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I "7 I BOYS, READ THE RADIO ARTICLES IN THIS NUMBER The redcoats were about to fire upon the helpless young patriot when the landlord abouted: "llere come the rebels! " In a: moment Dick and bis brave boys came over tile brow of pie.bill and ru-1ied toward the road.


Are You A Radio Fan? Read Pages 24 and 25 The Liberty Boys of Issued weekly-Subscription price, $4.00 per year; Cannr1a, $4.50; Foreign, $!5.00. Harry E. Woltr, Publlsber, Inc., 168 Wellt 23d Street, New York. N . Y. Entered as Second-Class M .atter .Tnnuury 31, 1913, at the Post-Otnce at New York, N. Y., under the Act of March 3. 18711. No. 1209 NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 29, 1924 Price 8 Cents. The Liberty Boys Saving A Patriot \. OR, THE GUNMAKER'S PLOT By HARRY MOORE CHAPTER 1.-At the Gunmaker's.• During the Revolutionary War, Cornwallis, after harassing the patri.ot.s of Virginia in the neighborhood of Williamsburg, was di;1ven out by Wayne. He then retreated to the vicinity of the James River, making his headquarters on Jamestown island, and preparing to defend this in the strongest manner. It was a p leasant after. noon in the early part o:f July when three •boys wearing the blue and buff of the Continental army stopped at the shop of a gunmaker on the Jamestown road, one of them saying to the man as he came out: '"You repair as well as make guns,' I suppose, my friend?" "Yes, captain," the other replied. "We have a number of muskets wihich need repairing, and may bring them to you," said the young soldier, who was Diak Slater, captain of a band of sterling young patriots known as the Lib-erty Boys. "Very good, captain, I shall be glad to get all the work I can, and I promise you that it will be satisfactory." The man smiled as he said this, and it struck Dick that the smile was not sincere. "I say, captain, see there!" cried one of the boys with Dick, looking up the road. There was. a clatter of hoofs, arid a girl on horseback was seen coming on at a gallop, followed by a boy somewhat younger, also on horseback. The girl had lost control of her .horse, and it was running away with her. "Stop her!" shouted the pursuing 'boy, coming • on as fast as he could; top her, or she will be carried into the river!" As the boy's shrill cry l'an,g out, Dick understood the danger to the young woman, and cried: "Quick, boys, we must the horse. Ben and you take the left side of the road, Sam." The three boys ran rapidly forward, Dick Slater taking the middle of the road, Ben Spurlock the rigiht, and Sam Sanderson the left, further on. Dick .braced himself -firml'.'l"t and as the horse came daS'hing up, stepped a little to one side and suddenly leaped forward and grasped the bridle. He tried to run, but was dragged along until tha horse slowed up. Clinging firmly to the animal, Dick regained, hiS' footing after a moment. By this time the animal had reached the other two boys, who closed in upon him, and Ben caught the J;>rid!e on the .other side, running alongside, but Jerkmg the rem backward at the same time, so as to help Dick. "Whoa!" said Dick, as he, too, jerked the rein. Being held on both sides, the horse slowed down rapidly and came to a halt in front of the gun Then Dick glanced at the girl, Ben and Sam holding the horse. The strnnge boy rode quickly up, and said to Dick: "I am greatly obliged to you, captain. There is a very bad place just beyond and I was afraid that my sister would be car;ied into the l'iver. The horse got frightened and ran away." "I am obliged to you, also," said the girl herself. "Dave was not quick enough to stop the horse, and I could not stop him myself." "I am very glad that we were on hand to help you," replied Dick, bowing. "You are soldiers," the girl remarked eyeing their unifroms. ' "They are some of the Liberty B<>ys Bab " said the brother. "This is the captain. ' You' have heard of .the Liberty Boys, haven't you? They are fightmg for freedom, and have done good work both here and in the North." "My name is Barbara," said the girl smiling "but Dave always calls me Bab. \Ve in neighborhood. Strong is our name. Dave is greatly interested in the cause of independence, and would like to be a soldier." "He is a bit too young for that and even to join the Liberty Boys," said Dick.' "I am Dick Slater, and these are Liberty Boys-Ben Spur lock and Sam Sanderson. I trust that we may see more of you in future, Miss Barbara." "We should be glad to see you at our 1>"'1tlse captain," said young lady, with a smile "i will tell you where itis." ' She then explained how to reach the house. "Every one knows where Captain Strong lives " the boy. ' "I shall be pleased to see you thel'e " said Dick, the other boys smiling. ' "All of you," said Dave; "all the Liberty Boys." /


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS SAVING A PATRIOT "I am afraid that would be too many," laughed Dick. "Oh, no, it wouldn't; we have a fine bi g place. Come on, Bab, we can go ahead now. Hello, what's wrong?" and he looked at his stirrup. "What is it?" asked Dick, stepping to the boy's side. "Don't trust the gunmaker too muoh," whispered Dave. "We distrust him. Whoa, Jim! That's all right, captain." "Very good," said Dick, and the boy and his sister went off . at good speed, as her horse had got quieted down . "I shall be glad to do all the work you have," said the gunmaker just then, "and you will have no reason to complain of the quality of it." "To be sure. I had forgotten yo u," said Dick. "Well, I \\"ill think it over. Come, boys, I think we had better go." The three boys had come on horse back, Dick riding a magnificent black Arabian, Ben a 'roan, and Sam a chestnut, and they now mounted their horses and rode bac k the way they had come. When out of sight of the gunmaker's, Ben told \.he two Liberty Boys what Dave Strong had said. "Well, do you know, captain," said Ben, "there was something about the man that I did not like, although I cannot 'tell you what it was." "I felt the same myself," added Sam, "and yet I have never seen him before and don't know the first thing about him.'' Just then they saw four or five of the Liberty Boys coming a l ong the road, one on a big gray, another on a fast bay mare, one on a big white, and two on a pair of well-matched sorrels. The boy on the big gray was Mark Morrison, the second lieutenant of the Liberty Boys, of whom Ben had spoken as being a tease. The boy on the bay mare was Jack Warren, Mark's particular chum, the one on the white was Paul Howes and the two on the sorrels were Harry Judson' and Harry Thurber, known throughout the troops as the two Harrys. As the boys came up they halted, and Mark said: "Well, I don't suppose you h:i,ve had any adventures to interes t us, as you have not : been out -long." . "Long enough to have met a very charming young woman and to have saved her from a bad accident, Mark," laughed Ben. "Hello! you should have been there, Jack," declared Mark. "You alwa:rn want to be where there are young ladies . Then you could have rescued her and cut Ben out." "We all helped her, as far as that goes," said Ben, with a short laugh. "It did not take three of you, did it?" "Yes" said Dick, "and so Jack was not needed." "But' you heard nothing of the enemy, did you?" asked Mark. "No, nothing to speak of," answered Dick. "If you ride ahead, turn off before you reach the gunmaker's near the tavern." "Very good, captain," said Mark, asking no questions. Dick and the two Liberty Boy s went toward the camp, while Mark and his party kept on along the r oad turning off before they reached the gun Reaching the camp, Dick and the boys were met by Bob Estabrook, the first lieutenant, and a number of others, among them a jolly-looking Irish and a fat German. "Have you heard anything of the enemy, Dick?" asked B ob, who was the young captain's closest f'riend, the two being like brothers, as they would b e one day, the sister of each being the sweetheart of the other. "Nothing special." Dick went into his tent, calling Bob after him, and told about the young woman and her brother whom he had met, and of the boy's warning. "I do not know this gunmaker, Bob," he added, "but I think that the boy's warning can be de pended upon. I shall try to learn more about the man, for if he is not to be trusted we must not let any of our friends have any dealings with him." "That is right," agreed Bob. "I think I will go down in ordinary citizen's clothes and have another look at him, as well as make some inquiries. He will hardly know me, having seen me but once, and I will not take "N'!5', for that black horse of yours would be known in a minute," with a laugh. Dick shortly went out, dressed as the boys of the region dressed, and riding an ordinary horse. He smudged his face with dirt to better disguise his teatures. H e did not see Mark and the boys, and, at length, came to the tavern near the gunmaker's and went in. The la dlord, a smoothfaced, very bald man with a "'l"Otund body rosy cheek s , came forward as he sat down, glanced keenly at Dick's eyes and hair, and said: "Good-flay, captain. I am very pleased to see you." Dick noticed three or fot.r men sitting near looking at him fixedly, and he said to himself: " I wi s h the fellow had kept quiet. Those men suspect me now, and I might have learned something. I never saw this man before and I don't see how he happened to know me; still, he may have seen me. I shall have to put him off the track somehow." CHAPTER Il.-An at the Tavern. Assuming a puzzled look, Dick stared at the landlord and said, in drawling tones: "What are you calling me captain for, hey? Expect to make me pay more money?" "Why, you are the captain of the Liberty Boys, aren't you?" returned the landlord, Dick noticing the two men he had seen looking at him sharply. "You look somethiTitg" like him." "Huh! that's a r>retty good joke!" Dick laughed, in the most hilarious fas hion. "Me a captain? Huh! an' a rebel, too . Huh! that's funny, that is. How'd you git that notion inter yer head? Gimme so me brown ale an' we'Ll drink success to the rebe ls. Ho-ho! that's the funniest thing ever I hE:arct of." 'Why, yes, it is funny," said the landlord, seeming a bit chagrined, "but I was certain that you were Dick Slater, of the Liberty Boys. Now I know that you are not." "Huh! if I was a captain I'd go around in uniform and put on airs," laughed Dick. "What sort o' captain do I look like? Why, folka wouldn't take me for a sojer."


THE LIBERTY BOYS SAVING A PATRIOT 8 • "No they would not, that is true." "What's the use o' bein' a captain if folks don't know you?" with a laugh. "I wouldn't be a rebel captain, anyhow?" The men sitting near him laughed, and the landlord brought him a foaming pewter of brown ale, Dick saying: "Here's down with the rebels!" Neithe r Dick nor any of ,the Liberty Boys called themselves rebels . He raised his pewter, but did not drink. Then he set it down and managed, unseen, to spill half of the contents in a cuspidor on the floor, saying: "I reckon if the redcoats like they could wallop them rebels, but there don't seem to be any about. What ye say, landlord? See any on 'em around?" "Why, I believe there are some of the young rebels about, and I thought you were their captain. You ha:ve brown hair and bluish eyes, and that's his description," and the landlord took a printed notice out of a drawer at the bar. "I "ent by this printed description when I said you were Dick Slater." "Huh! there's plenty o' folks what have brown hair and bluis.h eyes, and that ain't much of a description. T1iat might answer for a lot o' boys you'd meet on the road. R ecko n you ain't very peart, ef that's all you had to .go by." "'Veil, any one is apt to make a mistake now and then," muttered the l andlord, hastily, for he imagined he had made a mistake. " must get rid of the young rebels," said one of the men. "If we knew where their camp was we could send a detachment of the redc.oats there in a hurry." "Reckin yer might," said Dick, "but how yer goin' ter find out the place?" "I know where it i s," said the landlord. "Then we will not be there to-morrow, or eve n to-night," thought Dick. "This landlord i s not as . clever as he thinks." "You do?" asked one of the men, whom Dick took to be Tories. "Yes, it is about a mile from here, on the river road, in a wood. There is an old red barn on the road a few hundred yards from it." This was a fairly good description of the lo cabion of the camp, and Dick decided to move camp elsewhere and not let any one except those they knew to be friends know where it was. They had not supposed that there were many Tories in the region, and so had not been particular in keeping the location a secret. "This rosy landlord, who i s a rank Tory, has been prying a.bout and getting information," thought Dick. "I am very glad I came here. Now we will be prepared to meet the redcoats and give them a surprise." "Do you think you'll catch the rebels soon?" asked Dick, clumsily upsetting his pewter again and spilling the contents on the floor. "To-night will be as good a time as any," the man replied. "Then it is a good thing that I came," thought Dick. "So it will," decla1ed the landlord, "but the young rebels must know nothing about it." "You won't tell any one, I hope?" asked one of the Tories of Dick. "Nobody don't know nuthin' from me," rejoined_ Dick, getting up. "Very good," muttered the man. "An(I our rosy landlord will have to find another place to carry on his plots," said Dick to himself. He was making his way toward the door when two or three redcoats came in, Dick having seen nothing of them, although he had heard the sound of horses. Now, it happened that one of these men, a lieutenant, had met Dick before and knew him quite well. "What is Dick Slater, the rebel, doing here?" he cried, drawing his sword and making a dash at Dick. . "Going out!" echoed Dick, making a rush at the officer and drawing a pistol concealed under his coat. "Ha! I knew the boy was a rebel!" cried the landlord, and Dick thought them was a familiar sound abiwt his voice, but could not tell where he had heard it. He fired a shot at the redcoat and wounded }im in the wrist, causing him to drop his sword with a clatter. "Catch him!" shouted the Tory; "he knows our plans." Some of the men tried to in .tercept Dick, but he tripped up one of them and made a dash for the door. There were other redcoats outside, and now those inside raised an alarm and came flying out. "Stop the boy, he is Dick Slater, the rebel!" roared one. The redcoats had listened, and Dick got in the saddle of his horse and went dashing up the road at good speed, followed by several shots that missed. Dick had thought that they might fire at him, and he Jay well along his neck, and the shots flew over his head. Around.a bend in the road, in sight of the gunmaker's, he saw Dave Strong coming on alone on horseback. At sight of Dick the boy set up a shout, looked behind him, and cried out: "Come. on, boys, here's the captain in danger!" "I wonder if there's any of the boys there or if this is simply a bit of stratagem on his part?" thought Dick. In a moment, however, he heard a great clatter of hoofs, and then caught sight of Patsy, Carl and the rest of the foraging party coming on at a gal lop. "Forward, me bowie! byes!" roared Patsy. "Sure the captain do be follied be a lot of mur-dherin' redcoats!" "Liberdy forefer; gife dem what Batsy was gafe der drum!" shouted Carl. Then the whole of them came rushing on, and the redcoats thought that the entire troop of Liberty Boys was bearing down upon them and beat a hasty retreat. They scattered this way and that, and the boys did not follow them far, as they went in so many different directions. "I want to stop at the tavern," said Dick, when he reached the inn. "There is a fellow in there whom we ought to take in charge." The redcoats had turned the bend in the road, ridden along the river and across fields to the woods, and were soon out of sight "Who is it, captain?" asked Dave. ' "The landlord. He is a rank Tory and has been


THE LIBERTY BOYS SAVING A PATRIOT plotting against us. He spoke freely, but a redcoat w . ho knew me came in and the cat was out of the bag." The boys went into the tavern, but saw nothing of the landlord, nor of the Tories who had been there a short time before. There were only a potiboy or two a scullery maid and an old woman, none of seemed to know what had become of the landlord. "You may tell him," said Dick, that this is no place for rank Tories such as he is, and that if he returns he is likely to be arrested if he gets nothing worse." "I suspect that the fat fellaw was a Tory," decla .red Dave, but I was not sure of it. I have bec;n watching the men hereabouts, but I have not the measure of tltem all yet. I will in time." The boys now rode away, and shortly came to the gunmaker' s, the man coming to the door and saying in a deep voice: "So-so, some of the re.dcoats had the impudence to come up a s far as this, had they? They were from the mainland, I suppose, the larger body being on Jamestown Island." "There were not many," said Dick, "and we soon scattered them." "They are the irregulars of the enemy. Will you send the muskets to-night, captain?" "No I think not. We may change our camp, as that landlord knows where it is." "Oh the. smooth-faced, oily-tongued man at the ta.'vern? Yes, I know him. I should have "Narned you against him. You will locate near here, I suppose?" 11No, probably not," said Dick, .looking at the man fixedly, and yet seeming to stare. "I could send for the muskets," the gunmaker continued, "an

THE LIBERTY BOYS A PATRIOT 5 The redcoats, hearing this, stopped Dave. Then the two Tories came up. "He's a rebel," they said, "and knows where the Liberty Boys are." Dave was taken off his horse, and the leader of the redcoats asked him, in a harsh voice: "Do you know where the boy rebels are?" "No, I do not," said Dave. At this moment the landlord appeared at the door of the tavern, and called out: "He's a rebel, and spying against us. Shoot the young spy. " He then made a flying charge against the boy, and made the commanding officer think Dave was a dangerous spy. T

THE LIBERTY BOYS SAVING A PATRIOT "Won't you take my horse, captain?" asked Dave. "No; you had better keep him. Will you come with us or go back?" "I will go with you, I guess," said the boy, wheeling. '.Dhey went on, and at length Dave said: "You can see them in a little while, captain. You had better be careful." The boys went ahead cautious!?, Dave dismounting, and in a short time could see the camp of the redcoats ahead of them. As Dave had said, they were very careless, and did not seem to take any of the ordinary precautions against surprise . Dick signaled to the boys to wait, and he crept forward till quite close to the camp. He watched the men for a time, and then crept back to the boys, all making their way to the road without being observed. "I believe the Liberty Boys could send those fellows running in all directions," said Dick, when they were well away from the camp. "There might be enough of us to give them a fright," chuckled Ben. "We gave them a scattering a while ago," remarked Sam, "when they wanted to shoot Dave. "They are an undisciplined Jot," observed Dick. "They had no right to shoot Dave. There was no reason at all except their own cruelty." The boys kept on till they had almost reached the wall where Dave had stood, Dick and his party then going on across the h.ill, while Dave rode home, Dick telling them anything. They did not see the landlord nor the gunmaker, for they were soon in the woods and hurrying on toward the camp. They were well received when they got back to camp, the boys ibeing very indignant at the redcoats for wanting to shoot Dave. Dick intended to go out later and learn more concerning the redcoats, the Liberty Boys in the meantime occupying themselves in various ways. After dinner Dick took a number of the boys and set out down the river toward the camp of the redcoats. They had just come in sight of the tavern, the fat landlord being seen in the door way, when Dick said: "Go on as if you did not intend to stop, boys, and then when I give the signal, ride right up to the inn and make a rush for the landlord. A few of you had better go to the rear in case he gets out that way." The boys nodded and went on. All at once when directly in front of the inn, which stood back from the road somewhat, Dick gave the signal. In an instant the boys turned their horses and rode straight for the inn. The landlord ran hastily inside and slammed the door after him. Dick and the boy s did not follow him, but turned back. The boys now rode on, -seeing the gunmaker. at work in his shop as they mounted thejr horses and rode off. They rode on at good speed, and, at length, came in sight of the enemy on the river. The Liberty Boys hid behind the bushes. Here they saw a number of farm boys making fun of the British .pickets by jeering them. But the .redcoats only yelled back threats at the Tories. They are a fine lot of soldiers," laughed Jack, softly. "They certainly do not reflect much credit upon the armv." said Dick. shortly. The boys were out of sight of the enemy, and heard one of the pickets calling out to a corporal: "I say, sir, let's drive those fellows away . They are getting too impudent." "The orders are for us to remain quiet in camp," was the reply, "but if they keep it up we will charge on them." "The redcoats are no soldiers," chuckled Jack, in a low tone. "Raw recruits, I think,'' said Dick. "Those fellows annoying them are Tories, no doubt. I know that some of them are, at any rate." They were not all 1boys who were annoying the redcoats, and Dick noticed some of them whom he had seen at the tavern, these being as active as the boys. . Just then the Tories fell .back, evidently fearing that they might be attacked by the redcoats, and Jack said: "If the iedcoats would let those fellows bother -them, I don't know what they would do if we ran in on them." Just then a large number of redcoats joined the ones Dick's party had been watching, making it dangerous to attempt an attack. The boys now wheeled, riding off at a gallop, and whether the Tories came back or not they did not see. On the way back Dick sent the boys to the camp by another road, so as to puzz,le any one who might be spying upon them, and went on toward the inn and the gunmaker's. He did not see the landlord as he passed the tavern, and everything seemed to be quiet and orderly about the place. Proceeding, he stopped in front of the gunmaker's, intending to ask the man a few questions and see what answers "ua1?:e." exclaimed


THE LIBER'I'Y BOYS SAVING A PATRIOT 'l the whom Dick recognized a s the officer in command of the file who were going to fire upo:1 Dave Strong that morning-. "It may be," said Dick, "but it is no stronger than the gunmaker deserves. I have as poor an opinion of you, too; you would not shoot a mere boy who had fallen into your hands. What authority had you for shooting him?" "He was a spy," snarled the lieutenant. "And you gave him no trial, but simply con demned him to death as soon as you had caught him. You were acting entirely without authority, and you would have been a murderer if your orders had been carried out; fortunately, they were not." "Take the fellow away!" growled the gunmaker, "and see that the rebel doe s not escape. Lock him in the Take away his pistols. He may want to shoot himself, but we have other notions as to what is to become of him." Dick was di sarmed by the gunsmith's men and hurried into the cellar. Here h e was put into a small room at one side and the key turned upon him. He heard the men go away and a heavy door s lammed at the top of the stairs, and_ a number of bolts shot, and keys turned. "The place i s not strong," h e said to himself; "this door does not appear to be too much for me to force." Listening a:id hearing nothing, he put his shoulder to t he do:ir and threw all his weight against it. It fiew open , and he would have fallen had he not br:'.ced himsel f betore pushing against it. He walked out of the little room and looked about him, but. could see n othing for the darkness . The n he walked ahead cautiou s ly for some little distance, expecting to reach the steps down which he had come. Then he Fliddenly came against a door, and feeling for the kaob, found it and discovered that the door was not fastened. ".Maybe this is a way out," he said to himself. CHAPTER V.-An Important Discovery. The gunmaker's men had disarmed Dick, but they had not taken away his tinder box. Open ing the daor which he had so strangely come upon, he closed it again after passing through and then lighted a match. He now found himself in a long, narrow passage, and at once began to follow it. The walls were of stone and brick part of the way, and in other parts were simply of logs, ancl again of earth alone, there being planks overhead h eld in place by an occasional upriP-ht log. "This is an underground passage," Dick muttered, "but where does it lead?" Pushing on, Dickat length came to another door, which hf found was locked. He put his eye to the keyhole and presently saw the gleam of a candle carried in the hand of a woman. "Hello! open the .door!" he said in a htgh key. "I want to get out." "Bless my heart, master, haven't you your own key with you?" asked the woman. "No, open the door!" Then he heard a key turn in the lock and the door swu111r in. He stepped into the cellar where he had been before, the casks and boxes having been removed from before the door in his absence. "Thank you," he said, tak'ing the candl e from the woman's hand and making his way to the stairs. "Bless my heart! why, it is not the master at all, but a young rebel," exclaimed the woman in alarm. Die\ went up and through the hail! into the tap-room, but_ saw nothing of the landlord. "Well, I know his means of escape now," he said, "and that probably he and the gum:naker are in coll usion, but I do not know the gunmaker's p lot yet. That I must learn later." C0ming in sight of the gunmaker's, he saw that Major was no longer at the door, and said to himself: "The redcoat may have attempted to take him, and Major has returned to the camp. I -will go that way myself." He went over the hills, therefore, keeping ou t of sight from the gunmaker's shop and the tavern. When he reached the camp he found the boys in a state of Major hav inig returned alone, and every one wondering what could have become of Dick. Bob was about to send out a party to l ook for him, in fact, when he cDme in and set their minds at rest. "Wl1at happened to you, Dick?" asked the young li eutenant. "The gunmaker is in league with the enemy, Bob," Dick replied. Mark and all the boys were greatly interested, and listened with the utmost attention as Dick ielated his adventures. The boys were all greatly interested, and all were eager to undertake the task of getting hold of the gunmaker. Just before supper Dave Strong came riding into camp, Dick having told him where to find it, and said: "Sister has a birthday party to-night, and has sent to me to invite all the Liberty Boys to be present, and especially Captain Dick Slater and the two lieutenants." "I don't know that we can all be present, Dave," returned Dick, "or not all at the same time, at any rate. We could not leave the camp alone. I can send the boys in detachments to do honor to your sister, however, if that will do." "I suppose it must," laughed Dave. Dick took the boy aside and asked: "Have you learned anything new about the gunmaker, Dave?" "I saw a redcoat there this afternoon," replied the boy. "He rode up to the house quickly and wore a cloak, although it was warm weather. I was in the woods watching the place, and when he dismounted I saw the scarlet of his coat. " "You are certain?" and Dick s miled. 'Yes, for afterward I crept nearer and heard thP fellow speak, and it was the same savage lieutenant that was going to shoot me this morning as a spy." "I know it, Dave," replied Dick, "for I was at the gunmaker's this afternoon and saw the fellow myself. Did you hear anything they said?" "Yery little, for they went into another room. Then I had to leave for fear of being caught." "The gunmaker i s i:ii. league with the British," Dick declared, and then he told the boy what had happened in the afternoon.


8 THE L I BERTY BOY S SAVING A PATRIOT "H'm! yo u made a more important disc overy than I did, captain," exclaimed the boy. "Soso, these two fe llo ws are in leagu e with each other, are they? And that is how the inn-keeper g o t ' away from yo u and the boys b e fore, when you were s o m u ch puzz l ed." " Y e s , b u t he will not do s o again, for I am g oing to capture the m both if pos s ible." " That's a good i d e a , " repl i ed Dave , greatly pleas ed at the s ch e m e of the young capta in. "Even if we get hold of any one of them that w ill be something," Dick w ent on. "We will try fo r the :gunmaker fir s t, and this party at the house will give u s a n excu se for b eing around. We will drop down upon him when he least expects u s . " "Which one will you take prisoner first, cap tain?" a s k e d Dave , eage rly. "The gunmaker, I think, a s h e i s the most dangerous. Many pers ons already know the innkeeper -to be a Tory, but the y do not suspect the g unmaker, and h e i s therefore the m ore dangero u s person." "Yes, that is so. Yo u ought to get them both if you can." "Yes, and if we -get only one it will be some thin g . " Dave rode away, and s o me time after supper Dick sent some of the boy s over t o the Strong mansion, telling them to say that he would be along shortly. Later, Dick went with Bob one way, and sent a number of the boys another, w hich woiJld take him past the gunmaker's . He and Bob , rode cautious ly, making little noise, and approeched the place stealthil y . There was no light-> to be seen in the house, and when they reacheo it there was every indication that it was cl osed and the peop l e gone. "He has probably taken the a larm,'' said Dick . " H e mus t have discovered my absence and knew that I w ould tell every o n e the sort of man he was. " \ "Very l ikely," a g r ee d B o b. The n the b o y s rod e to the Strong mansion, and Dick sent so me of the Liberty Boys to keep a watch upon the gunma k er's, but not to show themse lves unless the m a n app eared. "There were lively t i m es a t the inn if the lights and n o tice in the place m ean anything," he said l to B o b , "and we will go there when they l east expec t u s . I f the y a r e k eeping watch on us, they p r obably imagin e tha t we are all here." "Ne, doubt, " a ssente d Bob. 1 Som e of the boys went back to the camp and others came, Dick managing things so that all the boys would b e there some time during the even i ng. There was a v ery pleasant time at the hou s e, and Barbara was greatly pleased that the L iberty Boys w ere there in such force, entertaining them a ll to the best of her ability. It was not very late whe n Dick and Bob and a numter of the boys left the house quietly, leaving Mark and quite a party still at the place, and se t out stealthily for the inn. There were boys at the gunmaker's watching the p l ace, and. in case the inn-keeper attempted to escape by way o f'-the secret passage and appeared at the gunmaker's, he would be arrested a s well a s the gunmaker himself. T he boys under Dick and Bob made their way i11 sil ence to the inn, and were there before their p r e::.e n ce was discovered . Dick too k a party in by t h e fron t door a t t h e same moment that Bob e nten: d at the rear with another, both meetin g in the tap-room. There were a few redcoats and several T o r i es, b u t there was no sign of the landlord. The Tories made a dash for the doors and windows, and s o me o f the m escaped, the redcoats making a show of resistance. They were promptly captured, however, D ick saying: "We do not want yo u people particularly, although the fewer o f yo u there are at large the better." They hunted for the inn-keeper, but saw nothing o f him, and then marched off the prisoners t o the camp, the Tories being sent off with a warning before they reached the place, however, that if they were found in the neighborhood in the m orning they wou l d be arrested and h e ld. "They were not actively engaged agains t us," said Dic k , "and s o the mere fact of their be ing T ories does n o t count agains t them. With the redcoats, however, it i s different." Dick and the boys went • t o the gunmaker's, but everythin g was quiet about the place, and there was no sign of any one being at home. "Well , we did not get eithe r of the fellow s we wanted," remarked Dick, as they rode away," but we have some redcoats, and that i s something." . "We did n o t g e t y our friend the lieutenant, either," laughed Bob. "Ne,, and h e probabl y think s that the neighborho od i s as dangerous for him as it is for the g unmaker," •replied Dick. The Tories were sent home with a warning l o n g before they were anywhere near the camp, so that. there was no danger of their knowing where it was, and then the boys went on with the redcoats . The. latter were greatly chagrined at being captured, and complained bitterly among themsel ves as they were being taken t o the c a mp. • "If the earl had only taken u s over to the island as well as the rest of the troops," muttered one, "we wouldn't have been c aptured by the rebels. " "If you had been in your camp a ttending to your duties and not in a tavern drinking and carous ing, you would not have been taken" re-plied B e n. ' . The r edcoats continue d to complain, ho wever, till the y r eached the c amp and W'e put in separate t ents under close guard. M ark returned at length with the boys and was greatly pointed to l earn that neithe r the inn-kee p er, the gunmaker nor the Britis h li eutenant h a d b een taken. "I thought at l e a s t that one of the m would be captured," he s aid. "However, bette r luck n ext time. " "The r e may be a chance to take on e o r the other of them to-morrow," ob serve d Dick. The camp was s oon dark and still, and remaine d so until morning. Then Dick went out to see if he could learn something new, but there was s u ch a thick fog that he could not see ahead of him o n tl)e road for more than his horse's length, so he returned. CHAPTER VI.-A Bold Stroke In Time of Peril. L afayette and the troops were at Green Spring plant ation e arly in t.he morning, and, a s s ured


THE LIBERTY BOYS SAVING A PATRIOT 9 that onlly the rearguard of the army of Cornwallis remained off the island, it was determined to attack them. At three in the afternoon the young French g eneral moved forward, arriving in sight of the British outposts at about five in the afternoon. The time was favorable, as it was less op'Pressive , and in cas e they were forced to retreat, the night shadow s would favor them. The troops marched in narrow files over the caus eway across the morass, and then Lafayette depatched Wayne with a force of eight hundre d men to make the attack. Dick had held hi s •Liberty Boys in readiness , and had joinetl Wayne whe n the troops came up, being now with the gallent leader and going forward with him when Lafayette's order came. The brave boys were glad to be doing something, and had prepared themselves in advance, everything being now in readines s, muskets and pistols being well cleaned and oiled, saddles and harness in the best con dition, and all in the bes t order. The boys had fou,ght under General Wayne before , and were glad to b e with him again, knowing well his 'brave spirit and 1his reckle ss daring, which had earned for him the title of "Mad Anthony." The general knew the reputation of the brave boy s , and was as glad to have their aid as they were ready to give it. "There wiill be pfenty to do, captain," he said to D ic k s miling, "but your boys have always been ready to do whate".er wa;; required of ther, so tt i s nothing new." "We are always ready to do anything for the caus-= of freedom, general," replied Dick, briefly, saluting, "and you have but to command us and we will do out' best. " Wayne's advance guard con sisted of the rifle corps of Calhmd Willis and a patrol of dragoons, followed by Armand's and Mercer's cavalry, and the Liberty Boys, the Continental infantry, mostly P ennsylvania troops , supporting the whole . Lafayette, after cros sing the morass, halted with nine hundred Continentals and some militia to be in readiness to support Wayne if necessary, Steub!!n remaining at Green Spring in reserve with the main body of miUtia. Moving rapidly forward, the patrol van was presently attacke d by a body of Yagers , the riflemen and militia beginning a lively fire upon the British pickets. Then Dick was ordered forward to drive the pickets in and make a charge upon the mainland. Muskets cracked, pis tols were discharged, brave boys cheered, bullets whistled, and there was a terrific din, all being music in the brave boys' ears. There was great loss among the enemy, and now the outpost was attacked by the riflemen stationed in a ditch near a rail fence, the Y agers ibeing terribly galled and yet maintaining their position. The order presently came for the rifl emen to l eave the ditch and for the cavalry to advance still fal'ther and engage in a close encounter with the enemy. Then Cornwallis -showed !his hand, heretofore conc e aled, and the patriot& !jaw the great peril to which they were exposed. It had been the earl's intention all along to deceive the patriots and draw them into an encounter, the result of which could only be disastrous to them. Instead of sending the greater part of his troops over to the Island, he sent over orily a small portion, but deploy e d them in such a manner a s to make them seem t o the best advantage, leavilll{ the main body behind, but concealed adroitly . . He allowed but few soldiers to make appearance on the edge of the wood, drew in his our suffered his pickets to be insulted, mad.e his men assume the appearance of being without dicipline, and by every means 1gave the im pre s R ion that only the rearguard was on the mainland. By these encounters and by sending out much fals e intelligence he completely decehe

10 THE LII3:CRTY BOYS SAVING A PATRIOT as they hact preserved it from the start. Wayne now perceived t'he extent of Cornwallis' stratagem, and the imminent danger to which his troops were exposed. Already strong detachments were outflanking him, and gaining his rear_, while a solid body of veterans was confronting him. To retreat would be certain de struction, and any false move would prove his ruin, so that the moment was one of the greatest peril. His sdbriquet of "Mad Anthony" was never more appropriate than at this time, for, never losing his presence of mind, and seeming to possess the greatest judgment in times of the greatest danger, his coolness and courgae now came to his aid to save him from defeat. He instantly conceived a bold movement, one full of peril, but one ceJ<_tain to succeed if bravely ex ecuted. He at once ordered the trumpeters to sound a charge, the Liberty Boys' bugler taking it up and blowing a shrill blast in answer. "I knew 'Mad Anthony' had some idea in his head," muttered Dick. "And you were wise to hold on till you got orders," returned Bob. With a full-voiced shout Wayne's entire force, cavalry, riflemen and infantry, pressed forward in the face of a terrible storm of lead and iron, and smote the British line with ball, bayonet and ci::tlass so fiercely that it recoiled in amazement. It was a daring stroke and one that only a man with Wayne's courage and dash could have made. Lafayette, who had personally reconnoitered the British camp, saw Wayne's peril, and immediately drew up a lin e of Continentals half a mile in the rear of the scene of conflict to cover a retreat .if it were attempted. Wayne perceived this, and, seeing the flanking parties of the enemy halting or reconnoitering, he sounded a retreat, his brave band falling back in good order upon Lafayette's line. Never was a desperate maneuver better planned or more s :iccessfu_ny .and, as night was now commg on, it was a wmnmg one, as darkness would only make the advantage

THE LIBERTY BOYS SAVING A PATRIOT 11 lows behind him and made his way at full speed toward the mansion. "I reckon I know what it is, captain," said Paul Howes, who rode a big white horse, which he had lately captured from the enemy and named Captain in honor of Dick. Paul was a Virginia boy and well acquainted, therefore, with the way of the people. "What it is, Paul?" asked Dick. "I am afraid the negroes have arisen. Some of the Tory families in Virginia are more afraid of a negro uprising than they are of the rebels, as they call us." "The Strongs have negroes?" "Ye!!, quite a number of them. The redcoats may have stirred them up, as they do some times. " "These people are as bad as the Indians, I fancy, when they are aroused," muttered Dick. "Yes, so they are." The boys rode on rapidly and at last came ln sight of 1fue house, fearing to find it in flames, as the light they had first seen had grown much brighter. The flames w ere nGt at the hou se, however, but at a barn at a considerable dis tance. The boys could see a number of black figures near the house, the light of the fire showing them up in bold relief. "Forward!" shouted Dick, and the brave boys went up the road toward the house at a gallop, giving a rilll&"ing cheer. The negroes, as they were seen to be, fell back in haste as the boys came up, and now Dave came to tha door and said: "Some of the bad negrcies living in the swamps have been trying to get our _people to rise, and some of them have. They have set fire to a barn and threatened to burn the house if did not give them what they want, but we won't." "What do they want?" asked Dick. "Stand firm, boys. Better spread out a bit and watch the back of the house." "They want a cask of rum,'' said Dave, "and if they get it they will drink themselves crazy. A drunken negro on a plantation is the worst thing you can have." There were about fifty of the negroes, and these, seeing that there were much fewer boys, now began come forward threateningly, some armed with ubs, pitchforks and hoes and a few with rifles and shotguns. Dick did not want to fire upon them, as it would only inflame their anger and lead to a desperate struggle in which some of the boys might be killed, and he now rode forward and said, in a clear, firm voice: "You 'boys are acting against the law and against reason. You have always been treated well here and have no cause for complaint. What do you went?" "De Continentals done get a victory aber der redcoats an' we wanter sullerbrate it," replied one, the evident leader. "We uns want a bar'l o' rum ter sullerlbrate." "Mother told them they could have a barhecue," said Dave, "and have a celebration that way." "Your mistress will give you everything in reason," said Dick, "but you are not acting with reason. Why do you set fire to the property of your mistress? You are not all her peo11le here. I see men who I am sure do not belong here at all but are the bad negroes of the swamps, outcasb and outlaws. You are foolish to listen to the advice of such. Rum will do you no good, and you know it. Go back to your quarters and act reasonably and your mistress will give y o u a holiday to celebrate this victory, but not a debauch such as you want." "You got nuffin' ter say 'bout it!" growled one giant negro, whom Dick knew to be one of the swamp men by his very appearance. "We want de rum an' we's gwineter have it. Come on, brudders, !e's break open de sullar an' get it!" At this moment there was a shout and another detachment of the Liberty Boys came riding up and joined Dick. The negroes began to fall back rapidly, and now a sudden alarm came from the house, and one of the negro maids, a faithful creature, cried out in distress: "Oh, Marse Captain, Marse David, dat bad nigigf c h Pompey an' Willum Shakespoke done run off wi:f Mi ss Bal'b'ra dis minute!" There was a sudden stampede of the negroes as the rest of the Liberty Boys came up, and Dick said: "After them, boys, drive them away!" Then as the greater part of the boys put the negroei;: to flight, another of the hou se servants came up and told Mrs. Strong and Dave how the two negroes had broken into the rear, knowing the house, and had run off with Ba1

12 THE LIBERTY BOYS SAVING A PATRIOT 'Are there many?" "I don't know jus t how many there are, captain. But the Britis h stir up the Indians and the Tories make the blacks dissatisfi ed, and there's no telling what they'U do, especially if the y get strong drink." The boys hastened onward, not at all reassured by Dave's remarks, Bob saying, after a while. "I think there are Tories at the bottom of this, Dick." . "You are probably right, Bdb. Some one has incited the. negroes to ask for rum to celebrate the victory of the patriots over the redcoats, and then when they are fighting drunk expect to set them on to attacking patriots." "But why should they want to carry Bdb off?" asked Dave. "Perhaps they think they can strik e a bar, giving Mi ss Barbara up in return for tlie rum," said Dick. "Now I understand. That's jus t it, captain. )Jut do you think we cah get her back without giving in to theit demands?" "We must, for should they get the rum they would become fiends, and neither you nor yours would be safe for a moment." "That is so, captain, but I am afraid they may do some harm to Bab." "Not yet, Dave,'' Dick's tone and manner were reassuring. "They will wait to see what they can do first, and will not ill treat your sister so long as they think there is any chance for them to get what they want through her." "I hope you are right, captain," was the boy's rather dejected respon se . By this time they were at the edge of the swamp, and Dick was examining the ground about by the light of a torch. "Here are fresh tracks,'' he said. "I think they have entered the swamp here." The young captain look ed carefully ahead and on both sides, and then said: "It will be as well to go this way, for although their footprints are no longer vi s ible in the oozy ground, I think they have passed this way, and that we may safely follow." It was a treacherous morass, but by taking the higher parts of the ground that rose out the water, they found they could get along. CHAPTER VIII.-A. Perilous Search. The way was dark and extremely for a misstep would send the walker mto the sucking mud, from which even the united of his companions might not be able to save him. They could not keep close together, for the soft ground would not sustain their weight, the boys 'being obliged to leap quickly from to another before the ground had time to give under them. "HQw did they ever manage to carry her over these treacherous places, captain?" asked Dave once, when they ha

THE LIBERTY BOYS SAVING A P ATRIOT 13 "I see something around that bend there, cap tain," said Dave, loath to retrace their step:s. "Very we ll, Dave, we will see what it is," replied Dick. In a moment or two it was discovered that a leaky boat lay out in the water, too far to reach from the ground on which they were standing. "I'll get it, captain!" exclaimed Dave, and he stooped to remove his shoes. "Stop, Dave, I cannot permit you to risk your life like that!" cried Dick. "But, captain, think of Ba.b!" "I am thinking of her, and I cannot see how it will hdp her for you to lose your life needlessly and fruitlessly, Dave. Should you sink in that morass, in those shifting sands under the water, of what use would it be to your sister? Your duty is to observe all precautions in order to help he1<" "I am sure I could get the boat without sink ing in 'the mud, captain," pleaded the boy. will see what can be done to get the boat, Dave,'' replied Dick, quietly, "but I cannot per-mit you to take needless iisks." The boat "as there, leaking it is true, but they mi ,ght be able to stop the leak with a piece of wood. but it lay beyond their reach. "If we had a hooked pole we could get it!" exclai med Hany Thurber. "Might as well wish for a boat as a hooked pole!" said P a ul Howes. "There's the boat in plain sight, while there's not any .kind of a pole nearer than those willow s , and they're not--" Dick was not li stening to their remarks, but was looking at the boat that was almost imperceptibly moving farther away every moment. , "Dave, I will let you wade out into the water, a s you are the lighest boy here . . Then, Paul, you follow next, keeping tight hold on to Dave's hand, Harry holding yours, and Bob's yours, while I and the rest of the boys will be on hand to give what other assistance may be needed." Dave did not wait for Dick to finish giving his instructions, but had his shoes off before the young captain had stopped speaking. Paul and Harry both removed their boot s, Bob not considering it neces sary for him to take his off, as he \rnuld be standing on the ground a little back from the water. Dave ran lightly into the stream, and though feelin,g the ooze sucking at his toes, kept on, but not o quickly as he would like on account of the difficulty in drawing his feet out of the mud into which they unk at every step. He succeeded, in grasping the side of the beat and soon 'brought it in toward the island, the other boys drawing him and the boat in onto comparatively dry land. But when they had the boat in their possession and had stuffed up the hole, they did not dare get into it at that point, but were obliged to get around to a spot where the water was deeper, and then but one boy could cross at a time. After a tedious delay they were all across the stream, but there were other streams, wider and deeper ones farther on. This fact pi:oved a boon, for it enabled all the boys to enter the boat together, and by using a broken oar they had found in the bottom of the boat as a paddle, they managed to make some progress, although s low. After a while they were about to proceed with more celerity, and as the grass grew tall, they were able to keep out of sight of any one who might be in among the willows. The land where the trees grew seemed drier than the surrounding grou nd, and therefore more solid and better adapted to human life. Dick told the boys to draw up under some overhang ing dwarf willows, and then he got out and went on land to explore. It was not yet wholly light, although the glow had deepened, and he hopea that if the blacks were there, they might be caught napping, although he did not have any great hope that such would be the case unless the y had procurea enough to stupefy them. He stole around over the group of willows with their l ong, writhing branches, and there among them saw s ome rude shacks, and a number of negroes lying around, some asleep, others drinking from fla s ks, but for a wonder no word was being spoken. "I wonder where they got that rum from!" thought Dick. "Some one has been supplying them!" And then he thought of the big fat landlord of the tavern. "I b e lieve he is at the bottom of it!" He saw no signs of the young lady, so moved around warily until he could see within one of the shacks, the largest on e of the three. There was something white within, but he could not di sti Hguish a human form, and was wondering how he was going to find out if it were that of Barbal'a Strong, when one of the blacks spoke. Dick listened intently, and heard him say: "Da t black-face man he say he get us rum, and then don't get 'nuff to go round, and say w e got ter get it for ourselves. " "Dat am so,. sure 'nuff. Ah didn't 'spect we had ter get de rum. Now he says de madam give u s all we can drink to get little rnis s y back." "I wonder if that black-faced man is not the gun maker!" thought Dick. "I am sure we were correct in our belief that there is a white rascal at the bottom of this trouble wi:th negroes." He listened, but just then he heard from the tent, in a girl's voice : "So that's why you dared enter the house and carry me off, Will and Pomp! Instead of getting all the rum you can drink, you will both be tietl up arrd receive the whipping you deserve for laying hands on your mistress! " Then Dick gave a clear whistle, and three of the boys dashed in among the blacks, drawing their pistols and keeping them at arm's length. "Take Miss Barbara to the boat, Harry!" cried Dick, "while the rest of u s attend to these ras cals!" Will and Pomp dove into the clump of willows, but two or three other huge blacks attempted to rush on the boys. A shot or two made them think better of corning too close, as they were wounded, and then Bob and Paul backed toward the boat, Dick still facing them with raised pistol . The negroes did not seem to carry weapons just then and probably had them in . stack somewhere. A s soon as Barbara was in the boat, Dick ran and jumped in after her and told the boys to pull away. It was now light and the negroes coul d see them very plainly. As soon as they got their weapons they began to shoot at the boat. Luckily none of the bullets hit our friends. One big black fellow ev_;.n ran down to the water, dropped


THE LIBERTY BOYS SAVING A PATRIOT into the high grass, and tried to seize the boat and overturn it. Dick, however, sent a bullet through the fleshy part of his arm, which made him relinquish his hold in short order and retreat, and they were not interfered with by him again. They paddled as quickly as they could with their broken oar, and were soon out of range of the blacks. The boys maintained a sharp lookout but no negro was seen. For some reason they all seemed to have retreated into the bushes. Barbara said she received no indignity nor rough treatment from the negroes. There were several in the shacks in the midst of the willows that she had never seen before. "How did they bring you here, sister?" a sked Dave. "They made me leap from one hummock to another part of the way, and then we came the rest of the distance in a rowboat, the same as you boys did," was the answer. "Have you any idea who suggested the idea of carrying you off so as to make your mother give them rum?" asked Dick. "I haven't the sliigihtest idea,'' replied Barbara. "I don't know any black-faced man except ne groes." The other boys asked about the black-faced heard. "That must be the gunmakerl" exclaimed Dave, decidedly. . "That is what I thought, Dave,'' said Dick. "Well, that fellow shall be made to suffer if he did this. No one is going to treat my sister in that fashion and not pay for it!" exclaimed the boy, angrily. "You may depend on us to help you, Dave." "Thank you, captain. I was eure of it, but I am glad to have you tell me just the same." "Well, he deserves to be punished, but I am so glad to get away from those blacks that I have little thought for anything else I" exclaimed Barbara. "I suppose mother is very anxious about me, Dave?" "Of course she is, Bab. So were we all, and we started hunting for you as soon as we found that you had been carried off,'' answeretl her brother. "I knew you would do all you could to help me, brother!" said the girl, softly. CHAPTER IX.-Some Mysteries Explaine d. Upon the return of the young captain and the boys to the camp after taking Barbara Strong to the house, Dick said: "This rascally gunmaker, having failed in his attempt to caus e the ruin of our army here, has now turned hi s mischief making into other channels and has tried to stir the negroes to revolt. He will do other thilll&'S, and if we do not stop him there i s no telling what mischief he may do." "vVe mu s t get rid of him," reclared Bob, "either by driving him from the region altogether or by capturing and hanging him." "He must be captured at any rate,'' rejoined Dick. The boys would need a rest before starting out again after being out the better part of the nig:\lt. It was hardly likely that the gunmaker would be a.t his shop, and the bdys would have to hunt for him, therefore. He knew them now, whether in uniform or in ordinary attire, and so they would have to come u-pon him suddenly when he was not looking for them and take him by surprise. "We will have to keep looking for him," Dick, "and come upon him unawares. That is really the only way we can catch him." "And if he sees us looking for him, he witi always keep out of the way," re-plied B ob . "What we can do is to go out as if we were just on !!scouting or foraging expedition," suig gested Dick, "pass his house without paying it any particular attention, and simply go ahead as if we had forgotten all about him or did not know that he had done anything out of the way." "Yes, that will be a good plan," agreed Bob, "for if he sees us he will be deceived into the belief that we are not after him." Shortly after noon Dick and three or four of the boys set out as if about to reconnoiter the island, where Cornwallis was still in camp, Bob and some of the boys going in another direction. The young captain and the boys with him were riding along at a moderate pace when they came unexpectedly upon the gunmaker not far from his house. "After him!" hissed Dick. The man was on foot, and he made a dash for his house in an instant. After him went the boys, dismounting as he ran inside. He was not able to fasten the door behind him, they were so close at his heels. In dashed Dick, seeing him making for tJhe cellar. "Come on, boys!" he shouted, making a rush for the man. The igunmaker bolted the cellar door on the inside, and the boys were forced to break it down, which caused som e little delav. On they went, however, finding the door below also fastened. This they broke down also and went on, hearing the man running ahead of them. Dick lit a match and saw the man enter the tunnel leading to the inn. Then Dick saw a light and at once realized what it was. There was a keg of gunpowder in the nassage with a lighted fuse in the bunghole. This was burned down nearlv to the danger point. In a few moments it would set fire to the powder and there was no telling what might happen when the came. Running swiftly forward, Dick whiTJped out his sword. There was a swift blow and the fuse was cut off close to the key. Dick stamped upon and put it out and the place was in darkness. Then Dick sent the keg rolling swiftly along the passage the way they had come, so that if there happened to be a chauce they could take posses sio n of the powder for illi:eir own use later on. The boys ran on in the darkness. "That was a narrow escape,'' muttered Ben. "So it was,'' said Dick, "but come on, boys, we must not let the fellow escape." They reached the door at the end of the passage, and found it locked and evidentlv barricaded besides. Thev tried to break it down with their muskets, but were unable to do so, and it was likely that there were kegs and casks on the other side which held it fast.


THE LIBERTY BOYS SAVING A PATRIOT 15 "We will have to go back," said Dick. "It will take too long to break it down and doubt less the fellow has escaped by this time." The boys returned along the passage, finding the kegs of powder on the way and taking it with tihem. "It will b e of as much use to us as to that fellow," declared Ben, as he put it on his shoulder. They" went through the gunmaker's house and mounted their horses returning to the camp, as there was little chance of finding the villain at that time in the inn. They told every one they met that the man was in league with the red coats, and that they were not to trust him on any account but to arrest him at the fi-rst opportunity. "If we warn every one against him," declared Dick, "he will be forced to leave the neighbor hood, and even if we do not punish him, we will at least prevent his doing anv mischief here." "Yes, that will be something" said B ob, "but I h a d rather catch him, for then we will be that he will do no mischief anvwhere." Bob had not seen the man while he was out nor had he met the rascally innkeeper, who was considered as much an enemy to the patriots as the gunmaker himself. Later in the day. Dave Strong came in and said: "Ther redcoats are over on the island yet and are keeping pretty q_uiet. T'h e negroes have not . left the swamp. Have you see n anything of the gunmake1?" "Yes, we chased him as far as the tavern this morning," returned Dick, "and he tried to blow us up. We got a keg of gunpowder by the oper ation, but h e got away." "His hou se see med to be shut up when I came by," added Dave, "for there was no sign of life about it, and I reckon he's gone away." "Perhaps," said Dick, "although it lo oked just . that way when we met him. He may have it lookin g that way o n purpose to deceive people." Dick took Paul, Harry and one or two others and went off with Dave toward the inn, seeing the innkeep e r sitting in front of the place, smok ing a pipe when they rode up. He arose and went toward the house, saying: "Good-day, young gentlemen. Make yourselves at heme. I will tell the servants that you are here." "Yes, do," said Dick, dismounting and giving a quick sign a l to one of two of the boys. Paul and Harry quickly dashed to the rear of the inn to prevent the escape of the landlord, and Dick and Dave ran up the steps, the land lord going inside in great haste. Dick and the Virginia boy followed him closely, the innkeeper making his way toward the cellar in a great hurry. "After him, boys!" cried Dick, as the others came in. Then as the boys pursued the innkeeper, Dick went to the rear door and said to Paul and Harry,. who were well mounted: "Ride to the gunmaker's as fast as you can and watch for the innkeeper. These two men are great friends and use the underground passage in common." A s the two boys rode off at a gallop, Dick hur ried into the cellar, catching up a lantern from the pantry on the way. In the cellar the b oy s found a lot of and boxes piled up against the door leadin.g to the underground passage. "He has not come this way," said Dick, "for he could not pile up these things after he had gone through and there was no one else in t n e place, was there?" "No, there was no one," said the boys. "Then h e has some other place to hide. P o s sibly there i s some secret chamber in the place, and Wt shall have to find it. " The boys piled up still more stuff against the door, and then went up and began to search through the house. In a short time, rapping up on the wainscot of one of the private rooms un the g-round floor, Dick heard a hollow sound, and, looking along the wall, found a secret panel, which slid aside and disclosed a room of so me size in the walls. There was no one in it, but he entued and crossed it, gojng up a little stair way out into a room on the floor above. " is where the fellow went," he mid to himself. "He pretended to go to the cellar and did not. He knew that we knew that place." people in the inn were very. angry at Dick and the boy s for ransacking the place, but Dick said to the housekeeper: "You know that this man is an enemy to the cause as much as I do, and that he is the friend of the gunmaker, who is also our enemy and a worse one than the innkeeper. I am going t o have place watched, and if thes e two men are seen they will ' be arrested and so will any man that I know to lbe an enemy." The 'boys found nothing of the innkeeper i n the place, and Dick was positive that he had first hiclc!en in the secret chamber and had then left the house, perhaps fearing to be di s covered . "The f e llow has many hiding-places,' ' Dick said, '"but we are finding them out, one after an other, and before long they will all be known, and he will not dare to hide in any one of them. " "Wt! have got to look out for those two fellows , captain," said Dave. "They help each other and that rr:akes it harder for u s . Still, we know this Pow while we did not know it at first." "Yes, we know it now, and when we see one of them we can easily expect to see the other." The iboys then rode over to the gunmaker's and told the fboys there that the innkeeper had escaped and had not gone into the cellar at all. "He is a slippery rascal,'' said Dick, "but we are finding out more and more about him all the time, and I think that at last we will have him cornered and there will 'be no escape for him." "!'.; is provoking," muttered Dave. "Just when you think you have one of these villains, he slips away from you." "And we have never seen them together," said Paul. "We either see one or the other, but never. both." "And yet 1 am sure that they are friends," returned Dick. "This underground passage shows that." Taking a leaf from his despatch !book, mck wrote on it and pinned it to the door with his pocket knife. What he had written was a warning to the people of the regio n and read as fol l ows :


16 I THE LIBERTY BOYS SAVING A PATRIOT "The gunmaker is an enemy to the cause of freedom. He is to be arres.ted at si.ght. "Dick Slater, "Captain of the Liberty Boys." "Eyery one who passes will see this," he said, "and know that the man. is an enemy. We will driv e him away if we do not catch him!' Ha'\ing warned the people against the gun maker, Dick and the boys returned to the camp. The next day the boys found the warning still stuck upon the door of the gunmaker's house and the place apparently deserted. Going to the tavern, they found it closed with a notice on the door that it was for sal e, the proprietor having ,.found business too poor to ksep the place running. "Well, that settles both of these fellows," laughed Bob, who was. with Dick, Dave and Paul. "We will close up the business of every one of the enemies of the cause when they are such mischief makers as these two were," declared Dick. "Well, they have both left the region no doubt," added Bob, "and we shall see no more of them about here, at any rate." They were riding on toward the Strong man sion, when suddenly on the road near the swamp the.y came upon the gunmaker. The man was on horseback and quickly wheeled at sight of the boys. "After him, quick!" hissed Dick. In an instant the boys were all in hot pursuit, Dick, Bob and one or two others leading. The man turned in his sa\f dle and fired a shot from a pistol at the young captain, the bullet passing close by. Dick returned the shot in an instant, tearing off the heel of the fellow's right boot. "After him, boys!" 11e shouted, firing another shot. _ , __ CHAPTER X.-A Hot Chase After A Rascal. The second bullet gave the gunmaker a flesh wound in the shoulder, but he kept on at full speed and rode into the swamp. Dick and the with him were familiar with such places and were not afraid to traverse them, and they kept right on. They shortly lost sight of the man among the trees, but saw his trail and so kept on after him. Then in a short time they saw the horse going leisurely down a side path with out his rider. Dick looked along the trail and saw fresh footprints and pointed them out to the boys, saying: "The fellow has gone this way. He sent his horse the other way; but the villain did not hide his trail and so we are not deceived." The boys kept on at good speed, but the road soon grew worse and worse, and they had to ibe careful. Then they came to a tumbledown hut on the edge of a swampy patch and saw an old negro sitting in the doorway. "Good-day, uncle," said Dick. "I trust that you are better than the majority of the blacks liv ing in this place? Have you see n a stout man with a black !beard and black hair pass he:re within a few minutes?" "Yas'r, he done went dat a way," said the old negro, pointing ahead of him. Dick saw no tracks leading that way, but he did see some leading_ to the cabin. "Are you sure?" asked Dick, keeping his eyes on the old fellow trying to see if he was lying. "Yas'r, Ah is, he done went dat a way 'bout haffen hour ago." Dick knew by a slight change in the expression of the old darky that he was lying, and he now noticed a suspicious move of a shutter in the loft of the cabi,n, which told him that there was some one behind it. He imitated the sound or a hawk. which was one of the Liberty Boys' danger signals, and then fired a shot at the shutter its it was about to open. There was a sudden cry and the shutter flew wide open. Then the gun maker was see n with two pistols in his hands. H e fired two quick shots at Dick. The boys with the young captain fired at the man at the same moment, Dick having suddenly shifted his posi tion. "After him, boys!" shouted Dick, as he dashed forward and entered the cabin, pushing the old darky aside. There was a ladder leading to a loft overhead, and Dick and Bob now ran up this and pushed up a trap. They heard a shout from some of the boys outside and were in the loft in a moment. There was no one in it, but going to the rear window, there being two in the loft, they saw the gunmaker running toward the swamp. Dick fired a shot, which narrowly missed the man, and in another momen' t he disappeared in the thicket. Dick ran to the front window of the loft and shouted to the boys below: "The fellow has run into the swamp at the back of the cabin. After him, boys, we'll be down in a moment." Then Dick and Bob hurried below, seeing nothin1g of the old darky, the latter having evi dently become frightened and run off. Leaving one or two of the boys with the horses, Dick and Bob followed Dave and Paul who were in the lead in pursuit of the fugitive, one or two more following. The swamp was a difficult one to traverse, and the boys were dbliged to exercise great caution, thereby not making the speed that they otherwise would have made. "He won't 'be a'ble to go much faster than are going," said Dick, "unless he is thoroughly used to the place, and I do not believe he is. Ahl there he is ! " They saw the gunmaker crossing a little open place and fired, but missed. When they got into a 1bad part of the swamp again, Dave and Paul led the way as they were accustomed to the region. They pus-hed on as rapidly as possible, now seeing the fugitive 'for a moment and then miss ing him. At lenigth they came out upon a rough road and met a man trudging along on foot. "Hallo! where'd you come from?" he asked in astonii::hment, which Dick knew to be a ssumed. "Have you seen a black-haired, black-bearded man pass this way?" Dick asked. "No, I have not." Dick saw hoofprints which seemed to be quite fresh, and he followed them, beckoning to the boys to follow. "That man has been riding a horse up to a short tiil1e ago," he said, as they hurried on, "and he has given up his horse to the gunmaker." "How do you know, Dick?" asked Bob. "He had horsehairs on the inside of his breeches. Besides, the hoof-m.arks. come from . ..


THE L I B E RTY BOYS SAVING A PATRIOT 17 that direction, and there were not many fo otprints . He gave up h is hors e o n l y a short time ago, I ' ll wager." T h e boys went on fas t er, being abl e to make good speed over the road, rough as it was, and in a f e w minutes saw a man on h orseback just ahead of them. "Hallo ! stop!" cried Dick. The man turned and the boys recogniz ed not the gunmaker with his shock of iblack hair and ili s , bl a ck beard, but the i nnkeeper with his 'bald hea d and smooth face . "What d o you w ant?" he called out in a high key. "Whe r e i s tha t black-faced accomplice of y ours?" asked Dick , hurrying forward. " I don't kno w who you m ean, captain," and the man rode on at a gallop, and the boys found themse lves bei:nig left b ehind. ,.. "The gunmaker, as b i g a rascal as you are," said D ick . "Halt, or I will fire." ThP, man :rode on at a still faster 1 ate, Dick and Bob firing at him, but only hitting the trees. dashed around a bend in the road. " I don't know where the fellow has gone," murmured Dick. "We cannot catch the innkeeper, being on foot, and we may as well go back." . T hey retrace d their steps , but saw nothing of the man they had met rn the road. Dick saw footprints leading into the swamp, how ever, and said: "The fellow has gone into the swamp, evidently not caring to meet us again. He gave his hors e to the innkeeper no doubt." "But then where is the gunmaker?" asked Bdb. " I a m sure I don't know," muttered Dick. "I n m p uzzled , I must 8:dmit. Well, we gave .a hot chase and l ost him, and now, as the trail is l os t we may as well return and get our horses." They returned to the cabin and, jus t before reac hing it h eard a s ound of angry voic es and then s hots. Hurrying on, they came upo n the c abin a n d saw a numbe r o f negroes tryi:nig to get t h e ho r ses a way frcim the two boy s l eft to take care of the m. " Get out, yo u bla ck rascals!" shouted Bob. D ic k s p r a n g fo rward and struck one of the men who w a s trying to get upon Paul's white mare . The o t h e r boys c ame swarming up, and the negroes ran a w a y into the swamp and quickly disappeared. The negroes having di sappeared, the beys went on and out of the swamp and then back to the camp. The next d a y Cornw alli s l eft the island and went toward Yorktown, the Liberty Boys going to Williamsburg, whe r e L a fayette was in camp. They were n o t so far from their old camp 'but that Dave c ould r i de over t o see the m, and the first day t hat they wer e the r e hecame with Barbara, who m t h e b o y s were all glad to s e e again. "The gunma ker's ho u se i s shut u p and advertised for rentin g," said Dave , whe n h e met Dick, "and there i s a n ew man i n t h e inn, and quite a dec ent on e at that, not the sort t h a t that rotund, red-faced T ory rascal was , a n d yo u don't see those ruffianly T ories there any m o r e ." "The change ought t o be a welcome one," j oined Dick. "You saw nothing of the gun makel' 'l " " No , a n d no one else has. He has y l e f t t h e region for good a n d everybody is g lad of . "Well, if he does not t urn u p again it w ill be a ll right, although I would have been g lad t o catch h i m s o as to make s ure that he wou l d do n o more mischief," said Dick. With our troops here, and a chance to practice his rascality, the f ellow may come to this p l ace," s uggested Bob. "If we see him he will have to leave in a h urry, then," repl ied Dick. "Of course, he may come here , b u t he will not if he knows that we are about, as we all know him." "Well, I wou l d not be surprised at seeing him again," remarked Bob. Dave and his sister remained some time in camp, and Dave promised to c o me often while the boys were i n the district, having taken a great liking to them, while the 'boys all thought highl y of the boy himself. CHJ .. P TER XL-Another Mystery Expl ained. A day or so after the arrival o f the Liberty Boy s at Williamsburg, Dick and a small party of the boys were going through Lafayette camp, when Dick heard one of the soldiers say: "Well, if that black-muzzled chap hasn't put that musket o u t of commis s ion n eatly, I wouldn' t say so." "What is the matter?" asked Dick, stopping in front of the s oldier. The latter was lo oking at a musket, which s eem e d to be giving him a great deal of trouble. "M a t ter, captain?" repeated the man, looking up. "Why, there'd be a good sight more danger to me if I went to di scharge this musket than there w ould be to the redcoats." "Have you had it repaired?" "I thought I had, but it's worse than it was before. Why, it would be sure fo expl ode, the way he's fix e d it, and I'll wage r there's mo n . lik e it in the company. " "Who repaire d it?" " A black-muzzl e d fe llow tha t said he was a fir s t rate gunmaker, but if this is -an ex a mple of hi s work--" " A s t o utly4built man with heavy blac k hair and b eard?" Dick asked. " Yes , that's the fellow," spo ke up anothe r man. "He &aid h e 'd d o n e w o r k for the army, and so we set him at fixing s o m e guns , , } ,>Ut a farme r boy who n ever saw a gun b efore could do better, I'm thinking." Dick took three or four guns and exami n ed them. "Why, thes e things have been botched!" h e exclaimed. "And evi dently by a workman, too. An ignorant person could not have made them so dangerous . I b e li e ve I know the man tha t di d this work. If he appears again arres t him on the ins t ant. H e is an emi s s ary of the British." When Dick told the men what he kn e w about the gunsmith and his plots, they w e r e indignant and threatened the man with all sorts of punishment. The n e w s was quickly spread through the camp, that the man was a scoundrel and was t o be arrested, and then Dick saw some o f t h e ofikers and told them of the fellow and what he had do n e.


-. 18 THE LIBERTY BOYS SAVING A PATRIOT "Why, it was his false intel!i,gence, diligently spread, that nearly caused us terrible defeat the other day," added Dick. "Fortunately we were warned against him, or some of our mu skets might have been ruined by him as your have been." Returning to the camp of the Liberty Boys, Dick saw Bob and said: "Well, you predicted that the gunmaker would be aN11rnd again, Bob, and so he has been. \Ve must be on the lookout for him." "He has?" cried B ob. "Yes,'' and Dick told what he had learned in the other camp. "Tell all the boys and they will be on the lookout for him." "Yes, I will do so,'' and the whole troop was shortly informed that the gunmaker was abroad again and doing his scoundrelly work, and Dick added that he told the troops that he was to be arrested at sight. Some of the boys were out in the afternoon in different parties, Dick being with Ben, Paul and Harry, and meeting Dave on the way. Dick told Dave about hearing of the gunmaker, and said: "We are on the lookout for the man now, and the sooner he is caught, the better for every one." "YeE, I think so myself," the boy replied. He rode with them and they all went on at moderate speed, stopping here and there to make inquiries. They heard nothing of the man in several places where they asked, but at length met a man in a tavern who said that the gunmaker had been there that day l ooking for re. pairing jobs, .representing that he was a good workman, had been employed by the army and by the Liberty Boys, and did the best work. "Did he do anything for you?" Dick asked. "Yes, I let him fix a shotgun for me." "Let me see it,'' said the young captain. The man showed Dick the gun, the boy looking it over carefully. "Yes, that is a good piece of work," he said, "and the man can do good work if he cho o ses. His being able to do good work enables him to so meddle with a gun that the damage is not apparent at first. He is an exc ellent workman, in fact, but a man of no principle." Satisfied that the man was in the district, the boys kc:-pt on, hoping to run across him before long. It was we ll along in the afternoon and they were thinking of going b a ck to the camp, when, in sight of a hous e near the road, Dick suddf'nly halted. "There he is now!" he whi spered. boys had halted on the instant that Dick did and were conceal e d by the trees. "Where is he, captain?" a s ked Dave. "In that house at the window talking to some one. Come on "cautiously and he may not see us." The boys advanced rapidly and cautiously, the man not seeing them, a s his back was now to the window. The boys quickly di smounted as they reached the house, Dick sending Ben and Harry to the back, and running in with Dave and Paul. The gunmaker turned quickly, saw the boys, and made a rush for the rear door. Dave lE:aped forward and caught him by the 1hair of the head. To the boy's utter amazement, the hailcame away in his hand and proved to be a well-made wig. . "Take this too!" shouted the man in a high key. throwing a black, false beard in Dave's face. Then he darted out of the door and slammed and locked it behind him. "Hello! that's the innkeeper!" cried Dick. "What's the trouble?" asked the man in the room. "Warn the boys!" said Dick, quickly. P.aul Howes ran ou t and saw the landlord, as he took him to be, jumping out of a side window on the other side of the house from where Ben and Harry were. "Quick!" he shouted. "There goes the rasca\ now!" Ben came running around the side of the house, the ]llan darting into the woods at that moment. Then Dick shouted to Harry from another window to go around and unfasten the door. "That's the innkeper," declared Ben. "Where did he come frorp ?" "Wf:ll , we thought it was the other fellow, but he had on a black wig and beard in the house." "Maybe he was disguised so that we would not know him." "Yes, but why should he make himself look like a man whom we are in chase of? He knew that we 'are trying to catch the gunmaker or he should know it." The boys quickly followed in the direction taken by the fugitive, the horses being left in care of the man of the house, who was a good patriot as Dick speedily learned. "That's the gunmaker, captain?" asked Ben. "Well, I don't know. I thought it was, but he looks like the innkeeper now." "And the gun maker was always calling the innkeeper a Tory rascal, probabl y to throw off susp i cion from himself," said Dave. "The passage between the two p laces would show that they had something in common," de clareu Paul. "Yes, and when we were chasing the gunmaker we came upon the innkeeper," said Ben. "And it was the innkeepr we saw on the horse when we pursued the gunmaker through the swamp,'' remarked Dick. "But the gunmaker spoke in a deep voice and the i1mkeeper in a high on e," observed Dave. "Any one can do that,'' laughed Paul. "I can do it myself," and he spoke first in a heavy voice and then in a shrill one. The boy s were hurrying on after the fugitive, p r e sently catching a glimpse of him crossing a little; natural opening. "You won't catch me, you rebel s !" the man call e d out in a deep voice. "I'll foil you yet!" "Forward!" said Dick. "Whatever he is, he i s a d.angernu s fellow and must b e taken." The bovs hurried on and shortly saw the man running toward a little stream, over which there was a rude bridge made of a tree trunk. He had throwi. a s ide hi s coat and turned back his shirt collar to get more air and was running rapidly, bein)!.' greatly fatigued, as they could see. He reached the little bridge and ran heavily across it, on the other side. Then he drew two pistols and shouted in a shrill voice:


J THE LIBERTY B O YS SAVING A PA'I'RI O T 19 / "Stay where you are, you rebels l I will shoot the first one that comes up. " Then he suddenly dropped his pistols, stooped by bending his knees, keeping his back straight, and caught hold of the tree trunk with both hands. The cords stood out on his neck and his face and neck became very red, but in a moment he •had lifted the end of the bridge and thrown it into the stream. There was a swift current here and the tree was caught by the stream and carried on. "Now get over if you can!" shouted the man in a heavy voice. "The quick sands ,vill make fast work of you, you rebels!" Dick and the boys ran forward, firing a number of shots. One of them hit the man in the shoulder and they saw a blood stain on his shirt, as he ran swiftly away and disappeared in the woods. The boys reached the stream and Dick saw by the appearance of the bottom that there wen' dangerous 0,Uicksands there. "If there were more of us we could make a human c

2 0 THE LIBERTY BOYS SAVING A PATRIOT B ob exposed himself for an instant and a shot rang out, the bullet hitting the heel of his boot. He put a bullet in at a loophole whence the shot had come and got under cover at once. The boys closed in, keeping close to the ground and watching tlie cabin from rul poil)ts, warning each other when they saw anything suspicious. Little by little they drew closer and closer to it, and at last Dick signaled for them to make a combined rush. They did so, attacking the place on all sides. Dick and two or three of the boys assailed the front door with musket butts and forced it open. They were astonished to see a cloud of smoke come out and then a burst of flame. The air caused this to iblaze fiercely, and just then Bob broke in the back door. Flame burst forth and the boys were driven back in a hurry, some of them having their hair singed. Smoke and flame rushed out of the window s and began to pour from the rude chimney. "Can the fellow have escaped?" a s ked Bob. "I don't .see how he could,'' replied Dick. "We have been watching the place c are'fully all the time." "Could there be an underground passage by which he might have escaped after setting the place on fire?" "I don't know. I think he would have fired upon us if he had got out. He is that sort." The flame s were pouring out of the cabin so fiercely that the boys could not go anywhere near it and were obliged to fall back to a distance. The doors fell in and window panes cracked, and smoke and flames began to pour through holes in the roof. Then the roof fell in and a great shower of all around. Not a sign of the man could be seen and they could not t&ll if he were in the caibin or not. It was a mass of flame and no one could live in it. The grass for some distance was scorched and withered, and the trees near by Jost their leaves and smalle1 twigs, these being shriveled up in the fierce heat. "There is little danger of the fire spreading. as the trees and ,grass are so green," remarked Dick, "and there is little use of our remaining." "He cannot be in there," muttered Bob. "If he is he is not alive." ''He could not have owned the cabin?" "I don't know. Very likely not. It looked like an abandoned one." The boys drew farther baek as the heat increased, the wall falling in ai:id the interior ing a seethingfurnace of fire. They saw nothing of the gunmaker and could nm tell if he had perished in the flame s or not. And they wondered how the caibin got afire, but never learned. It was growing late and they left the place, there being no danger of the flames spreading now. Some men of the neighborhood came up and a s k ed who had set the cabin on fire. "There has been no one in it for quite a sell, " said one," and they did say it was haunted, but I don't believe in them things." Dick told about the gunmaker, cne of the men saying: "Yes, I've heard about him. He was a hard character. He pretended to be this, that and t'other, and I reckon he wasn't nothing_ 'cept a bad foller. I knew him up to Yorktown. He had a bad name there and I reckon he did everywhere." The boys rode away, learning that the cabin had belonged to no one in particular and that it was no loss after all. "\VP. may find an underground when the. fire cools down," declared Dick, "but there is no use looking for anything of the sort now." The next day when the fire burned out and the ground had cooled off, there having been a heavy rain during the night, s ome of the boys went to the place . There ha

• I THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 21 CURRENT NEWS NEW TONE-SENSITIVE SAFE LOCK British burglars armed with tuning forks in stead of the old-fas hioned "jimmy" and blowtorch i s a vision of the future sugges ted by an invention on view here. The contrivance can be fitted to safe doors and locks, and will open only when the correct note is sung. A shot from a .38-calibre pistol failed to penetrate a vest worn by a human target. FIND BULLET-PROOF VEST Commissioner Enright, Deputy Commissioners Faurot and Cray and Captain Charles C . . Scho field of New York witnessed at Headquarters a demon stration of a new bullet-proof vest. The demonstration was made by former Police Cap tain Patrick J. Randels and former Police Ser geant John J. O'Leary, now connected with the manufacturers of the device. ABOUT SHOES In a pair of fine shoes there are two , sewed pieces, two inner soles, two stiffenings, two pieces of steel to give a spring to the instep, twelve heel pieces, sole linings, twenty upper pieces, thirty tacks, twelve nails in the heel, and twenty buttons, to say nothing of thread, both silk and flax but the wonder is found in the rapidity with these multitudinous pieces are combined in a single complete work, for, as an experiment, some of our shoe factories have from the leather com pleted a pair of shoes in less than an hour and a half, and as a test a single pair of men's shoes have been finished in twenty minutes. ;...-BOYS! BOYS! -.; MYSTERY MAGAZINE, No. 151 Is On the Newsstands, Containing The Rousing Detective Novelette entitled "THE ONE CHANCE" By THOMAS RIPLEY There is also a wonderful two-par . t story written by the greatest authorl! of detective fiction in the world-Arthur B. Reeve and Margaret Wilson Reeve Their Story Is "BY THE BREADTH OF A HAIR" , Among the short stories you will find the very best detective ske tches ever written. The authors ate nationally kn.own and each story has a good plot. Here are the titles: "Masks of Midnight," by James W. Egan "Sawbones Smashes a Record," by Edgar Daniel K ram er "Hidden Death," by Arthur Seymour Witt "A Bit of Psychology," by Charles C. Watson There is also a special article entitled "THE LONG-FINGERED B"AND OF SCIENCE," by BENJAMIN CALL, and a number of shorter items, such as "A WONDERFUL CONSCIENCE," "ASTROLOGER GUIDED THE CRIMINAL," "THE PRISON RAT," "HOW CROOKS WORI{" and "UNSANITARY JAILS." GET A COPY-PRICE 10 CENTS


2 2 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Mission of Mystery -Or,The Boy Who Was Sent to Mexico By RALPH' MORTON (A Serial Story.) CHAPTER VI.(Continued). Cordova kept himself aloof for the next three days. The steamer was now well down into a warmer climate and plowing along for its destination. Once or twice Jqe spoke to the "tall guy," but each time he received no encouragement to stop and converse. It was not until the day before they were due to arrive in port that Cordova sought the little fellow, and when he found him he looked around cautiously and then taking a ten-dollar bill from a roll, folded it and held it in his hand. "Are you ready to get this?" he asked, look Joe squarely in the eyes. 'I gue ss I am, boss. I was ready two or three days ago, but you wouldn't give me the chance to tell JI-OU. " "ls that so? You have learned what the boy is going to Vera Cruz for, then?" "Yes , he told me three days ago. Told me quite a story, too." / "Well, what is he going there for?" "He's going to look for hi s father, who is being held a prisoner by s ome of Huerta's soldiers. Give me the ten dollars, bo ss ." "What!" cried Cordova, angrily. "Give you ten dollars for that information! I don't believe you. You have tricked me for the purpose of gettingthe money from me. I have a notion to throw you overboard." "Don't try anything like that, bo ss," and quick as a flash the little fellow pulled his bull-dog revolver. Joe knew very well that Will Murray was not far from him at the time, for it h a d be e n arranged that Will should keep on the watch. • The very moment he pulled the gun Will appeared, and when Cordova saw him he gave vent to a volley of oaths. With a quick movement he struck the gun from the little fellow's hand, and then pic'king it up suddenly, he turned it upon Will and exclaimed: "Give me that letter you have or I'll shoot you dead!" CHAPTER VII. Senor H. Y. Del Rey Cannot Be Found. It seemed that the scene of the excting events on the deck of the steamer was not witnessed by any but the participants. As Cordova turned the revolver upo,n Will Murray, Joe Peters with lightning-like qickness leaped forward and struck it from his hand. Will, thoroughly angered and not the least bit afraid, leaped fonvard, and striking out with his right fist, caught the villain a blow between the eyes and sent him staggering to the deck. Joe was not long'in taking possession of the revolver, and just as he got it out of sight a man and woman who were passengers appeared a short distance away. Will was standing over the fallen man, but the moment he saw the passengers he lowered his clenched fists and stepped back a little. "You will be sorry for this," Cordova hissed, as he slowly got upon his feet. "I promise you that I will not forget has happened." "All right," the boy answered, coolly. "You take my advice and look out for yourself. That's all I want to tell you." Cordova sneaked away, and the two passengers looked on curiously, for they had seen enough to convince them that something like a quarrel had taken place. However, they said nothing, and nodding for Joe to follow him, Will walked back to the cabin. Two minutes later the two boys were in their stateroom talking it over. "Mighty queer thing that's happened, eh, Will?" the little fellow said, shaking his head and looking very grave. "That guy is looking for the same man you are. What does it mean, I wonder?" "I don't know, Joe," was the reply, and the boy shook his head. "But I forgot to thank you for knocking the revolver out of the fellow's hand. Probably he would have shot me if I had refused to give him the package. I certainly would have refused, too." "Of course you would. I don't know anything about the affair, Will, and I don't want to know. It's your private bus ines s . But that guy has got a letter with the same nameand address on it as what you have got. That's what you told me, anyhow." ' "Quite right. That's where the mystery comes in." "Mys t ery, eh? Is that what you call it?" "We ll, I don't mind telling you that the whole thing s eems to be a sort of mystery. But this is only making it all the deeper. The fact that there i s a man aboard the ship who followed me here and is anxious to get possession of the package I have adds to the mystery, don't it?" "I suppos e it does," Joe answered, still very grave. "But never mind, Will. I am going to stick to you. Jus t let that guy show his hand after we g e t ashore in Mexico and we'll attend to him all right." "He may attend to us, too. By the looks of him, he i s a native of this country, and he migM have s uffici ent pull to get us into tremble." "That's all right. But you are going straight to the office of the United States Consul, ain't you?" "I certainly am." "All right, then. What do we have an American con sul there for if it isn't to look out for the interests of Americans?" Will smiled at the little fellow's logic. "You're right, Joe," he said. "I gues s we'll b e able to fix things right." (To be continued.)


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 23 GOOD READING HARBOR SEALS ROMP IN HUDSON Four seals were see n in the Hudson River near Hastings -on-the-Hudson the other afternoon. They are small harbor seal s , which are frequently seen in New York Bay. They were noticed by Edward Gorlich and Nichilas Copk, who at first thought them po1 poises. Two of the four crawled pon the deck of a heavily laden scrow at the Zinsser chemical plant dock, however, dispelling any doubts as to the nature of the animals. They jumped back into the river later and swam away. The last time seals were see n in the r1ver here was ten years ago in a winter exactly similar to the present one. SIX BANDITS SHOOT UP BANK IN CHICAGO Six bandits with blazing pistols held up the Brighton Park State Bank, shot the cashier, a boy and a drug clerk and escaped with l e s s than $500. T wo of the bandits were believed to h a\e been wounced in an exchange of sho t s. The bandits drove up to. the l:!ank just before noon. Five of them sprang from their automobile and three of them armed with pistols entered the bank, firing as. they went. Two bandits armed with rifles remained ou s ide the door. "Throw 'em up, everybody!" the leader shouted. Albert C. Tenczar, ca shier, pressed a burglar alarm instead and was shot and probably fatally wounded. The robbers crashed into the teller's cage while the burglar gong clanged outside and, scooping up the little cas h on the desks, ran to their car. A policeman opened fir e, asdid bank Two of the bandits slumped in their seats and are believed to have been hit. CALIFORNIA TRIBE TALKS IN WHISTLE A tribe of Indians whose members communicate am6ng themselves only by whistling and who can talk to birds in the same manner has been found in the Siskiyeu Mountains in Northern California. This discovery was reported to A. L. Krocber, curator of the Anthropological Museum of the University of California by J. R. Saxon of the United States forestry service. Saxon said that for weeks forest 1angers in a remote part of the Siskiyous had heard un canny whistlings over the service wires that stretch from station to statio n through the mountains. He went to investigate and after nightfall was caught in a mountain storm. He found a small cabin of Indian con struction. It was empty and he prepared to spend the night there. The ranger left the shack to stable his horse . in a lean-to nearby. When he returned, he said, he found steaming food laid on the floor, and beside it a bed of deer and bear skins provided for him. But no one was in sigh t . For two days, related Saxon, he l ived there ir. this way. Whert he left the cabin , food would be spread for him, but with no amount of agility could he discover the unsee n dispenser of h o s pi-tality. Finally, on the third day, several Indian mev appeared at the cabin and in sign language informed him that he had been their guest. "To my amazement," he said, "I learned thai they did not speak to one another in any language of words or in the ordinary" articulate sounds of human beings. but that they conversed only with staccato whistlings." At a whistled command birds would flutter from the trees to a clearing to eat food scattered there by the women, according to Saxon's narrative. He described the men as shy, adding that the women were like deer. "At the sounds of my voice." he explained, "the women fled into the canyons." . He said the Indians led him to the neares t forest service telephone station and by signs conveyed to 11im that they had seen forest rangers using this instrument and had themselves experimented with it in their whistling tongues. This explained the mysterious sounds. Saxon believe s the isolated clan of "whistling peonle" i s an obscure offshoot of the Karok tribe of Klamath Palls Indians. Professor Kroeber said the Karoks were an un intelligent and industrious tribe, nurnber to-day about 2.000. He is investigating the report of the whistling Indians. "Mystery Magazine" SEMI-MONTHLY 10 CENTS A COPY J,ATEST IS!IUF:S 144 PHAN'l'OM FTNr.BRS, hv nenrge Rrono0n-Hol1'nr

24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 INTER.ESTING RADIO NEWS AND H INTS BIG RADIO BUSINESS Radio business today is proceeding at the rate of from 50 to 60 million dollars a year, according to an official of the Radio Corporation of America. "Experience has shown," states this official, "that the department store is not making a suc cess of radio. Some music stores have done a good job, but the electrical man has proved himself to be in the best position and will carry away the business if he sets himself to s ell complete units by progress ive merchandising methods. The sale of parts will continue to the amateur experi menter, but there will be separate fields for de velopment." AUTOMATICS 0 S ALARM The apparatus described in a recent issue of Rad i o-el e ctricite consists of three main portions: an amplifier, a wireless i;eceiving relay, and the S 0 S selector. The amplifier takes the place of 1he crystal in the shop's ordinary wireless receiver and magnifier of the received signals, rendering them suitable for operating the receiving relay. The S 0 S selector itself, which is controlled by the receiving relay, operates on the chain relay sys tem. There are two relays ar ranged te1 discriminate betwe!!n a dot and dash, t hen a series of nine relays corresponding to the dot s and dashe s of the S 0 S signal. A cancel ing relay i s incorporated, which restores the selec tor to its i eady condition if the correct sequence of dots and das hes is not received, while the in tervals between the dots and dashes are checked by a further delay action relay. BRITISH VACUUM TUBES Our Britis h friends have evidently made up their mind s not to fall behind in the matter of vacuum tubes . Thus their vacuum tube offerings range all the way from small receiving tubes to large tubes of 500-watt capacity. The latest tube, or valve, as they call them in England, is the Mullard ORA. The plate voltage of this tube is given a s 30, and the filament voltage as 3.6 to 4 volts. The base of this tube is of the four-prong type. This tube is said to combine efficiently the qualities of a rectifier and an amplifier. Thup it becomes possible to carry only one tube in sfock for all purposes. The distance a neutrodyne . or any other set will cover depends upon variable factors, such as condition of the atmosphere, skill of the operator in tuning, such as steel structures and grade of apparatus u s ed in construc tion. THE REJECTOR CIRCUIT Frequently in localities where there are a num ber of transmitting stations, receiving outfits have difficulty in picking up long distance radio phone stations because of interference. Inter ference of this type can oftentimes be reduced and sometimes eliminated by means of a device called a wave trap or rejector. In simple form this device consists of a variable condenser an n inductance coil in shut formini !in osci_llating circuit with arrangements for vary m&" c01! or condenser so that the device may be adJusted to the frequency of the in-coming sig nal. The rejector can be connected into any stand ard type or form of circuit. In order to reduce the the transmitting station the reJector 1s tuned until the circuit sig nals from the unwanted stations are eliminated or greatly reduced. 'lhe receiving circuit i s then tuned to the de sired station. In actual operation the rejector circuit is made with a fixed condenser of proper siZe for the wave length to be eliminated and with only a few turns of heavy wire or copper strip wound in a helical form with a sliding contact. Be s t re sults are obtained when the capaeity rather than the inductance predominates in the rejector cir cuit. Excellent results are obtained when a coil of fixed inductance shunted by a variable condenser of the common air type is used. Gener ally a D. L. 25 honeycomb coil is used with an .0005 Mfd. variable condenser. When interference from nearby stations or al ternating power lines is experienced in the re ceiving circuit employment of the rejector sys tem will reduce this source of annoyance to a m1mmum. The rejector circuit i s simple to ope rate, having only one variable element and as such lends itself readily to use by the radio ex perimenter. THE SODION DETECTOR TUBE Invented by H. P. Donle, chief engineer of the Connecticut Telephone & Electric Company of Meriden, Conn., has made its bow to the radio The characteris tic s of the present commercial product are quite similar to those of the former experimental tube. The present form differs in that no liquid sodium electrod e is u s ed. The outstanding features claimed for the sodion tube are higli sensitiveness (about two stages greater than the hard grid tube detector), pure quality of tone production, stability in operation and absence of all interference-producing squeals ap.d whistles, as the tube cannot be made to os cillate or regenerate in itself. Like the pre vious type, we learn from Electrical World this tube has no grid, but utilizes a trough-shaped piece of nickel, partially surrounding the fil!l.. ment and open toward the anode, as its control electrode. A glass shell contains the anode or plate, the filament and the collutor or control electrode. A heater is wrapped non-magnetically around the outside of the tube and Ii s econd ex ternal glass shell is placed over all elements for protection and to conserve heat. The tube is pumped to the highest possible vacuum and in ternally treated with an alkali metal (sodium) to provide the stable ionizing material that play• an importan;t part in its sensitiveness. The full capacity of a variable condenser is m effect when the movable plates are all \vithin the. stationa1y plates . Radio frequency amplification increas es the volume but not the distance. One stage of radio


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 25 frequency amplification in connection with a crys' tal will produce more satisfactory results than two stages. RANGE OF HONEYCOMB COILS One type of tuning apparatus operating on • transformer is the. honey-comb un!t. Honeycomb coils are smgle units aryd are used .m conjunction with adjustable mountmgs, the c o i l s with the mountin,g making up the complete unit. Similar stands are also made for two and three coil mountings. When using the honeycomb mounting ad vantage is taken of the same electncal phenomena as in the case of the loo se coupler and the vano coupler. The o scillator:1:7 current flowin g the honeycomb coil which act.s as the creates a magnetic field. The !mes of force stnke and induce a current in the second honeycomb coil. Now as the angle is changed between the two coils the number of magnetic lines of force affecting the secondary is changed and the anPle controls the strength of the mduced current. Instead of tapping the primary and sec ondary a number of honeycomb coils of different windings must be kept on to be i?serted as broadcasting waves require. This feature ?n dicates the main source of trouble and the preJU dice against honeycomb coils. If a great of le:igth adjustment is desired coil units supplied with two or three taps are now obtai:iable for more ad-justments with a smgle coil. . Tuning is by a condenser across the primary c01!. If available a vanable condenser may also be shunted across the secondary coil. The three electrode tube type i s connected to two honeycomb coils. This circuit is highly sensitive and through the wide ra.nge obt.ainable in the coils permits a very flexible tunmg arrangement. Variable conqensers shunted across each coil are recommended. For short a variable condenser may be connected m series with the primary and ground instead of across the primary. BRITISH RADIO LICENSES The British Postmaster annoui:ces formal license to conduct expenments m ra.d10 tele"'raphy cannot yet be granted; but pendmg settlement of certain questions, the. use of ing apparatus for ):Jona fide will_ be authorized to apphcai:ts of Bnt1sh nationality. Exceptions are made. m the case o!. well-kno\yn foreign scientists if ish citizens must su1?m1t proofs of Bntish bnth and furnish two wntten references as to character from British subjects of standing, not relatives. These documents, with. filled and signed application form a:id the m1tial fee of 10 shillings, are t? be submitted to proper thority. Permit to a company, society, . etc., 1s issued in the name of the _principa! of that body, who is personally responsible for its observance. Minors (those under 21) may apply and. receive permits only through parent or guardian, each submitting birth evidence and references as above; the minor may work the apparatus as agent of parent or gua1dian . Messages, other than time signal s, musical performances, B;nd eral information, transmitted by stations m Great Britain shall not be used or divulged to any person except authorized Briti_sh Government officials or competent legal tribunal. The combined height and length of external aerial (where employed) shall not exceed 100 feet. Va.cuum tubes if u se d must not be allowed to o sc1llate, even 'tempora:ily, s o as to caus e radiation from the aerial. The installation must be approved by the Postmaster Gen_eral and be open to tion by authorized officials at all reasonable times. DIRECTIVE RADIO TRANSMISSION Until recently radio communication was for the most part carried on from a transmitting station to one receiving station; that is, it was "point-to-point" communication. There were only ' a few special kinds of service, such as time and weather signal s, which were transmitted from a sending station to any considerable number of receiving stations. However, even in the case of "point-to-point" communication, radio signals were sent out in every direction and could, if desired, be received by any station within a certain distance regardless of its position with respect to the transmitting station. Since the total number of messages sent was small, a compara tively small number of wave lengths was suffi cient to take care of traffic requirements. With the development of radiotelephone transmitting apparatus, the broadcasting of voice or musi.c by radio has assumed an important position . and the waves used in this work occupy a wider band of Wi!Ve lengths than the sharp waves used fclr radio telegraph signal s . With the greatly "in creased traffic and the much wider band of wave lengths which it occupies, considerable interfer ence has developed among broadcasting stations and between broadcasting stations and radio telephone stations. There are two ways of reducing such interference: To direct the waves from the transmitting station in a narrow beam toward the receiving station and to employ in such transmission shorter wave lengths than have heretofore been used. In England investigations have been made of directive short wave transmission and at the Bureau of Standards experiments have been con ducted on transmitting apparatus employing electron tubes which transmits a directed beam of radio waves and empl oys waves as short as 10 meters. In these experiments a reflector has been used consisting of short, parallel, vertical arranged on a frame shaped like a parabola or reflector functioning in much the same way as the mirror for light waves. Forty vertical wire> were used and the generating set with its small -antenna was placed in the focus of the parabola, each wire was tuned separately to 10 meters by adjusting its length, and it was found that about 75 per cent of the radiated energy could be con fined within an angle of approximately 75 degrees. This apparatus i s described in. a cientific Paper of the Bureau of Standards No. 467 and can be obtained from the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office , Washington, D . C., at 10 cents a copy.


/ .. 26 THE LIBERTY B O Y S OF ' 76 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 NEW Y OR K, F EBRUARY 29, 1924 TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS Single Copies ..... . . . . . ....... Posta&e 1<'1ce O n e Copy 'l'IJree Months...... " Oue Copy Six Months...... . . . .. uu. e Copy One :I: ear .......... . Canada, $4.fiO; Foreign; $5.00. 8 Cents i i .oo 2.00 4 . 00 HOW T O SEND lllON.1Ies E. Nylauder, Sec. 166 W . . 23 d St., N . Y. L. F. Wiizln, 'l'reas . ITEMS O f INTEREST 12-CENT TAX ON BERLIN DANCERS Trippers of the light fantastic in Berlin's cab arets and restaurants are to dance food into the m ouths of the poor and . . Under a ruling of the municipal authorities, each dancer is to be taxed approximately 12 cents fo r the privilege of following afoot the melodies of the jazz orchestras, so that the revenue of each dancer will provide food for at least two empty stomachs a day. W ith s o me of the laTger halls accommodating more than 2 '000 dancers and the scores of smaller places doing big b u siness, relief workers •esti mate t hat the revenues from the dancing will feed from 1 5,000 t o 18,000 persons now dependent u p o n charity. PAPER SAWS TO CUT VENEER WOOD Circular saws are made of paper, for use in making veneer and fine furniture, and are turned o u t in a factory in England. The plates of wood cut by these saws are so finely finished that cabinet makers do not have to plane them at all before they are used. Such saws were originally shown at an English exposition and were driven by an electric motor. They are manufactured from a special type of compressed draw-ing paper. . Indeed, compacted paper ?f such hardness been made in England that it has even been util ized in place of building stone. Experiments in the manufacture of car wheel s from compressed paper have been made in the United States for a n umber of years, but the product has never com peted seriously with ordina1y .steel .wheels. It is only in the production of cert::un articles as the veneer saws that any advantage is found. GET $1,000 REW ARD FOR REJl!.'URNING STOLEN JEWELS A rusty tiy{ can half buried in th.e. s!lnd on the Huntington Bay Shore beach, ad1ommg the estate of Milton L'Ecluse, of L'Ecluse, Washburn & C o., real estate dealers, pic ked up by L'Ecluse's .. lonn wJUJ fonnrl tn _ r.ontain more than $10.0 0 0 1_, •1e11 e.;:;. i ue gem:; were stolen last September t1om a room in the Hunt i n g ton Bay Clu b o c c u pied by Henry C. Wilcox, of Park avenue, New York. \v ilcox is vice-president of the American Surety Company, 100 Broadway. He was on the links when the jewel s were taken from his room. Holden L'Ecluse, 10, and his b1other, Milton, Jr., 14, were playing on the beach when they found the can. They were going to use it as a football, but when one of them picked it up diamonds, amethysts, emeralds and other stones poured out. The boys ran home with their find. The L'Ecluse estate formerly was the estate of William G. McAdoo, former Secretary of the T1easury. The jewels, which include a necklace, pendants, diamond earrings, diamond bracelets and a pearl necklace, have been returned to Mr. Wilcox, who rewarded the L'Ecluse children with a $1,000 gift. LAUGHS "Your .said.the optimistic friend, "may be a blessmg m d1sgu1se. "Well," sighed the afflicted one, " I must say it is the cleverest disguise I ever saw." "M_y gracious, boy,'' said the uncle, "you do certamly eat an awful lot for a little boy." "Well sir," replied the boy, "maybe I'm not so little as i look f1om the outside." "Did you hear that that poor fellow who l ost both hisvlegs in an automobile accident intends t o go into poJ.itics?" "No. How can he, withou t a leg to stand on?" "Oh, he expects to go on the stump! " "Wen, Tommy, is arithmetic easy for yo u this year?" Tommy-Yes'm. " l s it because you have a new teacher?" Tommy-N o, ma'am it's 'cause I ain't got no 'rithmetic. ' Mother-in-law-The doctor said I was all rundown and needed strychnine as a tonic. Now, I don't want to take too much. How big a dose do you recommend? Son-in-law (hopefully)-1 wouldn't take more than a gallon to begin with. "Father," said little Danny Grogan, "why dooze they have the electric light wires covered wit' rubber?" "Oi am soorprised at your ignorance" said Mr. Grogan, in answer. "They do be so thot the light cannot lake out av um." Wi1iie !" said his father, crossly, 'I n ever used to ask so many questions when I was young." "I'm awfully sorry, papa," Willie thoughtfully replied, " 'cause if you had maybe you'd be able to answer more of mine now." Small Boy (seeing cow being milked for the first time)-And which tap does the tea come ou t of, grandpa? The two walked on . Presently th e cow m o oed. James was surprised. "Which hona did she blow . e:randna ?" he aske d •


.. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 BRIEF BUT POINTED 27 PRAYER BOOK SAVES LIFE A prayer bo ok saved the life of Ko s to s Cour coulis, 16 y e ars old, a monitor at Public School _ 69, 12 5 West Fifty-fourth street, New York City, whe n he was stabbed with a jackknife by Si e g Bell, a n egro pupil, 15 years old, of 207 W e s t Sixty-firs t street. Kosfos was di sciplining Bell during the noon rece ss. The boy s u.stained a flesh wound when the sharp steel blade d e flected by the prayer book which he carried in the inside pock e t of his coat, tore a long gas h in his b reast. Kosto s was taken to Bellevue Hospital, and after his w ound was dresse d he w ent hom e . Ko s to s is a mo d el pupil, and as such has charge of maintaining d i scipline in the street, where the children a sse mbl e to g o to the basement lunch room maintained by the city, B ell off ered t o fight Kostos. He was getting the "worst of it" when he u s ed the knife. He was arres ted, charged with juvenile d elinque n c y. ELECTRIC LOCOMOTIVE REACHES 105 MILE SPEED A s pee d of 1 05 m i l es an hour w a s attained re cently by a n e lectric locomotive built by the General Electric Com p a n y and the American Locomotive Wo r k s fo r t he Par i s-Orleans Railroad in Franc e, in test s b efore 200 s t eam and electrical railroad m e n from all parts o f this country. This speed e xcee d s a n y e ver attaine d by a n electric locomotiv e b efore. Only the shortness o f the test track a t the E r ie works prevented the engine being sent at a s peed which s hould reach 125 an hour, according to G eneral Electric o fficial s . In a tug of war between electric locomotives built for the M ex i ca n R a ilw a y Comp any, Ltd., and a big Mik a d o of the N e w York Cen tral lines, the electric locomoti v e prove d superior in pulling after giving t he steam engine a start of five miles an h our. Above five mile s an hour the electric was not able to stop the steam engine, as short circuits prevented the electric from throwing into revers e at a s peed of more than five miles an hour. A demon s tration o f regeneraLion by a steam locomotiv e h auling the Mexican electric locomotive also was given, the power regenerated be ing used to operate part of the Erie Gen eral Electr ic plant. In the s p e ed d e mon stration a new type electric locomotive was u s ed. Although it was designed for a guarante ed speed of eighty-one miles an hour, no difficulty was met in sending it flying over the short tra ck at 10_ 5 mil e s. The locomotive i s equipped for quick pick-up and in the first ten second s after power was applied increased its speed at the rate of two miles an hour per se cond. At the end of the first sixty seconds 1t was traveling at' the rate of sixty miles an hour, and in about two minutes had reached maximum speed. According to steam railroad officials present tM fastest time made today by any railroad in the countr y is ov e r the Philadelphia & Reading, between Phila delphia and Atlantic City, where passenger trains average seventy-five to eighty miles an hour. Electric locomotives operating out of the Grand Central Terminal in New York are limited to fifty-five mile s an hour, and the Twentieth Century to sixty-five mile s an hour. ARMOR FOR ANIMALS In a world that is continually at war, Nature has to provide s ome means of defense and offense for every living thing. To thos e that are de nied great offensive powers are giv e n great defensive abilities . The antelope depends on its s peed in time of peril, as do the birds . But for slow moving animals another means of defen s e was provided; thes e animals were given impene trab e armor, ensconced in which they breathed defiance at their enemies with impunity or gig gled, whichever course was consistent with their dispo s ition. Of the natural forts, that which nearest attains perfection is a South American animal known a s the ball armadillo. This little creature, scarcely more than a foot in length, is nearly covered by a horny case curiously divided into three hexagonal plates, with three bands around hi s body, giving him the appearance of wearing a decorated blanket held in place by three girdles. O".er his J?road face, almost hiding his eyes, is a P.omted .the .sa !lle material, and the upper side of his tail is s1m1larly protected. This little fellow is able to turn himself into a ball at the slightest provocation-at the approach of an en emy he will roll himself up in stantly with a violent snap which not infrequently nips any foreign substance might be between the sharp of his armor. In this shape the armadillo is safe from the attacks of enemies with whom it. could not hope to cope. The prowling jagual' might roll the ball about as he will, but he cannot crus h it with his teeth nor force it open with hi s p aws. It i s said by s ome travelers that the ball armadillo is also as expert at tunnel digging as at ball-making. On his forefeet he has three long which are admirable for the purpose of d1ggmg, and he can burrow into the ground so rapidly that a man can hardly seize him before he is out of sight. The animal is much sought after by the natives a s food. It is als o a great pet of the children of the country. A better known ball is the common hedgehog or porcupine. He, like the armadillo, rese:rts to the spherical form in time of danger, but imswd of hadng a hard, smooth armor, as has the South American• ball, the hedgehog is covered with sharp-pointed quills, which the animal has the power of shoo*1g at an enemy, and any dog that has once attempted to worry a hedgehog has long long thoughts before he tries it again. Even if the animal d0es not eject the quills, the sharp points projecting from all sides effectually keep all st;rangers at a safe distance. /


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 ITEMS OF GENERAL INTEREST SHOCK-PROOF GLASS An American optical instrument company, which during the world war threw off the for t:ign dominance of the or>tical glass industry, has that in its own glas s furnace s it has obtamed a product that withstands great shock s and blows and which is recommended for gogg l e lens e s . This glas s is as thin and transparent a s usual lens es. The Bureau of Standards in Washington recently completed comparative tests which show that it i s far superior to preceding types of goggle glass . Samples of the new material succe ssfully withstands blows of 2.95 foot-pounds, produced by dropping a steel ball 1 8-8 inches in diameter from a height of eight feet. In all. cases , even when finished in ways which reduced its possible strength, the new product withstood at least 1.30 foot-pound s , or five times the previous maximum. As indicated by the results of these tests the new glas s i . s a superior product for safety goggles. LONG DAYS CUT DOWN LIGHT BILLS A series of tests h a ve been carried on in New York for some months to determine how much d aylight actually is saved by changing the time. The average man nowadays has of cours e noticed that he arrives home at night to find the lights turned on. It i s extremely difficult, however, to calculate even roughly the comparative increase in the electric-light bill at the end of the month. A comparison of the bills for lighting for several years , even if they could be found, is unsatisfactory. In the test carried on in the Electrical Testing Laboratories of New York the average variation in bill s , with and without daylight saving, was noted for a period of five months. The ob servations were made in the middle-class residential section of cities in the northern parts of the United States. It was found that the change in time in advancing or setting back the hour caused a fluctuation of about seven per cent. in the light bill s . In other words, s even per cent. is considered a fair average of the increase in the cost of electric lights caused by the saving of one hour' s daylight. Other calculations have brought res.ults which vary some what from this figure. An examination carried on by the electric-light and power companies over a con s iderable time has fixed the variation at eight per c ent. FLOUR AND SUGAR FOR CAT-TAILS Som e day yo u m a y see pictures of w a vin g cattails in the bread a dvertisements. Stranger things than tha t have happene d j ince sc i e ntists b egan studying Nature 's wonders . The c at-tail i s a plant of many u s e s . The pollen i s said to make an excellent grade of bread, and it was s o u s ed in Germany during the World War, according to A. A. Hanson in Nature Mag Q,zine of was hine:ton. In fact. the stress of war-. ' . . ,. . time conditions in Germany developed a number of practical u s e s for cat-tails . The urge of necessity l e d to the di s cov ery that a cotton substitute could be secured from the brown spikes . The ftbers are neither a s fine nor a s soft and white as. are the fibers of cotton, but they w ere s o easily and cheaply procured that the manufacturing process .has been improved to the extent that the cat-tail promis e s to become of consid erable commercial importance as a fiber p lant. The fine, fluffy down that compris e s a large part of the heads is also of value in stuffing pillows and cus hions. In addition, a process has been d e v e lop e d recently for making artificial silk from cat-tail flo s s. The h eavy, m atted roots attain con siderable s ize and are ricl_J. in starch and sugar, t h e wnter contmues . The I r oquois Indians formerly dried and pulverized the starchy roots, which yielde d a sweet-tasting flour from which e xcellent brea d and pudding' were m a de. Hard-pressed for food during the war, t h e Germ a n people follo wed the e xample of the Iro quois Indians, and the lowly was a boon to many a hungry Teuton family. Cat-tail flour is similar in comp ositio n t o rice and corn flour, and it i s highly nutritious . In well infested swampy land from t w o to four tons of flour per acre m a y be secured, and the commercial utilization of cat-tails for this purpose has frequently been discus sed. The Indians discovered still another use for the fle shy roots . When macerated and boiled . a syrup of an excellent flavor was produced, which was commonly used by the Iroquois Indians on and as a sweetening for other favonte Indian dishes . Cat-tail roots are said to contain a s high a s 30 per cent. of sugar and starch. With its great variety of uses , the m agazine article points out, it seems strange the cat-tail has not been utilized commercially in America where large, heavily-infested areas occur in many sections . Little investigational work has been done on the subject, but the necessities of war gave considerable impetus to investigations. • When harv'esting facilities are afforded and milling methods developed, we may witness the utilization of large areas of swampy lands for the production of cat-tails. Who knows but that bread, bi scuits and other products of cat-ta il flour may som e day form a regular par t o f ou r die tary? There are t w o species of c at-tail in A merica, the common cat-tail and the narrow-leaved cattail, and both species are fairly common , a l though the narrow-lea v ed fo r m is mo s t frequ e ntly found near the coa st. Fortunatel y, the two s pecies are readily told apar t . The more fa miliar form i s the comm o n cat-tail, whic h has larger spikes and broade r l e a ves t h a n its r ela tive. When the y e llo w -fl o,Yered spi ke i s present, r ecognition i s particularly easy, s in ce in the nar1ow-leaved c at-tail the y e llo w and b r ow n spikes are di stinctly separated by a gap, which is no5 true of the c ommon soecies.


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