they went much quicker than when they had rowed up stream. The girl was dancing up and down on the bank shouting first to the red coats and then to Dick and Mark, but the latter rowed steadily, jaying no attention to her. "That girl will do some mischief to u s yet, Dick," said Mark. "I don't doubt it if we , give her a chance," was Dick's reply. They were making pretty good speed, when Mark, who was sitting in the s t ern steering, cried out sharply: "Look out, Dick! There are enemie s ahead!" "Where?" "I just caught a glimp s e of something red beyond that island. The trees hide them now." He referred to a small wooded i sland which at time ros e far from the shore. Dick stopped rowmg and looked around but could see nothing of the enemy because of the i sland. "If we can't se e them it is not likely that the y can see us, Mark. Steer for the i sland." But before the y reached the shelte1; formed b_y the clump of tre es and earth in the middle of the river, a boat containing several redcoats shot out into view. "They may not bother u s , Dick . " "We'll wait and see," shortly. The redcoats, however, got sight of the boat and hailed it. "Who are you and where are you bound?" called one. 'Two boys, out a-fi shin'," answered Dick. "Where do you come from?" "Up country." "Well, we want your boat. This one l eaks." "We don't want a leakv boat any more than you do," remonstrated Dick. "That doesn't make any differ e nc e . vVe want your boat, and we mean to have it." "Jus t because you are s oldiers you don't have any right to steal!" cried Mark. "We don't steal, we're requisitioning," said one of the redcoats. "What's the difference , 'cept one's a . long e r word than the other?" a s ked Dick. "Here, don't talk back to u s. Give u s that boat or we'll fire!" "If you want the boat, come and get it!" shouted Dick, and he gave the boat such an im-petus with oars as .to send it partly around on the other side of the httle island. Several shots came crashing through the trees, and passed above the boys' heads. Then they saw another boat a little farther down stream approaching. ::we are between two crews now, Dick." . Well, one of them has a leaky boat, and we will have to see that something happens to the other. Turn around, Mark, and head up stream." _Mark obeyed without a word, knowing that Dick had some idea of outwitting the enemy. As they pulled up stream, the party in the leaky boat, who had turned around, was going down stream, and came near the second crew of redcoats. Dick and Mark, being hidden by the island at the time, neither party of redcoats saw them. When they got clear of the island, the second party, which had now become first by reason of the other's leaky boat, pulled straight ahead after the boat containing Dick apd Mark. The rowers did not know the river along shore as well as did the two boys, and instead of avoiding the shoals pulled. ahead. The first that they of their existence was when their boat stuck fast on a submerged mud flat. Then the two boys turned around and derisively a sked them if they did not want help, and when the redcoats very emphatically declared that they did, the boys rowed down stream as fast as they could. It was not long before they saw the other boat containing the redcoats who had demande d thei.r boat. The?e last-named gentlemen were so bus ily engaged m baling out their leaking skiff they did not stop even to exchange words with the boys, who pass ed by them swiftly at a safe distance. "Look, exclaimed Mark, a moment or s o later. Those fellows have taken to the water!" redcoats were in the river trying to reach the island, the not being deep enough there for them to s wim m, and so muddy that in their heavy boots it was most difficult for them to wade ashore. The two boys laughed at the pli ght of the._enen_iy, and called out remarks that were far from bemg of a consoling nature. "We have had a funny experience to-day," laughe d Mark as they went do w n stream toward the place where they expecte d to land. ::w.e certainly have!" con.curre d Dick, heartily. First there was that girl masquerading a s a boy and getting ducked, then thos e fellow s stoie our boat and were chased a shore by some unknown shooter; later we met the men in the leak boa:t, who very kindly proposed to take ours w 1lly-ml!y, and then you cleverly led those other fellow s mto a trap, and they are cooling their hee l s and probably heating their mouths with all sorts o f hot language on that mud flat." . ,M_ark Jaughed at the recollection, Dick JOmmg m, he havmg changed places with Mark. who was now rowing, while Dick was steering. "I don't believe that .girl could have got down here ahead of us," said Dick. "If s he had, they would have been better prepared to catch us." "They will have to use better boats and more sense if they expect to do that, Dick," replied Mark.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' GREATK •• :.tTLT' CHAPTER 111.-At the Riverside Tavern. Shortly after dark Dick set out disguis ed as a farmer with a false gray beard and wig which he had once got from some strolling players, and set out toward the British lines. He wore a farmer's suit and hat. There was a stretch of neutral ground between the two armies, where one might c.ften meet suspicious characters, camp follower:>, half outla,ws and sometimes British spies, and Dick knew that he would have to be on his guard while crossing this region. He mi .ght pick up some information there, however, and this he hoped to do. "If the girl is a spy, as I think she is," he murmured, "I may find out something about he.r. She is a mighty poor one if her recent attempts to impersonate a boy is a sample of the way she works." He slipped out of his own camp and made hi s way stealthily toward the river. There were sentries about, but Dick went by them and did not have to answer questions outside of the password. Getting outside the lines at length, he went on, and shortly saw a light in a tavern on the river, where all sorts of persons were to be found. "There may be some one here, from whom I can get information," he said to himself, as he walked on, still keeping a look-out. . Suddenly, as he neared a clump of trees at the s ide of the road, two men stepped out. It was too dark to see what they were like, but they were very rough spoken, a s he knew, when one said, gruffly: "You gotter pay toll on this road! Gimmee a shillin' an' I'll let yer pass on." "Lend me a shillin', Jim," said Dick, turning his head, as if addressing some one with him. "Huh I We'll have to get a shillin' from each of yer," said the other man. "That'll make two . " "It'll make nothing, I guess," said Dick. "Come on, fellers, and give these robbers fit s!" Dick suddenly dashed forward and upset both of the men in the road. The men never doubting that there were five or six boys coming instead of one, picked themselves up and hurried away in the darkness, while Dick continued hi s way toward the tavern. Here he found only a small company gathered, as it was early yet, and there were not many men out, the late hours being more to the liking of the frequenters of the place. Dick sat at a little table with some men. "There wa some trouble the boy got into today, wasn't there, Harwood?" Dick heard a man near him ask another, who seemed to be a drover by his attire. "Yes, and it was all for going out by herhimself without telling me of it. She mighthe ought to know better." "Why are you calling him she all the time, Harwood? The boy isn't a gal." "No, of course not." "Going to make a good spy of him?" "Yes, if he stitks to business and doesn't go galivantin' around looking more like a girl than a boy." Dick pretended not to hear this talk, which was held in a low tone. He thqught that the two men were talking of the girl whom he and Mark had met in the afternoon, and he made up his mind to know about the man Harwood. He called for a pewter of home-brewed, but did not intend to drink it, as none of the Liberty Boys drank malt, wine or spirits, although they sometimes pretended to do so in places like the one where Dick \Vas. The man with Harwood looked at Dick, but evidently saw nothing in him to arouse suspicion, for he did not look at him again, but said to Har wood, whom Dick was covertly regarding: "'Do you think the rebels will make an advance? Can you get in their lines and find out anything?" "No, but I'd send her in if he didn't think he'd make a fool of himself." " .Say!" laughed the other, "that's a gal, and why don't you say so?" "Well, s he' s a gfrl, all right," admitted Harwood, "but I'll have to be careful, as you say. Grace wants to be a spy, because she hates the rebels and perhaps she will be, but she's got to be careful. She met Dick Slater this afternoon and he's as good a spy a the rebels have. Of course, they are not equal to ours, but--" "Hello, Harwood!" interrupted a voice, aoo Dick saw the sergeant in ordinary clothing coming toward the two men. He buried his face in the pewter and seemed to be drinking, and the sergeant sat down with his back toward him. "You'll find the rebel spies as good as ours, Harwood," said the first speaker, whom :::>ick took to be an officer in disguise, "but a good many of our people think that they have got to abu;;e the enemy, and you are that sort. Slater is a better spy than ever you dared to be." "That's s o," said the sergeant, "and if Gates and Wayne and Arnold and the rest don't get the best of John B.urgoyn e, I'll miss my guess." "Slater got away thi afternoon, did he, ser-. geant?" "Yes, Lieutenant Gray, he did. That young woman that Harwood thinks so much of had a chance to catch him, but she let it go by. And is in training for a s py, too!" "Well, Slater is not very much known," mut tered Harwood, coloring, "and so, of course, she wouldn't recognize him." "Not much known!" laughed the sergeant. "Why, his description is stuck up all over the barracks and the town. Everybody knows it. If you are going to make a spy of the girl, Hal' wood, you should teach her a few things worth knowing. You claim to be a good spy, but you are not a patch on Dick Slater." "Well, never mind, spies don't count for every thing, and Burgoyne will thrash the rebels yet," boastingly. "Don't be too sm•e," said the lieutenant, in a lcw tone. "Burgoyne is losing his Indians, the Canadians and To1ies are getting disaffected, supplies are getting $hort, there are no reinforcements coming, and in a short time, if Gener:il Burgoyne does not put on a bold front and attack the rebels or make a quick i-.etreat, there won't be anything left of him. I am a British officer, and I want to see our side win, but I've got to acknowledge the truth when it's as plain as all this." "You're right, lieutenant," muttered the ser geant. He had learned an important fact, and now


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' GREATEST BATTLE he concluded to leave the place and ,get back to camp. He had not seen the girl of the afternoon, whom he now knew to be an amateur spy, but it was not necessary after what he had heard. He was about to get up when he saw the girl entei the tavern and come toward the table where the three men sat. She now had her hair cut as boys of that time wore it, and wore a suit of ordinary homespun instead of the fine clothes slle had worn in the afternoon, and looked much more like a boy, so that an ordinary person might have been deceived by her appearance. She wore a round hat with the brim turned down in front to keep the light out of her eyes, but as she ap proached she glanced up, saw Dick, and gave him a neculiar look. . suspects me," thought the young patriot captam. "I must be on my gtl'llrd.'' CHAPTER IV.-A Narrow Escape. The girl sat at the table with the others, as sumed a swaggering air and, su4denly turning around, said to Dick: "Hello, Dick Slater, don't you think this is a dangerous place for you?'' The girl's companions were greatly astonished. There was no resemblance between the seeming fa\mer at the table and the young patriot spy. The three men looked at the girl and at Dick in the greatest amazement. Although Dick was astonished at the girl spy's sudden question, he showed no sign of it. He was accustomed to controlling his emotions in an emergency, and he d i d so now, although it was a severe test. He paid no more attention to the girl than if he had not heard a word of what she said. This nettled her, and she got up and came a.nd sat in front of the young patriot. "I asked you if you did not think this a dangerou;, place to be in, Dick Slater?" she said. "Me?" with a stare and a , grunt from the s up gray-whiskered farmer. "You talkin' to me?" "Yes, I am," angrily. "Dangerous? I dunno. Mebbe 'tis. I'd keep my hands on my wallet ef I was you.'' The girl looked nettled and puzzled, and not altogether at her ease. "That's never Dick Slater," said the sergeant. "Of course not," echoed Harwood. "Certainly not," said the lieutenant. "I tell you he is!" said the girl in a low tone. "He is Dick Slater, the rebel spy, as sure as I am sitting here. Everything about him looks like Slater, but his beard, and may be false.'' "Better not talk about rebels here," said Dick, carelessly. "I see a lot o' Saratogy fellers here, and they might not like it. I also see a red coat under yer other one," to the lieutenant. "Better cover it up, I guess." . "Suppose I tell the whole roomful that you are ::-. rebel'!" muttered the girl in a low, angry tonP.. ,;That'd be nutbin'," shortly. "There's a lot here o' the same so1t, I gues s." Then Dick upset his pewter as if by accident, causing the contents to run into the girl's lap. She jumped up in haste, exclaiming: "You clumsy fellow, what do you mean by that?" "Maybe there's other rebels here," drawled Dick. "Them Saratogy boys is, I guess. What are you wearing boys' clothes for when you're not a boy?" The sergeant grinned, and the lieutenant moved his chair nearer to Dick. The room was beginning to fill up now, there being many more in it than at first. "I tell you that you are Dick Slater, the rebel spy," hissed the girl, coming to the table again, "and you had better confess and give yourself up before I denounce you." Harwood moved closer to Dick, the man evidently expecting to take him unawares. "Didn't I see you to Albany jail last month?" asked Dick, turning toward him. The spy looked disgusted, the lieutenant buttoned his outer coat, and the sergeant laughed. "I see the sheriff over yonder," Dick went on. "Mebbe he's lookin' fur an escaped prisoner." Dick had seen a number of men in the place whom he knew to be patriots, and he knew he could get friends in a moment if it came to an issue. Still, he preferred to hoodwink th-e girl if possible and get out without any trouble. "I tell you that you are Dick Slater, and I know it!" she said, coming closer. "I know your eyes, and I know that you are a boy for all that you have--" Then she suddenly reached forward anct snatched away Dick's false whiskers. "There!" she said, triumphantly. "What did I tell you?" her voice getting shrill. "Hello, everybody, this is--" Dick fired a quick shot, the bullet passing over the girl's head. He could have shot her, but he did not want to do so. The bullet struck a fivebranched candelabrum on the shelf over the fire place. This was about the only light the place afforded, as Dick noticed at the start. The girl gave a scream, and in a moment the candles fell to the floor and were extinguished. There was great confusion in an instant, men shouting and muttering, and many trying to get out in the road, fearing that they would be robbed. When other li,ghts were brought in, Dick Slater was nowhere to be seen, having made his escape through a window while the place was in darkness. "She was very determined," laughed Dick, as he hurried along the road, keeping his eyes and ears open, "but she does not know that I have escaped from better than her before now." "What's the matter at the tavern?" asked a man whom Dick heard coming toward him at that moment. "The sheriff is tryin' to 'rest a man. I wouldn't go in. They've been shootin' pistols." "Huh! I guess I won't!" and the man hurried away in another direction and quickly disappeared. In a few moments he heard some one on horseback coming after him at a gallop, and he darted into the bushes. "Hello! Stop, you rebel, or I'll put a shot through you!" he heard Harwood shout. The spy rode in the direction taken by the man to whom Dick had spoken, the clatter of hoofs growing fainter every moment. "There may be others," muttered Dick, coming from his covert and hurrying on with little noise and keeping in the shade as much a s possible.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' GREATEST BATTLE 1 He shortly heard some one else coming on horseback, and stepped into the shadow of the trees alongside the road, where he was completely hidden. "Ha! it's as dark as a pocket," he heard the lieutenant say. "I believe the fellow was Slater, after all. No one would have made such a clever escape but the rebel spy." The man rode on, and Dick shortly heard a quick challenge and a musket shot, and then in another moment the clatter of hoofs coming toward him. "Confound him, he has stirred up the rebel picket!" growled the lieutenant as he rode back. Then Dick went on, keeping a careful watch on the road and li stening for any suspicious sound. The man who had fired upon the lieutenant might fire upon him without first challenging him, and he mus t therefore be cautious. Then the man might have been one of the enemy's pickets who, thought Dick, seeing a rider coming on in a hurry, had taken him for one of the "rebels," and had fired. Dick crept along carefully, therefore, li stening, and looking along the road, although it was too dark for him to see much of at this point. Presently he saw a shadowy of a man in the middle of the road, and stole toward the bushes still closer, making no sound and scarcely breathing as he went on. The man was walking up and down, every now and then stopping in a listening attitude as if trving to determine whether any one were coming or not. "Some rebel who has Lg-ot into our lines and want to gzt out," h e heard the man sa'' and then he knew tha t he was of the enemy's sentries and was glad that he had b e en so cautious . As he was gliding on, sl owly and noi se lessly, he heard some one coming on horseback. "Halt!" cried the guard. "\Vho goes there?" "A friend, " Dick h e a r d Harwood say. "There has an enemy come this way, and I am looking for him." "Is that you, Mr. Harwood?" asked the guard. "Yes; has any one passed y ou ?" "No; s om e one tried to do so, but I fired and drove him back. A rebel spy,J suppose?" "Yes, it was Dick Slater, the captain of the Liberty Boys. You have heard of him?" "Yes, indeed; there is a large reward offered for him , dead or alive." "Did you hit him?" asked Harwood, eagerly. "No; h e was on horseback and rode away in haste." "Why, Slater had no horse!" in astonishment. "I went off in the wrong direction, and I found I was following the wrong party. Slater is a clever rascal." "Then who was the person on horseback?" "I don't know, I'm sure." Others were heard coming, and the lieutenant a .nd the sergeant so on came up, Dick all this time making his way past the two men who were in the middle of the road. He got by, and then the lieutenant and the sergeant had to have matters explained to them. When Dick got out of sight and hearing of the he went on more rapidly, but exerc;sed mud; caution as eYer, as he feared he might run u,;on anoLher JJicket in his haste. At length he: lwa1 d the man com:ng after him, and stole toward the river where there' was a swampy stretch. He was not afraid to tra verse it even at night, knowing from the feel of the ground under him whether it were sa!e or not. In a few minutes he heard shots and a sharp challenge, and then the clatter of hoofs on the road. "They are going back," he muttered. "They came upon one of our pickets and found out their mistake. I must be within our lines now." He went on, however, and discovered one or two American pickets, but he glided by them and . did not make himself known until he reached his own camp, where Ben Spurlock was on guard. He quickly answered the Liberty Boy's challenge, and went to the camp, finding Bob and Mark, and telling them of his adventures. Sam Sanderson, \Vill Freeman, Phil Waters, Paul Benson, Harry Judson and a few_ others came up as he was telling the story, and all were greatly interested. "So the girl is a spy after all," said Bob, "or in training for one, you may say." "Yes, but I think the reason is, as the sergeant said, that Harwood is interested in the young woman and likes to be in her company, and so he is training her to be a spy." "She will never be one till she trains that temper of hers," replied Bob, with a laugh. "No, for to be a good spy one must learn to control his emotions and not give way to anger or spite," added Dick. "But you learned some very important things, didn't you?" said Mark. , "Yes, I think so, and I must go and see the general and report to him what I have learned." Dick then put on his uniform, mounted Major, hi s ma,gnificent black Arabian, and went over to the quarters of General Gates, where he told an orderly that he had important news. Gates knew Dick, and after some delay the young captain was admitted, and stated what he had heard, as brieflv as he co uld. The general questioned him at some length, but Dick kept to hi s story-and, finally convinced the doubting general that h., had really obtained the information and w not making it up. "That is important if it is true," said the general at las t. "These redcoats may have been giving their own opinions, however, and not stating the facts." Dick had simply told what he had heard, however, without passing an opinion as to its credibility, and he made no reply. "Well, you were right to come and tell me about it, captain," the general said, and then Dick, feeling that he was dismissed, saluted and withdrew. "How different from General Washington," thought Dick. "His manner was curt, even suspicious. Well, he may find out that it was all the truth, as I believe it is myself, but I cannot help thinking that he might have been less short. However, that does not matter so long as I have done my duty," and he went back to his own camp. CHAPTER V.--llick Meets the Girl Spy. Dick went to his tent, where Bob and Mark quickly joined him, the three sitting before the fire and conversing in low tones. The Liberty


8 THE LIBERTYBOYS' GREATEST BATTLE Boys were occupying themselves in various ways , and some were on guard outside the camp, Dick having taught them to be vigilant whether they expected an enemy or not. There was no alarm during the night, and in the morning Dick set cut along shore over the stretch of neutral ground between the two armies toward the enemy's lines to see what he could learn in additioh to what he had heard the night before. He was dresse d in Quaker garb, there being many Quakers in th'! vicinity, from whom he got the disguise. It was nothil:lig uncommon to see the modest dress of the Friends around there. He went on foot, as that was more convenient than taking a horse, and got through the lines. H e made his way along the lower road for a time without meeting any one, and then heard voices. He drew back a.nd saw the girl spy, Grace Golding, on horse back, accompanied by what would appear to be an attendant. She was dressed in a green riding habit, with a green hat and long plume, that floated back over her brown hair, and she rode her horse with all the airs and graces of a young woman of fashion. They seemed to be in very familiar conversation for mistress and servant, he thought, and then he looked sharper and saw that the man who seemed to be a servant was no other than Harwood. "He is giving her lessons-hi kind of lessons," thought Dick, chuckling a little. They had not seen him, in fact, being too much taken up with themselves to notice anything unles s they stumbled over it. "They're a pretty pair of spies," thought Dick, as he watched them ride alon , g. They were going the same way Dick was, so he drew back and then followed to see where they were going and what their business might be. They soo n left the lower road and stopped at a tavern on the heights kept by a patriot. The girl alighted by the help of her s uppo s ed attendant, and he took care of both horses while she went within, and sat down at a table near the window. Harwood took the hor, ses around to the stable himself, and a little later Dick saw him return. He did not look the same man, for he had managed to spruce up considerably, and he no longer appeared to be the serving man, for although he wore the same suit, he had added several accessories that gave his dress an entirely different aspect. He entered the tavern. and joined the young woman at the table, the two acting as if they had just met . . "Dick could see them talking together from his vantage point behind a tree, and she was thinking of going on and trying to hear what they were talking about, when he saw that they were get ting ready to come out. "He ou ght to have been here by this time," he heard Harwood say. "Are you sure he has not been here and left?" &8ked t he girl. "I could not learn that he had. And there was a0 message for me, either." "Well, we can come back later. Which way shall we go now?" "We will go to the north, for I have a mes sage to deliver to the general, although I did not get word from that other man," replied Harwood. "I tuink I will go, too," decided Dick. Their horses were soon brought around, but Dick was not at all concerned because they were mounted and he was afoot, for he was a good runner and could keep up an easy'lQpe for miles without becoming fatigued. They did not ride fast, however, evidently being in no haste to terminate their ride too hastily, the two keeping up a steady conversation, which Dick could not hear, as he was obliged to keep within the bushes B .nd woods so as not to be seen. "I believe that fellow has got some word from Sir Henry Clinton, and he is trying to get it to Burgoyne," thought Dick. "I know he is hoping to get word from the general that he is sending him reinforcementf, which he needs badly enougn, with the Indians and Canadians deserting as fast a s they are." He kept along at the side of the two, but well out. of sight, wondering how he could prevent Harwood from delivering the message. The two were cantering along at an easy pace, and a s udden idea sprang into Dick's brain. He tied a handkerchief over the lower part of his face and ran ahead until he saw his chance. Then leaping from the side of the road, he sprang upward and alighted on Grace Golding's horse be .hind the startled girl. The sudden addition to his load frightened the horse and he sprang forward and dashed up the road, which ran along the edge of an embankment, and a misstep might mean being dashed down on the rocks below. Harwood gave an exclamation of alarm, and followed as clo sely as he could, while Dick tore the reins from the hands of the frightened girl and guided the galloping horse along the road. His intention was to lead the horse the other way as soon as he could gain control over him, for as they were going now they would reach the Briti s h camp. Dick was familiar with the ground all about the Saratoga district, and he knew farther along was a place where he could safely turn the horse, and that would be taking Harwood and tJ:ie girl away from the camp instead of toward it. It was possible, also, that he could ride the girl into his o:wn quarters, and if the spy still fol lowed he might be able to capture him. On they went at a breakneck speed, the girl crying and shouting to Harwood to save her. The spy was wild, but he dared not fire at Dick for fear of hitting the girl. S he did not know who was behind her at first, and Harwood was puzzled enough at the sight of a youth in Quaker garb performing such circus stunts as Dick's feat of jumping on a cantering horse. Fortunately they met no one, and on they kept toward the north, the gfrl screaming. Presently as they turned a bend Dick saw that the horse was giving out, and that he would not be able to make him maintain that killing pace much longer. He glanced behind and did not see Harwood on account of the bend. "I'll make him l ose sight of us entirely," thought Dick, "and it will take some time for him to find us. That will give the horse a chance to recover a bit." Farther on there was a narrow bit of open country, and beyond that again, woods, and Dick rode across the open space until he came to the v :oods, allowing the horse to walk, but keeping a sharp lookout behind to see if Harwood were following, or if he had given up the chase.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' GREATES T BATTLE 9 "! hope h e is more gallant than that," he said t . 1 himself, '.'for I don't want the girl. I want to ke<'p him from delivering that message. " 'Yhen the horse's pace slackened sufficiently for Grace Golding to think o f anything but keeping her hold on t o his mane. she looked around to see who it was that ran off with her. She did not recognize Dick in his g u ise, b u t when she sa\v that it was a boy attired i n the habiliaments of a peace lovin.g Friend, her courage returned. "What do you mean by r unning off with me like that?" she asked i n ind ignation. "I didn't like the company you had," replied Dick, gravely. T he girl simpered. "Oh!" she said. Dick looked a t her i n surpdse, ope n ed his mouth to say s omething, and then swallowed hard. "Why was thee riding with him so far and so fast?" he asked, mild l y . She tossed her head a s she replied: "He made me . " "Why s hould he be able to make thee do what was agains t thy will?" "I don't like you," she said. "I wou l d rathe1 have Mr. Harwood. I don't wis h t o be ques tioned . " "Whither was he taking thee?" persisted Dick. "Mr. Harwood, I would like to have y o u know, is a person of much importance, and it is au honor to me that he should care so much to be in my company. " "But thee has n ' t ans " e r e d my question," persi sted Dick, mildly. While they were talking they w ere riding farther into the woods. "I'd like to know where you are taking me?" !"h e cried. "I don't know what you mean by stealing me and my hors e! Let me go, at once. Show you r face. Who are you, anyway?" "If thy friend thinks so much of thee, why doe s he not follow and protect thee from strangers?" a s ked Dick. "He has important business with General Burgoyne, and must get there at a certain time." "He puts business before thee, then?" "He puts duty first!" replied the girl, who was i nw ardly boiling with rage at Harwood's desertion. Dick was in hope s that Harwood was following, but at the .girl's words he began to have his doubts . Jus t then he caught a glimpse of some brightly tinted feathers through the trees. CHAPTER VI.-Getting Into Trouble. "Indians!" exclaimed Dick . Grace look e d at him in alarm and crouched back dos e against him. An arrow came whistling over their heads. J)ick hesitated but an instant, and then realizing tha t the hors e, already spent with hard traveling, could not take them both to safety, he slipped from the back of the animal, gave it a sharp slap on its flank s and cried out to Grace: "Bend over on the horse's neck and ride for your life!" The girl obeyed; in fact, could do nothing el s e, for she was almost powerless from fright, and lay on the horse's neck, clinging to him with both arms, a n d cryin g in w himpering sob bing breath s . Arro ws a n d shots foll owed the h orse, but no n e tou c h ed either h i m o r his rider, a n d D i c k coul d hear his hoofs goin.g farther and farther away. He lay a m id the underbru sh w ithou t movement or sound, hoping t hat the redsk ins wo u ld thin k that he had g"one with t h " e h orse. . There was not a motion among the trees, and a ll was si l e n t except for an occasional twitter of scme bird in the branches overhead. Dick knew that there were redskin s all around him, a n d t hat they were frien d l y with the enemy, and i f h e were o n ce disc overed that he woul d either b e tak en to t h e B r itish camp, carried off to Ca nada, or be tortured, according as it s uited their hum or. H e did not care for a n y of t h ese alternatives, and therefore kept as q u i e t a s s o me beast of p r ey watching his gam e . " I wonder how long they will keep me here," he t hought. " I h ope t h e girl g o t away, for I could n't wish my bitterest e n e m y a w o r s e f ate t han to be captured b y Indians." Presently h e knew that the redskins were steadily closing in o n him. " They m ust have seen the two of us and known that only one was o n the ho u se." H e waited for w hat might happen, wondering if he might not manage to get u p a tree without being s een, but already it was too late. From the very moment he had di s covered the Indians they had been watching him, and had expected to capture both. But Dick' s s udden action i n sending the horse flying outward had take n the girl o u t of their clutches. Dick watched and listened, and then hearing and seeing nothing, concluded to see if he could not climb up into the tree be hind which he was cro uching an"d take a s urve;' o f the woods. He drew hims el f up gripping the trunk with his arms and knees, was slowly but surely making his way toward the branches o f the tree, when he suddenly saw a lithe form spring from behind a tree near by and before he could draw up his legs so as t o be beyond his reach, he felt himself seized and being dragged downward. He kicked out violently, and succeeded in mak ing the Indian release his hold, but in an instant another had sprung up in his stead, and then another, and yet another, until he was surrounded, and there was a redskin tugging at each of his legs. There wa11 nothing for him to d o but to s lide down the tree trunk and submit to being b ound by the savages, who expres sed their satisfaction by a number of grunts in catching the white boy. They were much inter f-Sted in his broad-brimmed hat, and one of them gravel y stuck it on the back of his head and it being the principal article of attire, which was exceedingly scanty at most, he presented a sight that made Dick smile despite the seriou!nees of his predicament. Another orie divested him of his c oat, but when he put it o n he evidenly di d no t like the feeling of it against the skin, for he restored it to Dick, and then it was that they bound his arms down at his s ides. They lost no time getting on the march, and Dick wondered why it was that they had been in the woods at that particular time. The fact was they were making the journey back to their northern home. He was deeply interested in the signs of de fection in the enemy's camp, and he vished he


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' GREATEST BATTLE could bring the proof before General Gates, so . that they could take advantage of the British necessities for their own good. He was sure that they were in need of" supplies ever since the at tempt to raid their stores at Bennington, and he was afraid that Sir Henry Clinton might succeed in getting Burgoyne relief before.the patriots began their attack. He saw that it was impossible for him to ,get away from his Indian captors at present, for he was not only bound, but was watched on all sides, being obliged to walk in the midst of the redskins. He hoped that they would gc• through the forest singly and that he might be able to escape, bound as he was, but he soon saw that there was no prospect of that. He did not enjoy the prospect of being taken northward, as winter was so near, for soon the great wilderness would be white with snow, which falli! early up in the north. He was thinking of these things and trying to devi se some means of getting away from the redskins, when he heard sounds that showed him +;hat there were other persons in the vicinity. He saw that the Indians discovered the fact about the same time, for they appeared a little uneasy, and slunk deeper into the dark recesses of the woods. Dick determined that he would see who these persons might be. Even if there were more of the enemy he might be able to make use of the fact to his own advantage. He stumbled and then sunk to the ground with a cry of pain. The redskins kicked at him with their moccasined feet, but he took his ankle in his hands and rocked to and fro as if in great pain. They jerked him to his feet, but he sank down again appearing to try to put his foot to the ground. Then two of the huskiest of the warhors ,grabbed him by each side and tried to drag him onward, but Dick let them have his full weight, which materially impeded their progress. All this time he could hear the sound of voices and tramping of feet growing louder. The Indians were trying to run him off in a different direction from that whence the newcomers seemed to be. Then in answer to some guttural appeal from the two savages that had hold of him, two more came, and tried to carry him bodily as on e would a bale of hay. That gave Dick an opportunity to make quite a demonstration, and he made the most of it. Then the_y tied him hand and fot, and one of the biggest of the redskins took him over his shoulder. All this time the others were coming nearer. They Dick let out a tremendous yell that startled even the redskins themselves. That brought the newcomers on with a rush. Evidently the redskins did not wish to be delayed on their journey northward, for when they found that the others were almost on them, they hastily abandoned their captive and made off in the wood s . Dick was helpless so far as his limbs were concerned, but his vocal powers were unimpaired His cries directed the party, of whomever it might be composed, toward him. When the men finally appeared, Dick was not at all surprised fo find that they were British soldiers. Still, he would rather be a prisoner with redcoats than with redskins, that were taking him farther away every moment just at this important time. He had lost his broad-brimmed hat, but the of hiE dress wa so distinctive that of a Friend that the officer in charge of the company of 1ed coats exclaimed at once: "Why, hello, broadbrim, how did you get here among the wilds. I thought you fellows generally stayed near town and villages." "In verity, friend, there would I be now were my preferences consulted, but some of the children of the forest were trying to carry me away to their lairs," replied Dick, trying to sit up. "You are in a pretty plight for so dignified a personage," laughed the lieutenant. "Perchance when thee hast recovered from thy mirth thee will loosen these bonds," suggested the supposed Quaker, mildly. "Certainly! My surprise overcame me for the moment," replied the lieutenant. Then calling to some one in the rear, he said: "Sergeant, release this man!" The sergeant came forward, and Dick at once recognized him, but hoped that the recognition would not be mutual. As the man, however, bent over Dick to untie his feet, he looked at him keenly. Dick tried to change his expression so that the man would be baffled, but he could not command his features sufficiently to deceive the man who had seen him so many times. "'Vhy, lieutenant!" he exclaimed. "this is Dick Slater, the well-known boy spy, who has already given us a lot of trouble!" "Is that so?" cried the lieutenant, coming close to Dick and leaning over to get a good view of his features. "You are right, sergeant. This is, indeed1 a stroke of luck to ,get him into our hands.' "He f e ll into them like an overripe apple, sir," chuckled the sergeant. Dick said nothing, as he knew it would do no good. He was glad to be released from hi s cramped position, and submitted quietly to being marched away between two soldiers. "How did vou happen to b e in these wild parts?" he a s ked, after a while. "Trying to keep the redskins from deserting," replied the sergeant; then realizing hi s admission, he hastily added: "Some of the rascals _have been making too free with our provisions, and we have to keep an eye on them." Dick did not appear to pay much attention to his answer, but kept on walking briskly with the rest toward the Britis h camp. While in the midst of the north woods they were far away from the two armies . The vicinity was very sparsely settled. Dick was glad enough to be on the return march, for he felt sure something was impending, and he did not wish to be a prisoner among the Indians, going toward Canada, while an important action was so near at hand. He did not attempt any more conversation, but as they neared the lines he kept his eyes open. He could see only the usual activity in a camp, but he noticed that so far as he was taken the horses were few, and that the men, or very many of them, looked worn and thin. "I believe they are in straits for supplies. I am sorry for the men, for we patriots know what it is to go hungry and cold and footsore and but that is no reason why the general should not take of the It may C'nd the war just so much sooner." They LLd not take him ve1y far beyond the


THE LIBERTY BOYS' GREATEST 11 lines drawn about the camp, but halted him at a sort of outpost. He was put in a tent, which was strictly g-uarded, but he was not bound in any way now. "That is fortunate," he thought, "for with my hands and feet free there is no telling what chance for escape may offer." He looked about, but could not see much, as the tent was shut in by the others, and they seemed to be in a sort of depression, that gave no chance for a view of the county around. "I can only await my opportunity," and he settled himself down to take advantage of the c:hance to rest. He stretched himself out on a blanket that he found in the camp, for he had been walking since early morning. He had not realized how weary he was until he found time to rest himself. CHAPTER VIl.-A Lucky Chance for Dick. Dick was a prisoner, with the chances of escape not at all in favor, but he was not dis couraged, and determined to use every effort toward getting away. While Dick was sitting on the stool looking out upon the little camp, the sentry having just passed by, he heard a noise of laughter, a clatter of hoofs and the whirring of wheels. Then a cart with two horses harnessed to it, driven by a clean-shaven young farmer in a Jong, rough linen coat came in sight. The wagon containeCI. all sorts of vegetables. Sol diers were running after the cart, seizing the vegetables and going off with them, laughing and !'houting, while the farmer was protesting and' declaring that the stuff was for sale and not to be run off with at will by a lot of thieves. The cart was without springs , and jus t a s it came in front of the tent where Dick sat, one of the forward wheels struck a goods ized stone in the way, and it r ecei v ed a decided tip. In a moment the farmer was thrown off the seat, upset the sentry, and rolled into the tent. '!he sentry was slightly stunned by his head hitt ing a stone . Here was the chance which might not happen again in a hundred years, and which mus t be taken advantage of instantly. The farmer's coat was gray, and so was Dick's, anrl he wore a broad-brimmed straw hat. This fell off, and in a moment Dick had it on his own head, gave the farmer a roll to the farther s ide of the tent, and changed coats with him. Then he darted for the tent. "Here, go s h hang it, them things is for sale, not to be s tole! " he shouted a s he made a dash for the cart and leaped upon the seat. Then he seized the reins and g-ave the horses a cut with the slack of them, &ending them on at good speed. The soldiers had. pulled out the tailboard, and now a s the cart went on, jumping and bouncing, the potatoes, pumpkins and other ,egetables came rolling out, dancing and tumbling in all directions , and keeping the hungry red coats busy in picking them up. None of them had got a good look at Dick's face, and for the moment imagined he was the young farmer. The sentry recovered, got on his feet and rushed to the tent, fearing that his prisoner might escape in the confusion. He had already done so; but the redcoat did not know this yet. He saw the back of a person holding a gray coat picking himself up at the farther end of the tent, and supposed that he was Dick, who had been overturned as well as himself. The farmer was driving out of the camp as fast as he could , go, while the contents of his cart were being rapidly diminished, evidently without his knowledge. The sentry swore as he saw him, and said to one of the redcoats, who had his arms full of turr>ips and other vegetables: "Save some of them for me, Wilkins, because I can't leave here." "All right, mate, but there'll be nothing left in the cart by the time it gets a ways further. That was a lucky thing for us." "Yes, so it was, and--Here, get back there, you rebel I" The prisoner, as the guard thought, was trying to leave the tent. The sentry pushed him back rudely, and then presented his bayonet in a threatening attitude. "W'ho you calling a rebel, you blame redcoat?" growled the farmer. "Somebody's gotter pay for that truck o' mine what you stoled. Here, take that thing away." "Get back there, I tell you, or I'll run you through. You're a rebel and you'll be hanged this afternoon." "Waal, I guess I won't!" with a snort. "An I ain't no rebel nuther, I'm a true an' l'yal subjeck o' the King, an' a honest farmer o' the name o' Wanamaker, an' I gotter git pay for the truck ye took an' my cart besides, or I'll know the reason why, by gosh!" ''Don't tell me any such stories as that!" growled the sentry. Then he recognized the farmer and was vexed with himself for having allowed the prisoner to escape, and bound to take it out on some one. "You fool! You helped Slater to escape." Others came up, among them the sergeant, who knew Dick, and he said at once, with an angry exclamation: "Why, that's not Dick Slater! How did you let him get away?" "Who drove the cart away if it was not the farmer?" asked the sent1y in bewildermsnt. "I never drived it," muttered Mr. Wanamaker. "I got upsot by hittin' on a stun as' I rolled in here. Then somebody rolled me in a corner, and fust I know this here redcoat p'inted his bay'net at me an' said I was a rebel an' tryin' to get away." "Then it was Dick Slater that drove the cart out of the camp, and goodness only knows where he is now!" "Yes, an' he stole my hat an' coat!" roared the farmer. "Well, you can't blame me for that," muttered the sentry. "This bumpkin upset me, and when I got up the cart was going through the camp. Everybody saw it and you can't blame me more than any one else." "Waal, you got my truck an' I want pay fur't," said the farmer. "I want my cart, too, an' I want ter git even fur bein' called a rebel, when every one knows I'm a true an' l'yal subjeck o' the Kin,g." "You will have to ask Slater for your cart," said the sergeant. "Any one who says that Dick


' . 12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' GREATEST BATTLE Slater is not one of the cleverest spies in any service is mi staken, and I'm willing to give him all the ctedit for being one of the smartest boys I ever met." The cart was gone, and so was the prisoner, and nearly every one in the camp had seen him go out and had not tried to stop him nor eve11 suspected who he was in hi s disguise. Up came the lieutenant, and to him the farmer made his complaint, the sergeant telling what had happened. Lieutenant Gray had seen the cart drive out at breakneck speed, and had laughed, but n1w his laugh changed to a frown, and he said: "H'm! you have lost a load of garden truck, 1ut we have let a dangerous prisoner e s cape, and now we must look for him all over again. \Ve will pay you for the stuff the men have take n, but you w'll have to find the cart yourself." The cart and horses were found a t the side of the road half a mil e from the little camp, for Dick had no use for them after having gotten safely away from the redcoats . He left the horses at the s ide of the read and set off toward the American lines, laughing at the comical s id.i of his escape and forgetting the serious side for the moment. "It was very funny for the r edcoats," he laughed, "and they never th::mght that their prisoner was getting away. How those turnips and cabbages and pumpkins and potatoes d : d jump about! I got a good shaking up myself in that springless cart, b u t that did not matter." By the t i me the farmer had recovered . horses and cart, Dick Slater was far away, and safe within the American lines. Some of the Continental sentries knew him and pas sed him on, and then he had little difficulty in getting to the camp and to his own boys. Bob and Mark and the res t were eager to hear of his, Bob saying, with a laugh: "Well, Miss Grace Golding , the ladylike spy, did not catch you, at any rate, Dick, nor even Harwood, her instructor, and that i s something to be glad of." "It would be of little matter who caught me, Bob," smiling, "if I had been unable to make my escape." "Of course," grunted B ob, "but it would be too bad to be caught by a creature like that!" "Like what?" laughed Mark. "You spoke of Miss Golding, and also of Harwood." "They are all the same," muttered Bob . "Weil, I got away by a lucky chance, which might not happen ag.ain in a hundred years," laughed Dick, "and so it does not matter who it was that caught me." CHAPTER VIIl.-A Spirited Capture. Later in the day Dick set out again to learn more of the enemy, as he had not succeeded in finding out anything of any account in the morning on account of being taken by the Indians, and from them by the redcoats. "There is very little doubt in my mind that the British are short of provis ions," he said to Bob, "and that Burgoyne is ready to retreat, unless by some desperate measure he can supply himself or be reinforced. I must find out more definitely so a s to convince Gates that s uch is the case, as he seems to have a doubt of it." "It is not ,good policy to talk about yollr generals," muttered Bob, "but Gates i s decidedly opinionated and not very courteous to those below him. Horatio Gates had an idea, and still has it. no doubt, that he could manage things very much better than Washington." Dick s miled, and Bob went on: "Why, the way the redcoats went for the farmer's truck this morning shows you that they want provisions. I'll wager there was not a thing left, and there would not have been even if you had not run off with the cart." "No, there would not," said Dick, smiling. Putting on a different disguise, and taking a horse which would not attract attention, Major being too well known to the enemy to risk taking. Dick set out in a different direction, keeping more toward the high ground back of the river and to the interior. He avoided the low grounds and the swampy di stricts, which were infested by camp followers , Tories, Indians and questionable characters, and kept off toward the enemy's works, slipping out of the lines by mentionin. g his errand to a few who knew him, and going on for some little distance without meeting any one or attracting any notice from possible spies in the woods. He met the farmer whose cart had been despoiled during the morning, the man having it with him now and sitting on the seat, but hav'ng no truck. "Good-afternoon!" grunted the man, without recognizing Dick. "Goin' over to the village? Lo ok out for redcoats. They'll take yer hoss an' only give ye 'bout half what it's wuth." "In need o' hosses, are they?" a s ked Dick. "They're in need of pooty much everything, I guess; men an' provisions an' powder an' ball an' se ch, 'bout everything, I guess." "Guess ther rebels could lick 'em if they knowed it, couldn't they?" asked Dick . "Shouldn't wonder if they could," with a shrug. "I've be'n a true an' l'yal subjeck o' the King myself, but the way things is goin' I'm inclined ter turn rebel. Burgoyne ain't much of a gin'ral, 'cordin' to my notion, hirin' Injuns an' Canucks an' all sorts, an' not payin' right for truck. I ain't 'tall s atisfied, I ain't." "The fellow is one of these wavering adherents, who want everything their o"n way and are ouick ly discouraged at reverses," thought Dick. "He would be just the same if he were on our side." "You aren't a rebel?" continued the farmer. "No, o' course not," replied Dick, who never u sed the word as applied to himself. "Wull, mebby you've be'n treated better'n I have, or ye would be," and the man clucked to his hcrses to go on. Just then Dick saw Harwood, the spy, coming around a turn in the road, and went on, wondering if the fellow would know him. The spy looked at him, but did not recognize him owing to his disguise, and Dick said in a high key: "Any rebel s 'tween here an' the village?" I was thinkin' o' goin' on, but they bothered me • some this mornin', an' I dunno if it's safe." "How do I know that you are not a rebel your self?" the man asked. "Ye might if ye had sense, an' I thoua;ht ye


THE LIBERTY BOYS' GREATEST BATTLE 13 had when I 'dressed ye," replied Dick. "Mebbe you're a rebel?" "You're a fool!" sputtered Harwood as he went on, passing Dick. The latter quickly wheeled, caught up with the spy, and said in his natural tones: "Ride on, Mr. Harwood, and don't attempt to use your pistols or you will ,get a taste of mine!" The man turned his head and saw a big pistol leveled at him. "Dick Slater, by Jove!" he exclaimed. "Yes, the boy you called a fool!" laughed Dick. Hanyood dug his spurs into his horse in the hope of escaping Dick, but the young captain was alongside in a moment, and on the side which prevented his turning off as the farmer had done. Mr. Wanamaker was just in sight and going at a fair place, but it was not likely that the spy knew him. . "Keep right on," said Dick, suddenly reaching out, thrusting his hand into the spy's coat and withdrawing a pistol. "You might forget my caution," h e said, with a sly wink. "Keep right on, you're going the way I want you." Harwood scowled at Dick and tried to get away from him, but the young patriot kept abreast, and said: "In for a race, are you, Mr. Harwood? Well, I don't mind that. We will get to the camp all the sooner." "I won't go with you!" snapped the spy, trying to draw another pistol. "I told you not to do that!" Dick said quickly, giving the man a glance from his bu!e-gray eyes and seizing the second weapon. . He tried to urge his hors e ahead so a s to ride away from Dick, but the latter's horse, while not at all equal to Major, was still superior to that iidden by the spy, and he kept right alongside . Dick suddenly thrust out his hand again and took a third pistol from Harwood, thrusting it into his belt, and saying: "That is all that you have, I hope. Keep ,.m, Mr. Harwood, we are going very well now." The man scowled, but Dick only laughed an.d kept on alongside .. Seeing that he. could outride Dick nor slip away from him, and being now within the means of offense or defense, the man turned to the youn,g patriot and said: "I must give you credit for a good deal of cleverness, Slater. I was mistaken in calling you a fool, but then I had not recognized you at that time." Dick said nothing, but he knew perfectly well what the man was going to say next. "You rebels have not a great deal of money," Harwood went on. "I think I could make it worth your while to let--" "You need not say any more, Harwood," interrupted Dick. "I thought you had a better opinion of me than that. It shows that you d o not know me very well yet." "There is a reward of five hundred pounds offered for your capture, and I can equal that, and--" "If you say another word I will take a dead spy back to the camp instead of a live one," said Dick, his pistol at the man's head. Harwood turned pale and darted across the road. Dick was after him in an instant and seized hi s bridle rein. "Keep to this side of the road,'' he said, sternly, "and do not try any more of those tricks. You will be hanged, anyhow, so it does not matter if I shoot you. Keep on as we are going." The spy could not shake Dick off nor e lu de him in any way, nor could he bribe the young patriot, and he began to see in what a desperate position he had gotten. • "We w ill want to talk to you, Harwood,'' sairl Dick, presently. "I think y ou can give me some valuable information." "I will tell you all you want to know if you let me ,go,'' muttered the boy, doggedly. "You will tell it to me in any event,'' replied Dick, tersely. Harwood said no more, and Dick kept hold of the bridle rein and did not let his eye wander from the man's face for an instant. They were shortly challenged by a man who sprang out of some bushes, but Dick made a quick signal and rode on. Later a man with a musket stopped them, and Dick said , shortly: "Captain Slater of the Liberty Boys with a prisoner, a spy of the British." "Very good, captain,'' said the man, stepping aside, and Dick went on with the spy. They were within the American lines now, and there was no chance of the spy escaping, nor could he get the advantage of Dick who watched his every moment as a cat watdhes a mouse. At the camp Dick was met by Bob and a dozen of the boys, Bo.b saying, with s o me astonishment: "Why, that's the spy, Dick!" "Yes, take care of him,'' Dick returned. "I will have him sent to the general shortly. Watch him till I put on my uniform." . Ben and s ome others took the man to a tent, where he was left under a strong guard. He shortly put his head out of the tent and said to Ben: "If you will allow me to escape, I will give you--" "That will do!" interrupted Ben, sternly. "You cannot bribe the Liberty Boys, and you may as well know it now as later. Go back into the tent." Harwood turned pale and obeyed, making no further !o speak . to his guards. Having put on. his uniform, Dick mounted Major and went with Bob to the quarters of General Gates half a dozen of the Liberty Boys following with the spy, who was turned over to the commander. Dick told what he knew of the man, who was searched, important papers being found upon him, which he had not been able either to destroy or to get rid of. "vVe will question the fellow," said Gates, and then, feeling that he was dismissed, Dick saluted and went away, followed by Bob. "Gates doe sn't waste any courtesy on_any one," muttered Bob, when the boys were outside. Dick smiled, but said nothing, and they were shortly in the saddle riding back to the camp, followed by Ben and the others. "Harwood must l:Jegin to think that he is in a seriou s predicament,'' declared Sam, as they went on. "He ought to have thought of his peril before


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' GREATEST BATTLE now," rejoined Ben. "We are not in this struggle for the fun of it." "But most redcoats regard it is a pleasure excursion,'' remarked Phil, "and have their tenni> courts, skittles alleys and private theatricals, just as they do in their barracks at home." "Making a theater of Faneuil Hall and a riding school of the Old South in Boston,'' muttered Will. "They will find it a serious matter enough in time," said Bob, with a grunt and a shrug of his shoulder. CHAPTER IX.-The Girl's Spy's Mishap. "Do you know, Bob, I have not yet found out what I went out to learn?" laughed Dick, when he and Bob were back in camp. "But you are pretty well satisfied about your trip, Dick,'' Bob returned. "Harwood will tell Gates all he wants to know." "He may and he may not,'' shortly. "I would .:ie better satisfie\i if I could get the information first hand." . '"You are not going out ?" anxiously. "Remember the ewer that goes too often to the well." "I do, but I have been pretty fortunate so far, and I have an idea that I will continue to be." "You had better let me go with you, Dick." "I have no objection, Bob, but there is more than double the danger with two than with one, you know." "Yes, but I shall be taking my share of it, and then, you know, one can help the other while one has no one but himself to look to." Short1y before dusk Dick and Bob left the camp stealthily, being attired as ordinary city boys, and taking fishing lines with them, for they were going in the boat, although they might not keep entirely to the river during their scouting trip. They found the boat in the bushes where Dick had hidden it, and put out quietly, keeping an eye on the shore as they went on at an easy stroke, for there were often dangerous characters as well as redcoats along the river, and caution was necessary. There was still light enough for them to see their way, and both knew the i:iver well, there being scarcely a point from the falls to the mouth that they had not traversed, "There's that tavern where you met the sergeant and Lieutenant Gray," said Bob, as they went on, both boys rowing. "Do you think :t would be well to go there?" "It is a dangerous place to be in, Bob,'' shortly, "but we might learn something there. It is a i:Jit early for the regulars to be there, however, and it might be well to wait a bit." They kept on up the river, and near a little i!'land saw a man on the bank fishing. -"Get away from here,'' he said. "Don't you see I'm fishing here?" "Do you own all the fish in the river?" asked Dick. "No, I don't, but this is my fishing ground, and you darsen't fish here, I tell you." • "Do you own this place?" Dick continued, getting out his lines. "No, I don't, but this here is my fishing ground, C tell you, and you gotter get away." "\Veil, I'll go over to the i sland, then, and fish there." "No, you can't; the island belongs to a friend of mine, and he's coming there directly." "I'll fish till he comes, then,'' said Dick, and the boys sent the boat toward the island. 'No, you can't do nothing o' the sort," crie d the man. "You'll be prosecuted if you do." "Go ahead and prosecute!" laughed Dick. Dick had heard voices on the island, and h knew that some one was there, and that the man on the bank did not want them to go over for some reason. The boys sent the boat past the end of the island, and then around out of sigltt, the man on the bank shouting: "Corne away from there, I tell you! You can't fish there!" "Oh, keep still; who's going to fish?" retorted Dick. Then he sent his boat under some o\erhan,ging bushes close to the bank, where he was not seen. Here he waited, and in a moment he heard some one on the island say: "What'? the trouble; is any one coming?" The voice was that of the girl spy, and Dick made a signal to Bob to keep perfectly still. "Only a couple of boys were on the river and they've gone now," replied the man. ' "I wonder where Harwood can be"?" murmured Dick. "Oh, he'll come all right, but if he does not you can go on the expedition. You are cleve;. enough." "To be sure,'' in an impatient tone, "but I don't see what keeps him so long. He was always 011 hand promptly." "Well, the boys have gone, and now let's talk over this affair. We must lean1 more about the rebels, as Burgoyne is most anxious to ha\'<' certain information which we should be able to get without tl'Ouble. In fact, Harwood shoul d have had it by this time." . "If he has, he will never give it t o thes e fel lows," was Dick's thought. The girl and the _man rnoYed away, and Dick shovl!d the boat a !Jttle closer to the bank and stepped out, saying to Bob: "They are holding a private confab, and I -mus t find out what it is all about." Then he made his way along a path through the bushes, and pre_sently observed a light, and went on more cautiously. The light was in a little cabin used as a lodge for hunters and fishermen, and as he advanced stealthily he saw throUigh the door the girl spy, still attired as a boy, and two men sitting at a mde table inside. Turning a_side a little, he crept along and crouched beside some bushes a few yards from the open door, but out of sight from those in the cabin. "My idea," said one of the men not the one Dick had heard before, "is for to take the boat, go down the iiver and get within the .rebel lines. You will not be observed in the dark, and you may learn much once you get to where the rebels are gathered. There is a '.avern back from the river under a hill where they often go, and you are ;,ure to g et a good deal of in formation." "And they will neer suspect you, being ju::.t an ordinary boy, apparently,'' added• the other


THE LIBERTY BOYS' GREATEST BATTLE 15 man. "No one would think you were not a boy in that clever get-up." "Except Dick Slater," said the girl, impatiently. "He's a meddle s ome rebel and sees every thing." "Well, you won't see Slater," with a laugh. "I don't know about that," was Dick's mental ob servation. "Whe n had I bette r start?" ask e d Grace. "Hadn't I better wait for Harwood and go with him?" "You're mad afte r H a r w o o d 1 " sai d o n e of the m e n, rude ly. " Now y o u li s t e n to me, Grace. You go alone, and y o u ' ll do bet t e r than i f H a rwood went along. P e ople w ould s uspect h i m , while they would not s u s p ec t you. Besides, he may be sitting in a tavern k i ssing s om e plump barmai d and neve r thi nkin. g about y ou ." " I can learn a s much a s he can, anyh o w, " said the girl, impatiently, and Dick got a look at her face through the door as she g o t up and "alke d pas t . "She was nettled at that r emark," he thought, 'and it decid e d her. She i s jealous, I fancy. " Dick crept away and went back to the boat, hearing the three come out of the cabin as he reached the shelter of the trees on t h e bank. The n h e signaled to Bob, u sing a sound h e a;d in nature , the boys having many such signals . Bob was waiting for him when he s lippe d into the boat, and said, in a low "The girl i s going to that t a ve r n under the hill where questionable characters go, thinking she w ill hear something of importance ." "Are you g oing to follow her the r e ?" "Not there , Bob. She w on't get a s far as that," shortly. The boys waited in silence, and presently heard the splash of oars in the water and then a voice. " K ee p in the shadows and not to o clo,se to the bank. You won't se e any other boats , but if you do you are fishing, understand?" "Oh, I .guess I know a thing or t wo ! " in an impatient tone . "All right, s ee that y o u make g o o d use of what little y o u know, then," with a laug h. "I'll give Harwood a piec e of my mind when I s ee h i m, " t h e girl retorted, and the n heard the iegula r dip o f oars , and the man say: "\,Vell, k eep your wi t s about you and y ou ' ll be all right, Grac e . You're a clever girl when you don't lo e your temper." The g irl made no reply, and Di c k h eard the boat go past their hiding-place , and in a few mom ents s hov e d out into the open and turned the boat d o wn stream with little or no noise . The other boat was at the point of the i sland now, and Dick heard the watch on the bank say: "Haven't s e e n anything of the other boat. Guess the y 've gone on up stream." "I don't care where they' ve g o n e , " impatiently. "The y were probabl y nothing but a couple of lou t ish b o y s . I a m not afraid of that sort . " '"W e ll , g o od night and good luck, " said the man. The bo y s let their boat drift pas t the end of the i s l a nd, and it was not observed by the man on the bank, who may possibly have gone off a s soon a s the git! had passed. When they were well by the p lace where t hey had seen the man, it being quite dark , they took u p the o ars a n d went on, Dick listening intently a n d c atch i n g the sound of oars at a distance. "She is going on a ll right, B o b," h e s aid, "and we can go faster o ursel ve s n o w." They proceeded on at a good stroke , and pres ' ently were startled by hearing a great splash in the water and a cry for h e l p. " Hello! that girl has struck a snag!" exclaime d Bob . . The boys rowed rapidl y on, and presently Di c k was able to s ee the girl struggling in the water. He guide d the boat toward her, and then, signaling to B o b to hold water, reached ov e r and dre w her in. "You are all right, Miss Golding, " h e said . " W e will take you down the river, bu t no t t o that low d r inkin , g place. Tha t i s no place for a young lady, or evefi a boy to go." "How do you know where I am go ing o r who I am, you impudent fell ow?" snappe d the girl, with all her old impatie nce. "You have struck m o r e than one snag, Mis s Grace," laughed Bob. "I don't suppose you ex p ected to m eet Dick S later on the river, di d you?" The girl gave a scream and attempted tci leap from the boat into the river, b u t Dick h e ld her and said, quietly: "Pull ahead, Bob. I shall have to manage thil4 fooli s h girl." "You are a c ouple of medd l esome rebels!" snapped Grace. "Let me g o this minute!" " I couldn ' t think of it," said Dick, with a ,_h ort laugh. "You might accidentall y l earn some thmg conc e r ning the rebel s , as you call u s . Oh, by the way, I can tell yo u where Harwood is." CHAPTER X .-A Change of View . "You are a brave boy, aren't you?" a s k e d the girl spy, in a t one of bitte r irony. " Y o u have captured a girl. Don't you fe e l very proud?'' '"Not at all," laughed Dick, amu se d at t he girl's spiteful tone . "Still, I could not l e a ve yo.i floun dering about in the river , no r c o ul d I a lio w yo u to go to the tavern under the hill, a nd perhapJ pick up information which would be o f use t o General Burg oyne . " "What n onsense! I was out on J"i l'er en joying the air when--" "There i s no u s e in talking like tha(, " interrupte d Dick. " I was in the bushes c los e t o the hunters ' cabin on the i s land and overhear d all your p lans . You wanted to wait fo1 Hatw o od , und one o f the men provoked you by saying that the man was probably ki ssing s o me plump bar maid at tha t time." "You are a couple of rude, uncultivated, impolite, boori s h rebels," the girl sai d , with an att empt a t fin e s corn, which was simply ridiculous. "It is a humiliation to be in your prese nce." "Go on," said Dick . "Talk is cheap, but I do n o t think that kin d ai a ll becomes you." "You have been making fun of me ever si n c e you took me out of the water," with a s c o wl. " Yo u have n o manners ." Bob whistled, and Dick said, with a dry laugh: "It is a pity if a fell ow cannot get off a j oke or two in p a yme n t for the wh olesal e abu se you have been h e a ping o n u s, you ng lady. If we had lost ou r tem p ers und e r the sco urgin g you have been administerin t o us. i t would not have been s trange."


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' GREATEST BATTLE The girl tossed her head at the merited abuoe and said nothing, and the boat went on, Dick watching her closely. "What are you going to do with me?" she presently asked. "Get you some dry clothing and ,give you somethingto keep you from getting a cold," Dick replied, shortly. "And after that?" in an anxious tone, and yet with some of the old impatience. "Keep you from doing any mischief," said Dick. ' I s Harwood taken?" the girl presently asked. ' Ye s , and I think yqu are well rid of him. You ha,e money, haven't you, or are expecting some? Well, all Harwood cared for was that. I do not know if he is alive or dead, and it is not to talk against the dead, but if you never see the man again it will be better for you." "Is it likely that he will be hanged?" in an awed tone. "He may be or he may be spared in con sid eration of information he gives the general. I cannot tell what he will do with the man, but I would advise you not to have anything to do with him if you should ever meet him." "If you do not think I am much of a spy, why do you bother with me at all?" the girl asked, in a wheedling tone. "You might do some mischief for all that you are not much of a spy," replied Dick. • "Oh, but I couldn't if I am so clumsy and awkward. Why, that is the second time you have pulled me out of the river, and you could have raptured me before but you wouldn't. Why, I don't really believe I am worth capturing," and the girl laughed. "Now she is trying to coax, seeing that will not answer,'' thought Dick. "Girls are queer creatures as Bob says." Grace was very friendly now, lau,ghing anJ chatting and flattering and trying to win Dick over, till at last Bob laughed outright and s-aid, as he shoved the .boat up the bank: "There is no use of your making love to Dick, Mis s Grace, for he has a sweetheart of his own, and, bes ides, he has a good memory and does not forget how you abused him a short time ago. Why, you don't seem to be humiliated a particle by our presence now." "We will go to the camp and get some dry clothe s ," said Dick, taking the girl's arm and helping her out of the boat. "I won't go with you, you rebels!" she sputtered, and then she tried to slap Dick and to run away. Bob caught her, picked her up, tucked her under one arm, and then went up the bank and to ward the camp with her, saying: "Well, if you are going to behave like a spoiled child, you will have to be treated like one, that is all, until you get your sense." Dick was forced to laugh in spite of him. self, but when Bob finally set the ,girl down at the edge of the camp, she tried to box his ears. "Oh, no!" laughed Bob, dodging. "Keep your temper, my girl, you may want it some time." A number of the Liberty Boys now came up, and the girl spy was conducted to a tent, where Dick presently had an ordinary suit of boy's clothes sert to her that she might make a change. "What are you going to do with her, Dick?" asked Bob. "Nothing, except to keep her from doing any mischief. We cannot regard her as a spy the same as we would Harwood. I have no idea that she will continue the work, and as soon as it is s.afe to let her go I shall do so." "Well, I guess you are right, Dick,'' answere d Bob. "You cannot regard her as a spy, although she might have been able to do considerable mis chief if she had continued with Harwood." "Yes, but now that she knows what HarwocJ is, it is not likely she will ever have anything do with him, even if he escapes a severe punish ment." CHAPTER XL-A Thrilling Fight. Dick did not hear anything concerning the fate of Harwod, but early the next morning a detachment was ordered out to gain the rear of the enemy and fall upon their outposts, and the young captain decided that Gates had learned eomething of the position and necessities of Bu1 goyne, and that perhaps the spy had been spared. At the same time, unknown to Gates, Burgoyne had set out at the head of fifteen hundred regulars with a number of pieces of artillery toward the American left to the northern part of a low ridge of land, three-quarters of a mile from the camp, and here formed a line in double ranks. His intention was to cover a foraging party sent out to relieve the pressing needs of the c;amp, and, if the prospect was favorable, to turn the left of the Americans and fall upon the flank and rear. Small parties of Tories and were at the same time sent by back paths t o hang upon the American r ear and keep them in check. While Colonel Brook!; was receiving his instructio.ns, a sergeant came in with reports of the movements of the enemy, Brooks was ordered not to go out, and men were sent to reconnoiter and ascertain the po sition of the enemy. Some of the men sent out had just returned, reporting that they had seen the Britis h in a wheat field cutting grain and a number of office:s tryirJig to discover the condition of the Americans ' left with spy-glasses, when a party of Indians , Canadians and loyalists sent out through tne woods attacked the piqkets near the middle , ravine. The Liberty Boys, being able to move rapidly, were at once ordered out to meet tr. e enemy, a detachment of Morgan's riflem e n quick-ly following to aid the brave boys. . "Forward, Liberty Boys!" shouted Dick, as soon as he received the command, the brave fel lows being already in the saddle, expecting to b e called upon at any moment. "Liberty forever, down with the redcoats and Tories!" roared the dauntless youths, as they heard the command. In a short time they fell upon the enemy and a fierce skirmish was going on, when Morgan's men came up. Muskets rattled and cracked, pis tols snapped, brave boys cheered, and there was a terrific din. For an hour the battle raged fiercely, and then the boy s , aided by Morgan's men, charged the enemy with such ferocity that they drove them back in great confusion to the Britis h line, which was then forming preparatory to marching into action.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' GREATEST BATTLE 17 One cannon had been captured by the patriots .and recaptured by the enemy when the boys arrived. "We mu s t have that gun!" s h outed Dick, and with a hurrah the brave boy s di smounted and charged for it. They s e ized a nd dragge d i t away, forming in line, and preparing to turn the piece on the enemy. Dick was an expert gunne r and had trained a number of the boy s to a ct as a gun squad, and he could therefore make good use of the captured piece. The gun was loaded and made ready, and then Dick saw a detachment o f the enemy coming up from the rive r to attack him. "Forward with it, boys!" he shouted. , " We will turn their own gun upon them." Bob, in his shirt s leeves, and a number of the beys sprang up and began to drag the gun fo1 ward. The enemy we r e surging up, expecting to drive oft' the Liberty Boys and recapture the piece. "Forward!" cried Dick. There was a cheer from the gallant lads and they s howed plainly that they were ready to meet the foe. As the brave boys drew the gun forward, Dick sprang up and shouted: "Now then, this mus t be our greatest pattlc. Forward and drive them from the field!" "We must foil the redcoats, boy s !" cried Bob, tugging at the gun. Others press ed forward to help him, and the whole comp any nresse d on, r eady to give battle to the enemy. The redcoats came on in great confidence, expecting to vanquis h the gallant boy s in a few minutes. Then Dick aimed the gun and fired it. Boom! There was a tremendous r e port, and the redcoats were seen to waver. "Charge!" shouted Dick. "Down with the redcoats, boy s ?" shouted Bob. On rushed the intrepid young patriots , Dick waving his sword and shouting: "Now then, boys, awa y with them. Fire!" Crash-roar! "Down with the red c oats, hurrah!" roared the brave boys, echoing a terrific volley with a resounding shout. Many a gap was s een in the ranks of the enemy, and now the boys pressed forward, delivering a rapid pistol voll e y . The gun had been brought with them, and now D ick aimed and fired it again, at the ene my. The roar of the gun was followed by the cras h o f musketry and a ringing cheer from the boy s . The y charged again, and the redcoats w ere see n in full flight, scattering this way and that. It was the Liberty B eys' greatest battle and they might well feel proud of it. Meanwhile the battle was raging fiercely on all sides , and both p a t r i o t s a nd the enemy were showing grea t bravery. Gen eral Arnold, deprived o f a command and thirsting for a chance to fight eve n i f he could not dire ct, at last l e a ped u p on his big brown hors e and dashed off a t a g allop foi the s cene of conflict. imm ediate ly sen t a n aide after him to bring him bac k , Arno l d evading him for fully half an hour. Coming upo n a part of Learned's force, which had jus t been joined by the Liberty Boys, who were now mounted, Arnold put himself at the head of them and rushed to ward the Hessians. The Liberty B o ys • had fought with Arnold before and recognized his bravery, fo llo w ing him with a shout. Arnold at that time had not turned traitor nor did any one dream that he ever would, and the men cheered him as they saw him followed with a vim. Rushing into the fight with the desperation of a madman, now riding along the lines in rapid and eccentric movements, waving his sword and delivering his oMers in pers on, he made it wellnigh impossible for an y c ne to follow, and the aide kept up the chase with little chance of s ucceeding. Meanwhile General Morgan, seeing that was doing gallant work and likely to lead his men to victory by the very force of example, called a number of his best riflemen about him and ordered them to fire upon the B ritish general alone. Within five minutes Fraser fell mortally wounded and was carried from the field by two grenadiers, having refused to retire to a safer place at the advice of his aides. When he fell a panic spread along the British line . which was increased by the arrival of three sand fresh New York troops under General Ten Brock. Burgoyne, now commanding in person, was unable to keep up the sinking courage of his men a:t?-d .the line shortly gave way and fleci withm the mtrenchments. The retreat was covered by Phillips and Reidesel, but the Americans purs ued them to the very works, which they as saulted furiously ih the face of a rain of grapeshot and musket balls. The conflict was now terrible indeed, . and in the midst of the flame and smoke and metal hail, Arnold was most con spicious, his voice, clear as a trumpet, animating the men and encouraging them to deeds of the greates t valor. He s e e med to be everywhere at once and to be leading every charge, reckless as to consequences to himself and inspiring every one to do his utmost. With a part of Patterson's and Glover's brigades, he assaulted the worka occupied by the light infantry of Balcarras dro•e the ene1!1y from. a strong abatis and attempted to force hi s ""'.ay mto the Being obliged to abandon this effort, he agam put himself at the head of Learned's men the Liberty Boys, despatched Brooks to assail the redoubt, while he fell upon the front. The Germans being exposed, Arnold attacke

18 THE LIBERTY BOYS' GREATEST BATTLE tion of the enemy and to determine their force and their probable intentions. Shortly after breakfast, Dick set out with a strong party of Liberty Boys, and after a march of a mile or two met a party of redcoats on the road. Among them Dick recognized Lieutenant Gray, the ser and a captain he had seen when a pri.> oner a few days before. "Forward, Liberty Boys!" shouted Dick, wa v ing his sword. "Scatter the redcoats, drive them back to their camp!" The boys gave a shout and urged their horses forward at full speed, the enemy firing a scattered volley as they came on. Dick charged the enemy furiously, but did not order the boys to fire, as he hoped to scatter the redcoats without the waste of powder and ball. The char1ge wa.;; so fierce that the redcoats were forced to retreat, the boys following and driving them ahead like sheep. The boys did not fire a shot, and they laughed when Dick finally halted them, the enemy having retreated down a ravine where the horses could not well follow. Later the boys, having been met by the other party led by Mark, encountered the redcoats again and offered them battle. The enemy, evidently sore at their former rout, charged the brave boys furiously, and there was a terrific rattle of musketry and a great cracking of pistol Dick meant to catch the lieutenant if he could so as to learn news of Harwood if possible, and he told a number of the boys of his intention. The Liberty Boys made a sudden rush, and all at once Lieutenant Gray found himself surrounded. He did not try to escape but made a terrific resistance, aiming a slashing blow at Dick with his sword. Dick parried it, and then, with a quick turn of his wrist, sent the officer's flying. Lieutenant Gray tried to draw a pistol, but the boys closed in about him quickly and rushed him off, prE:venting his getting it from his belt. The other redcoats tried to rescue him, but the full force of Liberty Boys hurled themselves with terrific force against them and the captain was also captured and the rest driven back. The boys pursued them for some distance, scattering them hither and thither, their spirit seeming to be broken at the los s of two of their officers. Then the Liberty Boys went back to their camp, taking the redcoats with them. The prisoners were turned over to General Gates with a chance of being shortly exchangE:d or given their parole, it being a foregone con clusion that Burgoyne would shortly be compelled to surrender with his entire force. There were many skirmishes during the day, General Lincolr1 being wounded in the leg in one of them, and at night Burgoyne went on the march toward Sara toga, traveling nearly all night and part of thi) next day. General Gates had no idea that Burgoyne had retreated, for he had sent detachment;; of men in different directions to intercept him. On the day succeeding the retreat of British it rained very heavily, and Gates did not begin his march until nearly noon of the following day. The Liberty Boys went in pursuit of Burgoyne with the rest of the army, taking their way toward Saratoga, whither it was learned that the had fled. They were on the march and were well a way from the scene of the recent bapt:le, when, upon passing a fine house on the road, a young lady suddenly appeared and waved an American flag. The boys cheered loudly and many of them recognized Grace, the girl spy, not long before a prisoner in their camp. "I think our young lady has changed her opinion," laughed Bob, as he saluted the flag and the girl spy at the same moment. "It certainly looks like it," rejoined Dick, raising his hat and saluting. The Liberty Boys all saluted, gave a cheer an.i rode on, the girl waving the flag until they were out of sight. They reached the high br"idge between Saratoga church and Fish Creek at about four in the afternoon and found that the British had crossed the creek and were encamped on the high ground opposite. The boats of Burgoyne with his bagga,ge and provisions wer e at the mouth of the creek, and at the appearance of the enemy, the British began carrying the stores from the boats. Colonel Fellows with two field piEces stationed on the flats beyond the river began playing upon them and they were forced to retreat. Seeing the boats .still there, Dick went to Fellows and said, saluting and with a smile: "I think that the Liberty Boys might capture some of those boats, colonel, if they have a chance." "Well, captain, you may have the chance," replied Fellows. "There they are and they may as well be of use to us rather than to the enemy." "V cry good, colonel," said D.,ick. Then he hurried away, found Bob and a dozen or more of the Liberty Boys, and went on to the mouth of the creek. The boys knew their errand and they quickly set about it. Riding to the mo ,uth of the creek, they di smounted and 1got a number of boats and rowed out to the boats of the enemy. '!'hey seized several of these and started across the creek with them, the enemy cpening fire upon them. The boys in the boats returned the fire in lively style and others on the bank kept up a rattling fusillade, Fellows also using his two field pieces to good advantage. The contained provisions and were greatly desired by the patriots, as Dick well knew. "Keep up a good fire, boys!" shouted Dick to the boys on the bank. "Pull away, boys . We have this many, at any rate, and that i s something. If we could get more it would be all the better." The enemy were swarming to the creek to try to stop the boys and it was not likely that they would get any more. There was a rattle of musketry, snapping of pistols and the boaming of cannon, echoed by the ringing cheers of the boys, the sc ene being a most stirring one. Some of the brave fellows were hit although not badly hurt, but they were used to taking risks, and they pulled manfully at the oars, while their comrades on the opposite bank peppered the enemy all they could and kept up a lot of shouting. The boys reached their side of the creek in safety and moored the bateaux at the bank, when a lot of raw militiamen came' down and tried to seize the provisions. "Keep away!" said Dick, sternly. "These pro visions are going to be turned over to General Gates. If every one were to plunder them, we \vould have the first right to do so."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' GREATEST BATTLE 19 "I gues s you've done it a'ready," muttered one, "or ye would ef we hadn't ha' came when we did." "You know well enough we would not!" re joined Bob, angrily. "The more fool yew!" retorted the other. "Ef we take our rations from the British, ' stead o' waitin' for the paymaster, what's the difference? Some on u s don't get no pay anyhow." "We don't," replied Dick, "but you do not find u s despoiling the enemy like a lot of thieves. If we go foraging, we do it honestly and not like a Jot of footpads. We fight for what we get." "There's no use talkin', we're goin' ter have some o' the m purvisions ," snarled the militia man. Then he made a rush at Dick and the boys about him, followed by a number of his fellow s . In a moment he found himself in the creek and a number of those with. him were treated the same. "You are not going to touch a thing in these boats ," declared Dick firmly, "and if you pers i:;t in trying to seize anything you will find yourself under arrest." The dete1mined stand taken by Dick and the arrival of a number of Liberty Boys had their effect, and the militiamen went away grumbling at what they called the high-handed conduct of a lot of boy s . The boats were turned over to the 1 ;rcper authorities, and the Liberty Boy s received a generous share of the provisions in con sidera tion of the part they had taken in capturing them. Other boats were taken and thes e were plunde red, Iick not being at the shore, and the men who had taken them considering them their lawful plunder. The ford over the Hudson was strongly guarded, and Burgoyne, therefore, determined t o continue his retreat up the west bank of the river till he reache d Fort Edward and then force his way across . Gates s u spected that this would be Burgoyne's move , and the Libe1ty Boy s were sent across th1! rive r and up the o p posite bank to the fort to h e l p hol d it agains t the enemy. There was a force of Americans under Colonel Cochrane already at the fort, but the boys were w e ll rec eiv e d , the larger t h e force there , the better. Mili tia b e g a n comin.g in als o , and not onl y was Burg oyne un able to take the post, but h e was b eing har a sse d on all s id es a s well, and his sunender see m e d more certain than ever. The Liberty B o y s took up their position at the fo rt, and the n Di c k be gan to r econnoiter so as to find out what the enemy were doing. One afternoon h e and Bob, di sguised a s or dinary boy s of the region, were out upon the river in a boat rowing slowlv and s eemin g to b e more intent upon getting fis h than in learning about the enemy. As they pass ed a turn in the river, going down stream, being then at a little distance from the fort, they saw another boat with a man in it coming toward them, being much nearer the opposite bank, however. "There i s Harwood, " said Di c k, quietly. CHAPTER XIII.-Harwood Leaves the Service. "I believe you are right, Dick," murmured Bob. "I wonder if the fellow will i e c ogn i ze us?" 'Perhaps not, B ob, altl10ugl1 lrn has see n us in this so1i; of disguis e before now. Still, he may now know that the Liberty Boys are at Fort Edward and therefore not suspect us." "No, perhaps _ not." The boys went on quietly and began to get out their lines, letting the boat float with the current, which took it gradually nearer to the other boat. Harwood came on slowly, and, .it length, when within easy hail of the boys, called out: "Fishing good, boys?" "Not particular, " said Dick. "We haven't caught anything yet." "Expect to?" "Of course," and Dick threw over his line. "Come from the fort?" asked Harwood, holding water with his oars and waiting for the other boat to come up. "We come that way, yes," careless ly. "Many soldiers in the fort now?" "Quite a few,'' and Dick pulled a fis h out of the river, Bob sending the boat toward the ea s t bank. "'Many of them?" asked Harwood, following. "Oh, quite a few." "\Vho's in command?" "Huh! how do you ' spect I know? Do you think I'm a soger? " "Are the Liberty Boy s there?" asked the S]Jy. "Who's them?" a s ked Dick. "What, don't you know the Liberty Boys'!" i n g1eat astonishment. "Green Mountain Boys, you mean? Them's Yanks ." "No, the Liberty Boys. Dick Slater is the captain," and Dick noticed a suspicious movement on the part of the spy. The man was reaching for a pi s tol concealed under his coat, hi s intention being to shoot Dick. "No you don't, Harwood!" he suddenly exclaim ed, drawing hi s own p i s tol. "Pull ahead, Bob . We catch tha t fello w !" Harwood imm ediately bent upon his oars and rowed t oward the o p p o site bank. The boys wem after him, Dick now taking hi s oars and pulling with a vigorous s troke. The spy pulled with all hi s might and went ahead rapidly, but the boys gained upon him. "Shoot the r e b e l s , Bill!" he s houted, as he near ed the bank. Then a man in buckskin suddenly appeare d from the bus he s , a long rifle in his hands. "Shot them, Bill!" cried the spy. ."They' r e rebels and spies." _ The man raised his rifle and fired, but at that moment an eddy unse en by Harwood cau .ght hi s boat and swerved it around s o that he was in a direct line with the man on the bank. Crack! There was a sharp report and then a scream anrl Harwood fell from the boat into the water. "Gosh! I didn't mean ter do that!" muttered the man. "Whyn't he keep o' the way?" The boat was capsized and went down stream bottom up, the man running off into the wood s a!1d quickly . di sappearing. Tl1e boys fired a t him more with the idea of frightening him than of fatting and he rnn all the faster, s ound of hi s fo ot steps pres entl.r ceasing to b e h e a rd. The bovs waited for Har wood t o co me up , b u t he d i d n ot, a ud tliey never saw him again. I


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS' GREATEST BATTLE "Do you think he will come up, Dick?" asked Bob, after they had waited many minutes and had pulled up and down the river, looking he1e and there for signs of the man. "Not at once, Bob," replied Dick. "The fellow has left the service and I do not believe we shall see him again." Finally, seeing no sign of the man, who had been killed on the instant, the boys returned to the other side of the river and to the fort, where they reported the death of the spy to Mark and the rest. "Well, he did not give us much trouble," said Mark, "but he was a spy and might have bothered others. He won't get Grace Golding's money, at any rate." "No, and she will not regret him now, knowing what sort of man he was," added Bob. Burgoyne, hemmed in on all s id es, determined to abandon his camp stores and make a precipitate retreat, much of his stores being captured by the enemy. A rumor reaching Gates that the greater part of the army was at Fort Edward with only a small force at the camp, he determined to cross Fish Creek, fall upon the rearguard and then make a vigorous pursuit after the main body. The rumor was false and somehow Bur ge;yne got wind of the intention of Gates and determined to surprise him. A victory at this time might turn the tide in his favor and he therefore left a strong party at the camp and awaited the coming of Gates. The brigades of Nixon and Glover and Morgan's corps were ordered to cross the creek and fall upon the enemy's camp, Morgan advancing at about daylight in a fog so thick that he could see but a few rods about him and s oon fell in with the British pickets who fired a volley and killed a number of his men. Then Morgan suspected that the rumor was false and word was sent for aid, Nixon crossing at once and Glover following. A British soldier was found crossing the creek and was arrested, professing to be a deserter and declaring that the whole British army was encamped near at hand. Gates, to whom the man was sent, would not at first beli eve him, but the capture of a German deserter and a:lso of a reconnoitering party who told the same &tory con vinced him that it was true. Then the fog pass ed away and the British were seen in battle array ready to fall upon the patriots. Nixon and .th e rest retreated in time and the fire of the enemy had little effect upon him. The11 Morgan took post upon the rear end flank and the patriots were in a position to do g'.reat execution instead of having two or three of their brigades cut off. Burgoyne saw no way of es cape and resolved to strengthen himself as much as possible and await assistance from Clinton. He was completely environed and had no mearuJ of escape, while the hope of receiving aid fro1:i Clinton was rapidly growing fainter and fainter. Desertions by the Indians and Canadians and the cowardice and disaffection of the Loyalists had reduced his force one-half and a large proportion of those who remained were not Englishmen. There was not bread enough for mor-:! than three days and more could not be obtained and there was little water also, no one daring to go to the 'river for it and the men beginning to suffer from thirst At last a council was held and it was decided to make an honorable surrender, there being no alternative. Burgoyne endeavored to temporize, but Gates was firm and finally sent a peremptory message declaring that if the proposed articles were not signed at once he would open fire upon the enemy. Then the troops laid down their arms and later marched between the ranks of their victors to the tune of "Yankee Doodle," fir.;;t played by the British bands in derison of the patriots and now serving as a triumphal march for those same patriots. After the surrender of Burgoyne the Liberty Boys returned to the Saratoga district where thfy would remain till they received further orders. Here they again met Grace Golding who came tu the camp in a fine coach accompanied by liveried servants and her parents to pay Dick a special visit. . "I am very glad to see you again, captain," said the young lady, "and I wish to thank you for your consideration in dealing with a very obstinate young person whose eyes are no longer blinded by prejudice and ignorance. Whatever aid we can give to the Liberty Boys and to the cause of independence shall be most freely ren dered." "I was a Tory myself, captain," declared the girl's father, "but the conduct of the British in employing Indians, in wantonly destroying private property and in hiring foreign mercenaries has turned me against them and I am now entirely in favor of those whom I o'lce called rebels." Golding would have given a large sum of money to the boys, but Dick persuaded him to give it to General W ashinigton instead, to be used for the benefit of the cause and this was done. "Well, I will take back all I said about you, Miss Grace," laughed Bob , "although you must admit that you gave me provocation enough." "I did indeed, lieutenant," replied Grace, "and I deserved all that you said of me. I was a :,;poiled child, wilful and headstrong, and I don't know what might have happened to me if you boys had not put some sound sense into my head although it was rather rudely administered." Grace remained a firm friend of the Liberty Boys and of the' cause of freedom and the young captain was greatly pleased at the change. Harwood's body was never recovered and Grace was never told how he had died, Dick merely telling her that he had not been hanged, but had dis appeared. At the close of the war she married a young patriot farmer and remained in the neighborhood where she had always lived. "At any rate, even if she did not marry one of the Liberty Boys," declared Bob, "she was a good friend to u s after she grew wise, but at one time I did not know if she ever would, she seemed so headstrong and self-willed." "You can never tell," said Dick. Next week's issue will contain "THE LIB ERTY BOYS' GRIEF; or, DICK SLATER MISSING." 'Somehow you seem to have grown shorter instead of taller since I last saw you. "Well, I've married and settled down."


THE L IBERTY BOYS OF '76 21 CURRENT NEWS DEER'S SWI MMING SUIT In winter the fur of the deer is specially adapted for swimming. The hairs are composed of air cells and when the coat is about an inch long it will suffice to float him. M ost of the bucks shed their antlers in January. small patch of turnips w h ich h e will harvest later in the season. GROWS LARGE CROP IN Q UART E R O F ACRE The garden at the E. F. Schneider home in the southwest part of Lowry City, Mo., covers a little better than one-fourth of an acre. From that small amount of ground Mr. Sclmei der has this year harvested twenty bushels of corn, forty-three bushels of potatoes, about 200 pumpkins, a bushel of oni o ns, a bushel of cucumbers, some peppers and cabbage, and has a M r . Schneider k e eps t h e ground f n his garden we ll fertilized and finds that he is repaid for th? care given his garden b y the bo untiful crops it yields. A TREE THA T M URDERS In Kew Gardens, London, there is a s p e c i men of a tree fro m Braz il which j u stifies its appell ation of "murder tree." Its other name is clusia. This tree throws out aerial roots which stran gle every tree in the vicinity. Birds carry the clusia seeds, dropping them in the branches of other forest growths. From the seeds roots spring toward the earth, seeking nourishment. They throw out branches which coil a bout 'Tleighboring tre es and literall y strangle 'them to death. IF LOOK! LOOK! ...... MYSTERY MAGAZINE,No.150 Out Today Contains a w onderful d e t e ctive sto r y , written b y the g r e ates t authors in t h e w o rld o f t his cla ss o f fict i on , ARTHUR B. REEVES and MARGARET W. REEVES It is entitled "BY THE BREADTH OF A HAIR" Don't miss it! Don't miss reading i t for anyth ing! There w ill also be a splendid feature d etective n o ve_lette "THE FOOTP RINTS ON THE CEILING" By CHA R LES FULTON OURSLER I The short stories, all of the most exciti n g detective type, are the kind that I grips your interest from the beginning to the end. They are: I " T W O OF A KIND," by St. G eorge Rathborne; "DEMON STILET, T O IN PURSUIT," by Henry W . Fisher; "AS PER SCHEDULE," b y J . B . Warrenton ; "WHILE THE LIGHTS WERE OUT," by A. B. M onroe. And among t h e special articl es there will be an exposition of the manner in w hic h our merchants are robbed, en titled "HOW THE LOFT TH IEVE S WORK" B y E D W I N A . G OEWEY \ The Best M a gazine on the Market at 10 Cents a Co py. BUY A COPY!


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Mission of Mystery -Or,-The Boy Who Was Sent to Mexico By RALPH' MORTON (A Serial Story ) CHAPTER V.-(Continued). "Yes I've noticed him a whole lot, and I've also that you have been watching him every time he shows up ... "You have noticed that, eh? and W1ll laughed lightly. "Yes I couldn't help it. What is the matter, You don't seem to like that man." "I can't say that there is anything the matter, Joe. But the fact i s I have got it in my head that he followed me aboard the steamer for the purpose of robbing me of something I have in my pos s ession." "Why, what makes you think that?". and the ey es of the little New Yorker opened wide. "l can't tell you any more than that. But what I want you to do is to try and find out some thing about that man .. I have learned the purser that his name 1s on the book as Miguel Cordova. But that doesn't amount to much. You are a shrewd fellow, and I know it. Pos s ibly you can play detective and learn something of where the man i s going and what he means to do." "I might do it if I could listen and catch him talking to himself. He doesn't seem to talk to anybody else, does he?" "I haven't seen him, though of course we don't know what he may do when he is among the passengers below." "All right, old fellow. You can bet that if there's any way to find out what you want to know I'll be the one to get the information. De eh? Well, I rather think I have read enough detective stories to be a pretty good fly cop myself. I'll get right on the job, Will. Don't sa y another word. YOU go and get a book to read o r else go down into the saloo n. I am go ing to have a little smoke." Then the boy produced a package of cigarettes and slipping one from it, struck a match and lighted it. Will Murray did not smoke himself, and he s miled when he saw the little fellow go at it after the fashion of one who was thoroughly experienced in that line. He watched Joe as he strolled leisurely along t he deck, puffing away at hi s cigarette. But only for a minute or two. ';r'hen he turned and went into the commodiou s saloon of the steamer. There was plenty to read aboard, so Will picked up a magazine and s oon became deeply intere sted in a story it contained. Meanwhile little Joe Peters was playing detec •ive in earnest. He got the chance to get s ome information a little unexpectedly, for it happened that Cordova felt in his breas t pocket and drew from it several letters. One of them slipped from the pile and a gust of wind whirled it across the deck, landing it squarely at the feet of Joe. The boy picked it up, of course, and promptly ran to the owner. But he was s ha1p enough to glance at the inscription on the envelope as he did this, and he marked the name and address well in his mind. "Come mighty near losing it, didn't you, boss?" he said as he handed the letter to the man, who eagerly gTa s ped it. "Yes, boy. Thank you. Some of these letters are valuable, and this might be one of them. Ah, it is, too. I am very glad you got it. I should have felt badly if it had blown overboard." "I couldn't help but catch it, for it landed right at my feet, boss." Joe turned to go away, but Cordova seized him by the arm and detained him. "Sit down, boy," he said persuasively. "All right. Don't object to this cigarette I am smoking, do you?" "Certainly not. I s moke cigarettes myself. I believe I will try one now. My stomach is feeling a lot better. Been troubled with the disease they call s ea-sicknes s." "Yes, I know. I've s een you feedin' Ule fishes two or three times," and the boy grinned. Cordova frowned a little, for evidently he did not like to have any one laughing because of his recent illne ss . He felt in hi s pockets, but failed to find the cigarette he wanted. Joe was right on hand, however. "Try one of these," he said. "They are only ten for a nickel, but I guess one of 'em won't kill you, bos s. " "They are not the brand I am in the habit of smoking, but I'll try one," and Cordova selected one from the pack and permitted the boy to give him a light. "Pretty fine day, ain't it?" Joe said as he looked over the blue expanse of water. "Very. But s ee here, my boy, I have heard from the passengers that you are a stowaway, and that a young fellow came to your rescue and paid your passage." "Yes , that's right. If the guy was willin' to do it I'm sati s fied. A funny sort of guy he is, too." This came from the boy as it flashed upon his mind that it might be a good idea to make it appear that he cated nothing for Will Murray any more than to s how that he was friendly for the good turn that had been done for him. "A queer sort of guy, eh?" and Cordova smiled faintly. "Yes , I can't make him out. He ain't the kind of a fellow for a kid like me to associate with. He seems to be thinking too much. Don't care for anything lively, and all that." "ls that s o? Has he told you why he i s going to Mexico?" Cordova lowered }jis voice as he asked this, and looked up and down the deck as if he feared the boy he was talking about might suddenly appear. (To be continued.)


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 23 GOOD READING' FENCES FOR RESERVOIRS TO BAR SUICIDES Commissioner Nicholas J. Hayes of the Department of Water Supply, Gas and Electricity, New York, requested an appropriation of $82,000 from the Board ofEstimate for the erection of "man proof fences" around the various city reservoirs to prevent the pollution of the water by suicides. He said there had been a large number of sui cides by drowning in the municipal reservoirs in the last few years. He wanted the fences, he declared, to prevent this and also to keep thoughtless persons from throwing refuse in the water. Of the sum asked $35,000 is for the Central Park $21,000 for the Ridgewood reservoir; $5,000 for the Highbridge reservoir, and $5,000 for the Williamsbridge reservoir. Acting Mayor Hulbert suggested a further study of the matter. MORE WOMEN THAN MEN AT COLUMBIA LAST YEAR More than 18,000 women were registered at Columbia University last year, Dean Virginia C. Gildersleeve of Barnard College said in an address at the laying of the cornerstone Qf the new women's residence hall on East Field. The enrollment figures showed only 15,194 men registered in the same time, Miss Gildersleeve added, in pointing out the immense growth of the women's department of the scho ol. The new building, intended for the !rousing of women enrolled in the university's graduate and professional schools, will cost approximately $1, QOO,OOO. It faces on 117th street, back of the president's home and the Faculty Club. Accommodations are provided for 365 students, with rooms for administrative and social purposes, an infirmary and quarters for the Women' s Faculty Club. LAWN MOWERS FOR TROLLEY CARS A middle western suburban electric railway company was much troubled by heavy growths of weeds and coars e grasses on its tracks. No s uccessful method for fighting the pests was evolved till one of its engineers hit on the idea of attaching a mowing machine to the cars themselvec; and letting them keep the line clear in the course of their regular trips. A mower of the familiar type armed with a long sickle which can be raised and lowered to avoid obstructions, such as cattle guards or grade crossings, is mounted on flanged wheels to fit the tracks and is towed behind the car. A man, seated in the regular mower's spring-mounted seat, watches the track and iegulates the sick le's elevation above the track level. With only one man to operate the mower, a stretch of track can be cleared of weeds in a few hours which would have occupied the energies of a gang of laborers f6r a much longer time. The mower extends a sufficient distance at each side to make a neat, clean path the full width of the car. ABOln' MAGNESIUM Magnesium is the lightest metal now in use, being only two-thirds as heavy of aluminum. It remains comparatively unalterd nnder ordinary weather conditions. It is a beautiful silvery white metal, made in the United States only s ince 1915 . but it has now become an organized indu!!try here. It is known to but comparatively few peo ple, and most of those acquainted with it recog nize it as just a silvery powder used for making flashlights in photography. It was imported to this country for that purpose from Germany many years ago. During the World War la1 ge quantities of powdered magnesium were made in the United States for use in star shells designed to illuminate battlefields at night, as well as in special shells designed to s how in the day. time exactly where shells containing .fell. The white cloud by day and the brilhanL pillar of fire by night-both striking features of thP battlefields of the World's War-were produced by magnesium. Magnesium in massive form, as sticks of, or rods, is used to deoxidize oth Pr metals in foundries and a s a constituent of a l loys. More magnesium is now used as a deoxid izer,' or scavenger, in metallurgy than for any other purpose, but its employment in alloys is increasing and will probably in time exceed the use of all other metals formerly used for that purpose. An alloy of magnesium and aluminum is used for making castings for aircraft and the framework of the great dirigibles and castings for their engines and for the parts of airplanes. "Mystery Magazine" SEMI-MONTHLY 10 CENTS A COPY LATEST ISSUES 143 "T'f, L WTN ! I'J,L WIN!" by Arthur B. ReeYe and Margaret W. Reeve. 144 PF! J. N'l'OM FINGERS, by George 'Rron

2 4 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 INTER.ESTING R.A D I O NEWS AND HINTS GOOD TIPS Single covered wire, such as single silk or cotton, should not be used for winding bankwound or sider-web coils. . If cardboard forms must be used to wind coils untreated cardboard is preferable to the treated kind. The shellac and varnish used in treatment affects the winding and add surprisingly large losses to coils that are used in high frequency low wave work. GIVE CRY ST AL ALCOHOL BATH In receiving circuits employing crystal detectors the effective range depends to a great extent on the sensitivity of the detector. Some crystal_ s are more sensitive than others, but even a sensitive crystal may be ruined by improper care. There are times when the action of the air on the surface of these crystals starts oxidation and prevents them from functioning properly; but a more serious trouble is caused by handling the surface of the crystal with the fingers. Where this has been done and the surface of the crystal found to be less sensitive after continued use, it s hould be cleaned. Sometimes a bath in alcohol will create a sen sitive spot. If a crystal detector can be enclosed in glass where the hands cannot touch it, sensitivity can be maintained with greater ease. RADIO AND WIRE 'fELEPHONE The operation of the ordinary wire telephone is compared with the operation of the radio tele phone in a recent issue of the General Ele ct1ic Review, by way of explaining in easy stages the meaning of radio communication. It is brought out clearly that the two sy stems have four primary units in common-s ome sort of energy con ductor between stations, some form of energy capable of being modulated to conform with .sound waves , a transmitter and a receiver. Since the type of radio equipment disc:us s ed utilizes J?ri marily the vacuum tube, a s ection of the article i s devot e d to a description of the principles and characteris tics of this device. The rest of the ar ticle s how s how the transmitter modulates the radio-frequency canier wave that it broadcasts , how the receiver by rectification of the otherwise inaudible incoming wave reproduces the sound wave and how amplification i s accomplished. The articl e i s well worth reading, if one would obtain a good elementary knowledge of radio. AIDS REFLEX The heart of any reflex circuit is in the particular radio frequency transformer u s ed. There are a few good fixed transformers, but ther e are many more poor ones. The best thing the radio fan can do i s to make his own. A transformer of the tunerl variety merely of two windings on a small cardboard tube three inche s in diameter and about i n c he s long. The first \Yinding consists of fifteen,,turn s of cotton covered wire of any s ize bet\\:een No. 24 111.nrl 18. This is the "orimarv." A ouarter of an inch away, another coil is started, in the same direction', and continued for fifty-five turns. A tap is taken at the thirty-fifth turn. A wire is led from this tap to one contact point, and the end of the coil to another. A small swi ; ch can then be easily arranged on the panel of the set to travel over these points. This secolld winding is the "secondary." It is tuned by a variable condesser having a capacity of .0025 mfd., which is the equivalent of the average eleven plate instrument. It is not practicable to use a tuned trans former like this in sets having more than one bulb, as the tuning becomes too complicated. It . is ideal for single tube affairs, and will even permit the operation of a loud speaker on local stations, providing a C301A or UV201A is em ployed with ninety volts of B battery. RADIO FIGHTS SWINDLERS Use of the radio as a weapon to combat stock swindles i s being considered by the Better Busines s Bureau of New York. Striking results have been obtained by the Union Trus t Company of Cleveland by this method. The plan, as now operated by the Cleveland company, depend s largely for its success upon the alertness of the Cleveland Better Business Com mission. This c:ommission has advisers who watch men suspected of swindling schemes, and whenever these advisers run across the trail of a man or group who are contemplating a campaign to fleece un suspecting investors, word is sent to the Union Trus t Company. This company in turn prepares a "talk" on investment, in which it tells the story of the .analyzes the fraud and broadcas t s a s complete a description as po s sible a s to hi s method of approach, his argument and finally a de scription of the worthless security he i s trying to s ell. A s a concluding touch, the broadcaster warns potential investors , "Before you inve st, inve stigate." The trust company reports that it has built up a regular clientele who "tu1n in" on Station W JAX, and hundreds of letters are received on the day following each "t.alk" asking for more complete information regarding propositions recently placed before them by fly-by-night salesmen. A number of swindling plans have in this way been exposed to the Ohio authorities which otherwis e would not have been uncovered. SHARPER TUNING To many p eople it s eems strange that a loss coupler functions without metallic connection be tween the primary and secondary coils. Yet how many people stop and think how strange it is that a current s hould pass through even a wire, or how strange it i s that o scillating electrical impulses c an travel through the ether and make them known at a receiving station. A loo s e coupler consi s t s essentially of two coils o f wire, one Fliding within the other. The outer or stationary coil i s the primary while the inner or movable c oil i s the :secondary. A loose coupler


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 2 5 is occasionally referred to as a receiving oscillation transformer or a "jigger. " The primary coil i s connected in series wi t h the. antenna and the ground, the entire combination being known as the aerial circuit. The secondary coil is connected to the detector s y stem and if necessary to other tuning device s such a s variometers or variable condensers . This i s referred to as the secondary circuit, the closed cir-cuit or the detector circuit. It i s well known that when a current of electricity i s passed through a coil of wire a magnetic fie ld of force is set up about the coil. If the original current i s constantly changing in amplitude and another coil of wire is brought within the fie ld of the fir s t coil a current will be induced in the secondary coil. This i s due to the rise and collaps e of the magnetic lines that per vade the coil. By varying the between the coil s the induced current can be varied pro portionately. Clo s e coupling sometimes gives a louder signal, but is not advisable since the lines of force about the two coils and make the tuning broad. TRANSMITTING EFFICIENCY In no branch of radio telegraphy has veater progress been made during the las t two or three years than in t'he de sign of the grounding systems of large transmitting stations, according to Prof. G . W. 0 . Howe , writing i n The E lect ric ian. For many years the eff ectivene s s of a s t ation was judged by its s o-called po wer in kilowatts , which sometime s was suppose d to r epresent the power actually supplied to the aeria l, but more often r e presented the power supulie d by the dynamo or alternator to the transmitter. The power actually radiated from the aerial was rarely con sidere d, though this, after all, was the only thing that matte r e d. It i s n o w fully reali zed, h o w e v er, that the only measure of the effe ctiveness of a statio n i s the radiated power, and s ince, for a given freq uency! this d epends on product

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ITEMS O F INTEREST THE ISLE OF PINES The I s le of Pines has one continuous summer, the variatioi1s of temperature throughout the entire year being scarcely as great a s often occu r in the summer time in many of the Northern States . It i s rare, indeed, that the thermometer in summer on the i sland registers as high as 90 degrees 1''., and in winter the mercur y neve r falls below 50 degrees F . TURKEY GAINED 24 CENTS A POUND ON ITS WAY EAST Out in Manvel, N. D., William Shane scrawled hurriedly on a slip of paper and tucked it inside a turkey which had jus t become extinct for the benefit of tlie great American Christmas dinner. And having wrote, M r . Shane tosse d the turke y among others bound for the Eas t . Otto Schulz of Little Ferry, N. J., purchased a turkey. Within he found what Mr. Shane had written: "Dear friend," Mr . . Shane had inscribed, "I sold this turkey for 22 cents a pound. Please write me what you paid. " Mr. Schulz paid 46 cents a p ound. He will write. BURGLAR TRAP OVER DOOR BLINDS PEDDLER The eye s of Walling Rose, peddler, of 633 Tinton avenue, the Bronx, may be save d, according to Dr Notter , of H oly Family Hospita l, B r ooklyn, but Rose vow s tha t n e v e r again will he enter a room without invitat ion . H e k no cked on the door of the furnished room of J ohn J. Huybrechts e, 53r Atlantic avenue, and, whe n no a n swer was heard, walked in. Huyb1 echts e had a pail of a s he s s u spended over the door so thaL w ho eve r entered would be f;howered. He says that hi s r oom has b een robbed several t imes in the last few weeks and he arranged this dev i ce to s t o p a practice that was becoming habitual with s ome one. The a s he s containe d l i me, which go t into the peddler' s e ve s . He ran into the street, calling fo1 :help . BOY ESCAPES BEING BURIED ALIVE Everett Harrington, e scaped lunatic from th\? Norwich State Hospital, was captured in W ebster, Mass, the other night after trying to force Edward Pinkham, sixteen, 'Of Danielson, to dig his own grave near Westfield Cemetery. Pinkham saved himself from being buried alive by f elling the lunatic with a s hovel he had turned over to him for grave digging. The lunatic first a sked the boy t o help him to move a portable woodsawing camp, u sing this as a ruse. Harrington led him into the cemetery. He op ened the doors of a tomb with a s k eleton key and took from the vault a s hov e l, pic k and crowbar, telling the boy he was going to force him to dig his own grave and bury hnn a l i v e. The demented man threatened the bo y with a hatchet, threw him on the ground and b egan to choke him. Instead of carrying out hi s threat to hack him to piece s , Harrington led the boy to a spot outside the cemetery. While walking through the woods the poy hit Harrington with the shovel and knocked him unconscious. Pinkham fle d and Harrington was later captured. He will be returned to the Norwich State Hospital for the Insane, from which he was paroled. LAUGHS "Do you owe your downfall to demon rum?" asked the pri s on vi sitor. "I never heard of the brand," replied the convict. Schoolmi stress-Master I saac, what wronir did the brothern of Joseph commit when they sold t hi s brother? I saac-The y sold him too cheap. Mrs . Crawford-I was s o glad to find her out when I called. Mrs . Crabshaw-I knew you didn't like each other, s o I told her whe n you were going to call. Gus idea . of h _ 1s. saying I had more money than brarns ! Qui t e nd1culous ! Jack-That's so. Gus-Of cours e. Why, I haven' t got a cent. Jack -Well? Master-How dare you whistle like that in the o!fice, Smith? sir, I thought you'd hke to know I was b earing up cheerfully i n spite of my miserable salary. "So you were a shoemaker, eh? W e ll, why on earth did they put you in prison?" "Well, once a fellow brought me a pair of s hoe s to have heels put on 'em and I s old 'em. " "Madam," said Plodding P ete, "I once had a wife and family, but I couldn' t b e c ontent ed, so I l eft home." "Well, here's a turkey sandwich for you. Very few husbands are s o considerate." " Did you notic e how heartily Bri ggs shook hands with me?" "Yes." "He was n ' t satisfied with shaking one; h e grabbed the two. " "Yes, I 5uppose he thought hi s watc h would be safer that way ."


THE. LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 INTERESTING ARTICLES 27 ICE ON THE FARM • In production and marketing of high qual ity milk and cream a supply of ice on the farm is almost a necessity, says the United States Department of Agriculture. Proper cooling and cold storage are said to be the greatest factors influencing the bacterial content of milk from the time it leaves the cow until it ieaches the consumer. The Department says that farmers should if possible, put up at least one and one-half of ice in the North and two tons in the South for every cow in the milking herd. This wili ro vide for cooling ihe milk, allow for melting and provide a little surplus for household use'. In late fall and early winter, when work is not pressing on the farm, a little time spent in anticipation of the ice harvest will pay good returns Federal experts say. During this season old houses may be repaired and all the necessary equipment for harvesting ice provided. EMPLOYEES TO GET U. S. STEEL SHARES . FOR $100 Common stock of the United States Steel Corporation will be offered to employees at $1000 a share, under the terms of the 1924 subscription plan, according to an amymncement by Elbert H. Gary, chairman of the finance committee. The plan will be carried out along the lines followed in previous years, the workers being permitted to make their payments in small monthly installments, receiving a benus of $5 a share annually for stock held five years. Although this year's offering is nominally lim ited to l:00,000 shares, it is expected that all subscriptions in excess of that amount will be accepted by the management. The 1924 offering price compares with $107, at which stock was otfered a year ago, when 41,950 employees subscribed for 100,730 shares. The iecord subscription was in 1921, when 255,325 shares were purchased under the partial payment arrangement at $81 a share. No offering of preferre d stock to empl oyees has been made by the Steel Corporation since 1914. HOW THE STRENGTH OF WOOD IS TESTED Lumber used by builders has come in fo1 a series of exhaustive tests to determine the relative strength of various sorts of woods under a compressional strain. By applying pressure to the end of a timber and the force ti!!' the wood bursts, the compressional strength, or "column capacity," of the wood can be accurately measured. For this purpose the United States Forest Service at Madison, Wis., uses a tremendous machine capable of exerting a pressure of 1,000,000 pounds. This gigantic squeezer is large enough to take timbers thirty feet in length and a foot square. . In making the tests the remarkable fact was discovered that knotty wood was practically as • atron,g for columns as clear wood, the knots ap-parently having very little effect on the breaking point of the timbers. Knowledge of this fact should effect a large saving. in building construction, according to th6 officials of the laboratory, as builders waste thousands of dollars in discarding knotted wood for columns when it could just as well be u s ed. Certain kinds of wood, of course, have higher column capacities than others. In one test South ern yellow pine was shown to have a resistance as high as 432,000 pounds. GIRLS OF CHINA KEEN FOR SCHOOL When Ginling College, at Nanking, China opened its door s for its present term, one girl in the newly arrived freshman cla ss had traveled an entire month, by the slow method of locomotion prevalent in the country, and through regions infested with bandits, in order to reach the camp14s on time. It would have taken her no longer to reach N anking from New York than from her • home village. The incident is told by Laura H. Wild, pro fessor of biblical literature at Mount Holyoke College, to illustrate the great desire of Chinese women for education. Ginling, at Nanking, and Yenching, at Peking, known to American college women as the "Sister Colleges" of China, are crowded to capacity. Eight years ago Ginling with nine student , and to-day has ninetys1x. "All the way Clown from Peking to Nanking," writes the American teacher, "we kept hearing of the demand for higher training, and of the inadequacy of the provisions for the needs of ambitious Chinese young womanhood. Co-education has started in both Christian and Government universities under circumstances far from idea!. Only at Ginling and at Yenching are girls looked .after as they are at home. "The most vivid impress ion made on the mind of the visitor i s that a dam is being broken down and a flood of eagerness for the new education is about to sweep the country. At Ginling unprepared students a1e held back so that true college standards may be established. Only forty of the sixty candidate s w ere admitted this year. There are no standards a s yet for China's educational scheme for women. All mus t be forged out brand new. China will ultimately make her own the best that America can do for her is to help her at the start to raise them high. The sight of thousands of bound feet and bound minds is sufficient argument for the helping of Ameri cans." Ginling has jus t dedicated a spacious campus and new buildings, and expects soon to accommodate 400 students. The buildings, though designed by American architects, are adapted to the Chinese style of architecture, in that respect being u'nlike any other American buildings in the country except those of the Rockefeller Medical School at Peking. ' President Thurston of Ginling is a Mount Holy oke graduate .


,, 2 8 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 HERE AND THERE WANTS TO SHOOT ROCKET TO STRIKE THE MOON "Work on the high altitude l'Ocket mus t be supported and models. supplied . for actl_lal .trial flight s during the commg year if i s t o continue her lead in this branch of s cientific re search," Prof. Robert H. Goddard of Clark University declared on his return from the c onvention of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Cincinnati. At the convention, Professor Goddard an nounced tha t a s peed of six miles a s econd would free the rocket from the earth's attraction, and once free it might go on until it struck the mo o n or another planet. . He had reported on the work done by him ing the year and stated that the results of his investigation on the rocket made certain the opening of a new fie l d of sc i e nt1hc endeavor. . . . ,, "Meteorology i s the comm&' field m sc1ei:ice, ?e said "and if this country wi s he s to contmue its work on a theory that was fir s t publis h e d and experimented on in America, the work mus t be strongly supported." The feasibility and importance of the work was stressed by Professor Goddard becaus e . of h is recent experiments . He thinks that with. prope r co-operatio n a trial flight may be made this year. The rocket off e r s unusual opportunity for advance in m e teorology, he pointed out, becaus e the atmosphere beyond the twenty to. thirty-mile stratum i s beyo n d the range of the T h e rocket operates better in a vacuum than it does in the atmosphere, and the atmo sphere o f a high altitu de is very conducive to experiment in both a stronomy '.ind terrestnal m agnetis m,. Professor Goddard said. SADDLEMAKER, 103, STILL AT HIS BENCH In Novembe l' , 1923, Charles Quick; of couver, B : C., began his 10 3 d year life-active life. He is the olde s t s addle .maker m the w orld, and probably the only man m the worl_d who over a hundred years of age goe s daily to h!s work and m a ke s a s good saddles at 103 as he did at thirty. Down on Powell street, Quick conducts his bus iness. . He i s jolly, active, with booming commanding voice a pair of eyes that s ee a s cl early a s whe_n he a boy. His hair is and his beard i s Jong giving him the look of s i xty rather than a H e i s still a maste r craftsman, and on hi s bi rthday recently, to s ho w that the set lightly upon him, he sat dow n .at a sewmg machin e and mapped out on a p iece of pape r an intricate and clever pattern. . Quick i s als o an. inventor of s ome ?Ote. three year s ago he made the sewmg :r;nachme for harness work. This machme, affe chonate!y called by him "Betty," still stands in hi,,s shop m Vancouver. . Poss essor of several fortunes, Quick traveled widely and his reminiscenses of famous cam prugns' coronations and other . notable events make him a n interesting compani o n. Thougn an Engl i shman, Quick fought through the Civi l War on t h e U n ion s ide. A quarter of a ce ntury ago he invested his fortune in San Francisco. The earthquake came and swept it away. Yet, at an age when m ost men have already passed to their graves, and those that have not are no l onger active, Q u ick came to V . ancouv_er, and here to-day he makes saddles o f a kmd which are famous the world over. Happy and contented, he has began his s econd century. Looking back at the past with regrets he still thinks o f the future, and believe s anothe1 quarte r century may easily be his lot. THE DRAGON FLY There are many creatures on wings that the eye i s unable t o follow, but there are few, if any, that excel or even equa! the drag?n fly. They are one of the mo s t att1"active of all m sects , and by whatever name the y a 1 e kn ow n , whether "snake feeder," " snake doctor," "devil's darning needle," "fly ing adders," a s they are called in Scotland or "hors e stingers , " a s they are called in they have always be e n the subject of much superstition. Their food i s varied. Most s pecie s li v e on insects , though s ome, e specially in the larva state, are known t o subsist to some extent on aquatic in sects and even small fis h. The adults are very voracio u s and down many h o use flies and mosquitoes . One authority states that he held one captive and fed it more than th1 ee d ozen live hous eflie s with two hours . After being chloroformed, though ins ufficiently t o cau se death, upon reviving and while still impaled on a pin it will eat almost any inset:t presented. The food is captured while o n the wing. They are e stimated to fly at. th<:; ra.te of th!rty o r forty miles an hour and their aim 1s unerrmg. The female crawls down the stem of s ome water plant and deposits her eggs below the surface. In mos t s pecie s the end of the body is pro vided with a s o r t of cutting instrument by which she makes a slit in the stem of the plant and therein lays h e r eggs . Some two or three species have no such cutting facilities and the eggs are laid loosely in the water or attached to the stern of s ome plant. Dragon flies .are migratory and ha".e o? served flying m a southwesterly direction m swarms for miles in extent. They were but a foo t above the ground and a s high up as the eye coul d W& . 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