The Liberty Boys in Frog Swamp, or, General Marion's daring deed

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The redcoats come hurrying across the rude bridge, Gen al Marion, Dick the boys toward them with a treetl"Ullk. The leading redcoat waa struck breast and downhe tbe others with hiSL.,


Are You A Radio Fan? Read Pa ge s 2 4 2!' The Liberty Boys of JssuPd weekly-Sub•rrlption price, $4. 00 pn year: <'"ll'" ' a, ${ 50: Foreign, $:i .OO. Harry E. Wolll', Publlsh<'r, In_r., 166 Welt 23d Street. N"w York. N . Y. F..ntrrerl as Secon dClnss Mnttr ,the Act ot Marcll 3. ts1g. No. 1215 NEW YORK, APRIL 11, 1924 Price 8 Cents. The Liberty Boys In Frog Swamp OR, GENERAL MARION' S DARING DEED By HARRY MOORE CHAPTER I.-The British Generals. It is the last week of May, 1777. In a room in the building occupied as temporary headquarters, i n the village of New Brunswick, N. J., were the two British generals, Howe and Cornwallis. Corn wallis sat at his desk, his elbow on the top. He was cool and calm, but there was a frown upon his face. Howe was pacing the floor like a caged lion. He was plainly greatly excited. . "This is a fine state of affairs!" he exclaimed; "when a gang of rebel militia, and boys at that, can come right through the British lines, as it were, and capture twenty thousand pound:; i_n British o-old and the convoy, also! Jove! 1t 1s enough to one distracted. Cornwallis, that gang of young fellows who call themselves the Liberty Boys of '76 have done us more harm than any regiment Washington has-did you know it?" "Yes your Excellency, I am aware of that fact!" ;eplied Cornwallis. "They are brave a s lions, daring and always doing something you are not looking for." "So they are. That captain of theirs, Dick Slater, is a host within himself." "He is the most slippery fellow I ever heard of!" "So he is; he has been right within our lines, and indeed within our very ranks, a number of times, and has always succeeded in making his esrnpe." Howe was silent for a few moments, but kept walking backward and forward across the floor. "What puzzles me," he said, presently, "is how it was discovered by the rebels that that gold was to be brought down here?" "It seems strange they should have found It out," agreed Cornwallis. "I can account for it onl\" in one way." ''And that?" "There has been a spy in New York, and he learned of it." "That is it, you may be sure. And you may be as sure .that the spy was that yo uth Dick Slater, too." "Quite likely, your Excellency." The gold Generals Howe and Cornwallis had reference to had been sent down froJJ? a Brjtish "t'essel in New York harbor . . It was mtended to )e distributed among the British soldiers at New Brunswick. It ha

2 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN FROG SW AMP the men who will capture that young rebe l, Dick Slater, and deliver him into my hands!" "Very well; I will inform the men of your offer." "Good! and I hope some of them will win the fiv e hundred pounds. The slippery -young rebe l has caused me more trouble than an entire regi ment!" "Oh, some of them will make an attempt to earn the money, you may b e sure of that, your Excell ency ." T he two left the room at the same time and walked to the front door, still talking-. The orderly opened the door, and they stepped out on the stoop. Neither of the generals took notice of a dirty-faced, ragged farmer's boy, with rough shoe s on his feet and an old slouch hat on his head, 'standing near by, with hands in pockets and a vacant expression on his face . It would have been we ll for them had they done so . For the rlirty-faced farmer's boy was Dick Slater, captain of the company of Liberty Boys of '76, and the champion patriot spy of the Revolution. CHAPTER Il.-Diek in Disguise. Only the night before, he, with his company of Liberty Boys, Dick had captured the twenty thousand pounds of .e:old, and had also captured a British officer and several common soldiers . He felt the desire to see how the British wou l d take this blow which had been dealt them so unex pctedly. So he had asked permission from Genera I Washington to goo into the Br\tish stronghold in disguise, to spy on -them, and see how they took the matter in question. He had fixed himself up as a farmer's boy. Having streaked his face wi ' h dirt and pulled his hair down over his eyes, he then donned a ragged suit of clothes s uch as the farmer boys of New Jersey wore in those days, together with rough shoes and an old slouch hat. and had ridden to within two miles of the Britis h encampment at New Brunswick . His troop was hidden in a camp in Frog Swamp. Hav ing concealed his horse in a thicket, he had walked the rest of the way into the village. He had reached there at about ten o'clock in the morning. He had taken up his position in front of the building in question, and had been standing there for nearly half an hour, when the .e:eneral s came out upon the stoop. Dick heard every word that passed between Howe and Cornwallis. He understood it all, too. He realized the fact that a price of five hundred pounds had been olaced on his head by Howe. A'1od here he was within arm's length of the man who was offerinl? the reward for his capture! The danger Dick was in did not frighten him in the least. As Cornwallis came dpwn the steps and passed Dick, he glanced into the youth's face. He did not recognize in the dirty face of the supposed farmer's boy, the dreaded young patriot spy, however. Had he done so, it is easy to imagine what a hue and cry would have en s ued. Dick would certainly have had a bard time making his escape. Dick went down the street, not far behind Cornwallis. The officer .stopped occasionally and s aid something to an officer and occa sionally to a private soldier. Dick wa,lkeil a little faster and drew up close t o the great British office:r;. He was near enough to hear what he said when next he spoke to a•man. "Marshall," Cornwallis said, "tell the men under you that General Howe i s to send for another consignment of gold to-day, bY 'Specia l mes senger." The man saluted and said: "Very well, yo u r Excellency, they will be pleased to hea1 it." Dick fell back, now. He was afraid some one might notice him and suspect that he was dogging the footsteps qf the British general. He had learned all he cared to know. "General Howe is going to send a messenger to N ew York to-day," he thought, "with instructions to send another consignment of gold at once; so the gold will in all probability be sent to-night. Likely it will be sent b y boat to the old house as the other consignment was, and hauled from there to here in a wagon. I must let the boys at Frog Swamp know about it." But Dick could not be sure that this would be the case. Genera l Howe might decide upon some other plan of procedure. "I wish I could find out of a certainty how the gold i s to be brought," thought Dick. The n h e was stru c k by an idea. "The very thing!" he exclaimed to himself. "I think it w ill succeed admirably!" Dick started to walk away, with the intention of leaving the villa,ge, but at this instant he was seized by half a dozen redcoats and carried struggling, into a house nearby. ' CHAPTER Ill.-Dick and the Redcoats. Di ck was taken entirely by surprise. He had been busy with his thoughts, and had not been taking notice of his surroundings. The half-dozen redcoats had approached, and, seeing the supposed farmer's boy, they had made up their minds to have some fun with him. So he had been borne into the house, which proved to be a building occupied by soldiers. Dick was taken into a large room, which was doubtless used as a diningroom, as there were several long tables in the room. These tables the redcoats shoved over to the sides out of the way. Then they released Dick, leaving him standing in the center of the room. The youth was a s yet in doubt regarding the men who had captured him. Did they know he was not what he pretended to be? Dick asked himself this question, and as he looked around at the faces of the redcoats, he decided that they had no suspicion that he wa1 other than what he looked to be. "I think they have brought me in here simply for the purpose of having some fun at my ex pense," thought Dick, after having taken the swift look at their faces. "They have been drinking," he thought; "and they have made up their minds to have some sport with me. Well, that will be all right, pro viding they do not discover who I am, and also providing they do not delay me too long. I don't wish to be detain ed here a very great length of time." Dick glanced toward the doors and saw that


. THE LIBERTY BOYS IN FROG SW AMP 3 some of the redcoats ' were standing in front of each of the doors . "Oh, there's no u s e of looking in the direction of the door!" laughed one; "you can't get out! Parker, you will please proceed with the trial." "Very well," replied a not bad-looking young man of perhaps twenty-five years; "I will question the prisoner." Then he advanced and faced Dick. "Prisoner at the bar," he said, with mock so lemnity, 'you are accused of the heinous crime of being a country lout! Guilty or not guilty?" Crack! Dick's fist shot out. It took the astonished redcoat fairly between the eyes, and down he went with a crash that shook the house. "I don't 'low nobuddy ter call me er country lout, by gum!" said Dick, in a loud, nasal voice. The redcoats were for a moment paralyzed with amazement. They had brought Dick in there to have fun with him. They had started in to have fun, with the result that one of their number lay on his back on the floor, blinking up at the ceiling, and doubtless witnessing the most brilliant meteoric display that had ever fallen to lot. Not a word was said by the fallen man s comrades, until after he had recovered his wits and scrambled to his feet. Then he grimaced sli ,ghtly and remarked: "The prisoner pleads not guilty to the charge, and proves it to the entire satisfaction of the attorney for the prosecution! Said attorney therefore renders verdict in favor of defendant, and if any of the rest of you fellows wish to take the matter up, I will say that I cheerfully resign in your favor!" "What's the matter with you, Parker?" cried one of the redcoats; "go in and knock the head off the young lout! You are not going to let him hit you a clip like that and get off scot free, are you?" "I am, most high and mighty comrade! One lick like that is enough for me! I would prefer to dally with the hindlegs of the gay and festive mule, rather than take chances on getting another like that. If you care to, you can try your hand with the young man." "That's just what I'll do, by Jove! We brought the young lout in here to J

4 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN FROG SW AMP The man hastily got out of the youth's way, and Di::"k raced onward. "That was a good thought," said Dick to him self. "I'll try it again if any one tries to stop m e . " He did not have to run far, however. The redcoats who had started to chase him gave it up very quickly, and, noting this, Dick slowed down to a walk. This would not attract so much attention. "I wonder how much time I've lo st?" the youth asked himself. "I hope I haven't lost enough so that I will be unable to make a circuit and get to some place on the road to New York, where it will be possible for me to capture the messenger General Howe is sending to New York. I waut to get hold of that mesrnge so that I will know in what manner the gold i s to be sent to New Bruns wick. I must get hold of it!" Dick was soon out of the village . HE: had resumed his countrified air while in the village and where he would be seen, but as soon as he was away from the British encampmei:t he quit acting and hastened forward at as rapid a pace as he could go. Half an hour later he was at the thkket where he had secreted his hor5e. The animal was still there, and the youth mounted and rode away. "Now, if I can get ahead of that messenger I shall be all right," Dick murmured. ' CHAPTER IV.-Dick Makes a Capture. Dick urged his horse forward at a gallop. He was afraid the messenger might have got started while he was in the house with the redcoats. The youth was in deadly earnest. He was determined that he would make a prisoner of the messenger, find out in what manner the gold was to be sent, and then take the message and deliver it. It was twenty miles or more from the New Brunswick to New York, and this would give him plenty of op portunity to get around and ahead of the messenger. Dick knew the road to New York. There was only one main road. And the messenger would undoubtedly take the main road. Dick knew of a place where he could intercept the messenger. It was near Frog Swamp. It was in the heart of a deep forest. A little stream crossed the road, and leading down to the stream the road went through a deep cut. Just before reaching the stream the bluff at the left-hand side disappeared altogether, the trees coming right up t:i the road. This would furnish a splendid hiding nlace. So Dick rode hard in order to reach this point ahead of the messenger. He finally reached it. Dick dismounted. He led his horse twenty yards into the timber and tied him to a tree. Then he came back to the road, and going down to the little stream, examined the damp earth at the side. "There has been no horse across here in the past hour," he murmured; "and if he had reached here it could not have been longer than half an hour ago, I am sure." Events proved that Dick was right. He had 'been in his position by the roadside, just within t h e edge of the timber, perhaps half an hour when he h tard the s ound of the ho otbeats o f a horse. "He's coming!" the youth murmured. Then he drew a pistol and held it in his right hand. Dick had taken up his position behind a large tree. He peered cautiously around it. It was the messenger, sure enough! At least, so Dick judged. There was but one horseman, and he was a redcoat. So undoubtedly he was the messenger. Dick was sure of it, anyway. He got ready to do his work. The youth knew that by surprising the fellow he could avoid the necessity of shooting him. This, of Dick wished to accomplish. He did not believe in shedding human blood needlessly. Enough blood was being spilled every day without this. Dick would much rather take a prisoner than make a corpse. The horse of the redcoat was now coming at a walk. The descent through the cut was tolerably steep, and it was advisable to go slow. The redcoat was whistling a lively air as he came along. He seemed not to suspect danger to himself. It was not to be supposed that there would be enemies near. The country between New Brunswick and New York was supposed to be under the control of the British. They had forces at Perth Amboy and Paulu Hook , and it was not to be supposed that any patriot soldiers would venture in here in broad daylight. But the redcoat who was approaching was to learn that there was at least on . e "rebel" who was not afraid to venture in. Dick waited until the horse was almost even with him, and then he leaped out and seizing the horse's bit, pl'esented the pistol at the amazed and almost paralyzed horseman, and demanded his immediate and unconditional .surrender. "Attempt to draw a weapon and you are a dead man!" said Dick, sternly. The redcoat looked into the frowning muzzle of the pistQl, then into the grim, threatening eyes of the youth, and decided that discretion was the better part of valor. "I surrender!" he said. promptly. "Dismount, then!" ordered Dick. The redcoat obeyed. "Place your hands together behind your back!" was Dick's next command. The redcoat obeyed again. Dick had prepared himself for the present occasion. He had procured a piece of strap from the saddle. With this he quickly tied the wrists together. Then he led the fellow into the timber a short distance and tied him to a tree with the hitchingstrap froni his horse's bridle. Th.en Dick went back and brought the horse into the timber. "I don't want to attract the attention of any chance passers-by," he thought. "Such passersby would no doubt be redcoats." " Dick searched the clothes of the messenger. He soon found the message. It was addressed to Admiral Howe. Admiral Howe was, as Dick knew, General Howe's brother. The admiral had charge of the fleet of warships in New York harbor. He was commander of the navy, while his brother was commander-in-chief of the land forces. Dick had never seen the admiral. He had, in fact, never seen any of the sailors. So he was confident he would not be recognized should he go aboard Admiral Howe's ship. Dick opened the message and read it. A feelingof p leasure took possession of him as he did so. "The gold is to be taken in exactly the same manner as before," h e thought; "good! that sim-


' THE LIBERTY BOYS IN FROG SW AMP 5 plifie s matters, and will make our work all the easier, as we w ill know exactly how to go to work." The.prisoner glared at Dick as he was reading the message. "You're getting your neck ready to be stretched!" he growled. "You think so?" asked Dick with a smile. "I know so." "You mean that yo u think you know." "You are thinking of trying to capture that gold, aren't you?" Dick smiled. "\Veil, yes, I will admit as much_,". he said, pleasantly; "it will d? no to admit to you, as you will do nothmg to rn any way rnterfere with the accomplishing of my plans." "Don't be too sure of it," the redcoat growled. "I try' never to be too sure of anything." "You had better not try to secure that gold!" "Whv not?" "Because it will be guarded by a regiment." "Oh, it will?. " "Yes." Dick smiled: "It doesn't say anything about a regiment in this message," he said; "it saY:s simply that an escort of half a dozen be sent under charge of an officer." "I know, but I heard Howe tell one of our captains to have a regiment ready to go to the point where the gold is to be brought ashore, so as to make sure that the rebels. won't come in and capture the gold as they did the other time." The fellow told this quite glibly, but Dick was confident he was lying. "I'll risk a regiment being there," he said, quietly. "You don't bel ieve me?" "I didn't say so . " "But you insinuated it." "Well, then, to iell you the plain truth, I don't believe you!" A glum look appeared on the redcoat's face. "All right!" he said; "so much the worse for you!" " A s I jus t remarked, I'll risk that." The redcoat saw he could not frighten Dick, and desisted from the attempt. He looked at Dick searchingly. "Who are you, anyway?" he asked. "My name is Slater-Dick Slater." The redcoat gave a start and uttered an exclamation. "Are you the fellow who has made such a reputation as captain of the Liberty Boys and as a spy ? " he asked. "I don't know as to that. I only know that I am Dick Slater, and that I am the captain of the company of patriot soldiers known as The Liberty Boys of ' 76 . " The redcoat stared at Dick, but said no more. Doubtless he realized, now, the uselessness of trying to frighten the youth. Dick now began to strip the redcoat of his outer clothing. The fellow protested . "What are you going to do?" he a ked. "I am going to see how I would look dressed u11 in a nice British uniform!" smiled Dick. The redcoat seemed to suddenl y grasp the meaning of Dick's actions. "You won't dare!" he gasped. "Why not?" smilingly. "Why not?" "Yes." "Why, for the reason that you wi ll be taking your life in your hands, if you do it." "\Veil, that will be no new experience." Dick spoke c oolly and calmly. His tone was so rr.atter-of-fact that the redcoat could not but 1 ealize that the youth spoke the truth. There was no braggadocio about it. It was a simple statement of fact. The look which the redcoat now bent on Dick was one of admiration, almost awe. 'You are a brave and daring youth, Dick Slater!" Dick make a gesture. "It is nothing," he said! "there are hundreds, even wh? would do the same thing." While talkrng Dick had not been idle. When he had removed the outer clothing of the redcoat he removed his own other clothing. Then he donned the soldier's uniform. It fitted him firs t rnte. are luckily about the same size and build" he said. ' Then he placed his own discarded suit on the prisoner. I .will go on about my business," said Dick; but first I must place you in some safe place, where I will be able to find you when I return." He left the spot and was gone perhaps ten minutes. Then he returned, and. untying the redcoat from the tree, led him awa:y through the timber. "I have found a vice place down here a ways" he said. "I think you will be safe there for the time you will have to remain there." He led the way to a little hollow, and selecting a p la.ce wbere a log lay against a tree, he seated the prisoner upon the log and bound him tQ the tree. Then he took his departure, but returned in a few minutes, leading his pwn horse. He tied the horse to a tree . . Then he took his departure. He had not gone far before he met a horseman coming toward him. The man wore a coonskin cap and looked very familiar. When they got close Dick recognized him. "General Marion!" he cried. The great little man shook hands with Dick with whom he was acquainted. ' "Surprised to see me in the North?" he asked. "Yes, sir. You have been working in the south ern swamps so much that we did not look for you up in Jersey." "Well. I've just come North to have a conferenc'e with Washington." They chatted a while longer, and then G•meral Marion rode away. Dick resumed his journey toward New York. CHAPTER V.-A Bold Scheme. Dick was bound on a dangerous errand. He was going among members of the ships' com panies, and none of those men, he was sur e, had ever seen him. They might, for all he knew, never eYen have heard of him. Dick urged his horse forward at a gallop.


6 THE LIBERTY IN FROG SW AMP "I will have to hurn," h e thought; "I must deliver this message and then get back to Frog Swamp in time to get my company of Liberty Boys and get to the old house near Perth Amboy, by the time the box gets there with the gold." Dick was eager to make this capture of the second lot of , gold. Dick rode rapidly. An hour and a half later he was at Paulus Hook, which was just across the river from the city of New York. It was what is now Jersey City. Diel< made his way to a place where boats were kept for hire. He dismounted, tied his horse. and made his way down to the shore. He accosted the owner of the boats. "You have boats for hire?" he asked. "Yes, sir," was the reply. "I wish a boat for an hour or so," said Dick. "All right; here air some good 'uns," the man said. Dick looked at the boats. He knew a good boat when he saw one. "I'll take this one," he said, indicating his choice. "All right; I'll bring the oars." The boatman brought out the oars and placed them in the rowboat. Dick paid him in advance for the use of the boat for one hour. "If I keep it longer, I will pay you when I come back,'' he said. " All right, sir," the boatman said. He was so obsequious in his demeanor that Dick sized him up as being a royali'St. The sight of a British unifrom seemed to make him very obse quious indeed. Dick looked down the bay to where the British fleet lay at anchor. "Can you tell me, sir, which is Admiral Howe's flagship ? " asked Dick. "I can, sir," was the reply; "thet's it, yonder," and he pointed to one of the ships. Dick got into the boat, took the oars and iowed away. The ship was a mile or a mile and a half away, but the row to it was merely sport for Dick. He liked rowing. So he was almost sorry when he reached the ship. As he drew alongside the ship, he was hailed by a man on deck. The man was evidently a sentinel. "Ahoy, the boat! he challenged. "Hello!" called back Dick. "Who are you, and what do you want?" "I am a messenger from General Howe at New Brunswick," replied Dick, promptly; "I a message for Admiral Howe. Is this his flag ship?" "Aye aye!" came the reply. "Wait a moment." Then' the man disanpeared from Dick's view. Soon afterward the man who had challenged Dick reappeared. "You are to come aboard," he said. "Row around to the stern." "All right." Dick rowed around to the stern. The man lowered a rope ladder. A few moments later he was on the deck of the ship. "Come with me," said the man. He led the way across the deck, Dick following. They walked into the cabin. "Wait here," said the man. Dick sat down on the cushioned seat which ran around the side of the room. The man passed <.hrough a doo:'."way and into another room. He was gone only a few moments. Then he returned. "Come," he said. Dick rose and followed the man. and they entered the adjoining room. At a desk at one side of this room sat a portly man. His round, goodnatured-looking face resembled that of General Howe to such an extent that Dick knew instantly that this was Admiral Howe, the general's brother. "You bring a message from my brother?" the admiral asked. "Yes, your Excellency," replied• Dick. Then he produced it and handed it to the admiral. "Be seated,'' said the admiral, as he took the message. Dick sat down. The admiral opened the message. Dick imagined the admiral murmured something about "carelessness" under his breath, but was not sure. The admiral read the message, and as he did so, his florid face grew redder still. He grew excited. "The idea of the rebels daring to capture the gold! They are regular dare-devils!" The admiral was very excited and angry. He paced backward and forward across the floor, uttering exclamations and anathemas on the "rebels" at a great rate. Presentlv he paused, however. Then . he sat down. He stared at the floor moodily for a few moments. Then he took up the message from his brother and read it again. The admiral was silent for a few moments; then he said: "He wants me to send another lot of gold at once. I wonder if it will be safe to do so? What if the rebels should get wind of the fact that we were sending more gold down there? They might capture it, as they did the first lot." Dick knew the admiral was really talking to himself, so made no remark. He was smart enough to not speak until s poken to. Presently the admiral looked at Dick and said: "What do you about it? Do you think there will be danger in sending another installment of gold down to New Brunswick?" Dick shook his head. "I don't think so, your Excellency," he replied. "I'll do all I can to encourage him to send the gold!" thought Dick. "You think it will be safe?" "Yes, your Excellency." The admiral looked at Dick keenly. He seemed struck with the youth's appearance. He looked at the youth reflectively and asked: "Have you ever seen the young man named here-let me see, what is the name?" looking at the letter; "ah, Slater, Dick Slater, captain of a company of young men known as The Liberty Boys of '76. Have you ever seen him?" "Once, your Excellency,'' replied Dick, calmly, and meeting the look of the admiral unflinchingly. "I've seen him a great deal many more times th

\ THE LIBERTY BOYS IN FROG SWP.MF 7 turinP" the gold was doing a great deal for the patriot cause!" Then the admiral looked at Dick keenly. "You say 'patriot cause,'" he remarked "whv • 'patriot' instead of 'rebel?' " ' "Oh, I don't know, your -Excellency," said Dick "down New Brunswick way, where I have been: every one says 'patriot.' I have just fallen into the:r way of speaking, I , gu_ess." "Humph!" The admiral looked down at the floor and seemed to be p ondering. "1 wonder if he i s of me?" thought Dick. The idea gave him some uneasiness. _'"Why has he .asked me so much regarding Dick Slater?" he asked himself. Then the thought that what General Howe had regarding him was sufficient to arouse mterest came to Dick, and he felt better. "I. guess he isn't suspicious," he thought. Dick hoped not. It would be awkward indeed to be detamed on board the ship. If the admiral bec:a?-se suspicious enough to cause Dick to be detamed would " send the gold, Dick would b e greatly. disappointed, for he had set his heart on capturmg. that second installment of gold. the adm1!al was not suspiciou s. He was i:;imply pondermg the _subject of sending the gold down to New Brunswick. He knew it was necessary that the gold should ,go, as the men wanted spme money, but he was afraid the "rebels" might capture it. " I guess I'll send it and take the chances, " he murmured, presently, and then Dick knew what he had been pondering. At this instant there came the sound of tramping feet on deck, and then in the adjoining room. Then the door opened, and the man who had con ducted Dick into the room appeared. Behind him came a man dressed in the rough clothing of a farmer, and at a glance Dick recognized him and his heart went down into his shoes. The was the messenger whom he had captured and whom he had left bound hand and foot the timber and gagged, but little more than two hours ago! "What means this intrusion?" cried the admiral angrily. ' "I beg your pardon, your Excellency," said the escaped prisoner; "but the importance of the matter must be our excuse for intruding. That young scoundrel-there is Dick Slater. the rebel spy!" CHAPTER VI.-Dick's Identity Is Discovered. Admiral Howe leaped to hi s feet. He tu1ned red, then pale. He glared at Dick with eyes which almost started from their sockets. "Dick Slater!" he gasped; "jmpossible! " When the admiral cried, "Impossible!" Dick nodded and said: "Quite so, your Excellency! This man " and Dick pointed at the fellow whom he had 1left a prisoner in the woods two hours before and looked him unflinchingly in the eyes, "is drunk or crazy!1 ' Dick shook his head and looked at the redcoat t.n a pityingly patronizing manner. "Poorfellow!" he •:too bad! too bad! and a right nice-looking fellow, too " !" ' then he looked at the admiral and tapped his forehead significani!y . "You are shrewd, Dick Slater!" cried the redcoat, "and as brave as a lion, but you can't make your plan work! I am not crazy. by any meane:I" Then he turned to the admiral and went. on: " I am the man whom your brother, General Howe, started from New Brunswick, with the message whi c h this young fellow brought your Excellency; but this fellow waylaid me in the woods about half wav between New Brunswick and New York, and, after making a prisoner of me, changed clothing with me, took the message, and leaving me bound and gagged in the timber , he came on here, and I suppose has delivered the message. His scheme, no doubt, was to have you send the gold, and then he was going to hasten back to the patriot army, get his men, and capture this installment of gold! Oh, he is a bold and shrewd oriel" 1'he fellow had talked so fast it was impossible to interrupt him, so Dick Il).ade no such attempt, but sat there, with a quiet smile on his face, although he realized that the story would be likely to arouse the suspicion in the mind of the admiral that he perhaps was, after all. Dick Slater, the patriot spy. Dick shook his head, when the fellow had finished, -as much as to say, "Poor fellow, he's crazy!" But the admiral becoming somewhat imbued with the belief that there might be something in the fellow's story afte r all. He turned and looked at Dick searchingly. He was silent for s ome moments, and then he said: "I am beginnin g to believe that you are Dick Slater, young man!" Dick smiled . "You are mistaken," he said, calmly. "You think so?" The admiral looked at Dick again. ."Ah, how I wish some one who really knows Dick Slater was here!" he exclaimed "then it would be possible to decide between At this instant footsteps were heard in the outer room, and a momerrt later a captain in the British a r my appeared. At sight of him Dick's heart sank. . The man was Captain Parks, an e!1emy of his! and one who knew him well by sight. Captain Park's eyes rested on Dick the first one, as he entered the cabin. He paused and gave a start. . "Dick Slater, by all that is wonderful!" he exclaimed. • "I told you s o!" cried the man who had been trying to convince the admiral that the youth was Dick Slater. The admiral o p e n ed his eyes in wonder. He turned and look ed at Dick much after the fashion of a man looking at some rare and wonderfll.I animal. "What are you up to now Slater?" asked Captain Parks. ' "Oh, nothing much, captain," replied Dick , The admiral looked from Dick to Captain Parks "Then this really is the youth known as Dick Slater, the rebel spy?" he asked. ' .


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN FROG SW AMP "He and no other, adm.iral," was the captain's reply. "What has he-been trying to do here?" Had Admiral Howe been "up" in twentieth cen tury slang, he might have replied that Dick had been trying to "do" him, but he wasn't so versed, and he said: "He came .in here pretending to be a messenger from my brother at New Brunswick. He had a letter from my brother, but it seems that he took it from this man here, who was the real messenger, and whom this young man captured and changed clothes with," and the admiral pointed to the fellow whom Dick had captured on the road between New Brunswick and New York. "That's just like him," said Captain Parks. "He will do and dare anything, in order to get to strike a blow at the British." "Well, it rather beats me!" said the admiral; "I did not believe more than half the stories I have heard regarding this young man, but I shali be inclined to believe, now, that one-half of it has not yet been told!" ' "And I thin k you will be right about it, too, admiral," said Captain Parks. "Did you know ihat your brother has offered five hundred pounds reward for the capture of this young man?" "No, I was not aware of it." "It is a fact, just the same; so you can judge from that whether or not your brother considers the young man dangerous." "So I can. then I'm five hundred pounds richer, am I not?" with a smile. "That will be a joke, won't it! Imagine my brother's face when I present my b ill for the five hundred pounds-ha, ha, ha!" and the admiral lay back in his chair and laughed heartily. He was feeling happy, anyway. Here he had in his power the greatest spy of the patriot army! There was no doubt regarding that. Dick was in the cabin and on board a ship, and on that ship were several hundred strong men, each and every one ready to do the biddin,g of their commander. All the admiral had to do was to give the order, and Dick would be a prisoner in a twinkling. So the admiral believed. And so believing, he was in no hurry to give the order. He was like tl}e cat with the mouse. He would . play with his helpless victim a while before making him a prisoner. Captain Parks and the other men present laughed also. They were in duty bound to do so. It would never do to let the admiral make a joke, and then laugh at it. This would cause them to be disliked by the admiral. So they ha, ha, ha-ed as heartily as the admiral himself had done. "It will be a great joke on your brother, ad miral!" said Captain Parks. "So it will-ha, ha, ha!" and the admiral laughed till the tears rolled down his cheeks. "There is one thing, however," the admiral continued; "the Crown may refuse to allow me to receive the reward, on the score that as it was cffered by one brother and earned by another, it was a pre-arranged affair, for the purpose of making money-ha; ha, ha!" and the admiral laughed some more. Captain Parks laughed also, and said that was another good joke. While they were talking Dick was thinking. "How I should 1ike to make my escape!" he thought. "Wouldn't it be a joke on the admiral!" He looked around the cabin carefully. He could see no possible chance for escaping, however. The only way out of the cabin was by way of the door, and it was occupied by several men. Then, Captain Parks and the original messenger were between him and the door. No, it seemerl folly to think of trying to make a break for liberty. "It would result in failure," thought Dick; "and I would get some hard thumps in the bargain. No, I ha

I THE LIBERTY BOYS IN FROG SW AMP 9 Dick's hands were manacled. Otherwise he was unhampered. The youth was far from being in a despairing mood, however. There was one thing that made him fee l in very good spirits. The manacles which were on hi s wrists were some what large, and he could free him self in a few by slipping his hands out. He felt that he might be enabled to make hi s escape through this happy accident. As so on as night s hould come he would make the attempt to escape. It would not do to attempt it until then. Doubtless he would be visited a number of times during the afternoon. So it wou ld not be advisable to make any attempt until in the evening. Dick's eye'> were on the porthole. Was it large enough to permit the passage of his body, he wondered. He could not determine this without trying, and he decided to wait. He would have to be patient. Dick thought of how his plans had been nipped in the bud. "It is too bad. !" he thought. "How I should have enjoyed capturing the second installment of gold! It would have been a great help to the patriot cause--and how delighted General Washington would have been, to be sure!" Then a thought came to Dick: Might he not be able to make a success of his scheme even yet? Would not Admiral Howe send the gold? Dick believed that he would. And now that he had succeeded in making a prisoner of Dick, he would not be afraid that the "rebels" would get wind of the fact that the gold was to be sent and try to capture it. Therefore there would be no unusual precautions taken. And without a doubt the gold would be sent as the other haddown to the old house near Perth Amboy by boat, and be taken from there to New Brunswick b y wagon. Dick got to figuring in his mind. If the gold was sent by boat, and the boat was to leave after nightfall, he believed he might, if he escaped early in the evening, be able to reach Frog Swamp, get his company of Liberty Boys, and get back to the old house in time to capture the gold. It would be .worth trying, anyway. Dick was not so cast down as would well have been expected from one in his situation. The hope of escape and of turning the tables on the enemy was quite sufficient to keep up his spirits. He was a youth who was not given to iepinlng, anyway. No matter what the situation, he always made the most of it. Repining and feeling blue would not help him. So Dick al'ways managed to keep his .spirits up. Admiral Howe came down and had a talk with him about the middle of the afternoon. The admiral thought that he might worm some facts out of 'Dick regarding General Washington and the patriot army. His efforts were clumsy, and Dick smiled inwardly. The youth made use of his opportunity, and while pretending to drop some information unwittingly, he managed to convey to the mind of the admiral exaggerated ideas regarding the strength of the patriot army. It was a case of diamond cut diamond, and Dick's diamond was the brighter, keener, sharper. He fooled the admiral completely, yet with such con aummate cunning that the admiral went back to his cabin thinking he had wormed some valuable information out of the youth. "Wen, he's welcome to all he got out of me!" thought Dick, as the admiral took bis departure. So >both Dick and the admiral were well satisfied with the result of the interview. One thing that pleased Dick greatly was the fact that the admiral had openly stated that he was going to send the gold, as his brother had requested. In fact, the admiral had told Dick this in a spirit of triumph in order to make the youth feel bad. It had had quite the opposite effect. Dick was delighted to learn this, of a certainty. He had supposed that the admiral would send the gold, but to know it was to be absolutely sure of it. Another thing; Dick had learned, by ingenious questioning, that the gold was to be sent away by boat, and wou ld be sent away at nine o'clock that night. The knowled ge g-ave Dick great pleasure. The boat would not reach the old house near Perth Amboy before half-pas t eleven, and Dick was sure that, if he could escape from his prison early in the evening, he cpuld, by riding hard, reach Frog Swamp, get his company of Liberty Boys, and get to the old house in time to capture the gold. Ah, if he could onl:v do this! It would be a great triumph over the British admiral. And Dick was determined to score the triumph. He would do so, if such a thing was possible. And he thought it was. He would not believe otherwise until after he had tried and failed anyway. He did not intend that he should fail. He had always been successful. He was determined that this should not be a failure. He took matters as easy as possible until supper time. When his supper was brought down to him, he ate 1t. His appetite was so good that the mau who had brought him the food seemed surprised. He seemed hardly to know what to think about it. He spoke of it to Dick, and the youth smiled. "The appetites of prisoners are, as a rule, not good, then?" he asked. "Not as a rule." "Well, I'Ji an exception to the rule." "You seem to be, that's a fact!" Dick smiled . "Well, I'm young and healthy," he said; "and I must eat." The man went away when Dick had finished, looking as though somewhat impressed with the coolness and self-possession of the prisoner. Dick waited impatiently for the sun to go down. As soon as it became twilight, he would go to work. He did not wish to spoil his chances by beginning work too early. At last the sun went down. Dick could not see the sun, but he knew when it sank to rest. He could tell by the shadow which settled over the sky-or such portion of the sky as he could see from the porthole. Then he began work. The first thing he did was to slip the manacles off his wrists. This was not a difficult task. But it took some little time. Dick had to 'work the manacles off gradually. Ten minutes of work relieved him of the troublesome irons, however. Now to get out of prison! This, Dick knew, was going to be the most difficult part of the affair. The porthole might prove to be too small to per./ mit the passage of his body. In that case he would be unable to escape. But if the porthole would permit of the passage of his body, he might make his e s cape, though even then there would be great danger, as there were men on watch on the deck above, and he could hardly hope to escape without being seen. He would try, however.


1 0 'THE LIBERTY BOYS IN FROG SW AMP Dick laid the manacles down, and then began preparations for leaving the place, There a small table in the room. He dragged this table over and placed it directly beneath the point where the porthole was cut out in the side of the vessel. Dick then climbed up on top of the tablP and examined the porthole. He !believed it would permit the passage of his body. This decided, the next thing to do was to see if he could manage to execute the maneuver. He went to work. The porthole was still at a considerable height above the table. It was, in fact, at about the height of Dick's shoulders. He stuck his head out and took a survey of the surroundings. There were a number of ships close by, -and on their decks were men who might see him if he attempted to escape before it became full v dark. He decided that it would be better to wait a while longer. After it had become entirely dark, he would slip through the porthole and drop into the water and swim to the shore. Of course, this would be dangerous. But Dick did not stop to count the danger. He would make the attempt to escape, no _ matter if he had to run the gauntlet of firing from a hundred muskets. It seemed to grow dark very slowly. Dick was impatient to be away. He wanted to make sure of getting to Frog Swamp in time and capturing the second lot of gold. . What a triumph it would be if he could escape and succeed in doing this! Dick enjoyed it in prospect. He could see the anger and consternation, as well as discomfiture on the florid face of Admiral Howe. He could in his mind's eye see General Howe pacing his quarters like a caged lion. No harder blow could be struck the British, just at this time", than the capture of the gold. It would discourage the British troops at New Brunswick, and make them unruly and unwilling to try to make headway against Washington's army. They wanted at least a portion of their pay, and would do nothing until tl1ey got it. Gradually it grew darker outside. Twilight was being followed by the thick darkness of night. "It will soon be dark enough for me to begin work," thought Dick. He waited a few minutes longer. Then he got ready to begin the attempt at escape. "Every minute is precious!" he thought. "A delay of five minutes here might mean the loss of the chance to capture the gold. I will hurry!" He climbed up on top of the table and stuck his head out through the porthole. "Yes the gold is to be sent down by boat at nine o'clock, and I'm to go with it," said a voice, right above Dick . He gave a start and looked upward. He could not see any one, but realized that there must be a couple of men at the rail of the ship, directly above where he was. "Jove! I wish they would go away!" he thought "I don't wish to take chances on trying to get ci'ut of here while they are there. If they failed to see me. they would certainly hear the splash as I struck the water." The voices remained audible to Dick for a few minutes, and then he heard them become fainter, and he heard also the 'sound of receding footsteps. "I guess they are and the coast is clear!" thought Dick; " n ow to . escape!" CHAPTER VIII.-Dick Escapes. Dick began work at once. He had given the matter considerable thought. He knew that hd would have to go through the porthole feet first. All around the porthole on the outside was nothing but the smooth side of the ship. There was absolutely nothing to take hold of with the hands. If he was to climb through head first, he would be forced to fall in an awkward manner and might hurt himself. But by working his way out feet first, he coul

THE LIBERTY BOYS IN FROG SW AMP 11 "It can't be more than fifteen feet,'' he thought. The distance ought not to injure him. He had often dropped further than that and alighted on solid ground without sustaining injury; certainly he could do so and alight in water. Dick was not afraid of being hurt by the drop. What he was afraid of was that the sentinel on the deck might hear him when he struck the water, and suspect that the prisoner was escaping. He would then, of cours e, look to see whether or not the prisoner was safe, and discover for a certainty that he had escaped. Dick was afraid that, in case they did discover this, they might decide to send the gold in_;;ome way, by some other route, being afraid he might reach the patriot army and try to capture the gold. Or they might decide to not send the gold at all-on this night. This would be a great disappointment to him. All these things flashed through Dick's mind in an instant, as it were. Then he let go. Downward he shot. An instant later he struck the water. There was a splash. But not as big a splash as Dick had feared there might be. Under the water Dick went, going down at least ten feet. This did not worry him, however. He was a fine swimmer and diver. He was almost as much at home in the water as a duck. He had no fears of drowning. He made a few strong strokes, and was at the surface again in a jiffy. He shook the water out of his ears and listened. There came the sound of voices from the deck of the ship. "What was it?" he heard one voice say. "I don't know,'' was the reply. "You say you heard a splash?" "Yes." "A loud one?" "Well, no; not ve1y." "Oh it was nothing more than a fish leaping out of the 'water and falling back again, I should say." "Perhaps that was what it was." "Yes, without doubt. Go to your station." "Good!" thought Dick; "so they thought it was the splash of a fish! Well, they'd be surprised if they knew what kind of a fish it was!" Then Dick struck out, through the water. He had a long swim ahead of him. It was more than a mile to the point where he had rented the boat. As that was where he had left his horse, he intended going straight there. If hi s horse was still there, as he hoped it was, he wou l d not have to lose much time. He had to be careful, however. Several of the ships of the admiral's fleet lay between him and the shore at the po int he was aiming for. He would have to pass thes e ships. He might be discovered in doing so . Re would have to swim very quietly and ca r e full y to avoid making noise enough to attract attention. This the youth did. He was a skillful swimmer. He could force his way through the water rapidl y and yet make but little sp l a shing sound. It wa3 dark enough so that he could not s ee the hulls of the great ships until he was a l mo s t against them. Then he would swim around t h e ship and continue on his way. At last, to his relief, he that he had got past all the ships. He wou l d have a clear field, and be in no danger of discovery from the sentinels on the ship's decks. He wondered if his horse would be . where he left it. "Surely it will be," he thought; "the ferrymaYI will take care of it. He will hQ]d the horse as security for the boat which he let me have." This made Dick feel better. He was sure his horse would be there in readiness for him. Of course he would have to pay for the boat. It had been hoisted onto the deck of the ship, when Dick was made prisoner, and the red coats would no doubt keep it. The clothing which Dick wore became thoroughly soaked and this made it weigh down upon the gallant young swimmer. It was quite different from swimming without clothing on. But Dick was strong, and he per severed. He could not let such a little thing as fatigue stand. in his way. It was not for him to become weary. Or, becoming weary, it was his place to pay no attention to the fact. He must keep right on, just the .same. This Dick did. He became very tired, but he gritted his teeth. Any one to have seen him swimming, with regular, powerful strokes, would have thought him fresh and unwearied. But they would have been mis taken. Nevertheless the youth swam with undim inished speed. What he lacked in strength he made up in will power. He simply would not allow his brain to realize that he was tired, and forced his arms and le&"s to continue their work. It was a triumph of mmd over matter. Onward he swam. He began to wonder if he was going in the rigiht direction. It would be easy to go wrong in the darkness. There was no great flare of gas and electric lights in New York then, ae there is now, to guide him. He thought that he saw faint lights in the direction which he imagined the city must lie, but he could not be sure of it. "Well, just so I don't miss my way completely, and land on Staten Island or get out into the pcean!" thought Dick. Then he began to wonder how much farther it was to the shore. It seemed to him as if he had gone almost far enough. A mile is a long distance to swim, however, under any circumstances, and it certainly seems longer when the swimmer is hampered with clothing. "I'll get to the shore pretty soon, though, I thi n k," said Dick to himself, and he kept at work. It \Yas more than a quarter of an hour later that he reached the shore, however, and then found that he was quite a little out of the way. He had mi s sed the point where the man kept the boats ior rent by quite some distance. He was puzzled s lightly to know which way to go to reach the place. At la s t he decided that he would go to the right and risk it. This he did, and after a walk of five minutes, he came to the house of the man who kept the boats for rent. Dick krtocked on the door. There were a few minutes of waiting, and then the door opened. The old boatman stood there, holding a bit of tallow candle. "Who air ye?" he asked, "and whut d'ye want?" "I'm the man who rented a boat of you to-day," ieplied Dick. "I have come back, and wish to pay you for the boat, and get my horse." The boatman looked at . Dick's dripping clothing-. "'Why, yer all wet!" he exclaimed. "Yes," replied Dick; "a schooner or something ran into me, out in the bay a ways, and stove in the side of your boat. I had to swim ashore." "Oh, thet's it, hey?" "Yes, and now if you will put a price on your


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN FROG SW AMP btJat, I will pay it, take my horse and be on my way back to rejoin the army." The old boatman named a sum which seemed reas onable to Dick, and he paid it, and then asked where his horse was. "I'll git the hoss fur ye, sir," the old man said, and he led the way to an old stable which stood a ways from the house, and brought out the horse. "I fed 'im an' took good keer UV 'im sir " the old man said. ' ' "Thank you!" said Dick, and then he bridled ' and sa.ddled the horse as quickly as possible, and mounting, bade the old boatman good-night and rode away in the direction of Frog Swamp and the patriot army. "Now to get back and get my company of Liberty Boys and go to the old house on the shore near Perth Amboy and capture the gold!" thought Dick, as he put spurs to the horse. CHAPTER IX.-Dick's Quick Trip. Dick judged that it must be about half-past eight o'clock. The distance from Paulus Hook to Frog Swamp was at least twenty-five miles. He would have to ride to Frog Swamp, get his Liberty Boys and ride to the old house near Perth Amboy, a distance of .sixteen miles from Frog Swamp, and do all this in three and a half hours. Cou Id he do it? Dick hardly knew. He could be hard on his horse, but he thought that the importance -0 the matter required the sacrifice of the horse, if this was necessary. So he put spurs to the animal, and rode at a swift gallop. Mile after mile was gone over. The horse soon proved itself to be possessed of uncommon staying powers for a brute that did not look like a superior animal. This was pleasing to Dick. It gave him hope that he might succeed in his undertaking after all . He figured that he was going at the rate of twelve miles an hour. This, if maintained, would enable him to reach Frog Swamp in a little more than two hours time. This would leave him an hour and a half to get his Liberty Boys and reach the old house near Perth Amboy. That would be sufficient, he thought. Onward he rode. Mile after mile passed swiftly. Each mile brought him near to his destination, and with each mile that was left behind Dick's spirit s rose. "I will reach there in time!" he thought; "ah! how I hope we shall able to capture this second installment of gold! It will be a .big blow to the British, and a big help to the patriots." On, on, galloped the horse. Dick had traveled the road so frequently that he knew it well. There was no danger of his losing his way an1 losing time. He knew the shortest and most direct route, and was going that waJ. He kept a sharp look-out, however. He was traversing a section of country infested by the British. He might run upon a prowling band of foragers at any moment. So it stood him in hand to be careful. To have been captured now, after making such a grand effort to escape turn the tables on the British by capturing the gold which they were to send to New Brunswick, . wou1d have been t&rible. Had he met any of the redcoats Dick would have made a desperate effort to escape be-fore he would have submitted to capture. But luckily he did not encounter any of the redcoats. If any were in the vicinity he missed them. Dick was, of course, very glad of this. It suited him exactly. At last he reached Frog Swamp. His horse was panting, and reeking with perspiration. Dick leaped off, patted the horse on the neck, and saying, "Good horse!" called to a man who did odd job s of work for the Liberty Boys, and gave the horse into his charge. "Rub him down and take good care of him, Johnson," said Dick; "he has carried me twentyfive miles in two hours!" "All right, sir," was the reply, and Johnson led the panting horse away. Dick passed into the quarters occupied by hi.s company of Liberty Boys. They were al! there, and some of them had lain down for the night; but the majority were still sitting up, telling stories and having a jolly time. When they saw Dick, exclamations escaped them. They were surprised to see him. And they knew from his excited look that something important was on the tap is. . "What is it, Dick?-" asked Bob Estabrook his dearest boy friend. "What's up, now?" ' "Tell us, !" .from Sam Sanderson. "I hope there is work for us!" said Mark Mor-1ison. "There is work, and lively work, boys!" cried Dick. "What kind of work, Dick?" .from Bob. "You remember what we did last night?" "Captured the gold the British were sendinoo down to New 0 "Well, we have a chance to duplicate that feat! They are sending down another installment tonight, and if you boys can get ready quickly enough, we will go over and capture the gold!" The boys leaped to their feet in a hurry. They uttered exclamations of a tonishment and delight "We'll be ready in less tban no time at all Dick!" said Bob. ' "Yes, yes!" from the others in chorus. "All right; hurry, then, and I will run over to headquarters and speak to the com,mander-in chief and get his permission to go and make the attempt to capture the gold." "All right! we'll be ready by the time you get back." "And hurry back, Dick!" "I will be back in a few minutes." But before Dick had time to depart General Marion came out of a tent and shook hands with him. . "I've seen Washington and had a long conference with him," said Marion; "then I came here to see your boys as I promised, Dick." , "I hope you will stay with us a while, general," answered Dick, earnestly. "No. I cannot do that, as I must start on my return trip to the South to-night." "I am sorry to hear that, general." "Oh, well, in time of war, one has but little time for pleasure." "Have you had a good look at our camp?" "Yes, and I've made an im.portant discovery about half an hour ago." "And what is that?" "There is a party of redcoats near by. They


THE LIBERTY BOYS IN FROG SWAMP lS have discovered how to get into your camp in Frog Swamp, and they mean to steal in to-night and poison the spring from which you get your drinking water!" CHAPTER X.-General Marion's Daring Deed. Had a bomb exploded at Dick's feet, he could not have been more astonished than he was at what Marion said. He stared at the general a few moments in silence, and then gasped: "Good heavens! How did you find this out?" Marion smiled and shrugged his shoulders. "I am called the Swamp Fox you know," he answered. "I have lived in the swamps and understand them. When I investigated your camp here in Frog Swamp I prowled around to see how secure it was. I found this place a sort of island in the swamp, surrounded by a stream the bed of which was so thick with mud that no one could wade it. " "That's right," 11ssented Dick. "You have a bridge spanning the stream so you can pass in and out to the patriot camp at Middlebrook. You thought the rest of the stream safe." "We certainly did." "Well, it isn't. There's a place where it is very narrow. I paused there and saw some redcoats on the oppm;;ite shore and heard them discussing their plan to get across, steal into your camp in the darkness of the night and poison the spring that supplies your troop with water. " 'Horrible!" "So I thought. They mean to chop down a tree growing on the bank of the stream and make it fall across the water and thus form a bridge over which they intend to cross." "I see. But we must prevent them." "Of course. I have got a plan. You and I and some of your boys will go to the place. There you will conceal yourselves. I will Jure the red coats into your ambuscade and you can capture or kill the assassins." "Very well, general." Their plan of action was formed, and with ten of the Liberty Boys they went along the shore until they came to the place where the British were going to cross over to the camp. The redcoats had already felled the tree trunk and it spanned the stream. shivered when he saw it. He secreted his boys as Marion directed and the Swamp Fox walked over the tree turnk to the other shore. Marion was on a dangerous mission looking for the assassins. He went through the woods, peering here and there in quest of the redcoats. Presently he came to a dense thicket surrounding a glen, and peering through the bushes he saw them. There were a dozen of the redcoats sitting around a camp fire eating. But they had two sentries ou.t and these men saw Morion and stole toward him. Unconscious of his peril, the little general scanned the 1edcoats' tent and saw a small keg of p owder standing near the entrance, close to a big rock. Just the sentries pounced on him. "A spy!" yelled one. "Catch ilim!" added the other. But quick as a flash Marion squirnied out of their clutches and dashed into the glen, startling the rest. They bounded to their feet , uttering loud cries of alarm, and seized their weapon s . Marion saw that he was liable to get shot and a desperate p lan entel"ed his mind whereby he m i ght save himself. He snatched up a flaming fire• brand from the camp fire and rushed over to the powder keg. "Halt!" yelled one of the reacoats. Marion heard the click f m usket springs as they cocked the flintlocks . He paused and glared at them. Every redcoat in the party had his musket at his shoulder and was aiming at h im. In another moment the Swamp Fox was liabl e to fall, riddled with bullets. But he held up on e hand, and cried: "Stop! If you do not instantly lowel" your weapons I will fire this burning brand into the keg of powder and blow you all to pieces!" • The redcoats were startled and wou l d have l ow ered their weapons, had not the captain in charge c:ded : "Shoot him! He dares not keep his threat. He wou l d kill himself with us." "I may as well die fr.:>m the explosion as to get shot by you," shouted Marion. "Fire at him before he can keep his threat!" roared the captain, w h o saw that Marion menat to do as he said. Before the men could obey, Marion hurled the firebrani:i at the powder, and with a quick div e flung himself down behind the big rock close by. A wild yell escaped the troopers and some fired , but the shot passed over Madon. The next moment the powder ignited. There was a tremendous puff of smoke, a b linding glal"e of fire, and then a deafening explosion. Nine of the redcoat s were killed. The five remaining rushed toward Marion to wreak vengeance upon him. He w a s not injured, as the rock had shiel ded him, a nd he arose and ran. After him dashed the furious redcoats. Marion plunged thl"ough the woods1 heading for the log spanning the stream, an

14 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN FROG SWAMP "Let us drag those miscreants out and tur11 them over to Washington," said Dick. "They will be hung for their plot to poison us." This plan was carried out. When the redcoats were on shore, bound and helpless, some of the boys hurried them off to Washingto\l'S camp, at Middlebrook. Dick and Marion went to the redcoats' camp and surveyed the scene. They counted nine men killed by the explosion, the tent and arms were torn to pieces and a hole was blown in the ground. Then they went back to Frog Swamp, and telling the rest of the boys what happened, they pro ceeded to Washington's headquarters. Here Marion reported to the commander-in-chief and made charge against the five remaining mis creants. Suffice it to say, that they were afterward court-martialed and were executed. Wash ington praised Marion for what be did. "General Marion, it was a daring deed on your part to explode that powder keg," said Washing ton. "By your good work you have also saved the lives of all the Liberty Boys, and for that you have our wa1mest gratitude." Marion made a modest reply. He then said he would have to return to the South, and took leave of Ditk and Washington, mounted his horse, and rode away. Dick and the boys returned to Frog Swamp. He had in the recent excitement, for gotten that he and the boy s wanted to getpermis. sion from Washington to go and try to capture the second lot of British gold. But one of the boys now reminded him of the fact, by asking: "Did the commandeJJ.-in-chief s ay that we could set out and try to capture that gold you spoke about?"/ "Why, no. At least, not yet," said Dick, with a smile. "To tell the truth, I forgot to ask him about it." "And no wonder after what has just happened. But I wish you could ge.t; his permission, as all the boys in Frog Swamp are impatient to get away." "Very well then," said Dick. "I will go right over and see the general now." All the boys were delighted to hear this and they all hoped that Washington would give Dick the desired permission. Dick left the quarters. He hurried over to Washington's headquart:ers, at Middlebrook, close by. To the orderly he said: "Ha's the commander-in-chief retired?" "No, sir; he is still up," was the reply. "Good! Tell him Dick Slater wishes to see him a few minutes on important business." "Very well," said the orderly; "step in si de." Dick entered, and a few moments later the orderly returned with the information that the commander-in-chief would see him at once. Dick was ushered into the room occupied by General Washington, and the great man greeted Dick pleasantly. "So you have got back?" he remarked, 'well, did you learn aught of interest?" "Yes, indeed, your Excellency!" t'\-nd then Dick told the commander-in:-chief very briefly where he had been and what he had discovered. "\Vell, well!" evclaimed Washington; "so they are goin,g to send another installment of gold to-night, are they? And you wish to go and try t,o capture it?" Dick nodded. "Yes, your Excellency." The great man seemed well pleased. "Very well; you shall do sol" he said; "take your Liberty Boys and go and capture the gold, if you can. It will be very acceptable if we can secure it." "Thank you, sir!" said Dick, earnestly; "I think we can secure it. We will try hard, at any rate." "I know that, Dick." "If we are to reach the old house near Perth Amboy in time, we shall have to hasten," he said; "so I had better be going." "Yes, go along, my boy; and success to you and your brave Liberty Boys I" "Thank you!" Then Dick saluted and withdrew. Then he hastened back to the quarters occupied by the Liberty Boys in the swamp. He found the entire company out in front of the quarters, each holding his horse, ready to mount the instant the order was given. Bob was holding two horsesone for himself and one for Dick. "It's all right, boys!" cried Dick; "we're to go, and do the best we can. Mount!" The youths mounted quickly. Then Dick and Bob took the lead, and the company rode away into the darkness. They headed for Perth Am boy. They were well acquainted with the road, so could ride rapidly. They had raced and chased arGund in this part of the country so much dur ing the past few months that they were well versed in the lay of the land. By the nearest rout it was about sixteen miles to Perth Amboy. They would have to ride swiftly to reach there in an hour and a half. That the gold would reach the old house by midnight, Dick was sure. There would be little or no delay in transferring it int.) the wagon and to New Brunswick with it, consequently they would have to be at the old house a little before midnight. They rode rapidly. The horses were kept at a gallop. This was absolutely necessary. And even then it lacked a few minutes of being midnight when they reached the old house where the gold was to be delivered from the boat. The youths did as they had done on the night before. They dis mounted a couple of hundred yards from the house and walked to it. A feeling of disappointment took possession of them as they neared the building All was quiet around the house. There were no signs of the redcoats. The wagon and team were not in sight. In fact the house seemed deserted. The youths hastened forward and tried the door of the hou se . It opened readily. They entered. The hou se was vacant. There was nobody there. "What does it mean, Dick?" asked Bob. "I don't know what it means, Bob. It mE!ans one of three things but I don't know which." '"What are the three things?" "First: Either they changed their plans, and sent the gold by s ome other route--" " Ye s?" "Or, secondly: They have not yet arrived here--" "Yes?" "Or, thirdly: They have been here and have gone!" ' "And in that case?"


THE LIBERTY BOYS IN FROG SWAMP 15 "They are on their way to New Brunswick by the nearest route." "And in that case why could we not catch them?" "We can at least try, Bob." "Then you think--" "That they have been here and gone?-yes." "And you think we can overhaul them?" "If they haven't sec ured too big a start. It is ten miles to New Brunswick, and they cannot go fast with a heavy ''Then you are inclined to think we have a chance?" "Yes, if we hurry." Then Dick gave the order: "Back to where we left our horses, boys! Double-quick!" The youths broke into a run. It was a race to see who could get back to where they had le.ft the who could get back to where. they had left the horses first. It took but a few minutes to reach the horses and mount and then Dick gave the order: "Forward!" He and Bob were in front. They rode at a gallop, and behind them came the other Liberty Boys . The youths were eager to overtake the redcoats who were taking the gold to New Brunswick. It would be a big triumph if they could do so, and capture the gold and the redcoats with it. Dick knew the shortest and best road to New Brunswick. Being the shortest and best road, it was the one most likely to be chosen by the redcoats. Dick lad the way at a gallop. He eager to sight the wagon and its convoy. If the British.had not secured much of a start, they might sight them at almost any moment. The moon was now, and it would be pos sible to see the wagon and soldiers a di stance of a quarter of a mile. So they kept their eyes turned ahead. They were eager to catch a of their wished-for prey. Onward they galloped. At least three mil es had been traversed. And still they had seen nothing of the Britis h. They entered a strip of timber. It was perhaps half a mile wide. It extended northwest from the Raritan river. There was heavy timber to the left, along the river, all the way from Perth Amboy to New Brunswick. It was quite dark in the timber, and they had to s low down. It was lucky for them that they did so . Had they not, they would have run onto the British who were taking the gold to New Brunswick before the open country beyond the timber was reached. As it was, ius t as they emerged from the timber, they saw their intended prey in the road ahead of them. "There they are!" said Dick, in a low, intense voice; "forward all I" CHAPTER XL-The Liberty Boys Capture the Gold. The youths obeyed the order instantly. They rode forward at a gallop. The British heard the sound made by the hoofs of the horses ridden by the Liberty Boys. Dou-btless they had not -thought of such a thing as that they were in danger. So the fact that they were pursued came as a shock to them._ They lashed the horses attached to the wagon into a gallop. They were heavv farm horses , however, and could not go very fast .. The Britis h who were escorting the gold-about a dozen in number-fell behind the wagon, and evidentliY in tended trying to fight their off. They could not to suc ceed, however, against seven or eight times their number. Soon the Liberty Boys were clo se up to the redcoats. "Halt!" cried Dick, in a loud, clear, ringing voice; "halt and surrender!" The answer came promptly. It wasn't the an nouncement of the surrender of the redcoats, either. They did nqt intend to surrender until they were forced to do so. Instead of halting and announcing th:;tt they surrendered, they kept on going, and Dick and his companions heard the command: "Fire!" The next instant there came the crash of a dozen pistol shots. Dick felt one bullet cut through his dothif1g and gra_ ze the sk\n. Another of the boys was slightly wounded. ''Fire!" cried Dick. He did not wish to lose any of his Liberty Boys, and the only way to bring the redcoats to terms would be to use severe measures. Cra,sh -roar! The muskets were discharged, and a mingling chorus of yells, curses and cries of pain went up from British. Half the mem bers of the little party went down to the ground, off their hors es, either killed or wounded. "Surrender!" cried Dick, in a stPJ."n voice; "surrender, or die!" The British decided to surrender. The com mander of the little party called out that they surrendered. "Good!" . cried Dick, as he galloped forward, followed by hi s Liberty Boys. "That is the wise thing to do!" The wagon had been brought J o a stop. The driver knew it was useless to think of trying to escape from the horsemen with the clumsy wa,g-on and the big farm horses. The weapons of the redcoats were taken from them. Then they were made prisoners. Theil' hands were tied to gether behind their backs , and their feet bound clos ely, s o they could not walk, and then they were bundled into the wagon. Dick first looked anti saw that the gold was there. It was in a large iron-bound chest, under the seat occupied by the driver. As the redcoats were being loaded into the wagon, the commander of the redcoats bemoaned their :fate. ' "How did you know the gold was to be sent?" h e asked, when he sdw Dick had looked in the chest. "I was present on board Admiral Howe's ship, and-heard him say the gold was to be sent," replied Dick, quietly. "You were present!" "Yes." "Impossible!" Dick shook his head. "Oh, no; not impossible," he replie d, quietly, "I was there." "Who are you?" • '•I am Dick Slater at _your service." "What! Dick Slater? Impossible! Dick . Slater


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN FROG SW AMP is a prisoner on board Admiral Howe's ship at this very moment!" "You are mistaken," said Dick, quietly; "I was there, but am not there now." "You dort't mean to say you escaped!" The man fairly gasped the words. "That is what I mean," replied Dick, quietly, anJ then he turned to Sam Sanderso n and said: "Sam, get up in the seat here and drive, will you? We must be gettinf( back toward Frog Swamp. The sound of this firing must have been heard at New Brunswick, and some of the British will be coming out this way soon." "All right, Dick!" Sam leaped up into the seat and took hold of the lines. He turned the team around with s ome diff'tculty, as the road was not very wide, and then headed in the other di!ection. There was a cross-road half a mile back. The cross-road ran north and south. It was Dick's idea to follow this .11oad in a northerly direction for a couple of miles, as that would lead them practically away from the direction of .the British encampment. at N ew Brunswick. The n they could turn westward, and go toward Frog Swamp. The Liberty Boys fell in behind the wagon, and the start was made. "It'll be strange if we don't have a brush with some redcoats before reachh1,1; Frog Swamp," "So it will, Bob," acquiesced Dick. "They will certainly send out a few parties to see what the firing was about, don't you think?" "I think so." "Well, we'll give 'em a warm reception if any of them get within musket-shot distance of u s!" "That's right, Bob!" The Liberty Boys made as good time as they could . Of course, they had to gauge their speed by the spee d at which the team could pull the wi::. gon. The wagon was the main thing, and mus t no':; be left behind. They were soon at the crossroad, and turfrring, they made their way northward. They went in this direction perhaps two miles. Then they turned to the westward. That was the direction to go to reach Frog Swamp. They made as rapid progress as possible. They still had about ten miles to go. They kept a sharp lookout toward the rear. They expected to be followed by the redcoats. In this they were right. They had gone perhaps two miles farther when they saw the outlines of horsemen some distance in the iear. "They are after us!" cried Bob. "Yes, thex are coming," said Dick. "We must give them a warm reception." The youths ,got ready to do this. It proved to be a company of Britis h dragoons. They we1e equal in number to the Liberty Boys. But they had sabres instead of mus kets, and would have to come to close quarters if they did much dam age. Of course, they had pistols, but they are short distance weapons, also. The fight soon begun, however. The dragoons came up close enough to fire a volley from their pistols. The volley did no particular damage. Two or three of the Liberty Boys were wounded, but none of the wounds were serious. Then Dick gave the order to fire. Crash--roar! When the muskets s poke, there were some results apparent. The sounds of cries, groans, and curses came to the ears of the Liberty Boys. "That was a good volley!'' cried Dick; "for ward! and fire with the pistols!" The youths charged down toward the demoral izen redcoats . They waited till they were close upon the dragoons. Then Dick gave the order to fire. A volley rang out. This threw the redcoats into still greater confusion. They attempted to fire, but as only a portion of their number fired, and they were in a more or less demoralized condition, the v olley did but very little damage. Dick followed the advantage which they had gained. He ordered tne Liberty Boys to fire another volley. They did so . This threw the redcoats into even worse confusion. "Now, charge bayonets!" he cried. The Liberty Boys ,gave vent to cheers, and charged down upon the redcoats. They charged with such resistless energy and fury that the redcoats were terribly frightened. They did not try to stand their ground, so to speak. They broke and fled. It became a complete rout. It was every fellow for himself. Dick did not let his Liberty B oys follow the fleeing redcoats far. He did not think it good policy What he wished, more than all else, was to get safely to Frog Swamp with the gold and the prisoners they had already secured. If they were to lose time chasing this company of dragoons, they might find themselves in trouble before reaching their destination. Dick was a cautious as well as a brave youth. So he ordered the youths to return to where the wagon had been left. The journey wa;; resumed at once. As good luck would have it, they did not see any more redcoats. They reached Frog Swamp in safety. It was four o'clock when they got there, so they did not report to the commander-in-chief until after breakfast. When Dick called on General Washington at his headquarters and told him that they had been s uccessful and had captured the gold. and some more prisoners, the great man was He complimented Dick highly. He praised all the Liberty Boys. "You have done a wonderful thing, Dick!" he said. "What you have done will be of inestimable value to the patriot cause. I don't see how I can ever thank y ou enough!" "The knowledge that we have done something that will benefit the great. Cause is all that wish," said Dick, modestly. "We are happy to have been able to do this ." Then the commander-in-chief went with Dick and took a look at the gold. "There is fully as much as there was in the fir s t lot," he said, a pleased look on his face. "I judge that there is about the same amount, your Excellency," said Dick. "Yes; there must be twenty thousand pounds -that makes forty thousand you have captured!" "I wish we could capture forty thousand morel" smiled Dick. "They'll send a regiment along with the next installment of gold!" laughed Bob Estabrook, and Washington nodded. "Yes; they will certlinly take warning from this experience," he said. "I should have thought they would send more than a dozen men with this second installment."


THE LIBERTY BOYS IN FROG SW AMP 17 "But they didn't, luckily for us," said Dick. The news of the capture of the second installment of Britis h gold by the Liberty Boys was soon over the camp, and the boys were praised and complimented on every s ide, for the men were not jealous of the Liberty Boys." In truth, the men thought the world and all of the youths , and them as the be s t an

18 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN FROG SW AMP hours before the youths would encounter any of the British. Dick knew the value of patience, however. He could practice patience when it was necessary to do so. Of course, he hoped they would not have to wait s o long for their game, but thought it even possible that they might not run across any redcoats at all. . This was not likely to happen, however. There were scouting and foraging bands of redcoats over-running the country almost constantly. Dick kept a sharp lookout up and down the road. He had been in his hiding-place perhaps an hour, when he thought he saw horsemen coming from the direction in which the ten Liberty Boys had gone. "I believe it is the boys coming back," thought Dick. He quickly climbed a tree. He could see plainly now. More than half a mile away a little band of horsemen were coming as fas t as they could make: their horses go. "That is the boys!" murmured Dick; "and yes ! yonder comes a company of redcoats in pursuit! But they are infantry." This was a surprise to Dick Usually the couting parties and foragingparties were mounted. But these redcoats were afoot. "So much the better," Dick thought; "it will give the boys plenty of time to get away from them and back to where the rest of the boys are hidden. And it will make it easier for me to reach the gate at the same time the redcoats do." The youths reached the gate, and, passing through, closed the gate again and went on down the winding road through the timber. "So far, so good!" thought Dick; "I b elieve my ruse will work nicely." Dick waited until the redcoats were within a quarter of a mile of the gate, and then he mounted his horse. He rode out of the timber anJ into the road. Then he rode slowly along the road and managed to reach the gateyay at the same time that the redcoats reached it. It was a company with a captain in command. Dick was glad to see that the captain was a stranger to him. As Dick rode up, the officer addressed him eagerly. "Did you see some rebels on horseback going along the road as you came along?" he asked. "Was they rebels?" asked Dick, with a stolid face. "Yes, yes! Did you see them?" "Yes, I saw them rebels!" "You did?" "Yes." "Where were they? Did you meet them as you came along?" "No," replied Dick, stolidly; "I didn't meet 'em, but I saw. 'em. Say, have ye seen ennything uv two red cows? Our'n hev strayed away." "No; we haven't seen any cows. We're looking for bigger game. If you saw the men on horseback and did not meet them, where did they f(o?" "I kin tell ye all right," said Dick, stolidly. "Then do so, and hurry about it! They will escape!" "I don't think they will escape," quietly; "they think they hev fooled ye. They hev hid frum ye." "Ahl So they've hid from us, have they? Tell us where they are, my fine young fellow, and we shall very much obliged to you." "I don't know whether you will or not!" thought Dick. Then aloud he said: "All right; I'll tell ye." "Do so, then! Hurry!" • "All right; d'ye see that gate?" Dick indicated the gate. The captain nodded, an eager light appearin.g in his eye. "Yes, yes!" "All right. Go through that gate and down the road," said Dick, pointing; "jus t aitross the ravine you will find the rebels." "Thank you!" said the captain. Then he turned to his men. '"We will follow the scoundrels and capture them!" he cried; "forward, march!" The gate was opened, and ihe redcoats passed through. They hastened forward, following the winding road. "You are going right into the trap, " thought Dick; "the ruse will prove successful." Dick waited until they had got well in advance and then he followed. He wished to be as close as possible when the encounter took place. The British made their way along the road, until they came to the hollow. Then they crossed it. They looked up at the bluffs expectantly. They thought sure they would see the fugitives somewhere near. Nor were they mistaken. Sud denly a shrill whistle sounded. It was given utterance to by Dick, who was now only about seventy-five yards behind the redcoats. As the whistle sounded, up from behind rocks and bowl ders and out from behind trees, appeared e!ltire company of Liberty Boys as if by magic. In the hands of every Liberty Boy was a musket. And the musket was in each and every instance leveled full at the redcoats. To say the latter were astonished is putting it mildly. They were amazed. For the moment their faculties were as though paralyzed. They could not move or speak. Dick seized the opportunity. "Surrender!" he cried, in a loud, ringing voice; "surrender, and save mmecessary bloodshed!" This aroused the redcoats. The captain was plucky. He was not disposed to surrender without trying to strike a blow. "Surrender?-neverl" he cried. Then to his men he cried: "Stand your ground, men, and fight to the death!" The men uttered a cheer. They were brave, if they were redcoats. Dick was sorry to hear the captain give the order. He knew it would cause bloodshed, and he would much rather have avoided this. But this was war time. There is no mercy in war. It is cruel. It was kill or be killed. And Dick was determined that it should be the redcoats who should be thus treated. He saw the redcoats were getting ready to fire. The Liberty Boys must get in the first blow. So he gave a shrill whistle. This had been agreed upon as to the signal to fire. The Liberty Boys were all ready to fire. Their muskets were leveled. All they had to do was to press the triggers. As the. sound of the whistle came to their they pulled the triggers. A thunderous report rent the atmosphere. The volley did great execution. Fifteen or twenty of the redcoats went


/ THE LIBERTY BOYS IN FROG SW AMP 19 down killed or wounded. But the others uttered a defiant shout and fired in return. Two or three of the Liberty Boys were wounded. "Surrender!" cried Dick, i11. his clea r , ringing v oice; "surrender and save further slau,gh ter I" "For w ard, men!" cried the British captain; "forward! At the rebels! Show them how British soldiers can fight I" The men starte d toward the bluffs at a dogtrot. "Give the m a pistol volley!" cried Dick. "Fire!" Crash! The noise made by the pi s tol s was deafening. A number of the redcoats went down. But the others kept on going forward. They were brave. "Give them a volley from your pistols!" crie d the British captain. "Fire!" The soldiers obeyed. This volley did not do much damage. The reason was that the Liberty Boys dodge d back behind the trees and bowlders and were thus sheltered. "Sun'ender!" again cried Dick. "You are hopelessly outnumbered and there is no u s e of rushing to your death! Surrender, c aptain, and save the live s of your men!" This time the captain took Dick's advice. He realize d that h e w a s getting his men s l aughter ed. And u s elessly. Moreover, he realized that the y could do the enemy no great amount of damage. The Liberty Boys w e r e too well shelte r e d. So he d e cid e d to make the best of a bad situatio n. "Halt ! " h e c r i e d to his men. The m e n obe ye d. They were soldi e r s , and w e lltrained on es. No matte1 what the order, they woul d ob e y it. Dick saw that the Britis h were going to surrender. So he did not give his men the q_rder to fir e another vo ll ey. "We surrender!" cried the Britis h captain. "That is sensible!" cried Dick. "Throw down your arms!" The r edcoats threw down their arms . "Now retire five paces!" ordered Dick . The redcoats obeyed . "Advance and secure the arms , Liberty Boy,.:!" cried Dick. The Liberty B o y s came down from their po s i tio n and secured the arms . Then the youths brought their hors es. They utilized their halterstraps to bind the wrists of the prisoners. Dick sent one of the youths to a hou s e which was about half a mile away, to get a s pade. When the youth returned, a large, shallow excavation was made , and the dead sold ie r s were guried therein. There were a number of wounded redcoats , and Dick went t o the farmhous e and made arrangements with the man to take care of the wounded men. Then they were take n to the hou s e and left there . Then the march was take n up fcuFrog Swamp. When the Liberty Boys arrived with their pris oners, the y were greeted with cheers by their comrades. The Liberty Boys had be e n much more successful than any of their comrades had expecte d that the y would be. 'l" h e y would not have been s u rprise d had the Liberty Boys been captured, bu t here they were back, safe and s ound, and wi t h >:event y prisoners. Dick went to headquarte r s to report to General W ashingt on. The general was g lad to see him. "So you are back again, are you?" he 1 emarked with a smil e . "Yes, your Excellency," replied Dick. "And I hear you returned the revers e o f empty handed." "We brought back seventy prisoners, your Excellency . " Dick spoke quietly and modestly. "Indeed! That was quite a haul!" "Yes , your Excell ency." Then General Washington a sked for the de tails of the capture. Dick gav e the m. "That was well done," said the commander-in chief, when Dick had fini shed; "that was a cleve r ruse, indeed I" "It fooled them, at any rate," said Dick. "And I am glad you made the capture, Dick. It will teach the British that we are wide awake and ready for them at any and all t i mes." " So it will, your Excellency. " General Greene came in just at this moment, and the commander-in-chief told him what Dick had done. He congratufo.ted Dick heartily. " You did splendidly I" he said; "ah, General Washington, if every company in your army was a company o f Liberty Boys w e would s p e edily force the redcoats to return to England defei; ted !" • " You are right, Gene ral Gree n e, " ::;aid the commanderin-chief, heartily. Dick blushed like a gi rl. "I am afraid you rate u s a little bit too high ly,'' he said, deprecatingly . "Not a bit of it-not a bit o f it," said the com heartily. "No, indeed!" from Gen eral Greene. After some further con versation, Di c k excu s ed himself and withdrew. "He is a fine young fellow," said General Greene, when Dick had gone. "One o f the finest youths I ever knew!" said General Washington. And Dick deserved all the praise h e received from the t \\'o ,great general s . D ick returned to the quart e r s occupied by t he L iberty Boys in the camp. His eye s were glowing. The sincere praise from the lips of the great men had pleas ed him. H e knew it was not empty lip-service. Neither Washingto11 nor Green e were the men to be s tow praise where i t w a s undeserved. "Wha t did the commander-in-chief say, Dick ? " asked B o b E stabrook a s Di c k put in an appearance. Dick s miled. "He said that w e have done a g o od thing, Bob," was the quie t r e ply. " I knew he would s a v t h at!" said Bob; " I knew he w ou l d be tickleci! " "He could not well h e lp be i n g pl ease d," said Mark Morris on . ''That's right," said S a m Sanders on. The boys were well pleased to know they had earned the e s t eem and p r ai s e of General Washington. E'.ich and every on e of the Liberty B oys were convmced that the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army was the gTeate s t man who


2 0 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN FROG SW AMP ever lived-and there are m a n y b r i ght people who hold the same views to this day. "Say, that was quite an exploit, whe n you com e to think about it!" said Bob . " W e captured a goodlv number of the r e d coats ." . "It was a clever rus e Dick pl a y ed on them," said Sam Sanders on. The others all said the same. Some of the soldiers from the other regiments came in now, and asked the youth for the s to1 y of the capture. Dick told it. He m o de stly di s claimed the credit for the affair, but the boys wouldn't let him off so easily. "It was all Dick' s doing!" said Mark Morris on. "But for his planning, and the rus e which he worked on them, we should hav e faile d to make the capture." The others all said the same. "Oh, you b oys want to give m e too muc h credit," he said. But the others demu r red. "We would never have amounte d to much a s a company, but for you, Dick!" declared Sam Sanderson. "Yo u are the head and b rains of the entire crowd. "Oh, no! " said Dick. He was modest . He did not like to hear himself praised too highly. He preferred that the other youths take a share of the p1'11ise. But they were not so very far wrong. Dick Slater was a remarkable youth. And he was modestly ob livious to this fact: He had done more, pe rhaps, than any other one person-with t h e e x ception, o f course, of the commande r-inchie f and some o f the more important office rs-for the cause of Liberty. And he was de stined to do much more f o r the gloriou s Caus e before the W ar of the Revoluti o n came to an end. He was de stined to do wonderful work for the Cause of Liberty. He felt that he would be at all times ready and willing-nay, glad-to risk his life if by so doing he could render aid in the fight for Inde pendence . And the other Liberty Boys, influ e nced by his example, would be ready to do their share also. Thus was Dick a great power for good. The brave youth was soon to enter upon on e of the mos t thrilling experie nce s of his life, the story of which will be told in the next num ber of The Liberty Boy s of '76. Next week's is s ue will contain "THE LIBER TY BOYS ON THE BORDER; or, EXPOSED TO MANY PERILS." HO W AMERICAN CITIES GOT THEIR INTERESTING NAMES A na:tional c omm iss ion of which G eorge Washington was a m e mber laid out the Distric t of Co lumbi a to be u s e d as a site fo r the c apital city, which w a s named for George W a shington in spite o f hi s protes t s . He a lways referred to it a s the "Federal City." The city plan of Washington i s very peculiar, many diagonal avenues crossing the checkerboard formed by the inte r s e cting north and south and eas t and w e s t stree t s , thus forming n umerous circular parks. This plan enables one to approach the Capi tol an other important buildings by a score of streets and avenues . The city of Chicago has an Indian name. Strange to say, this second largest municipality in America got its name from the Chicago River, a small s t ream that flow s into Lake Michigan at that point. In 1804 the "city" consi sted of a. French t rader's log house protected by a wooden stock ade, called Fort Dearborn. The origina l city of Chicago was laid out and received its name in 1830. Two hundred and ninety-two y ears ago a colony of well-to-do Puritans , under the personal direction of Governor John Winthrop, e stablished a s e ttlement in M a ssachusetts. They christened their new h o m e in honor of their old home town of St. Boto lf's , on the coa s t of Lincoln shire, England, but Ame r icanize d the name by shortening it t o Bo s ton. B altimore was n amed for C e cil Calvert Lord (Baltimore) whom King James 1 had g ranted a colony that included our pre s en t State of Maryland. The city of St. Loui s w"as named in honor of the French King, Loui s XIV for at that time the Loui siana Purchase was unthought of and the central part of the United States belonged to France. Many old French families s till live in St. Loui s. Louisville, Kentucky, als o received its name from ,King Louis. The French territory included Loui s i ana, als o n a med in honor of King Lou is, a n d its city of New Orleans merely has the wo r d "New " a d ded to the French tow n of that n a m e . It w ill be r e called that Orleans in France becam e famous almost overnight bec a u s e of Joan of Arc, who was d ubbed "The Maid of O rleans" by the enthus ia s tic French p e ople. Nas hville, capital of 'Tenn ess ee, w a s first called Nashborough, in honor of Governor Nash of North Cai-olina, of which State Tenness ee was then a p art. This was later changed to Nashville. Los Angeles , meaning "The Angels," waa a t one time an old Spanish mission and got ita name from California's early settlers . Detroit was given its name by the Frenc h settlers. In French, the name Detroit means "The S traits,• which was given the new settlement b ecause of its location on the broad Detroit River, connectin1r L ake Erie and Lake Huron. it might be more appropriately rechristened "Autoville," _ Fordborough," or ev e n "Lizzietown." Cleveland, Ohio, is named for Gen. Moses Cleaveland, the founder of the city, but the extra letter A has been eliminated; p robably as a re sult of new industria l efficiency methods. Pitts burgh honors the name of William Pitt. Its first name was Duques ne, given by the French, who had located a fo r t a t the junction of the Alle gheny and Monongahel a r i vers. After its cap t ure b y the Engli s h i n 17 5 8, George Washington, then a n officer .of B ritish c o l onia l t r o op s, sug gested that it b e n amed Fort Pitt. The nearby settlement later b eca m e k n ow n as P ittsburgh. Hot Springs i s a noted city of Arkansas and is n a med for the fo rty-s e ve n larg e hot springs now included in an area which the Government has ac quired as a national park." The water is so warm that it mus t b e sipped like c offee, while s ome of the s p rings w ill boil a n egg. Rheumatio troubles are e specially benefited by bathing in the waters there.


CURRENT PLASTER OF PARIS PAN CAKES Plaster of paris pancakes was the menu Smith, prominent Corning, N. Y., contractor, had for breakfas t a day or two ago, and despite the fact that he ate four, he suffered no ill effects . Mrs. Smith, in mixing the batter, dipped into a bag left in the flour by paperhangers recently, and the mistake was not discovered until Mrs. Smith's daughter noticed the peculiar taste. By this time Mr. Smith had devoured four. He went to a physician a s a precautionary measure, but has not yet been bothered by his unusual meal. PEARL FOUND IN OYSTER Frank Smith, former Postmaster of Ridge field Park, N. J., found a $150 pearl in an pyster on his plate at Ye Olde Homstead Restaurant at luncheon and showed it to Martin Hanson, pro-prietor. • Hanson confiscated it on the theory that as the oysters had not yet been paid for the y were still his, and that he was a dealer in !1 NEWS food, not jewels . A lively argument ensued and Smith threatened to bring suit for the pearl. Hanson had the pearl appraised by a local jeweler. • DREDGE DIGS UP BEA VER A giant dredge on a gold claim near Bear Creek, Alaska, late last fall drug up a real live beaver, according to Edward Juneau,. winchman visiting in town. ' "We were working late at night," said Juneau "and the dredge was digging in the middle of the river. In the dusk I saw a dark object coming down stream. I thought it might be a root or stump and soon saw it bump against one of t?e seventeen-cubic-foot buffets. The object was lifted from the water and came steadily up the line on top of a gravel-filled bucket, and soon I saw it was a full grown, live beaver. "He was a beauty and likely the only beaver that ever had a ride on a dredge bucket. It must have been a grand surprise for him to find himself up in the world so high. He looked about queerly, and when fourteen feet in the air gave one lunge and dove .into the river mud." BOYS, READ THIS! DO YOU KNOW THAT MYSTHIY MAGAZINf:, No. 154 CONTAINS A LARGE NUMBER OF EXCITING DETECTIVE STORIES? GET A COPY PRICE 10 CENTS-AND READ ''THE HOUSE ON THE ROCKS," '3. rattling good long story by the famous writer, JACK BECHDOLT. Next, there's a two-part story called "COLD PEARLS," by R6BERT RUSSELL, and it's full of ginger from start to finish. Then there are four shorter stories entitled "mE POINT OF INTERSECTION," by Charles M. Green; "CHEATING THE DEAD," by Mont Hurst, Jr.; "GREEN FLAMES OF REVENGE," by Richard . Ins core; "SENTENCE OF DEATH," by_ Hamilton Craigie and a fine article by POLICE-CAPTAIN HOWARD entiled "LOOT OF CLASSY CROOKS." Besides all the above matter, there are several more mighty interesting items. DON'T MISS READING THIS MAGAZINE ON ALL NEWSSTANDS TODAY


B O YS IN r 22 . THE LIBERTY -noYS OF '76 A Mission of Mystery -Or,The Boy Who Was Sent to Mexico By RALPH MORTON (A Serial Story) CHAPTER X.-(Continued). "You saved my life; I saw your face close to mine when I came above water. You ca.ught me by the hair and held me up. I will never forget it, senor." "Don't mention it, please," Will answered blushingly. "I only did what almost any one would have done under the circumstances." "You are very brave." "Thank you for thinking that way. But pleas e say no more about it. Do you feel better now?" "Very much better. But I fear for my father's safety. Could you find out anything about him." 'Your father was in the car with you when y ou leaped from the window?" "Yes. He told me to leap. He was hurt in the crash, and I fear he may be dead." "His name, please?" "Senor Mendez. He is a well-known planter, and we live in Mexico City." The brave young American nodded and then, turning to Joe Peters and the Englishman, said: "l will leave you two here a minute. I will try and find the young lady's father." Both nodded their "illingness to remain, so Will set out t o wa r d the w reck. Steam was s till r u shing from the bursted pipes o f the loc omotive, and confused sounds of voices c ould be heard above the noi s e it made. Men were working hard to get the wounded from the wrecked cars , but Will pass ed them and s oon came to the window the girl had leaped from. • He car lay well over on its s ide. He knew the p lace, for h e could tell jus t where he stood whe n he made the dive into the w a t e r b e low. G ripping the s ill, he pull e d him self upward and was s oon in the car. It happene d to be t h e one c a r of all that had s uffered li t tle from the terribl e shoc k , a nd a s he l ooked through it he found there was no one there. Somewhat r elieved, the boy moYecl toward the forward end, and findi n g a w i ndow h e c ou ld get through on the oppo site s i d e to w h i ch he h a d entered, he los t no time in cra w lin g out. As he eme r g ed upon the s i de of the car, w hich was tilted to an angle of forty-five de g rees , he drew the attention of se veral excited men, who were right below him. They offered their a ss i stance, no doubt thinking he was wounded. But WiU Murray slid down the car and dropped lightly to the ground. "Senor Mendez, the planter?" he said, questioningly to those standing about. "Si, senor!" exclaimed a well-dressed man, who was 1 pleasant of face and wore a pair of gray side-whiskers. The man came forward eagerly. "Your daughter wishes to s ee you, seno r ." A joyful exclamation went up from the Mexican in his own tongue. Then he seized the boy by the arm and said, speaking in English : "My daughter! Is she safe?" "She i s , senor. Come with me." Will led him along the side of the track and soon got back to where he had left Joe and the Englisman with the beautiful senorita. All three were there, and at the sight of her father, who appeared to be uninjured, save that he limped slightly, the girl aros e to her feet and rushed to meet him. While the two were clasped in each other's arms Will turned to the Englishman and said: "I am very iglad she has found her father. " "Yes, so am I. But say, my young friend, what is your name?" "William Murray, and I came from New York, arriving in Mexico only yesterday." "A stranger in a strange land, like myself. My name in Edward Oxley, and I am a native of England." "Yes. My chum is Joe Peters, of New York. Now, since we know each other, let us try and get away from here . Probably the senor may help us out in that direction." A s s oon as Senor Mendez and his daughter were a little more calm Will touched the former on the arm, and then bowing politely, said: "Senor, we three are strangers here, and we know not > vhat to do,. We are anxious to get into the city. Can you advise us?" "You shall go with me," was the quick reply. "My daughter has told me briefly how you saved her life. I hardly know what made me tell her to jump. I was dazed, and thought it was best, I rnppose." Senor Mendez appeared to be a perfect gentleman, aristocratic and fluent in his Englis h, Bedraggled and dripping from the not over alean water, Bianca-for that was her given name-looked out of place there. Her father soon took her aim, however, and assured her that she should not mind, so long as she was uninjured, and then motioned for our three friends, a s we mus t c all th e m, to follow. Instead of going back to the scene of the terrible train wreck, the senor led the way along the track. A hundre d yards further on and they came to a r oad that crossed the track. It was evident that the senorita's father was acquainted in that section, for he pointed to a hands ome res idence built in the Mexican style, and said: "There i s where we will rest for a while. Then later w e w ill proceed with an automobile. You will be royally welcomed, my friends . Have no fear of that." Five minutes later they were all on the porch of the house and being introduced to the lady who lived there, who could not speak English, but listened eagerly as Mendez and his daughter told of how they had been saved from the train wreck. (To be continued.)


. THE LIBERTY. B O YS OF '76 23 GO O D R EAD ING MADE IN 1711, CLOCK KEEPS GOOD TIME YET A clock which was t.wenty-one years old when George Washington first saw the light of day, and fro m which the father of his country on several occasions later took the time, it is said, still i s ticking away, in Omaha, Neb., and recording the seconds, minutes and hours, the days of month, the phases of the moon and the rise and f all of the tides. It is the property of Mrs. Carrie M. Peters. A t her death it will de s cend to her oldest survivin g male descendant, or in case none survives, to her daughter, Miss H. Peter.s. . . The clock, which was built by Felix Owen m Tork, England, i n 1711, was purchase d by Newton Peters, who seven years later came t o Ameri c a and settled at Jamestown, Va. A few years l ater he with William Boyd, founded the town Qf Petersburg, Va. At his death in 1725, the c lo ck descended to his soon, Absalom, and on his death in 1760 to Zachariah Pete r s, later an officer in the American naYy. The clock was on exhibition at the Centennial exposition at Philadelphia in 1876 as oldest of the grandfather type, of authentic record, with none to dispute its for age. It was keeping time when Lexmgton and Concord were fought and within sound of the cannons' roar when the revolution closed at Yorkto wn, Oct. 1 9, 1781. It still keeps perfect time. W OULD MAKE ALL' INDIANS CITIZENS Approximately 125,000 American woulcl be granted citizenship under a bill mtroduced b y Representative Homer P. Snyder of New York and favorably reported by the House Com mittee on Affairs . The bill the approval of Commissioner Burke of the Ind1on Bureau. It aut horizes the Secretary of. the Interior at his discretion to issue a ut Toda:v In N>t THE HOUSE ON THE ROCKS By JACK BECHDOLT H A R RY E . W OLFF, Publisher, Inc. 1 6 6 West S treet New York City Picture Stories" A :\hlJ.ra'l. inP Uevoted t o l'hotoplays nnt1 P l a,ver• . PRICE EIGHT CENTSPER C OPY Bnch number contnln s 'l.'hree Stories o t t h e Bes Film s on the Scret• n -Eleg"nt Halt-tone Scenes trom the P lays lntere•lin g .A"rtlcles About Promin e n t Peoph• i n the Films-Doings ot Actors and Actresses in the Studio autl Lessous in Scf'uurio '\-Vrlting. HARRY E. WOLFF. Publisher, Inc. 166 Wes t 23d Street New York


THE LIB ERTY BOYS OF '76 INTER.ESTING R.ADIO NEWS AND HIN TS WHY COPPER WIRE IS CHOSEN Iron, steel or _galvanized wire is never used for aerials because they possess too low resistance. C opper is generally used, because it is a better conductor of electricity than any of the others mentioned. , PANEL MOUNTING BEST Panel mounting does not allow one to experiment readily with new hookups. 1 But a panel mounted receiver is by far the most attractive in appearance and often is better scientifically if shielded from body effects. CONNECTING CABINETS When adding the detector-amplifier unit to a receiver it should be placed as close as possible in order to avoid long connections. Always make certain that the wires leading from the storage battery and the B battery are connected to their proper terminals, and also that the polarities are not reversed. POOR GROUNDS; WEAK SIGNALS If the ground connection js poor, signals from broadcasting stations cannot be heard with any "'reat strength. Signals may be so weak at times that it will be impossible to hear them. When making a ground connection do not wrap the wire around the pipe or radiator. Make a clean connection, then solder it. . THE MODULATOR In a radio telephone transmitter the degree of modulation is of equal importance to the amount of antenna current in so far as the strength of the receiver sounds are concerned. While the microphone transmitter acts as a modulator it is generally used in conjunction with some system of modulation such as the magnetic maddator, or a modulating tube, in order to intensify the degree of modulation. REASON FOR LOOSE COUPLING The of loose coupling is to eliminate the effect of interference. It has been found in practice that when the primary and secondary coils are l'n 1'eJtmance with each other they may be separated a considerable distance and signals will still be in the telephone receivers, whereas signals that are not in resonance with the circuit will be eliminated by widening the coupling between the primary and secondary. THE MYERS TUBES Those characteristic tubular vacuum tubes with red and black ends, fitting into clips after the fashion of the usual cartridge fuse, are now . being made in Montreal, Canada, and may be obtained from some dealers or by mail. These tubes have long been known for their high efficiency, especially for audio-frequency amplifica tion and radio-frequency work. At present the Myers tubes are being made in two tubes; the dry battery tubes 2% volts and one-quarter ampere, and the universal tube which operates on either dry cells or storage battery. The tubes are now coated with silver, instead of being furnished with clear glass as in the past. HOW TO TUNE Under ordinary circumstances while listening in it is advisable to have the set closely coupled. This broadens the tuning, particularly if a considerable amount of wire on the coil is employed. The aerial circuit s hould be turned with a variable condenser placed in series for the short waves and is shunt to the primary for the longer waves. When the calling station is well tuned in and if there is interference, the coupling should be manipulated until a point is reached where the signals are readable through the disturbances. Two aerials in the immediate vicinity have an influence on each other. If both are used for receiving at the same time the tuning of one will affect the other. SHORT-WA VE RELAY SET Again the General Electric Company has scor ed a marked adYance in radio broadcasting, this time in the form of a short-wave relay set which may be transported to the scene of church services, banquets, dramatic performances, and so on. Instead of depending on a telephone or telegraph line between the scene of activities and the transmitter of the broadcasting station, the present set transmits the radio program to the broadcasting station, where it is picked up, amplified, and turned over to the usual transmitter to be broadcasted to radio listeners. The short-wave rela!Y set broadcasts on such a lon_gwave length that it cannot be interceptt!d with the usual re ceiving set. It is said that this rebroadcasting arrangement does not affect the quality of speech or music, and that listeners have been unable to detect the use of the short-wave relay set in place of the usual wire link. INSULATING THE SET The importance of good insulation is not fully realized, even at this late date. Manufacturers of inferior apparatus and sets still make use of wood as a support for instruments and terminals. They even , go as far as to give a wood panel or base a coating of nice black paint, so as to convey the optical illusion of good insulation. However, radio-frequency currents are not deceived by black paint, and, if anything such paint causes greater leakage than ever: Receiving sets should be insulated with the great est care. Only bakelite or similar material, as well as hard rubber, should be used for panels and for terminal blocks or strips. The antenna circuit, too, should be carefully insulated. It ia surprising how elusive radio frequency will not keep radio currents in place, sothat glass, porce la in or composition insulators should be freely employed. Otherwise, a marked decrease in effi ciency is found to take place, especially in damp weather.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 25 WIRE LOOPS Because it has been so simple a matter to erect antennas on the roof and in the backyard of apartments and houses only a small percentage of radio users have found it necessary to utilize a make-shift collector of radio ene11gy. Roof tip aerials are known to give satisfactory results, while other types have been reported only in different fashion. As a matter of fact there is considerable knowledge to be gained from experiments with the les s spectacular form of collectors which come under the class of loops. The condensed loop is now commonly seen as an integral part of many reflex and radio frequency outfits. These loops with their 100 feet of wire arranged in turns of two or three feet on a side are satisfactory where the internal amplification of the receiver is high. Without this amplification the signals brought in by the condensed aerial is usually too weak to actuate the detector. An antenna that performs well in taking the vlace of an outside aerial is the loop arranged by hiding four or more turns behind the picture molding, behind the wainscoting or even under the rug. Only one end of the loop is used and it is often di s covered that the end used can be selected according to the station it is desired to receive. This form of aerial will not operate well on the fir s t floor and above, the signal will be nearly as strong as from an outside aerial of the same height and length of wire. Unfortunately, however, it is sometimes found after installation that the interference from the lighting wires carrying alternating cw;rent will be reproduced to con densed loop or an outs ide wire. If the experimenter is situated in a workshop of his own where appearances are secondary it is possible to construct a handy and serviceable loop by carrying a length of wire over and around any door which can swing ninety degrees. This forms a magnified loop of the condensed variety and as such requires amplification of the high frequency signals picked up.But the swinging of the doors supplies a latitude in tuning which affords :r;elief in the congested ether of cities. WAVE FREQUENCIES U seful radio frequencies over the air extend from a low value of about 1 5 kilocycles all the way up to 5,000 kilocycles or higher. The lowest note on the piano, 27 cycles, is musically in the same position on the sound scale as the great Trans-Atlantic radio station WRT, at Bound Brook, N. J ., is on the radio scale . This station sends out waves of about 27 kilocycles frequency. The second C, as one goes up the scale, has a frequency of 64 cycles; a \yave of about 64 kil? cycles is used by the loud distance overland radio station KWT, at Palo Alto, Cal. A-sharp immediately above is of about 113 cycles, which corresponds to the NAA or Arlington station's time signal wave of 113 kilocycles. The common ship wave of 500 kilocycles might be represented by the C above middle C, and the class B broadcasting range from 550 to 1,000 kilocycles by the notes from C-sharp to the next B. Eight hundred and thirty-three kilocycles used by class C broadcasters would lie near the middle of this group relatively about at A-sharp. The low powered broadcasters extend up to the third F above middle C on the piano, and then come amateurs and experimental work from 1,500 kil<> cycles (G on the scale) on up the keyboard. Thus radio waves cover a scale of their own with frequencies 1,000 times as high as the note frequencies of the piano. This scale is about eight octaves long and broadcasting stations use a little over one octave of it. The wave frequency of any radio station is definitely characteristic of the station, just as the frequency or pitch is characteristic of a musical note. Of course, we cannot hear the radio waves directly as simple sounds for their frequencies are too high. Moreover, radio waves are electromagnetic vibrations, whereas sound waves are mechanical vibrations that can affect our ears directly. But, as you know, we can use the inaudible radio waves to carry sounds, and I will tell you later more about how that i s done. Radio receivers are something l'ke human ears i11 other ways, too. For one thing they vary a good deal in what might be called their "sense of pitch." Some unfortunate people can't tell one musical note from another of different frequency; their sense of pitch is defective. Some radio receiving sets, unfortunately can't distinguish One radio wave from another of different frequency. Their " s ense of pitch,'' or, in radio terms their selectivity, is defective. On the other hand, many musically trained people can easily distinguish between notes that are much less than a semi-tone apart in frequency. So, too, any well distinguished radio receiving set can distinguish between racrio waves that are only a few kilocycles apart in frequency. Distinguishing between radio waves is not all that radio receiving sets ought to do, however we want our receivers not only to show some 1dif ference in effects produced by waves of different freq1;1encies, but to be capable of selecting one particular wave frequency while at the same time excluding all others. To do this requires in the receive1: a selectivity or frequency sense far more highly developed than would be desirable in our ears. A selective radio receiving se t corresponds quite closely to a human ear that can hear only one note. Such highly :;elective ears would be no good to any of u s ; we could not hear music or even satisfactory speech if we had them . . We would hear nothing but the one note to which our ears were able to respond, but we would hear that note and hear it clearly even though the air around u s were full of other sounds . Selectivity of that kind is exactly what we want in our radio receive1s . No matter how other waves of various frequenc ies are fly mg past us through space, we want our receivers to pick out and respond to a s ingle radio wave and that only. It must be deaf to all the other frequency we desire to receive. When you adjust your receiver to hear WEAF at 610 kc frequency, you don't want to hear a soun d from Philadelphia at 590 or Memphis at 600 kc on one side nor from Davenport at 620 kc on the other side. it is hard to arrange a rad.10 receiver so that it will be quite highly selective, and the next talk of the series will deal with the way that can be done.


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 ANOTHER "MEANEST MAN" NEW YORK, APRIL 11, 1924 TERMS TO SUBSCRI B ERS Sing la Co p1e1 ......•..•....... Postage Free One Copy 'l'bree Montlls...... " 3ue Copy Six Months......... .. n e Copy One Year . ......... . Canada, $4.50; Foreign, $5.00. I:> CeUl> H.00 2.UO i.UU HOW .ro SENU MONEY -At our risk •enu 1'. o. Money Order, Check or Hegistered Leltei; remittances In any other way are at your risk. We accept Stamps tbe same as cash. When sending silver wrap the Coln in a separate piece of paper to avoid cutting the envelope. Write your name nnd address plainl1. Address letters to HARRY E. WOLFF, {Harry E . Wollr, Prea. Publisher, Inc., Cbarles E . Nylander, Sec. 166 W. 23d St., N. Y. L. F. Wi!zin, Treas. ITEM. S OF INTEREST FIND $100,000 GOLD IN SECRET PANEL Gold coin estimated to total about $100,000 has been found in Ann Arbor, Mich., in a secret compartment of an old house which was being torn down, according to Adrian Leever, who is demoli shing the building to make way for the con struction of an apartment house. The money, in an iron box, was found on the second floor in a panel in the wall, according to Leever's statement. The house was built in 1860 by Jackson D. Knight, who was at that time president of the First National Bank here. Knight and his wife have been dead for about thirty years . The house then was occupied by Knight's only daughter, Clara, who died some time ago. Upon her death it was sold to William Nels on, who is having it torn down. Papers found with the gold are said to have indicated the last time the secret panel was opened was in 1878. The money i s being held by Leever, pending claim by heirs of Knight. As far as can be ascertained, Knight has no near relatives living. OFFERS TO DIE IN PLACE OF CONDEMNED MAN O:ITering to go to the electric chair in place of Joseph Trinkle, convicted of murder, Walter J . Kirkwood, fifty years old, of Philadelphia, wrote to Governor Pinchot that Trinkle should be given from ten to fifteen years in "Prison, as when he has served his time he would be younig enough to be of much use. The Governor referred the odd request to the Board of Pardons, which informed Kirkwood that there is no law in this state that will permit the substitution of an innocent volunteer to take the place of a condemned crimi-nal. • In making his request, Kirkwood stated he was kbroken in health, cannot hold down a real job" and did no t see that he would be "of any more use on earth whatever." His motive, he explained, was to "startle humanity to a keen realiza tion" of what capital punishment means. He offered to pay hi s own carfare to the place of execu t i o n. A well-dressed stranger went to the B ide-a-Wee Home for Friendless Animals at 410 East Thirtyeighth street, 'New York, and, after buying a collie dog for $11.75, donated $5 to the home "for its good work," giving in payment a worthless check for $50 and receiving change of $33.25. Accord in g to Superintendent James Woods, the stranger signed the visitors' book as "B. E. Lidbury, State Street, North Haven, Conn." He gave Superintendent Woods a check on the 'North Haven Bank," du l y certified by the cashier, and the fo llowing day the dog was shipped to the North Haven address. Recently the home was notified by the American Express Company that the real Mr: Lidbury had refused to accept the dog, and later in the day Mr. Lidbury notified Superintendent Woods that this was the third time a bog us certified check made in his name has appeared. There is n o North Haven Bank. LAUGHS Maude-Did you say I painted? Marie-No; I said you powdered. Maude-Ah, well that puts another complexion on the m atter. ' "Did yo_u enjoy your trip to Greenland?" "Oh, yes,'' replied Mrs. Parvenu, "it was perfectly delightful to sit on the icebergs and hear the baffins bay." Lady of the_ House-H.alf the things you wash are torn to piec es . Washerwoman-Yes mum but when a thing i s torn in two or more' pieces: mum, I only charge for them as one piece, mum. "What makes you so late?" asked his mother "The teacher kept me in beca;use I couldn't find Mo scow on the map of Europe,'' replied Johnnie "And no wonder you couldn't find Moscow. It was burned down in 1812. It's an outrage to treat a child that way." "Papa,'' asked James, "wouldn't you be glad if I,, sa".ed a dollar you?" "Certainly, my son, said papa, so delighted at this evidenc e of budding business ability that he handed the youth a dime. "Well, I saved it all right," said James disappearing. "You said if I brought a i.tood port from my teacher you would give me a dollar; but I didn't." They were seated by the fire side, dreaming of the future when they would be one-a winsome telephone girl and her fiance. The small talk finally drifted to the question as to who should light the fire in the morning. It was his opinion that it was the wife's place to get up and start the fir e, and let the poor, hard-worked husband rest. After this declaration there was silence most profound, but only for the space of a few seconds; then the girl thrust out her finger encircled by a ring, and murmured sweetly 'Qut firmly: "Ring off, please; you have connected with t.hP wronl!' llumber."


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 BRIEF BUT POINTED 27 FACTORY MESSENGERS ON TRICYCLES One of the seemingly simple, but actually vexatious problems which developed when the East Pittsburgh plant of the Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company grew to a floor area of 91 acres on which 30,000 persons found employment, was the distribution of interdepartmeut mail, including blue prints and bulky files of manufacturing data. To cover all the essential points required a walk of ten miles; so messengers on foot we1 e altogether too slow for a busy plant, as a trial conclusively demonstrated. Next, six electric trucks were tried, but.these proved too much like turning a fire engine ioose in a china shop. The t1uck s w ere promptly discarded. Then some genius suggested that boys on roller skates might make the rounds at acceptable speed without creating too much disturbance or being too much in the way. Forty boys were mounted on roll e r skates and turned loo s e in the vast buildings . The boys had a glorious time while it lasted. A s a last resort a tricycle with a box about three feet square by a foot and a half deep was procure d and a girl was employed to ride it. The problem was s olved. Now a mail-carrying force of 25 girls makes the rounds at frequent intervals, making promptly, unening delivery of the material so essential to the operation of the plant. The girls are clad in neat blue uniforms. MONEY-ORDER GANG THOUSANDS NETTED A s cheme by which the Western Union Telegraph Company has been defrauded of thousands of dollars by bogus recipients of telegraphed money orders was revealed in the Jefferson Market Court before Magistrate Ryttenberg, incidental to the arraignment of Leo Carlisle of 229 West street. He was held in $5,000 bail for examination on the charge of having been one of four men who, on October 19 last, obtained $2,500 that had been sent by wire to a guest in one of the city's hotels. Magistrate Ryttenberg that the fourth member of the group, the in s ide "tip-otf" man who gave information regaiding the mone y orders, is still at large. He is beii e ved to be an employee of the Western Union Company. The detectives say the man in Sing Sing i s Abraham Marks, and the man out on bail is Selig former employee of the Western Union Company and during his service is alleged to have several thousand dollars by the same scheme. He was not placed under arrest until after the robbery of Oct. 19. OLDEST BUILDING IN THE WORLD The oldest building in the world still standing abov:e ground has been found by the joint expedition of the Britis h Museum, London, and the University Museum, Philadelphia, at Tel el Obeid Babylonia, four miles from LJr of Biblical fame'. This was announced recently by Dr. George R. Gordon, director of the university mus eum in making public a report from Dr. C . Leo;.ard Woolley, head of the joint expedition. The excavl:ltion of this building, a temple, has brought to light marvelous carvings of animals and men and moved the already ancient history of back another 1,000 years. The build is more than 6,000 years old and its history is placed as far b efore King Tut-ank-hamen a s the present generation is removed from him. Doctor Go1don announced the carvings were done in limestone, mosaics and rock. One of the find_s was a small golden scaraboid bead mscribed with the name of the builder of the temple, King A-an-ni-pad-da of Ur, who reigned 4,500 years before Christ. This is the oldest royal jewel known. In summing up his report Doctor Woolley said: '.'It is no exaggeration to say the discoveries of season our ideas of the early history of this country, carrying back that history by 1,000 years into what were the doubtful ages of legend and giving concrete illustration of an art unguessed." the olde s t examples of building con yet found, Doctor Woolley said: A broad flight of stone steps led to a plat for!D, twenty feet high, on the south corner of stood the temple proper, its gate tower frontmg the stairway, its facade set back from the edge of the platform so as to leave a narrow step on which stood a row of statues of bulls sculptured in the round. The method used by the men, according to the detectives, was that one of the band, an employee of the company, would hold or delay a message transmitting money as long as possible, while he notified his confederates of the particulars. When the message was sent to a hotel, as was frequently the case in this grnup's operations, one of the band would ask for mail or telegrams address ed to the man named in the order. When he got the order he would prepare bo credentials and would then appear at the telegraph office and claim the mcney. Another man in the same theft for which Carlisle is held was recently sentenced to twenty yea1s in Sing Sing by Judge Mancuso in General Sessions. A third is awaiting trial after being held in $20 000 "Of the frieze of cattle lying down, these also up copper plates, with heads cast m more sohd metal an(! joined onto the bodies we have now a dozen examples, many"' of them a wonde:ful state ?f preservation. Above them was a frieze of a different sort. bail by Judge Collins. ' Detectives Cridland and Tiley o f the bomb squad, who arrested Carlisle in his home, told "The most interesting, a panel four feet long has on one side a. ID:ilking scene, cows and thei; calves. and men m1lkmg the cows into tall jars in middle o f reed-built byre, with heifers com mg out f7om a and on the other side men e_ng1;1ged m strammg and storing some kind of hqmd, probably wine, oil or clarified butter."


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 ITE M S OF INTERE ST TEACHING CANARIES TO SING A studio where canaries are taught singing is the unique venture conduct e d b y Mrs. E d ward Smering o f Atlanta, Ga., whe r = e she has a bird hospital. RICH FUR FARMS IN CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES The raising of wild fur-bearing animals in captivity for their pelts has be e n carried on in Can ada for many years , but it i s only within the la s t f e w years that fur farming has become an established industry, according to a recently pub lished official report on this subj e ct, writes J. I. Brittain, U . S . Consul General at Winnipe g, jn a report t o the Department of Commerce . The fox has proved the most suited to dome s t i cation, although s ucces s has be e n attaine d in a few instances with mink, skunk, r accoons and Karacul s heep . The earliest record of raising f oxes in captivity c o me s from Prince Edward Island, where they have been raise d for the pas t forty years. In 1919 the Dominio'1 Bureau of Statistics b e gan the annual collection of ieturns of fur farms i n Canada. The returns show that 424 fox farms, 3 mink farms and 2 racco o n farms were in operation in Canada in that year. The fur-bearing animal s on the farms at the e n d of the year 191 9 numbered 8,396, valued at. $3,20f,388, c omprising 7 , 181 silver foxes, value $ 3, 11 0,9 15; 852 patch foxes , value $77,05 8 ; 275 red foxes, valu e $11,345; 1 gray fox, value $150; 1 blue fox, value $120; 77 mink, valu e $1,685, and 9 raccoons, value $115. There were born in captivity, during the year 1 919, 5,048 silver, 510 patch and 174 red foxes and 40 mink. The number of silver pelts sold was 2,134, with a total value of $50 1 ,973. This gives an average value of $235 per pelt o f silver fox . Patchfox p e lts sold numbered 3 1 9, value $21,526 (average value $67), and red fox 1 64, value $4,5 8 6 (avera g e value $28). One blue fox pelt was sold, v a l ue $65; 56 mink, value $1,030; and 2 rac-c o on, value $30. ' Approximately 4,849 s ilver-black . foxes are being bred in captivity in the United States, according to reports to the Bureau of Biological Survey, United States Department of Agriculture, from 2 1 5 fox ranches, representing a value in animals and equipment estimated at $4279,830. All reports have not yet been received, and conservative estimates place the number of silver black foxes in this country at from 5,000 t o 6,000. HOW LONG CAN MAN LIVE WITHOUT FOOD The discovery of four Japanese s chool girls who were buried under a heap of debri s during the" earthquake and who were found alive after hav ing lived for twenty-five days on the dirty drops o f water that had trickled down from above has :rai s ed the que stio n of ho w lonJ1: man can liv e without food. Doctors are divided on the s ubject . Professional faste r s have abstained for f orty, even fifty days and there i s one cas e in England reported in 1853 of a man of 62 who re-fus ed food fo r four months and recovere d . The period of fasting before death ensues varies differ ent individuals. Generally' speak ing a healthy pers on can go without food until he or she. has lo s t one-third of the bodily weight. But d1ffe1:ent people do not Jose weight at the same rate. Succi , .a famous fas t e r, J ost 3 4 pounds 3 ounce s dunng a _forty days fast, but Jacques , the champion faster, Jos t only 28 pounds 4 ounce s in the cours e of his l'ecord fas t o f fifty days . Medical opinion assumes that a fat person will live long e r without food than a thin one, for, lik e the hibernating bear, a fasting man con sumes hi s own fat. The m u s cle s , too , los e much weight, ev e n tbe skin nd hair dec reases in weight during a fas t . . The only part of the body which lo s e s nothing is the heart. LOOK, BOYS! TRAP.EZEE The Acrobatic Wonder Toy ALMOST HUMAN IN ITS ACTIONS! lt c onsists of a hand some parallel iron frame o n w h ich the little yellow man acc urately performs l ike an ath lete. F i v e Different S t unts -THE FLYING T RAPEZ E -Releas e the trigger-pin and the figure swings forward gripping the brass trapeze-bar, turns somersault in the air and catches a cro s sbar by his heels . THROUGH THE L OOP-A swift swing a n d he g oes through a wire l o op, makes a turn and, catching by his heels, swings head downward from a bar. THE GIANT SWING -He goe s forward with a rush, releases the trapez e, c a t ches a horizontal-bar with hi s heel s makes two swift somersaults in the 'air and catches by his heels again. He performs two more horizontal-bar acts with the grace and agility of a circu s star, and many new ones can be invented. The Most Wonderful Toy in the World! PRICE $1.50 T h e colla p s ib l e stand and the little manikin a r e neatly p a cked in a hands ome box . Delivered anywhere in the U nited States on receipt of price. ,Address WOLFF NOVELTY CO., 16 6 W. 23d St. ; New Y ork City, N . Y .


EXCAVATORS UNCOVER BOAT BURIED 1 50 YEARS" Buried probably 150 years or more, the shell of an ancient boat was partly uncovered recently by excavators on the site of the new New York Telephone Company building in the area bounded by Ves ey, Washington, Barclay and West streets. Hand-made nails and wooden trenails held its decaying timbers together. Another and larger hulk was discovered on the <>pposite side of the excavation last October, and nine rare American bronze and copper coins, dating back to the eighteenth century, were found inside it. This craft was about the siz e ot a modern c a n a l boat, and was buried fifty feet. The secon d one is <>nly fifteen or twenty feet long and was found twenty feet down. All the earth in this vicinity is "made" ground and the excavation, carried on by the Founda tion Company, No. 120 Liberty Street, has been obstructed by a maze of old piles and t i m b e r s. These are said to be former piers marking the old waterfront, showing that the Hudson's east shore onc e ran about where Washington Street now lies. She Found A Pleasant Way To Reduce Her Fat Thou.sanda of overfat people have greatly re duced their weight and attained a nor ma) fic ure by following the advice of oth era 'l'l'ho use and recommend the Marmola Prescription Tablets. Theae harmleoa little fat reducers are prepared in tablet form from the in gredient• that formerly composed the famous Marmol& Preecription for fat ;eduction. If you are too fat, you owe it to yourself to give theae fat reducers a fair trial. All the better store• the world over eell Marmola Prescription Tablets at one dollar per packaiie. Allk your druggist for them or send one dollar to the Marmol& Co.,&28 Garfield Bldg., Detroit, Mich., and eecure a packa11:e of theee tablet.. They are harmle .. and reduce your weight without goin11: through lon11: o f tiresome exercise and starvatioa diet. If you are too fat try thi1 today. GOITRE THI FINIST .2S CALAllTOMATIC. 'Be Bure to order this new ,improved J.924h ... mount ,.odel of drop forg deA world beater for de-pendability and accuracy. 25 calibre. Shoots 7 shota. MAD• IP• 20 SHOT, 32 CAL. 20sbot, beavyservica automatfc, lOehots $845 t with extra magSLZmc, making 20 shots in all, •p•clal at $8.45. Both guns shoot nny standard automatic cartridge. PAY Pi>STMAN ON DELIVERY plus postage. Pmmmt Tradq Co., DepL F s w 34 W. 28tb St, N. T . ASTHMA malled o• FllBB TRU.L. It I& core1, HDd SI; If aot. It' a l'Rl:I:. Write tor J'OGl' treatm,zn& 'SAY! JOHNNY!" 1 (Or Eddie, Charlie or , If you're a "go-getter" we have 11 an offer to make that will put money in your pocket every day. or ' every week-good, clean money that ' wm oorn"' '";""Jo" • """ • work for us that both your father and 'mother will approve. The fit'!lt boy in each locality to qualify will have the preference. No money wanted. No premiums to earn. Just good pay for all that you do-and our help In your doing of it. Sit down and write-right now-and we'Jl send JOU all tbe particufars. A postal will do. Address . THE PATHFINDER DESK 24'\lVASHINGTON,0.C. Durable ' NEW Model Strong BOILER and torage Can Made or extra atrons., Br••• Cap and Spout .. Rubber ea1ket between cover and sbonlder makeo airtig h& ftt. Euily cleaned. No Screw Cap, no threads to getoutof order. No of band•. no trouble tn ta.Jdneoff cover.Cap can be put on or tak en off In a seco nd by a aimple twjst of the thomb-acrew on able. No article of aachqaalltyand utll lty ever eold at aucb low price. It's a low the home . Noth na better for Reneral usqes 1uch aa 1torina oils, aasoltne,etc. It laata a lifetime and givea real mervice and eatllfaction. Above are etrlctly cash with Cataloiruo Free. HOME MANUP'ACTURINC CO, Dept. oU 321 w. Chloaeo Ave., Chicago, llllnola and .1 .... t.moa. Ranaer blcycl ... 12Montbl101\t)' deooait. l'on can earn •mall paJ'meota. T\\ns WIMMI•. lamp•, borna, equipment at ba 'if u.uaJ pncee. Send No Money. rite tor oar maneloue prioee and t:orma.. M:eade vaiuable. Send 10 eta. tor ILLUS THA'l'ED COIN V ALUEJ BOOK, 41<6. Get Posted. We pay CASH. CLARKE COIN CO., Ave 13, LeRoy, N . %,


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